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Summary. On island: Locke encounters an emergency situation. Miles and Sawyer discover the oil platform. Miles has an unwelcome vision. Flashbacks reveal Mile‟s difficult past. Off island: Sun begins to formulate a plan. VOICE: Previously on Lost SAWYER(To Locke): Johnny, it‟s only a matter of time before he gets us. And I bet he‟s already figured out how he‟s gonna do it. Shot of the donkey wheel with energy spikes around it. SIMON: I believe we have a breach. CHRISTIAN: It‟s not what Jacob expected either…The island‟s dying now, John. THE ONE PERCENT EXT. ISOLATED ROAD-MIDNIGHT. We hear the crunch of tires on gravel as a car slowly backs up, its headlight beams on high. It sits idling. Then, from somewhere down the embankment, a dim flash of light waves about. After a moment a „door ajar‟ ding sounds and a light comes on inside the car revealing a young woman getting out. She leans over a guard rail and calls loudly. WOMAN Is anyone down there? Are you alright? There is no answer but she can now make out the dim outline of an overturned vehicle below. She steps over the rail and runs, half sliding down the slope. As she nears the vehicle though she starts to slow down. It‟s very dark and very quiet. She touches an upturned tire. WOMAN (Voice shaking a bit) Hello? Anyone here? She reaches for her cell phone, but she left her purse in the car. She steels her resolve and approaches a window. Soft whispering begins as she leans forward to look in. Suddenly a pale face, lit from underneath, appears. The woman screams and claws her way frantically back up the embankment. LOST SAME SCENE-NIGHT but now the road is closed off and there are various police vehicles and an ambulance parked haphazardly on the road. A policewoman is speaking to the woman outside her car. POLICEWOMAN They were reported missing four days ago. The kid‟s only nine years old. WOMAN Oh my God! That poor boy! Can you imagine—being trapped in a vehicle with the dead bodies of your parents and sister for four days?! Over the cop‟s shoulder we see a young Chinese-American boy being helped over the guard rail. He makes eye contact with the woman, and then flashes his flashlight onto his face, revealing a sly insolent expression, and then flicks off the light. WOMAN (Realization dawning) Why that little creep! He scared me on purpose!!! The policewoman, who has missed this exchange, stares at her in disapproval. As Miles is being helped into the ambulance, a small body bag is carried past him. Miles raises his hand. There is a slight twitch on his hand and face. He sadly watches as it‟s loaded into the back of the coroner‟s van. An EMT then notices Miles is close to tears and hurriedly guides him further into the ambulance, patting him on the head. Miles angrily brushes the hand away. EXT. ISLAND/BEACH CAMP—DAY. Everyone is extremely tense and stressed from the previous day‟s events. Tempers have been short and now there‟s the sound of heavy weapons fire. The beach campers freeze where they stand. But it quickly becomes apparent that the shooting is from a long ways away. Everyone looks inland worriedly. Finally the firing starts to taper off. JULIET It sounds like it‟s coming from somewhere near the barracks. ROSE Who could it be? That‟s a lot of shooting… CHARLOTTE (Hopefully) Do you think someone is attacking Locke? SAWYER I‟ll check it out. JULIET No you won‟t. We need you here. SAWYER (Bitterly) Why? So I can get you guys killed off too? JULIET Sawyer, it wasn‟t your… SAWYER (Losing it) Shut up! Just shut up! You don‟t know anything about it! It was my fault! ROSE James, you‟re a good man and we need you here. SAWYER You‟re out of your mind! In case you haven‟t noticed, every time I‟m stupid enough to believe, every time I try to do what‟s right, it‟s wrong and someone ends up… MILES Haven‟t you heard? “No good deed goes unpunished.” SAWYER (Now angrily turning on Miles) Why‟d you stay?! I‟m bettin‟ someone back home is looking for you. You owe someone serious money, don‟t you Chink?! And they‟re lookin‟ for ya right now. Ain‟t that right?! MILES (Sarcastic) You got me. I owe money to a Chinese Tong for an opium den visit. Miles turns away in disgust, but he also has a disconcerted look on his face. JULIET Sawyer, we have enough to deal with right now without you… SAWYER You have no say in this! I‟m leavin‟. (To Miles]: And I‟m taking you with me so I can keep an eye on you. Sawyer pushes Miles ahead of him. JULIET Sawyer! Wait! BERNARD Let him go. He‟ll be back. INT. DINER/INGLEWOOD--DAY. (Flashback) Miles is seated at a booth. He‟s reading and takes a sip of coffee. VOICE (Nervous) Hello Miles. Miles looks up and sees a cop in uniform accompanied by a large tough looking guy. Miles quickly stands up and hands the cop a thick package. MILES Here ya go George. I‟m kind of in a hurry just now but… MAN Sit down. This will only take a minute. Miles tries to move around him. MILES I was just… MAN I know exactly what you were doing. MILES (Looking pointedly at George) Oh? The man pushes Miles back onto the seat. George gives Miles a sorry-I-got-you-into-this-look. MAN How do you do it? I mean I know that George here tips you when a perp dies, but then whaddya do? Make sure there are “disturbances” in their homes? GEORGE I told you Stan, I‟ve know Miles since the 4th grade. He‟s the genuine article. STAN Shut up George. MILES I have no idea what you‟re talking about. STAN Don‟t even bother denying it Miles. Besides this is your lucky day. I just happen to need someone with your talents. Sometimes it‟s better to shoot first and ask questions later. Know what I mean? The only problem is, then they‟re dead and they can‟t tell you where they hid the stuff. But I hear you‟re real good at finding that out. MILES It‟s a scam. I can‟t hear anything from the dead. STAN (Laughs) That‟s fine. You can get the info anyway you want, just so you get it. MILES No. GEORGE (Very nervous) Miles. I think it would be a good idea to cooperate. (Under his breath): Please! STAN You‟ll be doing your civic duty. These are drug smugglers. They‟re the bad guys. MILES Who just happen to be dead? STAN Look smart ass, these guys are scum preying on the neighborhood. If we can get some of their money we‟re not just enriching ourselves, but we‟re also cutting back on their operations. A win-win situation. MILES And if I say “no”? STAN (Smiles menacingly) You won‟t. Miles studies Stan‟s face for a moment. GEORGE (Trying to find the good news) Miles you get a cut! 10%. MILES If I did it. It wouldn‟t be for anything under 25. STAN 20. MILES One time only. (Sarcastic): Just to do my civic duty. STAN Miles you‟re doing the right thing. If this works out, you might even keep the bad guys from being tortured first. Nobody likes that kind of mess. INT. PAIK INDUSTRIES-DAY. Sun and her father are walking down a wide hallway speaking in Korean. Subtitles. MR. PAIK That‟s correct. We built the Ursa Maritimus rig for the Widmore Corporation. When oil prices rose, countries everywhere opened up their shores to drilling. And Paik is positioned to become the number one builder. Our fixed platform will revolutionize the field. Its construction is unique in that it is virtually indestructible and… SUN (interrupting) Is there anyone from our crew left on it? MR. PAIK The rig went on-line not long ago. But yes, Lee is still there...why are you asking about this? Sun rounds the corner into her office, picks up a remote from her desk and points it at a DVR monitor. SUN This came across just minutes ago. REPORTER Widmore Industries has reported that their new offshore oil platform, the Ursa Maritimus has been lost in heavy seas off of Norway. Not one of the 31 crew members survived. This is not the first oil rig disaster. In March 1980 the Alexander Keilland capsized in the North Sea during a storm resulting in 123 dead. Charles Widmore stated that he deeply regrets the loss of life… Sun turns off the report as her father explodes. MR. PAIK Nonsense! That‟s impossible! SUN Oh, it‟s possible. It just didn‟t happen the way he said it did. MR. PAIK (Ignoring her) Mr. Widmore may be our best client, but this time he is mistaken. Someone was probably careless and there was an explosion. It couldn‟t have collapsed in a storm! As he angrily leaves the room, Sun picks up a phone from her desk. SUN Zamira? Find out where Charles Widmore is and then have someone get the jet ready to take me there. Also I want you to find out everything you can about him, quietly. He mustn‟t know he‟s being scrutinized. This is top priority, no expenses barred. I want an update every couple of hours, with a full report as soon as possible. Sun disconnects looking thoughtful. Then she logs on and looks up Lee in the company files. INT. BARRACKS/SMALL ROOM. Harper has been “interviewing” Leon Bergson (OTL of the oil rig) who has been refusing to answer questions. BERGSON Look, if you don‟t have anything more interesting to ask… HARPER Do any of you have training in physics? BERGSON (Surprised at the question and then angry) Yeah, we did. And you guys murdered her. I don‟t know what world we‟re in, but I promise you that back home they‟re looking for us. Bergson stands up and leans threateningly over her desk BERGSON (cont). Powerful corporations will be looking for this rig. And when they find us, you will be charged with mass murder. I will personally see that each of you are held accountable (jabbing his finger on her desk to accent his words) for every one of my crew members killed! Bergson sits back down and continues now in a steely calm voice. BERGSON (cont.) And if that doesn‟t happen, I‟ll find a way to even the score myself. HARPER (In therapy speak mode) I understand that you are experiencing some frustration… BERGSON Are you crazy?! Lady! This goes way beyond frustration! Forget it. Just take me back to my men. I‟m through talking. But you‟re dead. All of you. Dead! EXT. ISLAND/JUNGLE-DAY. Walking seems to have relaxed Sawyer. He and Miles companionably make their way through the jungle. MILES When I was in the fourth grade, towards the end of the term, I overheard my teacher talking to the fifth grade teacher--warning him about me. SAWYER Sounds like we had the same teacher. MILES You were “incorrigible”. I was “evil”. SAWYER Evil?! At age ten?! Whadja do to her to make her say that? MILES Nothing. And get this--she acted like I had somehow scarred her for life! She said she‟d never met anyone who frightened her, who “creeped her out” like I did. SAWYER What did the other teacher say? MILES He said everyone has at least one percent goodness in them and that she should have tried to look for it. SAWYER (Snorts in derision) So did you set him straight the next year? MILES That day I made it my goal in life to snuff out that one percent. Sawyer smiles. MILES (Suddenly grabbing Sawyer‟s arm) Shhhh! A soft crying can be heard off to their left. They start to move cautiously in that direction. A woman is seated on a boulder, head in her hands. Sawyer pulls his gun and pointing it at her, steps out. SAWYER Put your hands up! The woman, (Asian, pretty, petite, in her 20s), lifts her head in alarm. Her face is streaked with tears. She doesn‟t respond SAWYER (Threateningly waving the gun at her) Who are you?! Where‟d you come from?! When she doesn‟t answer, Sawyer turns to Miles. SAWYER (cont.) Ask her where she came from! MILES Where did you come from? SAWYER (Yelling) Not in English you idiot! MILES (Yelling back) I‟m a third generation American, you jerk!!! I don‟t speak Chinese any better than you! And even if I did she wouldn‟t understand because she‟s Korean!! SAWYER (Chastised) Oh. (Then continues defensively): Well how the hell was I supposed to know that?! He then notices that she is fearfully looking back and forth at them. SAWYER (Placating) Look its okay. We just want to know… He is interrupted as she frantically points to the north, speaking rapidly in Korean. SAWYER What‟s your name? I‟m (points to himself and then says loudly) SAWYER. She mouths the word “Sawyer” but not out loud. SAWYER (cont.) (Points to Miles) And this is… MILES (interrupting) Don‟t tell her my name! SAWYER Whatever. (To her): You? WOMAN (Pointing to herself) Lee Fermi. SAWYER Okay. Lee show us… MILES Fermi is her first name. Lee is the last. But what kind of name is “Fermi”? SAWYER Who cares? (Gestures to Fermi). You lead. She gets to her feet, hesitantly points again. Sawyer nods and she starts off in that direction. Sawyer and Miles follow. INT. NEVADA GAMBLING ESTABLISHMENT—NIGHT. (Flashback) Miles is seated at a poker table. A man in a suit approaches. MAN Mr. Straume will be cashing in his chips now. Miles takes one look at the guy and complies. WOMAN (Who was playing next to Miles) Thank God! That creep‟s been giving me the willies all night long. MILES (As he rises from the table, in a loud voice) Does your husband know about your separate bank account? The woman gawks at him, mouth open. HUSBAND What bank account? WOMAN (Laughs shrilly) Why honestly honey! I have no idea what he talking about. HUSBAND (More threatening) You have another bank account? Miles smiles in grim satisfaction as he leaves the table. INT. OFFICE—NIGHT. Miles is escorted into an office. The guard steps out and closes the door behind him. A heavy set man is seated behind a desk. Throughout the conversation Miles seems unable to get a clear read on the guy and becomes increasingly worried. MAN Mr. Straume, you‟ve been stealing from me. Miles sits quietly studying him. MAN You‟re perfectly suited for the game. And I must admit that you‟ve played it very smart. Never winning too much. Never playing high stakes. Just enough to get by. Am I right? MILES I haven‟t been cheating. I just have a knack for reading people. I won‟t bother your establishment again. Miles stands up. MAN (Steely) Sit down! Miles sits. MAN (cont.) I don‟t own this rat hole. And as I‟m sure you‟re beginning to surmise, it‟s not about the gambling. However, I did lose a great deal of money last April in L.A. I want it back. All of it. MILES I didn‟t get paid for that job. The guys that hired me are dead. MAN $1.5 million. MILES I don‟t have the money! It turned out to be a complicated situation that I decided I was better off not knowing anything about. That‟s why I‟m here. Broke. MAN stares at him threateningly. MILES Seriously I… MAN (Interrupting) Then you‟ll get it back. The man‟s cell phone rings. Annoyed he glances at a text message, then pauses and reads it again more carefully. Preoccupied he hurriedly finishes up. MAN (cont.) I‟ll talk to you tomorrow. Meanwhile, don‟t even think of leaving town. Do you understand Mr. Straume? MILES Yes sir. INT. TAXI--NIGHT. Miles is in a taxi. He pulls out a business card and dials a number on his cell phone. MILES Mr. Abaddon? I would like to reconsider your offer if it‟s not too late. On hearing the reply, Miles closes his eyes and sighs in relief. MILES (cont.) Yes I can start immediately. I do have one problem. I‟m hoping that you have the resources to extricate me from a situation? (Pause). Thank you. I‟ll wait for your call. Miles disconnects, his hand shaking slightly. EXT. ISLAND—DAY. Locke, Richard, Harper, and Simon are outside the Orchid in the garden area. LOCKE Okay, so this…“exotic matter?” (To Simon)…Is that right? Simon nods. LOCKE (continues) …is leaking out. And you think it‟s because of the oil rig. Can we dismantle the rig? SIMON (Annoyed glance at Richard) Well the only people who could have possibly done that are now all dead. RICHARD They couldn‟t have dismantled it. They‟re operators, not construction workers. LOCKE Look, can‟t we just let it leak? It seems to me that the fact that Widmore now knows he has lost communications with the platform, and knows its exact location, and has probably already sent a crew, is a much more urgent worry! The first priority has got to be to re-question Bergson, get our location, and then get the island moved again. SIMON Exotic matter, as negative energy, is repelled rather than attracted by gravity. LOCKE: So? Look I don‟t understand any of this. SIMON That means that since it‟s not stable it wouldn‟t be safe to move the island. LOCKE Why not?! SIMON Because it‟s what stabilizes the wormhole. You know, the part that allows time travel? It normally holds the “throat” open, but with this breach, I don‟t think it will work. LOCKE I‟ll take my chances. SIMON No! I‟m not talking about you ending up somewhere unintended. I‟m talking about you being torn to shreds. LOCKE So make it work, fix the leak! SIMON I don‟t know how! Look physics isn‟t my area of expertise, okay? We need someone… LOCKE (Interrupting with a wide grin) Faraday! Never underestimate the island Simon! It has a way of providing for every eventuality. EXT. JUNGLE/OIL RIG-EVENING. Sawyer, Miles and Fermi are standing just within the jungle and looking out at the oil platform. SAWYER Where did that come from?! What the hell is going on around here?! They stare at it for several moments. It is sunk deeply into the ground. (The platform is only eight feet or so above the ground.) It is enormous and topped by a huge central tower. Two large cranes on each side dwarf the storage tanks, offices, etc. below them. There is no visible movement anywhere. Sawyer sighs. SAWYER (Quietly) We‟re going to have to check it out. You (indicates Fermi) stay here! Sawyer gestures and then gently pushes her down to a sitting position. She nods. He starts to move forward. Then he notices Miles hanging back. SAWYER (Resignedly handing him a gun) This doesn‟t mean I trust you. They cautiously approach the platform. MILES Just a warning. There are a lot of dead people up there. SAWYER (Smiling) Well just in case any of them are kicking, you go first. As Miles climbs the ladder, Sawyer lifts his gun, scanning the rig, but there is no other movement. When Miles gets to the top, he gestures for Sawyer to follow. As Sawyer clears the top of the first ladder we see two figures lying dead. One against the railing, the other sprawled on the ground half leaning against a door. They pull him out of the way. Sawyer opens the door as Miles covers their entrance. As they enter, their footsteps echo on the metal floor. A narrow interior stairwell rises above them. Again there are bodies on the stairs, shot. SAWYER I‟m going the rest of the way up. Pick up their weapons. At the top of the stairs the door opens onto another outside platform. Sawyer goes out the door. It closes. VOICE Hello Miles. Word has it that you turned down this job the first time because you knew we‟d run into each other. Miles turns to see Ana Lucia, who looks at him with hostility. He does not appear to be surprised to see her. MILES (resignedly) That‟s not true, Ana. ANA LUCIA You always did love money. You always wanted the flashy car, the Armani suit, babe on each arm. Was it worth it Miles? Is that why you got him killed? MILES Ana I don‟t have time for this right now. ANA LUCIA I‟ve got news for you Miles. This island is a whole new game. Being here is going to be a very nasty experience for you. MILES I‟m going to count to five, Ana and then you will leave. One. ANA LUCIA He was a good cop Miles! He was a good, honest, straight cop. Why‟d you do it? MILES Two ANA LUCIA You practically lived with us when you were growing up. Why?!! MILES Three ANA LUCIA First me, then Jorge. You broke my mother‟s heart Miles. MILES Four. ANA LUCIA (Yelling) You said you‟d watch over him! You could have helped him! He was my baby brother and your friend for God‟s sake! MILES Five. Miles flings the door open, steps out and breathes in the fresh air. Sawyer looks at Miles closely. SAWYER Wow Miles. You‟re looking a little green around the gills. What‟s the matter? Ain‟t cha never seen a dead body before? MILES Oh, I‟ve seen „em. I just don‟t like being enclosed with them in…metal places. SAWYER Yeah, the smell is pretty bad. I wonder what the hell happened here. MILES Locke was here. With the Natives. They killed them all. SAWYER You don‟t know that! Besides, John wouldn‟t do this. Miles shrugs, unconcerned if Sawyer believes him or not. SAWYER But if that‟s true, it woulda been self defense. MILES Don‟t know about that. But I can tell you that Locke‟s group fired first. Miles looks up and sees the Widmore logo on the metal wall, blinks, but says nothing to Sawyer about it. MILES (cont.) There‟s no one left alive. So I wonder how our little Fermi escaped. Speaking of which we better get back to our prisoner… (Sarcastic): Oh wait! That‟s right! You forgot to tie her up! Well if she‟s still there maybe we can get some info out of her. SAWYER (Sourly) She‟s still there. But Sawyer hurries back down the stairs. Miles grins in satisfaction and follows. INT. TAXI--NIGHT. (Flashback) This scene takes place just moments after the previous flashback. Miles dials another number on his cell phone. INT. NURSING FACILITY. This private facility is extremely expensive looking. A phone is ringing. A female hospital director answers it. DIRECTOR Yes Mr. Chou. How nice to hear from you. MILES How‟s she doing? DIRECTOR About the same. MILES I‟m going to be out of communication for some time, possibly as long as a year. I will be transferring a sizable amount of money to the account. It will be dispensed in the usual manner. I expect her to receive the best possible care during my absence, however long that may be. DIRECTOR Yes, of course. You know that we will take the very best care of her. MILES (Grasps the phone tightly. His voice cracks) Could you tell her… DIRECTOR I‟m sorry. I didn‟t hear what you said. MILES (Closes his eyes for a moment, clears his throat) Never mind. Goodbye. DIRECTOR Goodbye Mr. Chou. EXT. ISLAND—EVENING. Locke, Richard and Harper are walking away from the Orchid. RICHARD I‟ll send Aldo over to see if Faraday is at the beach camp. HARPER (In her own train of thought) It‟s odd isn‟t it, that the island just happened to move to an area that had an oil rig of Widmore‟s? RICHARD Maybe Jacob moved us here for some reason? LOCKE He didn‟t, Ben did. HARPER I agree. Ben did this intentionally. LOCKE But why? HARPER Don‟t you see? It‟s his perfect revenge! He knew that moving it under Widmore‟s rig would mean that the island would have to be moved immediately (to keep Widmore from finding it). And, since moving the island means you can‟t return, your “leadership” role would only last a few days at most. LOCKE You think he hated me that much? Well, I don‟t think he foresaw this consequence--this “exotic matter leakage”. He never would have placed the island in true danger. HARPER I‟m not so sure about that. He has never had difficulty lashing out and killing those who cross him. LOCKE Well, I have no problem giving up my leadership to move the island to safety. I have no problem dying in order to bring back those that Jacob needs to return. But if I fail in these tasks because of this “breach”, then it will be the end of the island and everything connected to it. We can‟t let that happen. We have to make sure it will work! And fast. EXT. WAREHOUSE-NIGHT. [Flashback/dream sequence] MILES (Angry) What are you doing here? GEORGE Stan said… MILES I told you. We‟re not doing it the way Stan said! GEORGE But… MILES Don‟t worry—we‟re still getting the money. GEORGE I don‟t care about more money! Listen Miles, it‟s not worth it. Let‟s just do our jobs like Stan said and… MILES He‟s planning on killing us George. Even you can see that can‟t you?! It‟s the perfect set up. You‟ll die in the line of duty and I‟ll be cast as the… GEORGE I‟m not going to let you do it Miles. Look, if you‟re sure about Stan, then let‟s walk away right now. Let‟s just leave. You have a choice. Miles (Pulls out his gun) No I don‟t George. INT. HOTEL ROOM. A cell phone rings. Miles, stretched out fully clothed on his bed, jerks awake and flips it open. He listens and then hangs up. His face is covered in sweat. MILES (As he stands up) I told you to rest in peace George! Now go away. All of you! Miles closes his eyes for a moment and takes several deep breaths. Then smiling grimly, he picks up his case and exits the door. LOST Notes The title “The One Percent” refers to the quote that everyone has at least one percent good in them. I tried to portray Miles as an unlikable person who appears to be motivated by greed. Yet he does have contradictions. He returned money to Mrs. Gardner. Was that kindness or just an attempt to placate her son‟s spirit? In this script he plays a prank on the woman who comes to rescue him, and yet he grieves at his sister‟s death. He callously allows a childhood friend to die, yet apparently is paying huge amounts of money for some mysterious person‟s care. He tries hard to be uncaring. I‟d say the verdict is still out on Miles. I know that Locke has not met Faraday. But he did hear Ben mention him by name. I‟m assuming that he learned more about Faraday from either Ben or Charlotte while they were captive. The scene with Sun occurs immediately before she visits Widmore in London. “Fermi” is a nickname. She is either named after Enrico Fermi the physicist or perhaps because another renown Korean physicist, Benjamin Lee, was associated with the FermiLab in Batavia, Ohio. In any case, once googled, the name was meant to evoke the particle accelerator, black holes, and time travel. Finally I want to make it clear that Ana Lucia is partly accurate. Her somewhat dim brother, George, did provide Miles with information. (He was Miles “police buddy” mentioned in “Confirmed Dead”). But George was compelled to go along with the Stan, (the drug lord involved in a turf war). Miles could have helped extricate George if he hadn‟t been so interested in the money. But was Ana Lucia right as to why Miles wanted the money? I don‟t think so. I‟m really looking forward to seeing what everyone else has written about him!
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