tunnel rat posted on May 10, 2010 22:43
 AND LATER THAT NIGHT

               Rudy is passed out on the couch.  He wakes up to NOISE
               outside, and stumbles to the window.  He looks out to see a
               wrecker hooking up his Mercedes CLK 550 for tow away.  In an
               instant, the Mercedes is gone.

               Rudy realizes he's powerless and defeated, so he just slinks
               back to the couch, pops a pill, and takes a swig of Popov to
               wash it down.  He cradles the Beretta...

               When suddenly, the DOOR FLIES OPEN AND A HISSING DEVICE LANDS
               IN HIS LIVING ROOM!

               Rudy instinctively heads to the door...

               BUT IT EXPLODES BEFORE RUDY CAN ESCAPE!

               Rudy is THROWN across the room and LANDS ON HIS HEAD.  Dazed,
               he gathers his wits and draws on all of his inner strength to
               survive.  Just like that day in Iraq, he crawls to the door
               as his house ERUPTS IN FLAMES!



               EXT. HUNTINGTON BEACH HOUSE - SAME

               Rudy HURLS HIMSELF out the front door...

               When suddenly, AGENT PATEL (35), a clean-cut Indian Federal
               Agent in a dark suit, comes out of nowhere and carries him to
               safety, fireman-style.

               SIRENS WAIL in BG as chaos erupts.  It isn't long before
               PARAMEDICS arrive and FIREMEN attack the blaze.

               Agent Patel helps Rudy collapse onto a lounge chair.  Gagging
               and coughing, Rudy struggles to comprehend what's happening. 
               He's confused by Agent Patel's Indian appearance and thinks
               he's out to kill him.

                                   RUDY
                         Who the fuck are you?

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         Easy, chief.  Breathe deep.
                             (beat)
                         I'm Brian Patel, a Federal Agent
                         with the Department of Justice.  

                                   RUDY
                         A Fed, yeah right!

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         You think because I'm Indian I
                         can't work for the government?

               Rudy changes his stance.  He believes him.

                                   RUDY
                         I saw you in the alley one night. 
                         You've been watching me.

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         Yes, I have.

                                   RUDY
                         What the fuck are you doing here?

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         I've been on the WideCountry case
                         for almost a year.
                             (beat)
                         Do you really have proof of any
                         wrongdoing, Tunnel Rat?

               Rudy is shocked that he knows about Tunnel Rat.



               EXT. HOUGUE HOSPITAL - LATER THAT DAY

               Agent Patel escorts Rudy out of the lobby and signals for the
               black government-issue sedan to pull up.  Agent Patel guides
               Rudy into the back seat.



               INT. UNMARKED DOJ SEDAN - SAME

               Agent Patel drives them up PCH.

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         Who is trying to kill you?

               Rudy gets pissed.

                                   RUDY
                         You're the Agent, you tell me!

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         I'm not sure.  But I'm sure about
                         one thing...you're in serious
                         trouble.
                             (beat)
                         We monitored your cell calls.

                                   RUDY
                         You can't do that!

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         Sure we can.  Patriot Act.  When it
                         comes to conspiracy and immigration
                         violations, we have a lot of tools
                         at our disposal.
                             (beat)
                         We didn't realize mortgage fraud
                         would be part of this.  You have
                         your hands in a lot of pies, just
                         like Sammy Pessian.

                                   RUDY
                         I haven't done anything wrong!

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         The loan for your father's place
                         and yours...false at best, fraud at
                         worst.  You could do time for both.

                                   RUDY
                         I didn't know what was going on. 
                         Sammy just took care of it.

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         Your signature is on the bottom
                         line.

                                   RUDY
                         Someone is trying to kill me and
                         you're talking about my loans!

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         I'm here to help, but you also
                         gotta help yourself.

               Rudy realizes he's in a terrible position.  He needs their
               help so he gives in.

                                   RUDY
                         What do I have to do?

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         You've pissed off NASSCOM or
                         USINPAC.  India's software
                         lobbyists and Political Action
                         Committees.  They have rogue
                         elements gathering intel in the
                         States.
                             (beat)
                         So far, it's all low level stuff,
                         but there's a militant right-wing
                         that plays hardball and we're
                         concerned that massive swaths of
                         confidential data is in jeopardy.

               Rudy considers what Agent Patel is saying.

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         We need more evidence.  This
                         Pessian guy covers his tracks.  We
                         don't have anything on him but a
                         predatory lending charge.
                             (beat)
                         All he'd get for that is a Jesse
                         Jackson Al Sharpton tongue lashing.

                                   RUDY
                         I can help you there.  I have a lot
                         of shady files from the WideCountry
                         servers.
                             (beat, remembering)
                         Oh no, it was all on my laptop!

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         I cleared the place before the
                         firemen got there.  Cell phone,
                         laptop...there wasn't much else. 
                         It's all in the trunk.

                                   RUDY
                         Then you already have what I have. 
                         I don't know what else I can do.

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         Rudy, I'm here to help you help
                         yourself.  We need you to meet with
                         Sammy Pessian so we can capture the
                         conversation.
                             (beat)
                         Reveal what you downloaded from
                         WideCountry's servers.  Tell him
                         you're Tunnel Rat and that you want
                         a million dollars or you'll keep
                         talking.  He knows the media is all
                         over the story.

                                   RUDY
                         Recording a conversation won't
                         help.  I worked there and I can't
                         even figure out exactly what he's
                         doing.

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         You might be right, but it'll help
                         our case more than you can imagine.

               Agent Patel reads Rudy's indecision and fear.

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         And don't worry about your safety. 
                         We'll have a team in place.
                             (beat)
                         Sammy is a salesman and con-artist,
                         not a killer.

               Rudy thinks about the proposal.  It makes some sense to him. 
               Just then, the DOJ sedan pulls up to Rudy's house.  Rudy
               exits and looks back to him.

                                   RUDY
                         You think it's safe for me to stay
                         here tonight?

                                   AGENT PATEL
                         I'm not sure.  We'll have a man
                         outside just in case.
                             (beat)
                         So are you ready to serve your
                         country one more time, Rudy?

               Rudy considers his question for a moment then clenches his
               jaw, unsure. 

                                   RUDY
                         Thanks for the ride.

               Rudy walks up to his house, so Agent Patel drives away.

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United States James
May 11. 2010 17:39
James

"You've pissed off NASSCOM or USINPAC."

He he.


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May 11. 2010 21:23
tunnel rat

Good to hear from you again, SC.  Hope all is well.  Love your YouTube shit.


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