Erin Brockovich: A True Story (2000)
      
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
      
Screenplay by Susannah Grant
      
Revisions by Richard LaGravenese
      
Revised Draft, 03/22/99
   
Julia Roberts....................Erin Brockovich 
David Brisbin (I)......................Dr. Jaffe 
Dawn Didawick...........................Rosalind 
Albert Finney...........................Ed Masry 
Valente Rodriguez.........................Donald 
Conchata Ferrell..........................Brenda 
George Rocky Sullivan..........Los Angeles Judge 
Pat Skipper.....................Defending Lawyer 
Jack Gill (II).........................Defendant 
Irene Olga López....................Mrs. Morales 
Emily Marks...........Beth Brockovich (8 months) 
Julie Marks...........Beth Brockovich (8 months) 
Scotty Leavenworth............Matthew Brockovich 
Gemmenne De la Pena.............Katie Brockovich 
Erin Brockovich-Ellis...................Waitress 
Adilah Barnes...............................Anna 
Irina V. Passmoore....................Babysitter 
Aaron Eckhart.............................George 
Ron Altomare........................Biker Friend 
Charles John Bukey..................Biker Friend 
Marg Helgenberger...................Donna Jensen 
Randy Lowell.......................Brian Frankel 
Jamie Harrold..............................Scott 
Sarah Ashley.......................Ashley Jensen 
Scarlett Pomers....................Shanna Jensen 
T.J. Thyne............................David Foil 
Joseph Chrest.......................Tom Robinson 
Meredith Zinner...................Mandy Robinson 
Michael Harney.......................Pete Jensen 
William Lucking......................Bob Linwood 
Mimi Kennedy.....................Laura Ambrosino 
Scott Sowers......................Mike Ambrosino 
Cherry Jones.......................Pamela Duncan 
Kristina Malota................Annabelle Daniels 
Wade Williams .......................Ted Daniels 
Cordelia Richards...................Rita Daniels 
Ashley Pimental......Beth Brockovich (18 months) 
Brittany Pimental....Beth Brockovich (18 months) 
Tracey Walter......................Charles Embry 
Larry Martinez......................Nelson Perez 
Judge LeRoy A. Simmons...................Himself 
Don Snell..........................PG & E Lawyer 
Michael Shamberg ..................PG & E Lawyer 
Gina Gallego.........................Ms. Sanchez 
Peter Coyote.........................Kurt Potter 
   
   
    

 1   INT. DR. JAFFE'S OFFICE - DAY                                  1   

     A successful-looking doctor sits behind a desk in a well-
     appointed office. He's looking at someone off-camera.

                           DR. JAFFE
               Uh, but you have no actual medical 
               training?

                           ERIN
                    (off)
               No. I have kids. Learned a lot right 
               there. I've seen nurses give my son 
               a throat culture. I mean what is it - 
               you stick a giant Q-tip down their 
               throat and wait. Or a urine analysis, 
               with that dipstick that tells you 
               whether or not the white count is 
               high...

                           DR. JAFFE
               Yes, I understand.

                           ERIN
                    (off)
               And, I mean, I'm great with people. 
               Of course, you'd have to observe me 
               to know for sure, but trust me on 
               that one. I'm extremely fast learner. 
               I mean, you show me what to do in a 
               lab once, and I've got it down.

     He nods. Now we see who he is talking to: ERIN BROCKOVICH.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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 2   HOW TO DESCRIBE HER? A BEAUTY QUEEN WOULD COME TO MIND -       2   

     which, in fact, she was. Tall in a mini skirt, legs crossed, 
     tight top, beautiful - but clearly from a social class and 
     geographic orientation whose standards for displaying beauty 
     are not based on subtlety.

                           ERIN
               ...for instance, at one point I wanted 
               to be an engineer, so I was working 
               at Fleuer Engineers and Constructors 
               in Irvine. I fell madly in love with 
               geology.

                           DR. JAFFE
               Geology?

                           ERIN
               I learned how to read maps. I love 
               maps.

 3   DID YOU KNOW OUR PRESENT SYSTEM FOR MAP-                       3   

     making dates back to the ancient Greeks in like the third 
     century B.C.?

                           DR. JAFFE
               No.

                           ERIN
               Anyway, I was at the company and - 
               this is interesting, actually - I 
               helped Ramish Ginatra design, as an 
               assistant, part of the Alaskan 
               pipeline...

                           DR. JAFFE
               Uh-huh.

                           ERIN
               ..But I lost that job because my son 
               came down with the Chicken Pox and 
               104 temperature and my ex-husband 
               was useless, so..ya know...But what 
               I want to tell you is I, uh .. I had 
               always wanted to go to medical school. 
               That was my first interest 
               really...but then I, you know, got 
               married..had a kid too young and..that 
               kind of blew it for me..

     Jaffe stares at her.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           DR. JAFFE
               Uh-huh.

                           ERIN
                    (beat, looks around)
               This is a really nice office.

     Jaffe looks down at her resume, trying to figure a polite 
     route.

                           DR. JAFFE
               Thanks.
                    (looks up at her)
               Look....

     Beat. By Erin's expression, she knows what's coming.

 4   EXT. DR. JAFFE'S OFFICE/ SO. CALIFORNIA SUBURB - MAIN DRAG - 
     DAY                                                            4   

     A side street.  No pedestrians, just parked cars.

     Erin is finishing a cigarette. Her face has fallen -- the

     enthusiasm and spirit she showed in the interview are now 
     replaced by a desperate type of concern. She takes a final 
     puff, puts the cigarette out and walks to her car.

     A PARKING TICKET flaps under the wiper of an old Hyundai.

                           ERIN
               Fuck.

     Even when she talks dirty, there's a heartland goodness to 
     her voice.  Like Kansas corn fields swaying in the breeze.

     As she grabs the ticket from the windshield, her sunglasses 
     accidentally CLATTER to the ground.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Shit.

     When she picks them up, a fingernail snags on the pavement.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               God damn it.

     She tends to the nail as she opens her car door and gets in.

     WIDER ON THE STREET

     The Hyundai starts it up, signals.  Then, just as it pulls 
     slowly out into the street, a JAGUAR barrels around the

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     corner, accelerating out of the turn, and SLAMS into the 
     side of Erin's car, sending it CAREENING into the median.  
     It SMASHES into a foot-thick lightpost.  And stops.

 5   EXT. MASRY & VITITOE - DAY                                     5   

     A respectable building in the valley.

                           ROSALIND (O.S.)
               Morning, Mr. Masry. How you doing 
               today?

 6   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - RECEPTION - DAY                         6   

     A sign over the reception desk reads: MASRY & VITITOE,

     ATTORNEYS AT LAW.

     ED MASRY, senior partner in the firm, enters the office and 
     approaches his secretary's desk. His avuncular presence masks 
     a savvy legal mind, and his somewhat rumpled appearance

     indicates a disinterest in pretense.

                           ED
               Fine. You?

                           ROSALIND
               Did you watch it last night?

                           ED
               No, I was out. I taped it. Don't 
               tell me what happens.

                           ROSALIND
                    (overlapping him, 
                    excitedly)
               It's sooo great...
                    (as he walks to office)
               Your nine o'clock's already in there.

     Ed peers into his office.  It's a mess -- papers everywhere, 
     unopened mail.  Standing in the middle of the room is Erin, 
     in a teensy, leopard-print mini-dress.  As she jiggles a 
     spike-heeled foot, everything about her shimmies gloriously.

     Except her head, which is held in place by a neck brace.

                           ED
               Remind me.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           BRENDA
               Erin Brockovich.  Car accident.  Not 
               her fault, she says.  
                    (Beat. they exchange 
                    looks)
               She was referred.

     He nods.

 7   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ED'S OFFICE - DAY                       7   

     Not an office that necessarily exudes authority, and ED's 
     blustery entrance only adds to the sense of chaos.

                           ED
               Erin -- hi.  Sorry you had to wait.

     Here, sit down, sit down.

     He clears a stack of papers off a chair, places down a mug 
     of coffee.

                           ERIN
               Thanks a lot.
                    (as she sits)
               I tell you, I never thought just 
               standing would take it out of me, 
               but ever since that shithead hit me, 
               it feels like my whole body's put 
               together wrong.

     Ed gives her a look of pro-forma sympathy.

                           ED
                    (sits)
               Jesus, you poor thing. Did anyone 
               ask if you want some coffee?

                           ERIN
               Yeah. I'm fine.

                           ED
               Great.  Well, listen...whoever did 
               this to you made one hell of a 
               mistake, and you and me, we're gonna 
               make him pay for it.

     He sips coffee like it's a healing potion, takes out a pad 
     and paper, gets ready to write.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ED (CONT'D)
               Why don't you tell me what happened?

                                                          CUT TO:

 8   INT. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COURTROOM - DAY                       8   

     Erin is on the stand, wearing the most conservative thing 
     she owns: a red, form-fitting mini dress, telling her story 
     to Ed, who's questioning her.

                           ERIN
               I was pulling out real slow, and out 
               of nowhere, his Jaguar comes racing 
               around the corner like a bat outta 
               hell ...

     She glances at the defendant's table, where a DOCTOR sits 
     nobly.  His WIFE and two beautiful KIDS are behind him.  A 
     frigging Norman Rockwell painting.

     LATER IN HER TESTIMONY

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               They took some bone from my hip and 
               put it in my neck.  I didn't have 
               insurance, so I'm about seventeen 
               thousand in debt right now.

     STILL LATER

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               ...couldn't take painkillers 'cause 
               they made me too groggy to take care 
               of my kids.

     STILL LATER

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               ...Matthew's six, Katie's four, and 
               Beth's just nine months.

     STILL LATER

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               ...just wanna be a good mom, a nice 
               person, a decent citizen.  Just wanna 
               take good care of my kids.  You know?

                           ED
                    (oh so moved)
               Yeah.  I know.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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 9   INT. COURTROOM - LATER                                         9   

     Erin is still on the stand.  But now the doctor's lawyer is 
     questioning her.

                           DEFENDING LAWYER
               Seventeen thousand in debt.  Whew.  
               Is your ex-husband helping out?

                           ERIN
               Which one?

                           DEFENDING LAWYER
                    (feigning shock)
               There's more than one?

                           ERIN
               Yeah.  There's two.  Why?

     Erin looks over at the jury.  The personification of 
     conservative family values.  Oh, shit.

     LATER IN HER TESTIMONY

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
                    (getting defensive)
               ...not like a career, 'cause I had 
               my babies.  But I woulda worked, for 
               sure, if I didn't have this neck 
               thing.

     Erin sees a juror staring in judgment at her short hem.  
     Erin gives it a tug, pulling it down a stitch.

                           DEFENDING LAWYER
                    (sarcastic)
               Right.  No doubt.

     Erin sees a few jurors share dubious glances.  Great.

10   STILL LATER                                                   10   

     The defendant's lawyer is on the offensive.  Erin's starting 
     to feel the case slipping away.

                           DEFENDING LAWYER
               So.  You must've been feeling pretty 
               desperate that afternoon.

                           ERIN
                    (pointed)
               What's your point?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Ed shakes his head slightly to her -- don't get mad.

                           DEFENDING LAWYER
               Broke, three kids, no job.  A doctor 
               in a Jaguar must've looked like a 
               pretty good meal ticket.

     Erin sees jurors nodding almost imperceptibly in agreement.

     She's on a sinking ship.

                           ERIN
               What?  Hey -- he hit me.

                           DEFENDING LAWYER
               So you say.

                           ERIN
               He came tearing around the corner, 
               out of control --

                           DEFENDING LAWYER
               An ER doctor who spends his days 
               saving lives was the one out of 
               control --

                           ERIN
                    (erupting)
               That asshole smashed in my fucking 
               neck!

11   INT. COURTHOUSE HALLWAY - LATER THAT DAY                      11   

     Erin barrels toward the elevator.  Ed trails.

                           ERIN
               ...Open and shut?  Open and fucking 
               shut?

                           ED
               Which is exactly the kind of language 
               that lost the case.

                           ERIN
               Oh, please, it was long over by then.  
               God damn, he made me look like some 
               cheap --

                           ED
               I told you the questions might get a
               little persona-

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ERIN
               Bullshit.  You told me I'd get half 
               a million dollars.  You told me I'd 
               be set.

     ED notices her ranting is starting to draw attention.

                           ED
               Okay -- let's try and settle down 
               here.

     You want something to eat?

                           ERIN
               You want to feed my kids too!? Fuck               
               settle down! I got seventy-four 
               dollars to my name! I can't afford 
               to settle down!

     Beat.

                           ED
               I'm sorry, Erin.

                           ERIN
               Do they actually teach lawyers how 
               to apologize - because you all suck 
               at it.

     Erin turns away from him and heads for the stairway.

12   EXT. ERIN'S HOUSE - DAY                                       12   

     A shitty little house in a shitty part of Northbridge.  The 
     Hyundai with a bashed-in side pulls up to the curb.

     Erin gets out, takes the mail from her mailbox, then heads 
     over to the equally grim house next door and rings the bell.

     A Hispanic woman in her 60's opens the door, holding a white 
     baby.  This is MRS. MORALES.

                           MRS. MORALES
               Hi, Erin!  You're back so soon.

     She hands Erin the baby.  It's BETH, Erin's 9-month old.

     Erin avoids the question by focusing on her baby.

                           ERIN
               Hi, sweetie.  Were you a good girl?
               Where are Matt and Katie?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           MRS. MORALES
               Outside with the sprinkler.  So it's 
               good?

     The truth is too depressing to share.  They walk towards 
     Erin's house as they talk...

                           ERIN
               It'll be fine, yeah.
                    (BETH COUGHS in her 
                    arms)
               Oh honey..

                           MRS. MORALES
               She's got a little cough.  I sat 
               with her in the steam to loosen it 
               up.  But...

                           ERIN
               I've got enough medicine, I think..

                           MRS. MORALES
               Ai, bueno.  Listen, I didn't want to 
               tell you before, with your worries --

                           ERIN
               What?

                           MRS. MORALES
               My daughter, she's bought a big house 
               with a room for me.  I'm going to 
               move in with her.

                           ERIN
               You're moving away?  When?

                           MRS. MORALES
               Next week.

                           ERIN
                    (stunned)
               Next week?

                           MRS. MORALES
               I know.  But it's good for me.  Now 
               I can help my daughter take care of 
               my grandkids.  And it's good for 
               you, too.  Now you have money, you 
               can find a good baby-sitter, huh?  
               Not the old lady next door.

     Oh, God.  Beth COUGHS.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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13   EXT. ERIN'S HOUSE - DAY                                       13   

     Erin carries Beth up to her house.  As she nears her door, 
     she steps on a GIANT WATER BUG.  It crunches under her sole.

                           ERIN
               Ugh.

     Insult added to injury.  She heads up to the house, dragging 
     her shoe, wiping off the bug guts.

14   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY                             14   

     Hand held camera follows Erin as she puts down her bag and 
     looks through cabinets to see what she can make for dinner, 
     all the while holding Beth who coughs on and off.

                           ERIN
               Oh sweetie..that doesn't sound so 
               good, huh?...my baby...let me just 
               start dinner....

     Erin finds nothing but boxes of macaroni and cheese and some 
     canned peaches and vegetables. She pulls out a box of macaroni 
     and cheese and a can of peas. She bends down and grabs a 
     pot, placing it under the faucet. She grabs another pot and 
     places it on the stove. She searches for a can opener to 
     open the peas.  She moves back to the sink, shuts the faucet 
     and sees:

     Another waterbug crawling up the side of the pot from the 
     drain.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Ugh! Goddamn it!

     She bangs the pot onto the bug spilling the water and 
     upsetting Beth.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               It's all right honey. Mommy's sorry. 
               It's all right.

     As she rocks Beth, who coughs in between tears, Erin looks 
     around - at her meagre dinner and bug infested kitchen - and 
     is fed up with the whole day! She dumps her bag out, gets 
     her wallet, opens it up and sees what little money she has.

     Camera follows her out the kitchen, into the main room where 
     she heads for a window, opens it and shouts to Matthew and 
     Kate in the yard:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Matthew! Katie! Dry off. Put your 
               shoes on - we're going out to eat.

     They shout their excitement as Erin (and camera) continue 
     through the house, through the bedroom and into a bathroom.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Don't go getting sick on me, baby. 
               Okay?

     But Beth's cough is getting worse. Erin opens the medicine 
     cabinet but finds nothing appropriate.

15   EXT. DRUGSTORE - DAY                                          15   

     Matt and Katie are messing around with a gumball machine.

16   INT. DRUGSTORE - AISLE - DAY                                  16   

     Erin is holding Beth, wandering the aisles.  She stops at 
     the medicines, thinks for a long moment, then, hating herself, 
     glances to make sure no one's looking, and picks up a bottle.

17   INT. DRUGSTORE - AT THE REGISTER - DAY                        17   

     As a CUSTOMER steps away from the register, Erin steps up 
     with the bottle in her hand and smiles at the CHECK-OUT LADY.

                           ERIN
               Hi, remember me? I was in yesterday.
               Bought a whole mess of stuff.  Round 
               about five?

                           CHECK-OUT LADY
               Honey, it's a zoo here at five.  I'm 
               lucky if I even see a face, much 
               less remember it.

                           ERIN
               Oh, shoot, yeah, I guess that'd be 
               tough.  Well, listen, I meant to buy 
               my baby here some medicine, and by 
               the time I got home, I realized I'd 
               bought this adult stuff by mistake.  
               And now, wouldn't you know, I can't 
               find the receipt.  I was wondering -- 
               could I maybe exchange it anyway...

18   INT. CHEAP DINER - TWILIGHT                                   18   

     Beth is feeling better on Erin's lap. A drugstore bag sits 
     on the table with the cough medicine. The two other kids sit

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     opposite in the booth.  Erin is helping the kids read the 
     menu as the Waitress arrives.

                           WAITRESS
               Everybody ready?

                           KATIE
                    (proudly)
               My mommy reads backwards.

                           ERIN
               One of my many talents. Go ahead 
               kids.

                           MATTHEW
               Cheeseburger deluxe and a coke.

                           KATIE
                    (whispers across table)
               Mommy can I get the cheeseburger 
               deluxe with no cheese and no bread.

                           ERIN
                    (to Waitress)
               You get that?
                    (Waitress nods and 
                    smiles)
               This one here'll have just a cup of 
               that chicken broth and some crackers.

                           WAITRESS
               And for you?

                           ERIN
               Cup of coffee.

     Waitress takes away menus and exits as Matthew asks:

                           MATTHEW
               You're not eating mom?

                           ERIN
               No, honey - my lawyer took me out to 
               a big fancy lunch to celebrate and 
               I'm stuffed!
                    (to Beth)
               You feeling better baby.
                    (feels her head with 
                    her cheek)
               Cool as a cucumber.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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19   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - NIGHT                                     19   

     The kids are asleep. A starved Erin is sitting at the kitchen 
     table, eating canned fruit cocktail.

     O.C. Beth coughs. Coughs again. Erin looks up. Hopes it 
     doesn't turn into a coughing fit...

     Beat.

     A waterbug crawls across the table. Erin stares at it.

     Calmly, comically, she reaches off camera and grabs a can of 
     bug spray. She aims and sprays the bug with a consistent, 
     focused force until the damn thing slides off the table in a 
     river of bug repellent.

20   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ED'S OFFICE - DAY                      20   

     Midday.  Ed enters with a cup of coffee in his hand.  As he 
     heads to his desk, he trips on a box of files.  Coffee sloshes 
     up out of his cup and on to his shirt.

                           ED
               Damn it!
                    (calling out)
               Brenda!

     She pops her head in.

                           BRENDA
               Yeah?

     He grabs a tissue, swabs his shirt, then kicks at the box.

                           ED
               What the hell is this doing here?

                           BRENDA
               It's those files you asked for.

                           ED
               I didn't mean for you to leave them 
               in the middle of the floor.  Jesus.  
               Look at me.

     As Ed checks his reflection in the glass wall of his office, 
     he notices, on the other side:

     ERIN, standing in the middle of the secretaries' area, talking 
     to DONALD, the office boy.  Donald heads away from her.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ED (CONT'D)
               What's she doing here?

                           BRENDA
               Who?

     Ed goes to his office door and waves Donald over.

                           ED
               Hey, Donald, what's she doing here?

                           DONALD
               She works here.

     Ed looks back out at her -- what the hell?

21   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - MAIN ROOM - DAY                        21   

     The support staff -- mostly middle-aged women -- are all 
     stealing glances at Erin.  Ed approaches her, friendly.

                           ED
               Erin!  How's it going?

     Up close, the wear and tear of worry show on her face.

                           ERIN
               You never called me back.  I left 
               messages.

                           ED
               You did?  Wow, sorry about that.
                    (beat)
               Listen, Donald seems to think that 
               you said --

                           ERIN
               There's two things that aggravate 
               me, Mr. Masry.  Being ignored, and 
               being lied to.  You did both.

     Glances skitter between the secretaries -- get a load of 
     this.  Ed lowers his voice.

                           ED
               I never lied, Erin.

                           ERIN
               You said things would be fine, and 
               they're not.  I trusted you.

                           ED
               I'm sorry about that.  Really.  But --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ERIN
               I don't need pity.  I need a paycheck.  
               And I've looked, but when you've 
               spent the last six years raising 
               babies, it's real hard to convince 
               someone to give you a job that pays 
               worth a damn.
                    (referring to BRENDA'S 
                    staring)
               You getting every word of this down, 
               honey, or am I talking too fast for 
               you!?

     Brenda jumps. Ed sees everyone watching him, listening.

                           ED
               I'd love to help, Erin, but I'm sorry, 
               I have a full staff right now, so --

     He starts to escort her out, but she stays put.

                           ERIN
               Bullshit.  If you had a full staff, 
               this office would return a client's 
               damn phone calls.

     She's backing him into a corner here. The secretaries exchange 
     knowing glances.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Now, I'm smart, I'm hard-working, 
               and I'll do anything, and I'm not 
               leaving here without a job.

     C.U. on Erin as she steps in close to Ed and speaks in a low 
     voice that combines fierceness with desperation:

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Don't make me beg. If it doesn't 
               work out, fire me... But don't make 
               me beg.

     Ed looks at her for a long moment.  Then:

                           ED
               No benefits.

22   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - FILE ROOM - DAY                        22   

     A tight office lined with file cabinets and shelves.  ANNA, 
     the humorless file clerk, is showing Erin around.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ANNA
               ...what we do in here is keep track 
               of all the case files.  That way, at 
               any time, we can find out a case's 
               status -- where it is in the office, 
               stuff like that.  We file 'em all 
               here, alphabetically --

                           ERIN
               Simple enough.

     As Anna continues to show Erin around the office, they pass 
     JANE, the bitter office manager, and Brenda, at the coffee 
     area.

                           JANE
               Just last week, he told my sister we 
               weren't hiring.

                           BRENDA
               What's your sister look like?

23   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ED'S OFFICE - NIGHT                    23   

     Ed is packing up his office.  Erin sticks her head in.

                           ERIN
               Mr. Masry?

     He turns, sees her.

                           ED
               Yeah?

                           ERIN
               I was wondering -- could you tell me 
               who I'd talk to about maybe getting 
               an advance on my paycheck?  Just -- 
               for the weekend.

                           ED
               Jane's the office manager.  She 
               handles payroll and petty cash.  But 
               she leaves early on Fridays.

                           ERIN
               Oh.  Okay.  That's okay.

     Ed looks at her a moment, sees that it's far from okay.

                           ED
               Oh, for Christ's sake...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     He takes out his wallet, looks in.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               All I have is hundreds.

                           ERIN
               I don't wanna take your money, Mr. 
               Masry.

                           ED
               Where do think your paycheck comes 
               from?

     He slaps a hundred in her hand and leaves.  When he's gone, 
     she looks at the bill -- her life raft.

24   EXT. BABY-SITTER'S HOUSE - NIGHT                              24   

     Erin is at the door, taking Beth from the BABY-SITTER, a 
     shabby, unkempt-looking woman in her 40's.  Katie and Matt 
     pull on their backpacks and troop out of the sitter's house.

25   EXT. ERIN'S KITCHEN - NIGHT                                   25   

     Erin and her kids are putting away bags of groceries. Beth 
     watches from a baby seat. The kids are trying to tell her a 
     story. They fight over details. Erin loves listening.

26   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - MATT AND KATIE'S ROOM - NIGHT             26   

     A small room with Salvation Army furniture.  A BUNCH OF 
     DAISIES is propped in a Ragu jar on Katie's bedside table.

     Matt and Katie are asleep in bed.  Erin looks down at them, 
     smiles, then kisses them good night.

27   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - HALLWAY - NIGHT                           27   

     Erin comes out of the bedroom and softly closes the door.

     But just as the handle clicks into place, the house is filled 
     with the DEAFENING ROAR of a MOTORCYCLE, REVVING and REVVING.

     It sounds as if it's gonna drive through the wall.

28   EXT. ERIN'S HOUSE - NIGHT                                     28   

     Erin steps out onto her front stoop and looks over at what 
     used to be Mrs. Morales's house.  A few MOTORCYCLES are parked 
     on the lawn; A FEW BIKERS are drinking beer on the stoop; 
     and one asshole is on his bike, REVVING HIS ENGINE.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 19
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               Hey!

     But of course he can't hear her.  She walks over to him, 
     stands right in his line of vision.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               HEY!

     He sees her and kills the engine.  Everything about GEORGE 
     HALABY is tough -- his denim, his leather, his bike, his 
     long hair.  Everything but his eyes, which twinkle like 
     Santa's.

                           GEORGE
               Well, hello to you, darlin'.

                           ERIN
               What the hell do you think you're 
               doing, making all that goddamn noise?

                           GEORGE
               Just introducing myself to the 
               neighbors.

                           ERIN
               Well, I'm the neighbors.  There, now 
               we're introduced, so you can shut 
               the fuck up.

     The guys on the porch chuckle.  Erin turns and starts back 
     to her house.  George hops off his bike and follows her.

                           GEORGE
               Ooh, now, see, if I'da known there 
               was a beautiful woman next door, 
               I'da done this different.  Let's 
               start over.  My name's George.  What's 
               yours?

                           ERIN
               Just think of me as the person next 
               door who likes it quiet.

                           GEORGE
               Now, don't be like that.  Tell you 
               what.  How about if I take you out 
               on a date to apologize for my 
               rudeness?

     Erin shakes her head in disbelief and keeps walking.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               Come on.  Gimme your number, I'll 
               call you up proper and ask you out 
               and everything.

     She stops at her porch, turns to him.

                           ERIN
               You want my number?

                           GEORGE
               I do.

                           ERIN
               Which number do you want, George?

                           GEORGE
               You got more than one?

                           ERIN
               Shit, yeah.  I got numbers coming 
               out of my ears.  Like, for instance, 
               ten.

                           GEORGE
               Ten?

                           ERIN
               Sure.  That's one of my numbers.  
               It's how many months old my little 
               girl is.

                           GEORGE
               You got a little girl?

                           ERIN
               Yeah.  Sexy, huh?  And here's another: 
               five.  That's how old my other 
               daughter is.  Seven is my son's age.  
               Two is how many times I been married 
               and divorced.  You getting all this?  
               16 is the number of dollars in my 
               bank account.  454-3943 is my phone 
               number.  And with all the numbers I 
               gave you, I'm guessing zero is the 
               number of times you're gonna call 
               it.

     She turns and heads inside.  He calls out after her:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 21
     2-18-01                                                     


                           GEORGE
               How the hell do you know your bank 
               balance right off the top of your 
               head like that?  See, that impresses 
               me.

29   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - RECEPTION AREA - DAY                   29   

     Morning. Erin walks in, wearing her usual garb.  She passes 
     the coffee area, where Jane, Brenda, and Anna are milling.

     Brenda sees her, gives Anna a nudge.  They both check out 
     her short hem.  Anna nudges Jane, who looks as well.  Erin 
     glances over just in time to see all three of them staring 
     at her judgementally.  She stops in her tracks and stares 
     back.

                           ERIN
               Y'all got something you wanna discuss?

     The women go back to stirring their coffees.  Erin walks on.

30   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ED'S OFFICE - DAY                      30   

     Ed is walking into his office with a coffee cup in his hand 
     when he trips over the same box of files again.

                           ED
               Damn it!
                    (calling out)
               Brenda!
                    (no answer)
               BRENDA!

31   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - FILE ROOM - DAY                        31   

     Erin is alone, filing as she talks on the phone.

                           ERIN
               How long's she been crying like 
               that?...Well, she's got that tooth 
               coming in --

     Ed appears in the door, carrying the box of files.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Give her a cold washcloth to suck on --
                    (sees Ed)
               I gotta go -- there's a clean one in 
               that bag -- I'll check back in a 
               bit.
                    (hangs up)
               Sorry. My kid --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 22
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                           ED
               Where's Anna?

                           ERIN
               Out to lunch with the girls.

                           ED
               Oh. Huh.
                    (beat)
               Well, look, I have to open a file. 
               Real estate thing. Pro-bono.

     He plunks the box of papers & files on her desk.  She stares 
     at it, with no idea of how to go about that.

                           ERIN
               Oh.  Okay.

     He sees her staring at the box.

                           ED
               You do know how to do that, don't 
               you?

                           ERIN
               Yeah.  I got it.  No problem.

                           ED
               Good.

     Ed heads out, but pauses before leaving.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               You're a girl.

                           ERIN
               Excuse me?

                           ED
               How come you're not at lunch with 
               the girls?  You're a girl.

                           ERIN
               I guess I'm not the right kind.

     Erin goes back to work. Ed starts out then stops.

                           ED
               Look, you may want to - I mean, now 
               that you're working here - you may 
               want to rethink your..wardrobe a 
               little.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 23
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               Why is that?

                           ED
               Well...I think maybe..some of the 
               girls are a little uncomfortable 
               because of what you wear.

                           ERIN
               Is that so? Well, it just so happens, 
               I think I look nice. And as long as 
               I have one ass instead of two, like 
               most of the "girls" you have working 
               here, I'm gonna wear what I like if 
               that's alright with you?

     Ed hides a smile. He nods. As he exits, Erin returns to work 
     and remarks, without looking up....

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               You may want to re-think those ties 
               you wear..

     Suddenly self-conscious, Ed looks down to his chest...

32   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - FILE ROOM - NIGHT                      32   

     Erin is at her desk, staring bewildered at the files from 
     the box Ed gave her, which are now spread across her desktop.

     She sees Anna packing up her things to leave.

                           ERIN
               Anna?  With this real-estate stuff -- 
               could you remind me, cause I'm a 
               little confused about how exactly we 
               do that.  Why are there medical 
               records and blood samples in real 
               estate files?

                           ANNA
                    (exasperated)
               Erin, you've been here long enough.  
               If you don't know how to do your job 
               by now, I am not about to do it for 
               you.

33   EXT. BABY-SITTER'S HOUSE - EARLY EVENING                      33   

     Erin arrives to pick up her children from the unkempt baby- 
     sitter. She knocks. No answer. She knocks and calls out. No 
     answer. She looks through window. It appears no one is there.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 24
     2-18-01                                                     


     She panics.

34   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - EARLY EVENING                             34   

     Erin runs into her house calling her children's names. No 
     answer. She is almost near tears with panic, rushing through 
     each room. She grabs the phone to call the police when she 
     hears- 

     The sound of her children laughing, outside.

                           ERIN
               Matthew! Katie!

35   EXT. ERIN'S HOUSE - EARLY EVENING                             35   

     She runs outside, trying to locate the voices. She follows 
     the sounds of her children laughing and talking, towards the 
     back of her yard, which sits across from:

36   EXT. GEORGE'S BACKYARD - EARLY EVENING                        36   

     Katie and Matthew are sitting at a picnic table, eating 
     hamburgers and hot dogs, barbecued by George, who sits 
     opposite them with little Beth on his lap. They all seem 
     right at home. Erin is confused.

                           ERIN
               What the hell happened?

                           MATTHEW/KATIE
               Hi mom..

                           GEORGE
               Hey. You hungry?

                           ERIN
               What are they doing here? I went to 
               pick the up-

                           GEORGE
               She came by about an hour ago. Said 
               something came up and she had to 
               drop the kids off.

                           ERIN
               Something came up! Why didn't she 
               call me at work?

                           GEORGE
                    (Erin is fearsome)
               I don't know. She..I..she..I don't 
               know.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 25
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               THAT FUCKING BITCH!

                           MATTHEW
               MOM!

                           ERIN
               Sorry!! I can't believe she just 
               dumps my kids off when nobody's home!!

                           GEORGE
               I was home.
                    (Erin realizes this)
               They're fine.

     The kids are being fed a full meal with clean plates and 
     napkins and glasses of milk. Beth acts like she's known George 
     all her life.

     Erin doesn't know what to say. George just smiles.

37   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT                       37   

     George is on the floor with Matt and Katie, playing war.

     Katie points to the Harley emblem on his leather jacket.  
     Both kids are dressed for bed. Erin watches them interact 
     with George.  She notices how good he is with them.  How 
     comfortable they are with him.

                           KATIE
               What's that stand for?

                           GEORGE
               That's for Harley Davidson.  The 
               best damn motorcycle ever made.

                           ERIN
               And if I catch either of you anywhere 
               near one, I'll knock you silly.  Go 
               on to bed, now -- I'll come tuck you 
               in, in a minute.

     They get up...

                           GEORGE
               'Night.

                           KATIE AND MATT
               'Night.

     ...and head into bed.  George starts cleaning up the cards.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 26
     2-18-01                                                     


                           GEORGE
               Great kids.

     Erin bends down to help him.

                           ERIN
               Yeah, well..I'm sure I'll fuck them 
               up eventually.

                           GEORGE
               Why?

                           ERIN
               I'm never here. I'm obviously not a 
               good judge of character or I would 
               have never left them with that idiot 
               who cost a fortune and smelled like 
               chicken fat.  After I find her and 
               kill her, I don't know what I'm going 
               to do.

                           GEORGE
               If you need help with them, I could 
               do that.

                           ERIN
               I'm not gonna leave my kids with 
               you.

                           GEORGE
               Why not?

                           ERIN
               'Cause I don't even know you.

                           GEORGE
               What do you want to know? Ask me.

                           ERIN
               Look, thanks for today but-

                           GEORGE
               You're welcome.

     Erin doesn't know what to say.

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               What's the matter, you got so many 
               friends in this world, you can't use 
               one more?  I'm serious.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 27
     2-18-01                                                     


                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               If you need someone to keep an eye 
               on them -- after school or something -- 
               I don't have a job now, so I'm around 
               in the afternoons.

                           ERIN
               Oh, that's a great recommendation.  
               You're unemployed?

                           GEORGE
               By choice.  I work when I need to.

                           ERIN
               Yeah?  And what do you do the rest 
               of the time, live off your trust 
               fund?

                           GEORGE
               I do construction, which pays real 
               good.  And I make it last by living 
               cheap.

                           ERIN
                    (with a little laugh)
               I hope that's not supposed to impress 
               me.

                           GEORGE
               Are you this hard on everyone who 
               tries to help you?

                           ERIN
               It's been a while. I'm out of 
               practice.

                           GEORGE
               Then lemme remind you, the polite 
               thing is to say, thank you, it's a 
               real nice offer, I don't mind taking 
               you up on it.

                           ERIN
               Why in the hell would you want to 
               watch my kids?

                           GEORGE
               Cause I like kids.  I like hanging 
               out with them.

                           ERIN
               Right.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 28
     2-18-01                                                     


     She starts cleaning up the cards.

                           GEORGE
               I do.  I like how they keep it all 
               simple, you know?  They don't get 
               all complicated, like grown-ups do.  
               A bicycle and an ice cream cone -- 
               boom, done, they're happy.

     Erin thinks about the offer.

                           ERIN
               You're around every afternoon?

                           GEORGE
               Yup.  Usually working on my bike.

     She's tempted.

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               No big deal.  If it doesn't work 
               out, you can send 'em back to the 
               chicken lady.

     Tempting.  Erin looks him over, then, as she exits:

                           ERIN
               This isn't gonna get you laid, you 
               know.

     George laughs.

38   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - ERIN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                    38   

     The wee hours.  Erin's in a T-shirt, sitting on her mattress 
     on the floor.  The paperwork from the box is now spread all 
     over the floor around her.  She's reading a letter.

     CLOSE ON THE LETTER

     It's from PG&E, to Donna Peter Irving.  We see the phrases, 
     "purchase your house...," "fair market value..."

     CLOSE ON ANOTHER DOCUMENT

     It's a list of comparable house sales in the area.  Owner, 
     cost; owner, cost.  Every house is in the $65,000 range.

     From another room, she hears the sound of BETH CRYING.  Still

     reading the file, Erin gets up and goes into:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 29
     2-18-01                                                     


39   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - BETH'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                    39   

     Still reading, Erin gets Beth out of her crib.  Beth quiets.

40   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - ERIN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                    40   

     Erin lies down on the mattress and rests Beth on her chest.

     She sets down the file she was reading and picks up another.

     CLOSE ON THE FILE

     It contains a letter from a Dr. Howard Reeves.  The first 
     paragraph contains the phrase "...medical examination of 
     Donna and Peter Irving..."

     Toward the end of the letter there are two columns.  One is 
     headed: "IN RANGE".  The other: "OUT OF RANGE".  Under that 
     head appear the following: "lymphocytes, T-lymphocytes, 
     natural killer cells, T Helpers, T8 suppressor cells"...

     Erin stares at it, confused.

41   INT. ED'S OFFICE - DAY                                        41   

     Ed sits at his desk, working.  There's a knock.

                           ED
               Yeah.

     Erin enters, holding a file;

                           ERIN
               Hi. Sorry. Would you mind if I 
               investigated this a little further?

                           ED
               Investigated what?

                           ERIN
               This real estate thing with the 
               Irvings.

     The pro bono case...

                           ED
                    (overlap)
               Oh yeah, yeah, yeah..

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
                    (overlap)
               See, yeah..I just want to make sure 
               I'm understanding what I'm reading. 
               So you do mind?

                           ED
               No, go ahead.

                           ERIN
               Great. Thanks.

     Erin exits. Ed returns to his work.

42   EXT. L.A. FREEWAY - DAY                                       42   

     The beat-up old Hyundai heads east out of L.A.

43   EXT. HINKLEY, CA - DAY                                        43   

     This is a dry, desolate part of California.  No downtown, no 
     community.  Just tract after tract of arid farmland, with 
     small, bland, unprotected ranch home cropping up out of 
     landscape like occasional tombstones.

     A beat-up old sign on the road reads: "HINKLEY, CA.  POP:" 
     but the corner where the number would be has broken off.

     As a gust of wind lifts dust from the fields, Erin turns 
     onto Community Boulevard, the main road that cuts through 
     Hinkley.

     In doing so, she passes a nearby UTILITY PLANT.  Its criss- 
     crossing PIPES and large COOLING TOWERS stand out clearly 
     against the flat, dry fields. Erin doesn't notice.

44   INT. ERIN'S HYUNDAI - DAY                                     44   

     Erin cruises through the neighborhood, looking at a piece of 
     paper with the Irvings' address on it.  This area has seen 
     better days -- many of the houses have been razed, leaving 
     heaps of lumber and wire behind.

45   EXT. DONNA IRVING'S HOUSE - DAY                               45   

     A generic ranch home standing all alone in the middle of

     nothing.  There's a pool out back and a chain link fence 
     hugging the property.  No landscaping.  Dull, but clean.  A 
     few BOTTLES OF SPRING WATER wait by the door.

     The Hyundai pulls into the driveway and stops.  Erin gets 
     out.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


     As she heads up to the door, her spike heels sink into the 
     dirt.  She rings the bell.  It has a melody chime.

     DONNA IRVING opens the door.  She's 35, petite, with a 
     scrappy, high-strung manner.  She's wearing tight jeans, and 
     her dark curls are piled on top of her head.

                           ERIN
               Hi.  Donna Irving?

                           DONNA
               Yes?

                           ERIN
               I'm Erin Brockovich, from Masry & 
               Vititoe?

                           DONNA
                    (a little surprised)
               You're a lawyer?

                           ERIN
               Hell, no.  I hate lawyers.  I just 
               work for them.  You got a minute?

46   INT. THE IRVINGS' HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY                   46   

     The house is furnished with little money, but lots of care.

     Erin's on a plaid couch, in a sea of needle point pillows.

     Out back, two GIRLS, ages 9 and 11, are playing in a pool.

                           ERIN
               This is a real nice place you got 
               here.

                           DONNA (O.S.)
               Well it oughta be, with all the work 
               I put into it.

     She comes out from the kitchen with a tray of iced tea.

                           DONNA (CONT'D)
               I added air conditioning, put in the 
               pool, made all those pillows by 
               hand...

                           ERIN
               Yeah?  I should learn to do stuff 
               like that.  They make the place feel 
               real homey.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 32
     2-18-01                                                     


     Donna corrects the positioning on a couple of pillows.

                           DONNA
               Thank you.  I think so too.  That's 
               why I'm being such a stickler on 
               this house price thing.  I don't 
               mean to be a pain in PG&E's backside, 
               especially after all they've done 
               for Hinkley, but I look around here 
               and I think, if they want this place, 
               they're gonna have to pay for it.  
               And I don't just mean pay for the 
               house; I'd like them to pay me for 
               the trouble of starting over.

                           ERIN
               So you didn't have the house up for 
               sale - they just came to you and 
               wanted buy it?

                           DONNA
               Yeah. I don't want move. Uproot the 
               kids.  And besides the moving, there's 
               decorating a new place, and if the
               windows aren't the same size, you 
               know -- you're making all new 
               curtains.  Honest to God, I don't 
               know if I have the energy.  You know, 
               I've been sick.  Me and Pete both 
               have.

                           ERIN
               Yeah, I'm real glad you brought that 
               up.  I was going through your file 
               here, and I ran into these medical 
               records.  They kinda surprised me --

     This would be the perfect opportunity for many to get self- 
     pitying.  But not Donna.  Life's handed her a shitload of 
     lemons, and darned if she hasn't made a shitload of lemonade.

                           DONNA
               I know.  They're more than a bit 
               unusual.  See, two years ago, Pete 
               got Hodgkin's disease.  That's a 
               kind of cancer --

                           ERIN
               Yeah, I'm real sorry to hear that.

                           DONNA
               Thank you.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 33
     2-18-01                                                     


                           DONNA (CONT'D)
               It's in remission now, thank the 
               Lord, but you never know.  And then 
               while that's going on, I end up having 
               to have a hysterectomy.  Plus a whole 
               mess of lumps removed from my breasts.  
               All benign so far, but still, no 
               matter how positive you stay, an 
               operation can still take it out of 
               you.
                    (Erin nods)
               So the whole idea of selling the 
               house -- if they aren't gonna pay us 
               properly, I just don't see the point.

                           ERIN
               Yeah, I can see that.
                    (beat)
               I guess the only thing that confused 
               me is -- not that your medical 
               problems aren't important, but --how 
               come the files about them are in 
               with all the real estate stuff?

     Donna tops off their iced teas.

                           DONNA
               There's so much correspondence, I 
               just keep it all in one place.

                           ERIN
               Right, but -- I'm sorry, I don't see 
               why you were corresponding with PG&E 
               about it in the first place.

                           DONNA
               Well, they paid for the doctor's 
               visit.

                           ERIN
               They did?

                           DONNA
               You bet.  Paid for a check-up for 
               the whole family.  And not like with 
               insurance where you pay, then wait a 
               year to be reimbursed, either.  They 
               just took care of it.  Just like 
               that.  We never even saw a bill.

                           ERIN
               Wow.  Why would they do that?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 34
     2-18-01                                                     


                           DONNA
               'Cause of the chromium.

                           ERIN
               The what?

                           DONNA
               The chromium.  Well, that's what 
               kicked this whole thing off.

47   INT. ERIN'S HYUNDAI - DAY                                     47   

     As Erin leaves Hinkley, she stops the car and takes a look 
     at the power plant she passed so obliviously on her way into 
     town.

     Maybe it's the angle, or maybe it's what Donna's been telling 
     her, but somehow the plant seems more threatening now.  Like 
     it's bearing down on the town.

48   EXT. UCLA MAIN LIBRARY - DAY                                  48   

     Large.  Looming.  Very establishment.  Through the windows, 
     we see Erin at the desk, talking to a LIBRARIAN.  She has 
     the file in her hands.

     The librarian gives her directions to somewhere else.

49   INT. UCLA SCIENCE BUILDING - HALLWAY - DAY                    49   

     A long, academic hallway lit by fluorescents.  Erin gets off 
     an elevator and heads down the hall.  She finds a door with 
     a nameplate that reads "Brian Frankel, Toxicology" and KNOCKS.

     The door opens and DR. FRANKEL appears, looking as though 
     he's getting ready to leave.  Nothing like Erin has ever 
     shown up at his door.  He reels at the sight of her.

                           ERIN
               Doctor Frankel?

                           FRANKEL
               Yes?

                           ERIN
               Hi, I'm Erin Brockovich.  I was just 
               over in the library there, asking a 
               mess of questions about -- I guess 
               they call it toxicology? -- and the 
               fella there told me to find you, 
               'cause you know all about it.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           FRANKEL
                    (suspicious)
               Is this a joke?  Did Baxter put you 
               up to this?

                           ERIN
               Who's Baxter?

                           FRANKEL
               He did, didn't he?  Baxter!

     BAXTER, another scientist, leans out of a door down the hall.

                           BAXTER
               Yeah?

     Baxter and Erin look at each other.  No recognition, of 
     course.  Frankel is immediately embarrassed.

                           FRANKEL
               Oh.  Oh.

                           ERIN
               No one put me up to anything.  I was 
               just hoping I could ask you a couple 
               questions.

                           FRANKEL
                    (mortified)
               Of course!  Oh, Gosh, of course --

50   INT. BUILDING CORRIDOR - DAY                                  50   

     Erin follows Frankel down the hall.

                           FRANKEL
               What kind of chromium is it?

                           ERIN
               There's more than one kind?

                           FRANKEL
               Yes.  There's straight-up chromium -- 
               does all kinds of good things for 
               the body.  There's chrom 3, which is 
               fairly benign, and then there's chrom 
               6, hexavalent chromium, which, 
               depending on the amounts, can be 
               very harmful.

51   EXT. UCLA CAMPUS - DAY                                        51   

     Erin and Dr. Frankel continue walking.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 36
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               Harmful, like -- how?  What would 
               you get?

                           FRANKEL
               With repeated exposure to toxic levels -- 
               God, anything, really -- from chronic 
               headaches and nosebleeds to 
               respiratory disease, liver failure, 
               heart failure, reproductive failure, 
               bone or organ deterioration -- plus, 
               of course, any type of cancer.

     He rattles it off coolly.  Just facts.  Erin's stunned.

                           ERIN
               So that stuff -- it kills people.

                           FRANKEL
               Oh, yeah.  Definitely.  Highly toxic, 
               highly carcinogenic.  Bad, bad stuff.

                           ERIN
               What's it used for?

                           FRANKEL
               A rust inhibitor.  See, the utility 
               plants run these piston engines to 
               compress the gas, the engines get 
               hot, you gotta run water through 
               them - chromium's in the water to 
               prevent corrosion...

                           ERIN
               Well, how do I find out what kind of 
               chromium they use in Hinkley?

                           FRANKEL
               Have you been to their water board?

                           ERIN
               Hunh-uh.  What's that?

                           FRANKEL
               Every county has one.  They keep 
               records of anything water-related 
               within their jurisdiction.  You should 
               be able to find something there.

                           ERIN
               County water board.  All righty, 
               thanks.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 37
     2-18-01                                                     


                           FRANKEL
               Good luck.
                    (beat)
               Oh -- I wouldn't advertise what you're 
               looking for if I were 
               you...incriminating records have a 
               way of disappearing when people smell 
               trouble.

52   EXT. LAHOTAN REGIONAL WATER BOARD - DAY                       52   

     A small building on a small street baking under the desert 
     sun. Anybody with any sense is inside, out of the heat.

     Erin's Hyundai pulls up and stops in a cloud of dust.  Erin 
     hops out, checks her reflection in the side-view mirror, 
     then heads into the building.

53   INT. LAHOTAN REGIONAL WATER BOARD - DAY                       53   

     Drab, government-issue.  ROSS, the bored desk clerk is 
     thumbing his way through ROAD & TRACK.  Just as he stops to 
     stare at a motor oil ad in which a buxom blonde is straddling 
     the hood of a car, the huge door opens and Erin enters.

                           ERIN
               Whew!  Goddamn, that's a heavy door.

     Ross looks up.  It's like the girl from the ad walked right 
     off the page.  He jumps up, to help her with the door.

                           ROSS
               Oh, hey -- lemme give you a hand 
               there.

                           ERIN
               Thank you very much.  Aren't you a 
               gentleman?  Mr....

                           ROSS
               Ross.

                           ERIN
               Ross.  Real pleased to meet you.  
               I'm Erin.

     She smiles.  He can't believe his luck.

                           ROSS
               Erin.  Cool.  What can I do for you, 
               Erin?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 38
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               Well, believe it or not, I am on the 
               prowl for some water records.

                           ROSS
                    (with a laugh)
               You come to the right place.

                           ERIN
                    (laughing along)
               I guess I did.

                           ROSS
               You just tell me what you want to 
               look at and I'll be glad to dig 'em 
               out for you.

                           ERIN
               I wish I knew.  It's for my boss.  
               He's fighting his water bill, and he 
               wants me to find all manner of bills 
               from all kinds of places.  The easiest 
               thing would probably be if I just 
               squeezed back there with you and 
               poked around myself.  Would that be 
               okay?

                           ROSS
               Heck, yeah.  Come on back.  Just 
               gonna need you to sign in here --

     He hands her a pen.  He reads over her shoulder as she signs 
     her name -- Erin Pattee Brockovich.

                           ROSS (CONT'D)
               Pattee?  That your middle name?

                           ERIN
               Nope.  Maiden.

                           ROSS
                    (disappointed)
               You're married.

                           ERIN
               Not anymore.

     She smiles and winks at him, then goes around the counter 
     with him and looks at the stacks and stacks of files.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Well.  Here goes nothing.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 39
     2-18-01                                                     


     She heads down an aisle, reading the spines of the files.

     They're all town names -- Barstow, Victorville, Oro Grande, 
     Helendale -- in no particular order.  Finally, Erin spots 
     one that says Hinkley. She pulls it down.  In the file are 
     pages and pages of Xeroxed memoranda, letters, charts, graphs, 
     handwritten notes.  All shoved in willy-nilly.

54   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - MAIN ROOM - DAY                           54   

     George is watching a football game on TV.  He's just put TV 
     dinners on the floor in front of the Matt and Katie.

                           MATT
               Our mom gives us sandwiches on 
               Fridays.

                           GEORGE
               That's a sandwich.

                           KATIE
               No, it's not!

                           GEORGE
               Sure it is.  Here, I'll show you.

     He picks up Matt's chicken, tears it in two...

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               Most people think a sandwich's gotta 
               have bread on the outside.  Not true.  
               Chicken is a perfectly good outside 
               for a sandwich.

     ...then places the broccoli neatly between the halves.

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               See?

     Katie and Matthew look at it, then up at George, and smile.

     They eat quietly - not watching the TV. George gets the 
     feeling they're not into the game. He grabs the remote and 
     turns on a Nickelodeon-type show. They perk up, recognizing 
     it. He likes pleasing them. He looks over to Beth -

     George likes how this feels.

55   EXT. WATER BOARD - NIGHT                                      55   

     It's gotten dark.  Erin's Hyundai's still there.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 40
     2-18-01                                                     


56   INT. WATER BOARD - NIGHT                                      56   

     Erin is on the floor, her legs stretched out in front of 
     her.

     She has a bunch of files open and spread across the floor.

     The one in her hand has caught her attention.

     INSERT ON THE PAPER

     It's a memo titled: "CLEAN-UP AND ABATEMENT ORDER" from the 
     water board to PG&E.  Erin is concentrating hard on it, 
     reading laboriously to herself.

                           ERIN (O.S.)
               "...On December 7, 1987, the 
               discharger notified the regional 
               board and the San Bernardino County 
               Environmental Health Services of the 
               discovery of 0.58 ppm of hex-a-....hex-
               a-valent chromium in an on-site ground 
               water monitoring well..."
                    (beat)
               ...hexavalent...

57   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - RECEPTION - DAY                        57   

     CLOSE ON A XEROX OF THE ABATEMENT ORDER.  WIDEN to see it is 
     on top of a stack of papers that Erin is carrying as she 
     enters the office.  She has an efficient air about her -- a 
     sense of purpose.

58   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - FILE ROOM - DAY                        58   

     Erin swoops in, ready to work, only to find her desk cleared 
     off. She turns to Anna, who's already hard at work.

                           ERIN
               Where's my stuff?

     Anna looks up.

                           ANNA
               Where've you been?

                           ERIN
               What the fuck did you do with my 
               stuff?

                           ANNA
               Don't use language with me --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 41
     2-18-01                                                     


     But Erin's out the door before Anna can finish her sentence.

59   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - JANE'S OFFICE - DAY                    59   

     JANE is at her desk.  Erin barrels in.

                           ERIN
               Someone stole my stuff.

                           JANE
               Nice to see you, Erin.  We've missed 
               you.

                           ERIN
               I had photos of my kids, plus a mug --

     Jane reaches under her desk for a box, looks through it.

                           JANE
               -- toothbrush, toothpaste, and a 
               pair of hose.  Here.

                           ERIN
               What's going on?

                           JANE
               There may be jobs where you can 
               disappear for days at a time, but 
               this isn't one of them.  Here, if 
               you don't do the work, you don't get 
               to stay.

     She hands her the box.  Erin doesn't take it.

                           ERIN
               I've been working.  Shit, that's all 
               I've been doing.  Ask Mr. Masry.  He 
               knows.

60   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ED'S OFFICE - DAY                      60   

     Ed's at his desk, dialing the phone when Erin barrels in.

                           ERIN
               You said to fire me?

     He sets down the receiver.

                           ED
               Erin, you've been gone for a week.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 42
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               I left a message.  I've been dealing 
               with that real estate thing.  I was 
               gonna write up a whole damn report 
               and --

                           ED
               That's not how we work here.  You 
               don't just leave a message and take 
               off.

     Jane follows her in, still carrying the box of stuff.

                           ERIN
               What am I supposed to do, check in 
               every two seconds?

                           JANE
               Yes.  It's called accountability.

                           ERIN
               I am not talking to you, bitch.

                           JANE
               Excuse me?

                           ED
               Okay, enough --
                    (beat)
               Now, look Erin -- this incident aside, 
               I don't think this is the right place 
               for you.  So what I'm gonna do is 
               make a few calls on your behalf.  
               Find you something else, okay?

                           ERIN
               Don't bother.

     She turns to Jane, takes her box, and heads out.

                           ED
               Come on, I'm trying to help here.

                           ERIN
               Bullshit.  You're trying to feel 
               less guilty about firing someone 
               with three kids to feed.  Fuck if 
               I'll help you do that.

     And she leaves.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 43
     2-18-01                                                     


61   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - OUTSIDE ED'S OFFICE - DAY              61   

     As Erin heads for the door, pleased glances fly from secretary 
     to secretary.  Erin reaches the door, but can't open it with 
     the box in her arms.  She turns to the room.

                           ERIN
               I don't suppose any one of you cunts 
               could open the door for me.

62   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - MAIN ROOM- DAY                            62   

     Erin enters, puts down the box and stares at the mail.

     Bills, bills, and more bills.  As she throws them on the 
     table, she sees George coming out of the kitchen.

                           ERIN
               What are you doing here?

                           GEORGE
               Fixing a leak under your sink.

     She heads into the kitchen, weary and irritated.

                           ERIN
               I didn't ask you to do that.  Damn 
               it, George, I don't ask you to do 
               things like that.

63   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY                             63   

     Erin enters, sees all the cleaning stuff from under the sink 
     is spread around the kitchen floor.  A tool box lies open.

                           ERIN
               Great.

                           GEORGE
               I'm gonna clean it up.

     Erin gets down on her knees and starts putting things away.

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               Relax, Erin, I'll do it -- I'm not --

     Before he can finish, a huge WATER BUG runs onto Erin's hand.

                           ERIN
               Ugh -- Jesus --

     She jumps and brushes it off.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 44
     2-18-01                                                     


                           GEORGE
               Yeah -- you had a whole family of 
               those things hanging out back there.

     She takes off her shoe and smacks at the bug, missing it.

                           ERIN
               Damn it --

     The bug skitters away from her, along the floorboard.  Erin 
     chases it, smacking at it repeatedly, missing it every time.

                           GEORGE
               Don't worry about it, I'll get it 
               later.

     But Erin keeps after it, corralling all her frustrations 
     into killing that one bug.

                           ERIN
               Come here, you little motherfucker --

     The bug crawls up onto the table, zipping behind the salt, 
     the paper, the napkin holder.  Erin keeps after it, BANGING 
     the table harder and harder with each SMACK of her shoe.

                           GEORGE
               Hey, whoa -- relax --

     The salt and pepper skid off the table.  The napkins fly 
     from their holder.  Just as Erin's about to nail the bug, it 
     slips into a crack in the wall and disappears.  Erin hurls 
     her shoe at the crack.  It SMASHES into the wall.

                           ERIN
               GOD DAMN IT!

     As Erin stands there staring at the wall, her breath starts 
     to come heavily -- those deep breaths that precede tears.

     She slowly slides down into a chair, defeat overcoming her.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
                    (almost a whisper)
               ...God damn it.

     She looks around at her for-shit kitchen and starts to cry.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               What kind of person lives like this?
               Huh?  What kind of person lets her 
               kids run around in a house crawling 
               with bugs the size of housecats?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 45
     2-18-01                                                     


                           GEORGE
               It's a simple thing.  Everybody gets 
               them.  All we gotta do is call an 
               exterminator.

                           ERIN
               I can't call an exterminator.  I 
               can't afford one.  God, I can't even 
               afford my phone.
                    (beat)
               I got fired.

                           GEORGE
               What?  But you been working so hard --

                           ERIN
               Doesn't matter.  Doesn't make one 
               fucking bit of difference.

     She exits. After a beat, George follows.

64   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - ERIN'S BEDROOM - DAY                      64   

     Erin sits on the bed, drying her eyes. George enters. Erin 
     looks up at herself in the mirror above her bureau.

                           ERIN
               I don't know what happened to me...

     George listens by the door.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               I mean I was Miss Wichita, for Christ 
               sakes. Did I tell you that?  Did ya 
               know you were living next door to a 
               real live beauty queen.
                    (wipes her nose)
               I still got the tiara.  I thought it 
               meant I was gonna do something 
               important with my life, that I was 
               gonna be someone.

                           GEORGE
               You are someone.

                           ERIN
               No I'm not.  Look at me.

                           GEORGE
               You're someone to me.

     He takes a step toward her and kneels in front of her, very 
     close.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 46
     2-18-01                                                     


     He takes her shoe from her hand and puts it back on her foot.  
     Then he takes her hands in his and kisses them.

                           ERIN
               Are you going to be something else I 
               have to survive? Cause I'll tell you 
               the truth, I'm not up to it.

     But he kisses her anyway.  And for the first time in so long, 
     she feels like something other than a failure.  He pulls her 
     into him, and she lets herself be pulled.

65   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - ERIN'S BEDROOM - DAY                      65   

     Erin and George are in bed, naked, curled around each other.

     As Erin recites her beauty queen speech, they are both 
     laughing at the naive, impossible goals of her youth.

                           ERIN
               "....and I will devote my entire 
               reign as Miss Wichita to bringing an 
               end to world hunger...and to the 
               creation of a peaceful earth for 
               every man, woman and child..."

                           GEORGE
               How long were you going to be Miss 
               Wichita?

                           ERIN
               One year!
                    (George laughs)
               Of course by the time I got through 
               opening new supermarkets.  I had 
               just a few weeks left for hunger and 
               world peace, so..Ha, ha, ha...damn..I 
               don't know what the hell I was 
               thinking.

                           GEORGE
               I wanted to run my own antique shop.

     Erin looks at him. Beat. She bursts into laughter.

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
                    (laughing)
               Oh that's nice..that's very nice!

     He starts tickling her. She screams then covers her mouth so 
     as not to wake the kids...They roll over each other.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 47
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               I'm sorry...I'm sorry...

                           GEORGE
               My parents rented antiques on the 
               side.  I'm not just some grease 
               monkey, you know.

                           ERIN
               Oh, I know. You're one of those Zen 
               gods of motorcycle maintenance, aren't 
               you?

                           GEORGE
                    (smiles)
               Maybe. Maybe there's a reason I found 
               that place next door. A reason I 
               revved my bike that night and you 
               came out tearing my head off.

                           ERIN
               Yeah, we just did the reason.

     She says this as she is about to get up but George holds her 
     back, suddenly dead serious...

                           GEORGE
               Don't do that to yourself.  If that's 
               all I wanted, I don't need to go 
               next door to a woman with three 
               kids...

     Erin suddenly grows uncomfortable at the implied intimacy.

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
                    (laughs)
               All I'm saying is, I can't believe 
               whatever kind of God there is, put 
               you here - looking the way you look, 
               with the brains and balls you got - 
               just to trip you up and watch you 
               fall. Can't be.

     He kisses one of her earlobes. Erin likes the sound of this 
     but it also makes her apprehensive. She leans in to kiss 
     him,

     BUT BEFORE SHE DOES:

                           ERIN
               Don't be too nice to me, okay?  It 
               makes me nervous.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 48
     2-18-01                                                     


     George looks almost hurt, but empathetic. Erin kisses him 
     long and hard as they begin to make love again.

66   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ED'S OFFICE - DAY                      66   

     Ed is at his desk.  The PHONE RINGS.  And RINGS.  And RINGS.

                           ED
               Brenda!
                    (no answer)
               BRENDA!

     Nothing.  Ed growls in frustration, then gets the phone.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               Yeah, Ed Masry here...She doesn't 
               work here anymore.  Who's this?

67   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY                             67   

     CLOSE ON THE TABLE, where Beth is bobbling in her baby chair.

     On one side of her is a heap of bills with "PAST DUE" and

     "PLEASE REMIT" stamped on them.  On the other, the well- 
     thumbed CLASSIFIED SECTION, with circles and X's all over 
     it.

     The DOORBELL rings.  Erin swoops in and picks up Beth.

                           ERIN
               Come on, baby.  Maybe that's Ed 
               McMahon.

68   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - FRONT DOOR - DAY                          68   

     Erin carries Beth over to the front door, spies through the 
     peephole, and sees Ed standing there.  She opens the door.

                           ERIN
               Wrong Ed.
                    (Ed looks confused)
               What are you doing here?

                           ED
               I got an interesting call this 
               afternoon.

     It was from a Doctor Frankel from UCLA.

                           ERIN
               Oh, yeah?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 49
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               He wanted you to know the legal limit 
               for hexavalent chromium, is .05 parts 
               per million.  And that at the rate 
               you mentioned, .58, it could be 
               responsible for the cancers in that 
               family you asked about.  The Irvings.

                           ERIN
               Well, that was nice of him.  Isn't 
               it funny how some people go out of 
               their way to help people and others 
               just fire 'em.

                           ED
               Look, I'm sorry.  You were gone.  I 
               just assumed you were off having 
               fun.

                           ERIN
               Now, why in the hell would you assume 
               that?

                           ED
               I don't know.  Maybe 'cause you look 
               like someone who has a lot of fun.

                           ERIN
               OH!  So by that standard I should 
               assume you never get laid.

     Ed takes a beat, copping to the charge. He admits:

                           ED
               I'm married.
                    (Erin suppresses a 
                    smile)
               So what's the story on this thing?  
               This cancer stuff?

                           ERIN
               You wanna know, you gotta hire me 
               back.  I got a lot of bills to pay.

     He glares at her.  Realizes he has no choice.

                           ED
               Fine.

69   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - LATER                       69   

     Erin has let Ed in.  They're sitting.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 50
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                           ERIN
               ..so Donna had just put in these new 
               cabinets - real nice, stained the 
               wood and all - when she gets this 
               call from somebody at PG&E saying 
               that a freeway's gonna be built and 
               they want to buy her house so they 
               can make an off ramp for the 
               plant...Meanwhile, the husband's 
               sick with Hodgkins and she's in and 
               out of the hospital with tumors - 
               believing one thing has anything to 
               do with the other.

                           ED
               Because PG&E told her about the 
               chromium.

                           ERIN
               Get this - they held a seminar. They 
               invited about two hundred residents 
               from the area. They had it at the 
               plant in this warehouse. They set up 
               legal booths to tell them what their 
               legal rights were. They had medical 
               booths to tell them what their medical 
               rights were....

     Ed is listening with more and more interest.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               ...Telling them all about Chromium 3 
               and how it was good for you, when 
               all the time they were using Chromium 
               6.

                           ED
                    (impressed)
               You got all this from her?

                           ERIN
                    (beat. shrugs)
               She made coffee. Cupcakes. She's 
               real nice.

     Beat.

                           ED
               That document you found at the Water 
               Board, the one that says it was the 
               bad chromium -- you didn't happen to 
               make a copy did you?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 51
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               'Course I did.

                           ED
               Lemme see it, will you?

     Before getting it for him, she looks at him.

                           ERIN
               I want a raise.  And benefits.  
               Including dental.

                           ED
               Look, Erin, this is not the way I do 
               business.

                           ERIN
               What way is that?

                           ED
               Extortion.

     Erin doesn't budge.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               Okay.  A five percent raise, and --

                           ERIN
               Ten.
                    (off his look)
               There's a lot other places I could 
               work. I could even take everything I 
               know to another law firm.

                           ED
               A ten percent raise and benefits.  
               But that's it.  I'm drawing the line.

     She goes to her box of stuff from the office and digs out 
     the document for him. He scans it.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               This is the only thing you found?

                           ERIN
               So far.  But that place is a pig 
               sty.  I wouldn't be surprised if 
               there's more.

                           ED
               I know how those places are run. 
               They're a mess. What makes you think
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 52
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED (CONT'D)
               you can just walk in there and find 
               what we need?

                           ERIN
               They're called boobs, Ed.

     Shaking his head, Ed rises to leave as he says;

                           ED
               I can't believe you just said that...

70   EXT. 10 FREEWAY - DAY                                         70   

     Erin's Hyundai zips along the freeway.

     Erin's driving.  Matthew's in the front seat.  Katie and 
     Beth (in a car seat) are in the back;

71   INT. HYUNDAI - DAY                                            71   

     Improvisational...i.e. Matthew keeps trying to tell a joke 
     he heard.  Katie keeps trying to guess, like it's a riddle, 
     frustrating Matthew and cracking up Erin...

72   EXT. PG&E COMPRESSOR STATION - DAY                            72   

     The Hyundai is parked at the entrance to the station, by a 
     row of dead trees.  Erin is standing beside a sign that says 
     "Private Property.  No Trespassing," taking pictures of the 
     massive structure in the distance.  Matthew, Katie, and Beth 
     are drawing in the dirt with sticks.

                           ERIN
               Stay out of the road.  I'll be right 
               back.

     She wanders up the drive, onto PG&E property, moving around 
     the plant, taking pictures of it from every possible angle.

     As she wanders over a big, flat, dry field to the side of 
     the plant, she glances over her shoulder to check on her 
     kids and notices the trail she made in the dirt has a greenish 
     hue.

     She looks at the dirt right her feet.  Kicks the ground.

     Below the surface, the dirt turns from brown to green.  Erin 
     notes this, then looks back at her kids playing in the dirt.

     Worry comes over her face.  She heads back to them.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 53
     2-18-01                                                     


73   EXT. HINKLEY MART - DAY                                       73   

     The kids are waiting at the car.  Erin comes out of the store 
     with a bottle of water and uses it to rinse off their hands.

74   EXT. WATER BOARD - DAY                                        74   

     The sound of a BABY CRYING.  The Hyundai's parked in front.

                           MATTHEW (O.S.)
               I'm hungry.

75   INT. WATER BOARD - DAY                                        75   

     Erin is at the Xerox machine, copying a file while she tries 
     to calm Beth.  There's a stack of files on the nearby table.

     Matthew and Katie are flopping around on the floor.

                           ERIN
               We'll go eat in a minute.  Settle 
               down.

     Ross is on the phone with someone - we don't know who - but 
     the look on his face is one of anxiety. His eyes keep shifting 
     between the call and Erin. He nods as if he understands and 
     hangs up... He crosses to her.

                           ROSS
                    (real friendly)
               So, how we doin'?

                           ERIN
               We're doing great?

                           ROSS
                    (off the cuff)
               Good..Well, you've got quite a lot 
               done already..so uhh...I'm sorry but 
               uh...we ...we have to have those 
               records back now. OK?

     Erin stops..looks at him..and quickly knows how to respond;

                           ERIN
               No.

                           ROSS
               What?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 54
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               These papers are a matter of public 
               record.  I'm not leaving til they're 
               copied.

     Erin returns to copying. Ross is stymied.

76   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - BRENDA'S DESK - DAY                    76   

     Ed comes in in the morning, and without pausing, hands Brenda 
     a copy of the STACK OF DOCUMENTS, with a Post-It on the top.

                           ED
               Fax these to this number, okay?

                           BRENDA
               All of 'em?

                           ED
               All of them.

     He continues into his office and closes the door.

     CLOSE ON THE FAX MACHINE LED

     Brenda types in the number.  The recipient's ID comes up on 
     the LED:  PG&E CLAIMS DEPT.

77   INT. IRVING HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY                         77   

     Donna has made lunch for Erin.  The remnants are on the coffee 
     table. A copy of those DOCUMENTS are in Donna's hands.  She's 
     on her couch with Erin, reading them.  Outside, Donna's two 
     daughters are playing in the pool.  She reads the last page 
     and looks up at Erin, bewildered.

                           DONNA
               An on-site monitoring well?  That 
               means --

                           ERIN
               It was right up on the PG&E property 
               over there.

                           DONNA
               And you say this stuff, this 
               hexavalent chromium -- it's poisonous?

                           ERIN
               Yeah.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 55
     2-18-01                                                     


                           DONNA
               Well -- then it's gotta be different 
               than what's in our water, 'cause 
               ours is okay.  The guys from PG&E 
               told me.  They sat right in the 
               kitchen and said it was fine.

                           ERIN
               I know.  But the toxicologist I been 
               talking to?  He gave me a list of
               problems that can come from hexavalent 
               chromium exposure.  And everything 
               you all have is on that list.

     Donna resists this idea hard.

                           DONNA
               No.  Hunh-uh, see, that's not what 
               the doctor said.  He said one's got 
               absolutely nothing to do with the 
               other.

                           ERIN
               Right, but -- didn't you say the 
               doctor was paid by PG&E?

     Donna sits quietly, trying to make sense of this.  The only 
     sound is the LAUGHING and SPLASHING from the pool out back.  
     Then, gradually, Donna realizes what it is she's hearing -- 
     her kids playing in toxic water.  She jumps up...

                           DONNA
               ASHLEY!  SHANNA!

     ...and runs out to the pool.  Erin follows her.

78   EXT. DONNA'S HOUSE - DAY                                      78   

     From the door, Erin watches Donna run to the edge of the 
     pool in a frantic response to this news.

                           DONNA
               OUT OF THE POOL!  BOTH OF YOU, OUT 
               OF THE POOL, RIGHT NOW!

                           SHANNA
               How come?

                           DONNA
               'CAUSE I SAID SO, THAT'S WHY, NOW 
               GET OUT!  OUT!  NOW!!!

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 56
     2-18-01                                                     


     Erin watches compassionately as Donna flails to get her kids 
     out of the contaminated water.

79   INT. ED'S OFFICE - DAY                                        79   

     Ed is attempting to tie his tie in a mirror, as Erin looks 
     on. He's very excited as he fumbles the knot...

                           ED
               I'm telling you, the minute Brenda 
               sent the fax -- I'm talking the second 
               she pressed that send button -- PG&E 
               claims department is on the phone to 
               me, scheduling a meeting.

                           ERIN
               So you think we...let me do this, 
               you're driving me nuts...

     She makes him face her as she ties his tie....

                           ED
               It's the material.

                           ERIN
                    (looks at label)
               Armani?
                    (Ed shrugs)
               You think we scared'em, don't you?

                           ED
               Well, they're taking the time to 
               send someone. It sure as hell sounds 
               like they're sitting up and taking 
               notice. Now do me a favor, and let 
               me handle this.  Lawyers have a way 
               of talking to each other.

                           ERIN
                    (humoring him)
               Oh, I know.

     Brenda pops her head in, ignores Erin - though clearly takes 
     notice of her tying Ed's tie.

                           BRENDA
               David Baum from PG&E is at reception.

     Erin feels the chill Brenda's sending her way. Erin decides 
     to tease her by speaking to Ed in a sultry voice:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 57
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               Oh Mr. Masry, we better learn how to 
               dress faster. People can come in so 
               suddenly..(giggles)

     Brenda leaves without acknowledging Erin. Ed grimaces;

                           ED
               Is that..

                           ED (CONT'D)
               ..necessary?  Brenda's gonna open 
               her mouth all over the offi-

                           ERIN
                    (overlapping)
               Oh come on. I'm teasing. Who gives a 
               shit...

80   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - BRENDA'S DESK - CONTINUOUS             80   

     Jane is delivering paychecks, spots Brenda exiting Ed's office 
     and whispers:

                           JANE
               What's she doing here?

                           BRENDA
               He hired her back.  With a raise.

                           JANE
               What??  Why?

                           BRENDA
               He's a man...She's a woman.

                           JANE
               What are we - office supplies?

81   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - MAIN ROOM - DAY                        81   

     Ed and Erin come out and see DAVID BAUM waiting at reception.

     Forget law school, this kid looks like he's just out of 
     twelfth grade.  Not a hair on his chin.  His suit and shoes 
     look brand new.

     Ed stops suddenly, before being seen. Erin stops too.

                           ERIN
               What?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 58
     2-18-01                                                     


     Ed's expression upon seeing the "young" representative tells 
     us he's none too happy.

82   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                  82   

     Ed and Erin are seated across the table from Baum.  To say

     this kid lacks authority is a gross understatement.  He 
     doesn't talk; he squeaks.

                           BAUM
               ...in the interest of putting this 
               whole thing to rest, PG&E is willing 
               to offer the Irvings 250,000 dollars 
               for their home.

     Ed laughs a little in disbelief.

                           ED
               250,000?

                           BAUM
               In terms of land value out in Hinkley, 
               Mr. Masry, we feel it's more than 
               fair price.

                           ED
               What about in terms of medical 
               expenses?  250,000 doesn't come close 
               to what this family's gonna have to 
               spend on doctors.

                           BAUM
               I understand they've had a bad run 
               of luck, health-wise, and they have 
               my sympathies.  But that's not PG&E's 
               fault.

                           ED
               You're kidding, right?

     Baum doesn't answer.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               Look at these readings for Christ's 
               sake.  PG&E's own technicians 
               documented toxic levels of hexavalent 
               chromium in those test wells on 
               numerous occasions.

     Ed shoves them across the table.  Baum doesn't look at them.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 59
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED (CONT'D)
               Everything the Irvings have had is 
               proven reaction to exposure to 
               hexavalent chromium.  They've had...

     He stalls a moment.  Erin jumps in.

                           ERIN
               -- breast cysts, uterine cancer, 
               Hodgkin's disease, immune 
               deficiencies, asthma, chronic 
               nosebleeds.

     Despite their persuasiveness, Baum parrots what is obviously 
     the party line:

                           BAUM
               A million things could have caused 
               those problems.  Poor diet, bad genes, 
               irresponsible lifestyle.  Our offer 
               is final and more than fair.

                           ED
               Wait a minute -- I thought we were 
               negotiating here.

                           BAUM
               250,000 is all I'm authorized to 
               offer.

     Ed looks across at this pissant little kid. Then stands.

                           ED
               I will present your offer to my 
               clients.  I doubt they'll accept it.

     As Ed starts out, Baum tries to take a stand;

                           BAUM
               Mr. Masry, before you go off on some 
               crusade, you might want to remember 
               who it is you're dealing with here.  
               PG&E is a twenty-eight-billion-dollar 
               corporation.

                           ED
                    (smiles, acting 
                    excited/greedy)
               Twenty-eight billion dollars! I didn't 
               know it was THAT much! WOW!

     Baum suddenly realizes he's made a mistake admitting the 
     company's wealth. Ed leaves the conference room.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 60
     2-18-01                                                     


     Erin follows him out.

83   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - MAIN ROOM - DAY                        83   

     Erin follows Ed as he stomps back to his office.

                           ERIN
               At least they made an offer.

                           ED
                    (undoing his tie)
               That wasn't an offer.  A million 
               would've been an offer.  When they 
               send the god damn mail clerk down to 
               jerk me off, waste my time, it's a 
               fuck you.

     Ed throws the tie off.

                           ERIN
               I don't get why they'd do that.

                           ED
               Because they can.  You heard that 
               kid -- they have twenty-eight billion 
               dollars at their disposal.  They can 
               afford to waste all the time in the 
               world!

                           ERIN
               And you can't?

                           ED
               What, you think I'm made of money?!

                           ERIN
               What are you yelling at me for?

                           ED
               Because I'm fucking pissed off!

                           ERIN
                    (yells back)
               Good!

                           ED
               FUCK YOU!

     Erin starts to smile. Ed cracks a smile then starts to laugh.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               I really hate you sometimes, ya know 
               that.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 61
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               You love me.

84   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - LADIES ROOM - NIGHT                    84   

     At the end of her day, Rosalind enters to fix herself up 
     before going home. She walks in on:

     Erin, splashing cold water on her face..and dabbing her eyes 
     with cool, wet paper towels...They do not speak as Rosalind 
     steps beside her to face the mirrors above the sink. After a 
     beat or two, Erin exits.

     Alone, Rosalind has her lipstick and is about to apply when 
     she looks at herself in the mirror...She tries lowering her 
     neckline...then, loosening up her hair...as if secretly 
     showing herself what an Erin-makeover would do for her.

85   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - OUTSIDE ED'S OFFICE - NIGHT            85   

     End of the day.  Most everyone has left.  Erin is at her new 
     work space near Ed's office.  She's poring over a fat file 
     of documents.  Rosalind wanders by with her coat on.

                           ROSALIND
               You've been reading for hours.

                           ERIN
               I'm a slow reader.

     Whatever she thinks of her, Rosalind can't help but see Erin's 
     hard at work. She turns on Erin's desk lamp and heads out - 
     it's the first helpful hand Erin has received from one of 
     the women.

     Erin turns back to her work when her attention is then drawn 
     to the big glass office doors; on the other side, Rosalind 
     is talking to a lost-looking COUPLE IN THEIR MID-30's.  These 
     are MANDY and TOM BROWN.  He's in a security guard uniform, 
     with an envelope under his arm.  Rosalind points to Erin.

     The Browns enter the office and approach her.

                           MANDY
               Excuse me, are you Erin Brockovich?

                           ERIN
               Yeah.  Who are you?

                           TOM
               I'm Tom Brown.  This is my wife Mandy.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 62
     2-18-01                                                     


                           TOM (CONT'D)
               We used to live across the street 
               from the irvings.  Pg&e bought our 
               house last year.

86   INT. ERIN'S DESK - LATER                                      86   

     CLOSE ON PHOTOS OF CHICKENS, each with a twisted, limp neck.

                           TOM
               It's called wry neck.  It's when 
               they're born without any muscles in 
               the neck.

     WIDEN to see Erin looking at them with Tom and Mandy.

                           ERIN
               Wow.  How many were born like this?

                           TOM
               Twelve, maybe thirteen.

                           MANDY
               When Donna told us about you, and 
               what you told her about the chromium, 
               we figured that might have something 
               to do with this, too.

                           ERIN
               It sure could, yeah.  Thanks a lot.

     She tucks them into a file, as if that's it.

                           MANDY
               There's something else, too.

                           ERIN
               What?

                           TOM
               Well.  Mandy here's had nine 
               miscarriages.

                           ERIN
               Are you kidding?  My God --

                           MANDY
               I know.  It's an awful lot.

                           ERIN
               I'm surprised Donna didn't say 
               anything.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 63
     2-18-01                                                     


                           TOM
               She doesn't know.  No one does.  
               It's not something you want to talk 
               about, you know?

                           MANDY
               I figured it musta been something I 
               did, like when I smoked marijuana, 
               maybe.  Or took birth control pills.  
               But then Donna told me you thought 
               this chromium might be to blame for 
               her problems, so I figured...

87   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - NIGHT                                     87   

     Erin enters, exhausted. She collapses on a chair.

     George is on his hands and knees, apparently searching for a 
     lost toy. Erin talks to him with her eyes closed.

                           ERIN
               I got to take a bath.

                           GEORGE
               You should go in.

                           ERIN
               They're not asleep?

                           GEORGE
               Katie and Beth are.

     They exchange a look. Erin knows Matt's upset.

88   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - MATT AND KATIE'S ROOM - NIGHT             88   

     Matt and Katie are in bed, with the light off.  Erin comes 
     in, quietly, in clothes from work.

                           ERIN
               Hey.

     CLOSE ON MATT. He's awake and pissed. She sits on his bed.

     She knows he's mad at her - she speaks softly, caringly;

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               How was school?

                           MATTHEW
               Fine.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 64
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               Did you do your homework?

                           MATTHEW
               Yeah.

                           ERIN
               Any problems?

     He doesn't answer.  She comes in and sits on the bed.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Look, I know you're upset.  But the 
               way this job is, things come up at 
               the last minute, real important 
               things, and I gotta deal with-

     Matt turns around in his bed and pulls up the covers, cutting 
     her off-

                           MATTHEW
               Fine.

                           ERIN
               Please don't be mad at me. I'm..I'm 
               doing this for us...I know it's hard 
               for you to understand but..I mean, 
               don't you want mommy to be good at 
               her job?
                    (no answer)
               And it's not like I miss dinner all 
               the time. We all ate together last 
               night.

                           MATTHEW
                    (from under the covers)
               You were reading the whole time.

     He's got a point there.  Erin feels like shit.

                           ERIN
               O.K...O.K. I'm sorry.  I'll try a 
               whole lot harder to be around, okay?  
               I promise.

     She lays her hand on his body. Without turning towards her, 
     his little hand rises out from the covers and touches hers.

89   EXT. ROUTE 10, INLAND EMPIRE - DAY                            89   

     Ed's big old Mercedes is toodling down the freeway at a rate 
     well below the speed limit.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 65
     2-18-01                                                     


90   INT. ED'S MERCEDES - DAY                                      90   

     Frank Sinatra on the stereo, the "Songs for Swingin' Lovers" 
     album. Ed looks over at Erin and smiles. Erin just stares at 
     him, then looks over at the speedometer. 50 mph.  Ugh.

     Ed's car phone rings. He picks it up.

                           ED
               Ed Masry.
                    (his voice softens)
               Hi, baby. Yes, I did. I did, really.

     He laughs, and the car starts drifting across the lane 
     markers.

     THWACK THWACK THWACK. Ed doesn't notice. Erin's getting 
     nervous.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               Of course I do. Of course I do. Okay.

     He makes a kissing noise into the phone. He's practically 
     driving off the road.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               Bye-bye...bye-bye...no, you. Okay, 
               together: Bye-bye.

     He hangs up, smiling to himself. Erin clears her throat.

                           ERIN
               Um, you mind pulling over? Just for 
               a second?

91   EXT. FREEWAY - DAY                                            91   

     The Mercedes pulls to a stop on the shoulder. Erin gets out, 
     walks around to the driver's side, and opens the door.

                           ERIN
               First of all, don't talk baby talk 
               to your wife in front of me.  It 
               really undermines your authority. 
               Second, I know you're my boss and 
               all, but you are the worst fucking 
               driver I've ever seen. Move over or 
               I quit.

     He moves over. She gets in, turns off the Sinatra, and they 
     pull back out onto the freeway in silence.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 66
     2-18-01                                                     


92   EXT. IRVING'S HOUSE - NIGHT                                   92   

     The Mercedes and a truck are parked out front.

                           PETE (O.S.)
               There's something about this whole 
               thing I don't quite understand, Mr. 
               Masry.

93   INT. DONNA IRVING'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT               93   

     Donna and Pete Irving, and Mandy and Roy Brown are all seated, 
     sipping iced tea.  While they talk, Erin hands them all 
     information packets on chromium.  Ed is standing in front of 
     them, a little stiff.

                           PETE
               If PG&E messed with our water, why 
               would they bother saying anything 
               about it to us?  Why not just keep 
               quiet about it?

                           ED
               To establish a statute of limitations.
               See, in a case like this, you only 
               have a year from the time you first 
               learn about the problem to file suit.  
               So PG&E figures, we'll let the cat 
               out of the bag -- tell the people 
               the water's not perfect; if we can 
               ride out the year with no one suing, 
               we'll be in the clear forever.

                           PETE
               But they're not like that. I mean, 
               remember Donna, they sent us bottled 
               water. We didn't ask for it. They 
               just did it.

                           ED
               But then they stopped.

     Ed looks to Donna. She nods.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               As soon as the statute of limitations 
               ended, they stopped.

                           DONNA
               But it was more than a year ago that 
               they told us --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 67
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               It's okay.  We're not suing.

                           ERIN
               Not yet.

                           ED
                    (annoyed at that remark)
               All we're doing is using this 
               information to get you a real nice 
               purchase price on your house, and 
               get you two --
                    (to the Browns)
               -- a comparable retroactive bonus 
               added to your sale price.  This way, 
               and PG&E can still look good to their 
               shareholders, 'cause they're not 
               involved in an ugly lawsuit; all 
               they're doing is buying a little 
               property.

     Roy looks up from his retainer agreement.

                           ROY
               It doesn't say here how much this 
               whole thing's gonna cost us.

                           ED
               My fee's forty percent of whatever 
               you get awarded.

     Erin watches them look around at each other, stunned by the 
     figure.

                           ERIN
               Boy, do I know how you feel.  First 
               time I heard that number, I said you 
               got to be kidding me.  Forty goddamn 
               percent?

                           ED
               Erin --

                           ERIN
               I'm the one who's injured, and this 
               joker who sits at a desk all day is 
               gonna walk away with almost half my 
               reward?

                           ED
               Erin --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 68
     2-18-01                                                     


     Erin's enjoying Ed's discomfort almost too much to stop.  
     But just almost.  She shifts gears.

                           ERIN
               Then I asked him how much he makes 
               if I didn't get anything.

     They look at Ed.  Well?

                           ED
               Then I don't get anything either.

                           ERIN
               And I realized, he's taking a chance 
               too.

     When they hear this, and realize he's in it with them, they 
     all reach for their pens and sign.   They hand the agreements 
     over to Erin, who takes them across the room to Ed.  He stuffs 
     them in his briefcase and closes it up.  That's that.

                           ED
               All right, then.

                           DONNA
               I made a bundt cake. I'll put on 
               some coffee. Who wants coffee and 
               cake?

                           ED
               Thank you, but we have to be getting 
               back.

     Boy.  Cold as ice.  Erin stares at him, stunned by his brusque 
     manner, then leans into him, close.

                           ERIN
                    (whispering)
               Have a fucking cup of coffee, Ed.

     She gives him a stern look, then turns toward the women.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Donna, let me help you clean all 
               this up.

     She picks up a tray of iced tea and cookies and heads to the 
     kitchen.  Donna and Mandy follow, leaving Ed alone with Pete 
     and Roy.  He stands there, awkwardly.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 69
     2-18-01                                                     


94   INT. DONNA'S KITCHEN - DAY                                    94   

     Erin and Donna are putting away the cleaned glasses.  Mandy 
     is scanning the chromium pamphlet Erin gave her.

                           MANDY
               You know that thing it says in here 
               about rashes?

                           ERIN
               Uh-huh?

                           MANDY
               Well, this old neighbor of mine, Bob 
               Linwood -- he ran the dairy on 
               Community -- seemed like someone in 
               his family always had a rash somewhere 
               or other.  I just figured it was 
               something in the genes.  And you 
               know how it is -- you don't like to 
               ask about things like that...

     Erin listens, interested.

95   EXT. LINWOOD DAIRY - BARN - DAY                               95   

     Another day.  BOB LINWOOD, 40's and gruff, is in the barn, 
     tossing hay around.

                           ERIN (O.S.)
               Excuse me.  Are you Mr. Linwood?

     He sees Erin picking her way toward him in her high-heels.

                           LINWOOD
               Yeah?

                           ERIN
               I'm Erin Brockovich.  I work at the 
               law firm that represents your former 
               neighbors the Browns.  They suggested 
               I give you a call.

     She steps in a cow patty.  Laughs at herself good-naturedly.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Boy howdy, did I ever wear the wrong 
               shoes.

96   EXT. THE DESOTOS' HOUSE - DAY                                 96   

     CLOSE ON A SIGN that reads:  THE DESOTOS, hanging on the 
     side of a small, paint-chipped house.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Erin is at the door talking to MARY DESOTO, 65, who's wearing 
     a big cross at her breast.

                           ERIN
               ...and Mr. Linwood seemed to think 
               that your husband had been sick as 
               well.

                           MARY
               Yes, Mr. DeSoto has lung cancer.  
               Never smoked a day in his life, 
               neither.

97   INT. LAURA AND MIKE AMBROSINO'S HOUSE - NIGHT                 97   

     Erin is talking to MIKE and LAURA AMBROSINO -- 30's.  Solid, 
     family folks.  But Laura's left brow and cheekbone look 
     swollen and misshapen, and she's trying to hide the fact 
     that she's in a lot of pain.

                           ERIN
               Mrs. DeSoto said she wasn't sure 
               exactly what it was that you had --

                           MIKE AMBROSINO
               She's not alone on that one.

                           LAURA
               Well, they know what it is -- it's 
               called fibrous dysplasia --

                           MIKE
               The bones start growing again.  Gives 
               her headaches like you wouldn't 
               believe.

                           LAURA
               -- they just don't know what caused 
               it.

98   EXT. PAMELA DUNCAN'S HOUSE - DAY                              98   

     Erin stands at the front door and rings the bell. After a 
     moment; PAMELA DUNCAN opens the door, a cup of coffee in her 
     hand.  By her distant, cautious attitude, we immediately 
     sense a difference between her and the other Hinkley 
     residents.

                           ERIN
               Hi. My name is Erin Brocko-

                           PAMELA
               I know who you are. Donna called me.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ERIN
               Oh... May I come in?

                           PAMELA
               I told Donna we're not interested in 
               getting involved.

     Beat.

                           ERIN
               Can I ask you why?

                           PAMELA
               What's the point?

                           ERIN
               Donna told me you've been sick. Your 
               kids were sick...

     Pamela gets angry at the mention of her kids.

                           PAMELA
               You people don't give a shit, do 
               you?  Anything to get what you want!

     Slams the door in her face.

99   INT. RITA AND TED DANIELS' HOUSE - DAY                        99   

     Erin is talking to TED AND RITA DANIELS.  Their daughter 
     ANNABELLE, 10, is sitting on the couch, wrapped in a blanket.

                           ERIN
               ...then Mike Ambrosino remembered 
               seeing you folks at the hospital 
               from time to time too, so I thought 
               I'd just stop by.
                    (to Annabelle)
               You must be Annabelle.

                           ANNABELLE
               Uh-huh.

                           ERIN
               Whew, are you ever a beauty.  I mean, 
               you must drive those boys crazy.

     Annabelle smiles a little.

100   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - ERIN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                  100   

     Late night.  George rolls over -- Erin's side of the bed is 
     empty.  He checks the clock, then gets up and heads into:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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101   INT. ERIN'S APARTMENT - HALLWAY - NIGHT                     101   

     He peers around and spots her, sitting in the little kid's 
     chair in Matthew and Katie's room.

102   INT. ERIN'S APARTMENT - MATTHEW AND KATIE'S ROOM - NIGHT    102   

     Erin is holding Beth, watching Matt and Katie sleep. The 
     experience of seeing Annabelle has left her shaky - as if 
     she was afraid to take her eyes off them for fear something 
     might happen....She hears the floor creak as George steps 
     into the doorway.

                           GEORGE
               What are you doing, hon?

     Erin looks at him - on the edge of tears.

                           ERIN
               I just wanted to make sure they were 
               all right.

     Sympathetic, George kneels beside her.

                           GEORGE
               They're fine....Come back to bed.

                           ERIN
               I don't know what I think I'm going 
               to do for these people. No matter 
               what I do, it won't be enough.

                           GEORGE
               You're doing everything you can. But 
               if it's gonna eat you up like this, 
               maybe you better stop.

     Erin looks up at him and George knows immediately he has 
     said the wrong thing. Erin rises and passes by him, to put 
     Beth to bed. George is tired...and doesn't know how to help 
     her.

103   EXT. VALLEY SIDEWALK - DAY                                  103   

     Ed and Erin are walking down the street, take-out coffee 
     cups in their hands.  Ed is sipping his, but Erin is in too 
     much of a lather to drink hers.

                           ED
               Hunh-uh.  Absolutely not.

                           ERIN
               That's crazy -- why not?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 73
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                           ED
               Because I said no.  Look -- the only 
               reason PG&E's even talking to us is
               'cause this is a quiet little real 
               estate dispute.  We add plaintiffs, 
               and suddenly we're in the middle of 
               a toxic tort -- with a statute problem -- 
               against a massive utility.  No, thank 
               you.

     They go into their office building.

104   INT. ELEVATOR - DAY                                         104   

     Erin and Ed are riding up.

                           ERIN
               Okay, so here's what I'll do.  I'll 
               go on up to Ted and Rita Daniels -- 
               two of the nicest people you'd ever 
               hope to meet, who spend every single 
               day watching their little girl fight 
               like a dog against this cancer -- 
               I'll tell them we can't help them 
               cause you don't feel like working 
               that hard.

                           ED
                    (turns on her)
               Working hard!!? Why you little...Let 
               me tell you something - I've worked 
               all my life. I built a firm and kept 
               it alive through lawsuits, 
               injunctions, and evictions. I have 
               survived a quadruple bypass, cancer, 
               being born with one kidney and having 
               diabetes...

     Erin's genuinely impressed as Erin continues;

                           ED (CONT'D)
               ...I have personally managed to save 
               a few million dollars over more than 
               thirty years of getting some clients 
               ten times that. Don't tell me I 
               haven't worked hard enough! Don't 
               tell me I don't have the right to 
               stop..to take a fucking breath and 
               enjoy my life.

     Erin is smart enough to know when to listen. So she does. 
     And she waits...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ED (CONT'D)
               -- And what the hell do you know 
               about any of this anyway!? Something 
               like this, Erin -- it could take 
               forever.  They're a huge corporation.  
               They could bury us in paperwork for 
               the next fifteen years.  I'm just 
               one guy with a private firm.

105   SHE MAKES HER MOVE-                                         105   

                           ERIN
               -- who happens to know they poisoned 
               people and lied about it.

     The doors open.  Ed gets off.  Erin follows.

106   INT. MASRY LAW OFFICE BUILDING - HALLWAY - DAY              106   

     Erin's dodging Ed down the hall, to the office.

                           ERIN
               And this shit is bad news. Look, my 
               dad could build one of these plants 
               blindfolded. I talked him through 
               the files. I said how much Chrom 6 
               in the groundwater are we talking 
               about over the years and he said, 
               "Oh, by now, probably about three 
               football fields long...four               
               miles deep! Think about it...

                           ED
                    (overlap)
               Erin-

                           ERIN
                    (overlap)
               ..And not only does this shit attack 
               every organ of the body, it fucks 
               with your DNA, too.  I mean these 
               people's genes, and the genes of 
               their kids, and the genes of their 
               grandkids --

                           ED
               I know how DNA works, Erin --

     He gets to the Masry & Vititoe doors.  Opens them.

107   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - DAY                                  107   

     Erin tails Ed back to his office.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ERIN
               We can get these people.  With a 
               little effort, I really think we can 
               nail their asses to the wall.

                           ED
               Oh, you do?  With all your legal 
               expertise, you believe that?

                           ERIN
               Don't you ever just know?

     Erin speaks with such calm sincerity, it stops Ed for a 
     moment. She thinks she's getting to him.

                           ED
               Do you also "just know" where the 
               money's going to come from? I've 
               already spent most of my own savings 
               this case.

                           ERIN
               We'll figure it out.  Look, I admit 
               I don't know shit about shit.  But I 
               know the difference --

     He moves away and shuts his office door on her.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               -- BETWEEN RIGHT AND WRONG!

108   INT. ED'S OFFICE - DAY                                      108   

     Ed goes over to his desk, sits down.  He sees a stack of 
     messages there, starts flipping through them.  Then he stops.

                           ED
               Damn it.

     He shoves the messages aside and puts his head in his hands.

     He sits like that for a moment.

109   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - DAY                                  109   

     Erin remains outside of Ed's office door, as Brenda passes 
     by without stopping or saying hello:

                           ERIN
               Looking good Brenda. Have another 
               bag of Doritos!

     Ed opens the door, surprised to find her still there.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 76
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                           ED
               How many families we talking about 
               here?

                           ERIN
               Four more.  Eleven people.  So far.

                           ED
               You think there's more?

                           ERIN
               Well -- I found one document at the 
               water board that had a toxic test 
               well reading from 1967.  A hell of a 
               lot of people have lived on that 
               land since then.

     Ed pauses, groans again, realizing what decision he's making.

                           ED
               This is a whole different ball game, 
               Erin.  A much bigger deal.

                           ERIN
               Kinda like David and what's-his-name?

                           ED
               Kinda like David and what's-his-name's 
               whole fucking family.
                    (heavy sigh)
               Okay, here's the deal -- if, and 
               only if, you find me the evidence to 
               back all this up -- I'll do it.  
               I'll take it on.

     She smiles victoriously.

                           ERIN
               You're doing the right thing, Mr. 
               Masry.

                           ED
               Yeah, yeah.  Remind me of that when 
               I'm filing for bankruptcy.

                           ERIN
               'Course, gathering evidence -- now, 
               that's a big job.  A hell of a lot 
               bigger than just filing.  I'm gonna 
               be working a lot harder now, taking 
               on a lot more responsibility ...

     He gives her a look.  Knows what's coming.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 77
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
                    (overlaps, to himself)
               I don't fucking believe this-

                           ERIN
                    (overlapping)
               Another raise wouldn't hurt.  And 
               with all the time I'm gonna be 
               spending on the road, I'll probably 
               be needing my own cell phone, won't 
               I?

     Ed closes the door on her. Erin smiles. As she crosses back 
     to her desk.

110   INT. TOYS 'R' US - DAY                                      110   

     Erin enters Toys 'R' Us with George, Matthew, Katie and Beth.

                           ERIN
               You each can pick out four things.  
               But nothing huge.  Look at the price.
               Nothing crazy.

     Matthew and Katie fan out into the store.

                           GEORGE
               You can buy 'em all the toys you 
               want, but come Monday, when you split 
               again, they're still gonna be pissed.

     Erin looks over at him, weary.

                           ERIN
               George, I am just trying to do 
               something nice for my kids on my one 
               day off.  Could you please not give 
               me a hard time about it?

                           GEORGE
               One toy per kid is doing something 
               nice.  Four is... something else.

                           ERIN
               Well, hell, I guess that's it, then, 
               huh?  They're scarred for life.  
               They're gonna start holding up 7-
               Elevens any day now.

                           GEORGE
               I'm just saying --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 78
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                           ERIN
                    (with intensity)
               I know what you're saying, and I 
               don't wanna hear it.  I am doing the 
               best I can.

     And she walks away from him.

111   EXT. HINKLEY - ROADSIDE DITCH - DAY                         111   

     Erin is straddling a ditch, scooping clumps of gunky moss 
     from the ditch into plastic containers.

     As Erin labels the containers, she slides down the side of 
     the ditch, and she lands smack in it, knee-deep in gunk.

112   EXT. HINKLEY - COMMUNITY BOULEVARD - NIGHT                  112   

     Erin, now completely dirty, is climbing over a fence marked 
     "No Trespassing".  Her arms are full of more containers.

     She adds them to a growing collection of containers in the 
     trunk of her car.

113   EXT. HINKLEY - THE POOL BEHIND AN ABANDONED HOUSE - DAY     113   

     Another day.  This time it's RAINING.  Erin minces her way 
     down to the deep end of the pool.

     She gets to the deep end and scoops up a Ziploc full of rancid 
     pool water and seals it.

     Erin spots a few dead frogs in the water.  She picks one up 
     by the leg, and seals it in a plastic bag as well.

114   EXT. WELL - DAY                                             114   

     With a sample cup held in her teeth, Erin hauls herself up 
     over the well's concrete wall, then, with her back against 
     one side of the well and her feet against the other, starts 
     shimmying down the well.

115   INSIDE THE WELL                                             115   

     She winces at the algae and gook that's clinging to her as 
     she descends to the water level.  When she's low enough, she 
     takes the sample cup from her teeth and scoops up the water.

116   EXT. WELL - DAY                                             116   

     ERIN RAISES HERSELF UP TO SEE:

     TWO GUARDS heading straight for her.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 79
     2-18-01                                                     


     She scampers to her feet and runs. The Guards pursue - chasing 
     her off the property....

117   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ERIN'S DESK - DAY                    117   

     Erin's at her desk, bending over her notebook in a miniskirt, 
     adding reports to the TOXICOLOGY binder.

     ON THE REPORTS:  We catch a few words: "water sample A...", 
     "soil sample D...", "frog sample A...", "...traces of 
     hexavalent..."

     Brenda looks at Erin and sees her hem rising in the back.

                           BRENDA
               For God's sake, Erin, I can see your 
               panties.

     Erin turns to Brenda, relishing the chance to irritate her.

                           ERIN
               Liar.  I'm not wearing any.

     Ed, in his office, laughs.  He's starting to like this gal.

118   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - NIGHT                                   118   

     It's a hot night.  George is playing on the floor with the 
     kids.  Erin is behind them on the couch, laboriously reading 
     a book labeled, simply, CHROMIUM.  The phone RINGS.  Erin 
     picks it up.

                           ERIN
               Hello?

                           MALE VOICE (O.S.)
               Is this the Erin Pattee Brockovich 
               that's been snooping around the water 
               board?

     His voice is flat, creepy.  Not friendly.

                           ERIN
               Yes.  Who's this?

                           MALE VOICE
               You should watch your step. A young 
               lady like yourself with three young 
               children.

                           ERIN
                    (overlapping)
               Who is this?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           MALE VOICE
               Do you understand what I'm saying?

     CLICK.  Erin stares at the phone, freaked.

119   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - FRONT DOOR - NIGHT                      119   

     George watches Erin double-checking the locks on the door.

                           ERIN
               I'm not gonna quit 'cause of one 
               creepy phone call, George.

                           GEORGE
               Come on, Erin.  A job's supposed to 
               pay your bills, not put you in danger.

                           ERIN
               I'm not in danger.  I mean, the phones
               might be tapped -

                           GEORGE
                    (overlaps)
               What?

                           ERIN
                    (overlaps)
               ...but that's usual. And we have a 
               dead bolt. It's not a big deal.

     She goes to the living room, double-checks the window locks 
     in there.  George follows.

                           GEORGE
               Look, don't you think you might be 
               out of your league here?

                           ERIN
               No, see -- that's exactly what those
               arrogant PG&E fucks want me to think -- 
               But you know what?  They're wrong.

     She heads into the bedrooms.

                           GEORGE
               It doesn't have to be this 
               complicated, Erin.  There's a lot of 
               jobs out there.

                           ERIN
                    (off-hand)
               How would you know?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     George reacts, a little stung.  He follows her into:

120   INT. MATT AND KATIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                       120   

     Matt and Katie are asleep.  Erin is checking their windows.

     George comes in.  They whisper.

                           GEORGE
               You mind telling me what that's 
               supposed to mean?

                           ERIN
               Nothing. I'm sorry.

                           GEORGE
               If you got a problem with me taking 
               care of your kids instead of getting 
               some job, just say so.

                           ERIN
               I didn't say that.

                           GEORGE
               'Cause I can get a job.  I will.  
               And you can start leaving the kids 
               with the chicken fat lady again.  
               Would that make you happy?

                           ERIN
               Keep your voice down. I said I'm 
               sorry.

                           GEORGE
               I know what they can sleep through, 
               Erin.  I probably know it better 
               than you.

     She gives him a glare, then leaves the room.

121   INT. WATER BOARD - DAY                                      121   

     Erin is reaching up to a high shelf for a dusty old box of 
     files.  Out of the corner of her eye, she sees Ross passing.

                           ERIN
               Hey, Ross.  Tell me something.  Does 
               PG&E pay you to cover their ass, or 
               do you just do it out of the kindness 
               of your heart?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 82
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                           ROSS
               I don't know what you're talking 
               about.

                           ERIN
               The fuck you don't.  No one calls me 
               Pattee.  That heavy-breathing sicko 
               that called the other night could've 
               only found out about me from you.
                    (beat)
               People are dying, Ross.  You've got 
               document after document here, right 
               under your nose, that says why, and 
               you haven't said word one about it.  
               I wanna know how the hell you sleep 
               at night.

     Ross is speechless.  He just stands there.  Erin drags the 
     box to the floor and goes to work.

122   INT. ERIN'S HYUNDAI - NIGHT                                 122   

     A pile of documents is strapped into the passenger seat.  An 
     empty coffee cup rolls around the floor.  Erin's driving, 
     exhausted.  She yawns as she dials her phone.

                           GEORGE (O.S.)
               Hello?

     INTERCUT between Erin in her car, and George in bed.

                           ERIN
               I'm so tired I'm about to drive off 
               the road.  Keep me awake, willya?

                           GEORGE
               What do you want, a joke?

                           ERIN
               No... Just tell me about your day.  
               What went on back there?

                           GEORGE
               Well, come to think of it, we did 
               have a big event around here.  Beth 
               started talking.

                           ERIN
               What?
                    (beat)
               Beth?  My Beth?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 83
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                           GEORGE
               Yeah.  We were sitting around at 
               lunch and she pointed at a ball and 
               said, "ball."

     Erin says nothing, just stares out at the empty highway, 
     feeling all hollowed-out.

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               I'd never seen that before -- 
               someone's first word.  Pretty intense.

     Erin just nods.  Keeps staring straight ahead as a tear rolls 
     down her cheek.

123   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ERIN AND BRENDA'S AREA - DAY         123   

     CLOSE ON SOME FILES as Erin hands them to Ed.  As he takes 
     them from her, he notices a crematory urn on Erin's desk.

                           ED
               Is that what I think it is?

                           ERIN
               She lived on the plume.  You never 
               know.

     Ed laughs and hands the documents to Brenda without looking 
     at her.  She grumpily takes them over to the fax machine.

     CLOSE ON THE FAX LED as Brenda types in the number.  The 
     recipient's name comes up again:  PG&E CLAIMS DEPT.

124   EXT. HINKLEY BARBECUE - DAY                                 124   

     Open pits, pony rides, watermelon.  George is watching Katie 
     and Matt being led around on ponies, an activity that stopped 
     being fun hours ago.  Now they're just hot and tired.

     BY THE BARBECUE, Ed is talking to an OLDER COUPLE as they 
     sign retainer agreements.

     ELSEWHERE, Erin, holding Beth, is looking at pictures of a 
     swimming pool with FIVE OTHER WOMEN.  The water is green.

                           ERIN
               This was the community pool?

                           WOMAN 1
               Yeah, that PG&E built.  The whole 
               time, we thought it was algae that 
               made it so green.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 84
     2-18-01                                                     


     LATER...

     Erin's trunk is open.  She and Ed are clipping new clusters 
     of retainer agreements into the "PLAINTIFFS" binder.

     Erin looks over to see Pamela Duncan and her husband, standing 
     by their car, separated from the rest...not getting involved. 
     Erin watches them get in their car and leave.

     LATER STILL...

     Erin and Ed are passing out informational pamphlets.

     A MAN (we later come to know as CHARLES EMBRY) takes a 
     pamphlet and flirtatiously says;

                           CHARLES
               This got your phone number on it?

     Erin blows him off with a laugh, barely registering his face.

     She sticks one in another hand before noticing that it's 
     George's.

                           GEORGE
               I'm bored, and so are the kids.

                           ERIN
               Just a few more minutes, then we can 
               go.
                    (as he heads off)
               Take her, will you?

     George drops the pamphlet and takes Beth from Erin.  He heads 
     over to Matt and Katie, sitting glumly on a log.

     LATER STILL...

     Erin is heading over to George and the kids, ready to leave, 
     when Donna comes up to her, with A MIDDLE-AGED MAN in tow.

                           DONNA
               Erin, this here's Frank Melendez.  
               He works over at the compressor 
               station --

     Erin stops in her tracks, very interested. But she can see, 
     out of the corner of her eye, that George and the kids are 
     getting impatient with her. She excuses herself for a moment 
     and runs over to them.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ERIN
               Look, take the kids home and I'll 
               catch a ride with Ed.

                           MATTHEW
               No ma!

                           ERIN
               No, no, no..mommy has to stay. Be 
               good.

     She gives each child a quick peck on the cheek, including 
     George. She runs back to Donna and the Middle Aged Man.

     George is fuming. The kids are clearly disappointed.

                           GEORGE
               Come on kids..let's go get some ice- 
               cream.

     In the stroller, Beth starts to whine.  George reaches in 
     his pocket, finds her pacifier.  As he's leaning down to 
     give it to her, he hears a RUMBLE coming down the street 
     beyond the barbecue area.  The roar grows.  He stands, looks.

     A GROUP OF ABOUT TEN BIKERS ride by like thunder. He looks 
     at them, then at the stroller.  George suddenly feels 
     ridiculous...and then guilty for feeling that way about the 
     kids..

     Especially when Matthew reaches for his hand, squeezes it 
     and says, as if worried George will leave too:

                           MATTHEW
               Come on, George.

     The bikers REV LOUDLY as they ride by...then, fade away.

     George just stands there and watches them go.

     LATER STILL...

     Erin and Frank are on a bench, talking.  Out of the corner 
     of her eye, she sees her car drive off.  George's hand sticks 
     out the driver's side and flips her the bird.  She watches 
     him disappear, then, hiding her rage, turns back to Frank.

                           ERIN
               I'm sorry.  What were you saying?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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125   INT. ED'S CAR - DAY                                         125   

     Ed is driving.  He glances over at Erin, fuming in the 
     passenger seat.  After a beat:

                           ED
               You wanna talk about --

                           ERIN
               No.

     Another beat.  Then Erin's cell phone rings.  She digs into 
     her bag, pulling it out as fast as she can.  Answers.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Yeah?

     There's a pause.  Then Mike Ambrosino's voice comes over the 
     line, very strained:

                           MIKE AMBROSINO (O.S.)
               Um, Erin?  This is Mike.  Ambrosino.

126   EXT. AMBROSINOS' HOUSE - FOYER - DAY                        126   

     The curtains are drawn; everything is dark.  Ed and Erin are 
     at the door, talking to Mike, who looks drawn and tired.

                           MIKE
               She was about to take a handful of 
               these --

     He shows them a bottle of prescription pills.

                           MIKE (CONT'D)
               It's a morphine thing -- for pain --

     Erin nods, then leaves Ed with Mike and heads toward:

127   INT. AMBROSINOS' HOUSE - BEDROOM - DAY                      127   

     Erin opens the door.  Very dark, very quiet.  Laura is lying 
     in bed.  Erin goes over to her.  They speak in whispers.

                           LAURA
               I'm embarrassed.

                           ERIN
               That's okay.  I understand.

                           LAURA
               It's just -- the pain.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           LAURA (CONT'D)
               It's only getting worse.  I can't be 
               a good wife.  I can't be a good 
               mother.

                           ERIN
               I'm real sorry, Laura.

     Erin sits down on the chair next to the bed.  Takes a beat.

                           LAURA
               Know what I always thought I wanted 
               outta life, Erin?  A Jaguar.

                           ERIN
               Jaguar's a darn pretty car.

                           LAURA
               I thought if I could spend that kinda 
               money on a car, it'd mean everything 
               else was fine.
                    (beat)
               I don't even know how much they cost.

                           ERIN
               A lot.  But you hang in there, maybe 
               you'll get one.

     Laura shakes her head.

                           LAURA
               Wouldn't mean the same thing.

     Erin watches her sadly.

128   INT. ED'S CAR - NIGHT                                       128   

     Ed is driving. Erin is asleep in the front seat. Ed casually 
     glances over to her and notices her nose is bleeding.

                           ED
               Erin...Erin!

     She wakes up.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               You have a nosebleed.

     Erin checks the mirror. Not making the connection, she reacts 
     very casually.

                           ERIN
               Shit. You have a tissue.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 88
     2-18-01                                                     


     He motions to the glove compartment. She gets one.

129   INT. PG&E COMPRESSOR STATION - DAY                          129   

     A LOUD, industrial plant.  Erin and Frank Melendez walk 
     through, him in coveralls, her in a teensy sun dress.  Both 
     in hard-hats.  He's giving her a tour.

130   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - NIGHT                                130   

     His office is all about Hinkley.  A map of the plume area 
     and a diagram of the plant cover one wall; photos of the 
     plant cover the credenza; piles of documents litter every 
     surface.

     Erin is up at the map, eating Chinese food.

                           ERIN
               They used the hex chrom here, in 
               these cooling tanks, as an anti-
               corrosive.

     Then they dumped the excess water here, in these six ponds.

                           ED
               I don't remember seeing any ponds up 
               there.

     She bites into a forkful of food, keeps talking.

                           ERIN
               They covered 'em over.  And not too 
               carefully either, 'cause you dig one 
               inch under the surface, and the dirt 
               is green as a fucking shamrock.

                           ED
               And that's what caused the 
               contamination?

                           ERIN
               It didn't help, but no.  The real 
               problem's on the bottom.

     She reaches for a document, reads from it.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               See, according to this, they were
               supposed to line the ponds so this 
               shit couldn't seep into the ground.  
               But guess what --

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 89
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               They skipped that step.

                           ERIN
               So for fourteen years, this stuff 
               flowed into the groundwater.

                           ED
               Jesus...And this guy just offered 
               all this information?

                           ERIN
               Frank cares what was in those ponds
               'cause he used to spend half his day 
               wading around them.  That was his 
               job.

                           ED
               No shit.
                    (then)
               You've done great work, Erin.

     Erin is taken by surprise by the compliment.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               Great work. I don't think three 
               researchers could have done what 
               you've done.

     Erin is at a loss. She responds with a joke.

                           ERIN
               Well..stick with me...I'll have you 
               swimming in Armani.

     Ed smiles but not enough. Erin notices.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               What's the matter?

     Ed looks at her with an uncharacteristic vulnerability.

                           ED
               I don't know if we can pull this 
               off.

     Erin knows how difficult that was for him to say...and she's 
     touched he felt he could say it to her.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               This is a monster case.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 90
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED (CONT'D)
               I have devoted all our time and 
               manpower to it and money going's out 
               and nothing's coming in. I'm going 
               to have take a second mortgage on 
               the house.

                           ERIN
               Will that be so bad?

                           ED
               No. If you explain to my wife while 
               I leave the country.
                    (beat)
               Look, I have to tell you, I've been 
               making inquiries with other firms. 
               Bigger firms to share some of the 
               cost. They all said no. They say we 
               don't have it.

                           ERIN
               Bullshit! We've got those P & G 
               fuckers by the balls here.

                           ED
               We've got the PG&E fuckers in Hinkley 
               by the balls.  But nobody's getting 
               rich unless we can pin this on the 
               corporate PG&E fuckers in San 
               Francisco.

                           ERIN
               What do you mean?

                           ED
               PG&E corporate is claiming they had 
               no way of knowing what was going on 
               in Hinkley.

                           ERIN
               Oh, they knew.  They had to know.

                           ED
               Show me the document that proves it.

     She doesn't have one.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               Then they didn't know.  And if they 
               didn't know, we can't hit 'em for 
               punitive damages.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 91
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED (CONT'D)
               And with punitive damages, we're 
               talking about the kind of money that 
               could actually have an effect on 
               these people's lives...

                           ERIN
                    (frustrated)
               Jesus Christ...

     She shoves her food away, knocking it over. Beat.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               So what do we do?

                           ED
               We could smoke 'em out. If they offer 
               a settlement. If they just throw 
               more paper at us.

     He sits and faces her, outlining what is to come;

                           ED (CONT'D)
               We file a complaint.  We take our 
               four hundred or so plaintiffs and 
               everything you dug up and we file a 
               cause of action and present it to a 
               judge.

                           ERIN
               Then what?

                           ED
               Then PG&E will submit a demur - a 
               list of reasons attacking each 
               complaint, claiming there is no cause 
               of action for a lawsuit. And then it 
               goes before a judge.

                           ERIN
               So then it's all up to what this one 
               judge decides?

                           ED
               Basically, yeah.

     They look at each other: Let's hope we get lucky.

131   EXT. PG&E STATION - NIGHT                                   131   

     Late, late at night.  The plant is silent.  The property 
     seems empty, until we notice Pete Irving standing alone inside 
     the gates, staring up at the station.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 92
     2-18-01                                                     


     After a beat, he picks up a rock and hurls it at the plant.

     It misses.  Not that it would do anything if it hit.  He 
     reaches for another, throws it.  Then another, and another.

     He hurls rock after rock at the gigantic plant.  Then, 
     overwhelmed by his impotence, he lets out a TERRIFYING YELL.

132   INT. IRVINGS' HOUSE - DONNA'S BEDROOM - DAY                 132   

     Donna's sitting quietly in bed.  Erin is sitting on the edge 
     of the bed.

                           DONNA
               I'd got so used to having 'em come 
               up benign, I guess I just didn't 
               expect it.

     She looks down her shirt front.

                           DONNA (CONT'D)
               Sure wish I had longer to get used 
               to the idea.
                    (beat)
               You think if you got no uterus, and 
               no breasts, you're still technically 
               a woman?

                           ERIN
               Sure you are.  You're just a happier 
               woman, 'cause you don't have to deal 
               with maxi-pads and underwire.

     Donna smiles a little.  Then her face crumbles.

                           DONNA
               We're gonna get them, aren't we, 
               Erin?  You gotta promise me we're 
               gonna get them.

133   INT. BARSTOW COURTROOM - DAY                                133   

     Erin is sitting beside Ed on one side of the courtroom.

     The PG&E representatives are sitting on the other side. These 
     are the best lawyers money can buy, and their demeanor says 
     that winning isn't a goal, it's a forgone conclusion. You'd 
     much rather have them working for you than against you.

     JUDGE SIMMONS is at the bench, reviewing one last time, his 
     decision and the documents. Finally, he looks up;

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 93
     2-18-01                                                     


                           JUDGE SIMMONS
               All right.

     Everyone pays attention.

                           JUDGE SIMMONS (CONT'D)
               I have before me a cause of action 
               on behalf of the residents of Hinkley 
               California who wish to file a lawsuit 
               against Pacific Gas and Electric for 
               damages, medical expenses, personal 
               trauma due to the contamination of 
               the groundwater in their area by 
               said defendant. And I have here, a 
               list of 84 demurs, submitted by the 
               representatives of Pacific Gas and 
               Electric, each one attacking and 
               thereby rejecting the validity of 
               these complaints. I have reviewed 
               all the information carefully. I am 
               ready to give my decision. Before I 
               do, is there anything anyone wants 
               to say?

     Ed grabs Erin's hand under the table, preventing her from 
     making a move. Erin submits.

                           ED
               No, your honor.

                           PG&E LAWYER
               No, your honor.

                           JUDGE SIMMONS
               Very well...In the case of the 
               claimants of Hinkley California vs. 
               Pacific Gas and Electric, it is the 
               judgement of this court that each of 
               the 84 demurs submitted by Pacific 
               Gas and Electric be dismissed and 
               the cause of action against Pacific 
               Gas and Electric be upheld...

     Erin can hardly maintain her excitement. Ed squeezes her 
     hand harder. The PG&E people look sick.

                           JUDGE SIMMONS (CONT'D)
               ...On a more personal note, as a 
               resident here in Barstow, which is 
               not far from Hinkley, I am...appalled 
               that, not only was Hexavalent Chromium 
               used, but your clients actually sent
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 94
     2-18-01                                                     


                           JUDGE SIMMONS (CONT'D)
               these residents pamphlets telling 
               them it was good for them.

     PG&E remain silent. The Judge stares at them, ending simply;

                           JUDGE SIMMONS (CONT'D)
               Tell your clients they're going to 
               trial.

     ERIN WHISPERS TO ED;

                           ERIN
               Think we'll hear from them now?

                           ED
               Oh, I believe so..

     The PG&E reps slam the briefcases shut and exit.

134   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - RECEPTION AREA - DAY                 134   

     Talk about moving up the food chain.  MS. SANCHEZ, MR.  
     WEBSTER, MR. BUDA, and MR. COOPER mill slowly about the 
     reception area like sharks.  They all ooze importance.

135   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - OUTSIDE OF ED'S OFFICE - DAY         135   

     Erin, Ed and Brenda are staring out at them.

                           ERIN
               Jesus.  They look like the Secret 
               Service.

                           ED
               Intimidation. Let the games begin.
                    (then, to Brenda)
               Tell them to wait in the conference 
               room.

136   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                136   

     Sanchez, Webster, Buda, and Cooper are seated.

     The door opens and Ed enters, legal pad under his arm.

     Followed by Erin, legal pad under her arm.  Followed by Anna 
     (looking professional in Brenda's suit coat), legal pad under 
     her arm.  Followed by Donald (in a suit produced from who 
     knows where), legal pad under his arm.  If you didn't know 
     better, you'd assume it was a team of lawyers as well.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 95
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               Counselors --

                           MR. SANCHEZ
               Counselors.

     Ed and Erin sit down and get to work.  Mario and Anna, clearly 
     told to just follow along, sit down a moment later.

137   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - CONFERENCE ROOM - LATER              137   

     Mario and Anna are sitting mutely in their seats beside Ed 
     and Erin, firing blank looks across the table.

                           SANCHEZ
               ...Let's be honest here.  Twenty 
               million dollars is more money than 
               these people have ever dreamed of.

     Erin has no patience for this today.

                           ERIN
               Oh, see, now that pisses me off.  
               First of all -- since the demur, we 
               now have more than four hundred 
               plaintiffs...and
                    (mocking her)
               "let's be honest", we all know there's 
               more out there. Now, they may not be 
               the most sophisticated people, but 
               they do know how to divide, and twenty 
               million dollars isn't shit when it's 
               split between them.

     Donald and Anna exchange a look.  This is getting interesting.

                           ED
               Erin --

     But there's no stopping her.

                           ERIN
               And second of all -- these people 
               don't dream about being rich.  They 
               dream about being able to watch their 
               kids swim in a pool without worrying 
               they'll have to have a hysterectomy 
               at age 20, like Rosa Diaz -- a client 
               of ours -- or have their spine 
               deteriorate like Stan Bloom.  Another 
               client of ours.

     Ed sits now with a light smile, content to let Erin continue.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 96
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               So before you come back here with 
               another lame-ass offer, I want you 
               to think real hard about what your 
               spine is worth, Mr. Buda -- or what 
               you'd expect someone to pay you for 
               your uterus, Miss Sanchez -- then 
               you take out your calculator and 
               multiply that number by a hundred.  
               Anything less than that is a waste 
               of our time.

     Sanchez, throughout her speech, has been reacting in a 
     patronizing manner - as if Erin's words were of no import.  
     By the end of Erin's speech, Sanchez has picked up a glass 
     of water in front of her and is about to drink, when Erin 
     says:

                           SANCHEZ
               I think this meeting is over.

                           ERIN
               Damn right it is.

     Erin gets up and storms out first. We see on Anna's face, 
     the first signs of respect for Erin.

138   EXT. ERIN'S HOUSE - FRONT STOOP - NIGHT                     138   

     George is sitting alone on the stoop, drinking a beer.  Music 
     is coming from his house next door.  He stares out into the 
     street with a lot on his mind.

     He sees Erin's car driving down the street, on her way home.

     He rises and enters the house.

139   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - ERIN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                  139   

     George is sitting on the bed when Erin enters.

                           ERIN
               Jesus, George, the kitchen's a 
               hellhole.  What, did you let the 
               kids make dinner themselves?

     He doesn't answer.  Doesn't move.  She notices this.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               What's going on?  What are you doing?

                           GEORGE
               Thinking.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 97
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               About what?

     He's very calm.  He holds out a small jewelry box.

                           GEORGE
               About this.

                           ERIN
               What's that?

                           GEORGE
               It's a pair of earrings.  I saw 'em 
               in the mall one day, and I thought 
               damn, those would look good on those 
               beautiful ears.  So I bought 'em.  
               And I said to myself, next time Erin 
               says something nice, does something 
               nice, I'll surprise her with 'em.
                    (beat)
               Know how long ago that was?  Six 
               months.

                           ERIN
               I'm sorry.  I'm just working so hard --

                           GEORGE
                    (stands)
               And what I'm thinking is, you oughta 
               either find a different job or a 
               different boyfriend.  'Cause there 
               may be men who don't mind being the 
               maid and getting nothing in return, 
               but I'm sure as shit ain't one of 
               'em.

                           ERIN
               I can't leave my job, George.

                           GEORGE
               Yeah, you can.  You could just quit.

     People do it all the time.

                           ERIN
               How can you ask me to do that? This 
               job --

     For the first time in my life, I got people respecting me.  
     Up in Hinkley, I walk into a room and everyone shuts up just 
     to hear what I got to say.  I never had that.  Ever.  Don't 
     ask me to give it up.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 98
     2-18-01                                                     


                           GEORGE
               And what about what your kids are 
               giving up?

                           ERIN
               Look, I'm doing a lot better for 
               those kids than I did living with my 
               parents. One day they'll understand 
               that

                           GEORGE
               And what about me?

                           ERIN
               What about you? You think either one 
               of the men who gave me those children 
               asked what I wanted before they walked 
               away?!  All I've ever done is bend 
               my life around what men decide they 
               need! Well not now.  I'm sorry. I 
               won't do it.

                           GEORGE
               I'm not them. What more do I have to 
               do to prove that?

     For a moment, Erin is stymied...then, softly;

                           ERIN
               Stay.

     He lowers his head, then stands, to leave.  He too speaks 
     gently;

                           GEORGE
               What for? You got a raise. You can 
               afford day care......You don't need 
               me.

     Erin feels caught between two truths - what she feels for 
     George..and what she feels for her new life.

     George walks to her, kisses her on the cheek and holds her 
     hands...Then exits..

     Erin looks in her hands - where George has placed the velvet 
     jewelry box of earrings...

140   INT. ERIN'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                                 140   

     Erin is at her window, looking out at the street below.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                             p. 99
     2-18-01                                                     


     George is carrying a duffel bag of his things to his house 
     next door. She watches as he opens his front door, enters 
     and closes it behind him.

141   INT. HYUNDAI - DAY                                          141   

     Erin is driving, looking weary.  Her kids are in the car, no 
     one is speaking.  An angry Matthew sits sullenly looking out 
     the window. Beth is asleep.  Matthew suddenly shuts off the 
     radio.

     Erin drives, bothered by his actions but consumed with her 
     own thoughts...The family feels divided..each own their own 
     world.

142   EXT. PAMELA DUNCAN'S HOUSE - DAY                            142   

     Pamela, smoking a cigarette, opens the front door to find

     Erin there, with her kids, holding a box of cake. Pamela 
     raises her eyebrow.

143   INT. PAMELA DUNCAN'S HOUSE - DAY                            143   

144   THE KIDS ARE SEEN THROUGH THE WINDOW, PLAYING OUTSIDE -     144   

     Matthew, reluctantly.

     Pamela and Erin are finishing coffee, cake, stories..

                           ERIN
               ...oh, he was a piece of work...

                           PAMELA
               Him too?

                           ERIN
               I don't know, there's something about
               losers with great asses..I don't 
               know-
                    (Pamela laughs)
               I had to have him thrown in jail six 
               times for no child support. When he 
               had the kids, he used to tell them 
               to call me Erin Brockoshit..

                           PAMELA
                    (Pamela laughs)
               You sure can pick'em. I've been lucky 
               in that area, at least. Ken is..he's 
               good man.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 100
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                           ERIN
                    (smiles, sips coffee))
               Well, that's half the battle, right 
               there.  

                           PAMELA
               Yeah. Yeah, it is...
                    (beat)
               I...I know what you want and I 
               appreciate your-

                           ERIN
               We can get them, Pamela. We can.

                           PAMELA
               I wish I believed that. But this has 
               been going on for so long. Maybe in 
               the beginning, when I was angry. 
               When I first found out. But then, ya 
               know, ya have find a way to live 
               everyday, to get up, to take care of 
               what you have to take care of so 
               you...you find a way to push it down, 
               make it go away, ya know. I don't 
               want to feel it all over again and 
               then...not have it come out right. I 
               don't know if I could handle that. 
               Put my kids through that.

                           ERIN
               You're still angry, Pamela.
                    (Pamela listens)
               And you don't think your kids know 
               that.  They know more than you think, 
               believe me. See, the thing is... it 
               doesn't matter if you win lose or 
               draw here. You were lied to. You're 
               sick, your kids are sick because of 
               those lies. If for no other reason, 
               you all have to come together to 
               stand up in a courtroom and say that - 
               to be heard - and you will. To stand 
               up and say, this wasn't right.  
               There's no way anybody can twist 
               this into something right. And it 
               can't happen again.

     Pamela listens but Erin doesn't know whether she's getting 
     through to her. Pamela exits, saying;

                           PAMELA
               I'll get some more coffee.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 101
     2-18-01                                                     


     Erin sinks. She thinks she's not getting through. When Pamela 
     re-enters, she's carrying a coffee pot and A TAPE. Erin is 
     confused. Pamela puts the pot down and crosses to the 
     television. She pops in the tape and turns it on.

     ON THE MONITOR, is a home video of a house being burned.

                           PAMELA (CONT'D)
               That was the Torriyo's house. It was 
               across the street.

                           ERIN
               It burned?

                           PAMELA
               They burned it.

                           ERIN
               Who?

                           PAMELA
               The Fire Department. They said it 
               was a practise run. They said the 
               Torriyo's had sold to PG&E and since 
               it vacant they were told they could 
               burn it.

                           ERIN
               Who had told them that?

                           PAMELA
               They never said.

     Erin watches the tape, then looks to Pamela, watching the 
     tape as she must have a hundred times before.

                           PAMELA (CONT'D)
               I'd bring the kids into the hospital 
               with towels soaked from their 
               nosebleeds. Ya know the hospital 
               did? They called county services 
               because they assumed the kids were 
               being abused.

     Erin has her.

145   EXT. MASRY & VITITOE PARKING LOT - DAY                      145   

     The Hyundai pulls into the lot. We hear voices from within 
     the car, arguing;

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 102
     2-18-01                                                     


146   INT. HYUNDAI - DAY                                          146   

     Erin is with her kids. She and Matthew are fighting;

     MATTHEW                         ERIN

     ...why everything has to be     ..all I'm saying is, we'll 
     such a big deal. All I want     see. I can't talk about this 
     to do is play roller hockey.    now. I don't care what other 
     Other moms give permission.     moms do-

                           MATTHEW
                    (annoyed)
               ..So when!? When can I get a friggin 
               answer!?

                           ERIN
               Don't talk to me like that!

                           MATTHEW
               Randy's mom said yes right away!!

                           ERIN
                    (snapping)
               Well, goddamn it, Matthew -- Randy's 
               mom doesn't work and Randy's dad 
               didn't leave her, so figuring out 
               who's gonna drive who to roller hockey 
               every other week is a little easier 
               over at Randy's house.  Now get out 
               of the car!

     She exits, then gets the baby.

147   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - WAITING ROOM - DAY                   147   

     Erin carries Beth, followed by Matthew and Katie. She sits 
     the two older children down.

                           ERIN
               Wait here. Watch your sisters.

     Matthew ignores her..

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Matthew..

                           MATTHEW
                    (snaps at her)
               ALRIGHT! FINE!

     The receptionist looks up. Erin decides not to respond. She 
     enters the main room.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 103
     2-18-01                                                     


148   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - MAIN ROOM - DAY                      148   

     Business as usual.  Erin comes in, goes straight to her desk.

149   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ERIN'S DESK - DAY                    149   

     Erin flips through her "in" box, looking for something in 
     particular.  Doesn't find it.  Grrr.  She heads off to:

150   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - JANE'S OFFICE - DAY                  150   

     Jane is at her desk when Erin comes in.

                           ERIN
               Where's my paycheck?

                           JANE
               Have you been logging on?

                           ERIN
               What?

                           JANE
               I moved payroll onto the computer.  
               It only knows to process paychecks 
               for employees who log on in the 
               morning and off at night.

                           ERIN
                    (seething)
               Now how'm I supposed to do that when 
               I'm not in here most mornings and 
               nights? I still haven't found a new 
               baby-sitter-

                           JANE
               You're clever.  I'm sure you'll think 
               of something.

     Erin glares at her...She leans in, but speaks so other can 
     hear

                           ERIN
               Ya know..Jane...My grandmother used 
               to have a saying about people who 
               were beautiful and people who were 
               ugly. And it had nothing to do with 
               how they looked. She used to say 
               "People get the faces they deserve!"

     She then turns and storms out of Jane's office.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 104
     2-18-01                                                     


     As she passes by the CONFERENCE ROOM, she sees; Ed shaking 
     hands and taking a check from a snazzy lawyer type.  
     Suspicious, she enters;

151   INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                                  151   

     Ed sees Erin and makes introductions;

                           ED
               Erin! I was just talking about you. 
               I want you to meet our new partner.  
               Kurt Potter. He'll be handling Hinkley 
               now.

                           ERIN
               What?

                           POTTER
                    (to Ed)
               Now I know what you meant by a secret 
               weapon.
                    (to Erin)
               Nice to meet you. Great work.
                    (to Ed)
               See you tomorrow.

     He blows out of the room. Erin glares at Ed.

                           ED
               What?

                           ERIN
               Our new partner? You fuck! When was 
               I gonna find out - in the monthly 
               newsletter?

                           ED
               Hey..just listen. Did I ever tell 
               you about the airline case I had?

                           ERIN
               Airline case!? What the fuck are you 
               talking about?

                           ED
                    (patient)
               A few years back I was trying this 
               airline case and I got my ass kicked 
               by this guy - he just smothered me 
               in paper. Brutal. This guy was the 
               toughest motherfucker I'd ever been 
               up against.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ED (CONT'D)
               And it was Kurt Potter. When we got 
               the PG&E decision from the judge, I 
               called him and asked him to partner. 
               He didn't hesitate.

                           ERIN
               Well of course NOW he wouldn't 
               hesitate.

     We did all the fucking work. Where was he before?

                           ED
               Doesn't matter..Erin, listen to me - 
               it doesn't matter. You want to win 
               this?
                    (hands her the check.)
               He just gave me that. It covers all 
               our expenses to date. The whole thing. 
               He's got more toxic tort experience 
               than anyone in the state. This is 
               good news.

     Erin rises, still not happy about it - feeling like she's 
     being pushed out.  She drops the check on the table and exits, 
     stopping by the door to say, as if without any importance;

                           ERIN
               By the way...I got Pamela Duncan.

     She exits before Ed can say "Great - good work!"

152   INT. ERIN'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT                         152   

     Erin is standing at the sink, visibly exhausted, trying to 
     do the dinner dishes with one arm and comfort Beth, who's 
     CRYING, with the other.  Matthew comes in and runs into his 
     room, slamming the door.

     Erin hears a motorcycle revving up. She walks to the front 
     door and looks out to see:

     GEORGE riding away. At the same time, A MESSENGER is walking 
     up her front walk. Erin opens the door as he approaches;

                           MESSENGER
               Erin Brockovich?

                           ERIN
               Yeah?

                           MESSENGER
               Package from Masry & Vititoe.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 106
     2-18-01                                                     


     He hands her a manila envelope.  She signs for the package, 
     then tears into it as the Messenger heads away.

     A CHECK and a SET OF KEYS fall out.  She looks at the check.

     It's made out for $5,000.  A note attached reads "HIRE A 
     NANNY. LOOK OUTSIDE. AND CHEER THE FUCK UP!- ED."

     Erin looks up and sees A BRAND NEW CHEVY BLAZER parked on 
     the curb.  She looks at the keys in her hand.  Chevy keys.

153   INT. ERIN'S NEW CAR - DAY                                   153   

     It's raining.  They're driving through the tall buildings of 
     Century City.  Ed is full of nervous excitement.

                           ED
                    (points to a building)
               That's it.  The big one.  They've 
               got the top three floors.

154   INT. POTTER, HUGHES & ROSEWOOD - RECEPTION - DAY            154   

     It feels more like the lobby of a five-star hotel than an 
     office.  Erin and Ed step off the elevator.  Erin gawks.

                           ERIN
               Holy shit.  Who do they represent, 
               God?

                           ED
               It's probably their only pro-bono 
               client.  Look, do me a favor 
               Erin...behave yourself. All right?

     Erin shrugs "sure". Ed crosses to the receptionist.

                           ERIN
               Ed Masry to see Kurt Potter.

     Erin's miffed Ed didn't announce her as well..so, as Ed turns 
     to check his reflection, a YOUNG LAWYER comes through the 
     reception area.  Erin watches him pass, then, calls out to 
     him.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               'Scuse me, sir, you got a real nice 
               ass, you know that?

     The lawyer double-takes on her, then retreats into the office.  
     Erin turns to Ed, smiles.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Oh, I'm sorry.  Was that not what 
               you meant by behaving myself?

155   INT. POTTER, HUGHES & ROSEWOOD - RECEPTION - DAY            155   

     THERESA DELLAVALLE, 38, junior partner, comes out to greet 
     them.  She's everything Erin isn't: conservative, restrained, 
     unemotional.  And about as sexy as a station wagon.

                           THERESA
               Ed.  Good to see you again.

                           ED
               Theresa, hey -- this is Erin 
               Brockovich.

156   INT. POTTER, HUGHES & ROSEWOOD - HALLWAY - DAY              156   

     Theresa leads Ed and Erin down a long hall of teak desks.

     The sound of their footfalls is swallowed up by the plush 
     carpeting.  Occasional ATTORNEYS and PARALEGALS glance at 
     Erin.  She feels their stares.

157   INT. POTTER, HUGHES & ROSEWOOD - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY      157   

     Potter, Ed, Erin, Theresa and a few PARALEGALS are sitting 
     around the table.  As the conversation ping-pongs between Ed 
     and Potter, Potter completely ignores Erin.

                           POTTER
               ...PG&E have requested we go to 
               binding arbitration...

                           ERIN
               What's that?

     Everyone is surprised by her honest lack of knowledge. She 
     doesn't give a shit.

                           POTTER
               PG&E have proposed that they are 
               liable from anywhere between fifty 
               million and four hundred 
               million...Now, to determine exactly 
               what amount they will give, we go 
               before a judge...not a jury. They 
               call it a test trial. You have..how 
               many plaintiffs now?

                           ED
               634. 

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           POTTER
               Well, they won't try that many at 
               once so we get them in groups of 
               twenty to thirty, the worst cases - 
               the ones who are clearly the sickest, 
               most life threatened - in the first 
               group and so on..and each gets go 
               before the judge to determine damages. 
               If we went to trial, PG&E could 
               stretch this over ten years, with 
               appeal aft-...

                           ERIN
               So it's not like a real trial?

                           ED
               Yes, it is..It's-

                           ERIN
               But these people are expecting a 
               trial.  That's what we told them. 
               They won't understand this.

                           POTTER
               I promise you, we'll be very sensitive 
               in proposing this. We'll make sure 
               they understand it's the only way to 
               go forward now. But we have a lot of 
               work to do before we even broach the 
               subject.

     Theresa sees impatience brewing, tries to intercede.

                           THERESA
               You know what? Why don't I take Erin 
               down the hall, so we can start on 
               this stuff and I'll fill her in on 
               the rest..

                           ERIN
               Hey -- those are my files --

                           THERESA
               Yeah, we had them couriered over.  
               And listen, good work.  They're a 
               great start.  We're just going to 
               have to spend a little time filling 
               in the holes in your research.

     Okay, these people are starting to piss her off.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 109
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                           ERIN
               Excuse me - Theresa, was it?  There 
               are no holes in my research.

                           THERESA
               No offense.  There are just some 
               things we need that you probably 
               didn't know to ask.

                           ERIN
               Don't talk to me like I'm an idiot, 
               okay?

     I may not have a law degree, but I've spent 18 months on 
     this case, and I know more about those plaintiffs than you 
     ever will.

                           THERESA
               Erin.  You don't even have phone 
               numbers for some of them.

                           ERIN
               Whose number do you need?

                           THERESA
               Everyone's.  This is a lawsuit.  We 
               need to be able to contact the 
               plaintiffs.

                           ERIN
               I said, whose number do you need?

                           THERESA
               You don't know six hundreds 
               plaintiffs' numbers by heart.

     Erin just stares at her.  Theresa sighs, reluctantly glances 
     down at a file.

                           THERESA (CONT'D)
               Annabelle Daniels.

                           ERIN
               Annabelle Daniels.  714-454-9346.

     As Theresa starts to write it down?

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               10 years old, 11 in May.  Lived on 
               the plume since birth.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 110
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                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Wanted to be a synchronized swimmer, 
               so she spent every minute she could 
               in the PG&E pool.  She had a tumor 
               in her brain stem detected last 
               November, had an operation on 
               Thanksgiving, shrunk it with radiation 
               after that.  Her parents are Rita 
               and Ted.  Ted's got Chron's disease, 
               and Rita has chronic headaches and 
               nausea and underwent a hysterectomy 
               last fall.  Ted grew up in Hinkley.  
               His brother Robbie and his wife May 
               and their five kids, Robbie, Jr., 
               Martha, Ed, Rose, and Peter lived on 
               the plume too.  Their number's 454-
               9445.  You want their diseases?

     Beat.  Erin glares at Theresa, indignant.

                           THERESA
               Okay, look -- I think we got off on 
               the wrong foot here --

                           ERIN
               That's all you got, lady.  Two wrong 
               feet.  In fucking ugly shoes.

158   INT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT                                    158   

     It's still raining.  Erin is following Ed to the car.  He's 
     furious.

                           ERIN
               She insulted me!

                           ED
               Bullshit.  It was a misunderstanding.
               But instead of handling it politely, 
               instead of treating her with respect --

                           ERIN
               Why the fuck should I respect her?

     Ed stops in his tracks, furious.  He glares at her.

                           ED
               Look! Just because she's not 
               supporting three kids with no husband 
               and no education, doesn't make her 
               an idiot!
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 111
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                           ED (CONT'D)
               Just because she dresses like a 
               lawyer, doesn't mean she didn't work 
               her ass off in law school and shit 
               positions to earn her way.

                           ERIN
               Well excuse me for not going to law 
               school.

                           ED
               Law school! At this point, I'd settle 
               for fucking charm school!

     On that, he gets in his car, slams the door, and drives off, 
     leaving her standing alone in the pouring rain.

                           ERIN
               HEY! You're my ride!!

159   EXT. LINWOOD'S DAIRY - DAY                                  159   

     Bob Linwood is in his barn, mucking it out.  Theresa is at 
     the edge of the property, trying unsuccessfully to get his 
     attention by yelling and waving her arms.  In her expensive 
     shoes, she's stopped short of the cow patty minefield.

160   INT. POTTER, HUGHES & ROSEWOOD - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY      160   

     CLOSE ON A CLIENT FILE as a hand fills in a phone number.

     WIDEN TO SEE Erin seated with a PARALEGAL, rattling off facts 
     and numbers from memory.  She's seized by a COUGHING FIT.

161   EXT. LINWOOD DAIRY - DAY                                    161   

     Theresa still hasn't gotten Linwood's attention.  Finally, 
     rather than ruin her shoes, she picks up a stone and tosses 
     it at the barn.  It hits the window and BREAKS IT.

162   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - ERIN AND BRENDA'S DESKS - DAY        162   

     Erin's desk is empty: no Erin, no files, nothing.  Ed comes 
     out of his office and hands Brenda a STACK OF DOCUMENTS.

     CLOSE ON THE FAX LED

     Brenda types in the number.  The recipient's I.D. comes up 
     again, only this time it says: POTTER, HUGHES, ROSEWOOD.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 112
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163   INT. POTTER, HUGHES, ROSEWOOD, HALLWAY - ANOTHER DAY        163   

     A SECRETARY carries the documents to Potter's office.  On 
     the way, she passes THE CONFERENCE ROOM.  Inside, Erin is 
     still dictating to the PARALEGAL.  She's shivery with fever 
     now.

     The floor around her is littered with tissues.

164   INT. DANIELS' HOUSE - DAY                                   164   

     Theresa is talking to Rita and Ted Daniels.  Annabelle is 
     curled up on the sofa, wrapped up in a blanket.  Rita and 
     Ted notice that Theresa doesn't even look at Annabelle.

165   INT. ERIN'S APARTMENT - KITCHEN - DAY                       165   

     Erin is lying in bed, home sick, talking on the phone.  She's 
     talking over the noise of TANIA, her 20-something Eastern 
     European nanny, vacuuming the hall.

                           ERIN
               I know she isn't real warm, but they 
               say she's a real good lawyer...

     INTERCUT WITH:

166   INT. DANIELS' HOUSE - DAY                                   166   

     Ted Daniels is on the phone.  Rita is next to him.

                           TED
               She asking the same questions you 
               asked.  We already told you 
               everything. I don't want her coming 
               to the house again.  She's kinda 
               stuck-up, and she upsets Annabelle.

                           ERIN
               If you don't like Theresa, you don't 
               have to work with her.  Me and Ed 
               are still here for you.

                           TED
               I called Ed two days ago, Erin, and 
               he still hasn't called me back. Now, 
               I hate to say this, but everyone's 
               pretty upset about that arbitration 
               thing...

                           ERIN
                    (stunned)
               WHAT?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 113
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                           TED
               I mean, Pamela's written a letter in 
               the Hinkley news telling everybody 
               to get new lawyers..that we've been 
               lied to.

     Erin is breathless with rage.

167   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - BRENDA'S DESK - DAY                  167   

     The phone rings.  Brenda picks up.

                           BRENDA
               Ed Masry's office...Sorry, he can't 
               be interrupted.

     INTERCUT WITH Erin at home, still in bed, so irritated.

                           ERIN
               Don't be a pain in my ass today Brenda 
               or I'll put my fucking fist through 
               the phone! Just put him on.

                           BRENDA
                    (with finality)
               I said, he can't be interrupted.

     Erin hangs up.  Then, with a groan, she pulls her weary body 
     out of bed.

168   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - RECEPTION - DAY                      168   

     Erin drags herself into the office.

                           ROSALIND
               Hey, Erin, I thought you were taking 
               a sick day.

                           ERIN
               So did I.

     She heads toward Ed's office, but stops when she sees a 
     meeting in progress in the conference room.  Ed is on the 
     side of the table facing her, flanked by Potter and Theresa.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               What's going on in there?

                           ROSALIND
               Meeting about the PG&E thing.

                           ERIN
               PG& -- Are you sure?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 114
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ROSALIND
               Yup.  You look awful. You want some 
               tea?

     Erin feels this like a sock in the gut.  She stares at the 
     meeting, stunned.

169   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY                169   

     Ed and Theresa are listening to Potter;

                           CORBIN
               ...I'm not saying it's not a strong 
               case.  Certainly having every demur 
               dismissed is a good sign.  What I am 
               saying is that, if we could get hold 
               of any PG&E documentation prior to 
               1987, officially acknowledging that 
               they know "something" might be wrong 
               with the water, I'd feel a lot better 
               about this statute of limi-

     Ed looks beyond Potter to see...

     Erin staring at him from the other side of the glass wall, 
     her face cold with hurt and anger.

                           ED
               Could I -- just take a brief break 
               here for a moment?  I'll be right 
               back.

     HE GETS UP AND GOES OUT INTO:

170   INT. MASRY & VITITOE - MAIN ROOM - DAY                      170   

     Ed comes out.  Erin's so angry she can barely breathe.

                           ERIN
               If you tell me to relax, I'm gonna 
               choke you with that fucking tie...

                           ED
               Erin, it's just a meeting. Look, you 
               said you weren't feeling great.  I 
               thought you should rest.

                           ERIN
               Bullshit.  You'd drag me off my 
               deathbed if it suited you.
                    (weakened)
               How dare you take this away from me.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 115
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               No one's taking anything, will you 
               let me-

                           ERIN
               Bullshit.  You stuck me in Siberia 
               dictating to some goddamn steno clerk 
               so you could finish this thing without 
               me.

                           ED
               Erin, they fucked up!
                    (Erin shuts-up)
               Do I have your attention now? They 
               fucked up and they admit it.

     Beat.

                           ERIN
               The arbitration lette-...

                           ED
               They sent a fucking letter to these 
               people explaining something they 
               wouldn't be able to explain in person 
               with diagrams and a floor show.

                           ERIN
               I know. I spoke to Ted. Pamela 
               wouldn't even come to the phone.

                           ED
               Pamela's got them all seeing red 
               with that letter she wrote to the 
               press. She called us thieves. This 
               is about to all fall apart Erin.

                           ERIN
               Why?

                           ED
               Because in order to even go to 
               arbitration - we have to get the 
               plaintiffs to agree...

                           ERIN
               How many?

                           ED
               Usually you can only manage to get 
               about 70 percent. PG&E are demanding 
               we get ninety. In other words,
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ED (CONT'D)
               everybody.  This is serious now Erin. 
               Do you understand?

                           ERIN
               And, what Ed, I'm not serious?

                           ED
               You're emotional.  You're erratic.  
               You say any goddamn thing that comes 
               into your head. You make this 
               personal, and it isn't --

                           ERIN
               Not personal?  That's my work in 
               there.  My sweat, my time...  If 
               that's not personal, I don't know 
               what is.

     She starts to COUGH and CRUMBLE, but fights it.

                           ED
               Now go home. Get well.  Because you're 
               no good to me sick.
                    (then, admits)
               I need you. All right? This case 
               needs you.

     Beat. Then Erin asks him, referring to Potter and Theresa:

                           ERIN
               Did you tell them that?

     Clearly, Ed has not. Erin smiles, shakes her head as she 
     reaches into her bag.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Ya know Ed...after busting my ass, 
               if you think that this
                    (pulls out cell phone)
               and that car is all I'm looking for, 
               is all the respect somebody like me 
               needs to be shown, like a bone you 
               throw somebody who doesn't know the 
               difference--
                    (she can't even finish)
               How can people with every degree on 
               every wall be so fucking stupid.

     She puts the cell phone down, then stares through the glass 
     wall of the conference room at Potter and Theresa, who are 
     witnessing the scene from inside the room. She doesn't bother 
     to admonish them - she's feeling too shitty. She goes home.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 117
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               Erin...Erin...I'll-..

     Erin ignores him as she exits..Ed looks angry as well. He 
     doesn't like the scenes she creates. He returns to the 
     conference room.

171   EXT. MASRY & VITITOE - PARKING LOT - DAY                    171   

     Erin gets to her car.  As she opens the door, the ALARM 
     SOUNDS.  She fumbles with her keychain, trying to turn it 
     off, but she's too sick and upset to figure it out.  With 
     the siren still blaring, she kicks at the car in rage.

     A wave of dizziness comes over her. She holds her head. Her 
     breathing grows heavy. She grabs hold of the car for 
     balance..as she slowly loses consciousness and passes out.

172   INT. HOSPITAL EMERGENCY ROOM - NIGHT                        172   

     A busy Southland ER.  George bursts through the doors with 
     Katie, Matthew and Beth in tow.  He goes up to the desk.

                           GEORGE
               I'm looking for Erin Brockovich.

173   INT. ER WAITING AREA - DAY                                  173   

     The kids are waiting.  George is talking to a DOCTOR.

                           GEORGE
               Meningitis?  What the hell is 
               meningitis?

                           DOCTOR
               It's an inflammation of the spinal 
               cord and part of the brain.

                           GEORGE
               Jesus.

                           DOCTOR
               It's a pretty advanced case.  I'd 
               say she's been walking around with 
               it for a few weeks now.

                           GEORGE
               How does someone get meningitis?

                           DOCTOR
               Usually, in adults, it's from exposure 
               to bacteria or a virus or...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     During Doctor's lines, George knows how she got it.

174   INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE ERIN'S HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY             174   

     Matt and Katie sit on the cheap plastic chairs outside the 
     room.  Katie is holding Beth, who's sleeping.

175   INT. ERIN'S HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY                             175   

     Erin's in bed, hooked up to an IV, looking exhausted.  All 
     untouched food tray is beside her bed.  George is standing 
     across the room from her, arms crossed tight across his chest, 
     keeping his distance.

                           ERIN
               ...I swear, if I wasn't feeling so 
               shitty, I would driven that fucking 
               car right into their offices.

                           GEORGE
               That would have helped their opinion 
               of you.

                           ERIN
               Who gives shit about their opinion?  
               They would have sold out every 
               plaintiff for the first offer if I 
               wasn't there. They don't care about 
               them.

                           GEORGE
               Do you?

                           ERIN
               What? Do I care?! What the hell have 
               I been--

                           GEORGE
               You think acting that way, with these 
               lawyers - you think that's going 
               help any of these families? I mean, 
               when you get so pissed off with Ed 
               or these other suits - what are you 
               really upset about?  The families? 
               Or what everybody thinks of you?

     Erin has no reply. George's anger with her personally, makes 
     him the most honest person in the room right now...

                           ERIN
               They said I can leave tomorrow.  
               They just wanna keep an eye on me 
               another night.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           GEORGE
               Fine. The kids can stay at my place 
               till you go home. I'll drop 'em off 
               tomorrow afternoon.

     A moment of thick silence.

                           ERIN
               Thank you.

                           GEORGE
                    (giving nothing)
               Mm-hm.

     As she watches him reach for his motorcycle helmet, to leave, 
     she's hit with a wave of regret.

                           ERIN
               George....

     He pauses but she is interrupted by a KNOCK at the door as 
     Ed enters.  George looks at him. The moment's lost.

                           GEORGE
               I'll drop 'em by tomorrow.

     And Erin watches George leave the room, then turns to Ed.

                           ERIN
               If you're here to fire me, your 
               timing's lousy.

                           ED
               I'm not gonna fire you.
                    (beat)
               I wanted to.  But then you got sick, 
               and that woulda made me look like a 
               shit.
                    (serious)
               You have to stop embarrassing me in 
               front of Potter and everyone else 
               who aggravates you, Erin.

                           ERIN
               I know.  I'm sorry.
                    (beat)
               Do I get to hear what happened anyway?

176   INT. ERIN'S HOSPITAL ROOM - LATER                           176   

     Ed has taken off his coat and pulled a chair up next to Erin's 
     bed.  He's eating the pudding off her tray.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 120
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               ...Kurt thinks that with nothing 
               linking it to the corporate offices 
               yet, we'll probably end up on the 
               lower end of that fifty-to-400 million 
               dollar offer.  It's still a lot of 
               money.

                           ERIN
               It's not enough. Not for over six 
               hundred people..What I don't 
               understand is, if we can't connect 
               the corporate offices to it, why 
               would PG&E offer even that much?

                           ED
               Because, they know the evidence we 
               do have. They know they're gonna 
               lose a jury trial.  Maybe they 
               wouldn't lose 400 million bucks, but 
               once you factor in--

                           ERIN
               Wait a minute - Are you saying, you 
               want to settle for the low end?

                           ED
                    (admits)
               Kurt suggested it. He doesn't think 
               we're going to be able to get more 
               than thirty percent of these people 
               to agree to arbitration...

                           ERIN
               And of course, Kurt knows "these 
               people" so well...

                           ED
                    (continues)
               ...Which means the low end is the 
               best they're going to get, Erin.

     Erin is deeply disturbed by this.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               We're going try and get as many of 
               them together - sort of a town 
               meeting, to explai-...

                           ERIN
               I'm coming.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ED
               Erin, please-

                           ERIN
               I'm coming - and you better tell 
               Kurtie and St. Theresa to stay the 
               fuck away or we're going to be 
               defending some of "these people" for 
               murder.

     Ed considers her insight as closer to the truth than he'd 
     like to admit.

177   EXT. HINKLEY FIREHOUSE - NIGHT                              177   

     The lot is filling with more cars and trucks; headlights 
     criss-cross each other as people pull in from all directions.

     It is stifling hot evening.

178   INT. HINKLEY FIREHOUSE - NIGHT                              178   

     CLOSE ON HANDS.  As people stream in, they are each handed a 
     release form with a space for a signature on the bottom.

179   EXT. FIREHOUSE - NIGHT                                      179   

     Erin's Chevy pulls up to the firehouse. The kids are in the 
     car asleep. She gets out, leaving the door open.

     She only goes as far as the firehouse front door. She steps 
     in. Ed is waiting by the door, before he goes up to make his 
     speech. He acknowledges Erin.

                           ED
               How do you feel?

                           ERIN
               Fine. It's hot as hell in here.

                           ED
               That'll make this a lot easier.

                           ERIN
               Nervous?

                           ED
               It's anyone's guess.

     Erin looks around at room, as the Hinkley residents take 
     their seats. Everyone's waving papers at themselves to cool 
     off...then looking around as if for something in particular.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               Be friendly. Cause they don't want 
               to be here.

                           ED
               Why do you say that?

                           ERIN
               They didn't bring any food.

     She motions to long fold out tables against the wall - empty.

                           DONNA
                    (passing by)
               Erin?

                           ERIN
               Donna, hi..how are you?

                           DONNA
               I heard you were in the hospital.

                           ERIN
               I'm fine.

                           DONNA
               This is crazy, huh. What's going to
               happen?

                           ERIN
               Let Ed explain it. It's gonna be OK. 
               Is Pamela coming?

     Donna shakes her head NO. Erin and Ed know that's not a good 
     sign.

180   INT. HINKLEY FIREHOUSE - LATER                              180   

     It's sweltering.  The room, packed with plaintiffs, hums 
     with horse flies and tension.  People are fanning themselves 
     with the release forms. Ed's addressing them from a raised 
     platform.

                           ED
               ...Binding arbitration isn't all 
               that different from a trial.  It's 
               overseen by a judge.  Evidence is 
               presented in much the same way....

                           PLAINTIFF
               And then a jury decides?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 123
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               No, sorry, I should have mentioned 
               that.  There's no jury in binding 
               arbitration.  No jury, and no appeal.

                           BOB LINWOOD
               No appeal?  So what are our options 
               if we don't like the result?

                           ED
               Well -- you have none.  The judge's 
               decision is final.  But we really 
               don't anticipate that being a problem.

     Unhappy murmuring in the crowd. Now, in addition to the 
     stifling heat, the large room is thick with mistrust.  People 
     are shifting in their seats, whispering to each other.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               ...As I said before, it will 
               definitely be somewhere between 50 
               and 400 million dollars...

                           MANDY BROWN
               Which?  There's a big difference 
               there.

                           ED
               I wouldn't want to speculate at this 
               point.

                           MANDY BROWN
               So then, what, that mystery number's 
               divided up at the whim of some judge --

     More whispering, more movement.

                           MANDY BROWN (CONT'D)
               How does it get divided?

                           PLAINTIFF
               Yeah, who gets what? My medical bills 
               started two years before some other 
               people here.

                           MANDY BROWN
               But my kid's been in and out of the 
               hospital a lot more than his. It 
               shouldn't matter when it started.

                           ED
               Wait a minute, that's not-

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 124
     2-18-01                                                     


     The crowd erupts. The GRUMBLE of discontent has overtaken 
     the room. Erin watches the meeting fall apart.  It's driving 
     her crazy. She notices CHARLES EMBRY, the flirty guy from 
     the picnic, watching her from the rear of the room. His smile 
     is hard to interpret...

                           ED
               ...People listen, please..the point 
               we want to address tonight is getting 
               everyone to agree that going binding 
               arbitration is preferable to a trial 
               that could go on for ten years before 
               you see any money.

                           PLAINTIFF
               Well, maybe some of us want to go 
               ten years.

                           OTHER PLAINTIFFS
                    (overlaps)
               I DON'T..YEAH!...SPEAK FOR
               yourself!..This is bullshit!..Let 
               him talk, for Christ sake..!!

                           ED
                    (overlaps)
               We have to agree or no one has a 
               chance....

     Some people are getting up to leave.

                           ED (CONT'D)
                    (emphatic)
               ...For those of you about to leave, 
               I'd like you to keep this date in 
               mind: 1976.  That's the year of the 
               Three Mile Island disaster, and the 
               people of Love Canal are still waiting 
               for their money. Think about where 
               you'll be when the year 2018 rolls 
               around.

     The people that were leaving stop.

                           ED (CONT'D)
               Look. Everyone. Is this a big 
               decision?  Absolutely. But I do not 
               believe - and I wouldn't say this 
               otherwise - I do not believe this is 
               a sell-out.
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           ED (CONT'D)
               With over six hundred clients, the 
               most you can try is twenty a year, 
               so it's like a roulette wheel.  You 
               have somebody that's real sick and 
               he's the six-hundredth guy, he's not 
               gonna make it. And that is exactly 
               what the PG&E lawyers want - they 
               keep making their fees, dragging out 
               the case, waiting for people to drop 
               by the wayside.
                    (beat)
               This is the best shot at getting 
               everyone some money now. You and I 
               both know that some people in this 
               room can't afford to wait, to take 
               that chance. Are you going to make 
               them wait?

     The crowd is listening now.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

181   INT. FIREHOUSE - LATER THAT NIGHT                           181   

     The last car drives away. The clock reads 12:35 PM. Erin and 
     Ed are counting the agreements signed by those who wish to 
     continue with the arbitration - talking, counting;

                           ED
               ....So how many all together..

                           ERIN
               We got about half of them.

                           ED
               Shit.

                           ERIN
               We're gonna have to go door-to-door 
               Ed.

     It's the only way.

     He nods. Erin looks at him.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               You did good, Ed.

                           ED
               We'll see.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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182   EXT. HINKLEY MOTEL - NIGHT                                  182   

     Erin's Chevy pulls into the parking lot.

                           MATTHEW (O.S.)
               I don't want to stay here.  It smells.

183   INT. HINKLEY MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT                             183   

     Erin is entering the crappy motel room with her kids.

                           ERIN
               We got no choice.  I'm not gonna 
               make it home tonight.  Now go wash 
               up and climb into bed.

     As the kids wander toward the bathroom, Erin picks up the 
     phone and dials.  RING, RING.

                           GEORGE (O.S.)
               Hello?

                           ERIN
               Hi.  It's me.
                    (silence)
               I've got one more favor to ask you...
               It'll be the last one..I promise.

184   EXT. HINKLEY MOTEL - DAY                                    184   

     Very early.  Erin is visible in the motel office, talking to 
     the clerk, when George's motorcycle pulls into the lot.

185   EXT. ERIN'S MOTEL ROOM - DAY                                185   

     Erin comes up to him, hands him a key.

                           ERIN
               I got you your own room.

     He takes it, glances toward the motel room.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
                    (awkward beat)
               Look, don't take any of 'em on your 
               bike, okay?  Call a cab if you wanna 
               go somewhere.

     She hands him a wad of cash. he hands it back.

                           GEORGE
               I have money....How long's this whole 
               thing gonna take?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 127
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               I don't know.  Few days.
                    (beat)
               Thanks for helping me.  I appreciate 
               it.

     He nods.  It's an awkward moment. George starts moving his 
     bike to a parking space...as Erin speaks;

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Seems like all I do lately is 
               apologize to everybody...

186   GEORGE IS ENGAGED IN AN ACTION THROUGHOUT ERIN'S SPEECH -   186   

     locking up his bike, getting his stuff - never looking at 
     her.

                           ERIN
               But, I am really sorry, George...I 
               feel like a shit about how I treated 
               you and I'm...I'm sorry.
                    (beat. no reaction)
               I'm also scared to death...Scared 
               I'm gonna lose my kids. Scared I'm 
               gonna wind up nowhere...with no 
               one...And I'm in that hospital bed 
               George, I swear, thinking -
                    (nervously laughs)
               'Fuck..it can't get much worse than 
               this'...And the only person I can 
               think of to make it better is 
               you...I've never been with a man who 
               made anything better.  Don't give up 
               on me yet.

     George doesn't act like he has listened, but we & Erin know 
     he has. He gives a look that doesn't give her much.

                           GEORGE
               Have the kids eaten?

     Erin nods. Beat. George turns and walks into the motel. Erin 
     gets into the truck and pulls out.

187   EXT. HINKLEY - COMMUNITY BOULEVARD - DAY                    187   

     Erin's Chevy is bombing down the road.

188   EXT. PAMELA DUNCAN'S HOUSE - DAY                            188   

     Erin is on her doorstep once more. Pamela opens the door, 
     cautiously.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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189   INT. PAMELA DUNCAN'S HOUSE - DAY                            189   

     Pamela and Erin sit at the kitchen table.

                           PAMELA
               ..and then this...this letter with 
               these names of people I never heard 
               of..people with no faces...I tell 
               you, it was just like all the crap 
               we used to get in the mail from PG&E -
               like there was no one real, no..real 
               person behind any of this..suddenly 
               telling us something entirely 
               different from what you said...

                           ERIN
               I know. I'm sorry. I'm sorry for 
               what I didn't know. For what I didn't 
               even understand..and I'm sorry you 
               found out about it like that. It was 
               a shitty way to explain it to you 
               but...you got to separate that from 
               what they're proposing. You're gonna 
               have enough money to take real care 
               of your kids and yourself...Isn't 
               that the most important thing?

     Beat.

                           PAMELA
               And who's going to be accountable 
               for what happened? Who can I point 
               to?

                           ERIN
                    (honestly)
               No one... They won't even show up at 
               the arbitration.

     This stings Pamela. But she looks at her kids in the yard.

                           PAMELA
               Why are you all doing this?

     Erin thinks for a moment.

                           ERIN
               Because it would be easier not to.

190   INT. ERIN'S CAR - BACK SEAT - DAY                           190   

     There are two boxes there -- one full of unsigned release 
     forms, the other empty.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


191   INT. THE DANIELS HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY                  191   

     Erin, Ed and Pamela are sitting with Ted and Rita.

192   INT. MANDY'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY                      192   

     Erin, Ed, Mandy, and Tom are seated on the sofas.  Mandy 
     signs an agreement.  Hands the pen to Tom, who also signs.

193   INT. LINWOODS' HOUSE - DAY                                  193   

     From outside, we see Erin at the kitchen table with Ed and 
     Bob and Ruth Linwood, who are laughing at Ed's story.

                           ED
               ...so she drops the entire bag of 
               Doritos in my lap and while I'm 
               driving, she's feeling me up because 
               she has to eat all the time, this 
               one..constantly....

                           ERIN
                    (overlapping)
               Oh shut-up! I was not! He's such a 
               liar.

                           RUTH
               Oh Lord!

194   INT. ERIN'S MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT                              194   

     In the wee hours.  While her kids sleep, Erin sits at the 
     cheap motel room table, going through her forms, organizing, 
     alphabetizing.

195   INT. ERIN'S MOTEL ROOM - DAY                                195   

     CLOSE ON ERIN, fast asleep at the table, her face pressed 
     against the linoleum.  There's some NOISE in the room, 
     WHISPERING.  Erin stirs and looks around to see George behind 
     her, diapering Beth, while Matt and Katie put their shoes 
     on.

                           ERIN
               What time is it?

                           GEORGE
               Real early.  We're just gonna take 
               your car to get some breakfast.

     Erin forces herself awake.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 130
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               No, I need my car --

                           GEORGE
               We'll just be a minute.  Get a little 
               more sleep.

     He picks up Beth, takes Katie's hand, and calls across the 
     room to Matthew.

                           GEORGE (CONT'D)
               C'mon, pal.  Leave that alone, we 
               gotta go.

     Erin turns to see Matthew holding one of her release forms.

                           ERIN
               Oh, baby, please don't play with 
               that, okay?  I got 'em all organized.  
               Just put it back.

     But he's reading it.  And something has caught his attention.

     He looks up at Erin.

                           MATTHEW
               This girl's the same age as me.

     Erin gently takes the form away from Matthew, wanting to 
     shield him from the harsh realities of this case.

                           ERIN
               That's right, sweetheart.

     She replaces the form on top of the stack.

                           MATTHEW
               She's one of the sick people?

                           ERIN
               Yeah.  She is.
                    (beat)
               But you know what?  That's why I'm 
               helping her.  So she can get some 
               medicine to make her feel better.

     Matthew mulls this over a bit more.

                           MATTHEW
               How come her own mom isn't helping 
               her?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 131
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               'Cause her own mom's real sick, too.

     Matthew thinks real hard about this, then heads over to the 
     door, where George, Beth, and Katie are waiting for him.

     Before he leaves, though, he turns back to Erin.

                           MATTHEW
               Maybe we'll bring you back some 
               breakfast.  You want eggs?

     She looks at Matthew and her eyes fill with tears. She's so 
     proud of her son in this moment. As if his understanding is 
     what she needed all along.

                           ERIN
               Eggs'd be great, baby.  Eggs'd be 
               perfect.

196   INT. DESOTOS' HOUSE - DAY                                   196   

     Erin is leaving, saying good-bye to Mary DeSoto. Erin has a 
     signed release form in her hand.

197   INT. THE BACK OF ERIN'S TRUCK - NIGHT                       197   

     The signed stack has grown; the unsigned stack has shrunk.

     Erin drops five more agreements into the "signed" box.

198   EXT. LOST CAUSE SALOON - NIGHT                              198   

     Erin's truck drives into the parking lot.

199   INT. LOST CAUSE SALOON - NIGHT                              199   

     An exhausted Erin has come in for a drink, a private moment 
     for herself..having a beer and a cigarette.

     A MAN (CHARLES EMBRY) comes over and sits opposite.

                           CHARLES
               Hey. Don't I know you?

     Erin winces...

                           ERIN
                    (to herself)
               Oh no..
                    (to him)
               Uh..no..I..I don't think so-

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


                           CHARLES
               Sure. Sure..I saw you at that barbecue 
               in Hinkley. And the firehouse.

                           ERIN
               Oh.
                    (disinterested)
               Were you there?

                           CHARLES
               Sure. Sure..I watched you. I had my 
               eye on you..ha, ha...

                           ERIN
               Oh....how nice..
                    (swigs beer)

                           CHARLES
               I saw ya...saw ya talking to 
               everybody..writing stuff down..ha, 
               ha..I said to myself..something about 
               her..I really like that girl...Can I 
               buy you a drink?

                           ERIN
               I'm actually on my way out..

                           CHARLES
               I feel like I can talk to you too. 
               Like you're a person I can say 
               anything to..

                           ERIN
               You know, I'm really not.

                           CHARLES
               Listen..

     He leans in. Erin leans back. She thinks he's going to make 
     an indecent proposal...

                           CHARLES (CONT'D)
               Would it be important to you if I 
               told you that when I worked at the 
               Hinkley plant, I destroyed records?

     Erin stares blankly. She forgets to breathe. Her mind races.

                           ERIN
               Uh..I don't know uh...
                    (doesn't know his 
                    name)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           CHARLES
               Charles.

                           ERIN
               Charles..Maybe. Would you..would you
               excuse me a moment - I just have to 
               go to the bathroom.

                           CHARLES
               Sure babe.

                           ERIN
               Don't go away..

     She calmly exits OS.

                                                          CUT TO:

200   EXT. LOST CAUSE SALOON - NIGHT                              200   

     Erin runs her ass off to her truck...opens the door, searches 
     for her cell phone...

201   INT. ED'S OFFICE - NIGHT                                    201   

     Ed's working. The phone rings.

                           ED
               Yeah?..What? Kid, slow down..Who?

     INTERCUT ERIN..

                           ERIN
               This guy! Charles! He tells me he 
               destroyed records. He worked at 
               Hinkley..

     Ed rises out of his chair as he listens..

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               I thought he was picking me up. I 
               mean maybe he is. But why would he 
               say that?

                           ED
               Calm down, calm down..Shit..Look, go 
               back and see if he'll make a 
               declaration.

                           ERIN
               A declaration...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 134
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
               But be careful. Don't care him off.

                           ERIN
               Right...

                           ED
               And if you have to sleep with him, 
               that's all right too..

                           ERIN
               OK OK..I'll call you back..

     CUT BACK TO:

202   INT. LOST CAUSE SALOON - NIGHT                              202   

     A deliberately calm Erin talks to Charles;

                           ERIN
               So..Chuck..can I call you Chuck?

                           CHARLES
               Sure. Sure.

                           ERIN
               Would you like another drink?

                           CHARLES
               I'm good.

                           ERIN
               So what happened here - you were 
               telling me about records...?

                           CHARLES
               Yeah. Those fuckers...
                    (sips beer)
               I was with that plant for thirty 
               five years. They made me sick and 
               when I retired I get a fucking watch..

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

203   INT. LOST CAUSE SALOON - LATER THAT NIGHT                   203   

     Erin and Charles are the only patrons.  Erin's eating a 
     burger.  Charles has a beer.

                           CHARLES
               I was working in the compressor, and 
               out of nowhere the supervisor calls
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 135
     2-18-01                                                     


                           CHARLES (CONT'D)
               me up to the office and says, we're 
               gonna give you a shredder machine, 
               and send you on down to the warehouse.  
               We want you to get rid of all the 
               documents stored out there.

                           ERIN
               Did he say why?

                           CHARLES
               Nope.  And I didn't ask.

                           ERIN
               Did you get a look at the stuff you 
               destroyed?

                           CHARLES
               There was a lot of dull stuff -- 
               vacation schedules, the like.
                    (beat)
               But then there were a few memos about 
               the holding ponds.  The water in 
               them.  They had readings from test 
               wells, stuff like that.

                           ERIN
               And you were told to destroy those?

                           CHARLES
               That's right.

     Erin plays it down, takes a sip of beer.

                           CHARLES (CONT'D)
               Course as it turns out, I'm not a 
               very good employee.

                           ERIN
               What do you mean?

                           CHARLES
               Well.  There were a few documents 
               that I somehow didn't get around to 
               shredding.
                    (beat)
               That I kept instead.

     Erin stops, mid-bite of burger. She looks at him.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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                           CHARLES (CONT'D)
               At the time, I thought, I got six 
               kids, some of 'em want to go to 
               college. I can't afford to lose my 
               job. I told myself I was being 
               honorable.
                    (beat)
               But there's nothing honorable in 
               what I did.
                    (beat)
               Maybe that's why they picked me for 
               the job. Maybe they knew what kind 
               of man I was.

     Pause.

                           ERIN
               Charles. Will make a declaration 
               stating all the things you've told 
               me?

     He looks at her.

204   INT. POTTER, HUGHES & ROSEWOOD - RECEPTION - DAY            204   

     Erin and Ed enter, with boxes in their arms and a whole lot 
     of attitude.

205   INT. POTTER, HUGHES & ROSEWOOD - CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY      205   

     The table is covered with boxes of documents: the anticipated 
     slew of paper that PG&E is sending them.  Kurt, Theresa, 
     Andrew and ABOUT FIVE PARALEGALS are sifting through them.

     Erin and Ed breeze in like sunshine.

                           ERIN
               Morning!

                           POTTER
               Erin?  Ed...what are you --

                           ERIN
                    (to Ed)
               May I?

                           ED
               Oh yes. Please do.

                           ERIN
               You know what, Mr. Potter?
                           (MORE)

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 137
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               We completely forgot your birthday 
               this year.  And seeing as how you've 
               been so good to me, I thought it was 
               a terrible oversight.  So what Ed 
               and I been doing over the last few 
               days is putting together a present 
               for you.

     She plunks the box down on the table.  Potter opens the top 
     of the box.  Looks in.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               634.  They all signed.  Every single 
               one.

     Potter, Theresa, et al...are stunned.

                           THERESA
               Ho - ly - shit.

                           ERIN
               Oh, now don't get all jealous, 
               Theresa.  We got a little something 
               for you, too.

     Erin hands Theresa a manila envelope.  She opens it.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Internal PG&E documents, all about 
               the contamination.  The one I like 
               best says, and I'm paraphrasing here, 
               but it says yes, the water's 
               poisonous, but it'd be better for 
               all involved if this matter wasn't 
               discussed with the neighbors.  It's 
               to the Hinkley station, from PG&E 
               Headquarters.  Stamped received, 
               March, 1966.

     Potter and Theresa reel.  Potter shakes his head in disbelief.

                           POTTER
               Where did -- how did you do this?

                           ERIN
               Well, what with me not having any 
               brains or legal expertise, and Ed 
               starting to lose his faith in the 
               system and all..am I right?...

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 138
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ED
                    (overlaps)
               Oh yes..completely..No faith...

                           ERIN
                    (overlaps)
               I just went on up there and performed 
               sexual favors.  634 blow jobs in 
               five days.  Boy, am I ever tired.

     Ed's head falls to his chest - he didn't know that was coming. 
     But Erin just smiles..digesting her canary.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

206   EXT. PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY - DAY                            206   

     One of those days when the bay sparkles like a glitter ball.

     Erin's Chevy moves up the PCH.  George's at the wheel. Erin 
     by his side. The kids in the back.  Time has passed -- Erin's 
     hair's a little different.

207   EXT. BEACH PARKING LOT - DAY                                207   

     Erin gets out of her new truck, looks, sees the Irvings in a 
     little cluster.

     Donna's under an umbrella.  Pete is slathering on sunscreen.

     The two girls zip out toward the water.  Erin waves.  Pete 
     and Donna spot her, wave back. The kids run out toward the 
     beach to play with the Irvings kids.... Erin holds Beth 
     calling out to them;

                           ERIN
               Find a spot near the shore!

     George is hauling out a cooler.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               Let me give you a hand.

                           GEORGE
               No I got it. I'll take Beth and set 
               up while you take care of your 
               business.

                           ERIN
               No...I want you to come with me...
                    (smiles)
               I want you to see what you've helped 
               to do.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


208   EXT. BEACH - LATER                                          208   

     Donna is sitting on a blanket beneath an umbrella watching 
     her kids in the water - joined by Erin's kids..Erin comes up 
     behind her. George carries Beth.

                           ERIN
               Hi..This is George..George this is 
               Donna.

                           GEORGE
               Nice to meet you.

                           DONNA
               Hi! And who's this little precious.

                           ERIN
               This is Beth..Say hi..Hi...How you 
               you feeling today?

     George and Erin sit before her.

                           DONNA
               It's a good day.  I feel good.

                           ERIN
               Well, then -- if you're feeling up 
               to it, maybe we should talk shop. 
               The judge came up with a number.

                           DONNA
               A number for the whole group, or for 
               us?

                           ERIN
               Both.

     Donna sits down next to her.

                           ERIN (CONT'D)
               He's making them pay the maximum.

     Tears of vindication spring to Donna's eyes.

                           DONNA
               Oh, my God.

                           ERIN
               And he's making them give five million 
               of it to you all.

                           DONNA
               Five million dollars?

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 140
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ERIN
               Five million dollars.

     She reels.  After a breathless beat:

                           DONNA
               I don't even know how much money 
               that is.

                           ERIN
               It's enough -- for whatever you need, 
               for whatever your girls need, for 
               whatever your girls' girls need. 
               It'll be enough.

     Donna wipes the tears off her face, then watches the light 
     flickering off her girls playing in the surf.

                           DONNA
               I can put them in a good school.

                           ERIN
               Any school you want.

                           DONNA
               And get someone to help around the 
               house.

                           ERIN
               Yup.

                           DONNA
               Oh my God.  Oh my God.

     Donna is overwhelmed.  Erin pulls her close.

                           DONNA (CONT'D)
               Oh, my God.

     George holds Beth close. He looks at Erin with love and pride, 
     and finally, complete understanding of what she's been moving 
     towards from the beginning. Erin looks at him over Donna's 
     shoulder, and smiles with tears in her eyes.

209   EXT. MASRY & VITITOE'S NEW OFFICE BUILDING - DAY            209   

     Now this is where the hot lawyers work.  A gleaming testament 
     to power.

210   INT. MASRY & VITITOE'S NEW OFFICE - DAY                     210   

     Boxes everywhere.  They just moved in.  Everyone is unpacking 
     at his or her desk.  Rosalind is manning the new phones.

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     Screenplay-Erin-Brockovich                            p. 141
     2-18-01                                                     


                           ROSALIND
               Masry & Vititoe, can I -- shoot!
                    (she lost them)
               Masry & Vititoe, can I -- damn it.
                    (calling out)
               Does anyone know anything about these 
               phones?

211   INT. ED'S NEW OFFICE - DAY                                  211   

     Ed is in his new office when a LEGAL ASSISTANT enters carrying 
     an ENVELOPE and hands it to Ed.

                           ED
               Thanks.

     She exits as Ed opens the envelope to reveal: A BONUS CHECK 
     MADE OUT TO ERIN FOR TWO MILLION DOLLARS. Ed smiles.

212   INT. ERIN'S NEW OFFICE - DAY                                212   

     Ed enters Erin's beautiful, private office to give her the 
     bonus - only to find that she is not there. He walks over to 
     her desk and lays the envelope down next to some framed photos 
     of Erin's children.  He exits, closing the door behind him 
     as we:

                                                          CUT TO:

213   EXT. SUBURBAN HOME IN ANOTHER BARREN CA. AREA - DAY         213   

     Doorbell rings. A HOUSEWIFE opens the door.

                           HOUSEWIFE
               Can I help you?

                           ERIN
               Hi. My name is Erin Brockovich. I'm 
               been talking to some of the families 
               in the neighborhood about a problem 
               you've been having with the water 
               supply...Jane Whittman told me to 
               contact you...

                           HOUSEWIFE
               Oh yeah, Jane, sure...

                                                         BLACKOUT

     END CRAWL:

                                                       (CONTINUED)

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     2-18-01                                                     


     The settlement awarded to the plaintiffs in Hinkley v. PG&E 
     was the largest in a direct-action lawsuit in United States 
     history.

     Erin and Ed have three other cases pending, including one 
     against PG&E.