INT. BARKERY - THE NEXT DAY

JOANIE and HEATHER are sitting at a table, drinking coffee and looking through course catalogs for school.

HEATHER

My goodness. Who knew picking out classes could be so difficult. There's so much to choose from.

(beat)

I have already decided to take two of the required courses for my major and get them out of the way. Now all I need to do is choose two electives.

JOANIE

I highly recommend the History of Rock and Roll. That course was so much fun.

HEATHER

Yeah, I saw that one. But I don't know. I was thinking of maybe taking an art class.

JOANIE

(sipping her coffee)

Do you draw?

HEATHER

I don't know. I've never tried.

Joanie laughs. Heather smiles and closes her catalog.

HEATHER

So, have you guys heard from Robbie at all?

JOANIE

Yeah, he called and talked to dad last night. He didn't talk long because he had limited phone time and he wanted to call Tina and the kids. But Dad says he sounded great - really upbeat- almost like the old Robbie.

HEATHER

Oh, that's so great. I'm sure Dr. Hansen was happy to hear from him. I know how worried he's been. He's tried to hide it but...I could tell.

JOANIE

Yeah, well, we all were. But I think Roobie's going to be OK now. I really do. You know, it took a lot of guts for him to come clean with Dad like that. I give him a lot of credit. I just hope things get a little easier for him and Tina when he comes home. They've really had it rough financially.

HEATHER

I know, I just wish there was something we could do to help.

JOANIE

Well, unless you know of some way to get business booming at the B&B, there's not much we can do.

BRITTNEY enters through the front door of the Barkery. She looks upset as she walks over and takes a seat next to Joanie.

JOANIE

Hey Brit. Why the long face?

BRITTNEY

Some bonehead at summer session started a fire in the Junior/Senior apartments. The whole east wing of the building is damaged!

JOANIE

That's awful! Was anyone hurt?

BRITTNEY

No, thank god! But it's going to take at least 2 months to repair the damage which means about 50 girls are going to be without housing for at least the first month of the new semester. Including yours truly.

HEATHER

Wow! What are they going to put everyone?

BRITTNEY

Who knows? I heard that about 30 of the girls live close enough to commute so the schools going to ask them to live at home in exchange for a refund on part of their room and board costs for the year.

JOANIE

You are from New York.

BRITTNEY

Yep. Which means they will probably try to triple or quadruple us up in some of the underclassmen dorms. Which will totally suck but where else are they going to find a place to board twenty girls?

Joanie looks at Heather and smiles. Heather smiles back before asking...

HEATHER

Do you think?

JOANIE

(excited)

Well, they couldn't fit twenty. But at least twelve!

BRITTNEY

(confused)

What are you talking about?

HEATHER

Well, it's worth a shot!

BRITTNEY

Am I missing something?

Joanie gets up from the table-very excited.

JOANIE

Yes! You're missing a room. And we may have just found you one. Come on. Get up? You've got to introduce us to your dean of housing?

BRITTNEY

(getting up)

What for?

Joanie grabs her by the arm as the three of them head towards the door.

JOANIE

We'll tell you on the way!

INT. BED and BREAKFAST

Sydney sits in the living watching TV. Nicholas is fast asleep in her lap. She strokes the soft curls of his hair as she watches an afternoon soap opera -clearly more amused by the show than actually interested in the storylines.

SYDNEY

(to herself)

Unbelievable. He was ten just last year. Now he's engaged! Only on a soap opera.

She picks up the remote and starts channel surfing as Owen enters.

OWEN

Hey.

(looking at Nicholas)

Hah, look at him. Out like a light!

SYDNEY

Yeah. He's been like that for almost and hour and...

(trying to move)

...my leg is asleep. Could you help me move him. I don't want to wake him up.

OWEN

Wake him up?

He walks over to her.

OWEN

(continuing)

Trust me. If there's one thing I've learned about this kid, it's that once he's asleep, a freight train could crash through this house and he won't wake up. See -watch.

He reaches down and scoops Nicholas off her lap. Cradling the tiny boy in his arms, he gently bounces him, calling his name as he does so.

OWEN

Nicholas.

Sydney smiles.

OWEN bounces his again.

OWEN

Nicky!

The boy remains passed out in his uncle's arms. Owen laughs and gently places him down on the couch beside Syd.

OWEN

See! What did I tell ya! Wish I could sleep like that!

He takes a seat on the couch between Syd and Nicholas. He takes an envelope out of his pocket and hands it to Syd.

SYDNEY

What's this?

OWEN

Open it up.

Sydney opens the envelope and pulls out airline tickets.

SYDNEY

Airline tickets.

She looks at the itinerary before adding sadly...

SYDNEY

We leave tomorrow.

OWEN

Yes we do. But...

He taps the itinerary sheet.

OWEN

(continuing)

Keep reading.

SYDNEY

(excited)

These are round trip tickets!

OWEN

We return in two weeks-for good. If that's OK with you of course!

SYDNEY

OK with me? Of course it's OK with me!

She hugs him excitedly.

SYDNEY

But I don't understand. What about your practice?

OWEN

My practice...the kind of practice I wanted, I had right here in Providence. I gave Chicago a shot but it's not for me. It was all about the money in Chicago. And don't get me wrong, money is a wonderful thing but...I want to my practice to be about helping people who need and deserve help. And I have to deal with the Gerard boys one more time, you may need to be finding me a lawyer!

Syd laughs and gives her husband a hug.

SYDNEY

So we're really going to do it? We're going to move back to Providence?

Owen pulls Syd into his lap.

OWEN

We are really going to do it!

SYDNEY

(hugging him again)

Oh this is so wonderful! I should call dad and let him know we'll need to stay in the guest house for a while.

OWEN

Actually...we don't.

SYDNEY

We don't?

OWEN

Nope! I spoke to the realtor this afternoon and she found us the perfect 2 bedroom apartment. We have an appointment to go see it tomorrow and if you like it, it's all ours!

SYDNEY

Is that who you were talking to on the phone...

OWEN

Yeah. I didn't want to say anything until she had found a place. I wanted it to be a surprise.

SYDNEY

(kissing him)

Well, you succeeded.

INT. BED and BREAKFAST - NEXT MORNING

TINA is in the living room talking on the phone to JOANIE. She has the phone cradled between her ear and shoulder as she uses her free hands to walk around the room and pick up toys that Nick has left scattered about.

TINA

I know I heard! Syd told me last night. I'm so excited! And Robbie is going to be thrilled. I know he really missed her when she was in Chicago.

She tosses a few stuffed animals across the room into an open toy chest as she continues...

TINA

You guys are all coming to dinner tonight. Right?

THE DOORBELL RINGS

TINA

Great! Look Joanie, the doorbell just rang so I gotta run. I'll see you tonight.

She clicks off the phone and tosses it onto a nearby couch, then hurries to get the door.

She opens the front door to find a well dressed woman (DIANE GREGORY) standing there.

DIANE

Hi you must be Mrs. Hansen.

TINA

(smiling politely)

Yes I am.

The woman extends her hand and introduces herself.

DIANE

I'm Diane Gregory. I'm the dean of housing over at the University. I was wondering if I could speak to you for just a few minutes.

Tina looks confused and wonders what's going on, but politely responds...

TINA

Sure. Please come in.

INT. REHAB CLINIC - Later that day.

TINA enters and approaches the main desk.

WOMAN AT THE DESK

Hi can I help you?

TINA

Yes, I'm looking for Robbie Hansen. Is he in his room?

WOMAN

I don't think so...

(she turns to a counelor behind her)

Zach, have you seen Rob? He's in your group right?

ZACH

Hansen?

The woman nods.

Zach looks at his watch.

DORRIE

Yeah, he is. But our group got over about a half hour ago. Check the rec room.

WOMAN

(to Tina)

That's the third door down on the left.

TINA

Thanks!

Tina walks down the hall, enters the third door on the left as instructed and looks for her husband.

She spots him sitting on a couch with a few other patients in front of a large screen TV. The three seem to be enjoying themselves as they make fun of the guests on the days episode of Jerry Springer. He has his back to her and doesn't see her enter.

As she get's closer, she calls his name. Robbie turns around and jumps up excitedly.

ROBBIE

Tina!

Instead of walking around the couch to meet her, an excited Robbie decides climbing over the couch will be his quickest route to her. In his excitement he nearly falls flat on his face. Tina rushes forward to catch him as his friends (MEL and ALLY) sitting on either side, also reach out to grab him.

TINA

Robbie!

MEL

Geez Rob! As if two weeks in here isn't bad enough! Do you want to wind u back in the emergency room!

Robbie ignores him and hugs Tina excitedly.

ROBBIE

What are you doing here? I thought you weren't coming until the weekend?

(panicking)

Is everything all right? Nothing happened to the kids?

Tina laughs.

TINA

The kids are fine. Everything's fine! Relax! My goodness you're so hyper!

ROBBIE

I'm just so excited to see you.

He wraps his arms around her and gives her a long passionate kiss.

On the couch Mel and ALLY smile at each other before Mel interrupts...

MEL

(joking)

Hey now! This is a family room. There will be none of that!

Robbie turns to him and smiles.

ROBBIE

You're just jealous.

MEL

Damn straight! You weren't exaggerating. You've got a beautiful wife there.

Tina blushes as Mel extends a hand to her.

MEL

How are ya? I'm Mel - Robbie's roommate.

Tina shakes his hand.

TINA

It's nice to meet you.

MEL

(pointing the girl beside him)

And this is Ally.

ALLY

Hi how are you?

TINA

I'm fine thanks.

ROBBIE

(to Tina)

So, what are you doing here?

TINA

Well, I had some really exciting news that just couldn't wait until this weekend.

Robbie takes her hand and leads her to an empty couch nearby. The two sit down.

ROBBIE

Well, what is it?

TINA reaches into her purse, pulls out and envelope and hands it to Robbie.

ROBBIE

What is this?

TINA

Well open it silly and find out!

ROBBIE opens the envelope and starts to read the contents.

ROBBIE

A Lease Agreement with the University?

(shaking his head)

I don't understand? What...

TINA

(excited)

There was a fire at one of the university dorms and they will have about twenty out of state students in Septemeber who will be without housing for four weeks while they repair the building. Heather and Joanie told them about our bed and breakfast and our (rolling her eyes) lack of business and, to make a long story short, they asked if we would be willing to rent them 6 rooms for 4 weeks and house twelve of their girls.

ROBBIE

(smiling mischeviously)

Twelve college girls? In our house?

TINA

Yes dear. But that isn't the exciting part! They'll pay us $500 a week per room and all we have to do is provide the rooms. All the girls have meal plans at the school so they will be getting all their meals there!

Robbie looks up. His eyes dart back and forth as he tries to do the math in his head.

ROBBIE

$500 dollars a week time 4 weeks times 6 rooms...

TINA

That's $12,000 hun!

ROBBIE

Oh my god!

TINA

I know! And since we would technically be renting the rooms to them for significantly less then we would normally rent them for...

ROBBIE

(interrupting)

Well, technically we are renting them for nothing right now since NO ONE is renting from us!

TINA

(laughing)

I know that sweety but listen! Since we would be renting them for significantly less then the going rate, they have offered us free advertising in all of their alumni mailings AND list us as one of their recommended places to stay in all their mailings to out-of-state parents coming to town for school functions!

ROBBIE

I can't believe this! This could really turns things around for us!

TINA

It already has started! The Dean has already booked two of our rooms for her parents and in-laws for the Thanksgiving holiday! Joanie's friend Brittney, who will be one of the girls staying with us, called and reserved 3 rooms for her parents, grandparents and brother for the same weekend. We're almost completely booked for the Thanksgiving weekend and it's only July!

Robbie takes a deep breath to calm himself and takes his wife's hand.

ROBBIE

This is the best news we've had in a long time.

TINA

Yes it is. Do you want some more good news?

ROBBIE

There's more?

TINA

Uh huh! Syd and Owen are moving back to Providence.