EXT. LARSON DECK AND BACK YARD - DAY
The Larsons, Maxwells and Doyles are having a family
barbeque.There is a trestle table of food on the deck. All of the
women are in and out of the house, preparing for a meal.
The men preside over a large brick barbeque in the back
yard. Children are everywhere.
I have the potato salad ready.
Joanie, if sharon wants apples in
it, she'll have to add her own.
There's bowls of fruit in the
house where it's cooler.
It's the only way she'll eat any
form of potato. Her little friend
Carla puts apples in potato salad.
Maybe it's a portuguese thing. Her
father is the Portuguese
embassador to Canada.Carla is
such a smart little thing. Ten
years old and she can speak five
languages! Sharon, Carla and
Marjorie do everything together.
they're practically sisters.
Joanie, your twins Mike and Jim
and my twin Colin and Emily's
Danny, are in need of a bath.
They're building some sort of mud
and and clay fort down at the
bottom of the yard by the woods.
Colin and Danny are always
building something. Mike and
Jimmie are only seven, I'm sure
they're less help than hindrance.
The older boys always include
them in their activities, though.
Emily, do you have another cookie
sheet? Estelle is trying to teach
the girls how to make dinner
rolls. Marjorie and Carla are
interested, but Sharon and Amy
act as though they're being
Estelle emerges from the kitchen with a basket of rolls
covered by a tea towel.
Marjorie and Carla have turned out
one pretty good batch. Sharon and
Amy's batch could double as
hockey pucks! Sharon just made
stuff up as she went, she wants
to be a writer. Amy chopped up
the dough into little bits, she
wants to be a surgeon. Those two
girls are ten years old, and all
they do is abuse food. It looks
like Marjie and Carla are going
to be the only good cooks among
The men are stoking the fire with wood the boys have brought
them. The barbeque is throwing off clouds of dark smoke.
We're going to have the fire
marshal out here if we don't do
something about this smoke. The
boys must have brought us wet
wood. we want barbequed
hamburgers, not smoked meat.
Talking about smoked meat, how are
you doing with the highway 16 fire
That was crass, Kyle. The victims
are still human, regardless of
the state my lab gets them in.
Forensic evidence is the best
shot you have of convicting the
guy you have in custody.
Simon Humes has been seen at the
scene of several fires in the
last few years, but so have a lot
of people. There's something about
fires and accidents that people
are drawn to. There was never any
evidence that he might have set
any of them.
He was the one who was last seen
before the fire started in the
grain fields behind the barn that
burned. He lives down the road, he
saw the smoke, and he called the
fire department. He claims he
tried to put the fire out with a
shovel and dirt. He even dug a
ditch to stop the fire before it
got to the barn.
The telephone rings at a distance, and Joanie comes out to
the barbeque where the men are.
Your lab is on the phone, stuart.
Your lab assistant, Nathan
sounded really excited. I asked
to take a message, but he said
that you were to drop what you're
doing and get out to the lab now.
I told him I'd have you call him
back, but he said he needed you
at the lab. It seems to be
Nathan isn't the excitable sort,
so he must have found something
on those three bodies. I'm going
to the lab and find out what's
going on. If there's anything
that the police need to know
about, I'll call you, David.
Stuart gets up and kisses Joanie.
I'll call you from the lab, to let
you know if I'll be home for