|Vincent Savino (Michael Chiklis), |
Ralph Lamb (Dennis Quaid)
Vincent meets up with a guest named Mr. Huxley who it turns out wants to have his wife murdered. The next morning Mr. Huxley is found dead in his room, his wife gone.
About the same time Jason is caught counting cards and brought to Vincent for some justice. Vincent can do little with the cops around but looking to score points with Dixon he has him pick up his old friend.
Dixon and Jason end up in a bar where Jason attempts to hustle a pool game but ends up starting a bar fight. The antics continue for Jason and Dixon.
Mr. Huxley’s wife returns with her lover from across town where she had been all night. She has an alibi.
Lamb investigates only to discover the killer might be Jason who has been running around with Dixon causing trouble. They must find the two before something worse happens...
SPEC SCRIPT BEGINNING
Int. SAVOY Casino Lobby - EVENING
Vincent stands waiting for someone as he spots Dixon across the casino shaking hands with a young man, Jason, in a Navy uniform. They are friendly but part ways. Vincent is snapped from his observation by an employee who informs him that his guest has arrived.
The guest, a mobster from Chicago, Huxley, enters with his wife, both in good spirits, Huxley requests to speak with Vincent in his office.
INT. VINCENT’s OFFICE -
Huxley stands pouring himself a Scotch.
What can I do for you?
My wife wants to divorce me and take the kids. She knows a lot about the business. She needs to go and I want you to help me find someone to do it.
int. savoy hotel room - early morning
There is a click of cameras and the movement of people as it is revealed that the center of attention is Huxley’s dead body. The man has been beaten, stabbed, strangled, and shot several times.
Doesn’t look like he went easy.
(indicating a dress hanging from the closet door)
Who was here with him?
His wife, we haven’t talked to her yet. They just got into town for an anniversary.
She’s missing? Kidnapped? Put out a bulletin.
Int. vincent’s office
Vincent stands while holding the phone to his ear as he is on a call to Chicago.
They just found his body. No, I don’t know who did it but Carol is missing.
Ralph Lamb enters.
Look the sheriff just walked into my office. Maybe he’s got some details. Okay.
Vincent hangs up the phone.
The man had friends.
What about his wife?
She has friends too.
What kind of cooperation are you going to give me?
My full cooperation. There was a murder at my casino. No one wants this solved more than me.
I can think of one person.
Lamb leaves as Vincent enters and closes the door behind him.
I need to talk with you.
Did you find her?
No, something else. We caught someone counting cards. He had over ten grand on him.