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THE LUNCHROOM Episode Seven "Orion in the Sky" Teleplay by Edward Drogos & Melinda Waterman Story by Bruce Snyder Created by Bruce Snyder EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Bruce Snyder EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Vincent Biga EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Edward Drogos STORY EDITOR Melinda Waterman CONSULTING PRODUCER Max Majernik CAST LIST Will Cooper................................. Joel Mayberry............................... Brian Vandele............................... Brock Warner................................ Reicther.................................... Casey Jennings.............................. Chris Hughes................................ Stacy Cifaretto............................. Ellen Conner................................ Cathy Phenis................................ Mr. John Parker............................. GUEST CAST LIST Marilyn..................................... Ms. Diane Ballard........................... Dave Attanasio.............................. Kate Davidson............................... Nick........................................ Manager..................................... Copyright © Bruce Snyder TEASER FADE IN: INT. GYM - AFTERNOON (SONG BEGINS: General Public's "I'll Take You There") Scattered throughout the school gym are various pieces of the set for "My Fair Lady" and are being worked on by the members of the cast. MS. DIANE BALLARD smokes a cigarette a few feet outside the exit door while MR. JOHN PARKER supervises the construction. Laid out on two saw horses is a door that WILL COOPER is drilling in a hole for the door knob. He picks up the drill and begins to drill through the wood. The door begins to shake and Will has to hold on to hit harder and continues to drill. A few feet in front of him is ELLEN CONNER. She is with another Actor and are sanding different part of the set. Will keeps looking up at her, but then back at what he's drilling, then back at Ellen. The sander skips over the wood and saw dust gets all over Ellen, in her hair and in her clothes. Will glances up again, and continues to watch her as she shakes her hair out and pulls her shirt up and begins to shake it out, revealing her chest and a little bit of her bra. Will finally looks down to the drill. It had drilled through the little bit of skin between his middle and index finger. WILL OH JUMPING JESUS ZOMBIE! SONG FADES AWAY. SMASH CUT TO: OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE: Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" plays over the credits. AFTER CREDITS: FADE TO: INT. VANDELE HOME - STACY'S BEDROOM - AFTERNOON Stacy sits at her desk by her window packing her books and papers into a box. All of a sudden she hears a knock at her window. She looks up to see that a small stone hits her window. Stacy opens her window and sticks her head out. STACY Oh my god. EXT. VANDELE HOME - CONTINUOUS MARILYN is standing outside her window smiling at Stacy with a handful of rocks in her hand. STACY Marilyn, what are you doing here? MARILYN "Love for thy love, and hand for hand I give!" STACY What? MARILYN "Let lips do, what hands do." STACY Why are you reciting Shakespeare to me? MARILYN I'm trying to woo you...Oh wait...We should be woo'd and were not made to woo. STACY (giggles) Stop. (looks around to see if anyone's watching) Well, I mean, not here. MARILYN Well it's a rather tall climb up a rather steep incline. Or can I use the front door? STACY Sure. Stacy closes her window, and Marilyn puts down the rocks, looks at her watch and walks out front. CUT TO: INT. GYM - LATER Will is on the stage floor lying back with Ellen by his head and a number of students surrounding them as Ms. Ballard wraps up Will's hand. Parker hovers around in the background observing Ballard. PARKER You know you really should have done this in a sterile environment. There are too many germs around here. Could be infectious. WILL (worried) Infections? BALLARD Don't worry, I'm trained. I've sterilized everything. WILL Wait, what do he mean infections? PARKER You should have really done this in my office. WILL (to Ellen) Infections? ELLEN Don't worry. You'll be fine. Will looks at her and notices that one of her buttons is still undone and tries to lean back a little more to see inside. CUT TO: INT. BURGER PLACE - SAME CHRIS HUGHES and KATE DAVIDSON enter and begin to walk toward the counter. In Chris is fiddling around in his pocket, until he pulls out a small bottle of PILLS. KATE You going to order? Chris quickly puts the pills behind his back. CHRIS You first. Kate turns to the KID behind the counter. Chris slides the pills back into his pocket. KATE I'll have a double vagile burger no onions and a diet coke please. CHRIS Same for me. The kid behind the register rings up the order, Chris pays, and he and Kate smile at each other waiting for their food. The Kid brings them their tray and they take them and walk over to a table. KATE I'll be right back, going to wash up. CHRIS This is a burger joint, if the staff doesn't why should you? Kate smiles and walks to the bathroom. Chris looks to make sure she is gone and takes out the bottle of Prozac from his pocket, opens it and shakes one pill out. He lifts the bun of Kate's burger and places the pill in there. He quickly hides the bottle and looks around making sure no one saw him. CUT TO: INT. VANDELE HOME - STACY'S BEDROOM - LATER Stacy is putting some stuffed animals from the back of her closet into a plastic bag. Marilyn is sitting on the edge of her bed, amused by the stuff animals. MARILYN Stuff animals? STACY Oh, that's some pretty big words from someone who keeps a Pee-Wee Herman doll... (pause) ...in it's original box. MARILYN Hey, you forgot Chairie. And besides another ten years, I'll be in the money with that stuff. Stacy continues to shuffle through the closet. Marilyn reaches over and picks up a poster. She unfolds it to reveal it's a poster of a star constellation. MARILYN What is this? STACY Oh, I forgot about that. That's my souvenir from space camp. Marilyn shoots Stacy a "what the hell" look. STACY I'm only young and stupid once in my life. Marilyn sighs again. MARILYN What is it anyway? STACY It's Orion. I don't know why, but I really liked it. Marilyn continues to look over the poster, while Stacy shuffles through her desk. STACY God, I never knew I have so much stuff. This is unbelievable. MARILYN Yeah, well actually, I can believe it now. STACY What do you mean? MARILYN I'm all packed up. I'm moving tonight. Stacy stops and turns to Marilyn, she looks absolutely shocked. MARILYN (off Stacy's look) I know, that's how I felt. Stacy sits down and Marilyn sits down next to her. STACY Where are you going? For how long? What are you going to do? MARILYN Well, that sort of depends on you. STACY (confused) Me? Marilyn pauses for a moment. MARILYN Come with me. Let's run away together. STACY What? MARILYN Yeah, we'll go to New York or Chicago or...hell, even Maine. Yeah, look we're both all ready packed, I've got my Mom's truck, we'll just go and live together. STACY Marilyn... Stacy lets out a small chuckle and notices that Marilyn is not laughing. STACY Oh shit. MARILYN What? STACY You were serious...I was afraid of that. Small beat. MARILYN Stacy, it'll be perfect, the opportunity is just waiting for us to act on it. STACY You want me to run away with you Somewhere? Just like that? Just go in your car and leave everything? MARILYN Well, actually it's a truck...and yeah, that's the plan. Stacy looks down, trying to take all of this in. The doorbell rings. MARILYN (CONT'D) Fuck every other person in the world! STACY I'll be right back. MARILYN No, wait. STACY I won't forget. I have to answer the door. Stacy walks out, closing the door behind her. She stops and takes a deep breath, and walks down the stairs. INT. VANDELE HOME - FOYER - CONTINUOUS Stacy opens the door to reveal that DAVE ATTANASIO is standing there, with a big idiotic grin on his face. DAVE Howdy-hey, Stacy! STACY HOLY FUCKING ASS CRACKERS! DAVE What? STACY Dave...sorry. Hi, I can't believe you're here. Dave steps in to give her a massive BEAR hug. She takes two steps forward, keeping him on the stoop for the hug. DAVE I didn't mean to just appear like this but I had to see you. Can I come in? STACY (stepping aside) Uh, sure. For a second. Dave enters and she closes the door. DAVE Can we talk? Dave starts to climb up the stairs. STACY Yeah...wait, where are you going? She jumps up two steps and tries to pull him back down. DAVE Your room. I have to talk to you. Dave gets free and climbs the rest of the stairs, Stacy follows quickly, trying to get his attention, and make him come back downstairs. STACY Well, wait, I'm packing, you can't get in. Dave turns down the hallway and heads closer to Stacy's room. Stacy runs up and jumps in front of him, making him stop. DAVE What's the problem? STACY It's messy in there, I'm packing my underwear... DAVE I've seen your underwear before... (long pause) Because we did "it." He giggles like an idiot, followed by a pause. DAVE Remember? STACY (overlapping) Yeah, I remember. Dave tries to move up the stairs again but Stacy stops him. STACY No, wait, my Mom's in her room, she might hear us. Let's go somewhere else. DAVE Okay. Stacy's door opens and Marilyn stands there looking at Stacy. MARILYN Who are you talking to? She then sees Dave. MARILYN (CONT'D) Hello. Stacy puts her hand over her mouth, looking nervous. CUT TO: INT. BURGER PLACE - LATER Chris sits nervously looking at Kate's hamburger. He takes a drink of soda, and stares at the burger again. Kate walks back from the bathroom, and sits down. KATE I'm back. God, I'm hungry. Thanks for waiting. Chris laughs nervously as Kate takes her first bite of food. KATE (CONT'D) Mmm...this is good. Chris smiles. CHRIS Good. Kate eats some more, Chris watches her. KATE What? CHRIS Huh? KATE (giggles) You can't take your eyes off me can you? CHRIS Huh? She laughs and takes another bite of her burger. Chris absentmindedly picks up his burger and takes a bite. He begins to chew and becomes aware of how bad it tastes and has difficulty in swallowing it. KATE How is it? Unable to speak, Chris nods franticly and tries to smile. CUT TO: INT. VANDELE HOME - STACY'S BEDROOM - LATER Dave walks into Stacy's room. MARILYN Hi, I'm Marilyn. She extends her hand. DAVE (shaking it) Dave. I met you before. MARILYN Yeah. STACY You've met? DAVE Yeah. MARILYN At your graduation. Stacy grimaces as it all comes back to her. DAVE Stacy...I'd hate to do this in front of your friend but Iíve got to... Pause. Stacy knows what's coming. STACY Oh Jesus. DAVE Stacy Hamilton! STACY Um, actually it's Cifaretto. DAVE Oh...Stacy Cifaretto, I love you! Long pause. Stacy sighs and covers her face. Marilyn begins to giggle. MARILYN Oh...these good times are killing me. DAVE Hey what's so funny? I'm pouring my heart and soul here. MARILYN It's kind of a lost cause there, Dave. DAVE What? It can't be! (to Stacy) Those were the best two months of my life. MARILYN What two months? DAVE Earlier this year. It was April till about June, I think. Marilyn gives Stacy a look, who replies with nervous laughter. MARILYN What? like you guys hung out or something? DAVE (scoffs) No, we dated. Marilyn now has her mouth wide open in surprise. STACY (nervous) I...I, uh never thought the two of you would be in the same room. MARILYN Stacy...couldn't have done that. DAVE Well, she did. MARILYN But she's a lesbian. She's not into men. DAVE Look, I - Dave stops and begins to stare off. Long pause. Marilyn waves her hand in front of him. MARILYN I think I put him in a trance. Snaps fingers. DAVE (to Stacy) YOU'RE A LESBIAN?! STACY Well...kinda. Long pause. DAVE ...Are you sure? MARILYN I know for a fact she's a Lesbian. For I am her girlfriend. As such, I have made love to her. DAVE Well, I had sex with her too. Pause. MARILYN (to Stacy) You were sleeping with a man when were dated? DAVE (to Stacy) You slept with another girl while we dated? MARILYN (to Stacy) You know how fucking angry that makes me! DAVE (to Stacy) You know how turned on that makes me? MARILYN Shut the fuck up! (to Stacy) Why? Why did you do it? STACY Well, I had never been with a man before...and, I...just... She trails off. MARILYN So what, this means your straight now, or something? STACY No, no, no! Trust me, I'm gay. DAVE Hey! What's that suppose to mean!? STACY It just wasn't as..."impressive" as it usually is with Marilyn. DAVE But you said it was a good size!! MARILYN Not that you fucking twat berry. It means you failed to turn her to the "dark side." Dave nods, and seems a bit relieved. But after a second it fully hits him what Marilyn says. Stacy goes over to Marilyn and holds her hand. STACY Marilyn, I only did it because I wasn't sure. I wasn't sure if I was gay or straight or what. But I found out through Dave's..."below average" performance that I'm gay... and that I am truly am in love with you. Long pause. DAVE Hey, I just realized in some form or another we've all had sex with each other. Marilyn breaks free of Stacy's grip and begins to hit Dave. MARILYN You dumb motherfucker! DAVE OW! STOP IT! Stacy pulls Marilyn back. DAVE I was just pointing out a fact! Marilyn again pulls away from Stacy. STACY Marilyn, I don't know what to say. It's complicated. Marilyn scoffs. MARILYN Complicated. I tell you I love you, and it's complicated? She shakes her head and leaves. Long pause. DAVE Well, it's easy to see who won this war. Dave smiles and puts his arm around Stacy's shoulder. Stacy gives him a look. SMASH CUT TO: EXT. VANDELE HOME - SECONDS LATER The front door flies open and Dave is HURLED through it. He lands, head first, on to the front yard. CUT TO: INT. AUDITORIUM - SAME TIME Ellen is standing at the edge of the stage, very into a newspaper crossword. Will, with a bandaged hand, walk by. He stops and takes a few steps back. He begins to look over her shoulder at the crossword. After a few seconds, Ellen raises her head and turns to Will. ELLEN Hi, Will. WILL (without looking up) Hey - ELLEN Whatcha doin'? WILL Well, I figure I could help you. Ellen smiles and takes a few steps her to her right. ELLEN I'm good. Will quietly takes a few steps and tries his hardest to see over her shoulder. WILL Have you gotten 31 down yet? ELLEN Nope. Pause. WILL It's "Quaintness." She playfully hits him in the shoulder. WILL Ow, what was that for? ELLEN I could've gotten it. WILL Looked like your were struggling. ELLEN I can do this crossword puzzle by myself, thank you very much. WILL Oh you can? ELLEN Yes. WILL What's 54 across then? ELLEN 54 across? WILL Yeah. She reads it over, and begins to think. After a few seconds it becomes clear that she doesn't know. WILL (impersonation) Like zoinks, Scoob! This chick doesn't know the answer. She playfully hits him again. ELLEN I will beat you like red headed step child if you don't stop. WILL Come on! It's easy. (reading) "Cinderella Man Actor" Ellen thinks harder. ELLEN (to herself) Shit. I should know this. WILL - But you don't. It's Russell Crowe. A cocky smile comes across his face. WILL I'd hate to say it, but I am little less then a God when it comes to crosswords. ELLEN Oh yeah? How about this one, 12 down. WILL (reading) "Secretary of the State." Will scoffs. WILL That would be Ms. C.J. Parker. Will begins to walk away. Ellen thinks on this. ELLEN That was a character from "The West Wing!" Too late. Will's gone backstage. INT. BACKSTAGE - CONTINUOUS Will walks backstage and over to the dressing rooms. There is a crowd standing outside the guys room where Will has to stop. Mr. Parker pushes his way through the crowd to Ms. Ballard. PARKER Okay, what's the problem? BALLARD The boys dressing room door is locked. Parker goes over to the door and tries to turn it. He shakes it up and down and still it won't open. BALLARD (CONT'D) Yeah, tried that, didn't work. (beat) I'll go get the janitor. PARKER Yeah, good luck with that. BALLARD (turning around) What does that mean? PARKER You do know that it is after 4 PM. BALLARD Yes, thank you for confirming that for me. A kid dressed head to toe in wool with an heavy black, wool beard walks up to them. BALLARD What is it, Nick? NICK You know, this is all in wool, and it's really hot, so what's the problem with the door? PARKER Nick, not now! I'm thinking. Nick walks away and Parker and Ballard continue to stare at the door. PARKER (CONT'D) I'm going to my office to think. BALLARD Look, we are co director's and have to work together. PARKER Fine. BALLARD So this isn't the first time a doors been locked, what do you think we should do? PARKER (he examines the lock) We need some sort of wire and maybe I can stuff it in the lock or something. BALLARD (sarcastic) Good plan. But I'm all out of wire today. PARKER So, you're that perky without support. Ballard glares at him. CUT TO: INT. BURGER PLACE - LATER Chris and Kate are still around, finishing up their meals. CHRIS And then I told them - Kate takes the last bite of her veggie burger. All of a sudden she stops chewing and a look of horror comes on her face. KATE Oh my god! She drops her veggie burger. CHRIS What? Kate begins to choke. CHRIS Oh Jesus! Chris runs over and starts to the Heimlich on her. After a few seconds she spits out a couple of the pills. She runs away into the bathroom. CHRIS Shit, those pills were expensive. He picks up the food from the floor. The MANAGER walks over. MANAGER Is there some sort of problem? CHRIS Um, I don't think so. Kate comes back, she looks very angry. KATE (to Manager) There were pills in my burger! MANAGER Pills? Miss, I can assure you we didn't put any kind of pills in your food. Kate seems like she's about to say something but stops. She turns to Chris. KATE Chris, help me out. Tell him about the pills. Chris seems conflicted. He looks at the Manager then back at Kate, who looks very distraught. Chris takes a few steps toward the manager. CHRIS IS THIS HOW YOU RUN A FUCKING ESTABLISHMENT! (quietly) I'm so sorry. (out loud) SHE COULD HAVE CHOKED TO DEATH! (quietly) This is my fault, I'm really, really sorry. (out loud) I MEAN WHAT THE FUCK WERE YOU GUYS DOING PUTTING DRUGS IN HER FOOD! WE COULD FUCKING SUE YOUR ASSES! (quietly) Just play along. This is all for show. (out loud) IF YOU EVER DO THIS AGAIN, I'LL KICK YOUR IGNORANT FAT ASS INTO NEXT WEEK! Kate seems both surprised and pleased by this. The manager seems to be completely scared beyond belief. CHRIS Let's get out of here. Chris and Kate, with his arm around her, begin to leave. Before they leave. Chris grabs a trash can and pushes it over dumping the insides. They leave. There's a long pause. Everyone seems to be in shock. CUT TO: EXT. STREET - MINUTES LATER Chris and Kate are walking down the street. Kate rests her head on Chris' shoulder, who seems mortified at what he's just done. CHRIS (to himself) What the hell have I done. CUT TO: INT. BACKSTAGE - DRESSING ROOMS - DAY Parker and Ballard a working a hanger in the dressing room lock. The hanger breaks and they stop. PARKER Damnit. BALLARD What if we try to jimmy the lock. Do you have a credit card? PARKER No way. Have a magnetic tracking advice in my pocket. I'll keep my whereabouts and sperm to my self thank you very much. ELLEN I'm really not surprised by that. Will and Ellen are standing with the other actors watching Ballard and Parker arguing. ELLEN (CONT'D) God, they've been at this for ever. Why don't they just kick in the door? Will gets an idea and pushes his way through the crowd. CUT TO: INT. STAGE - CONTINUOUS (MUSIC MONTAGE: Seal "Kiss of a Rose") Will walks over to the drill he'd been using earlier, picks it up, gives it a drill and takes it to the back to the dressing rooms. INT. BACKSTAGE - DRESSING ROOMS - CONTINUOUS Parker and Ballard have moved their argument to the little private office they had constructed. Will pushes his way through the crowd again, puts his goggles on, fires the drill, and begins to drill through the lock. Parker and Ballard see what Will is doing and rush out of their office. BALLARD Will, what are you doing? Will stops the drill, steps back from the door, as it swings open and the costumed actors rush in to change. PARKER Well Mr. Cooper, good work. You got the door open. Will glances over at Ellen who looks back at him, impressed. WILL No problem. PARKER Well actually there is a slight problem. WILL What's that? PARKER You got the door open, when Ms. Ballard and I could not, that's true, but in the process, you destroyed school property. I'll see you in Shop class after school for the rest of this month. You and Mr. McDaniel will be able to compare your drill wounds while you build a new door for the theater department. (he walks into the dressing room) Good rehearsal everybody! Will looks over to Ellen again who is still smiling at him. CUT TO: INT. LUNCHROOM - EVENING (HOURS LATER) The gang (minus Brian) is all sitting around their table eating meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and rolls. A banner hanging over them read: "AFTER SCHOOL DINNER VOUCHER PROGRAM" Reicther barely takes a breath from shoveling food into his mouth. Will is trying to use the fork, but finds it difficult because of his bandaged hand. CHRIS So then I ended up going crazy and kicked over a trash can. BROCK And she didn't find out that you were the one that gave her the pills? CHRIS Nope. JOEL (off food) God this is so much better then dinner at home. Brian's missing out. CASEY Where is Brian? BROCK Well, he was fine when he got out of the hosipital but he decided to milk this thing for all it's worth. So he told the school that he has some "emotional" problems to work out before he can come back. When really he's just playing video games all day. Some laughter. Will is having trouble eating with his hand still all bandaged up. He spills some of his potatoes on the floor. WILL Shit. JOEL Good job, Will. Will tires to give him the finger, but his hand is so tightly bandaged, that he is unable to do it. JOEL (CONT'D) The price you pay for a little T & A. CASEY Good thing you weren't using a saw, you might have chopped your hand off and then, well, been very frustrated for the rest of your life. They all laugh. Reicther finally surfaces for air from his plate, looking satisfied. REICTHER Meatloaf. CUT TO: EXT. VANDELE HOME - NIGHT Stacy is sitting alone underneath a large tree in the backyard. She looks up at the stars, thinking, when she hears footsteps coming towards her. She looks around and sees Marilyn walking slowly towards her. MARILYN Hey. STACY Hi. Marilyn walks up and sits down next to Stacy. MARILYN Nice night. STACY A bit cold though. Pause. MARILYN I want you to know, my offer still stands. I want you to go with me. Pause. STACY ...I can't. MARILYN But, it's perfect. You're packing to move away anyway. Just put your stuff in my car and we can he the hell out of here in 10 minutes. STACY I...I just can't. MARILYN But you're leaving anyway. STACY I'm going college. Chicago, it's too far away. MARILYN But, that wouldn't matter, we'd be together. STACY Marilyn...no. Marilyn looks away from her, Stacy stares into the sky. MARILYN I love you Stacy. Marilyn gets up and walks back to her car and drives off. Stacy keeps staring at the sky. Tears begins to fall. We PAN UP and focus on the stars before we: FADE OUT. (Song continues over credits) END OF EPISODE
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