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					INT - MORNING, SALLY’S APARTMENT

SALLY, a young woman with exceptionally long hair, is
sleeping, curled up under her covers. Her room is kind of
scruffy, not in a shabby-chic way, but in an semi-
impoverished way.

Closeup on her alarm clock. The time changes from 6:59 to
7:00 AM, and the alarm goes off. Sally’s hand comes into
frame and slaps the clock until she hits the snooze button,
and the alarm stops.

The camera pulls back as Sally rolls over onto her back.

                                                 DISSOLVE TO:

INT - MORNING, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

The camera pulls back to reveal ISAAC, a young man with
achondroplasia (dwarfism), rolling over onto his back, eyes
open. Isaac’s apartment is, though not luxurious, posher by
far than Sally’s. He groans. Once more, we hear an alarm.

Another tight shot of an alarm clock, this time Isaac’s. The
time is now 7:18 AM. Isaac’s hand comes into frame, and he
turns off the clock. The camera pulls back as Isaac slides
out of bed.

                                                 DISSOLVE TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

The camera pulls back to show Sally sliding out of bed,
partially clad. She pads out of her room, and the camera
follows.

                                                 DISSOLVE TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Isaac, partially clad, goes into his bathroom and shuts the
door.

                                                      CUT TO:

INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally is in her bathroom, reflected in a fogged-up mirror,
blow-drying her hair.

                                                 DISSOLVE TO:
                                                             2.



INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Isaac is in the bathroom, reflected in a fogged-up mirror,
carefully shaving.

                                                      CUT TO:

INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally is back in her bedroom, dressed for work, with her hair
still slightly damp, pulling on a pair of well-worn boots.

                                                      CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Isaac is back in his bedroom, dressed in a suit. He stands
at the mirror, tying his tie. When finished, he puts his
wallet in his pocket, picks up his briefcase, and leaves the
room.

WAYNE, Isaac’s roommate, a slobby-looking guy, is sprawled on
the sofa (leather), watching the tv (huge), eating cereal out
of a mixing bowl. Isaac walks through the living room and
leaves. He does not acknowledge Wayne, nor does Wayne
acknowledge him.

                                                      CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally walks into her kitchen, which apparently hasn’t been
redecorated since 1977. Her cat, KYLE, is sprawled in a
sunbeam on the floor. He glances lazily at her as she enters
the room. She steps over him, crosses to the fridge and
opens it.

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INT - LATER, STUDEBAKER BAGELS

The COUNTERGIRL is talking loudly to someone in the kitchen
as Isaac approaches the counter. He waits for a moment, and
when she doesn’t appear to have noticed him, he clears his
throat. The countergirl looks around the store, confused,
until she finally spots him.

                                                      CUT TO:
                                                              3.



INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally sits at her kitchen table, flipping through a magazine.
As she reads, she alternates between nibbling on a bagel and
sipping a cup of coffee.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, MAGNOLIA PARK

Isaac sits on a park bench, a flock of ducks gathered around
them. He tears pieces off a bagel and throws them out to the
ducks. A paper cup of coffee is near at hand, and now and
then he drinks from it.

The camera pulls out to show more of the park. We see the
gates, and beyond them, Magnolia Street, busy with traffic.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, MAGNOLIA STREET

Sally cuts her way through the morning pedestrians. She
pauses outside an office building, Barrett and Bishop, and
looks across the street. From where she stands, she can just
see the gates of the park. She hesitates for a moment. The
traffic on the road clears for a moment, and Sally hoists her
bag a little higher onto her shoulder, then crosses the
street.

Sally slows down as she nears the park gates. She takes a
tentative step inside. From here, she can see Isaac, sitting
on his bench, the ducks gathered around him. She takes a
second step in. Isaac shifts his position slightly, almost
as though turning to look at her. Sally ducks back out of
the park and hurries on. When traffic clears again, she runs
back across the street.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, MAGNOLIA PARK

Isaac wads up the paper bag that his bagels were in and
stands up. He throws away the bag and his coffee cup, picks
up his briefcase, and leaves the park.

When the traffic clears, Isaac crosses the street, heading
towards Barrett and Bishop. He pauses when he reaches the
doors, turns, and looks up the street. He can just see
Sally, a few buildings away, unlocking the door of the shop
where she works. The sunlight reflects off her hair. She
looks up, glancing in his direction, and Isaac turns away.
BLAIN, Isaac’s co-worker, ruffles Isaac’s hair as he passes.

                                                  (CONTINUED)
                                                                4.
CONTINUED:

When Isaac looks back, Sally has vanished into her store.
Isaac hesitates a moment longer, then goes into the office.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, BARRETT AND BISHOP

Isaac hurries into an already crowded conference room. His
coworkers are behaving more like a class of unruly preteens
than a group of well-trained professionals, laughing, joking,
and shouting across the table at one another. Isaac takes a
seat at the far end of the table, next to MARY. She smiles
at him.

                       MARY
             You look cheerful.

Isaac shrugs.

                       ISAAC
             How’s Joel?

                          MARY
             He’s good.

                       ISAAC
             Thesis coming along okay?

                       MARY
             I think so. I mean, he says it is.   He
             let me read it.

                          ISAAC
             And...

                       MARY
             I didn’t understand any of it.   But it
             all sounds pretty impressive.

Blain is at the other end of the table. He makes one of
those paper football things and points it at Isaac.

                       BLAIN
             Hey, Wee Man!

Before Isaac can react, Blain flicks the football at him.      It
goes astray and bounces off ADAM, who is sitting nearby.
Adam wads the paper into a ball.

                       ADAM
             One of these days you’re gonna put
             someone’s eye out.

He tosses the paper at Blain, pegging him in the head.

                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                 5.
CONTINUED:


                       MARY
             Hey, Adam, how’s the boyfriend?

RASHEED, entering, pats Mary on the shoulder.

                       RASHEED
             I think the answer to that is “None of
             your business, Mary.”

He sits down next to ADAM.

                       RASHEED (CONT’D)
             Good weekend, Isaac?

Isaac shrugs.

Without warning, the atmosphere in the room changes.
Everyone sits up straight, starts shuffling paper, changes
their ordinary tones to quiet, professional murmurs. Moments
later, Mr. Barrett comes in.

                       MR. BARRETT
             Good morning.

                       EMPLOYEES
                 (mumbling)
             Good morning.

                        MR. BARRETT
             Well.   Let’s get down to it, shall we?

He sits down at the end of the table, takes out some papers,
shuffles them for a moment. Then he stands up again and
slaps the table.

                       MR. BARRETT (CONT’D)
             Productivity!

A few people jump or startle.      Isaac and his friends don’t
look particularly impressed.

                       MR. BARRETT (CONT’D)
             That is the name of the game, gentlemen
             and ladies. Productivity. How does one
             increase productivity?

Dead silence.

                       MR. BARRETT (CONT’D)
             Out of the box thinking. We need to
             break our paradigms. Explore the
             boundaries. We need to --


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                              6.
CONTINUED: (2)


FRANK, prematurely balding, enters the room, out of breath.
Mr. Barrett straightens, clearing his throat.

                    MR. BARRETT (CONT’D)
          Running late, Frank?

                      FRANK
          Yes, sir.    Sorry, sir.

He scurries into an open seat by Blain and attempts to
disappear. Mr. Barrett glares around the room for a moment
longer, then resumes his speech.

                    MR. BARRETT
          Well, Frank, we’ve been talking about
          productivity. We need to increase it.
          To do that, we need to explore our
          paradigms, breaking our boundaries. Out
          of the box thinking, ladies and
          gentlemen. Out of the box.

Around the table, people are starting to droop. Blain is
folding up another paper football. Adam is drawing spirals
on a piece of paper. Isaac’s chin is resting in his hand,
and his gaze is becoming increasingly unfocused. As Mr.
Barrett drones on, Isaac zones out.

                                                        CUT TO:

INT - DAY, NINJA VINTAGE

Ninja Vintage is a funky, vintage/resale sort of store,
crowded but tiny. Sally is leaning on the counter, chin
resting in her hand, zoned out. Wayne is standing at the
counter, shopping bag in hand, droning on and on.

                    WAYNE
          But what’s interesting about the Japanese
          is that though they have a repution for
          being, shall we say, somewhat prudish
          about matters sexual, they’re actually
          much more open about certain things,
          especially in their animation, or Anime,
          as it’s called. Some people call it
          Japanimation, but I find the term to be
          ignorant in the extreme.

BRODIE, dressed like an extra from the Brady Bunch, enters
the store. He stops when he hears Wayne’s voice. After a
moment’s thought, he approaches the counter, meandering
through the racks as though lost. He slows down as he gets
close to the counter, scoping Wayne out.


                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                                7.
CONTINUED:


                       WAYNE (CONT’D)
             In fact, most Anime deals with
             surprisingly, shall we say, adult
             material.

                       BRODIE
             Excuse me, miss?

Sally, lost in her own little world, takes a moment to
recover.

                        SALLY
             Huh?

                       BRODIE
             I need to update my wardrobe, and I was
             wondering if you could help me...

                       SALLY
                 (catching on)
             Oh, yeah. Yeah, absolutely.
                 (to Wayne)
             Sorry. Duty calls.

She slips out from around the counter and leads Brodie away
to a rack of shirts. Wayne watches her go.

                       WAYNE
             Another time then, my beautiful tulip!

Brodie sniggers, and Sally elbows him in the ribs.

                       SALLY
             So, what kind of look did you want to go
             for? Do you need to be more business, or
             casual, or...

Wayne watches them for a moment, then shrugs and ambles off
toward the door.

                       BRODIE
             I was actually thinking of something a
             bit more business-casual...

Brodie cranes his neck, following Wayne’s progress out of the
store. There’s a JINGLE as the door opens, then shuts.

                        BRODIE (CONT'D)
             Okay.   He’s gone.

                       SALLY
             About time.


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                8.
CONTINUED: (2)


She giggles, and Brodie laughs.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, BARRETT AND BISHOP

Isaac sits at his desk, the heels of his hands digging into
his eyes. Adam leans over the cubicle wall.

                    ADAM
          Quitting time, Isaac.

                    ISAAC
          Yep.

                    ADAM
          You all right?

                    ISAAC
          Yep.

                    ADAM
          Is that all you have to say to me?

                    ISAAC
          Yep.

They grin at each other.

                    ISAAC (CONT’D)
          Seeing your boyfriend tonight?

                    ADAM
          Yep.

Isaac slides out of his chair, grabbing his coat and
briefcase.

                    ISAAC
          Well, have a good time.

Isaac pulls his coat on.    Adam hovers, watching him.

                    ADAM
          We need to find you a girl, Isaac.    Or a
          guy, you know. Whatever.

                    ISAAC
          When I decide I need to find a husband,
          Adam, I will let you know. Are you going
          to stand here all night?



                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                              9.
CONTINUED:


They leave the cubicle together.

                                                         CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, MAGNOLIA STREET

Sally exits Ninja Vintage, her purse slung over her shoulder.
She shuts the door and puts the key to the lock, looking up
the street as she does so. She freezes.

The camera pans over so that we see what Sally sees. Isaac
has left Barrett and Bishop and is now walking straight
towards her. As before, one or two people give him a second
look or whisper to one another, but most don’t pay any
attention to him. For his part, Isaac seems aloof to all of
them.

Sally looks back at the door, quickly. She fumbles with the
key, and it takes her some work to get the door locked.

Isaac continues to walk towards her. When he sees her, he
pauses. We see Sally from his perspective, turned to lock
the door, her hair screening her from his view. Someone
jostles Isaac, and he walks on, quickly.

Sally looks up again.   Isaac’s very close to her now.   Their
eyes meet.

                    SALLY
             Hey.

                    ISAAC
             Hey.

Isaac walks past. Sally stares after him for a moment, then
turns and hurries up the street.

Isaac stops and turns, but Sally’s already a fair distance
away from him. He watches until she’s swallowed by the
crowds, then turns around and keeps walking.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally is in the kitchen, cooking.   Kyle is now sleeping
calmly on the table.

                                                         CUT TO:
                                                          10.



INT - EVENING, HOWARD’S CAFE

Isaac sits in a booth, glancing at a newspaper. The waitress
comes by and brings him his food, and he thanks her.

                                                      CUT TO:

INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally goes into the kitchen and scrapes her leftovers into a
tupperware container. She labels the top neatly and opens
the freezer. The freezer is full of neatly labeled
tupperware containers. She shuts the freezer.

                                                      CUT TO:

INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally lays on the sofa, reading a book, with Kyle curled up
on her stomach.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, A STREET

Isaac exits a movie theater, holding a tub of popcorn. A
couple of teenagers loitering outside elbow each other when
they see him.

                    LOITERER
          Hey, where’s the other six dwarves?

Isaac ignores them and keeps walking.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, MAGNOLIA PARK

Isaac enters the park and sits down at his accustomed bench.
One of the ducks, a particularly large one, comes up to him
and sits by his feet. Isaac scatters some popcorn for his
duck.

                      ISAAC
          Hey, Ben.

                                                      CUT TO:
                                                             11.



INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally looks up from her book and checks the clock. It’s past
midnight. She sighs, pushes her cat off of her, stands, and
stretches.

                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

INT - LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Isaac unlocks the door and walks in. Wayne is in exactly the
same position he was in before, but the mixing bowl is now on
the overcrowded coffee table, and the floor around him is
littered with Mountain Dew bottles. Isaac looks at his
roommate for a second, then shakes his head and walks down to
the bathroom.

                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally stands in front of her mirror, brushing her teeth.

                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Isaac stands in front of his mirror, brushing his teeth.

                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally climbs into her bed and turns out the light.    She lays
on her back and stares at the ceiling.

                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

The lights are out and Isaac’s in bed, staring at the
ceiling. After a while, he closes his eyes.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - DAY, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally and JANINE are eating lunch up at the counter as a few
people browse the racks. Janine keeps sneaking looks at
Sally, without receiving any sort of response.

                    JANINE
          So it’s Rebekah’s birthday on Thursday.

                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                                12.
CONTINUED:


                        SALLY
             Oh.   That’s good.

                       JANINE
             And a bunch of us are going out, you
             know, clubbing, or whatever.

                       SALLY
                 (long pause)
             Oh. Sounds fun.

                       JANINE
             You know, you are invited, unless it’s
             going to be too much of a burden for you.

                       SALLY
             Well, you could have told me that first,
             instead of doing... whatever you were
             doing. Besides, I don’t... I’m not a
             clubbing sort of person.

                       JANINE
             You have to leave that apartment
             sometime. And don’t tell me you leave it
             for work, because I knew that already.
             Work doesn’t count. You don’t do
             anything, Sally. It’s not healthy.

                         SALLY
             I just...

                       JANINE
             Besides, you’re never going to meet
             anyone if you hide in your apartment all
             the time.

Sally leaves the counter abruptly and starts fussing over one
of the racks.

                       SALLY
             Who said I needed to meet anyone, anyway?

Janine follows Sally over to the rack.

                       JANINE
             If you really have to spend all your time
             in your apartment -

Sally spots a problem elsewhere in the store and moves to fix
it. Janine pursues her.




                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                            13.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    JANINE (CONT’D)
           - it’s a lot more entertaining when
          there’s someone else there.

Sally hurries to straighten the window display.

                    SALLY
          Kyle’s entertaining.

Janine strolls over to the window.

                    JANINE
          Kyle’s a cat, Sally.   A cat.

A woman in a sweatshirt airbrushed with a pattern of Siamese
cats and roses on it comes up to the window. She frowns at
the glass. Janine puts an arm around Sally’s shoulders and
points at the woman.

                    JANINE (CONT’D)
          See that? That’s you in twenty years,
          Sal. In your apartment. With your cat.
          Think about it, Sally.

She pats Sally on the shoulder, and walks away. Sally
remains at the window, staring at the cat lady, who frowns at
the display for a moment longer, then walks away.

                                                        CUT TO:

INT - AFTERNOON, BARRETT AND BISHOP

Isaac is in his cubicle, playing solitaire on the computer.
As footsteps approach, he clicks the mouse, and the game is
replaced with a spreadsheet. Blain leans into the cubicle.

                    BLAIN
          Hey, Wee Man!

                    ISAAC
          Don’t call me that, Blain.

Blain leans on a file cabinet and starts opening and closing
the top drawer.

                    BLAIN
          So, getting ready to pack it all in for
          the day?

                    ISAAC
          What do you want?



                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                                   14.
CONTINUED:


                       BLAIN
             I’m gonna go grab a beer, maybe see if I
             can’t find a little action...

He walks over and slaps Isaac on the shoulder, then sits on
the desk and starts moving things around.

                       BLAIN (CONT’D)
             Know what I mean, Wee Man?

                       ISAAC
             It’s the presentation, isn’t it?     You’re
             not going to be ready.

                       BLAIN
             Well...

                       ISAAC
             Is it the PowerPoint?   You can’t figure
             it out?

                        BLAIN
             No! I just... I was working on it last
             night, but my computer... There was
             nothing...

                       ISAAC
             Shouldn’t you be taking your computer
             problems to Rasheed? I mean, since it’s
             his job and all...

                       BLAIN
             I can’t... I swear to God I’ll pay you
             back, Isaacson. You know I will; I just
             can’t...

                       ISAAC
             I’ve got a lot to do, Blain.

                       BLAIN
             Isaacson...

He starts punching Isaac in the shoulder in a buddy-buddy
sort of way, roughousing, messing up the desk.

                       BLAIN (CONT’D)
             Come on, Wee Man, huh? Help me out.
             Serious, I’ll do anything you want.
             Anything.

                       ISAAC
             Will you leave? Seriously.     Go.   Leave.


                                                           (CONTINUED)
                                                             15.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    BLAIN
          You’re a prince, Isaacson.   I mean it.    A
          little prince.

                    ISAAC
          Leave, Blain.

Blain heads out of the cubicle.

                    BLAIN
          I owe you one, Isaacson!

Isaac shakes his head and starts straightening the items on
his desk. Frank walks in.

                    FRANK
          Hey, is this the party cubicle?

                    ISAAC
          What is it, Frank?

Frank leans on the file cabinet. He opens the top drawer and
looks in. Then he looks in the second drawer. Then the
third.

                    FRANK
          So, Blain trying to get you to do his
          work for him? Man, that guy’s such an
          asshole.

                       ISAAC
          Sure.

When he reaches the bottom of the file cabinet, Frank starts
working his way back up.

                    FRANK
          So you’re friends with that Pierce guy,
          right? From accounting?

                       ISAAC
          Who, Adam?

Frank edges further into the cubicle. He starts picking up
and examining the items on Isaac’s desk, putting them back
miles from where they started.

                    FRANK
          He’s kind of a little...   He’s a little
          weird, isn’t he?




                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                               16.
CONTINUED: (3)


                    ISAAC
          Adam? No, he’s... Once you get to know
          him, he’s not too...

Adam bursts into the cubicle.

                     ADAM
          Frankie!   Darling!   How I’ve missed you!

Frank stands abruptly. Adam is at his side in a second,
edging him out of the cubicle.

                    ADAM (CONT’D)
          My, that’s a lovely suit. Looks good on
          you. It’s your color, really. Where did
          you get it? Do you have a tailor? Can I
          have his number?

He bumps Frank into the hallway and waves him off.

                     ADAM (CONT’D)
          Call me!

Adam strolls back into the cubicle, sits on the edge of the
desk (which is momentarily tidy again), and plays with
Isaac’s stapler.

                    ADAM (CONT’D)
          I know I shouldn’t, but it’s just too
          much fun. So, did Frank have anything
          interesting to say?

                    ISAAC
          No, just bitching.    How’s your boyfriend?

                    ADAM
          Having dinner with his brother. I don’t
          know. I’m starting to think he’s
          cheating.

                   ISAAC
          Uh... Is this a new thing, this brother
          thing?

                    ADAM
          No, he’s been around since before we
          started dating.

                    ISAAC
          So you think he’s been cheating on you
          since before you started dating.



                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                             17.
CONTINUED: (4)


                    ADAM
          I mean, really, who spends that much time
          with their brother?

                    ISAAC
          Actually, I see my brother all the time.

                      ADAM
          Oh.    So you’re...   close, then.

                    ISAAC
          Pretty close, yeah.

                    ADAM
          Oh. I don’t know; I’ve just never met
          anyone who liked their family before,
          that’s all. But it’s cool. I mean, it’s
          really... nice. So you think maybe... I
          mean, there could be a brother, then?

                    ISAAC
          Sure. I don’t know. Ask Mary, man.     I
          don’t know anything about this.

                    ADAM
          I can’t... I mean, I love Mary, but you
          know how she... I mean...

He does that chattering mouth gesture that everyone does, and
Isaac nods.

                       ADAM (CONT’D)
          Anyway...

                       ISAAC
          Hey, Mary.

Mary comes in and leans on the file cabinet.   Adam stands up
abruptly.

                    ADAM
          See you later, Isaac.

He hurries out, and Mary watches him.

                    MARY
          What was that about?

                       ISAAC
          Nothing.

Isaac switches off his computer and gets out of his chair.


                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                             18.
CONTINUED: (5)


                    MARY
          Is everything okay with his boyfriend?

                    ISAAC
          I’m not the one to ask.    Getting ready to
          go, Mary?

                    MARY
          Huh? Oh, yeah. Actually, I was coming
          in... Joel and I are having dinner on
          Friday, not much, just a few friends, and
          I was thinking...

                     ISAAC
          Sure.

                    MARY
          I mean, I know it’s a long way for you
          and you don’t go out of the city much,
          but... Wait. What?

                     ISAAC
          Sure.   No problem. Look, I’ve got to go,
          Mary.   I’ll see you tomorrow, okay?

                     MARY
          Okay.   Sure. Bye.

Isaac leaves. Mary opens the top drawer of his file cabinet,
peeks in, then closes it again.

                                                        CUT TO:

EXT - LATE AFTERNOON, CUMMINGS ST.

Sally walks down the sidewalk. As she nears her building,
she pauses and looks up. Kyle is sitting in her window,
looking down at her. Sally hesitates, then adjusts her bag
and keeps walking.

Wayne is across the street, buying a hot dog from a street
vendor. He watches her walk out of sight.

                                                        CUT TO:

INT - LATER, UNCOMMON GROUNDS

Sally, holding a cup of coffee and balancing a plate with a
pastry on it, finds her way to an empty table in a dark
corner. It’s open mic night and the place is filling up
rapidly with indie types in dorky glasses and dreadlocked
college kids toting notebooks and acoustic guitars. Sally
sinks further into her corner.

                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                                19.
CONTINUED:


Mary and JOEL enter and approach the counter. Sally looks at
them, blinks, looks again, studies them intently. Joel sees
her looking at them and waves. Sally sinks abruptly into her
corner. Joel exchanges a few words with Mary, then hurries
over to Sally.

                        JOEL
             Sally!   It’s been a long time!

He holds out his hand. Sally stands to shake, then gets
pulled into an enthusiastic hug.

                         SALLY
             Joel?

                       JOEL
             How’ve you been? You kinda dropped off
             the face of the earth there, didn’t you?
             Mind if we...

                        SALLY
             No.   No, please, go ahead.

She and Joel sit down. Mary comes over with two cups of
coffee, and Joel immediately stands up to take his coffee and
pull Mary’s chair out for her. Once Mary’s down, he sits as
well.

                       JOEL
             You remember Mary, don’t you?

                       MARY
             I think we met... once... at that
             thing. Do you remember the one? The one
             with the...

                         SALLY
             Yeah.    Yeah, I remember that.

She and Mary shake hands.

                       JOEL
             So you dropped out!

                       SALLY
             I dropped out.

                       MARY
             You dropped out? Why? I mean, not that
             you need to stay in school forever,
             but...



                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                               20.
CONTINUED: (2)


                      SALLY
            I just... I was sick of school. It
            wasn’t what I wanted to do, so I stopped
            doing it.

They nod.

                      SALLY (CONT’D)
            How about you? How’s the doctorate
            going?

                       JOEL
            Slowly.   But it’s going.

                      SALLY
            And you’re teaching still?

                       JOEL
            I don’t know if you’d call it teaching,
            but I try.

There’s a pause. An M.C. has mounted the makeshift stage and
is announcing the first act.

                      M.C.
            Ladies and gentlefrogs, it is my pleasure
            to present Wilbur the Poet!

There’s a polite smattering of applause. WILBUR is dressed
all in black, with a red streak running through his hair. He
takes the stage and glowers at the audience.

                      WILBUR THE POET
            In the dark dark earth of the deep deep
            grave, I buried my love in the bleak
            midwinter...

Mary rolls her eyes and Sally shakes her head.

                      JOEL
            So what are you doing now?   Are you still
            in the city?

                      SALLY
            Yeah, actually, I’m still in the same
            apartment, still working at the same
            store...

                      JOEL
            Right, right, you worked at that little
            vintage-y sort of place. Over on
            Magnolia.


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                             21.
CONTINUED: (3)


                    MARY
          Oh, the one by the...

Sally nods.

                    MARY (CONT’D)
          I work down the street from you.    Over
          at...

                    SALLY
          Oh, yeah, yeah, I think I’ve seen you at
          the restaurant, you know, over by...

                      MARY
          Yeah!    Wow. It is a small world after
          all.

                    SALLY
          It really is.

Another pause.    Attention returns to Wilbur the Poet.

                     WILBUR THE POET
          And with her bones, I built the cage of
          my heart, and locked it with the key of
          my infamy.

He’s finished. There’s a brief, confused pause, and then
more polite clapping. Mary checks her watch.

                    MARY
          Joel, we should go get Rhoda.

                    JOEL
          Right, right. Hey, it was good seeing
          you again, Sally.

They all stand - Joel hugs Sally again.   Sally and Mary shake
hands.

                    JOEL (CONT’D)
          Hey, you should come over Friday. We’re
          having dinner. Just a few people, you
          know, but we’d love to have you.

                    SALLY
          Sure, yeah. Have you got a number, so I
          could call you, or...

                      JOEL
          Hang on.



                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                             22.
CONTINUED: (4)


Joel pats down his pockets, finally locating a sharpie.   He
grabs a napkin and scribbles his phone number on it.

                     JOEL (CONT’D)
          Here.   So, see you Friday then?

                    SALLY
          Yeah, okay.

                    MARY
          It was nice seeing you again, Sally.

They hurry out past a guitarist who’s setting up on stage.
Sally sits down again, looking bemusedly at the napkin in her
hand. The guitarist sits down on a stool and adjusts the
mic.

                    GUITARMAN
          This is a... uh... traditional mountain
          ballad.

He strums a few times, then starts singing.

                    GUITARMAN (CONT’D)
          I gave my love a cherry... that had no
          stone... I gave my love a chicken...
          that had no bone...

Sally gulps the rest of her coffee down, stuffs the napkin in
her purse, and hurries out of the cafe.

                                                       CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, LE BLANC

Brodie and Isaac are having dinner together. Isaac sits,
eating, like a normal person. But Brodie plays with his
food, stares into space, and heaves the occasional dramatic
sigh.

                      ISAAC
          So.    How’s your boyfriend?

                     BRODIE
          Fine.   He’s fine.

Brodie picks up his wine glass, stares at it, then puts it
down again.

                    ISAAC
          Because you seem a little...   down.



                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                               23.
CONTINUED:


Brodie picks up a forkful of food, stares at it, then sets it
down again.

                       BRODIE
             I don’t know. He got kind of funny when
             I said I was having dinner with you
             tonight. He gets... funny, sometimes.

                       ISAAC
             You’ve been dating a while now, right?

                       BRODIE
             It’s been... I don’t know.    A year, I
             guess. A year or so.

                       ISAAC
             So you’ve been dating a guy for a year,
             constantly breaking plans with him...

                       BRODIE
             I’m not breaking anything.

                       ISAAC
             Fine. Blowing him off for some
             mysterious brother that he’s never met.

                       BRODIE
             Don’t start with me, Isaac.

                       ISAAC
             All I’m saying is that if you’d introduce
             us...

                       BRODIE
             I’m not ready.

                        ISAAC
             It’s been a year, Brodie. What, do you
             think he’s going to freak out or
             something?

                       BRODIE
             He’s a nice guy.

                       ISAAC
             Well, if he’s so freaking nice, you
             should introduce us. I’m beginning to
             think you don’t even have a boyfriend.

                       BRODIE
             Oh, come on.



                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                              24.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    ISAAC
          What? I’ve never met him, or talked to
          him, or seen a picture of him... It’s a
          girl, isn’t it? You’re straight, and
          you’ve been hiding it from us for years.

                      BRODIE
          Fuck you.

                    ISAAC
          You know, this is going to break Mom’s
          heart. She’s already got one straight
          son. Two will just... It’ll kill her.

                      BRODIE
          Shut up!

                    ISAAC
          Two straight kids, getting married,
          having babies... I’m just glad Grandma’s
          not around to see this. Her heart
          wouldn’t be able to take it.

                    BRODIE
          Fuck you, okay, Isaac?   Fuck you.   You
          win.

                    ISAAC
          Great. What’s a good day for you? I’m
          busy Friday, but anytime after that...

                      BRODIE
          Fuck you.

                                                          CUT TO:

EXT - EVENING, MAGNOLIA STREET

Isaac walks down the street, tie undone, jacket unbuttoned.
He pauses when he gets to Ninja Vintage. The sign has been
flipped to “CLOSED,” but the lights are all still on, and a
large pack of young women are rampaging gleefully through the
store. Isaac shakes his head and moves on.

The camera stays behind, zooming through the glass window and
into the store proper.

                                                     DISSOLVE TO:
                                                           25.



INT - MOMENTS LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

The women, all dressed in skimpy club attire, scurry around
the store, holding up outfits, giggling to each other, and
shrieking with delight. Janine is examining the shoe rack,
lost in thought. The camera tracks slowly through the store
into the back room, where Sally sits in a chair, being tended
to by two other girls. Sally is dressed a trifle more
modestly than the other girls, but is still wearing a lot
less than she’s used to. One girl, MIRANDA, is styling
Sally’s hair. The other, TAMRA, is doing Sally’s makeup.
Miranda keeps pulling at Sally’s hair, forcing her head to
wobble from side to side.

                    TAMRA
          Hold still.

                    SALLY
          I’m trying.

                    MIRANDA
          Hang on a sec, Tammy.

Tamra backs off, and Miranda tugs on Sally’s hair so sharply
that her head gets yanked back.

                       SALLY
          Ow.

                     MIRANDA
          Sorry.   Go for it, Tammy.

                    TAMRA
          Look up at the ceiling, Sally.

Sally sighs and rolls her eyes back in her head.

                    MIRANDA
          God, I wish I had your hair, Sally.

                    SALLY
          No, you really don’t.

                    MIRANDA
          Isn’t her hair gorgeous, Tammy?

                    TAMRA
          Close your eyes, Sal.

Janine comes in carrying a pair of precariously high heels.

                       MIRANDA
          Ooh, nice.

                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                             26.
CONTINUED:


Tamra turns to look at the shoes.

                       TAMRA
             Those are gorgeous, Janine.

                       SALLY
             Can I look?

                          TAMRA
             Go for it.

Sally opens her eyes, and immediately shakes her head.

                       SALLY
             Nuh uh. No way. I thought we were going
             dancing. I can’t dance in those. I’d
             break an ankle.

Janine shoves the shoes into Sally’s lap.

                       JANINE
             You’ll live.

                                                         CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, MAGNOLIA STREET

The girls are walking down the street, giggling and laughing.
Tamra, Miranda, and REBEKAH are in the vanguard, the others
behind. Janine and Sally bring up the rear, Sally wobbling
in her extremely high-heeled shoes. She looks a little
cranky.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - LATER, A MEXICAN RESTAURANT

The girls are crowded around a large, long table, eating
chips and drinking margaritas from obscenely large glasses.
Sally sips at her drink, looking a little less cranky.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - LATER, A BAR

The girls are sitting around several tables shoved together
in a corner. A waiter brings Rebekah some kind of flaming
drink - she blows the fire out and downs the drink in one
swallow as everyone cheers. Sally joins in with some
enthusiasm.

                                                         CUT TO:
                                                           27.



EXT -LATER, MAGNOLIA STREET

The girls are walking down the sidewalk, giggling and
talking. Sally and Janine are still in the back, but Sally
now seems to be enjoying herself, listening and laughing as
Janine talks. The group comes to a sudden stop, for no
discernable reason.

                    MIRANDA
          Yeah, I think that is -

                    TAMRA
          Isn’t he cute?

                    REBEKAH
          I’m going over there.

Rebekah and a few other girls run across the street, stopping
what little traffic there is.

                    SALLY
          What are they doing?

Janine shrugs. The girls across the street bend over,
surrounding something.

                     MIRANDA
          I know.   She’s always like this when
          she’s -

                    ANOTHERGIRL
          You should have been there when we all
          went to -

The girls across the street finish whatever they’re doing and
run back, giggling. Sally stares across the street.

Isaac is standing there, looking perplexed but not
necessarily unhappy, straightening his shirt. He wipes
something from his cheek, looks up, and sees Sally staring at
him.

                    MIRANDA
          Fix your lipstick, Becca.

                    TAMRA
          You so totally slipped him the tongue.

                    ANOTHERGIRL
          What was it like?




                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                          28.
CONTINUED:


Janine tugs on Sally’s arm, pulling her away. She looks at
Isaac over her shoulder until she absolutely can’t anymore.
Isaac watches her go, then shrugs and keeps walking.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, MAGNOLIA PARK

Isaac, shaking his head and laughing a little, walks over to
his accustomed bench. He sits down and looks out at the
ducks. Ben gets up and walks over to the bench, curling up
next to it.

                                                      CUT TO:

INT - LATER, A CLUB

Sally is sipping a drink, staring off into space as the other
girls talk and laugh around her. Janine leans over and
whispers something to Sally, and Sally smiles a little,
answers back. One song ends, and the next begins, and the
girls immediately start freaking out, cheering, grabbing each
other, and running out onto the dance floor. Janine pulls
Sally out onto the floor with the rest of them.

The girls stick together as a pack for about ten seconds
before they peel off, one by one, rushing over to greet other
friends or getting distracted by attractive boys. Sally is
left alone without realizing it, having gotten lost in the
beat. A guy starts grinding up against her from behind, and
she spins around to face him.

                         SALLY
             Brodie!

Brodie leans down and kisses her cheek.

                         BRODIE
             Sally!    I want you to meet someone!

                       SALLY
             I can’t hear you!

Brodie shakes his head, grabs Sally by the hand, and starts
to lead her off the floor. He spots Adam, and pulls him down
to whisper something in his ear. Adam puts an arm around
Brodie’s waist, and the three leave the floor together.

                                                      CUT TO:
                                                             29.



INT - LATER, A CLUB

Sally and Adam are sitting together at a table, a little away
from the noise.

                    SALLY
          So how long have you been dating?

                       ADAM
          Two years?     Two years now.

                    SALLY
          You’ve managed to put up with him that
          long?

Adam laughs. Brodie reappears with a tray of drinks. He
serves the drinks, passes the tray off to someone walking by,
then sits down.

                    BRODIE
          All right, Sally, tell the truth. Did
          you come here with some attractive man,
          or did Janine have to drag you out again?

                    SALLY
          Don’t you start with me.

                    BRODIE
          God, you’re just like my brother.
          Terminally single. What I really need to
          do is just...

He falls alarmingly silent.    Sally and Adam exchange anxious
glances.

                       BRODIE (CONT’D)
          That’s it.     It’s perfect.

                    SALLY
          It’s not, Brodie, trust me.     Whatever
          you’re thinking -

                    BRODIE
          It’ll be great.
              (to Adam)
          I’m introducing you on Thursday anyway -

                    ADAM
          Leave me out of this.

                    BRODIE
          We can all have dinner at Sally’s - she’s
          a marvelous cook anyway -

                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                               30.
CONTINUED:


                          SALLY
             Says who?

                       BRODIE
             They’ll fall in love before dessert!
             It’s perfect!

                       ADAM
             Brodie, I really don’t think -

One song ends and the next begins.       Brodie leaps to his feet.

                       BRODIE
             I love this song!

He leaves the table and rushes out onto the dance floor.
Adam looks over at Sally and shrugs.

                                                           CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, A STREET

Sally, Adam, and Brodie leave the club, leaning on one
another and laughing. Sally stops them.

                       SALLY
             Hang on, hang on.

She balances on one foot, leaning on Brodie for support, and
proceeds to take off her shoes. Once she’s barefoot, she
starts walking again, dangling her shoes in her hand. Adam
and Brodie shrug at each other, then hurry to catch up with
her.

                       BRODIE
             You’ve shrunk.

                       ADAM
             Are you sure you should be walking around
             barefoot?

                          SALLY
             It’s fine.     I’ve got tough feet.

                       ADAM
             You’d have to, to wear those.

Sally brandishes a shoe at him, giggling.

                       BRODIE
             I don’t know, Adam. I don’t think we
             should let her walk around like this.


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                31.
CONTINUED:


                       ADAM
             What do you think we should do, Brodie?

                       BRODIE
             Maybe we should carry her?

Before Sally has time to do anything, Brodie scoops her up,
flings her over his shoulder, and takes off running down the
street with her. She starts shrieking and pounding on him
one-handed.

                        SALLY
             Brodie!   Brodie, put me down!   Brodie!

After a few blocks, Brodie gets too winded to keep running.
He props Sally up against a wall and bends over, panting for
breath. Sally straightens her clothes and tries to regain
her dignity.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
             Well, maybe next time, you’ll -

Adam swoops in from the shadows, flings Sally over his
shoulder, and starts running.

                        SALLY (CONT’D)
             Adam!   Goddamnit, Adam, you bastard!

Brodie leans agains the building, laughing, as Adam carries
Sally out of sight.

Adam stops halfway along Magnolia St, nowhere near as winded
as Brodie was. He leans Sally against a shop window, and she
tries to regain her dignity.

                       ADAM
             I think this is your store.

Sally presses her nose to the glass, squinting inside.

                       SALLY
             I think you’re right.

Brodie jogs up to them.

                        SALLY (CONT’D)
             Brodie!   This is my store!

                       BRODIE
             Good for it.

Sally flattens her face against the glass again.


                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                               32.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    SALLY
          My clothes are in there.   I need my
          clothes.

                    ADAM
          You can get them tomorrow, kiddo.

                    SALLY
          Yes, but I’m here right now.

She starts rummaging through her purse for her keys.

                    BRODIE
          Do you want us to wait here while you
          change?

                    SALLY
          No, no, no. It’ll be fine.     You guys go
          home.

She produces her keys with a flourish and starts trying them
in the lock. It takes her a few tries to find the right one.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          Dinner at my house on Thursday and stop
          by the store anytime.

After some struggle, she unlocks the door. She turns around,
embraces Brodie, and gives Adam a kiss on the cheek.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          Nice meeting you, Adam!

She disappears inside the store.   Brodie and Adam shrug at
each other.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally picks her way through the dark store, taking her hair
down as she goes. She disappears into the back room.

                                                    DISSOLVE TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally re-emerges from the back, once more in her work
clothes, though they’re on a bit sloppily. She’s still
barefoot, carrying her boots in her hand.




                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                33.
CONTINUED:

She pauses to straighten a shirt on one of the racks before
leaving the store.

                                                            CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, MAGNOLIA STREET

Sally exits the store, locking up behind her. Brodie and
Adam are nowhere in sight. Sally looks left, looks right,
then shrugs and ambles up the street toward the park.

                                                            CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, MAGNOLIA PARK

Isaac has fallen asleep on his bench, Ben curled up near him.
Ben wakes up, shakes himself off, looks around, then walks to
the pond where the rest of the ducks are sleeping. Seconds
later, Sally wanders into the park, still carrying her boots.
She flops down on Isaac’s bench, waking him.

                          ISAAC
             Huh?

Sally screams and leaps off the bench.       When she sees Isaac,
she relaxes a little.

                       SALLY
             Oh, my God. I’m so sorry! I didn’t even
             see you. Are you okay? Did I sit on
             you?

                       ISAAC
             Ah... No. No, I’m fine, I just...
             Guess I fell asleep.

Sally flops back down again.

                       SALLY
             It’s a good night for it.

                          ISAAC
             I’m sorry?

                          SALLY
             Sleeping.     Out under the stars.

                          ISAAC
             Mmm.
                 (pause)
             I don’t know if sleeping on a park bench
             is exactly the same thing, but...



                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                                34.
CONTINUED:


                       SALLY
             I’m sorry. I’m drunk. I kind of babble
             a lot when I’m drunk. You feed the ducks
             a lot, don’t you?

                          ISAAC
             Yes.

                       SALLY
             I like ducks. I remember when I first
             moved here and I didn’t know anyone, I’d
             come here and feed the ducks. They
             always seemed really happy to see me.
             I’m still babbling.

                       ISAAC
             You’re fine, really.   So, you live around
             here?

                       SALLY
             Yeah, just up that way.

She gestures expansively, nearly whacking Isaac in the head.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
             You live near here?

He points.

                          ISAAC
             That way.

                       SALLY
             We’re practically neighbors.

                       ISAAC
             I guess so.
                 (pause)
             Do you need... Could I walk you home?

                          SALLY
             Would you?

                       ISAAC
             Absolutely.

                        SALLY
             Okay.   Let me just get my shoes on...

She slides her boots on her feet, wraps the laces around her
ankles, and ties them in a bow.



                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                                35.
CONTINUED: (2)


                       SALLY (CONT’D)
          Okay.

She stands up and wobbles slightly.     Isaac slides to his feet
to steady her.

                     SALLY (CONT’D)
          Okay.   Okay?

                       ISAAC
          Okay.

They walk off together, a reasonable distance apart from each
other.

                                                            CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, CUMMINGS STREET

Sally and Isaac walk up to her apartment building. They’re a
little closer now. Sally stumbles, brushing against Isaac,
and he steadies her with a hand on her back.

                       ISAAC
          This it?

                       SALLY
          Yeah.

They stare at the building for a little while.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
          Thank you.     For walking me home, I mean.

                    ISAAC
          Any time.
              (pause)
          Well. See you later, I guess.

                       SALLY
          Yeah.

Neither of them moves.    Finally, Sally bends down and kisses
him on the cheek.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
          Bye.

She turns and hurries to the steps. She stumbles a little on
the first, but recovers herself and takes it a bit more
slowly on the rest of the way up. Isaac stands on the
sidewalk, watching her go up.


                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                             36.
CONTINUED:

When she reaches the door, she turns and waves, then goes
inside. Isaac watches the door for a little longer, then
shakes his head and walks away.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally unlocks the door, walks inside, closes the door, and
collapses against it. Kyle pads up to greet her.

                       SALLY
             FUCK!!!

Kyle runs away again.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
             What the fuck is wrong with you? “It’s a
             nice night to sleep under the stars.”
             What the fuck?

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally stands in her kitchen with aspirin in one hand and a
glass of water in the other.

                       SALLY
             “I like ducks.” Man!   What the fuck?

She pops the aspirin in her mouth, then chugs the water.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally’s now in the bathroom, brushing her teeth.     She glares
at herself with a mouthful of foam.

                       SALLY
             Fucking sitting right on top of him, then
             staggering around like a...

She spits into the sink and goes back to brushing her teeth.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
             What the fuck?

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally’s in bed, in the dark, staring up at the ceiling.

                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                                37.
CONTINUED:


                       SALLY
             I didn’t even tell him my name.

She rolls over and punches her pillow.

                                                            CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Isaac unlocks the door and enters. Wayne is on the sofa,
scribbling frantically in a notebook. When the door shuts
behind Isaac, Wayne points at the kitchen without looking up.

                          WAYNE
             Message.

                          ISAAC
             Huh?

                        WAYNE
             You.   Have. A. Message.

                          ISAAC
             Thank you.

Isaac walks over to the machine, and sees the little red
light blinking. He presses the button.

                       BRODIE (O.S.)
             I know. Who does he think he... Oh,
             shit, it beeped. Bro! Hey! What’s up?

There’s some muffled laughter and talking in the background.

                       BRODIE (CONT’D)
             I’ll be there in a sec. What was I...

More talking.

                       BRODIE (CONT’D)
             Oh, yeah, yeah. So I met up with this
             girl tonight, and she’s single, and
             you’re single, so I figured... Anyway,
             we’re all having dinner at her apartment
             on Thursday... Is it Thursday?

More talking.

                       BRODIE (CONT’D)
             I think it’s Thursday. And my
             boyfriend’s coming, so you can meet him,
             and... Oh, her address. I’ve got it...
             Just gimme a sec...

                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                              38.
CONTINUED:


The message ends abruptly.

                       WAYNE
             So, girls like poetry, right?

                          ISAAC
             Huh?

                         WAYNE
             Girls.    Do they like poetry or don’t
             they?

                       ISAAC
             Some do, I guess. Some don’t.    It
             depends on the girl. Why?

                          WAYNE
             Forget it.     Never mind.

Wayne goes back to his scribbling. Isaac stares at him for a
while, then shakes his head and walks down the hall into his
bedroom.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - MORNING, SALLY’S APARTMENT

There’s a large, shapeless lump underneath Sally’s blankets.
The alarm is going off. An arm snakes out from underneath
the blankets and swats at the alarm. It misses. Sally
flails around a little longer and succeeds in knocking the
alarm clock off her bedside table. Groaning, Sally emerges
partway from under her covers. Hanging off the bed, she
picks up the alarm clock and squints at it. She drops the
clock again, and it shuts off abruptly. Sally pulls herself
out of bed and staggers off down the hall.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally leans over the counter, nursing a cup of coffee.
Janine staggers in, looking dreadful.

                       SALLY
             You look like shit.

                          JANINE
             Thanks.

                       SALLY
             When did you get home?


                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                                 39.
CONTINUED:


                         JANINE
             No clue.    How about you?

                       SALLY
             Hell if I know. Coffee?

                        JANINE
             Later.   I’m gonna go lie down.

                         SALLY
             Okay.

Janine stumbles into the back and Sally goes back to slumping
over her counter. A couple of goth tweens over by one of the
racks give her the once over.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
             What are you looking at?

The goth tweens shrug and go back to what they were doing.
Miranda breezes into the store.

                         MIRANDA
             Hey, Sal.    Did you have fun last night?

                         SALLY
             Too much.

Miranda gives her a knowing smile and hits the racks.

                       MIRANDA
             Did Janine put that black skirt in the
             back for me last night? I can’t find it.

                       SALLY
             Gimme a sec.

Sally goes into the back. What little light there is comes
from the front of the store - all the lights in the back have
been shut off. Sally peeks into the office and sees Janine
huddled under a blanket on the couch. She backs away quietly
and starts pawing through a rack of clothes labeled HOLD or
LAYAWAY. She finds a black skirt marked M, and carries it
out front. Miranda is shopping busily, her arms piled with
clothes.

                         SALLY (CONT’D)
             This it?

                       MIRANDA
             Yeah, thanks. Just toss it on top of the
             stack.


                                                         (CONTINUED)
                                                           40.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    SALLY
          I’ll put these in a dressing room for
          you.

She takes the stack away from Miranda, hauls it into a
dressing room, and goes back up to the counter. Something
smells funny, and she sniffs a few times. Then she looks
down and sees a piece of notebook paper folded on the
counter. SALLY is written on it. Sally, curious, picks up
the paper, unfolds it, and begins to read.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          When you handed me the shirt/Your
          sparkling eyes began to flirt/And I could
          see that it was your hurt/That made you
          appear to be so curt/O beautiful tulip...

She looks up.

                     SALLY (CONT’D)
          Wayne.

She stares anxiously around the store. The goth tweens are
examining some long, flowing black skirts. Miranda is
lugging another large pile of clothes to the dressing room.
A few middle-aged ladies have just entered and are sticking
close together in the front. Sally frowns, refolds the
paper, and tucks it safely out of view underneath the
counter. When she looks up, Wayne is standing in front of
her.

                    WAYNE
          Beautiful tulip!

Sally nearly shrieks, but stifles it.

                     SALLY
          Wayne.   Hi. I was actually just going
          to...

Wayne drops some t-shirts on the counter.

                    WAYNE
          Do you like the blue one, or the green
          one? I can’t decide.

                    SALLY
          They’re both good. Look, Janine’s kind
          of not feeling so good, so I was just
          going to...




                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                              41.
CONTINUED: (3)


                    WAYNE
          Oh, what the heck, I’ll take them both.
          What’s the damage?

                    SALLY
          It’s... ah...

Flustered, she takes the shirts off their hangers, folds
them, and rings up the sale.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          $9.98, Wayne.

Wayne holds out his money.   When Sally reaches for it, he
grabs her hand.

                    WAYNE
          So, Sally, what’s a beautiful tulip such
          as yourself doing on a Friday night?

                    SALLY
          I’m actually going out.    To dinner.   With
          friends.

She’s trying to pull free without making it look like she’s
pulling herself free. It’s not working.

                    WAYNE
          How about Saturday?

                    SALLY
          I work Saturday.   Look, Wayne, why don’t
          you...

                    WAYNE
          Saturday night?

                    SALLY
          I’m... ah... going to visit my parents.
          Up North. And if I could just have my
          hand...

                    WAYNE
          Well, when are you free?

                    SALLY
          I don’t know, Wayne. I’ve got a lot of
          stuff going on in my life. Now let go of
          my...

                    WAYNE
          Are you too busy for a cup of coffee?


                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                            42.
CONTINUED: (4)


Sally yanks her hand free.

                    SALLY
          Maybe I am, okay?

Wayne blinks. Janine emerges from the back, as if she’d
never been hung over at all.

                    JANINE
          Sal, could you find the ring sizer for
          me? I’ve looked everywhere.

                    SALLY
          Yeah, just finish this up for me.

Sally escapes into the back just as fast as she can, leaving
Wayne dumbfounded behind her.

                                                        CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally hurries into the office, where she begins lifting
things up and setting them down, opening drawers and closing
them again. She isn’t actually looking for anything - she’s
just making sounds. After a while, Janine pokes her head in.

                    JANINE
          It’s clear.

Sally stops whatever she was doing, goes into the bathroom,
and washes her hands. That done, she edges cautiously into
the front again.

Janine is sitting at the counter, reading Wayne’s poem.

                    JANINE (CONT’D)
          How do you wring a heart, exactly?

                    SALLY
          Like a washcloth, only with more blood.

                     JANINE
          Yuck.   This is making my head hurt.

She wads the poem up and throws it in the trash.

                    JANINE (CONT’D)
          Cheer up, Sal. He’ll give up sooner or
          later. Probably later rather than
          sooner, but...



                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                                43.
CONTINUED:


Miranda emerges from the dressing room, wearing a fabulous
designer dress over her jeans.

                       MIRANDA
             Just tell him you don’t want to fuck him.
             It’ll take the wind out of his sails.

Sally stares.    Janine stares.   The goth tweens over in the
corner stare.

                       MIRANDA (CONT’D)
             Do you think this is my color?

                       JANINE
             Too orange.

Miranda considers the dress a little longer, shrugs, and goes
back into the dressing room. Janine turns back to Sally.

                       JANINE (CONT’D)
             Well, it is Wayne. Are you that worried
             about letting him down gently?

                       SALLY
             I don’t even fucking know.   Man.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, BARRETT AND BISHOP.

Isaac is in his cubicle, surfing the internet. He opens a
spreadsheet program just Mary hustles into his cubicle.

                       MARY
             You have to do me a favor.

Isaac blinks.

                       ISAAC
             Okay.

                       MARY
             Joel invited this friend of his from
             school to dinner, and I don’t think she
             knows how to find us, and I have to go
             early to help Joel, and I was wondering
             if you could pick her up? She’s right
             down the street. At the vintage store.
             You know, the one with the...

                       ISAAC
             I think I know the one you mean.


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                            44.
CONTINUED:


                       MARY
             Anyway, just... you know, get her on the
             right bus and all. You’d know her if you
             saw her... she’s the one, you know, with
             the hair...

                        ISAAC
             Right.   Got it.

                       MARY
             Can you do that?

                       ISAAC
             I think so.

                       MARY
             You’re aces, Isaac!

She hustles out of the cubicle again.

                        ISAAC
             Aces?

He stares at the spreadsheet until it becomes apparent that
he isn’t actually looking at it, but thinking of something
else entirely.

                                                        CUT TO:

EXT - EVENING, MAGNOLIA STREET

Isaac walks toward Ninja Vintage. He stops briefly to check
his reflection in a shop window, and adjusts his hair a
little. Someone knocks into him, and he starts moving again.

                                                        CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally is vacuuming. The door opens, but she can’t hear it
over the noise of the vacuum. As she rounds a rack, she
comes face to face with Isaac. She stops abruptly. It takes
her a moment to remember to turn the vacuum off.

                        SALLY
             Hi.

                        ISAAC
             Hi.

They stare at each other for a second.



                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                                    45.
CONTINUED:


                       SALLY
             Can I help you?

                         ISAAC
             You’re...    You know Mary Coomer, don’t
             you?

                         SALLY
             Er...

                       ISAAC
             Through Joel, I mean.

                       SALLY
             Right. Joel.
                 (pause)
             Right.

                       ISAAC
             I work with Mary. I mean, that’s not
             important. We’re having dinner at her
             house -

                        SALLY
             Yeah.   Oh, so you’re -

                       ISAAC
             And she asked me to show you -

                       SALLY
             Right. Okay.
                 (pause)
             Right.

                       ISAAC
             But you can finish what you’re doing.      I
             don’t want to...

                       SALLY
             No, no, it’s fine.   I’m done anyway.

More staring.

                        SALLY (CONT’D)
             Well.   Just let me get my purse.

                         ISAAC
             Okay.

Sally wheels the vacuum away. Isaac glances at a few items
on the nearest rack. After a few seconds, Sally returns,
toting something that’s nearer to a messenger bag or backpack
than a purse.

                                                            (CONTINUED)
                                                             46.
CONTINUED: (2)


                      SALLY
          Well.

                      ISAAC
          Shall we?

They leave the store together.

                                                         CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, A BUS STOP

Sally and Isaac are sitting together on a bench.

                    ISAAC
          So, do you go to school with Joel, or...

                      SALLY
          No.    Oh, no. I mean, I did.   Briefly.

                      ISAAC
          I see.

                    SALLY
          I don’t know. I just...

                    ISAAC
          It’s not for everyone.

                    SALLY
          Well, I don’t really like school. I just
          didn’t realize it until kind of late in
          the game, I guess.

                    ISAAC
          See, I knew I didn’t like school when I
          was six.

                    SALLY
          Guess I’m a late bloomer.

                    ISAAC
          That’s okay.
              (pause)
          So if you had stayed in school, what
          would you have been studying?

                    SALLY
          I would have been getting my master’s in
          English Lit. Maybe. I don’t know - I
          hadn’t really thought it through.



                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                                    47.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC
             So you applied to grad school, got
             accepted, and started without ever
             thinking it through?

                         SALLY
             Er...    Yeah. Pretty much, yeah.

                       ISAAC
             Okay. Just as long as I understand where
             you’re coming from here.

                         SALLY
             Do you?

                       ISAAC
             I don’t know. Do you?

                       SALLY
             Not really, no.

She shrugs, then starts laughing.         He laughs, too.

                                                                CUT TO:

INT - LATER, MARY’S APARTMENT

Mary is talking to someone on the phone. Joel is hurrying
around in the kitchen. RHODA, a sullen sixteen year-old, is
slumped on the couch, watching tv with the sound turned way
up. There’s a knock at the door.

                       JOEL
             Get that, would you, Rho?

                         RHODA
             Sure.

She does not, in fact, move.       There’s another knock.

                         JOEL
             Rhoda.    The door.   Now.

                         RHODA
             Fine.

She pushes herself off the couch and stomps to the door,
flinging it wide open. Isaac and Sally are outside.

                       RHODA (CONT’D)
             It’s Isaac. And some chick.

She stomps back off to the couch.

                                                            (CONTINUED)
                                                                  48.
CONTINUED:


                          ISAAC
             Hi, Rhoda.

Sally giggles.

Joel hurries out of the kitchen, brushing his hands off on
his pants.

                        JOEL
             Sally!   Isaac!

He hugs Isaac and gives Sally a kiss on the cheek.

                       JOEL (CONT’D)
             I was hoping you’d make it.   Let me take
             your coats.

He takes their coats and Sally’s purse.

                       JOEL (CONT’D)
             So did you guys know each other before,
             or...

                        ISAAC
             No.   Not really.

                       JOEL
             Oh. Well, Sally, this is Isaac, and
             Isaac, this is Sally.

                       ISAAC
             Charming to make your acquaintance,
             madam.

                       SALLY
             Likewise, I’m sure.

They shake hands.

                       ISAAC
             Have you met Joel?    Sally, this is Joel.
             Joel, Sally.

                          SALLY
             Delighted.

                          JOEL
             Ditto.

They shake hands, coats spilling over their arms.

                        JOEL (CONT’D)
             Coats!   Excuse me!

                                                          (CONTINUED)
                                                              49.
CONTINUED: (2)


He hurries off.

                    SALLY
          I don’t think I know Rhoda.

                    ISAAC
          She’s Mary’s sister.   Get it?   Mary and
          Rhoda?

                     SALLY
          I see.   Ha ha.

                     ISAAC
          Hee hee.

                     SALLY
          Ho.

They grin at each other.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - LATER, MARY’S APARTMENT

Sally, Joel, Isaac, Mary, and Rhoda are all sitting around
the dinner table. Mary and Rhoda are arguing about
something, while Joel attempts to make the peace. Sally
looks at Isaac and begins wiggling her eyebrows in a comic
fashion. Isaac laughs.

                                                          CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, MAGNOLIA STREET

Sally and Isaac step off the bus together, talking and
laughing. As the bus pulls away, a group of drunk frat-boy
types sees Sally and Isaac, and start laughing.

                    FRATBOY
          Hey, Rapunzel, where’s the other dwarfs?

His friends high-five him.

                    SALLY
          Dude, your village called.    They want
          their idiot back.

She and Isaac walk away before the frat boys can formulate a
response.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          What the fuck?


                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                                50.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC
             I don’t even know.

                       SALLY
             I mean, Rapunzel isn’t even in the same
             story as the Seven Dwarfs. It’s just
             stupid.

                       ISAAC
             No cultural literacy anymore.

They stop near the park.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Hey, I should walk you home, don’t you
             think? There’s a lot of weird people out
             tonight.

                        SALLY
             Yeah.   All right.

They start walking toward Sally’s apartment.

                                                            CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, CUMMINGS STREET

Sally and Isaac approach her building, talking earnestly.

                       SALLY
             I don’t know, I think she’s just going
             through a hard time, you know? I mean,
             it sounds like Mary and Joel are kind of
             bringing her up -

                       ISAAC
             Not “kind of.” They are bringing her up.

                      SALLY
             Exactly. And meanwhile, what’s her Mom
             doing? That’s hard on a kid, you know?

They sit down on the steps to Sally’s building.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
             I just think she needs a little slack
             cut. I mean, when I was her age, I was
             way worse, and I had everything easy, you
             know?

                       ISAAC
             Hm. I don’t know.    Rhoda’s not even a
             bad kid, really.

                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                              51.
CONTINUED:


                       SALLY
             Well, she really liked you.

                         ISAAC
             Did she?

                         SALLY
             Oh, yeah.

They sit in silence for a while, looking up at the
streetlights.

                       ISAAC
             I’m not down this way as much as I used
             to be. I always really liked it here.
             It reminds me of... this sounds so stupid
             -

                       SALLY
             Sesame Street.

                       ISAAC
             Yeah. I mean, can’t you just see Oscar
             the Grouch hanging out over there...

                       SALLY
             Big Bird coming around the corner...

                       ISAAC
             Snuffleupagous...

They smile at each other.

                       SALLY
             Hey! You should call me sometime.   If
             you want to.

                       ISAAC
             Sure. What’s your number? Actually,
             write it down, so I don’t forget or
             anything.

Sally begins rummaging through her purse. She finds a marker
eventually, but no paper. She seizes Isaac’s hand, turns it
palm upward, and writes her number on his hand.

                        SALLY
             There.   Don’t wash it until you get home.

                       ISAAC
             I won’t even touch anything.



                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                              52.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    SALLY
          Good. Now go home.     I have to work
          tomorrow.

                    ISAAC
          Well, then.

He stands up to go.    Sally studies him for a moment, then
beckons.

                       SALLY
          Come here.

Isaac takes a step forward.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
          Closer.

Isaac moves nearer. Sally leans forward and tilts her head
up to kiss him, pulling him down if she has to. It’s a
chaste enough little peck, and then they separate.

                     SALLY (CONT’D)
          Okay.   You can go now.

                    ISAAC
          Good night, Sally.

He walks away, shaking his head.    Sally sits on her steps and
watches him go.

                       SALLY
          Call me!

Isaac turns and waves, then turns again and keeps walking.
Sally keeps watching until he’s out of sight.

                                                        CUT TO:

INT - NINJA VINTAGE, AFTERNOON

Sally leans on the counter with her chin propped in her hand,
a slightly dreamy expression on her face.

                    BRODIE (O.C.)
          I was thinking...

He snaps his fingers in front of Sally’s face. The camera
pulls back to reveal Brodie and Adam. Adam isn’t paying any
more attention than Sally is - he’s sifting through a basket
of pinback buttons.



                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                                 53.
CONTINUED:


                       BRODIE (CONT’D)
             Pay attention, Sally, this is important.

Brodie elbows Adam.

                         BRODIE (CONT’D)
             You too.

                       ADAM
             No U2, but they do have Culture Club.

                       BRODIE
             Cut it out; this is serious.

Adam holds up a button.

                       ADAM
             Yahoo Serious?

                       BRODIE
             Wow, really?

He almost picks up the button, then takes the whole basket
from Adam and slams it on the counter.

                        BRODIE (CONT’D)
             Look, I don’t want you guys freaking out
             when you meet my brother, okay? I mean,
             he’s a little... He’s a little
             different.

                       SALLY
             He’s a Republican, isn’t he?

                         BRODIE
             No!

                       ADAM
             Is he straight?      Because we can fix that.

                         BRODIE
             He’s...    He’s little.

Brodie gestures with his hand.

                       BRODIE (CONT’D)
             You know, like a little... A little
             person. A dwarf. I mean, he’s not that
             little, but...

Adam and Sally both stare, with looks of dawning
comprehension.


                                                         (CONTINUED)
                                                              54.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    ADAM
          But that’s -

                    SALLY
          Not such a big deal, when you think about
          it. Right, Adam?


                     ADAM
          Well...   No, I suppose not.

                    BRODIE
          You guys... Thanks. I mean... Some
          people, you know, they get a little...

His cell phone rings.   He checks to see who’s calling.

                    BRODIE (CONT’D)
          I’ve got to... It’ll just be a second.

                    SALLY
          Take as long as you need.

Brodie exits the store.     Once he’s out of earshot, Sally
turns to Adam.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          How do you know him?

                     ADAM
          Work.   You?

                    SALLY
          Friends introduced us. Look, Brodie
          can’t know that we know.

                     ADAM
          Why?

                    SALLY
          Because it’ll be funny if he doesn’t. We
          can surprise him. Fool him. Play a
          prank. Dude, come on. I mean, how long
          have you been dating Brodie?

                    ADAM
          Two years, I think.

                    SALLY
          Two years, and he never even showed you a
          picture of his brother? Come on. He
          deserves it.


                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                             55.
CONTINUED: (3)


                       ADAM
          I don’t...

                    SALLY
          He totally does. We’ll get Isaac in on
          it - it’ll be great.

Brodie returns.   Sally and Adam immediately act innocent.

                    BRODIE
          I’m sorry - I have to take care of
          something for work.
              (to Adam)
          Meet me at the apartment, love?

                       ADAM
          Sure.

They kiss briefly (a married-couple peck), and Brodie leaves.
Sally stares at Adam.

                       ADAM (CONT’D)
          What?

Sally raises an eyebrow.

                    ADAM (CONT’D)
          Do you even have a plan?

Both eyebrows, and a wide, evil smirk.

                                                       CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally is sprawled on her futon, flipping through a magazine.
From time to time, she looks over at the phone, but it
remains silent.

                                                       CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Isaac is busy at work at his computer, papers spread out
around him. It isn’t chaotic, though; even his mess is
meticulously arranged. Sally’s phone number, scribbled on a
sticky note, is taped to the monitor.

                                                       CUT TO:
                                                           56.



INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Still on the futon, still reading. The phone rings. Sally
leaps off the futon and dashes to her telephone. Once there,
she waits for it to ring again before answering.

                    SALLY
          Hello?
              (pause)
          Oh. Hi, Daddy.

                                                       CUT TO:

INT - LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Isaac is still hard at work at his computer. The phone
rings. He ignores it. It rings again. Isaac stops what
he’s doing and listens. There is no movement in the rest of
the apartment.

                    ISAAC
          Wayne?

The phone rings again. Isaac slides out of his chair and
hurries out of his room down the hall.

There’s no one in the living room. Wayne’s bedroom is shut,
and music is blasting from within. Isaac is nearing the
phone when it rings again and the machine picks up.

                    WAYNE
          You know what to do.

Isaac finally reaches the phone and picks it up.

                    ISAAC
          Hello? Hello?
              (pause)
          Hi, Mom. No, sorry...   I was getting
          some work done...

He carries the phone out of the room with him.

                                                       CUT TO:

EXT - MORNING, MAGNOLIA PARK

Isaac carries his briefcase, morning coffee, and bag of
bagels into the park. Sally is already sitting on his bench
waiting for him.

                    SALLY
          You were supposed to call me.

                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                               57.
CONTINUED:


Isaac sits down next to her.

                       ISAAC
             Not for another day yet. You’re supposed
             to wait three days before you call a
             girl. It’s in the rules.

                       SALLY
             I thought the rules were seven days.

                       ISAAC
             No, that’s way too long.   It’s rude.

                        SALLY
             Hmm.
                 (pause)
             So this friend of mine wants to introduce
             me to his brother.

                       ISAAC
             You did know I was joking about the
             rules, right?

                       SALLY
             Hush up and listen. I’m having dinner at
             my place on Thursday. My friend and his
             brother and his boyfriend -

                       ISAAC
             If the brother has a boyfriend, why are
             you being introduced?

                       SALLY
             My friend has a boyfriend. My friend
             also has a brother. They’re meeting each
             other at my place on Thursday. Does this
             sound at all familiar to you?

                        ISAAC
             No.

Sally glares at him, and he laughs.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Okay, okay. Brodie’s introducing us,
             even though we’ve met. Very strange.
             Does he know?

                        SALLY
             Not yet.

                       ISAAC
             Are you planning something?

                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                              58.
CONTINUED: (2)


Sally smiles.

                                                        CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, A BAR

Sally, Isaac, and Adam are sitting in a corner booth,
laughing and talking.

                    ISAAC
          Wait, wait, I’ve got it. Really. Sally,
          you answer the door dressed entirely in
          plastic wrap, and...

                    ADAM
          Clear wrap, or the kind with little
          designs on it?

                    ISAAC
          What kind of pervert do you take me for?
          Clear, of course. Then I’ll run down the
          hallway waving a fish...

Brodie enters with a few other people.   Sally sees him and
tries to get Isaac’s attention.

                    ISAAC (CONT’D)
           - and Adam, you can say “Oh, what a
          lovely tea party!”
              (to Sally)
          What?

                    SALLY
          Your brother!

                       ISAAC
          Oh, shit.

He starts looking for a way out. Brodie turns and notices
Sally.

                       BRODIE
          Sally!

                       SALLY
          Brodie!

                       ADAM
          Brodie!

                       BRODIE
          Adam!


                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                             59.
CONTINUED:


Isaac has been trying to slip away unnoticed, but can’t quite
pull it off.

                       BRODIE (CONT’D)
             Isaac?

                       ISAAC
             Rocky!

                       SALLY
             Rocky?

                       ISAAC
             Never mind.

Brodie walks over to their booth, sits down, and stares at
them all.

                       BRODIE
             How did you all...   And the...   With
             the...

                       ISAAC
             He’ll go on like this for hours.

                       ADAM
             Days, maybe.

                       BRODIE
             You all know each other?

                       ADAM
             Not really. I mean, I know of them...

                       ISAAC
             But I wouldn’t say I really know you.
             You know, like really know you.

                       ADAM
             You mean like a biblical thing?

                       ISAAC
             I don’t even know.   So, Brodie, how are
             you?

There’s a long silence.

                       BRODIE
             Good.

                                                        CUT TO:
                                                             60.



EXT - LATER, MAGNOLIA STREET

Sally, Isaac, Brodie, and Adam leave the bar. After
exchanging goodbyes, Brodie and Adam go off in one direction,
and Sally and Isaac turn in the direction of the park.

                    SALLY
          Are you walking me home this time, or am
          I walking you home?

                    ISAAC
          Would you like to walk me home?

                    SALLY
          It just seems unequal. You know where I
          live, but I don’t know where you live.

                     ISAAC
          Hmm.   Does that matter?

                    SALLY
          I don’t know.

They enter the park and amble over to the bench.

                     SALLY (CONT’D)
          But, yeah, I mean... It’s a little
          weird. And you’re gonna be over on
          Thursday, and I still haven’t seen your
          apartment.

                    ISAAC
          I don’t spend a lot of time at my
          apartment anyway.

                     SALLY
          Oh.

                    ISAAC
          I’m here a lot more.

                     SALLY
          Really?

                     ISAAC
          Yep.

They sit on the bench for a while, observing the ducks.    Ben
waddles up to them and curls up near Isaac’s feet.

                    SALLY
          He likes you.


                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                             61.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC
             I guess so.

                       SALLY
             What’s his name?

                         ISAAC
             Ben.    Big Ben.

                         SALLY
             Nice.

More silence. Sally starts to lean over to Isaac’s side just
a little bit, resting her hand on the bench, right next to
his hand.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
             Hey, we should do something sometime.

                       ISAAC
             We’re not doing something right now?

                       SALLY
             That’s not what I meant.

                       ISAAC
             Well, I’m having dinner at your apartment
             Thursday.

                       SALLY
             Something without chaperones.

                         ISAAC
             Ah.

                       SALLY
             Maybe I’ll walk myself home.

Isaac grabs her wrist before she can get off the bench.    He
pulls her in close and they kiss.

                       ISAAC
             Would you like me to walk you home?

                       SALLY
             We don’t have to leave just yet.

They sit together on the bench, hands intertwined.

                                                         CUT TO:
                                                            62.



INT - DAY, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally is clearing out one of the dressing rooms.   Janine
leans nearby.

                    JANINE
          I told you you’d meet someone.

                    SALLY
          So he’s someone now?

                    JANINE
          Don’t ask me. You’re the one who can’t
          shut up about him.

Sally lugs an armload of clothing back to the counter.
Janine follows her.

                    SALLY
          You’re the one quizzing me.

                    JANINE
          What can I say? I’m protective.   But you
          like him, right?

                    SALLY
          Despise him. He drives me insane.

                    JANINE
          Which is why you’re going out with him
          Friday.

                       SALLY
          Masochism.

Wayne enters.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
          Fuck.

Janine disappears into the back, leaving Sally stranded at
the counter. Wayne has obviously cleaned himself up for the
occasion - he’s shaved, his hair is as tamed as it ever gets,
and his t-shirt is mostly tucked in. Sally straightens and
folds her hands behind her back.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
          Hi, Wayne.

                    WAYNE
          Would you wanna go out with me?
          Sometime?


                                                   (CONTINUED)
                                                               63.
CONTINUED:


                       SALLY
             I... Actually, Wayne, I’m kind of... I’m
             seeing someone. Now.

                       WAYNE
             Oh.

                       SALLY
             I’m really sorry.   Look, if you want to -

                      WAYNE
             No. No problem.     I’ve gotta...   I’m
             gonna...

He turns and leaves. Sally stands at the counter. Janine
emerges from the back and puts an arm around Sally’s
shoulders.

                       SALLY
             That was hard. Harder than I thought.

                       JANINE
             Yeah. Well, I hope it works out with
             Isaac, because Wayne’s never gonna give
             you a second chance.

Sally smiles and shakes her head.

                       SALLY
             Fuck off, Janine.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally and Isaac are in the kitchen. Sally is stirring a wok
while Isaac cuts vegetables at the kitchen table.

                       ISAAC
             Good?

Sally peers over his shoulder at whatever he’s been cutting.

                       SALLY
             Good.

She kisses him on the cheek, sweeps the vegetables away with
both hands, and dumps them in the wok.

Kyle creeps out from some dark corner, looks up at Isaac,
hisses, and runs away again.



                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                  64.
CONTINUED:


                         ISAAC
             Cute cat.

The doorbell rings. Sally sprints out of the kitchen and
down the hall to the front door. Adam and Brodie crowd into
the hallway, greeting Sally with kisses on the cheek.

Kyle creeps into the hallway, looks up at Adam and Brodie,
hisses, and runs away.

                         BRODIE
             Cute cat.

                                                              CUT TO:

INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally, Isaac, Adam, and Brodie are all crowded into Sally’s
living room, eating, talking, and laughing.

                       ISAAC
             Dude, don’t even try!    You were obsessed
             with Gene Wilder!

                       SALLY
             What’s wrong with Gene Wilder?   He’s sexy
             as hell.

                       ADAM
             It’s the hair.

More laughter.

                                                              CUT TO:

INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Isaac is sprawled out on the futon, seemingly asleep. Sally
is curled up on the floor nearby, yawning. Adam and Brodie
lean on each other.

                       BRODIE
             You gonna wake him up?

                        SALLY
             Nah.   Taking off?

                        ADAM
             Unless you want to turn this into a
             sleepover.

                       SALLY
             We could paint each other’s nails.

                                                          (CONTINUED)
                                                            65.
CONTINUED:


                          BRODIE
             I’ll pass.

He stands, taking Adam with him. Sally follows them over to
the door, and they exchange goodbye kisses. When the door
closes behind them, Sally walks to her bedroom. She gets an
extra blanket out of the closet, goes back to the living
room, and spreads the blanket out over Isaac. She kneels
down next to him and gives him a kiss. His eyes don’t open,
but it’s obvious he’s awake, and things heat up a little.

                       SALLY
             I thought you were sleeping.

                       ISAAC
             You woke me up.

                       SALLY
             Well, go back to sleep.

                       ISAAC
             Can’t with you here.

She kisses him, then stands up.

                       SALLY
             ‘Night, Isaac.

She gets halfway to the door before he stops her.

                          ISAAC
             Sally?

She turns.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Got a toothbrush?

                                                        CUT TO:

INT - MORNING, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Wayne is laying on the couch, eating cereal out of a mixing
bowl, watching tv. Isaac hurries in, dressed in a rumpled
suit. He doesn’t even acknowledge Wayne, just hurries into
his bedroom.

                       WAYNE
             You were gone all night.

                       ISAAC (O.S.)
             I went out.


                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                               66.
CONTINUED:


                       WAYNE
             With a girl?

                       ISAAC (O.S.)
             Just some friends.

Isaac emerges from the bedroom in an undershirt and trousers
and slips into the bathroom. Water starts running.

                       WAYNE
             Are you seeing someone?

                       ISAAC (O.S.)
             Why do you care?

                       WAYNE
             Just curious.

Isaac pokes his head out of the bathroom, face covered in
shaving cream.

                       ISAAC
             Not that it’s any of your business, but
             yeah, kind of.

He disappears into the bathroom again.

                       WAYNE
             Do you love her?

                           ISAAC (O.S.)
             What?

                       WAYNE
             Do you love her?

                       ISAAC (O.S.)
             I’ve known her for a week, Wayne.

                       WAYNE
             I’m in love.

Isaac, now mostly shaven, emerges from the bathoom again.

                           ISAAC
             Sorry?

                       WAYNE
             I’m in love.

                           ISAAC
             Oh.   Good.


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                            67.
CONTINUED: (2)


He goes back into the bathroom again.

                    WAYNE
          But she doesn’t want me.

                    ISAAC (O.S.)
          Well, I hate to say this, Wayne, but it
          does work out that way sometimes.

Isaac leaves the bathroom, toweling his face, and goes back
into his bedroom.

                    WAYNE
          She says she’s seeing someone.

                    ISAAC (O.S.)
          That’s how it goes.

                    WAYNE
          But she doesn’t love him.

Isaac comes out, tying his tie and carrying his suit coat
over his arm.

                    ISAAC
          Move on, Wayne.

                    WAYNE
          She’ll change her mind.

                    ISAAC
          Yeah, maybe, but what do you do in the
          meantime? And what do you do if she
          doesn’t? Move on, Wayne. Life’s too
          short.

Isaac grabs his keys and his briefcase and breezes out of the
apartment.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - DAY, MAGNOLIA STREET

Wayne sits on a bench across the street from Ninja Vintage, a
book forgotten in his hand. From his perspective, we can
just see Janine changing the window display. Sally stands
nearby, her back to the window, her hair the only part of her
visible.

                                                      CUT TO:
                                                             68.



INT - MOMENTS LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

Inside, of course, we see Sally’s face and Janine’s back, as
Janine changes the display, and Sally talks to her.

                    SALLY
          You weren’t there, were you? You’d
          already headed off to your parents’.

                    JANINE
          No, but I talked to her anyway, remember?
          She called Monday and just freaked out.

                    SALLY
          I don’t think you told me that.

                    JANINE
          Didn’t I? I could have sworn I did.
          Pass me the staple gun.

Sally does as she’s told.

                    JANINE (CONT’D)
          Incidentally, Wayne’s sitting across the
          street.

                      SALLY
          Fuck you.

She looks out the window. For a moment, it’s all traffic,
pedestrians and cars. Then the road clears for a moment, and
Wayne is just visible on his bench, the book neglected in his
hand.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          Well, fuck me. Poor guy.

Janine steps out of the window display, her eyes still fixed
on Wayne.

                    JANINE
          “Poor guy” now, maybe. But if he’s still
          here in a few days, or if he hassles you
          at all...

Sally looks out the window a little longer, then shakes her
head and turns away.

                    SALLY
          He’s just moping.   He’ll get over it.




                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                                69.
CONTINUED:


                       JANINE
             He’d better.

                                                            CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, MAGNOLIA STREET

Back to Wayne’s point of view. Janine, arms folded, is still
staring at him. Wayne picks his book up quickly and pretends
to be reading. Janine watches a little longer, then turns
and walks away.

                                                            CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

Janine follows Sally up to the counter.

                       JANINE
             Probably a good thing Isaac stayed over
             last night.

Sally sits down behind the counter and tries to busy herself
with some sort of paperwork.

                       SALLY
             I never should have told you about that.

                       JANINE
             Sure you should have. You have to tell
             someone. Anyway, he stayed over last
             night and you’re meeting him again
             tonight?

                       SALLY
             Never should have told you about that,
             either.

                       JANINE
             Too late now. Are you meeting him here,
             or at the restaurant, or what?

                       SALLY
             He’s picking me up.

                       JANINE
             Good.

                       SALLY
             What, you think Wayne’s going to jump me
             once I leave or something?



                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                              70.
CONTINUED:


                       JANINE
             I just like knowing you’re going to be
             with someone, that’s all.

                       SALLY
             Wayne’ll be gone by then.   Trust me.

                                                          CUT TO:

EXT - EVENING, MAGNOLIA STREET

Isaac and Sally leave Ninja Vintage together. Sally looks
across the street, but the traffic is too thick to see
across. As she locks up the store, she keeps looking over
her shoulder, across the street. When she’s done, she takes
one last look. The traffic clears, and she can see the
bench. No Wayne.

                       ISAAC
             Looking for something?

                       SALLY
             Thought I saw someone I knew.

She and Isaac walk off up the street.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - LATER, A RESTAURANT

Sally and Isaac are sitting together at a candlelit table,
eating dinner and talking. Most of the diners are politely
ignoring them, although there are a few sideways glances
every now and again. A table of giggling girls nearby seems
particularly intrigued - they keep pointing, whispering,
and... well, giggling.

Sally stands up and sets her napkin on the table.

                       SALLY
             Powder room. I’ll be back.

She walks away from the table. The giggling girls watch her
go, then stand up and leave their own table.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - LATER, THE BATHROOM.

The giggling girls are crowded around the mirrors, fluffing
hair and reapplying lipstick. There’s a flushing sound, and
Sally steps out of her stall. She crosses to the sinks to
wash her hands, and the girls part to let her through.

                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                                 71.
CONTINUED:


                        GIGGLING GIRL1
             Hi.

                        SALLY
             Hey.

The girls giggle.

                       GIGGLING GIRL2
             You’re sitting with that little guy,
             right? You know, the...

She indicates height with her hand.

                        SALLY
             Er...   Yeah.

                       GIGGLING GIRL2
             Is he, like, your boyfriend?

The girls giggle.

                        SALLY
             We’re...   We’re seeing each other, yeah.
             Why?

More giggling.

                       GIGGLING GIRL3
             Can I, like, ask you something?

                       SALLY
             Sure, I guess.

The girls practically explode.

                       GIGGLING GIRL3
             How do you...
                 (whispers)
             How do you do it?

                        SALLY
             Huh?

                       GIGGLING GIRL1
             You know, because his thing is like...   I
             mean, it’s small, isn’t it? Like the
             rest of him?

For a moment, all Sally can do is stare.




                                                         (CONTINUED)
                                                               72.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    SALLY
          You... I’m sorry, are you asking me how
          big my boyfriend’s dick is?

The girls giggle again, but it’s a little uncertain now.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          I mean, were you raised by wolves? How
          is it okay for you to just ask me that?
          Seriously. Who fucking raised you? I
          can’t... I can’t even... Damn!

She pushes the girls away and walks to the door.

                      SALLY (CONT’D)
          Damn!

She storms out, leaving the girls dumbfounded in her wake.

                      GIGGLING GIRL2
          Bitch.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, A RESTAURANT

Sally makes her way back to table, now practically shaking
with rage. She throws herself into her seat, making a noise
that is part growl, part shriek, but not something you can
transcribe as dialogue.

                      ISAAC
          What?    What happened?

                      SALLY
          These   stupid... idiot... girls cornered
          me in   the ladies room and asked me how I
          could   have sex with you considering your
          penis   is so small!

                    ISAAC
          And you said that the problem isn’t that
          it’s too small, but that it’s too big.

                    SALLY
          This isn’t funny, Isaac.

                    ISAAC
          Of course it is.

                    SALLY
          How is it funny?


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                73.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC
             It’s funny because it’s stupid.
             Stupidity is funny; ask around.

He goes calmly back to his meal.

                       SALLY
             I don’t get you.    This doesn’t bother you
             at all?

                       ISAAC
             I’ve heard worse.

Sally gapes.

                        SALLY
             Jesus.

                       ISAAC
             Actually, if you think about it, Brodie
             gets shit sometimes that’s ten times
             worse than anything I’ll ever hear. I
             mean, I’m a freak and all, but he’s an
             abomination unto the Lord who will burn
             in the eternal fires of Hell. You know?

                       SALLY
             Christ, you’re tough.

                       ISAAC
             You get used to it. Are you thinking you
             want to stick around for dessert, or are
             you thinking you want to get out of here
             as soon as possible?

                        SALLY
             Dessert.   I think.

                                                           CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, CUMMINGS STREET

Isaac has once more walked Sally home.      They pause on the
steps of her building and kiss.

                       SALLY
             You can come up if you want.

                       ISAAC
             Nah, that’s all right. Don’t want you to
             get sick of me too fast. But here -



                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                74.
CONTINUED:


He pulls out a business card and a pen, and scribbles a phone
number and an address on the back.

                        ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Call me.   You know, if you want to.

Sally takes the card.

                       SALLY
             I’m supposed to wait three days before I
             call you, right?

                       ISAAC
             Call whenever you want.

They kiss again. Sally walks slowly up the stairs to her
front door. She stops when she reaches the door, turns, and
waves. Then she goes inside. Isaac waits for the door to
close safely behind her before he walks away.

                                                            CUT TO:

INT - LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

The apartment is pitch dark, and the television is turned
off. A key turns in the lock, and Isaac pushes the door
open. The darkness makes him stop and look around for a
moment. He lets the door shut behind him and flips the
lights on. Wayne is sitting on the couch, still holding his
book.

                       ISAAC
             Why did you have the lights off?

Wayne grunts.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             This isn’t about that girl, is it?     Look,
             Wayne -

                         WAYNE
             Skip it.

                         ISAAC
             Sorry?

                        WAYNE
             Skip it.   I don’t want to hear it.

                         ISAAC
             Okay.    Well. ‘Night, then.



                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                             75.
CONTINUED:


Isaac walks off to his bedroom. Wayne tosses his book on the
floor, and stares off into space.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - DAY, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally sits behind the counter, reading a book. As she reads,
she taps a business card against the counter with one hand.
It reads “Isaac Isaacson.” After a few moments, she stops
reading and goes to just tapping the card against the
counter. Finally, she stands up and walks away from the
counter. She goes to the window and looks across the street.
Wayne isn’t on the bench. Sally shrugs and goes back to the
counter and her book.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - DAY, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Wayne is now laying on the sofa, staring at the ceiling. The
telephone rings. Isaac bolts out of his room, skids across
the kitchen tile, and picks up the phone. Wayne never even
twitches.

                       ISAAC
             Hello?
                 (pause)
             Oh, hey bro.
                 (pause)
             Yeah, actually, I was just kind of...
                 (pause)
             When?
                 (pause)
             Now? Yeah, I guess. Where?
                 (pause)
             Okay. See you in a few.

He hangs up the phone and walks back to his own room. Wayne
does not move. Isaac leaves his room, carrying his keys and
a jacket. Wayne doesn’t acknowledge him. Isaac leaves the
apartment. Wayne just lays there.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - LATER, A RESTAURANT

Isaac and Brodie are sitting together at a table. Brodie
seems unusually fidgety; Isaac doesn’t seem to notice or
mind. Finally, Brodie reaches into his pocket, pulls out a
ring box, and flings it down on the table. Isaac picks up
the box, opens it, and reveals a plain gold band.


                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                             76.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC
             It’s very thoughtful, Brodie, but you
             know I don’t wear jewelry.

                       BRODIE
             Cut it out. This is serious.

                       ISAAC
             Apparently so. Does this mean you’re
             letting Mom and Dad meet him?

                         BRODIE
             Tomorrow.    Well...   if there is a
             tomorrow.

                       ISAAC
             Don’t be a drama queen.    He’ll say yes.

                       BRODIE
             You just met him.

                       ISAAC
             I’ve worked with him for two years.

Isaac closes the ring box and slides it back across the table
to Brodie.

                       BRODIE
             Are you bringing Sally home soon?

                       ISAAC
             We’ve had four dates, and I’m not sure
             that three of them were actually dates at
             all. If you can wait for two years and
             an engagement ring, I think I can wait at
             least a month. But I’ll come defend you
             from Mom, if you like.

                         BRODIE
             Please.

Brodie picks the ring box up and puts it back in his pocket.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - DAY, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally sits behind the counter, still tapping her business
card. Finally, she picks the phone up, turns the business
card over, and dials.

                                                         CUT TO:
                                                             77.



INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Wayne is still laying on the sofa. The phone starts ringing.
Wayne doesn’t move. The phone keeps ringing. Wayne doesn’t
seem to care. Finally, the machine picks up.

                    WAYNE
          You know what to do.

                    SALLY (O.S.)
          Hey, this is Sally.

Wayne sits up slowly.

                    SALLY(O.S.) (CONT'D)
          I’m calling for Isaac Isaacson.

Wayne stands and hurries over to the phone.

                     SALLY(O.S.) (CONT'D)

          I’m at work right now, but if you could
          maybe...

Wayne picks up the phone.    (From here on in, cut as needed.)

                     WAYNE
          Sally?

                     SALLY
          Hello?   Who is this?

                     WAYNE
          Sally?

                     SALLY
          Wayne?

Wayne takes the phone away from his ear, but we can still
hear Sally’s voice coming through on the answering machine.

                     SALLY (CONT'D)
          Wayne?   Wayne, wait, can we just...

Wayne punches the “TALK” button, hanging up the phone.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, NINJA VINTAGE

Sally stares at the phone in her hand. We can hear the
DIALTONE. She stares at the phone until the dialtone is
replaced by a voice.

                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                               78.
CONTINUED:


                       VOICE
             If you wish to place a call, please hang
             up and try again. If you wish to place a
             call...

Sally hangs up the phone. For a moment, she sits at the
counter, staring off into space. Then she stands and goes
into the back. She comes out with her purse over her
shoulder and her keys in her hand. She hurries to the front,
flips the sign to CLOSED, and leaves the store.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

Wayne is back on the couch, but now he’s staring at the phone
in his hand. A key turns in the lock, and Isaac enters the
apartment. Wayne stares at him. Isaac stares back.

                       ISAAC
             Wayne, are you all right?

Wayne stands up and hurls the phone at Isaac. Isaac ducks,
and the phone smashes against the door just above his head.
The battery case springs open and the battery flops out as
the phone hits the floor. Wayne turns around and runs into
his room. Isaac stands up, stares at the phone for a second,
and then chases after Wayne.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             What the fuck? Why the fuck did you
             throw the phone, you shithead?

Wayne’s door shuts in Isaac’s face.      Isaac immediately starts
pounding on the door.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Talk to me, you fucking asshole!   What
             the hell is your problem?

Music starts blaring from Wayne’s room, so loud it’s
practically deafening. Isaac keeps pounding and shouting,
but he can barely be heard.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Wayne! Open the fucking door and act
             like a grownup, you asshole! Wayne!
             Wayne!

He pounds the door a few more times, steps back, and gives it
a kick for good measure. The lock creaks and the door
shakes, but otherwise, nothing happens.


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                    79.
CONTINUED:

Isaac stares at the door for a few seconds. He’s stopped
pounding at it, and yet the pounding sounds continue.

                        SALLY (O.S.)
             Wayne?   Wayne!

Isaac looks at the apartment door for a second, then goes and
opens it. Sally is standing outside.

                         SALLY (CONT’D)
             Isaac?

                       ISAAC
             How did you know where I live?

She hands him his business card, with his phone number and
address scribbled on the back.

                       SALLY
             Are you okay?

                       ISAAC
             Yeah, I just... Let’s get out of here.

                         SALLY
             Yeah.    Yeah, okay.

Isaac picks his keys up and leads her out of the apartment.
The phone is still broken on the floor.

                                                                CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, MAGNOLIA PARK

Sally and Isaac sit on a park bench.        Isaac’s head is in his
hands.

                       SALLY
             I’m sorry, Isaac.      I didn’t know.

                       ISAAC
             It’s not your fault.

He takes a deep breath and leans back against the bench.           For
a long time, neither of them says anything.

                       SALLY
             What are you going to do?

                       ISAAC
             Give him a little time.      He’ll cool off.




                                                            (CONTINUED)
                                                              80.
CONTINUED:


                       SALLY
             Come on home with me.    I’ll make you
             dinner.

                       ISAAC
             It’s only three o’clock.
                 (pause)
             Shouldn’t you be at work?

Sally stops dead for a moment and looks over her shoulder at
Magnolia Street.

                       SALLY
             Shit.
                 (pause)
             Well, come back to the store and hang out
             with me.

She stands up, but Isaac remains on the bench.

                       ISAAC
             I’ll meet you at the store.     Okay?

Sally hesitates, then leans over and kisses him.

                        SALLY
             Okay.   At five. Okay?

                          ISAAC
             Okay.

He waves goodbye as she walks away.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - NIGHT, SALLY’S APARTMENT.

Sally and Isaac sit at her kitchen table. Isaac is drinking
coffee, while Sally clears away the dishes. When she’s
finished, he polishes off the last of his coffee and carries
his cup to the sink. Sally watches him.

                          SALLY
             You ready?

                        ISAAC
             No.   But I should go anyway.

                       SALLY
             I’ll walk you home.




                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                                 81.
CONTINUED:


They walk to the door, and leave.

                                                             CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, 27TH STREET

Sally and Isaac approach his building.        They stop and look up
at it.

                       SALLY
             I wasn’t paying attention at the time,
             but it’s a nice building.

                       ISAAC
             I think I prefer yours.

They stare up in silence.         Finally, Sally gives Isaac a kiss
on the cheek.

                       SALLY
             Think you can talk to him?

                       ISAAC
             There’s really only one way to find out.

They kiss.

                          SALLY
             Good luck.

She stands and watches as Isaac enters his building.

                                                             CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

The apartment is dark and still. We hear Isaac’s key turn in
the lock, and he enters the apartment slowly, looking about
him.

                          ISAAC
             Wayne?

He closes the door behind him, still peering around the
apartment. Suddenly, Wayne’s music starts back up again, so
loud that Isaac ducks. Isaac dusts himself off and walks to
Wayne’s room. He taps on the door, but it can’t be heard
over the music.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Wayne? Come on, Wayne! Look, let’s talk
             about it.


                                                         (CONTINUED)
                                                               82.
CONTINUED:


He starts knocking a little harder.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             What do you want me to say? I didn’t
             know you liked her, all right?

The knocking is turning to pounding.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             It’s not like we’re fucking doing this to
             hurt you, Wayne. This is not for your
             benefit. It isn’t all about you, Wayne.
             So quit fucking acting like such a
             petulant fucking child! Fuck!

He kicks the door again, making the lock creak, then steps
back and looks at it. No sound. No response. Just the
music.

                        ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Fine.   Fuck you.

He hits the door one more time, then goes into his own room.

                                                           CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, 27TH STREET

Sally is still standing outside Isaac’s building, looking up
at it, arms folded. Even at this distance, Wayne’s music can
still be heard. The camera pans slowly down the building,
then stops at the front doors. After a few seconds, Isaac
can be seen within, carrying an overnight bag through the
lobby. He stops at the front doors, seeing Sally. He shakes
his head, then pushes the doors open and steps out onto the
sidewalk.

                       ISAAC
             How long were you going to stand there?

Sally shrugs.

                       SALLY
             Need the futon for the night?

Isaac starts walking, and Sally follows him.

                       ISAAC
             That’s okay. I might just call my folks,
             stay out there for the night.

                       SALLY
             Where do your parents live?

                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                                 83.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC
             Just out in Willsburgh.

                       SALLY
             How are you going to get there?

                       ISAAC
             Bus, probably.

                       SALLY
             How long will that take?

                       ISAAC
             Half an hour, maybe.

                       SALLY
             That’s kind of a hike, don’t you think?

Isaac stops and grabs Sally by the arm.

                       ISAAC
             Look, Sally, I know you blame yourself
             for this, but -

                       SALLY
             Actually, I think I’m going to start
             blaming Wayne. It makes more sense, if
             you think about it.

                       ISAAC
             Then why is this such a big deal?

                       SALLY
             Maybe I just like your company.   It’s up
             to you, though.

She shrugs him off and starts walking.    After a few seconds,
Isaac follows.

                                                             CUT TO:

INT - LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally and Isaac are laying, fully-clothed, on her futon,
staring up at the ceiling.

                       SALLY
             That’s got to be a little weird. I mean,
             you just realized they were dating, and
             all of a sudden, they’re getting married?




                                                         (CONTINUED)
                                                                84.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC
             I don’t know. I haven’t really had a
             chance to think about it. It’s been a
             full day.

                       SALLY
             What if he doesn’t cool off?

                       ISAAC
             Then I’ll find a new apartment. He
             wasn’t a very good roommate anyway.   I’ll
             miss the TV, though.

There’s a pause.    Sally reaches out and touches Isaac’s hand.

                       SALLY
             If you ever need to...

Isaac rolls over to look at her.

                       ISAAC
             Sally, I really like you.

Sally groans.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Which is why moving in together would be
             a really bad idea.

                       SALLY
             It’s putting too much pressure on the
             situation, undue strain, blah blah blah,
             I get it.

                       ISAAC
             Come on. Do you want to drive each other
             crazy in a few weeks, or do you want to
             give this a chance to work?

Sally rolls over.

                       SALLY
             The problem with you is you’re too
             fucking rational.

He kisses her on the nose.

                       ISAAC
             You know you like it.
                 (pause)
             Seriously, though, thank you for
             offering.


                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                             85.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    SALLY
          But you do like me, though.

He kisses her.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, THE ISAACSON’S HOUSE

Isaac is in the dining room with MR. ISAACSON, helping set
the table. Isaac’s father is a big man, sort of gruff-
looking. The doorbell rings, and Mr. Isaacson stiffens.

                    ISAAC
          They’re here.

                    MR. ISAACSON
          How’s my tie?

                       ISAAC
          Fine, Dad.

                                                         CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, A SUBURBAN STREET

Brodie and Adam stand on the stoop.

                    BRODIE
          How’s my tie?

                    ADAM
          Your tie is fine, Brodie.

The door opens, revealing Mr. and MRS. ISAACSON. Mrs.
Isaacson is little, round, and cute, and she hugs Brodie and
Adam, kissing them each on the cheek.

                    MRS. ISAACSON
          It’s so good to finally meet you, Adam.
          Won’t you come in?

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, THE ISAACSON’S HOUSE

Isaac is standing a little back from the door. Mrs. Isaacson
ushers Adam and Brodie in. Mr. Isaacson gives Brodie a hug
and Adam a firm handshake.

                    MR. ISAACSON
          Why don’t you boys sit down?   Would you
          like something to drink?

                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                                  86.
CONTINUED:


Brodie sits down on the couch.       Adam follows him, a little
gingerly.

                       BRODIE
             I’ll have a coke, Dad.

                         ADAM
             Me too.

                       ISAAC
             I’ll get them.

He starts to leave, but Mr. Isaacson catches him and steers
him to the couch.

                       MR. ISAACSON
             Sit down, Isaac. You’ve been fussing
             around all day. I’ll get the drinks.

Isaac sits down, and Mr. Isaacson leaves the room.

                       BRODIE
             I’ve been trying to call you all day.

                         ISAAC
             Sorry.    I was here.

                       BRODIE
             What happened to your roommate?

                       ISAAC
             That’s why I’m here.

                         BRODIE
             Ah.

                       ADAM
             So what happened?

                       ISAAC
             It’s a long story.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - LATER, THE ISAACSON’S HOUSE

Adam and Brodie are in the kitchen, whispering to one another
by the sink as they scrape dishes into the garbage disposal.

                                                           CUT TO:
                                                              87.



INT - MOMENTS LATER, THE ISAACSON’S HOUSE

Isaac is in the living room, sitting on the sofa next to his
mother. Mr. Isaacson is in an armchair nearby.

                    MR. ISAACSON
          Well, you’re always welcome here.

                    ISAAC
          I don’t want to...

His mother pats his hand.

                    MRS. ISAACSON
          Maybe you don’t want to, but you might
          have to. And if you do, you can. Okay?

                     ISAAC
          Okay.   Thanks, Mom.

Adam and Brodie come in from the kitchen. Adam kisses Mrs.
Isaacson on the cheek and shakes Mr. Isaacson’s hand. Brodie
hugs both his parents.

                    ADAM
          Thanks for dinner, Mrs. Isaacson.

                    MRS. ISAACSON
          Thank you for coming.

                    BRODIE
          Come on, Isaac. We’ll give you a ride.

                    ISAAC
          That’s okay. I’ll get the bus.

                    BRODIE
          No, you’re coming with us.   Thanks, Mom,
          Dad.

                    MR. ISAACSON
          It was nice to meet you, Adam.

Isaac hugs his parents, then is escorted out the door by
Brodie and Adam.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - LATER, ADAM’S CAR.

Adam and Brodie sit in the front seat, with Isaac in the
back.


                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                               88.
CONTINUED:


                       ADAM
             So, Brodie and I were talking the other
             day, and it’s kind of stupid for us to
             both have our own apartments, since we’ll
             be living together pretty soon anyway.

                       BRODIE
             Actually, we’re more or less living
             together right now.

                       ADAM
             Yeah. I think like ninety percent of my
             stuff is over at Brodie’s. I’m never in
             my apartment anymore.

                       BRODIE
             I think you went there like a month ago
             to get something.

                       ADAM
             I don’t remember what it was.

                       BRODIE
             Neither do I.

                       ADAM
             Anyway, I have like a three-year lease on
             the place and I can’t get out of it, but
             I can sublet it. And we were talking in
             the kitchen just now, and as long as I’ve
             got an apartment that I don’t use and
             you’ve got no place to stay...

                       ISAAC
             Thanks. I think I’m going to try to talk
             to Wayne...

                       BRODIE
             If you can.

                       ADAM
             And even if you do settle it, you might
             not want to be there forever. Not that
             Wayne’s not a great guy...

                        BRODIE
             Actually, I’ve met Wayne, and he’s kind
             of a dick.

                       ADAM
             So you don’t have to decide right away,
             but if you want it...


                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                             89.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    BRODIE
          You still have to pay rent, though.

                    ISAAC
          Thanks, guys. I’ll think about it.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - DAY, ADAM’S APARTMENT

The living room looks abandoned - the furniture is still
there, but the bookcase is empty, the coffee table has
nothing at all on it, and the entertainment center is free of
videotapes and DVDs. There are no posters or paintings on
the walls, and very few knicknacks of any kind. Isaac and
Adam enter - Adam is toting a duffel bag and a suitcase, and
Isaac is carrying two more suitcases. They drop their bags
and look around.

                    ISAAC
          Minimalist.

                    ADAM
          I was going to move things out, but I
          realized I didn’t have anything to move.

They shrug at one another.

                    ADAM (CONT’D)
          Anyway, let’s get those boxes.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - LATER, ADAM’S APARTMENT

Adam and Isaac stand in the middle of the room, surrounded by
suitcases, boxes, and other moving paraphrenalia.

                    ADAM
          You need a hand unpacking?

                      ISAAC
          Nah.    I’m good.

                      ADAM
          Sure?

                    ISAAC
          Go home, Adam.

                      ADAM
          Okay.


                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                                 90.
CONTINUED:


He produces a key ring and pulls two keys off it.

                       ADAM (CONT’D)
             Here are your keys... Like I said, I
             don’t think I’m leaving anything behind,
             but if I did -

                       ISAAC
             I know where to find you.

Adam slaps him on the shoulder, then turns to go.       He takes a
step, then turns around again.

                          ADAM
             One thing.

He leads Isaac over to a closet and opens the door.       It’s
full of tools.

                       ADAM (CONT’D)
             I went through this remodeling thing a
             couple of years back. I might need these
             back someday, but until then, they’re
             here if you need ‘em. Cool?

                       ISAAC
             Yeah, thanks.

                       ADAM
             Don’t mention it.

He gives Isaac another clap on the shoulder, then leaves.
Isaac stands in the living room, staring at the boxes.

                                                            CUT TO:

INT - DAY, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally flops down on her futon, phone cradled against her ear.
Kyle climbs onto her lap and falls asleep.

                       SALLY
             So, how is it?

                                                            CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ADAM’S APARTMENT

Isaac stands in the middle of the living room, surrounded by
open boxes, books, pots and pans, and the usual moving-
related flotsam. He wanders aimlessly as he talks. (from
here on in, cut as needed)


                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                              91.
CONTINUED:


                          ISAAC
             It’s okay.     A little small.

                       SALLY
             Smaller than mine?

                       ISAAC
             Well... Smaller than Wayne’s, anyway.
             But it’s nice. Very quiet.

He straightens a few things on the coffee table as he walks
by.

                       SALLY
             I can imagine.

                       ISAAC
             Yeah. I think I might even be able to
             sleep without the earplugs in.

                          SALLY
             Good deal.

Isaac picks up a few books and carries them over to the
bookshelves. He studies their spines for a minute, then puts
them in order.

                       ISAAC
             So when are you coming to see it?

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, SALLY’S APARTMENT

Sally stands up from her futon, Kule sliding off her lap.
She walks over to the window. (Cut as needed.)

                       SALLY
             When am I invited?

                       ISAAC
             How’s Saturday?

Kyle climbs back onto the futon, curls up in the spot where
Sally was sitting, and goes to sleep.

                        SALLY
             Sure.   Sounds fine.

                       ISAAC
             Oh, and I’m not all that far from the
             zoo. So if you wanted to check it out,
             maybe Sunday morning...

                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                               92.
CONTINUED:


Sally smiles, tapping her fingers against the window frame.

                       SALLY
             Should I bring a toothbrush?

                       ISAAC
             I think I have a spare around here
             somewhere, if you forget. If I can find
             it by then.

Sally does some sort of “Score!” hand gesture, though her
voice stays neutral.

                          SALLY
             All right.     See you Saturday.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ADAM’S APARTMENT

Isaac does the same “Score!” gesture that Sally did.

                       ISAAC
             See you Saturday.

                                                           CUT TO:

INT - EVENING, ADAM’S APARTMENT

Isaac is standing at the stove, cooking. There’s a KNOCK at
the door. When Isaac leaves the stove, we see that he’s
wearing an apron over his clothes. He walks through the
living room (now all unpacked and tidy) and opens the door.
Sally is waiting outside.

                          SALLY
             Hi.

                          ISAAC
             Hi.

He shows her in, closes the door behind her, and takes her
purse. Sally looks around the apartment. Isaac’s things
have made the apartment a little homier, but not a whole lot.

                       SALLY
             Minimalist.

                        ISAAC
             Come on.   I’ll show you the kitchen.

He takes her by the hand and leads her into the kitchen.      She
sniffs the air.

                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                             93.
CONTINUED:


                       SALLY
             I smell garlic.

                       ISAAC
             Everything’s better with garlic.

He goes back to the stove to stir the sauce. Sally takes a
peek at his pots, examines his knives, and opens up the
refrigerator.

                       SALLY
             Boy, we need to take you grocery
             shopping.

                       ISAAC
             I know.

He puts the lid back on his pan, takes his apron off, sets it
down, and crosses to the refrigerator.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Guess I just haven’t had the chance yet.
             Come on, I’ll give you the grand tour.

He leads her out of the kitchen.

                                                         CUT TO:

INT - MOMENTS LATER, ADAM’S APARTMENT

Isaac leads Sally into the bedroom, which is just large
enough to house a chest of drawers, a bedside table, and a
ridiculously large bed. Sally sits on the bed, partly to
test it, partly because there’s nowhere else for her to go.

                       SALLY
             I think this is bigger than my apartment.

Isaac sits next to her.

                       ISAAC
             I asked Adam if he wanted to take it with
             him, but he couldn’t remember how he got
             it in, so he doesn’t think he could get
             it out.

They bounce on the corner of the bed a few times.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Anyway, just one room left.

                                                         CUT TO:
                                                             94.



INT - MOMENTS LATER, ADAM’S APARTMENT

Isaac and Sally enter the bathroom, which is slightly smaller
than the bedroom, and houses a bathtub just a little bit
smaller than the bed. Sally goes immediately to the bathtub
and sits on the edge.

                    SALLY
          Now this is nice.   We could both fit in
          this.

                    ISAAC
          That sounds like a bet to me.

Sally looks at him. He smiles, and pushes her into the
bathtub, hopping in after her. They disappear inside.

                    SALLY
          Isaac!

We hear giggling, and some “mmm”s and “aah”s.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          Won’t the sauce burn?

Isaac climbs out of the tub and leaves the bathroom. Sally
sits up in the tub, straightening her hair and buttoning her
top. Moments later, Isaac comes back.

                    ISAAC
          It needs a little while to simmer.

He climbs back into the tub, and they disappear again.

                                                         CUT TO:

EXT - DAY, A ZOO

Sally and Isaac are walking along hand in hand. As before,
some people smile at them, some people stare at them, and
some people whisper to one another as they pass. A little
boy walking with his mother stops dead to look at them.

                    LITTLE BOY
          Mommy, is that that lady’s son?

His mother shushes him and drags him away.

                    ISAAC
          See, I don’t understand that. He’s just
          a little kid. How’s he supposed to know?



                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                                95.
CONTINUED:


                       SALLY
             She just doesn’t want to embarrass you.

A group of teenage girls walk by, giggling.       They giggle
louder when they see Isaac and Sally.

                       ISAAC
             Now that’s embarrassing.

                        SALLY
             I know.   I hate girls like that.

                       ISAAC
             No, not their behavior. Did you see that
             girl’s outfit? I know the retro thing is
             big now, but that was just bad.

Sally laughs, and they walk on.

As they’re approaching the reptile enclosure, they see the
giggling girls again, now joined by a group of teenage boys.
One yahoo spots them and starts yelling and pointing.

                       YAHOO
             Hey, Rapunzel! Where are the other seven
             dwarfs?

The teenagers start cackling.

                       SALLY
             Why don’t you get some fucking new
             material, dickhead?

                       YAHOO
             Fuck you, bitch!

                       SALLY
             Kiss my ass, junior!

Isaac pulls her toward the reptile enclosure. The teenagers
are still laughing and shouting when he manages to get her
inside.

                       ISAAC
             You all right?

                        SALLY
             Yeah.   Yeah. I just...

                        ISAAC
             I know.



                                                       (CONTINUED)
                                                             96.
CONTINUED: (2)


                    SALLY
          I mean, is that the only joke they have,
          or...

                    ISAAC
          Well, there’s that guy from LOVE BOAT.
          You know, “De plane, boss! De plane!”

                      SALLY
          Yeah.

                    ISAAC
          I get that one sometimes.

                      SALLY
          Oh.

They stare at the snakes for a while.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          I’m sorry. I just... I get so pissed
          off sometimes.

                      ISAAC
          Ssh.    Watch the snakes.

The camera pulls out so that we can see the whole of the
reptile room - a long concrete tube, with entrances at either
end. Sally and Isaac are nearest the camera, leaning on each
other, staring at the snakes. Wayne walks in at the other
end. He watches them for a moment.

                    WAYNE
          What the fuck are you doing here?

Isaac steps in front of Sally as Wayne approaches them.

                    ISAAC
          Watching the snakes.

                      WAYNE
          Fuck you.

                    ISAAC
          No, Wayne, fuck you.

He takes Sally by the hand and starts to walk out of the
reptile enclosure.

                    WAYNE
          Walk away, Isaac.   You and that fucking
          bitch.


                                                     (CONTINUED)
                                                               97.
CONTINUED: (3)


Isaac turns around so fast he damn near gets whiplash and
bears down on Wayne.

                    ISAAC
          Fuck you, man. Don’t you ever call her -

Sally grabs him by the shoulder.

                       SALLY
          Forget it.     Let’s just go.

She and Isaac again start to leave.

                    WAYNE
          So what’s it like, Sally? Dating a
          freak? Dating a fucking midget?

Now it’s Sally’s turn to attack Wayne.

                    SALLY
          Fuck you, Wayne. Fuck you and your
          fucking hair and your fucking ironic t-
          shirts and your shitty-ass poetry.

Isaac tries to stop her, but she shrugs him off.    Wayne is
backing up now, outmatched.

                    SALLY (CONT’D)
          You know why no one wants to date you,
          Wayne? Apart from the fact that you’re
          fat and you stink and you have the social
          skills of a fucking baboon?

                    ISAAC
          Sally, come on...

He grabs her by the wrist and she shakes her hand loose
without breaking stride. People are starting to gather at
either end of the reptile room to gawk at the argument.

                    SALLY
          It’s because you’re a tool, Wayne. A
          fucking tool. You’re a stinky, fat
          fucking tool. You’re such a tool, and -

Isaac finally manages to catch her by the arms.    He gives her
a little shake.

                    ISAAC
          Jesus, Sally, chill out!

                    SALLY
          What the fuck, Isaac?

                                                    (CONTINUED)
                                                              98.
CONTINUED: (4)


She turns around on him.

                    ISAAC
          Give it a rest, would you?   Let it go.

                     SALLY
          What he called you?   You want me to just
          let it go?

                    ISAAC
          Oh, big deal. He called me a name.      What
          do you want me to do, beat him up?

Wayne hurries off into the crowds.   Neither Sally nor Isaac
sees him go.

                    SALLY
          You could do something.

                    ISAAC
          What do you want me to do? Freak out?
          Yell? Attack? Do I get to do this to
          everyone who looks at me funny, or just
          Wayne?

                      SALLY
          Fuck you.

                    ISAAC
          This is my life, Sally. Not the
          playground, not the high school locker
          room. This is every day. Either deal
          with it or don’t.

                    SALLY
          That’s it, huh?

                      ISAAC
          Yeah.    It is.

They glare at each other.

                      SALLY
          Fine.

She turns and runs out of the reptile room. Isaac stands,
staring after her. When she’s disappeared into the crowd, he
finally takes a step after her.

                     ISAAC
          Sally!   Damn it, Sally!

He runs after her, and the crowd parts for him.

                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                             99.
CONTINUED: (5)


Isaac runs into the open sunlight and stares around the zoo.
There are plenty of people standing around, looking at the
cages, walking hand in hand, eating ice cream and carrying
balloons. No Sally.

                    ISAAC (CONT’D)
          Fuck.

He turns around and runs back through the reptile enclosure,
coming out the other end. Again, he looks around. Again, no
Sally.

                    ISAAC (CONT’D)
          Fuck.

He jogs down the sidewalk a little, looking around all the
while. The teenagers snicker as he passes them. Finally,
Isaac stops to catch his breath, leaning on a tree.

                    ISAAC (CONT’D)
          Fuck!

He punches the tree in frustration.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, THE ZOO

Sally runs down the sidewalk. She finally stops by the panda
cages and collapses on a bench. She looks around her.
People holding hands. Kids eating ice cream. Balloons.
Sally drops her head in her hands and takes several deep
breaths. Finally, she looks up and looks around one more
time. Isaac is nowhere to be seen. She stands up and starts
walking away.

                                                      CUT TO:

EXT - MOMENTS LATER, THE ZOO

Sally walks up to the reptile enclosure. The rubberneckers
have dispersed. Isaac isn’t there. She walks into the
reptile room. Snakes and lizards, but no Isaac. She hurries
through and out the other side. Isaac is nowhere to be seen.
Sally turns in circles, trying to spot him somewhere, but
it’s too late. She bursts into tears and runs away.

                                                      CUT TO:
                                                             100.



INT - LATER, ADAM’S APARTMENT

Isaac flings open the closet door. He starts picking tools
out of the closet and piling them in a duffel bag.

                                                          CUT TO:

INT - LATER, ISAAC’S APARTMENT

The apartment is dark and still. We hear the key turning in
the lock, and Isaac enters, dragging the duffel bag. He
closes the door behind him.

                       ISAAC
             Wayne?

Seconds later, the music starts back up again, even louder
than before. Isaac sighs and carries the duffel bag over to
Wayne’s bedroom door. He knocks politely.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Open the door, Wayne.

No answer.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Open the door, Wayne, or I’ll break it
             down.

Still nothing. Isaac hits the door once. The lock creaks.
He turns and crouches down by the duffel bag. He pulls out a
cordless screwdrive and contemplates the door. No visible
screws. Isaac sets the screwdriver aside and pulls out a
sledgehammer. He considers it for a second, then sets the
sledgehammer down and pulls out a crowbar. He looks at the
crowbar, then at the lock. Decided, he picks up the crowbar
and goes back to the door. He sets the crowbar just below
the doorknob and pushes on it. The door moves a little, but
doesn’t open. Isaac stops, takes a step back, and resets the
crowbar. Then he throws himself into it. The lock breaks
and the door flies open - Isaac falls forward out of sheer
momentum. He picks himself up and looks at the open door.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             Cheap lock.

He shoulders the crowbar and walks into the room. Wayne is
on the bed, staring at him. Isaac crosses over to Wayne’s
stereo, grabs the power cord, and yanks it out of the wall.




                                                      (CONTINUED)
                                                               101.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             We need to talk.

                                                            CUT TO:

EXT - LATER, MAGNOLIA PARK

Sally is sitting on the bench by the duck pond, doubled over,
sobbing. Someone sits next to her, a crowbar on their lap.
Sally looks up, sees the crowbar, shrieks, and jumps off the
bench like it’s electrified.

                          SALLY
             Jesus!

A wider shot of the bench shows us Isaac sitting there,
crowbar still with him.

                          SALLY (CONT’D)
             Isaac?

                          ISAAC
             Hi, Sally.

Sally sits gingerly on the edge of the bench.

                       SALLY
             Why do you have a crowbar?

                       ISAAC
             I went to go talk to Wayne.

Sally jumps off the bench again.

                       SALLY
             Jesus, Isaac!

                       ISAAC
             He’d locked himself in his bedroom. I
             had to break down the door. That’s all I
             did.

                          SALLY
             Swear?

                        ISAAC
             I swear.   I never touched him.

Isaac picks up the crowbar and sets it on the ground.       Sally
sits on the corner of the bench.

                       SALLY
             I’m surprised he didn’t call the police.

                                                        (CONTINUED)
                                                              102.
CONTINUED:


                       ISAAC
             I was between him and the phone.

                           SALLY
             Oh.

Long, awkward silence.

                       ISAAC
             Say it, Sally. Whatever it is, just say
             it.

                           SALLY
             Oh.   Okay.

She takes a deep breath.

                       SALLY (CONT’D)
             Look, Isaac, the thing is, you’re a
             really nice guy -

                       ISAAC
             Except for five minutes ago when you
             thought I killed my roommate.

                       SALLY
             Shut up.
                 (pause)
             Isaac, I’m just not all that nice a
             person. You deserve someone better than
             me, someone...

                       ISAAC
             Someone nicer.

Sally nods.    Isaac takes her hands and folds them in his.

                       ISAAC (CONT’D)
             So, say I go out tomorrow and I meet this
             nice girl, and we start dating. She
             should have a name, don’t you think? If
             we’re dating? Let’s call her Jane. So
             Jane and I are dating, and she’s nice,
             and I’m nice, and everything’s nice.
             Except she squeezes the toothpaste out
             from the middle, which drives me crazy,
             but I don’t say anything, because I’m
             nice. And I do something that drives her
             crazy, too, like I leave the toilet seat
             up or something, but she never says
             anything, because she’s nice.
                       (MORE)


                                                       (CONTINUED)

				
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