Highlander (1992) s03e10 Episode Script

Blackmail

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 Come on.
Wiggle those toes.
Wiggle.
Wiggle.
Check out those legs.
That's my favorite part.
Ooh.
Come on.
Smile for the camera, honey.
Hello.
Come on.
Come on.
I'll be right there.
Mmm.
Come on! Robbie! Coming, sweetie.
Hurry up! Come on! I'm coming.
Robbie.
I'll be right there.
Ooh! Well, well.
You're tryin' to kill me.
Yeah.
Uh-oh.
Time to go.
What? It was wonderful as always, my love.
I can't do this, Robert.
You looked really beautiful tonight.
Well, it's not enough anymore.
Well, look, Lisa.
We've been through this.
She won't give me a divorce.
Did you ever actually ask her? Look, we both know that she doesn't even get any of her money till her 35th birthday.
And neither one of us does poor very well.
Get out.
Look, okay.
I'll tell you what I'll do.
I'll tell her that I have work this weekend and we'll get a little place at the beach.
Get out of my house.
Take that damn thing with you.
Why don't you take a Prozac? Out! Hey, MacLeod.
Little late, isn't it? So? What the hell's going on with the cameras? What cameras? One of your guys came at me with a video camera.
My guys? Nah.
Couldn't be.
I saw him.
I was there.
I want that tape, and I want it now! I said it was not my people! We don't use video cameras.
What exactly did this guy see? Let's just say it's not something I want on the 6:00 news.
Some guy got a beheading on tape.
You better find him.
No kidding.
Look, I'm goin' with ya.
What for? I wanna get a look at his face, just in case.
Come on.
Robert.
Did your club run out of scotch again? All billable hours, sweetheart.
Well, I've been up all night.
What are you doing? Nothing.
What is that? It's life insurance, in case anything happens.
Hap-Happens? What-- In case what happens? Anything! If anything happens to me.
What could possibly happen to you? Robert! Robert! It's because of her, isn't it? Oh, God, Barbara! "Her"? What the hell are you talking about? My life's on the line here! Yeah, from what? A jealous boyfriend? Okay, I'm done.
Tomorrow, I see a lawyer.
Oh, come on, Barb! You're overreacting again.
Oh, yeah.
Am I? We never talk anymore.
We never go anywhere.
Why are we still married? Because I love you.
Put the gun down! Okay.
Look, I'm sorry, all right? I've been distracted.
I've been working really hard.
There are things at work that I didn't wanna bring home.
I'm your wife.
Look, this case that I'm working on is taking a bad turn.
It's gotten dangerous.
Oh, God, Robert.
You've lost your touch.
You don't even lie well anymore.
You wanna know why we never talk? That's why.
Look, it's not me who doesn't communicate.
Robert, you are a corporate lawyer.
What can be so dangerous? Huh? Look at me.
I am scared to death.
You really are.
Is this for real? I swear to God.
I love you, Barb, and I need to count on you.
So he was standing right here with his camera? No, he was three miles away.
I'm only here 'cause I like the neighborhood.
That's very good.
Keep the sense of humor, MacLeod.
You're gonna need it.
You think he lives in this building? I doubt it.
He was parked in the visitors' parking lot.
And we hope that he visits again.
Are you gonna tell me who this Immortal was? Matlin.
Peter Matlin? You know him? Well, by reputation.
He is one treacherous son of a bitch.
Was.
You know, if you killed Matlin, that means that Kurlow can't be far behind.
Yeah, I know.
I'm countin' on it.
Two years of chasin' up and down the Mediterranean.
If I never set foot on another boat, I'll consider myself blessed.
Ah, war ain't all it's cracked up to be, Johnny.
Make no mistake.
Aye.
I buried a lot of good men.
There's times I thought I'd never get back.
Never doubted it.
I told Molly and the boys that you were too stubborn to get yourself killed.
Maybe I am at that.
Evening, Constable.
Molly told me how you looked in on her and made sure they got what they needed.
I don't know how to thank you, Duncan.
That's all right, Johnny.
Nah.
Not many men would go to the trouble for another man's kin.
They are like family to me.
You all are.
You would've done the same thing.
I would.
Good night.
Good night.
My Bonnie lies over the ocean My Bonnie lies over the sea I do thank you for your help, Mr.
Matlin.
Always happy to help out a young gentleman such as yourself.
You've been more help than one should hope for from a stranger, and I am grateful.
May I ask one more favor of you? Happy to oblige.
These are letters to my family.
They're personal.
Well, it's not uncommon for a young man these days to run off lookin' for adventure.
Even when he takes the family treasure to finance it? I'm sure you had your reasons.
Well, I'm the second son.
My older brother stands to inherit everything, and I get-- The shaft.
I know.
It's a terrible thing.
They thought I should join the army.
Or take the cloth.
I'll show them, make my own way in the Colonies.
Well, you're off to a good start.
If you could post them for me after I'm gone.
My pleasure.
For your troubles.
You've more than earned it.
Oh, no.
No, that's not necessary.
Didn't you mean to say it's not enough? Goes without sayin'.
These mortals.
They die so easily.
Warms the heart.
And the hands.
Hey, you, there! Can't you see the boat's on fire? You deaf? You, there, are you just gonna stand there? Well? No.
For Judas.
They don't pay cops enough for this.
How much longer we gotta wait? Until he comes out, or I get a better idea of how to find him.
I'm tired, man.
Have some coffee.
Ahh, it's cold.
Besides, one more cup and I'll explode.
In fact, I gotta go now.
Then go.
Where am I gonna find a bathroom out here? Find a tree.
Well, what if he comes out when I'm looking for a tree? Then use a cup.
What are you, a nurse? There he is.
There.
Do you know him? No, I've never seen him before.
You're sure? Absolutely.
Not one of us.
I'm sorry.
See if you can get a license plate.
Uh-- What's he up to? Hasta la vista, pal.
Let's talk.
I didn't see anything.
Look, I don't know anything.
-I'm not gonna hurt you.
-Your business is your business.
Now, why should I care? - I just wanna talk.
- Yeah, sure you do.
Listen! Look, we both know that your ass is mine, don't we? Excuse me? If anything happens to me, that tape goes to the police and to the 6:00 news.
Now, do you know that I know the D.
A.
? It's not what you think.
Oh, really? What do I think? I want that tape.
Oh, I'm sure you do.
It's in a safe place.
What you saw was self-defense.
All right.
Yeah, of course.
You had the guy down on his knees, and you chopped his head off.
Oh, yeah, I'd take that to any jury.
Look, you don't have to explain it to me.
I'm sure that we can come to a reasonable settlement.
How much? I don't want your money.
You want the tape, it's yours.
All you have to do is perform a certain service for me, which shouldn't be too difficult for a man of your obvious talents.
And what would that be? I want you to kill my wife.
I'll make it very easy for you.
The door will be unlocked, the alarm system deactivated.
You walk in, boom.
Walk out.
Finished.
You think I'm the man for the job? I have picked dozens of juries.
I know people.
I can feel it.
You are my man.
It's perfect.
It's a win-win situation.
I get what I want, and you get what you want.
That's where she'll be.
Tonight or tomorrow.
It's up to you.
If there's a problem, you'll be the first to know.
I'm counting on ya.
I'm an innocent man! You murderer! Murderer! Aah! Get off! Duncan, I didn't do it! I'm not a murderer.
You do not have to tell me that.
Aye, but somebody's got to tell them.
They want to hang me.
That will not happen.
What kind of life will it be for Molly and the boys? They will not hang you, I promise you that.
I think I saw them.
There was more than one? Aye, there were two.
I only got a good look at the one.
A big man with a strip of white in his hair on the right side.
Very white, Duncan! Very white! I will find him! You can be sure of that! This way.
You came.
How are you? I've definitely felt better.
The food's no worse than it was on board ship during war.
I suppose I ought to be used to-- to seein' death comin'.
Johnny-- No, I'm all right, Duncan.
How's Molly, then? How is she farin'? She told me to tell you not to worry about her or the boys.
Johnny, I've been out every day.
You can't find them.
I've been to every pub, every stable, every inn up and down the river.
But no one has seen this man with a strip of white hair.
I shouldn't be surprised.
They could be anywhere-- London, Manchester.
Maybe even France.
You do not know that.
It looks like I'm gonna keep me date with the hangman after all.
They are not gonna hang you.
Tell Molly and the boys.
Just tell them, Duncan.
You tell 'em when you are free.
Look at me.
When you are free.
Hey, wake up! No time to be sleepin'.
Today's your big day.
A-Already? There's no time like the present.
Relax, mate.
I'm here to set you free.
They found the real killer.
The man with the white in his hair? I don't know about no white.
His name is MacLeod.
Duncan MacLeod.
No.
No, not MacLeod.
You got the wrong man.
There must be some mistake.
Look, there's no mistake.
He confessed.
He walked in there, and he confessed.
That's impossible.
He didn't do it.
He knew everything about it.
Because I told him.
He only knows what I told him.
Look, what do you care-- No, come here! What do you care who stretches, mate? As long as it's not you in front of the hangman, right? Come on.
You've got the wrong man.
Sit down! He didn't do it! Leave off! Leave off! Duncan, you can't do this! Johnny, go home.
This is madness! You have a wife and a family to take care of.
You can't just switch places with me.
I'm on my own.
It makes sense.
Good-bye, Johnny.
No! You've got the wrong man! Leave him alone! He's innocent! Is there anything you'd like to say? Eh, no.
Smart.
People get up here, just start talkin'.
Just gets 'em scared.
Smarter just to say nothin'.
Try and make sure it don't hurt.
Always does.
Murderer! White hair.
- No, wait! The killers are here! - Sorry, mate.
But they're right over there! It's a mist-- Come on, baby.
I'm coming.
Ooh! Come on! Come on! Okay, one more kiss.
Go! Okay.
Hurry up! Come on! I'm coming.
All right.
You okay? It's not enough anymore.
Lisa, we've been through this.
She won't give me a divorce.
Did you ever actually ask her? Sweetheart, you know as well as I do that she doesn't even get her money till her 35th birthday.
And neither one of us does poor very well.
Get out! Okay, look, I'll tell you what.
I'll tell her I have to work this weekend.
We'll get a little place by the beach.
Get out of my house, and take that damn thing with you.
Why don't you take a Prozac? Out! I'll come by tomorrow.
Hello? Who's there? Is somebody there? What are you doing in my house? I'm sorry.
I didn't mean to frighten you.
Who are you? Look, I promise I'm not gonna hurt you.
Oh, my God.
It's you.
I know this looks bad, but looks aren't everything.
But you killed that man.
Well, only sort of.
I know this isn't good timing, but I've come to warn you.
Stay away! Stay-Stay away! Brilliant, MacLeod.
What do you mean, you went back? What was I supposed to do? If he wants her killed, he's gonna find someone to do it.
I had to say somethin'.
You're an awful pain in the ass when your sense of honor gets in the way of your own best interest.
It happens.
Yeah, to you.
He's gotta be stopped.
And just how do you propose to do that short of killing him? I've already left three messages.
Never mind.
Let me explain this slowly.
You can't go leaving messages at my office.
Everything depends on nobody being able to connect us.
You went to the house.
That's good.
It shows commitment, initiative.
But you didn't finish the job.
I didn't go there to kill your wife.
Oh, no.
No, of course not.
I went there to get the tape.
Now I have it.
Don't bother me again.
I may not have the tape anymore, but you're not out of this.
Out! Look.
This is just in case you start thinking about ending your problem here.
Okay, now I am an eyewitness.
And let's say I go to my friend, the D.
A.
, and he starts digging around.
Now, what do you think is gonna happen? Are you getting this, or am I going too fast? - Where do you think you're going? - Side door.
Get out, now.
I don't think you realize your position.
Peter Matlin was my friend.
Then you should've come yourself instead of sending him.
I'm here now.
Well, well.
What have we here? I am Duncan MacLeod of the clan MacLeod.
I know who he is.
I watched ya hang.
Lymon Kurlow.
Peter Matlin of the, uh, Somerset Matlins at your service.
Don't you think you'd better get out of town before someone sees you're alive? As soon as I have your head.
Now, would that be my head? Or my head? I'm here for whichever of you is the vermin that killed the Lattimore boy and would've let my friend hang for it.
Then it must be me you want.
You would've thought that dying once today would be enough for ya.
- It appears to be your turn.
- That's very gentlemanly of ya.
At least one of us is.
- Does the ground suit ya? - Anywhere's just fine for me.
It's a beautiful cape.
You like the lining? Show yourself, Kurlow! Kurlow! Stand and fight! You cannot run forever! I'll pick the time and I'll pick the place, MacLeod! Fare thee well! Kurlow! There are no bushes for you to hide behind this time, Kurlow.
Oh, I'm a lot better now than I was then.
Stick around.
You might learn something.
I'm counting on it.
That was assault and battery! I could sue your ass good if I wanted to.
The tunnels, midnight.
I'll be there.
What's with you guys and the swords? Go away! Look.
There are easier ways to kill people.
I've got it.
Oh, okay.
Look, this has nothing to do with the tape.
I have an entirely new proposal.
Don't you ever stop? Look, do you know movies? Strangers on a Train? No.
Okay.
Uh, there's these two guys on a train.
They meet.
They don't know each other, just like us.
It's-It's perfect.
We switch murders.
You kill my wife-- And you kill Kurlow? Exactly.
There's no way to connect you to Barbara, and there's nothing to connect me to your friend.
Neither one of us ever becomes a suspect.
There's no motive.
You're in way over your head.
Look, I'm sensing a little reluctancy here.
We have a deal.
We have nothing! No understanding, no deals! Nothing! Well, I'll deliver my end! Kurlow will eat you alive.
Let him try.
I've got a nine-millimeter SIG Sauer with 15 rounds.
What's he got? A sword.
Forget about what you saw.
Forget about getting rid of your wife.
If anything happens to her, anything at all, I'll come after you.
We'll talk later.
What the hell are you doing here? I'm a lawyer.
We met earlier today at MacLeod's.
MacLeod send you? Send me.
Nobody sends me.
Well, unless you got business with me, you'd better get your sorry little ass out of here before you lose it.
You think this is amusing? First time I've ever seen a lawyer need a gun to rob someone.
Robbery? That would be wishful thinking on your part.
- You gonna kill me? - Nothing personal, but yes.
Don't! I can pay you.
I have a rich wife.
Money-- How nice.
I told you.
When the police find out whose body that is, they'll go to his wife.
Then she'll tell 'em about me.
Then what? Then the end of Duncan MacLeod.
It means disappearing.
Starting over again as someone else, someone new.
Cutting yourself off from everyone you know, being alone.
It can't be easy.
It's not.
Mac, there's gotta be another way.
It's okay, Joe.
It wouldn't be the first time.
No, no.
Maybe I can help.
Thanks, but I don't think you can do anythin'.
I'll talk to her before the cops get there.
Yeah? And say what? I don't know.
Well, I'm good on my feet.
I'll think of something.
When she comes to the people, who are you gonna say it is, Mother Teresa? Well, no! But at least it won't be you.
Maybe I can say you were rehearsing a movie.
I think basically we're stuck with having to tell her the truth.
Yeah.
How much of the truth? Well, maybe she understands that Matlin was trying to kill me.
That I didn't have any other choice.
Yeah.
Why would she believe you? I'll make here believe me, all right? I'm sorry.
Relax.
It's not my life that's in your hands.
Just my life here.
Well, that takes the pressure off.
It's a piece of cake now.
Doesn't look like the police are here yet.
We should have a few minutes.
Don't look like anybody's here.
Somebody is.
He'd better get in here soon.
Well.
Here he is now.
Where were you? We were worried.
It's all right.
It's okay.
It's okay.
Better get out of here.
It's all right.
Go outside.
A friend of mine will take you to the hospital.
He killed Robert.
I know.
I'll take care of it.
You do get around.
You're so predictable.
- Still the hero.
- Still a pig.
Nowhere to run this time, Kurlow.
No need this time.
How are you? Better.
Well, I'm-- I'm as good as I can be, considering.
Yeah, I'm sorry about everything that happened.
You should never have been dragged into it.
The police said they found Robert.
What was he mixed up in? What was it all about? Well, knowing wouldn't make it any easier for you.
Look, I don't know why that lunatic wanted to kill us.
But I do know that if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be alive.
You're giving me too much credit.
I don't think so.
Well, I guess the only thing left to say is thank you.
And if I can do anything for you-- No.
Well, actually, uh, there is.
If anybody asks you about that videotape-- What tape? Well, the one with-- I don't know anything else about a tape.
If you wanna hang on for a minute, I'll give you a ride wherever you wanna go.
Okay.
Be right with you.
Thanks again for everything.
So is that it? What? - Robert's tape? - Looks like it.
And you just leave it lying around? Guess it must've just slipped my mind.
You know, I think this has real significance, real historical value.
I thought watchers never use cameras.
I mean, just-- since it's already here.
I'd like to hang on to this for the archives.
Whatever's on the tape is yours.
You erased it, didn't you? Worth a shot.
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