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                                  OBSESSED
          
          
          
                                 Written by
          
                               David Loughery
          
          
          
          
          
                                                October 15, 2007
          
          
          
          
          
          FADE IN:
          
          EXT. HOUSE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS - EARLY MORNING
          
          A two-story California Craftsman with a SOLD sign in the
          front yard. Yukon SUV pulls into the drive and stops.
          
          The driver's door opens and DEREK CHARLES steps out, a
          handsome and likable African-American in his early 30's; a
          guy who's fought hard to make himself a success in business
          and life. Derek wears a business suit and the first thing he
          does is cross the lawn to the SOLD sign.
          
          With a new homeowner's look of satisfaction, Derek grips the
          SOLD sign and pulls it out of the ground.
          
                                  WOMAN'S VOICE
                       Derek?
          
          D erek looks over to where his pretty wife BETH is standing
          beside the SUV, holding their cute 2 year old son KYLE in her
          arms. Beth shakes her head with amusement.
          
                                BETH
                      What are you going to do with that?
                                                                  CUT TO:
          
          INT. LIVING ROOM - MINUTES LATER
          The SOLD sign, now in pieces, burns brightly in the
          fireplace. The rest of the room is empty except for KYLE who
          is nearby, asleep in his stroller. Derek and Beth's VOICES
          drift down from upstairs.
          
                                BETH'S VOICE
                      This is coming down.
          
                                DEREK'S VOICE
                      Why?
                               BETH'S VOICE
                      Do you want people to think we put it up?
          
                                 DEREK'S VOICE
                             (soft chuckle)
                        I don't know. I kind of like it.
          
                                 BETH'S VOICE
                     Please tell me you're joking.
          
                                                                             2.
          
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM - SECOND FLOOR
          
          Derek and Beth stare up at their own reflections in a huge
          ceiling mirror. The rest of the room is vacant.
          
                              DEREK
                    All I'm saying, before we take it down...
                    maybe we should try it out.
                        (PLAYFUL)
                    You know. Christen the new house.
          
                              BETH
                    And what do you suggest we use for a bed?
          
                              DEREK
                    What do we need a bed for when we've got
                    a fine shag carpet?
          
                              BETH
                        (LAUGHS)
                    Because I'm gonna have fine shag carpet
                    tattoos all over my --
          
          Derek puts his arms around her waist and pulls her close.
          Beth resists -- but only slightly.
          
                              BETH (cont'd)
                    Don't you have to go to work?
          
                              DEREK
                        (nuzzling her neck)
                    Told `em I'd be late.
          
                              BETH
                    What about...
          
                              DEREK
                    Kyle? That boy wouldn't wake up if a
                    nuclear bomb went off.
          
                              BETH
                    Maybe not, but the movers...
          
                              DEREK
                    Won't be here for another hour.
          
          Beth smiles, giving in. They look up at themselves in the
          mirror like naughty teenagers.
          
                              BETH
                    Derek, you are so bad.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
          M
          
          
          
          
                                                                             3.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       Isn't THAT why you married me?
          
          As they begin to kiss passionately...
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          CEILING MIRROR - MINUTES LATER
          
          Distorted images of Derek and Beth in the mirror's
          reflection, naked bodies intertwined, making love on the
          carpet.
          I
           NT. LIVING ROOM
          
          Kyle continues to snooze in his stroller. Outside the
          window, a moving van arrives and BLOWS its horn.
          
          INT. BEDROOM
          
          Beth, drowsing in Derek's arms.    They stir at the sound of
          the horn.
          
                              DEREK
                    Want me to stay?     Crack the whip on these
                    guys?
          
                              BETH
                    No. Go to work and earn that promotion.
                    Somebody's got to pay for all this.
          
          They share a quick kiss and then Beth swings over to find her
          clothes.
          
          As Beth dresses, Derek stares up at himself.    He smiles with
          satisfaction. Life is good.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          INT. LIVING ROOM - LATER
          
           OVERS bring in furniture, placing a big glass table in the
          dining room area below the stairs.
          
          Nearby, Beth opens a box and removes family pictures. She
          arranges them with loving care on the mantle above the fire
          place.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                 L
          
          
          
          
          A
          
          
          T
          
          
          
          
                                                                   C
          
          
          
          
                                                                             4.
          CONTINUED:
          
          FRAMED PHOTOS of Derek and Beth in their early dating days,
          at their wedding, celebrating holidays, Beth pregnant, the
          birth of Kyle; photos illustrating the history of this happy
          family.
          
                                                                    UT TO:
          
          INT. YUKON - DAY
          
          Picture of Beth and Kyle smiling at him from the dash, Derek
          drives the freeway toward the skyscrapers of downtown. He
          listens to the stock and financial report. Then, switches
          over to CD and Gnarls Barkley's "Gone Daddy Gone" blares out.
          The two sides of Derek Charles.                        C
                                                                   UT TO:
          
          EXT. DOWNTOWN LA - DAY
          
          ANGLING DOWN from a towering glass and steel office building
          as Derek's Yukon enters the parking garage.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          INT. ELEVATOR
          
          Derek and several others ride up from the parking garage.
          Derek scans the Business page of a folded newspaper.
          
           he elevator stops on the ground floor, the door slides open
          and MORE PEOPLE get on. The doors shut and the car ascends.
          
           t other floors, people get on and off until it's just Derek
          and one other passenger: LISA SHERIDAN, balancing an arm
          load of thick files. She's in her mid-20's, white,
          beautiful, glasses and hair pulled back projecting an
          efficient, smart and sophisticated look; simple blouse and
          skirt, high heels, great legs.
          
          Lisa glances over at Derek, intrigued.
          
                               ISA
                    Gage/Bendix?
          
          Derek looks up from his paper with a distracted smile.
          
                                 DEREK
                    Excuse me?
          
                              LISA
                    I couldn't help but notice we're both
                    going to Seven.
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                                5.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  DEREK
                       Right.   Gage/Bendix.   I work there.
          
                                 LISA
                       I thought you might.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Do you have an appointment with us?
          
                                  LISA
                       Why?   Do I look like a client?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Actually, you do.
          
                                 LISA
                           (pleasant laugh)
                       W
                        ell, I hate to shatter the illusion but
                       I'm just a lowly temp.
          
                              DEREK
                        (genuinely surprised)
                    You're a temp?
          
                              LISA
                    Just here for the day.
          
                              DEREK
                    Well, you could have fooled me.
          
          Lisa shifts on her feet.
          
                              LISA
                    I'm beginning to think these heels were a
                    big mistake.
          
          Derek glances down at her shapely legs.
          
                              LISA (cont'd)
                    I should have worn my track shoes.
                    They've got me running all over town
                    picking up these disclosure --
          
          That's when the pile in her arms slides south.       The files
          fall to the floor and spread out in a mess.
          
          Lisa LAUGHS and drops to her knees.
          
                              LISA (cont'd)
                    God, I'm such a klutz.
          
          Derek bends down to help.     Their hands touch briefly.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                               P
          
          
          
          
                               L
          
          T
          
          
          
          
                                                                           6.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              DEREK
                    No problem. Happen to anybody.
          
          They straighten up, look at each other.
          
           he door slides open, revealing the sleek and vast offices of
          GAGE BENDIX, ALTERNATIVE ASSET MANAGEMENT.
          
                                ISA
                    Thanks.   I owe you one.
          
          CAMERA FOLLOWS Derek through a warren of cubicles where STAFF
          WORKERS attend phones and computers. He becomes aware that
          Lisa is right behind him.
          
                              DEREK
                        (with humor)
                    Are you following me?
          
                              LISA
                    No. I'm taking these files to Mister
                    Charles' office. They said it was this
                    way.
          
                              DEREK
                    Derek Charles?
          
                              LISA
                    I guess you probably know him.
          
                              DEREK
                    Oh, yeah, I know him.
                        (lowers his voice)
                    Kind of an asshole, takes himself waaaay
                    too seriously. But don't tell him I said
                    that.     L
                               ISA
                    I could get you into trouble?
          
                              DEREK
                    Deep trouble.
          
          Approaching a desk where Derek's assistant, a mild-looking
          man in his late 30's named PATRICK looks up and smiles.
          Across from Patrick is another desk and another assistant, a
          middle-aged woman named MARGE.
          
                               ATRICK
                    Morning, Derek. How's the new house?
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                          7.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                              DEREK
                    Total chaos. Lucky for me, I sneaked out
                    as soon as the movers showed up.
          
                              PATRICK
                    Beth must have loved that.
          
                              DEREK
                    If she calls mad -- and she will -- tell
                    her I'm in a meeting.
          
                              PATRICK
                    Remember who used to sit at this desk?
                    She'll know I am lying.
          
                              DEREK
                        (with a smile)
                    Good point.
          
          Patrick CHUCKLES as Derek enters his office and vanishes
          inside. Patrick notices Lisa standing there with her arm
          load of files.
          
                              PATRICK
                        (to Lisa)
                    Can I help you?
          
          Lisa stares at Derek's office.
          
                              LISA
                    That's Derek Charles?
          
                              PATRICK
                    Yes.
          
          Lisa breaks into a smile; obviously charmed.
          
          Patrick takes amused notice of Lisa's interest in Derek.
          
                              PATRICK (cont'd)
                        (TEASING)
                    Watch it, girl. He's married.
          
                              LISA
                    The good ones are always married.
          
                              PATRICK
                        (dramatic sigh)
                    Or straight.
          
                                                                CUT TO:
          
                              G
          
          
          
          
                              G
          
          
          
          
                                                                             8.
          
          
          INT. MEETING ROOM - LATER
          
          Derek sits at a long table with his silver-haired boss, JOE
          GAGE and his best friend and co-worker BEN KINGMAN. One wall
          of the room is glass, giving a view of the outer office
          activity.            G
                               AGE
                        (to Derek)
                    Did you talk to our German friend, Herr
                    Ganz?
          
                               DEREK
                    Matter of fact, I just got off the line
                    to Berlin.
          
                              GAGE
                    And?
          
                              DEREK
                    Ganz doesn't like the way the Stock
                    Market's been gyrating and he thinks the
                    hedge fund wave is about to crest.
          
                               AGE
                    You think he's right?
          
                              DEREK
                    Hell, no. I think he's a hundred percent
                    wrong. We haven't even gotten close to
                    that point yet. Hedge fund demand is
                    coming from individual investors which is
                    why it's gaining mainstream acceptance.
                    You know Ganz. He gets paranoid when
                    anything goes mainstream. He started
                    making Auf Wiedersehen noises but I
                    managed to talk him into a private equity
                    portfolio instead... to the tune of 155
                    mil.
          
                               AGE
                        (PLEASED)
                    I knew there was a reason I promoted you.
                    No offense, Ben.
          
                              BEN
                    None taken, Joe. I'm just honored to be
                    allowed to exist in Derek's world.
          
          Derek looks over at Ben who winks at him. They're friends
          and good-natured ribbing is part of their relationship.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                 B
          
          
          
          
                                 B
          
          
          
          
                                                                               9.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 GAGE
                       Good. I want you to throw Derek all your
                       support on this one.
          T
           hat's when Lisa walks by on the other side of the glass.
          Gage perks up.
          
                                 GAGE (cont'd)
                       Whose legs are those?
          
                                 BEN
                       Never seen `em before.
          
                                 DEREK
                       I think she's one of the temps.
          
                                 BEN
                       You mean temptress...
          
                                 GAGE
                       Remind me to call that agency and have
                       them send over a couple more just like
                       her. Doesn't hurt to have a little eye
                       candy around the office, does it, boys?
          
          Ben agrees. Derek merely nods.        He's not comfortable with
          this tone of sexism.
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
          INT. OFFICE - EVENING
          
          End of the day. Workers are leaving. Derek passes an open
          office door. Ben sticks his head out.
          
                                 BEN
                       I scored an extra Lakers ticket for
                       tomorrow night. Think you can get free?
          
                                 DEREK
                       I'm moving into a new house.
          
                                  EN
                       So?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Do I look like a man who wants a divorce?
          
                                  EN
                       I could call and say it's a work
                       emergency.
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                10.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       Thanks, but I think I'll stay married
                       instead.
          
                                 BEN
                           (LAUGHS)
                       Coward.
          
          Ben ducks back into his office.      Derek walks past a cubicle
          on their way to the elevator.
          
                                 LISA
                       Good night, Mister Charles.
          
          Derek stops, turns and sees Lisa sitting at a computer
          station. She smiles. L
                                  ISA (cont'd)
                       You punk'd me.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (LAUGHS)
                       Sorry but you set me up.
          
                                 LISA
                           (with humor)
                       Don't worry. I'll get my revenge.    And
                       by the way, you might like to know
                       everybody who works here strongly
                       disagrees with you.
          
                                 DEREK
                       About what?
          
                                 LISA
                       About Derek Charles being an asshole.
                       They all say he's the nicest guy in the
                       firm.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Well, that just proves he's got `em all
                       fooled.
          
                                 LISA
                       And he's humble, too.   I'm Lisa, by the
                       way. Lisa Sheridan.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Well, it was nice to meet you, Lisa
                       Sheridan. Good luck with your next job --
          
           erek continues on to the elevator.      Lisa calls after him:
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                C
          
          
          
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                             11.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              LISA
                    Actually, they're keeping me on a few
                    more days, so I'll probably see you on
                    Monday.
          
          Can't tell if he heard. Lisa watches him go out of sight,
          then, curious, she turns to her computer and pulls up Derek's
          bio and picture on the company web site:
          
          "Derek Charles graduated from UCLA with a major in finance.
          Began his career with major Wall Street Brokerage firm before
          joining Gage/Bendix working with clients to help them
          accomplish their investment objectives. From asset
          allocation and investment planning, pension analysis, etc."
                                                                 C
                                                                    UT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES HOUSE - KYLE'S ROOM - NIGHT
          
          Kyle is asleep in his crib. Derek and Beth look down on him,
          smiling, then move quietly toward the door. Before they can
          sneak out, Kyle lets out A CRY. They look at each other.
          
                               DEREK
                    Damn.   Almost made it.
          
                                 BETH
                    Your turn.
          
           erek returns to the crib and picks up Kyle.
          
                              DEREK
                    Hey, little man. What's wrong?    You
                    should be...
                        (feeling him)
                    Uh oh. Poopy diaper. Beth...
          
                              BETH
                        (in the doorway; with a laugh)
                    I've been changing him all day.
          
          Beth leaves. Derek carries Kyle over to the changing table,
          opens Kyle's diaper and turns away.
          
                               DEREK
                    Whew.   What's that woman been feeding
                    you?
          
                                                                 UT TO:
          
          T
          
          
          
          
                                                                             12.
          
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Derek and Beth sit at a table on the outside deck that
          overhangs a sheer drop to the canyon below. In the distance,
          the LA basin sparkles like a diamond in the night.
          
          Derek and Beth are happy but exhausted. In front of them is
          an empty pizza box. Derek picks up a bottle of champagne and
          pours some for Beth and himself. They're both a little
          drunk. 
          
                              BETH
                    Well, we toasted the house --
          
                              DEREK
                    Toasted Kyle --
          
                              BETH
                    Your promotion --
          
                              DEREK
                    But I've saved the most important toast
                    for last...
                        (raising his glass)
                    To my beautiful wife who I love and adore
                    more than anything in the world.
          
                              BETH
                    And to my handsome husband. I asked for
                    the moon and he gave me the stars.
          
           hey clink glasses and drink.
          
                               BETH (cont'd)
                    Derek...
          
                              DEREK
                        (YAWNS)
                    Uh huh?
          
                              BETH
                    How would you feel about trying out that
                    mirror again? This time in our own bed.
          
                              DEREK
                        (perks up)
                    Yeah? Give the magic mirror another test
                    drive?
          
                              BETH
                    You know how I like looking at your sexy
                    butt.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                               13.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                           (LAUGHS)
                       Beth, you are so bad.
          
                                 BETH
                       Isn't that WHY you married ME?
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
          EXT. OFFICE - MORNING
          
          Derek arrives to find Lisa sitting at his outer desk in
          Patrick's place. She looks up and smiles. She's not wearing
          her glasses and her hair is down giving her a softer, less
          severe look.
          
                                  LISA
                       Hi.   Remember me?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Lisa Sheridan, Girl Temp.     Where's
                       Patrick?
          
                                 LISA
                       Out with the flu. I did some trading
                       with the other temps and wrangled your
                       desk. I hope that's okay.
                                 D
                                     EREK
                       Uh... sure.
          
          Looking over at the assistant outside the other corner
          office.
          
                                    DEREK (cont'd)
                       Hey Marge.
          
                                 MARGE
                       Good morning, Derek.
          
          Back to the temp.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Grab your pad and follow me.
          
          Derek goes into his office.       Lisa collects her things and
          does as told.
          
          INT. DEREK'S OFFICE
          
          Derek goes behind the desk as Lisa enters and sits down on
          the couch. She crosses her legs. Those great legs.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                 D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                14.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LISA
                       I put a memo on your desk about the
                       Christmas party this Friday.
          
                                  EREK
                       Is it that time already?
          
          Derek picks up the memo and scans it.
          
                                 LISA
                       Why don't they invite spouses?
          
                                 DEREK
                       How's that?
          
                                 LISA
                       To the Christmas party.    It says "for
                       employees only."
          
                                 DEREK
                       It's like that in most companies. They
                       think people are more inhibited in front
                       of their spouses, less likely to kick
                       back and enjoy themselves and mingle with
                       co-workers, which is what the party is
                       about.
          
                                 LISA
                       So, does this party get pretty wild?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Just the opposite.
          
                                 LISA
                       Well that's no fun.
          
          Derek notices a container of Starbucks coffee.
          
                                 LISA (cont'd)
                       I
                         called Patrick. He said you like it
                       black with two sugars.
          
          Derek is impressed.    He opens the container.
          
                                 LISA (cont'd)
                       If it's cold, I can run down and nuke it
                       in the Break Room.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (takes a sip)
                       No, it's perfect.
          
          Lisa is pleased.    She raises her pad and pencil.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                            15.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                 LISA
                    Fire away.
          
                              DEREK
                    Well, it's Monday and first thing on
                    Monday...
          
                              LISA
                    I took care of that.
          
                              DEREK
                    Took care of what?
          
                               LISA
                    On Mondays you always send your wife a
                    dozen long-stemmed red roses.
                        (off Derek's look of surprise)
                    I called to confirm they've been
                    delivered.
          
                                 DEREK
                    Thanks.
          
                              LISA
                    I think that's incredibly sweet.   How
                    long have you two been married?
          
                              DEREK
                    Three years in March.
          
                              LISA
                    And you still send her flowers every
                    Monday morning? Lucky girl.
          
                              DEREK
                    It's kind of a tradition.
          
                              LISA
                    Patrick said you started sending them
                    back when Beth worked here as your
                    assistant. Is that how you won her
                    heart?
          
                              DEREK
                    Well, it took a little more than roses.
                        (getting down to business)
                    We need to run some calls.
          
                              LISA
                        (POISED)
                    Ready when you are.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   C
          
          
          
          
                                                                             16.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                              DEREK
                           (
                         AMUSED)
                    Are you always this efficient?
          
                              LISA
                    Does that surprise you?
          
                              DEREK
                    Well, it's just that most of the temps we
                    get here...
          
                              LISA
                    I think you'll find I'm not your typical
                    temp.
          
                                DEREK
                    No.   Definitely not.
                         (THEN)
                    Okay not your typical temp... start with
                    Phil Trendle at Emerson... set up a lunch
                    for end of the week. Wherever he wants
                    but push the Water Grill. Then Terry
                    Mills at Imagio. Am I going too fast for
                    you?
          
                                LISA
                    No.    Go faster.   I can handle it.
          
                                                                    UT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY
          
          Beth is feeding Kyle while talking on the phone to Derek.
          
                              BETH
                    It's a beautiful little park with a duck
                    pond and close enough to push Kyle.
          
          INTERCUTTING DEREK IN HIS OFFICE, while he listens and goes
          over reports.
          
                              BETH (cont'd)
                    I've already met a dozen other women with
                    kids the same age. One of them, Lauren
                    something asked if we'd like to come over
                    for a barbecue on Saturday.
          
                              DEREK
                    I don't know. It's shaping up to be a
                    work weekend.
          
          Outside, at her desk, Lisa eavesdrops on her headset,
          listening with interest.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                 D
          
          
          
          
                                 D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                  17.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 BETH
                       You can work at home and then we'll go to
                       the barbecue.
          A
           s Beth chats on, Derek gets a weird feeling. Still on the
          phone, he slowly gets up from his desk and moves quietly to
          the door. He looks out, expecting to catch Lisa listening
          in. Instead, she's not at her desk. She's standing several
          feet away at a file cabinet. She turns and smiles at him.
          
                                 LISA
                       Do you need me?
          
          Derek shakes his head no and steps back into his office.
          
                                                                        CUT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES HOUSE - BEDROOM - NIGHT
          
          Derek finishes some work on his home computer.       In the
          background, Beth sits in bed reading a book.
          
                              BETH
                    Work at the office.     This is home.   Come
                    to bed.
          
                                 DEREK
                    In a sec.
          
          Derek finishes. He rises, walks over to the bed and climbs
          in beside Beth. She puts her book on the night table and
          switches off the light. They cuddle together. Beth
          CHUCKLES.
          
                              BETH
                    The card that came today with the
                    roses...
          
                                  EREK
                    Uh huh?
          
                              BETH
                    ... was addressed "To Betty."
          
                                     EREK
                       Betty?
          
                                 BETH
                           (with humor)
                                            Your other wife?
                       Yeah. Who's Betty?
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                 B
          
          
          
          
                                 B
          
          
          
          
                                                                              18.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       Blame it on the new girl. Patrick called
                       in sick and I had a temp on my desk.
                                 B
                                   ETH
                       I thought we had a deal. No female
                       assistants.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Honey, I don't control the temp pool.
          
                                 BETH
                       She pretty?
          
          Derek gives Beth a look.
          
                                  ETH (cont'd)
                       Just asking...
          
                                 DEREK
                       Yeah, she's pretty... plain.
          
                                 BETH
                           (JOKING)
                       I don't care. I want her fired
                       immediately.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Actually, she did a great job... aside
                       from the card.
          
          They get comfortable.      Beth puts her head on Derek's chest.
          
                                  ETH
                       Night, Derek.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Night... Betty.
          
          Beth LAUGHS, gives him a playful punch.
          
                                                                    CUT TO:
          
          INT. OFFICE - DAY
          
          TWO DELIVERY GUYS come out of the stairwell, struggling with
          an undecorated Christmas tree. Marge directs them to a spot
          to put it.
          
          INT. DEREK'S OFFICE
          
          Beth and Kyle are visiting. Derek has Kyle on his desk,
          letting him play with his keys.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                                  19.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 BETH
                       Hope you don't mind us dropping in
                       unannounced.
          
                                 DEREK
                       You kidding? This is a treat.
          
                                 BETH
                       Sheila's meeting us for lunch at Central
                       Market. Then I'm taking Kyle to the
                       Grove.
                           (to Kyle)
                       And who are we going to see at the Grove?
          
                                 KYLE
                           (EXCITED)
                       Santa!
          
                                 BETH
                           (to Derek)
                       You want to come?   Get your picture taken
                       on Santa's lap?
          
                                 DEREK
                       I'd love to but I'm all jammed up.     But
                       say hi to your sister.
          
                                 BETH
                       That guy she was seeing, the one we met
                       at Thanksgiving... Jack.
                                 D
                                  EREK
                       The one she said was perfect.
          
                                 BETH
                       Apparently he's not so perfect.   He told
                       her he just wants to be FWB.
          
                                   DEREK
                       FWB?
          
                                 BETH
                       Friends With Benefits.
          
                                 DEREK
                       What does that mean?
          
                                   BETH
                       You know.    Sex but no commitments.
          
                                 DEREK
                       And Sheila's got a problem with that?
          
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                             (
          
          
          
          
                                                                                     20.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Beth laughs.       Lisa appears at the door.
          
                                    LISA
                       Excuse me.
          
          They turn.    Lisa smiles sweetly.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Lisa, this is my wife Beth.       Beth, Lisa.
                       She's temping for Patrick.
          
                                   BETH
                             (friendly but checking her out)
                       Hi.
          
                                 LISA
                       It's great to meet you, Mrs. Charles.
                            eyes lighting up)
                       And this must be Kyle. I can already
                       tell he's going to grow up to be a
                       heartbreaker.
          
          Lisa comes over.       Kyle presses shyly against Derek.
          
                                    LISA (cont'd)
                       Hi, Kyle.     I'm Lisa.
          
          When Kyle doesn't respond...
          
                                 DEREK
                       Kyle, say hello.
          
                                 BETH
                       He can say hello. He's usually not this
                       shy around strangers.
          
                                 LISA
                       What a handsome boy.
                           (to Derek)
                       He looks just like you.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Actually, most people think he takes
                       after Beth.
          
                                 LISA
                       Talk about the perfect family. The three
                       of you should be on a magazine cover.
          
                                 BETH
                       I hope my husband's not working you too
                       hard.
          
          
          
                                                                       (CONTINUED)
          
                                  B
          
          
          
          
                                                                              21.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                               LISA
                         (cheery tone)
                    He is. But I like it. I'm learning a
                    lot.
                         (to Derek)
                    Joe Gage needs to see you when you get a
                    minute.
          
                              BETH
                    Well, that's our cue to leave.    We just
                    dropped in to say hi.
                        (taking Kyle from Derek)
                    Come on, big boy.
          
          Lisa steps back, moves off to the door.
          
                              LISA
                    It was great to meet you... Beth.
          
                               ETH
                    You, too... Laura.
          
          She did it on purpose, winking at Derek.    He smiles.
          
                                  LISA
                    Lisa.
          
                                  BETH
                    Excuse me?
          
                                  LISA
                    It's Lisa.      You said Laura.
          
                                  BETH
                    I did?
          
          If Lisa knows she's being fucked with, she doesn't show it.
          
                               BETH (cont'd)
                    Sorry.   Lisa.
          
                              LISA
                        (WAVING)
                    Bye, Kyle. Say hi to Santa for me.
          
          Lisa exits.   A beat.
          
                              DEREK
                        (to Beth)
                    That was intentional.
          
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                              22.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
                              BETH
                    Wasn't me. Blame "Betty."    So what's the
                    deal with her?
          
                              DEREK
                    What do you mean?
          
                              BETH
                    She knew I was taking Kyle to Santa.
          
                                DEREK
                    So?
          
                              BETH
                    So she was obviously listening at the
                    door.
          
                              DEREK
                    Well, she probably didn't know when to
                    come in.
          
                              BETH
                    I thought you said she was plain. Derek,
                    that girl may be a lot of things but one
                    of them is not plain.
          
                              DEREK
                    How would I know?    I only have eyes for
                    you.      B
                               ETH
                        (LAUGHS)
                    Oh, you are so slick.
          
          They put Kyle in his stroller.
          
                               DEREK
                    Come on. I'll walk you to the elevator.
                    You can say hi to the old gang.
                        (BEAT)
                    Ever miss it?
          
                              BETH
                    I like to think I traded up.
          
          Derek beams.    They share a kiss.
          
          EXT. ELEVATOR
          
          Derek, Beth and Kyle are surrounded by office workers making
          a fuss over Beth and Kyle. Even Joe Gage comes out of his
          office to embrace Beth and chat.
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
          T
          
          
          
          
                                 D
          
          
          
          
          L
          
          
          
          
                                                                               23.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Lisa watches from a distance. Her face betrays no emotion.
          After a moment, she turns and enters Derek's office.
          
           isa sits behind the desk in Derek's chair and look at a
          framed picture on Derek's desk -- Derek, Beth and Kyle, the
          perfect happy family.
          
          Nearby, Lisa sees a pile of CD's.    She looks through them and
          smiles with an idea.
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
          INT. SUV - DAY
          
          A warm LA morning with a hot sun coming up.    Derek drives to
          work, listening to Gnarls' "Crazy."
          
          INT. OFFICE - MORNING
          
          Workers hang bulbs and decorations on the Christmas tree.        A
          festive holiday spirit is in the air.
          
          Derek exits the elevator, heads to his office.      Patrick is
          back at his desk.    D
                                  EREK
                       Hey, Patrick. Feeling better?
          
                                  PATRICK
                       Much. Thanks.
                           (BEAT)
                       You know it's going to take more than the
                       flu to keep me away from that Christmas
                       party.
          
                                 LISA (O.S.)
                       Not sure we can say the same for Marge...
          
          Derek turns to see Lisa, now sitting at Marge's desk.
          
                                  EREK
                       You get around don't you?
          
                                 LISA (CONT'D)
                       Poor thing called in with a fever...
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Yeah... She's not speaking to me at the
                       moment.
          
              he three share a laugh.
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                  L
          
          
          
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                               24.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  DEREK
                       Alright.   You two behave yourselves out
                       here...
          
           erek goes into his office.       We stay with Patrick and Lisa.
          
                                 PATRICK
                           (whispers to Lisa)
                       So, how many times did you get busted
                       listening in on Derek's calls?
          
                                 LISA
                           (light laugh)
                       I'm way too devious to ever get caught.
                       Besides, I thought all you assistants
                       listened in.
          
                                 PATRICK
                           (with a smile)
                       We do.
          
          A beat.   Lisa wonders if she might make a friend here.
          
                                 LISA
                       How long have you worked here?
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Ten years this Spring.
          
                                  ISA
                       I'll bet you know more about what goes on
                       behind these closed doors than anybody.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Oh you got that right girl.    I know all
                       the dirty little secrets.
                                 L
                                  ISA
                       Well maybe we should grab a drink some
                       night after work for a little girl talk.
          
                                 PATRICK
                           (lonely guy; flattered by her
                            INTEREST)
                       Listen, honey, if you think you can buy
                       my silence with a couple of Cosmo's...
                       you're right.
          
          They share a laugh, bonding.
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
                                                                                25.
          
          
          INT. OFFICE - DAY
          
          Deserted at lunch hour. Derek, in shirtsleeves, emerges from
          his office and approaches the Break Room.
          
          INT. BREAK ROOM
          
          Derek enters, opens the refrigerator and takes out a lunch
          bag. He hears a slight SNIFFLING NOISE, turns and is
          surprised to find Lisa seated a corner table, a little
          tearful.
          
          Lisa looks up, quickly wipes her eyes with her hand and puts
          on a smile.
          
                                 LISA
                    Sorry.     I thought everybody was at lunch.
          
          An awkward moment.    Lisa starts to rise.
          
                              LISA (cont'd)
                    I should go...
          
                              DEREK
                    No. Stay. I was just gonna take this
                    back to my office.
          
          Lisa sits back down.    Derek starts to leave; hesitates.
          
                              DEREK (cont'd)
                    Anything I can do to help?     I mean... if
                    you want to talk about it.
          
                              LISA
                    It's nothing.
          
                              DEREK
                    Most people I know don't cry over
                    nothing.
          
                               LISA
                        (
                         with humor)
                    You think I was crying?     This is just my
                    allergies.
          
                                 DEREK
                    Uh huh.     What are you allergic to?
          
                              LISA
                    Men, apparently. Actually it's more like
                    they're allergic to me.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                                                                26.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       Boyfriend trouble?
          
          Lisa hesitates, wondering if she can confide.
          
                                 LISA
                       It's stupid really.
                           (a beat)
                       This guy I've been seeing just calls and
                       dumps me. Middle of the day. No
                       warning. No explanation. Just "I don't
                       think we should see each other anymore."
          
                                 DEREK
                       OUCH!!! That's pretty cold.    How long
                       were you together?
          
                                  LISA
                       Two months.
                            small laugh)
                       Actually, it was one of my longer lasting
                       relationships. I don't know what it is
                       but sooner or later I just seem to scare
                       men off.
                           (BEAT)
                       I'm starting to think there's something
                       wrong with me.
          
          Derek sits down beside her.       He puts a comforting hand on her
          shoulder.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (like a big brother)
                       Nothing wrong with you. Your boyfriend's
                       a fool, that's all.
          
                                 LISA
                       I wish I could believe that.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Maybe you just haven't met the right guy
                       yet.
          
                                  LISA
                       I'm beginning to think all the good ones
                       are taken. D
          
                                  EREK
                       Look, I'm no expert but if it didn't work
                       out, maybe it wasn't meant to be. When
                       the right guy comes along... you'll know
                       it.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                 D
          
          
          
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                 D
          
          
          
          
                                 L
          
          
          
          
                                                                             27.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          She looks up at him; smiles.
          
                              LISA
                    Is that how it was with you and Beth?
          
                              DEREK
                    Actually, yeah.      We both knew pretty
                    quick.
          
                              LISA
                    Love at first sight?
          
                              DEREK
                    It does happen.
          
                                  ISA
                    Great.     Now I'm jealous.
          
                                 DEREK
                    Why?
          
                              LISA
                    She's got it all.   Perfect husband,
                    perfect child, perfect marriage.
          
                               EREK
                    Nobody's perfect. There are problems in
                    every relationship. The important thing
                    is to keep moving forward.
                         trying to buck her up)
                    Don't get down on yourself. You're a
                    bright, attractive girl. Any man would
                    be lucky to have you.
          
                                 LISA
                    Oh, yeah.     Right.
          
                              DEREK
                    No, really. If I was single...
          
                              LISA
                    But you're not.
          
                               EREK
                    I just meant...
          
                              LISA
                    I know. You're just trying to make me
                    feel better.
                        (touches his hand)
                    And you have.
          
          Lisa gets up.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
          I
          
          
          
          
                                                                                28.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                                 LISA (cont'd)
                       Thanks, Derek.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (ENCOURAGING)
                       Hang in there. It'll happen.
          
          Lisa nods.    She smiles and exits.
          
            ncident forgotten, Derek opens his lunch bag and takes out a
          sandwich.
          B
           en appears in the doorway, grins at Derek.
          
                                 BEN
                       What was that all about?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Poor kid got dumped by her boyfriend.
          
                                 BEN
                       Really? I wouldn't mind taking up the
                       slack. That is one hot piece of ass
                       there.
                           (off Derek's look)
                       Like you haven't noticed.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (AMUSED)
                       Hey, I'm a happily married man.   And so
                       are you.
          
                                 BEN
                       Doesn't mean we can't look.
          
          Ben goes to the refrigerator, opens it and starts rooting
          around.
          
                                 BEN (cont'd)
                       Not like the old days, back when you
                       could get away with a little office
                       nookie on the side and not get nailed for
                       it.
                           (turns and gives him a grin)
                       Don't give me that "I'm appalled" look.
                       That's how you got together with Beth,
                       isn't it?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Ben, if you're looking to start something
                       with that girl...
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                D
          
          
          
          
                                                                              29.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
                              BEN
                    You saw her first?
          
                                DEREK
                    Fuck off.
          
                              BEN
                    Besides, I don't think I'm her type.     Now
                    you on the other hand...
          
                               EREK
                    Ben, do me a favor...
          
                              BEN
                    All I'm just sayin' is a lot of these
                    single gals see the work place as a
                    hunting ground.
                         cocking his finger like a gun)
                    And this one's got you in the cross
                    hairs.
          
          With a grin, Ben "pulls the trigger -- bang!" and exits.
          Derek looks a little annoyed.                          C
                                                                     UT TO:
          
          INT. DEREK'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          Derek at his desk. He notices an envelope with his name on
          it. He opens the envelope. A note and a home-made CD slide
          out.
          
          "Thanks for the shoulder, Lisa.   (Thought you might like
          these.)"
          
          Curious, Derek feeds the CD into his computer, lowers the
          volume and is hit with Gnarls Barkley in concert. He turns
          down the volume and smiles, continues to listen.
          
          He hear the ding of an IM on his computer.     It's from
          TEMPGIRL:
          
          TIS THE SEASON TO BE GNARLY.
          
          Derek considers, types back.
          
          WHERE DID U FIND THIS
          
          Reply: CONCERT BOOTLEG.   TOTALLY ILLEGAL.   WE COULD BE
          ARRESTED.
          
          He responds: WORTH THE RISK.   I LUV GNARLS.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   C
          
          
          
          
                                                                             30.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Reply: ME 2
          
          He responds:   THANX.    GET BACK 2 WORK.
          
          She replies: GONE DADDY GONE.
          
          Derek smiles, then goes back to work.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES HOUSE, KITCHEN - DAY
          
          Breakfast. Beth and Derek at the table. Derek is feeding
          Kyle. We can see a naked, undecorated Christmas tree in the
          next room.
          
                              BETH
                    On your way home, can you pick up those
                    Baby Einstein DVD's for you know who.
          
                              DEREK
                    I'll have to do it tomorrow.      Office
                    party's tonight.
          
                              BETH
                    I forgot. Well, if you drink too much,
                    take a cab, okay?
                              D
                                EREK
                    If it's anything like last year, I'll be
                    home early.
                        (THEN)
                    Kyle, I want you to eat this.
          
          Kyle shakes his head "no" and points at the Christmas tree.
          
                                  KYLE
                    Santa!
          
                              DEREK
                    Yeah, Santa. And he's coming soon. So
                    eat. Don't you know Santa only brings
                    presents to boys who eat all their food?
          
          Kyle considers; then furiously eats.    Derek and Beth LAUGH.
          
                                                                    UT TO:
          
          INT. RESTAURANT - DAY
          
          Derek sits at the bar by himself, reading the paper. He
          looks up and sees Lisa come in. Lisa catches Derek's eye,
          surprised. Then she smiles, starts to make her way over...
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                  D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                31.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LISA
                           (gesturing to the empty stool
                            next to him)
                       This seat taken?
          
                                 DEREK
                           (always a good guy)
                       No. Be my guest...
          
          A HALF-HOUR LATER
          
          Lisa is sitting next to Derek at the bar. The food has come.
          
                                 DEREK (cont'd)
                           (CHEWING)
                       Still the best burger in town.
          
          Lisa chews and nods in agreement.
          
                                  EREK (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                           (WHISPERS)
                       ... And the best Margarita.
          
                                 LISA
                           (raises her eyebrows)
                       Really?
          
                                 DEREK
                       We used to cut loose here after a long
                       day at work.
          
                                 LISA
                       Work hard, play hard.   Right?
          
                                  DEREK
                           (LAUGHS)
                       Back in the day...
                           (BEAT)
                       How's that boyfriend trouble coming?
          
                                 LISA
                       Keep moving forward, right?
                                 D
                                   EREK
                       Exactly.
          
                                 LISA
                       How about you, Derek?   What's the grand
                       plan?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                               L
          
          
          
          
                               L
          
          
          L
          
          
          
          
                                                                              32.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                               DEREK
                     You know, run the company by 35. Jet by
                     40. Retire to my private island and own
                     the Lakers by 50.
          
           isa laughs.
          
                                ISA
                     Lakers suck.
          
                               DEREK
                     Not with me in charge.
          
          Touche.   They both smile.
          
                                ISA
                     You want one?
          
                               DEREK
                     What?
          
                               LISA
                     A margarita?
          
                               DEREK
                     Oh, I don't know.
          
                               LISA
                     C'mon big talker... it's Christmas time.
                     Works dead --
          
          Derek's not sure.
          
                               LISA (cont'd)
                     I won't tell if you don't.
          
                               DEREK
                     All right. One.     What do you like?
                     Strawberry?
          
                               LISA
                     Rocks. Salt...
          
                                                                    CUT TO:
          
          INT. OFFICE - EVENING
          
          The Christmas party is in full swing with MUSIC, TWO
          BARTENDERS and lowered lights.   The tree is all lit up. The
          mood is happy and playful and people are getting a little
          tipsy.
          
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
          M
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                33.
          CONTINUED:
          
          A MALE WORKER gives A FEMALE WORKER a back massage with a
          computer mouse.
          
          Joe Gage, in a Santa suit, is passing out gag presents.
          
          Lisa is in a group with Patrick and some other women,
          chatting. She glances over and sees Derek.
          
          He's off to the side with Ben, sipping drinks.
          
           esks and furniture are shoved back and workers are free-
          style dancing, crowding into the center of the room.
          
           arge grabs Derek by the arm and pulls him out. Derek makes
          some half-hearted dance moves, then gets into the spirit.
          It's crowded, people are close together and a moment later,
          Derek finds himself dancing face to face with Lisa.
                               L
                                  ISA
                           (with humor)
                       Well, if it isn't the Office Asshole.
          
                                 DEREK
                       That's Mister Office Asshole to you.
          
                                 LISA
                       I'm impressed.      You can dance.
          
                                 DEREK
                       All those years watching Soul Train.
          
                                 LISA
                           (LAUGHS)
                       I wasn't sure I was going to come
                       tonight.
          
                                   DEREK
                       Why not?
          
                                 LISA
                       Well, it's not like I've been here that
                       long.
          
                                 DEREK
                       I'm sure everybody's glad you decided to
                       show up.
          
                                   LISA
                       Even you?
          
                                 DEREK
                       What do you mean "even me?" I'm your
                       number one supporter around here.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                 D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                  34.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          This makes her smile happily.
          
                              LISA
                        (looking up)
                    Uh oh.
          
          Derek looks up, too.       They're under the mistletoe.
          
                               EREK
                    How did that get there?
          
          They look at each other, smile.       An awkward moment.    Derek
          laughs it off.
          
                              LISA
                        (PLAYFUL)
                    Maybe a quick one on the cheek? If we
                    don't, people will really suspect there's
                    something going on.
          
          But Derek steps away.
          
                              DEREK
                    Guess we'll just have to take that
                    chance.
          
                              LISA
                        (good natured laugh)
                    Coward.
          
          The music changes, breaking the mood.       Derek smiles at Lisa
          and slips away, rejoining Ben.
          
           erek looks at his watch.
          
                              BEN
                    You're not thinking about bailing, are
                    you? Fun's just getting started.
                    Remember last year? Sally Sloane did a
                    table dance.
          H
           e indicates a pretty secretary LAUGHING and accepting
          another drink.
          
                              BEN (cont'd)
                    I give her one more drink, then stand
                    back.   How about you, buddy? Need a re-
                    fill? Come on, where's your holiday
                    spirit?
          
                              DEREK
                    With Beth and Kyle.       I'm gonna take a
                    piss and sneak out.
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                            35.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                              BEN
                    You're no fun.
          
          Derek heads down the hall, a little unsteady.
          
          INT. MEN'S ROOM
          
          Derek enters. No one else around. He goes to the urinal and
          begins to unzip. About 30 seconds later he hears the door
          open and close but thinks nothing of it because it is a large
          public Men's restroom in the workplace with 4 urinals and 2
          stalls.
          
          But suddenly, a hand snakes around his waist and grabs his
          crotch. Derek whirls around, face to face with a brazen,
          smiling Lisa who dangles a sprig of Mistletoe in her free
          hand. Her eyes flash with desire.
          
                              DEREK
                        (ALARMED)
                    What are you doing?
          
          Lisa tries to kiss him. Derek resists. He staggers away
          from the urinal with Lisa still holding him.
          
                                 DEREK (cont'd)
                    Lisa --
          
          They knock open a stall door and fall in. Derek goes back
          against the toilet and Lisa is now practically straddling
          him.                 D
                               EREK (cont'd)
                    Lisa, stop --
          
                                 LISA
                    Why?
          
                              DEREK
                    Are you out of your --
          
          That's when someone comes in. Derek kicks the stall door
          shut with his foot just in time. He and Lisa freeze, pressed
          close together as A DRUNK MALE WORKER staggers to the urinal
          and unzips.
          
          Lisa hides a GIGGLE.    Derek is horrified they'll be
          discovered.
          
          Then...
          
          The Drunk begins to piss. Loudly. And then begins to sing
          Santa Claus is coming to town... even more loud.
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                            36.
          CONTINUED:
          
          In the stall, Lisa and Derek are face to face. His hand
          grabs her wrist as she squeezes his crotch. He tries to
          remove it but her grip is like a vice.
          
                                 DEREK (cont'd)
                       For god's --
          
                                 LISA
                       Oh, come on...
          
          Hearing something, the Drunk hesitates in mid-piss, looks
          back over his shoulder.
          
                                 DRUNK
                           (BLEARY)
                       Hey, who's there?
          
          Derek is trapped. Lisa gives him a naughty smile. She's in
          control and enjoying this, turned on by the thrill of getting
          caught.
          
                                 DRUNK (cont'd)
                       Somebody in there?
          
          Lisa is about to answer.      Derek hushes her.
          
          When there's no reply, the Drunk resumes pissing.
          
          Lisa smears the Mistletoe sprig against Derek's face, then
          starts to go down on him. He clutches her head with both
          hands forcing her to stop. She looks up at him, eyes
          gleaming with passion.
                               D
                                  EREK
                           (HISSING)
                       Don't do this...
          
          The Drunk continues his piss. Endless. Finally.. finished.
          He clumsily zips back up, lurches over to the sink. He looks
          at himself in the mirror, runs his fingers through his hair,
          smiles at himself and then stumbles out the door.
          
          The stall door bangs open as Derek pushes Lisa aside and
          staggers out, trying to zip up his fly.
          
                                 LISA
                           (CONFUSED)
                       Wait. Where are you going?
          
                                 DEREK
                           (FLUSTERED)
                       You've got the wrong idea!
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
          A
          
          
          P
          
          
          
          
                                                                            37.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Lisa doesn't seem to understand but she's amused.    Derek is
          already out the door.
          
          INT. OFFICE
          
          It's a wilder scene now. Sally Sloane is doing an
          uninhibited table dance to the delight of everyone gathered.
          
           atrick, standing off, sees Derek hurry down the hall and
          head for the elevator.
          
            moment later, he sees Lisa come down the hall and rejoin
          the party. A little tipsy, he walks over to her.
          
                              PATRICK
                    Living dangerously, aren't we?
          
                               LISA
                    Oh, Patrick, you're such an old queen.
                        (THEN)
                    Come on. Dance with me.
          
          Lisa pulls Patrick out with the other dancers.
          
                              LISA (cont'd)
                        (as they dance; teasing)
                    I
                     'll bet you've never been this close to
                    an actual woman.
          
                              PATRICK
                    Honey, I've never been this close to an
                    actual man.
          
                                                                  CUT TO:
          
          INT. YUKON - NIGHT
          
          Derek drives home. He's agitated, trying to calm down,
          trying to make sense of what happened.
          
          That's when he hears a SIREN. Derek's eyes go up to the rear
          view mirror in panic as a police car with flashing lights
          gains on him.
          
          Derek pulls over, heart pounding.   This is all he needs right
          now.
          
          The police car flies by on its way to some emergency.
          
          Derek closes his eyes; lets out a deep breath.
          
                                D
          
          
          
          
                                                                             38.
          
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - NIGHT
          
          Swept by headlights as Derek pulls into the drive.
          
          INT. KYLE'S BEDROOM
          
          Dark.   Derek looks in on his sleeping son.
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM
          
          Dark. Derek approaches the bed where Beth sleeps.     He slips
          in beside her.
          
                               BETH
                         (SLEEPY)
                     How was the party?
          
                               DEREK
                     I only stayed for two drinks.
          
                               BETH
                     That dull, huh?
          
          A long beat.   Derek considers telling her.
          
                                 EREK
                     Beth...
          
                               BETH
                     Not tonight, honey, okay?   I'm really
                     tired.
          
          And Beth is already back asleep.
          
          Derek lies there, in Hell. He looks up and sees his own dark
          reflection in the ceiling mirror.                     C
                                                                    UT TO:
          
          INT. OFFICE - MONDAY MORNING
          
          Derek gets off the elevator and walks to his office, turns a
          corner and sees:
          
          Lisa coming the other way, carrying files. Derek tenses and
          stops, expecting the worst. Lisa merely gives him a pleasant
          smile and walks by.
          
                               LISA
                     Good morning.
          
                                DEREK
                     Morning.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
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          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                   39.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Like the other night never happened. Lisa continues on her
          way, delivering the files to a co-worker.
          
           erek stands there, observing Lisa, wondering.        Ben appears
          beside Derek.
          
                                 BEN
                       You okay, bro?
          
          Derek turns, a little startled.        He registers Ben.
          
                                  DEREK
                       Yeah.   I'm fine.
          
                                 BEN
                       You should have stuck around.
          
                                  DEREK
                       What?
          
                                 BEN
                       The Christmas party. Hank in Human
                       Services tossed his cookies on the
                       Christmas tree.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (barely registering)
                       Really? Sorry I missed that.
          
          Derek goes to his office.        Ben goes to his.
          
                                                                         CUT TO:
          
          INT. DEREK'S OFFICE - LATER
          
           erek is at his desk, working.       Lisa appears in the doorway.
          Derek looks up; tensing.
          
                                  LISA
                    Bad time?
          
                                  DEREK
                        (WARY)
                    No...
          
                              LISA
                    Joe wants to know if you're done with the
                    Ganz portfolio.
          
                              DEREK
                    Tell him he'll have it end of the day.
          
          
          
          
                                                                     (CONTINUED)
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                                                                 40.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LISA
                           (starts to go)
                       Thanks.
          
                                 DEREK
                       You're working Joe's desk?
          
                                 LISA
                       Just for today.
                            light laugh)
                       He's a real screamer, isn't he?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Don't let him fool you.   His bark really
                       is as bad as his bite.
          
          Lisa smiles and exits.    Derek is thinking Great, maybe she
          doesn't remember.
          
                                                                       CUT TO:
          
          EXT. DEREK'S OFFICE - LATER
          
          Derek is at his desk working. It's the end of the day and
          workers are leaving. Patrick appears at the door.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Okay if I take off?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Yeah, go home.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       See you tomorrow.
          
          Patrick leaves. Through the open door, Derek can see other
          workers leaving, getting on the elevator. Lisa is one of
          them. She doesn't even look his way.
          
          Derek relaxes, goes back to his work.
          
                                                                       CUT TO:
          
          INT. PARKING GARAGE - NIGHT
          
          Derek walks to his Yukon SUV, the only car remaining.        He
          BEEPS it and the doors unlock.
          
          As Derek opens the driver's door and slides inside, the
          passenger door opens and Lisa slips in, wearing her overcoat
          and an intimate smile.
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                                41.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                           (STARTLED)
                       What are you --
          
                                 LISA
                       I owe you an apology for the Christmas
                       party. I think I sort of took you by
                       surprise.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (UNEASY)
                       We both had a few drinks.   Just forget
                       it.       L
                                  ISA
                       What if I can't?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Lisa... nothing happened.
          
                                 LISA
                       All right, have it your way.   Nothing
                       happened.
          
          Lisa lets the front of her overcoat fall open.        She's naked
          underneath.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (jolt of panic)
                       You really need to get out of my car.
          
                                 LISA
                       Why?
          
                                 DEREK
                       This is so not right.
          
                                 LISA
                       Relax. Nobody's around to see us now.
                       God, I almost went insane today, didn't
                       you? Having to go pretend like I was
                       concentrating on work when all I could
                       think about --
          
                                 DEREK
                           (FLARING)
                       Lisa, get out of my car!
          
                                 LISA
                           (startled; confused)
                       Derek, what's wrong? What did I do?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                               L
          
          
          
          
                                                                             42.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Derek suddenly reaches across her and throws open the
          passenger door.
          
                              DEREK
                    I don't know if you're just dense or
                    what's wrong with you but I want you to
                    understand something. There's nothing
                    going on between us. I would never --
                    never -- jeopardize my job with a co-
                    worker.
          
                                ISA
                           Maybe you are an asshole.
                    Wow.
          
                               DEREK
                    Get out!
          
          Derek physically forces her out.
          
          Derek quickly turns the key in the ignition, REVS the engine
          and peels out in reverse. The passenger door bangs shut.
          
          Lisa stands there in her overcoat staring in mute
          disappointment as Derek speeds out of the parking garage.
                                                                 C
                                                                    UT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES HOUSE - NIGHT
          
          Derek lets himself in, determined to tell Beth everything.
          
                              DEREK
                        (CALLING)
                    Beth? Honey?
          
                               BETH'S VOICE
                    In here.
          
          Derek heads for the dining room.
          
                              DEREK
                    There's something I need to...
          
          He stops, seeing Beth at the table, looking upset with a
          bottle of wine and a glass.
          
                              DEREK (cont'd)
                    What's wrong?
          
                              BETH
                    I've been on the phone for the last hour
                    with Rachel MORE)
                              ( Hendricks.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
          H
          
          
          
          
                                   B
          
          
          
          
                                   D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                43.
                                   BETH(cont'd)
          CONTINUED:
                       She found out Tim's been having an affair
                       with a neighbor and it's been going on
                       for the last year and a half.
          
                                  EREK
                           (stops dead)
                       Tim? Really?
          
          Derek sits down at the table.
          
                                 BETH
                       At first I couldn't even conceive of it.
                       They've always seemed to be so much in
                       love, totally devoted to each other.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Tim... told her?
          
                                  ETH
                       Just blurted it out last night when he
                       came home from work. Then he said he was
                       moving out. You know they've got three
                       kids. Poor Rachel's a wreck.
          
                                   DEREK
                       Yeah.    That's tough.
          
                                   BETH
                       Tough?    It's a disaster.   If it was me...
          
                                 DEREK
                       Beth, you know I'd never cheat on you.
          
          Derek reaches across the table and takes her hand.
          
                                   BETH
                       I know.
          
           e moves closer and puts an arm around her.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Tim's an idiot.
                                 B
                                  ETH
                       He's a son of a bitch.
                           (beat; then)
                       What did you want to tell me?
          
          There's no way he can tell her now.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Forget it. Just a little problem at
                       work.     (MORE)
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                               B
          
          
          
          
                                                                             44.
                               DEREK(cont'd)
          CONTINUED: (2)
                        (BEAT)
                    Nothing I can't take care of.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          INT. BEN'S OFFICE - NEXT DAY
          
          Derek, agitated, has confided in Ben who's both concerned and
          a little turned on.
          
                              BEN
                    Why didn't you tell me?
          
                              DEREK
                    There was nothing to tell.
          
                              BEN
                    Nothing to tell? She grabbed your cock?
                    Flashed her tits in your car? Come on,
                    man. I thought I was your best friend.
          
                              DEREK
                    You think this is funny?
          
                              BEN
                    I just... jeez. I mean, I kinda got she
                    was interested but I never figured
                    she'd...
          
                              DEREK
                    What the hell did I do?    I was nice to
                    her, that's all.
          
                               EN
                    Sure you didn't lead her on? Just a
                    little? I mean, a pretty girl... it
                    would be normal...
          
                              DEREK
                    I didn't do a damn thing.
          
                              BEN
                    Maybe she thinks she can make the jump
                    from assistant to wife, too?
          
                               DEREK
                    Thanks.   You're a big help.
          
                              BEN
                    Sorry... What are you going to do?
          
                              DEREK
                    Report it to Human Resources...
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
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                                                                                  45.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 BEN
                       Get her fired?
          
                                 DEREK
                       I don't have a choice.
          
                                 BEN
                       I'd be very careful if I were you. What
                       if she makes trouble and says you came on
                       to her?
          D
           erek gives Ben a look.       C'mon man...
          
                                 BEN (CONT'D) (cont'd)
                       Look... it's not like you don't have a
                       history of behavior here. When's the last
                       time you had a female assistant on your
                       desk? People are going to wonder.
          
                                  EREK
                       Then I need to get my side on the record
                       first.
          
          They look at each other.
          
                                 BEN
                           (a beat; making a joke)
                       Wouldn't it be cheaper to just have her
                       killed?
          
          Derek frowns at him.
          
                                                                        CUT TO:
          
          INT. HUMAN RESOURCES - LATER
          
          A determined Derek arrives and enters the offices of HENRY
          TRUMAN, IN CHARGE OF HUMAN RESOURCES. A SECRETARY looks up
          from her desk.
          
          
                                 SECRETARY
                       Morning, Mister Charles.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Hi, Connie. Is Hank in?     I need to talk
                       to him.
          
                                 HANK
                           (from the inner office)
                       Derek? That you?
          
          Derek enters Hank's office and closes the door.
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                                 46.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                    DEREK
                       Hey, Hank.
          
                                    HANK
                       What's up?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Well, it's sort of a personal matter.   I
                       need to talk to you about one of the
                       temps, Lisa Sheridan.
          
                                  HANK
                       Right.   She worked your desk for awhile.
          
                                  DEREK
                           (about to confess)
                       Listen, Hank, this going to be a little
                       awkward...
          
                                 HANK
                       If you're here to file a complaint about
                       her performance, save your breath. Her
                       agency called this morning and said she
                       wouldn't be coming in any more. They
                       already sent over a replacement.
                                 D
                                  EREK
                           (hiding is surprise)
                       She quit? They give a reason?
          
                                 HANK
                       No. Did you have some kind of a problem
                       with her?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Well, I just thought she was unqualified,
                       sort of in over her head. But if she
                       already quit...
          
                                 HANK
                       Looks like she beat you to it.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (absorbing this)
                       Yeah.
          
                                 HANK
                       Anything else?
          
                                  DEREK
                       No.   I guess not.
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                   B
          
          
          
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                                                                 47.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                 HANK
                       How's the new house?
          
                                 DEREK
                       New house is great.
                            a smile)
                       Couldn't be better.
          
                                 HANK
                       Tell Beth I said hi.
          
                                 DEREK
                       I will. Listen. We'll have you and
                       Kathy over some night when we're more
                       settled.
          
                                 HANK
                       Sounds like a plan.
          
          Derek opens the door and exits.
          
          Outside, down the hall, Ben is waiting.
          
                                   BEN
                       Well?
          
                                   DEREK
                       She quit.
          
                                   BEN
                       Really?
          
                                   DEREK
                       Yeah.
          
          Ben grins.    He raises his hand for a high five.
          
                                  EN
                       Come on, bro.     That's good news.   Problem
                       solved.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (as his good luck sinks     in)
                       Looks that way, doesn't it?
          
                                 BEN
                       Not a bad little Christmas present.
          
          Derek, happier now, returns the high five.
          
                                                                       CUT TO:
          
          T
          
          
          
          
                                                                              48.
          
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - DAY
          
          Christmas morning.
          
           hrough the window we see Derek, Beth and Kyle under the tree
          unwrapping presents, having a great time. For Derek, all
          troubles are forgotten.                                C
                                                                     UT TO:
          
          INT. DEREK'S OFFICE - DAY
          
          Derek, at his desk, in a good mood, on the phone.
          
                               DEREK
                    Hans? Derek. How was your Christmas?
                    Well, you people invented it. You got
                    the prospectus? Great. Look it over. I
                    think it's gonna be a happy new year for
                    all of us.
          
          Derek looks at the doorway where Ben is standing. Derek
          gives Ben the thumbs up. Ben beams and does a little victory
          dance.
          
                                                                    CUT TO:
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM - A WEEK LATER - NIGHT
          
          Derek and Beth come in, dressed in tux and gown, exhausted
          from a New Years party.
          
                                BETH
                    God,   it's after three. That's the last
                    time   I'm going out on New Years Eve.
                    Next   year we'll celebrate here at home.
                    Just   you, me and Kyle.
          
          A "You Have Mail" DING comes from Derek's home computer on
          the other side of the room.
          
                              DEREK
                    I'm just gonna check my e-mail and come
                    to bed.
          
                              BETH
                    Can't it wait?
          
                              DEREK
                    It's already tomorrow in Berlin. Ganz
                    was supposed to send me his approval.
                    That's probably him.
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
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          I
          
          
          
          
          U
          
          
          
          
                                                                             49.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Beth goes into the adjoining bathroom.
          
          With a YAWN, Derek sits down at his computer and goes to e-
          mail. He scans it and is instantly confused.
          
          Dozens of e-mails, all from the same sender: TEMPGIRL.
          A
            little fearful, Derek pulls up the first e-mail. It opens
          up to reveal a self-taken photo of Lisa looking sexy and
          inviting on a bed, smiling seductively and wearing skimpy
          lingerie that shows off her sexy body.
          
           nder her photo: SEE YOU IN THE NEW YEAR.
          
          Derek feels a jolt of panic.    He deletes it, brings up the
          others.
          
           t's the same photo, Lisa on the bed, over and over.
          
          Derek stares at Lisa on screen, feeling sick and invaded. He
          isn't aware of Beth coming out of the bathroom behind him.
          She approaches as he continues to delete.
          
                                 BETH
                       Ganz?
          
          She's about to peer over his shoulder. Derek hits the delete
          key and the last photo of Lisa disappears.
          
                                 BETH (cont'd)
                       What was that?
          
                                 DEREK
                           (acting perturbed)
                       Nothing. I gotta get a new spam blocker.
          
          Beth gives him a kiss on the cheek.
          
                                 BETH
                       Forget it. He'll call you in the
                       morning. Come to bed.
          
          Beth goes away.
          
           erek stares at the computer screen saver: A picture of Beth
          with Kyle sitting on Santa's knee at the Grove.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          INT. OFFICE - DAY
          
          Derek is at his desk, tensely typing on the computer, sending
          an e-mail to TEMPGIRL.
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                             50.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Derek types: LEAVE ME ALONE.
          
          He sends it and sits back.
          
          Almost instantly there's a reply.
          D
           erek stiffens.   Then, tentatively, he opens the new e-mail.
          
          TEMPGIRL has replied with one of those annoying YELLOW SMILEY
          FACES. It winks at him.
          
          Derek is chilled.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - DAY
          
          Mid-January.   The withered Christmas tree waits at the curb
          for pick-up.
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM - DAY
          
          Beth helps Derek pack a bag.
          
                              BETH
                    Remember the last time Joe had one of his
                    weekend work retreats?
          
                              DEREK
                    How could I forget?   I had a hangover for
                    a week after.
          
                              BETH
                    Any women coming this year?
          
                              DEREK
                    No, just the usual suspects. Joe says
                    it's going to be a male bonding
                    experience.
          
                              BETH
                    I can just picture you guys in the hotel
                    jacuzzi, getting in touch with your
                    innermost feelings.
          
                              DEREK
                        (zips up his bag)
                    Hopefully, they'll all get drunk and
                    crash early. Or if I'm really lucky...
                    drown in the jacuzzi.
          
                              BETH
                    Call me tonight.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                  J
          
          
          
          
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                                                                                51.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  DEREK
                       I will.
          
           erek gives her a kiss.     Their image is reflected in the
          overhead mirror.
          
                                                                      CUT TO:
          
          INT. HOTEL BAR - NIGHT
          
          A COCKTAIL WAITRESS delivers drinks to Derek, Joe Gage, Ben
          Talbot and THREE OTHER MEN smoking cigars and relaxing after
          dinner. The mood is rowdy. They're all a little toasted.
          
          A drink is put in front of Derek.
          
                              DEREK
                    I didn't order this.
          
          The Cocktail Waitress leans down and WHISPERS in his ear:
          
                              WAITRESS
                    It's from the lady at the bar.
          D
           erek turns and peers at the crowded bar area. He catches a
          flash of a young woman in a tight dress seated on a stool.
          But a crowd of people move into his line of vision and when
          they clear, the woman is gone.
          
          Derek tenses.
          
                              JOE
                    Derek, you okay?
          
                                  DEREK
                    I'm fine.      Just thought I saw somebody.
          
                              JOE
                    Somebody you know?     Or somebody you'd
                    like to know?
          
          The other guys chortle.
          
                                  BEN
                       No way.   You can't tempt this guy.
          
                                  OE
                       Who could blame him with a wife like
                       Beth.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                                52.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       Speaking of Beth, I said I'd give her a
                       call before she puts Kyle to bed. I'll
                       be right back.
          
          Derek picks up his drink and leaves.
          
                                 JOE
                       Hurry back. This party's just getting
                       started.
          
          EXT. PATIO OUTSIDE THE BAR
          
          Low-lit. Empty. Derek comes out, flips open his cell to
          call home. He puts his drink down on a table.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Hey, honey. It's me.
          
          INTERCUTTING WITH BETH in Kyle's bedroom, putting him to
          sleep.
          
                                 BETH
                       How's the male bonding?
          
                                 DEREK
                       They're all getting wasted. Any minute
                       now, Joe's going to suggest the Jacuzzi.
          
                                 BETH
                       Well, if your future depends on putting
                       on a bathing suit and hot tubbing it with
                       a bunch of drunks... Derek? You there?
          
          Derek freezes. Across the patio, he sees A FIGURE slowly
          approaching. It's a woman back-lit, a silhouette. But as
          she passes into the light from the bar, she's revealed as
          Lisa, transformed into an alluring femme fatale.
                               D
                                  EREK
                       I have to go.
          
                                  BETH
                       Wait.   Kyle wants to say good night.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (TENSE)
                       They're yelling for me to come back.
          
                                 BETH
                       It'll just take a second...
          
          Beth picks up Kyle.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                                                                53.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 BETH (cont'd)
                       Say good night to Daddy.
          
          As Lisa comes closer...
          
                                 DEREK
                           (DESPERATE)
                       Beth, I'll call you later.
          
                                 BETH
                       I'll be in bed -- Derek?
          
          Derek clicks off and pockets his cell.
          
          On the other end, Beth looks perturbed.
          
          Now Lisa comes face to face with Derek, smiling.     She boldly
          picks up his drink and takes a sip.
          
                                 LISA
                       I can always tell from the pained look on
                       your face when you're talking to Beth.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (DEMANDING)
                       How did you know I'd be here?
          
                                 LISA
                       I've got my sources.
                            slight frown)
                       What's wrong? You don't look happy to
                       see me.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Why did you come here?
          
                                 LISA
                       You said you could never be with someone
                       you work with.
                           (when he doesn't seem to "get
                            IT")
                       That's why I quit. So we could be
                       together.
          
          Derek looks at her, astounded.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (holding down panic)
                       Lisa, you need to leave.
          
                                 LISA
                           (teasing smile)
                       Or what? You'll make a scene?
                                 (MORE)
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                              54.
                                LISA(cont'd)
          CONTINUED: (2)
                    Call security? What would Joe and Ben
                    and the others think? I'll tell you what
                    they'd think. They'd think we arranged
                    it. And in a way, we did.
          
          Lisa turns aside. Out of Derek's sight, she slips a capsule
          into his drink, then puts it back on the table.
          
                              LISA (cont'd)
                    This hook-up was on the books from the
                    day we met.
                              D
                               EREK
                    What are you talking about?
          
                                LISA
                    One of us   has to take control and I guess
                    it's me.    So you go back, say your good
                    nights to   the boys and I'll be waiting in
                    my room.    610.
          
                              DEREK
                    I'm not coming to your room.
          
                              LISA
                    Would you rather I came to yours?
          
                              DEREK
                    You're crazy... sick.      You need help.
          
                              LISA
                    I know. I need help.
                        (moves closer; seductive)
                    Help me, Derek.
          
          She presses against him.
          
                              DEREK
                    Stay away from me!
          
          Lisa emits a musical little laugh and smooths her dress. She
          registers Derek's angry face and clenched fists. She smiles.
          
                              LISA
                    All right, Derek. You play your games...
                        (turning away)
                    ... and I'll play mine.
          
          Lisa disappears into the darkness, high heels echoing.
          
          Derek feel his cell phone vibrate.     He pulls it out.
          
                              DEREK
                    Beth, I'm sorry --
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                               D
          
          
          
          
                                                                           55.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                               BEN'S VOICE
                    Beth?   It's Ben. Where the hell are you,
                    bro?
          
                               EREK
                    I'm right here.     Coming back in.
          
          Agitated, Derek picks up his drink, downs it and re-enters
          the bar.
          
                                                                 CUT TO:
          
          INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR - NIGHT
          
          After midnight.
          
           erek and Ben get off the elevator. Ben is slightly drunk
          but Derek is farther gone -- wobbly on his feet, bleary.
          
                              BEN
                    Come on, it's early. We'll go to my room
                    and plunder the mini-bar, charge it all
                    to Joe.   D
                               EREK
                    Can't, man. That last drink totally
                    kicked my ass. I need to lie down.
          
                              BEN
                    All right, be that way. But don't
                    forget. Nine o'clock in the California
                    Room. Joe's big rah-rah to the troops.
          
          Ben goes one way, Derek the other.
          
          Derek, feeling more and more disoriented, makes his way to
          his room. He fishes around in his pockets and finds his key
          card. He slides it and pushes open the door.
          
          INT. HOTEL ROOM
          
          Derek lets himself in, doesn't even click on the lights.
          There's enough moonlight coming through the window to lead
          him to the bed where he flops down on his back. He doesn't
          even bother to undress.
          
          Derek closes his eyes, then opens them. He feels sick.
          Sound and perception are playing games with his head. The
          room begins to spin and he can hear a sound, a rushing noise.
          Is it the shower in the bathroom? The bathroom door is shut
          but there's a crack of light around the edges. Is someone in
          there?
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                                56.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Derek is too out of it to care. He just wants to sleep, make
          it go away. He closes his eyes, begins to drift off.
          
          The bathroom door opens, letting in a cloud of steam and a
          shaft of light. A woman's silhouette appears, naked. She
          moves to the bed.
          D
           erek feels the bed move... feels a tug on his trousers...
          then, an amplified ZZZZIIIPPP.
          
          Derek's eyes open in shock. He can't believe what he sees --
          Lisa, naked, straddling him. Her hand caressing his face.
          It's like a dream. A nightmare. Lisa smiles seductively and
          puts a finger to her lips.
          
                                    LISA
                       Shhhhh.
          
                                    DEREK
                              (groggy; can barely get the
                               word out)
                       No..
          
                                 LISA
                       Hush, baby.
          
          Her voice seems distorted like it's coming from another
          world.
          
                                 LISA (cont'd)
                       I'm going to take real good care of you.
          
          Derek tries to resist but finds he has no control over his
          body or mind. All he can see is a shifting, distorted image
          of Lisa's face... her smile... her teeth.. her lips... the
          blazing look of sexual desire in her eyes. And somewhere in
          those eyes he can see HIMSELF.
          
          And that's the last thing Derek sees before he passes out and
          the entire world goes black and silent.                C
                                                                       UT TO:
          
          INT. HOTEL ROOM - NEXT MORNING
          
          Dazzling sunlight.       Derek wakes up, startled by a pounding on
          the door.
          
                              WOMAN'S VOICE
                    Housekeeping!
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                          57.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Derek blinks, blinded by the sun. His brain is fogged and
          he's disoriented. It takes him a moment to realize where he
          is. A hotel room. Naked under the covers. How did he...
          
                                 WOMAN'S VOICE (cont'd)
                       Housekeeping!
          
          The door begins to open.
          
                                 DEREK
                           (SHOUTING)
                       Later! Come back later!
          
                                   WOMAN'S VOICE
                       Okay.    I come back.
          
          The door closes.
          
           erek glances over at the clock. 10:15. Shit.    He's
          overslept and now he's late for the seminar.
          
          Derek starts to get up, looks over and -- his heart stops.
          
          There's Lisa sprawled beside him on her stomach, naked under
          the covers. She opens her eyes and gives him a sexy, sleepy
          smile, stretching her body like a cat.
          
                                   LISA
                       Morning.
          
          Derek goes into panic mode, jumping out of the bed like it's
          on fire.
          
                                 DEREK
                       You've got to get out of here!
          
                                 LISA
                       What are you talking about?
          
                                  DEREK
                       Leave!   You've got to go!
          
          Derek grabs Lisa by the arm, drags her out of the bed at the
          same time gathering her clothes from the floor and thrusting
          them into her arms.
          
                                 LISA
                       Derek, come on...
                                 D
                                  EREK
                       I want you out of here!
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                                  L
          
          
          
          
                                                                               58.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                LISA
                     Why?   You worried somebody's gonna catch
                     us?
          
                               DEREK
                     Just get the hell out.
          
                                LISA
                         (HALF-AMUSED)
                     We woke up a little grumpy this morning,
                     didn't we?
          
          Lisa barely manages to slip into her dress before Derek opens
          the door and pushes her out into the hall.
          
                                ISA (cont'd)
                     Derek, what is wrong with you?
          
          Derek slams the door.       On the other side, we hear Lisa's
          musical laugh.
          
                                  LISA (cont'd)
                     All right.     Have it your way.
          
          Derek locks the door. Shaking, he goes to the bed, sits on
          the edge and buries his throbbing head in his hands.
          
                               DEREK
                         (in hell)
                     Fuck... fuck... fuck.
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
          INT. HOTEL - SEMINAR ROOM - MINUTES LATER
          
          Derek slips in and takes a seat next to Ben at the end of a
          big table. The other guys are there, also a little under the
          weather. They take notice of his late arrival.
          
                               JOE
                         (interrupting his talk)
                     Thank god. We were about to send out a
                     search party.
          
                                DEREK
                     Sorry.   Overslept.
          
          Derek glances over at Ben who frowns at him. Derek looks
          over at the wall clock as Joe resumes talking. 10:35.
          T
           IME CUT
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
          I
          
          
          
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                                                                     59.
          CONTINUED:
          
          It's now 12:50. While Joe continues his talk, A HOTEL CLERK
          quietly slips into the room, goes over to Derek and whispers
          to him. Derek perks up with concern. He leans over to Ben,
          WHISPERS:
          
                                    DEREK (cont'd)
                       It's Beth.
          
                                 BEN
                       What about her?
          
                                 DEREK
                       She's here.
                            MYSTIFIED)
                       I'll be right back.
          
          Derek gets up and leaves.
          
           NT. CORRIDOR OUTSIDE
          
          Derek follows the Clerk.          As they turn a corner...
          
                                 CLERK
                       Here's your wife, sir.
          
          Derek stops dead. It's not Beth waiting for him. It's Lisa,
          dressed sexy/casual, bright smile. The Clerk goes away.
          
                                 LISA
                       I thought you might need an excuse to get
                       out of there. How about some lunch?
          
                                    DEREK
                       Lunch?
          
                                 LISA
                       It's gorgeous outside and I made a
                       reservation at --
          
          Derek grabs her by the elbow and hustles her out of sight,
          trying to keep his voice down.
          
                                 DEREK
                       What do you think this is?
          
                                 LISA
                       The morning after?
          
                                 DEREK
                           (FLARING)
                       We didn't do anything last night.
          
          Lisa gives him a sly smile.
          
          
                                                                       (CONTINUED)
          
                                   D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                  60.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LISA
                       But you can't remember, can you?
          
                                 DEREK
                       It didn't happen!
          
                                 LISA
                       Derek, not so loud.   You'll cause a
                       scene.
          
                                  DEREK
                                           That's exactly what we
                       Right.   A scene.
                       need.
          
          Derek hauls her roughly back down the hall.
          
                                 LISA
                       What are you doing?
          
                                   DEREK
                       What I   should have done last night.
                       Taking   you inside to tell Joe and the
                       others   whatever you want. They'll know
                       you're   out of your mind.
          H
           e yanks her toward the door.
          
                                 LISA
                           (trying to pull away)
                       Why are you trying to ruin this?
          
                                  EREK
                       THERE IS NO THIS!!!
          
                                 LISA
                       Don't say that.
          
                                   DEREK
                       Godammit!
          
          Derek throws her roughly against the wall.      She hits her
          head, a little stunned.
          
          Derek steps back, surprised by his own violence.
          
                                 DEREK (cont'd)
                       I'm sorry...
          
                                 LISA
                       What's wrong with you?   You're acting
                       like a stranger.
          
          
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                              L
          
          
          
          
                                                                             61.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              DEREK
                    Yeah! That's exactly what I am. A
                    stranger, a person you don't know. Now
                    either go inside and tell them your
                    bullshit lies or get the hell out of
                    here.
          
                              LISA
                        (flaring; ugly tone)
                    You think you can use me, then throw me
                    away? I'm not some piece of garbage,
                    Derek. I'm a human being...
          
          Lisa reaches out to him.
          
          Derek, in frustration, raises his hand as if to strike her.
          Her eyes flash with excitement. Derek stops himself,
          revolted by his own behavior.
          
                              LISA (cont'd)
                    Do it. Hit me. You can do anything you
                    want to me. Don't you know that?
                    Anything.
          
          Derek stares at her like she's a thing, an object.    He shakes
          his head.
          
                               ISA (cont'd)
                    Don't look at me that way.
          
                              DEREK
                    How else do you look at somebody who
                    sickens and repulses you?
                              L
                               ISA
                    Derek, please...
          
                              DEREK
                    I don't care what you do or what you say.
                    What goes on in that twisted mind of
                    yours. It doesn't matter because the
                    truth is, there's never going to be
                    anything between us. So go ahead,
                    Lisa... do your worst.
          
          They stare at each other.
          
          Then, Derek turns and goes into the seminar room, closing the
          door behind him.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                              D
          
          
          
          
                                                                             62.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          With a heartbreaking expression of hurt, Lisa stares at the
          door for a long moment, wipes a tear from her face and walks
          away.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          INT. HOTEL RESTAURANT - THAT NIGHT
          
          Derek, Ben, Joe and the others eat dinner. A lively
          atmosphere. Derek seems apart from the others, lost in
          thought.
          
                              BEN
                    Derek, you drinking?
          
                              DEREK
                    Not tonight, man.   I'm sticking to ice
                    tea.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          INT. ELEVATOR/HOTEL CORRIDOR - LATER THAT DAY
          
          Derek gets off on his floor and heads to his room.
          
          INT. HOTEL ROOM
          
          Derek steps inside and freezes, confronted with his worst
          nightmare.
          
          High heels and a path of discarded clothing leads to the bed
          where Lisa lies in bed, naked under the covers, her eyes
          shut, seemingly asleep.
          
                               EREK
                        (anger rising)
                    No. No fucking way...
          
          Derek moves toward the bed and the sleeping girl.
                               D
                               EREK (cont'd)
                    Goddamn it, Lisa.
          
          No response. Her head is cocked to one side and her skin is
          ghostly pale.
          
          Derek leans over and shakes Lisa's naked shoulder.
          
                              DEREK (cont'd)
                    Lisa, get up.
          
          It's like shaking a doll.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                   D
          
          
          
          
                                                                             63.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK (cont'd)
                       Get up or I'll drag you out and throw you
                       in the hall.
          
          That's when Derek sees it. On the night stand: an empty
          bottle of prescription pills. Derek picks up the bottle and
          looks at the label: Ambien.
          
          Derek grabs the bedside phone and punches Desk.
          
                                 DEREK (cont'd)
                           (fighting panic)
                       This is 622. There's a woman in my room,
                       she's taken an overdose of prescription
                       pills -- Ambien. You need to get the
                       paramedics and security up here right
                       away. Please hurry.
          
          Derek hangs up. Now he puts one knee on the bed and takes
          Lisa's face in his hands, turning her head. He might as well
          be handling a marionette.
          
                                 DEREK (cont'd)
                           (SHOUTS)
                       Lisa!
          
          No response. He puts his ear to her naked chest, trying to
          detect a heartbeat. If there is one, he can't hear it.
          Derek gently slaps her cheeks. Rolls back her eye lids.
          Nothing.
          
                                   DEREK (cont'd)
                       Oh god...
          
          Now Derek begins to perform CPR. He tilts Lisa's jaw back,
          clears her mouth and begins to breathe into her, alternating
          chest compressions.
          
                                   EREK (cont'd)
                       Lisa!   Wake up, goddamn it...              C
                                                                    UT TO:
          
          INT. ER WAITING AREA - NIGHT
          
          In a corner, Derek looks haggard, being interviewed by a
          veteran police detective, MONICA REYES. Reyes looks more
          like a middle-aged suburban mom than a cop but she's very
          good at her job.
          
                                 REYES
                       All right, Mister Charles, let me get
                       this straight. E)
                                 (MOR
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                               64.
                                 REYES(cont'd)
          CONTINUED:
                       This girl you barely know, works in your
                       office, fantasizes you're having an
                       affair and when you reject her, she tries
                       to commit suicide in your bed.
          
                                 DEREK
                       I know how it sounds but, yeah, that's
                       pretty much it.
          
                                 REYES
                       This affair...
          
                                 DEREK
                       There WAS NO affair.
          
                                 REYES
                       So she just... made it up in her head?
                       With no help from you?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Maybe I was too nice to her, said
                       something she took the wrong way, I don't
                       know. All I know is I did not lead her
                       on.
          
                                 REYES
                       And you had no idea she'd be at the
                       hotel?
          
                                DEREK
                       None. I don't even know how she got in
                       my room.
          
                                 REYES
                       Apparently she told one of the
                       housekeepers she was your wife and lost
                       her key.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Doesn't that prove she did this on her
                       own?
          
                                 REYES
                       All it proves is she lost her key.
          
                                 DEREK
                       She never had a key.
          
                                 REYES
                       Look, Mister Charles, I don't care if you
                       were or weren't banging this girl. I
                       just need to get your version for my
                       report.   (MORE)
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                              D
          
          
          
          
                                                                             65.
                              REYES(cont'd)
          CONTINUED: (2)
                    Besides, if it's a question of innocence,
                    I'm not the one you have to convince.
                              D
                               EREK
                    What do you mean?
          
                              REYES
                    Let's just say I wouldn't like to explain
                    a situation like this to my husband.
          
          Before Derek can respond, Reyes sees AN ER DOCTOR signalling.
          
                              REYES (cont'd)
                    I'll be right back.
          
          Reyes goes to talk to the Doctor. Derek watches them talk.
          The Doctor hands Reyes a piece of paper. Derek can't stand
          the suspense. He walks over and interrupts.
          
                              DEREK
                    How is she?
          
          Reyes nods to the Doctor and takes Derek aside.
          
                              REYES
                    They pumped her out in time. Doctor says
                    she's groggy and disoriented. Probably
                    tomorrow they'll move her out of ICU and
                    up to the fifth floor for a psychiatric
                    evaluation. All suicides are put on 72
                    hour hold, it's standard.
          
                               EREK
                    Did she say anything?
          
                              REYES
                    As a matter of fact, she was lucid long
                    enough to give the doctor a name to call
                    in case of emergency. He wrote it down.
                    Here.
          
          Reyes hands Derek a piece of paper.   Written on it is DEREK
          CHARLES and his phone number.
          
                              REYES (cont'd)
                    Still want to stick to your story?
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - EARLY MORNING
          
          Dawn is breaking as Derek guides the Yukon into the drive.
          He steps out, hesitates. The front door of the house opens
          to reveal a very tense looking Beth in a robe.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                 66.
          CONTINUED:
          
          They look at each other across the distance.     Derek walks to
          her.
          
                                 BETH
                           (a little cold)
                       Tell me everything.   From the beginning.
          
          Derek nods.    This is not going to be easy.
          
                                                                       CUT TO:
          
          INT. LIVING ROOM - LATER
          
           erek has told it all. Beth, looking stunned, stares at him,
          uncomprehending. A long beat, then...
          
                              BETH
                    How could you let this happen?
          
                              DEREK
                    You think I encouraged it?
          
                              BETH
                    Maybe you liked it.
          
                                 DEREK
                    Beth...
          
                              BETH
                    What man wouldn't? The attentions of a
                    pretty young girl? I can just see those
                    adoring blue eyes batting at you every
                    time you told her how pretty she looked
                    or what a nice dress --
          
                              DEREK
                    Stop it, Beth. You know I never said
                    those things.
          
                              BETH
                    You must have said something. Done
                    something to give her the idea.
          
                                 DEREK
                       If I did, it wasn't intentional.
                                 B
          
                                  ETH
                       She was in your bed, Derek! You spent
                       the night together and you want me to
                       believe nothing happened?
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                                67.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       I was passed out... drunk.     Nothing
                       happened.
          
                                 BETH
                       Damn you, Derek.   Damn you.
          
          Beth turns away, her face burning.
          
                                 DEREK
                       I love you, Beth. I
                       love Kyle and the life we have together.
                       I would never do anything to screw that
                       up. This girl is disturbed. She's
                       seriously disturbed and for some reason,
                       she fixated on me.
                                 B
                                  ETH
                       Why?
          
                                 DEREK
                       I don't know. She's crazy.
          
                                 BETH
                       You should have told me. From the very
                       beginning, you should have told me.
          
                                 DEREK
                       I know.
          
                                 BETH
                       Why didn't you?
          
                                 DEREK
                       At first I thought it was no big deal.
                       And then... I was just embarrassed. I
                       didn't know how to explain it to you
                       without looking...
          
                                 BETH
                       Guilty?
          
                                 DEREK
                       I said I was wrong.
          
          A beat.
          
                                 BETH
                       Did she know about us, Derek?
          
                                 DEREK
                       What?
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    C
          
          
          
          
                                                                              68.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              BETH
                    How we met?
          
                              DEREK
                    Don't do this, Beth.    You'll make
                    yourself sick.
          
                              BETH
                    I'm already sick.
          
                              DEREK
                    Honey, I know I screwed up...
          
          Derek reaches out.
          
                              DEREK (cont'd)
                    But I've told you the truth.    I have to
                    know you believe me.
          
                              BETH
                        (weary sigh)
                    I don't know what to believe. All I know
                    is, I need to be alone for awhile.
          
                              DEREK
                    Beth, don't --
          
                              BETH
                    I need to be alone --
          
          Beth moves quickly upstairs. Leaving Derek there. He sits
          back on the couch, head in his hands. At a loss. After a beat-
          -
          
          INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - CONTINUOUS
          
          Derek makes a determined rush up after her. Only to find the
          bedroom door locked.
          
          Derek's upset. Resigned, he makes his way over to--
          
          INT. GUEST ROOM - CONTINUOUS
          
          He grabs a pillow. Punches it twice. Knows he's in the dog
          HOUSE--
          
                                                                     UT TO:
          
          INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY
          
          Lisa is propped up in a hospital bed, a dark brooding
          expression on her face, tangled hair hanging down. Just
          staring, eyes wide, a little dopey looking.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                  R
          
          
                                  L
          
          
          
          
          L
          
          
          
          
                                                                                69.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Monica Reyes appears in the doorway.
          
                                 REYES
                       Miss Reynolds? I'm Monica Reyes.
          
           isa looks up.      Her face transforms into a bright smile.
          
                                 LISA
                       Come in. I'm sorry I'm such a mess but
                       they won't let me take a shower or wash
                       my hair.
                           (dismissive laugh)
                       Apparently I'm still on suicide watch.
          
                                 REYES
                       I'm a police officer assigned to your
                       case. How are you feeling?
          
                                 LISA
                       Well, still a bit groggy from the
                       medication. But it isn't stopping me
                       from feeling ashamed for all the trouble
                       I've caused.
          
                                 REYES
                       Do you feel like talking about the other
                       night?
          
                                 LISA
                       Have you spoken to Derek?
          
                                  REYES
                       Yes.
          
                                 LISA
                       And he's all right?
          
                                 REYES
                       Relatively speaking.
          
                                  ISA
                       When can I see him?
          
                                   EYES
                       See him?
          
                                  LISA
                       Derek.
          
                                 REYES
                       I'm afraid that's not possible.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                R
          
          
          
          
          R
          
          
          
          
                                                                               70.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                LISA
                    Why?
          
                              REYES
                    Miss Sheridan, I don't think Mister
                    Charles wants to speak to you or continue
                    any kind of contact.
          
          Lisa looks at her oddly.
          
                                LISA
                               Then why did he send these?
                    Really?
          
          Lisa indicates a bouquet of flowers in a vase nearby.
          
                              REYES
                        (keeping the surprise out of
                         her voice)
                    He sent you flowers?
                              L
                                ISA
                    Peonies.   My favorite.
          
          Reyes inspects the attached card. "Lisa Darling, the other
          night was just a misunderstanding. Don't ever leave me.
          Love always, Derek."
          
                              REYES
                    When did these show up?
          
                              LISA
                    A few hours ago.    They're lovely, aren't
                    they?
          
           eyes decides not to push it, goes into her Q & A:
          
                              REYES
                    Can you tell me what happened at the
                    hotel, why you were there.
          
                              LISA
                    Didn't Derek tell you?
          
                              REYES
                    I'd like to hear your version.
          
                              LISA
                    There's not a lot to tell. We got
                    together at the hotel and you can guess
                    what we did.
          
                               EYES
                    Slept together.    Had sex.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                 R
          
          
          
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                                                             71.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
                                 LISA
                    Of course.
          
                              REYES
                    Derek denies it.
          
                              LISA
                    He's just being a gentleman, trying to
                    protect me.
          
                                 REYES
                    I see.     Go on.
          
                               LISA
                    The next day when Derek told me his wife
                    wouldn't give him a divorce and that we
                    could never see each other again, I guess
                    I over reacted.
                         BEAT)
                    I didn't realize he was just being noble.
          
                                 REYES
                    Noble?
          
                              LISA
                    He was thinking about his little boy,
                    Kyle... what the breakup might do to him.
                    He's not even two, you know. My parents
                    broke up when I was pretty young. It
                    leaves a scar that never really heals.
          
                              REYES
                    So you believe Mister Charles is in love
                    with you? L
          
                               ISA
                    Read the card. Derek and I belong
                    together and nothing can change that.
                    But I do feel bad about his wife.
          
                                  EYES
                    You do?
          
                              LISA
                    I'm not a home-wrecker. I'm not stealing
                    him away. Their marriage is dead and
                    Beth is in denial. It can't be easy to
                    find out that the man she loves is in
                    love with another woman. I just hope she
                    doesn't do something foolish.
                         strange smile)
                    You know the old saying.
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                              72.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
                              REYES
                    What's that?
          
                              LISA
                    "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."
          
          Lisa could almost be talking about herself.   Reyes nods but
          she's chilled.
          
                              REYES
                    You take it easy now.   We'll talk again.
          
          She excuses herself.   Lisa goes back to happily smiling at
          her flowers.
          
                                                                    CUT TO:
          
          INT. CONFERENCE ROOM - DAY
          
          Derek and Joe Gage.
          
                              JOE
                    I don't have to tell you how an incident
                    like this could impact the company. Even
                    the slightest whiff of impropriety...
          
                              DEREK
                    There was no impropriety, Joe. This is
                    just the sick fantasy of a very disturbed
                    girl.
          
                              JOE
                    Who might retaliate by hitting us with a
                    sexual harassment lawsuit.
          
                              DEREK
                    There was no sexual harassment. If
                    anything, I'm the one who was sexually
                    harassed.
                        (SIGHS)
                    I can't believe this is happening to me.
                    It's like a nightmare.
          
                              JOE
                    By now, you're probably wishing you had
                    fucked her.
          
           erek gives him a shocked look.
                               J
                               OE (cont'd)
                    For all the trouble it's costing you.
                        (THEN)
                    Sorry. Bad joke.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                 J
          
          
          
          
                                                                                73.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       Goddamit, Joe, if there's an injured
                       party here, it's me.
          
                                 JOE
                       Derek, calm down. I believe you and you
                       know I'll back you up all the way. But
                       if I find out there was something going
                       on, I won't have a choice.
          
                                 DEREK
                       That's not going to happen because
                       there's nothing to find out.
          
                                  OE
                       Good. Then you have nothing to worry
                       about. Meantime I'm going to put Ben on
                       the Ganz account.
          
                                 DEREK
                       But Ganz is my client --
          
                                 JOE
                       Look, maybe you should take some time
                       off. Just til this blows over.
          
          Marge sticks her head in.
          
                                 MARGE
                       Sorry to interrupt. Derek, there's a
                       Detective Reyes here to see you.
          
          Joe and Derek exchange looks.
          
                                                                      CUT TO:
          
          INT. DEREK'S OFFICE - LATER
          
          Derek and Monica Reyes face each other across Derek's desk.
          
                                 DEREK
                       She obviously ordered the flowers for
                       herself.
          
                                 REYES
                       With your credit card.
          
                                 DEREK
                       My secretary keeps all my personal
                       information on her computer. Lisa must
                       have accessed it when she was working my
                       desk.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                                74.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Reyes gives him a blank look.
          
                                 DEREK (cont'd)
                       You think I sent the flowers?   I'd have
                       to be as crazy as she is.
          
                                 REYES
                       There's more.
          
                                 DEREK
                       More?
          
          Reyes opens a bag.
          
                                 REYES
                       This is a print out of Lisa's blog. It's
                       sort of a diary she was keeping.
          
          Reyes puts a large pile of papers on Derek's desk.
          
                                 REYES (cont'd)
                       It's a rather graphic and detailed
                       account of your various sexual liaisons
                       together. D
          
                                  EREK
                       What?
          
                                 REYES
                       You can read them for yourself but I
                       should warn you they're a little... X-
                       rated.
          
          Derek pages through, growing more alarmed. We see thing like
          "THREE TIMES... FROM BEHIND... ON THE FLOOR... I WAS
          SCREAMING... WE WERE LIKE TWO ANIMALS... COMING TOGETHER OVER
          AND OVER... WHEN HE SLAPPED ME THE PAIN WAS EXQUISITE..."
          
                                 DEREK
                           (REACTING)
                       This is... none of this ever happened. I
                       was never at her apartment. I never even
                       touched her, let alone did any of this...
          
                                 REYES
                       According to those entries, you're quite
                       the accomplished lover, Mister Charles.
                       And you made promises to her, promises to
                       divorce your wife and marry her...
          
                                 DEREK
                       You can't possibly believe this.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                            75.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                              REYES
                    Whether I believe it or not is
                    irrelevant. The only thing that matters
                    is that she believes it.
          
                              DEREK
                    There's got to be something I can do to
                    protect myself... my family.
          
                              REYES
                    You could file a restraining order.    But
                    that may not be necessary.
          
                               DEREK
                    Why not?
          
                              LISA
                    Lisa's left town. She was released in
                    the custody of an older sister yesterday.
                    Her sister flew down from San Francisco
                    and took her back. Lisa's agreed to
                    check herself into a neuropsychiatric
                    hospital up there.
          
                              DEREK
                        (some relief)
                    Well, I can't say I'm unhappy to hear
                    she's gone. Maybe now she can get the
                    help she needs.
          
                              REYES
                    W
                     ith any luck, Mister Charles, you'll
                    never hear from her again.
          
                                                                  CUT TO:
          
          EXT. CHARLES LIVING ROOM - DAY
          
          Beth moves through the room, stopping to pick up one of
          Kyle's toys. She looks through the sliding glass window and
          sees Derek on the deck, holding Kyle in his arms. They're
          playing a game. Derek points to objects in the distance and
          Kyle identifies them. "Truck... doggie... bird..." and so
          on.
          
          A tear in Beth's eye.   She comes closer.   They don't see her.
          
                              DEREK
                        (singing to Kyle)
                    "Four little ducks went out one day...
                    over the hill and far away..."
          
                                                                  CUT TO:
          
          B
          
          
          
          
                                                                               76.
          
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - NIGHT
          
          A few days later.
          
          INT. CHARLES LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
          
          A 14 year old baby sitter SAMANTHA walks Beth and Derek to
          the front door. They're dressed for a night out.
          
                              BETH
                    You've got our cell numbers so if there's
                    any problem, don't hesitate to call us,
                    okay?
          
                              DEREK
                    Come on, honey.     Samantha knows what to
                    do, don't you?
          
                              SAMANTHA
                    I've got four little brothers.    Trust me.
                    I'm really good at this.
          
           ut Beth remains concerned.
          
                              BETH
                        (to Derek)
                    I don't know. Maybe we should...
          
                              DEREK
                    No way. Do you know how hard it was to
                    get these reservations? Come on, we
                    agreed. This is an important night. And
                    I am not gonna waste you in that outfit.
                        (to Samantha)
                    She looks fantastic, doesn't she?
          
                              SAMANTHA
                    Like a movie star.
          D
           erek takes Beth by the arm.
          
                              DEREK
                    Everything's gonna be fine.
          
                              BETH
                        (giving in; to Samantha)
                    Okay, but you call us.
          
          Derek grins and leads her out the door, calls back to
          Samantha.
          
                                 DEREK
                    Lock this.     We'll be back by ten.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                   D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                77.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                   SAMANTHA
                       Have fun.
          
          Samantha closes the door behind them and locks it.
          
                                                                      CUT TO:
          
          INT. RESTAURANT - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Derek and Beth sit together in a romantic candle-lit booth,
          working on a bottle of wine.
          
                               EREK
                    I haven't seen you looking this relaxed
                    and beautiful in weeks.
          
                              BETH
                    I'd forgotten what this was like... the
                    two of us out together.
          
                                DEREK
                    Yeah.    It's been awhile.
          
          He looks at her. It's been awhile since they've touched or
          had sex, too. Beth smiles a little shyly, drops her eyes.
          
                              DEREK (cont'd)
                        (ENCOURAGED)
                    So... there's hope?
          
                              BETH
                    It's not that easy.
          
                              DEREK
                    I need you to believe me.
          
          Derek pours the last of the bottle into Beth's glass and
          signals the Waiter.
          
                              DEREK (cont'd)
                    Could we get another bottle, please?
          
          Derek smiles at Beth.        She looks at her wine glass.
          
                              BETH
                    Derek, not everybody gets drunk and does
                    things they regret.
          
          Derek looks like he's been punched in the face.
          
                               DEREK
                    I keep telling you I didn't do any thing
                    to regret.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                            78.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Beth looks up and gives him a hard, cold look.
          
                                 BETH
                           (SLOWLY)
                       I am telling you... you did.
          
                                                                  CUT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES LIVING ROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
          S
           amantha is sprawled on the couch. The TV is going, she's
          listening to music on her I-pod while texting a friend on her
          phone and paging through a teen magazine all at the same
          time, multi-tasking.
          
          She doesn't hear the door bell RING the first time. Or the
          second. Then there's a LOUD KNOCKING. Samantha becomes
          aware, looks around, then sees a shadowy figure through the
          frosted window next to the door.
          
          With a SIGH of annoyance, Samantha gets up and goes to the
          door. She unlocks and opens it. Lisa is standing on the
          threshold, looking fresh and pretty and smiling.
          
                              LISA
                        (super friendly)
                    Hi, I'm Beth's friend Allie.      She's
                    expecting me.
          
          Lisa breezes right in.
          
                              SAMANTHA
                    Mister and Mrs. Charles are out.
          
                                 LISA
                    Out?
          
                              SAMANTHA
                    They went to dinner.
          
                              LISA
                    What? Beth told me to drop by. That's
                    strange. Oh well, I have something for
                    Kyle. I'll just run up and give it to
                    him.
          
                                 SAMANTHA
                    You can't.     He's sleeping.
          
                              LISA
                    Oh, I won't wake him.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
          K
          
          
          
          
                                                                               79.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 SAMANTHA
                       Maybe you should come back.
          
                                 LISA
                       But I'm here right now. Why should I...
                       oh, I see. Just doing your duty. Good
                       girl. You know what, let me call Beth.
          
          Lisa takes out a cell phone, punches in a number.      Samantha
          looks relieved.
          
                                   LISA (cont'd)
                           (into her cell)
                       Beth? Hey, girlfriend. It's Allie.
                       Where am I? Where are you! I'm at your
                       place. You told me to come by.
                           (
                             to Samantha)
                       No it's okay. She forgot.
                           (back into cell)
                       No, Samantha was a little concerned so I
                       said I'd call you.
                           (winks at Samantha)
                       Yeah. Okay, honey. You two have a great
                       night.
                           (to Samantha; holding out the
                             CELL)
                       Oh, wait. Did you want to talk to her?
          
          Samantha shakes her head "no."
          
                                 LISA (cont'd)
                           (into cell)
                       Beth, I'll call you tomorrow.
          
          Lisa clicks off.
          
                                 LISA (cont'd)
                           (to Samantha)
                       Great. This will only take me a minute.
          
          Lisa crosses to the stairs and goes up.      Samantha returns to
          the couch and resumes texting.
          
          INT. KYLE'S BEDROOM
          
           yle is asleep in his crib. The door cracks open, emitting
          light from the hall, turning Lisa into a silhouette. She
          enters the room, silent as a ghost, and approaches Kyle's
          crib. She stands over him, smiling down at the vulnerable
          sleeping child.
          
          Then, Lisa turns away and looks at herself in a mirror.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                             80.
          CONTINUED:
          
          She takes out a tube of red lipstick and applies it to her
          lips.
          
                                                                 CUT TO:
          
          INT. LIVING ROOM - A MINUTE LATER
          
          Samantha is listening to i-pod music/texting/watching TV.     In
          the background, out of focus, Lisa comes down the stairs.
          
                              LISA
                    Thanks, Samantha.   Nice meeting you.
          
                               SAMANTHA
                        (preoccupied; doesn't even
                         LOOK)
                    You, too.
          
          Lisa vanishes. Samantha sends a last message, then thinks
          she ought to check on the baby. She gets up, starts for the
          stairs when she gets another text message on her phone. She
          checks it, laughs and returns to the couch to text her friend
          back.                                                  C
                                                                  UT TO:
          
          INT. SUV - NIGHT
          
          Derek and Beth drive home in tense silence.   Finally, Beth
          speaks.
          
                              BETH
                    It's his birthday tomorrow.
          
                              DEREK
                    I know.
          
                              BETH
                    I told him we'd take him to Legoland.
          
                              DEREK
                    I'll go on-line tonight and order the
                    tickets. Unless you think you should
                    take him alone.
          
                              BETH
                    No. Whatever we're going through, he
                    needs us to be together.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                             (
          
          
          
          
                                                                                 81.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Derek turns the corner to their street. The house comes into
          sight. The garage door goes up. Derek pulls into the drive
          and guides the car into the garage.
          
                                                                       CUT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES LIVING ROOM - A MINUTE LATER
          
          A key in the lock.     The door opens.    Derek and Beth enter.
          
          On the couch, Samantha ends her texting and greets them with
          a bright smile.
          
                                 SAMANTHA
                       Hey! You guys got back so fast--
          
                                 BETH
                       Any trouble with Kyle?
          
                                  SAMANTHA
                       No.  He was a doll.
                            THEN)
                       But you just missed your friend.
          
          Beth and Derek freeze, turn and look at each other.
          
                                 BETH
                       What friend?
          
                                 SAMANTHA
                       You know. Allie? She was just here...
                       called you on the cell?
          
                                 BETH
                           (TENSING)
                       Nobody called me...
          
                                 DEREK
                       Someone was here?     Inside the house?
          
                                 SAMANTHA
                           (to Beth)
                       You said it was okay.    She said she had
                       something for Kyle...
          
                                 BETH
                           (instant panic)
                       Oh my god! Where's Kyle?
          
                                 SAMANTHA
                       In his crib.
          
          Beth streaks for the stairs.
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                   D
          
          
          
          
                                                                          82.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       How long since she was here?
          
                                 SAMANTHA
                       A couple minutes. What's wrong?
          
          Derek runs for the stairs.
          
                                 SAMANTHA (cont'd)
                           (calling after them; now
                            AFRAID)
                       You said it was okay!
          
          INT. KYLE'S BEDROOM
          
          Beth runs to the crib. To her horror, it's empty. Lisa lets
          out a cry of anguish. Derek appears in the door. Lisa turns
          to him in desperate panic.
          
                                 LISA
                       She took him! She took my baby!
          
          INT. LIVING ROOM
          
          Derek tears back down the stairs, shouting to Samantha.
          
                                    EREK
                       Call 911!
          
          He bursts out the front door.
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - GARAGE
          
          Derek races into the garage, yanks open the driver's door and
          gets in. He starts the engine, turns to back out and --
          Surprise! There's Kyle is in the backseat, strapped into his
          car seat, smiling at his Daddy.
          
                                   DEREK
                       Kyle...
          
          Derek gets out, pulls open the back door and unstraps his
          son, then hesitates. What Derek sees makes his blood run
          cold. On the child's forehead... a perfect red lipstick
          kiss.
          
                                                                CUT TO:
          
          INT. HOSPITAL ER - NIGHT
          
          Kyle is being examined by A DOCTOR while Derek and Beth
          comfort him.
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
                           (
          
          
                       T
          
          
          
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                                                                                83.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                  DOCTOR
                       We pumped his stomach. X-ray and cat scan
                       came back normal. We'll wait for the
                       blood work but it appears he's completely
                       fine. I don't see any reason why you
                       can't take Bhim home in a couple hours.
          
                                  ETH
                           (tearful relief)
                       Thank you, Doctor.
          
          Monica Reyes appears in the doorway.
          
                                                                      CUT TO:
          
          INT. ER WAITING AREA - A MINUTE LATER
          
           erek and Beth confer with Reyes.       Beth is very agitated.
          
                                 REYES
                       Apparently Lisa stole her sister's ID to
                       buy a ticket and board a plane to LA
                       earlier today, then used her sister's
                       credit card to rent a car. The sister
                       didn't even know she was gone until a few
                       hours ago. She said Lisa had been doing
                       well in therapy. She didn't know she
                       checked herself out this morning...
          
                                  BETH
                            (EMPHATIC)
                       She was in our house -- alone with our
                       son.
          
                                 DEREK
                        he doctor says he's fine.
          
                                 BETH
                       Well, I'm not fine.
                            to Reyes; demanding)
                       I want you to find her.
          
                                 REYES
                       We will. She violated the restraining
                       order so we can arrest her. Look, Mrs.
                       Charles, I know you're upset. I'm a
                       mother, too...
          
                                 BETH
                       How would you feel if it was your child?
          
                                 REYES
                       Exactly the same as you.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
          D
          
          
          
          
                           (
          
          
          
          
                                                                             84.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                   BETH
                       Find her.
          
          Beth goes back into the examining room to join Kyle.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Now what? Am I supposed to go out and
                       buy a gun or something?
          
                                 REYES
                       She didn't physically harm him.
          
                                 DEREK
                       No, but she could have. Is that the
                       message she's trying to send?
                                 R
                                  EYES
                       Either that or...maybe she was trying to
                       show you she could love him.
                            off Derek's sickened reaction)
                       People like Lisa... their emotions can
                       turn on a dime. What you don't want is
                       her feelings for you to change to rage.
                       I don't know. But there's a good chance
                       she'll try to get in touch. If she does,
                       you need to call me right away.
                       Meanwhile, you might want to beef up your
                       home security.
          
           erek nods.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          The SUV pulls up and parks. Derek and Beth get out. Derek
          removes the sleeping Kyle from his car seat and carries him
          to the front door where Beth waits.
          
          INT. KYLE'S BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
          
          Kyle is asleep as Derek tucks him in.    Beth CRIES OUT from
          another part of the house.
          
                                   BETH
                       Derek!
          
          Derek races out of the room.
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM
          
          The bedroom has been trashed. The bed has been stripped.
          The ceiling mirror is now a spider-webs of cracks.
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                             85.
          CONTINUED:
          The closet is open and clothes are strewn about. Derek
          discovers Beth on her knees, holding up a family photograph
          in which Beth's head has been torn off.
          
                              BETH
                    She never left.   She was here the whole
                    time.
          
          Beth scrambles over and finds a wedding photo of herself and
          Derek. Again, her head has been removed.
                               B
                               ETH (cont'd)
                    What kind of sick person...
          
          Derek crouches down and holds Beth who begins to cry, her
          body shaking.
          
                              DEREK
                    It's all right, it's all right...
          
                              BETH
                    No Derek! It's not all right!!! We have
                    to do something. We can't live like
                    this.
          
          As he holds his wife, Derek looks up and sees their
          reflection in the mirror -- twisted and distorted, like
          Lisa's mind.
          
                                                                   CUT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NEXT DAY
          
          Derek and Kyle watch Baby Einstein on TV.
          
          In the b.g., A SECURITY MAN installs a new alarm system.
          
          Beth is on the phone, talking to someone.   Derek keeps an eye
          on her.
          
                              BETH
                        (into phone)
                    Right. Thank you.
          
          Beth clicks off, starts dialing a new number.
          
                              DEREK
                    Who are you calling?
          
                              BETH
                    Guess.
          
                              DEREK
                    You're not...
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                 B
          
          
          
          
                                                                               86.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 BETH
                           (DETERMINED)
                       I got her home number from Patrick.
          
                                 DEREK
                       She won't be there.
          
                                 BETH
                       She can still pick up her messages.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Beth, why are you doing this?
          
                                  ETH
                       I want her to know who she's dealing with
                       now.
          
          On the other end, Lisa's cheerful voice:
          
                                 LISA'S VOICE
                       Hi, this is Lisa. I'm not here right now
                       so please leave a message after the beep
                       and I'll get back to you. Have a good
                       one.
          
                                 BETH
                           (into the phone)
                       L
                        isten to me, you little bitch. This is
                       Beth Charles and I just want you to know
                       that if you ever... ever... come near my
                       child or my house again... I'll kill you.
          
          Beth clicks off, gives Derek a defiant look.       Derek doesn't
          know what to say.
          
          The Security Man appears.
          
                                 SECURITY MAN
                       You're all set, folks. You want me to
                       show you how the system works?
          
                                 BETH
                       Definitely.
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
          INT. GUEST ROOM - NIGHT
          
          Derek lies in bed, wide awake, on guard. He hears a car
          engine outside, gets up and goes to the window.
          
          Derek looks out and sees a police patrol car in front of the
          house. A moment later, it drives off.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                               87.
          CONTINUED:
          
          Derek goes to Kyle's room. He's sleeping safely. He goes to
          the master bedroom and observes Beth from the door way.
          She's asleep.
          
          Derek returns to the guest room.
          
          A sudden SOUND.     Derek tenses.   He hops up and goes to the
          window.
          
          It's just the sprinklers going on in the front yard.
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
          INT. CHARLES LIVING ROOM - NEXT MORNING
          
          Derek is leaving for work.     He points to the security pad.
          
                                 DEREK
                       Make sure you set this.
          
                                 BETH
                       You don't have to tell me.
          
                                   DEREK
                       It can't go on much longer. They're
                       bound to pick her up soon.
                           (
                             THEN)
                       Look, if you want me to stay, I'll call
                       in...
          
                                 BETH
                       No. Go to work. If anything happens,
                       the security patrol can be here in two
                       minutes.
                           (off his look)
                       Go. I can take care of myself.
          
          Derek opens the door and exits.      Beth closes it behind him,
          then touches the keypad.
          
                                 SECURITY VOICE
                       SET.
          
          Beth watches from the window as Derek drives off to work.
          Kyle is nearby playing. The phone rings. Beth goes over and
          picks it up, a little wary.
          
                                  BETH
                       Hello? Oh hi, Dad.
                           (THEN)
                       What's wrong?
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                               88.
          CONTINUED:
          
          As she listens with mounting concern, we...
          
                                                                     CUT TO:
          
          INT. OFFICE - DAY
          
          Patrick is at his desk.    The phone buzzes and he picks up.
          
                              PATRICK
                    Derek Charles' office.      Oh, hi, Beth.
          
          Patrick perks up at the tone in Beth's voice.
          
          INT. DEREK'S OFFICE
          
          Derek is concentrating at his desk when his phone BUZZES.      He
          answers quickly.
          
                                 DEREK
                    Yeah?
          
                              PATRICK
                    Beth's on 2.
          
                                 DEREK
                    Thanks.     Hi, honey.   Everything okay?
          
          INTERCUTTING WITH:
          
          INT. KYLE'S BEDROOM
          
          Kyle is playing on the floor.      Beth is on the phone.
          
                              BETH
                    We're fine but I had some not so great
                    news from my Dad.
          
                              DEREK
                    What's wrong?
          
                              BETH
                    Mom went back in for more tests. They
                    wanted to do another biopsy and she's
                    pretty scared.
                              D
                               EREK
                    I can imagine.
          
                              BETH
                    I'm sure it'll be fine but I thought I'd
                    drive down to San Diego to hold her hand,
                    take Kyle with me.
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                 K
          
          
          
          
          T
          
          
          
          
                                                                                89.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 DEREK
                       I'm gonna be stuck here pretty late but I
                       could drive down after...
          
                                 BETH
                       I don't think that's a good idea. Friday
                       night traffic's gonna be a nightmare and
                       they won't know the results til tomorrow.
                       Why don't you do what you need to do and
                       drive down in the morning?
          
                                 DEREK
                       Are you sure?
          
                                 BETH
                       Yes.
          
           here's still that frostiness between them.
          
                                 DEREK
                       All right. Say hi to your dad and tell
                       your mom everything's going to be fine, I
                       love her. And call me when you're
                       leaving the house.
          
                                 BETH
                       I will.
          
          Beth clicks off and turns to Kyle.
          
                                 BETH (cont'd)
                       Come on, sweetie. We're gonna take a
                       little trip.
          
                                 KYLE
                           (EXCITED)
                       Legoland?
          
          Beth almost laughs.    She holds him close.
          
                                 BETH
                       Much more fun than Legoland.     We're going
                       down to Nana and Poppa's.
          
                                     YLE
                       Daddy, too?
          
                                 BETH
                       No. We'll see Daddy tomorrow.     Now...
                       what toys do you want to take?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                            90.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Kyle toddles over to his toy box.
          
                                                                  CUT TO:
          
          INT. OFFICE
          
          At his desk, Patrick answers the phone.
          
                              PATRICK
                    Derek Charles' office.
          
                              LISA'S VOICE
                        (bright and chipper)
                    Hey there, girlfriend.
          
                                PATRICK
                         (happy to hear from her; keeps
                           his voice down)
                    L
                      isa?
          
                              LISA'S VOICE
                    How are you?
          
                              PATRICK
                    I've missed you.
          
                              LISA'S VOICE
                    I've missed you, too. Everything okay
                    around the office?
          
                              PATRICK
                        (hushed/secretive)
                    Well, actually...
          
                              LISA'S VOICE
                    What?
          
                              PATRICK
                    I'm a little concerned. I heard the
                    Charles' took out a restraining order
                    against you.
          
                              LISA'S VOICE
                        (LAUGHS)
                    Oh, that. That was Beth's doing. She's
                    not handling this very well. Derek's
                    just waiting for the right time to tell
                    her he's leaving.
                              P
          
                               ATRICK
                    I don't think that's gonna happen.
          
          
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
                              (
          
          
          
          
                                                                                 91.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LISA'S VOICE
                       Of course it is...
          
                                 PATRICK
                       I'm not sure I should be telling you
                       this...
          
                                 LISA
                       Patrick, don't be such a drama queen.   I
                       thought we were friends.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       We are, we are.
          
                                  LISA
                       Well?
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Well... Beth's headed down to San Diego
                       tonight. Her mother is having some tests
                       done. Derek is driving down first thing
                       in the morning to be by her side.
                            when she doesn't respond)
                       Lisa? Did you hear me?
          
                                 LISA'S VOICE
                       Patrick, I have to go.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       But you just...
          
                                 LISA'S VOICE
                       I'll talk to you later.
          
                                 PATRICK
                       Wait. I wanted to tell you about my date
                       I last night. The one my friend set me
                       up with? The graphic artist? Lisa,
                       you'd be so proud of me. I met him for
                       drinks at --
                                 L
                                   ISA'S VOICE
                       Patrick.
          
                                  PATRICK
                       Yes?
          
                                  LISA'S VOICE
                           (COLD)
                       I really don't care whose dick you sucked
                       last night. I have to go.
          
          The line goes dead.
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
          E
          
          
          
          
          W
          
          
          
          
                                                                            92.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Poor Patrick looks like he's been hit in the face with a bag
          of shit.
          
          CUT TO LISA
          
          She puts her cell phone in her pocket.
          
           IDEN TO REVEAL that she's standing in a grove of trees,
          looking down at the Charles house.
          
          INT. CHARLES HOUSE - DAY
          
          Beth goes out the front door, arms full with Kyle and
          overnight bags. She sets the alarm and shuts the door behind
          her... only to realize she forgot her purse. Beth punches
          back in, grabs the purse from inside and closes the front
          door again behind her. Forgets to re-set the alarm.
          
           XT. DRIVE WAY
          
          Beth secures Kyle in his kiddie seat, then walks around to
          the driver's side, gets in and drives away.
          
          PAN UP TO Lisa watching.
          
                                                                  CUT TO:
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE - MINUTES LATER
          
          Lisa approaches the back of the house, carrying a paper bag.
          She steps up on the deck and goes to the kitchen door. She
          doesn't even check to see if it's locked. She takes the bag
          which contains a bottle of champagne and uses the bottle to
          break a pane in the kitchen door window. Then she reaches
          inside and unlocks the door.
          
          INT. KITCHEN
          
          Lisa steps inside and looks around at the cheerful room,
          Kyle's high chair, the places set for three at the table.
          L
           isa puts the champagne bottle on the counter, then humming
          happily, she begins to open shelves until she finds two
          crystal champagne flutes. She takes them down. Now she
          looks for an ice bucket and finds it.
          
          INT.   BETH'S CAR
          
          Beth drives down the hill, calling Derek on her cell.
          
          INTERCUTTING DEREK IN THE OFFICE
          
          
          
          
                                                            (CONTINUED)
          
          S
          
          
          
          
                                    D
          
          
          
          
                                                                          93.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                    DERE
                              (answering his cell)
                       Hey.
          
                                 BETH
                       We just left the house.
          
                                   DEREK
                       Good.    Did you set the alarm?
          
                                 BETH
                       The... I think I did. I had to run back
                       in and I can't remember if I re-set it.
          
                                  EREK
                       Look, don't worry about it.
          
                                 BETH
                       No, I'm barely down the hill.     I'll do it
                       and call you back.
          
          Beth clicks off. She slows down and pulls into a driveway.
          She backs out and returns up the hill.
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM
          
          Lisa enters, carrying the ice bucket with the champagne
          bottle in it and the two flutes. She smiles excitedly, like
          a woman preparing for her lover's return.
          
          Lisa places the champagne on the night table.
          
          She removes her coat to reveal a sexy white nightgown, then
          reaches into the coat pocket and takes out a paper bag.
          
            he upends the bag and with a giggle, begins to sprinkle red
          rose petals on the floor, making a trail to the bed.
          I
           NT. BETH'S CAR
          
          Beth drives up the winding road to the house.
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM
          
          The ice bucket and champagne sit on the night table.
          
          Lisa stretches out on the bed, amid the rose petals, leaving
          a space for her lover beside her. She gazes up at the
          cracked ceiling mirror. She smiles at herself and, thanks to
          the cracked mirror, her smile is distorted, scary and insane-
          looking.
          
                                                                          94.
          
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE
          
          Beth pulls into the drive.
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM
          
          On the bed, Lisa hears the car.
          
          She rolls off the bed and crosses to the window, parting the
          curtains to look out.
          
          HER POV
          
          Beth stepping out of the car.
          
                                 BETH'S VOICE
                           (barely audible; to Kyle)
                       Mommy will just be a minute.
          
          Lisa tenses, suddenly fearful.
          
          INT. DEREK'S OFFICE
          
          He can't work, glancing at his cell for Beth's call.
          
          INT. FOYER
          
          Beth lets herself in. She's about to set the alarm when she
          hears the floor creak above her.
          
          Beth freezes.    She waits, listens.
          
          No further sound.    But Beth knows.
          
          Beth goes to the front door as if to leave. She opens the
          door and closes it as if she left the house.
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM
          
          Lisa, standing very still near the window, hears the sound of
          the door opening downstairs, then closing.
          
          Relieved, she moves to the window and peers out, expecting to
          see Beth getting into the car. But there's no sight of her.
          
          INT. FOYER
          
          Beth pulls off her shoes and lays them by the door. She
          begins to quietly tip toe up the stairs, certain to be as
          quiet as she can.
          
                    N
          
          
          
          
                                                                             95.
          
          
          INT. MASTER BEDROOM
          
          Beth enters to see Lisa peering out the window.
          
                               BETH
                    Girl, you're even dumber than my husband
                    said you were.
                        (BEAT)
                    Or did you just forget to take your meds?
          
          Lisa whirls around. Beth is standing in the doorway, giving
          Lisa a deadly look, like a cat who's just trapped a mouse.
          
          Beth takes notice of the rose petals on the bed and floor.
          
          Lisa is wide-eyed, terrified, caught. Lisa begins to edge her
          way around the room.
          
                              BETH (cont'd)
                    You really fucked up this time... coming
                    back to my house. Didn't you get my
                    message?
          
          Lisa's eyes dart around for escape.   Beth seems remarkably
          calm.
          
                              BETH (cont'd)
                    You can look all you want but you're not
                    getting out of here.
                     ot until I've given you the beating of
                    your life... bitch.
          
          And she means it, too.
          
          Lisa tries to dart around her. But Beth cuts her off,
          grabbing Lisa by the throat and forcing her back, slamming
          her hard against the bed post.
          L
           isa bounces off the post, stunned. Beth is on her, slapping
          her hard, grabbing a handful of Lisa's hair, ripping it out
          by the roots as Lisa tries to get free. Lisa lets out a
          subhuman shriek of pain.
          
          Beth tosses the hank of hair aside, keeps on coming.    She's
          beyond pissed.
          
                               BETH (cont'd)
                    Think you can walk into my house... my
                    bedroom...
          
          Beth slaps and punches Lisa.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                             (
          
          
          
          
                                  L
          
          
          
          
                                                                                  96.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 BETH (cont'd)
                       My child... my husband!
          
          Lisa tries to fight back but Beth is a tiger, beating the
          hell out of her, knocking her around the room.
          
                                  ISA
                           (in pain; terrified,
                            WHIMPERING)
                       Please...
          
                                  BETH
                       Please?   Please what?   Please don't hurt
                       you?
          
          As Beth pummels her, Lisa stumbles/retreats into the
          adjoining bathroom. She slams the door shut and throws the
          lock, face bleeding, looking around for a weapon, something
          to protect herself with.
          
          CRASH!   The bathroom door comes off its hinges as Beth barges
          in.
          
                                  LISA
                       No!
          
          Beth grabs Lisa by the head and slams her face into the
          bathroom mirror. It cracks.
          
          Lisa is wobbly, unable to stand. Her face is a bloody mess.
          But before she can collapse, Beth props her up.
                               B
                                   ETH
                            ("CONCERNED")
                       You're bleeding. We need to wash that
                       off.
          
          Beth forces Lisa down, shoves her head into the toilet and
          flushes it, holding her there as Lisa flops and chokes.
          
                                 BETH (cont'd)
                       Don't worry. I'm not going to drown you.
                            jerking Lisa's head up)
                       No, no. I'm just getting started...
          
                                 LISA
                           (BLUBBERING)
                       Please... I'm sorry...
          
                                 BETH
                       Too late, bitch.   Sorry won't cut it.
          
          Beth kicks Lisa out of the bathroom.
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
          I
          
          
          
          
                                                                           97.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
          Lisa lands on the floor and gets up, rose petals sticking to
          her gown.
          
          As Beth comes out of the bathroom, Lisa lunges for the night
          table and grabs the bottle of champagne. She swings it and
          hits Beth is the side of the head. Whack! The cork pops and
          champagne goes spewing everywhere.
          
          Stunned, Beth goes down on her knees. Lisa wipes blood from
          her face, circling Beth, lips drawn back and teeth showing
          like an animal.
          
                               LISA
                     He doesn't love you! I'm the one he
                     wants!
                         (crazed; screaming)
                     Why can't you get that through your head?
          
          Lisa raises the bottle to hit her again.
          
          Beth lunges forward and tackles her. The bottle goes flying
          as the two women thrash around on the floor.
          I
           NT. OFFICE
          
          Derek dials Beth's cell.
          
          INT. CAR
          
          Kyle snoozes in his car seat. Inside Beth's hand bag on the
          front seat, her cell phone TRILLS.
          
           NT. MASTER BEDROOM
          
          Beth and Lisa fight on the floor like two she-demons.   Lisa
          breaks free from Beth.
          
          She crawls to the head of the stairs and grabs the post,
          pulling herself to her feet, eager to escape.
          
                               BETH
                         (suddenly behind her)
                     Careful. You don't want to fall down the
                     stairs.
          
          Beth gives Lisa a shove. Lisa goes crashing down the stairs
          and lands at the bottom in a heap.
          
          Beth descends.
          
                               BETH (cont'd)
                     Did that hurt? Because it looked real
                     painful.
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
          P
          
          
          
          
                                                                               98.
          CONTINUED:
          
                                 LISA
                           (managing to sit up; defensive)
                       Please... Beth...
          
                                 BETH
                       Oh, it's Beth now?    What happened to
                       Betty?
          
          Lisa rises to her feet, wobbly.       She raises bloody hands in
          surrender.
          
                                 LISA
                       Please. I'll go... I'll leave... I swear
                       I'll never bother you again...
          
                                 BETH
                       You got that right.
          
          Lisa turns and desperately hobbles for the front door. But
          Beth easily beats her to it, knocking Lisa aside and throwing
          the chain.
          B
           eth turns and faces Lisa with a murderous look. Hugging the
          wall for support Lisa back away, leaving a bloody smear.
          Beth advances.
          
          In the kitchen, the phone RINGS.       Both women freeze.
          
           hone RINGS again.    Then...
          
                                 DEREK'S VOICE ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE
                       Hi, you've reached the Charles residence.
                       We're not here right now but if you
                       have a message for Derek...
          
                                 BETH'S VOICE ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE
                       ... or Beth... or Kyle.... Kyle, say
                       hello.
          
                                    KYLE'S VOICE ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE
                           (CUTE)
                       Hello.
          
                                 BETH'S VOICE ON THE ANSWERING MACHINE
                       Please wait for the beep.
          
          BEEEEEEP.
          
                                 DEREK'S VOICE
                           (with concern)
                       Beth? Are you there?
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                           99.
          CONTINUED: (2)
          
                                LISA
                    Derek!
          
          Lisa tries to make it to the kitchen to get the phone. Beth
          grabs her by the sleeve and pulls her back. The sleeve tears
          loose in Beth's hand.
          
                                DEREK'S VOICE
                    Beth?
          
          Lisa stumbles back toward the stairs. She scrambles upward,
          thinking maybe she can get to the phone in the bedroom.
          
          Lisa reaches the top step just as Beth snags her ankle,
          stopping her. Lisa rolls around and viciously kicks Beth in
          the shoulder with her other leg. Beth falls back, tumbles
          halfway down the stairs.
                               D
                               EREK'S VOICE (cont'd)
                    Beth, pick up!
          
          Lisa makes it to the bedroom.   She sees the phone on the
          night stand.
          
                                DEREK'S VOICE (cont'd)
                    Beth?    Are you there?
          
          Lisa desperately grabs the phone.
          
                                LISA
                    Derek!    Oh, Derek, thank god!
          
          INTERCUTTING DEREK IN THE OFFICE
          
          Reacting in surprise and panic.
          
                                DEREK
                    Lisa?
          
          Before she can answer, Beth is suddenly there. She rips the
          phone from Lisa's hand and strikes her with it. As Lisa
          stumbles back into the hall landing, Beth speaks calmly, even
          sweetly, into the receiver.
          
                              BETH
                    Derek, I'm right in the middle of
                    something... let me call you back.
          
                                DEREK
                    Beth --
          
          Beth hangs up the phone.
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
          T
          
          
          
          
                                 D
          
          
          
          
                                                                            100.
          CONTINUED: (3)
          
          Alarmed, Derek hurries out of the office, punching a number
          into his cell as he runs to the elevator. A nervous Patrick
          watches Derek exit...
          
                               EREK (cont'd)
                    I need to speak to Lt. Reyes.   It's an
                    emergency!
          
          Beth goes out into the hall and Lisa springs on her.
          
           he two women fight, going up against the bannister. They
          claw and punch at each other. With renewed strength, Lisa
          forces Beth up against the bannister. Beth looks over the
          side and down...
          
          Fifteen feet below is that large glass dining table.
          
          Lisa bangs Beth against the bannister. A few feet away is a
          heavy crystal chandelier suspended from the ceiling by a
          metal chain.
          T
           he bannister rail begins to crack. Lisa tries to force Beth
          over, then Beth suddenly swings them around, reversing
          positions --
          
          The bannister cracks, breaks apart and Lisa topples over the
          side.
          
          As she's about to fall, Lisa reaches out and grabs the
          chandelier with both hands.
          
          By a miracle, it supports her and she swings back and forth
          like a human pendulum but now the chandelier is beginning to
          pull loose from it's ceiling mount. Plaster cracks and rips
          away.
          
          Lisa swings back and forth, dangling.
          
          Beth stands on the landing. She looks at terrified Lisa,
          then up at the ceiling mount. It won't take Lisa's weight
          much longer.
          
          And both women know it.
          
          Lisa hangs by one hand, reaching out with her other hand to
          Beth who could pull her to safety.
          
                                 LISA
                    Please....
          
          Beth considers. Then, as if coming out of dream, she slowly
          reaches out to Lisa. Their hands lock together. Beth slowly
          pulls Lisa toward her, toward safety.
          
          
                                                              (CONTINUED)
          
          L
          
          
          
          
          T
          
          
          
          
                                                                           101.
          CONTINUED: (4)
          
                              BETH
                        (quiet voice)
                    Let go of the chandelier.
          
                              LISA
                        (AFRAID)
                    No...
          
                              BETH
                    Let go, Lisa.
          
           he chandelier is about to break loose.
                               B
                                ETH (cont'd)
                         (motherly concern)
                    Listen to me. You have to let go right
                    now.
          
          And, trusting, Lisa lets go.
          
          But so does Beth!!!
          
          With a look of horror on her face, Lisa falls through space.
          The soundtrack goes dead silent as we go into slow motion.
          
          Down, down, down Lisa falls. Her arms and legs flop around
          like a marionette with its strings cut, clawing the air.
          
          The fall seems endless.
          
          Then... Lisa hits the glass dining table with her back.    Her
          whole body buckles. The surface of the table ripples.
          
          In slow mo, the glass shatters and explodes around Lisa,
          framing her entire body, forming a halo around her head.
          Sound returns -- the sound of breaking glass -- and it's
          deafening.
          
          The table gives way and Lisa lands hard on the marble floor,
          her skull cracking. Her back is probably broken but she's
          still conscious.
          
           ying there, Lisa stares up at Beth on the landing as glass
          bounces and TINKLES around her.
          
          The two enemies lock eyes.   Beth's face is impassive.
          
          Lisa opens her mouth, trying to speak.
          
          And that's when the chandelier breaks loose.
          
          
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
                                R
          
          
          
          
                                R
          
          
          
          
                                                                           102.
          CONTINUED: (5)
          
          Beth watches without emotion as the chandelier plunges
          downward and hits Lisa in the chest with a radiantly
          beautiful shower of crystals. It kills her on impact.
          W
           e come out of slow motion.   Real time resumes.
          
          On the landing, Beth stares down at Lisa's body, splayed
          under the chandelier like a broken doll. Lisa's eyes are
          open but they're dead.
          
          Beth, stoic, just stands there, looking down.
          
          INT. DEREK'S SUV
          
          As Derek speeds through traffic, desperate to get home.
          
          INT. CHARLES HOUSE
          
          Beth comes down the stairs, taking no notice of Lisa's
          lifeless body. She goes to the foyer, unhooks the chain and
          opens the front door.
          
          EXT. CHARLES HOUSE
          
          Outside, a car pulls up and Monica Reyes jumps out. Reyes
          hurries up the walk and meets Beth standing in the open door.
          
                                REYES
                    Beth?    Is everything alright here?
          
                              BETH
                        (very calm)
                    I'm fine. Lisa had an accident.
                        (moving past Reyes)
                    I have to go. My mother needs me.
          
          Reyes looks into the house and sees Lisa's body, then turns
          back as Beth goes to her car and opens the driver's door.
          
                               EYES
                    Beth, I need to speak with you.
          
          Beth turns back to Reyes.
          
                              BETH
                    Call me on my cell.
          
                               EYES
                    What happened here?
          
                              BETH
                    I think you know what happened...
                        (a beat) ORE)
                              (M
          
          
                                                             (CONTINUED)
          
          H
          
          
          
          
          I
          
          
          
          
                                                                         103.
                                 BETH(cont'd)
          CONTINUED:
                       Now my child has been waiting too long.
                       I am sure my husband will be home soon...
          
          Beth and Reyes lock eyes. Reyes nods her understanding. Beth
          nods back, gets in the car, starts the engine and backs out
          of the drive. Reyes watches her exit.
          
           NT. DEREK'S SUV
          
          In traffic.    He dials his cell.
          
          INTERCUTTING BETH IN HER CAR
          
          She picks up her ringing cell phone, looks at the caller ID
          and glances at Kyle in the rearview mirror.
          
                                 BETH
                           (tears start to well)
                       It's Daddy...
          
                                 DEREK
                           (FRANTIC)
                       Beth, I spoke to Reyes.   Are you okay?
          
                                 BETH
                       It's over, Derek--
          
                                 DEREK
                       Beth...
                           (a pause)
                       Tell me baby-- are you hurt?
          
                                 BETH
                       I should have believed you...
          
                                 DEREK
                       It's gonna be okay, honey.     We're gonna
                       be okay--
          
                                 BETH
                           (long beat)
                       I love you, Derek.
          
                                 DEREK
                       And I love you--
          
          Derek continues on against the traffic. The dashboard
          picture of Beth and Kyle still smiling back at him.
          
          HIGH ANGLE SHOT, PULLING BACK
          
          As Beth's car drives away, passing police cars on their way
          to the house.
          
          
          THE END
          
 

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Writers :   David Loughery
Genres :   Drama  Thriller


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