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by Will Reiser
EXT. SEATTLE - DAY It’s an unusually clear winter day as the peaks of Mount Rainier look down on the avenues and harbors of Seattle. ADAM LERNER (27) jogs through the streets of Seattle. The morning mist envelops the PIER. Adam’s iPod blares in his ear as he passes the FISH MARKET. Adam arrives at a street corner. Ahead, a “Don’t Walk” sign blinks. So he does. Running in place, Adam looks from side to side. There’s not a car, person or thing in sight this early in the morning. He looks again at the orange hand, urging him to stop. Another JOGGER runs up behind Adam, and disobeys the crosswalk, running past him and across the street. Adam continues to wait for the light to change. The light goes green. He crosses. INT. SHOWER - MOMENTS LATER Adam tries to squirt shampoo into his hand, but the bottle is empty. He looks over at a large assortment of women’s products, grabs the first one - Fructis by L’Oreal - and squirts some into his hair. He proceeds to lather his entire body in the product. INT. BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER Adam dresses in front of the mirror. His outfit is well puttogether. He pulls out a LINT BRUSH and meticulously combs his cardigan. RACHAEL (24), wearing her oversized “KEEP TAHOE BLUE” shirt, enters the bedroom brushing her teeth. ADAM So are you staying over tonight? RACHAEL Uh...Not sure. There are a couple of gallery openings I want to check out. Rachael goes through Adam’s drawers looking for something. RACHAEL (CONT’D) I’m so nervous about my show. I still have so much work to do. (MORE)
RACHAEL (CONT’D) I need two more paintings and everything I’ve been coming up with is completely derivative of what I’ve been seeing at the Henry. (confused) Where’s my stuff? ADAM It’s in your drawer. RACHAEL (honored) I have a drawer? ADAM (sheepish) Yeah, I just figured I’d put some of your things... there wasn’t anything in the drawer. Well there were a few things, but I just moved them to a different one because... It made sense that way. RACHAEL (touched) Awwwww. Honey. We’re getting so domestic.
SFX: A CAR HORN. EXT. ADAM’S HOUSE - SAME TIME Kyle sits in his car front of Adam’s house, his seat reclined, his eyes squeezed shut, hungover. He honks the horn again, winces at the noise. INT. BEDROOM - SAME TIME Adam rushes to gather his things. ADAM (CONT’D) Good luck with the paintings. He moves to her, leans in - despite her mouth full of toothpaste. RACHAEL Oops, I’ve got toothpaste in my mouth. She wipes it off his nose. He gives her a small kiss.
Kyle sniffs the air.What’s that smell? (Sniffs Adam) Did you sit in jam or something? ADAM What are you talking about? KYLE You smell all fruity. ADAM Are we gonna go? We’re gonna be late. Yo! KYLE ADAM Sorry I’m late. KYLE . (CONTINUED) . No. ADAM (big smile) Bye. you smell like you fucked the cast of “The View”. ADAM (smells himself) I ran out of shampoo. KYLE If you really care about being on time.. I had to use Rachael’s.. KYLE Well. KYLE’S CAR . you should probably learn how to drive. Adam looks at his watch.CONTINUED: RACHAEL (CONT’D) Have a good day. ADAM I deserve that.CONTINUOUS Adam gets into the car. INT.
KYLE Sometimes it happens when I try new positions . ADAM “Froggy style”? I don’t even want to ask what that is. ADAM No. Kyle watches as Adam yawns repeatedly. no. Kyle drives off. I’m going to see the doctor today. (CONTINUED) .like I tried froggy style for a while. KYLE Delicious cappuccinos.CONTINUED: KYLE You know what’s really going to make us late? When I stop for cappuccinos. He looks exhausted. COFFEE SHOP .LATER Adam and Kyle stand in line. fucked up my back. We have coffee at work. KYLE Have you been fucking in weird positions? ADAM Of course that’s where you have to go with it. no. KYLE Back still hurts? ADAM Yeah. ADAM (beat) We haven’t done it in three weeks. KYLE It’s kind of like doggy style but you get way higher up. INT.
she doesn’t like to. giving you blow jobs? ADAM No. that’s what she says. ADAM No. You clean it up. . ADAM No. KYLE You can fuck on a yeast infection. and then she had her period. it’s not that big a deal. You’re a nice person. she had a yeast infection.CONTINUED: KYLE (shocked) You haven’t had sex in three weeks!? ADAM Well. it hurts. KYLE Has she been sucking on your dick. KYLE I think that’s bullshit. I’ve heard that before. It does? KYLE ADAM Well. She leaves her fucking shit everywhere. The least she can do is felate you. She stays at your house all the time. KYLE I’m not hysterical. KYLE (a little upset) No fucking shit she doesn’t like to! Who likes putting dicks in their mouths? That’s why they call them jobs! ADAM Don’t get hysterical.
.. SEATTLE PUBLIC RADIO . (CONTINUED) .EXT..talk to each other. That’s why. sips his coffee. But it’s not a perfect world. They pass JENNY at the reception desk. that’s why if you recall in high school I didn’t date any hot girls.DAY Adam and Kyle enter the offices of Seattle Public Radio. ADAM Well. INT. ADAM Ideally. OK?. we’re not in high school anymore. ADAM That’s why? KYLE Yes.Just got to tie my shoe. yes. Adam? ADAM We care about each other -.Can you hurry up please? Kyle stops and leans over.. KYLE Ugh. The relationship I have with Rachael is about more than sex.MOMENTS LATER Kyle and Adam walk down the sidewalk. Truthfully. KYLE You put up with a lot of shit when you date a hot girl. Kyle shoots her a smile. Adam’s a few steps ahead. KYLE (condescending) What is it about. KYLE Wouldn’t it be nice if you could do that and bang the hell out of each other afterwards? They walk up the front steps of SEATTLE PUBLIC RADIO. STREET . walking at a hurried pace as Kyle takes his time.
Don’t do that. Hey Phil.CONTINUED: KYLE Morning Jenny. KYLE AND ADAM ADAM (worried) Sorry we’re late. You shouldn’t do that. Phil looks at his watch. As they continue. Cool. Adam and Kyle’s boss. Look at that. I wanted to talk to you about the volcano piece. (CONTINUED) . PHIL Huh. PHIL Kyle. Whoever did it. he kept clearing his throat and he didn’t pause. She ignores him. you are late.. I’ve done all the research and interviewsGreat.. not even aware of the time. PHIL KYLE Yeah. grab that. passes by. but he didn’t-Phil’s cell phone rings. he just kept talking . ADAM Listen.Adam.there aren’t any edit points. PHIL (40). it’s coming along really well. KYLE That’s so gross man. Seth looks over at Adam nervously biting on his finger nails. If he had just stopped and cleared his throat I could cut around it. PHIL ADAM Yeah but the narration is turning into a bit of a problem.
. head phones on. KYLE I said you sound like a robot. ADAM It's like he doesn't care. INT.. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . He meticulously edits the same audio point over and over. ignoring the conversation. KYLE It’s like we got to put shit on the air. Adam turns to Kyle.. ADAM OK.Does it sound weird to you? It sounds weird to me. editing his volcano story on Pro-Tools. World Music..CONTINUED: (2) Phil pulls out his Blackberry and walks off. wait. Go back. ADAM You have to be quieter..Can you hear me? You sound like a robot. KYLE Good luck with that. KYLE (into phone) You’re in Wales? So does that make you Welsh? Or Wale-ish? Adam looks at Kyle in annoyance. And it’s pointless to spend months working on something that someone’s going to hear for two seconds stopped at a red light.. ADAM I like it when my work is good. wait.. Wait. He cringes at the deafening sound of Kyle’s laughter across the office. I’m-Kyle is oblivious to Adam. I’m just going to-Adam and Kyle watch Phil walk away.LATER Adam sits at his desk. KYLE OK. ADAM’S CUBICLE ..
Blood tests and urine analysis are normal. I know. Ross turns to see Adam holding his arm in the air. Will send patient for biopsy to confirm. examines his MRI scans. Adam imitates Kyle to himself. Ross looks over Adam’s chart. suck my dick. ROSS enters. DR.LATER Adam leafs through a pamphlet on incontinence when the pedantic DR. (curt) DR. and night sweats. He slowly begins to raise his arm as if to ask a question. ROSS’ OFFICE . ROSS (into the dictaphone) Patient has been complaining of back pain. ADAM (as Kyle) I’m such a fucking asshole. eventually disappearing into the din of the crowd. and pulls out a DICTAPHONE DR. ROSS (CONT’D) Growth extends from the L2 to L5. INT. PACIFIC GENERAL HOSPITAL . EXT. I don’t know what ‘World Music’ is either! Annoyed. ROSS Hi.LATER Adam steps off a BUS and walks toward the hospital’s vast sunlit entryway. MRI suggests a massive intradural malignant schwannoma neurofibrosarcoma extending into psoas muscle with nerve root compression syndrome and bone erosion. He enters through the sliding double doors. (CONTINUED) . I hear Adam hasn’t gotten his dick sucked in six fucking months. Dr. I’m the king of the world.CONTINUED: KYLE (cont'd) It’s unbelievable. DR. We see Adam’s face gradually look more and more confused. Dr.
ADAM I’m sorry. ROSS It’s a malignant tumor. ROSS (CONT’D) That is a massive schwannoma neurofibrosarcoma. Your cancer is the result of an incredibly rare gene mutation in chromosome 17p in the p53 gene that causes the growth of malignant cells in tissue around the nerves. I don’t drink.. ROSS ADAM DR. DR. Is there something wrong with me? DR. I still don’t-DR.I don’t smoke. Adam walks over to the window and peers out. ADAM DR. ROSS Well your case it’s actually quite fascinating.. ROSS (points to MRI) If you look here on your MRI. you see this cephalopod-like object spreading down along your spinal column? Adam squints. I recycle.. In your case it’s grown along the nerves in your lower spine.CONTINUED: Yes? DR. Me? Yes. It all looks the same. DR. ROSS ADAM That doesn’t make sense. I didn’t follow that. A tumor? Yes. ROSS (CONT’D) ADAM I’m so sorry. (CONTINUED) ..
(Beat) I’m going to put you on a four month regimen of chemotherapy. ROSS (CONT’D) If you need to talk to someone. his tone is anything but. and the tolerance to medications and therapies. We have an excellent staff of social workers and psychologists here in the hospital. 5 year survival rate after metastasis: 0%. with a relatively poor prognosis.. Ross continues to talk as Adam looks out of the window. INT. His words are seemingly genuine..DUSK CLOSE ON a computer screen: “Neurofibromasarcoma Schwannoma is a malignant or cancerous form of Schwanoma. DR.. They’ll be able to help you. ROSS People can go years without knowing they’re sick. health. Given the placement and size of your particular tumor... Dr.. Death. It is a rare tumor type.sort of matters. Ross puts on his best act of reassurance. They specialize in cases.CONTINUED: (2) DR.in these.” (CONTINUED) . 5 Year survival rate: 50%. Patient response to treatment will vary based on age. We’re lucky we caught it before it metastasizes. Risks of surgery: Amputation of limbs. Treatment Forms: Chemotherapy and Radiation. ADAM’S OFFICE . Paralysis. (beat) Now Chemotherapy can result in fertility issues-ADAM But I’m going to be okay? Dr. Surgical resection proven to be most effective. the wisest course of action is to see if we can possibly reduce this thing down to a more managable size.
hugs him.EVENING Adam and Rachael are on the couch. BUS . But if you have to-She looks at him.NIGHT Adam sits deep in thought .hard to tell. . I want you with me. closes hers: RACHAEL I’m not going to bail on you. LIVING ROOM . shutting off lights.. It’s not like we’re married or anything.CONTINUED: He stares at the screen. her eyes filled with tears.. Oh Adam. Rachael leans in and puts her forehead against Adam’s. The dusky pink sky of Seattle streaks by through tinted glass. RACHAEL It’s going to be okay. Adam stays. INT. Thank you. If you have to bail.or in shock . RACHAEL Everything’s going to be okay. ADAM’S HOUSE. She leans over. ADAM Rachael rubs Adam’s back. Everyone else is leaving for the day. (off her look) I hope you won’t--I mean. I don’t expect you to take this on. RACHAEL (CONT’D) I’m here for you. RACHAEL ADAM Listen. into his eyes. This is not good. INT. bail. immobile and alone. Adam.
Kyle looks sick. what’s it called? ADAM Schwanoma something. KYLE Do you have a picture of it.Look at me. KYLE I actually think I’m going to throw up... can I see it? ADAM Why would I have a picture of it? (CONTINUED) . KYLE I’m going to throw up. COFFEE SHOP . KYLE What kind of cancer is it? ADAM It’s something rare.MORNING Adam and Kyle stand outside the coffee shop. ADAM Just open your eyes.EXT. KYLE Well... Alright? They both take a deep breath. KYLE I’m going to throw up. ADAM Don’t throw up -. ADAM You’re not going to throw up.. KYLE (confused) Schwanoma?.you’ll be fine.What’s Schwanoma? ADAM That means tumor basically..
ADAM KYLE The guy from “Dexter”? He’s OK. but that’s the internet so. he keeps getting it. Really? Yeah. Patrick Swayze. I looked it up and it said 50/50. Lance Armstrong. Kyle sighs in relief... KYLE (upbeat) That’s not that bad. ADAM But dude. You’re young. KYLE ADAM (CONTINUED) . That’s better than I thought. that guy’s dead. Kyle looks at Adam in shock. Every celebrity beats cancer. You’re going to be fine. ADAM Patrick Swayze? KYLE And he’s older. Yeah. KYLE Well are you going to be okay? What are your odds? ADAM I don’t know. he’s fine.CONTINUED: KYLE It’s common practice to fucking get pictures of shit now! ADAM It doesn’t look like anything.. it’s just a lump..People beat cancer all the time.
ADAM (concedes) I know. 50/50! If you were a casino game you’d have the best odds! Kyle pats Adam’s shoulder. KYLE You have to tell her. Your mom’ll probably deal with it better than most people.Your dad has Alzheimer's. I didn’t know that.CONTINUED: (2) KYLE That’s really fucked up.. I. KYLE You’ll be fine. Kyle quickly tries to change the subject.. ADAM Yeah. You got to look at the bright side here-ADAM The bright side of what? KYLE You’ll be fine..I’m not going to tell them. (CONTINUED) . KYLE What did your parents say? Did they freak out? ADAM Oh.. I’ll tell her...Don’t worry about that. Thanks. ADAM Yeah. but you know how she gets.they. Kyle takes another deep breath.. (beat) Don’t even think about him. KYLE You’re not going to tell them? You’ve got to tell them..
your son..CONTINUED: (3) Good talk. Based on his body language. He extends his hand to Adam. It’s clear Richard makes Adam uncomfortable. Hi Dad. awkward smile plastered on her face. RICHARD LERNER (60) wanders out from behind Diane. Adam. but on closer examination it’s clear that Alzheimer's has altered his sense of reality.. ADAM RICHARD Hi. On first glance he seems like a perfectly normal middle aged man. Hi Honey! ADAM DIANE She gives Adam a big hug and kiss. RACHAEL (from porch) Hi! (CONTINUED) .DAY Adam’s mother. steps out of her car and onto the curb where she’s greeted by her son. Rachael stands on the porch. Remember? Adam shakes his dad’s hand and gives him an awkward pat on the shoulder. ADAM’S HOUSE . KYLE Kyle begins walking away from the coffee shop. ADAM You don’t want coffee? KYLE I’m awake now. I’m Richard. RICHARD Meanwhile. EXT. DIANE LERNER (58). Hi Mom. DIANE (to Richard) This is Adam -. it’s clear Diane’s very existence annoys the shit out of Adam.
. As Diane follows behind she notices the paint on Adam’s porch is chipping. Diane notices an ABSTRACT PAINTING hanging on the wall above the TV. totally mortified.It’s called “Oppression”. turns and looks at his mother.CONTINUED: Diane politely nods and waves in her direction as she and Adam walk toward the house. He stares at her for a beat then turns and walks into the house. you use protection. Adam cringes. shaking his head. DIANE So what’s the big news? ADAM It’s nothing. (CONTINUED) . Mom! ADAM DIANE I know. It’s fine. DIANE (CONT’D) You need to talk to your landlord about painting this.I’ll tell you inside. DIANE (CONT’D) Just give me his number and I’ll call him. I know.. DIANE (CONT’D) She’s not pregnant? Adam stops. ADAM Adam rolls his eyes and walks: INSIDE Diane follows after him.. ADAM Rachael made it for me.. DIANE That’s new.
trying to seem impressed. before I do. what’s the special occasion? Adam hesitates. Diane feigns a smile. But. Rachael.. ADAM’S HOUSE. ADAM Have you ever seen “Terms of Endearment”? RACHAEL Oh. ADAM That’s right! That one’s “Liberation”.EVENING Adam. “Oppression” is in the bathroom. DIANE RACHAEL INT. just promise me.. ADAM I need to tell you something. DIANE Oh Adam..You make me out to be some kind of irrational loon.Diane scans the house. Richard takes the pills. He smiles. ADAM Mom. DINING ROOM . Nice. (CONTINUED) .. you have to promise me you’re going to stay calm. Adam. eating pizza. Okay? DIANE I promise. RACHAEL “Liberation”. Diane hands Richard a fistfull of pills. puts them in his mouth and swallows.CONTINUED: (2) Rachael leans over and corrects him.. Thank you.Just tell her. DIANE So. Jesus. and Richard sit at the dinner table.. don’t be so overdramatic. Diane.
Absolutely not. She tries to compose herself. ADAM What? No.CONTINUED: DIANE Tell me what? Here goes nothing. What do you want me to say? DIANE When did this happen? ADAM (reluctant) I found out a few days ago. ADAM You already have enough on your plate with dad. ADAM DIANE Adam nods. DIANE A few days ago?! You waited a few days to tell me?! I’m sorry. DIANE Who’s going to take care of you? You can't even drive! Who's going to take you to your appointments? (CONTINUED) . Diane’s face literally crumples. DIANE What do you mean. Honey. DIANE (beat) I’m moving in. DIANE I’m your mother Adam. ADAM (mumbles) I have cancer. “I have cancer”? ADAM I have cancer.
puts up a kettle: DIANE I’m making you green tea. which twitches uncontrollably. The only indication that she’s not dead is the movement of her index finger. what are you doing? Diane lights the stove. Diane sits motionless for what seems like an eternity. who notices. Adam puts his arm on his mother’s shoulder. (CONTINUED) . will you come sit down? Diane holds up the package of Green Tea. Diane hugs him and begins to weep. Mom? ADAM (CONT'D) Diane calmly rises from her seat and heads to the: KITCHEN Adam follows after her: ADAM (CONT'D) Mom. DIANE I saw on “The Today Show” that it reduces your risk of getting cancer by fifteen percent. ADAM Please come back to the table. INT. I will.DAY Adam walks down the corridor and stops at a reception desk.CONTINUED: (2) Adam looks over at Rachel. ADAM Please. trying to anticipate his mother’s next move. RACHAEL (hesitates) Me. I’m going to take care of him. ADAM Well -.I already have cancer. Adam sits uneasy. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR .
ADAM (confused) You’re Dr. INT. is scattered in appearance. HOSPITAL OFFICE . Adam looks her up and down. call me Katherine. McKay. small with stacks of psychology books and files strewn about. McKay? KATHERINE I am. She.he reluctantly shakes it. An attractive young woman. Have a sit. while awkwardly balancing her sandwich on top.and please. sits on the couch reading a file while she eats a rather messy sandwich. ADAM Aren’t you supposed to be like sixty-five and wear earth-toned sweaters? KATHERINE (slightly defensive) Why? Did someone say that’s what I look like? (CONTINUED) . please come in. McKay? THE ATTENDANT silently points to an office a few doors down.CONTINUOUS The office is a pit of chaos. KATHERINE Oh. She looks upKATHERINE (mouth full of food) Can I help you? ADAM I have an appointment with Dr. like her office. Katherine removes her files from the couch. Katherine wraps up her sandwich and puts the rest away. (corrects herself) Sit down please....CONTINUED: ADAM I’m looking for Dr. KATHERINE (24).. She rises and puts her hand out to shake Adam’s . She takes a bite of her sandwich as Adam pokes his head in the door... KATHERINE .
(CONTINUED) . ADAM (CONT’D) . I’m actually working on my doctorate.How old are you? KATHERINE (put off) Twenty-four. But..CONTINUED: ADAM No.but aren’t you too young to be a doctor? KATHERINE (almost laughing) Oh.. aren’t I? KATHERINE No.. ADAM Twenty-four? What are you like Doogie Howser? Who? KATHERINE ADAM Doogie Howser. Off Katherine’s blank look.. if you don’t mind...... I wish.. KATHERINE Does he work here? ADAM No. trying to be serious) This is a training hospital. technically I’m not a doctor yet. ADAM I see. (off Adam’s look.The teenage doctor. Not at all.So have you had many patients? KATHERINE My patient history is not-ADAM (shocked) I’m your first patient. Nevermind.
don’t worry I’m not gonna use your real name. What you’re actually experiencing is shock. (CONTINUED) .CONTINUED: (2) ADAM Your second? ADAM (CONT'D) Third. KATHERINE (CONT'D) How are you feeling? ADAM You know. Right now your body is in survival mode. I feel fine. An awkward beat. Katherine pulls Adam’s file: KATHERINE So.. But. Katie looks at him in silent acceptance.. Adam shrugs. I guess that’s fine. KATHERINE (proud of herself) That’s a very common symptom found in patients like yourself. KATHERINE Can’t talk about that. Dr. Adam’s eyes widen with concern: ADAM (CONT'D) How are the first two doing? Katherine doesn’t answer. ADAM (uncomfortable) Okay. ADAM And this is like part of your training? KATHERINE It’ll be part of my dissertation. She bites her tongue. I’ve actually never been more calm. Ross filled me in on your situation. This must be incredibly difficult. honestly.
Adam nods. But if you want to lie down. ADAM KATHERINE Adam clearly doesn’t trust her. KATHERINE Wonderful. KATHERINE I know you are. Lie down? Yeah.playing new agey meditation music.. KATHERINE .That’s why you feel that sense of calm.. KATHERINE And close your eyes. I think that’s wonderful -. today I’d like to start with some very simple relaxation exercises. KATHERINE Because certain patients-ADAM (defiant) I feel great. ADAM But I am relaxed. Katherine presses play on her laptop .if it’s alright with you. Really? ADAM (CONTINUED) . Katherine bites her tongue... I think I’m fine. but lies down. Would you describe what you’re feeling as a kind of “numbness”? ADAM I would describe it as fine. tense.CONTINUED: (3) ADAM No.
CONTINUED: (4) KATHERINE Yeah. for this to work. The dog continues to stand motionless.Keep your eyes closed. ADAM Well. INT. RACHAEL Having a dog helps with the healing process.) No peeking. RACHAEL OK.. Open your eyes. RACHAEL His name is Skeletor. KATHERINE MATCH CUT TO: RACHAEL (O. Adam closes his eyes. Surprise! RACHAEL (CONT’D) Adam’s excitement quickly dissipates.S. he’s old enough to be retired. ADAM You got me an old dog? RACHAEL He’s not that old. Adam opens his eyes to see Rachael standing next to a very old and giant GREYHOUND..NIGHT Adam is in the living room with his eyes closed. (CONTINUED) . you’re gonna have to trust me. ADAM'S HOUSE . The dog stands motionless. ADAM They’re closed. OK. He’s a retired race dog.
INT. until he’s eventually euthanized. ADAM Fine. Jenny stands to the side crying as Kyle consoles her. SEATTLE PUBLIC RADIO . right? (CONTINUED) . I’ll keep the dog. JENNY He’s going to get better. ADAM Well what’s going to happen to him? RACHAEL He'll be put back in his tiny cage with ten other dogs who will bully. and rape him. I promise. Beat. RACHAEL This is going to be so good for you. KYLE This whole party was my idea. does he have a medical license? RACHAEL Forget it.NIGHT It’s Adam’s going away party.CONTINUED: ADAM Why. I can bring him back to the shelter in the morning. Adam grumbles to himself. Draped across the entrance is a “Bon Voyage” banner with an image of a Cruise Ship. Thought maybe we could just celebrate his life. Really? RACHAEL Rachael's face lights up.
But. PHIL (sentimental) I’m gonna miss you so much. CUT BACK TO: Kyle’s with Jenny who’s still crying. GREG My uncle had what you got. JOE Started chemo yet? CUT TO: Adam stands with TED. he rubs her arm. After a beat. (CONTINUED) . KYLE I liked to be touched when I cry.. CUT TO: Phil embraces Adam. CUT TO: Adam stands in the middle of the party with JOE. TED So what kind of cancer you got? CUT TO: Adam stands with SUSAN.CONTINUED: KYLE I hope so. tonight I thought it’d be best if we didn’t think about whether he gets better or not. SUSAN Want to know the secret to beating this thing? CUT TO: Adam stands with GREG.. Kyle steals a quick glimpse of Jenny’s cleavage. We should be celebrating the Adam we all know and love.
ADAM Hey.. ADAM I just wanted to say that you’ve been really great the past couple of weeks.. Adam. Phil continues to hold Adam. PHIL Take as much time as you need. I’m still going to finish that Mount Moha Moha story. And breakfast. which is covered in various Save-the-World type bumper stickers. ADAM You coming? She shakes her head hesitantly. ADAM I want you to know. RACHAEL Thanks for saying that. Thanks for the ride. buddy.CONTINUED: (2) ADAM (uncomfortable) I’m going to miss you too Phil. Adam turns to her. Rachael yells after him. RACHAEL He turns back and sticks his head in the door. and as he gets out. RACHAEL’S CAR . Phil leans his head on Adam’s shoulder. INT. is parked in front of the hospital.DAY Rachael’s Prius. Adam opens the passenger side door. Phil--? PHIL Yeah.I can’t wait to hear it. (CONTINUED) .
CONTINUED: RACHAEL If it’s cool. RACHAEL ADAM You’re gonna sit here for four hours? RACHAEL Honey. . you know? ADAM (confused) Right. calls outGEORGE Adam Lerner. GEORGE. INT. sit in the waiting room. Yep. It’s like an energy thing. I know. HOSPITAL . ELEVATOR . I don’t want to mix that world and this world. a tall male nurse of Bahamian descent.CONTINUOUS The doors slowly close as they ride down into the bowel of the hospital. Adam stands. ADAM Adam follows George into the: INT. including Adam. Good luck! RACHAEL Rachael watches Adam as he walks off into the hospital. She gives him a kiss.DAY A small group of patients. I’ll just wait here. ADAM It’s going to take four hours.
Mitch leans over. a Zen look on her face. Adam looks down to see that Alan is holding box of macaroons. Just get high with us! Adam reluctantly eats a macaroon. ALAN (84). I’m alright. a MIDDLE AGED BALD MAN. George leads Adam into a Chemotherapy Treatment room. An 74 YEAR OLD MAN.CONTINUOUS Walking through the long ominous halls of the hospital basement. Chemotherapy and other various treatment rooms. and a BALD WOMAN. CANCER WARD . sitting next Adam. who knits as she listens to music on her headphones. CHEMOTHERAPY ROOM . fat. ALAN C’mon. Adam looks to the middle aged man.LATER Adam is seated in a plush leather chair where he’s hooked into a chemo drip. who smiles at Adam as he pops a macaroon in his mouth. MITCH How old are you? ADAM Twenty-seven. INT. ALAN (whispering) There’s weed in ‘em. (CONTINUED) . GEORGE (CONT’D) This way my baby. He's surrounded by three other patients. who munches on macaroons. Adam passes dozens of sick patients who are being shuttled into Radiation Therapy. ADAM I don’t do weed.INT. bald elderly woman coughs as she passes. MITCH (55). whispers to him: ALAN (to Adam) Want a macaroon? ADAM Thanks. HOSPITAL. A sick. Adam winces in disgust. stoned as hell.
ALAN What the fuck is that? MITCH Tough break. Alan and Mitch laugh. he's just messing with you. Pleased to meet you.CONTINUED: ALAN That’s just the worst? A perfectly good youth wasted. ADAM These are really good. and boy do I feel better. The more syllables. this cancer is bull shit. I’m Adam Lerner. I was really nervous about this whole cancer thing. (CONTINUED) . ALAN (to Adam) I’m Alan Lombardo: stage 3 lymphoma. and then I met you guys. the worse it is. ADAM I got to tell you. your dick becomes a constant source of disappointment. First your hair’s going to fall out. schwannoma neurofibrosarcoma. then your balls’ll shrink. MITCH Mitch Barnett. ALAN (To Adam) Listen to me. And if that isn’t enough. Don’t listen to him. ADAM Oh. metastatic prostate cancer. Alan and Mitch laugh like two teenagers. MITCH Alan. Alan and Mitch laugh. stop it. Adam pops another macaroon in his mouth.
Instead. Upbeat music swells. A lot. you okay? Adam says nothing. INT. ADAM (chewing) . my wife made ‘em.NEXT DAY Adam looks and feels terrible. but can’t.. KATHERINE So how are you feeling after your first treatment? (CONTINUED) .masking her lack of experience. Katherine sits in the chair next to him.. Rachael wakes up. he just slumps over the toilet seat and throws up again.how strong are they? Stroooong. His clothes are drenched in sweat. His head pounds. He wears a big huge goofy smirk on his face as he passes: --a SICK MAN on a gurney --an OLD LADY wheezing --a BODY BAG being carted on a gurney --a FAMILY crying Adam stops. HOSPITAL OFFICE .. ADAM’S BEDROOM . He quickly runs into the bathroom and throws up. causing him to rub it. Only it’s no longer ominous to him. Her tone is a little rigid . HOSPITAL CORRIDOR . ALAN Adam sits back and closes his eyes.LATER Adam walks in SLOW MOTION down the same ominous corridor he entered through before. INT. stares at all the misery around and laughs..CONTINUED: (2) MITCH Thanks. INT. and knows she should go to him. she faintly calls outRACHAEL Adam.NIGHT Adam jolts out of bed...
but the act just makes him more uncomfortable. ADAM I’m not angry. I was just trying to reassure you..huh. right? That’s the goal here? (CONTINUED) . Startled. he backs away. Uh. She pats Adam on the arm. KATHERINE (nervous) That’s not what I meant. ADAM Good. ADAM You’re trying to make me freak out. From what I understand it can be pretty rough. That brings up a lot of emotions. (beat) Why is that good? KATHERINE Because you’re expressing yourself. I’d hate to think I was special in any way.. My head is killing me. KATHERINE (empathetic) Yeah I know. thanks. gotta say. Her intention is to set Adam at ease. But it will pass. ADAM (terse) Well. You’re dealing with a really serious illness. Which is good. KATHERINE I’m sensing some anger.CONTINUED: ADAM It feels pretty bad. ADAM KATHERINE I think it’s important to remember that these side effects are very normal.
I see. Go to my happy place and feel the warm of beam of light. Can we do that? Katherine’s a little shaken by Adam’s outburst. Just take a look to see if they resonate. A lot of people find them really helpful. And if you’re angry-ADAM (angry) I’m not angry. Can we do that? I want to hear some sitars.I was being an asshole. Katherine regains her footing.Let’s do the relaxation thing.CONTINUED: (2) KATHERINE I’m not trying to make you freak out. I didn’t mean to say that.. there’s a few books I’d like you to read. Adam nods... ADAM I’m sorry. hesitant.. KATHERINE ADAM (CONT’D) (beat) I'm sorry. (smiles) I’m trying to take care of you.. KATHERINE I don’t need you to take care of me. Katherine exhales and scribbles on a piece of paper: KATHERINE (CONT'D) Listen.... He feels bad although that outburst did feel kind of good. She pats her hand on Adam’s shoulder. I just want you to get in touch with what’s going on inside. You don’t have to read them cover-to-cover. are you going to keep touching me like that? KATHERINE What? This? (CONTINUED) .
Kyle stands behind him. ADAM Now it’s just getting creepy. tying a towel around his neck.CONTINUED: (3) Katherine puts her hand back on Adam’s shoulder. This time it’s too gentle. Adam pulls away. ADAM That’s. It’s one of the key ways that hospital practitioners can help patients feel more secure in stressful situations. big mistake. it’s not -. That.comforting. Please don’t do this. ADAM What are you talking about? KYLE What if you have some weird Gorbachev bird shit thing on your head? (CONTINUED) . Adam imitates Katherine’s touching. ADAM’S BATHROOM . KATHERINE (frustrated) I’m trying to help you feel more at ease. ADAM That’s supposed to make me feel more at ease? It’s like being slapped by a sea otter. ADAM Yeah. sea otter? Is this better? Katherine tries again.DAY Adam stands in front of the mirror. KYLE I think you’re making a big. KATHERINE Really. um. INT. Sorry. KATHERINE Touching promotes trust.
I’m a little worried you’re going to look like fucking Michael Stipe. you’ll blame me every time you see your weird screwed up bald head. Now that we’re standing here about to do it.what do you use this for? Adam’s eyes widen..CONTINUED: ADAM I thought you liked this idea? KYLE I liked the idea in theory. ADAM Wait. ADAM We have to do it. He pauses. KYLE You know. Right now.because if it looks bad. Kyle grabs the trimmers and joins in. Kyle covers his eyes in horror. KYLE I’m not going to do it! ADAM You said you would! KYLE I changed my mind . KYLE Adam takes the clippers and proceeds to shave his head. KYLE Fuck! Dude! Holy Shit! After a beat. ADAM When was the last time you cleaned it? Kyle wipes the clippers on his shirt. Adam grabs the PAIR OF CLIPPERS and goes in for the shave. Once finished. (CONTINUED) .. Adam looks at his bald head in the mirror. my body.
CONTINUED: (2) ADAM It looks okay. right? KYLE No. Adam looks SLIGHTLY WORN. ADAM Instead of using your balls trimmerKYLE And I never wash them.. MITCH How come we’ve never met Rachael? ALAN Yeah.. And it’s not my balls. That’s not why people go-- (CONTINUED) . What the fuck? ADAM Hospitals kind of freak her out. INT. no one likes going to the hospital.I’m joking. I’m not. attached to their CHEMO DRIPS..DAY Adam. ADAM Why didn’t we go to a barber? KYLE That would have been a much better idea -. KYLE No.. ADAM You’re not joking. Alan and Mitch look at each other and groan.if we had paid someone to do it. What? ADAM MITCH (being delicate) Well Adam. ever. Alan and Mitch sit in their chairs. CHEMOTHERAPY ROOM . It looks really weird. it’s my asshole.. HOSPITAL.
CONTINUED: Adam looks at him. ADAM No, you don’t get it. She doesn’t want the negative mixing with the positive...it’s an energy thing. ALAN Sounds to me like a bullshit thing. Adam takes this in. ADAM You guys can meet her after. She’s picking me up. I’m sure she’d like to meet you all...She’s really great, you guys. ALAN (not convinced) Okay. EXT. HOSPITAL PARKING LOT - DUSK Adam, standing next to Mitch and Alan, is on his cell phone. ADAM Hey it’s me again, just checking to see if you’re close...Talk to you soon. He hangs up the phone. ALAN Sure you don’t need a ride, kid? ADAM Oh no, she’s gonna come. I’m sure she’s just caught up with something. You guys should head out, you can meet her next time. ALAN Yeah. Sure. Alan and Mitch give him a sympathetic look at Adam and then walk off together.
EXT. HOSPITAL - NIGHT Adam’s seated on the steps out front. He looks exhausted. Rachael’s Prius speeds into the parking lot and stops in front of him. RACHAEL Adam! I know. I’m sorry. Please don’t be mad. ADAM I’ve been calling you for an hour. RACHAEL My cell phone died. ADAM You don’t have to do this, you know. RACHAEL (remorseful) I’m sorry. I am. I know, I fucked up. ADAM I even gave you an out. RACHAEL I’m doing my best...Can we just go home? Adam gets in the car, pissed, and they drive off. INT. BOOKSTORE. SELF HELP SECTION - DAY Adam and Kyle browse through shelves of books. Adam consults Katherine’s list of books. Kyle grabs the book, and rather then hand it to Adam, he reads the AUTHOR’S BIO on the back jacket of the book. KYLE (in excitement) “Kasper Schlegel is an American ‘medical intuitive’ and ‘mystic psychiatrist’”. ‘Mystic psychiatrist’? What is he like Frodo’s psychiatrist? Why would you buy that?
CONTINUED: ADAM Because my therapist said I should (shrugs) I don’t know. Kyle ditches the book and picks up one on Mardi Gras. KYLE (CONT’D) Let’s go to Mardi Gras! ADAM I have a girlfriend, why would I go to Mardi Gras? KYLE Oh yeah, your girlfriend, I forgot. Why go to Mardi Gras when you could be here, not getting hand jobs and blow jobs? From across the store, Kyle notices CLAIRE (30), an attractive employee stacking books. KYLE (frustrated) Well if you’re not going to take advantage of this, then I am. Kyle yanks the list of books from Adam and crosses to Claire. He throws on a charming smile. HiKYLE (CONT’D)
Noticing Claire’s name tag. KYLE Claire. Kyle. Could you help me find a few books, please? Sure. CLAIRE
Kyle hands Claire the list of book titles. She reads. Oh. CLAIRE
(Concerned) Are these for you?...I’m sorry it’s none of my business.
Then as they exit. Claire! Nice to meet you. I focus on the positive. The little guy in the hat. Claire leads Kyle off to a stack of books. really sick. He has ‘Type Four Back Cancer’ . Poor guy. Plays. KYLE (to Claire) I’ll see you tonight. Claire shoots Adam a look . and walk along the sidewalk. Adam looks on in confusion. INT/EXT. How awful. Kyle nods towards Adam across the room. CLAIRE KYLE I know. they pass Claire. rubbing it in Adam’s face. by taking him out to book stores. I like to take him for walks. CLAIRE That’s so nice of you.the way one looks at a dying puppy. Actually. he’s really.LATER As Adam and Kyle exit the bookstore. Claire! . While he has time. KYLE Thank you. Kyle can’t help but boast of his achievement. CLAIRE KYLE Yeah. BOOKSTORE . It’s been really hard. KYLE He’s my buddy.not cool.CONTINUED: (2) KYLE No. thank God. they’re for my friend. (Feigning sadness) But I don’t focus on that.
(softens) It’s all right. he answers. I love you.NIGHT Adam’s lying on the couch with a cold washcloth on his head watching TV. DIANE All right.. Adam sits alone in his house.. If you say so.” On cue. I didn’t hear the phone ring. He checks his RECENT CALLS.. Mom. Mom? ADAM DIANE’S VOICE Jesus.You want me to come over? I can bring dinner. Rachael’s going to come over later. He snatches it. . ADAM Love you too. The screen reads “Mom.INT. ADAM Mom. You sure? DIANE’S VOICE ADAM Yes. I’m totally fine.. Seemingly not fine. ADAM’S LIVING ROOM . He presses “Ignore”. what took so long to pick up? Are you okay? ADAM I’m fine.. his land line rings. checks caller ID: “Mom”.Don’t worry so much. Mom. DIANE’S VOICE Do you need anything? I was about to go to the Rite-Aid for your father. Mom. ADAM . Mom. In WIDE SHOT. I can make macaroni and cheese.. I haven’t liked macaroni and cheese since I was like ten. The phone rings. What. Frustrated.
Just then Kyle sees Rachael across the crowded room. actually. ART GALLERY . KYLE (laughs) No way! Your friend is a real talent.NIGHT A hip gallery opening. They follow Rachael as she walks up to a WHITE GUY WITH DREADLOCKS and flirts with him.. KYLE (CONT’D) Of course. deep kiss. the one who’s sick? That’s his pretentious girlfriend. Claire moves on to another piece.. Just then Rachael gives the guy a passionate. I should have known I’d see her. We’re at a fucking gallery opening. CLAIRE She doesn’t look like someone’s girlfriend.This is genius.. (CONTINUED) .. CLAIRE Who is she? KYLE You know my best friend. KYLE This one is really cool! CLAIRE (beat) My friend did this. KYLE Uh oh! I think I have a new favorite!.INT. CLAIRE So what do you think of this one? Kyle turns and looks. Kyle and Claire have drinks and stare at awful art.It’s making me a little emotional.
Kyle quickly follows after her. INT. Can we just get into bed? She holds out a hand to help him up just as Kyle opens the front door. ADAM (sleepy) Hi.bad time? Am I interrupting something? (CONTINUED) . ADAM’S LIVING ROOM . RACHAEL Didn’t mean to wake you..I . disgusted..CONTINUED: KYLE Fuck! I knew it! The kiss goes on long enough for Kyle to take out his cell phone and snap a picture. RACHAEL Oh. guys? He couldn’t be in a better mood. ADAM (confused) Hey Kyle.uh. KYLE (CONT’D) . KYLE Hey! Surprise! It’s Kyle! What’s happening. I’m so tired. ADAM (reaching for her) Come here. KYLE Sorry . don’t usually use words like that.LATER Adam is asleep on the couch when he hears Rachael come in. KYLE (CONT’D) (ecstatic) I nailed that cunt! (to Claire) Can you believe it?! Claire walks away.
and they’re kissing! I did it! (to Rachael) I FUCKING NAILED YOU!!! I’ve hated you for months! And now I have evidence that you suck as a person! Kyle looks at Adam and Rachael’s silent faces.. ADAM You’re cheating on me!? RACHAEL No! I mean . Kyle holds the phone to Adam’s face. KYLE (CONT’D) I would like to present.. KYLE (CONT’D) Look! Look at it!!! That’s Rachael! And that’s a fucking dirty Jesus looking motherfucker. whilst on my date. Oh yeah? ADAM Kyle pulls out his cell phone..Rachael.yes but- (CONTINUED) . He steps into the kitchen. I was in the neighborhood. due to a lack of chemistry and I think an overuse of profanity on my part. KYLE Nothing? (beat) You two should probably talk about this.whore! On the camera screen is a very grainy picture of Rachael kissing the guy at the gallery.. But. I ran into .. the bookstore girl. KYLE (CONT’D) Exhibit. I had a date with Claire..CONTINUED: ADAM Well it’s midniKYLE (CONT’D) Sorry. It did not go well.
and you cheated on him while he has cancer. She resists. I didn’t want to abandon you. we’ll talk tomorrow. and it’s been so stressful. (CONTINUED) .CONTINUED: (2) Seriously? ADAM RACHAEL (coming apart) Adam . KYLE I can’t stay in the kitchen any longer. We had problems long before you got sick. Speechless. heartbroken. we can talk about this tomorrow. and you’ve been so sick. Kyle re-enters. you’re the one who told me Kyle keeps using your cancer to get girls! Why should I be the bad guy? KYLE (O. ruined. And then when you got sick. RACHAEL Adam. (to Rachael) You got to get out of here! You’re making this way too uncomfortable for everyone. ADAM So why are you here? Why do you spend every night in my bed? RACHAEL (quietly) I don’t know. I didn’t know what to do.) Because you’re his girlfriend. (beat) Let’s go to bed.you have no idea how hard it’s been! I don’t know how to do this. Just leave! Kyle leads her to the door. and shit. you fucking lunatic! RACHAEL (ignoring Kyle) Adam.S. Adam sits on the couch: humiliated.
pets him. STREET . EXT. KYLE This is the best thing that could have happened to you. ADAM’S BEDROOM .NIGHT Adam lies in bed.. Just then Skeletor jumps up and lies down next to him. KYLE I don’t? Cause I’m pretty sure I’m not the one who got caught making out with some disgusting hippie. He looks over at Rachael’s empty spot..Adam. Why? ADAM (CONTINUED) . He inhales. practically upending the bed. Fuck you! RACHAEL KYLE You’re disgusting! Rachael slams the door and leaves.CONTINUED: (3) KYLE No you won’t! Why would you talk tomorrow? RACHAEL Adam. I care about you. feeling very alone.NEXT DAY Adam and Kyle are out walking Skeletor. KYLE You are reprehensible! RACHAEL (to Kyle) Will you shut up?! (to Adam) Kyle doesn’t have your best interest in mind. Adam looks at him. INT.
way better.CONTINUED: KYLE You deserve better. walking a dog approaches Adam. Actually? KYLE ADAM No. I’d be baking you cookies and blowing you every thirty minutes. ADAM What kind of cookies? Any kind. KYLE ADAM Would you make me Snickerdoodle cookies? KYLE I’d bathe you in Snickerdoodle. Bodi bends over and pets Skeletor. ADAM BODI This is Marlowe. KYLE Why hello Marlowe! BODI You guys live around here? KYLE We sure do. that was a joke. BODI Hi! What’s his name? Skeletor. BODI.. ADAM This conversation is making me nauseous. Just then an attractive girl. (CONTINUED) .. If I was your girlfriend.
ADAM We should go. You’re a good ol’ boy. Help me. Look at me . whipped out the cancer card. Adam suddenly gets very protective of Skeletor. don’t you? ADAM No one wants to have sex with me. KYLE You could’ve fucked that girl. he doesn’t like the cold.I look like Voldemort. help you get laid. (to Skeletor) Hellllooo. ADAM You think that would work? KYLE It would totally work! Adam thinks more. The girl continues on her way. ADAM Let’s do it. KYLE You could’ve asked her to go on a doggie date.CONTINUED: (2) BODI I love greyhounds. you realize that. Nervous. BODI Nice to meet you! Adam pulls Skeletor away. fuck the shit out of her! Adam thinksADAM You really think a girl’s gonna go for me just because I have cancer? KYLE I know it. (to Bodi) Nice to meet you. .
ATTRACTIVE WOMAN #1 (to the bartender) One PBR. Adam and Kyle stand pressed against the bar counter. KYLE Lot’s of hot girls. You’re sympathetic. A very ATTRACTIVE WOMAN leans into the bar. (CONTINUED) . The room is hot and Adam’s knit hat is causing him to sweat uncontrollably. ADAM So that’s the first thing I say? ‘Hello. over there.NIGHT The bar is loud and packed with Seattle hipsters. OK. Yeah? ADAM KYLE Just talk. Adam scans the crowd . Ok. spark up a conversation. Adam leans over to the woman. ADAM ATTRACTIVE WOMAN #2 (30) squeezes in next to him.’ KYLE It’s what sets you apart. Just try it. Faster? ADAM KYLE It’s your hook man. She drunkenly bobs her head to the song as she orders a drink. I have cancer. With no room to move. yelling above the music: ADAM How’s it going? The woman doesn’t even look at him. KYLE Get into the cancer thing faster. Good odds tonight.this is definitely not his scene.INT. Kyle leans in. BAR . blue shirt? Go for it.
Jackie. INT.LATER THAT NIGHT Kyle’s talking to two girls in their mid twenties. ALLISON JACKIE Kyle shakes their hands. (CONTINUED) . ADAM (to the woman) I love this song. KYLE Allison. Kyle pulls Adam away as the girl looks on. ALLISON Happy birthday! The girls raise their beers and toast Kyle. Kyle points out Adam. Jackie. KYLE I’m Kyle. KYLE I was wrong. Cheers! ALLISON KYLE I’m here with my buddy actually. Adam stands alone in the distance. ATTRACTIVE WOMAN #2 ADAM I have cancer. how’s it going? Allison. I was wrong. Doesn’t work like that. Totally. It’s my birthday today. BAR .CONTINUED: Adam reluctantly looks over at the woman. weirded out. It doesn’t sound cool. ALLISON and JACKIE.
BAR . What? No. ADAM Are they nice? KYLE They are.LATER THAT NIGHT The bar’s less crowded now. ADAM Let’s talk to them. ADAM I’m not taking it off. take it off. so not everything. Kyle rushes over to Adam. ADAM KYLE Take it off. KYLE Yeah. Take the hat off. ADAM What do you all do? JACKIE I just designed the website for the Swiffer-ADAM (excited) Are you serious? Sorry. Kyle and Adam are seated in a booth across from Allison and Jackie. KYLE I met two girls over there. very nice. INT.CONTINUED: JACKIE The skinny one? KYLE One second. Sweeping. (CONTINUED) . mopping -well that’s it really. I’m a fan. I love the Swiffer! I use it for everything.
Cancer? ALLISON ADAM But don't worry.you’re bald. I’m done. Adam looks at Kyle out of the corner of his eyeKYLE (mouths) Do it. I’m not contagious. I love dogs. Adam shakes him off. ADAM I just got a dog and he’s always shedding. JACKIE Oh. (CONTINUED) . What’s his name? Skeletor. ADAM KYLE It’s in his spine. ADAM Oh no.CONTINUED: The girls looks bored. JACKIE Oh my god. ADAM Adam looks back at Kyle then reluctantly pulls off his hat. what kind of cancer is it? Spinal. isn’t it? JACKIE (stunned) Oh wow -. ADAM It’s kind of warm in here. revealing his bald head. it’s just cancer. and with the Swiffer all I have to do is attach the wet cloth and boom.
KYLE You know. KYLE Let’s rub it together. Kyle reaches out. KYLE He still has a sense of humor! It’s inspirational! JACKIE Can I touch it? Is that weird? KYLE You can do more than touch it! The girls rub Adam’s bald head. How'd you get that? ADAM I don't know. KYLE How you doing? You OK? ADAM Please let me go to sleep. EXT. order food. They’re in. All I want is sleep. bad mattress? She laughs. sex will happen. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED) . HOT DOG STAND . Kyle approaches. You’ve got to keep going! All we have to do is stay awake until they decide to go to sleep. Adam and Kyle look at each other.CONTINUED: (2) JACKIE Spinal? I didn’t even know that was possible. it’ll grow back if you rub it enough. as the Jackie and Allison. JACKIE This is a very nice head. also rubbing Adam’s head. now clearly drunk.NIGHT Adam slumps against a building. because if we’re there when they do. KYLE No! Do not close your eyes.
Kyle is incredulous. ALLISON That sounds cool.. Can you give me an approximate time I‘ll be having sex? KYLE In ninety-five minutes. KYLE That’s how long it’ll take! The girls return with two jumbo hot dogs: JACKIE You guys want to hit up Lush? I know the DJ-ADAM I think I’m actually done for the night. ADAM (beat) But. KYLE Great idea! Let’s get a cab! Psyched beyond belief. .CONTINUED: KYLE (cont'd) We’re so close. KYLE (whispers to Adam) That was pimp! Very impressive. Kyle nudges Adam. disappointed. (feigning) The chemo really wears you out. Don’t waste my time.. ADAM I can’t wait that long.. man! Adam’s eyes flutter. Adam smiles at Kyle.. Jackie looks at him. I have some really potent medical weed if you want to come over. ADAM I’m so tired. I’m pretty exhausted.
ADAM JACKIE Are you sure? ADAM Actually. She’s on top of him. Adam stands in the doorway. Adam’s not happy or sad .CONTINUOUS Kyle and Allison lie on the couch. pours himself some water from a Brita. enters the INT.DAWN In the rising light of dawn. ADAM’S KITCHEN. He puts it back in the fridge. I’ll just get off you. yeah. he winces in pain. Kyle locks eyes with him. MONTAGE VARIOUS DOCTOR’S APPOINTMENT --CU of a light being shone in Adam’s face. Adam shrugs and walks back into the bedroom.INT. Adam looks miserable. INT. both naked under a blanket. ADAM’S BEDROOM. in boxers and t-shirt. JACKIE Am I hurting you? No. eyes closed SCREWING HIS BRAINS OUT. NIGHT Jackie and Adam lie in bed. watching a gratuitously violent film on TV.just lost. I want to see how it ends. Adam. (CONTINUED) . It does-JACKIE Sorry. Jackie rolls off him. KYLE I wonder what the machine gun budget on this film was. They lie next to each other awkwardly. ADAM’S LIVING ROOM . With each thrust. He turns. Kyle forces a smile. ALLISON Can we watch something else? KYLE No.
Katherine’s body is pressed all the way up against the steering wheel with her eyes fixed on the road. HOSPITAL PARKING LOT . --CU of a tongue depressor probing Adam’s mouth. EXT. (CONTINUED) .MOMENTS LATER (DAY) Adam is seated in the front seat as Katherine drives. food wrappers. magazines. --CU of blood being drawn from Adam’s forearm. --CU as a nurse slides the weight along a scale. The car is filthy .CONTINUED: --CU of a doctor’s hands pressed against Adam’s lymph nodes. INT. KATHERINE I can’t let you take the bus. etc. KATHERINE (beat) I’m on my way home right now . I’m used to the bus. ADAM I live kind of far away. She notices Adam sitting alone at the BUS STOP. KATHERINE’S CAR .want a ride? ADAM Oh. KATHERINE Won’t take no for an answer. Adam? KATHERINE ADAM (embarrassed) Oh hey.DAY Katherine walks to her car.it’s littered with papers. but thank you. KATHERINE What are you doing? ADAM Waiting for the bus.
You are giving me this ride as a friend. I’m not very good at getting rid of things. Nuh-uh. Don’t even have a license.. She kind of cheated on me..but we broke up. KATHERINE Still. KATHERINE What? When did this happen? ADAM A few days ago. (CONTINUED) . you don’t have a car? ADAM No. The bus. KATHERINE Let me know if you need me to pull over. (beat) It’s the fifth leading cause of death. KATHERINE So. ADAM No. Do you want to talk about it? Adam’s about to answer when..I know that the chemotherapy can make you. KATHERINE Oh. I can see. unsure what to say.... Silent beat as they both stare out the windshield..you know. ADAM Yeah.. The bus after chemo. Adam. ADAM (CONT'D) Rachael usually drives me -. No therapy.nauseous.CONTINUED: KATHERINE Sorry about the mess. Only a couple after cancer. Why not? KATHERINE ADAM It’s incredibly dangerous.
KATHERINE I just don’t think it’s appropriate for me to be telling you all this personal stuff.CONTINUED: (2) Adam-KATHERINE ADAM (looking around) You know what we could talk about? All of this mess. She smiles. Break ups suck. ADAM Why not? You know every thing about me. The whole therapist/patient relationship doesn’t work if you know all my problems. So pathetic(beat) Probably shouldn’t have said that. ADAM How long were you two together? KATHERINE Three months -(uncomfortable) And we shouldn’t be talking about this. We can just listen to the radio. Are you aware of the bacteria that’s probably living in here? KATHERINE Adam. awkward. KATHERINE Admittedly. I ended it. (CONTINUED) . ADAM KATHERINE (CONT’D) It’s fine. I’m sorry. your girlfriend cheated on you-(beat) I know what’s it’s like. I do check his Facebook page everyday to see if he’s dating someone new. I just broke up with someone a few months ago.
ADAM KATHERINE Katherine grabs a food container from Adam’s hands. Katherine stops the car. . then throw out the rest of the garbage. Katherine looks at Adam nervously. Adam grabs a handful of her garbage and gets out. Katherine laughs as she gets out and joins him. KATHERINE Are you serious? Adam tosses the garbage in a dumpster and comes back to the car for more. That’s my dinner. Then looks at the floor. not that.CONTINUED: (3) Adam thinks for a beat. looks at the pile of garbage at his feet. no. They leave Katherine’s dinner behind. KATHERINE Wait. KATHERINE What are you doing? ADAM I can’t handle all this mess. ADAM (abrupt) Stop the car. Which one? This. KATHERINE Why? What’s wrong? Are you okay? ADAM Just stop the car. ADAM You’re going to eat that? KATHERINE Don’t judge me.
ADAM (CONT'D) I’ll see you next week. KATHERINE (uncomfortable) KATHERINE No.EXT. (CONTINUED) . He’s really not in the mood to be alone. I’m fine. She rolls down her window. KATHERINE No problem. Call me if you ever need anything. The lights are out. Totally. KATHERINE You’ll be all right? By yourself? ADAM Yeah. KATHERINE (CONT'D) I want you to have my cell number. ADAM That was a joke. ADAM (teasing) Did I just score your digits? Katherine turns red. Thanks for cleaning my car. this is me. ADAM'S HOUSE .DUSK Adam and Katherine arrive at Adam's house. Katherine looks after him. Katherine scribbles her cell phone on a piece of paper and hands it to Adam. Thanks for the ride. ADAM Well. Adam looks at his house. He gets out of the car and walks away. Hey-Adam turns around. He gives out a deep sigh and then gets out of his car. with concern.
Skeletor is asleep on the floor. LIVING ROOM .I’m just here to pick up my things and then I’ll be out of your way. RACHAEL Hey -. ADAM Good night. KYLE I thought the desert was crazy. KYLE The trees are going to be bananas.. There’s a knock at the door. It’s outside the door on the porch. Too engrossed in the TV. ADAM I put all of your things in a box. Well then I guess I’ll be on my way.Good night. (then noticing) Are you smoking weed? (CONTINUED) . man. Okay.. Rachael pops her head in the door.CONTINUED: KATHERINE (awkward) That’s fine. The ocean’s fucking nuts. RACHAEL Oh. neither guy moves.This is only for emergencies.. Jokes make for a good coping mechanism. INT. ADAM I like the trees. Adam does his best to play it cool. She looks at Adam nervously as he puts on his hat.. covering his bald head. (beat) Or if you need someone to talk to. ADAM'S HOUSE. KYLE Walked right past it.DAY Adam and Kyle smoke a mini-bong bubbler as they watch “Planet Earth” on a brand new 50” flat screen TV.
She notices the new TV. I got a prescription for medicinal marijuana. Rachael grins and rolls her eyes.. KYLE It didn’t really fit there with the new TV.CONTINUED: Yeah. RACHAEL (impressed) You got a prescription for medicinal marijuana? KYLE No. RACHAEL Adam. and weed fixes it. RACHAEL What’s wrong with you? KYLE I have night blindness. can I talk to you outside for a second please? EXT.MOMENTS LATER Adam and Rachael exit Adam’s house and sit on the porch stoop. ADAM RACHAEL Since when do you smoke? ADAM It’s medicinal.. ADAM'S PORCH . The painting sits stashed in the corner. Adam was too afraid. Rods and cones are eschew.how are you feeling? ADAM Pretty awesome. which has replaced her painting on the wall. Sadness sweeps across her face. RACHAEL (disappointed) You took my painting down. (CONTINUED) . RACHAEL So.
. She hugs him. He stares at her. turns and walks toward her car. it’s only because I hate you so much. RACHAEL I don’t want to break up.. ADAM (smiles) Really?.. She kisses him. you’ll get it next time. RACHAEL (embarrassed) I’m glad you didn’t come. Really? RACHAEL ADAM Yeah. but does. (CONTINUED) .. And I’m sorry I didn’t come to your opening.great. ego shattered. RACHAEL I’ll just be better. After a beat. I can be better... He struggles to pull back. shakes his headADAM (CONT’D) Please. She picks up her belongings. hurt.I need you to get the fuck off of my porch now.. I know this wasn’t easy for you. pissed. She continues kissing him. ADAM You should go. He kisses back.But they’re. He continues kissing back.CONTINUED: RACHAEL I wanted to tell you I’m sorry.. No one bought any of my paintings. ADAM (contrite) I’m sorry too. Rachael looks at Adam.so. It was a complete disaster. We can start over again.
EXT. A beat. Mitch and Alan laugh hysterically as they smoke a joint. Adam then gets up off the porch and walks inside. and an ax.They talk about people just sitting around and listening to the radio-ALAN Glued to the radio... From a box of various supplies.BACK PORCH . Adam and Kyle look down at the destroyed painting. Kyle. orange juice. a Molotov cocktail made out of hair-spray. MITCH’S HOUSE . right? Because I want to hear about the radio. they pull out the following items and destroy the painting: kitchen knives. garlic press.CONTINUED: (2) Adam notices Rachael’s painting still on the porch. screw driver. ADAM (CONT’D) Your painting. shaving cream. ADAM What did you listen to? (CONTINUED) . Adam and Kyle are hammering it to a tree. EXT. ADAM Yeah.DAY Adam. ADAM It actually looks a lot better. Rachael continues to her car. ADAM’S BACKYARD .DAY TIGHT ON: Rachael’s Painting. we could hang this up. RACHAEL I made it for you. KYLE It’s not that bad. eggs. ADAM (to Alan) You were around before TV.
amused by Kyle. Bernie. Bernie just blended up some wheatgrass. BERNIE. This is my friend Kyle. sweetheart. People like listening to that versus “Coming up next. Kyle takes a sip of wheatgrass and nearly gags. KYLE What did you look at when you were listening. MITCH Thank you. an attractive fifty-something woman. BERNIE (re: wheatgrass) You like it? KYLE (in disgust) It’s not good.CONTINUED: ALAN “Little Orphan Annie”. a volcano!”.. this is Adam. KYLE I do radio I think people will actually like. ADAM I’m doing a radio piece on a volcano. ADAM It’s not the same. MITCH You know what I’d do? I’d turn on the TV. nothing? ALAN It engaged everything. Bernie smiles.Like hamburger. Just then. (beat) Oh. ADAM Hi. Mostly stuff about food. (CONTINUED) . carries out a tray of wheatgrass. then turns back to Adam. it’s like drinking liquid lawn cuttings.. Beware.
I’m telling you. you’re Adam? From the way Mitch described you I thought you were much older. I really have to go. just move the mouse. I’ll figure it out. MITCH Mitch pulls her close her for a kiss. flustered and annoyed as he talks to his mom on the phone. OK. right now.. Yes. I know. Adam looks at them.. He sits down -.. ADAM (annoyed) Mom it’s not a virus!. Come here. KYLE He was eighty-five years old when he was three.I don’t know what I’m making for dinner. Adam mouths sorry to Katherine. it’s the screen saver. Takes a deep breath. envious... KATHERINE’S OFFICE . OK.mom I can’t talk now. I have an appointment.something.CONTINUED: (2) BERNIE So. ADAM (CONT’D) Sorry about that.No. I’m standing inside the office as we speak.Please.Love you too.. INT.. Adam looks at Katherine.. Mitch looks at his wife adoringly and takes her hand.. ADAM (CONT’D) . ADAM (CONT’D) .. hanging up the phone now.. embarrassed. (CONTINUED) ....CONTINUOUS Adam walks in. a thin smile on his face.Mom.wrapping up the conversation. Adam hangs up the phone.
Really? ADAM KATHERINE Yeah. KATHERINE So now she has a husband she can’t talk to.CONTINUED: KATHERINE Don’t worry about it.connects the dots in her head. KATHERINE I mean. That’s disgusting. we could role play. ADAM My mom is a crazy person who worries incessantly. I have parents too. Adam grimaces.. Honestly. And it’s not helpful. I can be your mom. Adam’s taken aback by Katherine’s bluntness. ADAM Well. ADAM Do yours give you migraines? KATHERINE My parents are something I would talk about with my therapist.. no. yeah. and a son who won’t talk to her. I guess. it annoys the shit out of me. Katherine thinks .I can’t talk to her. ADAM (repulsed) Oh God. aren’t you being kind of a dick? ADAM I’m sorry? Is that a medical term? (CONTINUED) . KATHERINE Why is that disgusting? Adam sighs.
It’s so forced. HOSPITAL. ADAM That was better. KATHERINE I think we’re beyond that point. After a beat Katherine looks down . grabs hold of his shoulder. squeezing it. isn’t it? Shouldn’t have done it. ADAM Here try again. it was good. KATHERINE (CONT’D) (frustrated) It’s weird. it wasn’t. ADAM No. (CONTINUED) . You did clean my car.MORNING Adam sits down next to Alan. KATHERINE I’m going to make it real natural. They share a smile. He inches closer to her. it was good. but notices there’s no Mitch. I was too far. Shouldn’t have gone for it. ADAM Aren’t you supposed to subtly manipulate me into being aware of my faults? Not call me out.self consciously. Katherine looks at Adam with tenderness. CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT ROOM .CONTINUED: (2) KATHERINE Your parents are who they are. NURSE You’re all set. Come in a little closer. The only thing you can change is how you choose to deal with them. KATHERINE No. and sticks out his shoulder. INT. you can’t change that. Katherine places a hand on him. testing.
DAY Dressed for a funeral. Adam and Kyle walk through the grounds passing hundreds of tombstones along the way. INT.CONTINUED: ADAM Where’s Mitch? ALAN (somber) He died last night. And finally to the NEWS -. trying to hold it together. LINDEN CEMETERY . Bernie stands in front of them. Adam flips the channels. Adam is morose. . MOHA MOHA ERUPTING. Kyle is trying to cheer him up. He turns on the TV. Kyle and Alan stand next to a MINISTER as he speaks. ADAM’S LIVING ROOM . what happened? ALAN (shrugs) What does it matter. EXT.DAY Adam lights a joint. his heart stopped. HOSPITAL . They can’t look at one another.DAY Adam lies on the bed of an MRI machine. We PUSH IN on Adam. LINDEN CEMETERY . Matlock appears on his flat screen TV. EXT. as the Minister’s voice recedes into the background. INT.BREAKING NEWS: MT. Adam watches the volcano erupt with bittersweet sadness. His body is slowly drawn into the scanner. MITCH’S FUNERAL . EXT.DAY Adam.DAY Kyle’s car drives up the cemetery’s long driveway. ADAM But we were just with him.
but you should know that this is totally normal for someone in your situation.INT. hopefully a lot later than I am. That’s what everyone has been saying. in the end. KATHERINE Did something happen? Did you get the MRI results back? ADAM No.. what you’re going through . but you don’t need to try and cheer me up... (beat) Mitch died. but. KATHERINE Adam. ADAM I’m just beginning to realize that I'm probably going to die.DAY Adam lies on the couch staring at the ceiling. ADAM (annoyed) I’m sorry. HOSPITAL. Thank you. Katherine’s demeanor stiffens . Alan’s probably going to die. I’m going to have to call you on that.. It’s bullshit.And I know that you’re feeling helpless inside. but look at me. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . what does it really matter anyway? We’re all going to die.she looks anxious. I'm not getting any better. KATHERINE’S OFFICE . You’re just going to die.A lot of what you’re feeling is from the treatment. KATHERINE You don’t know that.is something called “The Alienation Phase”. and so am I. okay. I look in the mirror and it’s pretty obvious. I mean. “You’ll get better” and “It’ll be fine”. Not expecting this turn from Adam. ADAM Look.
I.CONTINUED: ADAM (cont'd) I don’t know why everyone is so fucking scared to say it.I’m sorry .It’s the big one. A pang of regret runs through his body. and helped him feel “normal” right before he died. I’m here to help you. Leave a message. he dials again.I said the wrong things... ADAM’S HOUSE . Adam holds the phone away from his ear and cringes. DIANE Oh my God. ADAM (CONT’D) . ADAM Why? So that when you’re at some dinner party in 30 years. KATHERINE (speechless) Adam.. what’s wrong? Hi Mom. ADAM Hey man. After a beat.if .. Adam dials the phone. “You’re dying. IADAM This isn’t working for me. I was wondering if you could give me a ride to my doctor’s appointment today.DAY The place is a mess.) Not around. KATHERINE Adam. it’s Adam. you can tell some inspiring anecdote about you coached your third patient through the alienation phase. dude”..O.It makes it worse.. Adam hangs up and hesitates. Adam leaves.. KYLE (V. INT. Katherine is overcome with a sense of failure..
Is there anyway you can turn down the air conditioning? FRIENDLY NURSE Unfortunately the temperature is controlled by a central thermostat. ADAM (to the friendly Nurse) We’re fine. FRIENDLY NURSE The doctor’s just in with another patient. A friendly looking Nurse enters. (CONTINUED) . but there’s nothing I can do. really. but should be out in a few minutes. Adam and Richard are seated in the exam room. The tension is thick. There’s a knock at the door. ADAM (smiles to the Nurse) Don’t worry about it. FRIENDLY NURSE (feels bad) I’m sorry.DAY Diane. You guys holding up alright? DIANE It’s very cold in here. DIANE I’d love a blanket. Diane and Adam nervously flip through magazines while Richard is lost somewhere in his own world. Diane looks at her watch and shivers. Adam’s pissed that his mother has just involved him. FRIENDLY NURSE Are you sure? I could get you a blanket. ADAM No. DIANE My son has cancer. But thank you. if I could I would.INT. DR ROSS’ OFFICE . really. I’m okay. (Scowls at Diane) I’m fine.
ADAM You’re unbelievable. (CONTINUED) . DIANE (CONT’D) You feel warm. annoyed at every step his mother takes. DIANE (Re: the friendly Nurse) I don’t like her. Diane puts her hand on Adam’s forehead. ADAM Diane gets up from her chair and paces around the room looking at the doctor’s various degrees on the wall. Adam looks on. (beat) And I don’t think you’re eating right. but you let me know if you need anything. DIANE I just worry that you’re not getting the best care possible. Adam can’t take it anymore. I’m fine. nothing. He explodes. he went to a state college. DIANE (disapproving) ADAM Huh. ADAM (annoyed) What? DIANE It’s nothing. The Nurse smiles and then exits.CONTINUED: FRIENDLY NURSE Okay. What? DIANE Oh. Diane closes in on one of the degrees and puts on her reading glasses for further examination.
ADAM You are helping me. ADAM You’ve been going to a support group? DIANE It’s for parents whose kids have cancer. baffled: DIANE What about me? ADAM How are you? DIANE (wiping her tears) How am I? ADAM How are you? What’s going on in your life? DIANE Seriously? Nothing is going on in my life. You brought me here. The highlight of my week is this cancer support group I’ve been going to. ADAM (CONT'D) What about you? She looks at him. Diane is so frustrated. she’s near tears: DIANE It’s so hard that you don’t let me help you. ADAM I didn’t know you were doing that. didn’t you? They sit in silence for a moment. It’s really hard.CONTINUED: (2) ADAM Will you stop! I’m not him. (CONTINUED) . I can take care of myself.
(CONTINUED) . DIANE But he’s going to be okay. Ross places the MRI into the light box. He softens. ROSS We need to operate. Walderson. along the nerve.CONTINUED: (3) DIANE How would you? You never call me back. right? You’re going to fix it. DR. He’s one of our best neurosurgeons. Ross storms into the room carrying a stack of MRI films. but see nothing. DR. I’m sorry. DR. She’s clearly moved. Ross with blank stares. Dr. the tumor is continuing to grow here. We have to remove it now or we risk metastasis. The cancer’s not responding to the chemo. ROSS (CONT’D) As you can see. and I can get you in this Thursday morning with Dr. ROSS (CONT’D) Anyway I’ll cut to the chase. Adam and Diane look at Dr. Adam and Diane squint to see what Ross is talking about. Dr. Adam takes her hand in his. He seems rushed. He looks at her. A beat. I was able to move some things around. ADAM So what do we do? DR. Now. ADAM DIANE You don’t have to say you’re sorry. ROSS Sorry to keep you folks waiting.
ROSS Considering the placement and size of the tumor. KYLE Oh yeah. Even then I think you knew. PARK .then unfortunately we’re out of options. ADAM You remember the last time we came out here? KYLE It was prom night.LATER THAT NIGHT Adam sitting in the park over looking the city. KYLE It was a long time ago. cause I’m not going to bring it up.. Diane takes hold of Adam’s hand. Not even thinking about it.. But if we’re unsuccessful in removing the cancer. (CONTINUED) . They sit silently as the doctor’s words soak in. The surgeons will be very aggressive in their attempt. EXT. That girl sucked. ADAM She seemed so sweet. and potentially life threatening itself. So don’t worry about it. KYLE I’m not going to bring up the fact that your surgery is tomorrow.. You really know how to pick ‘em.. Kyle is drunk . a surgery of this nature is very dangerous.CONTINUED: (4) DR. ADAM (bitter) Nora Mattingly. ADAM That memory is so far from me.Adam is still nursing his first beer. I don’t even remember who you went with.
He’s drunk.. KYLE I would let you drive but you don’t know how. She always sucked. But it’s because you date fucking dickheads..CONTINUED: KYLE She was never sweet. Whhhhyyyyyy? Adam looks like he’s on the verge of falling apart. OK it is. then stumbles. maybe. ADAM (somber) This might be my last chance. ADAM You’re drunk. KYLE You could too. Kyle puts his arm around him. You don’t have a license. actually. KYLE It worked! Take your hat off! ADAM I think I should drive. ADAM I know you had fun. KYLE (CONT’D) It’s fucking cold. ADAM (annoyed) Don’t you ever give up? KYLE C’mon! I had fun with that! Kyle points at Adam’s head as he stands. try to get laid. let’s go to a bar. Needy bitches. ADAM You just always hate my girlfriends KYLE That’s not true. And it’s only midnight! Dude. (CONTINUED) .
The car stops abruptly. he backs the car up. KYLE (CONT’D) Adam! Stop man . and instead you want to do something I learned to do when I was fifteen! (concedes) Fine. (CONTINUED) . KYLE (CONT’D) The fuck are you doing.stop! Kyle pulls the emergency brake. And don’t adjust my seat settings. Adam puts the key in the ignition. Kyle hands Adam his keys. KYLE (CONT’D) Drive carefully. It’s the wrong way. but be careful. first thing you want to do-Without checking the mirrors. KYLE (CONT’D) (condescendingly) Now. The two climb into Kyle’s car. KYLE (CONT’D) What the fuck? There’s a car! Wrong way! Wrong way! Wrong way! What the hell! An oncoming car honks and swerves out of the way . KYLE (CONT’D) What the fuck! Adam pulls out of the parking lot. KYLE (CONT’D) Make a left. Make a left! It’s a one way street! Adam turns left onto a one way street. man? You’re being an idiot right now. BOOM the car SLAMS into a BIKE RACK.CONTINUED: (2) KYLE Driving! That’s what you want to do? That’s your “Make A Wish”? To drive? We could be having sex with hookers while skydiving.only nearly avoiding a head on collision.
. Adam locks the doors and sits quietly for a moment. KATHERINE ADAM (nonchalant) Hey. Kyle notices. After a beat.You’re a pussy. KYLE (CONT’D) Don’t you dare call her! Not after everything she’s done to you. he pulls out his cell phone. KYLE Jesus Christ! Kyle looks at Adam speechless. ADAM You’re a selfish piece of shit who cares more about getting fucking laid than being my friend. reading a book. Get out of the car.CONTINUED: (3) A beat. INT. He then proceeds to scream at the top of his lungs. He tries to open the door. and then gets out of the car. It’s not Rachael. Twenty seven years worth of suppressed emotions come out.. BEDROOM . Adam? KATHERINE She looks at the clock. (CONTINUED) . Kyle looks hurt. Hello. She’s sitting on her bed. GET! OUT! ADAM Adam starts hitting Kyle.SAME TIME (INTERCUT) The phone rings.it’s Katherine. Adam. Adam then sits in total silence. it’s midnight. Kyle stammers as Adam looks like he’s about to erupt.. Adam holds the phone up to his head.. Adam ignores Kyle and begins to dial. It’s locked. it’s Adam. ADAM Get out.
KATHERINE I was the asshole. This job is really hard. It doesn’t. ADAM What were you doing when I called? Were you on Facebook? (CONTINUED) . If I fuck up. KATHERINE I’m really. ADAM (CONT’D) (beat) I’m sorry I was such an asshole.it sounds stupid. that’s it -(crying) I’ve never been to fucking Canada or told a girl I love her. I was so totally unprepared . There’s a long silence. ADAM I want this to be over. ADAM I guess we’re both beginners at this. A beat..CONTINUED: KATHERINE It’s midnight.for you. Tears roll down Adam’s face. What’s going on? ADAM (still nonchalant) Oh.. KATHERINE No. KATHERINE (smiles) Yeah. really glad you called. just having a nervous breakdown. Katherine’s eyes begin to well.if this surgery doesn’t work. I think I fractured my larynx. I’m so fucking tired of being sick.. I could ruin someone’s whole life..
Adam finally unlocks the car. It’s Kyle. Adam hangs up the phone. It’s fucking freezing! ADAM I’m going to go. Silence as Katherine blushes. A beat.Thanks for everything. Kyle keels over to pass out on the couch. ADAM Yeah. You just had a bad one. KATHERINE Good night. KYLE’S APARTMENT . EXT. which is a mess .it looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in years.CONTINUOUS Too drunk to stand.. She takes this in. Kyle bangs on the car window desperately. Adam sighs: ADAM I wish you were my girlfriend.LATER THAT NIGHT Kyle and Adam enter the building. INT. but I bet you’d be a good one. Adam walks into the bathroom.these guys never fight. He’s freezing.CONTINUED: (2) KATHERINE (laughs) You know. . stalking my ex-boyfriend isn’t the only thing I do in my free time. Thanks. Jesus. Kyle is unusually quiet. kind of wishing it too. KYLE’S APARTMENT . Kyle uses Adam as a crutch to support himself as they enter his apartment. KYLE Let me in man. KATHERINE Girlfriends can be nice. Then: There’s a loud knock on the window.. The mood is solemn .
CONTINUOUS With his finger. ADAM Come here. INT. who looks back.MOMENTS LATER Adam gets into Kyle’s car.LATER Adam kneels down. INT. He wipes it off on his jeans. The streets are completely vacant of life. EXT. he looks back at his house.MOMENTS LATER Adam steps out onto the porch carrying his duffle bag. He claps his hands the lights turn off. ADAM’S KITCHEN . and leaves. KYLE’S CAR . Adam looks out at Kyle. The book is worn and has multiple book marks indicating it’s been read. ADAM’S HOUSE . Grossed out. Adam walks along this normally busy avenue all alone.m. Adam looks in Skeletor’s eyes and gives him one last pet. he had him pegged all wrong. takes a deep breath. He leans over and picks up “Coping with Your Loved One's Cancer”. A beat.DAWN Adam packs a small DUFFEL BAG. STREET . ADAM’S HOUSE .DAWN Adam walks along the sidewalk of his street and turns up his front walkway. He looks at the dog. boy.INT. He then notices something on the ground. No towels. A book. confused. He takes a deep breath. Skeletor begins to eat. I/E.LATER THAT NIGHT It’s 3 a. he looks around for a towel to wipe the dust off his hand. KYLE’S BATHROOM . As he walks down the steps. EXT. in front of the toilet. . EXT. SEATTLE STREET . The mood is eerie and quiet. pours some dog food into a bowl for Skeletor. Adam then turns and looks at himself in the mirror. Adam scoops some dust up off the counter.
Adam leans across and hugs Kyle.. KYLE Then I’ll see you after. ADAM KYLE --and I’ll see you before you go in there? ADAM Um. KYLE That’s your mom.. KYLE’S CAR . KYLE So I’ll see you in there. ADAM We hear a voice from across the parking lot. Yeah.LATER Kyle and Adam sit silently parked in front of the hospital.. Yep. Adam rolls down the window. It’s going to be fine. KYLE ADAM KYLE It’s going to be good.. (beat) You ready? Yeah.I’m not sure how it works. his mom is yelling from across the parking lotAdam! DIANE’S VOICE KYLE So I’ll park the car I guess. ADAM Kyle looks at him unsure what to say.INT.. (CONTINUED) . and then come inside-Yep.. Sure enough.
Feel.CONTINUED: Thanks. Dr. Good. Our surgical team is top-notch. DR. ADAM DR. DR. ADAM Adam steps out of the car and walks across the vast concrete expanse toward his mother and father who stand waiting for him. You just try to relax.. Good. Walderson exits.How are you feeling? Good.EARLY MORNING Adam lies on a gurney. WALDERSON Good. Walderson. Adam sticks his hand inside the pocket of Richard’s coat. Feel. Brooks Brothers. Silk Pockets. I’m Dr. WALDERSON So we’re going to take excellent care of you.. WALDERSON Good morning. His parents stand beside him. Walderson looks over her chart.. DR. INT. Adam’s completely terrified. RICHARD(CONT'D) (CONTINUED) . WALDERSON the neurosurgeon enters. I’ll be performing your surgery today.. Nurse Stewart hands Adam a giant pile of disclaimers to sign. HOSPITAL PRE-OP ROOM . ADAM What is all this? NURSE STEWART Standard paperwork: hospital liability and disclaimer forms and organ donor authorization. Good. Richard whispers closely into Adam’s ear: RICHARD I got a new coat. Dr.
but I want you to know that I love you very much. I’m going to inject the anesthesia through your IV. DR. blank expression on his face: OK. LEE Hello Adam. Lee -.I’m here to administer your anesthesia. LEE entersDR. I’m Dr. standing there in his confused state: ADAM Dad. Adam looks up at his dad. ADAM (nervous) Hi.. Dad. LEE That really depends on the individual-- (CONTINUED) . RICHARD ADAM Adam smiles at his father. I know it’s probably hard to follow what’s going on right now -. LEE Now relax. It’s going to take a few moments before you begin to feel the effects. and then looks at his mother. ADAM You’re doing it now? NURSE STEWART (to Diane and Richard) If you guys could just head over to the waiting room that’d be great. Richard looks at his son. ADAM How long will it last? DR.CONTINUED: ADAM I am feeling. listen... DR. OK..
DR. Lee unlocks Adam’s gurney. who pull Adam’s gurney through double doors. several ARMS reach out and grab him. INT. We push in on Adam’s unconscious face. DR. (CONTINUED) . --Diane and Richard sit in the waiting room. HOSPITAL SURGICAL AMPHITHEATER . please? Dr. Lee nods to a couple nurses. SFX: The rhythmic beep of his heart monitor. He disappears into fluorescence. how do you know if it’s going to last long enough so I won’t wake up in the middle of surgery? Or what if I don’t wake up after? Mom? DIANE Sweetie you’re going to be just fine. talking to a patient. LEE I’m really sorry but we’ve got to get Adam to the operating room. Adam.CONTINUED: (2) ADAM Well. I’m sorry. She holds a handful of pills. The echoing sound of his breath.CONTINUOUS Adam’s gurney is PULLED INTO frame. She holds him for a long beat. Now. Richard takes them from her. placing him on the operating table. but her head is somewhere else. He leans over the bed into his mother’s arms. Dr. DIANE (CONT'D) Could you just wait a moment. She looks into his eyes. jots notes. It initiates a MONTAGE --Katherine sits in her office. She nods. terrified. DIANE I love you. LEE Diane kisses Adam on the cheek.
anxious. Richard and Kyle sit together. PHILLIPS are in midsurgery. now face up with an oxygen mask over his mouth. We should have heard by now. HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM . -. KATHERINE Dr. Kyle looks over clearly very aware of that fact: Has it? KYLE DIANE Something’s wrong. a couple of NURSES on a smoke break talk animatedly. She leans over to Kyle. KATHERINE Adam Lerner? KYLE (startled) Yeah. nervous. His eyes are closed and his complexion is cold and pale. Richard. and Diane. Alongside the two doctors are TWO NURSES. -. Adam lies on the surgical table. INT. DIANE Who are you? (CONTINUED) .LATER Diane. okay? Katherine hears Adam’s name.The operating room is empty. Dr. They exchange awkward looks. Walderson and DR. DIANE (to Kyle) It’s been five hours. KYLE Don’t worry.Kyle stands outside the hospital’s front entrance. He stares ahead.IN A WIDE SHOT. Adam’s going to be fine. Two neurosurgeons. so he’s in good hands. Walderson is one of the best surgeons in the country. we see the operating table. Next to him. Katherine enters the room and sits across from the others.CONTINUED: -.
Everyone jumps up as she approaches: DR. She smiles and nods awkwardly. We had to remove part of the hip and pelvis.... Adam’s friend. did he say anything? KATHERINE I. We also had to remove a good amount of sheath tissue around the sciatic nerve.there were some unforeseen complications.I wouldn’t. KYLE Seriously.. I smothered him because I love him. KYLE Did he say I was a dick? ‘Cause I’m not. Walderson.I can’t. they spot Dr. They shake hands. (CONTINUED) ..CONTINUED: KATHERINE I. as well as most of the right psoas muscle. So as you can imagine. Lerner. and Mrs. dejected.I wouldn’t talk about that sort of thing. KATHERINE It’s nice to meet you. Kyle and Diane turn their attention away from Katherine.. Katherine smiles politely. KYLE These are Adam’s parents.. WALDERSON Mr. I’m Katherine.. but he’s going to be okay. In the distance. It’s not going to be an easy road back. The bone erosion was much greater than initially anticipated. DIANE I want you to know.. with a surgery of this magnitude. KYLE The therapist! I’m Kyle. Long beat..uh.
ADAM It’s nice here. Walderson) Thank you. Mommy! ADAM (CONT’D) DIANE (crying) My little boy. INT. (CONTINUED) . Walderson nods. That should be the first thing you say. doctor. we’ll go on a huge vacation! We can go to Hawaii! Kyle awkwardly stands over Adam. KYLE You should start with that information. trying to act normal. Katherine sees this tender moment and shies away. DIANE ADAM We need to go on more vacations.still asleep from the surgery. thank you! Diane and Kyle start crying. DIANE Yes.DAY Adam’s in his hospital bed . HOSPITAL POST-OP RECOVERY . Adam reacts like a little kid being picked up from pre-school. then pull Richard into the hug. DIANE (to Dr. I know. He turns to hug Diane: He’s OK! KYLE (CONT'D) Diane and Kyle hug. I got a good room. Richard and Diane enter the room.CONTINUED: (2) DIANE (relieved) He’s going to be okay? Dr.
Peaceful. Adam speaks.. KYLE Um. actually. INT. ADAM KATHERINE She stands next to the bed.CONTINUED: KYLE Hey man? What’s up?.we don’t do that. Katherine knocks on the door and walks in.I’m afraid to touch you. I was just working late. woozy from the morphine. Kyle looks at Diane with a guilty expression. KYLE Boom. It’s quiet.. ADAM (wide smile) Working late .. ADAM I’m high as a motherfucka.. I love morphine. (CONTINUED) .What time is it? KATHERINE It’s eight o’clock. KATHERINE How are you feeling? ADAM Grrreat.. ADAM That’s good. His eyes open. It is me. HOSPITAL ROOM . so I thought I’d stop by. staring at the ceiling. and very weak: It’s you.NIGHT Adam lies in bed. You look really good..you got a new patient? KATHERINE I got a few new patients. but um-Adam sticks out his pinkie which Kyle gently fist bumps.
ADAM Can we just get it over with? Come on.LIVING ROOM . ADAM (dead serious) You’re going to like them.looks back at Kyle. ADAM I’m peeing right now. KATHERINE That’s very nice. Unlike her previous attempts. looking much healthier.hair slowly beginning to grow back. We stay on Adam and Katherine looking into each other’s eyes as Katherine moves her hand down his arm. Looks into her eyes for a long beat.EVENING CLOSE-UP ON: WOUND ANGLE ON: Kyle. staring at the wound with trepidation. relaxed -.I keep looking back at it thinking it’s going to be less gross. and takes hold of his hand. The wound is revealed to be on Adam’s back. absolutely disgusted. Adam -. I/E. Adam.CONTINUED: Adam smiles. KATHERINE I’m not going to look. this time her grip is perfect. ADAM I’d like to make you pancakes some time. KYLE Your mom does this? ADAM She does it all the time. Katherine laughs. (CONTINUED) . Adam notices. finally clasping his hand in hers. KYLE Ugh. She sits next to him on the bed. ADAM’S HOUSE . it’s gross! Oh God .
CONTINUED: KYLE This is like some “Saw” shit. ADAM (unaffected) Your words are so comforting. KYLE I’m just gonna do it, I’m gonna act like it’s nothing. Kyle puts a gob of antibiotic ointment on his finger and very tentatively reaches towards Adam’s back. ADAM I’m going to be really proud of you. KYLE Ugh! I’m doing it. I’m inside you! Adam looks over his shoulder, notices Kyle applying the ointment. ADAM Wait, wait, wait, is that your finger? What? KYLE
ADAM Is that your finger? KYLE (guilty)
ADAM There’s Q-Tips! KYLE I know, I know... Kyle quickly applies some ointment on a Q-TIP. ADAM That was your finger, wasn’t it! KYLE Would it be bad if it was? ADAM Did you wash your hands? (CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: (2) KYLE I used a Q-Tip the whole time, don’t worry about it. Kyle swabs the wound with the Q-Tip. KYLE This looks like Kuato from “Total Recall”. Adam grabs his back to imitate Kuato. ADAM The oxygen! KYLE (disgusted) No! Don’t do that! Ugh! Kyle feebly applies the DRESSING on Adam’s wound. ADAM Can we get this going? It’s seven thirty. Come on, put on the bandage. Kyle gingerly applies the bandage whilst turning his head. Wound now covered, Kyle looks self-assured -- it’s a pretty shoddy job. KYLE And you, are ready for your date! Adam gingerly stands and buttons up his shirt. He walks over and looks in the mirror. He rubs his short hair in contemplation. ADAM It’s crazy. I look pretty good. KYLE I’d fuck you. ADAM (smiles) Thanks. The DOORBELL rings. Adam looks at Kyle, a bit nervous. KYLE (CONT’D) (excited) Who could that be? Go answer it, go!
CONTINUED: (3) Adam takes a deep breath and opens the front door. He lights up when he sees KATHERINE standing in front of him. She’s holding a PIZZA. Hey. Hi. ADAM KATHERINE
ADAM You look nice. KATHERINE Thanks. (awkward beat) You too. You look super nice. ADAM (smiles) You want to come in? Yeah. They walk inside. KATHERINE Look at you, walking up a storm. Kyle clears his throat and waves meekly from the corner. ADAM You remember Kyle... KYLE Good to see you...I see you brought a pizza, which is good because I haven’t fed him all day. I just changed the dressing on his wound. There’s Vicodin in the bathroom if you need it; I know people take it recreationally but he actually needs it for his aches-Adam stares at Kyle, blankly. Katherine looks to Adam, unsure how to react. KATHERINE (dead serious) Are there channels he can’t watch? Katherine cracks a smile. Kyle beams. KATHERINE
So. BLACK: . then flashes a smile. (to Katherine) So.. you’re awesome. KATHERINE ADAM KATHERINE (smiles) Now what? A beat as Adam thinks. and closes the door on Kyle. ADAM Dude. you’re doing your doctorate I hear? That’s-Adam opens the door and ushers Kyle out. MUSIC SWELLS as we go.. Adam then turns around and looks at Katherine. Adam smiles. Alright! KYLE Kyle moves toward the door and whispers to AdamKYLE (CONT’D) She’s cool.CONTINUED: (4) KYLE (to Adam) That’s funny. So.
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