EXT. REYES ESTATE Ė CENTRAL MEXICO Ė DAY
NOVEMBER 11, 2005
Monica and Scully are sitting by the outdoor
pool, catching a little sun. There is a man in the pool swimming laps
as Monica and Scully talk.
I just hope my brotherís behave.
(beat) Iíve heard Juan and José
saying how they want to crash the wedding.
They wonít, donít worry. (beat)
Besides, they seem like they are
all talk anyway.
They are. (beat) But they are a
little like Mulder and Krycek
when it comes to being unpredictable.
They have their moments.
Monica picks up her Agua de Jamaica drink from
a table that is between her and Scully. She takes a sip. Scully sighs
and looks around. Itís November and it is beautiful here. This is
the prefect weather for winter.
Itís beautiful here. Why donít
you come down here more often?
Because I live in Virginia.
Monica smiles at Scully.
I know... but a nice vacation with
a red-headed friend every once in
a while wouldnít hurt...
Scully looks over and smiles at Monica.
Maybe I can think something up to
get us away from the cold winter
a little ways down the road.
Of course it really hasnít been
that cold up in Virginia this winter...
Monica nods her head.
Weíve already lost and donít know it.
Monica looks over at her with a puzzled expression.
What have we lost?
What are you talking about?
Scully shakes her head after a beat. Maybe she
heard Monica wrong.
So... are Bradís parents coming?
Monica lets out a sigh.
No. (beat) They didnít want to
step foot in a ďslave countryĒ.
They said that?
Yes, they did.
Well, on the bright side, you
wonít have to deal with them
trying to ruin the wedding.
Monica smiles. Scully is always so optimistic.
True. (beat) I still canít believe
they are the way they are, you know? I
mean, Brad is their only child.
How is Brad taking it?
Better than me. (beat) I guess
thatís because heís used to them
being this way. I think he gave
up on them a while ago.
Scully nods her head.
Theyíve never really been supportive
of him. Why should they change now?
Scully nods her head, but still senses the disappointment
in Monica. They sit quietly for a moment, watching the man swim.
So, if you could have one last
fling before you get married,
who would it be with?
Monica looks pensive.
I donít know... Iím not the
kind of person who would do
such a thing...
Their conversation suddenly gets distracted
when the man in the pool, Knowle Rohrer, swims up to the side of the
pool and boosts himself up and out of the water with his muscular
Monica and Scully look over at him and tilt
The water slowly drips off of Knowleís muscular
body. He gets out of the pool and walks over to his towel to dry himself
off. The sun shines down on him, and the water allows his toned body
to shimmer... as if Heaven sent.
Monica lifts an eyebrow. This is nice to look
(eyes canít leave Knowle)
Now that is a toned body.
Monica looks Knowle over with her eyes.
Yeah... it is, isnít it?
I mean, look at his arms.
Iím a sucker for arms. Especially
the bicep area...
(under his spell)
Knowle sits down on a chair a little ways away
from them... seemingly out of ear range...
Do you think he knows
how gorgeous he is?
Scully looks over at Monica and lifts her eyebrow.
Whoís your what-if guy?
Monica looks over at her.
My what-if guy? I donít
believe I need one. Iím
getting married tomorrow.
Everyone has a what-if guy or
gal, so who is your what-if guy?
(beat) Iíll tell you mine.
Monica looks at Scully for a moment.
(reading into Scullyís mind)
Mulder. Heís your what-if guy.
Now thatís not fair. You
cheated, so you have to
tell me yours.
Is it John?
Monica bursts out laughing.
Oh please! Johnís like one of
my brothers. He could never
be a what-if guy for me.
What about that pact you two
made, how if you two werenít
married by thirty-five...
Yeah, and how young were
we when we came up with that?
It was written in crayon. (beat)
We thought thirty-five was like ninety.
What about the guy from New Orleans?
Monica shakes her head ďnoĒ.
No. Robert and I were just
something that happened
along the path of life.
Monica turns to face her.
Ok, but you have to promise
not to tell John because heíll
be crushed since Iím his what-if girl.
Scully gives her a strange look.
Knowle Justin Rohrer.
I knew it!
Scully smiles at Monica, and Monica gives her
What do you mean ďyou knew itĒ?
Címon... I can tell you
find him attractive.
Well he is...
Monica turns away from her and looks across
the way at Knowle, who is putting sun lotion on his nose.
I mean, look at him.
He is very attractive. Very
protective. Charming Ė at times.
(beat) And heís great in bed.
Monica smiles, knowing how wide Scullyís eyes
just became. Scully looks at Monica with bug-eyes. Knowle looks in
their direction with a small smile on his face, trying to hide the
fact that he heard that last comment.
Monica Isabella Reyes. Youíre
not saying that youíve...
Monica looks at her.
(lowers her voice)
... had an affair with him?
Monica looks offended.
Oh my god! No!
But you said youíve-
-In the past, Dana! (beat) Knowle
and I went to college and shared
an apartment... things... happened.
Scully leans back in her chair and lets out
Oh thank god. (beat) I was afraid
Iíd have a difficult duty
as the Maid of Honor.
(after a beat)
By the way, you never
answered me before...
Scully looks at Monica.
If you could have one last
fling before tying the knot,
who would it be with?
And like I said before-
-I know, youíre not that kind of
girl. (beat) Forget about that for
just one moment and go with it.
Ok... If I could have one last
fling, Iíd probably ask Knowle
because he wouldnít let me do
something that stupid.
Monica smiles at Scully.
He may be a very flirtatious man,
but he has a lot of respect for
me and wouldnít let me do something
that would compromise my relationship
with Brad. (beat) Heís like that.
Scully sighs, suddenly in a world of her own
You know... I donít have anyone
in my life like that, other than
John of course. (beat) If I were
to ask any of my long time friends
for one last fling, they all would.
(beat) Alex and Walter especially.
True. Heíd be too shy.
Knowle stands up and makes his way over to Monica
Monica smiles at him.
Knowle sits down next to Monica.
Hey. (beat) So what are you lovely
ladies talking about?
One last flings.
Knowle lifts an eyebrow.
Moní, you arenít thinkiní of...
because thatís not right.
Monica looks over and smiles at Scully.
See. I told you.
Who wouldíve known...
I told Dana that Iíd choose
you to have my last fling
with before I tied the knot.
(beat) That is, if I were to
be that stupid.
She smiles at him.
Because you wouldnít let me
do something that Iíd regret.
Knowle smiles at her.
You know me better than anyone.
Knowle kisses Monica on the cheek and stands
up to leave. Scully gives him a look, and is completely on to his
feelings for Monica. She smiles a little.
Knowle, are you hitting on my fiancé?
Knowle stops mid-stand for a second and looks
up at Brad, who is accompanied by Doggett.
Iím not hittiní on her.
Sweetie, Iím going to have one
last fling with Knowle. (beat)
Is that all right?
Monica smiles innocently. Brad stops in his
tracks. Did he hear her right? Everyone looks at him with amusement.
(after a beat)
Iím sorry, what?
Monica stands up and goes up to Brad, wrapping
her arms around his neck. She plays flirtatiously with his hair.
I said, darling, that Iím going
to have one last fling with Knowle.
(beat) Thatís all right with you, right?
Monica smiles at him.
No... thatís not all right...
(after a beat)
She smiles at him and kisses him. Brad smiles
And here I thought you
had lost your mind.
Doggett laughs, but quickly stops himself. Monica
looks at him with knowing eyes.
Thank you, John, for not saying what
you were thinking. (beat) But need
I remind you that I can still hear you?
Doggett coughs uncomfortably and rubs the back
of his neck.
Anyway... I came out here to let
you know that there are a lot of
people already arriving.
Already? Thatís unusual for my family.
Monica suddenly realizes...
Oh... Mama is having
a surprise fiesta tonight.
Well, now it wonít be a
surprise, now will it?
Brad smiles at her. Monica looks down and shuts
her eyes. Why did she have to ruin the surprise for the others.
Knowle looks at her and senses she feels bad
about ruining it.
Ah, it wouldíve come out sooner
rather than later. (beat) What, with
the twins around and how much they
talk... we wouldíve found out even
without how special Monica is.
Knowle smiles at Monica and Brad as he tosses
his towel over his shoulder and heads into the house. He turns and
winks at Monica as he goes in. Monica smiles. Knowle is right. The
twins wouldíve eventually ruined the surprise.
Scully comes over to them.
A fiesta? Whatís a Reyes Fiesta like anyway?
Lotís of food. Lotís of music.
Lotís of people. Lotís of dancing.
Lotís of everything.
Sounds like fun.
Off of Scullyís smile...
TIME CUT TO:
INT. REYES HOUSE - FOYER Ė THAT AFTERNOON
Brad walks by the foyer, but is stopped by Monicaís
Hey Brado, we need to speak with you.
Brad stops walking, and makes his way over to
Juan, José, Antonio, and Roberto (Monicaís oldest brother).
Yeah, itís nothing serious though.
So he says...
José smiles deviously.
All right... whatís going on?
Youíre marrying our little sister.
(beat) We need to make sure you
are a decent man before you can
be a part of this family.
Yeah. When we first met you, we
were too nice...
Now is the time for the
real Reyes Brother initiation.
They all give Brad a menacing look, as we...
INT. KITCHEN Ė CONíT
Isabella, Monicaís mother, is busy making hundreds
of tortillas. Grandmama Reyes is helping, but does not look happy
with all the kitchen utensils. Doggett and Knowle have been put to
work chopping vegetables.
(looking at Isabella)
You are doing this all wrong.
No Iím not. This is how
we do it the fast way.
My way is better.
Not when you only have a
few hours to make five
Grandmama shakes her head at all the kitchen
I donít get all this machinery.
Grandmama looks closely at a blender with confusion.
Sometimes we need to make
sacrifices for time, Grandmama.
(looking up at Knowle)
Doesnít mean I like it.
Isabella walks over to Doggett and Knowle to
check to make sure they are not messing anything up.
Make them smaller, Johnny.
Let them do it. They are big boys now.
Carmen, I donít have time for mistakes.
They arenít making mistakes.
Theyíre chopping vegetables.
Donít worry, everything will get
done on time. (beat) Weíve cut
vegetables before, you know.
Knowle looks up and smiles at Isabella.
I wouldnít be this worried if
the twins didnít eat half of
what I made this morning.
Doggett looks up from chopping.
They certainly donít age like wine...
You donít even know...
Hey Knowle, isnít your ma here?
Yes, she is. Sheís resting from
the long drive this morning. (beat)
You know, I told her I would pick
her up so she didnít have to drive
all that way, but she insisted. (beat)
When I got to McAllen, there was a note
saying she had already left.
You are a good boy.
Knowle smiles at Grandmama. He tries his best.
What about your folks?
Doggett stops chopping and lets out a sigh.
Knowle looks at him.
You sound worried.
My Maís going to meet Dana.
Knowle nods his head.
Well yeah, after all Dana is
responsible for what happened to Monica-
Doggett gives him a stern look.
Everyone stops what they are doing and watch
(knowing heís starting something)
What? You know Iím right. Thatís
why you are so worried.
Well you all know Iím right.
His Maís gonna see her as the
-Stop your tough act Knowle Justin,
and just admit you like her. (beat)
There is no need for you to be
mean to her and you know it.
Grandmama gives Knowle a stern look.
Besides, I know you donít
want to upset Monica.
Grandmama gives him a knowing look, and Knowle
looks away and back down at his vegetables.
Doggett watches him. He looks really nervous.
Nervous about something?
Iím not nervous. I just donít
like a psychic knowiní my thoughts.
Well Iím sure she doesnít
like knowing them.
Knowle gives him a glare. Doggett holds back
a laugh and smirks at Knowle.
Heís just afraid Iím going
to tell everyone his big secret.
Knowle looks at her, and Grandmama smiles at
Big secret? (beat) Do tell.
Itís rare when heís not the one being picked
on. Itís a nice change to see Knowle getting it.
I donít have a secret.
Everyone has secrets.
Well I donít.
Well, youíre makiní it pretty
darn obvious that you do.
Doggett smirks at him and Knowle continues to
chop the vegetables, ignoring him.
Címon, what big secret
does The Roar have?
I donít have any, all right?
-Now, now... We all have secrets, and
all secrets come out at the right time
and with the right person. (beat)
There is no need to pressure anyone.
Doggett returns back to chopping vegetables.
He randomly eyes Knowle, trying to figure out his big secret.
Scully and Monica are walking through the foyer.
They walk right by Mulder, who has just arrived and looks lost. Scully
notices him and stops, as does Monica.
Mulder looks at her with lost eyes.
This place... is... huge...
It comes off rather intimidating at
first, but itís simple once you
familiarize yourself with it. (beat)
I can show you around if you like?
Mulder nods his head. His jaw is dropped in
awe. He had no idea Monica had a rich family.
Where should we start... one
of the wings, the stables, the
-Stables? You have stables? Like horses?
I love horses.
Ok. I guess we could start there.
Besides, we should get out
of the house since everyone
will be preparing for a ...
shh... surprise party.
Mulderís eyes widen.
I love surprises!
Me too. But I already know about
it because Iím psychic, and Juan
and José passed Dana and I
and told us. (beat) Itís hard to
keep secrets in this family.
Well, Iíve got one for you, but itís
a surprise and youíll find out soon enough.
Mulder smiles happily. Scully and Monica look
at him curiously. What surprise could Mulder have in store for her...
TIME CUT TO:
EXT. REYES STABLES Ė TEN MINUTES LATER
Monica, Scully and Mulder are walking across
the spacious land, heading towards a row of horse stables.
Wow... all this spacious land
makes me think of being a country boy.
A country boy?
Yep. All I need are the overalls,
hat, and a piece of straw to chew
on. (beat) Can I ride a horse?
I donít see why not.
They enter the stables.
Iíll get my horse ready
for you to ride.
Monica takes Scully and Mulder to a light brown
horse with a white star on itís forehead.
This is my horse, Spirit.
She is the gentlest horse here.
Mulder and Scully pet the horse on the nose.
Sheís very pretty.
Monica opens the stall and enters, followed
She is, isnít she?
I didnít know you knew
how to ride?
Iíve been riding since
I was a kid. (beat) Papa
was always good with horses.
A horse near the end of the row makes a noise
and catches Mulderís attention. He wanders off, unbeknownst to Monica
Mulder makes his way to the end of the stables
and finds himself face to face with a huge black stallion. ďDiabloĒ
is carved into a wooden block that has been nailed above the horseís
stall. Mulder looks back to where Monica and Scully are Ė they are
still in the stall with Spirit and cannot see him. He looks back at
the horse, who lets air out of his nose loudly.
Mulder quietly unlocks the stall door and enters.
Back with Monica and Scully...
Scully is helping Monica put the saddle on Spirit.
I used to ride a bit
when I was younger.
Scully nods her head.
I miss riding now that I
live in the city and work
all the time. I just donít
have the amount of free time
anymore that I had growing up.
I know what you mean. (beat) What
I wouldnít give to leave the city,
live on a ranch, and be able to ride again.
Itíd be quieter too.
You donít even know.
Monica smiles at Scully, who truly has no idea
how peaceful it would be to live in the country away from the busy
life of the people in the city... all of which Monica can hear because
of her gift.
Scully smiles back, and pets Spirit.
(after a beat)
Spirit seems very well trained.
My Papa is good with animals.
He trained her well and keeps
her in good health while Iím
gone. (beat) The only horse no
one has been able to train is Diablo.
Carlosís un-trainable black
stallion. (beat) Only Carlos
has been able to ride him.
Suddenly, they hear a loud ďWHOOP!Ē sound come
out of Mulderís mouth and the sound of loud galloping hoofs coming
from Diablo on the way out of the stables.
Monica and Scully share a confused look and
leave Spiritís stall, just in time to see Mulder riding off bareback
Scully and Monicaís eyes go wide.
(already knowing the answer)
Is that Diablo?
Yep... and there goes Mulder.
They leave the stable to go watch the inevitable
demise of Mulder as he rides Diablo into a rectangular jumping pen.
Does he know how to ride?
Only the Merry-Go-Round.
You know... I donít get it. Iím
psychic, but I couldnít see this
coming? (beat) That doesnít make sense.
Maybe itís because of his
random acts of unpredictability.
At a loss as to what to do, they watch Mulder
ride Diablo. He jumps, gallops, and surprisingly, Mulder manages to
stay on despite riding bareback with zero experience.
After ten minutes, Mulder somehow manages to
control Diablo, and rides him over to Scully and Monica.
(acting like a country boy)
Mulder smiles like a doof.
Oh my god. You just
survived Diablo. Carlos
is going to freak out.
No one has ever done that.
Yeah, and this horse is
supposed to be unbreakable.
Mulder smiles and gets off Diablo.
Well, I guess love and friendship
goes over well with animals too.
Mulder grins and leads Diablo back to his stall.
Monica and Scully share a look... how Mulder-like was that? Only Mulder,
of all people, could ride Diablo other than Carlos. Mulder Luck shines
INT. REYES HOUSE Ė HALLWAY
Scully, Mulder and Monica are walking down one
of the hallways to show Mulder where his room is. He keeps getting
Itís like a maze, you know?
I feel like a mouse trying
to find the cheese that is
I like it because I feel rich.
Itís just a house.
Itís a mansion, Monica. Just say it.
How did your family afford it?
Well, once Papa left the mortician
profession, he decided to sell some
of the family wine.
You have a vineyard? Here?
One of my uncles is very intelligent
when it comes to land. (beat) If
he were in Antarctica, he could
find a way to make a vineyard.
He sounds like a scientist. (beat) Your
family own a lot of land. I mean
the horse stables and riding land
is huge. (beat) Iím half expecting
a landing strip...
Yeah with a Reyes Jet
or concord or something.
(quiet; after a beat)
Scully and Mulder look at her.
Yeah... but we donít have
a concord. Just a small jet.
For sky diving?
No, Mulder. No sky diving.
Mulder looks down disappointed.
Panicked running is heard coming down the hallway,
but no one really takes notice of it... yet.
Why do you and Brad live
in such a small apartment?
You both come from rich families.
We donít take charity from our
families, and money isnít the
key to happiness in life.
Sometimes it canít hurt...
Scully smiles, just as Doggett runs up to her.
You have to hide.
You just gotta.
He quickly starts to drag Scully off.
John, whatís wrong?
My Maís here.
Scullyís eyes light up.
Really? Can I meet her?
No. Sheíll call you a
devil spawn. Sheís evil.
Mulder and Monica follow them.
Now that canít be true...
Youíre too honorable and
sweet to have come from
Scully smiles as Doggett leads her into her
room sheís staying in.
I donít want her to yell and
ruin everything. So just
hide in here.
Until when? She leaves?
But then Iíd miss Mon and
Scully is amused with him, but puts on a ďcuteĒ
But sheís evil.
Ok, Johnny. I will hide for you.
Scully smiles with amusement and kisses John
on the lips.
He smiles, then hurries himself out of the room.
Monica and Mulder look at her after he leaves.
What was that about?
His mother. Heís scared sheís going
to yell at me or something.
Oh, she will. Thereís no doubt
about that. (beat) She always yells.
Monica sits down on the bed next to Scully.
Heís funny, isnít he?
How do you mean?
Thinking Iím going to miss
a Reyes Fiesta so I can hide
from his mommy.
Scully smiles deviously. John only thinks he
INT. DARK WINDOWLESS ROOM Ė REYES HOUSE
Brad, Antonio, Roberto, Juan and José
are sitting around a circular table with a single light above them.
Poker chips are in the center of the table. Antonio, Roberto and José
are leaning back in their chairs, watching Brad and Juan battle out
the end of the poker game.
So... youíre saying that if I
win this... not only do I get
the whole pot, but you donít
marry my sister and I get to
throw you over the cliff to
make you scared of heights like
we did to John Doggett?
Yeah. Why not?
Juan smiles deviously.
Dude! Iím totally going to kick your butt!
Brad doesnít show emotion.
Ready to read Ďem and weep?
The others watch on as Juan lays down his cards.
Full house, baby! Whoo!
Brad looks down at his cards. He lets out a
sigh and winces.
It looks like you better go
on upstairs and help your Mama
in the kitchen because that
surprise fiesta for Moní and I...
Well... thatís still going to happen.
Brad smiles and lays down his hand... a Royal
Juan looks down and sees his hand.
Dammit! You kicked my ass!
Brad smiles and the other brothers clap.
Good game, guys.
Yeah. I think he can marry
Monica. You can always
tell how good a person is
by the way he plays poker.
Yeah, I canít not like him
because of how badly he
José laughs and Juan glares at him.
Well, I better go back up
stairs and help Mama with
the cooking since I ate
a lot of it earlier...
Juan gets up from the table and quickly leaves
Heís not going to pay up, is he?
Not a chance in hell.
Antonio laughs, and Brad nods his head.
He smiles, knowing thatís how this game would
INT. REYES HOUSE Ė HALLWAYS Ė LATER THAT DAY
Did we really think Scully would sit and wait
in her room and hide from Johnís mother all day? Didnít think so.
Scully aimlessly wanders through the hallway,
looking at family portraits on the walls, paintings, and other artwork
the Reyes family has collected that is on display in the hallway.
She stops in front of a painting of a canyon somewhere in Mexico Ė
must be Grandmama Reyesís home from how sheís heard it described.
A door to a room opens and a short old woman
walks out. Sheís wearing a light blue dress, a white sweater over
her shoulders, and her silver hair is pulled back into a bun. The
old woman smiles when she makes eye contact with Scully.
The old woman quietly shuts the door to the
room she was just in.
You must be Dana.
Scully smiles, could this gentle old woman be
Johnís ďevilĒ mother?
Yes, I am.
Iím Naomi Rohrer, Knowleís mama.
Have you met my boy?
Nice to meet you. (beat) Yes, Iíve
met him, but I donít think he likes me.
Naomi smiles and shakes her head.
Youíre Johnís girl, right?
Then he likes you. He may not
admit it, but he does. (beat)
May I ask... why do you think
he doesnít like you?
Scully sighs quietly.
Itís a long, complicated story.
I may look old, but Iím not
planning on going anywhere soon.
Naomi smiles at her joke. Scully canít help
but smile... for many reasons, but mainly because this small little
woman is Knowle Rohrerís mother. Heís so big and tough, and sheís
so small and sweet.
All right. (beat) I assume youíve
heard about when Monica went missing
last year, right?
Naomi nods her head. They start to walk down
the hall together.
I did. Just horrible what happened.
I was also missing with her. (beat)
She was hurt and Knowle blames me
for all of it.
Well certainly it canít be
your fault, sweetie.
I had to do things to her that were
against her will. But I had to so
she could survive. (beat) But Knowle
refuses to see that. He refuses to
see that I was also a victim of the
place where we were held.
Naomi nods her head.
Heís very protective of the people
he loves. (beat) He blames you
because heís unable to blame those
who are actually responsible. (beat)
It may not be the best way to deal with
a situation, but that is how he deals.
Iím certain he doesnít hate you, heís
just having a hard time accepting
what has happened.
Scully shakes her head in disagreement.
I donít think he has a hard time
accepting what happened. He seems
more understanding than other people.
(beat) Especially towards Monica.
Scully and Naomi find a doorway that leads to
the backyard of the Reyes house.
EXT. REYES HOUSE Ė CONíT
They find a quiet bench in the garden and sit
All growing up, Knowle has been
close to Monica. (beat) I think
he understands her more than Johnny
Naomi smiles, having seen with her own eyes
how opposite John and Monica were Ė and still are Ė to each other.
Do you know about Monicaís condition?
Iíve heard people say she can
read minds, but I donít know
any details about it. (beat)
She probably doesnít like how
people talk about her and her
ability. (beat) Sheís been
special her whole life. (beat)
When she was a child, I could
just tell she knew things she
shouldnít. (beat) Maybe not knew,
but she could feel when I was hurt.
Naomi pauses her thoughts to explain.
My ex-husband was abusive to
Knowle and I. And I could just
tell that Monica could feel it
sometimes. (beat) Sheís always
been a sweetheart.
You mean... even as a child she
had this ability?
You should sit and talk with
her Grandmama. Sheíll tell you
stories youíve never heard before.
Naomi smiles at Scully.
(after a beat)
You were married to an abusive man?
Naomi nods her head.
How did you get away from him?
Knowle helped me get away from
him once he got strong enough.
Itís why he went to the Marines.
Where is your ex husband now?
Scully cocks her eyebrow.
How long has he been there?
Since the late 1980s.
Scully nods her head.
I had an abusive boyfriend in
high school. Kind of wish I had
met John back then... had that
happened, I know everything I went
through with Scott never wouldíve
happened. You know?
Itís a good thing you found John.
Heís a good boy. Though Iím sure
you already know that.
Naomi smiles at Scully.
He definitely is. He makes me
so happy. (beat) His mother is
here and heís afraid to have me
meet her because he thinks sheíll
yell and hate me or something.
Liza is a very sweet woman. Sheís
just tough on her boys. (beat)
She has three, you know.
I can imagine that would be tough.
Scully laughs to herself.
I have two baby boys myself.
Scully holds in her outburst of a laugh as she
thinks of how Mulder and Krycek look to her as their Ďmommyí.
(thinking sheís serious)
You do? How old are they?
Scully pulls gets out her wallet and pulls out
a picture of Mulder and Krycek (from recent days).
This is Fox, he goes by Mulder. He
just turned thirty-six. (beat) And
this is Alex, heíll be thirty-seven
Scully smiles and laughs.
Naomi smiles and Scully puts the photos away.
Anyway... I canít wait to meet
Johnís mother. (beat) He thinks
Iím going to hide all night from her.
He knows better.
He likes to exaggerate situations.
Youíll learn that over time.
I already have.
INT. REYES HOUSE Ė THAT EVENING/NIGHT Ė 8:00
The entire house is alive with the Reyes Fiesta!
Even if they had actually tried to keep is a secret, there would be
no way of holding it.
Doggett, Knowle, Mulder, Brad, and some members
of the Reyes family are around a table. They seem to be engrossed
in some sort of competition that involves a challenge of who can drink
alcohol the fastest.
I donít know if I should
drink this so fast. I can
barely hold the watered down
stuff at Manners Bar.
Oh sure you can! Itís a Reyes mix.
Everyone should be able to hold it.
Mulder looks to Doggett, who shakes his head
No... Iíll pass. Thank you.
What about you, Knowle. Is
The Roar up to becoming the
fastest beer drinking in all
of Mexico and South America?
You know... a year ago I wouldíve
been gung-ho about this, but Iím
trying to break the habit.
Juan sneers at him. Thatís no fun at all...
for Juan that is.
Good for you Knowle. What
brought that on?
Well, it took me a while, but
I realized that life is more
important than boozing it away.
Thatís good to hear, man.
Doggett pats Knowle on the back.
So... let me get this straight,
Iím trying to have a ďfastest
alcohol drinkingĒ contest with a
bunch of people who donít drink?
That defeats the purpose.
Disappointed, Juan walks away from them.
Think heíll ever grow up?
If he hasnít yet... Iím
afraid weíre out of luck.
Yeah, itíd be like asking
Alex to grow up. (beat) And
Mulder gives them a sheepish smile and walks
At least he knows he can
be immature at times.
Surprisingly not at work anymore.
Weíll heís an A.D. now.
Good thing for that. Heís done a
great job. I canít complain. (beat)
Well... except for that time where
he was ďremodelingí the basement or
something... it was really loud, and
nothing changed, but he claims he did
I heard about that, never knew
the full details of it either.
LIZA DOGGETT (O.S.)
Doggettís eyes widen and he freezes. Brad and
Knowle look behind Doggett to see his mother and his father enter
the room they are in.
Youíre maís here, John.
And sheís coming up behind you.
Doggett doesnít react... he had put her up for
the night so she wouldnít come to the fiesta because he knew there
would be no stopping Scully from coming.
What do I do?
I donít know. Be a man.
Knowle smiles at him.
Itís just your mother.
Did you hear her tone?
She seems pissed.
Well maybe thatís because you
told her not to come tonight.
Sheís got to be suspicious of
your reasons behind that move.
Ma Doggett comes up behind Doggett. Knowle and
Brad smile at her.
Ma, itís nice to see you here.
So glad you could join us.
I wouldíve been here sooner
if Johnny here didnít lie to me!
He lied to you? Now, what
kind of son would do that?
-Donít answer that!
Johnny Jay, why donít you
want me to be here tonight?
Are you hidiní something from me?
(overly bad lying)
No, of course not.
Brad and Knowle wince. Doggett never could lie
And as if on cue, Scully comes up to join their
conversation. She gives John a kiss on the cheek. Ma Doggett looks
at her unimpressed.
Whoís this devil spawn?!
Doggett freezes. Scully looks at Ma Doggett.
(did she hear her right?)
What kind of red-headed
skank are you to be hanginí
all over my Johnny Jay?
Scully canít be hearing this woman right, can
Johnny Jay, I thought youíd have
more class than to get mixed up
with this kind of whore. (beat) Is
this because of the holidays and
you are feeliní lonely? How much
are you paying for a piece of Ė
-HEY! You have no right to
call me names. You donít even
know me. And that is certainly
no way to talk to John. (beat)
What kind of bitch are you-
Doggettís eyes widen. Did Scully just call his
mother a ďbitchĒ?
-BITCH? Youíre calling me a
bitch? What kind of uncivilized
devil spawn are you? Youíre mother
certainly never taught you manners!
Oh! Like you have manners?! You
come in here and just go off on John for
no reason. Call me a whore, skank, and
a devil spawn! What the hell do
you have against me?
I donít like red-heads. They are
nothing more than spawns of the devil!
(beat) Now get your money-robbing hands
off of my Johnny Jay before I pop you
one in the face!
Ma Doggett gives Scully a mean look. Scully
lets go of John and takes a step towards Ma Doggett. They are the
same height and are at eye level. Scully narrows her eyes as she looks
at Ma Doggett.
Are you threatening me?
Yes I am.
Go ahead! I dare you, you
old miserable bitter hag!
Scully and Ma Doggett stare each other down.
Dana... what are you doing?
Thatís my mother.
A sly smile forms on Scullyís face, and she
quickly tries to recover back to her glare.
Johnny Jay, I forbid you to see
this devil spawn.
You canít do that!
Yes I can. Iím your Ma. If
you stay with her, youíll
no longer be part of the family.
Scully turns to John. Sheís mad.
Make your choice Johnny. Me or
this bitter old hag!
Doggett freezes and has no clue what to do.
He canít believe this is happening. This isnít how he wanted any of
this to go. They were both supposed to not come so they couldnít run
into each other.
By this time, Scully and Ma Doggett have caught
the attention of everyone in the room. No one has ever told Ma Doggett
You canít do this to me. Itís
impossible to choose between
you and family.
Brad did it.
What, you donít love her enough? Is
that what youíre saying? So I guess
that means you wonít be with this skank
any more then, huh?
Sheís not a skank!
Well she certainly dresses like one.
Scully turns and looks at Ma Doggett.
Whatís wrong with my dress?! (beat)
Itís better than the red-neck cloth
youíre wearing, bitch!
Scully bitch-slaps Ma Doggett. She lets out
You find that funny? Were you
raised by wolves? You show your
elders respect, devil spawn!
Respect like youíre showing me?!
Oh hush up, Mr. Grumpy Bum!
Doggett steps back. Did she just call him ďMr.
Ma Doggett smiles at Scully, then looks to Doggett.
Well, I like her, Johnny!
Doggettís eyes go wide. He doesnít get it. One
moment they are tossing insults back and forth, and the next, his
Ma likes Dana... after she calls him... ďMr. Grumpy BumĒ? This doesnít
make sense to him at all.
Wh- when? How? Huh?
Johnny Jay, I raised you better
than this. Start forminí full sentences.
She hit you! You called her
a ďdevil spawnĒ. I-I... I donít get it.
Ma and Scully smile at him.
(to Ma Doggett)
Iím sorry I slapped you.
Oh donít be, it worked.
ďIt workedĒ? What ďworkedĒ?
We were pulling your
leg, Mr. Grumpy Bum.
Scully goes up to him and kisses him on the
So wait... does that mean she...
Why yes, Johnny. I like Dana.
Sheís a very nice lady. (beat)
I can tell sheíll keep you in line.
Off Doggettís confused look...
TIME CUT TO:
INT. REYES HOUSE Ė DEN Ė 9:30 PM
The muffled sound of the fiesta can be heard
in the quiet, dimly lit den. Monica sits on a couch flipping through
an old photo album she found on one of the bookshelves. She smiles
as she sees a photo of her and all her brothers and her sister, Carmen,
when they were younger and living in McAllen, Texas. In recent years,
Monica feels she has become disconnected from her family because of
the year she lost when she was held at the facility in New York. She
never came down right away to see her family. Instead, she got right
back to work at the FBI. In retrospect, that decision was something
of a mistake.
The door to the den quietly opens, catching
the attention of Monica. She turns her head to see who is at the door,
and is surprised to see Robert Comer. He smiles a little smile at
her and enters the room, shutting the door behind him.
She sets the photo album down on the table in
front of her and stands up to greet him.
He goes up to her and gives her a hug.
Did you just get in?
Yeah. Had to catch a
late flight out of D.C.
Comer looks her over and smiles.
You look beautiful.
Youíre supposed to tell me that
tomorrow when Iím in my dress.
I know youíll look even more
(after a beat)
Why arenít you with the
life of the party?
Just needed a quiet place
for a little while.
Comer nods his head.
Having doubts about tomorrow?
Monica looks at him in shock. Even with her
Gift, she wasnít expecting him to say that.
(a bit offended)
Are you having any second
thoughts about marrying him?
Why are you asking me this?
Well, you never have been one
to go all the way through. (beat)
You left New Orleans two weeks
before we were to be married.
I told you already, Robert. I
had a bad feeling about us.
He moves in closer to her, looking her deep
in the eyes.
I only want you to be happy.
He places a hand somewhat firmly on her upper
I donít want to see you get
hurt by him again.
Monica looks into his eyes. She knows what heís
thinking, what heís trying to do.
I am happy with him, Robert. (beat)
And I know what youíre trying to do.
Iím not trying to do anything, Moni-
-Youíre here, right now, so you
can try to get me back in your
life... how we were in New Orleans.
(beat) If you really want me happy,
then youíll realize that Brad makes
Comer lets out a frustrated sigh.
It wonít work out with him, Monica.
And you know it. He puts his work
before you. He always has. Remember,
thatís why you left him in New York.
(beat) Heíll only end up hurting you
again, and I donít want to see that.
You donít even know the first
thing about our relationship.
Then why did you invite me here?
(beat) Way I see it, you wanted me
to come here so youíd have an
excuse to leave Brad.
Oh my god, I canít believe Iím
hearing this. (beat) I invited
you because I hoped we could still
be friends. I guess I was wrong.
She gives him a glare.
(after a beat)
Is this all you came here for?
I donít want to see you unhappy,
Monica. And furthermore, I donít
want to see the woman I love marry
a man who isnít going to treat-
-What, are you saying that you
could treat me right?
You know I could.
Monica moves away from him, not wanting him
to invade her personal space again.
How many times have you been
hospitalized these past few
months because of your job?
She looks him in the eyes. Does he really think
heíd be good for her?
You say Brad puts his job before
me, Robert, but he doesnít try to
get himself killed on the job because
it gives him a ďrushĒ. (beat) Thatís
why you and I didnít work out. You
loved going to that dark side to
catch criminals. (beat) Things were
fine while we both worked in homicide,
but you in undercover assignments isnít
what I need. (beat) You donít know
me like you used to, Robert.
I think I know you well enough
to know when you are unhappy.
(beat) I can see you are hiding
it. You donít have to stay with
him, Monica. Youíre not obligated-
-Obligated? You think I feel
obligated to marry him?
After all these years of being
on and off with him. Of course you are.
I want you to leave, Robert.
I donít want you here anymore.
Just do yourself a favor and
look deep inside. Youíll see
Iím right. (beat) You donít
need to get hurt again by him.
The only man I get hurt by
is you. The guilt you put
on me for making decisions in
my life, and...
She lets out a frustrated breath and turns away
from him so he canít see that she is upset.
Comer watches her for a moment and starts to
head to the door. Just as heís about to leave the room, he turns to
say one last thing to her:
The only guilt you have is
what you put on your own
shoulders, Monica. (beat) I
only hope you can see that
before you marry this guy.
(beat) Live life how you want
to, not because you are
Not even waiting a moment for her reaction,
he leaves her with his last words, shutting the door behind him.
Monica turns to see the door shut. She has tears
in her eyes. This is the last thing she wanted to have happen the
night before she gets married. Comerís last words hurt her, and leave
her feeling as if she has been punched hard in the stomach.
Maybe heís right. Maybe she shouldnít marry
Brad. So much has happened between them recently. The loss of their
daughter has affected her, and she canít even tell how Brad feels
about it. They never talk about it. How can she marry someone she
canít open up to? How can she marry him if he still doesnít understand
her? Perhaps she is making a mistake. Perhaps this whole wedding is
a mistake. When they decided on a date, she ignored the fact that
is would take place around the time that their daughter would be turning
one years old had she been born. Did Brad not know? Or did he ignore
Off Monicaís doubts of marriage, we...
TO BE CONTINUED...