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9 “Goin’ Bowlin’ Part 1” by David Polk
2. RECAP We Recap events from Previous Episodes, ending on Cara telling Dallas that she loves him. TEASER FADE IN: EXT. DONAHUE HOME - DAY Gale Donahue, Mathilda Weiss and DARYYL BANKS (37) the construction foreman (from Episode One) are looking at an area of land at the back of the house. DARRYL Mrs. Donahue, this is a pretty big house already. I’m sure we could expand off an existing room. It’d cost a whole lot less and we could almost certainly get it done in the timeframe you’re looking for. GALE It has to be a stand-alone cottage, Darryl. I want my mother to feel as though she’s still at her home in Texas. Can’t you do that, Darryl? DARRYL Of course we can do it, Mrs. Donahue. It’s just, well, three months is a pretty aggressive timeline. GALE The Coach and I have every confidence in you, Darryl. And don’t you worry about the cost. It’s my mother. Now, if you’ll excuse me. You and Mattie can work out the details. She leaves. Darryl looks at Mathilda.
DARRYL (holds up the blueprints) Miss Weiss, please, you’ve got to talk to her. Nobody can do this in three months. MATHILDA I’ll talk to her...
3. DARRYL (relieved) Thank you! MATHILDA But don’t count on her changing her mind. You’ll proceed as planned until you hear otherwise from me. She offers him a half-hearted smile then leaves. DARRYL Women. INT. INDOOR PRACTICE FIELD – DAY Phil Elliott is going through a passing skeleton drill with his receivers. Bull Heffernan, Bob Garcia and receivers coach ROMEO DUMARS (30) watch. Phil arcs a perfect 35-yard pass to a RECEIVER on a fade route. BULL (calling out) Nice touch, Elliott! That’s the way to lay it in there! DUMARS He’s no Achilles, but if you give him time he does throw a pretty ball. GARCIA Don’t count on him getting much time against that BYU front four. INT. HOSPITAL (MRI ROOM) – DAY Achilles undergoes an MRI. INT. DELTA HOUSE LIVING ROOM – DAY Suzy Johnson and Riley Yamaguchi are telling a story to a group of captivated pledges. SUZY And then he made the Pi Phi’s buy beer and nachos for the whole team!
4. RILEY You should’ve seen the look on Greg Maynard’s face! She makes a face and the girls bust up laughing. SUZY No, what you should have seen was Achilles. (bites her lip) Mmmmmmm. Damn he’s hot! Any time, any way you want it, baby! The girls suddenly fall silent. RILEY Valerie. Suzy turns into Valerie Kim’s ice-cold stare. SUZY (nervous) Hi, Valerie. VALERIE You ladies don’t have anything better to do? PLEDGE #1 Sorry, Valerie. ALL PLEDGES Sorry, Valerie. VALERIE (looking at Suzy) Ladies, if you came to college to be a slut you should have pledged Gamma. INT. WEST EGG – DAY A popular hole in the wall breakfast joint. Lindsay comes in. He spots Cara waiting for him at a table, gives her a big smile. Her eyes belie her nervousness. He kisses her before sitting down. LINDSAY Did you order yet? CARA No. I haven’t.
5. A WAITRESS comes over. Lindsay’s about to order when:
CARA (to waitress) Can you give us a minute? Sure, Cat. ready. WAITRESS Just wave when you’re LINDSAY What’s up, Babe? CARA Lindsay...I’m sorry. LINDSAY (charming smile) Apology accepted. Now, what is it you’re sorry about? CARA I don’t think we should go out anymore. LINDSAY (laughs) What? Cat, if it’s about that girl at State, you have to believe me, nothing happened. We were both stoned out of our minds and I didn’t touch her. I didn’t even grab her ass, I swear. CARA I believe you, Lindsay...Remember when you asked me if I was sleeping with Dallas. Well, I lied. As the words sink in, Lindsay’s face reddens.
6. ACT ONE INT. CAMPUS BOOKSTORE – DAY The bookstore is packed with students. Hawai’i Bowl and Sea Devils paraphernalia is plastered everywhere. “I got laid in Hawai’i” t-shirts and Achilles’ No. 10 and Cole Seavers’ No. 44 jerseys are the hottest selling items. Cole, Dallas Morales and Pete Mitchell check out the shopping frenzy from the “Used Books” aisle. PETE Shit, I’ve got more sacks than you Seavers. Why aren’t they buying my jersey? COLE ‘Cause I’ve got sex appeal and you don’t, Mitchell. PETE Shit, man, I got sex appeal coming out of my ass. DALLAS That’s incontinence, shit for brains. PETE Incontawhat? Dallas spots Cara leaving the store. DALLAS Catch you guys later at the Hoz. Cole sees Cara, shrugs. EXT. CAMPUS BOOKSTORE - DAY Dallas comes up behind Cara. Hey, Red. DALLAS Wait up. Where you off to?
CARA Ethics study group over in Wyndham. Final’s tonight.
7. DALLAS I’ve got some time. I’ll walk over with you. CARA Dallas...do you mind? Not today. Okay? He understands. She offers him a small, sad smile. Kisses him softly on the cheek. He watches her walk away. INT. ACHILLES’ APARTMENT – DAY Lindsay’s playing his electric guitar unplugged. He’s composing a song. Something about love gone horribly wrong. Achilles comes out of the kitchen with a microwavable cup of ORGANIC OATMEAL. ACHILLES (frowns) You know I can’t stand that crap you call music, but man that’s really bad. LINDSAY (stops playing) Did you know she was going to dump me? ACHILLES Which one? Lindsay looks at him, serious. LINDSAY You’ve been spending a lot of time with her lately. She say anything about us? ACHILLES You know how it is with the Lesbot and me. She doesn’t care about my feelings and I sure as hell don’t care about hers. You bang all kinds of chicks so it shouldn’t matter much, right? LINDSAY She says she loves that guy on the team, Morales. What do you know about him?
8. ACHILLES Believe it or not, offense and defense don’t mix that much off the field. LINDSAY I really fucked up, A. Cat’s the best piece of ass I’ve ever had. ACHILLES (incredulous) Really? LINDSAY Like a fucking porn star. I guess it’s really true what they say. You don’t know what you’ve got ‘til it’s gone. Hey, A, you think I can get her back? ACHILLES (stuck on porn star) Cara? INT. DONAHUE LIVING ROOM – SUNSET Gracie’s trying her best to be a proper young lady. Her hair is as perfect as Fantastic Sam’s could make it, her makeup passable, her dress well-fitting but showing too much cleavage. J.R. sits next to her on the sofa, holding her hand. Gale sits across from them poised, regal. GALE So, Grace, you’re a senior at Central? GRACIE Yes. GALE What are your favorite classes? GRACIE Um, well, I like History a lot. GALE I always enjoyed History when I was in school. What else? GRACE Well, uh... J.R. She’s really good at Math too.
9. GALE Math? Really? GRACIE (covering) Johnny...Yeah, I guess I like Math too. GALE Johnny? J.R. Yeah, we think J.R.’s sort of, well, babyish. GALE But, Sweetheart, it’s your name. J.R. It’s what you and Dad call me, and that’s okay. But my friends don’t have to call me that. GALE You don’t think your friends should call you by your name? J.R. Well technically, Mom, my name’s John and Johnny’s just ano... GALE I was there when you were born, Sweetheart, and I filled in the birth certificate. I think I know what your name is. Technically. GRACIE J.R., your mother’s right. What people call you is important. A lot of people think my name is “Grace”, but my mother actually named me Gracie. It’s on my birth certificate, “Gracie Leigh Wellington.” GALE What does your mother do for a living, Gracie? GRACIE She works quality control at the Boeing plant in Egan.
10. GALE And your father, what does he do? J.R. and Gracie stiffen. They saw this one coming.
GRACIE Well, um, he hasn’t really been around much, not since I was around 11. GRACE I see. END ACT ONE
11. ACT TWO INT. BRADLEY HALL (CORRIDOR) – SUNSET Students move busily through the corridor on their way to classes. Valerie stands outside a classroom appearing to read a NOTEBOOK. Achilles comes down the corridor, sees her and slows his pace. They exchange a long look as he approaches, then he continues into the classroom across from where she’s standing. Valerie waits, sighs, closes the notebook, and walks away. INT. CLASSROOM – NIGHT Students are finishing their Ethics exam. Professor Elyse Johanssen, the cool, attractive blonde from Episode One, walks slowly up an aisle. When she reaches the front of the class she turns to face the students. Their heads are down, writing away. All of them but Achilles. He’s looking at her, his pen down, test booklet closed. She smiles almost imperceptibly at him. Five minutes. your work. ELYSE Please begin wrapping up
Cara puts her pen down and closes her booklet. She looks at Achilles, who shoots a smug grin her way. She smirks at him and scratches the tip of her nose, using her middle finger. INT. CLASSROOM – LATER Students file past Elyse’s desk handing in their exams. Achilles drops his off. ELYSE I hope you read each question carefully, Achilles. I threw in a few twists. ACHILLES Read them twice, Professor. sure I caught those twists. ELYSE (a pretty smile) Enjoy the break, Achilles. out of trouble in Hawai’i. I’m pretty
12. He walks away. Cara drops off her exam next. ELYSE Thank you, Cat. INT. BRADLEY HALL (CORRIDOR) – MOMENTS LATER Cara walks behind Achilles. CARA (mocking) I’m pretty sure I caught most of the twists. ACHILLES (keeps walking) Don’t hate, Lesbot. She catches up. CARA I saw the way she looked at you. You’re schtooping Professor Johannsen aren’t you? Schtooping? is that? ACHILLES What kind of fucking word
CARA It’s Yiddish and it means fucking, Einstein. ACHILLES Oh, I see, I’m getting a better grade in Ethics than you so naturally I’m “schtooping” the professor. Couldn’t be that I’m just smarter than you? CARA (laughs) What fantasy world are you living in, Einstein? ACHILLES A pretty nice one if I’m nailing Professor Johanssen in it.
13. CARA Asshole. They continue down the corridor together. INT. STUDENT UNION – NIGHT Cara and Achilles are in line with snacks. She’s got a BOTTLE OF WATER, a BANANA and a PLAIN YOGURT. He’s got a package of DING DONGS and a liter bottle of MOUNTAIN DEW. She gives him a disapproving look. CARA What happened to the food I told you to eat? ACHILLES You mean that birdseed and tree bark? Come on, I lost almost 10 pounds eating that shit. CARA Yeah, and your tissue healed faster because you didn’t have the extra weight and because your body was able to absorb nutrients more efficiently. ACHILLES Blah, blah, blah. Save it for your tree hugger grunge friends, Doctor Cunnilingus. Now that I’m healed, I can eat real food again. CARA Dick. Did Doc Fiorenza say anything else after the MRI? ACHILLES Just what I told you. The bruise looks completely healed and he was surprised it healed so fast. CARA I meant about the game, genius? ACHILLES (shrugs) Not his call. It’s Coach’s. They buy their snacks and find a table to sit at.
14. ACHILLES So you and Blum are history? She looks at him, surprised he’d bring such a thing up. CARA Yeah. ACHILLES Sorry. CARA I thought you’d be glad. No more having to hear Lindsay moaning like a girl. Or maybe you like listening to other people have sex? ACHILLES Oh, he’ll have another skank... He catches himself too late, sees that his words hurt her. ACHILLES Cara, I’m sorry. Look, I know he’s my roommate, but for what it’s worth I think you’re better off without him. Beat. She peels her banana. He opens the Ding Dongs.
CARA (ref. the Ding Dongs) You really shouldn’t eat that crap. You’re an athlete for God’s sake. INT. COACHES’ MEETING ROOM – NIGHT Chinese takeout boxes and diet Coke cans litter the conference table. Coaches are hard at work mapping out a game plan for Brigham Young University. BILLY Running the ball’s not going to cut it, Bull. They average 35 point a game and we’re not going to stop them on defense. (looks at Joe Mercer) Sorry, Joe, but facts are facts. Mercer nods.
15. BULL Elliott’s looking pretty sharp, Coach. And the O-line is playing better than we ever expected right now. I’m confident we can put it up 30-35 times. Billy catches Coach Garcia’s reaction. BILLY Bob, you have something to say, say it. GARCIA Coach, you’ve seen the film. We’ve all seen it. BYU has 3 seniors and a junior up front, two of them consensus All-Americans, and they’ve got 30 sacks this season. BILLY (pointedly) You’re right, Bob, we’ve seen the film, we know the stats. You just going to rub our noses in it or do you have some answers? GARCIA (feels the reprimand) Coach, Doc says Achilles is healed. BULL Come on Bob! UCLA beat the shit out of the kid! Doc said he needed 4 to 6 weeks and it’s only been 4. You want to risk his entire career, not to mention all of ours, for one game? GARCIA Of course not! But he’s a strong kid and he’s a competitor. If he’s ready to go, we should consider using him. BULL Careful, Bob, you’re wading into the deep end. GARCIA What’s that suppose to mean?
16. BULL It means there’s more to coaching at this level than what your computer spits out on a spreadsheet. Leave the offensive game planning to the offensive coordinator. Garcia reacts. BILLY All right, cut it out! Both of you! Listen, I’ve never lost a bowl game, as a player or as a coach, and I sure as hell don’t intend to start now. We leave for Honolulu in 2 days and I want a game plan... (looks at Garcia) a realistic one - finalized by tomorrow afternoon. INT. DONAHUE GUEST BEDROOM – NIGHT Billy is brushing his teeth. Gale comes in. She’s wearing her old Texas A&M t-shirt - the one she started wearing to bed after they were married. He looks at her through the mirror. The tension between them is almost palpable. GALE It’s cold tonight. I put an extra blanket on the bed for you. BILLY Thanks. GALE Darryl believes he can finish the cottage by spring. I think Mom will be comfortable in the spare bedroom until then. BILLY Good. GALE I had that Gracie girl over the other day. He turns to face her. BILLY How did that go?
17. GALE (shudders) She’s a horrid little trollop. She has J.R. under her spell for now, but I’ll take care of that in due time. BILLY Or you could simply let it run its course. GALE You mean let him get her pregnant so our first grandson shows up in 20 years out of the blue? Billy instantly looks beaten down. GALE Good night, Billy. She leaves the bathroom. A door slams O.S.
INT. DONAHUE MASTER BEDROOM – NIGHT Gale comes in, shuts the door and climbs into bed. starts to cry. END ACT TWO She
18. ACT THREE INT. INDOOR PRACTICE FIELD – DAY Achilles goes through a series of passing drills – skeleton, avoiding tennis balls shot from machines, dropping back into the pocket while strapped to a bungy cord. He looks strong, sharp, ready. Doc Fiorenza, Billy, Bull Heffernan and Bob Garcia look on impassively. INT. LOCKER ROOM – DAY Achilles is getting dressed at his locker. He exchanges a look with Dallas, who is dressing at his locker on the other side of the room. INT. OUTSIDE OF LOCKER ROOM – MINUTES LATER Dallas leaves the locker room first. Achilles comes out after him. Hey, Morales. Yeah, Q.B. Cara. DALLAS What about her? ACHILLES She’s been through a lot. DALLAS I thought you didn’t like her? ACHILLES I think she’s a closet lesbo, but other than that I think she’s all right. DALLAS Okay, closet lesbo. Got it. it? Is that ACHILLES Can I have a minute?
DALLAS What’s up? ACHILLES
19. ACHILLES No. Look, Blum’s my roommate and as roommates go he’s all right. But when it comes to chicks he’s a dog. He dogged Cara from Day One and she couldn’t get past it. DALLAS What’s any of this got to do with me, Addams? ACHILLES As teammates go you seem all right. So I’m going to tell you something I never got around to telling Blum...Fuck with her and you fuck with me. DALLAS (a small smile) I’ll keep that in mind, Q.B. ACHILLES Do that. Dallas turns and walks away. Achilles starts to go when
ATTENDANT (O.S.) (calling out) Achilles. He turns to the ATTENDANT. ACHILLES Yeah. ATTENDANT This was dropped off for you in the lounge this afternoon by one of those sorority pledges. Delta, I believe. The attendant hands him a “Western Civilization” TEXTBOOK. Achilles opens the book. A PINK ENVELOPE is taped to the inside cover. His name is written on it. He recognizes the handwriting. EXT. QUAD – SUNSET Achilles sits on a bench reading Valerie’s note.
20. VALERIE (V.O.) Achilles, you left this at the house after our last study session. You’ll need it for Western Civ 2. Since you haven’t returned any of my calls or emails, I thought the best way to get it back to you was to drop it at Hosmer – isn’t it funny, after all this time I don’t know where you live. Dr. Webb tells me you’re doing well in your classes. She also told me about our “deal.” I suppose I should thank you for that. Well, good luck on finals, Achilles. P.S. I’m so very sorry you got hurt in the UCLA game. I hope you’re feeling better now. Wishing you all the best, V. Achilles folds the note, about to tear it apart. Then he opens it again, stares at her writing. He folds the note, puts it in his pocket and continues across the quad. INT. DONAHUE KITCHEN – NIGHT Gale is putting vegetables in the freezer. J.R. Yeah, Mom, what did you want? GALE Sweetheart, you know your father leaves for Hawai’i tomorrow. We thought it would be special if you went with him and the team. J.R. But, Mom, they’ll be gone for 5 or 6 days. GALE It’s all right, Sweetheart. We’ve already cleared it with the headmaster. You can take the days off school and make up your finals when you get back. J.R. Mom, I don’t want to go away for a week. Gracie and me have things we want to do. J.R. comes in.
21. GALE Sweetheart, do you have any idea how important this game is to your father? How significant it is for both of you? He was an assistant coach for Daddy in the Fiesta Bowl 5 years ago. He’s never been a head coach in a bowl game. He wants to share this experience with you like Daddy shared it with him. J.R. But I don’t want to leave Gracie. GALE I think Gracie would understand, Sweetheart. J.R. (upset) Why are you trying to keep us apart? GALE Don’t be ridiculous, J.R. trying to keep you apart. I’m not
J.R. You don’t approve of her, I know you don’t. GALE Nonsense, why would I disapprove of her? I hardly know the girl. Listen, what if she were to go to the game? J.R. (wary) What do you mean? GALE Well, if Gracie’s mother approves, she can travel with me to Hawai’i and stay with us in the suite reserved for the head coach’s family. Really? J.R. You’d do that for Gracie?
GALE I’d do that for you and your father. J.R. whoops with joy. Kisses Gale on the cheek.
22. J.R. Thanks, Mom! Thanks! I’ll call Gracie right now and tell her! GALE Remember, her mother has to approve. J.R. Oh, that won’t be a problem! INT. J.R.’S BEDROOM – NIGHT J.R. dials his cell phone. Hi, Johnny. J.R. You ever been to Hawai’i? GRACIE (V.O.) No. Why? J.R. You want to go? GRACIE (V.O.) What, you mean with you? J.R. Yeah, me and my folks. GRACIE (V.O.) Are you serious?! J.R. Totally! They want me with Dad on the field for the Hawai’i Bowl – it’s like a family tradition – but I told my Mom I wouldn’t leave you for a week. So she said if your mom says okay, you can come with us. You can stay with the family in our suite! GRACIE (V.O.) But I thought your mom hated me. J.R. I guess not. Maybe she just wants to get to know you better. It RINGS.
23. GRACIE (V.O.) Oh, Johnny! I’d love to go! J.R. I knew it! I figure your mom won’t care, right? But you’d better ask her anyway. If I know my mom, she’ll probably call to ask her personally. GRACIE (V.O.) Okay, I’ll ask her as soon as I get home. Where are you? J.R. It’s almost 10.
GRACIE (V.O.) At the laundromat. J.R. Really? Well ask her as soon as you get home. Wake her up if you have to, okay. GRACIE (V.O.) I will, Johnny. I will. EXT. LAUNDROMAT – NIGHT Gracie clicks her phone off, still excited. Car headlights approach and she looks down the street expectantly. A Porsche Boxster pulls to the curb in front of Gracie. She goes to the car, gets inside. INT. PORSCHE BOXSTER – NIGHT Cake is behind the wheel. GRACIE Let’s go. Go? CAKE Where the hell to? GRACIE I’ll tell you where to go.
24. EXT. STREET – NIGHT A quiet street in the bad part of town. The Porsche pulls to a stop underneath a flickering street light. The headlights go out. INT. PORSCHE BOXSTER – NIGHT Cake turns to Gracie. CAKE Did we really have to go all over town for this, Gracie? GRACIE Your uncle’s the chief of police, Cake. How do I know this isn’t a sting operation or something? CAKE You’re kidding, right? Or are you really that stupid? You seriously think my uncle Sal is using his only niece as bait to stop you from selling me $200 of coke? GRACIE You said $400. INT. MINI COOPER - MOVING – DAY Valerie drives through downtown. Signs wishing the Sea Devils “Good luck” are everywhere. She turns onto Fraternity Row: more of the same. Frat boys and Sorority girls are on their lawns and driveways painting giant signs and decorating cars and vans. She pulls into her “Reserved” parking spot at the Delta House. INT. DELTA HOUSE GREAT ROOM – DAY Deltas in pink Sea Devils jerseys are excitedly getting ready. Valerie comes across her roommate and best friend Nina Miller. NINA Where have you been? We’re just about ready to go over to the Hoz to send the team off. As hosts of the Bowl Bash (MORE)
25. NINA (CONT’D.) next month we get first crack at good luck kisses for the cute players before they leave for the airport. VALERIE (a rueful grin) Think I’ll pass on that, Nina. NINA Don’t worry, Big Sis, after the bitch slap you gave the pledges the other day everybody in the house knows to keep their lips off Achilles. VALERIE (sighs) What difference does it make, Nina? It’s time I accepted it and moved on. I’m never going to get closure with Achilles. NINA What about the book? He didn’t understand the note? VALERIE (shakes her head ‘no’) Or he didn’t bother to read it. And when I waited for him outside his Ethics final he looked straight at me and didn’t say a word. Like I didn’t even exist. NINA What an ass. See, that just proves you should’ve screwed him when you had the chance. VALERIE Do I even want to hear the logic behind that statement? NINA It’s simple. If you’d given the brother a taste of “that” he’d be the one Jonesin’ now instead of you. Valerie rolls her eyes and heads up the stairs.
26. NINA (calling after her) It’s lonely at the top, Big Sis. Somebody’s got to tell you the truth. EXT. HOSMER COMPLEX – DAY Hundreds of fans surround the main entrance waiting for the team to emerge. Camera crews, satellite trucks and reporters are also on hand. Among them are Sandy Sanderson and Gabrielle Woods. Sanderson does a standup with cameramugging fans in the b.g. SANDERSON In just a few minutes, Coach Billy Donahue and the Sea Devils will take their first steps into the post-season in over a decade, when they leave the Hosmer Complex and board buses that will take them to Hart Field. There they’ll board a chartered jet for the 6-hour flight to Honolulu, where they’ll spend the next 4 days preparing for a match up against the heavily favored, 20th-ranked Cougars of Brigham Young University. But if we’ve learned one thing about Billy Donahue’s Sea Devils this season, it’s that they’re at their best when the odds are stacked against them. INT. PLAYER’S LOUNGE – DAY The players hang out in street clothes, waiting for the word to leave for the buses. Billy comes in with Gale by his side. Seeing her, the boys immediately perk up. GALE Hello, boys! TEAM Hey, Mrs. D! The team gathers round her. They’re all smiles.
GALE How’s it feel to be going to your first bowl game?
27. TEAM (ad lib) Great! Gale exchanges a look with Phil Elliott then quickly shifts her attention to other players. GALE Daddy always asked my Mom to say a few words to the players before a bowl game. I guess he thought it was a bit of lady luck. Anyway, Billy Boy wanted to continue that tradition, so here I am. JABARI How’s Mrs. Ryan, Mrs. D.? She smiles warmly at the big tight end Jabari Colvin. GALE She’s doing fine, Jabari. Thank you so much for asking. (beat) So, boys, you know I leave the fiery pep talks to the Coach. I just want to tell you how proud I am of each and every one of you. And I want you to know that no matter what happens when you get out there I’ll be in the stands pulling for you on every down, every tick of the clock. (the boys react) Oh, and one last thing: if you think you had to beat the girls off you when you were getting to this bowl game, just think what you’ll have to do to keep them off you when you win it! They’re still smiling when she leaves the room. INT. HOSMER COMPLEX – DAY Gale, fresh from her pep talk with the players, is walking down the hallway with her personal assistant Mathilda Weiss. Up ahead, Gabrielle is talking to PR man Jim Flynn. GALE (smiling) Gabrielle, hi!
28. GABRIELLE (surprised) Gale... Gale kisses her on both cheeks. GALE You’re interviewing Billy before the team takes off? GABRIELLE Yes. Jim was kind enough to get me an exclusive before they arrive in Hawai’i. Once they get there national pretty much takes over everything. GALE I heard you’re moving up to national soon. Congratulations. GABRIELLE Thank you, but its not quite national, Gale. I’ll be in Los Angeles. GALE Well, I’m sure one day we’ll blink and the next thing we know you’ll be anchoring Sports Center. MATHILDA Gale, your next appointment is in 15 minutes and it’s 20 minutes away. GALE Gabrielle, I know you’ll be incredibly busy, but please lets plan on having lunch in Hawai’i. Mattie will arrange something. Mathilda has already made a note in her PDA. Gale kisses Gabrielle on the cheek again and just like that she’s gone. INT. STUDIO – DAY Gabrielle is wrapping up her interview with Billy. They’re both in high director’s chairs. GABRIELLE Thanks again, Coach. And good luck against the Cougars.
29. BILLY You’re welcome, Gabrielle. PRODUCER And we’re clear. The bright camera light is doused. GABRIELLE (to producer) You get enough B-roll? PRODUCER Got it before you and Coach sat down. GABRIELLE I want some crowd reaction as the team comes out. PRODUCER Already got it covered. Mr. Flynn staked out a spot for us. Jim Flynn is behind the cameraman. The unctuous PR man nods and smiles. Gabrielle stands, begins gathering her things. GABRIELLE Thanks again, Coach. BILLY Gabrielle, do you have a minute? They lock eyes. GABRIELLE (to producer) I’ll meet you guys outside in five. The CREW clears out. BILLY Please, sit. She does. Billy looks at Flynn, who hasn’t budged. BILLY It’s all right, Jim. I promise I’ll only give her the plays for the first half. And thanks.
30. Sorry, Coach. Gabrielle. FLYNN See you outside,
He reluctantly leaves them alone. BILLY Gale told me you two ran into each other. GABRIELLE Yes we did. She asked me to have lunch with her next week. That was very gracious of her, considering I just threw myself at her husband a few days ago. BILLY Gabrielle, she doesn’t know about that and I had no idea she was coming back. GABRIELLE Then it must’ve been quite a pleasant surprise. (tries to remain composed) I’m happy things are back to normal for you, Billy. She stands to leave before she loses it completely. BILLY But they aren’t back to normal, Elle. (off her reaction) Things haven’t been normal for more than a year. A CREW MEMBER pops his head in. CREW MEMBER Gabrielle, we need to take sound before we set up for the crowd shots. EXT. HOSMER COMPLEX – DAY Fans cheer wildly and wave homemade posters and banners as the Sea Devils exit the building. Cameras flash like strobe lights. Pink jersey-wearing Deltas are lined up by the buses waiting to plant good luck kisses on the players. Warren “iPhone” Sitren freezes when he sees Suzy. She’s wearing jersey number 27 (Dallas’ number). Dallas
31. accidentally bumps into iPhone, walks around him toward the bus. Dallas leans for a kiss from Suzy and as he does he catches a glimpse of Cara in the crowd. She rolls her eyes and smiles. He smiles back, raises his hands as if to say “Hey, what can I do?” and gets onboard. iPhone steps up to the bus next, but another Delta has taken Suzy’s place. She gives iPhone a peck and he gets onboard. Achilles comes through the crowd toward a bus. The Deltas see him and freeze. They all just stand and smile. As he walks by Nina pats him on the arm and smiles. He climbs on the bus. END OF ACT THREE
32. ACT FOUR INT. ALOHA STADIUM – DAY SERIES OF SHOTS – FINAL GAME PREP The Sea Devils are in shorts and shells going through drills; Ricky “Burner” Turner and Dallas, in street clothes, offer encouragement from the sideline; Phil, Achilles and another QUARTERBACK drop back in unison and fire passes downfield; television camera crews and reporters are all over the place. Among them are Gabrielle, Sandy Sanderson and DESMOND HOWARD. EXT. ALOHA STADIUM – DAY Howard is doing a live standup on the field. HOWARD As the Washington Tech Sea Devils go through their last full day of practice before tomorrow’s Hawai’i Bowl, many are wondering if Coach Billy Donahue will stick to his decision to start fifth-year senior Phil Elliott at quarterback. Freshman sensation Achilles Addams has been medically cleared to play and will dress for tomorrow’s game, but Donahue insists he is going to sit this one out. Addams was expected to miss the rest of the season when he suffered a severely bruised sternum in a thrilling 35-27 loss to UCLA. But trainers say he’s recovered well enough to be the number 2 quarterback tomorrow against BYU. INT. HOTEL SUITE – DAY J.R. is on his cell phone and he’s furious. J.R. Mom, I knew you were sneaky but this beats everything you’ve ever done! You promised you’d bring her before the game and that we’d have time to see Hawai’i together.
33. GALE (V.O.) Sweetheart, I’m sorry but what could I do? Mother had to see the doctor before making such a long trip and we couldn’t get an appointment. J.R. You never wanted to bring Gracie. just want to keep us apart! GALE (V.O.) J.R., we’re booked on the red-eye. land in Honolulu tomorrow morning. You
J.R. Right, Mom. It wouldn’t surprise me if you “forget” to pick her up before leaving for the airport. INT. DONAHUE KITCHEN – DAY Gale stands next to the marble counter. GALE That’s not likely, Sweetheart, since Gracie’s here with me now. J.R. (V.O.) What? GALE If you don’t believe me, talk to her yourself. She hands the phone to Gracie. GRACIE Hi, J.R. INTERCUT BETWEEN GRACIE AND J.R. J.R. Gracie, I’m sorry. I promised you you’d get to see Hawai’i, but my mom can be such a conniving bitch sometimes.
34. GRACIE Oh, no, J.R., don’t say that. Your mom says she’ll stay for a couple of days after the game so we can see the islands. You can teach me how to surf! (Gale smiles at her) It’s going to be great, J.R. She said that? J.R. Really?
GRACIE (smiling at Gale) Yes, really. INT. VISITING COACH’S OFFICE – SUNSET Billy sits at the desk going over the game plan. The television is on with the sound muted. Billy glances up then does a double-take at the television. ON THE TELEVISION SCREEN Gabrielle is reporting. The “ESPN 360” logo is on the chyron. Coach Garcia sticks his head in the partially open door. GARCIA Coach, you’ve been up for two days straight. I think we’re as ready as we’re ever going to be. Why don’t you get some rest? Thanks, Bob. few. BILLY I’ll call it quits in a
Garcia pauses at the door then leaves. Billy gazes pensively at Gabrielle’s image on the screen. INT. RESTAURANT – NIGHT Gabrielle and her crew are at dinner. A waitress is clearing plates away. A CELL PHONE RINGS. Gabrielle pulls it from her purse. GABRIELLE Hello? BILLY (V.O.) Have you had dinner yet?
35. GABRIELLE (reacts to his voice, looks at the half-empty plate in front of her) No. BILLY (V.O.) I want to see you tonight. EXT. RESTAURANT – NIGHT Gabrielle gets into a taxi. INT. AIRPLANE – NIGHT Gale is next to Rose in First Class. the aisle. She’s visibly nervous. Gracie sits across
GALE Gracie, dear, are you all right? Yeah. GRACIE Yes, I’m fine.
FLIGHT ATTENDANT (to Gracie) Would like something to drink before we take off? Gracie begins going through her PURSE. GALE Gracie, dear, you don’t have to pay. GRACIE (embarrassed) I’ll have a Diet Coke please.
The FLIGHT ATTENDANT pours her drink and moves down the aisle. Gale takes a sip of her Champagne and glances over at Gracie. She’s gripping her armrest. GALE Have you flown before, dear? GRACIE No...I haven’t.
36. INT. GABRIELLE’S HOTEL ROOM – NIGHT A KNOCK on the door. Gabrielle goes to a mirror, looks at herself. She’s in different clothes from when we saw her at the restaurant - a tasteful but sexy camisole and a short skirt that shows off her long legs. She takes a breath then goes to the door. She opens it and moves back as Billy steps inside. They look longingly into each other’s eyes. He closes the door, puts his hands on her waist. They kiss, tentatively at first then with passion. SERIES OF SHOTS – BILLY AND GABRIELLE MAKE LOVE Passionately, lovingly and in many different positions. INT. GABRIELLE’S HOTEL ROOM – DAWN Gabrielle is sitting upright in bed, sheets wrapped around her. Billy’s dressed, ready to leave. He sits on the edge of the bed, cups her face with his hand. They kiss. BILLY I won’t have a chance to see you again before we leave Honolulu, but I want to come down to Seattle as soon as I can. Maybe next week. GABRIELLE Billy, I just moved into my new place in Santa Monica. BILLY Then I’ll come to Santa Monica. (kisses her again) I’d better get back before the team breakfast. He goes to the door. GABRIELLE Billy. (he turns) It won’t be easy. BILLY I’m sure we’ll find a way to get it done.
37. GABRIELLE I wasn’t talking about the game. BILLY (smiles) I know. After he leaves she smiles to herself. INT. AIRPORT TERMINAL (BAGGAGE CLAIM) – DAY J.R. waits anxiously by the escalator. His face lights up when he sees Gracie gliding down. He makes a beeline for her, barely acknowledging his mother and grandmother, who are ahead of her on the escalator. Gale notices the snub. GRACIE (hugs J.R.) Hi, Johnny! Hi, Gracie! J.R. I’m so glad you’re here!
As they make goo-goo over each other the driver, whose name is SAM (50s), greets Gale. He’s well groomed with a highly professional demeanor. SAM Good morning, Mrs. Donahue. I’m Sam. Your bags are due to come on carousel A. Hello, Sam. GALE Thank you.
INT. TOWNE CAR – MOVING – DAY Gale, Rose and Gracie are in the back seat. front, turned to talk to Gracie. J.R. is in
J.R. Tomorrow we can go to Kauai and take a helicopter ride over volcanoes and rain forests. We can get in some surfing too. It’s totally awesome! It’s going to be great, Gracie! GALE There’s also the game this evening, J.R. Don’t forget about that.
38. J.R. I know, Mom. ROSE Billy, you know the Coach won’t stand for you being late to the game. (to Gracie) Gale, Sweetheart, I’m counting on you to make sure Billy’s on time. You know what happened last time he showed up late. I know that was your doing, Gale. Gracie and J.R. shift their eyes downward. GALE Yes, Mom, of course we’ll make sure he’s there on time. ROSE (to Gale) Thank you, Alison. Coach thinks the world of your boy, but one thing he won’t abide is lateness. GALE Yes, I know. J.R. and Gracie exchange a small smile then J.R. faces forward. The car slows as it hits traffic. GALE How much longer before we arrive, Sam? SAM Another 20 minutes to your hotel, 30 tops, Mrs. Donahue. Kick off’s not for another three hours. I’ll have you to the hotel in plenty of time to freshen. It’s just a 10-minute drive from the hotel to the stadium. GALE Thank you, Sam. SAM You know, Mrs. Donahue, I don’t expect you to remember me, but I drove you and Coach Donahue about 5 years ago. I believe it was your anniversary. She looks at his face, framed in the review mirror.
39. GALE Really? SAM Yes, Ma’am. Of course, back then I didn’t own the limo company. I was just out of the service then. GALE Well, I’m very pleased to meet you again, Sam. Seems like you’ve done well for yourself in those five years. SAM I’ve done all right. Well enough to get my girls into college on the mainland. One’s at Berkeley and the other is at USC. You know, I have drivers on all of the islands, Mrs. Donahue, and I’d be more than happy to have them drive this young man and his young lady friend around. I’d make you a good rate. Of course, there’d be no charge for chaperoning them. They exchange a knowing look in the rearview mirror. GALE Why thank you, Sam. I might just take you up on that. INT. HOTEL MEETING ROOM – DAY Billy and Phil are reviewing the game plan. BILLY It’s a simple read of the weak side corner, but that’s how they get you. PHIL I see. They want you to buy the zone blitz and throw into Zone 2 coverage. BILLY Right. A KNOCK on the door. BILLY Come in.
40. Gale comes in. BILLY Hi, Babe. She walks over to him and they kiss lightly. GALE Hello, Phil. PHIL Mrs. Donahue. BILLY How’d Rose do on the flight over? GALE She’s fine. BILLY And the girl, Gracie? Gale closes her eyes, shudders. GALE We need to talk about that. BILLY I’m afraid now’s not the best time. GALE (looks at Phil) Phil, do you mind? PHIL Sure, excuse me. Phil is at the door when Bull Heffernan bursts in. BULL Billy, we’ve got a problem. BILLY What is it? I’m sorry, Gale. important. BULL This is really
Billy sees his opportunity to get out of talking about Gracie.
41. BILLY Gale, we’ll talk about J.R. and his girlfriend when I get back, okay? He doesn’t wait for an answer, leaves with Bull. looks at Phil. It’s an awkward moment for her. PHIL It was nice, you coming to talk to the team the other day. The guys really appreciated it. GALE Thank you. You played well against Fresno State. I’m sure Jess was proud of you. PHIL How have you been? GALE I’ve been fine, Phil. PHIL Gale, I miss you. GALE Phil, please... PHIL I know why you left, Gale. She reacts. Does he know about Dallas? Gale
PHIL I can’t make love to Jess, either. It’s like all the time we’ve been together means nothing to me now. He takes a step toward her and she puts out a hand to hold him at bay. GALE Phil! Get control of yourself! What if the Coach comes back in here? PHIL I can’t get you out of my head, Gale. I think about you almost every minute of every day.
42. GALE Well you’ve got to stop! What happened between us was a terrible mistake. You have to accept that. PHIL But I love you, Gale. GALE I don’t love you, Phil. I never did. I love my husband. PHIL Then why haven’t you had sex with him in over a year? GALE (stunned) Who told you that? PHIL It’s true, isn’t it? GALE Whatever you think you know about Billy and me, you’re sorely mistaken. She begins to walk away but he takes her arm, spins her around. He kisses her. GALE (shoving him away) Have you completely lost your mind! She glares at him, then turns and storms out of the room. INT. HOTEL SUITE (BEDROOM) – DAY J.R. and Gracie are against the wall making out. unbuttoning her shirt. GRACIE Johnny, no. J.R. Why not? I missed you so much. you miss me? Didn’t He begins
GRACIE Yes. But your grandma is right next door.
43. J.R. So what. She doesn’t know where the hell she is anyway. Gracie shoves him away. GRACIE (angry) Johnny, don’t be an asshole! She’s your grandma and she has Alzheimer’s J.R. I’m sorry. I didn’t mean it. But, Gracie, I really, really missed you. Please... She can’t resist him. She unbuttons her shirt all the way. He looks at her bosom in awe. He caresses her breasts, begins kissing them through the bra. She bites her lip. GALE (O.S.) J.R.! He pops his head up. J.R.! When the door opens, Gracie is sitting on the edge of the bed, J.R. in the chair across the room. Gale stands in the doorway, looks at them suspiciously. J.R. Oh, hi, Mom. GALE Why didn’t you answer when I called? J.R. You called? Sorry, I didn’t hear you. Did you hear her, Gracie? GRACIE No. I’m sorry, Mrs. Donahue, I didn’t hear you either. GALE (not buying it for a second) It’s time to get ready for the game. END OF ACT FOUR Gracie hastily buttons up. GALE (O.S. closer)
44. ACT FIVE INT. LOCKER ROOM – SUNSET An hour before kickoff, the Sea Devils are dressed in their uniforms, mentally preparing for the biggest game of their lives. Phil Elliott makes his way through the room, stopping to chat up teammates and inspire confidence. Cole Seavers is in front of his locker, sweating and in a trance-like state, destroying opponents in his mind. Tailback Roulon Jones talks quietly with Burner Turner, two Playas kickin’ it. We find Achilles reading a TEXT MESSAGE on his CELL PHONE. INSERT – CELL PHONE MESSAGE Lee, I know you’ll play today. I feel it. what you do. U-R 1st in my heart. Portia. EXT. ALOHA STADIUM – SUNSET In the stands, Gale leads Rose and Gracie to their seats. She sees Maria Pennebaker, looking quite fetching in Halston. GALE Maria! MARIA Gale! They embrace. MARIA I’m so happy to see you. Me too, Maria. GALE Where’s Harold? When you do, do
Maria looks down on the field. Smiles when she spots Harold chatting up assistant coaches. MARIA He wouldn’t miss this for the world. GALE Maria, I want you to meet my mom, Rose Ryan. Mom, this is my dear friend, Maria Pennebaker.
45. ROSE Hello, dear. Rose can’t take her eyes off Maria’s cleavage. Hello, Mrs. Ryan. meet you. MARIA I’m so pleased to
GALE And this is Gracie Wellington, J.R.’s girlfriend. Gracie, this is Mrs. Pennebaker. Gracie is impressed by Maria’s sex appeal. MARIA Hello, Gracie. I didn’t think J.R. was old enough to have a girlfriend. Hi. GRACIE We only just started going out.
Maria sizes Gracie up – she knows a gold digger when she sees one – and exchanges a look with Gale. MARIA I bet you did, honey. INT. HELO’S PUB – SUNSET Locals crowd the place, getting well lubricated before kickoff. The pre-game show is playing on BIG PLASMA SCREEN TELEVISIONS. Cara and Cake are at a table with a group of GIRLS who are already on their third round of Margaritas. As usual, Cara’s drinking water with a lime. CAKE (to Cara) I’m going to hit the little girl’s room. CARA Okay, but don’t get lost in there. Kickoff’s in about 5 minutes. Cake takes her drink. We follow her through the crowded pub. She’s more than a little tipsy.
46. INT. LADIES’ ROOM – SUNSET A girl leaves as Cake comes in. Cake stands in the middle of the room, listens for signs of someone else. It’s empty. She goes to the sink, checks herself out in the mirror. She’s hot and knows it. She drains the Margarita. Then she goes into a stall, locks the door. She closes the toilet lid, takes a small MIRROR from her CLUTCH PURSE and puts it on the toilet bowl. She takes out a BAG OF COCAINE, forms big lines on the mirror, rolls up a DOLLAR BILL and starts snorting. EXT. ALHOA STADIUM – SUNSET Cheerleaders shake and shimmy outside the tunnel, as players appear, ready to storm onto the field. Just inside the tunnel, Billy stands at the head of the phalanx of 75 players. J.R. is by his side. They exchange a look and a smile. Jim Flynn signals to Billy just as the P.A. system crackles P.A. ANNOUNCER And now, representing the Western Athletic Conference, here come the Washington Tech SEA DEVILS! The crowd ROARS as Billy leads the team onto the field. IN THE STANDS Gale squeezes Rose’s hand and beams with pride at the sight of Billy and J.R. taking the field together. Gracie smiles and waves at J.R., even though he doesn’t see her. ON THE SIDELINE Gabrielle watches Billy across the field and smiles to herself. INT. HELO’S PUB – NIGHT ON THE BIG Colvin are CAPTAINS. television SCREENS Cole Seavers, Boss Cheadle and Jabari at midfield for the coin toss with the BYU The REFEREE is miked so the stadium and viewers can hear the ceremony. REFEREE (V.O.) Gentlemen, this is heads, this is tails. Washington Tech, as the visitor today you get to call it.
47. The ref tosses the coin. COLE (V.O.) Heads! It’s heads. the toss. REFEREE (V.O.) Washington Tech has won
COLE (V.O.) We want the ball! The pub erupts with shouts of approval. “YES!” Cara looks around. CARA Where the hell’s Cake? miss the kickoff. She’s going to
Cara heads toward the ladies’ room. EXT. ALOHA STADIUM – NIGHT The football falls from the sky and Washington Tech’s KICK RETURNER catches it. He sprints up the field, makes a few moves before he is tackled at the 25-yard-line. ON THE SIDELINE Billy gives Phil lasts word of instruction before he takes the field. BILLY This is your night, son. Get it done.
He taps Phil’s helmet and the quarterback turns and trots onto the field. Achilles, wearing a ball cap and holding a clipboard, watches him go. INT. LADIES’ ROOM – NIGHT Cara steps inside. No sign of Cake.
CARA (to the stalls) Let’s go, Cake. One wipe’s fine, two is better, but three and you’re just playing with yourself...Come on Cake, we’re missing the kickoff.
48. She walks to the stalls. CARA Cake? EXT. ALOHA STADIUM – NIGHT The Sea Devils trot to the line of scrimmage. BYU’s defense digs in as Phil steps under center and begins barking the signals. Blue, 90! PHIL Blue 90!
INT. LADIES’ ROOM – NIGHT Cara pushes on a stall door. Cake? She pushes harder. CARA All right this isn’t funny, Cake. (worried) I know you’re in there, Cake. Open up! She shoves the door open with her shoulder. Cake’s slumped on the floor, next to the toilet, unconscious. CARA Oh my god! Cake! INT. HELO’S PUB – NIGHT The crowd CHEERS at the action on the big screens. It’s locked. CARA
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