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Synopsis of "Sudden Death"

by Horace & E. J. Gold

Originally written for Sam Rolfe, and revised several times for various reasons from rejection to production company closing production.

FIRST FORM, FOR SAM ROLFE AT ARENA PRODUCTIONS/MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E.--

Young recently married girl, BEVERLY WORDSWORTH BROWN, very much in love with her husband, normal family life, normal business life (she is a secretary in a typing pool giving maximum audience identification).

BEVERLY discovers a package on the way into work; it contains a human foot. Turns out there have been similar grisly discoveries, but authorities have been keeping it quiet; over six hundred apparent torso slayings in the past three months.

Problem is, nobody can figure out who the victims are; no heads or other identifiable parts have turned up at all.

Sounds gruesome, but it can be presented clinically for network consumption.

BEVERLY is just recovering enough to make that important phone call to the police, when she's suddenly grabbed from behind and nearly clubbed; it's at this moment that Napoleon SOLO happens into the office.

After a short fight between Solo and masked intruder, SOLO and BEVERLY are left alone in her office. SOLO explains why he's there (he had actually been going next door, to a secret U.N.C.L.E. ops room to meet ILLYA Kuryakin, whom we have not yet seen.

WIPE DISSOLVE TO:

INT/DAY: U.N.C.L.E. HQ/WAVERLY'S OFFICE

WAVERLY is near hysteria; U.N.C.L.E. has been charged with finding the mass-murderer before he has a chance to wipe out half the population.

He and Solo have an exhange before the girl, but obviously WAVERLY is holding something back....

ILLYA enters with a box, sees the civilian girl, notes her visitor badge, starts to back out and to evade notice.

WAVERLY motions ILLYA into the room, nodding and explaining that the girl has not only seen one of these things, she'd actually found one.

SOLO interjects with the story of the attack.

ETC., ETC., ETC....

SECOND FORM, FOR GENE RODDENBERRY/STAR TREK--

YEOMAN obviously off-duty in civvies coming out of the Starship ENTERPRISE's exercise area, discovers a strange package, totally out of place on the ENTERPRISE.

He picks it up in some wonderment, opens it rapidly and stares down. We momentarily take the package's POV to see him staring down at CAMERA.

CUT TO BRIDGE:

CAPTAIN JAMES T. KIRK answers YEOMAN's distress call, puts SULU at the helm and vanishes into lift portal.

CUT TO INT. LIFT:

KIRK calls for SPOCK to join him in Medical.

CUT TO MEDICAL, where we also see NURSE CHAPEL and BONES.

KIRK
What is it, Bones

BONES
A foot, Jim. A human foot.

SPOCK
Are you sure?

BONES
No, Spock, I'm not; I checked with computer. Everyone on board this ship is accounted for. Nobody's missing. Nobody's dead, Jim.

KIRK
But you've found evidence of murder; how can there be a corpse without a victim?

BONES
I wish I knew, Jim. Unless somebody took the victim's place...I'd have to conclude that somebody's been murdered and some lifeform invaded the ship and took his place....BONES
KIRK
We can't find out who's been killed without examing the whole crew, and we don't have time to do that.

SPOCK
What can we do, Jim?

KIRK
We'll have to draw it out of hiding; find out what it's up to.

SPOCK
No, Captain. I know what you have in mind. You can't do it.

KIRK
What if it's trying to work its way to the bridge and intends to kill every host crew member it encounters on the way there?

BONES
Maybe it's viral or something. Doesn't have a purpose in mind.

KIRK
Bones, it's not just the ship, but the whole Federation at stake; we can't let something like this get any further than us.

BONES gives the usual "you're crazy, Jim," speech, but KIRK decides to offer himself as bait to the invader.

Three days pass; several more body parts are discovered, but no victims can be located; crew members are getting jittery. Rumors abound.

KIRK has offered himself conpicuously, but no takers have manifested themselves....

ETC., ETC., ETC....

THIRD FORM:

MAXWELL SMART returns to his home to find a strange package just outside his door. He goes inside with the package, dumps it into a bucket full of water, opens the package and immediately telephones 99.

CUT TO INT/DAY CHIEF'S OFFICE. CHIEF IS SITTING BEHIND DESK, MAXWELL STANDS IN FRONT, 3/4 BACK VIEW TO CAMERA.

MAX
You are not going to believe this, Chief, but that package over there contains a foot.

CHIEF
A foot? You mean a real live foot?

MAX
Not any more, Chief.

ETC., ETC., ETC....

FOURTH FORM:

MICKEY is playing on the beach when he stumbles across a paper bag. He cannot resist, bends down and picks up the bag, looks in, is clearly mindblown, looks wildly around, tries to stuff it somewhere, when a beach cop walks up and asks him what he's got in the bag.

DAVY has been singing to BEVERLY, a girl he's just met at a party.

ETC., ETC., ETC....

FIFTH FORM:

JEANNIE is lost somewhere behind the Lucky 7 Supermarket. She stumbles across a brown paper bag containing a human foot. Screeching for a moment and looking crosseyed for a CLOSEUP, she blinks her way back to the house, where MAJOR NELSON and his friend ROGER HEALY have been practicing putting across the living room carpet.

ETC., ETC., ETC....

SIXTH FORM:

I was just going into the concert to meet the FAB FOUR when suddenly there was this brown paper bag, right in my face, so I picked it up, and there was FABIAN and he asked me what I had in the bag, but by this time DINO Jr. and SHAUN had come into the room, so I told them I didn't know, that the bag had just appeared out of nowhere.

"Wow," SHAUN said, looking into the bag. Imagine our surprise when we found a HUMAN FOOT! I just knew there was something groovy about it and we talked about calling the fuzz, but agreed that it would be totally uncool, so we hung out for a while letting our heads be free....

ETC., ETC., ETC....

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