Duty Bound (Teaser)

Duty Bound
Written December 2001
Rated PG-13
Synopsis: Madeline must determine whether or not an operative is working with Red Cell by using “any means necessary.”

Disclaimer: The characters within are property of LFN Productions, Warner Bros., and USA Network. The following songs were also used: “Rods and Cones” by Blue Man Group on their album Audio from EMD/Virgin Records, “Softly Softly” by Sweetback featuring Maxwell on Sweetback’s album Sweetback from Sony/Columbia, and “Firestarter” by The Prodigy on their album The Fat of the Land from Warner Brothers.  No infringement is intended.

A Youtube version of “Rods and Cones” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DRtaQcVhNGE
A Youtube version of “Softly Softly” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQp2kRVluZc
A Youtube version of “Firestarter” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wmin5WkOuPw


TEASER

FADE IN

INT. THE TOWER – NIGHT

Camera pans through a dark apartment. We are taken through the doorway to the right of the dining area, to the bedroom. There is a large bed in the center of the room, and two figures are nestled under the covers. It’s OPERATIONS, who is asleep, and MADELINE. She is stroking his cheek softly, a distant but pleasant expression on her face. Angle MADELINE as a cellular phone rings; she looks startled. She jumps out of bed and grabs her jacket, which is on the floor. Camera follows MADELINE as she rushes into the dining room, pulls the phone out of the pocket, and answers it.

MADELINE

(quietly)

Yes?

GEORGE (v.o.)

Why are you whispering?

MADELINE looks surprised.

MADELINE

George?

(pause)

It’s three in the morning. Did you need something?

Camera to GEORGE in his office at Oversight.

GEORGE

Are you alone?

Camera back to MADELINE as she peers around the corner into the bedroom. OPERATIONS is still sleeping, unmoving in the bed. She returns to the dining room.

MADELINE

Yes.

GEORGE (v.o.)

Good.

(pause)

Do you remember Boyd Scott?

MADELINE

Section Two’s chief strategist. Of course.

GEORGE (v.o.)

I believe he may be working for Red Cell.

MADELINE

(raises her eyebrows)

How did you come to that conclusion?

Camera back to GEORGE.

GEORGE

For the past three years, Section Two has failed at capturing
Alastair McMillan, the Cardinal’s liaison. They’ve had ample
opportunity, but McMillan always manages to escape. The closest
a team has ever come to capturing him was when Scott was visiting
Oversight.

MADELINE (v.o.)

You think he’s been feeding Red Cell Section intel?

GEORGE

I don’t know. That’s what I want you to find out.

Camera back to MADELINE. She seems irritated by his request.

MADELINE

How?

The look on her face tells us that she already knows the answer.

GEORGE (v.o.)

Use any means necessary. He was quite attracted to you,
if I remember correctly. I’m sure it won’t be a problem.

(pause)

And another thing. No one is to know about this but you
and me.

MADELINE

Including Operations?

GEORGE (v.o.)

Especially Operations. We don’t need to draw
any unnecessary attention to your actions.

MADELINE

(resigned)

Fine.

Camera back to GEORGE, who seems quite pleased.

GEORGE

Good. I look forward to your findings.

GEORGE hangs up the phone and steeples his fingers thoughtfully. Camera back to MADELINE as she looks at the phone in her hands. She seems almost disgusted. Camera follows MADELINE as she slowly returns to the bedroom. She bends down and places a soft kiss on OPERATIONS’ forehead. Angle MADELINE, an apologetic look on her face.

MADELINE

(quietly)

I’m sorry.

She exits. Angle OPERATIONS, who smiles peacefully in his sleep.

SMASH CUT TO:

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