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THE LUNCHROOM Episode Four "Hope for the Best, Expect the Worst" Written by Vincent Biga Created by Bruce Snyder EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Bruce Snyder EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Vincent Biga STORY EDITOR Melinda Waterman CAST LIST Will Cooper................................. Joel Mayberry............................... Brian Vandele............................... Brock Warner................................ Reicther.................................... Casey Jennings.............................. GUEST CAST LIST Cathy Matthews.............................. Emily....................................... Josh........................................ Jeremy Davis................................ Jennifer Matthews........................... Copyright © Bruce Snyder TEASER: INT. BROCK'S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM - DAY Brian and Brock are sitting in the living room, deep in playing a video game. BRIAN All those peons are doomed. BROCK Because their idiots who don't know how to fight, they were just given swords and shields. So of course their doomed. BRIAN Like me. BROCK How so? BRIAN Woman wise. Brock lets out a small chuckle. BROCK Oh that. Well, don't worry I'm doomed too. BRIAN No your not. You’re more desirable than I am. BROCK So? BRIAN So if you actually put your mind to it you could get a girl. Me on the other hand...I'm doomed. BROCK You could get one too if you tired. BRIAN Yeah a really fat one. Not the one I want so what's the point in getting a girl if I don’t like her? BROCK So you want a girl that you actually like...like Ca- BRIAN Shut up, if I think about her then I get depressed. Best save depression for the weekdays. BROCK You’re obsessed. BRIAN So...you're a time bomb. BROCK What do you mean? BRIAN When we saw Akira you went nuts when you saw that bike go backwards, then started bitching about it saying it’s not possible. BROCK So...it's not. BRIAN The main character had physic powers and was turning into a giant blob and yet you jump all over the fact that a bike can go backwards. BROCK So? BRIAN That was like the lighter to the fuse. I'd hate to see what happens when you really get pissed off. They play for a few seconds in silence. BROCK Where is Will tonight? BRIAN Apparently he had very important business to attend to. INT. RESTAURANT – SAME There is a group of people gathered about a small stage. On stage, the ANNOUNCER has a microphone. ANNOUNCER Now here to sing "I Melt With You" ...Will Cooper. Will walks onto stage and takes the microphone. The music starts up. WILL (singing) Moving forward, using all my breath Making love to you was never second best. I saw the world rushing all around your face. Never really knowing it was always mesh and lace. Will smiles at a girl in the audience (which consists of mostly middle aged people and some Asians.) who are going crazy for him. WILL (singing) I'll stop the world and melt with you You've seen the difference and it's getting better all the time There's nothing you and I won't do I'll stop the world and melt with you. QUICKLY CUT TO: INT. BROCK'S LIVING ROOM - SAME BRYCE WARNER, Brock’s younger brother, enters with a homemade KAMA. BROCK Jesus Christ on acid! Get that thing out of here it's freaking dangerous. SIDE NOTE: Kama's are basically sickles put on the end of a chain and swung around as a weapon, Bryce’s is held together by tape. BRYCE I was going to give it to you Brock. BROCK I don't want that stupid thing. BRYCE Why? I saw a drawing of it in one of your notebooks with all that other stuff about- CUT TO BLACK TITLE CARD: "5 Minutes Later" FADE BACK IN: INT. LIVING ROOM – 5 MINUTES LATER In the corner of the room, Brock is sitting on top of Bryce. Repeatedly hitting him with a box. Bryce, so banged up from the beating, doesn't say anything and looks ready to go unconscious any second. Brian is playing the game for Brock. BRIAN Told ya'...time bomb. OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE: Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" plays over the credits. AFTER CREDITS: INT. BROCK'S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – MINUTES LATER Brock re-enters, and sits down. He still looks angry. BRIAN You went off on him. BROCK Little bastard deserved it. BRIAN We can go to my house after your mom gets back. BROCK Good idea. INT. BRIAN'S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – NIGHT DEBBIE VANDELE is sitting in the armchair. She is watching "Four Weddings and a Funeral." The scene in which Hugh Grant is telling Andie McDowell that he loves her. Brian enters, carrying an empty pizza box. BRIAN What's this? DEBBIE Four Weddings and a Funeral. Brian takes the box into the kitchen. INT. BRIAN'S KITCHEN – SAME As he puts the box in the garbage can, Brian listens in on the movie. HUGH GRANT (O.S.) In the words of David Cassidy...I think I love you. BRIAN (to himself) Lucky British bastard. He begins to walk out. Before he does, he stops and thinks. He seems to be stricken with an idea. INT. BRIAN'S ROOM – MINUTES LATER Brian and Brock are playing a fighting game. BRIAN I've been thinking. BROCK What about? BRIAN Cathy. BROCK I thought depression was best saved for weekdays. BRIAN Ever since Friday I can’t stop thinking about her in turn making me depressed. Brian sighs. BRIAN That damn shirt. BROCK The skirt? BRIAN The skirt... and the boots. INT. SCHOOL – HALLWAY – DAY (FLASHBACK) Brian is putting up his books he looks over his shoulder to see Cathy in a short skirt and leather boots, every one else is moving in slow motion and the noise of the hallway dies down. (BEGIN SONG: "Rich Girl" by Hall and Oates) Brian continues to look. She does many different things such as swish her hair over her shoulder and bend over to get a fallen book, he then puts a book over his crotch and heads for class, he walks away. BRIAN (looking upward and mouthing the words) Thank you!! INT. BRIAN'S ROOM – SAME (PRESENT) They've stopped playing. Now they just talk. BRIAN That was probably the only time I ever used my math book. BROCK Not many guys would get depressed from that. BRIAN I was like ‘THANK YOU GOD’ at first then I started thinking BROCK That's never good. BRIAN That there is no way in hundred million years that I could ever get her. BROCK You mean you thought you stood a chance? BRIAN No, I always told myself it would never happen but on that day I started believing it. BROCK I see. BRIAN And...I'm not mad at him or anything but what Will said after lunch didn't help the situation either. INT. LUNCHROOM – DAY (FLASHBACK) Brian picks up his books when the bell rings, the others disperse, Will walks up to Brian. WILL And they say we don't have any good looking girls in our class. BRIAN What? WILL Have you seen Cathy today? BRIAN Yeah. WILL That short skirt...I mean, just look at her. She is the definition of female beauty. BRIAN Come on we’ll be late to English you know how that Irish bitch is. Brian and Will head towards English class. INT. BRIAN'S ROOM – PRESENT Brock and Brian are back to playing the game. BRIAN So... BROCK So what? BRIAN I'm going to try. BROCK Try? Try what? BRIAN I'm going to write her a letter. Brock looks wide eyed at Brian and we hear a scream from the game as Brock’s character dies. Brian notices this. BRIAN What? BROCK Are you really comprehending what your saying? BRIAN Yeah, something that's been bugging me I always hear about people talk about the 'one that got away.' BROCK Isn't that a fishing term? BRIAN Shut up, what I mean is that I don't want to be sitting at home 25 years from now thinking 'what if...' BROCK Here, I'll speed things up. What if she says no? BRIAN Then I’ll know at least. BROCK Won't that make you even more depressed? BRIAN Maybe but I don’t care then I can focus my full attention on not being depressed. There's silence. Brock seems extremely unsure about this idea, while Brian looks set on the idea. BROCK Do you think it will work? BRIAN Think or hope? BROCK What? BRIAN I’ve come up with a new motto that applies to this situation perfectly. BROCK And that is? BRIAN Hope for the best...expect the worst. Brock seems confused. BRIAN Simply put, no I don't think it will work but I’m hoping it will. BROCK That's a fuck up way of thinking. BRIAN I know...but I’m a strange person Brian points at the weapons displayed on his walls. BROCK True... Pause. BROCK So...how are you going to do it? BRIAN You owe me a favor. Brian pulls out a folded up piece of paper. BRIAN Just give it to her that’s it. BROCK Are you sure you want me to give it to her? Brian begins to think about his idea. INT. STUDY HALL – DAY (BRIAN'S THOUGHT) Brock walks up to Cathy in a crowded study hall BROCK I have something for you. CATHY Me? What is it? Brock hands her the letter. BROCK It's a love letter from Brian Vandele. Brock just realized what he's said. BROCK Oh shit! Quick! Forget the name I just told you! Brock begins to run off, before he runs back. BROCK By the way it's not a love letter! He runs off. INT. BRIAN'S ROOM – PRESENT Brian now seems to hate the idea. BRIAN Yeah your right...but who then? BROCK Will? Brian thinks a moment. BRIAN Well there’s no doubt he’d do it, we’ve known each other since pre-school. INT. PLAYGROUND – DAY (FLASHBACK) A young Brian is playing in the sandbox. A few feet away, we can see a young Will standing by a girl. He quickly grabs the young girl, and kisses her. GIRL Ewwwww! He kissed me! She pushes him into the sandbox. Young Will lands right in front of Young Brian. BRIAN Hi, I’m Brian. WILL I’m Will. BRIAN I like Power Rangers. WILL Do you like girls? BRIAN Well, not really. WILL Doesn't matter. Hey, lets go play on the seesaw! BRIAN Okay! INT. BRIAN'S ROOM – PRESENT Brian has now paused the game. BRIAN And he is better at this kinda thing that I am. INT. PLAYGROUND – DAY (FLASHBACK) Younger Brian and Will (but older than pre-school Brian and Will about 2nd grade) are both talking to a girl, the girl kicks Brian in the crotch and hugs Will. INT. BRIAN'S ROOM – PRESENT Brian seems a little embarrassed by his memories. BRIAN Yeah I think I’ll go with Will. INT. LUNCHROOM – FOLLOWING MONDAY Will and Brian are sitting at a table, talking. No one else is around. WILL Just give it to her? BRIAN Yeah, I don’t give a fuck how just get it done. Will shoves it into his pocket. BRIAN By the way, where were on Saturday? Will looks nervous. WILL Um, no where. INT. RESTAURANT – NIGHT (FLASHBACK) Will is on stage, in the middle of singing "Crocodile Rock" by Elton John. WILL (singing) Well Croc Rocking is something shocking when your feet just can't keep still. I never knew me a better time and I guess I never will. Oh mama mama those Friday nights when Suzie wore her dresses tight and the Crocodile Rocking was out of sight. Now in a really high pitch voice Will begins to sing the chorus. WILL (singing) Na-na-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na-na na-na-na-na-n. INT. LUNCHROOM – PRESENT Will tries to change the subject. WILL Any real reason you’re doing this? BRIAN To prove something to myself. WILL All right. Hey, I'll be right back. I'm going to get something to drink. Will gets up and leaves. INT. HALLWAY – SECONDS LATER Will is walking down a deserted hallway. He begins to whistle. He reaches a locker and opens it, still whistling. EMILY (O.S.) Hey, Will. Will freaks, and closes the door. He holds his back up against. WILL Hi, Emily. Emily walks up to him. EMILY What the hell are you doing? WILL Whadda you mean? EMILY That's Cathy's locker. WILL Oh, well...I'm returning a homework thing she let me copy. EMILY Oh. She still looks at him suspiciously. WILL See ya'. Will has a big fake smile on his face. He nods. She slowly walks away. He waits until she is gone before opening the locker again. JOSH (O.S.) Whadda you doin', Will? Will, again, closes the door by putting his back against it. This time he seems more annoyed then scared. Josh walks up to him, carrying a basketball. WILL Nice to see you too, Josh. JOSH What the hell are you doing? WILL Just giving her... He thinks for a brief second. WILL CD, she let me borrow back. JOSH Oh. Silent. JOSH Well gotta go. He walks off. He waits until she is gone before opening the locker again. JEREMNY DAVIS walks up. JEREMY Hey, Will. Will, annoyed, turns to Jeremy. WILL Oh for Christ’s sake, fuck off Jeremy! I'm trying to do something here. Jeremy, surprised, slowly walks away. Will opens the locker and puts the note in. INT. LUNCHROOM – MINUTES LATER Will sits back down at Brian's table, with a big smile on his face. WILL It is accomplished. BRIAN What do you mean? WILL I slipped it into her locker. BRIAN How can you tell them apart? WILL She’s a cheerleader, its hard to miss a sign that says "Cathy Matthews" on it. BRIAN I guess so. WILL Don't worry, Brian. The hard part is over. Now all you have to is wait. BRIAN Yeah...for the inevitable EXT. SIDEWALK – A FEW MINUTES AFTER SCHOOL Brian is walking to the buses. Brock catches up with him. BRIAN Hey. BROCK Hey. BRIAN So... BROCK She was writing something. BRIAN What? BROCK Cathy, she was writing something in SRT – (SRT is study hall) I couldn’t see what it was though. BRIAN So I’m assuming Will told you. BROCK Yep. BRIAN I see, did Reicther find out? Reicther runs up to join them. REICTHER She was writing something. BROCK I already told him. REICTHER But she didn’t give it to Will like it said to in the note. BRIAN (Sarcastically) Gee I wonder why. BROCK What do you mean? BRIAN This is school. Think about it a second. Just because she was writing something in SRT doesn’t mean it was a note. REICTHER What else could it be? BRIAN Maybe an assignment. REICHTER Why would she do that? Brian looks at Reicther like he’s an idiot. BROCK Don’t pay attention to him he counts his pencils during SRT. They reach the bus as they get on the screen fades to black. INT. HALLWAY – NEXT DAY Will is throwing something away in a trash can. Brian comes up. BRIAN Any response? WILL No not yet. BRIAN Damn. Brian looks over his shoulder to see Cathy talking with her own friends. WILL You put your e-mail in the note didn't you? BRIAN Yeah. WILL Maybe she’ll e-mail. He sighs. WILL No need stress out about it. BRIAN Maybe you’re right. FADE OUT BEGIN MONTAGE: We see a montage of days passing by from Wednesday to Thursday, to Friday, of Brian asking Will if there was a response, Will shakes his head no, we also see Brian checking his e-mails and becoming frustrated. INT. BRIAN'S ROOM – SATURDAY NIGHT Brian’s Room Brock and Brian are playing a fighting game again. BROCK So still no word? BRIAN No and it’s driving me crazy. BROCK Its starting to piss Will off too. They don’t say anything for a while BROCK I thought you didn’t think it would work. BRIAN I don’t but... BROCK You just wanna know? BRIAN Exactly, if I don’t find out soon I feel like I’m going to explode. To bad Will isn't here. INT. RESTAURANT – SAME Will is up on stage. This time is in the middle of singing Bruce Springsteen's "The Rising." WILL (singing) Come on up for the rising Come on up, lay your hands in mine Come on up for the rising Come on up for the rising tonight (sings the chorus) Li,li, li,li,li,li, li,li,li QUICKLY CUT TO: INT. BRIAN'S ROOM - SAME We hear a character scream from the game, we can tell from his reaction that Brian just died. BRIAN Stupid bitch. Brock is surprised. BROCK Cathy? BRIAN No, no, no, Talim, your too good with her, and she’s annoying. They start playing another round they don’t speak for a while. BROCK Well you could always go for one of her sisters. Brian glares at Brock but continues to play, we hear a character die on the game again, we can tell it’s Brock’s from his reaction, the then notices that Brian is starring. BROCK What? BRIAN (serious tone) Funny. Camera fades out on their backs as they play again, we see Brock’s character is loosing badly. FADE TO: INT. CATHY'S ROOM – SAME Cathy is sitting at her computer typing. Her sister JENNIFER is reading a paper. JENNIFER Thanks for printing it off for me. CATHY You're welcome. Jennifer leaves the room, while reading the paper. Cathy looks up to make sure she's gone. She quickly reaches into her pocket and pulls out Brian's note. She opens in up and begins to read it. She smiles. She takes a pen from her desk and begins to write on the paper. Just before she gets started, her mother calls her. VOICE (O.S.) Cathy! Robert's here! She looks up. Then back down to the note. She seems conflicted. CATHY Coming! She slowly stands up. She takes another look at the note before shoving it into one of the desk drawers. She closes the drawer and walks out. We stay on the drawer for a few more seconds. FADE OUT. END OF EPISODE
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