Well this certainly sounds serious. From what you’ve described, it does sound like you
r father may be showing signs of dementia, probably early to middle stages.CASSANDRA
I was afraid you’d say that.
I talked to a friend whose father was just diagnosed and she recommended we see aneurologist right away. Then she said we
need to talk to a lawyer about his will and something about a
declaration of incompetence.
it’s a bit
overwhelming and I
’m not even sure
where to start.DR. STERNMANWell, you did the right thing by starting here. If your father does meet criteria for dementia I can refer you to a colleagueof mine about a competency hearing
. But let’s start with your father’s
history, so I can establish his baseline level of functioning. Tell me about him
his education, business background, how he handled his personal affairs. Could westart there?CASSANDRAWell, Dad is your classic self-made man.
Although he didn’t have as much formal education as you’d
think, he made anumber of shrewd investments in his early 20s.2. EXT. KENTUCKY DERBY (1955)
DAYFlashback - we see a drunken young man (GRANDPA/JAMES SR.
age 22) in the stands. He is cheering and holding onto
a handful of betting tickets. We can tell by the crowd’s reaction that the race just ended.
GRANDPA(Disappointed) Shit. Thanks for nothing, Blue Baby.3. INT.
two announcers in 1950’s garb sit
side by side in a booth.ANNOUNCER 1What an upset! The heavy favorite, The Blue Baby, beaten out by The Teal Kid!ANNOUNCER 2Odds on The Teal Kid listed as 99 to 1
well whatever lucky son of a gun bet on this one is going to be celebratingtonight!ANNOUNCER 1
Ya’ know, it’s funny because if you didn’t know what the hell you were doin’ you might have accident
ally bet on The TealKid,
you know ‘c
ause the two names are kinda similar!ANNOUNCER 2I dunno, that sounds like kind of a stretch, Bill. I mean, y
ou’d have to be a real bozo to mix those two up! I
it, buddy.4. INT. BAR
- later that night, Grandpa is at a fancy bar, surrounding by rich society types and fat catscongratulating him. He is eating it up.FAT CAT #1
Congrats on the big win buddy. (Lowers voice) so tell me, how’d y
do it, how’d ya know it was going to be The Teal Kid?