Informant: I know who she is... the Legendary PAULA PERiL!
Thug #3: Paula PERiL?... the REPORTER?... I thought she was made up - is she for REAL?
Informant: The one and only.
Thug #2: What's SHE doin' here?
Informant: She must think there's a story here... and she's snooping around, looking for clues...
[waving a block of plastic explosive in front of the bound and gagged Paula]
Informant: I've got a BIG story for you... Front. Page.
Paula Peril: MMPPH!
Thug #3: [taunting Paula as she regains consciousness] Wakey wakey! Did you sleep good?
Thug #2: [examining Paula's purse] There's nothin' in here - no I.D., NOTHIN' !
Thug Leader: [turning to Paula] So... little lady - who ARE you? Who do you work for? And most important, what are we gonna do with you? I can think of a few things... I don't think you're gonna like 'em.
Thug #4: [placing chloroform-soaked cloth over Paula's nose & mouth] Nighty night.
Paula Peril: No! NO! MMPPH! MMPPHH! MMMPPPHHH! MMPPHH!
Paula Peril: [struggling as she watches the time-bomb tick down to zero] MMPH! Mmph, mmph... MMMPH! Mmph, MMMPPPHH! MMPPH! Mmph - snort! Mmph, mmph...
Informant: [disabling time-bomb with two seconds to go] I wonder what they'll say about this?
[walking towards Paula]
Informant: Sorry about earlier - I had to get them out of the building
[ungags Paula, then stoops down to begin cutting her bonds]
Paula Peril: [slowly working her cramped jaw after being ungagged] Thanks... who ARE you?
Informant: [stands] I'm the one who called you.
[continues untying Paula]
Paula Peril: [puzzled, trying to understand] WHY are you helping me?
Informant: Listen, I'll explain it another time, but for now, just listen: it's the Finance Director - she's the one you need to talk to.
[continuing to cut Paula's bonds]
Informant: She has all the records - enough evidence to put Vincelli away FOR GOOD
Paula Peril: [stumbles & gasps as she is suddenly released from her pole-tie; is caught by the informant] I didn't think I'd get out of THAT one.
Informant: I think you're going to be around for awhile. Try to stay out of trouble... This little meeting of ours? - NEVER. HAPPENED.
[places his hand on Paula's shoulder - they stare meaningfully at each other]
Informant: Take care, Paula PERiL.
[he turns and walks off, then turns around & tips his hat]
Informant: I enjoy watching you work
[He turns again & leaves. Paula gazes wistfully after him as he goes. She starts to speak, but doesn't]