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Starting Over: Pilot Episode - "Games Night

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By
Philip Giles
COPYRIGHT.©.philgiles2014
FADE IN.
INT. BEDROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - EARLY MORNING
GEORGE, a good looking man in his twenties that has let
himself go a bit, is fast asleep on the left hand side of a
double bed; the right hand side shows no signs of use.
An alarm clock on his bedside cabinet indicates the time is
6:29. There is a glass of water next to the clock. The
bedside cabinet on the other side of the bed is barren.
The clocks display changes to show the time as 6:30 and
cacophony of digitized noise reverberates around the room.
George’s arm emerges from under the duvet and feels around
on the bedside cabinet - he’s feeling for the large red
snooze button on top of the clock.
Target acquired - George presses down on the button. As he
retracts his arm he knocks the glass of water into the bed.
George doesn’t move, he just sighs and reaches for a drawer
on the bedside cabinet, opening it and taking out a box of
tissues. Without moving his head he uses the tissues to soak
up some of the water.
The alarm goes off again and George rolls over. As he sits
up we see that he has tissue stuck to the his face; he
doesn’t seem to notice it.
George switches off the alarm as he gets out of bed; he’s
dressed in blue and white striped pajamas.
We follow him as he walks through the bedroom, something
isn’t quite right about the room, only one side of the room
looks as though it’s lived in.
George takes a dressing gown from a hook on the back of the
bedroom door; the other hook is empty.
We follow George as he leave the bedroom and enters the...
INT. LANDING - GEORGE’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
George stumbles past a wonky picture hung on the wall, next
to it is a clean mark where another picture once hung. The
picture is of George on his wedding day standing with his
bride and an older man and woman.
George backtracks and straightens the picture before walking
in to the...
2.
INT. BATHROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
The room is spotless. Either side of the sink is a
toothbrush holder but only the one on the left has anything
in it.
George opens the mirrored cabinet above the sink - the right
side is completely empty. He pops a couple of pain killers
and washes them down with a hand full of water from the tap.
He dries his hands on the hand towel hanging from a hoop on
the left side of the sink. There is a matching hoop on the
right side, but no towel.
George stares into the mirror, pulls the tissue from his
face; he looks miserable.
INT. KITCHEN - GEORGE’S HOUSE - LATER
George enters the room and heads straight for a cupboard, he
is now wearing casual clothes.
He opens the twin doors, one side is empty and the other has
tea and coffee making paraphernalia, coffee jar, tea bags,
mugs etc. George takes out a mug, it has the words "WORLDS
BEST HUSBAND" painted on it in garish colours.
INT. FRONT ROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - LATER
The room, as with the rest of what we’ve seen in the house,
is only half lived in. Clean spaces on the walls where
pictures were once hung, ornaments that clearly come in
pairs but there is only one etc.
The garish mug sits on a coaster on top of a dustless coffee
table.
George lays on the sofa staring at the ceiling, he is
holding his mobile.
A woman’s voice can be heard off screen - it’s coming from
an answer machine.
ANSWER MACHINE (O.S.)
... Leave a message after the
(a man’s voice joins in)
beep.
The sound of a disconnected call can be heard off screen.
George dials home on his mobile.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
The sound of a phone can be heard off screen. It rings three
times and then the answer machine message cuts in; it’s the
woman’s voice again.
ANSWER MACHINE (O.S.)
Thanks for calling
(man’s voice)
George and
(back to woman’s voice)
Sarah. We’re not here right now but
if you really want to, feel free to
leave a massage after the
(man’s voice joins in)
beep.
The sound of a disconnected call can be heard off screen.
George goes to dial home on his mobile but before he presses
the call button the home phone starts ringing.
George looks at his phone confused.
The home phone rings three times and we hear the same
recorded answer machine message and the beep.
George sits up, on the edge of the sofa as though primed to
rush to the phone.
Instead of the line disconnecting a Woman’s voice erupts
loudly from the speaker.
WOMAN’S VOICE
She left you more than a month ago,
get over it already and answer the
bloody front door for crying out
loud.
The sound of a door bell chiming out an annoying tune can be
heard off screen as well as emanating from the answer
machine.
George slumps back into the sofa.
GEORGE
Mother.
INT. HALLWAY - GEORGE’S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
George opens the front door to reveal his mother, SANDRA,
mid fourties; she’s smoking hot! She is the woman from the
picture on the landing and she is a total M.I.L.F. She’s
dressed in a fur coat, a little black dress, killer heels
and a pair of sunglasses.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 4.
Either side of her long luscious legs is a suitcase.
GEORGE
You going on holiday?
Sandra brushes past George as she enters the house.
SANDRA
I’ve left your father.
She looks back at her luggage.
SANDRA (CONT’D)
Be a dear.
Sandra walks in to the front room.
George stands for a beat. Stunned.
He picks up the suitcases, they’re heavy. George brings them
inside and kicks the door closed behind him.
INT. FRONT ROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
Sandra is sprawled out on the sofa, her fur coat is draped
over the arm chair.
George enters the room, struggling with the suitcases he
drops them on the floor.
GEORGE
Can you run that by me again?
SANDRA
You know what he’s like, it’s all
work and golf. He has no time for
me these days.
George sits on the arm of sofa.
GEORGE
He works part time at the council
and he hasn’t played golf since he
put his back out over a year ago.
SANDRA
Whatever. I’m sure he’s sleeping
that secretary of his.
GEORGE
Mrs Taylor?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 5.
SANDRA
That’s her.
GEORGE
She sixty-five. Isn’t she in a
wheelchair?
Sandra turns away from George.
SANDRA
Put the kettle on love.
George gets up and goes through to the kitchen.
INT. KITCHEN - GEORGE’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
George takes the only other mug from his cupboard and drops
a tea bag in it.
The kettle has nearly boiled.
SANDRA (O.S.)
(Barely audible over kettle)
I’ll be staying with you for a few
days if that’s alright.
GEORGE
What was that?
The kettle finishes boiling and George pours steaming water
into the cup.
GEORGE (CONT’D)
Did you say something?
INT. FRONT ROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
Sandra is still sprawled out on the sofa but the room has
changed.
Both of Sandra’s suitcases are open and some of her clothes
are tossed around the floor. There are also new pictures and
keepsakes dotted about the room.
SANDRA
I said I’ll be staying with you for
a few days.
George enters the room carrying the mug and looks at the
carnage Sandra’s slapdash unpacking has created.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 6.
GEORGE
No mum. You can’t.
She gives him the puppy dog eyes.
GEORGE (CONT’D)
What about dad?
Sandra turns the intensity of her puppy dog eyes up a notch.
GEORGE (CONT’D)
I’ve got friends coming over, it’s
games night.
Sandra’s look goes up another notch; he couldn’t possibly
say no?
GEORGE (CONT’D)
I don’t have the room.
Sandra’s puppy dog eyes are now in top gear; she’s used to
getting what see wants.
GEORGE (CONT’D)
I only have one bedroom and the
sofa isn’t that comfortable, I
doubt you’d want to sleep on it.
SANDRA
That’s settled then. You take the
sofa and I’ll have your room.
Sandra gets up and walks over to George. She kisses him on
the cheek and takes the mug from him.
SANDRA (CONT’D)
I’ll be upstairs having a lie down
if you need anything.
Sandra leaves the room. Once more George is left
shell-shocked.
SANDRA (O.S.) (CONT’D)
Be a dear and bring my bags up.
George slumps into the armchair.
7.
INT. FRONT ROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - LATER
George picks Sandra’s clothes off of the floor and starts to
fold them.
The home phone rings and George walks over to answer it,
pausing to hear the answer machine message.
Just before the beep he picks up the receiver.
GEORGE
(Into the phone)
Hello.
INT. ESTATE AGENTS - CONTINUOUS
CHRISTIAN, a scrawny twenty-something man wearing a suit two
sizes too big, sits behind a desk adjusting his tie whilst
staring at his reflection in his computer monitor. In his
ear is a bluetooth headset.
Sitting at the desk opposite him, busy on the telephone, is
LOUISE, an attractive twenty-something blond. There is a
flyer for an exclusive club night on her desk.
CHRISTIAN
Georgie boy, I cannot believe
you’re still off on compassionate
leave, how long’s it been?
Christian barely pauses long enough to give George the
chance to reply.
CHRISTIAN (CONT’D)
We still on for games night? If we
play connect four I want to be reds
for a change.
Christian spins round on his swivel chair.
CHRISTIAN (CONT’D)
Anyway matey, I’ve gotta dash,
these houses won’t sell themselves.
See you at half seven. Laters.
Christian presses a button on the headset and leans back in
the chair.
LOUISE
Connect four?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 8.
CHRISTIAN
Private joke.
Louise offers a false smile and returns to her work.
CHRISTIAN (CONT’D)
As if I spend my Thursday evening
playing connect four.
Louise ignores him and continues working.
CHRISTIAN (CONT’D)
It’s man code for some heavy
drinking and chatting up the
ladies.
Still nothing from Louise.
CHRISTIAN (CONT’D)
Connect four, really? What do you
take us for?
INT. FRONT ROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - EVENING
George and Christian, still in his suit, are knelt either
side of the coffee table drinking tea and playing connect
four.
CHRISTIAN
How long’s she staying for?
George places a red piece into the grid; he’s got three in a
row.
GEORGE
She says a couple of days, probably
means a couple of weeks or worse.
CHRISTIAN
What’s she like?
Christian places a yellow piece in the grid to block
George’s potential four in a row; he now has two possible
lines of four.
GEORGE
Complete nightmare.
George concedes defeat by flipping the catch to release all
of the pieces.
George picks up their mugs.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 9.
GEORGE (CONT’D)
Another?
CHRISTIAN
Sure, why not.
Sandra enters the room, she is dressed to the nines in a
little red number.
Christian turns to see Sandra and his draw drops open.
George leans across the table and closes Christian’s mouth.
GEORGE
Where are you going dressed like
that?
Sandra holds out a nightclub flyer, it’s the same as the one
on Louise’s desk.
CHRISTIAN
We’re in.
GEORGE
We’re not going anywhere it’s games
night.
CHRISTIAN
The more the merrier right?
Sandra winks at him and leaves the room.
Christian turns to face George and gives him the old puppy
dog eyes treatment.
GEORGE (CONT’D)
No.
Christian stands up.
CHRISTIAN
Fine, you stay here and play games
all night. I’m off out.
(Shouting to Sandra)
Wait for me!
INT. FRONT ROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - LATER
George sits on the sofa drinking a mug of tea.
The Connect Four grid is still set up on the table in front
of him, mid game.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 10.
George drops a red piece in and follows it up with a yellow.
He drops another red piece and looks at the grid, drinking
from his mug; there is a line of three yellows and a free
space to put a yellow piece for victory.
GEORGE
You’ve got to be kidding me?!
George’s mobile beeps out a text alert. He checks the
message, it reads: "Get here now. Your mum’s a legend!"
George downs his tea and releases the connect pieces; they
spill out all over the table.
The mobile rings; Christian’s name flashes on the display.
George answers.
Christian’s screams of bewildered joy can barely be heard
through the loud banging baseline of some generic dance
song.
INT. BEDROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - A FEW MOMENTS LATER
George enters the room, it’s in disarray; looks like the
woman’s section of a clothing store during a sale. Sandra’s
clothes are all over the bed and floor; a blouse even hangs
from the light shade. The once empty bedside cabinet is now
cluttered with beauty products.
George opens the wardrobe and one side has a woman’s
clothing, clearly Sandra’s; they are encroaching on to the
other side which has an assortment of shirts and suits. He
picks one out and places it neatly on the bed between
discarded dresses.
INT. BEDROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - A FEW MOMENTS LATER
George stands in front of a wall length mirror looking quite
dapper. He has a flyer in his hand, it’s the same one we saw
Sandra and Louise with.
GEORGE
What’s the worst that can happen?
11.
INT. NIGHTCLUB - LATER
The dance floor is packed with the city’s trendy CROWD
throwing shapes to the pounding baseline being played by the
DJ on stage.
George squeezes his way through the crowd, eventually
reaching the bar.
He glances up and down the bar at the hordes waiting to get
served; there’s no way he’s getting a drink anytime soon.
The crowd behind George parts as Louise, looking hot hot hot
in a slinky number, walks up behind him.
George glances behind him and sees Louise; he’s speechless.
LOUISE
Didn’t expect to see you here?
George still can’t speak.
LOUISE (CONT’D)
I think I saw Christian on the
dance floor earlier.
George nods.
LOUISE (CONT’D)
So do you come here often?
GEORGE
No. Never been here... Can I get
you a drink?
He stands holding out his hand trying to get the BARMAN’S
attention, but is constantly ignored in favour of better
looking PEOPLE.
Louise moves next to him at the bar.
The BARMAN stops and looks straight past George.
BARMAN
(to Louise)
What can I get you?
LOUISE
(to the barman)
Jack and coke.
(to George)
What you having?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 12.
George looks at the array of coloured bottles behind the
bar, clearly he doesn’t know what any of them are.
GEORGE
Same as you.
Louise holds up two fingers to the Barman.
Christian, now a sweaty mess from dancing and with his
necktie tied round his head, wedges his way in-between them.
He holds up three fingers to the Barman.
GEORGE
(to Christian)
Where’s my mother?
LOUISE
Sorry? Did you just say mother?
CHRISTIAN
She’s fantastic!
GEORGE
Where is she?
LOUISE
Erm. Your mother? Here?
George smiles awkwardly at Louise.
Christian turns and points at the stage.
George looks at the stage to see Sandra dancing wildly next
to the DJ.
GEORGE
Holy moley.
CHRISTIAN
I know right!
LOUISE
Wow. That’s you mother?
George turns back to the bar as the Barman places three jack
and cokes on napkins in front of him.
George picks up one of the drinks and downs it. Then the
second followed by the third.
13.
INT. BEDROOM - GEORGE’S HOUSE - MORNING
GEORGE is fast asleep on the left hand side of his double
bed. There is a blond haired WOMAN laid on the right hand
side, her face is hidden under the duvet.
The alarm clock on his bedside cabinet indicates the time is
6:29. There is a glass of water next to the clock.
The clocks display changes to show the time as 6:30 and
cacophony of digitized noise reverberates around the room.
George’s arm emerges from under the duvet and feels around
on the bedside cabinet - again feeling for the large red
snooze button on top of the clock.
George presses down on the button. As he retracts his arm he
knocks the glass of water into the bed. He just sighs and
reaches for a drawer on the bedside cabinet, opening it. No
tissues.
He sits up and for the first time notices the blond haired
Woman next to him. He cannot see her face.
The alarm goes off again and George, without taking his gaze
off of the Woman, he hits the snooze button.
George slides out of the bed and tiptoes over to the door;
he is still wearing the clothes from the night before.
He opens the door, glances back at the sleeping blond and
then walks into the...
INT. LANDING - GEORGE’S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
George paces past his wedding photograph, it’s wonky yet
again. He pauses to straighten it and the heads down the
stairs, trying to make as little sound as possible.
INT. GEORGE’S HOUSE - FRONT ROOM - CONTINUOUS
Christian is fast asleep on the sofa and snoring loudly.
George enters the room and walks over to the sofa and nudges
Christian; he doesn’t stir.
George nudges him again, this time harder; that’s done the
trick, no wait, Christian rolls over and falls back to
sleep.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 14.
CHRISTIAN
Mary, you are naughty.
George punches Christian in the arm and he suddenly sits up,
rubbing his arm.
Christian opens his eyes and sees George.
CHRISTIAN (CONT’D)
Ow! You’re not Mary.
GEORGE
Who’s Mary?
CHRISTIAN
She’s the fit new temp-
GEORGE
Whatever. You’re never gonna
believe what happened last night.
Actually I doubt that it happened
but I guess it must have at least
been on the cards. I think.
The kettle can be heard boiling off screen.
GEORGE (CONT’D)
Who’s in the...
Louise enters the room carrying a mug with the words “WORLDS
BEST WIFE” emblazoned on it in garish colours.
LOUISE
I thought his wife left...
(seeing George)
Morning. Fancy a brew?
GEORGE
If you’re down here, then who’s...
CHRISTIAN
The mug belongs to his...
Christian and Louise both look at George as it dawns on him.
CHRISTIAN AND GEORGE
Mother.

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