アニバーサリーの夜に 2001年

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FADE IN:

TIGHT CLOSE – JOE THERRIAN – MORNING

He’s in his mid-thirties, his face relaxed in sleep,
childlike. Nestled soundly a tangle in the arms of his wife.

THE CAMERA STAYS CLOSE. SLIGHTLY BLURRED, SOFT, SLOWLY
SWINGS ROUND

TIGHT CLOSE – SALLY THERRIAN

She’s in her mid-thirties, with large deep eyes. She watches
her husband unguarded in sleep. Her pretty face, alert,
she’s barely breathing. Traces the just visible lines around
his eyes, and mouth. Brushes fingertips against his
eyelashes.

TIGHT CLOSE – SALLY’S HAND PULLS THE BEDROOM SHADE.

It retracts with a loud WHACK, sun, sky, trees.

STEVEN (O.S.)
And breath…and chataronga…

EXT. POOL AREA – DAY

We’re in the middle of a yoga lesson. Joe and Sally stand on
their mats. Steven, their instructor, wanders around the
couple issuing soft-spoken instructions.

A large room with hard wood floors, dominated by a huge
fireplace. The dining room on one side, living room on the
other. Floor to ceiling windows overlook the back porch
garden pool… The house is classic Neutra. All GLASS and
SMOOTH LINES.

The calm is broken by the telephone. Joe and Sally ignore it
until the answering machine picks up. They break their yoga
poses and listen.

The CAMERA hovers over the answering machine.

LUCY (O.S.)
(over answering machine; sweet,
British, slightly desperate)
Joe, it’s Lucy. Remember me? It’s the
black sheep here. Bah…not funny.
Haven’t heard from you, need you, call
me. Love you madly. Hi, Sally. Joe,
I’d love to talk to you before I go…

JOE
Go where?

LUCY (O.S.)
(over answering machine)
It’s a damn nuisance you aren’t here, big
brother. Sorry I drone on. I miss you.
I lo–

The machine cuts her off.

NEW ANGLE

Joe and Sally have resumed their positions. This wasn’t the
call they were waiting for.

WIDE SHOT

AMERICA, forty-one, and ROSA, fifty, struggle up the steps of
the back porch carrying grocery bags and packages, come
through the sliding glass door…

THE CAMERA FOLLOWS THEM

Through the dining room and into the kitchen, watches the two
unpack groceries, flowers, etc., and start to dress the
dining room table. They speak quietly to each other in
Spanish.

JOE
America, could you just…

America closes the sliding doors between the kitchen and the
dining room, giving the couple their privacy.

JOE (CONT’D)
(calls out)
Thank you, America!

STEVEN
Okay, let’s just take a deep breath, let
your ribs expand and relax. And reach up
and into downward dog.

Otis, the Bisenji/Sheperd mix, sleeping on his leopard
pillow, stirs, stretches and groans.

JOE AND SALLY
Good boy, Otis.

The phone RINGS again.

VOICE (O.S.)
(over answering machine)
Hello, I have Dr. Harmon calling for
Sally Therrian.

Sally jumps out of the down dog position and runs to the
phone, all angles.

SALLY
Hello, hi, hi…and? Thank God.

Sally stands with the phone to her ear, her back to Joe.

EXT. POOL AREA – CONTINUOUS

Joe watches her from his position, not concentrating on the
teacher waiting a sign. Sally returns to the lesson. They
do their handstands against the wall, on either side of the
front door.

SALLY
No luck.

JOE
Oh, well, we’ll just have to try again.
Sound like a plan?

Sally nods, she and Joe, at Steven’s instructions, come out
of their handstands and lie on the floor in a stretched
relax, facing one another.

SALLY
Happy anniversary, baby.

JOE
Happy anniversary.

They smile.

STEVEN
And change sides…

America slides open the dining room doors. The dining table
is covered with bundles of freshly cut flowers. Rosa is
singing in Spanish.

AMERICA
(with the authority of long
years of service)
Mr. Joe, we have to have the house. If
you please now…

JOE
It’s yours.

The CAMERA glances off photos of the couple: portraits and
candids, their wedding day, with friends, on vacation,
tumbling on the lawn, and the like.
Some framed and hung, some taped to the fridge or simply
leaning on a shelf. It’s clear that at least a handful are
by the same photographer, black and whites, grainy and
beautiful.

There are lots of photos of Joe and his sister Lucy,
documenting their relationship from childhood. There’s an
ANNIE LEIBOWITZ photo-shoot of Sally carelessly displayed
somewhere.

INT. BEDROOM – LATER

Joe stands behind Sally in front of the full length mirror,
his arms around her, stroking her belly.

JOE
I love you. Most beautiful woman in the
world.

SALLY
Hardly…

JOE
Accept a compliment.

SALLY
I think you’re the most beautiful woman
in the world.

They move toward the bed.

JOE
What did you get me?

SALLY
In the morning, after everyone’s gone and
there’s just us.

She pushes him on the bed.

JOE
Kiss my eyes.

She does.

SALLY
My wrists.

He does.

JOE
Kiss the back of my knees.

SALLY
Through the sweats or not?

JOE
Not.

She pulls down his sweats. She kisses the back of his knees.
He turns, stares up at her.

SALLY
What?

JOE
You didn’t kiss anyone else’s knees, did
you?

Sally shakes her head.

SALLY
No. Did you?

JOE
(after a beat)
No. I missed that.

SALLY
I missed all of you. We’re okay, aren’t
we?

JOE
We’re great.

SALLY
I mean, you’re really back.

JOE
For good.

They begin to make love…the phone RINGS.

JOE (CONT’D)
Don’t get it.

SALLY
Well, it might be Clair. They’re
threatening not to come…

JOE
What?

SALLY
They can’t find a sitter…
(into the receiver)
Hello? Excuse me? Yes, uh, hold on.
(she looks at Joe)
Just a moment.
(puts the call on hold)
It’s Skye Davidson. She needs directions
to the house. You invited Skye fucking
Davidson to our anniversary party?

JOE
Okay. I’m sorry, look, I meant to tell
you. It was the only chance I had to
meet her.

SALLY
You invited her to our anniversary party?
I didn’t even invite my mother.

JOE
She goes on location tomorrow. Sally,
I’m sorry. Look, I can’t keep her on
hold.

SALLY
(pissed)
No, no of course not. It’s Skye fucking
Davidson, for fuck’s sake.

JOE
(regards her)
You want me to uninvite her?

SALLY
No, no of course not. How old is she?
Twenty-fucking-two?

She gets out of bed, starts into the bathroom. The CAMERA is
with her.

SALLY (CONT’D)
(into the bathroom mirror)
And she’s a stinking fucking actress, for
fuck’s sake.

JOE
(into the receiver)
Skye!
(his face lights)
I’m so glad you’re able to make it…it’s
our sixth, actually.
(flattered)
You read the book again? Well, no, the
ending to chapter six…it’s just that
it’s not filmic.
We tried it in an earlier draft, but, it
just wasn’t filmic… Well, sure, we can
absolutely look at that again. If you’re
coming from Laurel, you want to take
Sunset west, we’re just past Will Rogers
State Park. Three blocks west of that,
you want to hang right. It’s about three
quarters of a mile up a big white thing
on the left.

Sally’s started the bath, and is watching him from the
doorway. He meets her eyes mid-sentence.

JOE (CONT’D)
Oh? I don’t think tonight. I’m sure
they’re well behaved. All our friends
have dogs, and they always want to bring
them. We’d be outnumbered, you see? So
we sort of put a ban on it. Sorry.

He rolls his eyes. Sally walks back into the bathroom, she
isn’t buying it.

JOE (O.S.) (CONT’D)
I’m looking forward to meeting you, too.
And Skye, I’m thrilled that you’re
willing to take this leap with me.
Eternally grateful, really.

SALLY
(into the bathroom mirror)
I’m going to throw up.

JOE (O.S.)
I can’t imagine anyone else playing
Genna.

SALLY
(sanguine)
Really?

INT. BEDROOM – LATER

The doorbell rings. There are two closed doors on either
side of the room. The bed shows no sign of consummated sex.
Joe comes through the left hand door, nearly dressed.

JOE
Who the fuck can be here at this time?
It’s not even seven!

Sally comes through the other door, one shoe off, one on.

SALLY
Oh Jesus, who else is always early for
Christ’s sake?

NEW ANGLE

Sally kisses his cheek on her way to the door.

SALLY (CONT’D)
Promise you’ll be nice to the neighbors.

JOE
I’ll say as little as possible.

Sally exits the bedroom.

HOLD ON JOE

For a moment, then Sally re-enters, kisses him deeply.

SALLY
I love you.

INT. FOYER – EARLY EVENING

The house is filled with exquisite flower arrangements,
candles everywhere.

JERRY and JUDY ADAMS are on the porch, just beyond the glass
of the front door. Their argument is inaudible. They’re in
their mid-thirties, conservatively dressed. She’s stunning,
genetically nervous. Jerry carries a briefcase. She’s got
the gift.

Sally opens the door. Hugs and buses them, hello.

JUDY
I know we’re early, we’re so early.
Sorry.

JERRY
You have to sign your taxes anyway.

SALLY
(a grin)
Of course we do.
(to Judy)
We have to sign our taxes.

JOE
(kisses Judy; all charm)
You can never be too early or too thin.

JERRY
Happy anniversary, buddy! Six months
ago, who would have thunk it?

Jerry hugs Joe.

JOE
(sotto)
Well, not me, to be honest.

JERRY
(sotto)
Don’t fuck up again. It’s got a ripple
effect. Sally suffers, we all suffer.

JUDY
(offers)
We have a gift?

JOE
Thanks, I’ll take that. Champagne?

JUDY
Lovely.

Joe moves toward the kitchen.

JERRY
(a moment, to Sally)
We closed.

SALLY
Fantastic.
(takes his hand)
Out here.

They step out onto the porch. Judy’s left alone, unsure
whether to follow or not.

JUDY
(finally, to no one, and to no
response)
The house looks beautiful, are those
hydrangeas?

She stands awkwardly in the middle of the foyer.

EXT. PORCH – CONTINUOUS

JERRY
Joe officially owns No. 4, Cheyenne Walk,
Chelsea, London, England. No small
doing.

SALLY
I love you, you’re a genius.

Behind them, in the foyer, Judy wanders aimlessly.

JERRY
I suppose. Sally, that’s quite a gift.
I’m not sure it’s in your best interest.

SALLY
I adore him.

JERRY
The realtor’ll be here tomorrow in the
morning. The house had to go on the
market to insure the loan on the London
flat.

SALLY
I know. I know that. Don’t spoil it.

JERRY
What you earn has to double in order to
cover expenses in London, it’s an
outrageously expensive city.

SALLY
We’ve only been over this how many times?

JERRY
You only made half your quote this year.

SALLY
Well, you’re a tower of support.

JERRY
I worry because you don’t. It’s my job.
I’m feeling guilty. I would’ve liked it
if you waited until the two of you were
on more solid ground.

SALLY
(direct, simple)
We couldn’t be on more solid ground.

JERRY
Whatever you say. Listen, I love you.

Otis is barking.

JOE (O.S.)
Otis! No barking!

SALLY
(touched)
And Joe’s huge in Europe. He’s like a
rock star in London. His novels sell
millions.

JERRY
Not millions.

SALLY
He’s directing now.

JERRY
They’re paying him scale.

The CAMERA catches sight of Joe behind them. He moves
through the foyer and into the living room with a tray of
glasses and Judy in tow.

SALLY
He gets huge advances on his novels.
He’s going back to that. You know how he
hates it here.

JERRY
There’s still time to undo this.

SALLY
(kisses his cheek)
We’ll be fine.

JERRY
(re: barking dog)
Did you invite them?

SALLY
The Roses? And of course they said yes.

JERRY
That was the plan. And you’re thrilled
to have them.

SALLY
Whatever you say.

JERRY
Did you tell Joe to behave?

SALLY
Yes.

JERRY
Did he promise?

SALLY
Scout’s honor.

JERRY
Before I forget.
(pulls a novel from his
briefcase)
Put it on the bookshelf.

She flips the book — on the back is a full page picture of
RYAN ROSE.

SALLY
You’re out of your mind.

JERRY
Just do what I say, alright?

SALLY
How much bowing and scraping do you want
us to do?

JERRY
Beats a lawsuit.

INT. LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

Joe and Judy sit on opposite sides of the sofa — slightly
uncomfortable with each other.

JOE
(to fill the silence,
conspiratorial grin)
I love gifts. What did you guys get us?

JUDY
(chokes on the champagne)
Nothing that can’t be exchanged.

JOE
Oh. Well. Good.

JUDY
Congratulations on the deal. How
exciting. Is Sally doing Sally? I mean
it’s Sally. The character that’s based
on Sally. The character that’s based on
Sally in the book.

JOE
The novel. No, Skye Davidson is playing
the lead.

JUDY
Oh my God, I’m a huge Skye Davidson fan.
She’s very beautiful.

JOE
Yes, she is.

JUDY
(trying harder)
But I am right, yes? She’s based on
Sally.

JOE
It’s a novel.

JUDY
Still. Well. Let’s drop it.

JOE
Yes.

JUDY
I’m not much of a reader, but I do love
autobiographies, even biographies
sometimes. Mostly non-fiction. Did you
read the new Styron?

JOE
No.

JUDY
It’s very good.
(a moment)
I understand you won the Booker Prize.

JOE
Yes I did.

JUDY
(another moment)
Is your script much like the novel?
Jerry says it’s very good. But you know,
you read the novel, and then you see the
movie – and most of the time you say,
“what’s this?” You know? I sometimes
think we’re better off not reading the
novel at all. Because, we come with
expectations… and of course, we know
where we’re going. Don’t you find?

JOE
Don’t I find what?

JUDY
I don’t know why Joe, we’ve known each
other how long…

JOE
Not long.

JUDY
(benign)
Don’t be silly.

JOE
Joking.

JUDY
Yes I know. I started to say… I
started to say Joe that —

JOE
Do I put you off?

JUDY
You manage to throw me off balance. I
adore you.

JOE
And I you.

JUDY
But I’m always afraid I’ll say something
stupid.

JOE
Ah.

JUDY
And so I always manage to, do you see?
Like the book/script thing, do you see?

JOE
Mmm hmmm.

INT. FOYER

CAL and SOPHIA GOLD are there with their children – JACK and
EVIE – eight and six respectively. Carrying gifts and totes
with toys and changes. Jerry and Sally have gathered them up
and ushered them in.

SALLY
You know Jerry.

CAL
Yes, of course.

SOPHIA
I’m the wife. We’ve met.

JERRY
(hugs her)
You, I know.

SALLY
(to Evie)
Hey, beautiful girl.

She picks up the four-year-old, swings her around. Jack
hides behind his father’s legs.

SOPHIA
(a grin)
Jack? Jack, you promised.

The little boy comes out from behind his father’s legs,
covers his eyes with his hands.

JACK
(sings)
Happy anniversary to you. We’re glad Joe
came home. Don’t split up again. Cause
we like the food.

Much laughter and clapping.

JOE
(in the archway)
Jack. Did you compose that yourself?

CAL
Absolutely.

JOE
Had a little help?

CAL
Absolutely not.

JOE
It has your ring.

CAL
I’m not that good.

JERRY
Cal, my wife Judy.

JUDY
Nice to meet you.

CAL
I think we’ve met, actually. No? At
another one of these things?

JUDY
No, I don’t think so.

JERRY
(to Cal)
Congratulations on the Academy Award.
Great performance. Really warranted.

SOPHIA
He thought so.

JERRY
Sally always manages to get robbed.

SALLY
(a mortified grin)
Enough about me.

SOPHIA
Evie has a little something for you.

Evie shakes her head.

SOPHIA (CONT’D)
You do.

EVIE
(even)
I don’t think so.

SALLY
Since when are you so shy?

EVIE
(her mother’s daughter)
Never.

SOPHIA
(bright smile)
Honey, we have gifts for you and all
sorts of surprises. Where is America? I
know she’s here somewhere.

Joe reaches for the gifts.

JOE
I’ll take them.

SOPHIA
No, I have a little talking to do with
America. Privately. I’ll find her.

SALLY
(to Sophia)
In the kitchen.

JOE
Who’d like to go and find Otis?

EVIE
Me!

JACK
I guess.

JUDY
The infamous dog?

JOE
He’s the best dog in the world.
(to Judy)
They’re both coming tonight. Not my
idea.

JUDY
Ours.

JOE
It’s Jerry’s worst idea.

CAL
What’s that?

JOE
The neighbors from hell. The kind that
lay in wait. I’d rather move actually.
Wouldn’t I?
(to Sally)
Wouldn’t I?

SALLY
(small smile)
Yes.

JOE
(to the kids)
Okay. Last one to find Otis is a smelly
old bum.

Joe goes off with the children to find Otis. Cal sits at the
piano, plays.

INT. FOYER – FRONT DOOR – CONTINUOUS

Joe holds Evie in one arm. Jack stands beside him, holds his
hand. MONICA and RYAN ROSE face him across the threshold —
the NEXT DOOR NEIGHBORS. She’s in her late twenties – and
beautiful, eyes everywhere – star struck and house struck.
Ryan is somewhat older, a little awkward in company,
swallowing resentment and a little self righteous.

JOE
Well, hello you two.
(putting Evie down; to Jack)
These are the people who live next door.
Say hello.

Jack does.

JOE (CONT’D)
And close the door, Jack. Because if we
leave it open, Otis will run out and you
know what will happen then?

JACK
Uh, uh.

JOE
He’ll run next door into their backyard
and he’ll bark and bark and bark and eat
their pitbull for his dinner. Is it a
pitbull?

RYAN
(not amused)
No, actually.

JOE
(to Jack)
Oh whatever. We don’t want that to
happen, do we?

JACK
No?

RYAN
It’s a rottweiler, actually.
(to Jack)
I don’t think our rottweiler is in any
danger, Jack.

JOE
Well, Jack and I are very relieved.

RYAN
I thought this was a party. Are we going
to talk about the dog thing?

MONICA
Please, Ryan.

JOE
(kisses her cheek and shakes
his hand)
No, he’s absolutely right. You’re
absolutely right, Ryan. Dog talk must be
banned. Canine conversations are
completely discouraged… it’s really
good of you to join us. Can I get you a
drink?

RYAN
Not for me, thanks.

An awkward moment.

MONICA
(checks with Ryan)
Something soft.

JOE
Right away. Are you sure you wouldn’t
like something soft, Ryan?

RYAN
I’m sure, yes.

Sally has watched some of this from the archway, joins them
super-friendly.

SALLY
Hi. Monica and Ryan?

MONICA
Sally?

SALLY
Yes. And you’ve met Joe.

RYAN
Yes.

SALLY
(a deep breath)
Well, so glad you decided to come.

MONICA
We could hardly say no.

SALLY
Oh?

Joe slips the coke into Monica’s hand.

SALLY (CONT’D)
(takes the gift)
Thank you. This was so unnecessary. I
hope you’ve noticed that Otis isn’t
barking as much. We keep him in at
night.

RYAN
At 4:30 today he barked for a solid
fifteen minutes. I have it on tape.

SALLY
You’re keeping a record, are you?

RYAN
It’s just very distracting when you’re
trying to work.

MONICA
Ryan.

RYAN
(to Joe)
I’m sure you understand.

SALLY
Well the neighborhood is full of dogs,
and it’s not always Otis.

RYAN
Well today it was Otis. And you should
keep him away from our yard. Because
Sheila will defend herself.

MONICA
Ryan!

SALLY
(cuts off response from Joe; to
Ryan)
Are you working on a new book?

RYAN
(caught short; flattered)
Well, yes, actually.

MONICA
He always has two or three going…

SALLY
Really? Joe can’t manage more than one
at a time. With huge gaps in between.

NEW ANGLE

MAC and CLAIR FORSYTHE wave from the door. Clair’s arms are
full of presents. Mac carries three video cameras under his
arm. He’s got Otis by the collar.

MAC
You lose this?

JOE
(re: Otis)
Ah there’s our snookums now.

RYAN
Yes, well, but I haven’t won a Booker
either. Or the Whitebread.

MAC
The gate was open.

SALLY
Well, not yet.
(she reacts to Mac)
The gate was open?

JOE
It’s taken care of.

MONICA
I think Ryan needs a new publisher. I
think he’s outgrown him. They’re just
not doing their job.

A silence. Awkward smiles go all around.

SALLY
Hors d’oeuvres or something?

MONICA
Yes, great! It’s a beautiful house.

SALLY
Thank you. I understand you’re an
interior decorator.

MONICA
Yes.

SALLY
I so wish I’d known.

MONICA
Well, whoever did this is amazing.

SALLY
I did it.

JOE
(comes on them with the
Forsythes in tow)
She rarely cops to it.
(kisses Sally’s cheek)
Otis is home.

CLAIR
(re: the gifts)
Where can I put these?

Sally takes the gifts from her.

CLAIR (CONT’D)
What a fucking day! We only just got a
sitter. I don’t know her from fucking
Adam. She could be a serial killer. I’m
going to have to call every ten minutes.
You have to let me give out the number.

SALLY
Of course.

MAC
She already has.

CLAIR
It’s alright, isn’t it?

SALLY
Of course it’s alright.

MAC
Clair is a hovering mother.

CLAIR
I’m not.

SALLY
This is Monica and Ryan. Mac and Clair.

Clair takes a glass of champagne off the tray as they make
their way down the hall.

CLAIR
(a wide professionally
ingratiating smile)
So nice…

MONICA
And for us… Truly.

CLAIR
Well…

MONICA
You will never know.

CLAIR
(pleased)
Oh.
(to Sally)
I have a four-thirty call. AM. So we
may have to leave early.

SALLY
Why didn’t you bring him?

CLAIR
What?

SALLY
Why didn’t you bring him?

CLAIR
(searches)
He’s allergic.

SALLY
Oh.

CLAIR
To dander. Otis.

SALLY
Oh.

CLAIR
Didn’t I say?

SALLY
Well, probably.

CLAIR
They can tell from the eyelashes, you
know? He’s got eyelashes yay long. They
must be a foot long. The older you are
when you have a baby, the more likely
this stuff is to crop up.

SALLY
(muted)
Oh.

The Roses are happy to stand there on the fringe. Next to
someone they’ve only seen on screen and magazine covers.

Clair’s not in the least put off by them. She manages to
smile at them inclusively from time to time.

CLAIR
So they tell me. Not soon enough, of
course.
(kisses her cheek)
How are you, Sal? You look fantastic.
It changes your life, you know. A baby.
It puts everything in perspective,
doesn’t it. Doesn’t it, Mac? You can’t
be the center of your own world, anymore.

MAC
(as grounded as Clair isn’t)
It’s an object lesson in grace.
(on seeing Cal Gold on the back
porch)
Wow! Look who’s here before me! My
leading man is on time for once.

CAL
(at the piano)
Those who can’t direct.

MAC
Fuck you.

EXT. POOL AREA

Mac and Cal sit on the porch sharing a joint. Cal is maybe
the only living complete works of Shakespeare and pulls out
his most arcane quotes on occasion.

CAL
Are those our dailies? You’re totally
outrageous. It’s their anniversary. Is
nothing sacred! Well…so…how am I?

MAC
(laughing)
Oh man, you are so fucking funny in the
kitchen scene.

CAL
I liked the third take, the accidental
disaster with the silverware.

MAC
Nothing you do is accidental…

MEDIUM FULL SHOT

The CAMERA spots GINA TAYLOR through moving bodies. Tall,
beautiful, centered grace. She’s got a Leica around her
neck… drops her two large camera bags on the floor.

Several of the other guests greet her, Mac among them.

TIGHT CLOSE

Joe sweeps her up to his arms. It’s an intimate,
appreciative embrace. Theirs was a mid-30s relationship,
certainly pre-Sally. Maybe his first important love.

GINA
(re: the cameras)
I’m the hired help.

JOE
(affectionate)
Fuck you.

GINA
I never put myself in harm’s way.

JOE
Anymore.

GINA
No, not anymore. Happy anniversary,
scout.

NEW ANGLE

Sophia bursts from the kitchen.

SOPHIA
Oh my God! America told me your
neighbors are coming?

SALLY
And here they are!

SOPHIA
And she was saying how happy you were to
finally have them over. Because you’re
both, so, what – introspective? And you
should have done it ages ago. I’m Sophia
Gold.
(rescuing Sally)
Come meet my husband, Cal.

MONICA
Cal Gold?

SOPHIA
The very one. And you are…

SALLY
Monica and Ryan.

RYAN
Rose.

SOPHIA
Sorry?

RYAN
Ryan Rose.

SOPHIA
Yes.

She shakes his hand. He’s amazed at the solid grip.

SALLY
He’s a novelist.

SOPHIA
Ah.

SALLY
Like Joe.

SOPHIA
Hmm.
(to Sally)
Where are my kids?

SALLY
In the guest room. I’ve laid out a paint
table for them.

SOPHIA
I hope they’re watercolors!

SALLY
Nevermind.

SOPHIA
(to Monica)
Would you like to meet my husband?

It’s all Monica can do to keep from putting her hand to her
chest.

MONICA
I’d be thrilled.

SOPHIA
Then he’ll be thrilled.

She ushers them toward the living room.

JOE
(re: Sophia, appreciative)
She’s such pure evil.

Sally approaches, gives Gina a warm kiss on the chest.

SALLY
Thanks for coming.

GINA
Happy anniversary. You’re a good match,
you two.
(to Joe)
Can you help me with this stuff?

JOE
(re: one of her bags)
That for us?

GINA
What a nose. You missed your calling.

JOE
Can I open it?

GINA
(defers)
Sally?

JOE
Please?

SALLY
He’s impossible. Go on then.

Joe rips open the gift. It’s a framed black and white of
Joe, Sally and Otis lying on the couch. It’s clear which
photos in the house are Gina’s. It’s a breathtaking print,
an amazing caught moment. All light and shadow. A touching
study.

SALLY (CONT’D)
(respectful of the talent)
It’s beautiful, thank you so much.

Joe, moved somehow, hugs Gina to him. Kisses her.

JOE
I love you, Gina Taylor.

Sally’s uncomfortable, a little jealous… feels intrusive.
Aware that Gina got there first. Knew him when. And always
captures something naked and vulnerable in his face.

CUT TO:

INT. GUEST ROOM – CONTINUOUS

In the center of the room a low table with paints and crayons
and glue and baubles. Two child size chairs either side.
Empty, the table hasn’t been touched.

Evie stands against the far wall. She wears a helmet and is
surrounded by toy suction arrows. The arrows make a perfect
outline of her head and body. Jack stands three feet away,
bow in hand — the archer prepares his next shot.

INT. LIVING ROOM

Cal is at the piano, charming the neighbors. Judy chats with
Mac. Jerry is on his cellphone, holding his Palm Pilot, his
hand pressed against his ear to block out the chatter. Sally
joins Cal on the piano stool. Sophia moves to Clair on the
couch, kisses her cheek.

SOPHIA
You look so well, Clair. A wraith.

CLAIR
(pleased)
You think so!? I’ve been working out a
lot since the baby.
And I’ve been working. And that takes
it’s toll, you know.

SOPHIA
I’m glad that’s all over for me.

CLAIR
Don’t you miss it?

SOPHIA
Never.

CLAIR
Really.

SOPHIA
Not for a second. Cal can have all that.

CLAIR
Really?

SOPHIA
So where is young Jonah?

CLAIR
With a sitter. We have a sensational
sitter. Jonah’s really comfortable with
her. You know, a second mom sort of.
Like part of the family. Amazing with
kids.

She inadvertently touches the beeper on her belt, and it
beeps. She jumps.

SOPHIA
What is that thing?

CLAIR
So this sitter can always reach me. I’m
still not used to leaving him.

SOPHIA
You should have brought him.

CLAIR
(shrugs)
Dander. He’s allergic. Otis.

SOPHIA
Oh. Do you have any pictures?

CLAIR
Pictures. They’re always in my tote. I
left my tote in the damn trailer. But!
He’s Mac all over again. Imagine Mac
shrunk to two-and-a-half feet. The fact
is they probably didn’t even need me for
this birth.

SOPHIA
Are you the funniest person I know, or
what?

CLAIR
I can’t think how you gave it all up,
Soph.

Sophia sends her a soft, content smile. Otis comes over and
nuzzles Clair’s knee.

CLAIR (CONT’D)
(freeks)
Oh my God, the dog!

INT. KITCHEN/HALLWAY – CONTINUOUS

Clair leads Sally towards the bedroom.

CLAIR
It sounds hysterical, but Otis just
rubbed up against me and I’d kind of like
to change into something of yours. You
know it could be disaster. He’s so
allergic. It’s terrifying.

SALLY
Borrow whatever you like.

CLAIR
I’ll change back before we leave.

SALLY
(pointed)
Whatever you like. I’m afraid it’ll all
be too big for you.
(a moment)
Are you alright, Clair?

CLAIR
I’m fine. I’m fine. Well, I’m a little
stressed. And I’ve been taking pills to
get my weight down since the baby.

SALLY
I’d say it was down.

CLAIR
And the doctor said they might make me a
little jumpy. I’ve got a ghastly
headache, actually.

SALLY
You want a Tylenol, or something?

CLAIR
I’d love a Xanex.
(a moment)
Sally, please don’t tell Sophia that I’m
not breast feeding.

SALLY
Why would she care?

CLAIR
You know Sophia. She’s so damned
judgemental. And she’s so damned…
perfect. And so fucking… serene. Just
fucking don’t tell her. Because you know
Mac thinks she’s God. And I can feel him
comparing.

SALLY
You need to knock off the pills, Clair.

CLAIR
Just don’t fucking tell her.

SALLY
It’s not going to come up.

INT. FOYER – LEVI PANES THROUGH THE GLASS DOOR – DAY

A Peter Sellers look-a-like holding a violin case.

JOE
(opens the door)
Panes! How are you?

PANES
Oh, you know, I am.

JOE
Has she called?

PANES
She’ll never call again. She called last
week to tell me she’ll never call again.
Where’s Sally?

SALLY (O.S.)
Here I am. Panes, my love!

Sally starts down the hallway.

SALLY (CONT’D)
(for Panes; a long supportive
hug; a kiss)
Good, you brought your violin. I want
you to play.

PANES
It’s a machine gun. I thought I’d kill
myself.

SALLY
Are you lovesick?

PANES
Suicidal. It’s much less codependent.

SALLY
Will champagne help?

PANES
Not enough.

Sally takes Panes into the living room where everyone chats,
drinks, smokes. They all like each other out of habit, if
nothing else. Ryan and Monica are on the fringe, stand at
the edges of conversation. There’s always someone at the
piano, and they can all pretty much play.

SALLY
Panes is here!

PANES
(gives everyone a shy, pained
little wave)
Oh great.

Everyone stops, turns, toasts.

EVERYONE
Panes!

MONICA/RYAN
(a little late; into silence)
Panes.

Panes gives them another little wave. Doorbell rings.

TIGHT CLOSE – SKYE DAVIDSON

SKYE
Hi.

She’s the young, beautiful actress who’ll play the lead in
Joe’s film.

JOE
(his face lights up)
Skye!

She’s in jeans, but somehow looks dressed to the 9s.

SKYE
You’re Joe, aren’t you?
(nods knowingly)
I recognized you from the book jacket.

Joe grins from ear to ear. Uncharacteristically star struck
in front of this beauty.

JOE
How do you do, Skye?

SKYE
Oh, I love that.
(throws arms around him)
I’m just great. I’m so happy to be here.
And I apologize for invading you. And
I’m so happy you asked me to. I’m so
touched. I know how private you and
Sally are.

JOE
(uncomfortable)
Yeah, well, it’s just us and a few
hundred of our closest friends.

SKYE
(genuine)
When I read your work I felt that you
knew me. Women must tell you that. And
this one in particular speaks to me, do
you know? I am Genna. How many women
must tell you that. And the script is
wonderful. Wonderful and lean and
visual…

JOE
I’m so happy you like it. I’m so
relieved you said yes, and I’m really,
um, what, thrilled, yes actually, to
finally meet you.

SKYE
You’re going to be a remarkable director,
a brilliant director.

There’s a long moment.

JOE
(finally)
I think you’re my first Goddess.

Sally and Panes have been watching from the living room.

PANES
She’s even better looking in the flesh.

SALLY
Really? I need a drink. Come hide with
me.

INT. KITCHEN – MOMENTS LATER

America and Rosa are working at the counter, Panes and Sally
come through.

SALLY
Oh, Jesus, Panes. I can’t, I can’t
believe that bitch is in my house.

PANES
You don’t know she’s a bitch.

SALLY
She’s all over him, are you blind?

PANES
It could be worse.

SALLY
How?

PANES
She could be playing the role in Joe’s
movie that should be yours.

SALLY
Fuck you, Panes.

PANES
You see, that’s worse.

SALLY
I just wanted tonight to be with the
people we love.

PANES
Like your business managers?

SALLY
They’re not just our business managers,
Panes.

PANES
Oh, okay, forgive me. Your neighbors are
here, for fuck’s sake.

SALLY
Exactly what I mean. It’s all ruined.

PANES
It’s not ruined, for fuck’s sake. It’s
one of your parties.

SALLY
I don’t want it to be just one of our
parties.

PANES
“How are you really doing, Panes?”
“Lousy, thank you, I’m falling apart.”

SALLY
Like the last time.

PANES
No. No, not like the last time. She was
the rest of my life.

SALLY
Like the last time.

PANES
I wasn’t finished.

SALLY
Okay.

PANES
“We can’t stand seeing you like this,
Panes. I hate you being alone. Why
don’t you stay with us for a while?”
“I’d love to, thanks.”

SALLY
It’s our anniversary, Panes.

PANES
I didn’t hear me say tonight.

SALLY
We’re just feeling our way back.

PANES
“Otherwise, we’d insist on your being
here.”

SALLY
You know it’s true.

Skye bursts into the kitchen, Sally and Panes freeze.

SKYE
(stuck)
Oh my God, sorry. I’m interrupting.

SALLY
I’ll be right out.

PANES
(over Sally)
Come on in.

SKYE
I’m in the same room with Sally Nash. Oh
my God. You’re my icon. I’ve been
watching your films since I was a little
girl. Like, four years ago I followed
you all around the Beverly Center – at
least half a day, working up the courage
to introduce myself.

Joe enters the kitchen, watches.

SALLY
I don’t think I ever spent half a day in
the Beverly Center.

SKYE
Whatever, do you remember? I’ve seen all
your movies. When I was in rehab, the
second time, they wouldn’t even let us
see your drug addict movie. They said
you were too real. I worship you. And I
couldn’t be more flattered, because I
know the part I’m playing in Joe’s movie
is based on you as a young woman.

Joe winces, uncomfortable, picks up the bottle of wine and
leaves.

SKYE (CONT’D)
And I’m overwhelmed. And I want to do it
justice. And I hope we can spend time
together. And I’m gushing. It’s my
worst quality.

PANES
Not at all.

SKYE
Oh my god. I’ve been so rude. I’m Skye
Davidson. Has anyone ever told you, you
look like Peter Sellers?

PANES
No, never.

SALLY
(overlapping Panes)
Everyday.

PANES
I’m Levi Panes. Will you excuse us,
Skye? It’s time for Sally’s meds.

Panes steers Sally out of the kitchen.

SALLY
It’s nice to meet you… again.

They go. Skye is left in the kitchen alone.

SKYE
(to America)
Oh my God, she remembers me!

INT. FOYER – MEDIUM CLOSE

Sally and Panes start down the hall in search of privacy.

SALLY
(under her breath)
Thank you, thank you, thank you.

CLAIR
(on the way down; a dream in
white)
My God, your wardrobe is incredible. It
took me forever to decide. Oh, and I
found Dr. X, thank you. You saved my
life.

She moves past them.

SALLY
(a moment; sotto)
Shit!

PANES
(re: the dress)
I’d cut off her red wine if I were you.

SALLY
Shit. It’s my Galiano.

PANES
What does that mean?

SALLY
About five thousand dollars. With my
discount.

The CAMERA follows them into the bedroom. They flop down
onto the bed and into FRAME.

INT. LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

More guests have arrived. Sophia and her children play with
Otis. America and Rosa pass round hot hors d’oeuvres.

Joe places Gina’s photo on the mantelpiece.

GINA
(regards him)
Directing suits you.

JOE
I’m not so sure. Look again in three
months.

GINA
It must be nice having so many strangers
kiss your ass all of a sudden.

JOE
Ow! Gina, you obviously need to get
fucked.

GINA
Just did. Jealous?

JOE
When does he graduate high school?

GINA
(laughing)
Oh, very jealous.

Joe laughs.

GINA (CONT’D)
I saw Lucy when I was in London, she
seems okay. It’s hard to tell with her.

JOE
Shit, I forgot to call her back. She’s
off on a trip somewhere. Oh God, my
grandad’s flat in London’s been sold.

GINA
In Cheyene Walk? Lucy’s going to have a
meltdown. Oh, I’m so sorry.

JOE
I should have damn well bought it. Well,
we can’t afford it. The movie’s going to
eat up a year of my life and I’m getting
paid next to nothing. Do you know how
much Skye Davidson’s getting? Four
million.

GINA
Yeah, but I hear she gives a mean blow
job.

JOE
You really need to be fucked.

INT. BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

SALLY
So how are you really doing, Panes?

PANES
Why don’t you go fuck yourself?

SALLY
(laughs)
No. Really. For real. Really.

PANES
I’m worried about your Galiano.

SALLY
(slaps him)
You’re a shit.

PANES
No, really, five thousand with your
discount.

He rolls out from under her swat, she misses him.

PANES (CONT’D)
You hurt, you know. You’re stronger than
you think.

They lie prone across the bed, about a foot apart.
Contemplating the floor.

PANES (CONT’D)
(finally)
How’s the movie going? Your movie. You
are making a movie, aren’t you?

SALLY
Yes. Fine.

PANES
That’s it? Yes. Fine?

SALLY
I don’t want to talk about it.

PANES
Why not?

SALLY
I never like to talk about my work.

PANES
Alright. Well, that’s something new.

SALLY
No. Not something new.

PANES
Well, something’s wrong.

SALLY
Nothing’s wrong. It’s great, okay?
Having the time of my life. Mac’s a
fantastic director. And what can anyone
say about Cal that hasn’t been said. And
it’s great working with friends, blah
blah blah.

PANES
(a moment; little smile)
Um. Happy for you.

SALLY
Thanks.

PANES
So tell me, how’s it going?

SALLY
Oh you know. No doubts. No second
thoughts. Am I a monster?

PANES
You’re my best friend.

SALLY
That’s not an answer, is it?

PANES
Yes, you’re a monster.

She takes his hand. Sounds of the party come from below.

SALLY
(a moment)
Thank you, Panes.

PANES
You don’t need to thank me.

SALLY
(another moment)
We’re going to have to go back out there.

PANES
I guess.

But neither of them moves.

INT. LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

SANFORD JEWISON is at the piano playing his own stuff,
oblivious to the din. The CAMERA gets a glimpse of Ryan
through the French doors at the pool, alone, a glass of
Perrier in his hand.

MEDIUM CLOSE

Monica alone, uneasy, starts to pour herself a glass of
champagne. Jeffrey gets to the bottle first.

JEFFREY
Let me.
(pours for her)
I’m Jeffrey.

MONICA
Monica.

JEFFREY
And you know our friends, how?

MONICA
We live next door.

JEFFREY
Oh. You’re them.

MONICA
Excuse me?

JEFFREY
We’ve heard lots about you.

MONICA
(lost)
You have?

EXT. POOL – CONTINUOUS

Judy Adams lost herself a little, steps outside, sits
alone…

JUDY
(smiles over at Ryan)
Hi.

RYAN
Hi. A little close in there.

JUDY
Yup.

INT. MUSIC LIBRARY – CONTINUOUS

A small, narrow room. Not much more than an alcove. With
space for a desk, stereo equipment, and shelves packed with
CDs. The topmost shelf is a line of record albums.

Joe’s picking through the CDs. Monica wanders in from the
living room, toting a glass of champagne… watches him for a
moment.

MONICA
Your Eames table is incredible. And the
B&B. I just put that in a client’s home,
actually, but in red.

JOE
You’re an interior decorator, right?

MONICA
(nods)
Sally did all this herself?

JOE
In fits and starts — and then, later, of
course, she had to accommodate me. So
things shifted a little bit then, became
more eclectic. And it keeps changing.

MONICA
(somehow at a loss)
Mmm. It says something about the two of
you maybe.

JOE
Yeah, we’re in a constant state of flux.
(re: champagne)
I see you’ve moved up from the soft
stuff.

MONICA
Oh, yes. You know Ryan’s been sober
eight years. And it’s difficult if I…
you know. It’s better if I don’t.

JOE
Uh-huh.

MONICA
I’m a little nervous, so…

JOE
Oh.

MONICA
A little out of my element.

JOE
No you’re not.

MONICA
Well, yes. Yes, in fact. A little on
the outside, yes. And there’s been all
this friction.

JOE
Hm.

MONICA
I don’t know why, but these
misunderstandings have a way of
escalating.

JOE
Very well put.

MONICA
I think a lot of this could have been
avoided if Sally made more of an effort.

JOE
What?

MONICA
But you’re very private people. You
know, there’s a kind of elitism…

JOE
(pissed)
Elitism?

MONICA
The wrong word, maybe. Delete that.
And, you know, the dog barks incessantly.

JOE
And you know, he really does not.

MONICA
And Ryan works at home.

JOE
And your phone calls are nasty and
abusive. And I’ve come this close to
suing you for harassment. And you’re
only here because we’re supposed to be
sucking up to you.

Her eyes well with tears.

JOE (CONT’D)
Oh shit. I’m sorry.

MONICA
Well, that’s what Ryan thought. I was
more generous, actually.

JOE
Oh shit. I’m sorry. I’m a total fucking
maniac. Delete all that, okay? I spoke
for myself, this needn’t rub off on my
wife. Oh shit. I get pissy sometimes.
Much worse than Otis. Otis doesn’t bite.
It’s just, I really love my dog and he
doesn’t really bark a lot.
We live in a canyon. We hear dogs
barking at night, too. And it’s not
Otis.

Monica starts to laugh.

MONICA
Alright.

It appears she’s consumed more than one glass of champagne.

JOE
Easy tiger.

MONICA
Alright. Please don’t tell Ryan I’m
drinking.

JOE
Scout’s honor.

MONICA
(grins)
I’ll be your best friend.

She feels they’ve bonded. She pulls a well-thumbed copy of
Joe’s novel from her purse.

MONICA (CONT’D)
Would you sign it for me.
(digs for a pen)
I’m sure this is inappropriate.

JOE
We’re way past inappropriate.

Monica giggles, presses back the bubble rising in her chest
and moving toward her throat. Manages not to burp.

MONICA
(as he signs it)
I’ll treasure this.

He moves towards the doorway, Monica at his heals.

JOE
I need to leave you now.

MONICA
I will treasure this.

JOE
(shouting down the hall)
Sally!!!!

INT. DAILIES ROOM – LATER – DAY

Sally’s team prepares clues for charades. Sally writes them
down, throws them in a bowler hat. Her teammates are Panes,
Sophia, Mac, Ryan, Sanford and Jeffrey.

SALLY
Panes?

PANES
From Jewish Folk Poetry, a song cycle…

MAC
What?

SALLY
Trust him.

PANES
It’s Shostakovich.

Ryan spots his book on the shelf and pulls it out, delighted.

SALLY
Sandy…

SANFORD
The Wind Up Bird Chronicle.

SALLY
(turns to him)
Ryan?

RYAN
(pleased)
I didn’t know you had this.

SALLY
Oh. Well, yes. It’s extraordinary. You
think you could sign it for us?

RYAN
Absolutely. You always wonder where your
books end up. Why don’t we use it?

JUDY
Good idea.

RYAN
There’s not a chance in hell anyone will
get it…

MAC
Down by Law.

SOPHIA
Who’s not going to get that in fifteen
seconds.

INT. LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

Joe’s team works on it’s clues. Teammates: Gina, Cal, Clair,
Skye, Monica, Jerry and Mary-Lynn. Everyone is talking over
each other and fighting for attention. There are a lot of
strong personalities here.

JOE
Can we… one at a time? Hold it down,
and one at a time. You’re last, Cal.

CAL
Why last?

MONICA
The Katzenjammer Kids.

There’s a hush.

MONICA (CONT’D)
You know. It’s the Funnies. The
Katzenjammer Kids. It’s my mother’s
favorite charade’s clue. No one ever
gets it.

Pause.

JOE
Alright. Good. Fine, I vote for that.

He writes it down.

MONICA
With a “Z.” K. A. T. Z.

GINA
When the Pawn Hits the Conflicts He
Thinks Like a King What He Knows…

People hoot, throw their cocktail napkins.

GINA (CONT’D)
What?

SKYE
Utopia Parkway…

They all start talking on top of each other again.

INT. LIVING ROOM – LATER

The teams have come together.

JOE
Who’s keeping time?

Mac raises his hand on Sally’s side, Jerry on Joe’s.

JOE (CONT’D)
Two minutes.

SALLY
(deferring first turn to Joe)
It’s alright. Be our guests.

She offers the hat.

JOE
(offers the hat)
You darling.

Panes reaches into the hat.

PANES
(reads clue; to Joe)
What is it?

Joe whispers to him.

PANES (CONT’D)
What’s a sign for that?

JOE
Come on, Panes…

JERRY
Go!

Panes mimes a belly laugh.

JEFFREY
What the hell is that?

SALLY
What is it Panes?

Panes sighs.

SOPHIA
Two words.

He belly laughs.

JUDY
Funny.

A finger to his nose – elongate the word.

SANFORD
Funnies?

Panes does an “ON THE NOSE.” Gets on all fours. Licks his
paws.

RYAN
The Katzenjammer Kids.

The team applauds delight. Panes preens. Joe’s team looks
over at Monica.

JERRY
(already pissed)
It’s only just started. Great. The
husband’s on the other fucking team.

Jerry reaches into the hat. Looks at the clue.

MAC
Go.

JERRY
Hey! Would you?

MAC
It was fifteen seconds.

JERRY
I don’t think so.

MAC
Are you always this much fun?

SALLY
(a grin)
Take your time, Jer.

JERRY
I’m ready.

He gives the clue “a song.”

CAL
Song.

He gives “cycle.”

GINA
Cycle.

CAL
Two words. Second word.

Jerry goes to work on “sounds like” for the word Jewish.
Strokes beard, thinks, tries “sounds like” again.

TEAM
Think. Pain.

CAL
(among others)
Ponder.

JERRY
Come on, folks.

CAL
First word.

Jerry does the sign for the “short word.”

TEAM
To, the, but, or…

Jerry shakes his head. Goes to the third word.

TEAM (CONT’D)
Third word. One syllable.

Jerry pulls his ear, “sounds like”. Slides his finger
through the O created by his thumb and forefinger.

TEAM (CONT’D)
Fuck…sounds like… Fork. Flock…

he does the finger sign again.

TEAM (CONT’D)
Fuck. Folk.

Jerry gives them “on the nose.”

TEAM (CONT’D)
Second word.

MAC
Thirty seconds.

Jerry turns, gives them a dirty look.

JOE
Jer. Over here. Over here.

TEAM
Second word.

He strokes his beard again.

SKYE
(blurts out)
From Jewish Folk Poetry.

Jerry looks at her, amazed. She stands, throws hands up in
triumph, does a little victory circle.

The CAMERA CUTS through the rest of the game, aggressive,
competitive, verging on hostile. Sally is often aching from
laughter, tears streaming down her face.

JERRY
Time. Hey! Time. Judy! Time you guys.
Hey!!

JUDY
(she’s up; turns to him, zeig
heil’s him)
Ya Vhol. What are you, a fucking Nazi?

JERRY
Well it’s fucking time.

TIME CUT TO:

CLOSE SHOT

JERRY (CONT’D)
(shouting guesses)
Walk. Cripple. Limp. Ankle. Second
syllable. Second syllable. Move on to
the fucking second syllable.

Gina giving clues starts to laugh.

JERRY (CONT’D)
(sings out)
The clock is ticking!

Gina loses it, cracks up.

MAC
Time.

TIME CUT TO:

Jeffrey’s on his feet, giving the clue.

SALLY’S TEAM
(unison)
Quote. Play.

SOPHIA
Oh shit. It’s one of Cal’s. Obscure
Shakespeare, folks.

Cal gives her a little wave from the other side.

SOPHIA (CONT’D)
(calls over to him)
Maybe something original for a change.

Cal blows her a kiss.

SALLY’S TEAM
(in unison)
Ten…twenty…thirty…seven, eight.
Thirty-eighth word…thirty-seventh word.

Gina’s been taking shots through the course of the game, and
the FRAME will freeze black and white on one of another
delicious moment. There’s a spectacular shot of Sally,
unaware, laughing, sad soft eyes on Joe.

MEDIUM CLOSE – AMERICA

She watches the game from the archway, waits for a break.
Sky’s up. Joe’s team yells frantic guesses. Jerry’s
suicidal.

Sally’s team watches, self-satisfied, throw barbed asides.

SALLY
(to Joe’s look; innocence)
I didn’t say a word.

MAC
Time!

JERRY
What was it? What the fuck was it?

SALLY
(small grin)
Ryan’s novel.

JERRY
Ryan’s novel?

JUDY
Ryan’s novel, Jerry.

AMERICA
(sings out)
Dinner!

SALLY
Still champions.

JOE
Panes is not on your team anymore.

PANES
What did I do?

SALLY
Panes is not on my team anymore. I’ll
have Panes if I like.

AMERICA
Dinner.

SALLY
Dinner.

JOE
It’s an unfair advantage.

SALLY
You’ve got Cal. You’ve got Gina. You’ve
got Skye? We’re the leftovers.

JOE
Okay, knock it off.

SALLY
Truce?

JOE
Truce.

SALLY
Dinner.
(on the move)
Don’t be angry.

JOE
(pissed)
I’m not fucking angry, for God’s sake.

EXT. POOL AREA – MAGIC HOUR

Evie and Jake run along the side of the house. Behind the
glass walls the CAMERA catches adults moving through the
living room and into the dining room.

INT. DINING ROOM – MAGIC HOUR

Most everyone’s moved through to the dining room. The table
is filled with platters of beautifully prepared food.
Candles, flowers.

ASTRID, newly arrived, carrying a miniature furball, of
questionable breed, is first in line and halfway around the
table. She feeds “Anouk” bits from the table enroute.

ASTRID
(barely looks up as Sally comes
into the room)
So who won?

SALLY
(raises her hand)
A triumph. When did you get here?

ASTRID
Ten, fifteen minutes ago.

SALLY
Why didn’t you come in?

ASTRID
I hate the sight of blood. You guys
don’t take prisoners.

SKYE
(charmed by the bundle in
Astrid’s arm)
Oh how sweet.

The furball bares teeth and growls.

ASTRID
She’s insanely jealous.

INT. LIVING ROOM – MEDIUM CLOSE ASTRID – NIGHT

She slips another morsel into Anouk’s mouth, murmurs baby
talk, allows the dog to take a bit of chicken from between
her teeth.

CLAIR
That’s revolting, Astrid.

People sit in small groups, eating dinner, catching up.
Latecomers, bunch around Joe. Sam Feckman, an actor also in
Mac’s film, holds forth.

Panes finds room next to Skye.

PANES
Is there space here?

SKYE
Yes.

PANES
Do you need anything else?

SKYE
No, no thanks.

He sits on the floor along side her. They eat in silence for
a moment.

PANES
(finally)
I was impressed.

SKYE
Oh?

PANES
The charades.

SKYE
Thank you.

PANES
That was my clue.

SKYE
Oh?

PANES
The Shostakovich.

SKYE
Really??

PANES
(does Seller’s Indian)
Oh yes, indeed. That was my clue, you
see.

Skye giggles appreciative response.

PANES (CONT’D)
(still Indian)
So you are well acquainted with this
Shostackovich, as am I.

Other arrivals pick their way through bodies and plates.
Walk over to Sally and kiss her cheek. Joe and Gina and
Jeffrey sit off to the side.

JOE
I hate the idea of some one else living
in it.

Joe pulls Sally to him and wraps his arms around her.

JOE (CONT’D)
Sally’s never even seen it. I thought
we’d raise our kids there.

Sally held in Joe’s arms, smiles. The cat who ate the
canary.

JOE (CONT’D)
Have I ever told you how Lucy and I
nearly squashed each other getting into
the dumb waiter.

GINA/JEFFREY/SALLY
Yes./Often./I stopped counting.

JOE
The dumb waiter was our…

GINA
Escape hatch.

JOE
(eyes her)
Escape hatch. And Dad was having a go
about the garden. Something was
misplanted…

SALLY
Not properly watered.

JOE
Whatever!
(to Gina)
You know how he gets. Well, he went
absolutely bonkers. Lucy and I were
frantically trying to scramble into the
dumb waiter and I didn’t fit any more.
It was almost fatal. And that, my dear
friends, is the day…

SALLY/JEFFREY
I realized I had become a man. Ta da!

GINA
You’re not a man, Joe. You’re a boy.

JOE
(childishly)
So?

GINA
(laughs)
I love you, Joe Therrian.

SALLY
(at a loss, small)
Me too.

Sophia watches from across the living room.

NEW ANGLE

INT. LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

Astrid squeezes in next to Sally, on her second portion of
everything. She allows Anouk to nibble from her plate.

ASTRID
You’re not upset that I brought the dog?

SALLY
Would it make a difference?

ASTRID
Anouk isn’t like a dog, really. More
like a small person. So is there anyone
here for me? No one looks new.
(fixes on Ryan)
Who’s that?

SALLY
You don’t want that. It’s married and
it’s the neighbor.

ASTRID
Oh I think he’s cute. How’s the marriage
part working out?

SALLY
You’re fucking desperate.

ASTRID
Like you didn’t know.
(re: Skye)
Who invited the bimbo?

SALLY
One guess.

INT. LIVING ROOM

The CAMERA stays close on the cake as America wheels the cart
into the living room. The top of it sports Sally and Joe’s
faces on either side of Otis, a detailed edible photograph.
There are three sixes across the top.

There’s a freed up pathway. Cal taps the side of his
champagne glass with a fork.

SOPHIA
(re: the cake as it comes in)
Part of our gift. Honey!!

CAL
(clinks his glass)
Here, here.

Clair picks up discarded dinner plates. Otis takes care of
those behind couches, under tables.

The gifts are stacked high, near the fireplace. Sally is on
the floor, nestled between Joe’s knees, leaning back against
him. His arms are wrapped around her, face pressed against
hers.

There’s a SERIES OF CUTS through speeches, gifts,
entertainment. Sophia and Cal do a well rehearsed, very
funny, impromptu something with their kids.

Panes and Mac do an interpretive dance symbolizing the
marriage.

Cal and Sophia carry sleeping children down the hall.

There are speeches about Sally and Joe, outrageously dirty,
funny, sometimes touching – that cover their recent
separation, the custody of Otis, their trying to have a
baby…

Panes plays a piece on the violin. Someone else sings. And
finally…

MEDIUM CLOSE – SKYE

She looks out at the guests…

NEW ANGLE

They look back at her.

SKYE
I wasn’t prepared to say anything. I’m
honored to be a part of tonight. To be
in the same room, with my favorite living
actress…

The CAMERA barely catches the grimace on Mac’s face; Clair
elbows him.

SAM
(sings out)
Still living.

SKYE
And my favorite novelist. And all their
amazing —

SAM
(sings out)
And talented.

SKYE
Friends. And talented friends. This
room is so filled with love..

ASTRID
(sings out)
And the winner is…

PANES
Let the woman speak.

SKYE
And I brought a gift of love. A gift
that is love.

She pulls an envelope from behind her back, which she’s
decorated in flower-child fashion; it harkens back to the
sixties, puts it into Sally’s hand, kisses her cheek.

SKYE (CONT’D)
(tears up)
Happy anniversary. Thank you for making
me a part of it.

SALLY
(pours the pills into her hand)
What are they?

JOE
(pleased, surprised)
Dolphins. Great.

SALLY
It’s ecstasy, Sal.

SKYE
I think there are sixteen there.

JOE
(kisses Skye)
This is an amazing present. What a
sweetheart you are.

Skye’s pleased she’s made him happy.

SALLY
(regards Joe; to Skye)
What a sweetheart you are.

A pall descends on the party. There’s a FULL SHOT of the
group. Nobody quite knows what to do. There’s torn wrapping
paper all over the room.

ASTRID
(Anouk still in her lap)
It’s late.
(kisses Anouk)
You sleepy baby?

There are awkward excuses. Some of the guests leave.

INT. LIVING ROOM – MOMENTS LATER

The core group remains.

JOE
I think we should all take it tonight.
Everyone’s staying, stays. No driving.
That’s the rule. I love you Sally-Mae.
You’re going to have a fabulous time.

SALLY
I’m worried about my spine. I’m very
worried about my brain and my spine.

SOPHIA
(laughs)
Oh honey, you’re gonna love it.

JOE
(to her Look)
Sophia’s going to do it, Panes is going
to do it, trust me.

INT. KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

Cal carries the envelope into the room.

CAL
(on seeing America, bursts
into)
America, America God shed his light on
me.

He dances her around the kitchen, he picks up the sterling
dish, arranges the pills, carries them back to the living
room.

INT. LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

Ecstasy is passed from guest to guest. Ryan expects Monica
to abstain.

MONICA
(his glare; simply)
I want to try it, Ryan.

EXT. POOL – LATER

The drug has begun to take effect. The party is now in full
swing. Music is playing, and Sophia and Clair are dancing.

People are swimming, some naked, some in swimsuits. Judy
floats around the pool on an inflatable dog.

Sally and Skye cuddle together on one of the benches round
the pool, chatting; a friendly, feely touchy conversation.
Joe passes around bottles of water and chewing gum to
everyone, emceeing the event.

Everyone is relaxed and open, except Ryan, who sits beside
Monica at the edge of the garden, separated from the others.

MONICA
I love it here. Don’t you love it here,
Ryan? I love it here. And I love
tonight. And I love these people. And
this feels utterly fantastic, Ryan.
(touches her own cheek, ever so
lightly; shivers against the
sensation)
Utterly fantastic.

RYAN
You know what Sally Therrian was saying
about your spine and your brain? She
didn’t pull that out of thin air. It
causes brain damage. You’d better drink
a lot of water.

MONICA
Do you want to go home, Ryan?

RYAN
Yes.

MONICA
I think you should then. You should look
in on Sheila.

RYAN
I’m not going to leave you alone.

MONICA
They’re really nice people, Ryan.
They’re like us…

RYAN
They’re nothing like us.

MONICA
I think you need to speak for yourself,
Ryan. But I think you’re really nice
people…

She puts arms around him, kisses his cheek. He stiffens.

RYAN
Are you making an ass of yourself?

MONICA
There’s only you, Ryan. You know what,
Ryan? You’re beautiful. I love you so
much… You need…

RYAN
I don’t need a drug.

MONICA
You need a good review and you’ll be
fine. The whole color of the world will
change, mark my words.

She gets up.

RYAN
Ready to go?

MONICA
I’m going to go get my swimsuit. I do
know, Ryan, this is non addictive so you
mustn’t worry.
(turns back)
Ryan, you’re a great man.

The CAMERA follows Monica along the side of the pool. She
passes Sophia and a very exuberant Clair.

The CAMERA stays at the pool. Clair tears off Sally’s
Galiano, flings it to the ground and dives topless into the
pool.

CLAIR
This water is great!

JERRY
(swimming past her)
Wanna dive for a baton?

MEDIUM CLOSE UP – JUDY

She stands at the side of the pool.

JUDY
Okay, I’m about to throw five colored
batons in the water. Then I’m going to
count to three, and then you may start
diving. I’m playing too. The red one is
ten extra points. Ready?
(she throws batons in)
One, two, three, go!!

There is a melee of diving and screaming.

CUT TO:

EXT. BACKYARD LANDING

It’s at the end of a bridge, overlooking the pool. Voices
drift up from below. Mac and Joe walk in circles pacing
around one another.

MAC
You got your DP?

JOE
What? Oh yeah, the camera man? They
gave me a list.

MAC
And you got Skye Davidson. Pretty big
leagues for a first timer. Do you even
like movies?

JOE
Not particularly. Weird, isn’t it? God
I’m rally up. Do you feel anything yet,
Mac?

MAC
Kind of. Hey, look – John Seale, Oliver
Stapelton, Darius Khonji – they’re
friends. And great DP’s I could give
them a call for you.

JOE
Thanks, Mac.
(regards him)
And thanks for being so supportive about
all this.
(throws arm around him, hugs
him close)
I really love you, you know.

MAC
Hey, I’m happy for you, buddy. Anything
I can do.

JOE
(lets go of Mac)
God, I really need to jump about a bit.
(begins jumping)
How’s your film going?

CAL
It’s going. It’s going.

JOE
And how’s the diva doing?

MAC
Well, you know…good days, bad days.

JOE
I meant Sally.

MAC
I meant Sally.

JOE
(stops jumping, studies him)
Oh. You’re serious.

MAC
(throws and arm around him)
No. No.
(a beat)
Let me tell you something. Directing’s
the best preparation possible for
fatherhood. The sleep depravation alone.

JOE
Oh don’t. Everyone says that.

INT. MUSIC LIBRARY

Sally’s taken Gina’s photograph of them from the mantelpiece
in the living room, and looks for a spot for it on the CD
shelves. Sophia is studying the CDs very intently. They are
both bopping to the music.

SALLY
(re: the photograph)
Isn’t this a fabulous picture?

SOPHIA
Yes.

SALLY
She’s such a great photographer.

SOPHIA
Hm.

SALLY
So where should I put it?

SOPHIA
I thought it was okay where it was.

SALLY
It’s much more personal in here.

SOPHIA
A notch above the storage room.

SALLY
We’re always in here.
(regards the photo)
She really gets him, doesn’t she?

SOPHIA
The both of you.

SALLY
But she really gets to the heart of Joe,
doesn’t she? She’s a genius.

SOPHIA
So how much do you hate her?

SALLY
Big time.

They both laugh, then…

SOPHIA
Well, I don’t trust her. I never have.

SALLY
She took our wedding photos, for
chrissakes. You don’t trust anyone.

SOPHIA
(a moment simply)
I trust you.

SALLY
Oh Soph…

SOPHIA
You’ll hate it in London. It’s wet and
miserable. A medical hellhole Sally.
It’s socialized. Beds in the corridors.
Terrible plumbing.

SALLY
And the food sucks, I know.

SOPHIA
You are not having your baby in London.
You’re going to have your baby at Cedars
in Beverly Hills, America, delivered by
Dr. Milton Cohen. Period.
And you’re getting that epidural right
away, don’t let anyone talk you into any
of that Lamase bullshit. There’s no
excuse for pain like that.

SALLY
Sophia! I’m not even pregnant!

SOPHIA
Well good. Thank God.

SALLY
Let’s go in the kitchen and spy on
everyone.

SOPHIA
Oh honey, let’s.

They’ve started to walk through the house.

SALLY
(stops short; turns to her)
What do you mean, thank God?

SOPHIA
Well, are you sure about this baby thing?
It’s not the ticking clock shit, is it?

SALLY
No, no, not at all… I mean I’ve still
got plenty of time. Don’t I? I mean I
still have a good six years, whatever.
We could have three kids yet, if we
wanted. And I know I’ve always said I
never wanted kids, and I didn’t… but
this year, I really, truly, feel ready…

SOPHIA
Honey, I’m not worried about you. You
are going to be a fantastic mom. Not an
issue. I pressed you, remember? Joe, on
the other hand, is a different story.

SALLY
(laughs)
Oh Soph, Joe loves kids. Joe wants kids.
Joe thinks he needs kids.

SOPHIA
He wants playmates. Oh he’s a
sweetheart, Sal, you know I love him.
But he’s not going to be a good father.
He’s just not parenting material.

SALLY
Hey, let’s sit down. I bet the rug feels
really nice against your skin.

Sally drops out of frame.

SOPHIA
Don’t try and change the subject.
(sitting, joining Sally)
Oh God, it feels great! He’s just a
little narcissistic, irresponsible and
unreliable.

SALLY
And Cal’s this massive adult?

SOPHIA
Cal knows who he is. Did you notice how
happy Joe was when the drugs came out
tonight?

SALLY
You weren’t exactly horrified.

SOPHIA
(laughing)
I don’t have a drug problem.

SALLY
Neither does Joe.

SOPHIA
His sister does. Big time. And the New
York Times says addiction is genetic —
I’ll e-mail you the article.

Sally stares at her friend suddenly mute, eyes wide.

SOPHIA (CONT’D)
You don’t have kids to keep a marriage
together, Sally. It’s only five months
since Joe came back.

SALLY
(getting up)
We’re fine. We’re great. We’re having a
baby and we’re moving to London.

SOPHIA
(following her)
Well, you weren’t fine last summer when
you went Sylvia Plath on me in
Connecticut.

SALLY
Not nice. Not kind.

SOPHIA
Ha! Not half so not kind as your husband
was in his portrayal of you in his novel.

SALLY
Why are you doing this?

SOPHIA
His image of you is a possessive, fragile
neurotic.

SALLY
(tearing up)
But I am a possessive, fragile neurotic.

SOPHIA
(also tearing up)
No you are not. You’re Sally Nash.
Listen to me, you’re Sally Nash. You’re
my best friend and I love you more than
anyone, and you’re not going to move to
London to have the offspring of a
sexually ambivalent man-child. “Oh now
I’m a novelist, oh now I’m a director…”
English prick bastard Joe Therrian who’s
probably going to leave you for Skye
Davidson anyway.

They hug a bit weepy.

SOPHIA (CONT’D)
He’s always one step removed, always
looking over his shoulder always looking
for something else, something more
intoxicating, and I don’t mean drugs. I
love him, Sal, but he’s a child. He’s
not ready.
(a choked sob, tears well and
fall)
Oh God, you’re so lucky you don’t have
kids. You can’t stick your head in the
oven. You can’t take a handful of
Percoden if you want to, or slit your
wrists. You can’t do yourself in. Kids
rob you of that option. Trust me.
(a beat)
Oh my God, this ecstacy must be really
good.

EXT. POOL SIDE – CONTINUOUS

Joe and Cal sit by the edge of the pool watching Skye dance
by herself at the far end. Joe has his hand on Cal’s chest.
Cal is stroking Joe’s hair.

JOE
Isn’t Skye amazing?

CAL
She’s got great tits.

JOE
She’s a constant surprise.

CAL
And you’ve only just met.

JOE
Yeah, I know… But she’s only twenty
seven and…
(taps his head)
The wisdom. She’s an old soul. She knew
that Shostakovich thing. Did you notice?

CAL
Absolutely. And she’s got great tits.

JOE
Yeah, God she really does have great
tits, great tits. i can’t wait to work
with her.

CAL
The camera loves her. A great actress.

JOE
With great tits. I’m going to ask her if
I can touch them.

He gets up to go towards Skye, is stopped by…

EXT. MEDIUM SHOT – CLAIR

Clair is climbing up the pool steps.

CLAIR
Has anyone seen Mac?

JOE
(pointing further up the
property)
I saw him wandering over there, I think.
How’re you feeling, Clair?

CLAIR
I’m so good.

She kisses Joe and Cal, and goes off to find her husband.

CAL
Poor Mac. It’s been a bit of a struggle.
I’m sure Sally’s told you.

JOE
No, what?

CAL
The movie.

JOE
Oh, she’s really enjoying it. I think.
Is Mac okay?

CAL
I don’t know what’s going on. I don’t
care to guess. Mac’s really unhappy.
She isn’t there, that’s all. She’s no
idea what she’s playing, not a clue.

JOE
Who, Sally?

CAL
And, you know it isn’t rocket science,
this script. She can barely get the
lines out. There was a scene last week –
she sobbed, through every take. I know
crying’s easy for her but it’s a fucking
comedy, Joe. Something’s gone. You
know, that thing that was Sally – that
always surprised you. It’s gone. I
think she’s scared. And that’s death.

JOE
I still think she sails above the rest.
I mean not like her early films. But
those were all such great directors.

CAL
Mac’s a pretty great director, Joe. He’s
a woman’s director. And nothing’s
happening. Course he won’t fire her,
because of the friendship… But it was
discussed. He had to battle his studio
to get her in the first place.

JOE
What?

CAL
Hey, listen, I love her. She’s Sophia’s
best friend.
(to Joe’s stare)
I never said any of this, alright. I’ll
deny it on the stand…
(into the silence)
You guys are gonna have kids. That is so
great. Maybe that’s what this is all
about. Maybe she doesn’t want to do this
anymore. You know adults don’t do this
for a living. You guys are gonna have
your kids, you’ll be directing — one
asshole in the family is enough. Sophia
knew that intuitively. Look at Clair.
Clair’s a mess.
(throws an arm around him)
Make sure she gets the epidural. Forget
that natural childbirth shit.
Everything’s going to be what it’s
supposed to be. “Life is but a walking
shadow. A poor player who struts and
frets his hour upon the stage and then is
heard no more…” And speaking of me, the
role of Leo in your film?

JOE
(stares at him)
Leo?

CAL
Any thoughts on casting yet?

JOE
(regards him)
Leo? It was out to Jude Law. Jude
passed.

CAL
Well, I can’t make any promises, and of
course I haven’t read the script but I
loved the novel…when are you shooting?

JOE
October-ish.

CAL
I have a small window of time.

JOE
Leo. Leo’s twenty-eight, Cal.

CAL
Scratch the two, write in a four.

JOE
Scratch the two, write in a four.

CAL
You’ve got a lot of fucking gall. Thirty
nine.

JOE
Five years ago, I was at the party,
remember?

Joe looks up and sees Sally standing in the sun room. He
blows her a kiss. She kisses her finger tips and puts her
hand flat against the window pane.

INT. BEDROOM CLOSET – TIGHT CLOSE – SALLY

She’s in her wardrobe pacing back and forth a bit frantic.
Trying on clothing, tossing garments to the ground. The
floor is a heap of discarded ideas. She pulls on jeans and a
t-shirt. Very similar to what Skye is wearing. She sits a
moment on the floor. The sounds of the party below are
muted.

SALLY (O.S.)
Oh Warren, that was awful, I can’t sing.

The CAMERA stays with Sally as she gets to her feet, walks
along the corridor, toward the sound of her voice.

INT. DAILIES ROOM – NIGHT

Mac is on the edge of the couch, elbows on knees, staring at
the television screen – watching his dailies. At some point
he drops his head. Stops watching…

INT. MOVIE SET

CAL’S VOICE FROM THE T.V. (O.S.)
You sing like a bird.

SALLY’S VOICE FROM THE T.V. (O.S.)
A bird with dropsy. A caged bird. That
hasn’t long to live.

CAL’S VOICE FROM THE T.V. (O.S)
You seem so alive up there.

Sally stands at the open door. Stunned. Watches Mac watch
her. Watches herself, with a professional, acute eye. More
critical than Mac’s could ever be.

SALLY (ON TV)
I was faking it. I’ve been feeling caged
for sometime. Funny, huh?

MAC
(moans)
No, it’s not… Fuck fuck fuck fuck.

INT. CORRIDOR – CLOSE SHOT – SALLY

She backs up into the corridor mortified. Leans against the
wall.

CAL’S VOICE FROM THE T.V. (O.S.)
It’s preposterous. You’re free to do
whatever you like.

SALLY’S VOICE FROM THE T.V.
Yes, well, we’ll see won’t we?

MAC (O.S.)
Jesus Christ.

SALLY
(a deep breath)
Well…wow…

INT. HALLWAY – CONTINUOUS

Clair’s started down the hallway, reaches the landing. Sally
rushes into the guest bedroom to avoid her. Clair, just
missing Sally, wanders into the dailies room.

INT. DAILIES ROOM – CONTINUOUS

CLAIR
Mac? Oh there you are. What are you
doing, honey? No more work. Don’t you
feel breezy.

MAC
I’m in mourning.

CLAIR
You can cut around it, whatever it is.
You always do.

MAC
Not this time.

CLAIR
It’s always not this time. If you can do
it around me, you can do it around
anyone.

She walks in front of the television set, blocks it with her
body, switches it off.

MAC
(an observation)
You don’t have any clothes on.

CLAIR
How nice for everybody. Come swimming.
The water’s glorious.
(re: the film)
You’ll fix it. You’ll come up with one
of your brilliant ideas.

MAC
Or I won’t. I can’t help her. I’m out
of my depth.

CLAIR
Things always look much worse in the
morning.

MAC
I don’t know how to make her funny.

CLAIR
You’re coming swimming in the pool, and
in a few minutes you won’t even remember
what it’s about. You won’t care who’s in
your damn movie.

MAC
(really stoned)
What what’s about?

CLAIR
I…wait, what are you talking about?

INT. GUEST ROOM

MEDIUM CLOSE

Jack and Evie are asleep across the bed.

NEW ANGLE

Sally sits at the edge of the bed, regards the sleeping
children. Reaches over and smoothens the tangled, tousled
hair. Studies their faces.

EXT. POOLSIDE – JOE’S POV

Monica sits on the steps of the pool. She looks frightened,
uncomfortable.

JOE
Are you okay?

MONICA
I don’t think so. I feel. I feel a bit
funny.

JOE
Let’s go for a walk.

He puts his arm around her and leads her away from the pool.

EXT. BACKYARD LANDING – NIGHT

MONICA
I’ve never done this before.

JOE
Oh? It’s easy. You just put one foot in
front of the other… That’s a good girl.

MONICA
I’m a little in the puke zone.

JOE
(giving her some water)
Here, drink this. Drink lots of water.
(puts the bottle in her hand)
Hold on to this. Take deep breaths.
Nice and slow.
(sits her down; produces a
lollipop)
Would you like a lolly?

MONICA
What am I, five?

JOE
You’re never too old for a lolly. I’m
having one.

MONICA
(a grin)
Okay.

He pulls out another one.

JOE
Lemon or raspberry?

MONICA
Lemon.

JOE
Lemon it is.

The two suck on their lollipops for a moment.

MONICA
(finally)
Ryan’s really angry with me.

JOE
I think he’s really angry with me too.

MONICA
(laughs)
It’s really not the same thing.
(a moment)
He was really nicer when he drank.

JOE
I’m sorry.

MONICA
Eight years, though. That’s quite an
accomplishment.

JOE
That’s a lot of those.

MONICA
Medallions.

JOE
A lot of cakes.

MONICA
Yes.

JOE
And he doesn’t smoke?

MONICA
He has to find non-smoker’s meetings that
used to be almost impossible, you know?
It’s gotten much better.

JOE
How long have you been married?

MONICA
Nine…nine, yes? Nine years, just
about.

JOE
You must have been a baby.

MONICA
Oh yes. Nineteen…just.
(a moment)
I’m cold.

JOE
Come here.

Joe holds Monica.

MONICA
(a moment)
That’s very nice.

JOE
I like you.

MONICA
I’m so glad. You know, I recognize that
passage in your book. The bit about us
running into each other in the movie
theatre.

JOE
Sorry?

MONICA
I know you changed it to a bookstore.
And the color of my hair. But the moment
was exactly the same. The same, you
know, dynamic. And almost verbatim,
wasn’t it?

JOE
(humors her)
Yeah, it was. For a writer nothing’s
sacred.
(thinks a moment)
No, nothing at all.

MONICA
I think it’s great that I made an
impression at all, you know.

Joe regards the open trusting face, is touched by it. Leans
in, kisses her lips very lightly… and again. Her arms
can’t make up her mind, whether to come up around him or not.
Finally do.

SALLY (O.S.)
Otis!! Otis, come! Oh fuck!

She appears beside them.

SALLY (CONT’D)
Someone left the goddamn gate open. Otis
got out. Skye and I, well the… I came
out of the house and the fucking gate was
wide open.

JOE
Oh for fuck’s sake. Nobody uses that
gate.

MONICA
(horrified)
I’m sorry.

SALLY
(raging)
There’s a goddamn sign on the gate.

MONICA
I’m so sorry.

SALLY
You fucking cow, can’t you read?!

MONICA
(at a loss)
I…

SALLY
How long ago was it?

JOE
Stop being such a bitch, Sal.

MONICA
I’m so sorry.

JOE
It was a mistake. This isn’t a plot to
do in Otis.

SALLY
Don’t be so sure.

JOE
Listen to yourself…
(to Monica)
Don’t worry, it’s alright. We’ll find
him.
(to Sally)
What’s wrong with you?

SALLY
(re: Monica)
She left the fucking gate open.

JOE
Well he can’t have gone far.

SALLY
Can’t have gone far? He’s like a
greyhound. He could be miles away.

JOE
He’ll find his way back.

SALLY
There are fucking coyotes out there.

JOE
(calming)
Sally, calm down. We’re not going to
find him any quicker by you being
hysterical.

Monica retreats, backs off a step or two.

SALLY
Fuck you.

JOE
Or shitty!! Otis!!

CUT TO:

INT. KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

America and Rosa are cleaning up. Ryan hangs around
chatting.

RYAN
How long have you worked for the
Therrians?

AMERICA
(shrugs, polite but annoyed)
A long time.

RYAN
So you were here when they were doing the
work on the boundary fence?

AMERICA
Oh yes.

RYAN
Did you know the contractor?

AMERICA
Very well.

RYAN
Was it a contractor?

AMERICA
It’s the way they do things.

RYAN
To code?

Her back is to him. She exchanges a glance with Rosa, and
the Spanish equivalent of “who is this wanker?”

RYAN (CONT’D)
Did you see permits? Did he have a
license?

AMERICA
You should talk to Mr. Joe.

Monica bursts into the room.

MONICA
Ryan, you’ve got to come! You’ve got to
help me find the dog! I let their dog
out. We need to find the dog.

RYAN
You’re not serious.

MONICA
I left the gate open and Otis got out!
He could get hit by a car!

RYAN
God willing.

MONICA
We have to find the dog, Ryan.

RYAN
Why?

MONICA
(regards him)
Because we’re nice people, and because
what goes around comes around.
(desperate)
Because, God help you if something
happens to that dog?

RYAN
Excuse me?

MONICA
All the ugly phone calls? We’re not the
only people with a tape recorder, Ryan.
(a beat)
They’ve gone to the canyon, we should go
towards the PCH.

EXT. CANYON – MOMENTS LATER

Panes and Skye search the canyon for Otis. They both carry
lanterns.

PANES
Otis!! Shostakovich identified with the
Jew. He felt persecuted, hunted, crushed
under the thumb of Stalinist imperialism.

SKYE
Not to mention Andrew Zhdanov… Otis,
come!!

PANES
Andre Zhdanov? How the hell do you know
about Andre Zhdanov?

SKYE
Who doesn’t know about the infamous
composer’s conference of 1948 where
Zhdanov persecuted the leaders of Soviet
Music – Shostakovich, Prokofieve, and
Myaskovsky.

PANES
I’ll tell you who doesn’t know, cute
girls don’t know.

SKYE
Do Peter Sellers again.

PANES
(a la Sellers)
Otis you crazy dog! Otis are you in this
God forsaken Canyon? My people are very
hungry.

SKYE
I just did a movie about Bob Yar, I
played Gittle, the Jewish milkmaid who
gets shot in the head, and they used
Shostakovich’s 13th Symphony.

PANES
Set to the poem of Yetveshenko!

SKYE
Exactly! So I dug it, and I did a lot of
research.

PANES
Do you really, you really, like
Shostakovich?

SKYE
Yeah.

PANES
Would you, like, marry him?

SKYE
If he were still alive, maybe.

PANES
How about someone who really really liked
Shostakovich?

SKYE
(smiling)
Are you asking me to marry you?

PANES
No, I’m just testing to see how deeply
perverted and impulsive you are.

SKYE
(laughing)
Very.

PANES
Oh good, I’m worse… Are you really
twenty-two?

SKYE
Who told you that? No. I’m twenty…
(lops off two years)
Five.

EXT. CANYON – CONTINUOUS

Sally and Joe have lanterns. Panes and Skye are up ahead.
We hear them calling for Otis.

SALLY
Otis!!!!

JOE
(on her heels)
Otis!!!!

SALLY
Otis, good boy, come here. Oh my god, oh
my god, oh my god.

JOE
This is a nightmare. We should have kept
him upstairs.

SALLY
It was done. When Sophia put the kids to
bed, America brought Otis in the room and
closed the door. It was done.

JOE
Well someone clearly let him out before
Monica opened the gate.

SALLY
Oh fuck you, and fuck Monica while you’re
at it. But I guess that’s what I
interrupted.

JOE
Jesus, Sally. You are a medical miracle.
The only person who’s ever taken ecstacy
and become angrier.

SALLY
Yeah, let’s talk about that. You seem to
be rather an expert. I don’t remember in
the last five months of counselling your
ever mentioning ecstacy or going to rage
parties.

JOE
Rave parties?! That’s so typical – you
would think it was called rage. Perfect!

SALLY
What else don’t I know about, Joe? Let’s
get really clear here.

JOE
Sally, so I took a few pills. I went out
dancing. I tried to forget how upset I
was about splitting up with you. I
haven’t lied to you. I told you about
the people I’ve slept with. I just
didn’t mention the few occasions I took
drugs because you’re so fucking
judgmental I knew I’d never hear the end
of it, and you have so little faith and
so little trust in me. Sally, we’re
back, I love you. Trust that. Please
let’s not do this.

SALLY
Otis! Come! Good boy! Come!

JOE
Otis!

SALLY
I’m not sure we understand that word in
the same way.

JOE
Love?

SALLY
You walked out on a five year marriage.

JOE
That hasn’t the first fucking thing to do
with love. It’s whether we can live
together… like this! All the time.

SALLY
It’s not like this all the time.

JOE
DO I want anyone else? No. Do I want to
be with you for the rest of my natural
life? I’m trying.

SALLY
And how hard it hit?

JOE
Just stop right there, Sally. We’ve been
through this.

SALLY
You’ve been through it. That’s how you
love people. When it’s easy for you,
when it’s convenient for you.

JOE
Sally, first of all, you’re talking
bullshit. And second…

SALLY
You want to talk about bullshit? Lucy
called you three times this week. She’s
a fucking mess, Joe. Your sister is a
fucking mess. She needs you. I talk to
her more than you do.

JOE
That is not true.

SALLY
It is true. You know how you love, Joe?
You dedicate a book to someone.

JOE
Every novel I’ve had published in every
language I’ve dedicated to Lucy.

SALLY
Right. And when was the last time you
spoke to her?

Joe is silent.

SALLY (CONT’D)
And how fucking dare you cast Skye
Davidson in that part? Have you any idea
how humiliating that is for me? I’m an
actress! It’s about our marriage for
fuck’s sake. Everybody knows that…

JOE
It’s a novel.

SALLY
About me!

JOE
Who the fuck do you think you are? The
part of Genna is not just about you.
It’s about every woman I’ve ever loved in
my entire life. Including my mother.
The character is also clearly in her
early twenties, Sally.

SALLY
What are you saying?

JOE
Hello? Last birthday was?

SALLY
I don’t look my age, Joe.

JOE
Sally, I have never considered you for
this part because you are too old to play
it. And you are out of touch with
reality if you think differently.

SALLY
It’s a shit novel anyway.

JOE
Well there you go. I let you off the
hook. You’re one goddamn lucky actress.

SALLY
Not really. I mean your books have
always been pop, but this is the
shallowest of the bunch. That’s what all
our friends think, anyway.

JOE
Okay. If we could’ve, by some miracle,
stripped ten years off your face, still
couldn’t have got the thing made.
Because I don’t mean anything as a
director, and your name doesn’t mean fuck
all anymore. And the people that can
hire you are afraid to, because they
think you’re phoning it in. That you
don’t have… Oh Christ, Sally.

SALLY
Who? Who? Who thinks that?

JOE
Your director and your co-star of your
current movie. Don’t dish if you can’t
take it, Sally.

SALLY
Mac? Mac says it? Cal?

Joe doesn’t respond.

SALLY (CONT’D)
Cal, too?

JOE
Sally, for Christ’s sake.

SALLY
Anyone else?

JOE
This is insanity.
(moves toward her)
Sally…

SALLY
Don’t.

JOE
Don’t push me away.

SALLY
I had an abortion two weeks ago.

JOE
Don’t do this.

SALLY
I found out I was pregnant and it scared
the shit out of me.

JOE
(threatens)
Don’t do this!

SALLY
I told you when we met I never wanted
children. I don’t want kids in my life.
We talked about it. You weren’t
listening.

JOE
You changed your mind.

SALLY
I wanted you back.

Joe slaps her hard across the face.

SALLY (CONT’D)
You think this was to hurt you?! My God,
Joe. It isn’t about you.

JOE
What?! You aborted our child?!

SALLY
I’m a monster. Exactly.

JOE
You’re not ready.

SALLY
Don’t make allowances. I’ll never be
ready. Some people just shouldn’t have
children. I’d be a terrible fucking
mother, Joe. I did want it for us. But
I couldn’t do it. I don’t really think I
can do it.

JOE
I wasn’t part of that picture at all, was
I? I wasn’t part of that decision. Did
I occur to you at all? It’s a fucking
farce. It’s a fucking farce. How long
did you think you could keep it going.
You’re amazing. Do you have any idea
what you’ve done to us?

SALLY
Yes.

JOE
I’ll never forgive you.

SALLY
I know.

JOE
I have no idea who you are.

They stand their in silence. Joe is devastated. We hear
Skye and Panes up ahead calling for Otis.

INT. POOL – CONTINUOUS

SILENT UNDERWATER SHOTS

Of Mac, Judy and Clair. Mac directs an underwater ballet, a
la Esther Williams.

There’s a sequence of TIGHT OVERLAPPING SHOTS of Mac,
smiling, swimming underwater. His image of himself… SLO-MO
compounded by water-weight.

The drug has clearly taken effect. Mac opens his mouth to
direct his actors, forgets where he is, begins to choke, and
cough, is clearly in trouble.

Oblivious, Judy and Clair turn somersaults.

Mac begins to panic. He is drowning.

He begins to sink. Panic gives way to acceptance.

Jerry’s body flies past FRAME, splashes hard into the pool.
The LENS is water-splattered.

MEDIUM-CLOSE SHOT UNDERWATER

Jerry’s body sweeps past the lens, smooth and sleek as a
Dolphin. He grabs Mac…

EXT. POOL – CONTINUOUS

Jerry pulls Mac to the surface. Clair and Judy are out of
the pool. Jerry drags the limp body from the pool, pumps
Mac’s chest – it’s clear he knows what he’s doing. Mac
coughs up a load of water.

CLAIR
Oh my God. Honey???

There’s a moment. Mac begins to sob.

JERRY
He’s okay, Clair. You wanna give him a
little room?

MAC
(his face against concrete)
Man, I must really be stoned.
(wipes tears from his face with
his hand)
Thanks, buddy.

CLAIR
Honey?

Mac raises his hand, arrests her from coming nearer.

MAC
I’m fine, babe.

JERRY
Give him a minute, Clair.

MAC
(humiliated)
Hey.
(looks over at Jerry)
Thanks, buddy.

JERRY
Anytime, sport.

MAC
(wants to say “don’t call me
sport”)
Yeah, thanks pal.

CLAIR
(helpless)
Honey?

They all stand around watching him. Mac gets up.

MAC
I’m fine, babe. I’m gonna take a little
walk. I need a minute. Let’s forget it.
My life didn’t pass in front of my eyes.
So, it probably wasn’t that close.

JERRY
Probably not.

MAC
(to Jerry)
So, you’ve got lifeguard papers, or what?

JUDY
There’s a test, you know.

JERRY
(embarrassed)
Forget it, Judy.

CLAIR
(still scared)
Honey?

MAC
I’ll be fine. Really babe. Give me a
minute.

The CAMERA stays on Mac as he walks around the side of the
house, down the steps through the basement.

INT. BASEMENT – MEDIUM FULL SHOT

Mac begins to tremble, sob convulsively. He bites down on
his lip, clinches his first, tries to pull himself together.

MAC
(paces; at himself)
You’re okay. Buck up. Come on, be a
man. It could happen to anybody.
(tears start again)
If you don’t stop, I’m going to punch
your face in.
(another moment)

He pulls a towel off a stack and they all fall on the floor.

MAC (CONT’D)
Oh shit. I can’t fucking do anything
right. Come on, come on. Oh thank you
God for giving me this chance. Thank you
for having Jerry here to save me. I
promise I will never cheat on my wife
again. I will never take drugs again,
and I will be a great fucking husband and
a loving father. I am a great father! I
have terrific friends. I am a brilliant
director. Well-respected. I won a
Golden Globe, how ‘bout that? Yeah, man,
it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright.
And God, I will be humble.

INT. MUSIC LIBRARY – MEDIUM FULL SHOT

Gina regards the photographs she brought for Joe and Sally.
She lifts it from the shelf, the phone rings, the machine
picks up.

MAN’S VOICE
Joe, Joe! It’s your Dad! Pick up,
Joe…

Gina sets the photo on the desk, leans it up against the
wall. Joe and Sally’s faces stare out of it.

GINA
(picks up receiver)
Harry, hi, it’s Gina! Gina. Is
everything alright?
(a deep intake of breath)
Oh my God. When? He’s not here.
They’re out looking for Otis. The dog,
Harry.
(tears start down her face)
I love you so much. Lucy’s a fighter,
she’ll make it. Whether she wants to or
not. Harry. I’m so sorry. I will.
(writes down the number)
Yes I will. Take care, Harry. Bye.

She puts down the phone. Stares into Joe’s face, looks up at
a photo on the wall that she took of Joe and Lucy.

EXT. BACKYARD LANDING

Jerry and Judy are making out.

JUDY
Are you my big brave boy? Are you my
brave hero?

JERRY
You’re crazy baby. I love you.

JUDY
Are you my big hard hero?

JERRY
Do you want me to save you? Do you want
me to save you?

JUDY
Oh yeah…

JERRY
Oh yeah… I’m gonna save you.

JUDY
Oh yeah?

JERRY
Let me heal you, baby.

JUDY
(mantra)
Oh Jesus oh Jesus oh Jesus.

Grunts, groans, a scream, a peel of giggles.

JERRY
Oh yeah.

INT. MASTER BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

Gina pulls Joe’s clothes out of the closet, out of the
drawers. There’s an overnight bag on the bed.

EXT. POOL AREA

Cal and Sophia lie cuddled on a lounge chair, blissed out,
counting the windows of the house.

SOPHIA
…no, no, start again.

CAL AND SOPHIA
One, two, three, four…

Clair wanders up. She’s changed into her own clothes.

CLAIR
I’ve lost my husband and my beeper. Have
either of you seen either of them?

INT. LIVING ROOM – LATER

Clair, Mac, Sophia, Cal and Gina are waiting. The overnight
bag rests near the coffee table. No one speaks.

There are sounds of the search party approaching.

NEW ANGLE

Panes, Skye, Sally and Joe come into the room dogless.

JOE
What is it?

GINA
Let’s go upstairs, okay?

Joe looks from Gina to the others.

GINA (CONT’D)
Let’s go upstairs.

They move out of the room.

SALLY
(on the way upstairs)
Is it Otis?

Skye and Panes look at the other guests.

SKYE
What happened?

INT. MASTER BEDROOM

Gina closes the door.

JOE
The suspense is killing me.

GINA
Harry called.

JOE
(growing dread)
And?

GINA
(there’s now way to say it)
Lucy overdosed.

JOE
(a long moment)
But she’s alright.

GINA
She’s in ICU.

Joe’s legs give way. He sort of sits on the floor.

JOE
(laughs; shakes his head)
Stupid tart.

GINA
She left a note.

JOE
(realizes the import; to Gina)
Fuck you.

Tears start down Sally’s face.

GINA
You need to call your dad.

JOE
Leave us alone right now.

GINA
I’ve booked you a flight and packed you a
bag. You just need to get into a car and
go.

SALLY
Would you leave us alone right now?

GINA
I love her too, Joe.

JOE
Alright, good. Thanks for your trouble.
So will you leave Sally and me alone
right now?

SALLY
(a shrug; simply)
Everybody hates the messenger.

Gina exits.

SALLY (CONT’D)
(to Joe)
I’m coming with you.

Joe starts to cry. Sally holds him, kisses him, strokes him,
rocks him.

JOE
(inconsolable)
I don’t want you to go.

He wipes tears away that start afresh; his nose is running,
he wipes that too.

JOE (CONT’D)
I can’t got tonight. I don’t want to be
on a plane on my own tonight.

SALLY
I’ll be with you.

JOE
I don’t want to go tonight.

SALLY
You don’t have to.

They sit on the floor. Sally soothing, rocking Joe like a
baby.

JOE
(bereft)
Stupid tart.

INT. KITCHEN – LATER

Gina’s put up some coffee. Sophia, Cal, Mac and Clair stand
around awkwardly. Sally comes into the room.

MAC
How’s he doing?

SALLY
Not good.

GINA
He’s gonna miss his flight.

SALLY
Yeah.

Al the guests are a little stunned.

GINA
Is he not going? I booked a flight.

SALLY
He’s not going tonight.

GINA
I told his father he’d be on that flight.

SALLY
Well you could tell him otherwise. It
was good of you to be all this help. But
he doesn’t want to go tonight.

GINA
Jesus, Sally. I’m not the enemy.

SALLY
And you’re not the wife.

GINA
It’s not a contest.

SALLY
Damn straight.

CAL
Should I go up?

SALLY
I don’t think so.

CAL
You want us to stay?

SALLY
Maybe not.

MAC
So much for ecstacy, right?

They all laugh a little.

SOPHIA
Let’s get the kids.

CLAIR
Oh my God, the sitter.

SALLY
(laughs)
Oh Clair, you’re so… You know. You
just put things in perspective.

INT. MUSIC LIBRARY – CONTINUOUS

Joe listens to the answering machine message Lucy left that
morning. He plays it again and again.

HE fast forwards to his father’s voice. Presses the STOP
button. Sits there, stunned.

JOE
(dials phone, a moment)
Hey, Dad…

INT. GUEST BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

Cal and Sophia bundle up their sleeping kids. The CAMERA
follows them to the landing as they head downstairs, pass
Sally who is coming up.

SOPHIA
I’m going to be home all weekend, call if
you need anything.

Sally kisses Cal’s cheek.

CAL
Hang in.

INT. MASTER BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

Panes and Skye are fucking on Joe and Sally’s bed. Sally
walks in on them searching for Panes’ ear, her best buddy.

SALLY
(resigned)
Oh perfect!

EXT. BACKYARD LANDING – MEDIUM FULL SHOT

Jerry and Judy lie alongside each other, hands propping
heads. They aren’t privy to anything that’s happened.

JERRY
I call that a perfect day.

JUDY
A perfect night.

JERRY
Damn near.
(long moment)
And a damn near perfect drug.

JUDY
Hm. We should do it again.

JERRY
Just every once in a blue moon, you know.

JUDY
Hm.
(a long moment)
You think we should ask them for their
landscaper?

JERRY
Hm. Do you like fucking out of doors?

JUDY
Not as a rule.

JERRY
(a long moment)
They didn’t sign their goddamn tax
returns!

EXT. HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

Sally stands at the threshold, watches Cal and Sophia load
their kids into the car.

INT. FOYER – CONTINUOUS

Clair and Mac and Gina hug and say their goodbyes to Sally.

GINA
(kisses Sally; whispers)
Take good care of it.

SALLY
Count on it.

EXT. HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

Monica and Ryan return from their unsuccessful search. They
come through the gate with it’s sight: KEEP GATE CLOSED.
Monica and Ryan start for the kitchen entrance.

INT. KITCHEN – FROM MONICA AND RYAN’S POV

Sally and Joe are alone in the room. They hold each other,
weep…

RYAN
(appalled)
Jesus Christ, it’s a fucking dog!

MONICA
(regards them)
Don’t go in, Ryan.

RYAN
What?

MONICA
Let’s just go home, okay?

INT. KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

A much embarrassed Panes and Skye enter.

PANES
Coffee?

JOE
Sure.

PANES
I’ll do it.

Panes starts to make some; Skye starts to clean up glasses
and ashtrays.

SALLY
You don’t need to do that.

SKYE
I don’t mind…

SALLY
Relax. You’ve done enough.

EXT. KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

We see Judy and Jerry bounding around the side of the house.
Jerry has his briefcase in his hand. They are laughing.
They enter the kitchen. The camera stays outside. We see
them brought up short by the gloom, but hear nothing.

INT. KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

Sally and Joe are at the table, signing their tax returns.
Jerry supervising. All is quiet. Judy’s sunk into a chair.

INT. FOYER – CONTINUOUS

Morning’s finally come. Light fills the room, empty except
for party debris.

INT. LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS

It’s empty but for glasses, wrapping paper, abandoned dishes
of leftover cake.

INT. EMPTY KITCHEN – CONTINUOUS

INT. GUEST BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

The bed is rumpled and indented from the sleeping children.
Their drawings and paints strewn all over the floor…and
Walls.

INT. EMPTY DEN – CONTINUOUS

INT. MASTER BEDROOM – CONTINUOUS

The bed still shows the remains of Panes and Skye’s love
making.

The CAMERA moves through the suite into the bathroom.
Sally’s in the tub. Joe comes into the room in the buff.

JOE
Can I come in?

Sally looks up at the nakedness.

SALLY
Sure.

HE slips into the tub with her. They lie there facing each
other.

OE
My plane leaves in a few hours.

SALLY
Okay. Do you want me to come with you?

JOE
(simply)
No.

SALLY
Okay.

JOE
(a moment)
Pretty much a disaster, tonight, wasn’t
it?

SALLY
I guess.

JOE
Life gets messy. Ugly messy. But I
don’t understand you. And I don’t think
I ever understood Lucy. I don’t
understand throwing it away. How do you
throw all that away? Any of it. I want
it all. You guys want guarantees? I
want the possibilities. And all kinds of
crap comes with that. A lot of bad shit.
And I think that’s okay with me because,
because of the rest of the stuff. All
the good shit. All the surprises. It’s
a fucking miracle when you come down to
it.
(a moment)
We’d have had amazing children, you and
me. We’d have had a ride. You’d have
surprised yourself.
(regards her)
I’ll never love anybody else, you know.

SALLY
(a little choked laugh)
Me too.

JOE
That’s under lock and key.

SALLY
Me too.

Joe reaches out of the tub for gift-wrapped box. He hands it
to sally. It’s their ritual gift-giving site.

Sally opens the gift. Takes out a Calder mobile.

JOE
Happy anniversary.

SALLY
It’s a Calder.

JOE
I know.

SALLY
He’s my favorite.

JOE
I know. It’s for the baby’s crib.

SALLY
Ah…

She hands him a small wooden box. He opens it, takes out a
set of keys.

SALLY (CONT’D)
They’re the keys to your grandad’s flat.
Happy anniversary, baby.

JOE
Oh, Sally Mae…

He can’t say anymore.

SALLY
I know.

JOE
Will you make love with me?

SALLY
Sure.

She reaches out with both arms.

INT. BATHROOM – TIGHT CLOSE

Joe and Sally tenderly make love. It’s the dissolution of
their marriage.

INT. FOYER – NINE A.M.

America and Rosa begins to clean up the debris from the
party.

EXT. HOUSE – CONTINUOUS

A taxi pulls up. Joe gets in with his bags. The cab backs
out…

INT. MASTER BEDROOM – MEDIUM CLOSE

The two wedding rings rest on the nightstand, hers nestled in
his. Sally’s hand opens the drawer, sweeps the rings into
it.

EXT. HOUSE – LATE MORNING

The “FOR SALE” sign is hammered into the ground.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. HIGH SHOT – CONTINUOUS

Otis wanders along the street, up the driveway and disappears
through the flap in the kitchen door.

FADE OUT.




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