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Original Screenplay Written By Jason Wiese
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese FADE IN INT. - GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, MAIN ROOM GARY‟S MOTHER, a woman in her late 50‟s, is walking slowly through the terminal in a state of shock. She is surrounded by her family - her older husband, a son in his early thirties, and a daughter in her early twenties. The men have a hold of each one of her arms as she clutches a bunch of Kleenex. The family approaches a makeshift memorial erected in one of the hallways that serves as an information center for those seeking missing loved ones. There are countless “Missing” letters covering every inch of the boards. As the family slowly looks over all the notifications and makes their way across the memorial, the focus remains on the mother. Gary‟s mother finds an empty space towards the end of the wall and carefully places a “Missing” notice of her son, Gary McGregor, complete with letter and photo, on the board with scotch tape. She stares at the picture of Gary until a couple of tears slowly trickle down her cheeks. Her son, Gary‟s brother, puts his arm around her for comfort while her daughter gives her a big hug as she wails. Gary‟s father, a tall, thin graying man in his 60‟s, walks a few feet away from the memorial. As much as he tries to stay strong for the family, he is overcome with emotion as he buries his face in his hands and begins to cry. The mother continues staring at the picture of his son, refusing to take her eyes off of it. CUT TO: INT. – PENN STATION, MAIN CONCOURSE DANA‟S FATHER, an Italian looking man in his late fifties, is walking slowly through the station seemingly in the same state of shock as Gary‟s mom was in.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese He is holding his wife‟s hand as he walks through the station. His wife is also very Italian looking and is in her early fifties. They approach a makeshift memorial erected in the middle of one of the main walkways that is also serving as an information center for those missing loved ones. The father looks over the many “Missing” notices haphazardly attached to the walls of the memorial. The father notices his son, who is in his late twenties, in the process of hanging up a ”Missing” notice for Dana towards the end of the memorial. He approaches his son, shakes his hand then gives him a hug. Dana‟s mom follows her husband closely behind him. The father stares at the “Missing” notice of his daughter – Dana De Luca – and gently touches her face in the photo with his fingers. The mother buries her head in her son‟s chest and begins sobbing uncontrollably. The father just continues staring at the picture, trying his best to remain strong. CUT TO: EXT. – GROUND ZERO, DOWNTOWN BY THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE SUBWAY STATION EXIT Dana‟s family exits a subway station onto a crowded street by Ground Zero. Although they are a few blocks away from the World Trade Center, there is still evidence of devastation all around the street – debris on the sideways, soot still covering the ground. They walk down the street in astonishment of what happened and approach A CHURCH COURTYARD Here there is another makeshift memorial hanging on the fence that surrounds the perimeter of the church‟s property. In addition to the “Missing” notices, there are also letters, personal belongings of the missing as
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese remembrances and burning candles set up on, or in front of, the fence as well. Dana‟s brother approaches the fence and posts a missing notice for his sister. He still has a stack of missing notices in his hands. Dana‟s mother notices that Gary‟s family has congregated in the middle of the street about a half block down from them and just past the church. Without saying anything, the mother begins walking towards them. Her family notices her walking away and they quickly follow her. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET Dana‟s mother approaches Gary‟s family and taps his mother on the shoulder. They embrace in a long, deep hug to console each other. This is followed by the dads and siblings shaking hands and hugging one another. After the embraces are done, everyone shifts their attention and they look down the street. A few blocks down is the smoldering pile of debris that was once the World Trade Center reaching high into the sky. All the members from both families are almost in a tracelike state as they are mesmerized by the devastation. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, OFFICE FLOOR ELEVATOR DOOR The ping of the elevator reaching its intended floor sounds and the door opens. Out walks GARY MCGREGOR - a tall, good looking man in his late twenties – carrying a few folders stuffed with papers; he is clearly in a rush. Gary works at AON Corporation in the upper floors of the World Trade Center South Tower. AON has a very rigid corporate culture and all employees are always dressed in strict business attire – suits for both men and women.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary rushes though the hallway and approaches a desk in THE LOBBY The desk is being staffed by DANA DE LUCA, a cute, blonde but Italian looking girl in her early twenties. As Gary approaches the desk, the phone rings and Dana answers it. DANA DE LUCA Good morning, AON Corporation. (Pause) Please hold and I‟ll connect you to his office. Thank you. (looks at Gary) Hi, can I help you? GARY MCGREGOR (confused) Where‟s the regular receptionist, Diane? DANA She‟s on vacation. GARY And who are you? I don‟t recognize you. Are you new? DANA I‟m Dana, I just got hired a couple weeks ago as a junior analyst. They‟re kind of short staffed in the secretarial pool this week so I‟m filling in at the desk for the morning. GARY Sucks to be a newbie. DANA Yeah, I guess this is what they mean when they say you have to pay your dues. GARY It could be worse. (MORE) When I first
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) started here I had to do all sorts of menial tasks for the executives around here – grab coffee, get dry cleaning, pick up children from school, you name it. DANA Well thankfully I haven‟t had to do anything like that yet. GARY Consider yourself lucky then. DANA So I‟ll ask again, can I help you? GARY Oh yeah, I‟m looking for the senior management meeting, my boss Mr. Reynolds left his papers for the meeting behind in his office. I‟m just trying to get them to him. Do you know which conference room they‟re in? DANA Down the hall, take your first left then your next right; they‟re in that conference room. Gary stares at Dana, struck by her beauty. GARY Thank you. Dana smiles sheepishly at Gary. DANA My pleasure. GARY Well, good luck to you. This is a great place to work. I‟m sure you‟ll love it here. DANA Thanks.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY I‟ll see you later. Gary walks down THE HALLWAY Half way down the hallway, Gary turns around and looks back at Dana. He walks to the end of the hallway and runs into a coworker, DUSTIN, who is also an attractive guy in his early thirties. DUSTIN Gary, what‟s going on my man? GARY Just trying to get these papers to Reynolds for his meeting. DUSTIN Gotcha, well I won‟t keep you. Dustin tries to walk away but Gary stops him. GARY Hey Dustin… (looks back at Dana) Do you know anything about that new girl, Dana? DUSTIN Ahh yes, good eye my friend. She definitely is a cutie. I don‟t really know much about her yet. She‟s a Long Islander, I mean at least she‟s from Long Island, that‟s all I know. GARY (continues to look at Dana) She‟s nice. DUSTIN Stay focused Gary; it‟s probably a good idea to get Mr. Reynolds his (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN (cont‟d) papers before the meeting ends. I don‟t know, call me crazy. GARY Right. Dustin turns back to Gary after beginning to walk away. DUSTIN Beers tonight with the gang? GARY Sounds like a plan, you thinking Ulysses? DUSTIN But of course. GARY Great I‟ll check in with you at the end of the day. Gary walks down the hallway and enters a conference room filled with older, distinguished executives impeccably dressed in suits. CONFERENCE ROOM Gary walks over to his boss, MR. REYNOLDS, who is sitting at the conference table chatting with fellow executives sitting next to him. GARY Mr. Reynolds, I got your papers here. Gary sets the folders down on the table in front of his boss. MR. REYNOLDS Thank you Gary, I thought I was losing my mind. I was looking through everything in front of me and I couldn‟t find them. I had no idea what I did with them.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY No problem sir. I saw them on your desk, they were buried under your Wall Street Journal. MR. REYNOLDS I really need to clean up my office one of these days. Well thank you for delivering these Gary. GARY No problem Mr. Reynolds. Gary leaves the room and walks through the hallway back to THE LOBBY Gary approaches the receptionist‟s desk where Dana is still sitting. DANA I assume that you found the meeting room? GARY I did, yes, thank you. (pause) So I realize that I didn‟t tell you my name before when we first met…it‟s Gary. DANA Hi, nice to meet you Gary. GARY So, I‟m part of the unofficial welcoming committee for new employees and as part of my duties I‟d like to invite you out to drinks with a bunch of co-workers tonight. Drinks? DANA Tonight? On a Monday?
GARY Yeah, it‟s nothing too crazy, we go to a local bar, Ulysses, for a (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) few drinks. We have a fairly diverse group of people that go out. A bunch of the girls join us, so it‟s not just a AON Corp meat market out there. DANA I don‟t know. GARY Come on, it‟ll be a fun time, and it‟ll be great to get to know your fellow co-workers in a social setting. DANA Yeah, but I still live at home with my parents on Long Island. I mean, I hope I‟ll be moving into the city soon, but for now I‟m on the Island saving up some money and it takes me a while to get home. So I don‟t really like going out at night around here because that means I usually get home around midnight. GARY It‟s a Monday night, we won‟t be out until all hours of the night, that would set a bad precedent for the week. I‟m serious when I say we‟ll just be out for a few drinks. DANA Well I don‟t know, I‟ll think about it. GARY That‟s all I can ask for. Remember, we‟ll be at Ulysses if you decide to come out. OK. DANA I‟ll see you later…or not.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (laughs) OK, toy with me; I see how it is. Well I hope you do make it out tonight. Gary walks out of the lobby and towards the elevator. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, GARY‟S OFFICE Gary is standing up, pacing around his office while he‟s talking on the phone in a heated exchange. GARY Look, don‟t worry about it, sir. I‟ve got you covered. I set you up in a program that will minimize your risk and your company‟s risk. You have nothing to worry about. I‟ll send you all the necessary paperwork in the morning. (pauses to listen) Sir, I promise you; this is a good move, a good deal. You have my word. (pauses to listen again) So we can move forward? (pauses to listen again) Great. You won‟t regret it, trust me. Like I said, I‟ll get you everything by tomorrow morning. (pauses to listen again) Thank you, you have a good day sir. Good bye. Gary hangs up the phone then takes a seat at his desk and runs his fingers through his hair as a sign of exhaustion. Dustin comes up to his office and knocks on his open door. DUSTIN Yo, Gary. (notices something is not right with Gary) Hey what‟s wrong?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Ahh, nothing. Gary throws a pen down on his desk in frustration. GARY (cont‟d) Just another day of aggravation in the office. DUSTIN Well forget about that. It‟s the end of the day and we‟re all heading to Ulysses now. You coming? GARY Definitely. Gary stands up, grabs his suit jacket and walks out of his office with Dustin. CUT TO: INT. – ULYSSES BAR, WALL STREET AREA Gary, Dustin and several co-workers are hovering around a high table in the center of a crowded Wall Street area Irish pub. The bar is dark due to the low lighting and wood paneling. The place is packed with banker-types where both the men and women are dressed to impress in sharp suits. Gary is sitting down at the table, temporarily oblivious to his co-workers as he looks at his watch then looks at his phone like he‟s waiting for something. DUSTIN Gary, what gives buddy? GARY (looks away from phone) What do you mean? DUSTIN We‟re all over here being social with each other while you‟re sitting here looking at your watch, then (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN (cont‟d) your phone, then your watch again. You ok? GARY Yeah. Just, ummm, waiting for someone to come out. DUSTIN OK, we‟ll they‟re not going to get here any quicker if you keep staring at your watch. GARY You‟re right. Gary stands up and joins the rest of his co-workers in conversation. Shortly afterwards, Dana walks through the front door of the bar by herself. She stops as soon as she gets inside and looks around to survey the scene. She stands on her toes so she can get a better view of where her co-workers might be hanging out among the crowd. She finally spots them and approaches. A big smile covers Gary‟s face as he sees Dana approaching. GARY Dana, I‟m so happy you came out! DANA Well I figured it‟s Monday night, and I have nothing else to do, so I might as well come out and get to know my fellow co-workers. GARY Let‟s get you a drink, what do you want to drink? DANA I‟ll take a vodka tonic. GARY A vodka tonic coming up.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary walks up to the bar followed by Dana. GARY (to the bartender) Vodka tonic please and I‟ll grab a Chimay while you‟re at it. The bartender makes him a vodka tonic and gives him a Chimay too. Gary grabs the drinks, gives Dana hers and they “cheers.” GARY Here you go, cheers! DANA Cheers. GARY Come on, let me introduce you to everyone. Gary and Dana walk back to the group of co-workers. Gary interrupts the conversation in order to announce Dana. GARY Hey guys, guys…guys settle down; let me introduce you all to Dana. She‟s a new junior analyst, she just started the other week. Dana, this is the gang. CO-WORKERS (in unison) Hey Dana. Dana enters the middle of the group to personally introduce herself to everyone. LATER ON It‟s getting late into the night, the crowd has thinned considerably and only a few co-workers are left. Gary and Dana are sitting at a table enjoying a cocktail and heavy into conversation. GARY So tell me about yourself? (MORE) I mean
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) we‟ve been sitting here for the last hour and a half, just the two of us, talking about the job and about AON and what you can expect in the wonderful world of insurance and risk management, which is all well and good, but I don‟t know anything about you, the person. DANA (smiles) Well, I don‟t know, what do you want to know? GARY I don‟t know. Well, for starters where do you come from? DANA I‟m from Long Island…OK, insert joke here. GARY Long Island, really? No I‟ll spare you from the jokes, I‟m sure you‟ve gotten your fair share of them. It‟s just that you don‟t seem very Long Island-ish. DANA (laughs) And what does that mean? GARY Oh boy, I knew that wasn‟t going to be the right thing to say. I‟m just saying…ahh, you know what? Before I stick my foot further down my mouth why don‟t I just move from that statement. DANA (laughs) Its probably a good idea. But just remember, don‟t make fun of Long Island. I‟m very sensitive.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY It‟s been noted. (pause) So what part of Long Island do you come from? DANA Massapequa. GARY Nice. I‟m not sure why I even asked that question. I don‟t know anything about Long Island. I mean I‟ve heard of the Hamptons, Where all the rich people go to play, but I‟ve never been there. And that‟s really all I know about Long Island, well that and also the Baldwin brothers come from there. DANA Yes, yes, the Baldwin do represent my hood. (pause) So, where are you from? GARY Connecticut. DANA Connecticut, very nice. hoity, toity too. Very
GARY Don‟t believe what you hear, not every part is very uppity. DANA Is yours? GARY Well, yes; but my point is that not every part is like that. We have normal cities and towns just like every other state has. DANA So, where do you come from?
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GARY Darien. DANA Darien, I know Darien. is uppity. Just a tad. Yes, that
GARY How do you know Darien?
DANA A few of the kids I went to college with played on the lacrosse team. GARY Yeah, we had a pretty kick ass lacrosse team. What school did you go to? DANA Syracuse. GARY Syracuse, good lacrosse team there. DANA Yeah; I liked the school, I really liked it. Thank god I got a scholarship, if it wasn‟t for my good grades I don‟t think I would‟ve been able to afford it. (pause) Where did you go to school? GARY University of Virginia. Went to Darden, the School of Business there. My dad went to school there, my grandfather, his dad, went to school there. (pause) My life has been pretty much planned out for me at a very early age. DANA Really?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Yeah, pretty much. So much so that I‟m fairly confident to tell you that I‟ll probably be going to grad school at NYU in the next two years. That‟s the plan at least. DANA Well that‟s good you have a plan at least, right? GARY Yes and no. I mean it‟s great that there‟s a plan, it‟s just a lot of pressure though. Pressure to live up to the family name; it‟s something I think about every day. And the pressure to meet my goals all the time. DANA Sounds intense. GARY It‟s not that bad, sometimes I make it a bigger deal than it should be. In reality, life is good. An exhausted Dustin stops over to the table and sets his near empty drink down on top of it. DUSTIN Well guys, it‟s about that time of night when I come to my senses and realize that I got to go home if I have any hopes of being able to function tomorrow. So good night all. Gary I‟ll see you tomorrow, Dana it was a pleasure to see you hanging out tonight. Gary shakes Dustin‟s hand. GARY Good night Dustin, always a pleasure. Dustin walks away and leaves the bar.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Dustin looked like he was feeling pretty good. GARY Yep, that‟s him; he likes his drink. DANA God what time is it? Dana and Gary both look at their watches. GARY I don‟t know. DANA Wow, 10:08, it‟s late. GARY I guess time flies when you‟re having fun, and you‟re in good company. Dana takes out her LIRR train schedule and studies it. DANA I need to get home. Lemme check when my next train is. GARY OK, no problem, I know it‟s getting late. DANA 10:56 is my next train. Do you think I have time to make it? GARY To Penn Station, right? DANA Yeah. GARY Should have plenty of time if we leave now.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA OK, sorry to cut this short, but if I miss this train I have to wait 40 minutes for the next one which means I won‟t get home until 1 AM. Which also means my parents will kill me. GARY Perfectly understandable, we don‟t want that to happen. Dana grabs her purse and they both stand up from the table and walk through the bar. DANA It‟s kinda weird that I lived on my own in college for four years, I get my own real job in the real world, and I‟m still worried about my parents getting mad at me if I come home late on a school night. GARY Hey, it shows that your parents care, that‟s a good thing, right? Dana and Gary walk out of the bar. CUT TO: EXT. – NEW YORK CITY STREET, WALL STREET AREA – NIGHT Dana and Gary are standing on the sidewalk. DANA OK, I‟m still getting used to the city and figuring out my way around; I know we walked a few blocks from the Trade Center to get here, so I‟m not sure what subway I take and where I can get it. GARY There‟s a 1 and 9 red line stop just a couple blocks away. Follow me, I‟ll get you there.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Are you sure? You can just tell me where it is, I‟m sure I‟ll be able to find it. GARY Don‟t be silly, I wouldn‟t let you wander around this city at night alone. Dana and Gary begin to walk down the street. CUT TO: INT. – WALL STREET RED LINE SUBWAY STATION Gary and Dana leisurely walk down the steps as a 3 train pulls into the station. GARY Damn, here comes the train into the station, let‟s hurry up! Gary and Dana rush down the stairs. Gary gets through the turnstile easily but Dana is caught up while fumbling though her purse to get her metrocard. Once through the turnstile, Gary turns around to watch Dana. GARY Come on, come on! DANA I don‟t think I‟m gonna make it. GARY Yes you will. Once the train stops in the station, Gary runs over to it and stands in the doorway so the door can‟t close. GARY Here I‟ll hold the door open for you. Dana finally finds her metrocard, gets through the turnstile and runs into the train.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CUT TO: INT. – 3 TRAIN, SUBWAY CAR Dana and Gary are trying to catch their breath as they enter the near empty train car. They take a seat next to each other. DANA Boy, that was close. GARY Yeah, you get used to all this running to catch subways after a while. Dana looks up at the subway map behind her to figure out how far away Penn Station is. DANA How many stops you think we have? GARY Let‟s see, from Wall Street we should probably have five. Dana counts the stops between Wall St. and Penn Station on the map with her finger. DANA Five, you‟re right. GARY You learn to get to know the subway system very well when you live in the city. It becomes your best friend. After a few seconds of awkward silence as both of them just sit there, Gary speaks up. GARY So now that I know where you come from, where do you want to go? DANA What do you mean?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY In life, where do you want to go in life? DANA Wow, that‟s pretty deep. GARY I like to ask these kind of probing questions, allows me to really get to know someone. It‟s a lot better question than “what‟s your favorite color” and something like that. During their conversation, the train makes its‟ stops and a few people get off, and a few get on at each stop. DANA It‟s a tough question, where do I want to go? Let‟s see…I don‟t know, I‟d love to have a great career, live in the city for a few years because I really want to do the city thing for a while, but I don‟t see myself as a “city girl” for the rest of my life. Heck, I don‟t even know if I see myself as a New Yorker later on down the road. GARY What do you mean? DANA I can see myself later on in life, like in my thirties, moving out of New York and into suburbia. And I don‟t mean suburbs like New Jersey or Westchester. I mean like real suburbs, like down South or the Midwest. GARY Really? DANA Sure. Real estate prices are so expensive around here. I see the houses that my older brother and (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) his friends are beginning to buy and they‟re not special or elaborate, I mean they‟re nice and all but they‟re just…I don‟t know. I guess for me I‟m just dreaming of having a great career, the white picket fence, a big backyard, 2.3 kids and a golden retriever, definitely a golden retriever. Actually 2.3 kids is probably too much, I don‟t think I can deal with more than 2 kids. GARY That‟s cool. DANA I just feel like I‟ll probably have a much better shot of having all this somewhere away from New York. I mean, don‟t get me wrong I love New York, but it‟s just… I don‟t know. I loved going to college in Syracuse too, the openness, the lack of attitude, the laid back living; I liked all of that. I miss all of that. Except the snow. Oh boy, did I hate the snow! (pause) But at the end of the day, what do I know? I‟m 23 years old and I could change my mind a hundred times in the next two years over where I want my future to go. GARY That‟s true, and it‟s your prerogative if you do. DANA (laughs) Plus it‟s not like I‟ve had a master plan laid out for me when I was three years old like others did. GARY Hey don‟t blame me for having psycho parents.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA I‟m not, I actually think it‟s cool… in a demented kind of way. GARY You know it‟s funny you say all that about your future. DANA How so? GARY I kinda feel the same way, same thoughts too regarding how I felt about college, going to school in Virginia. (pause) I myself have thought about one day living in suburbia, far away from all the madness that is the city. I also absolutely love the city, but feel at times there‟s something missing. But I just think it‟s my own fault. The city is what you make it, and sometimes I probably don‟t try hard enough to get the most out of it. (pause) Plus I think I just take an overly romantic view of life…the white picket fence, the dog, the kids, the big backyard; I would like to have that one day, but let‟s be honest that is a simple, romantic view of life, especially by a New Yorker. Nothing wrong with wanting it at all; it‟s just that I don‟t think many people end up with that, or anything close to that. But that‟s what I think I want to strive for. Like you I‟m young. DANA You‟re not that young! GARY What are you talking about?!? 28! That‟s like the new 22, (MORE) I‟m
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) especially in this city. Anyways, we‟ll see what happens. That‟s the great thing about life, that‟s the great thing about being young and living in this city; you never know what‟s in store for you. And that‟s what keeps things incredibly exciting. And that‟s why I love life. DANA But wait, is this whole white picket fence fantasy in the master plan? GARY Good question. I‟ll have to ask my parents on that one. (pause) Just kidding. Yes it is, but if my parents had their way it would be a white picket fence in Greenwich. (pause) Whatever, I‟m allowed to stray from the master plan once in a while to do what‟s best for me. The train pulls into Penn Station. 1 TRAIN CONDUCTOR (O.S.) Penn Station. DANA Well, this is my stop. GARY I‟ll get out with you. DANA Gary, that‟s so not necessary. GARY Please, I live on the Upper East Side, I‟m already far away from where I should be going. Gary and Dana stand up and walk out of the train. CUT TO:
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese INT. – PENN STATION IN THE PENN STATION SUBWAY STATION Gary and Dana get off the train and walk through the subway station to head over to the Long Island Railroad. DANA Gary! Why did you jump on the train with me then if this was the opposite way you were going?!? GARY I don‟t like seeing girls late at night trying to navigate through the streets by themselves. It‟s too dangerous. DANA Well that‟s very nice and sweet. GARY I won‟t disagree with that because that‟s 80% of the reason why I escort girls back to wherever they‟re going, but I‟ll admit there‟s another reason why I do this too. I‟ll tell you, the other 20% is a very practical “guys” reason. DANA And what‟s that “very practical guys reason?” I can‟t wait to hear this. GARY Well no guy likes to be the last guy to be seen with a girl before she takes public transportation or a taxi or anything like that. DANA Why‟s that? GARY This is a dangerous city, girls have been known to be kidnapped from taxis and subways. Hell, (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) bouncers have even been known to take girls. DANA Ohhhkkkkaaaayyy. GARY So I want to avoid any situation where one minute we‟re laughing, having fun at Ulysses and the next minute I‟m being woken up at six in the morning by cops questioning me about your whereabouts because you vanished after taking the 1 train home at 11 o‟clock all by yourself and I was the last to see you alive in public. No thank you. DANA (shocked) Wow, you‟ve really thought this through. Should I be scared? GARY Believe me, most normal guys that go out a lot have all thought the same thing. It‟s a complete defensive thing, “cover you ass” so to speak. The two walk through the subway turnstile and enter PENN STATION - MAIN CONCOURSE AREA FOR THE LIRR GARY But see, this way of thinking works out great for both the guy and girl involved; so everyone wins in this situation. DANA Yeah, I stay alive and even if I don‟t, you have an alibi; I guess that works.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (laughs) See, I‟m glad you get it. (pause) But let me stress that this only makes up 20% of the reason, I‟m mainly escorting you back to the subway because I want to make sure you get home OK. The alibi thing is completely secondary. DANA (laughs) You‟re a trip. Dana approaches the big board in the concourse area that shows what track each train is leaving from and studies it until she finds her train. DANA OK, great I‟m right on time. 10:50, six minutes to spare and my train is leaving from track 4. Dana and Gary walk slowly over to the entrance to track 4, which is only about 30 yards from the big board. DANA Well, here‟s my track. GARY Yep, this is your track indeed. A few seconds of awkward silence where they look around the station, put their hands in their pockets and do other nervous things is finally broken by Dana. DANA I had a good time tonight. GARY Yes, me too. DANA It was great to get to know you.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Same here. (pause) We should do it again sometime soon, I mean we should hang out again soon. DANA Yeah, I‟d like that. GARY OK, well…good night. Gary extends his hand, which Dana accepts, and he gives her the most awkward handshake ever. DANA Good night. GARY Sweet dreams. Dana walks down the steps to the train platform while Gary watches her. Halfway down she turns around and looks at Gary. DANA By the way, it‟s green. GARY (confused) What? DANA My favorite color, it‟s green. GARY (laughs) OK. You be careful getting home tonight. Dana turns around again at the bottom of the stairs and gives Gary a big wave. CUT TO:
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EXT. – CORTLANDT STREET, WORLD TRADE CENTER AREA - MORNING
The next morning Gary is walking down the street to go to work as he stumbles across a fruit stand along the sidewalk. He stops and surveys all the different variety of fruit. He picks out an orange and buys it from the middle-aged Muslim man working the stand. GARY I‟ll take one orange please. FRUIT STAND MAN 99 cents. Gary digs into his pockets, pulls out a $1 bill and pays. GARY Thank you my good man. FRUIT STAND MAN You have a good day today sir. GARY You too. Gary walks away and crosses the street to approach the World Trade Center. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, DANA‟S OFFICE FLOOR THE LOBBY Gary exits the elevator and approaches Dana who is working at the receptionist‟s desk again in the morning. Dana is talking to a female co-worker in her late-twenties who is standing by the desk when Gary approaches. GARY Hi Dana, I figured I might find you at the desk again this morning. DANA Good morning Gary.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary puts the orange down on her desk. GARY I remember you were saying last night how much you loved oranges, so I thought I‟d pick one up for you on my way into work. Vitamin C is a good way to start the day. Gary acknowledges the female co-worker standing by Dana. GARY Hi Caroline, how are you? CAROLINE I‟m good Gary. DANA Thanks Gary, that was very thoughtful. You didn‟t have to do that. GARY I know, but the fruit stand is right off the subway on the way to work so it was no problem at all. DANA Too bad I love oranges so much that I already bought one today. Dana lifts up the orange she bought herself and shows it to Gary. GARY Oh. DANA But don‟t worry, I can promise it won‟t go to waste. I‟ve been known to have more than one orange a day from time to time. But if not, I‟ll just save it for tomorrow, they stay good for a few days. GARY Good, well I‟ll see you later. Bye Caroline.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Bye Gary. CAROLINE See you Gary. Both Dana and Caroline watch Gary as he walks back to the elevator. CAROLINE So, what was that? DANA What do you mean? CAROLINE Gary just dropped you off an orange. You realize that right? DANA Yes, I was hear when it happened, so? CAROLINE Well it‟s not like I saw him with a bag full of oranges for everyone in the office. He had only one, and it was specifically for you. DANA He‟s a nice guy. CAROLINE That he is, I won‟t disagree with you. DANA We had a good time last night at Ulysses. We talked for a while, just the two of us. CAROLINE You must‟ve made quite an impression on him last night, cause I‟ve known Gary for three years and not once has he given my an orange.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Believe me, it‟s not like that. Please don‟t try to create a story where none exists. CAROLINE Oh honey, don‟t worry about anything. DANA Good, as the new girl I don‟t need any of that drama around me at work. CAROLINE It‟s good…just realize that Gary might like you. DANA Hmmm, you think? I think he‟s just trying to make the new girl feel welcome. CAROLINE Maybe, quite possibly; but remember, men are inherently lazy and they normally don‟t give a damn about anything, so it‟s usually a fairly big deal when a guy stops to buy an orange and drops it off to a girl that sits three floors below him. That‟s my two cents. DANA Interesting take on things, but I‟m going to see it for what it is, a nice guy dropping off an orange for a new friend. Caroline looks at her watch. CAROLINE OK, whatever; I‟m late for a meeting. Lunch today? DANA Sure, I‟ll be at this desk for the morning, then I‟ll be back at my cube in the afternoon. So if I‟m not here, you can find me there.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, GARY‟S OFFICE Gary enters his office and settles down behind his desk. Dustin stops and sits down on the chair in front of his desk. DUSTIN Gary, how was the rest of the night? GARY Just make yourself comfortable Dustin. DUSTIN I think I will. GARY It was fine, we left maybe a minute or two after you. DUSTIN Did you? GARY Yeah, we took one look at your drunk ass and realized that it was late so we left. DUSTIN Did you guys do anything afterwards? GARY Oh no, it was late and it was a Monday. So I took her back to Penn Station and dropped her off at her train. DUSTIN Anything? GARY (rolls his eyes) No Dustin. DUSTIN Really?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Seriously, gimme a break. nice girl.
DUSTIN So? She‟s cute and it looked like you guys were really hitting it off. You talked to her for over an hour by yourself. Without even needing help from me. GARY (rolls his eyes again) Please. Maybe that‟s just because I find people like you boring and I needed someone actually interesting to talk to? DUSTIN (laughs) Possibly, but I think there‟s something there. GARY We‟re just friends D. I‟m trying to make her feel welcome. DUSTIN OK, fine, believe whatever you want to believe. Anyways, don‟t forget, the company‟s “Welcome to Summer” party is on Thursday. GARY That‟s right, what are we doing this year again? DUSTIN Booze cruise my man, booze cruise around Manhattan. They rented some sort of big yacht. Going to spend the afternoon cruising around the city, maybe head up the Hudson a bit to West Point, or at least that‟s what I heard. It‟s going to be awesome!
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Great, water and alcohol go together like peanut butter and jelly. DUSTIN You got that right. So listen, even though this is just an afternoon thing, we got the whole day off, so why don‟t we meet up for a late morning breakfast at Midnight Express then we‟ll head over to Chelsea Piers together? Sound good? GARY Sounds excellent. Dustin stands up. DUSTIN Great. Let‟s get out and play some racquetball this week too. GARY Ahh, I‟ll let you know. busy week this week. Got a
DUSTIN OK, just gimme a shout if you can. GARY Will do. Dustin leaves the office and Gary goes back to his computer to check his email. CUT TO: EXT. – CHELSEA PIERS - DAYT Gary and Dustin are walking along Chelsea Piers heading over to the dock with the yacht. They are both wearing sunglasses and business casual attire – khakis and a short-sleeve polo shirt.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Beautiful day today, great weather to be out on the water. DUSTIN That‟s true. You know after we come back we should do some drunk bowling over here. GARY Or hit some balls and do some drunk golfing at the driving range. DUSTIN Oh good idea, I like it. I‟m in.
Gary and Dustin walk up to a dock that has a huge yacht docked at it. DUSTIN (cont‟d) This looks like the boat. GARY Looks nice. DUSTIN That‟s an understatement, it‟s huge. Dustin an Gary get in line behind all the other co-workers trying board the yacht. CUT TO: EXT. – YACHT, OUTSIDE DECK – DAY The yacht is out cruising the Hudson River and passing by the sights of Manhattan and New Jersey. Dustin and Gary are hanging out with a bunch of male coworkers on the outside deck. They are enjoying cocktails, telling stories, laughing and just generally enjoying each others‟ company. Michael, a younger co-worker in his mid-twenties, is in the middle of telling a story.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese MICHAEL So of course Mr. Reynolds yells at me because I didn‟t get enough coffee for the meeting. I mean, I got five different kinds of bagels, seeded and unseeded, all kinds of spreads, orange juice, both pulp and no pulp mind you, and assorted muffins and donuts. But no, I didn‟t get enough coffee so I heard about it for the next two weeks from him. “Hey, there goes the coffee kid” or whatever the hell he‟d call me. Everyone in the group laughs at his misfortune. MICHAEL (cont‟d) How the hell am I suppose to know that the meeting was being attended by a bunch of coffee fiends? I though I got plenty of coffee for the 20 people in there, I mean I must‟ve had like 10 buckets of the thing. GARY Kid you‟ll soon learn that you can never have enough coffee for these people. Trust me. MICHAEL That may be true but does he realize that I went to Dartmouth and did my graduate work at Stanford? And now what do I do? I get yelled at about coffee. Unbelievable! As Michael is talking, Gary sees Dana out of the corner of his eye talking to a couple of her female co-workers at the other side of the deck. DUSTIN Mikey, we‟ve all done it before. So you‟re not going to get any sympathy from us. We‟re just going to laugh at you.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Yeah, listen to Dustin. We‟ve all been there. Mr. Reynolds likes doing that to his guys, it‟s his way of separating the men from the boys. Believe me, all in good time he‟ll move on from you and start picking on some other newbie. MICHAEL Seriously, you think? DUSTIN Sure. (pause) Now go get me a Jack and coke, pledge! The group cracks up at Dustin trying to boss around Michael. MICHAEL (laughs) Screw you! Once again Gary looks over to Dana and this time Dana notices him looking over. GARY Guys, excuse me for a moment. going to go mingle. I‟m
Gary walks away from the group and starts walking over to Dana. Dana notices him approaching so she leaves her group of co-workers. They meet along the railing, halfway between each group of co-workers they were talking to. GARY (awkwardly) Hey. DANA Hey. GARY How‟s it going? It‟s good. here. DANA It‟s really nice out
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Yeah, I love coming out on the water and just cruising, it‟s very relaxing. Usually I do that Circle Lines cruise thing, it‟s a fun time but it‟s definitely not as classy as this. DANA This boat is awesome. GARY AON usually does do a great job with their company parties, it‟s always top notch. DANA It‟s great, I‟ve never done anything like this. GARY Well, get used to it. This is par for the course around here. (pause) How‟s your drink? DANA It‟s good, it‟s a tasty vodka tonic. GARY Good. A female co-worker in her mid-thirties comes up to them. FEMALE CO-WORKER Excuse me, but the Chairman is going to say a few words in a bit so he wanted me to get everyone to move inside for a few minutes. GARY OK. FEMALE CO-WORKER Thanks, just grab a space anywhere in the main dining room. Dana and Gary head inside the yacht along with everyone else on the deck.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CUT TO: INT. – YACHT, DINING ROOM The dining room fills up with employees as the AON Chairman stands up on a stage at the front of room with a microphone in his hand. AON CHAIRMAN Welcome fellow AON employees to the company‟s “Welcome to Summer” party. I‟d like to thank everyone for coming out today. (pause) I‟m going to make this short because there‟s plenty of fun to be had today, the weather is gorgeous, the sights are wonderful, the food is delicious and the drinks are inebriating. He takes a quick swig of his drink. AON CHAIRMAN (cont‟d) So no one needs to waste their time by listening to me go on and on about the company‟s great performance. But we are having a great year, in fact we‟ve been on a roll for several years now and the future has never looked brighter. I truly believe we have great things in store for this company in the coming years and everyone in this room will have a huge part in it. (pause) I want to thank everyone for their smarts and dedication to making AON one of the greatest companies in the world. We are the best at what we do and I want to thank everyone here for that. (pause) As I said, great things are to come and I look forward to leading this company, and working with you all, through another prosperous fiscal year.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese He raises his glass. AON CHAIRMAN (cont‟d) So let us all raise our glasses and do a toast. (pause) To continued success…and to all of you who drive home this success every day. Cheers. Everyone in the room does a “cheers.” their glasses together. Gary and Dana clink
GARY Shall we go grab a spot back out on the deck? DANA Sure, but not before I grab a few shrimp. GARY While you grab some shrimp I‟ll refill our cocktails. Dana walks over to the buffet table and grabs a small plate of shrimp while Gary walks over to the bar by the buffet table and gets two new drinks. Gary walks over to Dana and they walk back out to the deck. CUT TO: INT. – YACHT, OUTSIDE DECK – DAYTIME Gary and Dana grab some prime real estate by the railing that offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline. GARY So, what do you do for fun on the weekends? DANA I dunno, the usual stuff a girl in her early twenties would do; hang out, go shopping, see a movie, have dinner with friends.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Is there an active nightlife scene in your part of Long Island? DANA There is but I don‟t usually hang out in Long Island. GARY You don‟t? DANA No, I spend a lot of my weekends in the city actually; I crash at one of my girlfriend‟s apartment and we usually hang out on Fridays and Saturdays then I head back Sunday mornings. I don‟t do it every weekend, but I‟m in most of the time. GARY That‟s cool. (pause) So what are you doing this weekend? DANA This weekend I‟m actually hanging out back on Long Island, it‟s my mom‟s birthday on Saturday night so we‟re having a family party for her. On Friday night I‟ll probably just hang out with a few of my Long Island friends. Like where? GARY At the local Applebee‟s? DANA No! (laughs) We have real bars you know!
GARY I know, I‟m just kidding. DANA I know you are. So anyways, me and my girls will probably go to one of the local Irish bars by me.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Cool. (pause) So what are you doing the next weekend? DANA I‟m not sure, I‟ll be staying in the city with my friend but we haven‟t figured out what to do yet. GARY Where does she live? DANA on the Upper West Side somewhere, off of Amsterdam, like on 83rd St and Amsterdam. GARY Nice, I know that area. A lot of good bars, Brother Jimmy‟s, Gin Mill, Jake‟s Dilemma. DANA Yeah, we have a fun time. GARY So would you like to maybe do something over that weekend? I mean I know you‟ll have plans at night with your friend, but maybe we can do something nice and leisurely during the day? Dana is taken aback slightly by Gary‟s question. DANA Sure, that‟d be fun. you want to do? What would
GARY Ever spend time in the Park? DANA Central Park?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (laughs) Yes, Central Park. DANA I‟ve walked through it but I can‟t say I‟ve ever spent significant time there. GARY OK, let‟s go to the Great Lawn in the park. It‟s very low key, very relaxing. OK. DANA What would we do there?
GARY We could do a lot of things. People watch, throw a Frisbee around, watch the little kids play baseball, get some sun. You know, it‟s very basic. Bring a blanket, maybe some sandwiches and just hang out, relax and talk. DANA Sounds nice, count me in for that, assuming it‟s a nice day. GARY Great, it‟ll be a good time; I can assure you of that. Gary and Dana both turn around to look out over the boat and face the skyline. They both remain silent as they take in the scene. CUT TO: INT. – A CORNER BODEGA, UPPER EAST SIDE Gary is standing in a short aisle of a bodega surveying all the different kinds of snacks and chips that stuff the shelves. He is holding a small grocery list in his hand that has scribbles all over it.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (to himself) Who would‟ve thought there‟d be so many different kinds of chips out there. (pause) I‟m worried if I go plain she‟ll think I‟m boring and not adventurous, but if I pick up something fancy like sour cream and chives, she‟ll think I‟m way too uppity plus I run the risk of alienating her taste buds. (pause) Screw it, I‟ll gonna go with Fritos, who doesn‟t like Fritos? Plus although they‟re popular, they‟re not exactly the “norm” so maybe this will show off a bit of my eccentric side. Gary grabs a bag of Fritos and makes his way over to the deli counter. GARY Excuse me sir. The man behind the deli counter, who is busy slicing meat, turns around to help Gary. GARY (cont‟d) Hi, I would like to get a quart of your best potato salad, a tuna fish sandwich on a roll and a roast beef and turkey sandwich on a hero with lettuce only; no tomatoes, dressing, cheese, mayo or anything disgusting like that. None of that. As the deli counter man goes to work on his order, Gary starts perusing the shelves next to him. Then his cell phone rings, it‟s Dana. GARY Hello. (pauses to listen) Hey Dana, yep I‟m on my way. (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) (pauses to listen) I‟m just in the bodega right now getting us some sandwiches. (pauses to listen) No, it‟s no problem, I got it all taken care of. (pauses to listen) Where are you at? (pauses to listen) Oh, you‟re already at the park? And you got a spot? (pauses to listen) OK, I‟ll hurry over as soon I can. I‟m almost done getting the sandwiches. (pauses to listen) OK, I‟ll see you in a few minutes, bye. Gary hangs up his phone and grabs his just made sandwiches off the counter. CUT TO: EXT. – CENTRAL PARK, GREAT LAWN – DAY Gary enters the Great Lawn area and starts walking around the outer edge of the field carrying a couple bags of groceries. The park is packed with little leaguers playing baseball on the dirt fields, guys throwing the football around, young couples throwing a Frisbee back and forth, and many people just lying out enjoying the sun. After a while of aimlessly wandering around, Gary can‟t find Dana so he stands still and looks around. He finally takes his cell phone out and calls Dana. GARY Dana, hey it‟s me. I can‟t find you! (pause) Where are you? (pause) I know, I‟m in the park too, on the (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) Great Lawn. (pause) I can‟t see you. (pause) You‟re by the kids in the navy blue? Gary looks around the Great Lawn and notices three different little league teams dressed in navy blue playing on three different fields. GARY (cont‟d) Can you be a little bit more specific? I see three teams in navy blue. (pause) In the middle? (pause) You mean the middle field in the Great Lawn, right? (pause) OK, I‟ll find you. Gary looks out over the Great Lawn and sees Dana in the distance jumping up and down in the middle of the field. GARY (cont‟d) (laughs) OK, OK, I see you now. there in a sec.
Gary hangs up the phone and walks over to Dana who is hanging out in the middle of the lawn, between two little league baseball games, on a big blanket. DANA (excited) Gary!!!! GARY Hey girl, how you doin‟? Dana gives Gary a kiss on the cheek. I‟m great. OK. DANA Come, come, have a seat! GARY
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary sits down on the blanket and places the grocery bags down. Dana immediately starts going through them. DANA Oh, what did you get? GARY Nothing special, some chips, a couple sandwiches. I got you a tuna sandwich because I remember you saying that you like tuna fish… Gary grabs a bottle of Chardonnay out of one of the bags. GARY (cont‟d) …And a bottle of Chardonnay. I figured that a nice, sunny, summer Saturday afternoon in the park would be a perfect for a cool, crisp bottle of Chardonnay. DANA Did you bring cups?
GARY Huh, did I bring cups?!? What kind of question is that? I‟m a professional, girl; of course I brought cups. Gary reaches into another bag and whips not only a couple of cups but also a handful of ice cubes. He throws in a few ice cubes into each cup. DANA And you brought ice too? GARY Of course, I‟m not an amateur. DANA Is drinking in the park legal? GARY Probably not, but everyone does it.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (worried) So are we gonna get in trouble? GARY Gimme a break. The cops have a lot bigger things on their mind than busting people like us for sipping wine in Central Park. Don‟t worry. Gary pours Dana and himself a glass of wine. GARY (cont‟d) So cheers. Both Gary and Dana clink their glasses. DANA It‟s a beautiful day out here. Dana and Gary relax on the blanket and take in the sights of the Great Lawn. LATER ON GARY You need another glass? DANA (a bit tipsy) Sure, I‟ll take another drink… thaaank you. Gary pours Dana another glass of wine. DANA (slightly slurring) So let me tell you a little bit about my life. GARY (laughs) OK. DANA I dated an asshole last year. Gary is caught completely off guard by Dana‟s admission.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Ohhkay. DANA No really, he was an asshole. GARY OK. DANA He just treated me so horribly. I mean I can‟t believe I put up with what I put up with for so long. GARY Well you‟re out of it now though, right? DANA Yeah, but I can‟t believe I voluntarily put up with that and lived through it all for so long. GARY How long was it? DANA Eight months, but I knew within the first month that it was no good. GARY So why did it take you so long to get out of it? DANA I dunno, I guess I felt bad for him. He was such a mess. GARY So why did you get with him in the first place? DANA I dunno Gary, I dunno. He seemed like a good guy, misunderstood by everyone, but a good guy nonetheless. (pause) (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) Sadly, he was not a good guy. (pause) Look, I can‟t explain it, I made a mistake and I feel like I‟m still paying for it. GARY How so? DANA He‟s relentless, he won‟t let it go. He calls me, he starts out by apologizing then he just turns evil, and acts like as ass, yelling and screaming at me. It happens every time he calls me. GARY So why do you take his call? DANA Because I feel bad for him, obviously there‟s something wrong with him to act like that. GARY OK, true, but why should you care anymore? DANA I dunno because I do. I care too much I guess. I can‟t help it. GARY OK. DANA Look, I don‟t expect you to understand any of this. GARY No, no, no; I want to understand. DANA (exhales) You know what? It‟s not worth it.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Are you sure? DANA Yeah, don‟t worry about it. not worth it. It‟s
GARY I just want you to know that I‟m here for you; if you ever need someone to talk to, I‟m a good listener. After a few moments of awkward silence, Dana speaks up. DANA I like you, you‟re a good friend. GARY What did you say? Wasn‟t listening. I‟m sorry I
DANA (laughs and playfully hits Gary) Gary! I‟m kidding! GARY I‟m just kidding!
After a few more moments of awkward silence, Gary speaks up. GARY I like you too. (pause) You‟re good-hearted. Dana reaches over and hugs Gary, there‟s an awkward moment where they‟re close together and look into each other‟s eyes briefly but they ultimately don‟t kiss. Dana moves away from Gary and takes another drink of wine. GARY I know I‟m probably going to screw everything up right now, but I think I owe it to myself, and to you, to ask this.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA What‟s that? GARY What would you say if I asked you out on a date? DANA (taken aback) Really? GARY (nonchalantly) Yeah, what would you think? A guy like me asking out a nice girl like yourself? DANA That‟s definitely sweet of you to ask that, but I‟m not ready. GARY Really? DANA I‟m sorry, I‟m not. I need to get over a lot of things first. GARY Yeah but don‟t you think the easiest way to get over things that happened in the past is to move on and look towards the future? DANA Maybe so, but it‟s just not a good time for me. I‟m sorry. GARY OK, I‟m not going to pressure you, that‟s not my style. DANA I think in a few months I might like that idea, but right now it‟s not the right time for me.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Hey that‟s ok, I respect your decision. I‟m cool with it. (pause) I like to hang out with you anyways, so if hanging out with you as a friend is what I can get then I‟ll take it. DANA Thank you, that‟s nice. Gary and Dana both sit back on the blanket and watch the little leaguers in front of them play baseball in silence for several seconds. Gary finally breaks the silence. GARY Those sandwiches were kinda small. How do you feel about going out to a late brunch? DANA That sounds good. thinking? Where were you
GARY Well I know you have plans with your friend later tonight, so we could go someplace on the Upper West Side, close to her hood. DANA OK, any ideas? GARY (laughs) What are you asking me for? your neighborhood. DANA It‟s really not though. GARY Well it‟s your neighborhood more than it‟s mine. It‟s
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA OK, fair enough. How about Fred‟s? It‟s close to my friend‟s place, but if it‟s too far away for you I can think of something else. GARY I don‟t know Fred‟s but I‟m sure it‟ll be perfect. Let‟s go there. DANA Are you sure? I don‟t want to drag you all the way out to the Upper West Side. GARY No, don‟t be silly, it‟s great. Gary and Dana stand up, shake the dirt off the blanket and pack up their stuff. DANA Oh wait, what time is it? GARY I don‟t know. Dana takes out her cell phone and looks at the time. DANA Shoot, shoot. GARY What is it? Dana and Gary start walking across the Great Lawn. DANA I almost forgot; I can‟t grab a bite. I have to meet my friend down at Century 21, we were going to go shopping at 3 o‟clock today. GARY Ok, so we‟ll have brunch another time. Dana grabs Gary‟s hand to apologize as they walk through the park.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA I feel bad.
I‟m so sorry.
GARY No, don‟t. It‟s ok. It was easy to lose track of time out here. DANA But let‟s definitely do brunch one weekend. GARY Sure, how about next weekend? DANA Oh, that‟s no good, I‟ll be at the Jersey Shore. How about the weekend after that? GARY I‟m tied up that weekend with a family birthday party. The weekend after that maybe? DANA I have my grandparents 50th wedding anniversary that weekend. I guess we‟re looking at four weekends from now? GARY I‟m actually off on vacation that weekend. How about the weekend after that? DANA Then I‟m on vacation. GARY (laughs) This is borderline ridiculous. That‟s the hazards of trying to make plans during the summer, everyone is always away or doing something, especially on the weekends. (jokingly) Well I think I have a weekend open in November, how does that sound? You free in November?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (laughs) Stop! GARY What? DANA Come on, we‟ll find a Sunday that works before then. GARY Why don‟t we just plan for early August, the weekend after you come back from vacation? Geez, that‟s a bit depressing, we‟re already talking about making plans towards the end of summer. DANA That should work, I‟ll be coming back that Friday, so I‟ll just meet up with you on Sunday. (pause) By the way, it‟s not like we can‟t grab a drink after work during the week or grab some lunch before then. GARY Oh yeah definitely, although I have to warn you, I don‟t typically go out for lunch. I‟m usually too busy to do sit-down lunches. DANA OK, well we could grab an after work drink. GARY I‟d like that. DANA Or better yet, do you want to do something fun this week? GARY Sure, I like fun.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA What do you think about rock climbing? GARY Rock climbing? DANA Yeah, rock climbing. GARY Gee, I never really ever gave a thought to rock climbing, so I don‟t know, I‟ve never done it before. DANA Me neither, but I was reading Time Out New York the other day and they had an article about rock climbing, it looks like fun. GARY And where can you do this rock climbing at? DANA There‟s a place on 10th Ave called Manhattan Plaza Health Club, they have a climbing gym. GARY Interesting. DANA I think it‟d be cool, I‟m all into doing different things in the city. So you want to do it with me? Of course! climbing! Great. GARY Let‟s do some rock
DANA You free on Wednesday night? GARY
I should be.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA OK, let‟s do Wednesday. Maybe we can even make this into a weekly thing where we do something cool every Wednesday or something like that. GARY We should come up with a catchy name to call these activities too, you know, just to be really dorky. DANA Like “Awesome Wednesdays?” GARY (thinking) “Awesome Wednesdays.”
I like that.
DANA Awesome Wednesdays it is then. GARY Get ready for some fun. Dana and Gary walk towards the swing area located on the perimeter of the Great Lawn. DANA I‟m gonna head home now before I meet up with Becky. GARY OK. Dana and Gary look into each other‟s eyes during a few seconds of awkward silence. GARY (cont‟d) Well, I guess I‟ll see you later. Have fun tonight! In another awkward move, Gary playfully punches Dana in the shoulder to say goodbye. DANA (laughs) Ohhkkkaayy. You‟re a little weird.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Sorry. DANA (laughs) No, no, it‟s OK. It‟s cute.
GARY Thank you, I guess. DANA Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Dana grabs Gary‟s hand softly as a goodbye gesture and slowly begins to walk away. GARY Thanks Dana. CUT TO: EXT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT BUILDING ON UPPER EAST SIDE, ROOFTOP – DAY Gary and Dustin are sitting in chairs on Gary‟s rooftop getting some rays on a bright, sunny weekend afternoon. They‟re both wearing sunglasses, shorts and t-shirts. cooler is sitting in between them filled with beer. DUSTIN Beer? GARY Sure. Dustin reaches into the cooler and grabs Gary and himself a beer. He picks up a bottle opener and opens each one. DUSTIN So tell me something Gary. GARY OK, shoot. Both guys periodically take sips from their beers during the conversation. A
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN You and Dana? What‟s the deal? GARY What do you mean? DUSTIN Here you go again. like this? GARY Like what? DUSTIN Seriously, you tryin‟ to make me look like a douchebag? GARY No, not any more than usual. DUSTIN Shut up. So shoot me straight, what‟s the deal? GARY There‟s no “deal.” DUSTIN (laughs) What are you, gay then? GARY Screw you Dustin. DUSTIN Come on, you hang out with her all the time; I see her in your office at least once a day, you now go out for cocktails with her and just her, not even inviting the group anymore. GARY (interrupts him) Hey wait a second, that‟s not true. DUSTIN OK, fine, we still go out as a group, but not always, there are some times when only you and her go out. Don‟t play me
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Fair enough. DUSTIN Last time I checked, you went out with her twice by yourself that week before you both started your vacations. GARY (shocked) OK you‟re showing some stalker tendencies now. DUSTIN Look, I‟m just saying that you‟re spending a lot of time with her lately. Also, you hang out with her on weekends too, you even told me earlier that you‟re having brunch with her tomorrow. Not to mention that you guys are always laughing together, like you all have your own personal jokes, it‟s just weird. GARY Yep, I can‟t deny any of that. And you don‟t even know about “Awesome Wednesdays.” DUSTIN (perplexed) Now what the hell is “Awesome Wednesdays?” GARY I probably shouldn‟t have said anything but I figured you‟d find out eventually, so I might as well just fess up now. Dana and I do a different activity each Wednesday, we try to keep it to something kind of unusual. DUSTIN Like what?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Let‟s see, we‟ve done rock climbing, then I took her to a New Jersey Nets game, courtside seats, Mr. Reynolds hooked me up with the tickets. It was awesome, we could literally reach out and touch the players, plus they have a bar right off the court with free food and booze. And last week we made some pottery. DANA (in disbelief) Really? GARY Yeah, I made this nice pot. Actually it wasn‟t really that nice, it was kind of deformed, but it‟s functional so that‟s all that matters. DUSTIN Pottery? GARY Yeah it was actually pretty cool. It was a nice little store and they served white wine at night while we were making our pottery. (pause) I‟m trying to get her out to do some shooting at the West Side Pistol & Rifle Range in Chelsea. They have this deal where you sit through a short training class then they give you like 150 bullets to go shooting at their range. And then you go next door and have a steak at the restaurant. It‟s all part of this deal, it‟s called Beef and Guns or something like that. DUSTIN What caliber do you get to shoot? GARY Something small, like a .22.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN You really think you can get her out to go shooting? GARY No, it‟s definitely not her thing, but I‟m trying. DUSTIN (thinking) Pottery making. GARY You‟re still on that, huh? DUSTIN It‟s just weird. For a dude that‟s not dating this chick, you certainly seem like you are. I don‟t get it. GARY She‟s a good girl, I like her. We‟re friends and I like hanging out with her. So screw you. DUSTIN And you‟ve never kissed her? GARY Nope. DUSTIN You‟ve never done anything? GARY Nope. DUSTIN (confused) Nothing? GARY Nada. Dustin speaks up after a few seconds of silence. DUSTIN I don‟t believe you.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (laughs) Well bro, I dunno what to say, I‟m telling you the truth. DUSTIN I thought you liked her? GARY I do, very much so. DUSTIN So what‟s the problem? GARY It‟s complicated. DUSTIN Now you sound like a chick. GARY I do, don‟t I? My bad. (pause) Look, I don‟t think anything‟s gonna happen. Why not? You seem makes me together DUSTIN You guys look good together. like a perfect match, which sick, but you seem good nonetheless.
GARY She‟s going through some things now. DUSTIN Like what? GARY You know, guy problems, guy problems from the past. Seriously? to pounce! DUSTIN This is the perfect time
GARY Whatever, you know I‟m not like that.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN I know, you with your stupid morals; I don‟t get it. GARY (sarcastically) Sorry for having morals and upsetting you; I‟m really upset over that. (pause) I have morals, what do you want from me? I sleep good at night, that‟s all that matters. DUSTIN In a weird way, I respect that; I guess. GARY Thank you. DUSTIN So what‟s next? GARY I don‟t know. I mean I like her and all. DUSTIN Have you come out and told her that? GARY No not in so many words. I‟ve asked her out on a date, but that‟s it, and it didn‟t go anywhere, she said “no” to a date…I think it was because of the whole guy situation, but honestly I don‟t even know anymore. (pause) I haven‟t come right out and said, “Hey Dana I really like you!” DUSTIN Maybe you should. GARY I can‟t. We have something good going and I don‟t want to ruin it.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN That‟s a bitch way of looking at things. GARY (surprised) What? DUSTIN You heard me. GARY I‟m not a bitch. I‟m sorry that I‟m trying to be incredibly respectful especially considering what she‟s been through recently. DUSTIN Whatever, you still sound like a bitch. GARY I don‟t think I do at all. DUSTIN Then prove it. GARY How? DUSTIN I don‟t know, here‟s a novel idea, why not when you‟re out with her at brunch tomorrow you just tell her how you feel about her? (pause) None of this other BS that you do; just come out and say that not only do you want to take her out on a date but just tell her how much you dig her. (pause) Any guy can ask a girl out on a date, but it takes a real man to tell a girl how he really feels about her. GARY I can‟t believe I‟m about ready to (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) take advice about women from you, out of all the people in the world I‟m actually contemplating listening to you, of all people. DUSTIN Because you know I‟m right. GARY (contemplating) Should I tell her? DUSTIN What do you have to lose? GARY A friendship. DUSTIN Hey, you got me! GARY That‟s reassuring. DUSTIN In all honesty, just go ahead and do it; you never know what‟ll happen in life; one day you could be hanging out with her partying at Exit having a great time and the next day she could fall in love with a guy in the produce aisle of Gristedes; then where would you be? (pause) If you don‟t do it soon, then you might regret it, maybe not for the rest of your life, but maybe for a long time…and all because you were afraid to say just a few little words to her. GARY Fine, I‟ll tell her tomorrow. DUSTIN That‟s what I want to here. It‟s about time; I mean you‟ve known her (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN (cont‟d) for almost three months and nothing. (pause) It kills me to see this. GARY I‟ll be fine Dustin, don‟t worry about me…It‟ll be all good. Now that the conversation is over, both Gary and Dustin sit back in their chairs quietly as they absorb more sun. CUT TO: EXT. – FRED‟S RESTAURANT, UPPER WEST SIDE – DAY Gary and Dana are seated by a hostess at a table for two outside the restaurant. It‟s Sunday brunch time, the sun is shining brightly and both are wearing sunglasses and summer clothes. GARY Thank you. The hostess sets down two menus. FRED‟S HOSTESS Your welcome, enjoy your meal. GARY (to Dana) So how was your trip? Jeez I haven‟t seen you in a couple weeks at least. DANA It was good. Me and my family had a great time in Puerto Rico. GARY You guys are crazy to go to the Caribbean in August. It must‟ve been hot as hell down there. DANA Yeah, it definitely was. But it‟s cheap to go down there this time of year so that‟s why we went when we (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) did. Also, there‟s a cool breeze blowing on the beach, so as long as you‟re on the beach it‟s not that bad. But when you move inland to like the city streets of Old San Juan then it tends to get hot and pretty humid. GARY What did you do down there? DANA Well like I said, we spent a lot of time on the beach, then we did a lot of sightseeing in the historic areas. GARY Yeah I heard there were a bunch of forts down there. DANA Yes, they were huge! We also ate some good authentic Puerto Rican food and we spent some time on the water, doing some boating and fishing, well actually my dad and my brother fished while me and my mom sunbathed on the boat. But it was nice, the guys caught some fish, then we grilled them up once we got to the mainland. GARY That sounds cool. A young waitress stops by their table to take their drink order. FRED‟S WAITRESS Hello guys, can I get you all a drink? Dana looks at Gary to try to get his silent approval for ordering an alcoholic drink.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Should we get a drink? drink, drink?
I mean a
GARY Sure, why not? We‟re both celebrating our return to New York. DANA OK, I‟ll get a mimosa. GARY Make that two. FRED‟S WAITRESS No problem. The waitress takes the order and walks away; Dana and Gary go back to their conversation. DANA So how was everything while I was away? GARY It was fine. Quiet in the office though without you there. (pause) I missed you. Really? DANA Awww, that‟s so sweet!
GARY I did. It was refreshing though I guess, I was actually able to get some work done this week. DANA Heyyyyy, what‟s that supposed to mean? GARY I‟m just saying, we spend a lot of time hanging out together at work.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA OK, I‟ll stop talking to you at work then. GARY (pause) No, no, no, that‟s not what I want, that‟s not what I mean. DANA OK, good. GARY I‟ll just stop talking now, I seem to always manage to stick my foot in my mouth. DANA It‟s cute though. GARY I don‟t want to be cute, I want to be manly. DANA Oh shut up Gary! Cute is good. GARY OK, I‟ll take it. (pause) I do like hanging out with you though. GARY I like hanging out with you too. There‟s a few seconds of silence as Gary looks at Dana and debates to himself whether he should come out and tell Dana how he feels. The silence is broken by the waitress coming back and delivering the drinks. FRED‟S WAITRESS Here you go folks, two mimosas. GARY Thanks.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese FRED‟S WAITRESS Are you all ready to order? DANA I think so. FRED‟S WAITRESS What will you have? DANA I think I‟m just gonna go with the turkey burger. FRED‟S WAITRESS Very good, and you sir? GARY I‟m gonna go with a plain burger cooked medium rare. FRED‟S WAITRESS OK, anything else? GARY Nope, I think we‟re good. The waitress writes down the order and walks away. Dana and Gary both grab their mimosas, do a “cheers” and have a sip. DANA Cheers. GARY Cheers. DANA So what were we talking about? GARY Ahh nothing major, I was just saying how much I like hanging out with you. DANA That‟s right, well I do to; I consider you a really great friend.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY That‟s kind. There‟s several seconds of silence again as Gary again looks at Dana and contemplates whether or not he should tell her how he really feels. Gary is so nervous he‟s sweating even though it‟s not particularly that warm outside. DANA Are you ok? GARY Yes, why do you ask? DANA You‟re sweating. GARY Oh, sorry. DANA It‟s not even that warm out today. GARY Yeah, I don‟t know why I‟m sweating. DANA OK, whatever. So what were you going to say? GARY What? DANA Sorry, it just looked like you were going to say something before I rudely interrupted. GARY Oh yeah… Gary thinks for a moment but he eventually cops out and moves on to another subject. GARY (cont‟d) Actually I don‟t remember what I was going to say.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Oh, ok. Well don‟t beat yourself up trying to remember what you were going to say, it probably wasn‟t that important anyways. Don‟t worry about it. GARY OK. DANA What do you think about this weather? GARY Oh jeez, am I boring you that much that? We‟ve now resorted to making small talk about the weather? DANA (laughs) No! But you have to admit the weather is gorgeous today! 72 degrees in August and not a cloud in the sky? Perfection! Gary is looking like a man with something on his mind, he‟s regretting that he hasn‟t told Dana how he feels. GARY True. DANA Gary, is something wrong? Gary snaps out of his daze. GARY No, why do you say that? DANA You just don‟t seem all there. GARY I‟m sorry. The waitress comes back with their food and sets it down on the table.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese FRED‟S WAITRESS Here you go. GARY Boy, that was fast. FRED‟S WAITRESS Do you need anything else? DANA I think we‟re all set. FRED‟S WAITRESS Excellent, enjoy! The waitress leaves the table. GARY OK, let‟s dig in. CUT TO: INT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM That Sunday night, Gary is sitting on his couch watching TV. He looks at the time on his cable TV box and sees it turn from 9:29 to 9:30. At that point, he picks up his cell phone which is sitting on his coffee table and looks at it. After a deep breath, Gary dials Dana‟s phone number and she answers after a few rings. The scene stays in Gary‟s apartment for the entire conversation with Dana off screen. DANA (O.S.) Hello? GARY (nervously) Hi, Dana. DANA (O.S.) Hey Gary, what‟s up?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary stands up from his couch and nervously paces back and forth between his living room and his dark bedroom. He looks out of his windows in both rooms to calm himself. GARY I thought I‟d call to see how the rest of your weekend was. DANA (O.S.) It was good, but you do realize that I saw you only a few hours ago? GARY I know, but I know you were running errands afterwards; so I just thought I‟d see how they went. DANA (O.S.) Umm, they were fine. GARY What did you get? DANA (O.S.) You know the usual; grapes, some orange juice, a chipwich, I love chipwiches, detergent, cleaning supplies, toothpaste and tampons. GARY (awkwardly) OK, that‟s umm, that‟s exciting. DANA (O.S.) Hey you asked. GARY How come you bought all those apartment supplies if you live at home with your parents? DANA Oh they‟re not for me. I mean except for the tampons and the chipwich. The chipwich was definitely for me. I bought the other things for my friend (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) Becky, as a thank you for letting me stay at her place. GARY Oh, OK; moving on then. Thanks for coming out to brunch today. DANA (O.S.) Thanks for inviting me. I‟m glad we were finally able to do it. GARY I know, it‟s been a busy summer. Busy, busy indeed. But we managed. (pause) By the way, I‟m sorry, did I call you too late? DANA (O.S.) No, 9:30 is fine, it‟s not too late. It‟s not like I‟m 90 years old or have an infant at home. GARY That‟s true, you‟re right. (pause) I‟m sorry that I‟m awkward. DANA (O.S.) (laughs) No, you‟re not awkward. you‟re crazy.
GARY I just think I‟m a bit awkward, probably because I‟m nervous. DANA (O.S.) Why are you nervous? GARY I want to ask you something. DANA (O.S.) OK, go ahead, you know you can ask me anything.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY AON is a sponsor of a big charity event Tuesday night. It‟s for the Wake-A-Wish Foundation and AON is one of several sponsors. Mr. Reynolds was going to be the company‟s representative at the event but he has to fly to Los Angeles now, so he can‟t go. So he gave me his two tickets. Even though I‟d be the official representative, it‟s not like I have to do anything. I just take up two seats at a table, say hi to a few people and maybe cut a rug on the dance floor a little bit. That‟s all. It‟s at the Waldorf-Astoria so the meal will probably be good; it‟s a black-tie event so I know what that means for guys but not quite sure what that means for girls. I guess they‟d have to wear a nice dress or something like that. (pause) So I thought I‟d see if you‟d like to go with me to represent the company, for charity‟s sake that is. DANA (O.S.) Yeah, I‟d love to go! Geez, the Waldorf! Fancy, fancy! GARY Great. DANA (O.S.) What am I going to wear? GARY I‟m sure you got something that‟ll look great. DANA (O.S.) This might call for a special shopping trip tomorrow. Thanks for inviting me! Are you sure you want me to go with you?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Of course, I wouldn‟t have invited you if I didn‟t. It‟s going to be a good time, it‟s going to be fun, I‟m excited! DANA (O.S.) Me too. GARY Well I‟ll let you go now, I‟m sure I‟ve taken up enough of your time tonight. DANA (O.S.) OK, thanks again for inviting me. GARY No problem. It‟s truly my pleasure. Good night Dana. DANA (O.S.) Good night, I‟ll see you tomorrow. CUT TO: INT. – WALDORF-ASTORIA, BALLROOM A huge, fancy ballroom is crowded with men in tuxedos and women in nice dresses milling about. The room is filled with several tables that seat 12 people each. Gary and Dana make their grand entrance through the double doors that lead into the room. Gary is dressed in a classy black tuxedo and Dana is wearing a stunning red dress. Gary leads her through the room as he occasionally stops to shake hands and engage in small talk with acquaintances. Towards the corner of the room, they approach A BAR GARY What are you drinking Dana?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Vodka Tonic. GARY I should‟ve known. (to the bartender) Barkeep, can we have a Vodka Tonic and a Heineken please. The bartender gets them their drinks and they “cheers.” DANA Cheers. An older woman gets on the stage at the front of the ballroom and makes an announcement. M.C. AT CHARITY EVENT Ladies and gentleman, please find your seats as the meal is about to begin. GARY Let‟s go find our table. Gary and Dana slowly navigate around the room until they find a table with their name tags in front of a place setting. AT THEIR TABLE Dana grabs the name tag and looks at it. DANA Gary McGregor and guest. I guess I‟m “and guest.” personal. Alright, How
GARY What did you want to me do? Tell Mr. Reynolds that I was taking you so that he could submit both our names? That might‟ve been a bit weird. DANA No, I‟m just kidding, it‟s fine. I‟m surprised you asked me here (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) in the first place. I would‟ve thought you‟d be worried that people would talk. GARY Mr. Reynolds told me we that me and my guest, whoever she may be, would be the only ones associated from the company here. So I wasn‟t worried. Gary surveys the scene at the table – five other couples sitting around all middle-aged or older and all dressed in their finest attire. Gary introduces him and Dana to the table. GARY Good evening everyone, I‟m Gary McGregor from the AON Corporation and this is my friend Dana, also from AON. Gary shakes the hands of the couple sitting next to him. GARY Good evening how are you doing? Good evening. Gary pulls Dana‟s seat out to help her sit then he takes his own seat. DANA Wow, how gentlemanly of you. GARY I figure if I‟m dressed like a gentleman I should act like a gentleman. DANA Mission accomplished. Both of them settle into their seats; they set their drinks down and put their napkins across their laps. Almost as soon as they sit, the salad begins to be served.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese A distinguished older gentleman approaches the podium in the middle of the stage. CHARITY EVENT ORGANIZER Good evening everybody and welcome to the 12th Annual New York City Charity Gala to benefit the great work done by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We Have a fabulous surf and turf dinner planned featuring lobster and sirloin steak, we‟ll be conducting a silent auction with items generously donated by our sponsors and friends, and we‟ll be closing out the night with some dancing; we have a great DJ here that‟ll be playing the hits from yesterday and today. (pause) I‟d like to thank our sponsors, our friends, and all of you for making this night a tremendous success. Based on the number of seats here and what we expect to pull in from the auction, we‟re looking at a night that will raise millions for Make-A-Wish. Bravo everyone. The room breaks out into applause. CHARITY EVENT ORGANIZER (cont‟d) It‟s my understanding that the salad has just been served, so please dig in and have a great time tonight. Back at the table, everyone begins to eat their salad. Gary makes a lot of effort to move the little tomatoes out of his bowl. DANA Not a big fan of tomatoes? GARY Not a big fan of any vegetables. Actually my mom would be very proud if she saw me even eating a salad. (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) I don‟t typically do any greens, but I‟m making an exception in this case. DANA Why? GARY Just trying to fit in. A male server comes to the table to take everyone‟s entrée order. MALE SERVER Excuse me folks, what would you like for your entrée? Lobster or steak? DANA I‟ll take the lobster please. GARY And I‟ll take the steak, thank you. MALE SERVER Very good, thank you. The server moves around the table. GARY How‟s your salad? Good. DANA How‟s yours?
GARY Amazingly it doesn‟t suck. It‟s actually OK. It‟s the dressing that makes it, this vinaigrette or whatever they call it is quite tasty. DANA You‟re missing out on these tomatoes though. You want to talk about yummy, these tomatoes are yummy.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY I‟ll take your word for it. DANA Come on, try one. GARY No thank you. Dana puts a tomato on her fork and tries to force feed Gary. DANA Just try one, for me. open up the hangar! GARY (laughs) No, Dana, No! Put your fork down, you‟re making a scene! (laughs again) Come on, put it down. Gary swats Dana‟s hand away and she puts her fork back down in the salad bowl, dejected. DANA Fine, you‟re no fun. GARY I‟m just trying to maintain some dignity. DANA Oh Gary, you lost that a long time ago. GARY Very funny. Gary playfully pushes Dana in her seat, Dana pushes him back. LADY AT TABLE Excuse me. A distinguished older female sitting right next to Gary at the table, leans over and interrupts their conversation. Come on,
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Yes. LADY AT TABLE I don‟t mean to interrupt, but I just wanted to say your dress is gorgeous. DANA Oh, thank you! LADY AT TABLE Who‟s the designer? DANA (perplexed) Hmmm, good question. LADY AT TABLE Where did you get it? DANA Macy‟s at the Sunrise Mall in Massapequa, Long Island. Oh and I got my matching shoes at Nine West in the Sunrise Mall too. Dana shows the lady her shoes. LADY AT TABLE (smiles) You‟re cute. (pause) So how long have you two been together? Gary and Dana both laugh at the thought of the lady thinking they‟re together. DANA Oh, we‟re not together. LADY AT TABLE (surprised) You‟re not? GARY No.
I don‟t know.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese LADY AT TABLE Oh, you could‟ve fooled me. You both seem so comfortable together, it‟s so natural, and you have such a great repoire. GARY Thank you. LADY AT TABLE How do you know each other? DANA We‟re just friends. GARY (interjects) We work together. Well not together, we work at the same company. LADY AT TABLE That‟s good, at least you get the chance to see each other every day. GRAY Yeah, it‟s quite a treat. LADY AT TABLE Me and my husband both met at work too. The lady puts her hand on her husband‟s knee, who‟s sitting next to her. He doesn‟t really notice this as he‟s engaged in conversation with the couple next to him. LADY AT TABLE (cont‟d) He was a rising star at his hot shot law firm and I was the young secretary. He tried and tried and tried to get me out; I mean he asked me out on a date countless times. I kept saying no. I didn‟t want to get involved with a lawyer at my firm. Didn‟t think it was the right thing to do.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY So how did he eventually win you over? LADY AT TABLE Very simply actually. I mean his persistence had a lot to do with it, but he also overheard me one day talking to a girlfriend in the office about how much I wanted to see this play on Broadway called “Who‟s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?” I‟m kind of a Broadway snob and it won the Tony Award for Best Play the year before. So I wanted to see it. Well, the next day at lunch Jonathan brought me an apple and gave me two tickets to see “Who‟s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” He just gave them to me, didn‟t say that I had to take him or anything. (pause) Naturally, I went with him, we had a great night out, a fabulous dinner at Sardi‟s and the rest was history. We got married two years later and have been together ever since. In fact we just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary a few months ago. DANA Awww, that is such a sweet story. LADY AT TABLE Thank you. (pause) So I know you two aren‟t together but admittedly I have been rudely listening in on some of your conversations since you‟ve sat down and you both remind me of me and Jonathan when we were your age. You two seem good together. Gary feels awkward over her comment and abruptly stands up.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY I think that‟s my cue to get us another drink. Dana, another Vodka tonic? DANA Sure. GARY Miss, would you like something? LADY AT TABLE No honey, I‟m ok. Gary rushes off to get the drinks. LADY AT TABLE Don‟t worry about that sweetie, men always get weirded out when talk of commitment comes up, he‟ll come around. DANA Actually he has asked me out before, I‟ve said no. LADY AT TABLE (surprised) Oh really? Well I‟m sure you have a good reason. You should think about it though. LATER ON ON THE DANCE FLOOR Gary and Dana are dancing among the other couples on the crowded dance floor. The music is fast paced but the song is quickly dying down. DJ OK everybody we‟re going to slow it down for all you with this next song; so grab that special someone and get close. It‟s the Temptations with “Stand By Me.”
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary starts to walk off the dance floor thinking that it might be awkward if he slow dances with Dana. DANA Where you going? GARY (awkwardly) I don‟t know, I kind of figured that it‟s a slow song and you know it might be a little weird and all. Dana grabs Gary‟s hand and drags him back on the dance floor. DANA Don‟t be silly. Come on. Dana puts one of Gary‟s hands on her hip and the other hand her shoulder. They begin to slow dance and Gary looks very awkward during all of it. DANA (cont‟d) See it‟s fine. They both dance silently during the duration of the whole song, looking deep into each other‟s eyes. The song ends. DJ Ladies and gentleman we‟re going to take a short break but will be back in 10. Dana and Gary separate and Gary awkwardly kisses Dana quickly on the cheek. CUT TO: EXT. – WALDORF ASTORIA – NIGHT Gary and Dana drunkenly stumble out of the hotel, they walk up Lexington Avenue as Gary drags her by the arm. GARY Where to now?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA I don‟t know, somewhere with cocktails. GARY OK, I know a good place. Gary stands in the street and hails a taxi. over and both of them get in. The taxi pulls CUT TO: INT. – TAXI CAB TAXI DRIVER Where to sir? GARY 49th Street and First, Beekman Tower. DANA What‟s at Beekman Tower? GARY This lounge called Top of The Tower. It‟s cool, it‟s on the 26th floor of this building, it has amazing views of the city, and it‟s pretty classy, it even has a baby grand piano. DANA That sounds nice. GARY I figure we have to make the most of us being all dressed up, it doesn‟t happen all the time. DANA It actually never happens for me. GARY Yes, that‟s why we have to make the most of it. CUT TO:
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese INT. – BEEKMAN TOWER, TOP OF THE TOWER The room is quiet with only a handful of couples sitting at tables engaged in quiet conversation. The only noise that can be heard is the soft sounds of a pianist. Gary and Dana are sitting at a small table by a window with a tremendous view of the city. They are drinking fancy cocktails and are laughing, smiling and enjoying each other while in conversation. Gary is in the middle of telling a story. GARY And I couldn‟t figure out why our tour guide kept telling us “whatever you do don‟t fight with your kayaking partner, remember we‟re all on vacation and we‟re all here to have fun,” until we finally got on the water. I mean in the heat of the rowing my friend kept confusing her left from her right and would paddle us directly into mangrove trees. I mean here she is, one of my very best friends in the whole world and all I wanted to do was strangle her after a while. I mean steering once or twice into the trees is one thing, but it was getting a little aggravating by the twentieth time. DANA (laughs) That‟s funny. GARY It wasn‟t funny at the time, I seriously wanted to kill her. How do you forget your left from you right, no matter how much stress you‟re under. I didn‟t get it. I still don‟t get it.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary and Dana sit silent for a moment as they both look out the window and admire the view. DANA Oh, so I‟m reading this book called Kitchen Confidential, it‟s really a great read. It‟s by this New York chef, Anthony Bourdain. GARY What‟s it about? DANA It‟s all about the restaurant industry, and what typically goes on in the kitchens of top restaurants. He shares anecdotes and also gives tips, like he tells people they should avoid eating fish on Mondays because it‟s likely been leftover from the weekend or even the week before. It‟s pretty informative and very interesting. GARY That‟s cool, yeah I wouldn‟t mind reading it. DANA It‟s good. Anthony Bourdain sounds like the man, he is cool as hell. GARY What restaurant is he at? DANA I‟m pretty sure Les Halles, on Park. Dana pronounces the “s” in both Les and Halles. GARY I‟ve heard of that place. Are you sure you pronounced it right? DANA No, how do you think you pronounce it?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY I think the “s” in Les is silent, so it would be Les Halles. Gary pronounces Les correctly but still pronounces Halles incorrectly. DANA I don‟t think that‟s right either. GARY I‟m probably closer than you. DANA I wouldn‟t bet on it. GARY Well I‟ll check it out and see who‟s right. DANA You always have to be Mr. Super competitive, don‟t you? GARY When I know I‟m right? Yes.
Gary and Dana sit silent for a moment as they look out the window again, then Dana speaks up. DANA I‟m so happy you‟re in my life. I‟m so fortunate. GARY I‟m happy you‟re in my life too. DANA You‟re so great and so caring. GARY I feel the same about you too. DANA You‟re different from other guys. GARY OK, so let me ask you again. (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) I would really like to take you out on a date. DANA (rolls her eyes) Gary. GARY What? Come on I think it‟d be awesome. DANA I‟m sure it would be, but… GARY (interrupts) But what? You‟ve said all these great, nice things about me, which I‟m very thankful for, but now I think we should kick it up a notch and take things to the next level. DANA Gary I‟m really appreciative that you‟d like to take me out on a date, but I‟m still not ready. Maybe one day I will be, hopefully I will be, but just not now. GARY I just think a good way to be ready would be to move on. DANA And it probably would be, but not for me, I still need to get over some stuff. (pause) I hope you‟re OK with this, I definitely don‟t want to lose you as a friend. Gary sits there silent as he thinks things over. DANA (cont‟d) I hope you understand me. OK?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary still sits there silent for a few more moments as he continues mulling things over then he breaks his silent. GARY Well if you won‟t allow me to take you out on a date, then at least allow me to buy you another drink. DANA (smiles) Sure. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, DANA‟S CUBICLE Gary walks by and stops at Dana‟s cube as she‟s sitting there talking to her co-worker, Caroline. GARY Hi Dana. DANA Hi Gary, what are you doing down here? GARY There‟s some sort of management meeting going on in the conference room so I just have to drop off some presentations. CAROLINE Gary, how was the charity event last night? GARY It was nice, very fun. CAROLINE Did you represent AON well? do anything stupid? Not
GARY Of course I represented well. you know me. Well, I got to run, see you ladies later.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary rushes off while Dana and Caroline continue their conversation. CAROLINE You look a little blurry-eyed, what did you do last night? DANA Nothing. CAROLINE Come on Dana, you look a bit hungover which is unusual for a girl that typically goes home right after work. DANA OK, can you keep a secret? CAROLINE Sure. DANA No promise me that you swear you won‟t tell anyone. CAROLINE (laughs) OK, I swear. DANA It‟s not a big deal, but you know how offices operate, I just don‟t want anybody talking. CAROLINE About what? DANA Gary took me as his +1 last night to the event at the Waldorf. CAROLINE (surprised) Really? DANA Yes.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CAROLINE Are you dating? DANA No. CAROLINE Doing anything? DANA No, he‟s just a friend. CAROLINE So what‟s the big deal? DANA I just don‟t want anyone finding out we went together. You know how things work, that‟s how rumors start, untrue rumors, and I don‟t want to go through that. CAROLINE Understandable, it‟s tough as a girl too all around; girls don‟t want the rumors about them plus the fact that women are much tougher on other women than guys are to other guys. DANA Thanks for not saying anything. CAROLINE Do you like him? DANA Yeah, I told you he‟s my friend. CAROLINE But do you like him? Caroline emphasizes the word “like.” DANA You know I think I do. He‟s funny, he‟s smart, he‟s caring, he‟s just awesome.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CAROLINE Why don‟t you use your charm and try to get him to ask you out then, I mean on a real date, not a +1 to a work function. DANA He‟s already asked me out on a date a few times before. CAROLINE And? DANA I said no. CAROLINE But you just told me you liked him. Why are you playing so hard to get? I mean it‟s acceptable up to a certain point then it just gets odd. DANA Yeah, but it‟s not the right time for me. I need to deal with some other stuff first. CAROLINE I hear you, and I definitely know where you‟re coming from; sometimes it‟s tough to get involved with someone until you have your own life in order. DANA Maybe I just don‟t want to get hurt again, plus we have a nice thing going right now, I probably shouldn‟t rock the boat. I just want to be careful and not make the same mistakes twice. CAROLINE It‟s your prerogative. Just remember life is about taking chances. You shouldn‟t base your decisions on being scared or, conversely, being comfortable.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA I know, I just don‟t know though. CAROLINE OK, well forget about the past, because that‟s the past and you can‟t do anything about that. But just don‟t let the past affect your future. Do what you think is best, don‟t beat yourself up over things and for God sakes don‟t overthink anything. That‟s when people truly get themselves in trouble. DANA Thanks for the advice, I‟ll think about it; but I‟m pretty much set in my ways. CAROLINE And that‟s fine too, I just don‟t want you missing out on anything and I want to see you enjoy life to the fullest. DANA Thanks. Caroline walks out of the cube then turns back to Dana. CAROLINE Lunch today? DANA I could use a salad. CAROLINE Great, I‟ll stop by around noon and grab you. CUT TO: EXT. – NEW AMSTERDAM THEATER, 42ND STREET IN TIMES SQUARE DAY Gary, his mother, father and younger sister exit the theater along with a large crowd of other theater-goers having just seen a matinee of “The Lion King.”
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY What do you all want to do now? Are you hungry? GARY‟S FATHER Yeah, we could eat. GARY‟S FATHER Do you have any suggestions. GARY (thinking) Hmmm, lemme think. The family gathers in a circle on the packed sidewalk outside of the theater. Gary‟s cell phone rings, it‟s Dana calling, he answers it quickly. GARY Hey Dana. DANA (O.S.) Hi Gary, what are you doing? GARY I just got out of “The Lion King” with the family; my parents and my sister. DANA (O.S.) That‟s fun. How was it? GARY It was great, the critics aren‟t lying when they called it visually stunning. It is quite visually stunning. (pause) What are you doing? DANA (O.S.) Oh, me and the family came into the city today to do some shopping. I was calling to see what you were doing later.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Got no plans. DANA (O.S.) Do you want to grab a drink later tonight? GARY How about this, what are you doing for dinner? DANA (O.S.) I don‟t know, we were just going to grab some pizza or something. GARY Do you want to meet up for dinner together, your family and mine? Grab some pizza, I think it‟d be fun. DANA (O.S.) Sure, that could be fun. Or it could be a complete disaster. GARY That could be fun too, in a twisted kind of way. DANA (O.S.) Are you sure you want to do dinner together? GARY Definitely. It‟ll be fun and pizza is still a relatively cheap night out in this city. DANA (O.S.) OK, we‟ll meet up. Where are we going? GARY I got a great pizza place in my neighborhood called Totonno‟s, the pizzas are amazing and they‟re huge!
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (O.S.) OK, we‟ll go to Totonno‟s then. Where is it? 80TH and 2nd. GARY
DANA (O.S.) OK, when are you going? GARY Probably right now, we‟ll be there in 15 minutes. DANA (O.S.) OK, we‟ll meet you up there. GARY Great, see you there. Gary hangs up the phone and turns to his family. GARY We‟ve got a plan guys. GARY‟S FATHER I heard you talking about Totonno‟s, we going there? GARY Yep. GARY‟S MOTHER Who were you talking to Gary? GARY My friend from work, Dana. She‟s in the city with her family so we‟re going to meet up with them and eat together if you‟re OK with that. GARY‟S FATHER Sure that‟s great, we always like meeting new people. Gary steps into the street to hail a taxi.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY‟S MOTHER So who is this Dana girl? GARY Just who I said she was, a friend. A taxi pulls up in front of Gary. helps his family into the car. Gary opens the door and
GARY‟S MOTHER Really, just a friend? Gary playfully nudges his mom into the cab. GARY (laughs) Stop it mom, get into the cab! Gary jumps into the front seat and the taxi drives away. CUT TO: INT. – TOTONNO‟S PIZZA, UPPER EAST SIDE Gary and his family are hanging out at the small bar in front of the restaurant enjoying a drink. Dana and her family enter and walk up to the bar. greets Gary with a kiss on the cheek. DANA Hey Gary! GARY Hi Dana. DANA I think plenty of introductions are in order. GARY Yes, they are. DANA Gary, and Gary‟s family, this is my mom Nancy, my dad Tony and my older brother Anthony. Oh and I‟m Dana, Gary I think you already know me. She
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Dana, and Dana‟s family, this is my mom Judy, my dad Edward and my little sis, Laura. And I‟m Gary. Dana and her family greet Gary and his family. A hostess approaches the group. TOTONNO‟S HOSTESS I‟m assuming that everyone is here now? GARY Yes, we‟re ready. TOTONNO‟S HOSTESS Great, follow me. The hostess leads the party to a table of eight, Gary and Dana bring up the rear and follow behind their families. The group sits down at the table and gets comfortable. NANCY So Gary, how do you know Dana? GARY We both work at AON. We‟re on different floors though; one day I ran into her when I was going to a meeting. We started talking then we became friends. NANCY Ahh, that‟s nice. Life is great, isn‟t it? You never know when or where you‟ll make a good friend. GARY That‟s true. TONY So how is it working at AON? GARY It‟s great; it‟s a great company, it‟s challenging and there‟s never (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) a dull moment; well assuming you‟re into risk management, insurance and things like that in the first place. NANCY How do you feel about working in the World Trade Center? GARY I love it, it‟s a great place, you feel like you‟re in the center of the universe working there. NANCY I don‟t like Dana working there. DANA Oh come on mom, not this again. NANCY What? I‟m just saying it‟s a security risk. I haven‟t trusted that place since it was bombed in 1993. And then when I found out you were going to work there, oh boy! TONY Your mom was a nervous wreck for about two weeks. DANA Aww, mom. GARY If it‟s any consolation, I‟ve been working at the Trade Center for over five years and I can confidently say that the Trade Center complex is one of the safest, if not the safest, places in the world. It is very secured and we have a large security detail there. Believe me, they take everyone‟s safety very seriously. It‟s totally safe, (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) nothing to worry about. Your daughter is in good hands. (pause) And if worst comes to worst, I‟ll be Dana‟s last line of defense and I‟ll protect her. NANCY Gary, you‟re such a sweetie. Gary‟s a sweetie, right? DANA (embarrassed) Yes, I know. JUDY So Dana, what do you do at AON? DANA I‟m a junior analyst, which as far as I can tell so far involves answering phones, getting my boss coffee, setting up conference rooms for meetings and reading the occasional chart, graph and report. GARY Oh, Dana it‟s not that bad. DANA OK, maybe not. It‟s just been a little bit difficult dealing with the rookie hazing. ANTHONY Honey, everyone is the low man, or low woman, on the totem pole at some time in their life. You have to start somewhere and pay your dues. DANA I know daddy. GARY I went through the same thing for (MORE) Dana,
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) the first year, but there exists the opportunity in the company to move up the ladder pretty quickly. I shot up pretty quickly and in only the matter of a few years, I became a Senior Manager and got a coveted window office. TONY See Dana, just apply yourself, work hard and good things will come. Gary hands out the menus to everyone. GARY Check out the menus everybody. I have to warn you all, the pizzas here are huge. I think if we get three that should probably work. ANTHONY The big decision will be toppings. LAURA I‟m a vegetarian. NANCY I‟ll eat anything. JUDY Me too. ANTHONY I‟m a meat lover. TONY As is his old man. GARY I have a feeling that once we order we‟ll have to rearrange or seats based on who likes what pizza. A young waitress approaches the table.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese TOTONNO‟S WAITRESS Hello all, are you ready to order? GARY I think we still need a few minutes, but we can order some drinks. TOTONNO‟S WAITRESS Great, what will you have? GARY I‟ll defer to the moms and dads. NANCY The ladies will do two carafes of Chardonnay. DANA Good call mom. EDWARD I think the guys will have two pitchers of Bud Light. TONY I like your style Mr. McGregor. TOTONNO‟S WAITRESS I‟ll get these drinks right away. Take your time to order too. The waitress writes down the order and walks away. DANA So Judy, how was “The Lion King?” JUDY Aww, Dana, it was absolutely fabulous. It was so great! DANA (looking at Edward) How did you like it sir? EDWARD I don‟t typically like Broadway (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EDWARD (cont‟d) shows, it‟s not really my thing, but I have to admit, it was extraordinary. Very well done. DANA That‟s good, I saw Lion King last year, it‟s one of my favorites. JUDY Next year we‟re going to see The Producers, that‟s going to be our next big show. DANA Really, the Producers! I really want to see that too. I‟ve read such great things about it and that Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick‟s performances are awesome. JUDY Maybe next year you can come with us to see the show. DANA I‟d like that. JUDY Gary, wouldn‟t that be great if your little friend came with us? GARY It‟d be awesome if my “little” friend came, hell let‟s make it a group outing. Nancy, Tony, Anthony, you‟re all invited as well. NANCY Fabulous. The waitress comes back and puts pitchers of beer and glasses of wine down on the table. Tony and Edward pour glasses of beer for both Anthony and Gary respectively.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese TONY Let‟s raise our glasses. (everyone raises their glass) To new friends. GROUP Here, here. Both families clink their glasses with everyone else at the table. The “cheers” leads into a short montage showing both families laughing, smiling, joking with each other over pizza, beer and wine. CUT TO: INT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM That Sunday night, Gary is again sitting on his couch watching TV. He looks at the time on his cable TV box and sees it turn from 9:29 to 9:30. At that point, he picks up his cell phone that‟s sitting on his coffee table and looks at it. After a deep breath, Gary dials Dana‟s phone number and she answers after a few rings. The scene stays in Gary‟s apartment for the entire conversation with Dana off screen. DANA (O.S.) Hey Gary. GARY (nervously) Hi, Dana. DANA (O.S.) How‟s it going? GARY It‟s good. I just wanted to thank you for coming out to dinner last (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) night. It was quite a pleasure to meet your family; they‟re such good people, and your brother is a trip, I got to spend some quality time with him while we shared our meat lovers pizza. DANA (O.S.) It was nice meeting your family too, you‟re mother is cute. GARY Yeah, my mom is cool. As he did during his last call to Dana, Gary again stands up from his couch and nervously paces back and forth between his living room and his dark bedroom. He looks out of his windows in both rooms to calm himself. DANA (O.S.) Our parents seemed like they got along very well. GARY Yeah, it‟s like they‟ve known each other for years. A moment of awkward silence fills the phone line until it‟s broken by Gary. GARY (cont‟d) (nervously) I was thinking about something from last night. You seemed really excited about seeing The Producers, so I was thinking…ahhh, ummm. (pause) I would like to take you to see The Producers next weekend. I can get tickets so that wouldn‟t be a problem. (pause) I know I said I would respect your wishes and hold off on asking you out again, but I just can‟t. I want to take you out, I want to take you out to something really (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) nice and I think this would be something really great to check out. DANA (O.S.) (surprised) Gary, this is quite a surprise. Wow, a Broadway show, that‟s a pretty big deal. GARY I know, but you deserve it and I want to do this for you. DANA (O.S.) Well, OK, I‟ll go, as long as you want to take me. GARY I do, believe me I do. DANA (O.S.) OK, I‟m in. GARY (surprised) You are? DANA (O.S.) Yes, definitely. GARY (excited) Great, I‟m going to show you the time of your life. DANA (O.S.) I‟m sure you will. GARY I‟m going to go now because it‟s always best to leave on a high note. Plus I‟m worried if I stay on the phone any longer, I‟ll say something stupid, or stick my foot in my mouth, and you‟ll end up rethinking going to the show with me.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (O.S.) (laughs) Good night Gary.
GARY Good night Dana. I‟ll see you tomorrow. Gary hangs up the phone and immediately jumps in the air in celebration. He walks over to his living room window, looks out over the East River and shakes his head in approval while flashing a big grin across his face. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, GARY‟S OFFICE. Gary is sitting behind his desk writing an email to Dana. He types the following in his email: “Hi Dana, haven‟t heard from you in a couple of days so I thought I‟d say „hey‟ and see if you‟re still good for The Producers on Saturday night. Lemme know.” As soon as Gary sends the email, Dustin comes into his office and makes himself at home on one of the chairs. DUSTIN Gary, my man. How‟s it going? GARY Good. DUSTIN Did I miss anything in the office on Monday and Tuesday while I was traveling? No. GARY How was your meetings?
DUSTIN They were fine, nothing to write home about. Nothing interesting happened, although I‟m about ready to stop living my life out (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN (cont‟d) of a suitcase. It gets old after awhile. GARY I can imagine. DUSTIN How was you weekend? do? What did you
GARY It was good, the family was in town, we went to see the Lion King on Broadway. (pause) Then we met up with Dana and her family, they were in the city shopping, and we had dinner. Dustin is so surprised he nearly spits out his coffee. DUSTIN (surprised) Wait, what? GARY You heard me correctly, I had dinner with Dana and her family. DUSTIN And you‟re not dating her? GARY Nope, I‟m not. DUSTIN Look, I‟m not even going to question this stuff anymore. It‟s just totally, completely weird and I‟ll leave it at that. GARY I know. I know that most people wouldn‟t understand any of this. Hell I don‟t think I even understand it. Ohhkay.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN Well Bud, if you‟re happy with all this, then I‟m happy. GARY Thanks. Dustin stands up and walks out of Gary‟s office. DUSTIN Racquetball and beers at the Boat Basin tonight? GARY You betcha. Gary looks at his email and notices a reply from Dana, he reads it. The following is her email: “Hi Gary, sorry I‟ve been unresponsive for the last couple of days I‟ve just been thinking about things. I‟m really appreciative that you‟ve asked me out to a show this weekend, I just need a little more time to think about whether or not this a good idea and the right thing to do. I‟ll let you know by the end of the week. Please don‟t hate me.” GARY (to himself) Bummer. That‟s a little bit disconcerting. (pause) Oh well, I‟ve done everything I could do at this point. Gary exhales deeply and runs his fingers through his hair. CUT TO: INT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM Later that night Gary stumbles into his apartment clearly intoxicated. As soon as he walks into his apartment, he receives a cell phone call from Dustin.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Dustin is riding in a taxi cab towards downtown Manhattan. The scene flips between Gary‟s apartment and Dustin‟s taxi during the conversation based on who‟s talking. GARY Hey Dustin, how the hell are you? I just saw you a few minutes ago. DUSTIN Yeah, I just wanted to make sure you got home alright. GARY I did, thanks for checking up on me, mom. DUSTIN Hey man, I‟m like a Navy Seal, I don‟t ever leave a man behind. GARY Thanks. DUSTIN I was worried, we had about eight more beers than we originally planned at the Basin. GARY Yeah, that was quite unexpected. DUSTIN But fun, it was fun, right? GARY You know it. DUSTIN So you‟re alright? right? GARY Yep, I‟m home. DUSTIN OK, I‟ll let you go, Don‟t do anything stupid like go out again. You‟re home,
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Ohh, go out again? idea.
That‟s a good
DUSTIN Gary, shut up, don‟t even think about it. GARY I‟m kidding. No, no, no; I‟m in for the night. DUSTIN OK, I‟ll see you tomorrow in the office. GARY See you. Gary hangs up his cell phone, throws it on his coffee table then enters the KITCHEN Gary opens up the refrigerator door, finds a jug of water and pounds it to rehydrate. Then he walks back into the LIVING ROOM He grabs his cell phone again and walks into the BEDROOM Without turning on any lights, Gary lays down on his bed and makes a drunken phone call to Dana. After several rings, Dana‟s voicemail picks up. DANA‟S VOICE MESSAGE Hello you‟ve reached Dana, I can‟t come to the phone right now so please leave a message and I‟ll return your call as soon as I can.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Hi Dana, it‟s me, Gary. I won‟t lie, I‟ve been drinking, but you can probably tell that already. I‟m sorry if I put too much pressure on you Sunday by asking you to The Producers. I didn‟t mean to stress you out in anyway. I just thought it‟d be something really cool to do. And I wanted to do something really special for you because I think you‟re a really special person. I also wanted to do something big and amazing for you because I wanted to show you how serious I am and I wanted to do something that would stand out too. I mean hell the other week I took you to a $10,000 a plate charity dinner at the Waldorf. At this point of my life, I can‟t compete with that, but I did want to do something big to show you how much I cared and to show you how special I think you are. I don‟t want to just take you on a typical date that consists of watered down beer, pool and foosball at Jake‟s Dilemma. You deserve to be treated much better than the run of the mill stuff. I think you‟re a princess and I want to treat you like one. You definitely deserve my offer, but if you‟re weirded out by going to a show on such short notice, and once again I‟m sorry if you are, maybe I can just take you to a nice dinner or something like that. I remember when we were at the bar the other night, you mentioned how much you liked that book by Anthony Bourdain, well maybe I can take you to Les Halles? And by the way, I pronounced Les Halles correctly, we were both wrong the other night. I called the restaurant up earlier today, when I was sober, and asked them for the correct pronunciation and they told me it‟s pronounced (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) Les Halles, so there, it‟s Les Halles. So maybe instead of The Producers I can take you to Les Halles, and we can see firsthand what kind of chef that Anthony Bourdain is. Let me know what you think of this idea. Feel free to give me a call back tonight. Actually it‟s kind of late, you‟re probably either sleeping right now or maybe you‟re at the Sunrise Mall buying a new blouse or something. If you‟re sleeping I hope I didn‟t wake up anyone else in your house and if I did, I‟m sorry; but then again it‟s not even eleven o‟clock so you‟re probably not sleeping, you probably are out shopping. I think I‟m probably rambling right now. I gotta let you know that even though I might be slightly intoxicated, I meant everything I just said. It‟s all straight from my heart. You‟re terrific and I would love to take you out somewhere, anywhere. And another thing, I might not be the smartest guy you‟ll ever meet, or the coolest, or even the best looking, but I can tell you I‟ll probably be the funnest. I can guarantee you an amazingly fun time on a date, trust me. (pause) I should hang up now before I make an ass out of myself, although I have a sneaking suspicion that I‟ve already done so. I hope you don‟t think any less of me after this phone call. I just want to hang out with you and I just want to be around you. (pause) Good night Dana. Gary hangs up the phone, puts it next to him on the bed and immediately passes out. CUT TO:
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, GARY‟S OFFICE Gary enters his office in the morning and settles down behind his desk. He turns on his computer and looks through his email, there‟s a message from Dana that says the following: “Gary, please let me know when you get in today, I‟d like to come up and talk to you.” GARY (to himself) Oh jeez, I can‟t really tell but this doesn‟t sound too good. Gary takes a deep breath then picks up his phone and calls Dana. GARY (cont‟d) Here goes nothing. After several rings, the phone goes to voice mail. DANA VOICE MESSAGE Hello, you‟ve reach Dana De Luca at the AON Corporation, I‟m either on the phone right now or away from my desk, please leave a message and I‟ll return your call. Thank you and have a good day. GARY Hey Dana, it‟s me, I got your email. Just wanted to let you know that I just got into the office and I‟ll be here all morning so feel free to swing up whenever you want. Bye. Gary hangs up the phone and goes about his usual morning routine of going through his mail, checking his favorite websites and reading his emails. After a minute, Dana comes walking into his office with a big smile on her face. She takes a seat in front of his desk. DANA Gary!
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY What did I do?
DANA Your voicemail was so sweet! Oh I loved it! I‟m not going to delete that message for a long time. It was so precious! GARY (surprised) It was? DANA Yes! GARY Good, I was afraid you‟d think I was really weird. DANA No, it was so cute! GARY I‟m sorry that I was drunk last night. DANA That‟s ok, you were funny. GARY Thanks, I guess. DANA I wanted to talk to you about everything. GARY OK, go ahead. DANA I really want to do something fancy with you, in fact I was downright giddy when I heard you talk about going to Les Halles. I don‟t know why I had to think about it so much. I get really excited easily and I guess I wanted to just take (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) a step back and make sure that this was the right thing to do. GARY OK, I understand. DANA Good. So I‟d love to go out with you Saturday night. GARY Actually now that I‟m sober I‟ve changed my mind. I‟ve learned in life that if someone has reservations about doing something they probably don‟t want to do it and I don‟t want to force anything on you. So maybe we shouldn‟t go out. DANA (incredulous) Really? After a few moments of silence, Gary finally breaks the tension. GARY What are you nuts? Of course I want to take you out! Come on, now! You‟re so serious sometimes. Dana throws a pencil at Gary. DANA (laughs) You ass! GARY I‟ll tell you what though, we‟ll save The Producers for another time, when you‟re more comfortable with everything, and I‟ll plan a more low key night for us. Does that sound good? DANA It sounds great!
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (smiles) OK, I‟ll call you Saturday afternoon then and will let you know where to meet me. DANA (smiles) Great. Dana stands up and walks out of the office backwards so that she doesn‟t take her eye off of Gary. GARY Enjoy the rest of your day. Dana gives Gary a big wave goodbye then walks away. CUT TO: INT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM Gary is walking around his apartment getting ready for his big date with Dana. He grabs his cell phone off the coffee table and calls her. DANA (O.S.) Hey Gary. GARY Hi Dana. DANA (O.S.) So what‟s the plan? GARY It‟s a surprise. DANA (O.S.) Well were should I meet you? GARY The big clock in Grand Central Terminal.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (O.S.) Oh how mysterious. That opens up a whole range of options. GARY I know. DANA (O.S.) I‟m excited. GARY Me too. DANA (O.S.) What time are we meeting? GARY Be at the clock at 7:30 sharp. DANA (O.S.) OK, I‟ll see you at the clock at 7:30. GARY Great, see you then. Gary hangs up his phone then picks up a sports coat off of his couch and tries it on. He walks into his BATHROOM Gary looks himself up and down in the bathroom mirror. He fusses with his hair a few times, fixes his jacket, checks out his face close-up, straightens his shirt collar, then after all that he shakes his head in disapproval. This begins a montage in the bathroom where he tries on another jacket, looks at himself in the mirror and doesn‟t like it, so he changes his shirt and jacket, then he changes his shirt and keeps the jacket, then next he even changes his belt, then he changes his shirt and jacket again. Finally he finds an outfit that he likes - the jacket, the shirt, the belt all go well together. He winks at himself in the bathroom mirror and gives a thumbs up before he walks out of the room.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CUT TO: INT. – GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, MAIN ROOM Grand Central is packed with tourists walking through the historic landmark and travelers rushing to get their trains. Gary enters the room from the subway and approaches the Big Clock that sits in the middle of the room and is used as a gathering place by many. After a few steps, the crowd parts like the Red Sea and Gary has a clear path to Dana who is waiting at the clock. Dana looks stunning in a purple skirt, black shirt and a brown light sweater. Gary walks up to her and gives her a kiss on the cheek while Dana hugs him. GARY Hey you! DANA Hey Gary. GARY You look simply beautiful. DANA As do you. Or I should say you look handsome. (rubs Gary‟s jacket) I love this jacket, you should definitely show this look on the weekends more often. Thanks. GARY So you ready? DANA Of course! GARY OK, let‟s go. Gary leads her away from the clock.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Where are we going? GARY You‟ll see. DANA Are we jumping on the subway? Maybe we‟re taking the Metro North to some far away, exotic place? GARY Yeah, like Poughkeepsie. DANA So where are we going? GARY You‟ll see. Gary leads her past the subway entrance. DANA I guess we‟re not taking the subway, unless you‟re tricking me by creating a diversion. Gary opens the door and leds her outside to Park Avenue. GARY I hope you‟re wearing good walking shoes. DANA Yeah, they‟re decent. CUT TO: EXT. – PARK AVENUE, SOUTH OF GCT – NIGHT Gary and Dana walk south down Park Avenue. DANA (thinking) Walking on Park Avenue, going south, hmmm, I don‟t know what‟s around here. (pause) Come on, tell me where we‟re going.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Although they are only a couple of blocks away from Les Halles, Gary can no longer keep the secret. GARY OK, I can‟t keep it a secret anymore, I‟m taking you to Les Halles. DANA (shocked) Really! GARY Yep. DANA You‟re kidding! GARY I‟m not, take a look down the block. (points to Les Halles) See that building down the street with those lights? That‟s Les Halles. DANA (excited) Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! It‟s like my birthday! I‟m so excited. (grabs Gary‟s arm) We don‟t have to go here. GARY Nonsense, you wanted to go to Les Halles, so I want to deliver you Les Halles. DANA Thank you, thank you, thank you! Gary approaches Les Halles and opens the door for her. GARY After you my princess. CUT TO:
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese INT. – LES HALLES RESTAURANT, PARK AVENUE Gary and Dana are sitting at a small table in tight quarters within the crowded restaurant. All of the tables are filled with young or middle-aged couples engaged in quiet conversation. Gary pours Dana another glass of red wine while they are in the middle of conversation. DANA This Malbec is amazing. How did you know I like Malbec so much? GARY I‟ve got the memory of an elephant, I remembered you mentioned something about Argentina and Malbec way back when. I don‟t usually forget things, no matter how much I drink. It‟s a blessing and a curse, sometimes I prefer to not remember some things when I‟m drinking but I can‟t help it. Dana grabs Gary‟s hand across the table. DANA This whole night has been perfect. The food was amazing, the wine is amazing, the atmosphere has been amazing. GARY And the company? Don‟t forget about the company. DANA Yes and the company has been especially amazing. You‟ve done an amazing job overall. Like I said before, I feel like it‟s my birthday. GARY (mockingly) Would that be an amazing birthday?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (laughs) Shut up Gary. GARY What? (pause) I think I know what I‟m going to get you for Christmas, a Roget‟s Thesaurus. DANA (laughs) Stop it Gary! GARY I‟m just saying, you like the word “amazing.” You know, there are other adjectives out there in the world that you can use. Like wonderful, incredible, remarkable or maybe even astounding, I don‟t know, any of those would suffice too. DANA I‟m sorry that your amazing planning has made me damn near speechless and unable to think of the right words to say. GARY There you go again with that word amazing. Dana picks up her butter knife and threatens Gary with it. DANA Stop it, seriously don‟t make me use this! GARY Oh no, don‟t butter me to death. DANA I know you‟re scared, you don‟t like butter.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY You‟re right, truce, truce. stop. DANA That‟s better. Dana reluctantly puts her butter knife down again. DANA (cont‟d) But I am having a marvelous time tonight. GARY (smiles) I‟m glad you‟re enjoying yourself. DANA I am. Dana holds Gary‟s hand across the table again. GARY Maybe this will be the start of something beautiful. DANA Maybe, we‟ll see; I‟m all for taking it slow though. GARY I know, I know. Slow and steady wins the race. DANA Patience Gary. GARY I‟m trying to be as patient as possible. DANA Just remember, good things come to those who wait. GARY I hear you, and I‟m here for you.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA And that‟s why I appreciate you so much. GARY Thank you. DANA So how‟s your week looking? GARY Not too, too bad. I‟m supposed to be flying to St. Louis for a meeting on Thursday the 13th. Other than that, it shouldn‟t be that bad. I mean, I‟m sure work is going to pick up even more now that the summer is pretty much over and everyone‟s coming back from their vacations. (pause) How does your week look? DANA Not bad, I‟m taking Monday for a doctor‟s appointment on the Island, but besides it should be the same old, old. off back that same
The Les Halles waiter stops by their table. LES HALLES WAITER Can I get you anything else tonight? Dessert? DANA Oh no, I‟m stuffed. GARY Yeah, we‟ll just take the check. LES HALLES WAITER Very good sir. The waiter puts down the check and Gary immediately gives him his credit card. The waiter walks away with the bill.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY I gotta say, there‟s nothing quite like a leisurely three hour dinner, especially when you‟re dining with someone you like. I have very few moments of pure relaxation in my life outside of dinner, I love times like this. DANA It is nice. GARY (looks straight into Dana‟s eyes) Dana, I like you. DANA I know you do. I like you to. GARY I think you‟re awesome. DANA And you‟re a great guy. Dana squeezes Gary‟s hand to further emphasize her comments. GARY You‟re sweet. DANA I can‟t believe how great you are to me. I don‟t deserve anything of it. GARY Once again you do. I don‟t like when you say that about yourself. You deserve the world and I want to give it to you. The waiter drops off the check. LES HALLES WAITER Here you go, you folks have a lovely night.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Thank you. Gary signs the check and puts the receipt in his pocket. DANA It‟s getting late. GARY You‟re right. DANA I should get going. Dana isn‟t used to being out this late. GARY OK, I‟m ready. (pause) By the way I love how you refer to yourself in the third person. Awesome! Gary and Dana both stand up. Gary helps Dana put her sweater on and they navigate through the crowded restaurant towards the exit. CUT TO: EXT. – PARK AVENUE, LES HALLES – NIGHT Gary and Dana walk out of the restaurant and onto the sidewalk. GARY So where are you going? DANA I‟m staying at Becky‟s place tonight. GARY OK, since we‟re both uptown, do you mind if we share a taxi? DANA Of course not. Gary notices a bodega next to Les Halles.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Great. Ummm, wait right here for a second, I need to grab something in the bodega. DANA (confused) Ohhkkay. Gary runs into the bodega while Dana is left to hang out on the sidewalk alone, she spends the time watching the couples eating in the outside area in front of Les Halles. After several seconds, Gary comes rushing out of the bodega and back up to Dana. DANA What was that about? Gary has his hands behind his back obviously hiding something. GARY You know, most guys buy roses. But I‟m not like most guys, I‟m a little more unconventional. (pause) I got you a chipwich! Gary gives her the chipwich that he just bought in the bodega. DANA (happily) I think I‟m going to cry. GARY Enjoy. Gary walks into the street to hail a cab while Dana opens up the chipwich and starts eating it. A cab pulls over and Gary opens the door. DANA Here have a bite. Dana gives Gary a bite right before she enters the cab.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary gets in the taxi as well then it drives away. CUT TO: INT. – TAXI CAB Gary and Dana are in the middle of a conversation in the cab. Gary is so awkward around Dana that instead of continuing any sort of romantic talk he veers completely off topic. GARY I‟m sorry, I don‟t get the Upper West Side. DANA What don‟t you get? GARY I just don‟t get why everyone hates on the Upper East Side, my homeland, but everyone loves the Upper West Side. DANA Umm, because the Upper West Side is cool? GARY How do you figure? The Upper West Side is a mess, on the weekend it‟s like playing Frogger on the sidewalk dodging all the baby strollers. And don‟t get me started on these double-wide strollers, I mean is everyone in that neighborhood having twins? Seriously, are they all just looped up on fertility drugs? God I hate the Upper West Side, I mean I probably wouldn‟t even really hate the area that much if people didn‟t hate my area so much. (pause) Oh and people think the Upper East Side is filled with snobs with our old bluebloods and trust fund kids? Who the hell do people think are (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) roaming the Upper West Side? It‟s the same thing, a lot of money‟s there too. Please I walk into Gin Mill and it‟s like I‟m walking into an Abercrombie & Fitch catalog. DANA Wow, you‟re really passionate about this, aren‟t you. GARY Well I just don‟t like to see discrimination. DANA Discrimination? GARY Yeah, discrimination. I think there are some people that are racist against Upper East Siders. Really? a race. DANA Upper East Siders are not
GARY You‟re right, it‟s more like a way of life. DANA OK, now you‟re being weird again. GARY I‟m just saying. DANA I don‟t know why I even care. I don‟t even live on the Upper West Side, I just crash there from timeto-time. The cab pulls over abruptly and stops. Gary and Dana look out the window and are surprised to notice that Dana is already at her destination.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese The taxi driver is very mean and is trying to rush Dana out of the cab as soon as possible so he can make the traffic light. MEAN TAXI DRIVER 83rd & Amsterdam, hurry up, go! GARY Oh geez, I had no idea we were anywhere close. DANA Time flies when you‟re hating on the Upper West Side I guess. Go! MEAN TAXI DRIVER Go now! I must make light.
Gary is frazzled because he wasn‟t ready to say goodbye. Dana opens the passenger door and puts one foot out. DANA Well, I guess this is good night. Thanks again for a lovely evening. GARY Thanks for coming out. Dana goes in for a quick hug and kiss on the cheek, Gary goes in for a kiss on the lips but in his haste he completely whiffs and accidentally kisses her ear. MEAN TAXI DRIVER We go now! We go now, close the door! Dana leaves the cab because she‟s scared of the taxi driver at this point. The taxi drives away. Gary is looking through the back windshield at Dana, who‟s standing on the corner waving to him. CUT TO:
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese EXT. – PASTIS RESTAURANT, MEATPACKING DISTRICT – DAY Gary is having Sunday brunch with his little sister Laura at the outside patio of Pastis in the Meatpacking District. It‟s another bright, sunny day in the city. Gary is in the middle of telling Laura all about his date the night before with Dana. LAURA So you ended up kissing her ear? GARY (embarrassed) Yes, yes I did. LAURA You idiot. GARY Thank you. LAURA (sarcastically) Have you ever kissed a girl before? GARY Apparently not. LAURA Yeah, doesn‟t sound like it. LAURA At least you‟re making headway though. Now you‟re getting ear play. Pretty soon maybe you‟ll be able to accidentally kiss her big toe. GARY Why did I even bother telling you this? LAURA Come on, I‟m just joking around. GARY Well this is serious stuff. (MORE) I
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) had my golden opportunity last night and I screwed it up! LAURA Please if she really likes you there will be plenty of more opportunities…for you to screw up. GARY Thanks sis. LAURA Look, I‟m here to help you out. I‟m just about Dana‟s age so I can give you some insight in to how a female in her early twenties‟ mind works. GARY It‟s a scary place isn‟t it? LAURA Quite possibly, yes. GARY I thank you in advance for any help you can give because I‟m almost at my wits end. I mean I think she really likes me, but I honestly can‟t tell. And I don‟t want to be too aggressive because I‟m afraid of screwing anything up. We have a great thing going right now and even though I‟d like to elevate things, I don‟t want to risk our friendship in the process. LAURA Isn‟t it you that always tells me that life is about taking chances? GARY Yes.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese LAURA Well maybe it‟s about time you take a chance yourself. GARY (thinking) Yeah maybe. Gary and Laura take a moment to both have a sip of their drink. LAURA Can I ask you something going back to last night? GARY Shoot. LAURA Why were you talking so much about the Upper West Side in the cab? GARY I don‟t know! I was nervous! I didn‟t know what to say! I was rambling! LAURA So you take a girl you really like out to a great dinner, you both have this super time out, from what you told me both of you were obviously flirting during dinner, whether you believe so or not, yes she was flirting with you too; you take a taxi cab ride home with her, which means you have a captive audience, and so you decide to have your own personal east side / west side argument with yourself for the whole ride? Does that pretty much sum it up? GARY In a nutshell…yes. LAURA Some guys just can‟t be helped. (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese LAURA (cont‟d) I don‟t get it though, you‟ve never been like this before, with any of the other girls I‟ve known. GARY I know. LAURA So what gives? GARY I don‟t know, I get nervous around her. I just feel really awkward sometimes when I‟m with her. I mean she makes me feel great, she makes me feel so special, but nonetheless I feel awkward in her presence. I don‟t know why. LAURA Will you listen to yourself speak? You sound like a little school girl talking about her first crush. GARY Well maybe I have a little bit of that school girl in me. If that makes any sense. (pause) She‟s different. She makes me feel different; hell I don‟t think I‟ve felt this way about any other girl ever. That‟s why all this sucks, all the waiting and patience. I mean I‟m a very patient man, I‟m just fearful of missing out somehow. LAURA You‟re my older brother Gary and I don‟t like seeing my older brother beat himself up over something like this. Cut the BS, sit her down and tell her how you truly feel.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY She knows how I feel about her. LAURA Maybe she has an idea, but I bet she doesn‟t really know. Get rid of the passive-aggressive attitude that you flash sometimes, be a man, sit her down and in no uncertain terms tell her how you really feel, and do it sober by the way. You owe it to yourself, you owe it to her and you owe it to your friendship to just come out with it and be completely honest. (pause) Right, don‟t you think? GARY (smiles) You‟re wise beyond your years sis, it looks like I did a good job raising you. LAURA Please, you‟re no mom or dad. GARY You‟re probably right about that. LAURA So what are you going to do? GARY I dunno, continue with my passiveaggressive BS? LAURA (frustrated) NO! GARY I‟m just kidding Laura, calm down. (pause) You know what I‟m going to do? Next weekend I‟m going to take her out to brunch and I‟m going (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) to spill my heart out. If she‟s down with it, then awesome, if not, then, well, I‟ll cross that bridge if I have to come to it. LAURA That‟s the spirit. That‟s exactly what you should do and if it doesn‟t work out the way you want at least you won‟t regret anything and you won‟t constantly think down the road about what you “could‟ve done” or what you “should‟ve done.” Gary and Laura take another moment to both have a sip of their drink. GARY You‟ve grown up so fast. It seems like just the other day I was bouncing you on my knee and we were in the backyard building a treehouse. LAURA Or that you were sticking gum in my hair. GARY Oh, you still remember that? LAURA How can I forget it? It was a very traumatic experience for me. It took two weeks to finally get the gum out and even then not all the gum came out so mom put a bowl on my head and gave me a bowl cut. She cut my hair really short. I looked like the Dutch Boy Painter. Gary and Laura both share a laugh over the story. GARY Ha! That was funny. about that I guess. Ummm, sorry
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese LAURA That‟s OK, that‟s what being brother and sister is all about. For each one of those times that I hated your guts there were four or five times when I valued having you around. GARY You continue to amaze me with all the grown-up things that come out of your mouth these days. (pause) You‟re such a grown-up that I‟ll allow you to pick up the check today. LAURA I‟m not that much of a grown-up. GARY OK, fair enough. Gary and Laura continue to laugh and joke around at brunch. DISSOLVE TO: INT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT THE BEDROOM Gary, who‟s getting ready for work in the morning, opens up his closet and throws on a buttoned down shirt. Then he walks over to his dresser and picks up his wallet. Before putting it in his pants pocket, he rifles through it and finds his credit card receipt from Les Halles the other night. He studies it then walks into THE KITCHEN Gary approaches the refrigerator and sticks the restaurant receipt on the door with a magnet so that this momento can serve as a daily reminder of the great time he had that night.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Next he grabs a cup and pours himself a glass of water then walks into THE LIVING ROOM Gary grabs the New York Times newspaper off his coffee table and skims the headlines. The TV is on in the background and is tuned to the local news which is reporting on the NYC Mayoral Democratic primary election being held that day. CHANNEL 4 NEWS ANCHOR Polls have just opened this morning for the hotly contested Democratic primary which will determine who will be the Democratic representative in the New York City mayoral election. The race has developed a bitter undertone as the two leading candidates, Fernando Ferrer and Mark Green, have escalated their attack ads against each other in recent weeks. It‟s a very tight race and experts are predicting a heavy turn out and an outcome that may not be determined until late tonight. Gary finishes scanning his newspaper, throws it back down on his table, turns his TV off and walks out of the room. CUT TO: EXT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT, FRONT OF BUILDING – MORNING Gary exits his apartment building and immediately looks up to the sky to admire the picture perfect day; hardly a cloud in the sky. He takes a deep breath to take it all in then begins to walk down the street. CUT TO: EXT. – LONG ISLAND COMMUTER TRAIN STATION – MORNING A silver AUDI pulls up and stops in front of a Long Island commuter train station.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CUT TO: INT. – AUDI, DANA‟S FATHER‟S CAR Dana‟s father is dropping off Dana, who is sitting in the passenger‟s seat, at the train station. TONY Enjoy your day at work honey. DANA Thanks for the ride today daddy. Dana kisses her dad on the cheek. TONY What time you think you‟ll be home tonight? DANA Probably about 7 o‟clock. I don‟t think I‟ll be working late and I don‟t have any plans after work. TONY Great, so I‟ll tell mom to hold off on dinner until you get home. DANA Oh dad, you don‟t have to do that. TONY It‟s no problem, it‟ll only be about a half an hour later than we usually eat. DANA OK, well if you all don‟t mind, that‟ll be great. What‟ll be for dinner? I need something to look forward to. TONY Well mom is going to make her signature chicken soup and famous macaroni and cheese and I think I‟ll fire up the grill. Not sure what I‟ll put on, but it‟ll be some sort of meat.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Dana‟s father looks down at his watch. TONY Oh honey, you better get going, the train should be here in two minutes. DANA Oh, you‟re right! Dana reaches into the back seat and grabs her purse. kisses her dad on the cheek again. TONY Love you sweetie. DANA Love you too daddy. Dana exits the car. CUT TO: EXT. – LONG ISLAND COMMUTER TRAIN STATION – MORNING FRONT OF STATION Dana rushes into the train station as Dana‟s father drives away. ALONG THE TRAIN TRACKS A commuter train pulls into the station and Dana, along with several hundred other commuters, piles into it. CUT TO: INT. – SUBWAY CAR, 4 TRAIN (GREEN LINE) Gary is standing up in the doorway of the subway as it leaves a station. He is quietly flipping through his WALL STREET JOURNAL as he straddles his briefcase. CUT TO: INT. – LONG ISLAND RAILROAD TRAIN Dana is sitting quietly in one of the crowded train cars reading a novel as the train stops at a station and picks up more passengers while the train conductor mumbles instructions over the PA system. She
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CUT TO: EXT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER AREA – MORNING FULTON STREET SUBWAY EXIT Gary walks up the steps from the subway‟s underground, crosses the street and heads to STARBUCKS – WORLD TRADE CENTER AREA Gary quickly makes his way through the crowded shop and up to the front of the line. GARY I‟ll take just a regular, plain old large coffee. Nothing fancy. CUT TO: INT. – PENN STATION, MAIN CONCOURSE A large crowd spills out from one of the train tunnels and into the main concourse during the morning rush hour. Dana is walking quickly through the crowd as she makes her way to the subway entrance. CUT TO: EXT. – CORTLANDT STREET, WORLD TRADE CENTER AREA - MORNING
Gary is walking down the street, drinking his coffee, as he walks by the same fruit stand where he typically buys Dana‟s oranges. A few feet past the stand he stops, thinks for a second then turns around and approaches the stand. He looks over the large variety of fruit available, focuses on the oranges then picks out the perfect one. Looking at the middle-aged Muslim man working the fruit stand, Gary comments then gives him a $1 for the orange. GARY This looks to be a damn near perfect orange…for a damn near perfect day. Here you go my man.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese FRUIT STAND MAN Thank you sir. You have a good day. GARY And you as well. Gary leaves the stand, tosses the orange into the air, catches it then crosses the street and walks up to the World Trade Center along with several dozen other inhabitants entering the building. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, DANA‟S OFFICE FLOOR LOBBY The elevator door opens up, Gary comes out and walks through the lobby. It‟s still early in the morning so the office floor is relatively quiet with very few people milling about. Gary walks by a clock hanging up in the lobby, it reads “7:30.” DANA‟S CUBICLE Gary approaches Dana‟s cubicle and drops the orange off on her desk. He notices a picture of the two of them hanging out at a bar, among several other pictures, pinned to her corkboard. He takes a moment to admire it. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, GARY‟S OFFICE Gary is sitting behind his desk typing away on his computer when the phone rings. GARY (picks up the phone) Hello? (pause to hear response) Good morning Dana, how‟s it going? (pause) Yes, that was me; I know how much (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) you love oranges, so I thought it‟d be a nice gesture to drop you off one. (pause) Oh no, it‟s no problem at all. Believe me, it‟s no big deal, seriously an orange costs a dollar, well actually 99 cents but I guess I do tip the guy a penny. Scene now goes back and forth between Gary and Dana, depending on who‟s talking. DANA Well that was very sweet of you. GARY I missed you yesterday in the office. How was your doctor‟s appointment? DANA It was as good as you‟d think a doctor‟s appointment would be. Actually it was fine, nothing major. GARY That‟s good. DANA So how was the rest of you weekend? GARY It was nice, I had brunch at Pastis with Laura but other than that it was a pretty uneventful Sunday. I didn‟t mind it though, I needed the rest. How was the rest of your weekend? DANA It was good, same here though, didn‟t do too much. I went clothes shopping with my mom at the mall, but that was it. GARY Nice.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Yeah. (a moment of awkward Silence) So, I had a great time on Saturday night, thanks again. I did too. with me. GARY Thanks for coming out
DANA Well thanks for inviting me. Les Halles was so awesome. I can‟t believe you took me there. GARY Hey, nothing but the best for you. That‟s what I say. DANA That was such an unexpected surprise. I mean it wasn‟t a surprise that you would think of taking me to some place like that, especially since you even mentioned it to me before. It was a surprise because, well, just because. I guess I was surprised that you‟d really go all out like that for me, especially for our first time out. GARY First time out? We‟ve been out plenty of times before. DANA You know what I mean. GARY Yes, I do. (pause) Well you deserved it. And you know how I feel about you, at least I hope you know how I feel about you. I do. DANA Thank you again.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY It was an enjoyable night. I even stuck the restaurant receipt on my refrigerator door. DANA (perplexed) Why did you do that? GARY I don‟t know, I thought it‟d be nice to look at every morning. You know, it‟d put a smile on my face before going off to work, seeing that receipt, remembering the memories from that night. DANA Memories like the Malbec, right? Right! GARY How good was that wine?!? DANA It was great. GARY Thanks for turning me on to that. I‟ve never had it before Saturday night. It was good. On a whole the place was a great restaurant, that Anthony Bourdain sure knows what he‟s doing. Another moment of awkward silence fills the phone line. DANA So how‟s your day looking? GARY Shouldn‟t be too bad. Working on a few reports and a couple presentations, but other than that the day should be alright. DANA Good. Well don‟t be a stranger mister. If you need a break during (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) the day, feel free to stop by and say hi. GARY I definitely will. DANA OK, bye. GARY Bye. Gary hangs up the phone, gets up from his desk and walks into THE OFFICE HALLWAY Gary approaches the water cooler in the hallway and pours himself a cup of water. Dustin soon walks up behind him. DUSTIN Gary, my man. GARY Dustin, how‟s it going buddy? DUSTIN It‟s going good, no in fact it‟s going great! GARY Why are you so chipper on a Tuesday morning? DUSTIN Oh man, a few of us went to Exit last night and partied. We met some stewardesses… GARY (interrupts) I believe they‟re called flight attendants now.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN Yeah, whatever. OK, so we meet some flight attendants that were in town only for the night on a lay over, they were flying to Europe this morning. I‟ll leave everything to your imagination, but they were great, it was an awesome time. I rolled into my apartment probably only three hours ago. GARY (sarcastically) That‟s a great way to start the week, with a Monday night like that. DUSTIN Oh, so how was your weekend? I Forgot I didn‟t get to see you yesterday, I was caught up with that presentation all day long. GARY It was good. DUSTIN What did you do? GARY Not much really, took it kinda easy. You know I‟ve been running around like a chicken with its head cut off lately so I was looking forward to doing nothing this past weekend. I rented a few movies and watched them from the comfort of my couch. DUSTIN That sounds cool, hey we all need those kind of weekends at least once in a while in order to keep our sanity. GARY That‟s the truth.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN So I was thinking, we should… Dustin is interrupted by a very loud noise which is followed by the building shaking. Both Gary and Dustin brace themselves up against the wall. DUSTIN What the hell was that?!?! GARY I have no idea. DUSTIN (panicked) Seriously, what the hell was that?!? GARY I don‟t know, but let‟s not panic and remain calm. Michael comes running down the hallway towards Dustin and Gary. MICHAEL (animated) Guys, the North Tower is on fire! GARY (skeptical) Get out of here Mike, seriously? MICHAEL Yeah, I‟m not kidding. DUSTIN Damn. MICHAEL Come on guys, check it out; there‟s a bunch of us watching in an office. Michael runs back to where he came from and is soon followed by Gary and Dustin. OFFICE OVERLOOKING THE NORTH TOWER ON GARY‟S FLOOR
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese The three young men run into a large office that is already filled with between 10-15 co-workers, almost all male, staring out the window towards the North Tower. Gary walks towards the window to see the carnage himself – the top floors of the North Tower are engulfed in flames and smoke. Silence consumes the office for a few seconds as everyone takes in the scene, finally someone breaks it to speculate on what just happened. MALE CO-WORKER #1 What do you think happened? MALE CO-WORKER #2 Was it a bomb? MALE CO-WORKER #3 Terrorists? MICHAEL Maybe it‟s just a fire, like the wiring or something. DUSTIN That‟s a lot of devastation to have been caused by faulty wiring. GARY Yeah, especially in such a quick period of time. I mean, this must‟ve just started a few minutes ago. MALE CO-WORKER #1 It did, I was sitting down the hall in my office and the Tower was just fine like three minutes ago. It didn‟t look like anything was wrong. MALE CO-WORKER #2 Well I‟m not going to wait around to see what happens. I‟m getting the hell out of here.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese The co-worker walks away from the window and out the door. He‟s followed by most of the other co-workers, including Dustin. A few co-workers, including Gary, stay behind and continue staring out the window at the North Tower, almost in a trance-like state. Dustin gets to the doorway and turns back to Gary. DUSTIN Gary, you coming? GARY (pauses) Yeah, I‟m coming. Let‟s go.
Gary follows Dustin out of the office. IN THE HALLWAY Employees are rushing around, entering and leaving their offices and cubicles, as they grab their personal items in preparation for leaving the office. Dustin and Gary meet up with a few other male co-workers in the middle of the hallway. DUSTIN (looks at Gary) You coming down with us? GARY I‟ll meet you downstairs, across the street, away from this mess. I want to get Dana first. DUSTIN OK. Don‟t screw around though. You get her and you get downstairs as soon as possible. GARY I know, don‟t worry about me. I‟ll get down there right away after I find Dana.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DUSTIN Good. I‟ll see you down there buddy. Dustin shakes Gary‟s hand and rushes away down the hallway. Gary walks back to HIS OFFICE He calmly picks up his phone and calls Dana. GARY Dana. (pause) Did you hear about the fire? Scene again goes back and forth between Gary and Dana, depending on who‟s talking. DANA (concerned) Yes. Do you know what‟s going on? GARY No idea. DANA What should we do? GARY I don‟t know. I guess it‟s probably best for us to evacuate. DANA You think? They haven‟t made any kind of announcements. GARY I know, that‟s weird. But a bunch of the guys just took off. I think we should go down to the lobby, meet up with them and then figure out what to do next. DANA OK. (pause) I‟m scared.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Don‟t worry, I‟ll take care of you. DANA Let me gather my things. GARY Good, to save time I‟ll just meet you on the Sky Lobby floor. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, SOUTH TOWER – 78TH FL SKY LOBBY Gary exits a packed local elevator that empties into an extremely packed sky lobby area where people, who are standing shoulder to shoulder, are waiting for express elevators. Gary pushes and squeezes his way through the crowd in an effort to find Dana. After several seconds, Dana sees Gary searching for her and she shouts out to him. DANA (shouts) Gary! Gary! Over here! Gary looks over and sees Dana, a wide smile covers his face as he walks to her. GARY Looks like everyone else had the same idea as us. DANA I know. GARY How are we going to get out of this? DANA Follow me. I finally get a chance to use my small size to my advantage.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Dana grabs Gary‟s hand and leads him through the crowded lobby by sneaking around several people. Within seconds they get close to an elevator just as the doors open. They easily board it, ahead of the push from everybody else. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, SOUTH TOWER 1ST FLOOR LOBBY Several elevators open at the same time as dozens and dozens of people pour out of them and into the lobby. There are a number of security guards standing around the turnstiles yelling out instructions and imploring people to remain calm and return to their offices to avoid panic. LOBBY SECURITY GUARD (yelling) Ladies and Gentleman, please remain calm. The building is secure. Please return back to your offices. Your safe remaining in the building, it is secure. (pause) Once again, ladies and gentleman, please return to your offices. The building is secure. You will be safe in here. Debris is falling to the ground from the North Tower. Your safety is our #1 concern. It is not safe outside. Please everybody, return to your offices in an orderly fashion and remain calm. The security guards are able to stop many of the people and turn them back to the elevators, but several make it past them and exit the building. Gary and Dana make it out of the elevator area, Gary sees Dustin leaving the building off in the distance. GARY Well, there goes Dustin, good to see he‟s made it out through the crush of people. (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) I‟ll give him a call when we get outside so we can meet up. The two approach the turnstiles where they encounter the security guards. In the rush of people, Dana is able to make it through the turnstiles and past the security guards. Gary is stuck behind in a crowd of people. Dana, realizing that Gary is no longer with her, turns back to him. DANA Come on Gary, let‟s go. GARY I‟m getting there, just kind of stuck behind these people. As Gary makes it right to the turnstile, the security guard approaches him. LOBBY SECURITY GUARD Sir, I advise you to please return to your office GARY But the exit is right there! Gary points to one of the many exit doors in the lobby. LOBBY SECURITY GUARD I understand sir, but look at it outside. There‟s debris falling. No one knows when or where debris will fall next. GARY I‟m willing to take my chances. LOBBY SECURITY GUARD Sir, it‟s not safe. GARY There‟s plenty of exits around here. We‟ll be fine.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Dana continues to look on from beyond the turnstiles as several men that made it past security rush by her and out of the building. A few middle-aged women, all with tears in their eyes, also pass by Dana and walk towards the exit. LOBBY SECURITY GUARD Sir, trust me, we would never do anything that would endanger the lives of our tenants. (pause) The building is in lockdown mode. No one can come in and no one can enter the parking garages. (pause) Believe me, at this point this building is probably the safest place you can be in around the area. (pause) Listen, go back upstairs, relax and when everything is deemed safe the fire department will evacuate everyone in a safe, orderly fashion. You all will be just fine. (pause) We don‟t want anyone to get hurt and we have our orders. (pause) We‟ll keep everyone updated through the intercom system and you can always call down here to the central command center if you have any questions. (pause) So please, return to your office immediately. Gary thinks to himself for a moment. DANA Gary? GARY Dana, let‟s go back upstairs and wait this thing out until the fire is put out.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Really? you think? GARY Yeah. DANA (points to the exit) But we‟re right here already. We‟re just a few steps away from the exit. GARY I know, but look at it outside. (pause) Things are falling everywhere. Let‟s just go back outside, wait for the fire department to put this thing out then we won‟t have to worry about dodging falling debris. Look, I don‟t want to worry about you getting hit with something and getting hurt. Now Dana takes a moment to think to herself. DANA OK, I‟ll go back up with you. I wouldn‟t want to leave you behind by yourself. Dana walks back through the turnstile towards Gary. grabs Dana‟s hand and they walk back to the bank of elevators. IN AN ELEVATOR Gary and Dana enter a elevator in the lobby. They both take a deep breath as they try to calm down and relax. Gary tries to lightened the mood. GARY So, are you doing anything Thursday night? Do you maybe want to grab a root beer float and some squash soup or something like that? Because, umm you know, I don‟t really have any other plans. Gary
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (laughs) Root beer float? Squash soup? GARY Well I know how much you like squash soup so I thought it might be cool to buy you some. On Thursday night. DANA (laughs) You‟re too much. GARY (laughs) What? DANA Thanks for trying to lighten the mood. GARY That‟s what I do. (pause) Sooo, are you open on Thursday night? We‟ll see. calendar. DANA I‟ll have to check my
Gary looks down at Dana‟s purple shoes. GARY I like your shoes, they look very pretty. DANA Thanks. Dana looks down at Gary‟s new brown shoes. DANA (cont‟d) I like yours too. They look brand new.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY They are thanks. They‟re my new Rockports, I got them at Macy‟s a couple weeks ago. CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, DANA‟S OFFICE FLOOR LOBBY Gary and Dana exit the elevator and enter the lobby. GARY I‟m going back to my office for a few minutes. I‟m gonna shoot out some emails that I have to get out and I‟m also going to try to find out what exactly is going on. DANA Wait, so you‟re leaving me? GARY Only for a few minutes. I just need to send out a couple of emails. I need to get them out. I‟ll only be gone for a few minutes, five minutes tops. Then I‟ll be back down here before you even realize I was gone. (pause) And once I come back, I‟ll be with you for the rest of the day. DANA OK. GARY Sorry. I hate to leave you, but I‟ll be right back. DANA You better be. GARY I will. Gary walks away from Dana and back over to the bank of elevators.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese CUT TO: INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, GARY‟S OFFICE FLOOR GARY‟S OFFICE Gary enters his office just as his phone is ringing. GARY (picks up phone) Hello? (pause to hear response) Hey mom. (pause) Yes, I‟m OK. We tried to leave but security told us we‟d be safest if we stayed in the office. (pause) Nah, I‟ll take their word for it. They‟re the experts, they should know what‟s best. (pause) So do you know what happened? Is the news saying anything? (pause) A small plane, really? (pause) But it‟s a picture perfect day outside. There‟s hardly a cloud in the sky. Gary takes a look out his window to confirm his own statement for himself. He immediately does a double take and the look of complete fear quickly covers his entire face. GARY OH SHIT! Gary is paralyzed with fear, he literally can‟t move. OUTSIDE THE WINDOW, GARY‟S OFFICE United Airlines Flight 175 is out in the near distance speeding right towards the South Tower, and specifically Gary‟s office.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese In the matter of only a few seconds, the commercial airliner quickly approaches and slams right into the South Tower, only 15 floors below Gary‟s office. The plane was so close to Gary‟s office, he could look into the cockpit and make out the people in it. The impact of the airplane creates a deafening boom and violently shakes the building. Gary immediately drops the phone and is knocked to the floor due to the building shaking. A huge fireball rises outside from the wreckage and is followed by a heavy stream of smoke. Loud noises and sounds of explosions continue inside the building. Gary tries to compose himself and picks the phone back up. GARY Mom? Mom?!? The phone has gone dead. Gary hangs up and tries to dial again. dead. The phone is still
Gary stands up and looks out the window in an effort to survey the damage below. He can‟t see much through th thick smoke. Gary takes his cell phone out and tries to make a call. PHONE OPERATOR (O.S.) All circuits are busy, please try your phone call later. GARY Shit! Gary tries to place a call again on his cell phone. GARY Come on, please, please get through. This time the call goes through.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (O.S.) Hello. GARY Dana, thank god I got through. Are you ok? Scene again goes back and forth between Gary and Dana, depending on who‟s talking. Dana has sought refuge from falling debris under the desk in her cubicle. DANA Yeah, I‟m ok. I‟m hiding under my desk. What happened? GARY Dana, I saw it, I saw it. It was a plane. A plane hit the building. A plane?!?! DANA How could that be?
GARY I don‟t know. But it headed straight for the building. I saw it aiming right at us. DANA (crying) I‟m so scared. I‟m so damn scared. GARY Dana, listen to me. Listen to me. Stay right there. I‟m going to come to you. DANA Ohhhkay. GARY Stay there. I‟ll be there in two minutes. I‟m going to find you then we‟re going to get the hell out of here. DANA Hurry up.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Look, if things get too dangerous for you, just leave, don‟t wait for me. I‟ll find you somehow. DANA I‟m not gonna leave you behind. I‟ll be right here. Ok. GARY I‟m on my way.
Gary hangs up his phone and walks into THE HALLWAY There he sees for the first time the devastation inside. portion of the ceiling has collapsed down the hallway, blocking a fire exit. Smoke is slowly creeping into the hallway. A
Gary runs down the hallway towards the fire exit to see if he can make it out the door. But he can‟t, it‟s blocked by too much debris. Then Gary runs back through the hallway and enters THE ELEVATOR LOBBY Not thinking clearly, Gary presses the button for the elevator. As he waits, his co-worker Michael frantically rushes by. MICHAEL What are you doing?!? You don‟t want to take the elevator. It‟s probably not even working. GARY Oh right, you‟re right. MICHAEL Come on, follow me. how we can escape. Gary follows Michael back into THE HALLWAY I think I know
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese They run to another emergency exit and this one is also blocked by debris. GARY Jeez, this exit is blocked too. This is not good. Three male co-workers have just made their way to the exit also along with Gary and Michael. All five men stand there for a moment thinking up a strategy. Gary rolls up his sleeves. GARY OK guys, this is our only option. Let‟s get to work and clear this stuff out. The five men start moving debris out of the way one piece at a time. After removing several of the smaller pieces, they come to a heavy beam. It takes all the strength of the five men for about 30 seconds to move it enough so that they can open the door and escape. CUT TO: INT. – STAIRWELL, WORLD TRADE CENTER – SOUTH TOWER The five men rush down the stairs, after going three flights Gary stops on Dana‟s floor and opens the door. Michael stops him before he enters. MICHAEL What are you doing Gary? GARY I‟m going to grab Dana. Smoke is slowly beginning to trickle into the stairwell. MICHAEL It‟s too dangerous. Look, smoke is beginning to rise up the steps. Let‟s just go downstairs. Now.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY I can‟t. I‟m not going to leave Dana behind. MICHAEL OK, fine. But you get your ass downstairs right away. GARY Don‟t worry, I will. I don‟t want to be in here any longer than I have to. Gary walks into Dana‟s floor as the four other guys proceed down the stairs. CUT TO: INT. - THE HALLWAY, DANA‟S FLOOR Gary walks slowly and cautiously through the empty hallway, dodging fallen debris laying on the floor. The lights are flickering and the floor is slowly filling up with smoke. GARY Dana! (yells) Dana! Dana!
As he approaches her cubicle, Dana hears Gary‟s calls and shouts out to him. DANA (yells) Gary, I‟m still here. desk. Under my
Gary enters her cubicle and takes a seat on the floor. Dana crawls out from underneath her desk and gives him a big hug. DANA Gary thank god you‟re here. GARY I wasn‟t going to leave you. (pause) (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) Are you the only one left on the floor? Did everyone else get out? DANA I don‟t know. As soon as I heard that boom, I just went under my desk. I haven‟t seen anybody since. (pause) What are we going to do? GARY (thinking) I don‟t know. All I know is that we can‟t stay here though. DANA So it was a plane? GARY It was a god damn plane. Struck about 10, 15, 20 floors below us. DANA I..I..I can‟t believe it. such a sunny day. It‟s
GARY Well, I‟d have to think it was intentional. It can‟t be coincidental that both Towers are on fire now. DANA Who would do something like this? GARY I don‟t know, but whoever it is, is pure evil. DANA We need to get out of here. smoke is getting heavier. GARY I know. DANA How did you get down here? The
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY One of the stairwells. There was only just a little bit of smoke in there, I think we can make it out through that way. We should be just fine. (pause) Gather your things and let‟s get the hell out of here. DANA All I need is my pocketbook. Dana and Gary stand up. Dana grabs her purse and they rush back through the hallway towards to the stairwell. They stop in front of the stairwell door. GARY OK Dana, I‟m going to need your help here. I have no idea what kind of shape the sky lobby is in and even if we can take the elevator from there, which we probably can‟t. So it‟s entirely likely that we‟ll have to climb down these 95 flights of stairs by ourselves. Who knows if there will be any police officers or firefighters to help us. We have to do this together, by ourselves. (pause) Do you think you can do this? DANA (scared) I…I…I don‟t know. GARY Well, you‟re going to have to. I don‟t mean to be stern but we‟re going to have to get out of here. DANA OK, I‟m ready. GARY Here‟s how we‟re going to do this. We‟re going to run down 10 flights, (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) stop, take a breath, then run down another 10 flights followed by another break. If we get into any trouble, if we find ourselves in the middle of a fire, just keep running down the stairs. Run down, run down, run down. Just remember that. (pause) Ready? DANA Ready. Gary opens the door. CUT TO: INT. - THE STAIRWELL, WORLD TRADE CENTER – SOUTH TOWER Gary and Dana run down the first five flights of stairs then they‟re stopped in their tracks by a plume of smoke. They both immediately start coughing. DANA (scared) I thought you said we could make it out this way? GARY I thought so too. DANA Well why is there this smoke? Gary looks around to survey the scene in the stairwell. GARY I don‟t know, but wait right here, I‟m going to take a look and investigate. Gary tries to walk down the stairs but Dana grabs his arm to stop him.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Wait, you‟re not going to leave me?!? You said you wouldn‟t. GARY I‟m not leaving you. I‟m just going down a couple flights just to get a better look so I can see what we‟re dealing with, then I‟ll be right back up here. DANA OK, be careful. Gary runs down three more flights and stops when he‟s able to see a fire burning several flights below him. He looks around at the fire below him and surveys the scene. He notices heavy damage to the wall that leads to the office floor. GARY Damn. Gary runs back up the stairs to Dana. DANA How does it look? Gary looks at Dana. GARY We‟re in trouble. DANA (tearing up) Don‟t say that! GARY Look, we‟re going to get out of here, don‟t worry about it. We just can‟t get out through this way. DANA What‟s going on down there?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY There‟s a fire in the stairwell. I don‟t know, there must have been an explosion that blew a hole through the wall because all I know is there wasn‟t a fire down there before. DANA So what do we do? GARY We got to think and think quick. Dana starts wiping the sweat off her forehead. DANA It‟s getting really hot in here Gary. GARY I know, it‟s a little intense. Gary looks up the stairs as the smoke gets thicker. GARY Let‟s go to the roof. DANA The roof? GARY Yeah, we can escape from the roof. I gotta think the cops are organizing some kind of rescue from the roof with helicopters. Or at the very least, we can get fresh air and be safe until they get this fire out. DANA Good idea, let‟s go. GARY Grab my hand so I don‟t lose you. Gary grabs Dana‟s hand and runs up the stairs with her. TOP FLOOR, STAIRWELL
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Gary and Dana make it to the top floor of the stairwell but they stop to catch their breath before approaching the exit door. Gary tries to lighten the mood. GARY All this running around is exhausting. DANA Well we‟re almost there. GARY Thank god. I don‟t know how much more of this I could take. DANA Let‟s get out of here. The smoke is getting too much again. GARY Right. Gary climbs up the final set of stairs on the top floor and approaches the door. He tries to open it but the door won‟t budge. GARY What the hell? Gary uses more force to try to open the door, violently tugging at it, but the door still won‟t budge. Come on! GARY Come on! Open the door!
DANA What‟s wrong Gary? GARY I can‟t. DANA Why not?
Gary looks at the door and notices that it is locked up with a heavy chain around the door knob.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Damn, it‟s locked!
DANA (in disbelief) No, No, No, it can‟t be?!? Dana paces back and forth on the stairs platform with her hands on her head. GARY (dejected) It is. Dana approaches the exit door and starts banging on it as hard as she can with her fists. DANA Let us out! Anyone on the other side? (looks at Gary) Don‟t just stand there, help me! Gary joins Dana in banging on the door as hard as he can. GARY Help! Help! Gary and Dana bang on the door for a good 10-20 seconds before Gary stops. GARY It‟s no use. I don‟t think anybody‟s out there. (pause) Damn, who the hell would lock the exit door! Doesn‟t that defeat the purpose of having an emergency exit? (pause) This is ridiculous! Dana stops banging on the door now too. DANA This is like a bad dream. Dana rests her head temporarily against the door, almost like she‟s giving up.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY More like a nightmare. DANA What are we going to do? Gary thinks for a moment as the smoke becomes thicker and more intense in the stairwell and both of them begin to cough heavily. GARY I don‟t know. DANA We have to do something fast, I‟m having trouble breathing. GARY Look around, is there anything metal around here, heavy, that I can use to try to break the lock? DANA I can‟t see, it‟s getting too dark in here. GARY Get on your knees, crawl around, see if you find anything. Dana and Gary both get on their knees and crawl around the stairs platform using their hands to guide them. After several seconds Gary‟s hands stumble across a metal pipe. GARY I got something! DANA You do? GARY Yeah, I think it‟s like a pipe or something like that. Gary and Dana stand up and approach the door again.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA God I hope this works. Gary starts hitting the lock with the metal pipe, each swing gets progressively harder, but the lock doesn‟t break. He stops after the fifth hit. Don‟t stop! It‟s no use. budge. DANA Why are you stopping? GARY The damn thing won‟t
The smoke has now almost completely enveloped the two in the stairwell. DANA Well? Dana and Gary stand silent for a moment as they both contemplate their fate. GARY Come on. Although it is completely pitch dark in the stairwell, Gary grabs Dana‟s hand and slowly leads her back down a flight of stairs. GARY (cont‟d) Watch yourself, take small steps so you don‟t trip on the stairs. DANA Where are we going? Gary walks her down a few flights to a door that leads to an office floor from the stairwell. GARY We‟re not getting out of here through the door to the roof, we‟ll just have to face that fact. (pause) We‟ll ride out the fire in an (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) office and wait for the good guys to arrive. CUT TO: INT. - OFFICE HALLWAY, ONE OF THE SOUTH TOWER‟S TOP FLOORS Gary opens the door and leads Dana into the hallway. A large plume of smoke follows them until he‟s able to close the door. Gary is still holding the metal pipe but throws it through one of the walls of the hallway in disgust and frustration. GARY Jesus! DANA Getting angry won‟t help us in our current predicament. GARY Sorry, you‟re right. Gary grabs Dana‟s hand again and rushes her down the hallway. GARY Come on, let‟s go barricade ourselves in an office. IN A WINDOW OFFICE Gary and Dana enter an office and close the door behind them. Gary looks around and spots a sports jacket sitting on a chair, he stuffs it under the door to block the smoke from entering the office. GARY That should help…at least for a while. DANA So we‟re just going to stay here?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY Yes, no other option. We‟re going to wait until the firemen show up. We should be safe here. (pause) Let‟s grab a seat. Dana and Gary sit down on the floor of the office. Gary rifles through a briefcase that‟s sitting on the floor next to him. He finds a granola bar in there. GARY (offering it to Dana) Granola Bar? DANA (chuckles) Sure. Dana takes the granola bar and unwraps it. DANA (cont‟d) Do you want a piece? Gary digs through the briefcase again and finds another granola bar for himself. GARY No thanks, I‟ve got my own. Dana and Gary sit there for a while quietly eating their granola bars. DANA We had a great time this summer, didn‟t we? GARY We did. DANA I‟m so lucky that I met a great guy like you. GARY I thank god everyday for having you in my life.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Dana speaks up again after a few seconds of silence. DANA I‟m sorry. GARY (perplexed) Why are you apologizing? DANA Because I was an idiot. GARY For what? DANA I like you Gary. GARY I like you too, but I‟m sure you‟re already well aware of that. DANA I really like you. GARY (surprised) Oh yeah? DANA Yeah. GARY Well that‟s great to hear. DANA I don‟t know why I over think so many situations and I don‟t know why I get so afraid of some things. Looking back it all seems foolish, especially now as we‟re sitting on a floor in an office hiding from a raging fire. GARY That‟s OK, everyone deals with things in their own way.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA Yeah but I feel like my reluctance to get involved in anything caused us to miss out on some great times that we could‟ve had together. GARY We did have some great times though. DANA We did, but we could‟ve had more and I guess it could‟ve been more intense. GARY Well, when we get out of here, let‟s do something about that. Let‟s kick things up a notch. DANA I would like that. (pause) I just regret how I was towards you. Here you were planning all this great stuff for us, taking me out on the town, treating me like a princess and I was probably giving you the cold shoulder more often than not. GARY Dana, it‟s fine. I understand where you were coming from. I should‟ve been a lot more supportive of you but I wasn‟t unfortunately. I was too selfish, I realize that looking back at everything. Believe me, I know that. DANA Yeah but we could‟ve spent the summertime walking through the park holding hands, snuggling on your couch on a warm summer evening watching a movie, traveling to a cozy Bed & Breakfast in New England for a long weekend.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (surprised) Wow, you‟ve really thought this through, haven‟t you? DANA I think most girls think about the story book relationship, I‟m no different. (pause) My problem was that I was staring in the face of the guy that could deliver all this to me for months and I never realized it until it was too late. GARY Don‟t say it‟s too late. DANA It might be. And I‟m losing faith the longer we stay in this office. GARY Don‟t think like that. We‟re going to get out of here. And when we get out of this, we‟re going to start a new life together. I‟m excited. DANA I am too. GARY Good, good. DANA It would‟ve been great to spend more time with your family too. I love your parents, your mom makes me laugh. She reminds me a lot of my own mom, only not as nuts, which is a good thing. And Laura is really cool; I could see us becoming good friends. GARY I could see that too. (MORE) You will
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) become good friends, I really believe that. DANA It‟s too bad. GARY Don‟t be too hard on yourself. I take most of the blame. I‟m sorry too. DANA What are you sorry about? GARY I always told you that I was a good listener and that I really wanted to understand you. But I failed on both accounts. DANA What do you mean? GARY I wasn‟t a good listener and I don‟t think I tried to understand you. As much as I thought that I might‟ve tried, I don‟t think I really tried. That‟s all on me. Life is tough and I really should‟ve helped you through things a lot more. I was too selfish. I should‟ve thought about you, and what was right for you, and how you felt more than I did. (pause) I mean, here I am saying all this stuff; how I‟m here for you, how I‟m listening to you. Then I go and try to pressure you into something? That‟s not cool. (pause) I mean Jesus, I‟m an idiot! DANA No you‟re not.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY But with all that said, I should‟ve shown you more respect and instead of screwing around, I should‟ve just come out and told you how I truly felt about you, instead of making everything awkward, you at least deserved that. DANA You pretty much did come out and tell me how you felt though. GARY I don‟t think I did it effectively. I was way too passive aggressive. I didn‟t have enough self-confidence to just come out and tell you things straight from the heart. I think I was just too afraid, afraid of rejection I guess. That‟s why I didn‟t put myself too much out there, I wanted to protect myself. In the end though it wasn‟t the right move. I blame myself for anything we might‟ve missed out on, but I do treasure the time we‟ve spent together, all of it. I‟m very fortunate. (pause) In retrospect, it does upset me a bit. I mean I‟m the guy that always tell people that life is about taking chances and in the end it was me that didn‟t take a chance. It was me that didn‟t take a chance on something that I really, really cared about. How‟s that for irony? DANA Not that this helps at all, but just to let you know, from the first night we hung out at Ulysses way back at the beginning of the summer I knew there was something about you, I knew you were different and I knew you were a great guy. Even (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) though you gave me the most awkward good-bye handshake in the history of goodbyes. GARY (laughs) What was wrong with my handshake? DANA Nothing, outside of the fact that it was friggin‟ weird. GARY I didn‟t know what to do though! I didn‟t really know you, that was our first night out. I didn‟t want to give you a friendly hug because I thought that‟d be too aggressive since I didn‟t know you that well, plus I generally don‟t like to touch people. DANA Really? GARY Yeah not a fan of touching people. I‟m not a germophobe, I just believe in not invading people‟s personal space because I don‟t people like invading mine. DANA Is that why you‟re always so awkward during goodbyes? GARY No, I‟m awkward during goodbyes because I‟m just an awkward person in general. DANA No you‟re not. GARY Seriously, I am. I like to tell (MORE)
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY (cont‟d) people that my life is a series of awkward events strung together. (pause) And you don‟t help matters. DANA What does that mean? GARY I‟ve told you before, you make me nervous, I don‟t know why, but you just do. So that just magnifies my awkwardness. It‟s probably because I like you so much. That‟s probably why I‟m so nervous around you. DANA That‟s cute. GARY I don‟t think cute is exactly the word I‟d use to explain it. It‟s more weird than cute. DANA I wish we had more time together. GARY Don‟t be like this, we will get out of here. DANA Even though I have complete faith in you, I don‟t know if we‟re making it out. GARY I‟m going to do whatever I can to get us out. DANA I know you will. Dana begins to cry as she realizes that hopes of an escape are dimming.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA (cont‟d) sorry, I‟m so sorry. I wish we more time to spend together in future and I‟m sorry we missed on a lot of things in the past.
I‟m had the out
Gary puts his hand on Dana‟s leg and rubs it to console her. GARY Hey, hey, hey, Dana. Don‟t cry. If you cry you‟re going to make me cry. DANA I can‟t help it. I‟m afraid it‟s all coming to an end. GARY Not if I have anything to say about it. Gary wipes the tears off of Dana‟s face. Dana stares into Gary‟s eyes. DANA I love you Gary. GARY I love you too Dana. Both of them lean in towards each other slowly as they are about to kiss for the first time. But right as they are about to kiss, there is a loud explosion out in the hallway that blows the internal window panes of the office out. Smoke quickly fills the office. Gary grabs Dana‟s hand and they rush out on the office into THE HALLWAY They look down the hallway and see flames shooting up the walls.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese They run down to the other end of the hallway towards a fire exit. Just as they‟re about to get to the door, the ceiling collapses in front of the door, debris falls and blocks their exit. GARY Damn, this isn‟t good. DANA Gary what are we going to do? GARY We‟re going to find an exit, don‟t worry. While still holding hands, Gary and Dana run down another hallway. In their rush, they separate hands and Gary ends up about five yards in front of Dana in the hallway. Another part of the ceiling collapses in the hallway and this time the debris hits Dana, knocking her to the floor. Dana screams out. Gary turns around and sees Dana fall to floor. Just as she hits the ground, a very large portion of the floor collapses halfway down to the floor below. Dana is covered in debris and is laying on the collapsed portion of the floor about six feet below where Gary is standing in the hallway. DANA (screaming) Help! Help! Gary rushes to the collapsed area and lays down on the floor. GARY I‟m here, I‟m here Dana! DANA Gary, why don‟t you just go? yourself. Save
Dana tries to crawl around the wreckage but she‟s too exhausted to move and she has too much debris on her.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY I‟ll never leave you. DANA Go Gary, leave! GARY Never. We‟re both getting out of here together. I will save you. DANA Thank you Gary. Gary carefully climbs down to the collapsed area and goes through the wreckage to get to Dana. He clears all the debris off of Dana, picks her up and carries her back up to the floor. Dana gives Gary a kiss on the cheek. Gary carries Dana down the hallway; both are bruised, bloodied, battered and covered with with soot. At this point fire and smoke is consuming both ends of the hallway. The heat is intense. GARY I don‟t know where to go. are blocked. All exits
DANA Gary, it‟s way too hot in here. heat is way too intense.
GARY I know, I know. Gotta find a place that can offer some relief from all this. While still carrying Dana, Gary kicks in a door and walks into a LARGE CONFERENCE ROOM Gary sets an injured Dana down on the huge conference table in the room.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Smoke pours into the room until Gary closes the door. Even though the door is closed, smoke is still entering the room through the cracks in the wall and the vents in the ceiling. Gary picks up a chair and begins to pound it against a window in hopes of breaking it to create ventilation. After about five times, the window finally breaks and with that he loses the grip of the chair and it flies out the window. He grabs another chair and breaks another window after several tries to create more ventilation. Gary leans out of the window and starts waving his arms in hopes of getting someone‟s attention. Gary notices several helicopters flying around the building in the distance. GARY I see some helicopters, maybe if they spot us they can fly over here and rescue us. Gary frantically waves his arms out the window. GARY (cont‟d) (frantically) Come on! Come on! Somebody see me, somebody save us! DANA This is insane. This heat is unbelievable. The two begin coughing more and more as the smoke fills up the room. GARY I know, I‟m not giving up though. DANA Is the building tilted? It feels like the building is tilting. After awhile, Gary stops waving his arms and brings his whole body back in from the window.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese He walks over to the door, opens it and looks out into both ends of the hallway. GARY The fire‟s getting closer, there‟s no escape anymore. He closes the door, walks back towards the window, puts his face in his hands and then dejectedly looks up to the ceiling. DANA Come here Gary. Gary approaches Dana, who is still sitting on the conference room table. She grabs his shirt to bring him closer and they share a long, passionate kiss finally. GARY I‟ve been waiting for this moment for four months. DANA Me too. After they kiss, they remain face to face only inches apart. GARY We have to figure something out. DANA It‟s over. GARY It‟s not over yet. Dana puts her hands on Gary‟s face. DANA Gary, the fire is almost here, you said it yourself there‟s no escape, it feels like it‟s 350 degrees. The cops can‟t see us and the firefighters can‟t find us. The building is leaning, it‟s probably leaning too much. It‟s over.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese GARY So what do you want to do? DANA I can‟t bare this anymore. Right now I just want a quick and painless death. Gary begins to cry. GARY No, no, no. DANA I think that‟s where we are now. GARY This can‟t be true, this can‟t be happening. We shouldn‟t be talking about death. We should be talking about life, our lives, our lives together. Dana begins to cry again. DANA Death comes to us all. Unfortunately it‟s come to us much earlier than it should‟ve. GARY Should we try to run through the flames though? DANA I‟m not going to make it through, I‟m hurt and those flames are everywhere. I don‟t want to get burned alive. GARY We don‟t have any other options. DANA We have one. GARY What‟s that?
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Dana points to the window. GARY (cont‟d) (confused) The window? What about the window? DANA We jump. GARY You know we‟re on like the 107th floor, there‟s absolutely no way we survive this, hell we‟ll probably die halfway through the fall. DANA But at least it‟ll be quick. (pause) I don‟t want to be burned alive, Gary I really don‟t want to be Burned alive, and I don‟t want to die of smoke inhalation, that‟s like being tortured. Gary paces around the room, running his hands through his hair as he thinks. GARY There‟s got to be another way. DANA There isn‟t. GARY Damn. DANA Let‟s jump together. It‟s quick, it‟s painless and we‟ll be put out of our misery. Gary goes up to Dana again. GARY Are you sure you want to do this? DANA No. But unfortunately it‟s our best option.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese After thinking it over for a few moments, Gary finally gives in. GARY OK, let‟s do it. The room is now completely filled with smoke. Dana is terrified and crying loudly, in the middle of her coughs. Dana and Gary climb up to the window sill and look out the window. GARY This is it. DANA I‟m so scared. GARY It‟ll all be over in a few seconds. We‟ll find peace again shortly and hopefully we can live together for eternity. DANA I hope so too. GARY I guess the silver lining here is at least we‟re dying together. DANA Leave it to you to find a positive in all this negativity. GARY That‟s me. I wouldn‟t want to die with anyone else by my side but you. DANA You‟re sweet. GARY Bye. The door to the conference room blows open from the pressure of the smoke and fire.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese DANA I love you. GARY I love you too. Dana and Gary have another deep, passionate kiss. embrace and hold each other very tightly. They
They end their hug but still hold each other‟s hand. GARY Ready? Dana takes a deep breath. DANA Yes. Gary kisses Dana‟s hand. GARY Here‟s to us in the afterlife. Both of them take a deep breath, then they both slowly put one of their feet out the window. While still holding hands; they lean forward and fall out the window, plummeting to their death. DISSOLVES TO BLACK SCREEN With the screen completely dark, a deafening rumbling sound occurs for 14 seconds which signifies the exact time it took for the South Tower to collapse. After a few seconds of eerie silence, there is a fade in to the final scene. TITLE OVER: January 2002 EXT. – STATEN ISLAND LANDFILL – DAY Workers are carrying small buckets of debris from the World Trade Center around the landfill and carefully emptying them onto large conveyor belts so that the debris can be sorted.
“9/11” Original Screenplay by Jason Wiese Several other employees are working along the conveyor belt sifting through the debris. One bucket is emptied onto the conveyor belt, among the debris is Gary‟s damaged brown shoes. A few more buckets are emptied onto the conveyor belt, the fifth bucket emptied contains Dana‟s damaged purple shoes. A worker along the belt picks up the shoes, inspects them then puts them back down on the belt. Dana‟s shoes make it to the end of the belt and they fall off into a big pile of rubble where they join Gary‟s shoes. After laying there peacefully for a few seconds, a bulldozer comes over, picks up the debris that includes both Gary‟s and Dana‟s shoes then drives over to a large hole and dumps it. Shortly afterwards, another bulldozer comes up and empties their debris. This debris covers up Gary‟s and Dana‟s shoes. FADE OUT
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