EXT. BIDDIFORD’S COLONIAL LODGE — NIGHT
After coming out of hospital at the end of their long ordeal on the Cahulawassee River, during which their friend Drew (Ronny Cox) died and Lewis (Burt Reynolds) broke his leg, Ed (Jon Voight) has been driven back by ambulance to the lodge where he and Bobby (Ned Beatty) are staying. Ed walks up the steps, and we hear chatter. He walks up to the door and peers in. At the dinner table, Bobby is tucking into food. He is joined by a group of other people: guests and Mrs Biddiford (Louise Coldren), who owns the hotel.