|The ominousness of the music from the last scene fades away, mixing and
blending perfectly into the hustle and bustle at the busy Los Angeles Police Department.|
Two officers are escorting a longer haired biker-type gentleman through the police station. He is wearing a
black tank top, blue jeans and black sunglasses. He isn't happy to be there, and is fighting and squirming the
entire time. His hands are handcuffed behind his back, but he still puts up quite a struggle.
The man tries to catch a glimpse of a black haired woman sitting at a desk talking to a police officer. It is
unknown if she was the person who turned the man in, or whether or not he is just wanting a peek at a pretty
lady. It's more than likely the latter as the woman has another gentleman sitting next to her, and they
both seem to be elaborating on the same story. The officers pull the man away.
|There are two ladies at the corner of the desk in front of the Sargeant's
office. One is a younger girl in a black top and floral miniskirt. The other is an older, grey haird woman
dressed in a blue overcoat. The officers escort the man around the corner of the desk and the two woman try to
get out of the way. The older woman is more than likely the younger woman's mom and the younger woman was more
than likely arrested for a misdemeanor crime more than likely not her fault. The mom is there to pick her
daughter up from the station, and passing the out of control gentleman will hopefully act as a wake-up call for
the young lady and will help her to change her ways, rather than allowing her to continue down a wrong and
|There is an officer on the phone sitting at the desk in front of the Sargeant's
office. He seems a little upset that the out of control gentleman is making such a ruckus. The gentleman smacks
into the officer's chair on his way past, and the officer is forced to temporarily take the phone away from his
ear long enough to not only scoot his chair out of the way, but also to probably mumble incoherent profanity at
this rude and boisterous gentleman.|
|The man is finally escorted off-screen and, through the 3 foot by 3½
foot windows contained within the light brown wall built to create on office, we can see Elaine in the
background, talking with a police detective.|
The man Elaine is talking to is Detective Sargeant Bernard Madden. His coworkers call him Bernie, for short,
and he just so happens to be the Sargeant that came to the Wessex to investigate Elaine's original claims.
Elaine seeks the Sargeant out personally, as he was the one that came. He is a seemingly friendly man, who
appears to be extremely overworked, and although he has a full plate trying to run the department, Elaine is
sure that her new "evidence" will be more than enough for the Sargeant to take another look at the case. His
investigation of the Wessex the other day turned up no results, and almost seemed to make Elaine seem crazy.
But Elaine is determined to show the Detective that she is not.
|On Closer Inspection...:|
|The back wall of the Detective's office is adorned with a giant map of Los
Angeles, and two mounted Bass. The reference to fishing (there's another later) help to establish that fishing
is the poor, overworked detective's only joy... his only pastime... his only way to overcome the routine
audaciousness of his usually mundane existance. |
In front of the wall, behind the officer on the telephone's desk, there is a coffee pot half filled with coffee
sitting on a coffee maker base on a little table with several small disposable white styrofoam cups. It also
appears that the sugar container is empty. The office is hectic, and everybody is so busy that nobody can refill
the sugar container.
A young, balding officer (listed as Young Officer in the credits) opens the door to Sargeant Madden's office.
As the door is opened, we can hear Elaine's voice as she tells her story:
Elaine: And when I asked him about the boots, he went nuts!
The young officer quietly closes the door behind himself, trying not to disturb his superior, or visitor
|On Closer Inspection...:|
|- There is a dart board, two plaques, and a degree on the wall in between
the door and the window.|
- There is a "DARE to keep kids of drugs" sticker on the side of the Sargeant's file cabinet.
- There are a ton of files and folders stacked up in trays on the poor Sargeant's desk, as well as on top of
his filing cabinet.
- As the young officer enters the room, we can see the words "DETECTIVE SARGEANT MADDEN" printed on the
center of the glass in the door, in 2" tall, black lettering.
|Pay close attention to the area of glass next to the filing cabinet. It is
empty, for now, but throughout the course of the movie the area will become filled with fliers depicting lost or
missing individuals... I will tell you as they appear.|
|Elaine is wearing the same clothing as earlier, implying that she went
straight to the police station, right after the encounter with Peddler. She is wearing a "Visitor" badge clipped
to the left side of her suit jacket.|
Elaine: I wish that you had been there to see the look on this
man's face. He looked like could have killed me...
Elaine appears extremely devistated and very intense. It's understandable, however, as she was just put into
a life or death situation, and is lucky to have escaped unscathed... The overworked Sargeant is trying to
understand and comprehend Elaine's face-paced oration.
Sargeant Madden: Uh, please slow down, uh, let me catch up
with you here, okay?
Elaine: It was all there. Clothes, shoes, suitcases...
That's all they need, right? It's evidence! Although technically it doesn't prove that Peddler killed
the hotel patrons for clothing, only that he has it. Elaine plans on being there until she is finished, and
sinks into the chair, becoming a little more comfortable, but being sure to keep an eye on the detective as she
is doing so.
|Notice the young police officer looking through the files on top of the file
cabinet. The officer can't find the file he is looking for and he opens the top drawer of the filing cabinet and
begins looking through the files. The Sargeant notices and calls attention to him:|
Sargeant Madden: What are you doing?
|On Closer Inspection...:|
|Notice the LAPD emblem on the officer's shirt sleeve. The officer, still
looking through the filing cabinet, is looking for the Wallenstein file.|
Officer: Ah, um, I'm trying to find the Wallenstein file.
The Sargeant feels a little bit annoyed, as he is trying to do about four things at once - talking to Elaine,
keeping an eye on the young officer, handling the regular paperwork that he has trying to work on before Elaine
came to pay him a visit, as well as having to maintain all involuntary functions.
Sargeant Madden: It's not in there.
The Sargeant turns his attention back to Elaine:
Sargeant Madden: Miss Kalisher, did he touch you? Did he
physically do anything?
Now Elaine seems annoyed. He didn't do anything to her, but he had boxes of clothes! What more
could the Sargeant possibly need?
Elaine: No. What's that got to do with it?
Sargeant Madden: 'Cause then I have something to work with.
|Elaine is getting more annoyed by the minute. Granted, possessing suitcases and boxes of old clothes do not make Peddler a murderer, and therefore a crime hasn't been committed, but Elaine is upset that he doesn't seem to be taking her seriously.|
Elaine: What have I been doing for the last 10 minutes?
Sargeant Madden: Yeah, But you haven't...
|The Sargeant was going to say that she hasn't given him anything he could work
with. There's just no physical evidence. We have Elaine's supposed vision of the murder, and of the boot, and
we know that Peddler has a box of clothes, but there is so solid, concrete evidence tying him to any kind of
murder. To the poor, overworked detective, all of Elaine's evidence is all purely
The Sargeant doesn't get a chance to finish, because the young officer is now going through files on the
Sargeant's desk. The detective is extremely annoyed:
Sargeant Madden: Now what!?
Officer: I thought it might be here.
Sargeant Madden: What!?
Officer: The Wallenstein file.
Sargeant Madden: You have to do that now? It's on top of the file cabinet. Right there. Right there.
|The reason for the exchange between the Sargeant and the Young Officer is
simple. Although the files are of importance to the officer, they are no importance to Elaine. Elaine is, in
all seriousness, telling the cop vital information that she feels may help to crack a murder case, and here some
young officer is, wasting Elaine's time and preventing the Sargeant from being able to devoted his entire
attention to Elaine. It is to make Elaine feel as if her opinions do not matter... to make her feel like the
staff of the police station feel that she is crazy by trying to blow her off, rather than devote 100% of their
energies into truly listening to what Elaine has to say. To Elaine, what she is telling the Sargeant is vital,
and she feels that the Sargeant isn't either doesn't care, is to busy to care, or just too lazy to want to help.
Or that they feel she is lying. Elaine just wants somebody to listen to her. She knows what she is talking
about, and she is desperately seeking someone who will just listen and try to help her.|
|On Closer Inspection...:|
|Notice the young officer takes the file he had picked up off of the Sargeant's
desk, and places it on top of the file cabinet. This gives rise to believe that a lot of the detective's
poblems are because other people, like the young officer, are constantly mixing up his files, moving or losing
things, and not putting them back. We can only hope that the Sargeant doesn't need that one particular file.
Either that or that he remembers that the young officer just moved it from his desk to on top of the file
cabinet. The bad thing is, is that the Wallenstein file is located on top of the file cabinet, and that is the
first place the officer checks upon first entering the Sargeant's office. He either overlooked it, or is too
incompetent to be able to accurately suborganize his surroundings.|
Now that the officer has found the file he was looking for, he is able to leave, content. Elaine is content
too, for now the Sargeant may be able to listen fully to what she has to say. The Sargeant is only slightly
curious, but turns his attention back to Elaine:
Sargeant Madden: Now what else?
Elaine: What do I have to do to persuade you to go down
there just to take a look?
Sargeant Madden: For what, a rummy, some old clothes?
The young officer slips out of the office, as quietly as he enters.
|On Closer Inspection...:|
|There is another reference to fishing... there are three fishing poles behind
the Sargeant's desk. He must like to go as a stress reliever during times of frustatration.|
Elaine: You really don't get it, do you?
Sargeant Madden: What, what? That this guy committed some
imaginary murder for clothes? I appreciate the way you feel,
I really do.
Elaine is annoyed. The Sargeant obviously doesn't believe her, and thinks she is crazy.
Elaine: Please. Don't patronize me.
Elaine stands up, looks down and starts playing with her shirt cufflink. This is passive behavior. She is
wanting attention, but doesn't want to demand it, and instead waits for the perceptive Sargeant to take the
The Sargeant walks to his filing cabinet and opens a little black drawer that is part of another rack full of
papers and files. This is where the Wallenstein file was located.
Sargeant Madden: Okay, okay, but you know, I really believe
you think you saw something in the hotel.
Elaine: Yes, I saw a murder.
Sargeant Madden: Fine, now, you remember? We went up and
down the elevator, huh?
The Sargeant takes a small container, resembling a Tic-Tac container, out of the drawer and takes one of the
Sargeant Madden: What did we find? Now, please, try to see it
from my point of view: If there isn't a murder, than this guy
isn't killing people. I mean, don't you understand, there is
nothing else I can do.
Elaine has no problem telling the Detective Sargeant for the LAPD that he is wrong. She knows what she is
talking about, but the man clearly doesn't understand. Why can't he just go and take a look? It doesn't
matter if he didn't harm Elaine at that moment. He could have! And he murdered someone for clothes.
Well, someone murdered someone, somewhere in the hotel. If only the cop would listen.
Elaine: You're wrong. There was a murder, you just can't prove
The Sargeant puts the Tic-Tac container back in the black drawer, but forgets to close it.
Sargeant Madden: You're not, you're not going to give up on
this, are you?
No she's not... Elaine's quizzical nature, and her desire to get the complete story may be her only vices.
Elaine tells the man straight:
Elaine: No I can't.
|The Sargeant knows that Elaine is not going to leave him alone until he agrees
to do something, he just has to find out what Elaine want to know.|
The Sargent walks over to a small wooden table against the side wall of his office, perpendicular to the desk,
and opens a drawer. He takes out a white bottle and a white plastic spoon.
Sargeant Madden: Okay. What is it you want me to do?
The Sargeant opens the bottle and sets the lid aside. He pours a spoonful of the liquid and swallows it.
|This is probably some kind of antacid of stomach ache reliever. The stress of
his job, and right now, Elaine, probably has his stomach churning!|
Elaine: Just go down there and take a look!
The Sargeant takes another spoonful of the liquid.
Sargeant Madden: Let me think about it, huh?
The Sargeant sets the spoon down, grabs the lid and tightens it back on the container. The Sargeant starts to
sit down as he makes the following comment:
|Elaine is thinking that there is nothing to think about. He should just go
out and arrest this madman! He's killing people for clothes and Elaine knows where the clothes can be found.
Just go out and investigate. Do something!|
Sargeant Madden: Now, if you'll let me get back to my work,
The Sargeant slides his chair closer to his desk.
|The Sargeant gives Elaine a look that means he is serious, and that he doesn't
want to talk anymore. Luckily, she takes the hint and walks away.|
|The Sargeant isn't wanting to be mean to Elaine. He's just so overworked as it
is. There is no physical evidence tying Peddler to the murders... he just so happens to have a box of clothing.
That could have come from anywhere and doesn't necessarily prove that Peddler is a murderer. Elaine just doesn't
wan't to listen to reason. The Sargeant might end up going, just to get Elaine to quit bugging him, but he really
thinks it's a waste of time and energy to investigate a circumstantial lead. |
|The Sargeant watches Elaine walk towards the door, obvious wondering whether
or not he could have handled the situation any better than he did. He really wasn't trying to upset her...
He ponders going... Elaine's a good girl. But he did just ride up and down every floor in the Wessex, trying to
find some imaginary floor where a delusional Elaine possibly could have imagined witnessing a murder - only to
find nothing at all... He wants to believe Elaine... there's just no proof of any wrongdoing. And in his line
of work, he needs solid proof.|
|Elaine exits the room, closing the door behind her. Before walking off, she
turns to look back at the poor, overworked Sargeant one last time. The Sargeant is rubbing his mouth in an "Oh,
boy" fashion, and although Elaine may be a little skeptical about whether or not the Sargeant is going to help
her or not, she puts all of her faith into believing that he will. The Sargeant does indeed go and investigate
Elaine's claims... The findings aren't spectacular, but they will help lead Elaine on the path she is looking
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