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                          THE LUNCHROOM                                
                               
                           Episode Four
                     "The Trouble With Truth"

                                
                           Written by
                          Bruce Snyder                               
                                
                               
                           Created by
                          Bruce Snyder                                
                                
                                                               
                                
                       EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
                          Bruce Snyder
                                
                       EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
                          Vincent Biga
                                
                       EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
                          Edward Drogos
                                
                          STORY EDITOR
                         Rebecca Parker

                                

                                 
                                 CAST LIST

		Will Cooper.................................
		Joel Mayberry...............................
		Brian Vandele...............................
		Brock Warner................................
		Reicther....................................
		Casey Jennings..............................
		Chris Hughes................................
		Ellen Conner................................
		Cathy Matthews..............................
		Mr. John Parker.............................
		Ms. Diane Ballard...........................

 
                              GUEST CAST LIST


		Principal Bob Stevens.......................
		Nadine Santos............................... 
		Arthur Winchester........................... 
		Elizabeth Hughes............................
		Margie Mayberry.............................
		Dr. Bill Ramsey.............................
		Dominic DeVito..............................
		White Rapper Guy............................
		Tom Lawrence................................










     Copyright  Bruce Snyder 

     TEASER

     FADE IN:

     EXT. MAYBERRY HOUSE - NIGHT

     Establishing shot.

									CUT TO:

     INT. MAYBERRY HOUSE - GARAGE - NIGHT

     A RED JEEP sits in the middle of the garage.    

    									CUT TO:

     INT. JEEP - BACKSEAT - CONTINUOUS

     JOEL MAYBERRY and CATHY MATTHEWS are lying naked under a 
     blanket (the blanket is covering Cathy up to her chest 
     at this point.) Both are sweating and out of breath. 
     It's apparent that they've just had sex.

                                JOEL
                              (nervous)
                    You know it's weird. All my life I 
                    thought losing my virginity would 
                    "change" me. You know, that I would 
                    feel different.

                                CATHY
                    Do you?

     Joel pauses.

                                JOEL
                    Sadly no.

     Cathy giggles.

                                JOEL
                    But it was still fantastic none the 
                    less.

     Cathy pauses for a second.

                                CATHY
                    Yeah, I guess.

                                JOEL
                    What was that?

                                CATHY
                    What was what?

                                JOEL
                    That look.

                                CATHY
                              (nervous)
                    What look? I didn't give any look.

                                JOEL
                    Yes you did!

                                CATHY
                            (overlapping)
                    No I didn't. I resent your false 
                    accusations.

                                JOEL
                    Bullshit. You gave a look of doubt 
                    when you said it was good.

                                CATHY
                    You are so paranoid! I did no such 
                    thing!

                                JOEL
                    Yes you did. I said it was 
                    fantastic, you paused, looked funny 
                    and said "yeah I guess."

     Cathy looks guilty as she knows he's right.

                                JOEL
                    So it was true!

                                CATHY
                    It was good, baby. Don't get me 
                    wrong. It was just that...

     Beat.

                                JOEL
                    It's just what? Tell me!

                                CATHY
                    You know what? Forget I said 
                    anything and let's just snuggle.

                                JOEL
                    No, I want to know!

                                CATHY
                    C'mon, snuggle with me. I'll even 
                    let you see my boobs again.

                                JOEL
                    Cathy, how am I suppose to become a 
                    better lover if I don't learn from 
                    my mistakes? So please just tell me.

                                CATHY
                    Joel, I'm not goin -

                                JOEL
                           (overlapping)
                    Was my..."thing" too small?

                                CATHY
                    I'm not having this conversation!

                                JOEL
                           (overlapping)
                    Did I go too fast?

     Cathy is growing angrier by the second.

                                CATHY
                               (angry)
                    Joel! I said to sto -

                                JOEL
                            (overlapping)
                    Or did I go too long?

     Cathy gives him a look.

                                CATHY
                    You really want to know?

                                JOEL                           
                    Definitely.

     Beat. Cathy gets the courage to say it.

                                CATHY
                    You've got to be more gentle in the 
                    future.

     Joel's confused.

                                JOEL
                    What do you mean?

                                CATHY
                    You know, don't..."do it" quite has 
                    hard next time.

                                JOEL
                    I don't think I was doing it that 
                    hard.

                                CATHY
                    Well you were. Seriously, it was 
                    like you were drilling for oil or 
                    something. And let me tell you my 
                    vagina is not a source of fossil 
                    fuel.

     Awkward silence.

                                CATHY
                    Still glad you asked?

                                JOEL
                    Not really.

     She giggles.

                                CATHY
                    C'mon, here baby.

     She moves over and lays her head on his chest. He wraps 
     his arms around her.

                                CATHY
                    You may have gone too hard, but you 
                    still get points for having us 
                    do it in the jeep.

     Joel finally laughs, relieving all the tension.

                                JOEL
                    Really?

                                CATHY
                    Oh yeah. I love how spontaneous you 
                    are. I never imagined our first 
                    time occurring in the back of a 
                    jeep.

                                JOEL
                    Yeah, fuck candles, roses, and 
                    fancy hotel rooms. Spontaneous sex 
                    in the backseat of a Jeep is so 
                    much more romantic.

     They kiss.

                                CATHY
                    Jesus, someone coming!

     They hide under the covers. The front doors open and 
     MARGIE MAYBERRY and her boyfriend, DR. BILL RAMSEY 
     enter. Both are dressed very fancy, Bill wearing a TUX 
     while Margie wears a black dress.

                                MARGIE
                    Oh it's a shame I couldn't find 
                    Joel. I'm sure he would have loved 
                    to come to the ceremony. I mean 
                    it's not every year your named 
                    "Dentist of the Year."

                                BILL
                    You know this year we had to
                    move it to a bigger place because 
                    of the high attendance.

     Joel and Cathy are now terrified.

                                JOEL
                    Gulp. 

                                CATHY
                            (whispering)
                    Shit! Where's our clothes.

                                JOEL
                             (ashamed)
                    ...on the floor of the garage.

     Cathy's eyes grow wide with fear.

								CUT TO:

     EXT. MAYBERRY HOME - SECONDS LATER

     The Jeep pulls out of the garage and begins to drive 
     away.

                                BILL (O.S.)
                    Oh! I forgot my jacket!

                                MARGIE (O.S.)
                    I think it's in the back dear.

                                BILL (O.S.)
                    Whew. That's a relief. I'll just 
                    reach back and ge - OH MY GOD!!!

     The jeep starts to swerve all over the place.
                  
							SMASH CUT TO:

     OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE:

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

     AFTER CREDITS:

     FADE IN:

     EXT. HUGHES HOUSE - NEXT MORNING

     Establishing shot.

								CUT TO:

     INT. HUGHES HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SAME

     ELIZABETH HUGHES comes rushing in from the kitchen, with 
     CHRIS HUGHES right behind her. While she seems to be in 
     a frantic search for her keys, Chris is angrily clasping 
     a piece of paper.

                                CHRIS
                    C'mon, mom! Just sign off on the 
                    papers!

                                ELIZABETH
                    I just feel a little uneasy on 
                    singing off on papers that will 
                    send my only son back to London.

                                CHRIS
                    What's so bad about London? We 
                    lived there for ten years! 
                    Remember? It was that place we 
                    lived before we came to America.

                                ELIZABETH
                    Look Chris, you may feel like this 
                    is the right thing to do...but I 
                    don't.

     Chris sighs.

                                CHRIS
                    Mom not this again...

                                ELIZABETH
                    I think your just running away. 
                    Running away from your problems...
                    like Kate.

                                CHRIS
                    This is not about Kate!

     Beat.

                                ELIZABETH
                    Can't you just think it over?

                                CHRIS
                    I've done more then enough thinking.

                                ELIZABETH
                    What about your class mates? How do 
                    you think they'll feel about all 
                    this?

                                CHRIS
                    With the exception of my friends, 
                    my class mates are complete 
                    assholes. In fact, certain friends 
                    aren't the nicest either.
                             (under breath)
                    Especially Reicther.

                                ELIZABETH
                    They're not that bad.

                                CHRIS
                    You don't understand mom. You grew 
                    up in England. Everyone is friendly 
                    to anybody. This is America. If 
                    your not a complete prick then 
                    you're either gay, slow, or a 
                    foreigner.

     She's about to say something.

                                CHRIS
                    This isn't the time for a joke 
                    about Cousin Walter mom.

     She stops herself and gets back on subject.

                                ELIZABETH
                    I'm sure these people aren't really 
                    assholes.

                                CHRIS
                    Oh but they are!

                                ELIZABETH
                    Give them some credit. You've 
                    practically been in hiding for 
                    months. You've been very moody. And 
                    you've lost someone very close to 
                    you. With all that you've got to 
                    lighten up on them a bit. Because 
                    their probably not use to dealing 
                    with all that.

                                CHRIS
                    Well...they should try harder.

     Elizabeth sighs.

                                ELIZABETH
                    They're going to have plenty of 
                    time because your staying.

                                CHRIS
                    Mom!

                                ELIZABETH
                    I'm not signing the slip and that's 
                    final!

     She leaves. Chris is left very angry. He kicks the 
     bottom of one of the walls.

                                CHRIS
                    FUCK!!!

								CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - MINUTES LATER

     (The following sequence is seen through the eyes of a 
     VIDEOCAMERA.)

     CASEY JENNINGS is standing in front of a series of 
     lockers, holding what appears to be a fake microphone 
     (the kind little kids use.) He appears to be giving a 
     newscast of sorts. Operating the camera, is BROCK 
     WARNER. Throughout this sequence, he is heard but never 
     seen.

                                CASEY
                    Being a social outca -

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    Wait! Which one is record again?

                                CASEY
                              (annoyed)
                    It's the big red button that has 
                    REC on it.

     Beat.

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    Um...Oh here it is!

     Suddenly EVERYTHING goes black.

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    Oops. I think I turned it off.

     Casey grunts in frustration. The camera is turned on and 
     everything is back to normal. A beep is heard and REC 
     appears in the top right corner of the screen.

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    Okay...Go!

                                CASEY
                    Being a social outcast isn't easy. 
                    But yet this band of misfits 
                    somehow manage to escape the 
                    negativity and remain friends.

     During this whole bit of dialogue, BRIAN VANDELE has 
     walked up to one of the lockers to put his books away. 
     Brian turns toward the camera.

                                BRIAN
                    Casey...what the fuck are you doing?

                                CASEY
                    Making an audition tape.

                                BRIAN
                    For what? America's most retarded 
                    videos?

     Brock laughs off screen.

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    Zing! Oh Brian you are the master 
                    of one liners.

     Brian is proud of his work.

                                CASEY
                    No, this is an audition tape for 
                    the school TV news team. We have to do 
                    an audition where we introduce 
                    ourselves and then do a news story. 
                    Mine's about "Getting to know those 
                    at CHS."

                                BRIAN
                         (shit eating grin)
                    Wow. Any more boring and I think I 
                    would have to voluntarily stab eyes 
                    out.

     Brock laughs even harder.

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    I love this guy. It's one zinger 
                    after another with him.

     Casey's has grown furious.

                                CASEY
                    It's not boring! There is some 
                    actual interesting stuff to people 
                    here you wouldn't think of. Besides 
                    the news team thing will look good 
                    on a college resume.

                                BRIAN
                    But you already do everything else! 
                    Wrestling, peer helping, chess club, 
                    French club, choir, cadet teaching, 
                    intern...isn't that enough already?

     Casey is about to speak but realizes Brian's right. 
     Trying to cover he goes after Brian.

                                CASEY
                    All right smart ass, it's time I 
                    put you on the spot.

                                BRIAN
                    Me?

                                CASEY
                    Your going to be my first 
                    interviewee.

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    I think you meant to just say 
                    "interview."

                                CASEY
                             (to Brock)
                    QUIET YOU! One more word and I'll 
                    take away your Pokemon.

     Beat.

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    I'll be good.

                                CASEY
                    Okay, are we still rolling?

                                BROCK (O.S.)
                    Yep. Your good.

     Casey straightens up.

                                CASEY
                    I'm joined now by one of those 
                    "misfits," Brian Vandele.

     Brian shoots him a look.

                                CASEY
                    Now, Brian. Not long ago, you tried 
                    to kill yourself. You mind telling 
                    us why?

                                BRIAN
                    I'm going to have to file that 
                    question under None of your fucking 
                    business category.

     Casey leans into him.

                                CASEY
                            (whispering)                              
                    C'mon, Brian. You reveal that I'll 
                    definitely get on the team.

                                BRIAN
                    I'll tell you the same thing I told 
                    the three shrinks my mother sent me 
                    too: lick my balls, doc.

                                CASEY
                    Fine. If you won't reveal it.

     Casey shuffles through a pile of index cards with 
     questions on them.

                                CASEY
                    Who or what influences you in your 
                    daily life?

     Brian thinks a bit and then smiles. 

                                BRIAN
                    I am heavily influenced by my 
                    mother. In fact this morning she 
                    gave me a bit of useful advice. She 
                    said son, if a man puts rims on 
                    their fed ex truck it means their a 
                    drug dealer.

     Brock bursts out laughing, while Brian gives the camera 
     a devilish grin. Casey is fed up.

                                CASEY
                    If your not going to take this 
                    seriously!

                                BRIAN
                    This is a bunch of bullshit Casey 
                    and you know it!

     (We no longer in the Hand Held Camera's POV.)

     Casey and Brian begin to argue. Brock tries to pull them 
     apart to no avail. As this goes on, ARTHUR WINCHESTER 
     and ELLEN CONNER walk by as we follow them down the 
     hall. Arthur holds a contraption that appears to be a 
     plastic plate wrapped in foil.

     The two are in the middle of a petty argument.

                                ELLEN
                    Arthur, I am telling you that hair 
                    shampoo is not going to protect 
                    that egg! It's just going to 
                    plummet to the ground and get head 
                    and shoulders on everyone.

     Beat.

                                ARTHUR
                    Oh, Ellen. You whole logic just 
                    goes to further prove why I'm so 
                    much smarter then you.

     Ellen is offended.

                                ARTHUR
                    Trust me. I'm much better at this 
                    kind of thing. Now I if wanted some 
                    left wing bullshit opinion about 
                    gay marriage or hear about how 
                    great the symbolism is in Nathaniel 
                    Hawthorne's work is...then I'll 
                    consult you.

     Ellen is pissed. Before Arthur walks away:

                                ARTHUR
                    Oh by the way. I thought our date 
                    went really well last week and I 
                    was thinking that maybe we could do
                    it again this Friday.

     Ellen shoots him a "you've got to be kidding look." 
     Ellen walks away.

                                ARTHUR
                    Was it something I said?

								CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL - HALLWAY - LOCKERS - SECONDS LATER

     Ellen, still angry, walks up to her locker and begins to 
     put her stuff away. Two lockers beside her, Joel appears 
     and he's in a smiling mood.

     Once he begins to hum a cheerful tune, Ellen takes 
     notice.

                                ELLEN
                    You seem awfully cheerful...and 
                    frankly it's rubbing me the wrong 
                    way.

                                JOEL
                    Sorry, I'm just really happy.

     Joel's big smile seems to hint at something. This "hint" 
     makes Ellen curious.

                                ELLEN
                    Oh? And what are you so happy about?

     Joel seems conflicted to tell her.

                                JOEL
                    I don't know if I'm allowed to say.

     Ellen disappointed turns back to her locker.

                                ELLEN
                    All right whatever.
                               (beat)
                    Man I can't believe what a jerk 
                    Arthur can be som -

                                JOEL
                            (unable to 
                             contain it)
                    ME AND CATHY HAD SEX!

      Joel is extremely giddy and bouncy as he announces it. 
      He apparently doesn't notice some of the other students 
      lingering around nearby lockers. Some of the them give 
      Joel a look. Ellen is stunned and turns her full 
      attention to Joel.

                                ELLEN
                    Oh my God! Congratulations...I guess.
                                (beat)
                    Let me double check: this is a good 
                    thing right?

                                JOEL
                    Very good.

                                ELLEN
                    Oh, then congratulations ARE in 
                    order!

       As the two laugh it up, a Puerto Rican student named 
       DOMINIC DeVITO comes up and starts to put away his 
       things in his locker (which is right next to Joel's.) 
       Ellen and Joel completely ignore him for the time 
       being.

                                ELLEN
                    This so weird! 

                                JOEL
                    Yeah I know. I'm the first member 
                    of the Gang to legitimately lose 
                    their virginity.

                                ELLEN
                    Legitimately?

                                JOEL
                    Oops. I've said too much.

                                ELLEN
                    Wait a minute. I could've sworn 
                    that Will told you were strongly 
                    against sex before marriage.             

                                JOEL
                    Well, I was. But I thought to 
                    myself, why am I being so nervous 
                    and uptight about this. I love 
                    Cathy and doing it with someone you 
                    love is a beautiful thing.

                                ELLEN
                    Aw, that's beautiful Joel.

                                JOEL
                    Plus my mom got us a membership to 
                    a gym so now I look fantastic naked.

      They laugh. Dominic occasionally looks over, interested 
      in what their saying especially when Joel says "Cathy."

                                DOMINIC
                             (to himself)
                    Cathy?

                                ELLEN
                              (to Joel)
                    So did you guys...you know, have 
                    any "problems" your first time out?

                                JOEL
                    Well for starters I didn't last 
                    long. I only went an hour and 
                    fifteen minutes.

     Ellen is amazed.

                                ELLEN
                    Only an hour and fifteen minutes? 
                    Joel, most guys are lucky if they 
                    can last ten seconds on their first 
                    time.

     Joel seems more proud of this fact now.

                                JOEL
                    Well, I do practice a lot when I 
                    get the chance.

     During this small conversation, Dominic has grown 
     increasingly more angry. Just as Joel finishes that 
     last part of the conversation, Dominic taps him on the 
     shoulder. Joel turns to him.

                                JOEL
                    Yes?

                                DOMINIC
                    How dare you talk about MY Cathy 
                    like that!

     Dominic PUNCHES Joel who hits the floor instantly. 
     Ellen tends to Joel, while a MALE TEACHER runs over and 
     grabs Dominic.

                                MALE TEACHER
                    Break it up, Dom!

     The teacher pulls him away as Ellen gives a puzzled 
     look. Most people have stopped what they are doing to 
     check it out.

								CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL - HALLWAY - LATER

     CLOSE UP ON CHRIS' FACE:
     During the next monologue, we still up and close on 
     Chris's face.

                                CHRIS
                    Maybe my mom's right. Maybe I am 
                    just being hard on everybody. I 
                    mean they're trying their best. Oh, 
                    I don't know what to do. What do 
                    you think, Dante?

     The CAMERA pulls back to reveal a 6'7 black African 
     exchange student, DANTE. He shrugs to what Chris says.

                                DANTE
                    I speak no good English.

     Dante leaves. Chris sighs and continues to walk.

								CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - LATER

     Casey and Brock are walking down the hallway. Brock 
     fiddles with the camera, while Casey has a big smile on 
     his face.

                                CASEY
                    I think that last segment went well.

                                BROCK
                    Call me crazy, Case. But isn't it 
                    against the law to steal from the 
                    school?

                                CASEY
                    That's for the courts to decide. 
                    Besides if the gym teacher didn't 
                    want me to steal his whistle then 
                    he should have given me an 
                    interview.

     Casey pulls a WHISTLE out from his pocket and blows on 
     it.

                                BROCK
                    Face it, Casey. No one wants to 
                    give you an interview.

     Casey waves him off. Chris turns the corner which Casey 
     notices.

                                CASEY
                    There's Chris Hughes over there.

     Chris comes over.

                                CASEY
                    How ya' doing, Chris?

                                CHRIS
                    I'm actually pretty upset because 
                    my mom -

                                CASEY
                            (overlapping)
                    That's great! 
                             (to camera)
                    Chris here is probably one of the 
                    most well known students here at 
                    CHS.

     Chris smiles, flattered.

                                CASEY (CONT'D)
                    You see Chris' girlfriend, Kate 
                    Davidson, kill herself not too 
                    long ago and he's been quite 
                    sadden over the whole thing. Right 
                    Chris?

     Chris is silent. Quietly furious at this insensitive 
     remark.

                                CASEY
                    I mean people keep bugging him and 
                    bringing up the horrible incident. 
                    And it just doesn't bother him one 
                    bit. Does it buddy?

     Chris stares at him.

								CUT TO BLACK.

     TITLE CARD: "37 Seconds Later..."

     FADE IN:

     INT. HALL - SAME

     Same spot except now Casey is nursing a black eye and 
     sobbing to himself. Brock stands, looking awkward.

                                CASEY
                    I just don't understand why he had 
                    to hit so hard.

                                BROCK
                    Give it up, Casey. It's hopeless.

                                CASEY
                    I'm not giving up hope just yet. I 
                    mean how hard is it to get one 
                    decent interview around here?

								CUT TO:

     INTERVIEW MONTAGE
     (During this montage, Casey asks questions off camera 
     so he's never actually seen during this. Whoever he 
     interview just gives their answers straight into the 
     camera.)

     INT. BALLARD'S ROOM - LATER

     Ballard sits at her desk.

                                CASEY (O.S.)
                    What's most memorable thing that 
                    you were taught growing up?

     Ballard thinks.

                                BALLARD
                    When I was little and went to 
                    Sunday school my teacher told us we 
                    all have a little piece of God 
                    inside of us.

     Beat.

                                BALLARD
                    I use to think...Man, I hope I have 
                    his thumb.

								CUT TO:

     INT. PARKER'S ROOM - LATER

     MR. JOHN PARKER sits at his desk, with his feet propped 
     up.

                                CASEY (O.S.)
                    Many people think that your methods 
                    for teaching -

     A CELLPHONE starts to ring.

                                PARKER
                    Hold on one second.

     He pulls a phone out of his pocket and answers.

                                PARKER
                    Hello?
                               (beat)
                    Oh hey. What's going on?
                               (beat)
                    Uh-huh.
                               (beat)
                    Uh-huh.
                               (beat)
                    Uh-huh.
                               (beat)
                    All right. Good bye and tell your 
                    wife I hope she finds the body.

     Parker hangs up.

                                PARKER
                    You were saying, Mr. Jennings?

								CUT TO:

      INT. PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE - LATER

      PRINCIPAL BOB STEVENS stands by his giant office window.

                                CASEY (O.S.)
                    What were your dreams when you were 
                    younger?

      Stevens looks out the window to think. After a second:

                                STEVENS
                    When I was young and fat I used to 
                    dream about scooping out my fat 
                    with a teaspoon. 
                               (beat)
                    I was a deeply disturbed child.

								CUT TO:

     INT. LUNCHROOM - LATER

     Reicther is sitting at a lunch table. This time we do 
     see Casey, who sits right next to him. He has his face 
     buried in his hands out of frustration.

     Reicther smiles and stares at the camera. Casey finally 
     lifts his and takes another look at a PIECE OF PAPER 
     that is in front of Reicther.

                                CASEY
                    Um, Reicther...maybe you can you 
                    explain this little theory you've 
                    been working on.
                           (indicates paper)
                    Which is titled "What does a ham 
                    sandwich have to do with the death 
                    of Christ?"

                                REICTHER
                    Glad you asked. But I warn your 
                    audience that this will be long and 
                    I'll be using big words they may 
                    have never heard before.

      Casey's face drops to his hands again.

								CUT TO:

      INT. MUSIC ROOM - LATER

      A WHITE GUY who dresses and talks like he's trying to 
      be a rapper is slumping down in one of the chairs.

                                CASEY (O.S.)
                    So let me get this straight...your 
                    going to college to become a 
                    minister?

                                WHITE GUY
                    Ain't no thing but a chicken wing!

      Long silence. Casey is stupefied.

                                CASEY (O.S.)
                    Have you even held a bible before?

                                WHITE GUY
                    I've done more then holding. I've 
                    read it.

                                CASEY
                    You've read the bible?

                                WHITE GUY
                    Shit, nigga. I've read that thing 
                    three times and it contradicts 
                    itself like a motherfucka'.

     Casey hangs his head.

                                CASEY
                             (to Brock)
                    Shut it off. Just, shut it off.

								CUT TO:

     INT. HALLWAY - SCHOOL - LATER

     Ellen is rushing down the hallway looking around for 
     Will.

                                ELLEN
                            (to herself)
                    Where the hell are you Will?

     She continues on and enters the Teen Center.

								CUT TO:

     INT. TEEN CENTER - MINUTES LATER

     Ellen enters the teen center and by a stroke of luck 
     sees that WILL COOPER is standing next to the coke 
     machines. She is less thrilled to see is new love 
     interest, NADINE SANTOS right by his side.

                                ELLEN
                             (sarcastic)
                    Hey, there's the happy couple.

                                WILL
                            (to Nadine)
                    How could you do it?!

                                NADINE
                    It was in a past relationship! What 
                    does it matter!?

     Ellen now looks uncomfortable, realizing she's entered 
     an awkward moment.

                                WILL
                    It's just the principle of the 
                    matter, Nadine!

                                NADINE
                    Okay, first off it happened once! 
                    It's not like I'm doing under the 
                    Glenn Miller bridge for quarters or 
                    anything like that!

     Ellen isn't sure what to do.

                                ELLEN
                    Excuse me, I just need to -

                                WILL
                            (overlapping)
                    That still doesn't change the fact 
                    that you did it!

                                NADINE
                    C'mon, why can't you just forget 
                    about? Let's do that. Just forget 
                    about it and move on.

                                ELLEN                          
                    I'll come back when your -

                                WILL
                            (overlapping)
                    You don't have to leave Ellen. 
                    This'll only take a minute.
                             (to Nadine)
                    I can't forget. Every time I'm with 
                    you all I can think about is that 
                    guy and what you did to him.

     Nadine gets teary eyed 

                                NADINE
                              (struggles)
                    I-I-I'm...sorry.

     She walks away crying. Long beat. Will's apparently not 
     proud of what's transpired while Ellen still looks 
     uncomfortable.

                                ELLEN
                    Thanks for that.

                                WILL
                    For what?

                                ELLEN
                    For giving me my daily serving of 
                    awkward moments.

								CUT TO:

      INT. SCHOOL - NURSE'S OFFICE - LATER

      Joel is lying there, knocked out. After a few seconds 
      he awakens and struggles to sit up. When he does he 
      spots something in the distance.

      JOEL'S POV:
      Across the hall from the Nurse's station is Principal 
      Stevens' office. Outside of his office sits, Dominic.

      Joel, enraged, stands and heads out of the room.

								CUT TO:

      INT. SCHOOL - OFFICE HALL - CONTINUOUS

      Joel comes out of the nurse's station and stands in 
      front of a preoccupied Dominic. When he finally notices 
      Joel he seems unimpressed.

                                DOMINIC 
                    What the hell do you want?

                                JOEL
                    Well for starters how about this: 
                    why the fuck did you sucker punch 
                    me for?

                                DOMINIC
                    Fuck you, like I need to explain.

                                JOEL
                    Actually you do. Because I have a 
                    massive, thumping headache and what 
                    feels like a very large swelling 
                    around my eye. And here's the best 
                    part: I've never even met you 
                    before. Hell, I don't even know 
                    your name. Yet I've apparently done 
                    something to you that made you want 
                    to cold cock me.

                                DOMINIC
                    I'm sorry. I probably should have 
                    introduced myself before I kicked 
                    your ass.

                                JOEL
                    I wouldn't say you kicked my -

                                DOMINIC
                             (overlapping)
                    Yeah I did.
                                (beat)
                    My name is Dominic DeVito and I 
                    kicked your ass because you were 
                    making fun of my girl.

                                JOEL
                    The hell I was!

                                DOMINIC
                    Yes, you were. You were telling 
                    that redhead that you had sex with 
                    Cathy.

                                JOEL
                    I think there's been a 
                    misunderstanding. I was talking 
                    about MY girlfriend, Cathy Matthews. 
                    You must've thought I was talking 
                    about a different Cathy.

                                DOMINIC
                    No, that's that the right Cathy.

     Joel is confused.

                                JOEL
                    But...I'm pretty sure she's my 
                    girlfriend. See.

     Joel reaches in his pocket and pulls out his wallet. He 
     flips it open and shows her a picture of him and Cathy 
     together. Dominic is now puzzled.

                                DOMINIC
                    I'm starting to get confused.

                                JOEL
                    Ditto.

                                DOMINIC
                    To be honest, Cathy's not really my 
                    girlfriend. It's just that we...
                    ya' know,...

     Dominic is hinting at something that Joel doesn't 
     understand.

                                JOEL
                    What are you getting at?

                                DOMINIC
                    Let's just say I got to know Cathy 
                    in a biblical sense.

     Joel shrugs it off.

                                JOEL
                    Yeah, right.

                                DOMINIC
                    I'm serious. In fact that's the 
                    whole reason she refuses to see me 
                    anymore.

     Joel still seems skeptic, but this news is still peaking 
     his interest.

                                JOEL
                    All right let's say in theory I do 
                    believe you and you did have sex 
                    with her. Why would she stop seeing 
                    all of a sudden?

     Beat.

                                DOMINIC
                    I can't be for sure but...I heard 
                    she got pregnant.

     Joel has a serious look on his face now. It no longer 
     amuses him, but instead concerns him.

                                DOMINIC
                    After I heard that I've tried 
                    contacting her but never can get a 
                    hold of her. When I see her in the 
                    halls she just ignores me.

     Joel, still in shock, sits in the chair next to Dominic.

                                JOEL
                    That would explain the crazy eating 
                    habits and mood swings she's been 
                    having.

     Dominic is now shocked as he realizes he might be a 
     father. Both men start to stare off into nothing, 
     shocked at the news they've heard.

                                DOMINIC
                    This day just got a whole lot 
                    shittier.

								CUT TO:

     INT. STUDY HALL - LATER

     A very empty class with only about twelve students 
     scattered around the room, talking and/or writing. It's 
     monitored by Ms. Ballard. Near the back of the room, 
     Ellen sits to a distressed Will who's mind is elsewhere.

     Ellen tries to break the tension.     

                                ELLEN
                    So what do you have planned tonight?

                                WILL
                            (sarcastic)
                    Touching myself from 6:05 to 6:08.

                                ELLEN
                    Wow. Thanks you so much for sharing.

                                WILL
                    Pleasure's all mine.

                                ELLEN
                    Seems like it will be later tonight 
                    at least.

     Will shakes his head at her witty retort.

                                ELLEN
                    I think I sense a great disturbance 
                    in the love life of William G. 
                    Cooper.

     Will doesn't say anything.

                                ELLEN
                    Would it have something to do with 
                    that fight you and Nadine had this 
                    morning?

     Will looks a little uncomfortable.

                                ELLEN
                    If you don't mind me prying.

                                WILL
                    Actually I do.

                                ELLEN
                    Doesn't matter. I really want to know.

     Ellen laughs, but Will doesn't.

                                ELLEN
                    I'm sorry. I'm just being my bitchy, 
                    sarcastic self. Anything to wipe 
                    that sad sack look off your face.

     Beat. Will looks around.

                                WILL
                    All right. See a few years back, 
                    Nadine dated this guy named Obree. 

     Ellen bursts into laughing.

                                ELLEN
                    Obree? Obree sound like the weird 
                    kid who plays by himself.

                                WILL
                    Can I tell the story?

                                ELLEN
                    Sorry, sorry. Go on with your Obree 
                    filled story.

                                WILL
                    Anyway, Nadine knew this guy and 
                    they dated for a while. Eventually 
                    she...eventually she gave the guy a 
                    handjob.

     Beat.

                                ELLEN
                    ...And?

                                WILL
                    What do you mean "and?" She gave a 
                    guy a handjob! A guy named Obree 
                    for fuck's sake.

                                ELLEN
                    Sure anything involving an Obree 
                    sounds disturbing especially tug 
                    jobs. But I don't see why you're so 
                    mad at her.

                                WILL
                    C'mon!? How come no one understands?

     A rage filled Will just stares ahead after that. Ellen 
     realizes it's time to get serious.

                                ELLEN
                    Will, let me ask you a question. Do 
                    you know this guy?

                                WILL
                    ...No.

                                ELLEN
                    Do you know what this guy looks 
                    like?

                                WILL
                    ...No.

                                ELLEN
                    Do you know anything about this guy 
                    at all?

                                WILL
                    ...His name is Obree.

                                ELLEN
                    Then he's just some high school kid 
                    you've never met. Think of it as 
                    ostrich syndrome: If you don't see 
                    it, then it isn't there.

     Beat. Will seems a little bit better.

                                WILL
                    That's a good point, even though I 
                    only understood half of it.
                               (beat)
                    God, what am I doing? I'm getting 
                    so upset over something so 
                    insignificant.

     Ellen is about to say something but she seems 
     uncomfortable saying it. Almost like it pains her.

                                ELLEN
                    You should just go to her, 
                    apologize and tell her how much you 
                    love her.

                                WILL
                    Your right. Thank, Ellen. You're a 
                    really good friend.

     Ellen smiles, but it barely masks her displeasure with 
     her previous statement.

								CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL - MAIN OFFICE - LATER

     TOM LAWRENCE is sitting at the front desk answering the 
     phones. In the background we see others, students and 
     adults, scurrying around filling forms and doing 
     anything to keep busy.

     This serenity is broken when the front door swing open 
     to reveal a very angry Chris. Upon seeing him, everyone 
     tenses up (some even hide) after what happened last time.

                                TOM
                            (into phone)
                    I'll call you right back.

     Tom hangs up and gathers up the courage to stand up to Chris.

                                TOM
                    Uh, Chris...I hate to be the one to 
                    tell you this but after your last 
                    "outburst" Principal Stevens would 
                    like to keep your appearances in 
                    the office limited.

                                CHRIS
                    Don't worry I'll make this quick. I 
                    just want to talk to the idiot that 
                    marked absent third period in the 
                    computer! Because of that Mr. 
                    Osborne gave me a Friday detention!

     Chris' voice slowly gets louder and Tom becomes more scared.

                                TOM
                           (stuttering; 
                              nervous)
                    Ju-Just go down the hall and it's 
                    the third door on your left.

     Chris leaves. Tom sighs in relief.

                                TOM
                           (under breath)
                    That guy's turned into an asshole.

     Chris has almost left the room when he hears the comment, 
     he keeps walking but seems a tad bit affected by the 
     remark.

                                CHRIS
                    Who's responsible for the tardy 
                    slips?

                                VOICE (O.S.)
                    I am.

     Chris turns to one of the many doorways to see a very 
     voluptuous, stunningly beautiful, blonde girl named 
     LORELEI. Chris is so taken aback by her beauty that he 
     is rendered speechless.

                                LORELEI
                    Do you have something to say?

                                CHRIS
                    Yeah...what's a girl like you doing 
                    in a place like this?

     Both smile at each other.

								FADE TO:

    BEGIN SONG (Howie Day - "Collide")

    EXT. AUDIO/VISUAL ROOM - AFTER SCHOOL

    Casey is impatiently pacing outside of the room. After a 
    few seconds, the doors opens and the AV TEACHER comes 
    out. He can barely stand as he is laughing so hard.

                                CASEY
                    So? What's the verdict?

                                AV TEACHER
                              (laughing)
                    No friggin' way.

    Casey seems disappointed and defeated. He walks away as 
    the teacher continues to laugh.

								FADE TO:

    INT. SCHOOL - HALLWAY - SECONDS LATER

    Nadine is getting her stuff from her locker. It's obvious 
    that she's still broken up about her fight with Will. 
    Suddenly a single dandelion appears by her shoulder.

    She turns and sees Will holding it.

                                NADINE
                              (confused)
                    Will?

                                WILL
                    I'm dumb...Will you forgive me?

    Nadine smiles and quickly embraces him.

								FADE TO:

    INT. SCHOOL - PARKING LOT - MINUTES LATER

    Ellen is sadly making her way to her car. Her face is a 
    bit red and puffy as she is fighting back tears.

								FADE TO:

    INT. MAYBERRY HOME - LIVING ROOM - MINUTES LATER

    Joel is sitting in the armchair, contemplating something. 
    The front door is unlocked and Cathy slowly steps in. 
    Joel does not change his demeanor.

                                CATHY
                    Hope you don't mind but I used that 
                    key under the mat.

    She notices something is wrong.

                                CATHY
                    What's the matter baby?

    Just as she says that, Dominic steps in from the kitchen. 
    At the sight of him, Cathy's mouth is left wide open with 
    pure shock.

                                CATHY
                    What's going on here?

                                JOEL
                    You tell me.

    Long beat. Cathy is about to cry.

                                JOEL
                    And while your at it...why don't 
                    you tell me about your baby AND 
                    your miscarriage.

    Her lips tremble and the tears just rolling off her cheek.

							SMASH TO BLACK.

                            END OF EPISODE





 


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