1 EXT. BEACH HOUSE - MONTECITO, CALIFORNIA - DAY 1
A late afternoon sky, a red tile roof and the Santa Barbara
coast line frame this party of old friends. A trio plays
Brazilian music as guests carry drinks and nibble on dessert.
2 CLOSE - ON A FOURSOME OF FRIENDS 2
The Couple who live in this house, SALLY AND TED, drink
champagne as they chat with their closest friends, JANE AND
JANE is mid-fifties and has embraced that fact. She knows 50
is not the new 40 and because of that, she is still described
by all who know her as beautiful. Everything about this
woman's appearance screams "solid."
The years have been good to JAKE. He's never lost his looks,
his killer smile, or his ability to charm. He lifts his
glass of champagne.
Happy happy happy...
Jake pauses, wryly turns to Jane, making her smile.
Some things never change.
I thought maybe you were drifting.
He was pausing.
(sighs, raising his glass)
Happy... Anniversary. You two have
led an extraordinarily blessed
As long as I've known you both,
you've always managed to somehow do
everything entirely right.
-- That's so true.
But, honestly, how can it be thirty
years!?! When did we do that trip
(looks to Jane)
It was for both of our what..?
-- Fifteenth anniversaries.
God, that was a great trip...
The Two Women exchange a quick look when a tall, ADORABLE 21
YEAR OLD BOY joins the group, holding a bottle of beer. This
is OLIVER, Sally and Ted's son. All four light up as Oliver
puts his arm around his Mom.
Ollie, how was graduation?
It was fantastic. I can't believe
I'm not in school anymore. When's
It's in three days!
Sorry! I mean this week.
Are the girls going?
They can't wait.
Jane glances across the party and sees AGNESS, A FREE
SPIRITED PRETTY WOMAN in her thirties, wearing a sarong over
a bathing suit and walking directly toward them. She carries
a slice of cake. Jane becomes instantly distracted and
How long is Luke home before he has
to go back for work?
-- Only a week...
Aw, that's it?
I know, I hate it. Well...
(Agness joins the group,
standing next to Jake)
(puts down her champagne)
Yeah, I have some
(Agness hands Jake a piece
of cake. Jane works hard
at not appearing
-- stuff I have to get done tonight
(to Jake & Agness)
I'll see you two in New York.
Absolutely. Lookin' forward to it.
-- Jane, what are you wearing to
Oh, a suit or dress, probably a
Jane smiles tightly, raises her eyebrows to Sally.
See you there, Janey. Where are
you staying again?
We're at The Park Regent. You said
you were at The Four Seasons,
I don't know.
Where are we?
We're at The Park Regent too.
Oh. Good. That'll be convenient,
actually. Okay, so, see you soon..
-- I'll walk you out.
As they WALK AWAY, they HEAR:
So, Ted, do you think you can help
us get Pedro into El Montecito for
ANGLE - JANE AND SALLY - WALKING INTO HOUSE
I thought it was sweet how well you
and Jake were getting along. Felt
like old times.
Yeah, well, we know how to do this
by now. It has been ten years.
Jane hugs Sally good bye, her eyes landing on Agness
affectionately rubbing Jake's back.
ANGLE - THE FRONT DOOR
as it closes after Jane.
ON JAKE - AS HE TURNS BACK
and sees Jane is gone.
3 TWENTY-THREE YEAR OLD GABBY 3
in jeans and a tank top CARRYING A CARTON OF BOOKS, A YOGA
MAT AND A SMALL LAMP. Gabby is Jane and Jake's middle child.
But unlike most middle children, this one has never suffered
from being ignored. Not a possibility with Jane as your
mother. We are:
EXT. JANE'S HOUSE - LATE DAY
The house is modest and charming and sits on a few acres in
the lush green hills of Santa Barbara. Neat rows of
vegetables dot the landscape.
Gabby arrives at her already packed Prius, where her OLDER
SISTER, LAUREN, 26, is trying to fit everything into the
trunk. Lauren is more conservatively dressed than Gabby and
has an air of maturity about her.
Gabby, stop...you're never going to
fit all this in... you can come
back for the rest tomorrow.
I can't come back t---
Gabby looks up to see HARLEY, LAUREN'S FIANCE, in a T-shirt
and over-the-knee gym shorts, lugging a huge suitcase down
the front path, a duffel strapped across his chest.
Oh, God...that's all my clothes.
(sets the suitcase down as
he sees an SUV heading to
Okay, your Mom is home. She'll
figure this out.
The SUV pulls to a stop, Jane gets out. Gabby starts pulling
cartons out of her trunk to make room for her clothes.
Gabby, you're leaving now? I
thought you were going in the
I know but my friends are all there
and they wanted me to come tonight.
But honey, it's gonna get dark
soon. You can't see out the back
window. It's Saturday night.
People will be on the road
Mom, she'll be there in a couple of
hours, she'll be fine.
Okay, I'm leaving this stuff here.
I'll be back for it in a few days.
Want me to drive it down in the
BUZZES, she laughs,
I could be there by lunch. We could
go to that big Bed, Bath, and
Beyond, buy kitchen stuff... Gabby,
can you look up from that thing??
I got it covered, Ma.
Hey gangsta, help me carry these...
Gabby and Harley CARRY THE BOXES back into the house. Jane
seems worried as she watches them.
Mom, are you afraid to sleep in the
What are you....? No!
(Lauren looks doubtful)
-- I'm not! One of you is always
But I am wondering who I'm gonna
watch The Hills with?
Mamacita... I'm gonna miss you.
Jane hugs her back, but is aware of not hugging too hard.
Harley joins the group.
Omigod. L.A.! Okay. I'm doing
(walks to her car)
Mom, you don't happen to know where
Dad is, do you? I tried calling
him to say goodbye...
He was at Sally and Ted's.
He was? How was that? You and
them at the same --
(Jane turns to him)
-- not that it's in any way, any of
my... was just...
-- It was....
(notices both girls wait
for her answer)
-- whatever. It was fine.
Was her lunatic child there?
Not this time. Gabby, call me when
you get there. Do NOT forget.
(Gabby texts, deep in
I will. I'll call you!
Knock `em dead, little one.
And call us when you get there,
too. And no texting and driving.
Jane loves that Harley said that. Gabby gets in her car and
(puts his arm around
They grow up so friggin' fast. I
Gabby pulls out of the driveway and out of sight.
Maybe you should get a dog.
Oh my God. Goodbye you two. Love
(heading for their car and
getting into the
Love you boss!
As Lauren and Harley drive off, Jane turns and looks at her
suddenly very empty nest.
4 INT. JANE'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS 4
A Woman's house. Books and art collected over years.
Interesting, unexpected pieces of furniture. Jane kicks off
her heels, now feeling short and alone. Deep breath!
5 INT. KITCHEN 5
Cramped, but clearly a cook's kitchen. The Kids have left a
few glasses and plates on the island.
Jane gathers them and as she rinses them at the sink, she
suddenly and surprisingly feels very alone. She pauses,
allows herself the moment, then forces herself to snap out of
7 INT. THE BAKERY - MONTECITO - DAY 7
This is Jane's other home. A large, bright, bustling
BAKERY/RESTAURANT. The bakery counter could rival any in
Paris. Last year, The New York Times rated Jane's pain au
chocolat the best in the United States. A line waits to get
A very relaxed Jane is behind the busy counter, easily moving
between her young staff. The atmosphere is efficient and
Jane adjusts a few signs on the counter, then reaches inside
the display case, pulling out a tray of muffins topped with
powdered sugar. She carries the tray to the open pass-
through to the BUSY KITCHEN and calls to the head Baker.
(nods to the muffins)
Too much sugar.
Reynaldo nods as Jane hands him the tray.
Jane notices a line waiting to get up to the bakery counter.
Knowing what to do, Jane's staff has already set out cups of
coffee with lids.
Who wants coffee while they're
Jane and the staff hand out the free coffee.
JANE WALKS THE COUNTER - MOMENTS LATER
refills a glass of water, checking on her customers.
(quietly to a Young
Check on table five, will you?
The Young Employee nods as Jane looks up and sees a MAN on
the other side of the counter. They exchange polite hellos
when Jane notices PETER, tan and confident, approaching her.
PETER joins ADAM, the man who stands across from Jane. Adam
is handsome in a way that sneaks up on you. There's
something reserved and refreshing about his demeanor. He
holds rolled blueprints.
Jane, I can't remember, have you
ever met Adam Schaeffer?
(shrugs awkwardly )
Look what we've got.
(raises the blueprints)
8 INT. JANE'S SMALL OFFICE - UPSTAIRS AT THE BAKERY 8
A farmhouse table almost fills the room. On the walls,
posters for Jane's two cookbooks, framed food photos and a
Jane, Peter, and Adam sit around the table as Adam rolls out
the blueprints in front of Jane.
(before she looks)
I've been thinking about this
addition for ten years.
Peter and Adam watch as Jane's eagle eye examines the plan.
Uh-huh, uh-huh. Oh, niiice....I
like this wall of windows, Peter.
That was Adam actually.
(still perusing, then to
Love where you put the stairs.
That's so good!
Did she hear that?
Oh my God, the kitchen! Finally -
I have a real kitchen with four
walls... It's...oh, wow...you
actually understood what I wanted!
Jane looks to Peter with enormous appreciation. Peter looks
Jane turns to Adam.
I'm happy you like it.
(finally noticing him)
(shakes his hand)
You read all my e-mails.
All 47 of them.
Jane smiles as her Office Manager sticks her head in the
Jane, it's 10:15.
Oh, sorry, I have a 10:30...
dentist. Can you leave these and
I'll make a few notes? Well,
actually, I have one tiny note now.
(to Adam, re: plan)
In my bathroom...um...no his and
Okay, sure. No his?
And you don't think in the future
you might want a his?
Oh, God, we're talking code about
my life, right?
No, no, didn't mean to be.
The truth is, in my current
bathroom, I have two sinks and
sometimes the other sink makes me
One sink. Not a problem. Can we
schedule a meeting for next week?
Does Tuesday work for you?
Tuesday's great. Eight-thirty too
early? At the house?
I'll be there.
9 INT. DOCTOR'S OFFICE - FOLLOWING 9
Way too chic for a dentist's office. Jane sits nervously in
a chair in a well styled, well upholstered examination room.
The door opens quickly and a handsome, crisp looking DOCTOR
Hi. I'm Dr. Moss.
(shaking his hand)
Hi. Jane Adler. So, I just wanted
to start with... and please don't
take this the wrong way but I'm the
type of person who kind of makes
fun of people who get plastic
You do? Good, because, you know,
some women can look a little fake
and plasticky. And in my opinion --
Oh, that's good, so, well, as
against the whole thing as I am, I
do have a problem that's been
bugging me. My left eyelid is
really saggy. I find I'm sometimes
holding it up when I'm watching TV
or reading and I was wondering if
that's something you could fix.
(looking at her closely)
It's resting on your eye lashes.
(measures her lids with a
very tiny ruler)
Actually you have the same amount
of excess skin on both sides.
I do? Well, I'm only interested in
fixing one eye.
Jane, what you need to fix this is
a brow lift.
A brow lift? Wh-what is that
We surgically cut at your hair
line. Incision goes right across
(demonstrates on himself
by indicating a line
drawn like a headband)
Then we just lift the skin up a
little tighter across the skull.
(Jane nods, already hating
We staple it back in place right
above your ears. Recovery isn't
all that bad but you could be
fairly numb and you'll probably
have a headache that lasts anywhere
from say 3 to 6 months.
10 INT. ELEVATOR DOORS OPENING 10
Jane flies into the elevator, out of breath and a little
nauseous. She taps on the Lobby button. The elevator moves
down. PING. The DOORS OPEN and Jane looks into an empty
hallway, facing a SIGN that reads, Santa Barbara Fertility
Center. Helping Couples Become Parents.
Jane hears someone is about to get on the elevator, steps
back toward the corner. A messy looking 5 YEAR OLD BOY
dashes in. Jane recognizes him. She looks up and Jake and
his wife, Agness, in oversized dark shades and a long black
dress (very Angelina Jolie) get on the elevator, obviously
Agness' mood seems very dark today. They instantly shut up
when they realize Jane is in the elevator.
(pushing the Lobby button,
Jake, Jake, Jake, Jake. Jake.
Hold on Pedro, I'm talking to
Pedro sits on the floor, crashing into the back wall of the
Pedro, up! Now!!
Jane unconsciously holds up her left eyebrow.
What are you doing in this
You don't go to Sharon anymore?
Uh, no... changed.
Jane looks at the fertility literature in Jake's hand just as
Jake slips it behind his back. An awful two seconds of
silence, then Jane notices a tattoo of a tiger on Agness'
back. It creeps her out.
Jake catches Jane's reaction, then thank God the doors open.
Jake leans down and picks up Pedro who instantly climbs up
Honey, don't do that..
11 As they all EXIT THE ELEVATOR, Pedro has now made his way up
to Jake's shoulders. Think chimpanzee. Agness' cell RINGS
and as she answers it --
-- See you in the Big Apple.
Pedro is now resting on Jake's head.
(trying to be nonchalant
with a kid on his head,
See you there.
12 INT. JANE'S KITCHEN/DINING AREA - THAT NIGHT 12
Jane and THREE OF HER GIRLFRIENDS are mid-meal. The wine is
flowing and the women are laughing. TRISHA has happily never
been married. JOANNE is widowed and DIANE is divorced. They
are all Jane's age and have been friends forever.
That is beyond....
-- When the three of them got in
the elevator... between that and
the staples and the headache for
six months... it was the most
insane hour of my life.
-- Jake has lost his mind.
Oh, I don't know...
I know. First of all, he was a
complete prick for cheating on you.
Well, can't disagree with that.
And then he marries her... a known
She has a big job.
Why do you always say that?
Because she does. She runs the
whole marketing department at KY,
whatever that station's called so
she's not that big of a lunatic.
Janey, come on, he cheats on you
with her, your 20 year marriage
ends then six months later she
leaves Jake for some random guy,
has a baby, leaves that guy,
marries Jake and she's not nuts?
Jo, you're so lucky Jerry's dead.
No, I mean, you never have to bump
(rises to get more wine)
Janey, you want to meet a guy I met
on Match.com that I didn't like?
Gee, what a great offer. I don't
He wasn't that awful.
Oooo. Sounding better every minute.
Trisha stops at Jane's seat, refilling Jane's wine glass.
You know it's not healthy not to
have sex for...however long it's
Trust me... I'm not not doing it on
Okay. I don't know if this is true,
but I read on line about this woman
who hadn't done it in so long her
vagina closed up.
What!!! Get out of here.
All the Women SCREAM.
I swear to God. It grew back
Wait. Was it ever one piece?
All I know is, she had to have a
Oh my Goddddddd.
Jane flops over on the table, laughing, resting her head.
(lifts her head, then
talks as if she's in the
"Dr. Moss, Hi. I have a little
situation that needs fixing...."
Bubbee, you want to fix your
situation? Just date someone.
As Jane takes that in, we:
16 EXT. THE PARK REGENT HOTEL - NYC - DAY 16
CAMERA BOOMS DOWN ON Park Avenue to find Jane, the Girls and
Harley, just out of a Cab. The Bellman is taking their
luggage as the Girls spot their brother, LUKE, heading toward
Lauren and Gabby run to Luke, hug him, commenting on his
hair, his shoes, his jeans, his tan. Jane lights up when she
sees her son, hugs him incredibly hard, kisses his cheek,
then another tight squeeze.
Love when we're all in the same
A17 INT. THE PARK REGENT LOBBY - MOMENTS LATER A17
They all cross THROUGH THE LOBBY toward the RECEPTION DESK.
So, what's up Luke? Did you decide
to have the party?
Oh, yeah. Big time.
Are you guys gonna sleep over?
If you give us your bed and change
They arrive at THE RECEPTION DESK.
You're having a party? When?
(to Reception Clerk)
Hi. Adler. Two rooms...hopefully
next to each other.
I have an Adler, J. in a Superior
Suite, Park Avenue view. Oh, I'm
sorry, here it is. Adler J -- two
Standard Doubles. Sorry about
Yeah, we're not the ones in the
Superior Suite. Have the other
Adlers checked in yet? Just
No, they haven't, ma'am. Not yet.
Now I just need a credit card and
As Jane takes out her credit card...
-- Mom, is it okay if the girls
come with me now and help me set
And by girls he means the three of
Wait. Hold on. Set up what? I have
reservations for all of us for
dinner. That's not happening now?
I don't know. Me and my friends
are having this huge thing at our
apartment and the girls said they'd
help us set up..
(sees her disappointment)
We're going to be together all day
-- Mom, it's his last night before
Okay, okay. Do you want me to
-- Love your credit card....
17 INT. HOTEL ELEVATOR - MOMENTS LATER 17
Jane rides the elevator carrying both girls' jackets and
carry ons as well as her own. Just as the doors are about to
close, a Good Looking Couple in their early forties gets on.
As they go up. The Guy has his hand around the woman's
waist, his fingers fanning her butt. The Couple looks at
each other, smiling privately. Jane looks away.
18 INT. JANE'S ROOM - 20 MINUTES LATER 18
Two double beds. Jane lies on top of one of the beds, fully
dressed, shoes off, eyes wide open.
20 INT. HOTEL BAR AND RESTAURANT - TOP FLOOR - NIGHT 20
Jane ENTERS the hotel's posh bar/restaurant.
Hi. Adler. One.
Hi. Your table's almost ready Mrs.
Adler. Would you like to wait at
(trying to read upside
down reservation list)
Sure. You don't happen to have
another Adler coming in, do you?
Adler for two?
No... You're our only Adler this
ANGLE - THE BAR
Jane takes a seat next to Two Hot Younger Women.
Pinot Noir, please. No, you know
what? I'll have a Tanqueray Martini
very dry with a twist.
Jane strums the bar top, checks out the room. It's fun being
in a big city. Her martini arrives, she takes a sip and
HEARS something very familiar. Jake's laugh. She looks
across the bar and sees Jake talking to the bartender. He
seems to be alone. Jane waves. Jake notices her and smiles.
Jake picks up his drink and carries it to the bar stool next
Pedro got the stomach flu so I'm
Really? Didn't know you knew how
to be by yourself.
Any chance you could just go easy
on me? Just a one night free pass.
You look good, Janey.
You do. You always do. Your
I like it.
The Host joins them.
Mrs. Adler, your table's ready.
Want some company, Mrs. Adler?
Jane gives Jake a doubtful look.
-- We both have to eat.
(sees Jane is hesitating)
When's the last time we ate a meal
(thinks for a sec)
Just the two of us? Alone? 1999.
So, come on. Once every ten years.
21 A HALF HOUR LATER 21
New drinks arrive for Jane and Jake. Physically, they're
sitting as close as they've been in a decade.
So...how are things in the
I can't believe it took you this
long to bring that up.
(trying not to laugh)
A baby?! Really Jake? So...the
next time you go to a graduation,
you'll be what? Fifty-eight plus...
(tries to do the math)
-- I think the number you're
looking for is 79.
Okay. So. Seriously, how is that
Why are we talking about this? I
thought we were going to have fun.
Where'd you get that idea?
22 A BOTTLE OF WINE IS OPENED 22
and poured. The bar has filled up and Jane and Jake are
sitting a little closer together.
-- Just tell me, how long were you
seeing him for?
Oh, please, it was five years ago.
I know but I always wondered so...
The man's married now.
I don't care. How long?
A23 LATER A23
The bar is now crowded. Jane and Jake are finally eating but
still drinking. Jake is telling Jane a long story and she
can't stop laughing.
23 OMIT 23
24 BRANDY TIME 24
A DJ spins for the after dinner crowd. Couples dance on the
dance floor. Jane and Jake both react to the song.
This song reminds me of your
birthday party... the one in our
-- Oh, yeah. That was such a fun
So fun. You wore that white halter
(remembering it all, looks
at Jake with a longing
for her own past...)
Want to dance?
25 THE DANCE FLOOR - MOMENTS LATER 25
Jake and Jane are dancing...it's familiar yet with the blush
of the new. Something's going on here. Jake starts singing.
Jane joins in. This is by far, the loosest we've seen her.
Of course, it helps that she's drunk. They dance around one
another without inhibition. A mating dance....
You're married to someone else...!
Tell me about it!
They both laugh then Jake pulls Jane close.
Hey.... I know you.
(looking deeply into her)
And I know you....
26 INT. JAKE'S SUITE - LATER 26
They're in bed and they've done it. They're not even
entirely undressed. They're spent, sweaty, breathing
heavily. Jake cups his hand on Jane's vagina, gives it a
solid pat and hold.
Home sweet home.
Jane covers her face.
That was one crazy ride...thought
we were going to break the bed.
(not looking good)
-- I'm having an out of body
Totally. You're so great, Janey. I
forgot how great. Holy shit.
Please shut up. I'm so dizzy.
And the pilates are payin' off by
Jane moans, OPENS THE NIGHT TABLE DRAWER, leans over and
throws up into it.
Jane woozily sits up on her side of the bed, her back to
Jake. Jake looks over at her.
(starting to rise)
Look the other way.
`Cause I have to get up.
Jane...I know what you...
Look the other way Jake!!!
As Jake turns away, Jane runs to the bathroom, carrying a
pillow covering her bare ass. Jake hears her throw up again.
27 INT. BATHROOM 27
Jane sits on the floor, by the toilet, looking wiped out.
Jake gingerly steps into the bathroom, hair a mess, wearing
boxer shorts and his unbuttoned shirt.
(looking up at him)
WHAT is wrong with us?
What do you mean? This was
amazing. We just had a great time.
A great time? This is the dumbest
thing two people have ever done.
(giant moan.... )
Jake sits on the edge of the tub. This is news to him.
Really? I don't know.... I haven't
thought it out, but off the top of
my head I'd say it was smokin' hot
so something about it wasn't so
(she stares up at him,
sick as a dog)
And, FYI, I like that you stopped
getting bikini waxes. You've gone
native. I was into it.
Horrified, Jane lets out a yelp on her way to throwing up
28 EXT. WASHINGTON SQUARE PARK - NYU GRADUATION DAY 28
The NYU Band plays Pomp and Circumstance as the Graduating
Class of `09 ENTERS THE FIELD in caps and gowns. All the
families in the bleachers are on their feet, applauding.
29 ANGLE - THE ADLERS 29
Jane, in sunglasses, is sobbing, taking photos. Next to her
are Gabby, Harley and Lauren, hooting, clapping and
screaming, "There he is!!!" And next in line is Jake manning
the video camera, wiping away tears.
ON THE FIELD, Luke spots his gang in the bleachers and gives
a broad bow.
The Adlers go crazy, especially Jane, who does a finger
whistle. Jake looks over at Jane with puppy dog eyes. The
girls notice, assuming their Dad is emotional over the
ceremony. Jane feels Jake's glare but won't dare look over
at him. Gabby nudges her Mom to look over at Dad. Jane
turns his way, sees that look in his eyes and starts to bawl.
30 INT. RESTAURANT - DAY - NYC 30
The Family celebrates over lunch. Luke is telling a funny
story about something that happened on stage at graduation.
Jane is the only one not fully chiming in and laughing. She
can't seem to move beyond what happened last night.
UNDER THE TABLE
Jake slips off his shoe and rubs his foot up Jane's leg and
under her skirt.
BACK TO SCENE
Jane jumps, quickly turning it into a reaction to Luke's
story. She gives Jake a private stare that says, "stop or
I'll kill you."
I would like to propose a toast to
I've done my part with you guys,
but Jane... you -- very talented
Gabby, I'm serious. Jane, you did
a magnificent job, as you always
The Kids look at one another...what's this about?
When I look at the three of you
beautiful kids...all grown up, I
think of all the work your mother
did, much of it without my help...
(starts to well up)
Dude...pull it together.
-- Janey, I take my hat off to you.
Okay, Jake. Thank you.
Out of nowhere, sudden
appreciation. But thank you.
Not totally out of nowhere,
Jane...if you know what I mean.
Which I don't...but...
-- Have no idea. Let's move on,
Jane holds up her droopy left eye.
I'd like to say something too. For
real. No offense to the lovely
Agness or her charming offspring...
(the Kids stifle laughs)
-- Not nice.
Harley stops laughing.
I know. I'm sorry. But I just want
to say I really loved today, just
being with the original five...
(Luke nods in agreement)
-- plus Harley, but he's like one
of us. I don't think we've ever
done this before... Had a meal
together. And hung out like
You mean other than the first 13
years of your life.
I know what's she saying. It's been
awesome....just for a whole day to
be just... us.
They all reflect on that one.
31 INT. THE PARK REGENT LOBBY - LATER 31
The Adlers are at the Reception Desk. Jane and Jake are next
to each other, signing their credit card receipts, the Kids
chat behind them.
Something feels right in the
universe again, doesn't it?
Jane looks at him but doesn't answer. She turns to the Kids.
So who's coming home when? No
one's told me the details.
Jake's CELL RINGS. Jane half listens to his conversation.
How's Pedro feeling?
Distracted, Jane focuses on Lauren.
(responding to "Pedro")
Okay, we're gonna help pack Luke
up, the three of us leave day after
tomorrow and Luke's home the end of
(rejoins, finishing his
-- I will. Call you when I land.
(slips cell away, not
missing a beat)
Janey, what flight are you on?
I'm on the uh, the four o'clock.
Ah, too bad. I'm on the five
That's nuts, why don't you try to
get on the same flight?
Yeah, I could try.
It's been...great, but let's not
... push it.
He was just trying to be nice.
I know. Okay, I've got to hit the
(kisses each kid as they
Thanks for staying. So proud of
you. Be good. Call me if you need
(she arrives at Jake,
(kisses her cheek)
It was really fun.
32 OMIT 32
33 OMIT 33
34 A TREE LINED MONTECITO LANE - MOVING SHOT - DAY 34
We are looking THROUGH A WINDSHIELD and listening to a SELF
HELP BOOK ON TAPE.
MALE NARRATOR (V.O.)
-- Just follow a few basic rules to
make your divorce a less hurtful
one by breaking the cycle of
ON ADAM - DRIVING
MALE NARRATOR (V.O.)
Accept your ex, for who she is.
A very big ho.
And try to remember when you fell
in love and...
-- There she goes...
ADAM'S POV - JANE
jogging right past his car, listening to her iPod.
She doesn't hear him. Adam backs up next to her. Jane slows
down. Adam lowers the passenger window. She looks in,
doesn't recognize him at first.
It's 8:30 Tuesday morning!
Are we still okay?
Yes! Totally forgot! I'm so
sorry! Can you give me a lift back
to the house?
(quickly cleaning up the
Sure...come on in.
Jane GETS INTO THE CAR just in time to hear:
MALE NARRATOR (V.O.)
-- But perhaps the most important
lesson in going through your
divorce is to learn to forgive.
Forgiveness is the key to--
Adam hits the CD KNOB to turn the CD OFF, but instead he
accidentally FAST FORWARDS.
MALE NARRATOR (V.O.)
In spite of your hurt feelings,
prove to her that you can be a
Adam HITS THE KNOB again and this time, turns it OFF, a bit
Just getting a divorce?
Two and a half years ago.
It's been a process.
Here's the good news. In two more
years you'll actually begin to feel
In two more years I'll begin to
feel normal? Why am I having
trouble seeing that as good news?
Maybe that was just my experience.
Oh God, I hope so.
35 EXT. HOUSE - LATER 35
Blue prints are spread on a garden table. Adam is drawing as
-- So if we move this wall back a
bit, that can bring the arch
forward, which is where you really
want it, right?
Yes, I'd love that.
I have an idea... what if we move
my bedroom like six or eight feet
so I can get more of the morning
(sees Adam hesitate)
-- Yes, but you'll wake up in the
morning, open your bedroom door and
fall 12 feet into your kitchen.
Ahhh! Forgot it was all open up
But I get where you're headed.
Let me see what I can do... This
property is so great... Have you
lived here a long time?
About ten years. I bought this
place right after my divorce but
it's taken me until now to be able
to finally do this....
Jane and Adam are distracted when a Porsche noisily pulls up
and Jake gets out wearing a suit and a chipper attitude.
Am I interrupting...?
(thrown that he's here)
Hi. No, well, we were just about
done. Adam, this is my ex-husband,
Jake. Jake, this is Adam Schaeffer,
(they shake hands)
Good to meet you.
Can I take a look? Do you mind?
Adam looks to Jane for approval but too late, Jake's already
Everything's not 100% worked out
Wow. You're finally getting the
kitchen you always wanted...
It's not huge.
Why don't I show these to you when
we get a little closer.
Jane starts to roll up the blueprints, fumbles a little.
Adam finishes for her. She thanks him with her eyes.
So, I think next we should stake
out the addition... see how it all
feels - size wise...
I'll e-mail you and we'll set it
up. We did good work today. Jake,
nice meeting you.
Jake smiles and waves as Adam exits, walking to his car.
(turns to Jane)
Got time for a cup of coffee?
Adam can't help but sneak a look back at them. Jane waves, a
36 INT. JANE'S KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER 36
Jane moves nervously around the kitchen, opening the fridge,
taking out juice...
Why haven't you returned any of my
calls or e-mails?
Jake, come on. This is just too
weird. We have to just never do
what we did - ever again. You're
an adulterer and I'm an awful
person, basically. I haven't slept
in days. What we did was just so
wrong on so many levels.
And it was so right on a couple of
levels too. Admit it.
No! It wasn't! On no levels was
You can't say we didn't enjoy each
other's company. Sitting at the
bar, dancing...after dancing...
(she doesn't want to be
Come on, you and I haven't had fun
like that in a hundred years.
Yes! Because we're not supposed to
have fun like that! We're
divorced! Are you like, what?
Unhappy at home? Does she not
"understand" you? Did you just
want to know what it would be like
with someone my age? What is this?
I'd be lying if I said I never
think about you, Janey. I think
about you. A lot. And no, it's not
perfect at home. Obviously. Look
at me. I've got three grown kids
and I'm going to kindergarten
interviews. I'm a walking cliche.
Jane shrugs. She agrees.
And I can't, literally can't stop
thinking about what happened in New
York. Fate brought us together
once, maybe it happened again.
And I know... you've moved on with
your life, I get it, but you can't
deny something real and honest
happened that night. Can't we just
go with it, see where it takes us.
No one has to know.
You were so great. So loose and
sexy. How often do you get to be
like that? You can run and open
restaurants and build your perfect
kitchen but what about having
someone to hold you in the middle
of the night...?
Not high on my list these days.
But what if that someone is someone
who's known you since you're 23 and
loved you for most of your life.
I forgot what a good lawyer you
Give this a shot, Janey.... Life is
short and it's tough. Don't
discount what we have with each
(he's getting to her)
You know what they say... people in
nursing homes who have plants live
longer than the people without
Oh, so you're saying you think this
is a healthy choice for me?
Honey, I know it is.
37 EXT. JANE'S GARDEN - SPRINKLERS GOING OFF 37
And the plants get watered.
38 INT. JANE'S BEDROOM - A LITTLE LATER 38
Jane and Jake have done it again. In broad daylight and
sober. They catch their breath.
Oh, God, it's official. We're
having an affair.
Why do you need to label
Because that's what this is.
Yes, in its crassest form, maybe,
if we were two other people.
Just because we were married for 19
years does not not make this an
Okay, but since we were together
for so long, it's not really that
Really? You want to run that logic
by your wife?
Jane fans herself.
Do me a favor, you're on my side.
Can we switch? I feel disoriented.
Since when is this your side?
Since ten years ago. Please...
They switch sides. In the middle of this maneuver Jake lands
on top of Jane. He pauses.
Could I interest you in a little...
They flop onto the opposite sides of the bed. Jane fans
herself. So hot.
(turns to her)
Why do you think the sex is so much
sexier this time?
I don't know.
Jane pulls the sheet up. They look at one another. He gets
her to smile.
I've gotta get to work.
Me too. Okay...
(moans as he sits up, then
Jake starts to get dressed. Jane watches him from bed,
checking out his stomach. He notices.
(indicating his belly)
See what happens when you're not
looking out for me.
She lets me eat everything.. pasta,
Can you hand me my robe?
Jake reaches for Jane's robe, hands it to her. She indicates
Jake should turn around.
Why do I have to..?
-- Because the last time you saw me
standing up naked I was in my
(Jake can't believe this)
Things look different lying down.
Jake rolls his eyes, turning away from her.
You've gotten a little nuts.
(slipping into her robe)
Jake, I think it would be really
good for us to not talk for a few
(turning back to her)
You know what I think -- just for
the record? I think we're doing
something kinda brilliant. All the
things that tore us apart aren't
issues anymore. I'd say our
problems actually went away.
Didn't you always say you felt you
weren't being heard? Wasn't that
our big issue -- both of us always
feeling rejected and unappreciated.
Look at us now. You're so much
more together, you're not exhausted
all the time, you're not catering
every weekend and busy all day with
the kids and I'm calmer, less
obsessed about work. I'm a partner.
I'm there. We grew into the people
we wanted each other to be! And I
don't know... I appreciate things
about you I couldn't even see
(not wanting to get into
Well, you know, I'm not as good as
you at remembering all the details
-- Do you remember never having
time for sex? Now look at us.
We've already done it two times
this week and it's only Tuesday. I
swear to God, if half the couples
who got divorced, could get back
together 10 years later, their
problems would be solved. I think
we're on to something.
Not sure I agree and...also, we're
not back together.
And I know other divorced people
think about this...they wonder -
(fixes his tie)
I think this is very French of us.
How is this French of us?
I have a young wife but I'm having
sex with my old wife. Not old, you
I didn't mean old...
39 Jane tosses Jake his jacket. They EXIT the BEDROOM and head
toward THE FRONT DOOR.
You're doing that thing where you
act like you're not listening...
but think about what I'm saying,
Do you have any of your homemade
granola here? I haven't had it in
You miss it?
We sell it for $6.50 a bag at the
Yeah, why give it away when you
(Jane OPENS the front door
and moves him outside)
Kiss good bye?
Jane kisses him on the cheek.
She wants to be courted!
(as he heads for his car)
I can do that!
And honey, thanks for the....
(indicates sex with his
Jane can't close the door fast enough.
40 INT. JANE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 40
Jane carries three beautiful homemade pies, arriving in THE
LIVING ROOM where her Friends are gathered. Platters of food
and open bottles of wine are on the coffee table.
Oh my God, now what? Three pies?!
This is a feast!
I don't know what's going on, I
have so much energy lately which I
think is probably a result of...
all the sex I'm having.
(the Ladies LAUGH)
Yeah. I'm actually not kidding.
I'm having an affair.
(They stare at her)
With a married man.
What? When did this happen?
Where'd you meet him?
Well, it... started in New York.
In New York??? Last week?
Yeah, we did it once there and once
here. Maybe more than once there,
I was drunk so...
You had drunken sex with a married
man in New York when you went for
Turns out I'm a bit of a slut.
Apple, Blueberry or Plum?
Wait, wait, wait. Hold on....
You're not saying!!!!
No! You're not!
Oh, God, but I am. I'm having an
affair with Agness Adler's husband.
The Women all SCREAM as Jane fans herself.
That. Is. Genius!
But also sort of wrong.
Oh, please. Not that wrong.
I know! I'm so happy to be able to
tell someone. This is the most out
of control thing I've ever done.
Literally. You know me.
Yes we do. You don't do anything
wrong, or bad. Ever. So you're
allowed this one. I'm sorry ... I
kinda love it.
He was yours first.
True. Not that I want him back by
Of course not. You can do better
(a little insulted)
I mean you've outgrown him. You've
blossomed, you feng shuied your
whole life... Just please, don't
let him talk you into saving him.
(wonders what that means)
There is something kinda perfect
about this. You don't have to cook
for him or clean up after him or
actually even sleep with him....
Yeah, I have an Ex with benefits...
But, girls, what about the fact
that I'm now the other woman? I'm
the one we hate.
Oh, forget that. Agness is still
the one we hate. Even in this
Yeah, karma is the ultimate bitch
on this one.
41 INT. BAKERY KITCHEN - DAY 41
Jane walks through the busy kitchen holding a sheet of paper.
Her shirt is a little more fitted. Her make up, a little
prettier. She crosses to the head Baker who's just taking a
tray of cookies out of the oven.
Reynaldo, I'm changing the
breakfast menu, want to give it a
little more life...
(shows it to him, he seems
What do you think?
-- What'd you do? Something to
I don't think so.
Something about you looks
different. Little more "caliente."
Another Chef in the kitchen nods in agreement.
You see it Eddie?
Whatever it is, it's workin'.
He winks at Jane as he stirs cookie batter. Jane blushes as
her cell phone rings.
No! I didn't do this again!
42 EXT. JANE'S OPEN FIELD - LATE DAY 42
CAMERA MOVES IN on Adam, waiting by a ladder in the middle of
the field. Jane's addition is staked out with orange tape.
REVERSE - ON JANE
Rushing toward Adam.
Adam, I'm so sorry. My mind is
just... Forgive me.
If I were your shrink I'd say maybe
you don't really want to build this
That's completely not true. I'm
(looks at taped off
Oh! I like it already!
Yeah, it's feeling really good. So,
this becomes your office. We come
down your new hallway, the windows
are all along here...
Great. Love it.
And from here to there...wait, let
me get the door for you...
(opens a piece of tape)
We're in the eating area. How's
(pretends to sit)
We're at either end of the table.
(laughs at Adam)
I thought so too.
(taking it all in)
This is heaven!
It's gonna be cool. Want to go
43 JANE AND ADAM ATOP SIDE BY SIDE LADDERS 43
So if you were lying in bed, this
would be your view.
Jane breaks into a smile.
THEIR POV - IN THE DISTANCE -- THE OCEAN
Over this tranquil view -- A CELL RINGS. Jane takes her
phone out of her pocket, sees it's Jake calling. She pauses,
then pushes "IGNORE" and then promptly loses her balance.
Adam immediately reaches over and steadies her.
(grabs her heart)
WATER RUNNING OUT OF A FAUCET
44 INT. BATHROOM - JAKE'S HOUSE - SAME TIME 44
Water is running in the sink, even though no one's at the
sink. Jake is in the shower stall, fully dressed, putting
away his cell. He quietly pushes the shower door open and
then carefully shuts it with a small snap. Jake fake coughs
and then turns off the sink water. He checks his watch when
he hears GLASS BREAKING in another room then hears Agness
calling his name in anger. He leaps.
Jake quietly UNLOCKS THE BATHROOM DOOR and EXITS to find his
path is blocked by Pedro who sits on a tricycle staring up at
What were you doing in there?
Going to the bathroom.
The toilet didn't flush.
Yes it did.
Why were you in the shower with
your clothes on?
(making sure Agness
What are you talking about?
I heard the shower door close.
What do you have, x-ray ears?
Agness joins in briefs and a white tank, black bra peeking
through. She holds a broom.
What's up Pedro?
Jake took a shower with his clothes
What's he talking about?
I don't speak Pedro. That's your
Don't go in the kitchen, P, I broke
(to Jake, annoyed)
Yo. Can you help?
Agness EXITS back to the kitchen as Pedro stares at Jake.
45 TWO GORGEOUS CROQUE-MONSIEURS - COMING OUT OF AN OVEN 45
These open-faced fancy French Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are
carried to Jane's counter. We're:
INT. JANE'S KITCHEN - EARLY EVENING
Jane very professionally places the Croque-Monsieurs onto two
waiting plates, adds some salad on the side. Adam stands
nearby with a glass of wine, jacket off.
That looks amazing.
It's called a croque-monsieur. It's
one of the first things I learned
to make when I lived in Paris
because the ingredients are really
When did you live in Paris?
In my early twenties. I went there
to take a six day pastry class and
ended up staying a year working as
an apprentice in a bakery.
Jane places the plates AT THE ISLAND as she and Adam SIT SIDE
BY SIDE. Jane raises her wine glass.
Thank you for taking my 47 e-mails
and turning them into something so
You are rapidly becoming one of the
most appreciative clients I've ever
Well, I'm not all that used to
being able to count on anyone...
(surprised by that)
46 JAKE DRIVING - SAME TIME 46
He squints, looking ahead, SEES:
JANE'S HOUSE - ALL LIT UP
And Adam's car parked out front. Jake turns OFF HIS
HEADLIGHTS, slowly pulling around to the side of the house.
47 INT. JANE'S KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER 47
I know it's none of my business
but... I'm trying to figure out why
someone like you is divorced.
And what'd you come up with?
Something in the you're too nice
Yes, that and my wife fell in love
with my best friend. Ex-best
We were all on a biking trip, he
and his wife, me and my
wife...through Tuscany and on the
last day of the trip they announced
they were in love.
Yeah. Not a great plane ride home.
I can imagine, sitting there for
eleven hours with your wife who you
know is -- oh, that's rough.
Actually they went on to Venice and
I flew back with Carol, his wife.
You can't imagine what it's like to
sit next to someone who's been
crying for ten straight hours.
I don't blame her.
I was talking about me. Anyway,
they're married now and it's
pretty much an ongoing awful thing.
But, you and your ex... When I saw
him stop by for a cup of coffee the
other morning, I thought -- Wow!
That's the way it's supposed to be.
You two seem to have it all figured
We're not as figured out as you'd
48 EXT. HOUSE - SAME TIME 48
Jake, in work-out clothes, sprints across the front lawn,
careful not to be seen.
49 BACK TO SCENE 49
Jane clears their dishes.
You know I hope you don't feel I've
been interrogating you, but...
I know what it's like to have your
ex remarried and to not have so
much going on in that department.
I mean, do you date ever or...
Uh, constantly actually.
Everyone I know or have ever known
has fixed me up. And then,
sometimes I just meet women, I
don't know how that happens, but...
-- But no girlfriend?
Jane stands ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ISLAND and hands Adam
another croque-monsieur. She stays on her side, like a
waitress at a counter. She refills his water glass.
Just like to date...
Actually, I find it really
stressful. You know, the last time
I was in the dating world was 1978.
It's a little more complicated
these days. I can't tell you how
nice it is to have a conversation
with a woman and have the pressure
off. Not to mention, a home cooked
meal that no one else I know could
Jane's not sure if she feels a little hurt by that. She
smiles, wiping the counter.
That was a compliment. So you
don't have a guy in your life at
(starts to say something.)
EXT. JANE'S HOUSE - SAME TIME
Jake rises from the bushes outside of Jane's Kitchen Window.
He PEEKS in the window, balancing himself precariously on a
stack of loose bricks. He sees Jane telling Adam a story and
both of them cracking up. Jake leans in further to try to
hear what Jane's saying when the bricks slip under his feet,
he loses his balance and drops OUT OF THE FRAME.
51 INT. JANE'S HOUSE - A BIT LATER 51
Jane walks Adam to the door. He holds rolled blueprints.
This was so nice and relaxing and
the lavender ice cream was actually
the best dessert of any sort I've
ever had... like, in my life.
Aw, thank you. I always make ice
cream when I can't sleep, so I'm
glad someone was here to eat it.
Great getting to know you a little.
It was really fun.
Adam waves, Jane waves. Definitely a little sweet/awkward.
Jane closes her door, starts turning out lights, heading for
the kitchen, when there's a QUICK KNOCK on the FRONT DOOR.
Jane quickly returns to the door and opens it to find:
leaning in the door frame.
O.M.G. I thought he'd never leave.
Hello Jane, you look very beautiful
He takes her in his arms.
Mmmmm. Love when you smell like
What are you doing here?
It's nine o'clock. Where does your
wife think you are?
At yoga. Shall we do some
downward facing dog?
Not tonight big guy.
They CROSS INTO THE KITCHEN. CAMERA TRACKS.
Is it really necessary for you to
always say no before you say yes? I
won't think less of you, you know.
Really, Jake, I'm a little tired, I
was just gonna take a bath.
Good. So, we'll just hang out.
(now IN THE KITCHEN, he
SEES the dinner dishes on
Ooooo, is that Croque-Monsieur?
Who's plate is this? Yours or his?
(eats her leftovers,
savors the taste)
Oh my God, just as I remember it.
Don't you ever eat at your house?
Pedro dictates all meals and he has
a very limited palate.
(sees melted ice cream)
What kind of ice cream is that?
Not at all. You?
Never slept better. And my
digestion is finally back on track.
You've turned my world right side
up, Jane. You know what this
means, don't you?
That I've never really known how to
live without you.
52 INT. JANE'S BATHROOM 52
Jane takes a bubble bath. Jake lies on the floor, leaning
against the tub, his back to her, eating a bowl of ice cream.
Maybe we should be growing old
Hate to tell you, big guy, but we
already grew old apart.
What's with the `big guy'? Is that
because you think I'm fat or is it
a term of endearment?
I have no idea why I keep saying
that. I'm sorry. I'll stop.
I love how quiet it is in your
house. I have no quiet in my life.
Yeah, well, you live with a five
Yes...and don't forget Pedro.
Jane splashes him.
So what does that mean exactly...?
What's going on over there at your
My marriage is... not turning out
as I hoped. That's obvious....
Agness started out really looking
up to me... We never used to fight
but now... with the kid....lately
we're all about where he's gonna go
to school and now she says we need
a bigger house, more help. I was
thinking of cutting back at work...
now that's never gonna happen. And
she wants another baby before Pedro
gets too old which I get but since
we're always fighting... oh, God,
listen to me.
Isn't a baby part of the deal when
you marry a woman that age?
Is it? I guess so. She's got me
booked at the fertility center
every other day and she's so amped
up on hormone injections I may need
to find an exorcist if she doesn't
I wish it was funny.
(finishes his ice cream)
Incredible ice cream. I'm turning
(as he turns, Jane shrinks
in the tub)
Remember when we used to smoke pot
and eat your ice cream in the hot
The "hot tub"... That feels like a
billion years ago.
How long has it been since you...
(indicates smoking a
Me? Since before Lauren was born.
Jake slips a joint out of his shirt pocket, twirls it.
Are you kidding me? Put that away!
It's been too long...
I'm not going to....
Okay, why don't I leave this with
you... (It's kind of amazing.)
Maybe you'll take a few hits...
get your sea legs, then we'll smoke
the rest of it together.
Jake places the joint in a drawer.
So that nerdy architect likes
you...you know that, right?
He's not nerdy and he definitely
doesn't. We're working together.
I was watching when you bent down
to open the oven, his eyes were
glued to your ass.
(changing the subject)
Hey, will you do me a favor?
53 INT. FOYER 53
Jake is on a small ladder, changing a light bulb in the
chandelier. Jane, in a robe, stands beneath him.
(looking down at her,
Tell the truth, Janey is this a
great affair, or what?
I don't know. It's my first.
We don't even have to have sex and
(arrives next to her)
I wish I could sleep over.
I gotta tell my shrink about this.
This is a lot to handle. I guess
you should go ... I'm sure yoga's
probably closed by now.
Oh, you got a little ice cream on
your shirt. Let me get that out.
Jake takes Jane in his arms and gives her a deep hug. He
lingers, kissing her neck, smelling her skin. She kisses him
on the cheek. He slides her robe off her shoulder. He
softly caresses her shoulder, kissing it, then makes his way
up her neck. Jane gives in and kisses Jake fully on the
lips. He pulls her close, her robe falling.
Wow, wow, wow...what's happening,
The Phone RINGS. Jane pauses.
Don't get it.
I always get it. I have three
(Jake wishes she wouldn't.
She hesitates, picks it
(makes an I told you so
You still on the plane? How was
Luke when you left? Oh, that
sounds like fun. Let me know what
I can bring..... No! Don't have
any idea where he is.
(points to Jake)
Okay, honey, talk to you tomorrow.
Now I'm lying...... Lauren and
Harley are giving Luke a graduation
party this weekend. Sweet, huh?
Jake's CELL PHONE RINGS, sees it's Lauren calling.
Hello stranger. Welcome back.
Jane OPENS THE DOOR and Jake darts over for a quick kiss and
then EXITS toward his car. They wave to one another.
-- Just getting in my car. This
weekend? Sounds great. Let me
know what I can bring...
Jake looks to Jane. She shakes her head -- he's shameless.
Jake shrugs. Jane watches as Jake drives off, talking on his
54 EXT. SANTA BARBARA STREET - EARLY MORNING 54
Jane paces outside of a medical building, holding a box from
her bakery. She's clearly waiting for someone.
She spots a comfortably dressed MAN IN HIS MID FORTIES
holding the leash of an Airedale and approaching the
(surprised to see her)
Jane. Hi. Am I seeing you today?
No, I just need to talk...and I was
wondering if there was any chance
you could squeeze me in for an
emergency session. I'm sort of
desperate for some advice. I
brought you some of that coffee
cake you like. Not as a bribe or
(checks his watch)
I only have twenty minutes until my
That's fine. I'll talk fast.
55 INT. BUILDING CORRIDOR - UPSTAIRS - MOMENTS LATER 55
Jane, Dr. Allen and the Dog walk the corridor.
So, at this point, I just need some
sound, unbiased guidance. Is
having an affair with you know who
a good thing or a bad thing?
(they stop at Dr. Allen's
It's a bad thing, right? How could
it be good?
(opening his door)
It's not good. It's not bad.
Oh, man. Not what she needs to hear.
56 INT. OFFICE 56
Jane sits in a chair across from an empty chair. Dr. Allen
turns on a few lamps as his dog settles.
You know, things happen in life and
our job is to find out why. What
we have to do is take a real look
at this. Are you ready to do that?
I am. Definitely. I've made a list
of what this can possibly be
about...at my end. Can I read it
(taking his seat)
(digging out her
Thanks. I e-mailed it to myself.
(reads from Blackberry)
Okay. Am I still trying to figure
out why the marriage failed? Do I
want to get back together? Do we
have unfinished business? Is this
about revenge? Am I just...
lonely? Or, is it my "caretaker"
You know, the kids are finally gone
and now all of a sudden Jake's back
and I get to take care of him in
Dr. Allen nods, impressed with the work she's done.
And, listen, I get how therapy
works, I do... We look at things,
we examine them, weeks turn into
months, what....? we're going on
eight years, right?.... and I'm
okay with that, I like it... but in
this case, I need to know what you
really think. Like, I'd like you
to say... Don't do this, it's
absolutely wrong or go ahead,
you'll be fine. I actually want to
be told what to do.
What's interesting is I'm already
seeing you open up more than I have
in some time. I'm thinking,
through this affair, you may learn
to view the world in a different
I'm sorry. I need more concrete.
Are you saying I should keep seeing
him? Because, honestly, if the
guilt and fear could go away, maybe
I could let go a little and figure
I wouldn't resist looking at this.
(mulls that over quickly)
Okay... and another way of saying
Let go Jane. It can't hurt.
Jane fist pumps in the air.
57 INT. SANTA BARBARA FERTILITY CENTER RECEPTION - DAY 57
Jake is in the Waiting Room with several other "Older" Men
all with their much younger Wives. A Nurse ENTERS, holding
Jake rises. One of the younger women whispers...
58 INT. FERTILITY CENTER OFFICES 58
The Nurse shows Jake into a windowless room with a sink, a
pleather barcalounger, a TV and a DVD player.
Okay, you know the drill. You can
hang your things in the closest,
the remote is on top of the TV and
the materials are in the drawers.
(cleaning the remote with
an anti-bacterial wipe)
Please deposit your specimen in the
cup and I'll see you when you're
She dims the light before leaving.
Jake takes off his jacket, tosses it on the chair, slips off
his shoes, takes off his pants, sits for a sec when his PHONE
RINGS. He looks at the name of the caller. Smiles.
59 JANE WALKS QUICKLY THROUGH A FARMER'S MARKET ON HER CELL. 59
(on her cell)
Hey, where are you?
At the office.
Want to grab some lunch?
Can you do it now? I have about an
hour. Thought we could go to The
Stanhope....get room service.
(she's nervous just saying
Be there in ten!
See you there, Adler.
She's comin' back!
Jake rushes to put on his pants, catches his foot in the
pant's hem, hops to safety. He reaches for his jacket then
grabs an anti-bacterial wipe, using it to turn the door knob.
60 INT. THE STANHOPE LOBBY/CAFE - DAY 60
Harley and Lauren are having lunch in the CAFE connected to
the Lobby. Harley has a clear view of the Lobby's Reception
Desk. Lauren has her back to it.
-- Luke's so excited about his
party. We can fit forty people in
our place, can't we?
Sure, if nobody wants to sit
(notices JAKE ENTERING the
-- Hey, there's your...
Harley then realizes JAKE IS signing the Register and
CHECKING IN and chokes on his French Fry.
(starts to turn)
Harley grabs Lauren's face in his hands and kisses her, even
though he's choking. He coughs while kissing her.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean to spit on
you. I just needed to kiss you.
While you were choking?
It worked. I'm not choking
Harley swallows a cough, reaching for his water, HIS EYES ON
JAKE as Jake is HANDED A ROOM KEY and POINTED TOWARD THE
ELEVATOR. Harley drinks his entire glass of water as he
Who did you just see?
Luckily Jake is now gone.
No one. Thought it was your
Harley falls silent as he SEES JANE ENTER THE HOTEL AND CROSS
TO THE RECEPTION DESK. After a sec, she's pointed toward the
Ohhhh my sweet Lord....
(looks up from her salad)
Honey, I totally forgot I have a
conference call at 1:15, I gotta
get back to the office. Waiter!
Honey, stop eating, get the waiter.
Call the one over there.
(pointing her away from
Harley, we can't leave, we're
meeting with the Wedding
(watches as Jake waits for
Jane around the corner)
Yeah, you know what? Today's not a
good idea to do that.
(Sees Jane join Jake, they
step into the elevator
and immediately fall into
each other's arms and
Oh my God...!!!
61 INT. JAKE AND JANE'S HOTEL ROOM - UPSTAIRS - SAME TIME 61
The curtains are drawn, the lights are low. Jane, in a hotel
robe, slips a cd in the cd player and we hear a mellow song,
perfect for love in the afternoon. The Bathroom Door OPENS
and Jake EXITS, also in a hotel robe.
Jane stands across the room from him. They smile at one
another. From behind, we see Jane untie her robe, letting it
fall to the floor. Jake looks at her, from head to toe and
back. They smile at one another, then something comes over
Jake. His eyes roll back, his legs give out and he collapses
against the wall.
62 INT. LOBBY CAFE - SAME TIME 62
The Hotel's Wedding Specialist has joined Lauren and Harley's
table. She holds a binder filled with photos. Harley is a
mess, knowing what's going on upstairs.
I adore October weddings. Let me
show you what we did last October.
She opens her Book of Photos for Lauren. Lauren gasps.
Honey, I'm gonna make that phone
call from the...
Lauren and the Wedding Specialist don't look up and don't
hear him. They keep talking to each other.
-- Okay. Good. You just keep doing
that and I'll...
They still don't look up. Harley nervously HEADS FOR THE
LOBBY when he spots the HOTEL DOCTOR, bag in hand, arriving
at the Reception Desk.
What's the room number?
408. Adler. His wife said he's
On my way.
Harley stops in his tracks, freaking. Adler???
63 INT. JANE AND JAKE'S HOTEL ROOM - MOMENTS LATER 63
Jake is under the covers, in his robe, a blood pressure cuff
around his arm. Jane, still in her robe, paces. The Hotel
Doc sits on a chair next to Jake's side of the bed.
Your blood pressure's good.
How's his heart?
Do you have a heart condition, Mr.
No. And I just had a check up.
You did? Oh, that's good.
(listening to his heart)
Deep breath. So, no chest pain?
When you got dizzy, did you feel
your heart was beating funny?
Yes, but I was admiring my
Jane holds up her weak eyelid.
-- Well that's nice to hear after
all these years...
(winds up his stethoscope)
Did you forget to take any of your
Took `em all.
What all did you take?
Uh....Lipitor, baby aspirin..
(sitting on the bed)
Yes, otherwise I pee 40 times a
How long have you been taking the
Not that long. And I only take it
sporadically. I have to sneak it
It reduces semen and that's not
good for my wife right now.
(looks over at Jane)
Yes, I prefer a lot of semen.
Okay, well, thank you so much for
coming. Looks like he's gonna live,
Yeah, my guess is Flomax is
probably the culprit here. It can
definitely give you a sudden drop
in blood pressure so I suggest you
stay off it for a few weeks, which
apparently your wife will
(holds in a chuckle)
Yeah. Really good for me.
The Doctor snaps his bag shut, rises.
And I suggest you rest quietly for
the rest of the afternoon.
No hanky panky, Mrs. Adler.
No chance. I assure you.
64 INT. LOBBY 64
Harley sits on a bench with his head between his legs. Lauren
arrives, joins him on the bench.
Are you acting like this because of
the wedding? Tell me the truth?
Not at all. Swear to God.
Because I don't want to be one of
those couples where the guy goes
into a coma the whole time we plan
the wedding. It's not worth it to
Harley looks up, sees the Hotel Doc walk by the Reception
Clerk. The Doc gives her a wink and a "thumbs up" and keeps
(deep sigh, rises)
Okay! We're back in business!
65 OPRAH - CLOSE - ON TV 65
In Jane and Jake's room.
REVERSE - JANE AND JAKE
Sitting up in bed, in their robes, watching Oprah and eating
chicken soup on trays. Jake reaches for the salt. Jane
eases it away from him. Jake looks over at Jane, oozing with
love and appreciation.
See. Just that move...you have no
idea. Not everyone's like that...
(mutes Oprah, then:)
Jake, I have a confession to make.
Back when we broke up... I knew it
wasn't all your fault.
You mean that? You've never said
that to me before.
I know. Because when you cheated,
I didn't have to. But I think in
some way, I gave up on us and I'm
not sure you ever really did.
I still haven't.
Jake takes Jane's hand. She looks down at his wedding ring,
then turns her eyes back to Oprah. A beat, then:
Are you and Agness... still having
Jake doesn't answer. Jane turns, looks right at him.
Only if she initiates it.
I'm trying not to rock the boat at
home until you and I figure this
(sees her reaction)
This is a little trickier at my end
Right. Yeah. Okay....
Now I know you're gonna think I'm
leaving because of what you just
said, but I'm not. I really have
to get back to work.
(takes Jane's hand)
We got really close there for a
She knows he's right. Jane's Cell RINGS. She lets it ring
again, then answers it.
66 ADAM - AT HIS OFFICE 66
Hi, hope I'm not interrupting
INTERCUT JANE AND ADAM
Adam! Oh! Hi.
Jake is instantly jealous. He rises, crosses to the closet,
starts dressing, his eyes glued to Jane who seems to be very
engaged by Adam.
I just found out there's a French
Film Festival in town and that made
me think of you so I was wondering
if you'd like to go to the opening
night tomorrow night.
(a little nervous... will
Oh, that sounds so fun...
(Jake rolls his eyes)
Let me think, tomorrow's what?
-- Say you're busy. Agness has a
dinner thing tomorrow, I can come
Oh, um, you know, I'd really love
to, but, my son is coming home from
college the next day and I have a
bunch of things I have to do to get
(hates lying, Jake crosses
to her, smiles)
I'm so sorry.
No, don't worry. No problem. Maybe
we can see something another night.
Absolutely. I would love that.
Jake smiles appreciatively, crosses to Jane, hugs her.
67 ADAM HANGS UP 67
We see he is holding Two Movie Tickets. He looks at them
then crosses to the desk of a Female Worker.
Melanie, how would you and your
husband like two tickets to the
opening of the French Film
Festival? Reserved seats...VIP
68 INT. HOTEL ROOM - MOMENTS LATER 68
Jane and Jake are finishing getting dressed, moving about,
putting on shoes, blouses, ties, jackets, belts...
You'll make the whole thing? The
roast chicken, the---
-- mashed potatoes, sauteed string
beans and double fudge chocolate
cake. I know your favorite dinner,
You haven't called me Jakey in 10
years. This has been a great day
for us. So, do we have a date?
(fixes Jake's hair)
We have a date.
Jake grabs his heart. Jane leans on him, a smile on her face
as we begin to HEAR MUSIC.
69 EXT. JANE'S PATIO - LATE DAY - MUSIC OVER 69
Music plays from the outdoor speakers. Jane sets the table in
her courtyard. She's singing along with the music.
70 A PERFECT CAKE - MUSIC OVER 70
sits on the Kitchen Counter. Jane finishes off icing the
cake like the pro she is then peeks into the oven, looks at
her perfect roast chicken.
71 OMIT 71
72 INT. JANE'S BEDROOM - MUSIC OVER 72
Jane clips the price tag off of a new dress and slips it off
73 A CLOCK ON A NIGHT STAND 73
tells us it's 8:45.
His eyes glued to the clock. We are IN JAKE AND AGNESS'
BEDROOM. Jake and Agness lie on their bed, both doing paper
work. Pedro is asleep between them. Jake gets up, slipping
his cell into his hand.
(not looking at him)
Why are you taking your cell to the
Oh. Didn't mean to.
(places it back on the
Carry him to his bed, will you?
Jake carefully lifts Pedro off the bed.
And hurry back. I'm ovulating.
Why do you think I cancelled my
Agness pulls her t-shirt over her head... she is gorgeous.
74 INT. PEDRO'S ROOM - CONTINUOUS 74
Jake gently lies Pedro in his bed, pulls up the covers. Pedro
takes Jake's hand, holds it to his chest, looking up at him.
Jake offers a comforting smile and Pedro closes his eyes.
Jake sits on the bed and lets Pedro fall back asleep, holding
onto his hand.
75 EXT. JANE'S PATIO - NIGHT 75
Candles are lit on the table, but are now low. The table is
set with flowers from the garden. The wine has not been
opened. CAMERA CRANES to FIND Jane INSIDE THE KITCHEN, still
dressed for dinner and deep in thought. She then sighs very
deeply and decisively as she turns out the lights and room by
room, the house becomes dark.
76 EXT. JANE'S HOUSE - THE NEXT DAY - 6 P.M. 76
The Kids cars are in the driveway.
77 INT. JANE'S KITCHEN - THE SAME TIME 77
Jane, Gabby, Lauren and Harley are in the kitchen, cooking,
setting the table, opening wine, chatting.
-- Oh, Mom, I keep forgetting to
tell you about our meeting at The
Stanhope. We went there for lunch
two days ago and met with their
Wedding Specialist....I think that
could be the place, Mom....
Two days ago you went to The
Yes and guess what? We saw
Jane and Harley connect. He immediately looks away.
What is that supposed to mean?
Who wants wine? Anyone?
(looking in the fridge)
Mom, you have an insane amount of
food in here, even for you.
(taking out last night's
I knew you were all going to be
here for the weekend so I made a
bunch of stuff last night.
Looks like Jake Adler's favorite
meal to me.
Jane looks to Harley again when they all hear a car horn
HONK. Jane LOOKS OUT THE WINDOW and sees JAKE'S PORSCHE PULL
UP with Luke in the passenger seat. The Girls rush out the
Kitchen door. Harley sees Jake getting out of the car and
pours himself a larger glass of wine as Jane approaches him.
Just then, Luke enters and Jane lights up.
(surveying all the food)
Mom, this looks amazing.
Harley and Luke hug, talk the talk. `Sup? Yo...
(sheepishly joins the
group, eyes on Jane)
Harley takes a huge gulp of his wine.
(holding Luke's backpack)
Where should I put this...?
(turns her back on him,
making herself busy)
Harley watches their interaction tennis match style. Jake
looks at the table set for five, wishes he was joining them.
He sees last night's dinner, now being served as left overs.
Jane slices the roast chicken.
That looks incredible.
Jane looks up at him, knife poised. Is he kidding?
She goes at the chicken with the knife, slicing off a leg.
Jake? Glass of wine?
Uh, sure. Thanks.
(not looking up)
No thank you.
Jake's cell RINGS. He turns his back to take it.
Hi Ag... Just got here.
Jane has a hot flash. Starts fanning herself.
Okay, I will. Yeah, no, I know.
(turns back to the family)
I'm sorry guys, I gotta hit it.
The Girls look to Jane.
I have to stop at the market.
Agness is making some pasta thing
and she ran out of olive oil.
Hey, at least she's finally
So...see everybody at the party
Yeah. It's gonna be so fun.
I told you I'm bringing someone,
Adam. My architect.
You're bringing your architect?
Yes I am.
Like as a date?
(looking right at him)
I like the idea.
Yeah, seems like it should round
out everything really nicely.
(pouring another drink)
Nobody wants wine but me?
Luke opens a cupboard, takes out a bottle of olive oil, hands
it to Jake.
Here, now you can stay another five
(catches Jane's eye)
You have three bottles in there.
Janey, can I talk to you privately?
Just for a sec.
Jane heads out still holding the carving knife. Harley slips
the knife out of her hand.
There you go....
Somebody's talkin' graduation gift.
78 INT. COURTYARD 78
Jane and Jake stand in the courtyard off of the Living Room.
What is it, Jake? What?
I don't get not calling me back.
`Cause I don't care what your
(shuts the door to the
She didn't go out, Jane. She
cancelled her plans and every
time I tried to call or write, she
caught me. I wanted to be here.
You know what, Jake? You were
worried about rocking the boat at
home? Well now you're rocking my
boat and I don't like it.
Honey, don't let one night...
You don't understand. I'm not even
blaming you. I fully participated
in this. But I don't want to do it
anymore. The last thing in the
world I should be right now is your
mistress, sitting around at nine at
night wearing heels and perfume and
blowing out candles and wrapping
everything in Saran Wrap because
your wife cancelled her plans. It
was cliche and humiliating.
You lit candles?
Oh, shut up. Look, I've had a
pretty good life these past 10
years. I figured it out and I
moved on. I no longer feel alone
or divorced. I just feel normal.
You know how long that took, just
to get my balance back?
The point is, I'm going in the
wrong direction here. But the
worst part is... It's feeling like
it used to feel. All the little
untruths that are hard to catch but
-- Janey, c'mon, it was one
-- Everything okay out here?
(Jane and Jake turn)
The kids are gettin' hungry...
Yeah. We're done.
(walks away, pauses in
front of Harley)
We were just...
(as she passes)
-- None of my beeswax, Jane.
(once she's gone)
And please never tell me.
(rubs her arm)
(taking Jake back inside)
Yeah? So, we're going to see you
tomorrow night, for sure, right?
Harley starts to follow them out when Jane grabs his shirt
Okay...What did you see and what do
Jane gives him a look that could get blood from a stone.
Okay, he checked in, you arrived,
you met in the elevator, possible
kiss there, Doctor went up, Doctor
came down, thumbs up. That's it.
Have no idea what happened in
Have you told Lauren?
No and I won't --
Mom. Dad's leaving...
Jane and Harley ENTER from the courtyard just as Jake is
about to leave. Jane immediately crosses to the table which
now has dinner on it.
Lauren kisses Jake good-bye on the cheek then joins the
others who are about to sit down for dinner.
(from the Dining Room)
Thanks for picking me up, Dad...
Jake pauses awkwardly at the door. He can't catch Jane's
eye. He waves to the kids, who don't seem to notice then
Jake EXITS, turns back, looks INSIDE THE DINING ROOM, sees
his family sitting around the table, talking, laughing. He
heads toward his car as...
glances out the window at Jake as he drives off. One of the
kids says something, distracting her, and she laughs...
A80 EXT. LAUREN AND HARLEY'S COTTAGE - THE NEXT NIGHT A80
Harley and Luke, on ladders, are stringing paper lanterns
across a small patio. Lauren crosses under them, carrying a
tray of food and joins Gabby who is setting out drinks.
81 IN THE BATHROOM 81
Jane sits at her dressing table, dressed for the party. She
puts on hoop earrings -- likes the way she looks. She opens
a drawer to take out a lipstick.
INSERT - THE DRAWER
Sitting among her cosmetics is the joint Jake left for her.
She looks at the joint, then looks at herself in the mirror.
82 ADAM - WALKING UP THE PATH TO THE HOUSE - 15 MINUTES LATER 82
He looks adorable and carries a gift the size of a book. He
knocks in a playful rhythm.
JANE ANSWERS THE DOOR
REVERSE - ON ADAM
Very happy to see her.
Hey. You look fantastic.
I'm feelin' a little fantastic.
She OPENS THE DOOR A LITTLE WIDER and we NOW SEE she's eating
a gi-normous piece of cake.
(trying not to react to
that, ENTERS, handing her
This is for you.
Really? Thank you! Come on in.
(takes a huge bite of
Can you hold this for a sec?
(hands him the cake plate)
Oh my God...
(takes another bite)
-- this could be the best cake I
ever made. You want a piece? It's
I think I'm good.
(focusing on the gift)
I can't believe you brought me a
gift?! So nice!
Jane unwraps the gift, turns it around, looks at it.
An appointment book?
I sort of assumed you didn't have
--Because I never remember our...
I took the liberty of filling in
our next two meetings. And marked
them with post-its and wrote them
in red and then highlighted them in
Jane kisses Adam on the cheek just as he was moving and the
kiss lands on his lips.
(Did he really say that?
Then, he licks his lips)
Wow, that cake is good.
Jane laughs a little too hard.
83 INT. ADAM'S CAR - MOVING - NIGHT 83
So, let me ask you something and
please don't think I'm weird or out
of line or anything... but do you
by any chance poke smot?
I mean do you smoke pot?! I
haven't asked anyone that question
since I was twenty-two.
Uh. No, I don't. But I have. But
I don't think I've had any since my
kids were born...so not in like 27
Oh my God, we have kids the same
age! And I haven't had any since
my kids were born either!!! Except
for tonight. I had one hit off of
Jane pulls the joint out of her purse, just as they pull up
next to a Police Car.
You might not want to hold that
(turns, SEES the Cop Car,
GASPS and DROPS THE
JOINT, then TURNS to Cop,
I actually know him! Blueberry
scone and a latte.
(the Cop nods, pulls away)
Oh my God! That was horrifying. I
instantly saw myself in a mug shot.
My heart is leaping out of my...
Wow... This is the most insane
dashboard I've ever seen. It's like
we're in a cockpit. It's
spectacular. Adam, what kind of
car is this?
(turns to him)
Did you get this high from one hit?
Yes! I don't know what they've
done to pot over the last 30 years
but it rockkkkks!
84 EXT. LAUREN AND HARLEY'S COTTAGE - NIGHT 84
From OUTSIDE, we can see lots of folks in the Living Room.
Candles dot the path up to the cottage door. Several Couples
and College Kids are walking toward the house.
85 ANGLE - BEHIND NEARBY BUSHES 85
Jane and Adam are sharing the joint. Jane takes a tiny, lady-
like hit, passes it to Adam.
Don't take too much, it's really
She blows out the smoke. Adam, on the other hand, takes a
(while holding in the
I haven't had fun in almost three
(takes another huge hit)
Bring. It. On.
SOME COLLEGE KIDS
walk past the bushes.
Who's got the reefer?
No one. Keep walking please.
The Kids laugh.
86 INT. LAUREN AND HARLEY'S COTTAGE - MOMENTS LATER 86
Jane and Adam, two very straight laced grown ups, ENTER the
party, pausing as they peruse the crowd.
How you feeling?
Adam starts to move to the music insanely well and then just
insanely. Lauren and Harley greet them. Jane greets them
back with a huge hug.
Hi... love your dress. Hey Harls.
Adam, this is my oldest, Lauren and
her fiance, Harley.
(giggles to Kids)
We're on a date.
Adam and Jane stifle laughs.
87 AT THE BAR - WIDE - MOMENTS LATER 87
Jane and Adam chat with all the Kids. Looks like it's going
great -- Adam is a big hit.
ON JAKE - WATCHING FROM ACROSS THE ROOM
Jake nurses a drink and is not looking happy. He sees the
Kids disperse, finishes off his vodka, ready to make his
ON JANE AND ADAM
Now alone. They haven't seen Jake yet.
(starts moving to the
music - Jane laughs)
By the way -- How great is this
party? Let's be the last to leave.
(bops to the MUSIC then
SPOTS JAKE ACROSS THE
ROOM, seriously eyeing
Hey, there's your ex-husb-- Uh-Oh.
He's headed right toward us. Not
the time to be "feeling groovy"
(dances again when he sees
Jake in SLOW-MO getting
closer and closer)
Oooo. Why so intense, big fella?
Adam slides a bit behind Jane as Jake arrives with Agness who
looks inappropriately youthful.
Hello Jane.... Adam.
Hey, good to see you again.
Adam, this is Agness, Jake's
Now that is an odd sentence for me
to say since that was me for most
of my life. Seriously. How weird
is that? Both of us married to the
(dismissing the idea)
You know... it's... hey, what are
you gonna do?
Yeah, why go there.
At this point, Adam gets hit with a severe case of the
giggles. As the rest continue, he can't keep a straight
Because there, is...fascinating. I
mean, when you think about it, it
sort of links us in some cosmic
crazy way, doesn't it, Agness? Of
all the men on the planet, we both
said "I do" to this guy.
Yeah. Twenty-five years apart. I
know you're having like an "Ah-Ha'
moment, but I think I'm gonna get a
refill. Adam, good meeting you.
(whispers to Jane as
She's got a really scary tattoo.
Janey, can I talk to you for a
Jake nods his head toward the bathroom and heads for it. Jane
looks to Adam.
He always needs me for a quick sec.
(starts to exit)
Oh, I'm very okay!
88 INT. TINY BATHROOM - SECONDS LATER 88
Jane and Jake are crammed into an extremely tight space.
What's going on? You're acting
What?! You smoked the joint I gave
You told me to! It's a-mazing!!!
But you weren't supposed to smoke
it with him, you're supposed to
smoke it with me!
Yes, of course. Why shouldn't I
be... you're my...
-- What? What am I, Jake?
You're my ex-wife, lover, oldest
friend and girlfriend.
Jane blurts out a laugh.
Okay. You're hilarious. And
because of that, even though I kind
of hate you/love you, I'm going to
let you have some...
You love me? I mean, I heard "hate"
had top billing, but...
Jane takes the joint out of her purse, lights it up and hands
it to Jake. Just as she does that, THE DOOR OPENS and HARLEY
ENTERS, thinking the bathroom is free. Jake quickly yanks
him in, shuts the door, locks it. Harley is now caught
between Jane and Jake and a cloud of smoke.
Oh my God, you're smoking weed in
the guest bathroom.
Yes we are and we'd appreciate it
if you didn't tell anyone about
No. Never. Adding it to the list.
Care for a toke?
I don't really smoke marijuana.
(blowing out smoke)
Okay, one hit.
(looks at herself in the
Oh, my God. Is that what I look
89 EXT. BACKYARD PATIO - MOMENTS LATER 89
A small group is dancing to a hip hop song on the patio.
Adam and Agness are dancing together. They're totally into
it. Jane makes her way to the dance floor as the song ends
and The Beach Boys "Wouldn't It Be Nice" begins. Jake
follows Jane dancing his way toward the crowd, spinning Gabby
on his way. Jake takes Jane's hand...dances with her.
Harley arrives next to Lauren and Gabby who watch their
They must be hammered.
Or something like that.
Adam glances over and sees Jane and Jake.
Sweetest divorced couple in the
Agness is surprised by how happy Jake looks with Jane.
Jake, I'm gonna....
Jane and Adam cross toward one another. Jake dies a little
as Jane leaves him, her eyes on Adam. Jake doesn't notice
Agness is watching him.. Jane, now dancing with Adam, looks
from Adam to Jake then back to Adam and then doesn't look
back at Jake again.
Jake is still as he watches the woman he loves slip away.
Agness has her eyes firmly on Jake, not missing any of it.
90 INT. ADAM'S CAR - MOVING - NIGHT 90
Adam drives Jane home. Clearly the end of a great night.
Wow. Fun is not overrated, is it?
You know what's great?
How much I like you.
Thank you... I really like you a
lot too.... even though...oh.. you
didn't say, "a lot".
But I was thinking it.
So... I'm not too old for you?
How can you be too old for me when
I'm older than you.
I just figured all these women you
get fixed up with are thirty-five.
Your age is one of my favorite
things about you.
(she appreciates that)
Do you think you have any more of
that chocolate cake at your house?
91 A BLACK SCREEN - LIGHTS POP ON 91
And we are IN THE BAKERY at ONE A.M. Jane turns on a few
more lights, but keeps it a bit moody.
Officially now the best date of my
life. Pre or post divorce.
Get out... All right....so
basically I can make you anything
on the menu or even not on the
menu. Just name it.
No? Really? Okay.
(scans the blackboard
What about a... warm chocolate
92 OMIT 92
INT. BAKERY KITCHEN
JANE FLOURS AND ROLLS CROISSANT DOUGH as Adam, now in an
apron, watches, chatting with her. Jane then places the
dough in a machine called a Sheeter. The dough slides into
the sheeter and then slides back out bigger and flatter.
ANGLE - JANE AND ADAM - TWO STONERS
watching the sheeter, mesmerized.
NEXT Jane folds the flattened dough, measures it with a yard
stick, then cuts it into sections. She takes one of the
sections, spreads it on a marble slab and very quickly cuts
it into triangles. She's a whiz at this.
THEN, Jane shows Adam how to stretch the triangles of
dough.... Nervous at first, he gets the hang of it. Then,
Jane teaches Adam how to place a bar of chocolate in each
triangle and roll it into a croissant. Laughing as they
work, they make a dozen croissants... NEXT...into the OVEN.
93 INT. RESTAURANT - LATER 93
Jane and Adam sit at a table in the corner, a stack of
croissants piled high between them. Music plays as Adam
takes the top croissant and Jane takes the next.
(bites into it)
It's crazy how good this is.
(biting into one, nods)
Yeah, and I'm not even stoned
Neither am I.
(happy about that)
Oh, then...merci, Monsieur.
Do you remember when I asked you
the other night, if you were dating
anyone and you said no... It
sounded to me like you were maybe
I was sort of seeing someone. But,
it's over now.
`Cause I'm not strong enough to
fall for someone who's with someone
else. Wouldn't be able to take
I understand. I wouldn't say it
was over if it wasn't.
Adam takes Jane's hand in his...relieved.
Adam turns Jane's hand over and looks at it a bit
Cooking scar.... From a very hot
batch of caramel...
Ooooo. What about that one?
That one's from boiling sugar...I
wasn't very skilled in the
beginning. And that one is from a
Adam presses Jane's palm to his lips and kisses her scar.
-- Saute pan.
Adam then kisses the burn on her forearm. Jane sighs, closes
her eyes. This feeling is unexpected. She opens her eyes as
Adam moves closer.
Would it be okay if I...?
Jane nods. He kisses her great.
I was going to say, kiss you.
If you feel this is in any way
wrong because we're working
... I don't ...
He smiles as she folds into him and they kiss and kiss and
94 OMIT 94
INT. JANE'S KITCHEN - THE NEXT DAY
Quiet. Jane enters from the garden, humming, "Wouldn't It Be
Nice." Luke ENTERS, still looking half asleep in his T Shirt
Hey sleepy! What time did you get
Have no idea. Lauren and Harley
drove me home.
I'm surprised you remember that.
(turns to see Lauren)
Hi. I didn't know you slept here.
Lauren, in an open robe over drawstrings and a tank top,
takes out a box of cereal.
We were playing Scattagories with
Gabby and Ollie then Harley fell
asleep on the couch.
Harley meanders in wearing Victoria Secret Heart patterned PJ
bottoms and a Girl's V-neck T-shirt.
I got cold in the middle of the
Lauren and Jane laugh.
Okay, who wants what?
(noticing Gabby entering)
(looks out the front
What's Dad doing here?
Everyone LOOKS OUT THE WINDOW and SEES Jake sitting in his
96 EXT. FRONT PORCH 96
Jane EXITS as Jake steps out of his car. He looks like he's
had a rough night and has something on his mind. Jane
cautiously looks back at the house. The kitchen windows are
I left Agness.
No, don't say that.
She saw it my eyes, Janey.
That I'm still in love with you. I
admitted it, I told her about us
and I've left her. For you.
No, no, no.... What do you mean???
Jake, this is crazy!
(worried the kids will
Are you telling me the truth?
This feels so right Jane.
As Jane is about to respond, Gabby EXITS the house in her
PJ's, looking confused.
(from the porch)
What's going on?
Nothing. Honey, set the table,
I'll be right in.
Mom, you're the only one who cares
if the table's set.
Okay, then do it for me....just go
Luke and Lauren join Gabby on the porch.
What's up, Dad?
Having some problems on the home
front, just wanted to talk to your
Mom for a sec.
Jane shakes her head. Why did he have to say that? Harley
joins the Kids.
Problems on the home front? Is one
of you seeing someone else?
Hearing that, Harley does a swift about face and goes right
back inside. Jane's eyes widen toward Jake.
(off Jane's cue)
No, it's nothing like that. I just
need to find a hotel or something
for a few days `til I get my head
It's that serious?
Mom, can Dad stay here for a few
days? He can share my room.
I don't think that's the best idea,
Daddy, are you crying?
93 ON JAKE - TEARS WELLING UP 93
He turns away from the kids. The tears could be for dramatic
effect, could be real.
All Three Kids immediately well up and look at Jane.
97 EXT. FRONT PORCH DINING AREA - A LITTLE LATER 97
Jane nervously nibbles on her fingernail as the family sits
silently around the table watching a ravenous Jake eat French
Toast, bacon, coffee, side of fruit. His mood has been
lifted. His energy is in full bloom.
Mommy's the best cook in the world!
98 EXT. VEGETABLE GARDEN - LATER THAT DAY 98
Jane is working in the garden. A shadow falls over her. She
looks up, Jake stands before her, a cute smile breaking
across his face.
Thank you for saving me Janey.
Jake, you knew the kids were all
here. Shouldn't we have talked
about this? Agreed this was the
right thing to do? This is so
typical. Only thinking about works
I'm sorry, I guess I should've
called before showing up.
-- And I'm not sure you even left
Agness. Maybe she saw something
last night and threw you out...
What's the difference? I was
drowning over there. I'm not going
to get that many more chances in my
life to figure myself out. Janey,
let's use these couple of days to
see if we can make this work.
We can't, Jake. I told you this
the other night. Please listen.
But you were all pissy because you
thought I stood you up. Things are
different now. I'm a free man.
Can we just hug? I hate that
you're being so distant. It's
literally giving me a pain in my
Jane reluctantly hugs him. He tries to kiss her.
See! Too much!
Okay! Good note.
Jane can't help but smile.
Can I help with what you're doing?
Hold your basket or...
Okay... I'm going to go to the
video store and get us all a dvd to
watch tonight. We'll have movie
night. Just like old times. How's
that? I'll make the popcorn.
Just then Jane's Cell RINGS.
I love knowing I'm coming back
(nods, turning slightly)
Oh, hi... I slept great. How `bout
Jake waits, but realizes Jane's not going to turn back.
99 INT. FAMILY ROOM - JANE'S HOUSE - THAT NIGHT 99
The Adlers are watching The Graduate. The lights are low.
Jake, shoes off, hands everyone bowls of popcorn. Jane sits
in a club chair. Harley's on the floor and the Adler Kids
are on one long sofa, all covered in a blanket. Jake hands
them popcorn then squeezes back in, between the Girls.
ON THE FLAT SCREEN - BUCK HENRY AND DUSTIN HOFFMAN
Are you here for an affair, sir?
The Singleman party, sir?
Jane cringes as the Kids laugh. She looks over at Jake
snuggling between the Kids, all eating popcorn and laughing.
He catches Jane's eye and mouths.
I'M SO HAPPY!!!
100 EXT. JANE'S HOUSE - LATER THAT NIGHT - EST. 100
101 INT. HOUSE - SAME TIME 101
Jake, bare legged and wearing a robe and slippers, crosses to
the KITCHEN where he finds Luke and Gabby digging through the
Are you kidding?
(takes out an armful of
Any of that noodle thing left?
(Gabby hands it to him.)
Where's Mom? She disappeared so
fast after the movie.
She's probably sleeping.
I think she's on her computer.
They all nibble out of Tupperware, leaning against various
Tonight was weird.
So weird. Still is.
I loved tonight.
Yeah. That's why it was so weird.
Just seeing you in your robe in our
kitchen. Remember when you weren't
even allowed in. Mom used to go out
to the car to talk to you...
(handing Gabby his
You know, I don't even really
remember you and Mom as a couple.
What do you mean... you were ten
when we broke up.
I was eight actually and I don't
know...it's all foggy to me now.
You don't remember us in Hawaii or
all sleeping in that tent in the
Yeah, of course, but I don't
remember like you and Mom hugging
or waking up together...
Jake grabs his heart, moans.
-- It's okay. I'm not damaged or
anything. You've been good
Speak for yourself dude. I'm
definitely damaged from the
Harley and Lauren ENTER. Lauren turns the tea kettle on.
Why are you still here?
I don't know, you and Mom sleeping
in the same house. Harley thought
we should stay.
Jake turns his beams on Harley.
She exaggerates. I just thought
perhaps you might want to talk
later, or ... Is that the noodle
Oh. Sorry. I think I ate it all.
I didn't know anyone wanted any.
102 INT. JANE'S BEDROOM - A LITTLE LATER 102
Jane, sits on her bed, talking to Adam via iSight. On her
LAPTOP SCREEN, we see Adam but he's a bit of a BLUR.
Wait, I can't see that one. Can
you back up a little?
CLOSE ON JANE'S LAP TOP SCREEN - ADAM IN HIS BEDROOM
He back ups from the lens and models a rather ridiculous ski
O-kay. Thank you.
Gift from my ex-sister-in-law.
Have no idea why I kept it.
(pulls sweater off)
Into the pile. Hey, check out the
Adam POINTS HIS LAPTOP to the floor to show a HUGE STACK OF
Hey, the pile's moving....
Murphy, get out of there!
A small Mutt scurries out of the pile. Jane laughs.
(re-enters in an odd
What about this? I was in India
and I had it made.
The guy ran out of fabric so he
didn't make me long sleeves.
Or short sleeves. It's weird.
And kinda girly.
(taking it off)
Not what I'm going for.
(holds up a sweater)
Gray sweater. Very old.
(slips it on)
You sure? You don't have to say you
like it just because you nixed the
last 20 things.
Jane likes this man.
Keep it. It's cozy. Boy, you have
a lot of clothes.
(looks at the floor)
Uh, not anymore. Okay, we're
almost done. You are helping me so
much by the way.
-- Adam, I really have to pee.
Oh good. Me too. Meet you back in
(lifting the laptop)
Putting this on my desk....
ON JANE'S SIDE
Just a shot of Jane's Pillows on her bed.
I'm not in there...
ON ADAM'S SIDE - AN ISIGHT FRAME OF AN EMPTY DESK CHAIR.
Can't hear you.
103 INT. JANE'S BEDROOM - WIDE - SAME TIME 103
Jake pokes his head in, looks around, sees no one in the
room. He hears Jane in the bathroom and ENTERS quietly,
quickly squirms out of his boxers and T-shirt, then, DROPS
HIS ROBE, and lies on his side, on the bed, completely NUDE --
elbow up, palm supporting his head -- a smile on his face. He
changes his smile to a smoulder.
Jake hears water running. Suddenly modest, he quickly drags
over the open Laptop and places the open screen in front of
his privates. He smiles, ready to be discovered.
A104 dries her hands at the bathroom sink. A104
104 INT. ADAM'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME 104
Adam crosses through the room on his way to his laptop.
105 JANE ENTERS HER BEDROOM, SEES JAKE and lets out a SCREAM. 105
Simultaneously, ADAM PLOPS DOWN IN HIS DESK CHAIR, LOOKS AT
HIS SCREEN and instantly YANKS HIMSELF AWAY in disgust.
Mother of --
Jake LOOKS DOWN AT THE SCREEN, SEES ADAM'S SCREAMING FACE
AND SCREAMS BACK.
What are you doing in here?!!!
(covering the screen with
Get it off!!!
I wanted to see you.
Why are you naked!?!
(sits up straight, the lap
top shooting even more
directly at his groin)
Why do you think?
Okay, I'm gonna be sick.
Jake LEANS IN, covers Adam's eyes on the screen, which, of
course, does nothing.
Not working! Big close up!
Jake rises, now his ass gets the close up, he bends over to
get his robe.
Okay! Good night!
Jake SPINS THE LAPTOP and the ISIGHT LENS LANDS ON JANE.
Jane and Adam look at one another. No time to say anything.
She's desperate. He's lost.
The DOOR FLIES OPEN, the KIDS RUSH IN, just as Jake ties his
No one says anything.
Adam listens, his eyes on Jane. Jake crosses to Jane, facing
the Kids. He walks in and out of the iSight shot.
Okay. Let me explain. The reason I
left Agness wasn't just because my
marriage wasn't working.
(The Kids wait...)
I've also fallen in love...back in
love... with your mother. Or maybe
I never stopped loving her.
Is this a joke?
I know this is shocking, but I
think this is the best thing that's
ever happened to me. Your Mom and
I have been seeing each other, on
the side... ever since New York.
Mom, is this true?
That part is, but..
I found my way back home. I just
hope she'll take me back.
Gabby breaks down in tears. Lauren puts her arm around her.
Jane starts to cry, looks at her laptop, just as she HEARS A
CLICK and THE LAPTOP SCREEN GOES BLACK.
Why's everyone crying? Why isn't
this good news?
Because we're still getting over
Mom, are you and Dad getting back
No... we're not.
Jane looks at the Kids with incredible sadness.
106 EXT. DRIVEWAY - LATER - THAT NIGHT 106
The Kids, in their cars, drive down the road, away from the
house. Jane stands in the driveway, watching, never before
feeling quite like this. Jake EXITS THE HOUSE, holding his
bag. He stops, looks at Jane. She has nothing left to say.
Jake gets in his car and pulls away as Jane walks back
107 OMIT 107
108 EXT. POOL AREA/BACKYARD - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT 108
Jane lies on a pool chaise, wrapped in a blanket, tissues in
hand. She stares up at the night sky and as her eyes flutter
shut, we drift off of her...
122 OMIT 122
123 EXT. JANE'S POOL/BACKYARD - EARLY MORNING 123
CAMERA DRIFTS ACROSS THE POOL TO JANE, asleep on the pool
chaise, still wrapped in a blanket. The sprinklers go off
and wake Jane. She opens her eyes, looks around, realizes
she's spent the night outside.
Jane sits up too fast, a tad disoriented, then quickly
realizes what she must do.
124 A FRONT DOOR OPENS TO REVEAL HARLEY 124
bed-headed and still in his pj's. He approvingly looks at
Jane, who stands across from him, ready to right it all.
Glad you're here, boss.
125 INT. COTTAGE - CONTINUOUS 125
Harley leads Jane down the narrow hall to the Bedroom.
Now I know you don't need my advice
I got this one...
I know you do.
Jane pauses, Harley nods for her to go inside.
JANE'S POV - INSIDE THE BEDROOM
Her Three Kids are under the covers. Lauren is between Gabby
and Luke. They look like they just woke up.
Jane stands in the doorway. The Kids don't say a word. Jane
doesn't wait. She crosses to the bed, sits on it, looks at
Knowing how to be divorced is next
to impossible... and sometimes over
the years, I've thought that your
Dad and I weren't quite finished.
And, as it turns out, we weren't.
So I went out of my comfort zone,
which, I found out, if you're
really honest with yourself, isn't
all that comforting. So, I
experimented with a part of myself.
I wanted to find out if, after all
these years there was still
something there between us.
And was there?
There kinda was.
Lauren smiles with her eyes.
But Mom, you have to understand how
bonkers this sounds to us. For two
people who for years couldn't be in
the same room together...to then
have an affair??? You and Dad...!
I know...it was hard for me and I
was doing it. I hope you'll
forgive me for confusing you or
betraying your trust, but I did
this for me and for him and I
realized even though your Dad and I
once had something extraordinary...
we no longer really fit together.
But he is a part of me and always
So it's over now? You guys are
back to being divorced.
For better or for worse.
Lauren takes her Mom's hand. Harley joins them, sitting on
the other side of the bed, holding back tears.
And as they all move into hug, we:
126 A MOVING POV - INT. ARCHITECTURE OFFICE - DAY 126
REVERSE ON JANE walking through Adam's firm. She arrives at:
127 ADAM'S OFFICE 127
Adam is on a phone call.
Yeah no problem...we can definitely
-- James, can I call you back,
someone just... Thanks.
Hi. May I come in?
I didn't call you last night
because I wasn't sure you would
take the call and then I thought
that could go on for months and...
-- I would have taken the call.
Oh. Well, anyway, it's better to
say these things in person. Adam,
the man I was seeing was...
I think I'm up to speed on that
I want you to know it didn't last
long and you're divorced, so maybe
you understand, when marriages end,
there's doubts and hurt, and you've
got kids and sometimes you wonder
if you did the right thing and when
the moment presented itself...
-- I get it. I could imagine it...I
I told him it wasn't going to work
between us but I guess he didn't
believe me and unbeknownst to me,
he showed up at my house yesterday.
He left Agness and...
-- Jane. I actually think I
understand what happened
but...uh...you know I'm not as
macho as I appear and I think it's
probably best for us not to get any
more... involved because your
relationship with Jake isn't really
done and I know you're saying it
is, but he's in love with you and
for everyone's sake, that should
probably get resolved.
Wow. So that's how grown ups talk.
Please tell me you're not going to
quit my job and ask Peter to take
over because then I'll never get to
see you and...
I was thinking of asking Peter to
step back in.
Oh... I hope you don't...
128 OMIT 128
129 EXT. ROAD TO JANE'S HOUSE - LATE DAY 129
Jane drives home, when she notices Jake's Porsche in her
driveway. She gets out of her car, finds Jake sitting on the
bench swing hanging from a large oak in the front yard.
Jane crosses to Jake. He moves over. Jane sees the humor in
this gesture and sits on the swing with him, letting out a
sigh. Side by side, they swing in the late afternoon breeze.
Jane doesn't answer right away.
How far back does that sorry go?
How far back do you need it to go?
Consider it an all inclusive
apology. From not being the
husband you needed to showing up
nude on your bed last night.
Yeah, what were you thinking with
That you'd find me irresistible.
Jane turns to him, her eyes warming up to him.
Never considered the alternative.
Gotta love that about you.
They swing some more.
Oh, man, can't believe I got up to
bat again and blew it.
You didn't blow it. We blew it.
We blew it the first time around.
This time... we just should've
known better. Too much has
happened. Too much time has passed.
And you don't think we could make
Does that mean you didn't feel it
was totally right either?
Being with you Jane is the best I'm
But do you agree that it wasn't
It was complicated.
Begging for an answer.
I thought it was good. I wanted it
to be good.
Guess that's as close as I'm gonna
Do you always have to be so hard on
No. I don't.
I don't regret giving it another
Probably would've been better if
you hadn't been married.
It may never have happened if I
Jane looks at Jake, knowing how true that is. They sit, side
by side, as they sway in the breeze.
I don't regret it either.
They continue rocking, not much more to say. As CAMERA PULLS
130 EXT. JANE'S HOUSE - MANY MORNINGS LATER 130
It's raining. Trucks are pulling into the driveway as lumber
is being taken off of a truck and covered in tarps.
Jane EXITS THE HOUSE in a parka and under an umbrella. A
GROUP OF CONSTRUCTION GUYS ARE huddled under a make-shift
tarp. Jane crosses toward them and as the group opens to
face her she spots Adam, holding blue prints. Jane is
stunned he's there.
Did you know it's good luck to
start building in the rain?
Yes. It's a well known, very good,
really lucky omen.
Thunder rattles the sky.
Good, I could use one.
Would you all like to have your
meeting in the house...it's dry and
I've got hot coffee...
The Group thanks her and heads for the house. Adam stays
back and walks next to Jane. It's a long second before
Jane, I need to ask you
You wouldn't happen to have any of
those amazing chocolate croissants,
Oh.... you like those, huh?
I have incredibly fond memories of
I don't have any here, but we could
go into town and get some... right
out of the oven.
They turn toward the house and on their backs we hear:
You want to do that?
Yeah... love to.
And as they walk away from Camera, we:
SLOWLY FADE OUT
Writers : Nancy Meyers
Genres : Comedy Romance