While time and distance have not eroded the bonds of friendship between two men, their vocations in life, ironically, have acted as the instrument to sever this relationship. Having promised each other to meet twenty years later at 10:00 p.m. in front of Big Joe Brady's restaurant where they used to dine together as young men, the two friends planned a reunion after each has his "destiny worked out." On the night of their planned reunion, Jimmy, who has become a "beat cop," a police officer who walks a section of the city and patrols it, is on duty checking the fronts of stores to be sure they are secure. When he arrives at the spot where Big Joe Brady's formerly was, there is his old friend waiting for him. However, when "Silky" Bob strikes a match, Jimmy recognizes his old friend as a wanted man. Stunned, Jimmy knows that duty supersedes his old friendship; however, he does not have the heart to arrest Bob for whom he still has deep feelings. So, he pretends that he is not Bob's friend, tells the man that he hopes his friend shows up, and goes to the police station.
It is at this point that a dialogue between the plainclothes policeman and Jimmy can be made. And it would seem logical that he would select one of these plainclothes men with whom he has a relationship, either personal or professional. Here is a start for this dialogue:
Jimmy enters looking distraught. The plainclothes officer asks him:
"What 'ja doing in here, Jimmy? You're not due to get off for a couple of hours....Hey, what's matter with ya, anyway? You look like ya seen a ghost or som'thin'."
"I wish I had, I wish I had." Jimmy slumps down into a chair by the other man's desk. "Listen, Tom, I need ya to do me a big favor... You know you owe me for that last bust you had when I pinned the guy in the alley."
"Yeah, yeah, sure man. Name it."
"Okay. I had this friend when I was a young guy, see, and we were really close--like brothers we were. Well, I was s'posed to meet up with him at 10:00 p.m. where Big Joe Brady's used ta be. But, when the guy struck a match to light his cigar, I spotted the diamond pin in his necktie and his face---darn it, his face was that one on the poster over there, the guy wanted in Chicago."
"Ooooh, Jimmy, that's tough. So, whatja want me to do, man? Do the collar for ya?" [collar=the arrest]
"Wouldja, Tom? I just don't have the heart to do this to Bob. He helped me out many times when we were young....he was a great buddy to me. This just breaks my heart."
"Don't worry. I understand. Tell me what to do, okay?"
"Thanks, Tom. I owe ya."
"Oh, I'll get that favor back, don't worry!"
"Okay... Let me give ya a note so he knows I did show up and didn't forget about our meeting. Geez, I wish this had never happened...I wish he hadn't gone bad."
Tom gives Jimmy a little punch to the chin. "Hey, it's not your fault, man, it's not your fault... Well, I better get going. But, I sure don't look like you!"
"Just stay in the dark until you make the collar. Geez, I feel sick about this. What fate!"
"Fate....yea, man. That's what it's all about sometimes. I'll be back soon and bring him in, okay?"
"Yea. I'll get back on the street. I don't want to be here, anyway."