01 INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT

SARAH closes the door. TOM looks at it, thoughtful. He's recording everything with a camera. Passes the hand on the door. Nostalgic. Opens the door, slowly.

02 INT. ERICA'S OFFICE - NIGHT

ERICA watches the door opening. Anxious and excited. Smiles.

03 INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT

On the other side of the door there's an intense white light. TOM closes the eyes.

04 INT. ERICA'S OFFICE - NIGHT

Erica sees the intense light. Gets suspicious. Closes the eyes. The door opens completely. The white light fills the whole room and we can't see anything.

05 INT. HALLWAY - NIGHT

The light instantly disappears. TOM opens the eyes. On the other side of the door there's Sarah's room. Feels confused.

06 INT. DR. NAADIAH'S OFFICE - NIGHT

ERICA appears, disoriented. DR. NAADIAH is sitting on her chair. Serious.

ERICA

DR... Naadiah? What did just happen?

DR. NAADIAH

What happened was that I saved you from a big problem that you were about to cause.

Erica feels embarrassed.

DR. NAADIAH

Sit.

ERICA

DR. Naadiah, I...

DR. NAADIAH

(Cuts her off)

Sit.

Erica sits.

DR. NAADIAH

I want you to tell me what you were doing, Erica.

ERICA

I... That was just a momentary insanity.

DR. NAADIAH

Was it? Because it feels like you've always wanted to do what you were about to do.

ERICA

And... It's true. I... I was thinking about DR. Tom and...

DR. NAADIAH

He's not a Doctor anymore, Erica.

DR. Naadiah gets up, angry.

ERICA

He's important to me and I just feel that it's not fair not having him in my life.

DR. NAADIAH

Erica, life is not fair. And you must adapt to reality's restrictions and try to create your own happiness.

And this is the only way.

(Provocative)

Unless you want to quit as well.

ERICA

I'm sorry? DR. Naadiah, I think you're exaggerating.

DR. NAADIAH

Exaggerating? Erica, you're a Doctor now. A Doctor!

And do you have any idea of the problems I had to solve that you and Tom created?

Erica, this thing that we do can be dangerous. And you must follow the rules! I'm tired of this, frankly.

It's tiring.

Erica feels hurt. Gets up and goes away. DR. Naadiah is tired. Sighs. Sits. Someone knocks at the door.

DR. NAADIAH

Come in, DR. Arthur.

DR. ARTHUR walks in.

DR. ARTHUR

Hello, Naadiah. We have to talk.

07 INT. ERICA'S BATHROOM - DAY

ERICA is in front of the cabinet's mirror, crestfallen.
Opens it and looks for a make-up brush. Stops, thoughtful.
Watches ADAM in the living room, arranging pillows on the sofa.

ERICA - V.O

When things are only black and white, when you can't make a decision of your own,

you must adapt and try to be happy.

But the question is: Can anyone be 100% happy under life's dictatorship?

Takes a breath and is brought back to reality.

08 KAI'S KITCHEN, FUTURE - DAY

The decoration is minimalistic and white. There's a framed poster on the wall. It says "Alien Like You". KAI walks in,
shirtless. Approaches to a machine that looks like a fridge.
It has a screen. Kai touches it.

VOICE

Good morning. Choose your meal.

Kai sees a bunch of different meals on the screen and chooses one.

VOICE

Blueberry Pancake and Cappuccino.

In process.

Kai looks at the poster on the wall. Thoughtful. Smiles.
ANDREA walks in, in a rush.

ANDREA

Hey, baby!

Andrea grabs her purse.

KAI

Hey, hey!

ANDREA

I'm so late!

Andrea gives Kai a quick kiss.

KAI

You're always late. You're not going to have breakfast?

ANDREA

There's no time! Bu-bye!

Andrea walks fast to the door. Pushes a button on the wall.

ANDREA

Open.

The door opens. Amanda goes away.

KAI

Andrea!

Kai sighs. The machine makes a noise. Kai opens it and takes the meal out.

09 INT. ERICA'S PARENTS DINNING ROOM - DAY

ERICA, ADAM, SAM, LENIN, GARY and BARBARA are sitting around the table with plenty of food. LEO is near Sam and Lenin.

LENIN

And I swear he said the word 'dad'.

ERICA

Already?

SAM

(Laughs)

Leo is not even eight months,

Lenin!

LENIN

But I swear he said it.

GARY

Our grandson is gifted, Barb!

BARBARA

He really is. We look at his face and instantly fall in love with him.

GARY

He's like my wife, then.

ERICA AND SAM

Wow, mom!

GARY

No, I'm serious. You guys must be asking yourselves why I invited you here.

Gary stands up.

BARBARA

(Confused)

Gary!

GARY

You all know how Barb has been important to me.

Even when we were divorced, I couldn't stay away from her.

And, now that we're together, I must take the chance for us to bond even more. So...

Gary goes down on one knee. Everybody gets surprised.

BARBARA

Gary, are you crazy?

GARY

Barbara...

Gary shows Barbara a ring.

GARY

Do you want to marry me, again?

BARBARA

(Shocked. Smiles)

Oh my God!

Barbara looks at her family.

ERICA

Mom, answer him.

BARBARA

I honestly hope you don't regret what you're doing, Gary,

because I do want to marry you.

Gary puts the ring on Barbara's finger. They kiss. Everyone applauds. Erica is happy and thoughtful at the same time.
Adam and Erica look at each other and smile. Everyone gets up and approaches Gary and Barbara, except for Erica.

ERICA - V.O

You look at the other people and watch them moving on with their lives. Taking steps.

Getting together, marrying, having kids.

Because that's the way it should be. We must not stagnate.

But I can't stop wondering: If I want to do that too, if I have to do that,

then why do I have a permanent knot in my stomach, like it's not going to work out for me?

Erica gets up and join the others.


BEING ERICA 5X04 - BEING KAI


10 INT. ERICA'S PARENTS HALLWAY - DAY

ERICA is standing in the hallway, between the kitchen and the dinning room. Looks around, thoughtful. POV shot: ADAM is uncomfortably talking on the phone, in the kitchen. In the dinning room, SAM and LENIN are looking at the baby,
LEO. GARY and BARBARA are watching them, delighted. Barbara notices Erica and gets suspicious. Approaches.

BARBARA

Hey, honey.

ERICA

Mom, hey!

BARBARA

Are you okay?

ERICA

Yes! Why are you asking?

BARBARA

Erica...

ERICA

Seriously, I'm totally fine.

BARBARA

Is it about me and dad?

ERICA

Oh, no! Of course not! That is one of the best news I've received in my life!

BARBARA

Are you sure? Because you seemed a little quiet.

ERICA

No, mom!...

(Sighs)

It's just... No, forget about it.

BARBARA

Erica, tell me.

ERICA

It's nothing, really. I'm silly. I just look at you and dad and...

I mean, you've patched things up, you're good, you're getting married.

And Sam and Lenin are parents, they're madly in love...

BARBARA

And you too, right?

ERICA

Yes... Of course, yes. But... I feel like I can't move forward.

It seems that I won't be able to have a house, a marriage, kids...

I mean, that's what I'm supposed to do, right?

BARBARA

Oh, honey, that's not silly. It's normal. And those doubts happen

when you're ready to move forward.

When those things are about to happen. Trust me. Mother knows best.

Erica smiles. Barbara goes away. Erica looks at Adam and approaches, playful.

11 INT. ERICA'S PARENTS KITCHEN - DAY

Erica gets in. Adam doesn't notice her presence. Talks on the phone. She puts her arms around him. He gets frightened.

ADAM

Jesus!

(Talking on the phone)

Ok. I got to go.

Adam disconnects the call.

ADAM

(Upset)

Erica, what was that?

ERICA

Sorry, I thought you noticed me walking in. Are you mad?

ADAM

No, of course not. It's that... I was talking to my boss.

ERICA

Oops! Sorry.

ADAM

It's okay.

Adam also puts is arms around Erica.

ADAM

Look, I have something to tell you.

And I know that this is in short notice, but...

ERICA

What?

ADAM

My boss just told me that he needs me for another job... In Montreal.

ERICA

(Surprised)

Montreal? Are you serious? Couldn't he get anyone else?

ADAM

I don't know, but this means that he trusts me.

I have to take this opportunity... And I have to go now.

ERICA

What? As in, right, right now?

Adam nods.

ERICA

You're joking. And... When are you coming back?

ADAM

In four days.

Erica steps away from him, crestfallen.

ERICA

Oh, wow!

ADAM

I'm sorry. I didn't know about this, either. But it's a great opportunity.

I'm going to get a raise and all.

ERICA

Ok, then. If you have to go, then go. What can I do?

ADAM

Will you be ok?

ERICA

(Playful)

Of course! I'll survive.

ADAM

At least, you'll try to.

Erica laughs.

ERICA

Jerk!

Adam gets out of the kitchen. Erica looks at nowhere, thoughtful.