BRYCE: All I ever wanted
was for Juli Baker to leave me alone.
It all began in the summer of 1957,
before the start of second grade.
STEVEN: Here we are.
PATSY: Ha, ha.
- What do you guys think?
LYNETTA: I like this place.
BRYCE: It's cool.
LYNETTA: Uh, what color is my room?
Just you wait.
BRYCE: Let's see what's inside.
STEVEN: Hey, come on, buddy Bryce.
Why don't, uh, you and I
go help unload the van...
...and the womenfolk here
can get in the kitchen and start setting up.
Okay, Dad.
BRYCE: For me, it was the beginning
of what would be...
...more than half a decade of
strategic avoidance and social discomfort.
- Hi, I'm Juli Baker.
- Hey, hey, what are you doing?
Don't you want some help?
No. There's some
valuable things in there.
- How about this one?
- No, no, no.
Run home. Your mother's
probably wondering where you are.
Oh, no, my mom knows where I am.
She said it's fine.
BRYCE: It didn't take long to realize
this girl could not take a hint.
- It's crowded in here with three people.
- I don't mind.
BRYCE: Of any kind.
- You wanna push this one together?
Bryce, isn't it time for you
to go help your mother?
Oh, yeah.
I mean, nothing would stop her.

I was about to tell her to get lost
when the weirdest thing happened.
I couldn't believe it.
There I was holding hands
with this strange girl.
- How did I get into this mess?
PATSY: Well, hello.
- I see you've met my son.
- Uh-huh.
BRYCE: Finally, I did the only manly
thing available when you're 7 years old.
However, my troubles were far from over.
The minute I walked
into Miss Yelson's classroom...
Bryce? You're here.
...it was clear:
School would not be a sanctuary.
Hey, Bryce, where's your girlfriend?
I was branded for life.
Hey, Bryce,
why don't you ask her to marry you?
Bryce and Juli sitting in a tree
My first year in town was a disaster.
Look at them.
And the next three weren't much better.
But finally, in the sixth grade,
I took action.
I hatched the plan.
Sherry, wait up.
Hi, Bryce. Heh.
I asked out Sherry Stalls.
I was wondering if you wanted to go...
BRYCE: To full appreciate
the brilliance of this plan...
...you have to understand

that Juli hated Sherry Stalls...
...though I never understood why.
Sherry was nice, friendly
and she had a lot of hair.
At first, my mother wouldn't let me
get my ears pierced, but I begged...
BRYCE: The idea was that Sherry
would eat with me...
...maybe we'd walk around together,
and hopefully Juli would lose interest.
But I still can't get the hoops till I'm 16.
Oh, that's a shame.
So Melanie wanted to get her ears pierced,
but of course her mother said no.
So she threw a fit and smashed
her Johnny Mathis Greatest Hits album...
...and she got grounded, so now she can't
come to my pajama sleepover party.
Things were unfolding quite nicely.
What are you doing
for your science project?
BRYCE: That is, until my supposed
best friend, Garrett Einbinder...
...took an interest in Sherry himself.
I was thinking of showing how split ends
react with different hair conditioners.
That's fascinating.
BRYCE: Loyalty gave way to desire
and Garrett, the turncoat...
...told Sherry what I was up to.
She didn't take it well.
Word got back to Juli, and pretty soon
she started up with the goo-goo eyes again.
Only this time it was worse.
She started sniffing me.
That's right, sniffing me.
What was that all about?
My only consolation
was that next year would be different.
Junior high, bigger school.
Maybe we'd be in different classes

and it would finally, finally be over.
The first day I met Bryce Loski, I flipped.
It was those eyes,
something in those dazzling eyes.
You wanna push this one together?
JULl: His family had just moved
into the neighborhood...
...and I'd gone over to help them.
I'd been in the van all of two minutes
when his dad sent him off to help his mom.
I could see he didn't wanna go.
So I chased after him to see if we could
play a little before he got trapped inside.
The next thing I know,
he's holding my hand...
...and looking right into my eyes.
My heart stopped.
Was this it?
Would this be my first kiss?
- But then his mother came out.
- Well, hello.
JULl: And he was so embarrassed,
his cheeks turned completely red.
I went to bed that night thinking
of the kiss that might have been.
I mean, it was clear he had feelings for me,
but he was just too shy to show them.
My mother said boys were like that.
- So I decided to help him out.
- Bryce? You're here.
JULl: I would give him plenty
of opportunity to get over his shyness.
By the sixth grade,
I'd learned to control myself.
Then Sherry Stalls entered the picture.
Sherry Stalls was nothing but a whiny,
gossipy, backstabbing flirt.
All hair and no substance.
And there she was...
...holding hands with Bryce. My Bryce.
The one who was walking around
with my first kiss.
My solution was to ignore her.
I knew a boy of Bryce's caliber...

...would eventually see through
a shallow conniver like Sherry Stalls.
It took all of a week.
They broke up at recess.
She didn't take it well.
Now that Bryce was out of Sherry's
evil clutches, he started being nicer to me.
- Hi, Juli.
- Hi, Bryce.
He was so shy and so cute...
...and his hair,
it smelled like watermelon.
I couldn't get enough of it.
I spent the whole year
secretly sniffing watermelon...
...and wondering
if I was ever going to get my kiss.
Seventh grade brought changes, all right.
But the biggest one
didn't happen at school.
It happened at home.
My grandfather came to live with us.
Mom said he stared like that
because he missed Grandma.
That was not something Grandpa
would ever talk about with me.
As a matter of fact, he never talked
about much of anything with me.
That is, until Juli appeared
in the local newspaper.
- Oh, Bryce. May I speak with you?
- What?
Have a seat, son.
Tell me about your friend Juli Baker.
Juli. She's not exactly my friend.
Oh. Why's that?
Why do you wanna know?
BRYCE: Now, Juli Baker did not
wind up in The Mayfield Times...
...for being an eighth-grade Einstein.
No, she got front-page coverage because
she refused to climb out of a sycamore tree.
Juli Baker and that stupid sycamore tree.
She always thought it was God's gift

. Bryce and Juli sitting in a tree. he does landscapes. Climb up a tree with Juli Baker.a thing. You're just visually challenged. My dad needs me to help him fix. Bryce. . BRYCE: "Visually challenged"? "Visually challenged"? This from the girl who lived in a house that was the joke of the neighborhood? They had bushes growing over windows and weeds all over the place. I would agree. People say they're beautiful. Bryce.Like that's valuable information.. Oh. It bugged my dad bigtime. yes. Sells them at the county fair. The bricklayer who thinks he's a painter.. I'd be dragged right back into the second grade. That truck's not ugly enough in real life? He's gotta make a painting of it? No. thanks. It's fun. Hey.to our little corner of the universe. there he is. . . BRYCE: That's all I needed.I hate it when she does that.. I think the tree looks particularly beautiful in this light. Wanna come climb the tree with me and my brothers? No. Come up here. BRYCE: I can't. JULl: It's three blocks away. I feel sorry for you. I like to think there's at least a chance the bus won't show. . Don't you? If by "beautiful" you mean "unbelievably ugly.You can see everything." then. One block away.. Why don't you just make me eat lima beans for the rest of my life. Two blocks.

but they only have three at a time.Yeah.. Shemp and Curly Joe.. I'm this close to calling the police. Yeah. yeah.of her blow-by-blow traffic report. But why do we have to be unhappy? BRYCE: As annoying as the yard was to my dad. come up here with me. ..if he'd do a little landscaping on that piece of crap he calls a yard. I hate Curly Joe. bus. BRYCE: Every morning we had to listen to the sound. bus. MAN: Listen. Because of that..... They won't cut it down if we're all up here.. girl..Landscapes? Let me tell you something. Curly. fine.Bus.. You are trespassing and obstructing progress on a contracted job. Why do they call it The Three Stooges? . he shouldn't even be a Stooge..Yeah. . Larry.I mean. GARRETT: What's going on? MAN: Either you come down. . there's five of them. JULl: You guys. there's Moe. .or we're gonna cut you down.What? Well. She married a dreamer. . ..it was nothing compared to how annoying Juli Baker was in that tree. . JULl: Three blocks away... . one of the two of them will always be unhappy. . WOMAN: There you go. You know. I mean. They wanted to cut down her tree.. PATSY: I feel bad for his wife. BRYCE: Juli was frantic. JULl: Two blocks.. The world would have more beauty in it.

a girl like that doesn't live next door to everyone. I'd like to.. hey. Or the morning after that. I mean. . Well..and she's pushy beyond belief. . BRYCE: I told myself I should be glad about it. Well.. . no. I was gonna tell her I was sorry. but you'd never know it. bro. GARRETT: Leave her. . but then I thought. Read this. isn't that what I'd always wanted? But still..meant so much to her. Why? That girl has an iron backbone.. please.that's the last thing I needed: Juli Baker thinking I missed her. Bryce? You'd have to know Juli. Without prejudice. Juli wasn't at the bus stop the next morning. . Is that so? And she's been stalking me since the second grade. JULl: Bryce. CHET: Why isn't she your friend. She was at school.Little Joe? He's got so much makeup on. BRYCE: But I wasn't about to cut school over it... BRYCE: Like I needed to know anything more about Juli Baker.. . Why don't you invite her over sometime? An iron backbone? She's just stubborn. Lucky them.... BRYCE: I felt bad for her.I couldn't understand why that mutant tangle of gnarly branches. GARRETT: Come on. I felt bad for her....He doesn't age.

Bryce Loski? What do you mean? Nothing.when I was up in the sycamore tree. But you put them all together. uh. And the higher I got.. ..... flowers. I do? Mm-hm.. JULl: I didn't really understand what he was saying until one afternoon... I loved to hear him talk while he painted... Would you mind explaining it to your mother? JULl: I loved to watch my father paint.What? . It was a long way up.I see why you like to come out here. What does that mean? A painting is more than the sum of its parts. Or really. My mistake. I learned a lot about my dad that way.. Just that you.. Then one day he surprised me. Oh. ... . ..talk about him all the time. But what about him? .You have to look at the whole landscape.like how he got his first job delivering hay and how he'd wished he'd finished college. I guess it's something about his eyes. I don't know.and it can be magic. And the sun peeking through the trees is just a beam of light. Why would you even think that? No reason. He told me all sorts of things. A meadow by itself is just grass. higher than I'd ever been. okay. I was rescuing a kite. . What's going on with you and.. A cow by itself is just a cow. Or maybe his smile.

...when I heard a noise below. One morning I was making mental notes. Why? . I can't..The tree? ...But who told you. Hey. I sprained my. I'm sorry.. what are you doing up there? You can't be up there. Hey..the more amazed I was by the view.. um. . you should come up here.. Some days I would get there extra early to watch the sunrise.. I couldn't stop breathing it in. ..setting fire to the clouds on the horizon. Excuse me.Yeah.. That's a bus stop.moved from my head to my heart. Some days the sunsets would be purple and pink. that became my spot.... And some days they were a blazing orange.... you found my kite. but you can't park there. I have a rash... It was during one of those sunsets that my father's idea.of how the streaks of light were cutting through the clouds.so I could tell my dad.... Excuse me.. It's so beautiful. I began to notice how wonderful the breeze smelled. Like sunshine and wild grass.The owner.. . Now come on down. you could cut it down? .filling my lungs with the sweetest smell I'd ever known. JULl: From that moment on. just looking out at the world. Bryce. . . .... we're gonna take this thing down. .. I could sit there for hours. .of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. .

Sweetie. . Listen. You guys. . please don't let them do this. No view is worth my daughter's safety. . . It seemed like the whole town was there. Oh. . and this tree's in the way. come on. You just can't. I'm not coming down.. Please. Cut me down. It's time. please.but nothing seemed to matter. or we're gonna cut you down. sure. Go ahead. Bryce. Daddy. it's time to come down now. I'm this close to calling the police. Please.. JULl: What happened after that was a blur. it's time to come down.You can't cut it down.Daddy. But still I wouldn't move. You are trespassing and obstructing progress on a contracted job. I can't. Daddy. Then my father showed up. Julianna. Now either you come down. You don't have to come up this high. Come on. come up here with me. Bryce. Bryce. I must've cried for two weeks straight. You can see everything. I'm never coming down. you guys. Now. They won't cut it down if we're all up here. girl. . Bryce. He talked a fireman into letting him come up to where I was. Sweetie... please. please don't let them do this.. JULl: And that was it.. Just a little ways.So come on. we got work to do. I went to school and did the best I could.He's gonna build a house. girl. look. You can see the whole world from here.

.Huh? Do you know the answer? Uh. No. And I wondered.. [BAND PLAYING ROCK MUSIC] ... I mean. ... I saw the day that my view of things around me started changing.but I was looking for the area of a rhomboid. until one day in Skyler Brown's garage.. That is. it wasn't just a tree.. I couldn't stop thinking about it.when my feelings about eggs were solidified... And once I could look at it without crying.. .... did I still feel the same things about Bryce? BRYCE: I've never been a huge fan of eggs...and the last thing I saw before I went to sleep. I could always just take them or leave them. .. Dad. rhomboids and isosceles right triangles.TEACHER: Juli? .didn't seem so important. I rode my bike so I wouldn't have to pass by the stump.I saw more than the tree and what being up there meant to me.. I never want you to forget how you felt when you were up there.. [KNOCKING ON DOOR] Are you okay? It was just a tree. .. But no matter what I did.. .. the Peloponnesian War? I'm sure that's the answer to something.. [CHILDREN LAUGH] JULl: Somehow. Thanks.. JULl: It was the first thing I saw every morning. .that used to be the earth's most magnificent sycamore tree.

. Guys. how do you think he's gonna digest that? . I'd wake up just in time. MATT: That is so neat.. BRYCE: I tried to be casual about it. Bryce? Yeah. but it didn't take.there was certainly no place for them in my diet. if a slimy reptile found them appetizing. [SHELL CRACKING] Eggs over easy. hey. gross. LYNETTA: Ugh! Gross. man. You haven't seen the best part. ... I started having bad dreams.Stomach acid? . Wait... Here he goes. think of all the time you'd save. gross. MATT: Oh. had formed a band. I mean.. that's so cool. So. wait. [KNOCKING ON DOOR] Then the real nightmare began.Hey.. I'd be trapped inside a huge egg. Wait. She doesn't even have to chew. Matt and Mark. Hi.and this monster would open his jaws and start to devour me. everybody quiet.. Brycie. And Lynetta would watch them practice. Bryce. Gross. . Neat.. I brought these over . huh.. BRYCE: He and Juli's brothers. I think it's gross. BRYCE: I could've gone my whole life not knowing that snakes eat eggs raw... BRYCE: I mean. How about that. hey.You'd like to think that. Edna's found her breakfast. Gross. She had a major-league thing for Skyler Brown.if it hadn't been for Lynetta.

.How could I forget? BRYCE: It was classic Juli Baker.. . JULl: Oh. WOMAN 1: Kids. I lost. BRYCE: But hey.. ...What? You remember Abby and Bonnie and Clyde and Dexter and Eunice and Florence? . I mean. I don't care. .. Maybe they got it de-yodeled.breaking out of their boring shells.but what if we crack one open and a dead chick falls out? Do they have a rooster? If they don't have a rooster the eggs can't be fertile. I think it was very sweet of Juli to bring us those eggs. The whole neighborhood would know. Yeah. And if they had a rooster. .. she won. I'm still having cereal tomorrow... it's hatching. WOMAN 2: Oh. . her project was all about watching boring eggs hatch. WOMAN 2: Here it comes.My chickens are laying eggs. . They were delicious.The ones I hatched for the science fair. I've never been one to dwell. WOMAN 1: It's hatching.. BRYCE: But that didn't mean I had to eat her lousy eggs. And get this. Yeah. that's all well and good. She totally dominated the fair.and all anyone cared about was Juli's boring chicks.. we'd know. I think the last one's hatching. well.. come over here. . how do we know there's no chicks in one of those eggs? I used to eat farm-fresh eggs when I was a kid.for you and your family. here I had a live-action erupting volcano.

Over here.And around their neck too. it looks like a chicken. . . [MIMICS CHICKEN] I know you are. Shh. chickens have the rubbery red stuff too.That shouldn't be too hard to spot. [CLUCKING] BRYCE: Is that a rooster? GARRETT: No. Just not as much. What the hell are you talking about? Like they de-bark dogs. Longer feathers..I don't think that. BRYCE: I can't see the stupid chickens..Come on. ... They've got that red stuff growing out of their head. BRYCE: See what I mean? Expertise. come on. come to think of it. . . Just talk to her and find out. GARRETT: We gotta get them out of the coop. BRYCE: Garrett's expertise in roosters.Shh.I'm not afraid to talk to her. but what am I? ..Bryce. Although.was the cornerstone of our plan to avoid contact with Juli Baker.You afraid to talk to her? . The balance of which involved spying over her back fence. why don't you just ask Juli? ."De-yodeled"? You know. De-cock-a-doodle-doo'd. shh! .Okay. a rooster's bigger. Bryce. ..Mm-hm. LYNETTA: What? . . How can you tell? It just does. .Shh.Well. How do you tell if one's a rooster? .

come on. The question is: Is one of them a rooster or are they all hens? BRYCE: Hens? Who said anything about hens? Then it hit me. . guys.Huh? .Do roosters strut? . JULl: Here.Oh. .Yeah. guys. . . I'm proud of you. .Yes. JULl: What are you doing? . Of course they're all chickens.. none of them are strutting. they do. .Yeah. Well.What? Juli. What does that have to do with anything? They're all hens.Roosters strut? JULl: Come on.You overcame your fear. Yeah.What did I just say? JULl: Here.. It's no big deal. Go on. Garrett didn't know jack shit about chickens. She's a genius.You talked to her. . . they're all chickens. JULl: Here. . GARRETT: Plus. A rooster's a chicken.Here.What did I just say? How can you tell? . hardly any of them have any rubbery red stuff. They're definitely all chickens. You're both genius.Well.There's no rooster? . Bryce. . That's what she told you? They're all chickens? Yeah. there you go. Go on. the main thing is the eggs are okay.. guys. They're all chickens. heh.

. But I didn't wanna hurt her feelings either.Give them back? To Juli? . Salmonella. You talked to her before. Wow. we're allergic to them or something.. Gross..It's not very likely. even a seventh grader would know that entire families aren't allergic to eggs. It's all mud and chicken turds. Until one week later. what do I say? Tell her we don't eat eggs.. .Why take the risk? What do we do with the eggs? Give them back. BRYCE: It didn't feel right to lie. Ew.. . Brought you some more eggs.Sure. There's not even any grass. Besides. right? It didn't kill you. why not? Have you seen their yard? It's. Well. use your brains. There was no way I was ever gonna eat anything.Did your family like the first batch? Do you even have to ask? Great. Bryce. And thus another near-death experience.Thanks. Hi.. I'm not eating them... See you at school. Uh.that had anything to do with Juli Baker. BRYCE: What I hoped would be .It's all settled. Do you suppose they could have salmonella? . Come on.. So that left me with only one option.. . BRYCE: Not for me.in my ongoing saga with Juli Baker had been successfully avoided. .. . Well.

What are the odds? This year's top prize goes to Juli Baker.. Let's try the other ones. Brubeck first suggested hatching eggs as my science project. And that was cool. intrigue and deception. . Thanks..or was I just afraid of her? Now.. Every morning I'd be on the lookout for Juli.. . Give them to the snake"? Was I really afraid of hurting her feelings. There were.. JULl: My mom wasn't crazy about us raising chickens.. There you go. . . TRINA: Wow. JULl: When Mrs.. I could whip the door open before she knocked.. Heh.was just the beginning of a life consumed with lies.......That's the embryo.It does. On the day of the fair.I was less than excited. . BRYCE: Then I'd dump the eggs before anyone noticed. guys.. . ..for her wonderful project: "A Chicken is Born. There you go.. but all I really cared about were my chicks. All the eggs were alive.so if she happened to come. Is that it? . little bean babies inside every one. Don't need them.." JULl: I won first place. Don't want them.It looks like a bean. thanks.... like. And why? Why couldn't I just face her? Why couldn't I just say: "No. That is. . JULl: Suddenly it felt real. until I saw my first sign of life..a one-time event. you wanna make sure you get it. all six chicks hatched.

it was the least I could do.Really? . . Clyde. . that wouldn't be the end of the world. Bye. Then I realized that Mrs... Loski deserved eggs too. frying and deviling. Mrs.Certainly. She had been such a good neighbor.. .You bet.But I begged and pleaded. .. Mrs.. we were being overtaken by eggs.. I told her I would take care of everything. dear.. . I'd be happy to buy them from you.. What's wrong. my egg overflow problem was solved. Steuby.like that movie The Blob.but after a month of boiling. STEUBY: Hello. Besides.. my hens laid more eggs than we could eat. baby? Come here. Helms. . . JULl: Between Mrs. Where's Clyde? Clyde? Hey. lending us supplies when we ran out.giving my mother a ride when our car wouldn't start. You're Clydette. if I happened to run into Bryce.. Helms would be interested as well.. But I didn't think it would be right to charge her. Come here. At first we tried to keep up. And I did. Then opportunity in the form of our neighbor. . And I happen to know that Mrs. dear..Thanks. Steuby.Nothing like fresh eggs. .. Steuby and Mrs. What's the matter? Are you okay? Aren't you hungry? Come on.Great... Hey. you're not Clyde. Mom! JULl: As it turned out. If you ever have any extra. .. knocked.

You know. After all. I know. Maybe it was time I started riding the bus again.. I got a few moments alone. See you..Huh? .with the world's most dazzling eyes. Maybe I'll do it later. The cans are in front. . neither rain nor sleet.and I was just starting to feel normal again.. So. I better get ready for school. Right on schedule.. well. "Thanks. Hey. It doesn't look so bad anymore. the mailman thing? Oh. It's pickup day. You need some help? No. JULl: It was a bargain. um... didn't he just tell me he wanted me to? Could it be that Bryce Loski actually misses me? [DOOR OPENS] Juli? What are you still doing here? I was just thinking." And in return.. Until the day it wasn't. . Are those my eggs? . Juli. Well. Juli.. . Bryce. JULl: Maybe Bryce was right. Right.I realized Bryce was waiting for me.. It was two weeks after the sycamore tree was cut down. See you at school.. Yeah. . will you start riding the bus again? I don't know. Waiting to pull open the door and say. I haven't been up there since. JULl: By the third time I brought eggs over to the Loskis. It's all cleared away. See you at school. um.. Guess I'll see you there. Thanks... Juli.Hi..

I didn't know. I mean. ..They do? . How could you? I'm sorry. . covered in turds. look at your back yard.. Then one day I was coming home from playing basketball with Garrett. That's not true...that I'd been a jerk. Now. you won't hurt them.. Why are you throwing them away? Don't you want them? It wasn't me.Yeah. I clean up after my girls every day.and things got weird. BRYCE: My grandfather.. All I ever saw him wear was slippers. where did he get those work boots? I couldn't stop looking over there.. Steuby and Mrs... The way she ignored me was a constant reminder. CHET: Don't be so timid.for a whole set of new ones. Mrs. I dropped them. Helms pay me for my eggs. Yeah. My dad didn't think it was worth the risk. JULl: Like this? CHET: Yeah. that's it. It was actually worse having her mad at me than having her annoy me. . It's a complete mess. Juli.that I'd traded in my old problems with Juli Baker. It's. .. No..They pay me 60 cents a dozen... like. .. They're not broken. BRYCE: It didn't take me long to realize. you're not. We just didn't wanna hurt your feelings. .. Have you always thrown them away? You know. Come on. What? He's afraid of being poisoned? Well. Risk? What risk? Salmonella..

My grandfather had gone into town to buy some Bengay. look. My grandfather had already said more to Juli in one hour... Juli told me about the eggs. Maybe it's all for the best. Finally. BRYCE: When it came to holding a grudge.than he'd said to me in the whole time he'd been living with us. Bryce. son. And what was his deal with Juli Baker? [KNOCKING ON DOOR] Hi.. .one's character is set at an early age. the madder I got. I'm sorry for what I did. .. . I was pretty sure I'd never seen him laugh... Sir? It's about honesty. Why didn't you just tell me? I don't know. . Sometimes a little discomfort in the beginning. I just don't get it.. Chet did most of it. It was dumb. She'd always find some way to duck me. I mean.. I'd hate to see you swim out so far you can't swim back. BRYCE: It's looking real good.. Grandpa was always there with her. Grandpa. It wasn't right. either. Thanks. Juli Baker was truly impressive. Bryce.can save a whole lot of pain down the road. All week I tried to approach her at school. I guess the yard work was starting to get to him....And the more I looked. one Saturday I saw my opening. And whenever she was in her yard. I learned so much from Chet. And I shouldn't have said anything about your yard. it's amazing. You know.

. Is that girl working you too hard? That girl's name is Juli. Demo? Like they know how to make a demo. huh? Steven. I don't even have grandparents anymore. He misses your grandma. I guess I'll see you around. she isn't working me too hard. .. Something about her spirit.I'm late. But he meant it in a nice way. I feel sorry for him. .. I guess so. I know the type. . Good luck with the grass. That's what I said. Where you going and why you dressed like that? Skyler's.. Thanks. . no. Yeah. . BRYCE: Yep.at least the eggs thing was finally behind me. Oh. .Be back by 11. I'm sure it'll come up great. The first time in months I could truly enjoy Bonanza. . . Matt and Mark are bringing over recording stuff and they're gonna make a demo.You don't even know them. Everything was back to normal.Don't talk to me like that.What? ... And.I don't have to. You've developed quite a soft spot for her. Can you believe it? He says I remind him of her.You're lucky. Well.You don't know anything.I know. . [BONANZA THEME PLAYING] BRYCE: While Juli's acceptance of my apology was not all that I'd hoped for.

Goddamn it.No. It has nothing to do with chromosomes. he would've been a perfect little baby. Dad.It's okay. he had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck. . . . When Juli's uncle was born. Just wanna find out why your father has the energy. If he'd had enough oxygen. Mr. The landlord's supposed to maintain it. They don't own that house. You know why the Bakers haven't fixed their yard? Yeah.No.Steven. If you had a brother with a severe handicap. what would you do? What the hell does that have to do with anything? Juli's father has a retarded brother. It was a joke. Of Renee? Heh.. just like your son... Either way. it's not okay... it's not our fault that their family has some chromosomal abnormality.. You know. So what? He's not the gardener... .. I don't know where their pride in ownership is. because he's too busy with his paint-by-numbers kit. is he? Heh.. Baker puts every extra penny he has into caring for his brother. . That's ridiculous.and they manage to mow their own lawns. Chet. Don't they have government facilities for that sort of thing? Maybe they thought that a private facility would be better for him.. . STEVEN: Ha-ha-ha. . other people have family troubles. Juli reminds him of Grandma.to befriend a complete stranger.when he won't throw a baseball around with his own grandson.. Patsy.

... the doctor who delivered you was on the ball and got it untangled. Luckily.. that's not fair. And the way she talked about .. . Must've been a spectacular view. wasn't it? Yeah. And when you do. The way my dad was talking.Patsy? Patsy? PATSY: Leave me alone! [DOOR SLAMS] Sorry about that. Baker's shoes.... BRYCE: Flat.some in gloss.. [CHUCKLES] This is where that tree was. ...your mother could be standing in Mr.. glossy.. . Why is Mom so upset? Because.. You can't condemn him for something he hasn't done... She's quite a girl.. .nothing will ever compare. Some of us get dipped in flat. iridescent? What the hell did that mean? Juli Baker had always just seemed plain to me. But every once in a while. . sounds like he would've thrown me in a nuthouse. .Wanna go for a walk? ....some in satin.but for the grace of God. Now. no.. Until now. ..but it easily could've gone the other way. Bryce.Huh? I find it helps clear the mind. Did her brother have the cord wrapped around his neck too? You did.. What would they have done with me? You can't dwell on something that might've been... No..you find someone who's iridescent.....

ooh-ee. Who in junior high talks like that? This weird feeling started taking over in the pit of my stomach. how much can grass seed cost? I could plant a lawn. MARK [SINGING]: What's your name? . I knew we weren't rich. I could even put up a fence.Yeah. The landlord should be the one . .What? . Speaking of projects. That's your money..to be held above the earth.. that's a major undertaking. JULl: I'd never been embarrassed by where we lived before.No. . And it was time to get a grip. I was thinking it might be cool to fix up the yard. I was slipping.and I didn't like it.I mean. until Bryce Loski called our home a complete mess. . but I didn't feel like we were missing anything.what it felt like to be up in that tree. That is.. ooh-ee JULl: I had to do something and I knew what it was. [SINGING] What's your name? [BOTH SCATTING] [ALL LAUGHING] . man.Oh... Honey. brushed by the wind. That's a wonderful project.. maybe some flowers.[SINGING] What's your name? [IN UNISON] Is it Mary or Sue? What's your name? Do I stand a chance with you? It's so hard to find a personality With charms like yours for me Ooh-ee. . you're sounding really good.I could pay for it with my egg money. . ... I also never really thought about money. We'll record it in Skyler's garage.

I care. Our daughter is suffering because we won't fix up our own yard. It's not our yard. Because our yard is such a mess. It's okay. Well. maybe we should start thinking about what's right for us. I'm tired of having to borrow Mrs. A boy doesn't come up with that on his own.taking care of all this. I'm tired of living like this.Yeah. I'm tired of having to take temp jobs just to make ends meet. But it must have been a family discussion.. Steuby's vacuum cleaner. who cares? . Let's not get into this. No. But he doesn't.every time ours breaks down.just to keep the door shut. Do you think this is the life I pictured for us? Sometimes you have to sacrifice to do the right thing..Who cares what they think? .. RICHARD: Trina. Dad. Bryce did. Did Patsy say that? No... .. And we live here.. And it looks so bad. sweetheart. .and for 12 years we've been saying it's temporary. How can you say that. . . What's going on? Nothing. but it's not. . You can tell us. The Loskis have been throwing away my eggs because they're afraid of salmonella. Richard. We always end up agreeing that Devonhurst is the right thing for Daniel. Richard? How? We've lived here for 12 years..... I'm tired of having to push a chair up against the washing machine. Jules..

... Julianna. .. My mother talked about how much she loved my father. Sorry it's taken me so long . I wanted to think the reason I started working on my yard.. It was about making our house better. I promise.How dare you! Stop it.. . I felt sorry for my father.and how he promised his parents he'd always take care of him. Dad! Please..she whispered that of all her many blessings. JULl: That was the first time I ever heard my parents really yell at each other. I'm sorry. We'll work this out. . I'm sorry about tonight. why should I care what he thought? But I did..for his strength and kind heart. When she kissed me good night.. We are not moving my brother. just stop. But most of all.. Is it wrong to wanna live somewhere you can be proud of? To have enough to send your kids to college? Maybe it's time we considered government care. He's more important than your own children? ... I felt lucky for me that they were mine. I felt sorry for my mother.had nothing to do with Bryce. I was her best..Dad! .This is our home. I'm Chet Duncan. this is not your fault. . After what he did with the eggs.. Are you pruning that or trying to hack it to death? Hi.. JULl: That night they each came into my room. My father talked about his brother and how much he loved him.. Bryce's grandfather.

the one person I couldn't seem to place was Bryce. .. He knew exactly what it meant.. He said it was the same with people. Of all my classmates..to come over and introduce myself. I would've said .. yeah. we talked.... Chet was right. I started looking at people I'd known since elementary school....but sometimes with people. but I don't know. You remind me a lot of her.. Mr. Duncan. Nice to meet you.. . JULl: He wanted to know more about the sycamore tree.I don't need your help. Renee? My wife. Listen. the whole could be less.Perfect. If you're here because of what Bryce said. Chet. Read about you in the paper. these are Hicksii shrubs. Call me Chet. I thought that was pretty interesting. Renee would've sat up in that tree with you.about the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. that's what I was thinking. These will prune up nicely.. She would've sat up there all night.. . yeah. Do you think it would look better to take them out? Oh. ... And the whole time we worked. JULl: We worked on the yard for weeks. A lot of them were less.Right there? . . Until recently.trying to figure out if they were more or less than the sum of their parts. So are you trimming all these to the same height? Well.

what purpose does this serve? Trina Baker is a very nice person. Oh.. We're going to invite the Bakers over for dinner. Something we should've done years ago. Thanks. you know.those dazzling eyes.for the first time. . than the sum of his parts. Yeah. Mom. Careful what you wish for.. If this is about what I said last night. I just don't get it. but we didn't. I'm sorry for what I did. Can't we just have a barbecue? It's going to be a sit-down dinner.. It's looking good.. And now we can't.. . .I hate cool... Patsy. The statute of limitations has run out. Why didn't you just tell me? JULl: Was he really sorry? Or was he just saying these things to make himself feel better? Then I thought maybe I just wanted him to be more than the sum of his parts. Just shoot me now.. far greater. . Juli.I don't know. . God. ..I was pretty sure that Bryce Loski was less.that he was greater. . But now I wasn't so sure.What? . And I expect everyone to dress accordingly... BRYCE: So that was it. Bryce.. I'm sorry. We're having the Bakers over for dinner.. I think that's a marvelous idea..And Matt and Mark are really cool. having them over for dinner is not gonna fix his brother. .with absolute certainty. It's going to be a sit-down dinner. But as I looked into his eyes.. Nice job.. Chet did most of it. okay? But.

BRYCE: Another disaster avoided. See. There's no bee...Or should I say your best? Ha. What's this? Whoa. I had to put Juli out of my mind. but I can explain.Hey. Okay. And that made seeing Juli at school more uncomfortable. . My life had become a minefield. sit-down dinner with Juli Baker was in my immediate future. If I didn't do something fast. Can we just talk about it later? Whatever you say. . It's not what you think. . My weakness was unnerving.You ever heard of knocking? . Dana Tressler caught me watching.. Keep the focus on the important stuff like schoolwork. GARRETT: Hey. man.Get out.A dress-up. GARRETT: Hey. ha. I need your sharpener. what you got there? Dad's Playboy? None of your business. . There was a bee in her hair.Hey.. BRYCE: I convinced myself I'd dodged a bullet. . BRYCE: . And the way her hair fell back over her shoulders. .she looked just like the picture in the newspaper.Hey. It flew out the window. this could spread like wildfire.Give my best to Miss October. I can't explain.You're disgusting. . . Okay. I found myself staring at her in class. man. there it goes. it is what you think.

. Why not Garrett? Maybe he could help me get back on track.but I couldn't be around him.Yeah. what do I do? Well. But all that came out was: Heh. Um...You got it bad. Yeah. I don't think I do. . I didn't care what they thought. I can't stop thinking about her.They're not? . A retard? Well. Tell him that he didn't know Juli like I did.. . and I insulted her yard.I had to talk to someone. oh. My dad lets himself sleep in.Well.You feel guilty because of the egg thing. man. . you gotta nip this in the bud. I wanted to yell at him. Exactly. . Her dad's got a retarded brother and all their money goes to helping him. That's what's weird. that ought to tell you something. JULl: Sunday mornings are peaceful in our house. What are you saying? The apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Are you freaking mental? Juli Baker. These aren't real emotions. Of course.About Juli. . Right. Garrett was surprisingly sensitive in matters of the heart. . And standing right next to him across that line was my father.About what? . . BRYCE: I was supposed to go to Garrett's after school. shoot. I liked Juli Baker.Right. BRYCE: I couldn't believe it.. the place is a dump anyways. You hate her. He'd crossed the line. I'll talk to you later.

I wanna come.Thanks.. Dad. It's my daughter. We'd better leave a note for your mother.To see Daniel. . Dad. JULl: In all the years.My mother lets herself not fix breakfast. Daniel? Daniel.that were starting to creep back in. You really did it. It takes some getting used to.. but I didn't care. But this Sunday. . . I had to do something to shake off the confused feelings about Bryce. who? Who? Who? Who? Richard. listen. it's Julianna.you won't even know they're around till noon.Proud of you. I don't know why. I wanna come with you. I'd never visited my Uncle Daniel.Where you going? . Julianna. Dad. I woke up feeling weird. who? Who? Daniel. Richard! You're here! Richard for my birthday. Daniel... Somehow the silence seemed to connect us in a way that words never could. We didn't say much to each other on the drive to Devonhurst... Okay. Sometimes. I'm coming. Who? Richard. . It's his birthday.. I just liked being with my dad. honey. just enjoy the morning. with Daniel. The residents tend to the grounds as part of their therapy.. Your niece. Oh. didn't you? Heh. though. They're good people. . It was always something my dad did alone. Sweetheart. If my brothers have been out late playing with their band. No... . stay with your mom.

Richard. no. Yes. Uncle Daniel. . Daniel! Daniel! Leave it. . We have a present for you.I do like ice cream.I know you like ice cream. A puzzle? A puzzle. It's my birthday.Ha...Yeah.. . . A pinwheel! Thank you. Richard! It's my birthday. Richard! . Outside? Outside. I have your pictures. Julianna. Ice cream on the floor. Julianna.It's okay. Would you go get him another cone? . No. McEIliot's. All right. no.. Ugh! . Aw. . Okay.I need ice cream. Richard? Not just a puzzle. Orange. .Happy birthday. Daniel doesn't like ice cream. wait. It's my birthday. . Got it? . Richard. [LAUGHING] Lollipop. .Here you go.All right. Richard? You wanna go outside? All right. Richard! Ice cream. . we'll go to. Richard.. I have your pictures. It's my birthday. Ha-ha-ha. A puzzle and a. we can't. come on. Ice cream. .. wait.pinwheel. .Ice cream. Daniel.Ah! Here you go. .. It's my birthday! Ice cream.Ice cream! Oh. I'll get y. You like it? Oh! .I'm only kidding. My ice cream.Ahh! You love ice cream. uh. DANIEL: Ice cream on the floor. Richard.We'll walk out there for an ice cream. Daniel.My ice cream.

. . everything looked the same. okay. Daniel acted like nothing had happened.Richard! . But I never really understood it until now. JULl: On the walk back.Here we go.. Birthday ice cream. .Hey.Okay. He hasn't done anything like that.Stop! Stop it! . When we got home. it became too difficult.Hey. Daniel had always been just a name to me. How'd it go? I'm glad I went. I'm so sorry. there you go.I need it! .. my dad told me that Uncle Daniel.Stop it! Stop it! [YELLING] . Before today. JULl: I'd often heard my father talk about how difficult life was for Daniel.Heh. Trina.. [DOOR CLOSES] [RICHARD SIGHS] . Richard.. it's Sunday. What are you doing mopping the floor? Patty Loski invited us over for dinner Friday night. But after a while.Ice cream! Aah! .Yeah. I've got some ice cream. That's good.. But it wasn't. JULl: On the ride home. I'm glad you went too. Now he was part of the family. Other way. .used to live with him and Mom before we were born. Orange. . Other way. . RICHARD: Shouldn't she be mopping her floor? Or did she ask to borrow ours? [CHUCKLES] .

. she insisted.Where? I saw him sneaking off with Garrett. . GARRETT: Are you freaking mental? .but I could see it meant a lot to my mother..when reality interrupted. . Oh. Even our friend Sal Monella? Richard....Did she invite all of us? TRINA: Yes. All right. she said she felt really bad that they hadn't invited us before. I'm telling you. yeah? In science. I caught him staring at you.. Come on. after all these years? Well.. JULl: I wasn't too thrilled about dinner with the Loskis..Come on. that boy is lost in love land. I wondered what my grandparents had gone through having a son like him. My thoughts kept running back to Daniel.What? He's got a big crush on you. Why. We'll go. .and apparently they want to get to know us better. He said it was because there was a bee in your hair.Nervous energy.. .. . Is that the lamest cover-up or what? Maybe there was a bee.. The only bee you're attracting is B-R-Y-C-E. . [BELL RINGS] At school the next day. . And I think it would be really nice. I couldn't seem to concentrate. What are you talking about? Bryce Loski does not have a crush on me..Bryce Loski likes you. she did.. And you wanna go? Well.

I can't stop thinking about her. BRYCE: About what? GARRETT: About Juli. BRYCE: What are you saying? GARRETT: The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.. GARRETT: Yeah.. BRYCE: I wanted to look good for Juli. I don't think I do.Juli Baker.These aren't real emotions. GARRETT: Exactly. It's okay. Mom. . JULl: And it was. heh. I was sure I no longer liked Bryce Loski. The place is a dump anyways. my friend. You hate her. I thought. Right. BRYCE: What do I do? GARRETT: You gotta nip this in the bud. man. GARRETT: A retard? Well. . BRYCE: I'll talk to you later. BRYCE: Her dad's got a retarded brother and all their money goes to helping him. Yeah. and I insulted her yard. that ought to tell you something.And why aren't you dressed? . BRYCE: That's what's so weird. GARRETT: You got it bad. BRYCE: Oh. Because now my confusion was gone. It's fine. I'm sorry. GARRETT: Okay.I'm going. BRYCE: Yeah. are you trying to make the Bakers feel totally worthless? I want it to be nice. BRYCE: They're not? GARRETT: You feel guilty because of the egg thing. .

they're here. guys. Lynetta. How are you? We should've done this a long time ago. . This is a cool place.Hi. . MATT: You gotta hear this new song we wrote. not ever. CHET: And I say you can.Hey. RICHARD: But what you're proposing.This is my dad. Hi. looking good. A very fine line. Come on down. Coming! Hey.What is this? Homemade pie? Yes. .. I heard you and Garrett making fun of my uncle in the library.My boys are telling me that. . Yeah. nice to finally meet you. Come on in. .But I didn't want her to think that I wanted to look good for her. [DOOR BELL RINGS] PATSY: Bryce. PATSY: Come in. Steven.. company's here. so it's not possible. . Steven. I'm glad you could make it. And I don't wanna speak to you. . I'll show you my room. Let's take them to the kitchen.Hi..Nice to meet you too.Hi.. . it's pecan and blueberry cheesecake. Hey. . It was a fine line.would require a perpetual-motion machine. . Come on. Not now.. LYNETTA: Coming! . it's all right. big guy. I'm Lynetta. come in. MARK: It's so good. come on in.There goes the waistline.. You look nice. STEVEN: Hey.

BRYCE: I had to sit across from Juli for an entire dinner.Steven. I know it. and they were talking about perpetual motion. everybody. Lynetta! Dinner! Juli. what Garrett said. Well. So instead you just agreed with him and laughed. dinner's ready. And how did Juli know about all that stuff? Come on. I mean. Did you know it was wrong when he said it? Yeah.. . My dad was right. STEVEN: Yeah. [COUGHING] Wrong pipe. can I talk to you? It was wrong. .If you had two opposite charged poles with a neutral conductor. Juli. I wanted to punch him. We should have barbecued. Thanks. BRYCE: Perpetual motion? Here I was. Then that makes you a coward. . [TRINA LAUGHS] I'm telling you. I can't get him to do a thing around here. I know. you did a really nice job on your yard. But we were in the library. Chet was a big help. the neighborhood is really coming to life. We are just all so thrilled to be here. dying inside. May it be the first of many. You gotta tell me your secret.. that new house is taking shape. Yeah. we couldn't be happier. I just want to say how wonderful it is to have you share a meal with us.I kid.

Some people thought that tree was the jewel of the neighborhood. um. Oh. You don't like high school? . uh. . they have.. if you want. They've actually been accepted. You still play? . Yeah. huh? Yeah.Well. Matt. BRYCE: I wanted to say that a lot of people liked that tree. They did a bunch of demos and they're really cool. When Steven and I first met.Which one? You know. Lyn..Not for us. he was playing in a band. thank God. Matt. you can come jam out with us sometime. that's good. we're gonna give music a shot first.. I didn't want to go against my dad.. well. but I didn't.Really? .Yeah. Thanks. . the one where they cut down that big ugly tree. .. High school was the best time of my life. their band is really boss. Mark...Cool. it's a possibility. you. You played in a band? He was a wonderful saxophone player.You kidding? STEVEN: No. So. Uh.. But. there's no accounting for taste. Really? Well. l.. no. You guys are. So college is probably out of the question. they are very talented.Yes. . huh? No. Ah. gonna be graduating soon. we've had enough of that scene. Well..Oh. .at several places already. Mark. . .

.. .. I'm sorry I was so angry when we first came in. I thought they were very nice young men.Hoodlums. Until she was about to leave.the quieter my dad got. BRYCE: The more Matt and Mark talked about their musical exploits. That's not me anymore. wait for me. BRYCE: I knew I wasn't forgiven.What? How you think they can afford all that recording gear? Steven. Those boys were nothing like I expected. Juli didn't say a word to me. . It was like I wasn't even important enough to hold a grudge against. . But through it all. . See you. PATSY: Have you boys ever performed in front of an audience? MATT: A lot of times. Heh..but underneath he seemed really sad.Hey..No.. Patsy.. He tried to plaster on a smile now and then. I mean. Well. BRYCE: The rest of the evening was painless enough. . Republicans fought like crazy against the New Deal. Never even looked at me.. I think they're a delightful family. for chrissake.. . Your mom was really nice to invite us. But my parents didn't like him at first. BRYCE: Her apology made things worse.. Do you know how expensive it is to record a demo? They're probably stealing hubcaps. please. Don't be so naive. I think everyone had a good time. You can't just make an accusation like that.

.. let's go. What is the matter with you? Go to hell. He hadn't taken my side about the tree.. but this was different. TRINA: Juli.. And now I realized he was just mad at himself.... Please hold these.. . ... When my mother called that it was time to go...I was out of hers. Steven.. more accurately.. . Bryce had never been a friend to me... But why? Juli called me a coward.. Or... Baker's paintings. . .... As I lay in bed that night.. I need to check my hair really quickly one more time.You are such an asshole. ever. What difference did it make? Juli Baker was out of my life. ..I found myself staring at the painting my father had given me.. stop! STEVEN: Nobody talks to me like that.and he made fun of me at my uncle's expense.he'd thrown away my eggs. . we're late! JULl: I went out with every intention of telling her that I wasn't going to the Loskis. .... JULl: As I was getting dressed for the Loskis' dinner party. Don't you talk to me like that.I thought about how my dad always looked down on the Bakers.and became furious all over again.in my own house! PATSY: Stop! BRYCE: I'd seen my father angry before.. Was it possible my dad was a coward too? I didn't know.. And how he'd called them trash and made fun of Mr.

Your hair is perfect. I didn't know these people at all. boys. Loski was clean and smooth on the outside. I felt strong... JULl: But that didn't mean I had to be nice to Bryce.. No fireworks. . Here. not ever.. At dinner it struck me that we were sharing a meal with a group of strangers.Yeah. .no flutters. my gosh. neutral... We'd lived across the street from the Loskis for years.... And it felt good to no longer care about Bryce Loski. See you. Ooh! Oh.and she'd gone to so much trouble over the pies that I couldn't.. what a disaster. no leftover anger.You okay? . And I don't wanna speak to you. BRYCE: The dinner with the Bakers had taken its toll on me. hold one...I won't have you hold it.. . all I felt was detached.but except for Chet. . Let's go. .. in control. I told Bryce what I thought. . Not now..and I was determined not to talk to him for the rest of the evening.. Oh. nothing. JULl: I went to bed that night feeling peaceful. . . Mr.but it seemed like there was something rotten buried just beneath the surface.. Okay..I don't wanna hold it. . JULl: It felt good to take charge. God.. and you hold this. By the end of the evening. .. I was grateful that I had the family I had.Really? JULl: But she looked so happy..

it didn't diminish the horror of being Basketboy number nine.Bryce. Welcome. .. ...So? .. Yes. each of us comes with a lunch in a basket. Bryce.What are you doing here? . It was a long shot..Then the annual school fundraiser arrived. . everyone... There he is.What are you talking about? . man. BRYCE: As comforting as it was to be Garrett's idol.. And my only hope was that a giant tornado would destroy the school before the event.. Are you nuts? Sherry dumped Mitch because of you.to this year's Mayfield Boosters Club Auction. . ..but let's not kid ourselves. I don't care. .. . No.. She and Melanie are having a bidding war over you. .Sherry is breaking up with Mitch... . This was a beefcake parade.. I was a Basketboy. ... To fully appreciate the humiliation of being a Basketboy.20 of Mayfield's finest young men.... What? Two of the hottest chicks are fighting over you.. . my idol. Listen.you need to know that the chosen few are auctioned off in front of the student body. One word.Juli's in the third row. Bryce. ....and I found myself with a whole new set of problems.. you won't believe this. you're a dead man... You're my idol. I'm serious. Once again we are pleased to present... technically.So she's got a wad of cash..to the highest-bidding females.

.. ..... Come on.Peanut-butter-and-banana sandwich.. McCLURE: And now.and what looks to be a tasty bean dip.you'll not only be getting the handsome Mr.Bull-true.and his hobbies include stamp collecting and the yo-yo.Fifteen. here we go. . Sold for $15.. . Do I hear 10? GIRL 1: Ten. Hughes.. I saw her counting it by her locker. we have.. when you bid. onion dip.Bullshit.. McCLURE: Anybody? BRYCE: Or in Raymond Hughes' case.. GIRL 3: Ten.. Okay.. . McCLURE: Sold. .Ten dollars... Raymond's on the chess team. GIRL 2: Ten.a lovely chicken-salad sandwich. the lack of bidding. .please give a big Mayfield School welcome.Raymond Hughes...Five. and. And a big slice of cherry pie. Excuse me. McCLURE: Sold. ...you'll also be enjoying... GIRL 4: Fifteen. . Oh. BRYCE: Juli with cash? What did this mean? Was it possible she was gonna bid on me? First up..... who will start the bidding at $5? BRYCE: Thus began the bidding. Very good. McCLURE: Sold.. .to your 1963 Basketboys. Remember... ... . ...... .

BRYCE: How could she bid on anyone? Sold to Juli Baker.Fifteen. Do I hear 10? BRYCE: Juli Baker was bidding on Eddie Trulock? McCLURE: Okay.Thirty-five.Number eight is Eddie Trulock. Well. Bryce likes to play baseball. Bryce. BRYCE: All I could think of was Juli. .. SHERRY: Twenty-five.Ten.Twenty. that's more like it. BRYCE: Now only Eddie Trulock stood between me and the auction block. McCLURE: Step up. Better late than never. Ha. . McCLURE: Oh.. Bryce Loski. I wasn't interested in his hobbies or what was in his basket. BRYCE: How could she bid on Eddie? McCLURE: Eight going twice. McCLURE: Let's start the bidding at $5. BRYCE: I knew I was supposed to step forward. .Five dollars. JULl: Eight dollars. it appears the bidding is underway. . . wait until l. Eight dollars. don't be shy. well. [APPLAUSE] Next is Basketboy number nine. ha. 8 going once.. but I couldn't move. . McCLURE: Oh. McCLURE: There you go. MELANIE: Thirty. McCLURE: Anybody? BRYCE: What if she did bid on me? What if she got in a bidding war with Sherry and Melanie and lost out? McCLURE: No bidders? BRYCE: I was contemplating the horrors of this when. Eddie is a member of the debate team..

.Juli. Oh. McCLURE: Oh. ... BRYCE: Because less than 20 feet away from me was Juli. Wh. BOY: Bryce. . We're going up to the lake. Here I was. what do you wanna talk about? I don't know.What? What's going on. .Fifty. Fifty going twice. BRYCE: It's strange. Lunch is really delicious.. .. perpetual motion? Do you know anything about that? Perpetual what? BRYCE: I don't know what came over me.MELANIE: Forty. My dad has a cabin there. my. She's laughing. It was like I was possessed or something. Bryce. What was she laughing about? How could she sit there and laugh and look so beautiful? Bryce. An all-time record.and I was miserable. Fifty dollars....and you get the most outrageous tan. having lunch with the hottest girl in school. are you all right? What? What are you staring at? Nothing. Can we not talk about tans or food? Well. Fifty going once. you didn't even make it to first base. My Juli with Eddie Trulock. did you hear me? This is a really delicious lunch... the boosters will be very grateful for such a generous donation. I gotta talk to you. Bryce. stop it. Sold to Miss Sherry Stalls for $50. Bryce? What are you doing? Bryce. ..

I'm sorry. Completely. [KNOCKING ON DOOR] TRINA [OVER PHONE]: Hello? Oh..all I could think of was Juli. Garrett. [DOOR BELL RINGS] Please. wait. I'm sorry. Baker. JULl: Monday morning. know-it-all nuisance.I completely don't understand! We're talking about Juli Baker here. .What's the matter with you? . But I'm afraid she's locked herself in her room.. Mrs. . Juli! Juli! Juli.. Is Juli there? TRINA: Oh.. ha. I had to find a way to show her how I felt. if you're gonna be like this. Bryce. Can we talk? Juli! . good. Hi.Leave me alone. have you flipped? What's the matter with you? You know what. Mrs..You wouldn't understand! . Bryce..Yeah. Baker. BRYCE: I tried to go to bed early that night.but I couldn't sleep. .. The coop-poop babe. Nightmare neighbor. Juli doesn't wanna talk.. I gotta see her. I don't need the association. Shut up! Hey. I watched her house from my window for hours. . . . heh. Ha. You get a date with the finest girl on campus and you blow it for Juli. because neither do I. And I realized Garrett was right about one thing: I had flipped.Well.GIRL: I'll kiss you. neither do I! BRYCE: As I walked home with the dirty dishes clanking inside my picnic basket.

Bryce Loski's not my main dish. Hello.. . My strategy suffered a setback when I ran into Mrs.. . I'm gonna pay you. Don't be ridiculous. Liz.. . Julianna.. I don't want that. I could feel myself backsliding about Bryce. Steuby. Macy. okay? .when Dana Tressler forced Bryce back into my brain. number nine. If I left my money at home. It was simple. Steuby. [CLUCKING] On the morning of the auction. You don't have to... Bryce Loski was no longer in my life. . . staring at my egg money.Oh. [GIRLS CHATTERING] JULl: That afternoon... STEUBY: Julianna. Mrs.. I'd leave temptation with it. Dana. . .I'm over him.. dear. your main dish..but I keep missing you in the morning. But why should I care if Sherry liked him? I shouldn't even be thinking about him.. you're sticking to your diet. The list is out.as I made my way into school. There he is. I needed a strategy..I'm glad to hear it. I found myself. I had to rise above this. without even knowing how it happened.. I'm so sorry it's taken me so long to get this to you. I was on edge.It's not a diet. Juli. I found myself obsessing about the Basketboy auction. Because rumor has it Sherry's already staking her claim on him. The list is up.I was deciding which of the Everly Brothers I'd rather marry. Sherry? Sherry Stalls? Oh.

No. [SIGHS] It's okay. Fifteen going once.Mrs. I hear you're planning to bid on Bryce.Fifteen going twice. no.. . Eddie Trulock was called.. It's true... I don't want it. .... okay? I don't even like him anymore. JULl: The auction seemed to fly by...and model-airplane building. I don't care.but seeing Bryce walk out in his jacket and tie. And now. McCLURE: Eddie is a member of the debate team.I don't want that. And I'm not bidding. JULl: I could say I didn't care all I wanted. No big deal. . that'll be the day.. Steuby. .to your 1963 Basketboys. Oh. You'll look great. And his hobbies include fishing. I don't want pedal pushers... . dear. Number eight is Eddie Trulock..Bye. will you all give a big Mayfield School welcome..Mrs. . I want you to go out and buy yourself something festive.. Pedal pushers.set my head spinning again. Sold to Macy Taylor for $15. waste your money on him. JULl: Before I knew it.How much do you have? . Yeah.. Someone saw you with a wad of cash this morning. ha. Steuby. It's okay. I'm not.. .It's none of your business.. Go ahead. .holding that picnic basket. . Ha. JULl: Which meant Bryce was next. . What? Who told you that? No. ... Just pretend like I don't have it.I'm going to pay you. .. .

. ...I hear you like building model airplanes. because Bryce was right behind him.... .Yeah.while the boy I mooned over for half my life.Exactly.. To kiss me. No. JULl: How did this happen? Was it because I felt bad for Eddie? Or was it because I couldn't trust myself with Bryce? As I made my way to the multi-purpose room. Hey.. about to have lunch with Eddie Trulock. My father and I just finished a Russian MiG-19. But not like this... I wanna thank you for bidding on me. Here I was.. Eddie was saying something about intake valves.when out of nowhere. This will be fun. . What are you doing? JULl: He was going to kiss me. JULl: I tried to give Eddie my full attention. MiG's first supersonic fighter. McCLURE: Sold to Juli Baker for $8. I wanted to. McCLURE: Nobody? Eight dollars...Why isn't anyone bidding? He's so nice. .. Bryce stood up and marched straight towards me... .Who will give me $5? . It was made in 1955.. . It was touch-and-go there for a while..I contemplated the startling turn of events. But it was difficult. All my life I've been waiting for that kiss. .. Juli.was going to share a meal with my mortal enemy. Not this way. I gotta talk to you. Tricky because the cockpit was recessed.

. In front of everybody. .... Sweetheart.. TRINA: Julianna? Julianna.maybe you should talk to him.. just for a minute! JULl: Why didn't he understand that I just wanted to be left alone? BRYCE: Please! JULl: After two days.. Bryce stopped.when I heard a noise in the yard. I thought my lungs would burst. And I thought it was finally over. I gave him permission. Bryce tried to kiss me. what's he doing? Juli. Then. . Sweetheart. He even snuck around the house and tapped on my window. BRYCE: Juli! Please. He did? In school. I was coming into the front room to read. ...you can tell me. I can't. [SCRAPING] Hey. I gotta see you! Come on out. Permission? Permission for what? . And knocking on the door. It's probably him.I pedaled home so hard.. He kept calling on the phone.. I can't. [KNOCKING ON DOOR] Honey? What's wrong? I can't. please don't get it. one afternoon. [DOOR BELL RINGS] Mom. [RINGING] JULl: Bryce wouldn't leave me alone. calm down..

.. we started. He's gone. How could my father let him do this? Bryce knew I was there too. BRYCE: When she walked out of the door.. How could anybody. But he wouldn't be for long. McAULIFFE: Juli.. As we stood there. And I knew that Bryce Loski was still walking around with my first kiss. RICHARD: I told him he could. .. JULl: But why? RICHARD: I told him he could. have wanted to run away from Juli Baker? JULl: He looked at me with those eyes.we never really talked. It was a sycamore tree. I could tell from the shape of the leaves. Do you need some help? Yeah..and the texture of the trunk. A tree? He's planting a tree? Is it a? JULl: I didn't really need to ask. JULl: But that day.. can we talk? CARROLL: What's going on? .He's digging a hole. BRYCE: And I knew we'd be talking for a long time. JULl: It was torture seeing him dig up my grass. . REINER: Let's do it from the beginning again. I realized that all these years. Those once again dazzling eyes. ever. You ready? And action. I thought back to the first time I saw her..

Juli. ha. Because she wanted the kiss the entire time. Can't be Giggleville... . You can't be giggling during this. You gotta be serious about this. Bryce. REINER: Let's do it again. ha! And then I leave? Ha.REINER: And. It's a near kiss.where we almost kiss.. McAULIFFE: We don't actually kiss. .Serious....and says.. what are you doing? Mm... . [BOTH LAUGHING] CARROLL: . I had to wait until he got there and then I'm like: Oh. REINER: And action. it was so embarrassing. Okay.. then when I try she runs. McAULIFFE: Sorry. God. CARROLL: It's supposed to be we're talking. I was kind of confused when I read that. here we go. No giggling.. Ha. Stop it.. CARROLL: He gets up and. I try to kiss her and then she runs out. It was really hard.. walks towards me. I gotta talk to you. "Can I talk to you?" And he grabs me and he goes like: And then I have to run away.. [McAULIFFE & CARROLL LAUGH] REINER: Oh. CARROLL: The scene where we're doing the Basketboy thing. God.. CARROLL: Okay. . that one was so hard. like.and he comes up and tries to kiss me. REINER: God. Oh. But we kept laughing..

REINER: And cut... Then Madeline was trying to not laugh. .. my gosh. That was really fun to film but it was really awkward as well.What are you doing? ..I'm sorry. . ha.. Bryce. MAN: Okay. stop." Bryce.. CARROLL: That was so weird.I tripped on the cloth. It was so funny. picture's up..It's too funny.Ha. like. I had to have Callan. Oh. .. It was so embarrassing.he told Madeline and I that my look when I was trying to kiss her was like: Show him your face.. I thought the sniffing hair was weird.Why are you smiling? REINER: Cut. McAULIFFE: One of the kids. He was off camera.. . CARROLL: It was so hard not to laugh. . ha.. coming towards you and you're supposed to be serious. .but that was really weird. .. I'm like. It was so hard to keep a straight face. when I had to sniff his hair in one scene.. And we had all the really nice extra kids over there.who ended up being chosen by Juli at the Basketboy thing...... "Ooh. who played Eddie Trulock.and they were saying. you didn't even make it to first base.. Ha. [ALL LAUGH] You see. Bryce. . Just turn around. . BOY 1: Bryce.. McAULIFFE: I had to run out after and I'd stay there for a bit after she'd run away. "Turn around!" What are you doing? Stop.

Good. Good. Rob. make-out artist. "Try it like that!" Because he's in the other room.No. "What?" It was so funny. right?" Then we did the scene and he's like: "Okay. Cal. I'll kiss you." REINER: Cal? . That was scary.Ha. I'm like. I was like. Okay. my gosh. GIRL 2: Hello. l r boy. . . gosh.Good one. . MAN: He's kidding. Oh. REINER: And cut. right? We're not. I'm just like: And I looked at Callan. That was so embarrassing. . They got me really good. BOY 2: Nice job. Very good. ha. my mom and dad put him up to it. . Bryce. this time I want you to actually kiss her. I'm kidding. Sometimes Rob will yell a direction.Oh. ha! MAN: What? CARROLL: My face drained. like. "We're not gonna kiss.GIRL 1: Hey. Callan. .Yes? REINER: On this time.Ha. I want you to really kiss her. CARROLL: Who put you up to that? But the sad thing was.