THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT
Lisa Cholodenko & Stuart Blumberg
FADE UP ON:
The humming stillness of an American suburb on a summer's
day: nannies push strollers, joggers jog, mailmen deliver,
dogs are walked, kids shoot hoop in wide open driveways.
On a quiet, tree-lined street we pick up two young athletic-
looking boys riding bikes. LASER ALLGOOD (15) and his
friend, CLAY (15).
Like bats out of hell they pass block after block of
charming, evenly spaced houses until they round a corner and
drop their bikes in front of a large ranch house.
INT. CLAY'S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
They walk inside. We HEAR a baseball game on TV in another
INT. CLAY'S, BATHROOM - LATER
Clay pounds on blue pills with a hammer, reducing them to
powder. Laser watches.
I don't know, dude.
Clay cuts the powder into lines with a school ID card.
B minus in geometry, yo! This
shits the bomb!
Clay rolls up a dollar bill and takes a snort. Then hands
the rolled up bill to Laser.
Add it up, son.
Laser takes the bill, bends over and snorts a line.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - GIRL'S BEDROOM - DAY
Part Oxford reading room, part teenage girl's lair. Leaning
against the bed we see JONI ALLGOOD (18). It's her room.
She pours over a game of Scrabble.
Sitting next to Joni is her best girl friend, SASHA, (18).
Sasha's checking out Joni's FACEBOOK PAGE.
Joni's best guy friend, JAI (18) sits across from her,
calculating his next Scrabble move.
Oh my God, Joni, there are so many
hotties in your class. You are so
gonna hook up the first week.
Just cause you're a 24 hour drive-
thru doesn't mean everyone else has
Hey, she worked her ass off! She
deserves some hot jock sausage!
Jai looks repulsed, and hurt.
Whatever. Why don't you guys just
do it and get it over with?
Joni and Jai blush. They're both too scared to admit their
crush on each other.
What? I'm just asking.
Uh, maybe because we're friends...
Sasha turns to Joni like an agent provocateur.
INT. CLAY'S HOUSE - TV ROOM - LATER
Laser and Clay wrestle on the floor while Clay's DAD watches
a baseball game on TV. They bump into the couch. Clay's dad
looks back, menacing.
Hey, ladies! Take it down a notch.
The boys keep wrestling, wired from the pills. Again, they
knock into the couch. Clay's dad spins around, pissed.
CLAY'S FATHER (CONT'D)
What did I just say?!
The Dad grabs Clay, pulls him off of Laser and over the
couch. He gets his son in a headlock, forcing the boy's face
into his big fat sweaty armpit. Both Dad and Clay enjoy the
brutal play. Clay laughs manically.
Let me go!
Don't do the crime if you can't do
Dad, your pits smell like burnt
ass! Get off me!
As Laser observes this male-bonding between father and son,
we note a trace of longing on his face.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - DINING ROOM
Joni, Laser and JULES ALLGOOD (40's) fair-skinned,
attractive, sit before well prepared dinner. Still buzzing,
Laser taps his fingers incessantly on the table.
Laser! Knock it off!
What?! I'm not doing anything.
EXT. HOUSE - ESTABLISHING - MAGIC HOUR
NIC ALLGOOD (late 40's) pulls up into the driveway beside a
beat up white TRUCK covered in AA slogan bumper stickers.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - DINING ROOM - EVENING
Nic enters. Drops her bag and heads for the table.
Hi guys. Sorry I'm late.
Don't worry. We just started.
27 fibroids. All in the lining.
She kisses Jules.
Honey, that's disgusting. We're
Did you do that laparoscopically?
That's right, Smart Girl. And we
got `em all.
As Nic settles in...
Hey, whose truck is that?
For the business.
Isn't it landscaping.
Yes, thank you very much.
Do we have any Cabarnet left?
I didn't look, honey.
Nic gets up and goes to the kitchen for wine. Laser's cell
phone RINGS. He answers it.
Hey, what's up?
Jules puts her hand on Laser's arm.
Laser, no phone calls at the table.
Lemme hit you back.
Laser hangs up. Nic re-enters with a large glass of red.
Who was that?
Jules and Nic share a look. Jules starts making maternal
windshield wiper strokes with her thumb on Laser's arm.
Can I ask you something?
What do you get from your
relationship with Clay?
What do you mean, "get"?
Laser looks down at Jules' thumb on his arm.
Do you feel like he's the kind of
person who will help you grow?
Mom, you're windshield wiping me.
Hey, did you start on those thank-
you notes for your birthday gifts?
Not yet. But I will...
I just think it's easier to knock
them out when it's fresh.
Yeah, I know, I'll do them tonight.
Great...I mean, you don't want to
have to start with an apology. You
know? Then it's embarrassing.
Okay, honey. She got it. Let it
Okay, I'll let it go...
I mean, if it was up to you, our
kids wouldn't even write thank-you
notes, they'd just send out good
Nic takes another swig of vino and smiles at Joni through
increasingly plum-stained teeth.
I can't believe my baby's 18.
(devolving into baby talk)
Big girl. You're a big girl...
Joni mimes wiping her teeth. Embarrassed, Nic starts licking
at her stained teeth.
INT. JONI'S BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
As Joni cranks out thank-you notes, Laser enters.
Laser looks nervous.
Have you thought any more about,
you know, making that call...?
Yeah. I don't want to.
Okay...I was just wondering if you
changed your mind.
He starts to leave, but her answer bugs him. He turns back.
How can you not even be curious?
Sorry, Laser. I just don't want
to, okay? I'm leaving soon and I
don't want to deal with that right
And also, that could really hurt
God, why do you worry about them so
much? They don't even have to know
Look, you can do it when you turn
I never ask you for anything.
Laser walks out of the room. Joni feels horrible.
INT. NIC AND JULES BEDROOM - THAT NIGHT
Nic and Jules lay in bed watching TV, unwinding from the day.
I just don't understand why you
bought the truck now.
Because if I'm starting this
business I need something to haul
my equipment in.
Okay. It just seems a little
cart before the horse.
What does that mean?
Sweetie, you don't even have any
Well you're the one who's always
telling me to "act as if!"
That's true. I do. You're right.
The women settle back. Nic sees Jules feels bad.
Look, I'm sorry. It's good you
bought the truck. Its proactive.
Nic caresses Jules' arm, wanting to make it better.
Jules doesn't look at Nic. She keeps her eyes on the T.V.
Wanna watch a movie?
Jules perks up. Nic immediately regrets her suggestion.
Yeah. We haven't done that in a
MINUTES LATER -- NIC AND JULES
are cozied up side-by-side facing the TV.
ANGLE ON - THE TV
The volume is turned low on TWO NAKED MEN lying on a chaise
longue. One guy fellating the other.
INT. STAIRCASE - SAME
Joni tiptoes up a dark staircase and enters an office off the
mom's bedroom. She heads for the desk and stealthy opens a
drawer. She rummages though with clear intention.
She pulls out a FOLDER and studies the cover. We see the
words: "Pacific Cryo Clinic: Bringing your dreams to life."
INT. BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER
ANGLE ON - THE BED
We now only see Nic. Jules has slipped under the blanket,
and is now between Nic's legs. We see Nic trying to get into
it, but having a hard time.
I don't like the guys in this one.
They're too shaved.
Don't focus on it.
How about the one with the biker
We left it in Hawaii.
Jules wrestles with the blankets. Wants them out of her way.
(pulling them back up)
I'm cold, honey.
Sorry. I couldn't breathe.
Jules wrangles the blankets, trying to cover her partner.
The transition is awkward and Jules gets caught in the top
sheet. As Nic repositions herself, she leans on the VOLUME
CONTROL BUTTON and suddenly the porn is blasting at full
MAN IN MOVIE
Suck that fat cock mother-fucker...
Shit!! Where's the remote?!
MAN IN MOVIE
I'm gonna fuck that tight ass!...
Jules and Nic both dive for the remote. It's lost under the
mass of bedding. They struggle to find it as the grunting
and 70's disco music blares.
INT. OFFICE - JONI
Joni turns to the wall, confused. She hears the porno music
INT. BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER
Nic finally recovers the remote and hits mute.
Nic flops back, traumatized.
The whole neighborhood heard that!
No, they didn't.
Well, that was a vibe kill.
Jules looks defeated.
INT. OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER
Joni turns back to the file on the desk. She flips though
some pages of documents and stops. CLOSE ON a PHOTO of a 4
YEAR-OLD BOY standing in a sandbox looking straight into a
camera with a big, open grin.
MATCH CUT TO:
EXT. FARM - DAY
We see that boy, 35 years later, carrying a box of tomatoes
and putting them in the back of a truck. This is PAUL, Joni
and Laser's biological father.
INT. PAUL'S RESTAURANT - "WYSIWYG" - DAY
Paul walks in carrying the box of tomatoes. He approaches
TANYA, (30's) the restaurant's super sexy hostess.
How you doing, foxy?
Mm, flapjack, you're smelling ripe.
No, I like it. It's earthy.
What can I say. I've just been out
there, you know...hoe-ing.
(looking at the seating
How's it looking tonight?
They stand close to each other, peering at the chart.
Gonna be tight.
Paul's cell rings. He gives Tanya a hand squeeze and heads
for the kitchen, answering.
Hi, is this Paul Hatfield?
It is. Who's this?
My name is Wendy Minter. I'm
calling from The Pacific Cryobank.
Okay. What can I do for you?
I just need to confirm that you
donated sperm with us between 1991
At the mention of the word sperm, Paul goes pale.
Yeah...I did a little bit of that
INT. KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
Paul enters. The kitchen is humming with COOKS prepping for
the dinner rush. He looks around for a quiet spot.
As you know the Cryobank has a
confidentiality policy which
prohibits us from releasing your
identity without your consent.
A cook, MARGO, approaches Paul to speak with him. Paul nods:
"Can't talk." Hands her the box of tomatoes.
Paul heads to the back of the kitchen, searching for privacy.
INT. PANTRY - SAME
Paul moves into the pantry, finds the farthest corner.
Well we've been contacted by a
young woman conceived using your
semen, and she's asked if you'd be
open to having contact with her.
INT. TANYA'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - NIGHT
Paul and Tanya enjoy a hot, sweaty fuck.
LATER THAT NIGHT
Paul gets dressed while Tanya lays on her messy bed.
You must of figured you'd get a
call at some point.
Not really. I mean I was 19 when I
did it. It was so long ago...I
just figured no one actually used
Tanya moves closer to him, flirty.
Why? I'd use it.
(ignoring the innuendo)
This is so weird. I mean, a part
of me's really curious...
So what are you gonna do?
I don't know.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - DINING ROOM
Joni and Jules play scrabble at the table. Joni's cell
rings. She grabs it off the counter and answers.
EXT. PAUL'S HOUSE - BACK YARD - DAY
Paul anxiously paces his overgrown back-yard on his cell
phone. He picks weeds as he talks. Conversation intercut.
Hi, I'm looking for Joni Allgood.
This is she...
Hi. This is Paul...
(clearing his throat)
Uh, your donor...?
Joni shoots up out of her chair and starts leaving the room
to get some privacy away from her mom.
Is this a good time to talk?
Where are you going? It's your
Joni doesn't answer. She just walks out to her backyard.
(doesn't know what to say)
How are you?
I'm good. How are you?
I'm well, thanks.
Banal, awkward pause. Paul jumps in to fill the void.
So, Wendy at the Cryobank said you
Joni cuts in, nervous and businesslike.
Actually, my brother asked if I'd
call you because I'm 18 and he's
only 15 which is too young to call--
anyway, he'd like to meet you...if
you want to...
Yeah. Well, technically my half-
brother. Each of my moms had a
kid, you know, with your sperm...
No. I didn't know.
Both of them?
Like in two?
Uh huh. Like in gay.
Good deal. I love lesbians.
Paul cringes at his lameness. Joni doesn't know what to say.
EXT. "WYSIWYG", PARKING LOT - NEXT DAY
Joni and Laser get out of the car and head to the restaurant
to meet Paul. They're both clearly nervous.
I just don't want you to have big
Will you quit saying that? I don't
have any expectations.
Okay. I'm just saying he
might be weird. I mean, he donated
Well if he hadn't done it, you
wouldn't be here. So respect, yo!
INT. "WYSIWYG" - DAY
Paul sits alone at a table facing the entrance. He nervously
checks the door as customers enter.
Joni and Laser enter the restaurant. They look nervous too.
ANGLE ON PAUL
He studies them for a beat, sees them looking around.
Figures they must be "his kids." They look in his direction,
spot him. He raises his hand, stands. They walk over.
The moment is rife. Paul holds out his hand to Joni.
Joni. Hey. Nice to meet you.
Nice to meet you too.
Paul holds out a hand to Laser.
And Laser, right?
Very cool name.
Thanks for making the trek all the
way over here.
No one knows what comes next.
Cool, I got a table set up for us
Paul turns and leads them out to the outdoor dining area.
EXT. OUTDOOR DINING AREA - MINUTES LATER
They all sit eating. Paul can't help but study their faces.
Listen, feel free and ask me
anything you want, okay?
(off their stares)
Or we can just hang out. That's
fine too. Whatever you guys want.
Paul presses on, trying to break the ice.
Anything you want to ask me, Laser?
I...uh...I didn't really have any
(helping him out)
That's fine. I'd love to know
about you guys. What about you,
Joni? What are you up to?
Uh, well, I just graduated high
school. I'm starting college in
Oh yeah? Congratulations.
Joni's the brains in the family.
She won a National Merit
Shut the front door!
Yeah. And she got like an 800 on
her Verbal SAT.
What? I'm just saying you're
No, I just work harder than you.
Don't stress it, Laze. School
wasn't my thing either and I turned
(re: his name)
I'm sorry. Laser.
So tell me about you, Laser. What
are you into?
Laser freezes. So his sister jumps in.
Laser's an amazing athlete.
Did you play any sports in school?
I played a little basketball in
Pretty much. The whole "team"
thing got on my nerves, you know
like, "Hey, let's go kick some ass,
man!" What about you?
I play some Soccer. Basketball.
Baseball. You know, team sports.
Paul realizes he's put his foot in his mouth.
Hey, I wasn't bagging teams in
general. Teams are great. I'm
just weird like that.
Yeah, I like teams.
We can tell Laser is growing frustrated at his inability to
connect with Paul. Joni jumps in.
So this is your place?
Yeah, I've been working on it for a
while. I also have this organic co-
op farm down the road. We use a
lot of the stuff we grow there for
That's so cool. I'm totally into
Uh, yeah Laser! I've been like
trying to get moms to buy local for
Laser tries again to reconnect.
So, like, do you raise pigs and
No. No pigs...
But it's a great spot. You guys
should come check it out sometime.
Excited, Joni turns to Laser. He seems uninterested.
EXT. WYSIWYG, PARKING LOT - DAY
The kids and Paul exit the restaurant. Paul walks to a
classic BMW motorcycle. Lasers tries to hide his awe.
Is that yours?
Yeah. You like motorcycles?
Yeah, but...our moms are kind of
And by "kind of" he means they'd
kill us if we ever rode one.
That's too bad. They're fun.
Time to say goodbye. Again, no one knows the protocol here.
After an awkward beat, Paul holds out his arms for hugs.
Well it was great to meet you guys.
He and Joni hug.
I hope this was okay.
Now Paul and Laser share a somewhat awkward man-hug.
Really nice to meet you, Laser.
Joni gives a quick wave to Paul. She turns to go and Laser
follows. Paul watches them walk away. He looks stirred up
by the meeting.
INT. JONI'S CAR - DAY
Joni and Laser head back home.
I just never pictured him that way.
I just...I don't know...He was so
cool and interesting. I can't
believe that was him...He was so
nice, you know?...
God, Laser! You're the one that
wanted to meet him so bad!
Well what did you think of him?
I don't know. He seemed kind of
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - TV ROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
Nic and Jules are cuddled up affectionately on the couch
watching cable. They see Laser on his way out of the house.
Hey bug, come here. We're watching
"Locked Up Abroad: Uganda."
I saw it. It was gnarly.
Where are you going?
Jules and Nic shoot each other a concerned look.
Don't be back late, okay?
Can I have a hug before you go?
Just a quick one. Please!
Hug her. That's what she's there
Laser leaves. Nic hits mute on the TV, looks at Jules.
Ugh. Maybe we should just sit him
down and ask him already.
What? "Are you and Clay fucking?"
"Exploring" is the word I'd use...
And what if he is "exploring?"
This is the age for that. Why
should we care?
I just don't understand why he's
exploring with that loser.
Look, we don't even know what the
deal is. We're jumping to
I feel like he has so much
potential and he's just wasting it.
Nic's comment hits a nerve in Jules.
What are you trying to say?
What do you mean, what am I trying
It feels like there's some subtext
What are you talking about?
I don't know: Like mother like son?
Is that it? Both of us aimless,
wandering in the darkness, "wasting
Nic won't go there.
Okay, honey, you're on a whole
other tangent and I have no idea
what you're talking about.
Well, maybe it hasn't risen to the
plane of consciousness for you yet.
Yeah. Maybe not.
Nic clicks the volume back on, freezing Jules out.
INT. PAUL'S RESTAURANT - AFTERNOON
Paul and Tanya sit at the bar, eating family-meal.
So what were they like?
Sweet. They were really good kids.
The boy's kind of a sensitive jock
and the girl's kind of innocent but
whip-smart and super cute.
Sounds like you connected.
Yeah, we kinda did.
Where'd you leave it?
We didn't really leave it anywhere.
Brooke, the sexy Wiccan volunteer, comes up to Paul bearing a
basket of freshly-picked fruits.
Paul leans over the basket.
Whatcha got? Oh cool. First
strawberries of the season.
Don't they look awesome? I thought
you should have the first taste.
And with that, she smiles, hands him the basket and leaves.
"I thought you should have the
first taste...of my pussy."
Paul can't help smiling at the nasty talk.
INT. NIC AND JULES BEDROOM - AFTERNOON
Clay rummages through the top drawer of Jules' dresser.
Laser stands behind him, uncomfortable.
Dude, I don't think they smoke pot.
Clay freezes. CLOSE ON a row of sex toys including a fancy
pink, Japanese "all-in-one" dildo and a few DVD's.
Clay turns on the dildo. It starts to gyrate.
Yo, it's alive!
Dude, put it back!!
Laughing, Clay throws the dildo back in the drawer. Then he
grabs one of the DVDs and spins back around.
Dude, we're watching this.
INT. LASER'S ROOM - DAY
Laser and Clay sit on the bed. They look at each other.
Then Laser hits play.
We see a COP giving a young MAN a BLOW-JOB. Laser and Clay
sit motionless, shocked, disgusted, riveted.
Think the whole thing's like this?
Want me to fast-forward?
Clay doesn't answer. They just keep watching.
EXT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - DAY
Jules pulls her truck into the driveway, almost running over
INT. LASER'S ROOM - DAY
Laser and Clay are still watching the porn...as Jules walks
in the room.
Laser, you left your bike out...
Laser reflexively grabs for the remote. As he fumbles for
it, Jules sees what they're watching. She looks mortified.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - KITCHEN - THAT EVENING
We enter a family conference already in progress.
Nic and Jules act calm but are inwardly mortified that their
15-year-old son found their porn.
Laser, your mom and I accept you
and love you unconditionally? You
know that, right?
And you know you can be open with
us about anything.
Yeah, I know.
Jules steels herself for a frank discussion.
Laser, is there anything you want
to talk about?
Anything. Anything on your mind.
Laser cracks his knuckles.
Well there is something.
Nic and Jules share a look. "Here we go."
It's more of a question, really.
We won't judge you.
Laser looks at his moms. Nic and Jules brace themselves.
Why do you guys watch gay man-porn?
Nic and Jules look at each other, thrown.
Well, first I have to say we rarely
watch that movie--
Jules touches Nic's arm.
And secondly, I really don't
appreciate you snooping around our
room. Was that Clay's idea? I
have to say again, I don't like
him. He seems untended...!
Honey, that's not what he asked--
Fine. Do you want to answer his
Well, sweetie, human sexuality is
complicated. And sometimes,
people's desires can be...counter-
For instance, since women's sexual
responsiveness is mostly internal,
sometimes it's exciting for us to
see sexual responsiveness more, you
Laser looks at them, still baffled.
Like with a penis.
But like, wouldn't you rather watch
two women doing it?
You would think that. But in most
of those movies, they've hired two
straight women to pretend and the
inauthenticity is just unbeara--
Okay, that's enough! Laser, your
mom and I have a sense there's some
other stuff going on in your life
and we just want to be let in.
What do you mean?
Are you having a relationship with
You could tell us, honey. We'd
understand and support you.
Laser looks confused. How did they find out about Paul?
I just met him once.
Nic and Jules share a worried look.
What do you mean once?
Did he find you on-line?!
Who did you meet once?
Paul! I met him with Joni.
Why was Joni there?!
She set it up.
Forget the set-up! Who is Paul?!!
Our sperm donor.
Jules and Nic go white.
Wait, did you guys think I was
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - LATER
Joni has been pulled into the family conference. Nic and
Jules are trying to remain as calm as possible. Nic slugs a
gulp of wine.
Look, guys, we understand why you'd
be curious about your biological
father. That's totally natural.
But why didn't you tell us?
Because we knew you'd be upset.
WE'RE NOT UPSET!!
Jules calms her riled-up partner.
(to Joni; expressing her
upset more calmly)
We just wish you'd have included us
in your thinking. But what's done
is done. You met him, and now you
guys can move on--
I want to see him again.
You do?! You do?!
Yeah. I was gonna tell you.
Whoa! Whoa! No. No way.
Nobody is seeing anyone until we
Joni looks at Laser. They knew this would happen.
INT. NIC AND JULES' BATHROOM - NIGHT
Nic and Jules do a post-mortem as they floss.
Yeah, I get it. He's their
biological father and all that crap
but it still feels really shitty.
Like we're not enough or something,
Of course I know. I don't want to
time-share our kids with someone.
Especially when it's Joni's last
summer home. No way.
When Jules leaves the room Nic pulls a clump of long, wet red
hair out of the sink.
Jesus, Jules! The plumber was just
Nic throws the clump of hair in the trash.
INT. NIC AND JULES BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER
Look, we need to be smart about
this. If we act like grubby
bitches, we're just gonna make it
Let's just kill him with kindness
and put it to bed.
I'm with you, honey.
We're gonna get through this, okay?
Nic smiles. She loves when Jules shows confidence.
I love you, chicken.
The women bump fists. They have a plan.
I love you too, pony.
EXT. STREET - AFTERNOON
Paul rides slowly down the street, checking addresses. He
pulls over and cuts his engine in front of the Allgood house.
INT/EXT. ALLGOOD FRONT DOOR - AFTERNOON
Paul rings the bell. Waits. The door opens and Nic and
Jules are there smiling with "kill him with kindness" faces.
Paul! It is so great to meet you.
I'm Nic. This is Jules.
Paul shakes their hands.
Hi, great to meet you two.
I hope the traffic wasn't too bad.
No, I've got my bike so...I just
sort of weave through.
Nic clocks the motorcycle, stifles the impulse to judge.
Great. Well, come on in.
As they enter, Paul holds out a bottle of wine.
This is for you. I don't know if
you guys like wine...
Nic takes it.
Are you kidding? We love it.
(checking the label)
And a Petit Syrah. What a treat!
Let me get some glasses.
Nic leaves Paul by the stairs with Jules. Little silence.
Jules steals a look at him, unable to contain her curiosity.
Beautiful house. How long you guys
Almost ten years. Wait, has it
been that long?
We moved right after Laser broke
his leg, I remember that because we
had a ramp for a while, so that
would have been...ten, no, nine?
No, ten years this fall.
Paul nods, smiling at her nervousness.
Laser and Joni enter. Joni lights up when she sees Paul.
Jules watches Paul hug her. Uncomfortable, she heads for
THE KITCHEN --
Jules finds Nic's pouring herself a sizable glass of wine.
Jules feels her inner co-dependent swelling in her chest.
Go easy on the wine, hon. It's day
Okay. And same goes for the micro-
EXT. ALLGOOD PORCH - AFTERNOON
Everyone sits at the picnic table.
I hope the food's okay. Joni told
us you own a restaurant.
The food's great. Can't go wrong
with salmon and corn.
Nic finishes a glass of wine as Jules takes note.
So Paul, did you always know you
wanted to be in food-services
Paul smiles at Nic, trying to disarm her.
Well, I always liked food.
No, I was asking because I remember
reading in your file, back when we
were looking for, you know, sperm,
anyway, you said you were studying
Oh yeah. Wow, that was a long time
ago. Yeah, I was considering it,
but then I dropped out of school.
You dropped out of college?
Yeah, it wasn't my thing.
No? Why's that?
It just seemed like a massive waste
of money after a while. I mean, I
wasn't "doing" anything. I was
just sitting on my ass listening to
people spout off ideas I could've
just as easily learned reading a
Paul sees that his little rant may be alienating the moms.
I'm not saying higher learning
uniformly sucks. I mean, college
is great for some people.
Joni, I'm sure you're gonna love
it. That's just me. I'm just
weird that way.
Which is probably why I ended up in
the food-services industry.
See what he did there, mom? You
said "food-services industry," then
he said "food-services industry..."
Yeah, I got it, Laser. Thanks.
(apropos of nothing)
So, Paul, what about your social
My social life?
You know, are you married,
divorced, seeing anyone?
What? We're getting to know Paul.
No, never been married or divorced.
I date a little, but I'm just kind
of focused on my work right now.
Paul wants a break from the heat.
So, how'd you guys meet?
Jules smiles, embarrassed. Nic jumps in.
We met at UCLA. I was a resident
in the ER and Jules had an
My tongue went numb.
THUD! We turn to see Laser, pounding his head on the table.
Laser, that's not nice.
What's not nice is subjecting your
kids to the same story 1000 times!
What happened to your tongue?
I don't know. I just lost all the
feeling in my face and tongue and I
thought I might gag and then, you
Well it was pretty clear to me she
was just having an anxiety attack
and she'd be fine.
So what'd you do for her?
Gave her a Vallium. Tried to get
her to relax, talk, move her tongue
Mom, that's gross!
(ignoring Laser, to Nic)
Actually, she started teasing me
and that really helped.
I was trying to distract you.
I know. And it worked. You were
You were really pretty.
Nic reaches over and caresses Jules' hand. Joni rolls her
So that's it. My tongue started
And we've been glued at the hip
That's a great story.
We like it.
Laser and Joni share a look.
So Nic, I know you're a doctor.
How `bout you, Jules? What do you
Jules never likes this question.
Well, I, you know, I studied
architecture in college...
But I'm not an architect. I mean I
was on my way to becoming one. But
I quit before the kids were born.
Well, that happens...
When they got a little older, I
started a Balinese furniture import
Yeah. But that didn't work out.
Well, business aren't easy--
Actually, I'm in the process of
starting a new business.
Good for you. What kind?
(before he can respond)
But not like a gardener! I mean,
yes, there's a gardening component
to it, but the real work is to
create unique, eco-friendly outdoor
spaces that harmonize with the
surrounding environment. Do you
know what I mean?
In Nic's mind, Jules is drowning in verbiage. So she jumps
in to save her.
Hey Paul, did Joni tell you about
her graduation speech?
No, she didn't.
It was incredible. So full of
wisdom and hope...
(turning to her Joni)
Hon, go get it. I'm sure he'd love
to hear it...
No, mom, I'm sure he wouldn't...
Sure he would. Come on. Go get
No, it's okay...
Sweetie, don't be embarrassed.
I'm not embarrassed! Jesus! Give
it a rest already!
This outburst stuns Nic into silence. Her daughter has never
spoken to her like this. Laser stands up.
I'll get the ice-cream.
I'll help you.
Joni and Laser leave the room. Nic pours herself the last of
Paul's Petit Syrah. Jules smiles, covering her anxiety.
Honey, that's your forth glass.
Actually, it's my third. But
thanks for counting.
Paul turns to Jules, trying to revive the mood.
Hey, I was just thinking. You
know, I bought this place last year
and the backyard's a wreck. Would
you be interested in working on it?
Oh, that's okay.
No, seriously. I don't have time
to work on it myself.
Thank you. That's really sweet.
Why don't you think about it.
Why? I just did.
I mean, if you're not up for it
(jumping on it)
No! I am!
I'm up for it!...
Jules smiles at Nic: "Isn't this great? My first client."
Nic looks less than pleased.
INT. HARDWARE STORE - DAY
Nic pushes a cart piled high with gardening supplies. Jules
grabs a couple BAGS of fertilizer, throws them on top.
...I'm just saying, the plan was to
limit his involvement--
You're unbelievable. You're all
over me about getting clients, I
finally get one and you're--
He's not just a client, Jules.
He's our sperm donor! Have you
ever heard the phrase "Don't Shit
Where You Eat?"
Yes, and I think it's disgusting.
The two separate, go down separate isles. When they rejoin,
Nic is contrite.
I'm sorry. He just seemed sort
of...self-satisfied to me.
Jules grabs the olive branch.
Yeah, he was working the whole
"alternative" thing pretty hard.
"I just need to get outside and
`do' things, not sit on my ass and
learn. But that's just me. I'm
weird that way."
They both laugh. Nic's funny sometimes.
EXT. PAUL'S HOUSE - ECHO PARK - DAY
Jules drives slowly up the hill looking for Paul's address.
She sees the house and pulls in the driveway next to an old
truck and a motorcycle.
EXT. PAUL'S HOUSE - BACK YARD - DAY
Jules and Paul walk through Paul's backyard, evaluating.
...We could do a kind of a Secret
Garden thing with trellises and
(clocking his face)
...or something more Asian,
minimal, with a rock garden feel.
It's up to you...
What do you think?
Personally, I'm tired of minimal.
I'm into more is more. Let's not
try to tame the space. I think it
would look great all lush and
overgrown and fecund...
I'm sorry, you know, fertile...
No, I love that word. You just
don't hear it that often.
More is more. Yeah. Let's do that.
Jules is staring at Paul.
Sorry, I just keep seeing my kids
in your expressions...
Jules looks more intensely at Paul's face.
You and Laser have the same mouth.
You think so?
The observation strikes Paul. Suddenly, he's feeling a kind
of fast-tracked intimacy with Jules he hadn't expected.
EXT. BACKYARD - ALLGOOD HOUSE - EVENING
Jules and Laser play Ping-Pong as Nic gets home with Chinese
take-out for the family dinner.
What's the score?
Laser cranks a forehand that whizzes past Jules.
So how'd it go today?
Great. We settled on a concept.
What is it?
It's hard to explain. You have to
kind of see the space to get it.
Laser, did you write Pup-pup a Get
(off his silence)
Laser! What do I have to do?! I
bought you a card. I left it on
your desk. All you had to do was--
Mom, settle! I will...
Don't tell me to settle, mister.
And if it's not in the mail by
tomorrow morning, we're not going
to the Dodger game Saturday.
Whatever, I have other plans
What other plans?
(off his silence)
I'm asking you a quest--
I said I'd do something with Paul!
Laser serves a rocket, whizzing past a flailing Jules. He
tosses the racquet on the table and leaves. Nic yells:
You used to be so cute!
EXT. ALLEY - DAY
We cut onto Paul and Laser, looking out at something. Laser
is holding a DIGITAL VIDEO CAMERA.
This may not be a good idea.
Are you filming?!
We cut to Clay on a skateboard on the ledge of a brick wall.
He's preparing to ride the ledge, jump a dumpster and land
his board on the ground.
He's not gonna make it.
(calling to Clay)
Clay, you're not gonna make it!
I think he may be right, dude.
Maybe this isn't such a good idea.
Will you quit being a man-gina and
run the camera! I'm only doing
this once so keep my shit in frame!
Laser sighs, then holds up the camera. Paul looks at Laser,
wondering why he puts up with this guy.
VIDEO CAMERA'S POV: We watch as Clay psychs himself up with
an assortment of deep breaths and head-slaps. Finally, he
starts down the ledge. He starts his jump, catches air and
hits the edge of the dumpster and falls. We see him go into
the dumpster and land with a nauseating THUD. Paul and Laser
rush up and look over the edge.
ARE YOU OKAY?!
There's Clay, his arm bent at a disturbing angle, in agony.
Did you get that?!
Seriously, dude, are you okay?
I'm fucking fine! Fuck! Did you
fucking get it?!
EXT. STREET OUTSIDE CLAY'S HOUSE - LATER
Paul and Laser walk over to Paul's truck.
Maybe next time we can hang out
just you and me.
Clay's cool. He's just gets a
little amped sometimes.
That's not amped. That's being a
He's not a dick, that's just his
Okay...I just didn't like the way
he was talking to you.
Well, you don't know him.
You're right...I don't...
Hey, can I ask you a question?
Why'd you donate sperm?
Well, it's a lot more fun then
Laser doesn't laugh. Paul realizes he's gonna have to give a
I don't know, I guess I thought,
you know, if I can help somebody in
need, somebody who wants a baby...
Laser's not really buying that.
So you did it to help people?
It was a long time ago...
How much did you get paid?
Why do you want to know?
I'm just curious.
I don't know, like 60 bucks a pop.
It was worth more back then. You
know. With inflation...
(off Laser's look)
Hey, I'm glad I did it...
Laser doesn't quite buy Paul's altruism. He looks over at
him, then away.
INT. JONI'S ROOM - DAY
Jai and Joni and Sasha play Scrabble. Sasha checks out the
photos of Paul on Joni's phone.
Hello? Donor Dad? Stone cold fox.
Must you take everything beautiful
and make it dirty?
I'm just saying. Spermster's a
hottie. Is he single?
Okay, first of all, ewww. Second,
he's a really good person and I'd
prefer it if you didn't taint him
with your whore juice.
Sasha hops up, energized by the banter.
Fair enough, hairy muff. I'm outta
here. You love birds can split my
Sasha splits and suddenly the room is thick with nervous
You want to keep playing?
As Jai incorporates Sasha's tiles into his own, we see Joni
gathering her nerve to make a move. Jai probably feels it
but in his nervousness he can't look at Joni.
Sometimes I feel sorry for Sasha,
Joni starts to move in, her face draws closer to Jai's, inch
Somehow, deep down, Jai can sense her moving towards him
which exhilarates and freaks the shit out of him at the same
time. To the point where he lets slip...
It's like she has to sexualize
every experience, you know? It's
That stops Joni in her tracks.
Yeah, it is. It's really sad.
Jai's sabotaged the mood and they both know it.
INT. NIC AND JULES' BATHROOM - NIGHT
Jules walks in to find Nic in sexy satin man-PJ's, sitting at
the rim of a RUNNING BATH. There are candles burning.
Wow. What's this?
Come here. Sit down.
Jules takes a seat beside her. Nic holds her hand.
I'm sorry I've been such a bitch
lately. I know I'm not being my
You've been really patient with me.
I just want you to know that hasn't
Nic gives her a long, sweet kiss. Jules is warming up.
CUT TO - JULES
In the tub, revelling in the warm bubbly water. Nic is
sitting on the ledge, massaging her feet.
Oh god, chicken, that's the spot.
How's the water?
Perfect. You wanna come in?
In a bit. You enjoy it first.
Nic goes deeper with the massage. Jules' eyes roll back.
Oh, I forgot the lavender salts.
Nic starts to get up. Jules grabs her hand.
No, don't stop...
No, I meant to put `em in....
Nic gets up and sashays to the door.
Nic exits. Jules sinks back, wishing Nic had stayed.
CUT TO JULES - MINUTES LATER
Still waiting. Getting impatient and upset.
CUT TO THE KITCHEN --
Nic is on her cell with a patient, a glass of wine in her
hand. Jules walks in wearing a bathrobe. Nic turns. Raises
a finger and mouths: "Sorry..."
No, we're planning on being here
through mid-August so...
No, I promise, I'm not going
Jules' face drops; she turns and leaves.
INT./EXT. PAUL'S HOUSE - DAY
Paul watches Jules work in his backyard. Luis hauls shrubs.
INT. PAUL'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - LATER
Paul and Jules stand at the kitchen table, looking over her
sketch for the yard.
Look, I'm gonna go to the nursery
in the morning so we should
probably make sure you're signed
off on the Bougainvillea...
Jules looks over at a pan on the kitchen counter.
Strawberry rhubarb pie. Fresh from
Paul hands her a fork and she takes a big bite. Her eyes
roll back in her head.
Oh my god. That is criminal.
No, please, just take it away...
You had one bite.
I have another you may as well just
tape it to my ass cause that's
where it'll end up.
Hey now, don't go negative on your
Jules blushes at all this talk of her ass.
So...you're good with the plants?
(off his silence)
Look, we don't have to do that. We
could do go in a totally different
direction if you--
No, I'm just thinking. Hang on.
(covers his eyes)
Yeah, I'm good with the plants.
Sorry. Sometimes I mistake silence
I wasn't criticizing you.
No, I know...I just...
Sometimes Nic can be a little
critical, you know. She's a
That doesn't mean you have to be
Jules looks away. We HEAR a knock from the back.
Excuse me, Senora? Hello?
Jules turns, sees Luis standing at the glass door.
Jules wants Luis to leave her alone. But he's not going.
Same time tomorrow?
Yes! Same time!
Luis leaves. Jules turns back to Paul, laughs nervously.
Okay. I'm gonna take off too...
(in Luis's accent)
Same time tomorrow?
Jules pushes Paul, laughing.
Paul hands her a Tupperware with some of the pie in it.
Here, take this...
Just give it to the kids.
Okay! God, you're such a pusher!
Jules grabs the pie and gives him a kiss on the mouth, almost
as a mistake. Before they know it, they're making out.
Jules snaps back, freaked.
Whoa. I'm sorry. That was...I
don't know where that came from...
Okay. I'm gonna go now...
Jules starts backing away, acting as if nothing happened.
...but I shall return!
Jules bolts for the door, clutching her pie. Paul watches
her go, stunned by what just happened.
INT. NIC AND JULES BEDROOM - NIGHT
Nic's in bed reading a magazine. Jules gets in bed,
paranoid. Nic puts her magazine down.
So how'd it go with Paul?
What do you mean?
I don't know. Did you break
ground? Did you dig in? I don't
know the terms.
No, we just talked...conceptually.
Oh, so it was less of a "doing"
day, huh? Was he okay with that?
You know, maybe we should lay off
the Paul digs a little.
Okay. You're right.
Chastened, Nic looks back at her magazine. Jules rolls over.
And I also think we should start
EXT. URBAN FARM - ECHO PARK - DAY - MOS
Sweating and dirty, Joni and Paul pull radishes from the
ground. They're in a zone together. Paul takes off his sun-
hat and put it on Joni's head.
You got your mom's fair skin. You
didn't get my Mediterranean
Joni's cell rings. She looks. Rolls her eyes.
Joni hits the ignore button, puts her cell away.
My mom, Nic. She's making me
Why? What's she doing?
She's treating me like I'm 12.
It's like she doesn't want to admit
I'm an adult.
She's your mom. That's her job.
What? To smother me to death?
That's not her job.
Well, if you want things to be
different, you've got to make that
happen. That's your job.
EXT. SUBURBAN STREET - MAGIC HOUR
Laser walks with Clay. Clay sports a homemade arm-cast for
the skateboard mishap we witnessed earlier.
That jump was cake, dude! I so
could've made it.
You were like 20 feet short, dude!
There was no way.
Yeah, well if Paul wasn't there I
could have landed it. That guy
creeps me out.
He's kind of a fag, dude. Tryin'
to act all like your dad and shit.
Laser doesn't know how to respond so he ignores the comment.
A stray DOG comes up to them. Laser stops to pet it.
Hey buddy. Good boy.
Laser sees the dog has no tags. He looks around for an
owner. The dog nuzzles Laser for affection.
I've seen this dog around. I
wonder if he's lost.
Let's pee on his head.
Clay unzips his fly. It's difficult with the plaster cast.
Dude, don't do that.
Come on. Hold him...
Clay yanks the dog by his scruff.
Dude, Quit it!
Duuude, quit it!
Suddenly, Laser gets it. His friend is the tool. He grabs
the dog and smacks him to get him to run away.
Go! Run! Get out of here!
The dog TAKES OFF. Clay shoves Laser.
Why are you such a fag?!
Laser shoves Clay back hard.
Why are you such a dick?!
Clay HITS Laser in the mouth. Laser touches his lip. Sees
blood, and walks away. Friendship over.
EXT. URBAN FARM PARKING LOT - ECHO PARK - MAGIC HOUR
Paul and Joni walk to his motorcycle parked in the dirt lot
behind them. Paul grabs his helmet off the bike, hands it to
Here, put this on.
Joni takes the helmet and puts it on. Paul fastens the
buckle for her. They get on the bike and take off down the
EXT. ECHO PARK TO THE WEST SIDE - MAGIC HOUR
Paul takes Joni home on his motorcycle via Sunset Boulevard.
She holds Paul tightly.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - EVENING
The ladies sit in the living room watching TV.
Relax. She'll get home when she
Quit telling me to relax!
They go back to watching TV. After a beat, we HEAR a
motorcycle pull up.
What the fuck...!
EXT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
Paul and Joni climb off the bike. Nic storms out of the
house to intercept them by the sidewalk.
Funny how someone conveniently
forgot to tell me they were driving
home on a motorcycle!
You know how many people I've seen
come into the hospital paralyzed
from motorcycle accidents?!
I'm a very safe rider...
That is so not the point I'm
making! Joni knows this is
something I'd never allow.
Mom, I'm 18 years old! I won't
even be living here in like next
Yeah, well, you're living here now!
Yeah, well why don't you get a jump
on it and pretend like I'm not!
Joni storms off. Nic glowers at Paul.
She's never talked to me like that.
(trying to soften it)
You know, Nic. If you eased up on
the restrictions, maybe there'd be
(marinated in sarcasm)
Really? You think so, Paul? Is
that how it works?
Jules walks up to intervene.
What's going on?
Oh, nothing. Paul's just giving me
I was just saying--
Listen, when you've been a parent
for 18 years, come talk to me!
I was just making an observation.
Yeah, and I need your observations
like I need a dick in my ass!
Nic storms off. Jules follows. Paul watches, shell shocked.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - JONI'S BEDROOM - LATER THAT NIGHT
Nic knocks on the door. Get's no response.
I was just upset. You know how I
feel about motorcycles.
Joni opens the door.
I know how you feel about them.
But I'm an adult now and you have
to respect that. Goodnight.
Joni closes the door on her.
INT. PAUL'S HOUSE - DAY
From his house, Paul watches Jules working on her knees in
CLOSE ON Jules' thong peaking out of her jeans. Luis walks
across Paul's field of vision, interrupting his reverie.
INT. PAUL'S HOUSE - LATER
Jules steps tentatively into Paul's house.
Jules walks further into the house. She looks anxious. Paul
opens his office door and sees Jules in the hall.
Hey. What's up?
Look, I'm sorry about last night.
I'm really embarrassed.
Don't be. She's the one who wigged
I know, she's just going through a
lot of stuff right now...
Jules, it's okay. You don't have
to defend her.
They stare at each other, unsure how to act.
And look, I just want you to know,
about the other day, the kiss,
that's not something I...do.
Yeah, I sensed that.
She takes a step toward him, feverish.
I just wanted to clear the air.
They stare at each other. It's like watching two magnets.
The air is clear.
Jules grabs Paul and starts smothering him with kisses.
It takes a second for Paul to get his bearings, but when he
does, he starts kissing her back with equal fervor, pushing
her up against the wall, wedging his hand between her legs.
Paul, I can't!
You don't want to?!
No, I do! It's just...
I have a guy outside!
Overcome with lust, Jules wraps her legs around his waist and
Paul walks her into...
Quick cuts of their awkward ravenous gropings. Somewhere
between slapstick and animal. He pulls her hair back hard.
She loves it. She pulls his hair back harder. He yelps.
She pulls down his underwear. Her eyes widen. It's been
decades since she's seen a hard cock in the flesh.
Oh. Well. Hel-lo!
Cut to them fucking. It's gawky and passionate. Somewhere
in the middle of it, Jules starts laughing.
Paul flips her on her hands and knees and they go at it some
She keeps laughing. Paul goes harder to make her stop. The
paces grows quicker. They're getting closer. And then...
Hello? Excuse me, Senora Allgood?!
They stop mid-thrust.
You gotta be fucking kidding me!
She dislodges from Paul and starts dressing furiously.
INT./EXT. PAUL'S HOUSE - DAY
Jules runs out to meet Luis, waiting patiently at the door.
Where do you want the stones?
(catching her breath)
The stones? Over by the fence.
Luis stares at his employer. She looks totally disheveled.
Jules starts feeling her hair, smoothing it into shape.
What? I was using the bathroom.
Do you need to use the bathroom?
Luis stares at her feet. She looks down. She's barefoot.
EXT. PUBLIC PARK - DAY
Paul and Laser shoot hoop. There's a tense-ness to their
patter. Laser takes the ball and steps to the top of the key
and shoots. Drains it.
Laser steps up to left side of the basket, calls his shot.
Hey, don't take it easy on me cause
Laser does a trick behind the back lay-up. Nails it. Then
tosses the ball to Paul.
Nobody likes a show-off.
Hey, can I ask you a question?
Oh god. Okay. Hit me.
When you die do you want to be
buried or cremated?
That's your question?
I want to be cremated.
I think I'd rather be buried.
Why? That's just taking up more
space in the earth.
I don't know, something about the
idea of being burned into this
chalky powder and sprinkled--
What do you care? You won't even
That's true. I guess I just want
to be in a place where people can
But why?! You'll be dead! You
won't even know they're there!
INT. WYSIWYG - RESTAURANT - NIGHT
Joni and Sasha are at a table eating dinner. Tanya has
temporarily joined them. Sasha checks out Tanya's oversized
African bead necklace. Joni watches Paul charm customers.
God, I love your necklace! Where'd
you get it?
I don't know, some flea market--
No, more like Pasadena.
Well, it's really awesome.
Paul saunters up to the table and stands behind Sasha. He
mindlessly places his hand on Sasha's shoulder.
Sorry guys, I need to steal Tanya
Sasha clocks Paul's hand. She carefully and without looking
back places her hand on top of his.
That's okay, Paul.
Well ladies, it was fun talking
Paul pulls his hand away from Sasha's and walks off with
Tanya. Sasha turns to Joni.
Okay, I'm sorry but your donor
daddy is giving me the sex vibe.
No he's not. He wouldn't do that.
Why not? He's not my dad.
God Sasha, that's totally gross!
Not everybody wants to have sex
with you, okay? Especially when
you act like a slut.
Well it makes you seem insecure and
I'm not insecure and desperate!
I'm just a normal sexual person!
And maybe you'd get that if you
weren't so uptight!
Fuck you. I'm not uptight!
INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT
Nic and Jules dine with their friends, JOEL and STELLA.
Nic's drinking like a fish.
Oh my god, these heirloom tomatoes
Joni brought some home from Paul's
garden the other day. They were
Nic tightens at the mention of Paul.
So, the kids have been spending
time with him?
Oh, yeah, they're spending all
kinds of quality time together.
(senses the sarcasm)
Well, it's great they like him so
much. You know, you hear these
stories about kids meeting their
donors and the guys end up being
nothing like they were on paper.
No, everyone's getting along
famously. Apparently Paul can do
Nic grabs a passing waiter by the arm.
Can we get another bottle of the
Jules gives Nic a look. Joel and Stella feel the tension
Hey, have you guys tried those Ašai
No, but they're pushing them like
crack at Whole Foods.
I know. Joel's addicted.
What I do is I throw one in the
blender with some bananas, frozen
strawberries and hemp milk and I'll
tell you, it's sensational.
Nic slaps her forehead.
Oh, just fucking kill me...
Everyone stiffens. Jules is embarrassed.
I'm sorry guys, but I just can't,
with the fucking hemp milk and the
organic farming and heirloom
"Oh no, don't throw that in the
trash, no man, you gotta throw that
into the composting bin so the
fucking worms can shit all over it
and turn it into glorious multch
and we can all feel better about
ourselves." God! What a bunch of
Nic takes a big swallow from her glass. Jules windshield
wipes Nic's forearm.
How about some green tea, honey...
Nic slams her glass on the table. Explodes.
You know what, Jules?! I like my
wine! Okay? So fucking sue me!
And fyi, red wine has a chemical
called Resveratrol in it, which has
been proven to significantly extend
Yeah, if you drink a thousand
bottles a day!
Nic storms off. Jules turns to Joel and Stella, ashen.
INT. RESTAURANT BAR - MINUTES LATER
Jules walks over to the bar. Nic is sitting in the corner.
What the hell is going on with you?
This whole Paul thing is driving me
crazy! I feel like he's taking
over my family.
Jules tries to bring it down. She yells in hushed tones.
No. He's not!
Okay! Okay. I'm sorry. I'm just
Maybe you need to take some time
off and recharge.
Sure, and who's gonna pay for that?
Jules looks pissed off, and hurt.
Look, I'm sorry, I just feel like
I'm carrying the whole load here.
Because that's the way you like it!
That's the way you keep control!
This is Jules' break-point.
What are you talking about?
Oh come on! You hated it when I
worked! You wanted me at home,
taking care of the kids. You
wanted a wife!
That is just not true!
You didn't trust any of those
nannies! And you sure as hell
didn't back my career!
What are you talking about? I just
helped you start another business!
Yeah, so you can feel better about
No, so you can feel better about
Are you even attracted to me
The BARTENDER holds out the bottle of Cabernet.
Do you still want this?
No. Just the check please.
JULES AND PAUL
Fucking again in his bedroom. Jules writhes beneath him, her
eyes closed. Paul seems to be in some kind of zone. He
stares at her, enthralled.
POST - COITUS
Jules and Paul lie naked in the bed. Jules slithers around
the covers, stoned on post-coital endorphins.
God, I feel so drugular right now.
(sitting up quickly)
I really want a cigarette! Do you
have any? I haven't had a
cigarette since Laser was born. Do
Sometimes. But I don't have any
here. Want me to run to the store?
(bouncing off the walls)
Yeah. Wait, no. Don't. Sorry.
Jules pops up on her knees, getting in his face.
Do you think I'm just like some sad-
sack middle-aged lesbian?
God, that's it. I was trying to
figure out how to describe you to
my friends. Thank you.
Jules punches his arm, mock hurt. They start rough-housing.
Then kissing. Then the phone rings.
You want to get that?
No. I want to get this...
Paul grabs a handful of Jules' ass. Jules throws her leg
over Paul and climbs up for another round. Suddenly, Joni's
voice echoes through the machine.
JONI (ON MACHINE)
Hi Paul. It's Joni. I just wanted
to apologize for my friend, Sasha.
I was really embarrassed when she
put her hand on your--
Paul grabs the receiver.
Hey, Joni. I'm here...
Jules visibly recoils.
Listen, don't worry about your
Jules pales. She mouths: "What are you doing?!" Paul
gesticulates: "I'm sorry!"
No. Honestly. I didn't even
Jules throws on her clothes and starts to leave.
Hey, Joni? Can you hold on a
Paul grabs Jules' wrist and mouths "wait!" Jules rips her
arm free and walks out.
MOMENTS LATER - JULES
walks outside and is stunned to find Luis already back from
Home Depot, sneezing and wiping his nose.
Did you go to Home Depot?
Yeah. I just got back.
That was fast!
Yeah, no lines.
His look of confusion trips off her paranoia. She's
convinced he knows everything.
What's that look?
The look you're giving me right
That's no look. That just my face.
Look, I'm not gonna play this game
with you! You need to keep your
judgements to yourself!
Senora, I didn't give no looks!
I don't ask you why you keep
blowing your nose constantly! I
mean, if you have a drug problem
that's your business...
I don't have no drug problem!
I have the allergies!
Then why are you a gardener?!
Luis stares at Jules, innocent.
Cause I love the flowers.
Look, this isn't gonna work. I'll
pay you through the end of the day
and then we're done.
Jules walks past a totally confused Luis.
INT. NIC AND JULES BEDROOM - NIGHT
Jules lies on her side. Nic shuffles to get to close to her.
Jules moves away, still pissed at her. Nic realizes she
needs to make amends.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - KITCHEN - NEXT MORNING
The family sits in silence, having breakfast. Nic looks
around the table, feeling like a pariah.
Look, I know you've all been
enjoying your time with Paul. And
I know I haven't been as open to
him as everyone else and this has
us. But I'd like to try and change
Everyone keeps eating, uncommitted. "And...?"
So I was thinking. Maybe it would
be nice if we all had dinner at his
house sometime. That way, I could
get to know him a little better,
and I could see all the good work
mom's been doing with his backyard.
Nic looks at Jules and smiles. Everyone nods. They
recognize this is a big step for Nic.
EXT. PAUL'S HOUSE - BACKYARD - DAY
Paul walks out to check on Jules. She's sweating her ass
off, shlepping stacks of heavy mulch across the yard.
How's it going?
Here, let me help.
Paul takes some of her load and together they transport the
sod to the other side of the yard. Neither know what to say.
Paul stares at her, waiting for her lead.
We can't be doing this...
...and the kids...
Yeah, and I love Nic.
They stare at each other and we cut to...
INT. PAUL'S BEDROOM - LATER
Paul and Jules lie in bed. Jules looks nauseated. Paul
offers her a pack of smokes.
I got you some cigarettes.
Jesus, what's wrong with me? I
shouldn't have fired Luis like
that. That was totally wrong...
Come on. Don't be so hard on
yourself. Things get messy
That wasn't messy. That was fucked
up. I'm totally fucked up...
I think I'm really falling for you.
INT. PAUL'S BATHROOM - LATER
Jules takes a shower, washing off the evidence. She looks
nauseated by her lack of willpower.
INT. WYSIWYG - LATER
Tanya walks over to Paul who's on his computer. She flops on
the couch next to him. He doesn't look up.
Pretty good night. That table had
like 5 bottles of wine.
Wow. Yeah. Good night.
Joni's pretty. She's got some of
I think she looks more like her mom
actually. But thank you.
It's cute seeing you in dad mode.
It makes me want to fuck you.
Tanya moves imperceptibly closer.
I've been missing our sleep-overs.
Paul finally stops what he's doing.
Yeah, it's been a while.
You want to meet up later?
Paul hesitates. He doesn't know how to say no.
Tanya, you're so sexy and
beautiful, but I don't think we
should do that anymore.
Tanya's face drops.
You know, our thing is really fun
and easy, but...I don't want to be
50 and still "hanging out." You
know? If I really want a family
then I have to stop getting in
these situations that don't go
Paul just looks at her. Tanya gets it.
Paul knows enough to say nothing. Tanya gets up and walks
Paul sits there, feeling like an asshole.
EXT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - MAGIC HOUR
The family packs into the Volvo to head to Paul's.
INT. PAUL'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - MAGIC HOUR
Paul gets dinner ready with Joni and Laser as his sous-chefs.
Both kids seem really jazzed to be cooking with him.
IN THE BACKYARD -EVENING
Jules tours Nic around the backyard, looking a little freaked
out as she shows her the work she's been doing.
I'm gonna do some planting over
there so it won't look so bare...
It looks great, honey. Very
indigenous. I'm so proud of you.
Nic kisses Jules spontaneously. Jules looks nauseous again.
They head back up the stairs, toward Paul's house.
Hey, so how's that guy Luis working
Oh, I had to fire him.
Yeah, he had a drug problem.
Whoa. What kind of drugs?
Blow, I think...
INT. PAUL'S HOUSE - DINING ROOM - LATER
Nic flips through Paul's album collection, including Joni
INT. PAUL'S HOUSE - DINING ROOM - NIGHT
Everyone digs into the meal, enjoying themselves. Especially
Nic, who's committed to redeeming herself.
Hey Nic, I think you're gonna love
this `98 Screaming Eagle.
You know what, I think I'm gonna
stick with water tonight. But
thank you so much.
The Allgoods look at Nic: this is a first.
God, Paul, this steak is delicious.
What's the seasoning?
I just mist it with a little
Nic looks at Jules and smiles in full overcompensation mode.
What a good idea. We should try
that. Right, honey?
(taken aback by Nic's
And it's done to perfection.
So it's not too rare?
No, it's perfect. Juicy. Tender.
Exactly what rare's supposed to be.
Good. A lot of people in the
restaurant order a steak rare and
they freak out at the slightest
sight of red.
Ugh, isn't that annoying? That
happens to me all the time when I'm
Don't people know that rare means
Right?! It means bloody!
Exactly! They should see what rare
looks like in Argentina. The cow's
practically still mooing.
Laser chuckles at Paul's joke, then reigns it in. Joni tries
to insert herself in the conversation.
I really want to go to Argentina.
Buenos Aires is supposed to be--
...So Paul, I was checking out your
album collection over there. Quite
the eclectic mix...
You don't meet too many straight
guys who love Joni Mitchell.
Joni glares at Nic: stop being such a Paul hog.
Oh yeah, you a Joni Mitchell fan?
Not really. We just named our
daughter after her.
Cool. Right on...
What's your favorite Joni album?
I think I have to go with "Blue."
Nic raises her hand in a testify.
Yeah? You too?
They high-five across the table.
Oh God, I probably spent half of
high school in my room crying to
that album. That record kills me.
I know, it never lets up, you got
"A Case of You..."
"All I Want.."
Nic pulls her hands to her chest, shuts her eyes...and starts
I am on a lonely road and I am
traveling traveling, traveling,
traveling/Looking for something,
what can it be/Oh I hate you some,
I hate you some/I love you some Oh
I love you/when I forget about
Jules, Paul and the kids watch, open-mouthed as Nic soldiers
on, skipping ahead to another verse.
I want to talk to you/I want to
shampoo you/I want to renew you
again and again/Applause, applause/
Life is our cause/When I think of
your kisses/My mind see-saws...
Nic takes a breath. Just as Paul's about to say something,
Nic resumes her unfortunate solo.
Do you see/do you see/do you see
how you hu-urt me baby/so I hurt
you too/then we both get/soo-ooo-
Nic stops, eyes still closed. She's connected to a part of
herself she rarely lets herself visit. The moment is
punctured by her smart-ass 15-year-old son.
Don't quit your day job, mom.
Hey. It's hard enough to open your
heart in this world. Don't make it
(to Nic; contrite)
I'm sorry, mom.
Nic looks at Paul. Stunned. Then looks at Jules and points
I like this guy.
Paul looks at Joni.
You didn't tell me you were named
after Joni M.
It's just so dorky. I don't really
like to bring it up.
I think it's cool.
Hey Paul. Where's your bathroom?
Just around there.
On her way to the loo, Nic turns back to Paul.
You know what? I think I will try
some of that Screaming Eagle.
INT. PAUL'S BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS
Nic washes her hands at the sink. Something catches her eye.
She lifts Paul's hairbrush from the shelf in front of her and
examines it. She reaches into the bristles and pulls out...
A few strands of long red hair.
Nic on her knees in Paul's shower, pulling a clump of tell-
tale red hair from the drain.
Nic skulks out of the bathroom. She looks out and b-lines
for the bedroom.
Nic pulling pillows off Paul's bed. Her look tells us she's
found hair here as well.
THEN WE CUT TO
Nic sitting back down at the table. She looks drained.
Nobody notices. The sound drops out.
Paul and Jules talking comfortably.
Joni and Laser chiming in, smiling, one big happy family.
REVERSE ONTO NIC:
Totally disconnected. Shell-shocked. She wants to scream
but it feels like she's trapped in cement. Things slow way
INT. NIC AND JULES' BATHROOM - THAT NIGHT
Nic and Jules perform their nightly ablutions. Jules is
sonic-caring her teeth.
(through the sonic buzz)
Well, you and Paul seemed to get on
You're sleeping with him, aren't
Nic turns to her, eyes red with anger.
Just be honest with me. Don't make
me feel crazier than I feel right
Where is this coming from?!
I found your hair in his drain!
What? I was working. I got dirty
so I took a shower.
Oh yeah? You take a nap, too?
Jules pauses a second too long. The jig is up.
INT. NIC AND JULES' BEDROOM - MINUTES LATER
The truth has come out. Nic is so angry she's calm.
Are you in love with him?!
What, are you straight now?!
No. It has nothing to do with
I've just felt so cut off from you
Oh, right, so it's my fault!
No! Who said anything about fault?
Just listen to me!
I'm listening! What?!
I just needed...
What? To be fucked?
It's always what I'm not doing for
you, isn't it? Well here's what I
don't to you. I don't work out my
issues by fucking other people!
Nic starts heading for the door. Jules follows.
He's not just "other people!"
No, you had to go fuck our sperm
donor! You couldn't have picked a
more painful way to hurt me...
Where are you going?!
I need water! My mouth is dry!
Nic opens the door. There's Joni and Laser, looking
devastated. They've been listening to the whole thing.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAWN
Jules wakes up looking crusty from a rough night on the
couch. She looks like she hasn't slept at all.
INT. LASER'S ROOM - DAWN
Jules enters and walks over to her sleeping son. She gently
nudges him awake.
Hey Laser. Honey?
Laser turns over, semi-conscious.
She sits down on his bed.
Listen, I know you and Joni heard
what's going on. I just want you
to know that what happened with
Paul and me is over. There's
nothing going on now.
I know you might need some time to
process your feelings around this,
but I just want you to know that
I'm here for you if you want to
talk about anything.
Is there anything you want to talk
(leave my room)
(fighting the impulse to
Okay then. Go back to sleep.
Jules pats her son and leaves.
INT. JONI'S BEDROOM - DAWN
Jules enters and touches Joni's shoulder.
I don't want to talk to you.
Can we just--
I said I don't want to talk to
Okay. I'm sorry.
Jules slowly retreats to the door.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - KITCHEN - MORNING
Jules drinks coffee at the table. Nic walks in, dressed for
work. Jules looks at her, wanting to "process." But Nic
isn't in the mood. She grabs a banana from a bowl and walks
out. Jules feels like a leper.
INT. SASHA'S ROOM - AFTERNOON
We can tell Joni's been crying and downloading the whole
thing to Sasha.
How's Nic doing?
She's a wreck. I've never seen her
like this before.
Joni's cell rings. She gets off the bed, looks at the phone.
It's a picture of Paul.
Is it him...?
Joni nods gravely, answers.
EXT. PAUL'S FARM - AFTERNOON
Paul's walking through rows of swiss chard, cell phone to his
Hey Joni, how you doing?
You're such a phony.
You act like you're so groovy and
together but you're not. You're a
With my mom?!
Listen, can I just come and talk
What's wrong with you?!
Don't call me anymore.
Joni hangs up and start crying. Sasha hugs her.
EXT. PAUL'S FARM - CONTINUOUS
Sweaty, nauseous with remorse, Paul turns around to find
fetching young Brooke, waiting for him with a wicker basket
of huge cucumbers.
Hey Paul, look at these cukes...
Paul holds up his hand at her. This girl symbolizes every
bad choice he's ever made.
He gives her the universal, "Leave Me Alone" gesture. Brooke
EXT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - BACKYARD - AFTERNOON
Jules sits on a lawn chair smoking a cigarette. Her cell
rings. She answers.
EXT. STREET - AFTERNOON
Paul walks down the street, wigging out.
Hey, it's me. I just talked to
Oh my god, I'm so sorry. I should
have called you.
Jules sucks a big, anxious drag off a cigarette.
Nic saw my hair in your bathroom.
The other night.
Listen, it's all out in the open
now. Let's make this happen.
No, I'm serious. Fuck it. Let's get
the kids together and do this
Paul, come on...
No! I'm sick of this life. I want
a family. I'm ready--
Jesus, Paul! I'm gay!
Jules tosses the phone away from her.
EXT. HOUSE PARTY - BACKYARD - NIGHT
Joni and Sasha stand at the makeshift "bar". Joni's downs
several Tequila shots quickly.
Slow down, tiger.
Across the room, Joni spots Jai chatting with a WAIFY GIRL in
Joni drops one more Tequila shot and walks up to Jai and
Waify girl, interrupting them.
I like the scruff. It's sexy.
Waify girl juts out her hip territorially.
Uh, `scuuuse me...
(then back to Jai)
Hey, can I talk to you?
Joni leads Jai to a private corner.
She leans in and kisses Jai. And Jai actually returns the
kiss. And it's completely sweet and intimate.
But then the kiss starts to morph as Joni's energy turns
manic, intense, less romantic than emotionally needy. We see
Jai start to pull away. But Joni keeps holding him, wanting
more. Finally, Jai breaks off the kiss.
Joni looks pained, embarrassed. Jai keeps holding her hands.
Are you okay?
Yeah, I'm fine...
Joni pulls free and escapes, leaving a confused Jai in her
INT. NIC AND JULES BEDROOM - NIGHT
Jules walks in to find Nic, awake, in bed.
Just getting another pillow. The
couch is kind of saggy.
Is your back okay?
Jules perks up: is this an invitation to share the bed again?
It's a little ache-y.
You should take some Advil.
Suddenly they hear bumping and loud footsteps downstairs.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
Jules walks downstairs to find Joni stumbling toward her
Hey. How was the party?
Joni tries to avert her mom's questioning gaze.
How big was it?
I don't know. Medium...ish...
Jules takes in the glassy look in her daughter's eyes.
Are you drunk?
Nic enters from the stairs, having caught the last piece.
I hope you had a designated driver.
Why? I'm not drunk.
Well, you seem drunk to me.
Yeah, well, you should know.
What did you just say to me?!
I'm going to bed.
Joni starts to leave. Nic grabs her.
No, you're not! I'm not done
talking to you!
Laser opens his door and watches the scene progress.
What do you want from me?! I did
everything you wanted! I got all
A's! I got in everywhere I applied!
Now you can show everybody what a
perfect family you have!
Don't talk to your mom like that!
Joni spins to face Jules.
You're really gonna tell me how to
Hey, I'm still your mother.
Jules reaches out and Joni backs away, sickened.
Don't touch me!
Joni heads for her room.
I'm so sick of both of you!
EXT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - DAWN - MOS
The sun rises on this formerly happy home.
INT. ALLGOOD LIVING ROOM - MORNING
Jules wakes up on the couch. Sits up. Rubs her aching back.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - JONI'S BEDROOM - DAY
Joni packs for college. The room is littered with half-
filled packing boxes. She picks up a pile of clothes from
the corner and sees the farmer's hat Paul gave her. She puts
it aside, not sure what to do with it.
EXT. PAUL'S BACKYARD - DAY
Paul looks around his newly landscaped yard. It looks more
abandoned than revived.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - NIGHT
The family has their last supper - before Joni leaves.
Did you pack that lamp I gave you?
Well, we can always get stuff up
there, too, if you need it, I mean
if the room's dark or you need
I'm not going to Siberia, mom.
Jules looks at the family unit, misty.
I can't believe this is our last
Oh God, are you gonna cry?
Jules looks at her son, fed up.
I wish you were gay. You'd be so
much more sensitive.
The doorbell rings.
It's probably Sasha. I'll get it.
Joni runs to the door. Opens it. It's not Sasha. It's Paul.
What are you doing here?
I needed to talk to you before you
There's nothing to talk about.
I just want to apologize again for
what happened. I can't tell you
how much I regret it.
EXT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - SAME
Joni walks out for privacy, closes the door behind her.
So like, everything that happened
between us. What was that? Was
that just bullshit?!
No, it wasn't bullshit at all. I
know I don't seem credible right
now but I really care about you...
Paul struggles to keep his emotions in check.
...and I just hope someday we'll be
able to see each other again. Do
you think that could maybe happen?
I don't know...
Joni looks down welling up.
I just wish you could've been...
Joni chokes back tears.
Paul and Joni look up at each other when the door suddenly
flings open. Nic is there, fuming.
You've got some balls, mister!
Nic, hold on...
Nic walks toward he and Joni. Joni ducks back inside.
No, you hold on! Let me tell you
something, you really hurt my kids!
Well, they're kinda my...
(cutting him off)
No! They're not. This is not your
family. This is my family! You're
just a fucking interloper...
Jules joins Nic, concerned things are getting out of hand.
I didn't mean to hurt anyone...
Paul and Jules share a look as Nic deals the coup de grace.
If you want a family so much, go
out and make one of your own!
Nic heads back inside and slams the door behind her.
Paul stand alone, spinning. After a moment he spontaneously
looks back into the house. Laser is staring at him through
the window. Their eyes lock and Paul give Laser a contrite
smile. That's the final straw for Laser. He grabs his plate
and walks out of view.
Reeling, Paul heads for his motorcycle. He gets on the bike,
helmet in hand. Turns on the ignition. He picks up the
helmet and pauses, shaking in the hell of his own making.
Losing it, he hurls the helmet at the motorcycle.
INT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - TV ROOM - THAT NIGHT
Laser, Joni and Nic watch "Locked Up Abroad" Jules walks in
front of them, picks up the remote and turns off the TV.
I need to say something.
Everyone sits up. Jules acts stoic but she's wrecked.
Look, it's no big secret your mom
and are in hell right now. Bottom
line...marriage is hard...really
fucking hard. Just two people,
slogging through the shit, year
after year, getting older,
changing. It's a fucking marathon,
Everyone is silenced by the outpouring. Jules soldiers on.
So sometimes you're together so
long, you just stop seeing the
other person. You just see weird
projections of your own junk. And
instead of talking to each other,
you go off the rails, and act
grubby and make stupid choices.
Which is what I did. And I feel
sick about it because I love you
guys and I love your mom and that's
the truth. Sometimes you hurt the
ones you love the most. I don't
know why. Maybe if I read more
Russian novels I would...
Nic looks down, overwhelmed by it all.
Anyway, I just wanted to say how
sorry I am about what I did and
that I hope you'll forgive me
And, without further ado, Jules hands the remote back to
Laser and departs the field. Everyone's silenced by Jules'
rambling apologia, especially Nic.
INT. JONI'S ROOM - MORNING
Joni wakes up. She looks around her room. There's nothing
on the walls. The floor is covered with boxes taped and
labeled. It's time to go.
EXT. ALLGOOD HOUSE - DRIVEWAY - DAY
Nic and Jules stuff the last of Joni's things in the back of
their station wagon. Laser and Joni bring the last of the
boxes out of the house.
INT. VOLVO STATION WAGON - DAY
The Allgoods are on the road, heading to college.
EXT. COLLEGE CAMPUS - DAY - ESTABLISHING
The station wagon passes through the campus.
INT. STATION WAGON - DAY
As they drive past buildings and dorms, Joni sees STUDENTS
swarming the campus. She takes it all in, nervous, excited.
Nic and Jules steal looks back at Joni, feeling her
nervousness, wishing they could take it away.
EXT. STREET - DAY
The Allgoods pull up to the curb, get out. Laser piles
Joni's boxes on his skateboard.
EXT. FRONT OF DORM - DAY
Laser dollies Joni's boxes though the corridor and while Joni
and the moms follow behind.
INT. DORM ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
Nic and Jules follow Joni to the door. They all jam up at
Guys, it's okay. I got it.
Nic and Jules get the hint. They move back and Joni enters
the room alone. Nic and Jules quietly turn and leave.
INT. JONI'S DORM ROOM - BEDROOM - LATER
Joni stands among her bags and boxes looking around. She
goes into her suitcase and pulls out her linens. She starts
making her bed but suddenly stops mid way. She stares out
toward the hallway.
Finally she moves to the doorway and looks out. She realizes
her family isn't there.
EXT. DORM BUILDING - DAY
Joni exits, looking around to find her family. The station
wagon is gone. She looks panicked. Her pace quickens as she
makes her way down a hill toward the road.
Finally Joni sees the Volvo heading towards her.
The car pulls over to the curb and everyone gets out. Joni
looks vulnerable. She tries to cover it.
Where'd you go?!
We had to move the car.
I thought you left.
We wouldn't leave without saying
Give us some credit.
And suddenly, everyone realizes...this is it. It's time to
say goodbye. First Laser comes up and hugs Joni.
It's gonna be weird not having you
Sorry to leave you alone with them.
It's okay. I can handle it.
Laser backs up. Then the moms both come up and hug Joni,
tears streaming down their faces.
Guys, come on...
Look, I'll talk to you soon.
Joni tries to detach from the hug. But her moms won't let
go. They keep holding her and crying.
Slowly, their tears begin to break Joni down.
Trapped in their loving embrace, Joni's feelings rise up,
unbidden, overpowering her. She starts crying.
The moms hold her tighter, which makes her cry even harder.
Soon she's sobbing in her mothers' arms, as all the pressure,
resentment and anger she's felt starts seeping out of her.
Nic and Jules feel their daughter letting go. They hold her
tight to comfort her.
They keep holding her until a calm sets in.
The hug breaks apart. Nic pushes the hair from Joni's face.
Joni gives her moms one last smile.
Laser, Jules and Nic get back in the car. Joni stands
watching as they drive off and her new life begins.
INT. STATION WAGON - DAY
The family drives home. Jules is at the wheel. Nic's in the
passenger seat, eyes red and puffy. Laser's in the back.
No one speaks, everyone's lost in their own worlds. Finally
Laser breaks the spell.
I don't think you guys should break
A long beat.
No? Why's that?
I think you're too old.
Both Nic and Jules crack smiles. Their son's rudeness is
unsurpassed. But then his words have an unexpected gravity.
Jules, disarmed and slightly smiling, reaches over and puts
her hand on Nic's leg. She gives it a gentle squeeze and
doesn't let go. Nic looks over to Jules, finally disarmed.
Nic reaches for Jules' hand and holds it tight. Nic and
Jules look at each other, and then away.
Laser watches his moms holding hands from the back seat.
Their small gesture is what he needed. He smiles to himself,
grateful for a sign.