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                         SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

           

                               Written by

                            David O. Russell

                         

                         
                  (Based on the novel by Matthew Quick)
                         

                         
                                                    Shooting draft
                         

                         

          INT. KAREL PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY - DAY


                         OVER BLACK

                          PAT
           What, are you kidding me? Sundays?
           I love Sundays. I live for Sundays.
           The whole family's together. Mom
           makes braciole. Dad puts the jersey
           on. We're all watching the game.
           Yeah, it drives me crazy, and yes,
           I was negative.

          FADE IN ON:

          INT. KAREL PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY/PAT'S ROOM - DAY

          PAT SOLATANO stands in the middle of his room, his back to
          camera.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           You didn't even know that I loved
           it, Nikki, but I did. I just didn't
           appreciate it, or you, before."
          There is a knock at the door.

           MALE ORDERLY (O.S.)
           Come on. Time to go.

                          PAT
           I lost all that. I blew it. But you
           also blew it. We can get it back.
           We're gonna get it back. It's all
           gonna be better now. I'm better now
           and I hope you are, too. And I'm

                          GONNA APPRECIATE--"
          Another knock at the door. Pat ignores it.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Hey, I'll be there in a minute,
           okay?

           MALE ORDERLY (O.S.)
           Doctor's waiting. Let's go.

                          PAT
           I'll be there in a minute.
          Pat returns to his speech.

           3.

                         

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           That's true love.
          See glimpses of Pat's room: mayonnaise jar filled with water,
          black trash bag strewn on the bed, handwritten sign taped to
          Pat's wall, "EXCELSIOR".

          INT. PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY/ HALLWAY - DAY


          PAT HURRIES DOWN THE STAIRS.

                         

          INT. PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY/ DISPENSARY - DAY


          PAT HOLDS SMALL PAPER CONTAINER WITH PILL.

          TIPS HIS HEAD BACK AND DUMPS THE PILL INTO HIS MOUTH.
          DRINKS WATER, OPENS MOUTH WIDE AND STICKS HIS TONGUE OUT to
          show he swallowed.

          PAT WALKS, SPITTING OUT THE PILL. PILL LANDS ON FLOOR.

                         

          INT. PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY/ROOM - DAY


          A GROUP OF PATIENTS SEATED IN A CIRCLE WITH A DOCTOR, HAVING

          A GROUP THERAPY SESSION. PAT IS INCLUDED.

                          DANNY
           Yeah, that's when I had long hair.
           People say I talk about my hair too
           much.

                         

                         

          DANNY SITS BETWEEN TWO OTHER MALE PATIENTS.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           And it was just the way I wanted
           it, but he cut it back too far. He
           cut this side back too far trying
           to even it up. I didn't tell him to
           do that. I said, "Just cut it the
           way you cut it...."

                          PAT
           Once you get in the right frame of
           mind, I think anything's possible.
           I think we get, we so often get
           caught in this state of negativity
           and it's a, it's a poison like
           nothing else.

           4.

                         

          EXT. PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY - DAY

          PAT works out: drinks water from his plastic mayo jar, does
          squats, sit ups, push ups --

          A WOMAN'S FOOT STEPS INTO FRAME NOT FAR FROM HIS FACE -- WITH

          RED TOE NAILS IN A WHITE FLAT SANDAL --
          Pat looks at the foot -- then looks up --
          HIS MOTHER, DOLORES SOLATANO, dressed in a dress.

          INT. PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY/HALLWAY - DAY


          CAMERA TILTS UP OVER A MALE DOCTOR, DR. TIMBERS, AS HE WALKS

          WITH DOLORES. PAT FOLLOWS. CAMERA MOVES BACK WITH THEM.

           DR. TIMBERS
           ...technically, you can take him
           out against our recommendation,
           but you assume a lot of liability
           in the eyes of the court. And he's
           just getting used to the routine
           here.

                          DOLORES
           I don't want him to get used to the
           routine here. Eight months is
           already long enough.

                         

          INT. PSYCHIATRIC FACILITY/OFFICE - DAY


          CS - A FORM WITH THE HEADING:

          HOSPITAL DISCHARGE APPROVAL FORM

          PART OF THE FORM, WHICH STATES:

          ACKNOWLEDGE THAT THE HOSPITAL BEARS NO LIABILITY

          DOLORES SIGNS HER NAME.

                         

          INT. DOLORES'S CAR - DAY


          PAT CLOSES THE REAR PASSENGER DOOR, GETTING INTO THE FRONT

          PASSENGER SEAT. DOLORES IN THE DRIVER'S SEAT.

          THE CAR BEGINS TO MOVE, DANNY APPEARS., CARRYING A SUITCASE.

                          PAT
           Hey, Mom. Can we give Danny a ride
           to North Philly?

          DOLORES STOPS THE CAR.

           5.

                         

                          DOLORES
           What? I don't understand.

                          PAT
           Mom, no, it'll be fine. It'll be
           fine.

          DANNY OPENS THE REAR PASSENGER SEAT AND GETS INTO THE CAR

          WITH HIS SUITCASE.

                          DANNY
           I guess everybody's leaving today!
           Hello, Mrs. S. An honor to finally
           meet you. Pat told me all about
           you, how God made you rich in
           character, and you're the mighty
           oak that holds the household
           together, and not to mention the
           lasagna you make on game day when
           the Birds play.

                         

          EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY


          DOLORES'S CAR DRIVES TOWARDS PHILADELPHIA.

                         

          INT. DOLORES'S CAR - DAY


                          PAT
           Danny was in for assault because of
           crystal meth and alcohol.

                          DANNY
           Bad combination.

                          PAT
           Yeah. On top of an anxiety
           disorder.

                          DANNY
           That was when I was an X-ray
           technician with my ADD and my
           anxiety. I had a lot of access to
           medication and I took advantage of
           it. That's when my hair was long,
           too. But my hair only grew when I
           was older. When I was younger, my
           hair didn't grow because my
           brother...

                          (TO PAT)
           Remember I told you about my
           brother, he had a Jheri curl, and I
           couldn't get a Jheri curl because
           my hair didn't grow long enough. I
           was so jealous of my brother...

           6.

                         

                          PAT

                          (TO DOLORES)
           He's obsessed with his hair.

          DOLORES'S CELL PHONE RINGS. SHE ANSWERS AS SHE DRIVES.

                          DOLORES
           (into cell phone)
           Hello?

                          PAT

                          (TO DANNY)
           It looks great now.

                          DANNY
           You like it?

                          PAT
           It's good now.

                          DOLORES
           (into cell phone)
           Yes, it is.

          PAT TOUCHES DANNY'S HAIR.

                          DANNY
           (as Pat touches hair)
           Wait, you're going the wrong way!

                          DOLORES
           (into cell phone)
           What? Are you sure about that? I'll
           bring him back right away.

          DOLORES HANGS UP.

                          DOLORES (CONT'D)
           You lied to me, Pat. Danny's not
           allowed to leave.

                          PAT
           All right, Mom, just hold on a sec.

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          DOLORES'S CAR BEGINS TO TURN AT A SMALL INTERSECTION.

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           Let's just talk about this.

           7.

                         

          INT. DOLORES'S CAR - DAY


          DOLORES REACTS AS PAT GRABS THE STEERING WHEEL.

                          PAT
           Mom, just listen--

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          DOLORES'S CAR SWERVES TOWARD THE LANE AGAIN. A PASSING CAR

          HONKS AND SWERVES TO AVOID DOLORES'S CAR.

                          DOLORES
           Don't tou-...

                         

          INT. DOLORES'S CAR - DAY


          DOLORES REACTS AS PAT GRABS THE STEERING WHEEL.

                          DOLORES
           ...-ch the steering...

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          DOLORES'S CAR MOVES. THE PASSING CAR HONKS AND SWERVES TO

          AVOID DOLORES'S CAR.

                          DOLORES

                          (VOICE OVER)
          ...wheel!

                         

          INT. DOLORES'S CAR - DAY


          DOLORES PULLS THE CAR OVER AND STOPS.

                          DOLORES
           Pat, this whole thing was a
           mistake.

                          PAT
           I'm sorry, Mom. You okay?

                          DOLORES
           I am out on a limb for you with the
           courts right now.

                          DANNY
           It's my fault. Pat didn't know. Pat
           didn't know. He's my friend, so he
           was rootin' for me.

                          (MORE)

           8.

                         

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           I'm havin' a disagreement with the
           hospital, but we're working it out.
           Take me back to the hospital, but
           take Pat home, he's fine. Trust me.
           You'll see, he's fine. It's my
           fault.

                          DISSOLVE TO:

          INT. DOLORES'S CAR - DAY


          THE EMPTY REAR PASSENGER SEAT: DANNY GONE. PAN TO: PAT, IN

          THE FRONT PASSENGER SEAT.

                          PAT
           Mom, can we stop at the library? I
           wanna read Nikki's entire English
           high school syllabus.

          DELORES LOOKS AT HER SON, WORRIED.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Mom, it's a good thing. I'm
           remaking myself.

          DOLORES SMILES. PRE-LAP INCOMING DIALOG FROM HOUSE:

           RANDY (O.S. PRELAP)
           DeSean Jackson. What happened to
           DeSean Jackson?

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - DAY


          CAMERA PANS L. ONTO PAT'S FATHER, PAT SR., AND HIS NEIGHBOR,

          RANDY.

                          RANDY
           Come on, tell me that one.

           PAT SR.
           It's insanity. He spikes the ball
           at the one yard line. The one-
           fucking-yard line. I mean, get into
           the end zone, dummy. I mean, he
           celebrates before he's even in!

                          RANDY
           You know something? It's nothing
           new. Your team does that all the
           time. They get close...

          PAT SR. LEANS DOWN, SHUFFLES RESTAURANT DESIGN PLANS ON

          COFFEE TABLE.

           9.

                         

                          RANDY (CONT'D)
           ...and then they blow it. They got
           an inferiority complex.

                         

                         

          PAT SR. STRAIGHTENS AND TURNS TO RANDY.

           PAT SR.
           Wait a minute, what are you talking
           about? What makes the Cowboys
           America's Team?

                          RANDY
           Because we are, we're America's
           Team.

           PAT SR.
           You should be ashamed of yourself.
           We're in Philadelphia, what's the
           matter with you? You're a fucking
           traitor.

                          RANDY
           What's more American than a cowboy?

           PAT SR.
           You know what's more American?

                          RANDY
           What?

           PAT SR.
           Benjamin Franklin, that's what's
           more American.

                          RANDY
           Benjamin Franklin?

           PAT SR.
           Benjamin Franklin. The founder of
           our country, here in Philadelphia.

                          RANDY
           You mean the guy with the...

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FOYER - DAY


          THE FRONT DOOR OPENS AND DOLORES AND PAT STEP INTO THE HOUSE.

                          RANDY
           ...little glasses and the long
           scraggly hair?

           10.

                         

           PAT SR.
           What about the lightning with the
           kite? He stood in the storm with a
           kite.

                          RANDY
           If he wasn't on the hundred dollar
           bill, nobody...

          A FRAMED PHOTO OF PAT'S BROTHER JAKE ON THE WALL. PAN TO

          EMPTY SPACE WHERE ANOTHER FRAME HUNG --

                          RANDY (CONT'D)
           ...would even know who he is.

          FALLEN FRAMED PHOTO OF PAT, ON THE TABLE BELOW.

           PAT SR.
           What are you doing? No, no, no, no.
           Don't touch them, don't touch them.

                          RANDY
           I didn't even touch `em. Why are
           you--, don't blame me.

           PAT SR.
           Who did this? Who took, who took,
           who took the...

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - DAY


          PAT SR. LEANS OVER, STRAIGHTENS MULTIPLE REMOTE CONTROLS ON

          TABLE.

           PAT SR.
           -the remotes like this? Did you do
           this, Randy?

                          RANDY
           No, I don't touch them. As a matter
           of fact, I don't know why you need
           so many. Hey, there she is! Look
           how beautiful!

           PAT SR.
           (turns, sees Pat)
           What?! What's this?!

                          RANDY
           Hey.

          PAT SR. STEPS CLOSER, PATTING PAT ON THE ARM.

           PAT SR.
           Everything good?

           11.

                         

                          PAT
           (awkward, unsure)
           Mm-hmm.

           PAT SR.
           Ahh.

          PAT SR. EMBRACES PAT.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Where is it?

          PAT SR. TOUCHES PAT'S SHIRT.

                          PAT
           It's right here.

           PAT SR.
           You got it. Ahh, well, we got that.
           We don't want them to steal that.

          PAT SR. PULLS A GOLD NECKLACE OUT OF PAT'S SHIRT.

                          PAT
           You still got yours?

           PAT SR.
           Yeah, I got mine.

          PAT SR. LOOKS AT DOLORES.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           So what, you don't talk to me? You
           didn't tell me you took him out.

                          DOLORES
           Well, he's ready. Look at him.

                          PAT
           You didn't tell Dad you were
           picking me up?

                          DOLORES
           Don't worry about that.

           PAT SR.
           I wanna make sure when you come out
           that you're okay, and she didn't
           say anything. (to Dolores) You
           didn't tell me?

                          DOLORES
           The court said yes. Don't worry.

           12.

                         

           PAT SR.
           Yeah, but what did the doctor say?
           Because the, the court listens to
           the doctor.

                          PAT
           Yeah, and the court said--

           PAT SR.
           The court listens to the doctor,

                          THE DOCTOR--

                          PAT
           Dad, relax. The court said it's
           fine, okay? Let it go.

                          DOLORES
           Don't worry.

                          PAT
           Dad, I'm in there because of the
           court. That's the agreement that we
           made months ago. It was a plea
           bargain with the courts. The
           lawyer, he instructed me, he said
           that what we should plead that, and
           then I would serve eight months and
           then I'd get out.

           PAT SR.
           Yeah, no, I just--

                          DOLORES
           It's all under control.

           PAT SR.
           Well...okay, okay. Congratulations.

                          PAT
           Thank you. So what are you doing
           with yourself?

           PAT SR.
           You know, I'm gonna start a
           restaurant.

          A DRAWING OF A RESTAURANT ON THE COFFEE TABLE.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           It's gonna be a cheesesteak place.

                          PAT
           How you gonna pay for it?

           PAT SR.
           I'm gonna pay for it, don't worry
           about it.

           13.

                         

                          PAT
          From your bookmaking?

           PAT SR.
          Who told you that?

                          PAT
          Mom told me. Outside.

                          DOLORES
          I did not. No, I didn't.

                          PAT
          You just told me outside, Mom, what
          are you talking about? Five minutes
          ago, we were walking up the stairs,
          you said, "Don't say anything, but
          Dad lost his job and he's
          bookmaking."

           PAT SR.
          Why, Dolores? Why did you say that
          to him? He has the wrong idea.

                          (TO PAT)
          Everything's fine, Patrick. I'm
          more concerned about you than
          anything else.

                          PAT
          Good, Dad. Good.

           PAT SR.
          Okay, the question, the big
          question, is what are you gonna do
          with yourself?

                          PAT
          What am I gonna do? I'm getting in
          shape, I'm getting trim, I'm
          getting really fit for Nikki. I'm
          gonna read Nikki's teaching
          syllabus and get my old job back.

           PAT SR.
          Nikki sold the house. She left.
          Didn't your mother tell you that?

                          PAT
          Let me tell you something. You
          don't know anything about my
          marriage, okay, Dad? All right? Our
          marriage...we're very, very much in
          love, okay? Just like you two.

           PAT SR.
          Listen, Patrick, she's gone. She's
          not around anymore. Nikki left.

           14.

                         

                          PAT
           What are you doing, Dad? You know
           what? Excelsior. Excelsior.

           PAT SR.
           What does that mean?

                          PAT
           It means you know what I'm gonna
           do, I'm gonna take all this
           negativity and use it as fuel and
           I'm gonna find a silver lining,
           that's what I'm gonna do. And
           that's no bullshit. That's no
           bullshit. That takes work and
           that's the truth.

                         

          EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE - NIGHT


                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - EVENING


          PAT SR. AND DOLORES SIT, READING.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - EVENING


          PAT SITS, READING A BOOK. SIGHS. HE TURNS A PAGE.

          PAT LIES ON HIS BED, READING. DOLORES ENTERS AND SETS A TRAY

          OF FOOD ON THE BED FOR DINNER.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT


          PAT SR. AND DOLORES GET INTO BED.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


          PAT'S HAND TURNS A PAGE.

          PAT LIES ON HIS BED, READING.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT


          PAT SR. TURNS OFF THE LAMP ON HIS SIDE OF THE BED. DOLORES IS

          NEXT TO HIM.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


          CU - THE BOOK PAGES.

           15.

                         

          PAT SITS IN A CHAIR, READING.

          PAT AS HE READS.

          PAT TURNS THE LAST PAGE.

          HANDS CLOSE THE BOOK.

          CAMERA TILTS UP ONTO HIS FACE.

                          PAT
           What the fuck?!

          CAMERA PULLS BACK AS PAT THROWS THE BOOK.

                         

          EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE - NIGHT


          THE BOOK SMASHES THROUGH THE ATTIC WINDOW, SOARS THROUGH AIR,

          LANDS ON THE FRONT LAWN.

                          PAT

                          (YELLING)
           Stupid fucking book!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT


          PAT SR. WAKES.

                          CUT TO:

                         

          PAT PACES IN HIS PARENTS BEDROOM.

                          PAT

                          (YELLING)
           I just can't believe Nikki's
           teaching that book to the kids. I
           mean the whole time -- let me just
           break it down for you -- the whole
           time you're rooting for this
           Hemingway guy to survive the war
           and to be with the woman that he
           loves, Catherine Barkley...

          HIS TIRED PARENTS LOOK AT HIM FROM THE BED.

                          DOLORES
           It's four o'clock in the morning,
           Pat.

           16.

                         

                          PAT
           ...and he does. He does. He
           survives the war, after getting
           blown up he survives it, and he
           escapes to Switzerland with
           Catherine. But now Catherine's
           pregnant. Isn't that wonderful?
           She's pregnant. And they escape up
           into the mountains and they're
           gonna be happy, and they're gonna
           be drinking wine and they dance --
           they both like to dance with each
           other, there's scenes of them
           dancing, which was boring, but I
           liked it, because they were happy.
           You think he ends it there? No! He
           writes another ending. She dies,
           Dad! I mean, the world's hard
           enough as it is, guys. It's fucking
           hard enough as it is. Can't
           somebody say, "Hey, let's be
           positive? Let's have a good ending
           to the story?"

                          DOLORES
           Pat, you owe us an apology.

                          PAT
           Mom, for what, I can't apologize.
           I'm not gonna apologize for this.
           You know what I will do? I will
           apologize on behalf of Ernest
           Hemingway, because that's who's to
           blame here.

          PAT WALKS TO THE DOOR.

           PAT SR.
           Yeah, have Ernest Hemingway call us
           and apologize to us, too.

          PAT EXITS, CLOSING IT BEHIND HIM.

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          PAT SR. AS HE JOGS TO PAT. HE WALKS TO THE SIDEWALK AND

          BEGINS STRETCHING.

          PAT SR. JOGS.

           PAT SR.
           Why didn't you run with me?

                          PAT
           I was reading.

           17.

                         

           PAT SR.
           Please. Do us a favor, don't read
           for a while.

                         PAT GROANS

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           What are you wearing a garbage bag
           for?

                          PAT
           I'm gonna go run now.

          PAT BEGINS TO JOG PAST PAT SR.

           PAT SR.
           Wait, wait, wait. You have to fix
           this window.

          PAT STOPS AND TURNS.

                          PAT
           I'll fix it when I get back.

           PAT SR.
           Fix it now.

          DOLORES ENTERS.

                          DOLORES
           Get in the car, Pat. You have to go
           to therapy.

          DOLORES EXITS.

                          PAT
           I don't wanna go to therapy.

                          DOLORES
           You have to go. It's part of the
           deal. You can't live with us and
           not go.

                         

          INT. OFFICE/LOBBY - DAY


          PAT STEPS INTO THE LOBBY. THE FEMALE RECEPTIONIST SITS AT HER

          DESK AND SHE PUSHES A SIGN- IN SHEET TO PAT WHO ENTERS,

          WRITING HIS NAME.

          SONG FADES IN: `CHERIE AMOUR' BY STEVIE WONDER.

                          PAT
           Is that song really playing?

                          RECEPTIONIST
           We have music sometimes.

           18.

                         

                          PAT
           That song is killing me. Could you
           please turn it off?

                          RECEPTIONIST
           I can't.

                          PAT
           What do you mean, you can't?

                          RECEPTIONIST
           I don't have the controls. I'm
           sorry, I--

                          PAT

                          (INTERRUPTING))
           Did Doctor Timbers put you up to
           this? Is there a speaker here?

          PAT WALKS TO A MAGAZINE RACK.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Is, is the speaker here?

          HE OVERTURNS THE METAL MAGAZINE RACK.

          WAITING PATIENTS STARE, A MALE THERAPIST OPENS HIS OFFICE

          DOOR, LOOKING AROUND.

          THE RECEPTIONIST REACTS.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Okay...I'm
           sorry. I'll fix all this, okay?

          PAT PICKS UP THE MAGAZINES, EMOTIONAL, EMBARRASSED.

                         

          INT. DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


                          PAT
           That was a messed up thing you did,
           Doctor Patel. That's a messed up
           thing. I'm sorry, but that's....

           DR. PATEL
           You can call me Cliff, please.

                          PAT
           Yeah, well, Cliff, that's not the
           way you're supposed to meet people,
           okay? Why don't you write that down
           in your, I don't know, your little
           book you write stuff down in.

           19.

                         

           DR. PATEL
           I'm sorry about that song. I just
           wanted to see if it was still a
           trigger for you.

                          PAT
           Bravo. It's a trigger. I'm not
           gonna take any meds, I should just
           tell you that right now.

           DR. PATEL
           You have to take medicine.

                          PAT
           No, I'm not gonna take any
           medicine. It makes me foggy--

           DR. PATEL

                          (INTERRUPTING)
           No, you will have to take
           medication.

                          PAT
           I don't want any meds, Doctor.
           Look, I am not the explosion guy,
           okay? My father is the explosion
           guy. I'm not that guy. He got
           kicked out of that stadium he beat
           up so many people at Eagles games,
           he's on the exclusion list. I had
           one incident.

           DR. PATEL
           One incident can change a lifetime.

                          PAT
           But I'm ready. I'm ready to take
           responsibility for my side of the
           street. She just needs to take
           responsibility for hers.

           DR. PATEL
           What's hers?

                          PAT
           What's hers? Are you joking? Let's
           go back to the incident. I come
           home from work after I

                         

          EXT. HOUSE - DAY-FLASHBACK


          THE HOUSE WHERE PAT AND NIKKI LIVED. PAT'S POV GOES TO HOUSE.

           20.

                         

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           I left work early -- which I never
           do, by the way, but I got in a
           fight with Nancy, the high school

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


                          PAT
           ...principal. I come home and
           what's playing but the song from my
           wedding. The song that you so
           charmingly played out here today
           for us. That's playing and I don't
           think anything of it. Which is odd,
           `cause I should have.

                         

          INT. HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - DAY - FLASHBACK


          CAMERA MOVES OVER THE FLOOR AND STAIRCASE, WHICH IS LITTERED

          WITH CLOTHING.

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           I come home, what do I see? I walk
           in the door and I see underwear and
           pieces of clothing and a guy's
           pants with his belt in it, and I
           walk up the stairs, and all...

          THE SONG PLAYS

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


                          PAT
           ...ll of a sudden I see the DVD
           player, and on the D-...

                         

          INT. HOUSE/UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - DAY - FLASHBACK


          CAMERA MOVES IN ON A SMALL MUSIC SYSTEM.

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           ...-VD player is the CD and it's
           playing our wedding song, and then
           I look down and I see my wife's...

          CAMERA PANS L. ONTO A PAIR OF WOMEN'S UNDERWEAR ON THE FLOOR.

           21.

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


                          PAT
           ...panties on the ground and then-

                         

          INT. HOUSE/UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - DAY - FLASHBACK


          CAMERA TILTS UP FROM THE UNDERWEAR ONTO THE BATHROOM DOORWAY.

          THE DOOR IS OPEN AND PAT'S WIFE NIKKI IS VISIBLE THROUGH THE

          TRANSPARENT SHOWER CURTAIN. SHE FACES THE WALL IN BG.

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           ...I look up and I see her naked in
           the shower...

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


                          PAT
           ...and I think, "Oh, that's kinda
           sweet, she's in the shower. What a
           perfect thing. I'm gonna find her
           and maybe I'll go in there. We
           never-...

                         

          INT. HOUSE/BATHROOM - DAY- FLASHBACK


          PAT SEES NIKKI, VISIBLE THROUGH THE SHOWER CURTAIN.

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           ...fuck in the shower anymore.
           Maybe today we will." I...

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


                          PAT
           ...pull the curtain back and
           there's the fucking history...

                         

          INT. HOUSE/BATHROOM - DAY- FLASHBACK


          PAST PAT, TO NIKKI, VISIBLE THROUGH THE SHOWER CURTAIN. NIKKI

          TURNS AND REACTS, REVEALING A MAN IN THE SHOWER WITH HER,

          DOUG CULPEPPER.

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           ...-teacher with tenure.

           22.

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


                          PAT
           And you know what he says to me?

                         

          INT. HOUSE/BATHROOM - DAY- FLASHBACK


          PAST PAT, TO DOUG AND NIKKI AS THEY REACT.

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           "You should probably go." That's
           what he says to me.

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


                          PAT
           So yeah, I snapped. I almost beat
           him to death. But now I get fucking
           chastised for it? I'm parallel to
           my father? I don't think so.

           DR. PATEL
           All right. Can you talk about
           something that you did, before or
           after?

                          PAT
           Yeah, about a week before the
           incident, I called the cops and I
           told them that my wife and the
           history guy were plotting against
           me by embezzling money from the
           local high school, which wasn't
           true. It was a delusion. And we
           later found out from the hospital
           that's because I'm, uh...

           DR. PATEL
           ...undiagnosed bipolar.

                          PAT
           Yeah. With mood swings and weird
           thinking brought on by severe
           stress, which rarely happens, thank
           God. And then the shower incident
           happened and that's when everything
           snapped, so I then realized that,
           oh, wow, I've been dealing with
           this my whole life. And without any
           supervision I've been doing it all
           on my own with no help and
           basically I've been white-knuckling
           it this whole time.

           23.

                         

           DR. PATEL
           That had to be hard.

                          PAT
           Yeah. It's a lot to deal with,
           especially when you don't know what
           the hell is happening, which I do
           now. Sort of.

                          DOLORES

           (O.S. PRELAP)
           Pat, you have to take your

                          MEDICATION -

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - DAY


          PAT SR. SITS, WATCHING THE O.S. TELEVISION. DOLORES AND PAT

          ARE VISIBLE IN THE KITCHEN, THROUGH THE DOORWAY IN BG.

                          PAT
           I can't, Mom. I can't.

                          DOLORES
           I will call them. They'll come for
           you.

                          PAT
           Why would you do that? You wouldn't
           do that. Why would you call them?

           PAT SR.
           What's up?

                          PAT
           I don't, I don't feel good when I'm
           on them, Mom. I don't feel good.
           I'm so much clearer without them.
           Mom, they make me bloated. I don't
           like the way it makes me look.

                          DOLORES
           You've gotta take your medication.

           PAT SR.
           Why don't you just take your
           medication?

          PAT WALKS INTO THE ROOM, CAMERA MOVING BACK WITH HIM. DOLORES

          FOLLOWS HIM.

                          PAT
           Come on, I'm doing it with my
           physicality. I've been workin' out,
           that's what I'm doin'.

           24.

                         

           PAT SR.
           Why is he wearing a garbage bag?

                          DOLORES
           Why are you wearing a garbage bag?

                          PAT
           To sweat.

           PAT SR.
           Sit down. We're seven minutes in,
           no score. Come on, help turn the
           juju around.

                          PAT
           I don't believe in juju, Dad.

           PAT SR.
           Come on, Mister Excelsior. You
           wanna be positive? Be positive. Sit
           down.

                          PAT
           All right, all right.

           PAT SR.
           Come on.

                          PAT
           For a second. I'll watch the
           beginning of the game.

                          DOLORES
           He says you're good...

          PAT SR. HOLDS A GREEN HANDKERCHIEF IN ONE HAND, FIDGETING

          WITH IT. SEVERAL REMOTE CONTROLS ARE ALIGNED PERFECTLY ON THE

          TABLE NEXT TO HIM.

                          DOLORES (CONT'D)
           ..luck, honey.

                          PAT
           What's that in your hand?

           PAT SR.
           It's a... see?

                          PAT
           Handkerchief?

           PAT SR.
           Yeah.

          PAT SR. STRAIGHTENS THE REMOTE CONTROLS. PAT SITS.

           25.

                         

                          PAT
           That's OCD. That's crazy.

           PAT SR.
           What OCD? I want my son to watch
           the game with me, so sue me.

          PAT ENTERS R., STANDING UP.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Just sit down, come on. I want you
           to watch the game with me. I'm not
           superstitious. That's a small thing
           that I do. If I make a lot of
           money, what's the difference if I
           do this or that? It's a small
           thing. Sit down. Come on.

                          DOLORES
           I'm making crabby snacks and
           homemades.

          TOUCHDOWN ON TV. PAT SR. YELLS, DOLORES YELLS. PAT REACTS.

           PAT SR.
           You see?! You see that?! You're
           meant to be here!

          PAT LAUGHS.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           This is special. Everything happens
           for a reason. That's why you came
           home. Embrace it! Embrace it!

          THE TELEPHONE RINGS.

                          PAT
           I'm the reason? I don't think so.

          PAT SR. ANSWERS THE TELEPHONE, HANDLING BETS.

           PAT SR.

                          (INTO TELEPHONE)
           Yeah, Tommy, Tommy, yes, yes. I got
           your whole sheet. Yeah. No, no...

                          PAT
           Mom.

           PAT SR.

                          (INTO TELEPHONE)
           ...I'm just confirming. I'm just
           confirming. Okay.

          THE DOORBELL RINGS.

           26.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FOYER - DAY


          PAT OPENS THE FRONT DOOR, REVEALING A NEIGHBORHOOD TEENAGER,

          RICK, WHO HOLDS A SMALL VIDEO CAMERA UP.

           PAT SR.
           Wait, wait, wait, wait.

                          RICKY
           Can I do..an interview for a school
           project on mental illness?

           PAT SR.
           No.

          PAT SR. SLAMS THE DOOR CLOSED.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FOYER - DAY


           RICKY (O.S.)
           It's for a school project!

           PAT SR.
           Don't pay any attention.

                          PAT
           Who's that? That's not Rick
           D'Angelo, is it?

                          DOLORES
           That's him.

                          PAT
           Is he the guy who's having the
           problem?

           PAT SR.
           People are stupid.

                          DOLORES
           Yeah, that's the one.

           PAT SR.
           They, they, they, they don't know
           what they're saying.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Don't let them hurt your feelings.

                          PAT
           No, you shut the door in his face.
           I'm going for a run.

           27.

                         

          EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE - DAY


           PAT SR.
           No! (to kid Rick) Get outta here
           with that camera!

                          DOLORES
           Pat, don't look for Nikki!

           PAT SR.
           Take your camera and get out of
           here!

          PAT JOGS, EXITING. RICK FOLLOWS.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Patrick, please.

                          DOLORES
           Pat!

           PAT SR.
           Patty! Patty!

                          DOLORES
           Don't look for Nikki!

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          PAT RUNS. HE TURNS A CORNER AND RUNS.

          THE SONG PLAYS

                         

          EXT. RAILROAD TRACK - DAY


          PAT RUNS TO A HIGH SCHOOL.

                         

          EXT. HIGH SCHOOL - DAY


          THE PRINCIPAL, NANCY METGERS, STANDS NEXT TO HER PARKED CAR

          WITH AN ARMLOAD OF PAPERWORK AS PAT RUNS TOWARD HER.

                          PAT
           Ms. Meckers!

          NANCY SEES PAT APPROACH.

                          NANCY
           Oh, God! Oh, God!
          NANCY HURRIES to avoid him.

           28.

                         

                          PAT
           Nance! This is my lucky day! Look
           at you working on a Sunday!

          NANCY HURRIES UP THE STAIRS TO A LOCKED SCHOOL ENTRANCE.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           How are you? Hey.

                          NANCY
           What are you doing here?

                          PAT
           I just came by to say hi, to let
           you know I'm ready to come back to
           work.

                          NANCY
           You shouldn't be here.

                          PAT
           I'll work full-time, half-time.
           I'll sub, I'll work history,
           whatever you want.

          PAT WALKS UP THE STAIRS TO NANCY, WHO UNLOCKS THE DOOR.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Here, let me give you a hand. I'm
           sorry. I'm being rude.

                          NANCY
           I got it.

          PAT HELPS HER. NANCY OPENS THE DOOR.

                          NANCY (CONT'D)
           I got it. I got it.

                          PAT
           Let me ask you something. Let me
           just ask you something. Does Nikki
           still work here?

                          NANCY
           You know I can't tell you that. But
           Doug Culpepper is still here.

                          PAT
           Why would you tell me that? You
           know he broke up my marriage. What,
           are you being, a troublemaker?

                          NANCY
           You know, you look good. Did you
           lose a lot of weight?

           29.

                         

                          PAT
           I did, yeah. I did. Thank you.

          PAT EMBRACES NANCY, WHO REACTS.

                          NANCY
           Get away from me! Get away!

                          PAT
           I'm better. I just want to let you
           know, I'm better now. Okay? I'm
           better. I feel good. I feel so
           good. Look at my eyes. Look at my
           eyes. Look at how clear they are.

                         

          INT. HIGH SCHOOL /HALLWAY - DAY


          PAT OPENS A DOOR, HOLDING IT FOR NANCY AS SHE STEPS PAST HIM.

                          PAT
           I'm not a complainer anymore. I'm a
           positive guy. Okay?

                          NANCY
           You just have to give it some time.

                          PAT
           Yes.

                          NANCY
           You know, a lot went down. People
           will get over it. It'll be all
           good. It'll work out.

                          PAT
           Yes! It will be!

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           I'm gonna take that as a silver
           development, Nancy! A silver
           development! That's a silver
           lining!

                          NANCY
           Good luck.

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          PAT RUNS.

          THE SONG PLAYS.

          PAT SEES HIS FRIEND RONNIE CARRYING GROCERIES FROM HIS PARKED

          CAR.

           30.

                         

                          PAT
           Ronnie! Pat.

                          RONNIE

                          (LAUGHS)
           There he is! He's back!

          THEY EMBRACE.

                          PAT
           Hey.

                          RONNIE
           Welcome home.

                          PAT
           Thank you.

                          RONNIE
           Welcome back, man.

                          PAT
           Yeah, I'm out.

                          RONNIE
           Yeah? You're out out?

                          PAT
           Uh-huh.

                          RONNIE
           Cool, man. Wow, you lost a lot of
           weight. I almost didn't recognize
           you.

                          PAT
           Thank you.

                          RONNIE
           I'm sorry I didn't visit you in the
           hospital. You know, work's out of
           control, you know, she had the
           baby. I'm really glad you're back.
           I missed you. I really need someone
           to talk to. You gotta come see the
           baby. She's beautiful. And Veronica
           wants to make dinner for you.

                          PAT
           Congratulations on the baby, but
           I'm not buying the invitation.

                          RONNIE
           'Cause you think Veronica still
           hates you?

           31.

                         

                          PAT
           I know Veronica still hates me.

                          RONNIE
           That's not true.

                          PAT
           Yes, it is. Nikki always said that
           "Ronnie's wife keeps his social
           calendar where she keeps his balls,
           in her purse."

                          RONNIE
           That's not true.

          UPSTAIRS WINDOW RONNIE'S HOUSE OPENS IN BG. WIFE VERONICA

          LEANS OUT.

                          VERONICA
           Ronnie! What are you doing?

                          RONNIE
           Okay, it's a little true. But if
           you think she still hates you,
           you're wrong because why would she
           tell me to invite you to dinner?
           Hmm?

                          VERONICA
           Did you invite him?

                          RONNIE
           Yes.

                          VERONICA
           Well, can he make it?

                          RONNIE
           I don't know yet! (to Pat) Can you
           make it next Sunday?

                          PAT
           Sure.

                          RONNIE
           I'll see you next Sunday.

          RONNIE LEANS DOWN TO PICK UP THE BOX OF DIAPERS. PAT GRABS

          HIS ARM.

                          PAT
           Now, you guys are still in touch
           with Nikki, right? Does Veronica
           still talk to Nikki?

                          RONNIE
           Yeah.

           32.

                         

                          VERONICA
           Get in here, please. I need you.

                          RONNIE
           Okay.

          VERONICA EXITS INTO THE HOUSE, CLOSING THE WINDOW.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/KITCHEN - DAY


           PAT SR.
           As soon as you left, the Redskins
           threw a trick play, a pitch out to
           Randal El. Andy Reid wastes a time-
           out challenging it, loses the
           challenge, loses the game. You're
           in this house, please show some
           respect for what I do. And we
           should spend time together anyway.
           I'm trying to keep you out of
           trouble, please.

                          PAT
           I have very, good news, everybody.
           Very good news.

           PAT SR.
           What's that? What's the good news?

                          PAT
           Things are looking up.

           PAT SR.
           Oh, are they?

          PAT PICKS UP THE PHONE TO DIAL.

                          PAT
           You know what, I knew why they
           invited me over. I knew it.

           PAT SR.
           Listen, she might be with that guy.
           That, the....

                          PAT
           Oh, no way!

           PAT SR.
           She--, no, she might be with him.
           She's afraid of you. She doesn't
           want to talk to you.

                          PAT
           No way, Dad. You mean, Doug
           Culpepper?

           33.

                         

           PAT SR.
           Put the phone down. You gotta...

                          PAT
           Wait just a minute.

          PAT SR REACHES FOR THE TELEPHONE.

           PAT SR.
           ...Put the phone down, please.

                          PAT
           What are you doing?

          THEY BOTH PULL ON THE TELEPHONE RECEIVER.

           PAT SR.
           Listen--, stop.

                          PAT
           Give me the phone. Dad, this is my
           life. Dad.

           PAT SR.
           Gimme the phone. Gimme the phone.

                          DOLORES
           Pat!

           PAT SR.
           You gotta understand me. You wanna
           go back? Well then, stop this! Then
           don't fucking do this.

                          PAT

                          (TEARFULLY)
           Don't talk to me like that.

           PAT SR.
           Well then, don't behave this way.

          THEY REACT AS THE DOORBELL RINGS.

                          OFFICER KEOGH

                          (VOICE OVER)
           I got...a call asking to...

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FOYER - DAY


          PAT SR. OPENING THE FRONT DOOR TO A POLICE OFFICER STANDING

          ON THE PORCH. HE IS OFFICER KEOGH.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           ...check on this house. Pat
           Solatano?

           34.

                         

                          PAT
           Yeah.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Yeah? Missus Solatano, Mister
           Solatano, I'm Officer Keogh. I work
           this beat. Look, I heard about the
           restraining order. And I heard you
           went to your old house and the
           school. It's not okay. I've been
           assigned to your case, so you're
           gonna be seeing a lot of me. Do
           yourself a favor. Respect the
           restraining order, okay? Five
           hundred feet.

           PAT SR.
           You hear what he just said? You
           have a restraining order.

                          PAT
           Yeah, Dad, I know.

           PAT SR.
           Thank you, Officer.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           If you need anything...my card.

          PAT SR. TAKES THE BUSINESS CARD.

           PAT SR.
           Thank you. Sorry. We understand.

                          PAT
           Since when do cops have cards?

          PAT SR. CLOSES THE DOOR.

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


           DR. PATEL
           Tell me one thing. Would you like
           to be a guy who goes back to jail
           or to the hospital? Hmm? So take
           your medication and if you do fine,
           we'll reduce them.

                          PAT
           Nikki's waiting for me to get in
           shape and get my life in order, and
           then she's gonna be with me. And
           that's better than any medication.

           35.

                         

           DR. PATEL
           Pat, there's a possibility, and I
           want you to be prepared for it,
           that she may not return. True love
           is about letting her go and seeing
           if she returns. In the meantime, if
           you listen to that song, I don't
           want you to fall apart. So get a
           strategy, okay? You need one.

                          PAT
           Let me say something, I gotta say
           something.

           DR. PATEL
           Okay.

                          PAT
           This is what I believe to be true.
           This is what I learned in the
           hospital. You have to do everything
           you can, you have to work your
           hardest, and if you do, if you stay
           positive, you have a shot at a
           silver lining.

           DR. PATEL
           Work on a strategy, okay?

                          PAT
           Hey, my friend Ronnie's having this
           party on Sunday night and it's like
           a real hoity-toity thing and his
           wife, Veronica's a real stickler
           for.... I don't know, my mom got
           this Gap outfit she wants me to
           wear, but I wanna wear a jersey
           that my brother, Jake, got me from
           the Eagles.

           DR. PATEL
           Which jersey?

                          PAT
           DeSean Jackson.

           DR. PATEL
           DeSean Jackson is the man.

                          PAT
           Well, that settles that.

                         

          EXT. RONNIE'S HOUSE/FRONT PORCH - EVENING


          PAT STANDS ON THE PORCH, HOLDING A BOTTLE OF WINE AND A

          BOUQUET OF FLOWERS. HE WEARS THE FOOTBALL JERSEY.

           36.

                         

          HE LOOKS DOWN AT HIS JERSEY, THEN TURNS AND LEAVES.

                         

          EXT. RONNIE'S HOUSE - EVENING


          PAT HURRIES. RONNIE OPENS THE DOOR IN BG.

                          RONNIE
           Pat! What are you doin'?

          PAT STOPS AND TURNS.

                          PAT
           I gotta go, man.

                          RONNIE
           Why?

                          PAT
           I can't stay, come on. I made a
           mistake, I shouldn't have worn
           this.

                          RONNIE
           Dude, you're fine. I like that
           jersey. I wish I was wearing that
           jersey.

                          PAT
           I feel like an idiot.

                          RONNIE
           Are you comfortable?

                          PAT
           Veronica's not gonna like it.

                          RONNIE
           Get over here.

                          PAT
           Plus you got a tie on.

                          RONNIE
           Don't worry about it, you're the
           guest of honor. You come however
           you wanna come.

                          PAT
           Really?

                          RONNIE
           Get over here.

           37.

                         

          INT. RONNIE'S HOUSE/FOYER - EVENING


                          RONNIE
           DeSean Jackson's in the house!

          CAMERA TILTS UP ONTO VERONICA, HOLDING THE BABY.

                          VERONICA
           You mean rookie of the year?

                          RONNIE
           Yeah.

                          VERONICA

                          (TO BABY)
           DeSean Jackson? DeSean Jackson?
           (noticing Pat) Oh, you wore a
           jersey to dinner.

                          RONNIE
           Isn't it awesome?

                          VERONICA
           Not for dinner.

                          RONNIE
           Look, he got us flowers.

                          VERONICA
           Oh, that's sweet. (to Pat) That's
           sweet, Pat. That's lovely.

                          RONNIE
           And wine.

                          PAT
           Hey.

                          VERONICA
           Hey.

                         

          INT. RONNIE'S HOUSE/DEN - EVENING


          RONNE AND PAT HAVE A MOMENT. A FRAMED PHOTO OF RONNIE,

          VERONICA AND THE BABY ON THE WALL.

                          RONNIE
           Check this out. We just redid the
           whole thing.

                          PAT
           Wow!

          RONNIE LAUGHS.

           38.

                         

                          PAT (CONT'D)
          Tremendous. Tremendous.

                          RONNIE
          Isn't it great?

                          PAT
          Tremendous.

                          RONNIE
          Yeah, man, I'm, I'm thinking of
          redoing it again.

                          PAT
          Why?

                          RONNIE
          Because.

                          PAT
          Gotta be making a lot of paper to
          do that.

                          RONNIE
          Yeah, we're doing all right, man. I
          can't complain.

                          PAT
          Isn't the market down, though?

                          RONNIE
          It is down, but you know, she wants
          more, so I'm giving her more, man.

                          PAT
          Hey, you know my dad lost his
          pension.

                          RONNIE
          I'm sorry, man.

                          PAT
          Yeah.

                          RONNIE
          A lot of people. My uncle, too.

                          PAT
          Really?

                          RONNIE
          Yeah, but you know what? No
          disrespect, it's not personal, but
          this is the time to strike.

                          (MORE)

           39.

                         

                          RONNIE (CONT'D)
           You start snapping up commercial
           real estate -- cheap -- flip it
           over, you flip it over and that's
           when you make the money. But the
           pressure...it's like....

          RONNIE GLANCES, LOOKING FOR VERONICA.

                          PAT
           You okay?

                          RONNIE

                          (WHISPERING)
           I'm not okay. Don't tell anybody.
           Listen to me. I feel like I'm
           getting crushed and--

                          PAT

                          (WHISPERING)
           Crushed by what?

                          RONNIE

                          (WHISPERING)
           Everything. The family, the baby,
           the job, the fucking dicks at work,
           and it's like, you know, like I'm
           trying to do this, (Ronnie reaches
           for his throat, mimicking trying to
           breath) you know, and, and, and I'm
           like...suffocating.

          RONNIE COVERS HIS FACE WITH ONE HAND.

                          PAT
           Holy shit.

                          RONNIE
           You can't be happy all the time.

                          PAT
           Who told you you can't be happy?

                          RONNIE
           It's all right. You just do your
           best, you have no choice.

                          PAT
           That's not true at all.

                          RONNIE
           You just can't.

                          PAT
           Ronnie, Ronnie, Ronnie!

          THE DOORBELL RINGS.

           40.

                         

                          RONNIE
           I hope you're okay with Veronica's
           sister coming over. You okay with
           that?

                          PAT
           Who?

                          RONNIE
           Veronica's sister.

           PAT AND RONNIE

                          (IN UNISON)
           Tiffany.

                          PAT
           Tiffany and...Tommy?

                          RONNIE
           Yeah. Just Tiffany.

                          PAT
           What happened to Tommy?

                          RONNIE
           He died.

                          PAT
           Tommy died?

                          RONNIE
           Cops die.

                          PAT
           How'd he die?

                          RONNIE
           Please, don't bring it up.

                          PAT
           No, how did he die?

                          TIFFANY
           How did who die?

          PAT LOOKS UP TO SEE VERONICA'S SISTER TIFFANY ENTER: THEY
          LOCK EYES IMMEDIATELY. SHE IS TALL, STRIKING, INTENSE. She
          walks to Ronnie and Pat, who is unsure how to behave.

                          RONNIE
           Hey, Tiffany! This is Pat. Pat, my
           sister-in-law Tiffany.

                          PAT
           You look nice.

           41.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           Thank you.

                          PAT
           I'm not flirting with you.

                          TIFFANY
           Oh, I didn't think you were.

                          PAT
           I just see that you made an effort
           and I'm gonna be better with my
           wife, I'm working on that. I wanna
           acknowledge her beauty. I never
           used to do that. I do that now.
           `Cause we're gonna be better than
           ever...Nikki. Just practicing.
           How'd Tommy die?

          TIFFANY IS STUNNED. RONNIE CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT PAT JUST SAID.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           What about your job?

                          TIFFANY
           I just got fired, actually.

                          PAT
           Oh, really? How?

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           I mean, I'm sorry. How'd that
           happen?

                          TIFFANY
           Does it really matter?

          TIFFANY AND PAT FACE EACH OTHER. VERONICA ENTERS IN BG.,

          VISIBLE THROUGH A PASS-THROUGH WINDOW INTO THE KITCHEN.

                          VERONICA
           Baby, how's it going?

                          RONNIE
           Great, great.

                          VERONICA
           Everyone having fun? We're gonna go
           on a tour now. We're gonna go on a
           tour now.

                          TIFFANY

                          (TO PAT)
           Let's go see the house.

                          RONNIE
           Come on, let's go for the tour.

           42.

                         

           VERONICA (O.S.)
           I've, I've been planning this
           forever. I love our house. I love
           our house. I'm really excited about
           it.
          Tiffany looks back over her shoulder at Pat, intensely.

                          RONNIE
           (motions to Pat)
           Come on.

                         

          INT. RONNIE'S HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - EVENING


          A SILVER FRAME MOUNTED ON THE WALL.

                          VERONICA
           Guess what it is.

                          PAT
           Oh, it's a television.

                          TIFFANY
           It's a computer screen.

                          RONNIE
           Nope.

                          VERONICA
           Just keep going, keep going, keep
           going.

                          PAT
           It's a brick oven, it's a brick
           oven.

                          TIFFANY
           It's a light. It's a...

                          VERONICA
           Ooh, ooh, warmer, warmer, warmer.

                          TIFFANY
           ...it's a drawer at a morgue where
           they pull out dead bodies and shoot
           them with formaldehyde.

                          VERONICA
           Don't think so hard, don't think so
           hard.

                          PAT
           Where would the dead body...where
           would the body go, though? `Cause
           the outside of the--

           43.

                         

                          TIFFANY

                          (ANNOYED)
           It's a joke!

          VERONICA LIGHTS THE FRAME --

                          VERONICA
           It's a...fireplace.

                          TIFFANY
           In the middle of the wall?

                         

          INT. RONNIE'S HOUSE/BATHROOM - EVENING


          VERONICA SHOWS OFF AN OUTLET ON THE WALL.

                          VERONICA
           We have a port in every room. Gimme
           an iPod. Who, who doesn't have an
           iPod?

                          PAT
           Well, I don't have an iPod. I don't
           even have a phone. They won't let
           me make any calls. They think I'm
           gonna call Nikki.

                          RONNIE
           Don't worry about it. Don't focus
           on that.

                          PAT
           I would call Nikki.

                          RONNIE
           I'm actually gonna give you one of
           my iPods. I have an old one.

                          VERONICA
           Gimme your iPod.

          RONNIE HANDS AN IPOD TO VERONICA.

                          VERONICA (CONT'D)
           Give it to me. Thank you, baby,
           thank you.

          VERONICA PLUGS THE IPOD INTO THE OUTLET.

                          TIFFANY
           Of all the rooms there are iPod
           ports in, I'm happy you brought us
           into the bathroom.

                          VERONICA
           Look, look, look.

           44.

                         

          MUSIC BEGINS TO PLAY.

                          VERONICA (CONT'D)
           I can play music for the baby in
           any room.

                          PAT
           Can you play "Ride the Lightning"
           by Metallica?

          VERONICA IS SPEECHLESS. RONNIE GRINS.

                         

          INT. RONNIE'S HOUSE/DINING ROOM - EVENING


                          RONNIE
           Pat was a history sub at the high
           school, Tiffany. Ask him about any
           president, he knows 'em all.

                          PAT
           Here's a fun fact. You know where
           the term "OK" comes from?

                          VERONICA
           No. No, I don't.

                          RONNIE
           Where?

                          PAT
           Well, Martin Van Buren, the eighth
           president of the United States of
           America, is from Kinderhook, New
           York...

                          VERONICA
           Oh.

                          PAT
           ...and he was part of a club, a
           men's club, called Old Kinderhook.
           And if you were cool, you were in
           the club, they'd say, "That guy's
           OK." `Cause he was in the Old
           Kinderhooks.

                          RONNIE
           Really?

                          PAT
           Yeah. Pretty cool, right?

                          RONNIE
           That's interesting.

           45.

                         

                          VERONICA
          You know, Tiffany's been doing this
          dance thing for years and she's
          real good at it. She's gonna be
          competing at the Ben Franklin
          Hotel.

                          PAT
          Oh, really? My wife loves dance.
          Nikki loves dance.

                          TIFFANY
          Why do you have to talk about me
          like that?

                          VERONICA
          I'm just bragging about you. Can't
          I brag about my little sister?

                          TIFFANY
          Don't talk about me in the third
          person.

                          VERONICA
          Please, gimme a break.

                          TIFFANY
          I'm right here.

                          VERONICA
          Just be nice. Just be nice.

                          PAT
          Wow, wow, wow. Fascinating.

                          TIFFANY
          Sorry. I don't wanna be mean.

                          VERONICA
          I know. I know, I know.

                          TIFFANY

                          (TO PAT)
          What meds are you on?

                          PAT
          Me? None. I used to be on Lithium
          and Seroquel and Abilify, but I
          don't take them anymore, no. They
          make me foggy and they also make me
          bloated.

                          TIFFANY
          Yeah, I was on Xanax and Effexor,
          but I agree, I wasn't as sharp, so
          I stopped.

           46.

                         

                          PAT
           You ever take Klonopin?

                          TIFFANY
           Klonopin? (Chuckling) Yeah.

                          PAT
           Right?

                          TIFFANY
           Jesus.

                          PAT
           It's like, "What? What day is it?"
           How about Trazodone?

                          TIFFANY
           Trazodone!

                         TIFFANY LAUGHS

                          PAT
           Oh, it flattens you out. I mean,
           you are done. It takes the light
           right out of your eyes.

                          TIFFANY
           God, I bet it does.

          VERONICA AND RONNIE FEEL UNCOMFORTABLE. TIFFANY STANDS UP.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           I'm tired. I wanna go.

                          VERONICA
           No. No, no, no, no. We haven't, we
           haven't even finished the salad
           yet, or the duck. I made the Fire
           and Ice cake.

                          TIFFANY
           I said I'm tired. (to Pat) Are you
           gonna walk me home or what?

                          PAT
           You mean me?

                          TIFFANY
           Yeah, you. Are you gonna walk me
           home?

                          PAT
           You have poor social skills. You
           have a problem.

           47.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           I have a problem? You say more
           inappropriate things than
           appropriate things. You scare
           people.

                          PAT
           I tell the truth. But you're mean.

                          TIFFANY
           What? I'm not telling the truth?
          Veronica and Ronnie are very uncomfortable.

                          RONNIE
           Um, maybe I should drive them home
           separately?

                          VERONICA
           You can drive them both home. Now.

                          TIFFANY
           Stop talking about me in third
           person.

                          VERONICA
           You can take Tiffany home first.

                          TIFFANY
           You love it when I have problems.
           You love it, Von, because then you
           can be the good one. Just say it.

                          VERONICA
           No...

          PAT STANDS UP.

                          VERONICA (CONT'D)
           ...I don't. I don't. I just wanted
           to have a nice, I just wanted to
           have a nice dinner.

                          TIFFANY
           Oh, God.

                          VERONICA
           What is your problem?!

                          TIFFANY
           Nothing's my problem! I'm fine. I'm
           tired and I wanna go. (to Pat) Come
           on, are you ready?
          Pat stands.

           48.

                         

                          VERONICA
           You really, you really wanna go
           right now?

                          TIFFANY
           Yes, I really wanna go! It's been
           great.

                          RONNIE
           Okay, guys, the baby is sleeping!

                          TIFFANY
           Sorry. I don't wanna wake up the
           baby. Bye.

          PAT FOLLOWS TIFFANY.

                          RONNIE
           Sorry, man.

          PAT GIVES RONNIE AN "ALL GOOD" AND FOLLOWS TIFFANY OUT.

                         

          EXT. STREET - EVENING


          PAT AND TIFFANY WALK TOGETHER IN SILENCE.

                          TIFFANY
           This is me.

          TIFFANY AND PAT STOP, FACE EACH OTHER.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Listen, I haven't dated since
           before my marriage so I don't
           really remember how this works.

                          PAT
           How what works?

                          TIFFANY
           I saw the way you were looking at
           me, Pat. You felt it, I felt it,
           don't lie. We're not liars like
           they are. I live in the addition
           around back, which is completely
           separate from my parents' house, so
           there's no chance of them walking
           in on us. I hate the fact that you
           wore a football jersey to dinner
           because I hate football, but you
           can fuck me if you turn the lights
           off, okay?

          PAT IS MOMENTARILY SPEECHLESS.

           49.

                         

                          PAT
           How old are you?

                          TIFFANY
           Old enough to have a marriage end
           and not wind up in a mental
           hospital.

                          PAT
           Look, I had a really good time
           tonight and I think you're really
           pretty, but I'm married, okay?

          PAT HOLDS UP HIS HAND, DISPLAYING HIS WEDDING RING.

                          TIFFANY
           You're married? So am I.

          TIFFANY HOLDS UP HER HAND, DISPLAYING HER WEDDING RING.

                          PAT
           No, that's confusing. He's dead.

          TIFFANY LOOKS AS IF SHE HAS BEEN PUNCHED, SHE EMBRACES PAT.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Wait, what?

          TIFFANY STARTS TO CRY.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           What's happening?

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Oh, my God. Hey.

          TIFFANY PUSHES PAT AWAY AND SLAPS HIM ACROSS THE FACE.

          TIFFANY TURNS AND WALKS TO HER RENOVATED GARAGE APARTMENT.

          LED ZEPPELIN'S "WHAT IS AND WHAT SHALL NEVER BE" STARTS TO

          PLAY ON SOUNDTRACK.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/KITCHEN - EVENING


          PAT ENTERS THROUGH THE BACK OF THE HOUSE, DEEPLY UNSETTLED.

          HE WALKS PAST DELORES IN THE KITCHEN.

                          DOLORES
           Are you okay? Ronnie called. Hey,
           is that make-up on your shirt?

                          PAT
           I don't know, Mom.

           50.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - EVENING


          PAT IS WITH PAT SR. HE STANDS UP FROM HIS CHAIR.

           PAT SR.
           What happened over there?

          PAT BEELINES PAST PAT SR. TO THE STAIRCASE.

                          PAT
           When am I gonna get a phone?

           PAT SR.
           You'll get a phone in due time. (to
           Dolores) What happened?

          DOLORES ENTERS.

                          DOLORES
           Pat!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - EVENING


          PAT REMOVES HIS JERSEY.
          LED ZEPPELIN CONTINUES alternately quiet and LOUD.

          PAT LIES ON HIS BED, RESTLESS. SUDDENLY HE IS FRANTICALLY

          SEARCHING THROUGH ATTIC BOXES AS IF HIS LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - NIGHT


          PAT WALKS OUT OF THE ATTIC. HE OPENS THE DOOR TO THE MASTER

          BEDROOM AND WALKS INTO THE ROOM. HE KNEELS DOWN NEXT TO

          DOLORES'S SIDE OF THE BED.

                          PAT

                          (WHISPERING)
           Mom!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT


          DOLORES WAKES.

                          PAT

                          (WHISPERING)
           I can't find my wedding video. Mom,
           wake up.

                          DOLORES

                          (WHISPERING)
           What is it?

           51.

                         

                          PAT

                          (WHISPERING)
           Where's my wedding video?
          Led Zeppelin continues.

          PAT SR. WAKES, LOOKING AT THE ALARM CLOCK.

           PAT SR.
           It's after three o'clock! What are
           you doing?

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


          DOLORES AND PAT WALK INTO THE ATTIC.

                          PAT
           I looked in here, but this is all
           your sewing shit up here, for your
           sewing and everything. Did you put
           it up here?

          PAT STEPS TO AN OPEN CLOSET.

                          DOLORES
           What about in your father's study?

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT


                         

                         

           PAT SR.
           (shouts from bed)
           Don't go in my study.

                          PAT
           (shouts O.S.)
           Dad, not now!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


          PAT'S HANDS AS HE RIFLES THROUGH STUFF ON THE CLOSET FLOOR.

                          PAT
           Would you put it in here? It makes
           no sense for you to put it in here.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT


          PAT SR. IN BED

           52.

                         

           PAT SR.
           (shouts from bed)
           Patty, what are you doing?

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/STUDY - NIGHT


          WE SEE PAT AS HE LOOKS INTO A CABINET OF VIDEOTAPED FOOTBALL

          GAMES.

                          PAT
           He's got all his Eagles videos and
           not one video of my wedding!

          PAT SEARCHES THROUGH THE VIDEOTAPES.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Is it here? I mean....?

           PAT SR.
           (shouts from bed)
           Patty!

                          DOLORES
           It's probably in the attic.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/MASTER BEDROOM - NIGHT


          PAT SR. IN BED.

           PAT SR.
           (shouts from bed)
           Are you going in my study?

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


          PAT WALKS INTO THE ATTIC, FOLLOWED BY DOLORES.

                          PAT
           It feels to me like you wanna hide
           my wedding video.

          CAMERA SWISH PANS OVER PILES OF BOXES. PAT'S HANDS AS HE

          LIFTS AND ITEM AND TOSSES IT ONTO THE FLOOR.

                          DOLORES
           Please stop yelling!

          PAT SEARCHES THROUGH BOXES.

                          PAT
           I'm not yelling, Mom, I'm just
           frustrated because I should have my
           fucking wedding video!

           53.

                         

          PAT CONTINUES LOOKING.

                          DOLORES
           Pat! Pat!

          SHE GOES AFTER HIM.

                          PAT

                          (SPIRALING)
           I looked over there! I already
           looked all over there!

          CAMERA SWISH PANS R. ONTO A PLASTIC BAG WHICH APPEARS TO BE

          FULL OF CLOTHING.

          PAT YELLS AS HE SORTS THROUGH THE CLOTHING DOLORES PUTS HER

          HAND ON PAT'S SHOULDER.

                          DOLORES
           Calm down, Pat.

          PAT TURNS TO FACE HER.

                          PAT

                          (YELLING)
           I'm not calming down! I don't give
           a fuck who hears, I'm not calming
           down! Anybody can wake up! I'm not
           ashamed of it! I'm not ashamed of
           it! Let the whole neighborhood wake
           up! I...

                          DOLORES
           Pat! Stop it!

                         

          EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE - NIGHT


                          PAT

                          (YELLING)
           ...don't care!

                          DOLORES

                          (YELLING)
           Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!

                          PAT

                          (YELLING)
           No, Mom!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - NIGHT


          PAT SR., SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE BED.

           PAT SR.
           What's going on?

           54.

                         

          PAT SR. STANDS AND WALKS OUT OF THE ROOM.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           What?

                          PAT
           (yelling and crying)
           I want it! It-...

           PAT SR.

                          (YELLING)
           Hey!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


                          PAT
           (yelling and crying)
           It's my wedding! It's my wedding
           video!

                          DOLORES

                          (YELLING)
           Pat!

          THE O.S. TELEPHONE RINGS.

                         

          EXT. STREET - NIGHT


          CAMERA PANS R. OVER SEVERAL HOUSES AS INTERIOR LIGHTS ARE

          TURNED ON.

                          DOLORES

                          (YELLING)
           Stop it! Stop it! Stop it!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


                          PAT

                          (YELLING)
           I can't watch my wedding video, but
           I CAN hear the fucking song in my
           head, goddamn it!
          He grabs his head, to stop hearing the wedding song.

          FLASHBACKS OF NIKKI IN THE SHOWER, DOLORES AND PAT REACTING,

          NIKKI AND DOUG IN THE SHOWER, NIKKI SCREAMING, PAT BEATING

          DOUG, NIKKI TRYING TO PULL PAT OFF OF DOUG.

          PAT SOBS DOLORES, HUGS PAT FROM BEHIND; NICKI JUMPS ON PAT IN

          FLASHBACK TO STOP HIM FROM BEATING THE HISTORY TEACHER; PAT

          JERKS HIS ARM AWAY; KNOCKING DOLORES SPRAWLING ONTO THE

          FLOOR.

           55.

                         

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Mom?

          PAT RUNS.

           PAT SR.

                          (YELLING)
           What the fuck you doing?! You...

                          PAT
           Mom?

          DOLORES SITS UP, STUNNED.

           PAT SR.
           ...hit your mother?!

                          PAT
           No, no, no, no, no!

          PAT SR. SLAPS PAT IN THE FACE TWICE.

          DOLORES REACTS.

                          DOLORES

                          (YELLING)
           Stop it!

          PAT SLAPS PAT SR. IN THE FACE. PAT SR. PUSHES PAT R.

                          PAT
           Get off me, Dad!

          PAT SR. PUSHES PAT DOWN ON THE BED, FIGHTING.

          DOLORES REACTS, STANDING UP.

                          DOLORES
           Stop hitting him!

          PAT STRUGGLES AS PAT SR. SLAPS PAT IN THE FACE, DOLORES TRIES

          TO PULL PAT SR. OFF OF PAT.

                          DOLORES (CONT'D)

                          (SCREAMING)
           Stop hitting him!

           PAT SR.
           I'm not hitting him! He's hitting
           me!

          THE DOORBELL RINGS.

                          PAT

                          (CRYING)
           I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!

           56.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FOYER - NIGHT


          PAT SR. HURRIES DOWN THE STAIRS.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Police!

          PAT SR. STEPS TO THE FRONT DOOR AND OPENS IT, REVEALING

          OFFICER KEOGH STANDING OUTSIDE.

           OFFICER KEOGH (CONT'D)
           Open the door, please. Open up.
           Mister Solatano, I got a lot of
           calls. People in the neighborhood
           are scared. I gotta come in.
          NEIGHBORS clamour behind him.

          OFFICER KEOGH HURRIES UP THE STAIRS.

           OFFICER KEOGH (CONT'D)
           How are we doing in here, huh?

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


          OFFICER KEOGH TO PAT SR., DOLORES AND PAT.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           There are a lot of reports from
           your neighbors, we got a lot of
           phone calls.

          PAT STANDS UP AND PAT SR. RESTRAINS HIM.

                          PAT
           Nikki is being manipulated and
           controlled. You have to talk to
           her.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Hey, sit down.

           PAT SR.
           Sit down.

          PAT SR. FORCES PAT TO SIT DOWN. DOLORES SITS WITH HIM.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           You gotta stop with these crazy
           theories. He's a cop. What are you
           doing?

                          DOLORES
           It's a medication problem, but
           he's fine now.

           57.

                         

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Oh yeah? He's fine now? You wanna
           send him back to Baltimore? We know
           all about the explosion at the
           psychiatrist's office.

                          DOLORES
           What?

                          PAT
           What explosion? No. Cliff is lying,
           that's not true. He's not allowed
           to talk about that.

          THE DOORBELL RINGS.

                          DOLORES
           Jesus Christ, who's that?

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FOYER - NIGHT


          PAT SR. HURRIES DOWN THE STAIRS.

           PAT SR.
           Keep an eye on him.

          PAT SR. OPENS THE FRONT DOOR TO SEE: RICKY D'ANGELO AGAIN,

          THE CURIOUS NEIGHBOR KID WITH THE FLIP CAMERA.

                          RICKY
           Is this a bipolar episode?

                         

          EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FRONT PORCH - NIGHT


          PAT SR. PUSHING RICK AWAY. RICK EXITS.
          NEIGHBORS (indistinct chatter - continues under following
          scene and dialogue)

           PAT SR.
           Get outta here, you little fuckin'
           idiot! Get outta here!

                          RICKY
           Someone, help me! Help me!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


          OFFICER KEOGH, DOLORES AND PAT.

                          PAT
           You can't tell Nikki about this,
           Officer.

           58.

                         

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Look, I gotta make out a report.

                          PAT
           No, no! No!

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           She can see it by law.

          PAT STANDS UP.

                          DOLORES
           Hey!

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Sit down.

                          PAT
           No, no, no, listen, sir.

                         

          EXT. RICK'S HOUSE - NIGHT


          PAT SR. FOLLOWS RICK BG. TO HIS HOUSE.

                          RICKYY
           He's chasing me! This guy's chasing
           me! Help me!

          PAT SR. KNOCKS ON THE CLOSED FRONT DOOR.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Sit down!

          PAT SITS DOWN WITH DOLORES.

                          PAT
           I'm sorry. I could just write you a
           letter and you could just let me
           have five minutes, explaining how
           much better I'm doing.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           There's a court order against you --
           five hundred feet. Listen to me!

           59.

                         

          INT. RICKY'S HOUSE/FOYER - NIGHT


           PAT SR.
           ...and I'll take that fucking
           camera and I'm gonna break it over
           your fuckin' head, then I'm gonna
           come back and interview you about
           what it's like to get that fuckin'
           camera broken over your head! You
           wa--, what are you laughing about?

                          (TO ROSALIE)
           I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

           RICKY'S MOTHER ROSALIE
           I'm sorry.

           PAT SR.
           Okay.

          PAT SR. WALKS BACK TO HIS HOUSE. NEIGHBORS CATCALL PAT SR.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Go back to sleep. The party's over.
           Show's over.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - NIGHT


          PAST OFFICER, DOLORES AND PAT.

                          PAT
           ...this is not a reflection of
           where I'm at. You can't...please,
           you can't tell her any of this You
           can't tell Nikki about this.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           You need to pipe down.

           PAT SR.
           Everything all right?

                          DOLORES
           Who was at the door?

                          PAT
           Who was that, Dad?

           PAT SR.
           It was that kid with the camera.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Good luck. I gotta write this up.

                          PAT
           Come on, don't write it up! I don't
           want her to see this!

           60.

                         

           PAT SR.
           It's okay, everything is okay.
           We're fine, thank you, we
           appreciate it. Thank you.
          The family stands together in silence.

           FADE TO BLACK.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ BATHROOM - MORNING


          OPENING STRAINS OF ALT-J'S "BUFFALO". PAT STARES AT HIS

          REFLECTION IN A MIRROR AS HE GENTLY TOUCHES A BRUISE ON HIS

          FOREHEAD.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/MASTER BEDROOM - MORNING


          PAST PAT SR. TO HIS REFLECTION AS HE TOUCHES A SCRAPE AND

          BRUISE ON HIS CHEEK.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/KITCHEN - MORNING


          PAT STANDS AT THE KITCHEN SINK. DOLORES AND PAT SR. STAND,

          WATCHING HIM.

          CU - TWO PILLS IN PAT'S HAND -- SEROQUEL AND LITHIUM -- PAT

          TAKES THE PILLS.

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - DAY


          MONTAGE OF SCENES SHOWING PAT AS HE REPLACES THE BROKEN

          WINDOW PANE.

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          PAT RUNS, CAMERA MOVING WITH HIM. CAMERA TILTS UP ONTO HIS

          FACE.

          PAT BREATHS HEAVY. HE LOOKS AT TIFFANY'S HOUSE AS HE PASSES.

          TIFFANY BURSTS INTO FRAME, RUNNING PAST PAT.

                          TIFFANY

                          (RUNNING)
           Hey!

                          PAT

                          (RUNNING)
           What the hell?

                          TIFFANY
           What happened to your face?

           61.

                         

                          PAT
           Weight lifting accident.

                          TIFFANY
           That sounds like bullshit. Why'd
           you run by my house? Did our little
           conversation get you upset last
           night?

                          PAT
           Hey, this is my route, okay? Just
           back off.

                          TIFFANY
           This is my neighborhood. You just
           ran by my house.

                          PAT
           I like to run by myself, okay?

                          TIFFANY
           Me too.

                          PAT
           (stops and turns)
           Hey, I like to run alone! Will you
           stop?

                          TIFFANY
           What?

                          PAT
           Okay? I'm running here!

                          TIFFANY
           Me too!

                          PAT
           Well then, why don't you run
           somewhere else? There's a fucking
           ton of roads to run in! What are
           you trying to do?

                          TIFFANY
           I like this road. This is my
           neighborhood.

                          PAT

                          (SIGHS)
           Oh, come on, please!

                          TIFFANY
           Calm down, crazy.

          PAT SPITS. TIFFANY SPITS.

           62.

                         

          PAT TAKES OFF DOWN AN ALLEYWAY TO DITCH TIFFANY; HE DOES. AS

          PAT SLOWS TO A JOG AGAIN, MUTTERS TO HIMSELF, NOTICEABLY

          DISTURBED BY HIS ENCOUNTER WITH TIFFANY WHEN --

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Hey!

          TIFFANY REAPPEARS FROM ANOTHER ALLEY BEHIND PAT.

                         

                          PAT
           What the fuck?!

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           I'm married!

                          TIFFANY
           So am I!

                          PAT
           What the fuck are you doing? Your
           husband's dead!

                          TIFFANY
           Where is your wife?

                          PAT
           You're crazy!

                          TIFFANY
           I'm not the one that just got out
           of that hospital in Baltimore.

                          PAT
           I'm not the big slut!

          TIFFANY STOPS AND REACTS, BENDING OVER. PAT STOPS AND WALKS.

                          PAT (CONT'D)

                          (BREATHES HEAVILY)
           I'm sorry. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

          TIFFANY STANDS UP.

                          TIFFANY
           I was a big slut, but I'm not
           anymore. There's always gonna be a
           part of me that's sloppy and dirty,
           but I like that, with all the other
           parts of myself. Can you say the
           same about yourself, fucker?! Can
           you forgive? Are you any good at
           that?

          TIFFANY TURNS AND WALKS.

           63.

                         

          INT. OFFICE/DR. PATEL'S OFFICE - DAY


           DR. PATEL
           You seemed to have trouble last
           night.

                          PAT
           Let me just set the record straight
           about last night. Hurting my mother
           was a mistake and I hate myself for
           it, and I hate my illness and I
           want to control it. My father, on
           the other hand, had no trouble
           slapping the shit out of me last
           night, which I did not return
           `cause I could've killed him and I
           didn't. He's sixty-five years old.
           You don't think I could've beat the
           shit out of him? I mean....

           DR. PATEL
           He was scared for your mother and
           you hurt him as well.

                          PAT
           Yes, last night was a mess. Okay?
           And I think he probably just tried
           to do his best.

           DR. PATEL
           Pat, you have to have a strategy. I
           told you earlier. You need to
           recognize these feelings coming to
           you, otherwise you will be sent
           back to Baltimore. So when you get
           these feelings, you need to get to
           a quieter place, and be at peace
           with yourself, however you can.

                          PAT
           Yeah, but that's easier said than
           done.

           DR. PATEL
           You have to do it. You have no
           choice. Excelsior.

                          PAT
           Yeah, Excelsior. Listen, I have a
           letter I want you to give Nikki,
           okay?

           DR. PATEL
           No.

                          PAT
           Why?

           64.

                         

           DR. PATEL
          Because you have a restraining
          order.

                          PAT

                          (SIGHS)
          What good are you, man?

           DR. PATEL
          Why did you have this overwhelming
          urgency to see your wedding video
          last night?

                          PAT
          Oh, I don't know, because I'm
          married and I haven't seen my wife
          in eight and a half months?

           DR. PATEL
          Maybe you think that Nikki's not
          around and Tiffany's an attractive
          girl and if you get drawn towards
          Tiffany, you will spoil your
          chances of getting Nikki back to
          you?

                          PAT
          Not bad, Doctor Jones. But I don't
          think I'm gonna blow it with Nikki
          because Tiffany's a slut.

           DR. PATEL
          Why is she a slut?

                          PAT
          After the dinner at Ronnie's, she
          said, quote, "We can go to the back
          house and you can fuck me as long
          as we turn the lights out."
          Unquote. And she still wears her
          wedding ring. So she's a loyal,
          married-to-a-dead-guy slut.

           DR. PATEL
          Maybe she just needs a friend and
          she thought if she offers you sex,
          it will be easier for you to become
          friends with her.

                          PAT
          She said she's not a whore anymore,
          but she likes that part of herself
          along with all the other parts of
          herself and can I say the same?

           DR. PATEL
          Can you?

           65.

                         

                          PAT
           Is that....? You're asking me,
           you're really asking me that
           question?

           DR. PATEL
           Yes.

                          PAT
           With all my crazy sad shit? What,
           are you fucking nuts?

           DR. PATEL
           Pat, the silver lining thing is
           yours. I'm just giving back your
           words to you. This "crazy sad
           shit," as you call it, made you a
           happier, calmer person with a
           beautiful positive philosophy of
           going outdoors, working out, and
           reading books.

                          PAT
           No, not the books.

           DR. PATEL
           You said Nikki's friends with
           Ronnie, Veronica and Tiffany. So if
           you become friends with Tiffany,
           Nikki will think that you're a
           kind, generous, large-hearted
           person, who helps people in need,
           who is basically thriving. So if
           you help Tiffany, it will be good
           for you.

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          PAT RUNS. CAMERA TILTS UP AND MOVES BG. WITH HIM. CHILDREN

          AND PARENTS ARE ON THE SIDEWALK, DRESSED IN HALLOWEEN

          COSTUMES.

           CHILD (O.C.)
           Trick or treat!

          PAT LOOKS AT THE MAXWELL HOUSE AS HE RUNS PAST IT. HE RUNS

          ONTO THE SIDEWALK. HE RUNS AROUND A TREE. TIFFANY ENTERS AND

          CIRCLES HIM.

                          TIFFANY
           Hey!

          THEY RUN.

                          PAT
           How do you know when I run?

           66.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           I wanted to clarify something. I
           just want us to be friends.
           (Pat doesn't answer)
           Did you hear what I said?
           (Pat doesn't answer still)
           Why are you giving me such a hard
           time?

                          PAT
           No, I'm not giving you a hard time.

          PAT AND TIFFANY RUN ACROSS THE STREET TOWARD A SMALL DINER.

                          TIFFANY
           I don't know how to act with you
           when you do this shit.

          PAT STOPS.

                          PAT

                          (WINDED)
           You wanna have dinner at this
           diner?

          TIFFANY IS MOMENTARILY TAKEN ABACK BY PAT'S PROPOSAL.

                          TIFFANY
           Pick me up at seven thirty.

          SHE RUNS AND EXITS.

                         

          EXT. STREET - EVENING


          SEVERAL CHILDREN RUN AROUND IN COSTUMES. PAT WALKS TO THE

          MAXWELLS' DRIVEWAY AND STOPS. CAMERA DOLLIES L. AROUND HIM.

          WE SEE TIFFANY AS SHE WALKS AND WE SEE TIFFANY'S PARENTS PEER

          THROUGH A LIVING ROOM WINDOW.

          TIFFANY'S GRANDMOTHER LOOKS FROM AN UPSTAIRS WINDOW.

                          PAT
           Happy Halloween.

                          TIFFANY
           Hi.

          ACROSS THE STREET TO THE DINER, PAT AND TIFFANY WALK TOWARD

          IT.

                         

          INT. DINER - EVENING


          PAT OPENS THE DOOR FOR TIFFANY AS SHE WALKS INTO THE DINER.

          PAT FOLLOWS.

           67.

                         

          EXT. DINER - EVENING


          THROUGH THE WINDOWS, TO A WAITRESS AS SHE LEADS TIFFANY AND

          PAT L. TO A BOOTH. CAMERA PANS WITH THEM.

                         

          INT. DINER- EVENING


                          WAITRESS
           Here you go.

                          TIFFANY
           Thank you.

          PAT LOOKS AT THE MENU. THE WAITRESS STANDS, WAITING.

                          PAT
           I'm gonna have a bowl of your
           Raisin Bran.

          TIFFANY'S PERPLEXED.

                          TIFFANY
           Tea.

          THE WAITRESS TAKES THE MENUS FROM THEM AND WALKS AWAY.

                          WAITRESS
           Be right back.

                          PAT
           You look nice.

                          TIFFANY
           Thanks.

          THE WAITRESS ENTERS L. WITH THEIR ORDER.

                          WAITRESS
           Raisin Bran. Milk.

          TIFFANY WATCHES AS THE WAITRESS SETS HER TEA DOWN.

                          TIFFANY
           Thank you.

          PAT POURS HIS CEREAL INTO A BOWL. PAUSES.

                          PAT
           You want to share this?

                          TIFFANY
           Why did you order Raisin Bran?

                          PAT
           Why did you order tea?

           68.

                         

          SHE EATS CEREAL.

                          TIFFANY

                          (CHEWING)
           Because you ordered Raisin Bran.

                          PAT
           I ordered Raisin Bran because I
           didn't want there to be any
           mistaking this for a date.

                          TIFFANY

                          (CHEWING)
           It can still be a date if you order
           Raisin Bran.

                          PAT
           It's not a date. So how's your
           thing going -- your dancing thing?

                          TIFFANY
           It's good. How's your restraining
           order?

                          PAT
           I wouldn't actually call the
           restraining order "my thing," but
           getting back with Nikki is, and
           I've been doing pretty well. Except
           for a minor incident at the
           doctor's office.

                          TIFFANY
           And the so-called incident with the
           weights.

                          PAT
           Yeah. That was a thing with my
           parents. I wish I could just
           explain it all in a letter to Nikki
           because it was minor and I could
           just explain it and let her know
           that I'm actually not out of
           control and that I'm actually doing
           really well.

          TIFFANY TAKES THIS IN. BEAT.

                          TIFFANY
           I can get a letter to Nikki. I see
           her sometimes with my sister.

          PAT CAN'T BELIEVE WHAT HE IS HEARING.

                          PAT
           It would be so amazing if you could
           get a letter to Nikki from me.

           69.

                         

                          TIFFANY
          I'd have to hide it from Veronica.
          She's not into breaking the law,
          which this letter would definitely
          be doing.

                          PAT
          But you would do it?

                          TIFFANY
          I'd have to be careful. I'm already
          on thin ice with my family, you
          should hear how I lost my job.

                          PAT
          How did you lose your job?

                          TIFFANY
          By...having sex with everybody in
          the office.

                          PAT
          Everybody?

                          TIFFANY
          I was very depressed after Tommy
          died. It was a lot of people.

                          PAT
          We don't have to talk about it.

                          TIFFANY
          Thanks.

                          PAT
          How many were there?

                          TIFFANY
          Eleven.

                          PAT
          Wow.

                          TIFFANY
          I know.

                          PAT
          I'm not gonna talk about it
          anymore.

                          TIFFANY
          Okay.

                          PAT
          Can I ask you one more question?
          Were there any women?

           70.

                         

                          TIFFANY
          Yes.

                          PAT
          Really?

                          TIFFANY
          Yes.

                          PAT
          What was that like?

                          TIFFANY
          Hot.

                          PAT
          Jesus Christ. Was it like...older
          women, a sexy teacher who wants to

                         SEDUCE YOU--

                          TIFFANY
          Made me sit on her lap and do
          things? Yeah.

                          PAT
          What? You sat on her lap?

                          TIFFANY
          Mm-hmm.

                          PAT
          She told you what to do?

                          TIFFANY
          Mm-hmm.

                          PAT
          Oh...my God. Nikki hated when I
          talked like this. Made me feel like
          such a pervert. Maybe we should
          change the subject.

                          TIFFANY
          I don't mind it.

                          PAT
          You don't, do you.

                          TIFFANY
          No. But then people were getting
          into fights in the parking lot at
          work, and in the bathroom...and the
          boss called me in to his office and
          tried to pin it all on me. So I
          accused him of harassment and then
          they fired me, sent me home and put
          me on some meds.

           71.

                         

                          PAT
           I get it. The song that was playing
           when my wife...was in the shower
           with the history teacher...

                          TIFFANY
           I heard about that.

                          PAT
           ...it was my wedding song and when
           I hear it, I go kinda crazy.
           Sometimes I hear it when it's not
           even playing.

                          TIFFANY
           Wow.

                          PAT
           Yeah. So they put me on medication,
           which I feel ashamed of.

                          TIFFANY
           Yeah.

                          PAT
           So I know.

                          TIFFANY
           You do.

                          PAT
           I just gotta get a strategy, you
           know?

                          TIFFANY
           Me too.

                          PAT
           We'd better get back to the letter.

                          TIFFANY
           Yeah, let's get back to the letter.

                          PAT
           What if you told Nikki when
           Veronica was in the bathroom?

                          TIFFANY
           Yes. Yes, that could work. I love
           that.

                          PAT
           Oh, my God, I'm gonna go home and
           write the letter right now.

          PAT BEGINS TO SLIDE OUT OF THE BOOTH.

           72.

                         

                          TIFFANY
          Can I at least finish my tea?

                          PAT
          Wait, what?

                          TIFFANY
          My tea. Can I finish it?

                          PAT
          Wait a minute. Did Veronica tell
          Nikki about our dinner? Why would
          she do that? Was it a test?

                          TIFFANY
          I kinda got that feeling, yeah.

                          PAT
          Goddamn it. I knew it. It was a
          test. How did I do? I think I did
          pretty well.

                          TIFFANY
          Yeah, she said you were cool,
          basically.

                          PAT
          "Basically"? Was I some percentage
          not cool?

                          TIFFANY
          No, she said you were cool, but you
          know.

                          PAT
          No, I don't know.

                          TIFFANY
          Sort of how you are. It's fine,
          relax.

                          PAT
          What do you mean? How am I? What
          does that mean?

                          TIFFANY
          Sort of like me.

                          PAT
          "Sort of like you"? I hope to God
          she didn't tell Nikki that.

                          TIFFANY
          Why?

           73.

                         

                          PAT
           Because, it's just not right,
           lumping you and I together, I mean,
           it's just wrong. And Nikki wouldn't
           like that. Especially after all the
           shit you just told me.

                          TIFFANY
           You think that I'm crazier than
           you.

                          PAT

                          (SCOFFS) (CHUCKLING)
           Because, well, we're different, I

                          MEAN--

                          TIFFANY
           Oh, my God. Ugh. You're killing me.
           You know what? Forget I offered to
           help you. Forget the entire fucking
           idea. `Cause that must have been
           fucking crazy because I am so much
           crazier than you.

                          PAT
           Keep your voice down.

                          TIFFANY
           I'm just the crazy slut with a dead
           husband!

          HALLOWEEN DINERS LOOK.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Forget it!

                          PAT
           Shut the fuck up.

          TIFFANY STANDS, SWEEPING THE DISHES OFF THE EDGE OF THE

          TABLE.

                          TIFFANY
           Fuck you!

                         DINERS GASP

          CAMERA PANS R. ONTO THE FLOOR WITH THE BROKEN DISHES.

          PAT STANDS UP.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           You shut the fuck up!

                          PAT
           Tiffany! Hey! Tiffany!

           74.

                         

          TIFFANY WALKS. PAT WATCHES.
          DINERS (scattered applause and cheers)

                         

          EXT. DINER - EVENING


          TIFFANY WALKS.

                         

          INT. DINER - EVENING


          PAT GRABS HIS WALLET FROM THE TABLE.

          THROUGH THE WINDOW TIFFANY HOLDING UP HER MIDDLE FINGERS.

          PAT WALKS, BUT IS STOPPED BY THE WAITRESS, HOLDING UP HIS

          BILL.

                          WAITRESS
           Slow down, Raisin Bran.

                         

          EXT. STREET - EVENING


          TIFFANY WALKS.
          PEDESTRIANS (low and indistinct chatter - continues under
          following scenes and dialogue)

                          PAT
           Hey, come on. Look, I don't think
           you're crazy, all right?

          PAT HURRIES TO TIFFANY.

                          TIFFANY
           Yes, you do.

                          PAT
           No, I don't.

                          TIFFANY
           You told your therapist that you
           were in a superior mental illness
           category, didn't you?

                          PAT
           What? Hey, calm down! Hey--

          TIFFANY STOPPING AND TURNING TO FACE PAT.

                          TIFFANY
           Just leave me alone!

           75.

                         

                          PAT
           Can I just explain myself, please?
           I didn't want Nikki to think that I
           was associated with that kind of
           sexual behavior because I've never
           done anything like that, okay?

                          TIFFANY
           You may not have experienced the
           shit that I did. But you loved
           hearing about it, didn't you? You
           are afraid to be alive, you're
           afraid to live. You're a hypocrite.
           You're a conformist. You're a liar.
           I opened up to you and you judged
           me. You are an asshole. You are an
           asshole!

          TIFFANY GRABS PAT'S JACKET COLLAR.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Get off of me! (yelling) Get off!
           You're harassing me!

                          PAT
           Hey, hey!

                          TIFFANY

                          (YELLING)
           He's harassing me!

                          PAT
           Shut up!

          SEVERAL PEDESTRIANS STEP IN, INTERVENING.
          `CHERIE AMOUR' starts in Pat's head.

                          TIFFANY
           Get off!

                          MAN

                          (TO PAT)
           Take it easy. Dude, relax.

                          PAT
           Bro, get off of me.

                          TIFFANY

                          (YELLING))
           He's harassing me!!

                          PAT
           Hey, hey, stop, stop. Stop, all
           right?

          THREE TEENAGE BOYS SURROUND PAT, TAUNTING.

           76.

                         

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Hey, get off of me! Shut up, shut
           up.

          PEDESTRIANS CROWD AROUND, WATCHING.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Stop it.

          A POLICE CAR SIREN IS HEARD. A POLICE CAR AS IT PARKS.

          OFFICER KEOGH GETS OUT AND WALKS

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Hey, hey, hey, get off me!

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           What are you doing? Come on. What
           are you doing? What are you doing
           to these kids?

          CAMERA PANS WITH OFFICER KEOGH AS HE WALKS TO PAT, GRABS HIS

          ARM.

           OFFICER KEOGH (CONT'D)
           Are you being a punk on Halloween
           with these kids? You wanna go back
           to Baltimore? Is that what you
           wanna do?

                          PAT
           I didn't, I didn't, I didn't--
          TIFFANY WATCHES IN THE CROWD OF HALLOWEEN TEENS. Softens.

                          TIFFANY
           It's the kids! [Walks to Pat and
           Officer Keogh]. He didn't do
           anything, it was all the kids.
          Officer Keogh turns to push the crowd back.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           (walks crowd back)
           Let's go, clear out, nothing going
           on here.

          AS -- TIFFANY LEANS IN CLOSE TO PAT WHO IS UPSET, SONG
          PLAYING IN HIS HEAD. Tormented.

                          TIFFANY
           You gonna go your whole life scared
           of that song? It's just a song.
           Don't make it a monster.
          She leans close to Pat's downcast face.

           77.

                         

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           There's no song playing. There's
           no song. Breathe, count backwards
           from ten. That's it.
          Pat breathes, listens to her. Calms himself. Song stops.
          Tiffany's face stays close to his.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           That's it. There you go. I'm sorry.
           I'm sorry.

                          PAT
           I'm sorry.

                          TIFFANY
           I took it too far.

                          PAT
           I'm sorry.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           (pulls her away)
           Hey, is he messing with you?

                          TIFFANY
           No, no. No, this was just a joke.
           This is a joke I started.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           There's a restraining order on this
           guy.

                          TIFFANY
           I know, I have a stupid sense of
           humor.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           That's not a good thing to do.

                          TIFFANY
           Well, I'm fucked up. What can I
           tell you? I'm sorry.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           You're Tommy's widow, right?

                          TIFFANY
           Yes, I'm Tommy's crazy whore widow,
           minus the whore thing for the most
           part.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           You're a funny girl. You wanna get
           a drink sometime?

          TIFFANY TURNS AND WALKS AWAY.

           78.

                         

           OFFICER KEOGH (CONT'D)
           What'd I say?

                          PAT
           She doesn't, she doesn't do that
           anymore.

                         

          EXT. STREET - EVENING

          TIFFANY WALKS - upset, vulnerable. Pat walks behind, CATCHES

          UP TO TIFFANY AND THEY WALK TOGETHER.

                          PAT
           I'm sorry about what I said in the
           diner.

                          TIFFANY
           I know. I know you didn't mean it.

                          PAT
           I didn't mean it at all.

                          TIFFANY
           I know, you say shit you don't mean
           all the time.

                          PAT
           All the time.

                          TIFFANY
           I'll still give your letter to
           Nikki, don't worry.
          TIFFANY WALKS THE DRIVEWAY TOWARD HER GARAGE. Pat watches her
          go.

                          PAT
           Wow. I really appreciate that,
           Tiffany.

                          TIFFANY

                          (WALKING AWAY)
           I know you do.

                          PAT
           You do?

                          TIFFANY

                          (DISHEARTENED)
           Yeah, sure.

                          PAT
           I'll see you tomorrow? With the
           letter?

           79.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/DINING ROOM - DAY


          PAT SR.'S BOOKMAKING MATERIALS SPREAD OUT ON THE DINING

          TABLE.

                          RANDY
           I'll bet I know what happened if
           only one is missing. Either Dolores
           or Pat needed an envelope and one
           of `em took it. That's the only
           answer.

           PAT SR.
           No, no, no.

          DOLORES, PREPARING FOOD IN THE KITCHEN.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Dolores, somebody was in my study.
           Who took one of my envelopes?
           Somebody took an envelope.

                          DOLORES
           Maybe we should call the FBI.

           PAT SR.
           Don't make fun. This is serious.
           What FBI? Come on, let's take a
           look. I'll show you what this is.
           I'm gonna just explain to you
           something. I mean, you know what
           I'm doing, honey. This everything,
           like this. I got this, it all
           corresponds.

          PAT ENTERS.

                          PAT
           Dad, I borrowed one of your
           envelopes. I hope that's not a

                          PROBLEM

           PAT SR.
           No, it's not okay. It's not okay.
           You gotta ask.

                          DOLORES
           "Do not go in my study or I will
           eat you!"

                         RANDY LAUGHS

           PAT SR.
           It's not funny, it's not funny.
           What's everybody making a joke out
           of this for?

           80.

                         

                          RANDY
          Dolores, you are so beautiful!

           PAT SR.

                          (TO RANDY)
          Stop that! Hey, hey, hey, stop,
          stop, stop!

                          (TO PAT)
          Listen, a lot of envelopes go in
          and out of my office every day
          after games with a lot of cash in
          `em. So show some respect for what
          I do.

                          PAT
          Yeah, I know. I saw two-seven-four.
          I just wanted to tell you the
          number.

           PAT SR.
          Thank you.

                          PAT
          But the envelope was empty. I'm
          sorry, you were sleeping. I didn't
          want to wake you, but I needed an
          envelope.

           PAT SR.
          You didn't want to wake me? (to
          Dolores and Randy) He didn't want
          to wake me. He doesn't have a
          problem complaining about Ernest
          fucking Hemingway. He doesn't have
          a problem asking for his wedding

                         VIDEO-

                          DOLORES
          Be nice. It's game day! I'm makin'
          crabby snacks and homemades.

                          PAT
          Yeah, come on, Dad, be nice. Come
          on, she's making crabby snacks and
          homemades. Come on, Dad!

           PAT SR.
          What are you so up about?

                          DOLORES
          He's very happy.

                          PAT
          I'm happy.

           PAT SR.
          No, you're so up, up, up, up.

           81.

                         

                          PAT
          Isn't that a good thing?

           PAT SR.
          You're just up, up, up. I don't
          know what that is. Are you taking
          the proper dosage of your
          medication?

                          PAT
          Am I taking the right dose? Of
          course I am.

           PAT SR.
          Okay. Taking a little bit too many
          or something?

                          PAT
          No, if I was taking that, I'd be on
          the floor, Dad.

           PAT SR.
          Just stay with us. Stay for the
          game. Spend some family time.

                          PAT
          Dad, I can't. Look, I'm ready to
          go.

           PAT SR.
          Spend family time.

                          PAT
          Wait, you mean OCD, superstitious
          time?

                          RANDY
          Come on, your dad needs a winner.
          Help him out.

           PAT SR.
          Come on.

                          PAT
          I can't.

           PAT SR.
          It's the Seahawks. Put on the
          jersey and stay, please. Please.
          It's important, please.

                          DOLORES
          What are you up to, Pat?

                          PAT
          Nothing, come on.

           82.

                         

                          DOLORES
           What's in the envelope?

           PAT SR.
           Yeah, what are you doing? What's in
           that envelope?

                          PAT
           Guys, I'm beating the song! I'm on
           the scoreboard! I'm playing down
           field! I feel great!

          PAT WALKS OUT THE DOOR.

                         

          EXT. MAXWELL HOUSE/FRONT PORCH - DAY


          PAT WALKS TO THE DOOR AND KNOCKS.

                          PAT
           Tiffany!

          PAT PUSHES THE DOORBELL.

          TIFFANY'S MOTHER OPENS THE FRONT DOOR.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Hey, how you doin'? Is Tiffany
           here?

                          TIFFANY'S MOTHER
           What do you want with her?

          TIFFANY'S FATHER APPEARS.

                          TIFFANY'S FATHER
           Is that another creep? What do you
           want, creep? Just beat it.

                          PAT
           Whoa, no, no, no. No, I'm married.

          PAT HOLDS UP HIS HAND, POINTING TO HIS WEDDING RING.

          A CAR PARKS AT THE CURB IN BG.

                          TIFFANY'S FATHER
           Oh, great, a married creep.

                          PAT
           I'm her friend.

          ANOTHER MAN, JORDIE, JOGS UP TO THE PORCH, BEHIND PAT.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           We go running. Have you guys not
           seen us? I took her to the diner.

           83.

                         

                          TIFFANY'S MOTHER
           She's not here.

                          JORDIE
           Hi, guys. How's it going? Hey. Is
           Tiffany home?

                          TIFFANY'S MOTHER
           Go away.

                          JORDIE
           I know her. I know her, we've
           dated. We still date.

                          PAT
           What are you doing here?

                          JORDIE
           I've called her, I've texted her.

                          PAT
           Do you know this guy?

                          JORDIE
           I still haven't heard back. We used
           to work together--

                          TIFFANY'S FATHER
           Just get the hell out of here...

          JORDIE'S HAND, HOLDING OUT A BUSINESS CARD.

                          JORDIE
           I just wanted to give you my card
           to give to her.

                          TIFFANY'S FATHER
           Another rude creep.

                          PAT
           Listen to what he's saying. Listen
           to what he's saying.

                          JORDIE
           What's he saying?

                          PAT
           He's saying you're being rude.

                          JORDIE
           How am I being rude?

                          PAT
           Oh, you know. You know. Come on.
           Sometimes it's okay with girls like
           this, they wanna have fun and

                          SOMETIMES --

           84.

                         

          INT. MAXWELL HOUSE/HALLWAY - DAY


          TIFFANY STANDS CONCEALED BEHIND DOOR LISTENING.

                          PAT
           --it's not because they got a
           broken wing, and they're hurt, and
           they're an easy target. And in this
           case, in this particular case, I
           think that wing is being fixed.

                         

          EXT. MAXWELL HOUSE/FRONT PORCH - DAY


                          PAT
           And you gotta make sure it gets
           mended. And you're gettin' in the
           way of that right now, okay?
           Because she's sensitive and she's
           smart, she's artistic. This is a
           great girl and you gotta be
           respectful of that. Come on.

          PAT TURNS AND LEADS JORDIE BACK TO HIS CAR.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Let me walk you down to your car.
           You're a better guy than this. I
           can see it in your eyes.

          JORDIE LOOKS OVER HIS SHOULDER TOWARDS TIFFANY'S STUNNED

          PARENTS.

                          JORDIE
           She just texted me!

                         

          INT. MAXWELL HOUSE/HALLWAY - DAY


          TIFFANY BEHIND DOOR TAKES IN HOW PAT STOOD UP FOR HER.

          THINKS.

                         

          EXT. STREET - DAY


          PAT RUNS. TIFFANY ENTERS. PAT REACTS.

                          PAT
           Hey! Hey, wait a second! What are
           you doing? What happened? How come
           you weren't outside? What the
           hell's going on?

          THEY STOP, FACING EACH OTHER.

                          TIFFANY
           I can't, I can't do it.

           85.

                         

                          PAT
           What do you mean, you can't do it?
           You can't do what?

                          TIFFANY
           I can't give the letter to Nikki.

                          PAT
           Tiffany, what are you talking
           about? What do you mean you can't
           give the letter to Nikki?

                          TIFFANY
           Because what am I getting in
           return? What are you doing for me?

                          PAT
           You said! You said if I wrote a
           letter, you'd get it to Nikki.

                          TIFFANY
           I know.

                          PAT
           That was the set-up.

                          TIFFANY
           Because I do this time after time
           after time, I do all this shit for
           other people and then I wake up
           and, and I'm empty, I have nothing!

                          PAT
           What are you talking about? You
           seem like you're a tough girl to
           me. Why don't you just do things on
           your own?

                          TIFFANY
           I always get myself in these
           fucking situations. I give
           everything to other people and
           nobody ever, I never -- I don't get
           what I want, okay? I'm not my
           sister.
          Pat takes this in.

                          PAT
           Alright, well, ask for you. What
           can I do for you?

                          TIFFANY
           I can't do it.

                          PAT
           Tiffany, what do you want me to do?

           86.

                         

          TIFFANY SIGHS.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Think of something.

                          TIFFANY
           There's this thing.

                          PAT
           There's a thing, okay. What kind of
           thing?

                          TIFFANY
           It's a thing, it's a thing. It's a,
           it's a dance thing.

                          PAT
           It's a dance thing, all right.

                          TIFFANY
           It's a competition thing at the
           Benjamin Franklin Hotel. Tommy
           would never do it with me and I
           missed it every single year.

                          PAT
           Well, Tommy's dead, so he's not
           gonna fucking do it.

                          TIFFANY
           Would you please!

                          PAT
           I don't have a filter when I talk.

                          TIFFANY
           Can we have one conversation
           without you reminding me that my
           goddamn husband is dead? My God.

                          PAT
           Yes, I'm sorry. I'm sorry. Okay,
           I'm sorry.

                          TIFFANY
           But I can only do it if I have a
           partner...and now I'm about to miss
           it for another year.

                          PAT
           Whoa, whoa, whoa, I'm not gonna
           fuckin' dance with you. What are
           you talking about?

           87.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           What, your schedule is so busy?
           "Grapes of Wrath" and watching
           football with your dad?

                          PAT
           Tiffany, I'm not gonna do a dance
           with you.

                          TIFFANY
           All right, then I'm not giving her
           your fucking letter.

          TIFFANY WALKS AWAY.

                          PAT
           Wait a second! But you promised you
           would do this.

                         TIFFANY TURNS

                          TIFFANY
           Think about it.

          TIFFANY TURNS AND WALKS.

                          PAT
           Well, I already did do something
           for you, you know.

          TIFFANY TURNS.

                          TIFFANY

           WHAT DID YOU DO FOR ME?

                          PAT
           I took care of that jerkoff that
           was in front of your house.

                          TIFFANY
           What? Jordie?

                          PAT
           Let me ask you something. Do you
           call him when you're lonely?

          TIFFANY STOPS.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           That encourages him, Tiffany. You
           shouldn't do it.

                          TIFFANY
           Couldn't you say the same about you
           and Nikki?

           88.

                         

                          PAT
           It's not at all like me and Nikki.
           What are you talking about? We're
           in love and we're married. It's
           completely different.

                          TIFFANY
           How are you in love? Tell me about
           that. The big Nikki love. Tell me
           about it, I wanna understand it.

                          PAT
           We have a very unconventional
           chemistry, it makes people feel
           awkward, but not me. She's the most
           beautiful woman I've ever been
           with.

                          TIFFANY
           Wow.

                          PAT
           It's electric between us, okay?
           Yeah, we wanna change each other,
           but that's normal, couples wanna do
           that, I want her to stop dressing
           like she dresses, I want her to
           stop acting so superior to me,
           okay? And she wanted me to lose
           weight and stop my mood swings,
           both of which I've done. I mean,
           people fight. Couples fight. We
           would fight, we wouldn't talk for a
           couple weeks. That's normal. She
           always wanted the best for me.
          Tiffany listens.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           She wanted me to be passionate and
           compassionate. And that's a good
           thing. You know? I just, look, I'm
           my best self today, and I think
           she's her best self today, and our
           love's gonna be fucking amazing.

                          TIFFANY
           It's gonna be amazing, and you're
           gonna be amazing, and she's gonna
           be amazing, and you're not gonna be
           that guy that's gonna take
           advantage of a situation without
           offering to do something back. So
           think about the dance thing.

          TIFFANY TURNS AND WALKS. PRELAP OF EAGLES GAME FADES IN.

           89.

                         

           PAT (O.S.)
           Danny, you're out of the hospital?
           And you're here on game day?

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - DAY


          PAT EMBRACES DANNY.

                          DANNY
           I'm out.

          DANNY AND PAT EMBRACE.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           It's official, man. They didn't
           convert me to my Mental Hygiene Law
           admission status within two thirds
           of the maximum length of my felony
           sentence, so I'm out. They had to
           let me go.

                          PAT
           I never understand what he's
           saying.

          PAST DANNY, TO PAT SR. DOLORES AND RONNIE WATCH IN BG.

           PAT SR.
           Okay, jailhouse lawyer, come on,
           let's come back and sit down the
           way you were before.

                          PAT

                          (LAUGHS)
           What a treat!

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - DAY


          PAT SR. ESCORTS DANNY TO THE SOFA, WHERE RANDY SIT. DOLORES

          AND RONNIE STAND.
          SPORTS ANNOUNCER (over television) (low and indistinct
          chatter - continues under following scenes and dialogue)

                          PAT
           Whoa, whoa, whoa. Dad's got you
           sitting here?

           PAT SR.
           Oh, yeah.

                          DANNY
           He calls me "Jailhouse Lawyer."

          DANNY SITS DOWN ON THE SOFA NEXT TO RANDY.

           90.

                         

           PAT SR.
           Hold the remote the way you were
           holding it before.

                          DANNY
           Okay.

          PAT SR. AND DANNY, WHO CAREFULLY HOLDS THE REMOTE CONTROL IN

          ONE HAND AND THE GREEN HANDKERCHIEF IN THE OTHER HAND.

                          PAT
           And now you're holding the remote?

                          DANNY
           And it's working. Your dad's a
           genius.
          PAT SR. URGES DANNY TO SIT UP STRAIGHTER with remote.

           PAT SR.
           Now sit up.

                          PAT
           And Danny's the good luck charm?

           PAT SR.
           Danny's from you. This is your
           house, so it comes down to you.
           You're the one.

                          DANNY
           Yeah, you're the one, Pat.

                          PAT
           Superstition, Danny. I don't know.

          WE SEE DOLORES.

           PAT SR.
           Come sit down.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Don't disappear doing God knows
           what with that Tiffany Maxwell.

                          PAT
           Dad, Dad, Dad. She's my friend. Why
           would you say that?

                          RONNIE
           Oh, she's a mess. You gotta be
           careful. She goes to a lot of
           therapy.

          PAT SR. GROANS

           91.

                         

                          PAT
           I go to a lot of therapy, Ronnie.
           What are you trying to say?

                          RONNIE
           I'm just saying--

                          PAT

                          (INTERRUPTING) )
           Am I messed up?

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Why don't you stop judging people?
           You judge everybody. You're the one
           who has a messed up marriage.

                          RONNIE
           I'm just looking out for you, I'm
           just looking out for you. She's
           unstable.

                          DOLORES

                          (ALARMED)
           What's wrong with your marriage?
           What's wrong with your marriage?

                          RONNIE
           Nothing's wrong!

                          PAT
           You should have seen when I was at
           his house. It's like a circus over
           there.

                          RONNIE
           Shh, shh.

          RONNIE PUSHES PAT R. INTO THE FOYER.

                          PAT
           What are you talking about? I'm not
           gonna hide this. You need to deal
           with it.

                          RONNIE
           Stop breaking my balls.

          RONNIE HOLDS UP AN IPOD.

                          PAT
           Oh!!!!

                          RONNIE
           I got you an iPod.

                          PAT
           Whoa! Is this for me?

           92.

                         

                          RONNIE
          Yeah. Well, that's my old iPod, but-

                          PAT

                          (HUGS RONNIE)
          Oh, buddy, thank you. That's so
          nice of you. Wow.

                          RONNIE
          Thirty-two gigabytes.

                          PAT
          How many songs is that?

                          RONNIE
          Seven thousand.

                          PAT
           (scrolling through iPod)
          Oh, yeah, you got The Stranglers.
          You love The Stranglers. Oh, the
          Sex Pistols. The Clash.

                          RONNIE
          Got some Clash.

                          PAT
          Oh, "West Side Story."

                          RONNIE
          Yeah, "West Side Story." It makes
          me peaceful.

                          (SINGING)
          "Maria, I just met a girl named
          Maria..."

                          PAT
          Right, right, right.

                          RONNIE
          And then when I'm angry, which is a
          lot these days, I go to the
          garage...Metallica...Megadeth. I
          start fucking smashing shit.

                          PAT
          You gotta get your marriage
          together.

                          RONNIE

                          (WHISPERING)
          I start breaking shit, and I hurt
          my hand. And --

                          PAT
          Ronnie, that's fucked up.

           93.

                         

                          RONNIE
           Yeah, but it makes me feel better.
           It's like my therapy, you know?

                          PAT
           When I'm with Nikki, I'm never
           gonna do stuff like that...

           JAKE (O.S.)
           Whoa, Nikki? What's all this about
           Nikki?
          Pan from the framed photo of Jake on foyer wall, to Jake on
          the stairs above.

                          JAKE (CONT'D)
           A restraining order is nothing to
           fool with, bro. [Walks down to
           Pat]. Holy shit, look at you! You
           are fit! You look absolutely
           amazing. You feel good?

                          PAT
           How you doing, Jake?

                          JAKE
           Good. You look like Schwarzenegger
           in his prime.

                          DOLORES
           Didn't I say you wouldn't recognize
           him?

                          JAKE
           So, listen, I'm sorry that I didn't
           come see you down at the hospital.
           You know how those places creep me
           out, and the firm's been expanding.
           I've been helping Pop with the
           restaurant `cause he needs to have
           a legitimate business. He needs a
           tax return. With all the money that
           he's making with his bookmaking,
           they're gonna come after him. And
           then it looks like I'm making, I'm
           gonna make partner at the firm.
          Pat just stares at Jake. The room is silent.

                          JAKE (CONT'D)
           Well, I don't even know what to say
           to you anymore. You lost your wife,
           I'm getting engaged, and I wanna be
           able to tell you about those kind
           of things. You lost your house, I'm
           getting a new house. You lost your
           job, things are going great for me
           at the firm.

           94.

                         

           PAT SR.
           Maybe stop talking about all the
           stuff that's good for you and bad
           for him. Just, you know, leave it
           alone. We're watching the game.

                          JAKE
           You know what, I'm just gonna, I'm
           just gonna, I'm just gonna stop
           talking. I'm gonna shut my mouth.
          Pat stares down Jake. Tense.

                          PAT
           As my friend Danny would say 00
          The room hangs on Pat's words.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           I got nothing but love for you,
           brother.

          PAT SMILES. TENSION EASES. PAT AND JAKE EMBRACE.

                          DANNY
           That's right. That's right.

           RONNIE/RANDY/DANNY/DELORES (O.C.)
           That's nice. That's nice.

          DOLORES INHALES TEARFULLY.

           PAT SR.
           Well, thank God, finally.

                          PAT
           DeSean Jackson.

                          JAKE
           Yeah. Did it fit?

                          PAT
           I wore it to Ronnie's for dinner.

                          RONNIE
           Beautiful jersey. I love that
           jersey.

                          PAT
           Veronica didn't like it.

                          RONNIE
           Veronica hates the jersey.

                          JAKE
           Whatever you do, watch out for
           that restraining order, okay?

           95.

                         

          JAKE PATS PAT'S CHEST AND WALKS TO SOFA.

                          PAT
           I'm not doing anything!

                          RONNIE
           Don't let Tiffany get you in
           trouble.

                          DOLORES
           Pat, you're up to something, I
           know.

                          PAT
           People like Tiffany, or Danny, or
           me, maybe we know something that
           you guys don't know, okay? Did you
           ever think about that? Maybe we
           understand something because we're

                          MORE--

          DOORBELL RINGS.

                          DANNY
           We have a sixth sense. I mean,
           everybody's got it. Everybody's
           just not in touch with it.

          OFFICER KEOGH STANDS WITH MALE ORDERLIES FROM THE PSYCHIATRIC

          HOSPITAL.

                          DOLORES
           Oh, no.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           How you doing, Pat?

                          PAT
           Jesus.

           PAT SR.
           I guess his sixth sense forgot to
           tell him the cops were coming.

                          OFFICER KEOGH

                          (RE: DANNY)
           I'm taking him back to the
           hospital.

                          PAT
           What? No, no, he passed his thing,
           right?

                         RANDY LAUGHS

           96.

                         

                          DANNY
           First of all, check with the latest
           legal development.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Well, we got a call that they did
           convert you to a Mental Hygiene Law
           admission status by the deadline of
           your sentence, so....

           PAT SR.

                          (TO KEOGH)
           Wait a minute. Are you an Eagles
           fan or are you not an Eagles fan?

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           I'm an Eagles fan.

           PAT SR.
           Well then, what's the problem? He's
           not goin' anywhere. Just let him
           finish the game, that's all. The
           handkerchief is working. We're
           killing the Seahawks, twenty-seven-
           ten. What's the matter with you?
           Let him stay, please!

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           I don't know what the hell you're
           talking about "the handkerchief".
           And I'm glad that the Seahawks are
           losing and we're winning, but I
           gotta take Danny McDaniels back to
           Baltimore, alright? He can contest
           his case from Baltimore.

          DANNY STANDS UP.

                          DANNY
           Not correct about the Mental
           Hygiene Law. You're not correct.

                          OFFICER KEOGH
           Come on.

          DANNY ENTERS R. AND OFFICER KEOGH GRABS HIS ARM. THE

          ORDERLIES AND OFFICER KEOGH ESCORT DANNY L. THROUGH THE FRONT

          DOOR.

                          DANNY
           You guys oughta be ashamed of
           yourselves.

          PAT SR. CAREFULLY FOLDS UP THE GREEN HANDKERCHIEF.

           97.

                         

          EXT. MAXWELL HOUSE - DAY


          PAT WALKS ALONG THE DRIVEWAY TOWARD TIFFANY'S GARAGE,

          CARRYING HIS ENVELOPE. HE SEES TIFFANY'S MOTHER, LOOKING

          THROUGH A WINDOW.

          PAT WAVES.

                         

          INT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE/DANCE STUDIO - DAY


          TIFFANY LEADS PAT INTO HER DANE STUDIO.

                          TIFFANY
           I used the insurance money to build
           this. I designed it. All the floors
           are hard oak. It has good bounce
           for dancers.

                          PAT
           Wow.

                          TIFFANY
           I'm not that great of a dancer, but
           who cares? It's therapy and it's
           fun. And the walls are good `cause
           I can play music really loud
           without anybody hearing.

                          PAT
           Where do you sleep?

          TIFFANY GESTURES AT A STAIRCASE.

                          TIFFANY
           Upstairs. It's a garage, I just
           renovated it. You know, I was
           thinking about putting a ballet
           barre here.

                          PAT
           When are you gonna give it to her?

                          TIFFANY
           What?

                          PAT
           The letter to Nikki.

          PAT HOLDS UP THE ENVELOPE.

                          TIFFANY
           Probably tonight.

                          PAT
           Really?

           98.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           Ronnie and Veronica and I are gonna
           see her tonight.

                          PAT
           Oh, I actually changed the first
           paragraph. I did this thing about
           Shakespeare and how it's very

                          ROMANTIC-

                          TIFFANY
           Mm-hmm.

                          PAT
           -and that maybe in the future if
           she wanted to go dancing, I can be
           able to do that because of all the

                          TRAINING THAT--

                          TIFFANY

                          (INTERRUPTING)
           No, that's good, that's really
           good.

                          PAT
           I assume you're a good teacher.

          TIFFANY'S HAND TAKES THE ENVELOPE FROM PAT.

                          TIFFANY
           Yeah. I mean, I hope so.

                          PAT
           Maybe you can teach us both, you
           know what I mean?

          TIFFANY EXITS AND PLACES THE ENVELOPE ON THE STAIRCASE.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           And I also mentioned how generous
           it is, what I'm doing for you.

                          TIFFANY
           Yeah. Mm-hmm. It's really generous.

                          PAT
           You know, being of service.

                          TIFFANY
           Yeah.

                          PAT
           To your need.

                          TIFFANY
           Uh-huh.

           99.

                         

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           All right, let's start simple.
           Start at that corner, walk towards
           me. Walk across the room.
          Pat stands in the corner, doesn't move.

                          PAT
           Can we do something else besides
           the dance deal?

                          TIFFANY
           Are you fucking kidding me?

                          PAT
           I'm good with a hammer. You want me
           to fix something?

                          TIFFANY
           A deal is a deal.

                          PAT
           I know. Okay. I was just suggesting
           that maybe there's a better
           scenario.

                          TIFFANY
           Why don't you walk towards me like
           I'm Nikki. And the only way to
           convey how much you've missed me is
           by your walk. By your slow walk.
           You can't talk.

                          PAT
           I'm not doing it.

                          TIFFANY
           Only walk. Do it.

                          PAT
           No. That's stupid.

                          TIFFANY
           No walk, no letter. Walk to me like
           I'm Nikki, come on. Do it. I'm
           Nikki. Come on.

                          PAT
           (under his breath)
           You're not Nikki.

          PAT RELUCTANTLY WALKS.

                          TIFFANY
           Don't look up until you're halfway
           here.

           100.

                         

          PAT WALKS SLOWLY. CAMERA TILTS UP ONTO HIS FACE AS HE KEEPS

          HIS HEAD DOWN.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           That's right.

          PAT WALKS TO HER.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Not yet.

          PAT AS HE STOPS FACE TO FACE WITH TIFFANY AND LOOKS HER IN

          THE EYES.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Yes. Do you feel that? That's
           emotion.

                          PAT
           I don't feel anything.

                          TIFFANY
           Has anybody ever told you how Tommy
           died?

                          PAT
           No.

                          TIFFANY
           We were married for three years and
           five days, and I loved him. But for
           the last couple months, I just
           wasn't into sex at all. It just
           felt like we were so different and
           I was depressed. Some of that is
           just me, some of it was he wanted
           me to have kids and I have a hard
           enough time taking care of myself.
           I don't think that makes me a
           criminal. Anyway one night after
           dinner, he drove to Victoria's
           Secret at King of Prussia Mall and
           got some lingerie to get something
           going. And on the way back, he
           stopped on 76 to help a guy with a
           flat tire and he got hit by a car
           and killed. And the Victoria's
           Secret box was still in the front
           seat. (pause) That's a feeling.

          PAT, VISIBLY UPSET, WATCHES AS TIFFANY TURNS TO HER IPOD. BOB

          DYLAN'S "GIRL FROM NORTH COUNTRY" DUET WITH JOHNNY CASH

          STARTS.

          PAT AND TIFFANY SIT ON THE FLOOR, FACING EACH OTHER AS THEY

          LISTEN. CUT TO:

           101.

                         

          TIFFANY LEADS PAT ONTO THE DANCE FLOOR.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Okay, this is the waltz. I'm gonna
           teach you the waltz step.

          TIFFANY POSITIONS PAT AND GESTURES FOR HIM TO DANCE. HE MOVES
          AROUND HER as she showed him, his hands on his shoulders.

          PAT AND TIFFANY AS THEY DANCE WALTZ CAMERA MOVING WITH THEM.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - DAY


          DOLORES AND PAT SR. SIT TOGETHER ON THE SOFA. THEY WATCH AS

          O.S. PAT PASSES BY.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - DAY


          PAT FALLS ONTO HIS BED, EXHAUSTED.

          PAT'S LEG HITS A STACK OF BOOKS AS HE ROLLS OVER. HE KNOCKS

          NIKKI'S BOOKS ONTO THE FLOOR.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FOYER - DAY


          PAT HURRIES DOWN THE STAIRS. HE WAVES AT DOLORES AND PAT SR.

                         

          INT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE/DANCE STUDIO - DAY


          TIFFANY IS HOLDING HER IPOD. SHE WATCHES A CLIP OF TWO

          DANCERS IN AN OLD MOVIE.

          PAT AND TIFFANY WATCH THE IPOD.

          PAT AND TIFFANY DANCE, COPYING THE MOVES. CAMERA TILTS DOWN

          ONTO THEIR FEET.

          PAT AND TIFFANY AS THEY DANCE. PAT PULLS TIFFANY CLOSE AND

          THEY LOOK AT EACH OTHER. SHE SPINS AWAY.

          PAT'S HANDS LIFT HIS TRASH BAG AND SWEATSHIRT OFF THE FLOOR,

          CAMERA TILTS UP WITH HIM. HE LOOKS R. AND REACTS.

          PAT'S POV - THE OPEN BATHROOM DOOR, WHICH HAS A MIRROR

          MOUNTED ON IT. THE MIRROR SHOWS THE REFLECTION OF TIFFANY, IN

          THE BATHROOM, AS SHE TAKES OFF DANCE TOP, BACK TO HIM.

          PAT STARES FROM AFAR--

          HE SUDDENLY TURNS AND LEAVES

           102.

                         

          EXT. MAXWELL HOUSE/DRIVEWAY - DAY


          PAT RUNS DOWN GRAVEL DRIVE.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - DAY

          PAT LIES ON BED STARES AT CEILING, emotions churning inside.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/KITCHEN - DAY


          PAT CROSSES KITCHEN.

                          DOLORES
           Whoa! Slow down.

          PAT STOPS AND TURNS.

                          PAT
           What?

                          DOLORES
           Your father wanted you to have
           this.

          SHE PICKS UP A SECTION OF THE NEWSPAPER AND HANDS IT.

          HE TAKES THE NEWSPAPER AND LOOKS AT IT.

                          PAT
           He wants me to have-

          THROUGH THE DOORWAY, PAT SR. LISTENS.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           -all this Eagles information.

                          DOLORES
           It's his living.

                          PAT
           Um, tell Dad thanks.

                          DOLORES
           Your father expects to spend time
           with you, Pat.

          PAT NODS. HE OPENS THE BACK DOOR.

                         

          INT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE/DANCE STUDIO - DAY


          TIFFANY HOLDS UP THE NEWSPAPER AND A BOOK.

           103.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           Football stays out of this place,
           so does "Lord of the Flies."

                          PAT
           Wait, wait, no, no, no, what are
           you doing? I'm behind on my
           syllabus.

                          TIFFANY
           I don't give a fuck.

                          PAT
           What the hell are you doing?

          TIFFANY STEPS TO DOORWAY --

                         

          EXT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE - DAY


          TIFFANY THROWS THE NEWSPAPER AND BOOK TO DRIVEWAY.

           PAT (O.S.)
           Hey, hey!

                         

          INT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE/DANCE STUDIO - DAY


                          PAT
           Did you just throw that outside?

                          TIFFANY
           What? You're not gonna read that
           shit on my time. I can tell you all
           about the "Lord of the Flies." It's
           a bunch of boys on an island and
           they have a conch -- they have a
           shell -- and whoever has the conch
           has the power and they can talk.
           And if you don't have the conch,
           then you don't have the power. And
           then there's a little chubby boy,
           and they call him Piggy and they're
           really mean, and then there's a
           murder. I mean, humanity is just
           nasty and there's no silver lining.

                          PAT
           Wow. That was a great synopsis. I
           still need to read it, though.

          A KNOCK AT THE DOOR.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Who's that?

          PAT OPENS THE DOOR.

           104.

                         

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           What the....? (laughing) What are
           you doing here, man?

          DANNY WALKS INTO THE ROOM.

                          DANNY
           If one of your two supervising
           physicians loses their license,
           then your whole ajudication is
           thrown out.

                          PAT
           How'd you know we were here?

                          DANNY
           I went by your parents' house
           looking for you and they told me
           you was over here.

                          PAT
           Danny, this is Tiffany. (to
           Tiffany) Tiffany, this is Danny.

                          TIFFANY
           Hello. Pat told me about you.

                          DANNY
           So is the girl, that you wrote
           about?

                          PAT
           Yeah.

                          TIFFANY
           What? He wrote about me? I'm "the
           girl"?

                          DANNY
           He wrote about you, all right.

                          TIFFANY
           What'd he say?

                          DANNY
           He said you guys was helping each
           other out and you were nice and had
           a mouth on you, that you were
           mouthy, but--

                          PAT
           Whoa, whoa, that's enough.

                          TIFFANY
           No, please, tell me more about what
           he said in the letter.

           105.

                         

                          PAT
           Yeah, anything you wanna know, I'll
           just tell you. It was nothing. It
           was just a very general letter.

                          TIFFANY
           Cool.

                          DANNY
           (looks at Tiffany)
           She's fine.

                          PAT
           She is my friend with an "F."

                          DANNY
           A capital "F."

                          PAT
           For "friend."
          The three stand there awkwardly for a beat.

                          DANNY
           Hey, can I see what you guys are
           doing?

                          PAT
           Yeah.

                          TIFFANY
           Okay.

          SHE TURNS ON MUSIC: PAT AND TIFFANY DANCE SIDE BY SIDE.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           And then this goes into something
           else.

                          DANNY
           That's it?

                          PAT
           Why? What is it, what is it, what
           is it.

                          DANNY
           Can I say something? Do you mind?

                          TIFFANY
           No.

                          DANNY
           You sure?

                          PAT
           Just say it. Say it.

           106.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           No, please.

                          DANNY
           I think Pat, you should be facing
           Tiffany.

          DANNY STEPS TO PAT AND TIFFANY, REMOVING HIS JACKET.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           Let me show you, Pat, let me show
           you what I mean. You gotta come at
           her with a little bit more soul,
           man.

          HE HANDS HIS JACKET TO PAT AND FACES TIFFANY.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)

                          (TO TIFFANY)
           You should move more hips.

          TIFFANY AND DANNY. PAT WATCHES, STANDING BEHIND DANNY.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)

                          (TO PAT)
           Just, just sort of come in, Pat,
           come in like this. And....

          DANNY DANCES, DEMONSTRATING.

                          PAT
           Okay.

                          DANNY
           Yeah. Can you move `em a little bit
           more? Yeah, that's it. Move `em a
           bit more.

          PAST DANNY, TO TIFFANY AS SHE DANCES. TIFFANY CHUCKLES

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           You could turn around, too, there's
           nothing wrong with that. Yeah.
           You're pretty good.

          TIFFANY, DANNY AND PAT AS THEY DANCE. ONE HAND ON HER WAIST.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)

                          (HUMS)
           Mm, yeah.

          PAT ENTERS, STEPPING BETWEEN DANNY AND TIFFANY.

                          PAT
           Okay, we got it, we got it.

           107.

                         

                          DANNY
           Okay. Okay.

          DANNY MOVES, EXITING. AS PAT AND TIFFANY DANCE.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           Come on, Pat, come on. A little bit
           more soul. Black it up, Pat.

                          PAT
           "Black it up"?

                          DANNY
           You know damn well what it means.

          TIFFANY LAUGHS.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           Oh, wait a minute, wait a minute,
           wait a minute. Oh, man! I got an
           idea.

          CAMERA MOVES IN ON DANNY. CAMERA TILTS UP OVER DANNY AND

          TIFFANY AS THEY JUMP UP REPEATEDLY, HOLDING HANDS AND MOVING

          IN A CIRCLE.

          PAT WATCHES AS DANNY AND TIFFANY JUMP TOGETHER.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           Come get some, Pat. Come get some.

          PAT BEGINS JUMPING WITH TIFFANY. CUT TO: DANNY WITH TIFFANY

          AGAIN.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           Shuffle back, shuffle back. Shuffle
           back, shuffle back. Girl, you gotta
           move your junk.

          TIFFANY'S HIPS AS SHE DANCES. DANNY DANCES WITH HER. MUSIC

          STOPS.

                          DANNY (CONT'D)
           I gotta get out of here. I gotta go
           see this girl, Tanya. She lives on
           this side of town.

                          PAT
           Yeah, go see Tanya. Good idea.

                          DANNY
           Okay, man, hey. I'm gonna be there,
           man. I want you guys to win!

                          TIFFANY
           Bye!

           108.

                         

                          DANNY
           Excelsior, Pat!

                          PAT
           Excelsior!

                          DANNY
           That's my man.

          DANNY EXITS.

          TIFFANY AND PAT SMILE.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - MORNING


          PAT, ASLEEP IN BED.

          PAT SR. WALKS INTO THE ATTIC. HE SITS DOWN ON THE BED NEXT TO

          PAT.

          PAT SR. TOUCHES PAT'S SHOULDER.

           PAT SR.
           Hey. Patty.

          PAT WAKES.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Pat.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Patty. Where have you been? Huh?

          PAT GROANS.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           We got a serious situation on our
           hands, you know that.
          Pat looks concerned, he could be in trouble.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           We gotta beat the Giants if we
           wanna have a chance of getting into
           the division, any chance of playing
           in the playoffs. Do you realize
           that?

                          PAT
           I didn't realize that.

           109.

                         

           PAT SR.
           Yeah, that's the bind we're in. I
           mean, I think it would be wise if
           we spent father-son time, reading
           about the Eagles, talking about
           them, just to strengthen the good
           luck thing that you're in.

                          PAT
           Okay.

           PAT SR.
           Yeah?

                          PAT
           Right.

           PAT SR.
           Hmm?

          PAT SR. LOOKS AWAY.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           I just wanted to, maybe I didn't,
           spend enough time with you growing
           up. I spent too much time with your
           brother. It might have made you
           feel worse about your behavior, but
           I didn't know anything, I didn't
           know how to handle it. I mean,
           that's what all this Eagles stuff
           is about. It's about us, spending
           time now. I wanna do everything I
           can to help you get back on your
           feet. That's the whole point. Yeah.
           I wish you'd watch these games with
           me so we could talk, we could get
           into things. (inhales) So would
           you, would you just come downstairs
           and talk to me and Randy now?

          PAT SR. TOUCHES PAT'S CHEEK. PAT, MOVED, NODS.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/KITCHEN - MORNING


          RANDY SITS AT THE TABLE, DRINKING COFFEE.

           PAT SR.
           Randy, tell him what I'm doing.

                          RANDY
           He's betting everything on the
           Giant game. Everything.

           110.

                         

                          RANDY (CONT'D)
           All the money that he needs for the
           restaurant, he's betting on the
           Giant game.

           PAT SR.
           Tell him why.

                          RANDY
           Because he believes in you.

                          PAT
           Is that true?

           PAT SR.
           I believe in you, Patty. I believe
           in you. I want you to know that. So
           I'm gonna bet heavy on this game.

          DOLORES STARES INTENSELY AT PAT.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           You understand?

                          PAT
           Yeah.

           PAT SR.
           Heavy. I want you to go to the game
           with your brother.

                          PAT
           You want me to go to the game with
           Jake?

           PAT SR.
           Of course I do.

                          JAKE
           Does he want me to go?

           PAT SR.
           Of course he wants you to go.

                          PAT
           He told you that?

           PAT SR.
           He told me, yes.

                          PAT
           Even with all his friends?

           PAT SR.
           With all his friends. He trusts
           you.

           111.

                         

                          PAT
           He's not embarrassed?

           PAT SR.
           No. I'd love to go to the game,
           too, but as you know, I'm banned
           from the stadium. `Cause I'd love
           to see us beat the Giants and take
           a lot of money from this asshole.

                          RANDY
           Listen, personally, I think it's a
           stupid bet. As a matter of fact, I
           think it's ridiculous to bet all
           that dough for the restaurant on a
           game.

           PAT SR.
           Randy. (to Pat) I just hope you
           heard what I said. It's like a
           family business, it's our family
           endeavor. We all stick together on
           this. That's how it works. That's a
           positive, positive vibe.

                          PAT
           I made a commitment to Tiffany
           about a project, and we have a very
           important part of it that we have
           to go over on Sunday, and it's good
           for me, Dad. It's making me
           disciplined and focused, and it's,
           it's--, I never would've thought
           this, but it's a good thing.

           PAT SR.
           What is this thing you're doing?

                          DOLORES
           Yeah, what is it? What is this
           project, hon?

                          PAT
           It's a dance thing, okay? There's
           nothing more to it, Dad. I swear.

          DOLORES STEPS TO PAT, KISSES HIS FOREHEAD.

                         

          INT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE/DANCE STUDIO - DAY


          TIFFANY AND PAT.

                          PAT
           Listen, I need to ask you
           something.

                          (MORE)

           112.

                         

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Tomorrow can I spend half the day
           with you and half the day at the
           Eagles game?

                          TIFFANY
           I'm gonna pretend that you didn't
           just ask me that.

                          PAT
           Why?

                          TIFFANY
           These are the two days that you
           have promised me and that we have
           prepared to nail the big move. It's
           not ready yet. And we don't have a
           move yet.

                          PAT
           I know, but my dad opened up to me
           and it was really beautiful and I
           wanna be of service to him, okay?
           And he's worried that the juju from
           the Eagles is being fucked up and
           he's concerned that it's because
           I'm spending time with you.

                          TIFFANY
           Oh, I messed up the Eagles' juju?

                          PAT
           No, you're not messing up the juju,
           but the juju is messed up because
           I'm not with him during the games.

                          TIFFANY
           Guess what?

                          PAT
           What?

                          TIFFANY
           Nikki replied to your letter.

          TIFFANY STEPS TO THE STAIRCASE, LIFTING AN ENVELOPE.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)

                          (INTERRUPTING)
           But you can't read it until after
           you nail the big move. Go.

          PAT SIGHS AS SHE TURNS SHARPLY, PLACES THE ENVELOPE ON THE

          STAIRCASE AGAIN. CUT TO:

          PAT BRACES HIMSELF AT FAR SIDE OF STUDIO TO CATCH TIFFANY'S

          BIG LEAP -- TIFFANY BRACES HERSELF TO RUN -- SHE RUNS --

          LEAPS -- THE FALL. THEY DO IT AGAIN, SAME RESULTS.

           113.

                         

                          PAT
           Tiff, I'm sorry. I can't do
           anything else without reading
           Nikki's letter, okay? It's just--,
           it's in the back of my head. We
           don't almost have it, all right?

                          TIFFANY
           I just hope you can handle it.

                          PAT
           Thank you.

          TIFFANY PICKS UP THE ENVELOPE AND TURNS.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           What was her energy when she gave
           it to you?

                          TIFFANY
           She was intrigued, excited, and a
           little scared.

                          PAT
           She was scared? About what? Did she
           tell you?

          PAT TAKES THE ENVELOPE.

          CAMERA TILTS DOWN ONTO HIS HANDS, OPENING THE ENVELOPE.

                          TIFFANY
           Try to stay positive.

          PAT'S HANDS UNFOLD THE TYPED LETTER.

                          PAT
           I'm just gonna read it out loud,
           okay? Because if she says anything
           that's, you know, is that too much
           to ask?

                          TIFFANY
           No.

          PAT LOOKS DOWN AT THE LETTER, READING SILENTLY.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           I thought you were gonna read it
           out loud.

                          PAT
           Okay. Sorry.

                          (READING)

                          (MORE)

           114.

                         

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           "Dear Pat, It was very emotional
           for me to get your letter, as I'm
           sure you can imagine, but I'm glad
           you took the risk of discreetly
           getting it to me through Tiffany.
           This gives us a chance to
           communicate while I keep the
           restraining order until I feel
           safe. I must admit you sound
           terrific and I'm happy that you are
           feeling so positive and becoming a
           more loving and caring man, which I
           always knew you were. I was moved
           to read about `Excelsior' and your
           belief in happy endings. I am also
           moved by your act of love to read
           the books I have taught at the high
           school. I'm sorry you find them so
           negative, but I disagree. I think
           they are great works of art that
           reflect how hard life can be and
           they can also help kids prepare
           themselves for the hardness of
           life. In spite of all these
           positive developments, Pat, I have
           to say if it's me reading the
           signs, I need to see something to
           prove you are ready to resume our
           marriage. Otherwise I find myself
           thinking that we might both be
           better off moving on with our lives
           separately. Please don't react
           quickly to this, but take time to
           think about it. I'm glad you're
           doing so well. Love, Nikki."
          PAT FOLDS UP THE LETTER AGAIN. He is kind of crying.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           I think I'm done for today, okay?

                          TIFFANY
           (follows him to door)
           She said to show her something,
           Pat. This dance can be that
           something. You would have never
           done something like this in a
           million years. It shows all kinds
           of skills on so many different
           levels: focus, collaboration,
           discipline. It's romantic, like I
           said it would be. It's for her.

                          PAT
           (over his shoulder)
           Thanks for the letter. I'll see you
           tomorrow, okay?

           115.

                         

          PAT WALKS OUT.

                         

          EXT. STADIUM - DAY


          MONTAGE OF SCENES SHOWING FOOTBALL FANS ARRIVING.
          PEOPLE (indistinct chatter - continues under following scenes

                         AND DIALOGUE)

                         

          INT. PAT SR.'S CAR - DAY


          PAT AND PAT SR.

                          PAT
           Can I use your phone?

           PAT SR.
           Is it an emergency?

                          PAT
           Yeah, kind of.

           PAT SR.
           What kind of emergency?

                          PAT
           Well, I'm just doing this project
           with Tiffany and I wanted to tell
           her I'm not gonna be on time.

           PAT SR.
           Just don't make her an emergency,
           that crazy girl, you know?

                          PAT
           She's not crazy -- I'll just borrow
           Jake's phone. It's too bad you
           can't come in to the stadium, but I
           know you were kicked out, you know,
           for beating everybody up. Guess
           we're not that different, huh, Dad?

           PAT SR.
           That a bad thing?

                          PAT
           No, I think, it's a good thing.

          PAT SR. SLOWS THE CAR AND PARKS AT THE CURB.

           PAT SR.
           Don't drink too much. Don't hit
           anybody. You'll be fine.

           116.

                         

                          PAT
           Yeah. I'm solid.

                         

          EXT. STADIUM/PARKING LOT - DAY

          `HELLO OPERATOR' BY WHITE STRIPES plays as PAT WALKS, PASSING

          PEOPLE HAVING TAILGATING PARTIES, DRINKING AND EATING.
          PEOPLE (indistinct chatter - continues under following scenes

                         AND DIALOGUE)

          JAKE INTRODUCES PAT HIS GROUP OF MALE FRIENDS.

                          JAKE
           This is my little brother Pat.

          JAKE AND PAT, WHO SHAKES HANDS WITH AN O.S. MAN.

                          PAT
           Hey, how you doing?

                          GUY #1
           So, Pat, what's this I hear about
           you just gettin' out?

                          GUY #2
           (laughs) Yeah, from the looney bin!

                         GUY #1 LAUGHS

                          JAKE
           What the fuck?! I talked to you
           about that already!

                          JAKE (CONT'D)
           I told you guys--

                          PAT

                          (INTERRUPTING)
           It's all right.

                          JAKE
           Huh? No.

          JAKE AND PAT. GUY #2 ENTERS, EMBRACING PAT.

                          PAT
           It's alright.

                          GUY #2
           He's a good dude! He's a good dude.

          THE GROUP GATHERS AROUND PAT, LIFTING CUPS OF BEER.

          A HORN HONKS.

           117.

                         

                          JAKE
           Oh, shit! The Asian invasion!

          PAST PEOPLE, TO A LARGE BUS INDIAN PAINTED WITH THE EAGLES

          COLORS AND LOGO. IT SLOWLY MOVES R. THROUGH THE CROWD.

                          JAKE (CONT'D)
           They're here every week!

          MONTAGE OF SCENES SHOWING A GROUP OF INDIAN MEN WALKING OFF

          THE BUS.

                          PAT
           (can't believe his eyes)
           No!

          PAT WALKS, CAMERA MOVING BACK WITH HIM.

                          GUY #1
           Uh, Jake you better get your
           brother.

                          GUY #2
           Cuckoo bird's takin' off.

                          PAT
           Doctor Patel!

          DR. PATEL TURNS, REVEALING THAT HALF OF HIS FACE IS PAINTED

          GREEN.

           DR. PATEL
           Pat!

                          PAT
           Hey! What are you doing here?

           DR. PATEL
           You know, we must beat the Giants,
           my brother.

                          PAT
           I'm not supposed to be seeing you,
           right? Outside the office?

           DR. PATEL
           Pat, Pat.

                          PAT
           That's illegal!

           DR. PATEL
           Pat, today I'm your brother in
           green, not your therapist. I'm so
           happy to see you. How wonderful
           that you are here!

           118.

                         

                          PAT
           Hey, Jake this is Cliff. This is my
           doctor, Cliff.

                          JAKE
           Look, two things. We gotta watch
           that bubble screen for fuckin'
           Manning in the backfield and we
           gotta make sure we knock the
           receivers on their ass on the line
           of scrimmage.

           DR. PATEL
           You can say that again. Those
           cocksuckers!
          DR. PATEL, PAT and JAKE LAUGH.

          RONNIE, PAT AND THEIR FRIENDS LIFT THEIR CUPS OF BEER INTO

          THE AIR TO RARE EARTH'S "HEY, BIG BROTHER".

          RONNIE DANCES IN FRONT OF THE CROWD, HOLDING HIS CUP OF BEER.

          THE SONG PLAYS

          PAT ENTERS L. AND FACES RONNIE. THEY BEGIN FLAPPING THEIR

          ARMS AS IF THEY WERE EAGLES.

          RONNIE MOVES IN FRONT OF THE CROWD, SHAKING HIS FIST.

                          RONNIE
           Okay, you know what? I don't have
           her phone number. If you want, if
           you really want, you can call
           Veronica `cause she does, but I
           don't want to talk to Veronica.

                          PAT
           Why don't you wanna talk to
           Veronica?

                          RONNIE
           Because she brings me down, man!
           She just brings me down.

                          PAT
           You have to change. You're not
           gonna throw the marriage away.
           There's some kind of love there. I
           know, I used to see it.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           You guys have a beautiful thing
           that got broken somewhere along the
           line and you gotta fix it like a
           chiropractor. You gotta give it a
           chiropractic adjustment.

           119.

                         

                         RONNIE CHUCKLES

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Enough with awkwardness! I don't
           wanna walk in your house and not be
           able to say what I wanna say.

                          RONNIE
           You're right, man. You're right,
           you're right, you're right, you're
           right, man.

          A MALE EAGLES FAN WALKS THROUGH THE CROWD, FOLLOWED BY

          SEVERAL MALE FRIENDS.

                          FAN #1
           Eagles, baby! Yeah! Let's go!

          THEY LOOK AS THEY WALK TOWARD THE O.S. BUS.

                          FAN #1 (CONT'D)
           What the fuck? What's that smell?

          FAN #1 AND HIS FRIENDS LOOK BG. AT SEVERAL INDIAN MEN IN

          FRONT OF THE BUS.

                          FAN #1 (CONT'D)
           Nasty Indian curry! This is
           America, baby! Go back to your
           country!

          RONNIE, PAT AND JAKE. RONNIE LOOKS AT FAN #1 AND HIS FRIENDS,

          HARASSING THE INDIANS.

                          PAT
           What, what's wrong?

          AN INDIAN MAN SHOVES FAN #1 AWAY.

                          INDIAN MAN
           Hey!

          FAN #1 PUNCHES THE INDIAN MAN IN THE FACE.,

          INDIAN MAN GRUNTS AND FALLS.

                          RONNIE
           Whoa, whoa, what's going on?

                          JAKE
           Stay back, Pat. Stay back.

          FAN #1 PUNCHES ANOTHER INDIAN MAN.

                          JAKE (CONT'D)
           Leave the fucking Indians alone.

           120.

                         

          PAT WATCHES. RONNIE ENTERS.

                          RONNIE
           Stay here, stay here!

                          PAT
           I'm not gonna go anywhere.

                          RONNIE
           Don't get in a fight!

          JAKE IS SURROUNDED BY FAN #1 AND HIS FRIENDS.

                          PAT
           I'm not gonna fight. I'm not gonna
           fight.

          JAKE STRUGGLES AS ONE OF FAN #1'S FRIENDS GRABS HIM. OTHER

          FRIENDS AND INDIANS FIGHT.

                          PAT (CONT'D)

                          (YELLING)
           Hey, not my brother! Hey, hey, hey!

          CAMERA SWISH PANS ONTO ONE OF THE MEN PUNCHING JAKE.

                          COP

                          (OVER BULLHORN)
           Break it up or you'll be arrested!

          PAT PUNCHES ONE OF FAN #1'S FRIENDS AND MOVES PAST HIM.

          CAMERA SWISH PANS ONTO SEVERAL COPS AS THEY GRAB DR. PATEL.

          COPS GRAB PAT.

          PAT PUNCHES FAN #1'S FRIEND AS THE SECURITY GUARDS PULL PAT.

          PAT YELLS.

                         

          INT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE/DANCE STUDIO - DAY


          TIFFANY SITS ALONE ON THE FLOOR, WAITING.

          TIFFANY GRABS HER COAT AND EXITS.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM- DAY


          PAT SR. STEPS IN.

           PAT SR.
           What'd you do?

          PAT, JAKE, DR. PATEL AND RONNIE WALK INTO THE ROOM.

           121.

                         

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           What happened?

                          PAT

                          DAD--

           PAT SR.

                          (INTERRUPTING)
           What the fuck happened?

                          PAT
           Dad.

          PAT. DR. PATEL, RONNIE AND JAKE STAND BEHIND HIM.

           PAT SR.
           The birds lose, I lose a fuckin'
           fortune, a fortune to Randy! What
           the fuck did you do?! You fucking
           lost it! I thought you said you had
           it together! You were solid!

                          PAT
           I am solid. I was solid at the
           game, Dad. I'm solid, I'm solid
           now.

           PAT SR.
           You fell apart! What are you
           fucking talking about?!

           DR. PATEL
           Your son was trying to--

           PAT SR.
           It's all fucking ruined now. It's
           all ruined.

                          PAT
           No, Dad!

          PAT SR. TURNS, REMOVING HIS JERSEY. PAT STEPS TOWARD HIM.

          PAT SR. AS HE STRUGGLES TO PULL HIS JERSEY OFF.

           PAT SR.

                          (YELLING)
           It's all fucking ruined now! It's
           all fucking ruined!

                          PAT
           No, Dad, Dad, Dad, don't!

           PAT SR.

                          (YELLING)
           It's all ruined, you little fucking
           shit!

           122.

                         

                          PAT
           No, Dad! I didn't do a fucking
           thing! Come on, Dad!

           PAT SR.

                          (YELLING)
           You loser! You loser!

          PAT SR. SHOVES PAT.

                          PAT

                          (EMOTIONAL)
           I'm not a loser.

           PAT SR.
           You fucking loser! You ruined
           everything!

           DR. PATEL
           He was defending his brother!

                         PAT CRIES

           PAT SR.
           You fucking idiot! You spike the
           ball on the one yard line, you
           fucking idiot!

          THE DOORBELL RINGS.

          DOLORES LOOKS AT THE FRONT DOOR.

          THE GROUP WATCHES AS TIFFANY WALKS INTO THE ROOM.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Who is this?! Who's this?!

          TIFFANY WALKS TO PAT.

                          TIFFANY
           We need to talk right now! When you
           make a serious commitment to
           somebody, it is not cool to not
           show up!

                          PAT
           Wait a second, I tried to call, my
           God, what's happening, I called--,
           but I tried to call you, Tiffany,

                          I--

           PAT SR.
           Who is this? What is this?

                          TIFFANY
           Oh, really?

           123.

                         

                          PAT
          Yes.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
          I told you I was gonna split my
          time with my dad and you, and my
          dad was pulling me in one
          direction. Doctor Patel, Ronnie--

                          TIFFANY
          Well, that sounds great, Pat.
          That's great for all of them, but
          all of them didn't make a
          commitment to me in return for my
          help. I'm Tiffany, by the way.

           PAT SR.
          What is this craziness with Tiffany
          Maxwell?

                          PAT
          There's no craziness. I told you
          who she was, I was doing this thing
          with her. We had a conversation!

           PAT SR.
          She's fucking nuts! When you
          started spending time with her, it
          all fell apart. This is the fucking
          reason right here.

                          TIFFANY
          You think I fucked up the Eagles'
          juju, don't you?

           PAT SR.
          Ever since, ever since he was with
          you, ever since--

                          TIFFANY

                          (INTERRUPTING)
          You think that I'm why today's
          happened?

           PAT SR.
          That's right, you are why today
          happened.

                          TIFFANY
          I'm the reason why today happened?

           PAT SR.
          I think so.

                          TIFFANY
          Let's talk about that.

           124.

                         

           PAT SR.
          Be my guest.

                          TIFFANY
          The first night that Pat and I met
          at my sister's, the Eagles beat the
          Forty Niners handily, forty to
          twenty-six. The second time we got
          together we went for a run and the
          Phillies beat the Dodgers seven to
          five in the NLCS.

                          JAKE
          She's right, Dad.

                          TIFFANY
          The next time we went for a run the
          Eagles beat the Falcons, twenty-
          seven to fourteen.

                          PAT
          Wow.

                          TIFFANY
          The third time we got together we
          had Raisin Bran in the diner and
          the Phillies dominated Tampa Bay in
          the fourth game of the World
          Series, ten to two.

                          PAT
          Oh, wow.

           PAT SR.
          Let me think about that. Wait a
          minute.

                          TIFFANY
          Well, why don't you think about
          when the Eagles beat the Seahawks,
          fourteen to seven.

           PAT SR.
          He was with you?

                          TIFFANY
          He was with me. We went for a run.

                          RONNIE
          Really? That's crazy.

           125.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           There have been no games since Pat
           and I have been rehearsing every
           day and if Pat had been with me
           like he was supposed to, he
           wouldn't have gotten in a fight, he
           wouldn't be in trouble, maybe the
           Eagles beat the New York Giants.

                          JAKE
           She's making a lot of sense, Pop.
           That's all right on all counts.

                          TIFFANY
           Does anybody here happen to know
           what the official motto of the
           state of New York is on the
           official seal of the State of New
           York? Huh? Anybody? (to Pat Sr.) Do
           you? Do you know? "Excelsior." Look
           it up. Yeah, "Excelsior."

                          DOLORES
           Oh Pat.

                          TIFFANY
           Not that I give a fuck about
           football or about your
           superstitions, but if it's me
           reading the signs, I don't send the
           Eagles guy whose personal motto is
           "Excelsior," to a fucking Giants
           game, especially when he's already
           in a legal situation.

                          RONNIE
           Unbelievable.

                          PAT
           Wow. How did you know all that
           stuff?

                          TIFFANY
           I did my research.

          SHE SNAPS OFF A BEER BOTTLE CAP AND DRINKS.

           PAT SR.
           Well, I gotta say, I'm impressed.

                          TIFFANY
           Thank you.

           PAT SR.
           I gotta rethink this whole thing. I
           didn't trust it before, but I gotta
           say, now I do.

           126.

                         

                          PAT
          Oh, now you like her, Dad?

           PAT SR.
          I have to say I do. Yup.

                          RANDY
          Patrizio, I feel terrible, you
          know? You made the bet, I won a lot
          of money, and now look, your whole
          family is in turmoil.

                          TIFFANY
          Oh, fuck off, Randy. You love it.
          You live for this shit. You've been
          betting against my father for
          years.

                          PAT
          Is that right?

                          TIFFANY
          You're twisting the knife right
          now. You get off on it!

                          RANDY
          That's bullshit! That's not true!
          Don't say that!

                          TIFFANY
          You get off on it! If not, then
          prove it. Prove it.

           PAT SR.
          Yeah, prove it, prove it!

                          RANDY
          How do you want me to prove it?

           PAT SR.
          How's he gonna prove it?

                          TIFFANY
          By giving them the chance to win
          back everything, double or nothing.

                          PAT
          No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

                          RANDY
          Double or nothing on the Bengals,
          next week? Is that what you're
          saying?

                          TIFFANY
          No.

           127.

                         
          She pauses, turns dramatically to Randy.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Against the Cowboys.

          EVERYONE GASPS.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           That's your team isn't it, Randy?

                          PAT
           That's his team!

                          TIFFANY
           I know who his team is.

                          RANDY
           When is the game?

                          TIFFANY
           December twenty-eight, last game of
           the season.

                          PAT
           Oh, my God.

                          TIFFANY
           Same day as the Benjamin Franklin
           Pairs Open Freestyle Dance
           Competition.

                          DOLORES
           Oh God.

           PAT SR.
           Randy, I thought they were
           America's Team. Don't you believe
           in America's Team?

                          TIFFANY
           Yeah, Randy, don't you believe in
           America's Team?

                          RANDY
           Yeah, I believe in America's Team
           but if I win that bet, I win your
           book, you're out of action, you get
           no restaurant, no nothing.

           PAT SR.
           I like it.

                          DOLORES
           No. No, Patrizio--

           128.

                         

           PAT SR.
          I believe in the Eagles, I believe
          in my son, I'll take the action.
          I'll take it.

                          PAT
          Dad!

                          DOLORES
          Patrizio, don't! It's toxic!

           PAT SR.
          I have faith, I have faith.
          Excelsior belongs in this house--

                          PAT

                         DAD--

           PAT SR.
          --not in the State of New York. In
          this house.

                          PAT
          Dad, listen to me. I didn't know
          that "Excelsior" was the state
          motto of New York, okay?

           PAT SR.
          I didn't know, either, but now I
          know.

                          PAT
          I know, but listen to me, this is
          toxic. Dad, Dad, Dad, this is
          toxic, you shouldn't be doing this,
          you shouldn't be doing--

           PAT SR.
          Randy, what do you say-- (to Pat)
          Be quiet, shut up. You already did
          enough. (to Randy) Randy, what do
          you say? My birds, Benjamin
          Franklin's team favored by one and
          a half points. I'll give you three
          more.

                          DOLORES
          Patrizio, stop it! And Randy, don't
          you take the bet!

           PAT SR.
          In fact, I'll give you ten points.

                          PAT
          No, Dad! Dad!

           129.

                         

                          JAKE
          Dad!

           PAT SR.
          You have to take that bet on the
          Cowboys.

                          RANDY
          Dolores, would you stop him?

                          JAKE
          Jesus!

           PAT SR.
          How could you not take that bet?
          Even with the ten points I give
          you, that's an insane spread to
          your advantage. Cowboys are
          cowards. And I'll bet you're such a
          coward, you won't take the ten.
          Plus, are you listening, plus
          whatever their score is at the
          dance thing. (to Tiffany) What's
          that? Tiffany, what's that?

                          PAT
          What? No, no, no, no.

                          RANDY
          You're crazy to give away that many
          points. That's ridiculous! I won't
          take that! However, wait a second.
          I do like the idea of a parlay.

                          DOLORES
          What? No parlay! No!

                          PAT
          No, don't do it. Don't do it.

                          RANDY
          Pat, how do they run this dance
          competition? I mean, how do they
          score it and everything?

                          PAT
          I don't know, I don't know how they
          fucking score! We're participating.
          We're not, we're not a part of it.
          There are people, this is a high-
          end dance contest. I don't know. Do
          not put it as part of the parlay,
          Randy. Don't--

           130.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           They go by the Philadelphia rules.
           Each dancer is scored on a scale of
           one to ten, ten being the highest.
           You have to average the four
           judges' scores.

                          RANDY
           Okay, score is from one to ten,
           right? And you guys are how good?

                          PAT
           We suck.

                          TIFFANY
           We don't suck. Pat's a beginner,
           I'm okay, we're happy just to be
           going there.

                          RANDY
           And how are the people you're
           competing against?

                          TIFFANY
           They're good. Some of them are
           professionals.

                          RANDY
           They're good? Better than you?
          Pause. Tiffany says nothing.

                          PAT
           A lot better.

                          RANDY
           A lot better. So if I was to say
           you only have to score five, I
           would be really very generous,
           right?

                          PAT
           No, no, that would be amazing if we
           got five. Let's not get away--

                          TIFFANY
           Oh, come on, we can get a five out
           of ten! Gimme a break! Gimme me a
           break!

                          PAT
           We can't get five!

           PAT SR.
           Give `em a five. Give `em a five.

           131.

                         

                          TIFFANY
          We can do a five.

                          PAT
          What are you talking about, Dad?
          You haven't even seen us dance!

                          RANDY
          That's the parlay.

           DR. PATEL
          Will somebody please explain to me
          the parlay? Please?

                          RONNIE
          You gotta win two bets or you lose
          the whole thing. For Pat Sr. to
          win, the birds gotta beat the
          Cowboys plus Pat and Tiffany gotta
          get at least a five at the dance.

           DR. PATEL
          That's very, very manic indeed.

                          RONNIE
          That's the parlay.

                          RANDY
          Shake on it.

                          PAT
          You know what? I'm not gonna be a
          part of this. (to Randy) Randy,
          Randy, you're a sickness. You're a
          fucking sickness, Randy. I'm out.

                          TIFFANY
          Pat, you can't quit.

                          PAT
          I'm not doing the dance. I'm out.

                          TIFFANY
          Pat, calm down. Thank about it.

                          PAT
          See you later.

                          TIFFANY
          Pat, no.

           PAT SR.
          What are you doing?

                          TIFFANY
          Pat.

           132.

                         

                          PAT

                          (WALKING OUT)
           I'm out.

           PAT SR.

                          (FOLLOWS HIM)
           Here we are again at the one yard
           line. DeSean, snatching defeat from
           the jaws of victory. There you go.

                          PAT
           What does that even mean, Dad? I'm
           not gonna make that, that, that
           connection that you're making with
           DeSean Jackson. It doesn't matter
           anymore okay? Just because I have
           the fucking jersey on...I'm not
           gonna do it. I'm sorry.

                          TIFFANY
           You are not a stand up guy right
           now. If it's me reading the
           signs...if it's me reading the

                          SIGNS--

                          PAT
           If it's you reading the signs?
           You're reading the signs? Oh, okay.

          PAT STEPS THROUGH THE DOORWAY

                          DOLORES
           Pat!

                          TIFFANY
           You are not a stand up guy!

                          DOLORES
           Pat!

          PAT SIGHS.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - EVENING


          TIFFANY AND PAT SR.

          PAT SR. GRUMBLES.

                          DOLORES
           I told you not to push it.

           PAT SR.
           Yeah, but he's gotta do this thing.
           He can't be a quitter. He cannot be
           a quitter.

           133.

                         

                          DOLORES

                          (SIGHS)
           You took that stupid parlay thing,
           and now he won't do the dance and
           it was very constructive for him,
           and you ruined it.

                          TIFFANY
           There's only one way to get him to
           show.

           PAT SR.
           What's that?

                          DOLORES
           Oh, what's that?

                          TIFFANY
           We have to tell him Nikki's gonna
           be there.
          They stare at her.

                         

          EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FRONT PORCH - EVENING


          PAT STANDS. HE GLANCE. OVER HIS SHOULDER, REACTING, AND PULLS

          THE LETTER OUT OF HIS POCKET.

          PAT'S HANDS AS HE UNFOLDS THE LETTER. CAMERA TILTS UP ONTO

          HIS FACE.

          CU - THE END OF THE LETTER.

          CU - THE BEGINNING OF THE LETTER.

          PAT AS HE READS.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/KITCHEN - EVENING


                          DOLORES
           She won't come. She can't come.

                          TIFFANY
           We have to tell him that she's
           coming.

           PAT SR.
           We have to tell him that she's
           going.

                          DOLORES
           But that's a lie!

                          TIFFANY
           It's a white lie.

           134.

                         

           PAT SR.
           It's a white lie, what's that
           matter? That's no big deal. So it's
           a little lie.

                          TIFFANY
           There's no other way.

           PAT SR.
           You know, we gotta leave a trail of
           bread crumbs so that he can live
           his life without ruining it.

                          DOLORES
           No. I don't approve. You can't do
           it.

           PAT SR.
           Well, you know, I didn't approve
           when you called her and you told
           her where he was running, so she
           could ambush him. I didn't approve
           of that, but you did it anyway, so
           I'm doing this anyway. That's it.

                          TIFFANY
           We're gonna tell him Nikki'll be
           there.

           PAT SR.

                          (TO DOLORES)
           You gotta be part of it.

                          TIFFANY
           We have to do it.

                          DOLORES
           Aren't you nervous to be lying?

                          TIFFANY
           Yeah. A little bit. But it's for
           the best.

                         

          EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FRONT PORCH - EVENING


          PAT AS HE READS THE LETTER.

                          PAT

                          (READING)
           "...but if it was me reading the
           signs...."

          PAT REACTS. HE LOOKS OVER HIS SHOULDER. HE TURNS, LOOKING AT
          THE LETTER. HE JUST FIGURED SOMETHING OUT: Tiffany wrote the
          letter, not Nikki.

           135.

                         

          STUNNED, PAT FOLDS THE LETTER AND WALKS BG. DOWN THE STAIRS.
          STOPS AND LOOKS BACK AT THE HOUSE then at the sky -- he can't
          believe Tiffany lied to him. Emotions course through him.

          MUSIC SCORE PLAYS --

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/KITCHEN - EVENING


           PAT SR.
           That's it.

                          DOLORES
           Okay.

                          DISSOLVE TO:

                         

          EXT. STREET - EVENING


          PAT RUNS THROUGH THE RAIN.

                         

          INT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE/DANCE STUDIO - DAY


          TIFFANY, SITTING ON THE FLOOR AND STRETCHING.

                          TIFFANY
           Hey.

          PAT ENTERS, SITS DOWN NEXT TO HER.

                          PAT
           Hey, what's up? Sorry I'm late.

                          TIFFANY
           It's fine.

          TIFFANY WRAPS DUCT TAPE AROUND PAT'S SNEAKER.
          HE WATCHES HER CAREFULLY, stares at her. Thinking.

                         

          EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE - EVENING


          CAMERA TILTS DOWN OVER THE HOUSE, DECORATED WITH CHRISTMAS

          LIGHTS AND NATIVITY FIGURES ON THE LAWN.

          FRANK SINATRA'S "HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS"

          PLAYS.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/LIVING ROOM - EVENING


          SEVERAL HANDS LIFT DRINKS FROM A TRAY.

           136.

                         

                          TIFFANY'S MOTHER
           Is everything all right?

           PAT SR.
           Everything is fine. Cheers.

          PAT SR. HOLDS UP HIS GLASS.

          GROUP CHEERS.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/ATTIC - EVENING


          PAT STARES AT TIFFANY AS SHE STRUGGLES TO TIE HIS NECKTIE.
          SHE FUMBLES. She is agitated as he studies her.

                          TIFFANY
           This isn't working!

          TIFFANY YANKS OFF THE NECKTIE AND STEPS. PAT WATCHES.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           Stupid!

          TIFFANY'S HANDS SORTS THROUGH A BOX OF TIES ON THE BED.

          TIFFANY HOLDS ANOTHER TIE. SHE PLACES IT AROUND HIS NECK.

          PAT WATCHES HER.

          TIFFANY STRUGGLES TO TIE THE TIE.

          SHE WORKS. CAMERA TILTS UP ONTO PAT'S FACE.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           This just isn't working!

          SHE WALKS WITH THE TIE.

          PAT UNBUTTONS HIS TOP SHIRT BUTTON. TIFFANY REACHES DOWN INTO

          THE BOX OF TIES. PAT PULLS ON HIS JACKET.

          PAT LIFTS AN ENVELOPE FROM A TABLE.

                          PAT
           Come on, it's gonna be great.
           Nikki's gonna be there. You know?
           Everything's gonna come together.
           It's what's meant to be. You okay?

          SHE NODS.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Don't get wobbly on me.

           137.

                         

                          TIFFANY
           I'm not.

                          PAT
           We have a dance to do. We have a
           parlay. You gotta stay focused.

                          TIFFANY
           I'm focused.

                          PAT
           Okay, let's go.

                         

          EXT. HOTEL - EVENING


          CAMERA TILTS DOWN OVER THE HOTEL. PAT SR.'S CAR ENTERS AND

          PARKS AT THE CURB.

                         

          INT. HOTEL/LOBBY - EVENING


          PAT AND TIFFANY WALK, LOOKING AROUND. PAT SR. AND DOLORES

          FOLLOW.

                          PAT
           Look at the dancers. You see them?

                          TIFFANY
           Shit.

          PAT SR. AND DOLORES WALK BG. TO THE LOUNGE AREA, WHICH IS SET

          UP WITH TELEVISIONS SHOWING THE FOOTBALL GAME. RANDY AND JAKE

          ARE IN BG.

           PAT SR.
           Hey, Randy, Jake. What do we got?

                          JAKE
           Dallas just tied with another field
           goal, three-three. I'm worried
           about the bet.

           PAT SR.
           Don't worry about the bet.

                          JAKE
           I'm worried about the bet.

           PAT SR.
           Holy shit.

          PAST PAT SR. TO THE DANCERS AS THEY REHEARSE.

           PAT SR. (CONT'D)
           Is this "Dancing with the Stars"?

           138.

                         

                          DOLORES
           Well, you knew that. Maybe you
           should've scouted `em.

                          RANDY

                          (LAUGHING)
           Look at those fucking dancers! You
           can give me the money now, you
           know?

           PAT SR.

                          (TO PAT)
           Patty, Patty, all we have to do is
           we have to make a five. That's all.
           You stay here and watch the game
           with me.

                          TIFFANY
           The birds are better when Pat is
           with me. We settled that.

           PAT SR.
           Stay for the next quarter.

                          PAT
           Relax, we're gonna do fine, okay?
           I'll see you in a little bit. I'll
           see you up there, okay?

           PAT SR.
           Okay.

          DANNY ENTERS WITH HIS GIRLFRIEND, TANYA.

                          DANNY
           Hey, Pat, Tiffany!

                          PAT
           Hey.

                          DANNY
           What a glorious, beautiful
           occasion, man.

                          PAT
           Yeah, yeah. All right, buddy, I'll
           see you. Alright. Wish me luck,
           man.

           DR. PATEL
           Excelsior!
          Pat and Tiffany walk to sign in.

                          PAT
           (Notices he and Tiffany are holding
           hands) Wait, what's this?

           139.

                         

          THEY ARE HOLDING HANDS.

                          TIFFANY
           What? I thought you were doing it.

                          PAT
           Oh, I thought you were doing it.
           We're doing a dance thing anyway,
           for God's sake.

          CAMERA TILTS DOWN ONTO PAT AND TIFFANY'S CLASPED HANDS AS

          THEY WALK.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           You okay?

                         

          INT. HOTEL/UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - EVENING


          TIFFANY AND PAT WALK TOGETHER.

                          TIFFANY
           I want you to remember everything.
           I want you to remember all of the
           good stuff that we have here.

                          PAT
           Of course I do.

                          TIFFANY
           Just check in. I gotta go find
           Veronica.

          PAT STEPS TO THE REGISTRATION TABLE.

                          PAT
           Hi, good evening.

                          MALE OFFICIAL
           Evening.

                          PAT
           Check in? How many dancers are
           there?

          TIFFANY LOOKS DOWN OVER THE RAILING AT THE LOBBY BELOW. SHE

          SEES: NIKKI WALKING WITH RONNIE AND VERONICA. OH NO.

                          TIFFANY

                          (TO HERSELF)
           What?! Nikki? Nikki. Oh, Jesus.
          She seems devastated by Nikki actually being there for Pat.

           140.

                         

          INT. HOTEL/LOBBY - EVENING


          TIFFANY WALKS TO VERONICA, STRUGGLING NOT TO CRY.

                          TIFFANY

                          (TEARFULLY)
           What the fuck?

                          VERONICA
           Sweetie, sweetie. Honey, calm down.

                          TIFFANY
           You're killing me. You're killing
           me!

                          VERONICA
           Tiffany, please. She'll see how
           well he's doing, maybe she'll lift
           the restraining order.

                          TIFFANY
           Oh, my God. Oh, my God.

                          RONNIE
           Pat told me. He told me you should
           never throw a marriage out the
           window.

                          TIFFANY

                          (TEARFULLY)
           Pat did not say that. He didn't say
           that.

                          RONNIE
           He said it several times, Tiffany,
           and this is his chance. You gotta
           give him a chance.

          TIFFANY BREATHES HEAVILY.

          TIFFANY WALKS, PASSING OTHER DANCERS AND SPECTATORS.

          SPECTATORS APPLAUD.

          SHE STEPS TO THE BAR, SITTING DOWN AT THE COUNTER.

                          TIFFANY
           Bartender! Bartender, can I get a
           vodka, please?

          SPECTATORS APPLAUD, PAT WALKS, LOOKING AROUND.

          SPECTATORS APPLAUD.

          TIFFANY SITS AT THE BAR, DRINKING. A MAN IS SEATED NEARBY,

          WATCHING HER DRINK. HE IS THE GUY AT BAR.

           141.

                         

           GUY AT BAR
           So, you want another one?

                          TIFFANY
           Sure.

          THE DANCERS AS THEY PERFORM. CAMERA TILTS UP AND PULLS BACK

          TO INCLUDE PAT, WALKING.

          PAST THE DANCERS, TO PAT AS HE WALKS, WATCHING THEM. CAMERA

          PANS WITH HIM.

          PAT STOPS, LOOKING.

          RONNIE, NIKKI AND VERONICA SIT AT A TABLE, WATCHING THE O.S.

          DANCERS.

          SPECTATORS APPLAUD.

          CAMERA MOVES PAST THE DANCERS, TO THE TABLE WHERE FOUR JUDGES

          SIT. CAMERA MOVES IN ON THE JUDGES. TO RONNIE, NIKKI AND

          VERONICA.

          THE GUY AT BAR WITH TIFFANY.

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)
           So what do you do?

           GUY AT BAR
           I'm a lawyer. Litigator, actually.

                          TIFFANY
           Oh, the arguing kind.

           EMCEE (O.S.)
           And the scores for Santos and
           Aguilar are: seven point six, seven
           point three, seven point four, and
           six point nine for an average score
           of seven point three.

          CAMERA PANS ONTO THE DANCERS.

                         

          INT. HOTEL/LOBBY - EVENING


          CAMERA PANS OVER A CROWD OF PEOPLE, WATCHING AN O.S.

          TELEVISION SHOWING THE FOOTBALL GAME.

          CAMERA PANS OVER DEPRESSED RANDY AND HOLDS ON CELEBRATING

          DANNY, PAT SR. AND JAKE.

                          SPORTS ANNOUNCER

                          (OVER TELEVISION)
           Three, two, one! Philadelphia beats
           Dallas! They are on their way to
           the playoffs.

           142.

                         

          GROUP CHEERS.

                          DANNY
           Randy, what the fuck is happening,
           man?!

           PAT SR.
           Yeah, Randy, what the fuck is
           happening?!

                         

          INT. HOTEL/BALLROOM - EVENING


          A COUPLE AS THEY DANCE.

          PAT WALKS, LOOKING AROUND.

          PAT SITS DOWN AT A TABLE WITH DR. PATEL AND HIS WIFE. DOLORES

          SITS.

                          DOLORES

                          (WHISPERING)
           Where's Tiffany?

                          PAT
           I don't know, Mom. Have you seen
           her?

                          DOLORES
           You gotta find her.

                          PAT
           I know, Mom, I know.

          PAT STANDS AND WALKS R., CAMERA MOVING WITH HIM.

          THE SONG PLAYS.

          PAT TURNS AND WALKS AND LOOKS AT THE BAR AT TIFFANY, STILL

          TALKING TO GUY AT BAR.

          PAT APPROACHES TIFFANY. ADDRESSES GUY AT BAR.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           Hey, WHAT are you doing?

           GUY AT BAR
           She's fine, buddy, she's with me.

                          PAT
           She's fine?

           GUY AT BAR
           Yeah.

                          PAT
           Why don't you shut up, okay?

           143.

                         

          PAT TURNS TO TIFFANY.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           How many drinks have you had?

                          TIFFANY
           I've had two vodkas.

                          PAT
           Listen, I don't know what choices
           you've made, but you gotta deal
           with it right now, okay? We're in
           this.

                          TIFFANY
           We're in what?

                         SPECTATORS APPLAUD

                          EMCEE
           Next, Pat Solatano and Tiffany
           Maxwell.

                          TIFFANY
           You know, I used to think that you
           were the best thing that ever
           happened to me, but now I think
           that you might maybe be the worst
           thing and I'm sorry that I ever met
           you.

                          PAT
           Good for you.
          He pulls her out of her chair to go to the stage. TIFFANY AND

          PAT WALK TOGETHER, CAMERA MOVING BACK WITH THEM.

                          EMCEE
           And the scores for Makarov and
           Tretiak are: six point seven, eight
           point one, seven point five and six
           point five for an average score of
           seven point two.

          CAMERA DOLLIES L. ONTO THE EMCEE AND THE DANCERS.

          INT. HOTEL/UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - EVENING


          PAT SR., JAKE, DANNY AND RANDY RUN.

          SPECTATORS APPLAUDS.

          THEY RUN L. INTO THE BALLROOM.

          INT. HOTEL/BALLROOM - EVENING


           144.

                         

                          RONNIE
           They were great and they only got a
           seven point two. This is a tough
           room.

          PAT TRIES TO HELP TIFFANY REMOVE HER COAT, BUT SHE BRUSHES

          HIM OFF.

                          TIFFANY
           Got it.

                          EMCEE
           Up next, ladies and gentlemen
           please welcome Pat Solatano, Jr.
           and Tiffany Maxwell.

          CAMERA RACKS FOCUS ONTO PAT AND TIFFANY, STANDING AT THE EDGE

          OF THE STAGE AS THE PREVIOUS DANCERS WALKS BG. OFF THE STAGE.

          SPECTATORS APPLAUD AS PAT AND TIFFANY WALK ONTO DANCE FLOOR.

          PAT SR., DANNY, RANDY AND JAKE HURRY INTO THE ROOM.

                          DANNY
           Damn.

                          JAKE
           Let's go, Patty!

                          DANNY
           Come on, Pat!

          PAT AND TIFFANY STAND IN THE AWKWARD SILENCE BEFORE THE MUSIC
          STARTS, STARE AT EACH OTHER. SHE TILTS HER HEAD TO SAY, `Come
          on' to him.

          STEVIE WONDER'S `DON'T YOU WORRY `BOUT A THING' STARTS.
          PAT AND TIFFANY DANCE, as Danny taught them.
          PAT SR. WATCHES with Danny.

          TIFFANY AND PAT AS THEY DANCE, MOVING DOWN ONTO THE FLOOR.

          PAT CRAWLS TOWARD TIFFANY.

          RONNIE, NIKKI AND VERONICA WATCH.

          TIFFANY CRAWLS., CAMERA MOVING BACK WITH HER. TIFFANY AND PAT

          LEAP UP.

          WHITE STRIPES `FELL IN LOVE WITH A GIRL' CRASHES ON -- PAT

          AND TIFFANY DANCE INTENSELY TO THIS SONG.
          DOLORES REACTS TO THE CHANGE IN MUSIC. NIKKI watches with
          Ronnie and Veronica. Pat Sr. watches. The Judges watch.

          DAVE BRUBECK'S COVER OF`MARIA' FROM WEST SIDE STORY STARTS.

           145.

                         
          Pat and Tiffany WALTZ as they waltzed in their rehearsals.
          Everyone watches. They come to the big move -- Tiffany
          inhales nervously, braces herself to run across floor to leap
          into Pat's arms. Pat braces himself to catch her:
          SHE LEAPS UP AND PAT AWKWARDLY CATCHES HER THIGH, her crotch
          awkwardly wedged on his neck and head.

          SPECTATORS GASP.

          TIFFANY STRUGGLES TO PULL HERSELF UP ONTO PAT'S HANDS. HE

          HOLDS HER AS SHE AWKWARDLY SITS ON HIS SHOULDER.

          PAT TURNS WITH TIFFANY ON HIS SHOULDER, HER GROIN CLOSE TO

          HIS FACE SHE LOOKS AROUND LIKE AN OSTRICH ATOP HIS HEAD.

          PAT SR. WINCES; DOLORES WATCHES, TEARY.

          THE JUDGES MAKE NOTES.

          TIFFANY AND PAT AS THEY DANCE.

          DOLORES WATCHES, TEARY. CAMERA PULLS BACK.

          PAT HOLDS TIFFANY, WHO ARCHES AND LEANS BACK.

          TIFFANY STRAIGHTENS AND PAT PULLS HER CLOSE.

          THE MUSIC ENDS.

          SPECTATORS APPLAUD.

          THEY STEP TOWARD THE EDGE OF THE STAGE.

                          RONNIE

                          (YELLING)
           Yeah, Pat! Yeah!

                          JAKE

                          (YELLING)
           We love you, Pat!

          CAMERA ONTO THE JUDGES.

                          EMCEE
           Alright, let's see the scores for
           Solatano and Maxwell.

          THE JUDGES HOLD UP THEIR SCOREBOARDS.

                          EMCEE (CONT'D)
           We have a four point nine, four
           eight, a four nine...

                          FEMALE DANCER
           That's really too bad, guys. That's
           a lot of fours.

           146.

                         

                          EMCEE
           ...and and a five point four for an
           average score of..five point zero.

          DOLORES PUTS A HAND TO HER MOUTH.

                          MALE DANCER
           Sorry about that, guys.

          PAT AND TIFFANY REALIZE -- YES! A FIVE! THEY SCREAM.

          DANNY, PAT SR., JAKE, DOLORES AND DR. PATEL CHEER.

                          RANDY

                          (PISSED)
           What?! Come on!
          Pat and Tiffany run to Pat Sr., Dolores, everyone. Pat and
          his father embrace.

                          PAT
           Dad, Dad, did the Eagles win?

           PAT SR.
           The Eagles won, forty-four-six!
           They won, forty- four-six!

                          RANDY
           Come on!

          THE OTHER DANCING COUPLE LOOKS AT EACH, CONFUSED BY THE

          CELEBRATION.

                          EMCEE

                          (PUZZLED)
           Why are they so excited about a
           five?

                         SPECTATORS LAUGH

                          EMCEE (CONT'D)
           We'll take a ten minute break.

          PAT EMBRACES DR. PATEL AND DANNY.

          TIFFANY EMBRACES HER MOTHER AND VERONICA.

          PAT SLAPS HANDS WITH RONNIE, THEY EMBRACE.

          PAT AND RONNIE LAUGH

          PAT EMBRACES TIFFANY.

                          TIFFANY
           Thank you! You're amazing!

          PAT PULLS AWAY TIFFANY, WATCHES HIM GO TO NIKKI.

           147.

                         

          PAT WALKS TO NIKKI. JOHNNY MATHIS `MISTY' PLAYS.
          TIFFANY WATCHES from across the ballroom, emotional as Pat
          and Nikki talk. At last.

                          PAT

                          (QUIETLY)
           Thank you for coming.

                          NIKKI
           Of course.

                          PAT
           How are you? You okay?

                          NIKKI
           Good. How are you?

                          PAT
           I'm really good. Yeah, thanks.

                          NIKKI
           You looked really happy out there.

                          PAT
           Did I?

                          NIKKI
           Yeah.

                          PAT
           Yeah, who'd have thought, dancing?
          Tiffany reacts from afar, stung.

                          NIKKI
           You look incredible.

                          PAT
           Thank you.

                          NIKKI
           You lost a lot of weight.

                          PAT
           I've been reading your books and, I
           have a positive attitude. I'm on
           medication, I'm in therapy.

          PAT STEPS CLOSER, LEANING TOWARD NIKKI. WHISPERS INTIMATELY

          IN NIKKI'S EAR. SHE LISTENS AND NODS INTIMATELY, WARMLY.

          TIFFANY WATCHES, GRABBING HER COAT FROM VERONICA, AND WALKS

          AWAY.

           148.

                         

          INT. HOTEL/UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - EVENING


          TIFFANY HURRIES TO THE STAIRCASE, PUTTING ON HER COAT. SHE

          RUNS ACROSS THE LOBBY.

                         

          EXT. HOTEL - EVENING


          TIFFANY AS SHE HURRIES OUT OF THE HOTEL DOORS. SHE STOPS,

          PUTTING ON HER OTHER SHOE, THEN WALKS.

                         

          INT. HOTEL/BALLROOM - EVENING


          PAT AS HE LEANS BACK. NIKKI AND PAT SMILE AT EACH OTHER.

          HE TURNS AND WALKS.

          PAT SR. PUSHING PAST RONNIE TO PAT.

                          PAT
           Where's Tiffany?

           PAT SR.
           She left.

                          PAT
           What do you mean, she left?

           PAT SR.
           She left. What do you think!

                          PAT
           Where is she?

           PAT SR.
           Let me tell you, I know you don't
           wanna listen to your father, I
           didn't listen to mine but I'm
           telling you, you gotta pay
           attention to the signs. When life
           reaches out with a moment like
           this, it's a sin if you don't reach
           back. I'm telling you, it's a sin
           if you don't reach back, and it'll
           haunt you for the rest of your days
           like a curse. You're facing a big
           challenge in your life right now,
           at this very moment, right here.
           That girl loves you, she really
           loves you. And I don't know if
           Nikki ever did, but she sure as
           hell doesn't love you right now.
           I'm telling you, don't fuck this
           up.

          PAT EMBRACES PAT SR.

           149.

                         

                          PAT
           I love you, Dad.

          PAT KISSES HIM ON THE CHEEK AND RUNS OUT.

                         

          EXT. SIDEWALK - EVENING


          TIFFANY WALKS DOWN THE STREET, ALONE.

                          PAT

                          (YELLING)
           Hey!

          TIFFANY LOOKS OVER HER SHOULDER, TAKES OFF RUNNING. PAT RUNS
          AFTER HER. They turn a corner. He is chasing her, a reverse
          of their previous runs together. HE GRABS HER ARM AND SHE

          STOPS, TURNING.

                          TIFFANY

                          (UPSET)
           Would you just leave me alone?!

                          PAT
           Wait a second!

          HE PULLS A LETTER OUT.

                          PAT (CONT'D)
           I have one more letter for you to
           read, okay?

                          TIFFANY

                          (YELLING)
           What the fuck is the matter with
           you? Give it to her yourself!

                          PAT
           Let me say something. You don't
           ever have to see me again if you
           just read it, alright?

                          TIFFANY
           This is so fucked up.

                          PAT
           Yeah, just read it.

          TIFFANY UNFOLDS THE LETTER.

                          TIFFANY

                          (READING)
           "Dear Tiffany...
          SHE STOPS, surprised it is addressed to her.

           150.

                         

                          TIFFANY (CONT'D)

                          (READING)
           "...I know you wrote the letter.
           (long pause) The only way you could
           meet my crazy...."

                          PAT

                          (RECITING)
           "...was by doing something crazy
           yourself. Thank you. I love you. I
           knew it the minute I met you. I'm
           sorry it took so long for me to
           catch up. I just got stuck. Pat." I
           wrote that a week ago.

                          TIFFANY
           You wrote that a week ago?

                          PAT
           Yes, I did.

                          TIFFANY
           You let me lie to you for a week?

                          PAT
           I was trying to be romantic.

                          TIFFANY
           You love me?

                          PAT
           Yeah, I do.

                          TIFFANY
           Okay.
          SHE LEANS FORWARD AND KISSES HIM, they kiss. Camera pulls
          away. Score comes in.

                         

          EXT. MAXWELL HOUSE/GARAGE - DAY


          TIFFANY'S GARAGE.

                         

          INT. TIFFANY'S GARAGE/DANCE STUDIO - DAY


          THE EMPTY STUDIO. TIFFANY'S DANCE SHOES. HER IPOD AND

          SPEAKER.

           151.

                         

          PUSH IN ON: EXT. SOLATANO HOUSE - DAY


                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           The world will break your heart ten
           ways to Sunday, that's guaranteed.
           And I can't begin to explain that-

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE - DAY


          DETAILS OF THE HOUSE: FOOTBALL MEMORABILIA, PAT SR.'S

          VIDEOTAPED GAMES, FAMILY PHOTOS ON WALL, THE REMOTE CONTROLS,

          CERAMIC ANGEL FIGURINE NEXT TO A FOOTBALL.

                          PAT

                          (VOICE OVER)
           -or the craziness inside myself and
           everybody else, but guess what?
           Sunday is my favorite day again. I
           think of everything everyone did
           for me and I feel like --a very
           lucky guy.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/FOYER - DAY


          PAT SR. STRAIGHTENS THE HANGING PHOTO OF PAT ON THE WALL.

           PAT SR.
           We have to beat the Vikings by
           three. I'm givin' you a six, which
           is very generous after the beating
           you just took. So what are we
           doin', what are we talkin' about
           here?

          PAT SR. TURNS TO RANDY.

                          RANDY
           I'd like to do another parlay if we
           make it to the next round, that's
           all.

           PAT SR.
           But we are gonna make it to the
           next round. We're gonna beat...

          PAT SR. LEANS DOWN AND PICKS UP A REMOTE CONTROL.

          JAKE AND RONNIE PLAY CARDS IN THE DINING ROOM.

                          RONNIE
           No, that was me that did that.

                          JAKE
           No that was me.

           152.

                         

                          RONNIE
           That was me. I played the Jack.

                         

          INT. SOLATANO HOUSE/KITCHEN - DAY


          DOLORES PREPARES BRACIOLE WITH DANNY.

                          DANNY
           So you put the bread crumbs, the
           garlic in the steak and you roll it
           up with the toothpicks?

                          DOLORES
           Yeah. For, oh, maybe three hours,
           plus.

           PAT SR.

                          (INTO TELEPHONE)
           Everything's good, everything's
           good, yeah. I got you, you're all
           down. (pause) No, Randy, he's
           complaining. You know he lost a lot
           of money. He's moaning and
           groaning. The restaurant's
           happening because of Randy, so
           everything's good.
          TIFFANY SITS DOWN ON PAT'S LAP AND THEY TALK (we cannot hear
          them) and KISS.

          DOLORES AND DANNY WATCH, SMILING.

          END CREDITS ROLL UP.

                          


Silver Linings Playbook



Writers :   David O. Russell  Matthew Quick
Genres :   Comedy  Drama  Romance


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