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									                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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