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THE LUNCHROOM Episode Four "The Trouble With Truth" Written by Bruce Snyder Created by Bruce Snyder EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Bruce Snyder EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Vincent Biga EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Edward Drogos STORY EDITOR Rebecca Parker CAST LIST Will Cooper................................. Joel Mayberry............................... Brian Vandele............................... Brock Warner................................ Reicther.................................... Casey Jennings.............................. Chris Hughes................................ Ellen Conner................................ Cathy Matthews.............................. Mr. John Parker............................. Ms. Diane Ballard........................... GUEST CAST LIST Principal Bob Stevens....................... Nadine Santos............................... Arthur Winchester........................... Elizabeth Hughes............................ Margie Mayberry............................. Dr. Bill Ramsey............................. Dominic DeVito.............................. White Rapper Guy............................ Tom Lawrence................................ Copyright © Bruce Snyder TEASER FADE IN: EXT. MAYBERRY HOUSE - NIGHT Establishing shot. CUT TO: INT. MAYBERRY HOUSE - GARAGE - NIGHT A RED JEEP sits in the middle of the garage. CUT TO: INT. JEEP - BACKSEAT - CONTINUOUS JOEL MAYBERRY and CATHY MATTHEWS are lying naked under a blanket (the blanket is covering Cathy up to her chest at this point.) Both are sweating and out of breath. It's apparent that they've just had sex. JOEL (nervous) You know it's weird. All my life I thought losing my virginity would "change" me. You know, that I would feel different. CATHY Do you? Joel pauses. JOEL Sadly no. Cathy giggles. JOEL But it was still fantastic none the less. Cathy pauses for a second. CATHY Yeah, I guess. JOEL What was that? CATHY What was what? JOEL That look. CATHY (nervous) What look? I didn't give any look. JOEL Yes you did! CATHY (overlapping) No I didn't. I resent your false accusations. JOEL Bullshit. You gave a look of doubt when you said it was good. CATHY You are so paranoid! I did no such thing! JOEL Yes you did. I said it was fantastic, you paused, looked funny and said "yeah I guess." Cathy looks guilty as she knows he's right. JOEL So it was true! CATHY It was good, baby. Don't get me wrong. It was just that... Beat. JOEL It's just what? Tell me! CATHY You know what? Forget I said anything and let's just snuggle. JOEL No, I want to know! CATHY C'mon, snuggle with me. I'll even let you see my boobs again. JOEL Cathy, how am I suppose to become a better lover if I don't learn from my mistakes? So please just tell me. CATHY Joel, I'm not goin - JOEL (overlapping) Was my..."thing" too small? CATHY I'm not having this conversation! JOEL (overlapping) Did I go too fast? Cathy is growing angrier by the second. CATHY (angry) Joel! I said to sto - JOEL (overlapping) Or did I go too long? Cathy gives him a look. CATHY You really want to know? JOEL Definitely. Beat. Cathy gets the courage to say it. CATHY You've got to be more gentle in the future. Joel's confused. JOEL What do you mean? CATHY You know, don't..."do it" quite has hard next time. JOEL I don't think I was doing it that hard. CATHY Well you were. Seriously, it was like you were drilling for oil or something. And let me tell you my vagina is not a source of fossil fuel. Awkward silence. CATHY Still glad you asked? JOEL Not really. She giggles. CATHY C'mon, here baby. She moves over and lays her head on his chest. He wraps his arms around her. CATHY You may have gone too hard, but you still get points for having us do it in the jeep. Joel finally laughs, relieving all the tension. JOEL Really? CATHY Oh yeah. I love how spontaneous you are. I never imagined our first time occurring in the back of a jeep. JOEL Yeah, fuck candles, roses, and fancy hotel rooms. Spontaneous sex in the backseat of a Jeep is so much more romantic. They kiss. CATHY Jesus, someone coming! They hide under the covers. The front doors open and MARGIE MAYBERRY and her boyfriend, DR. BILL RAMSEY enter. Both are dressed very fancy, Bill wearing a TUX while Margie wears a black dress. MARGIE Oh it's a shame I couldn't find Joel. I'm sure he would have loved to come to the ceremony. I mean it's not every year your named "Dentist of the Year." BILL You know this year we had to move it to a bigger place because of the high attendance. Joel and Cathy are now terrified. JOEL Gulp. CATHY (whispering) Shit! Where's our clothes. JOEL (ashamed) ...on the floor of the garage. Cathy's eyes grow wide with fear. CUT TO: EXT. MAYBERRY HOME - SECONDS LATER The Jeep pulls out of the garage and begins to drive away. BILL (O.S.) Oh! I forgot my jacket! MARGIE (O.S.) I think it's in the back dear. BILL (O.S.) Whew. That's a relief. I'll just reach back and ge - OH MY GOD!!! The jeep starts to swerve all over the place. SMASH CUT TO: OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE: Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" plays over the credits. AFTER CREDITS: FADE IN: EXT. HUGHES HOUSE - NEXT MORNING Establishing shot. CUT TO: INT. HUGHES HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SAME ELIZABETH HUGHES comes rushing in from the kitchen, with CHRIS HUGHES right behind her. While she seems to be in a frantic search for her keys, Chris is angrily clasping a piece of paper. CHRIS C'mon, mom! Just sign off on the papers! ELIZABETH I just feel a little uneasy on singing off on papers that will send my only son back to London. CHRIS What's so bad about London? We lived there for ten years! Remember? It was that place we lived before we came to America. ELIZABETH Look Chris, you may feel like this is the right thing to do...but I don't. Chris sighs. CHRIS Mom not this again... ELIZABETH I think your just running away. Running away from your problems... like Kate. CHRIS This is not about Kate! Beat. ELIZABETH Can't you just think it over? CHRIS I've done more then enough thinking. ELIZABETH What about your class mates? How do you think they'll feel about all this? CHRIS With the exception of my friends, my class mates are complete assholes. In fact, certain friends aren't the nicest either. (under breath) Especially Reicther. ELIZABETH They're not that bad. CHRIS You don't understand mom. You grew up in England. Everyone is friendly to anybody. This is America. If your not a complete prick then you're either gay, slow, or a foreigner. She's about to say something. CHRIS This isn't the time for a joke about Cousin Walter mom. She stops herself and gets back on subject. ELIZABETH I'm sure these people aren't really assholes. CHRIS Oh but they are! ELIZABETH Give them some credit. You've practically been in hiding for months. You've been very moody. And you've lost someone very close to you. With all that you've got to lighten up on them a bit. Because their probably not use to dealing with all that. CHRIS Well...they should try harder. Elizabeth sighs. ELIZABETH They're going to have plenty of time because your staying. CHRIS Mom! ELIZABETH I'm not signing the slip and that's final! She leaves. Chris is left very angry. He kicks the bottom of one of the walls. CHRIS FUCK!!! CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - MINUTES LATER (The following sequence is seen through the eyes of a VIDEOCAMERA.) CASEY JENNINGS is standing in front of a series of lockers, holding what appears to be a fake microphone (the kind little kids use.) He appears to be giving a newscast of sorts. Operating the camera, is BROCK WARNER. Throughout this sequence, he is heard but never seen. CASEY Being a social outca - BROCK (O.S.) Wait! Which one is record again? CASEY (annoyed) It's the big red button that has REC on it. Beat. BROCK (O.S.) Um...Oh here it is! Suddenly EVERYTHING goes black. BROCK (O.S.) Oops. I think I turned it off. Casey grunts in frustration. The camera is turned on and everything is back to normal. A beep is heard and REC appears in the top right corner of the screen. BROCK (O.S.) Okay...Go! CASEY Being a social outcast isn't easy. But yet this band of misfits somehow manage to escape the negativity and remain friends. During this whole bit of dialogue, BRIAN VANDELE has walked up to one of the lockers to put his books away. Brian turns toward the camera. BRIAN Casey...what the fuck are you doing? CASEY Making an audition tape. BRIAN For what? America's most retarded videos? Brock laughs off screen. BROCK (O.S.) Zing! Oh Brian you are the master of one liners. Brian is proud of his work. CASEY No, this is an audition tape for the school TV news team. We have to do an audition where we introduce ourselves and then do a news story. Mine's about "Getting to know those at CHS." BRIAN (shit eating grin) Wow. Any more boring and I think I would have to voluntarily stab eyes out. Brock laughs even harder. BROCK (O.S.) I love this guy. It's one zinger after another with him. Casey's has grown furious. CASEY It's not boring! There is some actual interesting stuff to people here you wouldn't think of. Besides the news team thing will look good on a college resume. BRIAN But you already do everything else! Wrestling, peer helping, chess club, French club, choir, cadet teaching, intern...isn't that enough already? Casey is about to speak but realizes Brian's right. Trying to cover he goes after Brian. CASEY All right smart ass, it's time I put you on the spot. BRIAN Me? CASEY Your going to be my first interviewee. BROCK (O.S.) I think you meant to just say "interview." CASEY (to Brock) QUIET YOU! One more word and I'll take away your Pokemon. Beat. BROCK (O.S.) I'll be good. CASEY Okay, are we still rolling? BROCK (O.S.) Yep. Your good. Casey straightens up. CASEY I'm joined now by one of those "misfits," Brian Vandele. Brian shoots him a look. CASEY Now, Brian. Not long ago, you tried to kill yourself. You mind telling us why? BRIAN I'm going to have to file that question under None of your fucking business category. Casey leans into him. CASEY (whispering) C'mon, Brian. You reveal that I'll definitely get on the team. BRIAN I'll tell you the same thing I told the three shrinks my mother sent me too: lick my balls, doc. CASEY Fine. If you won't reveal it. Casey shuffles through a pile of index cards with questions on them. CASEY Who or what influences you in your daily life? Brian thinks a bit and then smiles. BRIAN I am heavily influenced by my mother. In fact this morning she gave me a bit of useful advice. She said son, if a man puts rims on their fed ex truck it means their a drug dealer. Brock bursts out laughing, while Brian gives the camera a devilish grin. Casey is fed up. CASEY If your not going to take this seriously! BRIAN This is a bunch of bullshit Casey and you know it! (We no longer in the Hand Held Camera's POV.) Casey and Brian begin to argue. Brock tries to pull them apart to no avail. As this goes on, ARTHUR WINCHESTER and ELLEN CONNER walk by as we follow them down the hall. Arthur holds a contraption that appears to be a plastic plate wrapped in foil. The two are in the middle of a petty argument. ELLEN Arthur, I am telling you that hair shampoo is not going to protect that egg! It's just going to plummet to the ground and get head and shoulders on everyone. Beat. ARTHUR Oh, Ellen. You whole logic just goes to further prove why I'm so much smarter then you. Ellen is offended. ARTHUR Trust me. I'm much better at this kind of thing. Now I if wanted some left wing bullshit opinion about gay marriage or hear about how great the symbolism is in Nathaniel Hawthorne's work is...then I'll consult you. Ellen is pissed. Before Arthur walks away: ARTHUR Oh by the way. I thought our date went really well last week and I was thinking that maybe we could do it again this Friday. Ellen shoots him a "you've got to be kidding look." Ellen walks away. ARTHUR Was it something I said? CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL - HALLWAY - LOCKERS - SECONDS LATER Ellen, still angry, walks up to her locker and begins to put her stuff away. Two lockers beside her, Joel appears and he's in a smiling mood. Once he begins to hum a cheerful tune, Ellen takes notice. ELLEN You seem awfully cheerful...and frankly it's rubbing me the wrong way. JOEL Sorry, I'm just really happy. Joel's big smile seems to hint at something. This "hint" makes Ellen curious. ELLEN Oh? And what are you so happy about? Joel seems conflicted to tell her. JOEL I don't know if I'm allowed to say. Ellen disappointed turns back to her locker. ELLEN All right whatever. (beat) Man I can't believe what a jerk Arthur can be som - JOEL (unable to contain it) ME AND CATHY HAD SEX! Joel is extremely giddy and bouncy as he announces it. He apparently doesn't notice some of the other students lingering around nearby lockers. Some of the them give Joel a look. Ellen is stunned and turns her full attention to Joel. ELLEN Oh my God! Congratulations...I guess. (beat) Let me double check: this is a good thing right? JOEL Very good. ELLEN Oh, then congratulations ARE in order! As the two laugh it up, a Puerto Rican student named DOMINIC DeVITO comes up and starts to put away his things in his locker (which is right next to Joel's.) Ellen and Joel completely ignore him for the time being. ELLEN This so weird! JOEL Yeah I know. I'm the first member of the Gang to legitimately lose their virginity. ELLEN Legitimately? JOEL Oops. I've said too much. ELLEN Wait a minute. I could've sworn that Will told you were strongly against sex before marriage. JOEL Well, I was. But I thought to myself, why am I being so nervous and uptight about this. I love Cathy and doing it with someone you love is a beautiful thing. ELLEN Aw, that's beautiful Joel. JOEL Plus my mom got us a membership to a gym so now I look fantastic naked. They laugh. Dominic occasionally looks over, interested in what their saying especially when Joel says "Cathy." DOMINIC (to himself) Cathy? ELLEN (to Joel) So did you guys...you know, have any "problems" your first time out? JOEL Well for starters I didn't last long. I only went an hour and fifteen minutes. Ellen is amazed. ELLEN Only an hour and fifteen minutes? Joel, most guys are lucky if they can last ten seconds on their first time. Joel seems more proud of this fact now. JOEL Well, I do practice a lot when I get the chance. During this small conversation, Dominic has grown increasingly more angry. Just as Joel finishes that last part of the conversation, Dominic taps him on the shoulder. Joel turns to him. JOEL Yes? DOMINIC How dare you talk about MY Cathy like that! Dominic PUNCHES Joel who hits the floor instantly. Ellen tends to Joel, while a MALE TEACHER runs over and grabs Dominic. MALE TEACHER Break it up, Dom! The teacher pulls him away as Ellen gives a puzzled look. Most people have stopped what they are doing to check it out. CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL - HALLWAY - LATER CLOSE UP ON CHRIS' FACE: During the next monologue, we still up and close on Chris's face. CHRIS Maybe my mom's right. Maybe I am just being hard on everybody. I mean they're trying their best. Oh, I don't know what to do. What do you think, Dante? The CAMERA pulls back to reveal a 6'7 black African exchange student, DANTE. He shrugs to what Chris says. DANTE I speak no good English. Dante leaves. Chris sighs and continues to walk. CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - LATER Casey and Brock are walking down the hallway. Brock fiddles with the camera, while Casey has a big smile on his face. CASEY I think that last segment went well. BROCK Call me crazy, Case. But isn't it against the law to steal from the school? CASEY That's for the courts to decide. Besides if the gym teacher didn't want me to steal his whistle then he should have given me an interview. Casey pulls a WHISTLE out from his pocket and blows on it. BROCK Face it, Casey. No one wants to give you an interview. Casey waves him off. Chris turns the corner which Casey notices. CASEY There's Chris Hughes over there. Chris comes over. CASEY How ya' doing, Chris? CHRIS I'm actually pretty upset because my mom - CASEY (overlapping) That's great! (to camera) Chris here is probably one of the most well known students here at CHS. Chris smiles, flattered. CASEY (CONT'D) You see Chris' girlfriend, Kate Davidson, kill herself not too long ago and he's been quite sadden over the whole thing. Right Chris? Chris is silent. Quietly furious at this insensitive remark. CASEY I mean people keep bugging him and bringing up the horrible incident. And it just doesn't bother him one bit. Does it buddy? Chris stares at him. CUT TO BLACK. TITLE CARD: "37 Seconds Later..." FADE IN: INT. HALL - SAME Same spot except now Casey is nursing a black eye and sobbing to himself. Brock stands, looking awkward. CASEY I just don't understand why he had to hit so hard. BROCK Give it up, Casey. It's hopeless. CASEY I'm not giving up hope just yet. I mean how hard is it to get one decent interview around here? CUT TO: INTERVIEW MONTAGE (During this montage, Casey asks questions off camera so he's never actually seen during this. Whoever he interview just gives their answers straight into the camera.) INT. BALLARD'S ROOM - LATER Ballard sits at her desk. CASEY (O.S.) What's most memorable thing that you were taught growing up? Ballard thinks. BALLARD When I was little and went to Sunday school my teacher told us we all have a little piece of God inside of us. Beat. BALLARD I use to think...Man, I hope I have his thumb. CUT TO: INT. PARKER'S ROOM - LATER MR. JOHN PARKER sits at his desk, with his feet propped up. CASEY (O.S.) Many people think that your methods for teaching - A CELLPHONE starts to ring. PARKER Hold on one second. He pulls a phone out of his pocket and answers. PARKER Hello? (beat) Oh hey. What's going on? (beat) Uh-huh. (beat) Uh-huh. (beat) Uh-huh. (beat) All right. Good bye and tell your wife I hope she finds the body. Parker hangs up. PARKER You were saying, Mr. Jennings? CUT TO: INT. PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE - LATER PRINCIPAL BOB STEVENS stands by his giant office window. CASEY (O.S.) What were your dreams when you were younger? Stevens looks out the window to think. After a second: STEVENS When I was young and fat I used to dream about scooping out my fat with a teaspoon. (beat) I was a deeply disturbed child. CUT TO: INT. LUNCHROOM - LATER Reicther is sitting at a lunch table. This time we do see Casey, who sits right next to him. He has his face buried in his hands out of frustration. Reicther smiles and stares at the camera. Casey finally lifts his and takes another look at a PIECE OF PAPER that is in front of Reicther. CASEY Um, Reicther...maybe you can you explain this little theory you've been working on. (indicates paper) Which is titled "What does a ham sandwich have to do with the death of Christ?" REICTHER Glad you asked. But I warn your audience that this will be long and I'll be using big words they may have never heard before. Casey's face drops to his hands again. CUT TO: INT. MUSIC ROOM - LATER A WHITE GUY who dresses and talks like he's trying to be a rapper is slumping down in one of the chairs. CASEY (O.S.) So let me get this straight...your going to college to become a minister? WHITE GUY Ain't no thing but a chicken wing! Long silence. Casey is stupefied. CASEY (O.S.) Have you even held a bible before? WHITE GUY I've done more then holding. I've read it. CASEY You've read the bible? WHITE GUY Shit, nigga. I've read that thing three times and it contradicts itself like a motherfucka'. Casey hangs his head. CASEY (to Brock) Shut it off. Just, shut it off. CUT TO: INT. HALLWAY - SCHOOL - LATER Ellen is rushing down the hallway looking around for Will. ELLEN (to herself) Where the hell are you Will? She continues on and enters the Teen Center. CUT TO: INT. TEEN CENTER - MINUTES LATER Ellen enters the teen center and by a stroke of luck sees that WILL COOPER is standing next to the coke machines. She is less thrilled to see is new love interest, NADINE SANTOS right by his side. ELLEN (sarcastic) Hey, there's the happy couple. WILL (to Nadine) How could you do it?! NADINE It was in a past relationship! What does it matter!? Ellen now looks uncomfortable, realizing she's entered an awkward moment. WILL It's just the principle of the matter, Nadine! NADINE Okay, first off it happened once! It's not like I'm doing under the Glenn Miller bridge for quarters or anything like that! Ellen isn't sure what to do. ELLEN Excuse me, I just need to - WILL (overlapping) That still doesn't change the fact that you did it! NADINE C'mon, why can't you just forget about? Let's do that. Just forget about it and move on. ELLEN I'll come back when your - WILL (overlapping) You don't have to leave Ellen. This'll only take a minute. (to Nadine) I can't forget. Every time I'm with you all I can think about is that guy and what you did to him. Nadine gets teary eyed NADINE (struggles) I-I-I'm...sorry. She walks away crying. Long beat. Will's apparently not proud of what's transpired while Ellen still looks uncomfortable. ELLEN Thanks for that. WILL For what? ELLEN For giving me my daily serving of awkward moments. CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL - NURSE'S OFFICE - LATER Joel is lying there, knocked out. After a few seconds he awakens and struggles to sit up. When he does he spots something in the distance. JOEL'S POV: Across the hall from the Nurse's station is Principal Stevens' office. Outside of his office sits, Dominic. Joel, enraged, stands and heads out of the room. CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL - OFFICE HALL - CONTINUOUS Joel comes out of the nurse's station and stands in front of a preoccupied Dominic. When he finally notices Joel he seems unimpressed. DOMINIC What the hell do you want? JOEL Well for starters how about this: why the fuck did you sucker punch me for? DOMINIC Fuck you, like I need to explain. JOEL Actually you do. Because I have a massive, thumping headache and what feels like a very large swelling around my eye. And here's the best part: I've never even met you before. Hell, I don't even know your name. Yet I've apparently done something to you that made you want to cold cock me. DOMINIC I'm sorry. I probably should have introduced myself before I kicked your ass. JOEL I wouldn't say you kicked my - DOMINIC (overlapping) Yeah I did. (beat) My name is Dominic DeVito and I kicked your ass because you were making fun of my girl. JOEL The hell I was! DOMINIC Yes, you were. You were telling that redhead that you had sex with Cathy. JOEL I think there's been a misunderstanding. I was talking about MY girlfriend, Cathy Matthews. You must've thought I was talking about a different Cathy. DOMINIC No, that's that the right Cathy. Joel is confused. JOEL But...I'm pretty sure she's my girlfriend. See. Joel reaches in his pocket and pulls out his wallet. He flips it open and shows her a picture of him and Cathy together. Dominic is now puzzled. DOMINIC I'm starting to get confused. JOEL Ditto. DOMINIC To be honest, Cathy's not really my girlfriend. It's just that we... ya' know,... Dominic is hinting at something that Joel doesn't understand. JOEL What are you getting at? DOMINIC Let's just say I got to know Cathy in a biblical sense. Joel shrugs it off. JOEL Yeah, right. DOMINIC I'm serious. In fact that's the whole reason she refuses to see me anymore. Joel still seems skeptic, but this news is still peaking his interest. JOEL All right let's say in theory I do believe you and you did have sex with her. Why would she stop seeing all of a sudden? Beat. DOMINIC I can't be for sure but...I heard she got pregnant. Joel has a serious look on his face now. It no longer amuses him, but instead concerns him. DOMINIC After I heard that I've tried contacting her but never can get a hold of her. When I see her in the halls she just ignores me. Joel, still in shock, sits in the chair next to Dominic. JOEL That would explain the crazy eating habits and mood swings she's been having. Dominic is now shocked as he realizes he might be a father. Both men start to stare off into nothing, shocked at the news they've heard. DOMINIC This day just got a whole lot shittier. CUT TO: INT. STUDY HALL - LATER A very empty class with only about twelve students scattered around the room, talking and/or writing. It's monitored by Ms. Ballard. Near the back of the room, Ellen sits to a distressed Will who's mind is elsewhere. Ellen tries to break the tension. ELLEN So what do you have planned tonight? WILL (sarcastic) Touching myself from 6:05 to 6:08. ELLEN Wow. Thanks you so much for sharing. WILL Pleasure's all mine. ELLEN Seems like it will be later tonight at least. Will shakes his head at her witty retort. ELLEN I think I sense a great disturbance in the love life of William G. Cooper. Will doesn't say anything. ELLEN Would it have something to do with that fight you and Nadine had this morning? Will looks a little uncomfortable. ELLEN If you don't mind me prying. WILL Actually I do. ELLEN Doesn't matter. I really want to know. Ellen laughs, but Will doesn't. ELLEN I'm sorry. I'm just being my bitchy, sarcastic self. Anything to wipe that sad sack look off your face. Beat. Will looks around. WILL All right. See a few years back, Nadine dated this guy named Obree. Ellen bursts into laughing. ELLEN Obree? Obree sound like the weird kid who plays by himself. WILL Can I tell the story? ELLEN Sorry, sorry. Go on with your Obree filled story. WILL Anyway, Nadine knew this guy and they dated for a while. Eventually she...eventually she gave the guy a handjob. Beat. ELLEN ...And? WILL What do you mean "and?" She gave a guy a handjob! A guy named Obree for fuck's sake. ELLEN Sure anything involving an Obree sounds disturbing especially tug jobs. But I don't see why you're so mad at her. WILL C'mon!? How come no one understands? A rage filled Will just stares ahead after that. Ellen realizes it's time to get serious. ELLEN Will, let me ask you a question. Do you know this guy? WILL ...No. ELLEN Do you know what this guy looks like? WILL ...No. ELLEN Do you know anything about this guy at all? WILL ...His name is Obree. ELLEN Then he's just some high school kid you've never met. Think of it as ostrich syndrome: If you don't see it, then it isn't there. Beat. Will seems a little bit better. WILL That's a good point, even though I only understood half of it. (beat) God, what am I doing? I'm getting so upset over something so insignificant. Ellen is about to say something but she seems uncomfortable saying it. Almost like it pains her. ELLEN You should just go to her, apologize and tell her how much you love her. WILL Your right. Thank, Ellen. You're a really good friend. Ellen smiles, but it barely masks her displeasure with her previous statement. CUT TO: INT. SCHOOL - MAIN OFFICE - LATER TOM LAWRENCE is sitting at the front desk answering the phones. In the background we see others, students and adults, scurrying around filling forms and doing anything to keep busy. This serenity is broken when the front door swing open to reveal a very angry Chris. Upon seeing him, everyone tenses up (some even hide) after what happened last time. TOM (into phone) I'll call you right back. Tom hangs up and gathers up the courage to stand up to Chris. TOM Uh, Chris...I hate to be the one to tell you this but after your last "outburst" Principal Stevens would like to keep your appearances in the office limited. CHRIS Don't worry I'll make this quick. I just want to talk to the idiot that marked absent third period in the computer! Because of that Mr. Osborne gave me a Friday detention! Chris' voice slowly gets louder and Tom becomes more scared. TOM (stuttering; nervous) Ju-Just go down the hall and it's the third door on your left. Chris leaves. Tom sighs in relief. TOM (under breath) That guy's turned into an asshole. Chris has almost left the room when he hears the comment, he keeps walking but seems a tad bit affected by the remark. CHRIS Who's responsible for the tardy slips? VOICE (O.S.) I am. Chris turns to one of the many doorways to see a very voluptuous, stunningly beautiful, blonde girl named LORELEI. Chris is so taken aback by her beauty that he is rendered speechless. LORELEI Do you have something to say? CHRIS Yeah...what's a girl like you doing in a place like this? Both smile at each other. FADE TO: BEGIN SONG (Howie Day - "Collide") EXT. AUDIO/VISUAL ROOM - AFTER SCHOOL Casey is impatiently pacing outside of the room. After a few seconds, the doors opens and the AV TEACHER comes out. He can barely stand as he is laughing so hard. CASEY So? What's the verdict? AV TEACHER (laughing) No friggin' way. Casey seems disappointed and defeated. He walks away as the teacher continues to laugh. FADE TO: INT. SCHOOL - HALLWAY - SECONDS LATER Nadine is getting her stuff from her locker. It's obvious that she's still broken up about her fight with Will. Suddenly a single dandelion appears by her shoulder. She turns and sees Will holding it. NADINE (confused) Will? WILL I'm dumb...Will you forgive me? Nadine smiles and quickly embraces him. FADE TO: INT. SCHOOL - PARKING LOT - MINUTES LATER Ellen is sadly making her way to her car. Her face is a bit red and puffy as she is fighting back tears. FADE TO: INT. MAYBERRY HOME - LIVING ROOM - MINUTES LATER Joel is sitting in the armchair, contemplating something. The front door is unlocked and Cathy slowly steps in. Joel does not change his demeanor. CATHY Hope you don't mind but I used that key under the mat. She notices something is wrong. CATHY What's the matter baby? Just as she says that, Dominic steps in from the kitchen. At the sight of him, Cathy's mouth is left wide open with pure shock. CATHY What's going on here? JOEL You tell me. Long beat. Cathy is about to cry. JOEL And while your at it...why don't you tell me about your baby AND your miscarriage. Her lips tremble and the tears just rolling off her cheek. SMASH TO BLACK. END OF EPISODE
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