INT. NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT
Young, hip, attractive couples and overly made-up,
semi-skankily dressed 20-something’s dance, drinks in hand,
to the thumping hip hop song in the background.
In his own world at the far end of the bar is CARTER, 24,
impeccably groomed, styled hair. He looks bored to death.
In the middle of the dance floor are...
LACEY, a blonde, smoking hot, free-spirit. She’s Carter’s
LONNIE, mid 40’s -- though her attire suggests she’s younger
and also blonde is dancing with Lacey.
Carter takes a drink from his Heineken and bobs his head,
sort of to the beat.
Wooo ... ppps! There it is! Woops!
(tries to engage her son)
Mom. This isn’t Star Search and
you’re not Britney Spears.
I don’t know, babe. Your mom’s got
some serious moves out there.
(back to dancing)
And you know this ... sista!
(high five; fist pump)
Woop shaka laka, shaka.
Had enough of your girl’s night
What? We just got here, babe...
Carter looks at his watch.
You’re leaving in the morning.
Oh, lighten up, Carter, she’s fine.
The girl knows what she likes ...
and it’s all right here.
(runs her hands down her body)
The song has changed.
(grabs his hand, lingering
... It’s just you and your hand
Lonnie caresses his chin as she too bounces back into the
mass of bodies.
A DRUNK PATRON
Grabs a fist full of his perfectly pressed shirt.
Spins around, a disgusted look on his mug.
I’m goin’ in...
He stumbles his way through the throng spilling his drink on
a couple of dancers.
First he moves on Lonnie; she swiftly eludes his Elvis-like
Shakes what her momma gave her on him.
Nearly chokes on his beer.
THE DANCE FLOOR
Carter grabs Lacey by her arm and turns to walk off.
Steps in front of Carter, wipes his forehead; soaked from
sweat, and presses his hand into the middle of Carter’s
chest leaving a huge print.
Just as he is about to speak this...
Punches the guy square in the chops and you could hear a pin
The DJ’s voice comes over the microphone.
No drinks on the dance floor. Thank
The patron falls back onto the dance floor between a YOUNG
COUPLE, his head smacks the floor, hard. His drink crashes
against onto the floor.
Lonnie goes to his aid.
A BOUNCER rushes in and tosses an innocent bystander.
The music starts again.
EXT. NIGHTCLUB - NIGHT
Carter, Lacey and Lonnie are walking down the street.
He wasn’t doing anything.
Are you kidding? That guy was all
Well, he’s obviously a man who
knows how to express his feelings
in a more, normal fashion.
What? Hey, I express myself just
fine. I just don’t want some drunk
sailor all over my future wife! Is
Your wife? Baby, are you serious?
You wanna marry me?
She turns and grabs Lonnie and the two of them jump and down
the same as two giddy teenage girls would.
Carter... I don’t believe this is
happening. You? Married?
I wanted it to be a surprise to
Lacey, and you.
What about your father? Have you
Lacey hugs Carter tight around his neck and kisses him.
No, not yet. But you know dad,
he’ll just... Well, you know dad.
This is the happiest night of my
life! I love you so much right now.
You... love me so much -- right
Yes... I do...
(to the streets)
I’m getting married!
Lonnie looks long at her son and his new fiance...
Lacey wraps her in a big bear hug.
Isn’t this the best night ever?
We’re gonna be living together. We
can go shopping together. And, we
can knit, and we can have girl’s
night out once a week --
Actually... I signed a lease for a
Lonnie’s eyes go wide.
Lacey is even more jubilant than before.
Wow... you really are serious.
Moving out of the basement and
That’s right mom, so now you can
walk around the house naked anytime
Lacey pauses for a quick second and eyeballs Lonnie from her
embrace with Carter; secretly, seductively.
In the b.g. the ear splitting wail of AN AMBULANCE’S SIREN
ricochets off the empty buildings.
INT. A LARGE CHURCH - DAY
MARCOS RIVERA, late 40’s, impeccably groomed. He’s wearing a
white collar underneath a black suit, gawdy jewelry and a
smile as wide as the room.
Over this the roar of the CONGREGATION fills the sanctuary
to the rafters.
Not clapping, in fact he’s never been more uncomfortable.
Arms outstretched, his face skyward, Bible in hand.
In front of him form a long line that trails off the large
One by one they approach the gregarious reverend and he...
Holds his right hand up, speaks in an unintelligible tongue,
and uses the "power of God" to miraculously heal each
INT. OFFICE - DAY
Marcos’s collar sits in the middle of the heavy wood table
in front of a clear glass window he’s looking out of.
Carter’s voice comes from off screen.
Gotta minute for an old friend?
(a heavy Mexican accent)
Does my stand ajar...? Does the sun
not give life to the days of our
What is your problem?
Are you even gonna look at me?
Christ! You could at least
I do not have to see you to know
you’re near, my son. You reek of
your mother’s crumby breakfast!
Dad... When are you gonna get over
Never! I am a man, and she is my
wife! I will never accept what she
Crosses the room to a small refrigerator in the corner,
pulls out two frosty beers and tosses one to Carter.
INT. HALLWAY - DAY
Marcos and Carter walk down the long hallway gulping their
beers as the go.
A couple of SUNDAY SCHOOL KIDS walks by.
Hey reverend, you got one for me?
Yeah, man, come on, let us have
You guys. Hey, okay! One for each
of you, but only two. And boys...
Remember, if you tell anyone, I’ll
make your lives a living hell.
You got yourself a deal, old man.
Fuckin A... Thank you, Jesus!
They run down the hallway high fiving towards Marcos’s
Dad. You’re not really -- ?
Sure, why not?
(turns towards the departing
The little one there, his mother’s
a real freak. By the time she gets
the little drunk home he’ll be
ready for bed...
And you --
(gulps the last of his beer)
Thank you, Jesus...
EXT. PARKING LOT - DAY
Marcos flings his empty into a trash can and chirps his car
alarm from one hundred yards away.
What’s up? I have not seen you in
six months... Do you need money?
Dad, no... Well, how much ya got?
Nothing... for you. Now what is it?
I’m getting married.
Marcos stops, faces Carter, squeezes his cheeks tightly with
both hands, and...
Yanks away from him.
I knew it!
Ay, hijo... Come...
I laugh because I am overcome with
joy for you. Not because I think
you’re making the biggest fucking
mistake of your life.
Carter is squished into his hug.
You sure have a funny way. I mean,
I’m your only son. After me there’s
no one else.
Ay... This is true...
Dad! Can you be happy here? This is
kinda big ya know? You’re gonna be
a granddad one day.
I -- will be a better grandparent
than your mother will. This -- I
(Spanish too quick to
It’s not a contest, Dad.
Marcos lets go.
So, who is she?
She’s the greatest woman in the
world for me.
What does she do?
She makes me crazy when I’m near
Is she hot?
Good, so when are you planning to
I’m not sure, but soon. I leased a
My son, you’re becoming a man. This
is a very proud day for your
father, you know that?
I suppose now would be a good time
to tell you about --
No. Dad, come on, man. I’ve been
Ay, but not by me, your father.
There are certain... things a
father knows that your mother just
can’t tell you about.
Dad, you had The Playboy Channel.
(rolls it around)
Carter hugs Marcos as they continue their walk.
INT. CARTER’S CAR - DAY
Carter pulls up to the curb in front of a typical Southern
Some kids on bicycles roll by, their hot pink plastic safety
helmets listing on their heads.
Standing in the brown lawn is, CODY PEZESHKIAN, mid-to-late
20’s, wearing a white t-shirt emblazoned with "JESUS FREAK".
He is animated as he speaks to...
A PAIR OF YOUNGER GUYS
They are uneasy in front of him as they stand there and take
Off screen Carter’s car door slams shut with a boom.
You two are this close...
(his index and thumb in their
You know this!?
Punch him. Right in the mouth. He’s
Cody whirls around. A smile instantly washes over his angry
What’s up motherfucker...?
(to the young guys)
You two fucks, go. Get -- out of my
The two younger guys scamper off, afraid.
Is that your idea of gettin’ the
It is when you’re dealing with --
(towards the house)
How’s it looking?
Cody puts his arm around Carter’s shoulder and they walk
towards the front door.
Just then one of the bike riding kids’ voice is heard.
KID ON BIKE(O.S.)
Hey. Hey, you two boneheads.
(without turning around)
Fuck off, kid.
KID ON BIKE
Oh yeah, you think you’re pretty
bad ass don’t ya, dude? See how bad
ass you are when my dad gets home
from church and beats your ass.
Cody, what the fuck man? You didn’t
tell me the neighbor’s a --
The friends turn to face the kid on the bike.
Hey, kid, go tell your momma my
legs are still wet.
KID ON BIKE
Hey dumbass, tell your mom to keep
it down when I bone her. The
neighbors are complainin’.
His bike buddy screeches up. They high five, laugh, and roll
INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY
The living room is littered with dilapidated furniture, old
newspapers and life-size posters of Sugar Ray.
Dude, you shouldn’t talk to kids
like that. Suppose he was your son
Look, that’s no kid, man. He’s a
fucking midget with an attitude.
You know this? Yeah, last week I
was in the backyard, you know,
doing my thing --
Puttin’ my mack down. Smack it up,
flip it, rub it down --
The two younger guys are standing there, dumbstruck, nervous
as hell. Large shards from the broken pane cover the floor.
(a slow burn)
You guys. What happened?
And why did it do that? Was it
unhappy as a window?
Yeah. It was --
You two come closer.
They don’t move.
(points to a spot in front of
Now! Goddammit! I will snatch your
eyes out and feed them your mouths!
Do you know this!?
I’m outta here.
Glass is everywhere. These floors,
these floors are brand damn new.
Cody, forget about that for a
minute. I gotta tell you something.
You wanna tell me where I can steal
another picture window from?
No. But I’ll tell you where you’ll
be on my wedding day...
What? What is this marriage shit?
I’m up to my ass in a million
little pieces of glass here!
Carter grabs a broom and dustpan from the corner and starts
Shit, man. This flip’s costing me
way more than it’s worth.
Uh, Cody, you are aware you’re
fixing this up for me, right?
Yeah, so how do you feel about a
Did you hear me? I’m getting
married. I’m not joking this time
either. No Vegas chapel and way too
Married to who? You don’t even have
Yeah... well, we kinda just met.
Last month, ok? Knock it off. She’s
a good girl. She does modeling
Bro. Didn’t you get the memo every
other horny dude sittin’ alone in
his mom’s basement got? Online
modeling equals internet porn star,
Fuck off. She models swimsuits and
winter clothes. It’s just a
part-time gig until she finishes
Right, and I’m selling you this
hell hole for a million dollars.
Dude, have you learned nothing from
me after all these years?
Not to ever date an illegal
immigrant? Say no to drugs?
That was all one big
misunderstanding. Besides, they
dropped the charges after she
jumped the border... Esta bien.
You’re not making any sense.
Neither are you, man. Why do you
want to get married anyway? You
know how many married couples there
are in America?
Exactly. But they’re gonna get
Whatever. I need a window.
He whips out his cellular phone and presses a button.
You’re gonna be my best man, right?
You practically can’t say no.
(puts the phone to his ear)
Hello, I need another window. What
do you mean who is this? I’m the
guy who’s about to spend five
hundred more bucks on your
easy-break fucking window.
(removes the phone)
Dude, I’m fuckin’ with ya’. I
wouldn’t miss this for the world.
Carter tussles his best friend’s hair.
Cody continues haggling a better price for his window.
INT. CARTER’S ROOM - DAY
Unframed pictures of Carter with his friends; some male,
some female, cover the veneered walls.
The queen sized bed is meticulous.
Carter enters frame just as Lonnie’s voice is heard from off
Have you seen my oil?
It’s probably where you left it.
Lonnie pokes her head in, scans the room with her eyes...
BOTTLE OF OIL...
That reads "WARMS ON CONTACT" stands next to a massage
Carter sits at the island, pours a bowl of cereal. He lifts
a dripping scoop and shoves it in his mouth.
Wearing a revealing sports bra and shorts that barely cover
her hips, walks into the kitchen, slides the bottle of
warming oil across the island and it splashes milk from
So, when’s the big day?
I haven’t actually asked her yet. I
want it to be romantic. Got any
Picks up a perfectly yellow banana.
Here’s something for ya’...
Don’t do what your father did when
he popped the question to me.
What, did he do something stupid?
No, unless you consider jumping on
stage at a Ramones concert, falling
backwards off that same stage and
then proposing to me in the back of
the ambulance at eighty miles an
No way. Dad did all of that?
I have video footage. Nearly went
to jail for that one...
I promise you I won’t embarrass
It’s not me that I’m worried about,
it’s that poor girl. You only get
one shot to convince her you’re the
man she wants to spend the rest of
her life with, you know?
Carter pushes his soggy cereal around with his spoon.
’Til death do us part, huh?
Or until neither of you can stand
the sight of each other. Which
could still lead to death.
Carter smiles, rises and...
A WOMAN appears at the back door.
Carter opens the door. The woman walks in without
(follows her with his eyes)
Carter, you remember Mrs. Bradford,
I was a little bigger before.
(a closer look)
Mrs. Bradford, my kindergarten
teacher? You’re --
Happier than she’s ever been.
The two women embrace and kiss.
His faced contorted, turns on heels and beats a hasty
This is just sick.
He slams the door.
Mrs. Bradford inspects the bottle of lube.
I hope you’re ready... Mrs.
Mrs. Bradford flashes a black plastic phallus and a devilish
I was up all night...
The two women giggle, exit, headed for the massage room.
EXT. CAR LOT - DAY
Carter pulls past the perfect rows of gleaming new German
automobiles to a parking stall.
A group of WORKERS in street clothes is gathered near THE
SERVICE ENTRANCE smoking and joking.
Carter chirps his alarm and approaches the entrance.
Hey, heard you’re gonna be losing
your player card soon...
Don’t you have an order to fill?
That’s funny... I didn’t know
totally flaming middle managers
could afford to be players. Homo.
Keep it up guys. Hey, is that
All whip their heads around and look.
Very funny, boss. Yeah, real funny,
except, I ain’t Mexican, I’m Puerto
Rican. I’m supposed to be here.
Hey! And I’m not? You sayin’ I
don’t have a right to be here, man?
Name one good thing we ever got
I’m from El Salvador, ever heard of
Yeah, that’s the new car we just
got in... right?
So is it true? You tyin’ the know
Not that you need to know, but yes.
And, how do you know that?
Just then Cody’s voice comes over the public address.
Attention customers. I have a very
important announcement to make.
That man you see there harassing
those very hard working young men
is getting married. That’s right,
he’s going down the road to no
balls and no more hot strippers
with jewelry in their tongues and
watermelons growing from their very
A few CUSTOMERS turn to find...
Hiding his face as he hurries through the large lobby to his
The workers continue to rail against each other.
INT. CARTER’S OFFICE - DAY
The comfortable space is filled with Carter’s achievements;
a framed degree from San Diego State University, top seller
awards from previous years, a picture of him and Cody with
Just as he sits and begins to look at the big stack of
invoices in front of him...
Busts in and snatches the paper from his hand...
Not now --
Give me that.
(tries to grab the paper)
I said let’s go.
THE CAR LOT
A very attractive WOMAN in a daringly short mini skirt and
big black shades is admiring one of the cars.
Cody shoves Carter towards her, he bumps her backside and
(without turning around)
You always were afraid of me.
Gina, what can I do for you?
This is a business, right?
The best in SoCal, baby.
Carter turn to him and shoos him away.
Anything in particular?
As a matter of fact, yes. There is
something you can do for me.
Just like old times...
(as she brushes by)
Don’t worry, I just wanna test ride
One of our salesmen will be right
I asked for you specifically.
Besides... you already know how I
INT. CAR - DAY
Carter has a death grip on his seatbelt and the door of the
convertible. The rushing wind pushes his head to the
Smiles as worried drivers scramble to clear a path.
How much can this thing take?
I’ve never taken it out...
A shame, it’s got a lot of...
What do you want from me?
The tires smoke as the zooming car barely stops.
Their bodies are thrown back against the leather seats.
Wow. I’m sorry, you were saying?
(a crazy look)
What is wrong with you? You --
Want a second chance.
You’re nuts. Take me back, right
Not until you say it.
Say what? That you’re still a
psycho bitch in need of Dr. Phil?
Gina guns it through the intersection.
EXT. CAR LOT - DAY
The convertible screams into the lot.
(exiting the vehicle)
See ya Friday night. Oh, and
Carter... Don’t stand me up again.
Immobile, his head still glued to the headrest.
Wouldn’t think of it...
Gina sashays off. Satisfied.
INT. SHOW ROOM - DAY
Spotless glass windows beam light on the status symbols
while some interested CUSTOMERS browse the collection.
A sleek information desk sits in front of a row of offices.
Peeks his head from inside the last office door just as...
Steps in front of him and shoves him inside.
He blisters Cody with a couple of jabs and...
Rushes straight on...
They tangle, exchange a few more blows then...
Slaps a Ric Flair style figure-four-leg-lock on his buddy.
Pain etched on his face, slaps the carpet with his hands and
screams like a little girl.
ARBALD, 55, wearing a pale blue long sleeve shirt and a
scowl, steps into the office. In his hand is a MANILA
Is this what I pay you for? To lose
to your friend in a wrestling
Dad, help em out here!
Once again you have disgraced your
mother and myself. I hope you are
happy with yourself, my son --
Make him stop, dad!?
Let him go, or I will fire you
Carter wrenches the hold tighter before getting up.
Get up you...
We have a shipment coming in --
(pushing the folder into his
Ah, just read it and do it.
Cody extends his hand up to his father.
Why don’t you just stay down there?
Apparently it suits you.
INT. CARTER’S OFFICE - DAY
Carter smiles as he coos into the receiver of the phone on
I’ve never been mister anything.
And now I’m gonna be Mister --
That’s great babe... Right there,
yeah... There --
(looks at the receiver)
Honey...? Are you alone?
Honey, I can’t wait to get you
here. I’m gonna take you --
(pops his head in)
Where? Your mom’s basement for some
hot monkey sex?
Hold on, honey. What?
Hey, I’m outta here. Gotta little
-- personal business to take care
What about your old man?
(a quick look behind)
He’s previewing some new videos in
his office... With the door locked,
and the lights off.
Another day, another hundred
thousand dollar car sold...
(drops his head slightly)
Yeah, that’s my dad.
(allows the receiver to slowly
fall away from his ear)
Hey, Code, I didn’t mean to --
It’s true, dude. My dad worked so
hard to build this place, everyday
he was right here, doing something.
And I... If it weren’t for him I’d
be out there detailing cars with
those guys. I just don’t know how
to show him my appreciation, you
(a booming voice)
Tomorrow you will wash every car on
the lot. That would make me happy.
Cringes as he turns to see...
Arms folded, looming, large behind him. He shakes an
accusatory finger at Carter before he departs.
(the receiver back to his ear)
EXT. TERMINAL - DAY
Carter pulls up to the curb. He rolls the window down to
Standing, surrounded by at least six brimming bags, waving.
Tries unsuccessfully to slam the trunk shut.
THE BACK DOOR
He heaves the last heavy bag onto the back seat and slams
INT. CARTER’S CAR - DAY
Carter drives along the street.
How’d you get all that stuff on the
plane with you?
It’s a secret.
Well, why did you... bring so much
of it, with you?
I’m here! Forever...
Wha -- Forever? Like you’re never
gonna be gone, not one day, not for
an hour, we’re going to do this,
And ever, baby! Are you happy, or
Oh, I’m somethin’.
Just not sure what, yet.
(taking it all in)
I love it here already. Warm
weather, the beach --
Those beaches, they get really cold
The sun’s always shining.
It rains here -- a lot.
The restaurants here are
EXT. CARTER’S HOUSE - NIGHT
Carter slams his car door shut. The porch light lights up
behind Lacey as she stands, bags at her feet, and waves as
he drives off.
After a second or two, Lacey looks down at the key in her
hand and walks toward the house.
Lacey sits on the top step, forlorn.
Opens quietly and Lonnie appears on the other side of it.
He’ll be back after he’s buried his
We haven’t even --
(she puts an arm around her
Shouldn’t be that easy, right? Who
do men think they are, right?
Right... Who does that man think he
is leaving his woman alone at
night? I mean, there’re guys who
would pay to be with me, good
money, too. He wants to play...
I’ll play. Let’s see how you like
it when I’m not there for you,
Carter Rivera! Huh!? You won’t, and
I’ll love every second of it --
Kick ’im in the balls, honey!
Yeah! I think I will! Thanks!
Don’t mention it... You wanna come?
In I mean.
Yeah, I’m comin’ in... And let him
try and stop me. I’ll kick ’im in
Lonnie smiles slightly as she shuts the door behind them.
EXT. CAR LOT - NIGHT
Worker#1 waits at the back end of the lonely lot. He shields
his eyes from the blinding headlights of...
A DELIVERY TRUCK
As it pulls into the lot Worker#1 moves to the side.
The driver’s door pushes open and the driver, wearing all
black, hands Worker#1 a YELLOW FORM which he pockets. The
two men shake hands and the delivery truck drives off.
Even in the dark it’s clear that this delivery is not the
same as most others.
Dark, long, delicate and breathtaking.
Traces its soft contours. He smiles, stands back, looks it
over in awe then...
A HORN AND HEADLIGHTS
Startles him. He immediately throws his hands high into the
air and sinks to the ground.
I didn’t steal it... I work here...
I’m not Mexican --
A car door slams with a boom. A second passes then...
Towering over the cowering worker.
Interlace your fingers behind your
head -- Now!
(he fumbles his hands)
I don’t know how to, officer.
No speaka de English? Come on,
He pushes a knee into the worker’s back.
No, ay, papi -- No -- don’t club me
to death like you did that guy on
TV last week... No...
Please. Please, papi... Not so
tough after all, huh, Manny?
No... I --
(stops, turn slowly)
You, maricon. What the fuck, man!?
Dusts himself off.
I’m tougher than you’ll ever be,
(attention on the car)
So... this is it? Boss’ new ride.
This thing is hot.
No, I swear, it’s all legal.
(whips out the form)
Got the papers right he --
Hey, calm down, it’s just me and
you, man. Calmate...
Shit, every since that one day when
I got chased man... It aint never
been the same...
(swirls finger around temple)
I think it made loco...
Yeah, right, just make sure this
car doesnt’ make you go loco, ok?
Or we’re both screwed.
He tosses a set of keys to Manny.
Don’t worry, man. I gonna take
excellent care of her.
Lock it in the garage and leave it
(takes a few steps, stops)
Oh, and, Manny. Not a scratch.
(waves both hands)
I got you. Don’t worry...
INT. CARTER’S CAR - NIGHT
Carter steps on the gas, music plays, he drives off.
Manny walks over to it, smooths over it once more, smiles...
INT. THE CAR - NIGHT
Manny smashes the gas pedal to the floor. Music blasts from
This car is worth more than my
EXT. A BAR - NIGHT
The name over the door reads: "SHARK BAR"
Seated at the bar is Marcos, he looks as if he just finished
delivering a sermon.
The place is quickly filling up.
The FEMALE BARTENDER sets two beers in front of him.
One for your friend?
It is for you, my darling. Please,
accept it as a down payment.
Depends on what’s bein’ paid for?
(pauses for effect, laughs)
Aren’t you supposed to be tellin’
people not to do this sort of
thing? I mean, you’re still wearing
your collar and all.
It’s just a formality. In the
morning I will repent and all will
be good again... So, why don’t we
wash away our sins, together?
Just then ANOTHER FEMALE BARTENDER walks over and wraps an
arm around the first bartender’s waist.
Tough customer, babe?
Nah, he’s just confused.
The two ladies kiss and walk off arm in arm.
Marcos clears his head and takes a hearty drink from his
beer. He mutters something, but it is rapid and incoherent.
Squeezes his way through the now packed house.
He reaches the bar where Marcos is sitting.
Marcos is sort of glum.
(springs to life)
Hijo! Come, sit down next to your
He pushes the beer in front of Carter.
It’s warm... Anyway, dad, it’s
about this whole wedding thing --
You’ve decided to call it all off,
Well, I’m not sure. I want to be
with her, it’s just, I don’t know
if it’s for all the right reasons.
Hijo, your mother and I got married
for all the right reasons. Sex...
ok, perhaps we’re not a very good
Dad, you and mom got married
because your parents were Catholic.
This is true.
I need more than that. I need... I
need that connection, you know,
dad? I need to want to run home
every night after a long day and
see her smile and it melts me. I
want to know that if we take this
chance that it’ll last forever...
(fondles his beer)
Carter turns to face his dad.
Hijo... What you are searching for
is more than a smile, it is more
than just a feeling. What you seek
is very elusive, it changes with
the winds, at once it is
everywhere... And then, it is
gone... Ay... What you seek is
(lowers his head, voice
... Something that your mother and
I never had.
Leans over the bar and engages the first female bartender...
Marcos reaches into his jacket and pulls out a shiny cell
(face lights up)
(spins his stool around)
I want you desperately, too...
Carter lifts his beer and...
Stops in front of him. He nearly chokes, beer spills.
Surprised to see me?
(wipes shirt off)
Hey, I thought I’d see you out
You agreed to meet me here,
(an uneasy moment)
What’s new with you?
I could be pregnant...
I’m not surprised --
What, does that mean?
Yes, I will be there soon, my
precious. I can’t wait for you to
do that to me either...
He closes the phone, spins back around.
(hands on hips)
What was I, just another one of
On that note, I must go.
Marcos rises and departs without so much as a goodbye.
Though, he does seem to smirk just slightly...
Well, it wasn’t me who slept with
my best friend.
I’m sorry... I was drunk.
That’s really believable, except
the fact that... you don’t drink!
Look, we’ve been over for a year.
I’ve moved on and, apparently, you
need to move on now.
I hooked up with Cody that night.
I’m shocked. What exactly do you
You’re ape shit. There, gotta go.
Gina blocks his path.
If she’s really better then you
have my blessing to marry her. If I
Your what!? How long have you been
Long enough to know you still want
Gina drapes herself over him. Kisses him.
FIRST FEMALE BARTENDER
Snaps a picture of the couple. Carter recoils. The bartender
hands the camera off to Gina.
Consider this a down payment.
(turns to walk away, stops,
gestures with her fingers)
... It’s me, right?
Gina doesn’t break.
... It’s gotta be me.
INT. BOSS’S CAR - NIGHT
MARISOL, "MARI", 22, pretty in a tough girl way, is tearing
down a crowded urban street. Her dark hair flies in the wind
behind her. Uptempo music shouts from the car’s system.
Pallid, in the same posture we saw Carter in earlier.
A freeway entrance sign zips by.
California love, muthufuckuz!
I’m going to die. The boss’ll do it
first, then my mom.
(over the music)
What? Are you ok?
I love this car.
I just wanna live.
I’m takin’ the freeway...
INSERT: SIGN "MEXICO 10 MI"
The car swerves across the lanes, barely making the on-ramp.
EXT. THE HOUSE - NIGHT
Cody and the two younger guys remove debris from the crappy
A car rolls past.
INT. MASSAGE ROOM - NIGHT
A candle’s shadow flickers on the wall next to...
THE MASSAGE TABLE
Lacey is lying face-down, a towel covers her legs. Sensuous
music plays softly in the background.
Glides into the room, beaming, the bottle of warming oil in
She’s wearing a white robe and, apparently, nothing
(methodically rubs oil on)
My goodness... You’re all knots.
Mhmm... That is so exquisite. I
haven’t been pampered in years.
... You can have this everyday if
Oh, I like. There’s nothing I
wouldn’t do to feel this good,
Lonnie’s hands slowly move down and over her lower back.
Oh... Yeah... that’s it...
How does... that feel?
(her mouth a circle)
Lonnie begins to strip away her towel when...
A car door slams.
Twists the front door knob and pushes the door open.
THE LIVING ROOM
around. He goes to
inspect the kitchen and
enters the hallway.
Mom? Babe? Where you guys at?
He sees light coming from the cracked door to the massage
Flies open with a flourish nearly extinguishing the flame.
What are you doing?
Lonnie is bent over the table.
Called cleaning, everybody’s doin’
Right. Is Lacey around?
You know, she came all this way to
see you and the first thing you do
is leave her, alone. Ha, reminds me
of your father.
Well, at least I came back.
This much is true. I didn’t see
your father for a week after we got
Mom, you haven’t been filling her
head with your man-hater talk have
... I wouldn’t think of it.
Carter shoots an ’I’m not so sure about that look’ towards
her as she returns to her cleaning.
Lacey is unfolding clothes from the suitcase on the bed.
Carter walks in and quietly approaches her from behind. He
caresses her gingerly.
Lacey turns around and...
Don’t even think about it. I’m not
falling for that one.
What the hell?
(pushes him away)
She told me you’d try that
approach. Good thing, too, any
other time I would have been all
over you like a cheap slore.
Well, earlier --
Out of where? This is my room...
(snatches a few things from
Fine. I’ll leave.
Where are you going?
Lacey storms out.
But, you just got here. We have to
I’m sleeping with your mother.
Carter busts out of the room and tries to cut Lacey off. She
evades him. He trips over something by the stairs.
Slams the door hard in Carter’s face just as he reaches the
Wobbles a bit, tumbles back down the short flight of stairs.
INT. LONNIE’S ROOM - NIGHT
Lacey walks in and plops down on the bed next to Lonnie who
is applying lotion to her legs.
Where is he?
You stayin’ over?
Lonnie hands her the bottle of lotion.
Carter appears in the doorway, groggy.
I won’t... You can’t... She’s my...
Mom, is that you?
You’re sleep walking again, dear.
Go back to your room now.
(a silly grin)
Mom, can we have cereal for dinner
Yes, dear. Anything you want. Go on
I love you, mom...
He stumbles off.
Rises from the bed and closes the door.
Follows her with her eyes, mesmerized by her still youthful
Turns, sizes up her prey, goes in for the kill...
EXT. CAR - NIGHT
Mari is riding shotgun while a HANDSOME YOUNG MAN sits low
in the driver’s seat.
Sits on the sidewalk bound.
Peels away from the scene.
How am I supposed to get home...
(tries to stand, falls over)
Just shoot me...
Two VATOS stop in front of Manny. They speak in Spanish.
How much you think he’s got?
Oye! Gimme all your cash, buey...
Guys, help a brother out. Come on,
man. We’re family... viva la raza.
(pushes him onto his stomach)
What an idiot. I’ll check his
Vato#2 brandishes a gun.
Don’t move, Americano.
See, no soy, no soy. Ah -- I’m de
(shields his face)
Don’t kill me!
The two robbers disregard his pleadings.
My brother’s the leader of MS-13...
With this the two bad guys stop and give each other an
... And, I’m gonna tell him how...
... How you guys helped me out here
tonight. There’ll be a bag of guns
and drugs waiting for you tomorrow
-- All yours, and, two chicas...
Whadda you say, guys?
THE TWO BAD GUYS
Calmly walk away, counting their score.
Manny sobs quietly on the ground.
EXT. BACKYARD - DAY
It’s a sunny day out.
Sits on the edge of the above ground hot tub testing the
water with her toes.
Approaches from behind with a bandage covering his head
Babe, you know what happened to my
... Anything you wanna tell me?
I hope you suffer.
Great. Babe, listen, I’m sorry I
had to leave you that way
yesterday. I --
(turns half way around)
Liar, she told me you’d probably
try to play the victim.
(pulls a black box from behind
Lacey Dieter, will you marry me?
At the sight of the gift Lacey wells up, throws her arms
around him, and says...
Yes, I will.
Crosses the yard to the jacuzzi.
So, we look happy this morning.
(from the embrace)
Happiest couple in San Diego!
(flashes the ring)
Oh my, what a lovely trinket.
Carter and Lacey embrace again, kiss.
Lonnie looks on cynically.
INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY
Lacey is sitting on the couch talking on her cell phone.
A big one.
(looks at the rock on her
About... ten thousand. It’s so
gorgeous. Maybe I’ll wear it for a
few days after this. Girl’s gotta
have her bling, right?
She pauses for a second to listen.
I won’t, believe me, he’s so not my
type. His mom? She’s ok, I think
she’s into me or something. Oh,
yeah, I know just how to handle
her. A little attention, some empty
promises of always being together
and she’ll be all in. And before
she knows what hit her I’ll be long
She sinks back into the cushions admiring the ring. Lonnie
calls out from another place in the house.
As a matter of fact I think I hear
her cackling now. Gotta go. I can’t
wait to see you, too, babe. Bye.
Lonnie calls out again as she enters the living room.
She closes her phone, rises, smiles.
Lacey heads for the door as Lonnie stands back and gives her
a questioning look.
EXT. CAR LOT - DAY
Arbald slowly paces in front of a lineup of the workers. A
printed photo in his hand.
As he passes each they invariably hold their breath so as
not to even breathe on the man.
He stops in front of Manny.
Where is it?
Where is what, it?
(pushes a photo in his face)
This! Now, I know you know. Would
you like to know how I know you
(a quizzical look)
(points up toward a
I saw you. Now, what did you do
Aw, that guy...
(waves his hand)
... That guy wasn’t me.
Wasn’t you...? Perhaps it was the
only other person who was working
late that night?
Cody’s voice over the announcement system interrupts.
Dad, your wife would like a moment
with you... Now!
You know, I can smell it on you.
And I will make you pay for what
you have done.
Aw, come on, boss. Don’t fire me,
man. My girlfriend’s birthday’s
this week. She gonna go bananas if
she don’t get something this year.
Good. The two of you can work off
your debt together.
But, I don’t think... she needs a
That makes one of you.
The guys fall out of line laughing at Manny.
Don’t sweat it. I gotta cousin owns
a bike shop. He always lookin’ for
a new janitor.
And, my uncle works up in
Salinas... Tax free money, all day.
He can’t fire me man, I helped
build this place.
You been here since day one?
Nah, worked on the construction
crew... Long story. Some clown
stole a bobcat and they blamed me.
You believe that?
Nah. Why would they think that?
Carter pulls into the lot.
He exits the car, approaches Manny, pulls him with him.
EXT. STORAGE GARAGE - DAY
Carter presses a button on the wall and...
Groans as it tracks upward.
His face goes ashen when he sees the empty space.
He turns, and grabs Manny by the neck.
This had better be a joke.
Tell me this is a joke on me and
everything is fine. That little car
is somewhere hidden and you’re
about to pull the cover off and
drive it into this very garage,
right now! Tell me that!
I’m about to go... Go and, get the
car because this is all a big joke.
Yeah, and I’ll be right back.
He hightails it away from the scene.
INT. SHOW ROOM - DAY
Carter ignores a couple of neatly dressed salesmen -- one a
sort of pretty blonde -- as he walks towards his office.
Stop right there.
Where were you last Friday night?
With your mom.
So was I.
Carter raises his hands as if to ask if he can proceed now.
Boss wants your ass in his office,
Carter takes a deep breath.
INT. ARBALD’S OFFICE - DAY
Arbald is laying into Carter as he sits in a chair holding
I trusted your judgment. I now see
that I was maybe too trusting.
Let me explain. I --
Blew it? Sit down.
Carter exhales, looks down at his chair.
I am, sitting...
I like you. You know this? How long
have our families been friends?
... For years?
Precisely. Every Sunday I go to
worship with your father. Your
mother, that’s a different story,
but we manage.
... Beat of a different drummer ...
I think of you as my son. You are
welcome to all that I have. This is
not a problem for me.
He begins to pace.
Everything except my wife, and my
Maybe my wife is not a good
Are you firing me?
You have until the end of the day
to bring my car to me. If not, I
shall have no choice.
Carter, stunned, slowly rises, silently exits.
Seems larger than life as Carter walks to his office.
INT. CARTER’S OFFICE - DAY
Carter plops down in his chair and lifts a picture of Lacey
to the light.
This is supposed to be a happy
SERIES OF SHOTS - CARTER WORKS/ MANNY GETS A NEW CAR
A) Carter shows a sparkling new car to a young couple.
B) Carter does paperwork. Cody pops in. Carter shoos him
C) Manny and a well-dressed MAN talk.
D) Arbald stops in front of Carter’s door. Carter is hard at
work. Arbald looks down his nose and walks on.
D) Manny and the man shake hands, hug, smile.
E) Manny honks as he pulls into the lot.
The workers gather around.
Nobody’s followin’ you?
Where’d you get this? This shit
must cost 80 G’s... Look at those
One hundred... G’s.
Everyone except Arbald pauses.
(tracing the car’s curves)
It’s everything they said it was.
This makes me happy. I can see me
now, on the freeway of love. Just
me and my hot car!
Right. Put it away and get to work.
You think I’m paying you to not
No, sir. You pay me for hard work,
This color seems a little off.
Manny holds it in.
Damned dealers never get it right.
He passes by Carter on the way in. Stops...
Your ass has been spared.
Carter gives a confused look as he walks outside...
You like, huh?
(pawing the car)
I love. Where did you --
A guy whose wife didn’t need to
know about it. Color’s a little
off, but it works.
This just saved my life. You’ve
gotta thank your cousin for me.
You kidding? It was his wife...
Carter busts out laughing and he and Manny shake hands.
The sun casts a long shadow over the lot.
You wanna pay me in cash or check?
’Cause I take it both ways...
... Not sure I need to know that.
Hey, I’m serious.
INT. TUXEDO SHOP - DAY
Carter and Cody try on different looks.
Exits a stall wearing a white tux with a powder blue
cumberbun; Cody disapproves. Carter returns to the stall.
Carter exits again, this time he’s sporting a snazzy outfit
with pleats and ruffles -- a la Prince. Cody chucks a shoe
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Looking around inside the walls have received a fresh coat;
the posters are gone.
The big window looks out into the street.
You did all this?
It’s hot, right?
(smacks him five)
It’s the shiznit --
Dude, Snoop Dogg called. He said
it’s time to stop saying that, he
kind of insisted.
You’re the best, man.
Can’t have my boy living in a shit
hole, can I?
(tries to hug him)
Dude, don’t go getting all
sentimental like those people on
Aw... come on, Cody, you’re feelin’
it, too. Give it to me...
He spreads his arms wide and motions Cody nearer with his
hands. Cody reluctantly obeys.
I am so uncomfortable right now. Do
you know this...?
THE FRONT DOOR
Kicks wide open banging against the wall.
On the threshold are CAL and his son, the bike riding boy
Cal has a mean snarl on his grill and his boy has his hands
folded over his chest.
Cody and Carter whirl around, still hugging, smiling.
What are you two doing...? And with
the door wide open?
He moves a few steps closer.
Carter and Cody first, step backwards, quickly break their
We were just --
Cal comes nearly nose to nose with Cody.
You been givin’ my boy a hard time
again. I don’t like nobody givin’
my boy a hard time. ’Specially not
guys like, you.
(a forced smile)
Games are for kids.
I think that’s Trix.
Hey, shut up, you. My daddy’s
Did you... Hey, kid, I’ll --
Son, just let it ride... Let it go,
The biker kid shrugs his shoulders hard and smooths his
shirt. Points a finger at Carter.
Carter mocks a lunge at him.
This neighborhood don’t need no
flimsy flammy glamor boys livin’
right across the street from him.
You get where I’m goin’ with this?
Dude! No fucking way. Me, and him?
Dude you’re sick.
Cody steps back a pace or two.
Don’t lie to me, I got off work
early for this.
Carter steps between the two odds.
We’re different, we’re talking
about getting married --
Son, get in here.
The biker kid’s size 7 shoe connects hard with Carter’s
manhood. He doubles over, groaning.
(turns to Cody)
This one’s all mine...
Cody turns his back and cowers on the floor.
I never thought this would happen
Cal reaches into his waistline and pulls out a...
The electrified prongs shoot out of the gun and lodge deep
in Cody’s back.
Shakes violently on his side as Cal and his son revel in
I am not gay....
Nope, right now I’d say you’re
about thirty seconds away from
total muscle failure.
Grabs the taser gun from Cal’s hand.
He stands there, chest heaving, wild-eyed.
... Wait a minute, ok...? I’m...
getting married... To a girl. She’s
my girlfriend, and I love her.
Cal visibly softens up.
You guys aren’t movin’ in here to
do your nasty do across the street
from me, then?
So, I got off early for nothing?
Oh, man, your momma’s gonna kill
me. Let’s get outta here before she
comes home, son.
Cal and his son depart.
Carter turns around and sees Cody’s spazzing body. He looks
down at the taser, he immediately drops it.
EXT. OUTDOOR RESTAURANT - DAY
A waitress goes between the tables.
Carter and Lacey are seated at a table near the sidewalk.
Lacey is admiring her ring.
I’m so in love. It wasn’t even this
big in my dreams.
She kisses Carter.
So when do you wanna get married?
Why rush? We’ve got the rest of our
lives to decide.
... I just thought that, you moving
here would sort of speed things up.
And we can’t live in mom’s basement
forever, you know?
Why not? Your mom is so great, I
love her. Don’t you, too?
Love her like she’s family...
See, that’s what I’m saying. Why
ruin a good thing. We’re perfect
for each other.
(snuggles her hand)
You’re right, babe. We’re the
perfect little couple, why rush?
She’s gonna teach me to be a
massage therapist just like her.
Carter begins to speak but the waitress arriving cuts him
Tossed salad, and grilled salmon?
That’s for me.
Carter loosens his grasp and sinks into his chair.
EXT. LONNIE’S HOUSE - NIGHT
Carter’s car pulls into the f.g. and parks in the driveway.
He gets out, tired, a bit wrinkled, his tie undone.
He mounts the front porch, checks the mailbox, bills. He
goes for the doorknob.
INT. LONNIE’S ROOM - NIGHT
A Celine Dion tune plays from an Ipod. The darkened ambience
only allows glimpses of what’s going on, but we hear
... There, how does that feel?
Yes... Oh! What was what one?
That was your...
INT. LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Carter drops the envelopes on the coffee table and walks
into the kitchen.
He opens the fridge and fishes out a gallon jug of
milk. He opens the cabinet and grabs a
bowl. He grabs his favorite cereal
from the top of the fridge, sits, pours a bowl, digs in.
Lonnie lets out a moan that cascades down the hallway and
into the kitchen.
Spoon in his mouth, milk dripping, freezes. A "not even"
look crosses his face, but he just shrugs it off and slurps
down another dripping spoonful.
Interrupts his next bite and Carter slowly places the spoon
in his bowl and rises from his stool.
He takes cautious but anxious steps towards the excitement.
No way, dude. You’re, just tired,
that’s all. I’m tired.
He stops short of the room and nearly turns around, but...
AN EVEN LOUDER MOAN AND GIGGLING
Draw him back in.
This is crazy, dude. She’s your
mom. No way she’d snake your
(a moment of clarity)
... She is -- Mom! Lacey? Ha, you
hoo, guys. Come on out... I’m
Lonnie stops, but Lacey keeps going. She grabs her and makes
Did you lock the door?
Of course I did. Right after I --
Lonnie springs from the bed and...
Slowly pushes open and Carter stands there, bug eyed, gap
mouthed, not knowing whether to turn away or be irate. He
turns his back, but stays.
Lonnie grabs the covers from the bed exposing Lacey.
Is that a new game that I don’t
know about? Please tell me you’re
planning on marketing what I just
saw. A beat. Please...
Close the door!
Carter steps backwards into the room and shuts the door.
Close it from the other side, and,
Flumoxed, grabs scratches at the doorknob a few times before
he gets a grip and bolts.
He stands on the other side of the door, near tears, looking
for answers he already has.
Lacey, baby...? You guys almost
done in there? Cuz, I can come --
Carter, dear. Stay right there.
Mommy’s gonna be right out to talk
to you, ok?
Appears shell shocked as he robotically turns and walks
away. As he does he mutters something unintelligible.
Lacey sits on the bed covering herself as Lonnie frantically
pulls on the first thing she grabs.
Oh shit. Oh fuck. Not him too.
So, you’ve done this sort of thing
No. Yes, oh shit. Just, do
something to help here, will ya?
Get off your ass and help me
explain to my only son why he just
had the very distinct pleasure of
not only seeing his mother nude,
but nude and in bed with his
fiancee would be just peachy to
Oh, ok? I can do that.
You’re not all disturbed by this,
Disturbed? What for? It was fun
It was... certainly something.
She tosses a robe to her.
Put this on and come on.
Lonnie exits. Lacey giggles.
Carter has returned to his soggy bowl of cereal.
Lonnie approaches him cautiously.
Dear? Are you ok?
Carter looks up from his bowl and eyeballs her.
With seeing my mother butt naked in
a dark room with his equally naked
girlfriend? Sure... Why not?
(steps around the island)
Somebody’s a little grumpy.
Well, it’s not everyday that you
see your mom and your girlfriend
gettin’ freak nasty in a dark room.
I grew up in that room.
Is that what you’re calling it
Why, mom? Why my girl? You know how
much she means to me.
It’s not that easy to explain,
(shifts her weight to one
Believe me, if it were this country
wouldn’t have its head so far up
You can’t just snake the girl I’m
going to marry, mom. That’s not the
way it works...
... See, I, the son, get the girl
and you, the mom, tell me how
pretty and nice she is. You, don’t
go behind my back and start a
sexual relationship with her, mom!
I must be doing something for her
that you’re not.
How could I? You pounced on her as
soon as she got here.
Oh, now it’s my fault that you left
her here all alone? She was lonely.
So we got a little close, no crime
in two like-minded women indulging
a common interest is there?
Yes, there is, and it’s called
because it’s gross!
(throws his hands up)
I’ve gotta get out outta here
before I go nuts.
Lacey enters the kitchen from the hallway.
She tries to wrap her arms around Carter. He rebuffs her and
exits the door, slamming it behind him.
What’s wrong with him?
(an exasperated look)
Is something wrong with you?
(as a matter of fact)
No, I’m fine.
Lonnie takes off behind Carter.
Wait up will you? We need to talk
Talk about what? How you moved to
San Diego and immediately jumped in
the sack with my mother?
You know, actually, I’d like to
hear this. Come on, give me your
I didn’t mean for it to happen this
way. It just... kind of did happen
Oh, ok, that explains everything. I
don’t know what I’m upset about.
Things just, happen all the time,
Wrong! And this...
(points towards the house)
... This is not happening to me.
He storms off.
What, where are you going?
(over his shoulder)
Somewhere I should have been a long
time ago. Goodbye!
Lonnie comes out and she and Lacey just stand there,
INT. CARTER’S OFFICE - DAY
A disheveled looking Carter, his head resting on his hand,
eyes closed, in front of a black monitor, wearing
The office phone rings, waking Carter with a start.
He fumbles with the phone before answering it.
Good morning, So Cal’s finest --
Man, you look like pure hell, on a
Cody appears in the doorway.
And you reek, god, man, did you
even attempt to shower?
You mean you can’t still see the
rust in my hair?
I was just about to talk to you
about that... Plumbings not fully
functional yet, dude.
Neither is your brain. How do you
expect me to live without hot
Remember the time we went up to
Yosemite and all we had was the
cold mountain stream and beer?
I never made it, remember? You gave
my seat to your girlfriend. You
know, the one who’s now banned from
ever entering the country?
Did I do that? Hmmph, my point is
you got two more days before the
plumbers get there.
Anything else, or can I jump now?
Dude, are you ok? Last time you
talked like this was after...
Cody pauses and looks at his friend closer.
She didn’t? Did she?
I don’t have time right now.
Hey, I deserve to know.
Why do you, deserve to know?
Three reasons. A, you’re my best
Your only friend.
B, you owe me for that house. And,
three, you don’t have anyone else
to talk to.
(a moment of clarity)
(a greedy smile)
So, tell me, dude. Who is he, some
porn stud with a heavy drug problem
and a dong so big --
(the smile fades)
Your mom what? Who’s she doin’,
My mom. I found out last night,
that’s why I stayed the night at
Wow, uh, for the first time in my
life I am totally disturbed.
(contemplates, his body
... Eww ...
Listen, I wanna keep this low key
as possible. So, don’t tell the
guys, and definitely don’t tell
your dad about this.
You have my word. My lips are
Not a word.
EXT. CAR LOT - DAY
Manny and the other workers, some on the ground, point and
laugh at Crater as he walks between them.
Hey, my mom did the same thing to
... Nah, no she didn’t, she loves
me too much.
It’s ok, I saw this on a Dr. Phil
You hate that show.
I know. I lied.
Carter hides his face as he briskly crosses the show room
floor to his office.
A nice looking female worker steps in front of Carter,
smiles, shakes her head, pats him on the shoulder, walks on.
Cody’s door bangs shut.
Carter pounds the door with his fists. He can see Cody
through the window.
Sorry, dude, I’m busy. Come back
INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT
Carter stuffs some belongings into a suitcase. A picture on
the night stand catches his eye and he stops.
INSERT: FAMILY PICTURE
Carter, Marcos and Lonnie enjoying a family vacation many
Sits on the bed holding the picture, quietly reminiscing, if
not longing for a return to those youthful days.
Softly touches Carter’s shoulder. He looks up, tears well in
his eyes. He stands and hugs his mother. They hold there for
a few seconds then...
Carter sets the picture back on the table, zips his
suitcase, departs. Leaving Lonnie there in the room.
EXT. MARCOS’ HOUSE - DAY
Carter glumly walks up to the front door and knocks a few
times; he knocks again.
Opens the door and stands there with a ’not now’ look on his
Begins to plead his case, but ultimately drops his head and
slowly walks away.
At the bottom of the steps he suddenly whips around begins
to shout at the top of his lungs.
I haven’t showered in two days...
INT. GINA’S HOUSE - NIGHT
Carter towels his hair off in front of the bathroom mirror.
Steam fills the air. Gina appears behind him and runs her
fingers through his hair.
Haven’t seen that in a while.
Sorry, I’m not used to someone else
Stop it, not that, silly. I just
meant it’s been a...
... really long time since...
(lips this close)
... I had a man in here. This is
Makes me think about all those
times we cut church to come here
and practice our own religion.
She trails kisses down his neck.
(a slow smile)
Yeah, this does feel kinda nice...
(getting into it)
And you still feel --
Like a summer’s eve in heaven...?
The two of them kiss passionately and claw at one another
all the way to the bedroom.
Carter lifts Gina onto the bed and straddles her.
This is what I’ve been missing.
How long has it been for you?
Not long now.
Gina pushes Carter off and draws the covers over her body.
Carter makes a grab for the covers but...
Gina kicks him onto the floor.
I love you. But all you want from
me is my body.
(picking himself up)
The other day you were all over me,
and now this?
Grow up eventually and begin to
take life seriously. We all do it
one day. It’s kinda necessary.
Me? You don’t even have a job, your
dad bought you this house for high
school graduation. All you do is...
I shop, and that takes seriousness.
Look, I didn’t come here to fight
with you. I’ll go sleep on the
Gina uncovers herself and smiles seductively.
... But, it’s way in there,
and, I’m so close ...
Carter’s body language and countenance change. He scurries
over to the bed, dives in, pulls Gina under the covers.
These two sequences are shown simultaneously.
MONTAGE - Carter and Gina spend time together.
A) They walk hand in hand through an outdoor mall.
B) They take lunch sitting down.
C) The two of them clown around at the zoo.
D) They frolic in the sand.
E) The sun sets in front of them.
SERIES OF SHOTS - Lonnie and Lacey spend time together.
A) They sip fru-fru drinks in the jacuzzi.
B) They eat lunch.
C) Lonnie models a new outfit; Lacey approves.
D) Lacey spins around in the salon chair as she admires her
E) Candles lit; the room darkened. Lonnie is on the bed, the
INT. GINA’S HOUSE - DAY
Carter smacks Gina on the lips and heads out of the door to
EXT. CAR LOT - DAY
The group of workers are variously carrying on their day’s
Carter pulls into the lot, jumps out, his head’s in the
clouds. There’s something different about him, he has a
little more pep in his step, his sail’s full.
Guys. Hey, how’s your girlfriend?
Oh, yeah that’s right, I should ask
The other guys laugh and lob a few jokes at Carter.
I think you missed a spot.
She’s probably tied up right now.
Don’t forget to check the tires,
they look a little flat.
He enters the show room. The female salesperson from earlier
attempts to say something. Ain’t no stoppin’ him now.
Is on talking on his desk phone when he spots Carter. He
exits the office and keeps stride with him.
Dude, you won’t believe what I’ve
got planned for your bachelor
party. We’re going to --
I’m not getting married?
Whadda you mean? I just spent a
small fortune on the
entertainment... You have to get
(grabs Carter’s arm)
Wait, stop! Why not?
She’s dating my mom.
She’s dating your mom... Don’t give
me that shit, dude. You’re bein’ a
bitch and I’m not lettin’ it
Carter turns to Cody, places his hands on his shoulders,
looks him in the eyes.
Let it go. They’re probably at home
doing god knows what at this very
And I can’t believe I just said
that, but it’s true.
(throws his hands off)
Then why the fuck are you so happy,
dude? You should be drunk sitting
in your shower crying your eyes
He turns and walks away.
That’s not an answer, you know?
(spins around, head up)
I’m in love...
(starts after him again)
With who, dude?
What is this some sick game? Who --
wait a minute... Starts with a G,
ends with a knife in your back?
Not this time. This time it’s real,
my man. Pure amor...
INT. GINA’S BED - NIGHT
Carter and Gina are kissing, touching and saying cute things
that don’t matter anyway when...
THE DOORBELL RINGS
Gina pulls herself away to answer.
Think about me...
I miss you already.
Gina peers out of the peep hole.
On the other side is DAN, Gina’s buff boyfriend. A green sea
bag in his hand.
Gina instantly becomes an emotional wreck. She hurries back
into the bedroom in a nervous frenzy.
Dan is now pounding on the door outside.
What’s the matter? Who was it?
(a nervous smile)
Oh, nobody important. Just Dan.
(tries to pull her into bed)
Did you tell him you didn’t want
Dan bangs on the window.
Gina nearly loses her shit; Carter too.
Get out of here.
Shit. What does he want?
Gina? Are you in there, honey? It’s
me, your sailor boy.
Go... Now... Ahh, ha ha, baby, is
It’s me, honey. Let me in, I can’t
wait to get my hands on you.
You didn’t tell me you had a
boyfriend. What is wrong with you?
Oops? Just, I’ll explain everything
to you later. Just go before he
Let him see me. Do I look worried?
Hey, buddy, I’m right here...
He’s a SEAL. He will kill you.
He’s not gonna --
With his hands.
He snatches his clothes from the floor.
Yeah, he’s been gone for six
months. So I’m sure he’s --
Enough. You, I can’t believe this,
A girl gets lonely.
Gina grabs Carter and kisses him one more time.
It was fun while it lasted. Now,
(at the window)
Babe...? Why don’t you go around to
the front door... I can’t wait to
Where am I supposed to go?
Gina looks towards the window.
Pulls his pants on, his shirt, his shoes.
Some things never change around
I’m sorry. I’ll make it up to you
He throws the window up, looks back at Gina, climbs out. He
hits the ground with a thud.
Opens slowly and Gina, wearing a sexy piece of lingerie and
a smile, bats her eyes and welcomes Dan in.
INT. BATHROOM - DAY
Lacey shuts the door, as she talks on her cell phone.
Calls out to her.
She checks the massage room.
She searches the bedroom.
She walks by the closed door, hears the conversation, back
tracks, nearly knocks, but she doesn’t.
Yeah, oh yeah, all the way.
This is better than the two in
Oh, I know, baby, I miss you so
much, too. I promise it won’t be
long before we’re sippin’ mai tais
on the beach.
I love you, too. Gotta go, the old
lady’s probably having a fit by
now... She’s so clingy.
Can’t believe her ears.
Is startled when she opens the door to find Lonnie standing
there, hands on her hips.
Who ya talkin’ to?
(tries to hide the phone)
Oh, no one...
(fumbling for words)
Pep talk, I do that sometimes.
That’s odd, because it sounded like
you were having a conversation with
What -- no, not even. Voice message
-- from my mother, real worrier
there, but I really love her. Ready
Stop. Look, you don’t have to lie
to me. I heard you.
I swear, there’s no one else...
Why would there be?
Well, you’re the one who’s goin’
all CSI on me.
I heard you. Did you really think
you could do this? That I was
actually going to -- let you do
What are you talking about? We’re
just having fun here, right?
This is really happening. My god,
what a fool.
(strokes her hair)
I didn’t want --
Didn’t want what? A relationship?
To hurt you. Or your son. I’m not
even a lesbian.
Lonnie loses it and attacks.
She grabs her by her hair and pulls out a big clump of
covers her head with her hands.
(drops the hair)
Say goodbye... Bitch.
Lacey tries to dodge Lonnie around the island. Lonnie grabs
her from behind and pulls her back.
Can’t we talk about this...?
Sure we can. Right after I --
Get what I get what I paid for.
She rips the shirt from Lacey’s back exposing her lacy bra.
I bought that shirt.
(drops the shirt)
Lacey pleads more.
Lonnie literally drags Lacey to the back door, shoves her
My fault again.
Good. A little pain is nice
Lonnie’s bare foot kicks Lacey out of the door.
Sprawled on the ground.
Leers at her, turns her back, slams the door. Wipes her
Gathers herself, and with her last shred of dignity struts
Dials on her cell phone. Waits.
Carter drives along the coast, lost in thought.
Answer... Come on, dear, answer.
Carter slowly closes his phone.
INT. CONFESSIONAL - DAY
Carter sits semi-patiently in the high backed leather chair.
He fiddles with his hands before deciding to cross his arms.
Empty right now, silent. An imposing sculpture of the Virgin
Mother stands next to the altar.
Marcos enters from the back of the room. He steps inside,
exalts to the heavens and smiles as if he’s drinking in the
spirit of the church.
His cell phone rings piercing the peaceful silence of the
sanctuary. He answers.
Hola. Habla con Marcos. Quien es?
See, I told you. Once you get a
taste you’re hooked for life.
Carter’s voice comes from Off Screen.
Dad? Are you seriously macking
right here right now?
Marcos, surprised, whips around with a wide-eyed look on his
(clutches his heart then
stoops over and puts his hands
on his knees)
(wags a finger)
... Where did you come from?
(points over his shoulder)
In there, I was waiting on you...
Dad, are you alright?
I’m fine, don’t worry about your
(thumps his chest)
There, fit as a fiddle.
He coughs and wheezes violently.
Ya sure about that?
So, you are here to seek guidance.
(points to the confessional)
Please, step inside, my son.
Wha -- Dad wait. Can’t we just talk
like father and son, you know? Like
we used to do.
(grabs Carter’s shoulders
looks him in the eye, spins
No. Now get in there.
Marcos’s cell phone buzzes again.
Carida, mi amor, I apologize. It
was not me it was my...
(shields his mouth, lowers his
My idiot son. I think he’s going to
tell me something important. Give
me a minute, ok?
He hangs up.
Marcos slides back into his chair. Fixes his collar, his
hair in the mirror on the wall. Sprays Banaca. Crosses his
legs, places his hands on his lap, sits back.
So, let’s begin. Why are you here,
Well, it’s Mom.
Not a surprise so far. Go on.
And it’s Lacey. It’s Mom and Lacey
together, they’re together. I mean
I saw them together and there was
this huge mess and Mom screamed...
Yes... She always does.
I mean this is just not supposed to
happen to me. She’s my fucking
mother -- Oh, I am so sorry father.
That one is on me.
Thanks. So, dad, what in the hell
am I supposed to do? My hot new
girlfriend and my 40 something year
old mother are... Going there! And
(leans forward, presses his
face to the screen)
So you say your Lacey is havinga
sex with your mother? My wife?
Yes -- Hey wait, I thought you guys
We never finalized the paperwork,
it’s a long twisted story you don’t
wanna hear about it.
KATHERINE’S Voice comes from Off Screen.
Marcos... Marky... You hoo... It’s
ok, papi. Your mamacita is here for
Yeah, you’re tellin’ me.
(walks to the door)
No... Continue, my son.
Just as Marcos cracks the door Katherine appears on the
other side. She instantly is drapes herself all over Marcos.
He tries to resist before giving in to his growing
excitement. He pulls her inside and shushes her lips with
... And I was devastated. I thought
she was really the one, you know,
dad. Thought she was that special
girl every little boy dreams he’ll
marry when he grows up... Guess I
was reading too many fantasies, huh
Marcos and Katherine are going at it hot and heavy.
You’re absolutely right, hijo. She
deserves better... Ay... That feels
great... Right there.
Dad? What’s going on over there?
Carter attempts to look through the screen. Marcos bangs it
shut in his face.
Do not worry about your father,
hijo. You just let me take care of
this one. I’ll be just a minute...
(takes an eyeful of Katherine)
... Maybe two.
EXT. OCEAN SIDE - DAY
Carter sits looking out at the Pacific. A subtle wind blows
through his hair.
Lonnie pulls up in her car.
She approaches Carter from behind, gently touches his
shoulder. Carter turns to face her, his eyes brimming.
Lonnie silently comforts him. The sun slowly sets in the
INT. BAR - NIGHT
Marcos, Carter and KATHERINE are seated at a small round
table. Drinks are around.
A real woman is what you need,
hijo. A woman who will cherish you.
Someone who will attend to your
(grabs Katherine’s hand;
I thought it was true love.
Love, is not in the mind. Sure,
there are times when you can’t stop
thinking about her, but love, love
is not that simple.
Sweetheart, what your father’s
trying to say to you is that love
is not something that you just wake
up one day and have. It takes time
to build. You have to nurture it.
You get back just as much as you
put in, sometimes more if you’re
So, how will I know when it’s love
I feel and I’m not just fooling
Marcos begins to speak, but Katherine cuts him off.
It’s when your heart skips a beat
every time she enters the room,
when your... day’s not complete
without seeing her. When you
suddenly realize one day that all
the things you told your friends
you’d never do become the things
you can’t wait to do for her. Then
you will know.
Listen to her, she speaks the
Dad, have the things you said you’d
never do --
Your father’s a different case.
He’s, well... You know your father.
Marcos and Katherine share a kiss.
And I don’t want him any other way.
... But, what about true love?
Don’t you ever want to fall in love
and get married someday?
(flashes a wedding ring)
Married, twenty five years. My
husband left me for another man a
year later. Said it’s kill his
mother if she knew so, we never got
divorced. Separate lives, separate
houses. It works for us.
... He was my best man...
In your wedding?
For godssake, no. He was the deacon
of my church. Sure, you remember
Pastor Bradford, right?
Sweetheart, the truth is you never
can tell just when and where love
will find you. You just have to be
ready when it does.
(hoists his beer)
They clank bottles.
INT. SHOW ROOM - DAY
Couples, young and old, well dressed and in shorts
and skirts variously sit in, touch, smile at, question
salespeople about the cars.
Shows a mature looking couple a sedan.
This one has all of the newest
features: heated seats, GPS, road
side assistance. It’s our top
seller this year.
It’s a beauty, what do you think,
I think I love it.
How can I say no to that face? I
think we’re sold.
Carter and the man shake hands.
Great. I’ll be right back with the
As he’s walking away the female salesperson from earlier
steps in his path.
Sold another one, huh?
All in a day’s work.
Well, I’ve been here for two months
and I haven’t sold one yet.
Is there something you wanted...?
Or, am I your new best friend?
I guess I just suck at life.
Hey, no. Listen, if you want I’ll
show you some pointers after work.
Really...? You won’t mind the fact
that I’m a nervous wreck? Or that I
can barely look at myself in the
mirror? Or that I get all tongue
tied when I someone asks me about a
Are you kidding? When I started
here I was a wreck, too.
You’re just saying that.
No, I mean it, two peas in a pod --
Except for the mirror part...
I love you...
Sorry, sometimes I get a little
Yeah... By the way, what’s your
(points to her chest)
Right. Guess I should’ve seen
that... It was there all along...
Yep, two months now...
Carter pauses for a beat, smiles, then heads on for the
Megan does a happy little jig.
INT. SHOW ROOM - NIGHT
Carter pretends to be a prospective customer.
(a mock hick accent)
I wanna see something fast, and
furious. Whaddaya got for me?
Over here we have our top of the
line sport coupe. It’s fast, 350
hp, run flat tires, so, no flats
when you’re out there...
... revvin’ up the old horses.
Well, I need something for my kids,
too. Got anything in a wagon?
I think I have the perfect vehicle
She shows him a polished new SUV.
Not quite a wagon, but it holds six
without a problem. Besides, station
wagons are ugly anyway.
Carter quits the accent and smiles at Megan.
You’re a natural. So, what’s your
story? I mean, why the sob story
about how crumby you are at this?
If I had told you that I was the
top seller at my last job in
Wisconsin and that the only reason
I’m here is because my dad’s job
got moved you probably wouldn’t
have given me the time of day.
That’s not true, I --
Megan closes the gap between them.
Is that right? Well for the past
two months I’ve been practically
throwing myself at you and you
barely even noticed me...
A little closer still...
... Busy, busy with... Lots of...
Stuff like... Then there was the --
Megan zeroes in and plants a lip lock on him.
I thought so.
Carter gets more into it and their kissing grows more
EXT. CAR LOT - NIGHT
Arbald’s original car careens into the lot barely missing
side-swiping the neat rows of cars.
INT. SHOW ROOM - NIGHT
The car fishtails one last time before it...
Through the towering windows and into the show room
showering the floor with millions of shards of glass.
Carter and Megan react.
The car screeches to a stop leaving tracks on the tile
Peeks out of the driver’s window as Carter and Megan come to
inspect the damage.
EXT. CAR LOT- NIGHT
POLICE move in and out. An ambulance’s siren whines as it
Arbald, Cody and Manny are there now, too.
Two EMT’s wheel Mari away as an OFFICER questions her.
Carter and Megan stand side-by-side and embrace in the
chilly night air.
Arbald walks calmly from inside the wrecked opening and
stops at Carter.
Manny, standing a few feet away begins to gloat.
You will pay.
Manny’s good time quickly turns sour.
Arbald walks past the group towards his car.
(over his shoulder)
Perhaps you would enjoy a similar
... Right behind you, big guy.
He wags a finger at Carter and Manny. Manny lunges for him.
That’s it. I give up, my life’s
done. Somebody shoot me now.
You’ve still got me. That is, if
you want me...
If he don’t I will, mami... I’m
(a look of disgust)
Tell me something I can’t see for
The questioning officer approaches the group.
Now, which one of you is...
(reading from a paper)
... El mas estupido del mundo...?
CARTER AND MEGAN
Ok then, we’ll start with you.
Oh, great, yeah, blame it on me,
huh? I’m the bad guy.
Sir, if you don’t calm down I’m
gonna have to use nonlethal force
to restrain you.
I’m calm, alright?
The ambulance’s siren rings out as it speeds away.
SUPER: "ONE WEEK LATER"
EXT. LONNIE’S HOUSE - NIGHT
Cars line the curb and fill the driveway.
A FEW PEOPLE sit around a stand up heater in the backyard.
The hanging banner reads: "HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARTER".
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
More PARTYERS are sipping beers and from red SOLO cups.
Music blasts from a stereo that we don’t see.
In the living room Cody, wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with
"LET’S DO THIS" and his mother, ARINEH, whose dress can only
be described as over-the-top, are seated on the couch.
Arbald and Marcos are in one corner engaged in a deep
conversation about something. Even more FRIENDS are present
Is in his room in the basement; bare, except for the
pictures he’s reminiscing on. He chuckles at seeing some
long forgotten ones, cringes at others. He doesn’t hear...
When she enters the room and stands watching his trip down
He flips through a few more pages and smiles quietly; closes
the book, sets it on the nightstand.
That always was my favorite book.
Carter turns around to her, a bit surprised.
How long have you been standing
Long enough. Just came to check on
you. You comin’ up soon?
Yeah... Right behind you.
Carter turns back to the nightstand and picks up the
picture. He looks at it for a long second and replaces it.
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
Carter emerges from the basement door and his friends greet
him with happy birthday wishes.
He shakes a few hands, hugs the girls and enters the living
There he is, mi hijo. Come, give
your father a hug.
Dad I’m 25 now.
Carter walks over and goes to hug him, but Marcos plants a
big wet one square on his lips. Carter pulls away.
(wipes his lips with his
Aw, man, dad.
The others sort of snicker and laugh.
I have not gotten that much
affection from your father in
Can you blame me? You resemble
Christmas, all year.
Well... If you don’t like I’m sure
there are others who would love to
He starts, I finish.
Lately, you have not waited for the
He exits to the kitchen, grabs two beers and exits into the
Bumps into him just as he exits the door.
What are you doing here? No, lemme
guess. Dan got called away to save
the planet from terror?
Nah, he’s just jealous so he stayed
home. I told him you and I we were
nearly married and you’re still
madly in love with me.
And he let you come anyway?
That’s the beauty of dating a
military guy, they’re not trained
to ask questions...
... Right, well help yourself to
anything you want.
Anything, I want...?
Not, that anything.
Just then Megan walks up to them and puts an arm around
I missed you.
Gina looks appalled.
I missed you too, babe.
He hands her the other beer.
(sticks her hand out)
Hi, I’m Megan.
Gina ices her, rolls her eyes, stalks off.
Nice to meet you too, bitch.
(kisses her forehead)
I love you.
They walk towards the seated group of guests.
INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT
Lonnie freshens her makeup in the mirror.
You always did like to look your
(through the mirror)
And you always did like to sneak up
You look stunning.
Thanks. I’m almost done here.
Take your time. I am enjoying the
view from here.
Lonnie is wearing low rise jeans and a revealing shirt that
shows her back.
You know the rules...
Unfortunately, yes. Very well.
Lonnie finishes up and tries to squeeze by.
She brushes Marcos and there’s an uneasy silence as they
It’s, my fault. I should be more
Good, I’d like that...
So would I...
They seem to be drawing closer.
(clears his throat)
Nice -- The party I mean. You
always did know how to have a good
(points behind her)
... Gotta go, I think someone needs
me out there.
She blushes and quickly departs.
Marcos look at himself in the mirror and gloats.
You are one dead sexy man.
He shuts the door and the sound of splashing water is heard.
EXT. BACKYARD - NIGHT
Guests are in every place; tucked away at in dark corners of
the yard, sharing lively conversations at small tables,
standing and basically enjoying the atmosphere.
Lonnie steps into the middle of the fray, a large box in
hand, she brings everyone’s attention to her.
Everyone. Everyone right here.
The party turns to her.
Carter pipes up and says...
Oh no, mom. I’m 25, not 15...
I know my dear, but you’ll always
be my little boy.
Marcos appears from behind Lonnie.
And mine as well.
(motions Carter over)
Ven aqui, mi hijo.
Carter brings Megan with him.
Make it quick you guys. I’m
embarrassed enough already.
Now, now. It’s not every day that a
mother’s little boy becomes a man.
She pushes the box towards Carter. A din of "Open it, Open
it" comes from the guests.
Carter thrusts the box into the air and rips it open.
(a big grin)
(he turns to her)
This is ... Our first vacation
INSERT - PICTURE OF FAMILY PICTURE FROM EARLIER
Your mother and I decided that it
would be a great gift for you, to
remember the happy days we had
Carter hugs Lonnie and Marcos joins in. The guests all
(to the guests)
This is the best birthday party I
could ever have.
Cody who’s been standing near the whole time says...
Wait up there, old man.
Hey, old? You’re --
This isn’t about me. Here.
(he pulls out a small bag and
hands it to Carter)
Happy birthday, bro. I love you.
Hey, hey. It’s not like that, ok?
I love you too.
Walks up to the two and stops, looks, pushes Cody aside.
Enough of this. Carter, here.
(he hands Carter a shiny
This is for you.
(eyes go wide)
Whoa ... This is the first gift
you’ve ever given me, Arbald thank
A din grows from inside the guests
What is it?
Carter holds up the key to everyone.
No way! Dad, you gave him --
A new car, I can’t believe this.
(he looks around)
Where is it? What color is it,
No. It’s white and it has one
window in it.
CARTER AND CODY
... And a desk. And I expect to see
you behind it Monday morning.
What? So, it’s not a car...?
(squeezes Carter’s cheeks with
You owe me. Happy birthday.
Lonnie, Marcos, Cody and Megan crowd around Carter as the
music cranks back up.
INT. BED - DAY
Two lumps poke up underneath the covers.
INT. LONNIE’S ROOM - DAY
The sun shines in through a window at the side of the bed.
Lonnie rolls over and sort of yawns. She feels the lump next
to her and pulls the covers back.
Rolls over toward Lonnie with a huge grin on his grill and
kisses her on the lips.
Ah ... Hola, my dear. Some fiesta
last night ... You still know how
to party ...
He rolls back over and Lonnie just sits there in the middle
of the bed, unmoving, not saying a word.
EXT. A DOOR - DAY
TWO BURLY GUYS pound on the door.
Come on, buddy. Come on will ya ...
The door slowly draws open to reveal Carter standing there
in a pair of boxers, hair a mess, his eyes red and puffy.
Can I help you guys wit something?
Yeah, get out. Now.
Guy# 2 tacks a yellow piece of paper on the door and walks
past Carter inside. Guy# 1 follows.
What are you guys doing? Wait,
that’s my couch --
Read the sign, pal. This house now
belongs to the bank.
Carter paces over to the door and rips the paper off. He
reads it and walks and wails ...
INT. BED - DAY
Cody pops his head from underneath the covers and drinks in
Gina’s head pops up from underneath the covers.
They both smile at each other and throw the covers into the
FADE TO BLACK: