REHASHED PILOT

FIT THE THIRD

INT.

CONTROL ROOM. THEORA'S DESK.

THEORA

(Tapping frantically on her keyboard.)

Where is he?

MURRAY

Keep looking. He's got to be around somewhere.

THEORA

(After continuing for several more seconds)

Nothing. Damn it.

MURRAY

Relax. Don't swear. We'll find him.

CUT TO:

EXT.

PARKING GARAGE. EDISON IS LYING THERE.

EDISON

(Awakens. Sits up.)

What happened?

(Looks for camera. It is gone.)

Aw, damn it. Cheviot's gonna kill me for this.

TOM

You're already lucky to be alive, young man.

EDISON

And you are...

TOM

Tommy J. A 're lucky ol Tom Cat was around. Those two don't usually leave nothin' livin'.

EDISON

Thanks.

TOM

What's a house-cat like you doing out in these places anyhow?

EDISON

Great. I can't even remember what I came here for.

TOM

Why not just call and ask your friends?

EDISON

Can't remember the number. It's right there, but every time I try to pull it up in my head it just goes away again.

TOM

Probably something to do with that bowling ball on the back of your head.

EDISON

You think?

CUT TO:

INT.

CONTROL

ARLENE

Hey. Why don't I send Paddy out to look for Edison?

MURRAY

Brilliant!

THEORA

That's a great idea!

PADDY

Get Martinez. We can cover more ground if we take the chopper.

CUT TO:

Paddy runs to the lift and gets inside.

CUT TO:

EXT.

THE CHOPPER IS ALREADY RUNNING AND READY.

PADDY

Let's go, Martinez! Edison needs our help!

MARTINEZ

(works the controls of the chopper.)

When is he not in trouble? I've done more rescue missions for that guy then I've ever done in the war.

CUT TO:

INT.

CONTROL

MURRAY

Good luck, you two.

CUT TO:

EXT.

NETWORK 23. THE NETWORK HELICOPTER TAKES OFF.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT.

OLD ABANDONED MALL.

TOM

This way.

EDISON

Are you sure this guy can help?

TOM

Yeah. He's brilliant.

EDISON

And you know him how?

TOM

Don't ask.

EDISON

So is he another Blank?

TOM

Yeah. For personal reasons. Very personal. Oh, and just don't stare or comment on his clothes too much. They're all he's got right now.

EDISON

Well, if he's as smart as you say, I'll pay him enough to buy a whole new wardrobe.

TOM

I'm sure he'd appreciate that.

WE FOLLOW EDISON AND TOM TO...

INT.

TECHNOLOGY SHOP.

BRYCE

(looks up at security mirror)

I'll be right with you. Just finishing up this little project.

(does a little more work on the computer in front of him.)

TOM

HI, Bryce.

BRYCE

Hello, Tom Cat. Isn't that Edison Carter with you?

EDISON

I am.

BRYCE

Well, I've got a pretty good story for you.

EDISON

I'm already working on something. I just can't remember what.

BRYCE

I'll make a deal with you. You tell my story, and I'll retrieve your memory.

EDISON

How can you do that?

BRYCE

Do you understand how a binary computer works?

EDISON

Sure. Ones and zeroes turn a series of switches on and off.

BRYCE

(smiles)

Exactly.

(polishes his glasses. Returns them to his face.)

The brain works in the same basic manner. All I need to do is link up your brain to the computer.

EDISON

How do you know it will work?

BRYCE

Well, I've only done a preliminary test on a baby parrot. There's about a dozen or so birds in the old pet store.

(shows Edison a parrot on the screen in front of him)

EDISON

Where does the image come from?

BRYCE

It is simply the bird's self-perception translated into data.

EDISON

So my face would also appear on screen.

BRYCE

Exactly. So, do we have a deal?

EDISON

Maybe. What's your story anyhow?

BRYCE

Have you ever heard of a place called The Scarlet Room?

FADE TO BLACK.

yeah right

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