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Running on Empty
Episode 1 Pilot Script By Julie Somoski
Running on Empty Pilot Script
OPENING SCENE FADE IN: INT. KAYNOR HOUSE – UPPER LEVEL – MORNING JULIE KAYNOR is in her mid 30s. She’s a wife, mother, and homemaker at the moment, currently searching for her new life. At the moment, she’s finding it hard to talk to her husband while trying to become independent of him. DAVID KAYNOR is in his mid 30s. He’s a husband and father, current working as an editorialist for a local newspaper. He’s confused about his feelings, but still feels as if he should be close to Julie. SAM and NATE KAYLOR are 9 and 11 years old. They’re the songs of Julie and David and are very mischievous. Both are confused by their parents’ separation. (The scene opens with the song “Running on Empty” and begins with JULIE in bed as her alarm clock goes off. She hits it, gets out of bed, and walks over to her closet. The scene switches to DAVID hitting his alarm clock but remaining in bed. The scene switches back to JULIE, who’s in her closet picking out outfits to wear. The scene switches over to DAVID, who’s putting on a tie and looking into a mirror. He pauses for a few seconds, to which the scene turns once again to JULIE, who’s fixing her hair and also looking into a mirror. The camera then turns to DAVID walking down the hallway. He passes JULIE’s bedroom door, to which he stops and looks in on her. JULIE, not knowing DAVID is there, is sitting on the edge of her bed looking out the window with a thoughtful look on her face. “Running on Empty” gets softer and fades into background.) DAVID Good morning. JULIE (Slightly jumps up and turns around, only to look back out the window.) Morning. DAVID Are you alright?
JULIE (Short pause, turns around) Why wouldn’t I be? (JULIE turns back around and gets up. DAVID stares at her.) JULIE (Talking in a slightly higher pitch) Well, breakfast isn’t going to make itself. (JULIE then walks past DAVID and begins walking downstairs. DAVID follows her. “Running on Empty” plays louder again. JULIE stops at the stairs to open up the living room blinds. DAVID goes outside to retrieve the newspaper. SAM and NATHAN are sitting at the kitchen table pounding their fists.) JULIE Stop hitting the table. Breakfast is coming. (She turns on the radio to “Picking up the Pieces” and then continues to make breakfast and put on a pot of coffee.) DAVID (Sits down at the table with the newspaper. He opens is up as if to read, but then puts it down) So how’s school going boys? SAM Good. NATE Fine. DAVID Anything interesting happening? SAM Dad, nothing interesting ever happens at school. NATE Dad, you can read your newspaper. It’s okay. DAVID Julie, can you get me a cup of coffee? (Julie ignores him and stares down at the pan.)
DAVID Right. (He then gets up and gets a cup of coffee. At this time, Julie puts scrambled eggs and a piece of toast on the her, Sam’s, and Nate’s plate, then sitting down in her seat.) DAVID I guess I’ll get me own breakfast, too. NATE Why aren’t you guys talking to each other? JULIE What? Of course we’re talking to each other. Aren’t we David? DAVID Well, I’m still talking to you. (Julie gives him a stare. They sit in silence for about 10 seconds.) JULIE So what are you boys doing in school? SAM Mom, we just talked about this. JULIE I didn’t hear your answer. DAVID Nothing exciting ever happens in school. JULIE Guys, keep eating – David, can I talk to you for a minute, out there? DAVID You know, I’d better be going anyways. Let me get my briefcase and I’ll meet you by the door. NATE Mom, where’s our juice?
JULIE There isn’t any. I have to go shopping today. Say goodbye to your father. (The boys say bye as David passes by. Julie goes to meet him by the front door.) JULIE So, when are you coming home today? DAVID I should be off early today. I just gotta finish my column by 3pm today and be on my way home. JULIE We need to tell the boys today, after school DAVID What? Why? This isn’t what we agreed on – JULIE I know, but they’re not stupid, David. We can’t keep this going on without them knowing forever. It’s one thing to keep it from our parents but these are our children, David. If we’re going to . . . well, you know, do what – what we’re doing, then they need to be in on it. DAVID (Pauses, looks up at the ceiling) Um, sure, okay. We can do that today. I hope you know what we’re going to say to them. JULIE Sure, I have a script I wrote up this morning. I’ll make you copies today. (At this moment, “Running on Empty” starts playing again) DAVID So predictable. I, uh, I guess I’ll see you later then. (JULIE gives a half-smile, then looks at the ground. DAVID nods his head, then walks out the door. JULIE closes it, pauses for a minute, then walks back into the kitchen.) SONG LEADS INTO MAIN TITLE CARD. END OF OPENING SCENE.
SCENE 1 EXT. CAR – ON THE WAY TO SCHOOL – MORNING KATE NEWLY – Early ‘30s, single, only one who knows about separation, tries to get more details from Julie while staying supportive; happy with being single but has dated numerous men. JULIE is driving the boys to school. KATE is sitting up front, the boys are sitting in the back. (“Black Velvet” is playing on the car radio.) KATE So thanks for picking me up. I take it you want some company today? JULIE Well, you need a few groceries and I need a lot of groceries. And, it’s always nice to have company. KATE Well, it must get lonely for you now, at times. JULIE Kate, can we please not talk about this now? KATE Why, don’t they – (pauses, changes expression). You didn’t – JULIE (Interrupting) No, we didn’t. (Pauses). We’re going to, though. Today. Hopefully. David’s getting off work early today. And, well, they need to know. KATE But I don’t get it, Julie. Something happened. Something happened and you’re not telling me. I want to know – I want to be there for you, but I can’t. JULIE Nothing happened. Look, we’ll talk about it later. (Pause), I’m sorry, I’m just as confused as you are, Kate. We’ll talk about it later. NATE Mom, where are you going?
JULIE Where do you think I’m going Nathan? It’s a school day. You have school. I’m going to your school. NATE But . . . KATE You passed their school Julie. JULIE Damn in! – Darn it! KATE I would have told you, but I thought you knew where you were going. JULIE Yeah. Not a problem. I’ll just turn around. You guys have everything? NATE and SAM Yes. JULIE Okay, okay. SWITCH TO: INT. GROCERY STORE – MORNING (“Shop Around” is playing in the background.) JULIE Pass me the orange juice, Kate. KATE (Passes Julie the orange juice.) So, Julie, let’s talk. JULIE Were you always this interested in my personal life?
KATE This is a pivotal, not to mention shocking, point in your life. This isn’t like buying a new brand of dish soap. I’ve never been married before. I can’t even say I’ve been in love before. But – JULIE (Interrupting) But, you’re guiding me through my marriage and separation, and probably soon to be divorce, from my husband of 15 years. KATE I think I can at least offer my help and advice on this subject. (Adding more emotion to her voice) What happened Julie? JULIE (Sigh, Pause) It’s the little things. Well, that and a little more. I mean, waking up each morning lying next to him, listening to his heavy breathing and watching his left eye twitch – it’s something that would put any woman over the edge. And, I – I just don’t think I – love him anymore. KATE Just like that? JULIE Well, I’m pretty sure he was cheating on me. KATE Amazing. Did you confront him about it? JULIE Yeah. But I’m not stupid. I saw the signs: secret phone calls that I couldn’t listen to, late-night meetings that he missed dinner for, perfume scents on his clothing. It’s just all so obvious, and he denied everything. KATE But with who? JULIE I can’t say I know. I can’t say I want to know. He denied it the entire time I was asking him. So, I started ignoring him myself. One night he slept in the guest room and he’s been there ever since. Then I told him this was it. This was the end.
KATE But it’s obviously not the end. I mean, you guys are still living together, you’re still parents together, and you’re still married to each other. JULIE This is the end, Kate. Things will never be the same again. (Pause) Our marriage is over. KATE Just answer me this – do you still love David? JULIE (Pauses, walks to get something off the shelf) I don’t know. I don’t know anything anymore. Does he still love me? I don’t know that either. Our lives are just in this whirlwind right now that I somehow need to pull myself out of. I need to get my life back together, and the strangest thing is, only we know my life needs getting back together. KATE I just feel so badly all this is happening to you. Fifteen years of happiness to crumble like a burning building? It’s hard to make sense of it. I just had no idea you were so unhappy. (At this time, JULIE, holding a box of cereal, looks over at KATE, then stares into the distance. “Shop Around” gets louder than stops at the switching of the scene.) SWITCH TO: INT. KAYNOR HOUSE – MID-AFTERNOON CHRISTINE NEWLY – 60s, strong-willed and still full of energy, decides to get back into the dating scene herself, has no idea about the separation of Julie and David (JULIE and KATE are putting away groceries.) KATE So why not just get a divorce? Seems like everything would be so much easier that way. JULIE But what about Sam and Nate? I can barely bring myself to tell them their parents are separating, let alone divorcing. You have to think these things out, you know? (Pause) Then there’s the
money, the court battles, the anger, the emotions. It’s just not something I want to deal with. KATE I understand. What does David think about all this? You just sprung all this on the poor guy – JULIE (Interrupting) The poor guy? (Getting angrier) That same poor guy who was doing god-knows-what with a woman he barely knows? I thought we were on the same page here Kate. KATE But you said yourself you don’t know for sure if he cheated on your or not. Just supposed he didn’t. Maybe you were just a tad quick to make a conclusion. JULIE Look, if you think I have all the answers, I don’t. Can we just drop this now? KATE Yes, sure, we can. (Sarcastically) So any plans for tonight? JULIE (In a snappy manner) No, of course not. (Voice softens) No plans. (Looks down, hesitates, then looks back up) Why would my nights be any different now than they were before? KATE Well, I’m going out tonight. With a guy named Luke. I met him at a gas station – he was pumping gas next to me. JULIE And do you always go on a date with random guys? KATE Who knew gas stations could give you more than gas? JULIE What if he’s a serial killer or an axe murderer or something? KATE There’s more to the story, Julie. We got to talking, and after he paid for his gas he asked me to get coffee with him. So I
did. Now we’re going out tonight. Julie, I think I’m in love (sarcastically). JULIE I take it he didn’t have a job too? KATE What is that supposed to mean? And I’m currently unemployed, not a bum living on the streets. JULIE Well, two people with no income going on a date? Who’ll pay for dinner? (Both give a sarcastic laugh to each other.) JULIE I wouldn’t put this whole thing past you, though. (Pause) Maybe I should get back into the dating game. KATE (Laughs, then stares at JULIE) Yeah, that’ll be the day. You haven’t dated anyone but David before. Take it from a woman who’s been dating for 15 years – 2 weeks separated from your husband, you’re not ready. At this time, the song “Just Between You and Me” begins playing faintly in the background. JULIE If I truly wanted to go on a date with another man, I could. (Pause) That’s my point Kate. I have freedom again. I can choose to go on a date with anyone if I wanted to. (Pause, looking down) Who knows . . . maybe I will. KATE (Stares at her) Julie, do you have a date? JULIE (Looks down, says nothing) KATE What the hell were you thinking? JULIE So I made a mistake.
KATE Yeah, some mistake. God, what is wrong with you? You’re a married woman! At this time, Christine walks in through the door, dressed in a jogging outfit with headphones in her hair CHRISTINE Am I interrupting something? Both JULIE and KATE look up and stare intently at her as CHRISTINE takes off the headphones. “Just Between You and Me” gets louder and ends the scene. FADE TO BLACK. GO TO COMMERCIAL. RETURN FROM COMMERCIAL. CONTINUATION OF SCENE. JULIE Hi . . . Mom. (JULIE quickly passes her to get the rest of the groceries) KATE Out jogging? CHRISTINE Sure was. I’m on a semi-diet, I guess you could say. Exercising gives you so much energy, and I wouldn’t mind adding a few years to my life. You should give it a try, Kate. KATE Yeah, I should, um, definitely do that. Jogging. (JULIE walks back in with bags in her hand) CHRISTINE Need some help Julie? JULIE (Trying to avoid CHRISTINE, with back turned) No, I think I got it handled. (Silence) So what are you doing here Mom?
CHRISTINE Nothing in particular. Just out jogging. I couldn’t run past your house without stopping by. So was I interrupting something? KATE You’re never interrupting, Mom. We were just discussing how her and David were, um, planning on inviting you to dinner sometime soon. JULIE (Stares at Kate) Yes, that’s exactly what we were talking about. CHRISTINE That sounds like fun. We could make a dinner party out of it. JULIE Well, we’ll see. (Silence) Well Mom, it was nice seeing you again – CHRISTINE Seems to me like you’re trying to get rid of me Julie. I think there’s something you’re not telling me, something you’re trying to hide from me – your mother. Are you trying to hide something from me, Julie? JULIE Of course not, Mother. Nothing strange going on here. We were just out shopping, doing a few errands. CHRISTINE And Kate was with you? Oh yes, I forgot. She doesn’t have a job. KATE Mom, I was laid off from my job. I could be getting a phone call any day now from my boss telling me to come back to work. CHRISTINE It’s nice to see you so optimistic, Kate. Of course, this is the real world. Maybe instead of spending all your time with men and your sister you should be spending it looking for a stable job. KATE Well, maybe. I don’t see you working, Mom.
CHRISTINE You see, Kate, I lived in a time when women weren’t supposed to have jobs. Let’s just say I’m in retirement. KATE And what do retired women do nowadays? CHRISTINE This retired woman has a date tonight. KATE (Begins laughing) Are you serious? Our mother has a date tonight . . . with a man? What a coincidence – JULIE (Interrupting) Mom, that’s good news, I guess. So where did you meet this man? I hear gas stations are becoming the place to go to pick up men. (Gives a look to Kate, who looks back) CHRISTINE I met him at a bar last night. (JULIE and KATE look at her). No, it’s not what you think. Actually, I was coming home from a movie last night and my car broke down. This nice man came out to help me, and now we’re going dancing tonight. It’s such a cliché story, isn’t it? KATE Yeah, actually, it is. Very ironic. Don’t tell me he’s like half your age. CHRISTINE He’s a little younger, but just a few years. Very handsome, very pilot. I have goosegumps just talking about him. KATE You’re going dancing with this guy? CHRISTINE Yes, at that new disco club that opened up down the block. JULIE (Looks up in shock) Oh my god. You mean the one that had its grand opening last weekend?
CHRISTINE That’s the one. JULIE Oh my god. CHRISTINE What’s the matter? KATE (Looks at JULIE, then smiles) (Sarcastically) Oh my god. JULIE I’m just . . . really, really happy for you, Mom. Still being able to date at your age is truly . . . something. KATE Oh, it’s definitely something. Julie, I think there’s something you want to tell Mom. JULIE (quickly) No, I have nothing to say. And neither do you. (KATE laughs, then looks down. JULIE, looking dumbfounded, also looks down) SWITCH TO: INT. DAVID’S PARENTS HOUSE – EARLY AFTERNOON JUNE KAYNOR – Early ‘60s, still full of life and wanting to get out more. She feels that her marriage with RICHARD, although a long one, is now holding her back, and finds ways to have fun without him. She tries to get him out, but in the end, she always feels that her marriage is falling apart. RICHARD KAYNOR – Mid-‘60s, perfect content with sitting at home in front of the television. Although he was once an exciting person, he no longer feels the need to do anything, and has no idea that he’s having marital problems with June. DAVID and JUNE are sitting in the kitchen. RICHARD is sitting in the living room watching television. JUNE I can make you some coffee if you’d like, David.
DAVID No, I’m fine. I just stopped over to give you the money I owed you for the candles. RICHARD Candles? Who’s selling candles? JUNE Richard, I’ve been selling Yankee candles for the past 10 years. We couldn’t survive simply on your retirement checks week to week, Richard. Honestly . . . DAVID Here it is. (Pulls out the money from his pocket and hands it to JUNE) They’re great. I love the green apple-scented one. JUNE They really are great. (Silence) DAVID So what’s on TV, Dad? RICHARD Ah, the usual. JUNE Yes, the usual. Is there anything else you wanted David? DAVID Mom, why is it that whenever I come over here to visit you never seem to want to talk? Can’t we just visit with each other for a little bit? We don’t seem to do that as often as we should. JUNE Sure, sure, we can – visit – with each other. So why are you off work so early today? DAVID Just a short day I guess. My deadline was this morning, so all I had to do was finish up my article. Won’t get a new assignment until Monday.
JUNE Are you sure you don’t want anything to eat or drink? I have cake in the fridge. DAVID Mom, I’m sure. JUNE Okay, okay. DAVID So you guys have any thrilling plans for tonight? JUNE Are you kidding? If you call sitting on the couch and watching TV plans, then sure, we have lots of them. (Getting angrier) I’d love to go out, David, to dinner, dancing, a movie, whatever, but your father just isn’t into all that anymore. We just don’t do that. DAVID Mom, did you just let out your anger? JUNE David, just forget that I’m your mother for a moment. DAVID I know, but it’s just that I really haven’t seen you do that before. At least not in a long time. JUNE You wanted to talk person-to-person, that’s what we’re doing. You and Julie go out a lot, don’t you? Sometimes I just wish I was more like you guys. You seem to have the perfect marriage. DAVID You wish you were more like Julie and me? While I’m flattered, you and Dad have a great marriage. Or, so it appears that way. JUNE I love your father, but sometimes he just makes me so mad with his set ways. He makes my life boring. His life is boring, and therefore so is mine.
DAVID Well, tell him that. Maybe he will end up taking you out. I can’t believe we’re talking about this right now. JUNE Please David, I try with the man all the time. He’s like a rock that can’t be budged . . . away from that television. DAVID Now, this is what I call a conversation. See Mom, I like talking with you like this. And just to let you know, my marriage isn’t so perfect, either. But what is perfect? (Pause, kisses her on the cheek) Well, I have to go pick up the boys from school today. ‘Bye. (Gives her a stare, then walks over to the door) ‘Bye, Dad. RICHARD See you David. DAVID Uh, Dad? Listen to Mom. (Leaves, closes door behind him) JUNE Richard, it’s a Friday. Let’s go do something tonight. RICHARD We are doing something. JUNE I don’t mean this – RICHARD (Interrupting, talking loudly) I don’t wanna hear this, June. What is with you and going out anyway? JUNE I want to be like everyone else, Richard. Where’s the excitement in our marriage? Since when are we boring people? We used to go out dancing every Tuesday night years ago – remember that? I loved doing that. Today, it’s nothing but me cooking and cleaning and doing everything else for you, and you sitting in front of that damn television. (RICHARD ignores her. He picks up the remote and begins changing the channels.)
JUNE Damn it, Richard. What is going on with our marriage? What is going on with our lives? (Looks at him, pauses). Don’t you see the obvious? If this is the way we’re going to live our lives for the next 15 years, then, then . . . then I’m not so sure I’ll be able to live it with you. RICHARD (Stares at television, then turns to look at JUNE) June, you don’t really mean that. We’ve been married for over 40 years. You wouldn’t leave me now. JUNE Are you sure about that? I could go out right now and get any man I wanted to. RICHARD (Laughs) I’ll give you a hundred bucks to bring home a 20 year old guy right now. JUNE Sometimes you just make me so mad. I want to go out, Richard! Why are you so against leaving this house? Seriously, when was the last time you did leave this house? I do everything around here, and I can’t even get rewarded for it? RICHARD Please, babe, being married to me is your reward. JUNE And one hell of a reward that is. SWITCH TO: INT. KAYNOR HOUSE – MID-AFTERNOON PICKING UP WHERE LAST SCENE LEFT OFF. CHRISTINE is now sitting in the kitchen drinking a glass of lemonade with KATE. JULIE continues to put the groceries away. The song “Reach” is playing on the radio. JULIE So dancing, Mom? CHRISTINE What, you don’t think I can dance?
JULIE No, I’m sure you dance great. And I know you’ve always been into the whole “disco never died” thing. You can never go wrong with a good classic ‘70s song, that’s for sure. KATE Agreed. Actually, Mom, I’m going to that same club tonight. I have a date as well. Funny, isn’t it? CHRISTINE Wow, mother and daughter, both with dates, both going to the same disco club? That is funny. Maybe we’ll – bump – into each other, Kate. KATE Maybe we’ll share a dance, Mom. Better yet . . . I’ll get to see the hunky guy you call a date. So Julie, any plans with David tonight? JULIE No plans, with David, tonight. Just, you know, the same old. KATE Really? Weren’t you just saying, though, how you were going dancing tonight as well? JULIE No, I never said anything about dancing. I think there’s something I forgot to get from the car. I’ll be right back. At this time, JULIE opens the door and at that moment, DAVID is standing in the doorway. As she opens the door, they look at each for a moment. JULIE, with her eyes, shows DAVID to leave for a moment, but DAVID, looking back, refuses to do so. CHRISTINE turns around, as does KATE. CHRISTINE David, hi! Wasn’t expecting to see you here. JULIE (Starting off with a smile, but quickly loses it and looks down at the ground) Yes, neither was I.
KATE Nor, was I. Just thought I’d throw that in there. DAVID Hello everyone. Hello, Julie. (He goes to kiss her on the lips, but she turns to the side, causing him to hiss her very gently on the cheek. JULIE then looks back up at him, then sighs and turns back around.) NATE and SAM now come running through the door into the living room. CHRISTINE I don’t even get a “hello” from your children Julie? JULIE Boys, come back in here and say hello. The boys to do so, running over to CHRISTINE and KATE. JULIE quickly pulls David to the side. JULIE Nice timing. DAVID And I knew they were going to be over here at this exact moment. What is your mother doing here anyways? JULIE She was . . . jogging. I think she’s catching on. Let’s just stay low, okay? If anyone knows about staying low it should be you. DAVID And just what is that supposed to mean? JULIE looks up at DAVID, staring into his eyes with a distraught yet apologetic look. Instead of saying anything, KATE interrupts. KATE What a big mess this day turned out to be, huh? Full of twists and turns and surprises. CHRISTINE David, I love that tie you’re wearing. DAVID
Thanks, Christine. What have you been up to lately? JULIE We were just talking about how Mom has a date tonight. Hard to believe, isn’t it? DAVID Wow, a date? For a woman of your age, that’s a great thing to see. CHRISTINE I suppose I’ll take that as a compliment. DAVID As you should. KATE I hear someone else also has a date tonight. JULIE Right, Kate also has a date. And get this – they’re going to the same place. You know that new disco club that opened up a few blocks away, David? DAVID Right, I just drove past it on my way home. Looks like a lot of fun. You guys should have a great time. KATE We definitely will. CHRISTINE And on that note, I’d better get going. We plan on leaving in a few hours, and I still need to get ready. I don’t have the slightest clue what I’m even going to wear. I can’t even remember the last time I actually went out on a date. JULIE Well, nice visiting with you mom. You can just leave the door open on your way out.
Bye all – nice visiting. Julie, maybe you should consider having everyone over for dinner soon. David, I’d love to see how your parents are doing. Such nice people. JULIE Yes, we’ll definitely consider doing that. Sometime soon. Hopefully. (Pause) Okay, ‘bye Mom. CHRISTINE leaves, and KATE gets up, just as JULIE and DAVID both let out a sigh. DAVID Well . . . JULIE turns to walk away. KATE You’re not even going to tell him? JULIE I’m not exactly sure it involves him. And what were you thinking pulling all that nonsense with Mom? You could have ruined our entire cover, you know that? Please don’t tell me you’re that immature. DAVID Okay, let’s back up. Tell me what? JULIE looks at KATE, then turns to DAVID. JULIE David, please don’t take this personally. And don’t say anything before I get entirely through. DAVID Don’t play this game with me. JULIE (Slight pause) Turns out that I, somehow, have a . . . a, date, tonight. DAVID’s eyes widen. JULIE But – I’m going to cancel. KATE
What? Why? JULIE You were the one telling me all along that it was far too early to go on a date. Me and David are still married. It’s only been 2 weeks since we first decided to separate. And, I’d be going to the exact same place my mother and my sister are going to. DAVID Unbelievable. I just can’t believe what I’m hearing right now. Even from you, Julie. I thought you had more respect for yourself. JULIE David, don’t even start with me. DAVID Start with you? You have a date tonight. A DATE! What, 15 years of marriage isn’t enough for you? You feel you need to . . . proclaim yourself with some man you don’t know. JULIE This coming from the puppet-master himself. DAVID Stop right there. Whatever you may think I did, you don’t even know that half of it. JULIE Then how about you tell me for once? KATE Everyone just stop for a minute. Just shut up, please. Look, Julie, you’re absolutely right – you shouldn’t go on the date. It is too early. JULIE You know what, I think I can make that decision for myself. KATE But I’m helping. Just let me help, Julie. And David, don’t you think you owe it to Julie to at least tell her what happened?
Please, Kate, you know nothing. For this, I have to agree with Julie. How about you just leave as well. KATE Fine by me. I’m sorry I tried to help you act like grown adults for once. Maybe instead of going on a date, and maybe instead of acting like an ass, you both should sit down and work things out. Even though you may think you know what you’re doing, you don’t, and you never will unless you just take one step back and work through this. KATE walks out the door and closes it behind her. JULIE and DAVID are left standing together in the kitchen. END OF SCENE. END OF SONG. FADE TO COMMERCIAL. SCENE 3. CONTINUATION. DAVID A date? Really Julie? Is this nothing but a game to you? JULIE I met him, he was a nice a guy, he asked me out on a date, and I said yes. And, as of now, I still plan on going. Is that a problem with you? DAVID (Stares at Julie, making a “Y” form on his lips. Instead, he ends up saying “No.”) JULIE Look, where do we stand right now? DAVID Meaning . . . JULIE We have to tell the boys today, David. Did you work out a script or anything to follow? DAVID Yes, Julie, it’s 65 pages, typed neatly in a 12-sized font. I made a few extra copies in case anyone else wants to read it. Footnotes are included at the bottom.
JULIE We have a comedian. We’ll just sit them down and tell them the truth – Mommy and Daddy don’t love each other anymore. DAVID (Look of surprise and sadness in his face) And that’s the conclusion you reached? JULIE (Hesitates) Yes, yes, that’s what we have to tell them. DAVID That you don’t love me anymore . . . and I don’t love you anymore. JULIE Right. DAVID Okay, if that’s the conclusion you reached, then I guess let’s go tell the boys. At this time, DAVID and JULIE walk into the living room, and sit on two different couches. JULIE turns off the television. JULIE Boys, sit down here. We have something to tell you. DAVID It’s kind of important. We want your complete attention on us right now, okay? NATE Sure. Is this about all the fighting you guys were just doing in the kitchen? JULIE and DAVID look at each other. JULIE Actually, yes, it is. Now, I know young to understand all this. But, through a rough patch right now. We, same as we were DAVID Yeah. You know what divorce means, right? you guys are still pretty your Daddy and I are going well, we’re not exactly the before.
NATE And you guys are getting a divorce? SAM Isn’t that when a mom and dad live in different houses? JULIE Yes, it is. But – DAVID (Interrupting) But that’s not exactly what’s happening to us right now. We’re just going through a time right now that we don’t exactly know what’s going on. But, we decided that we’re not going to get a divorce. NATE So what exactly are you guys doing? JULIE We’re separating. Dad and I are separating. And, you’re looking at us like that right now for a reason. DAVID This isn’t an easy concept to grasp, we understand that. I’ll try to explain as best I can. A divorce is when a man and a woman, who are married, split up for good. They move into different houses and they see other people. They don’t love each other anymore. A separation is different – your mother and I are still going to be living together, but we’re going to be in different bedrooms, and we’re not exactly going to be the nicest to each other. SAM But are and Mom still in love with each other? JULIE and DAVID give another glance to one another.
JULIE Well, we’ve been married for a very long time. And, even though our marriage isn’t exactly the same as it was before, a love like ours just doesn’t go away. Your father and I are always going to love each other. We’re just not “in love” with each other. There’s a difference.
DAVID You guys understand, though, that we’re not doing this to in any way hurt you. We’re doing this because it needs to be done. Our love just isn’t the same as it was before. And, we’re working out a lot of important things between each other right now. If you think you’re confused, we’re the exact same way. JULIE We’re just glad that you both are old enough to where we can sit here with you and tell you all this. This just goes to show how mature you both are. Now, are there any questions? SAM You still love us, right? JULIE Sam, of course we still love you. We’ll always love you, no matter what you do. I hope you understand this. Nate, are you okay with all this? At this time, NATE runs off to his bedroom. JULIE runs after him. The scene switches to upstairs, NATE’s bedroom. We see NATE sitting on his bed. JULIE walks in his door and sits on the bed next to him. JULIE You really are grown up, aren’t you? I can tell because you’re handling all this just like I am – badly. I still love your father. Actually, I still think your father loves me. While we are separated now, who knows how things will change tomorrow. In a few weeks, all could be well again. You just have no way of knowing. (Pause) I am first and foremost a mother, and you are first and foremost my biggest responsibility and my biggest love. If you’re not happy, I’m not happy. I made sure that with all that’s happening, I came out realizing that, because nothing is more important to me than you and Sam. I’m so sorry if you’re hurt by this, Nate. You’re going to make me cry, you know that?
NATE (Finally turns around) I love you, Mom. I’m sorry, too. I can’t believe this is happening. I never thought this would be happening to my parents. JULIE
We’re in the same boat then, because I didn’t see it coming myself. NATE What did Dad do? JULIE Please, Nate, don’t in any way be mad at your father. He’s a great man. I wouldn’t have married him if I didn’t think he was. He thinks the same way I do – you are the most important thing to him, as is your brother. At this time, DAVID is standing in the doorway listening to the conversation, with SAM right behind him. He comes in the room and stands behind JULIE. DAVID She’s right, you know. I love you, Nate. I love Sam, too. And your mother loves you. Your mother is a great woman. We both will always be by your side whenever you need us, no matter what is going in our own marriage. JULIE Now how about you guys go downstairs and get something to eat. You must be starving. NATE and SAM go to give JULIE and DAVID a hug. They then run downstairs, leaving JULIE and DAVID alone once again. DAVID Well, shouldn’t you be getting ready for your date? JULIE Yes, perhaps I should be. DAVID So, is everything alright with you? I mean, what’s going on right now?
JULIE So now you want to talk? DAVID Do you think we should?
JULIE To be honest, I really don’t have anything else to say to you right now. My date’s picking me up around 6pm. We’re going dancing, remember? DAVID That’s just like you. Always running off, always running into new adventures. JULIE I . . . I have to go. JULIE walks out of the room. DAVID stands there, smiles, then looks down at the ground. SWITCH TO: INT. CHRISTINE’S HOUSE – LATE AFTERNOON INT. KATE’S APARTMENT – LATE AFTERNOON The song “I’ll Take You There” is playing in the background. In a scene without dialogue, we first see CHRISTINE getting ready for her date. She’s looking at herself in her bathroom mirror, putting on make-up. The scene soon morphs into KATE, also in her bathroom mirror putting on make-up. KATE, after completing her make-up, takes a look at herself, and then washes her entire face off with water. The scene switches to CHRISTINE, having just put on her dress, brushing her hair and looking beautifully. With a split-screen, we see KATE doing the same. Both pick up the purses and walk out the door at the same time. Finally, the scene changes to the disco club. It first focuses in on the disco ball, then focuses out to the club itself, filled with people and low, colorful lights. Ending the shot is CHRISTINE and her date, JERRY, having just walked in the door.
JERRY Pretty great, isn’t it? I just love disco – just imagine my face when I heard they were building one of these things just a few houses away from me. CHRISTINE
It’s definitely something in here. Seems like a lot of fun. Shall we grab a table? JERRY I just want to start dancing. But yeah, let’s go grab a booth. Anything for my lady. At this time, they walk away, and entering the exact same shot is KATE and her date, LUKE, enter the club. LUKE This place is incredible. Can’t ya just feel the rush Katey? KATE My name is Kate. And yes, it looks like a lot of fun. Just to warn you now – we may run into my mother here. She’s also on a date tonight. LUKE Wow, ain’t that something. A mother and her daughter both on a date? You guys sure get around. KATE And my sister. She could be coming here as well. Although I don’t think she will. She knows better. It’s a long story. LUKE Sounds like it. Can’t say I’m interested. They also walk away. The camera then goes to show a large shot of the disco club, showcasing people dancing, with “I’ll Take You There” still playing in the background. We next see CHRISTINE and JERRY on the dance-floor dancing. At this time, JULIE ends up bumping into her from behind, causing her to scream. KATE How did I know I’d eventually run into you here?
LUKE Kate, is this your mother? Hello, I’m Luke, nice to meet you. CHRISTINE I can barely hear you. Let’s go take a seat.
They walk over to one booth, to which all four cram into. KATE Mom, this is Luke, like he was trying to tell you out there. Luke, this is my mother, Christine. CHRISTINE Nice to meet you, Luke. LUKE Same to you. CHRISTINE This is Jerry. KATE Jerry, you’re a very handsome man. You’d better be treating my mother with complete respect. JERRY (Laughs) I always treat any woman I like deeply with respect. KATE Well, Mom, I think you have a keeper there. CHRISTINE So how are you liking the club? KATE It’s lots of fun. Loud, of course, but fun. Great music. CHRISTINE You bet. All four then sit there in a few moments of silence, all looking straight ahead. END OF SCENE. SONG ENDS, LEADS INTO COMMERCIAL. SCENE 4 INT. KAYNOR HOUSE – EVENING
JULIE is walking down the stairs in a beautiful black dress, her hair in curls, ready to go on her date. DAVID, walking by, stops to look at her as she walks. DAVID Julie, I know that things are different between us now, but as still your husband, I have to say you look beyond stunning in that dress. JULIE I’ll take that as a compliment, then. DAVID So you’re really going to go through with this? If you’re doing this to prove a point, Julie, please don’t. I want you to do what you want, and if you don’t want to go, then no one’s stopping you. JULIE I know, David. Please, I don’t need you looking out for me. I’ve gone this far – I think I’m going to give it a shot. DAVID Just let me say this. We’re still married, Julie. What you think you know and what you do know are two totally different things. It’s not like we’ve been divorced for 2 months. We’ve been separated for two weeks, things have barely changed . . . what is going on with you? And before you say anything, as your husband, I have the right to tell you that yes, I want to talk. JULIE (Sighs, puts down her purse) David, you are the sole reason for my confusion. I don’t get you. I don’t even know who you are anymore. We’re too busy trying to make our own lives work that we’re neglecting to see what’s right in front of us. DAVID What’s right in front of us, Julie? JULIE I don’t know – 15 years of marriage. 15 years of anniversaries, memories, and 2 children that came out of it.
DAVID Don’t go, Julie.
JULIE (Walks over to the window next to the door, then sinks her head down. She sighs, then turns around once more to face DAVID) I made a mistake. DAVID You can still change that. JULIE But what if I don’t want to change direction my life is going. Suppose and see what if feels like to be a here’s the thing – I don’t have a anymore. DAVID You want change. To be honest, so do I. We’re going through a time in our lives when our marriage is caught up in the center of a storm that neither of us fault in. We’ve simply grown apart. We want different things. JULIE (Walks over to the stairway and takes a seat on the first step) David, did you cheat on me? DAVID So you do want to talk. JULIE Not if you’re going to answer me like that. Tell me, David. Did you cheat on me? DAVID (Pauses, takes a deep breath) It was one time. That’s it – just once. (Walks over and takes a seat next to Julie) About a month ago. It was the end of a long day. I told you I had a late meeting, but I instead went to the bar to just ease myself for the night. And, I met a woman there. We talked for hours – as bad as I felt for what I was doing, we kept talking. And finally, she kissed me. JULIE And you kissed her back. DAVID Yes, I did. She asked me if I wanted to go home with her. that? Suppose I like the I want to go on this date single woman again. But single clue what I want
JULIE And you did. DAVID (Pauses, looks to JULIE) No, I never did. I paid my tab, and I left right after that. But you know what the worst part about it was? The fact that I had to come home and lay in the same bed as you, my wife, knowing what I had been doing just an hour prior. Yet, everything went as if nothing ever happened. I slept, and I woke the next morning to coffee and breakfast, and things went on the way they always do – well, did. JULIE Why didn’t you just confront me about this instead of hiding it? What did you think I was going to do? DAVID Divorce me. JULIE I couldn’t. DAVID I know. JULIE David, I’m so sorry. DAVID You have no reason to apologize to me. I’m the one who’s sorry. What I did was wrong. I’m ashamed of it and I always will be. And, I ruined the best thing I ever had. JULIE You’re right. We are changing. But we’re changing for the better. We just have grown to want different things out of life. (Pauses) You know what I’d love to do right now? Listen to some great music with a great guy. DAVID So you are still going on this date? JULIE Actually, I was talking about you.
END OF SCENE. SCENE 5 INT. KAYNOR HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – LATE NIGHT JULIE and DAVID are sitting together in the living room, watching the fireplace while listening to old music and talking. JULIE is still dressed up. As the end scene, it transitions into an emotional ending. “Shambala” is currently playing in the background. DAVID Remember dancing to this song at our wedding? JULIE How could I forget? You had not a clue how to dance. You were stepping all over my feet. DAVID It sure was a great song, though. This was also the song playing on my car radio the first time we kissed. I remember that day like it was yesterday. JULIE It’s one of those things you never forget. God, I can’t believe how many memories a simple song holds for us. DAVID So, are you sorry you missed your date tonight? JULIE I was never going to go, David. What you said to me out there was exactly what I was thinking. I don’t know what exactly we’re going through right now, but I do know I’d much rather spend a Friday night doing this. And, what if I saw my mother there? Just imagine how awkward that would be. DAVID What are we going through, Julie? I mean, look at us. We’re acting like two – married people.
JULIE We are married. I say for now, we just let this night be what it is. Time will tell what’s in store for us.
DAVID Maybe there isn’t anything wrong with us. Maybe our marriage is actually okay after all. JULIE If that were only the case. I mean, my feelings along speak for themselves. DAVID How do you feel? JULIE Well, I can honestly say that while I still love you, and while I’ll love you no matter what happens, I’m just not completely in love with you anymore. It’s a strange feeling, but it’s a feeling I have. It’s undeniable. As “Shambala” comes to a close, only the sound of crackling embers can be heard. A few moments later, the song “Our House” begins playing softly in the background. The lyrics, italicized below, are choreographed with the dialogue. For the final scene, we see all of the characters and where they end their night, showing the meaning of where their relationships stand.
I’ll light the fire. You place the flowers in the vase that you bought today. JULIE (Still lying down) Everything is okay. (Slight pause) Everything is going to be okay . . . because it always is.
Staring at the fire, for hours and hours as I listen to you play your love songs all night long for me. JULIE We’re going to get through this . . . because we always do.
Only for me. Come to me now, and rest your head for just five minutes. Everything is gone. JULIE
(Pause, small gasp) Well, I’m, a, (stuttering) going to, a . . . go, now. (Pause) Goodnight, David. (She leaves and David continues to stare at the fire.)
Such a cozy room. The windows are illuminated by the evening sunshine through them. Fiery gems for you. Only for you . . . The camera goes to the front window of DAVID and JULIE’S house, then to the window of JUNE and RICHARD’S house. The shot them shows them in bed – JUNE is reading a book, and RICHARD is watching television. JUNE puts down her book and turns over to RICHARD, but RICHARD doesn’t acknowledge her. The camera then focuses on her book.
Our house is a very, very, very fine house. With two cats in the yard, it used to be so hard. Now everything is easy ‘cause of you. The camera then goes to KATE, who is walking in through the door from her date. She kicks her shoes off and hangs up her coat. Her looks is of distraught and unhappiness, clearly showing her date did not go as well as she would have liked. She goes over to check her messages.
And I. la, la, la, la la . . . Camera turns to the side. We then see CHRISTINE still at the club with her date, dancing. She puts her head on the shoulders of JERRY. The camera takes an up-close shot of her face. She slowly smiles then looks up as the camera also looks up.
Our house is a very, very, very fine house. With two cats in the yard, it used to be so hard. We next see the boys sleeping in their beds. The camera turns to their door, then goes back to DAVID, who is downstairs sleeping on the living room couch.
Now everything is easy ‘cause of you. And I, I’ll light the fire. Now you place the flowers in the vase that you bought, today, ay, ay, ay.
The camera lastly goes back by the front door to JULIE, who we see standing and staring out the window with a ponderous, worried look on her face. She’s grabbing her hair and neck, with the camera focusing on her. JULIE then stares down for a moment, then turns around to look at DAVID. She finally turns back around to look out the window for a moment, then stands up straight, gathers her thoughts, and closes the blinds.
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