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Int. Living room, Early Saturday Afternoon

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Maurice hunches over the coffee table staring down a jigsaw puzzle. He grimaces and takes little sips of his coffee.

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Int. Kitchen, Same time

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Peter stands at the stove and fries eggs.

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Nora and the children sit together at the table and eat their breakfast.

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Nora rests her head on the table, still half-asleep.

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Anushka yawns and rubs the sleep from her eyes. She takes a bite of her cereal and chews with her mouth open.

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The Twins, Sarah and Simon, try to shove fruit slices up their noses. They giggle wildly and make a mess of the table.

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Mary struggles for the plate of fruit and knocks a bowl of dry Cheerios to the floor.

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Nora straightens abruptly at the sound.

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Peter

(curtly) Can you get that?

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Nora

(yawning) Yeah. (beat) Where's the thing?

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Peter

Next to the fridge.

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Nora shuffles over to the fridge, retrieves the dustpan.

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She kneels down under the table and starts to clean up the cereal. She freezes.

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A mouse sits before her and nibbles on a cheerio.

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Nora and the mouse make challenging eye-contact.

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Nora

(whispering) Peter!

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Peter

What?

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Nora

(whispering) Um... (beat)

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Int. Living Room, Moments LAter

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Sounds of shuffling chairs and spoons hitting the ground are heard from the kitchen.

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Peter

(from kitchen, struggling) Maurice!

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Maurice

(uninterested) Yeah, love?

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Nora

Get Chuck and Betty!

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Another crash.

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Maurice

Huh?

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Maurice looks up from his puzzle, confused.

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Int. Chuck and Betty's basement Office, Moments later

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Betty sits in a rolling desk chair, clicking through computer documents and writing notes on scrap paper.

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Chuck stands at a work table and flips through a pile of manila folders. He sighs and takes a bite from a creme-cheese bagel. He goes to take a sip of his coffee, but the sound of several crashing pots and yelling from the kitchen startles him.

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He spills coffee on the folders.

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Betty notices the spill and puts down her laptop to help dry the folders.

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Maurice appears in the doorway.

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chuck

What the hell is going on up there, Maurice?!

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Maurice laughs, breathless.

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Betty

(signing) What's up?

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Maurice

(signing and speaking) Remy! Its the mouse!

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Betty and Chuck exchange a look.

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A (now empty) glass terrarium sits in the corner.

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INT. KITCHEN, MOMENTS LATER

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Betty, Chuck, and Maurice rush up stairs, prepared for disaster.

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Anushka and the twins stand by the counter. Anushka holds Remy the mouse in her gentle hands, and the twins pet his head.

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Nora stands on a chair and refuses to get down.

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Peter sweeps the fallen Cheerios.

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Maurice cracks up laughing.

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Chuck

(relieved) Anush, come bring Remy downstairs, won't you?

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Anushka nods and follows Chuck out of the kitchen.

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Betty

(signing) You look rather silly up there.

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Nora

(speaking only) You look rather silly down there!

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Betty helps Nora down from perch.

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Nora (CONT'D)

(speaking only, frantic) Why do we have a rat?

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Peter

(speaking and signing) Its not a rat, its a mouse.

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Nora

(speaking and signing) Well, Chuck shouldn't have given it a rat's name then. (beat) It doesn't matter, we don't a rat! You're not that type of scientist, Betty!

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Betty

(signing, amused) What type of scientist?

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Nora

(signing and speaking) I don't know! The type to need a rat.

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Peter

Mouse.

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Nora smacks Peter on the shoulder.

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Betty

(signing) We don't need him. I just like having him around.

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Nora

(signing and speaking) I don't! It makes me uneasy. We shouldn't have mice in this house, its not right. Its not clean.

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Betty

(signing) He lives in a glass cage.

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Nora

(signing and speaking) But he got out! He must not be very happy in his prison.

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Betty

(signing) Don't say that. He has a lovely home.

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Nora

(speaking only) So did we.

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(beat)

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Chuck appears in the doorway.

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Chuck

You know that's not true, Nora.

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(beat)

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Nora

(speaking only) I gotta go outside. I can't breathe here.

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