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This is your first scene. Last edited by mdeusner, on 07/11/2013. 0 comments. More scene info.

Summer in the south. a heat wave has forced all the kids in town to spend the rest of the summer indoors at a local community center. They are not happy about it as they would much rather be out riding bikes and playing kickball.

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Ext. The Vestavia Comnunity Center. Kids are piling into the center.

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Int. The Mighties walk in and as they walk through the gym the camera follows them. We see groups of kids looking bored as we hear Anderson's Voice over.

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Anderson V.O.

Once upon a time- no that's not it. A long, long...Nope. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. The summer had been looking good for the Mighties. They had won the local kickball championship with the help of the Horribles.

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Shot from the Legend of the Horrible Mighties celebrating win.

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Shot of a 'for sale' sign in front of a house and the field.

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Anderson V.O. (CONT'D)

But then things took a turn for the worst. The Horrible family had to move unexpectedly and the team was broken up.

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Shot from 'Legend' of them playing kickball.

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Anderson V.O.

It was a sad goodby but at least Gus and the gang still had kickball to keep them busy.

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Shot of exterior of field, the sun, and gym looking really hot.

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Anderson V.O. (CONT'D)

That was until, and here is where the worst of times comes in, a heat wave had hit our small southern town in the last weeks of summer and the whole team, along with most other kids in the area, had to spend their last days of freedom inside at the local rec center. They were not happy about it to say the least.

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We s shots of kids corresponding to when Anderson talks about them.

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Anderson V.O.

The usual crowd was all there. The Runts; Pee Wee, Junior and Pipen were the youngest gang. The Dolls, Blake and Sue Jones where by far the prettiest bunch in the neighborhood. And of course the Mighties.

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Shot of the Mighties sitting in a corner of the gym.

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Anderson V.O. (CONT'D)

As different as they all were, they all had one thing in common. They would rather be somewhere else.

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Johnny

This is the worst.

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Grace

You can say that again.

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Gus

Oh come on guys. It's not that bad. At least it's cool in here.

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Pipsqueek

Yeah but there is no where to play kickball!

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Smarty

Yeah, and the lighting is really bad for reading.

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Grace

Are you ever going to finish that book?

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Smarty

Doesn't look like it.

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Smarty shuts the book and puts it down. As she does she notices Jake and his friends walk in.

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Smarty (CONT'D)

Hey guys...?

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Anderson V.O.

Oh yeah. Did I forget to mention the Baker kids? Jake, Bo and Maggie? The meanest kids in town?

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Shot of the Baker kids walking into the gym in slow motion looking tough.

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Anderson V.O. (CONT'D)

Well, this is where the worst of times comes in.

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Back to the Mighties.

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Peanut

Uh oh.

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Johnny

I'll handle this.

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Gus

Just ignore them.

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Grace

Gus is right.

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Jake and his gang walk in and as they pass the kids in the gym call them names.

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Jake

Hey shrimps. Hey Pee wee.

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His gang laughs but the kids in the gym look petrified.

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Jake (CONT'D)

Hey Pimple Face. Hey whitch nose.

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They pass the Mighties.

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Jake

Hey nerds.

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Gus

Thats enough Jake. Keep moving.

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Bo

Hey nerds.

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Jake (to Bo)

I already said that. Whats wrong with you? Geeze, quit ruining my game.

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Bo

Sorry.

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Jake

Whatever.

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Maggie

I would never do that Jake. I would never-

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Jake

Shhh. Everyone be quiet. It's too crowded in here. I can't think.

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Over to The Dolls.

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Blake

I can't stand that guy.

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Blake starts to cry.

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Sally

Seriously. Oh Blake, are you crying? Don't listen to him.

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Blake

Do I really have a witch nose?

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Sally

No! He just made that up. Please stop crying.

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Blake can't stop.

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Sally (CONT'D)

Your mascara is going to run!

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Blake stops instantly and composes herself.

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Sally (CONT'D)

That's better.

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Over to the Fives.

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Pee Wee

Oh no, oh no, oh no.

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Junior

Someday I'll be big enough...

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Junior does karate moves.

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Pipen

Where are the adults when you need them?

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The Reporter watches from afar with her notebook. Shaking her head.

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Jake walks to the door of the back dance room.

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Jake

Alright, everbody in.

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Bo

Yup. Everybody in.

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Jake

Stop copying me!

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The kids look at them confused.

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Maggie

Didn't you hear him? This gym is ours. You can all thank us for letting you stay.

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Bo

Yeah, stay in the back room!

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He cracks himself up.

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Johnny

You can't be serious.

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Jake

Wanna find out?

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Grace

Jake no!

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Smarty

The greatest victory is that which requires no battle.

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Gus

She is right. Lets go everybody.

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SALLY

Like, are you kidding me?

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Blake

I can't stay cooped up in there all day! My hair will friz!

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Pee Wee

I don't feel so good.

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Pipen

Mom? Anybody?

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Junior

I'll get him.

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He does more karate move.

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Gus

No, no junior. Lets go. It will be way more fun than being in here with them. Come on.

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They all tentatively go in to the back. Jake slams the door and we hear them laughing. The next shot is of the kids looking worried inside the dimly lit room.

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Anderson

Gus was pretty sure that it would only be a matter of minutes before someone found them. But that wasn;t the case. Turns out the local teens running the joint had other things to do.

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Shot of teenagers getting their nails done or talking on the phone outside.

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Back to kids in room.

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Blake

My skin is like getting really oily in here.

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Junior

And how am I supposed to practice my karate without any food in my stomach? My lunch is out there!

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Pipen

Once again, adults? Anywhere?

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Gus

It shouldn't be long now until somebody finds us. I'll see if I can find the lights.

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Gus walks over to a utility closet and opens the door.

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Gus (CONT'D)

Must be here somewhere..aha.

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He flips the lights on.

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Shot of the kids when the lights go on. They cheer.

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Back to the closet. Gus is looking through the boxes of stuff.

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Gus (CONT'D)

Must be something in here to keep us occupied.

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He looks through the boxes and finds a funny looking case with the words "DO NOT OPEN. EVER!" on it. There is suspenseful music as he examines it and decides to open it. As he does there is a flash of light.

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Grace and Johnny appear behind him.

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Johnny

Whats going on in here?

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Gus

I found something.

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In the box he finds a blue cape with lightening bolts on it. He touches it and it is electric but not so much that he cant pick it up. He thinks for a moment and puts it on.

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Grace

What is it?

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Shot of Gus with the cape on clearly feeling the magic.

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Johnny

How does it feel?

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Gus

Like...like...

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He raises his arms and Grace and Johnny fall back.

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Gus (CONT'D)

Sorry!

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He reaches to help them as they get up.

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Grace

No, no, no. I got it.

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He holds his hand out and a ball comes flying into it.

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Johnny

Woah!!!

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Grace

We better find a counsler.

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Johnny

How? We're stuck in here.

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Gus

Not anymore.

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Gus walks out of the closet. Grace and Johnny follow.

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Gus (CONT'D)

Lets go everybody.

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The kids look amazed but follow him.

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The next shot is from outside the room as the door busts open to music (something like eye of the tiger). Behind the door is Gus followed by the gang. All looking tough they walk out into the gym.

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There is a shot of the bullies looking amazed. They get up to confront the kids, but Gus raises his arms and they fall down.

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Maggie

What- what is that?

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Gus walks over to them and leans down.

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Gus

Its called karma. I would help you up, but I don't want to hurt you.

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He smiles, the kids laugh.

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Gus (CONT'D)

Lets go turn this summer around shall we?

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Gus walks through the gym and out the door. All the kids follow leaving the bullies in shock on the floor.

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The next shot is Gus standing outside the center surrounded by the kids. The are all squinting at the sun. Gus looks up and raises his hands. We hear thunder and then it begins to rain. The kids all dance around. ( Directors note: We can use similar effects to the ones used for the storm in Jonah blue and red. We can hear thunder, edit the sky to turn dark, hear rain and have the kids act like rain is falling from a far enough away shot that you cant tell they aren't getting wet.) As the kids are dancing in the rain we hear Anderson's V.O..

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Anderson V.O.

And that was the beginning of the end of a beautiful summer...

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There are a series of shots of Gus using his powers for good.

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Blake and Sue are sitting in front of a mirror looking frustrated with there hair. Gus walks up and makes a curling iron and hairdryer appear.

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Pee Wee, Pipen and Junior are sitting on a bench looking really hot. Gus walks up and with a swiping motion, popscicles appear in all of their hands. They smile excitedly.

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He walks up to his gang, puts his arms around them, winks and they are instantly transported to a kickball field. They cheer and run to there positions and begin to play.

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Anderson V.O. (CONT'D)

Or the beginning of the end anyway. After a while Gus's powers started to go to his head.

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We see a series of shots of Gus on the kickball field kicking the ball out of the park. At first the kids look amazed. Even excited. Then by the third homerun, they are bored and annoyed but Gus is grinning from ear to ear.

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In another shot, he walks by Pipsqueek who is gulping water. The bottle disappears from her hand and appears in Gus' hand. He winks, as if to say,' you don't mind I know' and walks away. Pipsqueek is annoyed.

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Gus walks into the gym and passes the other kids much like the bullies did in the first scene.

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Gus

Hey runt. Hey squirt.

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He passes the Dolls.

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Gus (CONT'D)

What's up princess?

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He passes the Bullies.

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Gus (CONT'D)

Hey tough guys! Who is tough now? Huh?

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The Bullies just look at him in anger. He moves on.

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Jake

Someone has got to stop that guy.

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Bo

Yeah. Someone has got to-

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Jake

Geeze, will you ever stop?

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Maggie

Oh just give it up Jake.

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Jake

Excuse me? Who do you think you're talking to?

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MAggie

I am talking to the person who got us into this mess in the first place. How do you think he learned how to be mean like that? From you! If it wasn't for you, none of this would be happening.

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Maggie gets up and leaves.

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Jake

Wait! Don't-

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Bo

Just let her go. Who cares about that stupid-

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Jake

No, she's right.

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Bo looks shocked.

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Back to Gus walking in. He approaches the Mighties.

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Smarty

Even the finest of swords will get rusty when plunged into salt water.

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Grace

Enough! Thats enough Gus.

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Gus

Don't stop me now, 'know it all', I'm just getting started.

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Pipsqueek

Your just getting mean!

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Johnny

Yeah Gus. That's enough.

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Johnny gets up in Graces defense.

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Gus

I don't think you want to do that.

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Gus begins to raise his arms and Jake jumps in front of him. Surprised, Gus stops.

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Jake

If you are knocking anyone down, it should be me.

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Everyone looks on in shock.

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Jake (CONT'D)

If you want to be mean or hurt anyone hurt me. I never realized what it was like to be on the other side. And I, we, are truly sorry for starting all this.

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Bo

Yeah, we are truly-what?

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Jake

(To Bo) We are.Now would be an appropriate time to copy me. But of course...nevermind. (To the group) You can take my word that if you take off the cape and put it away forever we will never, ever be mean or bully anyone again.

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Maggie comes up behind them.

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Maggie

Ever again.

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Gus stands there thinking. Struggling because he knows what the right thing to do is but the power of the cape is so hard to resist.

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Everyone is silent waiting to see what Gus will do when out of nowhere Junior comes flying through the crowd.

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Junior

Hi-ya!

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He charges Gus and everyone gasps thinking the new Gus will hurt him with his powers. We watch in slow motion as Junior tackles Gus and Gus just falls down. Almost playfully letting him. Gus pretends to be hurt.

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Gus

Alright, alright. I give up. Junior, you are too tough for me. I'll put the cape back.

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The crowd looks relieved. The gang is smiling.

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Anderson

Even the finest of swords will get rusty when plunged into salt water'. It is true. But a true hero is able to overcome any ocean of magic and power if he listens to the wisdom of those around him.

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Int. Storage room. Gus stands over the box and slowly takes off the cape and puts it back in the box. As he shuts it and puts it away we hear the 'eye of the tiger' music again.

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Anderson V.O.

And because the real magic in all of us is already there. Not in a dusty old cape.

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In the final shot Gus walks through the gym and as he passes the kids we see them all doing their thing. Happy as can be and all getting along. The camera ends on Anderson writing feverishly in her pad.

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Anderson

And that was the last anyone saw of the magic cape...

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She looks up from her pad suspiciously. Cut to Bo trying desperatly to get into the locked storage closet.

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Anderson V.O.

Or was it?

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Fade out.

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