ACT I: SCENE I

Snakewater, Montana.1:00 P.M.: Joan and Jennifer are at work

Joan is sitting in an office chair talking on the phone that is on her desk

JOAN: Yes, I understand. Thank you, Crystal. Bye-bye.

Jennifer, who was gazing out the full-length window, walks over to Joan.

JENNIFER: What was that all about?

Joan, looking tired, massages her temples with her two index fingers.

JOAN: The babysitter just canceled - my friend who was going to watch Chelsea and Ariana while Phil and I go to South America - and we leave tomorrow!

JENNIFER: Why don't I talk to Alan and see if we could take the girls? It's only for two weeks, after all.

Joan sighs heavily, looking relieved.

JOAN: Thank you so much, Jen. I'm sure the girls would love to stay with you and Alan.

Meanwhile, the girls have just gotten out of school for summer vacation. They have made plans with all their friends for the next month.

GIRLS: Mom we're home!

JOAN: Girls, I've got some good and bad news. Crystal called and said that she can't watch you.

ARIANA: So the good news is that we get to go with you?

JOAN: No, you might be spending the two weeks with Jen and Alan.

GIRLS: NNNNNNOOOOOO!!























SCENE II

AT THE HOUSE OF ALAN AND JENNIFER GRANT

ALAN: Over - My - Dead - Dinosaur - Bones.

JENNIFER: Oh, Alan, grow up. The bones were never living in the first place, and the dinosaurs have been dead for years. You know that.

ALAN: But some of them are still alive. They're out there.

JENNIFER: Whatever. But about the girls. Alan, it's only for two weeks.

ALAN: Well, what about our research trip?

JENNIFER: Hmm. We do have extra room since your brother and his wife can't come.

ALAN: All right, all right!

JENNIFER: Thanks, sweetie!













SCENE III

AIRPORT- JOAN AND PHIL ARE AT THE GATE WITH THE GRANTS AND THE GIRLS

ARIANA: Bye, Mom!

CHELSEA: Bye, Dad!

JOAN: Be good!

GIRLS: Of course!

Mr. and Mrs. Carson walk through the terminal and out of sight. The girls then slowly turn around, sly smiles on their faces.

ARIANA: Hi Jen.

CHELSEA: and AL-AN.

Jen taps Alan with her elbow.

JENNIFER: Smile, Alan!

Alan puts on a really fake smile.

JENNIFER: That's a little better.

They start walking through the airport.

JENNIFER: Now, girls, I have to work tonight, but Alan is more than happy to look after you, right Alan?

ALAN: Uh, uhuh.

JENNIFER: I'm just going to stop here and get a cappuccino - I'll be right back.

The girls turn to Alan.

ARIANA: So, AL-AN, we'll have fun tonight, right?

ALAN: Uh, um, right.

CHELSEA: Oh, what's wrong Alan? Too much fake smiling?

ALAN: Don't start with me kid.

CHELSEA: I happen to have a name and I'm not a kid, I'm a teenager.

The girls turn just as Jen steps out of the shop the girls smile but Alan puts his hands up like he was going to choke Chelsea. Jen gives him a warning look and Chelsea turns and looks at Alan.

CHELSEA: You probably will at the end of two weeks.







SCENE IV

The Grants' house.4:30 P.M.

JENNIFER: Okay girls, this will be your room and bathroom. Call us if you need anything.

ALAN: Dinner will be in about half an hour.

CHELSEA: You cook Alan?

ALAN: [mutters] Yeah, I'll cook Jell-O and Jen will cook the five-course meal.

ARIANA: What was that Alan?

ALAN: Nothing, nothing you get settled okay?

GIRLS: Thanks Jen thanks Al-an.

Jen and Alan leave.

CHELSEA: Okay, let's fix this place up. The makeup goes here, the posters here-

ARIANA: And the boom box here. I hope we can cram all our stuff into the dressers. I might have brought a few too many capris.what do you think?

CHELSEA: No.one can never have too many capris.

ARIANA: I guess you're right. Do you think Alan really wants us here? He doesn't act like it.

CHELSEA: Ariana, it's obvious that-

JENNIFER: Girls, dinner's ready!

CHELSEA: -that dinner's ready.

GIRLS: Coming!