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As Tough # 2 wraps his arm around Napolitano’s neck, Napolitano jumps up. The Toughs get up with him, crowding him.
He moves to the center of the aisle. Something about his calm bravado forces them to comply. The two thugs balance themselves without holding anything.
Before he can finish, Napolitano yanks the train’s emergency chord. A WHISTLE SHRIEKS and the Toughs go flying as the train GRINDS to a stop. Amid general chaos, the subway shoot open, and Napolitano slips out.
INT. SUBWAY – TUNNEL
The train is still slowing as Napolitano scrambles into the tunnel. He runs like hell into the increasingly dark passage.
INT. TUNNEL – MINUTES LATER
Out of breath and feeling his way in the dim light, NAPOLITANO searches for an exit. He stops, leaning his back to the stone wall. The only sound is his breathing, until a FAINT WHISTLE freezes him. He presses his back to the wall as if a train might be approaching.
The whistling continues, now discernable as a melody: “Whistle While You Work.” A LIGHT flashes against the wall, revealing a smaller tunnel without subway tracks.
The whistler, carrying a FLASHLIGHT, is walking toward him. It’s BUDDY, the Chinese Man Napolitano saw from the train’s window.
He’s wearing a shirt, whose glowing letters read: BUDDY’S TUNNEL TOURS.
He moves past Napolitano and resumes his WHISTLING. Napolitano watches for a beat, then hustles after him.