INCIDENT AT ROWDY YATES
[By John Wagner]
REFS REQD: Rubella Ffish/Rowdy Yates Block (incl Dredds
1. External ROWDY YATES BLOCK, Dredd riding into it. The
block shows some war damage.
CAPTION: UNDER A MISGUIDED POLICY OF FOSTERING BETTER
RELATIONS WITH THE COMMUNITY, MANY JUDGES HAD BEEN ALLOCATED
APARTMENTS IN CITYBLOCKS.
CAPTION: IN THE LATTER DAYS OF VOLTS TERM THESE HAD
LARGELY FALLEN INTO DISUSE.
LINK(TO 2): AH, JUDGE DREDD! ITS NOT OFTEN WE SEE
YOU IN THE BLOCK!
2. In the block Dredd gets off his bike. Hes met by
chair of the residents committee, RUBELLA FFISH, for
whom he has even less time now that Volt is dead. He
doesnt even look at her. Longish shot, leave room for
FFISH: TOO BUSY TO SPARE YOUR FELLOW RESIDENTS ANY TIME, I
DREDD: YOU GOT IT.
FFISH: HMMPH! WELL, IF THATS YOUR ATTITUDE I
DONT KNOW WHY I SHOULD TELL YOU A STRANGE ROBOT
HAS BEEN SEEN HANGING AROUND YOUR APARTMENT.
LINK: I INFORMED JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, BUT THEY HAVENT
SO FAR DEIGNED TO SEND ANYONE.
DREDD: THEY SENT ME.
3. Close, face to face.
DREDD: RETURN TO YOUR APARTMENT AND LOCK THE DOOR. STAY
THERE UNTIL IM GONE.
FFISH: YOU MEAN THERES GOING TO BE FIGHTING?
4. Small. Just Dredds unforgiving visor.
DREDD: NO, I MEAN YOURE GETTING ON MY NERVES.
5. She storms off in high dudgeon. Dredds face in
fg, watching with a malevolent scowl.
WOMAN: WELL! SUCH INTOLERABLE RUDENESS! THIS WOULD NEVER
HAVE HAPPENED WHEN CHIEF JUDGE VOLT WAS ALIVE!
6. Down in the dimly-lit basement area (I think!) where he
has his apartment, Dredd examines the armoured door. From
deeper in the shadows comes a noise. FX: creeeaaak
DREDD(TH): NO SIGN OF ANY TAMPERING.
7. In bg, in the light, Dredd whirls, lawgiver drawn,
pointing at the partial silhouette of a robot, arms raised,
in the shadows in close fg.
DREDD: COME OUT!
ROBOT: D-D-D-DONT SHOOT!
1. BIG, full length shot - WALTER emerges from the
shadows, arms raised. This is a major pic. Walter hasnt
been seen for some years, so lots of focus on him. Do it as a
full page shot with the other pics inset.
WALTER: ITS ONLY ME, JUDGE DWEDD!
2. On both of them, face to face.
CAPTION: JUDGE DREDDS FORMER ROBO-SERVANT HAD BEEN
THE CITYS FIRST FREE DROID. SINCE THEN HE HAD
FALLEN FOUL OF THE LAW -
WALTER: WALTER HAS BEEN WAITING HERE HOPING YOU MIGHT DWOP
DREDD: THIS IS THE LAST PLACE YOU WANT TO BE. IF I
REMEMBER RIGHT, YOURE FIVE YEARS INTO A THIRTY
CAP BELOW: * See (Dark Walter Story/PROG NOS)
3. Walter on his knees, begging. Tears of oil run from his
screen. Dredds heart softens not a jot.
WALTER: HAVE PITY ON A POOR DWOID! WALTER KNOW HE HAS ONLY
SERVED FIVE YEARS, BUT HE IS A WEFORMED CHAWACTER ALWEADY!
DREDD: THEN JUST THINK HOW GOOD YOULL BE AFTER
ANOTHER TWENTY FIVE.
WALTER: P-PLEASE, PWISON IS NO PLACE FOR A WOBOT OF
WEFINEMENT! IM GOING CWAZY IN THERE!
DREDD: YOU COMMITTED SERIOUS CRIMES, WALTER - YOURE
COMMITTING ANOTHER RIGHT NOW BY BEING ON THE RUN.
YOU HAVE TO PAY THE PRICE.
1. Headshot, Walter.
WALTER: WALTER CANT HELP BWEAKING OUT - WICKED
WOBOTS DESTWOY HIS ISO-BLOCK. HE COME HERE TO
LINK: BUT WALTER KNOW YOU ARE TOO GWEAT AND TOUGH AND
UPWIGHT A JUDGE TO GO EASY ON ANY CWIMINAL -
2. Dredd continues to examines his door for tampering,
distracted. Walter, in bg, has risen again.
WALTER: - EVEN THOUGH HE WAS A GOOD FWEND ONCE.
DREDD: DONT KID YOURSELF.
WALTER: THATS WHY WALTER IS WILLING TO HAVE THE OPEWATION.
3. This gets Dredds attention. He looks up at
DREDD: THE OPERATION - ?
DREDD: IM NOT SURE WE DO THAT.
4. Just Dredd, lying flat, trying to see under his door
(and failing). Keep it small.
WALTER(OFF): WALTER IS SPEAKING FIGUWATIVELY.
LINK: HE HAS SEARCHED THE WECORDS. HE CAN GIVE YOU
PWECEDENTS - CASES WHERE EARLY WELEASE WAS GWANTED
WHEN CWIMINAL BEHAVIOUR WAS CURED BY A MEDICAL PWOCEDURE.
DREDD: THAT HARDLY APPLIES TO ROBOTS.
5. Headshot, Walt.
WALTER: WITH WESPECT, AS A FWEE WOBOT WALTER WOULD
ARGUE HE HAS THE SAME WIGHTS AS ANY OTHER CITIZEN. AND THERE
IS NO MORE SUITABLE SUBJECT FOR CASTWATION, AS IT WERE, THAN
6. Dredd rises, back to the wall beside his door, draws
his gun, motions Walter towards him.
DREDD: TURNED INTO A REAL ISO-CUBE LAWYER, HAVENT
YOU? CMERE -
7. Theres a little recess beside door where Dredd
can get some small degree of shelter. With his gunhand he
indicates the handle of his door. Walter is reaching for it.
DREDD: TRY THAT HANDLE.
WALTER: YES, JUDGE DWEDD.
1. Dredd presses his back to the wall as the whole door is
ripped off by a mighty explosion. The door takes Walter with
it, slamming him against opposite wall, doing severe damage
SLAMMMM KRANGGGG skassssh craak
2. Inside the apartment, amid the swirling smoke and dust,
an assassin droid opens fire in the direction of the gaping
doorway - fzanggg fzanggg. The destination of these
blasts, partly lost in the smokehaze, would be the door, now
pressing Walter to the opposite wall.
3. Dredd dives/rolls across the doorway, firing a couple
4. VAROOOOOM SPRANGGG etc. Robot is explosively
1. Gun ready Dredd ventures into the apartment amid the
slowly clearing smoke. The robots remains fizz
and craklll here and there on floor, embedded in walls
etc. Dredds former possessions (admittedly, few) are
scattered everywhere. Pages of his law books are still
swirling around, fluttering down. Show his own book
DREDDS COMPORTMENT ripped/embedded somewhere. The wall
between here and the bathroom is part demolished, so we can
see the bath, itself broken/collapsed. Fairly big. This may
be the last time we see the apartment.
DREDD: SO MUCH FOR THE APARTMENT.
BELOW: FIGURED NARCOS MIGHT HAVE BREACHED SECURITY, LEFT A
LINK: THE EVIL MEN DO LIVES AFTER THEM.
2. Outside, Dredd pulls the severed door off Walter, who
has lost an arm, has a cracked screen and other showy but
fairly superficial damage.
DREDD: STILL WITH US, WALTER?
WALTER: NO THANKS TO YOU! IM BADLY BWOKEN!
DREDD: YOU CAN BE FIXED.
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3. Dredd dumps the door aside. Walter upright again, the
picture of bruised pride. Lots of dialogue, take it into
WALTER: THATS NOT THE POINT! ITS THE PWINCIPLE!
YOU PUT WALTER IN GWEAT DANGER - YOU VIOLATE HIS HUMAN
DREDD: HUMAN RIGHTS? YOURE A ROBOT,
WALTER - YOU GOT NO HUMAN RIGHTS!
WALTER: I HAVE ALWEADY PWODUCED ARGUMENT TO THE CONTWAWY.
YOU YOURSELF HAVE PWOOVED YOU AGWEE.
WALTER: IF WALTER WAS JUST A WOBOT, WHEN HE TURN TO
CWIME HE WOULD HAVE BEEN SCWAPPED - COWWECT?
LINK: BY SENTENCING WALTER TO IMPWISONMENT YOU ADMIT
HE HAS WIGHTS!
4. Dredd wears an expression of reluctant acquiescence.
DREDD: SO YOU WANT ME TO HAVE YOU REPAIRED, FIXED SO YOU
CANT EVER AGAIN RUN FOUL OF THE LAW - AND RELEASED BACK
INTO THE COMMUNITY?
5. Just Walter, prepared to go on at length.
WALTER: WALTER BELIEVE HIS DESCENT INTO CWIMINALITY HAVE
ITS WOOTS IN FWAGMENTATION OF HIS PWOGRAMME - - WHICH
PWOBABLY BEGAN WHEN HE WAS CWUELLY WEJECTED BY THE ONE
PERSON HE LOVE AND WESPECT MORE THAN ANY OTHER, THE MAN HE
DEVOTE HIS MISEWABLE LIFE TO AND DO NOT EXPECT GWATITUDE OR -
6. Headshots, Dredd and Walter.
DREDD: ALL RIGHT, YOU WIN - BUT I DONT THINK OUGHT
TO BE QUITE THAT EASY.
LINK: IM PUTTING YOU ON PROBATION. I WANT YOU
TO GET BACK TO BASICS, LEARN WHAT ITS LIKE TO BE A
SIMPLE ROBO-SERVANT AGAIN.
WALT: TEWWIFIC! THANK YOU, JUDGE DWEDD! ITS
WALTERS WILDEST DWEAM! HELL SCWUB YOUR KNEEPADS
AND WUB YOUR CHAIN AND BWUSH THE BLOOD OFF YOUR DAYSTICK AND
7. Inset headshot of Dredd, snarling.
DREDD: NOT ME, YOU IDIOT!
LINK: I SAID PROBATION, NOT PURGATORY!
1. External, Sylvia Plath. FX: Rap Rap Rap
2. Narrow. Myopic Mrs Gunderson opens the door, peers out.
MRS G: Yes
3. Pull back. She adjusts her glasses and recognises
DREDD: JUDGE DREDD, MRS GUNDERSON!
MRS G: OH! ITS YOU, JUDGE DREDD!
DREDD: IVE BROUGHT THE PAROLEE I MENTIONED. MIND
IF I COME IN?
MRS G: GOODNESS ME, MY MANNERS, KEEPING YOU STANDING HERE!
WOULD YOU LIKE TO COME IN?
4. Dredd is inside - now we see that Walter, freshly
repaired, is with him. Mrs Gunderson notices Walter for the
first time, adjusts her specs again, a little startled.
DREDD: I KNOW HOW THINGS CAN GET ON TOP OF YOU THESE
DAYS - I THOUGHT HE MIGHT BE OF SOME USE TO YOU.
MRS G: OH! AND WHOS THIS?
DREDD: ITS THE PAROLEE I MENTIONED. ANSWERS TO
THE NAME WALTER. HES BEEN FULLY REPAIRED,
SHOULDNT GIVE YOU ANY TROUBLE, BUT IF HE DOES YOU GET
STRAIGHT ON TO ME.
5. Mrs G a bit worried by Walter, speaks confidentially to
MRS G: HES A VERY STRANGE LOOKING MAN. ARE YOU SURE
HES ALL RIGHT
DREDD: HES A ROBOT!
MRS G: A ROBBER! OH MY GOODNESS!
DREDD: A ROBOT! HES HAD ONE CRUEL OWNER! IM
LEAVING HIM IN YOUR CAPABLE HANDS! IM SURE YOULL
GET ON VERY WELL!
6. Dredd backs out. In bg Mrs G is giving bemused Walter a
finger wagging lecture.
DREDD: ALL YOURS, WALTER. I MAY CHECK BACK IN A YEAR OR
TWO, SEE HOW YOURE GETTING ON.
MRS G: I WARN YOU, YOUNG MAN, IF I FIND ONE THING MISSING
IN THIS HOUSE --
WALTER: CWIPES! PEWISH THE THOUGHT!