Highlander (1992) s04e17 Episode Script

The Immortal Cimoli

I'm not here.
I'm coming! Now, who sits alone in a dark room? Well, I couldn't stand to look at this mess either.
Hey, Mama.
What's up? Hmm? How'd it go today? Can we talk about it in the morning? Job interviews are so exhausting.
I didn't get it.
They wanted someone with more experience.
Maybe they wanted somebody who would show up for the interview.
Your Uncle Tony went to a lot of trouble to get you that interview.
I'm sorry, Mama.
We've been through this a hundred times.
Oh, yes, yes, I know.
You have a profession already.
You are a magician.
You make tricks.
Mama, I told you I can't take a regular job.
I have to be available for auditions.
Oh, I hate this room.
I hate it! What are you doing? It's for your own good.
It's time you grew up.
I am grown up.
You can't do this.
And this! And this! My poor rabbit's in that hat! Stop it! Leave my stuff alone! That's it! I'm leaving! I can't take you anymore.
Me you can't take? Me? I'll tell you what I can't take.
I can't take any of this.
And this! And this! Oh, yes! Oh, no! Where you going? Where are you-- Danny, Danny, they're toys.
Danny, grown men don't play with toys! Daniele, come back upstairs.
I've got some pretty good tiramisu.
Daniele, I'm sorry.
Danny! Danny! He is Duncan MacLeod, the Highlander.
Born in 1592, in the Highlands of Scotland, and he is still alive.
He is immortal.
For 400 years, he's been a warrior, a lover, a wanderer, constantly facing other Immortals in combat to the death.
The winner takes his enemy's head and with it, his power.
I am a Watcher, part of a secret society of men and women who observe and record, but never interfere.
We know the truth about Immortals.
In the end, there can be only one.
May it be 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 Is he dead? I don't think he's breathing.
Geez, he's moving.
Don't move.
You're hurt.
Danny? Danny? Mama.
My God, it's a miracle.
A miracle! How can you not be excited, MacLeod? Just the smell of sawdust, popcorn and cotton candy.
This makes me feel like a kid.
Oh, isn't it exciting? I mean, the sights, the sounds, the carnies.
The wonderful smell of wet fur.
Low pay, long hours.
Sleeping in trucks.
Hi.
How are you? Not to mention the romance.
You know you loved every minute of it.
Come on, MacLeod, loosen up.
It's the circus.
Be a kid again.
Amanda, what a magnificent surprise.
It's so good to see you, Marco.
I want you to meet a good friend of mine.
This is Duncan MacLeod.
Ah, let me guess.
The Great MacLeod.
Come on.
I smell circus here somewhere, huh? Just plain MacLeod.
Where are you working these days? Whatever they're paying you, it's not enough.
She was the best high-wire act I ever saw.
Personally, I like the Wallendas myself.
Thank you.
Thanks, Marco, but I'm out of the business, you know.
I'm retired.
There is something I know she can't resist.
Money? Moscow.
We start an eastern tour next week.
You have to play Moscow.
It's every carny's dream.
Wow, Moscow.
I mean, can you imagine? Yeah.
Bad food, bad weather.
Nice mafia.
You're right.
You're right.
Marco, listen.
I just came by to say hello.
Well, as long as you're here, you might as well have some fun.
Here.
My newest headliner.
You'll love it.
Even I don't know how he does it.
Well? Well, let's get some popcorn.
Everybody's laughing.
Oh, yeah? We'll see who laughs.
Can you hold steady? One, two-- That gag was old when we were playing Oklahoma in '26.
Yeah, but if it ain't broke, why fix it? And now, ladies and gentlemen, the magnificent Moreno Bormann Circus is proud to present an act you've never seen before.
Thank you.
I hold in my hand a high-powered weapon.
Muscle velocity No man on earth could survive this, except the one, the only, the Immortal Cimoli! He's one of us.
He wouldn't.
No one's that crazy.
Almost no one.
Come on.
I think we should have a little talk with Mr.
Cimoli.
Can I please have your autograph? Come on, please? Can I too? Yeah, come on.
Thanks, everyone.
That's it.
Even the Immortal Cimoli gets tired.
Sorry, no more autographs.
I've got a monster headache.
I don't want an autograph, and that's not a headache.
We need to talk about who you are.
Like the poster says, - I am the Immortal Cimoli.
- Yeah.
-Well, the Immortal Cimoli.
-He's got that part figured out.
Say, listen to me.
That headache that you got, all of us get it.
It's how we know when another one of us is around.
Oh, look, mister.
Uh, I don't know what you're talking about.
You died recently.
A robbery or an accident or something? But you didn't stay dead, did you? How do you know? 'Cause it happened to me We should talk.
I didn't know what to think.
I mean, who would? I thought God, aliens, some kind of miracle, but this.
Oh, man, this is a miracle.
Danny, about the act.
Forget the act.
I'll expand it.
Lose the revolver.
I need something bigger.
- More spectacular.
Maybe a cannon.
I think we might be having a little communication problem here.
No, no, I get it.
I mean, ever since the truck hit me, I've thought, "This can't last.
One day it's gonna end.
Bang.
I won't get up.
" But if it lasts forever, I can do any trick, anything, and I won't die.
I'll be bigger than Houdini.
Sit down.
Sit down.
This isn't some trick for some magic act.
It's not entertainment.
Entertainment? You think it's easy taking a bullet twice a night? Three shows on Saturday.
You know how much that hurts? You do 23 shows a week? I mean, do you get a piece of the gross? Danny, sooner or later, another Immortal's gonna find you, like we did, - and they're gonna try and kill you.
- I can't die.
Well, you can if they cut off your head.
You're kidding.
- It's a gag.
He's kidding, right? - No.
- Okay, so I'll get protection.
Danny, it doesn't work like that.
You're in the game now.
You're gonna have to learn how to fight.
Danny? Figliolo mio.
You were wonderful tonight.
Even your Uncle Tony said so.
Hello.
He was wonderful, no? Hello.
Yeah, he was.
I'm Duncan MacLeod.
Oh, glad to meet you.
Nice to meet you.
He's my son, you know.
Oh, yes.
Even I don't know how he does everything.
It's great.
I'll meet you in the parking lot.
You come as you are.
Okay.
It's gonna have to wait.
I've got-- Let-- Mama invited half the neighborhood to tonight's show.
They expect a personal appearance.
Look.
Okay, look.
I'll think about it.
Oh, you're gonna do more than that if you wanna stay alive.
All right? Now go see Mama.
He's new.
Don't you think you're being a little hard on him? No, I don't.
No, don't anticipate the parry.
Let's do it again.
Ready.
Prime! Tierce! Seconde! Quatre! Quatreis here.
Come on.
Let's do it again.
I can't.
I'm sorry.
I've gotta run.
We're not through yet! - See? - Hey! Take it easy.
The first Immortal that comes for your head is not going to take it easy.
I've got 50 sick kids at the hospital waiting for the Immortal Cimoli.
Tomorrow I'm all yours.
I promise.
It's your head.
Would you lighten this guy up a little? I'll try.
Hey, the kid's got commitments.
If he doesn't get his act together, he's not gonna have any commitments.
Come on, MacLeod.
It's his life.
Why should you care? If I didn't know any better, Jean Philippe, I'd say you were trying to best me.
I don't have to try.
How embarrassing that the student taught the master a lesson.
A teacher's a teacher for a reason.
Come on.
I've just seen how it's done.
That is all I need.
We're not finished yet.
But we are.
The ladies await, my friend.
Jean Philippe, I know it's hard to believe, but I think the ladies can live without you.
But can I live without them? Remember, Duncan, I was the finest swordsman in Normandy when we met.
Mortal swordsman.
And I'm 10 times better now.
Thanks to you.
Someone still killed you.
A jealous husband stabbed me in the back.
I never had a chance to draw my sword.
You're an Immortal now.
You'll be facing men who have fought for centuries.
I am ready for anything that comes my way.
Not yet you're not.
Oh,ma cherie, I burn hotter than fire when I look into your eyes.
Oh, Annie, you little devil.
You'd have been a triumph in Versailles.
Oh.
And, Molly.
You'd have been a scandal anywhere.
A man could talk his way into hell and back out again.
Sorry.
Sir, you address Jean Philippe de Lefaye III.
A long name for a little man.
My friend, you look like you're due for some excitement in your otherwise dreary little life.
You should pick your battles with more care or learn some manners.
I am your humble student.
Perhaps, and I teach you a lesson.
Come on.
Hey! Merci.
I beg you.
Wise choice.
Barkeep, Hennessy for my friend here.
Jean Philippe de Lefaye III.
Damon Case.
Was that look meant for me, sir? The act of combat is a holy duty for us.
That gives the matter sufficient weight.
Perhaps you care to test me.
I will not fight.
Not this day.
The room is filled with men of wisdom.
Whenever you wish, I am at your convenience, sir.
MacLeod? Don't tell me.
Another one.
Look.
I already have a teacher, Mr.
-- Damon Case.
And I am not a teacher.
I see you've chosen to be very public about it, Mr.
Cimoli.
Danny.
Look.
I'm still learning about all this immortality stuff, and I'd love to talk to you about it, but right now I've gotta get ready for a show.
I want you to know, Danny, I gain no pleasure from what must be done.
What are you talking about? You must be very new.
No matter.
I've come to take your head.
I'm still using it right now.
I'll make it quick.
You won't suffer.
Case.
Hey, look, Case.
Let's talk about it.
We'll work something out.
There's nothing to talk about, nothing to work out.
There is only this.
Hey, Charlie, Frank.
You guys got a minute? The dome at Chantilly, at dawn.
This is insane.
I don't even own a sword.
You better get one.
MacLeod, are you awake? What are you thinking about? Mm, Danny.
Must be losing my touch.
No, you're not losing your touch.
What are you thinking about? Moscow.
Oh.
I must be losing my touch.
No, seriously.
I mean, seriously, seriously.
I mean, do you think I'm nuts? I mean, about Marco's offer.
I really just think, you know, Moscow has the best circus audiences in the whole world.
Have a nice time.
Oh, but just think of the fun we could have together.
Well, I'll see you when you get back.
I think you need a little bit more coaxing.
Be my guest.
MacLeod? MacLeod, open up! The kid's got timing.
I'll give him that.
It's open.
This guy just showed up at my trailer.
He pulled a sword.
He said he's gonna take my head.
S-Sorry.
Ah, that's okay, Danny.
You're all we talk about anyway.
You might as well be here in person.
What's his name? Um, he said his name was Case.
Damon Case.
I think he's serious.
He is.
And here we are.
Another day, my lovelies.
Just a minute.
Damon Case, my old friend.
A toast to you, sir.
I do not drink.
Really? Doesn't drink.
Haven't heard you curse.
- He's a good man.
- One of the ladies perhaps.
I didn't think so.
What exactly do you do, Monsieur Case? I fight.
Today's a new day.
Today I'm prepared for you.
Indeed.
Tell me, were you up all night, practicing? Praying.
You're not serious.
A man should spend his last hours on earth seeking pleasure.
I take no pleasure from what must be done.
I hope you have prepared your soul.
It is notmysoul that needs to be prepared.
Come.
Ours is not a battle for glory or prying eyes.
A man should die where he chooses.
Don't go away.
I'll be back.
B-B-But-- Can you believe it? He was standing right there, the big, ugly brute.
Has Jean Philippe been in tonight? No, really.
Oi, MacLeod.
Molly and Annie, you're still here, girls? Hey, how 'bout buying two pretty girls a drink while you wait for him? Have you seen him? He went with the quiet one.
The who? One who wouldn't fight in the old drink.
Had to be private he said.
No prying eyes.
I think Jean Philippe was gonna teach him a lesson.
Damon Case.
You killed Jean Philippe de Lefaye.
Yes.
He was immortal, as we are.
That is no reason.
It is the only reason.
Our ritual combat is my purpose, my reason for being, as it is yours.
Come away from holy ground.
Killing is not something I take lightly.
It brings me no pleasure that he is dead, but it is what must be done, what God has ordained.
Then God has ordained that you will fight me.
Not yet.
I must give thanks to God for my survival and pray for the soul of my foe.
Return in the morning.
I will fight you then if you still desire it.
Before you go, will you join me in prayer for the soul of your friend? Pray for your own soul.
So you never went back.
Case wasn't evil.
There was a sense of reverence and decency about the man.
He was just playing the game, following the rules how he understood them.
The hell with the rules and the hell with the game.
I want out.
Sorry, Danny, but that's not an option.
Then I'll run.
I'll take Mama to Sicily for a couple of months.
Case will get bored and go away.
Then it'll be someone else.
Or you could become a monk and live in a monastery for the rest of eternity.
But somehow I don't see you in a habit.
I just started.
I'm not ready for this.
What am I gonna do? Tonight you go home.
You forget about Case.
Wait a minute, MacLeod.
I know what you're thinking.
And just forget it.
Okay? You're gonna meet him? Look.
I appreciate it, but you don't have to do this.
If anything happens to you-- Nothing's gonna happen to me.
Go on.
From now on, I'll do whatever you say.
What the hell are you doing? He can't face Case.
He can hardly pick up a sword.
Well, that's not your problem.
I mean, Case isn't after you.
Why accept the challenge? I don't wanna fight Case.
I just wanna talk to him.
Well, what if he doesn't want to talk? I thought you might not come.
I got delayed.
Only by about 200 years.
I waited for some time in that church.
You never returned.
I found I had no reason.
That was wise.
Where is the boy? The Immortal Cimoli? The boy is young and inexperienced.
A challenge has been made.
You have no reason to kill him.
He is immortal.
That is enough.
You fought in the Crusades.
Do you kill every life you came across? Slaughter every defenseless innocent? Some did, but not me.
God counsels mercy.
Then show mercy to Danny Cimoli.
But how is this another fight, another test? The mercy you ask for has no place with us.
Besides, what is he to you? He's defenseless, innocent.
That's enough.
Not in our quest.
Case, I don't want to fight you, but I will if I have to.
Then you will die where you stand.
And may God have mercy on your soul.
You called the police.
Someone did.
Another time then.
Soon.
What did you think the police would do, Danny? Even if they did arrest Case, they couldn't hold him.
Maybe you had a plan.
There was no plan.
I just didn't want you dying for me.
I was trying to protect both of us.
Our fight is outside the law.
You protect yourself with a sword.
Even if you did get rid of Case, what about the one after him? Or the next one? I don't know.
I'm just winging it.
Look.
I'm not afraid of dying.
It's just-- I don't wanna kill anybody.
It's not a question of wanting to.
You have no choice.
The sooner you understand that, the more chance you have of staying alive.
Okay.
You got me full time.
It's a little late for that.
Case already found you.
There's no way you'll be ready in time.
I know of a swordmaster that might take you on, but he lives in Okinawa.
You want me to go to Japan? Well, you're gonna have to change your name and identity soon enough.
It'll buy you time.
MacLeod, I can't do that.
I got a call from my agent a few minutes ago.
He got me Vegas.
Main room, pay TV, everything.
Danny Cimoli-- bigger than David Copperfield.
Can you imagine that? Yeah, Danny Cimoli-- the headless magician.
What about Mama? I'm supposed to run out on her? Just disappear? It'll kill her.
She's told everybody my father died so many times, I think she believes it.
But he didn't die.
Just took a walk one night.
Never came back.
Danny, I know it's hard, but think about how she'd feel if she has to come to your funeral.
What you're saying is I've got no choice.
I'll make the arrangements.
Oh, Mr.
MacLeod.
Next time you stay for dinner.
And remember, I don't take "no" for an answer.
Yeah, next time.
Okay.
Mm, Daniele.
I love you, Mama.
Danny? Mama.
What is it? You okay? Fine.
Perfect.
Oh.
Uh, could you come downstairs for a minute and give me a hand? I'm having trouble with that sink.
I was just going to go out for a little while.
Oh, now that you're a big shot, you're too good to help your mother, huh? No, it's not that.
Okay.
Go on.
Mama, what's going on? Well, go on.
Surprise! What is this? It was a surprise, to celebrate.
Or weren't you gonna tell us about Las Vegas, huh? You know? Of course.
Your agent called.
Sounds like a very nice man.
Oh,figliolo mio.
Your father would have been so proud of you.
Mama.
We have to have a little talk.
What?Ma cheri? I'm not-- I can't-- Did I do something wrong? You don't like the party? No, I do.
Well? Mama, I've got to go out for a little while.
I'm coming.
Hey, Danny.
I think I've got a problem.
No kidding.
No, I mean, now I've really got a problem.
MacLeod wants me to get out of town, change my identity, everything.
Well, you know, if I were you, I think I would have one question.
What's my new name? I can't-- I can't do that.
Listen, Danny.
You know all that publicity, the fame, all the crowds loving you? That-- That's like an addictive drug.
It's like heroin or something.
Only to an Immortal, it is very, very deadly.
It's not just that.
I can't break her heart.
- I can't run out on her.
- Your mom.
Danny, if you put your name out there, day in and day out, you're just advertising to get whacked.
And honestly, I don't think you stand a chance.
Maybe if you'd trained or if you'd taken a couple of heads, that would be different, but really, I don't think you'd last more than a week.
It would almost be worth it.
Oh, no, no.
You don't mean that.
Silly boy.
I don't know.
I really feel for the kid.
It's like his dream is about to come true, and all of a sudden this nightmare comes along and swallows him whole.
It's-- You know what I mean? It's-- Yeah, I do.
Sometimes immortality sucks.
Maybe he can survive in Vegas for a time.
I know.
I mean, I feel sorry for him, but it's his problem.
Mind you, I haven't played blackjack in a while.
Oh, well, you can't just come and take on every Immortal that comes his way.
Would you just stand by and watch a man beat a child? Danny is not a child, MacLeod.
For an Immortal, he is.
Look.
It isn't fair, okay? Life isn't fair.
But it's not my job or your job to make it fair.
I just love it when you're angry.
It's great.
Would you stop it? I'm trying to be serious.
I'm glad you got my message, Case.
Question is why did you send it? Does it make you feel stronger to protect the weak? Does it make you feel stronger to kill them? I feel nothing.
I merely obey the rules.
I'm asking you to bend them this once.
Not in 10 centuries.
Not now.
Then one of us dies tonight.
I hope you have prepared your soul.
Leave the boy alone and walk away.
Not in 10 centuries.
Then you leave me no choice here.
Sorry.
When are you gonna snap out of this? -There's nothing to snap out of.
Well, then I guess I need to enroll you in a speed reading course, because you've been reading page, uh, 54 for the past 30 minutes.
- Is it Case? MacLeod, talk to me.
I'm gonna start juggling chain saws.
And I'll start juggling you if you throw another ball at me.
I think I made the wrong decision.
It's a little late for that now, don't you think? MacLeod, you were trying to protect Danny.
Yeah, but Case wasn't my enemy.
It must be difficult having one of those.
One of what? A conscience.
Case believed that our existence alone was reason enough to fight.
Yeah, but I don't.
It's over.
Let's go tell Danny.
Amanda! Oh, I knew it! I knew it! I knew you would be back.
Did you think about Moscow? Of course.
That's why I'm here.
And? And I'm still thinking about it.
That's my girl.
Come and hear my offer.
Okay.
MacLeod? I'll go find Danny.
MacLeod.
It's gonna take a while to get used to that.
Listen.
I got a new trick I just worked out.
I was trying to get ahold of you.
Danny, this is important.
So is this.
Please? You're an old circus hand.
I want to see what you think.
Okay, two minutes.
Here's how it goes.
They announce me.
Applause, applause.
The music starts, then my routine.
While I'm doing that, "Ladies and gentlemen, you are about to witness blah, blah, blah.
" While I'm doing that, I scan the front row.
And you spot your partner.
Bingo.
You, sir, would you mind assisting me? - Danny, come on.
- Come on.
Don't spoil it.
Please.
You'll ruin the momentum.
Now what? Now nothing.
The trick's over.
I'm sorry, MacLeod.
Sorry it had to be you.
Think about this, Danny.
I can't run.
I can't hide.
I can't desert Mama.
If I had the strength of Duncan MacLeod, maybe I could afford to attract a little fame.
You'd kill me for that? Houdini was a friend of mine, and you, Danny, are no Houdini.
Please, just make it quick.
Get up.
I came here to tell you that Case is dead.
Case? Oh, my God, I almost killed you.
Why didn't you tell me something before? Because I needed to know.
Go to Vegas, Danny.
Look.
I don't know what to say.
You don't have to say anything.
Just go.
Get your 15 minutes of fame.
I hope it's worth it.
But you'll hear about me.
Everywhere! It's a piece of cake.
What took you so long? Danny had a new trick.
Any good? Needs some work.
But he's going, right? Yeah, he's going.
Um, MacLeod.
I had a really long talk with Marco, and he made me an offer I can't refuse.
Moscow.
Not only that, but with Danny going, there's an opening for a new headliner.
Congratulations.
I'll miss you.
Um, no, you won't.
I won't? Mama? It's Danny.
They loved me.
I killed them.
Mm.
The papers say I'm the greatest ever.
Better than Houdini.
Mama.
No, I've got to go.
No, no, no, I'm fine.
I've got to meet somebody.
I'll be careful.
Mama, I love you.
At last, 'dames and gentlemen, the magnificent Moreno Bormann Circus proudly presents the most death-defying act of all time.
For the very first time in Moscow, the Wheel of Death! I don't know how you talked me into this.
They love us, and you look marvelous.
I haven't thrown a knife in public in 70 years.
Don't worry.
I'll heal.
Easy.
Remember, this is your idea.
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 I have no rival No man can be my equal Take me to the future of your world