Highlander (1992) s03e02 Episode Script

Line of Fire

He is immortal.
Born in the Highlands of Scotland, 400 years ago.
He is not alone.
There are others like him.
Some good, some evil.
For centuries, he has battled the forces of darkness with holy ground his only refuge.
He cannot die unless you take his head and with it, his power.
In the end, there can be only one.
He is Duncan MacLeod-- the Highlander.
Here we are Born to be kings We're the princes of the universe I am immortal I have inside me blood of kings I have no rival No man can be my equal Take me to the future of your world You want to go again? We'll go again, man, huh? We'll go.
One more time.
Come on.
You ain't goin' nowhere.
Let's go.
You think you're bad with that? Bring it over this way.
That's right.
I'm waiting for you, chump.
See? There it is.
Face it, man.
You're good.
You are good.
You're too short, too slow and too damn ugly to drive the king.
I don't think so.
Here we go.
You ain't got nothin'.
You wanna go again? I'm ready to go.
Let's go.
Let's go.
Come on, fool.
You're gonna make this too easy for me.
You ain't got nothin'.
There it is right there.
That's what I'm tryin' to say.
You ain't got nothin'.
Donna? Yo, Rich.
What's up, man? Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I'll, uh, catch you later.
Yo, man, we playin' ba-- Dang.
Donna? Hi, Richie.
How're you doing? Good.
I hardly recognized you.
You look great.
Yeah, I cleaned up my act a little.
Took six months to get the purple out.
It's, uh, been a while.
Yeah, two years.
One minute you were there, and the next-- Where'd you disappear to? I, uh, stayed with my aunt in Philly.
Well, it's good to see you.
- Yeah.
- You gonna stick around this time? Yeah.
There's, uh, someone I want you to meet.
New boyfriend? No more Joey? No, he's gone.
But this guy's a real hunk.
I think you'll like him.
I can't wait.
Come on, Jeremy.
I want you to meet Richie.
Richie, say hello to Jeremy.
He's yours? I'm pretty sure.
You had a baby? It's kind of hard not to notice these things.
Well, yeah.
I just-- You know what I meant.
Come here, little guy.
So, you and Joey had a kid.
Joey's not the father, Richie.
Oh, yeah? Who's the lucky guy? You are.
- Mac, I gotta talk to you.
- Let me know when you've found the formula.
- Formula? - For getting in shape without training.
I'm sorry, Mac.
I know I'm late, but something came up.
It's not one of us.
Donna-- Remember Donna? No.
- Well, anyway, she's back in town.
- That's nice.
- She brought someone with her.
- Grab a rope.
Mac, she brought my son.
Your what? Richie, man, did I hear you right? Are you saying you got a kid? Yeah, a son, actually.
Well, congratulations.
That-- That is good news, right? Yeah.
Yeah, it's fantastic.
No, man, that's great! - Isn't that great, MacLeod? - It's unbelievable.
Yeah.
Well, look.
When you're passing out the cigars, save one for me.
You got it.
A son.
All right.
Thanks, man.
Mac? Aren't you gonna say something? Donna's made a mistake.
Whoever the father is, it's not you.
Here.
Immortals can't have children.
Exactly, Mac.
This happened before I became an Immortal.
That's not the way it works.
Maybe I'm the first.
I wish it could happen, but it's not in the cards.
We don't get to live happily ever after.
Children aren't part of our lives.
It can't happen.
It just did.
I'll see you later.
Donna.
How come you didn't tell me? I was confused and afraid.
Of Joey? Of you.
I was afraid you wouldn't want us, maybe you wouldn't believe me.
Donna, we're gonna work something out.
It'll be okay for all of us.
You mean that? I promise.
And don't come back! I'd like a beer, please.
Take off! We're closed.
Too bad.
I'm real thirsty.
Time to get outta here.
I said "please.
" Get him, Animal.
You crazy bastard! Get up! Here.
Louisville Slugger.
Yeah.
Ken Griffey autograph.
Expecting someone? Not you.
Have a seat.
We never finished that talk.
I thought now would be a good time.
Sure.
Actually, uh, Mac, there's somebody I want you to meet.
Come here.
Meet Jeremy.
He's a good-looking kid, huh? Faster, MacLeod.
You train too hard.
This is half the battle.
Slow and steady, like the wings of an eagle.
Like this? Still too hard.
Oh, now you're an eagle.
Very noisy.
Let's see if you can hit that wall.
Hey, look at that.
Where is my doll? Your father would've been proud of you, big guy.
MacLeod? Will you go away? Why do you ask? Because my father did.
And you're angry with him? Kahani, your father didn't choose to leave you.
He was taken.
I promise you, Kahani, I will never leave you.
Is this medicine? It's great medicine.
Then I'll never take it off.
You want to pick some berries too? Mama, look what we caught.
Looks like MacLeod taught you well today, huh? MacLeod almost went swimming.
And then we saw a moose and an eagle.
Tomorrow we hunt the bear.
Please? Uh-- - I think you better just stick with the fish.
- I'm not afraid of the bear.
See what MacLeod gave me? It's very strong medicine, only for warriors.
What about the bear? Well, first, a deer.
Then we'll hunt the bear.
Aah! Go on.
Go practice your bow.
You love Kahani, don't you? As if he were my own.
But already I see him growing headstrong, like his father.
Since Mekena was killed, you've been good to us, to me.
Mekena was my friend.
Mm-hmm.
You think his spirit minds me taking his family as my own? It was his wish.
I think his spirit would be glad you're such a good father.
And what does his wife think? That she's still young and that a warrior should have many children.
The three of us are enough.
But why? Because-- Because I'm at peace for the first time since I can remember.
This is my life, my home.
You and Kahani are all I'll ever need.
You're so handsome.
Sometimes I forget that you're really a white man.
And the bluecoats? I watch you when you can't sleep at night.
I know that you're thinking about 'em.
They're getting closer every day.
This is a wide land.
If the soldiers come, we'll just move.
How much room do they want? As much as they can take.
I think that you are too serious.
Oh, Kahani.
I thought I told you to go play with your bow.
What do you think? I think he's a beautiful boy.
You should be proud.
I know.
And he looks just like Richie.
Here you go.
There.
He's really a great kid.
I'm just trying to do the right thing here.
MacLeod.
Richie.
Hi, Father.
Where have you been? - We were in Paris for a while.
- I see.
Oh, Paris! The city of my youth! I was there in '72.
Oh, what a summer! All those women, all that wine.
Of course, that was before I entered the priesthood.
Of course.
Show time.
- I'll see you guys in church, yes? - Yes, Father.
I gotta go too.
I promised Jeremy I'd take him to the park.
Uh, Richie.
I know this is your life, but being a father isn't a part-time job.
It's a lifetime commitment.
I know, but every man's gotta face that.
Yeah, but you're not every man, Richie.
You're an Immortal.
What happens when she gets old and you don't? Or when the kid's as old as you are? What are you gonna tell him? I don't know.
What I do know is they need me.
Is this about their needs or yours? It's Kern.
What's going on? My fight! Who is he? A dead man.
By the power vested in me, - I now pronounce you man and wife.
Do something, Father.
-Get him outta here.
MacLeod, what is going on here? Congratulations! MacLeod, this is not a battlefield.
Right time, wrong place.
This is God's house.
I think you owe these people here an explanation.
I'm sorry.
Have a nice day.
I'm sorry, Father.
I'll be right back.
Kern! I don't suppose you could take five, huh? Right.
Well, don't mind if I do.
You know, MacLeod, I think you're handling this all wrong.
What am I not handling, Charlie? Richie being a father.
You got a wrong attitude on this.
Do I? Damn right.
The kid looks up to you.
He needs your support.
What kind of support should I give him? Encourage him.
Richie's doing good.
I mean, he could've taken a walk, but he took on his responsibilities.
I wish more guys would do that.
What if it's a responsibility he shouldn't have? I don't get it.
I thought you'd be the first to be rooting for him.
Rooting for who? Uh, the Knicks.
You know, hell of a team.
Ewing and Starks-- Hey, look at you.
Hey, how's the little guy? He keeping you up? Yeah.
I guess I'm not getting too much sleep.
Well, you hang in there.
It'll get easier.
Thanks, man.
And no matter what anybody says, it'll be worth it.
Didn't know if I'd find you alive.
What the hell happened? I lived.
Very funny.
And the other guy? He lived too.
So what is it between you and this biker from hell? I've never seen you like that.
His name's Kern, and I'm gonna kill him.
That's it.
That's all you have to tell me? He's my problem.
That's all you need to know.
You're dealing with enough right now.
Okay.
Listen.
I was, uh, up half the night thinking about what you said about how we're not cut out for the two kids and a garage kind of thing.
And you're still gonna try to give it a shot even though he's not yours? Mac, I can't turn Jeremy away.
That's what my father did to me.
This is my chance to have a normal life.
Good luck.
Connor? Go around the fire.
Come in slowly.
Rest easy, mister.
I ain't huntin' today.
Smelled your coffee.
Help yourself.
Not many of our kind around these parts.
Name's Kern.
Duncan MacLeod.
Much obliged.
Been drinkin' old grinds and chicory for about a week.
Ain't had time to get decent supplies.
You gonna eat all that? Be my guest.
Damn army's been keepin' me busier than spit.
'Course, the money's good.
You work for the bluecoats? "Bluecoats"? You sound like a damn Injun.
You look like a damn Injun.
Yeah, I work for the bluecoats.
Best damn scout in the territory.
Found a little village of here this morning.
It was a pretty little place.
At least it used to be.
You're lying.
You better watch your mouth, mister.
Look at you in that Indian getup.
You're a squaw man, ain't ya? You got your little woman in the village.
Imagine, one of us with one of them.
Got a present for you, squaw man.
Which one do you think is her? I'll kill you! Come and get it, squaw man.
There's no time for us There's no place for us What is this thing That builds our dreams Yet slips away from us Who wants to live Forever Who wants to live Forever There's no chance for us It's all decided for us The world has only One sweet moment Set aside for us Who wants to live Forever Who wants to live Forever Who dares to love Forever When love must die Hey, MacLeod.
What do you think? Is it me? The truth? I'd say it's a little out of character.
I wasn't born in a museum.
In fact, I'm kinda tired of hanging around old antiques like you.
Look at me.
Growing mold.
Not done yet.
Got the bar stocked.
Putting a stage in over there.
Stage? Yeah.
Some blues, I thought-- Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker.
Can't know everything about everyone, can you? Guess not.
- Who is it? - Kern.
Never heard of him.
Now's not a good time to start lying to me, Joe.
Where is he? Forget about it.
Talk to me! Come on, Joe.
Look.
Last I heard, he was somewhere around the east docks.
Thanks.
MacLeod.
He kills for fun.
I know.
Kern.
Kern.
No, never heard the name.
He's a big guy, drives a hog.
Hey.
Our clientele don't like a lot of questions.
Come on.
What room is he in? You a cop? No, his long-lost dad.
Take a hike.
I've tried to be polite so far, and charming, but you don't seem to be understanding me.
You're beginning to piss me off! Now get me the key! Get it! Top of the stairs, next to the fire escape, but I don't think he's in.
Then let's go find out, shall we? Maybe he cleared out.
A lot of guys skip on the rent here.
I wouldn't worry about that.
Come on, Kern.
Welcome home.
Donna, I'm telling you, this kid is gonna need a track coach.
I was thinking that it might be a good idea if we had a bigger apartment.
Maybe we could rent a small house or something.
The way this kid's going, we're gonna be able to live off his Nike endorsements.
Why wait for the checks to roll in? I'm gonna try to straighten up this mess, if it's humanly possible.
Richie? -Yeah? What's up? You tell me.
Oh, that.
Uh, Donna, that's just something I have.
Richie, people don't just have swords like this.
What's it for? It's a rapier, actually, made in Toledo, Spain, about 400 years ago.
And it is also very sharp.
I don't like having it around.
It's not safe, Richie.
It stays.
Why? Look, Donna, can we just forget about this? No.
No, we can't.
What's it doing here? I can't tell you.
Richie, families tell each other things.
Is it stolen? No, it's not stolen.
Then what are you hiding? If you can't trust me to tell me about some knife in your closet, how can I trust you to be his father? How do you know I am his father? Is that what this is about? You want me out of here.
Look, I didn't say that.
You know why it took me two years to tell you? I didn't think you could handle it.
You were a kid then and still are.
Take a look, Richie.
I'm not a kid anymore.
- I'm sorry.
I'm trying.
- Try harder.
Richie.
You think we ought to bulb-light the band or use the spots? Whatever.
"Whatever"? Gee.
I get all these changes in my life, a new place, and does anybody care? Sorry.
It's all right.
Don't worry about it.
What do you need? Advice.
Advice? So, you come to Joe's? Everybody comes to Joe's.
Talk to me.
Well, you study Immortals.
I figure you know more about us than anybody.
Except an Immortal.
I mean, you see MacLeod every day.
You got a question? Ask him.
In some ways, it's easier to talk to you.
I mean, he's been around for so long, sometimes I think he forgets what it was like the first time through.
Okay.
What I know you know.
Well, Immortals aren't supposed to be able to have children, right? Yeah, that's the way it works.
But what if, you know-- What if it happened before you became an Immortal? You know what I mean? It's never happened.
I don't think it could.
You're absolutely sure? Relax, Richie.
We've been keeping records for centuries, and it's never happened.
The kid isn't yours.
Right.
Great.
Thanks for your help.
Sure.
I'll see you later, Dawson.
Okay.
Richie.
Yeah.
I'm sorry.
Yeah.
Me too.
Baptizing Jeremy will be a pleasure for me and a blessing for you.
I'm gonna have to talk to Richie to make sure it's okay.
We had a fight, so it may take a little while.
I'll be here when you're ready.
Have you chosen a godfather yet? We're thinking of asking Mr.
MacLeod.
MacLeod.
We had a little episode the other day, but all in all an excellent choice.
I'm sorry.
There's someone waiting.
I have to take confession.
How long has it been since your last confession? What day is today? Tuesday.
A little over 500 years.
I see we have a sense of humor today.
Have you sinned? A few times.
Then open your heart and confess your sins so you may receive absolution.
You want to know all my sins? Yes, my son.
You sure you got the time? I have all the time you need.
And don't be afraid.
You're safe here.
Well, I used to like to torture a lot, but it got old after a while.
So I branched out-- started to rape, kill.
Torched a couple of villages.
Burned an abbey or two.
Let's see.
What else? Uh-- There's more? Uh, one more thing.
Where's MacLeod? MacLeod? Duncan MacLeod, the guy with the sword.
You know the guy.
You said he'd be a good godfather, Father.
Dear God, I swear-- I don't know where he lives.
Forgot stealing.
She found my sword, Mac.
Really? I don't know what to tell her.
You have two choices.
Eventually, you have to tell her everything.
Take her into your life completely.
At least she'll have a choice about how she lives, about how Jeremy lives.
And what's behind door number two? You let 'em go.
You send her away.
Tell her whatever you have to, but send her away and never look back.
I can't do that, Mac.
I told you, I don't care if Jeremy's mine or not.
This isn't about you being a father.
It's about you being an Immortal.
I know what this means to you.
But you can't protect 'em.
It doesn't matter what you do.
It doesn't matter how much you love them or how hard you try.
You just can't.
Thanks, Mac.
I'm sorry.
How about a nap, Jeremy? What do you say? You gonna give Mommy a break? Huh? I'm looking for an old friend.
Name's MacLeod.
Maybe you know him.
No.
Oh, that's too bad.
I really don't know anyone here.
Wasn't he coming to the baptism? What a nice kid.
That-a-boy.
- Oh.
- No, don't! Give me my baby! - Oh, yeah, yeah.
You know, he's a nice kid.
- My baby.
Oh, now, I like children most of the time.
Here.
It's okay.
Shh! Why don't you run along now.
Hi.
Hey.
I'm sorry, Richie.
I don't know why I flipped out like that.
It's okay.
You were being honest, and, uh, I think it's time we were honest about everything.
Like what? Like, uh-- I know Jeremy's not mine.
How can you say that? The timing, the way he looks.
Donna, I can't have kids.
I never could, and I never will.
I really wanted him to be yours, Richie.
You weren't like the other guys where I was.
I always thought you had something special.
Listen, Donna.
It doesn't matter to me.
I love Jeremy, and I want to be there for you, if you let me.
Let you? Are you kidding? What do you think I've been praying for? Listen.
There's more.
If you don't want to say it, I don't have to hear it.
Yes, you do.
Richie, what is it? Richie, what's going on? Donna, listen.
You gotta get outta here.
Grab Jeremy.
Go to the dojo.
Go out the back door.
What the hell's happening? Please go.
Tell MacLeod right now.
Please.
Oh, that looks sharp.
-You wouldn't cut me, would you? -That's the idea.
I really wanted the squaw man, but, uh, he's not here.
I expect you'll do.
Run to MacLeod! Tell the squaw man I'll be here waitin'! Duncan, Richie's in trouble.
Come in.
Come in.
There's this guy.
He's breaking the door down.
Calm down.
Take it easy.
There's some freak on a motorcycle breaking the door down.
Make yourself at home.
What's going on? Mac.
Think you need some oil and vinegar.
I'm lucky I didn't need a funeral.
Where's Kern? He's back at my place, and he's waiting for you.
Donna and Jeremy are upstairs.
Mac, he would've killed them, and I couldn't have stopped him.
He's done it before.
Mac, what did he do to you? Stay with Donna and Jeremy.
Over here, squaw man.
Time to die.
You're so right.
- Like that? MacLeod, maybe I should take your scalp for old time's sake and your little friend's.
Kahani.
See? Richie.
Hi.
Hey.
I got great news.
My cousin Ralph's got a house on Fourth Street.
He said if we paint it and did a little work, he wouldn't charge us rent.
Donna, it's not gonna work.
Sure, it is.
I've seen it.
It's got two bedrooms, a big kitchen, a huge yard-- No, no, no.
I mean us.
We're not gonna work.
What? I don't get it.
A couple of days ago, we were one big, happy family.
I know.
I'm sorry.
You're sorry? Just like that? You say a couple of words, and it's over? If you didn't want us, why didn't you just tell me? Why did you have to lie to me? To him? I didn't lie.
Everything I said was true.
Then why is this happening? I can't tell you.
Fine.
We have to go.
Donna, listen.
You can stay at my place until you get settled.
And if you ever need anything-- money, help-- We need you, Richie.
Go to hell.
They won't be back.
I know.
Mac, she hates me.
You did the right thing.
Did I? Yeah.
They're alive.
Come on.
I'll buy you a drink.
And here we are We're the princes of the universe Here we belong fighting for survival We've come to be the rulers of your world I am immortal I have inside me blood of kings Yeah! I have no rival No man can be my equal Take me to the future of your world