1 EXT. ALBUQUERQUE - DAY 1
ROSE LORKOWSKI, 30, drives through Albuquerque. She passes
small adobe houses, the Air force base, parched earth
playgrounds, University cafes and other distinctive sights.
On the highway she passes under the freeway interchange, a
tangle of rust and turquoise ramps. The Sandia mountains rise
in the distance as Rose heads up to the nicer neighborhoods
of the foothills.
2 EXT. SEVEN FIGURE HOUSE - DAY 2
Rose pulls up to an expensive looking Spanish style house and
parks. She gets out of the car, pops the hatch and pulls out
a vacuum cleaner and assorted cleaning supplies.
3 INT. SEVEN FIGURE HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 3
Rose drags a vacuum cleaner into a room where expensive decor
collides with the debris of a recent party.
She collects beer bottles from end tables, book shelves and
house plants. Cigarette butts float in cocktail glasses.
Rose plugs in the vacuum cord and glances out the sliding
glass doors. A group of twenty somethings frolic in the pool.
A lanky trust funder slides open the door and drips water
onto the carpet as he makes his way to retrieve a cold beer.
He brushes past Rose on his way back out. Rose turns on the
vacuum and wonders if he even saw her.
4 INT. FAIR N SQUARE MARKET - DAY 4
The space is packed with every kind of snack imaginable. JOE
LORKOWSKI, 53, talks as the OWNER stocks shelves.
I've got the five stores here and
then two in Rio Rancho.
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That's fantastic. See, if we're
talking that kind of volume I can
absolutely massage the numbers a
little. Seriously, you're not gonna
be able to keep it on the shelf.
Joe pulls out some order forms.
Yeah, I'd need to look at some
things before I can place an order.
The owner looks at Joe's business card.
How about I give you a call if I
I'll call you. Not a problem. No
problem at all. Even better, I'll
swing by. You're on my route. How
`bout that? I'll swing by tomorrow.
Yeah, tomorrow's not good.
Thursday then. That's better
anyway. That'll give you a chance
to take a look see on those other
stores. We'll put everything on one
order and get you a good price
The owner seems to consider the offer. Joe scans the shelves.
My advice to you - weed out some of
this weaker product to make more
space for the corn. Like this...
Joe reaches over and grabs a packet of organic fruit bar.
Apricot Fruit Leather. Whose bright
idea was it to stock that? I mean
come on, what self respecting kid
asks his mom for apricot fruit
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The owner is not amused.
5 EXT. FAIR N SQUARE MARKET - DAY 5
Joe pulls a hand cart stacked high with Fancy Corn canisters
to his rusted Monte Carlo.
6 EXT. LUCKY BOY RESTAURANT - DAY 6
Through the glass pane we see disgruntled waitress, NORAH
LORKOWSKI (25). She appears to be in a heated argument with
MR. KIM, the restaurant owner. A customer watches the
exchange with amusement.
Norah takes off her apron, throws it at Mr. Kim. Norah exits
the restaurant. Mr. Kim trails her. Then MRS. KIM notices and
joins the fray.
You are fired.
I so don't care.
Norah flips him off and walk down the street. As she
continues to walk she realizes that quitting her job might
not have been the best decision ever.
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7 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - BATHROOM - DAY 7
A banana floats in the toilet. OSCAR LORKOWSKI, 7, smiles and
kicks the flush lever. Whoosh... the banana is sucked down
the drain. Gone.
Well, not quite. Oscar watches water fill the basin and spill
onto the floor. Oscar turns and walks out.
8 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - HALLWAY - DAY 8
Oscar steps from the bathroom and walks quickly down the
9 INT. BUSINESSMAN'S CAR - SPORTING GOODS STORE LOT - DAY 9
A BUSINESSMAN removes a single shotgun shell from the glove
compartment. He drops it in his shirt pocket, sprays breath
freshener in his mouth and gets out of his car.
10 INT. SPORTING GOODS STORE - DAY 10
The businessman approaches the gun display and points to a
shotgun. An employee hands him the gun and turns his
attention to another customer.
The businessman reaches into his pocket and pulls out the
shotgun shell. Loads it. Draws the barrel up under his chin.
A Bubba pricing camouflaged vests nearby notices the
businessman. His expression shifts from concern to alarm to
horrible anticipation. He braces for the...
11 INT. SPORTING GOODS STORE - LATER 11
Police mill about and question people. CARL SWANSON, a 40ish
man sporting a crew cut and a `Above and Beyond' polo shirt,
talks to the STORE OWNER.
Yep, these shotgun cases are a real
pain in the ass. What we call a
wide field of contamination.
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Guy's all over the place and every
little glob of him's a biohazard.
The owner rubs his temples.
Gonna lose some inventory.
Trust me, you do not want some lady
suing you cuz she found this guy's
tooth in her brand new fanny pack.
A ABOVE AND BEYOND WORKER in a polo shirt waves his arm to
get Carl's attention.
CLEAN SWEEP WORKER
He's over here in fishing too.
Yep, a real pain in the ass.
Carl walks over to his assistant. Detective, `MAC' MACDOWELL,
approaches the owner.
We're wrapping it up.
Three grand just to have the
asshole wiped up off the floor. Can
you believe that?
Mac and another DETECTIVE walk toward the entrance.
Hey, can you handle the report
tonight? I gotta thing I gotta do.
A blonde thing or a brunette thing?
12 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - BATHROOM - NIGHT 12
Rose steps from the shower. She is attractive with sharp
features and eyes that hint at future crow's feet. Her
confidence has grown brittle by the gnawing fear that life
peaked as the captain of the high school cheerleading squad.
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A note taped to the bathroom mirror reads: `You are strong.
You are powerful. You can do anything. You are a winner.'
Rose wipes condensation from the mirror to reveal her face.
I am strong. I am powerful. I can
do anything. I am a winner.
She doesn't look like she believes it.
13 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NORAH'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 13
Norah lounges on her bed and loads weed onto a jerry-rigged
The fact that we have sex, real
coitus sex, means I'm under no
obligation to blow you.
Norah fires up the bud, inhales deeply and passes the can to
RANDY, a good-looking redneck in his early 20's.
I think you're scared of it.
The phone RINGS.
Norah opens a book about sign language and starts practicing
the sign alphabet. A-B-C-D-E-F. F is a hard one.
(Holding in the smoke)
I'm not scared of it.
Uncomfortable then. You just need
to get better acquainted.
Norah exhales. Randy stands and takes off his pants. The
phone RINGS again.
Dad, get the phone.
There's absolutely no pressure
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Randy lies next to Norah naked from the waist down. Norah
ignores him and continues forming letters with her fingers.
She jots a note and sticks the pencil behind her ear.
The phone RINGS again. Norah reaches across Randy and picks
up the receiver.
You can touch it if you want.
You haven't left yet? Damn it
Norah, my class starts in fifteen
I know, I know.
As Norah holds the phone her eyes slide from Randy's face to
his off screen penis. She takes the pencil from behind her
ear and, in the way you'd poke a hamster to see if it is dead
or merely sleeping, prods Randy's off screen penis.
14 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 14 *
Joe sits in the living room, busily putting stickers on cans *
of Fancy Corn. Norah and Randy enter from Norah's room. *
Doesn't Rose have her thing *
I'm going. I need to borrow your *
Here. Take some corn. *
Norah leaves. Randy and Joe share an awkward silence. *
I'm really nuts about your *
daughter, Mr. Lorkowski. *
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That's nice. Give me a hand with *
They put stickers on popcorn cans. *
I see they sold that house across *
the street. I bet they'll come *
knocking on your door soon. *
They can knock all they want. Wait, *
wait, whaddaya doing? Don't put the *
lime sticker on the cheddar can. *
Maybe I better just do this myself. *
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15 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 15
Randy pulls up to a small house and stops. Norah gets out,
collects the canister from back and heads inside.
16 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 16
Norah enters the tidy two bedroom house with a barrel of
Fancy Corn under her arm.
I'm gonna be so late.
Oscar runs from the bedroom and flings himself onto Norah.
Pale and skinny, Oscar is the kind of kid easily picked off
I brought fancy corn!
(Looking for her purse)
How can you eat that stuff?
Norah and Oscar both jam a handful into their mouths.
He'll be hyper all night.
Rose finds her purse and quickly puts on lipstick. She leans
down and gives Oscar a kiss on the forehead.
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She turns to Norah.
And no lobsterman stories. He had
nightmares all week.
(opening the door)
Just use some common sense.
17 INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 17
Rose lies on her back being fucked. Her head nearly hits the
headboard with each thrust.
You want me?
Rose closes her eyes. Her head starts to thump the headboard.
Yeah... baby... I want... Oh...
18 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - OSCAR'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 18
Oscar and Norah lie in Oscar's little bed. Oscar holds the
covers tight under his chin. Norah drinks a beer. There's a
half eaten canister of `Fancy Corn' between them.
He's slowly freezing to death and
he knows lobsterman is out there...
somewhere... coming for him. And
he's totally screwed because his
tongue is stuck to the mailbox.
Why did he lick the mailbox?
I don't know. Maybe he had OCD and
he was obsessed with licking
Why wasn't he in school?
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Are you gonna let me tell the
An then, he hears a horrible sound.
Snap, snap, drag. Snap, snap, drag.
Lobsterman is coming.
Maybe he didn't go to school
because he had the ACD.
Norah looks at Oscar.
Norah downs the last swig of beer and sets the bottle down
next to another empty.
He's trapped. If he doesn't rip the
skin off his tongue and make a run
for it lobsterman will tear him to
pieces with his razor sharp claws.
19 INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 19
Curtains drawn in the cheap hotel room. Rose gets out of bed
and pulls on her clothes. Mac watches for a moment, then
rolls out of bed. He stops. Grimaces.
Mac shakes his head and pretends not to be.
I don't know why you did that.
You should hear the way he goes on
about his lean body mass index
bullshit. Drinking that
antioxidant, protein powder, enzyme
crap all the time.
Mac limps over to his clothes hanging over a chair.
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When was the last time you even
He needed to be brought down a peg
I'm sure you pulling a groin muscle
Rose smiles and Mac pretends to be offended.
I should introduce him to your
Norah and a cop? That would happen.
Mac shrugs and steps into his slacks.
We were working a scene today where
this guy offs himself in a sporting
goods store. So they had this
cleaning crew out there, right?
You would not believe how much
money they charge for that shit.
With the dead body there?
Naw, the body's gone, it's just the
blood and stuff.
Rose peels the backing off a nicotine patch and carefully
sticks it on her arm.
You ask me it's a racket. You
should get into that.
Rose slips on her blouse looks at Mac.
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You think that's all I can do?
Clean other people's shit?
Rose steps toward him and eyes Mac as he buttons her blouse.
You know that's not what I think.
I am gonna be a real estate agent.
Rose rubs the nicotine patch on her arm. Mac nods and smiles.
I know. With business cards.
20 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 20
Norah holds a lit joint out the window and watches a cheesy
TV movie circa 1982. Big hair and leg warmers. Norah leans
out the window and exhales, takes another toke.
The sound of a key at the door prompts Norah to quickly stub
out the joint and close the window. Rose opens the door.
It's about time. I thought your
class got over at 9:30.
Rose looks at Oscar sprawled out asleep on the couch.
Why isn't he in bed?
Said he was scared. I think he was
fakin' it though.
Rose fumbles in her purse and pulls out a ten-dollar bill.
I'm not taking money.
It's just ten bucks, take it. Dad
told me about you getting fired.
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Norah makes a face like `great, here it comes.'
What, were you stoned or something?
Norah waves her hand dismissively.
It was just Mr. Kim being a dick
I thought you liked Mr. Kim.
Yeah, before Mrs. Kim started
working there. Now he's a full on
gym teacher, I swear to God.
When are you going to grow up and
start taking responsibility for--
Oh please, you love it when I fuck
up. Love it. Me screwing up gives
you the hugest woody.
Shut up and take the ten.
Norah takes the ten. Rose looks at the TV.
There was a diner scene earlier.
With a waitress.
Rose looks at Norah.
Norah smiles and opens the door to leave.
Completely pie free.
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21 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - DAY 21
Rose wraps the vacuum cleaner cord while another MOLLY MAID
wipes down the last window.
Through the window, a smartly dressed pregnant woman walks
toward the house with shopping bags in hand.
The lady's here.
Rose nods and heads downstairs.
22 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 22
PAULA DATZMAN-MEAD sets her bags down on the table and fishes
a checkbook from her purse. Rose enters with the vacuum
cleaner in tow.
We're all finished. Since it's our
first visit we did the blinds and
appliances but normally we'll
alternate those weekly. Nobody
mentioned anything to us about
laundry so we didn't bother with
that but if you want laundry
included there is an extra...
Rose? Rose Lorkowski?
Startled, Rose looks the woman in the eye for the first time.
It's Paula Datzman... cheerleading
squad junior year.
Recognition punches Rose in the face.
Paula Datzman. Wow.
How are you?
Great! I'm Paula Datzman-Mead now.
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Thanks. We're expecting our second
in a couple of months.
Paula pats her swollen belly and Rose forces a smile.
How are you? You look just the
I'm good. Really good!
God, I always envied you so much.
Head cheerleader... dating the
quarterback... So did you and Mac end
up getting married?
I'm not sure...I think he ended up
marrying Heather Volkman.
Wow. Well it's so good to see you.
Let me get your info so I can send
you an invite to the baby shower.
Paula gets a piece of paper and a pen and hands it to Rose.
It'll be like a big reunion. The
whole gang from high school will be
Rose writes her number and address on the scrap of paper.
So what are you doing now?
Woops. Paula immediately regrets the question.
I... I've just gotten my real estate
license, and so...
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Yeah, this... this is just kind of a
temporary thing and I'm about to
just really phase over into the
real estate full time.
You're kidding, I'm in real estate!
Paula pulls a business card from her purse and hands it to
Rose. The card has a picture of Paula's smiling face.
With Long and Foster. Who are you
Me? Um. You know, I haven't really
decided yet. I might check out Long
Paula nods. Uncomfortable.
Maybe you'll just be independent.
They grasp for something to say. They fail.
What was that about the laundry?
23 EXT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - DAY 23
Rose caries a vacuum cleaner and bucket of cleaning supplies
out to a rusted Nissan Sentra with a Molly Maid door magnet.
She throws the vacuum and bucket in the back hatch, starts to
close it, then stops.
Rose walks to the side of the car, peels off the Molly Maid
magnet and throws that in as well. She looks at the Datzman-
Mead house with a mixture of resentment and shame.
She gets into the car and cries. Her cell phone rings. She
digs the phone out of her bag and tries to steady her voice.
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23 CONTINUED: 23
24 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - OUTSIDE COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 24
Oscar sits outside the counselor's office on a bench. He
cranes his neck to watch the secretary typing forms.
25 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 25
Rose sits nervously across from the school COUNSELOR, a
serious man in his mid forties and a TEACHER with cotton
candy hair. The man speaks first.
It's not just this incident. There
have been several episodes over the
past year where Oscar has... has
engaged in disruptive behavior.
Rose shifts her eyes from the counselor to the teacher and
back to the counselor.
There was the incident in gym
I did pay the damages for that.
And the chalk thing.
Rose bites a fingernail.
And the time he locked Jeremy
Johnston in the--
Okay. What did he do this time?
Now it's... licking.
Rose looks confused.
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I will not tolerate it. I will not
tolerate that behavior in my
Oscar has started licking things in
Rose looks even more confused.
First it was the pencil sharpener.
Then the aquarium.
26 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - OUTSIDE COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 26
The secretary stops typing and offers a sympathetic glance to
Oscar. He capitalizes on the moment by licking the wall.
It's unsanitary. And it's
disturbing to the other children.
The secretary recoils and returns to her typing.
27 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 27
The counselor leans forward with genuine concern.
We think Oscar might benefit from
an environment where he could
receive more specialized attention.
He licked my leg.
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28 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 28
Oscar finds Joe asleep on the Lazy Boy. He snores in that
scary sleep apnea way holding his breath between snores.
Oscar notices a leather strap hanging down from the top shelf
of a book case. He pulls up a chair to investigate.
The strap leads to an old pair of binoculars. Behind it,
dusty books about birds. Oscar grabs the binoculars and
Oscar holds the binoculars to his face but the lenses are too
far apart. Oscar compensates by closing one eye and looking
through only one lens. He focuses on his grandpa's nose hair.
Where'd you get those?
Oscar points to the book shelf. Something sad stirs in Joe.
Oscar steps closer. Joe twists something on the binoculars
and pushes the lenses closer together to accommodate Oscar's
small face. Better.
Those were your grandma's. She'd
watch birds with those.
Oscar walks around the room examining various objects and
clunks them against a lamp in the process.
Hey, hey. Careful.
Joe holds out his hand to retrieve the binoculars.
Why don't we put those away.
Oscar doesn't want to. He hesitates. Joe raises an eyebrow.
Oscar shuffles back to his grampa and hands them over.
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Why can't I play with them?
Because it's not a toy. It's a
You can play with them when I'm
around to supervise.
You're around now.
I'm tired now.
Joe studies the binoculars for a moment and then sets them
back on the shelf.
29 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT 29
Rose shakes her head and hands Norah another dish.
Well I'm not putting him in special
ed. I'll figure out a way to put
him in private school before I do
Rose, you buy generic cigarettes
with couch change. How are you
gonna pay for private school?
Who's going to private school?
Rose turns and sees her dad leaning in the door way.
Nobody dad, we're just talking.
Oscar get suspended again?
Yes, that's it.
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The kid's a little strange. What?
That's against the law now? It's
not like he's out killing kittens
or any damn thing. I swear
everyone's so damn uptight these
29A INT. FAIR AND SQUARE - DAY 29A
Oscar rides a mechanical horse.
Rose pushes a cart down the isle and dials her cell phone.
She grabs a box of cereal and tosses it in her cart.
30 INT. MAC'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 30
Mac sits at the table with a cup of coffee and reads the
paper. A young girl holds out the telephone.
INTERCUT PHONE CONVERSATION
Mac, it's me.
What are you doing calling here?
I know, I'm sorry.
Heather could have easily--
I thought she had yoga on
Still, it's not cool.
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I know, I'm sorry. I just needed to
ask you... you know the other day...
you said that... about the
specialized cleaning guys making so
30B EXT. FAIR AND SQUARE - DAY 30B
Rose and Oscar walk to the car with the groceries.
31 INT. FAMILY RESTAURANT - NIGHT 31
The Lorkowski family dines in style.
Are you even listening?
Norah turns to face Rose at the other side of the table.
What do you mean `no thanks'? What
else do you have to do? You don't
have a job. You don't go to school.
What, are you going to live with
Dad the rest of your life?
I don't think you're in any
position to feel superior.
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Girls, come on. Lets have a nice
It's just until I get my real
The staff sings a BIRTHDAY SONG at a table nearby.
I want to have my birthday at
The hell with Hinkle's, I'm taking
us to Disney Land!
Oscar's eyes light up as he smiles at Joe.
Why? I think Disney Land is a great
Rose gives Joe a sharp look.
Yeah, what's wrong with Disney
Land? And I think it'd be great if
you girls worked together.
You are so out of touch.
32 EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - ONE WEEK LATER - DAY 32
A large bellied SUPERINTENDENT leads Rose and Norah up a
flight of stairs. Beads of sweat drip from his doughy face.
Some sorta domestic disturbance
kind of a deal. It was the lady who
got the last word I guess. Course
she's in jail now, so... Heard one
bullet completely shot off his ring
finger. How long you gals been
doin' this kind a work?
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(Checking out Rose)
You know Mac pretty well?
Norah shoots Rose a look. Rose doesn't answer. They arrive at
the door of the apartment. The super unlocks the door.
Just swing by the office when
you're done and we'll settle up.
33 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - DAY 33
Rose and Norah step into the apartment littered with dirty
dishes and clothes.
Rose walks down the hall while Norah examines a plastic bird
with top hat. It tips down and drinks from the glass.
34 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - BATHROOM - DAY 34
Norah and Rose stand frozen at the threshold. They are awe
struck by the horrible scene in front of them.
Blooms of splattered blood dry on tile walls. It gathers in
sticky brown lines around grout. The mirror is broken. The
shower curtain hangs half torn.
Think they loved each other?
35 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - BATHROOM - LATER 35
Hands pull on yellow cleaning gloves.
Pinkish foam slides down Norah's glove as she scrubs bloody
grout with a toothbrush.
Metal shower rings CLINK against the metal bar as Rose pulls
down the shower curtain.
A rag is wrung out in a bucket of reddish water.
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Rose and Norah clean in silence. Reverent but detached. The
way you would act at a stranger's funeral.
36 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - KITCHEN - DAY 36
Norah puts blood spattered towels into a washing machine.
She spots a dish on the dryer filled with pennies and buttons
and other odds and ends. She fishes out a PINK CANDY HEART.
It reads, `Luv U 4 ever'.
Norah pockets the candy.
37 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - BATHROOM - DAY 37
Rose and Norah gather their cleaning supplies and stand back
to admire their handiwork.
38 EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY 38
Norah hangs back while the super hands Rose a check.
You gals did a real nice job.
As Rose turns to leave she flashes the check to Norah. Five
hundred bucks. Rose raises an eyebrow. Cha-ching.
39 EXT. BAR - DAY 39
Joe walks though a low rent part of town carrying a barrel of
Fancy Corn. He ducks into the neighborhood bar.
40 INT. BAR - DAY 40
Joe enters a dingy little corner bar where everyone's a
regular. A couple of old guys slump over the bar. The
Hey Joe, what you got for me?
World's finest corn snack.
Joe hands the canister to the bartender and sits down on a
stool. The bartender pours him a beer.
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See where old Miller's house sold?
Joe nods. A grizzled REGULAR nearby looks over at Joe.
Bet you could get a chunk of change
for your place. You should cash out
now before the market turns sour.
Joe shakes his head.
I'm not selling my house. No way. I
don't care how much those idiots
would shell out for it. I got
history in that house. You think
they understand about history?
Still... How much commission you
get on that popcorn? Bet you gotta
sell a lot of corn to-
Hey, the corn's good. Really good.
Not like the pet food but that was
The bartender sets a basket of cheddar popcorn in the space
between Joe and the grizzled regular.
It'll get there. Takes time to get
to know the market. Develop a
relationship with the buyers. But
it'll get there. Who doesn't like
popcorn for Christ's sake.
My brother-in-law's in sales.
The regular scoops up a handful of powdery orange popcorn.
Last year he buys a cow.
Why would you buy a cow?
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40 CONTINUED: (2) 40
Not a live cow. A whole butchered
cow from a rancher. On the hoof
they call it.
Joe looks at him with renewed interest.
He sells off the parts of this cow
to a bunch of restaurants. Direct.
Made a killing.
The grizzled man licks orange powder from his fingers.
What'd he do with the brains and
Regular shrugs. Joe's wheels are turning.
So he cuts out the middle man. Not
a bad idea.
Joe takes a drink of his beer while he mulls it over.
Course it'd be smarter to do that
with something that didn't have bad
parts. Like... shrimp.
41 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - SIX DAYS LATER - MORNING 41
Another day in paradise.
42 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NORAH'S BEDROOM - MORNING 42
Norah sleeps in her clothes and makeup from the previous
night. Knocking wakes her.
(though the door)
Rose is on the phone. Norah?
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42 CONTINUED: 42
She says it's important.
With great effort Norah picks up the receiver.
What do you want?
Mac got us another gig.
I'll pick you up in an hour.
43 EXT. ALBUQUERQUE - DAY 43
Rose's Nissan rolls down a rough looking Albuquerque street
toward a trailer park.
44 INT. ROSE'S CAR - DAY 44
Rose sips her 7-11 coffee. Norah stares blank and blood-shot.
You still suck.
Apparently some crazy bag lady
squatter person died and--
You didn't get me coffee?
I didn't know you wanted any.
Of course I...
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44 CONTINUED: 44
Norah shakes her head in frustration.
45 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY 45
Rose turns into the trailer park, heads past a row of
trailers, and parks.
Rose and Norah get out of the car and approach a particularly
run down trailer.
How long is this gonna take?
All we have to do is go in and
throw everything away. Cake.
46 INT. TRAILER HOME - DAY 46
Rose and Norah open the door and the rancid sweet smell of
decayed flesh splashes them in the face. They lift their T-
shirts up over their noses and walk inside.
Old newspapers stacked to the ceiling. Piles of trash lean
like snowdrifts against the wall. Cat food encrusted plates.
Norah opens the bedroom door and peeks in. Flies BUZZ. She
darts to another room and retches.
Great, now we're gonna have to
clean that up too.
Rose walks into the bedroom, blanches and stifles a gag
reflex. Norah storms past Rose and out the door.
47 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY 47
Rose chases after Norah and grabs her arm.
Where are you going?
There is no way.
Norah shakes off Rose and walks down the row of trailers.
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47 CONTINUED: 47
You said you would help me.
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47 CONTINUED: (2) 47
Maybe if you'd gotten me a coffee.
48 INT. TRAILER HOME - DAY 48
Rose pulls her shirt off and wraps it around her head so that
only her eyes are exposed.
She strains to open a window that's been painted shut. She
bangs and pulls but it doesn't budge.
Rose finds a can of beans and whacks them against the base of
the window in an attempt to break the seal. Rose grows more
desperate with each failed effort.
49 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY 49
Norah watches Rose struggle with the window.
Pigeons gather at her feet and she gives a little kick.
Birdseed tumbles on to her shoe. She turns.
A weathered man sits outside his small rectangular castle and
tosses birdseed to the pigeons.
I'm standing here.
Norah looks back up to Rose still struggling with the window.
Finally, Rose muscles it open and throws Norah an angry look
of triumph. There!
49A EXT. ALBUQUERQUE STREET - DAY 49A
Joe and Oscar drive to a potential sale.
50 INT. TRAILER HOME - DAY 50
Norah ties a shirt around her face as she enters.
They turn their attention to the discolored mattress
attracting flies in the corner.
What do we do with that?
Rose shrugs. Looks around.
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50 CONTINUED: 50
Rose and Norah lift the mattress and drag it to the door.
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51 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY 51
Rose and Norah struggle to transport the stinking mattress to
the dumpster. It is a clumsy process. The thing tips and
falls on Norah.
52 INT. MALL - CANDY STORE - DAY 52
Tucked inside a mall, the candy store does brisk business.
Pimple-faced clerks ring up clumps of overweight families.
Oscar pretends to look at hard candies while he listens to
Joe and the MANAGER.
You're telling me this Fancy Corn
stuff is some kind of health food?
Well, it's a candy... and a health
food. Absolutely. Absolutely.
Yeah, I don't know. We don't have
much more shelf space.
Oscar spots a GIRL perusing wax lips. She looks to be about
five or six. Joe ignores the manager and reads ingredients
off a Twizzler package.
Glycerol monostearate? What is
that? I can't even read that.
Joe spins a can of Fancy Corn around and points to the
The manager leans close.
No. The first thing listed. The
number one ingredient.
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Exactly. Corn. Can you think of
anything more wholesome? It's all
American for Christ's sake.
The manager's not buying it. Oscar takes action. He positions
himself next to the girl.
Do you know if they sell fancy corn
The girl looks at him suspiciously.
Do you even know what fancy corn
Well, do they sell it here?
She looks back to the lips and tries to ignore Oscar.
I heard that the strawberry fancy
corn gives you bionic strength.
It's true. Some kind of chemical in
the strawberry flavoring. If you
eat a whole lot of it, it gives you
The girl gives Oscar a long stare.
I don't believe you.
I don't care if you do or not.
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52 CONTINUED: (2) 52
The girl watches him for a moment and then walks over and
tugs her mother's shirt.
I read where these chemicals are
getting into the streams, making
hermaphrodidic frogs! You think
mothers want to expose their kids
to that stuff? No way. More and
more people are looking for healthy
alternatives which is why the
demand for this product is so huge
Like I said, I already put in all
the orders I want for this year.
Just then, the GIRL'S MOTHER walks up to the manager.
Excuse me. Do you carry something
called fancy corn?
Joe looks at Oscar. Oscar smiles.
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52 CONTINUED: (3) 52
53 INT. TRAILER HOME - DAY 53
Much progress has been made on the trailer. Rose and Norah
work on the last remaining piles of trash.
It seems wrong though doesn't it...
to throw everything away.
Rose tosses a tattered fanny pack onto the heap in the
garbage can. Norah plucks it out and opens it.
Norah pulls out a PHOTO ID. She holds it up. The woman on the
ID looks street-worn and crazy.
I bet this is her.
Rose sweeps. Norah digs deeper into the fanny pack and pulls
out a small packet wrapped in satin ribbon.
Norah unties the ribbon and finds a stack of old school
photos. Each photo is of a different grade. Norah flips
through the stack and the girl appears to grow up.
Wow, look at this.
Norah holds the senior photo next to the ID. The resemblance
between the two is clear.
Think it's her daughter?
Rose looks. Shrugs.
Shouldn't we do something? Try to
find her or something?
That's none of your business,
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53 CONTINUED: 53
Rose picks up a bag stuffed with cans and fast food wrappers.
She screams and drops the bag. A giant ball of maggots
writhes at her feet.
Hand me that.
Norah grabs the dust pan and hands it to Rose.
What if she doesn't know? Wouldn't
you want to know if this was mom?
Norah looks closely at the I.D. as Rose deposits trash and
maggots into the garbage bin. The comparison angers Rose.
Mom was never like this. Mom would
never have been like this.
Norah thinks about that and looks back at the I.D.
I wonder how she died?
Damnit Norah, we still have a lot
of shit to do here. Are you just
54 EXT. CANDY STORE - DAY 54
Joe and Oscar roll a handcart strapped with Fancy Corn
canisters through the parking lot to the car.
That was real good. You're a
natural. You got the timing, you
got the nerve. You're a real sharp
cookie, you know that?
No I'm not. I'm stupid.
You're not stupid. What are you
saying? You're not stupid.
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Yes I am. They want to put me in
Don't say that.
It's those teachers who are
retarded. You're probably just too
advanced for those classes. You're
bored. Do you get bored in class?
See. You're too smart! And those
teachers just don't know how to
handle you. You're probably a
You think so?
I know so!
55 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - DAY 55
Weeds grow in the yard of the small house.
56 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NORAH'S BEDROOM - DAY 56
Norah empties the contents of the fanny pack onto her bed.
She examines the photos and picks up what appears to be a
senior photo. She turns it over and sees, written on the
back, LYNN WISEMAN - 1998.
57 EXT. MOTEL - NIGHT 57
Rose's Sentra is again parked next to the blue Camry.
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58 INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 58
Same room as before. Same curtains drawn. Mac unzips Rose's
skirt and kisses her neck.
It was so disgusting. I mean the
smell, you would not believe.
Mac's in the sex zone. He unbuttons his shirt and tunes out
all those distracting words tumbling from Rose's mouth.
Rose, animated, slips her skirt off and tosses it aside.
There were flies everywhere and,
really, the smell. I can't even
Mac's shoes hit the floor with a thud. He sets his belt and
gun on the dresser.
Rose pulls her shirt over her head. Mac kisses her belly.
But, after we finished... you woulda
never even known. We took all that
away... made it right.
Mac pulls off his pants. Rose hangs her bra on the back of
the chair and slips off her undies.
I can't believe you... I mean, I feel
like I got you into this mess.
Her sense of pride wilts. Her hand instinctively reaches up
to massage the nicotine patch on her arm.
Listen, I'm gonna pay for new real
estate classes. Okay?
Rose looks at Mac. Shrugs. Mac smiles.
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58 CONTINUED: 58
We'll get you your license and then
get you a little photo in the real
estate section. You can drive
people around all day and talk
about... Gosh, what would you talk
(Suddenly very serious)
Rose smiles. Apparently it's some private joke.
Oh yeah, definitely talk about
The phrase seems to send a ripple of pleasure through Mac.
Property easements, square footage,
Mac reacts to each word as if it were some filthy sex talk.
He looks at Rose and raises an eyebrow.
You're holding out on me.
Rose rolls her eyes and laughs.
Say it. Come on. One time.
She smiles and shakes her head. Mac waits. Rose relents.
Mac growls and pounces on Rose. It's fun and light. Rose
laughs while Mac makes a show of mauling her neck.
He falls on the bed and reaches out. Rose takes his hand.
It's rough against hers. There's a circular indentation where
his wedding ring isn't.
Rose stops laughing. She touches the invisible ring.
Why'd you pick her?
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58 CONTINUED: (2) 58
Mac looks up. Buzz kill. The residue of a smile fades.
You know it wasn't like that.
How was it like?
He takes a step back.
Are you going to do that?
If this is going to get all heavy--
Rose turns around and kisses Mac. One of those soft, teasing
kisses that ends with a look that kicks things in gear.
59 EXT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - TWO DAYS LATER - DAY 59
Rose pulls her car up to one of many warehouses in the area
and double checks the address on a scrap of paper.
60 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 60
Rose and Norah enter this no frills operation. Cinder block
walls and concrete floors. A small TV on the front counter
offers up a not-so-classic afternoon movie line up.
As they approach, the clerk drops out of sight behind the
counter. Rose leans over to see the clerk on his knees
searching for something small and lost.
WINSTON, 35, crudely handsome with dark unkempt hair and full
lips, looks up.
I spoke with you on the phone. I'm
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60 CONTINUED: 60
Rose sticks out her right hand.
Winston stands to reveal he is missing his right arm. He
clumsily shakes her hand with his left.
So, our situation is...
On the TV, a waitress enters the frame. Rose stops. She and
Norah both turn and look at the TV.
The waitress pours coffee and exits the frame without a word.
Rose and Norah turn back to Winston. Rose continues.
We're doing some postmortem kind of
um... specialized cleaning stuff and
we had this really difficult...
Rose looks at Norah and nods.
Really smelly job where the lady
had died and they didn't find her
for a while and it was really...
The odor was really strong.
Rose smiles a little too enthusiastically.
Yeah, a decomp!
Winston motions them to follow him through the store. He
indicates points of interest with a flat monotone voice.
General purpose cleaners,
extraction cleaners, odor control.
We carry both the Winzyme and the
DR 450. Disinfectants, stain
removers and shampoos.
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60 CONTINUED: (2) 60
Steamers, buffers, foggers, that
kinda stuff's in there, for rent or
purchase. Quick absorbing sawdust,
good for vomit.
The tour ends at the back corner where respirators, safety
glasses, gloves and Tyvec coveralls crowd the shelves.
And you've got your personal
protective gear back here.
The door BEEPS as it opens. CARL SWANSON walks in wearing his
`Above and Beyond' polo shirt. Winston returns to the
61 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - FRONT COUNTER - DAY 61
Carl grabs a case of disinfectant and sets it on the counter.
Winston pulls out some paperwork.
You hear there're a couple of
amateurs poaching jobs?
Winston shakes his head.
Rose and Norah make their way to the counter with arms full
of supplies and stand within earshot of Carl and Winston.
Bruce said they took a decomp for
five hundred bucks. What do you
wanna bet they threw all that shit
right in the dumpster.
Norah nudges Rose. Carl pays and Rose and Norah watch him
leave. They step up and set their supplies on the counter.
As Winston rings them up, Rose notices the shellacked puzzle
picture of a big white cat on the wall.
Hey, I have that puzzle. It's a
hard one. I think I got lost in the
white and gave up.
Rose flashes a `captain of the cheerleading squad' smile.
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61 CONTINUED: 61
You like cats?
Winston looks squarely at Rose and steps into the back room.
Great. You freaked him out.
I asked him if he liked cats.
Winston returns with several books and pamphlets. Hazmat
Guidelines, Biohazard Recovery and Disposal, etc.
Bring these back.
62 INT. ROSE'S CAR - DAY 62
Rose drives while Norah scans one of the books.
Turns out it's against the law to
throw bio hazards in the dumpster.
Rose processes the visit.
How perfect was he with the one
The creepy guy. Do you think he was
born like that?
I didn't think he was creepy.
Dude, he has one arm.
They think we're just a couple of
We are a couple of hacks.
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62 CONTINUED: 62
Norah looks out the window.
I gotta thing. Just drop me off
Rose looks confused but pulls over.
63 EXT. LYNN'S APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY 63
Norah opens the door and slides out.
I'll drop Oscar by around seven.
You have class tonight?
Rose smiles uncomfortably.
Mortgage lenders and financing.
Norah shakes her head in disgust.
Heather's pregnant again. Did you
know that? He's never going to
Rose clenches her jaw and picks at a crack in the steering
wheel. Norah gets out of the car.
God, you're pathetic.
Norah slams the door and watches Rose drive off.
Norah stands at the door well and scans the apartment number
listings. She sees the name she's looking for, LYNN WISEMAN.
Just then, LYNN, the woman from the photos, opens the door
and walks past. Caught off guard, Norah follows her.
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64 FOLLOWING THROUGH STREETS 64
They walk several blocks, Norah keeping a safe distance
65 EXT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES BUILDING - DAY 65
Lynn opens the door to the building and disappears inside.
66 INT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES BUILDING - DAY 66
Lynn steps into an elevator. Norah does too.
67 INT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES BUILDING - ELEVATOR - DAY 67
The doors close. Lynn slaps the `stop elevator' button.
Norah emits a small yelp.
Who are you?
Why are you following me?
I'm not following you.
You are following me!
Lynn freezes for a moment. It seems she isn't even breathing.
Her anger twists into fear.
Norah remains silent. Lynn paces back and forth.
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67 CONTINUED: 67
Shit! This is not happening.
Norah is uncomfortable. Lynn spins around to face Norah.
Listen, I'm sorry. I thought... I
thought you were following me.
That's all right.
Lynn steps closer.
You think I'm crazy.
No. No I don't.
I'm not crazy.
It was a mistake. No big deal.
Lynn smiles. Norah releases the stop button. Nothing happens.
It's not moving.
Let's press the alarm button.
Lynn shrugs. Norah presses the alarm button. There's a loud
quick ring. They wait for something to happen.
An awkward silence hangs in the air. Norah gives it another
quick punch for good measure. Smiles. They look at the
ceiling. They look at the floor. Norah makes little noises.
Norah takes out her sign language book. She steals a quick
sideways look at Lynn before settling on the series of small,
illustrated hands before her.
Go to the university?
Lynn leans close and checks out the book.
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67 CONTINUED: (2) 67
Lynn sizes Norah up.
There's this gorilla who knows sign
language and I've always thought
that would have to be the most
amazing thing ever. You know? To
actually talk to a gorilla.
I think I've seen something on--
Yeah, yeah, with the kitten.
Norah offers a sad nod.
Kitten died. It wasn't KoKo's
fault. She was heartbroken.
A KNOCKING sound reverberates through the elevator.
Kind of weird, don't you think?
Teaching a gorilla to talk.
Probably, gorillas aren't supposed
That's what's so cool about it.
Lynn takes a long bold look at Norah. Norah sweats. The
I'm sorry again about the...
No, don't... it's fine.
Lynn lightly touches the crook of Norah's arm.
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67 CONTINUED: (3) 67
You've got nice veins.
Norah smiles self consciously. She's flustered. Not a
familiar sensation. The doors open to the "Albuquerque Blood
You should give blood.
Lynn steps off the elevator and grabs a white coat from a
rack. She glances back with a smile just as the doors close.
68 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NIGHT 68
The house is dark except for a TV in the living room and a
light in Norah's bedroom window.
69 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NORAH'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 69
Norah pulls the photos from her bag and sets them on a shelf
next to the candy heart. Then, she drops to the floor and
pulls the LUNCH BOX from under her bed.
She surveys the contents: lipstick tipped cigarette butts, an
eyelash curler, a Blue Jay feather, an old photo.
In the photo two girls, twelve and five, stand with their
mom. A cigarette dangles from the mother's ruby red mouth.
70 EXT. MOTEL - NIGHT 70
This time Rose's Sentra sits alone. No blue Camry in sight.
71 INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 71
Rose lies in bed and listens to cars go by on the highway.
She checks her watch, picks up the phone and dials.
Hi. Could you tell me what time you
have? Okay. Thanks.
Rose hangs up and falls back onto the bed, feet dangling off
the edge. She stares at the ceiling and whispers.
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71 CONTINUED: 71
I am strong. I am powerful. I am a
I'm a fucking idiot.
71A INT. MOTEL HALLWAY- NIGHT 71A
Rose stands in the motel's glass enclosed hallway watching
the world go by.
72 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 72
Joe clears the dinner table while Oscar occupies himself with
markers, construction paper, and a creative impulse.
Rose walks in defeated.
You're back early.
I'm quitting real estate.
What are you talking about? You
can't quit real estate. You're
gonna be great at real estate. You
got the whole look and besides,
that's where everything's headed.
Hell, it's what I should have done
forty years ago.
Rose sits at the table next to Oscar. She looks miserable.
Oscar looks at his mom.
Want me to make you something
Rose can't help but smile.
Yeah. I'd like that.
Make me something happy too.
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73 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - THREE DAYS LATER - DAY 73
Rose hands Winston a canister of Fancy Corn and a business
card. Rays of the sun dart off the edges of the card in a
style of a child's drawing. It reads, "Sunshine Cleaning."
Sunshine Cleaning. Nice.
Thought we'd put a positive spin on
things. My son drew the design.
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73 CONTINUED: 73
Oscar stares at Winston's empty sleeve.
That's a nice job you did there.
Where's your arm?
That's all right.
I was thinking maybe I could set a
few out by the register?
Rose hands Winston a stack of cards. He places them in an owl
business card holder in front of several Clean Sweep business
This is great but you guys should
really get out there and market
Oscar plays with an extraction cleaner and accidently turns
it on. Winston gives him a nod that indicates that he should
turn it off. He does.
So, marketing? Like...?
Funeral Homes, property managers...
What you really want is to get in
with the insurance companies. They
can throw you a ton of work.
Oscar walks into the back room.
74 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - BACK ROOM - DAY 74
The room is jammed with model planes, cars and boats in
various stages of construction. A hobbyist's fantasy land.
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74 CONTINUED: 74
Oscar's mouth drops open.
75 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 75
Winston puffs up a bit with `manly know how'.
Do you guys have your B.B.P.
Blood Born Pathogens. The big money
jobs... they'll expect you to be
certified. I can register you for
the next seminar if you want.
76 EXT. LAWSON'S USED CAR LOT - TWO DAYS LATER - DAY 76
Rose, Norah, Oscar and Joe follow SHERM LAWSON across the car
lot. Rose shoots an irritated look to her dad.
(whispering to Norah)
Did you ask him to come.
Joe positions himself next to Rose.
(Quietly to Rose)
Now Sherm's gonna say he's against
the wall but don't you believe him.
There's always some wiggle room.
I can handle it.
The troop comes to a stop in front of a large blue van.
I think you're gonna like this
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76 CONTINUED: 76
Sherm opens the back doors. Rose, Joe and Sherm stick their
heads inside. Rose nods.
The girls have started up their own
specialized cleaning business.
Crime scene and trauma clean-up.
It's a real growth industry.
Sounds kinda gory.
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76 CONTINUED: (2) 76
Can be. Can be.
Rose surveys the interior space.
We gotta take any contaminated
materials to the incinerators. So
we'll need lots of space back here.
For the bloody stuff.
So, how much is this?
What's the play on that?
Oh, that's the floor right there.
I'm actually taking a loss on this
to make room for some new product.
Well, I could pay cash.
Cash is good.
Sherm walks around and unlocks the driver's side door.
(whispering to Rose)
Ask him about the bumper.
The dented bumper.
Rose approaches Sherm with a smile.
I noticed the bumper's kind of
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76 CONTINUED: (3) 76
We were over at Motor Mart on Lomas
earlier. They got a nice looking
Chevy G series for eighteen.
Oscar crawls into the passenger seat for a closer look. He
sees the CB mounted on the ceiling and tugs Norah's sleeve.
God, do people even use those
What is it?
Sherm grabs the handset to demonstrate.
It's a CB. You talk into this thing
and hold this thing down and it
turns your voice into radio waves
and sends it into the heavens.
Sherm tosses the keys to Rose.
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76 CONTINUED: (4) 76
Why don't you take it for a test
Rose, Norah and Oscar pile into the van. Joe hangs back with
77 EXT. STREET - DAY 77
The Econo van rumbles by.
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78 INT. VAN - DAY 78
Rose drives. Norah sits shotgun and sings the baseline to a
70s era porno. Oscar kneels between them staring at the CB.
Bow-chicka-bow-bow. Can I drive?
Try the CB!
Rose reaches up and clicks the CB on. Nothing but static. She
adjusts the frequency dial until she lands on the faintest
hint of a voice buried beneath the crush of static.
Oscar's face lights up with amazement. Rose is under-whelmed.
She clicks the CB off.
Antenna's probably broke.
Norah points out the window.
Ice Cream Hut!
79 EXT. ICE CREAM HUT - DAY 79
Rose pays for three soft serve cones and makes her way to the
picnic table where Norah and Oscar wait.
Norah points to an `apartment for rent' sign on the building
across the street. A big bosomed woman sits on the porch with
a rabbit in her lap.
How cool to live across from the
Ice Cream Hut.
Rose distributes the melty goods.
You should rent it. Seriously,
you're making money now.
Norah assesses the building. The RABBIT LADY sees them
staring. She waves. Rose and Norah turn around amused.
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79 CONTINUED: 79
Yeah well, what about Dad?
Oh please, Dad would survive just
fine. You should do it.
As Norah thinks about a possible move glistening rivulets of
chocolate ice cream drip down Oscar's cone, over his hand and
on to Norah's leg.
Ahh! Lick around the base. Secure
Don't you teach this kid anything?
Norah demonstrates proper technique. She extends her tongue
out to the bottom edge of the dripping glob, then twirls the
cone to lick away the troublesome chocolate.
It's the gorilla girl.
Norah looks up to see Lynn with a milk shake in hand. An
involuntary smile breaks across Norah.
You never came to donate.
Lynn looks at Rose. An awkward moment passes.
Rose smiles, nods a hi. Something familiar about the girl
nags at Rose. She searches to connect a face out of context.
Lynn eyes Norah. Chemistry.
We have snacks you know. Juice
Had I known about the juice
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 51.
79 CONTINUED: (2) 79
Rose makes the connection - her smile drops. Lynn picks up on
the tension between the two.
Okay. Well, see you around.
Lynn leaves. Rose slaps Norah with an accusing look.
80 EXT. LAWSON'S USED CAR LOT - DAY 80
Joe stands with Sherm and waits for the girls to return. He
looks at his watch.
You still selling that luggage?
No, no. That was a whole big mess.
Crappy zippers. Wasn't that it?
Sherm smiles. Joe's smile disappears.
Yeah, that's been a while now.
Dropped the luggage around the time
your other lot when out of
Touche. Sherm's smile dissolves.
I could maybe drop it to nineteen
Joe holds out for more.
And toss in some wiper fluid.
81 EXT. ICE CREAM HUT - DAY 81
Rose, Norah and Oscar walk back to the van. Everyone's
slightly stickier. Rose clenches her jaw.
What the hell?
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81 CONTINUED: 81
I just wanted to give her the
You took the pictures? Why would
you do that? We could get in a lot
of trouble for that.
Relax, I didn't give them to her.
82 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - ONE WEEK LATER - 82
Joe sits in his Lazy Boy as Norah hauls a box from her room.
It's just three blocks away.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 52.
82 CONTINUED: 82
It's not like I'm never gonna see
Hey, I think you should have done
this a long time ago.
Joe strains to be cavalier but he can't look at Norah.
83 EXT. HOTEL - NEXT DAY - DAY 83
A marquee welcomes the conference attendees.
84 INT. HOTEL CONFERENCE ROOM DAY 84
Rose sits on a folding chair and takes notes. The thirty or
so people listening to the SPEAKER appear to be mostly
hospital staff and EMT workers. A placard near the door
reads: SEMINAR FOR BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS.
CARL SWANSON leans forward from his chair and looks down the
row to Rose.
OK. Let's take a quick break before
we move on to potential pathogens
suspended in excrement.
85 INT. HOTEL CONFERENCE ROOM FOOD TABLE - DAY 85
Rose stands by a display of medical waste pamphlets and
munches on a sandwich. As she takes a bite, Carl walks up.
Food's better at the bar.
(holding out his hand)
Carl Swanson, Above and Beyond.
Flustered, Rose brushes crumbs off her face and inadvertently
deposits a blob of mustard on her cheek. They shake hands.
Rose Lorkowski. Nice to meet you.
I hear you're my new competition.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 53.
85 CONTINUED: 85
We're hardly competition for you.
I'm glad to see you're doing a
little homework. A lot of people,
you know, they think they can just
jump in to this, make lots of
money. But, they don't know what
they're doing. No idea. They're not
professional and that makes us all
Well, we're not like that. I just
have to complete this seminar and
You're not certified?
Not yet. Probably by the end of the
Carl smiles, dips a napkin in his cup of water and wipes the
smudge of mustard from Rose's cheek.
You had a...
Attendees file back to their chairs.
I think it's starting.
Sure I can't buy you a drink?
86 INT. HOTEL BAR - DAY 86
Rose and Carl sit at the bar nursing drinks.
If you spray the enzyme at that
point it'll just turn back to
liquid which is a pain in the ass.
The key is to bag it when it's kind
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 54.
86 CONTINUED: 86
That makes total sense. Why didn't
I think of that?
You just figure all this shit out
as you go. Experience.
Rose chews on her cocktail straw.
It's not how I thought it'd be. I
thought it'd be gross.
Rose stops. Reflects. Turns to Carl.
Sometimes it's gross. The maggots
are gross. The maggots kind of
The sound. The munching sound.
And it's so hard to kill the little
Tell me about it. You pour
industrial bleach right on
Carl offers a knowing nod.
Just roll their eyes and call you a
Rose laughs and takes another sip of her drink.
87 INT. HOTEL ROOM DAY 87
The door to the bathroom is open. Carl hums a happy tune in
Rose shimmies back into her clothes with an expression of
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 55.
87 CONTINUED: 87
I am strong. I am powerful.
88 INT. VAN - THREE DAYS LATER - DAY 88
Rose drives and Norah holds a long list of funeral homes and
other establishments. They're all crossed off. Oscar sits
bored in the back.
What's a bastard?
Rose looks at Norah with concern.
Jeremy said I was a bastard. What
does that mean?
Rose has no idea how to respond. Norah turns to face Oscar.
It just means your mom wasn't
married when she had you. It's no
big deal. In a couple of years
you're gonna find it's a free pass
to cool. You'll probably start a
band called Bastard Son. Use it to
impress the chicks. Trust me, the
whole bastard thing... it's working
Oscar looks to Rose and then back to Norah.
Rose's phone rings. She answers it, relieved for the
Hello, Sunshine Cleaning... Well,
I'm glad you liked the Fancy
Corn....Okay, yeah, yeah.
Rose grabs a pen, hands it to Norah and motions for her to
write something down.
Okay... 2327 Grove Avenue. Got
it... Sure. Yeah. Thank you.
Rose hangs up.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 56.
88 CONTINUED: 88
What was that?
89 EXT. BRICK RANCHER - DAY 89
Rose pulls the van up to the house and sees the old lady
sitting out front. MRS. DAVIS.
Rose and Norah exchange a look and then Rose turns to Oscar.
OK. Stay in the van. You want a
soda or anything?
Oscar shakes his head.
We won't be long.
As Rose and Norah get out and unload supplies the old lady
stands to greet them. She's dressed up in the way old ladies
are when they expect company.
The woman nods. She is dazed with grief.
We're the cleaning service.
Yes, yes. I... I wanted to give you
The old woman holds out a shaky hand. Rose gently takes the
keys. Norah hangs back.
In the sunroom. That's where my
husband... I had bridge and...
She blinks twice, slowly, then snaps back.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 57.
89 CONTINUED: 89
Do you need me to show you?
No, no. I think we can find it.
Oh. Okay. That's good then.
Rose and Norah gather their things and head up the stairs.
My son-in-law's coming to take me
to lunch at the Howard Johnson's.
They have such nice rolls there.
Rose hands Norah the key and motions for her to go ahead.
Would you like to sit for a moment,
Yes dear, I think I would.
Rose sits down on the steps with Mrs. Davis and Norah quietly
enters the house.
From the van Oscar watches Rose and the old woman sit side by
side on the front step. Rose's hand rests lightly on the
woman's bony shoulder. Words seem useless.
90 INT. BRICK RANCHER - LIVING ROOM - DAY 90
Norah looks around the room furnished modestly with a mixture
of antiques and things that are simply old.
Yellow sticky notes cling to doors, walls, light switches,
etc. Each note contains a simple instruction such as `turn
off light' or `watch news at 6:00'.
Norah walks past family photos that line the hall.
91 INT. BRICK RANCHER - SUNROOM - DAY 91
Norah enters the red splattered room. A walker lies on its
side next to a blood-soaked rug. Golden sunlight pours
through the windows.
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91 CONTINUED: 91
A yellow square sticks to a picture frame on the coffee
table. The frame holds the image of a smiling young couple in
a different era. The note reads `Edna plays bridge at 4:00'.
Norah slips a Tyvec jumper on and looks out the window. A car
pull up to the curb. Norah stops and watches her sister walk
Mrs. Davis to the car before starting her work.
92 INT. BRICK RANCHER - SUNROOM - MOMENTS LATER 92
Rose enters quietly, in a fog. The stillness of grief is
Rose nods and picks up the photo of a younger Mr and Mrs
Davis. She then steps into her Tyvec coveralls and zips up.
93 INT. VAN - DUSK 93
Norah drives. Rose holds Oscar in her lap, arms clasped tight
That lady seemed really sad.
Her husband died.
Oscar thinks about this a moment.
So he's in heaven?
Maybe we could let her use our CB
and she could talk to him.
Rose looks confused. Oscar presses on.
Maybe he would hear her.
Rose smiles. Doesn't seem like the moment to correct him.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 59.
93 CONTINUED: 93
They ride the rest of the way home in silence.
94 EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - NEXT DAY - DAY 94
Joe's Monte Carlo sits out front.
95 INT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY 95
Oscar and Joe scratch game cards.
I won a million dollars!
Let me see that.
Oscar hands the ticket over.
You gotta get two hydrants with a
matching amount. See? None of your
fire hydrants match.
Oscar looks at the Lucky Dog card with defeat.
And three zeros is a thousand
dollars. You woulda won a thousand
dollars but it doesn't match
What happens if it doesn't match
You toss it and try the next one.
Oscar moves on to his next ticket. He scratches the coating
away and tentatively lifts his game card
I think I won five hundred dollars.
Joe looks at the card. He looks at Oscar and grins.
I'm gonna buy a trampoline and a
karaoke player and some chocolate
honey dipped donuts.
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95 CONTINUED: 95
Whoa now. Hold up there kiddo.
That's not your money. That's my
I scratched it.
Yes you did. You scratched the
ticket that I bought.
Oscar follows his grampa over to the pay phone.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 60.
95 CONTINUED: (2) 95
And we're not going to spend the
money. We're going to invest the
Joe plunks in some quarters, dials, waits while it rings.
See, that's the difference between
a regular person and somebody with
business acumen. That's a good word
for you to know. A-cu-men. Means
Oscar nods and sips his Coke.
(into the receiver)
Bobby! Joe Lorkowski here.
I told you I'd call.
Yeah well, I got the money and
we're in. But you gotta throw in
twenty bags of ice.
96 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 96
Rose pays bills at the kitchen table. Oscar bounces a super
We're gonna make the money grow
because that's the smart way. It's
capital and you don't spend that.
You invest it. That way you can get
the SP250 and have money left over.
What are you talking about?
Oscar races out of the kitchen and then races back in with a
pamphlet showcasing the amazingly sleek SP250 binoculars. He
hands the pamphlet to Rose.
The binoculars that grampa's gonna
get me for my birthday.
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96 CONTINUED: 96
They've got an internal stabilizer
thingy that's electronic so if
you're in a speed boat or something
it won't matter and...
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96 CONTINUED: (2) 96
Oh honey, come here.
Rose pulls out a chair for Oscar. Oscar sits down and crosses
his arms in front of himself.
Sometimes your grampa promises
things that he really wants to
No, he's really gonna get `em. He's
got a plan.
Okay. If you say so.
Rose goes back to the bills.
97 INT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES DAY 97
Lynn wears a white coat. Norah sits in one of the reclining
chairs scattered about the room.
You made it seem so fun.
Oh it is fun. Would you like a
Norah smiles and shakes her head.
Norah watches Lynn's hands push up her sleeve. Lynn rubs
iodine in expanding circles on the inside of Norah's arm.
Lynn puts plastic gloves on and ties a tourniquet around
Norah's arm. She puts a rubber ball in Norah's hand.
Can you squeeze that for me?
Norah squeezes the ball and Lynn touches the plump vein.
That's good. One more time.
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97 CONTINUED: 97
Lynn takes the needle and draws it close to Norah's arm.
Oh my God, is that the needle? It's
a fucking cocktail straw.
Norah looks nervous. Lynn smiles reassuringly.
Trust me, I'm very good at this.
Norah squeezes, Lynn touches the soft blue stripe of blood
beneath Norah's skin and slides the needle into the vein.
Wasn't that fun?
You might have oversold it.
Kind of twirl the ball around in
your hand. Good. It doesn't hurt,
(shakes her head)
That's a good sign.
Norah self-consciously nods and smiles. Lynn turns and
jostles the bag of blood.
My friend's having a thing tonight.
Lynn switches her attention from the blood back to Norah.
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97 CONTINUED: (2) 97
You wouldn't like it.
I might like it.
98 EXT. PARTY HOUSE - NIGHT 98
Music and party-goers spill from the student ghetto house.
99 INT. PARTY HOUSE LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 99
Norah and Lynn sit on a ratty couch in a crowded smoke filled
room. Next to them, a flannel wearing burn-out rocks to
headphones. Norah wears a candy necklace. Debauchery plays
out around them.
I knew you wouldn't have any fun
I am having fun.
Norah takes a tug on the joint and passes it to Lynn.
Yeah, no thanks.
Just kind of superstitious.
Norah nods and passes the joint across Lynn to the burn-out.
The burn-out tugs and passes it back to Lynn. Lynn waves it
off a second time.
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99 CONTINUED: 99
I'm not Mormon. I just... You're
gonna think it's weird.
Sometimes I think that when you get
high or drink or alter your
consciousness like that--
You don't drink?
Lynn shakes her head.
I think it weakens you psychically...
like it creates these cracks and
then bad things can seep in and
maybe never go away.
Norah stares at Lynn with great blood-shot concentration.
All right, you're kind of freakin
You should just tell people you're
I think your boyfriend is winning.
Two women gnaw at Randy's neck. His necklace is almost empty.
Yes. Yes, he is.
Lynn lightly tugs on Norah's candy necklace. She leans in
close and takes a bite of the candy. Norah catches her
Lynn smiles, pleased by Norah's reaction.
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99 CONTINUED: (2) 99
Norah snaps back.
I need more beer.
Norah pulls herself off the couch and starts for the keg. She
Um. Can I get you anything?
Norah offers a nervous smile.
100 INT. NORAH'S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 100
Norah and Randy lie on a thread bare couch. Their bodies rock
to the motion of sex. Norah's thoughts are elsewhere.
A small TV sits next to Norah's growing collection of found
trinkets. It spills blue light into the smoke tinged air.
On the TV, a REPORTER stands outside Quicky Lube. Norah turns
her attention to the TV while Randy pumps and grinds. She
grabs the remote.
Tragedy today when an out of
control driver crashed his car into
a south side Quicky Lube killing
What are you doing?
Norah turns up the volume. Randy grinds to a halt.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 66.
100 CONTINUED: 100
The driver of the automobile,
apparently suffered a heart attack
at the wheel and is currently in
The phone rings. Randy glares at Norah. Norah answers.
Yeah, I'm watching it now.
101 EXT. ROAD NIGHT 101
A van zooms past with a SUNSHINE CLEANING MAGNET on the door.
102 EXT. NORAH'S APARTMENT NIGHT 102
Randy steps out onto the porch where the big bosomed RABBIT
LADY strokes her rabbit. He closes the door behind him.
Randy starts down the steps feeling dejected.
You like rabbits?
Randy stops and turns.
103 EXT. QUICKY LUBE NIGHT 103
The large glass panel that made up the front of the store is
shattered. Shards dangle from red tipped edges. Blood and
glass mingle on the linoleum floor and plastic chairs.
Outside, Mac motions a stunned crowd to disperse. Rose and
Norah walk confidently past Mac into the lobby where a man
wearing a Quick Lube shirt stands off to the side and cries.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 67.
103 CONTINUED: 103
Mac watches as Rose goes back inside and greets the officer.
104 INT. QUICKY LUBE - NIGHT 104
The OFFICER points to the shattered glass.
Nut job goes through the window
(he stops, turns)
You guys are BBP Certified, right?
Legally, it's not really necessary.
We're in the process.
You went to that thing.
We adhere to all the proper
procedures when dealing with a
potentially hazardous situation. We
are very professional.
Wait. I thought you went to that
Rose scans the area.
Are you guys all finished?
It's all yours.
Rose and Norah slip into their Tyvecs.
Why don't you grab the wet-vac and
I'll start bagging the loose stuff.
The officer walks past Mac who continues to stare at Rose.
She looks beautiful and strong.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 68.
105 EXT. QUICKY LUBE PARKING LOT - NIGHT 105
Rose and Norah pull supplies from the van and ready
themselves for the Quicky Lube job.
I thought you went to the thing.
I did. I mean, I went to part of
it. Most of it.
What do you mean you went to part
of it? It was a one day thing.
I got side tracked.
That Above and Beyond guy was
there. Carl. We got talking shop
Oh my God, you humped Carl!
Rose can't deny it. Norah shakes her head.
I'm already registered for the next
106 EXT. DESERT ROAD - TWO DAYS LATER - DAY 106
Joe and Oscar sit in the car pulled off to the side of a
lonely highway intersection.
You got twenty bucks and you want
three pizza's. They cost five
dollars each and you have a coupon
for two dollars off.
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106 CONTINUED: 106
You figure you'll tip the delivery
guy a couple bucks but the
delivery guy turns out to be a
lady. Real sizzler. So you give her
a crisp five. How much do you have
Joe assumes there's no way the kid's getting this and turns
his attention outside. A truck appear on the horizon.
Hey, how'd you come up with that?
The truck slows down as it reaches the intersection, pulls
off the road, and stops. Joe gets out and walks over.
Oscar watches the trucker hop down from the cab and shake
Joe's hand like they're old friends.
The trunk of the Monte Carlo brims with shrimp and ice. Joe
slams it closed, climbs in the car and gives Oscar a wink.
107 EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY 107
The Monte Carlo slices through a vast empty landscape.
108 INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY 108
Joe beams with excitement.
The thing is Oscar...and this is
important to learn early...life is
sales. Buying and selling. It's the
core of social interaction. And
human beings are social beings.
Smoke starts to seep out from under the hood. Joe eyes the
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 69A.
108 CONTINUED: 108
No, no, no, no, no.
109 EXT. ADOBE HOUSE - DAY 109
Norah loads equipment into the van, gets in and waits for
Rose to finish the transaction.
A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN opens the door. She's angry.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 70.
109 CONTINUED: 109
I'm sorry, I don't mean to bother
you. I just wanted to let you know
that we're all finished up and--
The woman glares at Rose.
MIDDLE AGED WOMAN
Oh, you want to get paid.
We can come back later if that's
The woman shakes her head and holds out a check.
MIDDLE AGED WOMAN
I can't believe I have to deal with
this now. My son just died for
The woman looks away.
I'm so sorry for your loss.
Rose starts to leave.
MIDDLE AGED WOMAN
Rose stops. Turns
MIDDLE AGED WOMAN
For what you did. Thank you.
Rose nods and continues on to the van.
110 INT. VAN - DAY 110
They ride down an Albuquerque street in silence.
You want a Coke?
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111 INT. GAS STATION FOODMART - DAY 111
Rose fills a cup at the soda fountain. Through the window she
sees Mac and family pull up on the other side of the store.
Mac gets out and pumps gas. The woman, HEATHER, laughs with
the little girl in the back seat. They look happy.
Rose's fountain drink overflows.
Rose grabs for a napkin which clumps and tears.
The door BEEPS. Rose jumps behind the candy rack and peeks
around. All clear. She turns and smacks into Heather. Heather
glares at Rose.
You think I don't know?
Heather trembles with anger. Rose stands frozen.
You may have been hot shit in high
school but what are you now?
Nothing. A waste of space.
Heather reaches out and gives Rose a little push. Ten years
of anger culminating in this one anti climactic gesture.
Rose watches Heather walk away and knows every word is true.
112 EXT. DESERT ROAD - DAY 112
A stream of water leaks from the trunk. Joe gets out cursing
under his breath. He kicks the car and a hub cap falls off.
It's an unbearable insult.
Stupid shit heap!
Fifty years of failures result in an explosion of
frustration. Joe stomps on the hub cap, picks it up and
throws it as far as he can.
Joe gathers himself and leans in the window. He forces a
smile at Oscar. Oscar looks nervous.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 72.
112 CONTINUED: 112
It's alright. Everything's okay.
Joe opens the trunk and checks on the shrimp. A car zooms by.
Joe tries to wave it down. No good. Another zooms by.
Come on, come on, come on, come on.
Joe struggles to wave down a car. No luck. Joe has an idea.
Make like you're crying.
Oscar turns on the tears. A car stops.
113 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - EVENING 113
Rose walks in. Oscar and Joe feign casualness.
Joe looks at the bathroom door which stands open. Inside the
tub brims with shrimp and ice.
What did you guys do today?
Rose turns to Joe who shrugs.
How's it without Norah here?
Joe walks over and casually shuts the bathroom door.
114 EXT. DOGHOUSE WEINER HUT NIGHT 114
Randy stuffs his face with a hotdog while Norah glares,
I'm sorry. I know it was stupid.
On so many levels.
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114 CONTINUED: 114
I'm really sorry. I swear it won't
happen again. It's just... you
weren't around and...
Norah shakes her head. Randy doesn't know what to say.
Listen, Randy I think we should
stop hanging out.
You're breaking up with me over the
Norah doesn't respond.
I don't know, the way you act, I
didn't even think that you'd care
Yeah, I don't. I should, but I
don't. And you're a really great
guy. But...I don't care if you have
sex with the rabbit lady... and I
mean, it seems like I should care
115 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 115
Rose opens a stack of neglected mail. She is interrupted by a
light knock on the door. Rose peeks out the peep hole.
Rose hesitates, then opens the door just a crack.
What are you doing here?
Can we talk a minute?
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 74.
115 CONTINUED: 115
Rose stands her ground for a moment before stepping outside.
It was great seeing you last night.
You looked so professional and
confident. Your own business...
Mac touches her lightly on the arm.
How's the baby?
Mac looks away.
I just wanted to congratulate you
on the business. Seems like things
are really going great for you.
Rose and Mac's eyes meet. Rose smiles.
They are. If we keep going at this
rate I can hire a couple of
employees soon, put a little more
in marketing, give those Clean
Sweep guys a run for their money.
I'm a business woman.
You're a business woman.
116 EXT. LYNN'S APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT 116
Norah stands disheveled, six pack in hand. Lynn opens the
door wearing slippers.
Ever been trestling?
117 EXT NOB HILL RESTAURANT ROW - NIGHT 117
Shrimp jiggles in Joe's hand cart as he makes his way toward
the row of upscale restaurants.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 75.
117 CONTINUED: 117
A couple of upscale hipsters stare curiously at the hand cart
as they pass Joe.
118 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - OSCAR'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 118
Sounds of sex seep through thin walls. Oscar sits up in bed.
After a moment he crawls out of bed, he grabs a flashlight
from his shelf and exits his room.
118A INT. ROSE'S APARTMENT - ROSE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 118A
The mattress squeaks slightly as Mac and Rose have sex.
119 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 119
In pajamas and bare feet, Oscar steps into the night. He
flicks on the flashlight.
120 EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 120
Norah leads Lynn through a wooded area toward a train
trestle. Norah carries the two remaining beers of a six pack.
Are the bodies there?
No. The person is gone. It's weird
`cuz we're connected to them in
this strangely intimate way... but
we never actually meet them. It's
just kind of weird.
Norah steps over a discarded tire.
I have seen a dead body once
Lynn follows Norah, not knowing how to respond. It's awkward.
Norah tries to lighten things.
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120 CONTINUED: 120
She was in a movie of the week
once, ya know.
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 76.
120 CONTINUED: (2) 120
A bunch of Hollywood people were
filming down in Old Town. They
thought my mom was so beautiful and
so talented that they gave her a
speaking part. You want to hear it?
`I recommend the pecan pie.'
Norah looks back at Lynn for applause.
I recommend the pecan pie?
That was her line. It was on TV and
That's pretty cool.
Me and Rose, we didn't actually see
it but Rose says mom talked about
it all the time. I don't remember.
I don't remember her much at all. I
have this box of her stuff though,
little things she touched. When it
seems like she never even really
existed... it's proof.
The two reach the bottom of a train trestle.
All right. This is where we climb.
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120 CONTINUED: (3) 120
Up to that girder.
Norah points to a rusted girder about eight feet from the
underbelly of the track.
I'm not climbing up there.
Best place to be when it comes.
Norah slips her hand through one of the plastic rings of the
six pack and starts to climb.
You're gonna miss the best part.
I accept that.
The two cans of beer dangle from Norah's arm like a giant
charm bracelet and clank against girders as she climbs.
It's like... it's like this big
pissed off God up in your face just
screaming at you. So close you can
smell the metal on his breath.
It is. I'm telling you.
Norah wedges her butt into the belly of a beam and taps her
fingers against the rusted girder. After a moment she leans
out and looks down toward Lynn.
I didn't mean to bum you out with
the whole mom stuff. I just thought
you would... I don't know, I guess
GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 78.
120 CONTINUED: (4) 120
The trestle starts to shake.
The thunder gets louder. Lynn covers her ears. Norah pops
open a beer and laughs as the train approaches.
121 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 121
Oscar walks along the sidewalk alone. He stops at the van,
opens the door and gets in.
He looks very small in the driver's seat. He lifts the
handset to the CB.
INTERCUT DIALOGUE WITH FOLLOWING SEQUENCE
What was I before I was born? What
happens when we die? Do animals go
to the same place as we go after we
die? Is heaven really crowded? When
somebody gets an arm chopped off
does it go to heaven? Is Jesus
another name for you or are you two
separate people? Were you born?
Will you die? If you already live
in heaven where do you go when you
122 EXT. TRAIN TRESTLE - NIGHT 122
The train careens above Norah. Sparks fly from the blur of
wheels. The sky flashes between each of the cars. Stars and
grease and metal and night collide. Norah closes her eyes.
The sound of the train merges with the loud static of a CB.
123 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - FRONT YARD - 1987 - DAY 123
The sky is an electric blue. The kind that lives in memories
and dreams. Rose (10) and Norah (5) play in a parked car.
Rose pretends to drive and smoke a cigarette while Norah
makes faces in the rearview mirror.
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Rose gets out of the car and races toward the house. Norah
Rose, wait for me.
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124 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - 1987 - DAY 124
A giggling Rose stumbles in. She stops. The bathroom door is
open slightly. She walks over peeks through the opening.
There's a dress crumpled on the floor. A woman slumps
motionless in the tub. Her delicate hand hangs over the edge.
Scarlet fingerprints mar the white porcelain.
Norah enters the front door. She smiles, unburdened by the
knowledge. She runs towards Rose. Rose quickly pushes her
back and closes the door.
Norah senses something's wrong. She struggles to see what's
behind the door but Rose won't let go.
125 EXT. TRAIN TRESTLE - NIGHT 125
The static mixes back into the roar of the train. The roar
grows distant and is replaced by Norah's laughter.
Still laughing, Norah takes a sip of her beer and sets it on
a beam next to her. The beer falls. Norah tries to catch it,
loses her balance and falls with a thud.
Lynn catches her breath.
Lynn runs over to find Norah on her back, eyes closed. Norah
opens her eyes and laughs.
Norah grabs the beer that she had been chasing. There's not
much left but she downs the remainder.
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That was really stupid.
I think I broke my hand.
Lynn leans close with real concern.
No. But it hurts like a mother.
Lynn pops the top on the remaining beer and takes a huge gulp
before handing it to Norah.
126 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - SIDEWALK - NIGHT 126
Oscar walks down the sidewalk alone. His flashlight provides
small circle of light on the cement in front of him.
127 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 127
Rose stands in her T-shirt and undies. Mac shuts the door.
Rose leans her head against the door and exhales deeply. She
turns as if something is calling her.
128 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT 128
Rose stands on tip toes and feels around on top of the
refrigerator until she finds what she's looking for...
129 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 129
Rose sits down on the couch and lights her cigarette. The
nicotine patch is still clearly visible on her arm.
Rose looks at the stack of unopened mail. Something grabs her
attention. An envelope bearing the return address of Paula
Datzman-Mead. Rose rips opens the envelope.
Rose stares at an invitation to Paula's baby shower. A smile
creeps across her face.
The front door opens and Oscar walks in.
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Brow furrowed, he walks past Rose without acknowledging her.
He goes straight to his room and shuts the door.
130 INT. NORAH'S APARTMENT LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 130
A bottle of wine sits empty on a box next to two nearly empty
How's the hand?
Norah shakes the last few drops from her cup and starts
gnawing on the side. Lynn takes Norah's hand and examines it.
Lynn draws Norah's hand close to her lips. Smiles. Looks at
Norah. Norah's a deer in headlights. Lynn kisses Norah's
hand. Everything is still and tense.
Norah stares at her recently kissed hand and nods. She looks
up to Lynn. Lynn kisses Norah lightly on the lips. A tester
kiss. Then again. Softly. Norah doesn't move, eyes locked on
Lynn. All is good.
Norah leans in and kisses Lynn's neck. Lynn's eyes are closed
enjoying the moment.
Lynn opens her eyes. The school photos of Lynn sit directly
across from her on the shelf. Lynn stares at the pictures.
Waves of recognition and confusion register in her eyes.
Norah kisses Lynn's neck oblivious.
Lynn pulls away.
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Lynn tries to suss it out, shakes her head, looks at Norah.
How do you have my school pictures?
I just... I found them. I was gonna
Lynn shakes her head disbelieving.
Where would you find old pictures
We did this job a while back. This
Lynn scans the other trinkets arranged neatly on the shelf.
Her eyes focus on the photo ID. Her mother. Her face goes
completely blank. Shock.
Norah bites her lip and nods.
My mom is dead.
A hazy mix of shame, sadness and guilt seeps into the void.
I wanted to tell you... that first
day. That's why I--
You knew this whole time?
I think... You know, I think
there's a reason that I found them.
The pictures. Because that lead me
to you, right?
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And I don't know exactly what went
on between you and your mom... what
the situation was... but it just
seems like... You know, of anybody,
I would understand.
Lynn's hazy emotional mix has hardened into something sharp.
Anger. She looks at Norah with disgust.
You would understand?
Lynn turns to leave.
Wait. Please. Don't...I--
Lynn opens the door. Norah reaches out but Lynn stops her
with an icy look.
You're sick, you know that? There's
something wrong with you.
Lynn shuts the door and it feels like a slap.
Norah sinks down onto the couch. Just Norah now. The
emptiness crowds around her.
131 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - ONE WEEK LATER - DAY 131
The afternoon sun beats against the weathered paint.
132 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 132
The baby shower invitation looms large on the makeup table.
Rose wears a slip and unusually big hair. She grabs several
outfits from her closet. Oscar watches.
The blue or the flowery?
Rose slips on the dress and sits to apply mascara. Oscar
shuffles out of the bedroom.
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Rose's cell phone rings. She picks up the phone while
Hello, this is Henry Schmidt at
State Farm! Yes. Hello.
I spoke with you about a month ago.
Yes! Hi. What can I do for you?
We've got a house we need to turn
around and our regular guys are
busy in Santa Fe today. Thought I'd
give you all a call.
Rose knocks over a bottle of nail polish remover as she grabs
a pen and writes down the info.
Great. No problem.
Rose hangs up.
Shit, shit, shit.
Rose pulls on some panty hose and wrestles with her shoes.
Honey, call grampa.
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Rose grabs her purse. Rose and Oscar rush out. A baby shower
gift sits forgotten by the door.
133 INT. NORAH'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 133
Norah cradles a phone to her ear and shoves clothes from a
box into an old dresser.
Blow off the shower.
133A INT. VAN - AFTERNOON 133A
Rose drives the van and talks on her cell phone. Oscar looks
tiny in the passenger seat.
I can't I... I RSVPed.
INTERCUT PHONE CONVERSATION
So tell him we can't do it.
It's an insurance company. They
could throw us a ton of work. This
is our in.
So, don't go to the damn baby
shower. It's not like you ever even
I promise I'll come straight after
the shower and help finish up.
134 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - DAY 134
Rose and Oscar walk up to the house. Rose tries the door but
it's locked. She knocks. No answer. An uneasy tension shoots
She fumbles for her keys to unlock the door and is hit with a
horrible familiar smell. Oscar pinches his nose.
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Stay out here.
Why do I--
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Because I said so.
Angry, Oscar sits down on the steps.
135 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 135
The phone next to Joe's Lazy Boy is off the hook.
Rose walks briskly through the house. Urgency mounts with
Rose throws the bathroom door open in a panic.
136 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - BATHROOM - DAY 136
Joe scoops rotten shrimp from the bathtub with an empty fancy
corn canister and dumps them into a garbage can.
Rose recoils at the intense smell.
I'm busy here.
He tries to swing the door shut but Rose stops it. Steps in.
Damn it dad, you scared me.
Sweat drips down Joe's face. He continues his labor and
avoids looking at Rose.
Those snotty restaurant fucks
wouldn't buy my shrimp. Some
bullshit about health codes or
whatever. I don't believe that shit
for a second.
God, dad what were you--
He holds up a finger.
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Don't. Don't start with me.
Bastards completely shut me out.
They got their own little cartel.
Little restaurant mafia. I bet they
screwed with my car too. I wouldn't
put it past `em. Bunch of shady
Rose leans against the door and watches her father. A wet
slap punctuates each new deposit into the garbage.
I need you to watch Oscar.
Another load of slimy shrimp smacks the garbage.
What do you mean you can't?
I can't watch Oscar today Rose.
I'm in a real bind here.
Yeah, well it's hard, isn't it?
Raising a kid on your own. Try two.
137 EXT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 137
Rose and Oscar get out of the Sentra and march toward the
138 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 138
Winston sees Rose and Oscar through the window and returns
his attention to the model plane before him.
Rose and Oscar enter.
You look nice.
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Winston finishes gluing the piece and looks up.
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I was wondering if Oscar could hang
out here for a little while.
Winston looks nervous. He looks at Oscar.
I've got this baby shower to go to
and Norah's working a job and my
dad's incapacitated... Do you mind?
I guess not.
You're a lifesaver.
You did your hair different.
You like it?
All right. Be good. I'll pick him
up in a few hours when I'm done.
Rose leaves. Oscar and Winston are left on their own. Winston
forces a smile. Oscar does not reciprocate. Winston turns and
walks to the back room.
139 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - BACK ROOM - DAY 139
Winston glues a tiny piece to the model plane. Oscar inches
his way over.
This is a World War Two Mitchell
Cannon Nose Bomber.
Oscar leans in closer to examine all the tiny pieces.
You make all these models?
Winston nods and points to a teeny plastic strut.
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Dab the end of that in the glue.
Just a little bit.
Oscar carefully dabs the plastic piece in the puddle of glue
and hands it to Winston.
What's that piece for?
It's a strut.
With delicate precision, Winston attaches the piece.
What's a strut?
Supports the wing.
Oscar examines one of the many completed models.
Seems like it'd be hard to build
models with just one hand.
140 EXT. ISOLATED ROAD - AFTERNOON 140
Norah drives the van down a desert road.
140A EXT. DATZMAN-MEAD DRIVEWAY - AFTERNOON 140A
Rose pulls the Nissan in. She checks her lipstick in the
rearview mirror before getting out and heading to the door.
141 EXT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - AFTERNOON 141
Norah pulls supplies from the van and lugs them to the house.
142 INT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - KITCHEN - AFTERNOON 142
Norah grabs a bottle of OJ from the fridge, checks the
expiration and takes a slug. Cat bowls sit in the corner.
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Norah examines a snapshot on the fridge. A chubby middle-aged
woman surrounded by cats. The woman is bald and smiling.
Norah spots some incense. She holds a stick to her nose.
143 INT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 143
Norah lights the incense stick and sets it on the dresser
next to a little statue of the laughing Buddha. A collection
of cat whiskers sits in the Buddha's lap.
Evidence of death soils the bed. Books crowd the night stand.
Living with Breast Cancer, Foods That Fight Cancer, and
Coming to Terms With Death.
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Norah rolls out plastic sheeting and prepares the room.
144 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - GREAT ROOM - AFTERNOON 144
The room titters with wannabe country clubbers. They nibble
appetizers around a pastel tower of gifts.
Rose lifts a cheese puff to her mouth. She's flanked by Paula
and a MOUSEY WOMAN in a pink dress and matching pink pumps.
So Rose, what are you doing? Are
you still cleaning houses?
Rose has gone into real estate.
Actually, I own my own business.
A real estate business?
No. It's a biohazard removal and
crime scene clean up service. It's
a growth niche industry right now
highly technical and competitive.
What does that mean biohazard
A lot of times, when somebody dies,
it can be kind of, you know, messy.
So, we go in and clean up all that
left over mess. Make sure that the
area is clean and sanitary.
Paula and Mousy exchange a glance infused with disgust.
People just don't understand the
health and safety risks involved in
disposing of biological material
like blood and body fluids.
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Oh my God.
Course, we have a whole arsenal of
disinfectants and um... professional
techniques. Like I said, it's a
highly technical and professional
operation with a whole complicated,
you know... methodology behind it.
Pleased with herself, Rose grabs another cheese puff.
Real growth industry.
I can't imagine. You like doing it?
Rose stops. She hadn't thought about whether she liked it.
I do. We come into the lives of
people who have just experienced
something so sad and profound.
They've lost somebody. The
circumstances are different but
that's the same.
As Rose talks, her whole demeanor changes. Relaxes. That
brittle, self conscious edge dissipates.
And we help them. In this one small
way... we help.
Rose is lost in her thoughts. Something profound is shifting.
Sounds horrible to me.
I believe I'd vomit.
145 INT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 145
Norah stuffs bedding in biohazard bags and wraps the mattress
in plastic sheeting. A fan clanks at the window.
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Norah struggles to get the wrapped mattress though the door.
It tips and Norah bangs her hand against the door frame.
The incense falls from the dresser. Norah finally muscles the
mattress through the doorway.
146 EXT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - AFTERNOON 146
Norah drags the mattress to the driveway. A wisp of smoke
curls from the window behind her.
As Norah rubs her injured hand, she hears the teeniest MEOW
rise from the bushes. She investigates.
A little orange fluff ball at the base of some box hedges
looks up with big startled eyes. Norah smiles.
Oh my God, you're the cutest thing
ever. Did you get left behind?
The kitten answers with a pitiful raspy sound that passes for
a meow. Norah is powerless to resist.
As Norah leans down to pick up the kitten, it darts from the
bushes and heads toward the road.
No, no, no.
Norah chases the frightened kitty across the street and
disappears behind a house.
After a moment, Norah emerges from behind the house. She coos
at the small kitten cradled in her arms, then looks up. An
expression of horror and disbelief sweep over her.
Norah runs toward the house.
147 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - GREAT ROOM - AFTERNOON 147
A PEPPY WOMAN with the enthusiasm of a game show contestant
stands on a stool and waves her arms.
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Okay, ladies. For our first game
we've taken five different kinds of
candy bars and melted them in these
Oh I love this game.
You all can--
Somewhere a cell phone rings. The peppy woman stops and looks
at Rose. Rose digs into her purse and pulls out the offending
phone. She checks caller ID. It's Norah. She cuts it off.
Rose forces a smile at Peppy who motions for someone to start
distributing the diapers.
You can look, smell and taste. The
first to identify all five
148 INT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 148
Flames shoot up around the dresser and gobble a curtain.
Norah slaps a towel at the flames with one hand and holds a
phone with the other.
(over the phone)
Hello, you've reached Sunshine
Cleaning. You're call is very
important to us so...
Norah snaps the phone shut and continues slapping back the
149 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - GREAT ROOM - AFTERNOON 149
Rose watches with a detached expression as Floral clad women
stick their noses in the brown goo of the diapers.
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It hits Rose that she does not belong here. And for the first
time, she does not want to belong here. She turns to Paula.
You know what? I... uh...Actually,
there's somewhere I need to be.
Oh nooo! You can't leave now. We're
just starting the games.
(smiles and nods)
Rose stands and weaves her way through the throng of Stepford
moms. Relief sweeps across her face as she nears the door.
150 INT. ROSE'S CAR - EVENING 150
Rose drives as the sun sinks into the desert landscape.
151 EXT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - NIGHT 151
Rose pulls up near the fire trucks and still smoldering
house. Rose steps from the car with an expression of horror.
Fear grips her as she scans the area for her sister. Then she
sees Norah, sitting in the van across the street. Headphones
on. Kitten curled up in her lap.
Rose marches over but Norah doesn't notice her until she raps
on the window. Norah pulls off her headphones, opens the door
and slides out of the van.
It was an accident.
Rose's mouth slackens as her mind stumbles over the probable
consequences of the scene before her.
Oh my God, what have you done?
It was an accident.
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How does this happen? Huh? How do
you burn down a house, Norah? Jesus
Jesus Rose, Calm down.
Rose throws her keys at Norah.
Norah turns to shield the kitten. The keys thump her arm.
Norah eyes her sister. So that's how it's gonna be.
Well, if you had been here to help
me but no, you're off desperately
trying to impress stupid high
school people who don't even
matter. Prove to your old
cheerleading squad that you're not
this huge loser. If you had been
here doing your job it wouldn't
have happened. So don't try to put
all this on me.
Norah's denial of responsibility knocks the wind from Rose.
This is on you. You did this. You
set a fucking house on fire! You.
Oh, go ahead and play the martyr.
It's like your favorite thing.
I can't believe I was so stupid to
think that you could handle a
little bit of responsibility.
I am so sick of all your holier
than thou bullshit. Why don't you
take a look at you're own life,
huh? You're a real inspiration.
Well maybe if I didn't have to take
care of everybody in this family.
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Fuck you. I'm done being your
Norah, filthy with soot, turns and walks away from Rose, the
fire and everything. The kitten clings to her shirt.
Oh that's great. Turn everything to
shit and then walk away.
Without turning or breaking her stride, Norah flips off Rose.
Rose leans down and picks up her keys, then turns and watches
the firemen hose down the house.
152 EXT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - NIGHT 152
Rose, looking worse for wear, tries to open the door but the
store is closed and the door is locked.
She bangs on the glass doors.
153 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - NIGHT 153
Winston walks from the back room and opens the door.
Long baby shower.
I'm sorry, I... everything's
Rose is about to break.
Oscar's asleep in back.
Norah's ruined everything. She
burnt down a house. A client's
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Carl told me.
How does he...?
That's just great. We burnt down a
client's house. How do you get
I figured we'd wait and get the
better rate once I got certified.
Didn't you go to that?
Rose doesn't respond. She slowly blinks and lets her new
reality ooze over her.
There's not a lot I'm really good
at, you know.
Winston looks at Rose.
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Really. I'm good at getting guys to
want me. Not date or marry me. But
want me. I've always been good at
Winston looks away.
And cheering. I was pretty good at
Cheering is good.
Yeah. Not as marketable as you'd
154 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT 154
Smoke slinks from a cigarette on the makeshift ashtray.
Rose looks up to see Oscar in his PJs, one arm tucked in his
shirt, the sleeve dangling empty. Rose musters a smile.
You brush your teeth?
Oscar nods, kisses her good night. Rose watches him walk to
his room and takes a drag from her cigarette.
There's a knock at the door.
155 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 155
Rose looks through the peep hole and sees Mac fidgeting
outside. She takes a step from the door and freezes.
Mac knocks again.
156 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 156
Mac looks at the unresponsive door with irritation. He shifts
his weight and jangles some change in his pocket.
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157 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 157
Rose leans against the wall with eyes closed.
She takes a breath, opens her eyes, then opens the door.
Mac smiles for the both of them.
I was starting to think you were on
a date or something.
Rose looks at him like he's speaking a foreign language.
Can I come in?
It's not really a good time.
Mac sags a bit. Then rallies. Flexes an eyebrow.
I got you something.
Mac pulls a small gold box from his pocket and presents it to
Rose. The top is engraved with her initials.
It's for your business cards. You
put `em in there and, I don't
know... impress people.
He laughs at the silliness of the whole concept.
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Rose stares at the small shiny box. It seems to make her sad.
You don't like it?
No, I like it very much.
Rose looks up and Mac senses something bad is coming his way.
It's just this thing we're doing.
Come on, let's not do that.
But Rose is resolute. She looks Mac in the eye.
I don't want this anymore.
Disbelief gives way to the unpleasant understanding.
So that's it?
Rose gives an almost imperceptible nod. Mac tries hard to
ignore the rising slurry of hurt and anger.
That's it then.
Mac hesitates, hoping for a last minute reprieve. Finally, he
nods and Rose watches him walk away.
158 INT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES ONE WEEK LATER - DAY 158
Norah steps off the elevator. People in white coats walk past
her, bump into her. Norah spots Lynn.
Lynn sees Norah and looks away.
GUY IN WHITE COAT (O.S.)
Is this your first time donating?
Norah turns to the GUY IN THE WHITE COAT addressing her. He
holds a clipboard.
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GUY IN WHITE COAT
Can I get your name?
I need to talk to Lynn.
She can't donate. You can't donate.
She points to a sign indicating how often people can donate.
Forty-eight days. It's not been
Why are you acting like this? Why
haven't you called me back.
Listen, I just, don't think you're
the kind of person I need to be
hanging out with right now.
What's that supposed to mean?
Do I really need to spell it out?
Norah stands stunned. Sad. Blank. She pulls the packet of
photos out of her bag and holds them out to Lynn.
Lynn takes the packet. As she walks back to the reclining
blood donors she tosses the photos in a trash can.
A smiling Korean woman gives Norah a cup of juice and puts an
`I gave blood today' sticker on her chest.
159 EXT. TINGLEY PARK- DAY 159
Joe sits on a bench near the pond with his feet propped up on
a canister of Fancy Corn. He reaches into the open canister
next to him and pulls out a handful of gourmet corn.
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A few pieces land in his mouth, the remainder he tosses to a
flotilla of ducks. Joe smiles as the greedy little bastards
squabble over his offering.
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160 EXT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 160
Rose and Oscar struggle to unload the super wet-vac from the
van. Other equipment litters pavement around the van.
Winston records serial numbers onto a clipboard.
I'm sure I can turn this stuff
around pretty quick.
Thanks. For everything.
Are you coming to my party?
Awkward moment. Rose looks from Oscar to Winston.
We're going to Hinkle's Saturday
for Oscar's birthday. It'd be great
if you came.
Sounds like a blast.
Rose smiles at the sincere enthusiasm in Winston's voice.
161 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - BATHROOM - NIGHT 161
Rose steps out of the shower and wraps her hair in a towel.
As she walks past the mirror she plucks off the affirmation
note and tosses it in the trash.
162 INT. HINKLE'S RESTAURANT - A FEW DAYS LATER - DAY 162
Rose, Oscar, Joe and Winston sit in a carnival like
restaurant. Oscar opens a gift in the shape of a binocular
case. He beams with anticipation.
Oscar snaps open the case and pulls out the old familiar pair
of binoculars. Rose looks disappointed. Oscar looks confused.
That other pair we looked at, full
of gadgets and gimmicks.
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They just didn't have the heft you
want in a pair of lenses. No
weight. No history.
Oscar nods. Joe points to the old binoculars.
These here are the real deal. I
want you to have them.
Oscar smiles. Rose shakes her head. It's not like she didn't
see this coming. But still.
Dad, you promised him those others.
From the store. He's been talking
about it for weeks.
Joe looks at Rose with new found confidence.
No Rose, I want to him to have
Winston eyes the binoculars.
Wow, is that an old Zeiss?
Joe nods full of pride.
Eight by thirty Jenoptems. No marks
on the objectives. Perfect bloom.
Winston looks at Oscar.
You got yourself some classic
Norah walks in.
Sorry I'm late.
Norah noogies Oscar and drops a gift in front of him.
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Norah kisses Joe on the cheek and ignores Rose. Rose gets up.
Where are you going?
Rose walks to the bathroom.
163 INT. HINKLE'S RESTAURANT - LADIES ROOM - DAY 163
Rose splashes water on her face. Norah walks in and leans
against the counter. Rose makes no sign of acknowledgement.
Norah grabs some paper towel and holds it out for her sister.
Winston cleans up pretty good.
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Rose isn't biting. She doesn't even look at Norah. She leans
past Norah and gets her own paper towel. Norah tries again.
I read somewhere that beauty is
really all about symmetry. Like
having eyes the same size and all
So, you know, when you factor that
in he's like, hot.
Rose won't play. She dabs her face and ignores Norah. Norah
walks to the door, starts to leave, then turns around.
Listen, I know I fucked up, okay?
Like really huge and I know that
and I'm sorry, okay?
It's a bullshit apology. More defensive than sincere. Just
the thing that pushes Rose's buttons.
God, that drives me crazy! That
whole `Oh, I'm sorry, I'm just a
big fuck up' routine. Like that's a
Norah's defensiveness loosens its grip. She steps towards
Rose. This is hard for her. Sincerity is not her strong suit.
I really am sorry. But it really
isn't all my fault, Rose.
I think there's something wrong
with you. The way your brain works.
I mean, what the hell? It's like
you can't be trusted with anything.
You just screw around all the time
like it's all a big fucking game.
It wasn't a game, Norah. We're not
all just here for your amusement.
You should have been paying
attention. You should have been
focused on the job.
Rose finally hears herself. It's all the same old stuff. She
grinds to a stop. She knows it wasn't all Norah's fault.
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I know. I should have been there.
What are you going to do now?
I got some ideas. I was thinking
maybe we could--
Norah shakes her head.
I've got my own ideas.
Rose nods. As they exit, she turns to Norah.
So, you really think he's hot?
164 INT. HINKLE'S RESTAURANT - DAY 164
Rose and Norah return from the bathroom. Joe eyeballs the
girls in silent appraisal of the situation. Seems okay.
You gonna open my present?
Oscar opens the package of fake tattoos.
The guy said that if you're careful
they'll last a whole month. And
these aren't stupid kiddie unicorns
and shit. They're all based on
classic biker designs.
Oscar picks up one of the tattoos.
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What's that say?
Rose looks at Norah.
Oscar slips his arm out of his sleeve and inside his shirt
and stares at Winston admiringly. Rose whispers in Oscar's
ear and he pulls his arm back into his sleeve.
I'm thinking of taking a road trip.
Haven't worked it all out yet. I
was thinking I could maybe take the
Rose shakes her head.
I'm selling the van.
Don't sell the van.
Have to. Can't afford the payment.
No, listen... just don't sell the
Rose forces a smile and examines her pizza. She can't watch
her father cling to another impotent dream.
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Just don't sell the van yet. Okay?
Oscar slowly retracts his arm again. With his remaining arm
he lifts the binoculars to his face.
Rose tells me you make models.
Any money in that?
The wait staff begins to sing a birthday song.
165 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - OSCAR'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 165
Rose quietly kisses Oscar's forehead and pulls up the covers.
She turns and steals another look before shutting the door.
166 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 166
Rose sizes up her stack of unopened bills. She opens one,
sighs, sets it aside. She moves on to the next one.
The TV flickers blue light into the room. Rose stops and
looks at the TV.
167 INT. NORAH'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - NIGHT 167
The phone wakes Norah. She fumbles for the receiver.
(over the phone)
Turn your TV on. Channel sixty-
Norah clicks on the TV and watches slack-jawed as a WAITRESS
hands menus to two hard nosed detectives. One of the TV
DETECITVES looks up and smiles.
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I recommend the pecan pie.
Norah focuses on the flicker light of the TV.
168 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 168
As if in a dream Rose watches the image of her mother
disappear off screen. She smiles.
169 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 169
Rose walks toward the van with a trash bag that swishes with
each step. She takes one last look, then peels the Sunshine
Cleaning door magnet off and drops it into the trash bag.
She crawls into the front seat and tosses empty pop cans and
candy bar wrappers into the trash bag. A faint sound nags at
her. She looks up to see the CB on.
Soft white static fills the van. Rose sits a long moment
before taking the handset.
Rose stops and looks around self-consciously before resuming.
Oscar turned eight today. We had
this whole big thing at Hinkle's.
Winston came. After dinner Oscar
and Norah got a high score on
Centipede and put in ASS as their
initials and got in trouble by the
I don't know if you're in heaven or
what. But you're not here and
that's too bad for you `cuz you've
missed out. You've missed out on
some really great stuff.
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170 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - TWO MONTHS LATER - DAY 170
Rose pulls up in her Sentra. The Molly Maid magnet is back on
the door and she's in her Molly Maid uniform. She gets out
and sees Joe sitting on the steps to her house.
There's something I wanted to talk
to you about.
Rose pulls a vacuum cleaner from her car.
Well, I was wondering if I could
move in with you and Oscar.
Just temporarily - until I find a
You lost the house. Oh my god, you
lost the house. Dad how could you
lose the house?
I didn't lose the house. I sold the
house. There's this business
Not shrimp I hope.
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It's not just some get rich quick
scheme. And I got a partner who has
experience. I'd learn from her.
Rose's edge softens slightly. She's listening now. Joe points
to where the newly painted Econo van is parked.
In bold cursive: LORKOWSKI CLEANING. Underneath in smaller
letters: SPECIALIZING IN BIOHAZARD REMOVAL SINCE 1963.
Don't make a big deal out of it.
It's a business lie, not a real
I can live with that.
And you'd be the boss.
171 EXT. OPEN ROAD - MONTE CARLO - DAY 171
With windows down, Norah drives across an open landscape. She
glances at a wind battered map. A highlighted route cuts
across the country. Destination - California.
Norah bobs her head to the radio, sucks on a slurpee. She
holds her arm out the window and lets her hand surf the wind.
172 OMITTED 172
173 EXT. CATHOLIC SCHOOL - SCHOOL YARD - DAY 173
Oscar, in a Catholic school uniform, holds binoculars to his
face. He watches a scrawny girl across the school yard.
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The girl ties a strand of hair to her pigtail then loops the
invisible strand over a pencil. She glances over to Oscar.
Oscar doesn't flinch.
With school girl slight of hand, the pigtail rises and falls.
It is a magical, flirtatious pigtail greeting.
Oscar lowers the binoculars and pulls his sleeve up to reveal
the Lil' Bastard tattoo. The girl smiles. Oscar smiles.
174 INT. GORILLA FOUNDATION - ONE MONTH LATER - DAY 174
Norah walks down a corridor. The kitten clings to her. She
turns the corner and walks though a set of doors to what
looks to be a play room.
Blocks and brightly colored plastic toys litter the ground.
Sitting in the middle of the play area is an enormous black
gorilla. KOKO. She turns her massive head and looks at Norah.
I have a tooth ache.
KoKo responds with thick hands.
175 EXT. ALBUQUERQUE - DAY 175
The Lorkowski Cleaning van merges on the freeway interchange
and spirals up the tangle of rust and turquoise ramps.
Writers : Megan Holley
Genres : Comedy Drama