59-“Juliet”

Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen, Written by Gene Roddenberry

Miranda Jones as Juliet Harper
Earle Hodgins as Colonel Jeremiah Pike
John Beradino as Nelson Pike
Allen Case as Tad Pike
Ronald Green as Third Officer Jenkins
Buff Brady as Stage Guard
Tex Terry as Stage Driver

Gentlemen, in the last few hours, I’ve been abused, shot at, beaten, and had my horse stolen. Now, I’d like a few answers, If you don’t mind.

EXT. ON THE TRAIL – DAY

EXT. CIRCLE T RANCH – DAY
Hold it! Now, let’s start with your name. What you doing?

PALADIN
My name is paladin. I’m from san francisco and I’m just passing through.

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Or maybe you’re just calling on the girl? Juliet? Or you know where she is? We just finished burying her aunt and uncle. Now we want her.

PALADIN
You two did that?

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Why sure. They’re Harpers and we’re Pikes.

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The colonel’s coming back.
Maybe he found out something.

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Who is he?
A stranger. Kinda ornery.

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Well, just leave him be. I found out where the gal went. Nelson, you go get the man’s horse. On foot and without a gun, He ain’t gonna be no trouble to us.

STAGECOACH DRIVER
Hyah!

Paladin jumps from a cliff and alights upon a passing stagecoach. He punches the shotgun man, takes his rifle, then forces the driver to stop.

PALADIN
Pull ’em up! Now! Now, gentlemen, I usually begin more politely. But in the last few hours, I’ve been beaten, abused, Shot at, I’ve lost my horse and my gun, And now I want some answers! Since when do Butterfield stages run down fares? You saw my money.

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We thought maybe you was one of Jeremiah Pike’s kin.

PALADIN
Colonel pike? Confederate irregulars?

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The same. Worse than Quantrill.

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Did you ever hear what he did to those Maryland farm people?

PALADIN
I heard. Both sides, the north and the south, had a price on his head.

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We’re carrying something he wants, bad. We figured you was one of his tricks.

PALADIN
I’ll get a horse and a gun in the next town. Settle my fare there.

DRIVER
Hyah.

JULIET HARPER
I’m Juliet Harper.

PALADIN
Miss harper, I have no intention of harming you. Why don’t you put the knife away?

JULIET HARPER
I have some water and some linen here. You look like you need it.

PALADIN
Ah, thank you. Miss harper, there’s an old rule and a very good one. Young ladies should not stare at strangers. Particularly very young ladies. It causes misunderstandings.

JULIET HARPER
I’m old enough to take care of myself, thank you. I’m eighteen.

PALADIN
That means you’re actually 17. At your age, the female of the species adds one year. I’ve heard your name, miss harper. You were living with an aunt and an uncle.

JULIET HARPER
And you’re trying to find some way to tell me they’re dead.

PALADIN
Well, you guessed right.
They’re dead.

JULIET HARPER
Oh, I’m an expert on that subject. 17. I’ve seen more death than most women at 70. You want to hear how my folks died? Just trying to get enough money to get us out of this place. To let me and my brother see how decent people lived. And have a decent education. And a decent place to live. Decent. They don’t even know what that word means at tonapaw county. And they won’t until every last pike and harper is dead and buried. Now, does that sound like I’m 17?

PALADIN
Do you have someplace to go?

JULIET HARPER
My brother got away first. He’s got some kind of ranch on Sandwich Islands. Hawaii, I think they call it now. And he sent for me.

PALADIN
I spent a year in Hawaii once. I think you’ll like it there.

JULIET HARPER
You mean if I get there.

PALADIN
Those are beautiful islands. You know how they round up cattle there? They drive them into the surf. They’re sea-going cowboys. Afterwards, there’s music and dancing…

GUNSHOTS

PALADIN
get down.
Can’t reach ’em. They’re staying out of shotgun range.
We’ll still try to outrun ’em.

PALADIN
Listen, we’re gonna have to jump, Around the next turn. I don’t want you to break your ankles. Let’s take these shoes off. Come on!

PALADIN
You all right?

JULIET HARPER
Yes.

PALADIN
When they stop that stage, they’ll know we jumped. They won’t kill the shotgun and the driver, But they’ll certainly come back for us. Gotta move.

EXT. RANCH HOUSE – NIGHT

PALADIN
Now, we take a chance on the smoke. And I’d better block the light out of these windows. Let’s see, we’re about 14 miles north of the stage line now. You have any idea whose place this might be?

JULIET HARPER
Good morning.

PALADIN
‘morning. There’s some food on the table. It’s cold. I couldn’t risk a fire.

JULIET HARPER
Oh, that looks good. Aren’t you hungry?

PALADIN
I’ve already eaten.

JULIET HARPER
How long are we gonna stay here?

PALADIN
We can’t risk traveling during the day. We’ll stay here today at least.

JULIET HARPER
Oh, you sound cross. Didn’t you sleep well?

PALADIN
No! The fact that there are men out there hunting us May have had something to do with that. You wanna clean up, there’s a bucket and water outside.

JULIET HARPER
I’m pleased you’ve noticed I’m old enough to carry a bucket.

PALADIN
Miss harper. Let’s try and agree on one thing. The fact that you and I are here alone together does not make this a romantic interlude. My primary interest is in staying alive.

JULIET HARPER
You think you are so smart.

PALADIN
Just a minute. What do you know about this place?

JULIET HARPER
Maybe if you’d start treating me like a woman…

PALADIN
I have tried to make that point with you. You aren’t a woman.
Now, about this place.

JULIET HARPER
It’s the Johnson ranch. My aunt knew her and she used to bring me up here.

PALADIN
Was mr. Johnson in the cavalry?

JULIET HARPER
I think my uncle said
he was with cannon or something.

PALADIN
Confederate artillery?

JULIET HARPER
No, union.

PALADIN
How long has it been since anyone saw the johnsons?

JULIET HARPER
I guess at least a month. Somebody in town the other day was just…

PALADIN
Now, Miss Harper, We’ve got to put this room back exactly the same way we found it.
Now! Come on!

JULIET HARPER
What’s happened to the johnsons?

PALADIN
If they’re lucky they were pushed over the county line at gunpoint. Those sabers up on the fireplace are confederate cavalry pieces.

JULIET HARPER
Jeremiah pike!

PALADIN
That’s right, jeremiah pike. We picked the tiger’s den to hide in.

JULIET HARPER
The jacket! I forgot the jacket.

EXT. BAD MEN RIDE UP

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Ah, nelson, you get the bacon out of the saddle bag?

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You got two hands, ain’t ya?

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Why I always…?

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Go on, now, I’ll fetch some water.

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Don’t the colonel ever get tired of sniffing for trail? Acts like a blamed huntin’ dog.

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Better get some food on. He’ll be mighty mean if you don’t find their prints.

JULIET HARPER
Look. The Johnson kid must’ve played up here. I used to make straw-filled dolls, too.
That was years ago, of course.

PALADIN
Of course.

JULIET HARPER
Has jeremiah shown up yet?

PALADIN

Nn-nn. The other two are still in the house. They got a fire going.

JULIET HARPER
I hope he doesn’t. I’m more afraid of him than anything.

PALADIN
There’s one thing about being in the tiger’s den. It’s the last place he’d expect to find his prey. Why don’t we talk about something else?

JULIET HARPER
I don’t even know your name.

PALADIN
It’s paladin.

JULIET HARPER
Paladin?

PALADIN
Mm-hmm.

JULIET HARPER
Shall I tell you something? I’m not afraid. Not with you here. Does that sound real dumb?

PALADIN
Yes.

JULIET HARPER
You always have to make good sense, don’t you?

PALADIN
As ben johnson said, “good judgment is forced upon us “by age and experience.”

JULIET HARPER
You keep trying to sound so blamed old. Are you trying to impress me or to convince yourself? What do you do for a living? Are you trying to think up some lie, Mr. Paladin? Something to scare me with? Well, let’s see. You’re used to running people. If I’m such a child, like you say, How come you can’t run me? You make a lot of money. And you’ve lived with danger. And you’re very experienced in a lot of things, I guess. And you’re a gentleman. And you travel a lot.

PALADIN
I travel, yes. Yes. I do travel.

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PALADIN
Just say I hire out my gun.

JULIET HARPER
I think you’re lying. But even if you aren’t, Maybe I don’t care what you are.

PALADIN
Miss harper, Let me try and make a point that you should consider in your future dealings with people. Now, the gun that I ordinarily carry in this holster has a two ounce trigger pull. Do you know what that means? Touch it, breathe on it, and it fires. There are certain things in life that are just as dangerous and just as easily triggered by careless, thoughtless people.

JULIET HARPER
You mean emotions? Are they something I’m supposed to be afraid of?

PALADIN
At 17, yes. You said you left Tonapaw to find decency. Juliet, that’s what decency is. It’s holding on to the beliefs that keep us in check. But sometimes those beliefs can be stretched terribly thin. So that a careless act, Or even a careless word can break through them. The two loveliest things I know…A lovely girl, And a lovely woman. One has a fresh innocence, And the other a kind of ripened perfection. And there’s a time in every woman’s life, When she’s both. Changing back and forth like quicksilver. The rarest and loveliest thing In all creation.

JULIET HARPER
If what you say is true, Then the time comes in her life when she changes, And she becomes all woman, And then our rules change, don’t they?

PALADIN
The rules change…Considerably. And now that, uh…We’ve gotten your mind off those men down there, You feel better?

JULIET HARPER
If we’re gonna travel tonight, maybe we better get some rest.

PALADIN
Yeah, that’s a good idea.

JULIET HARPER
Thank you.

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Hey, hey! Johnson! Come on out here.

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Well, I don’t make no mistakes about tracking. Stranger, he covered his tracks pretty good. But the girl, she left enough to make it easy.

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Well, they sure ain’t in the house.

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Well, I wonder where they could be.

PALADIN
They found us. Now, just don’t move and don’t make a sound.

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Hey, stranger! We know you’re in there! We know that you ain’t got a gun! You’d have shot back when my nephews chased that stage If you’d had another gun! Now, if you come out now, I promise that no harm will come to you. You don’t want to get killed just because of that gal!

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Nelson, you take the front. Tad, the back. I’ll stay here in case they make a rush for it. When you find ’em, kill ’em.

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Colonel!

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Go in the house and get some kerosene.

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All you can find. We’ll burn ’em out!

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Drop it!

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Come on, now. It’s all right.

PALADIN
Well, aren’t you lovely? Now, here is your ticket. I have sent your luggage to the ship, And arranged with the captain for you to take your meals at his table. I think you’ll find it a very pleasant trip.

JULIET HARPER
I saw the way those ladies looked at you this afternoon. You knew them, didn’t you? That one with the red hair, She couldn’t be more than a year older than I am. And you’re treating me like a daughter or something. I know they were laughing at me.

PALADIN
The one with the red hair, that is Eileen Roth, And she’s practically ancient. She’s 24.

JULIET HARPER
Well, I’ll be 18 in July.

PALADIN
Well… Juliet. Happy birthday.

JULIET HARPER
Would you come to Hawaii? Someday, please.

PALADIN
As a matter of fact, I promised myself that trip.

JULIET HARPER
I won’t look at another man. Not even speak to him.

PALADIN
No?

JENKINS
Miss harper? I’m 3rd officer jenkins. Since you’ll be the only woman on board, The purser’s asked me to escort you to the ship.

PALADIN
Ah, mr. Jenkins, I trust you’ll see that miss harper has a pleasant voyage.

JENKINS
Ah, what…Oh, yes, sir. I’ll see to that, sir. I mean, yes, sir.

JULIET HARPER
Oh, goodbye, paladin.

PALADIN
Goodbye.

HEY BOY
The lady with red hair, she waiting in dining room.

PALADIN
Oh, yes, the lady with red hair. Well, hey boy, supper for two. Champagne and napoleon brandy.

HEY BOY
You all right, Mr. Paladin?

PALADIN
Well, Mr. Paladin will be better before this evening is over. He’ll feel less noble, but… Much better.