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Momentum

by
M. Robert Fisher

M. Robert Fisher
(310) 956 0298
INT BLUE BMW 328 - SANTA MONICA - MORNING

The hands of NATE rest on the steering wheel of his BLUE BMW,
as he drives down a SANTA MONICA street.

He comes to a red light and pulls out a cigarette. Nate


looks to the street to see a shoe sitting in the middle of
the road.

NATE (V.O.)
A shoe in the middle of the fucking
street. How does a shoe, just find
it’s way into the middle of the
road?

EXT SANTA MONICA - NIGHT

SUPER -- 1:19AM THE NIGHT BEFORE

A Red Expedition SPEEDS through traffic negligently. The


ground is wet as if it had just rained a bit earlier that
evening.

INT RED EXPEDITION - CONTINUOUS

MARILYN
Slow down!

JAMES glares from the drivers seat at MARILYN who sits in the
passenger seat with a shitty look on her face.

MARILYN (CONT'D)
Would you please slow down?!

James skids to a red light.

JAMES
Is he alive back there?

EDDIE smiles form the backseat.

EDDIE
Don't know.

Eddie leans over and smacks SPIGGS, who is passed out next to
Eddie, in the face. Spiggs grunts as he rolls over.
2.

EDDIE(CONT'D)
Hah yeah, I think so.

The traffic light turns green.

MARILYN
Do we have to go to this thing?
It's already almost 2:00 in the
morning.

EDDIE
Since when do you care about
getting home at a reasonable hour?

MARILYN
Since there is a retard passed out
in the back of our car.

EDDIE
Spiggs is retarded?

James looks back.

JAMES
Would both of you please shut the
fuck up?

MARILYN
(re: Eddie)
God you're an idiot.

Eddie sits back and gives a look as if to say "What did I


say?"

JAMES
What'd I just say?
(a beat)
Look, Nate is our friend and he
asked us to go.

MARILYN
No he's your friend. None of my
friends are that depressing.

EDDIE
How is he depressing?
3.

A BLACK LEXUS cuts them off, speeding in front of them then


slams on the brakes.

MARILYN
Look out!

They brake narrowly avoiding a collision with the Car in


front of them.

JAMES
Fucking asshole. Eddie, take off
Spiggs shoe.

EDDIE
Why?

JAMES
Just take off his fucking shoe. He
won’t miss it.

Eddie looks awkwardly at James as he unlaces and begins to


take off Spiggs shoe.

JAMES (CONT'D)
Hurry the fuck up!

EDDIE
Alright! Jesus.

Eddie hands James the shoe.

MARILYN
What are you going to do with that?

The light turns green; they begin to drive. James speeds up,
as he pulls up along side the Lexus. James rolls down his
window. The Lexus has dark, tinted windows. James can’t see
who the person driving the vehicle.

JAMES
(yelling)
You think you're clever asshole?!

James throws the shoe out at the passenger side of the Lexus.
The shoe hits the car and then falls to the ground.
4.

MARILYN
What the fuck are you doing?!

JAMES
Asshole.

James speeds past the car. The Lexus pulls into the left turn
lane. It then makes a U-turn to head back in the other
direction.

INT BLUE BMW 328 - SANTA MONICA - DAY

The light turns green.

EXT SANTA MONICA - CONTINUOUS

Nate's car turns left onto another street. Shortly afer, a


homeless man walks into the middle of the street. He notices
the shoe in the middle of the road. He approaches the shoe,
then looks around curiously.

SUPER -- 11:35 AM

-SCREECHING TIRES.

EXT JANICE'S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER

Nate's car screeches to a halt in front of JANICE'S HOUSE. He


exits and rounds the front of the car toward the house.

Nate knocks at the front door. He stands patiently waiting


for someone to answer the door.

JANICE (O.C.)
Who is it?

NATE
It's me.

JANICE
Nathan?

The door opens and Nate begins to smile at the sight of


JANICE. Janice is beautiful, exotic looking young woman.
5.

JANICE (CONT'D)
What are you doing here?

Nate's smile fades.

NATE
What?

JANICE
Sorry, you just kind of show up
unexpectedly.

There is an awkward pause between the two.

NATE
Are you going to invite me in?
(a beat)
I'm not selling anything.

JANICE
Well I'm--

Janice gestures that she was going to say 'No' but Nate lets
himself in as he brushes past her.

INT JANICE’S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER

Nate walks around observing the scenery. It looks as though


Janice has just moved in. Janice follows closely behind
Nate.

NATE
You finally unpacked?

JANICE
About a week ago.

NATE
Everything looks great, so do you
by the way. Did I wake you?

JANICE
No--

Nate interrupts Janice once again.


6.

NATE
You must have had something really
important come up last night.

JANICE
Look, I'm sorry I didn't go last
night. I really wish you would have
called before you came over.

NATE
You wouldn't have answered.

JANICE
You don't know that.

NATE
You never do. You're the busiest 22
year-old I know.

Nate fiddles with a candle-holder on the fireplace.

NATE (CONT'D)
I like this...

JANICE
What are you doing here Nathan?

NATE
I wanted to see you.

JANICE
Why? Is there something you needed
to see me about, or are you just
checking up on me?

NATE
That was a little hostile, maybe I
just wanted to see you. Not
everything I do has a hidden
motive.

Nate continues to walk throughout Janice's home as she


follows closely behind him. Janice clearly does not want Nate
here.
7.

NATE (CONT'D)
How's work?

JANICE
Would you stop it! I know why
you're here.

NATE
Oh you do?

JANICE
Yes.

NATE
Enlighten me.

JANICE
You want to know why I didn't show
up last night, and you want to see
if you can find a reason to justify
picking a fight with me this
morning.

NATE
Well is there?

JANICE
Is there what?!

NATE
A reason?

JANICE
No.

NATE
Really? Then why are you following
me so closely?

Janice lies terribly.

JANICE
Because...I need you to go so I can
get ready.
8.

NATE
Ready for what...?

At this moment Nate is interrupted as a man grunts in the


other room. Then possibly some make up or toiletries fall to
the floor. Nate looks sternly over at Janice. Janice's eyes
well up as the look of guilt covers her face. Nate awkwardly
smirks.

NATE (CONT'D)
Right.

Nate begins to exit her house.

JANICE
We broke up Nate.

NATE
Yeah, how fucking convenient for
you is that?

JANICE
I didn't do anything wrong!

Nate swings the door open, then begins to walk towards his
car.

NATE
Then why did you lie about it?!

Nate opens his door and drives off furiously. Janice stands
in her door way watching him retreat with the look of remorse
on her face. At this moment CALEN begins to approach Janice
from behind. He is very good looking wearing jeans and no
shirt.

CALEN
Who was that?

JANICE
No one.

CALEN
Are you sure?
9.

JANICE
(very sadly)
Yeah.

Calen begins walking back away towards the other room.

CALEN
Alright...

Janice stands in the doorway, paralyzed with guilt.

INT NIGHT CLUB - NIGHT

SUPER -- 11:22PM THE NIGHT BEFORE

Janice and her friend JAMIE enter the club with loud HOUSE
music playing over the SPEAKERS. Janice enters calmly while
Jamie enters already dancing as she walks through the door.

They take a seat at the bar.

INT NIGHT CLUB - LATER

Janice has a BEER sitting in front of her while Jamie has


nothing. Janice looks bored, eager to leave.

JAMIE
What's wrong with you?

Jamie waves down the bartender.

JAMIE (CONT'D)
Apple Martini please.

BARTENDER
Sure thing.

The BARTENDER begins making the drink. Jamie eyes him,


checking him out.

JANICE
I'm okay.
10.

Jamie continues to move to the beat in her seat as the


BARTENDER drops the drink in front of her. She throws down
some money.

JAMIE
Thanks.

Jamie turns to Janice.

JAMIE (CONT'D)
No, you're not.

JANICE
I'm fine.

They look to the dance floor to and notice Calen dancing with
a very pretty girl.

JAMIE (O.C.)
Oh my god... Go dance with him.

JANICE
That’s alright.

JAMIE
Why not?

Janice looks at Jamie as to tell her "You know why not"

JAMIE (CONT'D)
Oh, you have got to be kidding me!
How long ago did the two of you
break up?

JANICE
A little over a month I guess.
That’s not the point though.

Jamie looks down on Janice with disgust, finishes off her


drink as she gets up.

JAMIE
It's your life.

SUPER -- 11:58PM
11.

INT NIGHT CLUB - LATER

Jamie dances on the dance floor, sweaty and sexually,


enjoying herself.

-Back to Janice at the bar with her drink, as she talks on


her cell phone. Calen comes besides Janice as he leans over
the bar gesturing to the Bartender. Janice continues talking
on her cell phone.

JANICE
I don't know...I don't know...I
can't hear you at all in here, let
me go outside. Hell? I can't hear
you. I'll call you back.

Janice gets off the phone.

CALEN
Red Bull and Vodka?

Calen turns around to Janice. Janice remains seated and does


not go outside to finish her phone call.

CALEN (CONT'D)
It's impossible to talk on your
phone in these places.

Janice doesn't respond but acknowledges him speaking, as she


takes a sip of her drink.

CALEN (CONT'D)
(awkwardly)
My name is Calen.

Calen extends his hand forward. Janice shakes his hand and
takes another drink, not responding.

CALEN (CONT'D)
I think this is the part where you
would tell me your name.

Calen smiles; Janice smirks.


12.

JANICE
Janice.

CALEN
Well it's nice to meet you.

JANICE
Yeah.

The Bartender places Calen's drink in front of him while


Calen drops down some cash. Calen then takes the seat next to
Janice.

CALEN
So, are you always this social when
you go out?

Janice smiles.

JANICE
I have this thing I have to go to
tonight, I'm dreading it.

CALEN
Oh, do you mind me asking what?

JANICE
It's this celebration thing for my
boyfriend, well ex-boyfriend. I'm
debating over whether I even want
to go or not. I don't think I do.

CALEN
Why not?

JANICE
Because I'll show up, he'll be
drunk, and we'll get in an argument
over nothing.

CALEN
One of those couples...

JANICE
No, we're not "one of those
couples". We're not even a couple.
(MORE)
13.

JANICE (cont'd)
We're trying the "we're going to be
friends, even though we're toxic
but destined to make it work"
thing.

CALEN
Well it sounds like you need a good
excuse not to go.

Janice smirks.

JANICE
You don't know Nathan. "There is no
such thing as a good excuse."

CALEN
I could kidnap you, that's a good
excuse.

JANICE
Like I said, you don't know Nathan.

Calen smirks.

CALEN
(sarcastically)
Well he certainly sounds like
someone I'd like to know.

Janice laughs. She then begins to take another drink.

JANICE
Yeah.

INT JANICE'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

Janice still stands in the doorway upset for a few moments.

-A cell phone ring tone goes off.

I/E BLUE BMW 328 - SANTA MONICA - MOMENTS LATER

Nate drives down a residential street in SANTA MONICA.

NATE
Yeah what?
(pauses for response)
No, I've been awake for a while.
(MORE)
14.

NATE (cont'd)
(pauses for response)
Why?
(pauses for response)
Alright?
(pauses for response)
Alright I'll be there in a few
minutes.

Nate makes a U-turn heading in the other direction.

-There is a knock at the door.

EXT JAMIE'S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER

Nate stands on the porch waiting for the front door to open.
The front door opens.

INT NATE'S LOFT - NIGHT

SUPER -- 1:42 AM THE NIGHT BEFORE

There is a PARTY going on, full of young, good looking


professional adults. They are clearly in the entertainment
industry, and accustomed to it. There is moderately loud
music playing in the background, everyone is enjoying
themselves, talking and laughing; eating and drinking. Nate
and Eddie stand by the bar in the LOFT having a drink as they
engage in a conversation.

NATE
So wait, Jay threw his shoe at some
car?

EDDIE
No, he threw Spiggy's shoe at the
car.

NATE
No shit? Where's Spiggs now?

EDDIE
Passed out in the back of their car
still. Oh! Then Marilyn starts
flipping out, "What the fuck are
you doing, you always pull this
shit" Blah blah blah. It was
fucking hilarious.
(MORE)
15.

EDDIE (cont'd)
Then I got to listen to her bitch
at him for the rest of the drive
over here. You know how she
gets....

NATE
Not really, but I'm pretty sure she
doesn’t like me though.

EDDIE
Well you know women. I actually got
that impression earlier too.

Nate pauses in thought, then drifts back into the


conversation.

NATE
I don't know, I don't care. All of
the women we know seem to walk
around with this twisted little
hatred for me.

EDDIE
Well I'm fairly certain Marilyn
hates everyone. Janice spreading
the gospel?

NATE
Probably. Speaking of, you haven't
seen her yet have you?

EDDIE
No, we just got here though.

Nate grabs his drink then begins to walk through the crowd
with Eddie.

NATE
So how's your professional life?

EDDIE
I think I'm going to get fired
soon.

NATE
No shit? Why?
16.

EDDIE
Confusion in the editing
department. No one ever tells me
when I fuck up so I guess I keep
making the same mistakes over and
over.

NATE
I didn't know being a game show
editor was so stressful.

EDDIE
Yeah, well you'd be surprised. Plus
I just get a bad vibe from my boss,
she scares the shit out of me and
it fucks with my head. You're doing
well though. Whats this, the third
script into production?

NATE
Yeah.

EDDIE
What's it about?

NATE
It's the deconstruction of a middle-
aged man going through a mid-life
crisis during the early 90's, while
at the same time coping with a
heroin addicted wife that is
moonlighting as a high class whore
on the weekend to support her
habit.

Eddie stares blankly, confused with Nate. Nate laughs as he


begins to walk away.

NATE (CONT'D)
I'm fucking with you. It's about a
guy that karmically burdens
everyone he comes in contact
with... but funny, I guess.

Nate walks away.


17.

EDDIE
Oh.

Eddie begins walking to catch up with Nate.

EDDIE (CONT'D)
You know that other idea could
work.

NATE (O.C.)
You write it then.

-Later Nate, Eddie and PAUL, an entertainment executive,


stand by the food in a conversation.

EDDIE
No, he doesn't let anyone read his
"work." Like, ever.

Paul looks slyly at Nate.

PAUL
Really?

Nate shrugs his shoulders.

PAUL (CONT'D)
Well I guess you can't argue with
the virtuoso.

Eddie smirks.

EDDIE
I have no idea what that is.

PAUL
And what is it you do?

EDDIE
I'm an editor for a this new game
show in post-production.

Nate stands back, allowing the two to continue to engage in


their small talk.
18.

NATE (V.O.)
Jesus these people are boring. I'm
getting used to going through the
motions though. I wonder if Janice
has shown up yet, it's getting
late.
(looks to Paul and Eddie)
Shit, it's two in the morning and
the senior vice president of the
studio is engaging in small talk
with my friend who thinks that
being blasphemes' means you are
flatulent.

Nate begins to look around the party, noticing there are


still quite a few people for it being so late.

NATE (V.O.) (CONT'D)


A lot of people here I don't know.

Nate begins to show signs that he is drunk. He then takes


another drink.

NATE (V.O.) (CONT'D)


I'm officially stupid.

EDDIE
You see editing is putting together
moments that have already been
captured by someone else, and
artistically assorting them in a
tasteful fashion...

NATE (V.O.)
Oh god, the "Editing is an Art"
speech.

EDDIE
It's really an art form.

PAUL
I see.

Nate continues to show heavy symptoms of being drunk.


19.

NATE (V.O.)
I feel toxic. Maybe I should eat
something.

Nate grabs some cheese on a tray next to him. He eats it


quite awkwardly.

NATE (V.O.) (CONT'D)


I don't think this is helping.

Nate looks over to see that Jamie, Janice's friend, has


decided to come to the party.

NATE (CONT'D)
Would you guys excuse me?

Nate begins walking over towards Jamie unbalanced.

NATE (V.O.) (CONT'D)


Shit, pull it together. Was she out
with her earlier?

Jamie sees Nate approaching. She begins to look uneasy and


irritated. Nate comes to a full stop once he reaches Jamie.

JAMIE
She isn't here.

NATE
What?

JAMIE
She's not coming either.

NATE
Well I just came to say hello, but
okay.

JAMIE
No you didn't.

There is an awkward pause between the two. Jamie begins to


turn her back to Nate.

NATE
Why do you hate me?
20.

JAMIE
What? I don't hate you.

NATE
Yeah you do, I'm okay with it, just
curious as to why.

JAMIE
You're kind of annoying me right
now.

NATE
It's not a figment of my
imagination. I didn't conjure it up
so I could, in your words, "have
another reason to feel sorry for
myself." I'm there, I see the way
you look at me and I hear the way
you speak to me. I don't expect to
change your mind, I just want to
know why.

JAMIE
Well Nate, you're the kind of
person that makes it very difficult
to like.

NATE
What is that supposed to mean?

JAMIE
You're kind of creepy.

Nate looks embarrassed.

NATE
Oh, well don't hold back at all
Jamie. How?

JAMIE
Why are you still talking to me? If
you were anyone else, any normal
person, you wouldn't want an
explanation.
21.

NATE
I'm a very unique type of asshole.
Humor me.

Jamie begins to walk away. Nate grabs her arm.

JAMIE
What the fuck are you doing?

NATE
What are you doing here?

JAMIE
What?

NATE
This is my home, what are you doing
here?

JAMIE
You invited me.

NATE
No I didn't. I invited a friend of
yours, who isn't even here.

Nate looks around observing the party.

NATE (CONT'D)
I don't generally invite people
over who think I'm creepy for no
apparent reason.

JAMIE
You want me to leave?

NATE
If I wanted to be treated like
shit, I'd invite my Dad.

JAMIE
Okay I'm sorry, God. I don't think
you're creepy. I just think she can
do a lot better.
22.

NATE
That wasn't hard now was it?

Nate begins to looks angry but sad.

NATE (CONT'D)
I'm sorry I asked.

Nate walks away towards his room. Jamie looks guilty as if


maybe she didn't mean what she said, but it was necessary to
say it. She waits for a few moments, then begins to walk
after Nate.

-In another room, one where the party isn't going on at, Nate
has sat down in front of his laptop quietly.

NATE (V.O.) (CONT'D)


Am I feeling sorry for myself? Is
it really what I do?

JAMIE (O.C.)
Nate. I'm sorry.

NATE
No you're not.

Nate turns around in his chair to see Jamie approaching him


slowly.

JAMIE
What is it with the two of you, do
you actually believe you're like
cosmically connected? Is it
possible you're just scared of
being alone?

NATE
I don't know.

JAMIE
The truth is I don't know if she
can do better then you, I don't
really know you all that well. I
just see how you have affected her.
23.

NATE
You don't see how maybe she's
affected me?

JAMIE
Yeah, a little, but she's my best
friend.

NATE
Where is she?

Jamie comes to his desk as she sits against it.

JAMIE
Why does it matter?
(a beat)
I don't know where she is, and you
shouldn't care.

NATE
You know I wasn't always this way.

JAMIE
Well, you've been drinking.

NATE
Not just tonight. She just has this
affect on me. I used to actually
like myself.

JAMIE
Why though?

NATE
I don't know. It just feels good
when she's around, you know? We
spend our entire lives trying to
‘pass the time’. We sleep, we work,
we eat, we engage in every activity
just to get us from one point to
the next. Just passing time. Then
one day you wake up, and something
is different.
(MORE)
24.

NATE (cont'd)
Sleep feels like a waste of time,
work couldn’t go by any slower,
you've lost your appetite because
you know life is short and time is
precious, and you just want to
spend it with someone that makes it
all worth it. And even if it isn't
anymore, you have this picture in
your head of what it used to be,
and we want so badly to just go
back to that fucking picture...
that seemingly perfect portrait of
how we think it’s supposed to be,
as ignorant as it may seem.

Jamie is taken back.

NATE (CONT'D)
Life shouldn't just be a series of
moments connected by one
meaningless body of time to
another. When you find the person
that makes all of that disappear,
you hold onto them, even when
you've already lost them.

Jamie looks at Nate then begins to move in slowly to kiss.


Then their lips meet.

INT JANICE'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

Calen presses Janice up against the wall, kissing very


assertively as she takes of his shirt.

INT NATE'S LOFT - CONTINUOUS

Jamie is still kissing Nate as he then pulls away, looking at


her in astonishment.

NATE
What are you doing?

JAMIE
I don't know.

They begin aggressively kissing once again, Jamie begins to


unbutton Nate's shirt.
25.

INT JANICE'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

Calen falls onto Janice's bed as she begins kissing down his
stomach, unbuckles his pants, and then takes them off down to
his boxers as she giggles.

INT NATE'S LOFT - CONTINUOUS

Nate is still sitting in the chair, as he reaches under


Jamie's skirt as he kisses her then pulls down her underwear
from underneath her skirt as they continue to aggressively
kiss and grope one another. She unbuckles then unzips his
pants.

INT JANICE'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

Janice, now wears nothing but a bra on top of Calen having


sex. It is intense and domineering as they both moan loudly.

INT NATE'S LOFT - CONTINUOUS

Jamie is on top of Nate while they sit in the chair, still


fully clothed having sex. It's much more sensual as they
continue kissing, their moans are mild and subtle. It is a
lot more awkward.

NATE (V.O.)
(fragmented)
Okay, so what am I doing? I don't
know what's going through this
girl's head. She's hot though. I
think I may have had a bit too much
to drink. I’m not even wearing a
rubber. She's Janice's best friend.
Why couldn't she have just shown up
tonight? I wouldn't be making this
mistake right now. Fuck, what am I
doing?!

At this moment Nate stops Jamie from continuing, holding her


arms so their faces are further away from one another.

NATE (CONT'D)
Stop stop stop stop, this is fucked
up.
26.

There is an awkward pause as Jamie stays on top of Nate for a


few moments, then gets off embarrassed. They look at one
another making eye contact one last time.

JAMIE
Shit.

Jamie scurries out of the room disconcerted.

NATE (CONT'D)
Fuck.

INT JANICE'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

The walls of Janice's room with photos and accessories on her


dresser. The moans in the background are hardly apparent.

NATE (V.O.)
We have a decision before we make a
mistake, but we have another
decision during the mistake. If you
make the wrong decision, you still
have a chance salvage some bit of,
I don't know what, hope... by
making the right decision during
the mistake, before the mistake
you've already made grows, and
cultivates into something you can
not fix, or even say you tried to
fix. We all make mistakes.

Janice and Calen are still having sex, with no signs of


stopping. They get even louder.

NATE (V.O.) (CONT'D)


Some of us, choose not do anything
about it. Some of us don't even
try.

FADE OUT.

The moans continue for 15 seconds or so, until it comes to a


climax.

JAMIE (O.S.)
You're leaving?
27.

JANICE (O.S.)
Yes, I don't see what the problem
is.

EXT NIGHT CLUB - NIGHT

Janice and Jamie stand outside of the CLUB speaking. Jamie is


sweaty, looks as though she may just be regaining her breath.

JAMIE
I just thought we came out
together.

JANICE
You seem to be doing fine in there
by yourself.

JAMIE
Well what about Nate's?

JANICE
What about Nate's? You said you
didn’t even want to go earlier.

JAMIE
You don't even know this guy, and
you know what is going to happen.

JANICE
What is that supposed to mean?

JAMIE
I'm just saying.

The sound of Calen pulling up in his car.

CALEN (O.C.)
Ready?

Janice turns to where the car is.

JANICE
Yeah.

Janice turns back to Jamie.


28.

JANICE (CONT'D)
...we're just going out for a
little bit, he's going to drop me
off there later.

JAMIE
Whatever.

Janice looks at Jamie and shakes her head as she leaves. The
sound of the car door open and shut as the car drives off.
Jamie stands still and looks very irritated.

INT JAMIE'S HOUSE - DAY

Jamie enters the living room with Nate following loosely


behind her. Jamie is still in her PJ's.

JAMIE
How are you feeling?

Nate comes off disconnected.

NATE
Okay. You?

JAMIE
I'm not sure.

NATE
Okay...

JAMIE
I've kind of been freaking out. I
don't know what to do.

Nate takes a seat on Jamie's couch and looks a little too


comfortable, while Jamie stands looking mildly stressed.

NATE
Well, what can we do? I mean, not
saying anything seems like our only
viable option, right?

Jamie sits down.


29.

JAMIE
I guess, but what about me and you?

NATE
'You and me.'

JAMIE
Whatever.

NATE
I don't know, 'guess just let it
blow over...pretend like nothing
happened.

JAMIE
But it did happen Nate.

NATE
I don't know about you, but I've
grown pretty accustomed to lying to
myself. It’s a nice alternative to
coffee.

Jamie looks down at Nate with disappointment.

NATE (CONT'D)
Well what do you want me to say?
You want me to admit that we made a
mistake?

JAMIE
I don't know, do you even believe
that?

NATE
You know what? Chances are if you
think you've made a mistake, you
have. If you feel guilty, you
probably are. There's no point in
me substantiating it with words.

JAMIE
Whatever. You are so full of
yourself.

Jamie changes subjects.


30.

JAMIE(CONT'D)
Have you spoken with her?

Nate looks up to Jamie.

NATE
Yes.

Jamie now comes off amiably condescending.

JAMIE
What happened?

Nate gets up.

NATE
You knew...?

JAMIE
What are you talking about?

NATE
You knew and you didn't tell me?

Jamie plays dumb.

JAMIE
Tell you what?

Nate is baffled by her.

NATE
What do you mean what!?

Jamie stays silent as she realizes that Nate is aware of the


fact she has been playing dumb. Nate composes himself, then
reassures Jamie with a sense that he is looking at the
situation light-hearted.

NATE (CONT'D)
Humor me. You knew didn't you?

JAMIE
It wasn't my responsibility to tell
you anything.
31.

Nate casually walks out of her house without another word.

EXT JAMIE'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

Nate is walking down the steps as Jamie walks out after him.

JAMIE
Is this even an excuse to be
upset?!

Nate continues walking.

NATE
I'm getting real fucking tired of
being trailed out of houses by
fanatic women...

JAMIE
No wait, I get it. You're pissed
off because you could have felt
justified. You’re such an arrogant
prick.

NATE
(to himself)
Why doesn't anyone just let me
fucking leave?

Nate turns around and composes himself

.NATE (CONT'D)
I'm pissed because you just should
have told me. Instead you let me
hang myself. And don’t try and
fucking act like you couldn’t tell.
You show up to a party you weren’t
even invited to at my house, and I
ask you one simple fuckiong
question and you couldn’t just tell
me the truth?

JAMIE
Oh, bullshit. All of a sudden
everyone in the world owes you
something now? We get it, you've
been fucked over, and now everyone
is in debt to you.
(MORE)
32.

JAMIE (cont'd)
She is my friend, which makes you
nothing. Having your dick inside me
doesn't change that.

NATE
You are so right.

Nate walks away. Jamie begins to feel regretful again.

JAMIE
Nate, wait.

Nate ignored her and jumps into his car then drives off.
Jamie waits for him to leave then casually walks back into
her home.

INT JAMES, MARILYN AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - DAY

It appears there is no one in the living room. In the back


it's sounds like two people having sex. It continues at a
constant, steady pace. There is a knock at the front door. It
continues for a few moments and then Spiggs' head shoots up
from the couch.

-Moments later, Spiggs opens the door to Nate.

NATE
What the fuck happened to you last
night? Seriously though, you look
good.

Nate chuckles as he passes by Spiggs. Spiggs looks lost and


very groggy.

SPIGGS
What?

NATE(RE: SEX NOISES)


Jesus, are they always this loud?

SPIGGS
Yeah. How was the party?

NATE
Alright, how was your coma?
33.

SPIGGS
I don't remember.

Spiggs plops himself down on the couch. Nate goes into the
kitchen

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
What'd I miss?

NATE (O.C.)
Not a lot. Do you have a bottle
opener?

SPIGGS
Bring it here.

Nate enters the living room, as he hands Spiggs a beer


bottle. Spiggs grabs a lighter from the coffee table, using
it to open the beer bottle. Spiggs hands it back to Nate.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
Little early to be drinking...

NATE
It's one in the afternoon. Besides
after the night I had last night,
and the day I'm beginning to have
today, this is nothing. I need a
valume or something.

SPIGGS
It's one already?

Nate is amused.

NATE
What the fuck did you do last
night?

SPIGGS
No clue.

NATE
That's not good.

Nate laughs.
34.

SPIGGS
Shut up. Your laughter is making my
head hurt.

NATE
Well get dressed, I'm hungry.

SPIGGS
I just woke up give me a sec.

NATE
Fuck that, let's go.
(re: sex noise again)
Jesus, how'd you sleep through
that?

Nate stands up, finishing off his beer.

SPIGGS
Alright let me get dressed first.

Spiggs stands up and realizes he's already fully dressed.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
Never mind.

Spiggs looks down.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
Where the fuck is my shoe?

EXT SANTA MONICA STREET - MOMENTS LATER

SUPER -- 1:13PM

Nate and Spiggs walk down the steps from the apartment onto
the sidewalk.

SPIGGS
I don't know, the last thing I
remember is taking off to look for
some E. I don't remember finding
any though.

NATE
Where did you look?
35.

SPIGGS
Doesn't matter. What time did
things close down last night?

NATE
Like around 6 this morning I guess.
Maybe 7.

SPIGGS
Why are you awake then?

Nate takes out a cigarette and begins to smoke it.

NATE
Self-induced insomnia.

SPIGGS
Uh huh. Why?

NATE
Jamie kissed me and I didn't stop
her and then we, you know...I don't
know.

SPIGGS
Holy shit. So you slept with Jamie?

NATE
Kind of. I stopped in the middle.

SPIGGS
Why, in god's name, did you stop?

NATE
It was seriously fucked up.

SPIGGS
No, when what's her face, Janice,
fucked that stunt guy, that was
fucked up. You're free. Everyone is
free.

NATE
I'm not for sale. I can't help it
though.
36.

SPIGGS
Well I think you might be a fag. I
thought Jamie hated you?

NATE
So did I. Still does probably.

SPIGGS
That's the best kind of sex.
Knowingly fucking someone who hates
you and you stopped? You are such a
fucking pussy.

NATE
Well, I think she hates you too...

Nate eludes to the idea that Spiggs' could take a shot.

SPIGGS
Everyone hates me because of our
acquaintance.

NATE
Everyone doesn't hate me.

SPIGGS
Every girl I know seems to, and yet
you end up fucking half of them,
you're such a twat.

Nate begins to sniff.

NATE
Spiggs you scamp. What, is that a
new cologne you're wearing? Is
that...that smells like envy...

SPIGGS
Fuck you, I can't get laid because
you're an asshole.

Nate begins laughing.

NATE
I'm sure you're right.
37.

They begin to approach a DINER. They then walk up the steps


towards the entrance.

SPIGGS
You're buying right?

Nate laughs even louder.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
What? You're rich and I've never
been here.

INT DINER - MOMENTS LATER

Nate and Spiggs sit in a booth. Nate is sitting over a menu


while Spiggs has his back against the window seal with his
feet up.

SPIGGS
You know, I've been thinking it's
time for me to settle down.

Nate continues to look through the menu.

NATE
Sure.

SPIGGS
No, I'm serious. My dad's been
asking me to come into the family
business. Maybe find someone to
settle down with, 2.5 kids, white
picket fences, all that shit. You
know, a "normal" life.

NATE
How do you have half a kid?

SPIGGS
I was being clever asshole.

Nate gestures as to say "Oh" but does not care.


38.

NATE
You're going to give up writing to
work on roofs 10 hours a day with
your dad?

SPIGGS
What's wrong with that?

NATE
You have a great job.

SPIGGS
Sure, on face value, but I can't
afford a place of my own. I have to
live with two perpetual fuck buddy
slash enemies, and if that wasn't
bad enough, if they're not fucking
they are fighting, not bickering,
not tiffing, but I mean they are
out for fucking blood. Writing a
column for some shitty magazine
that nobody reads doesn't make up
for anything.

NATE
What about your novel?

SPIGGS
What about it? I'm a shitty writer.

NATE
It'll work out, I think I want the
tuna melt, what do you think?

SPIGGS
You know I'm serious?

NATE
You probably even believe that. So,
tuna melt?

SPIGGS
Yeah, super. Shouldn't there be a
fucking waiter or something asking
us if we want coffee?

Spiggs looks over to see a beautiful waitress working.


39.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
Holy shit, Nate, check it out.

Nate closes up his menu as he looks over to the girl.

NATE
Nice.

SPIGGS
You should ask her out.

NATE
Why?

SPIGGS
Are we looking for reason other
then getting your dick wet? She's
hot. Don't be such a pussy.

NATE
You're the one bitching about never
getting laid.

SPIGGS
I'm not the one with the perplexity
of letting go of my Ex. Besides,
you can use a fuck that isn't going
to weigh on your conscience. She's
coming over, don't be a pussy.

NATE
Fuck you, live vicariously through
someone else, you talk to her.

Spiggs glares at Nate.

SPIGGS
Fine, I will then.

The waitress approaches their table, perky and upbeat.

CHLOE
Sorry about the wait guys, how is
everything?

Spiggs is taken aback by her perkiness.


40.

SPIGGS
Great, great.

Spiggs looks at her name-tag. It's reads "Carla".

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
Carla. That's a great name.

CHLOE
Thanks, it's not mine though. I
left my name-tag at home. I just
borrowed a co-worker's. It's
company policy to have a name-tag
on at all times.

SPIGGS
Interesting. Well what is your real
name?

CHLOE giggles.

CHLOE
It's Chloe.

SPIGGS
Well I definitely like that better,
Carla is actually an awful name.
It almost sounds dirty. Carla.

CHLOE
Right, so are you guys ready to
order?

NATE
Yeah, I'll have the tuna melt and
an iced tea.

CHLOE
What kind of bread?

NATE
Whatcha got?

CHLOE
White, wheat, sourdough, french
roll and rye.
41.

.NATE
Sourdough is fine.

Chloe jots it all down on her pad.

CHLOE
What about you?

SPIGGS
A slice of Banana cream pie and
coffee please.

CHLOE
Regular or Decaf?

SPIGGS
Regular. Hey Chloe can I ask you a
question?

Chloe looks as if she is busy but wants to give good service.

CHLOE
Sure.

SPIGGS
You get hit on a lot right?

Chloe looks embarrassed then giggles.

CHLOE
What?

SPIGGS
Well, I was thinking you are a very
pretty girl, you must get hit on a
lot here.

NATE
You're such a prick...

SPIGGS
What?

NATE
You're embarrassing her.
42.

CHLOE
No, it's okay.

SPIGGS
(quietly)
Knight in shining armor.

CHLOE
I only work here 2 to 3 days a
week, depending on if I help cover
any shifts. So I don't think I get
hit on that much.

SPIGGS
How many guys a week would you say
ask for your number?

Nate smirks and speaks under his breath.

NATE
Such an asshole.

CHLOE
A couple. I'll be right back with
your drinks guys.

Chloe walks off and Spiggs turns excitingly to Nate.

SPIGGS
That was perfect.

NATE
What are you talking about?

SPIGGS
That! That was great.

NATE
You embarrassed the poor girl.

SPIGGS
Yeah, and you defended her honor.
She wants your pee pee man, don't
fuck it up.
43.

NATE
No, I just told my friend to stop
being an asshole because he was.,
In fact, being an asshole.

SPIGGS
Whatever. It worked. I knew that
would make her uncomfortable thus
allowing you to ride in on your
white horse and save the day.

NATE
You're ridiculous, and that was not
intentional.

SPIGGS
Well it worked didn't it?

NATE
No, she still answered your
questions, therefor I did not save
anything, and you are full of shit.

SPIGGS
Here she comes.

Chloe comes and drops the coffee and ice tea down in front of
both of them with cream and sugar.

NATE
Thanks.

Chloe smiles. For a second there is a shared moment between


Chloe and Nate.

CHLOE
No problem.

Chloe walks away.

SPIGGS
I'm full of shit?

Nate pauses as he watches Chloe retreat.


44.

NATE
Yes, you are full of shit.

Nate smirks over at Spiggs.

INT CHLOE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

SUPER -- 2:16AM THE NIGHT BEFORE

Chloe stands in her bedroom in front of the mirror, wearing


boy shorts an a spaghetti strap tank top. She holds outfits
up to her body, then lays them on her bed beside her all the
while speaking on her cell phone.

CHLOE
I'm sorry babe, I'm going out
tonight.
(pause)
I wish I could, but I have a date.
(pause)
Well I just finished my shift, and
we're going to his place in 30
minutes. Hold on that's my call
waiting.

Chloe clicks over to the other line.

CHLOE (CONT'D)
Hello.
(pause)
Hey you, I was just getting ready.
(pause)
Are you running late?
(pause)
Oh okay.
(pause)
No I'm fine, I'll talk to you later
then.
(pause)
Yeah okay.

Chloe clicks back over.

CHLOE (CONT'D)
Kelly? Turns out I can work for you
tomorrow morning after all.
45.

INT DINER - LATER

Nate and Spiggs sit in the booth at the diner, with their
plates of food in front of them already eaten. Spiggs is
still trying to convince Nate to ask out Chloe.

SPIGGS
So you won't even ask?

NATE
Seriously, let it go.

SPIGGS
Let me be frank with you for a
second. For the last couple of
months you've been dragging your
feet, bitching about Janice and
we're all getting tired of your non-
convivial, depression bullshit. You
need something to happen, but in
order for that to happen you have
got to do something, anything.

NATE
You're probably right, but I don't
give a shit if my constant
unhappiness is inconveniencing you.
It's mine, so just let me have it.

Spiggs surrenders.

SPIGGS
"It's yours." You're such a fucking
writer.

NATE
Is that supposed to offend me?

SPIGGS
It's not supposed to anything.

Chloe walks up with Nate's credit card and receipt. Nate and
Spiggs quickly end their discussion. Chloe sets it on the
table.

NATE (CONT'D)
Thanks.
46.

CHLOE
Nathan Baylor. Why do I recognize
that name?

Spiggs attempts to capitalize on the opening.

SPIGGS
Have you ever heard of 'Proverbial
Twilight'?

CHLOE
The movie? Of course.

Spiggs smiles at Nate. Nate shakes his head, aware of what is


about to happen.

SPIGGS
Do you know anything about the guy
who wrote it?

CHLOE
Yeah he...

Chloe realizes Nate might have wrote the screenplay to the


film.

CHLOE (CONT'D)
Oh my god, did you write that? I'm
so embarrassed...

NATE
Don't, nobody knows who I am.
Occupational drawback of being a
writer. Nobody has a fucking clue
who you are.

SPIGGS
Unless you're Charlie Kaufmann.

NATE
Or unless you're Charlie Kaufmann.

CHLOE
Who?

Nate and Spiggs smirk.


47.

NATE
Never mind...

CHLOE
That was a really good movie. I
liked it a lot.

NATE
Thanks.

CHLOE
Didn't it win an Oscar or
something?

NATE
...Golden Globe.

SPIGGS
You'd probably like to go out with
him sometime I bet. Get to know him
a little better?

Chloe is embarrassed.

CHLOE
Oh, I don't know.

NATE
I'm sorry.

Chloe withstands Spiggs attempt at embarrassment.

CHLOE
No, you know what? That actually
sounds like fun.

NATE
Really?

CHLOE
Yeah, I'm off in an hour, maybe you
can meet me back here then? Unless
you have plans today.

SPIGGS
Nope, he's free.
48.

Nate glares at Spiggs annoyed.

NATE
Yeah, I'll be here.

CHLOE
Great, I'll see you then I guess.

NATE
I guess so.

Chloe flirtatiously walks away. Spiggs turns to Nate then


yells out--

SPIGGS
Yeaaaaaaaaaa!

NATE
You're an asshole.

SPIGGS
(cocky)
...with a heart of gold.

EXT SANTA MONICA - MOMENTS LATER

Nate and Spiggs exit the diner back to the sidewalk, toward
the apartment. The second Nate exits the diner he lights up a
cigarette.

SPIGGS
You're killing yourself.

NATE
I know.

SPIGGS
Yeah, and you smell too.

NATE
Thanks.

SPIGGS
No problem.

Spiggs looks down at his feet. He is wearing sandals.


49.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
I hate wearing sandals. I feel like
a fucking disciple in them.

NATE
Would that make me Jesus then? I
think they look good...

Spiggs gives Nate a look as to say "Yeah whatever"

NATE (CONT'D)
No, I'm serious, I'd let you follow
me around Jueresilum.

SPIGGS
I get blisters.

NATE
Testament of your manhood.

SPIGGS
I'd rather be emasculated in my old
shoes.

NATE
Why don't you just buy a new pair?

SPIGGS
I'm broke. Besides, I loved those
shoes.

NATE
Well you still have one of them.

SPIGGS
You're kidding right?

NATE
Of course I am. It's just a pair of
shoes.

SPIGGS
To you. You can afford to buy a new
pair of shoes and still eat that
week.
50.

NATE
It's not that bad...

SPIGGS
How would you know? Mr. Golden
Globe slash asshole.

NATE
Because it's a fucking shoe!

SPIGGS
Fuck you, gimme yours then!

NATE
No.

SPIGGS
Asshole. What are you doing today?

Nate looks at Spiggs as if he were an idiot.

NATE
I’m forcibly hanging out with that
waitress.

SPIGGS
Oh yeah. Where you gonna take her,
back to your place?

NATE
Nah, my place is still a mess.

SPIGGS
I can't believe I missed that last
night? What the fuck happened?

Nate begins to grin.

NATE
Okay you can't tell anyone I told
you.

SPIGGS
Told me what?
51.

NATE
I guess after you passed out last
night, some guy cut off James and
he flipped out and threw your shoe
at his car.

SPIGGS
Motherfucker. How do you know?

NATE
Eddie told me last night at my
party, while you were passed out in
the car.

SPIGGS
Eddie was there too? Oh yeah...I
guess he was...

NATE
What the fuck happened to you last
night?

They begin to approach the apartment.

SPIGGS
I have no fucking clue. I have a
feeling something bad happened
though.

They enter the building.

INT JAMES, MARILYN AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - DAY

They enter the apartment still in the midst of their


conversation.

SPIGGS
I don't know, I woke up feeling
kind of funny. I've never had that
kind of hang over before. I still
feel it a little bit.

NATE
No one violated you in your sleep.
52.

SPIGGS
You explain my hang over and
functional memory loss then.

NATE
Well, I don't think sodomy would
explain it.

SPIGGS
I've read things.

Nate enters the kitchen. He laughs as he enters.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
It's not funny.

Nate re-enters the living room with a beer then hands it to


Spiggs.

NATE
It is a little bit.

SPIGGS
(re: the beer)
Nah, I'm good.

NATE
Okay... open it.

SPIGGS
Oh.

Spiggs opens Nate's beer bottle for him.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
I wish I knew what happened to me
last night.

NATE
Sounds like the 'fuck twins' are
done.

SPIGGS
That's odd.
53.

NATE
What is?

SPIGGS
They're not fighting.

At this moment the front door swings open and Marilyn enters.
She looks awful. Her hair in disarray, wearing the same
clothes as the night before, with vomit stains across them.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
Oh that's why.

Marilyn looks very upset.

NATE
What happened to you?

MARILYN
I was passed out in your fucking
bathtub.

NATE
Oh.

SPIGGS
Seriously what happened to you?

MARILYN
I don't remember.

SPIGGS
I feel ya.

MARILYN
You didn't take a shower today?

NATE
Nah, I decided against it. What is
that smell?

MARILYN
It's vomit. My own fucking vomit.

NATE
God, that's awful.
54.

Spiggs squints his nose and nods his head in agreement with
Nate. Marilyn scoffs.

NATE (CONT'D)
Wait, you were in my bathtub all
night?

MARILYN
Yeah.

NATE
And you're just getting home?

At this time Marilyn begins to walk toward her bedroom. Nate


and Spiggs both look at each other aware of the fact James is
probably still in the bedroom with another girl.

MARILYN
Would you like me to draw you a
fucking picture?

NATE
Would you mind? Where ya goin'?

Nate runs up to walk along with Marilyn. Spiggs shoots up as


well.

MARILYN
I'm going to my bedroom to take a
bath and change my clothes. What
are you doing?

NATE
Nothing.

Nate looks at Spiggs expressing he needs help preventing


Marilyn from going into that room.

SPIGGS
Hey I heard you threw my shoe out
the window!

Before Marilyn turns around Spiggs shrugs his shoulders at


Nate then quickly reverts back to his fake, angry expression.
55.

MARILYN
What?

SPIGGS
I loved those shoes!

MARILYN
It was James you idiot.

SPIGGS
Oh. You don't have to be rude.

Nate puts his arm around Marilyn and begins to turn her away
from the bedroom.

MARILYN
What are you doing?

NATE
You know what you need, some fresh
air. You look great. How's coffee
sound?

MARILYN
No, I need to shower.

SPIGGS
Nate didn't shower.

MARILYN
And that's disgusting.

At this moment Nate begins to dry heave at the scent of


Marilyn.

NATE
Are you kidding me? That smells
like evil.

Marilyn rolls her eyes then walks back towards the bedroom
just as KELLY exits the bedroom in one of James' shirts and
nothing else. She is attractive but an unconventional beauty.
Marilyn stops and begins to look furious.

SPIGGS (O.C.)
Oh....hey....honey....
56.

MARILYN
Who the fuck are you?

Kelly stops in her tracks, speechless.

INT NATE'S LOFT - NIGHT

SUPER -- 2:16 AM THE NIGHT BEFORE

Kelly is on her phone speaking over the crowd. James is


standing next to her, very careful about anyone even grasping
the idea they have something going on. Everyone is too caught
up in their conversations to notice either way.

KELLY
I need you to cover my shift
tomorrow.
(pauses)
Please, you have to.
(pauses)
It's almost 3 in the morning.
That's late for a date.
(pauses)
Yeah okay.

Kelly turns her ear away from the phone and begins speaking
to James.

KELLY (CONT'D)
She's saying no, but maybe I can
still talk her into it.

JAMES
Yeah. What if you can't?

James is cool and collected but fully aware he has done


something very wrong.

KELLY
Then I have to go home.

James looks across the crowd of people, they are all


completely involved in their own conversations. James' line
of sight stops on Nate's couch where Marilyn lays passed out,
completely comatose. Nate walks up to Jamie in the background
and then begins talking to her, just as they did before.
57.

KELLY (O.C.) (CONT'D)


Yeah, Chloe?

James looks back at Kelly on her phone.

KELLY (CONT'D)
Thank you so much.
(pauses)
So yeah, you start at 10 tomorrow
morning. Thank you so much.

Kelly closes her phone and looks to James with a big smile.

KELLY (CONT'D)
She said okay!

James looks over one last time to Marilyn passed out on the
couch and then walks off with Kelly.

EXT NATE'S LOFT - MOMENTS LATER

James is half way in the backseat of his EXPLORER scuffling


around.

JAMES
Shit. Come on.

Kelly waits patiently to the side of the car smoking a joint.

JAMES (CONT'D)
Fuck it.

James then drags Spiggs out of the back seat by his jacket,
laying him across the sidewalk.

KELLY
What happened to him?

JAMES
Who knows?

KELLY
Who is he?

JAMES
My roommate.
58.

KELLY
Well you can't just leave him here.

JAMES
Why not? Someone upstairs will see
him. Don't worry about it.

KELLY
No, we have to take him back to
your place, I'll feel bad if we
just leave him here.

JAMES
Thought we were going to your
place?

Kelly hands James the joint and he takes a drag.

KELLY
We will, but we can't leave him
here. I'll help you.

James takes another drag.

JAMES
Fuck. Alright.

James sets down the joint. They then begin to pick up Spiggs
who is still out cold.

INT NATE'S LOFT - CONTINUOUS

Marilyn is passed out on the couch, she is half-conscious. At


this moment Eddie passes by with Paul still talking, Paul is
beginning to look bored with Eddie's ramblings.

-A few moments later a teenager, maybe 19, comes and sits


down next to the passed out Marilyn. His name is STEVEN.

STEVEN
I hate these parties. I hardly
know anyone.

Marilyn groans achingly.


59.

STEVEN (CONT'D)
Hey, are you okay?

Marilyn groans louder then coughs.

STEVEN (CONT'D)
Do you need help to the bathroom or
anything?

Marilyn groans once again.

STEVEN (CONT'D)
I'll take that as an 'Okay'.

Steven places Marilyn's arm around his neck and shoulder,


then begins to walk her into the restroom.

-Moments later Steven carries her through a crowd of people.


No one seems to care about anything going on, no one notices
this girl in pain, as Steven continues to drag her along.
They approach the bathroom.

-Inside of the bathroom Steven lays Marilyn over the tub as


she begins to vomit into it.

STEVEN (CONT'D)
Let it all out.

Steven stands back from Marilyn and looks down at her skirt.
The skirt has been hiked up and he can see the bottom of her
underwear coming out from the bottom of her skirt. Steven
stands and ponders for a moment, then begins touching himself
on the outside of his pants. He then begins to creep slowly
towards her as he unzips his pants.

-Back out during the party, Nate is just now exiting his
bedroom where Eddie cuts him off.

EDDIE
Where'd you disappear off to?

Nate appears uneasy and abrupt.

NATE
Where did Paul go?
60.

EDDIE
He took off. Guess what? He said he
may have an editing job for me. We
exchanged phone numbers.

Nate is absent-minded.

NATE
That's great.

EDDIE
Are you okay?

NATE
No, I've got to get out of here.

EDDIE
Where are you going to go?

NATE
I don't know.

Nate begins to walk away from Eddie. Eddie yells out as Nate
walks away.

EDDIE
You can't leave your own party!

Nate doesn't hesitate in his steps one bit as he continues to


walk away.

EDDIE (CONT'D)
Fuck it.

Eddie walks off.

-Back inside of the bathroom. Steven zips up his pants. He


then grabs Marilyn and places her in the bathtub on her back,
while she is still passed out. He then closes the shower
curtain. Steven exits the bathroom. From inside the shower
curtain with Marilyn, someone else enters the bathroom,
completely unaware Marilyn is in the bathtub. There is blood
streaming down the tub from Marilyn's genitals, down into the
drain.
61.

MARILYN (V.O.)
Who the fuck are you?

INT JAMES, MARILYN AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Kelly stands awkwardly silent. Marilyn turns to the boys.

MARILYN
Who the fuck is she?

KELLY
Sorry, I didn't know anyone was out
here.

James enters wearing nothing but sweat pants.

MARILYN
Somebody needs to start explaining.

SPIGGS
Yeah, why'd you throw my shoe out
of your car asshole!

NATE
Spiggs let it go.

SPIGGS
You're right.

Spiggs takes a seat on the couch.

MARILYN
Did you fuck her?

Everyone remains silent.

MARILYN (CONT'D)
Answer me!

No one responds again.


62.

MARILYN (CONT'D)
So while I'm passed out in my own
vomit, you bring some whore home
and fuck her in our apartment? In
our bed?!

James shrugs his shoulders as if to say 'Yeah, so?' Marilyn


stands shocked for a moment at James.

KELLY
Maybe I should go.

MARILYN
No by all means, stay, fuck my
boyfriend. I don't even care
anymore.

James walks into the kitchen casually as if he has done


nothing wrong. Marilyn begins to storm out of the apartment.

NATE
Are you okay?

MARILYN
Fuck off!

Marilyn exits the apartment. James enters the room again with
an entire carton of juice in his hand. Everyone stands around
motionless in the awkward silence, except for James, who is
very calm and collected.

JAMES
Juice?

No one responds.

JAMES (CONT'D)
Alright.

James exits the room back into his bedroom.

KELLY
He has a girlfriend?

SPIGGS
Well he did.
63.

NATE
What's your name?

KELLY
Kelly, that girl was his
girlfriend?

NATE
Yeah.

KELLY
What an asshole.

Kelly notices Spiggs is the guy that was passed out in the
car last night.

KELLY (CONT'D)
You know he wanted to leave you on
the sidewalk at his place last
night.

SPIGGS
What?!

NATE
Wait, you were at my house last
night? How'd you end up at my
place?

KELLY
I'm Kelly Martin, I'm playing Jade
in your new movie. I love it by the
way. I’m really excited.

NATE
Thanks. They're casting for it
already?

SPIGGS
Hold on. James was gonna leave me
passed out on the street last
night?

KELLY
Yeah, I told him I felt bad, so I
made him bring you here.
(MORE)
64.

KELLY (cont'd)
That's how we ended up here.
Thinking back, we probably should
have just left you.

SPIGGS
Thanks.

Nate still stares at Kelly awaiting a response to his


question.

KELLY
(re: Nate)
Umm, Paul had promised me a small
role in his next movie, I don't
think anyone else has been cast
though.

NATE
God, they don't tell me shit. I
need to make a call.

Nate exits outside while taking his cell phone out of his
pocket.

KELLY
Okay bye...?

Kelly turns to Spiggs.

KELLY (CONT'D)
I thought he was just the writer?

Spiggs smiles and shrugs.

EXT JAMES, Marilyn AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATER

Nate is outside pacing around on his cell phone.

NATE
Paul? You've already cast a part in
'Deadweight'?

INT PAUL'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

Paul is laying in his bed with no shirt on smoking a


cigarette. A shower is going on in the background, it then
shuts off.
65.

PAUL
What are you talking about?

EXT JAMES, Marilyn AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Nate is still pacing.

NATE
Kelly Martin?

INT PAUL'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

Paul is still in bed. He takes a drag.

PAUL
Oh, you met her? What'd you think?

EXT JAMES, Marilyn AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Nate stops pacing.

NATE
What do you mean what do I think?

INT PAUL'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

Paul puts out his cigarette.

PAUL
For the part of Jade? Listen, I
owed her a favor, and she begged me
to be in your next movie. It just
happened, I owed her a favor.
(a beat during Nate's
silence)
You have no say in this part of the
process Nate.

EXT JAMES, Marilyn AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Nate calms.

NATE
Oh. Well is there anyway you can at
least keep me in the loop now? I
feel fucking irrelevant.
66.

INT PAUL'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS

The sound of the door in Paul's bedroom open.

PAUL
Sure thing. I'm going to let you go
now, I'll see you tomorrow.

EXT JAMES, Marilyn AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

NATE
Yeah.

Nate closes his phone.

INT PAUL'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS

Paul hangs up his phone and begins to light a cigarette. A


males bare legs begin to approach.

EDDIE
Who was that?

PAUL
Your compadre’.

EDDIE
I don't know what that means.

Eddie stands half-naked in Paul's bedroom.

PAUL
You are adorable. It was Nathan.

EDDIE
He didn't know I was here did he?

PAUL
No, he didn't.

There is a short pause.

EDDIE
So, did I get the job or what?
67.

INT GYM - AFTERNOON

Janice and Jamie are on treadmills jogging lightly speaking


to one another, panting.

JANICE
So, you ended up going last night
huh?

JAMIE
Yeah..

JANICE
Did you see Nate? Was he pissed?

JAMIE
He asked where you were. A lot.

JANICE
What'd you tell him?

JAMIE
I told him I didn't know.

JANICE
Good.

Jamie doesn't respond, aware of the fact that Nate inevitably


found out.

JANICE (CONT'D)
So how was it?

JAMIE
How was what?

JANICE
The party, how was it?

JAMIE
It was interesting. He's really
crazy you. You know maybe it's
time you made a decision.

JANICE
What decision is there to make?
68.

JAMIE
Well, if you don't love him
anymore, maybe it’s time you let
him go.

JANICE
You think I haven't tried? He won't
let me. It won't be okay until I
have felt guilty enough to make up
for "everything I've done to him."
UGH! He's such a victim.

JAMIE
No, I'm just saying if you’re not
in it, maybe you should just take
yourself out of the picture.

JANICE
I do love him though.

As the conversation begins to get more serious, they both hit


the buttons on the treadmills to increase the speed.

JAMIE
Really?

JANICE
What does that mean?

JAMIE
Didn't you go home with that guy
from the club last night?

JANICE
So? He found out because he was
determined to find out something.

JAMIE
But do you honestly believe you
would have done if you truly loved
him?

JANICE
What'd he say to you?
69.

JAMIE
Nothing, I'm just thinking out
loud...

JANICE
You know, you're the one who said I
needed to meet new people. you’re
the one who said I needed to mvoe
on.

JAMIE
Yeah, but maybe you should let him
know that you're ready to.

The treadmills begin to go faster.

JANICE
Why?

Janice begins to get more suspicious.

JAMIE
You're hurting him.

JANICE
Why do you care?

JAMIE
Because I'm human.

The treadmills are going even faster, at close to max speed.

JANICE
You don't even like Nathan.

JAMIE
I never said that.

JANICE
You always say I could do better.
A lot better actually.

JAMIE
Maybe you can. Have you though?
70.

JANICE
Fuck Jamie, why do you care so
much?!

JAMIE
Because I think I fell for him.

JANICE
What?!

At this moment Janice falls down on the treadmill and it


shoots her off onto the ground. Jamie begins slowing down her
machine and jumps off to aid Janice. They are both panting
heavily.

JANICE (CONT'D)
How is that even possible?

JAMIE
The feeling isn't mutual, and I
wouldn't even do anything about it
even if it was, but I do think he
deserves to know.

JANICE
I don't understand. How did this
happen?

JAMIE
Last night, hearing him talk about
how he feels about you.

JANICE
What do you mean?

Jamie helps up Janice. Janice is banged up pretty badly as


she limps to a seat.

JAMIE
No one's ever cared about me half
as much as he seems to care about
you...

Janice looks up at Jamie like "What the fuck?"


71.

JAMIE (CONT'D)
I’m sorry, but it’s true.

JANICE
So you're in love with him because
of a few words? He's a writer, it's
what he does. I'm surprised you
didn't fuck him if you're that
impressionable.

JAMIE
He may be a writer, but he's not an
actor, and I'm not in love with
him. Either way, no one deserves
to suffer like he clearly is. Don't
get me wrong, I think he's over-
reacting, but he's still suffering
whether you agree with the terms in
which.

JANICE
I still don't understand how it
happened.

JAMIE
It doesn't matter, he loves you.
(a beat)
Do you remember when I said you
could probably do better?

JANICE
Yeah.

JAMIE
Well maybe I was wrong, and
honestly you could do a lot worse.

Janice becomes still and silent as her eyes begin to well up.
After a few moments she begins to cry.

JANICE
He knew I was with someone last
night... Why didn't you ever tell
me any of this before?
72.

JAMIE
I don't know. I guess I never
realized. I was always so busy
hating him for you. It's never too
late to start making things up to
him.

Janice begins to dwell in her plight. She buries her face


into her hands, running her hands through her hair, with the
look of perplexity strewed across her face.

JANICE
I still can’t understand how you
fell for him.

JAMIE
Well, I’d think you of all people
would.

Janice wipes her eyes and lets out a gasp of laughter.

INT JAMES, MARILYN AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - AFTERNOON

SUPER -- 2:32PM

Spiggs and Kelly are sitting in the living room laughing,


smoking a joint.

SPIGGS
You're a liar.

KELLY
I swear. I couldn't help it, I was
so faded.

SPIGGS
So you just peed all over the guy?

Kelly can't respond because she is laughing so hard, so she


shakes her head 'yes'.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
It's a wonder you're single. He
must have been pissed...
73.

They both stop for a moment to laugh at the irony of that


comment.

KELLY
He wasn't happy. I had never in my
life came like I did that night.

SPIGGS
I don't understand how an orgasm
caused you to pee.

At this moment Nate re-enters the apartment holding his cell


phone in his hand.

KELLY
I have no idea. Since then I have
had a fear of cuming though.

SPIGGS
You haven't had one since then?

KELLY
Nope.

SPIGGS
How long ago was this?

KELLY
Years ago. I don't know really, but
I was still in high school.

NATE
What's so funny?

SPIGGS
She was just telling me this story
about this guy she knew.

Spiggs turns away from Nate and begins speaking with Kelly
again.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
So did you receive a special
nickname in high school after that?
74.

KELLY
Yeah.

SPIGGS
What was it?

Nate bored of their conversation enters the kitchen again.

KELLY
Whore that pees on guys.

SPIGGS
That's not very clever at all.

KELLY
Oh and you could do better?

Spiggs ponders for a moment.

SPIGGS
Supersoaker.

KELLY
That sucks.

SPIGGS
It was on a whim.

Nate re-enters the living room with another beer.

NATE
I think home-wrecker applies now.

SPIGGS
You have no idea what we're even
talking about.

NATE
I think got the gist. So you have a
cuming complex? Can I use that?

KELLY
Be my guest, as long as I don't
have to play her. I don't know if
I’m ready to deal with it on that
level.
75.

Nate hands his beer to Spiggs and he opens it with a lighter


again.

SPIGGS
Why are you drinking so much?

NATE
Because I need to feel numb. Self-
medicate.

SPIGGS
What the fuck are you talking
about?

KELLY
So you’re the writer of 'Proverbial
Twilight'? I don't see the big
deal.

NATE
Thanks, but what were you honestly
expecting? An overwhelming
cataclysm of eccentricity? I'm no
different than you or Gary.

KELLY
Who's Gary?

SPIGGS
Gary Spigleman; Spiggs.

Kelly begins to laugh at Spiggs.

SPIGGS (CONT'D)
What?

KELLY
Your name is Gary? That's so hot!
I didn’t even know you were jewish.

SPIGGS
Fuck you. I’m not jewish.

NATE
I like it.
76.

SPIGGS
You're an asshole, why do you have
to tell everyone my fucking name?

NATE
It slipped.

KELLY
It's not that bad. It's better than-
-

NATE
Barney?

KELLY
Yeah!

Nate and Kelly begin mildly laughing at Spiggs.

SPIGGS
Fuck you. Don't you have a date to
go fuck up?

Spiggs looks to Kelly.

SPIGGS(CONT'D)
...and don't you have another
relationship to annihilate?

Nate smirks. Kelly looks at Nate as to say "What's his


problem?"

NATE
Barney's his middle name.

Kelly laughs out loud then stops as she realizes Spiggs is


irritated.

KELLY
Sorry Gary. Wait, what kind of
parents name their kid Gary BARNEY?

SPIGGS
The kind of parents that don’t
propagate their children’s penchant
for golden showers.
77.

NATE
You're right though, I do have a
date to go fuck up, so I should
probably take off. Wish me luck?

Nate sets his beer down and begins walking out the door.
Before he reaches the door he looks back.

SPIGGS
Fuck. You.

NATE (CONT'D)
The two of you should go do
something, get out of this house
before Damion returns.

Spiggs and Kelly look at one another then awkwardly smile.


Nate exits the apartment.

INT NATE'S LOFT - NIGHT

SUPER -- 1:35AM THE NIGHT BEFORE

Inside of Nate's loft at his front door. There is music as


well as people talking in the background. Suddenly, Eddie
storms through the door and quickly walks off. James enters
the party looking very irritated with Marilyn following right
behind him screaming into his ear. They enter the party.

MARILYN
You think you can just do whatever
the fuck you want! You're such an
irresponsible asshole, I don't even
know why the fuck I'm with you!

James remains quiet. He is beginning to look increasingly


angry.

MARILYN (CONT'D)
You're such a piece of shit.
There's no fucking way I'm letting
you drive home when we leave, and
I'm not carrying your retarded
fucking friend inside either.
(MORE)
78.

MARILYN (CONT'D)
And another thing, tell your cousin
to find another way home, or maybe
he can stay here since you guys are
so fucking in love with Nate, maybe
he won't mind putting up with the
fact that he's such a fucking
idiot.

JAMES
Are you done?

James walks away irritated while Marilyn stays behind.

MARILYN (O.C.)
Fuck you!

JAMES
Jesus.

-James is at the bar making a drink. James still looks


annoyed.

KELLY (O.C.)
James?!

James turns around to see Kelly, who is very excited to see


him.

KELLY (CONT'D)
What are you doing here?!

JAMES
Kelly?

KELLY
Yeah, it's me, what are you doing
here?

JAMES
Nate, the guy who's place this is,
is a friend of mine. What are you
doing here?

KELLY
You're friends with Nathan Baylor?
79.

JAMES
Yeah, I've known him forever. What
are you doing here?

KELLY
I'm playing one of the roles in the
movie. I had no idea. How's work?

JAMES
It's alright. How's the restaurant?

KELLY
The diner? It pays the bills,
hardly.

James looks down at the drink in his hands.

JAMES
Sorry, but can you excuse me for
just a few minutes?

KELLY
No problem.

JAMES
I'll be right back, don't go
anywhere.

James walks off with his drink to a discrete area of the room
then turns his back to all of the people. James reaches in
his pocket then takes out a tablet packet and pops one of the
tablets into the drink. He swishes the drink around for a few
moments then turns around to approach Marilyn.

-James is approaching Marilyn with the drink. Marilyn still


appears to be in an awful mood. James now looks surprisingly
upbeat.

JAMES (CONT'D)
I made you a drink.

MARILYN
I don't want your fucking drink.
80.

JAMES
Would you stop?! We don't have to
always make a spectacle of our
dysfunction. Now please, take this.

Marilyn swipes the drink from James' hands.

MARILYN
Thanks, now I feel so much better
about you being an asshole.

Marilyn walks away.

EXT DINER - AFTERNOON

SUPER -- 3:15PM

Nate is approaching the diner at which Chloe works. Nate


flicks his cigarette aside and enters.

INT DINER - CONTINUOUS

Nate enters the diner and approach the hostess desk.

HOSTESS
You're back.

NATE
I am back. Is Chloe around?

CHLOE (O.C.)
Hey you.

Nate turns to his side to see Chloe already dressed in her


street clothes. Her hair is down and to Nate's surprise she
dresses very sexy and wears a lot more make up, not trashy,
just looks way hotter.

NATE
Hey...You look so different...

CHLOE
Yep, are you ready?

NATE
Yeah, let's go.
81.

EXT SANTA MONICA - MOMENTS LATER

They walk side by side down the sidewalk. You can tell there
is an awkward tension and they haven't said much to one
another.

CHLOE
Is everything okay?

NATE
Yeah, I'm fine. Why?

CHLOE
You're freaked out ha?

NATE
What? No. Why would I be freaked
out?

CHLOE
I don't know. The first thing you
mentioned was my change in
appearance.

NATE
Oh, you know what, it just caught
me off guard, it's completely fine.
You actually pull it off.

Chloe laughs.

CHLOE
Pull what off?

NATE
Ah shit. Okay, let me demonstrate
the first of many ways I can manage
to stick my feet into my mouth. I'm
sorry.

CHLOE
Don't be. You're actually the first
guy I've went on a date with that
I've met there. You're reaction
isn't that much of a surprise.
82.

NATE
So this home-grown innocence thing
just an act?

CHLOE
Well, I am studying to be an
actress.

NATE
Oh, another one. I don't get anyone
into movies I've written or am
working on.

This is awkward and very abrupt.

CHLOE
Did I ask? I don’t have an
agenda...

NATE
Sorry, I've just had a rash of
people penetrating my life for a
solitary reason. It's how I keep
the genuines separate from the
bullshitters.

CHLOE
So, tell me about yourself.

NATE
What do you want to know?

CHLOE
What made you want to become a
writer?

NATE
It kind of happened by accident.
Growing up, I had always wanted to
be a lawyer or do something in
computers, or so I thought.

CHLOE
What do you mean?
83.

NATE
I kind of just convinced myself
that I wanted to do whatever my
parents told me I wanted to do with
my life.

CHLOE
Why are you a writer then?

NATE
My English teacher in high school
entered a poem of mine into this
poetry contest when I was 18.
Anyway it ended up winning and got
published in this ridiculous book
about high school poetry across the
United States, called 'Teenage
Poetry' or something. That was the
first time in my life I had ever
won anything, or even been praised
by anyone for something I had
created, and it was effortless. I
liked it. So I told my parents to
go fuck themselves and I decided to
study creative writing instead.

CHLOE
Can I read the poem sometime?

NATE
I guess. Why do you want to be an
actress?

CHLOE
For all of the wrong reasons.

NATE
Doesn’t everyone? Seriously
though...

CHLOE
Fame and fortune. I want people to
stop me on the street. I want
everyone to know who I am. I want
people to know the smallest details
about my life when I won't even
know their first name.
(MORE)
84.

CHLOE (cont'd)
I want to matter. Standing out is
the only way you'll get noticed.

Nate doesn't respond and takes out a cigarette. Chloe


snatches it from his mouth and throws it to the ground.

CHLOE (CONT'D)
Ew no. That's disgusting.

Nate looks at her in astonishment then smirks.

NATE
You're some irritating kind of
woman aren't you?

CHLOE
At least I stand out.

NATE
So what did you want to do today?

CHLOE
Do you mind stopping by my other
job real quick?

NATE
You have two jobs?

CHLOE
Yup...

INT STRIP CLUB - LATER

Nate and Chloe come through the entrance of the strip club.
Chloe speaks with the doorman for a moment then smiles as
they both enter. Nate is intrigued as Chloe walks in
naturally, as if she's been there for years. There are only a
few girls working, none of whom are on stage.

NATE
So, this is your other job?

CHLOE
Yup, freaked out yet?
85.

NATE
No, but I see that the innocent
waitress act is bullshit.

CHLOE
You're vulgar, and have a strong
stomach.

NATE
Well I've been to a strip club
before.

Chloe notices a friend.

CHLOE
Hey Candy!

She turns back to Nate.

CHLOE (CONT'D)
Well then...

NATE
Why are we here again?

CHLOE
I've got to talk to a friend of
mine.

NATE
Oh. What for?

CHLOE
Aren't you becoming quite the
prier.
(caustically)
I've got to score some blow.

Nate looks at her as if to say 'No, seriously?'

CHLOE (CONT'D)
What? Does that freak you out?

NATE
You keep saying that.
86.

CHLOE
Some people can't handle my life
style.

NATE
You’re testing me?

CHLOE
No. Just wanted to see your
reaction.

NATE
How was it?

CHLOE
Disappointing. Marty!

MARTY is a hairy, overweight Italian with the gold necklace,


wearing purple tinted sunglasses with the gold rim, although
he is indoors.

MARTY
Hey sweetheart, what are you doing
here?

Chloe and Nate begin to approach Marty as Chloe speaks


quietly to Nate.

CHLOE
Marty's my boss, don't tell him you
didn't pay.

NATE
What would make me think to mention
that?

They approach Marty.

MARTY
Did he pay?

Chloe gives Marty hug.


87.

CHLOE
Of course he did you jerk. Marty
this is Nathan, Nathan this is
Marty.

NATE
Nate. Nice to meet you.

Nate reaches out his hand to Marty.

MARTY
Likewise.

Marty shakes Nate's hand and then turns to Chloe.

MARTY (CONT'D)
What are you doing here? You
working tonight?

CHLOE
Yeah, later though. I came to see
Allie, she's here right?

MARTY
Yeah, she's back here, walk with
me.

Marty reaches his arm around Chloe as she looks back to Nate.

CHLOE
We'll be right back.

NATE
No problem.

Chloe and Marty begin walking off as Nate turns around to


admire the club, and there is no one in there at all.

MARTY (O.C.)
What happened to the other guy?

Chloe giggles. One of the girls in a g string and bathing


suit top passes by Nate.

NATE
Excuse me.
88.

STRIPPER
Yes?

NATE
Where can I get a beer?

The STRIPPER giggles.

STRIPPER
Across the street at the liquor
store.

NATE
What?

STRIPPER
We don't serve alcohol here.

NATE
Fuck that.

The Stripper casually begins to walk off and turns back


around.

STRIPPER
Do you want a dance?

NATE
No thanks, I think I'm leaving in a
bit.

STRIPPER
20 bucks for two songs.

NATE
How long are the songs?

The Stripper walks off and doesn't say another word. Nate
turns around looking as if he is lost all of a sudden.

EXT JANICE'S HOUSE - NIGHT

SUPER -- 3:33AM THE NIGHT BEFORE

Nate's face has the identical perplexed look across it. He is


outside of Janice's house on the sidewalk.
89.

There is no sign of life in her house, all of the lights are


out as well as the shades are all drawn. Nate is fighting
himself whether or not he should approach her house. He takes
a few steps forward and turns back around and walks in the
opposite direction. This goes on for about a minute then
finally Nate decides to leave and walk away from Janice's
house.

INT STRIP CLUB - CONTINUOUS

Nate is still standing around awaiting Chloe.

CALEN (O.C.)
Christ, I thought I'd be the only
person in here at 4 in the
afternoon. The buffet ended at 3 I
thought.

Nate spins around to see Calen entering the STRIP CLUB.

NATE
I'm actually just waiting for
someone.

CALEN
Don't be embarrassed man, we all
have needs.

NATE
No seriously, she's in back with
the owner guy.

CALEN
I bet.

Calen approaches Nate squinting his eyes.

CALEN (CONT'D)
Do I know you from somewhere?

NATE
Doubt it.

CALEN
Weird, got a strange sense that
I've met you before. Whatever, fuck
it. So, where are all of the girls?
90.

NATE
Fuck if I know, did you know they
don't serve beer in these fucking
things anymore?

CALEN
Oh yeah, guess they didn't want a
bunch of drunk guys going too far
with bottomless girls on their
laps.

NATE
I just need a fuckin' drink.

CALEN
Well there's a liquor store just
across the street.

NATE
Yeah, I know.

CHLOE (O.C.)
Calen?

Both Nate and Calen turn around to see Chloe returning from
the back.

CALEN
Hey!

CHLOE
What are you doing here?

NATE
Oh, you two know each other, that's
special.

CALEN
I came by to apologize for last
night.

NATE
Last night?
91.

CHLOE
I'm so sorry Nate. Calen, you blew
me off last night. You waited
until 2:30 in the morning to
cancel.

CALEN
And I said I was sorry. So what is
this, a date? Do you bring every
guy you meet here?

Nate can't help but laugh a little at the obscurity of the


situation.

CHLOE
We're not together Nate.

NATE
It's alright.

CALEN
We're not?

CHLOE
Did you really think I wouldn't
hear her when you called?

CALEN
Can we talk about this privately?

CHLOE
There is nothing to talk about, I
don't date; don't fuck liars. Come
on Nate, let's go.

Calen stands rejected and embarrassed. Nate and Chloe begin


to walk away.

NATE
It was nice meeting you.

INT CAR - NIGHT

SUPER -- 2:17AM THE NIGHT BEFORE

Calen is on his cell phone and there is a girl in the


background giggling.
92.

CALEN
Hey it's me.
(pause)
Yeah Okay, umm, bit of a change in
plans.
(pause)
No, actually something has come up
and I'm going to have to cancel.
(pauses)
Are you okay?
(pauses)
Okay, I'll call you tomorrow, muah
muah!

Calen hangs up as he turns to the passenger seat of the car


with the giggling still occurring.

CALEN (CONT'D)
Alright, my sister said it's fine.

EXT SANTA MONICA - AFTERNOON

Nate and Chloe walk with each other down the street away from
the strip club. Nate is smirking at the events that just
occurred.

NATE
So, what was that all about?

CHLOE
That was Calen, just some guy I was
dating?

NATE
Did you like him?

CHLOE
Yeah.

NATE
Did you love him?

CHLOE
God no, it was entirely physical.
Have you ever been in love?
93.

NATE
Once, well I think, I'm not sure
anymore.

CHLOE
(baby voice)
Aww, did some little girl break
your heart?

Nate chuckles.

NATE
Little girl? Well if you asked her
she'd tell you I didn't have a
heart to break, which lead her to
sleeping with someone else.

CHLOE
Ouch. I don't even believe in love.

NATE
So you've never been?

CHLOE
I didn't say that. I just don't
believe in it.

NATE
That's lucid. Why not?

CHLOE
Because, I think that over the
years it's become nothing more than
a word.

NATE
How so?

CHLOE
People don't say it because they
mean it anymore. They just want
something, and that word is the
easiest way to manipulate someone
into getting it. I'm not saying it
doesn't exist, I'm just saying I
don't believe in it.
94.

NATE
You know, I think I feel the same
way about god.

CHLOE
Do you believe in fate?

NATE
Nope.

CHLOE
Why not?

NATE
I think believing in fate is a by-
product of believing in god. I'll
just say I don't think it's
impossible, I just haven't been
convinced yet.

CHLOE
I believe in fate.

NATE
Really?

CHLOE
Yup. I think there is a reason why
we're walking down Wilshire on a
Sunday afternoon when most people
are at church actually.

NATE
Back to the whole religion thing...
It's not a coincidence?

CHLOE
Well let's look at it objectively.
My friend from work calls me last
night and asks me to work for her
this morning. I say no because I'm
supposed to go out with Calen, that
guy you just met, and he blows me
off to fuck some other bitch. So it
turns out I can work for her after
all.
(MORE)
95.

CHLOE (cont'd)
If Kelly had never asked me to work
for her and Calen had never blew me
off, I would not have been at the
diner this morning getting set up
by your friend with you. Look where
we are now.

NATE
Huh.

CHLOE
Just think, If Calen wasn't such an
asshole, we would have never met.
You can't admit that fate may have
played a hand in this?

NATE
I can admit the possibility. That
doesn't mean I have to buy it.

CHLOE
Well it's free, besides, isn't your
life like tons better now that
you've met me?

Nate smirks.

NATE
Yeah, I guess it is.

CHLOE
See, fate.

NATE
I'm sure.

CHLOE
You keep your walls up high don't
you?

Nate looks over at her with a sharp hint of despair in his


eyes, as he forces it away quickly.

NATE
It's not my fault.

INT COFFEE SHOP - AFTERNOON


96.

SUPER -- 4:56PM

Spiggs and Kelly are sitting in the coffee shop. Spiggs eats
another piece of pie while Kelly drinks an iced coffee.

SPIGGS
I completely missed the entire
thing. I'm such an asshole.

KELLY
And you have no idea what happened
to you?

SPIGGS
No, I don't even remember anything
after midnight or so.

KELLY
What is the last thing you do
remember?

SPIGGS
Getting in James' car, and then I
remember waking up on the couch.

KELLY
Well we put you on the couch. Do
you remember anything before that?

SPIGGS
No, I had a few drinks with
everyone before we took off to go
to Nate's.

KELLY
Why were you leaving so late?

SPIGGS
It was James' idea, and he was
driving.

KELLY
Hmm, what did you drink?

SPIGGS
A few beers. Oh, and I had a vodka
tonic, but it was awful.
97.

KELLY
Hmm, I can't imagine that would
have that kind of effect on you.

SPIGGS
Tell me about it. I started feeling
weird when we walked to the car, I
remember that.

KELLY
Maybe you just can't handle your
alcohol.

SPIGGS
I wasn't drunk though, I was like
dizzy and noxious. Hey maybe I'm
dying.

KELLY
Or pregnant.

SPIGGS
No uterus.

KELLY
Oh well, you're alive today, that's
something to look forward to.

SPIGGS
Yeah, but if I were awake that
motherfucker would never have lost
my shoe. I loved those shoes.

KELLY
What shoe?

SPIGGS
James, while I was passed out,
threw my shoe at some asshole that
cut him off.

KELLY
That's odd...What a psycho.
98.

SPIGGS
You fucked that psycho. And that
reminds me, if you weren't cuming
earlier, why the fuck were you so
loud?

KELLY
Well I didn't know people could
hear us.

SPIGGS
You were still loud.

KELLY
Well I've come to realize that men
have mammoth size ego's, and enjoy
it more if they are left under the
impression that the girl is
enjoying it more.

Spiggs starts laughing.

SPIGGS
So you fake it?

KELLY
Are you kidding? Lightening
couldn't strike any quicker..

Spiggs sits back in his seat.

SPIGGS
Yeah, I don't need the details.

KELLY
You brought it up. Thanks for the
tea by the way.

Spiggs nods his head as to say "Yeah, whatever."

SPIGGS
Thanks for the mental image by the
way.
99.

EXT BEACH - EVENING

The sky, illuminated in pink and orange by the sun just about
to go down. It's early evening and Nate and Chloe are sitting
in the sand just on the edge of the shore as waves come
rising up just narrowly missing their shoe-less feet.

NATE
I've always wanted something
beautiful, something... just
something. Lately I just feel
empty.

Nate skips a coin across the ocean.

CHLOE
Why?

NATE
I have a tendency to invest my
entire life into dead end
situations. It's lunacy, I feel
cold and I can't find comfort in
anything.

CHLOE
Why did you invest so much into
this girl?

NATE
I thought I loved her. I mean I
really loved her.

CHLOE
Since when does loving someone mean
you have to be miserable without
them?

NATE
No, you're right. I don't know
though...

CHLOE
What do you mean?
100.

NATE
In my head, I actually start to
believe it's all I have, it's the
only time I feel anything. I know
it's pathetic, so I lie to myself.

CHLOE
You take so much for granted.

NATE
(defensive)
How so?

CHLOE
Look at your life objectively.
You're an award winning writer,
you're probably rich and you have
great friends.

NATE
You want to know a secret?

CHLOE
What?

NATE
At my party last night, there were
about 50 to 60 people who came and
went throughout the night, and I
think I knew about 6 of them. Give
or take.

CHLOE
I didn't say you have a lot of
friends, I said you have great
friends. That guy you were at the
Diner with earlier was great, and
you could sense a real connection.
So you have a fucked up love life,
who doesn't, you have a lot more
going for you.
(a beat)
I just think if you focused more on
your life, I think your happiness
would be, effortless.

There is a short pause.


101.

NATE
You know for a Stripper, you're a
lot wiser than I would have
thought.

Nate begins to chuckle. Chloe laughs and throws a hand full


of sand at him.

CHLOE
Fuck you!

Nate gets up as does she and he begins to chase her into the
ocean fully clothed then tackles her playfully. Their heads
duck under the water then pop back up. They longingly look
into each others eyes, then smile and kiss.

CHLOE (CONT'D)
How do you feel?

NATE
Cold.

Nate pauses for a few moments.

NATE (CONT'D)
And comfortable.

They continue to wade in the water for a few moments never


losing eye contact.

INT DOCTOR'S OFFICE - EVENING

Marilyn sits in the doctors office with a woman DOCTOR


speaking to her.

MARILYN
Someone slipped me a roofie!?!

DOCTOR
Without a doubt. I'd like to run
some further testing on you.

MARILYN
What do you mean? What kind of
testing?
102.

THE DOCTOR takes a seat and composes herself.

DOCTOR
I know it will be hard to accept,
but in most cases with rohypnol,
especially in women, the
possibility of sexual assault is
high and I'd just like to do a few
tests.

Marilyn sits stunned having trouble coping with what she is


being told.

INT JAMES MARILYN AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - NIGHT

SUPER -- 11:32PM THE NIGHT BEFORE

James enters the living room with a drink in hand. Spiggs and
Eddie are sitting on the couch watching TV smoking a joint.

EDDIE
What the fuck is taking your chick
so long?

SPIGGS
Yeah, we do need to take off.

JAMES
Doing her hair or something.

SPIGGS
Molting.

EDDIE
Why do you mother fuckers always
use words you know I won't
understand.

SPIGGS
READ A BOOK.

EDDIE
Fuck you, you can't even set the
time on your TV without me.
103.

SPIGGS
I prefer reading to television
anyway.

EDDIE
Do you prefer reading to knowing
the time?

JAMES
Seriously Ed, even I know what that
means.

EDDIE
Like you've ever read a book.

James smirks and begins to take a sip of the drink he made


and his eyes light up as he spits it back out into the cup
with no one the wiser. Marilyn enters the living room from
the bedroom still attaching an earring to her ear. She looks
at James.

MARILYN
You can't be serious?

JAMES
What?

MARILYN
You're wearing sandals tonight?

James is wearing the sandals that Spiggs ended up wearing


after his shoe was lost.

JAMES
Yeah, why not?

MARILYN
Ugh.

Marilyn rolls her eyes. James extends his hand with the drink
to Marilyn with a slight smile.

JAMES
I made you a drink.
104.

Marilyn swipes the drink and begins to take a drink and


stops.

MARILYN
Will you change into your shoes
please?

James suavely slips out of his sandals and backs out of the
living room into the bedroom while bowing and casting his
arms out without saying a word. Marilyn notices that Eddie
and Spiggs are staring at her.

MARILYN (CONT'D)
What?!

Spiggs and Eddie both look away quickly watching the TV once
again.

MARILYN (CONT'D)
(quietly)
I don't want this.

SPIGGS
Fuck it, I'll drink it.

MARILYN
Here.

Marilyn hands Spiggs the drink then exits the living room.
Spiggs takes a big drink and looks down at the cup showing an
expression that the drink did not taste good at all. James re-
enters the living room with shoes on.

SPIGGS
You make quite possibly the worst
vodka tonic. Like, ever.

Spiggs takes another drink.

JAMES
Why are you drinking that?

SPIGGS
Your woman didn't want it.
105.

James smirks but masks anymore laughter from escaping


himself.

JAMES
Well, okay then.

Marilyn re-enters from the kitchen.

JAMES (CONT'D)
Okay, we'll go find some 'E' and
then get over to Nate's.

Spiggs downs the rest of the drink.

SPIGGS
I have to hit the head first.

Everyone else begins to exit.

JAMES
Alright, we'll be in the car, hurry
up.

SPIGGS
Okay.

Everyone exits the apartment.

EXT SANTA MONICA - NIGHT

Nate and Chloe are walking down the street. They are now
holding hands. Both Nate and Chloe's clothes are still
drenched, but their hair has begun to dry. Nate is in daze.

CHLOE
You know we're never going to work.

NATE
What? Why?

Nate gently lets go of her hand.

CHLOE
I was just thinking. You still have
things you need to figure out.
You're a bigger mess than I am.
(MORE)
106.

CHLOE (cont'd)
(a beat)
You need to be happy.

Nate remains quiet as they continue walking. After a few


moments of silence he speaks.

NATE
Thank you.

CHLOE
What?

NATE
Thank you.

CHLOE
For what?

NATE
I don't know. Just, let me thank
you.

CHLOE
Well...you're welcome...I guess.

NATE
Thank you for telling what I needed
to hear, even if I didn’t
necessarily want to hear it.

SPIGGS (O.C.)
What the fuck happened to you two?

Spiggs and Kelly are walking from the opposite direction.

CHLOE
Kelly?

KELLY
Chloe?

NATE
You two know each other?

CHLOE
You know these guys too?
107.

KELLY
I just met them this afternoon.

CHLOE
So did I! This is so weird.

SPIGGS
Okay what the fuck is going on?

CHLOE
Okay Nathan, remember the girl that
I told you asked me to work for her
this morning? This is her.

NATE
Oh, the destiny girl.

SPIGGS
Oh, so you two work together. You
never told me you worked at the
diner.

NATE
You know what? I don't think we
want to know the half of what they
don't tell us.

KELLY
Seriously, what happened to you
guys?

CHLOE
We went for a swim.

Spiggs turns to Nate.

SPIGGS
You hate swimming.

Nate shrugs his shoulders and smiles.

KELLY
Well, what are you guys doing now?

They all look up, they are now in front of Spiggs apartment.
108.

NATE
I was just getting my car.

CHLOE
What are you guys doing?

KELLY
Me and Gary are going to my place
until the dust settles here at his
place.

Kelly looks to Nate.

KELLY (CONT'D)
Are you going home?

NATE
Yeah.

KELLY
Can you give us a ride, my car is
still at your place.

NATE
Yeah, sure.

Nate laughs a little.

CHLOE
What?

NATE
It's nothing.

SPIGGS
What's so funny?

NATE
It's just, she works for her, and
you end up ruining a relationship
because of it.

CHLOE
What happened?
109.

NATE
Nothing. You guys ready to go, or
did you need to pick up anything
first?

SPIGGS
Nope, I have my keys.

KELLY
Yeah, I'll just leave what I left
in there. Chloe, why don't you come
with us and I'll give you a ride
home from his place.

CHLOE
Yeah, okay.

EXT NATE'S LOFT - NIGHT

Nate stands outside of Kelly's car with Spiggs in the back


seat and Chloe in the passenger seat. She gently waives and
mouths 'goodbye' as the car drives away. Spiggs playfully
flips him off through the back windshield. Nate chuckles and
shakes his head, beginning to walk toward his loft.

INT NATE'S LOFT - MOMENTS LATER

At Nate's front door, the key enters the lock then the knob
starts to turns and Nate swings the door open. Nate stops in
his tracks as though he saw a ghost.

NATE
What are you doing here?

INT NATE'S LOFT - MORNING

SUPER -- 6:02AM EARLIER THIS MORNING

Nate enters his loft and toss the keys up on his table.

NATE
Steven... What are you still doing
here?

Steven is still in the loft arising from Nate's couch. The


couch is covered in trash as is the rest of Nate's loft.
110.

STEVEN
My dad took off without me.

NATE
Aw, hat sucks dude. Is everyone
gone?

Nate walks to the bar and pours himself a drink.

STEVEN
Yeah, it's just me now.

NATE
Did you try calling your dad?

STEVEN
Cell phone is off, he disappears
like this sometimes. Where were
you?

NATE
Out. Thinking.

STEVEN
Girl troubles?

NATE
Isn't it always?

STEVEN
(shrugs)
I don’t know.

NATE
What, no girlfriend?

STEVEN
Nah, it’s not my thing.

NATE
Not your thing?

STEVEN
Yeah.
111.

NATE
Well, it'll get easier, but you're
fine where you are now.

STEVEN
What happened to you tonight?

NATE
I kind of screwed up.

STEVEN
How so?

NATE
I just did something really pety,
that I shouldn’t have.

STEVEN
Where did you really go?

NATE
You ask a lot of questions. My ex
girlfriend's, but I couldn't bring
myself to even knock on her door,
so I just drove around for a few
hours.

STEVEN
Yeah, sometimes all I want is to go
for a drive. You know my dad, him
being who he is, it’s impossible to
ever get any fucking peace.

Nate smirks.

NATE
I wouldn’t fixate on it too much.

STEVEN
Why not?

NATE
Fixation is the opiate of masses.
Letting anything consume you is
counter-productive and just
prevents you from living your life.
(MORE)
112.

NATE (cont'd)
The only thing you can ever ask for
is that you get one more day and
hope that you’ve done everything
you wanted to... and didn’t worry
about who it was affecting. You
should always be the most important
person in your life. Once you’re
not, there is no going back, and it
will define the rest of your
existence.

Nate downs the rest of his drink. Steven is confused by Nate.


He also feels a little awkward now.

NATE (CONT'D)
You can crash in my room if you
want. I'm gonna try and clean up a
bit.

STEVEN
Thanks Nate.

NATE
No problem. Don't jack off in my
bed!

Steven begins walking towards the bedroom.

STEVEN
Alright Nate.

Steven exits the room. Nate stands firmly and quietly then
begins cleaning up his loft.

INT NATE'S LOFT - LATER

SUPER -- 7 HOURS LATER

Marilyn stumbles out of Nate's bathroom very furious, and


hobbling her way out slamming his front door. A few moments
later Steven pops his head out of Nate's room at the noise.

STEVEN
Hello?

Steven shrugs and walks back into the room.


113.

INT NATE'S LOFT - LATER

SUPER -- 5 HOURS LATER Steven scurries to gather his things


together as he shoots for the door then swings it open. Just
as he opens the door Janice is standing outside getting ready
to knock. Steven shoots past her.

JANICE
Is Nathan home?!

Steven does not respond and Janice enters his place.

JANICE (CONT'D)
I swear he knows the weirdest
people.

She shuts the door behind her and walks around Nate's place
looking for him.

JANICE (CONT'D)
Nate?! Are you home?! It's Janice!

-Janice enters Nate's bedroom. She walks around his room for
a few moments.

JANICE (CONT'D)
Nate...?

Janice opens his closet and takes out a shirt of his then
inhales his scent as she closes her eyes.

INT NATE'S LOFT - LATER

SUPER -- AN HOUR AND A HALF LATER

Nate stands frozen in his doorway just as before. Janice


stands in front of his couch with a sad look of remorse on
her face.

NATE
Well?

JANICE
I wanted to see you.

NATE
Oh.
114.

Nate closes the door behind himeself as he enters the loft.

JANICE
Look, I...

NATE
I don't need an explanation, like
you said we broke up, it's okay.

Janice is taken back with surprise. Nate walks over to the


bar to make another drink.

JANICE
It's not okay, and I'm here now.

NATE
Okay?

JANICE
I really am sorry, you have to
believe me, I truly am.

NATE
It's alright, I'm fine.

JANICE
I can see that you're fine... I
want us to be fine though.

NATE
What would you like to me to say?

JANICE
I don't know...
(an attempt to lighten the
mood)
I was looking for you everywhere
today. I went by Gary's and Eddie's
and none them were even home, and
then I got here and some kid was
storming out so I decided to come
in and wait for you.

Nate sets down his drink.


115.

NATE
Why are you telling me this?

JANICE
I don't know.

NATE
Can I ask you a question, and you
can take your time with it if you
want? Why did you start treating me
like shit all the time?

JANICE
I don't know.

NATE
Then why did you do it?

JANICE
I don't know.

NATE
Then, who was he?

JANICE
I don't know...

NATE
"I don't know, I don't know." Is
that all you know how to fucking
say?

JANICE
...just some guy.

NATE
Just some guy? That's cute...
honesty was never your best color.

JANICE
What do you want me to tell you?

NATE
The truth. That you did it because
you wanted to do it.
(a beat)
(MORE)
116.

NATE (cont'd)
That you didn’t care if you hurt
me. That we are through, for real.

There is a short silence.

NATE
Forget it. I forgive you. Now
please go.

Nate stands up and begins to walk out of the room, Janice


begins to follow.

JANICE
Stop trying to be the bigger person
Nate.

NATE
How can I not?

JANICE
Would you stop it?!

NATE
Then admit it!

JANICE
Fine I wanted to do it!

NATE
Why?!

JANICE
I don't know!

NATE
Why the fuck are you here then?

JANICE
Because I wanted to talk to you and
apologize, and it's not going at
all like I'd envisioned it, and now
I just don't know...

NATE
What did you envision?
117.

JANICE
Things going back to being perfect
again... you know?

Janice's eyes begin to well up.

NATE
Things were never perfect...

JANICE
That's not true...

NATE
Yes it is. There were glimpses of
hope. Bottled hope does not
translate into perfection though,
because it runs out. And do you
know why?

Janice remain silent and looks sad.

NATE (CONT'D)
Because we're human. Perfection is
a contradiction... and being
perfect is a flaw in itself. We're
not on some fucking sitcom Janice,
where some grand gesture is just
going to make everything go away,
real life doesn't work like
that...nothing is ever perfect.
What would ever be the point in
trying if things were?

JANICE
Why are you doing this?

Janice begins to cry.

NATE
Oh, you’re gonna cry?

JANICE
Stop it!
118.

NATE
Why? Because it hurts...? Where was
this compassion throughout the
duration of our... thing... our
relationship? Fuck! I am so sick of
feeling like me. And unfortunately
whether you wanted to or not, are
at the root of it.

Janice cannot seem to control the tears.

JANICE
I'm not perfect, but I want to make
it right.

NATE
You can't.

JANICE
Why not?

NATE
Because you can’t. Jesus, I’m so
fucking in love with you that it is
slowly killing me... I’m not even
here anymore, I’m just some fucked
up version of me that you
created... and I hate this
person... it’s just not worth it
anymore.

Janice begins to calm. She realizes that it’s over.

JANICE
What am I supposed to do now?

NATE
I don't know...

Nate walks to his front door and opens it.

NATE (CONT'D)
... but that's not my problem.

Janice exits shamefully out his door. She then turns around,
just about to speak. Nate then cuts her off, closing the door
lightly in her face.
119.

NATE (CONT'D)
(quietly)
Goodbye.

Nate walks into his living room.

INT JAMES MARILYN AND SPIGGS' APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

James sits alone in his living room. For the first time it
appears, everyone has abandoned him and he has nothing.

INT WAITING ROOM - CONTINUOUS

Marilyn sits in the waiting room of the doctor's office


crying hysterically at the realization she was raped.

INT KELLY'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Kelly and Spiggs sit in Kelly's living room watching TV


enjoying each others company. They laugh as Kelly cuddles up
against Spiggs.

INT JAMIE'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Jamie sits on her couch clearly perplexed with her feet


tucked up, in deep thought eluding to the change in her life.
She has fallen for someone she can never morally have.

INT STRIP CLUB - CONTINUOUS

Chloe is in the strip club, in a blue wig, stripping on


stage, happy and unashamed for who she is and what she has.
Men throw crumbled dollar bills at her on stage, and she is
completely unaffected.

INT PAUL'S HOME - CONTINUOUS

Paul is lying in bed with a smile across his face and


cigarette in his hand. After a few moments Steven enters
Paul's room and looks guilty. It's really starting to set in
what he has done. Paul smiles and acknowledges him.

INT EDDIE'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS

Eddie sits on his toilet with the lid down clutching his
stomach with the look of disgust across his face. Eddie
quickly gets up, opens the lid to vomit into the toilet.
120.

INT STRIP CLUB - CONTINUOUS

Calen is at another strip club enjoying a lap dance from a


Stripper, smiling and laughing. He just picked up on moved to
the next comparable state in his life. Someone who may never
change although he may need it most.

EXT SANTA MONICA - CONTINUOUS

Janice walks away from Nate's, crying. She stops at a cross


walk then nearly collapses in tears, crying hysterically. She
then composes herself, wipes her eyes and begins to walk,
attempting to be strong, but does not get but a few feet
before the tears come rolling back.

INT NATE'S LOFT - CONTINUOUS

Nate is in his bathroom looking down at the blood stain


streaming down his tub. As he turns on the shower, the blood
begins to wash away. Nate walks out of his bathroom and the
blood continues to be washed away, streaming down into the
drain.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT BLACK LEXUS - SANTA MONICA - NIGHT

SUPER -- 1:21 AM THE NIGHT BEFORE

Calen is behind the wheel and Janice is in the passenger seat


smiling, happy.

CALEN (O.C.)
Come on, it's a legitimate excuse.

JANICE
Seriously, no, he'll flip if I
don't go.

CALEN
Is it really a reason to?

JANICE
Probably not, but I can't.

There is a short pause between the two of them.


121.

CALEN
Why do you still put up with this
guy if all he does is make you feel
like shit?

They are coming up on the RED EXPLORER.

JANICE
What do you mean?

CALEN
Well you don’t even want to go to
this thing, but you are completely
overwhelmed with guilt to go. I
guess I just don’t get it.

JANICE
It’s complicated.

CALEN
What if this is fate? Maybe there's
a reason we met tonight, something
greater than either of us. A sign.

JANICE
I don't think that's a sign...

CALEN
We should just turn around.

JANICE
I can’t...

The BLACK LEXUS cuts off the RED EXPLORER.

In the background from outside the Lexus, James is screaming


at the car.

JAMES (O.C.)
(muffled)
You think you're clever asshole?!

The shoe slams against the side of Calen's car as James


speeds off.
122.

Janice jumps to look out the window only to see James' car
speeding off, she instantly knows whose car it was.

JANICE
Oh shit!

CALEN
What the fuck was that?

Janice attempts to hide herself.

JANICE
(w/ panic)
Fuck, that was one of Nathan's
friends. Nathan must have been with
him.

CALEN
So he threw something at my car?!

Calen pulls into the turn lane and flips a U-turn. Janice
begins to look very guilty but also angry.

CALEN (CONT'D)
We can turn around now right?

Calen looks irritated for a moment and then smiles big.


Janice doesn't respond, they just continue to drive in the
other direction in silence.

EXT SANTA MONICA - CONTINUOUS

Outside of the car as it drives off. The shoe just sits in


the middle of the road.

FADE TO BLACK.

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