BACK TO HI He wearily turns his head to profile on the pillow and shuts his eyes. NATHAN ARIZONA (mixing up on the TV) So come on down to Unpainted Arizona for the finest selection in fixtures and appointments for your bathroom, bedroom, beaudoir! The owner of the largest chain of unpainted furniture and bathroom fixture outlets throughout the Southwest. He hefts the other baby with his free arm and brings the air back to the crib. He is straightening up, a baby in each arm, when he reacts in horror to something he sees across the room. By the time he reaches it the low-angle cropping shows us only his feet and calves. Come on honey, we better leave - Ed is rolling up the window and locking the door. The joint is a lonely place after lock-up and fights out... VOICE OVER ..the last of the cons has been swept away by the sandman. A sudden flash whitens and fades to leave the image of Ed, smiling behind her camera, softly supered on the underside of the bunk. THE TV A LATE-NIGHT LOCAL COMMERCIAL NATHAN ARIZONA, a stocky middle-aged man in a white polyester suit, is gesturing expansively with his white cowboy hat toward a one-story warehouse store with a football stadium parking lot, chroma-keyed in behind him. Hi is skittering across the room in a half-crouch, a baby tucked under one arm, reaching out with the other as he pursues a crawling baby across the room. He reaches under a moving pile of clothes on the floor and pulls out a baby. Hi is pulling the baby out, away from the camera, when with a plop! Hi twists one arm back to grope for the baby crawling on top of him. Hi emerges from the nursery and, stepping around the background baby, trots toward the baby in the foreground. Hi is opening the door with one hand, cradling a baby in the other.
HIGH ANGLE CELL Same high shot with Moses on the top bunk, Hi on the lower. CHAIRMAN You're not just tellin' us what we wanna hear? CHAIRMAN Boy, didn't we just tell you not to do that? HI I'm walkin' in here on my knees, Ed - a free man proposin'. Hi stands in Bermuda shorts and an unbuttoned Hawaiian shirt, hosing down the minuscule patch of front lawn. My lawless years were behind me; our child rearin' years lay ahead. VOICE OVER ...an' I frew it in a pot, forgettin' to put in the water, ya see... VOICE OVER Even my job seemed as dry and bitter as a hot prairie wind. VOICE OVER I even caught myself drivin' by convenience stores... VOICE OVER Then one day the biggest news hit the state since they built the Hoover Dam... Hi notices her reaction and also sloughs off his stupor to watch. Eyes still locked on the set, Hi takes her hand in his. Florence and Nathan look at the ceiling for a beat, then Nathan clears his throat and returns to the newspaper. He hands her the infant, then hands her the copy of Dr. Hi slips a ring off his own finger and slides it onto Ed's. Halfway up the corridor Hi points casually at the floor. MOSES An' momma would frow the live crawdad in a pot of boiln' water. We begin to crane down to tighten on the absently staring Hi. ADOPTION OFFICE Hi and Ed are seated on folding chairs facing an agent's desk. THE AGENT Looking, with a dead pan, from the file to Hi. VOICE OVER Our love for each other was stronger than ever... TRAILER BATHROOM Over Hi's shoulder as he stares listlessly at himself in the mirror, a razor held forgotten in one hand, his face half lathered and half shaved. VOICE OVER Ed lost all interest in both criminal justice and housekeeping. MACHINE SHOP Once again Hi works as his sweaty gum-chewing colleague stands idly by. TRAILER LIVING ROOM Hi and Ed sit listlessly watching TV. VOICE OVER By "Arizona" quints I mean they was born to a woman named Florence Arizona. Eyes still locked on the set, Ed reaches her hand out to Hi. NEWSREEL FOOTAGE A ballplayer connects - THWOCK - for a home run and the crowd roars. A disheveled young man in a gaily colored Hawaiian shirt is launched into frame by someone offscreen. INTERCUTTING HI'S POV of the MOPPING CON, tracking as he approaches, and the Mopping Con's POV of Hi as Hi approaches. But there's a spirit of camaraderie that exists between the men, like you find only in combat maybe... VOICE OVER ..on a pro ball club in the heat of a pennant drive.