Benny and Joon
In Bennyís garage.
Randy: So were planning our next vacation right. I want Australia, she wants Italy. I like snorkelling. She likes garlic. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, she says to me do I need her? Jesus Benny, what kind of question is that? I mean need, what does it mean to really need somebody?
Eric: Benny, fuel line.
Benny: Hey Waldo, could you answer that phone?
Waldo: Yeah, Hello?
Postman: I need a check Benny, C.O.D.
Benny: In a minute, meet me in the office.
Postman: (quietly) all right
Benny: Whoa, put that out, I got a fuel line broke.
Waldo: Hey Benny, itís Joon on the phone again
Benny: Well tell her Iíll call her back, ask her what she wants
Waldo: Its an emergency, she says your running low on peanut butter super chunks
Benny: (quietly) Emergency
In the garage office
Benny: (On phone) all right, the issue is jelly, you only like two kinds. You either like grape or poison berry, which? All right. Yeah, yeah peanut butter, I know, super kind, all right, see you at 6. Ok, bye.(Hangs up phone) Hi, thanks for waiting míam. Erm, im afraid that the best deal we can do for you is going to be, erm, $7750. But I think if you check around youíll see that that is a really good deal.
Eric: That really is a very good deal míam. A little too goodÖ
Girl: Letís do it.Outside Benny and Joonís house, then inside.
(Benny is walking home from work, he hears shouting inside)
Joon: Get out of my sight!
Smeal: you wouldnít dare Joon.
(Joon screams and throws plate across room.)
Benny: what is going on here? (He rushes in) Joon! Mrs Smeal! Mrs Smeal, please.
Smeal: Beware the winds of reason shall blow stern.
Smeal: I am done Mr Pearl, I am done. The mules turned to glue, she left the house unescorted, she has sudden outbursts. She is simply unmanageable
Benny: Mrs Smeal! Please, wait, please. Let me talk to her. I can talk to her, you cant quit on such short notice.
Smeal: oh, well Iím sorry sir. In Ireland we have a saying when a boat runs ashore, the sea has spoken.
(Mrs Smeal leaves)In the kitchen, Benny is cooking and on the phone to Eric.Benny: Listen, if she is going to be alone every day until I find another housekeeper, Iím not leaving her alone at night too.
Eric: Listen bring her, whatís she going to do? She paints and she reads.
Benny: Yeah, she paints, she reads, she lights things on fire.
Eric: that happened once. Look I got a fire extinguisher, just bring her. Now get your ass over here, and donít forget the Louie Prang record. Remember, always play for keeps.
Benny: all right, all right, all right, Iíll be there.
Benny: Joon Dinner! Spaghetti and salad.
Joon: in that order?
Benny: what happened between you and Mrs Smeal?
Joon: she was given the fits of semi-precious metaphors.
Benny: the womanís a house keeper Joon, not an English professor.
Joon: she moved things.
Benny: she said you wandered off. Did you leave the house alone?
Joon: define alone
Benny: you know full well what Iím talking about. Listen, while im at work I cant be worried about whether or not your knocking another house keeper into early retirement. First it was Mrs Larkburg.
Joon: a woman deeply and hygienically disturbed. Her hair smelled.
Benny: but then it was Mrs Piltz.
Joon: Piltz, the answers in the question. Letís face it Benjamin, hiring house keepers is not your forte.
Benny: Oh yeah, well until I do find another house keeper, you are going to stick close to the house, you understand? Now have some salad. Oh by the way, I want you to come with me to my poker game
Benny: come on, youíll have a good timeThey travel to the poker game and Joon sees Sam in the tree. They arrive at the poker game
Man: erm, wet belt buckle
Mike: classical Greek martini shaker
Benny: 6 turkey feather darts
Thomas: Iíll see you with the Diana Durban album
Benny: come on
Thomas: and Iíll raise you with the stethoscope
Mike: does it have little plastic ear pieces on the end?
Thomas: what do you care? You never win mike!
Mike: well if I do, I donít want the, stabbing my ear drums. Steering wheel knob
Eric: Salad shooter
Benny: 56 debenture iron
Mike: well you must have a good hand, huh
Benny: no, Iím bluffing
Benny: come on, you got to play to find out, come on
Mike: ok, 150ft of coaxial cable. Show them
Benny: full house, Jacks over fourís
Eric: (laughing) oh shit
Mike: I thought he was bluffing
Thomas: well some one get some air to his brain. He was bluffing about bluffing
Mike: youíre a real pal Benny, I tell you what, I got a solution to your house keeper problems, you can have my room mates.
Joon: oh thatís a terrific offer Benjamin. To save you from the retched chore of Smeal shopping. Those places are such drudgery arenít they? Montgomery and Smeal, Smeals and Roebuck, Smeals Ďrí usÖ
Benny: Joon. You got a roommate? When did you get a roommate?
Mike: since last week. My cousin landed in town and my life has gone from heaven to hell in 7 days.
Thomas: Just like the good lord intended
Mike: yeah, 20 years old and he canít even read. He spends all day polishing my plastic forks.
Eric: what do you mean when you say he canít read? You mean words?
Mike: yeah, and he keeps me up all night watching stupid old movies. My works starting to suffer.
Joon: you installed cable TV.
Benny: Joon, would you please glue your sequins
Joon: have we an internal sequin issue to deal with Benjamin?
Benny: can we make this the last hand? Come on, come on, play cards.
Eric: 2 tickets to tomorrow nights baseball game
Benny: 1 pocket fisherman
Benny: do you ever stay in?
Mike: a snorkel maskNext morning in Benny and Joonís house. Joon is wearing a snorkel mask and makes a smoothie. She goes outside and holds up the traffic.
In the social workers officeSW: she really knows how to rattle the day help
Benny: you know, I think we need to find someone more understanding than Mrs Smeal
SW: now let me tell you something. How are you two getting along?
Benny: us? Fine, normal, you know fine. Why?
SW: Iíll level with you. I think its time you gave serious consideration into a group home
Benny: she already has a home
SW: Benny, she needs to be with her peers
Benny: yeah, she hates her peers. She has already quit the two day centres to prove it. Look all we need right now is a new housekeeper
SW: well I know of no one else. Youíve been up and down the list. Now you might want to entertain the possibilities that there are some people more capable of handling these episodes than you. I am beginning to that that you living together may not be the best thing any more
Benny: Iím her brother and her only family. And weíve done just fine the two of us for 12 years.
SW: yes but her stress level is always a factor in her display of symptoms. Her agitation should be kept to a minimum
Benny: everybody gets agitated sometimes itís the only option
SW: Benny, donít get me wrong Iím impressed that youíve managed this long. But a group home would give her a chance to develop other relationships. Also we donít know this but what if she was capable of a part time job? They would encourage her in that direction. These are very nice placeís, nurturing, supportive
Benny: Iím not farming her outJoon has held up the traffic and the drivers are getting angry and shouting at her. A police man arrives
Joon: I have every right to be outside officer. I have ever right.
Police: yes míam. May I see some ID please? In Bennyís garage
Benny: hey Waldo, did you start that brake job yet?
Waldo: Joon called. She says that youíve run out of tapioca.
Benny: she what?
Waldo: oh, and the police will cooperate
Benny: holy shit. Listen Jack, you want to go to the baseball game tonight,
Jack: hey thanks Benny.
Benny: box seats. Hello, Joon?Back at the house. Joon is painting.
Benny: time for your medicine JoonBenny in his bedroom
Benny: night SteveAt the garage
Benny: oh hello, howís it going?
Girl: I appreciate the deal on the engine
Benny: oh yeah, no problem. Is it running alright?
Girl: yeah, itís running great
Benny: oh, good
Girl: so can I erm, make it up to you with some dinner.
Benny: some dinner? Erm you serious?
Girl: yeah, dinner with you
Benny: Erm, you know what I canít. I mean Iíd like to but I canít
Eric: stupid, stupidAt the house playing table tennis
Joon: it caught the corner.
Benny: it was a foot off the table
Joon: it was not
Joon: Benjamin. Donít underestimate the mentally ill. We know how to count
Benny: ok, fine 17:16
Joon: you canít give me what was already mine. Youíre trying to cheat
Benny: Iím not cheating
Benny: Joon, I donít cheat. Youíre the one whoís cheating
Joon: Youíre all trying to cheat me, youíre trying to cheat. Joon throws the racket and smashes a lamp. She then runs upstairs
At the hospitalThomas: (On the phone at the hospital) yeah, alright I spoke to some of the guys from the staff Benny. Nobody wants to be your house keeper. I will keep trying but I got to tell you I donít think so
Benny: (on the phone at home) yeah, ok thanks. ByeJoon is playing with a fan and some paper. She lets go of the paper and it flies into a candle setting alight. Benny puts it out and goes upstairs. He sits on the bed
Benny: ok StevieHe goes to feed his fish, but it is dead. He takes it to the bathroom and flushes it down the toilet.
Outside Ericís houseBenny: I mean I cant even keep a goldfish alive. What chance do I have with Joon? If something bad happened to her Iíd, Iíd never ever be able to forgive myself
Eric: a group home is the right thing for her Benny.
Benny: yeah, this is defiantly for her own good
Eric: hey, itís for both your own good. How much longer can you do this to your self? Youíre life is literally passing you by
Benny: youíre right. Youíre right. What am I doing with myself? I spend my life working on cars and taking care of my sister. I cant even have a relationship without having to worry how Joon is going to fit in.
Eric: you know, once you get settled in you can actually take a vacation. Travel a little. I can hold down the fort no problem.
Benny: travel? Travel?
Eric: Benny, there is a whole world out there man, I mean picture yourself on the open road, wind in the hair in the Alcamino. Highway stretching out b- whatís that? Up ahead? A lovely motorist. Stranded. Carburettor trouble. Better investigate.
Benny: yeah right, Iím going to be stopping at a pay phone every 15 minutes to call Joon to see how sheís doing.At another poker game
Mike: Ok lets see, Black Sabbath over there
Thomas: you got that flash light?
Mike: its not a flashlight. it turns out its a brush kind of thing. Hat
Thomas: Whereís the batteries?
Mike: you didnít win any batteries. what are you talking about?
Thomas: who gets the ice shaker? it goes on mine
Mike: ok guys come one, hurry it up huh or we'll start without you
Joon: Iíve been known to play a little cardsThey start to play cards
Mike: box of 30 odd 6 cartridges
Joon: medium sized green haired troll
Thomas: soap on a rope, slightly used. Cards?
Thomas: the dealer takes three
Joon: re-grout my shower, blue grout
Thomas: I fold
Mike: shampoo my dog, lava lamp
Joon: scrape and paint the exterior of my house
Thomas: hey hey come on slow it down you guys. these are supposed to be reasonable stakes
Joon: thatís a see and a raise, you follow me?
Mike: you take my cousin off my hands
Thomas: hey wait, wait, just stop, all right? Bennyís going to strangle you guys
Joon: chill out Thomas
Benny: Joon, we've gotta go
Joon shows her cards
Mike: a flush. (Mike shows his cards) Full house. yes, yes, oh Benny, tonightís your lucky night
Thomas: Mike warned it was for keeps Benny
Benny: what, whatís for keeps?
Joon: I lost
Benny: what in the pot?
Joon: a cousin
Benny and Joon are walking out of the house followed by Mike
Mike: hey guys, rules are rules, without them thereís no order in the universe
Benny: oh donít give me that crap. you took advantage
Joon: of your sick sister. a heart flush is a perfectly respectable hand
Mike: Not respectable enough
Benny: hey shut up Mike. I am not taking this guy home
Mike: you have to man. remember the bet I lost last year. I had to re-plant your socket set. I didnít back out did I?
Benny: you cant bet a human being!
Mike: oh, well if your going to be a baby about it
Benny: all right Mike. You want to play like that? Iíll take him home. i may not be responsible for what Iím going to do to him but Iíll take him.
Mike: oh man, what are you doing you stupid jerk?
Sam: Oh thereís something wrong with your car
Mike: what did you do with my hob caps?
Sam: I donít know. Iím Sam
Benny: so I here. Iím Benny
Sam: with an N?
Benny: yeah two of Ďem. This is Joon
Sam: with an N?
Joon: one. Youíre out of youíre tree
Sam: its not my tree
Benny: I think I need a beer
Mike: hey Benny, wait a minute. Where are you going? Come here man, give me a job. Hey! Youíre going with them
Sam dances with some rolls of bread
Benny: oh god bless you.
Sam knocks the tray out of the waitressís hands and catches it. He hands it to the customers but switches them over.
Ruthie: hey pal, weíre trying to work here if you donít mind
Sam: oh my god. Iíve just been looking for my boyfriend. Have you seen him? Heís a cute guy with a little mole on his right cheek.
Man: Ruthie one of your ghosts come back to haunt you?
Sam: (screaming) oh Brad, Brad, Brad please donít be dead. I never got a chance to tell you what you mean to me. Oh Brad please. Its you youíre you, Ruthie Melanie. Co-star of the prom queen mutilator with Dick Beebe.
Ruthie: you saw that?
Sam: he was mine, he was mine. No Sindy youíre sick. Sindy you need help, no Sindy, no, no, no! (pretends to stab himself)
Benny and Joonís house
Sam looks around the room and sees Joonís paintings. He puts his finger in the wet paint and lickís him finger.
Joon: donít touch it
Sam: its paint
Sam: Kirk Douglas, Van Gough ear (makes a scissor action with his hand)
Benny: these are yours. Youíll sleep here all right? Come on its late. Lets brush youíre teeth and hair.
Joon: I can brush my own teeth Benjamin
Joon: hair too
Benny: perfect. Come on
Sam: oh, oh Benny. Hey Benny. Thanks for the couch. Erm Mike made me sleep under the sink.
Benny: oh youíre welcome. Good night
Sam: good night
Sam is sleeping and Joon is drawing him. He moves so Joon quickly pits them away.
In the bathroom
Sam: mentally ill. Really?
Benny: yeah. Benny: but I mean donít worry about it. Just let her go about her routine, you know. Her routine is everyday therapy. Oh and donít hang around her room while sheís painting. She hates that.
Benny: she runs hot and cold on you, just ignore it. Thatís just the way it works. Oh listen erm, she starts talking to herself, donít worry about it but donít answer.
Benny: she sometimes hears voices in her head. That comes with the territory too. And erm just make sure that nothing and I mean nothing happens to her
Benny goes out to work and leaves Joon and Sam. Joon is making a breakfast smoothie and Sam is watching as he walks in.
Joon: having a Boo Radley moment are we?
She hands Sam a glass of smoothie.
Benny: good morning
Benny: this today?
Eric. Yeah. So erm what did you do with the cousin? The bus station? The river? What? You throw him in the river?
Benny: (laughs) no, I took him home
Eric: you took him home?
Eric: to your house?
Benny: yeah to my house
Eric: what are you crazy?
Benny: hey believe me its only temporary
Eric: great, maybe he can tell Joon about the group home
Benny: listen, if Iím going to do this group home thing Iíve got to figure out the best way to tell her, you know what I mean. Whereís Waldo? Is he not here yet?
Benny: all right thatís it Iím going to have a talk with him
Eric: no your not
Benny: yes I am. Iím calling him right now. Whatís his phone number?
Benny and Joonís house
Sam is cleaning and Joon is in the garden. She hears the loud music that Sam is playing and runs inside.
Joon: aah, too loud.
Sam: aah, what? (Joon points to the radio) oh.
He switches the radio off and Joon takes it away.
Benny walks home as he walks in he sees Joon alone at the table
Benny: hey whereís Sam?
Joon: I didnít mean to kick him out. I mean I didnít kick him out he just left.
Benny: whoa, whoa, whoa what, what happened? Did something happen?
Joon: he just he just left. He was, he was in the air and, and, and with a thing and it was really loud. It was really loud. And all, I just kept seeing. He didnít mean to do it.
Benny: do it? What? What, did he, what did he do?
Joon: he cleaned the house
Benny: and you kicked him out for that?
There is a knock on the door and a jack-in-the-box is left on the floor. Joon picks it up. They both look up and see Sam sat on the mail box.
Joon: maybe I should invite him back in
Benny: yeah before someone sticks a stamp on his head and mails him to Guam.
Back in the house
Sam is making grilled cheese sandwiches with an iron
Joon: some cultures are defined by their relationship to cheese
Benny: is that a fact?
Joon is in bed and Benny walks in
Joon: he can really cook cant he?
Benny: uh-uh yeah. All for the grilled cheese I might of used the wool setting.
Joon: thatís what I told him
Benny: really? What did he use?
Joon: rayon. Silk would have been too soggy. Cotton would
Benny: would of burned it
Joon: right. Fortunately he consulted me before giving it steam. I was four square against it. I wish he could be my new smeal.
Joon hums a tune and they both start singing the words. It flashbacks to when they were kids and their parents died in a car crash.
Benny: good night
Joon: good night
The next morning and Sam is writing a letter to him mum
Joon: you need some help? Dear mum, I have departed Mikes with love and gratitude and am not living with Benny and Joon pearl, two magnificently devoted new friends. Bennyís pre-disposition to hyper tense Irish monologue is sub standing and he has given me a job as a domestic engineer and is pleased with my performance so far. Love Sam
Sam: wow, I didnít know how to talk like that
They go outside and post the letter
Joon: oh, yes
In the diner
Sam: thank you Ruthie
Ruthie: youíre welcome Sam. Let me know if you need anything ok?
Sam: you donít like raisins?
Joon: not really
Joon: they used to be fat and juicy and now theyíre twisted like they had their life stolen. They taste sweet but really they are just humiliated grapes. I cant say Iím a big supporter of the raisin council.
Sam: did you see those raisins on TV? The ones that sing and dance and stuff
Joon: they scare me
Sam: yeah me too
Joon; its sick, commercial people make them sing and dance so people will eat them
Sam: itís a shame about raisins
Sam; yeah. Do you like avocadoes?
Joon: theyíre a fruit you know.
Sam: Ruthie, do you got any avocadoes?
At Benny and Joonís house
He looks outside and sees a car pull up. Ruthie, Sam and Joon get out of the car.
Joon: youíre very pretty when youíre off work Ruthie
Ruthie: thank you. Maybe I should quit my job huh?
Benny: where the hell have you two been?
Ruthie: oh donít worry, they were with me. We were just running some errands.
Benny: oh how you doing?
Benny; running errands? You ran an errand?
Joon: yes I did, I ran an errand.
Joon hands Benny two new fish
Benny: oh look
Joon; they are both named Steven. One with a V and one with a PH.
Sam: look, look, look Ruthieís movie
Joon: yes and sheís staying for dinner too
Benny: come on in, come on in
By the river
Benny: so why did you leave?
Ruthie: LA? I wasnít that good of an actress
Benny: well thatís not how Sam tells it. Heís raving about you
Ruthie: yeah well, heís sweeter than he is judgemental. How long have you known him?
Benny: Sam? Erm 72 hours
Ruthie: be serious
Benny: I am, serious
Benny: Iím always serious, Iím too serious. Did you ever get to the point in your life when nothing makes any sense?
Inside watching the movie
Sam is talking along with the movie
Outside trying to start Ruthieís car
Benny: try it again. Now thereís only two reasons a car wont start. Either youíre not getting fuel or youíre not getting fuel. Youíve got fire. I think youíd better let me drive you home. Sorry
Pulling up outside Ruthieís house
Ruthie: here it is, right here
Benny; 2nd job huh/
Ruthie: yeah got to make those ends meet you know
Benny: this is just how I imagined your place. WellÖ
Ruthie: you want to come in? Or you want toÖ
Benny: oh no Iíll come in, for a minute. Whoa! What is this? Nice porch.
Ruthie: pretty nice fish Joon gave you
Benny: oh yeah, those fish. Yeah I was shocked I wasÖ Nice fish, I mean yeah
Ruthie: I never had a fish
Benny: what? Not even as a kid?
Ruthie: no, under privileged childhood I guess
Benny: down right un-American if you ask me
Benny: you can have one of mine if you want
Ruthie: no I couldnít possibly. They were a gift
Benny: but you know you could borrow it. But you know we could share it. Like joint custody. You could take it on the weekends you know. What is this?
Ruthie: sit down son, youíre making me nervous
Ruthie: want a beer?
Benny: yeah, you know what Iíd better not. I gottaí get goiní. I better get goiní ok?
Ruthie: yeah ok
Benny: Iíll take a rain check on the beer
Ruthie: ok I got the doors
Benny: want to go to dinner?
Ruthie; ever been married?
Benny: yeah? Great. See you
Ruthie: see you
Benny: see you
Benny and Joonís house
Sam and Joon kiss. Sam blows up a balloon and lets the air out of it slowly so it makes a tune. It pops and they laugh
At the social workers office
SW: see you next week
Joon: right thank you
SW: Benny, would you come inside a minute?
SW: whoís the new house keeper?
Benny: the newÖ oh! ThisÖ friend just came to stay with us for a while butÖ
SW: Joon tells me heís a man
Benny: well you know Joon, how flowery she gets with words
SW: she sheís lying? I mean is it a man or isnít it?
Benny: well yes technically. Heís really just a guy, a friend.
SW: so where does this leave the group home decision? I take it you havent talked to her about it yet
Benny: no I erm
SW: the admission date is less than a week away
Benny: but you see the thing is sheís really doing fine. She seems content and everything. Lets just leave it at that for now
SW: let me know when you want to talk to her about it
Benny: Iíll let you know. Ok bye
Sam walks into the video store and takes the help wanted sign off the window
Sam: I wanna help
Owner: ah wonderful ok. If youíd like to fill out this application Iíll be right with you.
Sam picks up the pen and writes his name. He folds up the application and walks out of the shop.
Benny and Joon are back at the house. Joon is scrubbing Bennyís finger nails.
Benny: not so hard
Joon: wow, you actually have cuticles
Benny: I know its amazing. What the hell is he doing?
Joon: Mashed potatoes. So are you and Ruthie considering item hood? Are you? Benjamin and Ruthie sitting in a tree k-i-s-s-i-n-g. First comes love, then come marriage
Benny: get out of here
Joon: then comes little Ruthamins and Benjamins and babys Ö
Benny: Iím just taking her out to dinner
Sam is downstairs making mashed potatoes with a tennis racket
Benny and Ruthie are coming home from their date
Ruthie: (laughing) Thatís a good joke
Benny: you like that?
Ruthie: uh-uh. What time you got?
Benny: its eleven.
Ruthie: on the nose?
Benny: right exactly
Ruthie: donít think Iíve ever asked anybody the time before and it be right on the nose
Benny: (laughs) thatís weird isnít it? Its right on the nose
Ruthie leans over and kissed Benny
Ruthie: do you, do you want to come in for a while? I erm, I got that beer waiting for you
Benny: erm you know what? I should probably go
Benny: listen erm can I tell you something?
Benny: erm you see my life is just real complicated and
Ruthie: give me a break Benny I just offered you a bear ok
She gets out of the car and runs inside
In the park the next day. Sam, Benny and Joon are sat on a rug.
Joon: why donít we pick up Ruthie and get some ice cream?
Sam: yeah lets get her
Benny: cos, she doesnít want to talk to me
He tries to put his hat on his head but it just pops off again. He does it to Joon and tries to do it to Benny.
Benny: come on we should go. Knock it off.
He knocks the hat out of Samís hand and it goes flying. Sam does an acrobatic show for the people in the park
Benny: he is, heís incredible. Heís amazing
Joon: did you have to go to school for that?
Sam: no no I got thrown out of school for that
Sam: oh yeah
He stands on a bench and walks over it
Benny: hey listen why donít you guys go on ahead? Iím going to hang around here for a while. Ok?
Benny: yeah go ahead. Iíll see you at home later. all right?
Benny; that was, that was great.
Sam: no no
Benny: thank you
Sam: no thank you. bye bye
Benny tries to do the trick with the bench that Sam did.
Back at the house
Sam and Joon are sat on the sofa and kiss.
Sam: I, I love you
Joon: me too. donít tell Benny
Joon hears Benny coming in so gets up and goes to her bedroom
Next morning, Benny is in the shower
Benny: did you see the way you had everybody in the palm of youíre hand? Huh? Youíve got this gift and you shouldnít ignore it you should be out there doing something with it.
Sam: like what?
Benny: I donít know all I know is that they were saying this guy is something else. Youíre special. Youíre not some regular schmoe like the rest of us who do it because we have to do it. Youíre blessed
Sam: how sick is she?
Benny: plenty sick. Now listen to me, Iíve been doing some thinking
Sam: because it seems to me that, well except from being a little mentally ill, sheís pretty normal you know?
Benny: do you realise you could be the next Buster Keeton?
Sam is sat outside the video store contemplating whether to go in
Sam goes in and talks to the owner. He has the job.
In the garage
Benny: Iím telling you, Randy listen to me, youíve got to see this guy. Tell him Eric
Eric: heís funny
Benny: heís truly amazing. Will you see him?
Randy: yeah Iíll see him
Benny: youíll see him?
Randy: yeah you never know, you know most of these guys work locally but some of them, the better ones, you can book in the out of town clubs
Benny: you book them out of town?
Randy: I book them all over. Detroit, Boston, sometimes LA
Benny: Whoa! Randy can you see him tonight?
Randy: Iíd love to see him tonight
Ruthie: is my car ready?
Benny: how you doing? Oh come on in, come on in. Erm listen erm I want to apologise for the other night. It came out all wrong
Ruthie: no no its ok
Benny: no I do
Ruthie: howís my car?
Benny: oh its running great. Your fuel pump was shot so I threw in a new one. Its running great
Ruthie: how much do I owe you?
Benny: Iíll tell you what. Just gibe me $30 for the part and Iím not going to charge you for the labour. All right? Ok?
Benny: listen if youíre not doiní anything later I just lined up this thing for Sam
Ruthie: what thing?
Benny: well its like an audition. Maybe his chance to make a living at all this crazy stuff that he does. Who knows? Maybe he could travel, play clubs. I donít know, you know? So if youíre not doing anything later and you feel likeÖ
Ruthie: I donít know Benny. I got food to deliver, apartments to rent. My lifeís pretty complicated right now, you know? Thanks. Bye
At Benny and Joonís house
Benny: weíll lay out the whole routine right after dinner. You know what you could start with? Remember the role thing you were doing at the diner?
Joon: who died and made you Ed McMahon?
Benny: whatís your problem? This is his chance to do something, be somebody
Joon: he is somebody
Benny: yeah I know, but he wants to be more
Joon: you donít know what he wants
Benny: I know he doesnít want to be a house keeper for the rest of his life. If youíre worried about getting a new Smeal weíll get you a new Smeal
Joon: heís not my Smeal
Benny: house keeper, whatever
Joon: we have to tell him
Benny: what? Tell me what?
Sam: err BennyÖJoonÖ andÖ and IÖ areÖ you know.
Benny: bullshit! YouÖ
He gets up and drags Sam from the table
Sam: no, no
Benny: get the fuck out!
Joon: you cant throw him out. I won him
Benny: just settle down, just settle down
Joon: I love him!
Benny: yeah? Well youíre crazy!
Joon: I am not crazy
Benny; you see what weíve come to? You see?
He gets out the group home leaflet
Joon: I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I hate you
In Joonís bedroom
Benny: can I get you anything?
Benny: tapioca? Ok. Anything on it?
He goes downstairs and checks the fridge. There is none left so he goes out to get some. Sam is sat in the tree outside and Joon burns a picture of her and benny when they were children. Sam goes to the door and Joon goes out to him
Benny arrives at Ruthieís house
Benny: hi. How you doiní?
Ruthie: youíre out late
Benny: yeah. ListenÖ do you have any tapioca?
Ruthie: jeez Benny, Iíve heard a lot of lines in my time butÖ
Benny: no, no, no its not for me. Its for Joon
Ruthie: come on in
Sam and Joon get on the bus with two bags. They sit down and Joon starts to talk to herself
Joon: I cant hear you
Sam: Joon. Ok?
Sam: good good good
He tries to calm her down
Joon; Iím not no, no Iím not
Sam: ok? All right? Hold tight ok? Shh. Its ok. Its ok
Joon: I am not, I am not, I am not
Joon starts to cry and Sam is still trying to calm her down
Joon: shut up!
Sam: no, no, no, no. Shh. Shh. Joon. Please. Come on
Joon: no its not all in my head
Sam: sir? Sir! Stop the bus! Please stop the bus!
Benny is driving back fromRuthieís and he sees the bus stopped. An ambulance arrives and the crew climb aboard the bus
Joon: I donít want to talk to you
AM1: all righty. You want to step out?
Sam: yeah ok, ok
AM1: how you doiní hon.?
Joon: you think I donít know who you are. I know just who you are. So just leave, leave. Leave! donít touch me! donít touch me!
They grab her and put her in the ambulance. Benny runs to the front of the crowd of people
Benny: Joon, Joon!
He sees Sam sat in the ambulance
At the mental hospital
Benny: look I a going to see my sister. Would you please tell me her room number?
Woman: please sir, just come back in the morning
Benny: let me talk to her god damn doctor
In the social workers room
SW: Iím sorry. She doesnít want any visitors. Not you or anyone else
Benny: she doesnít want to see me?
SW: no and she doesnít want to leave. Benny why donít you go home? Get some sleep. I promise Iíll keep in touch
He goes out of the room and sees Sam in the waiting room
Benny: I hope your happy. I hope youíre happy with what you have done to her.
He grabs Sam
Benny: you just stay the hell away from my sister
Sam: no, no
Benny: want to know why everybody laughs at you Sam? Because youíre an idiot. Youíre a first class moron
Sam: youíre scared
Benny: Iím what?
Sam youíre scared. I can see it. And you know why? I used to look up to you but know I cant look at you at all.
It flashes to Joon in bed and Benny walking by the trains. It shows Joon again but awake by the window and Sam at Ruthieís. Benny is playing with a jack-in-the-box back at the house and Sam is outside the hospital.
At the video store
Sam: I think that Fred Astatine is the way to go
Sam: thatís a good choice
Lady: whoís that woman who starred in the romanÖ
Sam looks up and sees Benny
Sam: Audrey hepburn
Lady: yeah Sam. Thanks a lot
Sam: have a nice day. Can I help you?
Benny: yeah I hope so.
At the mental hospital
Sam and Benny are in a room. Thomas walks in
Benny: Thomas, how is she? Tell me the truth
Thomas: sheís been better Benny
Benny: well youíve got to tell me what room number sheís in
Thomas: 335. But donít even think about it Benny. itís a closed ward. No visitors
Sam: no weíve got to find Joon. Please
Benny: Thomas youíve got to get us in there, to see her
Thomas: its impossible Benny
Benny: what do you mean its impossible? Listen I just need 2 minutes with her
Thomas: Iíll be fired
Benny: Thomas, Iím begging you as a friend
Thomas: Iíd love to help out but Garveyís going to be in there to check on her soon. My hands are tied. My hands are tied!
Benny: what room did he say?
At the waiting room they sit down. The door opens to the closed ward and Sam throws his hat in the way of the door do it doesnít close. They go through and as they are walking through the corridors they hear some men coming the other way.
Benny: shit. What are you doing?
Sam slides down the hall towards the men
Man1: what are you doing here?
Man2: I donít think you are supposed to be here
Man3: what room did you come out of?
The pick him up and carry him back through the door.
Man1: get the door
Man3: how did he get past security?
Man1: hey, watch the door
The coast is clear so Benny continues until he find Joonís room.
Benny: Joon, look, I know you want to be left alone but you do not belong in here. Not how would you like to try living in youíre own apartment?
Joon: an apartment?
Benny: yeah! Thereís an apartment available in Ruthieís building
Joon: youíd let me live in an apartment?
Benny: thatís up to you. Iím through making those decisions for you. Listen IÖ Iím sorry I was such a jerk. And about Sam. I was wrong, dead wrong.
Joon: I scared him away
Benny: no you didnít. heís here
Joon: he is not
Benny: he is. He got me in here. Heís somewhere in the building.
Joon: he is not. Youíd never let me have him. God. Why do you hate me so much?
Benny: I donít hate you
Joon: you just need me to be sick
The social worker enters the waiting room and goes over to the desk.
SW: Juniper Pearlís chart please. Thank you
Thomas sees the men carrying Sam away
Thomas: hey wait! Wally! Wait! Wait! Wally put him down. Heís mine. Iíve been looking for him
Man1: you sure?
Thomas: yeah Iíll take care of him. Sam you cant be in here
Sam: whereís Joonís room?
Thomas: come on
Sam: Iíve got to see her
Thomas: come on, come on
The social worker is walking down the hall to Joonís room and sees Benny
SW: can you give me any reason why I shouldnít have you arrested?
Sam and Thomas are outside
Thomas points to Joonís room
Thomas; thatís the one
Thomas: Sam, where are you going?
In Joonís room
SW: Benny, this is exactly what we were trying to avoid. By now Joon would be in a caring and controlled environment. Isnít it obvious that you two need some distance?
Benny: what donít we ask Joon what she wants?
Sam is climbing up the building
Thomas: Sam what are you doing? Hey Sam come on! Get down right now!
In Joonís room
Joon: I donít know exactly what I want. I do knowÖ that I am tired of everyone telling me what to do
Thomas: Sam come down. donít touch that
Sam winds up the window cleaners hoist
Thomas: Sam leave that. Iím begging you.
In Joonís room
SW: Joon, we want whatís best for you
Joon: I know that
She sees Sam swinging across the window
Thomas: Sam come down now. Sam youíre going to get in trouble
Joon: I think I want to try living in my own apartment
Benny looks outside and sees Sam. The social worker looks outside but doesnít see anything
SW: hmm, I donít know
Thomas: Sam stop swinging
The line of the hoist starts to come loose
SW: but Iím willing to let you try. Iíll prepare the papers for her release
Benny: thanks doctor Garvey
Thomas: come down Sam!
The hoist breaks and Sam falls down
Thomas: whoa! Whoa! Are you ok?
Sam: ouch, ouch
In the hospital
Joon tries to say something but cant get the word out
Benny: I know, me too. Iím going to go and check you out. Ok?
Joon goes out and Sam is waiting for her in a wheel chair. He gets up and they hug
At Joonís apartment
Benny pulls up outside and Ruthie is sat on her porch. He hands her some white roses
Ruthie: havenít we tried this before
Benny: yeah but my lifeís a lot less complicated now. Is Joon inside?
He looks in her room and sees Sam and Joon making grilled cheese with an iron. He leaves her some roses at her door.