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PART 1 - BEGINING (1) to FLETCH SENDS
GILLET PACKING AND FALLS ASLEEP(47)
PART 2 - FLETCH GETS THE CALL (48) to...ZIP A DEE DOO DAH (55)
PART 3 - FLETCH SEES HIS BELLE ISLE (56) to FLETCH MEETS CALCULUS (67)
PART 4 - FLETCH SIGNS FOR BELLE ISLE (68) to FLETCH "BEN"DS OVER (77)
PART 5 - CALL ME HAM (78) to AN INTERUPTION FROM THE KLAN (91)
PART 6 - WHAT CAN I DO TO YOU...FOR YOU? (92) to BUGBUSTERS (110)
PART 7 - CALCULUS' SHACK (111) to THE 4,323rd TELEVISION MINISTRY (130)
PART 8 - IRWIN, COME ON DOWN (131) to...
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FLETCH LIVES SCRIPT CONTINUED...
111 EXT. AMANDA'S TOWNHOUSE
Fletch strolls to the van and removes the "Bugbusters" decals. From inside the house we can HEAR the deputy screaming.
112 EXT. BELLE ISLE - NIGHT
Fletch (the teeth are out) has returned in the Cadillac. He sees a strange shadow move on the side of Belle Isle and stealthily approaches. The shadow disappears...he follows in the direction he thinks it has taken, slowly moving around the perimeter of the house. He bluffs the SOUND of a howling dog. Then he hears another SOUND somewhere in the woods, and follows it towards Calculus' shack...Could Calculus be the shadowy figure he has seen?
113 EXT. SHACK - NIGHT
As Fletch approaches he hears the noise of a TV coming from inside. He knocks.
The SOUND GOES OFF and the door cracks open to reveal Calculus' wide eyes.
I'd like to talk to you for a minute.
114 INT. SHACK
This is a two-room affair. Cal's sleeping quarters are in the rear. No apparent bathroom. In the front room, a small frog, a 17" color TV and a water bed, with pillows propped up to turn it into a sofa. Next to it, a phone.
Come on in here.
Calculus adjusts the rabbit ears on his TV to get faint reception. Fletch sits on the "sofa" with some difficulty.
Sorry about that - but I won it in a raffle,
I had a choice of that waterbed or one of them
full-body herbal wrappers at some place called
There must be an art to sitting on one of these
A lost art. You get the Lakers?
I'm lucky I get "Wheel of Fortune".
(still adjusting the TV)
So whatcha thinking?
I'm getting the feeling that people
don't want me around here.
You know any reason why anyone
would want to buy this land?
Insect research. And I bet they
don't pay much for that.
I have an offer for 250,000 dollars.
Take the money and run.
What do you know about the
Jimmy Lee Farnsworth? Down here everybody
knows about him. He's on TV all the time.
He flips his remote control.
Your Aunt Belle used to watch it when she was
laid up. Lot of people smiling and crying and jumping
around asking for money. And people send money...
lots of it. Send it right to the Reverend Jimmy Lee
Farnsworth...and what he does with it is anybody's guess.
115 FULL SHOT - TV
JIMMY LEE FARNSWORTH is on the air, with his gold Rolex and sapphire pinky ring. He wears a blue suit over his pudging fifty-year-old frame.
JIMMY LEE (V.O.)
There's good news tonight, there are miracles
in the air. I know there are a lot of you out
there tonight with questions in your heart. But
the only question that's worth asking and worth
answering is have you been saved.
116 BACK TO THE SHACK
It's a lot like that Tonight show,
but more commercials.
Hard to believe.
JIMMY LEE (V.O.)
To those of you who are wandering in the
wilderness of sin and frustration we're
here to help you, to give you the key to
peace and contentment. The costs of staying
on the air are enormous...and Bibleland
is only halfway there.
oh yeah, Bibleland.
(with a wink)
Bible -- land.
117 EXT. THE FARNSWORTH MINISTRY TV CENTER - THE NEXT DAY
Fletch approaches, past a group of clean-cut young men and women dressed in lavender blazers. Fletch is dresses in a polyester suit with a baby blue tie. Audience members are leaving the auditorium, others arriving.
Immediate seating for the 5 o'clock service
Ushers have clipboards and are filling out cards.
Praise the Lord.
Bless him. Bless us. Bless you.
Fletcher. Irwin Sue Fletcher.
118 INT. CLOSE SHOT - ANNOUNCER
A thin, trimmed moustache twitches. The eyes widen.
Ladies and gentlemen...boys and girls...It's
time for the 4,323rd Television Ministry.
119 INT. THE AUDIENCE - APPLAUDING
Fletch finds his seat.
The regular cast marches out with a wave to the cameras and audience.
With Mimsy Carlyle.
A forty-year-old woman spins out in a long billowing skirt.
A handsome black man does a quick tap step.
The Bradley Family Singers.
Four men in baby blue blazers.
And Dick Medly and the Band. I'm Al Crank...and now -
-- the host of our show...the Ministry's founder
and your friend...Mr. Good News himself...
the Reverend Jimmy Lee Farnsworth.
The BAND EXPLODES with a riff from "Onward Christian Soldiers" and the audience APPLAUDS. ANGLE - STAGE
We're going to begin this show as we always do.
C'Mon out, Walter Bob Buggem!
A standing ovation for WALTER BOB.
121 WALTER BOB
Pulls out a white handkerchief which he holds strangely in his right hand. His eyes close in an almost trance-like state.
122 ANGLE ON FLETCH
who looks to others in the congregation for behavioral guidance.
123 WALTER BOB
124 THE CONGREGATION
stands again, applauding, moved.
stands. Starts to applaud. Too late. Walter Bob speaks.
I can say no more.
Walter Bob turns to leave.
126 THE CONGREGATION
Yes! God Bless! Yes!
The congregation stares at Fletch. This was inappropriate.
127 JIMMY LEE
returns to the stage.
We have so many more friends in our family
of worship to hear from
(pointing to the stage)
but they can't begin to entertain and enlighten
you, until you light up our phone lines.
(CAMERA PANS to a bank of phones)
These lovely phone ladies are waiting for your
call. No gift is too small...If you can afford a
hundred, give eighty or ninety. If you call tonight,
we'll be sending you a copy of my prayer for peace
suitable for framing.
(who wears a small earphone)
I know there's someone out there tonight
who needs to step forward...Is there a Lyda
Pearl Shindley? Lyda Perl are you with us?
Lyda Perl shoots up from her seat screaming.
Come on down!
Lyda Perl arrives on stage.
Lyda Perl, I know you've suffered a great
tragedy when you lost Joe bob in the Merry
Go Round accident at the State Fair.
Even though Joe Bob left you well protected,
these riches haven't brought you happiness.
No, they haven't. I've sinned.
We've all sinned. Bless you, child.
But I've really sinned.
(Whispers in his ear)
Say it aloud. Cleanse yourself.
128 LYDA PERL
I'm so ashamed. I slept with my
best friend's husband.
Bless you child.
(responding to a flashing red "Amen" light)
And I also slept with my Uncle James.
Bless you child, you are forgiven.
Ladies and gentlemen, doesn't this take
courage to come up on nationwide TV
to confess your human frailty. AL, would you...
I shoplifted this blouse from Sheerie's
God forgives you.
Jimmy Lee grabs Lyda Perl's head in his hands.
Lyda Perl swoons. Two attendants rush the stage to carry Lyda Perl off.
129 IN THE AUDIENCE - FLETCH AND A CHURCH ELDER
She'll receive the V.I.P treatment backstage
---and a personal audience with Jimmy Lee.
Fletch becomes more interested.
130 BACK TO STAGE
Surely there is someone else. Surely
Lyda Perl is not alone.
The CAMERA MOVES IN on Jimmy Lee's left ear, which has something like a small hearing aid.
Surely there is someone whose life is full of
confusion...I sense a recent bereavement. Someone
who has lost an uncle or an aunt.
Is there a Mr. Fletcher here? A Mr. Irwin S. Fletcher?
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