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by Dan Fogelman
WARNER BROS. PICTURES INC. 4000 Warner Boulevard Burbank, California 91522
February 19, 2010 © 2010 WARNER BROS. ENT. All Rights Reserved
FADE IN: 1 INT. FRENCH RESTAURANT (PASADENA, CA) - EVENING Soft music. A classy joint. Below the tables, WE PAN well-heeled feet nuzzling. Finally we SETTLE ON: A PAIR OF FEET WHITE SNEAKERS sitting opposite FANCY HIGH HEELS. feet aren’t nuzzling. There’s distance here. These * * 1 * *
PULL UP, REVEALING CAL WEAVER (42) and his wife, TRACY (41). A handsome couple. He’d be JFK to her Jackie O... if he gave a shit. Unfortunately, he doesn’t (i.e.: white sneakers in fancy French restaurant). Cal pulls out READING GLASSES, looks at the menu. CAL Well, I’m full. You were right, hon. I shouldn’t have eaten all that bread. (then) Want to just share a dessert? Tracy is lost in thought, gazing at a menu. CAL You okay, babe? You seem out of it. TRACY Yeah, I’m just thinking about what I want. CAL Me too. Okay, let’s say it at the same time. One. Two. Three... TRACY I want a divorce. CAL Creme Brulee. CUT TO: 2 INT. SUBURBAN HOUSE (PASADENA) - SAME EVENING JESSICA (17) chases after MOLLY (9). Jessica’s skinny, wears glasses, a hipster T-shirt. In five years, she’s going to make all the boys’ heads spin. But not yet. 2
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JESSICA I’m gonna getcha! I’m gonna getcha! She grabs Molly and tickles her. Molly SQUEALS with delight. As she kicks... SMASH! A picture falls off the nearby console. Jessica picks it up: ON SMASHED PHOTO Cal and Tracy. BACK TO SCENE JESSICA It’s okay, my fault. (then) Alright, kiddo, it’s getting late, let’s get you to bed before your parents get home. Don’t give me the puppy eyes, you little maniac. Go brush your teeth! Molly GIGGLES, RUNS upstairs. Once Molly’s gone, Jessica looks at the photo. She eyes Cal affectionately. CUT TO: 3 INT. BAR Meanwhile, TWO YOUNG PROFESSIONAL WOMEN drink and laugh at a table. HANNAH (24) is clearly buzzed. HANNAH I don’t care. I love him and given the opportunity, I’d have his babies. Her best friend, LIZ (29), LAUGHS. LIZ Seriously? Conan O’Brien? do Conan O’Brien? You’d 3 This is their house.
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HANNAH I’m just saying, Richard’s a lot of things: successful, smart... LIZ Boring, workaholic, sexually repressed...
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He tilts his glass at them. She hears MUSIC coming from inside. It’s silent. You want a good lay. He turns to her. The smoothest. LEXUS SUV Meanwhile. knocks and opens the door at the same time. well. Devastating. revealing: JACOB PALMER (32). dazed. TRACY Almost twenty-five years of marriage. then. Jessica (the baby-sitter) stops at a bedroom door. puts her ear to the door. toasting. 4 INT. CAL AND TRACY’S HOUSE Meanwhile.. 3 CONTINUED: 3 HANNAH But he’s not very funny. It’s awful. Cal sits in the passenger seat. She smiles. A “togo” box from the French restaurant in his lap. stops himself. She motions off to the side.. CUT BACK TO: 5 INT. that. (CONTINUED) * 4 5 * * . It’s Lady Gaga. Turns back forward. Tracy drives. you have nothing to say? She looks at him. about to say something. coolest son-of-a-bitch you’ve ever seen.. go get yourself some of. THE CROWD PARTS. What? HANNAH * LIZ The hot piece that’s been checking you out for the last hour. go watch ‘Cosby’ reruns.. you want funny. that’s all. LIZ Yeah.3. TRACY Aren’t you going to say anything? Nothing.
BAR Meanwhile. just checking you’re alive -She SCREAMS as -ANOTHER ANGLE ROBBIE WEAVER (13). Hannah’s mouth drops open. PG-13. where Liz and Hannah keep drinking. horrified. Hell. you’ve resorted to fantasizing about Conan ‘GingerDick’ O’Brien. LIZ I don’t know. I just worry about you is all.. Robbie! I didn’t see anything.. JESSICA (through door) I’m sorry. probably married to that snooze-fest Richard. Hannah. Your life 6 * * He was * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .4. You pass the bar you’re gonna be. is just so. HANNAH My life is not PG-13! LIZ It so is. quickly covers himself up. masturbating. 6 INT. You’ve never left LA. your sister’s asleep. ROBBIE Close the door! BACK TO JESSICA who slams the door shut. a patent lawyer. 5 CONTINUED: 5 JESSICA Hey. BACK INSIDE ROOM Robbie lies there frozen. I swear. what.
VOICE (O. Hannah LAUGHS. JACOB Pretty sure I did. LIZ He looks like a carrot. not a cheesy pick-up line. Jacob sits down at their table. uninvited. 6 CONTINUED: 6 HANNAH (adorable) He’s funny. HANNAH Then you should know by now that cheesy pick-up lines don’t work. My friend Hannah thinks he’s sexy. LIZ JACOB Who looks like a carrot? * LIZ Conan O’Brien. Who? They turn. HANNAH How old are you? JACOB Thirty-three next month. HANNAH You didn’t really just say that. (MORE) * (CONTINUED) . Hi. It’s a fact. Hannah LAUGHS. honey.S.) * It’s Jacob Palmer (the stud from earlier). JACOB I think your friend Hannah is sexy.5. JACOB I find you incredibly sexy. Hi.
6. I am confident you will leave satisfied. without thinking about your answer: do you find me attractive? 6 Hannah doesn’t flinch. * * (CONTINUED) . If you say yes. If you come home with me. Is that so? HANNAH * * * JACOB It is. So now I’m going to ask if I can buy you another drink. Again: not a cheesy pick-up line. HANNAH JACOB LIZ JACOB I’m an accomplished lover. we’ll have one more cocktail each -. Yes. You’ll laugh afterwards and say ‘I never do this kind of thing. for the past two hours. I don’t. Yes you do. LIZ Multiple times. she does.just enough to start losing inhibitions. after all: I promised to satisfy you. Multiple times. not enough to get sloppy.including your friend here -. (then) Answer this quickly.’ Then you’ll do it again. just a fact. only you.and I’ve been unable to take my eyes off you. 6 CONTINUED: (2) JACOB (CONT'D) There are many attractive women in this bar -. HANNAH You’ve got to be kiddi-JACOB We’ll make love and it will be amazing.
you can call me Hannah. HANNAH What do you expect me to say to that? JACOB Margarita. you know? He keeps staring straight ahead. LEXUS SUV Still driving. 7 TRACY I’m unhappy. HANNAH She STANDS. Okay. 6 CONTINUED: (3) 6 JACOB That’s right.. Cal. I’ve tried not to be. Hannah: can I buy you a drink? Hannah and Liz share a look. Maybe that’s good. Tracy looks at Cal. here we go. HANNAH Okay. maybe that’s good. 7 INT. Liz doesn’t move. Wow. the girls leave the bar. I don’t give a crap -Liz! HANNAH * LIZ (whispering to him) Another time.7. He remains silent.. somewhere we became. LIZ I’ll go home with you. So. you’re not talking and you know that only makes me talk more. maybe. TRACY Okay. stagnant.. We’ve been married so long.. time to go. GIGGLING. grabs her coat and Liz’s hand. (MORE) * * * * * (CONTINUED) . salt. rocks.
No reaction. please stop me. Lunches. She closes her eyes tightly. taking a peek. I slept with someone. CAL * * * * * TRACY The last person in the world I’d ever want to hurt was you. TRACY (CONT'D) 7 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * TRACY We’ve been spending time together. From work. (CONTINUED) . Kind of. I SLEPT with someone.. please say something. It’s the worst thing I’ve ever done but it feels so good to say out loud. I slept with SOMEONE. You remember that party? They had the giant paper-maché wreath? I kept asking the decorator how he made it? You wore that sweater -Finally. I can’t believe I said kind of. You met him at the Christmas party. that kind of stuff. 7 CONTINUED: (then) There’s this person. Silence.. I said it. There. Nothing. Tracy opens one eye. Cal speaks -Please stop. Cal -CAL If you keep talking. I slept with someone. TRACY David Jacobowitz. No response. That’s just not something you do in a kind of way.. I slept with ..8. meetings. TRACY I slept with him. TRACY No. no kind of. I’m going to get out of the car. I slept with someone. Oh God.
(CONTINUED) 9 . TRACY CAL There’s He stands. Okay. 9 INT. Robbie ENTERS. Jessica sits on the living room couch. She touches his bloody forehead. I think it just shows how broken we are and -Okay.9. BLOODIED but okay. stands there. Cal OPENS THE DOOR to the moving car and. CAL I’ll leave tonight. that it could happen at all. Tracy SCREAMS as Cal goes flying. affectionate. still something here. CAL * * * Just like that. limps back to the car. simply.CONTINUOUS ACTION Tracy runs to him. pleading. thirteen-year-old. ROBBIE I’m sorry that you had to see that. STREET . 8 EXT. JESSICA I should have knocked. adorable. 7 CONTINUED: (2) 7 TRACY But the fact that I did. masturbation-addicted. if you’ll just stop talking about it. He’s a precocious. I’ll sign whatever you want me to sign. She keeps staring straight ahead. steps out. 8 * TRACY Are you out of your mind!? He looks up at her. THE WEAVER HOUSE Meanwhile. She screeches to a stop as he tumbles to the curb in her rearview mirror. He’s on the curb. Okay.
which is the same age as your little brother.S. JESSICA Hi. looks at him and smiles gently. (noticing) Oh my God..) ROBBIE Jessica jumps off the couch. you’re bleeding. Robbie -JESSICA * * ROBBIE I’m pretty sure you’re my soulmate.. ROBBIE For the record: I think about you while I do it -Robbie! JESSICA ROBBIE I have a picture of you and I look at it the whole time -Stop it! JESSICA ROBBIE I love you. Robbie -We’re home. Mr. Shit. Jessica. and I know I just turned thirteen.. LIZ (O. JESSICA Listen. Weaver. Weaver. 9 CONTINUED: 9 Silence.10. and you’re technically my babysitter. And I know you’re seventeen. After a long beat. Mr. and Mrs. She stops. Why are you bleeding? (CONTINUED) .. but someday soon our age difference will be inconsequential which is good because. How was dinner.
11. Hope the kids behaved. (then) Jessica. JESSICA 10 * (CONTINUED) .LATER Cal drives now. * ROBBIE You’re getting divorced? Yes. you got your coat? Uh-huh. CAL Thanks. Cal! TRACY CAL (to Robbie) I’m sorry you found out this way. 10 INT. 9 CONTINUED: (2) 9 CAL Mrs. Awkward. Almost shellshocked. Cal! CAL TRACY ROBBIE And you jumped out of a car? CAL A moving car. Cal starts talking to himself. ROBBIE I’m sorry you jumped out of a car. Dad? Oh. LEXUS SUV . Jessica in the front. ROBBIE CAL I didn’t know you were here. yes. I’ll drive you home. Finally. Robbie steps INTO FRAME. Weaver told me she wants a divorce so I jumped out of the car. Come on.
12. slowly. Just separating. Mr. CAL (with energy) So. You’re the nicest dad of any of the families I baby-sit for. adorable. JESSICA * (then) You’re bleeding real bad. I hear Stanford early admission... she’s gonna be crushed. I know your dad is so proud. * CAL Sorry about that. huh. Pulls up to a DRIVEWAY. She goes to touch his eye. JESSICA She takes a Jessica reaches for the door. Weaver. But not right now. then he remembers his company and turns toward Jessica. 10 CONTINUED: 10 CAL We’ll talk to the kids tomorrow. I know you don’t know me very well. but stops. but I’ve been babysitting for your family for three years. deep breath. Out of nowhere. Yeah. by a country mile. He trails off. She’s got enough to worry about. Uch. Tell them we’re separating.. CAL David Jacobowitz! Are you kidding me!? DAVID FUCKING JACOBOWITZ! GOD DAMN HER! He calms down. CAL I’ll have to tell Nanna. Weaver. It’s okay.. Another long beat of silence. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . He thinks. We’ll do it together. JESSICA Mr. he starts BANGING THE SHIT out of his steering wheel.
13. 10 CONTINUED: (2) JESSICA (CONT'D) You’re funny, and you’re always really generous, and you’re the only dad who’s excited -genuinely excited -- to check on his kids when he gets home from dinner. Now I like Mrs. Weaver, I like her a lot, but if she wants to divorce you, well... then I think she’s batshit crazy. 10
Cal smiles, distracted but grateful. JESSICA In fact -- and, I hope this doesn’t make you uncomfortable -I think I’ve even developed a little crus-CAL (not listening) Hey: do me a favor -- can you not mention what’s going on between Mrs. Weaver and I to your parents? It’s probably better they hear it from us. Okay? Uh-huh. JESSICA
CAL That’s my girl. Jessica awkwardly gets out of the car. Hey, Jessica? listening. CAL Thanks for
She smiles, turns back. She freezes when she sees... He’s holding CASH out the window to pay her. CAL You put this to that fake ID you’ll need up at Stanford. And with a sad wink, he drives off -- leaving her standing there, lovelorn and forty-five dollars richer. CUT TO: 11 INT. BAR - LATER Cal sits at the bar, drinking away his sorrows. He’s disheveled, a bit wobbly. He motions for the BARTENDER.
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BARTENDER Another vodka cranberry? Yes. CAL Just... yes.
A GIRL (30s) approaches the bar. Cal taps her shoulder, a drunken train-wreck waiting to happen. Guess what? What? CAL GIRL
CAL My wife is having intercourse with someone who isn’t me. GIRL I’m sorry to hear that. CAL That’s very nice of you to say. She just told me tonight, obviously it came as a bit of a shock and you’re not listening anymore. The Girl has turned back to a group of friends. CAL I bet you wouldn’t ignore me if I were David Jacobowitz. My wife doesn’t ignore David Jacobowitz. (to no one) She screws him. Something catches Cal’s eye across the bar. JACOB PALMER wearing his two thousand dollar suit, he’s now got TWO BEAUTIFUL WOMEN fawning over him at his table. Cal takes him in for a long beat, turns back to the bartender, and decides: (re: CAL Jacob) * * * * * * * We PAN TO... *
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EXT. CORPORATE APARTMENT - MORNING You know these places: basically a “strip” of identical housing units -- usually occupied by newly-divorced dads. A WOMAN (60s) gives Cal the tour. WOMAN So it’s pretty no-frills. Unit 2 is a lot like unit 1 except you’re downstairs so... the ground is closer. Which is nice.
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INT. CORPORATE APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATER The most depressing, empty, beige place ever. CAL I guess the price is right. WOMAN Yeah, well, tons of divorced guys here. You’ll fit right in. Cal SIGHS, un-enthused. I’ll take it. CAL
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WOMAN Ooh, the gym has an elliptical machine... I assume you want to get back in shape? Cal looks down, embarrassed. I guess. CAL
WOMAN Great! I’ll let you know when they fix it. 14 INT. OFFICE - AFTERNOON Cal sits at his desk, doing paperwork. His BOSS ENTERS. 14
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BOSS Cal, I just got the weekly sales report, good good good! You really killed this quarter! (MORE)
EXITS. Really great. Cal processes this. Cal. BOSS Go for it! (then. 14 CONTINUED: BOSS (CONT'D) Keep it up you’re going to be sitting in my seat by year’s end. calling after) It could have been cancer. Thank God. sir? CAL My wife is sleeping with David Jacobowitz. buddy! 15 INT. I need a couch. CAL SALESMAN Get the matching chaise. . killer deal. Cal stands. SALESMAN Ooh. staring into space. one divorced man to another? If you don’t mind? Sure. He pats the adjacent piece. Can I give you a word of advice. Seriously. 14 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 15 He’s * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) CAL Who told you Tracy and I were getting a divorce? BOSS (relieved) Divorce! That’s it. Amy heard you crying in the bathroom. I understand. We all thought it was cancer. FURNITURE STORE . faux-modern couch. CAL I have to go buy furniture now. A SALESMAN APPROACHES.LATER Cal is sitting on a plain. SALESMAN Can I help you. CAL I want it in beige.16.
BATHROOM . He looks absolutely exhausted. Multiple women. He looks across the bar. 17 INT. well. I’m sorry. GUY You’ve been holding the seat for an hour. Any advice? Yeah. no. Then: CAL Can’t help but notice that you’re always surrounded by women. my wife is screwing David Jacobowitz so eat me.17. Jacob is now wooing a NEW WOMAN.NIGHT Cal’s back at the bar. At his usual table. amazed at this guy’s chutzpah. Cal reacts. in the process. Gonna be single again. I’m waiting for a friend. Cal shakes his head. CAL JACOB 17 16 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . BAR . sipping on his drink. Jacob doesn’t even turn. 16 INT. Cal looks at his watch. Or. 15 CONTINUED: 15 SALESMAN I’ll write you up.LATER Cal pees. CAL Oh. Nothing. Jacob steps INTO FRAME in the adjacent urinal. CAL I’m getting divorced. The guy shrugs. walks away. Cal does a friendly “I’m peeing next to you” nod. A GUY grabs the open bar stool next to Cal. CAL (too loud) Yeah. puts a napkin on his drink. and stands.
DISSOLVE TO: 18 INT. I’ve called you a few times. Hey. I had to pick something up from Macy’s. washes his hands.18. obviously. then: * * * * * 18 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * . JACOB Don’t start conversations with people while they’re pissing. BERNIE Sorry I’m late. looks uncomfortable. man. An oak tree of a man. we should play racquetball. what? BERNIE She said we had to choose between you and Tracy. CAL I’m sorry. Bernie sits. sit. flushes. here. turns. 17 CONTINUED: 17 Jacob zips. Nothing I could use more than my old pal Bernie to unload on. when’s the last time we played racquetball? BERNIE Claire won’t let me be friends with you anymore. CAL Don’t worry about it. CAL It’s good to see you. I chose you. He’s carrying a SHOPPING BAG. He walks away. I’ve been guarding this stool with my life. (CONTINUED) * * * * A beat. She said no. EXITS.LATER Cal’s a few drinks in now. Cal takes this in. It’s been a rough couple of days. The door to the bar opens as BERNIE (late 40s) rushes in. CAL (to himself) So gay. BAR .
The white sneakers. He says something to THE WOMAN who currently sits at the table. Molly. lingers a beat too long. Um. sees Jacob. 18 CONTINUED: 18 He pulls a WRAPPED PACKAGE from the bag. Jacob shakes his head. Bad navy blue dress socks. BACK TO CAL As the Bartender pours him a second shot. Rumpled hair. CAL This is my youngest.. She nods. It’s cologne. Bernie stands. there’s a gift receipt in there. martini in hand. then simply turns and EXITS. Jesus Christ. Dad khakis. untucked.. dress shirt. Half-lidded eyes. I hate both of her two favorite things. ON JACOB Legs crossed. Cal is left alone.19. Every move Jacob * * * * Jacob motions for Cal to come over. (CONTINUED) . CAL Do you have anything with a worm in it? Because I’d like a gallon of that now. he’s been watching Cal get dumped this whole time. A SHARP WHISTLE interrupts. Her two favorite things are High School Musical and her mother. awkwardly. BERNIE * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * CAL Are you breaking up with me? BERNIE Claire’s waiting in the car. An ill-fitting. makes is practiced. He PANS UP from Cal’s feet. He raises a finger at the Bartender. He’s now showing pictures from his wallet to the Bartender. gets up and walks away. Sorry. perfectly cool. hands it to Cal. He pats Cal on the shoulder. Cal turns.
20. We’ve all heard. CAL Cal SITS. Cal takes this in. I’ve watched you batter every poor soul in this bar with your sad-sack loser sob story. CAL My wife is cheating on me with -JACOB David Jacobowitz. and wobbles over towards Jacob. Cal Wea-JACOB CAL Cal * JACOB I’d like to buy you a drink. For the last two nights. Cal. Jacob Palmer. Okay. CAL I already have a drink. (CONTINUED) . yes. Cal.” SHRUGS. He STANDS. I’ve heard. I don’t need this crap -Sit down. JACOB CAL Cal’s that drunk. Cal. Cal. stands. JACOB Let me buy you a drink. Jacob motions to the Bartender who NODS. * CAL You know what. Cal sits. * Jacob’s that powerful. Okay. 18 CONTINUED: (2) 18 Cal points at himself: ”Me?” Jacob nods: ”Yep.
The point is. and a good head of hair. JACOB You asked me for advice before.I don’t know if I want to help you or euthanize you -. that you are the sorriest man I’ve ever seen in my life -. Cal. wearing a 41R jacket when you should be wearing a 40L -. You’re sitting there with your Supercut haircut. it’s the truth. it’s probably the best offer you’re ever going to get. Once he’s settled. I’ve been watching you for two days now and I can say.stop drinking out of the goddamn straw. you’ve got a good face. Jacob holds up a finger. 18 CONTINUED: (3) 18 JACOB Cal. Cal. I’m going to make you an offer. Cal stops himself. who cares why? Why doesn’t matter. and you need to hear it. and I’m bored as hell and need a project. Cal. I don’t know why.21. I’m going to help you rediscover your manhood.” * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . so I’m going to help you. Maybe all my friends have abandoned me for wives and children and labradoodle puppies. and you’re extremely drunk. so it’s wildly important that you don’t answer until I’ve finished and you’ve taken a few moments to process what I’m saying. Jacob continues: JACOB As I said. So if you want. getting drunk on watered down vodka-cranberries like a fourteenyear-old girl. Maybe I’m just bored. without hesitation.don’t interrupt. Do you understand? Cal goes to answer. Do you remember when it was that you lost it? Cal shakes “no. Cal stops drinking from the wimpy red straw.
CAL JACOB Mall food court. six o’clock. that wife of yours is going to rue the day she decided to give up on you too early. almost uses the straw. CAL I’m sorry.. 19 EXT. 19 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . and follows him out. carrying a BOX. Thursday.22. Cal shakes his head. what? Jacob downs his drink. nods at THE WOMAN (now nearby). subservient. Baseball equipment lays all over. JACOB You ready to go? She nods. when I’m through with you. That’s my offer. THE WEAVER BACKYARD . You can tell a lot about this family from seeing this backyard. Yeah. and slurps the rest of his vodka cranberry out of the straw. then catches himself. A medium-sized U-HAUL is parked in the driveway. Looks up. picks up his drink. Cal goes for a drink. Cal EXITS the back door. A long beat of silence. the site of many father-son catches. You like this family a lot from seeing this backyard. A long driveway runs parallel to the yard. He puts down the drink. bordered by shrubs and bushes. And when we do. we’ll find it. An oft-used barbecue next to the house. You can tell it hasn’t been used in quite some time.DAY (ONE WEEK LATER) A well-maintained yard. okay. 18 CONTINUED: (4) 18 JACOB Doesn’t matter. What do you say? Cal stares at him blankly. He loads it into the U-haul and takes a last look back at: HIS BACKYARD A weathered playground sits off to the side..
23. (CONTINUED) . * * * * * * Cal looks up. Cal steps forward. CAL I did that on purpose. It’s pretty obvious that she’s been crying. 19 CONTINUED: 19 Cal? TRACY (O. She’s wearing sweats. She turns away. Cal turns awkwardly. Tracy looks at the U-HAUL. Instinct tells him to comfort his wife but he can’t anymore and he stops himself. in rhythm for a moment. Her voice cracks. There’s something harsh and complicated about the reality of it all. Neither knows what to say. Tracy approaches.S. Tracy’s voice stops him. wipes her eyes and tries to lighten things. TRACY I just wanted to say that. stop smiling. CAL TRACY You have trouble in reverse is all. I knew it. CAL Once I’m settled.. CAL It was two times -TRACY Three if you count my father’s foot. She realizes this. TRACY She gathers herself. TRACY Do you want me to back that thing out of the driveway for you? I’ll be fine. I’ll get the kids so they can see the place.) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Then they realize. Shit.. TRACY They smile. Awkward silence. He walks to the truck.
And I’m forty-one. TRACY And we haven’t been us. 19 CONTINUED: (2) 19 TRACY I think I’m have a mid-life crisis maybe. CAL The sprinklers turn off behind you. TRACY In the movies it’s always men having them and buying ridiculous yellow Porsches. Not twice a month. do you? Cal finally turns and looks at her. And I don’t know when you and I stopped being ‘us’ but. finding her balance.and I started feeling like the person I promised I wouldn’t turn into. Can women have mid-life crisis? CAL (avoiding engagement) Make sure the lawn gets enough water. And that’s so much older than I thought I’d be. She takes a deep breath. like I screamed at him and wished he would die -. TRACY And I got really upset with an umpire at Molly’s t-ball game last month -. TRACY We got married so young. not for a long time. you need to shut off the automatic setting.24. but I’m not a man and I really don’t want a yellow Porsche -CAL You have to fertilize once a month. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) .. Cal. not once every two months.like really upset. I mean.. you know? CAL If it rains a lot.
actually going to live here? Molly looks like she’s going to cry. And immediately crashes into the neighboring FENCE. but. 20 INT. It won’t be that bad. They look around his depressing. you’ll visit all the time. 19 CONTINUED: (3) 19 CAL I think it was when you screwed David Jacobowitz. CAL Hey.. A pathetic TV plays the Disney Channel in the corner. not what either of us planned. baby. MOLLY Don’t you love us anymore? Cal takes Molly’s face in his hands. gets in the U-HAUL. hey. CAL Make sure my azaleas get enough sun. What do you think? Didn’t have a lot of time to house-hunt.. it’s not what either of us wanted.EVENING Cal leads in Molly and Robbie. CORPORATE APARTMENT . CAL Okay. starts tearing up... you’re like... this is it. and backs out. well. CAL Listen. beige apartment. but she nods: she also understands it. (MORE) (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * * * * * 20 * * * * * * . Tracy’s face registers the blow. Ouch.. Every weekend.25. Come on now. CAL There’s a second bedroom with twin beds so you two can stay over whenever you want! Anytime! ROBBIE So.. What’s happening with your mommy and I. Cal turns.
prancing about in a basketball uniform. where ZAC EFRON is onscreen. Cal LAUGHS. CAL Why not? ROBBIE CAL * That Robbie NODS. takes a deep breath.) They turn -. thanks for coming -(MORE) (CONTINUED) . if you must know -Ding dong. Cal NODS. show’s like crack to her. Robbie and Cal stand there. right. a bit of tension relieved. awkwardly. Is that so? CAL You in love. hey. 20 CONTINUED: CAL (CONT'D) But you need to understand that you kids have done nothing wron-20 TROY! MOLLY She bolts past Cal to the TV. buddy? * ROBBIE Well.26. the baby-sitter. ROBBIE What is she doing here? CAL Oh. JESSICA (O.it’s Jessica. ROBBIE Love is fucked. Jess. ROBBIE Can I say something with a curse? One time? Yeah.S. ROBBIE Don’t take it personally. You okay? You? Robbie shrugs.
CAL Molly. Mr. * * (CONTINUED) .. I decided to take a class. ROBBIE Wait. just for a few hours. well. nice. Weaver. CAL Yes. she’s glued to the television. Robbie thumps the wall with his head. CAL Cal musses Robbie’s hair. say bye-bye to Daddy? No response. ROBBIE But I don’t need a babysitter! She’s only four years older than me! You need to know that! She needs to know that! I know.. CAL My little boy’s growing up.. He’s in love already. dying. buddy. can you believe it? Uch. where are you going? CAL I’m. thank you.. 20 CONTINUED: (2) CAL (CONT'D) (back to Robbie) I have to run out really quickly. Jess is gonna keep an eye on you guys for a few. that’s a generous adjective.27. uh. Jess. (to Robbie) Anyhow. and your mother wants you to stay here while she’s out hooking -20 What? Huh? ROBBIE CAL JESSICA (changing topics) The place is.
CONTINUOUS ACTION Cal pulls into the parking lot. well. try new things. It’s a bit odd. awkward. Jessica has her hand on his shoulder. But. takes it off. SHOPPING MALL . last chance!? But Molly is still locked on Efron. 20 CONTINUED: (3) 20 JESSICA That’s great. 21 JESSICA EXT.28. CAL That’s my angel. Dad -Nope. Tries to maintain some semblance of cool. Mr.. It’s a difficult time for you. Weaver. CAL What am I doing? 21 22 INT. ROBBIE CAL * * * The door slams. Molly. maybe things you’d never have considered trying before.. ROBBIE I don’t need a baby-sitter. JESSICA I know. An awkward beat. grabs a space. (CONTINUED) 22 . SHOPPING MALL . Robbie stands there with Jessica. then. CAL Okay. Cal looks down. it’s important that you find new interests.CONTINUOUS ACTION He ENTERS. She realizes. Back in a few. still going. ROBBIE I love you so much -Jesus Christ... Robbie.
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CAL What the hell am I doing? He walks past a CHEESECAKE FACTORY. Inside is... * * 23
Hannah (girl from the bar who Jacob tried picking up). 23 INT. CHEESECAKE FACTORY - CONTINUOUS ACTION She’s sitting at a table with Liz (her friend) and a GROUP OF REALLY BORING WHITE PEOPLE in suits. There are SMALL GIFTS in front of Hannah. Holding her hand is an average guy (33), her boyfriend, RICHARD. We PICK UP mid-conversation. RICHARD I think you’re wrong. that’s Tucker. I think
WHITE MAN No, no, no. Chris Rock is the stand-up comedian. Chris Tucker is the actor. WHITE WOMAN Is it racist that I can’t tell them apart? Liz nods her head “yes” at Hannah. LAUGH. Liz stands. Hannah stifles a
LIZ Well, Richard: thank you for inviting me to Hannah’s ‘goodbye’ party. The conversation has been riveting, like stepping back in time. Before I go, a toast. She holds up her glass, toasting. LIZ Sweetie: go into your hole and study your cute little ass off for that bar exam. We’ll see you when you emerge. RICHARD She’s gonna kick that bar’s butt! All the dorks CHEER. Yeah, okay. Liz SHRUGS. LIZ
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Liz CHUGS her drink, turns to Hannah. HANNAH (smiling) I’ll walk you out. Before they clear... RICHARD Hey, Liz? When my girl passes, we’re gonna have another little celebration, right here. Hope you can make it. It’s going to be a special night. LIZ Richard, you just give me a headsup so I can get really drunk before-hand, okay? You know it! RICHARD
Hannah leads Liz out of the restaurant, WHISPERS: HANNAH Did you hear that? ‘It’s going to be a special night.’ You think he’s going to propose? LIZ At the Cheesecake Factory? Oh God, I hope not. (then) Why? Do you really want him to? Hannah SHRUGS. He’s nice. HANNAH
LIZ Yeah, well... Jesus. Really? (with a shrug) Okay. Not my life, I love you, call me if you need anything. Liz KISSES her goodbye, EXITS. Hannah looks at her table. Everyone is typing on their BLACKBERRIES. She SIGHS, heads to rejoin them.
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INT. FOOD COURT Meanwhile, Cal sees Jacob, standing against a pole in the food court. Jacob is eating pizza, cool as ever. JACOB You’re late. (then, offering) Sbarro’s? No thanks. we -CAL So what exactly are
JACOB How much money can you afford to spend on clothes today? I dunno. CAL Five hundred?
JACOB Three thousand. Okay. CAL
JACOB We’ll start with shoes. Let me see those sneakers you’re wearing. Cal holds up his foot. Take them off. JACOB *
Cal bends down, takes one off. JACOB (chewing) Other one too, please? Cal does as he’s told. Jacob holds out his hands. SHRUGS, hands Jacob the shoes. Cal
Jacob simply turns and throws them over the railing. CAL What the hell!? JACOB Are you in a fraternity, Cal? CAL Those were my favorite shoes.
CAL JACOB Are you Steve Jobs? What? CAL JACOB ARE YOU THE BILLIONAIRE OWNER OF APPLE COMPUTERS? No. JACOB Then you don’t need to walk around in New Balance Sneaker. clearly unsure what the chuckle symbolizes. Jacob ignores him. CAL I’m not Steve Jobs. SHOE STORE . grabs a pair of BLACK DRESS SHOES.32. Cal CHUCKLES back. pair of loafers. CAL * 25 You did. 25 INT. JACOB I wrote it.CONTINUOUS ACTION Cal (barefoot) follows Jacob around the store. Really? Jacob CHUCKLES. Let’s go. CAL!? No. JACOB Any man can rebuild his entire wardrobe with sixteen simple items. ever. JACOB Numbers one and two: pair of dress shoes. CAL I think this whole thing might have been a bad idea. (CONTINUED) . 24 CONTINUED: 24 JACOB ARE YOU IN A FRATERNITY. Ha! CAL I think I read that in GQ.
One sports jacket. JACOB (V.. SMASH CUT TO: 28 EXT.O.O. one grey. CAL I’m sorry. 27 AT ANOTHER STORE Cal holds jeans in front of him. Can’t we just go to the Gap? He looks up. 26 IN A SUIT STORE Cal gets fitted. Jacob is already halfway to the car. knocking the socks away.33..) Two suits: one black.FROM STORE TO STORE We watch as Jacob narrates the wardrobe essentials (and as Cal’s arms get progressively fuller) in each store. and there. Jacob is gone.) One pair of quality jeans.MOMENTS LATER Cal runs outside. eyes them suspiciously. CAL Don’t leave! (CONTINUED) * 26 * 27 * * 28 * * * * I’m sorry! . JACOB Your credit card please? MONTAGE . JACOB (V. CAL These are two hundred and thirty dollars. navy preferred. MALL . 25 CONTINUED: 25 Cal is looking at a pair of ARGYLE SOCKS. Jacob leans in toward the tailor. I’m lost: really write for GQ? do you * Jacob slaps Cal’s hand. JACOB Take it in there.
) One pair of chinos. 29 IN A NEW STORE Jacob holds up a pair of beige slacks.) Three casual button-downs. CHING. CHING. Cal. CHING. every store is the Gap.O.O. a long overcoat.) Two v-neck cashmere sweaters. CHING. 29 JACOB (V. A cash register DINGS. 31 IN A BEAUTY SUPPLY STORE Jacob leads Cal through the store. Be better than the fucking Gap. Gap. CHING. In a dressing room shirts come flying over the wall at Cal. He tosses him a TUBE. JACOB (V.O. JACOB (V. I’m very warm. CHING. CHING.O. and finally. 28 CONTINUED: 28 Jacob immediately heads back inside and answers: No. that’s what’s wrong with the Gap. JACOB (V. Cal’s arms are filling. Cal stands there in an overcoat and sweater. It’s lowest common denominator.) Four dress shirts.34. (CONTINUED) 30 CAL 31 . Cal. JACOB We can’t just go to the * CAL What’s wrong with the Gap? JACOB In Hell. Cal. CHING. 30 A NEW STORE Cal struggles to get a sweater over his neck.
CAL Oh my God. JACOB Oh. CAL The 32 * JACOB . measures it between his fingers. HAIRDRESSER is young.. Thanks for that. CAL What does it do? JACOB (sarcastic) It gives you x-ray vision. Yes.. hon? Scissor cut. examines his eyes in a mirror. CAL I like to use a number four on the sides and the back. tight on sides. (then) It tightens things up. The skin around your eyes looks like Milton Berle’s ballsack.. Cal stops. He touches Cal’s hair. inch off the top. it does. 32 IN A SALON Cal is getting his hair cut at a fancy salon. and beautiful. But -Tiffany starts chopping. go longer on the top. Eww. Cal. Tiffany.. hip. get him some texture up top. TIFFANY CAL * . 31 CONTINUED: 31 JACOB You rub this in around your eyes every night and every morning. sir.35. okay. take off about. Vidal Sassoon.
CAL (O.) You just ask her out Seriously? like that? JACOB Yes. unbelievable. Cal. The DRESSING ROOM DOOR opens. 33 INT... (then. TIFFANY (smitten) Thanks. (then) Okay.S.. just like that.) Items one. and fourteen.. FROM expensive shoes.S.) TIFFANY Yes. JACOB Perfect.. three..S. We TILT UP. to Tiffany) You smell great by the way. eleven. TO pants. A new man.. I feel kind of stupid but. (CONTINUED) .) Crazy. TIFFANY 33 JACOB That’s okay. CAL (O. JACOB What are you doing tonight? I don’t know.. JACOB CAL (O. SALON . JACOB What are you putting on? CAL (O. Cal calls out. She GIGGLES. The new haircut. I do.36.S. TO fitted sweater over a fitted shirt and bright tie.LATER Jacob and Tiffany wait for Cal (inside a changing room). He looks. And it works? Yes.
TIFFANY JACOB CAL Can I blouse out the shirt a little? I like to blouse out my shirts a little. (CONTINUED) * .37. CAL Well. probably. JACOB You see that. The meanest thing anyone’s ever said to you is this: your wife cheated on you because you lost sight of what it took to keep her content at home -. JACOB Shut up. that’s the meanest thing anyone’s ever said to me. 33 CONTINUED: 33 Wow. Cal. Cal’s lower lip begins to quiver. JACOB No. and probably as a lover. Your personality is actually your weakest link. realizing) You would!? Tiffany SHRUGS. Yep. CAL Tiffany! (then.as a man. as a husband. (to Tiffany) You’d fuck him. Cal. Cal takes this in. Cal? The simple act of opening your mouth instantly causes Tiffany to lose interest in sleeping with you. right? CAL (horrified) Jesus! TIFFANY Yeah.
no? I’m in insurance. looks like he’s walked out of a men’s magazine.NEXT NIGHT Cal sits next to Jacob. I can’t pull that off. halfway. Cal rubs his hands together. CAL I notice you only button your shirts up. Cal thinks. Listen. more on the corporate side. Cal looks at Jacob. My kids are -JACOB Cal. okay. nervous. Cal. that was meaner. counting it out on (CONTINUED) . CAL We should have some background on each other. right? JACOB No. like.38. Yes. Sexually. Here’s the only thing I need to know: how many women have you been with? Sexually? Yes.” Jacob. CUT TO: 34 INT. 33 CONTINUED: (2) 33 CAL Yeah.” He looks great. Cal is wearing his new “outfit. CAL JACOB * 34 * * * * * CAL In my entire life? JACOB No. I’m going to be calling women over to our table shortly. one hand. but not yet comfortable in his new “gear. the only thing I care less about than corporate insurance are your kids. on the other hand. BAR . Cal. And he knows it. * * He MUMBLES to himself. synchronized swimming.
Jacob CHORTLES. Then: One. wow. remembering. (CONTINUED) . I still don’t know how she does it. checking) Not at a time? Total? CAL What? I married young. the ones who can be wildly sexy and unbelievably cute all at once? I never knew how she did that. (then. Cal extends his hand.. YOUNG WOMAN JACOB Jacob Palmer. I literally stopped listening at ‘Tracy.’ Okay. Cal. CAL Tracy was so damn beautiful. He smiles. here we go. CAL (a bit emotional) I miss my wife.. You know those women. Hi. * JACOB Wow. okay. JACOB We met in * * * A YOUNG WOMAN slides into the booth at Jacob’s side. we had a bit of a hiccup our senior year but we made it -JACOB Cal. 34 CONTINUED: 34 He smiles at Jacob proudly when he has to move the count to a second hand. Hi.39. CAL But Cal just stares at him blankly. (then) Anyway. YOUNG WOMAN * Amy Johnson. high school. Shut up.
What do 35 * JACOB Tell me about yourself. JACOB * He looks completely earnest. repeats: JACOB It does to me. you do? NEW GIRL Does it really matter? It does to me. She smiles.40. PAN TO CAL: 36 just sitting there watching. horrified. He pulls it back. on a NEW NIGHT. God. * (CONTINUED) . Amy? CUT TO: 35 A DRINK gets handed over to: a NEW GIRL. how long have I been talking? Jacob takes her hand. She looks up.Weaver. 36 * BACK TO JACOB Now with NEWER GIRL. NEWER GIRL And that’s when I started writing the column for LA Weekly. 34 CONTINUED: (2) 34 Cal -- CAL JACOB (quickly) Don’t. JACOB Can I get you a drink. CAL (to himself) -.
36 CONTINUED: 36 JACOB Listen. I’m going to be honest: it’s getting late and I think you’re interesting.41. Finally: FIRST GIRL 38 37 That was his line! 38A (CONTINUED) . Okay. Okay. I know it’s forward of me but just. NEW GIRL FLASH CUT TO: 38 THE FIRST GIRL JACOB I think we should get out of here. I also think you’re one of those rare women who manages to be both wildly sexy and incredibly cute all at once. She thinks. NEWER GIRL FLASH CUT TO: 37 THE SECOND GIRL JACOB I think we should get out of here. 38A BACK TO CAL waving goodbye awkwardly as Jacob leaves with each of the girls (IN QUICK CUTS). I think we should get out of here. ON CAL Mouth agape. then NODS. ON JACOB JACOB Let’s get out of here.. Okay..
JESSICA receiving the text. then: She drops THE BILL on the table. Under his desk.S.” Her phone BEEPS with a NEW TEXT: “P. ON THE CELL PHONE SCREEN The text: “Hi. CLASSROOM . completely alone. And * CUT TO: 39 INT. In the b.g. * (CONTINUED) . smiles. Jessica. She’s a waitress.. THEMES. we hear a FEMALE TEACHER drone on about The Scarlet Letter. Robbie. Love.HALLWAY . The FEMALE TEACHER drones on in 41 “She shows boob :-)” 40 * * * * * * * * * * * * TEACHER (O. A “NEW MESSAGE.AFTERNOON (ONE WEEK LATER) ON THE BLACKBOARD: “SCARLET LETTER.42. the b. HIGH SCHOOL .” Robbie smiles. Cal looks up.S. Robbie is TEXTING.g. They seem really happy.) While Hester is forced to wear a scarlet ‘A’ as punishment for adultery. FYI: Demi Moore is 15 yrs older than Ashton K.” 39 * Robbie Weaver sits at his 8th grade desk. 41 BACK TO ROBBIE Pleased with himself. But then A PRETTY GIRL arrives at his table. INTERCUT WITH: 40 INT. Reverend Dimmesdale’s ‘A’ is self-inflicted -Robbie’s PHONE BEEPS. She smiles back. did you know Demi Moore starred in the movie version of The Scarlet Letter?” Her phone BEEPS a third time: She SIGHS. he’s been left with the tab. 38A CONTINUED: 38A Cal just sits there.
like assholes. because this is what I need right now: to read a boring. DAVID JACOBOWITZ You’ve been avoiding me. David. confusing book about a bunch of stupid assholes who fell in love.43. and then had to die. TEACHER (O. A TALL MAN (40’s) stands there: DAVID JACOBOWITZ. Thompson? Here you go: the ‘A’ they’re both wearing -. Wanna know why? Because they’re in love. (CONTINUED) * 42 * * * * * * * * * * * . 41 CONTINUED: 41 ON THE CELL PHONE SCREEN The text: “Robbie: uncomfortable.S. So thanks for choosing this book. U r making me very * the WHOLE CLASS is staring at him. Mr.I think it stands for ASSHOLE. like assholes.) Are we interrupting? * * please stop.LATER Tracy works at her desk. I’m sorry for cursing. CUT TO: 42 INT. Weaver? Robbie looks up: Mr.S. Robbie stands. Weaver! Slowly. He closes the door behind him. Mrs. I’m just a little swamped right now so. TEACHER (O. Mrs. DAVID JACOBOWITZ You have a second? TRACY Oh. TRACY’S OFFICE . and love is for stupid ASSHOLES..” BACK TO SCENE Robbie stares at the screen. crestfallen.. A KNOCK at her door interrupts. Thompson. ROBBIE You want to talk about The Scarlet Letter.) We HEAD IN TIGHT ON him.
No. I do -TRACY DAVID JACOBOWITZ A lot. That doesn’t happen to accountants. DAVID JACOBOWITZ I’m sorry about you and Cal. (beat) You’re very fast by the way. gives up. But we started having lunch. if I’m being completely honest. and suddenly I was an accountant who was popping out of bed in the morning. (gathering himself) I want to make sure you know how much I like you. Thank you. excited to get to work. Ever. TRACY I ran track in high school. I’ve checked with other accountants. (CONTINUED) . TRACY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * DAVID JACOBOWITZ You ran away in the other direction when you saw me coming down the hall yesterday. I haven’t. He turns serious. I like you a lot. I just wanted someone to go to lunch with who didn’t make me want to shoot myself in the face.44. She smiles. and talking. Just to clarify. DAVID JACOBOWITZ That must be it. TRACY DAVID JACOBOWITZ I’m also not sorry. She SIGHS. I had no intention of falling for a married woman. 42 CONTINUED: 42 No.
Of course. That sounded weird.45. officially.” It reads. ‘cause you’re asking to pre-board the Titanic.. BUZZ! It’s Tracy’s phone. right away. Tracy quickly picks up phone. it meant something to me. I just.. All I see when I look at you is what I did to my marriage. No. You weren’t the only one excited to come to work lately. “Yes.. 42 CONTINUED: (2) 42 DAVID JACOBOWITZ So when the time is right for you to get back out there again. TRACY You see this? I’m saving you from disaster. TRACY (into phone) Right. I understand. . She HANGS UP. TRACY David.. simply: Tracy looks up. She’s losing it.) Your son’s school on two. wipes her eyes. looks at the Post-It. all I see is his face. I’d like to throw my hat in the ring. Officially. noticed. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * ASSISTANT (V.. I guess? What happened between us that night.O. when I see you. David smiles. but David is gone. leans forward. Honestly. EXITS. As she talks. David. And you were the first man in a very long time to make me feel. okay. do you really want any part of this? Before he can answer. Tracy LAUGHS lightly. you’ve been a great friend to me. TRACY But now... David scribbles something on a postcard..
TRACY They still make kids read The Scarlet Letter. Seriously? Sorry. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE WAITING ROOM . 44 * * * TRACY ROBBIE TRACY Guess I should take it down.LATER Robbie sits. 44 INT. waiting. Robbie LAUGHS. TRACY You’d really think someone would have written something better by now. ROBBIE (CONTINUED) . Absolutely. He stops.46. the tension broken a bit. looks to Robbie. She closes the door behind her. She SIGHS. Very much in love. I have to get back to work. It’s an older picture of CAL AND TRACY. Tracy EMERGES. huh? I guess. noticing a PHOTO. 43 INT. Tracy notices. They walk out together. They look happy.LATER Robbie wheels around in an office chair as Tracy tries to work behind her desk. TRACY It’s been a rough couple of weeks. you deserve a freebie. huh? Robbie NODS. it won’t happen again. TRACY’S OFFICE . 43 * TRACY (calling back in) Yes. of course. C’mon. Principal Sapienza.
. but. She tries to return to her work. He looks better. You do? ROBBIE I heard you crying the other night and. TRACY I guess I’m pretty sad. I didn’t know what to do. TRACY Oh. Ignore me. how is he. sadder. but can’t. She places the picture face down gently. that’s unfair. or you kids.. but.. She turns back to her work. then adds: ROBBIE He’s sad.. too. * * After a beat: Going ROBBIE He’s dressing a lot better... I’m thirteen years old and. good. Robbie hesitates. ROBBIE TRACY * * * * * * * * * * * I know. You know? Yeah. TRACY Sorry. covering) We’ll get take-out for dinner tonight. okay? Think about what you’re in the mood for. shakes her head. That’s. (then. I’m almost done here. I think. (CONTINUED) ... Well. 44 CONTINUED: 44 Tracy NODS. too. really good. out a lot.47. TRACY How is he? I’ve spoken to him but only about bills. She smiles. really? Robbie hesitates. can you just tell me what I’m supposed to do in that situation? I didn’t want to Google it...
I like you. 44 CONTINUED: (2) 44 TRACY Oh God. * * * * * * * * TRACY It’s my fault. Robbie.. DAVID Awkward. shakes his hand. sorry. it’s my fault. She puts down her pen. stands. So just. Smiles sadly at Robbie. they need you in the conference room for a sec. honey? Okay. I’m so sorry. Mom. be good to him. TRACY I’ll be right back.) Hey. this is David. oh. It’s David.. Robbie. It’s grown-up stuff that I can’t talk about but.. (forced) We work together. and EXITS. ROBBIE Okay. okay. you’re so much like me it’s scary. Tracy gathers herself. baby.. DAVID JACOBOWITZ (O. You wound up with all my stuff.48..S. thinks better of it. what happened with your father. Tracy starts to say something. David moves into the room. (CONTINUED) . TRACY (emotional) You promise? He NODS. this is my son. sits down opposite Robbie. Not his. ROBBIE I’m okay with being like you. Really awkward. Mom. Robbie takes him in. okay? ROBBIE It’ll be okay.. Robbie. * * * * TRACY David. the most soulful thirteen-year-old ever. They look up.
Robbie. almost gave up on the love of my life. And she still loves him. DAVID JACOBOWITZ Listen. He’s better than you. He LAUGHS awkwardly. Robbie -ROBBIE Now I know what you’re thinking: ‘he’s just in 8th grade. ROBBIE You are David Jacobowitz. she winds up back with my dad.. David. TRACY You ready to go? ROBBIE (suddenly sweet) Mommy. And you need to know that. shocked. My dad’s having his meltdown now. Robbie props the PHOTO of Tracy and Cal back up... 44 CONTINUED: (3) 44 DAVID JACOBOWITZ So.. David: in the end. I hear you broke up my parents’ marriage. I hear you’re quite the soccer player. I had a meltdown. ROBBIE So. yes I am -ROBBIE Here’s the thing. right? From accounting? DAVID JACOBOWITZ Um. David. but long-term? He won’t stop fighting for my mom any more than I won’t stop sending Jessica texts that make her uncomfortable. Tracy RE-ENTERS. what does he know about love?’ I know a lot more than you think. Just today.49. can we do Chinese for dinner tonight? * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . in every category except probably math.
It’s a cool. Cal taps the rim of the glass. and he did it instinctively. he finishes. silently requesting a refill. His yard may not be his anymore. Once. He gets to work. Without speaking. Jacob looks at Cal.. ON CAL Content. He takes a covert look inside the house. more comfortable in his new “skin” than when we left him. Jacob smiles. For what? CAL (CONTINUED) * * 45 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 46 . rather than a red-strawed vodka cranberry.LATE EVENING Bushes rustle. CUT TO: 45 EXT. then twice. A WAITRESS passes. All is quiet. He’s drinking a martini. 46 INT. BAR . Finally. -. but it’s back in order. leans forward.He spreads FERTILIZER on the grass. As he takes it all in.. staring at: THE PHOTO OF CAL AND TRACY that Robbie has left directly in his line of sight. It’s Cal.Trims some bushes.50. Cal DIVES into a SHRUB. A LIGHT pops on.Picks off some petals from some dying flowers. It’s the strangest goddamn thing you’ve ever seen. -. Cal looks great.THAT NIGHT Another night at the bar: Cal’s in his position. Cal. practiced move. THE WEAVER BACKYARD . sneaking into the backyard. Cal sips his drink. staring aimlessly forward.. Jacob in his. leaving him stunned in the middle of her office. -. 44 CONTINUED: (4) 44 Tracy waves to David as she and Robbie EXIT. JACOB I think you’re ready..
no. trying his patience: JACOB Cal. JACOB And what if she says no? CAL You order her a drink anyway. JACOB When she asks me a question about myself? * * * * (CONTINUED) . I’ve been watching LeBron James for years. JACOB Cal. do you remember the part in Karate Kid. doesn’t mean I can suddenly dunk a basketball. CAL Yeah. well. but the movements were actually building blocks for throwing and blocking punches? CAL Oh God. CAL No. 46 CONTINUED: 46 JACOB To talk to a woman. Are you going to make me fight someone? Jacob stretches his neck. Miagi keeps having the kid wax the car and the kid gets all bent out of shape because he doesn’t see the point. I’m not. Oh. where Mr. JACOB You’ve been watching me do it for two weeks. take a woman home. what’s the first thing I do when a woman sits down? CAL You ask if you can buy her a drink. let it sit there.51.
.. and no talking about your job. or David Jacobowitz. CAL What. lot. JACOB Oh. Japanese style. thirties. then you ask if they’d like to come back to your place. to woman) Hi! Jacob has pulled her over. JACOB And what happens? CAL They talk about themselves. no. (then) Holy shit! You Mr. You confidently tell them you’d like them to come back to your place. A PRETTY WOMAN stands near their table. You A JACOB And at the end of the night? CAL You compliment them. mid* * (CONTINUED) . 46 CONTINUED: (2) 46 CAL You deflect it back to her. Miagi’d me! Jacob BOWS to Cal. I’m not ready for -(then. She’s attractive. Do I ask? JACOB CAL No. Okay. here we go. You never answer questions about yourself.52. your pathetic sexual history. Jacob stands. nod a lot. smiles. your children. JACOB And what do I do? CAL You act really interested.
Mmmm.. no. Kate. * * Cal smiles.53. Cal MOTIONS for a waitress in the distance. * * * WAITRESS What can I get -CAL Nothing.. The WAITRESS approaches. extra lime? C’mon. one drink! Picture those ice cubes clinking together. CAL I’m buying you a drink anyway. I can but. no: a Grey Goose.. Kate. CAL I’m guessing you’re a vodka girl. The Waitress leaves. Kate? (CONTINUED) .. Kate SITS. Can’t you taste it? She smiles. thank you but it’s okay. KATE (PRETTY WOMAN) No thank you. Cal. Cal’s face drops. confused. uncomfortable. uh. Cal? CAL What do you do. Kate? Oh. Cal smiles at Kate. KATE So. am I right? Yeah? A nice dirty martini? No. five years sober so. so you might as well tell me what you want. KATE Really. nervous. KATE Yes. We don’t want anything. what do you do. Don’t come back here ever. CAL Can I buy you a drink. She smiles back. Kate looks around.. portrays confidence. I’m. this is Kate.. rocks. She tries small-talk. Jacob NODS at Cal (”you’ve got this”) and leaves them. 46 CONTINUED: (3) 46 JACOB Cal.
And I have children. More than one. CAL A teacher with an alcohol dependency no less.. I’m a teacher. KATE Now. what do you do? CAL Seriously. CAL I asked you second. oh screw it: I’m in corporate insurance. thinks he’s being funny. 46 CONTINUED: (4) 46 KATE I asked you first. CAL Teacher.. I bet that’s actually more common than people realize. KATE I’m sorry. The only thing I have ONE of. do you do? Cal NODS. Cal puts his face in his hands. Interesting. exaggerated. is sexual partners. are you not going to tell me what you do? He’s still nodding.54. KATE I should get back to my friends -Kate STANDS.. (CONTINUED) . what do you do? Now it’s getting a little weird. as if fascinated. She LAUGHS lightly. c’mon: what * * * CAL I’m sorry! I’m supposed to deflect your questions. that would be the woman I recently separated from because she was cheating on me with David Jacobowitz who I wasn’t supposed to tell you about either. I’m very interested in teaching. KATE Seriously. Plural..
KATE Wow. KATE What were you supposed to tell me? CAL I don’t know: that you’re a perfect combination of sexy and cute -. curious. and at some point they just.. They charm me. (then) It’s nice.55. it’s a genuine compliment.. I’m kind of a magnet for these jerk-offs. Look at you. CAL That’s what you took away from that? She smiles. rare around here. It’s kind of. Who wouldn’t call you again? She looks up. and I’m at least fifteen years older than you.. and I fall for it.it was something I said about my wife that’s since been corrupted. I don’t know what to do with that. Holy shit. 46 CONTINUED: (5) 46 Kate turns back. KATE You think I’m a perfect combination of sexy and cute? Cal looks up. actually. sits back down. But I’m tired. It is? CAL KATE You have no idea. never call me again. an actual honest man. It’s not a line. and this sweater is called slim fitting but it’s really just uncomfortable and itchy.. Cal is in! (CONTINUED) . She smiles warmly. CAL (genuine) I don’t understand.
Actually no.LATER Cal and Kate BARGE in. surprised. CUE MUSIC: “SEXYBACK” by Justin Timberlake. KATE (playful) Ask me again. Kate. Kate. CORPORATE APARTMENT . see what happens? Cal looks up. eventually I’m ‘supposed’ to ask you if you want to get out of here. And I can’t tell if you’re being serious. that you should come home with me.56. genuinely turned-on. I’m telling you: you should come home with me. 46 CONTINUED: (6) 46 KATE So.. faux-confident. passionately kissing. Cal smiles and leans forward. Kate looks up. CAL (gasping for breath) This is my dumpy apartment that I had to move into when I left my wife. 47 * * (CONTINUED) . KATE Why don’t you give it a shot. confidently.. He clears his throat. I’m supposed to tell you. CAL I’m not asking you. what were you ‘supposed’ to do next? CAL Well. but I think you should come home with me. SMASH CUT TO: 47 INT. then: CAL You’re very pretty.
Cal Weaver has evolved into “the fucking man. and closes the DOOR. Only a little.The next morning a DISHEVELED CAL lets Kate out. 49 AT THE BAR Cal strides in -. a perfectly tailored suit on his body. 47 CONTINUED: 47 KATE (turned on) I love that you’re being so honest. She looks amazing.. It’s so different.a skip in his step. tell me more. -. He points at someone. After a beat. KATE What do you want to do with me? CAL Show you off to my wife to make her jealous.57. Everything’s in SLOW MOTION. CAL I’m worried you have AIDS. CAL * She pushes him down on the couch. KATE More. gives her a big passionate kiss. it opens up: Cal bids farewell to a NEW GIRL on a new morning.” * * as 48 * * 49 .. She GROWLS and dives on top of him as we launch: 48 CAL WEAVER’S “SEXYBACK” MONTAGE (THE NEXT FEW WEEKS) -. jealous. A SAD SACK GUY at the bar watches Cal stride by. She’s wearing just a bra. winks at a waitress.We STAY ON the DOOR. so hot. She stops. CAL I’ve never been with a woman besides my ex-wife. takes her sweater off.
JACOB And yours isn’t? A candy store that only sells red candy. it would work! CAL You’re out of your mind.58. It’s a strip club where they can do their laundry. kisses goodbye ANOTHER WOMAN! It re-opens as he 51 * * 52 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) 52 BACK AT THE BAR -. Look. No one likes the grape..CAL AND JACOB are mid-conversation. 2) JESSICA reads magazine articles on “How to Make Him Notice You. JACOB What do college guys hate? Doing laundry. CAL Everyone loves the cherry.” 3) TRACY eats ice cream in bed. I like grape. 50 SNAPSHOTS Meanwhile -1) HANNAH studies late into the night for the bar.. CAL It’s ridiculous. But we’re mainly with CAL. alone. 50 51 BACK TO CAL’S APARTMENT A NEW WOMAN EXITS. JACOB . JACOB CAL Well then you can’t come to my store. The door closes. anything in the -erry family is allowed. 4) ROBBIE drags mysterious wood planks into his backyard. What do they love? Strippers. But let’s be real here: no one wants the lemon... . I’m not rejecting the psuedocherry flavors like raspberry or strawberry.
BERNIE For God’s sake. 52 CONTINUED: 52 They LAUGH. BERNIE Leave the poor bastard alone. Mr.) What did you hear about Mr. Weaver. CLAIRE Apparently.JESSICA (THE BABYSITTER) SITS AT THE NEARBY COUNTER. I almost forgot -. EATING NEXT TO HER LITTLE BROTHER (13). What? JESSICA 53 * * * * * * * * * * * CLAIRE Lots of young women coming in and out of his apartment lately. quickly becoming inseparable. would you? I gave him the cologne like you told me to. Mom? PULL BACK -. CLAIRE Oh. CLAIRE (sing-songy) It’s about Cal.59. 53 INT. * (CONTINUED) . BERNIE Claire.EVENING A late 40s couple eat dinner: BERNIE (the big guy who “broke up” with Cal earlier) and CLAIRE. would you cut it out? CLAIRE It’s good for Jess to know.the polar opposite of her husband. We don’t have to dance on his grave.S. She still baby-sits for him after all.heard some good gossip at the nail salon. Weaver has become quite a man-about-town if you get my drift. VOICE (O. Claire. a bubbly little woman -. SUBURBAN KITCHEN .
she stops. it’s good gossip at the least. Thinking. MADISON Hey. whassup? JESSICA I had a question for you. My lips are. I had a question -Madison holds up a finger (”one second”) and continues texting. c’mon! BERNIE Enough. MADISON * Madison extends her arms. JESSICA Hey.60. 54 INT. Madison.. 53 CONTINUED: 53 Oh. (then) My lips are seals. wait! 54 * * * * Madison stops walking. Ooh. It’s kind of on the personal side so.. MADISON (explaining) Seals. Jessica. She spots a TALL BLONDE GIRL moving down the hallway.. right? (CONTINUED) . I don’t mean to be blunt or insulting but. Smiles. okay.. As she CONTINUES CHATTERING in the b. we HOLD ON Jessica. texting as she walks.. let’s call it what it is: you’re always sleeping with older guys. begins clapping and making WEIRD NOISES. HIGH SCHOOL HALLWAY .. Madison. JESSICA Oh.g. Madison! JESSICA Madison.. but not texting. So.. guess what else I heard.NEXT DAY Jessica waits at her LOCKER. Finally.. Jessica stares at her blankly. here’s the thing. CLAIRE Well. Looks up.
MADISON So that’s not gonna work.. JESSICA (CONTINUED) * JESSICA Wait. JESSICA Lots of college guys. I’m sure it does.61. I have a huge rack. Madison SIGHS. yes. I don’t unfortunately. MADISON JESSICA Even rumors about a few teachers. Totally. You do. Nope. MADISON Okay. 54 CONTINUED: 54 MADISON (nodding) Always. JESSICA No. JESSICA MADISON * * JESSICA Yes. MADISON JESSICA So my question is: how do you do that? I mean. Lots of them. how old is he? Old.. So that helps. . MADISON You don’t have a huge rack. here’s what you do. a kid in high school? MADISON Oh. I’ve heard. how do you get them not to see you as. well first off. well.
Yeah. Send him a postcard from downtown. JESSICA Jesus. JESSICA I’m not following you. MADISON Alright. Make him unable to stop himself from doing what he knows to be wrong. Madison. JESSICA Thank you. Make this face. Jessica. that’s what you should do: make it artistic. Nasty. 54 CONTINUED: (2) 54 MADISON Like really old? JESSICA Like parent old. Black and white. Madis-The full gyno.62. How? JESSICA MADISON Do what I do. MADISON Off Jessica’s blank look. Force his hand. MADISON Rock on. MADISON A crotch shot? A nip slip? (then) A dirty picture! You can even Annie Leibowitz it. Huh? JESSICA * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * MADISON Go TMZ on his ass. Madison! (CONTINUED) . Tasteful but with nipple. She makes a raw sexual face. you have to hook him.
He pulls out a piece of paper. processing the advice. MADISON Don’t send it to him as a jpeg.63.LATER THAT DAY Jessica EXITS the school. though. HIGH SCHOOL . he won’t see you as a little girl anymore. TEENAGERS are pointing and LAUGHING at something. There’s a bit of commotion outside. hairless chest. He has recreated the famous Scarlet Letter tableau. 54 CONTINUED: (3) 54 MADISON Well. standing atop a man-made. 55 EXT. revealing a SCARLET J taped to his pale. You put those across his radar. Jessica pushes through and sees: ROBBIE. Madison walks off. that’s for sure. tall. wooden platform/scaffold in front of the school. And then your brother sees it. BACK TO ROBBIE as he RIPS OPEN his button-up shirt. calls back. lost in thought. ROBBIE (dramatically) There she is! ON JESSICA Oh shit. and suddenly you’re not allowed to use Facebook for a month. Thanks. He’ll put it up on his fantasy football web-site. Kevin! She leaves Jessica there. * * * * 55 * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . that’s my advice. you came to me for advice. tells your mom. reads it.
those are my friends. 55 CONTINUED: 55 ROBBIE Nathaniel Hawthorne wrote in The Scarlet Letter: ‘No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude. Took four weeks to build it. She’s the one! I know it to be true. (correcting himself) Multitudes? (then. get down! ROBBIE I have marked myself with this Scarlet J. JESSICA Robbie. (CONTINUED) * * * . ROBBIE I am not bewildered! Jessica Riley is my soulmate. JESSICA Robbie Weaver! I am your babysitter and I’m telling you to GET YOUR ASS DOWN FROM THERE NOW! That does the trick.’ Robbie puts down the paper.64. without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. deciding) No. JESSICA (heated whisper) What the hell are you thinking? ROBBIE You like the scaffold? It has wheels. Jessica pulls him off to the side. ignoring the jeers. Because your name starts with a J. He gets down to mocking APPLAUSE. and so now do the multitude. Wave hello. multitude. they helped me wheel it down. It’s just tape and construction paper but one day I will get a permanent tattoo when I’m old enough that my parents won’t freak out on me. (then) Oh. Jessica! For you.
I’ve checked. Robbie. confused. all the wind taken out of him. Robbie stumbles. ROBBIE You’ll learn to love me. No date for Spring Formal last month -JESSICA He’s older. Who is he? ROBBIE JESSICA It doesn’t matter. promise. I won’t. Jessica waves. And with that.65. 55 CONTINUED: (2) 55 OFF TO THE SIDE: Three excited THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLDS WAVE and give THUMBS-UPS to Robbie. ROBBIE Is he from town? JESSICA Yes. Do I know him? I don’t know. turns back to Robbie. You can’t. No boyfriend since ninth grade. JESSICA I’ve been spending time with him for a while. ROBBIE No. Seriously. JESSICA This has to stop. Robbie literally just sits down on the ground. JESSICA I ROBBIE Just because I’m four years younger than you? JESSICA BECAUSE I LOVE SOMEONE ELSE!!! This stops Robbie dead in his tracks. kind of. (CONTINUED) . less sure-footed than usual. It might be the cutest thing you’ve ever seen. I don’t want my parents to know.
. His little sister sits next to him. ROBBIE’S FRIEND We should probably get the scaffold back on the road before dark. okay? She EXITS. Robbie. lost. Nanna! I know. The speeches. Jessica tries not to smile. Have you been getting out at all? I’ll bring you some of that deli you like one night. His three friends approach.66. okay? The kids? They’re fine. Yeah. dejected. I’m going to see her tomorrow night. it’s been forever. 55 CONTINUED: (3) 55 ROBBIE I’ll kill him if he hurts you.. Hi. JESSICA I know. CAL (into phone) Hey. (CONTINUED) * * * . In the adjoining kitchen. It’s very sweet. I’ve been spending time with him. I’ve been keeping busy. the texts. But this all has to stop now. You don’t know how much I miss. 56 ROBBIE * INT. Robbie remains seated on the grass. (to other room) Kids.AFTERNOON (NEXT DAY) Robbie’s on the couch. JESSICA I’ll see you around. all of it. Cal is on the phone. Of course I miss her. Devastated. Nanna! ROBBIE AND MOLLY 56 * CAL Oh. but it has to stop. CAL’S CORPORATE APARTMENT . He just sits there. Made a new buddy. say hi to Nanna. Yeah. watching High School Musical as always.
(CONTINUED) . And she wants someone else. Robbie is listless. there’s this girl. what’s with the moping? ROBBIE Nothing. He heads into the bathroom with the phone. ROBBIE CAL Well you can’t just give up.67. Robbie SIGHS.. CAL ROBBIE First time in a while. CAL Hey. but no biggie. closes the door. 57 * ROBBIE So you’re seeing Mom tomorrow. I’m like crazy. CAL’S CORPORATE APARTMENT . stupid. 56 CONTINUED: 56 His voice cracks. turns back to the TV. This girl’s my soulmate. CAL Yeah. huh? At my parent-teacher thing? Yeah..LATER THAT DAY Cal and Robbie are having a catch. It’s just. Cal tosses him back the ball. sees Robbie staring. He turns. CAL But she’s your soulmate? Yeah. in love with her. Oh yeah? CAL You like her? * * * * ROBBIE I like Pringles. Cal smiles. CUT TO: 57 EXT.
ROBBIE Listen. I have your back. Do you still love her? CAL How old ARE you? ROBBIE (strongly) Do you still love Mom? Cal doesn’t say anything. Don’t give up. His silence speaks volumes.68. Get her back. you’re the man right now. Cal freezes. ROBBIE Mom was yours. She says no? Change her mind. Your son is in desperate need of some romantic inspiration. Dad. 57 CONTINUED: 57 ROBBIE Why not? (then. So set an example for your boy. ROBBIE You’re the same guy. Look at you. always. And I’m a different guy now. I love you. right? CAL I didn’t give up. (dramatically) Get back my mom. But let’s be honest here: the woman told you she wanted a divorce and you jumped out of a car. Dad. * (CONTINUED) . You just have different clothes. It’s complicated? Uncomplicate it. CAL It was slightly more complicated than that. * * * * * CAL Weren’t we talking about you? ROBBIE We are. quietly) You did.
worries about us.. so. (then) You always look great. MIDDLE SCHOOL . 57 CONTINUED: (2) 57 Robbie punctuates his pep talk by tossing Cal the ball.69. MIDDLE SCHOOL . Teacher conference night.S... Me. well turns out I’ve been buying the wrong size suit for twenty years so. Neither knows what to say now. CAL Thank you. CAL Oh. Vulnerable and nervous. TRACY (floored) You look great. Awkward. She’s dressed down. Tracy stands there. Cal is lost in thought. Cal smiles. seat next to him. The ball sails past him and THROUGH THE WINDOW of a nearby car. TRACY She sound okay to you? She (CONTINUED) * Really.NEXT NIGHT Cal sits on a small chair outside a classroom. hard. approaches.. 58 EXT. Tracy takes the * * * * * * CAL She sounded like. too. Cal. but looks amazing.. CAL I talked to Nanna yesterday. TRACY (O.) Tracy It’s Parent58 * * 59 * * * Cal looks up..NEXT NIGHT PARENTS walk hand-in-hand. . 59 INT. into the school. Wow. TRACY Well you look great. Nanna.
70. TRACY (then) I kind of like him. The laughter trickles away.. No. TRACY Oh. though. (a beat. then: * * CAL I feel like I’m about to get detention. Cal smiles. if that means anything. CAL He’s a really weird kid. then) How’s it going with David? She looks down. tension broken a bit. too.. 59 CONTINUED: 59 Tracy NODS. these two are great together when they’re in rhythm.. Me. CAL I do. how are things with. Thompson. I know. Tracy LAUGHS. A long beat. God. it’s not. (then) It wasn’t about him. isn’t he? Yeah. TRACY They LAUGH. I’m so glad we switched the babies at the hospital. too. CAL (CONTINUED) * * * * * * * .. then: CAL So. An awkward beat. CAL Which teacher is this? TRACY Mrs. This is the one he pulled The Scarlet Letter Asshole routine on.
Yeah. I got lazy. Because you hear things.71. CAL Another long beat of silence.. T. you know. You were such a good miniature golfer. I miss you. really early on. And then you did. CAL Tracy looks up surprised. No. emboldened. TRACY I had to be. Cal gathers himself. and turns toward Tracy. you’ve got the game sewed up in the first quarter. CAL I got complacent. takes a breath. CAL You know me. me? No. if that makes any sense? (MORE) * * (CONTINUED) . dancing -you were such a good dancer. But I don’t totally blame you.. You find your soulmate in high school... CAL I put in an effort when we were younger.. you know? She smiles. And we got married so young. TRACY You seeing anyone? Who. And I’m furious at you for what you did. He smiles. TRACY Oh. I think. CAL All I ever wanted to do was make you love me. 59 CONTINUED: (2) 59 Cal looks at his watch. I got boring. didn’t I? I’d do anything to make you happy: take you miniature golfing. And I guess.. not really. well. a nervous gesture.
) Mr. Cal? CAL * CAL (CONT'D) 59 KATE What are you doing here? CAL (looking to the sky) Really? TRACY You two know each other? CAL Um. Cal takes her hand. Cal freezes. too. isn’t he? CAL I’ll be honest: he scares the shit out of me. VOICE (O.72. Thompson. better known to us as: KATE (the teacher from the bar who Cal slept with).. Mrs. kisses it. At least that’s what our thirteenyear-old tells me. You fight for your soulmate.. we’ve met before. Oh God.S. and Mrs. She LAUGHS through her tears.. Tracy’s eyes well up with tears. yes. 59 CONTINUED: (3) (then) I shouldn’t have jumped out of the car. his lips on Tracy’s hand. TRACY I missed you. Weaver? They turn around. I should have fought for you. TRACY He’s a very strange boy.. (CONTINUED) . AT DOORWAY It’s Robbie’s English teacher.
Let’s focus * (CONTINUED) . on Robbie. Kate goes to her blackboard. CAL Why don’t we head inside? KATE YES. let’s do that. TRACY I’m sorry. Tracy. Thompson? This is my wife. maybe we should focus on Robbie? KATE Yes. so now she’s your WIFE again? HOW CONVENIENT! Kate’s getting louder now. KATE Oh. 59 CONTINUED: (4) 59 KATE We’ve met before? Seriously? CAL Mrs. 60 Tracy looks at Cal. Cal hesitates. Ha! KATE CAL You know. WHY DON’T WE!? She STORMS INSIDE. follows her in. CLASSROOM .CONTINUOUS ACTION Kate PACES in front of the classroom.73. I’m playing catch-up: how do you two know each other? KATE Maybe your husband should tell you. CAL We have a mutual friend. 60 * INT.
CAL She’s an alcoholic! You can’t trust what she says! (CONTINUED) . CAL I can explain. Tracy rushes out of the room. and never does. someone who tells a woman that he’ll call. Robbie’s shining this year was when he set a record for cursing in an grade English class. * She writes on the board: KATE Asshole. ASSHOLE. Cal turns to Tracy. someone who uses to get a woman into bed but is actually full of the rest of them. CAL Because usually he’s a very strong public speaker -KATE Asshole: as in. 60 CONTINUED: 60 As you moment school eighth KATE know. someone who allows a woman to go down on him for forty-five minutes because he’s ‘nervous’ -OKAY! Kate stops. CAL We were a little concerned about Robbie’s grade on his oral book report -Asshole: ‘honesty’ with him. Cal calls after her. She underlines it.74. CAL ENOUGH!!! She looks crestfallen. Mrs. yes. Weaver? CAL She’s heard it. shit like KATE as in. So in terms of Robbie’s progress -KATE Asshole: as in. Are you familiar with this word.
ASSHOLE! Tracy looks at Cal. stunned. SCHOOL HALLWAY . and I cheated. Cal! KATE I’m sober for FIVE YEARS. c’mon! CAL We were separated. Cal. Tracy. I love you.CONTINUOUS ACTION Tracy races to her car. (CONTINUED) . Okay. 62 TRACY (fumbling for keys) I know. so -CAL TRACY I can’t do this now. That’s their thing. 61 Cal races after Tracy. 60 CONTINUED: (2) 60 KATE SCREAMS in horror. SCHOOL . CAL Tracy. Kate INT. wait! CAL 61 TRACY Leave me alone. races after Cal. 62 EXT. so it doesn’t make any sense for me to be mad at you. you ASSHOLE! ON SPECTATORS TEACHERS and PARENTS (including Jessica’s parents). KATE Tell her she’s the perfect combination of sexy and cute.CONTINUOUS ACTION A three-way chase: Tracy. stepping out into the hallway and following them outside.75.
76. TRACY I don’t even know who you are. the only woman I want to be with. 62 CONTINUED: 62 CAL It’s a funny story. wait! Yes. He instantly trails off. CAL But all it did was confirm what I already knew: THAT I LOVE.. Claire (Jessica’s Mom) takes a picture with her cell phone. Tracy gets in her car and speeds off. * * CAL HE DESERVED AN ‘A’ ON THAT BOOK REPORT AND YOU KNOW IT! (CONTINUED) . you’re STILL. CAL Tracy. By a SLAP ACROSS the face by Kate. CAL (weakly. only to be met. to himself) I’m your soulmate. CAL (meekly completing) .. actually -TRACY I’m going home. realizing... I slept with her! I slept with our son’s eighth grade teacher! GASPS from the crowd. She opens the car door.. And now. MORE GASPS. YOU! I LOVE YOU!!! Tracy hesitates. * CAL Before. Cal turns around to the crowd. you were the only woman I’d ever been with or wanted to be with. even after I’ve been with eleven women. Cal seizes the moment.. She STORMS OFF.
I forget what she looks like. And I’m a lawyer so you know I never lie. anyone remember? POLITE LAUGHS. I’d like to formally ask you. and walks over to Richard.. of course. Liz desperately orders another drink....CONTINUOUS ACTION We’ve been here before.. if we could get our guest of honor over here. baby. More HECKLING from the crowd. Liz and Hannah CHAT off to the side. CHEESECAKE FACTORY . It begins to pour. CHEESECAKE FACTORY CAL Cal 63 * Meanwhile. 62 CONTINUED: (2) 62 THUNDER CRACKS in the sky. He looks up at the sky. in front of all our friends and colleagues. soaked. RICHARD Now. downs her drink. RICHARD So. everyone. the rain pours down as DINERS scurry into the restaurant. Everyone!? The room goes quiet.. barely able to take it. 64 INT. Liz GAGS herself with her finger. More CHEESY LAUGHTER. RICHARD Now I did tell you that it’d be a special night when you passed the bar. stands there.77.. (CONTINUED) 64 * I had . RICHARD Excuse me. my doubts.. looks at Hannah. Hannah takes a deep breath. the same group of BORING PEOPLE at the same table. There’s a cake on the table that says “CONGRATS HANNAH!” Richard stands on a chair. REALLY!!!??? 63 EXT. Is this it? RICHARD I’m so proud of you. Hannah...
. and Schmidt!? CHEERS. down the road. (CONTINUED) * . don’t be silly. trying to hear. HANNAH No.. Hannah steps back. Everyone’s now watching. I know... I thought you were about to propose.. excited.you’re figuring out how you feel about us? She LAUGHS. The room goes quiet. if you’d like to become a permanent lawyer at the firm of Watkins. that’s great. I’m still figuring out how I feel about us. HANNAH No. (then) Wait -. I think I just need a little more time.. privately) I’m sorry. you know: long-term. HANNAH No. I just. (then. RICHARD You don’t have a better offer already.. do you? Everyone LAUGHS.. I’m so sorry. breathless. I didn’t realize. I thought.. Once. I just got thrown is all. What? RICHARD Richard reacts. Goldberg. I just. RICHARD It’s definitely a possibility. no. Loudly. frozen.. it’s fine. HANNAH No. RICHARD . I’m sorry. it’s fine. Richard pulls Hannah off to the side.78. Then twice. Liz gets a good seat. RICHARD Honey. 64 CONTINUED: 64 Hannah waits.
) What did she say? The women look up. Hysterically LAUGHING. I swear to God: I was hoping you wouldn’t propose. He shakes it off. BAR Meanwhile. Jacob sits alone in the bar. revealing: (CONTINUED) * . And I still would have said YES! That’s how pathetic I am! She snags someone else’s drink from the table. No Cal. They melt.S. He flashes his coolest smile. thank you so much. Richard. He checks his 65 Suddenly. stands. 64 CONTINUED: (2) 64 Honey? RICHARD She’s really laughing now. DOWNS IT. he looks very alone at his usual table. ON JACOB Standing there. Liz sticks out her hand and they slap five. ON THE WOMEN One of them is telling a story: WOMAN And you know what she said? What? JACOB (O. in all his glory. she walks away. SLAM! The door to the bar busts open. As she passes. She grabs Richard’s cheeks. HANNAH You know what the best part is: I would have said yes! To YOU! And I didn’t even want you to propose! Just now. watch.79. 65 INT. HANNAH I will consider your job offer. We’ve seen this before. and approaches the table of a group of nearby WOMEN.
66 WOMAN #1 * 66 INT. Slut. Sleek. For the first time. JACOB’S APARTMENT . She scans the room. kiss. Jacob puts an album on his record player. Modern furniture. deep. quickly.LATER We haven’t been here yet. Let’s go.. She pulls back. he looks like a deer in the headlights.80. Kisses him. JACOB Hannah NODS. JACOB HANNAH Do you still think I’m attractive? Yes. Everything just right. searching for. She’s dripping wet from the rain. looking almost wild. She grabs him. JACOB. * (CONTINUED) . She spots him. 65 CONTINUED: 65 HANNAH. marches straight to him. We STAY WITH the WOMEN Jacob had just been introducing himself to.. HANNAH She leads him out of the bar. takes his hand. It’s exactly what you’d expect though: an elegant bachelor-pad. almost angry * HANNAH Do you remember me? Yes. JACOB HANNAH Do you still want to take me home? Yes. A long.
HANNAH I like this song. JACOB HANNAH She * They CLINK. Music starts playing: HANNAH “As Tears Go By” by the Stones. Jacob takes a sip. JACOB Is that a compliment? I’m not sure. Hannah nods. This time she HOLDS HER NOSE as she downs it. He pats the couch. please. Cheers. 66 CONTINUED: 66 HANNAH This place looks like something out of a men’s magazine. pours her another. walks over. Jacob raises a brow. Hannah downs hers. neat. Cheers.. put on the perfect song. As soon as she finishes choking. JACOB I thought you would. sits down. (then) Drink? Yes. HANNAH Brings Jacob pours two nice glasses of SCOTCH.. them (and the bottle) over towards the couch. and make them a drink? * (CONTINUED) .81. holds out her glass for a refill. HANNAH So is this how it normally works? What? JACOB HANNAH How you woo a woman? You take them back to your granitecountered bachelor pad.
She takes a deep breath. and nothing happens. and I pass out. JACOB HANNAH So that’s what happens next? sleep together? We JACOB At some point. HANNAH And then you sleep with them? Yes. but that’s not why I’m here! (then) I’m here to bang the hot guy from the bar who hit on me.82.. 66 CONTINUED: (2) 66 JACOB Yes. yes. Hannah NODS. HANNAH I know at the bar I seemed confident. I was under the impression that was your plan. He actually LAUGHS. already tipsy. (CONTINUED) . but I was more just soaking wet and cold and trying to be dramatic. and you cover me with a blanket. takes a swig. HANNAH No! Not adorable! Sexy! R-rated sexy! Because I know what happens next in the PG-13 version of tonight: I get really drunk.. admits: HANNAH I’m very nervous. JACOB You’re adorable. JACOB I’m getting that. Jacob LAUGHS. grabs the bottle. and kiss my forehead. Hannah SNAPS. That’s how it normally works.
a girl on a mission. this is happening. I’m finally going to do something exciting and dangerous and Liz can blow me! Hannah shakes her hands out. pumping herself up. Holy crap. HANNAH She pokes a finger at his abs. HANNAH So. HANNAH I do. He’s ripped. Hannah stands. your shirt. She motions casually at his abs. (CONTINUED) . Take off Jacob SHRUGS. JACOB Now take off yours. HANNAH No way! Not with all that happening.. stands.83. We’re going to bang.. HANNAH Okay.. do you prefer to do it here or in the bedroom? JACOB (amused) In the bedroom is preferable. unbuttons his shirt and takes it off.. okay. What? JACOB HANNAH I need to stop thinking. 66 CONTINUED: (3) 66 JACOB I don’t think people say ‘bang’ anymore. HANNAH It’s like you’re photo-shopped. (then) Take off your shirt.
HANNAH 68 * HANNAH Wait. do you? (CONTINUED) .. shirtless. Gathers herself. They’re making out. But Jacob isn’t there. 66 CONTINUED: (4) 66 Good. Jacob is on top of her. It forms perfectly to the shape of my head. JACOB I’m glad you like it. HANNAH Sorry. ENTERS. 67 * Meanwhile Cal. in need of a friend’s company. 67 INT. aren’t they!? I always wondered who actually buys them! You do! The hot guy from the bar buys them! Of course! She shakes her head. (tipsy) This pillow is amazing.. CUT BACK TO: 68 INT. Jacob smiles. let’s proceed. After a beat. He looks to his usual table.84. amazed. HANNAH They are... BAR HANNAH Let’s go there. she pulls back again. HANNAH You don’t have one of those ridiculous massage chairs. she pulls back again. They resume kissing. beaten up and soaking wet from the rain. JACOB’S BEDROOM . goes to kiss her.CONTINUOUS ACTION Hannah lies on her back in the dim light. are these those foam pillows from Brookstone? Off his look. gently.
JACOB (admitting) It’s infectious.. He likes her. completely amazing. HANNAH Okay. And then. I’ll answer anything. JACOB C’mon. JACOB Ask me a question As he processes it. hysterical. We can tell: this is different for him. We watch him as he realizes that. but then we bang. * She STARTS LAUGHING HYSTERICALLY.. laughing. Now. (lying) JACOB My. HANNAH What? No! I don’t want to know anything about you. come on. fine. ON HANNAH Hair in her face: drunk. JACOB Absolutely. or past girlfriends -HANNAH What’s your mom like? (CONTINUED) * * . HANNAH How much did it cost? JACOB Five thousand doll-- * That DOUBLES HER OVER. one question. 68 CONTINUED: 68 No. Jacob starts laughing with her. Jacob does the most unexpected thing: Do me a favor.. We watch him look at Hannah.. God! HANNAH You totally do! I do. You can ask me about my job. Oh. really laughing.85. about myself.
. face-to-face. and begins falling in love with him.Soon they’re sitting in bed. JACOB My dad was the opposite of my mom. FIRST. MONTAGE... -.. talking some more. long time ago. just talking.Until finally: it’s Jacob who passes out. TIME PASSES. And it’s Hannah who covers him with a blanket. which is how I have. Left us a lot of money. Very cold. We PULL BACK as they continue chatting.86. He hesitates. actually.. She motions at his abs.. and kisses him on the forehead. 68 CONTINUED: (2) 68 The question takes him by surprise... Then lying on their sides.. IN ONE CONTINUOUS DOLLY MOVE WE HEAD. TO. HANNAH And time for stuff like that? He LAUGHS. CUE MUSIC as we begin a. -. Then kissing. He motions at his PILLOW. HANNAH And your father? JACOB He died. but cold. as one question leads to another. Body language shifts. I guess? Not cruel. sharing the Scotch from the bottle. then: JACOB Icy. * * * .. JACOB Stuff like this. and then another.
BAR . 69 INT. watches a LOVELORN GUY switch plates with his GIRLFRIEND. HANNAH’S BEDROOM . COFFEE SHOP . switches plates. Hyperventilating. CUT TO: 72 INT.. CUT TO: 71A INT. kisses her forehead. HANNAH’S BEDROOM And finally. HANDS are held between COUPLES. Suddenly. until we REVEAL: JACOB staring down at his hand.EVENING Cal is sitting at the table that once belonged to Jacob. Gives in to falling in love with her. She smiles. More pacing..Pacing. terrified. God. Fingers pulling at his own hair. 69 * * * * * * * He looks at the next table. he wrestles with the implications of what’s happening to him.87. In a series of COMEDIC JUMP-CUTS. A drink. MOVIE THEATRE . More staring.NIGHT DOLLY DOWN the row. and finally. he’s crazy about her. (CONTINUED) 70 * * * * He looks * * 71 * * * * * * * * * 71A * * * * * 72 * * * . he catches himself. He notices.EVENING Now it’s Hannah who’s asleep in bed. A big drink. He suddenly seems very alone. Uh-oh. all entranced by the movie. -. 71 INT. and Jacob who stares at her lovingly. He smiles. he loses the battle: he tucks Hannah under a blanket.MORNING Hannah looks longingly at Jacob’s plate of pancakes. locked with Hannah’s. 70 INT.
DAVID JACOBOWITZ I had fun tonight. And then. Look. notices that same SAD SACK MIDDLE-AGED GUY. Awkward beat. He picks up his cell. They LAUGH. And I was wondering if -TRACY David. Also alone. DAVID JACOBOWITZ Wow. So. Jessica.” IGNORE. Her She hits He 73 * * * * * * * * 74 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * PULL BACK to reveal DAVID JACOBWITZ. She’s carrying those same flowers. looks at Tracy and smiles. that’s exactly what I was thinking. I had a nice time. 72 CONTINUED: 72 He looks towards the bar. sees it’s “Cal. JESSICA TRACY Oh. Hi.LATER The awkward end of a first date.. phone rings. times I’ve been having lately.. 73 INT. Are they going to kiss? Holy cow. WEAVER HOUSE . FLOWERS off to the side..88. stop. Romantic chemistry. I don’t think I’m ready to start dating but my ex clearly is and there’s a yogurt shop where they make this eight calorie ice cream that tastes like a laxative. across from her. which is a substantial upgrade from the rest of the. (MORE) (CONTINUED) . Tracy.CONTINUOUS ACTION Tracy sits at a table. You know. so if you’d like to take me there sometime I guess I wouldn’t say no. She looks at it. Jessica. David walks Tracy to the front door. RESTAURANT . 74 EXT. THE DOOR OPENS. It’s almost uncanny.. Jessica stands there. This is the moment. She smiles back weakly. Sorry. Hello. this is my work-friend.
TRACY Tracy reaches for her purse. Oh.but not a lot wait up for Dad. Jessica. TRACY So how much do I owe yo-JESSICA Did you know your kids are the only ones I baby-sit for who always want to stay awake so they can see their dad when he gets home.. 74 CONTINUED: TRACY (CONT'D) He’s an accountant named David. He EXITS. thanks. Maybe it’s because he’s good. awkward. he can hear and see everything. JESSICA (pointedly) It’s a pretty dress. I mean. INSIDE THE DOOR Robbie sneaks down the stairs. DAVID JACOBOWITZ I’ll see you at work. (CONTINUED) .89. How was dinner? TRACY It was just for work. Okay. and he’s kind. and he’s decent. Tracy stands there with Jessica. well everything sounds great. Spreadsheets. this is my baby-sitter. or how he liked the movie. don’t get me wrong -. they fight with everything they have to keep their eyes open so they can hear what Dad had for dinner. David. 74 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * David smiles knowingly.. awkwardly. David.and your kids always want to see you. From a kneeling position. JESSICA So. Lot of kids want to stay awake for Mom -.
74 CONTINUED: (2) 74 TRACY What are you talking abo-Batshit crazy.90. (CONTINUED) . IN QUICK CUTS we watch as she: Sets it on her dresser. Hits the timer. She walks out the door. 76 EXT. goes right toward a drawer in her dresser. 75 INT.CONTINUOUS ACTION Tracy locks the door and leans against it. TRACY * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 75 * * * * * * * 76 He’s * * * 77 * * * * * * But she’s gone. ON ROBBIE at top of the stairs. Drops her clothes to the floor. regarding the flowers. Jessica! TRACY JESSICA Tracy looks confused. HOUSE . processing what Jessica just said about Cal. STREET . Steps back. explodes? JESSICA I DON’T WANT YOUR SLUTTY MONEY! She storms off.. 77 INT. Jessica? Jessica turns.. She pulls out a CAMERA.MINUTES LATER Jessica ENTERS in a huff.LATER CUE MUSIC. and heads into the kitchen. Robbie rides his bike down the street. JESSICA’S BEDROOM . got Tracy’s FLOWERS nestled in his handlebars. Tracy SIGHS (”what the hell was that”) and CLOSES the door. She puts the FLOWERS down on the table.
All under cover of night.LATE EVENING MUSIC CONTINUES as we spy the Weaver family through their windows: Robbie plays video games in his room. Molly watching her show in hers.his family -. She steps into the KITCHEN.” She shakes her head. envelope reading: “Cal Weaver. He jumps to silence it. And places it in an * * * * * * * 78 * * * * * * * 79 * * * * * * * * * * * * * She stares at the envelope HER DOORBELL RINGS. and OUTSIDE. started. trims and waters. 79 EXT.. suspicious. love David J” but the “David J. Kids! TRACY (O. It’s touching. She looks at the note. 78 INT. Sitting on her stoop: The same flowers that David Jacobowitz gave Tracy sit out front. Tracy in the kitchen.. We MOVE DOWN the house. Cal leans toward the window.. looking in. join her.MOMENTS LATER She opens the front door. (CONTINUED) . and DIALS her phone. Cal: * * * * * * * It’s horribly painful. and start eating.) Ice cream! Cal looks into the living room.” for a beat. Laughing. JESSICA’S HOUSE .” has been crossed out and replaced with “Robbie. takes the flowers. She quickly puts the envelope in a drawer and heads for the door. where we discover: Cal in stealth mode.inside. INSIDE. Cal’s phone rings. He fertilizes. It’s complicated. closes the door. Tracy looks at her kids. We take in the real-time TABLEAU: Cal’s wife and children -.S. thinks of something. The kids race down the stairs. OUTSIDE. It reads: “Just give me a chance. Just then: With a heart. tending to his backyard. 77 CONTINUED: 77 Prints a PHOTO from her camera.. Jessica jumps. THE WEAVER BACKYARD . Tracy has brought out ice cream: a carton with three spoons. watching them from the outside.91. closes the door.
I just. (then) Do you see the little grey door? Yeah. TRACY Oh. what do I do? Cal lowers the phone. you see the red button? wrote ‘push’ on it? I got it. I’m trying to get the water heater working ‘cause the pilot’s out and I don’t know how to relight it. CAL It’s fine. TRACY I’m sorry to bother you. 79 CONTINUED: 79 Hello? Hi. TRACY Okay.. it’s fine... Cal. Here: I’ll walk you through it. TRACY CAL She pantomimes this in the kitchen. TRACY So. I’m glad you called. Pull it down..92. I’m in the basement. CAL TRACY She has no idea. it’s down. looks at her. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Then: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * I * * * * * * * * * * Cal is looking at her inside. CAL Now. hesitates. there it goes! (CONTINUED) . Now turn that to the right and stick the match in. TRACY CAL Push. Silence. Obviously Cal sees she’s not in the basement.
CAL No. ROBBIE She still won’t talk to you? (CONTINUED) * * . Silence. anytime. we’ll have to tell her. (awkward beat) Talk to you later? Yeah.93. Wanna stay for dinner? Sure. CAL Well. 79 CONTINUED: (2) 79 CAL Good. there’s a shocker. thanks.. Call anytime with stuff like that. I. Robbie doesn’t look much better. Cal looks depressed. thanks again. The charade is over. She goes back into her trance. TRACY And.. ROBBIE CAL Your mom’s working till five. 80 INT... He takes one final look back at his wife as the sprinklers go off in the backyard and douse him. Now what? * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 80 TRACY Well. Cal HANGS up. CAL’S CORPORATE APARTMENT . between Robbie and Molly. appreciate your help. * CAL Nanna’s coming over tonight.MORNING Cal sits on his little couch. (off their silence) What do you guys want to do today? MOLLY (not looking up) High School Musical. Molly is once again absorbed in High School Musical. Cal. Now just close the door and you’re good to go. You guys haven’t seen her in a while.
CAL Oh. all the things we used to do. Mom. REMOTE in * * * CAL Baby? I’m gonna have to turn off the show.. What happened? ROBBIE CAL Beyond your pay-grade.94. beat. ROBBIE No. buddy. no. Get your coat. scary. 80 CONTINUED: 80 CAL Not if that show’s on. turns towards him. runs off. We were laughing. No! I have to -NOOOO! MOLLY CAL MOLLY CAL I’m turning it off -NOOOOOOOOOOO! MOLLY Molly Then: He just does it! He turns the TV off. Silence. It’s the timeless GOLF SCENE from High School Musical II. I mean. Cal looks pained. Cal turns to Molly. A LIGHT BULB goes on. Just hellos and goodbyes when we pass you guys off. Robbie smiles. His eyes drift to the TV. CAL (to Robbie) Hey. (CONTINUED) . A long. CAL I will say this though: I got close. Talking about old times.. hand. stares.
. Cal KISSES her. 82 83 EXT. assisting. Thanks for the cologne.95. Bernie. he runs BERNIE CAL 84 * * * * * * * * * BERNIE So how’ve you -CAL Bernie: I’d love to catch I’m doing something at the house tonight and I’m in a a rush so. SPORTING GOODS STORE . Robbie and Molly extend a MEASURING TAPE across the ground.CONTINUOUS ACTION Molly points out her three favorite DAY LABORERS. U-HAUL CENTER .LATER Cal talks to a different SALESMAN. Cal takes off.. PARTY SUPPLY STORE . into..CONTINUOUS ACTION Cal picks up materials. 81 INT. As he rounds a corner. Cal. excited.LATER Cal talks to a SALESMAN. Oh.CONTINUOUS ACTION Cal rents a TRUCK. Cal hires them. jumps up from the couch. but old bit of again * * * * * * * . 80 CONTINUED: (2) 80 MOLLY (free at last) Thank you. BERNIE. HOME DEPOT . 83 84 INT. 81 INT. hey. yeah.. HOME DEPOT . 85 EXT. 82 Robbie and Molly bounce around. 85 up.
We go -- 86 * * * 86A SPLIT SCREEN with JACOB on his... CAL (laughing) Whoa!!!! Look at you! You do realize you might actually have to answer a question or two about yourself? (CONTINUED) * * * .LATER Some kind of construction is going on back there.. 86A * * * * JACOB I’m sorry.. 86 INT. whatever.. I mean. CAL (disbelieving) Okay. in his car. JACOB I’ve been a little. I’m going to meet her mother. I’ve been spending a lot of time with her. Oh. CAL * * * * * * * * * JACOB No.. JACOB Actually. tonight. Cal. My. WEAVER BACKYARD .96. Cal’s cell phone RINGS. Hello? Hey. CAL You abandoned me at my time of need. things have gotten a bit. This woman. I bet you did. God. He’s waiting outside a LIQUOR STORE CAL JACOB CAL It’s alive. I met a woman. I know I’ve been out of circulation. One woman.
a shit-eating grin on his face. (CONTINUED) . Jacob can’t help but smile: wow. sees it. Good for you. 86A CONTINUED: 86A JACOB Yes. JACOB Grab a beer next week? CAL You’ve got my number. Almost faints.. asshole. 89 INT. Zombie-like. 87 EXT. Gotta go. 88 INT. CLAIRE AND BERNIE’S LIVING ROOM . watching football and drinking a cold one. ashen. JESSICA’S BEDROOM Meanwhile. Curiosity piqued. Thanks. It’s addressed to Cal Weaver. WEAVER HOUSE . by the way. Hannah comes out of the wine store. he’s REALLY into her. I realize that.97.. No!!!! JESSICA 89 * * * She jumps. hops over the car. doing homework. Claire ENTERS. She throws 88 * * Notices something. Jessica lies on the floor. she picks it up. As she pulls in she notices Robbie.CONTINUOUS ACTION Big Bernie sits in a recliner. but it’s too late. and gets back to work. She SIGHS (”what now?”) and parks the car. JACOB * * * 87 * * * * Cal HANGS up. (then) Hey. LAUGHS to himself. Looks inside. Jessica looks up.LATER THAT NIGHT Tracy pulls up to her house. she hands Bernie the envelope. He’s standing outside the front door in a tuxedo. An envelope. Claire is putting away laundry. some underwear in Jessica’s bottom drawer.
slides the pictures back into the envelope.CONTINUOUS ACTION Jessica runs into a second car. Not only is he wearing a tuxedo. * BACK TO SCENE Daddy? JESSICA Bernie puts a hand up. A heart. Tracy LAUGHS. but we get the point: it’s a father’s worst nightmare. he’s carrying a bunch of SCARVES. Tracy’s face drops. Races after her father. He can’t speak. Bernie. JESSICA’S HOUSE . ON JESSICA Realizing. (weary) What is this? TRACY What is he doing? * (CONTINUED) . 90 * 91 * * * * EXT. * * * ROBBIE I have to blindfold you. WEAVER HOUSE Meanwhile. 90 She grabs a second set of keys. dazed. From inside we hear a car SCREECH AWAY. 91 EXT. Tracy approaches Robbie. ON ENVELOPE Cal’s name.98. Baby! TRACY What are you wearing!? ROBBIE Dad’s here. 89 CONTINUED: 89 ON BERNIE Staring at the picture. He looks at the envelope again. He marches out the door. We don’t see it.
ON THE BACKYARD Cal’s Shangri-La has been transformed: the yard holds a FULL-BLOWN MINIATURE GOLF HOLE. She too RACES through the same light. 92 INT. CAL * * * TRACY Can I take these off. BERNIE’S CAR Meanwhile. You’ll make it out alive. allowing Robbie to BLINDFOLD HER from behind. double-knots it. T. Kids? CAL * (CONTINUED) .CONTINUOUS ACTION Jessica is the one BLARING THE HORN. we’re good. There’s no expression on Bernie’s face. WEAVER BACKYARD Robbie leads a blindfolded Tracy into the backyard. not Al Queda. please? Almost. Then ANOTHER! ROBBIE Okay. He’s your husband. He looks down at passenger seat. At the ENVELOPE bearing Cal’s address. JESSICA’S CAR . Cal stands behind it all. 91 CONTINUED: 91 ROBBIE Relax. She looks like a zombie with all the scarves over her face.99. We see what she is not yet privy to. Mom. 93 A HORN blares behind him. She can’t help but smile. * 94 * * 94 EXT. crying and panicked. let’s do this. It’s frightening. in a tux. Then ANOTHER at a different angle. 93 92 * INT. He ties a SCARF around her eyes. windmill and all. She kneels down. Hi. He RACES through a light.
) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * From inside the house steps out. CAL She’s right next to you. Huh? Just then: Hello? VOICE (O. in a PARTY DRESS. Cal Weaver saw Tracy Boyle for the first time.. JACOB. Nanna! Hi. carries a glass of champagne to Tracy and puts it in her hand. T. Holding a bottle of wine and smiling like an idiot. Molly. might as well wait for your daughter. CAL (launching in) Twenty-five years ago. TRACY Well.S. your other daughter. Daddy. Tracy SIGHS. HANNAH.. 94 CONTINUED: 94 Robbie CUES music (which will play throughout this scene). giving up. Everyone freezes. walking the halls of Woodside Middle School -TRACY Cal: are you seriously doing this in front of the kids? ROBBIE (quickly) If it goes bad I’m supposed to take Molly upstairs and put the TV on loud.. CAL HANNAH WTF! And right behind her. TRACY No.. Cal? JACOB * (CONTINUED) .100.
CAL (freaking) I'M NOT UNDERSTANDING WHAT’S GOING ON HERE! HANNAH Dad. Hey. so how do you know my dad? JACOB (realizing) Oh. what’s going on? Hey. * (CONTINUED) . cutie. Robbie. CAL Wait. Jacob. No. Nanna. God. you two know each other? TRACY (still blind) Hi. this is my boyfriend. 94 CONTINUED: (2) 94 CAL What the hell are you doing here? JACOB What the hell are you doing here? HANNAH Wait. Nanna. I couldn’t pronounce Hannah when I was little -. No. Hey. ROBBIE HANNAH MOLLY HANNAH * JACOB WHAT THE HELL IS A NANNA!? HANNAH It’s me.wait. Nanna. Hey.101. No. CAL No.
. now. that’s not going to happen. End it. take the goddamn thing off your mother! (then. 94 CONTINUED: (3) 94 TRACY I want to see the boyfriend! (struggling with scarves) Can someone please take this off? JACOB HOW THE HELL DO YOU HAVE A 24-YEAROLD DAUGHTER!? CAL I WAS SEVENTEEN! SHE WAS OUR SENIOR YEAR HICCUP! IT’S WHY WE GOT MARRIED SO YOUNG! JACOB WHY DIDN’T YOU EVER TELL ME THAT? CAL YOU NEVER LET ME TALK ABOUT MY CHILDREN! HANNAH So you two. no way. DAD! HANNAH TRACY (down to two scarves) Will someone please take this goddamn thing off me! CAL Robbie. like. CAL Well.you and her. Daddy!!! HANNAH * * * JACOB Well.. looking up) Bernie? * * (CONTINUED) .102. really know each other? CAL No way -. then I’m going to murder you.
. stop! JESSICA He hesitates. JESSICA He didn’t do anything. Tries to pull Bernie off. no! JESSICA * * * * * ROBBIE Is that Jessica? BAM! Bernie lands a solid right into Cal’s jaw. JESSICA runs after her father. It’s Bernie! Behind him. Jacob with an UPPERCUT! Jacob! HANNAH * Bernie NAILS * CAL (getting pummelled) Bernie. BERNIE I LET HER BABY-SIT FOR YOU. Daddy. I DON’T KNOW WHAT YOU’RE TALKING ABOUT! Bernie picks up a WINDMILL from the miniature GOLF COURSE. SCREAMING: Daddy. (CONTINUED) .. YOU SICK SON OF A BITCH! SHE’S SEVENTEEN! Jacob dives in. even know. Jessica throws herself on Cal. readies to bash it over Cal’s head.103. 94 CONTINUED: (4) 94 SLAM! A body flies into Cal and knocks him OUT OF FRAME. Daddy! Daddy! HANNAH JESSICA * TRACY (yanking on blindfold) What’s happening? Bernie is pummeling Cal. He doesn’t This breaks Bernie’s trance.
please get this off me! ROBBIE (struggling with it) I’m TRYING! JESSICA He doesn’t even know that I’m in love with him! Robbie stops. * He gets ready to pummel some more.104. ROBBIE You made him dirty pictures? God. CAL Are you pointing at me? ROBBIE Are you pointing at him? TRACY Who is she pointing at!? ROBBIE (processing) Wait: my dad is the older guy you’ve been seeing? I knew it. Oh (CONTINUED) . BERNIE Jessica grabs him. turns. JESSICA (to Bernie) He doesn’t even know about the dirty pictures I made for him. 94 CONTINUED: (5) 94 Know what? Know what? ROBBIE CAL TRACY (still blindfolded) Robbie. With who? ROBBIE JESSICA (pointing at Cal) With him.
JACOB David Jacobowitz! CAL David Jacobowitz!? DAVID JACOBOWITZ Is this a bad time -WHACK!!! hook. He’s holding up a SWEATER in his right hand.S. * (CONTINUED) . hearted all at once. Jacob LEVELS David Jacobowitz with a right HANNAH * * * * * * Jacob! JACOB You know how much misery you’ve put this poor bastard through!? Before Jacob can finish. and broken- * * * * * * * ROBBIE (to Cal) You’re the one? You’re the one she. He’s angry.105. 94 CONTINUED: (6) 94 Robbie looks to Cal.. furious) You stole my soulmate. jealous.. (then.) I’m sorry. Cal LEVELS Jacob. DAVID JACOBOWITZ You left your sweater in my car the other night. Who are you? HANNAH * * * * * * * * DAVID JACOBOWITZ David Jacobowitz. Wait: CAL Jessica is your soulmate? VOICE (O. CAL Stay the hell away from my daughter. is Tracy home? Everyone turns: DAVID JACOBOWITZ stands in the doorway.
and children watch the battle in horror. (to his partner) What do you think? The other cop SHRUGS. and David Jacobowitz sit side-by-side on the miniature golf hole. Officer. The first cop. to pull them apart. 94 CONTINUED: (7) 94 Jacob JUMPS on Cal. (CONTINUED) . but if you’re gonna fight -. okay. Stops there. REVEAL: TWO POLICE OFFICERS standing in the center of the yard. * POLICE OFFICER #1 Just. simmer down. Jacob. CAL Cal glares at him. WEAVER BACKYARD .. then: 95 * * * * * * POLICE OFFICER #1 Look. 95 INT. walks to the door.LATER Cal. Bernie tries The women CUT TO: Jessica finally gets the blindfold off Tracy. * The cops look at Cal. at each other. That should about do it.just do it inside. thinks. okay? Jacob SNARFS down a laugh. Keep it in the family. One of them finishes writing in a pad. TRACY Thank you. I’ll kill you. okay? ‘Cause honestly. and EXIT.106.. SHRUG. I don’t even know what to put down here. He nods. okay? We all have arguments. Bernie. POLICE OFFICER #1 Well. David jumps on Jacob. I’m just gonna write domestic disturbance reported but all clear. bloodied but still.
JESSICA I’m so sorry -NOW! BERNIE Robbie runs to the driveway. They get in their respective cars. But he won’t even look at her. that’s ironic. Bernie turns to Jessica. 96 IN THE STREET as Jessica runs after her father. A miniature golf hole torn to shreds.107. what? Tracy doesn’t push it. 97 BACK INSIDE Jacob approaches Cal. CAL This man is a lowlife and a womanizer -TRACY (under her breath) Oh. Our whole cast is there: disheveled and bloodied. trying to apologize. Cal -Cal turns to Hannah. The place looks like a hurricane has hit. Don’t. Cal whips around. Let’s go. looks: 96 * * And that’s that. (CONTINUED) 97 * * CAL JACOB * * * * * * * * * . * * * * Looks back at Cal. She NODS. 95 CONTINUED: 95 ON THE YARD Awkward silence. BERNIE Now. Cal turns back to Hannah. CAL I’m sorry. drive off.
Over and over again. takes Jacob’s hand. I’m not going to stop seeing him. c’mon. stop being unreasona-I said: HOUSE! CAL GET THE HELL OUT OF MY * * * * * * * Hannah * TRACY IT’S NOT YOUR HOUSE ANYMORE. CAL Well then I don’t have anything else to say to you. JACOB (one last try) Cal. c’mon -But Cal won’t even look at him. BACK TO SCENE TRACY Cal. Dad -HANNAH * * * * * CAL GET THE HELL OUT OF MY HOUSE! ON HANNAH shocked. (CONTINUED) * . pulls him away. SWEETHEART!? This time it’s Tracy whose face registers shock. Cal turns away. 97 CONTINUED: 97 CAL You may not be able to see it. CAL! CAL AND YOU MADE DAMN SURE OF THAT DIDN’T YOU. You are not to see him any more. but I have. HANNAH Dad.108. Nanna. MOLLY (calling out) Goodbye.
And speaking of Cal. buddy? Robbie looks up at him. Cal NODS.. He looks at his CONTACT LIST.” 98 ROBBIE 1) ROBBIE. EXITS. she won’t. Dad. right.. and DELETES JESSICA. CAL She’s all yours. 97 CONTINUED: (2) 97 HANNAH (through tears) Goodbye. at school. They EXIT. cutie. then grabs his things. His spirit is crushed. * * * * * * * * * Before he goes. TRACY (wounded) * * * Nice.. thinks. cold.109. 101 TRACY 4) at her office. Go home. grounded and sad. 98 INT.. finally taking down the picture of her and Cal. CAL Go big or go home. 99 JESSICA 2) 100 at home. Ouch. Cal lets them go. 100 99 * * * JACOB 3) trying to get HANNAH to make a phone call to her father.THE NEXT MONTH CUE: John Mayer’s “Who Says. Cal stops in front of Robbie. David. 101 * * . VARIOUS LOCATIONS .
I deserved it. It’s pathetic. WAITRESS In the afternoon. No. being a dick.” He’s grown a patchy beard. this is “Sad Mess Cal. ON JACOB Standing there. As always. JACOB It’s a nice sweatsuit. another drink would be grand. She EXITS.S. once again. BAR . JACOB (O. 102 INT. He’s wearing a ratty sweatsuit. he looks perfectly put together. He’s drinking.” the Jacob disciple.) Ah. it’s okay. Cocktail Waitress. 102 * * * CAL 2:30 would have been sufficient but I appreciate the judgment. Cal feels bad for that one. Cal.AFTERNOON (THREE WEEKS LATER) Cal sits back at his usual table. As she re-approaches: Sorry for * CAL That was uncalled for. vodka-cranberry out of a wimpy red straw. (then) Yes. A WAITRESS APPROACHES. WAITRESS Can I get you another? CAL What time is it? 2:30. This isn’t “Cool Cal. CAL What do you want? Can I sit? JACOB * CAL I don’t know.110. He takes in Cal. can you? (CONTINUED) .
102 CONTINUED: 102 JACOB Okay. look at me. CAL JACOB Must be missing a lot of work. Some vacation. so like children then. Jacob still has that power over him.. JACOB I’d like to talk. JACOB Move * CAL Then I have nothing to say to you. you’ve got a lot of nerve coming here -Just then. over. JACOB (then) Cal. the WAITRESS re-approaches. Delivers Cal’s (CONTINUED) * .111. JACOB CAL I hate the beach. JACOB You been hanging out here a lot? Sometimes. are we going to be mature about this. CAL You still seeing my daughter? Yes. CAL I have a lot of vacation days. Cal looks. Jacob SLIDES in. Cal.. They wait her out. or act like children? CAL (mimicking) ‘Are we going to be mature or act like children?’ JACOB Okay. drink. She EXITS.
JACOB His eighth grade graduation is next week.. Cal. if your lecture on parental responsibility is almost done -JACOB I love her. and do the things they do. Jacob NODS as Cal pushes the drink away. You coming? CAL Of course I’m coming. JACOB Well you haven’t exactly been around for him. that’s a good excuse -CAL Alright. 102 CONTINUED: (2) 102 JACOB You want a sip? CAL No. Honestly. I heard them say the things they said. she probably spit in it. I’ve never even been in ‘like’ before. fantastic! You can teach Robbie how to objectify women.I saw weakness. JACOB Your kids miss you. (then) I never got it. it all just seemed so. Cal looks up. JACOB Oh.. CAL He’s not my biggest fan right now. so pathetic. man-whore.112. CAL You’re hanging out with my kids. he’ll love that. (then) (MORE) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * (CONTINUED) . JACOB I’ve never been in love before. Cal. I saw people in love -.
Cal is now shaven and well-dressed but he looks miserable. Molly. All look nice. 103 Once more. Cal is alone. 102 CONTINUED: (3) JACOB (CONT'D) She’s my perfect combination of everything. He smiles. 102 Cal looks up at Jacob. He EXITS. Jacob arrives. About 150 people fill the crowd of an intimate middle school graduation... GRADUATION CEREMONY . Jessica sits with her family a few rows away. Cal. He leans forward.. Just as he wants it. ON STAGE We WATCH the ceremony for a moment. to introduce the first student speaker: our very own English teacher Kate Thompson! Cal’s former conquest steps onto stage.O.ONE WEEK LATER A small MIDDLE-SCHOOL AMPHITHEATER. are they saving it for him? But just then. Cal looks nauseous. Tracy. EXT. * (CONTINUED) . And you will never have my permission nor my approval. * * * * * * * * 103 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * CAL I know you. JACOB I’ll see you at graduation. gently... AN EMPTY SEAT between Tracy and Hannah. Jacob stands.) . His eyes brighten for a moment as he notices.. MANY ROWS BACK -Sits Cal. You are not good enough for my daughter. through her introduction. sandwiched between RANDOM SPECTATORS. I know what you are. The PRINCIPAL labors * * * VOICE (V. and Hannah sit in the front row. and now. Kisses Hannah and takes “Cal’s” seat.113...
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AHEAD OF CAL Tracy looks away, clearly uncomfortable at the teacher’s presence. She accidentally catches Cal’s eye. Awkward. KATE Our next speaker is not only the class salutatorian, but he’s also one of the most... (searching) Spirited... young men, I’ve ever had the pleasure of teaching. Ladies and gentlemen: Robbie Weaver. Robbie takes the stage to APPLAUSE. This is not the same kid we’ve come to love. There’s something different in his face. He’s been broken. He spots JESSICA. ROBBIE (a bit monotone) Thank you, Mrs. Thompson. Welcome, Class of 2011. (a beat) I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to talk about today. Mrs. Thompson said it might be good to talk about growing up and getting older and stuff. So I guess I’ll talk about that. Cal watches, concerned. Where’s his son?
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ROBBIE I grew up a lot this year, I think. I used to think that growing up meant really growing. Like getting taller and bigger. But now I think that growing up just makes you smaller. Your dreams get smaller, and what you want gets smaller... (beat, then) I grew an inch and a half this year, but I feel a lot smaller. Cal sits forward, getting increasingly concerned. ROBBIE I was in love. And I know that makes parents laugh because I’m only thirteen but whatever, I was. (MORE)
115. 103 CONTINUED: (2) ROBBIE (CONT'D) I believed that there was one true love for everyone, and if you fought for that person, your one true love would always work out. But that’s not how it works. It sounded good when I was younger, but... it’s just not how it works. There’s no such thing as one true love for everyo-103
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CAL May I have a word with my son? It’ll just take a second. Cal tries to extricate himself from his row. He steps over people, squeezes by people, almost trips. Finally clear, he gathers himself, and tries to keep his dignity as he marches down the aisle -- past his family. Robbie comes to the front of the stage, bends down. ROBBIE (heated whisper) What are you doing? I don’t know. CAL What are you doing?
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CAL My son’s graduation speech sucks. GASPS from the crowd. ON CAL Now standing, alone, front and center in front of an entire eighth grade graduation ceremony. He looks behind him at the panel of TEACHERS. THOMPSON discreetly gives Cal the finger. CAL In fairness, I don’t know where he was going but I think we can all agree it was heading in a pretty depressing direction. And I basically wrote it for him. I mean, I didn’t literally write it but I sure as hell influenced it, and the kid’s already a spitting image of his mother and I’ll be damned if this is what he’s going to get from me. People squirm, uncomfortable. This is a train wreck. MRS.
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CAL My son -- not him, my actual son -he believes in grand romantic gestures. He believes that people have soulmates. And we always want to tell our thirteen-yearolds that they’re wrong, that ‘one day you’ll understand, young man.’ But maybe it should be the other way around. He looks at Tracy, out in the crowd. CAL I met my soulmate when I was fifteen years old. Our first date, we went for ice cream. After, my dad started teasing me about my ‘first date’ the way dads do. And I told him: ‘stop making a big deal, Dad. I’m going to go on lots of dates with plenty of girls.’ That was the first time I ever lied to my father. (then) (MORE)
His boy is back. When you find ‘the one’ you never give up trying.but I promise you this: I will never stop trying..I don’t.LATER The ceremony is over. Cal stands back and smiles. I’m sorry I can’t give you that -. (CONTINUED) . I have loved her through the birth of our three perfect children. And I don’t know what will wind up happening with us -. turns to Jacob. 103 CONTINUED: (4) CAL (CONT'D) I met my soulmate when I was fifteen years old.) as Robbie continues. GRADUATION CEREMONY . 104 EXT.. CAL My perfect girl. my amazing boy. They hug him. Cal kisses his son on the head. kiss him. Hi. The crowd reacts (LAUGHS. Robbie. for reminding me of that. CAL HANNAH He smiles at her. ever since she let me buy her that first mint chip ice cream. of every day. Jessica! I’ve loved you since the first time you changed my sister’s diaper! I’ve loved you since. etc. CHEERS. Robbie heads over to his family. then motions towards the microphone. Robbie grabs it with newfound gusto and announces: ROBBIE I still love you. Cal approaches Hannah and Jacob. and I love you. He kisses her forehead. Daddy. 103 * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * 104 * * * * * * * * * * * Robbie hugs his father as the crowd reacts. and I have loved her even as I’ve hated her -only married couples can truly understand that one. Nanna.117. And I have loved her with everything I have for every minute. adoring...
Cal notices: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Jacob smiles. Seriously? CAL JACOB Of course not. I ordered a Colt . CAL I like that. OVER TO ROBBIE Who approaches Jessica.. how are things with your dad? * (CONTINUED) . ROBBIE It was nice of you to come. Jacob shuts up. I’m not going to -CAL Shut up. Awkward. order is restored in the universe. shakes hands with Cal. JACOB Cal. I’m not kidding. I got this at Nordstrom’s. It’s actually not as bad as I thought. 104 CONTINUED: 104 CAL I already ordered a gun. I can show you the receipt.45 on a shady internet site. CAL Is that a new shirt? JACOB Hannah took me to the Gap.118. ROBBIE So. Wow. JESSICA I wouldn’t have missed it. And like that. If you hurt her. I am prepared to shoot you in the face. It’s the Gap. Jacob.. Cal.
formally.. Jessica. I took a summer internship up at Stanford. up next to his son. Love-struck once more. Robbie peeks inside. ROBBIE I’m not. JESSICA It’s a good plan. probably a good idea. She looks over her shoulder. ROBBIE Yeah. so I’ll just come for you then. He holds out his hand. JESSICA Wait: I thought you weren’t giving up. To help get you through high school. and one day I’ll look like my dad. sweetly. buddy? (CONTINUED) . She hands him something in an ENVELOPE: envelope she once used for. Robbie watches her go. JESSICA Until then: a little graduation gift. 104 CONTINUED: (2) 104 JESSICA Strained. JESSICA You take care. to shake. on the cheek. (then) You were a good baby-sitter. But I figure: you like my dad. Robbie. gonna head up there early. Jessica smiles..119. His eyes BUG OUT. him. I’m sorry if I made you uncomfortable. Figure it can’t hurt to get out of his line of sight for a while. Cal steps the same type of Jessica kisses * * * * * * * * CAL You okay. reaches into her purse.
the only thing I know -She stops herself.. I mean. thinking. emotional.. And we have all these problems.) I’m terrified of what’s going to become of him once he hits puberty. Then. quiet. simply: TRACY I am just so glad you took me for that ice cream. She nods. CAL We might have to lock him up. I’d like to try though. CAL I’ve been working on it for thirty years. 104 CONTINUED: (3) 104 ROBBIE (re: envelope) I am now. She LAUGHS. They share the moment in silence.S. Cal smiles. I know I’d like to try. so many problems I’ve lost count. Tracy smiles. And it’s been such a strange year. Cal smiles. TRACY Things are just so messed up. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * And then: (CONTINUED) TRACY (O. Dad. I am now. I’ve been in such a strange place. Cal? CAL I don’t know.. TRACY You gave a good eighth grade graduation speech. then. Robbie runs off to join his friends. Cal walks over toward her. Tracy has been watching. Cal turns. but at the end of the day. so. TRACY Do you think we can ever come back from all this.120.. * .
we PULL BACK. No! CAL * * * * * * * * * FADE OUT. Off to the side. THE END . As they JOKE and ARGUE about what flavor the ice cream was. He smiles.121. 104 CONTINUED: (4) 104 TRACY It was rocky road by the way. Robbie steps away from his friends and watches them enjoy one another’s company.
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