Tales from the Crypt (1989) s03e11 Episode Script

Split Second

Sometimes life can be such a grind.
Know what I mean? That's why I like to get out every now and then and swing a little.
So much for his family tree.
Tonight's tale concerns a young woman who's about to do a little swinging of her own.
She wants to prove that a good man is hard to find but easy to get rid of.
I think you'll like this little chopping spree I call, "Split Second:" Hey.
I'd been stranded for a couple ofmonths up in the North Woods when I took a job waiting tables at the Cummings Saloon.
How much, four up? I was trying to sa ve up for a bus ticket out.
The money was terrible.
And most of the tips I got weren 't the kind you could stick in a bank.
Four rounds in 20 minutes.
What is this, a slow night, guys? Can't you hold your drink anymore? Liz, you ever thought about doing stand-up? Thought that's what I was doing.
Watch this.
-Take a break, Ray.
-How about going in my truck? I got sheepskins.
I thought you liked them better when they were still alive, Banjo.
You saying you don't wanna? I'm saying, just 'cause we got friendly once don't mean I care to make a habit of it.
Who you kidding, Liz? If I got you drunk enough I'd have you out in my truck again in no time.
That's real sweet of you, Banjo.
Let's save the Hallmark moment for another time.
Hey, hey, hey, let's go for a ride.
You got 10 minutes before you gotta be back.
More than enough time to reapply your lipstick, baby.
You-- The lady's not interested.
You got that? Fuck off, Dixon.
Drop the knife.
Drop it! This is how you wanna die, shitheel? I wasn't exactly looking for a knight in shining armor but I did like being fought over.
Those days, I was getting offended a lot more than I was getting defended.
Apologize to the lady.
I'm sorry, ma'am.
Good boy.
Now get the fuck out of here.
He didn't hurt you, did he, ma'am? No.
That was nice of you.
Can I buy you a drink? After a couple of drinks and a slow dance he wanted me to be his wife.
Said he had money and that he'd take care ofme.
I was glad he didn 't use the "L " word.
It's no coincidence it's the same letter that starts the word "lie.
" I figured, what the hell.
And said yes.
Steve had money, all right.
And a big house up on the mountain right in the middle of his lumber camp.
He made love like a mountain man, which I kind of liked.
And in the morning when he got up to go to work I thought to myself, "l just might be happy here.
" says you.
Says you.
And I'll tell you something.
What's that? My granddaddy used to do this work.
He was a.
What the hell are we gonna do about the annual tournament this year? Now that Wolf's gone, we got nobody to put on the wood-chopping contest.
-Snaz, you won't believe it.
-Artie, I'm talking here.
Someone just said that Dixon got married last night to one of the waitresses down at Cummings' place.
Get out of here.
Dixon ain't the marrying kind.
I know, but that's what they're saying.
Said he went off and got hitched to Liz Kelly.
Her? -Yeah.
-No! I didn't know Dixon was into sloppy seconds.
Morning, guys.
Hey, Mr.
Dixon! I just wanted to let you all know that as of next week we'll be moving over to the north side of the mountain.
North side? There's hardly anything over there.
I know it, Snaz, but there ain't nothing I can do.
Those goddamn environmentalists are trying to protect some fucking moth or something.
Either I lay you guys off, or we move over there.
We appreciate that, Mr.
Dixon but it still don't hardly seem fair.
That the only news you got for us, Mr.
D? There's a rumor going around camp you went off and got yourself married.
Christ! Word travels fast, don't it? Holy shit! Are you saying it's true? What can I tell you? All right.
Does that mean we're throwing out the rule about no women? I mean I could use some around here to keep me warm besides these pricks.
The rule stands, guys.
No women around here except my wife.
Women can be trouble in a place like this.
Hell, women are trouble, period.
Steve, honey.
Oh, there you are.
Your breakfast is ready.
-What the hell are you wearing? -What? What the fuck are you all staring at? I don't want you in here ever, you hear me? You don't know what these guys are like.
Oh, for Christ's sake, Steve! Look, I told you to do something, now do it.
I don't want these sons of bitches staring at you.
Sure, Steve, whatever you say.
I don't want you shit-heads staring at her, you understand me? You'd better act like fucking gentlemen when the lady's around.
Some lady.
She used to sell her mouth for a nickel.
Something on your mind? I didn't say nothing.
That's good.
I thought I heard somebody saying my wife sucked cock.
Wind plays tricks on you.
Think you hear shit.
-What the fuck.
-The fucker's insane.
Hey, hey, hey! Come on.
This what you said my wife did? Mr.
Dixon, he can't breathe.
Let him go.
He was just kidding.
Nobody kids about my wife.
You assholes understand? Everybody, get to work! What is it about men? When they want you the first time they don't care what anybody thinks ofyou.
But as soon as they think of you as theirs they want you to be as pure as the fucking Madonna.
What in the hell was the meaning of that? I don't want them staring at you.
You're my wife, God damn it.
What are you afraid of? That one of them might fuck better than you can? It wasn't the first time a man had screwed me because he was jealous.
But it was the first time I'd hated it.
And I felt the boredom coming back.
I can tell you from experience there's nothing in the world worse than boredom.
Absolutely nothing.
For a while after that, the men were afraid to even acknowledge me though a lot of them had done a lot more than acknowledge me in the past.
The whole marriage thing had worn thin in record time.
Sorry to bother you so early, ma'am.
My name's Ted Morgan.
I've come looking for a job.
What do I look like, a fucking employment agency? Well, no, ma'am.
What I meant was, this here's a logging camp, isn't it? Who the hell is that? Don't know.
Yeah? What do you want? Well, sir, I was just telling your wife, I come looking for a job.
Maybe things are picking up around here.
Looks like a cure for boredom just showed up at my doorstep.
Yeah, it's a beautiful country.
So, where you been? Well, after I left Denver, I hiked up through the Rockies to the Canadian border.
Yeah? Where you going from here? I don't know.
Maybe over to Vancouver, down to California.
But I'm a little broke at the moment.
I can always use an extra hand around here.
Let's see what you can do.
I'm afraid I don't care for those, sir.
How else you plan to cut these things down, son? Guess I'm a little bit old fashioned.
Well, if that's what you want to do.
Say the word.
Yeah! Attaboy! Speed machine.
Call me un-American but watching Ted chop that tree in half well, it just made me forget all my troubles.
And at that point, I would have done anything for a little excitement of one kind or another.
What do you think, Mr.
Dixon? Decent.
Decent? What, are you kidding? Kid's a goddamn beaver.
Fastest chopping I've seen in a long time.
I think we found ourselves a ringer for the wood-chopping contest.
Nobody's going to give that kid a shot in hell.
Ain't that right, Mr.
Dixon? Who told you assholes to stop working? Get back to your trees now! This ain't no fucking break.
Dixon, I don't get it.
What's your problem? I'm warning you, Snaz.
Get back to work or I'll fire your fucking ass.
You want the job, you got it.
Let's get one thing clear.
That tourney bullshit is on your time, not mine.
On my clock, you hack pay-wood.
Any problems? No problem, sir.
Dixon? Hello? Mrs.
Dixon? Yes.
Who is it? It's Ted, ma'am.
You said you wanted a box moved.
What? I can't hear you.
I'm up here, Ted.
Dixon? You in here? Mrs.
Dixon? I'm in here, Ted.
Oh, God, I'm sorry.
I can't reach the towel, Ted.
Please? Here you go.
Would you dry my back for me? I don't think I should be in here, Mrs.
I'm not gonna hurt you, Ted.
I just want you to dry my back.
Maybe you would like to get the front first? Okay, you win.
Back first.
Listen, I'll come back later.
I shouldn't be here.
Dixon wouldn't approve.
Don't mind him.
I don't.
He's my boss, ma'am.
I'm your boss.
I can even give you a raise.
Shit! I don't know what to do.
I know I shouldn't, but.
You guys wouldn't believe how hot she is.
She's so beautiful.
I'm telling you for your own good, man.
Stay away from her.
Don't listen to Artie.
He's a fucking wimp.
I say, pussy wants a friend you pet it.
Maybe I ought to just take my wages and move on.
Shit! Don't let that pocket-climax drive you away from here.
She ain't worth it.
Besides, man, we need you if we gonna win that tournament.
Come on.
What do you say? What the hell, right? I love this kid.
Here's to Teddy boy, our ace in the hole.
I want to know which one of you has been fucking my wife.
Ain't nobody been fucking your wife, Mr.
Bullshit! I found one of your work gloves in my goddamn bedroom.
Sure it ain't one of yours? Was it you? You seem to know an awful lot about her.
It wasn't Artie that made that crack about your wife the other day, Mr.
It was me.
You son of a bitch! It ain't my glove, Mr.
It ain't Artie's, it ain't Ted's, it ain't anybody's! For Christ's sake, take a look at yourself.
You were a hell of a guy before you got married.
That woman's driving you crazy.
Let's get the fuck out of here.
-You think the Lone Wolf is still open? -One way to find out.
I don't think I'm going to go with you guys.
Why? What's the matter? I gotta get out of here before someone gets hurt.
Going somewhere? He was so easy.
Men always are.
Even the ones who always want to be on top just love being seduced.
Is it something I said or did? You know, Ted, when my husband found that glove I just didn't know what to tell him.
I swore to God I didn't know anything but he just wouldn't believe me.
Dixon, please.
Come on, Ted, I'm not asking for much.
If I have to, I'll tell him whose glove it is.
Is that what you want? I can't do this.
Sure you can.
It's easy.
All you gotta do is close your eyes and lay back.
I'll do all the hard work.
-It's not right.
-Fuck what's right.
I want you so bad, Lizzie.
You want me, don't you? Oh, God! Yeah.
Was this what you wanted? Was this what you wanted? I can't believe this.
You're unbelievable.
You want it.
You want it so bad don't you? You son of a bitch! He forced me.
He made me.
She's lying, Mr.
She came here and seduced me.
Kill him! It was the last thing I wanted specially since the doc said it was permanent.
But what are you gonna do? Cry about it? Maybe it's better to be blind, anyway.
The world's an ugly place.
Hey, kid.
It's me, Snaz.
You're gonna be okay, you understand? We're not going to let this get you down.
No, sirree, we are not.
-What are you doing? -Sit up.
You're coming with me.
Come on.
Watch yourself.
You're gonna help us win that tournament.
How the fuck am I going to do that, Snaz? I'm blind.
Yeah, but you're a natural.
We're just going to teach you a few new job skills, that's all.
You know I don't like these things.
You're gonna learn to love it, buddy.
Besides, wait till they get a load of you Iittle Stevie Lumber.
Come on with us, yeah.
We got you.
Watching the men work with Ted bothered me.
Why were they so determined to have him in their silly tournament? Didn 't they all have anything better to do? You can do it.
Do it, Ted.
Make it pay for its mistake.
Do it, Ted.
Make it pay for its mistake.
Yeah, all right.
That's good.
All right, all right.
Do it, Ted-o.
Go crazy, man.
Yeah, what is it? Mr.
Ted's learned a new trick he'd like to show you.
I don't give a shit.
We'd like you to join us, Mr.
Hey, Teddy boy.
Hey, this ain't so bad after all.
I told you he was gonna love it.
Now we got some bigger logs for you to work on.
Yeah? Bring them on! See how you do with these.
-Do it, Ted-o! -Go crazy, man! I love this fucking kid! Get him, Ted-o, yeah! You got the other one next, buddy, you got the other one next.
Hey, guys, I'm getting pretty good at this.
You got any more? Great work, kid.
You ready for the next one? Snaz and Artie, and the boys had found what I'd spent years looking for.
The cure for a terminal case ofboredom.
All right! I feel great.
I love you, guys.
Now, that's what I call sushi roll.
I guess Liz was right.
A good man is hard to find especially after he's been cut into so many pieces.
Well, kiddies I've got a little chopping to do of my own.
It's my producer's birthday.
He's always wanted final cut and that's exactly what he's getting.
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