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Bent Rim
by rob (rjsutten@adelphia.net)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: ****
Two high school boys from different backgrounds have their paths cross during a high school basketball season. The boys share a common thread of losing their fathers while in high school. During the season the boys develop a friendship while taking the team to the state championships. It is not quite done, only a few pages in to the second act. Please let me know how it sounds.


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FADE IN:

INT. BASKETBALL GYM - DAY
                                                            
FRESHMAN YEAR, JUNIOR VARSITY GAME
                                                            
Scoreboard shows St. Francis ahead 73 - 70. One minute
thirty seconds left. COACH GREER, VARSITY HEAD COACH for
ST. MARTHAS, watches St. Martha's freshman MARSHALL LIMBRICK
from the bleachers. CHRIS STILLWELL,from Beverly High
receives the ball in low post, turn around jumper,
scores.73- 72
                                                            
Marshall dribbles length of the court, lays it up over
Chris. 75-72.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Man! So close!
                                                            
Chris passes to the guard, with Marshall guarding him. Chris
sets a screen. Marshall goes for the steal. Marshall hits
Chris hard.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Oh! So close!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
That's the only way you're going
to stop me.
                                                            
Chris dunks and gets fouled. Marshall stands next to Chris
at free throw.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Nice dunk. For your first of the
game. Shoot, if I was your size
I'd of had a dozen by now!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Maybe you'll grow when puberty
hits.
                                                            
REFEREE 1 breaks them up.
                                                            
                       REFEEREE 1
That's enough boys, get to the
line number 12.
                                                            
Chris misses the free throw. St Francis gets the rebound. 75
- 74. Thirty seconds left.Ball is passed to Marshall.
                                                            

2.

                       MARSHALL
I'm coming for you big boy!
                                                            
Marshall drives to the basket and lays it up over Chris. 77
- 74. 20 seconds left.
                                                            
Ball goes down low to Chris, he is fouled as he makes the
shot with five seconds left. Chris stands at free throw as
Marshall walks bye coughing.
                                                            
Chris misses shot. St. Francis gets rebound as time expires.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Bummer. Free throws ain't your
thing!
                                                            
Chris tackles Marshall and punches him in the face. Both
benches clear as fight is broken up. Marshall and Chris are
held back. Marshall's lip is bloody.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Good thing you don't play
football, cause you tackle like a
girl!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Your lip says different!
                                                            
Coach Greer observes and smiles.
                                                            
 
EXT. SUBURBAN NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY
                                                            
THREE YEARS LATER.
                                                            
Medium size home with nice landscaping. Moving men load
boxes in to a MOVING TRUCK. A REAL ESTATE SIGN posts a large
SOLD.
                                                            
Front porch of the home COACH DAVID GREER, 56 says goodbye
to MICHELLE STILLWELL, 42 and HANNAH STILLWELL, 10 WEARING A
OVERSIZED MANS BUTTON UP SHIRT.
                                                            
A BASKETBALL HOOP with a bent rim is at the end of the
driveway. Chris shoots baskets. AMBER GREER, 17, rebounds
for Chris.
                                                            
                       AMBER
Your father would understand.
                                                            
Chris misses shot. The ball goes towards a patch of grass.
                                                            

3.

                       CHRIS
Aren't you going to get it?
                                                            
Michelle and Coach Greer stand on the driveway . TEARY
EYED, Michelle walks toward Chris and Amber.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Ready?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yea, give me a minute?
                                                            
Michelle walks back toward the car.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You're so going to miss me.
                                                            
                       AMBER
You so need to deflate your head.
                                                            
Chris and Amber hold hands as they walk to the car. Chris
gives Coach Greer a hug.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
This isn't the end big guy. All
right.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Thanks coach.
                                                            
Amber and Chris hug, before he enters the car. Amber looks
into the car through the window.
                                                            
                       AMBER
Your ball.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Thanks.
                                                            
                       AMBER
Bye Mrs. Stillwell.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Bye sweetie.
                                                            
                       AMBER
Bye Hannah, you take care of your
brother, O.K.?
                                                            
Hannah rocks out to her IPOD,and waves good bye.
                                                            
 

4.

INT. AUDI STATION WAGON - DAY
                                                            
Michelle pulls out organized marked map. Hannah listens to
music. Chris checks mirrors and starts the car.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Remember, go right on Main and
that will take you to the
freeway...
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I know mom.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Lets go then. Your blinker!
                                                            
The Moving Truck leaves with a TRUCK IN TOW. The Left
Blinker Blinks as the AUDI goes left out of the driveway.
Amber, Coach Greer, and neighbors wave goodbye.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Is my truck going to be o.k.?
                                                            
The Moving Truck turns too tight going right, Chris's truck
goes over the curb.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What the hell!
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Chris!
                                                            
Hannah GIGGLES. Chris LEERS through mirror at Hannah.
                                                            
CUT TO
                                                            
Audi drives by an immaculate city sign, "Thank You for
Visiting Beverly Center. Where Better Communities Build
Better People!"
                                                            
CUT TO
                                                            
Audi drives by an old green road sign,"Spring Valley pop.
17,000"
                                                            
 
EXT. NEW TRACT HOMES MIDDLE CLASS NEIGHBORHOOD - NIGHT
                                                            
The Moving Truck drives down the street.

Michelle's Audi is parked in the driveway of a smaller house
at the end of a culdesack.


5.


The STILLWELL HOUSE IS LIT UP INSIDE AND OUT. MUSIC CAN BE
HEARD FROM OUTSIDE THE HOUSE.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Michelle unpacks boxes in the kitchen. U2'S WITH OR WITH OUT
YOU plays on the radio. Chris plugs his ear. He talks on
his cell phone.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No. A left on Grace. Yes, the new
homes. OK, thanks.
                                                            
Chris hangs up his cell phone and turns down the radio.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Did you order a pizza?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yes.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
What kind?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Does it matter?
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
You like pineapple and I don't.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I just drove over three hours
while you slept. You can handle
some pineapple.
                                                            
Chris leaves room and walks up the stairs.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE (VO)
Where are you going?
                                                            
 
INT. CHRIS'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Chris takes TROPHIES from box. Chris WIPES OFF EACH TROPHY.
He places them on his dresser. His room has unpacked boxes,
a large dresser, two night stands, and a twin size bed with
no sheets. An un - shaded lamp provides light.
                                                            
Hannah walks in to Chris's room and LEANS ON HIS DRESSER.
                                                            

6.

                       HANNAH
So,you staying home tommorrow?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
You feeling all right?
                                                            
Hannah SITS ON CHRIS'S BED.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Your loss.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Don't you have stuff to un-pack?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
I'm doing it tommorrow.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Well I'm not.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Your room is smaller than mine.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
And more crowded.
                                                            
A doorbell is heard in the background.
                                                            
                       HANNAH (VO)
I'll get it!
                                                            
Hannah leaves the room.Chris stares at picture of him and
his dad.
                                                            
 
INT. DINING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Chris, Michelle, and Hannah eat pizza and drink soda at the
dining room table.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Why don't you stay home tomorrow?
I could use the help.
                                                            
Chris SHOVELS PIZZA in to his mouth.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You're giving me permission to
ditch school? Not very responsible
mom?
                                                            

7.

                       MICHELLE
You're not even enrolled Chris.
                                                            
Hannah eats pizza and READS A WOMANS TODAY.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Did you sign my immunizations
papers? I need them tommorrow.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Yes. Could you help me after
school?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
After school. Maybe. It depends.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Depends on what? My god, we just
got here!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I don' know what my schedule is!
                                                            
Hannah looks up from her magazine.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Mom, what's impotence?
                                                            
Chris and Michelle laugh.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Impotence?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Yeah, impotence. See.
                                                            
Hannah shows article titled "Impotence and You"
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Are you kidding me Hannah?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
What? This has to do with sex,
doesn't it?
                                                            
Michelle takes the magazine from Hannah.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
This is something we will talk
about later, not during dinner.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
It's about sex.
                                                            

8.

Chris exits the dining room.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
You are helping me tommorow!
                                                            
 
EXT. GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Chris walks to the front entrance of school. Students crowd
the school. The school is old with faded paint.There are
several large trees in the grass area. Worn out bushes and
flowers are spread out alongside the classroom windows. A
large sign above the entrance reads GEORGE WASHINGTON
MOUNTAINEERS "WHERE THE VALLEY MEETS THE MINDS". Students
check Chris out as he walks on campus.
                                                            
COACH ROGER BAKER, 44 approaches Chris in a fast paced walk.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Chris Stillwell?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yes.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Coach Roger Baker.
                                                            
Coach Baker and Chris shake hands.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
I heard you might be moving here I
thought it was a mistake, but here
you are.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Here I am.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Great having you here!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Thanks.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Let me introduce you to some of
our players.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I haven't even registered yet.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Don't worry it will take a minute.
                                                            

9.

Coach baker leads Chris across the Quad area towards a group
of boys.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
What made you move here?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
My parents use to vacation here.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Really?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Really.
                                                            
Coach stops and turns to Chris.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
You not what I'm being rude. Here
I am assuming that you are going
to play basketball here. You know
what? Practice is after school in
the gym, if you want to...
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I want to play basketball.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Really?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Really.
                                                            
Coach Baker and Chris are in front of five teen boys.
                                                            
                       GROUP OF BOYS
Hey coach!
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Boys, This is Chris Stillwell.
                                                            
DAVIS GINGRICH, 16, TED DUEKER, 17 stand to shake hands.
ERICK LEONARD, 18, HECTOR GONZALEZ, 17,DAVID BOLLER, 17 nod.
                                                            
                       ERICK
What's up.
                                                            
                       HECTOR
Hey.
                                                            
                       DAVID
Hey.
                                                            

10.

                       COACH BAKER
He's going to be playing
                                                            
The bell rings and Erick, Hector, & David leave.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Damn! Gotta go! See you coach!
                                                            
                       HECTOR
Later.
                                                            
Erick, Hector, and David walk opposite direction of Chris to
class.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Bye guys.
                                                            
                       DAVIS
What's up.
                                                            
Davis and Chris shake hands.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What's up.
                                                            
Davis runs off to some friends.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
This is Ted, he keeps our team gpa
up.
                                                            
                       TED
Someone has to do it.
                                                            
Chris and Ted shake hands.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
So,I will see you after school
today?
                                                            
                       TED
You'll see me too.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Of course. Can you show Chris
where he needs to go?
                                                            
                       TED
Let me see your schedule.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I still need to register.
                                                            

11.

Ted and Chris walk through the school quad area. CHRIS
STARES AT A STUDENT. The student is Marshall.
                                                            
                       TED
You know Marshall?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Sort of.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I didn't know he played here.
                                                            
                       TED
He doesn't.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What?
                                                            
                       TED
Plays at the rec. center. Every
weekend he's there. He's amazing.
Great student too. We're
competiting for Valadectorian
                                                            
 
INT. G.W. BASKETBALL COURTS - DAY
                                                            
Chris and other teammates are in a circle. THEY COUNT OUT
JUMPING JACKS. Coach Baker and ASSISTANT COACH WALLACE, 25
watches from the sideline.
                                                            
                       WHOLE TEAM
One two three eight one two three
nine one two three ten.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Everybody over here! I have some
things to go over!
                                                            
The team runs to the coach and stand in front of him.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
First I want to welcome Chris
Stillwell to our team.
                                                            
Everyone applauds.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Yea.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
He is the first all state player
at George Washington.
                                                            

12.

More applause.
                                                            
                       ERICK
All State, A.S. ,just one letter
short of ASS.
                                                            
Erick, Hector, and David laugh.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Boys. Second, we are going to be
doing some new options on offense.
So practice is going to be running
a little late this week.
                                                            
                       WHOLE TEAM
Ahhh!
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Two lines. Layup and shooting
drills.
                                                            
Chris and teammates start layup drill. Chris is in the
middle of a line. He stands next to DREXEL MCFARLANE "SCAB",
18.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Hey, I'm Drexel.
                                                            
Chris shakes hands, looks at Scab and his various bruises
and scabs.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Or scab.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Scab.
                                                            
Erick gets rebound and hits Chris on the back with ball.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Chris!
                                                            
Chris tries to dodge the ball and is hit on his side. Chris
trips on his feet and falls down. Erick and some other
teammates laugh.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Sorry dude, bad pass!
                                                            
                       SCAB
Jerk.
                                                            

13.

Chris looks at Erick and stares. Scab receives a pass and
dribbles for a lay up and misses.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
Ted throws the ball over Chris's head.
                                                            
                       TED
Sorry!
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
C'mon Ted, better passes!
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
Scab misses an easy shot under the basket.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Nice shot.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
Chris dunks the basket over Scab as he crouches down.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Scab, you can get up now.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
Erick passes the ball to Chris with his back turned and it
hits him in the head. Chris stares at Erick as he laughs.
                                                            
                       ERICK
My bad.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
Chris makes a bounce pass to Ted who trips and falls in to
Davis, both fall over. Chris stares and shakes head.
                                                            
 
INT. STILLWELL HOME - DAY
                                                            
Chris walks through the front door and throws his bag on the
floor. Michelle sits on the couch.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Hi Chris.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey mom.
                                                            
Chris takes a step up the stairs.
                                                            

14.

                       MICHELLE
Excuse me.
                                                            
Chris comes back down the stairs.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Sorry.
                                                            
Chris kisses Michelle on the cheek. Michelle grabs Chris's
hand as he tries to walk away. He sits down.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Well.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's no St. Marthas. It's just.
You know. It's going to be tough.
The teachers are pretty cool.
Everyone has made me feel welcome.
Oh yea, the team sucks.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
My day was good.
                                                            
Chris looks around the room.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It looks like you got a lot done.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Your sister and I were very busy
today.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
If you need anything lifted.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
We took care of it.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I can still
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
I got a job.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
And you are the best at it.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
I mean a real job.
                                                            

15.

                       CHRIS
Oh, you mean a job. Getting a
paycheck and stuff.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
We need the paycheck and stuff
now. I'll be home late some days,
and I'll be working some
Saturdays. You'll need to watch
your sister some days.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What! Hannah's fine by herself
mom!
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Chris. I am not leaving her alone.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Mom. I'm not the baby sitting
type.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
I can't afford a sitter Chris. I
need your help and that's it. I'm
sorry.
                                                            
Chris stands up.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Is that it? Cause I smell and I
need a shower.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Don't be mad...
                                                            
Chris runs up the stairs.
                                                            
 
INT. CHRIS'S ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Knock on Chris's door. Chris lays on bed reading.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Come in!
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Chris, it's coach Greer.
                                                            
Chris gets up from bed. Hannah stands next to Michelle.
                                                            

16.

                       COACH GREER
      (V.O.)
Hi Chris. I didn't think this
would happen.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What happen?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
      (V.O.)
Your transfer wasn't approved.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Why?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
      (V.O.)
I just..
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Why!
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
      (V.O.)
They didn't tell me directly, but
I think it has to do with your
father...Chris..Are you there?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
      (V.O.)
I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I got to go.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Hey, if you need anything
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Bye.
                                                            
Chris hangs phone up.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
I'm sorry honey.
                                                            
Chris breaks MVP trophy from St. Marthas, and throws it
across room breaking picture of him and his father.
                                                            

17.

                       MICHELLE
Chris.
                                                            
Michelle hugs him.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
      (whispers)
Its not his fault.
                                                            
Hannah comes in to Chris room.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Whose, coach or dad's?
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Lets go Hannah.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Mom, there's broken glass in
there. What if he cuts himself?
Womans Day says
                                                            
Michelle grabs Hannah and walks her out of his room.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Let's go Ms. Womans Day.
                                                            
Chris picks up the picture and stares and begans to cry. He
places it on his night stand and throws away the trophy.
                                                            
 
INT. G.W. BASKETBALL COURTS - DAY
                                                            
Team sits on the floor in front of the coach. Erick keeps
poking Scab.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Knock it off.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Ahhhh.
                                                            
Chris turns around and punches Erick on the leg. Erick roll
over in pain.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Not a good week guys, still have
lots of work to do! Go have a good
weekend and we will do it again on
Monday.
                                                            
Team heads towards locker room.
                                                            

18.

                       COACH BAKER
Wait! One more thing.
                                                            
Team turns to face coach.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
The B.S. is going to stop next
week even if I have to run it out
of you.
                                                            
 
INT. STILLWELL HOME - DAY
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hannah! Lets go!
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Dude! Why are you yelling at me?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Lets go! He only plays early
mornings on Saturday.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
I didn't even eat my Fruit Loops.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'll buy you McDonalds when we are
done.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
And I get to wear your jacket.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What? No!
                                                            
Hannah lays on the couch.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
God I'm tired still.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
O.K. Now lets go!
                                                            
Hannah takes off her father's shirt and puts on Chris's
jacket.
                                                            
 

19.

INT. CHRIS'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Chris looks out window towards the basketball courts. About
twenty people are playing. Hannah listens to IPOD in the
back. Hannah wears Chris's PRIZE LEATHER JACKET. It covers
her from NECK TO KNEE.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Where is he?
                                                            
Chris puts the truck in reverse.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Is that him?
                                                            
Chris slams his breaks. A loud screech. Everyone looks in
Chris's direction. Chris pulls forward and parks.
                                                            
 
EXT. BASKETBALL COURTS - DAY
                                                            
Chris walks up to a court with Hannah. Some players point as
he touches his toes. Hannah sits on bleachers with a Young
Ms. She wears dark sunglasses and the over sized jacket.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I thought mom said you couldn't
read those.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
She said I couldn't read Womans
Day.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You going to be all right?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
I'm cool.
                                                            
Chris comes up to a group of players.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Can I run with you guys?
                                                            
                       OUTDOOR PLAYER 1
Sure! we'll take you.
                                                            
Chris shakes the hands of the other players. Chris gets the
pass from his teammate and makes a turn around jumper. Chris
blocks a shot and runs down the court and gets an alley op
for a slam dunk. Marshall and some other players come over
to watch Chris play. Chris gets the rebound and dribbles

20.

the length of the court and does a reverse dunk to end the
game.
                                                            
                       OUTDOOR PLAYER 1
Play again?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No, I'm babysitting my sister.
                                                            
                       OUTDOOR PLAYER 1
If you change your mind.
                                                            
Chris watches a game where Marshall plays. The rims are
slightly bent. Marshall drives to the basket and is fouled
by FILLIPPI JONES, 17.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Foul!
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Foul! I didn't foul you!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
The red mark on my arm says
different.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
What the f!
                                                            
Marshall covers Fillipi's mouth.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
That's damn bull
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Hey! watch your mouth man, there's
children.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Children! Children shouldn't be
here, this is a man's court!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Oh really! Then why are you
whining like a woman.
                                                            
Other players and spectators laugh and jeer.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Just check the ball up top!
                                                            
Marshall checks the ball to Fillipi.
                                                            

21.

                       FILIPPI
Fo fo.
                                                            
Fillipi passes the ball to Marshall.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Fo fo? Is this jack and the
beanstalk. Fe fi fo fum.
                                                            
Marshall passes the ball back to Fillipi.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Four four.
                                                            
Fillipi passes the ball back to Marshall. Chris comes up to
Hannah as she reads her magazine.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
How you doing?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Did you know a hickey can last for
seven days?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Are you going to talk to him?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Wait!
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Dear young Ms. My boyfriend is
pressuring me to have
                                                            
                       CHRIS
OK! OK!
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Never mind.
                                                            
Hanna motions Chris as he turns to greet Marshall.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Chris right?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Marshall right?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
It's been a while.
                                                            

22.

                       CHRIS
Freshman year.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Is this your sister?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hannah this is Marshall.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Hi. Like your jacket.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
This old thing. So you going to
ask him?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
He came down here to talk you in
to playing on the high school
basketball team.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hannah.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
What?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Can you get my wallet out of the
glove compartment?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Why?
                                                            
Throws her his car keys.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Cause there's money in there to
buy a soda.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Fine.
                                                            
Hannah gets off the bleachers and walks to the truck.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Don't let him B.S. you Marshall!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
You know it's not going to happen?
                                                            

23.

                       CHRIS
What's going to happen?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Me play for G.W.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You want to play for G.W.?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
No I don't.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Then why are you talking about it?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I didn't, you did.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I didn't, my sister did.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Either way, It's not going to
happen.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
How about a week?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
A week of what?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Just practice with the team for a
week and see if you like it.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Nothings going to convince to
practice one week. Hec not even a
day, espically with you.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Dude, that was years ago.
                                                            
Hannah hands Chris his keys. She takes off the leather
jacket.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Your keys. Take your jacket, it
is getting hot out here.
                                                            
Marshall eyes the jacket.
                                                            

24.

                       CHRIS
      (to Hannah)
Why didn't you just leave it in
the truck?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Do you like to gamble Chris?
                                                            
CUT TO
                                                            
Chris and Marshall face each other under a basketball hoop
with a bent rim. Marshall holds a basketball.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Straight up to 11?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Sure.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Shoot for outs?
                                                            
Chris looks at new basketball courts locked behind a fence.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You can have the ball first. I
choose the court.
                                                            
CUT TO
                                                            
Chris and Marshall climb down fence. Everyone surrounds
fence. Chris and Marshall face each other.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Check.
                                                            
Chris passes Marshall the ball. Marshall dribbles left.
Stops. Shoots a jump shot. The ball bounces off the front of
the rim. Chris gets the rebound. Chris backs down on
Marshall. Chris fakes right, dribbles drives left and dunks
the ball.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
One nothing.
                                                            
Chris backs down Marshall again. He stops his dribble,
pivots left and shoots a fade away jumper. Swish.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
C'mon Marshall!
                                                            
Chris backs down on Marshall. Marshall reaches around Chris
and tips the ball loose. He out races Chris to the ball.
                                                            

25.

                       FILIPPI
That's right Marshall!
                                                            
Hannah stands next to Fillipi. Marshall drives to the basket
and misses a easy layup. Chris gets the rebound.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
That's it Chris! Take this bum!
                                                            
Hannah looks at Fillipi and smiles.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Lets go Chris!
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Lets go Marshall!
                                                            
Montage of game: Chris backs in to Marshall and scores.
Marshall shoots and hits the front of the rim. Marshal goes
for steal and Chris dribble drives and dunks ball. Hannah
screams. Chris misses a shot and Marshall gets rebound and
makes a jump shot. Fillipi screams.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What's the score?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You're losing.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Nine one? You thought I wouldn't
figure out the basket?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Nine one.
                                                            
Marshall dribbles left then right, stutter steps and crosses
over and lays it up with his left hand.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Nine two.
                                                            
Montage of game: Marshall makes another jump shot. Chris
covers closer and Marshall dibbles by him and scores.
Marshall cross over dribbles and steps back and makes a
jumper. Marshall dribble drives and makes a reverse lay up.
Marshall makes a jump shot.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Yeah Marshall!
                                                            

26.

                       FILIPPI
      (to Hannah)
Let me take that from you little
lady.
                                                            
Fillippi attempts to take off Chris's jacket.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Hands off roach! Games not over!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Ten nine big guy. Game point.
                                                            
Marshall dribbles left and comes back to top of the key. He
dribbles right and comes back to top of the key. Marshall
dribbles behind back and drives to basket. Chris beats
Marshall to basket and blocks his shot and gets rebound.
Chris dribbles to the top of the key and drives to the
basket. Marshall tries to block him. Chris dunks on him.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
That's what I'm talking bout! It's
not over til it's over!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Ten ten.
                                                            
Marhsall stands close to the basket.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Ten ten. Lets go!
                                                            
Chris shoots a jumper from the top of the key. Marshall
sprints to Chris an blocks his shot and gets the rebound.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Dude, you thought I'd give you
that shot. I've seen you play.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
C'mon Chris!
                                                            
Marshall fakes right and goes left a drives to basket and
stops under basket and fakes shot as Chris goes flying bye.
Marshall Makes an easy basket.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Game.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
No.
                                                            

27.

Marshall hops over the fence and attempts to grab the
jacket.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Chris?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Give him the jacket.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
That was
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I said give him the jacket!
                                                            
Hannah gives Marshall the jacket as he walks off with
Fillipi who is congratulating him.
                                                            
 
INT. MARSHAL'S HOME - DAY
                                                            
Marshall walks in to the kitchen wearing Chris's jacket and
opens refrigerator. MARILYN LIMBRICK, 44 walks in.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
There's some left over pasta
in there.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Great I'm starving!
                                                            
Marshall grabs the pasta and tries to leave. Marilyn grabs
him by the shoulder.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Aren't you going to heat it?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I like it cold.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Where did you get that jacket?
                                                            
 
INT. G.W.BASKETBALL COURTS - DAY
                                                            
Chris and others stretch in a circle. Coach Baker talks to
assistant coaches on the side. Marshall and Marilyn enter
the gym as door slams. The walk to Coach Baker.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Marshall
                                                            

28.

                       MARILYN
Marilyn Limbrick. Coach Baker, is
it too late for my son to join
your team?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
The season starts in a few weeks,
he'd have to try out. If he makes
the team, yes.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Good.
                                                            
Marilyn kisses Marshall on the cheek as he kisses her back.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
You did this. I love you.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I love you.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Oh yeah, tell Chris he can have
his mom pick up his jacket.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Coach Baker, thank you for your
time.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
You're welcome.
                                                            
Marilyn walks off the gym and leaves.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
All right everyone over here!
                                                            
Everyone jogs to the coach. Erick walks up behind Marshall.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Dude, does she still read you
bedtime stories at night?
                                                            
Players stand around the coach.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
I think everyone knows Marshall
here. Chris, have you met
Marshall?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
We've met.
                                                            

29.

                       ERICK
Don't you mean bet?
                                                            
Some chuckles are heard.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Erick!
                                                            
                       ERICK
Sorry sir.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Do you remember my words of wisdom
on Friday?
                                                            
                       ERICK
Yes sir!
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Good! Everyone! I want 20 laps and
10 sets of stairs!
                                                            
                       WHOLE TEAM
Ahhh. Ohh.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Now!
                                                            
The team sprints off with Erick and Davis at the end.
                                                            
                       DAVIS
Thanks Erick!
                                                            
Davis smacks Erick on the back of the head.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Marshall!
                                                            
Coach Baker motions to Marshal as he jogs back.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Yes?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
You weren't here Friday, so you
don't have to run.
                                                            
Marshall stretches casually while everyone runs.
                                                            
CUT TO
                                                            
Players scrimmage with Chris at center, Erick at point Ted
at guard, Davis and Scab at forward. Marshall watches from

30.

the sideline. Erick makes a great pass to Chris for a lay
up.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Good Erick! Way to hit him under
the basket.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Subs! Marshall in for Erick.
                                                            
Marshal strolls on to the floor and receives the ball from
Erick.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
You ready?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Yeah.
                                                            
Marshall passes the ball to Ted, Ted passes back to
Marshall. Chris goes to set a pick. Marshall ignores the
pick and dribbles down the middle and lays it up over Scab.
                                                            
Marshall takes the ball from the top of the key. Chris sets
the pick again and rolls to the basket. He is wide open.
Marshall fakes left and shoots a three pointer that hits the
front of the rim and goes towards Marshall but Scab gets the
rebound.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Follow your shot Marshall. Cmon
you could have gotten that rebound
and look for the open man!
                                                            
Marshall knods towrds Coach Baker. Marshall passes the ball
to Ted, Ted passes to Marshall. Chris sets the pick.
Marshall dribbles around Chris. Chris rolls to the basket.
Marshall bounce passes it to Chris who dunks it over Scab.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Great! Much better.
                                                            
Montage of practice: Marshall follows a pick set by Davis
and passes it to Chris who makes the shot. Erick cuts to
basket when Chris is double teamed. Chris passes him the
ball and he makes the layup. Teammates high five Erick.

Marshall passes out to Davis and Chris sets him the pick.
Marshall runs to the wrong spot and the pass is intercepted.
Coach Baker looks away.
                                                            
Marshall misses a jumper and does not follow hiis shot.
Erick gets the rebound and ooutlet passes to Chris who

31.

dunks. Marshall drives to the basket and is rejected by
Scab. Erick gives Scab a high five. Marshall puts his hands
on his knees as sweat drips from his head.
                                                            
 
EXT. G.W. GYM - NIGHT
                                                            
Marshall walks out of gym, Chris follows after.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Marshall! Wait up!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Good job out, there man. Haven't
done a set offense in a while?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I sucked.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No way, listen you just.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
No. I'll will wear my mom down.
Say, I get a B on a test and blame
it on "practice" I will be off
this team by next week.
                                                            
Marshall walks away.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Still a jerk.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I said you're a jerk! You were a
jerk in ninth grade and you're an
even bigger jerk now.
                                                            
Marshall and Chris get in each others faces. Scab, Ted,
Davis run up to scene.
                                                            
                       TED
Guys. Don't do this.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
You were big n stupid then and big
n stupid now.
                                                            

32.

Marshall fakes a punch to Chris's face. Chris does not
flich, Scab does. Erick, Hector, & David come up to scene.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Fight! Fight! Fight!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
One week.
                                                            
Marshall opens up gym bag and throws Chris his jacket.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Here! I guess you won your bet.
                                                            
                       SCAB
You ok?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm fine.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Nice duck Scab! Better check your
pants!
                                                            
Chris charges Erick, Erick stumbles over his feet and falls
to the ground. Chris gets in Erick's face.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Shut up Erick! Just shut up!
                                                            
                       ERICK
I'm just kidding Chris, just
playin, you know.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Just stop! You're annoying!
                                                            
Chris walks away as Scab passes Erick.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Better check your pants Erick.
                                                            
 
INT. G.W. BOYS LOCKER ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Chris and Marshall get dressed far from one another.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Marshall! Chris! My office!
                                                            
CUT TO
                                                            

33.

Marshall and Chris walk in office. Coach closes door. A few
trophies on the wall. A paper is framed with the headline,
"George Washington Wins County Championship! Baker Does it
Again!" It's dated 1990.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
There is a rumor going around that
Marshall and you had a bet.
Marshall plays for a week against
your leather pants?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
It was actually a jacket.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
So it's true?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Yes sir.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I lost, so it is actually not
true.
                                                            
Erick and David walk slowly bye the coaches window. Coach
Baker looks unfavorably at boys as they get the hint.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
What's not true?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
That it was leather pants.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It was my leather jacket.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
But he defintely lost.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Barely, I didn't call any fouls.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What? Neither did I!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
That's because I didn't foul
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Enough! Here I thought Marshall
was inspired to play because you
were here. But no, it was leather
pants.
                                                            

34.

                       CHRIS
Jacket.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Pants! Jacket! I don't care! I
care about this team! I care about
the players and I question the
choices by certain players that
affect this team!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Sorry.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
This kind of behavior doesn't fly.
Marshall, I want you to play here
because you want to and Chris I
want to win with the players we
have doing it the right way. I'm
sorry we are not up to your
standards.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yes sir.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Yes sir.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
You wanna to play on this team you
come to every practice ,every game
,all season! Not for just one week
and not because you lost a damn
bet! Hopefully I will see you
tomorrow. Good night fellows.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Good night.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Good night.
                                                            
Chris and Marshall exit office.
                                                            
 
EXT. HIGH SCHOOL PARKING LOT - NIGHT
                                                            
Chris looks for his keys as Marshall walks up to him.
                                                            

35.

                       MARSHALL
Chris, I'm sorry bout yesterday.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's cool.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I didn't know your father died.
                                                            
Chris opens truck door.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah, well he's dead I'm here.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
You know I see potential on this
team.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Where? The team manager, he's
great at taking stats.
                                                            
Chris gets in to his truck.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I got to go.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What if I decided to play?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You messing with me?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I didn't think I'd miss it, but
being out there, I liked it, it
made me feel good, you know, to be
on a team again.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Its not therapy Marshall.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I've been in therapy man, that's
not funny.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey, I was just kidding with
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I'm messing with you.
                                                            

36.

                       CHRIS
So seriously, you going to play?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Only if you do?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Definitely!
                                                            
Chris and Marshall shake hands.
                                                            
 
INT. GYM -1ST PRACT. AFTER PROB. WITH COACH -QUOTES - DAY
                                                            
Players stretch as Coach Baker blows his whistle.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Everyone, over here! Take a seat!
                                                            
Everyone runs and sits in front of Coach Baker. Coach Baker
holds a book.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
The dogmas of the quiet past are
inadequate to the stormy present.
The occasion is piled high with
difficulty, and we must rise with
the occasion. As our case is new,
so we must think anew and act
anew. Abraham Lincoln
                                                            
                       SCAB
      (whispers to Ted)
What's dogma?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
The past can't be changed. Now
stormy might be a strong word, but
we have some dramtic changes going
on. The occasion is piled high
with difficulty we must rise with
the occasion. As our case is new,
new players new team, so we must
think anew and act anew. So,
what's that mean boys?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
      (whispers to
       Marshall)
He wants us to answer?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Marshall?
                                                            

37.

                       MARSHALL
Me, uhhh
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
What do you think?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I don't think Lincoln had
basketball in mind when he said
that.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
True, there were more pressing
issues.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Stormy present is a little
extreme. Perhaps its more like
slightly cloudy.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Slighty cloudly, hmm. Ok. Anyone
else?
                                                            
Davis raises his hand.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
How often does he do that?
                                                            
                       TED
Usally once every few weeks.
                                                            
                       SCAB
He'll be doing it more now that
the season is staring.
                                                            
 
INT. HOME GYM - FIRST GAME - DAY
                                                            
Team is lined up by the door that enters in to the gym.
Coach Baker looks out the door. The crowd noise is loud.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Boys, there's a full house out
there!
                                                            
Coach Baker tosses the ball to Marshall at the front of the
line.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Lead us out Marshall!
                                                            

38.

                       MARSHALL
Yes sir!
                                                            
Team runs out on to the court single file. The crowd noise
erupts with applause and cheers. Marshall leads the line as
they run a lap around the court and then cut through at the
half court line and turn towards the basket. Marshall throws
the ball up at the backboard and the rest of the team
follows with bouncing the ball off the backboard. Chris is
the last person in the line and he dunks the ball. The crowd
gets louder with applause and shouts. Team gets in to two
lines and starts lay up drills.
                                                            
CUT TO
                                                            
Team is in a huddle by their bench. Coach Baker squats down
in to the huddle.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
First option on offense. 2 - 3 on
defense to start. Marshal you are
at the point, Erick you're at the
two.
                                                            
Team heads on to court as crowd cheers. Chris wins the tip
as Marshall gets the ball. Passes to Erick as he makes a
lay up.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Good pass!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Thanks!
                                                            
Montage of basketball game. Chris gets an alley oop from
Marshall annd dunks. Score board Moutaineers 20 Visitors 8.
Marshal drives to the basket and makes a lay up. Chris
blockas a shot and gets the rebouund, passes to Marshall who
paases to Erick who makes the lay up. Marshall gets the
steal and passes it Scab who gets it to Ted who lays it up.
Score board Mountaineers 48 Visitors 20. Erick shots a
three pointer, Davis passes to Ted who passes to Scab for a
lay up. Marshall misses a shot and does not follow his
shot. Coach Baker looks down. Buzzer sounds. Scoreboard
Mountaineers 72 visitors 36. Team celebrates as visitors
look dejected.
                                                            
 
INT. CHRIS' HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Chris comes down stairs with only towel on.
                                                            

39.

                       CHRIS
I think we did great tonight mom!
We'll definitely win league! Hey
mom did you do laundry?
                                                            
Chris walks in to the dining area Michelle is on the phone
as Hannah does homework at the table.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
He just came downstairs.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Who is it?
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Coach Greeer.
                                                            
Chris takes the phone.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey coach, how's it going?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Good game tonight.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Thanks. How'd you?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
I got my sources. So, you ready to
come back to St. Francis?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What?
                                                            
Chris is shocked and raises his other hand as his towel
drops.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Mom! Chris's pee pee!
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Chris!
                                                            
                       HANNAH (VO)
It's all hairy, ewww!
                                                            
Chris pulls up his towel and goes in to the living room.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Everything ok?
                                                            

40.

                       CHRIS
I'm good I'm good!
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
So it's just a matter of some
paper work and your back at St.
Marthas.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What about the driving? That's
four hours a day on the road.
                                                            
Chris's mom walks in to the room.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Honey, you'll be staying at Coach
Greer's house.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What I'm not leaving you.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Chris. The Greers are paying for
your tuition. You're not going to
be with strangers.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Chris, It would only be a short
time. After the season, you could
come home every weekend.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What about my father? I thought
he was the reason I couldn't get
transferred?
                                                            
Chris stops talking and turns to his mom.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Mom, can I?
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Sure.
                                                            
Michelle walk out of the room.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
      (softly)
So what about my dad?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Chris, I'd do anything for you,
but no matter what it is in life:
education, work, friendships, high
            (MORE)

41.

                       COACH GREER (cont'd)
school basketball. Politics are
involved. I do this for you, you
do this for me. You did this to
me and I do this to you. It's
just not simple. People hold on to
things and take it out on others
that don't deserve it. I've been
around and I know the game of
basketball very well, but I will
never understand politics. You do
what is right, not what makes you
feel better. Anyways, occasionally
I have to dab in to politics to
get what is right.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Just paper work to sign?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Yes, and the sooner the better.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Tomorrow?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
We can do it this weekend.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No, I'll drive out right after
school.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
That's my Chris.
                                                            
 
EXT. HOME GYM - DAY
                                                            
Chris walks out of gym not dressed for practice. Marshall
walks towards gym. Chris tries to walk the opposite
directions.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Chris, hey! Where you going?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I have some personal things, gotta
miss practice.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
So it's true? Erick was right? Mr.
Definetely. I'm dedicated to
this team.
                                                            

42.

                       CHRIS
Erick?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
You're transferring back to St.
Martha's?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's not definite.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
But you want to transfer?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm sorry, I feel bad enough as it
is.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
You feel bad? What about every
one on our team?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I should have never even been here
in the first place.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
But you are. You got this school
believing, this team believing.
Hec you got me to believe.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm sorry. I thought I couldn't
transfer back to St. Marthas. I
truly believed I was going to play
here, but Coach Greer helped me
transfer.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Have you read the sports page
lately?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Do you know who Tom Misso is?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Sure, I played with him at St.
Marthas.
                                                            

43.

                       MARSHALL
Top scorer, out all season. Torn
ACL.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
So? You know what? Don't play that
card with Coach Greer. I owe it to
Coach Greer to go there. He has
been like a second father to me.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Did he tell you that?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Coach Greer, did he tell you you
were like a son to him?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah me and a lot of his players.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I meant personally, you know
alone?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I gotta go.
                                                            
Chris walks away and Marshall grabs his arm.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
He told me that too! In my house
while my father was dying in the
other room.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What are you talking about?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
My dad got cancer after my
freshman year. My father got real
sick before school started. I
needed to be at home more. Coach
was cool at first, you know, "take
off as much time as you need" he
said. He would even come and
visit. When I told him I couldn't
play that year, he wasn't so cool.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Bull!
                                                            

44.

                       MARSHALL
The only BS was his little speech
he gave me. He told me it was
about politics and doing what is
right. But that is not what I
remember the most. What I do
remember, is him telling me that I
needed to move on. He talked some
more, but I stopped listening.
Move on!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Move on?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
We are talking about my father! A
man that was everyhting to me. All
those memories, so positive in my
life. From teaching me to ride a
bike to reading me stories at
night. He would work 12 hour
shifts and still find time to play
basketball or help me with school.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I get it Marshall, I just
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
All those memories, positive and
negative that I experienced with
him, my mother and my sister. He
taught me about being a man, that
real men let their actions speak
for them. Things like integrity,
charater, honesty, personal
resposibilty. My father, this
great man, was dying and I
couldn't do anything and Coach
Greer wanted me to move on. So I
could play basketball. Throw a
stupid ball through a stupid hole.
I hated Coach Greer and anything
to do with high school basketball.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm sorry. I just. I don't know.
God! I can't believe this!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Ask him about me, what I told you.
See what he says.
                                                            
 

45.

INT. COACH GREER'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
IMMACULATE HOME, ITALIAN TILED FLOORS, DESIGNED SPIRAL STAIR
CASE, CRYSTAL CHADELEIR, HIGH END FURNITURE. Chris and
Coach Greer sit at a table doing paperwork. LISA GREER, 54
picks up empty plates and cups.
                                                            
                       LISA
You boys want anything else?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No thank you Mrs. Greer.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Im fine.
                                                            
                       LISA
I'm glad you're coming back Chris
the team misses you.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Yeah we do, ever since Misso got
injured. Wow, its been tough
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Thanks.
                                                            
                       LISA
I have some errands to run so I'll
see you later.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Allright.
                                                            
                       LISA
Have safe drive back Chris. Sorry
Amber is off visiting colleges
right now but you'll see her soon.
                                                            
Lisa exits as Chris an Coach Greer continue with paperwork.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Almost done, just some signatures.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
So Misso is out all season?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Torn ACL, he barely jumped and
just landed wrong.
                                                            

46.

Chris looks on the wall. PLAQUES AND AWARDS COVER WALLS OF
OFFICE. COACH OF THE YEAR "DAVID GREER", CITIZEN OF THE
YEAR, HUMANITARIAN AWARDS. Chris puts down the pen.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Do you remember Marshall Limbrick?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Of course I do, he plays at George
Washingon now.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
He played for you too.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Freshman year.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
I remember that, he was a good
player, started on my junior
varsity team that year. I
remember that game when you two
went at it. You know, it was at
that game that I knew you needed
to go to St. Marthas.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Why did Marshall leave?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Is this why you drove all the way
here? To find out why some kid
quit or to get back to St.
Martha's
                                                            
                       CHRIS
His name is Marshall, and his dad
had cancer.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
I remember his dad having cancer.
Came real quick. He took some time
off at school to help out at home.
I tried to keep contact with him,
but I think his father died, and
he must of moved after that. I
haven't heard about him until
recently.
                                                            

47.

                       CHRIS
He said you gave him an
ultimatium.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
A ultimatum?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah, either play basketball or
he loses his scholarship.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
I never gave him that ultimatum. I
would have never taken his
scholarship. I think the death of
his father was too much and he
left. He is obviously still upset.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
He didn't have a scholarship.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Well, I thought he did.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Both of his parents are educated,
they made good money. They paid
for his tuition. It wasn't until
his father got sick, that he asked
for help.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
I thought he got help from
boosters. I mean there are so many
players. You forget sometimes.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
How do you forget a freshman that
starts on your junior varsity
squad and is your leading scorer.
He was playing varsity by mid
season!
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
What are you getting at Chris and
why do you care?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
How do you forget him? A player
like Marshall you want on your
team, a player like Marshall you
need on your team. You don't
forget a player like Marshall.
                                                            

48.

                       COACH GREER
What do you want me to say Chris?
Yeah he was awesome! One of the
best players I had ever seen play
basketball! It's sad what happened
to his dad. I wished he didn't
leave our school!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Did you give him an ultimatum?
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
Ultimatum? Why do you care Chris?
When you come back to St. Martha's
you are going to get what you
want. Best education in the
state, college recruiters gallore.
You gonna get that at GW?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
His dad was dying from cancer.
                                                            
                       COACH GREER
I'm sorry what happen with
Marshall, but St. Marthas expects
the best. The best education, the
best students, the best
facilities, the best teachers, and
the best basketball team. I
provide that for them, the
students, the parents, the
boosters, the alumni, the
community. I do that, and if
somone, regardless of their
circumstances, cannot give their
best. I have to make decisions,
no matter how harsh they seem.
That's how life is Chris. It's
kind of like.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Oh shut up already, you over
inflated gas bag! God! All I have
to say is you better hope Tom
Misso's knee heals soon Dave,
because I would hate to not have
him when we play each other.
                                                            
Chris gets out of seat and leaves room. Walks to front
door.
                                                            

49.

                       COACH GREER (V.O.)
Chris you are making a big
mistake! I know you Chris, you
strive to be the best. You're not
going to get that at GW.
                                                            
Chris opens front door and slams it behind him.
                                                            
 
INT. GW BASKETBALL GYM - DAY
                                                            
Chris dressed in GW uniform walks by Erick, Hector, and
David.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Hey, ASS is back.
                                                            
David and Hector laugh. Chris ignores and walks towards
Coach Baker. They talk to one another. Coach Baker pats
Chris on his back.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Chris.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I uhh have to apologize. I
thought I couldn't transfer to St.
Marthas, so I wanted to play here.
When my transfer came through, I
thought I wanted to play at St.
Marthas, but I was wrong.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
You only missed one day of
practice and you never officially
left our school. Don't worry about
it. Ok?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Ok.
                                                            
Coach stands in front of players.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
We need to go over option one
again.
                                                            
Erick raises his hand and Coach Baker nods to him.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Yes Erick.
                                                            

50.

                       ERICK
Coach. Option one really? What
about the elephant in the gym?
                                                            
                       SCAB
Elephant in the gym? Is that a
fat joke?
                                                            
                       ERICK
It's a saying idiot!
                                                            
                       TED
It means not talking about
something that is right in front
of you, like
                                                            
                       ERICK
Elephant in our frigin gym!
                                                            
                       SCAB
Chris isn't fat.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Just shut up Scab!
                                                            
Erick stands up.
                                                            
                       ERICK
We all thought he quit and for him
to just come back because he
changed his mind. I mean if it
was any other player he'd be
kicked off the team. I think its
only fair that he have you know
consequences.
                                                            
                       TED
Consequences, seriously. It was
one practice.
                                                            
                       ERICK
You were talking crap on him
yesterday Ted.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Boys! Boys!
                                                            
                       TED
I wasn't talking crap. I just
said it wasn't cool that
                                                            
Marshall stands up.
                                                            

51.

                       MARSHALL
Erick is right, it's only fair.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Enough!
                                                            
                       ERICK
Stadiums!
                                                            
                       DAVIS
Yeah stadiums!
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
No that's too easy. Yard work.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Yeah Yard Work!
                                                            
                       WHOLE TEAM
Yard work! Yard Work! Yard Work!
                                                            
Chris looks at Marshall, Marshall shrugs.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
I'll see you this weekend.
                                                            
 
INT. LIMBRICK HOME - NIGHT
                                                            
Marshall walk in to kitchen, puts back pack on chair and
gives mom a kiss as she cooks dinner.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Hi mom.
                                                            
Marshall stirs sauce, licks spoon. Marilyn smacks his hand.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Get out of there! Hand me that
hot pad right there.
                                                            
Chris hands Marilyn hot pad and leans against sink. Marilyn
pours spaghetti in to strainer.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
So, he came back.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Well good for him. Go get water
from the fridge and put it on the
table.
                                                            

52.

Marshal gets water and glasses and fills them up and places
on table.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
He went to the Greer's house.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
All the way in Beverly Center?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
He's crazy.
                                                            
Marshall helps bring food to table. They sit down.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Why don't you invite him to
dinner?
                                                            
Marshall chokes on water.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Serious?
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Yes.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
He takes care of his sister. His
mom works alot. I don't think he
has the time.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Then invite the whole family.
                                                            
Marshall chokes on his water.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Mom, I don't even know his family.
Hell, I don't even know Chris.
                                                            
Marilyn stares at Marshall.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Sorry.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Get his number and I'll make
arrangements.
                                                            
 

53.

INT. MARSHALL'S HOME - NIGHT
                                                            
Front door opens Chris, Michelle, and Hannah are greeted by
Marilyn.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Hello! Hello! Come on in! I'm
Marilyn.
                                                            
Marilyn shakes Michelle's hand.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Michelle Stillwell. This is my son
Chris
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Chris, yes Marshall has told me
much about you.
                                                            
Marilyn shakes Chris's hand.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Mrs. Limbrick.
                                                            
Marilyn bends over to shake Hannah's hand.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
You are Hannah.
                                                            
Hannah shakes Marilyn's hand.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Nice to meet you maam.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Heard you're quite the character?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Character? Is that a good thing?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Of course it is munchkin
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Better be, I know where you live.
                                                            
Marilyn leads Michelle, Chris, and Hannah through the
hallway to living room.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hannah, be nice.
                                                            

54.

                       HANNAH
Just messin.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Just knock it off.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Mrs. Limbrick, nice to meet you.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Please, call me Michelle.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Chris, what's up?
                                                            
Chris and Marshall shake hands.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
So what's up deputy dog?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hannah.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
What? His name is Marshall like a
deputy and he's my
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's not apropriate.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Greetings Marshal, how are you?
You are looking splendid this
evening.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What up corn dog.
                                                            
Marshall and Hannah bro hug as she sticks her tongue out at
Chris. Marilyn walks in from kitchen area.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
You guys ready to eat?
                                                            
 
INT. MARSHALL KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Dinner is over, empty plates and cups are on table. Marilyn
begans to clear table.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Let me help.
                                                            

55.

Michelle gets up.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Marshall.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
That's ok Mrs. Stillwell.
                                                            
Marshall stands up.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
You sure?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I've got this.
                                                            
Marshall clears the table. Marilyn washes dishes.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
So then Marshall tells his father,
"I want the Air Jordans", and his
father says "you want the hundred
dollar Air Jordans, but all I have
is forty dollars. Remember the
difference between wants and
needs?"
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
So then I say, "I know dad, I need
the forty dollar Addidas"
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Then his dad says,"No, what you
need is sixty dollars."
                                                            
Everyone laughs.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Wants and needs.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Your father sounds like a good
man.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Good man, tight as hell.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Marshall!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
He was!
                                                            

56.

Marilyn finishes dishes. Sits down.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
He was a great man.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Chris's dad, he was great too.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
His name was David mom.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Yeah David.
                                                            
Michelle begans to cry. Marilyn goes to her.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
It's ok. I know. I know.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
I sound like an idiot.
                                                            
Marshall sits next to her. Marilyn kneels down to her.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
No dear no you don't.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
No no Mrs. Stillwell, don't worry
about that.
                                                            
Marilyn hugs Michelle and begans to cry, Michelle cries
more. Marshall console both moms.Chris stands next to mom
and puts hand on her back
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's ok mom.
                                                            
                       MARILYN
I have been worse, god.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
She was a crying machine, hell so
was I .
                                                            
                       MARILYN
Marshall, you know I don't
like...oh hell forget it.
                                                            
Marilyn laughs. Hannah walks in to kitchen.
                                                            

57.

                       HANNAH
I got lost finding the bathroom,
ended up outside for. What the
hec!
                                                            
Everyone starts laughing.
                                                            
 
EXT. COACH BAKER'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Coach Baker rides a scooter. His daughters BRIANNA BAKER, 9,
and SARA BAKER, 6, follow on scooters. Chris's parks across
street from home, exits truck, walks up to house.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Hey Chris! Say hi to Chris ladies!
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Hi Chris!
                                                            
                       SARA BAKER
Who's Chris?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm Chris.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Chris is the boy from daddy's
basketball team.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Remember Sara?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Chris these are my daughters
Brianna and Sara.
                                                            
                       SARA BAKER
You got in trouble, didn't you?
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Sara!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's ok. I guess I did, but I'm
here to get out of trouble.
                                                            
CHRISTINE BAKER, 33, walks out of front door.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Dave, I'm out of here. I'll be
gone bout an hour.
                                                            

58.

                       COACH BAKER
Hon, this is Chris, the kid I told
about. My wife Christine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
It's nice to finally meet you.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Thanks.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
You know I think my husband should
pull his own weeds. But,
whatever. I'll be back soon. Love
you. Bye girls!
                                                            
                       SARA BAKER
Bye!
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Bye!
                                                            
Christine is backing out of driveway, rolls down window.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Sara! Brianna! Get your helmets
on!
                                                            
                       SARA BAKER
Mom!
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Ahh, cmon. I'm fine.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Now! Please take care of our
children.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Yes Honey.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
Bye.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Bye. Girls get over here, put your
helmets on.
                                                            
 
EXT. COACH BAKER'S HILL - DAY
                                                            
Chris pulls weeds on the HUGE SIDE HILL in the front of
Coach Baker's house. Coach Baker comes up to help.
                                                            

59.

                       COACH BAKER
Want some help?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm good.
                                                            
Coach Baker pulls weeds.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Coach, this is my thing. I need
to do this.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Actually, my wife told me help
you. She thinks I'm cruel when I
do this to my players.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You do this often?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
At least twice a month, I hate
pulling weeds! I make stuff up to
get you guys out here. (pause)
Just kidding, your the first this
year.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
      (laughs)
Well it's a good lesson.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
You think so?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Well, I don't think guys on the
team would want to do this twice.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
There's no twice.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Then I guess it works.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
It better, because I'd hate to
kick kids off the team.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Would you?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Kick you off the team? Depends.
                                                            

60.

                       CHRIS
On what?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
How bad you pull my weeds.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
      (laughs)
I'll make sure to do a good job.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Better.
                                                            
Mrs. Baker walks up to bottom of hill.
                                                            
                       CHRISTINE
You two ready for some lunch?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
I think we've done enough male
bonding for now.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Ever notice how men seem to bond
doing brainless tasks?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Like pulling weeds?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
And sports.
                                                            
Both laugh as they enter Coach Baker's house.
                                                            
 
INT. GW GYM - END PRACTICE - F & F -MEAN 2 HANNAH - DAY
                                                            
Chris brings Hannah in to the gym. Hannah sits down on the
bleachers.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Listen, sit here, do your work and
stay out of trouble. Understand?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Yes sir!
                                                            
Chris hustle backs to practice as Hannah pulls out her math
book.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO END OF
PRACTICE
                                                            

61.

Hannah is lying upside down blowing buble gum bubbles. Chris
walks up with Marshall.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What's up little one?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Lets go!
                                                            
                       HANNAH
You look funny!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You're going to look funny when I
smack you across the head, now
lets go.
                                                            
Chris grabs Hannah by the arm and pulls her to her feet.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Ok! Ok! Big jerk.
                                                            
Hannah gets her back pack and walks out the gym door. Chris
and Marshall follow behind. Marshall puts a book on the
bleacher before leaving.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Dude! I left my math book on the
bleachers. Hannah can you run
back in a get it for me?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Sure!
                                                            
Hannah runs back to the gym.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Why are you so rude to your little
sister?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Dude she's a brat and what
business is it of yours?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Cause she is around both of us a
lot and its not cool. I mean cmon
your dad just died your her father
figure now. Give her a break.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Give her a break, what about me?
She drives me nuts!
                                                            

62.

Hannah comes running up.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Here you go.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Thanks kiddo.
                                                            
Marshall, Chris, and Hannah walk to the parking lot.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
      (whispers to Chris)
Would your dad treat her this way?
                                                            
Chris gives Marshall a glare.
                                                            
 
INT. MONTAGE OF GAMES WIN COACH QUOTE CHRIS TRY NICE - DAY
                                                            
Montage of games winning big. Coach Baker giving quotes and
players rolling eyes, Ted and Marshall answering. Notes by
phone that Amber called and Chris putting in stack of stuff.
Hannah at practices with Chris doing goofy things like
dancing, running the bleachers, reading Cosmo, Chris wanting
to get mad but being patient.
                                                            
 
EXT. GW QUAD AREA LUNCH TIME - DAY
                                                            
Chris, Marshall, Scab, Davis, & Fillipi walk bye Erick,
Hector, and David.
                                                            
                       ERICK
What's up fellas?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What's up Erick? Whacha you guys
up to?
                                                            
                       ERICK
Just checking out the scenery.
                                                            
Two cute girls walk bye, one stares at Chris and smiles.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Hi Danielle and friend.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Hi Erick and friend.
                                                            
Danielle turns and smiles at Chris more as her friend pulls
her away giggling.
                                                            

63.

                       ERICK
Dude, Danielle so likes you.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm dating someone right now.
                                                            
                       ERICK
That girl in Beverly, come on! She
won't know.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No thanks.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Whatever, what about you Marshall?
I heard Cheyenne wants to jump
your bones.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Jump my bones?
                                                            
                       TED
I think he means, have sex with
you.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Ted, do I look like a monk?
                                                            
Marshall looks at Erick.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Thanks for the info. Come on lets
go.
                                                            
                       ERICK
I can understand Chris, he's got a
lady. But dude, I haven't seen you
with anybody since you broke with
Alisha last year. I mean Cheyenne
is hot and I heard that if she
likes you can..you know.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Quit talking about Cheyenne! I'm
good friends with her.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Scab, just because your "good
friends" with Cheyenne, don't get
upset. Besides, I'm talking to
Marshall.
                                                            
Marshall walks up close to Erick.
                                                            

64.

                       MARSHALL
You think I should talk to her?
                                                            
                       ERICK
Yeah.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Cheyenne is hot and one the best
looking girls at school. And you
say I won't even have to work at
it?
                                                            
                       ERICK
That's what I heard.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
I should go out with Cheyenne just
because you heard she puts out. I
should go ahead and add to this
reputation that she is easy. Just
so I can have 15 minutes, or in
your case 15 seconds, of fun.
Don't mind my reputation as a
person, because I am a man and
will be considered a stud. Her, a
slut. Better hope she's on the
pill though, cause heaven forbids
she gets pregnant. I can wear a
condom but those feel funny and
are only 95% effective. I would
hate to be that 5%. Oh and don't
forget sexually transmitted
diseases. I'd hate to get one and
pass it along to one of the"easy
girls" you'll set me up with
regularly. Since you know me so
well and know my taste of women.
Even though I was given a high
sense of respect and dignity for
all people, espically women, which
has been ingrained in to my head
by my mother and sister since
birth. Yeah Erick, relay that
message to Cheyenne.
                                                            
                       ERICK
You're gay then?
                                                            
Marshall gets right in Erick's face.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Dude, I'm just kidding man.
                                                            
 

65.

INT. CHRIS ROOM - AMBER BREAKS UP - NIGHT
                                                            
Chris sits in his room doing home work.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE (V.O.)
Chris! Phone!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I got it!
                                                            
                       MICHELLE (V.O.)
      (on phone)
You got it?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
      (on phone)
Yes mom.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE (V.O.)
      (on phone)
OK, bye Amber.
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone)
Bye Mrs. Stillwell
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey what's up! Sorry I haven't
called, crazy busy.
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone)
I know, I feel you're avoiding me.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
No no. Just busy. Hey! We're
number one seed for district
playoffs! Being undefeated in all.
Who knows we might make it to
state.
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone)
That's great Chris.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
So how's it goin with you? Your
mom said you were looking at
colleges?
                                                            
                       AMBER (VO)
That was over a month ago.
                                                            

66.

                       CHRIS
A month ago? It was that long ago
when I was there with your ...dad.
                                                            
                       AMBER (VO)
Did you and my dad have a fight?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
In don't want to talk about it.
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone)
I know, neither does he.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Then why did you ask!... I'm
sorry.
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone crying)
Chris, I know you are busy and so
am I but a whole month! This thing
with my dad.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm sorry, I've meant to call
back. It's harder here Amber and
your dad.. he... complicated
things.
                                                            
                       AMBER (VO)
He complicates a lot of
things...Chris, this isn't going
to work. Your there I'm here.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What?
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone crying)
We never talk to each other any
more.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I've been busy.
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone crying)
I know you are and Iv'e been busy
and
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What?
                                                            

67.

                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone crying)
This isn't going to work
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You breaking up with me?
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone crying)
I I I still love you but
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You love me and you're breaking up
with me?
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone crying)
No, I just need time and I can't
deal with this
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It sounds like you are breaking up
with me!
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
      (on phone crying)
No!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Bye Amber.
                                                            
Chris hangs up phone and then takes it off the hook.
                                                            
 
INT. GW GYM - DISTRCT PLAYOFFS - DAY
                                                            
Semi - Finals District Championships. GW locker room. All
the players sit on the benches as Coach Baker writes on a
white board. Chris sits in the back looking at the ground.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Do you guys have any questions?
All right then, you know what you
need to do. Lets get out there
then
                                                            
                       WHOLE TEAM
All right! Lets go! Mountaineers!
                                                            
Marshall comes up to Chris.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
you ok?
                                                            

68.

                       CHRIS
I'm fantastic.
                                                            
 
INT. GW GYM SEMI FINAL DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIPS - NIGHT
                                                            
Chris fakes left and drives right and dunks on an opposing
player. Chris gets the foul and heads to the free throw
line 72 - 48 GW is winning with 5:30 left. Coach Baker
motions to Scab and another player to sub in.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Sub in for Chris and Marshall.
                                                            
GW player subs in for Marshall. Marshall gets high fives as
he sits on the bench. Chris makes the free throw. Chris
steals the in bound pass and falls out of bounds and throws
it off the leg of the opposing player. Scab comes in to sub
but Chris does not want to come out.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Lets go Chris!
                                                            
Scab attempts to high five Chris.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Great job!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah.
                                                            
Chris gives weak high fives to Scab and teammates as he sits
on the bench.
                                                            
                                         CUT TO END OF GAME
                                                            
Ted dribbles out till the clock runs out. 80 - 60. Players
run out to the court and congratulate one another, Chris
walks out to join celebration.
                                                            
 
INT. GW GYM - COACH TALK - INVITE TO PARTY - NIGHT
                                                            
Coach Baker talks to the boys outside his office.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
One more to go guys! Have a good
weekend! Stay out of trouble and I
will see you on Monday!
                                                            
Erick comes up to Chris, Marshall, & Ted.
                                                            

69.

                       ERICK
My friend is having a party at his
house tonight. You guys wanna go?
                                                            
Scab walks up to the boys.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Party, I'm in. Need to celebarte
our victory.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Sure, we need a designated driver.
                                                            
                       SCAB
We all can't fit in my car.
                                                            
                       TED
I don't mind driving eveyone. I
have plenty of room.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I can't go.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
By the time I go home and clean up
and get back here.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Get ready at my house, I live
right down the street.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Can I get ready there too?
                                                            
                       SCAB
Sure.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Me and Chris are in.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
We are.
                                                            
 
INT. SCAB'S HOUSE - GET READY FOR PARTY - NIGHT
                                                            
Scab, Chris, and Marshall enter home. House is pitch black.
Scab turns on light. TROPHIES AND AWARDS LINE FIREPLACE
MANTLE. PICTURES OF FAMILY COVER WALLS, SOME OF SCAB, BUT
MOSTLY HIS OLDER BROTHER.
                                                            

70.

                       MARSHALL
Dark in here, what your family
out?
                                                            
                       SCAB
They work late.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I didn't know you were so
accomplished.
                                                            
                       SCAB
They're my brothers.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Oh.
                                                            
                       SCAB
You hungry, I'm gonna make some
ravolis.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Na, I just need to take a shower
and change. Tempting though.
                                                            
                       SCAB
All right, Chris you can use the
one in the hall way. Marshall,
you can use the one in my parents
room, down the end of the hall on
the right.
                                                            
Chris takes a close look at the trophies. Picks up a trophy
with Scab's name on it. "Most Improved" 6th grade.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Your parents room, you sure?
                                                            
                       SCAB
Don't worry about it.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Chris, let's go!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yeah.
                                                            
Chris puts down a trophy and goes with Marshall to shower.
                                                            
 

71.

INT. SCABS BATHROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Chris buttons up his shirt and looks in the mirror. Chris
looks through cabinets.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Where's your hair gel Scab?
                                                            
Chris pulls out afro sheen.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Here we go.
                                                            
Chris puts the afro sheen through his hair.
                                                            
 
EXT. PARTY HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
LARGE HOUSE WITH NUMEROUS CARS OUT FRONT.People are outside
on the lawn. MUSIC IS HEARD FROM OUTSIDE. Chris, Marshall,
Erick, Ted, & Scab riding in Ted's mom mini van pull up to
the house. A car pulls out from the front of the house.
                                                            
                       TED
Great! A spot right in front!
                                                            
                       ERICK
What are you doing? Don't park
there! Are you kidding me! Shit!
I don't want to be seen coming out
of this thing.
                                                            
                       TED
Are you serious?
                                                            
                       ERICK
Park down the street!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Just park here Ted!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Just drop us off, I don't care
bout the mini van.
                                                            
                       SCAB
Let me out too.
                                                            
                       TED
I'm parking.
                                                            
Ted puls in to open spot.
                                                            

72.

                       TED
No man! Jeesh!
                                                            
Marshall, Chris, Scab, lumber out of the side door.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Come on Erick! Erick Leonard in
the white mini van. Lets go!
                                                            
Erick gets out with Ted. Marshall and Chris follow behind
them, as Ted locks up his mini van.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Shut up!
                                                            
                       TED
This is so cool! This is my first
party. Except maybe the ones I
had when I was younger, but this
is definitely my first high school
party.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Dude, you need to stay away from
me.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
You should of asked.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I feel like I got crisco on my
head.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
It's not that bad.
                                                            
Chris, Marshall, Scab, Erick, and Ted walk up to the house
with people greeting them as they walk up.
                                                            
 
INT. PARTY HOUSE NIGHT - NIGHT
                                                            
LOUD MUSIC PLAYS as Chris, Marshall, Scab, Ted, and Erick
enter house. Hector greets Erick by the door.
                                                            
                       HECTOR
What up!
                                                            
                       ERICK
Dude!
                                                            
Hector and Erick shake. Hector shakes Marshall and Chris's
hand.
                                                            

73.

                       HECTOR
What's up Marshall?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What's up?
                                                            
                       HECTOR
Chris!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hector. Nice place.
                                                            
                       HECTOR
Thanks.
                                                            
Hector nods at Scab and Ted.
                                                            
                       HECTOR
Fellows. Hey, beers in the
fridge! There doing shots in the
living room. Whatever your
poison! Help yourself.
                                                            
Two ladies walk by Hector smiling.
                                                            
                       HECTOR
See you guys around! Ladies!
                                                            
Hector puts his arms around them and walks out with them to
where everyone is dancing.
                                                            
                       SCAB
I'm gonna go get a beer.
                                                            
Scab walks towards the kitchen, Ted follows.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Grab me one!
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Dude, take the hood off, no one's
gonna care.
                                                            
Marshall pulls off Chris's hood.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Dude.
                                                            
Fillipi comes up to Marshall and Chris.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
It's Mr. "I'll never play school
ball again"! What is up!
                                                            

74.

                       MARSHALL
I never said never!
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
What's up gigantor! Dude! What's
up witht he hair?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
He thought Scab's afro sheen was
hair gel.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Thanks.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Holy shit, you look like a
cacausian Lionel Ritche.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm going to find Scab and Ted.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Hey I'm just kidding.
                                                            
Chris walks towards the kitchen.
                                                            
                       FILIPPI
Don't be dancing on the ceiling
Lionel.
                                                            
Marshall and Fillipi bust up laughing. Chris walks by a kid
from school.
                                                            
                       KID AT PARTY
Hey Chris!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey.
                                                            
                       KID AT PARTY
Is it raining outside?
                                                            
Marshall and Fillipi roll with laughter, as Chris sticks up
his middle finger to them.
                                                            
                       KID AT PARTY
Did I say something wrong?
                                                            
                                         CUT TO:
                                                            
Chris walks in to the kitchen where DANIELLE CHAVEZ, 17 and
friends are drinking shots.
                                                            

75.

                       DANIELLE
Hi.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hi.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Chris, right?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Yes.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I'm Danielle, this is Michelle.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Nice to meet you. So what are we
doing?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Tequilla, wanna try?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Sure, why not. It will make me
forget about my hair.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
I like your hair.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Really?
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Yeah. Here.
                                                            
Danielle hands Chris a shot of tequilla.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
To afro sheen!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
To afro sheen!
                                                            
                                         CUT TO
                                                            
Marshall, Scab, and Ted walk through a house of partyers
dancing in the living room. Fillipi is in the middle of the
room dancing.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Fillipi, you see Chris. We're
leaving.
                                                            

76.

                       FILIPPI
No sign of Lionel! Why you
leaving, the party just getting
started!
                                                            
Erick comes out of the hall way area.
                                                            
                       ERICK
I found lover boy!
                                                            
Erick, Marshall, Scab, and Ted go around the corner to see
Chris and Danielle making out on the bottom of the stair
well. Both of them are having a hard time standing up.
Marshall takes Chris byt he arm and gently pulls him away as
Daniell falls on her butt.
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Hey.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
C'mon Chris time to go.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey, no man. I'm here to party.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
We need to go.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
She's cute isn't she? Why you
leaving?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
It's late man.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hey! I'll call you!
                                                            
                       DANIELLE
Uh huh.
                                                            
Chris has an arm over Scab and Marshall as they carry him
out.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
She is a pretty girl Scab isn't
she?
                                                            
                       SCAB
She's hot Chris.
                                                            
                       ERICK
And I thought she liked Marshall.
                                                            

77.

                       MARSHALL
Lets go big boy.
                                                            
Marshall and Scab put Chris in to the front seat of the Van.
                                                            
                       ERICK
Chris, you took Marshall's woman
man.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Erick, man you're spinning
dude?...Oh shit!
                                                            
                       ERICK
No dude.
                                                            
Chris throws up on Erick.
                                                            
 
EXT. CHRIS HOUSE - MARSHALL HANGOVR CALCULUS - DAY
                                                            
Marshall knocks on Chris's front door. Chris opens the
front door and looks like crap.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Chris! My man!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Marshall. What do you want?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Calculus.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You kidding me.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
We got a test tomorrow, we need to
study. Take some asprin, but we
need to get this done.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Seriously...I hate you.
                                                            
Chris motions for Marshall to come in.
                                                            
 
INT. CHRIS' LIVINGROOM - DAY
                                                            
Chris and Marshall sit on couches apart from one another.
Hannah walks in to room.
                                                            

78.

                       MARSHALL
My dad tells my mom, "Honey, I
thought this was suppose to be
meatloaf"
                                                            
Chris and Marshall laugh.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Whacha doin?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Just talking.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
What's up Hannah?
                                                            
Marshall and Hannah touch fists and hands open up like
explosion.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Nothing, whats up with you?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Just hanging.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
I'll let you hang.
                                                            
Hannah starts to walk out, Marshall motions to Chris.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Hannah, come here.
                                                            
Hannah sits on chair by couches.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
We were talking about things we
remebember most about our dads.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Ohh. Fruit Loops! That's what I
remember about dad.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Fruit Loops?
                                                            
Marshall kicks Chris under table.
                                                            
                       HANNAH
Yeah, every morning dad would eat
Fruit Loops with me. You and mom
left early. It was the best, we
would talk about school, cartoons,
his job, mom's job, how I wanted
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79.

                       HANNAH (cont'd)
to be a vetranarian. I didn't
even want to be a vetramarian. I
just thought he'd like to her
that. Truth is, I wanted to be
just like him. I wanted to make
him proud of me. He was so gentle
with and listened to stupid things
I said and he made me feel so
special. It was just 15 minutes a
day of Fruit loops, hec I don't
even liked Fruit Loops. So,
that's what I remember, Fruit
Loops.
                                                            
Hannah gets up and goes in to kitchen. Chris looks at
Marshall, both of their eyes are misty.
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Don't look at me man, she's your
sister.
                                                            
Chris walks in to kitchen. Hannah looks out window. Chris
comes up from behind, Hannah turns and hugs Chris. Chris
pats her back.
                                                            
 
INT. GW BASKETBALL GYM - DAY
                                                            
CENTRAL SOUTHERN SECTION CHAMPIONSHIP GAME. One minute left
in game. George Washington is up by ten with three minutes
left. Chris drives to the basket and is fouled but the
referee does not call anything.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What the hec! I barely have an arm
left.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Watch it son.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Are you trying to let them catch
up?
                                                            
Referre blows whistle.
                                                            
                       REFEREE 1
Technical foul number seventeen.
                                                            

80.

                       COACH BAKER
What? Are you kidding? Ahhhh! If
you called it probably, we
wouldn't have this problem.
                                                            
                       REFEREE 1
Be careful coach.
                                                            
Opposite team shoots free throw and makes it. They take
ball out and pass to open player for a three pointer. GW
now leads by six with two minutes left.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Take it slow! Take it slow!
                                                            
Marshall deibbles up slowly. Ball is passed around until
there is only a few seconds left on shot clock. Ball is
brought inside to Chris who turns to the basket and knocks
player down and Chris is called for offensive foul.
                                                            
                       REFEREE 2
Foul number seventeen, two shots.
                                                            
Opposite team makes both team and GW brins ball out with one
minute and thirty seconds left. Marshall dribbles up
slowwly, opposit team presses. Marshall breaks the press.
Passes to Erik, he tries to dribble out and the ball is
stolen. The ball is brought up by opposite and the ball is
passed around an they make an open three pointer. GW leads
by one with forty five seconds left.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Relax! Relax!
                                                            
GW dribbles ball up and passes around, Chris shoots turn
around jumper and misses, opposite team gets rebound and
dribbles up quickly, they make a lay up and lead GW by one.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Time Out! Time Out!
                                                            
Team gets in to huddle.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
This is what it has come down to!
All season for this championship
game and just give it away.
Dammit! Chris set the high pick,
they are giving the lane. Marshall
if it is there, take it. OK?
                                                            
                       MARSHALL
Yes sir.
                                                            

81.

Fifteen seconds left, Chris comes up to the top of key to
set pick, Marshall dribbles past defender, opposite team
switches and Marshall is too fast and takes it to the hoop
and shoots the ball and makes the basket and gets fouled. GW
up by one with two seconds left.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's about time you got it right.
                                                            
                       REFEREE 1
Technical foul numbe seventeen.
You out of here!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Are you kidding me? No way!
                                                            
Coach Baker comes on to court to escort him off.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Get in the locker room now!
                                                            
Chriss storms off to the locker room, opposite home team
crowd cheers. Chris goes in to locker but peeks outside door
to warch remainder of game. Referee sets up fro opposite
team playr to shot two Technical foul free throws.
                                                            
                       REFEREE 1
Two shots!
                                                            
Opposite team player makes first, but misses second, game
tied. Marshall sets up to take his free throw.
                                                            
                       SCAB
C'mon Marshall.
                                                            
Crowd cheers as Marshall lines up for free throw. Marshall
Makes free throw. Opposite brings ball in and takes
desperation shot and misses badly. GW wins, everyone
celebrates.
                                                            
 
INT. LOCKER ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Team is in locker room. Coach Baker stands in front of
them.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Wow gentlemen! You gave me a new
set of grays. Chris, I wanted to
kill you and if we lost I might be
in handcuffs right now. Anyways, I
just want to say I am so proud of
you guys, GW has not won a
championship for over twenty five
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82.

                       COACH BAKER (cont'd)
years. You should feel very good
about yourselves, each and every
one of you, and hopefully when I
see you on Monday, it's because we
need to practice for the State
tournament.
                                                            
Whole team cheers!
                                                            
 
INT. GW GYM - MADE STATE - TALK TO CHRIS -ELGIBILTY? - DAY
                                                            
All the players sit on the gym floor as Coach Baker walks up
to them.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Boys I got good news and bad news.
Good news, we made the state
tournament.
                                                            
Everyone jumps up and down.
                                                            
                       WHOLE TEAM
Yeah! Yes!! I knew it! All right!
                                                            
                       ERICK
What's the bad news?
                                                            
                       SCAB
Yea, whats the bad news?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Get ready to run. Everyone I want
a dozen stadiums! Let's go! Now!
                                                            
                       WHOLE TEAM
Ahh!
                                                            
Everyone runs to the bleachers, Coach Baker grabs Chris by
the arm.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Chris we need to talk.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What's up?
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
We got a problem, actually we got
a couple problems.
                                                            

83.

                       CHRIS
It's the technical fouls.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Yes, when you get two technicals
you don't only get kicked out of
that game but
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You get suspended for the next
game.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
That's correct. When you were
thinking about transferring back
did your mom sign anything?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I'm 18, I sign everything and of
course I didnt sign anything
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Well your old coach is saying you
did and therefore you shouldn't
offically be a student here or a
player.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
That son of a
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Chris, this is serious. We have a
meeting at St. Marthas this week.
We could be forced to forfiet all
our games, everything.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
This is not right. This is not
right.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
I know it's
                                                            
                       CHRIS
I need to go be with my team.
                                                            
Chris sprints to the bleachers.
                                                            
 
INT. ST. MARTHA'S CONFERENCE CENTER - DAY
                                                            
LOUD VOICES HEARD BEHIND DOORS. Michelle and Hannah sit in
office. Chris opens door Coach Baker comes out behind him

84.

along with board members. Coach baker stays to talk with
board members while Chris leaves.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Lets go!
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
How'd it go?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Not well, lets leave.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
So how soon will we know?
                                                            
                       BOARD MEMBER
We should know soon, but to be
honest with you.
                                                            
Chris, Michelle,& Hannah walk out of office, Coach Baker
watches them leave.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Bye Coach.
                                                            
                       COACH BAKER
Bye guys! Tell Chris, I will call
him later.
                                                            
 
EXT. ST. MARTHA'S - DAY
                                                            
                       CHRIS
If he calls I do not want to talk
to him.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Why? What did Coach Baker do?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
You mean Coach "agree with
everything the board says" Baker.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
What happen Chris?
                                                            
                       HANNAH
It's obvious Chris is going to be
ruled inelgible and all the games
they won will be forfeited. It
will be big news in the paper,
that's for sure.
                                                            

85.

                       CHRIS
Will you shut the hec up Hannah!
You are being an insensitive
little brat and you need to shut
up!
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
Chris. Don't yell at your sister!
                                                            
                       CHRIS
What? Stop! Are you serious? That
former A - hole coach of mine is
punishing me and our whole team
for not playing ball at St.
Marthas, and she's cracking jokes!
Don't you get that, or are you too
damn busy defending your bratty
daughter!
                                                            
Michelle slaps Chris. Chris walks away. Hannah cries.
Michelle conforts her.
                                                            
                       MICHELLE
It's ok sweetie, It's ok.
                                                            
 
EXT. ROAD FRONT ST. MARTHA"S - DAY
                                                            
Chris cries as he walks and dials cell phone. Phone rings.
                                                            
                       AMBER (V.O.)
Hello.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Amber, I need you bad. Please.
                                                            
                       AMBER
I'll be right there.
                                                            
 
INT. HANNAH'S CAR - DAY
                                                            
Hannah and Chris sit in car at a park. Windows are open.
Children play in the background. A man shoots hoops with
his young son at nearby basketball court. Chris stares at
them.
                                                            
                       AMBER
My dad couldn't do this, I mean
he'd want to win the right way
against the best team.
                                                            

86.

                       CHRIS
Well he did.
                                                            
                       AMBER
I know my dad done some things
before, but why you? You're my
boyfriend for gods sake.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Was.
                                                            
                       AMBER
I'm sorry, I wish I could help.
                                                            
Chris watches father put arm around son as they walk off the
basketball court.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
It's ok, It's just a stupid game,
you throw a stupid ball through a
stupid hole. There are much more
important things than basketball.
                                                            
                       AMBER
What?
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Nothing?
                                                            
Chris's cell phone rings
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Mom. What? I'm with Amber. No she
hasn't called me. Mom, she
couldn't have gone far. Have you
driven around? You're on Central
Ave? Wait Central, I think I know
where she is.
                                                            
 
EXT. CEMENTARY - DAY
                                                            
Amber and Chris drive through the Cementary.
                                                            
                       CHRIS
Right here, yeah, there she is.
                                                            
Amber stops car and Chris gets out.