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Faced with expulsion, four students from different cliques kidnap their sadistic principal and must run the school as they hold him hostage.
8 to 3 by Tim Garrick & Scott Russell FIRST DRAFT 6/9/09 10/20/08 FADE IN: EXT. CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL - MORNING A large high school. The dirty brick facade resembles a haunted house. Scary. A large, decrepid statue of a ROOSTER with a “C” on his chest, stands out front. A sign reads “REX THE ROOSTER SAYS WELCOME TO CAMPBELL HIGH - HOME OF THE COCKS!” INT. CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL - SAME The school is dingy. Cold. No colorful artwork or posters. Only a large sign. It reads “NO TALKING!” STUDENTS enter through the main entrance. They are all dressed in the school uniform. White button up shirt, black skirt/pants, black shoes. INSERT TITLE: “CAMPBELL HIGH. THE SCHOOL” INT. HYUNDAI - MORNING CHARLES MANN (42) is at the wheel. He’s chewing a wad of gum while he listens to a language training tape. FEMALE VOICE (O.S.) Which way to the train station? (beat) Nai thaang gap sa thaa nee roht fai? Mann attempts to repeat the Thai phrase. MANN Nai thaang gap sa thaa nee roht fai? FEMALE VOICE (O.S.) How much for your little sister? (beat) Thao rai gap khoon naawng saao? Seeing a crosswalk ahead filled with a crossing GUARD and several STUDENTS, he doesn’t brake, but BLARES his horn as he soars on by, the guard and the kids diving out of the way. MANN Get out of they way you little fuckers! FREEZE FRAME on the man’s evil glare, the chaos in the crosswalk visible through his rear window. INSERT TITLE: “CHARLES MANN. THE PRINCIPAL” 2. INT. GIRL’S BATHROOM - MORNING Several GIRLS stand in front of the large mirror frantically trying to make themselves look presentable. The door to the bathroom opens and in enters MARGO (17). She’s stunning. Perfect, actually. Margo doesn’t wear the “normal” school uniform. She wears a black and white cheerleading outfit. A big rooster is emblazoned on the front. One of the girls, audibly GASPS. Another, inadvertently runs her lipstick across her cheek. You could hear a pin drop. And we do. A girl drops a bobby pin and it CLANGS against the tile floor. MARGO Why does it smell like feces in here? The girls quickly grab their belongings and bolt for the door. When the room is hers, Margo puts her books down, pulls a lipstick out of her purse, and looks at her reflection in the mirror. She smiles. MARGO (CONT’D) That’s better. FREEZE FRAME on Margo’s nasty smirk. INSERT TITLE: “MARGO. THE BITCH” EXT. FOOTBALL FIELD - MORNING Early morning practice. High school BOYS are in position. BOY Hut! Hut!! Hut!!! They scatter. The quarterback, GIL (18) makes to throw the ball, and changes his mind. Instead, he spots an opening and runs. Thirty-six yards. Touch down! His team members surround him. Pat him on the back. He removes his helmet, and we see that he’s a handsome all American boy. TEAMMATE Dude, you rock! He smiles a Wheaties box smile. GIL I do, don’t I? 3. FREEZE FRAME on Gil’s dopey smile. INSERT TITLE: “GIL. THE JOCK” INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - MORNING Several students pass by what used to be the Art Department. The doors are now boarded shut. A plain girl with glasses, HOLLY (17), pauses in front of the closed doors. She SIGHS. A group of mean BOYS walk by. The ringleader, CLIFF (18) bumps into her. Holly drops her books. He glares at her. CLIFF Watch where you’re going, bitch. HOLLY Sorry... He pushes past her. She quickly collects her things as other students look put out to have to walk around her. FREEZE FRAME as Holly straightens her glasses. INSERT TITLE: “HOLLY. THE GEEK” EXT. CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL - MORNING A black Lincoln town car pulls up to the front of the school. The back door opens and a morose looking boy gets out. He has black hair, a pierced lip, and is wearing eyeliner. This is Kyle (18). His stylish FATHER (45) leans out of the back seat. He looks at the dreary school. KYLE’S FATHER Honestly Kyle, I have no idea why you insist on going to a public school. Kyle answers in an emotionless voice. KYLE He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. Is not life a hundred times too short for us to bore ourselves? His father just shakes his head. KYLE’S FATHER Fine. I’ll be in the Maldives for the next few weeks. And I’ve told the Filipino woman... 4. KYLE Mrs. Pong. KYLE’S FATHER Mrs. Pong not to let you starve. KYLE My soul doesn’t hunger for food. KYLE’S FATHER Fine. Oh, and give your sister her diaphragm back. If she gets pregnant, it’s coming out of your allowance. He leans back into the town car and it pulls away. Kyle pulls out a Gaulloises cigarette. Lights it. He takes out his cell phone. Dials. He mimics his father’s deep voice almost perfectly. KYLE This is Hugh Roth. Kyle will be missing first period today. He’s contemplating the meaningless of life. He hangs up. Takes a puff of his cigarette. INSERT TITLE: “Kyle. THE FREAK” EXT. CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL - MORNING An elderly WOMAN (70’s) wearing a nurse’s uniform is slowly making her way across the teacher’s parking lot. Mann comes up behind her. BLOWS his horn. The woman nearly has a coronary. INT. HYUNDAI - SAME Mann is agitated. As usual. MANN Move it, old woman! You’re in my spot! He practically hits her with his car as he pulls into his personal parking space. EXT. CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL - MORNING Mann opens his car door and climbs out. He straightens his tie. Grabs his briefcase and SLAMS the door. The school bell RINGS. 5. Mann looks over at the elderly nurse who is still recovering from her near fatal angina. MANN You’re late, Mildred! You’re to be inside the school by the bell. The old woman is speechless. Mann just turns and heads into the school. INT. HIGH SCHOOL - MORNING Mann makes his way down the long hallway. A JANITOR is mopping the floor. He spots Mann heading his way and drops his mop. A TEACHER exits a classroom. She sees Mann and immediately turns and heads back into her classroom. Mann passes a large PLASTER BUST of himself. He pauses. Dusts the top of his head. Smiles. INT. SCHOOL OFFICE - MORNING Secretary SHIRLEY HENLEY (40) is typing away. Vice Principal, GREG SEMAN (45), sits on the edge of her desk drinking a cup of coffee. MR. SEMAN Where’s Mann? Maybe it’s our lucky day and he’s out dead... Before he can laugh at his joke, Mann barrels into the office. Startled, Mr. Seman SPILLS HIS COFFEE. On Mrs. Henley’s hand. Before she can scream... MANN I want you to dock Mildred Atkins. She was out in the parking lot after the morning bell. Unable to speak, she forces a smile and nods her head. MR. SEMAN Isn’t she a volunteer...? Mann turns his wrath on his frightened Vice Principal. MANN What are you doing in here? Seman bolts out the door. Mann disappears into his office. Mrs. Henley looks down at her bright red hand. Cringes. INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - DAY Mann locks his door and crosses over to his desk. 6. He opens a drawer. Pulls out an envelope. On the outside it reads, “THAI AIRLINES”. He smiles evilly. MANN Two more weeks... Assholes. INT. CAFETERIA - DAY The room is filled with students. A large banner with a picture of an Ethiopian child on it reads, “STARVATION AWARENESS DAY!”. In the lunch line, kids are being served two saltine crackers and a Dixie cup of water. They don’t look happy about it. We head over to the POPULAR TABLE where Margo and Gil are holding court with their “friends”. GIL I mean you can do it with Bud, but MGD is the way to go if you don’t want one mother of a headache. MARC (17) points to a small scar on Gil’s forehead. MARC Is that how you got that scar? GIL This? Nah, this was from crushing a Corona on my head. BRET (18) looks more confused than usual. BRET Does Corona come in cans? GIL (thinks a moment) I don’t know... Margo turns to one of her clones, BRIANNA (17). MARGO Can someone please tell me why I ever dated him... BRIANNA He’s hot. MARGO I’m hot. BRIANNA If I thought you were hot, that would make me a lesbian. 7. MARGO No, eating out Katy Ryan under the gym bleachers makes you a lesbian. Brianna feigns being hurt. BRIANNA Ouch. A particularly ignorant girl, PAM (17), chimes in. PAM Tissue! She goes to high-five Margo, and Margo just looks at her with a disgusted face. MARGO What? PAM Tissue! You know, you got her back and stuff... MARGO Touche you twat. An orange colored girl, ASPEN (17) contributes her two cents. ASPEN So what time are we going tanning? Margo pauses. Takes a moment. Vomits out the dreaded words. MARGO I can’t go tanning today. This doesn’t compute. ASPEN Sorry, what? MARGO I have... detention after school. The other three girls all GASP. Pam actually starts to CRY. BRIANNA You, got a detention?! PAM (through tears) Why...!? Why...!? FLASH BACK: 8. INT. HALLWAY - DAY Margo and tan Aspen walk down the school hallway. MANN (O.S.) Miss Wood. Margo stops dead in her tracks. Aspen escapes into a nearby open classroom. Margo slowly turns around to see Mr. Mann. She takes a deep breath and attempts to hold her ground. MARGO Mr. Mann... Mann whips out a yard stick. Margo recoils. MANN You look particularly... easy today. He moves in for the kill. He measures the base of Margo’s skirt to her knees. Looks back at her. MANN (CONT’D) As I suspected... School guidelines plainly state all skirts must be no higher than two inches above the knee. As usual, you’re coming up a bit short. MARGO It shrank... MANN It’s short. BACK TO: Gil and the boys have eavesdropped. GIL Hey, I have detention too! Margo is less than thrilled. Pam looks like she’s about to bust a gasket. PAM What’s happening here!?! The others ignore her dramatic outburst. FLASH BACK: 9. EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT - DAY A Mustang pulls into a space. Gil hops out. Closes the door. Before he can turn around... MANN (O.S.) Mr. Freemont. Gil turns around to face his worst nightmare. His principal. GIL Hey, Mr... Principal Mann... MANN Looks like we have a discrepancy with your parking pass... Gil turns to his windshield. Hanging from the rearview mirror is a parking pass. MANN (CONT’D) It’s expired. GIL Actually, sir, it expires today and I was on my way to get a new one. MANN It expires at 8:00 am. GIL Right. It’s not 8:00... The school bell RINGS. Mann smiles. Gil swallows. MANN It is now. BACK TO: GIL Well, at least we’ll be able to keep each other company. MARGO Great... Great. Brianna takes a bite of one of her crackers. Frowns. BRIANNA Starving sucks. We leave these guys, and head over to another section of the cafeteria. We pass by school bully, Cliff. 10. CLIFF Assholes. And on to the GEEK TABLE. Here everyone has packed their lunch. A STAR TREK lunch box here. An X-FILES box there. Holly sits in front of her BUFFY lunch box. No one is really talking. Most are playing games on their cell phones. Holly turns to her friend, an Asian girl with a really big Afro, SUNG LUCK (16). HOLLY Um... have you given any more thought about joining my band? A spit ball flies in and strikes Sung Luck. It sticks to her neck. We hear some kids LAUGHING nearby. Sung Luck doesn’t react, she just flicks it off. SUNG LUCK You don’t have a band, you just have you. HOLLY I know, but I’d have a band if you joined. A spork flies in. Its prongs get stuck in Sung Luck’s huge perm. We hear more LAUGHING. Holly tries to ignore it. Sung Luck doesn’t react, she just removes it from her hair. SUNG LUCK Technically you’d just have a duo. HOLLY Is it because you don’t like 1960’s French pop music? Then a damp saltine flies in, sticking to her face. Again, we hear more LAUGHING. Holly still tries to ignore it. Sung Luck doesn’t react, she just wipes off the wet cracker. SUNG LUCK Perhaps I rushed to judgement. I’ll come over after school and you can play me your demo again. HOLLY Cool. Oh wait, I can’t today... I have detention. 11. The entire table stops playing their games and looks at Holly in shock. One boy finds his voice. And it’s really high. GEEK BOY We don’t get detentions. We stay under the radar. In and out. Stealth. That’s our credo. (beat) Where did you go wrong? Holly looks uncomfortable. FLASH BACK: INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY The bell RINGS and students spill out into the hall. It’s 3:00. Holly exits the gym. She’s wearing shorts and a T- shirt. Before she can make it to the exit doors... MANN (O.S.) Miss French. Startled, Holly drops her bookbag. She quickly falls to all fours and begins picking up her spilled belongings. HOLLY Sorry... I... I... MANN What is that hideous reek...? Mann bends towards her. He starts to SNIFF. Holly looks up at him self-consciously. MANN (CONT'D) Oh, it’s you. (beat) Is it or is it not school policy to shower after gym class, Miss French? HOLLY Umm... MANN It wasn’t a trick question. HOLLY Well, my gym is last period. I figured that I didn’t have to... BACK TO: GEEK BOY That’s gross. HOLLY That’s what Mr. Mann said. 12. Sung Luck slowly scoots away from Holly. We leave these guys, and head over to another section of the cafeteria. The FREAK TABLE. Here no one talks. They all read, write poetry, and look depressed. Kyle is furiously writing in his journal. KYLE Now here we are alone in togetherness, trying to build dreams with two by fours and glue, but even a home won’t tie us together when our hearts live utterly alone. Satisfied, Kyle takes his bookmark and places it in the open page. We see that the piece of paper reads “DETENTION”. INT. HALLWAY - DAY Principal Mann walks down the hallway. He turns a corner, and there stands Holly. She forces a smile. HOLLY Hi, um... Mr. Mann... Uh... someone welded my locker shut again... MANN What do you expect me to do about it? HOLLY Uh... open it? MANN Maybe if you weren’t so... scholarly, the other kids would like you more. Ever thought about that? Mann gives her a condescending smile and leaves. HOLLY Every day. INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY Wearing shorts and T-shirts, kids throw a dirty tennis ball back and forth. They don’t look like they’re getting much exercise. Margo takes the ball and throws it at an unsuspecting Kyle. It hits him in the back. He turns around to face a smiling Margo. She feigns ignorance. Her friends LAUGH. 13. Kyle turns to the gym teacher, MR. RILEY (35). KYLE Mr. Riley, can’t we do something else? MR. RILEY You know due to the budget cuts, supplies are scarce this year. KYLE But a tennis ball...? MR. RILEY If you’d rather do push ups... Kyle shuts his mouth and quickly throws the ball. INT. SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - DAY Principal Mann stands on the stage behind a microphone. In the audience, several MEMBERS of the P.T.A. MANN With all the unfortunate budget cuts, we really need the P.T.A. to step up to the plate with the fund- raising this year, people. Together, we can make this year’s Campbell Carnival our most lucrative ever! The P.T.A members all APPLAUD. Mann beams. Several of the members raise their hands. Mann points. MANN (CONT’D) Yes, Betty... An overly perky WOMAN (41) stands up. This is stupid Pam’s mother. She looks just as stupid. BETTY Betty Blank, mother of Pam. I was wondering if we shouldn’t charge 45 cents instead of 40 cents for my prize winning coconut lemon crunch bars this year? At previous carnivals they’ve just flown off the shelves. Several of the other members roll their eyes. Betty is oblivious. She sits down. Mann forces a smile. MANN Sure, Betty... Anything for the kids. An overly tan WOMAN (44) stands up. This is Aspen’s mom. 14. CRYSTAL Crystal Klingeldorf, mother of Aspen. More importantly, have you given any more thought to making tanning a substitute for gym class? A couple of the other members SNICKER. CRYSTAL (CONT’D) What? It’s health related. MANN Crystal, I’ll take that up with Superintendant Jones at this month’s board of education meeting. A large, balding WOMAN (46) stands up. This is Gil’s mom. BARB Fuck that. Where are we going to get the money to send our boys to State? (beat) Barb Freemont. Gil’s mom. Go Cocks! She sits back down. MANN Well, our biggest money maker last year was the bikini karaoke car wash, which some parents dubbed “distasteful...” Several parents glare at Holly’s meek mother, STELLA FRENCH (43). She uncomfortably looks down. CRYSTAL (O.S.) I didn’t! MANN Thank you, Crystal. But this is not a dictatorship, and I am not a dictator. So we will come up with another, less... profitable way of raising money. Stella French tentatively chimes in. STELLA We don’t know if the boys will even make it to State, Barb... Barb turns on her like a Pit Bull. Pointing her meaty finger just inches from Stella’s frightened face. 15. BARB Shut up you stupid whore!! You don’t know nothing about it!! Barb sits back down. The room is quite. Except for Stella’s WHIMPERING. Mann forces another smile. MANN On that note... I call this meeting adjourned. And remember folks, the children are our future. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY Close up of a round wall clock. It’s 2:59. The second hand clicks in slow motion to the twelve. A bell RINGS. We open on the classroom. It’s empty except for five people. Margo, Gil, Holly, and Kyle each sit at a desk. They don’t speak. Or look at each other. Their detention monitor, a worn looking woman, MRS. BAKER (55), sits at the front checking her attendance book. MRS. BAKER Cliff...? (beat) Cliff...? (beat) Cliff...? MARGO Do you have Tourettes? He’s not here. The monitor ignores her. She makes a check in her book and starts reading a trashy romance novel. Margo raises her hand. Mrs. Baker ignores her. Margo CLEARS her throat. Again, no response from the front. Finally... MARGO (CONT'D) Yeah, hi. Sorry to interrupt you in the middle of your... pressing teaching responsibilities there, but I need to use the ladies room... Margo gets up. Mrs. Baker responds. MRS. BAKER Sit down, and keep your lips firmly shut. GIL (under his breath) That’ll be a challenge. Margo doesn’t look pleased. 16. MARGO (under her breath) Cooter. Mrs. Baker opens her desk drawer. Inside is a flask. She shakes it. It’s empty. The woman looks at her four prisoners. MRS. BAKER I’ll be right back. No one is to get out of their seat. No one is to talk. Everyone is to keep their eyes to the front of the room. Is that understood? GIL/HOLLY/KYLE Yeah. Mrs. Baker turns to Margo. MRS. BAKER Miss Wood? Is that understood? Margo opens her notebook and writes something. She then tears out the paper and lifts it up. It reads, “You said we couldn’t talk”. Mrs. Baker doesn’t look impressed. MRS. BAKER (CONT’D) I’ll take that as a yes. She stands up, grabs her purse, and leaves the room. The second she’s gone, Margo turns to Gil. MARGO Do you have any gum? GIL I’ve got a pencil. Margo just stares at him for a moment, annoyed. She turns to Holly. Holly immediately looks down. MARGO You. Girl. Do you have any gum? Tictac? Altoid? Strip? Mento? Holly quickly shakes her head without looking up. MARGO (CONT’D) Retard. She turns to Kyle. He meets her look. MARGO (CONT’D) Gum? 17. Kyle doesn’t answer. He just calmly takes a pack of gum from his pocket and pops a piece into his mouth. He then puts the pack back into his pocket. MARGO (CONT’D) Freak. EXT. CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL - DAY Cliff sneaks along the outside of the school carrying a large sack. He has a big shit-eating grin on his face. CLIFF Showtime. He glances up at an open window, then reaches his hand into the bag, causing whatever is inside to CLUCK. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY Gil starts to nod off, then catches himself, sitting up and stretching just as... we hear a loud SQUAWKING noise. He looks towards the window, seeing a rooster - the school mascot, in fact - flying in from the window. REX THE ROOSTER lands on his desk. GIL What the...! The rooster goes berserk, jumping off Gil’s desk and landing on Margo’s. She SCREAMS. MARGO Get that... thing away from me! She swats at it with her notebook. GIL Don’t hit Rex! HOLLY Get him out of here before Mrs. Baker gets back! The rooster hops off another desk, running across the floor. Holly tries to grab it, but Rex eludes her grasp. The bird makes a turn, heading right towards Kyle. HOLLY (CONT’D) Grab him! Kyle jumps back, his hands in the air. 18. KYLE I’m not touching it. Do you know what kind of germs those things carry? Have you not heard of the avian flu pandemic? GIL It’s Rex! Gil lunges, grabbing the rooster. Rex flips out, flapping and pecking at Gil’s head. GIL (CONT’D) Ouch! The bird makes a dash for the door and disappears out into the hall. MARGO OMG. That was fucked. Gil starts for the door. HOLLY Don’t! We can’t leave detention. KYLE When Mann finds him running loose, he’s gonna blame us. HOLLY No he’s not... Kyle motions to Gil. He’s covered with feathers and peck marks. He glances around the room. Feathers are everywhere. As is bird poop. MARGO Well I had nothing to do with it. HOLLY How did he get in here? KYLE We’ll figure that out later. Right now, let’s get that little petri dish... GIL Rex! His name is Rex! KYLE Let’s get... Rex out of the school before Mann sees him. Kyle and Holly head for the door. Kyle turns back to Margo. 19. KYLE (CONT’D) You clean this mess up. Margo looks at him like he’s insane. MARGO Do I look like I got into this country by breathing through a straw? Margo follows the other three out into the hallway. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Rex continues down an empty school hallway at a frantic pace. After a moment, the four students round the corner as fast as they can, sliding on the freshly waxed floor. Then, up ahead, a JANITOR pushes a rotary waxer out of a classroom. The four students quickly duck into an alcove. IN THE ALCOVE Gil waits a beat, then peeks back around the corner. GIL’S POV The janitor pushes the waxer across the hall and into another classroom. BACK IN THE ALCOVE GIL Come on. They head back out into the hall, continuing around the corner. THE ROOSTER Stops. Turns towards a doorway. A sign beside the door reads, “CHARLES MANN, PRINCIPAL”. Rex disappears into the office. KYLE Shit. THE FOUR STUDENTS Quietly approach the office doorway. HOLLY What if Mann’s in there? 20. From inside the office, we hear a loud CACKLING and fluttering of papers. KYLE Then we’re screwed. They wait a moment. When they don’t hear a livid Mann, Kyle peeks around the corner into the office. INT. SCHOOL OFFICE - SAME The rooster is on top of Mrs. Henley’s desk. The four cautiously head into the office. Gil approaches the rooster. But just as he reaches the desk, Rex hops off, running into Mann’s office. INT. HALLWAY - SAME Principal Mann heads down the hall. He turns a corner and stops dead in his tracks. Up ahead, a big brute of a man is peering into an empty classroom. This is BOB (40). MANN Shit. Mann quickly runs up to the man. Under his breath... MANN (CONT’D) What are you doing here?! BOB You know what I’m doing here. MANN You can’t be seen here. (grabs him by the arm) Come with me. INT. MANN’S OFFICE - DAY Gil and the other three slowly approach the rooster. GIL That’s it, good Rex... Stay right there... They close in on the rooster from all sides. Looks like they’ve got him... When Rex takes off. Margo reaches for the bird, she SCREECHES as he flaps his wings in her face. Rex breaks free, travelling several feet through the air, then diving towards Mann’s desk, coming down hard, right on the sharp point of a message spindle. The four students just stare at the impaled rooster on the principal’s desk, in shock. 21. GIL (CONT'D) Rex...? HOLLY That’s going to leave a mark... The four hear approaching FOOTSTEPS. MANN (O.S.) Listen, I said I’ll have the money for you, and I’ll have it. The four share a look of sheer panic. OUT IN SECRETARY’S OFFICE Mann heads in from the hallway with Bob. Bob pulls his arm free from Mann’s grasp. BOB Do you like your legs? I mean the way they currently are? MANN What?! Yes! Look, in a few more weeks, I’ll be able to access all the funds I need. He motions for his office door. IN MANN’S OFFICE The dead school mascot remains impaled on the message spindle. The students are gone. Mann and Bob enter the office. Neither notices the rooster. BOB Well, you see, that’s the problem. You don’t have a few weeks. INSIDE THE SUPPLY CLOSET The four stand completely still. Holding their breaths. They can just make out the two men through the slats in the door. MANN (O.S.) Look... (lowers voice)_ We have a very active P.T.A., and our annual carnival is coming up... BACK IN OFFICE Mann and Bob are still completely oblivious of Rex. 22. MANN (CONT'D) It’s a cash cow, and I have complete oversight over the funds raised, if you catch my drift... Mann pulls out his chair, sitting down, finding himself face to beak with the impaled rooster. MANN (CONT'D) Did you kill Rex? Bob looks down at the dead bird. BOB What do I look like, an animal? MANN Two minutes ago you threatened to break my legs! BOB True, but I wouldn’t hurt a cute little chicken. INSIDE THE SUPPLY CLOSET Gil can’t keep his mouth shut. GIL He’s a rooster... Margo immediately covers his mouth. BACK IN OFFICE Mann stands up. MANN He’s a rooster. He starts to usher Bob out of his office._ MANN (CONT'D) Well, I have some business to attend to, so I’ll let you go. BOB You better call me, asshole. MANN I have you on speed dial. BOB I’ll give you two weeks. Two weeks. Then I start breaking legs. 23. MANN Pleasure as always, Bob. He pushes Bob out of his office, then glances around the room suspiciously. Looks back at Rex. INSIDE THE CLOSET The four students wait in silence. Then, they hear the sound of a door closing. Finally, Margo nods to Kyle. MARGO See if he’s gone. KYLE Why don’t you? MARGO Why don’t you make me? GIL Screw it... He reaches for the door handle. Holly stops him. HOLLY Wait. In movies the person always comes out too soon and gets caught. MARGO This isn’t a movie. HOLLY Let’s just stay put until we know for sure that he’s gone. The four stand in silence for a moment. Then... MARGO I gotta get out of here, I can smell her breath. GIL Sorry, I farted. With that Margo, Kyle and Holly spill out. IN MANN’S OFFICE Gil notices that the rooster is gone. GIL He took Rex. HOLLY Let’s just get back to detention. 24. INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - SAME Holly steps through the door, followed by the others. At first, nothing seems awry. Then, Mrs. Henley’s tall desk chair spins around, revealing Mann, holding the skewered rooster. The four stop dead in their tracks. MANN Interesting situation we find ourselves in, isn’t it? The students are speechless. An evil smile creeps onto Mann’s face. Holly finds her voice. Sort of. HOLLY We were just... We were just... We were just... MANN You don’t say, Miss French... KYLE What she was trying to say is... MANN Shut it, Mr. Roth. Gil tries to act nonchalant. Fails miserably. GIL Hey, what happened to Rex? MANN Yes, what happened to Rex...? And what are you doing out of detention? And what were you doing in my office? All these questions... Mann looks to the students, feeding off their fear. MANN (CONT'D) Any answers...? The four stand in silence. MANN (CONT’D) No. So, given my “less than zero” tolerance policy, you’re all expelled. Effective immediately. HOLLY What?! It was an accident. You can’t... 25. Mann smiles, savoring their desperation. MANN Save it for the police. GIL The police?! MANN I wonder how long you’ll get for destroying school property and animal cruelty... Panicked, Margo cuts in. MARGO Well... what about you? I think the cops might be interested in your little P.T.A. racket, don’t you? Mann keeps a perfect poker face. MANN I have no idea what you’re talking about, Miss Wood. (beat) And if I did have a clue what you meant, I might tell you I’d have the good sense to cover my tracks and leave no evidence. He smiles sadistically at the four. MANN (CONT’D) I control your worthless little lives, and I can destroy your futures. You think you can threaten me? I’m going to crush you like bugs and enjoy every minute of it. You’re fucked. Kyle’s had it. He makes his move. KYLE Then I guess we better use protection. Kyle dives for the cell phone sitting on the desk. Mann reaches for it and misses. KYLE (CONT’D) Your buddy, Bob, might provide some interesting information... He starts to open the phone. 26. MANN Give me that! He stands up, impaled rooster in hand. But Kyle tosses the phone to Gil. Mann lunges for Gil, who tosses the phone to Margo. MANN (CONT’D) You sons of bitches give me that phone! As he heads after Margo, his feet hit a waxed spot, and he flies backwards, hurling the rooster as he falls, hitting the tile floor with a loud CRACK. The rooster flies through the air right at Gil, who catches him. The students just look at Mann, who lies motionless. GIL Oh shit, we killed him! KYLE This is not going to look good on our college applications... Kyle slowly approaches the principal, then cautiously kneels down, listening to his breathing. KYLE (CONT’D) He’s just unconscious. HOLLY Just!? Oh my God... I told you we should have stayed in detention! MARGO Chill out, sister. We don’t need you spazing out. HOLLY (TO HERSELF) We stay under the radar. In and out. Stealth. That’s our credo... KYLE Look, he’s going to come to... Kyle pauses and looks down at their unconscious principal. KYLE (CONT’D) Hopefully. We have to think here. These next few moments could determine the course of our lives. When he comes to, we need to be prepared to bargain with him. 27. GIL He didn’t seem too concerned about what we overheard. MARGO Because he knows it’d be our word against his. GIL Then we need to get some proof. HOLLY Let’s call that Bob guy! KYLE And say what? “Please come to the police station and rat out one of your customers”? HOLLY But you said... KYLE I was trying to break him. Margo glances down at Mann. MARGO Well, he definitely looks broken. Holly starts to CRY. MARGO Great, now she’s crying. KYLE Guys, calm down. We need to take him somewhere... secure. HOLLY We can’t just kidnap him! People will ask questions... MARGO Who? No one was stupid enough to marry him. Everyone around here hates him. They’ll probably be happy when he doesn’t show up. HOLLY Now I see why we were never friends... You’re all psychotic! 28. KYLE Well, until we have proof of him embezzling, I don’t think we have another choice. GIL Where are we going to keep him? KYLE At one of our houses I guess. MARGO Well I think my mom might notice a man tied up in my bedroom. KYLE Is there any other way to keep a man in your bedroom? MARGO You’re hilarious. KYLE I’ll be here all week. HOLLY He can’t stay at my house! He just can’t! I’m not even allowed to talk to a boy on the phone, let alone have one tied up in my room. Margo takes that in. She then turns to Gil. MARGO Is she on purpose? GIL I think so. KYLE Well... my dad is out of town... GIL What about your mom? KYLE Divorced. MARGO (mockingly) I hope you don’t blame yourself. KYLE No, we blame his girlfriend, but thanks for the concern. 29. At the end of her rope, Holly just shakes her head. HOLLY We’re never going to get away with this. INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - LATER The four manage to get Mann seated in a chair, but he starts to fall forward, right onto Margo. MARGO Eew, he smells like a used condom. Kyle starts to say something, and Holly cuts him off. HOLLY Let it go! Margo shoves him back into the chair. No sooner has she done so than they hear the sound of FOOTSTEPS approaching. Gil looks to a closet door behind the desk. He quickly rolls the chair and Mann towards the closet, pushing him inside. At the same time, Holly, spotting the dead rooster on the desk, grabs it and drops him in the waste basket. No sooner has Gil shut the closet door than MR. BILLS (40), a brown-nosing algebra teacher, heads in from the hallway. He looks surprised to see the four students in the office. MR. BILLS What are you doing here? The four try not to panic. Kyle then responds calmly. KYLE We’re working on an extra credit project. For Principal Mann. Mr. Bills doesn’t know whether to be suspicious or envious. MR. BILLS What are you talking about? Where is he? KYLE He had to leave. An emergency came up. MR. BILLS Well then why is his car in the parking lot? Kyle doesn’t even blink. 30. KYLE Someone came by to pick him up. I know officially he’s not supposed to leave his vehicle on school property after hours... If you want us to call and ask if he can move it, he left us his cell number... Mr. Bills can’t contain his jealousy. MR. BILLS He left you his cell number? MARGO Would you like us to call him? MR. BILLS No. I was just stopping by to say hello. Suddenly, Mann’s cell phone begins to RING. All five of them look to the phone sitting on the desk. MR. BILLS Isn’t that Principal Mann’s phone? Gil grabs the phone. GIL No, it’s mine. He doesn’t answer it. It continues to RING. MR. BILLS Well, aren’t you going to answer it? Gil looks at the RINGING phone in his hand. Forces a smile. He flips the phone open. GIL Hi. Yes. No. Maybe. Thanks. Bye. He closes the phone and looks up at the others. GIL (CONT’D) Wrong number. Mr. Bills looks at him, then at the other students. He then peeks in Mann’s office. Nobody there. He turns back to the students, still suspicious. Finally, after an excruciating silence, he replies. 31. MR. BILLS Well, when you see him, tell him I stopped by. Kyle smiles confidently. KYLE Absolutely. Mr Bills reluctantly heads off. After they’re sure he’s gone, Kyle turns to Gil. KYLE (CONT’D) That was the worse one sided phone call ever. GIL You know what, I play football. I don’t have to nail “one sided phone calls” to get my scholarship, now do I? Holly interrupts before Kyle can respond. HOLLY Let’s just get him out of here. They roll Mann out of the closet. Margo picks up an apple from Mrs. Henley’s desk, sticking it into his mouth. MARGO Pig. Margo then pulls some duct tape from a roll, taping over the apple, gagging him. Gil binds his hands and feet. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY The four roll Mann down the hallway in the tall desk chair. In his lap, the still-impaled rooster. EXT. SCHOOL BUILDING - DAY Gil ducks by the side of the building, looking to the parking lot, where Mr. Bills stands peering into Mann’s Hyundai. After a moment, Mr. Bills finally turns and heads for his own car, getting in and driving off. Once he’s gone, Gil pulls out a set of keys and heads for Mann’s car. INT. HYUNDAI - DAY Gil starts up the car and heads towards the school building. 32. EXT. REAR OF CAR - DAY The four pick up Mann, awkwardly lifting him into the trunk. They drop him with a THUD. Margo smiles. MARGO That had to hurt. Gil reaches up, closing the trunk. HOLLY What about Mrs. Baker? KYLE I checked the teachers’ lounge. She’s not going to be a problem. INT. TEACHERS’ LOUNGE - DAY The detention monitor is passed out on a couch. On a table in front of her, a cup of coffee and a half-empty bottle of Jack Daniels. INT. HYUNDAI - DAY Gil is at the wheel, Margo beside him, Kyle and Holly are in the back seat. They head through a neighborhood of large houses set back on even larger properties. Kyle points to a very large house, its upper floor barely visible behind an imposing metal fence. KYLE It’s there on the right. GIL Damn... You live here? KYLE Well, half of the time. The other half I stay at my mom’s. She lives across the street. They all turn to the massive house across the street. Margo looks at him, perplexed. MARGO With all that money, how’d you end up such a fucking freak? KYLE With all that money, how’d you end up with such a fucked up nose? She self-consciously reaches up and covers her nose. 33. MARGO This is Jessica Biel’s nose! KYLE Yeah, well you should give it back. HOLLY Alright, here’s a thought... We just kidnapped the principal! So how about, just maybe, we all pretend to get along until this is over! Margo shoots her daggers. EXT. FRONT OF HOUSE - DAY The car comes to a stop in front of the large house, well out of view from the street thanks to the fence and trees. The four get out of the car. Gil opens the trunk. Inside, Mann is motionless, his eyes shut. Gil prods him. Mann doesn’t move. MARGO Where are we gonna put him? KYLE There’s a pool house out back... GIL But what if he can’t swim? Kyle pauses a moment. Starts to say something... MARGO Just grab his feet. The four reach in, awkwardly lifting him out of the trunk. EXT. REAR OF HOUSE - DAY The four struggle to carry the unconscious Mann across an exquisite patio area adjoining a huge swimming pool. On the far side of the pool is a large pool house. They lug the body in that direction. INT. POOL HOUSE - CONTINUOUS They carry the principal inside... Only to be met by a surprised looking maid, MRS. PONG (60), holding a dust mop. The four freeze, holding the bound, gagged, unconscious man. 34. KYLE Mrs. Pong... Hi... MRS. PONG What’s this, you have company? KYLE Yes. We’re... shooting a video for YouTube. Why don’t you just take the rest of the day off? Heck, take the whole week off. MRS. PONG Mister Roth say to feed you. If you starve, I get fired. KYLE I promise not to starve. MRS. PONG Ok! She smiles, and quickly heads out the door. MARGO You could have warned us you had a maid! KYLE Pong won’t say anything. We have an... understanding. HOLLY What? KYLE She has a weakness for my father’s Cuban cigars. She knows I know. And she understands that I haven’t told him... yet. They stop, Mann sagging in their arms. GIL So what are we gonna do with him? KYLE There’s a sauna in the back. We’ll lock him in there. MARGO And then...? The four look at each other, pondering their next move. 35. KYLE Then we find out what Mann’s been doing with the P.T.A. funds. INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE SAUNA - DAY Gil slides a long two by four in through the outside handle of the sauna door, effectively bolting it shut. Kyle looks to Holly. KYLE So any idea how to get evidence that he was embezzling? HOLLY I don’t know. Do I look like Nancy Drew to you? MARGO Kinda... Kyle gives Margo a dirty look. KYLE No. But don’t you know a lot about computers? HOLLY Well, yeah. KYLE Since we have Mann’s keys, perhaps you could look in his computer... HOLLY That’s breaking and entering! KYLE Yes, and this is assault and kidnapping... (motioning to Margo) and that’s sad and pathetic, what’s your point? MARGO You know, I don’t have to put up with your shit, Richie Rich. I’m out of here. Margo turns and walks out. A moment later,she returns MARGO (CONT’D) I don’t have a car. But if I did, I’d be so out of here. (to Kyle) And when this is all over, I’m going to make your life such hell. 36. KYLE You already do make my life hell. They all stand there in silence for a moment. Then... GIL Can we eat before breaking into the school? INT. DARK HALLWAY - NIGHT Holly, Gil and Margo head quietly down the dark hall. MARGO It’s creepy being here at night. HOLLY As if being here during the day isn’t bad enough. They head on toward Mann’s office. INT. MANN’S OFFICE - NIGHT Holly is seated at the desk, typing into the computer keyboard while Gil searches through the file cabinets and Margo looks through the desk drawers. HOLLY It’s still signed in to his email. GIL What are we looking for again? HOLLY Any receipts or bank records relating to the P.T.A. funds. MARGO See anything incriminating in there? HOLLY No... But looks like his email logon also lets him access the school’s main server. I’m gonna see if I can retrieve the logon information. Holly gets to work on the computer. Margo pulls out the Thai airline ticket. MARGO A ticket to Thailand...? 37. INT. POOL HOUSE - NIGHT Kyle sits in a chair in the hall outside the sauna. He stands up, looking into the sauna window... startled by a loud POUNDING and the demonic glare of Mann looking back at him, still gagged, his hands and legs bound. Kyle jumps. KYLE Shit! He backs away from the window. Mann SCREAMS at him through the gag. Kyle slowly breaks into a smile. KYLE (CONT’D) Sorry, can’t understand you. Mann SCREAMS even louder. Kyle just shrugs, grinning. KYLE (CONT’D) I think it might be because you have an apple in your mouth. Mann SCREAMS in response, POUNDING on the door frame with his shoulder. Kyle just watches in amusement. KYLE (CONT’D) This is so cool. INT. MANN’S OFFICE - NIGHT Holly still sits at the computer. Gil is still going through the files. MARGO Mann is planning on leaving for Thailand in two weeks. GIL Did you know you can have sex with pretty much anything over there? MARGO You disgust me. (beat) Don’t you think it’s odd he’s leaving in the middle of the school year? And it’s one-way... GIL Oh, man... These student files Mann keeps are sick. Did you know that Louie Damsa wears diapers? Margo LAUGHS. MARGO Oh, I am so going to use that. 38. Then it dawns on her. MARGO (CONT’D) Is mine in there?! Margo crosses over to Gil. She quickly goes through the “W” drawer. She finds her file and pulls it out. After reading a few sentences, she closes it and sticks it under her arm. MARGO (CONT’D) Nothing sick in there... Holly just concentrates on the monitor. HOLLY I found some folders on here dealing with P.T.A. fund raising, but they’re encrypted and require a separate password to access. MARGO So what does that mean? HOLLY We need the password. INT. SAUNA - NIGHT Mann still sits in the sauna. His gag has been removed. The four stand blocking the door. HOLLY What is your computer password? Mann LAUGHS. KYLE In case you’re wondering, my dad’s Dobermans aren’t just for show. Mann rolls his eyes. Finally, he replies. MANN I swear, when this is over, you will all pay. KYLE The password? Mann hesitates, then finally, reluctantly replies. MANN It’s “blitzkrieg”. GIL Blitz... what? 39. MARGO How do we know you’re not lying? MANN I guess you’ll just have to try it in the morning, won’t you? INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT The four are seated at the kitchen table, looking exhausted. KYLE We’re in this together. Whether we like it or not. MARGO Not. HOLLY We have to trust one another. If one of us slips, we all fall. KYLE And we’re not just talking detention anymore. MARGO It’s easy for you two to say that. We’re popular. KYLE Starting now, the only clique you’re in is this one. GIL Look, we’ll just go in tomorrow, get the information we need and get out. How hard can it be? The other three all look at Gil. “Yeah, right”. EXT. STARBUCKS - MORNING Gil’s Mustang pulls up to the front of the coffee shop. A moment later, Margo comes out. She quickly gets into the passenger side. INT. GIL’S MUSTANG - MORNING Gil pulls away from the curb. Margo has dark circles under her eyes. MARGO I barely slept at all... 40. GIL I had the most amazing wet dream. Gil smiles at her. Margo glares at him. GIL (CONT’D) What? MARGO How many times have you been hit in the head with a football? GIL Twelve...? MARGO Don’t talk. Just drive. EXT. BUS STOP - MORNING Holly stands holding her books. She looks different today. A bit more polished. She self consciously fixes her hair. Two LARGE BOYS walk up and sit on the bench. They look over at Holly. She quickly looks away. LARGE BOY #1 Hey you ugly bitch! The two boys LAUGH. Holly tries her best to ignore them. LARGE BOY #2 He said, “Hey you ugly bitch”! The two idiots LAUGH some more. Holly takes a breath. Before she can find her voice, Gil’s Mustang pulls up. Holly just turns and climbs into the back seat. She offers them a little wave as the car pulls away. The two look at each other. Completely stunned. LARGE BOY #2 (CONT'D) Wasn’t that Gil Freemont? LARGE BOY #1 And Margo Wood... LARGE BOY #2 What the fuck? INT. GIL’S MUSTANG - MORNING Holly sits in the back seat, a small grin on her face. 41. MARGO I still don’t see why she has to drive with us. It’s embarrassing. HOLLY We have to get to the school before the buses arrive. How else am I supposed to get there? GIL And she’s the one that knows about all the computer shit. MARGO What did I say about just driving? EXT. SCHOOL PARKING LOT - EARLY MORNING Gil’s Mustang pulls into the empty lot. Gil, Holly, and Margo pile out of the car, staring at the silent school. Margo turns to Holly. MARGO And don’t forget, don’t talk to me. HOLLY There’s no one here. GIL I still don’t see why Marilyn Manson got to stay home from school. It’s not fair. MARGO Nor is Paris Hilton subjecting us to her rancid pussy, but we muddle through somehow. I just hope that freak can handle Mann for the day. HOLLY He’s not a freak. Why do you have to be so mean? MARGO Oh, so suddenly I’m supposed to be nice? HOLLY No, that would raise too much suspicion. But as long as we have to work together, you could at least try to be civil. Margo considers responding but refrains. 42. GIL We’ve got fifteen minutes before the teachers start arriving. Are we going to do this or what? Margo gives him a glare, then they head towards the school. INT. POOL HOUSE - MORNING Kyle is seated on the couch. Seated in a chair across from him, is a tied up Mann. Kyle holds Mann’s cell phone, as he practices speaking in Mann’s VOICE. KYLE This is Mr. Mann... Not too bad an impersonation. He CLEARS his throat. Keeps fine-tuning his voice. KYLE (CONT'D) This is... Charles Mann. Mann... He looks to Mann. MANN You’ll never get away with this. Kyle mimics him. KYLE You’ll never get away with this. MANN Stop that! KYLE Stop that! MANN Why you little shit! KYLE Why you little shit! He nailed it. He smiles, looking back at Mann. KYLE (CONT’D) Bingo. INT. SCHOOL OFFICE - MORNING Holly sits at Mann’s desk, working on the computer. Nearby, Margo holds Mann’s calendar book, scanning the pages. 43. MARGO Looks like Mann just has a few meetings scheduled for today and tomorrow. HOLLY Mrs. Henley will cancel them as soon as she gets the call from Kyle. Gil is looking through a file cabinet. He pulls out an envelope marked “HALL PASSES”. He smiles. On the computer, Holly reaches a screen asking for a password. HOLLY (CONT’D) Alright, let’s see what’s in Mann’s locked files. She types “BLITZKRIEG”. Then hits enter. After a moment, a dialogue box comes up on screen,“DELETING FILES”. HOLLY (CONT’D) Oh shit. GIL What? HOLLY The password he gave us was set to delete the files! MARGO Well, get them back! Holly types frantically at the keyboard, but a progress bar rapidly reaches 100%, and the words “FILES DELETED” flash on the screen. HOLLY His security program overwrote the data! MARGO Cut the geekspeak, just tell us if you can get the files back. HOLLY I don’t know... GIL We’re dead! 44. MARGO Would you shut up and let the geek speak? Holly snaps. HOLLY Would you stop calling me that?! Just because I’m smarter than you doesn’t make me a geek! It just makes me... smarter than you! Holly takes a BREATH. MARGO Are you finished? Holly nods. MARGO (CONT’D) Good. Now what are we going to do? She pulls the disk drive out of Mann’s computer. HOLLY I’m gonna have to take his disk drive home and see what I can do. Gil hands out slips from the envelope to each of them. GIL We should take these hall passes in case we have to skip classes to cover for Mann. MARGO We’ll get busted if we skip classes... HOLLY If teachers mark us absent, I’ll use Mann’s logon and delete it from the school records. MARGO School records...? You can access school records? Holly is confused by her sudden interest. HOLLY Yeah... MARGO So you could change our grades and stuff? 45. GIL No way! Cool! HOLLY Forget it. Margo gets in her face. MARGO You don’t tell me to forget it. I tell you when to forget it. Got it? Holly nervously looks down at her watch. HOLLY We have to get out of here. She slips the drive into her bag, then pulls out her iPhone. HOLLY (CONT’D) I’ve set it up so Mann’s email and voicemail messages will come directly to my phone, so I’ll be able to monitor his communications while we’re in class. She slips the iPhone into her bag. HOLLY (CONT’D) And remember, we have to keep a low profile. We just want to get through the day, okay? INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - SAME At her desk, Mrs. Henley answers the phone. MRS. HENLEY Campbell High... INT. POOL HOUSE - SAME Kyle speaks in his “Mann” voice. KYLE This is Mr. Mann. (COUGH) I’m sick as a dog and won’t be coming in today. (COUGH) Don’t call me, I’ll call you. He finishes with a flourish of COUGHS. INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - SAME Mrs. Henley holds the phone away from her ear. She hangs up. 46. MRS. HENLEY Thank God. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY The three head down the hall. Suddenly, Margo’s clones, Brianna, Aspen, and Pam round a corner, heading towards them. PAM Heya Margo!! MARGO Shit. Margo panics. She shoves Holly into an open classroom. Holly disappears without knowing what hit her. A second later we hear some desks CRASH. MARGO (CONT’D) Hey bitches... BRIANNA Who was that you were walking with? MARGO I don’t know what you’re talking about. ASPEN How was detention? MARGO Beyond boring. Pam waves to Gil. PAM Heya Gilly Billy. MARGO Did you wake up on the retarded side of the bed today? Pam looks like this is a trick question. PAM Uh... no? (beat) Do you like my new shoes?! The popular crowd starts to make their way down the hall. Orange colored Aspen, puts her arm around Margo. ASPEN Don’t take this the wrong way... but you really need to tan today. 47. INT. ALGEBRA CLASSROOM - DAY Margo is seated in her algebra class, looking bored as always. Mr. Bills stands at the front of the room rambling on about numbers and shit. Margo looks to Aspen and Pam, putting her finger to her head, and making a gesture as if blowing her brains out. Mr. Bills catches her motion out of the corner of his eye. MR. BILLS Miss Wood... Perhaps you could give us the answer to this problem? She looks at the problem on the board. She has no clue. MARGO You know what, I think I’ll use one of my lifelines. MR. BILLS Alright, then how about you answer this even simpler problem. He writes something on the board. A simple equation. MR. BILLS (CONT’D) What is the value of “y”? Margo freezes up. MR. BILLS (CONT’D) This is 7th grade math, Miss Wood, surely you know the answer? Or maybe you need to go back to junior high? The rest of the class starts to SNICKER at her. Margo looks like she is about to break. Finally, the bell RINGS. MR. BILLS (CONT’D) Saved by the bell. Pathetic. He turns, leaving Margo broken and bright red. MARGO (under her breath) Big mistake, asshole. INT. ENGLISH CLASS - DAY Holly is seated in her English class. A thin, bespectacled WOMAN (45) lurks at the rear of the class, taking notes. 48. ENGLISH TEACHER Class, today we have a visitor. I have no idea what she’s here for, but... (to woman) Welcome! Holly glances across the room at Gil as the TEACHER speaks. ENGLISH TEACHER (CONT'D) So... Edmund Dantes was falsely imprisoned by wicked conspirators. Gil catches Holly looking at him. Holly blushes. ENGLISH TEACHER (CONT'D) Gil... what would you say was the motivation behind Monsieur de Villefort’s evil behavior? GIL Uhh... Holly sees that Gil is clueless. He’s drowning, so she throws him a rope, winging it. HOLLY Isn’t that a loaded question? ENGLISH TEACHER Excuse me? HOLLY Uh... well... to label de Villefort’s behavior as “evil” is really to impose a value judgement. As she improvises, she starts to buy into her own argument. HOLLY (CONT'D) And couldn’t it be argued that he was forced by his situation to imprison Dantes? I mean, was he truly “wicked” or was he really just a victim of circumstance? She ponders her own point for a beat, as if struck by a revelation of her own victim status. Gil smiles at her, mouthing “thank you”. She mouths back “whatever”, but the slight hint of a smile forms on her face. INT. SCHOOL OFFICE - DAY Mrs. Henley, is seated at her desk. Mr. Bills heads into the office, carrying a plate of smores. 49. He walks right past her, KNOCKING on the doorway to Mann’s office. She rolls her eyes. MRS. HENLEY He’s not in today. Mr. Bills stops, turning back to her, looking shocked. MR. BILLS Not in? What do you mean he’s not in? He’s never been out before. What’s wrong? Is he okay?! MRS. HENLEY Just a cold. MR. BILLS Well... Maybe I should call him. He might need something... MRS. HENLEY He asked not to be disturbed. MR. BILLS I made him smores. MRS. HENLEY Well, you could always give them to Mr. Seman... She nods across the hall towards the open door to the Vice Principal’s office. IN MR. SEMAN’S OFFICE Upon hearing his name, he immediately sits straight up, fumbling with his mouse to cover up the game on his screen. BACK AT MRS. HENLEY’S DESK Mr. Bills LAUGHS at the mere suggestion. MR. BILLS Give them to the Vice Principal. Right. I might as well give them to you. With a snide LAUGH, he turns and heads out the door, shoving a smore into his mouth as he goes. Mrs. Henley flips him off behind his back. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Gil heads up to his locker, finding a note taped to it. He pulls it off, unfolding the note. It reads, “Enjoy the cock?” 50. He looks around as several of his teammates approach him. BRET Dude, Mindy Rhodes got her period in gym class! She cried and everything! Looking past his teammates, he sees Cliff staring at him. Cliff flashes a wicked smile, then heads off down the hall. GIL Hey! Did you do this?! He waves the note in the air. But Cliff just heads faster through the crowd. Gil speeds up after him. GIL (CONT’D) Hey, ball sack! But Cliff disappears into a classroom as the bell RINGS. Gil looks in through a window in the classroom door. Cliff smiles back at him. Gil mouths. GIL (CONT’D) You’re dead. Cliff tucks his hands under his armpits, flapping his arms like a chicken. INT. LUNCHROOM - DAY Holly is seated with her usual geek crowd at their usual table. Sung Luck is going on about something. SUNG LUCK So I wrote him a letter in binary code, and he wrote back in Klingon! HOLLY (not paying attention) Maybe you took it out before it was done... SUNG LUCK I know, isn’t it just so romantic?! Gil heads up behind Holly, putting his hand on her shoulder. GIL Holly, I need to talk to you. Upon seeing Gil at their table, Sung Luck sucks milk up into her sinuses, COUGHING as it comes out her nose. The other geeks just sit with their mouths agape in amazement. 51. Holly turns to Sung Luck, who has milk dripping down her shocked face. HOLLY I’ll be right back. She gets up, heading after Gil across the cafeteria. SUNG LUCK Gil Freemont knew her name?! Another geek girl watches them go in utter amazement. GEEK GIRL Does this mean we’re gonna be cool?! A geek BOY with head gear looks at her, shaking his head. GEEK BOY It’s most likely an anomalous occurrence... statistically speaking. But the girls just stare dreamily at Gil and Holly. ACROSS THE CAFETERIA Gil speaks quietly to Holly. GIL I found out who was responsible for the rooster... HOLLY Who?! GIL Rex. HOLLY No, who was responsible? GIL Oh, Cliff. HOLLY Cliff Dunton?! Are you sure? GIL Yeah. I’m gonna kick his ass. HOLLY We really don’t need any more enemies right now. 52. GIL Well, when this is over I’m gonna kick his ass. HOLLY Fine. But now, we need to tell Margo. Gil and Holly head across the cafeteria to the popular table. OVER AT POPULAR TABLE They come up behind Margo. Aspen’s, Pam’s, and Brianna’s mouths drop when they see Holly approaching their table. With Gil. Margo is clueless. MARGO Would you mind closing your mouths, I can see bits of Little Debbie... PAM Look what dragged the cat in... Margo has no idea what she just said. MARGO If you weren’t pretty, I’d hate you. The three girls just point. Margo slowly turns around. Upon seeing Holly she nearly falls out of her chair. GIL We need to talk to you. MARGO (Scrambling) Talk?! I barely know her! ASPEN Eeeew. You know her? MARGO No! Barely... I mean I think I’ve seen her before. (to Holly) Do you even go here? Margo frantically looks back to her “friends”. MARGO (CONT’D) She must have wondered over from the tard wing... Margo gets up and roughly grabs Holly by the arm. 53. MARGO (CONT’D) I’ll go toss her back in. Margo pushes Gil and drags Holly away from the table. Pam starts to get misty eyed. PAM She is just so caring. BRIANNA A fucking saint. EXT. HIGH SCHOOL - DAY Margo, Gil, and Holly exit the school. Margo drags them into an alcove. Gil looks totally confused. GIL Am I missing something? MARGO A chromosome evidently. What do you think you’re doing bringing her over to our table?! Holly pulls her arm from Margo’s death grip. HOLLY I am here, you know. GIL I know who was responsible for the rooster. MARGO Who? GIL Rex. Frustrated, Holly interrupts. HOLLY Gil says Cliff Dunton was responsible for Rex. MARGO That stupid stoner guy? They look up to see that stupid stone guy. CLIFF Well if this isn’t an unholy alliance... A jock, a geek, and a bitch. (MORE) 54. CLIFF (cont'd) Let me guess, you all “bonded” in detention and realized that, deep down, you’re all really just the same... He shakes his head, LAUGHING as he heads off. Gil starts to head after him, and Holly grabs his arm. HOLLY We have bigger problems. INT. POOL HOUSE - DAY Gil, Holly, and Margo enter the pool house. Mann is seated in a chair, bound, watching a soap opera on TV. Kyle is seated next to him, also engaged in the show. Margo grabs the remote, switching off the TV, then gets right in Mann’s face. MARGO Nice move, setting up the password for the auto-delete. I guess we underestimated you. Mann smiles. MARGO (CONT’D) But we’re going to get that dirt on you, one way or another. All you’re doing is extending your stay here. Gil turns to the others. GIL I’d say he earned himself a night in solitary, wouldn’t you? INT. SAUNA - EVENING Mann stands in the sauna, the light off. Margo blocks the door. MARGO Take this time and reflect on your actions. Maybe next time you will be more... cooperative. She shuts the door, leaving him in total darkness. INT. POOL HOUSE - DAY Holly opens her laptop. She then pulls Mann’s disk drive out of her bag, sliding it into an external drive enclosure. KYLE What happened? 55. HOLLY Mann gave us a code that erased the files we needed. KYLE What?! Can you get them back? HOLLY I don’t know. Sometimes you can still pull up fragments of information using certain software. Margo takes this opportunity to interrupt. MARGO Well, I for one have to get home. KYLE Yeah, well I have to stay at my mother’s house tonight. HOLLY I guess I can stay with Mann then. I’ll just tell my mom that I’m spending the night at Sung Luck’s. MARGO Aaawww... How cute. Do you two get all cozy, pop some popcorn, and sit around talking about test tubes and electromagnetic... things? HOLLY No, we talk about what a bitch you are. MARGO Of course you do. KYLE Anyway... I don’t see a problem with me going to school tomorrow, he can’t get out. Nobody can hear him. Holly remains fixated on the laptop screen. HOLLY The folder contents have all been overwritten, but the file names are still listed in the DOS swap file... The others look at her, obviously having no clue. 56. MARGO Uh... right... HOLLY They were all invoices from a company called Edmunds Scholastic Supplies. GIL School supplies? But we barely have enough supplies as it is... HOLLY Mann obviously wanted us to delete them. I’m going to email the company from Mann’s account and ask them to send copies of those invoices. INT. POOL HOUSE - LATER Holly sits in a chair, PICKING away at her guitar. A lively pop melody. Gil looks up from his homework. GIL That’s really cool. What is it? HOLLY I haven’t really named it yet, so “Ye-ye Song Number 67,” I guess. GIL You wrote that? That’s awesome. HOLLY Well, I don’t know about “awesome”. GIL Is there anything you don’t do? HOLLY Um... Tan? She smiles as she keeps playing. He watches her, smiling too. INT. KYLE’S BEDROOM - MORNING Kyle sits on the edge of his bed. He speaks into Mann’s cell. KYLE This is Mr. Mann. (COUGH) I’m still under the weather, and won’t be coming in today. (COUGH) Don’t call me, I’ll be sleeping all day. He finishes with a flourish of COUGHS. 57. INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - SAME Mrs. Henley hangs up the phone, smiling. MRS. HENLEY Yes! EXT. CAMPBELL HIGH SCHOOL - MORNING Students slowly make their way into the school. Gil, Margo, Kyle, and Holly reach the base of the stairs. They take deep breaths, then each go their separate ways. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY Kyle is attempting to follow what his GERMAN TEACHER is saying. He’s failing miserably. The thin, bespectacled WOMAN sits at the rear of the class, again taking notes. Mann’s cell phone begins to VIBRATE. He pulls it out of his pocket. Looks at the screen. KYLE Shit. INT. PHYSICS CLASSROOM - DAY Holly’s iPhone BEEPS. She looks down at it. A message comes on the screen, “NEW MAIL FOR C. MANN”. The TEACHER calls out to Holly. PHYSICS TEACHER Ms. French? Holly doesn’t even look up from her iPhone, but answers without missing a beat. HOLLY D equals 28m. The teacher seems surprised she was even listening. PHYSICS TEACHER Uh... that’s correct. Now if we examine the force of gravity on an object... Holly clicks on a button, and the email opens. As she reads it, her face loses all color. HOLLY Oh no... 58. INT. BENEATH STAIRWAY - DAY Holly, Gil, Margo, and Kyle stand beneath the stairway. HOLLY So the superintendent emailed Mann saying Mann was supposed to return some teacher evaluations yesterday. KYLE Yeah, and Mrs. Henley left a message on his cell phone asking him where the evaluations were and if he signed them. GIL Shit... what are we gonna do? HOLLY We have to get into his office and find those papers. INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - DAY Gil enters the office, approaching Mrs. Henley with that winning smile on his face. GIL Coach isn’t here yet, and I need to get in the equipment room... MRS. HENLEY I can open it for you, sweetie. GIL You, rock. She grabs her keys, then heads out with Gil. As soon as they’re gone, Holly and Margo sneak into the office. INT. MANN’S OFFICE - DAY Holly and Margo search for the file. Then, on top of one of the cabinets, Margo spots an envelope. “Evaluations” is scrawled on top. She turns it over. MARGO Uh, Holly... Why don’t you go and make sure Mrs. Henley hasn’t gotten back yet. I’ll keep looking. HOLLY Um... okay. Holly heads back for the door, and slips out. 59. INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - SAME Holly quietly exits the office, closing the door behind her. She then turns around to face the Vice Principal. She GASPS. Then quickly composes herself. HOLLY Oh, Mr. Seman, you scared me... MR. SEMAN Sorry, Holly. Did you just come out of Mr. Mann’s office? HOLLY No. I mean yes... MR. SEMAN I didn’t know he was in today. INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - SAME Margo opens the evaluation envelope. She pulls out a file. It’s labeled “BILLS, GREG - ALGEBRA”. Margo smiles. MARGO Like me, karma's a bitch. She picks up a pencil and starts to erase. INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - DAY Holly still stands guarding Mann’s door. HOLLY He said he didn’t want to be disturbed. I think he’s still a bit under the weather. Mr. Bills enters the secretary’s office. MR. BILLS Is he here?! Holly tries her best not to look like a deer caught in headlights. HOLLY I... um... The door opens behind her, and Holly stumbles backwards. Margo catches her. As soon as Margo notices Mr. Seman and Mr. Bills she immediately shoves Holly back out into the secretary’s office and closes Mann’s door behind them. 60. MARGO Hi! MR. BILLS What were you doing in Mr. Mann’s office? MARGO I think he’s busy now... MR. SEMAN Thank you girls, but I really need to speak with him. He reaches for Mann’s closed door. Then, the phone RINGS in Mr. Seman’s office across the hall. MR. SEMAN (CONT'D) I’ll be right back. He heads for his office, picking up the phone. MR. SEMAN (CONT'D) This is Mr. Seman... A VOICE comes back over the phone. VOICE (O.S.) Seman, it’s Mann. I sent the girls out with an envelope for you. DOWN THE HALLWAY Kyle speaks into Mann’s cell phone, imitating Mann’s voice. KYLE I want you to take the envelope to Superintendant Jones, got it? BACK IN MR. SEMAN’S OFFICE Mr. Bills heads into the office. MR. BILLS Is that him?! Let me talk to him! Mr. Seman motions for him to be quiet. KYLE And tell that kiss-ass Bills to... go teach somebody. “Mann” hangs up, leaving nothing but a DIAL TONE. MR. BILLS What’d he say? 61. MR. SEMAN He said to tell you... he’s busy right now. Mr. Seman heads back across the hall. Mr. Bills right on his heels. MR. SEMAN (CONT'D) Mr. Mann said you had an envelope for me? Margo hands him the envelope. MARGO Yes, the teacher’s evaluations. She smiles in Mr. Bills’ direction. MR. BILLS The evaluations...? He tries to grab the envelope, but Mr. Seman snatches it away. He smiles at the girls. MR. SEMAN Thank you, ladies. He heads out the door, envelope in hand. Mr. Bills gives the girls a suspicious glance. OUT IN THE HALLWAY Mr. Bills passes Kyle. Holly and Margo exit the office. Once they are alone, he smiles. KYLE That was close, huh? HOLLY Too close. MARGO Mr. Bills is going to be a problem. HOLLY Yeah, he seems to be the only one around here that misses Mann. Holly’s iPhone BEEPS. She pulls it out. The screen reads, “NEW EMAIL”. She presses several buttons. KYLE What is it? 62. HOLLY The school supply company emailed us back! They’re sending a fax. KYLE Awesome! MARGO Now, about changing our grades in the system... KYLE What? HOLLY She wants me to go into the system and change her grades. Margo starts to get snatchy with her when Kyle interrupts. KYLE You can change our grades?! HOLLY Forget it. Holly pushes past them, heading down the hall. MARGO I’m gonna hurt her. As they pass a stairway, Cliff peers out at them, lurking in the shadows, watching them go. INT. STUDY OF KYLE’S FATHER’S HOUSE - DAY The last page of a fax finishes coming in. Holly picks it up once it’s done and flips through it. She smiles. HOLLY Yes! INT. FAMILY ROOM - DAY Holly heads into the family room, where Margo and Gil are seated on the couch. Kyle heads in from the far entrance. KYLE I checked on Mann, he’s still a dick. HOLLY The invoices came in from the school supply company. GIL So do we have the dirt on him? 63. HOLLY Here’s the thing... I’m no lawyer, but it looks like until the refund is transferred to his account on the 27th, technically, Mann won’t have embezzled anything. GIL So until then... we don’t have shit to blackmail him? HOLLY Nope. But this fax says the company will email confirmation once the funds are transferred. Once we have that email, we’ll have our dirt. MARGO So we have to keep Mann locked up for two more weeks? HOLLY Unless you’ve got a better idea? MARGO Covering for him at school for two weeks is going to be a real bitch. KYLE We’re going to have to devise a better system. INT. SHOOTERS SEXXX SHOP - NIGHT The four head through the dimly lit sex shop. Holly stares in disbelief at some of the S & M paraphernalia. She picks up a pair of forceps connected by a wire to a power box. HOLLY What is this? MARGO You don’t want to know. Holly puts it down. Margo picks up a set of chains and cuffs. MARGO (CONT’D) Something like this might work. Gil picks up some sort of metal collar. A creepy CLERK appears from behind him. 64. CLERK That’s an electric slave collar from our “puppy training” collection. Have you been a naughty puppy? Gil looks incredibly wary of the clerk. GIL Uh... no? CLERK Oh I bet you have been. (to Margo) If you want to train your “puppy”, you just lock the collar on his neck. Then when your puppy is bad, you grab the remote... and ZAP! MARGO That could come in handy... CLERK Oh trust me, it does. It also comes with a transponder, so if your puppy strays beyond the bedroom, ZAP again! MARGO We’ll take it, and one of these full body shackles. CLERK Fun fun fun... Shall I put that on your account? HOLLY You have an account here?! MARGO You better just back off, sister. She pulls out a card from Mann’s wallet. MARGO (CONT’D) No, I’m going to put them on this credit card. He takes the card looking at Mann’s picture on the front. MARGO (CONT’D) It’s my daddy’s. CLERK Naughty girl. He winks, swiping the card. 65. INT. POOL HOUSE - LATER Boxes in hand, Kyle, Holly, Margo, and Gil go around taking things from cabinets and emptying drawers. Knives. Glasses. Cleaning supplies. Lighters. Anything that could be used by Mann to escape. KYLE Look everywhere. Mrs. Pong is always hiding shit. Gil lifts up a brass candlestick. GIL This? HOLLY Of course. Did you learn nothing from playing Clue? Gil throws the candlestick into his box. INT. SAUNA - SAME Mann stands at the closed door. He looks out the small window. Watches the kids busily running around collecting things. MANN Now what are you bastards up to...? INT. SAUNA - NIGHT Gil pulls Mann to a seated position. Margo holds a bottle of pepper spray, aimed right at Mann. MARGO Do exactly as we say or you’ll get the pepper spray, okay? PRINCIPAL MANN You kids are going to pay. Forget expulsion, I’m gonna see you get the chair. The four look at each other uneasily. Holly meekly reassures them. HOLLY They outlawed the chair in 1973... GIL We wouldn’t have had to do this if you had just listened. 66. MARGO Instead, you threatened to destroy our lives. Remember? Gil picks up the electric slave collar, slipping it around Mann’s neck, then locking it with a key. PRINCIPAL MANN Did you get this at Shooters? Holly raises an eyebrow. PRINCIPAL MANN (CONT’D) I mean... Margo stuffs the gag back into his mouth. MARGO Pervert... HOLLY You have an account there... MARGO I have a life! Sue me! INT. POOL HOUSE - NIGHT Holly and Kyle are seated on the couch. Gil and Margo lead a now shackled Mann out from the hallway. His hands and legs are cuffed, all connected by long chains. MARGO Presenting the latest in slave wear, we have Charles in a lovely full body shackle. Note the fine detailing of the chains, and the elegant contours of the manacles. Mann glares at her. Gil then reaches, taking the gag out of his mouth. Mann immediately spouts out... MANN Listen here you filthy little sons of... Margo just lifts the remote, pressing a button. Mann is hit by a JOLT of electricity from the collar, causing him to shudder and convulse, falling back onto a lounge chair. Margo smiles, thoroughly enjoying this. MARGO Thus ends our little demonstration. Any questions? 67. Mann glares at her. She raises the remote again. MARGO (CONT’D) Any questions? He finally shakes his head. GIL And I wouldn’t think of running either. The collar’s set to go off if you leave the area. KYLE So are we clear on the rules? Mann glares, then finally nods. INT. POOL HOUSE - NIGHT Holly stands on a chair, finishing screwing a small camera in the wall next to a smoke detector, then lifting the smoke detector off its mounts Gil enters the room, in just swimming trunks. GIL What are you doing? She turns to look at him, then, seeing him half naked, stares a moment too long. She tries to play it cool. HOLLY I figured we could use enhanced surveillance capabilities, so I pulled this camera from the front of the house, and I’m connecting it to the power feed for the smoke detector. She finishes connecting it, snapping the cover back on the smoke detector. HOLLY (CONT'D) The cameras operate on a wireless connection with a receiver in the main house, and the feeds can be accessed online, so I’ll be able to keep an eye on Mann on my iPhone. GIL Awesome. Thank God you were in detention, or we’d be screwed. He heads off. She watches him go, checking him out as he goes, then catching herself, shaking her head. 68. HOLLY (to herself) Don’t be an idiot. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Friday afternoon. 3:00. Students escape from their last period classes. The four walk down the crowded hallway. Pretending not to be together. HOLLY We need to take shifts over the weekend watching Mann. MARGO Well, I definitely can’t Saturday night, I have a date, and Sunday morning, I have church. HOLLY You go to church? KYLE And you don’t burst into flames? MARGO Funny. Kyle LAUGHS to himself. MARGO (CONT'D) Well Jesus loves me, so you can all just eat me! INT. POOL HOUSE - NIGHT Gil sits on the couch, with Mann beside him in the easy chair. Gil grabs a beer, popping it open and flipping channels on the TV. Mann just watches him, studying him. MANN You know, Gil, there’s no way you’re going to pull this off. Gil stops on a channel. It’s porn. He smiles. Mann continues, a bit frustrated. MANN (CONT’D) It would be a shame for such a promising football player as yourself to lose everything... But Gil is fixated on the porn. 69. GIL Oh, man, she’s got choco nips! Mann continues, trying to hide his frustration. MANN Of course, there is still a chance that we could come to an agreement, you and I, and you could go back to living your life. Gil turns to Mann. GIL Look, dude, I’m trying to watch this, so let me make this clear. I’ve got beer, I’ve got 15 channels of porn, and I’ve got this house all to myself. So either have a drink and enjoy the pussy or it’s back in the sauna. Mann looks at Gil, then finally holds his hands out. Gil tosses him a beer. INT. POOL HOUSE - MORNING Mann now sits on the couch while Holly types on her laptop. Mann speaks to her in a soft, hypnotic near-monotone. MANN I know you, Ms. French, and you’re not that strong. You’ve always been the one left out. Now you think they’re starting to accept you, don’t you? Maybe you even think Gil is warming up to you... She tries not to look at him, concentrating on her computer. MANN (CONT’D) But they’ll never really accept you. No, the jock and the cheerleader will cut a deal with me, leaving you in their dust. It’s the natural order of things, Miss French. That is unless you cut a deal with me first. She finally turns towards him. 70. HOLLY You can cut the cheap Hannibal Lecter impersonation, because I’m not poor white trash, my daddy didn’t get killed in the line of duty, and I don’t have a thing for lambs. Kay? She turns back to her computer, smiling slightly. INT. POOL HOUSE - LATER Margo is sitting on a mat in front of the TV. On the screen, a yoga DVD is playing. YOGA INSTRUCTOR (O.S.) Now moving from the noble posture into the plow posture... Margo follows the instructor’s lead on the television, bending her legs backwards over her head until her feet touch the ground, arms at her sides. Mann watches her. MANN You know, Margo, it’s only a matter of time before your friends find out about the real you... MARGO You really don’t want to piss me off when I’m in this position... It isn’t comfortable. Mann decides to shut his mouth. EXT. POOL AREA - DAY Kyle is sitting on a chair by the pool. He reaches into his pocket, pulling out a joint and a lighter, and smiles, lighting the joint. He takes a long hit. Margo heads out of the pool house. MARGO What are you doing here? Your shift isn’t till tonight. He EXHALES. KYLE My sister came home from college for the weekend with her boyfriend and kicked me out of my mom’s. 71. Margo sits down on a chair nearby. MARGO You have a sister? KYLE I’m surprised you don’t know Trina. I thought you would have run into each other at the stuck-up bitches guild. MARGO Wait... Trina Roth is your sister? KYLE So you do know her... MARGO I know of her... She’s like a cheerleading legend. Kyle can’t help but CRACK UP. KYLE Cheerleading legend? MARGO Ha ha ha... So you’re not just a freak, you’re a stoner too. You’re just all upside, aren’t you? KYLE I’d offer you some to see if it took the foot out of your ass, but I doubt Jesus would approve. Margo grabs the joint from him. She takes a long hit, holding it in, then COUGHING. MARGO I don’t know what you see in this stuff anyway. It does nothing for me. EXT. POOL AREA - DAY INSERT TITLE: “5 MINUTES LATER” Margo and Kyle are LAUGHING their asses off. MARGO Oh my God, you are so funny. They continue LAUGHING. 72. MARGO (CONT’D) Hey, can I ask you a question? Why were you in detention? Kyle tries to get serious for a moment. KYLE You really want to know? Margo nods her head and leans in. KYLE (CONT’D) I was doing research for a poem. Margo doesn’t get it. He suddenly bursts out LAUGHING. KYLE (CONT’D) I was trying to get to the depths of human despair! Margo starts to LAUGH too. Gil heads into the yard. GIL What’s so funny? MARGO He was in detention because he was too happy! They begin LAUGHING harder. GIL You’re high! MARGO I know! Gil sees the joint on a table beside her, picking it up. GIL Give me that... He looks at the blackened joint. GIL (CONT’D) You two are unbelievable. (beat) I mean you got three or four good hits left on this! He lights the joint and takes a hit. KYLE Don’t stress it, I’ve got more. GIL I love you, man! 73. As Kyle lights up a joint, Holly appears across the lawn. HOLLY What are you all doing? MARGO Talk about sucking the life out of a party... She CRACKS UP, as does Kyle. HOLLY Is anyone keeping an eye on Mann? GIL He’s fine... (to Margo) Right? Margo just GIGGLES some more. HOLLY Guys... you’re supposed to be watching the person we kidnapped, and you’re doing... drugs?! The three pause a moment, then all bust out LAUGHING. HOLLY (CONT’D) You all should go to rehab. KYLE Rehab is for quitters. Holly rolls her eyes, and heads towards the pool house. She tries the door. It’s locked. Margo just holds up the keys. MARGO It’s under control. Don’t you ever relax? Holly heads back towards them. HOLLY Don’t you appreciate the gravity of our situation? KYLE Hey, just chill, okay? HOLLY Our futures are at stake here, you know... GIL Everything’s cool. Come on, sit down. 74. She tentatively takes a seat. GIL (CONT’D) You want a hit? MARGO Please... She won’t do it. Holly glares at Margo, then takes the joint and the lighter from Gil. She lights it, but BLOWS on the joint. GIL No, you have to inhale... She takes in a hit. GIL (CONT’D) Now hold it for a while... She holds it in. Finally EXHALES, then looks to Margo. HOLLY Actually, recent studies show Cannabis has few mutagenic effects, and while chronic use might hasten neuronal apoptosis in the temporal lobes, I’m sure minimal exposure will have no long term... Then it hits her. HOLLY (CONT’D) Whoa... EXT. POOL AREA - EVENING Now wearing a bathing suit, Gil runs out and does a cannonball into the swimming pool. In the hot tub beside the pool, the other three LAUGH and CLAP. Bottles of beer and a fifth of tequila ring the tub. MARGO Kyle, how do you get your eyeliner to go on smooth like that? KYLE Just burn the tip with a match before you put it on. MARGO Really? That’s a good idea. Thanks. Holly looks at her new friends and GIGGLES. 75. HOLLY High school is so screwed up. Gil gets out of the pool and grabs the bottle of tequila. GIL Who wants to do shooters?! The others all grab their glasses, LAUGHING, as Gil pours them a round. A SERIES OF QUICK SHOTS - Kyle and Margo doing dual cannonballs into the pool. - Gil carries a laughing Holly to the edge of the pool, tossing her in. - The four have a water gun fight while riding rafts in the pool. WE END ON GIL coming up under Holly’s raft, surprising her and almost knocking her off. He grabs her to stabilizer her. They lock eyes for a long moment. Then he kisses her. They part. HOLLY Wow... And he pulls her back into him. INT. POOL HOUSE - MORNING TIGHT ON MARGO She makes a face in her sleep, SNORING, then turning over. WE PULL BACK Revealing her head lays in Mann’s lap. He smiles, leering down at her from his seat on the couch. He runs his hand down her hair. Then along her side. Then, gently, he reaches into her pocket, pulling out a set of keys. He smiles. MANN Teenagers are so stupid. Very carefully, he lifts her head, slipping out from under her. Mann then heads as quietly as possible across the room, shuffling his feet, trying not to let his shackles clink. 76. Reaching the door, he slowly inserts the key. EXT. BACK YARD - MORNING Mann takes off across the back yard as fast as his shackled feet will allow him. It’s an awkward shuffle. As he nears the main house, he reaches the electronic boundary on his “slave” collar. It hits him with a JOLT of electricity. He shudders, his hair standing on end. MANN Son of a bitch! He struggles onward. Is hit by an even stronger JOLT, then yet a stronger one which literally knocks him off his feet. Mann finishes shuddering on the ground, then hears a loud GROWLING NOISE. He looks up. GROUND LEVEL POV Two huge Dobermans tear across the yard towards him, fangs reared. Mann looks like he is about to soil himself. MANN (CONT'D) Oh, shit... INT. POOL HOUSE - DAY A SERIES OF QUICK SHOTS: -The sound of Mann’s SHRIEK jolts Margo awake on the couch. She sits straight up. -Kyle’s eyes pop open in the lounge chair. MARGO/KYLE Oh, shit... - Holly and Gil sit up from under the blanket on the floor. -Holly looks at Gil, who is wearing just his underwear. Gil looks at Holly, who is wearing only his large “CAMPBELL FOOTBALL” T-shirt. Both speak at the same time. HOLLY/GIL Oh, shit... EXT. BACK LAWN - DAY The four rush to see Mann hanging from a gutter drain pipe on the side of the house, as the dogs GNASH at his pant legs, 77. INT. POOL HOUSE - DAY Kyle shuts the sauna door, leaving Mann seated on a bench inside, looking like hell. BACK IN THE MAIN ROOM Gil, Holly, and Margo are seated on the couch. Gil and Holly awkwardly avoid eye contact. MARGO What exactly happened last night anyway? Holly and Gil respond at the same time. HOLLY/GIL Nothing! MARGO Right. Well, I for one propose we forget last night ever happened. Kyle enters from the hallway. KYLE Why? MARGO Excuse me? KYLE Why would you want things to go back to the way they were? They sucked! MARGO Maybe for you... KYLE For most of us! For the first time we actually started seeing each other as people, and you want to throw that away? MARGO Hey, I didn’t make the rules. KYLE So let’s change them. We have to keep Mann locked up for two weeks, and he’s not coming back anyway. 78. GIL You know... he’s right. We have a school that’s not being run by anyone. KYLE Let’s start making some changes while we have the chance. Not just for us, but for everybody. HOLLY We have to be careful... KYLE We can be careful and creative. TIGHT ON COMPUTER SCREEN Part of the text of an email reads: “THE SCHOOL DRESS CODE IS RESCINDED. PLEASE INFORM THE FACULTY ACCORDINGLY. PS - PLEASE COMMUNICATE WITH ME VIA EMAIL ONLY. IT’S MORE EFFICIENT”. PULL BACK FROM SCREEN Mrs. Henley reads the email, shrugging. MRS. HENLEY Fine by me. TIGHT ON LASER PRINTER Pages print out on red paper, copies of the memo. We catch the words “SCHOOL DRESS CODE RESCINDED” on each of the copies. TIGHT ON TEACHER MAILBOXES Copies of the red memos are placed in each of the mailboxes. OPEN WIDE ON TEACHERS’ LOUNGE Teachers now retrieve their mail from the boxes, reading the red memo. Mr. Bills pulls the memo out of his box, reading it, shaking his head. He crumples it up. INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - DAY Holly sits behind Mann’s desk going through his appointment book. Kyle sits on the edge of the desk. HOLLY Now a couple of these I think you should call personally and cancel. (MORE) 79. HOLLY (cont'd) Most if them are shit, and I can just send an email. Cause at the end of the day, nobody wants to see him anyway. KYLE Who knew Mann being such a dick would actually come in handy? HOLLY Oh, that stupid P.T.A. Carnival is next week. It was so degrading last year with all those girls running around in bikinis singing bad show tunes and washing cars. All the popular parents pretending to care about the school. It’s sad. KYLE Well, Mann won’t be attending this year. HOLLY Those idiots would just die if their precious carnival was cancelled... Holly can’t help smile with the thought. She steals a glance at the display on her iPhone. ON THE DISPLAY A shot of Mann in the pool house. The camera feed refreshes about one frame every second. In the shot, Mann sits on the couch, picking his nose. INT. POOL HOUSE - SAME Shackled, Mann sits on the couch watching television, he’s picking his nose. He finally catches something. He looks at the prize on his finger. What to do with it? He shoves his hand down between the sofa cushions. MANN Ouch! He yanks his hand up, then carefully sticks his hand back under the cushion. He pulls out a small metal box. He looks up at the camera. Places the box behind his back. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Students are now dressed in T-shirts, jeans, shorts, and generally looking happier. 80. Mr. Bills makes his way through the students. Margo and Gil see him heading in their direction. Gil looks down an adjoining hallway and CALLS out. GIL Thanks, Mr. Mann! Upon hearing Mr. Mann’s name, Mr. Bills’ eyes grow wide. He starts running towards the adjoining hallway. MR. BILLS Mr. Mann?! MARGO Oh, you just missed him. GIL He was running out to a meeting. MR. BILLS Shoot! GIL But wait a minute... Gil CALLS out to the far end of the hallway where Holly and Kyle are hanging out. GIL (CONT’D) Holly! Do you see Mr. Mann?! Holly looks out the window. HOLLY Yeah! He’s getting in his car! MR. BILLS Tell him to wait a moment! HOLLY Mr. Mann!! Mr. Bills would like a word! Mr. Bills excitedly runs down the hallway. When he gets to the end of the hall, he’s really out of breath. He throws the door open and looks outside. MR. BILLS Where is he?! HOLLY Oh, you just missed him. KYLE Yeah, just. 81. MR. BILLS Darn! Mr. Bills stomps off. The kids all give each other the thumbs up. INT. GIL’S HOUSE - DAY Holly is now seated next to Gil in his living room. HOLLY If we take the funds spent on security and allocate them to the cafeteria budget... GIL We can totally afford Dominos! Gil’s large, balding mom, Barb enters. BARB You sure I can’t get either one of you a beer or a Power Bar? GIL Thanks, mom, we’re just finishing up some homework. BARB Well you can’t spend all your time on homework. I want you outside practicing throws before it gets dark. Barb lumbers out of the room. HOLLY You really love football. GIL Well my mom does. HOLLY You don’t? GIL I don’t really have a choice. HOLLY It’s your life. What would you rather do? Gil pauses a moment. Looks to make sure his mom isn’t around. Leans in to Holly. 82. GIL Wanna see? INT. GIL’S BEDROOM - DAY Holly enters Gil’s room and stops. All around her are lifelike masks of movie monsters and villains. It looks like Rick Baker’s workshop. HOLLY Wow... You collect these? GIL I made them. HOLLY You’re a make-up artist?! GIL Well, I prefer F/X artist. Holly inspects a rubber mask of Dracula. HOLLY These are amazing. How do you make them? GIL I make my own casts. HOLLY Why don’t you tell your mom that you want to do this instead of football? GIL There’s not a lot of monster make- up scholarships. Holly looks at Gil and smiles. HOLLY Well you’re just full of surprises. INT. SCHOOL CAFETERIA - DAY A line of forty Domino’s Pizza DELIVERY MEN enters the cafeteria, carrying extra large pizzas. The students CHEER loudly as the delivery men disperse throughout the cafeteria, handing out the pizzas. INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - DAY Kyle sits behind Mann’s desk. Margo stands guard at the closed door. 83. MARGO Hurry up, she’ll be back from the teacher’s lounge any minute. Kyle clears his throat, then flips the switch on the school’s P.A. system. In his Mann voice... KYLE Good afternoon, Cocks. This is your leader. INT. CLASSROOM - SAME Mann’s VOICE comes over the speaker in Mr. Bills’ room. Mr. Bills excitedly looks up. Then in mid-lesson, runs from the room, leaving several confused students. KYLE (O.S.) By now, I’m sure you’ve noticed some changes here at Campbell high. INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - SAME Margo motions for Kyle to hurry. KYLE Well, I’d like to announce that we will also be reinstating the school’s arts programs. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - SAME Mrs. Henley makes her way down the hallway. Mann’s VOICE fills the empty hallway. KYLE (O.S.) We will begin interviewing potential teachers, immediately. Mr. Bills comes running in from a side hallway. He plows into Mrs. Henley. Almost takes her down. MR. BILLS (out of breath) New teachers!? Mrs. Henley tries to collect herself. Mr. Bills runs for Mann’s office. MRS. HENLEY (under her breath) Asshole. INT. PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE - SAME Margo is really starting to sweat. She peeks out the door into Mrs. Henley’s office. It’s empty. For now. 84. KYLE So, enjoy the rest of your day here at Campbell high. He turns the system off. MARGO Let’s go! INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - DAY Kyle and Margo exit Mann’s office at the exact moment Mr. Bills and Mrs. Henley enter. They almost collide. Before Bills can open his mouth... KYLE Where did he go!? MR. BILLS Where did he... (beat) I don’t know! Didn’t you guys see him?! Both Margo and Kyle shake their heads. Mr. Bills turns to Mrs. Henley. MRS. HENLEY Hey, don’t look at me, I haven’t seen him all day. Margo accidentally drops Mann’s office key. Mrs. Henley looks down. Margo immediately steps on it, concealing it. MR. BILLS Damn! INT. BATHROOM - DAY Mann closes the door to the pool house bathroom. Pulls the metal box from his pocket. He opens it. Inside are two Cuban cigars, a lighter, and a steel cigar cutter. MANN Thank you, Mrs. Pong. INT. SCHOOL LIBRARY - DAY Gil and Kyle are seated at a secluded table in a corner of the library. In front of them, a pile of papers. Holly heads up to them, speaking to them in a whisper. HOLLY What are you guys doing? 85. KYLE Going over resumes for the new art teacher. HOLLY Anyone look promising? Cliff glares at them from across the room. Trying to hear what they’re talking about. KYLE This one has a degree from Wellesley... And she’s been teaching art in New York! HOLLY She sounds perfect. Gil shows them a different resume. GIL What about this one? KYLE Gil, it says she’s currently working as a “performer” at the Spearmint Rhino. GIL I know! That’s a titty bar! Holly just rolls her eyes. HOLLY Uh, no. (to Kyle) I need you to make a couple Mann calls. Kyle gets up from the table. He hands Gil the resume. KYLE So go ahead and contact Miss Carroll about the job. (to Holly) Can you imagine us having an art teacher who’s actually taught in New York?! When they’re gone, Gil looks down at the resume. He then looks over at the other resume. His choice. He crumbles up the resume Kyle gave him. GIL I mean, pole dancing is an art. 86. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Margo and Holly stand in front of the school bulletin board. On the board is a flyer promoting “Career Day”. MARGO Look at these lame-o people they have scheduled... a plumber, an insurance agent... a mortician?! Eww. No thanks. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY The classroom is filled with kids listening to a SPEAKER dressed in camouflage, with ammo belts and an M16A2 assault rifle strapped over his shoulder. SPEAKER As a soldier of fortune, I spend much of my time in the jungles of South America, maiming, torturing, kidnapping... The boys all look impressed. INT. ANOTHER CLASSROOM - DAY A beautiful WOMAN stands at the front of another full classroom. She is dressed in a bold Versace number. WOMAN As a professional runway model, my responsibilities include walking, turning, and... walking. Sometimes they want you to gesture with your arms. There’s a lot to remember. The thin, bespectacled woman again in the rear of the class, shakes her head in disbelief. INT. ANOTHER CLASSROOM - DAY A long-haired, drugged up Stephen Tyler CLONE sits at the desk at the front of another classroom, speaking in a thick cockney accent. ROCKER Of course being a rocker isn’t all sex and drugs, it’s also a lot of hard work. Putting on a rock show takes the efforts of hundreds of people, roadies, electricians, sound engineers... He lifts a woman’s head up from his lap. She is heavily made up, her lipstick smudged. 87. ROCKER (CONT’D) ...groupies... The WOMAN smiles, waving at the class, then the rocker pushes her head back down out of sight. INT. BATHROOM - DAY Mann looks up at the smoke alarm fastened to the ceiling. Smiles. He holds a roll of toilet paper in one hand, the cigar lighter in the other. He starts the roll on fire. The roll starts smoking. Mann waves it under the alarm. Nothing. The roll has really began to burn. Smoke fills the small bathroom. Still nothing. Finally the fire has engulfed the toilet paper. Mann is forced to drop it. COUGHING, he stomps on the burning roll, putting it out. MANN Shit! He strikes the alarm with his fist. The cover falls off. Its battery is missing. MANN (CONT’D) Bastards! INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY Several WORKERS are now painting the hallway. The new color brightens up the previously dreary walls. The mysterious bespectacled woman nods her head as she writes something in her notebook. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - LATER Students are decorating their lockers. Stickers. Photos. Mirrors. Holly is putting the final touches on hers. Margo walks up. She smiles at Holly’s artistic flair. MARGO Not bad... Holly is uncomfortable receiving a compliment from Margo. HOLLY Thanks. (beat) You know, if we really want to make a change around here, I have an idea... TIGHT ON COMPUTER SCREEN 88. Part of the text of an email reads: “NEW CAFETERIA SEATING CHART TO BE IMPLEMENTED”. PULL BACK FROM SCREEN Mrs. Henley reads the email, shrugging. MRS. HENLEY You’re the boss... INT. CAFETERIA - DAY There are no longer “popular” “geek” or “slacker” tables. The new seating chart has forced the students to mingle. Jocks sitting with punks. Goths sitting with cheerleaders. The kids don’t know what to do or say. Holly and Margo gaze out at their handy work. Margo smiles. MARGO Well, they’re either going to make new friends... or they’re gonna kill each other. One particularly small KID is seated next to a huge football LINEBACKER. The kid looks up at the giant next to him and forces a nervous smile. He offers the guy a piece of candy. KID Kit Kat? The linebacker breaks into a big, dumb smile. LINEBACKER My favorite. Thanks. The kid smiles back. All across the cafeteria, we see odd combinations starting to talk, smile, LAUGH. Hoods and preps. Punks and nerds. It’s a minor revolution. Kyle sits at a nearby table. He’s writing in his journal. KYLE I am still alive, vibrant with hope. The black cloud will disappear, the morning sun will appear once again in all its supernal glory. Suddenly, his milkshake is knocked over, spilling all across his book. He looks up to see Cliff standing over him. Smiling. CLIFF Oops. 89. Having reached his breaking point, Kyle stands up from the table. Eye to eye with Cliff. Cliff looks surprised. Then he puffs his chest out. CLIFF (CONT'D) What are you going to do about it? Kyle’s breathing is heavy. It takes everything in him not to hit him. Finally, he just sits back down. Cliff smiles. CLIFF (CONT'D) That’s what I thought. Fag. Cliff walks off, leaving him with his ruined book. Kyle gets up, and throws his book into the trash. INT. MANN’S OFFICE - DAY Kyle pulls out a file labelled “Dunton, Cliff”. He opens it. Starts to flip through its contents. Finally, he smiles. KYLE This is what I’m gonna doing about it. He pulls out his cell phone. And starts texting. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY The hallway is crowded. Several students get messages on their cell phones. They read them, LAUGHING. Soon, everyone in the hallway is receiving or relaying the message, LAUGHING as they do so. Cliff heads down the hallway. As he does so, people start to point at him and LAUGH. He starts walking faster. Finally, Cliff’s own phone RINGS. He pulls it out and checks the text message. It reads, “CLIFF DUNTON ONLY HAS ONE BALL!” Cliff looks up, turning bright red, seeing everyone pointing and LAUGHING at him. He then starts to CRY like a baby, running down the hall and disappearing through the doors. At the far end of the hall, Kyle stands taking in the scene, a huge grin on his face. Holly comes up behind him. HOLLY What was that all about? KYLE (he shrugs) I dunno. (changing subject) What’s Mann up to? 90. Holly pulls out her iPhone. On the screen, Mann is sitting on the couch, apparently behaving himself. HOLLY He’s being a good boy. INT. POOL HOUSE - SAME Mann is indeed sitting on the couch. However, he’s not being a good boy. He has broken the cigar cutter and is discreetly using the blade to saw through one of his wrist restraints. INT. CLASSROOM - DAY A slutty woman in a tube top and hot pants stands in the middle of the classroom. This is the new ART TEACHER. The class is filled with almost exclusively male students, all with eyes on their sexy new teacher. ART TEACHER Now, I don’t know where your old art teacher left off... GIL We were drawing models. Naked models. ART TEACHER Then I guess we better get you caught up. The woman smiles, then removes her top, twirling it around her head and tossing it aside like a stripper. The boys’s eyes all bulge out of their heads. ART TEACHER (CONT’D) Are you boys ready to... draw? INT. SECRETARY’S OFFICE - DAY Mrs. Henley sits painting her nails. Mr. Bills barges in. MR. BILLS I need to speak with Mr. Mann. MRS. HENLEY He just called and said he was going to be running late from his last meeting. MR. BILLS If I didn’t know better, I’d think that he was avoiding me. Mrs. Henley gingerly picks up an envelope from her IN box. 91. MRS. HENLEY Oh, this came for you from Superintendant Jones’ office. MR. BILLS Superintendant Jones?! For me?! Mr. Bills can’t help but smile. MR. BILLS (CONT’D) Well, we are rather close. Mrs. Henley rolls her eyes. He opens the envelope. Reads the contents. His smile turns into a frown and he loses all his color. MR. BILLS (CONT’D) What... the... fuck... Mr. Bills drops the letter and runs from the office. SCREAMING. Mrs. Henley picks up the letter and looks at it. She starts to LAUGH. INSERT LETTER “DUE TO SUBSTANTIALLY SUBSTANDARD SCORING ON YOUR MOST RECENT PRE-TENURE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION, YOU ARE TERMINATED, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY”. INT. HALLWAY - DAY Gil, Holly, and Kyle walk down the crowded hall. Suddenly, Mr. Bills runs down the hallway and through an exit. SCREAMING all the way. The students just pause for a moment and watch as their Algebra teacher has a complete melt down. Once he’s gone, they all go about their business. That’s when Kyle spots Bob, Mann’s loan shark. KYLE Shit. It’s Bob! Kyle points down the hall. The others see him. GIL He’s come to break Mann’s legs! HOLLY What are we going to do?! Kyle smiles. He walks up to Bob. 92. KYLE Can I help you, Sir? BOB I’m looking for Mann. KYLE Principal Mann? He’s not in today. I think he’s getting ready to leave for Thailand. BOB Thailand?! KYLE That’s what he said. INT. HALLWAY - DAY Margo, Kyle, and Holly now head down the hallway. MARGO And he believed you? KYLE Well, it helped when I showed him Mann’s flight ticket. HOLLY I think Mann is better off with us. They start to LAUGH as two COPS lead the new art teacher past them in cuffs, one of the officers reading her her rights as they go. POLICE OFFICER You have the right to an attorney... ART TEACHER All I did is model for my students! It was artistic expression! Holly watches warily as the cops drag the teacher off. HOLLY That was the art teacher? KYLE She certainly doesn’t look like a Wellesley graduate. As they reach Kyle’s locker, they all notice a note taped to the door. Kyle grabs the note. It reads simply, “I KNOW EVERYTHING. GYM. 3:01”. 93. Holly’s iPhone RINGS. She shows them the screen. It reads, “GYM. 3:01. OR I CALL THE COPS.” Gil approaches them, carrying a note. GIL We’re in deep shit. INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY Holly, Gil, Kyle, and Margo stand in the empty gym. The clock on the wall CLICKS to 3:01. The far door swings open, and Cliff heads out of the shadows. He stares at the four dramatically. GIL What’s this about, tool? Cliff just smiles sadistically. CLIFF I want in. MARGO Into what? CLIFF Cut the shit. I know you guys have hacked into the school system, and I want in. The four look relieved. They cover it. KYLE We don’t know what you’re talking about. CLIFF If you want to play it that way, fine. I’ll just go to Mann. Cliff turns to leave. GIL Wait. Cliff stops. Turns back around. CLIFF I thought you’d see it my way. I want you to... improve my grades. HOLLY That shouldn’t be hard. 94. CLIFF For starters. (beat) We’re gonna become best friends. He smiles and heads for the far door. CLIFF (CONT’D) I’ll be in touch. And he SLAMS the door behind him. The four all let out a collective SIGH of relief. GIL How do you think he found out? KYLE Who cares. All that matters is that he doesn’t know everything. MARGO We have to get rid of him. HOLLY We are not putting him in the sauna. A phone RINGS. Kyle digs Mann’s cell out of his pocket, checking the caller ID. KYLE Shit... it’s the superintendent. Kyle opens the phone, engaging the speaker phone. Kyle speaks in his Mann voice. KYLE (CONT'D) This is Mr. Mann... The superintendent’s VOICE boom’s back over the phone. SUPERINTENDENT JONES (O.S.) I’m getting calls complaining that kids are wearing obscene clothing to school, you’ve relaxed security measures, served junk food for lunch, and your new art teacher exposed herself to her students! What in the hell have you been up to, Mann!? Kyle looks to the others. Margo motions for him to hurry and reply. KYLE I’ve just been... implementing some changes... 95. SUPERINTENDENT JONES (O.S.) Now the P.T.A. calls me, mad as hell, saying that you cancelled the Campbell Carnival?! Look, between you and me, I don’t give a shit, but Betty Blank’s threatening to go to the school board, and I do not need them breathing down my neck! I’ve called a P.T.A. meeting for tomorrow night. I want you to go and put out this fire. KYLE Tomorrow night?! Actually tomorrow’s not so good for me... See, my father just passed away... SUPERINTENDENT JONES(O.S.) Your father died ten years ago! Now you’re going to be at that meeting if I have to hunt you down and drag you there myself, am I making myself perfectly clear?! KYLE Yes... but... SUPERINTENDENT JONES(O.S.) Good. See you tomorrow. The line goes dead. The four share a look of horror. GIL When Mann doesn’t show at the meeting, they’ll go looking for him. We’re so dead. HOLLY And just two more days until we have our proof Mann embezzled. Two days. (to Gil) I said not to hire a stripper for the art teacher! GIL Why are you yelling at me? Who cancelled the P.T.A. carnival!? Kyle points to Holly. HOLLY I... I... I cancelled it because... it seemed like the smart thing to do at the time! (Points to Kyle) But he’s the reason we’re in trouble with Cliff! 96. Kyle feigns surprise. KYLE What are you talking about? HOLLY So you’re not the one who “outed” Cliff’s uniball? KYLE I... He... (beat) So! MARGO So?! Thanks to you we’ve got a new partner in crime! KYLE Oh please! What did you do?! Margo feigns innocence. MARGO Nothing! KYLE Yeah, right. GIL You got Mr. Bills fired, didn’t you?! HOLLY The evaluations! MARGO So! He’s a fuck wad! (Points to Kyle) He’s the one that suggested dumping the school uniforms in the first place! The four begin arguing, YELLING louder and louder. GIL If only I had never been stuck in detention with any of you losers to begin with!! HOLLY (to Gil, hurt) You stupid jock. MARGO (to Holly) Geek! KYLE (to Margo) Bitch! 97. GIL (to Kyle) Freak! The four look about ready to kill each other. They gather their things and head out, giving each other nasty looks as they go. MONTAGE: -Holly and Gil in class together, taking a test. Their eyes cross. They glare at each other, then look away. -Margo heads down the hallway with her drones. They approach Kyle. Margo says something to her friends, who all look at Kyle, LAUGHING. Kyle just shakes his head. -Margo is seated at a lunch table. She has a blank expression. She looks over at Gil. After a moment, they both look away. INT. POOL HOUSE - NIGHT Mann continues to make progress on his leather wrist restraint. Suddenly, he hears FOOTSTEPS approaching. He quickly shoves the cigar cutter into the seat of the sofa. He hides the section that he’s been cutting. Kyle enters carrying a dinner tray. He doesn’t look happy. KYLE Here you go. He places the tray on the table in front of Mann. MANN Being a criminal not as much fun as you hoped? KYLE We’re not criminals. MANN Semantics. KYLE Why do you have to be so mean? Does being an adult suck that bad? I mean it seems like every adult I know is seriously psychologically damaged. MANN You’ll find out soon enough. Kyle just turns and walks out of the house. 98. INT. HALLWAY - DAY Margo approaches her locker. She looks tired. She notices a note taped to the door. She SIGHS. INT. GYMNASIUM - DAY Margo enters the gym. It’s empty. She looks around, but she’s alone. Then the door on the far side opens. It’s Holly. Their attention is drawn to another door. Kyle enters. KYLE Great. Before he can turn and leave, a locker room door opens, and Gil enters the gym. GIL I sent the notes this time. This is bullshit. We’re all pointing fingers when we should be figuring a way to save our asses. Nobody says anything. GIL (CONT’D) We don’t have to like each other, hell we haven’t for twelve years, so why start now? But when Mann’s not at that meeting tonight, game’s up. He wins. Margo points to Holly. MARGO It’s her fault that... GIL It’s all of our faults. And if one of us falls, we all fall, remember? KYLE Well, what are we supposed to do? GIL I’ve been thinking... And I believe there’s a way Mann can be at the meeting. MARGO What? How? GIL Leave it to me. 99. HOLLY What are we going to do about Cliff? The three consider this. Finally, Margo smiles. MARGO I have an idea. INT. TRAILER KITCHEN - DAY A grimy trailer. A telephone RINGS. A haggard looking WOMAN takes the cigarette out of her mouth and answers it. WOMAN Yeah...? MANN (O.S.) Yes, this is Charles Mann, principal at Campbell High... WOMAN What did Cliff do now? We pull back and see that Cliff is sitting at the dirty kitchen table. His mother HITS him upside the head. CLIFF Ouch! MANN (O.S.) He hasn’t done a thing. I was calling to inform you that Cliff has been chosen to take part in this year’s foreign exchange program. WOMAN How much is this gonna cost me? MANN (O.S.) Not a dime. The school will cover everything. But he has to leave immediately. INT. LIVING ROOM - SAME Kyle hangs up the telephone. He and Margo take a deep breath. INT. TRAILER KITCHEN - DAY Cliff looks at his mother in horror. CLIFF But I don’t even know where Kazakhstan is! 100. WOMAN It’s free, you’re going! But get me a beer first! INT. LIVING ROOM - DAY Kyle and Margo are seated on the couch as before. KYLE You’re bad. MARGO Well, at least that’s taken care of. They both start to stand up at the same time and bump into each other. Margo drops her book bag, spilling its contents. They both bend down to pick it up, and bump heads. KYLE Allow me. As he picks her things up, he notices an open file. Her school file. Across the top, Mann has written “Trailer Trash”. Kyle looks up at Margo. KYLE (CONT’D) You live in a trailer? Margo grabs her bag and attempts to leave. MARGO Of course not! Kyle stops her. KYLE It doesn’t matter... MARGO That’s easy for you to say, you’re rich. KYLE My parents are rich. And mental. How have you kept that a secret for so long? MARGO A girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. High school is cut throat, man. KYLE Tell me about it. 101. MARGO Please don’t tell anyone. I’m like two months away from graduating. He closes her file and hands it to her. KYLE What’s one more secret amongst friends? INT. SCHOOL FOYER - EVENING Kyle and Gil approach the BUST of Mann in the foyer alcove. KYLE Do you think you can do it? GIL I’ve done scarier ones than this. Looking to make sure they’re alone, the two lift the statue off its pedestal, then hurry it off down the hall. INT. BACKSTAGE, SCHOOL AUDITORIUM - DAY Holly and Margo stand at a large, gray electric box. Holly opens a panel, revealing a large network of wiring. EXT. KYLE’S FATHER’S HOUSE - DAY Mrs. Pong exits her car, looking around to make sure she’s alone, then heads into the house. INT. GIL’S BASEMENT - DAY Kyle helps Gil apply plaster to Mann’s bust, making a cast. EXT. KYLE’S FATHER’S BACK YARD - DAY Mrs. Pong exits the main house, pocketing a handful of Cuban cigars. Looking around to make sure she is still alone, she opens a cigar, lighting it. INT. GIL’S BASEMENT - DAY Kyle carefully applies a prosthetic chin to his face. Gil pulls a latex nose from the plaster cast. Prepares to place the nose on Kyle. EXT. POOL HOUSE - DAY Mrs. Pong lays back in a chair, smoking. She taps her cigar into a flower planter. 102. INT. BACKSTAGE AREA - DAY Holly finishes switching wires, then closes the metal panel on the circuit box, smiling at Margo. She takes out her iPhone. On the screen, a shot of Mann in the pool house, watching TV. All seems okay. She slips the phone back into her pocket. INT. POOL HOUSE - DAY Live with Mann as he sits on the couch watching Oprah. He has managed to remove both of his wrist restraints, and is now slowly working on one of his ankles. Then, out of the corner of his eye, he sees movement outside. EXT. POOL HOUSE - DAY Mrs. Pong is continuing to smoke the cigar when she hears a BANGING sound coming from the pool house. The cigar drops from her mouth, and she quickly steps on it. Not sure what to think, she gets up and slowly approaches the building. INT. POOL HOUSE - DAY She walks inside and stops when she see’s Mann standing in his full body shackles. MANN Call a locksmith! MRS. PONG Is this part of YouTube video? MANN Yes! And I’m about to finish it. INT. BACKSTAGE DRESSING ROOM - DAY Holly and Margo enter the dressing room. Kyle sits in a * chair with his back to the camera, with Gil applying makeup to his face. Gil turns the chair to face the girls, revealing Kyle’s new prosthetic face and wig - he looks a lot like Mann. GIL What do you think? HOLLY Wow. With the proper lighting, we might just pull it off. 103. KYLE Thirty minutes to show time. All four look a bit uneasy. INT. KYLE’S FATHER’S STUDY - DAY Mann is talking on the phone. Mrs. Pong looks on concerned. MANN Yes, this is Charles Mann. My PIN number is 3846749. I need to transfer some funds. INT. BLAKE HOUSE MASTER BEDROOM - EVENING Betty Blake, Pam’s mother, is fixing her hair at her vanity mirror. Pam comes in. PAM Can I borrow the car? BETTY Not tonight, sweetie, I have a P.T.A. meeting to run. PAM But mom, I have to get new shoes! BETTY I said not tonight. It’s a very important meeting. We have to talk some sense into that principal and get him to reverse the changes he’s made. PAM What? Why? It’s been way better at school. I’m actually starting to like it. BETTY Sweetie, don’t question mommy. Mommy knows better, and mommy controls your allowance. She pats her on the cheek, then heads out the door. Pam glares at her as she goes. After a moment, she picks up her cell phone. Starts texting. INSERT PAM’S CELL PHONE SCREEN On the screen, she types the words, “HAVE YOU HEARD WHAT OUR PARENTS ARE UP TO”? 104. INT. AUDITORIUM - EVENING The auditorium is near full with parents. The last few stragglers head through the doors. SUPERINTENDANT JONES (60) is seated in the front row, right next to Mr. Seman. Betty Blake stands on the stage, next to Gil’s mom, Barb. BETTY Barb, could you go turn on the stage lights, we’re starting... INT. ASPEN’S BEDROOM - EVENING Aspen is seated at her computer. An email alert pops up. “HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THE P.T.A. MEETING TONIGHT”? She reads the rest of the email, frowning. She then hits “FORWARD” and relays the email to her entire mailing list. INT. BACKSTAGE AREA - EVENING Barb approaches a control box. She opens the door, flipping a switch. The adjoining circuit box - the one Holly previously rewired - EXPLODES into sparks. BARB I say god damn!! IN THE AUDITORIUM The lights go out, plunging the room into darkness. The P.T.A. members MURMUR. After a moment, the emergency lights come on, lighting the room, but rather dimly so, long shadows cast across the stage and audience. BETTY Barb?! What did you do? Barb heads out from the wings. BARB I licked my finger and stuck it in the fucking circuit box, Betty! BETTY And now look what happened! BARB (under her breath) Stupid bitch. Betty forces herself to smile. She steps to the podium, addressing the crowd. 105. BETTY I know many of us, myself included, have expressed shock and, indeed dismay, at the many changes that have taken place at this school. Rules have been weakened. Security has been relaxed. And now the perennial favorite, our very own school carnival, has been cancelled. I want to know what’s going on around here? I want answers, and I know I’m not alone. The other parents CHEER her words. INT. SHOPPING MALL - NIGHT Five students are hanging in the mall, leaning on a railing on the second floor walkway. Their phones all RING at once. They pull out their cell phones, reading the text message. INSERT CELL PHONE SCREENS We sweep across the five screens, catching bits and pieces of the same text message: “P.T.A. MEETING TONIGHT; PARENTS TRYING TO UNDO SCHOOL CHANGES”. INT. AUDITORIUM - NIGHT Betty Blake continues speaking on the stage. BETTY Superintendent Jones has informed me that Mr. Mann will be joining us tonight to address our concerns. She nods to the superintendent in the first row, who nods back, with a smile. IN THE WINGS Kyle, all made up as Mr. Mann, stands offstage beside Holly, Gil, and Margo. In the dim emergency lighting, he is a decent facsimile of Mann. BETTY (CONT'D) I’m hoping we can convince Mr. Mann to reinstate the school carnival, and my prize winning coconut lemon crunch bars... ON STAGE Betty looks to the wings, seeing Kyle as Mann standing there. 106. BETTY (cont'd) And I see Mr. Mann has indeed joined us... (to Kyle) Perhaps you would like to address the group? Kyle nods, then slowly heads on stage. She presents her hand to him, but he stops a few feet from her. He whispers to her as she looks him up and down in the dim light. KYLE Don’t get too close. I’ve got a terrible case of rabies. She makes a sour face, turning and heading for a seat in the audience. Kyle/Mann heads to the podium, CLEARING his throat, speaking in Mann’s voice. KYLE (CONT’D) Thank you all for coming tonight. I understand some of you are unhappy, but I assure you, your children are in good hands here. The audience MURMURS angrily. EXT. PARKING LOT - NIGHT A car pulls into the lot. A Ford Escort. It’s Mr. Bills. INSIDE THE CAR Mr. Bills reaches into his glove compartment pulling out a revolver. He smiles, LAUGHING to himself a bit manically. INT. AUDITORIUM - NIGHT Kyle pats his brow with a hanky, then gathers the nerve to continue. KYLE Look, I know you people just want what’s best for your kids, but, frankly, I’ve learned a few things lately. Kyle continues, starting to get into character. KYLE (CONT’D) I’ve learned that school doesn’t have to be a prison to be safe. Students don’t have to be intimidated to be taught... He is really getting into it now. Almost slipping into evangelist mode. 107. KYLE (CONT’D) And they don’t have to be stripped of all individuality to be molded into productive citizens. A spattering of parents CLAP. Kyle swabs his face again. His prosthetic nose starts to come loose, but he doesn’t notice. IN THE WINGS Holly’s iPhone BEEPS. She pulls it out, reading an email. She looks ill. GIL What’s wrong? HOLLY It’s the email from the school supply company. GIL Has the refund been deposited into Mann’s account?! HOLLY There’s not going to be a refund. Somebody reinstated the order. GIL What?! Who? Holly clicks to a video screen on her phone. A shot of the pool house. It’s empty. She frantically flips through one camera angle after another. HOLLY He’s out. EXT. SCHOOL - NIGHT A cab pulls up. The real Mann gets out, dressed in a filthy shirt and slacks, his hair messy. He’s pissed. INT. AUDITORIUM - NIGHT Kyle continues speaking to the P.T.A. crowd. KYLE I promise you, your children are more engaged than ever in their schoolwork and their extracurriculars. Attendance is up. And referrals to detention are way down. 108. His false nose is starting to come loose even more. He pats himself again, this time noticing his nose. He tries to discretely press it back on, then continues. KYLE (CONT’D) Before I take your questions, I just want to say... He feels his nose coming loose even more. He reaches to keep it from falling off. KYLE (CONT’D) Uhh... I’ll be right back... He rushes offstage. No sooner has Kyle disappeared than the real Mann enters through a door at the rear of the auditorium. Mann CALLS out to the crowd. MANN Ladies and Gentlemen, I have an announcement to make! Everyone turns to see Mann, looking like a dirtier, more frazzled version of the man just on stage. The crowd is perplexed. Betty looks to Crystal, excitedly. BETTY Magic! CRYSTAL He’s better than that David Copperfield... Mann heads toward the stage. IN THE WING Kyle looks on in horror. He backs away from the stage. A VOICE behind him calls out. MAN (O.S.) Mann, you son of a bitch. Kyle turns to face Mr. Bills, who is aiming a gun at him. MR. BILLS You ruined my life with that bad evaluation. I lost my job. My wife. My online porn subscriptions - everything! KYLE You only got fired yesterday. 109. MR. BILLS I kissed your ass for ten years! KYLE Look, I’m not who you think I am... MR. BILLS Oh, I know who you are... Kyle’s chin comes loose, dangling by a strand. MR. BILLS (CONT’D) (horrified) You’re a leper! INT. AUDITORIUM - NIGHT Mann reaches the podium. The P.T.A. crowd looks up at him. MANN Ladies and gentlemen, for the past few weeks, four students, Kyle Roth, Margo Wood, Holly French, and Gil Freemont, have been holding me prisoner! Locked up like an animal! The crowd is silenced. Backstage, Holly and Gil look horrified. MANN (CONT’D) God only knows what damage they did in my absence! Superintendant Jones looks to Vice Principal Seman and Mrs. Henley. They both shrug their shoulders. MRS. HENLEY I’ve spoken to him pretty much every day the past two weeks. MANN That’s a lie! MR. SEMAN Me too... Confused, Jones turns back to a manic Mann. SUPERINTENDANT JONES Charles, what is this all about? Before he can answer, a rush of students pour in through the doorways, many holding makeshift signs which read “DON’T GO BACK” and “DON’T CHANGE THE SCHOOL”. They all CHANT “Don’t change the school!!” in unison as they rush the stage. 110. MANN What the hell is going on here?! ASPEN We came to ask you... please, please, don’t change the school back to the way it was! The students all CHEER. Mann tries to speak above the crowd. BACKSTAGE Mr. Bills approaches Kyle, gun in hand. He cocks the revolver. MR. BILLS You’re a dead man, Mann. But just as he is about to pull the trigger, Margo emerges from the shadows behind him, wrench in hand. She brings the wrench down on Mr. Bills, dropping him to the ground. Kyle SIGHS, shocked but relieved. MARGO That felt really good. BACK ON STAGE The students CHANT loudly. Mann BANGS on the podium. MANN I demand order! Everybody off this stage, now! The bespectacled woman - who we have seen lurking at the back of classes - emerges from the students, approaching Mann. BESPECTACLED WOMAN Mr. Mann... (louder) Mr. Mann! Mann looks to the woman with utter disdain. MANN Who the hell are you? BESPECTACLED WOMAN I’m Astrid Newman from Education Weekly. The crowd settles down to listen. 111. ASTRID NEWMAN For the past few weeks, I have been observing your school, and I am pleased to announce, based on my recommendation, your school is being awarded our coveted Medal of Excellence, given to only ten secondary schools nationwide. Mann looks confused. The crowd MURMURS, some APPLAUDING. The woman produces a large mock check. ASTRID NEWMAN (CONT’D) The award includes a cash grant of two hundred fifty thousand dollars, to be spent at your discretion. She hands the mock check to Mann, who smiles, looking at the large number on the check. MANN Oh really... ASTRID NEWMAN I am incredibly impressed with the innovative spirit at this school. I must admit that the stripping art teacher was a bit of a shock... MANN The stripping what!? ASTRID NEWMAN But congratulations on a job well done! Mann looks to the superintendent, who heads towards him, giving him the thumbs up. He bends towards Mann, whispering. SUPERINTENDENT JONES The board is gonna eat this up. Mann considers the situation, looking to the wings, seeing the four students staring at him. He turns to the crowd. MANN I want to say... thank you all for bearing with me these past few weeks, but I think this check is proof that my new ideas are... well, frankly, brilliant. The crowd CHEERS. The four students share a look offstage, unsure what will happen to them next. The superintendent puts his arm around Mann. 112. SUPERINTENDENT JONES Ladies and gentlemen, I want to take this opportunity to announce that, based on his success at this school, I am giving Mr. Mann the opportunity to prove himself at a whole new level. Mann smiles at the news. SUPERINTENDENT JONES (CONT’D) ...and effective immediately, he will be transferred to Hall High! Mann looks horrified. The four students CHEER offstage. MANN Hell High?! Jones takes the big check from him. Mr. Mann looks like he’s just lost a child. ON THE SIDE OF THE STAGE Our four students celebrate as they head out onto the crowded stage. Margo is so excited that she hugs Kyle. MARGO Uh... sorry... Pam and Aspen see Margo with Kyle, and they frown. PAM Eew, Margo, what are you doing with that freak? Margo lets go of him. Then looks to her “friends”. MARGO This freak is my friend, you emaciated, orange colored snatches. The two girls look shocked. They make a face and leave. KYLE Wow, you really are a bitch. MARGO (smiling) I know. Gil leads Holly through the crowd towards his mother. 113. GIL Mom, I have something I wanted to tell you, and this feels like a pretty good time, since I don’t think you’d kill me in public... BARB Huh? GIL I’m quitting football. I’d rather devote my time to doing make-up. BARB What?! GIL Well special effects make-up. He pats his mom on the shoulder, then heads off with Holly into the crowd. It’s almost a party. Everyone is jubilant. Everyone except Mann. INT. HYUNDAI - DAY Mann pulls into the lot of the scariest ghetto school you have ever seen. He stops the car. MANN Fuck. EXT. HALL HIGH SCHOOL - DAY Mann gets out to face four scary looking STUDENTS. The biggest of the four, who’s like 6’6” and weighs over 350, glowers down on Mann and says simply... SCARY STUDENT This is my spot. He’s quickly getting back into his car when... BOB (O.S.) Back from Thailand so soon? Mann turns to face Bob the loan shark, who clenches his fist around a brass knuckle. Mann WHIMPERS as we pull up and away, leaving him in his own personal hell. FADE OUT. THE END
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