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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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