ANOTHER YEAR A lm by Mike Leigh
Title: ‘SPRING’ A big close-up. A middle-aged WOMAN. She is in pain. She wears no make-up. Another woman speaks, out of vision. We will discover that she is a DOCTOR. DOCTOR So how long's this been going on for? WOMAN I don't know. DOCTOR A few weeks? WOMAN A long time. DOCTOR
A year? (Pause)
WOMAN I suppose so. DOCTOR A whole year? You've taken your time to come and see me, haven't you? WOMAN You think it's going to stop, don't you? DOCTOR Right, I'm just going to take your blood pressure. Can you pop your arm on the desk for me? (The close-up ends. From here on in, the shots vary.)
(The WOMAN puts her arm on the desk.) DOCTOR (CONT’D) There you go. Can you straighten it up, and push up your sleeve? (The WOMAN does so.) DOCTOR (CONT’D) Are you dozing in the daytime?
WOMAN Sometimes, so I just need something to help me sleep. DOCTOR I know. How much sleep are you getting at night? (She wraps the cloth around the woman’s arm.) WOMAN I'm not getting any, am I? That's the problem - that's why I'm here. DOCTOR I understand, sweetheart. Okay... it's just going to go tight. (She pumps up the apparatus. The measure rises in the gauge. Tense, the WOMAN breathes heavily. The DOCTOR removes the cloth.) DOCTOR (CONT’D) Have you got any particular worries at the moment? (The WOMAN vaguely shakes her head.) DOCTOR (CONT’D) No financial problems? WOMAN No. I dunno what that's got to do with it. DOCTOR What about at home? How are things with husband? (The WOMAN doesn’t reply. The DOCTOR gets up, moves round the WOMAN, and stands behind her with her stethoscope. We see that the DOCTOR is pregnant, and black.) DOCTOR (CONT’D) Okay, if you could just lean forward for me and take a few deep breaths, in through your mouth. (She does so; the DOCTOR listens to her back.) And again. DOCTOR (CONT’D)
My husband drinks.only see her when she wants something. WOMAN
DOCTOR Everything okay? WOMAN (Shrugs. WOMAN
.) So will you give me some sleeping tablets? DOCTOR Maybe. but it might not solve your problem. WOMAN Give me a night's sleep. Daughter's left .3. Then . DOCTOR And how about you? Have you started your menopause? Yes.) DOCTOR (CONT’D) Have you got any kids? Yes.
(More breathing.) DOCTOR (CONT’D) ‘Ts lovely and clear. Works with his Father. though. (The DOCTOR returns to her desk. DOCTOR Is that a problem? No. WOMAN
DOCTOR Are they still at home with you? WOMAN Son is. wouldn't it? DOCTOR How much alcohol are you drinking? WOMAN I don't drink.
) Okay. Alright? Yes. mightn't we? (Pause. and speak to our counsellor. Your blood pressure is slightly raised.? WOMAN (Shakes her head) DOCTOR How about coffee? Are you drinking a lot to keep awake? WOMAN Coffee . and a little depressed.. Sleeping tablets won't make it go away. I will give you something to help you sleep. just to check your thyroid.
. We need to find the cause. but I'm not overly concerned about that at the moment.. You can make an appointment at reception.. Tea? Yes.. But I do want you to have a blood test. we might have to look at that. WOMAN What good's that? DOCTOR Insomnia isn't a disease.4. What for? WOMAN
DOCTOR I think she'd be able to help you. but just enough for a week.yes. so I want you to come back. WOMAN
DOCTOR Now. Now you're obviously anxious.
DOCTOR Are you taking any drugs? Medication. DOCTOR WOMAN
GERRI Don't do your back in.
An allotment. TOM is turning over soil with a spade. It doesn't get any easier. (The WOMAN looks anxious. The couple are TOM and GERRI. this. GERRI Joe used to love it here. loading gardening equipment into the back of a large Volvo estate car. He has a beard. A middle-aged couple scuttle out of a reasonably large Edwardian semi-detached suburban house. Job for a younger man. He stops.)
Pouring rain. TOM I know. TOM Did you speak to my son and heir? GERRI I left him a message on his answer-phone. (She plants a plant. But will you see the counsellor? I think it will do you some good. and joins
. She has long hair.) TOM It's going to rain again. They drive off. straggly hair and spectacles. GERRI. Both are informal and alternative in demeanour and attire.5.
WOMAN But you'll give me the prescription now? DOCTOR Yes. You think about it for a moment. It has stopped raining. as the DOCTOR enters data onto her computer. who is planting.
Mick? Alright? Hello. give or take. They share a joke. MICK TOM
(MICK helps the first WORKER.) TOM (CONT’D) How long will it take us to get back?
. wearing a hard hat. TOM (CONT’D) Alright.6.. boss. He and a young male colleague. what? .) TOM'S COLLEAGUE Alright. bright weather.
Clear. TOM gets out of the passenger seat. Seventeen-and-a-half. They look happy and contented. TOM'S COLLEAGUE What you got? You hit rock. who unscrews a small section at one end of the tube. and stops. A motor barge on the water. who has been driving. walk over to the rig. Probably.
More heavy rain. sipping mugs of tea. Two men are laying out a long metal tube on a bench. TOM
(The other WORKER joins them. then? WORKER Yeah . A train passes a Land-Rover. This is the fourth. then? WORKER Alright. which drives across a barren piece of wasteland by the River Thames. The car circles a drilling rig. the cityscape in the distance.. a suit and tie. so I reckon. and a yellow safety jacket. TOM and GERRI are sitting in their nearby shelter on the allotment.we just gone through. TOM'S COLLEAGUE Seventeen and a half? (To TOM) It's got to be a scour hollow.
(TOM and his colleague get into the car and drive off.)
A large industrial shed. Long tables. Andy .) TOM'S COLLEAGUE ‘Ts quite nice.7. Good. who scrapes off a small sample of muddy clay with his fingers. He examines a small piece of clay with a megnifier. as ANDY and MICK get on with the job. (TOM’S COLLEAGUE passes him the sample and the magnifier. with traffic. TOM
. Technicians inspecting and logging sample of clay.
TOM'S COLLEAGUE Twenty-five.See you! Cheers! Ta ta. (TOM inspects it. TOM TOM'S COLLEAGUE
FIRST WORKER There you go. He inspects it for a second.) Very nice. He holds it out to TOM. enthusiastic. TOM'S COLLEAGUE Dusting of mica. TOM Let's have a look. (He has removed the section. TOM’S COLLEAGUE unwraps such a sample. TOM looks on. Are you hungry? I am. Warm. etc. and laughs.) TOM (cheerfully) Yes! London clay! Thank you! TOM'S COLLEAGUE Thanks.
GERRI waits for a while. isn't it? Yeah. JANET I can't remember.8. (MORE)
. TOM'S COLLEAGUE
The Medical Centre. Another small.) TOM (CONT’D) It's just a dusting. GERRI is counselling JANET.why should I? None of your business. the insomniac from the first scene. GERRI What would you say was the happiest moment of your life? JANET What d'you mean? GERRI Your nicest memory.) GERRI (CONT’D) When your children were born? Your wedding day? JANET I don't know. Have a think. Miserable and expressionless. GERRI Take your time. Don't want to talk about my family . GERRI Can't. (JANET sits in silence. unsympathetic room. or won't? Mm? JANET
GERRI Can't or won't remember? JANET Don't know what I'm doing here I don't want to come. TOM points to it.
(His COLLEAGUE is breaking off another chunk of earth.
GERRI What else would you say? JANET I don't know. Anything else? JANET That all she needed was a couple of months of proper sleep. (GERRI looks at her for a few moments. I want to help you that's why we're here. GERRI Okay. or something like that.
GERRI Janet. and said “I haven't been sleeping for months”. your daughter. GERRI What would you ask her? JANET Is she eating alright. (She reflects for a moment. What would you say to them? JANET Go to the doctor.say. Suppose the boot was on the other foot. and someone came to you . JANET
. and then that would sort it out.) On a scale of one to ten. GERRI Sort what out? JANET The sleeping. Janet? One. how happy would you say you are.) GERRI Good. and nobody's helping me. I know it's not easy to talk about personal things.9. JANET (CONT'D) All I need is a good night's sleep.
GERRI One. GERRI I hope to see you next week. Janet. I'll be here. (Slight smile. (JANET walks out of the room without saying anything.) I think there's room for improvement there. Bye. isn't it? JANET Nothing changes. GERRI (CONT’D) Bye. They walk along together. Change is frightening. (Pause.)
A little later. but it's up to you. and crosses the waiting-room. GERRI gently touching TANYA’s tummy. Sam. and moves back into the room. GERRI sees JANET out of the room. closes the door. the pregnant doctor we met earlier. (She is addressing TANYA. who puts on his cap. bye. SAM
(GERRI shuts her door.)
Later still. Bye. GERRI sighs. No pressure.10. Same time.)
. GERRI A different life. Outside GERRI’s room. She comes out with a CLIENT.) GERRI Look at you! You look like you're fit to burst. don't you? What is the one thing that would improve your life apart from sleep? JANET A different life.
. GERRI Can you process these for me? (She is carrying some documents. WOMAN
GERRI Hello. give me a shout. middle-aged woman with her hair pinned up and wearing a lowcut dress. Mary MARY You're a sight for sore eyes.) MARY I don't suppose you fancy a drink tonight. GERRI Well.
..) Hi. to be honest. (She takes the documents.) Hello. snowed under.. seeing as it's you. surrounded by piles of files.11.) MARY Oh.) And I've got a headache. do you? GERRI I'd love one. Gemma! (A young woman is passing her. GERRI Have you seen the doctor? (MARY laughs.. (She takes off her spectacles. Gerri. is sitting at a computer. Big Boy's wrestling his way down.) GERRI How are you? MARY I'm. An attractive. I'll do more than shout! (GERRI laughs and goes into an office. if he pops out. well.
TANYA I am fit to burst. She is wearing reading glasses. TANYA Sweetheart.
MARY Oh.) GERRI And you can't cook.are you sure? GERRI I've only got an hour. GERRI and MARY are seated at a table.. (Giggles. GERRI Haven't you? MARY No. then resumes work. MARY Oh. GERRI Tom's cooking supper. lovely! GERRI I'll see you later.)
In a busy bar. I've never been with a man who could cook. MARY Yeah .) GERRI That doesn't get you fed. (GERRI goes. great . MARY No. sharing a bottle of white wine. Gerri. I can a bit.12. Well. MARY reflects for a moment. MARY That's alright.keeps a girl happy. GERRI No. MARY (CONT’D) D’you know. MARY Yeah. Yeah. it's not!
. though. but it's not really my thing.. They could do lots of other things. (Laughs.
MARY Oh - don't remind me about that, Gerri! (She giggles again. GERRI smiles.) GERRI You could put an ad in the paper: “Chef wanted.” MARY Yeah. “Chef-stroke-boyfriend required for gorgeous girl” - no: “mature woman, with cat.” (Laughs.) No - “matur-ish.” We don't want to put ‘em off, do we? (MARY now observes a handsome middle-aged MAN in a suit. He is standing at the bar, alone, drinking a glass of wine.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh, it's really lovely the way you and Tom do everything together. GERRI We're very lucky. MARY Yeah, you are - but you deserve it: you're both such lovely people. GERRI Oops - me halo's slipping! MARY Yeah, Saint Gerri. (Chuckles.) No, but I'm really comfortable with where I am in my life, as you know. I've got my lovely little garden flat; I've got a good job; I've got my health, touch wood, I've got my independence. I haven't got anybody telling me what to do. I mean, don't get me wrong, it's not all rosy - I have good days and bad days like everyone else, don't I? But, hey!! GERRI Are you going to do something about your garden this year?
MARY Oh Gerri, no - don't remind me, I'm really guilty about that. I've neglected it, haven't I? GERRI Yeah, you have. MARY Oh, but yesterday... I was just brushing my teeth, and I looked out the window, and I saw these two little daffodils peeping over the top of the grass. I must get it cut this year. GERRI You have to get yourself that lawn-mower, Mary. MARY Yeah, I know. Couldn't I just get a man in? It wouldn't cost too much. GERRI Hmm. “Gardener-stroke-chef-strokeboyfriend.” MARY (Laughing) Yeah. Oh, but no... I don't want to spend too much money at the moment, because I'm going to get myself a little car. GERRI Oh, are you? MARY Yeah - I've decided, it's about time. GERRI It's a big step. MARY Yeah, I know - it's exciting, isn't it? I mean, I've got a little bit of money - not a lot, but... enough. But it does mean I'm going to have to cut back on my, you know - shoes, clothes, jewellery, all my little knickknacky things. But that's alright because I've got loads of clothes. I mean, my wardrobe isn't big enough. (MORE)
15. MARY (CONT'D) In fact I'm not doing anything this weekend, so I'm going to get up really early,sort out all my winter clothes, put ‘em into plastic bags and shove ‘em under the bed. (She picks up the wine bottle, and aims for GERRI’s glass.) Can I top you up?
GERRI No, I'm going now, Mary. MARY Oh, aren't you going to help me finish the bottle? GERRI No, really. MARY Oh, alright. Well, I think I'm going to stay for a little while. (She pours herself the rest of the wine, and glances at the MAN at the bar.) MARY (CONT’D) How's Joe? Have you heard from him this week? GERRI No. But I'm sure he's fine. MARY Still not got a girlfriend? GERRI I've no idea. MARY He must have something on the go, a good-looking boy like him. (GERRI has put on her cape. She gets up, and kisses MARY.) GERRI See you on Thursday. Oh... MARY
GERRI And you're coming for supper on Saturday. MARY Oh, lovely. Thank you, Gerri. Give my love to that lovely Tom.
. and MARY looks crestfallen.
GERRI I will. takes a relaxing breath. MARY’s seductive expression melts to horror. (They taste the sauce in turn. beautiful back garden. She tends to a bush. where she sprays a plant or two. Then she picks a leaf. and snuggles up. (TOM stops stirring. MARY prepares to flirt with the MAN at the bar. She puts her arms round him from behind. as an attractive YOUNG WOMAN with long.) No.) TOM (CONT’D) Have a taste.16. Yeah.. where TOM is stirring. and turns to face her. attractive kitchen. (He holds out the wooden spoon. which she sniffs as she enters her expansive. and embraces the man. Are you hungry? GERRI I'm starving. blonde hair and a broad smile arrives. You take care. GERRI first. GERRI
. He is wearing an apron. who for a moment glances in her direction.) GERRI I hope it's not too hot. TOM
(He kisses her on the lips. GERRI What's for supper? TOM Arrabiata. But almost immediately. She crosses to the stove.)
GERRI is enjoying her ample. MARY
(GERRI goes. TOM You can never tell with chillies.) Hello. and goes into her conservatory. They kiss on the lips.
TOM (Amused) Really?
. go on just a smidgeon. GERRI sets the plates on the table. (He does so.) GERRI No. Yeah.17.
GERRI Oh! .)
A few minutes later. TOM That's the spirit. Glass of wine? (GERRI is getting some plates. I've had a couple. How about you? GERRI Disappointing.it's comin’ out me ears! TOM Good. eating. They are sitting at the table. Pass me the parsley. (He pours some red wine. getting my hands dirty. GERRI How was your day? TOM Good. Oh. TOM
GERRI He was pissed as a fart.) TOM No breakthroughs? GERRI I had my alcoholic teacher in again. I was out and about.
But I haven't checked my emails. He is carrying a wrapped sandwich and a can of Coke. GERRI Hmm. This is a community law centre. (GERRI reflects. a young man of around thirty.) JOE (CONT’D) Joe Hepple.
GERRI (Smiling) It was very upsetting. TOM How did you handle it? GERRI I bought him a double scotch. TOM He's alright. Twenty or so chairs. He addresses an elderly MAN. at least he came. who is with a young WOMAN. I had to challenge him. I don't know. I told him it was up to him.)
An airy room on a busy main street. TOM How did he take that? GERRI Well. TOM Well. arranged in a square.18. Traffic noise outside.
. Have we heard from Joe? TOM No. JOE shakes MR GUPTA’s hand. Mr Gupta? JOE
(MR GUPTA and the WOMAN get up. Nice to meet you. actually. We'll have to see. GERRI I'll ring him later. maternally. A few people are waiting. I'd love to see him. No. JOE enters.
They follow him into his tiny. seeing as he's been in hospital for the past ten weeks. But. Just follow me this way.)
.. it's a sizeable correspondence. JOE (CONT’D) Okay.
WOMAN I just came with him.. (He leads them out of the room. I'll pop you there. and.) Tieh? MR GUPTA
(The WOMAN shakes her head. Mr Gupta.) This way. You sit there. not to bother. JOE is sitting at his desk.)
A little later.. (He closes the door. understandably. (MR GUPTA has not understood any of this. JOE picks up another document. Mr Gupta (He moves a chair.. and turns to his friend. Obviously. cluttered office. (to the WOMAN) . JOE (CONT’D)
An upstairs corridor.19. you're looking fit and raring to go. Mr Gupta hasn't exactly been in a position to open them. JOE Ah .) And. now we've opened all these letters.good. and I've seen all I need to see for the time being. JOE (CONT’D) Excuse the mess. please. He has a letter in his hand. meaning to say.
and.. which will then give us time to sort things out. restaurant. (Speaking in Hindustani.) JOE (CONT’D) Okay.. it’s. excuse me (He answers the phone. puts it out on the pavement. I'll be representing Mr Gupta on the day.) JOE (CONT’D) Okay? I'm just going to take you briefly through what’s going to happen in Court. Erm. JOE Oh . okay? So.. family business.
. a scuttles across a busy main road. JOE What d’you do? WOMAN Er.20.. the WOMAN explains the situation to a confused MR GUPTA.... not too long... how long will this take? JOE Oh...) Hello?
Early on a Saturday evening. (a phone rings) he will agree to adjourn. it's important for Mr Gupta to understand that at this point he is in no danger of being evicted. MARY puffs on a cigarette. Erm. Mm? JOE
WOMAN Excuse me. I have to get back to work. I'll just. WOMAN Er. We'll put the case to the judge.tasty. (She isn’t amused. just.
I'm sorry I just had to have a cigarette.. thank you. I bought you a little present some thyme.) MARY Hello. MARY is carrying a potted plant.21..! Oh. Gerri?
. TOM (Laughing) Don't be daft! MARY I'm trying to give up though aren't I. there he is! TOM Hello. Welcome! MARY (entering) Oh. Oh. Tom. It's stopped raining. GERRI I'll get it! TOM (elsewhere) Alright! (GERRI opens the door.
Inside TOM and GERRI’s front hall. GERRI I know. Gerri.. MARY arrives. GERRI That's lovely! MARY It's nothing much. and knocks. thank goodness. As GERRI come to the door. GERRI (taking it) Thank you. MARY Oh. Mary! MARY Hi. and I know you don't like the smell. love! (MARY hugs TOM.) GERRI Hello..
. TOM Are you alright? GERRI What happened? MARY There was this man. I mean. you're here now. he was lookin’ at me. TOM
MARY Yeah. and gives it to TOM. Ah! TOM
MARY It's nothing special.22. And I'm very happy to be here with both of you. because I thought ..
. GERRI Well. didn't you. it was a bit unsettling. to be honest.
GERRI Oh. are you? MARY Only.. (She pulls a bottle of wine out of her bag. every time I looked up. GERRI What did he do? MARY Well.) MARY (CONT’D) This is for you. MARY Yeah. the two of you? Argentina. TOM (reading the label) Buenos Aires.well.. Oh. Tom. dear. he was lookin’ at me. I've just had a bad experience on the tube. MARY Exactly. you went there.
GERRI repeats MARY’s shootingherself-in-the-head gesture.)
. TOM is chopping vegetables at the table. GERRI
MARY Didn't you? No. honestly. (She mimes shooting herself in the head. eh? I'm just going to run upstairs is that alright? I won't be a minute. we didn't . GERRI That's fine. in the kitchen.)
A bit later. No. Yeah. GERRI is preparing salad. Tom. Digging his holes.23. I'm so stupid sometimes! TOM That's alright. TOM
MARY Oh. MARY Oh.no. TOM
GERRI Tom's been to Brazil. MARY (CONT’D) I haven't seen you since Christmas.) Oh. TOM and GERRI go into the kitchen.
TOM No. Really? TOM
(MARY looks at the set table. what are you going to do with me. Amused. MARY has a glass of white wine. (She hurries upstairs.
(TOM looks at her. but it was lovely.
MARY Oh. Gerri. next to MARY.24. MARY Oh.. Mary. (TOM moves to the sink.
.. sorry GERRI Did you have a late night? MARY Oh. I wasn't sure what to wear..! Thank you. Yes.. thank you. or just us . having a lie-in on my day off. it's just the three of us tonight.) MARY (CONT’D) No. I didn't know if it was going to be one of your lovely big dinner parties.. watching the film. I couldn't wake up this morning. Mary.. GERRI
MARY Oh.. MARY Oh. MARY GERRI
TOM We wanted you all to ourselves. (She yawns) Oh. I'm surprised. Did you? Mm. I stayed up.you know.. No.) TOM I think you’ve got it just about right. That's what all the boys say.. Tom. casual. GERRI I did tell you. GERRI You look lovely.
25. Oh.) MARY I thought Joe might be coming... MARY
GERRI I hope you're hungry. that narrows it down. Tom? Yes. something small and. (A slightly chilly reaction to this from MARY..
. Yeah..? MARY
TOM Amongst other things.) GERRI He's coming tomorrow. I won't see him. (TOM collects the chopping board from the table. MARY Oh. What’re you gonna get? MARY Well. I dunno.. TOM
MARY What d’you think? TOM Exciting.. that's a shame. Mary. er. Did Gerri tell you about me getting a car.. red.
GERRI We stayed in. TOM Small and red? Well. Did you? MARY
GERRI We listened to some music.. TOM I don't think so.
You don't really bother when you're by yourself. Help yourself to another drink. MARY Oh. She manages a half-smile.) GERRI (CONT’D) How’s that dressing coming along? TOM As well as can be expected. Mary. Middle-aged spread.) GERRI Sit yourself down. MARY Am I? Well.26. I'm starving. and continues to look bleak. TOM You're looking well.)
. (MARY sits at the table. (TOM gets on with it. GERRI We'll have to fatten you up. GERRI squeezes TOM’s arm.) And you know it! (Pause. do you? I don't. and finishes her wine. (He kisses her on the cheek. MARY pours herself another drink.) TOM Shut up! You're perfect gorgeous in every way. You know me. thank you. it's lovely having your dinner cooked for you. GERRI stirs a pot on the stove. who is looking a little bleak. Gerri. GERRI smiles at MARY. MARY Oh.
MARY Oh. I've always been slim. anyway. TOM makes salad dressing. Tom! GERRI You're nice and slim. haven't I? GERRI Unlike me. (She pinches her “spare tyre”.
I do! MARY I'm not going to get a holiday this year. TOM is sitting ion a armchair. take the car.
. TOM That's correct. GERRI We're going to the Ring of Kerry. in the living room. If the weather's nice we might do a bit of camping. It's alright for you two .27. MARY I hear you're going to the Emerald Isle again. TOM No. TOM And the sleeping-bags. GERRI Put the tent in the back. But then. All have glasses of wine on the go. MARY Oh. You know me! (Laughs) GERRI (Chuckling) Yes. facing them. Gerri. Gerri? Because I haven't got anyone to go with.
Later. Tom. GERRI and MARY are sitting. side by side. Rent a cottage. thank you very much. on the sofa. but what for? MARY For anything. (Laughs) GERRI Yes.you've got each other. Tom! But I am always prepared. but only MARY is fairly drunk. I never do. Mary. no! I wouldn't fancy sleeping in a tent. I never had you down as one of nature's Girl Guides. MARY No. Dark outside. do I.
Oh. Dingle Bay. (MARY ponders this hazily. haven't you? GERRI That was Donegal. lovely . GERRI Whilst the geologist's wife stands on the beach with her back to the cliffs. It's an area.. You see. MARY Exactly. I like just taking off and escaping. very reasonably. if I had more money. GERRI Tralee. TOM But when you've got your car.28. MARY Oh. don't I. MARY
TOM The geologist stands on the beach with his back to the sea.you've been there before.
. you'll be able to go wherever you want.. But. and looks at the cliffs. GERRI
MARY I feel like I'm being somebody else. Mary.
TOM The Ring of Kerry. then . Tom. I can't afford to buy my car and have a holiday. then I could do both. looking at the sea.) MARY You see. That's exactly why I'm getting it. Gerri? Mm.
) TOM Financially.
TOM Really? Who's that. isn't it? GERRI Not environmentally.. so anything we do is a piss in the ocean. I know. But you see.) GERRI Yes. then? GERRI
(TOM grins. MARY Absolutely. MARY Oh. GERRI What about the airlines? TOM No government wants to increase the duty on aviation fuel. TOM And this government won't invest in the railways. (she stamps her feet.
. (Giggles. cars are cheaper..29.) MARY I like to get on the train.. Gerri. GERRI And then there's the big corporations. (MARY laughs uproariously. the car is cheaper than the train. GERRI can’t conceal a smile.) Those are my carbon footprints. MARY (vaguely) No.. That's why there's no incentive to go by train. who keep their lights on all night in empty office blocks. what? You mean.
Yeah. actually. Are you? TOM
MARY Yeah. though. TOM Other people cook for you. MARY I know. I don't cook.) MARY I am very environmentally friendly. MARY
GERRI Plant a few tomatoes. You've built whole motorways. don't you? MARY That doesn't count. Who?! MARY
TOM You get take-aways.
TOM And we're all expected to do our bit with eco-bulbs. I don't fly. Should I stop recycling then. (GERRI laughs quietly. TOM Or courgettes. GERRI
TOM You've got to set an example.30. Gerri? No. Everybody gets take-aways. Tom. I don't live in a house that's more than I need. How environmentally friendly is that? Exactly! TOM
GERRI I'd like my usual. Mary.) I'm happy! Good.
MARY Yes! Cars.. and waits for it to brew. MARY Are you alright. At least. MARY GERRI
. Recycled. but. that's another car. Mary. TOM You're absolutely right. more cars. TOM stirs the coffee in the cafetiere.) MARY No.31. exuding drink and sadness. Then . MARY Yes. thank you. in the living-room.
In the kitchen.. If I buy a new car. Yeah! GERRI MARY
TOM Yet we're constantly told that the measure of a thriving economy is the sale of new cars. MARY strokes GERRI’s arm. How are you? (MARY reflects.. Then . Gerri? GERRI Yes. And would you like some coffee? (MARY blinks vaguely. Tom. I'm buying an old car.. more cars. I'm fine.
32. No. so that she and GERRI are now cheek-to-cheek. MARY
GERRI Well. Mary.. (Pause.) GERRI It's very kind of you. I think you should. who is a little taken aback.. GERRI Thank you. Gerri! Everybody needs someone to talk to. though she doesn’t show it to MARY. don't they? GERRI Yes. But I'm fine. (MARY breaks the embrace. GERRI We'll find you a t-shirt again.) MARY Oh. Will you? MARY
. MARY Yeah. I'm here for you. Then MARY throws her arms tightly around GERRI.
MARY I just wanted to say. I know. well. no. they do. Mary.) MARY Oh. MARY turns her head. Onwards and upwards! GERRI You'd better stay the night. MARY (saluting) Alright. that if you ever need to share anything. I'm a very good listener... Gerri you're the boss.. Mary. (Staying in the clinch.
Mary . deep down.. (MORE)
.. TOM He'll be past it now. we all grow old. GERRI How old was he? MARY He'll be sixty-four now. holding a towel and a new toothbrush.
Upstairs.d'you know what I mean? TOM Too much information! (This amuses GERRI. but.. But he was married. and he helps her up. he was lovely.) MARY I bet he regrets it. GERRI comes out of the bathroom.33. no.) MARY I sometimes wonder what he's doing.. Tom. if he thinks about me . (MARY takes his hand. no..) MARY Oh.) He was my big love.. very. (TOM is at the top of the stairs. She lowers her voice.I bet he does. on the landing. I hope he does. he's older than me! GERRI Almost a pensioner. GERRI I've found you a toothbrush. (MARY leans unsteadily on the bannister rail. he was very.) TOM Sixty-four? Blimey. sexy Gerri ..give us your hand. (She leans in a doorway.) MARY Oh. GERRI Well. (MARY is sitting on the stairs..
Tom? You can't walk around with a label saying. (Now she leans on the doorway of JOE’s bedroom. Tom! GERRI
(TOM and GERRI exchange a look. Tom? TOM No. what can you do. Mary. But he wasn't a bad person. MARY No. He loved me.) MARY He didn't. Honest. and holds her hands. so you think it was my fault. Gerri? GERRI I didn't say that.) MARY (CONT’D) I blame my big heart. GERRI It takes two to tango. can you?
(She has now staggered to TOM at the bathroom door.) TOM Some people wear a ring. TOM raises his eyebrows.34. don't we?
. I'm married”. (MARY staggers back to GERRI. I don't. really. and closes the bathroom door behind him. (He displays his. I know you didn't. MARY (CONT'D) Well. TOM Sounds to me like he was a duplicitous shit. we all have to make choices. “Don't fall in love with me.) MARY D’you think it was my fault. GERRI Well.) MARY Oh.
) Bastard! MARY (CONT’D)
(GERRI proceeds to put her to bed. What? TOM
GERRI Well. Pause. No. (GERRI puts away her book and spectacles and turns off her bedside light. He puts his arm around her. and collapses onto the bed.) GERRI I feel a bit guilty. Gerri? I mean..35. GERRI My goodness! Mm? TOM
GERRI She gets worse. And what am I left with now? Sod all! I'm living in a poky rented flat when I should have my own home at my age. and takes off her spectacles.. She turns around. face down. TOM I know. GERRI closes her book.
MARY Why do I always get it wrong..
. TOM and GERRI are sitting up in bed. Desperate.)
A little later. staggers into the room. TOM
(GERRI lies down next to TOM. you know. You're right. It's not fair! (She is fraught. look what happened when I got divorced from that shit! I let him palm me off with five thousand nothing pounds. reading books.) GERRI No.
TOM (CONT’D) It's just that the older you get the more relevant it seems. JOE arrives on his bicycle. young man? JOE (Alighting) I'm breaking the law. Exactly.)
. (GERRI laughs. GERRI Didn't you? TOM Maybe I did.36. He is wearing a cyclist’s safety helmet. (He puts his book and spectacles away. TOM is outside his house. Spring weather. Ey. Aha! Aha! TOM (CONT’D) JOE
TOM (funny voice) What are you doing. GERRI We'll be a part of History. riding on the pavement. Just as he opens the tail-gate of his car.) To state the bleedin’ obvious. officer. up! Hiya! TOM JOE
(They embrace for a moment.) TOM
TOM I don't think I really enjoyed History at school. soon. Clear.
(JOE kisses MARY on her cheek. continental! (JOE has kissed her on the other cheek.oh.) JOE Are you alright? MARY I'm great. At first.37. Mary. GERRI and MARY appear at the front door. he's all sweaty! (She strokes JOE’s cheek.) MARY Oh. Alright.
TOM How long’d it take you? JOE About an hour. Did you get the manure? Compost. JOE
MARY Hello. TOM Are you knackered? JOE I'm ready for bed. please. TOM Late night? JOE Hangover. How are you . TOM
MARY Here's Joe! Hi. TOM
(As he carries his bike towards the side door of the house. Joe.)
. JOE I'll stick this away. Tom. he's back. What a surprise. MARY doesn’t see JOE. That was quick. D’you want a hand? TOM Yes.) Oh.
) MARY I remember when you were this big. from time to time.. (JOE unlocks the side door. MARY Oh.. never forget to kiss your mum! JOE I never do.you're a good boy.what d’you think? (She opens her coat briefly. really? JOE I like your coat. I think I'm a bit over dressed for a Sunday morning . MARY No . JOE GERRI JOE
(GERRI joins TOM at the car.38..
JOE I've been riding all morning. Aha! Aha! (They hug. that's right.) MARY Ah.)
.) JOE Is that what you wore in bed? (He puts his bike inside. aren't you? Yeah. thank you.) JOE I still am. You were a naughty boy. MARY Have you? I like your hat. MARY joins him. MARY Oh.
. Yeah.. (She feels JOE’s arm. Oh.. Tom! I'm in your way.is that a problem? JOE We'll have to wait and see. giggling. I didn't actually . then. no. right...39. (TOM is passing her with a bag of compost. I'll be fine... sorry. TOM Are you sure? MARY Yeah. won't we? MARY Oh. I'm off. actually is that alright? JOE As long as you cleaned the sheets! MARY No. well.. TOM You don't want a lift to the station? MARY Oh.) MARY (CONT’D) All these strong men! (JOE passes her with another bag of compost. GERRI
MARY Sorry about.
MARY I slept in your bed.) GERRI That's why we had him! (MARY giggles.) Look at his muscles.. TOM and JOE join the women on the pavement. MARY follows JOE into the street.
. you know. I could do with a walk.) MARY Alright. it's alright.
(Pause. Ta-ta. thank you. Mary.
TOM It was good to see you. Tom. It's lovely to see you. Joe. GERRI Are you alright? MARY Yeah. Mary. MARY Yeah. Had a bit of a wild night. then. away from the others. have a lovely day together. Gerri. I hope yeah? JOE See you soon. all of you. MARY Yeah.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh ... (She glances over her shoulder. bye. I'll see you soon. (Pause) Well. Gerri. Joe. at the horror of the lonely..) Well. TOM Right. empty day ahead of her.40. Take care!
. MARY Oh.thanks for saving me that breakfast.
It's okay.. (She walks off. I'd best be off.. GERRI Bye.) MARY (CONT’D) See you on Tuesday. MARY Yeah. you know. hopefully. It was really delicious! GERRI You're very welcome.
41.Matt. (JOE empties the wheelbarrow of compost.) GERRI pushes a wheelbarrow through the allotments. After some distance. Passing a man hoeing. Then she disappears. Delicious! JOE
GERRI Present for you. Matthew! TOM Oh. TOM Oh .) JOE Matt's getting married.
MARY (Over her shoulder) Bye.
. MARY glances round at them for the last time. GERRI There you go. Bye! Bye! JOE MARY TOM
(TOM and JOE unload more bags. Bye. is he? Matt with the guitar? JOE No. and sets down the barrow. that's Paul. Yeah. GERRI That’s great! TOM Have you met the young lady in question? JOE I certainly have. Joe! Bye. GERRI Oh. she joins TOM and JOE at their patch. TOM is working in a kneeling position.
TOM and GERRI sit side by side in their shed. JOE stands.42. GERRI When are you going? JOE July . they hate each other. we'll try and leave it as we find it. GERRI Ooh.
GERRI (CONT’D) So. I'll make some tea. TOM Another capital city brought to its knees! JOE Well.the wedding's August. is he worthy of her? TOM Oh! Beg your pardon. Mrs Pankhurst! (GERRI laughs) TOM (CONT’D) Where's the stag-do this time? Buenos Aires? JOE No. lovely.
TOM Is she worthy of him? JOE No. when is it going to be your turn?
. GERRI You mean. (She goes towards the shed. GERRI pours mugs of tea from a large Thermos flask. The men continue to work. Dublin.
He opens a beer. (TOM gives GERRI a gently sardonic look. middle-aged woman. sunny day. But JOE gazes reflectively into the distance.. Still quiet on that front. An overweight. and he sits down. slightly dishevelled .. They drink. carrying two cans of lager an a bag of potato crisps. Then he starts on the crisps. who passes him going the other way..? JOE No. His attention is caught briefly by a young woman. Debris from previous food and beer is on the table.. JOE I didn't want to spoil the surprise. In a train. I knew. (The woman gets up for him. GERRI Oh .) FADE TO BLACK
Title: ‘SUMMER’ A bright.) GERRI (CONT’D) Any news? Nobody.43. Excuse me. and takes a swig. middle-aged man staggers down the carriage. no! I haven't bought a hat! (Pause. He is KEN. Arriving at his window seat.)
. he is obliged to disturb a grumpy.) What.? GERRI
(They both smile. love.you didn't say. KEN Sorry.
JOE A week on Wednesday. TOM
He knocks vigorously.crushed ribs!! Oh. mate! (They hug each other.) KEN I'm bursting for a pee.is that alright? (He goes upstairs.) KEN (CONT’D) Hiya.
TOM and GERRI’s front door.) GERRI Oh . TOM (half-singing) Who's that aknocking at my door? (He opens the door. Ken! How are you? KEN I'm alright! (He hugs GERRI.) TOM I'll put it on your bed. love! GERRI Hi. KEN’s figure appears. You're in Joe's room.
. from the inside. followed by GERRI. followed by TOM. sorry! KEN
TOM Give us your bag.44. Tom. TOM sprints out of the kitchen.) KEN It's only me! TOM Bugger off! KEN Hello. I'll just run upstairs . through the frosted glass. (He takes it. Gerri.
this. (They all laugh. KEN Ooh. laughing and whooping. mate.
.) GERRI KEN (CONT’D)
A bit later.. TOM goes downstairs. KEN It's great. that's better.) Maniacs. Ken! Would you like a beer? KEN Oh. though he still has on his tie. GERRI gives KEN a beer. I needed that! TOM I'll take your coat.
More moments later.) GERRI (laughing) Careful.
Moments later.45. The three of them are eating supper and drinking wine. and his shirt open at the collar.. taking off his overcoat. KEN comes into the kitchen. so that KEN is giving him a piggy-back. KEN Thanks. KEN also has a beer on the go. They rotate exuberantly for a few moments. very loosely.ta! (TOM leaps onto KEN’s back. (TOM hangs the coat up in the hall. She and TOM pick up glasses of wine. at the kitchen table.) Gerri!! (He hugs her again. He munches his food urgently. Then KEN puts TOM down. KEN has his jacket off. I'd love one . grunting.
Thank you. Better?
KEN I haven't eaten since breakfast. GERRI (unconvinced) Haven't you? KEN No. It's great to see you both! Cheers! Cheers! Cheers! TOM GERRI
(They clink glasses. TOM and GERRI chuckle together, gently. KEN gulps down his wine, and returns to his plate.) GERRI (CONT’D) So how's your flat, Ken? KEN Oh, same old, same old. GERRI You employed a cleaner yet? KEN If I got a cleaner in there, she'd turn around and walk straight out again. TOM You never know - it might give her a purpose in life. KEN It's a bit of a mess but it suits me. Yeah. GERRI
KEN Five minutes walk to work. I usually get the bus, but... if I'm late, I have to leg it, if I miss the bus. I stop at the caff, pick up breakfast; I have a croissant if they haven't got any iced buns. Cup of tea. (MORE)
47. KEN (CONT'D) I have to smuggle it in. This lad Steve, he's a right fascist.
TOM That's your boss, isn't it? KEN Yeah, my boss. My “supervisor”. GERRI Is he still there? KEN Oh, yeah. He's only been with us three - no, two years. Thirtyfive, looks twelve, treats me like a child. Bloody graduate! TOM You're a graduate. GERRI We're all graduates, aren't we? KEN Oh, yeah. So we are! GERRI You forgot. Would you like some salad, Ken? KEN No, no, I'm alright - ta. Sure. GERRI
KEN Mm. I mean, you spend nearly forty years trying to get people out of the dole queue and into jobs. What thanks do you get? I'm sick of it! TOM At your age you could walk away, couldn't you? I dunno... KEN
TOM You’ve got a good retirement package; index-linked pension. KEN I could’ve walked away two years ago.
TOM Why didn't you? GERRI Well, it's not that easy, is it? Isn't it? TOM
GERRI What would you do with your time if you retired, Ken? KEN Pub. Eat, drink, be merry. I don't know. (He takes a large swig of wine. TOM and GERRI exchange glances.) How's Joe? He's fine. GERRI
TOM He's well, yeah. GERRI You'll see him on Sunday. KEN Oh, great. Has he got a girlfriend? GERRI No, I don't think so. TOM Not that we know of KEN Who else is coming to the barbecue? TOM Jack and Janey... GERRI Tanya, a GP from work. Mary. TOM
KEN Oh, Mary. Is she? (GERRI looks at TOM.)
TOM And then, of course, there's yourself, sir. The guest of honour! Hooray! GERRI
KEN (Laughing) Oh, I don't know about that! (Pause.) TOM What else you been up to? KEN Oh, nothing much. Oh - oh, no hey! Guess where I went, the other week. Where? TOM
KEN Hull versus Derby. TOM (Laughing) Who d’you cheer for? KEN Derby, of course! Did you? TOM
KEN I had to keep quiet - I got stuck with the Hull mob. TOM Was there 'owt worth cheering? KEN No, it were crap. TOM I don't think my brother ever missed one home game. KEN No. Me and me dad used to stand with him on the terraces.
poor woman. KEN Bloody hell! TOM Linda's still working. (Indicating KEN. GERRI She's kept him all his life. Do you remember? Oh. yeah. couldn't you? TOM Course you could. it's only three streets away. During the Clough Glory Years. like him. I wasn't manic. Is he? KEN
GERRI Carl's forty-one. She's worn out. you know. TOM He's seventy now. They all did. KEN
GERRI You could hear the roar of the crowd from your front room.) I don't think Ronnie can afford to go now.
. KEN Our house used to shake. KEN How is Ronnie? I haven't seen him for years.50. the price of season tickets. we were at the centre of the footballing universe.
GERRI He always used to leave Carl at your mum's on a Saturday afternoon. GERRI You never went! TOM I did occasionally. TOM Ours did.
I. you get to a certain age. he is! I know! KEN
(They all laugh. Very sad. I am! TOM You're right. he never bought a round. TOM Yep! That's one of the advantages of being free from the tyranny of regular employment. KEN takes a swig from yet another can of beer. KEN Yeah.. GERRI Linda's heartbroken. they don't like old fogies. I'd go down to Derby. TOM So’s Ronnie.. and he is drunk. TOM Are you accusing my brother of being a mean bastard? KEN Yeah. He was always in the pub. GERRI He's cut himself off. It’s now dark.51. He is smoking a cigarette.)
Later. I can't go to the places I used to. KEN I used to have a drink with Ronnie.. When my dad was in the home. The three are sitting in TOM and GERRI’s garden. KEN takes a swig of beer from the can.
KEN Is Carl still the same? TOM As far as we know..
. KEN (CONT’D) I mean.
. KEN When I started at work we'd all socialise together. who would I go on holiday with? There's nobody. isn't it? KEN I mean. Spain.
TOM You don't have to go there. TOM Didn't you go away with Andrea? GERRI No.. it's not for me.. the bitch. No. they're not. KEN Except they're not like pubs now. TOM (Laughing) Oh. Boys flexing their muscles on the beach. Nightmare. Go for a curry. yeah.52. Things change. but they're my pubs. TOM Not any more. doesn't it? KEN Girls in bikinis covered with suntan oil. TOM
KEN Stood me up. On a Friday night everybody would go to the pub for a drink. They're all poncy bars. GERRI It's hard. Oh. she went off with her sister.. let's face it! The only time I went on holiday was with Pam. KEN Yeah. I don't know!
. TOM It leaves a nasty taste.. You remember. But now. TOM Exactly.
) KEN (CONT’D) No..
. (TOM raises his eyebrows) KEN No. You're a good bloke. TOM (To GERRI) You were noisy. But if you talk about politics again. weren't we? TOM We weren't . “Ken: we like you. GERRI Isle of Wight festival. you're good on the darts.he was.
GERRI (Laughing) Sounds nice. TOM Pub culture! KEN Young people. Everything's for young people! These bars.. TOM I seem to remember you got banned from a number of pubs in Hull for shouting about nothing. you're barred. We were noisy. GERRI (To TOM) You were noisy. I'm not one for culture. they're full of young people shouting about nothing. Remember 'Plastic Penny'? KEN Plastic Penny. When you were a young person.53. young people. you know...” (They all laugh. but these kids. 1968. GERRI I know I was noisy. They're just bloody noisy. right. You could try a cultural holiday. KEN (Laughing) Yeah.
Funnily enough. somewhere in Lincolnshire. I was thinking about him on the way down. That's why you can't face retirement. TOM (To GERRI) She gone? GERRI (To TOM) Yes! KEN Oh.. I'm not meeting the right people. (MORE)
. Except my job.54.. I know. (Pause. Ken.. It re. KEN Yeah.. I always do. It's all my own fault. didn't it? GERRI And his wife. TOM Hit you hard when Gordon died. There's nothing for me in Hull anymore. GERRI It's not your fault.) I'm dreading getting on that train Sunday night.. I saw this fucking tree. (GERRI laughs) TOM (CONT’D) It's the young person's prerogative to be noisy. yeah. Why? GERRI
KEN I know what I'll be thinking. I know. I know. Most of my friends have gone. KEN Yeah. I looked out the window. TOM You are stuck in a rut. now.
GERRI Where are they now? TOM You fancied Plastic Penny. I'm stuck in a rut. they're both gone.
(TOM looks on. and cradles him. while KEN.) Come on.
(He breaks down. puts her arms round him. I'm sorry.. KEN
GERRI It's alright. (KEN laughs. don't worry. Ken! Ken. I'm sorry. KEN (CONT'D) (He starts to cry) It reminded me of his funeral..
TOM and KEN have moved to the end of the back garden. smoking a cigarette. KEN I'm sorry. and combs her long.)
In her bedroom. TOM You look like shit. TOM sways gently on JOE’s old swing. who has sobered up a bit. sits near him. Ken! (She gets up. GERRI looks in the mirror. Tom. TOM How’re you doin’? KEN I feel like shit. GERRI It's alright.)
..55.) GERRI Oh. Sorry. grey hair.. a little helpless and in pain. GERRI (CONT’D)
yeah. then.) TOM I'll race you to the top. Take as long as it takes. from Edale to Matlock Bath. (TOM laughs.) TOM I tell you what.I'll race you. Stay in nice pubs along the way..56. eh? You can't go on like this. You and me. We'll go in the Autumn. (Silence) TOM (CONT’D) What’re we going to do with you. What? KEN
TOM Snake Pass . TOM When was the last time you sat on a bike? KEN 1896. you do the walking.
. we'll walk. What d’you reckon? KEN I tell you what: I'll stay in the pubs.) TOM (CONT’D) How about it? Serious. how are you doing? KEN I still feel like shit. Penny Farthing. (TOM laughs. TOM Bugger that! You're carrying the bags! (They both laugh. KEN (Laughing) Oh. that's for sure..
TOM (CONT’D) Apart from that.
under an expansive sky. and stops. they have parked their caddies at the first tee. enjoying the sun and the gentle breeze on her face. Static clouds. GERRI strolls contentedly through the allotments.57. TOM and KEN. She arrives at her plot. four men pull their caddies across a golf course . JOE
TOM In other words. Good idea. JACK
Now. You're on. is it every man for himself. A bright. you're with Ken. Jack holds up a coin.JOE. They prepare to play.)
The next morning. TOM’s friend JACK (a genial. JOE
TOM If I may make so bold. An electric pylon on the distant horizon. It's me and you. I would suggest that the best plays with the worst. She closes her eyes.
Meanwhile. Ken! Is there anything on it? TOM Bottle of wine. Blue sky. She carries a large basket. Tall residential tower blocks in the distance. middle-aged fellow). JACK So. Jack. or are we having teams? Teams.
. Summer’s day. JACK Thanks.
this father and son team. (They all laugh. JACK
. take on these unknown mavericks. (He places his ball. Ken. (JACK drops the coin. Mo.) It's you. Ken! KEN Good luck.. go on..) Can I just say what a great pleasure it is to be playing with you once again? JOE Yeah.. TOM Right. you take the honour.
JACK (CONT’D) Are you ready? Yeah.) TOM Shall I kick off? JOE Yeah. yeah. Watch and learn.. Tom! TOM And good luck to you. (He shakes KEN’s hand. JACK That's us. JOE The Double Hepple. KEN
TOM Yeah.) TOM So. JACK There's wine on it. (TOM gets out his golf club.58.) Off we go. TOM Yes.
JOE Don't scare the wildlife. JACK takes a shot instead. Yeah. JACK
(TOM puts his arm round KEN.59. Jack! Thank you. TOM
(KEN joins the others. putting his handkerchief to his nose. and I'm not going to have it any longer! (They disappear over the horizon.sorry.
(He prepares to tee off. KEN is urinating behind a bush. mock-hitting him as he goes. They all watch him. JACK You’ve got to get it sorted out.) TOM (CONT’D) I knew it! I knew you were going to do that! All my life I've had to put up with this nonsense from you. KEN does a very loud mock sneeze. Ken. yeah . and runs after him. He has a practice swing.) JACK Oh! What a beauty! Lovely! TOM
JACK (To KEN) Good shot. partner! KEN Oh. JACK tees off.)
. TOM drops his club.)
A bit later. He roars with laughter and runs off. Suddenly. just as he is about to hit the ball. Good shot. Ken! TOM How many times a night do you go? KEN (emerging) I lose count. who are playing at the base of an enormous electricity pylon.
half on the kerb. JACK You want it out. MARY is at the wheel. We see the shadow of TOM shaking JOE’s hand.. (JOE prepares his ball. Three long shadows on the putting green .JOE’s. She is agitated. She parks clumsily. with her bag and a bottle of wine.60. JOE It's all down to this.) JOE (CONT’D) Looks good. She adjusts her hair and her knickers. TOM’s and JACK’s. They all roar with delight. (The ball drops into the hole.)
Now a small. (He putts the ball. She gets out. It proceeds directly towards the hole. We only see their feet. and into the back garden. She knocks... old red car drives erratically down TOM and GERRI’s street.)
Later.) TOM Good luck. MARY Gerri! Tom! TOM Ha! Here she is!
TOM You alright? KEN (Out of breath) Yeah. partner. JOE
(JACK takes the flag out of the hole. and rushes through the side entrance. Joe? Yep. but gets no reply. Then she suddenly realises something.. She runs to TOM and GERRI’s front door.
I got so lost. Mary! (Grouped round a garden table near a barbecue are TOM. GERRI is holding TANYA’s baby. MARY joins them excitedly. Oh. I'm so stupid! Why do I spoil everything? I wanted it to be a surprise. but I came in my car. KEN. MARY
GERRI You know the way. MARY
JOE God help us.
. JACK and TANYA. GERRI. The table displays the remains of a meal.) MARY Sorry I'm so late! TOM What happened? MARY It's taken me three hours to get here. TOM You bought a car? Yeah. GERRI You got lost? MARY Yeah. GERRI You've been here loads of times.61. TOM is wearing shorts and his apron. I had to ask a policeman in the end. MARY Yeah. I'm really sorry. Gerri. God! TANYA What's happened? MARY Oh. I know.
GERRI Hello. I left home at two.
please? TOM Are you sure.62. that hadn't even crossed my mind! So. (She gives him a hug. But they rang on Friday morning to find out what time I was going to go round with the money. because they wanted seven hundred but I offered six hundred. TOM
MARY (Giggling) Oh. One of them had a gold tooth. I think they were brothers. I couldn't collect it till after work on Friday. sorry.. I spent the whole of my lunch break on Friday sorting that out.thanks. they wanted cash.) MARY (CONT’D) Can I have a little glass. TOM Well. and I wanted to surprise you all. I was really chuffed with myself. Gerri. it is a surprise.) MARY Yeah . Tom. But they were a really nice couple of guys.. Thank you. Did he? TOM
MARY Yeah. But. but we settled at six-fifty.. Tom. though. So... and had I sorted out the insurance? Well. And it was really expensive because I haven't driven since 1984.
. Shall I take that from you? (MARY is still clutching the wine. But I didn't tell you on Thursday. because I knew I was coming here today. So I had to go to the cash point on Wednesday and Thursday and Friday.
MARY I got it ever so cheap.
) Hi. Tanya. MARY Yeah . But. we really miss you at work. She hugs him tightly. and goes to JOE. Joe! MARY
. (She kisses GERRI.63. GERRI Oh.) I'm really sorry. Tom? Yeah. MARY Hi.Yeah. Gerri.) Hello! TANYA
MARY Oh. Gerri? TANYA Sweetheart! MARY When you coming back from maternity leave? TANYA Give us a chance! (MARY laughs uproariously.I know. MARY Yeah . MARY giggles.) MARY Hi.
GERRI You shouldn't drive if you're drinking. Gerri.
Yeah. you're allowed a couple of glasses. aren't you. Mary. Tanya? TANYA Small ones. don't we. don't be so daft. is that alright. TOM
(He goes off into the house. (She kisses TANYA.
) MARY (CONT’D) Where's Janey?
. Hiya. No. JOE
(MARY disengages herself from JOE. KEN
(But MARY moves away. Mary! Oh. (MARY moves round the table.. TANYA GERRI
(MARY sits at the table next to JACK. this is lovely.) JOE Come and sit down.) MARY Oh. Ken.) MARY Is anyone sitting here? No. Mary.) MARY (CONT’D) Are you alright? Yeah.
Hi. it's really lovely to see you. Jack! JACK I thought you were going to miss me out.. sorry. MARY
(She kisses him on the cheek. GERRI Have a seat. You.) Hi. MARY
(KEN moves towards her. Mary.64. too.
MARY (Tighter still) Oh.
Oh . MARY Oh. Tanya. Mary.) MARY Oh. (MARY takes a long swig of wine. Oh. He gives MARY a glass of white wine. I hope it's still warm. I didn't recognise him.65. GERRI We've saved you some food. Tom.the baby! MARY I'm sorry.
. (TOM has returned. that’ll be fine.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh. MARY returns to the table. (She takes a cloth off a bowl of food.) MARY Hello. Gerri. thanks. yeah. thanks. she's a bit under the weather this afternoon. GERRI gets up and gives ISAAC to TANYA. I’m sorry to hear that. TANYA They do that. TANYA That's alright. (MARY leans over the baby. that's better. Oh.
JACK Oh. little Isaac. MARY Oh.) TOM Here you are. I'm starving.the baby! TANYA Oh yeah . he's asleep. Oh. hasn't he grown? He's got ever so big. Don't mind the funny lady! MARY (Giggling) I'm sorry. TANYA Say hello.
(She helps herself to some meat.) TOM I'll do you some fresh, if you like. MARY Oh, no, Tom. Don't worry about me. (TOM sits down. Everybody is now seated, except KEN, who is still hovering.) JOE So you didn't get arrested then, Mary? MARY No I didn't, Joe. He was very kind to me, actually. JACK What cc is your car? MARY What d’you mean? JACK How big's the engine? MARY Oh I don't know... It's about this big, I think. (She demonstrates the size of her engine with her hands. Loud amusement from all. She looks perplexed. She giggles.) MARY (CONT’D) What's so funny? GERRI Don't be cruel! TOM He means, how powerful is it, Mary. How many cubic centimetres is it? JOE You should know that. JACK On the back, there's numbers, like one-point-six, or one-pointnine.
MARY TO ALL: Oh yeah. I know, yeah. Well, that's boys' stuff, isn't it? TANYA It's not important. MARY No, Tanya. I think I'm going to have a cigarette before I eat this. JACK (getting up) Excuse me - I'll get out of your way. GERRI (getting up) Shall we take Isaac over there? TANYA (getting up) Okay. MARY Oh, I thought you wouldn't mind, cos we're outside. GERRI No, we don't, Mary. You carry on. (TOM and JOE get up.) TOM You're alright - you're alright. Yeah. MARY
TANYA It's okay - I fancy a swing. (MARY giggles, and gets out a cigarette. KEN joins her. His t-shirt reads “Less thinking - more drinking.”) KEN Have one of these, Mary. (He offers a cigarette.) MARY Oh, no, it's alright. I've got my own, thank you. (She starts to light her cigarette, but KEN beats her to it with his lighter.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh. Thanks.
(She isn’t enthusiastic.) KEN I'll have a smoke with you. (He sits next to her. She moves away from him a little.) MARY Well, I don't really smoke, normally... just the occasional one or two. (They both have a drag. Mary gulps some wine. Pause.) KEN How’re you doing? MARY Yeah, I'm... I’m really well, thanks, Ken. (Another gulp of wine.) KEN Still on your own, are you? MARY Yeah, I am, and I like it like that - you know? KEN You're like me. (An embarrassed silence. They both take drags on their cigarettes. KEN sips his beer. Pause.)
Meanwhile, TANYA sits on the garden swing, while TOM stands beside her, holding ISAAC, who is still asleep. During this scene the camera slowly tracks across TANYA and TOM, ending of GERRI and JACK.
TANYA He's great. He's a hungry bugger. Is he? TOM
TANYA Just like his dad.
thanks for popping around on Friday. Janey really appreciated it. not to you. GERRI
TOM Like Gerri was.knocks her out. I noticed. just getting up and down the stairs . TANYA
TOM I expect you're too capable. (GERRI laughs) JACK Hey. Oh. GERRI How is she? Not good. TANYA We're talking about you. TANYA
TOM Is he a nappy changer? Ish.) TOM (To GERRI) Mind your own business. JACK GERRI
JACK She’s exhausted all the time.69.
TOM Is he a good dad? Yeah. GERRI Like Gerri was what? (ISAAC whimpers a little. I am. No.
JOE and GERRI are sitting on the garden bench. (She closes it. she could do with losing a few pounds. We stay cheerful. you know. thank you very much. you know? We don't let things get us down. MARY Can I come in the middle? GERRI Course you can. I'll see you later. KEN
MARY Look at the food in this fridge. GERRI How are you doing? JACK Oh. Ken.70. I'm alright. GERRI That's the spirit.
. MARY No. JOE Here she comes. so.)
The kitchen. KEN tries to do it for her.) Sorry..) I haven't got anything in mine.
JACK And. KEN looks helpless and sad.. but she's not getting any exercise. (Pause. MARY is pouring herself some wine. alright? (MARY rushes off. (KEN lets go of the bottle. I can pour my own wine. GERRI sips her wine. MARY and KEN are at the fridge.
Gerri.. MARY I expect you're looking forward to being a grandmother. MARY Yeah. D’you know what I mean. JOE It's got nothing to do with me. I want you to come out and see it later. just driving here today. you should ask my son about that.really special. You looked so lovely holding that baby. I mean.. I mean. I think so. Joe? It's a lovely little car. (She takes a mouthful. Did you? GERRI
MARY Yeah.. a free spirit. aren't you? GERRI Hmm..
(MARY sits. GERRI He's delightful. and then that's it. JOE Are you sure? MARY Yeah.
.) GERRI This could be the making of you.71. people were getting so cross with me. Gerri. I felt like a whole person.) MARY Never come between a mother and her son. even though the journey was a complete nightmare from beginning to end it was awful. (Laughs) Oh. this is my second one. I feel really good behind the wheel . Mary. Gerri.
yeah. aren't we? GERRI Could you get me a refill. overtaking KEN quickly. me and your mum. Gerri? GERRI Occasionally.) TOM Everything alright?
. Joe? JOE (getting up) Yes. KEN waddles out. Thank you. I know you do. don't we. JOE Yeah. GERRI
(MARY laughs uproariously. Mummy. well we've known each other a while. As JOE crosses the garden to go into the house.)
MARY Oh. holding a glass and a wine bottle. who is changing ISAAC’s nappy. Yeah? JOE
MARY Yeah. here comes Ken. MARY Yeah. why not? We often go. Or it doesn't even have to be your mum . As he goes into the conservatory. (TOM comes out of the conservatory. JOE Just you and me? MARY Yeah. yes. haven't we? We're old friends.72.it could be just us. isn't he? You should come out and have a drink with us some time. he stops for a moment to speak to TANYA.
MARY (Laughing) He's great.
.. you know. KEN and TANYA chat. (she shudders) . (GERRI looks at MARY for a moment. TANYA
(KEN ambles towards TANYA. Then GERRI turns to MARY. it isn't.. MARY is unsure as to GERRI’s thoughts. is it? MARY No. Was he? MARY
GERRI Mm. (KEN and TANYA chat. shouldn't he? GERRI He was a good looking man when he was young.) GERRI (CONT’D) Life's not always kind.
Yes. (They watch him.
(TOM picks up a bottle of sauce from the barbecue. I think that can look quite distinguished on a man of his age. (She reflects on this for a few moments. Yes. from GERRI’s and MARY’s point of view.) TOM He’s a good lad.) MARY He could be quite good looking if he wanted to. He's got a good heart. We see all this from a distance. She reflects again. then looks away.) MARY (CONT’D) He should lose a couple of stone. i.e.) MARY (CONT’D) I don't mind the grey hair.)
. and returns to the house.73.. Gerri. but.
let's not open that can of worms.
In front of the house. then goes inside. See yer. it's as bad as that. closing the door. Do they? JOE
MARY In my nightmares. TOM stands on his doorstep. Hi. and joins MARY. TOM Yeah. TOM I'll give you a ring in the week. MARY JOE
MARY Have you come back to me? I have. Joe. She still has her wine glass. He is still wearing his apron. is it? MARY Oh. JACK We'll have a proper game next time. JOE Oh.)
JOE crosses the back garden.
. who is sitting on the steps of a wooden cabin at the far end. his hands in his pockets. A dog barks in the distance. TOM glances up and down the street. JACK leaves. JACK
(He goes. JOE
MARY They all come back in the end. Ta-ta. Hi.74.
(She strokes his arm. MARY Do I? Oh.. MARY Not today. How are you? (MARY finishes her wine.
. Joe? Is life treating you kind? JOE TO MARY: Can't complain. I'm alright. I'm great. Really? Yes. JOE Thanks. MARY Yeah. how are you. any time you like. JOE Well. anyway. I like to feel that I'm always there for you. actually! JOE Well.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh.) MARY (introspective) Yeah.
JOE No. yeah. let's leave that closed. you look well.. thank you. MARY JOE
MARY Nothing you want to share with me? JOE No. (Laughs) I suddenly feel really liberated.. (suddenly sparkling) No. MARY Because you know that you can come and talk to me. Mary. I don't think so.75.. I'll come and find you if I need you.
you mean. so what? It's my little present to me. MARY Yeah. because if I don't treat myself. MARY (Giggling) Really? Like what? JOE Well. MARY I do feel a bit guilty. isn't it? I feel like Thelma and Louise...
JOE Well. though. you're a free spirit now..76.. nobody else is going to. let's hope so. your body parts?
. This little car is going to change my life. I don't know. Why. do you give names to things? JOE I've got names for everything. JOE That's fair enough. MARY It's so exciting. (She laughs) JOE (CONT’D) The world's your oyster.. aren't you? I know! MARY
JOE You're your own woman. MARY Oh. JOE Well... my nose is called Roger. But at the end of the day. are they? JOE What are you going to call this car? MARY Ooh.
we do.. Joe . JOE JOE
MARY You wouldn't tell me what was in it JOE I'm still not gonna tell you. (Pause. JOE Yeah. I know! What? MARY JOE
. MARY glances up at the cabin. isn't it? (Pause. the thing about you and me is. MARY (Laughing) What..
JOE Yeah.) MARY (CONT’D) D’you remember when you showed me your little box? Yes.77. JOE nods imperceptibly. We have such a laugh. you've already met my knee. I'm not going to introduce you to everyone. haven't we? Yeah. that we've always just sort of clicked. not even little Percy? JOE Oh. though. MARY You see.) MARY It's nice when that happens. then? (MARY laughs) MARY Oh.we must go out and have a drink one night.
. the thing is.) MARY (CONT’D) So.) MARY Oh.. Joe. don't you? JOE What. that's alright.. No . but I was too young I couldn't handle it. Yeah. She closes the door. and opens the upper barn door. it still smells the same. (MORE)
. you wanna be careful. you're young. and granted. (Pause. JOE A lot of my friends are getting married.
MARY (Giggling) I'm not telling you. you're comfortable with that. good. It's messy. See. isn't it? Your kids’ll will enjoy playing in here. sewing my wild oats? MARY Well. won't they? One day. JOE
(MARY comes down the steps. aren't you? Am I? JOE
MARY Well. Live life while you can. didn't we? Oh. Joe.. but. because. Don't think about tomorrow. You still want to be out there. yeah.what I mean is. Joe? No. MARY Oh. We had a barbecue that day.) MARY (CONT’D) I still think about that. he was the wrong man. is there anyone special in your life at the moment. (She climbs the steps of the cabin. I got married in my twenties.78.
. when are we going to have this drink. I met the right man. and I was mature.? (A brief moment of horror.you don't have to answer that. you do that. we see in MARY’s face a multitude of painful thoughts and emotions. How old do you think I look. and that's great. Promise. MARY (CONT'D) But when I was in my thirties. because I fit the bill. I'm not as young as they thought. you know. JOE looks away.. So. I was ready for it. JOE MARY JOE
(Pause.... no. it's alright . because. My looks work against me. I know it isn't. Joe.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh. and you know me . then she realises. but. I don't know . I meet these older men who want somebody younger. then? JOE Oh. But the laughter fades away.. when they find out that. Pause..? Seventy. Give me a call.. MARY Yeah. Mary.) MARY Oh.)
. stop it! (They laugh. But. I will. (Pause. Joe? JOE Sixty.I'll have to check my diary. But it's tricky. they don't want to know.I'm very much a glass-half-full kind of girl. In these few moment. what can you do?
JOE It's never too late. MARY Oh..79.... I promise.) I mean he left me...
TOM (taking off his apron) No.
KEN is standing in the kitchen. MARY (entering) Oh no. GERRI We can get him a mini-cab. Got to get your train . I'll be fine on the tube. by the hall door. Tom. He is holding a glass of red wine and the bottle.don't go on the tube.
. GERRI (entering) You've had too much to drink. MARY I had a really bad experience in a mini-cab once. aren't you. I can give you a lift . TOM I'm alright.80.) GERRI You're going on the tube. We haven't got time. I haven't! GERRI I think you have. TOM Hello. you don't want to get a mini cab. no . KEN No. mate. TOM comes in from the hall. Joe.we should get cracking. JOE
MARY Oh. Joe? Of course. it might take twenty minutes to turn up. (Enter JOE. I'll run you to the station. TOM No.you can be my navigator.
MARY Of course I can. I don't know. that sounds fun. I'm gonna run upstairs. KEN I'll be fine on the tube honest. We can all go together. JOE (returning) It'll be fine. of course it is. JOE (putting on his coat) It's a great idea. before we go on the journey.
JOE Ooh. (She looks at KEN) Oh. MARY
TOM You can give them both a lift. KEN I’d better pack me bag. You're all going in the same direction.. GERRI I'm not sure Mary can manage that. Yeah. Is that alright with you. MARY I don't know how to get to King's Cross. (He follows JOE out of the room) Tom! GERRI
. Gerri. JOE I do. Tom. (She goes) GERRI I'm not sure about this.81.. (He goes out to the hall) TOM That's great. though. It'll be good practice for me. Mary? MARY Yeah.
As he gets into the car. and gives him a hug. Tom! TOM Well.)
MARY’s car races through London’s busy traffic. Now you don't know the way. MARY leads them out to the car.
.thanks.I didn't lock it! It's a good job it didn't get pinched. isn't it? TOM Nice bit of parking. MARY What d’you think.! Oh.82. you must come again. Tom? TOM Well. JOE hugs GERRI. isn't it? (She gets into the car) TOM By the way. JOE What’ve you done. Mary?! (MARY rushes excitedly round to the driver’s door. MARY (Giggling) Oh .
What? (GERRI laughs)
In the street. Mary. (KEN starts to get into the car. God .) MARY Oh . but TOM stops him.) MARY It's great. Mary! (MARY giggles then . it's a onepoint-four. It's what you asked for. it's small and red. Then KEN hugs GERRI.
let me pull in. Don't forget to give me a ring. Mary. alright . JOE is in the front. What am I going to do without you? JOE You'll be fine.. (She kisses JOE. if you like! JOE Just here’ll do. Telling me where to go and what to do. I'll take you home. it's so lovely having you sitting next to me.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh. please! I'll take you anywhere you want. MARY Can't you stay in the car just till we get to King's Cross? KEN We'll be alright. God..83. Joe.
In the car. JOE It's been a pleasure. God. MARY Oh. Mary. MARY Oh. KEN behind. (She stops the car. what are you talking about? You don't even know London!! JOE It'll be sign-posted. MARY Ken.) MARY (CONT’D) Lovely to see you. MARY Oh. Joe. will you?
. MARY Oh. bye then.
JOE Look after yourself. MARY (CONT’D) Better hurry up.) KEN See you soon. Bye. Ken.) MARY Oh. left round the one-way system. no.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh. Bye. take care. We haven't got time for this! (He pushes the front seat forwards. (He proceeds to do so. bye then. MARY Oh .Joe. Oh. (JOE gets out.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh.
JOE No.) KEN I'll get in the front. Joe. I won't. (JOE and KEN shake hands.84. and closes the door. for God's sake! (He gets into the front. KEN
JOE Yeah. no need to slam the door!
The car pulls up outside King’s Cross Station.. where do I go? JOE Straight ahead. MARY Yeah.
I'm gonna have to be honest with you. No. I'll run. Ken! MARY
KEN Can I phone you? No. MARY (CONT’D)
(She proffers her cheek. Mary. I just don't have those kind of feelings for you. KEN
. and he kisses it.) KEN I like you. MARY Can you take your hand off of me please. then. Mary. MARY Yeah. See you soon. KEN Good bye.) Bye. Bye. Ken? (He removes it.
KEN Yeah. MARY
(He leans towards her. Ken I'm really sorry.) Sorry. Right. KEN
MARY Look. MARY No. Ken. MARY
KEN Just for a chat. Then he puts his arm round her.85. you can't! KEN I could come down and see you.
Outside the house. making unhealthy noises. TOM is digging up pumpkins. and follows as GERRI.)
Under the Summer sky. accidentally hitting her with it .
(He takes his bag from the back seat. Autumn day. But hurry up. Bye. carrying her green wellies. FADE TO BLACK
Title: ‘AUTUMN’ The allotment.) Oh. and enters. GERRI I'll put the kettle on. MARY
KEN Sorry.) MARY (CONT’D) God Almighty! (She reverses erratically.86. TOM takes a box containing their produce from the back of the car. KEN Thanks for the lift. I didn't mean to. and rushes off. KEN’s train races back to Hull. GERRI is picking tomatoes.which he doesn’t notice.
. MARY It's alright. MARY Yeah. (He gets out. your train’s going in a minute. A crisp. unlocks the front door. The car drives off. confusing an unfortunate young man who is trying to cross the road behind her. alright. Bright sunshine. I got carried away.
(TOM goes into the room.) TOM You certainly did that. They laugh. you daft bugger?! (He puts the box in the hall. (Much amusement all round.this is Katie. then? JOE Mum. GERRI (entering) It's lovely to see you.) TOM (CONT’D) JOE
(He is lying on the sofa.87.) Oh!! Uh?!! TOM GERRI
(A young woman is behind the door.
TOM The sooner the better! (TOM walks past the living-room doorway.) GERRI You frightened the life out of me! TOM So who's this. Dad . (She hugs JOE.) TOM What‘re you doing here. JOE gets up and hugs him.) WOMAN Hello!! Sorry! He made me hide behind the door.
.) JOE I've come to surprise you. a book open in his hand.
(He puts an arm around GERRI. GERRI
TOM Yeah. we've learnt to live with it over the years..
.88.) TOM (CONT’D) So what's your name again? Katie.. TOM We were just going to have a sandwich. Gathering the last of the season's harvest... JOE She's starving. and Gerri. have you been at the allotment? Yes.
JOE This is Tom. GERRI We've brought back some lovely tomatoes ..haven't we? Yeah. TOM
KATIE Sounds gorgeous. Katie. GERRI Are you both hungry? KATIE I'm starving. KATIE Tom and Gerri! That's brilliant! TOM Yeah.. well. KATIE/ JOE TOM
Thank you. KATIE
(KATIE and JOE sit at the table. (She goes out. KATIE Glad you like them. KATIE (humorous) Shut up! (She gives JOE a loving squeeze. GERRI is putting flowers into a vase. Joe! Alright. Then he squeezes her bottom. They kiss. Katie.) GERRI You go on through. KATIE Oh. GERRI They're lovely. isn't it? JOE (ironic) It's gigantic. JOE
(JOE and KATIE proceed towards the kitchen.)
In the kitchen. who calls .89. TOM takes food from the fridge and puts it on the table. KATIE This is a lovely big kitchen.) GERRI Thank you for the flowers.) TOM Just get out of this filthy clobber. they're alright.
GERRI I'll just go and change. (He follows GERRI. GERRI Sit yourself down.
KATIE We'd both been stood up by our dates. wasn't it? Yeah. GERRI When was this? KATIE Oh.90. JOE
(TOM continues to set the table. about three months ago. TOM Ah. JOE I wanted to keep you a secret. JOE You know me! TOM Must be important. TOM Master of discretion. I didn't know he had it in him.
TOM So how did you two meet? JOE Our eyes met across a crowded bar. the bonding of the jilted. KATIE Oh. KATIE Pretty much. JOE Something like that.) GERRI You never told us. GERRI My enigmatic son. he's a dark horse. KATIE Your son's a weirdo!
now? TOM And what do they do.91. Katie? KATIE Oh. GERRI Oh. Oh. are you? Where do you work? KATIE At the Royal Free. my dad's a postman. GERRI Do you specialise? KATIE Yeah. He's having treatment. we know. yeah? TOM
GERRI And what do you work at. Whatever you want. Care of the elderly. TOM What's straight rehab? JOE (Laughing) Stroke rehab!
. (TOM and GERRI sit at the table. and stroke rehab. KATIE Thank you. Tuck in.
GERRI Yes. JOE Do they. and my mum works on a make-up counter. KATIE It's pretty good.) TOM Help yourself. Katie? KATIE I'm an occupational therapist. (To JOE) My mum and dad know all about you. GERRI Oh. that's a great hospital.
KATIE But it's great to come home at the end of the day and feel like you've made a contribution. I am. stroke rehab . Tom. I'm talking about you lot in the caring professions.92. (JOE and KATIE laugh. TOM Or not. But what exactly do you do?
. but want to be rehabilitated into being straight.) KATIE Joe tells me you're a counsellor. of course. I don't care. who’ve tried being gay. KATIE (To TOM) Oh. “straight rehab”. I'm sure you contribute! TOM I'm not talking about me. Gerri.I thought you said.
GERRI You are going deaf. KATIE What's straight rehab? What. isn't it? GERRI Yes. for my sins. as the case may be. for gay men who are on the turn? TOM For straight men. We know! Hard man. GERRI Yes. TOM Oh. JOE GERRI
KATIE And I know you're a geologist.
Well. KATIE Oh. TOM I investigate. TOM You call it a fork. to test the feasibility of various engineering and building projects.. it sounds amazing. I'm actually an engineering geologist. What are you working on at the moment? TOM Ah. GERRI And that's why I love him. which means that I GERRI He digs holes. Well.
TOM Ah.. I dig holes! (Everybody laughs) KATIE That's just calling a spade a spade. yes. which is going to alleviate the pressure on London's Victorian sewage system. TOM No. I investigate the ground beneath our feet. isn't it? GERRI I always call it a shovel. JOE You dig holes! TOM Alright. I call it a trailer-mounted tripod cable percussive boring unit. right now the main project is an eight-metre diameter tunnel. strictly speaking. yes.93. KATIE Blimey! Eight metres! That's big!
JOE Sounds ominous.
KATIE Oh no! You’d better get a move on! (They all laugh. But on my own. KATIE
JOE What you got planned later? TOM Ah.. I'm a veggie. no thanks. actually. though. D’you want some ham? KATIE Oh. Thank you. (KATIE laughs) TOM So. Anything you want. Are you? TOM
KATIE Mm. yeah.94.) TOM Help yourself. This cheese is gorgeous. We're having a visitation. up to eighty metres under ground.. Thank you. GERRI Mary's coming for tea. it's quite a I'm not doing it There's a few of be finished till big number. yes. JOE And that's just for this household. And it won't after I'm dead.
TOM Oh. GERRI Help yourself. And it'll follow the path of the Thames for twenty miles.
(KATIE laughs. How are you? (TOM joins them. you look great! So do you. Hmm.)
. KATIE I won't ask. she's er. JOE She's something else. KATIE Who's Mary? GERRI She's a friend from work. JOE
MARY Oh.) I'm good. JOE (singing) Ta-da!! MARY Oh. thank you! (She laughs.95. JOE
A little later. yes. I was right. Oh.. right.
JOE Oh. JOE opens the front door to reveal MARY.. Joe! How lovely to see you! (She comes in and throws her arms round him.) MARY (CONT’D) This is a surprise. KATIE
TOM Yes. and hugs him again.
) KATIE (To MARY) I like your jacket. Tom! My two favourite men.it's nice to meet you. MARY Oh. this is Katie. hi.) Oh. She is followed by GERRI. JOE
(MARY takes JOE’s arm. Mary. I'm his father. this is Mary. (She hugs TOM. JOE
MARY Whatever happened to that drink we were going to have? JOE I've got a surprise for you.) MARY You never rang me. MARY Oh. Smell that. holding a basil plant in a pot. KATIE Hello. MARY
GERRI This is Joe's girlfriend. I'm sorry.
. (To JOE) Look. Joe .96. Mary . I live here.) In you go. (She shakes MARY’s hand.
TOM Hello. (MARY’s ebullience drains away. She is devastated.you shouldn't have! (KATIE comes out of the conservatory. your mum gave me a pot of basil. Mary! I'm Tom.) Hello! KATIE
no. Mary? MARY (subdued) Yeah. (He takes it. Tom.) TOM Is it okay? GERRI What happened? MARY It wouldn't start. thanks. I had to come on the tube. (JOE and KATIE sit at the table.
GERRI She's going to make him some pesto. Oh. Good. It's the car. thanks. it's a nightmare. KATIE
TOM Shall I take your jacket.the journey was alright. no. Lovely. TOM Didn't get lost again.97. TOM
MARY Yeah. did you? MARY Oh no .) GERRI How are you. it wasn't..
. actually. GERRI
MARY Oh. yeah. I'm really good.. Mary? MARY Yeah. Gerri. GERRI How was your journey? MARY It was alright.
I think you're right. no. Oh did it? GERRI
JOE Oh. and erm.
MARY Yeah. So I rush out. I thought.. I went nice and early. actually.98. and all my toilet rolls have been stolen. and I brought three bags in.. and my window's been smashed. I can chill out now and have a nice little glass of wine.. that's done. because I couldn't do that before I had the car... Mary? MARY Yeah. I'm in the bathroom and I'm sitting on the . which is great. but I must have left the fourth one on the front seat.. I had a really nice evening. KATIE Well that's something. that's great. and.. of course I'm insured.. sorry to hear that. I did my big weekly supermarket shop yesterday. KATIE MARY Yeah. MARY Yeah. but then..because it's the toilet roll that I've left in the car.. so it wouldn't be dark when I got back. there's glass everywhere.. Oh. and it got broken into last night. and. KATIE Are you insured.. Joe. And I got in. isn't it?
. Em. this morning. JOE It's probably kids.
can you? It's illegal. Anyway. Tom. yeah. I just left it.. KATIE I know. (He proceeds to do so. Mary. Tom. but what I'm saying is. Put the kettle on. MARY Yeah. hasn't it? I know. TOM Well.. It's just a car. I'm fed up with it. yeah. I'm sick of it. TOM Yeah.) MARY It's given me a lot of stress.
MARY You can't drive a car without insurance. it's only going to get worse. MARY Yeah. you know what I think. isn't it? GERRI Well. I can't just sell it now. won't you? MARY I know. sit yourself down. to be honest. MARY
TOM Maybe you should cut your losses. TOM That car's been a catalogue of disaster. Tom..99. Mary. at least you'll be able to claim for your window.. and get rid of it. TOM Three punctures?
.. Mary. if you keep it. What does it matter? GERRI Go on. I've had three punctures. but I've spent so much on it. Tom. I'm. Good idea.
at sixty pounds each. I broke down on the motorway on the way to Brighton. and the guy kept trying to touch me up.. and I got towed to Crawley. Oh. well they said they'd guarantee the labour for three months but not the parts. I got nine points on my driving licence. which is the last place I wanna go to. I don't know. my windscreen wiper got ripped off.
MARY Yeah. Anyway. Bastards. my carburettor went. MARY No.. My exhaust’s fallen off.. yeah. isn't it? The parts for three months. and then. nine parking tickets. Gerri? Yes. and it cost me nearly five hundred pounds and I never even got my weekend in Brighton. probably.. I had to get the train home and then the train back to Crawley the next day.. I had to get a new one.100.. but not the labour. So. and I hate it.. GERRI
MARY It keeps making funny noises.. TOM Other way round. I got towed away and I wasn't even parked on a double yellow line. and that was supposed to be my summer holiday. GERRI
. Gerri? Yes. no. that's right. I got seven parking tickets. Oh. can you? MARY No. wasn't it. so.. haven't I.. I got three points for speeding. TOM You can't take it back to the guys you got it from. cos I grew up there.
) KATIE Don't forget to give me the recipe. Joe. I won't forget. TOM She knew you were coming.101. Relax. eh? MARY What did you say your name was? Katie. so she baked a cake. anyway! MARY Yeah. at least you're here now. KATIE
GERRI Well. (She moves to the table. TOM
GERRI Well. Katie. KATIE Yeah. I wouldn't mind having the recipe for that. Gerri. never mind. TOM You haven't tasted it yet. Gerri. Mary. MARY Oh. it smells nice. will you? GERRI No. thanks.
MARY It's not fair. and starts to cut it.) MARY Yeah. KATIE Oh. JOE Come and sit down. I've never baked a cake before. (GERRI puts the cake on the table. Mary: I've made a cake in your honour. thanks.
. the good news is. is it? No.
GERRI We had absolutely no idea. MARY looks away.
. JOE You're a good cook. then. KATIE Oh.102. KATIE
(A loving moment between them. JOE: You can have a cake-off. it was horrible. (Chuckling) Terrible way to treat someone. KATIE (Laughing) Yeah. Everything sank to the bottom. GERRI Made me jump. poor Tom. I tried making a fruit cake once. (Irritated. TOM Surprised you passed the test.) TOM This monster hid this young lady behind the sitting-room door. JOE This is my big secret. Thank you.
GERRI Of course.) TOM What about these two. JOE She passed the test. Mary? GERRI Such a surprise. I would have got rid of you on the spot. I thought I was going to give him a heart attack. I don't think so. you can.
KATIE Oh. Oh.) So what is it you do then. Gerri? GERRI I'll give you some to take home. Have you tasted them? MARY Yeah.
. I know you have lunch everyday. Gerri's always giving me stuff from the allotment..103. Joe. Jackie? Katie. We had some tomatoes from Tom and Gerri's allotment. KATIE I thought it was special. GERRI Nothing special. KATIE Still. MARY Yeah. great. loads of times. Gerri. I'm an occupational therapist. yeah. And we had a lovely lunch. though. it's been really good to meet you both. Mary. Aren't you. MARY Oh. I can take them on the tube. KATIE MARY
KATIE Don't worry. JOE We have lunch every day. (Pause.. MARY You didn't say you were having lunch. Katie. thanks very much! TOM It's obviously serious. TOM Bread and cheese.
.. brilliant! So have you two worked together for a long time. I grew up just down the road from you.. haven't we. KATIE Oh. aren't you? Gerri said..104. Mary? Yeah. KATIE Oh.. TOM The aptly named! (GERRI. GERRI
MARY Well.) KATIE So which course did you do? Secretarial? MARY What makes you think I'm a secretary? KATIE Well.
GERRI She looks after stroke victims..? GERRI Ooh..
Oh. Yes. you are. MARY I only went to college in Croydon. I got my diploma. in Croydon. I look after the doctors. about twenty years. right? Which college? MARY Croydon College. KATIE and JOE laugh. and the elderly. TOM . KATIE And.
we think of you as an auntie. JOE (To GERRI) Thanks. MARY I wouldn't say that. who gives it to KATIE. Mum. Joe. JOE
MARY It'll just have to be our secret. actually. please. TOM Auntie Mary! KATIE I think that's really sweet. Then he hands one to MARY.
GERRI Mary's known Joe since he was ten.) JOE Auntie Mary! MARY Thanks. who wants some cake? KATIE Yes. GERRI Well. GERRI Right. MARY I've got some really nice stories. KATIE No way! I bet you've got some embarrassing stories. Joe? Yes.105.
. won't it? GERRI She's almost like an auntie to him. (GERRI hands a slice of cake on a plate to JOE. Joe and I have shared some really special moments together. Mary. haven't we.
TOM We’ll probably find you hiding in the shed. JOE And you'll never know when. (TOM looks at GERRI. TOM Right.106.)
A little later. TOM leads them all out of the kitchen. (JOE and KATIE laugh. into the hall. not in the same way.. KATIE Soon. KATIE Lurking in the bathroom!
. (They all eat cake in silence. MARY hovers in the kitchen doorway. KATIE No. aren't we? Touch wood! TOM Some of us already are. don't we.) KATIE Amazing cake. we're all going to be old one day.) MARY We look after old people. It is now dark outside. You get to know them really well. Long pause. we'll see you when we see you. I love it. hopefully.. KATIE is holding the pot of basil. GERRI Thank you. Katie. and.
MARY It must be really boring looking after old people. some afternoon. Gerri? GERRI No. well.
TOM See you. TOM Yeah. and kisses him on the cheek. KATIE Oh. TOM
KATIE Yes. thank you so much.
JOE Or down the toilet! Oh nice! KATIE
GERRI You must come to supper.) GERRI Tom makes a mean curry. boy! JOE Bye-bye. Take care. there's been no litigation to date. Yeah. KATIE I'll take my chances then. I love curry. (TOM and JOE hug. Bye.107. Bye. take care. JOE (Kissing GERRI) I'll speak to you later. (MARY taps JOE’s arm.) KATIE Ah.
. please! I hear you're both excellent cooks .) TOM Well.no pressure! (JOE and KATIE put on their coats. GERRI Thank you for the flowers.
Bye. Bye. See you soon.108. GERRI
. then? GERRI That's a turn up for the books. GERRI KATIE MARY
KATIE Really nice to meet you. GERRI Bye. Bye. Mary. KATIE TOM
KATIE Bye. safe journey. Yeah. You too. Bye. The front door closes. Bye. I've got a bit of work to do. Alright. (Kissing GERRI.) TOM How about that. TOM You're not kidding.
KATIE Pleasure.) Lovely to meet you. Bye. TOM Yeah. JOE / KATIE GERRI
(JOE and KATIE leave. MARY
KATIE Hope you get your car sorted out. Yeah. Katie. If you'll excuse me.
. he doesn't want to rush into anything. isn't she? MARY Well. actually.109.. (She disappears into the kitchen. he's only young. I don't know. GERRI I think Joe knows what he's doing. MARY No.. GERRI They seem to connect... GERRI Don't forget your tomatoes. He's only known her for five minutes.
(TOM goes upstairs.. Gerri. MARY Well. MARY Yeah but . but what I mean is. GERRI Don't be silly. isn't he? GERRI He's thirty years old.) MARY I was going to bring you some flowers. MARY follows her. I just couldn't find anywhere open.
.) Gerri? What? MARY GERRI
MARY What d’you think of her? GERRI She's lovely. GERRI Joe likes her. I hope so. Mary. MARY Well. GERRI starts clearing up the tea things. Mary.you know.
Pause. bye. Okay. I won't. MARY
(GERRI closes the door. No. now. TOM
GERRI Really upsetting. TOM is reading a newspaper.110. Very sad. yeah? GERRI Yes. I'm not.)
TOM and GERRI relax together on the living-room sofa. MARY is confused and perplexed.
. (Half to herself) I should have brought a bottle of wine. and continues to clear up. (She walks out of the room. thanks.
MARY No. Bye. Are you surprised? GERRI Of course I am. actually. Mary. MARY Yeah. Each has a glass of red wine. GERRI sees MARY out. Mary. TOM Yeah. Gerri. MARY leaves. GERRI (CONT’D) Thank you for coming. (GERRI ignores this.) MARY (CONT’D) I might head off in a minute. I'll see you on Tuesday. GERRI (smiling politely) Alright then.
) GERRI It's extraordinary. TOM reads the paper. Frost on the ground.
GERRI It's disappointing. He is a dark horse.111. (GERRI chuckles. TOM So.) TOM (CONT’D) Did you see this? (An article in the newspaper. our son.) FADE TO BLACK.) TOM I think you'll find that we men are.
. she's a laugh. Now it drives along a provincial street of gardenless terraced houses. TOM and GERRI’s car speeds up the M1 motorway. (TOM sips his wine. when are you inviting her round next? (GERRI laughs and sips her wine. isn't she? GERRI She's lovely.
Title: ‘WINTER’ Early morning. TOM I like whats-her-name? Katie? GERRI
TOM Yeah. Much traffic.
He is followed by GERRI and JOE. Ron? (She kisses him. has it? (The door is opened by an elderly man with longish hair.) JOE Hiya. GERRI How are you managing. TOM’s brother. TOM is standing by the fireplace.)
A few minutes later. They wait.) GERRI How are you. and RONNIE sits by the table. Ronnie? RONNIE I'll be glad when this is over. smoking a cigarette.112. touching RONNIE on the shoulder. mate. (RONNIE closes the door. They are dressed as for a funeral. TOM knocks on the door. GERRI and JOE take various items from the car. Yeah. Ronnie TOM D'you recognise Joe? JOE I've grown a bit.
It stops. GERRI stands by JOE. and walk to a small. He is RONNIE.) TOM (CONT’D) Hello. JOE is sitting in an armchair. (He goes into the house. the two men in black ties. TOM
GERRI She was a lovely person. TOM. TOM (CONT’D) It hasn't changed much. GERRI This is the hardest day. shabby house with lace curtains. sideburns and a moustache. in RONNIE’s drab living-room.
JOE Question is. (GERRI gives JOE and TOM mugs of tea.) Ta.) TOM Have you been eating over the weekend. if he'll turn up. Ronnie? RONNIE I had some beans. TOM Well. Mm. Very kind. don't you? D’you want something now? No. RONNIE
GERRI Are you sure? Yeah.
JOE TOM GERRI
(She goes into the small kitchen. RONNIE
JOE We brought a load of sandwiches. that's up to him. TOM Some beers. RONNIE He'd bloody better. JOE
She was. Ron.113. TOM Need a bit more than that though. and pours some tea. GERRI So where's Carl? TOM I told him when and where.
114. Mr Hepple? TOM Yes. the FUNERAL DIRECTOR. TOM
(The FUNERAL DIRECTOR removes his top hat. RONNIE Can I have one of them beers now? TOM Yeah. GERRI The hearse’ll be here soon. to reveal the hearse.
TOM Cheers. Hello. Ronnie. you're alright . Hello.) TOM This is my brother. and a young lady ASSISTANT. (He opens it. Hello.) FUNERAL DIRECTOR Hello. Gez. FUNERAL DIRECTOR FUNERAL DIRECTOR
. Yeah. TOM
(GERRI brings a cup of tea for RONNIE.) Ta. I think we spoke on the phone. Ronnie. (GERRI gets RONNIE a can of beer from the kitchen. I'm Tom Hepple.) RONNIE
TOM opens the front door. (They shake hands.) GERRI There you are. He's Linda's husband.go on.
Mr Hepple Yes. The FUNERAL DIRECTOR comes out. (The FUNERAL DIRECTOR replaces his hat. The FUNERAL DIRECTOR greets the waiting VICAR. your Minister. and disappears with him into the building. Ronnie? Yeah.
FUNERAL DIRECTOR This is Robert. Thank you. RONNIE
(TOM closes the door.) FUNERAL DIRECTOR (CONT’D) Are you all ready? TOM Yes. we are.
(RONNIE joins them. who get out. followed by the car.) FUNERAL DIRECTOR Er. Assistants open the tail-gate of the hearse. GERRI and JOE follow RONNIE into the street. drives slowly through the frost-covered crematorium grounds. TOM starts to close the front door. TOM (To VICAR) Ah! I'm Tom Hepple. and attend to the coffin. He speaks to a young lady ASSISTANT.) Thank you.)
The hearse. Just the four of us. FUNERAL DIRECTOR
(The ASSISTANT opens the nearside doors of the car for TOM and JOE.115. yes. It stops outside the chapel. TOM
(GERRI and RONNIE alight on the other side of the car.) TOM (CONT’D) Have you got the keys.
FUNERAL DIRECTOR Are you all ready? Yes. (The VICAR shakes hands with RONNIE. led by the VICAR.) Thank you. I shall be taking the service. (Pause. Three MOURNERS. to be here.) Thank you.. TOM / GERRI
(The FUNERAL DIRECTOR speaks to the PALL-BEARERS.116. 3 in D Major). FUNERAL DIRECTOR
(The PALL-BEARERS take the coffin out of the hearse.) VICAR Robert Saunter. The family follows. Ronnie. go in last. Well.Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. and wait. but he doesn't appear to have turned up yet. (MORE)
TOM This is my brother.) VICAR “I am the resurrection and the life. Carl. They all look vaguely round for CARL.) VICAR Right. er. FUNERAL DIRECTOR (CONT’D)
(The PALL-BEARERS proceed into the Chapel.S. who are waiting by the open hearse. Yes. two WOMEN and a MAN. says the Lord. raise it onto their shoulders. Linda's husband. Those who believe in me. best be started.. TOM We're expecting Ronnie's son. even though they die. The VICAR begins the prayer. we'd. recorded music begins (‘Air On a G-String’ from J. From inside the chapel. will live.
Amen. was buried and rose again for us. TOM. The three MOURNERS are at the back. JOE and RONNIE sit on the front row.in sure and certain hope of the resurrection to eternal life through our Lord. and remain with you always.” (During the above. “Earth to earth. Who will transform our frail bodies that they may be conformed to his glorious body. GERRI. VICAR (CONT’D) We have entrusted our sister. in this world and the next.”
(A crematorium OFFICIAL closes the chapel doors.” (The automatic curtain closes round the coffin. The coffin is on view. nor things to come. ashes to ashes. nor rulers.) VICAR (CONT’D) “. nor depth. to God's mercy. nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus Our Lord. nor powers.)
Inside the chapel. The Father. nor height. the Son.)
. VICAR (CONT'D) Everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.. He takes off a woollen hat to reveal a bald head. To Him be glory forever. Amen. Who died. dust to dust.. I am convinced that neither death. His light and His joy. (He faces the congregation. The rows of seats are otherwise empty. Jesus Christ. and we now commit her body to be cremated. and a severe-looking bearded man in black leather has entered. a little later. and the Holy Spirit be upon you. the MAN separate from the TWO WOMEN. nor things present. and walks away... nor life. Linda Margaret.117. nor angels. The family turn to look at him. And the blessing of God Almighty.) VICAR (CONT’D) “May God give you His comfort and His peace. the doors at the back have opened abruptly.
(CARL . leaves the pulpit. The VICAR leaves the chapel. GERRI and RONNIE come down the steps.for it is he . moments later. The funeral attendants stand by the car nearby.) (TOM.) CARL You're joking. So does CARL. He follows them.) CARL Is that it? GERRI It's all over.118. (She gets up) GERRI (CONT’D) I'm really sorry. TOM. aren't you? TOM Hello. CARL overtakes them. looking at some wreaths.sits in the second row.
VICAR (CONT’D) You are welcome.)
Outside the chapel. Carl. GERRI and RONNIE. (CARL watches the family go out. JOE. More recorded music commences (’Nimrod’. The MOURNERS leave. He looks round the chapel. Carl. CARL Unbelievable! (He confronts TOM. You can't wait. you can't wait five minutes?
. and RONNIE get up. immediately behind TOM and GERRI. Variation 9 from Elgar’s ‘Enigma Variationa’).) (The VICAR. JOE is already in the grounds. CARL What. (He shakes CARL’s hand. having finished.) CARL (CONT’D) Why couldn't you wait? TOM There's another one coming up behind us.
CARL (To RONNIE) I'll never forgive you for this. You know that. don't you? RONNIE Yeah. shouldn't you? I did. CARL Outrageous. TOM It's not his fault. wasn't it? TOM You should have taken that into account. Right
. JOE joins him.
GERRI We did ask them. TOM We asked them.119. What? It's Joe. yeah.) Carl. TOM What happened to you? CARL Motorway was fucked up. don't blame me. JOE CARL JOE
CARL (uninterested) Oh. RONNIE I might have known you'd pull a stunt like this. CARL
TOM Obviously not enough. (CARL moves away.
so. The three MOURNERS go off together in another direction. JOE has already got in. RONNIE has a beer. in the living-room. We're going back to the house. TOM stands. are you friends of Linda’s? How long have you worked with her? Are you coming back to the house.that is. GERRI Alright. and kisses him on the cheek. Thank you. removing the plastic lids. GERRI Hello. I will. So does JOE. (TOM and GERRI walk towards the car.. Alright. JOE and RONNIE are sitting at the table. GERRI and TOM talk to the MOURNERS. to your mum's.. MAN Aye.120. TOM and GERRI have mugs of tea.)
Back in RONNIE’s house. Yeah. and we are some distance away.) TOM Hello. We'll see you there. we'll see you there.) GERRI Carl. they all speak quietly. CARL
(CARL leaves. GERRI joins CARL. Good. TOM Do you have your own car? Did you have transport? Do you know the way? GERRI We’ll see you there. We halfhear the conversation . We're going back to the house if you'd like to join us. GERRI sets out bought sandwiches on a coffee-table.
. I'm Tom. CARL I’ve got to go back there any road. Ronnie's brother.
(JOE walks away. I'm really sorry.
JOE When did we last see him? TOM Can't remember.121. Was it? Mm. ten years ago? GERRI It was the year your mum died. TOM GERRI RONNIE TOM GERRI
JOE No. TOM
RONNIE Don't know.
GERRI (CONT’D) When was the last time you saw Carl? RONNIE A couple of years ago. JOE So. 1979. No. TOM Just turns up out of the blue. No. GERRI You were nine. Five. Yeah.
. hang on . ninety-five. doesn't he? RONNIE When he can be bothered.when did he stay with us in London? TOM That was in the eighties.
) TOM Hello. FIRST WOMAN Thanks. thanks. No. alright? MAN Aye.)
.. FIRST WOMAN
TOM D’you want to go through? Thank you.122. didn't he? GERRI Mm. He was such a lovely kid.) MAN Er. (TOM and the MOURNERS have gone through to the living-room. It's tragic. (They start to enter. Hiya... Full of fun. Was ‘e? RONNIE
(He takes a swig of beer. JOE Hi. you're alright. No problem. SECOND WOMAN
TOM (To MAN) You find it. Come on in. come in.)
JOE opens the front door. TOM appears.
JOE He always wore black. love. JOE stays near the front door to check his mobile. duck.. aye. TOM Shall I take your coat? (JOE closes the front door. revealing the three middle-aged MOURNERS.
(Pause) SECOND WOMAN Good job it didn't rain. wasn't it. (TOM and GERRI laugh politely) TOM Yes. GERRI Joe. and takes it into the living-room. wasn't it? Simple. we have over the years.)
A little later. straightforward. People variously sitting and standing.) Yeah. That's what you wanted.123. ladies? Right. JOE
(He picks it up. haven't we? MAN Aye. Ronnie? Nothing fancy. GERRI Have you worked with Linda for long at the bakery?
. No. is there another chair in there? (JOE sees a chair. Aye. Tea and sandwiches. SECOND WOMAN It was a very nice service. SECOND WOMAN RONNIE
TOM We've seen a few off from there. It's a nice spot. isn't it? Hmm.
TOM (off) Shall I take your coats. TOM It was. that.
yeah. now. JOE
(CARL enters the house. GERRI She was a lovely lady.
SECOND WOMAN About ten years. SECOND WOMAN We weren't that close. Is it? Aye. Ronnie? Having to look after yourself. won't it. FIRST WOMAN She'll be much missed. FIRST WOMAN She was. mate!
. TOM MAN
(We hear the sound of a key in the front door. TOM Be a big change for you.) GERRI Alright. SECOND WOMAN It was such a shock.) TOM Eh up.) It's Carl. Ronnie. Maggie? FIRST WOMAN (MAGGIE) Not as long as that. no. CARL (To the MAN) Excuse me. Carl.124. He slams the door. MAN You get used to it though. Eight years for me. Carl? (CARL strides through the room. GERRI How about you. and goes into the living-room. He takes off a pair of shades and a headset. He is wearing his black woollen hat.
Carl? TOM You got tea.. I haven't lived in Derby for forty years.125.. (He crosses the room. Almond Street. CARL Sort meself out. TOM (off) We got up a fair bit when my mam was still alive. Carl? CARL I'm alright. I'll say. TOM Oh. and goes into the kitchen..) GERRI How are you. couple of bottles of wine. aye.) TOM Are you local then. CARL
GERRI Where you living? CARL Up in Yorkshire. GERRI Are you working?
. I'm just a few streets down. yeah. Frank? MAN Aye. GERRI This must have been a bit of shock for you.. How are you? GERRI We're all fine. You know. ta.
JOE D’you want a drink..not now. (GERRI joins CARL in the kitchen. TOM (off) .. beers.
CARL Not lost your sense of humour.. then? (He throws the letters down in the kitchen. SECOND WOMAN (off) It’s all changed. then? RONNIE No. (CARL picks up a pile of letters. either. You didn't get your arse in gear then.) CARL (CONT’D) Who sorted all this lot out? We did..
CARL Don't need an interrogation. TOM
CARL Nice.. TOM .) CARL No post for me. and returns to the doorway.there’s a new ring road. oneway system. Ronnie?
.. Eh? CARL
RONNIE There's none from you.. GERRI
TOM We brought it with us.. None from you. CARL From London? Yeah.) GERRI Well. and hits RONNIE on his leg with the mail... there's food out here when you want it.126. (CARL comes to the kitchen doorway.
your brother? TOM His wife's just died. Carl. then? CARL She knew how I felt about her. I know. though in't it? TOM I don't think you should underestimate the shock he's had. Didn't much care for her when she was alive.
TOM He didn't need to . Did you? Yeah. CARL TOM
CARL It's his responsibility. in't ’e. Very fragile. Carl! RONNIE
TOM What way was that.we offered. CARL Yeah. Carl? Tom! GERRI
CARL I cared for her in me own way.127. Did she? Shut it! TOM RONNIE
. Did you? TOM
CARL I beg your pardon? TOM Did you care for her. CARL His wife.
who is standing beside him. FIRST WOMAN We’d best get going.
. is it? CARL It's my house just as much as it is his. Tom! GERRI
(TOM shrugs and sees fit to hold his peace. CARL Well. Carl. I don't like it. (Now JOE sees fit to hold his peace. CARL turns on the SECOND WOMAN. I'm not surprised. (He gets their coats.) GERRI I'm really sorry about this.) And what are you looking at? JOE I'm looking at you. and takes a sip of his beer.) CARL (CONT’D) Don't feel like you need to hang about. duck. CARL
(He crosses the room and goes upstairs. though. Excuse me.) GERRI Thank you for coming.) TOM (peeved) Do you want your coats? Yeah.) CARL (To JOE.
CARL (To RONNIE) Don't tell me how to behave in me own house! TOM It's not your house.128. (They all get up.
. One of those things. Not to worry. TOM That's great.) TOM Is that. Thanks. (At the front door.129. RONNIE looks at him. TOM and RONNIE see them out.
MAN Shall I drop you off? FIRST WOMAN Yeah. He passes RONNIE. Aye. TOM Ah. Frank? MAN Aye. (She goes out. Ronnie? (He gently taps RONNIE’s shoulder. See you. He'll bugger off soon enough.) RONNIE I don't know what to do.) TOM (CONT’D) (exhales) Bloody hell. well. Ronnie. bewildered. Sorry about this. Take care.) TOM Thanks for coming. followed by the other two. MAN Ah. SECOND WOMAN
TOM Thanks a lot. duck. then stops by him.
. sod him. Give them a lift home.) FIRST WOMAN Look after yourself. can you do that.. (RONNIE stands up. and sighs. (He closes the door behind them. Ta-ta. GERRI You're welcome. Are you alright. perplexed.
RONNIE slowly responds.. in the living-room. from upstairs. Pause. TOM Well. confused and in pain. RONNIE I don't know. The TOM disengages himself. a week. RONNIE joins TOM.. (CARL returns. Mm. (He leaves RONNIE. RONNIE No. Why don't you come back with us? To London. Then we'll put you on the train back home. Whatever it takes. You're alright. Good. Okay.)
A few moments later. TOM (CONT’D) What d’you reckon? GERRI You might as well. GERRI and JOE. till you feel a bit better.)
. RONNIE Are you sure? Yeah. why not? Just for a few days..
(A look of terror in RONNIE’s eyes. Think about it. no. TOM hugs him. TOM GERRI RONNIE TOM
GERRI Chuck a few things in a bag. TOM Well.. who is lost.130. (To JOE) We'll clear up.) TOM (CONT’D) Tell you what.
I'll do it.) CARL I'll do that.) RONNIE I think there's one under the bed. you leave it. Carl.) She were dead when I woke up. CARL Is he. TOM
CARL How did she go? RONNIE Eh? (Pause. We hear a crash of crockery. (CARL takes the cups.) GERRI Excuse me.131. Gerri.
TOM Have you got a bag? Think so. CARL No. GERRI. now? (GERRI and JOE start to clear up. RONNIE
GERRI Carl. Right. your dad's coming home with us for a couple of days. GERRI No. (He goes into the kitchen. You sit yourself down. JOE and RONNIE watch him.
Yeah.) CARL (CONT’D) What am I doing this for? Save me mam the trouble? She's fucking dead now!
. Satisfied? (TOM goes upstairs. GERRI starts to collect some dirty cups.
(TOM gives him a clean shirt on a hanger. (He collects his coat. TOM Pyjamas. RONNIE
TOM D’you want this? Yeah.) (Pause.) CARL No. (GERRI walks away from JOE. RONNIE goes upstairs. watching. slamming the door behind him. RONNIE stands. no. TOM is packing an old suitcase. no. we've got loads of wine.
(He storms past GERRI and JOE.) Carl! GERRI
Up in RONNIE’s dark bedroom. Are you gonna change? Yeah.) CARL (CONT’D) I'm going to get a bottle of wine. Then he folds and packs another couple.) GERRI Carl. no.) JOE He won't be back.)
. (She puts a hand on his shoulder. (CARL storms through the room. JOE Carl. get some shirts. listen to me.. towards the front door.
. Is Tom here? RONNIE No. There is a knock at the front door.. Oh.. I just wanted to see ‘em.
Meanwhile.. RONNIE gets up. A very cold and frosty day. I just came on the spur of the moment. Old clothes... have.. I work with her. Is Gerri in? No. She is uncharacteristically dishevelled.133.. He goes to the door. I. they're out. have they gone to the allotment? Yeah. I'm a friend of Gerri's. GERRI is pulling up wooden stakes. and TOM is stacking planks by the shed. MARY Oh. and opens it very slightly. hi. I'll be alright. RONNIE They didn't say nothing. MARY Oh. MARY is on the step. Pause.
TOM How’re you doing? Are you alright? RONNIE Yeah. RONNIE
. Hair awry. RONNIE sits quietly on their living-room sofa. TOM We'll be off soon. What's it about? MARY I. RONNIE
MARY Oh.. No make-up..
At the allotment. Slowly. oh no. they don't.
MARY Oh. Can I come in? Just to wait for them? RONNIE I don't know.. What's your name? RONNIE Ronnie. and the sink's straight in front of you. Tom's me brother. if you like.
MARY Yeah. your wife that's just passed away? Yeah.... MARY I'm really cold. RONNIE That's alright. When you go in the kitchen. Oh .. Thanks. the cooker's on the right.134. MARY Would you like me to make you a cup of tea? RONNIE No.. and on the left is.. RONNIE
MARY I'm really sorry. MARY Oh. Pause.) MARY (CONT’D) I'm Mary.. RONNIE I'm here on me own. MARY
(He lets her in. Er... a little cupboard RONNIE Yeah. or anything.is it. and shuts the door. thank you... I can give you a description of the house. I'm not going to burgle you.
(Pause. She puts her bag on a chair. RONNIE
(He watches her go into the kitchen. and smiles at him. go on. She sets about filling the kettle. Did you have breakfast? Yeah.)
Now they are both sitting at the kitchen table. Alright.135. RONNIE goes slowly into the kitchen.) MARY Have you come down for a few days? Yeah.
.) MARY (CONT’D) You sure you don't want some tea? RONNIE Aye. RONNIE
MARY Yeah. RONNIE
MARY With Tom and Gerri? Yeah. MARY RONNIE
(She proceeds to make the tea.) MARY D’you want a cuddle? (Pause. Yeah.
MARY Is it alright if I make one for myself? I don't think Gerri and Tom would mind. each with a mug of tea. MARY goes to the fridge to get the milk. I haven't had any breakfast.
They invite me a lot we're really old friends. And then I couldn't sleep. (Pause. Are you sleeping in Joe's room? Yeah. are they? (Pause.
MARY (CONT’D) Oh. It's really lovely to be here. Oh.136. RONNIE
MARY Oh. Mary. that's better. MARY Oh. Did he go to the funeral? Yeah. yeah. RONNIE MARY RONNIE RONNIE MARY
. All his little bits and bobs. No. RONNIE
MARY With his girlfriend? No. I just got up and came straight here. I haven't been for months.) MARY You look like Tom.) RONNIE They're coming round later. I didn't get to bed 'til five.) MARY (CONT’D) Does Gerri ever mention me? No. (She sips her tea. (Pause.) Sorry I'm such a mess.
Oh. lovely. thank you. They're good cooks. RONNIE
MARY I can't cook. (MARY laughs) MARY I didn't really eat anything yesterday. MARY Oh. good. I wouldn't mind a cigarette. aye?
MARY Yeah. What was your wife's name? Linda. aren't they? Yeah. Can you cook? No.
Oh. He sips his tea. RONNIE
MARY Oh? Was she nice. too. though. RONNIE D’you want some toast? MARY No. You've got a nice face. RONNIE MARY RONNIE
(RONNIE takes out a tin of tobacco. Do you smoke? Yeah.137.) MARY (CONT’D) Did you have dinner last night? RONNIE We had chicken. I'm alright.)
. Tom's got a nice face. (RONNIE doesn’t reply.
For old time's sake. Did you like the Beatles? RONNIE They were alright. then. RONNIE and MARY are standing by the plants with their mugs. it's alright. Huh. no .. can't we? They won't know. (He starts to roll one up. RONNIE has put on his coat. I was more Elvis.. I'll have one of mine.) RONNIE
In the conservatory. MARY Yeah. (Pause. (Sings) “I'm all shook up. Jerry Lee Lewis. Me and my best friend. RONNIE
. we can stay in here. Monica. Did you ever smoke dope? RONNIE Tried it a few times.” Heh.go on. They are smoking their roll-ups. Oh. My friend used to roll her own. (She watches him.) RONNIE (CONT’D) We have to go out there. MARY Oh. yeah. MARY (CONT’D) Takes me back.
MARY (CONT’D) Oh.138.) RONNIE D’you want one of these? MARY Oh no. Don't see her anymore. MARY We used to. RONNIE doesn’t react.
(Pause.. Have you got to move? No.. RONNIE
MARY Is he married? RONNIE Don't know. I'll be alright. if you like.) MARY (CONT’D) Oh. Got a few things to sort out. (Pause. Unfortunately. They smoke. We'll just finish these.. do you know Ken?
..) MARY I could come up and give you a hand. MARY I don't suppose your son will help you. No.139.) RONNIE (CONT’D) You got kids? MARY No.. RONNIE Are you warm enough? MARY Oh. (Pause.
(MARY giggles) MARY Have you got any children? Got a son. RONNIE RONNIE
MARY I could take a few days off work. Have you got to go back soon? RONNIE Yeah..
I did. I had too much to drink last night.) RONNIE
. Did he go to the funeral? No. I had a bit of a bad day. They gave me twenty quid for it. and lets it go. It had to be towed away.
Ken? Yeah. RONNIE MARY
RONNIE Did you finish it? MARY Yeah. RONNIE
MARY He's a bit weird. Yeah? Yeah.) MARY I might have to have a little bit of a lie-down.) MARY I don't really smoke. isn't he? Is he? RONNIE
(Pause. RONNIE That's not much. MARY thinks better of pursuing this. What can you do with twenty quid? I bought myself a bottle of champagne. MARY No. (Pause. They said it wasn't worth repairing. My car broke down. Huh.140.
MARY Yeah. (MARY sniffs a bit.
In the living-room. MARY (CONT’D) It's really lovely to have someone to talk to. They walk up the path. Gerri. RONNIE is sitting on the other side of the room. TOM There you go. MARY
. and enter the house. MARY
(Then she settles back again. RONNIE
MARY It's peaceful here. yeah.141.) TOM (calling) Hello. MARY is lying comfortably on the sofa. (MARY sits up.) RONNIE They'll be back soon. Yeah. GERRI
(Tom locks the car. I might move away somewhere else. (RONNIE looks out of the window. Ronnie! GERRI (calling) We're back! (GERRI looks into the living-room and sees MARY.)
TOM and GERRI unload stuff from the car.) Hi. Start again.) Oh. I used to work in Mallorca.
MARY comes in. Mary.. (GERRI looks at her for a moment. (TOM joins GERRI.
GERRI Hello... (They put down their allotment stuff. TOM sits in a chair to change his footwear. Specially today. Gerri? GERRI Yes... I just. TOM (CONT’D) Where'd she spring from? (He opens the conservatory door. then goes. Mary.142.
In the kitchen. MARY watches her. thought I'd. GERRI stops. I'm fine.) TOM Just get my boots off. TOM You're not kidding.) TOM Bloody hell! Hi. and rubs her forehead. sighs. No. Tom.
. I came on the tube.) TOM D’you drive? MARY Oh...) MARY Are you alright.) GERRI Bloody nuisance. (She goes to the hall to take her coat off.. MARY
GERRI What are you doing here? MARY Well.
I'm really sorry. (GERRI looks at MARY.) GERRI Joe and Katie are coming. MARY Yeah.143. RONNIE flicks through several TV channels. Ronnie? Yeah.) GERRI Come and sit yourself down. He passes MARY. (She joins them)
Upstairs in Tom’s study. in the living-room. Mary. MARY Oh. Mary. who pats him on the shoulder. then walks away. GERRI takes the milk out of the fridge. MARY looks at RONNIE but he doesn’t particularly respond. Ronnie said. taking off his hat and coat.. MARY stands alone. he is working at his computer.) TOM (CONT’D) Tea. GERRI comes in and puts her arms round him. TOM
(TOM joins GERRI at the other end of the kitchen. and closes the conservatory door.
Did you? (GERRI returns)
GERRI It might have been nice if you'd phoned first. and have a cup of tea.) Matey.. followed by TOM. (TOM comes into the kitchen. Alone. and goes to the hall. RONNIE
(RONNIE moves off to join the others. RONNIE comes in.
She puts these on the table. GERRI I can't just chuck her out. TOM carries on working. it's alright. We hear GERRI coming down the stairs. then. TOM I know. Here goes.144. her head in her hands. I don't want to be in the way.they can handle her. I've got enough food. Joe and Katie’ll be alright . and takes out some place-mats. Can't you? TOM
GERRI (Chuckling) No! Look at the state of her. TOM Have you? That's alright. MARY D’you want me to give you a hand? GERRI No. (She leaves. GERRI I know. goes to the wooden dresser. Mary.
GERRI (CONT’D) How's it going? TOM Inexorably. opens a drawer. GERRI I don't know what to do. if you don't.
MARY is sitting at the kitchen table. She enters. TOM Well. thank you. poor woman. Would you like to stay for a bite to eat? MARY No. GERRI Oh. I don't. well.
(She embraces MARY. I just felt you'd let me down. MARY
(GERRI puts down the glasses.) GERRI (CONT’D) You have to take responsibility for your actions. Come here. MARY (Sobbing) I know. (She takes some wine-glasses from a shelf. I mean. MARY sobs deeply. We've got plenty of food. I wasn't angry with you. GERRI This is my family.
GERRI You won't be.. GERRI Yes.145.
. You need to talk to somebody. I'm really sorry.) GERRI Now. MARY Oh. (GERRI disengages herself slightly. (MARY starts to cry) I do.) GERRI Oh. and looks at MARY directly. Gerri.. and I know you've apologised. Mary. They hug..) MARY Are you still angry with me? GERRI Mary. listen Mary. I feel terrible. I know that I see you at work.. but we don't seem to talk to each other any more. MARY I miss you. (She gets up) I'd never want to do that. You've got to understand that.
shall we? Yeah. GERRI Well. isn't he? (GERRI doesn’t reply. It is still light. who is wearing a woollen hat and a long scarf. JOE comes through the front door. Using his key. glancing at MARY for just a moment. GERRI Well. MARY I just want to talk to you.146. She continues to put out the glances.
MARY Oh. then I'm alright. no. Let's talk about it on Tuesday. You need independent professional help. following by KATIE. MARY
GERRI And you have a think. MARY Yeah. GERRI Why don't I have a word with one of my colleagues? MARY As long as we're friends. I don't want to do that.)
Later. GERRI Why don't you help me lay the table? (MARY starts to set out the place-mats) MARY He's really nice. I think it would help you. She stands helplessly.
. that's beside the point. we could have a drink. You'd be much happier. GERRI comes out of the livingroom. Ronnie. MARY has finishes her task.
) KATIE Oh no! Give them back! Give them back!
.. and indicates silently that MARY is present.147. How are you? Fine. Oh! GERRI
TOM Good. JOE
GERRI (embracing KATIE) Katie! Lovely to see you! KATIE Aw. KATIE does a momentary comic mock exit towards the front door.how are you? I'm good. GERRI
(GERRI points to the living-room. Ha! ha! (He grabs the chocolates from KATIE and runs off with them. TOM appears.. lovely to see you. how are you? GERRI I'm fine .
GERRI Hello! I saw you through the window.) Hello! Aha! TOM JOE
(He gives TOM a bottle of wine.) Aha! TOM
KATIE We brought you some chocolates. (She embraces JOE) Hello! KATIE
thanks.) GERRI Can I take your things? KATIE Yeah . (GERRI and KATIE share silent humour about MARY’s presence.
JOE You'll never see them again! (He walks away.148. Hi Joe. KATIE mimes hanging herself with her scarf.) KATIE (CONT’D) (while she takes it off) I've got the longest scarf in the world sorry! Tea cosy on my head! (TOM takes her stuff away.cheers.) KATIE MARY JOE
.) GERRI Come and meet Ronnie. followed by JOE and TOM. followed by her scarf.) KATIE Hi. (She shakes his hand. Oh! KATIE:
(They go into the living room. TOM takes them.) KATIE Hi. TOM joins them. Ah. KATIE takes off her coat. (MARY kisses him. Hi. Mary! How are you? MARY Good. Excellent. great! KATIE
GERRI Mary's here. you must be Ronnie. with an appropriate funny face.
. Er. JOE I'll have white. please. Ronnie. what are we having to drink? KATIE I'll have what everyone else is having. RONNIE
GERRI White wine. JOE I'll get you a beer. TOM Beer. GERRI We're having fish. Mary? MARY Er.149.
KATIE (CONT’D) I've heard a lot about you. please. Hello.) GERRI Right. KATIE
(MARY sits on the sofa. Gez. TOM I'll do that. yeah.. if that's alright. yeah. Ronnie. RONNIE
JOE This is Katie.
. I'll have white wine as well. TOM My big brother! Ah. TOM Red wine for me. then. Lovely to meet you. KATIE Actually.
eating the pudding course. KATIE Oh. yeah. But I'm still holding onto the hope we might crash back through to the Premiership..)
Later. JOE and KATIE talk.
(GERRI. MARY sits. not so bad. Er. I hear you're a massive Derby fan. we don’t see RONNIE or MARY. as TOM. For a while. TOM We met on our first day at university in Manchester. RONNIE
KATIE Great club. RONNIE
KATIE What d’you reckon to Derby's chances? RONNIE Oh. GERRI. fingers crossed! (She crosses them. at some point! Yeah.. alone and lonely. A cyclist passes.150. It is now dark. Light from within the house.
In the kitchen.) KATIE So. for my sins. They are all round the table. The camera slowly circles the table. JOE and TOM leave. I'm a Palace supporter myself. KATIE Well.
. Ronnie. your first day! TOM We were in the same halls of residence. Outside the house.
JOE It was just him and a load of Australian cowboys. when we left uni. Katie?
. GERRI I was falling up them! JOE Well. all cork hats. haven't you. Yeah. she was going up them. and beers? GERRI You've worked in Australia.151. was it.. KATIE And you tried not to take it personally. for about nine months. was abroad for two years. GERRI And Tom's first job. Yeah.. TOM Yeah. Oh. GERRI
TOM I got my first geologist's job in Western Australia in the outback. things haven't changed. didn't we.
GERRI We met on the stairs. KATIE Yeah. then. eh? (Laughs) TOM We came down to London. It was like the Wild West out there. Really? TOM KATIE
TOM I was falling down them.
KATIE Oh. and we. Burma.. We got the boat from Fremantle to Singapore and then. GERRI Thailand.. GERRI Yeah. yeah. I joined him again. I think..
KATIE Yeah..we came back overland.152. Yes. I worked in Sydney for a year. didn't you. GERRI And then when Tom had finished after two years. TOM Yeah.... and then onto Thailand. my first Christmas holiday? GERRI Yes. don't they. yeah.
. It took us seven months.. the Aussies? TOM Oh. didn't you? GERRI ... yeah.. oh. Singapore TOM Singapore to Malaysia. JOE You went on your grand tour. Oh. They know how to enjoy themselves. KATIE Barbie on the beach? TOM Yeah. and we spent Christmas on the beach.. And then you came out and visited. I had the most wonderful time there.
) GERRI Because some people could just hitch. TOM Greek Islands. who is eating his pudding and sipping his beer contentedly. holiday of a lifetime. She smiles at him but he doesn’t really respond. and nothing to spend it on really...Nepal. TOM Yeah. GERRI We went trekking in Nepal. Turkey. the beach at Goa.. The wonderful thing was.. (Now the camera is on RONNIE and MARY. Really? KATIE
JOE And to India. yeah . TOM
KATIE Oh. GERRI Over to the Greek Islands. KATIE Up and down Everest. (The camera is now on RONNIE... and earning relatively good money.
.. but we could get buses and trains and stuff. trekking in Nepal. Iran. Afghanistan. Wonderful. I'd love to go to India. we didn't have to do it on a really tight budget. because I'd been two years working in Australia. GERRI Pakistan. So. JOE Stoned in India.153.) Yeah.
) GERRI So. We've got an early start. TOM JOE
. I only. KATIE It must have made a difference. JOE You were a cocktail waitress.
TOM Yeah.. TOM You've been to the Greek Islands. Can't wait. haven't you. Oh.. MARY
TOM Which island was it? Corfu. ran a bar. on the beach. were you? (Laughter. Yeah? MARY TOM
KATIE What were you doing on Corfu? MARY Oh. no! Yeah. a week on Friday. Mary? Yeah. six twenty-two train. (She smiles) (The camera is now only on MARY.154. yeah. KATIE Oh. when are you going to Paris. JOE Yes.) MARY Yeah.
.. Oh. in her pain.. haven't we? JOE Very nice. yeah. we've got a lovely hotel. JOE Something like that. TOM Have you got your hotel booked? KATIE Yeah.? JOE About quarter to ten? KATIE Yeah . Have breakfast by the Seine. yeah? TOM
KATIE It will be brilliant for our Christmas shopping.) TOM When are you coming back? KATIE . (The dialogue has now faded to total silence. for a while.nine-fifty.... what is it.
KATIE We get in at Paris... In the Marais area.) (We hold on MARY. (MARY drinks some wine.155. On the Sunday.) KATIE Breakfast. (The dialogue starts to fade out slowly.. KATIE Beautiful.) SLOW FADE TO BLACKOUT The End