1.01 Walker Pilot

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Title Pilot
Episode # Season 1, Episode 1
First aired January 21, 2021
Directed by Jessica Yu
Written by Anna Fricke
On IMDB Pilot
Outline Following his wife's death, Texas Ranger Cordell Walker return home after two years undercover, and struggles to reconnect with his children, while also dealing with balancing his job, with a new boss and a new partner.
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Synopsis

11 months ago
Cordell Walker is driving and meets up with his wife, Emily Walker. She is going to meet up with Geri to get supplies. Walker seems concerned, making sure she stays to the approved route. Emily is more worried about Cordell spending time with his children and family. They kiss and part ways.

At Cordell’s parents’ house, Bonham Walker(dad); Abeline(mom); Stella(daughter); August(son) and Cordell are playing a game that Cordell doesn’t know the rules to, and he is losing badly.

Walker gets a text from Emily. The text is an SOS. Cordell then walks away from the fun and takes the call. Emily is running from someone who is chasing her and tell Walker that "something is wrong". While on the call, Walker hears gun shots and he turns to utter panic. The line goes dead. Cordell then tells August to take his turn for him as he is taking a "work call". Walker lied to not alarm his children or his parents. Cordell is outside his truck. He calls Emily and it goes right to voicemail. The scene cuts to Emily bleeding out, struggling to breathe. Cordell then realizes that his world just crumbled into a thousand pieces. Cordell screams and collapses in grief by his truck.

Present Day
The Walker family have gathered to celebrate Walker's return from eleven months on an undercover operation. His old partner, Larry James, has been promoted to Captain but tells Walker’s brother, Liam, he hasn’t told Walker yet. Stella is sure that he is not going to show and she is not happy with her father being gone this long. August wants to believe. A car pulls into driveway but it isn't Walker, instead, it is Stan Morrison, local string puller and friend. Capt. James offers to send a patrol after Cordell. Liam tells him to try the lookout on Lady Bird Lake. At the lookout, which is Walker and Emily's favorite spot, Walker is sitting back of his truck, getting drunk and seeing visions of Emily. Officer Micki Ramirez pulls up in her patrol car, asks Walker for his ID, tells him that she will drive him home and pick his car up in the morning. Walker is in the back of the patrol car, looking very uncomfortable as he is very tall. Micki has some small talk and Walker introduces himself as a Texas Ranger and that he has not seen his family or anyone in over 10 months. Micki tell Cordell as they are pulling up to his house that she will be promoted. Cordell grins and gives her respect. Walker goes inside his home, lays on the couch, looking sad and falls asleep.

The next morning Walker runs back to his truck. He grabs his cowboy hat, looking at that favorite spot and drives to his parents’ ranch. His first encounter is with his father, His dad’s greeting is not so welcoming at first. His father is cutthroat and likes order. He finally smiles as he is happy to see him and tells Walker to go see his mother. Walker greets, hugs and kisses his mother. He is also greeted by the two family dogs. August then comes in with such surprise and love. Walker and August embrace. Walker is surprised on how tall he got. Liam, then comes into frame, so happy to see his older brother. Walker and Liam play wrestle. Abeline then tells them to cut it out and tells Liam to get ready for work. Walker asks Liam if he is living there now. Liam tells him that he has a personal life and own place but that he has stayed to help. Liam does have a boyfriend, his name is Bret. Liam also tells Walker that he now Assistant District Attorney. Later that day, Walker with his cowboy hat, badge and boots meets with Captain James on a case. Walker is sarcastic at first to his former partner, now boss. Walker hugs and congratulates James. James then gives him the 411 on the case and Micki then walks up. Formal introduction ensues. Walker already knows Micki from the night before with her being the one who drove him home and saw him drunk. Captain James then explains that Micki just got promoted to Texas Ranger and will be Walker's new partner. Walker smirks and Micki tell him about the case. The case involves an assaulted police officer but there is more. Walker then smirks and tells Micki that they need to catch up. Micki and Walker are then outside a Austin food truck. They are feeling each other out and talking about the case. Walker compliments Micki on being a "badass" and tells her this is hard work. Micki knows this and is up for the challenge. Speaking about the case, Walker sends Micki to do the grunt work.

At dinner, Walker is at the family ranch with his family minus Stella. Stella is out with a friend. During the intense dinner conversation involving his mother sending the kids to a catholic school(Sacred Heart) in which Walker and Emily did not want. His father then chimes in and tells Walker that he should be more appreciative. Walker puts his head down. At this moment, he gets a call from the police who have Stella. He goes to pick her up and meets Isabel, and her parents. Apparently, they got busted for possession. Isabel's parents are nervous now that a Texas Ranger is involved. Walker has words with Stella, who is embarrassed and angry. Stella and Cordell fight in the truck and she storms off when they get to the ranch.

Next, we see Liam and Cordell at the local bar. Geri(who is a family friend of Emily and Walker) is the bartender. Geri greets the brothers, Liam excuses himself to make a phone call to his fiancé, Bret. Geri is worried about Cordell, and feels guilty as she was with Emily the night everything happened. While this is going on, Micki is at home where she meets her boyfriend, Trey who just got back from deployment, as he is an army medic. Back at the bar, Walker and Geri have a moment where it is more then just friends when Walker demands Geri to take a break and dance. They dance, look at each other, they smile and laugh. The dance is cut short when Micki texts about meeting early for work as she found something.

Micki has found the vehicle and the company it belongs to. Both Walker and Micki go talk to the owner and some workers. While there, Walker picks up a cross and is praying to "JC" Walker then throws the cross for Micki to hold while speaking to the owner. Walker and Micki then speak to Jordan and Alex. One of them brings up Walker’s wife, the events that happened, how he didn't protect her and then proceeds to swings at Walker. Walker, then gets angry and throws some punches and over boards with the suspect. Walker has hurt his hand, so Micki takes him to her place. Micki forgets that Trey is there. Walker has some banter with Micki for his previous actions. Micki then proceeds to express that she will have his back but wants to to know if he has hers as she has a lot to prove and does not want Walker to mess it up. Trey, then proceeds to tell Walker to not mess with Micki as she will fight back. Walker smirks and gets cleaned up. Walker then gets a call from Stella’s school. She’s missing. He goes to the school and sees Liam. Liam is the emergency contact and at first Walker is confused by that. They devise a plan to find her. Walker goes to Isabel's home to see if Stella is there. She is not and the mom is frightened again as she and her husband do not have papers but Isabel was born in the United states and they may be deported. Walker expressed that he will see what he can do. Back at the station, Walker explains the current situation, they talk about the case and gets more of Micki’s family backstory. Her mother is disappointed in Micki's choices of being in the army and now a Texas Ranger. Her mother sees this as a betrayal. Micki sees this as her wanting to make a difference as she is the first Mexican American woman Texas Ranger. They talk about the case which leads them to believe it’s drug related. They wash a cross figurine and find heroine. Micki tells Walker to go find his daughter while she gathers back up to arrest the owner of the company.

Walker finds Stella at the lookout. This place holds great significance to the Walker family. They proceed to fight again and Stella tells her father that the only one that can fix this is gone. Walker expresses that he is trying but that work is very important and he is trying to balance everything. He tells Stella to get into the truck. He then meets back up with Micki and they discover after speaking with the owner that his own sister, Cheryl, who was actually behind the drugs and ties to a cartel. Working together, they take her down. Capt. James congratulates both Walker and Micki on a job well done and now there will be a task force set up that Walker is recommended for to assist in finding the cartel. In the same breathe, James admonishes him on how he treated the suspect earlier and demanded he do better. In the moment, Walker is not happy with himself.

Walker and Liam are sitting on a bench. Walker is playing with a poker chip. Liam asks why he is doing that as it will make him go crazy. The poker chip was found on Emily's body and Walker wants to know why. There are more questions he has especially now with what occurred earlier with the worker. Liam explained that he needs to move on as someone confessed. Walker is not convinced.

Walker is at home now and is greeted by his father, who gives his two sense about Stella. Bonham is quickly silenced by Abeline. His father walks out of the room expressing that Stella will come around. Walker then speaks to his mother about his kids. Abeline expressed that Walker needs to be at home with his kids as this is his job now. Walker needs to get to know them again. Abeline expresed that the farmhouse is available and that it would be good for everyone. Walker summarizes that this has already been set up. Walker tells his mother about the task force. Stella overhears this and August walks in. Abeline is confident that Walker will make the right choice.

Outside the farmhouse, Walker sees a vision of Emily. Emily is giving her blessing that this is the right thing to do. August is so happy to show off the craftmanship that he did with the table. Walker is proud of him and apologizes that he had to grow up so fast. August asks to sleep at the farmhouse that night. Walker smiles. August is asleep on the couch with Cordell beside him, when Stella comes in with a quilt to wrap August in. Cordell asks Stella to sit next to him. She refuses to sit on the couch, but does sit on the floor by his feet. Stella and Cordell talk, she’s certain he is going leave again. To her surprise, Walker says that he is not taking the task force job as he wants to be at home with her and her brother. Stella smiles and Walker expresses that now is all they got. They fall into silence staring at the fire.

Characters

Music

  • "In a River" by Rostam
(playing as Walker and Emily kiss goodbye)
  • "Waters Crossed RE" by Royal Forest
(plays over the Walker family game night)
  • "Go Down River" by The Heavy Heavy
(playing as Walker's family waits for him to arrive home)
  • "It Might Get Dark" by White Denim
(plays as Walker heads back to his homestead)
  • "Low" by Chill Russell
(playing as Walker and Micki have lunch)
  • "Those Who Wait" by Christy Hayes
(playing as Walker has dinner with his family)
  • "Westfall" by Okkervil River
(playing as Walker and Stella leave the police station)
  • "Rhythm Revue" by Loteria
(plays at the bar with Liam and Walker)
  • "The Hard Way" by Turnpike Troubadours
(playing as Walker asks Geri to dance with him)
  • "Run" by Abhi the Nomad
(playing as Walker tries to talk to Jordanna and Alex)
  • "Poison in the Well" by by Ethan Burns & The Ragged Jubilee
(playing as Micki brings Walker to her house when they run into Trey)
  • "Valley" by Kevin Morby
(plays when Walker finds Stella at the lookout by the lake where he confronts her about her recent behavior)
  • "Livin' In" by The Mammoths
(playing when Micki and Walker confront Milo about the heroin)
  • "Souvenir" by Boygenius
(playing as Walker and Augie sleep outside in the cable and Walker tells Stella that he's not taking the job out of town)

Quotes

Walker: You're getting stronger but I am still the older brother.
Walker: If we can't be alright, lets be crazy.
Micki: This is my idiot partner, Cordell Walker.
Micki: See? Who does the law protect, not us.
Captain James: Apologies wont cut it, Do Better.
Walker: Helps me think.
Liam: Helps you worry.
Walker: Now's all we got.

Trivia & References

Bonhman Walker: Ten months? That's over 14 breeding cycles here.
The reproductive cycle of a mare is approximately 21 days.
Walker: Doomed for a certain term to walk the night.
This is a quote from William Shakespeare's Hamlet.
Trey: Nice buckle. Handcrafted by a Texas convict.

Micki: Handcrafted by a Texas convict.
Trey: Oh, that's messed up.

The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum has an arrangement with the Texas Department of Corrections for prisoners to make hand-crafted nickel-silver belt buckles with the Texas Ranger insignia. Chuck Norris wore one in the series Walker: Texas Ranger.
Walker: Had a weird dream about the sandworm from Beetlejuice.
Beetljuice is a 1988 movie by Tim Burton starring Michael Keaton.

Sides, Scripts & Transcripts

  • Pilot Script for Walker - an draft of the script for the Pilot episode of Walker. It is close to the aired version but obviously an earlier draft.

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