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                                   ORDINARY PEOPLE
          
          
                                     Written by 
          
                                    Alvin Sargent
           
          
          
                                  From the novel by 
          
                                    Judith Guest


          
                      Full Film Transcript by Pierre Gautard
          
          
          
              [Main Credits]
          
          1   EXT. BEAUTIFUL COUNTRYSIDE, SMALL TOWN ­ DAY                  1
          
              Small beautiful country town in the fall, on the shore of a
              great lake. Close in on school. [Music: Canon in D by
              Pachelbel, and angel voices singing then: ]
          
                                     CHOIR
                               (OS: young male voices)
                           In the silence of our souls,
                           O Lord, we contemplate Thy peace
          
          2   INT. SCHOOL HALL, CHOIR ­ DAY                                 2
          
              Students' choir rehearsing Canon in D by Pachelbel (not
              originally written with lyrics). Among many, Conrad is
              singing. He is just behind Jeannine Pratt. They don't know
              each other yet.
          
                                     CHOIR
                               (girls and boys
                                together)
                           Free from all the world's desires
                           Free of fear and all anxiety
                           Ooooh. Ooooh
                           Ooooh. Ooooh
                           Alleluia
                           Alleluia
                           Sing Alleluia!
          
              [Close in on Conrad]
          
          3   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM - NIGHT                                 3
          
              Conrad suddenly wakes up from nightmare
          
          4   INT. THEATER PLAY - ON STAGE    - NIGHT                       4
          
              A man of fifty is holding his wife's hand over the breakfast
              table.
          
                                     MAN
                           Do you know we've made love one
                           hundred and thirteen times?
          
              We hear laughter (numerous).
          
                                     MAN (cont'd)
                           I figured it out on my Bowmar
                           calculator.
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      5.
          4   CONTINUED:                                                   4
          
          
              Laughter again. The man and the woman are two actors on stage
              of the local theater. A very conventional play. The set
              represents an average American kitchen. A man and a woman are
              having coffee. Man is holding woman's hand.
          
              We gradually discover the audience of the theater.
          
                                     MAN (cont'd)
                           To know someone that well is a
                           wonderful thing.
          
              Pause
          
                                        MAN (cont'd)
                           Two lumps?
          
              [ close in on two couples in the audience] Beth and Calvin
              and their friends. The women are amused, the men trying to
              keep awake.
          
                                        WOMAN
                           No, one.
          
                                     MAN
                           So I don't know everything about
                           you. I don't know your favorite
                           movie stars. I can't remember the
                           name of your favorite perfume. I
                           have racked my brain and I can't
                           remember.
          
                                     WOMAN
                           That's funny. It's "My Sin."
          
              Audience laughs, Alvin wakes up and behaves. Gives a
              conventional smile to his wife Beth.
          
                                     MAN
                           But I do know, in the last twenty
                           four years, that I have never been
                           out of love with you.
          
          5   EXT. THEATER ­ NIGHT                                         5
          
              The four of them come out of the theater. The women walk
              together in front, men behind.
          
                                     CALVIN
                           Well, did we like it?
          
                                     FRIEND'S WIFE
                           I loved it.
          
                                     BETH
                           Bev Walsh was wonderful.
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    6.
          5   CONTINUED:                                                   5
          
          
                                     FRIEND'S WIFE
                           I liked them all.
          
                                     CALVIN
                           It was funny.
          
                                     FRIEND
                           It was a comedy. Wasn't it?
                           Essentially?
          
                                     FRIEND'S WIFE
                           Well let's face it: Clyde Banner's
                           getting fat.
          
                                     BETH
                           Yes.
          
                                     FRIEND'S WIFE
                           He should never turn profile.
          
                                     CALVIN
                           Most of us shouldn't turn profile.
          
          6   INT. CAR. COUNTRY ROAD ­ NIGHT                                6
          
              Calvin seems stunned.
          
                                     BETH
                           What was it you were you thinking
                           about?
          
                                     CALVIN
                           When?
          
              Calvin gives his wife a conventional smile. She coddles up
              against him, but it is cold.
          
          7   INT. JARRETT'S HOME. ­ NIGHT                                  7
          
              Car enters garage.
          
              [car door Alarm On] / [car door Alarm Off] as car doors open
              and close.
          
              Beth goes upstairs and directly into her bedroom. Calvin
              notices this, then notices the light under his son's bedroom
              door. He knocks.
          
          
          8   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ NIGHT                                 8
          
              Conrad is lying on his stomach, on his bed, thinking. He
              composes himself, grabs his book as if he had been reading.
          
                                     CONRAD
                           Yeah?
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    7.
          8   CONTINUED:                                                 8
          
          
              Calvin opens the door, but does not enter the room,
              respecting his son's privacy:
          
                                       CALVIN
                           You okay?
          
                                     CONRAD
                           Mmm, mm. Yeah.
                           How was the show?
          
              Calvin shrugs, as if to say "so and so..."
          
                                     CALVIN
                           Mmmh. Trouble sleeping?
          
                                       CONRAD
                           No.
          
                                     CALVIN
                           You're sure?
          
                                       CONRAD
                           Mm-hmm.
          
                                     CALVIN
                           Burning the midnight oil?
          
                                       CONRAD
                           Yeah.
          
                                       CALVIN
                           Okay.
          
              Pause
          
                                     CALVIN (cont'd)
                           You thought about calling that
                           doctor?
          
                                       CONRAD
                           No.
          
                                     CALVIN
                           Well, the month's up. I think we
                           should stick to the plan.
          
                                     CONRAD
                           The plan was if I needed to call
                           him.
          
                                     CALVIN
                           Yeah. Okay. Don't worry about it.
                           Get some sleep. By the way, I am
                           working on those Michigan State
                           tickets.
          
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                        8.
          8    CONTINUED:                                                    8
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Okay.
          
               Calvin closes the door. Conrad reflects, then shuts off
               light.
          
          9    INT. PARENTS' BEDROOM ­ NIGHT                                 9
          
               Calvin shuts off bedside lamp. Then kisses Beth. They
               embrace.
          
          10   INT. KITCHEN ­ MORNING                                        10
          
               Beth prepares the breakfast table geometrically (CU).
          
          11   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ MORNING                               11
          
               Conrad's lies on his bed, fully dressed, full awake,
               thinking.
          
                                       BETH
                                (OS, IN THE KITCHEN)
                            What about the Warrens, did you
                            call them?
          
                                      CALVIN
                                (OS, IN THE KITCHEN)
                            Yeah, they said they'll make it
                            some evening soon.
          
               Look at these people. Everybody I grew up with... is in the
               paper these days.
          
          12   INT. KITCHEN ­ MORNING                                        12
          
               Calvin is reading his newspaper. Beth is preparing the
               breakfast
          
                                      CALVIN
                            "Joey Georgella. New football coach
                            for Trinity."
          
          13   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ MORNING                               13
          
               Conrad's sits up on his bed.
          
                                      CALVIN
                                (OS, downstairs)
                            Did you check with Jane for the
                            Michigan State tickets?
          
          14   INT. KITCHEN ­ MORNING                                        14
          
               Calvin is reading his newspaper. Beth is cooking some French
               toast.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     9.
          14   CONTINUED:                                                 14
          
          
                                      BETH
                            Yes. She'll talk to John.
                            Where's Conrad? This'll get
                            cold.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Con!
          
          15   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ MORNING                            15
          
               Conrad's sitting on his bed.
          
                                      CALVIN
                                (OS, downstairs)
                                (to Beth)
                            Will you drop those suits at the
                            cleaners for me?
          
                                      BETH
                            They won't be back by Saturday.
          
          16   INT. KITCHEN ­ MORNING                                     16
          
               Beth still preparing breakfast.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            That's okay. Connie!
          
               Calvin goes to the stairs and calls upstairs.
          
                                       CALVIN (cont'd)
                            Conrad!
          
          17   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ MORNING                            17
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I'll be right there!
          
          18   INT. KITCHEN ­ MORNING                                     18
          
               Calvin sits back at table. Conrad finally appears at the
               bottom of the stairs.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Here he is!
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Morning.
          
                                       BETH
                            Morning.
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Morning.
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      10.
          18   CONTINUED:                                                   18
          
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Did you sleep?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Hungry?
          
                                        CONRAD
                                (wondering)
                            Uh...uh... hungry, uh?
          
               Beth slides a French toast onto Conrad's plate.
          
                                      BETH
                            It's French toast. It's your
                            favorite.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Yeah.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Uh... I'm not really hungry.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Breakfast, pal, remember? Main
                            meal. Energy!
          
               Beth comes and takes away Calvin's plate right away.
          
                                      BETH
                            You're not hungry, you're not
                            hungry!
          
               Beth takes away the food and goes to throw it away.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Wait a minute, Beth, Hang on. He's
                            gonna eat it. Come on.
                                (to Conrad)
                            It's French toast.
          
               Beth pushes the toast in the sink's grinder. French toast
               disappears.
          
                                      BETH
                            There's fresh fruit for you when
                            you get home from school later.
          
               Grinding noise of disposal.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What are you doing? What are you
                            doing?
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      11.
          18   CONTINUED:                                                   18
          
          
                                      BETH
                            You can't save French toast.
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            Listen, I've got to run. I'm
                            playing at nine. Will you please
                            call Mr. Herman about the shutters?
                            I can't get anywhere with that man.
          
               Beth exits.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            You have to charm Mr. Herman. Did
                            you charm him?
                                (to Conrad)
                            You have to eat, Con. We just
                            want you keep on getting
                            stronger.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Dad, I'm not hungry.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Are you okay?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah. I got to go. Lazenby's
                            picking me up.
          
               Calvin is strangely overenthusiastic.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Oh. Is he? Great!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Why is it great?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Well. I don't see the old gang much
                            anymore. I miss them. Bring them
                            around... Phil, Don, and Dick Van
                            Buren. We'll play some touch
                            football on the lawn.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            See you later.
          
               Exit Conrad. Calvin resumes eating, reflects, then :
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Con!
          
               But his son is gone.
          
                                                                    12.
          
          
          
          19   EXT. JARRETT'S HOME ­ MORNING                              19
          
               Calvin walks up the alley to the street. [Horn honks]
               Lazenby's car stops, with music playing. Lazenby is driving,
               Stillman is with him in the front and Dickie van Buren is at
               the back.
          
                                    LAZENBY
                              (to Stillman)
                          It's called flake.
          
               Conrad just stands there, waiting.
          
                                    DICKIE VAN BUREN
                          Come on, Jarrett! We're late,
                          let's go!
          
                                    LAZENBY
                          Jarrett. Come on!
          
               Conrad gets in the car.
          
          20   INT.   LAZENBY'S CAR ­ MORNING                             20
          
                                    STILLMAN
                          Uh, we're late `cause little
                          Dickie's mom had to pack his lunch.
          
                                    DICKIE VAN BUREN
                          Christ, Stillman! You guys were
                          late at my house. I been up all
                          night studying for this poly-sci
                          exam.
          
                                    STILLMAN
                          That guy wants a goddamn personal
                          analysis of it all.
                          How do you make sense of that
                          crap, anyway?
          
                                    LAZENBY
                          You read the crap!
          
                                    DICKIE VAN BUREN
                          Oh, shit! When was the last time
                          you read something?
          
                                    STILLMAN
                          Yeah. Right! We swim our ass
                          everyday, when are we supposed to
                          study, uh?.
          
                                    LAZENBY
                          I swim and I study.
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    13.
          20   CONTINUED:                                                 20
          
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Get a sense of reality, Lazenby.
                                (to Conrad) )
                            What you reading?
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN
                                (to Lazenby and
                                 Stillman)
                            Meditation!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hardy.
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            You guys tried meditation?
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Meditation?
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            It's just like thinking, Stillman.
                            No, I don't do it too often.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                                (to Conrad)
                            Ain't that junior English? You got
                            all junior classes this year? They
                            didn't pass you on anything?
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Stillman, you know they don't
                            pass you on... breathing in that
                            dump if you don't take the final.
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            Hey, man, get something on that
                            radio, really. You know, I gotta
                            study.
          
               Conrad stares at the barrier, then away.
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN (cont'd)
                            Get something lighter for your
                            head.
          
          
               Car stops at railroad crossing.
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN (cont'd)
                                (OS)
                            I hope it's a long train. I've
                            got to get the stuff down. I'm
                            gonna flunk this test.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            We're going to be late.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    14.
          20   CONTINUED:                                                 20
          
          
               Train passes, Conrad stares through it and as in a zoetrope
               sees glimpses of a graveyard.
          
               .../...
          
               Car slows down near school.
          
                                      LAZENBY (cont'd)
                            Does my hair look like shit,
                            doesn't it?
          
                                       DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            Yeah.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Yes, it looks like shit. Thanks.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Hey, hey, hey! Hey, there's Pratt.
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            Look at that ass!
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Let me out, I need a jump.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            No dirty stuff out of the window.
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            No dirty stuff?
                                (to Janine, outside)
                            Pratt! You have nice ...knees!
          
               Conrad looks at Jeannine seriously.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Hey. Interested in something.
                            Jarrett?
          
               She looks back.
          
          21   SCHOOL ­ MORNING                                           21
          
               A crowd of students entering school.
          
          22   INT. SCHOOL, CLASSROOM ­ MORNING                           22
          
               Conrad seems to be day-dreaming, looking outside. Female
               literature teacher questions about the character of Jude in
               the story of Jude the Obscure, written by Thomas Hardy.
          
                                      TEACHER
                            How about we discuss some theory,
                            here? Conrad, what's your theory on
                            Jude Fawley? Conrad?
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      15.
          22   CONTINUED:                                                   22
          
          
               Conrad comes back to it
          
                                      TEACHER (cont'd)
                            What's your theory on Jude Fawley?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Uh...
          
                                      TEACHER
                            Do you think he was powerless in
                            the grip of circumstances... or
                            could he have helped himself?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't... Uh...Powerless? I guess he
                            thought he was, yeah.
          
                                      JOEL
                            The guy was a real jerk. He was
                            hung up on what was the moral thing
                            to do. It didn't make any sense.
          
                                      TEACHER
                            I think that's a little too easy,
                            Joel. Paul? What do you think?
          
                                      PAUL
                            I found the book hard to follow. I
                            couldn't figure it out.
          
          23   EXT. SCHOOL STADIUM ­ DAY                                    23
          
               Conrad eats on a bleacher, reflecting, looking at some
               students training.
          
          24   INT. SCHOOL CORRIDOR. PHONE BOOTH      - DAY                 24
          
               [Telephone Rings OS]
          
               Conrad is calling Dr Berger.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                                (OS)
                            Hello?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Hello.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Hello?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Uh, Dr. Berger?
          
          
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    16.
          24   CONTINUED:                                                 24
          
          
                                         DR BERGER
                                   (OS on phone)
                            Yes?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hi. This is Conrad Jarrett calling.
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            Who?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Conrad Jarrett!
                            Dr. Crawford at Hillsboro
                            Hospital gave me your number...
                            and...
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Oh, yes! I'm with a patient now.
                            Can you call back at two
                            fifteen?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't think I'll be free.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Then give me your number. I'll call
                            you tonite. Hello? Hello?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Uh, that's OK, I'll try to call you
                            back. Thanks.
          
               Conrad hangs up.
          
          25   INT. SWIMMING POOL ­ DAY                                   25
          
               Conrad with goggles, ready to jump. Swimming training
               session. Conrad and six others dive. They swim in their
               lanes.
          
                                      COACH SALAN
                            Go!
                            OK, Come on, now! Move it, you
                            guys! Move it! Keep it going!
                            Keep it going! Keep it going!
                            Come on! Keep plugging! Plugging!
                            Use those legs! Use those legs!
                            Lazenby, get with it! Jarrett,
                            keep your head down!
                            Work it out there! Work it! Come
                            on, now! Come on! Push off! Get
                            your head down. Jarrett! Come on!
                            Keep it up! Keep it going! Dig!
                            Dig! Dig in there! Come on! Get
                            at it! Push on. Jarrett! Push on!
          
                                                                 17.
          
          
          
          26   INT. SWIMMING POOL, LOCKER ROOM - DAY                   26
          
               Conrad slams his locker's door
          
          27   INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT                                27
          
                                   BETH
                         Was he actually a client of yours?
          
                                   CALVIN
                         Well. Regionally.
          
                                   BETH
                         It's too bad.
          
                                   CALVIN
                         I mean.. it's tragic. Really.
                         Look at him now. He's lost
                         everything.
          
                                   BETH
                         Fish too dry?
          
                                   CALVIN
                         It's not too dry.
          
                                   BETH
                         They have a new mechanic at C&S.
          
                                   CALVIN
                         What happened to little Harry?
          
                                   BETH
                         I don't know. I think he took a job
                         in Skokie. Anyway, this new
                         mechanic is so ...awkward.
                             (to Conrad)
                         Is that shirt ripped?
                         Leave it on the table in the
                         hallway.
          
                                   CALVIN
                         That girl from the hospital, the
                         one you painted with, she was from
                         Skokie, wasn't she?
          
                                   CONRAD
                         Uh, uh.
          
                                   CALVIN
                         What was her name?
          
                                   CONRAD
                         Karen.
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    18.
          27   CONTINUED:                                                 27
          
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Sharon?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Karen!
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Karen.
          
                                      BETH
                            Conrad, do you want me to sign you
                            up for round robin at the club?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I haven't played in a year.
          
                                      BETH
                            Well, don't you think it's time to
                            start?
          
               Silence
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            Also, Calvin, we have to go to the
                            Murrays on saturday, I couldn't get
                            out of it, it's Clark's birthday. I
                            bought him that book on wine.
          
                                      CALVIN
                                (aside)
                            Good god, not the Murrays...
          
          28   INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                       28
          
               Conrad is twisting in his bed under a nightmare
          
               EXT. NIGHTMARE. STORM on LAKE - NIGHT
          
               Conrad and Buck are fighting against the storm in their small
               sailboat
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Lift the rope off Bucky!
          
          29   INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                       29
          
               Conrad is twisting in his bed under his nightmare
          
               EXT. NIGHTMARE. STORM on LAKE - NIGHT
          
               Conrad and Buck are fighting against the storm in their small
               sailboat
          
                                      BUCK
                            We're going in!
          
                                                                       19.
          
          
          
          30   INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                          30
          
               Conrad is twisting in his bed under his nightmare
          
               EXT. STORM on LAKE - NIGHT      (NIGHTMARE)
          
               Buck is overboard swimming, trying to cling at the overturned
               small sailboat
          
                                   CONRAD
                             (OS)
                         Give me your hand!
          
          31   INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                          31
          
               Conrad is twisting in his bed under his nightmare
          
               EXT. STORM on LAKE - NIGHT      (NIGHTMARE)
          
               Conrad is clingin at the keel of the overturned sailboat
          
                                      CONRAD
                         Bucky!
          
          32   INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT                                          32
          
               Conrad is twisting in his bed under his nightmare and
               muttering in his sleep.
          
                                   CONRAD
                         Fuck! Fuck! Ha...
          
          33   EXT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE BUILDING. STREET. ­ DAY               33
          
               Conrad, sitting on a bench, looks at Dr Berger's office
               windows on the other side of street, hesitating to go. He
               finally crosses the street and enters building.
          
          34   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE BUILDING. LIFT ­ DAY                  34
          
               Conrad, kind of terrified, rehearses his meeting Dr. Berger:
          
                                    CONRAD
                         Oh, hi. How are you? /.../ Oh. I'm
                         fine /.../ Couldn't be better,
                         really. Oh, terrific, yeah.
          
          
          35   INT. DR. BERGER'S CORRIDOR      - DAY                         35
          
               Conrad sees « Dr Berger » on a bell. He rings but another
               door opens behind him. Dr Berger motions him to come in.
          
                                   DR BERGER
                         Ha! Hi! Come in. It's OK,     they all
                         do that.
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      20.
          35   CONTINUED:                                                   35
          
          
               INT. Dr. BERGER'S OFFICE - DAY
          
                                         Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            Jarrett?
          
               Conrad nods.
          
                                      Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            Come in. Sit down.
          
               Dr Berger is fixing an amplifier
          
                                      Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            I just have to... wire some...
                            volume.
          
               Music suddenly blares. Dr Berger stops it.
          
                                        Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            Ah... sorry. Sit down! You've had
                            trouble finding the place?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Not yet.
          
               Dr Berger gives him a second look. Telephone Rings. Dr
               Berger sits at his desk, looks up file.
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Hmm.... Jarrett. How long since
                            you've been out of the hospital?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            A month and a half.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Feeling depressed?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            No.
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            On stage?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Pardon me?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            People nervous... treating you
                            like you're ...a dangerous character?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah. I guess a little.
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            Are you?
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   21.
          35   CONTINUED:                                                35
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know.
          
               Dr Berger sits at table, looks up another file.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            How long were you in the hospital?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Four months.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What did you do?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I tried to off myself. Isn't it
                            down there?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            It doesn't say what your method
                            was.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Double-edged Super Blue.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Oh.
          
               Dr Berger closes file
          
                                      Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            So how does it feel being home?
                            Everybody's glad to see you?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Friends?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            OK?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Everything...
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    22.
          35   CONTINUED:                                                 35
          
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            You're back in school?
                            Everything okay at school?
                            Teachers?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            No problems?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Uh-uh.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            So why are you here?
          
               Pause
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Uh... I'd like to be more in
                            control, I guess.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Why?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            So people can quit worrying about
                            me.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Who's worried about you?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            My father, mostly. This is his
                            idea.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What about your mother? Isn't she
                            worried about you, too?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know, listen. You... You're
                            a friend of Dr Crawford, so you're
                            probably all right, but I'll be
                            straight with you, I don't like
                            this already.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Well, as long as you're straight.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What do you know about me?   Have
                            you talked to Crawford?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      23.
          35   CONTINUED:                                                   35
          
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Yes. He   called me on the phone. He
                            told me   your name and... he told me
                            to look   for you. And, uh... he said
                            you had   a brother who died. A...
                            boating   accident, wasn't it? Want
                            to tell   me about it?
          
               Silence
          
                                      Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            Well I suppose you talked this over
                            with Crawford at the hospital.
                            Right?
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Right.
          
               Conrad nods.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            How did that go?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            It didn't change anything.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Why do you want to change?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I told you, I'd like to be more in
                            control.
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Why?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I told you, so people can quit
                            worrying about me.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Well. I'll tell you something. I'll
                            be straight with you, okay? I'm not
                            big on control. But it's your
                            money.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            So to speak.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            So to speak.
                            Okay...
          
               Dr Berger picks up his diary.
          
          
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    24.
          35   CONTINUED:                                                 35
          
          
                                       Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            How's Tuesdays... and Fridays?
                            Same time.
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Twice...   a week?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Well. Control's a tough nut.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I've got swim practice every night.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Well. That's a problem. How do we
                            solve that?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Guess I'll have to skip practice
                            twice a week, and come here.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Well. It's up to you.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't like being here. I got to
                            tell you I don't like being here at
                            all.
          
               Dr Berger nods.
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            Mm-mmm.
          
          36   INT. DINING ROOM ­ NIGHT                                   36
          
               Beth tidies up some napkins, neatly tied up in rolls in a
               drawer which she closes (CU). She is in the kitchen, Calvin
               speaks to her from the dining room table. Conrad is sitting
               there too, looking at his father.
          
                                      CALVIN (OS)
                            I saw Mort Swain. His sister died.
          
                                      BETH
                            The one from Idaho?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            The one with the restaurant.
          
                                      BETH
                            Did she die in Idaho?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I guess so. Why?
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    25.
          36   CONTINUED:                                                 36
          
          
                                        BETH
                            You said she was always traveling.
                            I just... wondered if she died in
                            Idaho.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I don't know. Maybe she died in
                            Idaho. Maybe Kansas City.
          
               Conrad laughs. Calvin too. Calvin is first surprised, then
               pleased by his son's reaction.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I went to see Dr. Berger.
          
               In the kitchen, Beth stops and listens.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Berger?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Did you?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Good! You didn't say anything.
                            Good!
          
                                       CONRAD
                            I went.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            When?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Today.
          
               Beth comes closer
          
                                      BETH
                            I didn't know you made an
                            appointment.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            How did it go?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            If it's too much money, I don't
                            have to go. It's not necessary...
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    26.
          36   CONTINUED:                                                 36
          
          
                                      CALVIN
                                (enthusiastic)
                            Don't worry about the money, it's
                            okay.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well it's 50 $ an hour. Twice a
                            week.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Ah, it's okay. And it is necessary.
                            What did you talk about?
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Not much.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What about your schedule? Will that
                            be all right?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well, it'll cut into swim practice.
          
                                      BETH
                            Where's his office?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Highland Park.
          
          37   INT. SWIMMING POOL, POOLSIDE - DAY                         37
          
                                      COACH SALAN
                                (screaming at a swimmer)
                            Keep that head straight Genthe! I
                            don't want to tell you again!
          
               Conrad is standing in front of him shivering from cold.
          
                                      COACH SALAN (cont'd)
                                (to Conrad)
                            Now, this is what I see.
                            I see you yawning, I see you
                            come late. I don't see you
                            having any fun out there. Are you
                            getting enough sleep?
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                      COACH SALAN
                            Well, are you having fun out there?
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Fun?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    27.
          37   CONTINUED:                                                 37
          
          
                                      COACH SALAN
                            There's no point if you're not
                            having fun. Right?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah. I guess so.
          
                                      COACH SALAN
                            You guess so...? Are you on
                            medication, Jarrett? Tranquilizers?
                            Anything?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            No. No, sir.
          
                                      COACH SALAN
                            Did I ask you if they gave you
                            shock out there?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                         COACH SALAN
                            Yeah what?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah. You asked me. Yeah, they did.
          
                                      COACH SALAN
                            Don't look at us, Lazenby! Get your
                            ass in the water! Look at the
                            bottom of the pool! You know, I'm
                            no doctor, Jarrett. I would never
                            have let them put electricity in my
                            head.
          
          38   EXT. SWIMMING POOL CORRIDOR ­ DAY                          38
          
               Students coming out of the pool. Lazenby and Dickie, followed
               by Conrad and Stillman
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            God that Salan! He's such a picky
                            bastard! He drives me nuts!
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Everybody drives you nuts.
          
                                      STILLMAN (cont'd)
                            Don and Fenetch look good, don't
                            you think, Jarrett?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            They look very good.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    28.
          38   CONTINUED:                                                 38
          
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            Hey, Con, is he giving you a hard
                            time?
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            He gives everybody a hard time,
                            Dickie.
          
                                      JEANNINE'S FRIEND
                            You guys don't want a clarinet, do
                            you?
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Yeah, Van Buren wants a clarinet.
          
                                      DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            I don't need a clarinet. Who's
                            selling it?
          
                                      JEANNINE'S FRIEND
                            My brother. He needs a motorcycle.
          
                                        DICKIE VAN BUREN
                            Uh, uh... I need a new pair of
                            shoes.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            You need a new personality.
          
               Dickie Van Buren and Stillman leave. Conrad and Lazenby stand
               in front of Jeannine and her friend.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                                (points at Jarrett)
                            You, you stand behind me in the
                            choir.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh? I do? You do? Is that you?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            You have a lot of energy.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            I do?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Yeah. I mean, That's good. My
                            name's Jeannine Pratt.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Nice. Hi!
          
                                      JEANNINE'S FRIEND
                            You're Conrad Jarrett, remember?
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     29.
          38   CONTINUED:                                                  38
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Right. Hum. Yeah. Um. Bye.
          
                                         JEANNINE
                            Bye-bye.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            "You've got a lot of energy."
          
          39   INT. JARRETT'S HOUSE, ENTRANCE - NIGHT                       39
          
               Halloween : Beth opens door with a plate of candied apples
               ready. Outside, five kids screaming.
          
                                      CHILDREN (OS)
                            Trick or treat!
          
                                      BETH
                            You're the scariest ghost I've ever
                            seen! And the tiger and the witch...
                            You all look just wonderful. Take
                            an apple.
          
                                         CHILDREN
                            Thank you.
          
                                      BETH
                            There you go. Be careful.
          
                                      CHILDREN
                            Thank you Mrs Jarrett, bye.
          
                                         BETH
                            Good-bye.
          
               Children's laughs.       Beth closes the door.
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            The Cabbots. Little Julie's first
                            time. God, she's so cute!
          
          40   EXT. JARRETT'S HOUSE ­ NIGHT                                 40
          
               The children run away, laughing.
          
                                      CHILDREN
                            Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!
          
                                      BETH (OS)
                            Know what I've been thinking?
          
          41   INT. JARRETT'S HOUSE, LIVING ROOM ­ NIGHT                    41
          
               Calvin is lying back on the couch. Beth is by his side, and
               talks to him seducingly.
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     30.
          41   CONTINUED:                                                  41
          
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Mmm?
          
                                      BETH
                            That Christmas in London would be
                            like something out of Dickens.
                            We've never done that before,
                            right? Christmas in London?
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Maybe we shouldn't plan to go away
                            right now.
          
                                      BETH
                            Yes, we talked about that.   We
                            decided on that.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Yeah. I know we talked about it,
                            but the more I talk about it, the
                            more the timing doesn't seem right.
          
                                      BETH
                                (interrupting)
                            Calvin, we've always gone away at
                            Christmas time.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I know.
          
                                       BETH
                            I think...  I think it would be good
                            for him too. Isn't it time we got
                            back to normal?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            He's just started with this doctor.
          
                                      BETH
                            Alright, so he'll miss three weeks.
                            Why interrupt it?
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            Because I want to get away! I think
                            we all should. It's important.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            No. If he doesn't go through with
                            this now, he might change his mind.
          
                                      BETH
                            Alright then if he changes his
                            mind, maybe it's not something that
                            was right for him to do.
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      31.
          41   CONTINUED:                                                   41
          
          
                                      CALVIN
                            You talked to him about it? Does he
                            want to go to London?
          
                                      BETH
                            I don't think he knows what he
                            wants to do.
          
          42   EXT. JARRETT'S HOUSE ­DAY                                    42
          
               Beth arrives in alley with car, takes out shopping, enters
               house.
          
          43   INT. JARRETT'S HOUSE, BEDROOM'S LANDING ­DAY                 43
          
               Beth goes upstairs with her shopping, knocks on Conrad's
               door. No answer. She enters in an authoritarian way, then
               comes out and closes the door. She then goes to the next door
               on the landing (Buck's bedroom), stops in front of it. She
               hesitates, then enters.
          
          44   INT. JARRETT'S HOUSE, BUCK'S BEDROOM ­DAY                    44
          
               Beth slowly enters Buck's abandoned bedroom, all silent.
               Everything has stayed like it was. Beth looks around, sits on
               bed. Stares at photos, prizes and objects. It's like a
               museum.
          
          45   EXT. JARRETT'S HOUSE ­DAY                                    45
          
               Conrad arrives on foot.
          
          46   INT. JARRETT'S HOUSE, BUCK'S BEDROOM ­DAY                    46
          
               Beth in Buck's abandoned bedroom, all silent, sitting on bed.
          
               Conrad appears at door, Beth is startled.
          
                                      BETH
                            HA!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh, I'm sorry.
          
                                      BETH
                            Don't do that!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I'm sorry, I...
          
                                      BETH
                            Ha. I didn't think you were here
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I'm sorry, I just got in. I didn't...
                            I didn't know you were here.
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    32.
          46   CONTINUED:                                                 46
          
          
                                      BETH
                            I didn't play golf, today. It's too
                            cold.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            How's your golf game?
          
                                      BETH
                            I didn't play.
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Oh...   It did get colder today.
          
                                      BETH
                            No, I mean, ...for the year it's
                            colder.
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
               Beth leaves Buck's bedroom.
          
          47   INT. JARRETT'S HOUSE, LANDING ­DAY                         47
          
                                      BETH
                            Weren't you swimming today?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Uh-huh. Sorry I scared you.
          
                                      BETH
                            How'd it go?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Good. I swam well, today.
          
                                         BETH
                            Good.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah.
                            Personaly I think I could swim
                            the 50 if my timing got...
          
               He leans back against a wardrobe. Beth sees it.
          
                                         BETH
                            Off.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            ...my timing got better.
                            I'm a just a little...   a little
                            off with my... my timing.
          
                                      BETH
                            Well, you have to work at that.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     33.
          47   CONTINUED:                                                  47
          
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah. Oh, I got seventy four on a
                            trig quiz.
          
                                      BETH
                            Seventy four? Gee, I was awful at
                            trig.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh? Did you...? You took Trig?
          
               Beth stares, trying to remember.
          
                                        BETH
                            Wait a minute... Did I take trig?
                            That's... - uh...? I bought you two
                            shirts. They're on your bed.
          
               Beth enters parents' bedroom and closes the door. Conrad just
               stands there, paralyzed.
          
          48   INT. CAR ­ NIGHT                                            48
          
               Beth and Calvin are going to the Murray's birthday party,
               Calvin is driving.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Who's gonna be there?
          
                                      BETH
                            Well. The Murrays of course, and
                            the Gunthers, and the Caines, and...
                            the good old us.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Why don't we just go to the movies
                            instead?
          
                                      BETH
                            Don't be negative.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            That's not negative. That's
                            unpredictable.
                            Come on. Let's really go to the
                            movies.
          
                                       BETH
                            Okay.
          
               Calvin smiles, thinking she agrees, not understanding she is
               taking this as a joke.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Really?
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      34.
          48   CONTINUED:                                                   48
          
          
                                      BETH
                            Okay. Yeah. Come on. Let's go.
                            What's our excuse?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Beth wanted to go to the movies?
          
                                      BETH
                            Good. Very good.
          
               She laughs strangely.
          
          49   EXT. MURRAY'S HOUSE ­ NIGHT                                  49
          
               The car is arriving at the Murrays' house, we see in
               background
          
                                      BETH
                            All right now, smile.
          
               And remember, not too many martinis.
          
          50   INT. MURRAY'S HOUSE ­ NIGHT                                  50
          
               Gladyce the maid goes open the door. Beth enters all smiles,
               followed by Calvin.
          
                                      BETH
                            Hello Gladyce. Will you put that
                            with the rest of them?
          
               Several guests. Beth sees Mrs Murray coming down the stairs
               eyes wide open, showing off.
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            Oh, look, we're in time for the
                            grand entrance!
          
                                      MRS MURRAY
                            Hello! Look who's here! Three
                            blocks away and the last to arrive.
          
               They kiss.
          
                                      MRS MURRAY (cont'd)
                            Come on in.
          
               While going to the dining room, they meet their host, Clark
               Murray a thin blond man.
          
                                      BETH
                            Clark! Happy birthday! You look
                            wonderful for a 75-year-old!
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            Is that new?
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     35.
          50   CONTINUED:                                                  50
          
          
                                      MRS MURRAY
                            Yes. It is. Do you like it?
          
                                      BETH
                            You did the mousse?
                            It turned out well?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Hey. Partner. How are you?
          
               Calvin meets his business associate Ray Hanley, and Man #2
               (red tie striped cream, wearing glasses), and their wives.
          
                                        RAY HANLEY
                            Hey, pal!
          
               Calvin kisses Ray's wife. Beth is with two women : Woman #1
               with dark hair (in green), the other, Woman #2, with grey
               hair (in orange).
          
                                        BETH
                            Hi there.
          
                                        WOMAN #1
                            Hi. Beth.
          
                                      BETH
                            Good to see you, and where were you
                            at the lunch last week?
          
               Man #3 is giving Clark Murray some financial advice
          
                                      MAN #3
                            Call your bank and borrow the
                            money.
          
                                      MURRAY
                            I was thinking of going public.
          
                                         MAN #3
                            I wouldn't do that,      I wouldn't
                            do it now...
          
                                        MURRAY
                            Why not?
          
                                        MAN #3
                            ...because the market's low.
          
               Beth is talking to Woman #2 (with grey hair, orange dress)
          
                                      BETH
                            Your hair looks wonderful. It's
                            shorter, isn't it? I like that.
          
               Man #2   is telling a joke to two women
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    36.
          50   CONTINUED:                                                  50
          
          
                                      MAN #2
                            I said: "Would you please put out
                            your cigar?" and he says: "Huh?". I
                            said: "Would you put out your
                            cigar?", he says: "Huh?". I said:
                            "Would you please put out your
                            cigar?", he says: " I don't have
                            another one!"
          
               The two women laugh.
          
                                      BETH
                            Good to see you! You look
                            beautiful. As ever.
          
                                      MAN #4
                                (full grey hair)
                            It's a macho factor. When these
                            kids are at school, they just think
                            they've got to walk on the edge of
                            danger.
          
               Beth joins the two women and man #2 :
          
                                      BETH
                            What are these hushed tones all
                            about?
          
                                      WOMAN #
                            He just told the funniest joke!
          
               Calvin laughs with two male guests. MAN #4 (with grey hair)
               passes him
          
                                      MAN #4
                            I'm not talking to you.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Why?
          
               Woman #2 with grey hair (in orange) is sitting on a couch
               talking to other guests
          
                                      WOMAN #2
                            Obviously, you know, I have my
                            fingers crossed on this merger.
          
               Man #3 and Clark Murray are still talking financial advice.
          
                                      MURRAY
                            When can we have lunch?
          
                                      MAN #3
                            Great. Fill me in the office, I
                            have no idea of my schedule, but
                            I'm free almost everyday.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     37.
          50   CONTINUED:                                                  50
          
          
               Calvin talks with Man #2 (red tie striped cream, wearing
               glasses)
          
                                      MAN #2
                            I ran into Billy white. Bob Mc
                            Lean's leaving Coles and Johnson.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Where is he going?
          
                                      MAN #2
                            He doesn't know.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Jesus.
          
               Beth is laughing, adressing MAN #4 (with grey hair)
          
                                      BETH
                            No. You didn't. You're so mean.
                            Isn't he the meanest man you've
                            met?
          
               A guest, Man #5,      talks golf with a woman.
          
                                      MAN #5
                            When a ball is in play, if a
                            player, his partner, their
                            equipment or their caddies
                            accidentally move it...
          
               Birthday cake comes in with candles (CU)
          
                                      GUESTS
                            He's a jolly good fellow
                            For he's a jolly good fellow
                            Won't regret, can't forget
                            What we did for love
          
               Beth and other women and gathered around the piano. They
               are a little drunk are singing a little false.
          
               Annie, a guest with red blouse, is sitting on the steps of
               the stairs, eating out of her plate. Calvin comes and sits
               next to her.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Hi. Annie. What's your boy up to
                            these days?
          
                                      ANNIE
                            Oh. Who knows? They won't tell.
                            How's Conrad doing?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            He's great. Just great.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     38.
          50   CONTINUED:                                                  50
          
          
                                      ANNIE
                            I asked Donald, and he says they
                            haven't talked much. I said maybe
                            he's a little self-conscious.
          
               A woman in green going upstairs, drunk, trips over Calvin
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Oh!
          
               Calvin laughs. The woman goes upstairs.
          
                                      CALVIN (cont'd)
                            No, no. No. No. He's...
          
               Beth, not far, listens.
          
                                      CALVIN (cont'd)
                            There's a doctor in Highland
                            Park... that he sees a couple of
                            times a week. That kinda cuts into
                            his social life.
          
               Beth, still.
          
                                      CALVIN (cont'd)
                            He's great. Just great.
          
                                      ANNIE
                            Really? Is he still having some
                            problems?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Oh, no, no. Nothing like that. No,
                            no, just somebody to talk to...
                            that's all. Kind of polish off the
                            rough edges, that's all.
          
               Beth joins in, to cut him off.
          
                                      BETH
                            How are you. Darling? Is he falling
                            asleep on you, yet?
          
                                      ANNIE
                            Nah. He's great.
          
                                      CALVIN
                                (Mimicking "Mr.
                                 Wonderful")
                            Mr. Great. That's me!
          
          51   INT. CAR ­ NIGHT                                            51
          
               Beth looks uptight and scornful. Calvin notices it.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    39.
          51   CONTINUED:                                                 51
          
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Hey?
          
                                      BETH
                            You drink too much at parties,
                            Calvin.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I'm not drunk.
          
                                      BETH
                            Why did you tell Annie Marshall
                            that Conrad is seeing a
                            psychiatrist?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I dunno. Why not?
          
                                      BETH
                            Well for one thing, I don't think
                            people hear that kind of thing very
                            easily.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Come on, for most people, it's a
                            status symbol, right up there with
                            going to Europe.
          
                                      BETH
                            Well, I thought your blurting it
                            out like that was in very bad
                            taste...
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I did not think it was that...
          
                                      BETH
                            Not to mention a violation of
                            privacy!
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Whose privacy?
          
               Beth is strangely vehement.
          
                                      BETH
                            Our privacy! The family's privacy!
                            I think it is a very private
                            matter.
          
               Calvin sighs.
          
               INT. Dr. BERGER'S OFFICE ­ DAY
          
               Conrad sits in an armchair, very nervous, scratching his leg.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    40.
          51   CONTINUED:                                                 51
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            So what do I do... tell you my
                            dreams?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            I don't hold much stock in dreams.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What kind of a psychiatrist are
                            you? They all believe in dreams.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Really? What's happening?
                            What's going on?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I just feel... I feel so...
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            What?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Jumpy. I don't know.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Look. Kiddo... I lied. I do
                            believe in dreams. Only sometimes I
                            want to know what's happening when
                            you're awake. Come on, something's
                            bugging you, making you nervous.
                            You're making me nervous.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Maybe I need a tranquilizer.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Tranquilizer?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
               What do you think?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            I think you came in here looking
                            like something out of The Body
                            Snatchers. It's not my impression
                            that you need a tranquilizer.
          
               Conrad notices a cube on the table.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What is this?
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Clock.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    41.
          51   CONTINUED:                                                 51
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh, I see. So you get to tell the
                            time, but I can't. Is that it?
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Mmm, mmm.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            So you know when the hour's up?
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Right.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Fifty minutes, fifty five minutes?
                            What is it?
          
               Dr Berger doesn't answer.
          
                                       CONRAD (cont'd)
                            Maybe... Maybe I don't want to swim
                            anymore. You know, I mean my timing
                            is for shit. You know, he's got two
                            guys that swim the fifty, they're
                            better than me, and...
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Ha, ha.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            They're a bunch of boring ass
                            jocks.
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Ha, ha.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            And him... I can't stand him. He's
                            a tight ass son of a bitch!
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Ah, ah?... Have you ever thought
                            about quitting?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Are you telling me to?
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            No.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            It wouldn't look good.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Forget about how it looks! How does
                            it feel?
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    42.
          51   CONTINUED:                                                 51
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            How does it feel? How does it feel?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Yes!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            How does it feel?!
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Yes! How does it feel?
          
                                        CONRAD
                            It's the same thing that happened
                            last year... It's the same damn
                            thing I did last year.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Are you the same person you were
                            last year?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know!
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            That's why you need a tranquilizer?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You tell me!
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            No. It's up to you!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Fifty bucks an hour, can't you
                            decide if I should have a pill or
                            not? I mean, you're a doctor, I'm
                            supposed to feel better! Right?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Not necessarily.
          
               Conrad reflects.
          
                                      Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            How is it with your friends? Is it
                            getting any easier?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            No. It's still hard.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Is anyplace easy?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            The hospital was.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    43.
          51   CONTINUED:                                                 51
          
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            It was? Why?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Because nobody hid anything there.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Was there anyone there you could
                            talk to?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Uh-huh.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            I mean, besides Dr. Crawford?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Uh-huh.
          
          52   INT. RESTAURANT ­ DAY                                        52
          
               Conrad is sitting, reflecting. A young woman's hand blinds
               him for a second : Karen has arrived.
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Whoa!
          
                                         KAREN
                            Hi!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hey, Karen! Hi! How are you?
          
                                      KAREN
                            Good. Real good.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Sit down. Please.
          
                                         KAREN
                            Thank you.
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Wow.
          
               Long Pause. They laugh.
          
                                      KAREN
                            When did you get back?
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Uh... The end of August.
          
                                         KAREN
                            God...
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    44.
          52   CONTINUED:                                                 52
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            It's great to see you.
          
                                      KAREN
                            Oh, you too. Listen. I am not gonna
                            be able to stay a real long time.
                            I've got a meeting over at school.
                            Drama Club meeting. We're doing "A
                            Thousand Clowns" this year. You
                            know it? Anyway. We're going so
                            crazy trying to get it together.
                            I am secretary this year too.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Don't let me hang you up.
          
                                        KAREN
                            No. Oh, no, you're not hanging me
                            up! No, I really wanted to see you.
                            I didn't know quite what to
                            expect, though... I mean, you
                            sounded...uh, you sounded sort of
                            funny on the phone.
          
                                         CONRAD
                                   (interrupting)
                            No, no, I wasn't. It was just a
                            gray day, that's all. Kind of...
                            But everything's great, I'm back
                            in school, I am on the swim team,
                            and...
          
                                       KAREN
                            Oh. You're swimming? Terrific,
                            Conrad! That's... That's really
                            wonderful.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            We haven't had any meets yet. I
                            could end up on the bench all year,
                            but...
          
                                      KAREN
                            Come on, you'll do great. I'll bet
                            your folks are real proud of you.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah, yeah.
          
                                      WAITER
                            What can I get you guys?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You're hungry, at all?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                          45.
          52   CONTINUED:                                                       52
          
          
                                        KAREN
                            Uh... I just want a coke.
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Uh...   two cokes, please.
          
                                      KAREN
                            You think we offended him?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Something I said? Definitely a low
                            self-image day.
          
                                         KAREN
                            So. Uh...
          
                           CONRAD                               KAREN
               - Are you...                         - What did...
          
                           CONRAD                               KAREN
               I can't believe how beautiful        You know what I really wanted
               you look.                            to...
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You really look beautiful.
          
                                         KAREN
                            So do you.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Do you miss it?
          
                                         KAREN
                            Miss what?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            The hospital.
          
                                         KAREN
                            No.
          
               Waiter brings two cokes
          
                                         KAREN (cont'd)
                            Thank you.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You don't miss it? At all? Nothing?
                            Nothing about it?
          
                                         KAREN
                            No.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You don't miss Leo's corny jokes?
          
          
          
                                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     46.
          52   CONTINUED:                                                  52
          
          
               Pause. She looks at him sternly.
          
                                      KAREN
                            Are you seeing a doctor?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah. I'm seeing a doctor. Are you?
          
                                        KAREN
                            Uh... Uh, well, Dr. Crawford gave me
                            a name, and I went for a while. But
                            uh... I dunno.It just didn't work
                            for me, I guess. He just kept
                            telling me all the things I already
                            knew, and , uh... finally, I
                            decided... the only one who can
                            help me is myself. At least, that's
                            what my dad says.
                            I don't mean it's not right for
                            you, Conrad. I mean I think that
                            if it's something you want to do,
                            that's what you should be doing.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well, ya, I don't know how long
                            I'll keep it up. I sorta got shoved
                            into it.
          
               Pause
          
                                      KAREN
                            Your hair grew in.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh, yes. That was such a dumb thing
                            to do.
          
                                         KAREN
                            I like it.
          
                                         CONRAD
                            You do?
          
                                         KAREN
                            Yeah!
          
                                       CONRAD
                            I don't know, I just... Uh...
                            I miss it sometimes, the
                            hospital.
                            Really do.
          
                                      KAREN
                            Things have to change. You know?
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    47.
          52   CONTINUED:                                                 52
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            But that's where we had the laughs.
          
                                      KAREN
                            But that was a hospital. This is
                            the real world.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah, yeah, I... you're sure right.
          
               Pause
          
                                      KAREN
                            I really have to go. I'm sorry. I
                            have a meeting over at the school.
                            Drama Club meeting. We're doing "A
                            Thousand Clowns".
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I know, you told me.
          
                                         KAREN
                            Did I?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                      KAREN
                            I better hurry. Don't wanna be
                            late.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Thanks for seeing me.
          
               He clears his throat.
          
                                      KAREN
                            Conrad? Let's have a great
                            Christmas! Okay? Let's have... a
                            great year. Let's have the best
                            year of our whole lives, OK? We
                            can, you know. This could be the
                            best year ever.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Yeah... Yeah.
          
                                         KAREN
                            Yeah!
          
               She gets up
          
                                         KAREN (cont'd)
                            Mmm...   Will you call me?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                       48.
          52   CONTINUED:                                                    52
          
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah...
          
                                      KAREN
                            You mean it?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yep!
          
                                      KAREN
                            You. Uh... You look good. Conrad.
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                       KAREN
                            Bye.
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Bye-bye.
          
               She leaves. Then stops a few steps away, and shouts :
          
                                       KAREN
                            Hey!
          
               A customer is startled.
          
                                      KAREN (cont'd)
                            Would you cheer up?
          
               Conrad sits there with a strange feeling of embarrassment,
               reflecting.
          
          
          53   EXT. JARRETT'S HOUSE. GARDEN ­ DAY                            53
          
               From inside, Beth stares outside in the garden where Conrad
               is lying on a chaise lounge. She comes out.
          
                                      BETH
                            It's cold out here. You should put
                            that on, or do you want a sweater?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Do I need one?
          
               Beth is taken off guard by Conrad's reaction, doesn't know
               what to do.
          
                                      BETH
                            What are you doing?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Nothing. Thinking.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                        49.
          53   CONTINUED:                                                     53
          
          
                                      BETH
                            About what?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Not about anything.
          
                                      BETH
                            Your hair is starting to grow out.
                            It's looking... looking better.
          
               Pause
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I was thinking about the pigeon...
                            You know the one that used to hang
                            around the garage. How it used to
                            get on top of your car, and he take
                            off when you pulled out of the
                            driveway.
          
                                      BETH
                            Oh. Yeah, I remember. I remember
                            how scared I used to get... That
                            whosssshhhhh! Flap, flap, flap,
                            flap!... Every time I started the
                            car.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Yeah. That was the closest we ever
                            came to having a pet. You remember
                            Buck asked you, he tried to talk
                            you into... getting a dog. Do you
                            remember that?
                            He said. "How about it, if it's
                            the size of a little football?"
          
                                      BETH
                            You know. Uh... That animal next
                            door, that Pepper or Pippin,
                            whatever its name is...
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Pippin. Pippin. Pippin!
          
                                      BETH
                            He's not a very friendly dog...    I...
                            I don't care what Mr. McGreary
                            says.
          
                           CONRAD                              BETH
               - What he really wanted was a      - Everytime time that dog
               retriever. It was down the         comes into this backyard, I
               street for sale. That's what       try to get him out...
               he wanted. A retriever.
          
          
          
          
                                                                      (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    50.
          53   CONTINUED:                                                 53
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                                (he barks)
                            Arf! Arf! Arf!
          
               Beth stops in her tracks, startled, but doesn't show it.
          
                                      BETH
                            Put that on if you're gonna stay
                            out here, okay?
          
               Conrad stays alone a while and stares. Then goes inside.
          
          54   INT. JARRETT'S HOUSE. DINING ROOM ­ DAY                    54
          
               Conrad enters hesitantly, back from garden. Beth is busy
               dressing up the table.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Can I help?
          
                                      BETH
                            Help what? Oh, you mean with this?
                            No.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I will.
          
                                      BETH
                                (casually)
                            No, I tell you what you can do
                            though. You can go upstairs to that
                            room of yours and clean out the
                            closet.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Mom...
          
                                      BETH
                            Okay? Because it really is a mess.
          
               They stand there, facing each other, uptight. The telephone
               rings. Beth goes over to it, picks it up, seems suddenly
               delighted.
          
                                         BETH (cont'd)
                            Hello. /.../
                            Oh, hi! /.../
                            Yeah, , no, I didn't get there. I
                            was swamped with work. How did it
                            go? /.../
                            No, no, I'm not doing anything,
                            just getting ready for dinner.
                            Uh-huh.
          
               Beth laughs to a gossip. Conrad is devastated.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    51.
          54   CONTINUED:                                                 54
          
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            Did she really?
          
               Beth laughs again.
          
               [echo effect to get into Flashback]
          
          55   EXT. JARRETT'S HOUSE, GARDEN ­ DAY                           55
          
               Beth is laughing at Buck story. She is lying leisurely on a
               mattress on the lawn. Buck is standing, telling his story.
          
                                      BUCK
                            Oh anyway, Mary Ann Ramon started
                            to just scream, just cry, right?
                            It was crazy. We got so drunk
                            that we couldn't talk to each
                            other. It was the last day... the
                            last day of school.
          
               A younger Conrad, sitting aside, is listening too, amused.
          
                                      BUCK (cont'd)
                            We walked out of the building in
                            the middle of the class!
          
               Conrad laughs. Beth laughs.
          
                                         BETH
                            Oh, Bucky!
          
               Beth laughs.
          
          56   INT. JARRETT'S HOUSE, DINING ROOM - DAY                      56
          
               Beth laughs. Conrad stares at Beth laughing on the phone. The
               gossip gets too funny.
          
                                         BETH
                            No. Stop!
          
               Beth laughs.
          
               INT. Dr. BERGER'S OFFICE ­ EVENING
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What do you expect from her?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            We just don't connect.
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            Why not?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know. We just don't.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   52.
          56   CONTINUED:                                                56
          
          
               Silence
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What are you thinking?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            That I jack off a lot.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            So what else is new? Does it help?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            For a minute.
          
               Silence
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            What now?
          
                                        CONRAD
                            John Boy.
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Who?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You know, in "The Waltons". John
                            Boy?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Yeah. What about him?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            My father came into my room and he
                            didn't know what to say.
                            This is right after Buck died.
                            And he came over and sat on the
                            bed next to me, put his arm
                            around my shoulder. We just sat
                            there.
                            I remember I was watching his
                            shoe.
                            And thinking...
                            Cos his shoe was turned over on
                            its side.
                            I was thinking: "He's so uptight,
                            it's gonna crack off."
          
               Dr Berger listens carefully.
          
                                       CONRAD (cont'd)
                            And I knew I should have felt
                            something.
                            But I didn't know what to feel.
                            I kept thinking what they say on
                            TV, you know, stuff like:
                                       (MORE)
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    53.
          56   CONTINUED:                                                 56
                                      CONRAD (cont'd)
                            "Oh, no, noo! Ooh, My god!"
                            But I didn't say that... because
                            I didn't feel sad...
                            so much as...
          
               Conrad sighs.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            So much as what?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            I dunno. I kept thinking that John
                            Boy would've said something...about
                            the way he felt, you know.
                            Something.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What would John Boy have said?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Come on.
          
               Conrad seems lost. Dr Berger is on to something.
          
                                       Dr BERGER (cont'd)
                            Come on.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Come on what?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Don't hold back.
          
               Silence
          
          57   EXT. CITY BUSINESS CENTER ­ DAY                              57
          
               Calvin walks with his business partner Ray Hanley (seen at
               the party).
          
                                      RAY HANLEY
                            Well. At least she's an
                            improvement. She doesn't crack gum
                            in your face. That's what you get
                            when your partner does the hiring
                            and firing.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Oh, I'm sorry. That's my fault.
                            I just can never seem to tell
                            anybody that they're not making
                            it.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    54.
          57   CONTINUED:                                                 57
          
          
                                      RAY HANLEY
                            Hold, hold it. Wait a minute.
                            That's not the problem.
                            Where are you?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What?
          
                                      RAY HANLEY
                            I've been losing you these days.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Oh, I'm sorry.
          
                                       RAY HANLEY
                            That's okay. That's okay. You off
                            the track?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Huh?
          
               They laugh.
          
                                      RAY HANLEY
                            Come on. I've known you for twenty
                            years. You think I can't tell when
                            something's wrong? How's Connie?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Connie's all right. He is. He's
                            okay.
          
                                      RAY HANLEY
                            Look, I am sorry, it's none of my
                            business, but I think you worry too
                            much. You've been on the rack about
                            him long enough. You're making it a
                            habit. You've gotta let him go
                            sometime.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I'm not on the rack about him.
          
                                      RAY HANLEY
                            The thing about it is, in a year
                            he'll be gone. Off to Michigan or
                            Harvard or wherever in the hell he
                            gets it in his head he wants to go.
                            Maybe he'll decide to take a tour
                            of Europe for a year and not even
                            go to school at all. Who knows?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I can't argue with "Who knows."
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      55.
          57   CONTINUED:                                                   57
          
          
                                      RAY HANLEY
                            I'm just try giving you the benefit
                            of my experience.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Thanks.
          
                                      RAY HANLEY
                            With Valerie, it's more than her
                            living away from home... She's
                            gone. Got her own friends, her own
                            life. She breezes in ...for a couple
                            of days on vacations, but... I don't
                            know, maybe girls are different.
                            Or maybe she was too aware of what
                            was happening between Nance and me.
                            But they leave... And all that
                            worrying doesn't amount to a hill
                            of crap. It's just wasted energy.
          
               Calvin is troubled.
          
          58   INT. COMMUTER TRAIN ­ NIGHT                                  58
          
               Going home on the commuter, Calvin is thoughtful. He
               remembers his sons when they were kids.
          
          
          59   INT. JARRETT'S DINING ROOM - DAY                             59
          
                                      YOUNG CONRAD
                            Give me back my sweater! Come on,
                            it's my sweater!
          
                                      YOUNG BUCK
                            Possession is nine tenths...
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Hang on!
          
                                      YOUNG BUCK
                            Dad, what's possession?
          
                                      YOUNG CONRAD
                            Give it to me!
          
                                      YOUNG BUCK
                            I can't, it's already on me.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Wait, hang on! Whose sweater is it?
          
                                      YOUNG CONRAD
                            It's my sweater!
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    56.
          59   CONTINUED:                                                 59
          
          
                                       YOUNG BUCK
                            OK! Alright! I'll give it back to
                            you... as long as you give me back
                            my hockey stick and my skis.
          
                                         YOUNG CONRAD
                            All right.
          
               Calvin laughs
          
                                      CALVIN
                            That's fair!
          
               In the commuter train Calvin also remembers...
          
          
          60   INT. JARRETT'S HOME. LANDING ­ NIGHT                       60
          
               Calvin knocks violently on Conrad's bedroom door
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Conrad! Conrad!
          
                                      BETH
                            What is it?
          
          
          61   EXT. JARRETT'S HOME. STREET ­ NIGHT                        61
          
               Conrad is taken away on a stretcher into an ambulance.
          
                                      AMBULANCE MAN
                            Watch your back. Cuts are vertical.
                            He really meant business.
          
               WS on Beth, hand on mouth, astonished. Beth and Conrad have
               overheard.
          
                                         AMBULANCE MAN (cont'd)
                            Let's go.
          
          62   INT. COMMUTER TRAIN ­ NIGHT                                62
          
                                      CONDUCTOR
                            Lake Forest is next. Lake Forest.
          
               Calvin realizes he has to get off.
          
          63   INT. SWIMMING POOL ­ NIGHT                                 63
          
               Another training session at the swimming pool. Conrad is
               heavily swimming in his lane, although he looks tired and
               bored, not really fit for training. He stops, exhausted at
               the end of a row, looks at his friends happily discussing
               by the side of the pool, then at coach Salan in his office
               glass booth overlooking the swimming pool. Conrad reflects.
          
                                                                    57.
          
          
          
          64   INT. SWIMMING POOL. COACH SALAN'S OFFICE BOOTH ­ NIGHT       64
          
               Coach Salan is sermonning Conrad in his office glass booth
               overlooking the swimming pool.
          
                                   COACH SALAN
                         What it is you want?
                         I don't know what else to do for
                         you.
          
                                   CONRAD
                         I'm not asking you for anything.
          
                                   COACH SALAN
                         You gotta be kidding me. I don't
                         get it. I excuse you from practice
                         twice a week so you can see some
                         shrink. I work with you every damn
                         night at your convenience. What the
                         hell more am I supposed to do for
                         you?
          
                                    CONRAD
                         Nothing.
          
                                    COACH SALAN
                         Bright kid like you, everything
                         going for you. See, I don't get it.
                         Why do you wanna keep messing up
                         your life?
          
                                   CONRAD
                         I don't think that ...that quitting
                         swimming will mess up my life. I...
                         I really don't.
          
                                   COACH SALAN
                         Okay. Okay. Now, this is it.
          
                                    CONRAD
                         Yeah.
          
                                   COACH SALAN
                         You're a big kid now.
          
                                    CONRAD
                         Uh, uh.
          
                                   COACH SALAN
                         Actions have consequences.
          
                                    CONRAD
                         Okay!
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    58.
          64   CONTINUED:                                                  64
          
          
                                      COACH SALAN
                            I'm not taking you back again.
                            You'll remember that?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I won't ask you to    ...sir.
          
               Conrad stands up and leaves. Coach Salan is disappointed.
          
          65   INT. LOCKER ROOM ­ NIGHT                                    65
          
               [Laughter]
          
               Conrad tidies his closet. Lazenby comes to him.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            What happened? You all right?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Salan says you quit the swim
                            team.
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Yeah.
          
                                       LAZENBY
                            Why?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know. I felt like it was a
                            bore.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            That's not a real reason!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well, that's the way it is.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            So what's going on?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Nothing.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            What happened?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Nothing.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Connie, come on, talk to me.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     59.
          65   CONTINUED:                                                  65
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Nothing. Swimming's a bore. That's
                            all.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Well listen, I talked to Salan...
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well, quit talking to people! Okay?
          
                                         LAZENBY
                            Holy shit!     Yeah. Sure. Fuck you.
                            Jarrett.
          
               Lazenby walks away to the others, waiting. They leave.
          
                                         STILLMAN
                            Ooh! Ohh!
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Shut up. Leave it alone.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            I told you. The guy's a flake.
          
               They laugh. Conrad, angry with himself, slams his locker's
               door.
          
          
          66   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE ­ EVENING                            66
          
               Conrad reclining on couch. Dr Berger washes his hands in
               background room, then comes in.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            So, what did your dad say about it?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I haven't told him yet.
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            How come?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know. The timing isn't
                            right, you know. He sweats
                            everything so much, he'll just get
                            worried about it.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Can you tell your mother?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            My mother? My mother and I don't
                            connect. Don't you listen? I told
                            you that.
                                      (MORE)
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    60.
          66   CONTINUED:                                                 66
                                      CONRAD (cont'd)
                            What do people have in common with
                            mothers anyway? It's all surface
                            junk. You know: "Clean your room,
                            brush your teeth, get good grades,
                            nah, nah, nah, veh..."
                            Hey, look, I'm just wasting money
                            today. I am not gonna feel
                            anything. I'm sorry.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            No. Sorry's out. Come on,
                            something's on your mind.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What time is it?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            No, no, never mind the time.
                            There's time. Look. Remember the
                            contract? Control? Maybe there's
                            some connection between control and
                            uh... ­ what do we call it? - lack
                            of feeling? Mmm?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I said I feel things.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            When?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Ah, God... Come on.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            When?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Sometimes. I don't know.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Come on, come on, Jarrett, I
                            thought you didn't like to fool
                            around.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't? I'm not.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Like to play games, do you?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            I don't!
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            So?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    61.
          66   CONTINUED:                                                 66
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What do you want?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            I'll tell you what I want. I want
                            you to leave "I don't know" out
                            there on the table with the
                            magazines. Okay?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah, and if I don't have an answer
                            you want me to make one up?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Yeah. That would be nice. Make one
                            up. Right now. About how there's no
                            feelings in there.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I said I have feelings.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Oh! Now you have, now you don't!
                            Get it together, Jarrett.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Why you hassle me? Why are you
                            trying to make me mad?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Are you mad?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            No!
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Oh, cut the shit! You're mad!
                            You're mad as hell! You don't like
                            being pushed.
                            So why don't you do something
                            about it!
          
                                       CONRAD
                            What?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Tell me to fuck off! I don't know.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well, fuck off! No. No, I can't, I
                            can't do this.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Why not?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   62.
          66   CONTINUED:                                                66
          
          
                                         CONRAD
                            I can't...
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            Why not?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I can't do this. It takes too much
                            energy to get mad!
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Do you know how much energy it
                            takes to hold it back?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            When I let myself feel low, I feel
                            as lousy.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Oh! I beg your pardon! I never
                            promised you a rose garden...
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Fuck you. Berger!
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            What?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Fuck you.
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            Yeah?
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Fuck you!
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            That's it!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Jesus, you're really weird! What
                            about you? What do you feel, huh?
                            Do you jack off or jerk off?
                            Whatever you call it?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What do you think?
          
                                      CONRAD
                                (shouts at him)
                            What do I think? I think you
                            married your fat lady... and you
                            goona over fuck the daylights out
                            of her!
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                          63.
          66   CONTINUED:                                                       66
          
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Sounds good to me.
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Ah! Ha!   Ha...
          
               Conrad falls on the couch, out of breath.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            A little advice about feeling,
                            kiddo... Don't expect it always to
                            tickle.
          
          67   INT. GRANDPARENTS' LIVING ROOM ­ DAY                             67
          
               Beth, Grandfather (Beth's father), Conrad and Calvin pose in
               front of Grandmother (Beth's mother) aiming her camera to
               take a photo. Grandfather is very excited and noisy.
          
                        GRANDFATHER                           GRANDMOTHER
               Ha! Ha! Mother do you know            Be quiet. I have to
               how to aim that thing?                concentrate. Be quiet.
          
                        GRANDFATHER                           GRANDMOTHER
               Is it in focus?                       Smile. Smile. Okay. Good.
                                                     Okay, now I want to take the
                                                     three young ones. Dad, will
                                                     you get out of there. Will
                                                     you get out of there?
          
                                      GRANDFATHER
                            Oh, all right, all right.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            And be quiet. Be quiet. Be quiet.
                            Conrad. Where are you?
          
                                       GRANDFATHER
                            Connie!
          
                                       GRANDMOTHER
                            Connie.
          
                                      GRANDFATHER
                            Over in the middle between your
                            mother and father.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            That's good.
          
                                       GRANDMOTHER
                            That's great. All right, smile
                            everybody.
          
          
          
          
                                                                       (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                               64.
          67   CONTINUED:                                                            67
          
          
                        GRANDFATHER                              GRANDMOTHER
               You're taller than your                  Quiet! Will you be quiet?
               mother is! Really!                       All right, smile!
          
                        GRANDFATHER                              GRANDMOTHER
               This is beautiful. Hold it               Shut up! Wonderful. OK, now I
               level, would you?                        want to take Cal and Beth.
                                                        OK?
          
                        GRANDFATHER                              GRANDMOTHER
               Great! Sure. Oh, come on. You            Oh, hoooold it!
               can do better than that.
          
                                          GRANDFATHER
                            Ohhh!
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Connie. I want one of Connie and
                            his mother.
          
                                      BETH
                            No, I tell you what. Let's get the
                            three men in there, and I'll take a
                            picture of you.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Connie, move in a little closer to
                            your mother. Okay... prize
                            winner...
          
                                      GRANDFATHER
                            Yeah. That's great.
          
                                          CALVIN
                            Portrait...
          
                                      GRANDFATHER
                            It's great.
          
                                          BETH
                            Do it.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Page one, Lake Forrester...
          
                        GRANDFATHER                              GRANDMOTHER
               Ain't it mother?                         Yes. It's marvellous. I love
                                                        it.
          
               Calvin clicks but it doesn't work, the camera wasn't
               cocked.
          
                                      CALVIN (cont'd)
                            Shoot, I didn't cock it.
          
          
          
          
                                                                          (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    65.
          67   CONTINUED:                                                 67
          
          
                                        BETH
                            Calvin...
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Hold it. Connie, smile!
          
                                        BETH
                            Calvin!
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Just a second, smile!
          
                                      BETH
                            Calvin, give me the camera.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            No, I didn't get it yet , Beth.
          
                                      BETH
                            Come on, give me the camera.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Dad, give her the camera.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I want a really good picture of the
                            two of you, OK?
          
                                      BETH
                            No but I really want a shot of the
                            three of you men. Give me the
                            camera, Calvin. Please...
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Not until I get a picture of the
                            two of you.
          
                                        BETH
                            Cal?
          
                                      CONRAD
                                (shouts)
                            GIVE-HER-THE-GODDAMN-CAMERA!
          
               Calvin is startled. Conrad sits in an armchair. Calvin hands
               the camera to Beth. They exchange places.
          
                                        BETH
                            Smile.
          
               Beth takes a photo of Calvin.
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            Who's hungry? I'll make the
                            sandwiches.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    66.
          67   CONTINUED:                                                 67
          
          
               Beth leaves for the kitchen, leaving the camera to her
               mother.
          
          68   INT. GRANDPARENTS' KITCHEN ­ DAY                           68
          
               [plate crashes]. We follow the grandmother going to the
               kitchen to see what's happening. With her, we discover Beth
               kneeling, picking up a broken plate on the ground.
          
                                         GRANDMOTHER
                            Beth?!
          
                                      BETH
                            I think it can be saved.
          
               Beth gets up, goes to the table and starts preparing the
               sandwiches.
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            That was dumb. It was just so dumb.
                            I don't think he's happy in school.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            Have you talked to his teachers?
          
                                      BETH
                            I don't think people want to be
                            with him. He provokes people.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            Well. / Why don't you do this? /
                            It's an awkward age.
          
                                         BETH
                            Thank you.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            Maybe he needs a change. Are you
                            sure he's eating enough?
          
                                      BETH
                            Yes, Mother, of course.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            I think he'll be all right - if
                            you're firm with him, mmm?
          
                                      BETH
                            I think maybe he should go away to
                            school. I just don't know how to
                            deal with him any more.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            Who would make that decision?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    67.
          68   CONTINUED:                                                 68
          
          
                                      BETH
                            I don't know. I suppose this doctor
                            he's seeing.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            What sort of doctor... would make
                            that decision for you?
          
                                      BETH
                            A psychiatrist.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            I thought we were all finished with
                            that.
          
                                      BETH
                            No...
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            What's his name?
          
                                      BETH
                            Berger.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            Jewish doctor?
          
                                      BETH
                            I dunno, I suppose he's Jewish.
                            Maybe just German.
          
                                      GRANDMOTHER
                            What does Cal say about all this?
          
               Beth shows her mother the two pieces of the plate and puts
               them together.
          
                                      BETH
                            You know, I think this can be
                            saved. It's a nice clean break.
          
          69   INT. SCHOOL ­ EVENING                                        69
          
               The choir is rehearsing.
          
                                      CHOIR
                            Alleluia, Amen. Amen. Alleluia,
                            Amen. Aaaaaamen.
                                (final)
          
                                      CONDUCTOR
                            Okay. Altos, that last "E" natural
                            could be just a little higher.
                            Officers, don't forget your
                            meeting tonight. That's it.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    68.
          69   CONTINUED:                                                 69
          
          
               Choir breaks. Jeannine looks at Conrad.
          
          70   INT. SCHOOL CORRIDOR ­ EVENING                               70
          
               Jeannine in school corridor still singing.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Mmm mm mmm, Mmm mm mmm, Mmm mmm
                            Mmm mm mmm.
          
               Jeannine stops to drink some water at the tap of the
               fountain. Conrad see her when he is already too near, and
               has almost his coat on. Seeing an opportunity to talk to
               her, he steps back, takes off his coat while she is not
               looking, then passes her, putting on his coat as if he was
               naturally on his way out.
          
                                      GIRLS
                            Hi. Jeannine!
          
               Jeannine notices Conrad passing by.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            You are really a terrific tenor.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh...
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            In fact. You should be doing the
                            solo in that Russian thing.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Ha, no. I...
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            No. I'm serious. You really sing
                            well. I'm getting to know your
                            voice.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Yeah!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            How can you hear me sing if you're
                            singing?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Well... I don't always sing.
                            Sometimes I just listen.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh?
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    69.
          70   CONTINUED:                                                 70
          
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            For instance, Marcia Blair can't
                            sing a note.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Uh, uh...
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Janet Fox only mouths the words and
                            never sings.
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Ha, ha?   Ha, a detective?
          
                                        JEANNINE
                            Yeah...
          
          71   EXT. PARK ­ EVENING                                        71
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Do you like Vivaldi?
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Uh...
          
                                        JEANNINE
                            Telemann?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Telemann? Um...
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            What kind of music do you like?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh. Uh... Modern jazz. I like. Folk
                            rock. Spoon on a glass.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Spoon on a ...glass?
          
               Conrad laughs.
          
                                      JEANNINE (cont'd)
                            Oh, you mean like ...tablespoon?
                            Oh, dear! Why do I ask dumb
                            questions? I'm just showing off.
                            Why is it so hard... the first
                            time you talk to somebody?
          
               Conrad shrugs.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Mmmm. You make it look easy.
          
               Jeannine is touched.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      70.
          71   CONTINUED:                                                   71
          
          
                                        JEANNINE
                            Really?
          
               Jeannine looks at him, then:
          
                                      JEANNINE (cont'd)
                            Oh, that's my bus, I got to go!
          
               She runs and gets into the bus. Conrad follows and see her
               gets into the bus.
          
                                      JEANNINE (cont'd)
                            I'll see you later!
                            And you're really a terrific
                            tenor!
          
                                      CONRAD
                                (singing like a tenor)
                            Ah. You're just saying that?
          
               Bus goes away.
          
                                        CONRAD (cont'd)
                            Alleluia!    Alleluia!
          
          72   EXT. PARK ­ EVENING                                          72
          
               Conrad goes home through park.
                         CONRAD
                         Alleluia! Ah ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
                         ha, ha. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha,
                         ha, ha, ha, alleluia! Alleluia!
                         Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!
                         Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!
          
          73   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ EVENING                              73
          
               Conrad enters his room still singing in a low voice.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Alleluia!
          
               He browses quickly through a pocket book, finds the piece of
               paper inserted in it, picks up phone and dials the number
               written on the paper
          
                                        KAREN'S MOTHER
                            Hello?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hello. Is Karen there?
          
                                      KAREN'S MOTHER
                            Who's calling, please?
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    71.
          73   CONTINUED:                                                 73
          
          
                                       CONRAD
                            It's a friend of hers from
                            Hillsboro?
          
                                      KAREN'S MOTHER
                            Oh... Well, she's ...not home from
                            school yet.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh. Um...Hmm. Just tell her I
                            called. This is Conrad. Calling.
                            Just tell her I called and I'm
                            feeling great, and I just wanted
                            to talk to her.
          
                                      KAREN'S MOTHER
                            Yes. I will.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            OK. Thank you.
          
                                        KAREN'S MOTHER
                            Good bye.
          
               Conrad walks nervously around to and fro for a while then
               looks up into directory. He finds Jeannine number, writes it
               down "Pratt 5556719", then picks up the phone.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            All right
          
               Conrad hangs up, and rehearses what he is going to say, but
               he is yet too shy to call.
                         CONRAD (cont'd)
                         Hello. Jeannine. This is Conrad.
                         Hello. Jeannine, this is Conrad.
                         Hello. Jeannine. This is Conrad.
                         Conrad. Conrad? What a dumb name.
                         Hello. Jeannine. This is Bill.
                         Uuuuurgh!
          
               Conrad takes courage and dials Jeannine number.
          
                                        JEANNINE
                            Hello?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hello. This is... Hello, this is
                            Conrad calling. Jarrett?
          
                                        JEANNINE
                            Oh...
                                (realizing, more
                                 enthusiastic)
                            Oh. Hi!
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    72.
          73   CONTINUED:                                                 73
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hi. Listen. I was... I was
                            wondering if maybe you'd like...to
                            go out sometime?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            You mean, with you? Like on a date?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well, yeah, we wouldn't have to
                            call it a real date. We could fake
                            it sort of, to see how it goes..
          
               Jeannine laughs.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            That was dumb. Forget it. Just
                            forget it. Now start over.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hi, this is Conrad Jarrett...
          
                                      JEANNINE
                                (interrupting) )
                            I'd love to. When?
          
               Conrad laughs.
          
          74   EXT. STREET JARRETT'S HOME ­ DAY                           74
          
               [Happy music] Calvin and Conrad happily come back home with
               a Christmas tree on top of car.
          
          75   INT. JARRETT'S LIVING ROOM ­ DAY                           75
          
               Christmas tree standing in living room ready to be decorated.
               Bet silently comes in. Calvin finally notices she is here.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I didn't see you there. What do you
                            think?
          
                                         BETH
                                (cold)
                            Fine.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Rawlins used to have such great
                            Scotch pines. And they all look
                            like skeletons this year.
          
               Conrad comes in with a box of chritsmas tree decorations
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hi. What do you think?
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    73.
          75   CONTINUED:                                                 75
          
          
                                         BETH
                                (cold)
                            Very nice.
          
               Conrad and Calvin stop at the tone of her voice.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What's wrong?
          
                                       BETH
                                (cold)
                            Why don't you ask him what's wrong?
                            Maybe you won't have to hear it
                            from Carol Lazenby.
          
                                         CALVIN
                            Hear what?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Dad, I quit the swim team.
          
                                         CALVIN
                            What?
          
                                       BETH
                            Carol thought I knew. Cos why
                            wouldn't I? It happened over a
                            month ago.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Quit? When? Where have you been
                            every night?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Nowhere. Around. The library
                            mostly.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Why didn't you tell us, Connie?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know, I didn't think it
                            mattered.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What do you mean? Why wouldn't it
                            matter? Of course it matters.
                            And...
          
                                      BETH
                                (interrupting)
                            No, that was meant for me, Calvin.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What was meant for you?
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      74.
          75   CONTINUED:                                                   75
          
          
                                      BETH
                            It's really important to try to
                            hurt me. Isn't it?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Don't you have that backwards?
          
                                      BETH
                            Oh? And how do I hurt you? By
                            embarrassing you in front of a
                            friend? Poor Beth! She has no idea
                            what her son is up to! He lies and
                            she believes every word of it.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I didn't lie!
          
                                      BETH
                            You did! You lied everytime you
                            came into this house at 6:30 !
                            If it's starting all over again,
                            the lying, the covering up, the
                            disappearing for hours, I will
                            not stand for it! I can't stand
                            it! I really can't!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well don't then! Go to Europe!
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Connie! Now, Connie! Connie!...
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Cos the only reason she cares, the
                            only reason she gives a fuck about
                            it...
          
                                         CALVIN
                            Connie!...
          
                                        CONRAD
                            ...is because someone else knew about
                            it first!
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Just stop it, Connie! ...
          
                                      CONRAD
                            No! You tell her to stop it! You
                            never tell her a godamn thing!
                            And I know why she never came to
                            the hospital, she's busy going to
                            goddamn Spain and... goddamn
                            Portugal! Why should she care if
                            I'm hung up by the balls out
                            there?
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    75.
          75   CONTINUED:                                                 75
          
          
                                      BETH
                            Maybe this is how they sit around
                            and talk at the hospital, but we're
                            not at the hospital now.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You never came to the hospital!
          
                                        CALVIN
                            How   do you know she never came?
                            You   know she came but she had the
                            flu   and couldn't come inside, but
                            she   came.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah! She wouldn't have had any flu
                            if Buck was in the hospital!
                            She would have come if Buck was
                            in the hospital!
          
                                      BETH
                            Buck never would've been in the
                            hospital!
          
               Conrad takes his head between his hands and runs upstairs.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            That's enough! That is enough!
          
                                      BETH
                            I won't do it again. I really won't
                            do it.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What in hell has happened?
          
               Upstairs, Conrad's bedroom door slams.
          
                                      CALVIN (cont'd)
                            Somebody better go up there.
          
                                      BETH
                            Ah! Oh, god, that's the pattern,
                            isn't it? He walks all over us and
                            then you go up and apologize to
                            him.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I am not going to apologize...
          
                                      BETH
                            Yes of course you are! You always
                            do! You've been apologizing to him
                            ever since he got home from the
                            hospital, only you don't see it!
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    76.
          75   CONTINUED:                                                 75
          
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I am not apologizing. I'm trying to
                            goddamn understand him!
          
                                      BETH
                            Don't talk to me that way. Don't
                            you talk to me the way he talks to
                            you!
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Beth. Let's not fight. Okay? No
                            fighting. Okay? Please. Let's go
                            upstairs.
          
               Calvin goes, but Beth doesn't, and turns away.
          
          
          76   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ EVENING                            76
          
               Calvin enters Conrad's bedroom and closes the door. Conrad is
               lying on his stomach, feeling all crooked. His voice is
               muffled by his head between his arms.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I want to talk to you.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I need to sleep.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            In a minute...
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I didn't mean it. I didn't mean any
                            of it. I am sorry. Please don't be
                            mad.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I'm not mad ! I'm just trying to
                            figure out what happened down
                            there.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't know what happened! I am
                            sorry about it all. I am sorry
                            about the whole thing. What I
                            said, I didn't mean it. Just please
                            tell her. Tell her I'm sorry, will
                            you?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Why don't you tell her?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh, God, no, I can't! Don't you
                            see? I can't talk to her!
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      77.
          76   CONTINUED:                                                   76
          
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Why not?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Ha! Because it doesn't change
                            anything. It doesn't change the way
                            she looks at me.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            She was upset, Conrad. Your mother
                            was hurt because you quit the swim
                            team. I don't understand it myself.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I don't mean just now. Don't you
                            see? I don't mean just today.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What then? Explain it to me.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Ha! I can't! Everything is German
                            pudding with you , dad. You don't
                            see things!
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What things?
          
               Conrad sighs.
          
                                      CALVIN (cont'd)
                            What things? Please, I want you to
                            tell me.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            That she hates me! Can't you see
                            that?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Your mother doesn't hate you,
                            Conrad?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            All right, all right. You're right.
                            She doesn't. Please leave me alone,
                            now.
          
               Silence. Then Calvin stands up and goes to the door.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            What about this Dr. Berger? Do you
                            think he's helping you?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            Don't blame it on Burger, it's not
                            his fault!
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    78.
          76   CONTINUED:                                                 76
          
          
               Calvin opens the door.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I'll be downstairs if you need me.
          
               Exit Calvin. Conrad remains lying on his back with his arm
               over his eyes.
          
               INT. Dr. BERGER'S OFFICE ­ EVENING 
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Tuesday you felt great. You bought
                            a Christmas tree, it was all hunky-
                            dory. Okay?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You're the doctor.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Don't take refuge in one-liners
                            like "You're the doctor". Okay?
                            Because that pisses me off.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Okay. Okay.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            So everything was fine till you had
                            the fight with your mother, then
                            everything was lousy.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah, but I don't blame her. I
                            mean, she's got... She's got her
                            reasons. It's impossible after all
                            the shit I've pulled!
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What shit have you pulled? Hey!
                            Remember! I'm talking proportion
                            here. Now, what shit?
          
               Conrad sighs.
          
                                      DR BERGER (cont'd)
                            Come on. You must be able to come
                            up with at least one example.
                            And don't give me "I tried to
                            kill myself", that's old turkey.
                            What have you done lately?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Lately?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Uh, uh.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     79.
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                                      CONRAD
                            Hey, come on, if you... Listen,
                            I'm never gonna be forgiven for
                            that. Never! You know, you can't
                            get it out, you know, all the blood
                            in her towels, in her rug.
                            Everything had to be pitched.
                            Even the tiles in the bathroom
                            had to be regrouted. Christ, she
                            fired the godamn maid because she
                            couldn't dust the living room
                            right. If you think I'm gonna
                            forgive... - that she's gonna
                            forgive me...
          
               Conrad stops. Dr. Berger looks at Conrad to signal him he
               just said something: Conrad realizes he just made a Freudian
               slip, looks at him,
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What?
          
               Conrad stands up, reflects, looks outside window.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I think I just figured something
                            out.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Who it is who can't forgive who...
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Well a real problem... a real
                            problem has a real solution.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I've heard this all before.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Doesn't make it any less true.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I'm so tired.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Yeah, well... that's a hell of a
                            secret you've been keeping on
                            yourself.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            So what do I do now?
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    80.
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                                      DR BERGER
                            Recognize her limitations.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You mean, like she can't love me?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Oh, kiddo, no. Like she can't love
                            you enough. Like don't blame her
                            for not loving you more than she's
                            able.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            But she loves my father. I know she
                            loved my brother. It's me!
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Ha! Now we're back to the rotten
                            kid routine! She can't love you
                            because you're unlovable. Where
                            does that leave your dad? How come
                            he loves you? You're a rottenkid,
                            doesn't he know that?
          
                                       CONRAD
                            That's different. He feels
                            responsible. Besides, he loves
                            everybody.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Ho, I get it! The guy's got no
                            taste! He loves you, but he's
                            wrong.
                            Look... maybe she just can't
                            express it the way you'd like her
                            to. Maybe she's just afraid to
                            show you what she feels.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What do you mean?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            I mean there's someone besides your
                            mother you've got to forgive.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You mean me?
          
               Conrad is wondering.
          
                                      CONRAD (cont'd)
                            For trying to off myself?
                            Don't you sit there and stare at
                            me. What for?
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    81.
          76   CONTINUED:                                                 76
          
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Why don't you give yourself a
                            break? Let yourself off the hook?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What did I do?
          
               No answer.
          
                                      CONRAD (cont'd)
                            What did I do?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            We'll talk about it on Thursday.
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Come on!
          
                                         DR BERGER
                            Time's up.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What do you mean? You're gonna pull
                            the plug... Come on! What did I do?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Come on, Con. You know the rules.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Rules? What rules? Can't I have a
                            few minutes?
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            You think about it. Just think
                            about it.
          
               Silence
          
                                         CONRAD
                            Jesus!
          
               Conrad is out of breath.
          
          77   EXT. PARK ­ DAY                                            77
          
               Calvin and Friend are jogging in sportswear. Calvin's friend
               explains a stock market deal he made.
          
                                      FRIEND
                            Say. After going to a new high, it
                            falls to 112 1/4 and then rallies
                            on good volume. I shoot an order to
                            buy 4000 at the market. If I get
                            the 4000 shares at 113 3/4, I know
                            something's wrong.
                                      (MORE)
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    82.
          77   CONTINUED:                                                 77
                                      FRIEND (cont'd)
                            But suppose the order to buy the
                            4000 shares I put in at the price
                            of 113 3/4, I get 2000 at 114, 500
                            at 114 1/4, and the rest on the way
                            up, so the last 500 shares I pay
                            115 1/2, then I know I'm right.I'm
                            going to peel off here.
          
               Friend leaves Calvin and runs toward his home.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            OK.
          
                                      FRIEND
                            I'll see you, Cal.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            See you later.
          
               Now Calvin is running through the park alone. Different
               voices are echoing off screen.
          
                                       FRIEND
                                (OS)
                            Suppose the order to buy 4000 at
                            113 3/4...
          
                                      BETH
                                (OS)
                            He walks all over us and you go up
                            there and apologize to him...
          
                                      FRIEND
                                (OS)
                            500 at 114...
          
                                      CONRAD
                                (OS)
                            It's all German pudding with you,
                            dad, you don't see things.
          
                                      BETH
                                (OS)
                            You've been apologizing to him ever
                            since he came home from the
                            hospital. And you just don't see
                            that!
          
                                      CONRAD
                                (OS)
                            Tell her to stop it! You never tell
                            her a godamn thing!
          
                                      BETH
                                (OS)
                            Buck never would have been in the
                            hospital!
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     83.
          77   CONTINUED:                                                  77
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                                (OS)
                            She hates me! Can't you see that?
          
               Calvin trips, and falls in dead leaves. He sits up,
               thoughtfull.
          
                                      CALVIN
                                (OS)
                            I want to be clear.
          
               INT. Dr. BERGER'S OFFICE ­ EVENING
          
               Calvin laughs nervously, all smiles.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                                (OS)
                            That's good.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            In the car, I was thinking: "be
                            clear.". I suppose that's what
                            psychiatry's about. Being precise
                            and clear. And honest, of course.
                            I'll level with you. I'm not a
                            great believer in psychiatry.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Okay.
          
                                       CALVIN
                            I know what happens here is only
                            between you and him, and...I like
                            that, I respect that.
                            And...he's better, I can see
                            that. I am not trying to put you
                            down, I just don't believe in
                            psychiatry as a panacea for
                            everybody.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Neither do I.
          
               Calvin laughs.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I wish I knew what the hell I was
                            doing here.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Well, you said you... thought you
                            could shed some light on some
                            things. What did you mean by that?
          
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      84.
          77   CONTINUED:                                                   77
          
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I don't know actually, I'm not
                            sure, I think I meant in terms of
                            Conrad. You see, I knew something
                            was wrong even before he tried
                            to... to kill himself. But I
                            thought that... It's clear that
                            he's very smart. He's been an "A"
                            student ever since he started
                            school, and naturally I thought
                            that ...intelligent people could
                            work out their own problems.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            But you still feel responsible?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Yeah, sure I do. It's hard not to.
                            It was luck. It was just luck
                            that I happened to be there when
                            he tried it. I could have been at
                            a meeting. We both could've been
                            away. It was luck!
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            You think of yourself as a lucky
                            man, then?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            No! No. No. I used to. I used to
                            think... that I was a lucky person...
                            before... the "accident".
                            Mmm, I guess the whole of life is
                            nothing but an accident, is it?
                            What happens to you. I should do
                            with it.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            That sounds more like the
                            philosophy of a drifter than a tax
                            attorney.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Yeah. Maybe, maybe I am drifting a
                            little. I can see myself, ...and I
                            can see the two of them drifting
                            away from me, and I just stand
                            there watching.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            What would you want to do about
                            that?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Something. I gotta do something
                            about it. I don't know what.
                                      (MORE)
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    85.
          77   CONTINUED:                                                 77
                                      CALVIN (cont'd)
                            I feel like I'm sitting on a fence,
                            and I don't like it.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            And you see them as on ...opposite
                            sides of this fence?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Yeah... No. I don't know. I see her
                            not being able to forgive him.
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            For what?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Oh, I don't know exactly. Being too
                            much like her. People always think
                            that she and Buck are... were
                            ...were alike. But it's really she
                            and Conrad. They were the only two
                            that didn't cry at the funeral, you
                            know? It's not easy for me to admit
                            this but, uh... she didn't...
                            His mother doesn't show him a
                            great deal of affection. I'm not
                            trying to put her down in any way
                            at all. She is a wonderful woman,
                            huh...
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Did she give Buck much affection to
                            ...Buck?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Oh, god, yes, she loved Buck!
                            Bucky got so much... I think what
                            she felt for him was special. You
                            know, he was her first-born.
                            That's not unusual, is it?
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            And you?
          
                                        CALVIN
                            Me?    I   loved Buck.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            What I mean is, your wife's
                            affection.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            For me you mean?
          
                                        DR BERGER
                            Yes.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    86.
          77   CONTINUED:                                                  77
          
          
                                        CALVIN
                            Mmm. She's very... No. There's no
                            problem with her for me. We've
                            been... We've been married nearly
                            twenty one years. Everybody loves
                            Beth. But, huh... for Conrad, -
                            it's been difficult. He didn't talk
                            about that? We don't know what
                            happens here. It doesn't come up. I
                            guess that's what it is. It's
                            private here. Isn't it?
          
                                       DR BERGER
                            Mm-hmm.   Very private.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I think I know why I came here. I
                            think I came here to talk about
                            myself.
          
                                      DR BERGER
                            Okay. Why don't we?
          
          78   INT. JARRETT'S HOME. GARAGE ­NIGHT                          78
          
               Calvin sits in the dark in his car behind the wheel, not
               looking too happy. Door to garage opens and Beth appears.
          
                                       BETH
                            Hi!
          
               Calvin slowly opens the door. Car Buzzer Alarm. Calvin
               heavily comes out.
          
                                       BETH (cont'd)
                            Calvin?
          
               [Buzzing Continues]
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            What's the matter?
          
               Calvin heavily comes out of the car, and finally closes door.
               Buzzing stops.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            This will sound strange.
          
               What I'm gonna to say will sound strange.
          
                                      BETH
                            What happened?
          
               Come inside.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    87.
          78   CONTINUED:                                                 78
          
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Could we talk about Buck's funeral?
          
                                      BETH
                            What?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I know it'll seem trivial, but it's
                            on my mind, or has been, and I'd
                            just like to talk about it.
          
                                      BETH
                            Why?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            When I was getting dressed for
                            Buck's funeral, I was...
          
                                      BETH
                            Calvin, what's the matter with you?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Just let me get it off my chest,OK?
          
                                      BETH
                            What could getting dressed for
                            Buck's funeral possibly have to do
                            with anything right now?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I was wearing a blue shirt. And
                            you said: - Wear a white shirt and
                            the other shoes!
                            It was nothing at the time. But
                            it's always seemed to stay with
                            me. And I, for some reason, been
                            thinking about it and it suddenly
                            occured to me what difference did
                            it make what I wore at Buck's
                            funeral?
          
                                      BETH
                            Ha, ha.
          
               Beth retreats inside the house to the kitchen.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Just hear me out, Beth! It won't
                            hurt you to listen!
          
                                      BETH
                            I won't listen to that! No one in
                            their right mind would listen to
                            that.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    88.
          78   CONTINUED:                                                 78
          
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I just want to talk about something
                            I always remembered.
          
                                      BETH
                            Why do you want to remind me of it?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Because I've always wondered, in
                            some needling way, what it mattered
                            what I wore. I was crazy that day.
                            We were going to our son's funeral.
                            And you were worried about what I
                            wore on my feet. I'm sure it
                            sounds like nothing to you, but
                            it sticks with me and I just
                            wanted to ...tell you about it.
          
               She comes to him and takes him into her arms.
          
                                      BETH
                            It's all right.
          
          79   INT. MALL ­ DAY                                            79
          
               Two stairways, one going down, one up, cross each other in
               the middle space of the mall. On the one going down is Beth,
               Caroll, Beth's friend, is on the other. They have to shout.
          
                                      CAROLL
                            Beth! Beth! Hi! How are you?
          
                                      BETH
                            Caroll! I'm fine. How are you?
          
                                      CAROLL
                            I haven't seen you!
          
                                      BETH
                            I know. I'm so busy. I promise I'll
                            call you soon and we'll have lunch.
          
                                      CAROLL
                            Right!
          
                                      BETH
                            How's Brad? Give him my love.
          
                                      CAROLL
                            Fabulous! Is everything okay?
          
               Beth gestures to the crowd in the mall.
          
                                      BETH
                            Isn't this madness?   It gets worse
                            every year!
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    89.
          79   CONTINUED:                                                  79
          
          
               Good-bye!
          
                                        CAROLL
                            Good-bye!
          
          80   INT. MALL SHOP ­ DAY                                        80
          
               Beth is spacing, seemingly gazing at a dress.
          
                                      SALESWOMAN
                            May I show you this in your size?
          
                                        BETH
                            What?
          
                                      SALESWOMAN
                            May I show you this dress in your
                            size?
          
                                      BETH
                            Oh... No, no. No. Thanks.
          
          81   INT. MALL DINER ­ DAY                                       81
          
               Beth and Conrad are having lunch at a table in the diner.
               Beth is summing up the birthday presents she bought.
          
                                      BETH
                            We've got Bennett's, and Grant's
                            and Foley's. Ha, Conrad should get
                            something for my mother and father.
                            He's not supposed to get
                            something for his doctor, is he?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I don't think so. I think we should
                            go see him, Beth. - Dr. Berger.
          
               Beth laughs.
          
                                        BETH
                            What?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I think we could all go and see him
                            together.
          
                                        BETH
                            Why?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            He thinks it's a good idea.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    90.
          81   CONTINUED:                                                 81
          
          
                                      BETH
                            Ho... He thinks it's a good idea?
                            What does he know about me, about
                            this family? I've never even met
                            him.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Exactly. That's the point.
                            Wouldn't it be easier if we all
                            talked about it? In the open.
          
                                      BETH
                            About what? What are we gonna talk
                            about? Don't try to change me,
                            Calvin. I don't want anymore
                            changes in my life. For God's sake,
                            hasn't enough happened? Let's just
                            hold on to what we've got!
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Darling, that is what this is for.
                            Maybe you'll get a surprise.
          
                                       BETH
                            I don't want any surprises.
                            I know I'm not perfect. And if I
                            can't go around hugging everybody
                            all the time the way you do, then
                            I'm sorry.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I am not asking you to be perfect,
                            you're missing the point.
          
                                      BETH
                            I don't want to see any doctors or
                            counselors. I am me. This is my
                            family. And if we have problems,
                            then we will solve those problems
                            in the privacy of our own home, not
                            by running to some kind of
                            specialist everytime something goes
                            wrong...
          
                                      WAITRESS
                                (interrupting)
                            Are you folks ready to order?
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Huh, no... Could you give me a
                            couple of minutes, please?
          
                                      WAITRESS
                            Sure.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    91.
          81   CONTINUED:                                                  81
          
          
                                      BETH
                            ...running to experts every time
                            something goes wrong.
          
               Silence
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            I know you mean well. I want this
                            to be a nice Christmas.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I do too. I want all of them to be
                            nice Christmases
          
                                      BETH
                            We need time together, Calvin. You
                            and I. We have to get away. New
                            Years'. We can spend some time in
                            Houston with my brother and Audrey.
                            You know, play a little golf.
                            Relax.
          
               Calvin seems doubtfull. Beth goes softly.
          
                                      BETH (cont'd)
                            I have already talked to Mother
                            about it, and Conrad can stay with
                            them. Please don't worry about it.
                            Please, for his sake, don't indulge
                            him. We need time together. Okay?
          
                                       CALVIN
                            Okay.   Okay.
          
               Beth takes his hand but it seems almost like a handshake.
          
                                      BETH
                            I love you.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I love you, too.
          
               Beth stares at him.
          
                                      BETH
                            Let's just give things time. Okay?
          
               Calvin doesn't say anything.
          
          
          
          82   EXT. JEANNINE'S HOME ­ EVENING NIGHT                        82
          
               Conrad came to pick her up, they both come out. Conrad
               fetches his car keys while she closes her door.
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    92.
          82   CONTINUED:                                                 82
          
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Conrad?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hmm?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            I don't bowl. I mean, I'm a
                            horrible bowler.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh, that's all right.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Yeah. Well...
          
               Conrad wants to open the door on her side.
          
                                      JEANNINE (cont'd)
                            I got it. That's OK. Thing is,
                            I'm a funny bowler.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Well, listen. We don't have to go
                            bowling if you'd rather not, I'm
                            not a bowling nut or anything. How
                            funny are you?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            On a scale from one to ten?   ...
                            About a ten.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hoo, that's pretty funny. Hey,
                            well, listen, I promise you won't
                            look silly.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Guarantee it?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Guarantee it.
          
               They get into the car.
          
          83   INT. BOWLING ALLEY ­ NIGHT.                                  83
          
               Jeannine enters frame looking very focused, ball in hand.
               Conrad looks. She shoots but the ball drops and goes into
               the gutter to the end. Conrad does not react. The skittles
               are intact.
          
          84   INT. DINER ­ NIGHT.                                          84
          
               Jeannine is eating a hamburger.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    93.
          84   CONTINUED:                                                 84
          
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Can you ever break the ball?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Can't break the ball, can't break
                            the floor, can't break anything in
                            a bowling alley. And that's what I
                            like about bowling alleys. Can't
                            even break the record.
          
               Jeannine giggles with laughing eyes.
          
                                         CONRAD (cont'd)
                            Anyway...
          
                                         JEANNINE
                            Hmm? What?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Just "anyway", it's a conversation
                            starter.
          
                                         JEANNINE
                            Catchy!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You like it?
          
                                         JEANNINE
                            Mmm, mmm.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I thought it'd get to you. I've
                            been working on it all day.
          
               Jeannine laughs, then:
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Do you think people are punished
                            for the things they do?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            You mean by God?
          
                                         JEANNINE
                            Yeah.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Mmm, I don't believe in God.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Not at all?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            No. Well, it's not a question of
                            degree. Either you do or you don't.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    94.
          84   CONTINUED:                                                 84
          
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            I believe in God.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            So you're afraid he'll punish you
                            for something you did?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            I've done a lot of things I'm
                            ashamed of.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah? So have I.
          
               She looks up at him, then at his wrists.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Did it hurt?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            No, I dunno, I don't remember
                            really.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            You don't want to talk about it?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Ah, I don't know... I've never
                            really talked about it.
                            To doctors, but not to anyone else.
                            You're the first who's asked.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Why did you do it?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Uh... I don't know. It was like...
                            falling into a hole.
                            It was like falling into a hole,
                            and it keeps getting bigger and
                            bigger, .and you can't get out,
                            and then, .all of a sudden, it's
                            inside...and you're the hole, and
                            you're trapped, and it's all
                            over. Something like that. And
                            it's not really scary, except it
                            is when you think back on it.
                            'Cause you know what you were
                            feeling stange and new...
          
               A group of noisy students enter the Diner.
          
                                      STUDENTS
                                (singing and horsing
                                 around)
                                      (MORE)
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    95.
          84   CONTINUED:                                                  84
                                      STUDENTS (cont'd)
                            Like McDonald's can, nobody can
                            do it. Like McDonald's can, you
                            deserve a break today. So get up
                            and get away!
          
               The manager tries to calm them down. A student comes to
               Conrad's table and steals some fries.
          
                                      STUDENT
                            Hey. Jarrett. How you doing? How
                            about some fries?
          
               Some students grab Jeannine and dance around, put a Mac
               donald's hat on her head. She laughs.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            What are you doing?
          
               The manager pushes them towards the exit.
          
                                      STUDENT
                            Hey, what's your problem? Lighten
                            up!
          
                                      MANAGER
                            Hey. I don't like your attitude.
          
               Going out, a student pulls the manager's ear. Jeannine
               laughs, a bit stupidly. Conrad notices it. She sees that.
          
          
          85   INT. CAR ­ NIGHT                                            85
          
               Conrad drives sadly. He is disappointed and acts as if he was
               sulking. Jeannine tries to make it up.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Energetic. Those guys.
          
                                      CONRAD
                                (not believing)
                            Yeah, they were pretty funny.
          
                                       JEANNINE
                            No...
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What? You thought they were funny?
          
                                       JEANNINE
                            No. I...
          
               Silence
          
                                      JEANNINE (cont'd)
                            I'm sorry, I...
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    96.
          85   CONTINUED:                                                 85
          
          
                                        CONRAD
                            What for?
          
                                        JEANNINE
                            Anyway...
          
               Conrad does not find this funny. Finally car stops. Conrad
               sighs.
          
                                      JEANNINE (cont'd)
                            Do you want to talk?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            About what?
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Are you okay?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yeah. Yeah, I'm fine. Uh... I'll
                            give you a call.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Will you? I want you to.
          
                                        CONRAD
                            Sure.
          
                                       JEANNINE
                            Well...   Guess I'll see you in
                            choir.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Okay. Yeah. Thanks.
          
                                        JEANNINE
                            Okay.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I mean. Good night. Good night.
          
                                      JEANNINE
                            Good night.
          
               Jeannine leaves the car.
          
          86   INT. JET ­DAY                                                86
          
               Beth is all smiles, she succeeded with Calvin. They both are
               playing with their earphone
          
                                        CALVIN
                            Seven.
          
                                        BETH
                            Yes... It's not even plugged in.
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                       97.
          86   CONTINUED:                                                    86
          
          
               Stewardess' voice in loudspeaker.
          
                                        STEWARDESS
                            In preparation for our landing in
                            Houston, observe the fasten seat
                            belt sign......
          
          87   EXT. JET ­DAY                                                 87
          
               Jet lands on Huston's airport runway.
          
                                          STEWARDESS
                            ......and please no smoking until well
                            inside the terminal. Thank you.
          
          88   EXT. HUSTON GOLF ­ AFTERNOON                                  88
          
               Golf ball being wished out of sight by a club. Beth, Calvin,
               Ward (Beth's brother) and his wife Audrey, are having drinks
               sitting at a table on a golf course under a parasol.
          
               WARD lifts his golf club and demonstrates a clumsy hesitating
               swing, and how it misses.
          
                                      WARD
                            Watch this. Pessimistic golfer.
                            Pessimistic golfer.
          
               Ward arms his club as if to strike, then stops.
          
                                          WARD (cont'd)
                            Oh. Damn!
          
               They laugh.
          
                                      WARD (cont'd)
                            Are we two up? Two?
          
                                          GOLF PLAYER
                                   (OS)
                            Two!
          
                                      WARD
                            All right. Let's hustle up. We're
                            close here.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            I'll never get over how flat it is
                            here. I'll never get over...
          
                                      WARD
                            I know it's flat, but we decided to
                            teach you to love it.
          
          
          
          
                                                                     (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    98.
          88   CONTINUED:                                                 88
          
          
                                      AUDREY
                            He is trying to get everybody to
                            move down here.
          
                                      BETH
                            Really?
          
                                      AUDREY
                            Gosh, you guys, it's so good to see
                            you. You look tired. Cal.
          
                                      CALVIN
                            Airplane scotch.
          
                                      BETH
                            Would you tell me why it is I am
                            still hungry?
          
                                      WARD
                            'Cause you're in Texas, girl.
                            When we get done, we'll get you
                            home. Get ya some steaks on the
                            barbecue. Audrey will put
                            together her famous salad.
          
                                      BETH
                            With baked potatoe and sour cream,
                            too, uh? How long has he had that
                            drawl?
          
                                      AUDREY
                            Ever since we joined the country
                            club.
          
          
          89   INT. SWIMMING POOL - NIGHT                                 89
          
               Revolver fires upwards. Swimmers dive. It's a swimming
               competition. Conrad is sitting on one of the top bleachers,
               fully dressed, uneasy, while down there, by the side of the
               pool, his friends, in swimming trunks and wet hair, watch the
               race. Lazenby sees him, Conrad looks down. In the audience,
               everyone is shouting for his team.
          
               .../...
          
               Now the competition is finished. The swimming pool is empty
               and silent, except for someone sweeping the side of the pool,
               and Conrad sitting still, reflecting, looking around.
          
          90   EXT. SWIMMING POOL EXIT - NIGHT                            90
          
               The group comes out of the pool. Conrad at the back, as if he
               wasn't part of it.
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    99.
          90   CONTINUED:                                                 90
          
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            I am glad you can laugh about it,
                            cos' it sure as hell wasn't
                            funny.
                            Come on, we weren't that bad.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Let's face it, we stunk.
                            I don't know how you can listen
                            to that lecture on Buck Jarrett
                            one more time.
                            I know he is the world's greatest
                            swimmer, but it bugs the hell
                            outa me when he does that.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Stillman, cut it.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Think he's ever gonna stop kissing
                            the guy's picture?
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Stillman, shut the hell up, would
                            you? Hey, con, you want a ride?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh. No. Thanks.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            We sure could've used you today,
                            buddy.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Oh, no, I don't think so.
          
                                        LAZENBY
                            Yeah... I don't think anybody
                            could've helped us today.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            How's it going, Jarrett? I hear you
                            got eyes for Pratt these days. You
                            in her pants yet?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hey, do me a favor, Stillman, try
                            not to be such a prick.
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            You're the prick. Guys like you
                            walk around like you're king shit.
                            You give me a goddamn pain in the
                            ass, you think we owe you...
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                   100.
          90   CONTINUED:                                                 90
          
          
               Conrad hits him hard with a jab, then jumps on him. They fall
               in the plastic bags of the disposal, Conrad still hitting.
               Lazenby tries to stop him. Conrad pushes him away. Two
               students take hold of Conrad and pull him away, two others
               with Stillman.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Come on! Connie. Come on! Cool it,
                            Jarrett! Connie! Connie. That's
                            enough.
          
                                      STUDENTS
                            No, Stillman, no! No!
          
                                      STILLMAN
                            Let go! Let go!
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            It's all right! He's crazy!   Just
                            calm down, uh?
          
                                       STILLMAN
                            You're crazy! You're crazy! You
                            know that?
          
               Conrad walks back to his car
          
                                      STILLMAN (cont'd)
                            Send him back where he came from!
          
                                      OTHERS
                            Now, now, it's over. It's over.
          
                                         STILLMAN
                            All right!     Shit!
          
               Stillman hits a garbage bag.
          
          
          91   INT. CAR ­ NIGHT                                           91
          
               Conrad opens the door and sits down in his car. Lazenby
               comes, opens the door and hands Conrad his hat.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Here's your hat.
          
               Lazenby comes in and sits.
          
                                      LAZENBY (cont'd)
                            You want to talk? The guy's a
                            nothing.   He's a zero upstairs.
                            You used to know that about him,
                            Con. Ever since fourth grade,
                            you've known it.
          
          
          
                                                                 (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                        101.
          91   CONTINUED:                                                      91
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            So?
          
                                       LAZENBY
                            So you just make yourself look
                            stupid when you let him get to you
                            like that!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            So I look stupid, is that it?
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            No, it isn't. What is it with you?
                            Huh? I don't know why you want to
                            be in this alone? You know, I miss
                            him too. Connie, the three of us
                            were best friends!
          
                                      CONRAD
                            I can't help it, it hurts too much
                            to be around you. I gotta go.
          
               Lazenby looks at him, then opens the door and goes out.
          
                                      LAZENBY
                            Yeah. Okay.
          
               Conrad remains alone and touches the horn by accident.
          
          92   INT. GRANDPARENTS' HOME, STAIRS & LANDING ­ NIGHT               92
          
               Conrad gets home, climbs upstairs directly to his room, and
               closes the door. His grandmother hears him, opens her bedroom
               door, closes it.
          
          
          93   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ NIGHT                                   93
          
               Conrad reflects for a short time, then goes down to...
          
          94   INT. KITCHEN ­ NIGHT                                            94
          
               Conrad enters the kitchen, takes something in the fridge,
               goes to the phone to make a call. He dials.
          
                                      KAREN'S MOTHER (OS)
                            Hello?
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Hello. Is Karen there?
          
                                      KAREN'S MOTHER (OS)
                            She...uh... Ah!... Bill?
          
                                      KAREN'S FATHER   (OS)
                            Hello.
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                         102.
          94   CONTINUED:                                                       94
          
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Yes, hello. Is Karen there? This is
                            Conrad Jarrett, calling. I'm a
                            friend of hers.
          
                       KAREN'S FATHER                          CONRAD
               Karen's...                        I called...
          
                                      KAREN'S FATHER
                            Karen's dead.
          
                                      CONRAD
                            What? What?
          
                                      KAREN'S FATHER
                            She killed herself.
          
               Karen's father hangs up. Conrad suffocates under the shock.
               He hears Karen's voice.
          
                                      KAREN
                                (OS)
                            Let's have the best Christmas ever.
          
          95   INT. BATHROOM ­ NIGHT                                            95
          
               Conrad rushes into the bathroom
          
                                      CONRAD
                            Ha!
          
          96   INT. RESTAURANT ­ DAY                                            96
          
               [Very short flashback on Karen]
          
                                      KAREN
                            We can. You know.
          
          97   INT. BATHROOM ­ NIGHT                                            97
          
               Conrad has rushed into the bathroom where he ends up sitting
               on the toilet and grabbing the washbowl, out of breath under
               the shock.
          
                                      KAREN
                                (OS)
                            We could have the best year of our
                            whole lives.
          
               Conrad opens tap, water flows.
          
          98   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                                98
          
               [Flashback to the boat accident on the lake] Conrad yells at
               Buck (who is holding tight the rope maintaining the sail up)
               to have him get the sail down;
          
          
                                                                        (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    103.
          98    CONTINUED:                                                 98
          
                but Buck is stubborn and asks Conrad (who is at the helm) to
                maintain starboard course.[The result of opposites will
                overturn the small boat]. Waves of water
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Get the sail down! Get it down!
          
                                       BUCK
                             I can't hold it! Keep it starboard!
          
          99    INT. KITCHEN ­ NIGHT                                       99
          
                Conrad stares at himself in        the mirror
          
          100   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          100
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Get the sail down! Get it down!
          
                                       BUCK
                             Keep it starboard!
          
          101   INT. BATHROOM ­ NIGHT                                      101
          
                Conrad takes water in his hands...
          
          102   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          102
          
                                          BUCK
                             Go for it!
          
                                       CONRAD
                             I am trying! I can't! Let it out!
          
          103   INT. BATHROOM ­ NIGHT                                      103
          
                Conrad stares at the water in his hands
          
          104   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          104
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Let it out!
          
                                       BUCK
                             Just keep it starboard!
          
                                          CONRAD
                             I can't!
          
                Boat overturns.
          
                                          CONRAD (cont'd)
                             Ahh!
          
                                          BUCK
                             Ahh!
          
                                                                    104.
          
          
          
          105   INT. STAIRS ­ NIGHT                                        105
          
                Conrad rushes downstairs with his coat.
          
          106   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          106
          
                Conrad comes out from underwater, taking air in.
          
                                      CONRAD
                          Aaah!
          
          107   INT. STAIRS ­ NIGHT                                        107
          
                Conrad rushes downstairs with his coat.
          
          108   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          108
          
                                      CONRAD
                          Bucky!
          
                                    BUCK
                          Give me your hand!
          
                                      CONRAD
                          Here!
          
          109   EXT. HOUSE ­ NIGHT                                         109
          
                Conrad rushes out of the house.
          
          110   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          110
          
                The boys are holding each other's hands over the overturned
                boat's hull.
          
                                    BUCK
                          We screwed up this time, Buddy!
                          Dad's gonna haul ass over this!
          
                                    CONRAD
                          It ain't so goddamned funny!
          
          111   EXT. STREET ­ NIGHT                                        111
          
                Conrad rushes.
          
          112   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          112
          
                                    BUCK
                          Just don't let go!
          
                                    CONRAD
                          I won't, honest to God!
          
                                    BUCK
                          Everything gonna be okay!
          
                                                                    105.
          
          
          
          113   EXT. STREET ­ NIGHT                                        113
          
                Conrad rushes.
          
          114   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          114
          
                                    BUCK
                          Hang on. Brother!
          
                But Buck's wet hand slips away. Buck tries to gain hold on
                the curved slippery surface of the hull, but he can't make it
                and disappears into the water, while Conrad manages somehow
                to hold on.
          
                                    CONRAD
                          Stay with me! Stay with me!
                          Stay with me! Bucky! Where are
                          you?
          
                Buck disappears into water.
          
          115   EXT. STREET ­ NIGHT                                        115
          
                Conrad rushes.
          
          116   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          116
          
                                      CONRAD
                          Bucky!
          
          117   EXT. STREET ­ NIGHT                                        117
          
                Conrad rushes.
          
          118   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          118
          
                Conrad holds on firmly to keel of boat
          
                                      CONRAD
                          Bucky!
          
          119   EXT. STREET ­ NIGHT                                        119
          
                Conrad rushes.
          
          120   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          120
          
                Conrad holds on firmly to keel of boat
          
                                      CONRAD
                          Buck!
          
          121   EXT. STREET ­ NIGHT                                        121
          
                Conrad rushes.
          
                                                                    106.
          
          
          
          122   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          122
          
                Conrad holds on firmly to keel of boat
          
                                       CONRAD
                          Buck!
          
          123   STREET ­ NIGHT                                             123
          
                Conrad runs, gets to a phone booth, calls Dr Berger, out of
                breath.
          
                                    DR BERGER
                              (OS, drowsy)
                          Hello?
          
                                    CONRAD
                          This is Conrad!
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          What's going on?
          
                                    CONRAD
                          I need to see you!
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          What time is it?
          
                                    CONRAD
                          I don't know!
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          Where are you?
          
                                       CONRAD
                          I...    I   don't know!
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          All right. Listen to me. Get to the
                          office somehow, and I'll meet you
                          there.
          
                                       CONRAD
                          Okay.
          
          
          124   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE LIFT & CORRIDOR ­ NIGHT            124
          
                Dr Berger comes out of the lift and finds Conrad waiting in
                the dark corridor, in a state of emotional shock.
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          Oh, good. You're here.
          
                                    CONRAD
                          Something happened...
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    107.
          124   CONTINUED:                                                 124
          
          
                Dr Berger fiddles for his keys in the dark to open his
                office's door.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Just wait, just hold on...
          
                                          CONRAD
                             I need...     I need...
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Just wait till we get inside...
          
                Dr Berger finally opens the door. They enter.
          
                                          DR BERGER (cont'd)
                             There...
          
          
          125   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                    125
          
                Dr Berger enters the dark office
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Shit. You'd think they'd assume
                             there'd be an emergency now and
                             then?!
          
                                       DR BERGER (cont'd)
                             Don't take it off. Just sit down.
          
                Conrad cries.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Something happened!
          
                                          DR BERGER
                             What?
          
                                          CONRAD
                             It's...
          
                                          DR BERGER
                             It's what?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Oh. God! I need something.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             What do you need? Tell me!
          
                                       CONRAD
                             It just keeps coming! I can't... I
                             can't make it stop!
          
                                          DR BERGER
                             Don't try.
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    108.
          125   CONTINUED:                                                 125
          
          
                                       CONRAD
                             I gotta... I gotta... I gotta get
                             off the hook for it. I gotta get
                             off the hook!
          
                                         DR BERGER
                             For what?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             For what I did!
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             What did you do?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             What I did to him!
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             What did you do?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             It's something... It's something...
                             Don't you see? It's gotta be
                             somebody's fault or there's no
                             godamm point!
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Point? What point? It happened!
          
                                       CONRAD
                             No, no... Oh, no. I don't mean
                             that. It's that... It's just
                             that... Buck, Bucky, I didn't mean
                             it!
          
          126   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          126
          
                Flash of Buck in storm.
          
          
          127   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                    127
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Bucky, I didn't mean it!
          
          128   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                          128
          
                Flash of Buck in storm.
          
          
          129   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                    129
          
                                         CONRAD
                             Bucky!
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    109.
          129   CONTINUED:                                                 129
          
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             I know that, it wasn't your fault.
          
                                        CONRAD
                             But it was: you said. "Get the sail
                             down!" ...
          
          130   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                           130
          
                Flash on both hands of Conrad holding tight the rudder
          
                                       CONRAD
                             ...and I couldn't!
          
          
          131   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                     131
          
                                       CONRAD
                             I couldn't! It jammed! And then the
                             halyard, the halyard jammed! I
                             couldn't because the godamn halyard
                             jammed! And then you're sittin'
                             here, you're screwing around...
          
          132   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                           132
          
                Flash of Buck in water trying to hold on overturned boat.
          
          
          133   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                     133
          
                                       CONRAD
                             ...until it's too late to do
                             anything! And I'm supposed to take
                             care of it!
          
          134   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                           134
          
                Flash of Conrad giving Buck a hand over the overturned hull
                of the boat.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             And I'm supposed to take care of
                             it!
          
          
          135   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                     135
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             And that wasn't fair, was it?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             No! And then you say ...
          
                                                                110.
          
          
          
          136   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                      136
          
                Flash of Conrad holding Buck's hand.
          
                                    CONRAD
                              (OS)
                          "Hang on!"...
          
          
          137   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                137
          
                                    CONRAD
                          ..."Hang on!", and then you let
                          go!
          
          138   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                      138
          
                Flash : hands separating
          
          
          139   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                139
          
                                    CONRAD
                          Why'd you let go?
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          Because I got tired!
          
                                    CONRAD
                          Yeah? Well. Screw you, you jerk!
          
                Conrad breaks down and cries.
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          It hurts to be mad at him, doesn't
                          it?
          
                                    CONRAD
                          Yeah. He just wasn't careful. He
                          just wouldn't care. He didn't see
                          how a bad thing might happen.
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          Bad things happen even when people
                          are careful.
          
                                    CONRAD
                          We were screwing around out there,
                          we should've come in when it
                          started to look bad.
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          OK, so you made a mistake.
          
                                    CONRAD
                          Why did he let go? Why?
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      111.
          139   CONTINUED:                                                   139
          
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Maybe you were stronger. Did it
                             ever occur to you that you might
                             have been stronger?
          
                Conrad comes out of it and stares at him.
          
                                       DR BERGER (cont'd)
                             How long you gonna punish yourself?
                             When you gonna quit?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Oh, God, I'd like to quit.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Why don't you?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             It's not easy. It's not that easy.
                             God... I loved him.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             I know.
          
                Dr Berger takes off    his coat, sits down. Calvin cries.
          
                                       DR BERGER (cont'd)
                             What happened? You said something
                             happened. What started all this?
          
                Calvin stutters with pain and cries.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Ka-ren. She killed herself! I just
                             found out she's dead.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Jesus.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             And she was fine, she was OK.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             No. She wasn't.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             She was! She was! She told me! She
                             said she was...
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             What?
          
                                        CONRAD
                             She was busy, she was feeling good
                             and she...
          
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    112.
          139   CONTINUED:                                                 139
          
          
                                         DR BERGER
                             And what?
          
                Conrad cries.
          
                                         DR BERGER (cont'd)
                             What?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             I just wish I'd known...I could've
                             done something.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             You saw her once and now you' want
                             to take her on too?
          
                                         CONRAD
                             No!
          
                                         DR BERGER
                             No?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             No. I just...
          
                                         DR BERGER
                             What?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             That isn't it. I... I feel bad about
                             this, I feel really bad about this.
                             And just let me feel bad about
                             this!
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Okay. Listen. I feel bad about it
                             too.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Why do things have to happen to
                             people? It isn't fair.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             You're right. It isn't fair.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             You just do one wrong thing...
                             and...
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             Um-hmm.
                             And what was the one wrong thing
                             you did?
          
                                                                    113.
          
          
          
          140   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                           140
          
                Flash of Conrad looking around in the water for Buck.
          
                                       CONRAD
                              (OS)
                          Haaa...
          
          
          141   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                     141
          
                                       DR BERGER
                          You know.
          
                Conrad looks at him and cries and sighs.
          
          142   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                           142
          
                Flash of Conrad getting back on hull and clutching to the
                keel.
          
                                       CONRAD
                              (OS)
                          Haaa...
          
          
          143   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                     143
          
                Conrad stares at Dr Berger.
          
                                       CONRAD
                          Haaa...
          
                                       DR BERGER
                          You know.
          
          144   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                           144
          
                Flash of Conrad clutching to the keel.
          
                                       CONRAD
                              (OS)
                          Haaa...
          
          
          145   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                     145
          
                Conrad stares at Dr Berger.
          
                                       CONRAD
                          I hung on.     I stayed with the boat.
          
                                       DR BERGER
                          Exactly.
          
                Conrad cries.
          
                                                                 114.
          
          
          
          146   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                       146
          
                Flash of Conrad clutching to the keel.
          
                                     CONRAD
                              (OS)
                          Haaa...
          
          
          147   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                 147
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          Now. You can live with that. Can't
                          you?
          
          148   EXT. LAKE ­ NIGHT                                       148
          
                Flash of Conrad clutching to the keel. Waves.
          
                                     CONRAD
                              (OS)
                          Haaa...
          
          
          149   INT. DR BERGER'S OFFICE                                 149
          
                Conrad cries
          
                                    CONRAD
                          I'm scared! I'm scared.
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          Feelings are scary. And sometimes
                          they're painful. And if you can't
                          feel pain, then you're not gonna
                          feel anything else either. You know
                          what I'm saying?
          
                                    CONRAD
                          I think so.
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          You're here and you're alive. And
                          don't tell me you don't feel that.
          
                                    CONRAD
                          It doesn't feel good.
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          It is good. Believe me.
          
                                    CONRAD
                          How do you know?
          
                                    DR BERGER
                          Because I'm your friend.
          
          
                                                                (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    115.
          149   CONTINUED:                                                 149
          
          
                Conrad is out of breath.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             I don't know what I would've
                             done...if you hadn't been here.
                             You're really my friend?
          
                                       DR BERGER
                             I am. Count on it.
          
                Conrad falls into Dr Berger's arms, crying.
          
          150   EXT. JEANNINE'S HOME ­ EARLY MORNING                       150
          
                Jeannine opens her curtains, sees Conrad, outside her home,
                walking to and fro. She puts on a jacket and comes out to
                him.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Hi. I was gonna call but I didn't
                             want to wake anyone.
          
                                       JEANNINE
                             Might have been easier...
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Listen, I want to say something
                             about the other night. I mean I
                             liked being with you but I didn't
                             like myself.
          
                                       JEANNINE
                             Conrad. I was stupid.
                             That was dumb of me to laugh and
                             it was my fault. I just didn't
                             know what to do. I was
                             embarrassed.
          
                                        CONRAD
                             Really?   You were embarrassed?
          
                                       JEANNINE
                             Yes. When those boys came in, it
                             was awful and awkward. That's what
                             I do when I get embarrassed. I
                             laugh.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             But they were all right. They were
                             just up and they were having a good
                             time, and I let them get in the way
                             of what was happening. It was dumb.
                             It was dumb. I've been doing lots
                             of dumb things lately. I just
                             didn't know wether or not you were
                             being straight with me.
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    116.
          150   CONTINUED:                                                 150
          
          
                Jeannine is moved, she extends her hand to him then put it to
                her heart.
          
                                          CONRAD (cont'd)
                             Yeah?
          
                Jeannine nods.
          
                                       CONRAD (cont'd)
                             Anyway, I'd like to try it again. I
                             thought it worked out okay. Well,
                             except for the bowling.
          
                Jeannine laughs, looks down, then looks up straight in his
                eyes.
          
                                          JEANNINE
                             Yes.
          
                                          CONRAD
                             Yes?
          
                Jeannine nods.
          
                                          JEANNINE
                             Yes.
          
                Conrad is moved.
          
                                          CONRAD
                             Uh...   Are you going to school?
          
                                       JEANNINE
                             No, not on Sunday.
          
                Conrad realizes. Laughs.
          
                                       JEANNINE (cont'd)
                             Have you eaten?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             No. I haven't.
          
                                       JEANNINE
                             Do you want some breakfast?
          
                Conrad nods. She smiles at him.
          
                                          CONRAD
                             Okay.
          
                They go up the steps and Jeannine opens the screen door.
          
                                          JEANNINE
                             Mom!
          
                                                                117.
          
          
          
          151   EXT. HUSTON GOLF ­ AFTERNOON                           151
          
                (CU) Golf ball falls into hole.
          
                                    WARD
                          Oh !...
          
                                    BETH
                          All right. How about that?
          
                                    CALVIN
                          Boy, oh, boy.
          
                Beth is beaming from her success at golf.
          
                                    BETH
                          Oh, I do love that.
          
                                    CALVIN
                          Oh, these holes sure do love you.
                          Oh boy, oh boy.
          
                                    BETH
                          We should spend more time playing
                          golf together, you know that?
                          Maybe our next vacation, strictly
                          golf. Pinehurst, Myrtle Beach...
          
                                    CALVIN
                          Pinehurst would be nice. I think
                          Connie would like Pinehurst.
          
                She pulls back and looks at him.
          
                                    BETH
                          Do you do that deliberately or is
                          it just a reflex?
          
                                    CALVIN
                          Well, you said "vacation", so I
                          just assumed you meant him too.
          
                                    BETH
                          I'm surprised you haven't felt the
                          need to call him since we've been
                          here.
          
                                    CALVIN
                          I was gonna call him tonight.
          
                                    BETH
                              (to Ward and Audrey)
                          Hey, could we have a little drink
                          before we head back?
          
          
          
          
                                                               (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    118.
          151   CONTINUED:                                                 151
          
          
                                        WARD
                             Drink, yes. Little, no.
                                  (to Calvin)
                             What'd you get? Cal, what'd you
                             get?
          
                                          CALVIN
                                    (to Ward)
                             Six.
                                 (to Beth)
                             Let's finish this.
          
                                          BETH
                             What?
          
                                       CALVIN
                             What you started.
          
                                       BETH
                             What I started?
          
                                       CALVIN
                             What you started.
          
                                       BETH
                             Ha! There's no point discussing it.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             I think there is a point.
          
                                       BETH
                             He controls you even when you are
                             two thousand miles away.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             He isn't the problem.
          
                                          BETH
                             Isn't he?
          
                                       CALVIN
                             No, he isn't. Let's talk about
                             what's really bothering you.
          
                                       BETH
                             No, no. Let's talk about what's
                             bothering you. Cos' that's what you
                             want, isn't it?
          
                                       CALVIN
                             Jesus, what have I done to make you
                             so angry with me?
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    119.
          151   CONTINUED:                                                 151
          
          
                                       BETH
                             It's not what you've done, it's
                             what you think I've done. You blame
                             me for the whole thing.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             Can't you see anything except in
                             terms of how it affects you?
          
                                       BETH
                             No! I can't! And neither can you,
                             and neither can anybody else!
                             Only maybe I'm just a little more
                             honest about it!
          
                                       CALVIN
                             Well, stop being so godamn honest,
                             and start being a little generous!
                             And start thinking about him for
                             a while!
          
                                       BETH
                             I don't know what he expects from
                             me. I never have known.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             Well, I'll tell you what he
                             expects!
          
                                       BETH
                             What? He wants me to throw my arms
                             around him everytime he passes an
                             exam? Well, I can't do it! I
                             cannot respond when someone says:
                             "Here, I just did this great thing.
                             Love me.". I can't!
          
                                       CALVIN
                             All he wants... All he wants is to
                             know you don't hate him. That's it.
          
                                       BETH
                             Hate him? My God! How could I hate
                             him? Mothers don't hate their
                             sons! Is that what he told you? Do
                             you see how you accept what he says
                             with no questions, and you can't do
                             the same thing to me, can you?
          
                                       CALVIN
                             I just try to keep this family
                             together...
          
          
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                      120.
          151   CONTINUED:                                                   151
          
          
                                       BETH
                                 (she shouts)
                             I don't know what everyone wants
                             from me anymore!
          
                                       AUDREY
                             Beth, nobody wants anything from
                             you.
          
                                       WARD
                             Beth, listen. We all just want...
                             Cal, Con, everybody, we just want
                             you to be happy.
          
                                       BETH
                             Happy?
          
                                       WARD
                             Yes.
          
                                       BETH
                             Ward, you tell me the definition of
                             happy, uh? But first, you better
                             make sure that your kids are good
                             and safe, that no one's fallen off
                             a horse, or been hit by a car, or
                             drowned in that swimming pool
                             you're so proud of! And then you
                             come to me and tell me how to be
                             happy!
          
                She leaves. Calvin follows. Ward and his wife just stand
                there.
          
          152   INT. JET ­ DAY                                               152
          
                Beth stares away from Calvin, as in a void. She sighs, closes
                her eyes; Calvin turns away from the window, looks at Beth
                and remembers...
          
                When they were happily dancing...    [ to and fro twice]
          
                Calvin in his plane seat, reflects.
          
          
          153   INT. LIVING ROOM ­ NIGHT                                     153
          
                Beth checks a pile of mail. Conrad comes in.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             I think I'm gonna turn in.
                             Dinner was good.
                             Really good.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             It's pretty early. You tired?
          
          
                                                                    (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    121.
          153   CONTINUED:                                                 153
          
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Yeah. It was kind of a rough week.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             I hope your grandmother wasn't too
                             tough on you?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             No. She was fine. I'm glad you're
                             back.
          
                Conrad gives his mother a hug, but she is like made of stone.
                Calvin sees it.
          
                                       CONRAD (cont'd)
                             Good night.
          
                Beth remains transfixed as if she didn't know what it was all
                about. Calvin sees it.
          
          154   INT. BEDROOM ­ NIGHT                                       154
          
                Beth is not sleeping, she looks up, sees her husband wrinkled
                pillow, but he is not in bed. She looks at the time, gets up,
                puts on a robe.
          
          155   INT. STAIRS ­ NIGHT                                        155
          
                Beth goes downstairs, tying up her robe. She stops, hearing
                someone sobbing in the dark, in the dining room.
          
          156   INT. DINING ROOM ­ NIGHT                                   156
          
                Beth enters the dining room in the dark.
          
                                          BETH
                             Calvin?
          
                Calvin is sitting at table in the dark, sobbing, his head in
                his hands.
          
                                       BETH (cont'd)
                             Why are you crying?
          
                Calvin doesn't answer.
          
                                        BETH (cont'd)
                             Can I, uh... Can I get you
                             something?
          
                Calvin mutters in a very low voice.
          
                                          CALVIN
                             I don't...
          
          
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    122.
          156   CONTINUED:                                                 156
          
          
                                       BETH
                             What did you say?
          
                Calvin sits back in his chair.
          
                                       BETH (cont'd)
                             Calvin. What did you say?
          
                Calvin produces a very deep sigh.
          
                                        BETH (cont'd)
                             Tell me.
          
                Calvin looks up at her with a sad expression.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             You are beautiful. And you are
                             unpredictable. But you're so
                             cautious. You're determined, Beth.
                             But you know something? You're not
                             strong. And I don't know if you're
                             really giving. Beth is looking at
                             him not knowing what this is about.
          
                                       CALVIN (cont'd)
                             Tell me something. Do you love me?
                             Do you really love me?
          
                                        BETH
                             I feel the way I've always felt
                             about you.
          
                Calvin is disappointed by the answer, but not surprised, just
                sad.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             We would've been all right, if
                             there hadn't been any ...mess.
                             But you can't handle mess.
                             You need everything neat and
                             ...easy.
                             I don't know. Maybe you can't
                             love anybody. It was so much
                             Buck. And Buck died, it was as if
                             you buried all your love with
                             him, and I don't understand that.
                             I just don't know.
          
                Calvin sighs.
          
                                       CALVIN (cont'd)
                             Maybe it wasn't even Buck.
                             Maybe it was just you.
                             Maybe, finally, it was the best
                             of you that you buried.
                                       (MORE)
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    123.
          156   CONTINUED:                                                 156
                                       CALVIN (cont'd)
                             But whatever it was, I don't know
                             who you are.
                             I don't know what we've been
                             playing at.
                             So I was crying.
          
                Calvin is overcome by sadness
          
                                       CALVIN (cont'd)
                             't know if I love you anymore. And
                             I don't know what I am going to do
                             without that.
          
                Beth does not know what to say or do. She turns away and goes
                upstairs.
          
          157   INT. BEDROOM ­ NIGHT                                       157
          
                Beth enters, kind of reflects, then goes open a closet, takes
                out some luggage. A sudden burst of emotion overcomes her,
                she cries but does not seem to identify the emotion, then
                restrains it.
          
          
          158   INT. CONRAD'S BEDROOM ­ DAWN                               158
          
                In his bed Conrad is not sleeping. He hears the door of the
                house close, then someone walking outside on the gravel. He
                gets up, go look out of the window. Ouside, a taxi leaves. He
                goes downstairs.
          
          159   INT. STAIRS ­ DAWN                                         159
          
                Conrad goes downstairs, curious. Looks around, sees nobody.
          
          160   EXT. GARDEN ­ DAWN                                         160
          
                From inside, Conrad finally sees his father in the garden,
                reflecting. Patches of snow. Conrad puts on his coat over
                his pyjamas, and joins him.
          
                                        CONRAD
                             Dad?
          
                                       CALVIN
                             The yard looks smaller without
                             leaves.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Dad? What happened?
          
                                       CALVIN
                             Your mother's going away for a
                             while.
          
                                        CONRAD
                             Where?   Why?
          
          
                                                                  (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                    124.
          160   CONTINUED:                                                 160
          
          
                                        CALVIN
                             Back to Houston.
                             Then I... I don't know.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Why? What... I know why.   It's me.
                             Isn't it?
          
                                         CALVIN
                             No.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Yeah, it is. It's my fault.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             Don't do that! Don't do that to
                             yourself! It's nobody's fault!
                             Things happen in this world,
                             people don't always have answers
                             for them, you know.
          
                Calvin sits down.
          
                                       CALVIN (cont'd)
                             I don't know why I'm yelling at you
                             for...
          
                                       CONRAD
                             No, that's right! You're right! You
                             ought to do that more often.
          
                                         CALVIN
                             Oh, yeah?
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Yeah, yeah, Haul my ass a little,
                             you know. Get after me. The way you
                             used to for him.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             Oh, he needed it. You didn't. You
                             were always so hard on yourself, I
                             never had the heart.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Oh, Dad. Don't.
          
                                        CALVIN
                             No, it's the truth. I... I never
                             worried about you. I just wasn't
                             listening.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             Well, I wasn't putting out many
                             signals then. I don't think you
                             could have done anything.
          
          
                                                                   (CONTINUED)
          
                                                                     125.
          160   CONTINUED:                                                  160
          
          
                                       CALVIN
                             No, no, no, I should ...I should've
                             got a handle on it somehow.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             You know, I used to figure you had
                             a handle for everything. You knew
                             it all.
          
                Calvin looks at him and laughs briefly at himself.
          
                                       CONRAD (cont'd)
                             I know that wasn't fair but you
                             always made us feel like everything
                             was gonna be all right. I thought
                             about that a lot lately. I really
                             admire you for it.
          
                Calvin is moved.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             Well, don't admire people too much.
                             They'll disappoint you sometimes.
          
                                       CONRAD
                             I'm not disappointed.
                             I love you.
          
                Calvin looks at him, cries and takes him in his arms.
          
                                       CALVIN
                             I love you too.
          
                They hug each other.
          
                [ Camera pulls back / Canon in D by Pachelbel ]
          
                Credits roll.
          
          
                THE END
          
 

Ordinary People



Writers :   Alvin Sargent  Judith Guest
Genres :   Drama


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