Daniels jacket and books are on the floor, unopened. Lindsay is lying on her bed, Daniel on top of her. They are making out.LINDSAY
(laughing) shhh, my parentsDANIEL
What? They think we are studying!LINDSAY
(pulling his face
away from hers)
I know! We should be! I have this
insanely hard lab tomorrow in
(leaning in again)
yeah but this is so much more
hey are you going to that lockup
(rolls her eyes)
Yeah. Rosso even asked me to be
Daniel smirks at her, starting to laughLINDSAY
I mean, I told him no, obviously.
I mean we don't have a
Daniel stretches and lays back on the bed, hands behind his head.DANIEL
Rosso said my behavior sucked last
year so I can't go.LINDSAY
You know, that's crap! This is what
I'm saying- how is this school
really helping people if they are
telling students they can't go????DANIEL
relax Lindsay, it's not like I
want to go. But I don't want you
to go either.
He kisses her, leaving them both breathlessDANIEL
I can't. I won't graduate next
year if I don't go.
They move so they are laying on their sides looking at each other.DANIEL
All those guys will be gone all
day and night. We would be
I can't. We can't hang out all
weekend! We can't hang out at all!DANIEL
ok- well then what are we doing
right now?LINDSAY We are SOPPOSED to be studying DANIEL
Can't you just tell Rosso you are
sick or something?LINDSAY
Kim already tried
that, it didn't work, Rosso asked
for a note signed by her doctor.
They are taking this thing really
He thinks for a second, closing his eyes, and suddenly has an idea.DANIEL
(opening his eyes)
I'll take care of it.LINDSAY
take care of what?DANIEL
I'll make sure you don't have to
go to this lock in thing.LINDSAY
no! What are you going to do?DANIEL
I'll take care of it
A knock sounds at the door. All in one motion, Daniel quickly does a hollywood roll onto the floor, picking up a book on the way. He pretends to read and Lindsay sits up quickly on the side of her bed.JEANE (OS)
Can I come in?LINDSAY
Jeane enters the room and surveys the scene. Daniel has a book open pretending to read and Lindsay walks to the bookcase.JEANE
Hi Daniel honeyDANIEL
Hi Mrs. WeirJEANE It's eight o'clock DANIEL
(stares at her for
a sec then
Oh! Sorry about that, I'll get my
That's quite alrightDANIEL
Thanks for the cookiesJEANE
(about to close
5 minutes, okay?LINDSAY
Jeane shuts the door and Lindsay looks at Daniel then bursts into laugher. He stands up and wraps his arms around her.DANIEL
"Thanks for the cookies?" what was
Yeah! The cookies were good.LINDSAY
(in her ear)
good luck on the lab tomorrowLINDSAY
(pulling away and
I'm going to need it. Thanks to
you, I didn't study at all tonight
He kisses her again, very intense. She pushes away after a second, breathless.LINDSAY
Daniel, we have got to figure all
this out- we can't go on like
Yeah yeah ok. We will figure
something out this weekend, I
But I have the lock in-DANIEL
Hey- I said I would take care of
He separates himself from her, puts on his jacket ,and picks
up his books. She watches him, still shocked that they are
even involved in this way at all. He grabs a cookie off a
plate on the desk.LINDSAY
Please Daniel, don't do anything
that is going to get me in trouble
with my parents. I will never
Do you trust me?LINDSAY
I don't know, maybe.
Daniel takes a bite out of the cookie and shrugs as they look at each other for a second.DANIEL
(from across the
byeINT. SCHOOL-AV ROOM - DAY
Neil, Bill, and Sam are sitting in front of a projector. There are three other groups, each huddled over their own projector.TEACHER
What is in front of you right now
is the T-180. The newest in film
technology. We just got them in so
please, PLEASE, be very careful.
The geeks look at the projector in awe.TEACHER
We are going to start today with a
little game. Did everyone look
over chapter 4 last night? Read the study questions?
Everyone nods, but Bill averts his eyes.TEACHER
You each have the film at your
stations. I want you to work
together to get your machine on
and running. The first team to do
Sam raises his handTEACHER
What do we win?TEACHER
Your team gets to select the movie
we watch on "Movie Fridays"!
The class whispers excitedly. The Geeks smile at each otherTEACHER
But guys, guys. Work quickly, but
work carefully. If you break these
machines... I will break you.
Geeks position themselves over the projectorTEACHER Ready? and GO!
Everyone starts franticly working, Sam opens his textbook Bill starts fiddling with the machine.NEIL
No Bill what are you doing?BILL
Turning it on!NEIL
That's not how you do it! STOP!BILL No, the switch is over here!
Sam looks up from his bookSAM No, we have to load it first!
Bill pulls away from the machine and the geeks look around frantic at the other groups.NEIL
We have GOT to win!BILL Why, what movie would you pick?NEIL
I don't know, its a pretty serious
Sam starts to load the film inSAM Shut you guys and help me do this!
They start to tinker with the machine, helping Sam. Suddenly a clinking sound is heard and they look at Bill, holding a knob in his hand.NEIL Oh my god Bill!
Bill looks horrified and looks over at the teacher who is helping another group on the other side of the room.NEIL
Do you have any idea what you are
No. You don't. And if you would
have come to Sam's house last
night to study- instead of hanging
out with your new best friends,
the track team, you would know!BILL I had practice!
Sam is ignoring them, working with the machine. Neil turns the projector on.SAM
Why isn't it working?
He looks at the book againSAM
Neil, didn't we go over this
Yesterday? After you load the
film, turn it on and then.....???NEIL
That's it, and then you turn it on.BILL
What about adjusting the-NEIL
Forget it Bill! You didn't read
the chapter, you have no idea what
you are doing. And now we are
going to loose!
Bill starts to screw the knob back on to the projector.BILL
who cares? Its just a stupid gameNEIL
Stupid game? Oh now that you are a
track star you are to good for AV
Stop it Neil, come on! Look in the
chapter and see if you can find
Neil grabs the book and Bill resumes playing with the machine, trying to help Sam.BILL
Are you mad I didn't come to your
house last night?SAM
no. I just, I mean I thought you
cared about your AV grade.BILL
I do I do! I just had practice,
and then I was hanging out and I
lost track of time. I'm not doing
that again, I have no idea what I
am doing right now! I almost broke
Sam throws his hands up in the airSAM I give up
Sam looks around the room at the other groups, Bill still playing with the machine. Suddenly Bill flips a switch and the film starts to run though the projector. Neil looks on in shock as Bill and Sam stand up.BILL
I got it!SAM
Bill you did it, you figured it
Neil rolls his eyes and pouts as the class turns their attention to the group. The teacher walks over.TEACHER
Great job guys! And in under 5
minutes! That's amazing!SAM
So do you guys know what movie we
will be watching tomorrow. Neil?
Neil is poutingNEIL
Well Bill was the one who did it,
so he should be the one to pick.TEACHER OK Bill, what will it be?
Bill looks at Neil who rolls his eyes. Bill pauses, thinking. The whole class is starting.BILL
The Muppet Movie!
The class boos, moans, and rolls their eyes. The teacher gives a laugh and forced smile.TEACHER
Okay kids- that's it. Tomorrows
"movie Friday" pick by Mr. Bill
Aberchuck... The Muppet Movie.
The class expresses mild disappointment as Neil stands up and walks away.BILL
What? What the big deal? It's a
Yeah. But you could have picked
anything. Something our parents
wouldn't even let us see. Apocalypse
Now. Even Star Wars. Now we gotta
spend an hour tomorrow watching
puppets sing and drive a car.BILL
I like the songs!
Sam can't help but smile at Bill's honest love of the
(gesturing towards Neil)
What's his problem?SAM
You know, the usual. He doesn't
really like your new friends.BILL
I know. But I have practice three
times a week. I still hang out
with you guys. All the time!SAM
Just not as much as before. You
don't care, do you Sam?SAM
Not really, no. But I have Stacey
They both look over at Neil, who is now reading the textbook
by himself in the corner.EXT. UNDER THE BLEACHERS - DAY
Lindsay and Amy are under the bleachers talking.LINDSAY
I can't believe your mom walked in
on you guys! What did Ken say to
(in deep voice)
"Er, Um, Ah, OH, Well Hello Mrs.
Cantor! You have a lovely home"
They both laughAMY
God, he can be so awkward
you know Ken, he always has to
(rolls her eyes) tell me about it!
Kim walks up, followed by Nick and Ken. Amy and Lindsay giggle at the sight of Ken.KEN
(in deep mocking
"You have a lovely home"
Lindsay and Amy burst into laughter, and Ken looks annoyedKIM What did I miss? KEN
I can't believe you told her!KIM What?
Ken sits down next to Amy and Kim across from them. Nick hovers over the group, nervous.AMY
Oh come on, it's funny!
My mom walked in on us making out
Oh that's nothing. Once my mom
caught Daniel and I. And we were
in his car totally-NICK
OKAY! We get it- you and Daniel
did it everywhere.
Kim rolls her eyesNICK
Did you guys hear Mike Hardman is
still in jail?
The cops really did find pot
and LSD in his locker.LINDSAY
What do you need acid in your
ah- to sell to people.KIM
to escape history class?AMY
You're dropping acid in history
No. I'm not THAT stupid.LINDSAY
People actually walk around
tripping in SCHOOL? Who?
Ken points to NickNICK
What? No! being stoned is totally
(sarcastic) oh, Is it?NICK
(flustered)Yes, it is-
and anyway that's not why I came
over here, I have to ask you
Yeah. Um, What are you doing
tonight? You and Amy?LINDSAY
I don't know, homework?KEN
What? you are inviting them? NO!AMY
What, Why? Inviting us to what?KEN
We said no more chicks man. Not
after last time!
Ken glares at Lindsay.NICK
The band is getting back together.
And we are practicing tonight. And
I want you guys to come.KIM
Thanks for inviting me jerk off! I
was only the official mascot for a
Well Sarah's coming. And I want to
make her feel more comfortable.
And I thought if maybe you girls
came, you know, she would have
more fun.KEN Oh come on! You invited Sarah???KIM
Well lucky for lame-o Sarah, I
have rehearsal, so I can't come.
But call me after and I will meet
up with you guys.NICK
(over his shoulder)
You aren't invited.
(to Lindsay and
What do you say? Can you help me
glaring at Ken)
Sure. I'll be there.
Because for some reason, KEN doesn't want me there.
Ken exhales and rolls his eyesLINDSAY
I don't know Nick. What happened
last time was pretty brutal. I
don't think I'm very welcome
I don't think it's a good ideaNICK
Come on Lindsay, please? Sarah
really likes you. She is really
trying to get more involved in the
things I like. I just know she
would have so much more fun if you
were there. I want to show her my
friends do cool stuff too.KEN
Yeah. Real cool. Our girlfriends
break up the band.LINDSAY
Not that I care what you think,
but I said I was sorry, like 100
times. I know you guys just play
for fun. I'm not going to criticize
you or whatever. Get over it
(also to Ken)
Don't you find it a little
strange that I have never seen you guys play?KEN
We broke up! We haven't played in
Look- I'm sorry, OK?
Maybe it will be fun.KIM
(rolls her eyes)
Gross. I have got to get out of
She exits as Lindsay waves goodbyeNICK
So you will come?LINDSAY
Okay. I'll come.
Nick does a little jumpNICK
Thank you! Oh yes, this is going
to be great! My band, my friends,
(to Amy and Ken)
You guys better be nice to her!AMY Of course!
Amy and Lindsay look at each other and shrug as Nick darts
awayINT. LUNCHROOM - DAY
Sam is sitting at a table with Vicki, Stacey, and Cindy.
They are all eating lunch. Cindy is writing in a notebook.VICKI
So Cindy you have all the groups
worked out for Saturday? How are
we organizing them?CINDY
Wouldn't it be easier to
just go with numbers? Do you
really think Todd and those guys
are going to want to be in
She looks over at Cindy's padSTACEY Magenta?
I just thought it would be easier
Which group is ours?CINDY
Oh! Don't forgot to put Sam in
(looking at the
Yeah he's inSTACEY
And Neil Schwiber too.VICKI
What NO! I told you guys, we can't
keep switching around, and putting everyone
with their friends! We are supposed to be
getting to know each other better. And we
aren't using colors, that's stupid. We are using numbers.
Sam looks uncomfortable and looks over at Neil on the other side of the room. He is eating with Harris and GordonSAM
Please you can't just squeeze him
Yeah what's just one more person?VICKI
No. You guys, I am the one who is
the group leader, Rosso put me in
charge of these decisions. No more
Plus I think that kid likes me.STACEY
So what if he does? He can't be in
our group? Come on! He's Sam's
It's fine, I don't want to start a
You are not starting a fight.
I think its sweet. He's a nice
guy. He would probably worship
you. Unlike these other jerks.CINDY Tell me about it
She gestures to the jock table, Bill is sitting with them.
Vicki glances over at Neil sitting at his table, laughing
with Harris about something.STACEY
I like Sam because he is nice to
me, and fun, ...and cute.SAM
Stacey, come on!VICKI
Oh alright! He can be in the
But that's it. We aren't switching
the groups anymore. This is the
(matter of fact)
Okay, do we have enough volunteers
to check people in?STACEY
No. We need 3 more people.SAM
I'll do it- what do I have to do?VICKI
You check off peoples names when
they come in- an idiot could do it!SAM
Stacey smiles at SamSTACEY
That's really sweet of you to
volunteer Sam, thanks!INT. NICK BASEMENT - NIGHT
Sarah is sitting on the couch watching Ken and Nick set up the equipment. Nick's drum set is now a much smaller. Amy and Lindsay come down the stairs talking and laughing.SARAH
Hi guys!LINDSAY Hey!
Lindsay walks over and sits down on the couch next to Sarah.
Amy goes to talk to Ken.LINDSAY
So? Excited to see Nick play?SARAH
Yeah. What do you think? You think
he is any good? Do they sound amazing?
Do you know why they broke up?
Lindsay swallows hard and sighsLINDSAY
The guys really love playing
together. It's fun!SARAH I've never heard him play before
Amy flops down on the couch next to themAMY
They haven't played together since
Daniel comes trudging down the stairs, carrying his guitar. Lindsay watches him approach the guys. He doesn't look over at her.SARAH
Oh- it's because of me, right? I
swear I didn't tell Nick not to
play with the band. I didn't even
realize how important it was! I
thought he liked...disco.
Amy stares at Sarah in confused awe.LINDSAY
No no Sarah they just got busy,
girlfriends, stupid fights, you
know how guys are!
Amy raises her eyebrowsAMY
I just want to know why they
didn't want any girls coming.
Lindsay gives Amy a "shut up" look.SARAH
What do you mean? Nick invited me!
He said they wanted us here!LINDSAY
They do! I'm sure its just that Ken is
little embarrassed about singing
in front of Amy, right Amy?
Looks at Amy who is watching Ken set up the mikeAMY
A feedback noise screeches suddenly. Nick takes his place behind the drums, Daniel is playing with his guitar. Ken speaks into the mike.KEN Heeellooooo Ladies!
The girls turn their attention and clap.AMY
Daniel and Lindsay's eyes meet quickly.DANIEL
What do you wanna go with first?KEN
(nodding) yeeeeeeaaaah. Kashmir!
Nick counts off on the drumsticks and starts the steady beat of the song. Sarah leans forward in her seat. Lindsay leans back, relaxed and avoiding looking at Daniel. Amy is watching Ken with curiosity. Daniel starts in a little clumsy on the cords, but improving as they repeat, Ken begins to sing, looking at the floor, but his voice even and clear.KEN
Oh let the sun beat down upon my
face, stars to fill my dreeeam....
Amy smiles and looks at Ken with pride.KEN
I am a traveler of both time and
space, to be where I have beeeeen
He glances up to see Amy smiling at him and he becomes a little more confident. Sarah is watching Nick but he isn't looking at her, he is concentrating on playing perfectly.KEN
They talk of days for which they
sit and waaaait and all will be
Lindsay watches Daniel as he concentrates, playing the short interlude. Ken grabs the mike with even more confidence and finally looks at the girls.KEN
Talk and song from tongues of
lilting grace, whose sounds caress
But not a word I heard could I
relate, the story was quite cleeeeear
Daniel looks up and catches Lindsay looking at him. Lindsay quickly looks away.LINDSAY
What do you think?SARAH
Nick is really into it- I don't
know this song though.LINDSAY
It's Led Zeppelin- its Nick
I know! I just don't know this song!
They need to practice more though!
All I see turns to brown, as the
sun burns the ground
And my eyes fill with sand, as I
scan this wasted land
Lindsay catches Daniel thrusting his hip out and pouting. She laughs and looks away.AMY
What's so funny?LINDSAY
nothingPASSING OF TIME
A montage of the band is shown going though various stages of different songs, the guys laughing and high fiving each other, the girls clapping and talking, Sarah seems left out, but she keeps a cold smile on her face.NICKS BASEMENT
The boys are packing up their gear, Nick rushes over to Sarah who is sitting on the couch.NICK
So babe, what did you think?SARAH
It was great!NICK
Yeah, it was. I'm so glad we
are back together. I mean the guys
were talking about maybe trying
out for battle of the bands this
year. Last year we broke up before
Really? You guys think you are
ready to play in front of people?
Nick's face falls and Lindsay hears jumps up from the couch, awkwardly walking to the middle of the room. She is standing in between Daniel closing his guitar case and Amy and Ken engrossed in an intimate conversation.DANIEL
Hey. You guys sounded great.
He turns around to face her, leaning on the arm of the couchDANIEL
Come on Lindsay, what did you really think?LINDSAY
It was great
Daniel looks down and smilesDANIEL
So do you want to-
Nick suddenly stands up, speaking to the group, and interrupting Daniel.NICK
Who wants to go eat?AMY
Amy is hanging all over Ken in an uncharacteristic wayDANIEL Where you wanna go?KEN I could go for pizza
They all start to get upLINDSAY
We should call Kim, she wanted to
meet up with us later
They all move towards the stairsDANIEL
ah, forget her!
Lindsay suddenly has a strange look on her faceKEN
Yeah, the only reason we put up
with her for so long is because of
They start to walk up the stairs, Nick places his hand on Lindsay's shoulder.NICK
Thank you so much for coming
Lindsay has a guilty look on her face.INT. LINDSAY'S ROOM - NIGHT
Lindsay is sitting in her room, it is late at night. She is reading a book. She hears a light knocking and turns in shock to see Daniel standing at the window grinning like an idiot.LINDSAY
Oh my god
He motions for her to come closer and she panics, looking behind her at the door. She puts her finger to her lips, indicating for Daniel to be quiet and runs over to the window and opens it.LINDSAY
What the hell are you doing here??
If my parents see you they will
never let you come over again!DANIEL
(laughs) cute pj's!
Lindsay crosses her arms over her chest and fumes.DANIEL
alright alright - relax will ya?
He pulls a crumpled piece of paper out of his pocket and hands it to Lindsay.LINDSAY
(without looking at it)
What is this?
She looks down at the paper and scans it, confused.DANIEL
It's your doctors note-LINDSAY
You think I should use this to try
and get out of the lock in
tomorrow? Where did you get this
letterhead? Who's signature is
Don't worry about it, but it's
She looks up at him and hands the paper back.LINDSAY
Forget it- it will never work.
Besides, I don't care, I kind of
want to go now. Everyone is going.
And It IS for a good cause.
Daniel's face fallsDANIEL
Oh come on Lindsay! It's so lame.
(he flashes her a grin)
Not everyone is going, I'M not
Cute. But no, I'm not lying just
because you don't want to be alone
on a Saturday!
I'll see you on later, ok?
She goes to close the windowDANIEL Wait!
She pulls her hands away from the window and looks at him expectedly. He just stares back.LINDSAY
What? Seriously you have to go!DANIEL
I will- I swear I just have to
tell you something I-LINDSAY
I- I already dropped the note off
to the office.LINDSAY
What? no- you can't be serious!DANIEL
I stopped by after school and paid
some kid to take it to Rosso. He
already thinks you are sick.
Lindsay opens her mouth in shock and covers it with her hands.LINDSAY
I cant believe you!DANIEL
What? I thought you wanted to hang
out all weekend! While everyone
I didn't say that!DANIEL
You didn't exactly respond with
She rolls her eyes and starts pacing in front of the window.LINDSAY
What am I supposed to do now- what
do I do now? My parents know about
the lock in- they are driving Sam
and I to the school tommorrow!DANIEL
So I'll drive you, drop off Sam,
and we are free to go!LINDSAY
no! no! Sam can't know that we- I
mean if I go to the lock in then
Rosso will know the note was fake
and I will get in trouble! But my
parents will know something is up
if I try to get out of it!
She stops pacing and looks at him, blazing.LINDSAY
I'm forced into hanging out with
you! I have no where else to go!DANIEL
Sorry! I was TRYING to do
Nice? You are unbelievable!
A cough is heard from the room next door and Daniel and Lindsay look in that direction.LINDSAY
That's my dad! Get out of here!
Daniel turns and starts to runLINDSAY
You better be here to pick us up
Lindsay hears movement in the hallway, and looks behind at her door in a panic.DANIEL
He takes off and she shuts the window and jumps back in bed, eyes darting all over the place.INT. WEIR HOUSE - DAY
Lindsay is in the kitchen, eating cereal. Howard is reading the paper, Jeane is cooking eggs at the stove. Sam walks in and sits down at the table.JEANE
Good morning honeySAM
Morning. Are those eggs?JEANE
Sure are! Don't want to you stave
being in that school for a whole
Mom, they are going to feed us!JEANE
I know, you should just have some
They are probably going to feed
you candy and junk the whole time!SAM
It's a school fundraiser, I'm sure
there will be healthy food.HOWARD
Healthy food with a side of
He puts his paper down as Jeane brings the eggs to the table, scooping huge spoonfuls onto Sam's plate.HOWARD
The police confirmed it- there
were drugs in his locker. Says
here the kids still in jail, good-
he should be!LINDSAY
Dad! He deserves a trial like
everyone else! Innocent until
proven guilty. And he's still in jail
because his parents can't afford
How do you know that?LINDSAY
I just heard thatHOWARD
They better not let this kid back
into the school.LINDSAY
So he won't get an education, have
no chance for a future, and
probably end up dealing drugs
So? Send him to some other school,
just not the one my kids go to.JEANE
I don't know Howard, this
fundraiser is a good start. Look
at all the kids getting involved?
Sam isn't even required to go, and
Sammy, we are so proud of you!LINDSAY
Oh please! He's only going because
Stacey and all her little friends
I think it's great that you are
both going then.
Lindsay fidgets uncomfortably and glances quickly at Howard.LINDSAY
So Daniel offered to drive us
there. He should be here in a few
Oh! I thought I was going to
take you kids, but ok- how sweet
Howard is vigorously shaking his headJEANE
Oh Howard, come on. He has been
coming over here for a month now,
always so sweet, kind, respectful.
He is not the same kid who was in
our house last year.HOWARD
That may be so, but he is a boy!
He is still part of that burnout crowd!LINDSAY
Dad. Daniel HAS changed. And he is
just driving us to the lock in. He
drives me home from school all the
time, what the big deal?
I guess it's okay.LINDSAY
Great, thanks dad.
A loud honk sounds in the distance. Lindsay gets up from the table.LINDSAY That's Daniel!
Lindsay runs over and gives both her parents a kiss as Sam shovels one last forkful of egg in his mouth.LINDSAY
Bye mom, bye dad. Sam meet me out
She bolts out the door as Sam stands up to grab his thingsOUTSIDE
Daniel is waiting in his car, the top in down. It's a crisp fall day, but the sun is shining. It's still early. Lindsay runs out to Daniels car, stopping in front.DANIEL
Whoa whoa whoa what's the hurry?LINDSAY
Daniel, listen, maybe if I explain to Rosso,
Tell him it was a joke, a fake note or something!
Lindsay, that will never work, it's too suspicious.
What am I going to tell Sam?
How do I know he won't tell on me?
What if he freaks out?DANIEL
Shhhhhhh- slow down. Just get in
Lindsay opens the door, sits down and shuts it behind her. She glances at Daniel. He is not a pretty picture, hair a mess, stubble, red eyes.LINDSAY
I still can't believe you did this
to me! What about Sam?DANIEL
Relax, what did I say? I'll take
care of it.LINDSAY
And look how that turned out!
Lindsay pouts in the front seat and the front door opens, Jeane is standing there waving to Daniel. He waves back and Sam comes out the door, carrying a sleeping bag and narrowly avoiding Jeane's embrace. Lindsay notices Daniel's appearance and lets out a short laugh.DANIEL
Clearly, you are not a morning
Yeah well it's a little earlier
then I usually wake up on the
He looks in the review mirror and runs his fingers though his hair to fix it, as Sam approaches. Lindsay opens the door for him and he throws his sleeping bag in the back and sits down.DANIEL
Hey buddy, what's going on?SAM
He puts the car into gear and speeds off.INT. BILL'S HOUSE - DAY
Bill's kitchen- morning. Bill is eating breakfast at the table with Fredricks. Bill's mom is packing up a backpack for Bill.COACH
When is Meyer's picking you up?BILL
at 10BILL'S MOM
Honey I'm putting all your allergy
medicine in the front part of your
I know mom!BILL'S MOM
Just remember, take the second
dose after 12 hours.BILL
You are acting like I've never
been away from home before. It's
one day!BILL'S MOM
Well you really haven't - maybe a
sleepover at Sam or Neil's, but
never for this long. I'm not going
to see you until tomorrow morning!COACH
Really? You never went to summer
camp or something?BILL'S MOM
(shaking her head)
no, not reallyCOACH
Well he will this summer. All the
varsity teams have to go to a week
long training camp. It's really
fun, the guys love it.BILL'S MOM
Wow- that sounds cool, ay Bill?BILL
Bill's mom walks over to the table, gives Bill a kiss on the cheek and sits down.BILL'S MOM
Just don't forgot the backpack,
I put some surprise snacks
in there also.BILL
A loud horn sounds and Bill jumps up.BILL That's him!
He grabs the backpack and heads to the door.BILL'S MOM
(yelling after him)
Wait- Bill- go grab a sweatshirt!
Bills turns around, about to open the door.BILL
Mom!BILL'S MOM It might get cold!
Bill trudges away and Bill's mom and Fredricks look at each other.COACH
So. 24 hours alone. All alone.BILL'S MOM
What are we going to do?BILL'S MOM
I don't know...
She giggles and leans in to kiss him as Bill breezes out the door, wearing a sweatshirt and not carrying a backpack.BILL Bye!
Bill's mom and Fredricks pull apart.BILL'S MOM
(yelling after him)
Fredricks lunges for her, she giggles and kisses him.INT. DANIEL'S CAR - DAY
Lindsay, Daniel, and Sam, are driving to the lock-in in Daniel's car. The radio is blasting. Lindsay keeps looking over at Daniel, anxious. Daniel is relaxed. Sam looks put off by the loud music.DANIEL
So Sam, is your girlfriend, that
Stacey chick, is she going to this
Lindsay turns down the radioDANIEL
Stacey? Your girlfriend?SAM
Um, yeah, yeah she's going. She's
one of the sober students so she's
helping organizing it, I guess.DANIEL
Yeah? Well listen..
He turns and looks at SamDANIEL
Here is a little secret, from me
to you. The nurses office, they
don't lock it on the weekends.
There is an exam table in there
and everything, you can turn the
lights off, lock the door...
Sam looks horrified and Lindsay hits Daniel in the chestLINDSAY
OW! What? I'm trying to help a guy
That's okay, really.LINDSAY
(raising her voice)
You know Daniel, most of the time
when you are trying to help, you
end up making things worse!
Daniel suddenly pulls into a gas station parking lot as Lindsay glares at him.
Sam looks around, confused.SAM
Where are you going? I thought you
were taking us to school!
Daniel pulls into a parking space. Lindsay continues to glare at him. He sighs and turns around to face Sam.DANIEL
Sam looks back and forth between Daniel and LindsaySAM
We aren't going to the school, are
no, no, relax man. YOU are going
to the school. WE aren't.
He points to himself and Lindsay.SAM
I don't get it.
Why aren't you going? What's going
Sam, I'm so sorry, I wanted to go
Daniel, you tell him.SAM
Tell me WHAT?DANIEL
I was trying to help your sister,
I thought she wanted my help.
But it turns out, she didn't. And
now things are all messed up. She
can't go to the lock in. And you
can't tell your parents. Sorry.SAM
But where are you going to go? Mom
and Dad think you are staying at
the school until Sunday!DANIEL
She is staying with me.
Sam shakes his head, confused.SAM
What about Mr. Rosso? Isn't he
going to call mom and dad when you
don't show up?
Lindsay looks at Daniel and raises her eyebrows. He nods and reluctantly looks at Sam.DANIEL
Rosso thinks she's home sick.SAM
So this is why you wanted to drive
me to the school this morning? So
you guys can skip the lock in and
spend the whole day hanging out
with all your other freak friends,
or whatever you do?DANIEL
Listen kid- it's not what you
think, this is not Lindsay's
Sam struggles to grab his sleeping bag and belongings and reaches for the handle on the car door.SAM
I thought you weren't going to act
like this anymore? I'm not lying
for you. I'm not!
He opens the car doorSAM
Thanks for the ride, but I think
I'll walk to rest of the way, it's
only a few blocks.
He slams the door as Lindsay and Daniel rush out of the car to follow him.SAM
And don't call me kid, my name is
He turns around and walks away, Lindsay rushes after himLINDSAY Sam wait!
She starts to walk behind him. Daniel stands next to his car, kicking the tires and watching them.LINDSAY
Sam, seriously, I'm so so sorry!
But what Daniel said was true, he
put me in a terrible situation. Do
you think I want to lie to anyone?
Or make you lie? Sam PLEASE listen
Sam turns around, he is a little less angry.SAM
Daniel forged a doctors note and
dropped it off at the office
yesterday. He was trying to do me
If I go to the lock in, the school
will know I lied and both Daniel
and I will get in trouble. If I
stay home and try to fake sick,
mom and dad will know something
What? Why? But- I mean, aren't you
mad at him?He gestures towards DanielLINDSAY
Yeah I'm mad, I'm furious. Why do
you think I forced him to tell
I feel so guilty.SAM
Why did he try to get you out of
going, if you didn't want him to?
I don't know. I wish I could go to
the lock in. It will probably be
No you don'tLINDSAY
OK I don't. I wish I didn't have
to go AND no one had to lie.SAM
I'm not going to tell on youLINDSAY
Thanks Sam. Again, I'm so sorry.
And I know Daniel is sorry too.SAM
But I'm not lying. If mom or dad
or Rosso or anyone asks me
I'm not just not going to make up
some story. I'm not lying.
He looks at her and she nods, understanding.LINDSAY
OK. That's fair. I guess. Do you
want us to drive you the rest of
No thanks. I'm okay. I kind of
feel like walking.
Daniel is kind of a creep, you
Sam turns and walks away. Lindsay turns back to look at Daniel, who has his hand raised high in celebration. She gives him a dirty look and he waves her over.DANIEL Come on, lets go!
She turns back around to watch Sam cross the street and a glimmer of excitement flashes across her face. She turns and trudges back to Daniel. They both get in the car and he pulls out of the parking lot.INT. SCHOOL GYM - DAY
Sam enters the school gym. There are students everywhere, sitting in groups talking, standing. A kid flies out in front of Sam on a skateboard. Some kids playing cards. Another group is putting out cots. Sam looks for someone he knows, walking though the gym. Sam spots Stacey and some other cheerleaders standing by Mr. Rosso. He approaches them.SAM Hey
Stacey turns around and hugs SamSTACEY
Hi Sam, I'm so glad you are here,
I need help!
Sam puts his sleeping bag downSAM
Sure, what can I do?
Sam follows Stacey towards a set of tablesSTACEY
Oh thank you Sam! Okay Jill was
supposed to check people in but I
have no idea where she is!SAM
She hands him a piece of paperSTACEY
OK- so everyone's last name is on
this list. When they check in with
you, you check the name off and
give them a wristband.SAM
You got it?SAM I think so
He pulls out a chair and sits down at the table.STACEY
Ok Sam thank you so much, I have
so much to do, but I will be back
in like a half hour, alright?SAM
(smiling) no problem.
She leans down and gives him a kiss on the cheek.STACEY Thank you!
She scurries off and Sam looks ahead where a line has formed in front of his space of the table. Nick is standing there high as a kite. He points to Sam.NICK
Hey- Lindsay brother!SAM Hey Nick
looks at the paper, crossing off Nick's nameNICK
I didn't know freshman had to go
to this, you're volunteering?
I'm not a freshman, I went to
school here last year, remember?
You went out with my sister?NICK
Oh yeah! That's right. Sorry!
Sam tries to hand Nick a wristband, but he is looking all around the gym. He finally settles back on Sam and is startled at Sam's outstretched hand, holding the plastic bracelet.NICK
He laughs and turns around, suddenly turning back.NICK Hey! Is Lindsay here?
Sam nervously looks around and shifts in his seat.SAM
No, she's not here.NICK
He holds up the braceletNICK
Thanks. For this.
Nick walks away, we follow him to a small corner of the gym where Ken and Amy are sitting, looking miserable. Sarah is standing up, waiting for Nick to come back.SARAH
What group did you get?NICK What?
Sarah grabs Nicks bracelet and looks at it closelySARAH
Yes! Group 11- same as me!KEN
Not really. Don't tell anyone, but
Lizzie Kern is a sober student and
in my math class, and I begged her
to put us in the same group.
She giggles and smiles at NickSARAH
Nick bursts out laughing, but Sarah sees this as excitement.SARAH
I'm going to go see what group Mia
She runs off. Nick sits down next Amy and Ken.AMY
Obviously, you're stoned.
Nick nods vigorouslyKEN
Why didn't I think of that?AMY
Because. This is a fundraiser for
the DRUG program.NICK
Does Sarah know? She is going to
Nick shrugs. He doesn't seem worried. Kim approaches.KIM
What group are you guys in?AMY
Ken points to Amy as Kim sits down next to Nick.KIM
What about you?NICK
Kim looks around the room.KIM
Ugh. I'm in group 3. I don't know
anyone in my group. As if this
doesn't suck enough already.
Rosso said he couldn't come. His
got in too much trouble last year
What? That's so unfair, Daniel
doesn't have to go? We are being
punished for NOT being idiots???
Nick starts laughing again and Kim glares at himKIM
What about Lindsay, you guys know
what group she is in?AMY
Actually, no one has seen her yet.
I don't think she is here.KIM
She's here, there is no way
She got out of this!
Bill walks by and we follow him as he approaches a group of jocks, they greet him heartedly. They are playing cards.BILL
Hey Bullet, sit down- we are
trying to get in one final
practice round.BILL Alright
Williams starts to collect the cards from the old game and shuffle.
There is a loud screech as Mr. Rosso is stands at the front of the gym, holding a microphone.ROSSO
OK- we are going to lock the doors
in two minutes, that's it. If you
are here and have not checked in,
please make your way to the front
A few students walk to the front tableROSSO
Okay students- Hello! Thank you
for coming, to all our volunteers,
to everyone helping out. I know
everyone wants to socialize and I
promise there will be time for
that, and other things.
We aren't going to work the whole
time! This is going to be fun!
Bill laughs and looks over at the group next to him. Sam is taking a seat next to Stacey, and Neil next to Vicki, who makes a face. Cindy and the other jocks are in their group also.ROSSO
Hey! HEY! Now I know this isn't
what most of you want to be doing
on a Saturday, but this is going
to force us to come together and
raise money to help the school.
Sarah rushes up to Nick and sits down next to him.ROSSO
Everyone has a group number. For
our first activity, I just want
you find the rest of your group,
and gather together.
A few kids moan and groan in the crowd.ROSSO
Oh come on guys! This is a way we
get to know each other. We are
forced to all TALK to one another.
Kim dramatically rolls her eyesROSSO
And the first team to do this gets
a PRIZE! YEAH! What do you guys
think of that?
OK then lets go guys.
Students get up and start to walk aroundEXT. DANIEL'S CAR - DAY
The top is down, Daniel is wearing sunglasses, looking straight ahead, relaxed. Lindsay is pouting.DANIEL
So! What do you want to do today?LINDSAY
Go to the lock inDANIEL
Ok, well we can't do that. So what
else do you want to do?
Lindsay crosses her arms and says nothing. Daniel looks at her and then back at the road. He sighs.DANIEL
Listen I said I was sorry!LINDSAY
Actually, you didn't. You never
really apologized- at all.
Daniel opens his mouth and closes it again. She doesn't look at him.DANIEL
Listen, I know it sounds stupid. I
really thought- I mean I thought
you wanted to hang out today.
Lindsay looks at him and realizes he is a little hurt.LINDSAY
I did. I do- Just- This is really
I'm really trying
to stay out of trouble. You don't
have to always do things this way.DANIEL
Well what am I supposed to do? Ask
If you want to go to Strokers party
with me next Saturday? Everyone is
going to me there- it will be a blast!LINDSAY
I know and I'm sorry but- you know
why we can't! It would be a disaster! Kim-DANIEL
OK! I can't talk about this
anymore. I thought, you know,
today would be the ONE day to avoid
all of that!LINDSAY
Ok, yeah fine.
Lindsay looks out the window, thinking. A smile slowly spreads across her face. They pass by a carnival on the side of the road. She suddenly turns to Daniel.LINDSAY
YOU want to take me out! Like on a date!
Daniel lets out a small laugh, still looking ahead. He shakes his head.DANIEL
That's not what I saidLINDSAY
Yes it is, you said you want to take me to
That was just an example!
Why does it matter Lindsay, I
I just can't believe that Daniel
Desario would take anyone on a
I don't know- where do you take
girls on dates- to the back of
I'm not a total scumbag Lindsay- I
take girls on a real dates.LINDSAY
Like dinner and a movie?DANIEL
Is that what you would want?LINDSAY
No. That's boring. I would just
want to do like whatever.
She looks back out the windowLINDSAY
Did you see that carnival we just
Daniel looks at her strangelyDANIEL
Carnival? Like Ferris wheel,
cotton candy, clowns?LINDSAY
I haven't done anything like that
since I was a kid. Remember when
it felt like the most exciting
thing in the world?DANIEL
I never really went to those
things when I was a kid.LINDSAY
You didn't? Oh wow it's so much
Are you hungry? We could go get
breakfast at that little diner on
Or we could go to that carnival.
He glares at her. She raises her eyebrowsLINDSAY
That's what I want to do today. Go to the carnival.
And since you majorly screwed me over today and owe
me big time, I think we should do what I want to do!DANIEL
Come on! That stuff is for like
little kids, Lindsay!LINDSAY
Fine, lets go to your boring diner
and get breakfast. Just like we
have done a million times before.
He glances at her as she looks back out the window, defeated.DANIEL
Daniel turns the car around.DANIEL
Lindsay rolls her eyes and looks out the window at the carnival in the distance, laughing.INT. GYM - DAY
All the groups in the gym are standing in circles with one person in the middle blindfolded. It's some kind of game. Bill is wearing the blindfold in his group, and the jocks are shouting things at him as he staggers around with his arms out.MEYERS
To your left left, no a little
more, to the right!WILLIAMS
Take two steps to the front- no
back- stopJOCK 3
Shut up Williams- no Bill, listen
to me- take two steps to the
Mr. Rosso grabs the mic on stageROSSO
The purpose of the exercise is to guide your team
member out of the circle, working
together! Not just yelling and screaming. Try to work
as a team, okay?
Next to Bill's group, Neil is the one in his group with the blindfold on. He starts doing a stupid dance in the middle and everyone in the group laughs.STACEY
See? I told you he was funny!
Vicki wipes the smile off her face and rolls her eyes.VICKI
Bill is now laughing as each group member directs him to bump into another. The boys starts roughhousing and laughing.ROSSO Hey! Hey group 9, cut it out!
By this point Bill is in the middle of a pile up and grabs for leverage. He accidently pulls Meyers pants down, leaving him standing there in his underwear. The group pulls back and explodes with laugher as Bill pulls his
Blindfold off. Meyers shoves Bill hard in the chest. A hush falls over the group. No one is sure if Meyers was joking or not.SAM
Bill looks up from where he was thrown, ready to take another hit, but is shocked by the sight of pulling up his pants and laughing hysterically.MEYERS
OK Bullet you got me- ha ha- but
watch out, you're next!WILLAIMS
Aberchuck that was so great!
He reaches is hand up for a high five, Bill exhales, relived, and meets his hand.EXT. CARNIVAL - DAY
Lindsay and Daniel are on the Ferris wheel. He is leaning back, looking bored, his arms crossed over his chest. Lindsay is leaning over the side, smiling.LINDSAY
Wow! Isn't this fun?
Look at everyone,
they are just little dots, we are
so high up!DANIEL
He stays unmoving, leaning back in the seat, and lights a cigarette.LINDSAY
You think that's allowed on this
What are they going to do, climb
up here and arrest me?
Lindsay looks at him and shakes her head.LINDSAY
What are you, afraid to have
This just isn't my idea of fun.LINDSAY
OK what is? Sitting on your driveway, shooting cans?
Daniel laughs but still doesn't move.LINDSAY
Well I'm having fun- thank you for
paying for my ticket- that is very...
Nice of you.
He looks embarrassed but smiles at her.DANIEL Yeah yeah come here
He reaches for her and she squirms away.LINDSAY
He moves over towards her side of the car, swaying the seat. She grips the sides and laughs, Daniel is suddenly frozen in fear. He grips the edge of the seat, looking down in horror. He is terrified.LINDSAY What are you doing?
Daniel doesn't move at all. He is totally freaking out.DANIEL
You are freaking out- you hate this!DANIEL
Why didn't you tell just
me you were afraid of heights?
Daniel still hasn't movedDANIEL
Because I'm not!LINDSAY
Fine. Then come over here and kiss me.DANIEL
I don't want toLINDSAY
Well you did a second agoDANIEL I don't want to now!
He looks sick, he swallows hard. Lindsay slides over and Daniel flinches as the cart shifts. Lindsay wraps her arms around him, and he starts to relax.
He turns towards her and exhales as the seat reaches the ground. He leans
in to kiss her but they are both startled when the cart reaches the ground.
They pull apart and get off the ride, walking a few feet away.LINDSAY
Are you ok?DANIEL
Just admit you were scared!DANIEL
I wasn't scared- I was just-
He looks around and spots a food vendor nearby.DANIEL
Do you want cotton candy?LINDSAY
You are changing the subject, but
since you asked, yes I do.INT. SCHOOL GYM - DAY
Students are sitting in groups in the gym, there is a low mummer of chatter. Sam and Neil's group. Vicky is addressing the group and reading from a piece of paper.VICKI
OK guys- we are all supposed to go
around and tell each other our wishes
and hopes for the future.
Everyone gives her a strange lookVICKI
Come on guys, I'll go first.
(matter of fact)
I want to be graduating U of M
law school with honors,
engaged to a handsome older
man- and- I'd have highlights.
The jocks start laughing and Sam looks at her strangely. A huge smile is on Neil's face, he stares at her in awe.VICKI
What? That's what I want!WILLIAMS
How you going to pull that off?VICKI
I have a 4.0 grade point average.MEYERS
No... How are you going to trick
some poor sap into marrying you?VICKI
Oh Vicki please marry me- please
boss me around and tell me what to
do for the rest of my life!
The jocks all laugh, Vicki looks hurt.STACEY
Don't you already have highlights?VICKI
No! You know my mom won't let me dye my
Whatever, fine, Stacey you go
Stacey thinks for a minute and smiles to herself.STACEY
I wish to be happy.
Stacey smiles at the group.VICKI What? You can't answer like that!STACEY
Why not? I want to be happy!CINDY
Yeah, why not? I want to be happy
too, can I give the same answer?
Vicki answers "no" and Stacey answers "yes" at the same time.WILLIAMS I'll go next!
I want to be playing pro- Maybe
quarterback for the Steelers!
The jocks all high five and yellMEYERS Yeah, Superbowl twenty!
Jocks hoot and hollarVICKI Shhhh, shut up guys!
Williams gets in her faceWILLIAMS
Hey! You can't tell me what to do..
I'm not your husband!VICKI
Stop, okay we get it!
Vicki gestures to NeilVICKI
You! You're next!NEIL
Neil is my nameVICKI
I know that! You know I know that!NEIL
Well, I don't know what school
I'll go to and I don't care, as long
as long as it's a good one. Maybe
start my own business. All you need
is one great idea. And I already have
a million of them!
He surveys the group
I still know I'll be making a lot
of money. Because I will have an
expensive watch. And suits- lots
Neil smoothes his shirt.NEIL
I'll have a totally cool wife.
Good looking, smart, knows what she wants.
Neil winks at Vicki she recoils and makes a face.VICKI
(quietly, to Cindy)
Lame! What a dork!NEIL
Yeah, it's dorky to have an
education! What are you going to
do when you crack your head open
during a game and can't play
anymore? Work at Mc Donald's?FREAK GROUP
Amy, Ken, Nick, Sarah, and Sarah's friend Mia are sitting
With their group, looking over the questions.KEN
Retired! That's where I'll be-
sitting on my ass on the beach
smoking a big jo-RANDOM DUDE
OKAY OKAY I think I got it Ken! Who is next?
Sarah gives Ken a dirty look. She is leaning against Nick, he is staring into space.MIA
I'll go next!RANDOM DUDE
Ok Mia, go for itMIA
I want to win the talent show this
Mia and Sarah look at each other and smile and squeal. Amy rolls her eyes.MIA
I hope my parents let me go to
Florida for spring break. And I
want to go to prom..
And I'm applying to Northwestern.
It would be so great to go to
college in Chicago!SARAH
Wow. Chicago! But I would miss
They squeal and hug. Nick flinches at the sound. The group leader is unfazed and speaks above them.RANDOM DUDE
Okay, Amy how about you?AMY
Do we have to answer these
questions- this is so stupid!RANDOM DUDE
Mr. Rosso is checking the sheets-
I have to write something down...AMY
(sighs and shrugs)
OK um I guess. I've kind of been thinking
about learning to play another instrument.
I took piano as a kid. Music schools love to see
that. I don't know.
Ken looks at her in awe. She quickly becomes uncomfortable.AMY
Or I don't know, I could change my
Random dude scribbles something on the paper. Sarah gives Amy a weird look and nudges Nick.NICK
What's wrong with your friends?
Don't they care about anything?NICK
Yeah they do!SARAH
Nick, their biggest aspiration is sitting on the beach getting
high! What about college? Aren't you turning 18 soon?
Nicks looks panicked all the sudden.SARAH Are you alright?
Nick continues to stare into space, freaking out. Ken leans over.KEN
No, - Ken, do you realize we are going to be 18 soon?
Adults? My dad is going to kick me out! The end is coming-
What are we going to do?KEN
Man, you are baked!
Sarah can't hear them, but she watches critically.NICK
(shaking his head)
I'm not going to the Army! No!
Ken looks at Nick, in a total panic. He puts a hand on his shoulder.KEN
Relax. It will all work out! Don't let these
people freak you out.NICK
Sarah is still watching them.NICK
Hey! I have an idea! How about I
come live with you in Hawaii? We
could live in a tent on the beach!KEN
Alright- But you gotta get your
own tent- you aren't sharing mine.NICK
oh, oh yeah, okay.
They laugh and do low high five. Sarah leans forward.SARAH
I'll go next!
She pulls Nick back towards her, he seems contentRANDOM DUDE
Sarah grabs Nick's hand.SARAH
I want two kids. And we will buy a
house on my street- so we can be
near my parents. I can teach
aerobics when I'm not with the baby,
and Nick could work at one of the
plants, or be a construction
Everyone, including Nick, is horrified. Amy lets out a laugh and quickly gasps and covers her mouth with her hand.NICK
But- but I don't want to work in
He stands up suddenlyNICK I'll- I'll be right back
Stands up and takes off, Sarah watches in shockINT. CARNIVAL - DAY
Daniel is playing a carnival game. The man working to game is rattling off commentary. Daniel is concentrating hard , shooting a water gun
at a target, Lindsay is standing behind him watching. The man announces a
small child as the winner. Daniel turns around to face Lindsay, hands in the air.DANIEL
I told ya! I'm not any good at this!LINDSAY
Oh please Daniel, you don't have
to be good at it, it's about luck!
Daniel points the winning child walking away with a stuffed toyDANIEL
I swear that kid was cheating!LINDSAY
Well the kid is gone now, so now is
your chance to win me that huge
gorilla up there.WORKER
Hey Hey place your bets, place ya
bets come on every body lets go!
Daniel rolls his eyes and turns around, placing a few dollars in the man's hand. The bell goes off.WORKER
Step right up, step right up okay
ready everybody? On your marks!
Daniel gets into stance, holding his gun far out in front of him. He is so serious, Lindsay laughs.LINDSAY
Yeah, Desario! Whoooooooo!
He turns back and gives her a disapproving look. She giggles but stops abruptly as the bell rings.WORKER And their off!
The worker rattles off all the running's, Daniel is in the lead, Daniel is leaning over the rail as far as he can. Lindsay takes a few steps forward towards him.LINDSAY Whoooooooooooooo Yeah Daniel!
Daniel is concentrating hardLINDSAY
32 falling behind, number 10
pushing ahead, 10, 10 is in the
lead followed by 4, 4 in the lead
32 WAY behind...
Daniel's is falling behind and is getting more frustrated. The bell rings, signaling the end of the game.WORKER
Number four! And number four is
the winner, congratulations number
He throws his gun down and stalks away.DANIEL Come on lets go
Lindsay rolls her eyes and follows himLINDSAY
Daniel! It's just a stupid game!
She runs up behind him and they walk though the crowd.LINDSAY
Where are you going?DANIEL
I've had enough of this place!LINDSAY
Because you lost?DANIEL
They exit the carnival, and start to walking though the parking lot,
which is really just a field full of cars.LINDSAY
Well thanks. For going
with me, even though you didn't
want to. Sorry.
He glances over at her and smilesDANIEL
It was alright. I just don't like
Yeah, I get that.
They arrive at Daniel's car. He stretches and slides on the hood of the car. Lindsay watches him.DANIEL
Ahhh. It was getting crowdedLINDSAY
Lindsay climbs up to join him.LINDSAY
So how come you never went to
places like this when you were a
I don't know
We used to- when I was
really little, but I
You went to a carnival?DANIEL
Yeah carnivals, the beach, the
movies, we used to go to mackinaw
every summer- the whole family.LINDSAY
Daniel picks at his shoeDANIEL
But then your dad got sick huh?DANIEL
This isn't exactly my favorate
topic of conversation.LINDSAY
I'm sure it isn't, I'm sorry.DANIEL It's okay
There is a long pause as Daniel continues to pick at his shoe, Lindsay watches him.DANIEL
You are the only person who never
asked me exactly what happened to him.
Lindsay is unsure what Daniel is trying to say. Is he upset that she never cared enough to ask?LINDSAY
Well- I- um- I just didn't want
to- I know you don't always like
to talk about stuff -
I just figured you would tell me
when you were ready.
A family of four walks by and smiles at them. Lindsay watches one of the children, his face painted, holding on to a balloon. When Daniel speaks it
I four years old, playing outside playing football with my brother.
My mom comes outside and is frantic, yelling at us to get in the car!
Get in the car right now! I wanted to play football and didn't understand,
I was throwing a total tantrum.
She watches him intently as he speaksDANIEL
I just remember being at the hospital for a long time,
everyone was crying, and I was still holding that stupid
football. Finally Jimmy told me that dad fell off the roof
of one of the houses he was contracting. He broke his hip
and collarbone. I was so scared he was going to die.
He takes a deep breath and looks at her, he almost feels releif to be telling this story.DANIEL
My mom promised me he wasn't going to die.
The day he was coming home from the hospital,
I was sooo excited. But when my mom brought
him inside, I hardly reconised him.
He runs his hands though hair.DANIEL
He was just a zombie in a wheel
chair. I guess his head was banged
up pretty bad. He didn't talk to us,
much anymore. And when he did,
he didn't make much sense any way.
They wanted to put him in a home
But my mom insisted she take care of him.LINDSAY
So you stopped doing stuff,
Yeah. Jimmy had to do
everything around the house
because my dad couldn't anymore.
He was only 12 so he and my mom
were always fighting, yelling at
each other...we didn't have a lot of money,
there was some from the lawsuit. But my dad was
never the same. He didn't laugh, he couldn't play football
with me, or go to mackanaw.
Lindsay is hanging on every wordDANIEL
When Jimmy was older he started not
coming home, doing drugs. My mom
couldn't take care of my dad and do everything
around the house. I tried to help out, but my mom
and I started fighting all the time.
Daniel swallows hard.DANIEL
.....Sometimes I think he might
as well have died.
Lindsay puts her hand on Daniel's shoulder. He ignores
it, and looks away.LINDSAY
Daniel -I'm so
sorry, that must be so hard.
Thank you for telling me.
He turns to her and smiles weaklyDANIEL
I think that is the most I have ever said
all at one time in my entire life!LINDSAY
(nods and smiles)
I think so!INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
Nick is in the deserted hallway of the school, pacing back and forth. Sarah approaches him.SARAH
Hey Nick! What's wrong? Are you
Yeah no I'm fine. I just needed a
break. I'm fine.SARAH
You don't seem fine-
Look- I'm sorry if I freaked you
out back there. I just- I mean we
haven't really talked about the
We're still in high school!SARAH
I know! But it's just a game-NICK
I just don't- I can't- I don't
Sarah looks down, hurt and deflatedSARAH
You don't love me back, that's what
this is, isn't it?NICK
He stops pacing and looks at herNICK
I like you. I'm having fun. Why
can't we just have a good time. Why
do things have to be so serious?SARAH
Its not serious, it's a reality!
You are I are graduating this year!
It's not so insane to think about what
Might happen afterwards.
Nick grits his teeth in frustration.NICK
Sometimes being with you is hard,
(her voice breaks)
It's hard to be with me?NICK
No, it's not hard- its just like you know,
my friends? We just get each other.
There is no pressure. And the future? We will
figure everything else out when it happens, you know?
Sarah looks at him, her eyes filling with tears, in confusion.SARAH
Your friend LINDSAY too? She just
Why are you bringing Lindsay up
again? She is my EX girlfriend, we
are friends, that's it.SARAH
When you guys were going out, I
heard she made you audition for
some band! Obviously, she wanted
you to think about the future!NICK
She was trying to help me- with
something I cared about!SARAH
I didn't even know what you cared
about until a week ago!NICK
This whole summer you were a
different person- suddenly Lindsay
comes back in town and you become
a burnout again?NICK
I'm not a burnout! Why? just
because I want to hang out with
How do you think I feel? I thought
you were someone else!
I thought you liked me.NICK
I do like you. And I want to be with you.SARAH
Why did you change all of the sudden, why now?NICK
I don't know.. Lindsay was gone
all summer and Daniel dropped out
of school, Ken was with Amy. We
were all doing our own thing. But
then school started and I realized
I missed it all...
There is a pause and Sarah sighs loudly.SARAH Nick just tell me. Are you ever going to say it back?
Nick sighs and grabs Sarah's hand. He looks into her eyes.NICK
All I can promise is that I want
to be with you. But I can't do this under
so much pressure. I'm sorry if I
made you think anything else, but
this is who I am.SARAH
Are you breaking up with me?
Nick hesitates for a second.NICK
No! Who says we have to want the same
things in order to be together?
All that should matter is that we
like each other.
Sarah wipes her eyes and nods reluctanly. Nick embaraces her in a hug.EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY
The sun is starting to set. Lindsay and Daniel are on the hood of Daniels car in the grassy parking area at the carnival. Behind them, lights still glow in the distance. Daniel is laying on his back, his arm is dangeling off the car, a half empty six pack of beer swings back and forth. Lindsay has a beer nearby, but is sitting up, doing homework. The radio plays CCR softly in the background.LINDSAY
I always forget, is it effect, or
When do you use effect with an E
and affect with an A?DANIEL
I didn't know you could spell it
with an A
Lindsay presses a pencil to her mouth, thinking. Daniel looks over at her and rolls his eyes.DANIEL
(whining a little)
Come on Lindsay, enough homework,
you have been doing that for
(to her self)
I'm almost done
Daniel stretches as she scribbles on her notepad. He finishes the rest of his beer and sits up, looking around.DANIEL
I'm bored, lets do something!LINDSAY
Daniel jumps off the car and Lindsay looks upDANIEL
No! I'm not going to hold on- I'm
leaving- are you coming or not?LINDSAY
How many beers have you had?DANIEL
Three! So? How many have you had?LINDSAY One
She shuts the school book and sighs, raising her eyebrows at
Where do you think you are driving
to after three beers?DANIEL
(rolls his eyes)
Oh please, I'm not drunk- you
From one drink?DANIEL
Yeah- It's not like you ever drink
so it shouldn't take much!
Lindsay reaches out on front of her.LINDSAY
Fine- give me another! But you
have to promise to stay here, we
aren't driving anywhere.
He hands her a beer and smiles.DANIEL
Is that what you want to do, sit
here and drink all night?LINDSAY
Isn't that what YOU do every
Do you have any other ideas? I'm
stuck with you until the morning,
so we have to do SOMETHING!DANIEL
Hey- I could just take you home!
She opens the beer and takes a sipLINDSAY
We both know you can't do that!DANIEL
Daniel sips his drink, leaning against the car with his back to her.LINDSAY
You are mad?DANIEL
No- I'm just sick of you acting
like I'm holding you here at
gunpoint or something.LINDSAY
Well not exactly gunpoint, but we
both know this is not what I
wanted to do todayDANIEL
So you would still rather be at
some stupid school fundraiser then
hang out with me?LINDSAY
No- I would RATHER not lie to my
teachers and parents.DANIEL
Well if you're stuck with me at
least try to have a good time
I mean, right or wrong, I will
admit this is probably more fun
then the lock inDANIEL
I GAURENTEE it's more fun then the
He holds up his beer canDANIEL
To not going to the lock in!LINDSAY
(laughing) to NOT going!
They click their cans together and both take a sip.
Nick and Sarah are in an embrace having an intimate moment, when Mark suddenly
comes around the corner. He pauses for a moment, trying not to interrupt. Nick sees him standing there and breaks away from Sarah.NICK Oh hey MarkMARK
Hey Nick, SarahNICK
So, how is your group?MARK
Sucks. But Freddie is in my group acting a fool, so it's pretty funny.
Yeah? What now?
I picked him up this morning. Warned him it was
strong stuff but as usual, he didn't listen! So now he is
so far gone he is practically drooling. He's being
an idiot, but at least it's entertaining.
Mark studies Nick's face for a second
Are you good?
Nick clears his throat uncomfortableNICK
Um good, yeah thanks.
Sarah looks from Nick to Mark, trying to hide her annoyance.MARK
I'm heading to the bathroom right
about now- you guys can meet me in
there if you want?NICK
Nah- no thanksMARK
Alright- but its going to be a
(rolling his eyes)
Tell me about itMARK See ya!
He exits. Sarah puts her hands on her hips.SARAH
Why does he want us to meet him in
Nick can't help himself. He laughs and turns away.
Come on, why do you think?SARAH
It's fine, we never get caught.
She looks at him closely seaching his face.SARAH
oh my god- are you high? Right
Well not really. Anymore.
Sarah exhales and crosses her arms.NICK
It's okay! I'm not going to get in
Sarah looks down and finally at Nick
SARAHI can't believe that Mark would sell drugs to kids
in this school! After everything that happened with
Mike Hardman, after everything we have been discussing
today! Ugh. Mark is a freak.
Hey! Mark is my friend!
He's not your friend, he is the guy who sells you pot!(fuming)
You know, I thought I could do this but I
Just can't. We are just too different Nick.NICK
No! No we aren't! I'm sorry, I won't smoke
In school again if you don't want me to!SARAH
No- it's not just about that. What you
said was right. This is who you are,
I don't agree but that doesn't mean you are
wrong. It's just too different. Different from me.NICK
No! No it's not, I promise I can
do more things you want to do!SARAH
No- You were right. I DON'T get you,
maybe someone like Lindsay did
no! no! I don't want someone else!SARAH
Nick, no. This is never going to
work, I realize now we aren't right for each
other. You are never going to be the type of guy who...
Who what? Wears dockers and a sweater vest? Listens to
Kool and the Gang? Goes to church every Sunday? No, I'm not.
There is a long silence as he looks at her sadly. There are tears in her eyes again.SARAH
I had a crush on you for so long.
And this summer was so great, and
I did- I do love you. But it
wasn't real. I don't know why you
changed for me but I wish you
didn't. Maybe this wouldn't be
happening right now, I don't know.NICK
I didn't mean to do anything!SARAH
I know. I'm sorry.
Nick looks away from her.NICK
Sarah trembeling, stands on her toes and kisses Nick on the cheek. He is still turned away, not looking at her. She waits a moment for him to say something, then turns and walks away.SARAH
And promise me one thing? You
won't get back together with
Lindsay. At least not right away.
Nick is offenedNICK
Maybe I will, maybe I won't.SARAH
She wipes her eyes and walks back toward the gym, leaving Nick standing there. He sighs and looks down the hallway.NICK
EXT- PARKING LOT DANIELS CAR
The sun has completely set and Lindsay is sitting on the hood of Daniels car.
The first few bars of There are empty beer can around, they are a little
drunk. "The Joker" comes on the radio.DANIEL
It's Steve Miller Band!
He runs to the front of the car and leans in though the open window, turning the music up loud. Lindsay winces.LINDSAY
My god- Daniel!DANIEL
Some call me the gangster of love
Singing along, he hops back on the hood of the car next to her, leaning aganist the windshield. He closes his eyes and Lindsay watches him with amusement.DANIEL
People talk about me, baby- Say
I'm doing you wrong.
He sits up, opens his eyes singing to her, trying to make her laugh.DANIEL
Cause I'm right here right here
right here at hoooome
Lindsay starts to laugh. He leans back again and they sing together:LINDSAY
cause I'm a picker, I'm a grinner,
I'm a lover, and I'm a sinner...
He reaches out for her hand and pulls her back so she is next to him, leaning against the windshield.DANIEL
I'm a joker, I'm a smoker, I'm a
midnight toker, sure don't want to
hurt no one...DANIEL
YeahINT. HALLWAY - NIGHT
Neil, Sam, and Stacey are walking down the hallway to the cafeteria. There is a folding table across from the entrance where Cindy and Vicki are sitting. As they approach, they notice Cindy and Vicki are quietly arguing.SAM
Do you know what we are having for
dinner? I heard pizza.STACEY
I don't know- Vicki was in charge
of that. I hope pizza, because I'm
starving!NEIL Me too!
They stop when they notice Cindy and Vicki raising their voices.CINDY
No! Enough of this- why do you
have to control every situation?VICKI
If I don't, other people just mess
it all up!CINDY
This is supposed to be fun!VICKI
No- this is supposed to be
organized and under control.
Cindy stands up and grabs her notebook.CINDY
Everyone is sick of this!
Practice, the festival last month!
You even told us what to wear today!VICKI
But I wanted all of us to look
Who? Your friends? Those girls
aren't your friends- they are just
afraid of you. I'm your friend.
That's why I'm telling you this.
Enough is enough!VICKI
Fine- I'll plan the seating chart
all by myself then.CINDY
What's the big deal- you don't let
anyone help anyway.! I'm going to
get something to eat. Come talk to
me when you grow up!
Cindy shakes her head and walks towards the cafetira, bumping into Stacey.CINDY Sorry Stacey
Sam, Stacey and Neil watch Cindy walk into the cafeteria.
Vicky is scribbling vigorously on a pad of paper.VICKI
What are you looking at?STACEY
We should go...
She turns and Sam follows her. Neil glances back at Vicki, who is now staring off into space, deep in thought. He takes a step forward, but thinks better of it, and turns to walk into the cafeteria.INT. SIDE OF THE ROAD - NIGHT
Lindsay and Daniel are walking down the side of the road, drunk. Lindsay is talking animatedly, waving her arms around. Daniel is laughing at her.LINDSAY
I mean really? I mean what is
Millie thinking? She is going to
get married to her husband only to
find out he is terrible at sex? I
mean then you are stuck with that
person for life? I mean, can you
Daniel laughs and shakes his headDANIEL
nooo I can't.LINDSAY
Of course you can't. Because you
have sex with everyone!
He starts laughing as Lindsay trips over her own two feet, but catches herself He stabilizes her.DANIEL
whoa whoa whoa- careful LindsLINDSAY
I'm fine, I'm fine. But seriously
I'm starving you said this place
is right down the road, where is
Just past one more light- do you
see it up there?
He points, she squintsLINDSAY
No! Why can't we just drive there
like normal people?DANIEL
Because thanks to you, I am now
paranoid. Do they really arrest
500 people a month in the whole
My dad- that what he says. But he
says all kinds of things to scare
us- don't do drugs or you will
die, don't drink or you will die-
get all A's or you will die,
whatever man, drinking is fun,
She slips and falls and Daniel leans down next to her as she laughs and collects herself on the ground.DANIEL
Ha! So? See? You said I never have
any fun! Here I am! see?
Still sitting on the ground she sticks out her tongue. Daniel
Stands up and holds out his hand.DANIEL
Are you coming or not?LINDSAY
She lays back on the ground.LINDSAY
I would like you to bring me a
strawberry milkshake and French
fries. Right here.DANIEL
You are sitting on the side of the
road- come on, get up!LINDSAY
I'll get up after I drink my fries
and eat my milkshake!
ha ha I said drink my fries,
ha...hahaha hooo hehe eat my
Daniel sighs and leans down and grabs her. He throws her over his shoulder and starts to walk down the street.LINDSAY
No no piggyback ride!
She squirms away and stands in front of himDANIEL
(annoyed)What? Come on!
She looks at him and crosses her arms.DANIEL
Fine. If this is the only way you
will go, lets go then.
She smiles and suddenly gives him a long tender kiss on the lips stumbling to keep her balance near the end.LINDSAY
Thank you. For a really fun night.DANIEL Alright, come on!
She giggles and jumps on his back and he starts walkingDANIEL
ARRRRGH jeez what do you weigh?LINDSAY
I'm just sayin, they don't call it
a PIGGY back ride for nothing!LINDSAY
shut up DanielDANIEL
Ok, but just so you know, you have
to carry me back to the car.INT. LUNCHROOM - NIGHT
Kim, Amy, Nick, and Ken are sitting at a table eating pizza. Nick is upset, he is playing with his food, not talking to anyone.KIM
What the hell is wrong with you?KEN
Just leave him alone, okay?KIM
Don't tell me what to do- besides,
I was TRYING to be nice.KEN
I know, that's why I'm telling you
to let it go.
Kim looks around paranoidKIM
Okay.. unless it's something that
you don't want ME to know about.AMY
It's about Nick and not you, so
forget about it.KIM
Nick suddenly looks up at KimNICK
Sarah and I broke up, okay??? Now
can you let it go?
Kim rolls her eyes then looks regretful.KIM I'm sorry man.
(pauses) but- well I hate to say it...KEN
Then don't say itKIM
....You are better off without
her- She was kind of boring.
Ken groans and leans back in his chair. Amy glares at Kim.
Nick just kind of looks at her in shock.KIM
What? We all know it's true. She
was also controlling and a goody
goody. I'm glad she is not around
I'm trying to help him.NICK
She wasn't a goody goody! Just
because she didn't get high or
skip class doesn't mean she was
totally straight or whatever! She
was good for me!
I was happy.KIM
Nick- maybe you thought you were
happy, but you were never yourself
around her. I mean ask Lindsay!NICK Why? Why would I ask Lindsay?KIM
Because she thinks you have been
acting weird all year. You aren't
yourself. This is a good thing.KEN I'm going to get more pizza
He stands upAMY I'll come with
She stands up and they walk away togetherNICK
She really said that? That I have
been acting weird?KIM
Yeah. But I'm guessing she isn't
going to be to thrilled I told you
Nick throws down his pizza and leans back in his chair, anxious but thinking. Kim looks around the room.KIM
I don't understand where Lindsay
is- how did that little slut get
out of this?
Sam, Stacey, Neil, Bill, and some cheerleaders and jocks are all sitting together at a table. Neil looks uncomfortable.NEIL
(whispering to Sam)
This is really weird.SAM Why?
Neil looks aroundNEIL
We are sitting at the popular
Ok, isn't this what you wanted?NEIL
I mean, yeah, but-
Loud laughter erupts around them. Bill is laughing with the jocks. Neil leans in and laughs too, it is clear he has no idea what they are laughing at.BILL
And then, I shanked him! Pulled
his pants down. I can't believe you
didn't see it!JOCK 4
I'm so mad I missed that!NEIL
Yeah, you should have seen it,-
The jocks give him a strange look like "who is this kid?" and the table falls silent. Neil shrinks down in his seat and the jocks resume talking. Stacey leans over toward Neil.STACEY Hey Neil, there's Vicki
Neil looks up at Vicki who is standing in the middle of the cafeteria. She looks at the jocks laughing at his table and decides to walk towards another table full of cheerleaders. As she apporaches, she notices Cindy sitting at the table, glaring at her. Vicki glances back that Neil table, and their eyes meet before Vicki walks out of the cafeteria, looking sad and embarrassed.STACEY Oh my god, what's wrong with Vicki?
Neil looks stunned but is thinking and he suddenly stands up.SAM
What are you doing?NEIL
Going to find her.SAM
Really? You think that's a good
idea? She seemed pretty upset.NEIL
She looked at meSTACEY
She looked at you?NEIL
Neil walks away and Sam and Stacey look at each other in awe.HALLWAY
Neil is walking down the hallway, looking into classrooms and searching for Vicki. He finally finds her sitting underneath the stairs, eating her pizza alone, miserable.NEIL Hey VickiVICKI
What are you doing here?
He is nervous, but trying to act casual. Vicki is too miserable to care. She looks like she has been crying.NEIL
Oh, you know, not much. I was just
Are you okay? I saw you walk out
of the cafeteria, you looked
I'm fineNEIL Ok
She resumes eating and Neil looks at her for a second, he is trying to think of something to say but he can't. He turns to walk away.VICKI
Just so you know- I didn't walk
out of there because I had no one
to sit with. I'm not a loser. I
just wanted to be alone. Sometimes
the stress of putting on an event
gets to be to much. I need time to
Neil turns aroundNEIL
Well I know that! Its obvious. You
are the prettiest girl in the
Vicki smiles to herself briefly before the sadness takes over again.VICKI
Again, Neil fights to remain casualNEIL
Um, you know. My table is pretty
loud and crazy. I would love to
get some peace and quiet. Do you
mind if I bring my food over and
She looks at him suspiciously.NEIL
We don't have to talk. Actually I
would prefer if we didn't.
Vicki laughs and then nods her head in agreement.VICKI
Yeah alright. Okay.
They smile at each other.INT. DINER - NIGHT
Lindsay is sitting in a diner with Daniel. She is shoving food down her throat. Her plate is empty expect for the French fries, which she is attacking.DANIEL
Whoa whoa slow down!LINDSAY
Yeah me to, but I'm not inhaling
my food. It's not very sexy.
Lindsay freezes, and comes to the realization that there is a
fistful of fries in her hand and her mouth is packed full.
She suddenly drops the fries and swallows, clumsily
wiping her hands with a napkin. She looks around and takes a
sip of her shake and leans back in her seatLINDSAY
Sorry I'm not sexyDANIEL
Relax, I'm kidding! I just wanted
you to slow down.
Lindsay is staring at the food, not paying attentionDANIEL
But I don't know how much I like
"drunk Lindsay"LINDSAY What?
She is still staring at the food. Daniel laughs.DANIEL
It's not like you can't eat!LINDSAY
But you said it's gross!DANIEL No, I said "slow down"
And you have catsup on your face.
She scrambles to wipe her mouth as Daniel picks up the plastic advertisement on the table.DANIEL
The bottomless milkshake, $1.75LINDSAY
bottomless, like it goes on
no- like $1.75 free refills until
Lindsay is thinkingLINDSAY
Well, nothing lasts forever. Like
this day! Our lives! This-
She gestures the space between them, indicating she is talking about their relationship.LINDSAY Or this milkshake!
He stares at her, confused and annoyed as she picks up the milkshake.LINDSAY
We can't do this- you know it- I
know it. Nothing lasts forever.
Like you said, it ends somewhere.
Eventually, everyone pukes.
He stares at her blankly waiting for some further explanation. After a moment she puts the milkshake down and continues eating.DANIEL I'm going to the bathroom
He walks away. Once he is gone Lindsay leans across the table and picks a piece off Daniels burger Looking all around nervously. She quickly jumps back to her side of the booth.INT. UNDER THE STAIRS - NIGHT
Vicki and Neil sitting under the stairs. He is doing is lame William Shatner impression and she is laughing at him.VICKI
You sound exactly like him!NEIL
How do you know? There is no way
you watch Star Trek.VICKI
Well it's not like I've NEVER seen
it- I know that shatner guy!NEIL
I can't believe you know who
captain kirk is!VICKI
I said I've seen it, like on tv.
For a second or something. I'm not
like some huge Star trek geek!
Vicki laughs at him and his face falls. There is an uncomfortable silence. They both eat in silence although Vikki looks miserable. Neil turns towards her.NEIL
So you want to be a lawyer?VICKI
Nothing, that's just really cool.
And I think you would be good at
it. You are good at, arguing you
Is that what you think of me? That
I like to fight with people? That
I'm always angry?NEIL
No, No- I mean. You are good at
getting your point across,
persuading people, proving your
point. That is basically what
lawyers do, right?VICKI
You don't even know me.NEIL
Not completely. But what I see is
someone who has got it all figured
out. You are organized and
together. You set goals for
yourself and you don't give up.
Not a lot of people at this school
Don't care about anything.VICKI
They don't! No one cares! No one!
She stabs at her food and Neil watches herNEIL
Listen, I know I'm just a geek..
And I know I'll never be popular,
or have a date to the dance, but
there's some part of me that knows
it doesn't matter. I get good
grades and I stay focused. I care.
High school is only a small part
of our lives. I want to go to a
good college, because in college
there are no geeks. I'll find my
own friends, get my own job, and
have my own life.
Vicki nods, thinkingVICKI
I never thought of it that way...
(looking right at him)
And you're not a TOTAL geek
They smile at each other as Cindy approaches themVICKI
Yeah, anytime. Listen, do you
think maybe sometime after school
Hey Vicki can I talk to you for a
Vicki looks at Cindy, flusteredCINDY
We should talk about what happened
Cindy glares at Neil and he suddenly stands upNEIL
Oh! Yeah sorry, I'll give you gals
(he turns around)
Vicki and Cindy are already deep in conversation. Neil's
Face falls as he heads back down the hallway.INT. DINER BATHROOM
Daniel finishes washing his hands and dries them.
He stares at himself in the mirror, thinking.
Someone else enters, he snaps back reality
and heads out the door. We follow him
back to the booth where Lindsay is sleeping with her head on the table.
He stands in front of her.DANIEL Lindsay!
Nothing. He lightly knocks on the table near her headDANIEL
She opens her eyes but doesn't pick her head upLINDSAY
I can see that
She closes her eyesLINDSAY
Daniel pulls out his wallet some bills, placing them on the table.DANIEL
Okay lets goLINDSAY
He stares at her for a second before sliding into her side of the booth.DANIEL
Lindsay, it's time to goLINDSAY
in a second
He grabs her purse and gives her one last look before pulling her on her feet.LINDSAY
Noooo, I'm tired
He puts his arm around her helping her to walkDANIEL
Well that's just too bad.
INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY
Neil is searching around, looking for his friends
He is distracted and bumps directly into Sam and Bill.BILL
Sorry guys, sorry. I was
distracted, you are never going to
Where are you going?SAM
To the gym. I guess Rosso wants us
to watch some movie.
They start to walk together to the gymNEIL
Yeah, it's about Angel dust. I
heard some girl jumps out a window
at the end!
Sam is grossed outSAM
Really? I don't want to watch
Shut up you guys, listen. I
think I'm making some headway with
Did you kiss her yet?NEIL
Yeah, we just had sex in the
hallway. NO! I didn't kiss her but
we had a good talk.BILL Talk?
Neil watches Bill rub his eyes. Bill doesn't look so good, his eyes are red and watery, he is scratching.NEIL
Are you alright? You don't look so
I think so. I'm tired.
Bill rubs his stomachBILL
Maybe it was the pizza.SAM
I feel fine
They enter the gym and begin to look for a spot to sit. There is a huge screen and projector set up. Some kids are setting up sleeping bags or cots.NEIL
Do you guys think I should try to
sit next to her during the movie?BILL
I don't know, maybe you want to
give her some time.NEIL
For what? Now? Now is the time! It's
the lock in, we are here for the
rest of the night, we shared a
great moment back there...
Stacey is seated by a bunch of cheerleaders and waves them
Over.NEIL Sam what do you think?
Sam has already gone to sit with Stacey and Bill is taking a seat near the jocks. Neil throws his hands up in the air in frsutration.PAN TO FREAKS ENTERING GYMKEN
Cheer up buddy, at least we get to
watch a movie. I heard it's pretty
It's about some chick who
overdoses and dies. It's supposed
to scare us or whatever.KIM
She pulls out nail polish and shakes it in front of Amy's
faceKIM I can do my nails AMY
Oh, will you do mine?NICK
Great. I hate the smell of nail
Will you lighten up? It's not
going to kill you. It's not angel
Everyone but Nick laughs as they stop at an open area on the floor and the girls sit down. Nick sees Sarah sitting nearby talking with her friends and takes a step back.NICK
I-I'm going to go sit on the other
side, okay? I don't need to be a
part of your little beauty school.
He walks awayAMY
What the hell?
Ken watches Nick cross the gym and then looks back at the girls.KEN I'll see you guys later
He walks off to follow Nick. Amy frowns and shrugs her shoulders. She turns to Kim who is already painting her nails. Rosso suddenly jumps on the mic at the front of the gym.ROSSO
Alright alight, it's movie time! I
told you we would have time for
some fun!GO TO GEEKS
Rosso is talking in the background. Neil watches Bill pull his sleeping bag around himself. He is shivering. Meyers notices.MEYERS
Bullet are you alright? You don't
look so good.
Bill is sweating. Sam leans forward.SAM
Hey- do you want me to tell
Mr. Rosso? I'm sure he would let
your mom pick you up.BILL
You don't look fine.SAM
(whispering to Bill)
I didn't see you take your allergy
medicine, did you forget?
It dawns on Bill and he suddenly looks around his stuff, sitting nearby.BILL
Yeah, I must have left my backpack
Oh no- are you going to go to the
hospital like that time you eat a
Look, I could drive you to
your house to get it. Rosso will
understand. Its not a big deal.
I'm allergic to dogs. If I don't
take my medicine I get really itchy
Meyers! I'm fine. This is not
like the peanut. I'll be fine. A
little uncomfortable, but I'm not
going to die or anything.
Yeah okay no problem.
He turns back around and Sam and Neil look at each other as Bill tries to turn his attention back towards Rosso. Cindy and Vicki walk back into the gym, there is a good vibe between them. They sit down in front of Neil.WILLAIMS
Look ladies and gentlemen, it's
the first cheerleader of the
united states of America!
A few jocks laugh and Vicki looks crestfallen.CINDY
Oh shut up Kevin. Just because you
are flunking out of geometry you
don't have to make fun of everyone
else who isn't!ROSSO
...Will have learned an important
lesson. Okay kids lets start the
Vicki quickly turns around and smiles at Neil as the lights go out. Bill is now l laying on his side, looking miserable. Neil beams as the movie starts and everyone's attention is on the screen.INT. DANIEL'S CAR - NIGHT
It's much later. Lindsay and Daniel arrive at his car, he is still supporting her, she is practically sleeping. He pulls backseat door open and she crawls inside. He peers in though the window for a moment and then starts walking around the car, picking up beer cans. late at night.
INT. SCHOOL GYM
The movie has been on for a while. Some kids are sleeping, others talking quietly, some playing cards. Cindy is talking to some other girls and Neil notices Vicki, alone, watching the movie. He looks around and scoots forward.NEIL
So I see you made up with Cindy.VICKI
Yeah. I thought about what you
said. I explained to her what I
was trying to do. I wasn't, you
know, trying to be mean..
but I could have been nicer.NEIL
I'm glad we talked. Usually I feel like no
one at this school understands me.NEIL
I-am -well- IVICKI
I'm sorry If I ever ignored you or
was mean in the past.NEIL
No! No it's okay.
Vicki looks at the screen. Neil inches closer to her.VICKI
(not looking at him)
Sam dating Stacey, Bill hanging
out with the jocks, you and I
friends. A lot sure has changed
this year huh?NEIL
uh huhVICKI Thanks Neil
She briefly brings one arm around and gives him a half hug. He sees this as an opportunity and leans in to kiss her. She jumps back and yells out. Some people in the area stare at them unaware of what just happened.NEIL
I'm sorry I'm so sorry.
Vicki's face is in her hands and its hard to tell if she is laughing or crying. Neil starts to get up.NEIL I'll- I'll go sit somewhere else
Vicki reaches out for him.VICKI
No Neil don't, please.
He settles back down but can't look at her.NEIL
It's fine. I'm just a little
Shocked, that's all.NEIL
But you said-VICKI
That we were FRIENDS, yes.
Neil looks at her and realizes being friends with Vicki Applebee is a good thing. He calms down and smiles.NEIL
OK yes I got it friends. I can do
that. Sorry. okay.VICKI
Suddenly a stream of light explodes into the room. There is commotion as two people start running though the crowd. Rosso runs towards them. Bill sits up as he sees his mom and Fredricks, running though the crowd, looking for him.COACH
Bill?BILL'S MOM Bill honey? Are you alright?
There is a look of utter horror on Bills face. Quick reaction shots of Neil and Sam. They are horrified also. Rosso runs over to the adults.CUT TO THREE ADULTSROSSO
Mrs. Haverchuck, Mr., Fredircks.
What's going on?BILL'S MOM
Bill forgot his allergy medicine!
Do you know where he is?ROSSO
Ok Mrs. Haverchuck please keep
your voice down, Bill is right
He points and she scurries away leaving the two men staring at each other.ROSSO
What are you doing here? I thought
you couldn't help out tonight
because you had plans?COACH
I DO have plans. With her.ROSSO
You know, its not really the best
thing for Bill. School is hard
enough in these impressionable
years but for his mom to be dating
the gym teacher.....COACH
Can it Rosso!CUT TO JOCKS AND BILLWILLAIMS
Is that Fredricks? What's he doing
here?MEYERS What's going on?
Bill is frozen in embarrassment as Mrs. Haberchuck runs up, crouched over, trying not to block the screen. Most students are staring at them.BILL'S MOM
Bill- honey are you alright? I'm
so sorry, I saw you forgot this and I know
how the mold in the school gets to you- oh you
look horrible, are you alright?
She thrusts the backpack in his hands.BILL
I'm fine.BILL'S MOM
Honey, I'm sorry, Ben said
we shouldn't come but we were so
worried. You look like you might
be getting a rash, please take
your pills and the vitiman B shot.
Fredrick's suddenly approachesCOACH
You okay Bill?BILL
Yeah, I'm fine.
The jocks are all looking from Bill to Fredricks to Bill's mom. Bill swallows hard.COACH
I told her we shouldn't have come.
Hey guys.BILL'S MOM
What am I supposed to do- let my
son be sick?COACH
He would have been fine for one
They quietly argue as Bill robotically digs into the bag and pops a pill. Sam hands him a can of coke to wash it down. He hands it back without even looking at Sam.CUT TO DANIELS CAR The car is still sitting in the parking lot. Lindsay is sleeping peacefully in the backseat with Daniel's jacket over her. The jingle for Oldies 104.3 plays softly from the radio . Daniel is smoking, staring out the window. "These arms of mine" By Otis Redding comes on the radio.CUT TO GYMMEYERS
Aberchuck, is your mom sleeping
Suddenly Fredricks takes off. Bills mom leans back in and glances at the team. They are all staring.BILL'S MOM
Take the vitamin B. You will feel
As she runs out of the gym, Williams pushes Bill.WILLAIMS
Bullet, tell us- is your mom
humping coach? Is that how you got
on the team?BILL
No- I'm on the team cause I'm
No- your on the team because your
mom is swapping spit with
I knew it! Why else would he let
such a geek on the team? No wonder
he plays favorites in practice!JOCK 3
I heard she used to strip at the
Crazyhorse. Maybe she gives
private dances to Fredricks!
All the jocks laugh and tears fill Bill's eyes. He stands up and runs away as the Otis Redding song swells again.
INT. DANIEL'S CAR
Daniel is smoking looking out the window. Lindsay suddenly stirs.
She reaches her hand out and wraps it around the front seat. He sees this in the mirror but ignores it, looking out the window. She holds her hand there for a moment before pulling it back.
CUT TO GYM
Music: "These arms of mine". Bill is running out of the gym and passes by Nick, who is seated on the floor next to a sleeping Ken. He looks up to see Bill run by and meets eyes with Sarah, who is mid laugh with a friend. The laughter fades from her face when she sees Nick. He looks away before she does, gloomily staring at the floor.CUT TO DANIELS CAR
Music: "These arms of mine". Daniel throws his cigarette out and looks behind him at Lindsay peacefully sleeping. He looks down and sighs, finally crawling into the backseat. Lindsay opens her eyes as he gently moves her head to come to rest in his lap. They both settle in, him holding her. The song is nearing the end as the camera pans away, showing they are the only car in the middle of a field with the blinking carnival lights behind them.