INT. CHILTON HILLS GRAND HOTEL - BANQUET HALL - EVENING
The banquet hall is full of Kennedy High students and their parents -- cheesy banquet hall muzak plays as everyone finds their tables. At the
MIKE pulls out a chair for JANE. CHERRY CHERRY comes by and nudges Mike.
Didn't I see you on the tail end of a
Cherry -- Cherry. Good to see you
Damn, darlin'. You look like ya skipped the
hog callin' contest and went straight fer the sow.
Cherry Cherry nods at her chair and Mike pulls it out for her.
Oh, sorry...well, yes, we're expecting.
Well good fer you! Nice to see that the ol'
horse can still win the race.
MARY CHERRY comes to the table in a flurry, dressed in a stunning evening gown.
Mama! I'm missin' some sequins!
You're missin' more than that, sugar.
(looks her up and down)
Y'ain't missin' anything and if y'are...
well, no one can tell under the shadow of
that double chin of yours. Now run along
and go play with yer friends.
Mary Cherry sulks off.
Um...Miss Cherry, is your daughter
getting an award tonight?
She sure as shootin' is. It'd take somethin'
purty big t'keep me away from the one
night where my daughter shows the world
what it means to be a Cherry.
Good lord. I smell White Diamonds and bourbon.
JUDY JULIAN stands next to Cherry Cherry with NICOLE.
Ms. McPherson, Mr. McQueen. Mother Cherry --
this is my mother, Judy Julian.
(extends her hand)
Pleasure to meet you.
Mm...pleasure is mine.
She also shakes Mike's hand. She extends her hand to Cherry Cherry, but Cherry Cherry looks at her as she retracts her hand.
Well Mom, I've got to take my seat over there --
At the kiddie table?
Nicole's expression turns.
Are you saying that I can't even sit
with my own daughter on her
I don't want to argue with you...they just
set this thing up so that the award winners
and featured guests sit together.
I see. Well, I guess that makes sense.
Well go on...you don't want to disrupt the
natural order of things.
Nicole turns and leaves towards the other table.
Cherry Cherry continues to stare at Judy as she sits down. Mike and Jane sense the friction.
Um, so you're Nicole's mother?
It's nice to finally meet you.
(pours herself some water)
Wish I could echo that sentiment.
No offense darlin'...but somethin's
rotten in the statehouse of California. I
can smell corruption from a Texas-sized
Who are *you* to speak to me like --
I'm Cherry Cherry. Of the Cherry Cherry
I've never heard of it.
That's quite all right, doll...no one ever hears
of a name until they're destroyed by it.
She takes a sip of her water and nearly gags.
What is this stuff, hogwater? Waiter!
(claps as the waiter leans to her)
Bring me a round of drinks for my friends...
and Ms. Julian here.
But I gave up drink --
Bring a Shirley Temple for the little lady carryin'
her own little lady.
But...we don't even know if it's a boy or a girl
Oh, believe me...I know it's a girl.
Cherry Cherry winks at them while Mike and Jane smile nervously.
THE STUDENT'S TABLE where Nicole, Mary Cherry, JOSH, LILY, and CARMEN sit. BROOKE and SAM stand next to the table, about to sit down.
I'm sorry your mom had to work
tonight, baby...seems like this
swanky hotel would be a nice place
to kick up her heels.
That's o.k....it's not like I'm getting an
award anyway. I'm here for Carmen.
Thanks. Thanks for being here for me
when...well. You know, my mom....
Nicole glances at Carmen. Lily pats and squeezes Carmen's hand.
It'll get better.
That's what everyone tells me...but sofar
she hasn't been able to quit.
Nicole looks over to the parents' table where Judy takes a sip of her drink.
JEAN FORD and ROBIN JOHN come to the table.
Hey Mom, Ms. John.
Josh, Lily, sweetheart.
Hey kiddo. Are these seats reserved?
I think these are for the students, am I
Unfortunately, the under 21 crowd is
stuck sipping watered down punch
while the rents get a full bar courtesy
of Cherry Cherry.
And you're all better for it.
(turns to Jean)
What d'ya say, Jean?
I could use a drink right now.
So could I.
An exquisitely dressed MISS ROSS comes by.
Oh thank GOD I've found the mother. Do you know
where your child is?
Well...I thought he was already here.
(turns to Brooke and Sam)
You girls seen him?
If he is where he's supposed to be, he
should be getting the video ready upstairs.
If you see the boy, bring him to me.
Sure thing, Miss Ross.
Miss Ross sees someone across the room and waves her hand.
Calvin! Calvin...oh lordy that man puts
Bounty's self-absorption to shame!
Miss Ross leaves in a huff. Jean and Robin head to the parent's table and Brooke pulls Sam aside.
I don't know -- I saw him briefly earlier,
so I know he's here.
Maybe one of us should go upstairs and
check on the video.
No, Brooke...it's o.k. I trust him.
You're right. I'm...I'm nervous.
I shouldn't be nervous, should I?
I've never done this kinda thing before,
you know? Everyones' parents are here
and I just want everything to be --
Brooke, come on -- it's not like you're
making a speech or anything. Chill!
Are you nervous?
They both giggle and head back towards the table.
INT. CHILTON HILLS GRAND HOTEL - PROJECTION ROOM - SAME
SHINY BLACK DRESS SHOES are seen walking towards a room -- they turn into the room.
PAN OUT to see HARRISON in a tux, approaching the well-dressed MULTIMEDIA ASSISTANT (M.A.) sitting in front of the controls and the monitors.
Mr. Harrison John?
Samantha McPherson told me you were
Harrison smiles a slight smile at the "Samantha" and nods.
You got the tape?
Harrison's in a zone, but snaps out quickly.
Uh, yeah...right here.
He holds up the tape.
Is it cued up?
Yeah, it's all set.
Good...we're running short on staff and
I got all of this stuff set on auto, so
once it starts goin' there's no stoppin' it.
Th...that's fine. I mean, I've done this
before, I know all of the equipment.
Good. Well...if you know all about this
stuff, then do me a favor and keep an eye
on it for a sec while I take a leak...you
can go ahead and stick the tape in.
He leaves Harrison alone in the room. Harrison closes his eyes.
He grasps the tape in his hand -- his eyelids flutter open as he sighs,
pursing his lips.
INT. CHILTON HILLS GRAND HOTEL - BANQUET HALL - FEW MIN. LATER
VICE PRINCIPAL KRUPPS steps up to the podium as the cheesy muzak dies down. He taps the mic.
Everyone...I'd like to get started, so let's
settle in our seats.
For those who don't know me, I am the
acting Principal of Kennedy High,
Calvin Krupps, and I will be your host
for the evening.
OVER TO the STUDENTS' TABLE Brooke leans to Sam...
I told you one of us should've checked on
Just then, Harrison takes his seat next to Sam and across from Nicole.
God Harrison, what took you so --
Harrison shakes his head. He catches Nicole staring at him and cocks his head at her. She looks away.
Okay, now that I see that our two guests of
honor are now present, we can commence with
the accolades. We've got a long night ahead of us,
as many of Kennedy High's shining athletes and academics
have come togther in honor of their junior year
achievements and of National Organ and Tissue
Oh, and the buffet is located on the left side of the
hall, right by the exit.
Josh moves to get up, but Lily yanks him down, scowling.
O.k. then, let's get started with our first award, an
award for Excellence and Fortitude in College Level
Algebra and Economics...to be presented by Kennedy
High Alum and professor of mathematics at Mount
Holyoke College, Andrew Goldstein.
The audience claps as a geeky looking math prof steps up to the podium.
INT. CHILTON HILLS GRAND HOTEL - BANQUET HALL - LATER
OVERLAY SCROLLING TEXT ONSCREEN: "Two hours later"
LILY blocks a yawn with her hand as JOSH'S eyes struggle to keep open. BROOKE rests her cheek in her hand as SAM rests her head on hers. It seems that HARRISON and NICOLE have yet to stop staring at eachother.
And our final award before the
wonderful presentation to honor
National Organ and Tissue Donor
Month is...the Golden Cherry, an
award presented on behalf of the
newly formed Mary Cherry Memorial
Philanthropic Awards Foundation.
A glamorous woman in a stunning shimmering dress (obviously hired by Mary Cherry) walks to the podium and hands Krupps the strange, gold cherry-shaped award and an envelope.
(whispers to Sam)
I thought memorial awards were
named for people who're dead.
(opens the envelope)
And the winner of the first ever Golden
Cherry is...of course. Mary Cherry.
Strange awards-show like music echos through the hall as Krupps looks around, puzzled.
Mary Cherry squeals, breaking into jubilant hysterics, her mascara running as she walks up to the podium to accept her award. CHERRY CHERRY nods from her table and leans to JUDY.
That's mah giiiiiiirl.
(tears flowing freely)
OhmiGawd, y'all -- where do I begin?
I would like to thank all of those in
the academy who voted for me...my Mama,
Cherry Cherry...our Lord and Savior --
thank you, Jesus!...Gwenyth, for her
fabulously innate sense of style and grace...and
last, but not least, my fans -- this one's for the
The awards show music starts again as Mary Cherry is escorted off the stage by her glamorous hiree.
Oooookaaaay. And now...this year's
Kennedy High Homecoming Queen,
Carmen Ferrara will do the honors of
introducing our key speaker, heroine,
and inspiration to all those considering
organ and tissue donation.
Carmen walks sheepishly up to the podium as Krupps steps aside and sits himself back down in his seat.
Um...hi. I...I --
Carmen looks around the room as the mic suffers from some feedback.
FOCUS ON LILY
You can do it Carm. You can do it!
FOCUS ON BROOKE
Nic's been awfully quiet...I hope
she doesn't have any fireworks
planned, 'cuz I swear to GOD...
hm, then again, she wouldn't be Nicole.
FOCUS ON SAM
Both Harrison and Nicole have been
so WEIRD around eachother lately...
what is UP with them? And what's
up with Mary Cherry's dress?
FOCUS ON HARRISON
Oh God. I bet Sammy's wondering
what's going on between me and Nicole.
Wait a sec...why am I even worrying
about that? Why am I even worried
at all? Nicole's the one who should
be worried. And why is Mary Cherry
wearing that godawful dress?
FOCUS ON NICOLE
I wonder what'll happen first -- projectile
vomitting or soiled trousers? Or both?
In any case, Studmuffin over there
won't even know what hit him. And
*why* is Cherry wearing that
FOCUS ON JOSH
I wonder if they have any chicken left at
the buffet. And potatoes. Those potatoes
Lily nods to Carmen.
I'm sorry...sometimes I get nervous,
so forgive me if I stumble.
(in the crowd)
You GO, CARMEN FERRARA!
This year, for me, has meant alot of
things in terms of personal accomplishments.
But there is no doubt that our next
speaker has accomplished more for me...and
more for all of us...in her kind generosity...and
willingness to help a friend. You see -- Harrison's
my friend. He's a friend to alot of us. And...well,
even though he wasn't totally Nicole's friend to begin
with, she still chose to put aside her feelings in
order to help save his life. And she did. That is
something that I would've never expected
from her...and well, I really do think that
she deserves the recognition that she's gonna
get tonight, and perhaps her example will
inspire others to do what she did...in the
name of friendship.
Well...let's give a round of applause
Nicole struts up to the podium in typial Nicole fashion as the crowd claps.
Yes, hi, thank you.
(pauses as the clapping dies down)
We're running a bit behind schedule,
so I promise to keep it short and sweet.
Tonight...is a very special night for me.
I don't look at this night as a night of
celebration -- I look at it as a night of
Okaaay, Miss Jesse Jackson --
Brooke lightly smacks Sam's arm.
You see, I had my own revelation
about what it means to think you know
something about someone when you
Harrison John, the fellow classmate
whom I was fortunate enough to have the
opportunity to help...is really not
everything that all of you know him to be.
He's sweet...he's caring...he's
generous...but he's also something else.
Not too long ago I came upon some information that
would certainly shock even the best and
least judgemental of everyone in this room.
You see...he's not only the quiet,
lovable classmate that you know him to be --
(under his breath)
Here it comes --
Sam looks at him funny.
(leans into the mic, looking at Harrison)
-- he's also my brother. Half-brother,
so it happens to be.
Brooke face lights up, but Harrison's smile slides off his face and his expression turns into a look of sheer terror. The room rumbles in murmurs -- Sam is surprised, as is the rest of the table. Judy raises her eyebrows as the other parents look confused. The curtains behind Nicole slide open to reveal the large projection screen.
He didn't know until just now.
*I* didn't even know until very
recently either, so...I'd like to say
right now that I can't wait to get to
know him as my brother, and not just
my lab partner...and friend. I hope that all of
you will realize that the act of
saving his life through donating bone
marrow to him means more to me
now than I ever thought it could.
That said, could we roll tape, please?
Harrison panics and jumps up, looking towards the projection room.
The tape rolls. Confusion begins as there is fuzzy film for a moment until the tape that Emory made of Harrison and Nicole making love starts to play.
Harrison is seen on top of Nicole -- camera ZOOMS in on the faces. The AUDIO blares throughout the hall:
Oh God...Nicole...Nicooooole --
Oh God, I really did underestimate
Nicole, I think...oh God, I love you,
ohmiGod, I think I love you --
I love you too, stud --
No, I really think that I do --
Shut up and just do that wonderful
thing you do hon, ooooh GOD! --
(they both moan rather loudly)
The subtle moans from the audio on the film continue as gasps ensue.
V.P. Krupps clearing his throat and Miss Ross's look of utter shock --
Nicole's horrified expression --
Brooke's eyes widened, hand placed to her mouth --
Carmen in uncomfortable shock --
Emory and April shocked, but smiling and giving eachother a look of strange approval --
Lily and Josh in shock --
Mary Cherry's jaw dropped in HUGE surprise --
The parent's table, where Cherry Cherry cocks her head -- Judy, FUMING, abruptly gets up and leaves. Mike and Jane look both mortified and embarrassed -- Robin's hand is on her mouth.
Harrison, in COMPLETE PANIC as
Sam's expression breaks -- the shock sends her world spinning and her emotions explode from within. Sam gets up and rushes out of the hall in tears. Harrison moves to follow, but someone holds his arm back. He turns --
-- it's Nicole. She pulls back and WALLOPS him across the face with a hard SMACK. She then struts angrily out of the hall.
Brooke approaches Harrison.
I wish I could say that you didn't
deserve that...but I have a feeling
She leaves Harrison rubbing his jaw, standing alone in the middle of
the murmuring banquet hall.
EXT. CHILTON HILLS GRAND HOTEL - FRONT
A tearful Sam SLAMS the door to Jane's car and starts the ignition. Brooke, in the background, rushes towards the car.
Sam! SAM -- WAIT!
Sam peels out of the parking space, leaving a breathless Brooke standing
FADE TO BLACK
to be continued...
(a.k.a. "HE AIN'T HEAVY...HE'S MY BROTHER")
written/scripted by John Andrew
SUGGESTED MUSIC (Edited Verisons of):
"True" (instrumental part only) by Spandau Ballet (Sam/Harrison's Theme in the A/V room)
"Thong Song" (instrumental part only) by Sisquo (End of Carmen's Practice Speech)
"Bittersweet Symphony" by The Verve
© MARCH 2001
On the next Popular by John Andrew:
"The Truth is Out...There"
(a.k.a. "The Ex-Files")
The fallout from the Junior Achievement Awards Banquet consumes all of the students. Nicole's wrath comes out in a most unusual way. Sam reaches a breaking point.