JET SET RADIO "Freedom Flight"
(#22)
Final Draft
June 7, 2012

COPYRIGHT 2012 SEGA

FADE IN:

EXT. FORTIFIED RESIDENTIAL ZONE-UNKNOWN TIME

PAN of the FORTIFIED RESIDENTIAL ZONE as a ROKKAKU POLICE CAR drives by. ZOOM IN on a massive building in the background.

INT. FORTIFIED RESIDENTIAL ZONE-UNKNOWN TIME

BEAT, COMBO, ROBOY, CORN, RHYTH, GUM, and ICE and skate through the hall. They all look exhausted. CORN and ROBOY stop in front of a large vent opening.

ROBOY

This is the one, right?

GUM

NAOKO, display the map again.

NAOKO displays the hologram. GUM examines it.

GUM (CONT.)

Just as I thought. This should lead us straight to the interrogation room.

ICE
I hope we can rescue my parents before Rokkaku can do anything to them! I hate to even think about-

CORN

Shh. I hear someone comin'. We gotta be fast.

ROBOY and CORN remove the vent cover as quietly and quickly as they can. One by one, THE GGS climb in. A moment after they're all in, a ROKKAKU POLICE SQUAD shines their flashlights into the hall.

INT. VENT-UNKNOWN TIME

THE GGS are crawling through the vent single-file.

COMBO

So, d'you have a plan?

GUM

I'm comin' up with one as we go. It's not like we had lots of time to get ready. 'Sides, we don't know what to expect. None of us have ever been to the interrogation room.

CORN

(shudders)

Good thing, too.

RHYTH stops in the middle of the line. BEAT almost crashes into her.

BEAT

What's the hold-up?

RHYTH

Look at this!

THE GGS turn and look where RHYTH is pointing. There is a fuzzy spider in a spider web.

RHYTH (CONT.)

(stroking it with her finger)

Isn't it cute?

GUM

(groans under her breath)

We don't have time for this! Let's get goin'.

COMBO

I wonder how Rokkaku found the ex-mayor? Ice, didn't you say that they left Fukuoka after you left?

CORN

(to ICE)

You didn't call them, did you?

ICE

Not once, like you said.

CORN

Good. Rokkaku must've found 'em some other way. It wouldn't surprise me if he had spies and stuff.

ICE

My legs are getting cramped from all this crawling! Are we almost there?

GUM

Ice, shut up! We'll get there when we get there!

BEAT suddenly comes to a stop. COMBO nearly crawls into him.

COMBO

Hey, what was that for?

BEAT

You should've paid attention to where you were goin'!

GUM

Guys-

BEAT and COMBO, as well as the OTHER GGS, stop talking. GUM puts away NAOKO.

GUM (CONT.)

-I think this is it.

THE GGS peer through the vent cover.

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM-UNKNOWN TIME

A couple ROKKAKU POLICE are standing near the door on the far side of the room. ROKKAKU and HAYASHI are standing near a large capsule in the middle of the room. Inside two separate parts of the capsule are ICE'S parent, HIROSHI and HANA.

ROKKAKU

I will ask you one last time. Where are Gum and her brother?

HANA

Gum? The street rat can rot as far as I'm concerned. It's Haruko I'm concerned about!

HIROSHI

I swear I don't know anything! If I knew, I would've done everything in my power to find Haruko!

ROKKAKU flashes a quick look at HAYASHI. HAYASHI grins and hits a few switches. Water starts to rise from the very bottom of the capsule. As it rises, it quickly heats up and begins to boil. The capsules start to fog up from all of the steam.

INT. VENT-UNKNOWN TIME

RHYTH

This is horrible!

CORN

He can't do that; this is a kids' show!

ICE

(slightly confused)

This is a kids' show?

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM-UNKNOWN TIME

HANA

(glaring at ROKKAKU)

I only married into the Fukui family for money! I shouldn't be involved in this mess at all! I don't know anything, I swear!

(thinking)

I just hope Haruko is okay, wherever he is.

ROKKAKU

Fine then, be quiet. If you live through this, I have other devices. Many others.

INT. VENT-UNKNOWN TIME

ICE

We have to stop Rokkaku!

ICE tries to move back, but GUM grabs him.

GUM

Hold it, we're gonna need a plan.

BEAT

I thought I saw another part of the vent that led to the wall. It would be a lot easier to get in and out that way.

ROBOY

Some of us could lure the Rokkaku Police over here, then the rest of us would exit through the vent back there and break the ex-mayor free.

GUM

That's not a bad idea. Let's go with it. But first, we have to shut down the alarm.

CORN hand GUM a wire. GUM hooks up NAOKO to an outlet in the wall of the vent. She looks at CORN and ROBOY expectantly.

CORN

You want me and Roboy to help?

CORN hooks up ROBOY in the same manner GUM did with NAOKO.

CORN

(smiles)

I guess it's best to work together.

GUM smiles softly at CORN. Their eyes meet for a moment, but-

NAOKO

The alarm has been shut off successfully.

GUM

That should do it. Still, Rokkaku might have a back-up alarm.

BEAT

No problem. We can handle it.

GUM

The hard part will be gettin' the Rokkaku Police outta the way.

COMBO

And then there's Hayashi to deal with.

ICE

I think I have an idea. I'll use NAOKO to turn off the lights. That should buy us a little time to get into the room unnoticed.

GUM

Okay. Let's do this thing! Ice, Beat and Combo, you guys come with me to the other vent. When we're in position, NAOKO will send a signal to Roboy and turn off the lights. Corn and Rhyth, be ready to back us up once we escape into the vent.

GUM, ICE, BEAT and COMBO crawl OFF-SCREEN down another vent. A few moments pass in silence.

ROBOY

I got NAOKO'S signal. Get ready.

Everything goes black.

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM-UNKNOWN TIME

ROKKAKU

Hayashi, what just happened?

HAYASHI

I don't know! It's not my fault!

ROKKAKU

Well, go to the power box and investigate! Take those two Rokkaku Police with you or you'll take too long.

HAYASHI

(insistently)

With all due respect, we should stay here. The timing of this is suspicious, like the last time the lights went out.

ROKKAKU

I don't care what your opinion is! Let's get out of this pitch-black room! This darkness is driving me crazy!

FOOTSTEPS and a door opening are heard. After a few moments, there is silence, followed by a soft clang.

CORN

They've done it!

The light goes back on.

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM-UNKNOWN TIME

GUM looks around at the empty room she, COMBO, BEAT and ICE are standing in.

GUM

This is goin' much better than planned.

ICE immediately skates over the capsules containing his PARENTS.

HANA

Haruko! It's you! How did you get here and where have you been?

HIROSHI

Did Rokkaku capture you, too?

ICE

We don't have the time to talk! The Rokkaku Police could be back any moment now!

GUM repeatedly tags the machine. The water slowly stops bubbling as the machine sparks.

GUM

That shut it down. Try to lift up those capsules now!

HIROSHI and HANA push up against the glass capsules. They slide it up over their heads with help from BEAT and COMBO.

HIROSHI

I never thought I'd be happy to see you, Gum.

GUM

(brusquely)

There's no time for a reunion right now. We'll get you outta here!

THE GGS along with ICE'S PARENTS head over to the vent. COMBO and BEAT crawl in first. HIROSHI and HANA hesitate.

HANA

We have to go in there?

GUM crawls into the vent.

GUM

Don't complain, just go!

OFF-SCREEN, the sound of FOOTSTEPS approaches.

ICE

Hurry! I'll help you!

ICE crawls into the vent and guides his PARENTS. At this moment, the ROKKAKU POLICE come in.

ROKKAKU

Strange, there was no one there…what happened in here?

ROKKAKU looks at the empty capsules, then looks around the room. He sees ICE and his parents heading into the vent.

ROKKAKU

The former mayor is over there! Get him!

HIROSHI and HANA quickly scramble into the vent. GUM peeks her head out, and with a smirk aimed at ROKKAKU, she closes the vent gate.

INT. VENT-UNKNOWN TIME

A shower of BULLETS is heard OFF-SCREEN behind THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS. HANA and HIROSHI flinch at the sound.

CORN

Don't worry. They're still stuck outside the vent.

NAOKO displays a map to GUM.

GUM
It looks like there's a faster way outta this building. Follow me!

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS follow GUM down the vent.

BEAT

Shoot, it's a dead end!

GUM

Maybe. I trust NAOKO. If she says this is the way, I think this is the way.

GUM looks intently at the dead end.

GUM (CONT.)

If NAOKO's right, this leads into a room. I think this is a vent cover. If we all push hard enough against it, we can break it loose and get out. Everyone, on my command: one, two-

GUM (CONT.)

Three!

THE GGS push, taking ICE'S PARENTS with them in the push.

GUM and BEAT, who are at the front of the push, fall through, but they catch their balance on the floor.

INT. FORTIFIED RESIDENTIAL ZONE-UNKNOWN TIME

GUM and BEAT look around the room as the OTHER GGS and ICE'S PARENTS climb out of the vent. GUM takes out NAOKO and looks at the map again.

GUM

We're not far from the exit. Everyone, hurry! We might be able to exit this building before the Rokkaku Police can!

GUM casts a look at HIROSHI and HANA

GUM (CONT.)

And that means you.

THE GGS skate out of the room. ICE stays with his PARENTS, keeping a slower pace and making sure they're following THE GGS. They exit the room and continue heading through the building.

RHYTH

(points ahead)

There's the door!

HANA

(relieved sigh)

At last! I thought this would never be over!

GUM

Oh, it's not over. It's far from over.

As if to affirm GUM'S words, the sound of GUNFIRE rings through the hall. A large ROKKAKU POLICE SQUAD runs out of a door at the far end of the hall.

BEAT

This would be a lot easier if Ice's parents could keep pace with us.

CORN

Beat, it's not their fault they're not on roller skates.

THE GGS push through the door with ICE'S PARENTS behind them.

EXT. FORTIFIED RESIDENTIAL ZONE

GUM beckons to the OTHERS and darts into an alley.

HIROSHI
Why are we going in here?

GUM

Shut up and I'll tell you.

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS go farther down and stop inside a part of the alley that's filled with garbage. THE GGS sit down, and after looking around for a clean place to sit, ICE'S PARENTS do too.

OFF-SCREEN, we can hear the opening of the door and footsteps emerging.

ROKKAKU POLICE 1

(OFF-SCREEN)

They must have gone this way!

The footsteps grow quieter as the ROKKAKU POLICE move farther away OFF-SCREEN.

GUM

There's no way we're gonna be able to outrun the Rokkaku Police like we normally do with these two with us.

(points at HANA and HIROSHI)

We'll need to adjust our strategy. If we stick to the alleys-

(points to NAOKO's map)

-we'll be able to get out easier.

COMBO

We usually stay in the alleys whenever we can. Why's that any different than usual?

ROBOY

If we stay in the alleys the whole way back to the sewer, it'll take us forever to get there!

GUM

The route might be much longer, but we'll be less likely to be noticed. Also, they won't be able to chase us by car.

CORN

That's important for another reason. Since your whole family is here, like Rokkaku wants, the Rokkaku Police won't have any qualms 'bout shootin' you guys.

HIROSHI

Why exactly does Rokkaku want us dead? I haven't been the mayor for years.

ICE

It's complicated.

GUM

Rokkaku wants to rule unopposed. He sees you-and by extension me and Ice-as threats to that.

BEAT

(in a whisper, to GUM)

And what about the prophecy?

GUM

(in a whisper)

They don't need to know 'bout that.

HIROSHI

(confused)

Ice?

ICE

That's what they call me. I'll explain as we go.

CUT TO:

INT. ROKKAKU'S HQ-UNKNOWN TIME

ROKKAKU is angrily watching the monitors. HAYASHI is angrily watching ROKKAKU.

HAYASHI

(thinking)

Why must he make so many bad decisions?

ROKKAKU

You idiot! You let the entire Fukui family get away when I had them right in my grasp!

HAYASHI

My apologies, Rokkaku-sama.

(thinking)

That was all your fault!

ROKKAKU

Have the Rokkaku Police search all the main street of the Fortified Residential Zone. The Fukui family cannot be allowed to escape!

HAYASHI

The main roads? I'd think they would use the smaller streets and alleys to get around.

ROKKAKU

If we block the main roads, then we can catch them more efficiently.

HAYASHI

They won't be using those-

HAYASHI eyes ROKKAKU'S mug, which is sitting on the table nearby. A mischievous sneer crosses his face.

HAYASHI (CONT.)

Very well, Rokkaku-sama. I'll give the orders…but first, would you like some more tea?

ROKKAKU

Yes. But first alert the Rokkaku Police.

HAYASHI goes over to an electric tea kettle. He pours the water into Rokkaku's cup and adds the teabag. Instead of adding sugar, he reaches into his pocket and pulls out a small bag of white powder.

HAYASHI

(smiles evilly)

I've been waiting to use this for a while.

HAYASHI laughs softly as he stirs the powder into ROKKAKU'S tea. He brings the tea over to ROKKAKU, who takes it from his hand.

ROKKAKU

(sipping the tea)

That's better.

HAYASHI stands by ROKKAKU'S side. A few moments pass. ROKKAKU staggers, and falls into a chair.

HAYASHI

(insincerely)

Rokkaku-sama, are you okay?

ROKKAKU is slumped in his chair, half-delirious. We can see spirals in his eyes.

ROKKAKU

I need a…monster…to clobber…that there…Rudie.

ROKKAKU slides off the chair and hits the floor.

HAYASHI

(smugly)

That takes care of him for a while. I should've done this a long time ago.

(into a microphone)

All Rokkaku Police units, search the alleys and paths of the Fortified Residential Zone!

CUT TO:

EXT. FORTIFIED RESIDENTIAL ZONE-UNKNOWN TIME

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS flee through an alley. The ROKKAKU POLICE are on foot, and not far behind them. COMBO ducks as a bullet flies overhead, and dodges behind a dumpster.

HANA

There's a monorail over there. Why can't we take that? I'm getting tired of running!

GUM

Why can't you shut up and keep movin'? We've done this before; we know what we're doin'.

ROBOY

Well, not the "rescuing you guys" part, but the rest of it.

GUM scowls at ROBOY.

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS race around the corner of a building. They swerve through a junkyard with the ROKKAKU POLICE on their tail, but slightly farther behind.

ICE

(to his PARENTS)

Hang on!

RHYTH

The Rokkaku Police are still behind us!

COMBO

At least it looks like we lost 'em a little bit.

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS dash into another alley. They pass a small alcove with a stairway in it. GUM motions to THE OTHERS, and they hide in the alcove underneath the stairs. The ROKKAKU POLICE run right past them. ICE'S PARENTS look relieved.

CORN

The coast is clear.

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS leave the alcove and continue through the alley. Moments later, another ROKKAKU POLICE SQUAD spots them. They sharply round another corner to avoid the new SQUAD, and head through an alley densely-packed with junk to avoid the ROKKAKU POLICE.

BEAT

We gotta be close to the sewer entrance. I think we're in the clear.

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS pass not far in front of another ROKKAKU POLICE SQUAD, who takes after them.

GUM

(sarcastically, to BEAT)

We're "in the clear", huh?

BEAT

Okay, not yet.

A larger ROKKAKU POLICE SQUAD notices them being chased and takes off in pursuit.

COMBO

How come they're not shootin' at us?

GUM

Yeah, it's weird that they're not shootin' at me, at least.

BEAT and RHYTH duck behind a pile of garbage, then regroup with the OTHER GGS and continue skating.

BEAT

Hey, Gum! I have an idea to get rid of these Rokkaku Police! You guys keep goin'!

GUM

Beat…

BEAT

Gum, I know what I'm doin'!

GUM

That would be a first.

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS round the corner of a building. BEAT follows, then rapidly pulls a U-turn. He skates close to the ROKKAKU POLICE, then throws his spray can at a sharp metal pole sticking out of a junk pile. The pole pierces the spray can, and the can explodes, creating a cloud of misty paint. BEAT swiftly skates back the way he came.

BEAT

Was that cool or what? Let me rephrase that: am I cool or what?

GUM

That was absolutely crazy, Beat!

BEAT

Yeah, it was, wasn't it?

GUM

You never learn, d'you?

BEAT

Thank you, thank you.

THE GGS along with ICE'S PARENTS go through another wider alley.

ROBOY

See the sewer entrance anywhere? I thought we were gettin' close.

COMBO

(points)

Yeah, there!

A short distance away, the sewer entrance comes into view.

GUM

We gotta lose the Rokkaku Police! We don't want 'em goin' into the sewer after us!

GUM ducks through a narrow opening in a fence. THE OTHERS follow as quickly as they can single-file.

HIROSHI

Do you have any idea where we're going? I don't see the entrance I was taken through anywhere.

BEAT

(laughs)

We're not usin' the main entrance!

HANA

(sees the sewer entrance)

What's that smell? We're not going in there, are we?

GUM

Yeah, we are!

THE GGS skate in through the sewer entrance. HANA and HIROSHI hesitate.

ICE

Come on! It's fine.

HANA and HIROSHI cast a glance back, then follow ICE into the SEWER.

CUT TO:

INT. SEWER-UNKNOWN TIME

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS are heading through the sewer.

HANA

(hugs ICE)

Haruko, that's terrible! I can't believe you have to put up with all of these horrible things!

HIROSHI

(half to himself)

Tokyo-to has changed so much since the days when I was mayor.

(shudders)

If I had known all this was going to happen, I would've never sold it to Rokkaku.

CORN

Combo, we could use a little advice from the Mystery Tapes.

COMBO

(looks at his boom box)

I already checked. The Mystery Tapes are silent. They got nothin' to say to help us.

GUM

I don't have any maps of the sewer on NAOKO, so she's of no help, either.

RHYTH

I hear something up ahead.

BEAT

(groans)

For the eighth time today, it's just a rat.

ICE

It's far-off, but I can hear it echoing, too. It sounds like wheels-

GUM

Poison Jam!

(GUM looks rapidly around her surroundings for a place to hide)

Hide in that hole in the wall!

THE GGS crawl into a low, but wide hole one by one. ICE'S PARENTS follow. Inside the hole is a relatively wide cave, more than big enough for all of them to fit comfortably.

BEAT

What's the big deal? We helped Poison Jam trash the Drill Probe; they owe us big time!

GUM

They do. I don't think they'd mind if it was just us GGs, but you know how they are when it comes to outsiders bein' in the sewer.

HIROSHI

This is disgusting! What is this sticky fluid on the ground?

GUM

(in a whisper)

We need to be real quiet; any noise we make is gonna echo.

OFF-SCREEN, the sound of skating grows louder.

HANA scoots back against the wall and sets her hand down with a SQUISH. She looks shocked and disgusted, then looks apprehensively behind her.

A giant salamander, almost HANA'S size, turns and looks at her dopily.

HANA

(leaps back)
EEEEEEEK!

OFF-SCREEN the SKATING noise stops.

GUM

We're busted.

(to HIROSHI and HANA)

You guys stay in here; they hate outsiders. We-the GGs-will go and sort this mess out.

THE GGS crawl out of the hole. A POISON JAM PATROL is surrounding the outside of the hole.

POISON JAM 1

What's goin' on here?

POISON JAM 2

Hey, they look kinda familiar.

COMBO

Yeah, we helped you fight off the Drill Probe.

POISON JAM 3

I remember that!

GUM

We were just headin' back from the Fortified Residential Zone. Shouldn't we have safe passage anyways? I thought that any Rudies comin' to or from the Fortified Residential Zone through the sewer had safe passage.

POISON JAM 4

Well, yeah…they're supposed to.

POISON JAM 1

Okay, you guys can go through. 'Sides, you helped us.

CORN

Thanks a lot.

The POISON JAM PATROL starts to skate OFF-SCREEN.

POISON JAM 3

By the way, keep an eye out for Rokkaku's machines down here. We might've destroyed the Drill Probe, but there's still lots more.

RHYTH

(waving)

Okay, thank you!

THE POISON JAM PATROL skates OFF-SCREEN.

ICE

(into the hole)

They're gone. You can come out now.

HIROSHI and HANA crawl out of the hole.

HANA

(wiping off her dress)

Don't look at me like that was my fault! What was that thing, an alligator?

RHYTH

It wasn't an alligator, it was-

HANA

A crocodile? I was stuck in there with a crocodile?

COMBO

It wasn't either; it was a salamander. 'Sides, there's a big difference. Alligators have wider and rounder snouts, and crocodiles have narrower, pointier snouts.

GUM

We don't have time to argue 'bout this. We need to get outta the sewer before we run into any of Rokkaku's machines or another Poison Jam patrol.

BEAT

I think that's one thing we can agree on.

CUT TO:

EXT. SHIBUYA TERMINAL-DAY

THE GGS and ICE'S PARENTS are standing in the train station.

HIROSHI

Thank you very much for saving us, and thank you for taking care of Haruko.

GUM

(laughs)

He can kinda take care of himself…well, no, not really.

CORN

I wish we'd had time to stop at The Garage, but you need to leave Tokyo-to as fast as you can before the Rokkaku Police can track you down again.

OFF-SCREEN, we hear the TRAIN coming in.

COMBO

There's your ride outta here.

ICE

(trying to hold back his tears)

It's here. I'm happy for you, but-

(starts crying)

I barely got to talk to you!

HIROSHI

It's all right, Haruko. You saved our lives-and you're saving Tokyo-to. That's the important thing.

HIROSHI and HANA embrace ICE tightly. After the hug, HIROSHI looks self-consciously, but fondly, at GUM, who takes a slight step back.

The train stops and the door opens.

HIROSHI

Take comfort in our safety. Once we're out of Tokyo-to, we're going to the nearest airport and taking the first flight out of the country to Beijing. It's just not safe for us anymore in Japan; Rokkaku managed to track us down to our summer home in Hokkaido.

HANA

I've heard there are some nice hotels there. Don't worry about us, Haruko.

(gives HARUKO a kiss and another hug)

I wish we didn't have to leave you.

HIROSHI

I hope we'll see you again as soon as we can, and hopefully, Tokyo-to will be free of Rokkaku by then.

(looks at both GUM and ICE)

I wish we didn't have to leave you. Good-bye, Haruko.

(looks at GUM)

Good-bye…Gum.

GUM has a part-confused, part-surprised and even a part-flattered expression on her face. She isn't quite sure how to react to HIROSHI'S parting.

HANA and HIROSHI board the train. Moments later, the train takes off, heading OFF-SCREEN.

ICE

(crying softly)

I wish I could've seen them for longer.

GUM puts a hand on his shoulder. ICE looks up in surprise.

GUM

We did what we could. We couldn't bring 'em back to The Garage with us.

CORN

Yeah, at least they're safe now.

RHYTH

I hope you'll get to see them again.

COMBO

Y'know, if we ever defeat Rokkaku, maybe you'll get to see your parents again-permanently.

BEAT

Yeah, exactly!

(he and COMBO exchange surprised looks)

Whoa, we agreed on somethin'!

ICE

(stops crying)

I hope so-

GUM

And we won't give up until Rokkaku is done for!

CUT TO:

INT. TRAIN-DAY

HIROSHI

I'm going to miss Haruko terribly…and maybe even Gum, too.

HANA still isn't speaking. She has a sullen expression on her face.

HIROSHI

What is it, dear?

HANA

I'm just hoping this mess ends as soon as possible.

HIROSHI

(wistfully)

I hope so to…for us and for Tokyo-to.

FADE OUT

THE END


If you want a true "Saturday Morning Cartoon" feel, "watch" the intro before each episode!

This is probably one of my favorite episodes. I didn't think so while writing it, but while proofreading it, I realized how much I loved it.

Yes, the creature in the sewer is most definitely a giant salamander (which is what I always thought), despite the people who say it's an alligator or crocodile. I have a whole rationale on the DeviantART version (I'm not posting it here since it includes a lot of links, including one to this really cool video).

I've decided I will be offering fan character cameos. So if anyone wants their fan character to make an appearance, just ask! If there's enough demand, I'll offer more fan character cameos!

Next Saturday Morning:

The time has come for all the gangs of Tokyo-to to unite! That's a lot easier said than done! See how the GGs take on this impossible task in "We're All in This Together"!