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Scene 1:Opening Last edited by dragonzonice, on 03/05/2009. 0 comments. More scene info.

INT. Living room — Evening

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Sheryl sits on the couch watching television. The evening news begins.

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Carl

(Offstage) Sheryl! The food's ready!

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Sheryl

Oh, okay.

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Sheryl exits to the kitchen/dining room (offstage) as we hear the news program begin.

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News Announcer

(V.O.) This is your 6 o'clock evening news with Rebbecca Lewis, Will Burte, Monica Sanders with weather, and Richard Garrett with sports. For your local news, trust Channel 5.

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Carl reenters the living room with plate in hand and watches the TV.

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Rebbecca Lewis

(V.O.) Good evening. I'm Rebbecca Lewis. There was a fire in the downtown area this morning. The Blue Garden's kitchen caught on fire early this morning.

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Sheryl

(Offstage) Oh, Carl, could you turn that off?

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Carl

Oh, yeah, sure.

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The news program continues under the conversation.

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Rebbecca Lewis

(V.O.) Due to confined downtown streets, emergency vehicles did not arrive on the scene until 20 minutes after the fire had been phoned in leading to minor damage of the adjacent building. The restaurant owner, Lucinda Turner, believed that the if the fire had been contained earlier, much damage could have been avoided.

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Lucinda Turner

(V.O.)We got lucky this time. If this had been over lunch hour when the traffic is hardly moving, who knows how long it would have taken.

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Rebbecca Lewis

(V.O)City officials are looking into the planning of the downtown area and possibilities of new fire lanes.

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The following conversation happens simultaneously over the news program.

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Sheryl

(O.S.) Did you tell Simon dinner's ready?

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Carl

No, not yet.

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Sheryl

(O.S.) I can get him.

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Sheryl reenters and crosses the stage and sticks her head offstage.

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Sheryl (CONT'D)

Simon! Dinner's ready!

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Simon

(O.S.) Yeah mom, just a sec.

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Sheryl crosses the stage.

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Sheryl

Would you turn that off?

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Carl

Yeah, I know.

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She exits.

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The news story ends. Carl goes to the couch to pick up the remote and pauses as the next story begins.

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Will Burte

(V.O.)Today, on highway 95, Joseph Weaver and his wife Sandra were killed when a semi truck began to drift into the other lane, pushing the vehicle off the road.

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Carl

Sheryl! You need to come in here!

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Sheryl reenters.

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Will Burte

(V.O.)The car then rolled down the hill on the roadside, killing both passengers. Police are investigating the possibility that the driver was driving under the influence.

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Sheryl

What is it? Can't we just sit down for once and... (she sees the television) Oh my god. That's them isn't it?

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Carl

Yeah.

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Will Burte

(V.O.)Currently no charges have been placed on the driver of the semi.

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Sheryl takes the remote out of Carl's hand. Carl is frozen to the spot and turns off the television. Sheryl takes his plate and takes it offstage to the kitchen. He sits down on the couch and she joins him when she reenters.

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Carl

(Bluntly) He's going to hate us.

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Sheryl

What do you mean?

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Carl

Well, we have to tell him now, he has a right to know.

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Sheryl

I guess you're right.

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Carl

(Beginning to get up) I'll go tell him.

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Sheryl

(Holds his arm) No, this is something we should do together.

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Carl

Yeah... okay.

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They sit and wait on the couch. Silence. Simon enters energetically and goes into the kitchen without noticing his parents on the couch.

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Simon

Sorry mom, Jake was just...

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Simon realizes that his parents are not in the kitchen and reenters looking confused.

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Simon (CONT'D)

What's going on?

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He goes and stands next to the couch.

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Simon (CONT'D)

Mom? What's up?

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Carl

Sit down, Simon.

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Simon

(He sits.) What did I do?

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Sheryl

No, no, you didn't do anything. It's just...

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Carl

Well, a couple of people that your mother and I knew were killed today in a car accident.

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Simon

(Still a little confused) Oh, jeez, I'm sorry. Did I know them?

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Sheryl

No, no, you were very, very little.

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Simon

Oh, okay. Wow, I'm sorry.

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Carl

Simon, this couple, they...

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Sheryl

Simon, they were your biological parents.

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Simon

(Now completely confused) What?

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Carl

Simon, we adopted you when you were born.

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Simon

What?! (He stands up) I'm adopted?! What?!

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Sheryl

We're sorry we waited so long to tell you.

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Simon

How can I be adopted? I've seen baby pictures! (Pause as he tries to process what he's just been told) You're telling me that you've been lying to me for 17 years?!?

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Carl

I'm sorry.

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Simon

What the hell, man? You can't just do that to me! Why the fuck didn't you tell me?

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Carl

Hey! Don't talk to your mother like that!

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Simon

She's not my fucking mother, and you don't get to tell me what to do, you're not my dad, you're just a liar!

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Simon storms offstage to his room.

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Carl

See? He hates us.

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Sheryl

No, he doesn't hate us, he's just angry right now. He just doesn't know how to deal with all of this.

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Carl

Yeah, and he hates us.

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