SOUL FOOD CAFE
Location: EXT. MAXWELL STREET - DAY
Music: Boom, boom.The Bluesmobile cruises down the famous street, We see the open-air market places of automobile parts; crazy merchandise -- a real street festival. The Bluesmobile pulls up and parks where two old black men are playing guitars hooked up to small amps right on the sidewalk. Jake and Elwood exit the Bluesmobile and stand with the crowd listening.
Location: EXT. SOUL FOOD CAFE
A large neon sign flashes "SOUL FOOD CAFE" erratically, The place was obviously once a very snazzy diner and has gone through considerable wear and tear over the years. Handpainted signs on the walls advertise the menu. It's one of those places that looks funky and you can almost taste how good the ribs are when you drive by.
Location: INT. SOUL FOOD CAFE
The restaurant is manned by one WAITRESS (Aretha Franklin), one Dishwasher (Blue Lou Marini) and the Cook, a big, handsome black man with a powerful build, (MATT "GUITAR" MURPHY) The place is fairly busy with 7 or 8 customers. At the counter sit three women. Matt is in the back cooking, Blue Lou is in the back washing dishes. Jake and Elwood enter, size up the place, and sit at the counter. The Waitress approaches them.WAITRESS: Can I help you boys?
WAITRESS: Help you, boys?
ELWOOD: You got any white bread?
ELWOOD: I’ll have some toasted white bread, please.
WAITRESS: You want butter or jam on that toast, honey?
ELWOOD: No, ma'am, dry.
JAKE: You got any fried chicken?
WAITRESS: Best damned chicken in the state.
JAKE: Bring me four fried chickens and a Coke.
WAITRESS: You want chicken wings or chicken legs?
JAKE: I want four fried chickens and a coke.
ELWOOD: And some dry white toast, please.
The Waitress looks at them as if they're crazy, but shakes her head resigned.
WAITRESS: You want anything to drink, honey?
ELWOOD: No, ma'am.
JAKE: A Coke.
WAITRESS: Be up in a minute.
She goes back into the kitchen.
Location: INT. KITCHEN
WAITRESS: We got two honkies out there dressed like Hasidic diamond merchants.
MATT: Say what?
WAITRESS: They look like they're from the CIA or something.
We can see on Matt's face that there's a glimmer of recognition in her description of Jake and Elwood.
MATT: What'd they want to eat?
WAITRESS: The tall one wants white bread toast with nothing on it.
MATT: (whispers) Elwood....
WAITRESS: And the other one wants four whole fried chickens and a Coke.
MATT: (aloud) ...and Jake! Shit, the Blues Brothers!
Matt rushes out from behind the kitchen stove into the restaurant.
Location: INT. RESTAURANT
Jake and Elwood stand on seeing Matt and the three clap hands warmly.
MATT: Jake, Elwood, how you doin'!? How was Joliet?
JAKE: Oh, It's bad. on Thursday nights they serve a wicked pepper steak.
MATT: Can't be as bad as the cabbage rolls at the Terre Haute Federal Pen.
ELWOOD: Or that oatmeal at the Cook County slammer.
MATT: They're all pretty bad.
JAKE: Matt me Elwood, we're putting the band back together. We need you and Blue Lou.
The Waitress has come out from the Kitchen and is watching this scene warily.
MATT: Oh man, don't talk that way around here. My old lady, she'd kill me.
Elwood sees the Waitress.
ELWOOD: Ma'am, you have to understand. This is bigger than any domestic problems you might be experiencing.
WAITRESS: (starting to get pissed) Matt, what the hell's he talking about?
MATT: Don't get riled, sugar....
WAITRESS: Don't you, 'don't get riled, sugar' me! You're not going back on the road. You're not playing in no two-bit sleazy dives any more. You're living with me now. You're not going to go sliding around with your white hoodlum friends!
MATT: But, babes, this is Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers!
WAITRESS: The Blues Brothers! Shit, they still owe you money fool!
JAKE: Ma'am, would it make you feel better if you knew that what we're asking Matt to do here is a holy thing?
ELWOOD: You see, we're on a mission from God.
This really pisses the Waitress off.WAITRESS: Don't you blaspheme in here! This is my man and this is my restaurant and you two are just gonna walk out that door without your dry white toast and your four chickens and without Matt 'Guitar' Murphy!
Now Matt's starting to get angry.
MATT: Now you listen to me! I love you, but I'm the man and you are the woman and I'll make the decisions concerning my life.
Now the Waitress is really angry.
WAITRESS: You better think about what you're saying! You better think about the consequences or your actions!
MATT: (exasperated) Oh, shut up woman.
With that, Waitress turns on her heels and launches into a spirited rendition of "Think" ("You better think, think about what you're trying to do to me. Think, think, think before you let yourself go free. I ain't no psychiatrist, I ain't no doctor with degrees, but I don't need no high I.Q. to see what you're doing to me"). At the proper moment in the song, the Dishwasher reaches under the counter and comes up with a saxophone. He removes his hairnet, revealing long hair. He plays the solo-break. The women at the counter become the Waitress chorus and the soul food diner becomes a Motown spectacular with everyone including Jake and Elwood involved in the Choreography.When she's finished singing, there is silence as the Waitress and Matt stare at one another. Finally, Matt makes his decision. He takes off his apron, puts it on the counter, reaches behind the counter and brings cut a guitar case.
Matt turns to Jake and Elwood....MATT: C'mon, let's boogie.
Matt exits, followed quickly by The Blues Brothers. The Dishwasher stands torn. He wants to go with Matt, Jake and Elwood, but feels loyalty to the Waitress. Finally, the Waitress turns to him and says:
WAITRESS: (annoyed) Well? Go ahead, dammit ....
Joyfully, Blue Lou, still clinging to his sax, runs out of the restaurant. The Waitress looks around at the other diners who quickly look down and pretend to be busy eating. She composes herself and begins to clear some dishes from the counter.WAITRESS: Shit!
Camera: CUT TO
Location: EXT. SOUL FOOD CAFE
The Bluesmobile, with Jake and Elwood in the front seat and Matt and Blue Lou in the back, takes off. "The Peter Gunn Theme" comes in hard.