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The Lunchroom Episode 2x13 "Trouble in Mind" Written by Bruce Snyder Created by Bruce Snyder OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE: Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" plays over the credits. TITLE CARD: "Saturday, April 24" EXT. WILL'S HOUSE – EARLY EVENING A Red Jeep pulls up against the sidewalk. The door opens, and JOEL comes out of the back. He is wearing a sweater and suit pants. He walks up the path and knocks at the door. After a few seconds the door opens and Joel steps in. INT. WILL'S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS Will is sitting on the couch. He is slowly putting some medicine in his eyes. We notice that he is wearing a very fine black suit. Joel comes in. JOEL Hey man. Nice suit. NOTE: Will's voice sounds very gravely and stuffed up. WILL Thanks. JOEL What are you doing? And what's wrong with your voice? WILL I've got to admit something, Joel. My allegories are acting up. JOEL How bad? WILL My eyes are watering, red, and I can barely see through. My throat is swore. And I have muscle pains all over. Will applies some more medicine to his eyes. Joel seems confused. JOEL Then why on God's green earth are you still dressed in a suit? WILL Because I'm going to the dance. JOEL Why?! You can barely see, you can barely talk, and can barely move. Will, I don't it's a very good idea to go to the dance. Now, I'm not a medical expert or anything but it just seems like it would be hard for you to do anything there. Will gets up. WILL So your parked in front, right? JOEL You really want to go that bad? WILL C'mon, Joel. How often do I get a chance with a good looking girl like Meadow? He takes it in consideration. JOEL I guess you've got a point. WILL Plus I spent a 120 on this suit and then 60 on his special flower for her dress. Even if I had AIDS, I would get my dying ass out of bed, rip those AV hooks out of my arms, hitch a ride with a bunch of incest hillbillies...just so I wouldn't waste my money. Joel gives him a look. WILL Let's hit the fucking road. INT. RED JEEP – MINUTES LATER Joel and Will are in the back, while Joel's brother, ZACH is driving. JOEL Did you take any medicine before we left? WILL Ten steps ahead of you. He reaches into his pocket and pulls out four medicine bottles. JOEL You can't take drugs into school. WILL Oh, calm down negative Nancy. They're prescribed drugs. Joel shrugs. INT. DANCE – SAME The place is packed. There's about two hundred students. Some are on the dance floor dancing. A few are against the wall, just standing. On the side, there's about fifteen tables. AT A TABLE – Casey is sitting at the table by himself. He is wearing a sweater. Suddenly, Chris walks up and takes a seat. He is wearing a black suit with a red undershirt. CASEY Wow. Very slick. CHRIS Just like a wet floor. Casey gives him a look. CASEY Okay. You ready to do this? CHRIS Yep. Let's find some girls. He leaves. Casey gets up and does the same. Casey quickly grabs a pack of sugar and gets up and walks over to a BLONDE GIRL. CASEY Excuse me. BLONDE GIRL Yes? CASEY You dropped this. He hands it to her. She looks and notices it's sugar. BLONDE GIRL What is this? CASEY You're nametag. A big cheesy smile comes across his face. She sighs and keeps on walking. Casey turns and begins to walk back to the table. Chris is laughing hard. INT. DANCE – CONTINUOUS People are now slow dancing. In the corner, Chris approaches BONNIE, a small girl with dark red hair. CHRIS Pardon me, are you an interior decorator? She smiles. BONNIE No, why? CHRIS Because I saw you and the room got more beautiful. She laughs at him. BONNIE Well, I haven't heard that one. CHRIS I'm sorry for sounding like a horse's ass. BONNIE Well, you're a very charming horse's ass. A beat. CHRIS Will you dance with me? BONNIE Okay. They walk onto the dance floor and begin to slow dance. OTHER PART OF THE ROOM – Casey is talking to a GIRL. CASEY Hi, I'm Mr. Right. Someone said you were looking for me. She rolls her eyes and slaps him. CASEY (Big fake smile) That hurt my dignity more then my face. She leaves. Casey sighs and put his hands in his pockets. He looks around. CASEY'S POV: He sees Chris slow dancing with Bonnie. Casey begins to look around. EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE – SAME We can see the RED JEEP parked in front of the store. INT. CONVENIENCE STORE – SAME Will and Joel are in a section scoping out the gummy candy. Will is holding his head. WILL What are we doing here? JOEL Zach needs his special "Wild Zebra" cologne for the dance. Joel takes notice of Will holding his head. JOEL What's wrong? WILL I've got headache. JOEL Oh Jesus, Will. Give it up. You've got to go home. Seriously. WILL I'm fine. I just need to put more medicine in my eyes. JOEL Why? WILL Because my vision's just a little blurry. Joel sighs. WILL What? I said "a little." Will then walks into a shelf holding small snake foods.. WILL Sorry. (to Joel) Just when we get to the dance, find Meadow, bring her here to me, and I'll just have her guide me around. JOEL All right, Stevey Wonder. Joel walks off. Will stands. After a second he puts his hand out and puts it on the nearby wall. He leans for a second before slipping and falling. INT. HALLWAY – LITTLE LATER The hallway is empty. Casey emerges from the bathroom. Before he begins to walk, he fixes his pants. He takes a few steps forward before POP! There's FOUR MORE POPS! CASEY Oh God! Gunshots! Casey looks around and jumps into the Janitor's closet. DOWN THE HALLWAY – We see TWO STUDENT playing with some BLUE and WHITE balloons. STUDENT #1 Man I love playing with balloons. STUDENT #2 Do you think we should be popping these? STUDENT #1 Less talky, more poppy. They continue to pop them. EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE – SAME Zach, Joel, and Will come out of the store. Joel carries a grocery bag. The all hop into the jeep. INT. JEEP – CONTINUOUS Zach drives, Joel rides shotgun, and Will sits in the back. WILL Joel, did you my "stuff"? JOEL Yeah. Hold on. Joel reaches in and pulls out a bag of 300 cough drops. JOEL Here you go. He hands them to him. Will opens it and quickly puts twenty in his mouth. Zach and Joel watch in shock. WILL What? Don't judge me. Just drive. Zach shrugs. He starts the car. ZACH All right. Here we go. EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE – CONTINUOUS The RED JEEP slowly pulls out. Just as it's about to drive away we hear a loud POPPING sound. The Jeep stops. INT. JEEP – CONTINUOUS Will looks worried. WILL What's the matter? ZACH Don't worry just a flat. I can fix it. EXT. JEEP – CONTINUOUS The Jeep sits with the flat when suddenly we hear an explosion sound coming from the engine. Smoke quickly fills up and comes out. ZACH Okay, I'm not sure I can fix that. INT. DANCE – LATER There's another slow dance playing We can see Chris is again slow dancing with Bonnie. He whispers something into her ear. She giggles. He signals for the door. They leave into: INT. HALLWAY, OUTSIDE THE DANCE – CONTINUOUS Chris and Bonnie enter, laughing. BONNIE God, I've never danced that long. CHRIS I know. I'm dying of thirst. They reach the food table. Chris gets two cups of punch and hands one to Bonnie. CHRIS Man, I know I've only know you for about hour but it seems like I know everything about you. BONNIE Oh yeah. What's my last name? Chris thinks. CHRIS What's it matter what are last names are? BONNIE Don't know, do you? CHRIS Correctomondo. BONNIE It's Sindell. CHRIS Got it. Chris takes a drink. EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE – LATER The Jeep sits, broken down. Will and Joel are sitting on the sidewalk. Will is putting more cough drops in his mouth. WILL You know what this is? JOEL You mean the broken down car and your sickness? WILL Yeah. I think, the gods are testing me. JOEL Testing you? WILL Yeah. I mean when you look at it, something always happens when I try to start a relationship. JOEL You know. Usually I'm the voice of reason. But I think your right. Either they're testing you or someone is playing a really, really shitty trick. WILL First, I had that panic attack with Rene. All this shit with Meadow. Well, I've got to prove them wrong. I'm going to the motherfucking dance. Will gets up and begins to walk away. JOEL What the hell are you doing? WILL I'm walking to the dance. JOEL It's five miles from here! WILL I don't care. I've got to do it. They're not stopping me now. A VAN almost runs into Will but only bumps him. WILL NOTHING!!! He continues to walk. INT. HALLWAY – LATER We focus on the Janitor's door. INT. JANITOR'S CLOSET - CONTINUOUS It's pitch black. We can see a thing. We can hear something moving around. CASEY (O.C.) I wonder if they killed everyone already because I'm tired of waiting. We hear him fiddling with the door but it's not opening. There's a long, deep sigh. CASEY (O.C.) Well, at least I won't be murdered. EXT. SCHOOL – LITTLE LATER Chris and Bonnie are walking outside the school. BONNIE It's because I take drawing instead of Art History. Chris nods. CHRIS Bonnie... BONNIE Yeah? CHRIS I would like to...date you. BONNIE Date me? CHRIS Going steady, having a relationship, boyfriend and girlfriend, whatever you want to call it. BONNIE Oh Chris... She begins to think. BONNIE Yes! I will! She reaches in and kisses Chris. After kissing for a few seconds, they stop but continue to hug each other. CHRIS Interesting night, huh? BONNIE Yeah. I never thought I would have a boyfriend especially a black one. Chris smiles fades to shock. CHRIS Wh-Wh...What? BONNIE Well that was the whole reason I danced with you. I'd never been a black guy before and I wanted to give it a shot. While Bonnie is smiling, Chris can't believe what he's hearing. He lets go of her. He grabs his chest. CHRIS Ow...My Pride. BONNIE What's the matter, Chris? CHRIS Come to think about it I think we should reconsider this whole "dating." Bonnie seems confused. EXT. SIDEWALK – SAME Will is staggering along the sidewalk. He seems ready to fall. The Red Jeep pulls up and drives along with him. The window rolls down. JOEL Wow, Will. Your really walking. You're a regular Lance Armstrong. WILL He was a biker, stupid. JOEL You mean like Harleys and leather jackets kind of biker? Will rolls his eyes. JOEL Okay, get in Will. WILL No...I've made this far, I'm going to make it on my own. JOEL Far? Will, look behind you. You've walked two blocks. Will looks behind him. He has indeed walked only two short blocks. In fact we can see the convenience store. WILL (into the sky) DAMN YOU!!! He shakes his head and gets into the jeep. INT. HALLWAY – LITTLE LATER The hallway is dark. It's obvious that everyone has left. The Janitor's door is rattling. CASEY (O.S.) Someone let me out! Anyone! Hell, even the killers! Chris appears and opens the door. Casey falls out onto the floor. CHRIS You know, I always think the worst of you, hoping you will prove me wrong. So please, prove me wrong... why were you locked in the closet? CASEY Because I heard gunshots and figured there was some loon with a gun. CHRIS (sarcastically) I stand corrected. EXT. SIDEWALK – MINUTES LATER Casey and Chris are walking along the sidewalk. The Red Jeep pulls up and stops. Joel steps out. JOEL Hey, where are you going? I thought you guys were at the dance. CHRIS It ended. CASEY Where were you? JOEL We had a flat and some engine problems. So ended up waiting a long time for the Tow people. Casey and Chris nod. JOEL So how was it? CASEY Crappy. CHRIS Racist. Beat. JOEL You guys want to do something? CASEY Sure. Casey and Chris get into the back. INT. JEEP – CONTINUOUS Casey and Chris sit in the back. Will seems to be gone. CHRIS I guess Will went home? JOEL Nope. We just put him in the back. Casey and Chris turn around. CASEY'S POV: Will has his arms and legs bent in weird ways to fit in the very cramp back. Casey turns to Joel. CASEY What happened? JOEL He took some drowsy medicine and is getting some medicine. Will begins to snore. EXT. BRIAN'S HOUSE – BACKYARD – MINUTES LATER Brian, Brock, and Stacy are standing in the yard. Stacy has a bb gun and is shooting off cans from a nearby box. She hits it, dead on. BRIAN Pretty good. STACY Good? I'm better then Annie Oakley. Suddenly Joel, Casey, and Chris appear still dressed for the dance. JOEL Guess who's here. BROCK Hey, it's them. BRIAN What are you guys doing here? I thought you were doing to the dance. JOEL Well, I missed it. BROCK Where's Zach? CASEY He's out front hitting on that Marilyn girl. STACY (quietly) Yeah, good luck. BROCK Well, where's Will? JOEL Hey what is this? Twenty questions. Let's just shoot some shit. CHRIS Amen. Stacy tosses Joel the gun. He cocks it and takes aim. MONTAGE: INT. JEEP – BACK – SAME Will is still sleeping in the weird position. Snoring like a baby. INT. REICTHER'S ROOM – SAME It's still pitch black. We can barely make out Reicther on his bed. He is sleeping with an ARMY HELMET on. EXT. BRIAN'S HOUSE – BACKYARD – MINUTES LATER Joel, Brian, Chris, Brock, and Stacy are standing around while Casey takes shots. We SLOWLY LIFT UP and FOCUS on the stars. FADE OUT. END OF EPISODE
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