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THE LUNCHROOM

Episode 3.02
"Master Debaters"

WRITTEN BY
Edward Drogos

CREATED BY
Bruce Snyder

CAST LIST

		Will Cooper.................................
		Joel Mayberry...............................
		Brian Vandele...............................
		Brock Warner................................
		Reicther....................................
		Casey Jennings..............................
		Chris Hughes................................
		Stacy Cifaretto.............................
		Mr. John Parker.............................

 
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		Debbie Vandele.............................. 
		Bobby Monaghan.............................. 
		Louis Kent.................................. 
		Principal Stevens........................... 
		Mindy.......................................                                                            
		Student #1.................................. 
		Student #2.................................. 



     Copyright © Bruce Snyder 

     TEASER

     FADE IN:

     INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - LATE AFTERNOON

     It's after school and Chris is stapling a large flyer 
     concerning applying for class president on a bulletin 
     board in the hallway.  He finishes and goes down a few 
     feet to another board and does it again.

     A bunch of other students come out of a classroom and 
     walk past Chris, ignoring him. One who doesnít, is 
     Stacy.

                                STACY
                    Chris...?

                                CHRIS
                    Oh, hi Stacy. What are you still 
                    doing here?

                                STACY
                    The Norwegian Appreciation Club just 
                    finished. I've joined everything 
                    this year. I'm not going to miss 
                    anything. Did you join something?

                                CHRIS
                    No. This is part of my detention.

                                STACY
                    Detention! This is the first week 
                    of school.

                                CHRIS
                    You're telling me.

                                STACY
                    What are you talking about?

                                CHRIS
                    The last day of school, last year, 
                    I thought it would be amusing to 
                    use my artistic ability to make a 
                    drawing of Ms. Labatt with a 
                    chalkboard eraser...she thought 
                    differently. But since it was the 
                    last day of school, she	couldnít 
                    punish me.

     Chris moves on to the next bulletin board.

                                STACY
                    So, she made you serve your 
                    detention when you came back. 
                    That's smart.

     Chris shoots her a look.

                                STACY (CONT'D)
                    I mean...What an evil miserable
                    bitch.

     They move to the next board.

                                STACY (CONT'D)
                    Whatís that for?

                                CHRIS
                          (handing one to her)
                    Elections for class president. I 
                    gotta keep going. See you later.

                                STACY
                    Yeah, bye.

     Chris walks away as Stacy reads the flyer. She looks 
     interested and puts it into her backpack and walks on.

     OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE:

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

                                                        FADE TO:

     INT. VANDELE HOME - KITCHEN Ė MORNING

     It's the next morning and Brian, Stacy and their mother 
     DEBBIE are having breakfast. Stacy takes more cereal.

                                STACY
                    So, I decided to run for class 
                    president.

                                DEBBIE
                    Really?

                                STACY
                    Yeah, really. I thought it would be 
                    a cool thing to do, especially now.

                                BRIAN
                    Sounds interesting.

                                STACY
                    Good, because I was wondering...

                                DEBBIE
                            (interrupting)
                    I ran for class president. In 1981. 
                    It was my senior year and I was 
                    inspired by the election of Jimmy 
                    Carter, to get involved.

                                BRIAN
                    Well, I hate to be a pursuer of 
                    accuracy but it was Reagan who was 
                    elected in Ď81.

                                DEBBIE
                    What did I say about that last 
                    night?

                                BRIAN
                    No one likes a smart ass.

                                DEBBIE
                    Anyway it wasnít Reagan who did it, 
                    it was Warner Douglas.

                                STACY
                    Who was Warner Douglas?

                                DEBBIE
                    This boy I liked. He had an 
                    interest in politics, so I said Iíd 
                    run for to get him to like me.

                                BRIAN
                    Did you win?

                                DEBBIE
                    No. There was a little scandal. It 
                    was with one of the other 
                    candidates. He was a really boring 
                    guy and he got involved in this 
                    riot after a Rick Springfield 
                    concert, and after that, he got so 
                    popular, he won.

                                STACY
                    Oh.

                                BRIAN
                    Who the hell starts a riot after a 
                    Rick Springfield concert?

                                                       CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY Ė MORNING

     The Gang and the rest of the school are getting things 
     from their lockers before class. Reicther, Joel, and 
     Chris are close together on the left side and Brian, 
     Brock, and Will are spread out on the right.

                                BRIAN
                    Hey, guess what Stacy announced 
                    this morning?

                                JOEL
                          (thinking hard)
                    She's...going to become a nun?

                                BRIAN
                    No. It's something of a political 
                    nature.

                                REICTHER
                    Oh, sheís not one of those who 
                    voted for Nader is she?

                                BRIAN
                    Why do I feel as if most of our 
                    conversations would be better if we 
                    never talked. Anyway she's running 
                    for class president.

                                REICTHER
                    Oh. 
                               (pause)
                    Why?

                                BRIAN
                    No idea. But get this, she wants me 
                    to be her speech writer.

                                CASEY (O.C.)
                    What?

     They turn to look all the way down to the end of the 
     hall where Caseyís locker is.

                                BRIAN
                            (yelling over)
                    I'm going to be her speech writer!

                                CASEY
                    Oh. Okay. Gotcha!

                                WILL
                    So what does she want us to do?

                                BRIAN
                    I don't know.

     The bell rings and there is a scramble around them.

                                BRIAN (CONT'D)
                    I guess we'll talk at lunch.

                                WILL
                    Okay.

                                CASEY (O.C.)
                    What?

                                WILL
                            (calling out)
                    Meeting at lunch!

                                CASEY
                    Okay!                          

     They walk off to their different classes.

                                                       CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY Ė LUNCHTIME

     Brock and Casey are walking down a mostly empty hall,
     talking.

                                CASEY
                    So then they finally got the car 
                    doors unlocked and we were able to 
                    get out.

                                BROCK
                    But why did they open trunk?

                                CASEY
                    No, thatís not the point. It never 
                    went off.
                              (nothing)
                    See when you get into the car...

     They pass through the doors into the lunchroom.

     INT. LUNCHROOM Ė CONTINUOUS

     Casey stops talking to look up at a large crowd of 
     people gathered around Stacy and another kid debating 
     with each other.

                                CASEY
                    She isnít wasting any time is she.

                                BROCK
                    Who's the other guy?

                                CASEY
                    Bobby Monaghan. Incumbent class 
                    president from the freshman slash 
                    sophomore term.

                                BROCK
                    Are you friends with him and not 
                    telling us?

                                CASEY
                    No.

     He points to a poster on the wall that	says all that.

                                BROCK
                    Oh.

     They see Will, Brian and Chris standing in the crowd and 
     join them.

                                STACY
                    You call those accomplishments! 
                    Yeah, milk prices went down, but a 
                    coke costs a buck twenty-five. He 
                    just doesnít understand, if he 
                    wants to throw all these parties 
                    for each different grade, that 
                    costs money. My money. Your money. 
                    Plus while we were having all those 
                    parties, the east parking lot fell 
                    into disrepair. All the cars are 
                    all bunched up in one tiny lot! 
                    Thatís not safe.

                                BOBBY
                    Well, if you are going to nitpick. 
                    You have no experience whatsoever 
                    in school politics. Stacy has no 
                    idea how to run things. While she 
                    has been racking up a few honorary 
                    titles in the year books, I have 
                    been bringing this school to a 
                    whole new beginning.

                                STACY
                    You call that Nitpicking?

                                BRIAN
                    Fuck that. That's personal attacks.

     They stare each other down, and Stacy is ready to say 
     more when Will jumps in between them.

                                WILL
                    Okay! Stacy. Save some for the 
                    debate!

                                BOBBY
                    Who are you?

                                WILL
                    Me, Iím her...(thinks) presidential
                    ...advi...no, wait -

                                STACY
                             (cutting in)
                    He's my campaign manager.

                                WILL
                    Yeah. Who the fuck are you?

                                BOBBY
                    Your current class president.

                                WILL
                    Bullshit. When were you elected.

                                BOBBY
                    Last year.

                                WILL
                    How am I suppose to remember that. 
                    Hell, I don't know where I am half 
                    the time.

     Bobby sees that all the attention he was gathering has 
     dwindled, and walks away.

                                WILL (CONTíD)
                    Okay! Since this has turned into a 
                    little rally, anyone have questions 
                    for Miss...

                                STACY
                             (whispering)
                    Cifaretto.

                                WILL
                    Cifaretto!

                                STUDENT
                    What about the empty parking lot, 
                    what are you going to do with it?

                                STACY
                    Well, what do you want to have 
                    there? Itís up to you. Tell me what 
                    you want and Iíll get it done...

     Bobby walks off the crate and over to the gang while 
     Stacy continues to take questions.

                                BOBBY
                    So youíre the guys helping Stacy 
                    out, huh?

     They glance at Bobby and return their focus to Stacy.

                                BOBBY
                    What? We canít be friends?

                                CASEY
                              (quickly)
                    Kiss my big, fat, hairy, pimply ass, 
                    Bob.    

     Bobby storms off.

     INT. VANDELE HOME - BASEMENT Ė EVENING

     Brock, Reicther, Joel, Casey, Will and Chris are all gathered 
     around an old table sitting in mismatched chairs. Stacy 
     and Brian walk down the stairs carrying some snack and 
     bottles of soda.

                                STACY
                    Well, thank you all for coming.

     Everyone looks at her.

                                STACY
                    Anyway, I went to register today and 
                    I found out that my official 
                    competitors are Bobby Monaghan and 
                    Louis Kent. And anyone else who 
                    wants to try for write in.

                                CASEY
                    What does that mean?

                                STACY
                    What?

                                CASEY
                    Who arenít the official ones?

                                STACY
                    Any other person who no one cares 
                    about. The principal chooses three 
                    candidates on the ballot, and if 
                    you want someone else, you can 
                    write it in.

                                CASEY
                    Okay.

                                STACY
                    Anyway, I have a few things I 
                    thought would be really great for 
                    the junior and senior students.

                                REICTHER
                    What about the lower grades?

                                STACY
                    I donít represent them.

                                REICTHER
                    What, we're not equal or 
                    something. I mean what's up with 
                    that?

                                BRIAN
                    No, they have their own leader. The 
                    school is split into freshman and 
                    sophomore, then junior and senior 
                    groups. You didnít know this?

                                REICTHER
                    Well...no.

                                JOEL
                    Yeah, I wasnít so sure either...

                                CHRIS
                    What about the people who run as 
                    write ins?

                                BROCK
                    Do the two presidents work 
                    together?

     Stacy looks shocked that they donít know about it.

                                BRIAN
                    Yeah, they do. You know, weíre here 
                    to find out what we are all going 
                    to do.

     Brian sits down and looks to Stacy.

                                REICTHER
                    So what do you want me to do?

                                STACY
                    Uh, you and Brock make up some 
                    flyers and pass them out to anyone 
                    you see.

     Brock sighs. Reicther smiles.

                                REICTHER
                    Don't worry, Brock. Were going to 
                    have lots of fun.

     Brock looks angry.

                                STACY
                    Joel and Casey, can you come up 
                    with some commercials they can air 
                    on the school TV network?

                                JOEL
                    It shall be done.

                                STACY
                    And they told me that I have to do 
                    an interview with a guy from the 
                    school newspaper. Will I need you 
                    to help me with that.

                                WILL
                    What else would a campaign manager 
                    do?

                                REICTHER
                    Manage the campaign, maybe?

                                STACY
                    Brian, your already writing my 
                    speeches and Chris, you can...you 
                    will...um,...spread the word.

                                CHRIS
                    Excuse me?

                                WILL
                    Yeah, you are good at talking to 
                    people, you can go around 
                    convincing people to vote for 
                    Stacy.

                                CHRIS
                    Convincing?

                                WILL
                    Well, persuading. What do you 
                    think?

                                CHRIS
                    The gospel of Stacy Cifaretto. I 
                    think I can handle that.

                                STACY
                    Great! I guess we are done today. 
                    Letís work on our assignments, and 
                    get ready for the launch, next 
                    Monday.

                                CASEY
                    Okay.

     They all get up.

                                BROCK
                    So I guess this officially makes us 
                    your campaign staff?

                                STACY
                    Yes it does.

                                WILL
                    We're sorta like guys on "The West 
                    Wing."

                                BROCK
                    Cool.

     Pause.

                                BRIAN
                    Let's play Dynasty Warriors!

     Brian, Brock, Joel, Casey, and Reicther run up stairs. 
     Will and Chris linger.

                                WILL
                          (sarcastically)
                    Oh yeah. Video games.

                                CHRIS
                          (sarcastically)
                    What fun.

     They slowly walk up the stairs. Stacy rolls her eyes as 
     the rest of them run upstairs. 

                                                        CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL Ė DAY

     Itís a few days later and Casey and Joel put up a poster 
     of Stacy on the wall. We PULL BACK and reveal that there 
     are hundreds of them from floor to ceiling.

     INT. HALLWAY Ė DAY

     Chris has a gathered a group of people around him and is 
     speaking about Stacy.

     INT. VANDELE HOME - DINING ROOM Ė NIGHT

     Will and Stacy are doing a mock interview.

                                WILL
                    Stacy, what do you want to do for 
                    this school?

                                STACY
                    I want the students to decide, this 
                    is their school, and what they 
                    need.

                                WILL
                    Very good.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:

     INT. MR. PARKER'S ROOM Ė AFTERNOON

     Mr. Parker is busy writing something on the chalkboard. 
     Stacy is standing close by.

                                STACY
                    Why can't I put any flyers in here?

                                PARKER
                    Stacy, you know how I feel about 
                    democracy and voting.

                                STACY
                    That it's all crap.

                                PARKER
                    Exactly. Besides, if I let you hang 
                    one flyer then Bobby will want to 
                    hang one. Then Louis. That's three 
                    flyers! I just don't have space.

     Stacy then looks around and notices a lot of empty spots 
     on the wall. She sighs and leaves.

                                                           CUT TO:

     EXT. SCHOOL - NEXT MORNING

     Stacy gets out of her car in the parking lot. Suddenly, 
     Casey and Joel run up.

                                STACY
                    Hey guys. Whereís Will?

                                JOEL
                    Um, damage control.

                                STACY
                    Damage control, what do you mean, 
                    did something happen?

                                CASEY
                    You could say that...

                                STACY
                    I fucking did. What happened?

                                JOEL
                    You better come inside.

     They usher her in through the door past a number of 
     Bobby supporters.

     INT. SCHOOL ENTRANCE Ė CONTINUOUS

     Stacy walks in to see the walls covered with posters of 
     attack ads against Stacy and all of her ideas and 
     positions. 

                                STACY
                    Oh my god.

     Will and Brock come up to Stacy.

                                WILL
                    Stacy, letís go. In here.

     They lead her into a empty classroom and close the door.

     INT. CLASSROOM Ė CONTINUOUS

     The rest of the staff except Chris are already waiting 
     for Stacy when she walks in.

                                STACY
                    Will, what is going on?

                                WILL
                    Itís Monaghan. He had some 
                    photographer follow you around, 
                    waiting for you fuck up.

                                STACY
                    Is that legal?

                                WILL
                    Please, in this campaign everything 
                    is legal. I think we have to go on 
                    the defensive.

                                STACY
                    How?

                                WILL
                    Reicther, if that asshole Bobby 
                    wants to do funny photos, so can 
                    you.

                                REICTHER
                    I want to do funny photos?

                                WILL
                    Yes, you want to do funny photos!
                       (he takes a deep breath)
                    I believe the school just got Adobe 
                    Photoshop, you and Brock have fun.
                         (turning to Casey)
                    Joel, Casey, lets get some ads on 
                    the school TV network, okay?

                                JOEL
                    Alright.

                                WILL
                    Stacy, we do a practice interview 
                    again.

                                STACY
                    Yeah, lets do that tonight.

                                WILL
                    Good.

                                                        CUT TO:

     INT. CLASSROOM Ė DAY

     Casey and Joel are sitting on either sides of a large TV 
     and a few STUDENTS are helping themselves to the free 
     food set out on a table.

     Joel pops in a video cassette and Casey clears his 
     throat to get the Students attention.

                                CASEY
                    Okay, everybody. If you are ready 
                    please take your seats and weíll 
                    begin.

     They take a few more cookies and sit down.

                                CASEY (CONT'D)
                    I just want to start out by 
                    thanking all of you for taking time 
                    to participate in this focus group.

                                STUDENT # 1
                    Oh, so your the one running.

                                CASEY
                              (thrown)
                    No.

                                STUDENT # 1
                    You sound like it.

                                CASEY
                    Thank you.

                                JOEL
                            (taking over)
                    Okay. You are here to review a few 
                    campaign ads, and tell us your 
                    thoughts on them. Letís begin.

     Joel presses play.

     TV SCREEN -

     A black and white picture of BOBBY fades onto the screen 
     and jail bars are superimposed on top of that picture.

                                VOICE OVER
                             (who is Joel)
                    Do you trust Bobby Monaghan? The 
                    question should be, how can you 
                    trust Bobby Monaghan?

     The screen fades to black and a large question mark 
     appears.

                                VOICE OVER (CONTíD)
                    In 2002, during a field trip to the 
                    Centerville Police Station, Bobby 
                    Monaghan was put into a cell, just 
                    because a police officer said he 
                    looked funny.

     The question mark fades to a picture of the police 
     station and then snapshots of Bobby being put into the 
     cell and the words Ďlooked funnyí appear on the screen.

                                VOICE OVER (CONTíD)
                    So let me ask you, how can you send 
                    a man who Ďlooks funnyí to 
                    represent your school during this 
                    time of uncertainly.

     The pictures of Bobby in the cell and the words Ďlook 
     funnyí keep flashing on the screen. All of a sudden the 
     picture becomes in color and a smiling face of Stacy 
     appears standing in front of a tree with her hair 
     blowing in the wind.

                                STACY
                             (on screen)
                    I'm Stacy Cifaretto. I was voted 
                    Miss Photogenic, two years in a 
                    row at my old school. And I am able 
                    to put the best face forward so I 
                    can fight for our student body. 

     Stacy walks off into the park.

                                VOICE OVER
                    Vote Stacy Cifaretto for class 
                    president. Strong...and photogenic.

     And the screen fades to black.

     CLASSROOM -

     Joel stops the tape.

                                CASEY
                    Okay.
                             (to Joel)
                    That turned out good.
                         (to the Students)
                    What are your general impressions, 
                    of this ad?

     The students sit there, dumbstruck.

                                CASEY (CONT'D)
                    Anything?

                                STUDENT # 1
                    So, sheís the one running.

     Casey and Joel nod and make notes on their clipboards.

                                                         CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL - COMPUTER ROOM Ė DAY

     Reicther and Brock are working on the school computers. 
     They have their heads together blocking the screen from 
     view.

                                REICTHER
                    No, no, no. Make his eyes more 
                    square.

                                BROCK
                    What, like that?

                                REICTHER
                    Yeah. Can you stretch the body a 
                    little bit more. And make his feet 
                    smaller.

     Brock does this.

                                BROCK
                    Good?

                                REICTHER
                    Oh yeah.

     Brock and Reicther move their heads apart to reveal a 
     picture of a devastating deformed Bobby.

                                BROCK
                    And print.

     They smile at each other as the printer makes lots of 
     copies.

                                                         CUT TO:

     INT. CLASSROOM Ė LATER

     Casey and Joel are still with the focus group.

                                STUDENT # 1
                    So, I still don't understand, if the ad 
                    is for Stacy, why would they focus 
                    on Bobby?

                                JOEL
                    We are not focusing on him, we are 
                    highlighting his faults.

                                CASEY
                    To show how much better Stacy is.

                                STUDENT # 2
                    So what does Stacy stand for?

                                STUDENT # 1
                    Yeah, what is she going to do for 
                    me?

                                JOEL
                    Don't you know?

                                STUDENT # 1
                    No. All I know is that Bobby looks 
                    funny and Stacy is pretty. What 
                    good is that going to do?

     Casey and Joel think.

                                CASEY
                              (to Joel)
                    I think we need to go in a 
                    different direction with the ads.

     Joel nods.

                                                        CUT TO:

     INT. SCHOOL - AUDIO/VISUAL DEPARTMENT - NEXT DAY

     Will, Stacy, Chris and Reicther are watching a TV 
     playing Stacyís new ad.

     TV SCREEN - 

     Stacy is sitting at a desk in a classroom.

                                STACY
                    Hi, Iím Stacy Cifaretto. Youíve 
                    heard a lot about my competitor, 
                    but I think itís time you found out 
                    about me. If elected I want to 
                    improve the school atmosphere, I 
                    want to expand the school newspaper, 
                    make more ideas and voices heard. I 
                    will build a student lounge, where 
                    before and after school and during 
                    breaks from class and during 
                    lunchtime members can relax and 
                    have fresh food and drinks.
                              (pause)
                    And since we are in a school, I 
                    thought we would form a in school 
                    college scholarship program. Every 
                    year one student will be chosen and 
                    sent to college care of their 
                    fellow student.
                              (pause)
                    These are the kind of things I want 
                    for my school, what do you want for 
                    it? Iím Stacy Cifaretto, Iím 
                    running for you.

     The screen fades to the words "VOTE FOR STACY."

     BACK TO ROOM

                                REICTHER
                    That was really good.

                                CHRIS
                    Amazing.

     LOUIS KENT walks out of the interview room, he looks 
     shaken.
 
                                STACY
                    How did it go, Louis?

     He shakes his head and walks out.

                                STACY
                              (to Will)
                    What does he mean?

                                WILL
                    I don't know.

     The interviewer, MINDY, a bubbly girl in a blue outfit 
     approaches.

                                MINDY
                    Stacy are you ready? I'm Mindy.

                                STACY
                        (shaking her hand)
                    Nice to meet you.

                                MINDY
                    Letís get started. But, Iím afraid 
                    that your friends will have to 
                    leave.

                                WILL
                    Still scared?

     Stacy shakes her head and the group leaves. Stacy and 
     Mindy sit down in front of a camera.

                                MINDY
                            (into camera)
                    Hello, fellow students, Iím Mindy 
                    Everett, and this is Interviews 
                    with Everyone. Stacy Cifaretto is 
                    here today, she is running for 
                    class president. Hello Stacy.

                                STACY
                    Hi Mindy.

     Mindyís demeanor changes and she looks harshly at Stacy.

                                MINDY
                    Stacy. You have no experience is 
                    school government, what makes you 
                    qualified to run?

                                STACY
                           (thrown back)
                    What?  Uh, well I am fairly new, 
                    but I have made friends and have 
                    learned about the school, and most 
                    importantly, I am a student, so the 
                    things I will fight for I want too.

                                MINDY
                    So youíre saying that you are doing 
                    this so you can fight for what you 
                    want for yourself?

                                STACY
                    No, you misunderstand Ė

                                MINDY
                    I have interviewed a lot of people, 
                    I can get to the bottom of what 
                    people are saying pretty quickly by 
                    now. But a new topic. What are 
                    those things that you want?

                                STACY
                    Wait. I have to clarify my point. 
                    I didnít say that Ė

                                MINDY
                    Stacy, are you going to answer my 
                    question or not?

                                STACY
                    How can I when you wonít let me 
                    finish?

                                MINDY
                    Stacy, lets get real? Your 
                    competition has had a lot more 
                    experience than you, are you ready 
                    to compete?

                                STACY
                    Yes, I have seen what Bobby has 
                    done, and I can do better...and I 
                    have enough experience to.

                                MINDY
                    Okay, I think we have enough.

     Stacy and Mindy stand up.

                                STACY
                    What was that for?

                                MINDY
                          (bubbly again)
                    What do you mean?

     Stacy rolls her eyes and walks out.

                                MINDY
                    What, wasnít I fair?

     INT. VANDELE HOME Ė BRIAN'S ROOM Ė LATER THAT NIGHT

     Brian is sitting on his couch, thinking. Sitting on his 
     lap is a pad of paper and pencil.

     CLOSE UP ON PAPER:
     On the top line it reads, "Stacy's Speech." We notice 
     that besides that, the paper is blank.

     Brian looks around, trying to get inspired.

                                                         CUT TO:

     INT. LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM - NEXT DAY

     The campaign staff is pacing around.

                                JOEL
                    What time is it?

                                BRIAN
                    9:28.

                                JOEL
                    Where is she?

                                WILL
                    Donít worry she wonít back out on 
                    us.

                                REICTHER
                    How do you know?

                                WILL
                    Has Stacy ever backed out on a 
                    promise before?

     Principal Stevens comes up to the staff.

                                STEVENS
                    Where's Stacy?

                                WILL
                    I donít know, sir. Can you just 
                    wait a few more minutes?

                                STEVENS
                    Listen, if you candidate isnít 
                    going to show up you are going to 
                    have to tell me now. She has to 
                    speak, or else she forfeits.

     They donít know what to say.

                                REICTHER
                    I'll do it!

                                STEVENS
                    What?

                                BROCK
                    What?

                                REICTHER
                    I'm going to do it. I'll speak.

                                BROCK
                    You arenít the one running!

                                REICTHER
                    Mr. Stevens, Iíll do it. Can I 
                    speak.

                                WILL
                    Reicther!

                                STEVENS
                    I donít see any other solution, if 
                    Stacy isn't here...

                                STACY (O.S.)
                    Iím here!

     Stacy comes from the back door and runs up to the group.

                                STEVENS
                    Miss Cifaretto nice to see you.

                                STACY
                    Iím here, Iím ready.
                            (to the Staff)
                    Iím sorry you guys. I didnít mean 
                    to bail, I just needed time to 
                    think.

                                STEVENS
                    Well, Iím sorry Mr. Reicther, it 
                    looks like you are going to have to 
                    wait for next year.

     Stevens walks off and turns on his microphone.

                                STACY
                    Will have to wait for what next 
                    year?

                                JOEL
                    Fuck what Stevens said, just get 
                    out there.

     Stacy walks over to where Louis and Bobby are waiting.

                                LOUIS
                    Cutting it a little close arenít 
                    you.

                                STACY
                    I still made it didnít I.

     The CAMERA MAN focuses on the three canidates.

                                STEVENS (O.C.)
                    Now please help me welcome the 
                    candidates for class president!

     Louis, Bobby and Stacy walk out. They each take a spot 
     at a podium.

                                                       FADE TO:
   
     Louis just finished his speech and takes down his charts 
     and various props.

                                STEVENS
                    Thank you, Mr. Kent. Next is Robert 
                    Monaghan, sophomore class president 
                    and school quarterback number 56.                  

     He pauses.

                                BOBBY
                    I just have a few things to say. 
                    We may be both newcomers to this 
                    school, but in my past year I have 
                    accomplished a lot, she hasnít. I 
                    have connected with each of you, 
                    and you hopefully have connected 
                    with me. As you remember all the 
                    new and exiting things I have done, 
                    just think of all the things I 
                    have yet to do. Anything is 
                    possible, and anything can happen 
                    if you elect me as your class 
                    president. Thank you.

     Pause.

                                STEVENS
                    And our final candidate, Miss Stacy 
                    Cifaretto.

     The spotlight shines bright on Stacy.

                                STACY
                    Thank you. This lesson in democracy
                    has taught me more about the people 
                    in the process, rather than the 
                    process itself. It is not the 
                    policies, but who starts them and 
                    how they do it is what seems to be 
                    important. You are not voting for 
                    what we stand for but how we 
                    present ourselves. More 
                    specifically, how a opponent 
                    presents the other.
                             (pause)
                    If this has taught me anything at
                    all, it's that I don't know what 
                    the next President's gonna face. 
                    And if we choose someone with 
                    vision, someone with guts, someone 
                    with gravitas, who's connected to 
                    other people's lives, and cares 
                    about making them better...if we 
                    choose someone to inspire us, then 
                    we'll be able to face what comes 
                    our way and achieve things...we 
                    can't imagine yet. Instead of 
                    telling people who's the most 
                    qualified, instead of telling 
                    people who's got the better ideas, 
                    let's make it obvious.

     Everyone is taken back.

                                STEVENS
                    Well...those are some pretty strong 
                    words, Ms. Cifaretto.

     She nods, pride fully.

                                STEVENS
                    Too bad you stole most of that 
                    speech from "The West Wing."

     Stacy's face now turns to embarrassment.

                                STACY
                    ...I did?

     She now looks angry.

                                STACY
                         (fake smile; 
                         under breath)
                    I'm going to rip Brian's balls off 
                    and feed them to some goats.

     Stacy continues to stand, trying not to lose her cool.

     INT. LUNCHROOM Ė DAY

     Will, Joel, Brian, Brock, Casey, Reicther, Chris and 
     Stacy are sitting around a table. Stacy lays her head 
     down.

                                WILL
                    You had to steal a speech.

                                BRIAN
                    Jeez. I'm sorry. I was having 
                    really bad writer's block. Besides, 
                    who watches "The West Wing" anyway? 
                    Honestly!

     Just then, Bobby and a group of people walk by. Bobby 
     has a smile on his face. He notices Stacy and waves. 
     Stacy just gives him a look. Bobby turns to his people 
     and begin to walk and talk.

     As his back is turned, EVERYONE at the table flip him off.

                                STACY
                    Fuck em. I hope he gets an STD.

                                                        FADE OUT.

     (Over the end credits, "Lovely Rita" by The Beatles plays 
     over them.)
                           
                            END OF EPISODE






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