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The Lunchroom

Episode 2x13
"Trouble in Mind"

Written by
Bruce Snyder

Created by
Bruce Snyder







    
     OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE:

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

     TITLE CARD:

                       "Saturday, April 24"

     EXT. WILL'S HOUSE  EARLY EVENING

     A Red Jeep pulls up against the sidewalk. The door 
     opens, and JOEL comes out of the back. He is wearing a 
     sweater and suit pants. He walks up the path and knocks 
     at the door. After a few seconds the door opens and Joel 
     steps in.

     INT. WILL'S HOUSE  LIVING ROOM  CONTINUOUS

     Will is sitting on the couch. He is slowly putting some 
     medicine in his eyes. We notice that he is wearing a 
     very fine black suit. Joel comes in.

                                JOEL
                    Hey man. Nice suit.

     NOTE: Will's voice sounds very gravely and stuffed up.

                                WILL
                    Thanks.

                                JOEL
                    What are you doing? And what's 
                    wrong with your voice?

                                WILL
                    I've got to admit something, Joel. 
                    My allegories are acting up.

                                JOEL
                    How bad?

                                WILL
                    My eyes are watering, red, and I 
                    can barely see through. My throat 
                    is swore. And I have muscle pains 
                    all over.

     Will applies some more medicine to his eyes. Joel seems confused.

                                JOEL
                    Then why on God's green earth are 
                    you still dressed in a suit?

                                WILL
                    Because I'm going to the dance.

                                JOEL
                    Why?! You can barely see, you can 
                    barely talk, and can barely move. 
                    Will, I don't it's a very good idea 
                    to go to the dance. Now, I'm not a 
                    medical expert or anything but it 
                    just seems like it would be hard 
                    for you to do anything there.

     Will gets up.

                                WILL
                    So your parked in front, right?

                                JOEL
                    You really want to go that bad?

                                WILL
                    C'mon, Joel. How often do I get a 
                    chance with a good looking girl 
                    like Meadow?

     He takes it in consideration.

                                JOEL
                    I guess you've got a point.

                                WILL
                    Plus I spent a 120 on this suit and 
                    then 60 on his special flower for 
                    her dress. Even if I had AIDS, I 
                    would get my dying ass out of bed, 
                    rip those AV hooks out of my arms, 
                    hitch a ride with a bunch of incest 
                    hillbillies...just so I wouldn't 
                    waste my money.

     Joel gives him a look.

                                WILL
                    Let's hit the fucking road.

     INT. RED JEEP  MINUTES LATER

     Joel and Will are in the back, while Joel's brother, 
     ZACH is driving.

                                JOEL
                    Did you take any medicine before we 
                    left?

                                WILL
                    Ten steps ahead of you.

     He reaches into his pocket and pulls out four medicine 
     bottles.

                                JOEL
                    You can't take drugs into school.

                                WILL
                    Oh, calm down negative Nancy. 
                    They're prescribed drugs.

     Joel shrugs.

     INT. DANCE  SAME

     The place is packed. There's about two hundred students. 
     Some are on the dance floor dancing. A few are against 
     the wall, just standing. On the side, there's about 
     fifteen tables.

     AT A TABLE 

     Casey is sitting at the table by himself. He is wearing 
     a sweater. Suddenly, Chris walks up and takes a seat. He 
     is wearing a black suit with a red undershirt.

                                CASEY
                    Wow. Very slick.

                                CHRIS
                    Just like a wet floor.

     Casey gives him a look.

                                CASEY
                    Okay. You ready to do this?

                                CHRIS
                    Yep. Let's find some girls.

     He leaves. Casey gets up and does the same.

     Casey quickly grabs a pack of sugar and gets up and 
     walks over to a BLONDE GIRL.

                                CASEY
                    Excuse me.

                                BLONDE GIRL
                    Yes?

                                CASEY
                    You dropped this.

     He hands it to her. She looks and notices it's sugar.

                                BLONDE GIRL
                    What is this?

                                CASEY
                    You're nametag.

     A big cheesy smile comes across his face. She sighs and 
     keeps on walking. Casey turns and begins to walk back to 
     the table. Chris is laughing hard.

     INT. DANCE  CONTINUOUS

     People are now slow dancing. In the corner, Chris 
     approaches BONNIE, a small girl with dark red hair.

                                CHRIS
                    Pardon me, are you an interior 
                    decorator?

     She smiles.

                                BONNIE
                    No, why?

                                CHRIS
                    Because I saw you and the room got 
                    more beautiful.

     She laughs at him.

                                BONNIE
                    Well, I haven't heard that one.

                                CHRIS
                    I'm sorry for sounding like a 
                    horse's ass.

                                BONNIE
                    Well, you're a very charming 
                    horse's ass.

     A beat.

                                CHRIS
                    Will you dance with me?

                                BONNIE
                    Okay.

     They walk onto the dance floor and begin to slow dance.

     OTHER PART OF THE ROOM 

     Casey is talking to a GIRL.

                                CASEY
                    Hi, I'm Mr. Right. Someone said you 
                    were looking for me.

     She rolls her eyes and slaps him.

                                CASEY
                          (Big fake smile)
                    That hurt my dignity more then my 
                    face.

     She leaves. Casey sighs and put his hands in his 
     pockets. He looks around.

     CASEY'S POV: He sees Chris slow dancing with Bonnie.

     Casey begins to look around.

     EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE  SAME

     We can see the RED JEEP parked in front of the store.

     INT. CONVENIENCE STORE  SAME

     Will and Joel are in a section scoping out the gummy 
     candy. Will is holding his head.

                                WILL
                    What are we doing here?

                                JOEL
                    Zach needs his special "Wild Zebra" 
                    cologne for the dance.

     Joel takes notice of Will holding his head.

                                JOEL
                    What's wrong?

                                WILL
                    I've got headache.

                                JOEL
                    Oh Jesus, Will. Give it up. You've 
                    got to go home. Seriously.

                                WILL
                    I'm fine. I just need to put more 
                    medicine in my eyes.

                                JOEL
                    Why?

                                WILL
                    Because my vision's just a little 
                    blurry.

     Joel sighs.

                                WILL
                    What? I said "a little."

     Will then walks into a shelf holding small snake foods..

                                WILL
                    Sorry.
                             (to Joel)
                    Just when we get to the dance, find 
                    Meadow, bring her here to me, and 
                    I'll just have her guide me around.

                                JOEL
                    All right, Stevey Wonder.
     
     Joel walks off. Will stands. After a second he puts his 
     hand out and puts it on the nearby wall. He leans for a 
     second before slipping and falling.

     INT. HALLWAY  LITTLE LATER

     The hallway is empty. Casey emerges from the bathroom. 
     Before he begins to walk, he fixes his pants. He takes a 
     few steps forward before POP! There's FOUR MORE POPS!

                                CASEY
                    Oh God! Gunshots!

     Casey looks around and jumps into the Janitor's closet.

     DOWN THE HALLWAY 

     We see TWO STUDENT playing with some BLUE and WHITE 
     balloons.

                                STUDENT #1
                    Man I love playing with balloons.

                                STUDENT #2
                    Do you think we should be popping 
                    these?

                                STUDENT #1
                    Less talky, more poppy.

     They continue to pop them.

     EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE  SAME

     Zach, Joel, and Will come out of the store. Joel carries 
     a grocery bag. The all hop into the jeep.

     INT. JEEP  CONTINUOUS

     Zach drives, Joel rides shotgun, and Will sits in the 
     back.

                                WILL
                    Joel, did you my "stuff"?

                                JOEL
                    Yeah. Hold on.

     Joel reaches in and pulls out a bag of 300 cough drops.

                                JOEL
                    Here you go.

     He hands them to him. Will opens it and quickly puts 
     twenty in his mouth. Zach and Joel watch in shock.

                                WILL
                    What? Don't judge me. Just drive.

     Zach shrugs. He starts the car.

                                ZACH
                    All right. Here we go.

     EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE  CONTINUOUS

     The RED JEEP slowly pulls out. Just as it's about to 
     drive away we hear a loud POPPING sound. The Jeep stops.

     INT. JEEP  CONTINUOUS

     Will looks worried.

                                WILL
                    What's the matter?

                                ZACH
                    Don't worry just a flat. I can fix 
                    it.

     EXT. JEEP  CONTINUOUS

     The Jeep sits with the flat when suddenly we hear an 
     explosion sound coming from the engine. Smoke quickly 
     fills up and comes out.

                                ZACH
                    Okay, I'm not sure I can fix that.

     INT. DANCE  LATER

     There's another slow dance playing We can see Chris is 
     again slow dancing with Bonnie. He whispers something 
     into her ear. She giggles. He signals for the door. They 
     leave into:

     INT. HALLWAY, OUTSIDE THE DANCE  CONTINUOUS

     Chris and Bonnie enter, laughing.

                                BONNIE
                    God, I've never danced that long.

                                CHRIS
                    I know. I'm dying of thirst.

     They reach the food table. Chris gets two cups of punch 
     and hands one to Bonnie.

                                CHRIS
                    Man, I know I've only know you for 
                    about hour but it seems like I know 
                    everything about you.

                                BONNIE
                    Oh yeah. What's my last name?

     Chris thinks.

                                CHRIS
                    What's it matter what are last 
                    names are?

                                BONNIE
                    Don't know, do you?

                                CHRIS
                    Correctomondo.

                                BONNIE
                    It's Sindell.

                                CHRIS
                    Got it.

     Chris takes a drink.

     EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE  LATER

     The Jeep sits, broken down. Will and Joel are sitting on 
     the sidewalk. Will is putting more cough drops in his 
     mouth.

                                WILL
                    You know what this is?

                                JOEL
                    You mean the broken down car and 
                    your sickness?

                                WILL
                    Yeah. I think, the gods are testing 
                    me.

                                JOEL
                    Testing you?

                                WILL
                    Yeah. I mean when you look at it, 
                    something always happens when I try 
                    to start a relationship.

                                JOEL
                    You know. Usually I'm the voice of 
                    reason. But I think your right. 
                    Either they're testing you or 
                    someone is playing a really, really 
                    shitty trick.

                                WILL
                    First, I had that panic attack with 
                    Rene. All this shit with Meadow. 
                    Well, I've got to prove them wrong. 
                    I'm going to the motherfucking dance.

     Will gets up and begins to walk away.

                                JOEL
                    What the hell are you doing?

                                WILL
                    I'm walking to the dance.

                                JOEL
                    It's five miles from here!

                                WILL
                    I don't care. I've got to do it. 
                    They're not stopping me now.

     A VAN almost runs into Will but only bumps him.

                                WILL
                    NOTHING!!!

     He continues to walk.

     INT. HALLWAY  LATER

     We focus on the Janitor's door.

     INT. JANITOR'S CLOSET - CONTINUOUS 

     It's pitch black. We can see a thing. We can hear 
     something moving around.

                                CASEY (O.C.)
                    I wonder if they killed everyone 
                    already because I'm tired of 
                    waiting.

     We hear him fiddling with the door but it's not opening. 
     There's a long, deep sigh.

                                CASEY (O.C.)
                    Well, at least I won't be murdered.

     EXT. SCHOOL  LITTLE LATER

     Chris and Bonnie are walking outside the school.

                                BONNIE
                    It's because I take drawing instead 
                    of Art History.

     Chris nods.

                                CHRIS
                    Bonnie...

                                BONNIE
                    Yeah?

                                CHRIS
                    I would like to...date you.

                                BONNIE
                    Date me?

                                CHRIS
                    Going steady, having a relationship, 
                    boyfriend and girlfriend, whatever 
                    you want to call it.

                                BONNIE
                    Oh Chris...

     She begins to think.

                                BONNIE
                    Yes! I will!

     She reaches in and kisses Chris. After kissing for a few 
     seconds, they stop but continue to hug each other.

                                CHRIS
                    Interesting night, huh?

                                BONNIE
                    Yeah. I never thought I would have 
                    a boyfriend especially a black one.

     Chris smiles fades to shock.

                                CHRIS
                    Wh-Wh...What?

                                BONNIE
                    Well that was the whole reason I 
                    danced with you. I'd never been a 
                    black guy before and I wanted to 
                    give it a shot.

     While Bonnie is smiling, Chris can't believe what he's 
     hearing. He lets go of her. He grabs his chest.

                                CHRIS
                    Ow...My Pride.

                                BONNIE
                    What's the matter, Chris?

                                CHRIS
                    Come to think about it I think we 
                    should reconsider this whole 
                    "dating."

     Bonnie seems confused.

     EXT. SIDEWALK  SAME

     Will is staggering along the sidewalk. He seems ready to 
     fall. The Red Jeep pulls up and drives along with him. 
     The window rolls down.

                                JOEL
                    Wow, Will. Your really walking. 
                    You're a regular Lance Armstrong.

                                WILL
                    He was a biker, stupid.

                                JOEL
                    You mean like Harleys and leather 
                    jackets kind of biker?

     Will rolls his eyes.

                                JOEL
                    Okay, get in Will.

                                WILL
                    No...I've made this far, I'm going 
                    to make it on my own.

                                JOEL
                    Far? Will, look behind you. You've 
                    walked two blocks.

     Will looks behind him. He has indeed walked only two 
     short blocks. In fact we can see the convenience store.

                                WILL
                           (into the sky)
                    DAMN YOU!!!

     He shakes his head and gets into the jeep.

     INT. HALLWAY  LITTLE LATER

     The hallway is dark. It's obvious that everyone has 
     left. The Janitor's door is rattling.

                                CASEY (O.S.)
                    Someone let me out! Anyone! Hell, 
                    even the killers!

     Chris appears and opens the door. Casey falls out onto 
     the floor.

                                CHRIS
                    You know, I always think the worst 
                    of you, hoping you will prove me
                    wrong. So please, prove me wrong...
                    why were you locked in the closet?

                                CASEY
                    Because I heard gunshots and 
                    figured there was some loon with a 
                    gun.

                                CHRIS
                          (sarcastically)
                    I stand corrected.

     EXT. SIDEWALK  MINUTES LATER

     Casey and Chris are walking along the sidewalk. The Red 
     Jeep pulls up and stops. Joel steps out.

                                JOEL
                    Hey, where are you going? I thought 
                    you guys were at the dance.

                                CHRIS
                    It ended.

                                CASEY
                    Where were you?

                                JOEL
                    We had a flat and some engine 
                    problems. So ended up waiting a 
                    long time for the Tow people.

     Casey and Chris nod.

                                JOEL
                    So how was it?

                                CASEY
                    Crappy.

                                CHRIS
                    Racist.

     Beat.

                                JOEL
                    You guys want to do something?

                                CASEY
                    Sure.

     Casey and Chris get into the back.

     INT. JEEP  CONTINUOUS

     Casey and Chris sit in the back. Will seems to be gone.

                                CHRIS
                    I guess Will went home?

                                JOEL
                    Nope. We just put him in the back.

     Casey and Chris turn around.

     CASEY'S POV: Will has his arms and legs bent in weird 
     ways to fit in the very cramp back.

     Casey turns to Joel.

                                CASEY
                    What happened?

                                JOEL
                    He took some drowsy medicine and is 
                    getting some medicine.

     Will begins to snore.

     EXT. BRIAN'S HOUSE  BACKYARD  MINUTES LATER

     Brian, Brock, and Stacy are standing in the yard. Stacy 
     has a bb gun and is shooting off cans from a nearby box. 
     She hits it, dead on.

                                BRIAN
                    Pretty good.

                                STACY
                    Good? I'm better then Annie Oakley.

     Suddenly Joel, Casey, and Chris appear still dressed for 
     the dance.

                                JOEL
                    Guess who's here.

                                BROCK
                    Hey, it's them.

                                BRIAN
                    What are you guys doing here? I 
                    thought you were doing to the 
                    dance.

                                JOEL
                    Well, I missed it.

                                BROCK
                    Where's Zach?

                                CASEY
                    He's out front hitting on that 
                    Marilyn girl.

                                STACY
                             (quietly)
                    Yeah, good luck.

                                BROCK
                    Well, where's Will?

                                JOEL
                    Hey what is this? Twenty questions. 
                    Let's just shoot some shit.

                                CHRIS
                    Amen.

     Stacy tosses Joel the gun. He cocks it and takes aim.

     MONTAGE:

     INT. JEEP  BACK  SAME

     Will is still sleeping in the weird position. Snoring 
     like a baby.

     INT. REICTHER'S ROOM  SAME

     It's still pitch black. We can barely make out Reicther 
     on his bed. He is sleeping with an ARMY HELMET on.

     EXT. BRIAN'S HOUSE  BACKYARD  MINUTES LATER

     Joel, Brian, Chris, Brock, and Stacy are standing around 
     while Casey takes shots. We SLOWLY LIFT UP and FOCUS on 
     the stars.
     

                                                        FADE OUT.
                           
                            END OF EPISODE



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