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A groom learns of his bride’s infidelities, just as a woman on the other side of town walks in on her cheating boyfriend. …

A groom learns of his bride’s infidelities, just as a woman on the other side of town walks in on her cheating boyfriend.

They will spend the next 24 hours together, trying to figure out the rest of their lives.

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  • 1. 24 hours to love written by Barry CantyWGA REGISTERED(310) 867-1041Cantybp10@yahoo.com
  • 2. FADE IN:EXT. CHURCH - MORNINGA wedding is scheduled for later this afternoon on the westside of Los Angeles.INT. CHURCH - CONTINUOUSGuests have yet to arrive, the calm before the storm.INT. GROOMS QUARTERS - CONTINUOUSMICHAEL PRESTON, 32, black, tall and confident in his tuxedo,stands calmly before his best man and groomsmen.They are: CLARK THOMAS, smart, leader, best man, PHIL BUTLER,short, neurotic, WILSON KIM, calm, mysterious, and DERRICKJOHNSON, unpredictable, funny. MICHAEL It is now 11:00. That gives you exactly one hour until you boys lose the best wingman you ever had.They all laugh. Michael pours four glasses of champagne. MICHAEL (CONT’D) You can do whatever you want for the next 45 minutes. But during the rehearsal dinner, I overheard the bridesmaids talking about smoking out before the ceremony.The guys like the sound of that. They toast. PHIL How are you so cool right now? You’re not even a little nervous? MICHAEL I’m cool because look at who I’ll be spending the rest of my life with.Michael picks up a framed engagement photo of he and hisbeautiful bride-to-be, AMANDA LESTER, white, 28. DERRICK Bad ass bitch. And the bridesmaids are dimes too. (CONTINUED)
  • 3. 2.CONTINUED: WILSON Yeah, but I still can’t believe you’re marrying a girl whose dad used to be the head of LAPD.Michael escorts them to the door as they laugh at Wilson’sfamiliar comment. MICHAEL Oh really, Wilson? We’ve never heard you express that opinion before. (beat) Go smoke. I’ll be here, just chilling. But, uh, be sure to text me when you’re on your way back. Okay? CUT TO:EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMEPassengers get off a BUS. Among them is LUCY BLOOM, 28, redhair and hipster style that clashes with her classicallybeautiful features. BUS DRIVER Bye, Sandra Bullock! LUCY See you later. (in Spanish to a PASSENGER) She calls me that because the only other white woman she’s ever seen on the bus in L.A., was Sandra Bullock in that movie “Speed”.Lucy climbs the steps to PLANNED PARENTHOOD.INT. CHURCH - MOMENTS LATERClark exits the Grooms Quarters behind the others. Hefollows them for a a few steps, then stops. CLARK Hey, I forgot my...Clark palms his mobile. CLARK (CONT’D) ...phone. Go ahead, I’ll find you.
  • 4. 3.INT. GROOMS QUARTERS - CONTINUOUSClark re-enters, and finds Michael doubled over andhyperventilating. Clark was expecting this.Michael has thrown off his jacket and desperately tries toloosen his bowtie as he stumbles around the room. MICHAEL What are you doing back so soon? Can’t you see I’m chilling?Clark remains calm. CLARK Sorry for interrupting. What’s up, Michael? MICHAEL I love Amanda so much, man. I just don’t wanna let her down.Michael can’t stand still. CLARK Let her down how? (beat) Wait a minute. You went and played strip Monopoly with those Brazilian gymnasts last night, didn’t you? MICHAEL No!Michael catches his breath. MICHAEL (CONT’D) What if I end up being a shitty husband? Or a terrible father? There are so many men out there who suck at this entire thing. What if I’m one of ‘em?Clark chuckles at his friend and guides him to a chair. CLARK In the long history of grooms with cold feet, you might be the first one whose only concern is if he’ll do a good job. (beat) You’re gonna be great. How many men who aren’t married and haven’t knocked up some chick, read books on parenting? (CONTINUED)
  • 5. 4.CONTINUED: MICHAEL You thought that was weird? CLARK What guy takes his fiance to pre-marriage counseling the day after he proposes? MICHAEL Okay, maybe that was unusual.Michael’s breathing slowly returns to normal. CLARK Why don’t you go outside and get some of that good ole smoggy L.A. air? It might calm you down.Michael nods to this advice. He’s able to make it to hisfeet and Clark steadies him as they walk toward the door. CLARK (CONT’D) There’s a garden behind the building. Go get yourself together.Michael hangs on to the doorknob for balance. CLARK (CONT’D) Where’s your jacket?Michael motions to the large potted plant across the room.His jacket is in the dirt. CLARK (CONT’D) I’ll get it cleaned up.Clark removes his jacket and helps Michael put it on. CLARK (CONT’D) It’s cool out. Amanda and her father will kill you if you get sick before the honeymoon. MICHAEL (exiting) Yeah, we don’t need to give him an excuse.INT. PLANNED PARENTHOOD EXAMINATION ROOM - MOMENTS LATERLucy sits on the examination table, surprised by the news. LUCY Wow. (CONTINUED)
  • 6. 5.CONTINUED:The doctor waits for the rest of Lucy’s reaction. LUCY (CONT’D) This is fantastic!Lucy leaps to her feet and kisses the doctor. She quicklygets dressed. LUCY (CONT’D) My old gynecologist said it wasn’t possible. I can’t wait to tell my boyfriend.EXT. PLANNED PARENTHOOD - CONTINUOUSLucy races down the front steps, her phone to her ear. Shegets her boyfriend’s voicemail. LUCY Hey, it’s me! I went to pick up my birth control, and I have some incredible news. (beat) But I don’t wanna leave it on your voicemail. I’m coming back home instead of going to my parents. See you soon!Lucy hangs up and sees a YOUNG WOMAN, Latino, and herBOYFRIEND heading toward the entrance. LUCY (CONT’D) Good luck, guys! (beat) Taxi!EXT. CHURCH - MOMENTS LATERMichael has regained his swagger and laughs at himself as heapproaches the GARDEN AREA. He hears what sounds like peoplemaking out. MICHAEL Did somebody get their hands on a bridesmaid?Michael snickers as he moves closer. He crouches behind thebushes, but can’t see through them. Michael raises up justenough to peak over the shrubbery and sees...AMANDA kissing DUNCAN HENSON, white, 33.Michael stands up straight and is too shocked to speak for amoment. (CONTINUED)
  • 7. 6.CONTINUED: MICHAEL (CONT’D) (stunned) Hey, Amanda. What’s up, Duncan? I’m glad you could make the wedding.Michael slowly turns around and walks off.INT. LUCY’S APARTMENT - SAME TIMELucy bursts through the doors. LUCY Did you get my message?!Lucy heads to the kitchen, but her boyfriend isn’t there. LUCY (CONT’D) Tyler?Lucy looks down the hallway and sees the bedroom door isclosed. LUCY (CONT’D) You’re still asleep?Lucy runs to the door and throws it open. LUCY (CONT’D) Guess who’s pregnant?!A look of horror comes over Lucy’s face.TYLER HARRIS, white, early 30’s, muscular, listens to hisiPod with earbuds, preventing him from hearing hisgirlfriend.He’s also in the middle of having sex with a YOUNG WOMAN,blonde, dressed in a cheerleader uniform.Lucy tries to scream, but nothing comes out.EXT. CHURCH - MOMENTS LATERMichael staggers past the front of the building. Amandarounds the corner a few seconds after. AMANDA Michael! It’s not how it looked!Amanda’s father, DON LESTER, 55, lean, virile andintimidating, greets the first guests out front. Don frownswhen he spots his son-in-law to be, and quickly realizesAmanda is chasing him. (CONTINUED)
  • 8. 7.CONTINUED: DON Everything all right, honey?Michael sees Don and takes off running. Father and daughtergive chase. DON (CONT’D) If you don’t stop right now, instead of my daughter, you’re gonna be spending the night with your new cellmate! Don’t forget who I am!Michael turns the corner to a major street and spots a BUS.He knifes across six lanes of traffic and is able to boardjust as the bus departs. AMANDA DONMichael! Michael!EXT. LUCY’S APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATERLucy flees her building with a shirtless Tyler rapidlygaining on her. TYLER If you ever came to the gym with me, you might actually have a chance of getting away.Lucy turns and HURLS HER PHONE at Tyler’s head. He ducks,but raises his hand and catches the mobile. Tyler fails tomake it to the next block before the light changes, and Lucydisappears down the escalator to a SUBWAY STATION.Tyler gives up and heads back home.INT. CHURCH (GROOMS QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERClark and the groomsmen are frantic. WILSON I’m calling some of my people right now to take care of Amanda’s ex. What’s Duncan’s last name? I also need to know where his parents live.Clark snatches Wilson’s phone and ends the call. CLARK You’re not doing anything to Duncan or his family, don’t overreact. (CONTINUED)
  • 9. 8.CONTINUED: DERRICK That’s my homie we talking about, it ain’t possible to overreact! CLARK I said I thought I saw him when Amanda was running after Michael, but I’m not 100%. PHIL Come on, we all know Michael never trusted Amanda when it came to that asshole. It makes perfect sense. WILSON Has he called you?Clark holds up Michael’s phone. CLARK He left it in his jacket.INT. CHURCH (BRIDES QUARTERS) - SAME TIMEAmanda pours on the crocodile tears as her bridesmaidscommiserate.Don paces angrily on the other side of the room, phone toear. DON (into phone) Thanks.Don hangs up. DON (CONT’D) I knew you shouldn’t have been marrying this guy. Good riddance! AMANDA But daddy, we have to find him. DON Oh, we’re gonna find him. Nobody embarrasses my daughter and me like this. Michael will be lucky if he isn’t shot on site when he gets off that bus.Don kneels before Amanda. (CONTINUED)
  • 10. 9.CONTINUED: DON (CONT’D) Do you have any idea why he would run off? Does he have a history of homosexuality, you know, considering what he does for a living?Amanda takes care not to give herself away. AMANDA Maybe. DON Well, we’ll find out for sure.INT. LUCY’S BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATERTyler re-enters. The Cheerleader is still here. CHEERLEADER Coach Harris?Tyler tries to figure out his next move. CHEERLEADER (CONT’D) Coach Harris? TYLER What? CHEERLEADER Can you give me a ride home? TYLER You just turned 17, don’t you drive? CHEERLEADER I had my mom drop me off, because you said you didn’t wanna risk anyone from school seeing my car.Tyler sees an empty bottle of anti-depressants prescribed toLucy and it sparks an idea. TYLER Fuck yeah.Tyler gets a pack of Tic Tacs from his gym bag and pours theminto the pill bottle. He takes a deep breath and calls MR.and MRS. BLOOM. MR. BLOOM (O.S.) Tyler, how’s it going buddy? I was just reading about last night’s game. (CONTINUED)
  • 11. 10.CONTINUED:Tyler grits his teeth at the memory. MR. BLOOM (O.S.) (CONT’D) Tough loss, but... TYLER Yeah...Mr. Bloom, I’m actually calling about Lucy. I think she may be having one of her episodes.Cheerleader hears this and stomps out. MR. BLOOM (O.S.) Oh my God. Let me put her mother on.EXT. DOWNTOWN ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERPassengers disembark a crowded city bus at a busyintersection. Michael, now in tears, is among them.At the subway station a few feet away, Lucy, also crying,arrives at street level.Without noticing each other, Michael and Lucy blend in withthe heavy foot traffic and cross the street in the samedirection.EXT. DOWNTOWN PARK - LATERAn open-air public space. Almost everyone here is homeless,on drugs or both.In a far corner near the street, Lucy sits on a low wall andweeps. She looks around after a few moments to make sure noone has noticed her, and something catches her eye.Michael is also here, his face buried in his hands as hecries. Without looking up, Michael hands his handkerchief tosomeone. MICHAEL Are you okay?Lucy stands over Michael. LUCY Huh? MICHAEL I saw you crying. (CONTINUED)
  • 12. 11.CONTINUED: LUCY I came over here because I saw you crying. MICHAEL Thank you. That’s very sweet. LUCY You’re welcome. I’m Lucy.With one hand still over his face, Michael offers ahandshake. MICHAEL Hi. I’m Michael.They whimper to themselves for a bit. LUCY MICHAELSo what’s wrong? So what’s wrong?Michael lifts his head and he and Lucy make eye contact.They exchange weak smiles.INT. CHURCH (GROOMS QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERClark stands at the head of a table with the groomsmen seatedbefore him. PHIL I can’t believe Amanda’s dad closed off the parking lots. DERRICK An hour ago he was about to start the rest of his life, now he’s running from the goddamn police. (beat) They just don’t want the black man to start families in this country. Ya’ll know we got the lowest marriage rate, don’t ya? You think it’s by accident? CLARK (to Wilson) Tell all of your...people to watch out for Michael and help him if they can. WILSON It’s already been done. I also have them waiting outside Duncan’s apartment. Just in case. (CONTINUED)
  • 13. 12.CONTINUED: CLARK Okay, but leave his parents out of this. WILSON He got lucky. They live in Florida. But if we don’t have Michael back soon, it’s gonna be a bloody day in Fort Lauderdale.Clark doesn’t want to know more. CLARK Phil, I know it’s a Saturday, but I need you to have one of your paralegals start pulling whatever they can find on Don Lester. PHIL What are you looking for? CLARK I don’t know yet. DERRICK What you want me to do? CLARK Reconnaissance.INT. CHURCH (BRIDES QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERDon stands at the front of the room. Amanda and herbridesmaids are seated around the table. DON Our groom has been on the run for approximately 50 minutes. He was last seen heading east toward downtown on a Rapid Transit bus. I have alerted my contacts at the police department to be on the lookout for a suspicious-looking black male -- there’s a redundancy -- dressed in a cheap tuxedo. (beat) My men will do a hard target search of any strip club, whore house, crack house, flop house, dive bar or gay bar...Don looks at Amanda. DON(CONT’D) ...within a five mile radius of downtown Los Angeles. I want everyone to stay calm, and keep this to ourselves. (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  • 14. 13.CONTINUED: DON(CONT’D) I expect this all to be over shortly, and we’re gonna pretend like today never happened.INT. LUCY’S APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATERTyler sits between MR. and MRS. BLOOM, upper middle class,late 50’s, and pretends to fight back tears. He has informedthe Blooms about their daughter’s pregnancy. TYLER I just hope she doesn’t do anything to harm our little boy. MR. BLOOM I’m having a grandson?Mr. Bloom shakes Tyler’s hand and pats him on the back. TYLER Well I don’t know for sure, but that’s what I’m hoping for. MR. BLOOM Why’s she going to Planned Parenthood? All those people wanna do is convince girls to have abortions and vote Democrat. TYLER I’m afraid that she might be planning something even more drastic. MRS. BLOOM Like what? TYLER There was just a look in her eyes that worried me.Tyler pretends to be overcome with emotion. MRS. BLOOM What, Tyler? TYLER Lucy told me what happened four years ago.The Blooms don’t like any mention of this. MRS. BLOOM She’s been fine ever since we convinced her to start taking the anti-depressants. (CONTINUED)
  • 15. 14.CONTINUED:Tyler holds up the pill bottle full of Tic Tacs and shakesit. TYLER This prescription was filled on June 1st. Today is June 28th.Mr. and Mrs. Bloom trade looks of panic.EXT. DOWNTOWN PARK - MOMENTS LATERLucy and Michael have finished exchanging stories about thismorning. They have no idea what to say next. MICHAEL Well, our days can only get better. LUCY When I was a little girl, every Saturday morning, my mom and I would hop on the bus and ride around L.A. When we saw a place that looked interesting, we would get off and just start exploring the area. (beat) She’s from New York, and she used to say that people in Los Angeles were “self segregators with underdeveloped social skills”, who are afraid of strangers.Michael nods in agreement. LUCY (CONT’D) She thought meeting new people presented all sorts of possibilities.Michael smiles at that. LUCY (CONT’D) But what does she know? She’s married to her 10th grade boyfriend.They laugh, then share a brief silence. Michael stands andholds out his hand to shake. MICHAEL Well, Lucy, wish me luck. And I’ll do the same for you.Lucy takes Michael’s hand, then squeezes her eyes closed fora few seconds. Michael isn’t sure what’s going on. (CONTINUED)
  • 16. 15.CONTINUED: LUCY I just wished you luck. MICHAEL Thank you. Goodbye. LUCY See ya.They walk off in opposite directions.INT. LUCY’S APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATERMr. and Mrs. Bloom prepare to depart. TYLER We’re doing the right thing.Tyler hugs them goodbye. TYLER (CONT’D) I’ll call if I hear from her. (beat) Oh, and in Lucy’s fragile emotional state, we have to remember that she may be suffering from delusions. So if she does contact you, be aware that she could make outlandish or inaccurate claims regarding you...or even me.Mrs. Bloom thinks this is an odd thing for Tyler to say. MR. BLOOM Thank you, son.Tyler has managed to conjure up some tears. TYLER I’m just doing the same thing any other father would.Tyler shoos them out, as if he wishes to cry alone. As soonas the door is closed, his game face returns.EXT. SANTEE ALLEY - LATERThe crowded open-air bazaar in the heart of downtown.Storefronts and kiosks sell discount and knock off goods,pirated media, street food and even animals.Lucy is here amongst the throng of people. She wandersthrough, ignoring aggressive sales pitches from shop owners,and not bothering to hide her crying. (CONTINUED)
  • 17. 16.CONTINUED:At a bus stop across the street, Michael boards. As he’sabout to pay, he spots Lucy and sees she’s doing even worsethan earlier. Michael tries to decide if he should just mindhis business. He turns to the PERSON behind him. MICHAEL What time is the next bus? PERSON Twelve minutes.INTERCUT MICHAEL AND LUCY --Lucy’s balling gets louder and frightened shoppers steerclear of her.Michael crosses the street at an intersection and fightsthrough the crowd, trying to catch up with Lucy.Lucy can’t stay upright any longer. She plops down on thecurb, her feet in the gutter, and wails.Michael has lost track of Lucy. He cuts down the middle ofthe busy street to see if he can spot her.Lucy continues crying with her head between her legs.Michael stands on the opposite sidewalk and pans the area.He eventually locates his new friend.Lucy can’t wipe away the tears fast enough to keep her facedry. She lifts her head and recognizes someone walking downthe sidewalk.Michael hurries toward Lucy, carrying something behind hisback. He waves when he sees her looking his way.Lucy dries her face as she stands. She isn’t sure what’shappening.Michael and Lucy head toward each other. When they arewithin a few feet of meeting, Michael holds up a small cagewith a BABY RABBIT inside. Lucy is touched by the gesture.Suddenly, two MEN step out of an alleyway and snatch Michael.Lucy is confused and slowly backs away as Michael is draggedoff.EXT. VACANT ALLEY - CONTINUOUSMichael is thrown up against the wall by DETECTIVES JASONBENSON and MARK GORDON, both white, early 40’s. (CONTINUED)
  • 18. 17.CONTINUED: MICHAEL Please, let me apologize. I know animal rights activists have been out here protesting the illegal sale of animals, but a young lady I just met needed something to cheer her up so...Detective Benson snatches the cage and chucks it into adumpster. DETECTIVE BENSON Only a special breed of cocksucker can leave his fiance at the alter, and barely an hour later be out buying bunny rabbits for some whore.Michael is confused for a moment, then gets it. MICHAEL Ah, sh...EXT. SANTEE ALLEY - SAME TIMEA frightened Lucy runs away. She hails a cab, and one pullsover immediately. But as she’s about to get in the taxi,Lucy changes her mind. Against her better judgement, shedecides to go make sure Michael is okay.EXT. VACANT ALLEY - SAME TIMEMichael stands before the two Detectives. DETECTIVE BENSON You know how on TV the police always do the good cop/bad cop routine? MICHAEL Yeah, so who’s who? DETECTIVE BENSON Well, Detective Gordon and I think the good cop is always the pussy, so we both like to play the bad one.They hit Michael with BODY PUNCHES that send him to hisknees. The Detectives do their special hand shake tocelebrate. Michael eventually catches his breath. MICHAEL Why are you two running errands for Don Lester? They fired him, he’s not your boss anymore. Don’t you have anything better to do? (CONTINUED)
  • 19. 18.CONTINUED:Gordon and Benson can’t believe their ears. DETECTIVE GORDON What the fuck did you say about our mentor?The Detectives move toward Michael to resume the beatdown.AT THE END OF THE ALLEY --Lucy hurries past and spots Michael being assaulted. Sheducks behind the building and tries to figure out what to do.A FEW MINUTES LATER --Michael has crumpled to the ground as the Detectives take abreak from kicking his ass. MICHAEL I really wanna thank you fellas for not hitting me in the face. I truly appreciate it. DETECTIVE BENSON It’s one of the unwritten rules of good police brutality. Stupid civilians like yourself have more sympathy for a guy with a little puffiness under his eye, than you do for someone with a cracked sternum. HAGGARD FEMALE VOICE (O.S.) Hey...hey...can you give me some money? I need money...The detectives turn around to see who’s behind them.Lucy is here, pretending to be some sort of drug addict. Shehas dirt on her face and holds one of her sneakers in herhand. DETECTIVE GORDON What the fuck do you want? LUCY I need money. DETECTIVE GORDON Money for what? LUCY Uh... (CONTINUED)
  • 20. 19.CONTINUED: (2)Michael sees he’s going to have to help. MICHAEL Crystal meth. She’s a tweaker. LUCY Yeah, I’m a Twitter. MICHAEL Tweaker. LUCY Tweaker.Lucy has no idea what a tweaker is and does an awfulimpersonation. LUCY (CONT’D) Tweak, tweak, tweak... DETECTIVE BENSON You’re pretty hot for a tweaker. What’re you willing to do for cash? LUCY Uh...I’ll suck both your dicks for $10?The Detectives are surprised by the bargain price. DETECTIVE GORDON Well, we are in a recession.Michael looks at Lucy, “What the hell have you just done?”Lucy panicked, she isn’t sure. He makes it back to his feet. MICHAEL Wait, guys, this woman is...Michael is tossed into the corner and the Detectives pushLucy to her knees. LUCY Is it too late to up it to twenty? DETECTIVE GORDON We already agreed to ten. Don’t have us arrest you for false pricing.The Detectives unzip their pants in unison and each takes oneof Lucy’s wrists. They simultaneously place one of her handson each crotch. (CONTINUED)
  • 21. 20.CONTINUED: (3) LUCY You guys do this often? DETECTIVE BENSON Not often enough.Lucy takes a peak at Michael and sees he can’t even raise hishead. She reluctantly looks toward the manhood danglingbefore her, and doesn’t like what she sees. LUCY I see neither one of you is Jewish. You know, it’s never too late to get snipped. It’s an outpatient procedure, local anesthetic. DETECTIVE BENSON Pull hard on that foreskin, honey, you can’t hurt me. It’s like leather. DETECTIVE GORDON And don’t mind the cheesy stuff that smells like Limburger. I didn’t have a chance to shower after the gym.Lucy gags. DETECTIVE BENSON Be careful with your ring, too. It’s always hard explaining bruises on my cock to the wife.Lucy can’t believe what she just heard. LUCY You’re married? DETECTIVE BENSON Yeah. Am I being judged by a $10 meth...Lucy JERKS BOTH ZIPPERS UP as she stands. The Detectivesscream and drop to their knees. LUCY And I bet you thought only a Mohel could perform a bris!Lucy helps Michael to his feet as the cops writhe in pain. MICHAEL Circumcision humor? Are you serious? (CONTINUED)
  • 22. 21.CONTINUED: (4) LUCY Be sure to put peroxide and Neosporin on it, and try not to get aroused for a few days. Mozel tov!EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - CONTINUOUSMichael and Lucy sprint from the alley. LUCY Wisconsin, Tennessee, Florida! MICHAEL Huh? LUCY What. The. Eff! I stopped cursing last year. What was going on back there? MICHAEL My father-in-law is the former Chief of Police. (beat) You shouldn’t have gotten involved. What if they had attacked you?Lucy turns serious. LUCY What if I’ve broken the limbs of men bigger than those two, and know how to defend myself?Michael stares at Lucy. Lucy only smiles. Michael keepsstaring, Lucy keeps smiling. MICHAEL Have you... LUCY Anyway, rabbits are my favorite animal. I begged my parents to buy me one when I was a little girl. MICHAEL That’s too bad, they’re easy to take care of. LUCY Oh, they finally got me one, but my dad had an allergic reaction to its fur. It almost killed him. (CONTINUED)
  • 23. 22.CONTINUED:Michael checks behind them, no sign of the detectives. MICHAEL We need to stop running. LUCY Why? They’re gonna come after us. MICHAEL After what you did to those boys, they’re not gonna be in a hurry to see you again, trust me.They slow to a fast walk. MICHAEL (CONT’D) The quickest way for a black person to draw suspicion is by running in public. Why do you think you never see joggers in Inglewood or Compton?Lucy slathers her hands and lower arms with hand sanitizer. LUCY Is wearing a tuxedo also a good way to not look suspicious? (beat) Just kidding. You like nice. MICHAEL Thanks. LUCY So wasn’t Don Lester allegedly corrupt? MICHAEL Ha, “allegedly”. LUCY And he thinks you left his daughter at the alter? You’re fucked, dude. MICHAEL Thank you for being so optimistic.Lucy is distracted by something behind Michael. LUCY Do you really think we’ll be okay for awhile? MICHAEL Yeah. (CONTINUED)
  • 24. 23.CONTINUED: (2) LUCY Be right back.Lucy disappears inside a tiny mom and pop CLOTHING STORE withvarious dresses in the display window.Michael waits alone on the sidewalk. Passersby try to figureout why a guy dressed so well is standing on a street in thispart of town. A few more minutes pass. LUCY (CONT’D) Ta-da!Lucy emerges from the store in a WHITE GOWN. MICHAEL What in the hell? LUCY I felt so underdressed, with you in a tux and all. This Quinceanera outfit was on sale.Michael takes Lucy by the arm to resume walking. MICHAEL Are you one of those wacky red heads?Lucy nods and smiles. All Michael can do is laugh. LUCY We need to find a pay phone and call our friends. I have a few quarters. MICHAEL Okay. (beat) So tell me about Tyler.A slight change in Lucy’s mood. LUCY See any phones yet? MICHAEL Yeah, I’ve seen, like, ten. I just didn’t wanna say anything. (beat) Where’d you meet him? LUCY The same place any respectable woman meets her boyfriends in L.A. At a bar. (CONTINUED)
  • 25. 24.CONTINUED: (3)Maybe omit the bold exchange. (beat) Actually, it wasn’t at a bar, it was at my apartment. MICHAEL You lived in Highland Park? I like that neighborhood. I tried to convince Amanda that we should look for a place there, but the only time she likes to be around Latinos is if they’re cooking food or doing yard work. LUCY I never lived in Highland Park. What’re you talking about? (beat) Anyway, it was my birthday, well, a week after my birthday. MICHAEL A belated birthday party. LUCY No. What’s the deal with all the strange questions, dude?Michael pulls Lucy behind a dumpster. LUCY (CONT’D) What? MICHAEL I thought I saw an unmarked car.Michael watches as a few vehicles pass. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Was today the first time he cheated on you? LUCY Yes. (beat) No. It’s just the first time I walked in on him. Which I have to say is a lot more unpleasant than finding another woman’s hair on my toothbrush or having a used condom come back up in the toilet. Don’t they teach you guys not to flush those things? (CONTINUED)
  • 26. 25.CONTINUED: (4)Michael checks to make sure the coast is clear. MICHAEL We’re okay. LUCY No you’re not okay. That water drains to the ocean. MICHAEL I’m talking about the cops. LUCY Oh. (beat) Am I obligated to ask about you and Amanda now? MICHAEL No. LUCY Good. (pointing) Pay phone!EXT. PAY PHONE - MOMENTS LATERLucy holds the receiver and Michael stands just outside thebooth. Lucy drops a coin in, but when she’s about to dial,her mind goes blank. MICHAEL You okay? LUCY Yeah, just wanna make sure I’m remembering my parent’s number correctly. They changed it about twelve years ago.Lucy finally jogs her memory. LUCY (CONT’D) Don’t make fun of me, it’s just been awhile since I used one of these. Do I need to dial 9 first?Michael shakes his head no and Lucy turns back around. LUCY (CONT’D) I see you laughing. (CONTINUED)
  • 27. 26.CONTINUED:Michael can’t hold his laughter as Lucy dials. Someone picksup the call on the other end: MALE VOICE (O.S.) Manny’s Towing.Lucy hangs up quickly, but loses the quarter. LUCY Who remembers phone numbers anymore?Lucy slaps the last quarter into Michael’s hand. MICHAEL I have an amazing memory. I could probably recall all the numbers of my closest friends if I had to.Michael dials with confidence. After a few seconds, thescreeching sound of a FAX MACHINE blares in his ear. Michaelcan’t hang up fast enough, and the coin is lost. LUCY “I could probably recall all the numbers of my closest friends...”Lucy laughs at Michael as he pulls her away.INT. CHURCH (BRIDES QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERDon holds a garbage bag and each bridesmaid drops her phonein. DON Posting on Facebook and Twitter about what happened is only gonna make damage control more difficult. I thought I made myself clear when I asked you to keep this between ourselves.Don collects the final phone. DON (CONT’D) Are they all off?The bridesmaids nod yes and Don hands the bag to Amanda. DON (CONT’D) Now...A PHONE RINGS. (CONTINUED)
  • 28. 27.CONTINUED: DON (CONT’D) Goddamn it!Amanda searches the bag, but cannot find the culprit. AMANDA It’s not here. DON All right, up against the wall. All of you.The bridesmaid can’t believe what they’re being asked to do. DON (CONT’D) Now!The women do as their told while the ringing continues. DON (CONT’D) Feet and hands shoulder width apart.Don starts to aggressively frisk the bridesmaids. BRIDESMAID#2, mid 30’s, objects. DON (CONT’D) Don’t flatter yourself. You’re 20 pounds heavier and ten years older than my last girlfriend.Don still can’t find the ringing phone.OUTSIDE THE WINDOW --Derrick is still hiding here. He desperately searches hispockets for his RINGING CELL PHONE.INTERCUT DON AND DERRICK --Don moves on to the next bridesmaid.Derrick finally locates his mobile and silences it. Hebraces for Don to appear in the window.Don ends the frisking when the ringing stops. DON (CONT’D) Whoever’s hiding that phone better hope I don’t hear it again.Don allows the bridesmaids to return to their seats.Derrick relaxes after avoiding disaster.
  • 29. 28.EXT. DOWNTOWN STREET - MOMENTS LATERLucy and Michael walk.POV A VAN ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE STREET --Two MEN spot Lucy and Michael. MAN #1 There she is. MAN #2 A prom dress and feces on her face?INTERCUT LUCY & MICHAEL WITH VAN -- MICHAEL Don’t you think you should clean that dirt off your face now? LUCY This is actually chocolate that melted in my purse.Lucy runs her finger across her cheek then sticks it in hermouth.The two men in the van groan when they see this. MAN #1 This is worse than I expected. MAN #2 Who’s the brotha in the penguin suit? MAN #1 Probably some pimp who’s preying on her. Those guys can always spot the mentally ill ones.BACK TO LUCY AND MICHAEL -- LUCY What sort of stuff was Don Lester involved in? MICHAEL Rumor was that he ran a protection racket. When all the development in downtown started, he kept the gangs and organized crime from interfering. Everyone needed him; real estate developers, shop owners, land lords. (CONTINUED)
  • 30. 29.CONTINUED: LUCY Let’s turn up there and wait for a bus or cab. Hey, do you think, as a black man in formal wear, that you could successfully hail a taxi?EXT. ALLEY - CONTINUOUSMichael and Lucy lean against the wall. MICHAEL I hope so. LUCY Is there anyone whose place you can go to? MICHAEL My four closest friends are my groomsmen, and everyone else was on their way to the wedding. What about you? LUCY I was never very good at making girlfriends. And I refuse to be one of those chicks who says she prefers to hang out with guys.Lucy checks around the corner. LUCY (CONT’D) Don’t they know that most of their so- called “guy friends” are only around for the possibility of drunken accidental hookups? You don’t see those great guys hanging out with gay dudes, do you? MICHAEL The guy I found Amanda with was someone she dated for seven years. She said they were over each other, and just “close friends” now. LUCY I’m sorry. (beat) We should go to my parents’ place in Northridge. You can use their computer and get in touch with your boys.A WHITE VAN with NORTHRIDGE PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL emblazonedacross the front enters the other end of the alley and drivesin their direction. (CONTINUED)
  • 31. 30.CONTINUED: MICHAEL I know Northridge. What part?The van speeds up and they step aside to make room. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Yo, slow down!The van skids to a stop in front of them and the door fliesopen. Two MEN snatch Lucy and pull her inside. LUCY Michael!Michael grabs Lucy’s hand and is dragged along. MICHAEL What the hell is happening?! LUCY My parents’ address is 2374 Geyser Avenue. Tell them I think my boyfriend had me committed!Michael looses his grip and the van speeds away. MICHAEL Lucy!DISSOLVEINT. CHURCH (BRIDES QUARTERS) - LATERDon storms back in. Amanda and the others anxiously await anupdate. DON Get them outta here.Amanda clears the room. DON (CONT’D) Detectives Benson and Gordon said he has some girl who’s strung out on crystal meth helping him.Amanda starts to cry.OUTSIDE THE WINDOW --Derrick hurries off after getting this news.
  • 32. 31.INT. CHURCH (GROOMS QUARTERS) - CONTINUOUSClark, Phil and Wilson aren’t sure what they should be doing.Derrick bursts in. CLARK What’s up, Derrick? DERRICK That muthfucka’s got people out there hunting for Mike like a runaway slave! We gotta go. PHIL Where was he last seen? DERRICK I don’t know, but Amanda’s daddy said he has some crackhead helping him. WILSON (to Clark) What do you wanna do? CLARK I want to go look for him, but Don has us trapped here. Did everyone text their friends? PHIL You know this city is way too spread out for someone to just happen to see him. WILSON Michael will get to a phone and call us. He once told me he has all of our phone numbers memorized.The guys are relieved by Wilson’s misplaced optimism. CUT TO:EXT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - MOMENTS LATER2374 Geyser Avenue is a modest ranch-style home in a quietneighborhood. The Northridge Psychiatric Hospital van isparked in the driveway.INT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - CONTINUOUSLucy is strapped to a gurney in her childhood bedroom.Classic video game posters line the walls and Star Warscurtains are still on the windows. (CONTINUED)
  • 33. 32.CONTINUED:Lucy has been cleaned up and given a powerful sedative, butstill wears her new gown. Mr. and Mrs. Bloom stand overtheir daughter and the two MEN who picked her up are herewith a DOCTOR. MRS. BLOOM Will you let me change you out of that dress into something more comfortable? LUCY (slurring) No. I have to keep this on for my new husband. He’ll be here soon.Lucy’s parents have no idea what she’s talking about. DOCTOR The sedative we gave her can sometimes cause hallucinations. LUCY Mommy, are you sure the drugs won’t harm the baby? MR. BLOOM So now you’re concerned about the health of my grandson?! LUCY Grandson? What’s he talking about?Lucy motions her mother to come closer. LUCY (CONT’D) (whispering loudly) Is he drinking again?Lucy’s father stomps out. LUCY (CONT’D) I need to use the potty. MRS. BLOOM (to Hospital Employee) Is it okay?One of the men helps Lucy into a wheelchair. MRS. BLOOM (CONT’D) Thank you so much for letting us spend time with her before she goes to the hospital. (CONTINUED)
  • 34. 33.CONTINUED: (2) DOCTOR How much longer until her boyfriend arrives? MRS. BLOOM He should be here in 15 minutes.OUTSIDE THE WINDOW --Michael is here. He watches Lucy being rolled out and knowshe must act fast.15 MINUTES LATER --Lucy sits next to the gurney in the wheelchair. Tyler entersbehind Mr. Bloom. TYLER There you are! I’ve been so worried, why did you run... LUCY Asshole!Lucy lungs at Tyler, but doesn’t have the use of her legs. TYLER Lucy, I thought you stopped cursing. LUCY I caught him fucking another cheerleader from his school! That’s why he’s telling you I’m crazy!Tyler stands calmly next to Mr. and Mrs. Bloom as Lucy isrestrained. TYLER Oh, another cheerleader? So not only did I commit statutory rape by having sex with a hot, blonde 17-year-old the morning I found out I’m going to be a father, I’ve done it before as well? (to Lucy’s parents) This is exactly what I predicted. Delusions. I just wanted to see her before she was taken away. I’ve seen enough.The DOORBELL RINGS. (CONTINUED)
  • 35. 34.CONTINUED: (3) MR. BLOOM (exiting) Who the hell could that be? TYLER So, yeah, let’s, uh, get her outta here.They put Lucy’s oversized purse in her lap and prepare toroll her out. Lucy looks up and smiles.Michael sashays in behind Mr. Bloom. LUCY It’s my new hubbie! And no, Mom, he’s not Jewish.Michael puts his finger to his lips and Lucy mock zips hers.He pretends to be some sort of high-strung and effeminatemessenger. MICHAEL My name is Tyrone Montague, but my stage name is Fly Ty. I am here to deliver a Singing-Prego-Gram to Lucy. Arranged by her loving baby daddy to be.Michael rests his hand on Tyler’s shoulder. Tylerimmediately jerks away. TYLER What the hell are you talking about, man? I didn’t order a singing-prego what? I don’t even know what that is. MICHAEL Are you Tyler... TYLER Harris. MICHAEL Tyler Harris? TYLER Yes. MICHAEL Is she Lucy... TYLER Bloom. (CONTINUED)
  • 36. 35.CONTINUED: (4) MICHAEL Lucy Bloom? TYLER Yes. MICHAEL Then it looks like I’m in the right goddamn place! Now I ain’t come all the way out here to be denied my opportunity to perform. (beat) Ever since I took the bus here from Tupelo, Mississippi to pursue my dream of being a singer/cinematographer/fashion designer, people been trying to keep me from doing what I love.Michael gets angry now. Mrs. Bloom has seen his face before,but can’t remember where. MRS. BLOOM You look familiar.Michael turns away from Lucy’s mother. MICHAEL Now is any of ya’ll crazy enough to try to keep this little black boy from lifting his voice to sang? (to Tyler) Are you? Soft ass. You don’t look like none of the baby daddies where I come from. TYLER (under his breath) Thank God for that.Michael gets in Tyler’s face. MICHAEL What you say? Speak up.Tyler doesn’t want to repeat it. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Everybody shut the fuck up and let me do my thang!No one was talking. Michael stalls, trying to think of hisnext move. (CONTINUED)
  • 37. 36.CONTINUED: (5) MICHAEL (CONT’D) Now, I don’t mean no offense by this, but I got a thing against red heads. First man to break my heart was a carrot top. So I’ma need fire crotch behind me when I sing to her.Lucy looks between her legs. Everyone else is confused. MICHAEL (CONT’D) What ya’ll looking at? Roll the bitch out the door while I warm up my voice!Michael pretends to go through voice exercises while theothers do as they’re told. Once Lucy is on the other side ofthe doorway, Michael makes sure everyone is in front of himand backs up. He begins singing, quite poorly. MICHAEL (CONT’D) ‘Lu-cy, I hope you’re not too drugged up to know what’s going on.’ LUCY You have such a pretty voice. MICHAEL ‘If you want me to get you out of here, give me a sign.’Everyone is now suspicious. MICHAEL (CONT’D) ‘I said, give me a sign.’Tyler starts to move toward Michael. Michael finally breakscharacter. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Are you gonna give me a sign or what?Michael looks over his shoulder and sees Lucy reaching out tohug him. She pulls him into her lap, and as they rollbackward, Michael pulls the door close.Michael quickly gets to his feet and NAILS TYLER WITH A RIGHTCROSS, as he attempts to exit the bedroom.EXT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - CONTINUOUSMichael and Lucy fly out the front door. Michael pushesLucy’s wheelchair as fast as he can to the sidewalk and awayfrom the house. (CONTINUED)
  • 38. 37.CONTINUED: MICHAEL Why were they trying to put you in a mental hospital?Lucy is having trouble focusing as they turn onto anotherstreet. LUCY I attempted suicide four years ago. (beat) Tyler knows that if I report him for having sex with another cheerleader, it would be the end of his coaching career.Lucy puts her hand on Michael’s and smiles at him. MICHAEL What? LUCY I’m so happy you came to my rescue. I didn’t even think you liked me. MICHAEL I don’t know if I do. But I owed you.Lucy points at Michael’s face and laughs. LUCY You’re lying. You think I’m quirky, yet sexy. (beat) Can I ask you a personal question? MICHAEL No. LUCY When did you know you were in love with Amanda? MICHAEL You want me to answer that right now? LUCY Because I’m not sure if I’ve ever been in love.Michael stops. MICHAEL You’re not in love with Tyler? (CONTINUED)
  • 39. 38.CONTINUED: (2) LUCY I thought I was until this morning. Now I realize that I was only with him because he was the next guy. MICHAEL What? LUCY You know the ole story: Always in a relationship, blah, blah, blah, serial monogamist, blah, blah, blah. (beat) But the problem is, as you get older, the stakes get higher. And before you know it, you’re living with someone or having a kid with someone, just because he was the next guy. MICHAEL I’m sorry, Lucy.A beat. Lucy leans in to whisper something. LUCY Don’t forget about the bad guys. MICHAEL Right.Michael resumes running. LUCY What we’re you doing back there? Fly Ty? MICHAEL I didn’t have much time, and the irate, gay black man always frightens you people. LUCY Did you just refer to us as ‘you people’? MICHAEL (smiling) Yep. I’ve always wanted to say that to a white person. (hopeful) Are you offended?Lucy gives it some thought. (CONTINUED)
  • 40. 39.CONTINUED: (3) LUCY Yes I am. MICHAEL Good. LUCY See anybody coming? MICHAEL No, and I don’t think they will be for awhile.INT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - SAME TIMETyler is still groggy from Michael’s punch, and slowly makeshis way down the hallway. When he finally reaches the frontdoor, he finds Mr. and Mrs. Bloom standing with the others.The vehicle hoods on the hospital van and Tyler’s car are up.Mr. and Mrs. Blooms’ cars are blocked in the driveway. MR. BLOOM He ripped out the battery cords.BACK WITH MICHAEL AND LUCY --Michael continues running while pushing the wheelchair. LUCY We need to pick somewhere to meet in case we get separated again. MICHAEL Okay. LUCY The food cart near the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, by the tall light posts. They have the best corn dogs in L.A. MICHAEL I love corn bread and I love hot dogs, but putting them together is like that Tom Cruise/Cameron Diaz movie, the combination just doesn’t work for me.They hit a bump in the sidewalk and Michael trips and falls.A RING BOX tumbles out of his pocket and lands open in afresh pile of dog poop. (CONTINUED)
  • 41. 40.CONTINUED: LUCY The people in this neighborhood never curb their dogs!Lucy gasps when she realizes she’s looking at the WEDDINGRING. Michael struggles to keep his emotions in check. LUCY (CONT’D) It’s beautiful, Michael. MICHAEL It’s my original design. I teach jewelry making at Santa Monica College. LUCY You’re good.Michael struggles to remain composed. MICHAEL I think we’re both gonna have to save our emotional meltdowns for when we have more time. LUCY But when they come, man, they’re gonna be doozies.Michael plucks the ring from the box and rises to one knee. MICHAEL I don’t wanna risk having this fall out of my pocket, seeing as how I’m gonna be returning it, so I need you to hang on to it for me.Lucy holds out her left palm. Michael turns Lucy’s hand overand slides it onto her ring finger. It fits.Lucy is unable to speak for a moment as Michael stands. Shecan’t take her eyes off the ring. LUCY (stammering) Yes. I do. I mean, I will...hold this diamond ring for you as long as you need me to. Just let me know whenever you want this diamond ring back, and I will do my best to accommodate your request for this diamond ring.Michael resumes pushing the wheelchair.
  • 42. 41.INT. CHURCH (BRIDES QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERDetectives Benson and Gordon sit before Don and Amanda. Thecops shift uncomfortably in their chairs. DON What the hell do you need Neosporin for?! (to Gordon) And why do you need peroxide?! DETECTIVE BENSON Uh...we got some pretty nasty scrapes chasing Michael and the girl. DON Does Michael have any ex-girlfriends who are drug addicts? AMANDA No. DON Does he use dope?Amanda is hesitant to answer and Don picks up on it. DON (CONT’D) What does he use? Heroine, methamphetamine? AMANDA No. Marijuana. He has a medical card. DETECTIVE GORDON That medicinal stuff is awesome. I love the Master Diesel Kush. DON Shut up. (to Amanda) This is good to know.Detective Benson gets a phone call and answers. DETECTIVE BENSON Hey. (beat) I’m with the Chief right now.Don snatches the phone. (CONTINUED)
  • 43. 42.CONTINUED: DON Sorry you had to call Detective Benson’s number, but we can’t have any record of us communicating. You already know the situation, and Amanda just helped me come up with a plan. Hold on. (to Amanda) Has Michael completely moved out of his apartment yet? AMANDA Not until the end of the month. DON Do you still have a key?Amanda nods. DON (CONT’D) Go get it. (to the Detectives) You know what to do. And find out who the tweaker is.The Detectives stand, but are not quite ready to go. DETECTIVE BENSON Uh...was anyone able to find the first aid kit?Don shoves each man toward the door. DON Get the hell outta here! You can kiss each other’s boo boos on your drive to the east side.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERA bus pulls to a stop and the wheelchair platform is lowered.Michael rolls Lucy out onto the sidewalk. She holds her lefthand in a position where everyone can see the ring. LUCY (waving w/left hand) Goodbye, Mr. Bus Driver. (pointing w/left hand) Maybe we should go that way, Michael. (w/left hand to chin) Hmm...or maybe the opposite direction. (left palm to forehead) My, it is a warm afternoon. (CONTINUED)
  • 44. 43.CONTINUED: MICHAEL Well, at least people are still getting to see the ring today. LUCY Michael, how does your mama feel about you marrying a white girl? I once heard a black man say that black moms don’t want their sons bringing any girl home that can’t use their comb. Does Amanda have kinky hair? MICHAEL How long does it take for the drugs to wear off? LUCY Or does your mom have a weave? MICHAEL No, my mother did not have a weave. But the last time I saw her she did have her hair blown out into a gigantic afro. LUCY She still wears a fro? MICHAEL No. (beat) She and my father died in a car accident on there way to a birthday party with a blaxpoitation theme.Lucy starts to cry. MICHAEL (CONT’D) It’s okay, it happened a long time ago. It was back when I was seven.Michael realizes this will make Lucy’s crying worse. Itdoes. LUCY I never know the right thing to say after someone tells me something like that. I’m sorry. The drugs aren’t helping either. MICHAEL What you just said is fine, and honest. It’s better than the usual awkward silence, followed by the attempts to change the subject. (CONTINUED)
  • 45. 44.CONTINUED: (2) LUCY Is it weird if I keep asking you questions about it? And remember, the drugs are talking. MICHAEL I guess. LUCY Were you adopted by a white family after your parents died? Because you speak so much better than I do. MICHAEL Okay, maybe it isn’t okay for you to keep asking me questions. (beat) But no, I was not adopted by Phillip Drummond. I was raised by my grandmother on the west side.Lucy makes a ‘W’ with her fingers. LUCY Westside! MICHAEL No, the white people west side. LUCY Oh. I thought maybe white parents would explain the fiance too, since you’re not a professional athlete. I’m just so curious about interracial couples. MICHAEL I know, right. And I hate when people try to be PC about it, that when you, you know, attempt to get background on their relationship, they pretend like what they’re doing is so normal. LUCY And why am I acting like it’s unusual for a white woman from Colorado to be married to a brown man from Sri Lanka? MICHAEL My first instinct when I see them is to stare. But then I hurt my neck trying so hard to look away really quick. (CONTINUED)
  • 46. 45.CONTINUED: (3) LUCY Screw that, dude, I gawk. And if it’s a mother and child? Yes, I do wanna play with your cute little half-breed offspring. MICHAEL While I run through a mental list of what mix the kid might be. LUCY I’m so glad I’m not the only one. MICHAEL So have you only been with white guys? LUCY (strange Irish accent) Oh, heavens no. I’ve banged the whole lot of ya.INT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - MOMENTS LATERTyler re-enters with Mr. and Mrs. Bloom. TYLER Fuck! I knew I shouldn’t have had you wait for me. This is all my fault. We need to file a Missing Persons report. MRS. BLOOM Someone has to be gone for more than 24 hours first. MR. BLOOM Who was that guy? What the hell is a Prego-Gram?Tyler’s phone rings and he immediately answers. TYLER This is Coach Harris.Tyler is surprised by who’s calling. TYLER (CONT’D) Chief Lester, it’s an honor. I want you to know, I was one of your biggest supporters, and I don’t agree with how you were screwed over by the City Council. (CONTINUED)
  • 47. 46.CONTINUED:Don says something that shuts Tyler up. He steps away fromMr. and Mrs. Bloom. TYLER(CONT’D) I do know...a person by that name. (long beat) I see. I see. I can be there in 20 minutes. Thank you for the call, sir.Tyler hangs up and the Blooms wait for an explanation. TYLER (CONT’D) It’s, uh, about one of my players. He had a run-in with Don Lester.Mrs. Bloom can’t hide her contempt. MRS. BLOOM I don’t understand how a Chief of Police can be fired over suspicion of being corrupt, and a year later be running a multi-million dollar consulting business that contracts with the same police...A thought crosses Mrs. Bloom’s mind as Tyler moves toward thedoor. MR. BLOOM You okay? MRS. BLOOM Yeah, I just remembered that I saw an article on the LA Times website about Don Lester’s daughter getting married today. (beat) To a black gentleman that I recognize from somewhere. Maybe he’s a professional basketball player? Can you believe a racist like him would stand for that? TYLER I’m not sure that he is. I need to go take of care this. MR. BLOOM What should we do about Lucy? TYLER I think she’ll turn up. Soon. I’ll be in touch. (CONTINUED)
  • 48. 47.CONTINUED: (2)Tyler exits. Mrs. Bloom is surprised by his sudden change infocus.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERMichael is in a dead sprint as he pushes Lucy. MICHAEL Are you sure it’s the same detectives? You really only saw them from the scrotum to the belly button. LUCY For the second time, yes!Michael turns over his shoulder to take a peak. LUCY (CONT’D) Faster, Michael!A CAR carrying two MEN gains on them. MICHAEL Hold on, we’re turning!They round the corner of a building to another street and thewheelchair skids. MICHAEL (CONT’D) This reminds me of how my friends and I used to race shopping carts around Vons. LUCY Well I am not a box of Cap n’ Crunch, so be careful.Lucy realizes she dropped something. LUCY (CONT’D) Michael, my purse.They skid to a stop. Michael leaves the wheelchair and looksback around the corner. He spots Lucy’s purse on the groundand also sees the MEN who were “chasing” them aren’t thedetectives at all. Michael watches them drive off, picks upthe purse and sits against the wall. Lucy cannot see him. MICHAEL Man, I can’t believe you were able to recognize those cops through the tinted front windshield of a moving car, from what, fifty yards away. (CONTINUED)
  • 49. 48.CONTINUED: LUCY I have excellent vision and I’m great with faces. MICHAEL Oh my God, Lucy. Here they come! LUCY Hurry!Michael struggles not to laugh. MICHAEL I’ve got a cramp in my leg, and I can’t move. You’re gonna have to wheel yourself! LUCY No, Michael, I won’t leave you! MICHAEL Go! They’re only a few feet...Michael pretends to scuffle with attackers.Lucy rolls the chair for twenty feet, then stops.Something’s fishy.Michael continues the charade. Lucy cautiously peaks herhead around the corner, and Michael finally ends hisperformance. MICHAEL (CONT’D) I’m hungry. Let’s get something to eat. LUCY Butthole. (beat) Where can we go? MICHAEL Why don’t you use your excellent vision to look for a place? LUCY Before we get food, though, I need to have a bowel movement. But it’s gonna be strange doing it without my iPod. I always listen to “I’m Coming Out” by Dianna Ross. (CONTINUED)
  • 50. 49.CONTINUED: (2) MICHAEL That image is so appetizing, I don’t think I need to eat now. LUCY I missed my a.m. session, and I don’t wanna go too close to my p.m. one. MICHAEL You poop two times a day? LUCY Sometimes three.INT. PUBLIC RESTROOM - MOMENTS LATERThe door swings open and Michael holds Lucy in his arms asthey enter the closet-sized space. MICHAEL This is not the threshold I expected to carry a woman across today. LUCY Thank you, Michael.Lucy puts down seat covers and Michael gently places her onthe toilet. MICHAEL Have fun.EXT. PUBLIC RESTROOM - CONTINUOUSMichael closes the door behind him and takes a seat in thewheelchair. LUCY (O.S.) Finished! MICHAEL (incredulous) What? LUCY (O.S.) I do this 2.5 times a day. I’m like a machine. MICHAEL Well all right, “machine”, here comes the chair. (CONTINUED)
  • 51. 50.CONTINUED:Michael cracks the door just wide enough to push thewheelchair in. He takes several steps back and hears thechair hit the toilet. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Sorry.Lucy struggles inside while Michael checks to make sure noone is following them. MICHAEL (CONT’D) What’re you doing? Hurry up. LUCY (O.S.) I can’t raise myself to get in it.Michael doesn’t like where this is going. LUCY (O.S.) (CONT’D) Did you hear me? MICHAEL The part about you not being able to get into the wheelchair? LUCY (O.S.) Yes. MICHAEL Nope, I didn’t hear that. LUCY (O.S.) I need your help.Michael debates for a moment. MICHAEL How does it smell in there? LUCY (O.S.) Like the fragrance counter at Macy’s.Michael doesn’t consider this a joking matter. LUCY (O.S.) (CONT’D) Come help me, please?Michael considers this request for a moment. After a fewmoments, he holds his breath and reluctantly goes into therestroom. We remain outside. (CONTINUED)
  • 52. 51.CONTINUED: (2) MICHAEL (O.S.) You know my ancestors used to have to do this sort of thing, back in the day. I’m not excited about repeating it. LUCY (O.S.) Black people used to wipe the butts of white people? MICHAEL (O.S.) I didn’t say anything about...oh, hell no. LUCY (O.S.) But everything is numb back there, and it’s not like I can see it. I have hand sanitizer in my purse. MICHAEL (O.S.) So then why don’t you put that on your ass, and call it a day?A short silence inside. PEOPLE walk past and wonder what’sgoing on. MICHAEL (O.S.) (CONT’D) Just for this, you’re buying lunch.We hear Michael unrolling a large wad of toilet paper. LUCY (O.S.) How can you think about food when you’re about to put your hand up my booty? MICHAEL (O.S.) Shut up and lean over the chair. (beat) Now is it front to back or back to front? LUCY (O.S.) Front to...ouch, not so rough!INT. CHURCH (GROOMS QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERWilson smokes by an open window. Phil, Clark and Derrickhuddle at the table. WILSON What do you think about kidnapping Amanda?Derrick jumps up. (CONTINUED)
  • 53. 52.CONTINUED: DERRICK Hell yeah! That’s the best idea we’ve had so far. CLARK Are you crazy? Amanda isn’t some woman illegally in the country, working as a prostitute to pay off her debt to human smugglers.Derrick is confused by Clark’s comparison. He wonders whyWilson isn’t as well. CLARK (CONT’D) Think about what would happen if we did that. WILSON Don wouldn’t kill us, and you know going to jail again doesn’t scare me. CLARK Well it scares me. (to Phil and Derrick) And it better scare you too. DERRICK Shit, I been locked up before. CLARK You spent one night in the Beverly Hills jail after getting a DUI.Derrick doesn’t have a good response. CLARK (CONT’D) Yeah, Michael let me hear the voicemail of you crying for him to come get you. Sit down. (beat) We have everyone we know looking. PHIL But most of our friends were on their way here. CLARK Well they have nothing else to do now.Wilson looks out the window sees someone approaching thebuilding. (CONTINUED)
  • 54. 53.CONTINUED: (2) WILSON Who’s this?Outside, Tyler walks up and is greeted by Don and Amanda. PHIL That’s weird. It’s Tyler Harris. He’s the football coach at Schwarzenegger High School. DERRICK Why would you know something like that? Hold up, there’s a school named after Arnold Schwarzenegger? PHIL There was an article about him in the Sports section. His team lost a game for the first time in three years last night. CLARK Is he a friend of Amanda’s? PHIL Not that I know of.Tyler vigorously shakes Don’s hand. DERRICK His ass sure is happy to be meeting Don. PHIL Wait a minute. The article said he played football at Cal State Bakersfield. Just like that asshole, Duncan.Don, Amanda and Tyler speed off in a Crown Victoria. CLARK (to Wilson) Call your boys. We gotta get outta here.Wilson smiles and stands. WILSON My driver’s been a block away for the past 30 minutes. DERRICK That’s what I’m talkin’ bout!They all quickly get to their feet. Wilson holds up hisphone and they prepare to leave. (CONTINUED)
  • 55. 54.CONTINUED: (3) WILSON He’s gonna create a diversion as soon as I send this text. Ready?They all nod, and when Wilson hits send, FIRE ALARMS andPOLICE SIRENS blare outside. The guys are impressed. Wilsoncalmly finishes his cigarette and puts the butt out on awedding invitation. WILSON (CONT’D) Let’s hurry.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERMichael rolls Lucy away from a taco truck. Lucy holds alarge bag of food in her lap and shifts in her chair, chafedfrom the rough wiping. Michael eats. LUCY Had you and Amanda talked about kids? MICHAEL Nothing specific. When I told her what name I’d like if we ever had a girl, she got quiet and we never discussed it again. LUCY What’s the name? MICHAEL Dolores. It was my mother’s middle name. LUCY That’s pretty. I’ve always wanted a son, preferably gay.Michael isn’t sure he wants to know why, but he can’t resist. MICHAEL Why, Lucy? LUCY So I can make him play sports and teach him how to fight and throw knives, all sorts of other macho boy crap too. Combined with his naturally feminine ways, he’ll grow up to be the best of both worlds, the perfect man. (CONTINUED)
  • 56. 55.CONTINUED: MICHAEL Well now that you’re potentially carrying your future UFC fighter/hair stylist, do you have any names in mind?Lucy takes a deep breath, she doesn’t want to ruin the lightmood. She’s unable to speak for fear of crying. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Ah, it’s a silly exercise. I think you should wait a few days after the kid is born, so that way you can get an idea of their personality. LUCY I know you just met me, but based on what you’ve seen, do you think I’ll be a good mom? MICHAEL I don’t have anything to go by. I would have to have known a woman who currently has adult offspring, before she gave birth. And I don’t. LUCY So you’re not sure that I’ll be a good mother. That’s comforting. MICHAEL Lucy, that’s not what I said. LUCY So give me an answer then. I know my parents don’t think I’ll be good at it, and who gives an eff what Tyler thinks. (beat) But I need to know if I can pull it off. If no one thinks I can do it, then I’ll go ahead and schedule another appointment at Planned Parenthood right now. MICHAEL Planned Parenthood? So that’s the one phone number you have memorized? LUCY I’m serious, Michael. MICHAEL Okay. (beat) Do you ever watch football? (CONTINUED)
  • 57. 56.CONTINUED: (2) LUCY Nope. MICHAEL One of the most successful NFL quarterbacks over the past ten years is a guy by the name of Kurt Warner. LUCY Is he the guy who sent the penis photos? MICHAEL No. When Kurt Warner graduated from college, no one drafted him and he got cut from the only team that invited him to tryout. (beat) After that, he worked in a grocery store for $5.50 an hour. Once he got tired of washing lettuce, he started playing semi- pro football and then moved on to be the starting quarterback for the Admirals. LUCY What city are they in? MICHAEL Amsterdam. When he finally got a chance to come back home and play in front of fans who weren’t smoking hash, Warner became the third string quarterback for the Rams. LUCY When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a cheerleader for the L.A. Rams. They were good. MICHAEL Well they weren’t when Kurt Warner got there. However, after a freak injury to the starting quarterback, he got his opportunity to play. (beat) Kurt Warner was MVP of the league that year, went on to be one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time, and now I’m standing on a street corner, in a tuxedo, using his career as an analogy for why I think Lucy Bloom will eventually become a good mother. (CONTINUED)
  • 58. 57.CONTINUED: (3)Lucy hands Michael his drink and smiles at himappreciatively. LUCY Hmm. Maybe I need to start watching football.They approach an ELECTRONICS STORE with a large flat screenTV in the window. The local news is on. MICHAEL You getting any feeling back in your legs?Lucy takes her time wiping her mouth. LUCY Oh, yeah. I got the feeling back not long after I used the toilet.They come to an abrupt stop. MICHAEL Then why am I still pushing this wheelchair? LUCY I thought you were just being chivalrous to a damsel in distress. MICHAEL So saving you from being sent to a mental hospital and wiping your pale ass wasn’t chivalrous enough? Get up! LUCY Well if you’re gonna put it that way...Lucy hops to her feet. They both look toward the TV in thewindow, and something catches their attention.ON THE SCREEN:Don and Amanda stand outside an apartment before reportersand TV cameras. DON Good afternoon. I’m Don Lester, former Chief of the Los Angeles Police Department. (beat) At approximately 1 p.m. (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  • 59. 58.CONTINUED: (4) DON (CONTD) today, I called the Eagle Rock police station to report an anonymous tip I received regarding a large drug stash in apartment 112 at 1505 Munson Avenue. MICHAEL That’s my apartment! DON When police arrived, they discovered 25 pounds of marijuana, 10 pounds of methamphetamine and 5 pounds of crack cocaine. LUCY Damn, Michael. You were planning a kick ass wedding reception.The camera pans a table next to Don where the illegal itemssit. DON The unit is under lease to a man by the name of Michael Preston. Mr. Preston was scheduled to marry my daughter, Amanda, today.On cue, Amanda looks heartbroken. DON (CONT’D) Unable to carry on his double life, Michael, a registered drug user, fled moments before the ceremony was set to begin and was joined by Van Nuys resident, Lucy Bloom.Lucy gasps. DON (CONT’D) Standing with me is Coach Tyler Harris of Arnold Schwarzenegger High School in Granada Hills.Tyler joins Don and Amanda. Lucy and Michael look at eachother, too bewildered to speak. DON (CONT’D) Tyler is the boyfriend of Ms. Bloom and the father of their unborn child. We have strong evidence to support our belief that Ms. Bloom is addicted to methamphetamine and that Mr. Preston is her drug dealer. (CONTINUED)
  • 60. 59.CONTINUED: (5)Security camera stills of Lucy and Michael with DetectivesBenson and Gordon earlier today appear on screen. DON (CONT’D) These two fugitives have been on the run since approximately 12 noon. Any assistance in helping us apprehend them would be greatly appreciated by my family, Mr. Harris and the LAPD.Back to Lucy and Michael, but they’re gone. A block away allwe see is their backs as they high tail it out of there.EXT. MICHAEL’S APARTMENT - SAME TIMEThe reporters depart and Don stands with Amanda and Tyler.Detectives Gordon and Benson approach. DON Tell the boys in Evidence I appreciate the favor.A look of concern briefly flashes across Amanda’s face. DON (CONT’D) You okay, sweety?Amanda nods and kisses her father on the cheek. AMANDA Thank you, daddy. DON Before your mother died, I promised her I would do everything I could to keep you happy.INT. SUV - MOMENTS LATERClark, Phil and Derrick pile into the back. Wilson gets upfront next to the DRIVER, Korean, late 50’s. PHIL Where should we look first?Wilson turns on the radio. A breaking news report in Korean. WILSON I think...Wilson is concerned by what he hears on the radio. (CONTINUED)
  • 61. 60.CONTINUED: WILSON (CONT’D) Hold on. It’s about Michael.Wilson turns up the volume. DERRICK Why they talking about Mike on Chinese radio? CLARK It’s Korean. DERRICK (to Wilson) I thought you were Chinese. Yoboseyo, my kigga. Get it? Korean plus ni... EVERYONE Shh.The report comes to an end as the Driver is about to turn theignition. Wilson stops him. WILSON We’ve got a problem.INT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - MOMENTS LATERMr. and Mrs. Bloom sit dumbstruck before their television. MR. BLOOM I can’t believe I had that drug dealing, basketball-playing pimp right here in my home and couldn’t stop him. I bet he’s planning on selling Lucy as a sex slave. Red heads are considered exotic in some parts of the world.Mrs. Bloom can’t believe what her husband has just said. MRS. BLOOM Please tell me you don’t actually believe that con man’s version of anything. (beat) I was already starting to become suspicious of Tyler’s story, now that he’s appearing on TV with Don Lester, it’s confirmed.Mrs. Bloom stands and checks her watch. It’s 6:00. (CONTINUED)
  • 62. 61.CONTINUED: MRS. BLOOM (CONT’D) I’m going to find my daughter...our daughter. If you believe she’s become some kind of drug addict, then stay here. (beat) But if you’re the intelligent man I think you are, you’ll be in the car and ready to go in 20 minutes.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERLucy and Michael sprint hand-in-hand down the sidewalk.Michael begins to cry and eventually has to stop. MICHAEL I know I said we had to save our emotional meltdowns for later, but...Michael drops to both knees. MICHAEL (CONT’D) As if making out with another guy less than an hour before our wedding wasn’t bad enough.Lucy comforts Michael for a moment, then her expression turnshard. LUCY Michael, it’s time for us to go on the offensive. MICHAEL How? LUCY We both have information on Don and Tyler that can hurt them more than anything they make up about us. But after that news conference, it’s just a matter of time before we get caught. (beat) When we do, it might a good idea to be prepared.Michael dries his tears and considers the idea. MICHAEL Okay. What’s your plan?Lucy stares blankly at Michael. (CONTINUED)
  • 63. 62.CONTINUED: LUCY I wasn’t expecting you to agree. MICHAEL Lucy...Michael leans back against a wall. A long silence as Lucythinks.FIVE MINUTES LATER -- LUCY All right. I’ve got it.START MONTAGEMichael and Lucy approach two BICYCLES and helmets chainedtogether on a rack. Lucy hands Michael Post It Notes and apen from her purse. Lucy picks the lock on the bicycles witha hair pin, while Michael writes something. LUCY (CONT’D) We’ll start with Tyler, since my place is closer. He’s not the brightest Crayon in the box, so I bet he’s done some e- mailing with the girls from his school.Before they pedal off, Michael leaves a note with informationabout where the bikes can be picked up. Lucy and Michaelride away down a steep hill.EXT. LUCY’S APARTMENTMichael and Lucy attempt to remove the screen from a window.After failing, Lucy realizes she has the keys in her purse. LUCY (V.O.) When I moved in with him, I made a list of possible passwords for his account.INT. LUCY’S BEDROOMLucy breaks into Tyler’s e-mail on the second try. MICHAEL (V.O.) Why did you do that, Lucy?Michael creates a “DON” folder and a “TYLER” folder. Lucydiscovers correspondence between Tyler and several girls fromhis school. (CONTINUED)
  • 64. 63.CONTINUED: LUCY (V.O.) Something told me I might need it one day.Michael tries to turn on a lamp on the opposite side of theroom. He checks to make sure it’s plugged in and discovers acord leading to a video camera concealed behind the TV.Lucy comes over to take a look, she had a no idea it washere. Michael sees a tape is inside, and when they play afew minutes of Tyler with the most recent cheerleader, theyknow they’ve found something good.They throw the camera into a backpack, grab Lucy’s computer,then exit.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREETMichael and Lucy put their bicycles on the front of a busbefore boarding. LUCY (V.O.) After my place, we’ll head back downtown to see what dirt we can find on Don. I have a friend who covers the police department for the LA Times. Having you with me will make things easier.EXT. LA TIMES BUILDINGLucy and Michael sit on their bikes out front. MICHAEL (V.O.) How?Lucy removes Michael’s jacket and opens the top buttons onhis shirt. LUCY (V.O.) Afterward, we’ll find business owners who paid protection money to Don.ROBERTO GABON, gay, 48, exits and gives Lucy a big hug. Lucyshow’s Roberto Michael’s chest and biceps while extractinginformation from him. LUCY (V.O.) (CONT’D) Maybe they’ll be willing to talk now, since he isn’t the Chief anymore.Roberto hands Lucy a stack of files and continues chatting upMichael.
  • 65. 64.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREETSMichael and Lucy go to bars, shops, apartment buildings andconstruction sites and speak to the person in charge. Theytrade off secretly recording the interactions. MICHAEL (V.O.) How are we gonna cover so much territory and just get people to tell us what we need to know? It doesn’t seem possible. LUCY (V.O.) Don’t let what you think is realistic get in the way of your imagination, Michael.The people they encounter are happy to vent theirfrustrations about Don. Some even offer documents to back uptheir assertions. MICHAEL (V.O.) Can we really get all that done? LUCY (V.O.) Probably not. But we don’t have anything else better to do. MICHAEL (V.O.) If one of us gets caught, we still have to keep working. Deal? LUCY (V.O.) Deal.END MONTAGEEXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - LATERLucy and Michael approach on the bicycles. LUCY How many women did you sleep with before you and Amanda were monogamous?Michael almost crashes his bike. MICHAEL How is that your business? LUCY C’mon, it doesn’t matter now. Also, is there an industry standard?Michael debates answering. (CONTINUED)
  • 66. 65.CONTINUED: MICHAEL Three and no. LUCY Three? (beat) Puritan. For couples who went on to get married, what do you think is the average number of sexual partners they had between their first date and committing to one another?Michael and Lucy get off their bicycles and chain them to arack. Michael writes out a Thank You note. MICHAEL No idea. LUCY This could be a great bit for a stand up comic. If I were in front of an audience right now, on the count of three, I would make all the married couples turn to each other and, at the same time so that maybe they won’t have to hear, say the number of people.Michael and Lucy look straight ahead and do a three countwith their fingers. A beat. LUCY (CONT’D) Anyway...what’s your position on monogamy? MICHAEL Pro.They walk toward a PARK. LUCY Me too. But the feminist in me has difficulty reconciling the notion of allowing a man to have first dibs on my reproductive rights, with the need to remain an independent woman. MICHAEL (pointing to Lucy’s belly) Are you sure this is Tyler’s? (CONTINUED)
  • 67. 66.CONTINUED: (2) LUCY Did you know that two percent of men are not the biological fathers of the children they think are theirs? MICHAEL Again, are you positive Tyler is the baby daddy? LUCY Of course you know that women who never marry have longer life expectancies than ones who do. So, basically, all those girls out there hoping for some boy to come along and ask for their hand, are just begging to die sooner.They enter the park and head toward a picnic table.EXT. PARK - LATERMichel and Lucy have set up a work station and pour over theinformation they’ve gathered. The video camera is attachedto Lucy’s computer. MICHAEL This was a good idea. LUCY I love a mission. It’s what I miss the most since I retired. MICHAEL Retired? From what? LUCY I was in the Marines for six years. I went to college on an ROTC scholarship. MICHAEL So when you made that comment about breaking men’s limbs, you weren’t joking, huh?Lucy only smiles. MICHAEL (CONT’D) You’ll have to tell me about it when this is over.Lucy stops working. (CONTINUED)
  • 68. 67.CONTINUED: LUCY You wanna see me after this? MICHAEL Of course. (beat) Now that everyone in L.A. thinks I sell meth to pregnant women and left a girl high and dry at the alter, you might be the only one who’ll be my friend. LUCY Oh. You wanna see me as a friend.Lucy returns to her work. Michael smiles to himself. MICHAEL Are you almost ready? LUCY Yeah. How’s my hair?Lucy applies fresh makeup. MICHAEL You’re fine.Lucy gives Michael a once over. She takes his handkerchief,spits on it, then wipes the shine from his forehead and nose. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Thank you. I think.Lucy joins Michael in front of the webcam. LUCY Are you sure this is good lighting for me? You and I have slightly different skin tones. MICHAEL Let me pull out my light meter and check. LUCY You just better hope this works. I’ll take this off so we don’t confuse people.Lucy tries to remove the wedding ring, but cannot. LUCY (CONT’D) My finger’s swollen. (CONTINUED)
  • 69. 68.CONTINUED: (2) MICHAEL Don’t worry about it. If you can resist the urge to wave your hand around, no one will even see it. LUCY I can’t make any guarantees. MICHAEL All right, here we go.Michael hits record on the webcam.INT. CHURCH (BRIDES QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERThrough the window we see Don and Amanda saying goodbye toTyler and walking toward the building.The bridesmaids all have their phones back and watch themapproach. As soon as Amanda re-enters the room, she’senveloped in a blanket of sympathy. BRIDESMAID #1 We are sooo sorry. BRIDESMAID #2 We thought you found an Obama. But he turned out to be a Michael Vick. AMANDA Can you excuse us for a moment?The bridesmaids hurry out and Amanda closes the door. AMANDA (CONT’D) Do you think we did the right thing? DON This guy ruined your life. Why not return the favor? AMANDA Were you really that unhappy I was marrying Michael?Don hesitates to answer. DON I just don’t think your mother would’ve approved. And now that he’s shown us the kind of guy he really is, I’m relishing this opportunity to punish him. (CONTINUED)
  • 70. 69.CONTINUED: AMANDA Well...what now? DON If Michael has any sense, he’ll get his ass back here ASAP and beg me to call off the dogs. AMANDA Awesome.Amanda’s lack of enthusiasm confuses her father.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERClark, Wilson, Derrick and Phil stand around the parked SUV.Wilson has a phone conversation in Korean, while Derrick,Phil and Clark do the same in English.Phil hangs up and smiles. CLARK What? PHIL That was my paralegal, Rebecca. She was just on LexisNexis doing research on Don. Someone else is currently logged in my account and reading articles about him as well.The guys don’t know why this is relevant. PHIL (CONT’D) I let Michael use my log in and password for a project he was doing on the use of jewelry in Medieval group masturbation rituals. DERRICK How’d that research go? PHIL Rebecca tracked the IP address of the person using the account right now, and it is for a computer registered to: Lucy Bloom.They have a mini celebration. CLARK What do you think they’re doing? (CONTINUED)
  • 71. 70.CONTINUED: PHIL No clue, but I can’t wait to find out. WILSON I just got a text from one of Amanda’s bridesmaids.The guys are surprised to hear this. CLARK Really? WILSON I took care of a problem for her a few years ago. She says Don and Amanda are back at the church. CLARK I think the smartest thing we can do right now is stay close to them. Let’s go.The guys hurry back inside the SUV.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERA car carrying Detectives Benson and Gordon approaches.Gordon motions Benson to pull over.They get out and Gordon holds a bag from Walgreens. DETECTIVE BENSON I don’t know why we couldn’t just do it in the parking lot.Gordon pulls peroxide and Neosporin from the bag. DETECTIVE GORDON Quit whining, the restroom’s right over...As Gordon points, he can’t believe his eyes. DETECTIVE GORDON (CONT’D) You gotta be fucking kidding me.Benson looks as well and sees Lucy and Michael 50 yards away,still working at the picnic table in the park.EXT. PARK - SAME TIMEMichael and Lucy at the computer. (CONTINUED)
  • 72. 71.CONTINUED: MICHAEL That was good. LUCY Can we do one more? I hate the sound of my voice. MICHAEL I think your voice is nice. Plus, we don’t wanna use up your battery. LUCY You really think I have a nice voice?Michael stands and picks up the “TYLER” folder. LUCY (CONT’D) Well I know how to edit a little bit too. I’ll make sure I don’t embarrass myself. MICHAEL (walking away) We can watch it again when I get back.EXT. PARK RESTROOMS - MOMENTS LATERMichael washes his hands and hears what sounds like Lucyyelling his name. When Michael steps out to take a look, hesees Lucy sprinting straight toward him with the computer,camera and papers. LUCY Michael, run!Detectives Benson and Gordon are closing in fast. MICHAEL Yo, I’m over here!Michael lets Lucy pass him and waits for the Detectives.Once they’re within 15 yards, he runs toward the street,veering away from Lucy. Gordon and Benson follow Michael.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - CONTINUOUSMichael scampers down the sidewalk. He looks across thestreet and sees Lucy running parallel to him.Lucy points to the subway entrance a block ahead and theyenter the station from opposite ends. Gordon and Bensonfollow Michael down a few seconds later.
  • 73. 72.INT. SUBWAY PLATFORM - CONTINUOUSLucy and Michael search for places to hide at opposite endsof the platform. Benson and Gordon run down the escalatorand split up.Lucy takes cover behind the stairs and Michael next to a widecolumn.Lucy notices the next trains should be arriving now. Shegets Michael’s attention and points to the side of theplatform they will leave from.Two trains pull in and Lucy steps out of her hiding place.She makes sure the Detectives see her, sticks out her tongue,then ducks before she races up the flight of stairs, blendingin with the deboarding passengers. Benson chases Lucy andhis partner stays behind.Michael keeps one eye on Gordon and the other on his train.On the upper platform, Benson scans the area, surprised byhow quickly Lucy was able to get away.Meanwhile, Lucy is actually still by the stairs on the lowerplatform, she only pretended to run. As the trains prepareto depart, Lucy makes a dash for it and is able to get onwithout being seen.Detective Benson rejoins Gordon on the lower platform.Michael continues eyeing the train he’s supposed to board,but doesn’t see Lucy. The Detectives stare toward his end ofthe platform, but Michael steps out anyway, as theannouncement is made that the train doors are closing.The Detectives immediately spot the back of the head they’vebeen chasing all day in the upper part of the westboundtrain. They manage to make it onto the end compartment.INT. EASTBOUND TRAIN (MOVING) - SAME TIMELucy rises from her hiding spot. She looks across theplatform and sees the Detectives have boarded the wrongtrain. Lucy blows them a kiss as they depart, but hergloating stops when she sees who they are rapidly moving inon from behind.Lucy covers her mouth to muffle a scream as she looses sightof the other train.
  • 74. 73.INT. WESTBOUND TRAIN (MOVING) - SAME TIMEThe Detectives finally reach their bounty and grab him by theleft shoulder to turn him around... CUT TO:EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMEMichael turns over his left shoulder to look for Lucy as hearrives back at street level.INT. EASTBOUND TRAIN (MOVING) - SAME TIMELucy collapses in her seat. It’s all over.INT. WESTBOUND TRAIN (MOVING) - SAME TIMEBenson and Gordon apologize to the BLACK MAN in a black suitfor bothering him.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMEMichael searches for Lucy, but he must walk away when he seestwo POLICE OFFICERS.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERLucy surfaces from the subway and shuffles aimlessly along.She dumps the camera and the “DON” folder into a garbage bin.Lucy walks a bit further and plops down on a bus stop bench.She takes off her shoes, curls up in the fetal position andgoes to sleep.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERMichael stumbles down the street, zombie-like, jaywalkingwith total disregard for oncoming traffic. He tramps into aCAFE, takes a seat by the window and closes his eyes.DISSOLVEEXT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - LATERMrs. Bloom’s car is parked out front. She sits behind thewheel.INT. MRS. BLOOM’S CAR - CONTINUOUSMrs. Bloom stares at the front door of her house. She can’tbelieve her husband hasn’t joined her. (CONTINUED)
  • 75. 74.CONTINUED:A photo album is open on her lap. She has been flippingthrough pictures of Lucy that cover her infant years up untilpresent day.INT. CHURCH - SAME TIMEAmanda has found an empty room. She looks through a stack ofphotos from Michael’s childhood. Amanda can no longer fighther guilt.EXT./INT. TYLER’S CAR (MOVING) - CONTINUOUSTyler speeds through traffic, talking on his obnoxiousBluetooth. TYLER I know tomorrow is a Sunday, but I want the entire team at practice, in full pads, at 8:00 a.m. And I don’t wanna hear any crap about having to go to church or spend time with their families. (beat) If I lose another game this year, I’m gonna cancel the rest of the season and start spreading rumors that it was due to an outbreak of anal herpes amongst the players!EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERGordon and Benson return to their car from the subwaystation. DETECTIVE GORDON How in the hell did they get away? DETECTIVE BENSON You think that guy we roughed up on the train is really gonna play the racial profiling card? DETECTIVE GORDON He might. That’s why I planted a bag of MDMA tablets on him just in case. DETECTIVE BENSON Sweet.INT. CHURCH (GROOMS QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERThe groomsmen re-enter. (CONTINUED)
  • 76. 75.CONTINUED: DERRICK Say, Wilson, I don’t think I remember what you said you do for a living.Phil and Clark freeze. They brace themselves for Wilson’sresponse. WILSON That’s because I didn’t. DERRICK (off Phil and Clark’s reactions) Uh...Wilson slowly walks toward Derrick. WILSON Why do you ask? Is that a piece of information you need to feel comfortable around someone? Or is it so you can base the way you interact with me on some stereotype you have of my profession?Derrick backs up. DERRICK No stereotypes. I mean, Phil doesn’t act like a typical...well, Clark doesn’t act like most medical supply salesmen. WILSON You’ve met a lot of medical supply salesmen? DERRICK Nah, man, you...I mean, it’s just... WILSON All you need to know about me is that Michael is one of my dearest friends, and I will do everything in my power to prevent anyone from harming him.Clark and Phil are relieved Wilson’s taking it easy onDerrick. CLARK C’mon, Wilson. Why don’t you tell him? DERRICK No, no, no that’s okay. I don’t wanna know. (CONTINUED)
  • 77. 76.CONTINUED: (2) WILSON You think he can handle it? PHIL If not, you can always... DERRICK What? Always what?Wilson thinks it over. WILSON Why not?Wilson motions a now fearful Derrick over. Derrick ishesitant, but Phil gives him a nudge. Derrick winces asWilson whispers in his ear. DERRICK Oh, shit!EXT. CAFE - MOMENTS LATERMichael is still inside. He is awakened by the CAFE PATRONwhose shoulder he’s been drooling on. He apologizes and goesto buy a drink.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMELucy continues sleeping on the bus stop bench. She snoresand farts loudly as a MAN sits down next to her. Lucy iseventually awakened by the stench. She looks over at the Manas she fans her nose. She assumes he’s the culprit andslides away.EXT. CAFE - MOMENTS LATERMichael exits with his drink and passes two SCREENWRITERTYPES entering with computers. He gets an idea and hurriesback inside.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERLucy, still at the bus stop, does a series of yoga poses.When she checks the time, she discovers her watch has died.Lucy opens her computer to use the clock, and notices she hasreceived a new e-mail. She goes bug eyed when she reads thename of the sender: Michael Preston.There’s video attached to the message. Lucy hits play.THE VIDEO: (CONTINUED)
  • 78. 77.CONTINUED:Michael speaks into a webcam from inside the cafe. MICHAEL Lucy, the optimist in me thinks you haven’t been caught. (beat) Our plan is still in effect, but with a few important changes. If we screw this up, it could be the last time you ever hear from me, so I’m gonna try to be as clear as possible. I’m CC’ing my groomsmen on this, because we’re gonna need their help. What’s up, fellas? (beat) Okay, this is it.INT. CHURCH (GROOMS QUARTERS) - MOMENTS LATERThe guys huddle around their Smartphones and watch Michael’svideo. There’s a KNOCK on the door. They have no idea whoit could be, and aren’t sure what to do.Phil eventually opens and Amanda slips in and quickly shutsthe door behind her.INT. CHURCH (BRIDES QUARTERS) - SAME TIMEDon realizes he hasn’t seen Amanda for awhile and goes tofind her.INT. CHURCH (GROOMS QUARTERS) - SAME TIMEThe guys wait for Amanda to explain herself. AMANDA Michael found me kissing my ex, Duncan, behind the church.Amanda hears the sound of Michael’s voice and comes over totake a look. The guys all hit pause on the video and covertheir phones. DERRICK Yeah, muthafucka, we know that. And? AMANDA I wanna help. PHIL Then just tell your father what you did and this will all stop.Amanda shakes her head. (CONTINUED)
  • 79. 78.CONTINUED: AMANDA It’s like some levee has broken within him, and the hatred he’s always had toward the idea of me marrying Michael can’t be stopped. DERRICK Just like how the levees broke on all them brothas in New Orleans. But instead of running from water, Mike’s running from... CLARK Derrick. AMANDA I might be able to help him, but not from here. I need to go before my dad finds me.Wilson pulls on a pair of black leather gloves. He crackshis knuckles and walks menacingly toward Amanda. WILSON Let me take her.Amanda cowers. Clark knows it’s not a good idea. CLARK Why doesn’t Derrick go with her? We might need your driver, and none of use speaks Korean. DERRICK (to Amanda) Aight, but we’re taking your car. And I’m driving.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERLucy watches the last of the video from the bus stop, closesher computer and races off.EXT. CAFE - SAME TIMEMichael exits, takes a deep breath and begins what he hopesis his final run.INT. MRS. BLOOM’S CAR - MOMENTS LATERMrs. Bloom is still parked outside her home. Her phone ringsfrom a number she doesn’t recognize. (CONTINUED)
  • 80. 79.CONTINUED: MRS. BLOOM Hello? (beat) This is Lucy’s mom. (beat) Hello, Clark. (beat) Yes, I know where it is. (re: her phone) As a matter of fact, it can record video.Mrs. Bloom starts the engine and continues listening. Shedoesn’t notice Mr. Bloom hurry out of the house. Mrs. Bloomputs the vehicle in drive just as her husband opens thepassenger door. He gets in and takes his wife’s hand. MRS. BLOOM (CONT’D) I, we, are leaving right now. Thank you so much for calling. Bye.INT. CHURCH - MOMENTS LATERDon has searched everywhere for Amanda, except the GroomsQuarters. He marches toward the door, throws it open andsaunters in.INT. GROOMS QUARTERS - CONTINUOUSThe room is empty. Don turns to leave and takes out hisphone.Suddenly, Wilson comes out of nowhere and puts Don into achoke hold. DON What the hell do you think you’re...Don quickly passes out. Clark confiscates his phone and theylock Don in the closet. Phil and Clark dash out of the room,Wilson takes his time.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERLucy runs up to the garbage bin where she dumped the cameraand files. They’re gone.Lucy sees a LATINO MAN attempting to sell them along with hisflowers. After a brief negotiation, Lucy is able to geteverything back and takes off.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMEMichael continues running.
  • 81. 80.EXT./INT. AMANDA’S CAR (MOVING) - MOMENTS LATERDerrick sits low in the driver’s seat and blasts the stereo.Amanda is next to him. DERRICK You better hope none of the sistas Mike invited sees you while we’re out here. They might try and take out all that anger they feel toward the Kardashians on you.Derrick’s phone rings. DERRICK (CONT’D) Turn that shit down.Amanda lowers the volume. DERRICK (CONT’D) What up, Clark? (beat) That’s a good idea. I’ll holla at you in a minute. Peace.Derrick hangs up and makes a wild U-turn that throws Amandaacross the seat. DERRICK (CONT’D) (laughing) My bad, I forgot to say hold on. AMANDA Where are we going? DERRICK Fix your face. You about to be on camera.EXT. LUCY’S APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATERTyler talks on his Bluetooth as he approaches. TYLER Don, it’s Tyler Harris. I sent you a text an hour ago and still haven’t heard back. Just wanted to make sure everything...Wilson appears behind Tyler, nonchalantly hits a pressurepoint on the back of his neck and lights a cigarette. Thefootball coach starts to fall, but Clark and Phil catch himand drag his body away before he can hit the ground.
  • 82. 81.EXT. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER HIGH SCHOOL - MOMENTS LATERMr. and Mrs. Bloom walk toward where the cheerleading teamcan be heard practicing. MRS. BLOOM (re: her phone) Okay, honey. I just need a few seconds to make sure I know how to use this. MR. BLOOM What do you want me to do? MRS. BLOOM It doesn’t matter.Mrs. Bloom points her phone at her husband and hits record.Mr. Bloom stares blankly into the camera. MRS. BLOOM (CONT’D) I need you to say something, so I can check the sound.Mr. Bloom walks a bit longer then stops. MR. BLOOM I’m sorry.Mr. Bloom lowers the phone. MR. BLOOM (CONT’D) I’m sorry.Mr. Bloom kisses his wife.INT. CHURCH CLOSET - MOMENTS LATERDon finally comes to. He hears several people approaching. DON You boys better get your cocks outta each other’s mouths and open this goddamn door right now!The door opens and Tyler’s limp body is thrown in. DON (CONT’D) You bastards!EXT. CAFE - MOMENTS LATERDerrick ushers Amanda into the same establishment whereMichael was earlier.
  • 83. 82.EXT. LOS ANGELES - MOMENTS LATERLucy searches for a wireless signal she can steal. Once shefinds one, she sets up shop and connects the camera to hercomputer.Lucy checks her inbox and doesn’t see any new mail. After afew moments, she gets several new messages. Lucy takes aseat and gets to work.EXT. LA TIMES BUILDING - MOMENTS LATERMichael, his shirt completely off, has an intenseconversation with Roberto. The reporter promises to dosomething as he admires Michael’s body. They shake hands,Michael gets dressed and runs off.EXT. ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER HIGH SCHOOL - MOMENTS LATERMr. and Mrs. Bloom hold hands and watch the video theyrecorded while walking back to their car. MRS. BLOOM I hope this is what he wanted.EXT. UNMARKED CAR - MOMENTS LATERDetectives Gordon and Benson sit in the front seat, staringat their crotches.INT. UNMARKED CAR - CONTINUOUSBenson holds the Neosporin and Benson the peroxide. DETECTIVE BENSON Better, huh? DETECTIVE GORDON I thought the peroxide would burn, but I guess that whore knew what she was talking about. DETECTIVE BENSON Yours doesn’t look so bad. DETECTIVE GORDON Yours either. (beat) I never realized you were so small when you’re soft. You do a helluva job of expanding when it’s time. (CONTINUED)
  • 84. 83.CONTINUED: DETECTIVE BENSON Yeah, I always like surprising the chicks with it.Gordon and Benson do their special hand shake, then pull uptheir pants. DETECTIVE BENSON (CONT’D) I wonder how long until we can fuck again? DETECTIVE GORDON Don’t talk about pussy, man. I’m gonna get hard. DETECTIVE BENSON My bad.Gordon successfully prevents an erection. DETECTIVE GORDON I think we’ve helped Chief Lester enough today. Don’t you? DETECTIVE BENSON Yeah, I...Wilson rises from the back seat and throws LARGE FREEZER BAGSover the heads of both detectives. He pulls back hard andGordon and Benson are quickly out cold.Clark and Phil pop up on either side of Wilson. They get outand drag the bodies away.INT. CHURCH CLOSET - MOMENTS LATERDetectives Benson and Gordon are thrown in with Tyler andDon.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERLucy finishes working and gently closes her computer. Shedoesn’t know if she has enough energy to continue.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMEMichael stops running and bends over, hands on his knees,brow dripping with sweat. He isn’t sure he can go on.SPLIT SCREENLucy and Michael both get second winds and run off.
  • 85. 84.INT. AMANDA’S CAR (MOVING) - MOMENTS LATERDerrick is back behind the wheel, yelling at Amanda over theloud music. DERRICK Don’t think just cause you helped us out, that you’re little adulterous ass ain’t still in trouble. AMANDA Not to be nitpicky, but it’s technically not adultery, since it was before we got married. DERRICK Turn that shit down.Amanda lowers the music. DERRICK (CONT’D) You think you cute, don’t you?Derrick sees something up ahead and pulls to the far rightlane as he brakes. DERRICK (CONT’D) I’ma ask you to repeat what you just said in a little bit.Derrick leans across Amanda to yell at someone running downthe sidewalk. DERRICK (CONT’D) Damn, Red, you kinda fine in person!We see Lucy is the recipient of Derrick’s compliment. Sheslows to a walk. LUCY What do you mean, ‘kinda’?Derrick cracks up. LUCY (CONT’D) You must be Derrick. DERRICK That’s right. You want a ride, baby girl? AMANDA Hi. I’m Amanda. (CONTINUED)
  • 86. 85.CONTINUED: LUCY Oh, sweety, I know who you are. Turn up there.EXT. ALLEY - MOMENTS LATERAmanda’s car is parked. Lucy sits on the hood while Derrickmassages her feet. Amanda leans back against the wall,eyeing the wedding ring on Lucy’s finger. AMANDA So...how’s Michael.Derrick and Lucy exchange looks, “Did she just...” Lucy isready to wrap up the foot massage. LUCY Thank you.Lucy puts her shoes back on and stands. LUCY (CONT’D) (re: her feet) Ooh, that’s nice. DERRICK This I know. Just be sure to tell all your girlfriends about my skills. Even the pregnant ones. Ya’ll get fine when you with child.Lucy laughs, then goes stone-faced when she turns to Amanda. LUCY I’ve been mad at you ever since I met Michael. I had something prepared to say if I ever got the chance, but now that I’m standing in front of you, I can’t remember what it was.Lucy turns her back and tries to jog her memory. DERRICK While she’s thinking, why don’t you tell her what you said to me a few minutes ago in the car.Amanda is afraid to repeat it. DERRICK (CONT’D) Uh-uh, don’t get shy now. Spit it out.A long beat. (CONTINUED)
  • 87. 86.CONTINUED: AMANDA It...technically wasn’t adultery, since Michael and I weren’t married yet. LUCY I think I just remembered.Lucy spins around and hits Amanda with a powerful LEFT HOOK.As she falls to the ground: AMANDA I deserved that.Amanda lands with a thud. Derrick stands over her and slapsher cheeks. She’s unconscious. DERRICK Bitch, you just got knocked the fuck out!Derricks raises Lucy’s arm like a triumphant prize fighter.EXT. SUNSET BLVD. - MOMENTS LATERMichael enters the CNN building.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERClark, Phil and Wilson stand by the parked SUV, waiting tomake their next move.INT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - MOMENTS LATERMrs. Bloom attaches her phone to her computer and she and Mr.Bloom prepare to upload the video.EXT. SUNSET BLVD. - MOMENTS LATERMichael exits CNN and runs east.EXT. SUNSET BLVD. - MOMENTS LATERMichael enters the offices for news station KTLA.INT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - MOMENTS LATERMr. and Mrs. Bloom celebrate their successful video upload. MR. BLOOM I love you.They share a kiss and Mrs. Bloom checks her watch. (CONTINUED)
  • 88. 87.CONTINUED: MRS. BLOOM The time.They prepare to head back out.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - MOMENTS LATERPhil, Clark and Wilson pass the time with a push-up contest.Wilson competes with a cigarette in his mouth. KOREAN DRIVER (Korean) 20...21...22...Clark’s phone rings on the ground in front of him and hechecks caller ID. CLARK That’s our cue, guys, we gotta roll.Phil falls to his stomach, gasping for air. PHIL Thank God.EXT. LUCY’S APARTMENT - MOMENTS LATERAmanda’s car pulls up with Derrick behind the wheel. Lucyrides shotgun and Amanda sports a ring-shaped bruise on hernose in the back seat.Before Derrick can put the car in park, Lucy is jumping out,ready to run. As soon as she hits the ground she takes offuntil: DERRICK Slow down, Red! You don’t have to run anymore.Lucy realizes Derrick is right. She slows to a walk andlaughs at herself. LUCY Thanks, Derrick. DERRICK No problem.Derrick drives off.EXT. SUNSET BLVD. - MOMENTS LATERMichael exits KTLA just in time to catch a bus.
  • 89. 88.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - NIGHTNightfall has finally arrived and it’s a busy evening allover the city. Clubgoers, bar hoppers, police officers andprostitutes of all types take to the streets.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMEA BUS comes to a stop at a busy corner. Michael hurries offand breaks into a sprint. After a few yards, he catcheshimself and downshifts into a casual stroll.EXT. WILSHIRE BLVD. - LATERWe’re in front of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum. Thetall lamp posts are illuminated.Michael eases his tired body into a sitting position on thesteps. He raises a corn dog to his mouth. MICHAEL This better be good.Michael takes a bite. He immediately spits the food into hishand and searches for a place to throw it. LUCY (O.S.) Delicious, isn’t it?Michael turns around as Lucy emerges from inside the bank oflight posts. LUCY (CONT’D) When I was a little girl, my Uncle David used to buy packs of corn dogs and make videos of me eating them. He would do action scenes and slow mo shots, it was cool. But he only let me use this special white mustard he had.Michael tosses the food behind his back without Lucynoticing. MICHAEL (joking) And when did your uncle get out of prison? LUCY How did you know he went to prison? He took his computer in to be serviced and on his hard drive they found... (CONTINUED)
  • 90. 89.CONTINUED:Lucy finally puts two and two together. MICHAEL Did you miss me? LUCY You wish. I just happened to be passing by and saw you sitting here, looking pitiful.They share a long delirious laugh.A LOUD CAR HONK.Lucy and Michael see Clark, Phil and Wilson standing with Mr.and Mrs. Bloom. They wave as the BELLS from a nearby churchsignal it’s midnight. LUCY (CONT’D) Well, it definitely was not boring spending the day with you, Mr. Michael Preston. MICHAEL I wanna see you again. As more than just a friend.Lucy tries to play it cool. LUCY I don’t remember my schedule for the rest of the month. Did you have a particular day in mind? MICHAEL Tomorrow morning when we wake up.Lucy smiles at that and they move closer. LUCY Have you ever noticed how Denzel Washington never kisses his white co- stars? MICHAEL You wanted him to make out with Ethan Hawke in “Training Day”? Because that would’ve made it an entirely different...Lucy grabs Michael and pulls him in for a kiss. We merge:
  • 91. 90.INT. MOTEL ROOM - LATERLucy and Michael kissing in bed. MICHAEL Do you think this could work? LUCY I think we should decide after we get up. MICHAEL I’ve already decided. LUCY We should give it until noon tomorrow. MICHAEL Why? LUCY Because we’ll have known each for 24 hours at that point. I need to spend that long with someone before I know if I can love them. MICHAEL Okay, but... LUCY Less talking, more kissing.DISSOLVEEXT. MICHAEL’S APARTMENT - DAYA REPORTER prepares to do a stand up from the same spot whereDon held his news conference yesterday. REPORTER Good afternoon. I am outside the home of Eagle Rock resident, Michael Preston. It was reported yesterday that Mr. Preston, on the day he was set to wed the daughter of former Chief of Police Don Lester, was wanted for trafficking in narcotics, following a raid of his apartment that netted a large cache of drugs. He and his alleged partner, Van Nuys resident Lucy Bloom, spent all Saturday successfully evading capture. (beat) (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  • 92. 91.CONTINUED: REPORTER (CONTD) Today, Ms. Bloom and Mr. Preston have posted a video online that clears their names, and then some.INTERCUT REPORTER WITH THE FOLLOWING:INT. BLOOM FAMILY HOME - SAME TIMEMr. and Mrs. Bloom watch a video on their computer thatbegins with an introduction from Lucy and Michael. REPORTER (V.O.) In the video, documents and interviews reveal that Don Lester ran a complex extortion scheme in downtown Los Angeles. Using connections he made during seven years on the job as L.A.’s top cop, Lester established a consulting business to continue his criminal activity. (beat) Coincidentally, an article in today’s Los Angeles Times by beat reporter Roberto Gabon serves as somewhat of a companion piece, with even more detail regarding Mr. Lester’s corruption.We see clips of several DOWNTOWN BUSINESS OWNERS beinginterviewed.INT. CHURCH CLOSET - SAME TIMEDon, Tyler, Detectives Gordon and Benson work on the lock. REPORTER (V.O.) The video also brings another controversial, and at first seemingly unrelated, story to light.They are finally able to bust out.INT. GROOMS QUARTERS - CONTINUOUSTyler is the first out of the closet. No one is here, butthere is a laptop. The video in question is ready for themto view. Tyler presses play. REPORTER (V.O.) Arnold Schwarzenegger High School football coach, Tyler Harris, winner of three consecutive state championships and the boyfriend of Lucy Bloom, has been accused of having sex with several cheerleaders from his school. All of the victims are minors. (CONTINUED)
  • 93. 92.CONTINUED:Footage from Mrs. Blooms phone of several CHEERLEADERS beinginterviewed appears on screen.EXT. CAFE - SAME TIMEClark, Wilson, Derrick and Phil sip Bloody Marys and pass ajoint as they watch the video on their Smartphones. REPORTER (V.O.) The video alleges, in stunning voice over narration provided by Ms. Bloom, that Mr. Lester conspired with Mr. Harris to frame Michael and Lucy.INT. GROOMS QUARTERS - SAME TIMEDon, Tyler, Gordon and Benson continue watching the video. REPORTER (V.O.) Mr. Lester was seeking to prevent his daughter from marrying Mr. Preston by planting drugs in his home.The men all run out of the room.INT. BRIDES QUARTERS - SAME TIMEAmanda is still in her wedding dress. She watches the video. REPORTER (V.O.) Tyler Harris was hoping to prevent his newly pregnant girlfriend from exposing his sexual liaisons.We merge to a TELEVISION inside a hotel room.INT. MOTEL ROOM - CONTINUOUSWe see the Reporter finishing her piece on the muted TV whileMichael sleeps alone.Michael jumps up, not sure where he is for a moment. Hechecks the clock and sees it’s 12:30 p.m. Michael looksaround the room for Lucy and sees the bathroom door is closedand the light is on. MICHAEL Lucy, we did it. Man, I feel like shit. We should get massages today.Michael waits for Lucy’s response. (CONTINUED)
  • 94. 93.CONTINUED: MICHAEL (CONT’D) Are you just now having your a.m. bowel movement? Turn on the fan.Michael sits up after a few minutes. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Lucy?He walks to the bathroom and knocks lightly. MICHAEL (CONT’D) Lucy? (beat) All right, I’m coming in.Michael holds his nose and slowly turns the doorknob. Hestops before opening. MICHAEL (CONT’D) I don’t think I can handle smelling your ass twice in one day. (beat) Lower the volume on your iPod next time. I still can’t believe you have a shit theme song.Michael lies back down. He’s about to close his eyes againwhen he notices the light reflecting off something. He turnsto the night stand and sees the wedding ring is here.He runs back to the bathroom and throws the door open. CUT TO:EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMELucy bops down the street past mostly Latino shops. Shestill wears her white dress and carries a large grocery bag.INTERCUT MICHAEL AND LUCY --Michael makes the bed, folds the towels and straightens thefurniture. He thinks he hears a knock and opens the door,but no one is there.Lucy approaches a fruit stand and stops to make somepurchases.Michael has just taken a shower and irons his tuxedo. (CONTINUED)
  • 95. 94.CONTINUED:Lucy has several pounds of fruit and continues toward a busstop. She’s distracted by the items in the window of abakery, and can’t help but go in.Michael sits on the bed, fully dressed. He’s run out of waysto waste time.Lucy exits the bakery and sees she just missed her bus.Michael holds a pen and note pad. He checks the time: 2:00.Michael starts to write:Dear Lucy, I’m not sure if you were planning to come back ornot. In case you were, and I’m just being impatient, here’smy phone number. I would call you, but we never exchangedinfo. I hope to hear from you soon.Michael stands in the third floor window and reads what hehas written. MICHAEL Ah, Michael. Be realistic.Michael balls up the note and chucks it toward the garbagecan. The paper misses its mark. Michael scoops up thewedding ring and leaves.EXT. MOTEL - CONTINUOUSMichael exits, heads east and turns a corner.Seconds later, Lucy rounds the corner from the west andenters.INT. MOTEL ROOM - CONTINUOUSLucy opens the door to an empty bed. She sees the closedbathroom door. LUCY Well it’s about time you woke up.Lucy puts down her groceries and stands outside the bathroom. LUCY (CONT’D) When you sleep, you sound like an elephant with bronchitis. I’m hoping it was only because you were really tired. (beat) Michael?Lucy cracks the door and peaks in.
  • 96. 95.EXT. LOS ANGELES STREET - SAME TIMEMichael stops walking. He turns around and heads back to themotel.INT. MOTEL ROOM - SAME TIMELucy desperately searches for any sign of Michael.EXT. MOTEL - SAME TIMEMichael has returned. He looks toward the window he was juststanding in, then checks to see if Lucy may be approachingfrom either direction.INT. MOTEL ROOM - SAME TIMELucy sits on the side of bed facing the window, in a state ofstunned disappointment. She sees the wadded up piece ofpaper that was Michael’s note and picks it up. Lucy angrilythrows it in the trash.EXT. MOTEL - SAME TIMEMichael gives up and limps off.INT. MOTEL ROOM - SAME TIMELucy walks to the window and looks down to the street, butMichael is out of view. She picks up the grocery bags andleaves in a huff.EXT. MOTEL - CONTINUOUSMichael is about to turn onto another street. He hesitates amoment.Lucy exits and looks in the direction she came from. By thetime she looks opposite, Michael has turned the corner.INTERCUT LUCY AND MICHAEL --Michael fumes as his pace quickens.Lucy is now fully pissed as she marches off.Michael is forced to stop at a crosswalk. He starts to thinkback over his previous 24 hours.Lucy pounds on the walk signal button. She also begins toreplay yesterday’s wild events.We see a MONTAGE of Lucy and Michael’s adventure. (CONTINUED)
  • 97. 96.CONTINUED:SPLIT SCREENBack to Lucy and Michael still in the same spots, only nowthey’re smiling. Their smiles slowly build to laughter asthey walk away.FADE TO BLACK THE END

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