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THE LunchROOM

Episode 1.08
"Join the Army"

TELEPLAY BY
Casey Wrenn
and
Vincent Biga

STORY BY
Vincent Biga
and
Bruce Snyder

CREATED BY
Bruce Snyder

CAST LIST

		Will Cooper.................................
		Joel Mayberry...............................
		Brian Vandele...............................
		Brock Warner................................
		Reicther....................................
		Casey Jennings..............................

 
GUEST CAST LIST

		Chris Hughes................................
		Army Guy.................................... 
		Clerk....................................... 
		Rene David.................................. 
		Emily Lucas................................. 
		Cathy Phenis................................ 





     Copyright © Bruce Snyder

     TEASER:

     INT. MALL Ė DAY

     Will is walking towards an arcade and passes by a tall 
     man dressed in Army Clothes. Will turns, and walks back 
     in front of him.

				   WILL
                    Is it fun? Being in the Army?

     The Army guy stares at him, but doesnít say anything.

				   WILL
                    Whatís it like to shoot people?

				   ARMY GUY
                    Get out of here kid.

				   WILL
                    Do you ever get scared of guns?

				   ARMY GUY
                    Do you want some trouble kid?

				   WILL
                    I just want to know what it is like 
                    to be in the Army. I mean do you 
                    guys feel any fear?

     The Army Guy takes Will by his arm.

				   WILL
                    Where are we going?

				   ARMY GUY
                    You want fear?, Iíll give you some 
                    fear.

     The Army Guy pulls Will, as they walk towards the exit 
     of the mall. The camera shifts to across the mall 
     hallway into a Electronics Boutique we see Brian 
     taking to a clerk.

				   BRIAN
                    What do you mean it was pushed 
                    back?

				   CLERK
                    Samurai Warriors was pushed back 
                    till May, sorry.

				   BRIAN
                    But itís freaking March, whatís the 
                    fucking deal!? Why push it back so 
                    far?!

				   CLERK
                    Sorry, you can reserve it though.

     Brian looks angry, his fists are clenched and a few 
     seconds pass by

				   CLERK
                    Hey man are you ok?

     Brian still says nothing his face starts getting red.

				   BRIAN
				(quietly)
                    You bastard.

     OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE:

     Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" plays over the 
     credits.

     FADE IN:

     EXT. HOUSE Ė DAY

     Casey walks up to his mail box. He shifts his book bag 
     to his left shoulder. He pulls a handful of mail out, 
     and carries it, as he walks up his front porch and 
     through the front door.

     INT. LIVING ROOM - SAME

     Casey sets his book bag on the couch, and places the 
     mail on the end table. He walks to the answering 
     machine. "1" flashes. Casey hits play.

				   LACIEíS VOICE (O.S.)
                    Casey, why do you act like such a 
                    dick around me? We need to talk. 
                    Sit with me tomorrow or Iíll sit 
                    with you.

     Casey hits the delete button.

				   CASEY
                    Crap.

     Casey walks out the front door.

     INT. LUNCHROOM Ė DAY

     Casey walks up to Lacie. Lacie looks up from her seat. 
     Casey walks over to the table, and takes a seat.

				   LACIE
                    Hey, ass.

				   CASEY
                    What do you want from me?

				   LACIE
                    I just want to know why you act 
                    like a dick every time your around 
                    me. All quiet and such?

				   CASEY
                    That's how I always act. Remember?

				   LACIE
                    You could at least say hi.

				   CASEY
                    We sit on opposite sides of the 
                    class room.

				   LACIE
                    Fuck it I donít know why I bother 
                    with you!

          		          CASEY
                    Well stop then!

				   LACIE
                    Fine I will!

     They both get up and leave, the chairs slam into the 
     table as they push them in, focuses on the clock, thirty 
     minuets pass by quickly, camera moves to focus on the 
     table that Casey and Lacie were sitting at, We see Will 
     and Brian next to them is sitting ANDY JENNINGS who is 
     eating. Will and Brian remain silent as Andy eats. 
     When he finishes Andy gets up and walks away.

				   WILL
                    Finally I never thought the 
                    homophobe would leave.

				   BRIAN
                    So what did he do to you?

				   WILL
                    Well after he crammed me into his 
                    jeep he started driving...really 
                    fast

     INT. JEEP Ė DAY (FLASHBACK)

     FLASH BACK: Will sitting with the Army guy in a car, the 
     army guy is driving.

				   ARMY GUY
                    Are you scarred yet?

				   WILL
                    No.

				   ARMY GUY
                    You will be.

     Short pause.

				   WILL
                    Why does this jeep smell funny?

				   ARMY GUY
                    Thatís classified.

     Short pause..

     INT. LUNCHROOM Ė PRESENT

     Will seems to be disgusted by the way the story is 
     going. He looks over Brian's shoulder.

				   WILL
                    Iíll finish it up latter. Time to go 
                    to class.

     Brian and Will go their separate ways at a forked 
     hallway.

								FADE OUT

     FADE IN:

     INT. HALLWAY Ė MINUTES LATER

     Joel and Chris are walking down the hallway. Joel is 
     explaining something to Chris.

				   JOEL
                    So usually try not to applaud at 
                    them. But we get the occasional 
                    teacher that tells us we have to.

				   CHRIS
                    Oh I see. Hey, where's the nearest 
                    bathroom at?

				   JOEL
                    Up here.

     They walk up to a bathroom. Just then THREE SENIORS walk 
     out. Before Chris and Joel enter, FIVE more SENIORS walk 
     out. Followed by EIGHT SOPHMORES. After all this people 
     have left, Chris and Joel stare at each other in 
     amazement. They quickly enter the bathroom.

     INT. BATHROOM Ė SAME

     Joel and Chris enter. We see that there are FOUR stalls 
     and FOUR of the wall toilets.

				   CHRIS
                    How the hell did all of them use 
                    the bathroom?

     INT. MATH CLASS Ė MINUTES LATER

     Will is starring into space suddenly Rene and Emily sit 
     down beside him.

				   RENE
                    Hi Will.

     Will snaps out of it.

				   WILL
                    Hi.

				   RENE
                    Did you do anything fun over the 
                    weekend?

				   WILL
                    Well first there was the run in 
                    with the KKK, then a private in the 
                    army almost rapped me. I don't know 
                    about you but it sounds like I'm 
                    having one hell of a week.

				   RENE
				 (Shocked)
                    I heard about that, how some guys 
                    saved a black kid from them I 
                    didn't know you were there!

				   WILL
                    Oh yeah I was there.

				   EMILY
                    I didnít know you were friends with 
                    any black guys.

				   WILL
                    What are you trying to say?

				   EMILY
                    Er.. I just meant...well...I...

				   WILL
                    I'm kidding and I didn't know Chris 
                    till that night.

				   RENE
                    You mean you saved a guy you just 
                    met from the KKK?

				   WILL
                    Yeah so?

				   RENE
                    Well thatís just a really nice 
                    thing to do.

				   WILL			   
                    Well my friends helped too if 
                    Brian and Joel werenít there I 
                    don't know what would have happened.

				   EMILY
                    I heard Brian was about to take 
                    them all on when they said something 
                    about beating up Asians.

				   WILL (V/O)
                    Oh shit.

				   RENE
                    Yeah I heard about that too, do you 
                    know why he did it Will.

				   WILL (V/O)
                    Think of something you idiot!

				   EMILY
                    Will?

     Emily hits him in the back of the head

				   WILL
                    Oh sorry, Brianís step mom is 
                    Asian, and sheís like...
				(thinks)
                    ...nice...to him...and stuff.

				   RENE
                    Oh.

				   EMILY
                    That's funny.
	
				   WILL
                    Why?

				   EMILY
                    I never knew Brian had a heart.

				   WILL
                    You'd be surprised.

				   RENE
                    Now whatís this about an army guy?

				   WILL
                    Oh Christ.

     Before Will can begin his story the screen fades to 
     black.

     FADE IN:

     INT. HALLWAY Ė MINUTES LATER

     Casey is walking down the hallway by himself. He stares 
     down at the ground, deep in thought.

				   CASEY (V/O)
                    I wonder if what Lacie said was 
                    true? Am I dick? Then again Lacie 
                    says a lot of things that aren't 
                    true.

     Casey bumps into someone.

				   CASEY
                    Sorry.

				   STUDENT
                    Watch where your going, dick.

     The student walks off.

				   CASEY
                    I'M NOT A DICK!

     INT. LIBRARY Ė MINUTES LATER

     Brian at a computer in the library typing quickly Will 
     walks up to him.

				   WILL
                    What are you doing?

				   BRIAN
                    Trying to finish this thing.

				   WILL
                    What is it?

				   BRIAN
                    A speech for Speech class.

				   WILL
                    Hey.

				   BRIAN
                    Yeah.

				   WILL
                    Do you have a step mom?

				   BRIAN
                    Yep.

				   WILL
                    She's Asian now.

				   BRIAN
                    Gottcha.

     Will and Brian laugh.

				   WILL
                    See ya' man.

     Will walks off. After a few seconds Brock enters.				  

				   BROCK
				(to Brian)
                    They pushed it back.

				   BRIAN
                    Yeah I know it sucks.

				   BROCK
                    Do you know how far?

				   BRIAN
                    May.

				   BROCK
                    Geez.

				   BRIAN
                    Thatís what I thought

     Brian sees a book in Brock's hand.

				   BRIAN
                    Want me to get you a good book.

				   BROCK
                    No thanks Iíve seen what you call 
                    'good' books.

				   BRIAN
                    Just cause one of the guyís is 
                    named Pug

				   BROCK
                    Itís so stupid, though!

				   BRIAN
                    Pug kicks ass, heís like the 
                    Gandalf of that series, only 
                    stronger.

				   BROCK
                    I doubt that.

				   BRIAN
                    Whatever, now away with you, I have 
                    to finish this.

				   BROCK
                    See ya.

     Brock exits, after a few seconds of typing Brian looks 
     over his shoulder to look at a clock, he moves his eyes 
     down and sees Cathy looking for a book, he looks on a 
     few more secondís not noticing heís staring, suddenly 
     Cathy look over her shoulder, they make eye contact for 
     a split second, Brian quickly turns his head and 
     starts typing again.

				   BRIAN
                              (quietly)
                    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

     INT. HALLWAY Ė LATER

     Joel and Casey standing out in the hallway, Joel is 
     wearing a leather jacket and Casey a head bandana.

				   JOEL
                    Sounds like a pretty bad fight.

				   CASEY
                    Yep.

				   JOEL
                    It sounds like sheís paranoid to me.

				   CASEY
                    Good Iím not the only one.

				   JOEL
                    Ready to practice?

				   CASEY
                    Sure.

     They begin to practice their dance steps. Brian walks 
     down the hallway and sees Joel and Casey.

				   BRIAN
                    Why are you dressed like that and 
                    why are you standing out here?

				   JOEL
                    Were reenacting 'West Side Story' 
                    in our English class.

				   BRIAN
                    That's what happens when you get 
                    into those Honorís classes.

				   JOEL
                    Yeah.

     Casey accidentally steps on Joel's foot.

				   JOEL
                    Owww!!! Jesus Christ.

				   CASEY
                    Oh God. I'm sorry Joel.

				   JOEL
                    Watch where you going next time, 
                    dickhead.

				   CASEY
                            (to himself)
                    Dick?

				   BRIAN
                    Didn't you guys do some kind of 
                    play type thing in 7th grade?

				   JOEL
                    Yeah, that was dumb too.

				   BRIAN
                    Good thing you didnít show up that 
                    day.

				   JOEL
                    Damn strait.

				   BRIAN
                    So who do you guys play?

				   JOEL
                    I'm shark punk #1.

				   CASEY
                    And Iím punk #2.

				   BRIAN
                    Any lines?

				   JOEL
                    I'm gonna cut you good!

     Brian chuckles as he walks off to his own class.

     INT. STUDY HALL Ė MINUTES LATER

     Will, Brock and Reicther talking in the study hall, it 
     is near the end of the day and every one is standing up 
     waiting.

				   BROCK
                    He took you to his Jeep?

				   WILL
                    Yeah.

				   REICTHER
                    He likes Britney Spears.

				   WILL
                    Yeah.

				   BROCK
                    What happened after that, where did 
                    he take you?

				   WILL
                    Well you see...

     The bell rings and every one starts to leave.

				   WILL
                    I'll tell you all tomorrow.

     They all leave.

     EXT. SIDEWALK Ė MINUTES AFTER SCHOOL

     Will, Joel and Casey are walking home.

				   WILL
                    Then he took me to his jeep, I 
                    thought he was gonna take me to 
                    where all the army dudes hang out 
                    and pass me around like a peace 
                    pipe.

				   JOEL
                    That's what you get for insulting 
                    him.

				   CASEY
                    What happened after that.

				   WILL
                    All I can tell you is that the jeep 
                    smelled like shit and heís a fan of 
                    Britney Spears.

				   JOEL
                    Why?

				   WILL
                    Thatís where I left off with 
                    Brian, Brock, and Reicther I 
                    figure Iíll tell you all tomorrow 
                    at lunch.

				   CASEY
                    Ok see ya.

     Will heads down an other street while Casey and Joel 
     continue to walk straight.

     INT. CHRIS' HOUSE Ė BASEMENT - LATER

     Will and Chris are playing darts.

				   CHRIS
                    And get this, about fifteen 
                    different guys came out of the 
                    bathroom.

				   WILL
                    But there's only about eight stalls.

				   CHRIS
                    I know. That's the real brain 
                    buster. What did the other guys 
                    use?

     Will walks up to the board and collects the darts.

				   CHRIS
                    Brian told me to ask you about the 
                    army guy.

				   WILL
                    Ah, Jesus.

				   CHRIS
                    He also said that Britney Spears 
                    was involved?

				   WILL
                    Yep.

				   CHRIS
                    Who the hell is that?

     Will gives him a look.

     INT. LUNCHROOM Ė NEXT DAY

     Will, Joel, Brian, Brock, Reicther, Casey and Chris 
     are sitting at the table. All of the guys are looking at 
     Will. Will is occupied with his English homework.

				   REICHTER
                    Well?

				   WILL
                    Well what?

				   CASEY
                    What happened?

				   WILL
                    What?

				   CHRIS
                    What happened with the army guy?

				   WILL
                    Hang on I gotta get this done first

				   BROCK
                    Seize the book!

     Brian grabs the book from Will.

				   WILL
                    What the fuck? I gotta finish that!

				   BRIAN
                    The faster you finish the story the 
                    faster you can finish this.

				   WILL
                    Alright alright, ok here's what 
                    happened... 

     Will looks up and notices something. His mouth drops in shock.

				   JOEL
                    Hey, no more stalling, tell us the 
                    story. 

     Will continues to stare.

				   REICTHER
                    What are you looking at?

     Everyone turns around.

     We see that in the there is a special army recruiting 
     station in the Lunchroom for the day. The Army Guy 
     working the booth is the same one as before. He doesn't 
     notice Will at first but looks over and sees him. The 
     Army Guy waves at Will and smiles.

     Everyone at the table, slowly turn and give Will a look. 
     Will seems speechless. 
                 
                                                        FADE OUT.

     ("War (What Is It Good For)" by Mekkanikka plays over the 
     credits.
                           
                            END OF EPISODE

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