Episode 43 - MOPANI JUNCTION by fjwuxn

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 1                           MOPANI JUNCTION
 2                            ENGLISH EPISODE 43
 3
 4   SCENE 1:
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 6   LOCATION: AREX HOUSE. INTERIOR DAY.
 7   SFX: THE SOUND OF A DOOR PENING.
 8
 9   LUCKSON:   (JOVIAL) Come in Chris…I would like you to meet my wife Noma.
10
11   CHRIS:     (ABOUT TO GET INTO DETAIL) Oh, Noma, I would like you to meet
12              Mr Dhlakama, Chris Dhlakama.
13
14   CHRIS:     (TRYING TO BE CIVIL) Hello Mrs Gumbo…
15
16   AWKWARD SILENCE
17
18   NOMA:      (SILENCING HIM) Nice to meet you Mr Dhlakama.
19
20   CHRIS:     (CHUCKLES) I had no idea…
21
22   NOMA:      (DESPERATE TO LEAVE) I must go and finish up with what I was
23              doing.
24
25   CHRIS:     It was nice meeting you.
26
27   AWKWARD SILENCE
28
29   SFX: NOMA MOVES OUT. DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES
30
31   LUCKSON:   (POLITELY) You were about to say something…
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33   CHRIS:     Oh, (AWKWARDLY) that I had no idea you had such a beautiful wife
34              and a lovely home.
35
36   LUCKSON:   (CHUCKLES) Let me show you around this place. You will love the cane
37              bar… come and have a look at it.
38
39   CHRIS:     (IMPRESSED) Wow. It’s beautiful… I could really do a lot with it. I
40              think I’m going to enjoy living here.
41
42   LUCKSON:   (PROUDLY) This place holds a few special memories for Noma and I as
43              our first home together.
44
45   CHRIS:     She is quite a decorator that wife of yours. Her colour co-ordination is
46              really something.


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 1   LUCKSON:   (PROUDLY) She loves decorating.
 2
 3   CHRIS:     The cream walls are fabulous; they go well with my leather couch. I might
 4              have to replace the carpet though. (THOUGHTFULLY) Blinds in the
 5              lounge… not my kind of thing at all. I will have to replace those with
 6              heavy drapes and…
 7
 8   LUCKSON:   (LAUGHING TEASINGLY) How did an Arex worker like you get such a
 9              fetish for interior décor. I usually leave that department for my wife; it’s
10              for women to worry about.
11
12   CHRIS:     (POMPOUSLY) Well taste is a thing that is in born, Gumbo. The sense of
13              beauty runs in our family.
14
15   LUCKSON:   Okay, man whatever.
16
17   CHRIS:     Besides that colour is a very interesting phenomenon. It is said that the
18              colour of your walls affects the way you think.
19
20   LUCKSON:   (NOT REALLY INTERESTED) Is that a fact? (JOKING) You know
21              another thing that affects your thinking…?
22
23   SFX: BOTTLES PLACED ON THE TABLE
24
25   CHRIS:     Oh! Beer!
26
27   LUCKSON:   (THEY LAUGH DRUNKENLY) May the games begin.
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29   CHRIS:     (TAKES A FEW GULPS) There’s nothing like a cool beer… Well I mean
30              (ALMOST LIKE A WHISPER) besides a slim legged, big-butted woman.
31
32   LUCKSON:   (ROARS OUT WITH LAUGHTER) You are naughty… you are one sick
33              man. (LAUGHS) Hey how about some grilled steak?
34
35   CHRIS:     Perfect.
36
37   LUCKSON:   (SHOUTING DRUNKENLY) Noma! Noma! Come here sweetheart.
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39   NOMA:      (RELUCTANTLY) Yes.
40
41   LUCKSON:   Babe, would you roast some meat for us.
42
43   NOMA:      (COLDLY) Which meat?
44
45   LUCKSON:   (GETTING UPSET) The meat I bought this morning?
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 1   NOMA:      (WALKING AWAY) There is no meat in the house.
 2
 3   AWKWARD SILENCE
 4
 5   CHRIS:     (INERUPTING) This a great collection of music, Gumbo. Mafikhizolo!
 6              This is my stuff. Play this one for me.
 7
 8   LUCKSON:   (LIGHTENING UP) Alright!
 9
10   SFX: MAFIKHIZOLO TRACK IN THE BACKGROUND
11
12   LUCKSON:   Would you like something else to eat?
13
14   CHRIS:     Look I am not really hungry why don’t you put on this CD and lets have a
15              little fun. Let’s dance… I’m a kwaito king, you know. (THEY LAUGH)
16




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 1   SCENE 2:
 2   LOCATION: THURSDAY’S HOMESTEAD. INTERIOR. DAY
 3   BENJI BLESSING
 4   SFX: RURAL SOUNDS. BIRDS CHIRPPING.
 5
 6   BENJI:       (SOUNDING REALLY LOW) I’ll have to go to the city alone, Blessing.
 7
 8   BLESSING: (WITH GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT) Why? You said I would go with
 9             you this time.
10
11   BENJI:       (APPOLOGETICALLY) I know but Father is not happy with that idea,
12                it’s almost planting time and he said he will need your help.
13
14   BLESSING: I knew it was too good to be true.
15
16   BENJI:       Oh come on Blessing. It’s not my fault. Father refused to let you go.
17
18   BLESSING: I knew he wouldn’t! I told you Benji.
19
20   BENJI:       I know… I know but even Aunt Sarah was against the idea, she says it was
21                really bad timing. Blessing, you will just stay here for a while. Just until
22                the season is over it won’t be too long.
23
24   BLESSING: A while? (SARCASTICALLY) Hopefully not like the last time.
25
26   BENJI:       (WITH A PLEADING TONE) Blessing, I am just going to prepare a place
27                for you in the city. You remember how you wanted to cook for me last
28                time… I wanted that too but we were not able to have that kind of life
29                then.
30
31   BLESSING: (SOFTENING UP) Make sure you get a nice place this time.
32
33   BENJI:       (WITH RELIEF) Just wait and see, you are going to be surprised. I want
34                to get the kind of place that a queen like you deserves.
35
36   BLESSING: I hope you mean it.
37
38   BENJI:       I want us to start a new life. I want us to have a very big family with
39                six children. (WITH CONCERN) What… did I say something to upset
40                you?
41
42   BLESSING: No, I just feel like I owe the family a child. I have been here so long
43             and have not yet borne a son for the Gumbos. People are starting to
44             talk.
45
46   BENJI:       Now you are exaggerating Blessing, who has said anything about you?



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 1   BLESSING: You told me that Aunt Sarah asked you when we were going to settle
 2             down to start a family.
 3
 4   BENJI:        What makes you think she was talking about you?
 5
 6   BLESSING: What else could she have meant?
 7
 8   BENJI:        You are making an issue out of nothing. She was talking about me staying
 9                 in one place and not moving up and down all the time. She actually
10                 thought that I was the one who is not yet ready to start a family.
11
12   BLESSING: Well are you ready Benji?
13
14   BENJI:        Yes, I am ready. I also want a child, Blessing.
15
16   BLESSING: But then you are going to the city again very soon, how are we going to be
17             able to start a family.
18
19   BENJI:        I just want to go and make things right.
20
21   BLESSING: I miss you so much when you are away; it’s so hard for me.
22
23   BENJI:        I miss you too sweetheart, I wish I didn’t have to go… but I must honey.
24
25   BLESSING: (SIGHS)
26
27   BENJI:        (GIVING IN) Okay fine… I’ll stay a bit longer.
28
29   BLESSING: (HAPPILY) How long?
30
31   BENJI:        I’ll stay another week.
32
33   BLESSING: What about your job?
34
35   BENJI:        I know how to handle that. It’s my territory.
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 1   SCENE 3:
 2   LOCATION: EXTERIOR, MOPANI SPRINGS, DAY
 3   JOHN, THURSDAY & JACKSON.
 4   SFX: THE SOUND OF A BIG TRUCK ARRIVING. DOORS OPEN AND CLOSE.
 5   THROUGHOUT THE SCENE, WE HEAR THE SOUND OF THINGS BEING
 6   OFF LOADED FROM THE TRUCK. SHOVELLING OF SAND.
 7
 8   THURSDAY: (SHOUTING) Jackson! You have come!
 9
10   JACKSON:      (APPROACHING FROM A DISTANCE) Yes Uncle! (FAKING
11                 EXCITEMENT) I have come! I hope you are well.
12
13   THURSDAY: And I see you are with the monkey of all monkeys, John. (JOKINGLY)
14             What do you want here monkey?
15
16   JOHN:         We’ve brought the fencing and building materials Mr. Gumbo. We want
17                 to start working seriously sir.
18
19   THURSDAY: Is that true Jackson? Is this monkey telling me the truth?
20
21   JACKSON:      That’s right Uncle Thursday. I feel it’s best we start by putting up a new
22                 fence. (SOUNDING QUITE NOBLE) Let’s get rid of the old one! What
23                 do you think?
24
25   THURSDAY: (EXCITED) Of course! Now you are talking like a real man is supposed to
26             talk. I was starting to get afraid that you were going to let me down.
27
28   JACKSON:      (LOUD) Never! I would never do that to the family! John, be my witness
29                 here.
30
31   JOHN:         Jackson is a good man Mr. Gumbo. He is working hard to make sure that
32                 this project succeeds.
33
34   THURSDAY: (CLICKING HIS TONGUE) Ah! You are asking this creature John? What
35             does he know about anything?
36
37   JOHN AND JACKSON LAUGH.
38
39   THURSDAY: (CURIOUS) What other materials are these? They can’t be for a fence.
40
41   JACKSON:      Oh, those. Well…uh…I want to get these chaps to start laying the
42                 foundation for grandma Ernestina’s house… just like Dad promised.
43
44   THURSDAY: (PLEASED) That’s very good Jackson! Now you are going to make the
45             ancestors very happy! Good!
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 1   JOHN:         (SHOUTING) Hey, you! Don’t put that there man! Can’t you see that’s
 2                 where people put their food? Don’t be stupid! (AS HE WALKS OFF)
 3                 Excuse me, let me go and deal with these guys. They are putting the river
 4                 sand in the wrong place.
 5
 6   THURSDAY: Tell them. These workers of yours must get real!
 7
 8   JACKSON:      Don’t worry Uncle Thursday. They’ll learn with time. Sometimes patience
 9                 is the best and only way to get things done.
10
11   THURSDAY: That’s very true my boy… (REFLECTING) It’s good to see that you were
12             listening to me when I came and caused chaos in your funny bush town
13             Mopani Junction.
14
15   JACKSON:      (SARCASTIC) How could anyone not pay attention to such valuable
16                 words of wisdom?
17
18   THURSDAY: (HE BOUGHT IT) You are so right Jackson. I wish that monkey Benji
19             had not gone back to the city.
20
21   JACKSON:      (LAUGHING SOFTLY) You miss him, don’t you?
22
23   THURSDAY: (RIDICULING) Miss him? How does a human being find himself missing
24             a monkey? That kind of thing doesn’t happen.
25
26   JACKSON:      (AMUSED) So why did you say you wish he hadn’t gone to the city?
27
28   THURSDAY: Because then he would have stayed and helped us to put up the new fence
29             instead of babooning around in the city.
30
31   JACKSON:      Babooning around! (LAUGHS) That’s a new one!
32
33   THURSDAY: The thing is this Jackson. That boy is confused. He is so intoxicated with
34             the city, I’m worried that he’ll never amount to anything his whole life.
35
36   JACKSON:      Don’t you think that’s a bit harsh Uncle Thursday?
37
38   THURSDAY: Harsh what? Can you honestly tell me anything good that boy has done
39             ever since he left for that city jungle of his? He still has the same jacket he
40             had when he left here… Nothing new.
41
42   JACKSON:      (STRUCK BY HOW TRUE IT IS) Hmm.
43




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 1   SCENE 4:
 2   LOCATION: ROAD SIDE. INTERIOR. DAY
 3
 4   SFX: THE SOUND OF A CAR SLOWING DOWN FOLLOWED BY A GENTLE
 5   HOOT.
 6
 7   NOMA:     Watch it, are you trying to run over me?
 8
 9   CHRIS:    (LAUGHING) Hi there, Mrs. Gumbo.
10
11   NOMA:     (A LITTLE UNEASY) Oh, it’s you.
12
13   CHRIS:    Now that is not very nice, sweet thing. Is this where you work?
14
15   NOMA:     (NOT ENJOYING THE CONVERSATION) Yes.
16
17   CHRIS:    Who ever thought you would be a teacher one day? Wasn’t it just
18             yesterday when you were doing that temp job in town? Funny how time
19             moves so fast.
20
21   NOMA:     Chris, please just leave me alone!
22
23   CHRIS:    Are you going home?
24
25   NOMA:     (COLDLY) Ya.
26
27   CHRIS:    Hop in, let me give you a ride home… you need the ride with the kind of
28             luggage you are carrying… they must be twins.
29
30   NOMA:     (NOT AMUSED) That is not very funny… thanks but no thanks, I think I
31             would rather walk.
32
33   CHRIS:    Look I insist…
34
35   NOMA:     Why don’t you just drive off? What do you think people will say if they
36             see you talking to me?
37
38   CHRIS:    You know I don’t care what people say.
39
40   NOMA:     (ANGRILY) Well, I do. I’m a married woman now!
41
42   CHRIS:    This is no way to be treating an old flame, Noma dear. Why don’t you just
43             hop in for old- time’s sake?
44
45   NOMA:     I don’t know who you think you are or what the hell you are trying to
46             prove Chris, but I don’t like it and it must come to an end.



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 1   CHRIS:   I don’t know what you are talking about.
 2
 3   NOMA:    What do you want from me? We went out once and that came to an end a
 4            long time ago…
 5
 6   CHRIS:   Very true but I haven’t…
 7
 8   NOMA:    (CUTTING IN) And what do you think you’re doing trying to become
 9            best buddies with my husband?
10
11   CHRIS:   Luckson is a friend of mine…
12
13   NOMA:    Since when?
14
15   CHRIS:   Since the other day. I am not after you; you’re pregnant for crying out
16            aloud. Besides I didn’t even know that you were here in Mopani Junction
17            or that you were married to the man.
18
19   NOMA:    Well now that you know, stay away from us.
20
21   CHRIS:   Ey! Noma, wait. I am going to need his help with my new job and he’s a
22            really great guy. (CLEARS HIS THROAT) I’m really lonely without
23            female companionship.
24
25   NOMA:    (MISUNDERSTANDING HIS STATEMENT) What?
26
27   CHRIS:   Listen, if I don’t find a lovely woman… I am going to run mad with
28            boredom. And there are only two women I would like to be with from this
29            place… One of them is that cousin of yours.
30
31   NOMA:    I hope you are not talking about Shelley.
32
33   CHRIS:   Yes, that’s her name. How can I get in touch with her?
34
35   NOMA:    (SARCASTICALLY) You can’t. You are not her type Christopher, now
36            why don’t you find someone else to annoy.
37
38   CHRIS:   (IGNORRING THE RUDENESS) People change, Noma. I think I am
39            ready to settle down now.
40
41   NOMA:    Whatever Chris.
42
43   CHRIS:   I’m serious, look I’m sure if Shelley is anything like you that I may have
44            finally met my match here in Mopani.
45
46   NOMA:    Forget about it Chris…



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 1   SCENE 5:
 2   LOCATION: THURSDAY’S HOMESTEAD. INTERIOR. DAY
 3   SFX: THE SOUND OF WASHING OF HANDS
 4
 5   THURSDAY: Now that is what I call a meal, great cooking Loveness.
 6
 7   LOVENESS: Thank you father, I know you like chicken.
 8
 9   THURSDAY: And you girls know how to prepare it just the way I like it not like the
10             food they gave us at the funeral. The women there had no clue whatsoever
11             on how to cook. The thing is, one should enjoy eating and now have to
12             dread it.
13
14   LOVENESS: (COURAGEOUSLY) What did Uncle die from?
15
16   THURSDAY: Oh you know the deaths that occur in your mother’s family… it’s all the
17             works of avenging spirits that have not been dealt with.
18
19   LOVENESS: (PLAYING DUMB) What kind of avenging spirits.
20
21   THURSDAY: Your mother’s forefathers did a lot of strange things… and all that
22             foolishness brought them the problems they face today.
23
24   LOVENESS: But I was told he died of AIDS.
25
26   THURSDAY: And what do you think that is?
27
28   LOVENESS: A disease.
29
30   THURSDAY: (LAUGHS A LITTLE) Of course it is a disease but how does it come into
31             the family? These sprits blow in all kinds of diseases into cursed families.
32
33   LOVENESS: What about the Gumbo family are there any such spirits?
34
35   THURSDAY: Of course not. Our family is clean. Our fore-fathers were careful how they
36             lived their lives and their wisdom rubbed on to us their children.
37
38   LOVENESS: (NOT CONVINCED) Really?
39
40   THURSDAY: Yes. What do you think would push a man like that uncle of yours to go
41             and pick out of all the women in the world… a woman with AIDS. It’s
42             that spirit. The important things we do in our lives are influenced by
43             spirits. Both good and bad.
44
45   SFX: UNFOLDING OF CRUSHED PAPER
46



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 1   LOVENESS: Before I forget, Father here is the money we made today.
 2
 3   THURSDAY: (EXCITED) Wow all this?
 4
 5   LOVENESS: (LAUGHING POLITELY) Yes the workers bought quite a number of
 6             jars.
 7
 8   THURSDAY: If you were a man I would put you in charge of the whole farm. You are
 9             really a hard worker, not like that lazy good for nothing brother of yours,
10             Benjamin.
11
12   LOVENESS: There’s more.
13
14   THURSDAY: (CLAPPING HIS HANDS AS HE RECEIVES IT) When you mother
15             comes back from the funeral I will take all the money we’ve made and
16             we’ll decide what big thing to buy for the farm.
17
18   SFX: SOUNDS OF FOOTSTEPS
19
20   BLESSING: (POLITELY) Good afternoon Father.
21
22   THURSDAY: Good afternoon, my daughter. I am going out to have a look around the
23             farm before sunset (MOVING OFF MIC) I will be back soon.
24
25   LOVENESS: (WITH GREAT CONCERN) Blessing you don’t look well.
26
27   BLESSING: (IN PAIN) My stomach is killing me.
28
29   LOVENESS: Are you sure you are not suffering from period pains?
30
31   BLESSING: No, I never have those and I’m not about to go on.
32
33   LOVENESS: I think you should go to the hospital and get it checked out.
34
35   BLESSING: Maybe it’s a minor thing that will go away soon.
36
37   LOVENESS: Maybe.
38
39   BLESSING: Well if it doesn’t then I will go to the hospital and have the nurses
40             examine it.
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 1   SCENE 6:
 2   Location: Exterior, Mopani High School Playground, Day
 3
 4   SFX: SCHOOLCHILDREN ARE PLAYING AND GENERALLY CAUSING ALL
 5   KINDS OF CHAOS.
 6
 7   SPHIWE:      (CONCERNED) Come on Rumbi. I’m your best friend, girl. Please tell
 8                me what’s wrong. Is it to do with the science exam?
 9
10   RUMBI:       (SOUNDING REALLY LOW) Jimmy’s stupid past exam papers didn’t
11                help me one bit.
12
13   SPHIWE:      I’m sorry sweetie but you don’t need to keep thinking about it. It won’t
14                help anything.
15
16   RUMBI:       Forget the exams. I’m dealing with much bigger issues here girlfriend.
17                OK?
18
19   SPHIWE:      Fine… Is it to do with Derek? (TEASING) Do you miss him?
20
21   RUMBI:       (CLICKING HER TONGUE) Oh p-uh-lease! I so hate Derek with a major
22                passion right now. I’m telling you Sphi.
23
24   SPHIWE:      (SURPRISED) Did you guys have a fight or something?
25
26   RUMBI:       (BITTER) Fight is, like, such an understatement… The bastard is running
27                game on me Sphiwe.
28
29   SPHIWE:      (SHOCKED) What?
30
31   RUMBI:       He’s cheating on me. The other day I went to see him and guess which
32                little twerp I found him sweet-talking and caressing in the storeroom.
33
34   SPHIWE:      (CURIOUS) Who?
35
36   RUMBI:       That little teenie-bopper Emily… the dumb little brat… the one with the
37                big…
38
39   SPHIWE:      (CUTTING IN) Chill Rumbi. You don’t need to be so foul about it.
40
41   RUMBI:       As if you’d talk any differently if the same thing happened to you. (SHE
42                CLICKS HER TONGUE, IRRITATED)
43
44   SPHIWE:      (ANNOYED) I wonder how many other girls he’s playing those kinds of
45                games with.




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 1   RUMBI:    (SIGHING) I guess it’s all my fault anyway. I should never have got
 2             myself involved with a teacher in the first place.
 3
 4   SPHIWE:   I can’t say I didn’t warn you Rumbi… not that I’m trying to make you feel
 5             bad or anything like that.
 6
 7   RUMBI:    (SUBDUED) I know Sphi.
 8
 9   SPHIWE:   But I don’t see what the problem is here. Just break up with the guy. He
10             doesn’t deserve you.
11
12   RUMBI:    (EMBARRASSED) It’s not quite that simple.
13
14   SPHIWE:   (INSISTENT) Yes, it is that simple Rumbi. This guy can’t do this to you.
15             You can’t just sit back and let him…
16
17   RUMBI:    (CUTTING IN) I’m pregnant with his child.
18
19   THERE IS A PAUSE BEFORE SPHIWE RESPONDS.
20
21   SPHIWE:   (HER VOICE CRACKING) What did you say Rumbi?
22
23   RUMBI:    (STARTING TO SOUND SAD) I’m carrying his kid and he… won’t
24             accept that it’s his. He’s accusing me of sleeping around.
25
26   SPHIWE:   (ANNOYED) The nerve!
27
28   RUMBI:    I’m thinking of aborting Sphiwe coz I can’t just handle this kind of stress
29             Sphiwe. It’s way too much for me.
30
31   SPHIWE:   Don’t be silly Rumbi. You can’t do that!
32
33   RUMBI:    I can’t? Why not?
34
35   SPHIWE:   Because… because it’s wrong. It’s murder. You’re taking a person’s
36             life.
37
38   RUMBI:    (GETTING REALLY UPSET NOW) Then tell me what I’m supposed to
39             do Sphiwe. I’m probably gonna fail all my exams, I’m in love with a man
40             who doesn’t love me back and I’m carrying a baby he doesn’t want. You
41             tell me what I’m supposed to do!
42
43   SPHIWE:   (OVERWHELMED) Please Rumbi… don’t cry.
44
45   RUMBI:    (CRYING) Then tell me what I’m supposed to do Sphiwe. What do I do
46             now?



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 1   SCENE 7:
 2   LOCATION: EXTERIOR, MR. MUSA’S HOUSE, DAY
 3   BENJI, MAUD & JONASI
 4   SFX: URBAN AMBIENCE
 5
 6   BENJI:    (PUZZELED) You said your name is Jonasi?
 7
 8   JONASI:   Ya!
 9
10   BENJI:    (SHOCKED) What do you mean I have been replaced?
11
12   JONASI:   My friend, if your name is Benjamin Gumbo, then I have replaced you.
13             Your job is gone. I work here now for Mr Musa.
14
15   BENJI:    Why are you treating me like that Jonasi? Do you have to be so rough?
16
17   JONASI:   (NONCHALANT) It’s not my fault that you decided to disappear from
18             this place.
19
20   BENJI:    (SIGHING) So how long have you been working here?
21
22   JONASI:   A week and a half.
23
24   BENJI:    (RAISING HIS VOICE) My dear ancestors, why have you dumped me in
25             the forest like this? Why? Why didn’t you give me the wisdom to come
26             back to the city earlier?
27
28   MAUD:     (SHOUTING FROM A DISTANCE) Jonasi! Who are you talking to
29             there?
30
31   JONASI:   (MOCKING) There is a visitor here Mama Maud.
32
33   MAUD:     (APPROACHING) A visitor? I didn’t know that we were expecting a
34             guest here today.
35
36   BENJI:    It’s me Mama Maud. Did you miss me?
37
38   MAUD:     (SURPRISED) Benjamin! Is that you my son?
39
40   BENJI:    (EXPECTANT) Yes Mama Maud! It’s me. I’m ready to start working
41             again. I’m ready for action!
42
43   MAUD:     Where have you been all this time?
44
45   BENJI:    I was still at home in Mopani Springs, Mama Maud.
46



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 1   JONASI:   You were where?
 2
 3   BENJI:    Mopani Springs – the village where I come from.
 4
 5   JONASI:   Where is that?
 6
 7   MAUD:     (LAUGHING) Nobody seems to know where the place is… Anyway
 8             Benji, you took too long. Your job is gone.
 9
10   BENJI:    (HURT) But Mama Maud, how can you do this to me? You knew I had
11             gone to sort out my problems with my wife.
12
13   MAUD:     (LAUGHING) My son, in the city, if you have a job you don’t just
14             disappear without getting official leave. Do you understand?
15
16   BENJI:    Now I understand Mama Maud. I won’t ever do it again.
17
18   MAUD:     (TO THE POINT) It’s too late now Benjamin. You are no longer
19             employed here. Jonasi is now the new gardener.
20
21   BENJI:    (DEFIANT) But this is not fair Mama Maud. You never even gave me a
22             chance to explain my story.
23
24   MAUD:     We don’t operate on stories here my boy.
25
26   BENJI:    So what am I supposed to do now? Where am I supposed to go?
27
28   JONASI:   (ARROGANT) Don’t ask us my friend. I think it’s time for you to collect
29             your things and go.
30
31   BENJI:    (MILITANT) Where are my things anyway? What did you do with them?
32
33   JONASI:   (RUDE) I packed them into a plastic bag and left them in my room.
34
35   BENJI:    It’s my room!
36
37   MAUD:     No Benjamin. It’s not your room anymore. I think you should go now. Go
38             to your people. You have your Rosie and your Feejay to take care of you.
39             Go!
40
41   BENJI:    (CURIOUS) Where is Feejay anyway?
42
43   MAUD:     Why are you asking me? Maybe he has changed jobs seeing as he thinks
44             he is good at everything. (LAUGHING) Maybe he’s even in jail!
45




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1   BENJI:   (EMBARRASSED) Mama Maud… I was wondering… if you could lend
2            me some money for bus fare. I have nothing.
3
4   MAUD:    (LAUGHING CRUELLY) I’m sorry Benji. I can’t help you with that.
5            Where will I see you?
6




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 1   SCENE 8:
 2   LOCATION: INTERIOR, CLUB GALAXY (VIP BAR), NIGHT
 3
 4   SFX: THERE ARE PEOPLE TALKING IN THE BACKGROUND. WE ALSO
 5   HEAR THE SOUNDS OF BEER BOTTLES, WINE GLASSES CLANKING AND
 6   MUSIC PLAYING.
 7
 8   MANAGER: Tamara and Josh… good to see you. Are you enjoying the party?
 9
10   TAMARA:      Yes, very much. And may I take this opportunity to say congratulations on
11                Club Galaxy’s fifth anniversary.
12
13   JOSH:        (IN AGREEMENT) Cheers to that.
14
15   MANAGER: Well… thank you very much. I have to say that it’s promoters and
16            upcoming performers like you who make this place what it is. This party is
17            to thank you.
18
19   TAMARA:      (CHUFFED) Well… it’s a damn good party, I can tell you that.
20
21   MANAGER: Great to know. Josh, keep up the good work. Your music is showing a lot
22            of promise.
23
24   JOSH:        I owe it all to Tamara really. I don’t think I can take much of the credit.
25
26   MANAGER: Good… well, let me leave you two and see how the other guests are doing.
27            I hope you like this secluded VIP Bar.
28
29   TAMARA:      We love it.
30
31   JOSH:        Wow… it’s amazing to be mingling with all these entertainment people. I
32                never dreamt I’d meet a lot of these people.
33
34   TAMARA:      It’s quite a feeling isn’t it baby?
35
36   JOSH:        (THRILLED) It is. I just feel a bit weird, though, because I feel like I’m
37                not dressed right for the occasion.
38
39   TAMARA:      Nonsense sweetheart. Don’t worry about a thing. Just stick around me and
40                you’ll be just fine.
41
42   JOSH:        Cool by me.
43
44   TAMARA:      There’s the waiter. Do you want a glass of wine or something?
45
46   JOSH:        No booze for me thanks.



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 1   TAMARA:   Suit yourself dude. I, on the other hand, am very comfortable with the
 2             good stuff. (CALLING OUT) Waiter! (SHE CLICKS HER FINGERS)
 3             Thank you very much.
 4
 5   JOSH:     There’s some good music paying Tamara. Why aren’t we out on the main
 6             dance floor grooving with everybody else?
 7
 8   TAMARA:   This is the VIP Bar Josh. This is where the crème de la crème socialises.
 9
10   JOSH:     But it actually sounds more interesting out there.
11
12   TAMARA:   Wait until the party-within-the-party starts. I think you’ll change your
13             mind then.
14
15   JOSH:     (CURIOUS) Party-within-a-party? What’s that?
16
17   TAMARA:   (MYSTERIOUSLY) That’s when they bring out all the goodies.
18
19   JOSH:     Goodies?
20
21   TAMARA:   People want to forget their problems in here Josh. They want to get high
22             and fly tonight. Are you catching my drift?
23
24   JOSH:     (TAKEN ABACK) Are you talking drugs here Tamara?
25
26   TAMARA:   (QUITE RELAXED) Call them what you wanna call them. Can you see
27             those guys sitting in the corner over there… the guys with the black coats?
28
29   JOSH:     Yes.
30
31   TAMARA:   They’re supplying. Are you interested Josh? We just have to follow them
32             into that small room over there.
33
34   JOSH:     No Tamara. I’m not comfortable doing drugs. It’s not my thing. So
35             are all these people in here aware that that’s what’s going on?
36
37   TAMARA:   Yup… Don’t look so shocked Josh. Let your guard down and stop being
38             such a stiffie.
39
40   SFX: THERE IS COMMOTION IN THE BACKGROUND AND THE SOUND OF
41   A DOOR BEING KICKED DOWN.
42
43   POLICEMAN:       Everybody stay where you are! ZRP! You’re all under arrest!
44
45
46                                 END OF EPISODE



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