23 INT. MURDOCH’S STUDY — NIGHT 23

Marian Hackett pops the tape out, hands it to Murdoch.

MARIAN HACKETT

Might want to give your security guard a couple of “personal days.”

They share a smile.

MARIAN HACKETT (cont’d)

Thanks for your assistance.

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(CONTINUED)

She smiles, grabs her hardware case. But suddenly she eyes Murdoch very carefully.

MARIAN HACKETT (cont’d)

Oh, but I probably will swing by the local cemetery. Just in case... you know... someone recently crawled out of their grave.

MURDOCH

(mildly)

So that’s what our tax money goes for?

MARIAN HACKETT

I’m one of the good guys, Dr. Murdoch.

She goes.

Murdoch sits down in his chair, suddenly very thoughtful.

24 EXT. CEMETERY — NIGHT 24

Karl walks past one headstone after another. He comes to one that reads KARL TODMAN. He just stares at it.

25 INT. MURDOCH’S STUDY — NIGHT 25

The Fang Gang emerge from the secret entrance behind Murdoch.

ESSIE

We heard the whole thing.

MURDOCH

Anybody want to guess what happens if a government agent goes to Karl’s grave, and he’s not there?

Merrill’s eyes go wide.

MERRILL

Oh, no.

ESSIE

What?

MERRILL

What happens if he is there?

Murdoch stares at them. His eyes flick back and forth. No

Karl.

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23 CONTINUED: 23

(CONTINUED)

MURDOCH

This could be bad. (a beat) Where’s Drew?

The three of them look at each other.

ESSIE

He was right here a minute ago!

26 EXT. CEMETERY — NIGHT 26

Karl stares at his grave, confused, upset.

KARL’S HANDS — FLASHBACK

Karl’s hands struggle as earth rains down into the open grave... [As before.]

KARL

closes his eyes. His body rocks with emotional pain.

KARL’S HANDS — FLASHBACK

Karl’s hands struggle, tearing away the dirt. [As before.] But now Karl finally climbs out of the dirt. He’s pale, filthy. Exhausted. And terrified. He climbs all the way out of his grave. Looks at his headstone in shock. Runs his hands over it, bewildered.

KARL

Karl starts to cry. His body is wracked with sobs.

KARL

I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

He goes down on his knees, weeping.

KARL (cont’d)

I didn’t mean to, Mom. I didn’t know. I’m so sorry.

He falls to his hands and knees, and starts clawing at the dirt. Soon he is clawing feverishly at the dirt, like a dog, dirt
flying as he digs his way back into the grave.

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25 CONTINUED: 25

27 EXT. ELSEWHERE IN THE CEMETERY — NIGHT 27

Marion Hackett flicks on a simple device. [This might be the device used by the vamp killers in episode #1.] It looks like a double-barrelled maglight. The top flashlight shines bright white light. The bottom one is dark, for now. She sweeps the flashlight over the headstones.


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