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My Romantic Movie
by joe carmigiano (giano@msn.com)

Rated: PG-13   Genre: Drama   User Review: ****
Logline: A divorced father tries to find love using unconventional methods he has seen in romantic movies. When he finally does find love; a series of events threaten to tear his life apart.


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MY ROMANTIC MOVIE

FADE IN:

INT. MOVIE THEATER - DAY
                                                            
We see a packed movie theater for date night. There's a
chick flick playing. None of the guys want to be there. They
are not watching the movie, but trying to put the moves on
their dates.
Everyone except Mike Horwath. The 34 year old is doing
everything he can to make his date happy. He bought her
popcorn, sodas and candy. More than any 115lb girl would eat
in public. She is feeling uncomfortable. Her eyes roll as
Mike puts his arm around her while he watches the movie. He
nudges her a little closer.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (whispering in
       Kattie's ear)
Katie, I love you
                                                            
Katie's eyes bug out. Not sure what to say.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I know we've only been dating for
like 6 weeks, but I feel closer to
you than I have to anyone before
                                                            
                       KATIE
      (In a soft, weird
       voice)
Mike, when I said I wanted to see
you tonight I didn't mean I wanted
to go out. I figured it would be
easier to say this in person, but
I guess I was wrong.
                                                            
Mike is getting nervous he knows where this is going. He
raises his finger to try to interrupt the inevitable.
                                                            
                       KATIE
Let me finish. You're a real sweet
guy; you're good looking and
smart. But I am seeing someone
else.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Confused & heart
       dropping into his
       stomach)
WHAT. I thought we had something
            (MORE)

2.

                       MIKE (cont'd)
special.
                                                            
                       KATIE
That's the problem. You do, I
don't. You push so hard, that you
pushed me away. All we do is watch
movies.
                                                            
The people in the theater are getting upset with all of the
talking. People start yelling for them to shut up. One guy
in the back throws popcorn at the couple.
                                                            
                       KATIE
I have to go. I can't do this.
                                                            
She gets up and storms through the isle of people. Mike
tries follow but the people are so mad at this point they
are tripping him and throwing popcorn and candy. He stumbles
and falls to the ground with his head hanging out in the
main isle.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Yelling at the
       top of his lungs)
KATIEEEEEEEEE!
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Mikes bedroom is a mess. There are clothes all over the
place and a plate with some food on it that looks like it
has been there for days. Mike lies on the bed with a picture
of Katie posing at a nightclub from their first date. There
is a knock at the door. Mike doesn't move. Another knock.
Still nothing. The person at the door knocks louder. A girls
voice is yelling from the other side of the door. Mike is
groggy and getting pissed.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Go away.
                                                            
Mikes business partner Dina is still pounding on the door.
She is dressed to a tee. Her brown hair is styled, she's
dress up in a business suit standing at Mikes bedroom door.
                                                            
                       DINA
Mike open the fucking door. You've
been in there for 3 days. Get over
it.
                                                            
Mike gets out of bed. Still half asleep and depressed, he
mopes to the door and opens it.
                                                            

3.

                       DINA
      (Sarcastic)
Thank you.
                                                            
Dina walks in the door.
                                                            
                       DINA
I don't know what the hell your
problem is.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Just leave me alone. And give me
my fucking key back.
                                                            
                       DINA
You need to get over this. It's
not the end of the world. You'll
find someone else.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You don't understand.
                                                            
                       DINA
I understand you better get your
shit together. We have a meeting
at the Guarino's house to go over
the plans in an hour.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You don't need me. You know the
project better than me. You
designed the damn thing.
                                                            
                       NARRATOR
      (Demanding)
He wants to meet the contractor.
Get dressed and lets go or we're
going to lose this deal.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Muttering)
Fine. Bitch!
                                                            
Mike turns around and grabs some clothes out of the closet.
He heads in to the master bathroom and closes the door.
                                                            
 
INT. DINA'S LUXURY SUV - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Dina are driving in the car down a slightly winding
country road. The stereo is playing softly. Dina elbows
Mike. He looks at her out the corner of his eye.
                                                            

4.

                       DINA
Cheer up. This deal is going to
put us on top. Do you know what
this project will do for us?
                                                            
Dina turns the car onto a driveway and stops at the gate at
the front of the property. She pushes the call button. A
mans voice comes from the speaker just below a camera.
                                                            
                       MANS VOICE FROM CALL SYSTEM
Please, come in.
                                                            
 
EXT. GUARINO HOME - DAY
                                                            
The driveway is so long you can barely see the house in the
distance. There are trees lining the drive all the way down.
The grass is greener than a golf course. They pull up to the
front of the house and exit the car. Dina walks to the door
and rings the bell. Mike is walking to the door slowly as he
is looking around the house and the property. A man answers
the door. He is dressed in a business suit.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Hello Ms. Balice. Please come in.
                                                            
                       DINA
Mike!
                                                            
                       MIKE
Sorry. I'm coming.
                                                            
Mike scurries up to the front door.
                                                            
                       DINA
Mr. Guarino, this is my partner
Mike.
                                                            
Mike and Mr. Guarino extend their arms and shake hands.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It's nice to meet you sir.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
You too. Please come in. Let's go
back to my office.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO HOME - DAY
                                                            
The Tudor home is very quaint. There is a smell of pasta
cooking in the background. The 3 people walk through the
overwhelming foyer to a large home office. There is a desk

5.

that sits in front of a window that looks out through the
back yard and a lone table off to the left side of the room.
The 3 gather around the table as Dina pulls out a set of
blue prints from a cardboard tube and sets them on the
table.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Can I get you something?
                                                            
                       DINA
No, thank you sir.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm fine. But thank you.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Looking down at
       the prints)
I think this layout is the best
way to increase your home size and
not interfere with the lot. We
would remove the existing pool and
put the edition in this area and
install the new pool and deck just
off of the kitchen sliding door.
You'll add the 6000 square feet
that you wanted. The pool size
will be the same and the deck will
have 3 tiers.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
That is beautiful. Where is the
hot t…
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Pointing to the
       print)
Right here on the second level.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Ah, perfect. This will do. And I
trust this is the outdoor bar.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yes sir. It'll be made from teak
and finished in a high gloss poly.
Would you mind if I went to take a
look around? I'd like to get a
visual and some pictures.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Please, by all means.
                                                            

6.

                       MIKE
I'll be back in a few moments.
Thanks.
                                                            
 
INT. GAURINO'S HOME KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks out the office door and starts to head out the
kitchen sliding door.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Muttering to
       himself)
Ehhh, better go up stairs first.
                                                            
Mike turns and walks back through the kitchen and into the
large foyer where the steps are. He walks up the steps to a
hallway.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO'S HOUSE UPSTAIRS - DAY
                                                            
He hears woman talking. He pauses for a moment, trying to
not be heard, he walks ever so diligently down the hall. All
of the sudden his cell phone rings. It's not a normal ring
it's a music ring tone of the song "crazy bitch". He grabs
his phone quickly from his belt holster and tries to turn it
off. Unfortunately during his fumbling with the phone he
press the answer button. The 2 women from the room come to
the door and open it.

The 2 women are wearing very skimpy bathing suits. Mike
turns toward them, his eyes widen when he sees the 2
beauties. A faint female voice from the phone is heard.
                                                            
                       VOICE ON PHONE
Mike…Hello…Mike
                                                            
Mike unsure what to do puts the phone to his ear as he
continues to stare at the women.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Uhhhh…. I'm sorry, excuse me.
                                                            
Mike rushes down the hall to the end and into the room.
Still holding the phone to his ear. He realizes the caller
is his ex-wife Robin.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO HOUSE MASTER BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hello.
                                                            

7.

                       ROBIN
Mike, what was that?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Nothing. What's up?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
I was just calling to see if you
were o.k. I heard what happened.
I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Rolling his eyes
       in doubt)
I'm fine. Listen I got to go I'm
at a client's house. Call me
later.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Well are you getting the kids
today?
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Politely
       sarcastic)
Yeah.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
All right, I'll see ya later.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Bye.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO HOUSE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Mike presses the end key on the phone. He seems a little
agitated after the phone call. He walks to the window that
looks over the back yard and then curiously walks back to
the door that is still open. He looks down the hall and sees
the 2 woman still standing there looking from the doorway
towards him. He is embarrassed.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Shyly smiling,
       waves at the
       women)
Hi. Sorry.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Amused)
Who are you?
                                                            

8.

                       TRACY
      (Whispering)
I don't know but he's hot.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm the contractor, uh Mike. We're
going over the plans with Mr.
Guarino. I'm sorry and you are?
                                                            
Mike walks down the hall towards the women.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I'm Rosanne…. Dominic's daughter.
                                                            
Woman 2 gently pushes Rosanne away and steps in front of
her.
                                                            
                       TRACY
I'm Tracy. Tracy Lasko.
                                                            
Rosanne pulls her friend back.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Sighing)
Get back. Jackass!
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Well if you need anything let me
know.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I just want to get some pictures
from the back room and outside,
but thanks.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Ok, well it was nice to meet you
                                                            
                       MIKE
You too.
                                                            
Mike shakes Rosanne's hand and turns back towards the room.
                                                            
                       TRACY
      (Squealing)
Mmmmm. Call me.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Laughing)
You slut. Get in there.
                                                            
Rosanne pushes Tracy back into the room. She takes another
look down the hall.
                                                            

9.

                       ROSANNE
Mike!
                                                            
Mike turns around as he heads into the doorway.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yes Ma'am?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
It was nice to meet you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Smiling)
You too!
                                                            
Mike walks into the room back to the window and starts
taking pictures of the yard from the window.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO'S HOUSE OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
Mr. Guarino and Dina are still going over the prints. Mr.
Guarino lifts his head inquisitively.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
      (To Himself)
Did I lock the puppy up?
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Not hearing what
       he said)
I'm sorry?
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Oh, nothing. I'm sure I did.
                                                            
 
EXT. GUARINO HOME BACK YARD - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks out the sliding door and turns towards the pool.
He is looking around the yard and rear of the house. He
grabs his camera and takes pictures of the landscape, the
pool and back of the house. He is amazed at the size of the
property and house. He sets his camera down on a table and
grabs his pad of paper and pen. He starts to sketch out the
yard, when he feels like he's being watched. He looks up
towards the window of the room where the women were. He sees
Rosanne looking out the open window at him. He smiles at
her. She gets a fearful look on her face.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Screaming)
STOP!
                                                            

10.

                       MIKE
      (Puzzled)
HUH?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Screaming)
Rocco... stop!
                                                            
Mike hears a growling noise and turns his head. He sees a
black pit bull running towards him. The dog charges at Mike.
Mike drops his paper and pen, turns to run and falls right
into the pool.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO HOME LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Mike is sitting on the leather sofa, soaking wet. Mr.
Guarino and Dina are in the room with him. Dina is smirking,
thinking how funny it was. Mr. Guarino is upset.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
I am so sorry. I thought I locked
the pup up. He really is harmless.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Still shocked,
       tries to play it
       off)
Oh, no problem sir. It's not a big
deal.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Let me get you a towel.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
      (Yelling)
Rosanne!
                                                            
Rosanne enters from the foyer.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Yes, Daddy?
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Please get Mr. Horwath a towel.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Ok, I'll be right back.
                                                            
Rosanne exits the room. Mr. Guarino reaches into his suit
breast pocket and pulls out his checkbook.
                                                            

11.

                       MR. GUARINO
So, will $500,000 be enough for
the deposit.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Excited, but
       trying not to
       show it)
Uh, yes. That would be fine. Let
me get the paperwork.
                                                            
Dina reaches into her briefcase and pulls out a file. She
walks next to Mr. Guarino and opens the file.
                                                            
                       DINA
I just need a signature here, here
and here.
                                                            
Mr. Guarino pulls out a pen and signs the contract. He puts
the check in the file and hands it back to Dina.
                                                            
                       DINA
Thank you sir. I appreciate your
business.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
No thank you. The plans are
exactly what I was looking for.
And again, I am sorry about the
pup.
                                                            
Rosanne walks back into the room and hands a towel to Mike.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thank you.
                                                            
Mike wipes his head and arms. He stands up and wipes his
pants.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Please, Let me show you to the
door.
                                                            
Everyone walks to the foyer.
                                                            
                       DINA
Thanks again.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
No thank you. When will the crew
be here to start?
                                                            

12.

                       MIKE
I'll have the guys here on Monday.
That will give me a few days to
get the materials ordered and the
machines lined up.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Perfect. I look forward to seeing
you then.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Giggling)
Bring your bathing suit with you
next time.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Blushing)
Um, yeah.
                                                            
Mike and Dina walk out the door. Mike looks back at Rosanne
who is smiling at him. He nonchalantly smiles back.
                                                            
 
INT. DINA'S LUXURY SUV - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Dina are driving down the road. Dina is overwhelmed
with excitement. Mike is looking out the passenger window.
                                                            
                       DINA
Holy shit. I still can't believe
it. We just sold a $4 million job.
                                                            
Dina love taps Mike in the arm.
                                                            
                       DINA
Cheer up. Are you ok? That dog was
huge.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm fine. Just thinking. Puppy… He
called Cujo a puppy
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Stirring)
What are you thinking about? Or
should I ask who?
                                                            
                       MIKE
What are you…? Oh, damn. Can you
run over to Robins I have to get
the kids? I almost forgot.
                                                            

13.

                       DINA
No problem bud. I think his
daughter was checking you out.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah, right. Whatever.
                                                            
 
EXT. ROBIN'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Dina's SUV pulls up in front of Robins house. Mike gets out
of the truck and walks up to the door. There are 2 children
standing in the door. The girl is 4 and the boy is 7. They
are happy to see their Dad.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Daddy...Daddy.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Mom. Dad's here.
                                                            
Robin comes to the door standing behind the children. She is
wear sweat pants and a tee shirt. She is a very beautiful
woman, but she hasn't done much with herself. She looks like
hell. She opens the door and waves to Dina in the truck.
Dina, reluctantly waves back.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
I'll pick them up on Sunday. Make
sure she gets to her dance lessons
on Saturday. And he has a game
Monday.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok. Come on guys let's go. Give
Mommy a kiss.
                                                            
The children give Robin hugs and kisses. They run out the
door and Alyssa jumps in Mike's arms. Dina smiles inside the
car. Mike opens the back door and the kids climb in. Mike
gets in the front seat.
                                                            
 
INT. DINA'S LUXURY SUV - NIGHT
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Hi Aunt Dee.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Hi Aunt Dee.
                                                            

14.

                       DINA
Hey guys. How are you? How was
school today, Nick?
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Good. But I got in trouble.
                                                            
                       MIKE
For what?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
He told his teacher that he has a
penis and she has a bagina.
                                                            
                       DINA
A what? Bagina?
                                                            
Dina looks at Mike and laughs.
                                                            
                       DINA
Bagina. That's a good one.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike, Dina and the Kids walk in the door. Mike sets the kids
bags down. The kids go running in to the living and jump up
on the couch. Mike and Dina stand at the door.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks. You wanna stay and watch a
movie with us?
                                                            
                       DINA
No I should get going. Been a long
day.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
      (From the living
       room)
No. Stay Aunt Dee.
                                                            
Kids start chanting from the back ground. Aunt Dee, Aunt
Dee...
                                                            
                       MIKE
Come on. They miss you. One movie.
                                                            
                       DINA
Fine. One Movie.
                                                            
 

15.

INT. MIKE'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
The kids are lying on the floor half asleep. Mike and Dina
are sitting on the couch. They are watching "Forgetting Sara
Marshall". It's at the end of the movie where Rachel goes to
see Peter.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Sigh)
How come that never happens to me?
                                                            
Dina looks to the DVD rack holding more than 400 DVDs.
                                                            
                       DINA
Uh, maybe that's the problem. You
watch to many movies. This is real
life. You can't always be the
knight in shining armor.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Why not? What the hell do I have
to do to get the girl? It just
pisses me off. I don't know what
else to do.
                                                            
                       DINA
Stop trying so hard. You tend to
over do it. Girls just want you to
be yourself.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I do what feels right.
                                                            
                       DINA
You do what you see in movies.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What? Shut up. I do not.
                                                            
                       DINA
Uh, yeah, you do. Remember when
you thought you were in love with
me and we went to the beach. You
through me in the water, because
you hoped I would turn into a
mermaid.
                                                            
                       MIKE
That was "84". We were 12. I
didn't know what I was doing.
Besides, "Splash" is a classic.
                                                            

16.

                       DINA
What about the girl you emailed in
Seattle.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What about her?
                                                            
                       DINA
You didn't know her. You found
some random girl on the Internet
and sent her an email thinking she
would fall in love with you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
That wasn't from a movie.
                                                            
                       DINA
No. Your sorry ass doesn't even
see you put two stories together
and came up with your own stupid
loveless story.
                                                            
                       MIKE
She liked me. We dated for a few
months.
                                                            
                       DINA
Uh, no, you emailed for a few
months. You never even met her.
And what about when you put a note
in the bottle?
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Chuckling)
It sounded good at the time. But
in fairness it did work.
                                                            
                       DINA
It washed up 40 feet away from
you. (Pause) And I found it, dumb
ass.
                                                            
                       MIKE
We have been best friends since we
were 4. I figured of all people in
my life, you would be the one that
would understand. I just want to
be happy. Is that a crime?
                                                            
                       DINA
You should be happy anyway. You
have the two greatest kids in the
world; a great job and you
couldn't build a better best
            (MORE)

17.

                       DINA (cont'd)
friend. I would give anything to
have your life.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Whatever. You have it made. You're
the strongest person I know.
Nothing bothers you. You're
beautiful and could have any guy
you want. You choose not to date.
Maybe when you get a love life,
you can start giving advice.
                                                            
                       DINA
Whatever.
                                                            
Dina looks to the clock on the wall.
                                                            
                       DINA
Hey I gotta go. Do you want me to
help you put the kids to bed?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, I got...
                                                            
                       DINA
Come on, I'll get the little one.
                                                            
Dina gets off of the couch and picks Alyssa off the floor.
Alyssa wraps her arms around Dina. Mike bends over and taps
Nicky. Nicky gets up and they all walk down the hall to the
bedrooms. Mike walks in to Nicky's room.
                                                            
 
INT. ALYSSA'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Dina carries Alyssa into her room and sets her in the bed.
                                                            
                       DINA
Night sweetie.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
      (Groggy)
Nighty night Aunt Dee. Love you.
                                                            
                       DINA
I love you too baby.
                                                            
Dina covers her up and kisses her. She walks back into the
hall and Mike is walking out of Nick's room. They both walk
to the front door.
                                                            
 

18.

INT. MIKE'S HOUSE HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks.
                                                            
                       DINA
You want me to stop by in the
morning?
                                                            
                       MIKE
If you want, that's fine.
                                                            
                       DINA
You know you can't play Mommy &
Daddy at the same time. All right,
I'll see you in the morning.
                                                            
Dina gives Mike a hug and kiss on the cheek.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Bye, thanks again.
                                                            
                       DINA
Bye hun.
                                                            
Dina walks out the door. Mike watches as she gets in the car
and starts to pull away and waves to her. She honks the horn
and waves back. Mike closes the door.
                                                            
 
EXT. BUSY DOWNTOWN STREET - DAY
                                                            
There is a busy small town, downtown area. Dina drives up in
her SUV and pulls in to a parallel parking space. She exits
the car and jogs across the street, barley avoiding oncoming
cars. There are people walking up and down the sidewalks. It
is a very old fashion town. Dina walks in to a small cafe.
                                                            
 
INT. CAFE - DAY
                                                            
Dina walks into the cafe and approaches the busy counter.
There are tables along the side, filled with people. The
front counter is packed with people. There are servers
bringing out fresh pastries and putting them in the food
holder behind the counter and 2 girls working the front
counter. Dina is standing in line and hears a mans voice
call out to her.
                                                            
                       MANS VOICE
Dina... Dina is that you?
                                                            

19.

Dina turns and looks around in wonder. It's hard for her to
around all the people. A man gets up from his seat and
approaches her. He has shoulder length hair and is wearing a
firm fitting tee shirt that shows off his exceptional
physique.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Surprised)
David. Oh my god. How are you? I
thought you were in California.
                                                            
                       DAVE
I was. I moved back a little over
a month ago. The band broke up.
It's a long story. But hey, you
look great. Wow! What's it been?
5-6 years?
                                                            
                       DINA
Uh, yeah, more like 8 years ago,
you left me standing at the alter
in front of 120 people. But who's
keeping track?
                                                            
                       DAVE
Oh come on. Are you still mad
about that? We were young and had
different dreams. Let's face it;
if we would have gotten married it
would have never lasted.
                                                            
                       DINA
Yeah, who knows?
                                                            
                       DAVE
I stopped by your house the other
day, but it didn't look like you
were home. Out with your
boyfriend?
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Smirking)
I'm not seeing anyone. I was
probably working. You know, that
thing adults do?
                                                            
                       DAVE
Woe, why you going there. I work.
That's why I moved back. The band
thing wasn't working; my Dad asked
me to come back and take over the
store. Plus I needed to come back
and finish up some other stuff I
            (MORE)

20.

                       DAVE (cont'd)
left behind.
                                                            
Dave dashingly smiles at Dina.
                                                            
                       DINA
Are you staying at your parents?
                                                            
                       DAVE
No, I got a place over on Melody
Lane. You should stop over. We've
got a lot of catching up to do.
                                                            
                       DINA
Yeah, we do.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Well, hey, I gotta run.
                                                            
David reaches in to his packet and pulls out a business
card.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Here. Call me. We can do lunch or
something.
                                                            
                       DINA
Ok,...I'll give you a call.
                                                            
Dave walks towards the door backwards.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Great. You look good. It was great
to see you.
Bye... call me.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Softly)
Bye
                                                            
David walks out the door. He walks down the sidewalk and
looks in the picture window in the front of the café. Dina
looks out the window at the same time.
                                                            
                       CAFE CASHIER
Ma'am...Ma'am, can I help you?
                                                            
Dina turns around in surprise.
                                                            
                       NARRATOR
Yeah, sorry. Can I have two large
coffees and two of those ...um
...jelly doughnuts.
                                                            

21.

Dina turns and looks out the window again, but no David.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIKE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Mike's house sets on a suburban street in an upper middle
class Florida neighborhood. Kids are walking down the street
dressed for school.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Mike is lying in his bed with Alyssa sleeping at the foot of
the bed.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Nicholas is walking in to the kitchen. He has on a pair of
green dress pants, a light blue shirt and a pair of brown
sandals. He walks to the kitchen table and pulls out a
chair. He drags the chair over to a cabinet. He steps up on
the chair and reaches into the cabinet. He pulls out a large
bowl and gets down. He walks back over to the table and sets
the bowl on the table. He then turns and goes back to the
chair and pushes it down to another cabinet, climbs up,
reaches into the cabinet and grabs a box of cereal. He gets
down and goes back to the table and sets the cereal on the
table. He walks over to the fridge and opens the door. He
rushes back to the chair and hurries to get it to the fridge
and block the door. He just misses. He flings the door back
open, creating a loud noise as the door hits the wall, grabs
the chair and forces it between the fridge and fridge door
just in time. He climbs up on the chair and carefully gets
the gallon jug of milk that he can barely hold.
He leaves the chair and goes to the table. He pours most of
the box of cereal into the bowl. He opens the milk and tries
desperately to pour the milk in the bowl. He spills milk on
the table. He decides to take the bowl from the table and
sets it on the floor. He takes the milk from the table,
holds it like a baby and pours it onto his cereal. There is
cereal and milk all over the floor. He lifts the bowl and
sets it on the table. He its down and realizes that he has
no spoon. Just then the doorbell rings. He walks over to the
living room window and sees Dina standing at the front door.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Mike hears the doorbell and tries to open his heavy eyes to
look at the clock. Realizing he has a half hour to get Nick
up and ready for school, he leaps out bed almost knocking
Alyssa's tiny body off of the bed.
                                                            

22.

                       MIKE
Oh shit.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Nick opens the door for Dina. She is holding 2 coffees and a
bag.
                                                            
                       DINA
Hey buddy, good morning.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Hi Aunt Dee.
                                                            
                       DINA
Where's Daddy?
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Shhh... He's sleeping.
                                                            
                       DINA
What? That man really...
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Pisses you off!
                                                            
                       DINA
Nicholas!
                                                            
Just then Mike comes rushing from his bedroom holding Alyssa
like a sack of potatoes.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Yelling)
Nick...Nicholas. Come on, we gotta
go.
                                                            
Dina comes from the hallway and sees Mike looking panicked.
                                                            
                       DINA
Well good morning sunshine.
                                                            
                       MIKE
oh, hey.
                                                            
                       DINA
Do you have the kids ready?
                                                            
Dina looks at the kitchen mess. Mike is unaware of the mess.
                                                            

23.

                       MIKE
Uh... yeah. I just have to get
their stuff together.
                                                            
                       DINA
Mmm... huh
Uhhh, Nick could you come here.
                                                            
Nick walks in wearing his non-matching outfit. Mike then
turns and sees the mess.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well, so I over slept. This being
a single father isn't easy. I
can't do all of this by myself.
                                                            
                       DINA
I'm here. I told you I would come
over. Don't give me that crap. All
you had to do was get up on time.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Alright... Alright I'm sorry.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Giggling)
Just clean this up and I'll get
Alyssa dressed and grab a
different pair of clothes for bozo
the clown.
                                                            
Mike goes in to the kitchen and grabs some towels, gets Nick
a spoon and starts to clean up the mess. Nick sits at the
table eating his cereal. Dina sets the coffee and bag on the
kitchen table then picks up Alyssa and walks down the hall
with her.
                                                            
 
INT. ALYSSA'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
                       DINA
Come on baby; let's get you some
clothes.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Aunt Dee are you mad at my Daddy?
                                                            
                       DINA
No honey, we're just tired. It's
ok.
                                                            
Dina walks over to Alyssa's dresser and gets her some
clothes.
                                                            

24.

                       DINA
Ok, let's get you prettied up for
all those handsome boys at day
care.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Yuck!
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Mike is at the sink ringing out the towel after cleaning up
the mess. Nicky is finishing up his cereal at the table.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Dad, I'm done.
                                                            
The phone rings.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok. Go have Auntie Dee get you
some clothes and brush your teeth.
                                                            
Mike walks over to the breakfast bar and picks up the phone.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hello.
                                                            
                       VOICE ON PHONE
Mr. Horwath; this is Dominic
Guarino. How are you?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm good sir. How are you?
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
I'm sorry to bother you at home,
but I was wondering if you could
stop over this morning before you
go to the office. My daughter had
some ideas and wanted to discuss
them with you.
                                                            
Dina enters the kitchen.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Looking at Dina)
Sure, Mr. Guarino. What time would
your daughter like to meet me? I
just have to drop my kids off at
school.
                                                            

25.

                       MR. GUARINO
She has an appointment this
afternoon, but she'll be here till
then.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I can be there within an hour.
                                                            
Mike looks at Dina and shrugs his shoulders.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Whispering)
Go... go. I'll drop the kids off.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah, let her know I should be
about 30 minutes or so.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Ok, thanks Mike. I appreciate.
Have a good day.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You too, sir, thanks, ba bye.
                                                            
Mike takes the phone away from his ear and pushes the end
button. He stares at the phone momentarily.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Teasing)
Ooooh, she wants you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Trying to be
       humble)
No... Stop. She just wants to go
over some ideas for the job with
me.
                                                            
                       DINA
Uh huh, yeah she wants to go over
the JOB with you. Mmm hhh.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIKE'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Mike is driving his sporty full size extended cab pick up
truck down the road. He pulls in to the Guarino's drive and
stops at the gate. He rolls down his window and pushes the
call button on the security gate.
                                                            
                       WOMANS VOICE FROM CALL SYSTEM
Hello. Can I help you?
                                                            

26.

                       MIKE
This is Mike Horwath; I'm here to
see Ms. Guarino.
                                                            
                       WOMANS VOICE FROM CALL SYSTEM
Yes sir, she is expecting. Please
pull through and she will meet you
in back by the pool.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thank you.
                                                            
The gate opens up and Mike pulls through and drives up the
driveway.
                                                            
 
EXT. GUARINO HOME - DAY
                                                            
Mike exits the car and walks around the house from the drive
to the back of the house. He sees Rosanne sitting at the
patio table talking on the phone. The table is full of
breakfast food. Mike approaches the table.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Ok, let me call you back later. Uh
huh, bye.
                                                            
Rosanne sets her phone on the table.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Hello Mr. Horwath. Can I get you
something?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Please... Mike. No I'm good.
Thanks. So what can I do for you?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Please... have a seat.
                                                            
Mike pulls out the chair opposite of Rosanne.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Well since the one room upstairs
that's going to get remodeled is
mine, I have some ideas that I
wanted to see if were possible.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Any thing's possible; so long as
it falls in your fathers' budget.
                                                            

27.

                       ROSANNE
      (Arrogantly
       positive)
That's not a problem. Daddy says I
can have anything I want!
                                                            
                       MIKE
And what is it you want Ms.
Guarino?
                                                            
The Maid enters from the sliding door. She is very pretty
for an older woman; around 55.
                                                            
                       SARA
Ma'am, can I get anything for you
or your guest?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Sara, this is Mike. He is the
contractor that is going to be
doing the addition.
                                                            
Mike stands up and extends his hand to Sara.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Please to meet you.
                                                            
                       SARA
Likewise.
                                                            
The 2 exchange a pleasant handshake. Mike sits back down.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Sara has been with us for what...
27 years?
                                                            
                       SARA
Yes ma'am. Just after your birth.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
She's been a godsend since mother
passed.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Oh... I'm sorry. I didn't know.
What happened?
                                                            
Sara re-enters the home through the sliding door.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
She had cancer.
                                                            

28.

                       MIKE
Ehhh.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Well, once she found out about it,
the doctors gave her a year. But I
guess there was some kind of mix
up in medication and she died
after 4 months. It was tough. She
was my fathers life. He couldn't
sleep for weeks, he started losing
weight and just wasn't himself.
                                                            
                       MIKE
How long ago was that?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
A little over 3 years ago.
                                                            
                       MIKE
How's your dad handling things
now?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Well, like I said if it weren't
for Sara, I think he would have
lost his mind. I tried to be there
for him, but I think with Sara
being more his age and not so
connected that he felt more at
ease with her. But, enough of
that, tell me about you?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Not much to tell, really. I am
divorced. I have 2 kids. There
great. But it's tough at times.
Dina is my Sara. We've been best
friends since we were kids. She
helps out a lot.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Just friends?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah. Well there was one point in
time that I thought we had
feelings for each other, but I was
wrong. Nothing ever happened, but
it was close. Then she started
dating one my best friends and I
started dating one of hers. We
both ended up getting engaged. My
wedding was 2 weeks before hers.
            (MORE)

29.

                       MIKE (cont'd)
Well, it was supposed to be. He
left her and we haven't seen him
since the day before their
wedding.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
He's your best friend and you
haven't seen him since then.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No he took off. We had a band. It
wasn't working the way we had
hoped, so I started putting more
time in to my business and
apparently he had been in contact
with some guys in California. He
thought he was going to be a star,
but as far as I know he never
released anything.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
So what did you do in the band?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Me and Dave both played guitar and
sang. He was definitely a better
guitarist, but I had a better
voice. He always wanted to be in
the spot light. It was all about
him, ya know?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I wrote this song, but he never
wanted to play it. The song was
good. It probably could have been
the one that got us noticed. But,
he just didn't want to play
it…ever. And it was right after
that we got into it. He left the
band and then left for Hollywood a
couple weeks later.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
That sucks. Is music still your
dream?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No…my kids and my business are my
priority, but I would like to get
up on a stage one more time. Maybe
            (MORE)

30.

                       MIKE (cont'd)
play my song and then put it all
behind me.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Wow… enough of all this sad crap.
Let's go and look at my room. I'll
grab the copy of Daddies blue
prints.
                                                            
 
EXT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - DAY
                                                            
Dina pulls up to Nicky's school. She exits and walks to the
rear door and opens it.
                                                            
                       DINA
Ok bud, come on.
                                                            
Nick exits the rear door carrying a large backpack that's
about to tip him over.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Bye Aunt Dee. Thanks for the lift.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Chuckling)
Bye sweetie, have a good day!
                                                            
Dina kisses Nick on the top of his head. Nicky walks away.
Dina looks into the back seat.
                                                            
                       DINA
Lyssa, are you sleeping.
                                                            
Dina tickles Alyssa, knowing she's not really asleep.
                                                            
                       DINA
I'm a getcha!
                                                            
Alyssa smiles and tries to hold back a laugh, but she can't.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
AUNT DEE! STOP!
                                                            
                       DINA
Ok princess; let's get you to day
care.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
I come to work with you.
                                                            

31.

                       DINA
Oh baby, you can't. Auntie Dee has
a meeting with some clients. Maybe
tomorrow.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
      (Sad)
Fine.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Pouty face)
Sorry!
                                                            
Dina closes the rear door and gets back in to the car. The
car pulls away.
                                                            
 
INT. DINA'S LUXURY SUV - DAY
                                                            
Dina grabs her phone from her purse and dials the phone.
                                                            
                       DINA
Hey, what's happening?

I just dropped nick off and I'm
taking Alyssa. Don't forget to
pick him up by 3:00

Ok, and I'm not your mother

Bye
                                                            
Dina ends the call. Just about to put her phone back in her
purse, she sees David's business card sitting in her purse.
She picks the phone back up and dials it.
                                                            
                       DINA
Hello…Dave

It's Dina

Hey

What are you doing this afternoon?

Yeah, usually around 1

Ok, I'll see you there

Bye
                                                            
Dina smiles and sets her phone down.
                                                            

32.

                       ALYSSA
Aunt Dee? Was that a boy?
                                                            
                       DINA
It was an old friend.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Mmm hmmm, lover boy.
                                                            
Dina turns to look at Alyssa and laughs.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO HOME ROSANNE'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
Rosanne has the blueprints spread out on her bed. She sits
next to them in a slightly erotic position. Mike just hung
up his phone and put it in his belt holster.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
So getting back to this, I wanted
to move my new bathroom from here
to over here. That would let more
sun come in from the back window.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well, yeah. We can do that but it
will change the layout of the
theater room below. Not that it
will impede it, but we have to
make some changes for the
plumbing. Not a big deal.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Ok, cool. So what do you think
about the walk in closet?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Not a problem, we're just
reversing the closet and the bath.
                                                            
Mike begins to walk around the room investigating it.
Rosanne slowly approaches from behind.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I think I want mirrors on the
ceiling above the spa tub. Then I
won't feel so lonely in that big
tub. It could be fun too.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Somewhat aroused
       and trying not to
       show it, begins
       stumbling his
            (MORE)

33.

                       MIKE (cont'd)
       words)
Uh, well, yeah, that we can do
that.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
So Mr. Builder man, what do you
like to do for fun?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well, uh, I usually don't do much.
I like movies, a little too much
if you ask certain people.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Movies? What kind of movies?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I like all kinds, but the ones
that have a happy ending are
usually the best.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Oh, you like happy endings?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Um…Well most movies are based on
some ones life. I like to believe
if bad things happy to all of
these people in the movies and it
all ends up good, maybe there's a
chance for me.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
You're not happy.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well I am but I guess something is
missing.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Like what you and your wife had?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, honestly I don't think we ever
had it. It's like... did you see
"What Dreams May Come"?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Yeah, with Robin Williams. Right?
                                                            

34.

                       MIKE
Yeah, right. There was a family
that was torn apart by one tragedy
after another, but they all ended
up together and happy.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Uhhh…didn't they all die?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah, but, they were all together
in the end. No matter what the
husband and wife went thru, they
found each other in the end. True
love, soul mates.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Do you believe in soul mates?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I want to, I just don't know if
everyone has a soul mate, at least
I wonder if I do or not.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
You know what?
                                                            
                       MIKE
What?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
You need some cheering up. And I'd
like to be the one to do it. Come
on, you're coming with me.
                                                            
Rosanne grabs Mike's hand and pulls him out of the bedroom.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Where are we going?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Don't worry about it; I got the
perfect thing for you. Let's go.
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne exit the room.
                                                            
 
EXT. GUARINO'S RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
There is an upscale Italian restaurant in the fore ground.
                                                            
 

35.

INT. GUARINO'S RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne walk in to the restaurant and walk over to
the Greeter. The greeter is a beautiful young woman dressed
in a business skirt with a blouse on.
                                                            
                       GREETER
Good afternoon Ms. Guarino. Table
for 2?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Yes, Jessica, thank you.
                                                            
The three of them walk into the restaurant to a cozy little
table for 2 in the back corner. Mike and Rosanne sit down.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
May I get you something to drink
for you?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Let me have a water with a lemon
in it.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'll take a coke.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Ok, I'll be right back.
                                                            
Jessica sets the menus on the table and walks away.
                                                            
                       MIKE
This is nice place.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
My father opened it about a year
ago. The food is really good.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I didn't know you father was a
restaurateur?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
My father is many things but a
restaurateur is not one of them.
Him and his friends like good
Italian food and they were looking
for a place that they could go and
have a nice quiet dinner.
                                                            

36.

                       MIKE
Your dad built a restaurant so he
could have a quiet dinner?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Well, there's more to it, but he
does weird spontaneous things like
that.
                                                            
                       MIKE
So what do you recommend?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Everything is good, but I like the
Chicken Picata. You don't have to
be anywhere soon do ya?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, I have a few hours before I
have to pick up the kids and Dina
is handling the office today.
                                                            
A man approaches from behind Mike.
                                                            
                       MANS VOICE
Mike... is that you?
                                                            
Mike turns around.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Surprised)
Rick!
                                                            
Mike stands up and shakes hands with Rick.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Rick, how are you?
                                                            
                       RICK
I'm doing good. Me and Stacy just
had another baby.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Congratulations. Whad ya have?
                                                            
                       RICK
Another girl.
                                                            
                       RICK
      (Whispering)
Speaking of girls, wow, who is
that.
                                                            

37.

                       MIKE
Oh, sorry. Rosanne this is my
friend Rick, Rick this is Rosanne
Guarino.
                                                            
                       RICK
Like, Guarino's the name on the
menu?
                                                            
Rick extends his hand and shakes Rosanne's hand.
                                                            
                       RICK
Please to meet you.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
You too. So how do you know each
other?
                                                            
                       MIKE
We went to school together and
remember that band thing I told
you about? Well he was the
drummer.
                                                            
                       RICK
Speaking of which, have you talked
to Dave since he came back?
                                                            
                       MIKE
What? Dave's back?
                                                            
                       RICK
Oh, you didn't know? Yeah, he came
back about a month or 2 ago. He's
doing good. Looks different.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Wow. No I didn't know. What's he
doing?
                                                            
                       RICK
He left the band and came back to
run the store for his dad. I guess
his dad has been sick. He had a
heart attack last year. But, so
Dave's running the place, he says
he wants to get his life back
together. I stopped over there
before I came here. I guess he ran
into Dina this morning. They're
doing lunch or something today.
                                                            

38.

                       MIKE
      (Surprised)
Really. Hmmm... She didn't mention
that when I talked to her before.
                                                            
                       RICK
      (Laughing)
She probably doesn't want you to
get all BFF on her. Well hey I
gotta get back to work. Call me.
It was nice meeting you Rosanne.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
You too. Bye.
                                                            
                       MIKE
See ya buddy.
                                                            
Rick walks away.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Wow... I'm shocked.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Chuckling)
And how exactly was this supposed
to cheer me up? Just kidding.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Sorry.
Did you decide what you wanted?
                                                            
 
INT. CAFE - DAY
                                                            
Dina and David are sitting at a table with 2 coffee's
sitting on it.
                                                            
                       DINA
So what happened? Why did you come
back?
                                                            
                       DAVE
Well after my Dad got sick, I felt
like, I left things behind. The
band wasn't really working out. My
family needed me. I started
feeling like I abandoned them.
                                                            
                       DINA
I stopped to see your dad in the
hospital. How's he doing now?
                                                            

39.

                       DAVE
He's good. I think he is afraid to
start doing things again. The
doctor says he's fine but he just
sits around. He's driving mom
nuts. What about you? What's been
happening?
                                                            
                       DINA
Not much. Just working. We just
sold a huge job.
                                                            
                       DAVE
What's huge?
                                                            
                       DINA
$4 million. Can you believe it?
Mike is thrilled. We were hurting
so bad for a while. Our overhead
was thru the roof and we weren't
selling anything. Then Dominic
Guarino calls and bam. It's the
biggest job we've ever had.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Dominic Guarino? The Dominic? The
mafia guy?
                                                            
                       DINA
What? He's not in the mafia.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Bull shit. Don't you read the
papers? They're still not sure if
he killed his wife or not. That
dudes bad news.
                                                            
                       DINA
Come on. I've spent so much time
with that guy. He's sweet.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Watch your self. Serious, I mean
it. I can't believe Mike didn't
know. How is he anyway?
                                                            
                       DINA
He's been busy with the kids.
                                                            
                       DAVE
How many?
                                                            

40.

                       DINA
2. Boy and a girl. They are
precious. He's 7 and she's 4.
                                                            
                       DAVE
How are him and Robin getting
along?
                                                            
                       DINA
He tries to be nice, for the kids,
ya know. She just has this thing
against him. I don't know. She
hasn't spoken to me in years.
We're cordial, but that's about
it. I don't think Robin really
cares about anyone but Robin.
                                                            
                       DAVE
How is she with the kids?
                                                            
                       DINA
She's good to the kids. But she
hasn't been herself over the last
couple years. I don't know if
she's drinking or something but
she doesn't take care of herself.
She looked like hell yesterday
when we went to pick up the kids.
                                                            
                       DAVE
You guys still spend a lot of time
together?
                                                            
                       DINA
All I have is him and the kids.
We're always together. The kids
call me Auntie Dee. Me an Aunt.
Who'd have thunk? So, I take it he
doesn't know?
                                                            
                       DAVE
No. I thought about it. I even
called him a few times, but I
always hang up before he answers.
                                                            
                       DINA
What happened with you guys?
                                                            
                       DAVE
Sometimes you think you know
someone and you find out they're
not who you thought they were.
                                                            

41.

                       DINA
I don't know what happened, but
don't you think it's time to put
it in the past. It was 8 years ago
for god sakes.
                                                            
                       DAVE
I know. I tried. I just don't know
what to say. Maybe the three of us
can get together, maybe I can kill
2 birds with one stone.
                                                            
                       DINA
Ya know. I think I can arrange
that. Well, at least I'll try.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO'S RESTAURANT - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne have just finished eating.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
So what do you say we blow this
popsicle stand.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Anything particular in mind.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Yep.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Since I'm driving, mind telling
me?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Then it wouldn't be a surprise.
I'll give you directions on the
way.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok. Guess I don't have a choice.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne are driving Clearwater to St. Petersburg.
They are driving down Rt. 19. They get turn down 5th Ave.
and pull into The Vinoy Club. The Vinoy Club is a premier
marina / resort club in St. Petersburg.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What's this?
                                                            

42.

                       ROSANNE
This is where I come to relax. My
father's a member. We have a yacht
and a 30' boat in the marina. But
I love the spa. Come on.
                                                            
Mike & Rosanne exit the truck and walk into the club.
                                                            
 
INT. VINOY CLUB - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne walk to the front counter. There is a
hostess wearing a tux.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Hi Kathy. Can we get into the spa
for a quick massage?
                                                            
                       KATHY
I believe so. I don't think there
are any clients back there. Follow
me.
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne follow Kathy down the hall.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Are there any double rooms
available?
                                                            
                       KATHY
Yes, I'll have them put you in
one.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Uhhh, what? What's? I've never
been to one of these before. What
are we doing?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Come on, you'll enjoy it.
                                                            
 
INT. CAFE - DAY
                                                            
Dina and David have just finished their coffee and
conversation they are standing at the front door getting
ready to walk out.
                                                            
                       DINA
Well thanks for lunch. I gotta get
to the office. I don't know if
Mike made it back yet or not. So I
need to get to the office.
                                                            

43.

                       DAVE
Ok sweetie. It was good to see
you. And thanks for understanding
why I did what I did.
                                                            
                       DINA
I'm still not sure why, but I got
over it a long time ago.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Thanks. You gonna try and see if
Mike will talk to me.
                                                            
                       DINA
I'll figure something out. Might
help if I knew what your guys
problem was, but oh well.
                                                            
David opens the door and Dina exits followed by David.
                                                            
 
EXT. CAFE - DAY
                                                            
                       DINA
Ok, I'll call ya later. And thanks
again for clearing some of that
up.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Bye hun and thanks again.
                                                            
Dina and David hug. David walks away. Dina walks across the
street to her car. She pulls out her phone and dials it.
There is no answer.
                                                            
                       DINA
Mike, where are you? Call me when
you get this and don't forget to
pick the kids up. Don't want your
ex to kill ya, do you.
                                                            
Dina gets in her SUV and pulls away.
                                                            
 
INT. SPA - DAY
                                                            
Rosanne and Mike are in the massage room at the spa.
                                                            
                       KATHY
Ok, the showers are in the back.
Just pick a bed when you're done.
The girls will be in here in about
10 minutes.
                                                            

44.

                       ROSANNE
Thanks Kathy.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Questioning)
Uhhh, yeah, thanks. I think.
                                                            
Kathy exits and closes the door behind her.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Why don't you jump in the steam
shower really quick? It feels
great. It'll definitely relax you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ummm, ok.
                                                            
Mike reluctantly walks back to the huge steam shower.
                                                            
 
INT. SPA - DAY
                                                            
The water in the shower turns off.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Ya done?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Let me get you a towel.
                                                            
Rosanne grabs a towel off of the towel warmer and hands it
to Mike, who is still hiding in the shower.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Here ya go.
                                                            
Mike grabs the towel, opening the door ever so slightly. He
wraps the towel around him and walks out of the shower.
Rosanne is standing there in a towel.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Don't they have robes or some kind
of, uhhh something to put on?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Stop it. You're silly. Just relax,
it's fine.
                                                            
Mike turns around and starts to walk over to the closest
bed. He peels back the sheet. Puzzled, he tries to figure

45.

out how to get in without losing his towel or revealing his
naked body.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Sexually taunting)
Mike!
                                                            
Mike turns and looks just as he gets under the sheet.
Rosanne is standing there completely naked. Very quickly,
Mike turns his head away.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Don't be shy. What, you never seen
a naked woman.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, I just wasn't expecting that.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Don't you like what you see?
                                                            
Rosanne gets under the sheets. There is a knock at the door.
                                                            
                       MASSAGE THERAPIST
Are you ready?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Yes, come in.
                                                            
 
EXT. MINA CORP. - DAY
                                                            
We see the office building that holds Mike and Dina's
company.
                                                            
 
INT. MINA CORP. - DAY
                                                            
Dina is sitting in her office. She reaches into her desk and
pulls out a picture from about 10 years ago. The picture is
Dina, Mike, Robin and David. Dina looks at the picture and
starts to tear up.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Dina?
                                                            
Dina quickly wipes her eyes and tries not to make eye
contact.
                                                            
                       DINA
Yeah Brianna?
                                                            

46.

                       BRIANNA
Mike hasn't called back yet. The
daycare called and Alyssa has a
fever.
                                                            
                       DINA
Dammit. What time is it? Shit,
Nicholas gets out of school in 40
minutes. If he calls, tell him I
went to get the kids and I'll meet
him at his house.
                                                            
Dina grabs her purse and runs out the door.
                                                            
 
INT. SPA FRONT DESK - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Dina stand at the front desk. Kathy and the 2
massage therapists are standing off to the side of the desk.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Thanks girls. That was wonderful.
Just put it on daddies account.
                                                            
Mike looks at the clock behind the counter.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Oh shit, we gotta go. I gotta get
the kids.
                                                            
 
EXT. GUARINO HOME - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne are sitting in the truck.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks Rosanne. I had a great day.
That was fun.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Giggling)
Well I figured I'd give you a
little "Because I Said So".
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ahh, the massage scene. Thanks.
                                                            
Rosanne leans towards Mike and gives him a passionate kiss.
Then with out saying a word she exits the truck.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Uhhh, will I see again.
                                                            

47.

                       ROSANNE
You'll be here on Monday, won't
you?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Me too.
                                                            
Rosanne walks away and goes into the house. Mike sits there
for a moment awestruck, as he watches her walk into the
house.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIKE'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Mike is driving down the road.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Mike is on the phone.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Brianna, is Dina there?
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
No, she went to get your kids.
She's pissed.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Oh crap. Ok, did she grab my
laptop?
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
No, it's still here.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok, I'll be there in a few
minutes.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE KITCHEN - DAY
                                                            
Dina is standing in the kitchen with Alyssa near the sink.
Dina is pouring liquid Tylenol into the measuring cup.
                                                            
                       DINA
Here ya go baby. Take this and
you'll feel all better.
                                                            

48.

                       ALYSSA
I don't wanna take it.
                                                            
                       DINA
You have to. Don't you wanna feel
better?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
I don't wanna be like mommy when
she takes her medicine.
                                                            
Nick comes walking in to the kitchen.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Questioning)
Mommy? What does mommy take?
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
I don't know. She says it's her
special medicine. But it makes her
mean and then all she does is
sleep.
                                                            
                       DINA
Here honey, take this. It won't do
that to you. I promise.
                                                            
 
INT. MINA CORP. - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks into his office and grabs his computer. He walks
out and passes Dina's office. He notices the door is open so
he goes to close it. As he is getting ready to close the
door he sees the picture sitting on her desk. He walks over
to the picture and picks it up. There is a hint of anger in
his face.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIKE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Mike pulls in to the driveway.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks in the door. Nicky is sitting at the kitchen
table.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey buddy. Where's Alyssa and
Dina?
                                                            

49.

                       NICHOLAS
Hi dad. They're in Alyssa's room.
                                                            
Mike walks to Alyssa's room. Dina has just walked out and is
quietly closing the door.
                                                            
                       DINA
Shhh, she's sleeping.
                                                            
Mike and Dina walk into the kitchen.
                                                            
                       DINA
Where the hell have you been?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I was... with Rosanne.
                                                            
                       DINA
I don't care who you were with,
but you were supposed to pick up
the kids. Then the school couldn't
get you or Robin. Alyssa's sick.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What's wrong?
                                                            
                       DINA
She's fine. It's just a fever. I
gave her some children's Tylenol.
Well where have you been?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I went to the house and seen what
she wanted me to look at.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I bet you did.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Then we went to lunch and...
                                                            
                       DINA
And what? Did you sleep with her?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No.
                                                            
                       DINA
You did. You're a pig.
                                                            

50.

                       MIKE
Me. Why didn't you tell me about
Mr. Right being back? How long
have you been seeing him?
                                                            
                       DINA
We're not seeing each other. We
had lunch. I ran into him this
morning and we decided to go to
lunch and talk.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You couldn't tell me?
                                                            
                       DINA
I tried to, but you left in hurry
and never answered your phone.
Don't be pissed at me.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You could have told me right when
you got here.
                                                            
                       DINA
If you forgot, I was a little busy
taking care of your kids, cuz your
lazy ass couldn't get out of bed.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Typical Dina. Always coming to the
rescue and then throwing it right
back in your face.
                                                            
                       DINA
What are you talking about? You
screwed up, not me.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Nick go in your room and finish
your homework.
                                                            
Nick leaves the kitchen.
                                                            
                       DINA
I am so sick of this.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Of what?
                                                            
                       DINA
This. I have put my life on hold
to help you out. Then I get shit
on.
                                                            

51.

                       MIKE
Ha! You don't have a life. Don't
give me that. Just because your
fiance left you and your parent's
ran out on you, don't blame me and
my kids.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Crying)
You're an asshole. I've been here
because I wanted to. And I'm here
bacause... Forget it.
                                                            
Dina runs out the front door crying. Mike sits down in the
chair. He has a look of compassion on his face. He puts his
hands around his face.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Mike is sitting on the couch. Nick and Alyssa come in the
room and sit on the couch.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Dad can we watch a movie?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, not tonight. Not really in a
movie mood.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Because you and Aunt Dee got into
a fight.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No we weren't fighting. Just an
argument.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
She was pissed.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Alyssa... stop.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
How come you and Aunt Dee never
got married?
                                                            
                       MIKE
What... me and Aunt Dee? No. We're
just friends.
                                                            

52.

                       NICHOLAS
That's not what mommy says.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What did mommy say?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
      (Teasing)
That you and Aunt Dee are in love.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I don't think so.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Mommy said that's why you get
divorced.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What?
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
She said that you and Aunt Dee
wouldn't know it if it slapped you
in the face.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
And that you really wanted to
marry Aunt Dee.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok, enough of this. Let's get to
bed. Come on storytellers. Bed
time.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike is on the phone. The kids bags are packed and sitting
by the front door. Mike keeps peering out the living room
blinds.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Robin... pick up the phone! You
were supposed to be here an hour
ago. Call me back.
                                                            
Mike hangs up the phone. He has a look of disgust.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Where in the hell is she?
                                                            
 

53.

INT. MIKE'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike is falling asleep on the couch. The kids are watching
the 10 o'clock news. The phone rings.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hello.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Hey, sorry. I'm not feeling good.
I guess I slept longer than I
thought.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Just stay there I'll drop them
off. I'll see you in 20 minutes.
Bye.
                                                            
Mike hangs up the phone.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Mike is driving to the Guarino's house. He is on the phone.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Brianna, tell Dina I'm meeting the
guys at the Guarino's and I'll be
in about 11 or so.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Ok, she's not in yet. But I'll let
her know when she gets here.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks, I'll see ya later, bye.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO HOME BACK YARD - DAY
                                                            
Mike is in the back yard with several construction workers
and Mr. Guarino.
                                                            
                       MIKE
So, they're gonna start at the
back and dig for the footers. The
new pool will be dug tomorrow and
the pool insert will be placed on
Wednesday.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
How long is this project going to
take?
                                                            

54.

                       MIKE
The plan is to have a completion
date of 6 months. I have everyone
on this and then some. Once the
foundation is poured then we can
start putting up the floors, walls
and roof. We're going to put a
temporary enclosure around the
pool. Then when the new walls and
roof are in place, we'll cut out
the existing rooms for the
expansion. I'll have the interior
guys working on that and then the
deck crew will start the deck.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Sounds like a plan. Walk with me.
                                                            
Mike and Mr. Guarino walk to the house away from the
workers.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
I understand you and my daughter
had a little date the other day.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Nervous)
Well... uh... we had lunch. You
know, talking about the ideas she
had.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
She made it sound a little
different. Listen…she likes you.
She had a very nice time. But I
want you to understand... that is
my baby. She is all I have. And if
anything happens to her... well
lets just say it won't be
pleasant.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
No... I... I understand sir. She
is special. I enjoyed spending
time with her.
                                                            
Mr. Guarino puts his arm around Mike.
                                                            
                       MR. GUARINO
Just so we understand each other.
                                                            
 

55.

INT. MINA CORP. - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks into the lobby.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Good morning Bri.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Mornin' Mike.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I didn't see Dina's car. Has she
been in yet?
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Nope, I tried to call her, but she
didn't answer. Mr. Madden called
for her about the drawings she
did.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well... call him back and tell him
I'll drop them off at his office.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Okie dokie boss.
                                                            
Mike walks into Dina's office to get the files. He notices
the picture that he saw on the desk wasn't there anymore.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey Bri?
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Yo?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Are you sure she wasn't here?
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Unless she got here before me.
                                                            
Mike grabs the files off of the credenza and leaves Dina's
office.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIKE'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Mike is sitting outside the office Mr. Madden. He just
dialed the phone.
                                                            

56.

                       DINA'S VOICEMAIL
Hi, you've reached Dina. I'm
either on the phone or way. Just
leave a message and I'll get back
to you. Have a good day.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Dee... where are you? I just
dropped of the file to Madden's
office. Call me back.
                                                            
 
INT. MINA CORP. - DAY
                                                            
Mike has just come to work for the start of the day.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey Bri.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Hey. Have you talked to Dina?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No. You?
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
No. I stopped by her house last
night, but she didn't answer.
                                                            
Mike walks back out the door with a curious look on his
face, not saying a word.
                                                            
 
EXT. DINA'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Mike is outside Dina's house knocking at her door and
ringing the bell. He is acting frantic.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Dina... Dina... Open the door.
                                                            
Mike gets his key and goes into Dina's house.
                                                            
 
EXT. DINA'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Mike is running through the house. Everything is in place.
He goes in to Dina's bedroom. He sees her closet open but
most of her clothes are gone. He goes to her dresser, opens
a few drawers and notices they are just about empty. Mike
walks out the front door.
                                                            
 

57.

EXT. DINA'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Mike locks Dina's door and Dina's neighbor comes out to get
his morning paper.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Eric, Have you seen Dina?
                                                            
                       ERIC
She left yesterday morning with
her suitcase.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Did she say where she was going?
                                                            
                       ERIC
No, she stopped over and asked us
to get the mail and said she was
going away for a while. She never
said where. She was acting a
little strange.
                                                            
Mike runs to his truck and gets in and speeds away.
                                                            
 
INT. MINA CORP. - DAY
                                                            
Mike is at his desk. Brianna comes to the door.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Are you ok?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah, I'm fine. I'd just like to
know where she went. We have a
business to run.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Maybe she just needed to get away.
You said that fight got pretty
bad.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah, maybe.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Not to change the subject, but
Dominic Guarino called. He wanted
you to stop by.
                                                            

58.

                       MIKE
All right, let me get my stuff.
Call him and tell him I'll be
there in about an hour.
                                                            
 
EXT. MIKE'S TRUCK - DAY
                                                            
Mike is loading some materials and tools in the back of his
truck. Mike's phone rings.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hello.
                                                            
                       VOICE ON PHONE
Mike... it's Dave.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Long Pause)
What?
                                                            
                       DAVE
Do you have time to talk?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Not really. I'm meeting a client.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Well, you have my number. Give me
a call when you get a chance. I
need to tell you something.
                                                            
Mike doesn't say goodbye. He ends the call, shakes his head
and rolls his eyes.
                                                            
 
INT. MOTEL - DAY
                                                            
SOMEWHERE IN GEORGIA
                                                            
Dina sits on a bed in a motel room. She is looking at the
picture of the 4 of them again. There is also a picture of
Nick and Alyssa sitting on the bed. Dina is crying.
                                                            
 
EXT. GUARINO HOME BACK YARD - DAY
                                                            
Mike is in the back yard talking to the construction guys.
Rosanne pokes her head out the sliding door.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Mike!
                                                            

59.

                       ROSANNE
      (Yelling over the
       machinery)
MIKE!
                                                            
Mike turns around and sees Rosanne. Rosanne is waving to
Mike to come in the house.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey guys, I'll be back in a few.
                                                            
 
INT. GUARINO HOME LIVING ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne are sitting in the living room on the
couch.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
What's wrong? You don't seem
yourself.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Unconvincing)
I'm fine.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Mike, tell me what's wrong. Maybe
I can help.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It's a long story.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I'll tell ya what. Do you have
your kids this weekend?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Wanna get away? Just us. Maybe
take some time together, get to
know each other.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You know what, yeah that sounds
like a good idea.
                                                            
 
INT. MOTEL - DAY
                                                            

60.

SOMEWHERE IN GEORGIA
                                                            
Dina is in the motel room sitting at the table. She is
writing a letter. She finishes the letter and puts it in an
envelope. A single teardrop falls on the letter blotting
some of the ink, she doesn't notice.
                                                            
 
EXT. VINOY CLUB DOCKS - DAY
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne are walking down the dock to Mr. Guarino's
yacht. It is a 2005 Lazzara 110SL Motor Yacht. There is a
crew of cleaners that are exiting the boat. The cleaning
supervisor stops and talks to Rosanne.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Mike, give me a minute. Just climb
aboard, I'll be right there.
                                                            
Mike walks on to the boat in amazement. He is closely
examining the fine workmanship.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (To Himself)
Wow! This is incredible. It's
bigger than my house. This floor
alone had to cost over $200,000.
                                                            
Rosanne comes up behind Mike while he is standing on the fly
bridge looking out over the bay.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Mr. Horwath, I hope you enjoy your
stay.
                                                            
Rosanne kisses Mike on the neck. Mike turns around.
                                                            
                       MIKE
This is awesome. I've never been
on a boat this big
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I spend most of the weekends on it
unless my Dad is using it for
business.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Cutely cynical)
It's a yacht, not a boat.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What ever it is... this is gonna
be fun. Do you drive it?
                                                            

61.

                       ROSANNE
No we have a captain and crew.
Speaking of which… we have about 2
hours before they come to take us
out and have dinner at sea while
we watch a romantic sunset.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Joking)
Isn't it supposed to rain?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Details... details. All right,
lets get our stuff put away and
get cleaned up.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Mmm... sounds good to me!
                                                            
 
INT. HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Dina is sitting in a chair in the living room. There is an
older lady that walks into the room with a cup of hot
chocolate. She walks over to Dina and hands her the cup and
sits on the couch across from Dina.
                                                            
                       OLDER LADY
Drink that sweetie.
                                                            
                       DINA
It just sucks. He's not the same
as he used to be. He's changed.
                                                            
Dina's eyes fill up with tears.
                                                            
                       DINA
What do I do? It's so weird to
look at him in the eye and know
what we could have had.
                                                            
                       OLDER LADY
Did you tell him how you feel?
                                                            
                       DINA
No. How do I know what to say?
I've wanted to tell him for so
long but he's been somewhere else.
This just sucks.
                                                            
                       OLDER LADY
Go to him and tell him.
                                                            

62.

                       DINA
I can't. I just need some time to
think. I really don't want to get
hurt again. With everything Dave
told me, I'm just scared.
                                                            
                       DINA
If you think he's going to hurt
you then he's not the one for you.
Maybe you need to find someone
else. But if you think he truly
loves you and you love him, then
nothing should keep you apart, not
even your friend.
                                                            
 
INT. YACHT - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne are on the fly bridge finishing up dinner.
                                                            
                       MIKE
That was the best fillet I ever
had.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I will give the chef your
compliments.
                                                            
Rosanne gets up and sits next to Mike. She cuddles up to
him.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I haven't had a night like this in
a long time. This was nice. I had
a good time.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Me too.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Impersonating)
Here's looking at you, kid.
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne kiss.
                                                            
 
INT. MINA CORP. - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks in to work on Monday morning. He seems a little
happier than normal.
                                                            

63.

                       MIKE
Good morning Bri. And how are you
this wonderful morning.
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
Did you get laid?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I had a great weekend... and yes I
did.
Did you hear from Dina?
                                                            
                       BRIANNA
She left a message. She said she
needed some time. She sounded kind
of strange. She said she had some
stuff to work out and she wanted
me to handle all of her accounts
for a few weeks or so.
                                                            
                       MIKE
A few weeks!? This is all because
of that asshole coming back. I
knew this was going to happen. You
know what, we'll let her be.
Hopefully she'll realize what he
really is.
                                                            
 
EXT. GUARINO HOME BACK YARD - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks up to the construction project Rosanne is
standing in the sliding glass door. She comes running out
and runs up to Mike.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Hey babe. I missed you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hi.
                                                            
They kiss.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
How are you?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I am surprisingly great. Well
maybe not a surprise to you.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Any word from your friend.
                                                            

64.

                       MIKE
Kinda. She left a message on our
assistants voice mail. Something
about she needs to get her head
together and she was going to be
away for a while.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Don't worry about it. If she were
a real friend she would have
talked to you about it.
                                                            
                       MIKE
So do you have any plans for
tonight?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Nope. What do you have in mind?
                                                            
                       MIKE
How bout a baseball game?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
The Rays?
                                                            
                       MIKE
More like the Sharks.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
The Sharks?
                                                            
                       MIKE
My son's team. They have games
every Monday. It's pretty funny to
watch.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
uh sure, why not. Sounds like fun.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok it's a date. I'll pick you up
around 6.
                                                            
Mike gives Rosanne a kiss.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well I better go check on the
guys, since they're staring and
all.
                                                            
Rosanne turns around and see the workers looking at her and
Mike. They quickly turn around and start working.
                                                            

65.

                       MIKE
I'll see ya later.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Bye.
                                                            
Mike walks over to the workers.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Jim... Jim. Can you come here for
a minute?
                                                            
                       JIM
Yo, what's up?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Can you get the guys to work a
little late and maybe do some
weekends?
                                                            
                       JIM
We're ahead of schedule. What
gives?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Dina took an extended vacation
apparently and I have 90 million
things going on. This project
needs to be priority and I'd like
to finish it ahead of schedule.
                                                            
                       JIM
I'll see what I can do.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks.
                                                            
                       JIM
So have you seen Dave yet?
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Frustrated)
No... I haven't. But you know
what, I think I will here shortly.
I think I need to buy some tools.
                                                            
 
EXT. WEST COAST HARDWARE - DAY
                                                            
Dave's family Hardware Store sits off of Main Street. Mike
pulls in the parking lot.
                                                            
 

66.

INT. WEST COAST HARDWARE - DAY
                                                            
Mike walks into the store. Dave is with another customer in
the back of the store. He never sees Mike come in. Mike
walks around the store looking at the merchandise. He stops
at the tool department and is looking at a drill. Dave walks
up behind him.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Is there anything I can help you
find?
                                                            
Mike slowly turns around.
                                                            
                       MIKE
As a matter of fact, yeah you can.
Where the hell is Dina?
                                                            
                       DAVE
      (Surprised)
Mike! Holy Shit! How are you? Wow!
Why didn't you call me back?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Cut the crap. Where did she go? I
know you know and I know it's
because of you. I have a business
to run and now I'm screwed.
                                                            
                       DAVE
I have no idea where she is. She
came to see me the other night.
She said you guys had a fight. We
talked for a little and she said
she needed to figure some things
out. I haven't heard from her
since.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You waltz back into her life as
easily as you walked out and think
everything will be fine. It's not
fine. I've spent the last however
many frigging years being there
for her because of how bad you
hurt her. If you think I'm going
to let you screw with her mind,
you're fucked up.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Mike, I know what you're thinking.
It ain't like that. I came back
for my dad. That's it. I don't
have any ulterior motives, unlike
            (MORE)

67.

                       DAVE (cont'd)
you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Fuck you. Asshole. She is my best
friend. Always has been, always
will be.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Then why'd you let her get away?
Again!
                                                            
                       MIKE
You pushed her away. You know
what... just stay the hell away
from her.
                                                            
Mike walks away in a rage. He slams the store door open and
walks out.
                                                            
 
INT. BAR/LOUNGE - DAY
                                                            
SOMEWHERE IN GEORGIA... STILL
                                                            
Dina walks in to the bar. She sits at the booth closest to
the door. A younger man approaches.
                                                            
                       YOUNGER MAN
Dina? Are you Dina?
                                                            
                       DINA
Yeah. Sit down.
                                                            
                       YOUNGER MAN
Wow. You're prettier than Teresa
said. I wasn't sure what to
expect.
                                                            
                       DINA
Me neither. Just to let you know,
I'm a little nervous about this
whole thing. I never thought I'd
meet someone like this. It's kind
of weird.
                                                            
                       YOUNGER MAN
I know how you feel. When Teresa
called me and said she wanted me
to meet you... I was pretty
nervous. But after talking to her
for a little while I felt more
comfortable.
                                                            

68.

                       DINA
So what do you do?
                                                            
                       YOUNGER MAN
My friend and I bought this place
after we graduated college. So
it's been a few years, but I like
it. You meet all kinds of
different people. And the stories
you hear, woo. What about you?
                                                            
                       DINA
I am half owner of a construction
/ design firm with my best friend.
It wasn't doing very well till
lately. We got a pretty big
account. But now everything is a
little screwed up.
                                                            
                       YOUNGER MAN
What happened?
                                                            
                       DINA
It's a long story.
                                                            
                       YOUNGER MAN
Look around. There's not exactly a
hopping crowd in here. I got time.
                                                            
                       DINA
You don't want to hear my
problems.
                                                            
                       YOUNGER MAN
I wouldn't have asked if I didn't.
How else am I supposed to get to
know you?
                                                            
                       DINA
Well... it all started when I went
to get some coffee the other
morning.
                                                            
 
EXT. BASEBALL FIELD - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne are walking up to the baseball field. Mike
sees Alyssa's playing with another little girl. She spots
her dad and runs over to him.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Daddy... Daddy.
                                                            

69.

                       MIKE
Hi princess. How are you?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Good.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Alyssa this is Daddies friend
Rosanne.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Is that your new squeeze?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Lyssa!
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Hi Alyssa. It's nice to meet you.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Hi.
Dad come sit on the pews with me
and mommy.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Honey those are bleachers,
churches have... never mind. Come
on Rosanne off to the pews.
                                                            
Rosanne is giggling. Mike holds Alyssa like superman flying
and jogs to the bleachers. Mike and Rosanne sit on the 3rd
level up. Just in front of them is Robin. Alyssa is sitting
on Mike's lap. Robin is not very appealing again. Her face
has no make up on and she is wearing sweats.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Hey.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Where is he?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Left center.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Oh I see him.
Robin this is Rosanne, Rosanne...
Robin.
                                                            

70.

                       ROSANNE
Hi, nice to meet you.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
You too.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Daddy can you get me some popcorn
and something to drink?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok. Come on peanut.
I'll be right back.
                                                            
Mike and Alyssa walk over to the concession stand. Mike sees
Jessica working the stand.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hi. You work at Guarino's right?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Yeah. You were the one that came
in with Rosanne. Do you have a son
that plays?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah. He's on the Sharks.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Mine is on the Rocket's. He's the
pitcher.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Cool.
What do you want sweetie?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Popcorn and fruit juice, please.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Can I get a popcorn and fruit
juice?
                                                            
                       JESSICA
That'll be $2.25.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Digging in his
       pocket)
I think I have a quarter. Ah here
you go.
                                                            

71.

                       JESSICA
Thanks.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Hey, Rosanne's here if you want to
say hi.
                                                            
                       JESSICA
Ok. Maybe when I get done here
I'll come sit and watch the game
with you. The other parents on my
sons team are crazy. That's why I
volunteer back here.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Ok, sounds good. Bye.
Here ya go princess.
                                                            
Mike and Alyssa walk back over to the bleachers and sit
down.
                                                            
                       MIKE
That girl, Jessica, from your dads
restaurant is working at the
concession stand. She said she's
going to come and sit with us when
she's done.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Oh, Cool. We went to school
together.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Your dad owns a restaurant?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Yes he does. Do you like Italian?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Yep!
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well maybe we'll go to Guarinos
this weekend.
                                                            
Robins' eyes widen as she turns around.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Your Dad is Dominic Guarino?
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
The one and only!
                                                            

72.

                       MIKE
You know him?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Uh... no. Not really.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Look. Nick's up.
                                                            
Nicky comes up to the plate and smacks one down the first
base line. The first baseman misses the ball. Nicky gets
waved to second base.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Woo hoo. Go Nick, go.
                                                            
Everyone starts clapping. Robin is sitting there with a
strange look on her face.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Hey Alyssa, do you like Disney
World?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
I've never been there.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
What? Never? How would you like to
go this weekend?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Daddy, can we, can we?
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Puzzled, looking
       at Rosanne)
Sure. I guess.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Shrugs shoulders
       and smiles)
                                                            
 
INT. MULTI SCENES - DAY
                                                            
Mike, Rosanne and the kids at Disney World

Mike and Rosanne at dinner

Mike and Rosanne on the boat

Mike and Rosanne in the movie theater


73.

Dina sitting in bar with younger man

Mike, Rosanne and the kids at Mike's house watching a movie

Mike and Rosanne shopping

Dina sitting on porch swing looking at photo

Mike and Rosanne in the park with the kids

Mike and Rosanne at the Tampa Bay Rays game

Mike and Rosanne at the beach

Dina talking with Older Lady

Mike and Rosanne walking around the construction project

Mike and Rosanne with Mr. Guarino and his friends

Dina crying sitting on a bed

Mike and Rosanne in bed making love
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S BEDROOM - DAY
                                                            
FOUR MONTHS LATER
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne are in bed. Mike is lying in bed looking at
the ceiling with a grin on his face. Rosanne is just waking
up.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Morning sunshine.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Morning.
                                                            
They kiss and Rosanne puts her head on Mike's chest.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Mike...
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yes dear.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I love you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Excited)
I... love you too.
                                                            

74.

                       ROSANNE
Through all of my relationships, I
never had this much fun with
someone.
                                                            
                       MIKE
I know. These last few months have
been great. I never thought I
could be this happy.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
This is perfect. Your perfect! The
kids are perfect! This is
everything I had hoped for.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Me too and the kids adore you.
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne kiss. The phone rings.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Let it go. If it's important
they'll call back.
                                                            
Mike looks at the caller id and picks up the phone.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Meese Countryside Hospital?
Hello?
                                                            
                       VOICE ON PHONE
Mr. Horwath?
                                                            
                       MIKE
This is?
                                                            
                       VOICE ON PHONE
Mr. Horwath this is Dr. Zingale
over at Meese. I have your ex-wife
and kids here.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Is everything ok?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
I think you're going to want to
come down here.
                                                            
Mike holds the phone in his hand looking scared and shocked.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
What? What's wrong? Mike? What is
it?
                                                            

75.

                       MIKE
I have to go. I'll call you later.
                                                            
Mike Jumps out of bed.
                                                            
 
EXT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL FRONT DESK - DAY
                                                            
Mike runs up to the front desk.
                                                            
                       LADY AT DESK
Can I help you sir?
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Shaken up)
I'm... I'm looking for my kids.
Horwath, the last name is Horwath.
                                                            
                       LADY AT DESK
One moment please.
Room 421. Go down the hall to the
elevator and take the ele...
                                                            
Mike runs down the hall to the elevator.
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL - DAY
                                                            
Mike runs out of the elevator. He is very agitated.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Screaming)
NICK!!! ALYSSA!!! NICHOLAS!!!
                                                            
                       NURSE 1
Sir... Sir can I help you?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'm looking for my kids.
                                                            
                       NURSE 1
Are you Mr. Horwath?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yes. Where are they?
                                                            
                       NURSE 1
Your children are fine. They are
with the Doctor and Detective
right now.
                                                            

76.

                       MIKE
Where? I want to see my kids.
Where are they?
                                                            
                       NURSE 1
Sir you need to relax. Your kids
are physically fine. The Doctor
will be out in a minute.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What happened? What's wrong? I
want to see them now.
                                                            
Dr. Zingale walks out of one of the rooms.
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
Nurse... I'll take care of this.
Thank you.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Who are you?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
I'm the Doctor you spoke to on the
phone.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Where are my kids?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
Mr. Horwath can you please come
with me.
                                                            
                       MIKE
WHERE ARE MY KIDS!
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
Sir, please.
                                                            
Mike and the doctor walk down the hall into a room.
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL DOCTORS OFFICE - DAY
                                                            
                       MIKE
What is going on?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
Sir, your wife... ex-wife has
overdosed. Your son found her in
bed this morning. When the
paramedics arrived she was
convulsing and vomiting. She had a
            (MORE)

77.

                       DR. ZINGALE (cont'd)
few seizures.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Is she ok?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
She's critical. Apparently she has
been doing crystal meth and who
knows whatever else.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What? Not Robin? She's never done
drugs.
                                                            
There is a knock at the door. A police detective opens the
door and walks in.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Mr. Horwath I'm Detective Cooke. I
presume the doctor has filled you
in?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
I am briefing him now.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Where are my kids? I want to see
them now!
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
The nurse just took the kids down
to the cafeteria to get some food.
Are you aware of any drug problems
your ex may have?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No. I just told him she was always
a good girl. She doesn't even
drink. She's worked here for
almost ten years. Wouldn't someone
with medical knowledge have known
or seen something?
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
We're interviewing her co-workers
now. Have you notice behavior
changes? Or appearance, mood
swings?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Well, I guess. But she's just
stressed out.
                                                            

78.

                       DR. ZINGALE
How did she handle the divorce?
                                                            
                       MIKE
We have been divorced for years.
It was her idea. I didn't want it.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Do you know where she may have
gotten the drugs?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No... No!
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
What has she been stressed about?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I don't know? Just stuff. What do
people get stressed about? Money,
kids... I don't know.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
We are going to do a search on the
house. Do you know anything that
can help us?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No. I'm sorry. I'm just having a
hard time buying this whole thing.
Can I see her?
                                                            
Detective Cooke nods his head in approval to Dr. Zingale.
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
I'll take you. Detective I'll keep
in touch. Thank you?
                                                            
Mike and Dr. Zingale exit the room.
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL ROBINS ROOM - DAY
                                                            
Dr. Zingale escorts Mike into the room. Robin is lying in
the bed. She is hooked up to all kinds of medical devices.
She is pale white and her face is looking thinner than
normal. Her hand is handcuffed to the bed rail. She is not
conscious. Mike looks around the room at the devices and the
tubes and wires hooked up to Robin.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Is she ok?
                                                            

79.

                       DR. ZINGALE
She's in a coma.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Why is she in handcuffs?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
The police are charging her with
child endangering and it's
partially for her own safety. I'll
give you a few minutes.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thank you.
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
Can you get myself or the nurses a
phone number of any family for
her? We'll call them. You don't
need any more problems.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Thanks.
                                                            
The doctor exits the room and closes the door. Mike stands
back and looks at Robin. He cautiously walks up to the
bedside.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Talking softly)
Robin, what did you do?
                                                            
Mikes eyes fill with tears.
                                                            
                       MIKE
You need to come back. Those kids
need you. I can't do it myself.
                                                            
Mike pulls up a chair and sits and stares at Robin.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Robin, regardless of what happened
in the past, I always have and
will love you.
                                                            
There is a knock at the door. The nurse pokes her head in.
                                                            
                       NURSE 1
Sir, your children are out here. I
told them I'd get you.
                                                            
Mike gets up and kisses Robin on the head and walks out of
the room.
                                                            
 

80.

INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL LOBBY - DAY
                                                            
Mike sees Nick and Alyssa sitting on a couple of chairs in
the lobby across from Robins room. He runs over to them and
grabs both of them in his arms and hugs them.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Daddy!
                                                            
                       MIKE
Are you guys ok?
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
What's wrong with mommy? Is she
ok?
                                                            
                       MIKE
She's a little sick. But the
doctors gonna fix her all up.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
      (Crying)
Is she going to die? She is, isn't
she?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
      (Starts to cry)
Mommy's gonna die?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No... No. Mommy will be ok. She
just needs to stay here and get
better. She's not going to leave
us.
                                                            
Rosanne comes running down the hall.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Mike is everything ok. I came as
soon as I figured out where you
went. What's going on?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I'll tell you later.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Are you guys ok?
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Yes. Mommy's sick.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
What happened?
                                                            

81.

                       MIKE
Hey guys let's get out of here.
                                                            
 
INT. BAR/LOUNGE - DAY
                                                            
SOMEWHERE IN GEORGIA
                                                            
Dina is sitting at the bar. The Younger Man is behind the
bar working. Dina's phone rings and she answers it.
                                                            
                       DINA
Hello?

This is.

Detective Cooke?

What?

Where?

I'll be there as soon as I can.
                                                            
Dina jumps off of the bar stool in a hurry.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Frantic)
Matt, I got to go.
                                                            
                       MATT
What's wrong?
                                                            
                       DINA
I don't know. I'll call you.
                                                            
Dina grabs her purse and runs out of the bar.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike just put the kids to bed and is walking from the
hallway to the living room. Rosanne is standing at the end
of the hall.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Are you ok?
                                                            
                       MIKE
Yeah... I guess. This is seriously
screwed up.
                                                            

82.

                       ROSANNE
Come on. Let's sit down. Do you
want something to eat or drink?
                                                            
                       MIKE
No... maybe... no I better not.
I'll probably puke.
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne walk into the living room and sit on the
couch.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Ok, so what happened?
                                                            
                       MIKE
I guess she's been doing meth or
something and she overdosed.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
She seemed out of it, but I didn't
think she would be doing anything
like that.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It doesn't make sense. She has
never done anything like that.
She's a freaking nurse. She knows
what that stuff will do.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
I guess we never really know the
people in our lives.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Agitated)
No, I know her. Something else is
going on. I just don't know what.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Just worry about those kids.
That's your priority.
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL ROBINS ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Dina just walked in to Robin's room. She is shocked to see
Robin in her condition. Dr. Zingale and a nurse are in
there.
                                                            
                       DINA
Oh my god. Is she ok?
                                                            

83.

                       DR. ZINGALE
I'm sorry, are you a friend or
family?
                                                            
                       DINA
I'm her friend. I just left the
Detectives office. He said he was
going to call you to let you know
I was coming.
                                                            
                       NURSE 2
Are you Dina?
                                                            
                       DINA
Yeah.
                                                            
                       NURSE 2
She's ok Doctor.
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
We'll give you a few moments. But
visiting hours are over.
                                                            
                       DINA
Is she going to be ok?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
It's going to be touch and go for
the next couple days. She needs
rest and positive people around
her. Her heart is very weak.
                                                            
                       DINA
Ok.
Was her family here?
                                                            
                       NURSE 2
Her mother and brother came by.
                                                            
                       DINA
Were they ok? Like not in a sad
mood, but just with her in
general.
                                                            
                       NURSE 2
Now that you mention it, they only
stayed for a few minutes and said
to call if we needed anything.
They didn't seem to worry.
                                                            
                       DINA
That sounds like them. They're not
very close or positive.
                                                            

84.

Just then Robin starts to moan. She is coming out of her
coma. The doctor checks her vitals.
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
Robin? Can you hear me? Robin?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
      (Moaning)
Yeah.
                                                            
                       DINA
Robin!
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Dina... is that you?
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Crying)
Yeah, baby, it's me.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
I need to talk to you.
                                                            
                       DINA
Ok, sweetie. Whatever you want.
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
Ma'am can you give us a few
minutes?
                                                            
                       DINA
Yeah, sure.
                                                            
Dina leaves the room.
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL LOBBY - NIGHT
                                                            
Dina walks down to the lobby and leans against the wall. She
pulls a piece of paper out of her purse and starts to read
it.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
      (Voice Over)
"Dina,
I have been doing a lot of
thinking over the last few years.
Things between us have gone wrong
somewhere. I have had some issues
in the past. I know I haven't been
the best of friends. I tried to
push you out of our lives and that
was wrong. Mike loves you. Not as
a friend, but more. He always has.
            (MORE)

85.

                       ROBIN (cont'd)
I knew it from the time I met him.
Everyone knew it, except you two.
I know you think of him as more
than a friend. He told me you guys
have not talked much in the last
few months. I don't know what
happened. But don't let him get
away this time. I know Dave told
you about why he left. He was
hoping that you and Mike were
going to get together. He was a
better friend to you than I was. I
just wanted to keep Mike for me,
even though I new he didn't love
me like he loved you.
I have done some bad things in my
life. I am not very proud of them.
I helped someone do something I
shouldn't have. It is really
starting to weigh on me now. Mike
is dating a criminal's daughter.
You need to get him & the kids
away from her. I want you and Mike
to take care of the kids,
together. I'm not sure where I am
going, but I need to get away
before I hurt someone else.
I am sorry and I love you.
Robin"
                                                            
Dr. Zingale walks into the lobby.
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
You can see her now. I have to
call the detective to come down
and talk to her. So don't wear her
out. She is very week and her
heart is still a big concern.
                                                            
                       DINA
Ok. Thanks Doctor.
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL ROBINS ROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Dina walks in to the room and sits next to Robin. Robin is
still not completely aware of her surroundings.
                                                            
                       DINA
Hey.
                                                            

86.

                       ROBIN
Hey.
                                                            
                       DINA
How are you?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
I don't feel so good.
                                                            
                       DINA
We're going to take of you hun.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Dina I have to tell you something.
I wrote you a letter; I didn't get
a chance to...
                                                            
                       DINA
I've got it. The police gave me a
copy. They found it next to you.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Ok, good...
I know you guys love each other...
                                                            
                       DINA
Robin, stop. We can talk about
this later.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Dina, there's not going to be a
later. I'm dying.
                                                            
                       DINA
No sweetie. You're going to be
fine.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Dina, I am...
I need to tell you something
imp…(cough).
                                                            
                       DINA
Honey, don't. You need to get some
rest.
                                                            
There is a knock at the door. Detective Cooke walks in.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Hi again Dina. Can I come in?
                                                            

87.

                       DINA
Hi Detective. Come on in.
Robin this is Detective Cooke. He
needs to ask you some questions.
Ok?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Uh huh.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Hello Robin.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Hi.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Would you like Dina to stay? Would
you be more comfortable?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Yeah.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Robin, do you know where you are?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Yeah.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Do you know why you're here?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Yeah.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
How long have you been doing meth?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
A few years.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Where did you get it?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Differnt places.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Why did you start doing drugs?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
I need the pain to go away.
                                                            

88.

                       DETECTIVE COOKE
What pain? From the divorce?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
I killed someone.
                                                            
Dina quickly turns to Cooke. She is very confused. Detective
Cooke grabs his digital recorder out of his jacket pocket.
                                                            
                       DINA
What? No you didn't? Why would you
say that?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
I did.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
What do you mean, Robin?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
I killed her. And now her daughter
is dating Mike.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Who Robin? Who did you kill?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Cherie Guarino. He paid me.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Who paid you?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Dominic...
He gave me $500,000. I never spent
it. It's in my closet in a
suitcase.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Dominic Guarino paid you to kill
his wife? How did you do that?
                                                            
                       ROBIN
She was a patient. I took care of
her. He gave me something to put
in her I V bag. It looked like she
died from the cancer. He said if I
didn't help him, he would kill me.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Robin, are you sure?
                                                            

89.

                       ROBIN
Where else would I get that much
money?
                                                            
Robin is getting weaker and weaker.
                                                            
                       ROBIN
Dina, don't let the kids know
what... (cough) I did.
                                                            
Dina is signaling to the detective for them to leave the
room.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Robin, excuse us for a minute.
We'll be right back.
                                                            
Dina and Cooke exit the room.
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
                       DINA
What is she talking about?
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
We always suspected he had someone
do it. He had the doctors and
coroner on his payroll. We don't
even know if the autopsy is legit
or not.
                                                            
                       DINA
She couldn't have done that.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
Dina, Dominic is capable of
getting anyone to do what ever he
wants. He is a master manipulator
and has no conscious about anyone
or anything. That's the criminal
from the letter.
                                                            
                       DINA
Oh, I can't believe this.
                                                            
An alarm sounds from Robin's room. The Doctor and nurses
rush in and keep the door free from anyone entering. You can
here the doctor and nurses though the door. Dina is standing
at the door crying and confused. The doctor opens the door.
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
I'm sorry.
                                                            

90.

                       DINA
What? What?
                                                            
                       DR. ZINGALE
She's gone. Her heart and body
couldn't take anymore.
                                                            
                       DINA
No. No!!
                                                            
Dina is crying her eyes out. Cooke puts his arms around her
and holds her.
                                                            
                       DETECTIVE COOKE
We'll get him. I promise.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                                                            
Mike and Rosanne are asleep in Mike's bed when the phone
rings.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Half asleep)
What the hell? What time is it?
                                                            
Mike answers the phone.
                                                            
                       MIKE
It's 3'oclock in the morning this
better be good.
                                                            
                       DINA
Mike.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Dina?
                                                            
                       DINA
Mike, You need to come down to the
hospital.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What happened?
                                                            
                       DINA
Just come down here.
                                                            
Mike hears a dial tone.
                                                            
 

91.

INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL HALLWAY - DAY
                                                            
Mike, Rosanne and the kids are walking down the hall. Dina
is standing in hall near Robin's door. Mike is carrying
Alyssa. He sees Dina,s face and knows something is wrong. He
sets Alyssa down.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Rose, stay here with the kids I'll
be down there for a minute.
                                                            
Mike walks down the hall to Dina.
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Depressed)
Hi.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What's going on?
                                                            
                       DINA
I came down to see her. She woke
up for a little and then she died.
She died Mike.
                                                            
Dina starts balling her eyes out. Mike is shocked and
confused. He starts to cry. Dina grabs him firmly and hugs
him.
                                                            
                       DINA
It was quick. The doctor said she
would have never felt anything.
                                                            
                       MIKE
      (Crying)
What do I tell the kids? Oh god.
What do I do?
                                                            
                       DINA
Hey. We need to be strong for
those kids. It's gonna be ok.
We'll get though it. I called your
mom. She's gonna pick up the kids
for the night.
                                                            
                       MIKE
No, they need me.
                                                            
                       DINA
I know Mike. But you need to get
things straightened out. We can
talk to them tomorrow.
                                                            

92.

                       MIKE
Ok, ok.
                                                            
                       DINA
Mike, I need to tell you
something?
                                                            
                       MIKE
What?
                                                            
                       DINA
This isn't easy.
                                                            
 
INT. MEESE COUNTRYSIDE HOSPITAL HALLWAY - NIGHT
                                                            
Rosanne is sitting with the kids on a couple of chairs in
the hall. She is trying to keep them occupied while Mike &
Dina talk.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
So guys what should we do this
weekend? Any ideas?
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Boat.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
I wanna go back to the beach.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
How bout we go to the boat and
take the little boat to the beach.
                                                            
                       ALYSSA
Yeah.
                                                            
Mike's mom walks out of the elevator.
                                                            
                       NICHOLAS
Nana.
                                                            
Nick runs down to Mrs. Horwath. Rosanne stands up, holding
Alyssa to greet Mike's mom.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Hi Mrs. Horwath. How are you?
                                                            
                       MRS. HORWATH
I'm good Rose. So what's
happening?
                                                            

93.

                       ROSANNE
Mike and Dina are talking down the
hall.
                                                            
                       MRS. HORWATH
Has he been in there to see her
yet?
                                                            
Rosanne gives Mrs. Horwath a horrifying look, she shakes her
head no and signals with her eyes to the kids
                                                            
                       MRS. HORWATH
All right rug rats, who wants to
come home with Nana?
Just let him know I was here and
have the kids. Call me.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Thank you. He's gonna need
sometime. I'll call you later.
                                                            
                       MRS. HORWATH
Lets go guys, to grandmothers
house we go.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Bye, thanks.
                                                            
                       MRS. HORWATH
Bye.
                                                            
Rosanne sits back down and looks towards Mike & Dina. Mike
keeps looking towards he giving her a vicious scowl. Rosanne
starts getting concerned and stands up to walk towards them.
Mike starts walking down to Rosanne the hall very stern.
Dina is a few steps behind him.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
Mike, are you ok? What's wrong?
                                                            
                       MIKE
You have an hour to go to my house
and get your shit out. Don't call
me. Don't email me. Don't even
think about me.
                                                            
                       ROSANNE
      (Confused & upset)
What?... What's wrong?
                                                            
Mike turns around and walks to the nurse's station and
starts talking to the nurse.
                                                            

94.

                       ROSANNE
Dina, what just happened?
                                                            
                       DINA
      (Sarcastic)
Well, princess, I think once he
found out your father is the
reason his children's mother is
dead... Well ask your dad. I'm
sure the police are picking him up
about now.
                                                            
Dina turns around and walks away. Rosanne is left standing
there by herself, not sure what to think or to say.
                                                            
 
INT. WEST COAST HARDWARE - DAY
                                                            
Dina and David are in the hardware store talking about what
had happened the night before. They are both sad.
                                                            
                       DAVE
So, did you tell him?
                                                            
                       DINA
No... no way. He has too much
going on. I just wish he would
have called me when he got my
letter I sent him.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Did you see the paper this
morning?
                                                            
                       DINA
No, is it in there already?
                                                            
David grabs the newspaper from the counter and shows it to
Dina. There is a picture of Dominic Guarino on the cover in
handcuffs at the police department. The heading is "Mob Boss
Kills Wife".
                                                            
                       DINA
Wow, they're quick.
                                                            
                       DAVE
I told you that guy was bad news.
I just didn't think it would hit
this close to home.
                                                            

95.

                       DINA
It explains a lot. Hey I gotta
run. I'm going go check on Mike.
Then we have to get the kids.
                                                            
                       DAVE
Call me if you guys need anything,
ok!
                                                            
                       DINA
Thanks.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE BATHROOM - DAY
                                                            
Mike is standing in the shower with the water hitting him
right in the face. He is really upset and talking to
himself.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Oh god. What the hell am I going
to do? My kids. Robin. God damn
it. Why can't any thing go right
in my life? Every thing is so
screwed up.
                                                            
Mike starts crying.
                                                            
                       MIKE
What do I have to do? Why does
this shit always happen to me? Why
can't I ever the happy ending?
                                                            
Mike slides down the shower wall almost collapsing in
sadness. He crouched down crying his eyes out.
                                                            
                       MIKE
Why? Why am I being punished? I
can't take it? When do I get to be
happy? When do I get my romantic
movie?
                                                            
 
EXT. MIKE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Dina pulls in to Mike's driveway. She nervously gets out of
the car and walks up to the front door and goes in.
                                                            
 
INT. MIKE'S HOUSE - DAY
                                                            
Dina walks in the front door and sets her purse on the
table.