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10 “Goin’ Bowlin’ Part 2” by David Polk
2. RECAP We Recap events from Previous Episodes, ending on Cara finding Cake slumped unconscious over the toilet. TEASER EXT. O’CONNELL PATIO – NIGHT We’re looking out onto the ocean. Hear the soothing sound of waves as they roll in. Palm trees sway gently in the tropical breeze. A lit TIKI TORCH comes into frame. BETH O’CONNELL (O.S.) I think long engagements are so romantic. BETH O’CONNELL is joined on the patio by her husband EVAN, VICTORIA KIM, JOHN KIM, all in their 50s, and Valerie Kim and Richard O’Connell. Valerie and Richard are enjoying after dinner cocktails with their parents. RICHARD We just figured with me having another year of residency and Valerie starting graduate school next year, our lives will be too hectic to plan a wedding. BETH Well I still think its romantic, the long courtship and all. Believe me, Valerie, when you’ve been married as long as your mother and I have, you’ll look back and appreciate the engagement years. Jack and Beth are Old Money but they have a relaxed, easygoing way about them. The working-class Kims are more formal but make an effort to appear comfortable in the O’Connell’s vacation villa. VALERIE It will be nice just being close to Richard at UCLA when I start grad school. I’ve missed him so much this last year. EVAN Where are you planning to have the ceremony?
3. VALERIE We really haven’t settled on a place yet, but Kauai is at the top of our list. VICTORIA That would be beautiful, Valerie. EVAN (smiling) And convenient. She’s a smart one, Victoria. Takes after her mother that way. Of course we would insist that you hold the reception here. JOHN Evan, you don’t need to do that. You and Beth have already been generous enough. I insist on taking care of the costs of the reception, even if Richard and Valerie get married in Hawai’i. BETH Now, John, remember our agreement, no talk of business while you’re on vacation. Besides, everything we’ve done for these kids has been a joy. She smiles warmly at Valerie and Richard. WILL (O.S.) (yelling) WHOOOO-AAAAHHH!
John and Victoria turn toward the house, their faces tight. VALERIE (clocking her parents’ displeasure) My goodness. I wonder what that’s all about? She goes toward the house. now. Her little brother’s in for it
INT. O’CONNELL VILLA (FAMILY ROOM) – NIGHT Will Kim and his sister JENNIFER (17) are high-fiving each other in front of the BIG SCREEN TELEVISION.
4. VALERIE (sharply, in Korean) Will, what’s wrong with you? You’re embarrassing Mom and Dad. He’s in! Bowl! WILL He’s playing in the Hawai’i
Valerie looks at the television. ON THE SCREEN: REPLAY FOOTAGE of Achilles throwing a long touchdown pass. ANNOUNCER #1 (V.O.) Did you see that? He laid that pass in there perfectly to Erickson. ANNOUNCER #2 (V.O) This kid is a game changer. He’s proven it all season long and he’s doing it here again tonight. They may call him the “Iceman”, but tonight Achilles Addams is torching the BYU defense... END TEASER ACT ONE EXT. ALOHA STADIUM – NIGHT Achilles reaches the sideline, takes off his helmet and gets on the PHONE to the coaches’ booth. ACHILLES (into phone) Yeah, Coach? BULL HEFFERNAN (V.O.) Great read and a great throw, Achilles. Keep your eye on that safety. He was just a second too slow or he would’ve picked that one off. He had six picks this season. ACHILLES Okay, got it, Coach. I knew he was zeroing in but I saw Maurice had separation in the seam.
5. BULL (V.O.) All right. Keep that in mind. Maybe we can exploit his aggressiveness later. Achilles hangs up, drinks a cup of GATORADE. He walks along the bench, firing up his offensive line. ACHILLES That’s what I’m talking about! Baby needs a new pair of shoes, so we’re going down town tonight! The PLAYERS respond to Achilles’ rare show of emotion. Even Warren “iPhone” Sitren gets a high-five. INT. O’CONNELL VILLA (FAMILY ROOM) – NIGHT The O’Connells and the Kims come in from the patio. Valerie has joined her brother and sister on the sofa, her eyes riveted to the screen. RICHARD Valerie, Babe, what’s up? VALERIE Oh, I’m sorry, Honey. My school’s playing in this bowl game. You don’t mind if we watch for a bit, do you? WILL (to screen) Yes! ON THE SCREEN Cole Seavers has intercepted a BYU pass. EVAN Valerie, I didn’t know you were a football fan. Evan comes around, sits on the sofa next to the kids. BETH Oh good Lord, Valerie, what have you done? It’s taken me years to wean Evan off watching sports during the holidays.
6. RICHARD She’s not really a fan, Dad. She tutored the guy playing quarterback. EVAN (impressed) You know that kid?
Really? Yes. ON THE SCREEN
VALERIE I tutored him last semester.
Achilles and the Sea Devils break the huddle and walk to the line of scrimmage. Achilles scans the defense, cool as the other side of the pillow. ANNOUNCER #1 (V.O.) Since starter Phil Elliott suffered a broken hand midway through the second quarter, Addams has been phenomenal, throwing for 250 yards and two touchdowns and helping the underdog Sea Devils make a game of it against the heavily favored Cougars. Achilles takes the snap, drops back... WILL (to screen) Look out! A BYU defender breaks through on a blitz. Achilles ducks out of his grasp, steps up and fires a bullet over the middle to tight end Jabari Colvin for a gain of 20 yards. EVAN Wow, he’s good! You know I played a little quarterback in college. BETH (ruefully) Very little. EVAN (laughing) Oh, shush, woman! Beth, Richard and the Kims sit down, resigned to the fact that the game is now the main event of the evening.
7. EXT. ALOHA STADIUM – NIGHT On the sideline, Billy’s eyes are intense but his voice is calm. BILLY We’ve been here before, Achilles. You know what to do. Protect the ball, move the chains, keep ‘em on their heels. ACHILLES I got it, Coach. Achilles takes a swig of water from a squeeze bottle, fastens his chinstrap and is about to head out. BILLY Achilles... ACHILLES Yeah, I know Coach, “Get it done.” Billy nods and the smallest of grins curls the corners of his mouth. J.R. Donahue is next to his father, totally absorbed in the drama. INT. O’CONNELL VILLA (FAMILY ROOM) – NIGHT Evan, on his second beer, is on the edge of his seat. Valerie shares an oversized chair with Richard. ON THE SCREEN Achilles throws a screen pass to Roulon Jones, who gains about five yards after the catch. ANNOUNCER #2 (V.O.) With less than 3 minutes left to play, its Déjà vu all over again for the Sea Devils. They’ve mounted four fourth quarter comebacks this season. ANNOUNCER #1 (V.O.) Unfortunately, they’re just 2 for 2 when trailing in the final minutes. The last time Addams was in this position against UCLA - he threw an interception in the end zone to end any chance of a Devils’ comeback.
8. Valerie reacts to the memory, knowing Achilles was beaten off the field as well as on it. ON THE SCREEN Achilles fires a pass to flanker MAURICE ERICKSON (19) for a first down. JENNIFER Achilles is so freakin’ hot! John and Victoria Kim are mortified. VALERIE (sharply, in Korean) Jennifer! Silly, stupid girl! you forgotten yourself? Jennifer rolls her eyes at her sister. EXT. ALOHA STADIUM – NIGHT Achilles hands off to Roulon on a draw play. The tailback gets a big block from iPhone Sitren and picks up 12 yards. IN THE STANDS The crowd is rocking. Gale Donahue, her mother Gracie Wellington, Maria and Harold Pennebaker, Webb and her husband Ronald Fraser are on their anxiously watching the final minute of the game INT. O’CONNELL VILLA (FAMILY ROOM) – NIGHT Evan, Will, Jennifer and Valerie are glued to the television screen. Beth, Richard, John and Victoria are just along for the ride. ON THE SCREEN Achilles hits the tight end Colvin. down marker and it’s third down. He’s shy of the first Rose Ryan, Charlotte feet, unfold.
ANNOUNCER #1 (V.O.) Big play coming up for Addams and the Sea Devils. With about a minute left they’re 3 yards shy of the first at the BYU 17. A field goal doesn’t help them so it’s four down territory.
9. Achilles lines up in the shotgun, barks the signals. ball is snapped. The BYU defense blitzes. ANNOUNCER #2 (V.O.) Here they come, they’re blitzing! Achilles steps up, avoids the rush, can’t find a receiver, pump fakes, breaks out of a tackler’s grasp. ANNOUNCER #2 (V.O.) There he goes! Achilles sprints for the end zone. At about the 5-yardline he DIVES high in the air, stretches out the ball and gets HAMMERED by a BYU DEFENDER. He flips ass over elbows. The REFEREE runs into frame, raises his hands. WILL (leaping off the sofa, arms raised) Touchdown! Touchdown! Will high-fives Evan and Jennifer who are also on their feet. Valerie, all dimples, smiles at the screen. EXT. ALOHA STADIUM – NIGHT Billy, Achilles and Cole are being interviewed on the field by Gabrielle Woods. All three are wet with Gatorade. GABRIELLE Congratulations, Coach Donahue. It’s another thrilling finish for you and the Sea Devils. After a season of so many ups and downs, how does it feel to end it with your first bowl victory as a head coach? BILLY It feels fantastic, Gabrielle. I’m proud of the way our team played tonight. I’m proud of what Phil Elliott did for us in the first half and how Achilles brought us through in the stretch. What Cole and the guys did on defense, against a pretty potent BYU offense, was just phenomenal. The
10. GABRIELLE Achilles, after the UCLA game, it looked like you were done for the season. How were you able to come back so soon and so strong? INT. O’CONNELL VILLA (FAMILY ROOM) – NIGHT Valerie, Will and Jennifer watch the post-game interview. As Achilles speaks, we read Valerie’s affection for him in her eyes. ON THE SCREEN ACHILLES (V.O.) I had a lot of help from our trainers and a lot of support from the coaches and my teammates and fans on campus. GABRIELLE (V.O.) Now that your first season in college is over, how do you plan to spend your much-deserved two weeks off? ACHILLES (V.O.) Oh, I don’t know. I haven’t had a chance to think about that. Right now I’m just looking forward to getting back to Jersey. Valerie reacts. Her dimples disappear. RICHARD You okay? END OF ACT ONE
11. ACT TWO INT. TELVISION STUDIO – DAY Billy is being interviewed by Sandy Sanderson on the set of “Coach’s Corner”. BILLY It’s a real pleasure to be here today, Sandy. You know a head coach has to deal with a cynical, often hostile media, but I have to say you are an exception to the rule. You make it very easy for me to come out here and just be myself. SANDERSON Thanks, Coach. That means a lot, especially coming from you. So why don’t we get right to it? You went 8-4 overall this season, beat a top 20 team in the Hawai’i Bowl, and now it’s been announced that you’ve been offered a 4year contract extension. All in all, not bad considering how the year started off, wouldn’t you say? BILLY It was definitely an interesting year, Sandy. But through it all we learned a lot about ourselves, the program and our university. Wa Tech is a terrific institution, with great students and faculty and a first-class administration. Chancellor Reed is an amazing man and a wonderful educator. I feel especially blessed to be in a position to continue building our football program over the next four years. SANDERSON Coach, you’ve got a solid foundation to build on, with Achilles Addams, Ricky “Burner” Turner and Maurice Erickson returning at the skill positions, and All-WAC tackle Warren Sitren coming back to anchor that offensive line. On the other side of the ball, middle linebacker Cole Seavers has another (MORE)
12. SANDERSON (CONT’D.) year to lead a young, talented defense. But Coach, what Sea Devils fans really want to know is whether your bastard son Dallas Morales plans to return next year? And what about Gale? Do you think she’ll leave you again when she finds out you’re banging the living daylights out of that hot ESPN reporter Gabrielle Woods? INT. DONAHUE GUEST BEDROOM – NIGHT SUDDENLY Billy wakes up from the nightmare. He looks around the dark room. He’s alone. The clock on the nightstand reads 3:30 a.m. INT. DONAHUE KITCHEN – DAY Gale’s eating cottage cheese and fresh fruit at the counter. J.R. is wolfing down a bowl of cereal. Billy walks in dressed in a shirt and tie, jacket flung over his shoulder. BILLY Good morning. Gale coolly accepts a kiss on the cheek. BILLY ‘Morning, J.R. J.R. flings his back pack over his shoulder. J.R. Hey, Dad. I’ve got to get going. Gracie’s driving me to school. GALE Again? Central’s on the other side of town. What time does she start classes? J.R. Don’t sweat it, Mom. He kisses her cheek and starts out. GALE J.R., don’t forget Nanna.
13. J.R. stops, spins around and heads into the Breakfast Room. J.R. Bye, Nanna. He kisses his grandmother Rose on the cheek and speeds out of the kitchen. ROSE Bye, Sweetie. GALE (sighs) Gracie this, Gracie that. Gracie’s trouble, is what Gracie is. I need her out of his life. Billy’s sipping a cup of coffee. BILLY You know, Gale... GALE (raising a scornful eyebrow) If you tell me to let it run its course again I swear to God, Billy, I’ll scream. BILLY No, that’s not what I was going to say. (beat) Gale, he needs to know about Dallas. She puts down her spoon, glares at him. GALE Billy, I don’t want to talk about this now. BILLY Neither do I, but the fact is it’s going to come out sooner or later and he should hear it from us rather than on the news. GALE (concerned) Have any reporters poked around? That cretin Sandy Sanderson would just love to embarrass you. Do you think (MORE)
14. GALE (CONT’D.) Gabrielle’s heard something? She’s smart. It wouldn’t take her much to put two-and-two together for a story. BILLY No, Gale, no one in the press has asked anything yet. But Dallas has a girlfriend. He could tell her. I don’t know how it will get out. The point is, we both know it’s only a matter of time before it does. And what really matters is how J.R. finds out. INT. BLACK RANGE ROVER – MOVING – DAY Billy’s driving with the RADIO ON. ANTONIO. The announcer is SAL
SAL (V.O.) Three weeks after Coach Billy Donahue led the Washington Tech Sea Devils to their first bowl game appearance in 10 years and a thrilling upset over the heavily favored BYU Cougars, it appears the Brain Trust at WTU is set to offer him a four-year contract extension that will pay him a reported $1 million a year. So I ask, what do you think about that Devils fans? Too much too soon or just what Billy D deserves? I’ve got Mitch on line one. MITCH (V.O.) Look, Sal, everybody knows the season would’ve been a complete bust if not for Achilles Addams, and we were lucky to get him. I can see giving Donahue an extension, but that’s a lot of cash for somebody’s who’s only gone 500 over three years. SAL (V.O.) The freshman phenom was clearly a difference maker for the coach this year. And for the record, Donahue’s record is 22 and 17 in three years in Maitland. That includes last month’s win over BYU in the Hawai’i Bowl. Lyle’s on line 2. What’s up brother?
15. LYLE (V.O.) Hey, Sal. Long time listener, first time caller. A CHA-CHING cash register sound effect. SAL (V.O.) Appreciate the call, Lyle. What do you think about Billy D’s new contract? LYLE (V.O.) It’s true that Billy D didn’t recruit Achilles Addams but he did recruit most of the players who made a difference this season, like Cole Seavers, Maurice Erickson and don’t forget Ricky Turner. All three of those guys will be back next year. It takes a few years to turn a program around and I think Donahue’s pretty much on schedule. A RING from the car phone interrupts the radio. Billy pushes a button on the steering wheel to answer. BILLY Hello. GABRIELLE (V.O.) Hi, Billy. Elle, hi. BILLY Where are you?
INT. AIRPORT TERMINAL – DAY Gabrielle walks through a crowded terminal. GABRIELLE The airport in Denver. I just wrapped a feature on Carmello Anthony. Will I see you in L.A. this week? INTERCUT BETWEEN GABRIELLE AND BILLY BILLY I’ll be there. GABRIELLE Good. I’ve got something special for you this time.
16. BILLY (smiling to himself) This time? I can’t think of when it wasn’t special. Her laugh is light and sexy. GABRIELLE Keep talking like that, William, and you’re going to get yourself into trouble. BILLY Is that a threat or a promise? INT. DEPOSITION ROOM – DAY Billy comes into the room and attorney ROBERT BALENTINE (32) stands to greet him. He’s a big man with an athletic build. Iris Cross, Washington Tech’s attorney, is also in the room. BALENTINE Good morning, Coach. I’m Bob Balentine of Baker, McKenzie, Dickenson and Hewitt. BILLY Pleased to meet you, Bob. BALENTINE The pleasure’s mine, Coach. I played tight end for the Devils 10 years ago. Scored a touchdown the last time we made it to a bowl game. Of course, we lost that one. BILLY (a smile) Sometimes I wonder what’s worse, not making it to a bowl game or losing once you get there. BALENTINE You’re 5-0 as a player and a coach in bowl games, so take it from me, Coach, getting there and losing is a lot better than never getting there at all.
17. IRIS Coach, as you know, Baker McKenzie is representing Wall Henderson in his suit against the university. Mister Balentine will be handling the deposition for the other side. BILLY Right. Yes, of course. Let’s get started. Where do you want me? INT. ACHILLES’ APARTMENT – DAY A DUFFLE BAG is on the floor in front of the door. Achilles is on his CELL PHONE. He’s not happy. I’m back. door. ACHILLES I literally just came in the
PORTIA (V.O.) You sound upset with me, Lee. ACHILLES I’m not upset with you. You said to call the second I got back. I just got back a second ago, so I’m calling. PORTIA (V.O.) I tried to get out of it, Lee, but Daddy has done service at the mission here in Monrovia every year for the last 10 years. He needed me to come with him this year. ACHILLES (angrily) And you know how much I needed you, Portia. I haven’t been able to sleep without nightmares since I got here and... PORTIA (V.O.) (fed up) You don’t think I wanted to see you too? That I didn’t need to be with you? Do you know how often I cry myself to sleep? I wanted to come to Washington to take care of you when were hurt, Lee, but you said no. You (MORE)
18. PORTIA (V.O., CONT’D.) didn’t want me there for some reason. Remember? And you know exactly what I’m talking about. Keep that in mind before you cop an attitude with me. ACHILLES (beat) I’m sorry, Portia. It’s...It’s just after the BYU game I felt normal for the first time in a long time. I just wanted to be with you, the way it was, you know? Before. Through the phone we hear a MAN’S VOICE in the b.g. PORTIA (V.O.) Lee, Daddy’s telling me the car’s waiting. Our plane leaves in 2 hours. I have to hang up now. ACHILLES Okay. PORTIA (V.O.) I love you, Lee. ACHILLES I love you too. INT. GRAND BALLROOM – DAY Valerie, Nina Miller and KELSEY HIRSCH (20) are checking out the ballroom. KELSEY Over there is where we’ll have the DJ. He’ll be in a giant pineapple, which represents the Hawai’i Bowl. VALERIE (unimpressed) I know what it represents, Kelsey. I hate it.
KELSEY (put off) But Valerie, we went over all of this before the break and you said then...
19. VALERIE That was then, this is now. And I hate it now. How much will it cost to change it? KELSEY The theme or the pineapple motif? Valerie freezes Kelsey with that icy stare of hers. VALERIE Well we can’t very well change the entire theme since we won the Hawai’i Bowl, now can we? KELSEY The pineapple for the DJ booth is around $500, but there are matching foam pineapple props for the band stand, the microphone stands on stage, name badges... VALERIE Just fix it, Kelsey! Frostbitten by the Ice Princess, Kelsey turns to go, flipping open her cell phone as she walks away. NINA Most people come back from Kauai in a good mood. VALERIE Pineapples, Nina? Really? Is this a junior high prom or a Delta Tau Chi affair? NINA Forget Prada, from where I’m standing it looks like the Devil wears Ann Taylor. Valerie and walks away in a huff. INT. OUTSIDE GRAND BALLROOM – DAY Nina catches up with Valerie. NINA Valerie, what’s up?
20. VALERIE (heavy sigh) This is ridiculous, Nina. I love Richard. He’s everything I’ve ever wanted, we’re perfect together, his family’s wonderful. Why can’t I stop thinking about Achilles? He’s a freshman for God’s sake! NINA Girl, you’ve got it bad. END OF ACT TWO
21. ACT THREE INT. CAKE’S BEDROOM – DAY Cake D’Agostino and Cara Trzcinski sit cross-legged on the bed playing a game of 21. Cake stares at her cards: a 9 and an 8. She looks like she just lost her best friend. CAKE Hit me. Cara flicks her on the arm. CAKE That is so not funny anymore. CARA (grinning) Really? I laugh every time I do it. CAKE It stopped being funny after the first 50 times you did it. When we were 9 years old. Cara gives her another card: a Jack. CAKE (tossing the cards on the bed) Shit. Cara stares at her. CARA You know, maybe you should see somebody. CAKE (annoyed) Come on, Cat. Don’t start that again. I’m not crazy. CARA Who said anything about you being crazy? I just think... CAKE You just think I tried to O.D. on cocaine. It was an accident, Cat. got some bad shit, okay.
22. CARA I know you, Cake. I know you know good coke from bad, and you know how much is too much. CAKE And I know you too, Cat. You did your share of coke and everything else when we were in high school. So don’t get all Polly Fucking Pure Bread on me just because you’re into this “health and fitness” shit. CARA (beat) Look, Cake. I know something’s hurting you inside. And if you won’t tell me what it is, it’s got to be something really bad. (strokes her cheek tenderly) I love you, Cake, and I just want to know you’re all right. The door opens and Sofia D’Agostino comes in. Cake’s mother is carrying a tray of lunch for the girls. She shoots them a suspicious look. Cara lowers her hand from Cake’s cheek. SOFIA Is everything all right in here? CAKE Yes, Mom. You got here just before Cat shot me up with heroine. SOFIA (ignoring her) You’ve been up here for hours. I thought you might be hungry by now, so I brought you girls something to eat. The doctor said you need to keep your strength up, Catherine. INT. DREYFUSS HALL – SUNSET Cara comes into her dorm with a workout bag on her shoulder. A GIRL behind the reception desk signals to her then cuts her eyes to the side. Cara follows them to Lindsay Blum. He’s sitting in the waiting area. Cara goes to him.
23. CARA Lindsay, what are you doing here? LINDSAY (stands) Hey, Cat. How was break? CARA Fine. LINDSAY Did you get my e-mail? The one with the song I wrote? CARA Yeah, I got it. LINDSAY Did you listen to the song? CARA No, Lindsay, I didn’t (off his reaction) Look, Lindsay, breaking up with you was hard enough for me. We shouldn’t make things harder by dragging it out. LINDSAY Cat, I know I was an asshole and I fooled around on you too much. But losing you made me realize just how much of an asshole I was. I mean, you’re the best thing that ever happened to me, Cat. I know that now. CARA Lindsay, please don’t. LINDSAY I don’t blame you for hooking up with that guy. I totally deserved a taste of my own medicine. But I want you back, Cat. I really want you back. His plea tugs at Cara’s emotions. CARA Lindsay, I love Dallas. I know that now...
24. LINDSAY But you love me too. And I love you. We were good together, Cat. You know that. CARA Lindsay, we loved having sex together. That’s not the same thing as being in love. I don’t want to be just a great piece of ass. I want more than that in a relationship, Lindsay. Lindsay transforms from heartfelt suitor to scorned lover. LINDSAY Oh, so you’re not fucking Jorge or Pedro or whatever the fuck his name is? I know you better than that, Cat. CARA Stop it, Lindsay. LINDSAY You need it like a bitch in heat. CARA I’m out of here. She walks away. Cat, I’m sorry! didn’t mean it! LINDSAY I’m sorry! Please, I
She darts into the stairwell. EXT. FIELD HOUSE - DAY Kumar and Felix are on trash cleanup duty. So are Gracie and J.R., but there’s more grab ass going on between them than trash grabbing. KUMAR (loudly) Some of us would like to get this over with so we can get the fuck out of here.
25. FELIX Don’t be a hater, man. You tapped that all last summer, just be glad you didn’t catch something. KUMAR Who says I didn’t? (louder) Who says I didn’t catch something from that scabby slut? J.R. looks over at him. Gracie puts her hand on his arm. GRACIE Forget him, Johnny. J.R. He can’t call you that. KUMAR I tapped that every way you can think of, so I ought to know what I’m talking about. I heard she gave a guy crabs. J.R. breaks away from Gracie and crosses to confront Kumar. GRACIE Johnny, don’t. KUMAR Yeah “Johnny”, don’t. You don’t want to get your candy ass kicked in front of this cheap piece of trailer trash. J.R. cracks Kumar in the jaw with a right, knocking him backward. GRACIE No! Stop it! Kumar rushes J.R., tackles him. They go at it furiously. Kumar’s getting the best of J.R. on the ground. Stop! Stop! GRACIE Felix, do something! FELIX He’s your boyfriend.
You do something.
26. INT. FIELD HOUSE (OFFICE) – DAY J.R. sits holding an ice pack to his bruised and swollen jaw. Gracie is next to him, trying to comfort him. MAN (O.S.) Right this way, Mrs. Donahue. Gracie and J.R. look up as Gale walks in. bristle under her glare. INT. DONAHUE FOYER – DAY Gale and J.R. come in and J.R. makes a beeline for the stairs. GALE Don’t get too comfortable up there. I’m calling your father right now. I’m sure he’ll have a few choice words for you. INT. GALE’S OFFICE – DAY Gale walks in. Mathilda is seated on the sofa, typing away on her ever-present PDA. MATHILDA How did it go? GALE (pinches her forehead) Awful. He got into a fistfight with some boy over that tramp. Mathilda has already gone to Gale’s desk and pulled out a package of ZOLOFT. She hands her two pills. GALE I don’t know what to do, Mattie. I’ve tried to be patient. I’ve tried to be understanding. Mathilda takes a bottle of water from a small refrigerator, hands it to Gale. Gale pops the antidepressants and chases them with a drink of water. MATHILDA J.R. is young. She’s probably his first real girlfriend. They both
27. GALE He’s too young. She’s 17, Mattie. Do you remember when you were 17? Would you have ever gone out with a boy two years younger than you, let alone have sex with him? MATHILDA I didn’t have much interest in boys at that age. GALE You were lucky. Daddy being head football coach helped cut down on a lot of my headaches. Like the law of natural selection, weak boys were too afraid to come around and the ones who weren’t usually didn’t last long. Gale goes to her desk and begins sorting through papers. GALE You know, Mattie, I can’t imagine what I’d ever do without you. But I’d love to see you meet a nice man who you could get serious about. INT. DR. RUBENSTEIN’S OFFICE – DAY CLOSE ON Dr. Michelle Rubenstein. Sincere, patient. That’s
MICHELLE I’m not here to pass judgment. not what therapy is about. CAKE (O.S.) Then what is it about?
When we see her on the sofa across from Michelle, Cake seems very small, almost a child. She’s not showing any cleavage, her hair is pulled back and she’s not wearing makeup. Instead of the voluptuous teen temptress we’ve come to know, she’s the essence of pubescent innocence. MICHELLE Why do you think you’re here? CAKE I don’t know why I’m here. I’m not crazy and I didn’t try to kill myself.
28. MICHELLE Is that why you think your parents wanted you to come? CAKE Isn’t that what they told you? Michelle looks at her notes. MICHELLE They told me that you’ve been very withdrawn lately and that they’re worried your drug use could lead to addiction. I don’t have anything in my notes about an attempted suicide. EXT. DR. RUBENSTEIN’S HOME/OFFICE – DAY Cake emerges from a side exit of the home and walks to the sidewalk out front. She goes to a beat up Mustang. Cara’s behind the wheel. INT. MUSTANG – MOVING – DAY Heavy silence. Cara looks over at Cake – who stares blankly out the passenger side window – then back on the road ahead. CARA How was it? CAKE (beat) That’s another half-hour of my life I’ll never get back. INT. DR. RUBENSTEIN’S OFFICE – DAY Michelle pours a cup of tea for Mathilda, who picks it up from the table. They each take sips from their cups. MICHELLE So you’ve never been with a man? MATHILDA Never. When the other girls in my school were going – I believe you call it “boy crazy” – I wasn’t in the least (MORE)
29. MATHILDA (CONT’D.) bit interested in boys. Not even in the romance that is so much a part of a girl’s teenage years. MICHELLE When did you realize you were attracted to women? MATHILDA (takes a sip of tea) I was 21. I had lived with the Nielsens for about a year. MICHELLE The Nielsens? MATHILDA I came to the United States from Germany as an exchange student when I was 19. I wanted to stay and continue my studies here, so I took a job as an au pair. I worked for Aaron and Elizabeth Nielsen in the summer and attended Cornell in the fall. After my first year at Cornell, I moved in with the Nielsens year-round. (beat) That’s when I discovered I was in love with Elizabeth. INT. DONAHUE DINING ROOM – NIGHT Close on J.R.’s still-bruised face. It’s red with outrage.
J.R. You’re both such fucking hypocrites! GALE J.R.! We’re still your parents and we won’t tolerate being spoken to that way. Gale’s sitting across from him; Billy’s standing by her side.
30. J.R. What else should I call you? You walk around like you’re so perfect and you’re not! You’re not even close! BILLY We never said we were perfect, J.R. J.R. And you’re the biggest hypocrite of all! Mr. All-American, Mr. Heisman, Coach Comeback! How many other skanks have you banged behind mom’s back? Billy tenses, ready to deck the boy. GALE J.R. that’s enough! You deserved to know about Dallas, but you don’t have the right to pass judgment on us. Having a half-brother hasn’t changed your life one iota. We’ve given you every advantage a child could possibly have and we don’t love you any less. J.R. gets up. J.R. Oh please, Mom! Save the “We love you speech” for his other son! Maybe he’ll give a rat’s ass! J.R. storms out of the room. END OF ACT THREE
31. ACT FOUR INT. DONAHUE GUEST BEDROOM – LATER Billy’s travel bag is on the bed. BILLY Come in. Gale comes inside, closes the door. packing. Billy goes back to A KNOCK on the door.
GALE I thought Bob was handling recruiting in Southern California? BILLY He is, but there are at least two Blue Chips in L.A. who are very interested in the program since we won the Hawai’i Bowl. I want to lock them up now if I can. Gale goes to the closet, pulls out a powder blue shirt and lays it on the bed next to a darker one. GALE It’s just you normally save the hard sell recruiting for the last two weeks before National Signing Day. BILLY (stops packing, annoyed) National Signing Day is in February. If I’m going to scoop kids away from USC and UCLA I’ve got to hit living rooms now, while Hawai’i is still fresh in their minds. You know this, Gale. You’re Wolf Ryan’s daughter for Christ’s sake. GALE (beat) I know. It’s just J.R.’s very upset right now. He may do something dramatic. He looks at her and softens.
32. BILLY Gale, how many times can I say I’m sorry? I don’t know what else you want me to do. GALE (looks deeply in his eyes) Don’t wear the dark blue shirt. You’ll look like a used car salesman. INT. FOOD KING – DAY Petite, pretty redhead Suzy Johnson is in the frozen food section. She’s trying to decide between Lean Cuisine and Smart Cuisine. IPHONE (O.S.) I prefer Lean Cuisines. Suzy looks up at the mountain that is Warren “iPhone” Sitren, smiling at her nervously and sweating like a pig. She frowns at him. SUZY Really? IPHONE Yeah, the Lasagna is only 350 calories. (grinning) One of those would fill someone your size up for a week. SUZY (weirdo!) Whatever. She moves down the aisle to escape. iPhone follows.
IPHONE By the way, Suzy, I’m Warren. She ignores him. IPHONE (clears his throat) I said, I’m Warren.
33. SUZY (turns toward him) You’re Warren and you like Lean Cuisines. I’m Suzy and I’m not interested. I think that about covers it, don’t you? Bye. She walks away, rolling her eyes as goes. IN THE PRODUCE SECTION Valerie is examining a CUCUMBER. BECKY (O.S.) I like mine bigger. Valerie looks up at Becky Van Helsing, who’s holding a CUCUMBER that’s bigger. VALERIE (rolls her eyes) Rebecca. BECKY Val. So you Delts all ready for your big “Bowl Bash” on Saturday? VALERIE Yes, we are. Maybe next year you Gammas can kick off the semester with a memorable event...Oh, I’m sorry, I forgot. Nationals put your chapter on indefinite probation. Something about lewd behavior, wasn’t it? BECKY (smiling) You know how it is, Val, girls just wanna have fun. You remember fun, don’t you? Oh, I forgot, Deltas don’t do fun. The wrinkles you get from hiking your skirts are so unbecoming. VALERIE Though not quite as unbecoming as the rug burns you Gammas all seem to have on your knees. Valerie drops the cucumber in her HAND CART and moves to the lettuce. Becky follows.
34. BECKY I don’t suppose Richard’s coming up for the bash? VALERIE No he’s not. BECKY Now that’s got to be an embarrassing first: a Delta president going stag to the biggest event on campus. What will people think? VALERIE I really don’t care what people think, Rebecca. They lock eyes. Val. BECKY We both know that’s not true.
INT. DALLAS’ DORM ROOM – DAY Dallas and Cara casually toss a football back and forth across the room. He’s lounging on his bed; she sits crosslegged atop his desk. DALLAS You must have liked that show E.R.? CARA Yeah but that’s not why I want to be an emergency room surgeon. DALLAS Why then? CARA I want to be a doctor and I want to save peoples’ lives. More lives are saved in emergency rooms than anyplace else. What about you? You think you’ll get drafted into the NFL? DALLAS (laughs) I’m not counting on it. Why not? CARA You’re good, Dallas.
35. DALLAS Yeah and so are a thousand other defensive backs in college. I don’t like those odds. CARA So what do you want to do when you graduate? DALLAS I like the idea of being a teacher. She holds onto the ball. Really? CARA I don’t see you as a teacher.
She tosses the ball. DALLAS Why not? CARA Dallas, you’re not exactly the patient, nurturing type. DALLAS You might be right about that. But I think I can help kids. You know, kids who have it rough in their neighborhood or at home. She smiles, pleased at this side of him. CARA So you like kids, huh? He sees where she’s headed. DALLAS (smiling) Other people’s kids, yeah.
CARA I want to have kids one day. Two, maybe three. After medical school, residency and all of that, of course. And, of course, I’d have to find the right man. A POUNDING on the door. Dallas sits upright on the bed.
36. DALLAS (to the door) Who is it? More POUNDING. Cara reacts. DALLAS What the fu-He gets up, starts for the door. CARA Dallas, let me get it. DALLAS What? More POUNDING. CARA I know who it is. Son of a bitch. He moves toward the door. to stop him. DALLAS Lindsay! Cara puts her hands on his chest Cara jumps off the desk.
CARA Please, let me handle it, Dallas. More POUNDING. Bullshit! you. DALLAS I’m not going to hide behind
CARA It’s not hiding behind me. I don’t want you two fighting anymore. Dallas, please, just let me handle it. Frustrated, he backs away. She turns and opens the door. J.R.’s standing in the hallway, his bruised face contorted with anger. J.R. Is my brother here? Cara looks at him, puzzled.
37. J.R. (louder) I said, is my brother here? Dallas opens the door all the way. DALLAS Yeah, I’m here. Cara looks over her shoulder at Dallas then back at J.R. CARA Holy shit. INT. PENNEBAKER LIVING ROOM – SUNSET Maria Pennebaker and Gale are each having a glass of wine. GALE Harold is really making progress, Maria. You’re very lucky he’s a strong man. MARIA I’m just hoping he makes a full recovery. At his age things can go down hill very fast after a heart attack. GALE He’s got the best doctors available. I’m sure he’ll be perfectly fine. Besides, I’m counting on him to serve as our honored guest at this year’s Children’s Hospital Association Gala. MARIA He wouldn’t miss it, Gale. sure of it. More wine? GALE Thank you. Maria refills her glass. MARIA Men like Harold are so driven. The mere thought that he couldn’t make a full recovery would make him go nuts. I’m sure Billy’s the same way. I’ll make
38. GALE He can be very determined once he sets his mind to something. MARIA (beat) Gale, I don’t mean to pry... GALE Maria, our friendship has come to mean a lot to me. I hope you know by now we can talk about anything. MARIA Well, I’ve known a few men in my time – not all of them intimately, of course, but close enough – and one thing I’ve come to learn is Gospel. Success brings hoochies out of the woodwork faster than you can say paternity test. Gale covers her anxiety at what might come out of Maria’s mouth next. MARIA I was just wondering...Have you and Billy resumed (whispers) “marital relations?” Gale puts down her wine glass, relieved that she doesn’t know about Dallas. GALE You mean have we made love? (Maria nods) No. Not recently. MARIA Gale, I know I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but men like Billy and Harold, they have strong desires. Very strong desires. GALE Maria, what are you getting at?
39. MARIA He’s at the peak of his career. He’s just made an incredible comeback and he’s got to be feeling his oats, as it were. Gale, you can’t deny him forever. That man needs to get laid and believe me, honey, he will. GALE (scoffing) Maria, really. Are you saying you think Billy would cheat on me? MARIA I know he loves you, Gale. But he’s a man - an attractive, very successful man who just signed a contract to make over a million dollars a year. Take it from someone who knows, there are women out there right now who are willing to bend over backwards – or any other way he likes it – to please him. GALE (mildly amused) Maria, I appreciate your concern. I really do. But I know Billy. He would never cheat on me. INT. GABRIELLE’S APARTMENT – NIGHT Billy walks in and is greeted by hundreds of BURNING CANDLES. They’re everywhere. He follows the trail of candles through the apartment, finally reaching the bedroom. He pushes the door open. Gabrielle is on the bed in a negligee, one wrist tied to the bedpost. A silk cord dangles from her other wrist, waiting to be tied. Hello, William. girl. GABRIELLE I’ve been a very bad
END OF ACT FOUR
40. ACT FIVE INT. PLAYER’S LOUNGE – NIGHT The few players left in the lounge are thinking about heading out. Among them are THE GUYS - Roulon Jones, Jabari Colvin, Boss Cheadle and the lone underclassman, flanker Maurice Erickson. JABARI Yo Maurice! Dog, can I get a ride over to the Bowl Bash with you? ROULON Man, Jabari, I can’t believe you got through four years of college and never got your own wheels. JABARI We can’t all be banging rich boosters’ wives who buy us things, now can we? ROULON (laughing) Don’t hate, my brother.
MAURICE You can ride over with me, J, but you better count on finding another way back. BOSS Now why might that be, young Erickson? MAURICE Because I plan on hooking up with one those fine ass Deltas tonight, that’s why. The guys bust a gut laughing. JABARI Nigga puhleeze! The only way you’re gonna hook up with a Delta is if. Wait a minute, you ain’t never gonna hook up with a Delta!
41. MAURICE Why the fuck not? You saw the way they were all on us before we went to Hawai’i. And they’re holding this bash for us. (flexes, kisses his biceps) Believe me, boys, those honeys want some of this. The guys laugh and mock him. BOSS Okay, Grasshopper, it’s time somebody schooled your young ass in the ways of the world. I’ve been here five years and I’ve learned there are three immutable truths at Wa Tech. Maurice looks puzzled. “Immutable?”
JABARI (to Maurice) It means permanent, unchanging, real. Have you ever been to a class? BOSS One: Chancellor Reed is a closet homo. Two: Nobody gets an A in Professor Nelson’s Western Civ class. And three: Deltas don’t date broke ass brothers who don’t have game. And you, young Erickson, are one broke ass brother. ROULON With absolutely no game whatsoever. They laugh again. As they do Achilles walks into the lounge with his cell phone to his ear. THE GUYS Hey, Q.B.! Achilles nods and keeps walking. After he’s passed.
MAURICE I heard Q.B.’s been hooking up with the president of the Deltas. So what does that say about your three immovable truths, Boss man? JABARI Immutable.
42. MAURICE You want a ride or what, J? BOSS Okay, young Skywalker, so here’s the fourth truth. Maybe you should write this one down. Quarterbacks who throw for 3,000 yards can bang any chick they want. The guys laugh it up as they walk out of the lounge. Achilles listens to the phone. PORTIA (V.O.) Hey, this is Portia. At the tone you know what to do. ACHILLES Portia, hey, baby it’s me – again. I don’t know what time it is where you are. I don’t even know what country in Africa you’re in. (beat) Look, just call when you get this message. Whenever it is. Okay? Achilles flips his phone closed, looks at it, disappointed. INT. WEIGHT ROOM – NIGHT Burner Turner is busting a serious sweat on a leg curl machine. He grunts out two more reps then notices Achilles standing near the door. He pulls an ear bud out. We hear the faint sounds of the Dixie Chicks. Burner’s everpresent grin is gone. He’s all business these days. BURNER What are you doing here, Addams? ACHILLES I was going to ask you the same thing. Aren’t you going to the Bowl Bash? BURNER You see me play in any bowls? ACHILLES I got the impression from Coach that we were expected to be there. Like it’s a command performance.
43. BURNER (cruel laugh) When did you start giving a shit what Coach expected you to do? EXT. ACHILLES’ APARTMENT – NIGHT Achilles climbs the outside stairs, stops at the top when he sees Becky van Helsing leaning against the door of his apartment. BECKY Hi, Handsome. Hey, Becks. ACHILLES What are you doing here?
BECKY I don’t know. I was feeling a little lonely I guess. You lonely? believe. ACHILLES I find that hard to
BECKY (a come hither look) Well, maybe lonely isn’t exactly the right word. ACHILLES What happened to your boyfriend Bobby or Robbie or whatever his name is? She runs a hand down the front of his jacket, stops at his belt buckle. Licks her lips. BECKY It didn’t work out. You know how that goes, don’t you? ACHILLES (feels the heat) Look, Becky, I’m supposed to go to this Bowl Bash, you know for... She moves up against him.
44. BECKY There’s nothing there for you, Handsome. Just a bunch of stuck up, frigid divas who don’t know what they want. I know what I want...and I know what you like. ACHILLES Becky... She kisses his neck. BECKY Let’s have our own party, okay? ... INT. GRAND BALLROOM – NIGHT The party’s in full swing. A band rocks the ballroom with CLASSIC DANCE HITS. There isn’t a single pineapple in sight but the ballroom has been magically transformed into a Hawaiian Island. The Deltas are easy to spot – they’re the finest honeys in the room and they all wear something pink. Boss and Roulon can barely contain their amusement as Maurice hits on Kelsey and goes down in flames. iPhone stalks Suzy, Suzy stalks another player. Jabari and Nina, on the other hand, get their groove on out on the dance floor. They have some serious chemistry going on. In the midst of it all we find Valerie, the most beautiful belle at the ball, alone, holding a COSMOPOLITAN. As the band takes a break, Nina appears. NINA I’m out of here, Big Sis. What?! VALERIE Where are you going?!
Nina turns and looks at Jabari, who’s waiting by the exit holding her coat. VALERIE Are you serious? NINA (smiling) As a heart attack. Don’t wait up. Valerie sighs, takes about half the Cosmo down in one sip.
45. NINA I haven’t seen your man all night. he even show? VALERIE He’s not my man and no he didn’t. What an ass. NINA Sorry, Big Sis. Did
VALERIE (unable to cover her disappointment) Sorry? There’s nothing to be sorry about, Nina. Nothing at all. She drains the rest of the Cosmo. INT. ACHILLES’ BEDROOM – NIGHT Achilles and Becky are naked, going at it on the bed. He reaches for the night table, pulls open the drawer. Becky pulls his arm back and pushes him off of her, onto his back. She rolls on top. He reaches over again but she pins him, kisses him deeply. ACHILLES Wait a sec. BECKY (a lustful grin and nod of her head) Uh-uhn. ACHILLES But Becks... Too late. She mounts him, moans with pleasure and begins a slow grind. He falls back, holds on for the ride. INT. GABRIELLE’S LIVING ROOM – NIGHT Gabrielle, wrapped in a sheet, is blowing out candles. Billy, naked, comes up from behind, takes her in his arms. He kisses her neck, shoulders and back. He revels in her. BILLY You’re like a drug and I’m completely hooked.
46. Mmmmmm. GABRIELLE Have some more, Baby.
The sheet falls to the floor. INT. WEST EGG – NIGHT Dallas and J.R. sit in a booth. Their plates are covered with syrup but the pancakes are long gone. A waitress comes by, refills their coffee cups. J.R. I remember that morning you came to the house for breakfast. After the first game. They were so proud of you with your touchdown and your two interceptions. It was almost like you were the son they should’ve had. DALLAS I should’ve told him then. That’s the reason I came over, you know. J.R. Why didn’t you? DALLAS (beat) Man. Your mother, my “Evil Stepmother”, was so nice to me. I guess I didn’t want to disappoint her. Can you believe that? J.R. (smirking) Believe it? You’ve only known her for a few months. Try living with that shit for 15 years. Dallas smiles. J.R. smiles. A connection.
J.R. What’s your mom like? DALLAS She’s all right. She works hard, doesn’t complain. Doesn’t take shit off of anybody. She’s Mexican, so she’s not into guilt trips. She’d just as soon smack you upside the head as talk to you about what you did wrong.
47. J.R. checks out Dallas’ tattoos. J.R. But she let you get all of those? DALLAS (laughs) Man, you have led a sheltered
Let me? life.
J.R. I could just see Mom now if I came home with a tattoo. She’d freak. “Your father’s going to have a few choice words for you.” Or “Daddy, the ‘Coach’, would slap that thing right off your arm.” And forget about a piercing. Whoa! She’d be riding her broomstick for a month over something like that. Dallas looks at his little brother for a beat. signals for the waitress. DALLAS Can we get the check? INT. PORSCHE BOXSTER – NIGHT We’re looking through the windshield of the parked car. A BMW 325 pulls up on the other side of the street, parks in front of a walkup apartment building. The headlights go out and Sonny D’Agostino gets out of the car. POV – a GLOCK .9mm automatic pistol resting in a woman’s hand. EXT. WALKUP APARTMENT BUILDING – NIGHT Sonny WHISTLES softly to himself as he walks toward his building. CAKE (O.S.) Sonny. He turns. At first he’s surprised to see Cake walking across the street toward him. Then he smiles broadly. looks hot as hell. He’s going to get some tonight. She Then he
48. SONNY Cake. Hi, how are you doing? missed you. I’ve
She walks right up to him, raises the Glock with her right hand, points right between his eyes. Whoa! SONNY Cake, what are you doing? WIDER
ANGLE ON her finger as it tightens on the trigger. ANGLE to see her eyes, dark and cold. Inhuman. SONNY Cake! Please, put that thing away! Cake NO!
FADE OUT. On a black screen we hear a single GUNSHOT. END OF EPISODE