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Towers: Pilot Part Two
by John Eicher (johneicherbuisness@gmail.com)

Rated: R   Genre: Comedy   User Review:
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A continuation and second episode of Towers, John feels he must prove himself by accepting a dangerous challenge. Meanwhile, John and Jimmy struggle to come to terms with each other and Jimmy's handicap.


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FADE IN:

INT. AUSTIN'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                                                            
Austin, Jimmy, Nico, John, and Robbie walk into Austin's
house cracking up and enjoying each other's company
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (laughing)
Should we quiet down a little bit?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Nah don't worry my parents aren't
home.
                                                            
The boys walk in to the family room and all sit on the couch
and love chairs
                                                            
                       NICO
Don't you need to call your
parents or something?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Nah they won't notice I'm gone.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
So house alone to ourselves
tonight boys, what's the plan?
                                                            
There is a long awkward pause as Austin, Nico, and Robbie
shoot each other looks.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
      (Somber)
The tower.
                                                            
                       NICO
But jimmy...
                                                            
                       JIMMY
      (Angrily)
but Jimmy my ass. All you guys can
fucking talk about is climbing
that stupid tower and, dance
around it like I won't even
notice. Just say you want to do
it.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
It would just feel shitty doing it
when you can't.
                                                            

2.

                       JIMMY
And it feels shitty watching all
your friend pity you and act all
mopey like it's my fault. Just do
it dude.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Are you sure?
                                                            
                       JIMMY
I don't have my leg's man. Don't
take my dignity.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (cheerful)
Then were going.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What's the tower?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
It's just this tower that sits on
shady beach road. There's a ladder
and we've been talking about
climbing it for a while.
                                                            
                       JOHN
How tall is it?
                                                            
Rob holds his hands up and spreads them out about a foot
apart to measure the tower
                                                            
                       JOHN
You're gonna have to scale that
for me.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
It's about 200 feet.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Tall?
                                                            
                       NICO
No, wide! Of course tall. We're
not climbing mount chode.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Is that okay?
                                                            
                       JOHN
Well will we have safety gear?
                                                            

3.

                       AUSTIN
Yeah, our arms and legs.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What if we fall?
                                                            
                       NICO
You look like a smart guy, i think
you can figure it out.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'll just hold back.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Why not?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm like Jimmy I can't.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
No you're not like Jimmy. Jimmy
can't climb because his legs don't
work. John can't climb because
he's a giant pussy.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Hey!
                                                            
                       JIMMY
What! Up until a couple of hours
ago I didn't even know you. And
you think just because you
stumbled in, everything will be
like an episode of full house and
we'll all be best friends. Get
real dude.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Hey! Cut it out. Quit being a
dick. No one has to prove
themselves to anyone.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (singing)
Why can't we be friends. Why can't
we be...
                                                            
                       JIMMY
      (In unison)
Shut up!
                                                            

4.

                       AUSTIN
      (In unison)
Shut up!
                                                            
                       JOHN
No. I'll do it.
                                                            
                       NICO
No one is asking you to do it. Not
everyone is cut out for it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What does that mean?
                                                            
                       NICO
All I'm saying is that too climb,
you have to be hard boiled. And i
don't know. You're just more like
an omelette.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (angry)
An omelette!
                                                            
                       NICO
Hey, hey, hey. Don't be mad. Some
people find omelettes delicious.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Now what does that mean!?
                                                            
                       NICO
I don't know i lost track of the
metaphor. You're just being a
pussy.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Fuck it! I'm climbing.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
But...
                                                            
John beings interrupting people with noises when they start
to speak.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Noises)
Uh!
                                                            
                       JIMMY
John...
                                                            

5.

                       JOHN
      (Noises)
Uh buh buh buh buh! I'm doing it!
Final decision.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
      (pause)
John. Come help me warm up the
car.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (sarcastic)
Gladly!
                                                            
 
EXT. GARAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
Austin starts up the car and walks out of the car to talk to
John.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
I'm sorry about Jimmy. He's just
upset.
                                                            
                       JOHN
'Cause he can't climb the tower?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
No, just 'cause everyone knows he
can't climb the tower. And that
someone who has the ability would
just pass up the opportunity
because they were scared. You
know, for someone who was trying
to kill them self you really are
cautious.
                                                            
                       JOHN
What are you talking about?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Really?
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (pause)
How could you tell?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Usually when you save someone's
life the first look you see on
there face isn't disappointed.
                                                            

6.

                       JOHN
Was it that obvious?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Kind of. And I've seen the face
before. (pause) So tell me, Why
are you trying to end your life
John?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I don't know?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
You think someone getting ready to
end it all would have thought of a
better answer than that before
coming to a final decision.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It just didn't really feel like I
had a lot to live for.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Well tonight we're gonna prove
that wrong. You see John, life is
just throwing you a curve, a
tower. Something you got to climb,
for yourself, and not just so you
can jump off on the top. Something
for you to "live for"
                                                            
                       JOHN
Really?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Even better. To die for.
                                                            
 
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
                                                            
Nico and Robbie both a grab a drink from the fridge and our
alone in the kitchen.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
So what do you think of the new
kid?
                                                            
                       NICO
I don't know. He's okay I guess.
We did just meet him. Honestly,
after tonight I don't think we'll
ever see him again.
                                                            

7.

                       ROBBIE
I doubt that.
                                                            
                       NICO
And why's that?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Because he is just like Fallon.
                                                            
There is a long pause of silence, and Nico turns away from
Rob.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
What is it?
                                                            
                       NICO
It's just that you're fucking
right, and I didn't even see it.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Yeah so what's the big deal?
                                                            
                       NICO
Austin is! Do you know what this
means?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Yeah we can make our group the way
it used to be.
                                                            
Nico angrily turns back.
                                                            
                       NICO
      (Stern)
You mean replace him.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
You know dam'n well that's not
what I mean.
                                                            
                       NICO
Do? I mean should we replace you
if you were leave. Should I
replace my family? Is this kid
just some kind of discount Fallon.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
No! You think Fallon would just
want us to shut everyone else out.
Look at this kid. He's the saddest
thing that ever walked out onto
that field, but what are we? Maybe
we need him as much as he needs
us? And we should just toss him
            (MORE)

8.

                       ROBBIE (cont'd)
out because he reminds us of
better times? I don't know dude.
Maybe this is a blessing.
                                                            
Nico looks down and sighs.
                                                            
                       NICO
One thing's for sure, Fallon would
have loved him.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Yeah. And so would Jessica.
                                                            
Nico looks at Rob and grimaces longingly.
                                                            
 
EXT. GARAGE - NIGHT
                                                            
Robbie and Nico walk into the garage, straining as they
carry Jimmy to the car.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
I REALLY wish we had enough money
for a wheel chair van.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
I REALLY wish you would catch
Parkinson disease.
                                                            
                       NICO
You should really consider working
out.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Like what? Jogging?
                                                            
                       NICO
I'm just saying you're kinda
heavy.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Kiss my fat ass.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Looks like it's time to depart.
                                                            
The crew gets in the car and promptly drives away.
                                                            
 

9.

EXT. BOTTOM OF TOWER - NIGHT
                                                            
The car parks at the edge of the tower and four of the boys
pile out, minus Jimmy.
                                                            
                       NICO
Watch the car for us Jimmy.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Hey John.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (walks over)
What?
                                                            
                       JIMMY
      (sincere)
Don't do this if you feel like you
can't.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Thanks Jimmy. I appreciate it.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Don't think it's because I like
you. I would just feel really bad
if I was responsible for the death
of a woman.
                                                            
                       JOHN
That's kinda sexist.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Don't be gay.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I don't think you understand the
problem.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
I'm in a wheel chair. Being
politically correct doesn't apply
to me.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Understood.
                                                            
John walks away from Jimmy and approaches the gate around
the tower. It's about ten feet tall, and everyone has
already climbed over it except him.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Oh shit.
                                                            

10.

                       NICO
What's up?
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm not sure I can climb this.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
You're fucking kidding me, right?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Hey relax. Just calm down, hold on
to the gate, and pull yourself up.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (Holding the gate)
Okay. You have this. You got this
John! You got this John!
                                                            
                       NICO
You know talking to yourself is
even creepier when your surrounded
by three other people.
                                                            
                       JOHN
Seriously?
                                                            
                       NICO
Do you do the same thing when you
masturbate?
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
      (laughing)
Alright alright, let the man
climb.
                                                            
John slowly and awkwardly climbs to the top of the gate, and
sits frozen at the top.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Alright jump.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I can't.
                                                            
                       NICO
You're gonna have to.
                                                            
                       JOHN
But I can't.
                                                            
                       NICO
Well enjoy your life on the fence,
Humpty Dumpty.
                                                            

11.

                       JOHN
I'll go back.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
It's just as bad as the other
side.
                                                            
John turns around, sees Jimmy laughing hysterically from the
car, and turns right back around.
                                                            
                       JOHN
It's just as scary the other way.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
No shit.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
We're all gonna count to three,
and then you're gonna jump.
                                                            
Everyone counts to three, and John just braces and sits
there.
                                                            
                       JOHN
I'm sorry. I freaked. (quickly)
One, two, three.
                                                            
John rapidly jumps to the floor and stumbles a little on the
landing. Everyone starts clapping in joyous mockery.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (sad)
Austin, I think it's best I just
stay here.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
It's okay I get it. Let's go guys.
                                                            
Austin, Nico, and Robbie all begin climbing the tower, while
John looks up longingly. After some time passes, John looks
down at his hands and clenches them. He looks up, and
grimaces in determination.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You wanted to die anyways.
                                                            
John approaches the ladder, and begins slowly climbing the
tower. After climbing a little, he stops and takes a deep
breath. He looks down, and the camera pans to show he his
only five feet off the ground. After taking another deep
breath, he begins climbing again. He breathes nervously and
shakes as the wind blows heavier towards the top. As he

12.

reaches the edge of the ladder, three hands reach down, as
Nico, Robbie, and John pull him up to the platform.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
I knew you would do it.
                                                            
                       JOHN
      (smiling)
Oh really? And how would you know
that?
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Cause you jumped on this side of
the fence.
                                                            
                       NICO
Congrats humpty, turns out you're
hard boiled.
                                                            
                       ROBBIE
Check out the view dude.
                                                            
John looks around in awe as he can see the beautiful lights
of all the surrounding cities and smiles. All the guys sit
down, and time lapse showing them laughing and enjoying the
view.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You know it really sucks.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
What could possibly be bringing
you down right now.
                                                            
                       JOHN
That every moment can't feel like
this.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
Life isn't always gonna be popping
us fly balls. Just be glad you're
still in the game to make another
catch.
                                                            
                       NICO
You know it really sucks that
Jimmy can't be up here.
                                                            
                       JOHN
You know I actually had an idea.
                                                            
                                         BRIEF TIME LAPSE
                                                            

13.

The guys walk back to the car and see Jimmy playing on his
Iphone in the back.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Glad to see your ovaries didn't
fall out on the top John. Now
which one of you jackasses are
driving us home.
                                                            
Austin throws Jimmy the keys.
                                                            
                       AUSTIN
You are.
                                                            
Jimmy looks down at the keys and gets emotional. John hands
him a bat for the pedals with from the trunk, and shoots him
a smile. The shot cuts to Jimmy in the drivers seat and John
in the passenger, with everyone else in the back.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
Are you guys sure you're okay with
this. I mean this is crazy
dangerous.
                                                            
                       JOHN
The only people on the road this
hour are drunks anyways.
                                                            
Jimmy smiles and starts up the car.
                                                            
                       JIMMY
And cripples.
                                                            


THE END


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