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                          THE LUNCHROOM                                
                               
                          Episode Three
                         "Special Needs"

                                
                           Teleplay by
                  Max Majernik & Melinda Waterman
                                
                                
                            Story by
                          Max Majernik
                                
                               
                           Created by
                          Bruce Snyder
                                
                                
                                
                       EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
                          Bruce Snyder
                                
                       EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
                          Vincent Biga
                                



                                 CAST LIST

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

 
                              GUEST CAST LIST


		Jill Reicther............................... 
		Mrs. Hackford............................... 
		James....................................... 
		Learning Disability Teacher.................
		Cathy....................................... 
		Richard..................................... 







     Copyright  Bruce Snyder 

     TEASER

     FADE IN:

     INT. CLASSROOM  DAY

     There are about thirty students at desks. On the 
     chalkboard, it's written "Standardized Testing." Near 
     the back of the room, sits Reicther. Reicther whistles 
     and is calmly reading a question.

                               REICTHER (V/O)
                    Which best represents Maria? A Bead? 
                    A Rope? A Grin of Salt? Or a Marble?

     He thinks.

                               REICTHER (V/O)
                    They all sound right to me.

     He circles in all of the answers.

                               TEACHER (O.S.)
                    Okay. Pencils down.

     Reicther looks up, shocked. He looks down at his paper.

     REICTHER'S POV:
     The page (with the exception of the previous question) 
     is blank. A hand comes over and turns the page. It's 
     also blank. The hand quickly turns the page a few more 
     times. Each time the page is blank.

                               REICTHER
                        (calmly)
                    Whoops.

     OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE:

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

     AFTER CREDITS:

     EXT. OUTSIDE HACKFORD'S OFFICE  DAY

     Reicther sits on the bench.

     INT. HACKFORD'S OFFICE  CONTINUOUS

     Mrs. Hackford is sitting behind her desk, looking over 
     some papers. Across from her is JILL REICTHER.

                                JILL
                    How low did he score?

                                HACKFORD
                    Well your son's scores were greatly 
                    down. They went down about 80% from 
                    last year.

                                JILL
                    That low? Isn't that impossible?

                                HACKFORD
                    Well it would seem like it. But 
                    what we think is, that your son 
                    might have be having some problems 
                    that are hindering him.

                                JILL
                    So what your saying is....

                                HACKFORD
                    That your son has a learning 
                    disability.

     Jill nods, Mrs. Hackford hands her the papers.

                                HACKFORD
                    Here, take a look for yourself.

     Jill examines the paper.

                                JILL
                    16% in math?! How can he do so bad?

     Hackford shots her a look.

                                JILL
                    Oh right, the disability.

     Jill hands Hackford the papers.

                                JILL        
                    Okay then, so  what should I do?

     EXT. HACKFORD'S OFFICE  MINUTES LATER

     Jill comes out of the office. Reicther stands. Jill 
     quickly hugs him.

                                JILL
                    I'm so sorry I've neglected you. 
                    I'm a horrible mother. We should 
                    have seen this disability earlier 
                    when we could have treated it. I'm 
                    so sorry.

                                REICTHER
                    It's about time  wait, what? A 
                    disability?

                                JILL
                    Yes honey. Your scores were so low 
                    that we're forced to enroll you in 
                    special education. I have to go in 
                    on to fill out the paper work.

     Reicther looks stunned.

     INT. LUNCHROOM  HOUR LATER

     Will, Brian, Joel, Brock, Casey, and Chris sit around 
     the table. Reicther enters and comes over and sits down. 
     He still seems a little confused.

                                BROCK
                    Hoi, Reicther.

                                REICTHER
                    Hey guys.

                                JOEL
                    Why did you have to go down to the 
                    office for?

                                REICTHER
                    You wont believe it.

                                WILL
                    What?

                                REICTHER
                    I'm gonna be in the "happy" hall 
                    from now on.

                                BRIAN
                    Man shut up, that's only for the 
                    foreign kids and crazies.

                                REICTHER
                    I kid you not. My test scores were 
                    so low they think I have a 
                    disability.

                                BROCK
                    Which one?

                                REICTHER
                    I dunno. (thinks; shrugs) All of 
                    them?

                                WILL
                    You're such in idiot..

                                REICTHER
                    You see, usually I'd be angry at you 
                    for that remark, but today I'll let 
                    it slide.

     Reicther smiles. The others give each other glances.

     INT. HAPPY HALLWAY - NEXT MORNING

     Reicther's mom is in the hallway talking to the Special
     Education teacher.

                                JILL
                    Ok, so its all set?

                                TEACHER
                    Yes, and I assure you, your son
                    will get the education he should
                    have gotten a long time ago.

                                JILL
                    Are you calling me a bad mother?

                                TEACHER
                    Excuse me?

                                JILL
                    I'll take you down a notch if you
                    get that tone again with me missy.

     Reicther cuts in.

                                REICTHER
                    Its ok mom just go to work. I'll be
                    fine.

     Jill gives him a huge hug and looks at the Teacher 
     menacingly while doing it. His mom then leaves. The 
     Teacher and Reicther begin to walk down the hallway 
     toward the class.

                                REICTHER
                    Sorry about that. My mom is just 
                    upset about my (finger quotes) 
                    "special disease."

                                TEACHER
                    Well, there's no need for worry. We 
                    take "extra" care with our students.

     They reach the room and enter.

     INT. HAPPY CLASS ROOM - CONTINUOUS

     The Teacher and Reicther enter and stand in front of the 
     class. We notice that they're about ten other students 
     in the room who look like ordinary students. The Teacher 
     claps her hand to get everyone's attention.

                                TEACHER
                    Everybody...this is Reicther and
                    he'll be with us for the rest of the
                    year.

                                REICTHER
                    Hello.

                                CLASS
                    HELLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOO.

     The teacher show Reicther his desk and walks back to hers.
     JAMES, another SPED student, is sitting across from him
     staring him down.

                                REICTHER
                    Uh hi (looks at nametag) James.

                                JAMES
                    I cut things.

     An awkward moment between them.

                                REICTHER
                    Ok, I think I'm gonna go to the 
                    computer now.

     Reicther walks over to the computer and looks back at
     James, who is stabbing the desk with an eraser.

                                REICTHER
                    Hmm, nice guy.

     INT. GYM CLASS  MINUTES LATER

     Joel is standing by a bench press. Next to him a wheel 
     chaired student, RICHARD, is messing with his chair. 
     Richard then gets out and lays down on the press.

                                JOEL
                    Um...are you sure you can do this?

                                RICHARD
                    Why does everyone ask that?

     Right before Richard begins, Cathy comes up behind Joel.

                                CATHY
                    Joel are you okay?

                                JOEL
                    Last time I checked. Why?

                                CATHY
                    Oh. Is it all right if I talk to 
                    you for a sec?

                                JOEL
                    Uh, okay. Richard I'll be back in a 
                    few minutes.

     Joel and Cathy walk away.

     INT. SUPPLY LOCKER  SECONDS LATER

     Joel and Cathy stand in the middle of a locker that has 
     dozens of different gym supplies such as balls, sticks, 
     etc.

                                CATHY
                    I've heard that some seniors are 
                    going to pull a prank against you.

                                JOEL
                    A prank?

                                CATHY
                    And I think your friends too.

                                JOEL
                    Jesus. Wait, why would they pull a 
                    prank against us for?

                                CATHY
                    I'm not sure. But Craig Keller was 
                    talking to his football buddies and 
                    he mentioned that he was going to 
                    get that little bastard Joel.

                                JOEL
                    Craig Keller?

     Joel begins to think.

     FLASHBACK TO:

     EXT. STREET  EARLY EVENING

     The CAMERA pulls back and we see that Joel is spraying 
     painting "Sorry, it's My Car" on a car while humming. 
     Joel looks up and waves at Casey.

					   CASEY
                    What the hell are you doing?!

					   JOEL
                    Revenge!

     Just then, the Senior comes running up.

					   SENIOR
                    What the hell are you doing to my 
                    car!

     Joel drops the spray can and starts to run. 

                                JOEL
                    The jig's up! Everyone scatter!!

     Casey, confused, starts to run away too, the senior 
     chasing him.

                                                        FADE TO:

     INT. SUPPLY LOCKER  PRESENT

     Joel looks embarrassed. He now knows who it is.

                                JOEL
                    Oops.

     INT. HALLWAY - LATER

     Chris and Casey are talking in between class breaks.

                                CHRIS
                    He's really in SPED now? I never
                    thought some one dip that low from
                    sheer laziness.

     Pause.

                                CHRIS
                    Good for him.

                                CASEY
                    Oh, I almost forgot. Will told me
                    about "Senior Haze" starting this
                    week.

                                CHRIS
                    A haze? What's that?

                                CASEY
                    Basically make our lives miserable.

                                CHRIS
                    Oh. Wait a damn minute, where's the 
                    principal or the teachers during 
                    all this?

     EXT. TEACHER'S LOUNGE  SAME

     There's a sign on the door that reads "Teacher's Meeting 
     in Progress."

     INT. TEACHER'S LOUNGE - CONTINUOUS

     There's about eight teachers gathered around a TV. One 
     of them is MR. PARKER.

                                FEMALE TEACHER #1
                    Wait a second, that's her baby!

                                PARKER
                    Bullshit. That's impossible. She 
                    could never give birth again. 
                    Remember?

                                MALE TEACHER #1
                    It's a clone, that's it. There's no
                    other explanation.

                                MALE TEACHER #2
                    Bet you five dollars you're wrong.

                                MALE TEACHER #1
                    You're on.

     Everyone watches the TV for a few more seconds

                                PARKER
                    Oh, its adopted! Time to pay up.

     Male Teacher #1 reaches into his pocket and then pulls 
     out his wallet. The other teachers laugh at this.

     INT. HALLWAY - SAME

     Chris and Casey continue to walk down the hall.

                                CASEY
                    Yeah well I didn't get to the best
                    part. Were on some kind of hit list
                    made by the seniors.

                                CHRIS
                    Why?

                                CASEY
                    Well so much bad shit happens to us, 
                    I've just stopped asking "why."

     SUDDENLY a book flies and hits Chris in the head and 
     falls to the ground. Casey sees this and runs away.

                                SENIOR (O.S.)
                    CLASS OF 2005 RULES!

     INT. LUNCHROOM  LUNCHTIME

     Will, Joel, Brian, Brock, Casey, and Chris sit around 
     the lunch table. Chris is holding his head with an ice 
     pack.

                                WILL
                    Really Joel, I would like to thank
                    you for basically killing us all.

                                JOEL
                    I'm sure there's some way we can
                    get outta this.

                                BRIAN
                    We can fake our deaths.

                                WILL
                    Nah, that never works...or at least
                    for us.

                                BRIAN
                    How about we jump them, teach them
                    a little lesson.

                                WILL
                    The whole senior class?

                                BRIAN
                    Uhh...maybe some of the smaller 
                    ones.

                                WILL
                    Fuck that. If that happens I'm 
                    hiding behind two tons of fun other 
                    there.

                                CASEY
                    It feels good to be appreciated.

                                JOEL
                    Why don't we split up? Or maybe
                    hide in the principals office.

                                WILL
                    And be labeled "pussies" that'll
                    hurt us more than a book to the--

     A book is thrown and hits Brian in the face.

                                BRIAN
                    SON OF A BITCH!!!

     Everyone looks around.

                                JOEL
                    Where the hell did that come from?!

     Everyone slowly gets (except for Brian) and slowly head
     for the door. When they get close to the door they just 
     end up running away.                           

     INT. HAPPY CLASS ROOM  AFTERNOON

     The class is turned around talking to each other. The 
     Teacher walks in front of the room.

                                TEACHER
                    Class, Class. Can I have your
                    attention please.

     The room quiets down.

                                TEACHER (cont'd)
                    I'm pleased to announce that our
                    new member of the special class,
                    Reicther, has just gotten a perfect
                    on his last test. A round of
                    applause please.

     The class claps. A big smile comes across Reicther's 
     face.

                                REICTHER
                    Life is perfect

     BEGIN MONTAGE
     (Tom Petty's "A Mind With A Heart of It's Own" plays 
     over the montage.)

     INT. HAPPY CLASS ROOM  LATER

     Reicther is playing a "Special" student in chess. 
     Reicther moves a piece.

                                REICTHER
                    Checkmate.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Reicther playing another "Special" student.

                                REICTHER
                    Checkmate.

                                                          CUT TO:

     Reicther playing another "Special" student. This time 
     Reicther is deep in thought. Reicther points to 
     something off camera. The Student looks. As he looks, 
     Reicther switches the board around. The student looks 
     back. Reicther moves a piece.

                                REICTHER
                    Checkmate!

     The student smiles and shakes Reicther's hand.

     INT. HAPPY CLASS  ANOTHER DAY

     Reicther and James are sitting at a table, reading from 
     a book. Reicther whispers something to James, who then 
     pounces on another kid like a lion. Reicther just points 
     and laughs.

     Shot of the Teacher staring at him. Looking confused and a
     bit angry.

     INT. SHAKE SHOP - AFTER SCHOOL

     The group sits around a table (except for Brian and Chris.)

                                REICTHER
                    Well I'm just gonna say it...I'm
                    living the perfect life.

                                WILL
                    Kinda like the one eyed king among
                    the blind people. Or better put a
                    jackass among idiots.

                                REICTHER
                           (sarcastically)
                    Oh funny, funny.

                                CASEY
                    You know there gonna find out. You
                    can't keep this going.

                                REICTHER
                    3 steps ahead of the game. I'll 
                    just complain about the voices in 
                    my head that wont stop screaming.

     Brock is looking out the window. He taps his foot and 
     looks worried.                               

                                BROCK
                    You know we're still gotta a
                    pretty bad situation on our hands.
                    It's only Wednesday and they've 
                    gotten Brian and Chris.

                                JOEL
                    I'm telling ya. We're like 
                    chameleons when were alone.

                                WILL
                            (confused)
                    Chameleons?

                                REICTHER
                    I wouldn't worry too much about it,
                    Casey is next on the list.

                                CASEY
                    How do you know SPED boy?

                                REICTHER
                    Cheap shot...but anyways I saw the
                    list.

     The group looks shocked.

                                CASEY
                    How can we believe what this retard
                    says?

                                REICTHER
                    You know what, I don't like your
                    attitude right now.

     Reicther stares down Casey, and begins to talk again

                                REICTHER
                    As I was saying, one of the seniors is in
                    my class and he ain't exactly the
                    brightest of the bright. So he gave
                    me a look at it.

     The group looks stunned.

                                REICTHER
                    Casey is next, then Brock, then 
                    Will, then me, and they seem to be
                    saving Joel for last.

     Brock quickly stands up and begins to leave.

                                WILL
                    Hey! Where are you going?

                                BROCK
                    These people are really after Joel. 
                    I don't want to be here when they 
                    do come after him.

     Brock leaves.

                                WILL
                    Casey go bring his ass back. He's 
                    part of this group...he'll be 
                    tortured and embarrassed with the 
                    rest of us.

     Casey gets up and leaves.

                                WILL
                    Well what are you going to do?

                                JOEL
                    Um...tell my mom I have Cancer.

     From outside we can hear a faint thumps.

                                WILL
                    What the hell?

     Will, Joel, and Reicther get up and go outside.

     EXT. SHAKESHOP  CONTINUOUS

     Will, Joel, and Reicther walk out and notice Brock 
     laying on the ground, covered with welds and paint. A 
     few feet over Casey is in the same condition.

                                REICTHER
                    The next two on the list...what 
                    luck.                  

     Reicther dust himself off and walks away. While Will and 
     Joel start to panic because they know they're next.

     EXT. STREET  MINUTES LATER (NOW NIGHT)

     Will and Joel walk along the sidewalk. Joel looks 
     worried while Will doesn't seem to care anymore.

                                WILL
                    You know I always thought we die 
                    because we would piss the wrong 
                    people off...but that was just my 
                    fantasy death.

                               JOEL
                    Don't worry about this. We've been 
                    friends for five years, Will.

                               WILL
                    True.

                               JOEL
                    And how many times have I helped 
                    you out of a rough situation.

                               WILL
                      (slightly overlapping)
                    About 134, give or take.

                               JOEL 
                    Then trust me when I say I can get 
                    us out of this.

                               WILL
                    Okay...I trust you.

                               JOEL 
                    Good. Tomorrow will be better. I 
                    promise.

                                                        FADE TO:

     EXT. WILL'S HOUSE - NIGHT

     Will is about to get in his house when he hears sounds 
     Near his garbage cans. Will looks scared.

     Two seniors get up from behind the garbage cans. They 
     slowly walk toward Will.

                                WILL
                    Oh, c'mon guys. We can work this 
                    out.

     SHOT OF WALL -

     We see the shadows of the Seniors grab Will. He starts 
     screaming out in pain.

     INT. LUNCHROOM - NEXT MORNING

     Joel is sitting at the table alone.

                                JOEL
                    Stupid mom, wont believe I had
                    cancer...

     Joel looks around and sees groups of people.

                                JOEL
                    Like a chameleon

     Joel walks over into a group of people and starts to mingle.
     He then over hears two seniors nearby, talking.

                                SENIOR
                    Wait the next guy on the list is in
                    SPED? This is the most screwed up
                    group of friends ever.

                                SENIOR 2
                    Ya I know. But it doesn't matter.
                    That means we get to go after the
                    last kid now.

                                SENIOR
                    Nice, where does he usually sit at?

     Senior two begins to look around

                               SENIOR 2
                    Damn it. He was just over there.

     When the seniors look away, Joel quickly runs out of the 
     room.

     INT. HALLWAY  CONTINUOUS

     Joel runs down the hallway. He slows down and looks 
     behind him.

                                JOEL 
                    Oh man.

     Joel stops and begins to rest. He looks up.

     JOEL'S POV:
     He sees a TALL STUDENT walk toward him. He is staring at 
     Joel.

     Joel begins to breath heavier.

     The Tall Student gets closer.

     Joel closes his eyes, preparing to get hit.

     Suddenly, the Tall Student walks right by him. Joel 
     let's out a sigh of relief.

                                JOEL
                    I'm safe for another moment.

     Joel begins to walk again. After only a few feet, one of 
     the doors opens and a PAIR of ARMS grab Joel and pull 
     him in.

     For the next ten seconds all we can hear is THUMP after 
     THUMP and Joel screaming in pain. Suddenly it becomes 
     quiet.

     About FIVE SENIORS leave the room.

     INT. ROOM  CONTINUOUS

     Joel lies in the middle of the room. Arms and legs 
     spread far apart. Part of his shirt is ripped. He is 
     covered with bruises. There's a large red bump on his 
     forehead. He stares at the ceiling.

                                JOEL
                             (weakly)
                    Ouch.

     INT. HAPPY CLASS ROOM  NEXT DAY

     The teacher is sitting at her desk and watches Reicther beat
     all the kids in RISK.

                                REICTHER
                    Now see. I take this country and 
                    you are now out of the game.

                                TEACHER
                    Can you come over here, Mr. Reicther.

     Reicther walks over.

                                REICTHER
                    How can I be at your service?

                                TEACHER
                    Good news. Your test scores are up 
                    and so Mrs. Hackford thinks your 
                    ready to enter the regular classes 
                    again.

                                REICTHER
                    What?! There's no way you can send 
                    me back!

                                TEACHER
                    I'm sorry, but the decision has 
                    been made.

                                REICTHER
                    You can't do this to me! I cant go back
                    into the real world! Its bright and
                    scary!

                                TEACHER
                    I'm going to have to ask you to 
                    leave my classroom! I'm 
                    transferring you today.

     A SENIOR begins to stare at Reicther.

                                REICTHER
                    I cant leave...uh...I hear voices.

                                TEACHER
                    I'm fed up with your excuses. Now 
                    leave.

     Reicther sighs and leaves the room. We FOCUS on the 
     door. After a few seconds we can hear a series of very 
     loud THUMPS. JAMES walks over and opens the door.

     Laying on the floor on the hall is Reicther. He's eyes 
     are wide open.

                                REICTHER
                        (high pitched; in pain)
                    My spine.

                                TEACHER
                    James, come away from the door.

     James walks away. The door slowly closes on Reicther.

                                REICTHER
                               (weakly)
                    Help...me...

     The door shuts.

                                                        FADE OUT.

     ("Don't Pass Me By" by The Beatles plays over the end 
     credits.)
                           
                            END OF EPISODE
    


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