Guy Noir script
Saturday, September 22, 2007


Sue Scott: A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets. But one man is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions...Guy Noir, Private Eye.


Garrison Keillor: It was September and I seemed to be on the verge of a movie role — an indie horror flick called "The Mower" in which I would play a private eye who tracks down a serial killer who puts his victims in green leaf bags and then runs over them with a rider mower —

SS: You'd be perfect as a private eye! Perfect!

GK: Yeah, well, that's what I do actually?

SS: You? You're a detective?

GK: Yes.


GK: They were looking for financing and then a cold front came in and took summer away and all of our illusions with it. My landlady Doris dropped by.

SS (DORIS): Guy, let me just say one word to you, okay? — the word is "Rent". R-e-n-t. It's due the first of the month. It's come and gone. I want to see the r-e-n-t by the 21st, Guy. Or else. And this time I mean the Else. (STING)

GK: And the next day I found temporary employment in the field of airport security. (VOICES OF PEOPLE IN LINE) — Okay, folks — any toothpaste or gels, any liquids, gotta put em in the plastic bags, okay? Have your boarding pass out and ready — any laptops have to come out of the bag and into the tray— okay? Yes?

SS (OLD LADY): Do I have to remove my shoes?

GK: Everybody has to remove their shoes, ma'am. Just take them off and put them on the belt. Okay— any toothpaste or gels, any liquids— gotta put em—

SS (OLD LADY): I can't remove my shoes, I can't reach them.

GK: You can't reach your shoes?

SS (OLD LADY): I can't bend over.

GK: Okay— Lois, want to help this female off with her shoes?

SS (TOUGH): Do it yourself, Noir. You've got hands.

GK: I think according to regulations that a female agent is supposed to —

SS (TOUGH): I'm in charge here, Noir. Take the lady's shoes off. That's an order.

GK: Okay. — Fascist shrew.

SS (TOUGH): What'd you say, Noir?

GK: I said, I'll unfasten the shoe. — Okay, ma'am. Have a seat here—

SS (OLD LADY): These are orthopedic boots, they go all the way up my leg and up to my diaper.

GK: Lois— a little help here. (BRIDGE) And that's how it goes at the airport. All day, on your feet, for not much money. And people getting mad at you.

Tom Keith (IRATE): I'm supposed to be on a plane in ten minutes!!! I've been waiting in line for half an hour!!!

Tim Russell (IRATE): Does anybody in this place speak English? Huh? Are we in America or what? SS (VALLEY): I like, just bought this. What, I have to drink the whole thing here? Like down 20 ounces of Fruity Juice Blast right now??? Ugh!

TR (IRATE): I already showed somebody my boarding pass!!! How many times do you have to look at my boarding pass???

GK: It's always the ones with first-class tickets who cause the problems. Standing on a black pad and telling people over and over to remove their liquids and gels, unpack their laptops, take off their shoes— after a few hours, you start to hallucinate.

TR (REAGAN): Hello there. You probably want to see my boarding pass and my identification.

GK: Yes, sir.

TR (REAGAN): I'm just not used to having to carry a boarding pass. I used to have my own plane, you know. Helicopter took me out to Dulles and I just walked on board.

GK: Yes, sir. And who is this you have with you, sir?

TR (REAGAN): Like you to meet my good friend Frank Roosevelt.

GK: I thought I recognized you, sir.

TR (FDR): What is all of this security doing here in an airport, Ron? I told you, all we have to fear is fear itself. And here it is— fear— what is going on here?

GK: You're right about that, Mr. Roosevelt. Absolutely—

TR (FDR): And who is this president they have now? Where did they get him?

TR (REAGAN): Well, I knew him when his father was my vice-president. I thought he was worthless then and I still think so.

SS (TOUGH): Hey. You. Noir. (STING)

GK: Huh? What?

SS (TOUGH): You're talking to yourself.

GK: Oh. Sorry.

SS (TOUGH): And meanwhile ten people have walked past you carrying potentially lethal toothpastes and gels in their carry-ons.

GK: I'm sorry. I guess I dozed off.

TR (RICH GUY): I've been standing in this line for fifteen minutes. I need my cellphone so I can call my Senator. Right now.

GK: Your Senator just walked into the men's room, sir. I think he's got enough going on right now.

TR (JESSE): Hey— I gotta get outa here and on a plane. I am the former governor of Minnesota. You can't do this to me—

GK: Put down the folding chair, sir— take a pill. You need a pill? I'll get you a pill. (STING) Meanwhile, the guy who'd been looking at the scanner screen was starting to lose his sense of focus (TK DELIRIUM) and they had to haul him out and put him in a dark room and Lois assigned me to the scanner position, looking at silhouettes of objects in carry-ons — is that a hair dryer or is that a pistol? Hmmmm. — Bag check!!!!

SS: Do it yourself.

GK: Bob, check the bag for me, wouldja?

TR (DYLAN): (SING) Yes and how many bags must a bag check check before we find us a gun.....

GK: Check the bag, Bob.

TR (DYLAN): (SING) Yes and how many liquids and how many gels — they tell me it's three-one-one

GK: Come on, Bob. Check the bag. TR (DYLAN): (SINGS) It ain't me, babe.
No, no, no— it ain't me, babe. It ain't me who's checking bags, babe.

GK: Bob, please. Just do your job.

TR (REAGAN): Well, here we go again.

GK: Where you off to, Mr. President?

TR (REAGAN): You know, I used to have somebody who told me that and now — I just go wherever I can find an open seat.

GK: Sounds like a plan, sir.

TR (REAGAN): You know, you could be very good in movies.

GK: People have told me that, sir, but it was a long time ago and I haven't heard from them lately.

TR (REAGAN): You could be a private eye.

GK: Yeah. I could. Thanks for the idea.


SS: A dark night in a city that knows how to keep its secrets. But one man is still trying to find the answers to life's persistent questions...Guy Noir, Private Eye.

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