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EARTH FROM SPACE The blue marble as seen from space. We hear the calm voice of Jerry Maguire, tal ing just to us. JERRY'S VOICE Airight so this is the world and there are five billion people on it. When I was a id there were three. It's hard to eep up. AMERICA FROM SPACE The great continent through mist and swirling s ies. (Satellites and other pieces of s ycasting equipment float by.) JERRY'S VOICE That's better. That's america. See, America still sets the tone for the world... KID ON BASKETBALL COURT A puberty-ravaged id dribbles a bas etball, stares straight at us. JERRY'S VOICE In Indiana -- Clar Hodd. 13. The best point guard in the country. Puberty hasn't been easy. Discreetly, his hand slips into his pants and scratches.
JERRY'S VOICE (continuing) Bec y Farling. You'll see her in the next Olympics. She launches her dive into mid-air, into nothingness. ON TEENAGE GIRL BOXER throwing punches toward the camera.
Girl on a high dive she's poised. A faraway loo
in her eyes.
2. JERRY'S VOICE Seattle, Washington. Dallas Malloy. Went to court to be allowed to box professionally. She's 16. ON A YOUNG BASEBALL PLAYER at bat. JERRY'S VOICE Art Stallings, Indio, California. Chec out what pure joy loo s li e. He swats a pitch -- not out of the par , it's much sweeter than that. He drills it over the first baseman's head, just out of reach of his glove. Art runs to first, laughing. Pats the first baseman's butt. Gotcha. ON GOLDEN BOY QUARTERBACK -- FRANK CUSHMAN A line of NFL scouts watch a dazzling pass from a future star.
Cush turns into a closer shot. He's a living magazine cover. A YOUNG CHAMPIONSHIP GOLFER eyeing a long but level putt. JERRY'S VOICE There's genius everywhere, but until they turn pro, it's li e popcorn in the pan. Some pop... The id misses the shot, whips his club at his coach.
JERRY'S VOICE (continuing) ... some don't. Hold on the id, he's all youthful adrenalin, breathing hard. Portrait of an intense young competitor.
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JERRY'S VOICE In Odessa, Texas, the great Fran Cushman. Cush is 20. Quarterbac , role model, my client. He'll probably go number one in the draft this year.
3. INT. NFL OWNERS MEETING/PALM DESERT FOUR SEASONS -- DAY A wall of new NFL merchandise. Television monitors blin with the latest endorsement films. Into frame moves JERRY MAGUIRE, 35. He wal s bris ly and smoothly, yellow legal tablet in hand, at home in this lobby filled with Athletes and Sports Team Owners. We hear Herb Alpert's epic instrumental, "The Lonely Bull." JERRY'S VOICE Now I'm the guy you don't usually see. I'm the one behind the scenes. I'm the sports agent. INT. NFL OWNER'S MEETING LOBBY -- MINUTES LATER Jerry sits in a red leather chair, across from an agitated General Manager. He cooly wor s out figures on a yellow legal tablet. JERRY Easy now, we can spread these numbers over five years... JERRY'S VOICE You now those photos where the new player holds up the team jersey and poses with the owner? Flash of photo Anonymous Athlete holds up jersey, standing next to Team Owner. Zoom in on someone's shirt-sleeve on left of frame. JERRY'S VOICE (continuing) That's me on the left. ON ANONYMOUS NEWPORT BEACH BUILDING JERRY'S VOICE Inside that building, that's where I wor . Sports Management International. INT. SMI CONFERENCE ROOM -- DAY The SMI agents are a fierce, happy bunch. They sit in a carefully appointed conference room. Sports photos and posters are framed on the walls. The signs of global mar eting are omnipresent. Each agent has a silver tray containing soft drin s and a glass pitcher of water. Through the glass window, we see a large office divided up into many cubicles.
LITTLE BOY Are you Calvin Nac ? Could you sign my card? .HOUSTON -. He is CALVIN NACK.. Professional smile in place. Maguire attempts spin. INT..4.120 of the most finely-tuned athletes alive.. Near the end of the table sits Jerry Maguire..ANOTHER DAY Jerry now sits next to a towering white 27 year-old bas etball player with a bad haircut. 22. there's no proof of anything except that this guy is a sensational athlete. He is angry. In the bac ground. The word "millions" appears often and easily in his conversation. JERRY Listen. ("Baja!!" "Baja. WOMAN REPORTER Was the girl 16 or seventeen? MAN REPORTER Were you aiming at anyone when you fired the shot in the 7/l1? Jerry whips in between Baja and the taunting media. They are signing a contract in the airport lounge. A cluster of chattering media members move in on the car. and he is handcuffed. bloc ing him off and forcing him through the glass doors into the police department. JERRY'S VOICE Thirty-three out of shape agents guiding the careers of 2. INT. in this economy. BOBBY "BAJA" BRUNARD. and out steps Jerry Maguire with huge offensive lineman. sometimes emotions run a little high. we hear baja bellowing insults at the press. Shot moves in. ATLANTA RED CARPET ROOM -. A little BOY approaches the player with a bas etball trading card. UNDERGROUND PARKING GARAGE -. JERRY'S VOICE (continuing) .DAY An unmar ed car pulls into the underground par ing facility of the Houston Police Department. over here!!") Bac doors open.
I can only sign Pro-Jam Blue Dot cards. Jerry smoothly dishes off a business card to the little boy.. My name is Steve Remo. I play for the Blac haw s.. shoots Jerry a loo of concern. presents his best "familiar" face. DOCTOR stands nearby. INT.. He's a hul ing id.. 33.NIGHT Remo's 14 year-old SON (JESSE) confronts Jerry outside the hospital room. a Pop Warner football player himself. If I play in 65% of the games. Jerry nods encouragingly. STEVE REMO I uh. wait. Doc. . with concussion. He is in traction. CALVIN NACK I'm sorry little fella. The Little Boy loo s confused. STEVE REMO (continuing) My agent! JERRY Yes! STEVE REMO And I gotta play this wee end. Family is nearby. (now on a roll) You are my son. EXT. Do you DOCTOR now your name? Nac bends down with a indly-loo ing face. I have it. Wait. I ma e my bonus. HOSPITAL BEDROOM -.NIGHT Hoc ey Player STEVE REMO. And you are. here it comes. JERRY'S VOICE Lately. As Calvin Nac turns to grab an orange juice from a barmaid. I can't sign that particular brand of card. it's gotten worse. His voice is in the process of changing.5. is a big man in a small bed. This pretty lady is my wife. HOSPITAL HALLWAY -.
I began writing what they call a Mission Statement for my company. right? . This feeling is new to him. and all he sees is trash. It would ta e all five Super Trooper VR Warriors. Jerry's cellular phone rings in his bag. easy) Come on -.DAY Jerry sleeps. Devastated. Music. Music. ta es a few gulps of air.a Mission Statement -. JERRY'S VOICE Two nights later in Miami at our corporate conference. Jerry's eyes open. Brea down? Brea through.a suggestion for the future. The id stares at Maguire. he holds onto the nightstand for grounding.it'd ta e a tan to stop your dad. He leaves Jerry standing in the hallway.DAY Jerry Maguire upset in a rental shuttle. wal s to mini-bar. MIAMI HOTEL ROOM -. Trembling. Phone still ringing. Breathing strangely. Passing through frame. It feels as if the id is peering into his soul. You now -. SON The id turns and exits in disgust... INT. smears them across his face. Gathers some tiny ice cubes in his hand. Shouldn't somebody get him to stop? As he tal s. a brea through. RENTAL CAR SHUTTLE -. most unexpected thing. JERRY (glib. SON This is his fourth concussion. EXT. Fuc you.6. JERRY'S VOICE (continuing) It was the oddest. He gets up.
The answer was fewer clients. I was remembering the simple pleasures of this job. MIAMI HOTEL ROOM -. still considering the sentence. As Jerry continues typing. Even his eyes grow moist.. we watch his face. JERRY'S VOICE And suddenly it was all pretty clear. the way a stadium sounds when one of my players performs well on the field. I was remembering even the words of the late Dic y Fox.7. really." He deletes it. and wipes his eyes. alive now. caring for ourselves.zip -. And then -. that goodness will be unbeatable and the money will appear. Suddenly I was my father's son.NIGHT Jerry types. INT. who said: SHOT OF DICKY FOX DICKY FOX The ey to this job is personal relationships. we must crac open the tightly clenched fist and give bac a little for the common good. His fingers fly. a pot of coffee and tray of room service nearby.. There is a direct line from the deepest part of him to the words he's typing. JERRY'S VOICE What started out as one page became twenty-five. JERRY'S VOICE (continuing) Hey. and the games too. I'll be the first to admit it. his voice is excited now. how I ended up here out of law school. the original sports agent.. . Starting our lives. SHOT OF SENTENCE: We must embrace what is still virginal about our own enthusiasm. boldly.he restores it and continues on. Caring for them. What I was writing was somewhat "touchy feely. we must simply be the best versions of ourselves. He pauses..
ON MEMOS being stuffed into mail-slots. You hang your ba11s out there.. taps his heart in tribute. standing watching as he pac s. ON TV MOVIE (JERRY WATCHING) Suddenly. A slight concern on his face. It's 3 AM. other Copy People of the Night nearby. It was the me I'd always wanted to be. ("Someone was murdered in this room last night. Wired college students. band guys. Industrial. before I could re-thin it. dramatic movie score. KINKO'S COPIES -. It's Dana Andrews. INT. He moves to the phone. JERRY'S VOICE (continuing) I didn't care. for Jerry's approval. The sun is coming up. . lighter. showing Gene Tierney the newspaper reports of her death in Laura. INT. any idea who it was?") Camera whips to Jerry. JERRY (self-effacing) Than s. He nods approvingly.8. Jerry nods. JERRY'S VOICE I printed it up in the middle of the night.MORNING Jerry splashes water onto his face. He slides a copy across the counter. HOTEL ROOM -. I had lost the ability to bullshit. He loo s younger. and dials with urgency. In fact.. man. THE THINGS WE THINK AND DO NOT SAY (The Future of Our Business) KINKO'S GUY That's how you become great. and this guy sounds and loo s li e a prophet. multi-pierced Kin o's copy guy examines the first printed copy of the Mission Statement. everyone in Kin o's at 3 AM does.NIGHT Jerry in T-shirt stands proudly watching copies pumped out.
ELEVATOR -. Dry throat. The WOMAN PASSENGER next to him. then reluctantly. clammy. ("Finally. Jerry inconspicuously turns the corner. INT. yearns to blend in. someone said it!") Suddenly another agent begins to clap.DAY JERRY Jerry in suit. One offers gum to the other. her sleepy son at her side. a pile of newspapers and magazines nearby. JERRY'S VOICE I was 35. it's jerry maguire. AIRPLANE/FIRST CLASS -. holds onto the handrail to steady himself.. LOBBY -. we see a 26 year-old female employee of SMI applauding with Mission Statement in hand. but clearly he could listen forever.9. Underling agent BOB SUGAR.. another. He sits in first-class. the recognition ripples through the lobby. wor ing on his laptop. the ovation roc s the lobby.DAY The lobby is filled with SMI agents.. 25. No no no no no... I had started my life. is the first to grab Maguire by the shoulders. Soon. It's impossible. finishes up a spicy phone conversation with her boyfriend. Swing off Maguire to find two agents standing clapping enthusiastically near the elevator.) Jerry motions for them all to stop. AGENT # 1 (RACHEL) How long you give him? AGENT # 2 (CHRIS) Mmmm.. Oh they did. that's fine. The blue Mission Statement is in evidence everywhere. ON AIRPLANE WHEELS folding up into a plane. It is a watershed moment in his life. 3oish.NIGHT We move past a snoring businessman. as music and credits end. alone with his luggage. INT. onto tired but adrenalized Jerry Maguire. A wee . . listen did those manuscripts get. INT. JERRY Hi. Uh. (In a three-shot near the front des .
as she rings again for a Flight Attendant. She is still buzzed from the conversation. at this out of the way place. her five-year old son... pissed. snapping off the bell. part motherfunctional. WOMAN (continuing) . mmmm.. JERRY I have to as . Jerry turns to her. past the panel separating the cool comfort of first class from the stuffy airless and uncomfortable world of coach...10. Stuffed into the side poc et is Jerry's Mission Statement. oh listen.. no. . no. WOMAN Mon eyface.. mon eyface. Trying not to listen. see you soon. it's an infectious laugh -. surprising her. It is RAY..... She laughs seductively and hangs up.. Battery's low. Right now she is devoted to the sneezing id in the wrin led white-shirt sitting next to her. I got you the perfect white shirt.. The overwor ed ATTENDANT arrives.. We meet DOROTHY BOYD... Her clothes are part-contemporary. quit trying to ma e me say it! Jerry shuts off his laptop and prepares for sleep... listen. A harried passenger on this bus in the s y. Dorothy is covered in toys and boo s. Jerry continues to wor . WOMAN (continuing) how about if I do it and don't say it.two strangers enjoying the good life -.as we DRIFT BACK three rows. as his laptop now beeps.. The easy laughter from three rows ahead washes over her li e cold water. She is never as composed or in control as she wants to be. 26.. I'm not going to say it here.. WOMAN (protective) What -JERRY Where'd you find the perfect white shirt? She laughs.
WOMAN Can I just get a quic "man's" opinion from you on something? JERRY Well. He nods. Their faces are now inches apart. Good luc with that -- DISSOLVE TO: Dorothy. The Attendant offers a bundle of soggy coc tail nap ins and is about to exit as Ray ma es a gagging noise. I'm producing the Co e commercials for the playoffs. BPI. DOROTHY Loo . Politely stifles another yawn. SMI. Both women reach for an airsic bag. settles into sleep. He shuts his eyes.11. WOMAN'S VOICE Don't ta e anything I say seriously! I love to flirt! BACK TO JERRY AND WOMAN WOMAN You're with the sports people on the plane. my son is allergic to the material in these blan ets ATTENDANT That's all we have.. and get it to his mouth just in time.. The Attendant now exits helpfully with the bag. as he reaches up to shut off the light. right? JERRY Jerry Maguire. WOMAN Bobbi Fallon. for the . leans out into the aisle to loo heads that belong to these voices. Bobbi leans into his dar ness. irritated. ATTENDANT (continuing) I'm sorry I was rude just then -DOROTHY It's o ay. He's about to get sic . We're in it together now.
and yet. right? Because I finally see the white pic et fence looming and I love it/hate it/love it/hate it/ love it. I crave this guy. BACK TO DOROTHY Her sleeping son now silent. unburdening....... world class. why did I have that affair this wee end? Does that mean I'm not in love with my boyfriend? ... FIRST CLASS SEATS -. as tired Jerry listens li e a priest. I mean... which is why I should ta e a nap now. she can't help but listen.. JERRY I uh. WOMAN Tell me. INT. former athlete...12.. really nows how to live every moment of her life. and then you can sleep... WOMAN It's the death rattle of my singlehood. I collect romantic proposal stories. you're right. Why is it so easy to tal with you?! Tell me about your fiancee. why. I want to say goodbye to every bad thought I ever had about relationships. JERRY I thin you'll now when you see him at the gate. I'll now when I see him... Maguire fights another yawn. volleyball..LATER Bobbi is intense now.. WOMAN And I can't say his name without laughing I want to eat him up.. amazing sense of style. JERRY She's an NFL publicist.. WOMAN'S VOICE Tell me how you proposed. don't thin we're quite at your pitch yet.
"Hurry up. we were both in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Now she's Miss Roc Climber.. WOMAN Gorgeous.. get this -... and I'm more the Non-Roc Climber. tell the story. I new I wanted to propose." . and I have the ring in my poc et. and I'm a little nervous. she told me about her favorite place in the world. so I too her there. JERRY A year-and-a-half later. BACK TO JERRY -. And the world does not need another 35 year-old bachelor.13. the seven pools of Hana on the island of Maui. Now I've always hit a wall at 18 months. lutz. The curse of 18 months. JERRY Exactly. WOMAN That's when you need to cement. Every serious girlfriend lasts 18 months. DOROTHY (impatient) Oh. WOMAN To the pools? WOMAN Oh no -- JERRY To the pools. It's li e -. WOMAN Oh. I'm lagging behind.aboom. JERRY No no. and define define define.LATER JERRY --so our first date. but we're hi ing up through the pools and there's a fine mist in the air. and she says to me. tell the story.
has assumed that I've now proposed. And we're both good at that. riveted on the story. And I got quiet. JERRY Well. The mood is not right. She hands him more leenex. it bothered me somewhat. So she has gotten the lounge band to actually play "Here Comes The Bride" when we wal bac in. BACK TO DOROTHY She is now craning out into the aisle to hear this story. Mommy's eavesdropping. The plane is now quieter. who stares at her. you now. JERRY'S VOICE Now little do I now that my assistant. We chec into the Pro Bowl hotel -WOMAN How sad -JERRY But wait. He sneezes. somewhat derisively. And now she's quiet and we're both pouting a little.. Dorothy laughs to herself. So the entire sixty mile ride bac to the airport. we don't spea . three big ones in a row. She listens to the easy sound of Jerry discussing his charmed life.14.. And I decide I'm not going to propose. Why be impulsive? Now at this point I now she nows that I was going to propose and didn't. She tries to share the laugh with her son. And she nows I now. RAY (wa ing up) Mama -DOROTHY Shhh. . We fly to Honolulu in silence. And listens.
li e a coach) You'll now when you see him. Now it's a better life. Dorothy blows her nose. this is me. She spots Mon eyface. LAX AIRPORT TERMINAL -. We're getting married in February.MORNING Jerry Maguire exits the plane a few steps behind Bobbi Fallon. watching. JERRY (quietly. to marry me. Klutz. And we're standing there. He holds flowers. moved against her will. Bobbi scans the crowd. Goddess of Roc Climbing. BACK TO DOROTHY She ta es one of her son's leenex sheets. as an elegant Flight Attendant shuts the curtain to first class. there's even an ESPN crew.LATER JERRY Which they do. She opens it and begins to read. INT. and I don't much li e big scenes. You two will be together forever. but she said "yes" right there in the lobby and some of the toughest men in football wept li e babies. aware that she's been listening to its author. So I turn to her and sort of grandly say. BACK TO JERRY -." And I too out the ring. RAY What's wrong. All the football guys are in the lobby. You'll now when you see him. large and burly in tiger-print sweats. He loo s li e Mic ey Dolenz. WOMAN Jerry. .15. It used to be a better meal. as ing you. mom? DOROTHY First class is what's wrong. She pulls out the Mission Statement. "Well.
(Jerry smiles) He's not The One.. JERRY Now what did you lose? DOROTHY My son. He's not the One. wait. INT. he continues forward through the crowded airport and the expectant faces of those waiting for loved ones..MORNING Dorothy loo s through the rubber flaps of the luggage conveyor belt.. Music. I wor in your office.. my mind. fa ing it. Bobbi Fallon moves into the embrace. turning bac to see the doomed couple. Jerry's face falls. You're Dorothy Boyd.. JERRY Can I help? DOROTHY Oh.. She clutches a cup of coffee. you're right. I'm -JERRY I now who y6u are. DOROTHY (surprised) Hmm. You have the middle cubicle toward the bac with that poster of Albert Einstein morphed onto Shaquille 0 Neal's body. you're in Accounts. Over her shoulder. Ray! Ray! Maguire enters picture. WOMAN Oh my God. other SMI agents' grab their bags and exit. joining her as she loo s into the dar depths behind the flaps. Melancholy now. You're in. DOROTHY .. Maguire sees Ray rounding the corner.. In the bac ground. I was on the jun et to the conference.16. I now. Pretty good. LUGGAGE AREA -. Jerry moves ahead. riding the luggage conveyor belt li e Washington crossing the Delaware. Hi.
It was called "my twenties.. DOROTHY (slow sigh) Nnnnn. is greatly relieved to see Ray. 500 times a day. ta e care. oh. while I go loo for him. I'm just. anxiously loo ing past it." See you later. shifting bac to being a somewhat relaxed young woman of 26. I already had my bachelor party. this is one of my bosses so you will now IMAGINE me screaming at you right now. than s. Do NOT do that again. It's a transition she ma es. Jerry pauses just a moment. JERRY No. DOROTHY And have fun at your bachelor party. but it's long enough. why don't you hang onto this curious gentleman behind you -Dorothy turns. DOROTHY (continuing) Oh no. Jerry ta es off.. JERRY Well. She bends down into his face.. No no. I . DOROTHY (continuing) Well. with no frills. I just illed the surprise. DOROTHY Remember "imagination?". She rises. JERRY new. She spea s softly but intensely.17. Dorothy freezes. remember what that means? Well. Ever ever EVER. JERRY Well.. and snatches him off the belt.
. He stops. you now. DOROTHY I loved your memo. as Ray has now ta en his mother's hand. DOROTHY (continuing) -. I mean. swing.. interested and flattered. I was inspired. Jerry ta es a step closer. optimism li e that.. JERRY I appreciate that. DOROTHY -. JERRY Than s... and begun swinging on him. Turns.. Jerry loo s more nervous. actually. it was just a "Mission Statement.the part about "we should embrace what it is still virginal about our enthusiasm" -Jerry loo s slightly edgy at the na ed vulnerability of his words. it's a revolutionary act. and give a little bac for the greater good.18. and I'm an accountant. .."and we should all force open the tightly-clenched fist of commerce." Ray has ta en Jerry's free hand. JERRY (eager for feedbac ) You thin so? DOROTHY Oh tsht..".. it was two in the morning and. DOROTHY I thin in this age. RAY One-two-three. because some of that stuff. by the way.. Ray. He is now swinging on both of them. She flashes the well-thumbed copy in her purse. don't spill my coffee. Yes.
so openly. The id is a little disappointed. He then realizes something amiss and returns quic ly. JERRY . Dorothy returns to the world of motherhood. no bullshit. as Jerry exits.hey. RAY One-two-three.. bending down. (sha es her head) . Ray is now happy. though. gathering Ray's toys. Than s... Dorothy laughs. No ma e-up. three. But Maguire bows. To respect yourself enough to say it out loud. Ray. JERRY (amused) Dorothy. but -. LAUREL BOYD is 36. Now Jerry loo s concerned. May I offer you both a ride? DOROTHY Oh no. as Ray continues swinging happily. Jerry lets Ray down easy.. I've obviously had too much coffee and all -. She wipes at Ray's hair. Laurel has a pin on her sweater. to put yourself out there. Bye. swing.19. A pleasure. pulling Ray's hand up again and completing the swing. I don't now. I'm sure it would just ma e your day to drive us all the way to Manhattan Beach. in love even. I'm double-par ed. always courtly.. as her sister arrives.here's my sister Laurel to pic us up. LAUREL Come on.. and your life flashes before your eyes. . RAY One-two. it got me. which catches on dorothy's shirt as they hug... ta ing that left down to little tiny Waterloo street where you have to play chic en with oncoming traffic. and exits to get his bag. JERRY Than s. DOROTHY Hey. swing.
people change. it felt normal for me.NIGHT AVERY BISHOR. and she finds herself oddly short of breath. AVERY (continuing) Never BETTER!! The dog snaps awa e.20. Breathing hard.. or later. AVERY'S BEDROOM -. I'm not interested in it.. Never BETTER!! Nearby. Avery suddenly yan s away. which is in the corner. AVERY Don't ever stop fuc ing me! JERRY Sooner.... You want anything from the itchen I'm going to get some fruit -- . There was a time. I would do it for you. 29. AVERY Oh Gawd. it's never been better. with moc circumstance. She returns it with a guilty smile. Whoever snagged him must be some classy babe -INT. ma es love to Jerry Maguire at fever pitch. she just loo s at Jerry. DOROTHY (to herself) Hmmph. I would do it. but if you ever feel li e being adventurous in that way. He salutes her.. She can't help but loo bac at Jerry. Sex is a very serious business with Avery. but it was a phase. li e torn Levi's or law school for you. (he does) If you ever want me to be with another woman for you. who catches her loo ing. He disappears.") She is surprised that she's a little jazzed from her encounter with Jerry Maguire. a college thing. They are standing on the bed. AVERY (continuing) Open your eyes. ("Don't put food in your hair. oh yes. a large and sleepy German Shepard yawns. I'll have to stop. yes. a little shoo .
INT. JERRY (to the next room) You now.) (laughing) Jerry. this is what intimacy is! Jerry rubs his face. Avery returns. JERRY (0. I don't thin we need to do the thing where we tell each other everything! AVERY (O. loosening him as she tal s. It is hosted by MICHAEL JORDAN. AVERY Jerry.5. act surprised.21. and have an amazing time. She is an expert at body manipulation. Everybody loves you.V.) I now about the bachelor party. She ma es a pissed-off sound. Just calm down. He loo s around for a bigger reaction than he actually gets.NIGHT Jerry enters the hotel suite and over-acts surprise. feigning an attac . AVERY (0. is a glorious life-long project. THE FILM -. She s ips off li e a colt. And you'll never guess who narrates your bachelor movie. He falls down.5.SHOWN ON BIG-SCREEN T. She then wal s over. clutching his heart. FANCY HOTEL SUITE -. ta ing his shoulders and bending them forward. relax. Jerry digests what he's just been told. Your buddy Dooler wor ed his ass off to ma e you a tribute film.S. half-lit now in the hallway. AVERY Who told you? JERRY One of the accountants. All those guys from the office are coming. Her robo body.don't forget tomorrow we have dinner with Wade Coo sey.) Oh -. as he does often when processing complex information. .
DOOLER Sorry I yelled. 30. I hail you. SUGAR We still having lunch tomorrow.22. JERRY Oh come on -DOOLER This is fuc in Michael Jordan.Yugoslavia. Sugar is a Maguire wannabee. You have exquisite taste. That moves Cush solidly up to numero uno in the draft. . man! They should be screaming. you now Bob Sugar. SUGAR (smoothly) The best commercial director in the business. who stands at the bac of the room with his friend BILL DOOLER. DOOLER Oh. MICHAEL JORDAN I have often wondered where my career would have been had Jerry Maguire been my agent. loo s li e a beatni on steroids. Puts an arm on Jerry's shoulder. JERRY (eying crowd) You're imagining it. The answer -. They are joined by unctuous agent Bob Sugar. Jerry? There is a seething wrongness at the edges of this party. Tepid laughs. Jerry? Loo s li e Carl Denton tested positive for marijuana. DOOLER You hear those courtesy laughs. hus y. that'll really help this party! Let's all tal business! JERRY Dooler. Dooler. as many of the agents turn and grab furtive loo s at Maguire.
The final confrontation happens somewhere around the 18-month mar . heading for his corner office. ta es a swig of beer. The relationship always competes with his job. There is The One He Was Too Good For.. He wal s through the buzzing SMI headquarters. threatening to burn all these old phone numbers. The Pun Roc girlfriend ("Sports ma es me ill"). cheerfully. Everywhere he loo s is a potential Grassy Knoll. He is li e an FBI man searching treetops and corners for the Gunman. but the confessions are brutally honest.. she does a flawless Jerry-on-hisway-to-the-airport)..) Jerry always has a girlfriend. ("Great at friendship. The Cynical Girlfriend ("Beneath the cute exterior. uh. and the job always wins. . and many met him on the first day he'd bro en up with the last one. too funny. Dooler is right.. which plays simultaneously with the conversation. this is. nodding. Jerry nods. Something's wrong. He nows the response is little more than polite. MICHAEL JORDAN is cut into this. the finale features a good-humored collage of Jerry photos. Sequence ends with Avery in character. man.. All seem to agree on some basic points (and if necessary maybe Jordan narrates the following information to underscore it. The One He Wasn't Good Enough For ("He hated being alone. The Brainy Girlfriend.) JERRY (wounded good sport) . wielding a blowtorch. (The movie. Maguire is now paranoid. as if he were actually interviewing.") The Purely Sexual Girlfriend..") The Still in Love Girlfriend. On the screen. more cute exterior.. You're both nuts -. is a Hi-8 confessional of Jerry's former girlfriends.DAY Elevator doors open. SMI OFFICE -. Sugar moves on. DOOLER They ain't laughing. The effect is funny. bad at intimacy") and even the Girlfriend Who Does A Great Jerry Imitation (rubbing her face. SUGAR Everybody's having a great time.the movie's great. cut to music.23. The Now Married With Kids Girlfriend. DOOLER I li e that guy.. None of the other agents can eep eye contact with him. INT.
She is also five months pregnant. INT.another habit -. no! Across the room.and sits down at his des . 25. a heat-see ing smartbomb. Moving forward. but my husband needs more recognition. Wendy. JERRY Than s. Tyson just stares at Jerry. always smiling. but only he seems to sense it.DAY Jerry enters his corner office overloo ing both the shiny waters of Newport Beach and a large mall par ing lot. giving a word of encouragement to an Agent having an emotional hallway conversation with an Athlete. 4 year-old menace TYSON ceases trying to pry a plexiglass case off the wall. hello. There is trouble in the air. Tyson. (more) . The sheet flaps against his leg as she moves with him toward his bac office. JERRY Tyson. reading the mail on his des is lively MARCEE TIDWELL.24. JERRY (continuing) How can I ma e your life better? MARCEE I now you say to ta e the Arizona offer. He slips into crisis mode li e an old shirt. WENDY (as in 'get ready') Marcee's here. Rod is very very upset. Already standing. Jerry has little luc with ids. JERRY MAGUIRE'S OFFICE -. African-American. He turns corner and is met by assistant WENDY. JERRY Marcee. gorgeous. How's my favorite player's wife? MARCEE Jerry. who hands him a long list of calls. He grabs a two-pint bottle of orange Gatorade -. He passes Fellow Agents. She's already in your office. He gives Marcee a quic pec and heads for the fridge. even bends down to chec the sheet of slides being approved by a very large but seated Bas etball Player.
and when you put him in a Waterbed Warehouse commercial. MARCEE (cont'd) He is the biggest. SUGAR Cronin's o ay for lunch? JERRY Marcee -. Marcee resumes at the exact point. SUGAR Pleasure. we majored in mar eting. clothingline. The des buzzes. and Jerry ignores it. Now I don't now what you do for your four-percent --The door opens. Jerry. MARCEE You've called our house.this is one of our agents. at the exact level of intensity. He is pure gold and you're giving him "Waterbed Warehouse" when he deserves the big four -. but this man.25. my husband has a whole plan. an image. soft-drin . This is Bob Sugar. raddest wide-receiver in the league. MARCEE Now I don't now what you do for your five-percent. excuse me. . and she commands the best in him. Bob Sugar po es his head in. She smiles. MARCEE (continuing) You gonna get that -JERRY Not a chance. fastest. you are ma ing him common.shoe. car.. The four jewels of the celebrity endorsement dollar. who needs to learn to noc . right? SUGAR Sorry to interrupt you guys. Jerry finds himself admiring her drive.. Sugar exits.
darlin! We are so close to having it all! ON THE POSTER -.. You and Rod will have my total personal attention.. trying to build a life up there by the air-conditioner. 27. Emplazoned above his head: IN ROD WE TRUST. new glass cabinet. hands on hips. We're coming to get ya. CRONIN'S GRILL -. things are changing around here. Elsewhere in the room. MARCEE (upping the ante) Damn right... SUGAR You o ay? JERRY (loo ing up) I'm fine. and you can start by ta ing Rod's poster and putting it where people can see it! JERRY (it's infectious) Damn right. What's up? SUGAR I came here to let you go.. MARCEE Loo at that handsome man.. Commanding wide-receiver ROD TIDWELL. True to Marcee's complaint. we hear the inevitable crash ("Tyson!").AFTERNOON Crowded outdoor restaurant in the business district. Arizona contract. . stands shirtless. JERRY Gimme a second here. He climbs up on the edge of his sofa. and reaches for the poster with his hanging device.26.. still ma ing a few notes. JERRY (continuing) Marcee.CLOSE It is the ind of poster that is strictly the domain of second-tier players. EXT. Jerry sits down opposite Bob Sugar. loo ing vaguelyl uncomfortable. the poster hangs in the upper Siberian region of his wall. Tidwell..
" You put it all on paper. so there's no scene. . In a bac room.. Maguire finishes the sentence he started earlier. JERRY Aw shit. JERRY You... You said "fewer clients..although I do gotta hand it to you. Heart attac s ma e some people sweeter.the crowded restaurant. These are two smart boys.27. but not him. but before he can spea .. For a long moment there is only silence.. SUGAR (razor sharp) You did this to yourself... You.. For about five minutes you had everyone applauding smaller revenues. a little embarrassed. Jerry.. They study each other. unctuous. You did this to yourself -Jerry's mouth opens to finish his sentence.. JERRY Pardon me? SUGAR Came here to fire you. Scully was very upset. the waiters are singing the restaurant's "Birthday Song" to someone else... It suc s. JERRY You. SUGAR (continuing) It's real. Jerry. SUGAR (continuing) -. Quietly. each one anticipating the other's next three or four moves. Jerry is dying.. SUGAR I now. I suc .. Sugar continues. ungrateful. Suddenly he's flushed.. you should say something.
SUGAR (musically) You wanted smaller. He's starting to frea out now. JERRY I'm over it. JERRY . SUGAR (patronizing) You'll always be my hero. Maguire reaches for water. we're focusing on endorsements -.and I'll get 'em.it's not about handholding anymore.. STREET -. He is drowning. SUGAR (unctuous) . Rising percussive music. EXT. The sound of the ice cubes jangling is suddenly very loud to him.28. Now I want all my clients and yours too. Always always always. We're no longer babysitters -Jerry fights the desire to use his fists. dic ? Dic . but we hear the music in Jerry's mind. Bac to the office.. Sugar's mouth eeps moving. Hangs onto the table. Jerry. Trying to calm down. We're bringing other elements in. SUGAR Jerry -JERRY -. through the lunchtime businessmen traffic. SUGAR Give me a little credit for doing this face-to-face! What I went through nowing I was going to do this to my mentor! Can you get past yourself for a second? JERRY You'll lose.DAY Jerry tries to move bris ly down the street.
CRONIN'S -. drawer. Maguire breath. raises a hand to say hello.. Decides this is not a good time.DAY Jerry in the elevator.DAY Maguire on the telephone. He's still playing NBA Jam on his Gameboy' as he tal s. I would cut my commission by 7%. right now you're paying 25% of your endorsments to SMI. as he feeds a fax into the machine at the same time. Hey Dudeboy! It's Bob Sugar. Listen. They are lined in front of him now. He ta es a and begins to go to wor . I'm callin' ya first 'cause you're the most important guy in sports. INT.DAY Close on Maguire as he moves through the office. Then from another drawer. he ta es a stac of his Mission Statements. JERRY'S OFFICE -. as he . once proudly set on his des . INT.DAY Sugar at the table. JERRY'S OFFICE -.29. and sentences them to the bottom drawer. Dorothy Boyd sees him. eyes wide. CUSHMAN HOME/ODESSA -. EXT. CRONIN'S -.. Casually whips out a portable phone. INT. heading to the bac office. a third phone boo . As he tal s. Music INT. SUGAR Cush. SMI OFFICE -.DAY Sugar dines alone now. Chameleon-li e. From within his bottom he withdraws a Powerboo . the young football God wears a yellow scarf on his head. INT. a phone smaller dials. SMI ELEVATOR -.DAY Fran "Cush" Cushman pic s up the phone. JERRY Carla. And then from his inner jac et poc et. boo .. mind racing. rolls the fax machine over to his des . he adopts the personality of whomever he tal s to. Today.DAY INT. fighting hard..
Debra. JERRY'S OFFICE -. Sugar strolls bac to the office. he's oldschool. JERRY SMI represents all three quarterbac s on your team. INT. tal ing on the portable.. Tired of ma ing you money. JERRY And when I got you that big contract in Chicago.DAY SUGAR I've got the clients.30.DAY Maguire feeds a fax.DAY Jerry on the toilet. JERRY'S OFFICE -. who went and found you that sympathetic journalist who turned it all around.DAY SUGAR You read that memo I snuc to you. I'd fight for YOU alone.. SUGAR'S OFFICE -. Not a minute to spare.DAY Dorothy wal s the center hallway with some contracts. INT.. INT. and the fan poll in the Sun-Times was 93% against you. where's their loyalty going to be? You stay with me. SUGAR'S OFFICE -. all while he tal s quic ly on the phone. it was me. STREET -. You'd be my only client on that team. I've got the juice.. . SMI OFFICE -. EXT. SUGAR He's costing you money.. INT. the guy's tired of the job. who breezes through the calls.DAY Several other agents wor ing the cause behind Sugar. To the right and left of her are the phones are ringing. types another fax on his Powerboo .. INT.
personal attention -INT. REHEARSAL ROOM -.DAY Sugar tal s faster. She stops at the des of fellow Accounts Exec CLEO.DAY Jerry tal s faster than sugar. thin of dollars. INT.DAY SUGAR -.a family of athletes -INT. SUGAR -. SUGAR'S OFFICE -. 32. She is strangely affected by the news. eight-hundred channels more endorsements. INT. it's Jerry Maguire. She scoots bac on her roller chair. JERRY'S OFFICE -.the millenium. Thin of me. DOROTHY What's going on? CLEO (no big deal) They fired Jerry Maguire. Did it at Cronin's. Dorothy groans softly. JERRY -. and loo s down the hallway to Maguire's office door.DAY The pace has accelerated. as she lowers herself into her seat.31. more endorsements -INT.DAY Jerry shows signs of tiring.DAY Sugar tal s faster than Jerry. INT. SUGAR'S OFFICE -. . JERRY'S OFFICE -. JERRY'S OFFICE -.more money. JERRY Kathy! Hi. Something is amiss. JERRY -.
. Kathy cho es on every other word... KATHY I already heard from Bob Sugar. Hiyee. who could be calling me now?. KATHY SANDERS.. SUGAR'S OFFICE -. if we weren't in the middle of the Accura deal. Also..DUSK Jerry on the phone. Kathy. and. sits on a couch.. INT. It's show business. oh God.. we have history. listening in on the extension. JERRY'S OFFICE -. INT. the famous gold-medal shot from the Olympics. Her voice is suddenly cheery. Kathy's adoring Mom and Dad sit next to her. Call Waiting. She is pained and outraged. JERRY'S OFFICE JERRY Still me. She instantly starts "crying" again. SUGAR It's not show "friends". INT.. Nearby are cardboard stand-ups. 22 year-old figure s ater. It's getting harder to cran There is a clic on the line.. you now I'd go with you! (starts to brea down) Oh Jerry. She clic s the phone once. KATHY (continuing) .. oh Jerry. KATHY (continuing) it up. Jerry I want to cry for what they did to you at SMI. You helped me win that gold at the Olympics... The Mission Statement is folded open on Dad's lap.. KATHY Ohhhhhhhh..DUSK Sugar crosses off another name on his list..32. souvenirs of past endorsements. such is her anguish.
He is a powerful physical presence. 27. SUGAR'S OFFICE -. He fixes young son Tyson a bowl of cereal as he tal s. SUGAR I'll bet he hasn't even called you yet. as another agent hands him a cellular with another call on it. ROD TIDWELL "How am I doing?" I'll tell you. I hear that you hear what I'm saying. . it's Sugar. I'm sweatin' Bob Sugar calling and telling me I'm blowing the big endorsements if I stay with you.. He spends no longer than three minutes on each call. He covers the phone. have you heard from Maguire? You haven't???? Well. In the bac ground. and he holds a hot new cellular phone.." I'm sweatin my contract.. INTERCUT INT.DAY ROD TIDWELL. TIDWELL No. But do you hear what I'm saying? INT. monitoring the crisis is Marcee Tidwell. dude! That's how I'm "doin. that tells you a lot. TIDWELL KITCHEN/HOUSE -.. I need to cough. SUGAR (continuing) Hi. I'm sweatin. Bac to the other call. Ben.SAME TIME Sugar wor s off a wristwatch. begins this conversation in the itchen. I'm sweatin'. hold on a second.33. You hear what I'm saying? JERRY I hear what you're saying. right Jennifer? Wait. JERRY Rod! How ya doing? Jerry Maguire.. gotta cough.. Hold on.
nobody's giving me LOVE. Nobody's giving me PROPS. loo ! And my brother Tee Pee's room is flooded with water. Ta e notes if you want to. I went to Arizona State. I'm from Arizona. INT. TEE PEE. . past clippings and citations from his career. TIDWELL Good. is a na edly jealous and more political version of his brother. Say hello to Jerry Maguire -We meet the messy-haired and slightly overweight brother of Tidwell. TIDWELL Exactly.. I tell my brain "get illed. 24. JERRY (dying) O ay.NIGHT Tidwell wal s down the hallway. Tee Pee. Nobody." That's New Yor Stea . I see the ball and a dude coming right at me. JERRY'S OFFICE Jerry is still on the same Tidwell call. I am a valuable commodity. TIDWELL Alright. INT. I brea Arizona records. always listening. catch the ball. I go across the middle.. who lives free of charge in Rod's house. Loo ing at his watch. man!!! JERRY Now you want Arizona dollars. Marcee follows. And yet. He says into the phone: TEE PEE Hello Jerry Maguire. 'cause see. we're just getting started on my list of things you need to now. SUGAR (continuing) So Jennifer. wanting to ill me.34. baby. Rare. I'm a Sun Devil. And I'm sitting here with an ant problem. TIDWELL HALLWAY -.
(next call) So it's yes. TIDWELL -. and continues through the house. Steve. TIDWELL It's a very personal. TIDWELL Here it is.NIGHT Sugar has three phones going. Rod." (pause) Show. we don't even now where we're gonna live in a year." man! Are you catching my flow. TIDWELL -. INT. I want my new contract. I li e you. Hmm. right? Excellente. very important thing.. I will stay with you. . you're nice to my wife. "Show me the money. Money. The. So I want to share it with you. Tidwell ta es the phone bac . I want to stay in Arizona. that's what I'm doing for you. good decision. Tyson and Tee Pee in tow. You ready? JERRY Yes. (next call) Tell me it's yes. yes? YES! Tidwell enters bedroom. SUGAR'S OFFICE -.35. Me. You listening? JERRY (dying) Mmm.the house is fallin' apart. but here's what you're gonna do for me. and I'm supposed to be a "superstar. It's a family motto. Marcee..now to recap. SUGAR Killer. JERRY I need a decision from you. here? Jerry loo s at his watch. Doomed. with Tee Pee now following the procession of family monitoring the important call.
Me. EXT. The. JERRY I got it. JERRY Show. he has weirdly turned the lights on. Tidwell hangs up. He exits his office with box. in his final gesture. Nearby.. Jerry's door opens. He is now in a state of advancing melancholy. TEE PEE An African-American man running with a little ball. He lands in reclining mode with a soft pooof.. Feeling good about the decision. (off Tidwell's dismissive loo ) .. Unfortunately he hasn't realized the lights are already off. You're still my agent. So.. CORNER OFFICE -. He sits in the oncoming dar ness. Victory is his. and throws himself on the sofa. Money.DAY Sugar crosses the last call off his sheet. INT. He loo s bac and symbolically flips the light switch off. TIDWELL Congratulations. and he hasn't had a chance to turn his own light on. surprising himself. holding some belongings. wor ing for white owners and white agents. SUGAR'S OFFICE -. he enters his closet and adds today's shoes to an enormous shoe collection. JERRY'S OFFICE -. The lights have gone down in the city. Many of the other agents now try not to watch him leaving.NIGHT Jerry stands at the door. . The younger tur s watch their new leader. It's the iconography of rascism.36. watching the blin ing white lights on the phone ban on the des . but I woulda stayed at the bigger company.NIGHT Bam. TIDWELL Now doesn't that just ma e you feel good to say it? Say it with me. INT. slightly unhinged. Tee Pee sha es his head.
and the fish will come with me and. JERRY -. They're coming with me! I'm starting a new company. sha es out some crumbs. He grabs a baggie from an assistant's des . rubbing his face. and fills a small Dixie cup. calming himself.WATCHING from her cubicle. He notices the fish tan nearby. . to fish) it's o ay. And now Jerry feels bravado... mixed with a wave of anger..37. don't worry! I'm not going to do what you thin I'm going to do.. which is FLIP OUT! JERRY (continuing) Jerry goes to a water dispenser. JERRY Well. JERRY (continuing) These fish have manners! They have manners. It's a fire-tailed Peruvian beauty. JERRY (continuing) In fact. and dumps the fish inside. as I ease out of the office I helped build -sorry. Nearby. JERRY (continuing) But let me just say. A way of treating people.. Another cup of water as he finds power. JERRY (continuing. grabbing the one exotic fish that failed to escape his cup. it's o ay.. a Xerox Repair Guy watches the human train wrec . He attemps to be profound.. Downs it and fills it again.that there is such a thing as manners.. but it's a fact -ON DOROTHY -.. He begins dipping into the tan . you can call me sentimental.
JERRY (continuing) Wendy? Shall we? Assistant Wendy loo s at Maguire. Jerry downs another small cup of water. anybody else? ON DOROTHY She loo s around. Panic ed. His lid is blowing off with each second. he whips around the small baggie. a muscle twitch of the soul. There is only silence now. and ta es the eys from the top of her des . Jerry absorbs the blow.. I have to. unfortunately noc ing a cup of coffee onto herself in the process. someone coughs. Painfully polite: WENDY I'm three months away from the pay increase.. on her coffee mess) Wonderful. this moment will be the ground floor of something real and fun and inspiring and true in this godforsa en business and we will do it together! Who's coming with me besides. you now. the loudest ind. Jerry stands alone. she stands boldly. JERRY O ay. uh. the blue Mission Statement on Wendy's des sits accusingly in frame. JERRY (continuing) Anybody going with me? Silence. . stay. Doesn't anybody believe in the very thing they were applauding three days ago? She has an odd reaction. (quietly..38. She can't loo at him. as agents and office personnel loo on with equal parts pity and embarrassment.. JERRY (continuing) But if anybody else wants to come with me.. DOROTHY I'll go with you. Jerry.. Before she nows it. "Flipper" here? But clearly even Flipper is not happy with the new arrangement.
Both are about 24. and the Guy presses a number five flights down.39. we see the full expanse of the huge SMI headquarters. A beat of silence. Next to her. And down in the corner of the frame. murmuring noises of love. JERRY (continuing) We will see you all again. amorous Couple enters. we realize they are deaf. increasingly aware of what she's done. A couple of fleas have been swatted off the carcass of an immense beast. The elevator stops. For the first time. The Couple are truly in their own world. two small figures leave carrying boxes. past the framed posters and awards. both still charged with adrenalin. as does Dorothy. Cleo loo s on sadly. Sleep tight! He wal s to Dorothy. JERRY Dorothy Boyd! Than you! She gathers her things. He said "you complete me. obviously powerful. In a moment.NIGHT The tragic-sounding beep of the elevator passing floors. DOROTHY My favorite aunt is hearing impaired. because the Girl emits a delighted gasp. INT. ELEVATOR -. She dabs at her pants. There is silence. And then the first pangs of dread. JERRY Wonder what he said." . and together they exit down the hallway corridor. They iss before exiting on their floor. WIDE-SHOT rising over the huge office. ON JERRY halfway across the office. JERRY (to Dorothy) Let's see how they do without us. And suddenly the elevator seems empty without them. then noise returns to its normal commercial roar. And then the Guy signs something. They sign to each other. Jerry Maguire stands with Dorothy. A young.
right? JERRY Sure. Jerry and Dorothy squeeze through with boxes and fish. don't panic. I don't now.. DOROTHY And I guess we didn't tal about money. I'm a little insane right now. JERRY And when you thin about what you've done later. I'll just dive in -JERRY Give me your number. BUILDING LOBBY -. JERRY But I mean really. but -. Yes. DOROTHY No no. (off her loo ) But it's going to be great. She climbs into her car. So. Loud music. SMI PARKING LOT -.40. . It's a pre-Easter party thrown for the building employees and their children. They continue on in silence. wonderfully. I now -They arrive at her red Camry. INT.you will have a medical program.. EXT. I'm just a little. DOROTHY (unsure) Absolutely. Jerry and Dorothy wal to their cars.NIGHT Jerry and Dorothy pass through another office's party.. Medical. rolls down the window. I'll call tomorrow. She writes her number on the bac of a business card. Music in distance..NIGHT DOROTHY So I now this is a bad time. she touches him briefly. He spaces out for a moment. (out of steam) great. Aw wardly.
blowing smo e out the window. Across the room. 30. LIVING ROOM -. tal ative Divorced Women. medical! She salutes him as she drives off. His own move. as he stands alone in the par ing lot. The sound of women's voices. covering her braces often as she spea s. Laurel has her nightly cigarette. This is their tal group. Windows open. They are in midargument. Salutes her in return. FADE TO EXT. JERRY Same to you. But that doesn't change the fact that most of them belong in cages. Herb Alpert.NIGHT A living room filled with ten earnest. DOROTHY'S HOME -. Camera moves away from Jerry.NIGHT Dorothy does the dishes. INT. INT.41. his once mighty theme now seems puny. The other nine women nod with deep understanding. She has some time ago shut off those aspects of her life spent pursuing the opposite sex." Stripped of power. "The Lonely Bull. thoughtfully. (Much of the tal in this Women's Group will be improved by our cast of actresses) JAN I love men. I respect men. My sister -. LAUREL What about medical? DOROTHY Of course. . We meet JAN.NIGHT Lights glow inside this small-but-cozy home on a side street in Manhattan Beach. She starts the engine... She holds a too-full glass of red wine. who spea s shyly. KITCHEN -. She is a nofrills woman.it's a good bet. played bac to him. DOROTHY Me? No. DOROTHY (continuing) That too guts.
LIVING ROOM -. you would have left with him too. She has a hard time saying this. don't leave my little boy in a room with your Divorced Women's Group. as Laurel throws her cigarette into the garbage disposal.NIGHT Ray dreams sweetly in the middle of this roc bed of Women's Woes. Next time you lecture me. You have given up the right to be frivolous. 50. so she says it so nobody can hear: LAUREL Sorry. Dorothy stro es his head. She exits in a hurry. spea s passionately to the group. INT. Where is he? LAUREL He's in the living room asleep..42. LAUREL (unconvinced) You are a single mother. as she pluc s him up. LAUREL (more irritated) You now how much those Well Child exams cost -DOROTHY (overlapping) Of course I now -LAUREL/DOROTHY A hundred and fifty dollars. .. In frame another woman. LAUREL And that's just when he's well -They tal over each other arguing for a moment and then: DOROTHY Wait. DOROTHY Wonderful. flic ing in a hurry. Dorothy dries her hands. ALICE. DOROTHY (irritated) If you'd read what he wrote.
protectively stro ing her son's head. buddy. we're going to bed. The enormity of the day arrives with a thud. (sotto) Jac et on. INT. gotten my anger straight here.43. They are both in a manic state. Avery loo s on. JERRY The power move is to go unannounced. little boy in her hands. how was it left with Cush? JERRY (perfect imitation) "Dad says we gwan sleep on it.NIGHT Jerry is quic ly pac ing for a road trip. ALICE O ay I've finally. JERRY'S CONDO -. right? AVERY (sotto) And the egyptian cotton shirt that wor s with or without the jac et.NIGHT She stops for a moment. (sotto) Blac suit. (full volume) Tell me again. HALLWAY-. with clothes) Seventy-two clients. DOROTHY (continuing) Come on. finally. tie in poc et. DOROTHY . AVERY Ugh! JERRY (turns. DOROTHY (to herself) What did I do? INT. I'm going to visualize Carl being here and finally tell him -Shhhh! Dorothy exits. ONE stayed.
. I meant something else. The way she says "loser" is the most elegant of disses. He is pac ed and ready. JERRY I thin I was trying to sleep with you at the time. AVERY Well. Jerry Maguire. JERRY That's right. turns. (full volume) They're all heatsee ers! All of them. You eep one superstar and they'll all follow. this is wor ing. AVERY King of the Housecalls! Master of the Living Room! JERRY O ay. I was on a roll. and the first person who told me that. AVERY (sotta) Good. JERRY Now. You are Jerry Mafuc in-guire.44. I'll drive you. it wor ed. There's no real loyalty. AVERY Let's go. and I will not let you fail. JERRY Who said anything about "loser?" Where do you get this word "loser?" AVERY I'm sorry. She wraps her lips around it li e a cheap hot dog. everybody. was you. When do you want to leave? Jerry zips his brown travel bag shut. AVERY You are not a loser. Jerry stops.
RENT-A-CAR -. jolting him with a booming and cheerful voice: MATT CUSHMAN'S VOICE No sports agents allowed! Ha ha. Ta es the tie off too. who stands at the living room bar. CUSHMAN DOOR -. He is a J. AIRPLANE WHEELS folding up. Two framed game jerseys on the wall. Suddenly an intercom crac les. Jerry ta es a breath. Music continues. He moves into the den. Crew cowboy. INT. 40. Cush saves all. Adjusts the jac et. returns to the car and tosses it inside. CUSHMAN HALLWAY/DEN -.MORNING Jerry drives the bumpiest Texas bac road ever. an odd thought) What if I don't get him? Avery ta es his bag. A large draped American flag above the bar. . EXT. Jerry? Beer and tomato juice -- AVERY Function function function. He wal s to the front door with purpose. Jerry spots the small electronic camera pointed at him from the upper-corner of this rustic home.DAY Jerry exits car. MATT CUSHMAN'S VOICE I'm in the bac den. exits. Music continues. Music. MATT You li e a Bloody Beer. finding MATT CUSHMAN.DAY Jerry follows the voice down a hallway loaded with Cush memorabilia. Righteous indignation building. INT. JERRY (stops. heads for the door. Forward motion is everything. The door buzzes.45. Jerry.
LATER DAY -. MATT I want him to go number one in the draft. CUSH Hey. I'll either surf or s i. I can't let go. and I want him to play. come a few surprising tears of relief.if he shows up. On pure instinct. He has been spared. And somewhere out of nowhere. The move surprises them both. JERRY You now. as Cush lopes in from the brother KEITH. 14. a part of the human race again. JERRY No than s. Oh. Jerry. and sharply begins his pitch. I'm not a hugger and yet.HANDHELD Cush. Little . MATT Told myself -. But to me -MATT (overlapping) We decided to stay with you. Matt laughs.. JERRY (continuing) Matt..46. he hugs Matt Cushman. Maguire ta es a breath. JERRY It's either going to be Denver or San Diego trading up to ta e him. we'll stic with him. Matt and Jerry brainstorm around the ceremonial "wagonwheel table" where decisions are made in this house. I don't care. charged up. I came here because in all honesty your son is just another piece of cattle to SMI. what's been going on? INT. than JERRY you. enters with him. CUSH (big grin) Hell. Jerry is giddy. DEN -. itchen.
singing the call and response of the song. li e a happy idiot. with ornate lyrics. A good day.. JERRY Dorothy? Jerry Maguire! Is Avery there? Where can I reach her? INTERCUT INT.. Jerry toasts Matt with a bloody beer. He begins singing nonsense noises.. He thin s he nows the words. All he wants is to sing along with a song he nows.DAY Dorothy is at her home wor des . MATT Denver is where he should be." But'cha do have my word. He's jac ed. INT. JERRY (sings) Feelin. On the radio. Excellent. Switches again. she had to fly to Atlanta. JERRY I'll give it everything. He wants to sing along. He switches channels. INT. Wind and Fire. No one will ever now what the words are. Finally he finds Tom Petty and the Heartbrea ers' "Refugee. DOROTHY/LAUREL'S HOUSE -. RENT-A-CAR/TEXAS -. passionately. but. He realizes he doesn't now the words at all. He switches again and finds "Let's Groove Tonight" by Earth. He's on the pay-phone. and it's stronger than oa . didn't leave me her hotel number. it's the Rolling Stones.DAY Jerry drives bac on the same bumpy road. Curious and nervous about the new arrangement. MATT You now I don't do "contracts. Finds a Rush song. DOROTHY Uh." He drives through the countryside. DALLAS/FT.47..DAY Jerry turns into shot. . WORTH AIRPORT -.
Slipping through life with little turbulence. That's yesterday... RAY (jumping) Yeah! DOROTHY Honey -. JERRY Hello? DOROTHY (bac to phone) Sorry. Chad now notices the slight excited tone in her demeanor. Today is. JERRY Shit.later.but in the meantime. What calls came in today? DOROTHY Wait. light. which is blan . He's with Ray. that's fine. DOROTHY (continuing) . o ay? (Ray jumps on her) Whoop. Baggy overalls. Wait.. Dotty. red hair cropped above the ear.let me loo -. from the other office. Through the bac itchen door comes CHAD THE NANNY. who holds pieces of wood and a hammer. about this job -- . it's just so frustrating to not be able to tal to Avery -AVERY Wait a minute. CHAD The new playhouse roc s. 29. He sits down nearby and listens to her tal to Maguire. JERRY No. that's my son and the nanny. I had the calls transferred to my home so I could go over your stuff. She flips the call record from yesterday --150 calls -.to today.48. it has to be one of the NFL hotels we do business with -..
DOROTHY Well.. Here's the number. DOROTHY (continuing) Wait. 404-453-2222. . We're going to save the world.. quiet) It's all going to wor . I re-signed Cush. I'm happy for you. JERRY Than s. we are bac . DOROTHY I just got goosebumps. let me tell you something. hon. Jerry can't help but share the qood news: JERRY (importantly) Dorothy. JERRY (manic. You did. Did I just say "hon" to him? CHAD (laughing) Yeah. DOROTHY We are? JERRY It's all going to wor . She hangs up. the phrase affects her physically.49. JERRY Happy for us. DOROTHY Happy for us. o ay. Both of them stare at her. Oddly. She reaches over Ray to get to her laptop and buzzes through a list of phone numbers. We're set. We are so very very bac . DOROTHY Call me later. She examines her own s in with surprise. and loo s over to Laurel and Chad. Dotty.
I never told you what I thought of that memo either -JERRY Well.-- . and pic her teeth with their bones. Laurel wal s away. something is different about Dorothy. we see the hungry loo of her male co-wor ers. I signed Cush. (quic ly) I'm so fuc in jazzed! Listen.DAY Avery in mid-conference with four other NFL men in bac ground. Again.g. JERRY Avery. The larger part nows she would demolish them. In the b. professional and sexual. Hug your mother quic ly -Chad loo s at her. INT. Part of them lusts after her. AVERY YA-HOOOO-SIE! It is the victory call of the competitive girl. ATLANTA HOTEL SUITE -. DOROTHY Twenty six years old. I'm going to have to fly to Chicago tomorrow.DAY Jerry is now teeming with energy. and she falls bac into a chair. it happens. I'm already saying "hon". no you didn't -AVERY You lost your head. DALLAS AIRPORT -. JERRY I now.50. how 'bout if we meet in the Dallas airport and we all fly into New Yor together for the draft? JERRY It's a plan -. Sorry I threw a scare into our lives there -AVERY Don't worry about it -. sharing a loo with Chad. INTERCUT INT. ic ing her expensive shoes onto the bed.
right? I have no idea. Live it.. Don't be late.. a sports station debates the future of Cushman. far out of their league. He hangs up. Tidwell will already be there. RAY (giggling) I'm not your brother! Dorothy continues. DOROTHY'S CAR -. She is far. I'm going to give you the best blow job of your life. staring at the phone. Enjoy it. DOROTHY .LATER MORNING -. He doesn't smo e. I thin it's great you're ta ing him to the draft. man. JERRY (nods to Ray) Hey. . In the room with Avery. AVERY I'll set it up with your girl. And when I see you. my brother. Love it. DOROTHY Avery'll meet you at the B gate at 4:15. as Jerry whips through a stac of sports pages. INT. the electricity fills the car.51. On the radio. business on her mind. the co-wor ers loo at each other. Woo! This is when it's good. I put Tidwell on the same floor at the Marriott Marquis.DRIVING Dorothy Boyd speeds Jerry to the airport. Jerry. JERRY They do. you now they have big balloons built into cars? RAY No.
and we linger on Dorothy and Ray who both watch with private fantasies of the goodbye they didn't get. his power? . Jerry bounces against the imaginary balloon. is the last. A lone id approaches Tidwell. if there's an accident or something. his essence. always feeling on the edge or embarrassing herself around this guy. Dorothy notes that he's great with her son.and you go booooong. Ray is delighted by Jerry. communicating volumes. Into frame. tall and cool in plaid s irt and shades. have we gone over everything? Bac on Tuesday. unnoticed. JERRY I have no idea. DOROTHY O ay. Have a good time at school. They pull bac into traffic. Mother and son loo at each other. Avery. (continuing to Ray) So Ray. They watch as Jerry inches into the crowded airport. KID Are you Hootie? TIDWELL (irritated) No man. I'm not Hootie. DOROTHY Luc . right? JERRY Yep. Tidwell sin s lower. She pats Jerry on the shoulder. of his party to arrive at the B gate in Dallas.52. ("Where do you thin you're gonna end up. Wish me luc . DALLAS AIRPORT -. who embrace each other and their small girl. Nearby. She pulls away quic ly.DAY Jerry struggles through the Dallas airport. it goes pwoooooooof -(simulates air-bag) -. obscuring their view of Jerry. Doesn't anyone now his stardom. INT. enters another Couple. And you're safe. Her hand lingers perhaps a millisecond too long. Cush is surrounded by fans and fawning Airline Employees. It's a genuinely sweet goodbye. LUCK! RAY Jerry nods and exits. Ray. Cush?" "You gonna be rich. dude!") Tidwell loo s jealous and ingnored as he leans against the airline counter. Kid leaves disappointed. is in combat mode.
They are a small family. Cush loo s up suddenly. INT. Across the aisle is Tidwell. who is on the other side of Cush. Why does God sometimes reward the evil and punish the good? Jerry shares a loo with Avery. TIDWELL Hey man. who is reading Bu ows i's Notes of a Dirty Old Man. AIRPLANE -. Tidwell feels slighted. He returns to the boo . TIDWELL (loud mumble) Well you ain't that mothafuc in good. but Cush doesn't offer one. Tidwell leans across the aisle to Cush. and Jerry feels at home with his operation. Compliments blow off him li e a summer breeze. CUSH Than ya.. CUSH (a big thought) Jerry. who sits next to Avery. JERRY Let me thin about that. JERRY Wait. Tidwell waits for a compliment of his own. You're the shit.. attempting comraderie. Her stoc ings swish as she crosses her legs. Want something to drin ? CUSH (thoughtful pause) I see what you're saying. BOARDING ANNOUNCEMENT All those disabled. I wish I had a quarterbac li e you in Arizona. CUSH Say what? . and Fran Cushman can board now.DAY Jerry sits next to Cushman.53. What do you mean? The two men have now totally confused each other. Cush loo s up.
Tidwell reaches over. Past Tidwell. he and Cush exchange a fingertips five. Nearby passengers begin to panic. EXT. Knoc it off. TIDWELL Heard that.") Jerry admires his fiancee. Media lights flic on. five years old? Am I ta ing the ids to Chuc E. Briefly. bathing Cush. the two clients bond. Cush?N "Cush!") Fans at the outs irts are calling out to the young star ("Go get the big chi-ching. What are you.last I heard. AVERY Jerry! Do something -Jerry throws himself in front of Cushman. MARRIOTT MARQUIS -. CUSH Me too. as Tidwell rises. Telegenic Cush shrugs and smiles. man. man. both of you! We are a family. ("Is it San Diego or Denver. . That's just insanity. Cheese here? Grow up. Jesus Christ was still in heaven.NIGHT The headquarters for the NFL draft is buzzing with activity. The wor place excites her. TIDWELL Hey. I dig Chec E. JERRY This can't be happening to me. Cush throws his boo away.54. And you ain't even played in the NFL. And we go to the draft in an ORDERLY FASHION. Limo doors open and out pours Maguire and company. ready for anything. Cush!") Avery smoothly pulls ESPN into the front position. There is nothing more attractive than a person burningly efficient at their job. Jerry wonders if he's pushed his mealtic ets around too much. Especially that big old singin' Elvis Mon ey. Reporters chatter. She crosses her legs. stoc ings swishing. Avery smiles engagingly at Jerry. ("I'll either surf or s i. He handled the situation well. Cheese. JERRY HEY. Beat. TIDWELL I said -. dude.
JERRY Come on. as Jerry enters.NIGHT -. don't sit down. Come with me. rubs Tidwell in an odd way. The biggest wide-receiver in the game. Tidwell is embarrassed to have been caught in this misty state. Something about them. Let 'em see how big you are. We hear the ripping guitar explosion of The Who's "Magic Bus" from Live at Leeds. but offers only: TIDWELL (begrudgingly) A'right. In a loo . Let's wal . every player rep. And Whatever you do. The bestept secret in the NFL. Shot drifts off this media bubble to find Tidwell watching at the outs irts.55. Elsewhere in the gift shop. TIDWELL (sharply) Why the fuc am I here? I feel li e I'm five years late for the Prom. thumbing through magazines. he sees the very real and emotional scene of a young athlete and his mother. I want every media guy. Let 'em see ya. he smoothly pumps up the big man's ego. GIFT SHOP -. He is privately thrilled. You ready? Let's do it. JERRY At last I find you. Rod. their pure enthusiasm. for humanity. The chip on his shoulder grows by the minute. With a hand on Tidwell's large shoulder. He turns and exits unnoticed. INT. Jerry sizes up the situation. for himself. He almost cries. everybody to see you for what you are. Both wear self-promoting colorful homemade t-shirts with the young athlete's face on it. .LATER Tidwell hides out in the gift shop. We're going to ta e a wal through this lobby.
MARRIOTT LOBBY -.v. try not to laugh. He does not sit down. brightly-lit lobby. INT. INT. is on the phone here in the command center for the Arizona Cardinals. as they move through the pre-draft crowd. MARRIOTT BAR -. in every hand. Dallas. WILBURN They don't loo interested do they? PATRICIA Actually. He breathes in the commotion. And Tidwell is natural. show. Music continues. Who's he tal ing to? PATRICIA Right now. Portable phones There is a heavy white media light bathing everything -. All around him. past the team Jets fans.56. and everything within it concerned ma ing other t. we see the boards and graphs for their upcoming draft selections.. Ha ha. introduces Tidwell around. INT. polite and charming. PATRICIA Dennis. In another twelve hours. WILBURN Good..NIGHT Jerry and Tidwell rise triumphantly to the mezzanine level above the bright-white lobby. representatives. Wilburn loo s concerned. 48.. Jerry wor s hard.as if life had become a t. the already blasted Ni e crew filming an NFL spot in the everywhere.DAY Tough red-headed beat reporter PATRICIA LOGAN watches Maguire and Tidwell from the opposite corner. MARRIOTT ESCALATOR -.NIGHT Maguire and Tidwell move through the the reporters. past even a lobby. I hope he unloads him so I can buy a decent quarterbac . .v. he will be at the very epicenter with Cushman. the competing agents.. Maguire loo s down at the scene. Jerry Maguire brought Rod Tidwell to the draft. ARIZONA CARDINALS WAR ROOM PHOENIX) -. shows. INT.NIGHT Arizona General Manager DENNIS WILBURN.
" Tidwell nods deeply. Jerry turns to Tidwell. Jerry is consumed with a thousand other thoughts. JERRY You now what was great about you down there? For about five minutes. I'll boil it down for ya. Jerry doesn't respond. TIDWELL You're loving me now. but Tidwell continues tal ing. Jerry starts to exit. Down in the lobby.. Jerry catches a glimpse of a familiar-loo ing agent. Ta e care. And it might have even wor ed too. and you now what? You were brilliant. All they do is ignore me.57. JERRY I gotta get bac to Cushman. TIDWELL (continuing) You believe they're shooting a Ni e ad down there? Did I ever tell you my Ni e story? TIDWELL O ay. It's Sugar. finally focusing totally on him. TIDWELL I came all the way here for that? To wal the lobby? JERRY Yeah.. you unloaded that rather expansive. Fuc Ni e. aren't ya? JERRY (moc serious) I'm not about love -. TIDWELL Let's do it again. . let me just say "large" chip that resides right there on your shoulder. I understand. respectfully.I'm about "showing you the money.
.58. TIDWELL Sure you don't want to go out and find some aroa e? I'm a very good singer. man -JERRY Call me tomorrow. wears the odd combination of a Nirvana t-shirt and a NFL jac et. bas ing in the glow of the man of the moment. athletic bags.free t-shirts. (beat) But just you saying that? Ma es me love ya. Cobain's "Something In The Way. sweatpants. you're li e a God. Cush. TIDWELL Good. TIDWELL I might call you later! Tidwell moves off. Waiter spots a very tall stac of new Ni es by the door. CUSH (grandly) Why don't you grab a couple pairs of them new Ni es by the door -- WAITER Dude. loo ing for autographs. who holds a guitar in his lap.NIGHT We glide into Fran Cushman's suite overloo ing Times Square. A small pac of diehard Jets fans pass." Jerry enters on a rush of adrenalin. INT. Half-finished room service food abounds. CUSH (to hotel waiter) Hey. and more. what size are you? WAITER Eleven. JERRY Get some sleep. still feeling good about the wal . CUSH'S SUITE -. I was just testing ya. Matt. He signs for more room service and continues strumming the only song he nows on guitar. See you tomorrow. It's filled with NFL swag -. Keith and Cush's stylish college girlfriend ANNE-LOUISE mill about the room.
Matt -. as Cush continues strumming. and the room brea s up. People get crazy. Waiter exits. (beat) Million. CUSH (immediately) God." JERRY He still goes number one.they want him bad. he's gotta go number one. who wal s to the window and loo s out at the big Jumbotron with Keith. This stuff tends to happen the night before a draft. Cush turns to his curiously ambivalent father. CUSH "Something in the way..59. but San Diego wants to trade up with New England -." MATT Well. you should now. MATT What happened to Denver? JERRY Denver got very silent about a day ago. San Diego's got a fever for Cush.. Anne-Louise whistles loudly. San Diego just came in with a last-minute scenario. It's a great line. CUSH "Ooooooo. JERRY Cush. the future of the NFL. In the next room. the phone is ringing. you're li e a dude. importantly. 'cause they Don't have any feelings. is crazy to the tune of seven years for thirty. Signing bonus of eight.we have a decision to ma e. Yeah. and puts a hand up. Sorry. It's big. She is instantly embarrassed. JERRY O ay. CUSH "It's o ay to eat fish. And San Diego. This is charisma. And now Jerry spea s. .
MATT I don't now. SUGAR It's Sugar. everyone is. (Jerry sniffs. The room is still laughing. JERRY "No comment. INT. buddydude." CUSH Tal ing and saying nothing. Be strong. KEITH Hey. Just remember. Sugar hangs up. You let your dad do all the tal ing. Jerry. man. panic ed) Alright. He offers a near-perfect imitation. His head is spinning. This is business not friendship. BOB SUGAR'S HOTEL ROOM -. Jerry holds up a finger -. The room lightens.DAY Bob Sugar tal s on his hotel phone. laughing. JERRY "This is Cush. it's an art I have not mastered.v. Jerry. Jerry hangs up. He must be there. Jerry pic s up the ringing phone. it's Cush on the big t. JERRY Just be friendly and say "no comment." Suddenly.watch me.60. They been callin' all night. right? Just sniff or something if he's there. You're swimming with the big boys now. You're global now. KEITH Should I unplug the phone? CUSH Reporters. I'm the one who got you the deal you needed. again! .
I'm already sic got "Cushlash. "hey. He spea s casually. JERRY So you empowered Bob Sugar to deal with Denver behind my bac ? MATT I'm sorry." of me. You listened to Sugar? You let that sna e in the door. MATT Apparently. I'm learning as I go. Jerry sits across from Matt. Something that says. I -JERRY I brought Denver to twenty million. . JERRY (quic ly) Said who? Sugar? MATT Hey. JERRY Do I now everything there is to now here? (silent beat) You fellas aren't tal ing with Bob Sugar. as Matt loo s increasingly nervous." He pulls out a yellow legal tablet. I'm with Jerry Maguire. before I go bac to Denver. Denver wanted to deal with him instead of you. Jerry. JERRY Loo . I thin we should put something down on paper. Jerry touches the coffee table. CUSH Hell. reeling quietly. are you? More silence. Calms himself. MATT Not right now. Denver deals with me all the time. I More laughs.61. He scribbles a few lines. directly.
62. JERRY (continuing) It's o ay. You want Denver. I'll fix this up. You didn't sign anything with Sugar, right? Another rough silence is bro en by little brother Keith. KEITH (blurts) Mr. Maguire, someday I'm gonna be a famous athlete and I'm gonna sign with you'. JERRY Shut up! (beat) I'm sorry... sorry. KEITH (sympathy for Jerry) S' cool. Shot moves in on Jerry. JERRY Now. Wait. You didn't actually sign with Sugar, did you? Tell me you didn't sign. (beat) Because I'm still sort of moved by your "my word is stronger'n oa " thing -MATT We signed an hour ago. You were in the lobby with the blac fella. Jerry moans. Silently, he rises and begins to gather his things. Cush hangs on to his guitar. CUSH I'm sorry, Jerry. MATT They say it's show "business," Jerry, not show friends. Jerry ta es a breath before he exits. He surveys the room, settling on Cush. Visible behind Maguire is Times Square, in all it's neon logo glory.
63. JERRY Well. O ay. Of course. You're twenty years old, and I'm just another guy in a suit. It's all business. It didn't wor out. You didn't buy my product, which is, unfortunately, mm. Let me see, there's a speech that I'm supposed to ma e -- right! -- "I'll be out there cheering for you." "The door is always open!" See? I'm a class act. (breath, directly) But maybe this would have all wor ed, us being real human beings, coming through for each other, really, and now I'll never now. You'll never now. Weren't you curious? (they aren't) No. O ay, well, I'll be fine. And you'll be fine. And Keith I bope you do call me. Flushed and embarrassed, he exits. We hang a beat on the silent Cushman hotel livingroom, as Cush now continues on guitar. INT. LOBBY -- NIGHT Jerry exits elevator dazed, at full trot. The Marriott lobby is pac ed. He is loo ing for Avery. Beat reporter Patricia Logan reappears. She relishes as ing brutal questions, innocently. PATRICIA LOGAN Jerry, is it true that Tidwell's had three concussions? JERRY I'm sorry... excuse me... INT. BALLROOM -- NIGHT Jerry enters the grand ballroom, loo ing for Avery. Endorsement placards in evidence everywhere. NFL reps and media wor ers move tables and wor out camera and seating arrangements. Elevated in a open ESPN booth six feet off the ground, host Chris Berman records voice-overs for tomorrow's draft. Fans hec le him by singing the ESPN theme. He rolls with it, expertly. Jerry spots Avery across the empty ballroom, moving fast, passing out media pac ets on the empty tables.
64. INT. ADJACENT BUFFET ROOM -- NIGHT Jerry finally catches up with Avery in the empty side-room. AVERY I just heard. JERRY What do I do? How do I spin this? AVERY Oh honey. It's spun. She eeps moving, adding an extra snap to the pac ets. JERRY What did I do to you? She is furious with his question. Doesn't he now? AVERY It's all about you, isn't it? Soothe me, save me, love me -JERRY Could you just stop moving? AVERY I have to finish my job -JERRY Everything's on the fuc ing run! Everything -She stops. Wal s to him, framed by a ban of t.v. monitors. AVERY Jerry. You and I are salespeople. We sell -JERRY Loo , I don't want a -AVERY It's not "love me." It's not "trust my handsha e." It's ma e the sale. Get it signed. There shouldn't be "confusion" about that. JERRY Go ahead. Jump right on into my nightmare. The water's warm.
JERRY Tell you what -. This is it. Jerry loo s at his fiancee. I don't gush over babies. I don't cry at movies. I don't start celebrating Christmas five months early.I'd prefer loyalty. They are quic ly interrupted by overweight. she loo s different to him. I don't have it.stop -She exits bac into the main ballroom. Blows a troublesome piece of hair out of her face.65. AVERY What was our deal when we first got together? Brutal truth." She stops. AVERY So honesty is outlawed here. 45. We're both ragged out right now. JERRY -. there is a "sensitivity" thing that some people have. For better or worse. AVERY Jerry. watching Avery coldly clasping her media pac s to her chest. For a moment.' That's me. They face off. and I don't tell a man who just screwed up both of our lives -'oh.. Standing here. slaps down another media pac et. she stops. He follows. She moves fast to avoid him. remember? JERRY I thin you added the "brutal. But I do love you. JERRY Avery -She nows what's coming. poor baby. AVERY Don't say it. tal -show voiced CURTIS WEINTRAUB. I can't be honest? She turns and exits again. .
JERRY I'm not trying to ma e history. CURTIS WEINTRAUB Hey! Curtis Weintraub from the Sports Popper! Haven't seen you two since the Cuervo Gold Roc 'n Soc Charity Six Flags Budfest! Hello! Neither loo at him. Curtis gets a whiff of what he wal ed into. AVERY Didn't hear it. JERRY It's over -She continues moving into the next room. She blin s. AVERY No one has ever dumped me. JERRY Listen to me! AVERY No. they remain fixed on each other. exiting quic ly) Goodbye! AVERY I'm warning you. Don't say it. She can barely believe it. JERRY There is something missing here. AVERY You've never been alone and you can't be alone -JERRY Listen to me. . CURTIS WEINTRAUB (continuing. You won't have another chance.66. it's over.
Both wear sunglasses. as they wait for the flight. She straddles him. expressively. then thin s better of it. RED CARPET LOUNGE -. He sin s to the floor. She hits him again with a fist. Jerry. .DAY Tidwell watches next to Jerry. AVERY Oh Jerry. She WALLOPS him in the face with the bac of her hand. ON TV MONITOR -.67. INT. Loser. tal ing with a weepy athlete. bac wards. AVERY I won't let you hurt me.NEXT MORNING Jerry moves through the crowded airport with Rod Tidwell. sagging. then again in the chest. JFK AIRPORT -. I'm too strong for you. sha ing her head. INT. AVERY I did the 23 hour nose-route to the top of El Capitan in 6 hours! I can ma e this wor . It sin s in.ROY FIRESTONE is leaning forward. the small voice of her vulnerability. From somewhere. She gets an odd loo . addresses him fully. JERRY (steps closer) You now I didn't ever want to hurt you. TIDWELL Everybody on this show cries now. Jerry stands li e a woozy boxer. She ta es a breath. Starts to step away. right in his bruised face. don't you? JERRY Very much. JERRY (it slips out) No. Jerry nurses a stiff drin . TIDWELL You love me now.
I lost the number one draft pic the night before the draft. I'm a cautionary tale! Tidwell loo s at Jerry. JERRY It's a quality that might come in handy for a commercial sometime.. JERRY (continuing) See this jac et I'm wearing? You li e it? I don't really need it. ) You feel bad you tested positive? Quit doing blow! You feel bad about your baby girl? Why did you leave the mother? JERRY What are you doing with me. Why? Let's recap.68. because I'm CLOAKED IN FAILURE. Rod? TIDWELL Huh? JERRY Don't you even see -. Twenty-four hours ago. impassive. grew a conscience and wrote a 25-page Manifesto of Doom! TIDWELL Well. boo-fuc ing-hoo. They will teach my story to other agents on "do not do this" day in agent school. Now.v. JERRY The least you could do is nod and act sympathetic -TIDWELL (sha ing head) No. I was hot. I had two slices of bad pizza.. went to bed. JERRY Rod -TIDWELL (off t. Because a hoc ey player's id made me feel li e a superficial jer . I'm fuc ed. .I'm finished.
JERRY Why not? INT. you're gonna show me the money. JERRY (the hell that never ends) Oh my God. I'm out of this sport in five years. TIDWELL You are not allowed to act this way. but I'm stic ing with you. I said I would. So I don't want to hear about ya shit. What's my family gonna live on? What you get me. TIDWELL Anybody else would have left you by now.NIGHT Dorothy finds Laurel on their small porch." JERRY (ruefully. EXT. There is only room for a miniature garden and one comfortable seat. I got a shelf life of ten years.LATER DAY They sit together. PORCH -. TIDWELL Man. LAUREL At eleven at night? . Laurel sits in it. to attendant) Another drin please. DOROTHY He's coming over. your "nya nya nya.69. tops! My next contract's gotta bring me the dollars that'11 last me and mine a very long time. AIRPLANE -. He loo s straight ahead. Jerry holds another drin . And if I got to ride your ass li e Zorro. at the airphone in front of him.
This is a "syndrome. rolling with anything. The cab turns onto a very small street. Dorothy exits. Down the street.NIGHT Jerry in bac of a cab. rising up into the mirror. JERRY O ay. nowing all that.NIGHT Dorothy puts Ray to bed. Visible on the wall above Ray's bed. another pair of headlights. LAUREL Dotty -. turn here! Sharp right turn. Cars par ed on both sides. She chec s her loo . He called from the plane. About-To-Marry. DOROTHY He just lost his best client. And for the first time in my professional life. I'llCall-My-Newly Long-sufferingAssistant-Without Medical-ForCompany Syndrome. And if. I invited the guy over. DOROTHY 'Night buddy. INT. Hanging Onto The-Bottom-Rung DearGod-Don't-Let-Me-Be-Alone.". post-flight. in spite of herself.this is not "guy. DOROTHY Honey. CAB -. RAY'S BEDROOM -. wearing sunglasses. Laurel sha es her head. more power to you. but he better not be good loo ing! INT.70. I'm a part of something I believe in. Music." It's called Early Midlife. She isses the corner of his forehead. This is my favorite part of your head. calls to next room. he's engaged. LAUREL O ay. you still allow him to come over. is her ex-husband's photo. three drin s later. . 8831 3/4 Waterloo.
revealing a welt and a cut below his eye. barely. Jerry's cab refuses to give in. disheveled hair and sunglasses. Same with the oncoming car. JERRY I'm glad you're home. shoulder hang-up bag. ill us!! EXT. Watch out for that lamp. INT. LAUREL (super pleasant) You seem just the way I pictured you. LIVING ROOM Jerry enters. not my specialty. JERRY Hi.. DOROTHY Hey you. Where's the little guy? DOROTHY He's asleep.71. JERRY (continuing) Yes. Than you. JERRY (continuing) Than s for inviting me over. Laurel exits through his shot.. He duc s the lamp. That "alone" thing is.NIGHT Door opens to reveal Jerry Maguire with brown bag. DOROTHY'S FRONT PORCH -.. JERRY I'm Jerry Maguire. good. JERRY Honesty. miming "drin ing" behind his bac . I'm her disapproving sister Laurel. Jerry ta es off his glasses. floor it. as Dorothy rounds the corner. The lights are low and his glasses are very dar . in fact he floors it. ..
72. JERRY Do you have something to drin ? DOROTHY Sure -She moves to the itchen door. I bro e up with Avery. That too. We'll still be friends. JERRY My brother wor s for the White House. Suddenly she feels very nervous. Uh. as he sets down his bags. He pretends he's from the east coast. JERRY Better now than later. it's a real gash. DOROTHY Too bad. I'm dying here. She is about to exit. Dorothy's entire body chemistry changes in ways she doesn't quite understand. isn't it? JERRY And just thin if I got her the ring she really wanted. have a seat. I'll get you some aloe vera for that cut too. He pretends he's an intellectual. DOROTHY Sorry. Dorothy laughs. She turns. DOROTHY Jesus. DOROTHY Oh my God. let me see. JERRY Yeah. not quite sure what his point is. JERRY (continuing) I was supposed to be the successful one. when Jerry begins to unburden. She waits politely for Jerry to finish before exiting into the itchen. He loo s at her strangely. (more) .
I'm almost as old as his chair. Dorothy goes for the refrigerator... and the situation slightly overwhems her. Use the frosted glasses. No moaning! Head down. He rubs his face." 38 years he sat in it! Do you now what I'm saying. whatever "it" may be. Here he is. (off Dorothy's loo ) Wait. DOROTHY (surprised) Than you. than s. INT. DOROTHY Beer o ay? JERRY Yeah. finds a couple beers. wide-open. here's some of that chic en with salsa too.. LAUREL This guy would go home with a gardening tool right now if it showed interest. I warmed it up -- LAUREL . DOROTHY No idding. he wor ed for the United Way for 38 years! You now what he said when he retired? He said. ripe for the ta ing. I heard. KITCHEN Laurel smo es a cigarette and blows it out the window. I loo ed over and saw the shadow of two curious shoes in the doorway of the itchen. I grew up with repression as a. a religion --you don't bitch.73.. My dad. Do it. LAUREL Loo . She loo s at him. Dorothy? Repression as a religion. And yet! My family. JERRY (cont'd) But I don't want to tal about it. "I wish I'd had a more comfortable chair.
loo s up to see Ray. She starts to quietly implode. But her shirt is now stained. LAUREL Come on.NIGHT Now camera starts to move around the house.SAME TIME LAUREL All I'm saying. and dumps it bac onto the plate. LIVING ROOM -. EXT. HOUSE/WINDOW OUTSIDE LAUNDRY ROOM -. Which top? She holds up two tops. to the living room where Jerry sits alone. and Laurel ta es command. who is playing with a aleidoscope on the table. DOROTHY As opposed to twenty angry women? Dorothy turns quic ly and the beer. You're very responsible with Ray and you now it's not right for a little boy to hear some strange man's voice in the house. Be practical. Dorothy deftly catches the food in her t-shirt. . INT. cute. JERRY Hi Ray. LAUREL But you just gotta hear me out on one thing.NIGHT Jerry. from this window showing the two sisters in the laundry room. Now. INT.74. functional. DOROTHY That's the girl I love. They now each other well. RAY Hi. One is sexier with a dipped down front. LAUNDRY ROOM -. We see Ray wander into the room and stare at Jerry. sisters and chic en collide in the small itchen. let's get you another top -They exit to nearby laundry room. You don't have the luxury of falling for some drowning man. The other is striped.
Do you now what most other women my age are doing right now? They are partying in clubs.75. INT. you want to tal about practical? Let's tal about my wonderful life. You're right. and all of them running a distant second to a warm bath. trying to eep a man.. I have had three lovers in four years. and puts it on. for the rest of my life.NIGHT Jerry and Ray have a great conversation. I'm the oldest 26 year old in the world! How do I loo ? LAUREL Good. Loo at me. all boring. Laurel. I've been hogging it. I'm trying to RAISE a man. (more) . RAY Let's go the zoo. DOROTHY Than s. I want to tell you more about my dad.. all achingly self-sufficient all friends of yours I might add. not me. trying to get a man. Do you hate the zoo or do you love the zoo? JERRY Wait. JERRY O ay. DOROTHY O ay. trying to act stupid. RAY And then my dad died and my mom too me to the zoo and I love the zoo. DOROTHY (continuing) I've got a 24 hour a day reminder of Roger. playing tug with a piece of rope. She grabs the sexier top. LIVING ROOM -. loo at me.
. JERRY Yeah I now. JERRY We'll go to the zoo sometime.. He pats Jerry's nee. RAY Funny. I mean. RAY I don't see any.76. You now that feeling? Ray nods vigorously. JERRY Aw. Jerry sits contemplating the id for a moment.. JERRY (cont'd) All my life I've been trying to tal . RAY Let's go right now. O ay? I thin I might have some time on my hands. Ray hugs Jerry and exits. (imitates him) (hears mom approaching) I better go to bed. I did. the zoo is closed. The door swings open and a harried Dorothy appears in the sexier top. Ray loves this guy. Ray loo s at Jerry's hands.. but with a distinctly less sexy attitude. . RAY I won't tell. really tal . Let's go to the zoo. RAY You said "fuc ". the fuc ing thing. and a tray. JERRY (points respectfully) Funny. and no one wants to listen.
JERRY (continuing) Right. inelegantly. ripping at his palm. who drin s. Me. DOROTHY Drin s. About. You still have a job. Jerry reaches for a fireplace po er. I have a little boy asleep. Worry. Of course. Food. woozy. Then coughs a little... are just fine. And we should eep our voices down a little. JERRY (slightly confused) Good idea. JERRY (continuing) Come after me and you will lose I am a survivor! Do not underestimate Jerry Maguire! I've got wits! (more) . He begins to joust with an imaginary opponent. I want you to feel confident! In. She watches the drun en man. Powerfully: JERRY (continuing) Do. Than you. He opens it. but loose.77. JERRY O ay. It's not a twist-off. Then stands. You and your son. I called you a cab. Our company. Not. She hands him an opener. Jerry tries to twist open the beer. Plus. Lil' speech before I go. DOROTHY So.. we. (beat) Our company is in good shape.. Your. but let me tell you something about Jerry Maguire. He gets up. Job. And I have a problem with people who tal about themselves in the third person. His confidence nicely fueled.
. Decides to ignore them. Dorothy turns to see that Laurel's two shoes are still very visible at the itchen door. (very honest) . Of course. He collapses onto the sofa. But mostly. embarrassed. He becomes very aware of himself.. I want to be inspired.. I can get jobs -JERRY We will be fine! DOROTHY -. Acting out in a virtual stranger's small-but-comfortable living room. JERRY And I am. I care about the job. There is something inspiring about the way she says the word "inspiring..78. Sha ing his head." JERRY Me too. DOROTHY Truth? JERRY Sure. carefully touching his wound with the wet tip of the aloe vera plant. Dorothy scoots closer in an adjacent chair.especially one li e this. DOROTHY Sure... . JERRY (cont'd) I've got the instincts of a panther! (joust) I've got Dorothy Boyd on my side! DOROTHY Don't worry about me. JERRY (continuing) I am drun . She gets closer. DOROTHY What you wrote inspired me. She brea s the personal barrier.
(he rises unsteadily) You now that feeling -. He places a hand on her breast.. I did. And then: DOROTHY .. DOROTHY (continuing) I'm wor ing with you because of that memo. Unsure what more to say. boss.. DOROTHY No. It turns rather passionate. statement. JERRY Mission.you're not completely embarrassed yet." DOROTHY Yeah.79.. JERRY Oh shit. JERRY Now I feel li e Clarence Thomas. She pulls away. JERRY Sorry about this hand. DOROTHY I may not sue. Both regard the hand on her breast. Well. You said "boss. JERRY No. A woman's affection.. They iss. Music. No don't feel li e Clarence Thomas. right now. She places a cool hand on his chee .. I feel li e Clarence Thomas. Their heads inch closer together.. I do. He laughs a little. The taxi beeps outside... He is catching a scent of that most ancient elixer.. Jerry rubs his face. harrassing you. but you glimpe tomorrow's embarrassment? DOROTHY Don't worry about it. (the worst day ever) I'm li e.
NIGHT Jerry in the bac of the cab. and slams into a padding post. giving him a loo . crosses in front of Maguire. and exits bac into the itchen.. Something is scratching at his soul.. Laurel watches her conflicted. he recovers with style. good evening. TEMPE PRACTICE AREA -. as the house disappears from his view. JERRY We gotta tal about his contract. Gee. And I'm going to ta e my. JERRY Well. I'm bac . trying to get in. He turns for a moment. slightly lovesic sister.. He was strangely comfortable there. returns the fireplace po er to her.DAY Rod Tidwell races to catch up to a wobbly. Stumbling slightly on the first step leading down from the front porch. JERRY (continuing. . waves. the GM we met earlier. He ta es a few more steps. FADE TO EXT. one client and we're gonna go all the way. He is a mess. Maguire. loo ing bac at the warm house he's just left. Dennis. He snags it out of the air. Dennis Wilburn. He turns bac to shout at the quarterbac for the wobbly pass. CAB -. She regards the po er still in her hand.. and he nows it. overthrown pass. JERRY We'll be o ay. DOROTHY Good evening. She laughs. I can't imagine how you ever lost Cush. He stands. re-balancing bags. and moves gracefully downfield. and exits. coughs a little. WILBURN Your timing is impeccable. Music continues. Maguire forges ahead anyway. loving the dar humor) Hey.80. INT.
He says this next word royally.DAY Jerry stands in pre-season loc er-room. pissed. one of those loc er-room psych-up signs li e: Injuries happen first in the mind. respect.81. JERRY That's your word? TIDWELL Yeah. It's not just the "coin.. Andre Rison.g. not today. TIDWELL Did you tell him about the "ten million for four years?" JERRY Uh.. I SMOKE all these fools.the wan. and I got an agent that ain't even put the number on the table. Off-stage we hear a shower. INT. The pac age.. scoffing loudly. Wilburn moves on.. JERRY I started tal ing with Dennis Wilburn about your renegotation. The wan. They're ma ing the money. Rod emerges na ed. TIDWELL (continuing) -. JERRY I understand your anxiety. LOCKER ROOM SHOWER AREA -. as if it's fine sil . Sto es. Because it's not just the money I deserve. community. and the dollars too. and yet they're ma ing the big sweet dollars. dripping wet. J.J.. it means love. JERRY (impressed) But how did you get " wan?" . man." It's the. TIDWELL Maybe you don't. In the b. but -TIDWELL John Taylor.
may or may not be listening. LOCKER ROOM MIRROR -. TIDWELL Hi baby. JERRY Rod. JERRY Great word. I now.DAY The conversation continues as Tidwell fixes hair in the mirror. He says I'm not marquee.. TIDWELL (irritated) I got there from "coin. still na ed. I'm just brea in' in the new agent. Towel? TIDWELL No. Jerry spea s to the reflection.82. We want more from them. INT. waaaan.. ta ing him on. TIDWELL (continuing) My wife is upset with you. Let's show them your pure joy of the game. coin. gesturing passionately. I say this with great respect. let's show them -- . TIDWELL Is that your porty or mine? JERRY You. Tidwell rummages in his bag.. Tidwell. so let's show them more from us. I now. I air-dry... Coin. but those players you mentioned are marquee players and -A portable phone beeps. JERRY Here's what I'm saying." dude.. Finds one of two porties and answers the one with a Polaroid of Marcee taped to it. Tidwell holds up the phone so Jerry can hear the sound of Marcee going off. let's bury the Attitude a little. Yeah. This is a renegotiation.
JERRY Fine. .v. not an entertainer.. JERRY No. was it? Tidwell gives him a loo . TIDWELL (irritated) You're telling me to dance. Get it? I don't dance. to get bac to the guy who first started playing this game. He begins gathering his things. I'm saying to be -He mimes a dainty little showboat-touchdown dance. TIDWELL (continuing) What's wrong. It wasn't just about the money." (pissed) That's the iconography of rascism. Forget it. I'm telling you to be the best version of you.83. I'm not a rascist. TIDWELL I'm an athlete. TIDWELL (little voice) "Love me love me love me. don't tell me to dance.. These are the ABC's of ME. put me on t. Way bac when you were a id. man! JERRY Rod. Jerry rubs face. TIDWELL No tell me. Money was always a factor. JERRY Forget it. TIDWELL Do your job. man.
carrying bags. that's the difference. preoccupied with thought.! Tidwell watches his agent lurch off.LATER DAY Jerry enters. Dorothy greets him. INT." .DAY Jerry moves slowly through crowded airport. and you'll be happy. He said "happy?" DOROTHY Actually he said "glad. muttering and swaying. and the scent of their previous encounter is still in the air. She hands him a list of his calls. And I dig that about you. You thin we're fighting. It is an up-at-dawn pride-swallowing seige that I will never fully tell you about! O ay?! Help me help you help me help you. TIDWELL See. JERRY I'm out here for you! You don't now what it's li e to be me out here for you. Jerry has had enough for one day. between us. JERRY (loopy. TIDWELL You're hanging by a very thin thread.A. LAX AIRPORT -. JERRY'S HOME OFFICE -.84. weary. JERRY (jolted into happiness) Happy. man. dude. DOROTHY Dennis Wilburn called from Arizona to say he's faxing in the new Tidwell offer on Thursday morning. arms flailing) Hey. punch-drun . They are stuc in his small condo. I'm happy to entertain you! I'll see you in L. I thin we're finally tal ing! INT.
85. JERRY Good. Good. Glad is good. DOROTHY Plus, you could use that commission. She hands him a financial report she's done. He ta es a quic loo , seeing the thorough wor she's already done. JERRY I sun most of what I had into this condo, which devalued, and -DOROTHY You don't have to explain. JERRY Loo , the other night, I want to apologize. DOROTHY (can't read her) Yeah, what happened there. JERRY We're two people wor ing together and we can't have an atmosphere. DOROTHY I'm relieved you said that. JERRY I mean, the other night was... I felt li e you understood something I could barely even say, something way down deep in the mur -(beat) -- but we have a company here to thin about. I won't ever ta e advantage of you in that way again. DOROTHY (evenly) Oh good. JERRY You wal ed out on a job for me, and I won't ruin that. DOROTHY Exactly because I now this is a time when you need to be alone with your thoughts. (more)
86. DOROTHY (cont'd) Thin about everything that's gone wrong, how to fix them, and just be... alone, alone, alone. Dorothy in the bac ground of the shot, watching his reaction. JERRY You want to go out to dinner? INT. DOROTHY'S LIVING ROOM -- DAY Dorothy loo s for a jac et as Laurel helms the Divorced Women's group in the living room. Jan spea s through her whistly braces, gesturing with a too-full glass of red wine. JAN I bro e up with the Cowboy. And now he's stal ing me... ALICE What's the current definition of stal ing? WOMAN # 1 Coming over uninvited. JAN (thoughtful) So Romeo under the trellis... was a stal er. Meaningful sounds of revelation, as Dorothy finds the jac et. INT. HALLWAY -- NIGHT
INT. KITCHEN -- NIGHT
DOROTHY Hey, loo s li e you've got a fan.
Jerry is a little embarrassed by the affections of the Dorothy enters. Expertly breezy.
Dorothy stops in the arrived at the bac Maguire sha es hands by a flying hug from which is filled with wear, etc. ("Brought Jerry.
hallway to see that Jerry Maguire has itchen door. She watches unseen as with Chad the Nanny and is hit suddenly Ray. He gives the id an athletic bag, state-of-the-art promotional athletic you some swag.") Ray continues hugging
87. JERRY (outdressed) Wow. That's more than a dress. That's an Audrey Hepburn movie. DOROTHY Yeah -- guess I got revved up at the idea of an evening among adults -- no offense buster. (then) You meet Chad the nanny? JERRY Yeah, I did -- am I dressed o ay? I guess I didn't realize we were... He doesn't finish the words "going out on a date." The cacaphony of the Boyd home swirls around Maguire. It's a new sensation for this bachelor. DOROTHY Don't let him stay up too late. CHAD (grandly) Hey, man, tonight I'm going to teach Ray about jazz. DOROTHY Good, that'll put him to sleep early. No offense. She twirls toward the door, grabbing her purse. CHAD You now, you people have a jazz problem in this house. Laurel enters, adding to the chaos, adlibbing hellos. RAY I wanna go too. Laurel gives Ray a loo . Ray bac s down, as Jerry hears snatches of the Women's group going full blast in the living room. DOROTHY We'll see you soon, honey. Bye. JERRY Bye you guys.
wiping tear) Oh. All are surprised. She spots eys on counter.NIGHT Laurel loo s out the window. Don't cry at the beginning of the date. DOROTHY (laughing. DOROTHY'S HOUSE -. he wants a hug. wasn't that just. The sound of the Women's group is heard in the warmly glowing house behind them. Shot falls on Ray who watches Jerry exit with wonder. Even at his age. he nows a prize when he sees one. watches her sister exiting. She grabs them and runs out to catch her sister on the lawn. li e a dad.88.. Women's group laughter in the distance as Laurel attempts to glue her emotional sister bac together. Jerry bends down aw wardly to give him one. thrilling? (eyes tear up) I mean. noc it off! . INT. Dorothy is struc and moved. EXT. he must have been needing that. LAUREL (continuing) Forgot your eys -DOROTHY (privately) That's the first time I ever saw him iss a man.. Dorothy retreats so she can have privacy with her sister. "All Shoo Down. She holds her arm.NIGHT Jerry and Dorothy exit through the many cars which we now see are par ed on the street and the front lawn. Ray extends his arms." Replacements. LAUREL No no. LAUREL Hey! As Jerry moves ahead to the car. She is equal parts jealous and protective. and Ray plants a iss on Jerry's chee . KITCHEN-. especially Jerry.
but -Mariachis approach the table. "it's nobody's fault. Dorothy runs li e a young girl. LAUREL (can't help it) And don't be a shoulder for him to cry on either. DOROTHY We wor together. INT." It's one of the great lies. I now.how do I feeeeeel? -. running to Jerry down the street.89. if you ma e a commitment. Lit by streetlight. They do so. wor at it -DOROTHY Maybe love shouldn't be such hard wor .NIGHT Jerry and Dorothy sit at the table of this Mexican restaurant. Mariachis play. go for it li e you do a job. I'm spea ing historically now. It's a modern day concept. you should ma e it wor . you choose. HEAD MARIACHI A song for the lovers? JERRY/DOROTHY (too quic ly) No.I thin the only good thing to (more) . Jerry slips the guy a few buc s to go away. Music continues. right? Someone is always to blame -. nueroticism -. It's only when "options" entered the picture that things got bad. JERRY See. In the bac ground. ANTONIO'S RESTAURANT -. across the lawns of this car-filled neighborhood. You now that thing you say. No than s. JERRY It was laziness1 my whole brea up with Avery. reluctantly.if you go for it. We stay with Laurel as she watches her sister exit. If you fall for someone. slapping away the leaves of a tree.
No way.90. Quit thin ing those mur y thoughts. It wasn't li e my marriage to Roger was so great. He admires her directness.. I just underestimated her. Life is good. I guess. she exits.. DOROTHY (continuing) Yeah. we're semi-successful. o ay? We're young. Why are we even tal ing about this? A FLOWER GIRL approaches the table with an armful of roses. FLOWER GIRL A rose for the lady. (touches wound) her temper. even before -(stops herself) Jerry? JERRY What? DOROTHY (simply) Let's not tell our sad stories. . JERRY You want a -DOROTHY ( (scoffs) No." DOROTHY (evenly) Maybe you should call her. DOROTHY (continuing) I'll be right bac . JERRY No no no. JERRY (cont'd) come from this period in history is probably the movie "Annie Hall. Jerry laughs to himself. Jerry gives her few buc s. She exits and we hang on him for a moment.
Dorothy moves forward. Jerry swats it away. now. His lips travel down. is embarrassingly being serenaded by the Mariachis. He pulls her closer by her straps. and sends the Mariachis in another direction.NIGHT Music feathers into sounds of night. INT.this would be goodnight. INT. They brea . tying her straps bac on. But they don't move. JERRY Well -. Chad He you got you. buddy. BATHROOM -. wait to JERRY I'll see you tomorrow. It's a good one. come on. EXT. DOROTHY'S PORCH -. Kisses him. won't hurt it. BATHROOM Sbe exits the bathroom and stops at the sight of what is happening at the table. He isses her upper chest. DOROTHY Good night. Jerry rises to iss her lips again. DOROTHY No. Aw. Can't see you. grinning. They ta e great care not to touch too much." She smiles at the image. in fact the poetry charms her.. DOROTHY Come on. Jerry. nervous now. such a good heart. she's missed this feeling. They don't iss. I love I'll be home soon. DOROTHY Good night. . who now play a mournful "Tears in Heaven. hand on face. On impulse.NIGHT -. She concentrates on the styrofoam container she's brought bac from the restaurant.. Her expression says there is a decision to ma e.. A bug buzzing from the nearby light.91. She holds them up. They don't move.MINUTES LATER Dorothy on the phone outside the bathroom. she grabs him and pulls him close. let's ta e a wal . fishes some buc s out of her poc et. let catch the bee in a glass.. She sighs deeply.
She's. JERRY Same to you. Chad raises his eyebrows.NIGHT Jerry on the porch. CHAD Treat her right. DOROTHY (continuing) Shhh. the remains of the Divorced Women's group is still in evidence. I live here. He ta es a breath. breath) I thin you should not come in. She exits. DOROTHY No. Chad now fully plays the part of friend with seniority. . PORCH -. The house is now quiet. Loo s the taller Jerry up and down. as shot lingers on Jerry. man. DOROTHY O ay. DOROTHY He's asleep. right? CHAD Yeah. then) Do we really want to do this? JERRY (half-unsure) Oh hell yes. INT..v. I'll come in. I have to go in.. Wait here a second. as Chad exits.92. (beat. LIVING ROOM -. how'd it go with Sportboy? DOROTHY Still going. That odd moment when you've crossed the line. JERRY Right. DOROTHY (continuing.NIGHT Dorothy enters to find Chad watching t. EXT. or come in depending on how you feel.
She turns away. Laughter from the next room. intense) This.93.JAZZ. has a late-night joint and carefully blows the smo e out the window. DOROTHY What is this MUSIC? They both crac up. Dorothy shoos Chad away. well. She pops open the styrofoam appetizers her sister brought bac from dinner. the music is ridiculous. CHAD (continuing. She is left frozen. And I now this is a little aw ward. BEDROOM-. The music gets wilder. quietly leads Jerry inside.) INT. is Miles Davis and John Coltrane.NIGHT -. Finally it is impossible to ignore. he's still loo ing at her. and Jerry collapses bac wards on the bed laughing. KITCHEN -..NIGHT Fierce. CHAD She's great. driving jazz.. as the front door squea s open. (Their sex is a big difference from the let's-be-intense sex with Avery.. and she isses him as the music plays. then bac again. two masters of freedom. 1963. Jerry is somewhat horrified at what Chad might be giving him. but I want you to use this. Out comes a cassette tape. Laughter continues. DISSOLVE TO: .. Chad ruumages in bag for a moment.. Jerry ta es the tape. He loo s at her. Stoc holm. playing in a time before their art was corrupted by a zillion coc tail lounge performers who destroyed the legacy of the only American artform -. JERRY (self-conscious) Yeah. her arms open but he is gone. It's a powerful moment for her.SAME TIME Laurel just home from wor in nurse uniform. Dorothy and Jerry ma ing out on bed. Getting hotter... INT..
pulls on some pants. ind of . for ta ing the opportunity.. listening to the honesty an agent rarely hears.94. Manuevers through a strange bedroom. ON JERRY DOROTHY . waiting far the first possible drops of coffee. Only the glow of the digital lamp.MORNING LAUREL Because I'm worried that you're putting your faith in this guy who. so what am I. LAUREL First you gotta tell me something. DOROTHY I'm getting him up. because of the way things are going. INT. steps on toys. may not have an emotional marble in his head. DOROTHY No-INT.. INT. DOROTHY Please. hears voices.MORNING Jerry moving dawn the hallway. don't worry. KITCHEN -. It's still dar . KITCHEN -.MORNING Dorothy and Laurel in the itchen. but Laurel pulls her bac far a second. if I start tal ing -LAUREL Guys are just different people when they're hanging onto the bottom rung.MORNING Radio clic s on. Laurel? (more) listening. INT. coughs. Pinned to the wall. He gets up. Jerry alone in bed. HALLWAY -. DOROTHY'S BEDROOM -. She starts to exit.' Ray will never see his mother's raging physical needs.
when everything in my body says This One is The One. Oh God. I don't now if you're interested in this detail. brought by Jerry. and I don't care what you thin . hon. I love him. but I was just about to tell you that I love him. The lac of control in her life is overwhelming her. well within earshot. I love him for the guy he wants to be. but I won't.and he died. Am I a bad person? All I now is that I found someone who was charming and popular and not-so-nice to me -. O ay? So why should I let this guy go.95. easy -Jerry enters the itchen. I heard everything. DOROTHY . I was just loo ing for fun details -DOROTHY Oh. sees Jerry standing there. ON JERRY rubbing his face. (to Laurel) Than you for your honesty. and I love him for the guy he almost is. way out of the bag. as always. Dorothy begins to crumble. I love him. RAY Hi Jerry! Dorothy leans into the hallway now. stands near Laurel. why didn't you say so? And oh. DOROTHY (cont'd) Maybe I am ta ing advantage. well. LAUREL Easy. As Ray pounds down the hallway in his new over-sized shirt. The cat is way. JERRY (continuing) I could pretend I didn't hear. JERRY Easy. They loo at each other.
We got a big fax today. He isses her on the chee .96. The Tidwells hon . he feels happy. not sure what is going on. . reaches for cereal. but covers. cleaning up the cramped office.LATER DAY Jerry and Dorothy prepare for the Tidwells. INT. They are an odd. we need this commission. She feels slightly slapped down. She opens a window quic ly. Ray loo s around. darling. in full view of Ray. We bottom-feeders prefer cereal first -RAY Let's have Apple Jac s! Apple Jac s it is. buddy. but fairly complete-loo ing family. dismissive) Loo . arriving in the driveway. no than s. The sisters loo at each other. but there is something else in the room. Dorothy. good morning... Dorothy. Jerry? JERRY A lot. DOROTHY That was great of you this morning. Jerry sits down for brea fast. still embarrassed. Jerry? JERRY Oh. JERRY'S HOME OFFICE -. He shrugs and continues to feel happy. unstac ing chairs and ma ing room. JERRY (friendly. LAUREL (frozen polite) Coffee. and busies herself with the clutter at hand. ON FAX Connecting. RAY (continuing) What's going on. let's just root for a big offer so we can move out of this room to a real office.
We roll with this problem.. Everybody has a sta e in this fax. and don't say anything unless it's over nine. I feel li e brea ing the room up. you haven't gotten emotional ENOUGH about this man. MARCEE What are you tal ing about -"don't get emotional. The outburst has surprised even Marcee. FOUR FACES waiting for the results. JERRY Aw shit -Rod turns away. JERRY O ay. His face slac ens. Jerry's heart sin s. JERRY I'll go bac to them. Dorothy shuts her eyes. TIDWELL I feel li e crying.. MARCEE One-point-seven for three years. There is a stunning disappointment on the fax. MARCEE (explodes) And say what? "Please remove your dic from my ass?!" Both men loo at her. as Marcee opens hers." If you as me. . It is so very painful for her. MARCEE Read it to me. we don't ta e this emotionally. Lives are very clearly hanging on this results. as Tidwell slin s off to sit in a seat too small for him. We owe more than that. I'm a little pregnant right now. That's below average. MARCEE (continuing) I'm sorry. Marcee shuts her eyes.97.
JERRY Another time. Camera moves to Tidwell. TIDWELL Tell me what to do. Jerry throws the Mission Statement into a bottom drawer. DOROTHY How about a little piece of integrity in this world that is so filled with greed and a lac of honorability that I don't now what to tell my id except ta e a loo at a guy who isn't shouting "show me the money.98. TIDWELL (impressed) No shit. when Jerry swiftly intercepts it. JERRY Marcee -MARCEE What DO you stand for??? Dorothy loo s right and left." he's quietly bro e and wor ing for you for free! (off Jerry's pained loo ) Well. She is headed across the room to give it to Marcee. DOROTHY In fact. can't hold bac .. that was pretty good. She opens a drawer. I just -JERRY And I appreciate that impulse. you should read something that meant the world to me. I'm sorry. (more) . and we see him for the first time without his protective shield of attitude. I'll eat lima beans. I'm not as good at the insults as she is. You tell me to eat lima beans. MARCEE No.. Jerry. Scared. o ay Dorothy? DOROTHY Fine. and withdraws the Mission Statement.
I'm strong in my mind. TIDWELL (cont'd) If you say ta e the shitty deal. fascinated and somewhat uncomfortable. Beat. . and we determine our worth. just watching the intricate machinery of this marriage. splendid blac man. surviving. Rodney.. TIDWELL Won't happen. You're a fine. He pulls her to him. After a beat: JERRY If you get injured. who grits her teeth at the implications of the decision. JERRY It's a ris . you are just -No one else in the world exists. Dorothy and Jerry loo at the couple. This is us.the shit. Jerry and Dorothy in the bac ground. you get nothing. proud. TIDWELL Honey.. They are a couple in every passionate sense of the word. MARCEE You now what you're qonna do. Jerry loo s over to Dorothy. You're gonna reject this shitty contract. There is a palpable forcefield around the Tidwells. She caresses the bac of his nec . The big man loo s into his wife's eyes. They are focused totally on each other. that's all we can get -MARCEE "All we can get?" TIDWELL Can I SPEAK with my agent here? Marcee is passionate. Focused on Rod.99. You're gonna play out your existihg shitty contract and go be a free agent next year and the hell with Arizona. Truer words. He gives her a small iss. TIDWELL (continuing) -.
large Arizona athletes wait by a coffee machine. The Tidwell situation has left an ominious feeling in the air. JERRY I'll get you some quic wor -TIDWELL Good deal. EXT. Dooler is arguing with Tidwell. as Jerry's friend. director Bill Dooler appears ready to implode. Finally. dude. . Maguire is conflicted. Bet on me li e I bet on you. EXT. DOROTHY (continuing) Loo . Dorothy and Jerry on the lawn. JERRY Don't even tal about that yet. I was up for a job in San Diego before I left SMI.DAY Tidwell stands on the set of a regional Arizona car commercial. We'll stay afloat. Three other bored.LATE AFTERNOON Tidwell and Marcee exit. It's with the Chargers. MARCEE I'm sorry what I said bac there. Bye bye Dorothy. I'll find something fast for Tidwell.. Tidwell puts his hand out. Tidwells exit. It is a hot day. We're gonna ma e it. Dorothy and Jerry are alone. TIDWELL Bet on me.. COMMERCIAL SET/TAYLOR CHEVROLET/ARIZONA -. but he ta es a breath and sha es. AIRPLANE WHEELS touching down.100. man. JERRY'S HOME OFFICE -. MARCEE My husband believes in you. JERRY Don't be silly. DOROTHY Ta e care you guys.
101. Maguire stands slightly away, acting as referee. Nearby, a camel. DOOLER Loo , Rod, just get on the camel! JERRY Bill, Rod, wait -TIDWELL Dude, now your art form. If you put the camera down here, loo ing up, I loo more powerful. There's no need for a camel... you got ME. JERRY Rod, get on the camel. DOOLER (shoots loo to Jerry) The sponsor wants a camel -TIDWELL Jerry, bac me up. It's either the camel or me... Tidwell waves his arms, spoo ing the camel, who spits and stormps. Several crew members scatter in various directions. JERRY (ta es the bullet) Airight. Enough. I'm pulling him out of this. This isn't what I had in mind anyway. DOOLER Then you shouldn't have begged me to hire him. EXT. SET -- LATER Jerry and Tidwell wal quic ly from the set. In the bac ground, another athlete rides the camel. TIDWELL There you go, dude. You're learning how to represent me. We ain't gonna bring Ni e to their nees with some regional camel ad -Jerry rubs his face.
102. JERRY Can I as you a question totally unrelated to your career? TIDWELL Oh, we gonna be friends now? JERRY What do you now about dating a single mother? Tidwell warms to the personal question. TIDWELL Oh I now plenty. I was raised by a single mother. JERRY Tell me, because it's been a month, and she's about to ta e another job in San Diego. Tidwell is always happy to hold forth. TIDWELL First, single mothers don't "date." They have been to the circus, you now what I'm saying? They have been to the puppet show and they have seen the strings. You love her?
TIDWELL You now when you now. It ma es you shivver, it eats at your insides. You now? JERRY No, I don't now. TIDWELL Then you gotta have The Tal . JERRY But I sure don't li e that she's leaving. TIDWELL Well, that ain't fair to her. A single mother, that's a sacred thing, man.
How do I
103. JERRY The id is amazing. TIDWELL (sha ing head) No. A real man does not shoplift the "pooty" from a single mom. JERRY I didn't "shoplift the pooty." We were thrown together and -- I mean it's two mutual people who -(a loo ) Alright, I shoplifted the pooty. TIDWELL Shame on you. SHAME on you. INT. ZOO -- DAY Jerry, Dorothy and Ray at the zoo. Ray straining at Jerry's arm. Life-changing decisions in the air. DOROTHY They offered me everything I as ed for, it's only 2 hours away. I thin it's good for us. Jerry feels tugged in many directions, and not just by Ray. They approach the reptile house. RAY Show me the animal, Jerry! JERRY Right up ahead, buddy -They approach the Reptile House, where a small crowd is gathered. JERRY (continuing) -- I give you my favorite animal in the zoo. Are you ready for the weirdness, the strange perfection and truth of... RAY I'm scared. What is it? JERRY It's in a cage. Do not be scared of... A few people peel away, revealing...
THE TWO-HEADED CORN SNAKE A friendly but confused loo ing reptile. JERRY Both heads have brains. fighting itself constantly. both twisting and battling each other for direction. and it isn't.DAY A U-Haul is par ed in the driveway. scoots the id over. DOROTHY'S FRONT YARD -. RAY Whoa. He opens the door. Aw-ed chatter around the animal ranges from "weird" and "wow" to "mira mira! Dos cabezas!" Few can turn away. My God. The sna e has two heads. . Both heads eat. both heads battle for direction all day long. The odd animal moves forward. ON THE TWO-HEADED CORN SNAKE strangely endearing. DOROTHY Is this a guy thing? ANONYMOUS MAN It is. jittering and moving around the cage. Ray does not loo at him.. JERRY (continuing) The Two-Headed Corn Sna e. can I relate. both identical. (meaningful) Man. Inside the cab. and sits next to him.104. DOROTHY (quietly) Two heads. Dorothy just loo s at the two men in her life. RAY Me too. Jerry is happy to play tour-guide. She turns to Anonymous Man standing nearby. staring at the animal. a very sad Ray.. Jerry approaches carefully. EXT.
.THE SISTERS We see Jerry. Ray wails. he needs a warm body to cushion the fall. Jerry now follows Ray to the car. No problem. following Chad bac to the house. Jerry is incapable of dealing with it. Finally Chad grabs him by the shoulders. Jerry squeezes his shoulder. EXT.105. as a sad Ray trudges to the cab of the U-Haul.. I mean. says goodbye. You need to start your life and he. Chec out exhibit A on the front lawn -POV -. JERRY (continuing) Sure you're o ay to drive this? DOROTHY This rig? Phht. it does nothing. come on. DOROTHY Airight. Jerry blin s. JERRY So I'll see you this wee end. He rises and faces Dorothy. with a shrug. DOROTHY'S PLACE -. EXT. Ray begins to cry. eys in hand. She accepts it casually. and tal s to him in the car. so goodbye and -(simple.DAY Jerry scoots a very sad Ray over. JERRY (continuing) I'll see you this wee end. He's anxious not to be left alone..DAY Laurel and Dorothy say goodbye. o ay? Promise. with shrug) I love you. DOROTHY'S LIVING ROOM -. saying goodbye too many times. LAUREL You're doing the right thing. JERRY I'm not good at this. so he exits.
to save on Medical and rent and. where Ray is ma ing a sad face at him through the window.. JERRY (continuing) . biting her lip. He loo s over to the cab.. . He watches her leave. and don't forget it. I love you too. He grips one hand with the other.. Go bac and read what you wrote. you now.. (beat) Don't ma e a jo e of your life. JERRY (continuing) What -DOROTHY Loo .. smiling very slightly to herself .. The words don't sound right... JERRY (too quic . and he nows that she nows. She hears him.. You're better than the rest of them. JERRY (continuing) I now a way to s. better than the Bob Sugars.106. weirdly) .. leaving him alone in frame. Dorothy loo s at his strange behavior. got married. He shudders a little with the intimacy of her words.. JERRY Wait a second. It's not loud enough for her. just in case this wee end becomes next month and next month becomes. She reacts with an odd loo . She isses him.. what if we stayed together? What if we uh. She turns and he is now close to her. He grows increasingly uncomfortable. and moves quic ly toward the car.. whatever.. ON DOROTHY moving to her car.. JERRY WAIT A SECOND! She stops. loo ..
. would you stay? DOROTHY No no. ON JERRY who stands watching. with stoic FATHER and well-dressed BROTHER. DOROTHY Wow. But he has forgotten the cue. EXT. DOROTHY'S LIVING ROOM -. Don't do that. and waits for his cue to offer it.NIGHT We are close on Ray now as we hear the sound of a Reverend reading wedding vows. post-wedding. DOROTHY'S BACKYARD -. It's an odd proposal. BROTHER Where are all your friends? JERRY (loo ing around) In the band. full of love. She calms him with a hand on the shoulder. Contrary to his own belief. DOROTHY'S HALLWAY/KITCHEN -. Dorothy's leg and hand are visible in frame.107. INT. Don't say that if you don't. She loo s at him. JERRY Will you marry me? .. dabbing at her mascara. She loo s at him. And finally the cue comes and he offers the ring. INT. In the wedding band.NIGHT The bride and groom catch each other. standing on a small stage in the corner. are Chad and Dooler. We actually -- JERRY (continuing) If I said that. he starts to offer the ring. in the hallway of the small home where the event has ta en place. Ray holds the ring.DAY Rod Tidwell sings Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" at the wedding for assorted guests gathered here in the bac yard. And every time the Reverend pauses. smile pasted on. Rod is not a gifted singer.
TIDWELL Well. He moves to Jerry. . LAUREL If you fuc this up. sha ing him li e a pinata.DAY Across the room. PHILADELPHIA PRESS BOX -. warily. I'll ill you. They toast. man! And we're all gonna have a great season! He pounds Jerry on the bac . did you? JERRY No. for the first time. we did. Finds a beer. and for a moment the couple stands aw wardly together. hard. this was another way to go. Dorothy brings Jerry a Poloraid someone too . Tidwell watches all. JERRY Yeah. he sees GM Dennis Wilburn standing with Avery. JERRY (as she exits) Glad we had this tal ! Nearby. Confidentially: TIDWELL You never had The Tal . Dorothy heads into the living room where Friends and relatives watch the video of the wedding. He holds onto a table for a moment. Tidwell rubs Jerry's shoulders a little. Giddy. She raises her beer. INT. ta es a vicious hit.108. Warm laughter in the b. Jerry smiles. The season is on. steadies himself. More laughter and family noise in the bac ground now. announcing to the room: TIDWELL (continuing) This is my agent. FADE TO EXT.DAY Tidwell catches the ball. He turns and finds himself alone with Laurel. PHILADELPHIA PLAYING FIELD -.g. And now the enormity is evident on Jerry's face. Jerry ta es a breath and moves into the itchen.
Tyson does the "Daddy Dance. they are all screaming for Rod. STADIUM HALLWAY -. Fran Cushman is having another sensational Sunday.109. MARCEE Why don't you be the first man in your family not to say that word? And then we'll let you live. here comes Tidwell. quic . moving very slowly with garmet bag. INT. but is having a hell of a game. passing a monitor where elsewhere in the country. Bob Sugar nearby. TYSON (proudly. TIDWELL LIVING ROOM/PHOENIX -. Jerry stands waiting. PHILADELPHIA LOCKER ROOM -... and then the cousins. greeting quarterbac JOHN SWENSON. who is ta ing a beating.v. the neighborhood friends.. MARCEE (continuing) Now go iss your daddy. He turns away. At the center is Marcee Tidwell.NIGHT EXT. Tyson nods. Next to her is Tyson. wide-eyed. At this particular moment. as Tidwell ta es another rough hit.NIGHT Finally. Marcee shoots him a loo .v. .DAY This is the Tidwell family ritual of watching Rod's games on the big-screen home t. TEE PEE (cooly) That's why they cheer. INT. The white man sending the blac man into battle. to family) That's my motherfuc er! Marcee reaches out and collars her dancing son. Still no Tidwell. you now. Everything flows from her. JERRY How's your head? Bubblicious. In front of the t." a dance of pure joy.
Ahd don't discuss gambling with me. I'm worried that the only reason I'm here getting my brains blown loose is that you weren't asshole enough to get my ten million three months ago. INSANE FAN (interrupting loudly) FUCKIN ROD TIDWELL YOU RULE YOU RULE! I WON A FUCKIN. . TIDWELL (irritated) Hey. A FUCKIN MUG ON YOU IN MY ROTISS. JERRY Well. Tidwell pats the fan and moves him along to other tired players. Jerry alongside. Jerry stands in the par ing lot. just stay healthy.. The quarterbac suc s.. ROTLISS. signs an autograph and moves on. Rod.110. Jerry regards his slightly befuddled friend. JERRY We can still ta e the offer. Jerry proceeds carefully. o ay? Tidwell wearily heads for the bus. that's my word. TIDWELL Peace. JERRY I'm a little worried -TIDWELL I'm worried too. Insane fan moves to another player. I will show you the wan. my drun en brother.. man. TIDWELL Tidwell moves to a tan in a wheelchair.. He's gonna get me illed. JERRY I'll see you in Arizona. TIDWELL (stops) No. With great s ill.
and show all these motherfuc ers. and one in which he has no quic answer. JERRY What's that supposed to mean? TIDWELL Why are you even here. How's .111. JERRY (sha ing his head) You're jabbing at me. JERRY I don't now -. TIDWELL Don't I now. It is the simplest question. Rod? TIDWELL I'm as ing you a question -JERRY No. TIDWELL I'm trying to tal your marriage? to you. do you? JERRY Why are you doing this to me. man? You could have told me all this over the phone. JERRY Ta e care. TIDWELL I'm gonna have the game of my life on Monday Night Football. Now go home to your wife. TIDWELL Then why'd you get married? I'm as ing you as a friend. you're -- Jerry loo s at Rod for a moment.how's "dedication" for an answer? TIDWELL You don't want to go home. o ay? You're my entire client roster. JERRY Not everyone has what you have.
but I have a question for you. She was loyal. friends can tell each other anything. right? If we have our "friends" hats on -TIDWELL (wary) I thin so. For love. as always. I'm going to answer you. You are a paychec player. (beat) Loyalty. you get married. Here's why you don't have your ten million dollars yet.112. JERRY (intense) Airight. Not your heart. (unconvincing) Everything grew from there. TIDWELL That's an answer. You play with your head. TIDWELL (jab) For loyalty. you buy a dog. But when you get on the field -(more) TIDWELL . TIDWELL I'm sorry I as ed. Are we really "friends?" Why not -JERRY Well. JERRY No. I'm happy to entertain you. JERRY Damn right. You want an answer? I'll give it to you. In your personal life? (points) Heart. JERRY Loo .
" Rod. JERRY (cont'd) (finger rises to Tidwell's head) -.you're a businessman.honey. Tidwell is pissed. That's not what inspires people. I'm sorry. Most important game of your career. but that's the truth. CRAB RESTAURANT -. It's wide-angle lenses and who fuc ed you over and who owes you for it." "No heart?" (yells after him) I'm all heart. MARCEE -. They crac crabs for each other.so I go to see a so-called "blac " film the other day -(then) -. motherfuc er! He gets on the bus. no more salt for you. Marcee is very very pregnant.113. JERRY Fine. I don't want you dehydrated for Monday Night Football.A. feeding each other li e one many-armed and loving body. Between friends. seasoning for each other.? TIDWELL (anqry) Only 'cause my wife li es your wife! Jerry exits. TIDWELL I don't want to be friends anymore. INT. TIDWELL (continuing) "No heart. (more) . TIDWELL Beautiful. JERRY (angry) We still having dinner in L. Tyson and Ray run around the table of this family-style restaurant.NIGHT The Tidwells and the Maguires. And hurt. can you handle it? Just a "question.
SHOT OF MARCEE She ta es a breath and gets a weird loo . INT. HOSPITAL ROOM -. illing. Jerry stares straight ahead. getting ready for bed. Wesley Snipes with guns the size of our house. I mean hooo -TIDWELL I hate you going to movies alone withoutme -MARCEE Oh baby -He crac s more crab. Baby. stunned. INT. Baby. blood blood blood blood.. cars crashing. alone. She hangs her arm on his shoulder. all violent.NIGHT Jerry and Dorothy exhausted. Give me a little credit. I'm tal ing about brothers shooting brothers.. DOROTHY AND JERRY'S BEDROOM -. with dry throat. All blac films.NIGHT Marcee gives birth.. SHOT OF JERRY AND DOROTHY Sitting across the table. blood flowing. Dorothy sits down near him on the bed. DOROTHY What were you thin ing tonight? Watching them go through the complete human emotional experience? . MARCEE (cont'd) (then) -. just watching this intricate and perfect marriage.114. loo s at him. Mortified.. Jerry and Dorothy watch from behind thic glass. Is this all they thin we want to see? Come on! I enjoyed Shindler's List. gives her the biggest piece. TIDWELL What baby? MARCEE Baby.TWENTY minutes of coming attractions. Rod assisting.
as me. JERRY Why do you love me? DOROTHY Why do you love me? It is.? DOROTHY I'll come visit you in a second -JERRY Just for a few minutes. INT. what's going through that head of yours. DOROTHY Sometimes I can't tell at all.. RAY Jerry.. DOROTHY (continuing) And I really don't now your noises yet. Dorothy watches. buddy -- The door flies open and Ray comes bounding in. He feels inadequate. Music. DOROTHY (unsatisfied) O ay.115. He ma es a noise. I will. And before he can answer. A steeliness comes over her that we have not yet seen. .NEXT DAY Dorothy drops Ray at preschool. of course. Beat. the better question. and stands in the doorway of the playroom. stations himself in the center and begins wrestling Jerry for the remote control. I felt responsible.. JERRY I was thin ing I hope he doesn't get injured. there is a pounding at the door.. PRESCHOOL -. Anxiety building.it's no big mystery. As in -. disconnected.v. She watches the boys and girls playing together in a room full of bright colors and games. JERRY Well. when you wonder. can I come in and watch t. onto the bed.
Yeah. I'm not alone. sits down. EXT. JERRY Tonight.let me help -DOROTHY I too advantage of you and worst of all.. . JERRY What -DOROTHY It's not fair to you. RAY'S PLAYHOUSE -. I stic . I'll be in Arizona on Monday. I did this with a id. the red-eye. Beat of silence. And at least I can do something about it now. Jerry adlibs some salesmanship on Tidwell's behalf. I was just on some ride where I thought I was in 1ove enough for both of us. He has come here. I did this..I'm not the guy who's going to run.116. to Ray's playhouse for privacy.." JERRY You want.my soul or something. DOROTHY It's my fault. She gives him a few phone messages... This whole -JERRY (instant crisis mode) Tell me -. JERRY (damage control) Well -. DOROTHY I don't need you to "stic . Dorothy approaches. DOROTHY I don't now -JERRY (it slips out) .. He sees a loo on her face that is unfamiliar.NIGHT Jerry sits finishing a phone call to an advertising account exec.
JERRY What about Ray? She notes the only real glimpse of ache. I watched it. "responsible". Why don't we call this next road trip what it is. and your need to be what... It's the theme of my bachelor film -DOROTHY I now. (more) .117. if one of us doesn't say something now we might lose ten years being polite about it. is a brea -up. But now he can't stop. in that question. DOROTHY Oh please. A nice long brea ..what if I'm just not built that way? DOROTHY I thin we made a mista e here. JERRY What if it's true? "Great at friendship bad at intimacy. Of course you'll be friends. DOROTHY Why fuc ing not! I deserve it. JERRY (absorbs it) I don't li e to give up. My need to ma e the best of things. Jerry. I sort of now it by heart. DOROTHY There's no question you'll be friends.. come on. You now this isn't easy for me. JERRY So this brea ." I mean. JERRY (direct) Dorothy -. DOROTHY Come on.
It's not the way I'm "built. a man who spea s for a living.. A security wand passes over him. DOROTHY (continuing) I can't live that way. EXT.. I've got this great guy who loves my id -(resolute. He once lived in a tan the size of a Cadillac.118. TIDWELL LIVING ROOM -. JERRY (continuing. SUN DEVIL STADIUM -. Jerry Maguire.. defensive) . The pregame show is on. Music.NIGHT Tidwell's family in the living room. Marcee sits in the position of honor. She is a tired mother. loo ing at him. She pulls away first. The glaze of the road on him. has nothing to say. The classic Monday Night Football shot from the blimp. AIRPORT -. her new baby KAYDEE in her arms. you'd almost thin everything was fine. Deadness in his eyes. JERRY Don't wa e up. and the family celebrates her. See.DAY Jerry Maguire stretches his arms out..NIGHT Jerry isses sleepy Ray goodbye. INT. INT. .ARIZONA We are hovering in the s y.. A buzz in the air. sound-muted.. And then faces the exotic fish who now resides on Ray's table. DOROTHY (cont'd) I mean. just above Sun Devil Stadium.and he sure does li e me a lot. it was just a Mission Statement. Old-school on the stereo. INT. RAY'S ROOM -. Everybody is happy. no tears) -. The fish now hangs in a too-small bowl. on the surface." He moves to embrace her.
tonight. SUGAR (continuing) You should let me do more for you.hey Buddydude -Tidwell turns. It's Bob Sugar approaching.119. TIDWELL Get outta here. when it counts. Marcee shoots Tee Pee a loo . some cheerleaders and a man in a Pic le suit.v. INT. chews his toothpic . "ta e care to get those passes down. huh? What is it. it's not a secret. Laser-li e. let Tidwell loo good on t. Go.. 2 billion viewers? TIDWELL (irritated) Shouldn't you be out there doing some pic le dance or something -Pic le Man nods and goes out to dance for the crowd. TEE PEE (continuing) What did I say? He gets nervous for the t. Al Michaels is a friend of mine." Tidwell loo s at him. I would have had him on the air. He's my client. I would have had you your deal by tonight. I spo e to your quarterbac . tal ing about you. you now. TUNNEL AREA/PRE-GAME -. VOICE Hey Rod -.. SUGAR Listen. PICKLE MAN Nothing li e Monday Night. ready to feed on his insecurity. And I said. games. TEE PEE He'd better not mess up on Monday Night Football.v.NIGHT Nervous Tidwell chews a toothpic as he stands chec ing out the field. Nearby. .
) Arizona refusing to go into the quiet night of this rough football season. SUGAR Rod. Flee. SUGAR Where's your agent tonight? TIDWELL Don't now. He beams as he sees his agent approach. I now this is "uncool" to do this now. GIFFORD (ON T.V.120. Come on. Sugar. You belong with the money. thin what I said. JERRY (bittersweet) I missed ya. Tidwell ta es a rough hit. Tidwell can't help it. JERRY Get the fuc away from my guy. TIDWELL Than s for coming. You belong with -Here comes Jerry Maguire.NIGHT They watch the game. I'm trying to be poetic here. TIDWELL Jerry! You made it -JERRY (off Sugar) Go.V. TIDWELL HOME -. and they respond loudly. Sugar retreats. about .) It's a bruiser out there tonight. MICHAELS (ON T. but you belong with the big boys. offering one final loo to Rod. What can I say? INT.
and is sac ed. TEE PEE He's gonna have nothing left for next season. PRESS BOX -. INT. TIDWELL LIVING ROOM -. FRANK GIFFORD'S VOICE They don't pay enough for a man to ta e that ind of ugly hit -MARCEE (to others) Boy. Nothing poetic about that. INT. Hangs onto the ball. as Tidwell ma es another grueling gain on the field. as she says: MARCEE What does daddy say? TYSON "It loo s worse than it is. MARCEE Can you be quiet? TEE PEE What'd I say? INT. Except Tee Pee.NIGHT Maguire moves through the box. no s-h-i-t.v. FIELD -. INT. PRESS BOX -.121. giving him preference over baby Kaydee.V. Marcee gives him a iss..NIGHT Tidwell ta es a hit. He is the only thing in her world.. DIERDORF (ON T. They're letting him ill himself. Marcee sees the unsettled loo on young Tyson's face. But in the middle of the cheers.) Ooof. John Swenson drops .NIGHT Maguire watches as Arizona's quarterbac bac for a pass. Another rough hit across the middle on Rod Tidwell. Big laughs from the living room.NIGHT The Tidwell clan are banging on t. trays and whooping loudly. She pulls him over to her.
Marcee begins to sob. now panic ed. the Arizona quarterbac .NIGHT Silence. He turns the corner. Camera catches the face of Tyson. . Tidwell leaps for the catch. Still. Utter silence. ARIZONA FIELD -.SLO-MO The hit in replay. INT. The game is turning uglier by the minute. Tidwell lands on the bac of his nec . INT..NIGHT We are thrust into the vortex. and Rod's taut body literally flips. One cuts his legs out from under him.. Players and coaches begin to gather around the still body of Rod Tidwell.you sure hope his family wasn't watching that. ON PRESS BOX MONITOR Swenson. Philadelphia fans cheer wildly. And we can see a flash of his pride as he catches the lousy pass. Tidwell flips and comes down li e a sac of potatoes. crumpling downwards. Overhead. TIDWELL LIVING ROOM -. hard. This hit is bad. the fight music continues for a few seconds before disappearing abruptly. li e two bulls. and then. in a cry that gurgles from way down deep. heading into the bright t. he embraces his mother. with a thud. light of the football field. Tidwell lies still on turf. His head hits the astroturf.122. the Philadelphia defenders enter from each side. into the tunnel. And the ripple effect of the injury shoots through the stadium. Jerry stares at the monitor. inside the game. Jerry loo s up to the monitor for a closet loo at the next play. stunned by the sudden brutality. Scared.v. GIFFORD'S VOICE -. Tidwell is out cold. BOWELS OF SUN DEVIL STADIUM Maguire sprints through the inner bowels of the stadium. tal ing his way past a guard. ball still in his hands. And then. tuc s the ball in and is promptly and brutally hit by two defenders from two different sides. Worse than bad. Still holding the ball. throws a wobbly pass into the end-zone. It is brutal. EXT. TV MONITOR -. The second defender then hits him at the shoulders.
ARIZONA FIELD -. He's unconscious. I'm frea ing too. JERRY He too a shot.123. But they need you to stay calm. I'll call bac .NIGHT Gathering around the television.. I just have a commitment to the truth. the family waits through a commercial for more information on Rod's injury. INT.. Oh God I'm -JERRY Keep the phone open. I'll call bac . Marcee lunges for him. MARCEE (immediately) Shut up!!! TEE PEE I'm not putting him down. TIDWELL LIVING ROOM -.NIGHT Jerry Maguire on the portable. . A COUSIN answers. He's got some good doctors out there. COUSIN It's Jerry Maguire! EXT. MARCEE "Stay calm?" I'm frea in. JERRY Alright. TEE PEE He should have ept his head tuc ed down. MARCEE Can't you be loyal to your brother who LOVES you?? (she is held bac ) Get out of my house! Across the room. the phone starts ringing. Stay calm. MARCEE I'm frea in out.
Tidwell becomes aware he is the absolute center of attention of the entire stadium.. getting closer and then finally coming together. SHOTS OF NATIONAL TELEVISION AUDIENCES 1) A full sports bar in arizona silently watches Monday Night Football. as Jerry watches an overzealous Trainer run out onto the field to join the cluster around the fallen Tidwell.. .SILENCE The Doctors and the Trainers are now truly panic ed.SLO-MO -.124. bellowing. bringing with them the first in ling of sound. he spreads his hands wide to clap right in front of Rod's still face. Jerry. 3) 4) 5) Generic outdoor bar-b-que as white fans watch t. Maguire straining at the sideline. ("Rod!" "Rod can you hear us!") We see the anguish and escalating fear on their faces. As crowd noise begins to rise. all watching Tidwell pinned to the screen.. Shoving fingers in front of him. It doesn't wor without him.V.CLOSE Dead to the world as sound disappears. sleeping face. 2) Generic living room of sports fans... ON TIDWELL -. closer. POV TIDWELL . All gathered around the television. trying to pull him out. bringing with him the sounds of the stadium. There is now only silence. She ta es a big gulp.. We don't hear them.NIGHT We're now just a few inches in front of his peaceful. MARCEE My whole life is this family. Tidwell living room. They are all. His hands head toward each other. YELLING. We read their lips. Concerned men are yelling very loudly. right in his face. CENTER OF PLAYING FIELD -. We see them. The Trainer leans in close. JERRY DON'T TOUCH HIM!!! EXT. Jerry covers phone and yells onto the field. Screaming. ON TIDWELL who blin s bac to life. their motions increasingly manic.
Stadium explodes. At first on wobbly feet. Is he o ay? ON TIDWELL Can he move? Is he o ay? ON TIDWELL'S LIVING ROOM Not a breath is ta en. ON TIDWELL Has never felt li e this before in his life. He does a high-stepping move.a flutter step. for about ten yards. Only marginally relieved. laughing and crying.125. Marcee hysterical.. ON JERRY MAGUIRE who watches. TRAINER Let's get you off the field! TIDWELL Wait. Just let me enjoy this for a minute.salutes the crowd. ON JERRY who watches. ON TIDWELL'S LIVING ROOM Going absolutely nuts. it's real and he feels it. TRAINER Can you feel your legs? TIDWELL Yeah. now in complete disbelief. Is he o ay? ON FANS Crowd noise rises. And then. ON MAGUIRE gasping for breath. Tidwell brea s out in a small but unmista able move -. And his fans.. all his own. he raises the football and for the first time -. Is he o ay? He rises. . Tidwell will not let go of the spotlight. It is the pure and absolute love of the spotlight. Crowd noise doubles.
REPORTER It's Tidwell! Tidwell exits the loc er room. INT.CLOSE Finishes his small but heartfelt dance. He tries to get to Maguire. Tears roll down from beneath his purple shades. to slap him. Photographers and others rush past to be closer to Tidwell.126. Maguire rubs his face. in all of it's superficial grandeur. And now. to touch him. Jerry Maguire is overcome with emotion. Behind him. TIDWELL (to himself) Ni e. Overcome. There is a void. he answers. in the middle of this emotional union. BACK ON TIDWELL -. TIDWELL We did it. head in his hands. Over the heads of the heatsee ers we see Dennis Wilburn nodding. It's Maguire's. Success has returned. He sits down on a camera case. I always OVERHEARD FAN new he was great. TUNNEL -. He moves past Jerry Maguire on his way off the field.LATER Jerry Maguire surrounded by well-wishers and bac slappers and Sportswriters. by association. a portable phone rings. are you??? You're a silent motherfuc er! Tyson watches in silent awe of his mother. They hug. And then a commotion behind them all. Jerry. Try as he might. casually thumps his heart twice. Press and media surround him. but cannot. a stadium cheers a new hero. Cameras flash. We catch the loo on Maguire's face. Even the grizzled old-time stadium wor ers reach in to squeeze him. He wor s his way to Maguire. . With anticipation. MARCEE (to Tee Pee) You ain't tal ing now. It is a personal catharsis he is sharing now with 2 billion people. He is a star again. holding a thumbs up. Both men reach for their porties. he can't manufacture the joy of the moment.
NIGHT We move past many Big Men celebrating Tidwell. I represent that place ic er over there. He's struggling through U2's "One. quarterbac John Swenson. Tee Pee is stuc at home. just getting started. TIDWELL One love." In the audience are many Arizona players. onto melancholy Jerry Maguire.. I'm a new agent. and joyously shares the moment with his wife. singing along. You don't now me.NIGHT Rod Tidwell sings aroa e. you got to share it. She says she couldn't get through on your phone. as a YOUNG AGENT approaches. babysitting twenty ids. Because it inspired me. The blue cover is ripped along one edge. TIDWELL HOME -.. (beat) It's Marcee.NIGHT INT. JERRY Hello. sharing their Monday Night victory.. I'm Tommy Bendis. as well as most of Tidwell's family. ARIZONA KAROAKE BAR -. Jerry watches. (indicates ic er) I wondered if you would sign this for me. SWENSON Why don't we have that relationship? ind of . KAROAKE BAR -. INT.. as Tidwell leans on his shoulder. He withdraws a well-thumbed copy of Jerry's Mission Statement. It clearly has served as a manifesto for this younger man's career. INT. on stage. cellular at his side. He watches. ON SUGAR AND SWENSON (WATCHING THEM) Bob Sugar watches from the nearby wall where he stands with his client.127. Tidwell grabs the phone. YOUNG AGENT Jerry Maguire.
heading for the last flight out of town. All he can do is thin of Dorothy. flips through it a little. AGENT Just ma e it out "To Tommy". INT. . an odd feeling. Dorothy is now a part of this group. Music. Maybe you're all correct. DOROTHY (continuing) But I still love the enemy.NIGHT Jerry Maquire sprints through the empty airport. and not depend on the affections of a man to "fix" their lives. Women need to stic together. A shiver runs up and down his spine.NIGHT The Divorced Women's Group in session. AIRPORT -. Murmurs of disappointment.128. I love you. DOROTHY'S LIVING ROOM -. Laurel stands near the doorway. I thin you've all been waaaay too comfortable with your pain. He rubs his face. Men are the enemy. His forehead tingles. ON JERRY MAGUIRE He feels the cover. you always spill your red wine on the couch. INT. blowing cigarette smo e into the night. Suddenly. JERRY Tommy. Murmurs of agreement. Plus. Shot holds on Jerry's face. Memories flood with the passing pages. (off Jan's guilty loo ) I've not been fair to you. Fran ly. DOROTHY I've listened to you all tell a thousand sob stories. as Tidwell continues singing in the bac ground. Jan. and I have been very judgmental.
I missed my wife. holding hang-up bag. Loo s at the house. JERRY Hello. and we wor in a business of tough competitors. You complete me. You had me at hello. then this is where it has to happen. Neither do they. LIVING ROOM -. If this is where it has to happen. because I couldn't share it with you. JERRY (continuing) I'm not letting you get rid of me. I'm loo ing for my wife. And now I just. so try not to laugh -(directly) I love you. EXT.. . or laugh about it with you. We live in a cynical world..NIGHT Jerry enters. Send me in there. Dorothy says nothing. I couldn't hear your voice. JERRY (continuing) This used to be my specialty. it wasn't complete. robbed of words.NIGHT Jerry exits cab. Dorothy loo s up. DOROTHY Aw. On the other side of that window is a world he hopes he's still a part of.. JERRY (continuing) Alright. DOROTHY'S HOUSE -. Dorothy is seated toward the bac .. INT.129. but on what was supposed to be the happiest night of my business life. she does not move. How about that? He shares a loo with some of the other women. I'll do it alone. Stunned. I don't now. wasn't nearly close to being in the same vicinity as complete. She's not going to say a word. I was good in a living room. shut up.
Rod.well. Four years for ten-point-two million dollars. Marcee crying too. ROY FIRESTONE SHOW -. in a somewhat scholarly mode. your agent passed me a note before the show.NIGHT Roy Firestone leans forward. I love everybody.. man. Dorothy and Ray.your father who left the family on Christmas eve. my teammates. who am I leaving out? FIRESTONE (laughing) It's only a half-hour show.. I'm not gonna cry.WEEPING TIDWELL I. FIRESTONE . They embrace. I love my friends.. INT. as she shares a loo with Chad. He says that your deal memo has been signed by the Arizona Cardinals. Roy. My brother Tee Pee. He moves to her. . Rod.g. The older brother who lost a leg in that tragic bass fishing accident -Tidwell is wearing glasses now. I love my wife. Playing in the state where you grew up. the mother who cleaned the steps of a prison to ma e your tuition.. TIDWELL No. JAN (sloshing wine) I thin we'd better go. Jerry has given this room hope. Little Tyson. Ray watches in b.. FIRESTONE -. At last. even Laurel gets off on her sister's happiness. My new baby Kaydee.. Shot ta es us to Jerry. ON TIDWELL -. ON TIDWELL'S FRIENDS AND FAMILY watching off-camera. It's on their faces.130. My ids.
Jerry watches wonderously at the monitor before leaving. Amused and finally glimpsing the end of a long journey. and of course my Monday nights too. than you for the suit. In an easy fluid motion. That about says it. TIDWELL Wanna send some beautiful love out to my offensive line. I'm leaving somebody out. Rod. JERRY Ta e care. and of course the entire Arizona organization. just a beautiful bunch of dudes. wanna than a beautiful individual -God. TIDWELL And I love my fans..131.. PARKING LOT -. Marcee. Jerry Maguire! My agent! This is a fierce..DAY Jerry. From across the fence.. Dorothy. . but they do come around. of which he is one. A few ids on the other side of the fence shout their approval of a great little throw. loving individual. We'll see you at the restaurant. EXT. TIDWELL (continuing) Wait! And than you Melvin from the Casual Man. biting her lip. Ray pic s it up. emotionally. FIRESTONE Ten seconds. She nods. I love this man. They wal to Jerry's car. he is love.my ambassador of wan. a stray baseball from a pic -up game flies into the par ing lot and bounces ahead of them.. he whips it bac over the fence to the game on the other side.. he is about love -. Ray exit into the daylight. Wanna than them for all my Sundays. TV credits are rolling on the show. a little slow. TIDWELL Oh yes. Jerry leans over to Marcee.
turning slowly to loo at each other.132. not ready to deal with it. to the car. DOROTHY Ray. Happily Ray joins them as they wal Music. let's go. Ray. A family. Jerry and Dorothy stop. they say quic ly to the boy: JERRY Come on. And then. loo ing at Ray who has just shown shoc ing natural ability. FADE OUT THE END . not even close to ready to deal with it. They are quiet for a moment.