HJA 437 Final scenes

For new readers. Read the previous HJA 437 posts starting Feb 5 before reading this.  

31.   EXT.   A SUBURBAN STREET.   DAY.
ROSE, CARRYING A SHOPPING BAG, AND JANET PUSHING A PRAM WITH HER SHOPPING RESTING ON THE PRAM APRON IT ARE WALKING DOWN THE STREET.

JANET:

I’m ever so pleased for you, Rose.

ROSE:

You haven’t heard the best part. (SHE CONFIDES) We’ve started to make love again. Well we never stopped actually, but not so’s you’d notice. But now…. we’ve had it three times this week.

JANET:

Now wonder you’re looking so pleased with yourself.

ROSE:

I think it might have been the mountain air, up Kinder.

JANET:

Could be.

ROSE:

I hope so because we’re going to the Lake District this Sunday and the mountains are even higher there so it could be four times next week.

THEY LAUGH ABOUT THIS, THEN –

ROSE:

Funny isn’t it. I mean I’ve got the car to thank for it when you think about it, the Zephyr Zodiac. In a round about way.

JANET:

How do you mean?

ROSE:

Well I can’t see that me and Geoff would have ever started going out together again if he hadn’t bought it and then it had got pinched. And if we hadn’t started going out again we wouldn’t have started having sex again.

JANET:

Well I suppose.

ROSE:
Well that’s the………..(SHE SUDDENLY STOPS, HORRIFIED, LOOKING AHEAD)…Shit!

JANET:

What’s the matter?

DUMBSTRUCK, ROSE POINTS AHEAD.

ROSES’S POV. PARKED AT THE ROADSIDE, JUST AHEAD, IS THE ZEPHYR ZODIAC.

JANET:

(OOV) Is it yours? Is that car yours, Rose?

RESUME ON ROSE AND JANET. ROSE, CRESTFALLEN, NODS NUMBLY.

FADE

32.   EXT.   BOWNESS.   DAY.


ESTABLISHING PANORAMIC SHOT OF THE TOWN OF BOWNESS-IN-WINDEMERE IN THE LAKE DISTRICT.

CUT

33.   EXT   LAKESIDE BENCH.   DAY.


 

GEOFF AND ROSE ARE SEATED ON A BENCH AGAINST A BACKDROP OF MOUNTAINS. ROSE SIGHS CONTENTEDLY.

ROSE:

I could sit here all day.

GEOFF:

You couldn’t, we’re going to have to go in a few minutes if we don’t want to miss the bus.

ROSE:

You can’t beat the Lake District, can you. Unless it’s the Yorkshire Dales. Can we go there next week?

GEOFF:

Wharfedale. How about Wharfedale?

ROSE:

Can we?

GEOFF:

I’ll look up the bus times.

ROSE:

Lovely.

FADE

34.   EXT.   OUTSIDE THE HORSEFIELDS HOUSE.   DAY.


ROSE AND JANET ARE STOOD AT THEIR RESPECTIVE FRONT DOORSTEPS CHATTING. THEIR DOORS ARE OPEN.

JANET:

So you still haven’t told him then.

ROSE:

I’m not going to.

JANET:

Don’t you feel guilty?

ROSE:

Yes. But I’d rather feel guilty and have some sort of life…..And once he’s got that car back……

JANET:

He might still want to take you out if he had the car back.

ROSE:

Happen. Then again it might not.

FX: WHILE ROSE HAS BEEN SPEAKING HER PHONE HAS STARTED RINGING.

JANET:

Is that you phone?

ROSE NODS AND GOES INDOORS.

CUT

35.   INT. THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY.


GEOFF PICKS THE PHONE UP. ROSE COMES IN AND SEES THAT GEOFF HAS DONE THIS.

ROSE:

Oh.

GEOFF:

(ON PHONE). Geoff Horsefield………….What?………. When?…….(TO ROSE) It’s the police. They’ve found the car….(ON PHONE) What? Where?……..Right I’ll come and pick it up.

FADE

36.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S KITCHEN   DAY.


ROSE IS PREPARING A MEAL. GEOFF COMES IN.

ROSE:

You’ve been a long time.

GEOFF:

I had to make a call at a couple of places on the way back.

HE HANDS HER A BROWN PAPER ENVELOPE.

ROSE:

What’s this?

GEOFF:

Open it and see.

ROSE OPENS THE ENVELOPE AND TAKES OUT A PRINTED SHEET OF PAPER AND TWO TICKETS. SHE GLANCES QUICKLY AT BOTH ITEMS THEN LOOKS AT GEOFF, WHO IS SMILING.

ROSE:

Geoff?…..but where did you get the money… (CHECKS THE PRINTED PAPER)…it’s nearly eight hundred pounds.

GEOFF:

I got rid of the car.

37.   INT.   AIRPORT PASSENGER LOUNGE.   DAY


OPEN ON THE COVER OF A MAGAZINE ‘WALKING IN THE SIERRA NEVADA’.

PULL BACK TO SEE ROSE READING THIS MAGAZINE. GEOFF IS SEATED ALONGSIDE HER.

TANNOY ANNOUNCER:

Will passengers for flight number ESX 453 go to Gate number twenty three.

GEOFF:

That’s us Rose.

THEY PICK UP THEIR HANDS BAGGAGE AND MAKE FOR GATE 23. WE GO WITH THEM. SUDDENLT ROSE STOPS, BRINGING GEOFF TO A HALT.

GEOFF:

What the matter?

ROSE:

I shouldn’t do this but if I don’t it will be with me for the rest of my life.

GEOFF:

What will?

ROSE:

This….well, terrible feeling of guilt.

GEOFF:

Go on then.

ROSE:

Well you know before the police eventually found the Zephyr Zodiac?

GEOFF:

What Zephyr Zodiac?

ROSE LOOKS AT HIM. HE SMILES. SHE SMILES BACK.

ROSE:

Yes, what Zephyr Zodiac.

SHE LINKS HIS ARM, KISSES HER ON THE CHEEK AND THEY WALK ON.

END

Well that’s it. If anyone has got this far I’d be pleased to read your observations, praiseworthy or otherwise.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HJA 437 Scenes 27-30

For new readers. Read the previous HJA 437 posts starting Feb 5 before reading this.

27.   INT. THE HORSEFIELD’S KITCHEN .   DAY.


GEOFF AND ROSE ARE HAVING A MEAL AT THE KITCHEN TABLE.

ROSE:

It was nice on Sunday, wasn’t it. At Didsbury, down by the river.

GEOFF:

Yes. Yes it was all right.

ROSE:

A bit like old times. (A PAUSE) Geoff? (GEOFF LOOKS UP FROM HIS FOOD) Well I was thinking…..Perhaps we could go to the Audenshaw reservoirs this Sunday? (QUICKLY) After we’ve had a good look round the Audenshaw area for the car, I mean. And if we haven’t found it. We used to like going to the Audenshaw reservoirs. I’ll see if I can find our binoculars, we could do a bit of birdwatching like we used to.

GEOFF:

Yes. Yes all right then. If we haven’t found the car.

FADE

28.   EXT. THE AUDENSHAW RESERVOIRS.   DAY.


GEOFF AND ROSE ARE WALKING ALONG THE PATH THAT SURROUNDS THE RESERVOIRS. BOTH HAVE BINOCULARS ROUND THEIR NECKS.

ROSE:

(LOOKING AROUND) It hasn’t changed much, has it.

GEOFF:

Not at all. It doesn’t seem as big.

ROSE:

Things never are when you go back to them after a long time. It’s still big enough  to lose yourself in it though. Forget all your troubles. (SHE STOPS AND LOOKS AROUND AGAIN. SHE POINTS TO A SPOT OUT OF SHOT) You see over there. By those bushes?

GEOFF:

(LOOKS) What about it?

ROSE:

That’s where we first made love.

GEOFF:

Is it?

ROSE:

Right there on that very spot. I was seventeen. You were nineteen. Do you remember?

GEOFF:

Yes. Yes I do.

ROSE:

Really?

GEOFF:

Yes I remember being nineteen very well, it was the year I started shaving and he White Hart darts team won the Brewer’s Cup.

ROSE REALISES HE IS PULLING HER LEG AND PUSHES HIM AFFECTIONATELY.

ROSE:

You!

FADE

29.   INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY.

GEOFF AND ROSE ARE WATCHING TELEVISION. A NORTH WEST REGIOINAL NEWS PROGRAMME IS ON.


TV PRESENTER:

Our man on the spot in Hayfield is Keith Evans.

ON TV SCREEN.  CUT TO A REPORTER  WHO IS DOING A PIECE TO CAMERA ABOUT SHEEP RUSTLING. BEHIND HIM IS OPEN COUNTRYSIDE.

ROSE:

Hayfield Geoff!

GEOFF:

Yes.

ROSE:

We never did go there for a drive out, did we.

GEOFF:

We’re not going to get there now unless we get the Zephyr Zodiac back, are we.

ROSE:

We could go on the bus. This Sunday. We could go up Kinder Scout again. After we’ve had a good look round the Hayfield area for the car of course. I mean it’s just as likely to have been stolen by somebody from Hayfield as it is by anyone else.

GEOFF:

Well, I suppose.

FADE

30.   EXT.   KINDER SCOUT.   DAY.


GEOFF AND ROSE ARE WALKING UP KINDER SCOUT. THEY REACH THE SUMMIT. GEOFF IS PUFFING AND PANTING A BIT, ROSE A BIT LESS SO. ROSE TURNS TO TAKE IN THE VIEW.

ROSE:

Cor! I’d forgotten how nice it was. Absolutely breathtaking. Look Geoff.

GEOFF:

I better hadn’t, it’s taken all the breath I’ve got on the way up, I’m buggered.

ROSE:

It’s just that you’re not used to it. You’re a bit out of condition that’s all. Me as well. We’ll soon get our fitness back though if we carry on walking every week. And carry on looking for the Zephyr Zodiac of course.

GEOFF:
Yes.

ROSE TAKES IN THE VIEW AGAIN.

ROSE:

It really is nice up here, isn’t it.

GEOFF:

Gorgeous.

ROSE:

You know where I’d really like to go walking?

GEOFF:

Where?

ROSE:

Spain. The Sierra Nevada.

GEOFF:

We’re not going to find the Zephyr Zodiac in Spain, Rose. Especially in the Spanish mountains.

ROSE:

No, I meant for a holiday. A walking holiday. I saw one advertised in one of the Sunday supplements the other week. A three week two hundred mile trek with a guide. Gorges, waterfalls, eagles on the wing. It sounded fabulous. (GRIMACES) Fabulous price as well.

GEOFF:

How much was it?

ROSE:

I forget. Way out of our price range anyway. Seven hundred and something I think.

GEOFF:

I think it might have to be Blackpool again and a walk along the prom.

ROSE:

Nothing wrong with Blackpool. Shall we walk along the top a bit.

THEY START TO WALK ALONG THE MOUNTAIN TOP. GEOFF PUTS HIS ARM ROUND ROSE. SHE SNUGGLES CLOSER TO HIM AND SHE PUTS HER ARM AROUND HIM.

FADE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HJA 437 Scenes 20-23

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20.   INT.   JANET’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY.   
ROSE AND JANET ARE LOOKING FONDLY INTO A PRAM.

ROSE:

Oh he’s lovely Janet. Gorgeous.

JANET:

Brian doesn’t think so, he says he looks like Winston Churchill.

ROSE:

All men think babies look like Winston Churchill Janet. (LEANS OVER TO SPEAK TO THE BABY) But you don’t look like Winston Churchill, do you. No. You’re a little love, aren’t you. Look at him laughing. (TO JANET) Have you decided on a name for him yet?

JANET:

Darren. After that bloke in ‘Bewitched’.

ROSE:

That’s nice. Nice and modern.

JANET:

We were thinking of giving him a second name as well. If it’s all right with you.

ROSE:

All right with me?

JANET:

And Geoff. You see it would be sort of in honour of you and Geoff for getting me to the hospital on time.

ROSE:

That’s very thoughtful of you, Janet.

JANET:

The problem is we can hardly call him Rose….. and we don’t like the name Geoff. No offence.

ROSE:

None taken, I’m not all that keen on it myself.

JANET:

So we thought we’d call him after your car instead.

ROSE:

Zephyr Zodiac? Darren Zephyr Zodiac?

JANET:

(LAUGHS) No, Ford. It’s a Ford. According to Brian. Both of us think it’s a nice name Ford, very manly.

ROSE:

Well it’s certainly better than Zephyr Zodiac. Anyway if you called him that he might never get out if he turns out anything like our Zephyr Zodiac.

JANET:

Have you heard anything about it yet? Your car?

ROSE:

Not yet. We went out looking for it yesterday but we didn’t have any luck. I didn’t think we would but it’s worth a try.

JANET:

I’ll keep an eye out for it myself when I’m walking Darren Ford out.

ROSE:

Thanks. We’re going looking again this weekend if it still hasn’t turned up. Somewhere else this time.

JANET:

Well I hope you find it. I feel dead guilty about it. I mean if it hadn’t been for me…..

ROSE:

Don’t talk so daft, Janet. It was just one of those things. Anyway at least it’s got Geoff and me going out together again.

FADE

21.   EXT.   SUBURBAN MANCHESTER STREETS.   DAY.

ROSE AND GEOFF ARE WALKING ALONG LOOKING FOR THEIR CAR. AS WELL AS CARS PARKED AT THE ROADSIDE AND ON THE DRIVES OF HOUSES THEY ARE CHECKING OUT PASSING CARS.

CUT TO

ANOTHER STREET. THEY WALK ALONG. THEY TURN A CORNER INTO YET ANOTHER STREET. A BLACK ZEPHYR ZODIAC IS PARKED ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE STREET. ROSE SPOTS IT BEFORE GEOFF. SHE GRABS HIS ARM AND POINTS IN THE DIRECTION OF THE CAR.

ROSE:

Geoff!

GEOFF LOOKS.

GEOFF’S POV.  THE CAR IS NEAR ENOUGH FOR US TO SEE THAT IT IS THE WRONG REGISTRATION.

ON GEOFF AND ROSE.


GEOFF:

No, not ours. Wrong reg. Ours is HJA 437.

DISAPPOINTED, THEY WALK ON.

FADE

21.   INT.   JANET’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY.


ROSE AND JANET ARE HAVING COFFEE.

JANET:

But it wasn’t yours?

ROSE:

Same colour and everything. Different registration.

JANET:

Whereabouts were you looking?

ROSE:

The Belle Vue area.

JANET:

Why there?

ROSE:

It was the first bus that came along. But we’re going to be a bit more systematic about it in future. I’m going to get an A to Z and cross off the area and the streets as we cover them so we don’t end up looking down the same streets. We’re doing Didsbury this weekend.

JANET:

Oh it’s nice there. You get a lot of university students living there.

ROSE:

Yes, just the sort of people who pinch cars.

FADE

22.   EXT.   STREETS OF DIDSBURY, MANCHESTER.


ROSE AND GEOFF ARE LOOKING FOR THEIR CAR. THEY TURN A CORNER. WE GO WITH THEM. ROSE NOTICES A CAFÉ UP AHEAD.

ROSE:

(INDICATES THE CAFÉ) I don’t know about you but I’m ready for a drink.

GEOFF:

Yes, all right.

THEY ENTER THE CAFÉ.

FADE

23.   INT.   CAFÉ.   DAY.


ROSE AND GEOFF ARE SEATED NEAR TO THE WINDOW HAVING COFFEE.

ROSE:

Have you spoken to the insurance yet?

GEOFF:

Them!

ROSE:

You have then.

GEOFF:

It’ll be weeks, months before they cough up, if they ever do. ‘We’ve got to make absolutely sure that the vehicle is permanently missing, Mr Horsefield’. They’re about as much use as the police. It would be a different story if it was their Zephyr Zodiac that had been pinched.

ROSE:

Well we might find it yet. But not while we’re sat here. (SHE DRAINS HER CUP THEN INDICATES GEOFF’S CUP) Have you finished yet?

GEOFF:

I think I’ve had enough for today Rose. If I have to look at any more cars I’ll go mad.

ROSE:
(HAS A THOUGHT) I tell you what. We’re quite near the river, here. It’s lovely there. We went there a couple of times when we were courting. Do you remember?

GEOFF:

Yes. Yes I do.

ROSE:

We could go. Take our mind off looking for the car for a bit.

GEOFF:

(COMES TO A DECISION) Yes. Yes all right then.

FADE


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HJA 437 Scenes 15-19

15.   EXT. OUTSIDE THE HORSEFIELDS HOUSE.   NIGHT.

ROSE, BRIAN AND JANET, WHO IS IN THE THROES OF LABOUR PAINS, ARE WAITING AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DRIVE. GEOFF DRIVES THE CAR OUT OF THE GARAGE AND STOPS AT THEM. HE GETS OUT OF THE CAR WHILE ROSE OPENS ONE OF THE REAR DOORS TO USHER JANET IN.

GEOFF:

Hold on a minute.

HE MAKES FOR THE FRONT DOOR.

ROSE:
Where are you going?

GEOFF:

(TURNS TO HER) We’ll need a sheet or something for the back seat, we don’t want any accidents on the leopard skin upholstery.

JUST BEFORE HE FINISHES SPEAKING JANET HAS ANOTHER CONTRACTION AND GASPS IN PAIN.

ROSE:

Can you hear the poor woman Geoff? Get her to the hospital, now!

GEOFF:

It’ll only take me…..

ROSE:

(CUTTING IN) Geoff!

GEOFF:

Bloody hell.

RELUCTANTLY GEOFF GETS BACK IN THE CAR. ROSE HELPS JANET INTO THE BACK OF THE CAR.

FADE

16.   EXT.   OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL ENTRANCE.   NIGHT.

THE CAR PULLS UP AT THE ENTRANCE. BRIAN GETS OUT OF THE PASSENGER SEAT AND GOES ROUND TO HELP ROSE GET JANET OUT OF THE BACK SEAT. GEOFF REMAINS BEHIND THE WHEEL. WHEN JANET IS OUT OF THE CAR HE TURNS TO GIVE THE BACK SEAT A ONCE OVER, LOOKING FOR STAINS. HIS ARM ROUND JANET, BRIAN USHERS HER TOWARDS THE ENTRANCE. ROSE TAPS ON THE WINDOW TO GET GEOFF’S ATTENTION. GEOFF LOOKS AT HER. SHE INDICATES TO GEOFF TO WIND DOWN THE WINDOW. GEOFF DOES THIS.

ROSE:
Park up. We’ll be in Maternity.

GEOFF:

Park up?

ROSE:

I’m not leaving her now Geoff, she could have the baby any minute. We’ll be in Maternity.

GEOFF:

Well I don’t have to stop.

ROSE:

Yes you do.

GEOFF:

You can give me a ring and I’ll come and pick you up.

ROSE:

You might not hear me.

GEOFF;

Why wouldn’t I hear you?

ROSE

 (CONTINUING)You’ll probably be polishing the car.

GEOFF:

At three-o-clock in the morning?

ROSE:

I wouldn’t put it past you.

GEOFF:

Give me a ring.

HE MAKES TO DRIVE OFF.

ROSE:

Just a minute. (SHE OPENS HER HANDBAG, TAKES OUT A PURSE, TAKES A COIN FROM THE PURSE IN THUMB AND FINGER AND SHOWS IT TO GEOFF) You either park this car up right now then come to meet me in Maternity or I scrape this all down the side of your precious Zephyr Zodiac. Either now or when I get home. And don’t think I won’t.

GEOFF REALISES HE IS BEATEN.

GEOFF:

I’ll see you in a bit.

FADE

17  EXT.   OUTSIDE A HOSPITAL ENTRANCE.   NIGHT.

ROSE AND GEOFF EMERGE FROM THE DOORS, GEOFF YAWNING, AND STEP OUT INTO THE NIGHT GEOFF INDICATES TO HIS RIGHT.

GEOFF:

Car park’s just over here.

THEY SET OFF WALKING.

18.   EXT.   CAR PARK.   NIGHT.

THERE ARE VERY FEW CARS IN THE CAR PARK. THE ZEPHYR ZODIAC IS NOT ONE OF THEM. GEOFF AND ROSE WALK INTO THE CAR PARK. GEOFF IMMEDIATELY REALISES SOMETHING IS WRONG AND COMES TO A SUDDEN STOP.

ROSE:

What’s the matter?

GEOFF:

It’s not here.

ROSE:

Not here?

GEOFF POINTS TO A SPACE.

GEOFF:

It was there. Right there.

ROSE:

Are you sure we’re in the right car park?

GEOFF:

I know where I parked it Rose. Somebody’s pinched it! Somebody’s pinched the Zephyr Zodiac! I knew something like this would happen.

FADE

19.  INT.   THE HORSEFIELD’S LIVING ROOM.   DAY.

ROSE IS SEATED. GEOFF IS ON THE PHONE.

GEOFF:

No…………Well can you give me some idea?………………Well how long does it usually take to recover a stolen car?……………As long as that?………..Never?………. Yes, right……………….I’ll give you a ring tomorrow then………………..No, I’ll ring you.

HE CRADLES THE PHONE AND TURNS TO ROSE.

GEOFF:

Nothing. Not a dicky bird.

ROSE:

Well they’ve got the registration number and the description. And it’s only been a week.

GEOFF:

Bloody police. If it hadn’t got a tax disc they’d find it soon enough.

ROSE:

Probably.

GEOFF:

I bet they’re not even looking for it. Well they don’t, they just give the number to the rozzers who fart around in police cars and the few of them who are still left on the beat on the off chance they spot it. Fat chance of that happening.

A THOUGHT OCCURS TO ROSE.

ROSE:

Perhaps we could look for it?

GEOFF:

What?

ROSE:

Well if the police aren’t looking for it…..?

GEOFF:

Me and you should look for it?

ROSE:

Well we could.

GEOFF:

It could be anywhere in the country, Rose.

ROSE:

Yes but it isn’t likely to be, is it. It’s much more likely to be somewhere in Manchester.

GEOFF:

Somewhere in Manchester? Do you realise how big Manchester is?

ROSE:

Well at least we’d be trying. You never know, we could walk down the road, turn a couple of corners and there it would be. (SHE STANDS UP) Come on then, get your skates on.

GEOFF CONSIDERS IT FOR A MOMENT, THEN –

GEOFF:

I’ll get my coat.

FADE

 

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