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This is your first scene. Last edited by jdillon, 6 months ago. 0 comments. More scene info.

Int. Jack`s Bedroom -- Morning

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Montage of JACK getting up and going about his day. Quick cuts.

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Alarm goes off. He hits snooze. / Alarm goes off again. / Getting up./ WE GIVE A LITTLE LONGER FOR A SHOT OF HIM STARING AT HIMSELF IN THE MIRROR. WHAT DOES HE SEE? WHAT IS HE LOOKING FOR./ In kitchen, putting bread in toaster, noticing that the jam jar is empty. / No milk for coffee. / Drinking coffee and having it kick in right away.

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JACK shuffles to the washroom.

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Int. JACK's bathroom -- Morning

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JACK rushes into the bathroom, fiddling with the draw string of his pajama pants. When he looks up, he falls back and screams out.

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CUT TO the SUPER sitting on the toilet.

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SUPER just stares straight at JACK. JACK stares at the ceiling with a grimace. We he the sound of the toaster in the other room.

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Int. jack's apartment -- morning

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MS of JACK sitting at the kitchen table. He's eating his toast with just peanut butter and drinking his black coffee. He's on Facebook, scrolling through the feed.

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SUPERIMPOSED FEED, only a second or two each, shows different posts about different polarizing topics.

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First is a story about how the Universe may be a simulation and free will likely doesn't exist. First comment says, "Does that mean the KKK were destined to be assholes?"

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Next is a story simply Titled: "Why the Amish might actually have Secret Technology."

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Next is one about a female teacher having sex with a male student. One comment jokes "I would've too if he looked like Jeremy from Boys Will Be"

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Next is one Any Article "Study shows, atheists more likely to be guilty of elder abuse."

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Next one is about Transgender issues. "Feminists angry at Transgender Journalist for claiming to have been born a man with the brain of a woman."

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Finally, we see an article titled: "Why Young Men don't want to get Married and why it's Women's Fault." First comment reads, "The author is a misogynist pig!" the next comment says, "TL;DR (ALIMONY)"

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JACK notices a friend request appear at the top of the screen. He clicks it to see that a pretty girl named Roxy added him and sent a message. "Hi! Sorry for sorta stalking you. I accidentally swiped left :-S"

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JACK writes back, "Where's the other shoe?"

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WE HEAR A FLUSH. JACK let's out a sigh.

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SUPER OS

Uhh...Where do you keep your plunger.

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WE CUT to the SUPER and then back.

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JACK

We don't have a plunger. (something is snapping)

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SUPER

What do you do when you clog the toilet?

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CUT TO WS of JACK, revealing that his is squatting over the garbage can.

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JACK

(BOOM) We don't clog the toilet David! We have high fiber diets!!

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OPENING TITLES

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INT. COFFEE SHop -- Morning

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Shot of donuts. The powder jelly donuts are front and center. JACK clearly wants it.

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JACK HANDS CASH TO THE CASHIER. Gets a muffin and coffee and shimmies to the table ROXY is sitting at. There's an awkward silence and they both laugh, embarrassed.

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CUT ahead. Part of his muffin is gone.

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JACK

How exactly did you find me?

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ROXY

Well, the app said you were close by and there were only so many guys named Jackson in Toronto. It didn't hurt that you don't update your photos.

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Jack

Wow. Even still, I'm really flattered. You must either find engineering very interesting, or liked my selfless-shirtie pic an alarming amount.

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ROXY

Well that shirtless selfie was pretty clever. But you're also very handsome.

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Jack

Really?

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Roxy

You have a very unique look. I do a lot of life drawing and I love finding different facial features based on background. What's your background?

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JACK

I don't know, I never really thought about it.

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Roxy

Well, your last name is Horton, so your dad's side is British or Irish? What's your mother's maiden name.

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JACK

(takes a second, stares at the coffee) Horton.

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Roxy

Oh...ooohh. Well you probably have someone exotic somewhere down your family tree.

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ROXY enters JACK's personal space and begins touching his face.

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CUT AHEAD. There's a little more gone from the muffin. JACK and ROXY are standing up to say goodbye. They hug.

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Roxy (CONT'D)

Have a good day at work.

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Jack

Thanks, you too. I'm really glad you found me.

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Roxy

Really?

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Jack

Yeah. Do you want to grab a drink tonight?

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Roxy

Uh, Yeah!

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ext. coffee shop -- morning

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A car pulls up to JACK and ROXY. She gets in and he waves as it drives off.

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JACK smiles to himself, until a shoe hits him in the face.

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JACK

Ah, what the fu--

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CUT TO CRAZY MAN SPRINTING AT THE CAMERA.

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JACK's anger quickly turns to fear and he hightails it out of there.

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int. jack's office -- day

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JACK has his computer screen open to his bank account. WE SEE that his account balance is very low. The last transactions were: an Uber, a charge at the coffee shop and then like ten Amazon orders.

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SAM comes up behind him.

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Sam

JackSON! What's up man?

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Jack

Morning...........Uelly.

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JACK closes his bank account webpage, only to reveal ROXY's facebook page.

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SAM

Oo baby, she's not exactly safe for work. (beat) Seriously though, you shouldn't creep people's Facebook at work. Remember what happened to DANTE?

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JACK

I wasn't creeping. She added me on Facebook. She said she accidentally swiped left.

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sam

Yeah, but the dating apps just show your first name. She must've been searching for a while.

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Jack

Why? There aren't THAT many people named Jackson in Toronto.

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SAM

Yeah, but what about people with the last name Jackson?

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JACK ponders this new discovery.

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SAM (CONT'D)

First a teen cutie and now a freaky stalker? Can we switch lives?

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Jack

I'm sure it's a grass is always greener kind of thing. I mean you have Margaret, with her...sweet...sweet can. (the awkwardness is almost physically painful)(beat) Do you think I could borrow an IT guy for a few hours?

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Sam

Sure, what's up?

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Jack

My computer is just having a hard time rendering out the 3D model.

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int. jack's apartment -- evening

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JACK is getting ready for his date. CURTIS enters wearing yoga attire. He heads directly in the bathroom and directly out.

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Curtis

Good Heavens!

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JACK

The SUPER clogged the toilet; nine hours ago. We need to change the lock.

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curtis

Yes! Can you cover that?

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Jack

Did you say "Good Heavens"?

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Curtis

Oh. Yeah, I pretended to be Mormon at the yoga studio, so the girls wouldn't be put off when I'm overly friendly.

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Jack

That seems... dishonest.

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Curtis

It's good marketing. Gotta know your audience and, technically I'm not lying, I was raised Mormon.

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Jack

How's that working out?

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Curtis

Got a date tonight. The receptionist. Can I borrow some clothes?

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Jack

Sure. Need to look like an adult?

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Curtis

A religious zealot, actually.

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JACK is quietly devastated.

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Jack

I sort of have a date tonight too.

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Curtis

Atta boy! Okay, so I'll try and go back to her place so you can have home court advantage and don't have to compete. I know you get stage fright.

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Jack

I don't think that'll be necess-- thanks.

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Curtis

I got your back, Jack. Oh, my wheat-grass smoothie's kicking in. I'm gonna see if I can't overpower the smell.

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CURTIS enters the bathroom again and let's out a scream (or gagging sound or yell something funny).

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Int. BAR -- Night

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JACK and ROXY are sitting with drinks. ROXY's body language is open and engaged, but JACK is withdrawn, staring at his drink.

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ROXY

This is a cool place. Do you come here a lot?

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Jack

Sometimes.

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Roxy

Is something wrong?

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JACK

No.

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Roxy

Well you seem like you don't to want to be here. I can go.

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JACK

I'm sorry. Don't go. It's just that I've learned to be suspicious when things seem too good to be true. I don't normally have women going to such great lengths to meet me.

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ROXY

I think we need shots, so you'll come out of that shell of yours.

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Jack

It's a pretty nice shell though, you have to admit.

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Int. bar -- Later

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A little time has passed, and a few shots have been had. JACK is noticeably more relaxed. They are laughing.

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Roxy

Billy-Jean Cobbledick!

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JACK spits a little.

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jack

You'd be BJ Cobbledick! I'm guessing Billy-Jean was your pet emu.

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Roxy

Weiner dog actaully.

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Jack

Your parents must have done it so you'd always have a good fallback in porn.

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Roxy

That's what my Papa would tell me when he tucked me in at night. "Roxanna, you can be anything you want, but if need be, you can have a successful career making foot fetish videos."

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JACK

I guess I pictured your gimmick being more centered around cobbling than feet.

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Roxy

Okay, what would your porn name be?

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Jack

(thinks)Armstrong...Mahovlich.

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Roxy

That could work, if you pronounced it Mah-HOEv-Lick. Why Armstrong?

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JACK

I had a Hamster when I was a kid. He loved hanging from the top of the cage, so I called him Armstrong.

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Roxy

He was probably trying to escape.

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Jack (CONT'D)

I always thought your porn name was supposed to be your middle name and then the name of your high school. I mean what if you named your first pet something like, Jaws or Peanut or STEVE?

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ROXY lights up.

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roxy (CONT'D)

I'd be Amelia Clarke!

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JacK

If that's the case, you should quit your job and start making fantasy porn right now! Unfortunately, I'd be "Prolapsed Anus Pulford".

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roxy

Is that a family name?

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JACK

Yes. After my great great grandfather, Prolapsed Anus the third.

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Roxy

Oh my god! You're so funny. I'm really glad I looked you up.

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Jack

Me too. Sorry about earlier. I've been going through a bit of an existential crisis of whether I have any free will or not. The last week or so, a lot of unlikely things have happened. And then you got in touch with me, which has never happened before.

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ROXY reaches out and takes JACK's hand.

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Roxy

It's okay. I understand. I'll let you decide if you want to take me back to your condo and get in the hot tub.

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JACk

I know this is going to sound weird, but you're definitely not stalking me are you?

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Roxy

Ha ha what?

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JACK

You said you found me because there are only so many guys named Jackson in the city. But what about people with the last name Jackson?

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Roxy

Well--

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Jack

And how'd you know my building had a hot tub? Or that I lived in a condo?

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ROXY makes a complete character change. She has a full on meltdown.

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Roxy

Um, um, um, um!

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Jack

Wait, you actually were stalking me?

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ROxy

I've seen you around and I may have followed you once or thrice. Then I may have found your name by cross-referencing the buzzer registry from your building and all the names in the HR folder at your office.

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Jack

Oh, uh. I think maybe I should grab the check.

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JACK waves over the server to pay.

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roxy

No, I'm sorry. I'm not normally like this. You just look exactly like someone I used to know. They passed away a few years ago.

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JACK is paying with the debit machine.

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jack

I'm really sorry about that, but this is a lot to take in right--shit! Declined? That's not possible.

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Roxy

I got it! It's the least I can do. Oh my god, I'm so embarrassed.

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Roxy pays the check.

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Jack

I'm not saying I don't want to see you again. I just need to think about it. You seem great! And not dangerous at all. I'll, I'll call you.

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JACK turns and slowly flees.

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Int. jack's apartment -- night

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JACK is sitting on the couch watching hockey. He is in the midst of sparking a joint when CURTIS enters.

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JACK

So that's how one summons you.

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Curtis

Huh? How'd your date go?

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Jack

Pretty good. Yours?

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Curtis

Well, she's a special type of girl. You might like her, but I'm getting a bit of an obsessive stalker vibe.

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Jack

And you think I'd like that?

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Curtis

You might like the attention, which isn't all that emotionally healthy; but who am I to talk, I'm about to "gayception" a girl.

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JACK coughs. And CURTIS grabs the joint.

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jack

You're going to trick her into thinking she's gay?

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Curtis

No I'm going to trick her into thinking I'm gay, but don't know it. She'll let things fizzle and then I can deny it later if she finds out I hooked up with other girls at yoga. "What do you mean? I'm just a straight man who happens to know the entire anthology of Rodgers and Hammerstein verbatim."

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Jack

If only you used your powers for good.

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CURTIS hands JACK the joint and laughs.

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Curtis

Good and evil are subjective.

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Int. Roxy's apartment -- Morning

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ROXY checks herself in the mirror, grabs her keys and heads out the door. She jumps back in shock when she see JACK standing in the doorway.

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JACK

Hi!

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JACK let's himself in.

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Roxy

What are you doing here?

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JACK

I was in the neighbourhood; thought I'd drop by. Is Carl home?

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Roxy

Carl?

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Jack

Did I tell you I was mugged recently?

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Roxy

No.

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JACk

I was. First by a guy with a knife, but he died, and then by a cute jogger. So, I'm sitting on my computer after we met for coffee and I notice a charge at the coffee shop. And I thought I was losing my mind. I could have sworn I paid cash. Then I notice a bunch of Amazon charges, like a lot. Now I'm better with math and design than computers themselves. Fortunately, this great girl, Fatme helped me track and see what I-- you were actually buying. Clothes, hockey memorabilia, a cane!

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A slow clap begins off screen. JACK whips around and sees CARL entering the room.

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CARL

Way to take control of your life son. How'd you figure it out?

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JACK

The Uber trips all went to this address. At first I thought, it must be some coincidence. Surely the old man, I helped and the girl who took my wallet couldn't plausibly live in the same building.

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Carl

Watch who you're calling old, asshole.

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JACK

At the bar I purposefully got declined so I could see if Roxy actually used my card to pay. (turns to Roxy) You did.

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CARl

That doesn't mean anything. It's purely circumstantial.

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JACK

You got a PhD in Law too? I also fed you false answers to my security questions, which only you and I would know to use.

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Carl

Pulard, Horton, Armstrong and Mahovlich.

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JACk

All members of the 1967 Toronto Maple Leafs. I gave you a chance to quit while you were ahead, but you took out a line of credit and spent twenty grand at a jewelry store.

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CARL looks down, defeated. ROXY is in shock.

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JAck (CONT'D)

Also ROXY, you posted a selfie that day wearing the same outfit, flashing my wallet, with the caption:"does anybody know how hack a bank account?" (beat) I know that's all the evidence I would've needed, but I didn't see that picture until last night.

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Roxy

(to CARL) What were you buying at the jewelry store?

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Carl

I was going to wait until we went to Barbados...

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CARL reaches into his pocket and pulls out an engagement ring. ROXY starts crying.

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Carl (CONT'D)

Roxanna Amelia Badenov...Will you marry me?

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Roxy

Oh my god! Yes! Yes! A million times yes!

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She runs over and kisses CARL. JACK didn't expect this.

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Jack

What the fuck? I thought the guy that got hit by a car was your...

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Roxy

Guiseppe? That neanderthal? Yeah right. Carl and I have been together since his wife died.

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Jack

But, he's like forty years older than you?

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roxy

So? I love him.

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carl

Age is just a number. Any of us can die at any moment. Look at Guiseppe.

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Jack

Fair enough, but I know you are going to die in prison and you don't get to keep the ring. The--

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Knock at the door.

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police officer os

This is the police, open up.

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jack

Ah, it would have been awesome if he knocked three seconds later. Anywho see you in court.

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JACK turns and walks away.

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carl

I guess I crossed you at the end of your fuse.

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Jack

Kaboom.

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Int. JACk's apartment -- day

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JACK enters the apartment positively floating. He even does an awkward jumpy dance. He pulls out his phone and pulls up his conversation with MALLORY. JACK smiles to himself. If CARL and ROXY works why can't he and MALLORY.

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With a huge grin he starts to type out a message, "Hey". JACK looks away from the phone as he thinks out his next word and catches his own reflection. His smile slowly but surely fades. WE HOLD on this for a few seconds.

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ext. Duplex Stoop -- Day

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JACK is standing on the stoop, holding flowers. He rings the bell. From inside, we see the back of a woman as she approaches the door. She has red hair like NAIMH.

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MS of JACK as the door opens, he looks uncomfortable.

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JACK

Hi.

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Cut to black

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