BORN TO RUN
February 18, 2004
1 TIGHT ON A GIRL‟S FACE
A girl‟s mascara runs from her red, tear stained eyes.
Is anything actually real? I mean
completely, unconditionally, no
substitutes, just…real? Life…love…
hope? Or is it just a game we play
in our heads to keep us sane? To
keep us from realizing reality.
Or maybe we‟re all just crazy.
2 EXT.- BOARDING SCHOOL DORMITORY- NIGHT, RAINING
Stately, old fashioned, three-story buildings and well-
manicured lawns are the grounds of Highpoint Academy.
Bushes and flowers line the bottom of the wall. In the
distance you hear the sounds of a school dance.
3 TIGHT ON- A FLOWER. A cigarette ash falls and lands
on the flower.
PAN UP- THE WALL OF THE DORM
to the second floor balcony, where beautiful, but
expressionless, brown-haired BRIEANNA ANDREWS, 17, stands,
smoking a cigarette. She gazes out onto the lawn, as in a
It‟s funny how you meet people
in this life, connect with them
for like a split second, and then
never see them again. Sometimes
you wonder if they ever existed.
They‟re probably better off without
me, though. Most people are.
4 INT.- DORM ROOM- NIGHT
A typical boarding school dorm room. On one side of the
room the walls are covered with a poster of Britney Spears,
a Philadelphia 76ers poster, a Highpoint academy banner and
pictures of smiling girl friends. The bed is covered in a
bright pink comforter, with red, purple and yellow pillows.
On the other side, it is much more subtle, with a simple
white comforter and brown pillows. Black and white
photographs in frames hang on the wall.
The door opens and CELINE SWARTZ, 18, bursts into the room,
stumbling giddily like someone that‟s had a little too much
to drink. Her hair is curly and in a fancy up do, and she
is wearing a pink prom dress.
Brie! You know you can‟t be
smoking in here!
Celine grabs a notebook and starts waving it around madly,
trying to make the smoke go outside. Brie takes one last
drag of the cigarette and throws it outside.
Jesus Christ, Celine, you scared
the shit out of me. Is the dance
Celine goes over to the bed with the pink covers, taking
out her earrings and pulling off her shoes as she plops
down on the bed.
It is for Dan and me. He‟s waiting
in the lobby. We‟re ditching the
dance and going downtown to a bar
Celine gets up and grabs a backpack and starts stuffing
clean clothes and makeup into it.
Why didn‟t you go?
Brie sighs tragically and sits down on her bed.
My date didn‟t show up.
Yeah right. You didn‟t even have a
Oh. Well, I had to keep watch over
our valuables and stuff. You never
know who‟s lurking in the halls of
Highpoint on dance night.
Celine grabs her keys and heads towards the door.
Ya know, it wouldn‟t kill you to go
out and have fun once and a while.
You‟re not the first one to pull
this Holden Caulfield crap.
Celine offers a half-smile to Brie and leaves.
Brie stands up and lights another cigarette, going back to
the balcony. She puts her hands on the railing and leans
over, looking down.
5 FLASHBACK- INT.- A FANCY UPPER EAST SIDE APARTMENT-
A 13-YEAR-OLD BRIE and her parents, TED and MARCY, along
with her 19-year-old brother, TAYLOR, are posing for a
family portrait in their living room.
I used to be like Celine. Happy, I
mean. When my mother was alive, we
used to take family portraits. You
know, the kind where your family
fights for about an hour about what
to wear and where to stand.
A harried PHOTOGRAPHER, behind a stand-up camera, tries to
get the family to stay still to take their picture. Brie
and Taylor constantly bicker and poke at each other, while
Ted and Marcy try to get them to settle down.
The family automatically assumes a picture-perfect position
and the camera flashes.
Celine and Taylor go back to making fun of each other.
Marcy and Ted just sigh and shake their heads.
BRIE (V.O. CON‟T)
That was the year before my mom died.
After that, we don‟t have any more
family pictures. What would be the
point? We‟re not a family anymore.
6 CUT TO: FLASHBACK- GROUNDS OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY- DAY
after a graduation ceremony. Taylor is wearing his gowns
and cap, holding a diploma, shaking hands with Ted. A bored
15-YEAR-OLD BRIE stands off to the side, wearing a Catholic
school uniform. Another photographer comes over and takes
a picture of Taylor and Ted, as Brie looks on.
BRIE (V.O. CON‟T)
I haven‟t seen my brother since he
graduated from Columbia two years ago.
I think he‟s in Miami or something,
who knows. After mom‟s death, our
family really just fell apart. My
dad sent me here last year because
he wanted to start traveling for work
more. I guess it‟s easier on him that
way. Maybe it‟s supposed to be easier
on me too.
7 CUT BACK TO: BRIE‟S DORM, PRESENT DAY
Brie exhales and blows the smoke into the dark sky. The
rain continues to fall steadily. Shrieking voices come
across the lawn. Girls and their dates are running across
the soaking wet grass, trying to keep their dresses from
getting ruined. Brie glances at the clock, which reads
10:00. She quickly puts out her cigarette on the railing
and goes back in her room. She opens her door and looks
out into the hall.
8 INT.- DORM HALLWAY- NIGHT
Wood floors and door after door line the hallway. Brie goes
out into the hall and walks down a little ways to another
door. She ignores the girls who are all dressed up and are
giving her weird looks for being in sweat pants, a
sweatshirt and slippers. She knocks on the door and enters
before someone can answer it.
9 INT.- TARYNN‟S DORM- NIGHT
TARYNN MITCHELL, 17, a funky, artsy girl, is sitting in
front of a mirror, pulling pins out of her hair, holding
some in her mouth.
Brie goes and lies down on Tarynn‟s bed.
Hey. How was it?
Lame, as to be expected. But look
what I scored from some of the guys.
Tarynn holds out a small plastic bag of two small Ecstasy
Nice. Are you going to do it now?
Probably. It‟s only like ten o‟clock.
Are you down for going to Motion
Yeah, I guess so. It‟s raining though.
Yeah, no shit. It‟s always raining
here. Let‟s go in about a half hour.
I‟ll come get you in your room. Here,
take this now.
Tarynn hands Brie one of the pills.
Alright, see ya soon.
Brie walks back down the hall to her room.
10 INT.- BRIE‟S BEDROOM- NIGHT
Brie sits down at her desk, which is covered with books and
papers that look like they haven‟t been touched for a
She picks up a black and white photograph of her and her
mom years ago.
You‟d be proud of me now, Mom.
Following right in your
She looks at the clock and sighs, as if depressed and
frustrated. She grabs a bottled water and swallows down
Tarynn bursts through the door, startling Brie.
Shit, why does everyone always do
Tarynn sits down on Brie‟s bed and picks up a book that is
lying on it.
Do what? Are you reading this?
No, I just like to put random books
on my bed so it looks like I‟m smart.
Shut up. I was just asking. I can‟t
believe you read for pleasure.
And I can‟t believe you thought Fidel
Castro was from Costa Rica.
Fuck you. So I got it mixed up!
Mmmhmm. Anyway, I have to read for
pleasure, cause I sure don‟t read for
school. Look at all the shit I have
to catch up on.
So what are we doing? Did you roll?
About ten minutes ago. We‟re killing
time. Till what? I dunno, just killing
Hey, turn off the light, it‟s
too bright in here.
Tarynn flips the switch and the room goes dark.
My feet feel weird.
That‟s cause you‟re in five-inch heels,
The two girls giggle and go quiet.
I am not a whore. I‟m a slut.
At least you‟re honest with yourself.
Okay, I think I‟m ready to go. Cause
this bed wants to eat me and I‟m not
mentally prepared for that.
I don‟t think one could be mentally
prepared for that!
The girls burst into giggles again.
11 EXT.- A TRENDY DANCECLUB- NIGHT
People line the wet street outside of the club. Mostly
teenagers and a few older adults wait in line, wearing
various types of clubbin‟ clothes.
12 INT.- THE SAME CLUB- NIGHT
A bar and booths are off to the side, with the dance floor
in the middle of the club. The dance floor is packed with
people dancing. It‟s dark and lights of all colors are
flashing throughout the building. Loud techno music plays.
Brie and Tarynn walk through the club, towards the bar.
Brie sits at a stool.
Hey, let‟s go dance!
Shouting over the music.
No thanks, I‟m just gonna get a
Tarynn shrugs and heads off to the dance floor.
Brie turns to the BARTENDER.
I‟ll have a Manhattan Up!
The bartender gives her an odd look.
I know, you probably thought I was
gonna order a Sex on the Beach or a
Screaming Orgasm or some shit like
that. I‟m striving to be sophisticated
in a world where I don‟t belong.
The bartender rolls her eyes and makes the drink.
Aren‟t we all.
Better make it two.
13 INT.- A TABLE- NIGHT
Brie takes her drink over to a table by the dance floor and
The lights are getting excessively bright and are starting
to distort. The people on the floor seem to look like a
big mass of colors waving back and forth.
Brie takes a large gulp of her drink.
TIGHT ON BRIE
Brie feels a little dizzy and closes her eyes. When she
opens them, there is a YOUNG MAN standing over her.
Hey! Hey! Are you okay?
Brie blinks and looks at him.
What? Yeah...I‟m fine. Thanks.
Are you sure? Wanna dance?
Uh, no thanks, I‟m not really in the
Oh, come on.
The young man grabs her by the arm and pulls her up, close
Hey! What the fuck are you doing? Let
go of me!
Brie gasps and tries to kick him in the balls, panicked.
Get off of me! Let go of me!
Brie is screaming. The young man lets go and backs up,
holding his hands in the air.
Hey! Calm down!
Get the hell away from me!
She throws her glass at the guy and it shatters around his
face. She charges at him and starts strangling and hitting
him. People all around them try to pull her off of him.
14 INT.- A JAIL CELL- MORNING
We are inside of a police station and Brie is asleep on a
cot in a small holding cell.
TIGHT ON BRIE‟S EYES
Brie‟s eyes snap open and she looks wildly around. She
sits up groggily on the cot and groans.
Two men are outside the cell. One is her father, Ted and
the other is the headmaster of her school, FATHER BARNES, a
60-something clergyman. Ted looks older and more tired
than when he was at Taylor‟s graduation.
Brie looks at the stained sheet on the cot and jumps up in
disgust. The men notice that she is up and a COP lets her
out of the cell.
Brie nonchalantly walks over to the men.
Hi Dad. I didn‟t know you were in
I wasn‟t. I got a wonderful call this
morning and flew in from Chicago. Brie,
do you have any idea what‟s going on?
Well, it looks like I‟ve messed up
pretty bad. And I‟m sorry.
We don‟t think that sorry is good
enough, Brie. There‟s something
more going on here.
You‟re failing almost every one of
your classes. Your GPA is almost
below a 1.0.
Really. Hmm…that sucks.
Your blood alcohol level was almost
four times the legal limit. And
they found traces of, uh...other
substances in your blood. You
hallucinated and attacked someone!
I don‟t know what you‟re talking
about. It was just dance night, I
was having fun. And I didn‟t mean
to mix all of that stuff, it just
What were you trying to do then?
I dunno...just going with the flow...
man. Come on, you lived during the
We, uh, at the school feel that it
would be best if you took a little
Oh, I agree! After graduation, I could
go to the Hamptons and get some R&R-
- We‟re not talking about a vacation.
Your behavior has been off-balance
lately and we think that...
How would you know if my behavior is
She crosses her arms.
And we think that it would be in your
best interest if you spent some time
at North Haven.
North Haven?! Nice try, Dad, but
I‟m not crazy.
It‟s not just for crazy people, Brie,
it‟s for people that need a little
Look! I‟m not crazy and I don‟t need
to go to a mental hospital! Graduation‟s
in three weeks! Christ, I did one
stupid thing at school and you‟re tossing
me into a nuthouse? Aren‟t I far away
enough from you already? Gotta send me
even farther, huh?
Calm down! You‟ve been rundown for a
while now. Everyone agrees that this
is the best idea.
Who‟s everyone? You and Father Barnes?
That‟s everyone? You can forget about
it, cause I‟m not going.
15 INT.- BRIE‟S DORM ROOM- DAY
Brie is packing her things into a suitcase which is lying
on her bed. Celine watches her carefully from her side of
Will you be back for graduation?
Yes, of course! It‟s only a month
away! I mean, I hope so, if I even
It‟s gonna suck without you.
Yeah right. Now you can sneak Dan in.
True. Well, good luck.
She gives Brie an awkward hug.
Ugh, don‟t say good luck. That just
destines me to failure.
16 INT.- INSIDE A CAR- DAY
Brie sits in the back of a car driving her North Haven.
The car pulls into the long driveway of the hospital.
17 EXT.- NORTH HAVEN INSTITUTE- DAY
The hospital lies in the foothills of the Pocono Mountains,
in Pennsylvania. The exterior of the building is old
stone. There is a long front lawn and gardens of tulips
planted along the driveway.
The car pulls up to the front door. OLIVE, a young nurse,
is waiting to meet Brie. Brie gets out of the car and the
nurse takes her suitcases. Brie stares at her.
I‟m not crazy.
That‟s okay. If you‟ll just follow me,
we‟ll get you signed in and find your
Just like the Hilton. I like my covers
turned down at night.
18 INT.- THE LOBBY- DAY
An old couch and faded chairs are situated around a table,
littered with out of date magazines. The walls are painted
pea-green. A vase of fake flowers sits on the window sill.
My name‟s Olive. I think you‟ll be
rooming with Jenni...nothing to be
scared of there. Just come along.
Olive starts walking down the hall, carrying Brie‟s
suitcase and Brie follows reluctantly.
19 INT.- HALLWAY- DAY
A long, wide hallway leads into the heart of the hospital.
The walls are still painted pea green and several paintings
hang from the wall.
They pass GRACIE, who is sitting on a chair, cross-legged,
reading a book. The book is upside down.
Hi Gracie. How are you today?
Fuck off, bitch.
Gracie‟s a soc.
A sociopath. It means she doesn‟t
They stop at a door and Olive knocks and opens it.
20 INT.- JENNI AND BRIE‟S BEDROOM- DAY
The room is small, with two twin beds side by side. The
walls are painted white and there is nothing on them.
JENNI, a small blonde girl, is sitting on the bed, painting
Jenni? Your new roommate is here.
I‟m not Jenni.
Then who am I speaking to?
Elizabeth. Where are you from?
Uh, Mars. So where‟s Jenni?
JENNI (in a totally different
What? You just said you
No, I‟m Jenni.
Well, I‟m going down to the nurse‟s
station. Someone will be back to
take you to the doctor, Brie.
Brie throws her suitcase beside the bed and plops down on
Aren‟t you going to unpack?
No, because I‟m not staying.
That‟s what I said at first too. But
It‟s not really that bad. It beats
You must be nuts! Whoops, I didn‟t
mean it that way...
Jenni‟s face falls and she starts to cry.
Someone knocks on the door and the nurse SANDY enters the
room. She is older and not as friendly as Olive.
Come with me, Brieanna.
Where am I going?
To Dr. Wilkins's office, to get your
My diagnosis? But I‟m not sick or
anything. I don‟t have a disease.
Every new patient must get a diagnosis
from the Doctor. Now come with me.
21 INT.- DR.Wilkins's OFFICE- DAY
Dr. Wilkins, around 40, balding and wearing glasses, is
sitting at his desk, pecking away at the computer and
hardly notices that Brie and the nurse are in the room.
There is a large mahogany desk and two brown leather
chairs. A large bookshelf fills the wall, along with
diplomas and pictures of him with other people.
He finally looks up and takes off his glasses.
Brieanna Andrews? I‟m Dr. Wilkins.
It‟s nice to meet you. Please sit.
You too. Hey, I noticed that you
went to Stanford. West Coast, huh?
What are you doing out here? I mean,
if a guy like you from Stanford ends
up working in a loony bin, then there
sure isn‟t hope for the rest of us.
He clears his throat and picks up a folder from his desk.
DR. WILKINS (CON‟T)
I‟ve had a chance to go over your
file, but I‟d like to ask you some
Have you ever contemplated suicide?
We‟re not here to talk about me. I
Fine, okay. Yes. All the time.
He scribbles some stuff down.
Are you having trouble sleeping?
Sometimes. But then I‟m always tired.
She takes out a cigarette and lights it.
Do you get upset easily? Like, tearful
for no reason?
No, I don‟t really cry.
Not since my mom‟s funeral. I mean,
maybe if I really whack my leg on a
table or something. Come to think of
it, Armageddon really got to me.
Interesting. Brie, I think what we‟re
looking at here is Manic Depressive
Okay, how can you know that from like
It‟s also known as being bi-polar.
I know what it is...
It‟s when a person such as yourself,
has periods of extreme highs and lows.
One week you may feel excited and
overjoyed, the next you might feel
like killing yourself.
Well, I don‟t know. I don‟t really get
happy that much. Maybe I‟m just
It is a form of depression. Do you
ever have times when you just feel
wild, act uh, promiscuous, and then
hardly remember what you did the next
Yeah, it‟s called being a teenager.
I‟m no different than anyone else!
That‟s where you‟re wrong. You do
everything to the extreme, without
thinking of the consequences. That‟s
the sort of depression that needs to
be dealt with.
You‟re a quack.
Taking drugs is the most dangerous
thing a person with your disorder
But I‟m sure you‟ll fill me up with
all sorts of happy pills.
What do you think would make you
God, do I really have to answer that?
That‟s so...biblical. All I want is
for everyone to stop freaking out,
act normal, and not be fake. And getting
out of here would make me happy.
The doctor starts filling out a form.
Brie, I‟m going to prescribe you some
Prozac. We‟ll see how this works.
Prozac…that just makes you a happy
zombie. So then, I‟m not crazy?
Who said you were?
If I‟m not, why can‟t I just take my
pills and go on my merry way?
All new patients must be under
surveillance for six weeks, then we
look at your progress and go from
there. In your case, you‟ve had some
destructive behavior lately and it‟s
in your best interest to sit tight.
22 INT.- JENNI AND BRIE‟S BEDROOM- DAY
Brie walks through the door after her doctor‟s session.
Hi, I‟m Karen! I‟m from Texas!
Brie crawls into bed and hides under the covers.
23 INT.- JENNI AND BRIE‟S BEDROOM- EVENING
A loud bell rings, waking up Brie from her sleep.
Jenni is looking in the mirror, combing her hair, over and
over. Brie gets up and looks out the window, seeing that
it‟s getting dark.
What‟s going on?
She turns to face Brie with a big smile on her face.
Who are you now?
Brie gets out of bed and goes over to the mirror, trying to
run her fingers through her tangled hair.
What, trying to look good for the
What? You were just brushing your
No, I wasn‟t. Well, maybe I was,
but I wasn‟t.
Man, am I glad all I got was bipolar.
So that‟s your sentence, huh. My
last roommate was obsessive compulsive,
but at least we had a clean room.
She used to make her bed five times a
What happened to her?
She killed herself.
Olive knocks on the door.
24 INT.- THE DINING HALL- EVENING
Three long tables are set up side by side. About five
other GIRLS are in line by the nurse‟s station, waiting to
get their meds and food. Gracie, the sociopath from
earlier, is one of them.
Jenni and Brie go join the others in line.
This is like the first day of
school. God, I hope everybody
One girl in particular catches Brie‟s eye. She is rail
thin and hallow, with her eyes glazed over.
Oh, that‟s Darva. She‟s a catatonic.
And from the looks of it, she just
got back from shock therapy.
A couple of the girls turn wildly around, and glare at
Shock therapy! Nooooo!!!!
Shut up! Shut up!
There is hysteria among the girls. Some are crying, others
look scared. GIRL #1 is on the ground, screaming. Jenni
starts crying too and acting like a toddler, stamping her
feet on the ground. Darva just stands quietly, swaying
back and forth to her own beat.
SARAH HAYES, 16, a short, cute redhead, with dark circles
around her eyes, comes up to Brie and pulls her off to the
side. Jenni gives her an odd look as Brie leaves her.
You look like you needed help.
You have no idea.
I‟m Brie. You seem normal.
Thanks. I like to think I am.
So then why are you here?
The two make their way up to the nurse‟s station, where
dinner is turkey and mashed potatoes. They take their trays
and sit down at an empty table.
Oh well, my parents...they think
they know everything. Just because
I got down to 83 pounds.
I know, it was stupid. I was just
depressed. Typical shit. Anyway,
they threw me in here with the rest
of the loons.
Same here. Except I‟m bipolar.
Hmm. Well, I think you can overcome
My roommate is okay, I guess.
Who is it?
Jenni...that blonde girl...
That girl, is a straight up fucking
liar. Don‟t believe a word she says.
But she has split personalities.
Yeah, and I have obesity. Just don‟t
believe a word she or anyone here says.
Especially fucking Wilkins.
Who, the doctor?
Yeah. So where are you from?
My boyfriend lives in New York, in
Greenwich Village. He‟s an artist.
Really? Hey, can we smoke in here?
I need a cigarette.
We can go into the courtyard.
25 EXT.- COURTYARD- DUSK
View from inside looking out a window. Brie is sitting on a
step and we can‟t see Sarah.
Outside shot of the two girls. Brie lights up a cigarette
and offers one to Sarah, who takes it. They are quiet for a
So how long have you been here?
About nine months.
Nine months! Why so long?
I was out once. For four days.
It was really nice. I went into
New York to see Trey, my boyfriend,
stayed in a hotel and spent like $4000,
ordering room service and writing
poems. They were all shit though.
Anyway, I was supposed to go right
home, but I blew it, so they sent
Wow. That sucks.
They are quiet again. A loud bell rings again and Sarah
Cattle call. Time to go in.
26 INT.- DR. Wilkins's OFFICE- THE NEXT MORNING
TIGHT ON BRIE
Brie is sitting in the leather chair again, staring at Dr.
QUICK CUT TO TIGHT ON DR. WILKINS
Dr. Wilkins is staring back at Brie. He shuffles some
Okay! I hope you don‟t mind some
of my students sitting in on our
session today, Brie.
Four psychology STUDENTS are seated in the back of the
room, with notebooks in their hands and pens poised to take
Observe away. Let the freak show
Excellent! So how are you today?
Brie is our resident comedian.
I‟ve been here one day.
His smile falters.
How was your first night?
Oh, it was great. All four of my
roommates are really cool.
Uh, Brie, you have only one
The students look at each other excitedly and write some
Oh, contraire, el doctor. See, Jenni
has multi-personalities, so I sort
of have four roommates.
She turns to face the students.
Did you get that? That could be on
The students look at each other again and snicker.
Well, I didn‟t sleep that well.
Oh really? Why‟s that?
Would you be able to sleep if someone
kept opening your door to check on you?
It‟s terrible. You‟re about to
drift off...then BAM!
The students jump.
You‟re woken up. Every half hour.
Yeah you better believe it. Anyway,
where were we? Yeah this place is
the shit, I‟m having a fabulous time.
Dr. Wilkins writes something down on his paper, peering at
What are you writing down?
I can‟t reveal that, Brie.
Why not? It‟s about me, isn‟t it?
I have a right to know.
I‟m just making notes about your
Well, then I‟m healed. Hallelujah.
Let‟s talk about something else. You
went to Catholic school, right? Are
Am I religious? No, I‟m fully aware
that God hath shit on me.
Do you believe in anything?
The students lean forward for the answer.
What about your family?
What family? I‟ve got a dead mother,
a father I see like three times a
year and a brother I haven‟t seen
since I was 15. I‟ve got a cousin
in Paris and an aunt in Boston...
come to think of, I was pretty close
to our housekeeper, Mariana, but she
barely speaks English, which is
probably why I liked her so much.
Are you an angry person?
Intensely. I don‟t even know what to
say to your bullshit questions!
And quite frankly, this isn‟t
working out for me.
Brie crosses her arms. Dr. Wilkins turns to his students.
When patients get frustrated or
irritated, it‟s best to keep quiet
and let them calm down.
I‟m not irritated, I‟m bipolar!
That means from now on, I cam blame
everything on my disease!
The room is dead silent.
I want to go home.
I‟m sorry, but you know that‟s not
Brie‟s eyes well up with tears.
But I don‟t need to be here! Don‟t
you see? I‟m not sick! It‟s all a
fucking joke! I‟m not crazy, I don‟t
need to be here! Can‟t you do something?
I don‟t need to be here! GET ME OUT
Brie breaks into sobs, screaming. Dr. Wilkins picks up a
phone and makes a call. Two NURSES enter the room and take
Brie by the arms and lead her away.
That‟s enough for today, class.
27 INT.- JENNI AND BRIE‟S BEDROOM- DAY
Brie is lying on her back, on the bed, staring at the
People are always telling me that
I should be thankful for what I have
and if I‟m not thankful, that I should
at least be aware of it. For some
reason they think that because I have
all of these things, I should be happy.
Well, I was alive...sort of. I was
breathing anyway. I had some family,
wherever they were, probably praying
that the rest of the country club
wouldn‟t find out about Crazy Brie.
28 INT.- THE DINING HALL- DAY
Brie is waiting in line for her meds at lunchtime. The
nurse gives her four pills, all different shapes and
colors. She takes it and goes and sits across from Sarah,
who is talking about something descriptively. Brie just
zones out and stares at her.
29 EXT.- THE COURTYARD- DUSK
Brie is sitting on a bench by herself, smoking a cigarette,
looking lonely and lost.
30 INT.- DR. WILKINS OFFICE- DAY
Brie stares across at Dr. Wilkins while he talks about her
various problems, tuning him out.
BRIE (V.O. CON‟T)
I‟d been at North Haven for about three
weeks and every day was like the last,
only worse. I found myself staring at
the ceiling, counting the tiles. Then
I‟d wonder where the time went. They
upped my meds. I slept more, thought
less and just barely existed. The only
time I enjoyed myself was when we had
group therapy sessions. They were always
31 INT.- A SMALL ROOM- DAY
A group of GIRLS are seated in chairs in a circle. A
THERAPIST sits with them and is leading them in a
My mother doesn‟t want me here
Yeah right. You‟ll be here forever.
Cats are cute.
No, they‟re not, they stink
and they‟re ugly.
No, they don‟t! They‟re cute!
Shut the fuck up, Gracie.
Brie laughs, amused at what‟s going on around her.
Brie, what‟s so funny?
My father doesn‟t want me here anymore
because he has to move to Scandinavia
and I‟ll be too far away.
I‟m going crazy in here.
32 INT.- THE DINING HALL- EVENING
Brie is eating her dinner by herself, when Sarah slides
into the seat next to her.
Check it out.
She hands Brie a piece of paper.
What is it?
It‟s a letter from my boyfriend in
New York, Trey.
Well, read it!
Brie impatiently opens the letter and starts to read it.
See, right there! It says he‟s coming
to visit me!
Wow, that‟s really nice of him,
seeing as you‟ve been here for
almost ten months.
Shut up. Don‟t you get it? I‟m getting
the hell out of here.
Why do you think I‟ve been corresponding
with Trey for so long? Do you think I
actually give a shit? He‟s a fucking
pussy. He‟s trying to make it as an
artist, but he sucks so his dad has
to pay for his apartment. I‟ve seen
his art, I wouldn‟t even hang it in
Well, I dunno, I‟ve seen some good
stuff in the library.
Shut up. But anyway, he loves me
and wants me to come live with him
and all that bullshit. He‟s my meal
ticket out of here. Our meal ticket.
What do you mean, our? What makes
you think I want to leave?
Yeah. Okay, so then what‟s the big
Here‟s the thing, his dad is kinda
getting pissed. He wants someone to
move in to help with the rent. But
all of his friends are kinda scary...
and losers, ya know, like, they won‟t
make more than fifty bucks a week.
And you know the city and once we‟re
stable we can get the hell out of
there and get our own place, start a
new life. It‟ll be fucking fabulous.
Well, what makes you think I want
a new life? I‟m happy.
Come on, Brie! Don‟t you see? They‟re
never gonna let you out of here! It‟s
just getting worse and you know it.
It‟s time to take control of our lives
again. I‟m sick of wasting away in
Plus, we won‟t get caught. Once we
get to the city, we‟ll dye our hair,
get new clothes, be mental institute
There‟s really nothing to lose...
Exactly! You could finish school, I
could get a job, it‟ll be great.
Lowers her voice.
On Friday they‟re taking us out
to eat in town. Trey is gonna meet
us parked outside the restaurant.
We‟ll hop into the car and speed a
way. We‟ll be miles away before they
even realize we‟re gone.
You realize it sounds insane.
They laugh at the joke.
Alright, count me in. But don‟t tell
anyone, not even Darva.
Not even the catatonic.
They burst into laughter as NURSE #1 walks by.
My, you sure look happy. What‟s
so funny, Brie?
We went to the seashore and the
cats were cute.
Brie just laughs. The nurse shakes her head and walks away,
leaving the girls laughing.
33 INT.- JENNI AND BRIE‟S ROOM- AFTERNOON
Jenni is lying on her bed, flipping through a magazine,
while Brie is secretly stuffing some clothes into a
backpack. Olive knocks on the door and opens it.
Are you almost ready, Brie?
Yeah, I‟m coming. I‟ll be out in a
Olive closes the door and leaves.
Man, I wish I could go with your
group today. I have to wait for two
more weeks! Plus, I‟m with all
That sucks. I wish you could come
Really? Thanks, Brie. You‟re the best
roommate I‟ve ever had.
Oh, uh, thanks. Well, I gotta go...I
guess I‟ll see ya.
Brie takes one last look at Jenni, who happily turns the
page in her magazine and then walks out the door.
34 INT.- BACK OF A VAN- AFTERNOON
Brie and Sarah are sitting in the back of the van. Four
other girls are in the seats in front of them, along with
two nurses. Sarah starts whispering to Brie.
Are you ready for this?
Yeah, I think so. I‟ve got some money
and clothes in my bag.
Good. Trey‟s gonna be at the restaurant
when we get there. We might as well
take advantage of the free meal, so
after we eat, we‟ll hang back and make
a run for it.
Make a run to what?
Trey borrowed his friend‟s car. It‟s a
black Jetta. We‟ll slip out of the
restaurant and bolt for the car.
Brie notices NURSE #1 looking at her in the rearview
Shhh. What if we get caught?
We won‟t. It‟s foolproof. We got lucky
with these nurses. If it was Olive or
Sandy, we‟d never get away with it.
I dunno, they seem kind of suspicious
Just calm down, it‟ll work.
35 INT.- THE INSIDE OF A RESTURANT- EARLY EVENING
The GIRLS and NURSES are seated around a round table, in a
small room away from the other diners.
Hear ye, hear ye, knights of the
Brie laughs and the rest of the girls look nervously at her
and at the nurses.
Calm down now.
Oh yeah, we are a wild bunch.
Dinner is served and everyone eats quietly. Brie can hardly
eat because she is so nervous. She puts down her fork and
waits until everyone is done.
Are you okay, Brie?
Yeah, I‟m just full.
36 INT.- THE FOYER OF THE RESTURANT- DUSK
The group is assembling by the door, while one of the
nurses pays the tab. Sarah comes up to Brie and pulls her
off to the side.
He‟s not there.
What do you mean, he‟s not there?
I mean, he‟s not fucking there!
Well, what are we gonna do?
We‟re gonna have to make a run for
it anyway. This could be our only
You‟re crazy! How are we gonna get
past everyone? And then what are we
gonna do? Hitch hike?!
Listen, there‟s a gas station down the
road. We make it there, we call a cab
to take us to the city.
Do you know how much a fucking cab to
the city would cost?
How much you got?
I‟ve got $80. Is that enough?
Well, once we get there, we‟ll get
Trey to pay for the rest.
Yeah, we can really count on him.
We don‟t have time to talk about
this. We have to make a run for it!
NURSE #1 is holding the door open for them, motioning for
them to come outside.
Let‟s go, everyone‟s waiting.
37 EXT.- THE STREET- SUNSET
The rest of the girls are waiting for NURSE #2 to bring the
van around to pick them up. As Sarah steps outside, she
slams the door in NURSE #1‟s face and takes off in a sprint
down the street.
Come on, Brie!
The girls are screaming and cheering for them to run.
NURSE #2 brings the van to a screech, jumps out and runs
after them. Brie follows Sarah across the street, almost
getting hit by a car. The driver lays on the horn and Brie
stops in shock for a second, staring at the car and how
close she came to getting hit.
Sarah turns down an alley and Brie is a couple yards behind
her. At the end of the alley is a 10-foot fence. Sarah
throws herself on the fence and starts to climb. Brie
follows. They reach the top and drop to the other side.
The sounds of sirens fill the air. They‟ve dropped onto an
open field and take off sprinting across it.
Both girls are running side by side, panting.
It‟s all the fucking smoking.
We can‟t go to the gas station, it‟s
too risky. They‟ll find us for sure.
We have to keep going until we‟ve
They continue running across the field until they come to a
four-lane highway. On the other side are all trees. Cars
are zooming back and forth and it‟s getting darker outside.
We have to get to the other side!
No way, we‟ll get killed!
I‟ll go first, you follow me!
38 EXT.- THE HIGHWAY AND IN THE TREES- EVENING
Sarah waits until it‟s clear and darts across the highway.
After she makes it safely across, about a dozen cars go by,
making Brie wait. The sound of sirens is getting closer.
Finally, it‟s clear so Brie springs across the highway. As
soon as she reaches the other side, four cop cars go by
with the lights flashing and sirens wailing.
Sarah grabs Brie and they fling themselves into the bushes
We can‟t walk along the side of
the road. We can follow it by
staying hidden in the woods though.
They stand up and brush the dirt off their clothes.
God, it‟s creepy out here. Do you
Think we‟re safe yet?
She takes out a cigarette and lights up. Sarah grabs it
out of her hand and throws it to the ground, stomping it
Not if you do that! They‟ll
They look around. They are in a dark wooded area, along
side of the highway.
I think we‟re okay in here. It‟s
pretty dark. But they‟ll be looking
for a while, so we need to get as
far away as possible.
It wouldn‟t surprise me if we ran
across a body or something in here.
So where the hell was Trey?
I don‟t know. He said he‟d be there.
Maybe he got lost or something.
Yeah, well, how great of him to let
They continue walking in silence. There are lights up ahead
in the distance.
They take off in a jog and come to a greasy highway truck
stop, called Midway Diner.
Do you think it‟s safe?
I guess we‟ll find out. We can at
least call Trey and see what happened.
Maybe he‟s there. Maybe he stopped
in for a steak and a beer.
Brie, seriously. Come on, let‟s go
inside and have a look.
39 INT.- MIDWAY DINER WAITING ROOM- NIGHT
It‟s old and grungy looking inside, with a red vinyl-
waiting bench. A pay phone is off to the side, along with
a rack of pamphlets for the Pocono Mountains and area.
“Born to Run” by Bruce Springsteen is playing in the
background over the clanging of silverware and chatter from
the TRUCKERS. A couple of them look up, but no one really
seems to care.
Sarah goes to the phone, while Brie pretends to look
through the brochures. A waitress comes over to Brie.
Uh, no, we‟re just using the phone.
The waitress looks confused and leaves. Sarah comes back
No one answered his phone.
Great, so what are we gonna do?
I guess we could just call a cab
from here. Or we could ask one of
the truckers to take us.
Ew, no thanks. I don‟t want to end
up by the side of the road, beaten
to death in my underwear.
Fine, I just thought you wouldn‟t
want to spend the money on a cab.
How „bout we just take a cab to my
apartment in the city, I‟ll steal
some money from my dad and then we
can go to Trey‟s.
Is your dad home?
I doubt it. You can go to the door and
She goes to the pay phone and looks in the phone book for
taxi services and dials.
40 INT.- A TAXI CAB- NIGHT
TIGHT ON THE METER
The meter reads $140 and continues clicking higher and
SNAP TO SARAH
Sarah continues to watch the meter go up, her eyes widening
at the price.
Shit, it‟s at $145...50....55...
Will you shut up, Sarah?
She continues muttering under her breath the price of the
meter. Brie sighs and looks out the window.
41 FLASHBACK- INT.- A SCHOOL BUS- DAY
A school bus is filled with kids talking and laughing
loudly, people standing up and throwing things. An 8-YEAR-
OLD BRIE sits in a seat by herself, quietly, reading a
book, ignoring everyone else.
At some point in my life, I learned
to block things out. This probably
happened when I had to ride the bus
to school. It would always be so
loud, with kids laughing and yelling,
gossiping and talking about school or
some shit. But I could sit there quietly
and read a book while everything else
was chaos. So if something was bothering
me, like Sarah, I could just block it
42 INT.- A TAXI CAB- NIGHT
Back to Brie looking out the window. She sighs again and
looks over at Sarah, who doesn‟t notice.
BRIE (V.O. CON‟T)
It‟s funny when you start blocking things
out. Cause then you start to think of
other stuff...things that you haven‟t
thought about for years...
43 FLASHBACK- EXT.- THE ATLANTIC OCEAN- DAY
The waves gently lap up against the beach on a fine, summer
day. A row of expensive beach houses lines the beach. An
11-YEAR-OLD BRIE and a 17-YEAR-OLD TAYLOR are lying on the
beach, while TED and MARCY are sitting on the deck of their
house, drinking coffee and reading the newspaper. Brie
looks up from her sandcastle and waves to them. Just then,
ALEX PARKER, a boy about the same age as Brie, with dark
brown hair, comes running down to the beach from the house
next door. He comes and sits down with Brie.
Hey Alex, where‟s your sister?
I think she‟s getting into her bathing
suit in the house. Why do you care?
Taylor liiiiikes her.
Shut up, turds. What would you know?
A pretty, blonde KATY PARKER, 17, comes down from her house
and walks up to where the kids are sitting.
Katy! Hey, how‟s it going?
Brie and Alex snigger. Taylor throws them an evil glare
and stands up.
Come on, let‟s go get some ice cream
Let‟s go spy on them!
The kids follow Taylor and Katy, trying to not get caught.
They follow them in between the houses, to the driveway,
where Taylor and Katy are getting into Taylor‟s Saab.
Taylor leans Katy against the car and kisses her on the
lips. The little kids explode into giggles. Taylor and
Katy don‟t notice and they get into the car and leave.
44 EXT.- THE DRIVEWAY- DAY
Brie and Alex are sitting against a concrete wall that
divides the driveways of the two households.
That was sick!
I know! Gross!
Alex suddenly grabs Brie‟s hand.
What are you doing?!
She pushes his hand away.
Have you ever done that before?
What, kiss someone? No! I‟m 11!
Well, do you want to?
Brie pauses for a moment.
Well, I mean, someday...
He pulls her head to hers and gives her a short kiss. They
are quiet for a while and then she shoves him playfully.
They get up and she chases him back to the beach, laughing.
The next summer, Alex didn‟t even talk
to me. I saw him around with some
older girl. It was rumored that she
went to second base on the first
date. I had thought about him all
year and now he didn‟t even pretend
like he knew me. I felt so stupid!
And I hate feeling stupid.
45 EXT.- MADISON SQUARE GARDEN- NIGHT
46 INT.- A CONCESSION STAND INSIDE- NIGHT
15-YEAR-OLD BRIE comes out of the bathroom and gets in line
to get a soda. Who is standing in front of her, but a 15-
YEAR-OLD ALEX PARKER.
BRIE (V.O. CON‟T)
A couple years later, when I was 15,
I went to a Knicks game in New York.
Who was in front of me in line, but
Alex Parker, my love from the beach.
I was in high school, hit puberty and
guys had started noticing me. I knew
I had to let Alex eat it.
Brie taps Alex on the shoulder. He turns around, surprised
to see her.
Remember me, douche bag?
Brie? Brie Andrews? Wow!
How are you?
I‟m okay. What are you doing here?
I thought you lived in Buffalo.
I did. My family moved to Coney
Island to open a restaurant with
my uncle. I live here now. You
haven‟t been to the beach in a
couple of years.
Yeah, well, my mom...
Yeah, I heard about that. I‟m sorry.
You sure have changed though, you
You should stop by our restaurant
sometime. It‟s called The Lagoona,
it‟s right on the water.
He gets out a ticket stub and writes down his number.
Here‟s my number, give me a call
He gives her the stub.
Yeah, okay. Well, I gotta get back
to the game. I‟ll see you later.
Alright. Call me! See ya.
Brie walks away, leaving Alex staring after her.
I was embarrassed that I actually
felt happy that he wanted to be
with me. But I never called him.
Pride, I guess, kept me from doing
it. But I still have his number to
this day. Cause your first love is
someone that you never forget.
47 INT.- THE TAXI CAB- NIGHT- PRESENT DAY
Brie wakes up from her daydream, noticing that the cab has
stopped moving. Outside is a tall apartment complex.
Is this it? Are we here?
Yeah, that‟s my building. I guess
you can just go in and knock on the
door and see if my dad‟s home.
Aw, shit. I‟ll be back in a couple of
She gets out of the cab and runs inside. Brie leans her
head back and sighs.
Hey, am I gonna get paid or what?
Sarah is outside the car, looking in the window. Brie rolls
I knocked on the door and waited for
about five minutes. No one came. Do
you think it‟s safe?
Yeah...yeah. My dad‟s a light sleeper,
he‟d of come to the door. I guess I‟ll
run up there and get the money to pay
She gets out of the cab.
Hey, I don‟t want no trouble. You
better come back.
Well, she‟ll just wait here.
Listen, just forget about it. I‟m outta
He peels away. Brie looks to Sarah, confused.
What was that all about?
48 INT.- BRIE‟S BEDROOM- EARLY MORNING
The alarm clock by Brie‟s bed goes off, scaring her as she
wakes up. It reads 5:30. She groans and falls back down
onto her pillow. After a second, she drags her feet to the
floor and falls out of bed, landing on Sarah, who was
sleeping in a blanket on the floor.
Sorry. It‟s time to get up.
What time is it?
There is a clanging noise heard down the hallway. Brie and
Sarah shoot glances at each other.
Who is it?
I don‟t know. Stay here, I‟ll go
see who it is.
She creeps out into the hall and down to the kitchen, where
the sound is coming from.
49 INT.- THE KITCHEN- MORNING
MARIANA, the Cuban housekeeper, is in the kitchen, putting
groceries away and emptying the dishwasher. She doesn‟t
notice Brie sneaking up on her.
Mariana is startled and drops a pan, which clangs to the
ground. She whips around and sees that it is Brie.
DAH! Brieanna! What are you doing
Nothing, I‟m just on vacation. You
can‟t tell my dad I was here.
Brieanna, you‟re going to get into
Brie sighs and sits down at a stool.
So you heard.
Si, of course, mija. But you are
not supposed to be here.
I know, but I just can‟t go back
there. When‟s my dad gonna be home?
This afternoon. Where are you going?
My friend Sarah knows some people
we can stay with.
This friend, she was at the hospital
Mariana looks concerned at this.
You have to be careful. But I won‟t
tell your father if you don‟t want
Oh thank you, Mariana! Gracias.
She gives her a hug. Sarah comes wandering into the
It‟s okay Sarah, it‟s just Mariana,
Turns to Brie.
This is a god-awful hour to be
awake. Can we go back to bed?
Nope. My dad‟s coming back in a
couple of hours. We gotta get
out of here.
Mariana nervously turns around and starts putting the
dishes away, glancing at Brie and Sarah out of the corner
of her eye.
49 INT.- NYC SUBWAY- MORNING
Brie and Sarah are riding on a nearly empty subway.
I think I remember where Trey lives,
You better remember. And he better
have one hell of an explanation as
to why he was a no-show yesterday.
She seems nervous and Brie looks at her suspiciously.
He DID say he was coming to get us,
Sarah titters nervously.
Well, Brie, there‟s something you
She narrows her eyes.
Well, that note that I showed you?
From Trey? Well, I kinda wrote it.
I mean, I knew there was no way
you‟d try to escape that place if
you knew we had nowhere to go. So
I made up all that stuff about how
Trey was gonna come get us and we‟d
live happily ever after.
Well, I never thought it would be
wonderful...so what you‟re saying is,
Trey has no idea we‟re coming?
Sarah nods sheepishly.
Oh that‟s just wonderful.
Hey, we made it this far without
getting caught. We‟ll still go to
You‟re fucking right we‟re going to
Trey‟s. Where else would we go? The
Are you mad?
No, I‟m thrilled to pieces. I don‟t
even care, I supplied the cab ride
and the overnight lodgings. Now it‟s
She takes a book out of her backpack and starts reading it.
50 EXT.- SUBWAY EXIT- MORNING
Brie and Sarah are walking up the steps out of the subway
to the street. Sarah walks to the corner and looks at the
street signs, looking confused.
Which way to you go to...
Uh uh, not helping you.
Sarah stalks off in one direction down the street and Brie
51 EXT.- BLEECKER STREET, NYC- MORNING
Sarah and Brie are walking down the street, with Sarah
looking at all the buildings, trying to recognize one. The
streets are getting a little more crowded, and it‟s a warm,
sunny day. Sarah stops and looks up at a building.
I think this is it.
She goes up the steps and looks at the names on the call
Yeah, this is it! See, Trey Browne.
She pushes the button next to his name.
What are you doing?!
Jesus, I‟m just calling him to let
But I didn‟t think about what I was
going to say!
TREY picks up the phone, sounding groggy and tired.
Brie steps up to the box and speaks in a fake Asian accent.
Package for Mr. Browne?
It‟s 7 in the morning.
Just get your ass down here and
sign for it, dammit!
Okay okay, shit, I‟ll be right down.
The speaker clicks off.
See? That‟s how you do it.
Sarah is looking quite flustered and nervous.
What the hell‟s wrong with you?
The door opens and TREY BROWNE, 19, is standing in the
entrance. He is good-looking, with dark brown, messy hair
and light skin. He is wearing a vintage t-shirt and some
Can I help you?
Sarah just looks at him, speechless.
Brie looks at her in shock. Trey looks at her absently and
runs his hand through his hair.
Uhhh, uhh, my friend says she knows
Well, who‟s your friend?
She nudges Sarah, who just keeps staring, her face red.
There is an awkward silence.
Well, the thing is, we need a place
to crash for a while. She remembered
that you had a lot of room and was
thinking you could lend us a couch or
Oh shit, I don‟t know...uh...
Brie. This is unbelievable.
Sarah jabs her with her elbow.
See, the thing is, I don‟t really
have any room. I‟ve got a couple
of guys staying here already.
Well, we‟re small.
It would be fun!
I mean, yeah...but…
It‟ll be worth your while, I swear.
She gives him a coy smile.
Well, I guess it would be alright.
Oh thank you, you won‟t regret it!
She turns to Brie with a triumphant smile but Brie is not
Well, I guess you can bring your
He turns around and lets them inside.
52 INT.- STAIRCASE- MORNING
Brie and Sarah follow Trey up the stairs, talking in
You totally lied to me. I should
fucking kill you.
But it worked.
Trey‟s not your boyfriend. He barely
knows you. You were probably some one
night stand he had like a year ago.
You could have gotten us into real
trouble with your little scheme.
COULD have, is the key word. Chill
out, we got a place to stay.
They reach the top of the stairs and Trey opens the door to
52 INT.- TREY‟S APARTMENT- MORNING
The apartment is messy, with empty beer cans and pizza
boxes on the floor. A bunch of art supplies are scattered
around, along with half-finished canvases. A large red
couch and two easy chairs are situated around a TV, in
which three guys, CRAIG, DAN and BRAD, are intrigued with a
video game. They are dressed similarly to Trey, each
wearing shirts with band logos. A spiral staircase leads up
to a loft. Sarah stops at the door before going in and
bends down to tie her shoe.
Hey guys, this is, uh, Brie and her
friend Sarah is coming.
The guys look up, interested, and pause their video game.
Brie! Beautiful! What‟s happening?
We‟re in a band. Punk rock. You
should come to our show tonight.
I let them crash here because they‟re
bums who can‟t get a real job and
their parents kicked them out.
Ah, I should have guessed.
Trey sits down on the couch and Sarah sits next to him.
That‟s a shame.
The bums go back to their video game. Brie stands awkwardly
in the living room, not wanting to sit down in the mess.
So what brings you to New York?
Ah, well our parents sent us to a
preppy boarding school. We couldn‟t
take that shit anymore.
Yeah, I hate school.
Word. Fuck school.
So now we‟re on the run. Brie came
with me for the ride.
Uh, Trey? Where‟s your bathroom?
Up the stairs, through the bedroom.
Sorry bout the mess.
Brie leaves the room and walks up the staircase.
53 INT.- TREY‟S BATHROOM- MORNING
Brie walks into Trey‟s bathroom and closes the door. She
notices that there‟s no toilet paper, so she kneels down
and opens the cabinet under the sink. Her eyes widen when
she sees the bottles and bottles of pills, plus several
syringes and bags of white powder.
Holy shit. Who is this guy?
She picks up a syringe gingerly and shakes it. It‟s empty.
Suddenly, the door bursts open and Trey is standing there,
holding a roll of toilet paper. Brie is startled and drops
the syringe and quickly closes the cabinet door.
What are you doing?
Uh, nothing. I mean, there was no
I know, that‟s why I brought you
He hands her the toilet paper.
So are you into that?
I don‟t know what you‟re talking
Come on, I know you‟re not stupid.
You done that shit before?
Yeah, some. But that‟s what got me
into trouble, so... I‟m done.
Well, if you ever need anything, just
holler, I‟ll hook you up.
He grins and closes the door, leaving Brie bewildered.
54 INT.- TREY‟S LIVING ROOM- AFTERNOON
Some hours have gone by and Brie is seated on the corner of
the couch, reading her book, while Sarah and the guys watch
a kung fu movie.
Oh that‟s sick! Awesome.
Brie rolls her eyes and goes back to her book. Trey notices
that she‟s not joining in on the fun and pauses the video.
Enough of this boring shit. I think
we should have some fun.
Aw man, I was into that movie.
What do you have in mind?
Trey gets up and goes into the kitchen.
He comes back into the room carrying a bottle of vodka and
some orange juice.
It‟s like one o‟clock in the afternoon.
I know, we should have started hours
Come on, Brie, don‟t tell me you‟re
gonna sit there and read your little
book and not join in on the fun!
Well, I guess.
The guys cheer.
Alright, she‟s gonna do it!
You guys ain‟t seen nothing.
Feisty, this one.
He begins pouring everyone a drink. Once everyone has a
glass, Trey raises his in the air.
55 INT.- TREY‟S LIVING ROOM- LATE AFTERNOON
After several hours, everyone is wasted. Dan and Brad are
playing around with a guitar, singing drunken songs. Sarah
is curled up next to Trey, but he is ignoring her. Brie is
seated across from them and Craig sits down next to her,
trying to make a move.
So, how old are you?
He puts his arm around her. She pushes it off.
Gross, Craig. I might be a little
drunk, but I‟m not blind.
Oohhh she got you!
Brie rolls her eyes, but laughs.
Cool! So am I!
No, you‟re not, dude, you‟re like 30.
Weak, man. Very weak. I‟m actually
Trey laughs at her sarcasm. Sarah, seeing how Trey is
paying more attention to Brie than to her, leans over Trey
Oh, I‟m soo tired, Trey. Wanna go
30, 24…old is old.
Sarah slumps back and crosses her arms, jealous.
So since we‟re on the subject of
Brie, where are you from?
Far, far away from here. 78th and
No shit, you‟re from New York too?
Born and raised. What, don‟t I seem
Sure you do, rich, little, spoiled
Brie throws a pillow playfully at him.
Minus the little, spoiled and Daddy‟s
Oh, sorry, sorry.
There is an exchange of connection with them, which Sarah
notices. She glares openly at Brie.
Sooo, what is there to eat around
Food sounds good.
Aren‟t you forward. We‟ll have to
order out. There‟s this kickass
sushi place down the street.
I love sushi! I hate sushi.
How about Brie and I go and pick
up some sushi and you guys can order
whatever you want?
I was just kidding, I like sushi. Yum.
Yeah, Trey and I will go get it for
She throws Sarah a triumphant look. Sarah gets up from the
Brieanna, can I talk to you for a
a sec? In the kitchen?
Brie shrugs. They go into the kitchen.
56 INT.- TREY‟S KITCHEN- AFTERNOON
Sarah grabs Brie by the arm and pulls her into the kitchen.
What do you think you‟re doing?
What do you mean?
You‟re totally flirting with my
Brie gives a short laugh.
He‟s not your boyfriend. It‟s fair
game now, Sarah. You did it to
yourself by lying to me. Besides,
Brie walks out of the kitchen and back into the living
57 INT.- TREY‟S LIVING ROOM- AFTERNOON
Alright, I‟m ready to go, Trey.
58 EXT.- BLEECKER STREET, NYC- AFTERNOON
Trey and Brie are walking down the street towards the sushi
shop. They are both stumbling a little and Brie is holding
onto Trey‟s arm to stay steady.
So what was that all about?
What was what?
Going into the kitchen.
Oh nothing. Girl stuff.
You know, I really don‟t remember
I guess it wasn‟t that good, huh?
Maybe, I don‟t really remember.
You don‟t remember?
Not really. It was a long time ago!
Plus, I probably wasn‟t sober.
Okay, okay. I‟m not one to judge.
I‟ve done some pretty fucked up
I‟m not at liberty to say.
She looks around, feigning paranoia.
They‟re after me.
The FBI, DEA… PETA.
Come on, what could you have done
that‟s so horrible?
Attacked a guy for trying to get
Yeah. I got arrested.
Wow. You‟re dangerous.
I‟m probably on the Top 10 Most
Wanted Criminals by now.
So I guess it‟s good that I
saved Craig from you.
You‟re such a hero. Keeping me
out of prison. How can I ever
I can think of some ways.
Oh okay. I guess I could
do your laundry.
Funny looking, maybe.
No, you‟re hot. You know that.
Oh, come on.
I have very low self-esteem.
Well, you shouldn‟t. You‟re gorgeous.
Well, thanks, I guess.
They come to the sushi shop.
This is it.
He opens the door for her and they go in.
59 INT.- TREY‟S LIVING ROOM- DUSK
Trey and Brie walk in the door, holding the bags of sushi.
Sarah and the guys are all sitting around the coffee table,
with shot glasses and playing a drinking card game. Sarah
is very drunk and loud by now.
Heyyy, the lovebirds are back!
What are you guys playing?
Where‟s the sushi?
Trey holds up the bag.
We got food!
Wonderful. I‟m starving.
She gets up and trips over the carpet.
Whoops! Catch me, Trey!
She tries to fall into his arm, but he moves at the last
second and she falls to the floor. Brie snickers.
Hey, save some for me.
Word. Show‟s in three hours guys,
drink up! We gotta sound our best.
Everyone takes a shot of tequila.
Ow, that shit‟s brutal.
You guys are gonna suck.
This stuff really helps my
If you take another shot, they‟ll
sound even better.
Shut up, fag. You‟re not even in the
Then what am I?
You‟re the manager.
Not really, dude.
Who got you the fucking show?
Yeah but seriously, carrying our
shit around makes you a roadie.
You could sleep with Brad to make it
to the top though.
Shut up fag!
Trey grabs Brie‟s hand while the bantering is going on and
pulls her into the kitchen, taking the sushi with them.
60 INT.- TREY‟S KITCHEN- DUSK
I had to get away from those morons.
Why do you let them stay here?
Cause I‟m a nice guy.
He starts getting out plates to put the sushi on and hands
Brie two chopsticks.
This is good. I haven‟t had good
food for a while.
Where have you been?
Well, school. Other places.
I‟ve got something else for you.
He takes something out of his pocket.
What is it?
It‟ll make you fall in love with me.
He hands her a small Ecstasy pill. She takes a deep breath.
The last time I mixed E and alcohol,
a very bad thing happened. I told you.
She gives it back to him.
Nothing bad will happen, I promise
you. I‟ll watch out for you, girl.
She tries to lean against the counter and slips. Trey
reaches out and holds her up.
Whoa, be careful. Are you okay?
She steadies herself.
Uh, yeah, I‟m fine. I just have a
question. Why do you have all that
shit in your bathroom?
It‟s just my private stash.
Brie‟s eyes widen.
I‟m joking. I sell it, that‟s all.
It‟s better business than art, anyway.
He looks bitter.
I mean, I don‟t want to...but it‟s
good money. And I don‟t do most of
So are you gonna do this or what?
You look like you could use a little
I have had a rough week.
She looks at the pill for a minute and then takes it out of
She swallows the pill and Trey takes one too.
I better eat before that kicks in!
She picks up a sushi and eats it, while Trey just smiles.
Her mouth is stuffed.
61 INT.- A PUNK ROCK SHOW- NIGHT
The inside of a grungy punk club is filled with kids there
for the show. They are dressed in all sorts of punk
attire. A hardcore BAND is playing onstage. Brie feels out
of place as she walks in wearing jeans and an Abercrombie
Right. I want to go back.
She starts to turn around, but Sarah pushes her forward.
No no, it‟ll be fun. Look, the guys
are getting onstage.
Onstage, Craig and Brad are setting up their instruments
and getting ready to rock. Sarah, Trey and Brie are working
their way through the crowd.
We have to get to the front! It‟s
always the best up there.
Gee, I wouldn‟t have guessed you to
be a Sex Pistols fan. Maybe Blink 182.
Sarah smiles at her fakely.
Oh Brie, I wouldn‟t have wanted to
go through this with anyone else.
Brie looks at her confused.
Get in the front!
She pushes Brie to the center of the crowd, just as the
music starts. The loud, angry punk music fills the air and
the kids start to mosh. They close in on the stage,
separating Brie from Trey and Sarah. Kids are wailing
their arms and legs and a circle pit is started. Brie is
getting pushed and jumbled around and she can‟t escape.
The effects of the Ecstasy start to make her freak out and
she starts to scream, as tears fall down her face.
Suddenly, someone grabs her and pulls her out to safety.
She cries as Trey tries to comfort her. His eyes are wide
and he looks tweaked out from the drugs.
Brie! Brie! Calm down, it‟s okay!
It‟s not okay! I almost died!
No you didn‟t, you‟re fine.
Sarah pushed me in there. Sarah,
that bitch, Sarah.
Where was she? I didn‟t see her.
He strokes her hair as he holds her. She wipes her eyes and
looks up at him.
I think I love you.
Nah, shit girl, that‟s the drugs
No. I love you.
He helps her up, but she can barely stand.
I do love you, Trey. I love you.
Shhh. Let‟s get you out of here.
She pulls him close to her and pulls his lips to hers. He
doesn‟t hesitate and they share a passionate kiss.
Come on, let‟s go.
As they are walking out, Sarah sees them leaving and she
glares at Brie with hatred on her face.
Fine, go then!
Trey supports Brie‟s weight on his shoulder and they make
their way outside. A bunch of people stare at them as they
walk by and Brie turns to them.
What? So I can‟t hold my liquor!
Come on, Brie.
62 EXT.- BLEECKER STREET, NYC- NIGHT
Trey is struggling to hold Brie up as they walk down the
street back to Trey‟s apartment. He spots a coffee shop.
He runs inside and is back in a few seconds with a hot
coffee. He hands it to Brie.
This might help. How are you feeling?
She has stopped crying and is calmer now.
God, I‟m such a loser.
Don‟t say that. You‟re not a loser.
It‟s my fault anyway. We shouldn‟t
have taken that. Not at a punk rock
Yeah, save it for the raves.
Exactly. How‟s the coffee?
Doing its job. Thanks.
They continue walking down the street. Trey takes her hand
and she smiles shyly at him.
This always happens to me. I always
She is quiet for a moment, considering that she might have
Do you think I‟m crazy?
No, why would I think that?
Some people think I am.
Well, they‟re the crazy ones.
She smiles weakly.
Sometimes I think I might be.
Everyone feels that way once and
a while. You‟re not crazy.
I guess. But sometimes I just hate
Everybody does. It‟s just how you
handle it. It never helps to get
pissed off all the time.
I‟m not pissed off all the time. I
dunno, I‟m just too introspective.
Well, stop thinking.
63 INT.- TREY‟S APARTMENT- NIGHT
They enter the apartment, which is pitch black.
Don‟t turn on the lights, it‟ll
They grasp through the air until they find the couch and
they sit down.
So, you‟re okay?
Pretty good. You?
He looks her in the eyes for a second, and then he puts his
hands around her neck and starts kissing her, softly at
first and then harder and harder. They continue to make out
for a few moments and then he breaks away.
So how‟s your friend going to
find her way back?
You mean your friend.
She knows where we are. Don‟t stop...
She reaches up to kiss him again.
I think you should go to sleep.
No, I‟m fine... Really.
Just trust me, sleep it off. You‟re
hallucinating, you don‟t know what
He kisses her on the forehead and gets up and leaves,
leaving her confused. She falls back on the couch and
64 INT.- TREY‟S LIVING ROOM- LATE NIGHT
Brie has been asleep on the couch, when she wakes up in the
middle of the night. We see that the guys are back from the
show, passed out on the floor. She doesn‟t see Sarah
anywhere. She gets up and creeps up the spiral stairs.
The sounds of people having sex are coming from Trey‟s
bedroom. Moans and groans escape under the door. Horrified,
Brie opens the door a crack and peeks inside, afraid of
what she‟s going to see.
Trey and Sarah are under the sheets, in the middle of a
passionate “love-making” session. Taylor is on the top and
Sarah lies naked under him.
Brie gasps. The expression on her face is embarrassment,
anger and disgust all in one.
Oh my god.
Trey looks over in shock to see Brie standing in the
Get out of here, Brie!
Brie snaps back to reality and slams the door shut. She
sinks to the floor, sobbing and leans back against the
door. She covers her face with her hands. She gets up
slowly, still crying, but furious now. She runs down the
stairs and frantically looks around for her bag. She is
heading towards the door when Trey appears at the top of
the staircase, with only a pair of boxers on.
Where are you going?
I‟m getting the hell out of here!
What are you talking about? You‟re
No, fuck you! I‟m out of here.
Fuck this shit!
Sarah appears at the top of the stairs with Trey, covered
in a sheet from the bed.
Let her go! I don‟t need her anymore!
Keep him, you crazy psycho bitch!
She storms out the door, slamming it in utter disgust. Trey
looks shocked at the top of the stairs.
65 EXT.- BLEECKER STREET, NYC- LATE NIGHT
Brie tears down the stairs and bursts out of Trey‟s
apartment, out onto the street. She looks around and
decides on a way to go. She takes off in a sprint and runs
to the nearest subway station, scrambling down the stairs.
66 INT.- SUBWAY STATION- LATE NIGHT
The subway station is deserted and Brie stands alone on the
platform, a single tear rolling down her cheek. We look
down the tunnel and see the lights of the 6 train coming.
It stops and the doors open. Brie stands there for a second
and then steps on.
67 FLASHBLACK- INT.- A SCHOOL CLASSROOM- DAY
14-YEAR-OLD BRIE, in a Catholic school uniform, is sitting
in a classroom, doing an assignment in a workbook. The
rest of the STUDENTS in the class sit quietly doing their
work. The TEACHER sits at her desk, grading papers.
There is a KNOCK on the door and the school PRINCIPAL, a
woman in her 40‟s, walks in and whispers something to the
teacher. They look at Brie.
Brie? The principal would like to
talk to you in the hall.
The students in the class titter, thinking Brie is in
Brie gets up from her desk to go to the principal.
Take your belongings, Brie.
Brie puts her books in her backpack and follows the
principal out the door.
68 INT.- SCHOOL HALLWAY- DAY
Brie and the principal step out into the hall. Brie looks
up at her expectantly and nervous.
Brie, your mother has had an
accident. She‟s in the hospital.
Your dad sent a car to pick you
up and meet them there.
Uh, I think it would better if your
father talked to you about it.
You can follow me to the car.
The principal starts walking down the hall and Brie follows
her a few steps behind.
69 INT.- A HOSPITAL ROOM- DAY
Ted and Taylor are huddled around a bed with Marcy in it.
She is hooked up to tubes and a monitor and her eyes are
closed. They don‟t notice when BRIE walks in, escorted by
Oh, Jesus, Brie. Your mother- she
had an accident...
She snorted a line of coke the size
of her forearm.
Brie looks horrified.
Brie runs to the bed to look at her mother.
Is she gonna be okay? Is she
They don‟t know. She‟s in a coma.
He pulls Brie away from the bed.
The chances are slim.
Tears start sliding down her face as she looks at her mom.
Neither Ted nor Taylor tries to comfort her.
70 EXT.- A GRAVEYARD- DAY
Brie, Ted, Taylor and a group of MOURNERS dressed in black,
surround an open grave, as a MINISTER reads from the Bible.
Even someone that looks perfect
from the outside could be going
through something that you would
never imagine. I never knew about
my mom‟s addiction. I always though
she had everything together. She
was beautiful. She had a successful
career and a loving family. I guess
it wasn‟t enough. When my dad looks
at me, I know he sees her. Far from
71 EXT.- STREET IN BROOKLYN- NIGHT- PRESENT DAY
Brie is walking down the street, head down, depressed. An
introspective song plays in the background. A gust of wind
blows a flyer into Brie and she catches it. It is an ad for
painkillers. She laughs sarcastically, turns it over and
sees an ad for a restaurant called The Lagoona at Coney
Island. She stares at it, as if remembering something. She
puts it back in her pocket.
72 EXT.- THE LAGOONA RESTURANT, CONEY ISLAND- NIGHT
Brie stands outside the restaurant, which has a run down,
fisherman tavern look to it. She takes out the flyer and
looks at it again. Holding it, she walks up to the door
and goes in.
73 INT.- THE LAGOONA- NIGHT
CARL, 64, weathered and gray, is at the cash register,
counting money. He looks up when Brie walks in.
She looks at the flyer again.
Is there by any chance an Alex
Parker that works here?
Yeah, he‟s in the back cleanin‟
up. YO ALEX! THERE‟S SOMEONE
HERE TO SEE YOU!
Startled, Brie quickly looks at her reflection in the glass
on the counter. She frantically tries to fix her makeup and
ALEX PARKER, now around 17 or 18, comes out from a door
behind the counter. He has brown shaggy hair and a lean
build and warm brown eyes.
Why, this young lady right here.
Um, hey Alex...I don‟t know if
you remember me. Heh, this is kinda
Brie? What are you doing here?
She relaxes a little, relieved that he at least remembers
I don‟t know...I just picked up
this flyer for your restaurant...
She holds up the flyer.
I was just around and...
Her voice shakes from emotion. He comes out from behind the
counter, seeing that she‟s upset and lightly touches her
Hey, let‟s have a seat and we can
talk, okay? I‟ll get us some drinks.
She goes and sits in a booth and he comes back with two
So what are you doing here? I know
you didn‟t just hop a train all the
way here to see me.
I‟m having kind of a bad night...
When this flyer flew into me, I thought
it had to be a sign.
To see you.
Me? I haven‟t seen you for like three
I know...I know. The last time was
at that Knicks game.
Yeah, you never called me.
I know. Sorry.
No, it‟s okay. I didn‟t expect it
Come on. A girl like you, with a guy
Are you kidding?
It‟s just fucking irony, that‟s
So this is where you work, huh.
Yeah. Well, times have been hard.
We‟ve had to let go of a lot of
people...that‟s why I‟m here so
late. I‟m always here late.
So you have no life?
None at all.
I don‟t have a place to live.
What do you mean? I thought you
lived on the Upper East Side.
I do. I mean, my dad still does. I
was away at a school...and then a
hospital. And then the people I was
with were assholes...
Are you drunk?
I think. I drank a lot tonight. I‟m
really stupid. It‟s just that no one
knows what to do with me. I don‟t
know what to do with me.
Well maybe you should talk to someone
Anyone that you have to pay to listen
to you doesn‟t give a crap.
Well, I give a crap. And you don‟t
have to pay me.
Hey, you‟re welcome to stay here
tonight. It‟s not much, but I got
an extra bed.
Upstairs. That‟s where I live.
Oh, wow, yeah, thanks. Things sure
have changed since our Stoney Harbor
75 INT.- GUEST BEDROOM- MORNING
Brie wakes up in a brightly lit bedroom. She is in a twin
bed, covered with an old quilt. The walls are painted a
cheery yellow and a window looks out onto the ocean.
Alex peeks inside the room.
Are you awake?
Brie sits up groggily, a little hung over.
Yes, sort of. Oww. I‟m hung over.
Come on, breakfast is ready.
I don‟t think I can eat food.
Yes, you can. You need it. You‟re
I told you I was a waste.
Shut up and get downstairs,
76 INT.- THE LAGOONA RESTURANT- MORNING
Brie walks down the stairs into the restaurant, which is
closed for Sunday. Carl and Alex are seated at a long
table, along with SIMON, Alex‟s dad and RAMONA, Alex‟s mom.
There is breakfast food set on the table.
Brie walks sheepishly to the table and sits down next to
Wow, this is great. Thanks so much
for letting me stay here without
any notice or anything.
It‟s good to see you again, Brie.
We missed your family at the beach.
Of course, we don‟t go anymore.
How‟s Katy doing?
It is quiet for a second.
We haven‟t seen her for a while...
she moved out to L.A. to become an
actress, kinda left with us on bad
terms. Last we heard she was doing
There‟s one screw up in every
Did you sleep well?
Oh yes, great, thanks. This place is
Well, it‟s not much. Not compared
to what you‟re used to...
No, it‟s perfect. I love it.
Ramona looks pleased.
So Brie, tell us how you ended up
I called her.
Brie shoots him a look.
Yeah, I heard she was in the city
for, uh, Spring Break and I wanted
to see her, catch up, ya know.
Oh, you didn‟t tell us you still
kept in touch with her, Alex. I
would have liked to say hello to Ted.
Well, he says hi. Brie and I, uh, email
Brie snorts laughter into her milk.
Taylor still asks about Katy, actually.
Really? I always knew he was going
places in life. Where did he graduate
77 EXT.- CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK- DAY
Brie and Alex are walking along the boardwalk of Coney
Island. It is a beautiful day and the wind is blowing
CLOSE UP ON THE TWO OF THEM
You didn‟t have to cover for me,
I know. But I didn‟t know how much
you would want to tell them. I still
don‟t really know anything.
I guess you deserve to know.
You don‟t have to tell me anything.
I will, in time. I just need a
break for a while.
A break from what?
I dunno. Life?
Come on, I wanna show you something.
78 EXT.- AMUSEMENT PARK- DAY
We see an old, abandoned amusement park, from the heyday of
Coney Island. An old merry-go-round tilts unnaturally.
Trash litters the ground. A rotting wooden roller coaster
lines the sky.
Alex opens a broken piece of fence and crawls inside. Brie
follows. They run across the grass until they reach the
roller coaster. Alex starts climbing up the ladder to the
top of the hill of the roller coaster and they sit on a
platform that overlooks the ocean.
Wow, this is awesome.
I know, no one ever comes here.
It‟s really peaceful.
Yeah. It‟s kind of sad, too.
It‟s like, there are so many memories
left here, abandoned.
Yeah...but now you‟re adding your
I never really thought of it that
I can be very philosophical when I
want to be.
They are quiet for a moment, enjoying the view.
This is where I come to think. I know
you probably think that‟s corny.
Alex, seriously. Nothing you could do
would make me think you‟re corny. I
had a huge crush on you, you know.
I did. The hugest. I was pathetic.
You‟re kidding me.
Why didn‟t you tell me?
Cause I didn‟t want to get hurt.
I was only 12.
Do you still?
Have a crush on me.
She gives him a sly smile.
He looks into her eyes and takes her hand in his. They are
inches away from each other.
Alex, I don‟t want to get hurt
And I don‟t want to hurt you, Brie.
He moves his head closer to hers and kisses her gently on
the lips and she returns the kiss.
I had a huge crush on you too.
ZOOM OUT TO WIDE DISTANCE SHOT OF AMUSEMENT PARK
79 EXT.- OUTSIDE THE LAGOONA- SUNSET
Brie and Alex come walking up to the restaurant, close, and
holding hands, laughing. Brie seems the most lighthearted
we‟ve seen her. Alex opens the door for her and they go
80 INT.- THE LAGOONA APARTMENT- SUNSET
Brie and Alex are walking up the stairs to the apartment.
As they come up, they see Ramona talking on the phone. When
she sees them, she turns around and starts talking so they
can‟t hear her.
Okay, thank you. See you then.
She hangs up and turns to Alex.
Alex, can I see you in the kitchen
Sure. I‟ll be right back, Brie.
He lets go of Brie‟s hand, giving it a quick kiss. Ramona
looks disapprovingly at the show of affection. Brie notices
and realizes something is wrong. Ramona and Alex disappear
into the kitchen. Brie pretends like she is going into the
guest bedroom, but she pushes herself against the wall and
eavesdrops on the conversation.
81 INT.- THE KITCHEN- SUNSET
Brie is listening in on the conversation against the wall
and peering into the kitchen at the same time. Ramona is
talking to Alex in a hushed voice.
She got expelled from her school
for attacking someone while drunk
and on drugs, Alex. They sent her
to a mental institution, but she ran
away with another girl. They‟ve been
looking for her since Friday.
Alex is speechless.
I called her father because I knew
she wasn‟t on Spring Break. Most
schools are letting out around now.
I don‟t know how you got dragged into
all of this, but you can‟t get
attached. Her father is coming to
get her right now.
They notice Brie standing in the doorway, with a shocked
expression on her face.
She turns around and flees to the bedroom and grabs her
backpack. It feels like the whole scene at Trey‟s house is
playing out again. She runs down the stairs and out of the
restaurant. Alex is right behind her.
82 EXT.- CONEY ISLAND BOARDWALK- SUNSET
Brie, no! Wait... stop!
Brie runs to the side of the boardwalk and clenches onto
the railing tightly with her hands. She pushes herself back
violently and pulls at her hair in frustration. Alex comes
running over to her and grabs her arms, holding her still.
She is crying again and Alex pulls her close to him and
I‟m not going back there, Alex, I‟m
I know you‟re not.
I have to get out of here, I won‟t
let them take me!
I‟m coming with you.
She stops suddenly and looks at him.
What? No, you‟re not. Don‟t be
retarded. Don‟t fuck up your life
because of me!
Shut up, Brie! I‟m coming with you!
Where are you going?
I don‟t know...have you ever been to
Well...only in my dreams.
Well, then your dreams are coming true.
I‟ve got to get out of here. If you‟re
coming, we have to go now!
He lets go of her arms and quickly looks at her and runs
into the restaurant.
83 INT.- THE APARTMENT- SUNSET
Alex tears up the stairs, taking two at a time. He runs
past his shocked mother and into his bedroom.
Alex, what are you doing?!
84 INT.- ALEX‟S BEDROOM- SUNSET
Alex‟s room is messy, a typical guy‟s bedroom. There are
CDs scattered around, along with some posters of NY teams
on the wall. There are also black and white photographs,
like the ones Brie had at school.
He finds a duffel bag under his bed and starts stuffing
clothes into it. He opens a drawer and finds a wad of cash
and puts it in his pocket.
Ramona comes into the room and sees what he is doing.
Alex, what do you think you‟re
I‟ve got to go, Mom.
He zips up the bag and slings it over his shoulder and
walks past his mom, running back down the stairs. She runs
after him frantically.
85 EXT.- THE BOARDWALK- SUNSET
He bursts out the door and back onto the boardwalk, where
Brie is still standing. He grabs her hand and they take off
in a sprint down the boardwalk.
Ramona is standing in the doorway of the restaurant,
screaming at Alex to come back.
Alex, no!!!! Come back here! Come
86 INT.- NYC SUBWAY- NIGHT
Brie and Alex are sitting side by side on a crowded subway
back into Manhattan.
Are you sure you know what you‟re
He grasps her hand.
87 EXT.- A CITY STREET- NIGHT
Brie and Alex are walking along a street of downtown
So where are we going?
I don‟t know. Do you know anyone
we could stay with?
I can‟t believe both of us live
here and we don‟t know anybody.
I guess we‟ll have to get a hotel
88 INT.- A CHEAP HOTEL LOBBY- NIGHT
Brie is standing at the counter, getting a room, while Alex
stands nervously beside her. A WOMAN at the counter taps
on her computer.
And how will you be paying for
The woman takes the card and smiles and hands Brie the key
to the room.
89 INT.- A HOTEL ROOM- NIGHT
Brie and Alex open the door to their hotel room. It is
small and a little shabby. There is a double bed and a TV.
Alex throws his bag on the floor and flops down on the bed
and flips on the TV.
He looks at Brie and smiles.
I think I‟m gonna go take a shower.
Good, you smell.
Brie picks up a pillow and throws it at him playfully.
90 INT.- HOTEL ROOM- NIGHT
Brie steps out of the bathroom, dripping wet and wrapped
only in a towel. Alex looks up from the TV and stares at
He pretends to go back to watching TV, flipping absently
through the channels. Brie sits down on the bed, brushing
You like the gardening channel?
What? Oh, uh...yeah, it‟s kinda
What? I do.
She climbs on top of him and kisses him on the lips.
Sure ya do.
They continue to kiss and he pushes her backwards and
lightly down so that he is on top of her. He clicks off the
I do. I like this channel.
Yeah? This channel?
He kisses her again and unwraps the towel from around her.
She pulls his t-shirt from over his head and takes it off,
putting her arms around him and they continue to kiss.
FADE TO BLACK
91 INT.- HOTEL ROOM- MORNING
Brie and Alex are asleep in bed, with their arms around
each other. The room is bright with the morning sunlight.
The door opens and Ted and Olive, the nurse from North
Haven, burst into the room. Hearing the sound, Brie awakes
and sits up in bed, in shock to see them standing there.
She tries to cover herself up with the covers so they can‟t
see that she is dressed only in a tank top and underwear.
They are not amused.
Alex wakes up and is groggily aware of what‟s going in.
Brieanna, get dressed and get your
things right now.
How did you find me here?
You used your credit card to check
in. It took us three days to track
Three days! But I just used it last
Brie, just look at you. Look at you!
I‟m fine! Alex is taking more care
of me then you ever did!
Brie stops, her mouth gaping. She looks next to her and
suddenly Alex isn‟t there anymore. Instead there is three
days of trash, empty bottles and syringes. The room is a
mess and Brie is a mess. She has dark circles under her
eyes and her hair is messy.
Brie, you‟re sick. You need help.
You have to come with us.
He is near tears. Brie is in shock.
No…no, no... Where‟s Alex? He was just
here. This isn‟t funny. What‟s
going on? What…what‟s happening?
She starts crying hysterically and Olive leans over and
gives her a shot of a sedative.
92 INT.- NORTH HAVEN INSTITUTE- DAY
Dr. Wilkins is walking down a hallway, leading FOUR
PSYCHOLOGOY STUDENTS. They pass Jenni, who is hugging her
parents. There are suitcases on the floor and it is
apparent that she is leaving. She gives a cheerful wave to
the group and then picks up her stuff and walks off with
93 INT.- HOSPITAL ROOM- DAY
The room is all pure white, with padding on the wall.
There is a single bed and Brie is lying on it, not moving.
The door opens and Dr. Wilkins and the students walk in.
Case study 247… Acute schizophrenia.
Here‟s Brie again. It‟s her fourth day
in lock-down solitude since they found
her. A tip from the family housekeeper
led us to her. Good thing too, she was
almost a goner.
Brie looks up at them weakly.
Did you find Sarah? I can tell you
where she is…
Brie, who is Sarah? You keep talking
about her, but there is no Sarah.
There never was a Sarah.
She sighs and her eyes roll back, fluttering.
93 FLASHBACK MONTAGE
This will go quickly, like a series of snapshots.
1) Brie is running away from the restaurant, across
the field alone.
2) Brie is in the cab by herself, the driver peels
away leaving her stand there.
3) Brie is walking along the street in New York and
goes up to Trey, who is selling drugs in the park.
She buys a bunch and walks away.
4) Brie is sitting on the bed in the hotel, alone,
with lines of coke arranged in front of her. She
leans back and closes her eyes.
94 INT.- HOSPITAL ROOM, PRESENT DAY- DAY
Suddenly, Brie sits up straight in bed, her eyes open wide.
There is no Alex either.
Her eyes well up with tears and they start falling down her
cheeks. Her mascara slides down her face and she doesn‟t
bother to wipe it away. She lies back down on the bed,
staring at the ceiling, crying.
DR. WILKINS (CON‟T)
1 in 100 people will develop
schizophrenia in their lifetime.
Some of the common symptoms include…
He continues talking as he leads the students out the door.
TIGHT ON BRIE