Lost in America

1	EXT. HOUSE - NIGHT
 
	Sold sign is posted in front of a house.  SHOT OF SIGN.
 
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2	INT. HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - SAME NIGHT
                    
	The house is empty except for Bekins boxes which are 
	packed.  They are all over the rooms. The CAMERA 
	SLOWLY MOVES IN AND AROUND the boxes until we REACH 
	the bedroom.
 
3	INT. BEDROOM
 
	The bed is the only piece of furniture left.  The CAM-
	ERA STOPS.  In front of the bed is a small black-and-
	white television.  In bed are DAVID and NANCY HOWARD. 
	Nancy is rolled over on her side.  David is lying on 
	his back with his eyes wide open.
 
				DAVID
		Nancy?  Nancy? 

				NANCY
		What?
 
				DAVID
		Sleeping? 

				NANCY
		Yes.
 
				DAVID
		Maybe we shouldn't move.
 
				NANCY
			(sitting up)
		Oh God.  What's the matter now?
 
				DAVID 
		Nothing.  It's just time to ask 
		these questions.
 
				NANCY
		No.  We've sold our house and 
		bought another one.  These
		questions should have been 
		asked before.
 
				DAVID
 		Okay, fine.  I can't talk to 
		you.  Good night.

	David pretends like he's actually going to go to sleep.
 
				NANCY
			(in a monotone; obvi-
			ously she's had to 
			say this many times 
			before) 
		Stop it.  You're nervous about
		tomorrow.  You'll get your
		promotion, don't worry. We'll 
		move into our new house and we'll 
		be happy, okay?
 
				DAVID 
		Boy, you should hear yourself. 
		The excitement in your voice 
		just fills the room.
 
				NANCY
		Look, I'm tired.  Stop questioning. 
		We made a wise decision.  Let's try 
		and feel good about it, alright?
 
				DAVID 
		Fine.
 
				NANCY
		Good night. 

				DAVID 
		Good night.
 
	Nancy tries to go back to sleep.  David just lies 
	there.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing) 
		But why that house?
 
				NANCY
		What?
 
				DAVID 
		I think it's too close to here. 
		It's going to feel like the same
		place.  Maybe we really didn't
		think about this long enough.
 
				NANCY
		We thought about it forever. 
		We wanted more space.  That 
		house has more space.
 
				DAVID
		Yes, but the point of a house is
		not just space.  You can rent
		space.  Maybe we should've moved
		into a completely different 
		neighborhood, a step up or 
		something.  Maybe we should've 
		gotten a house with a tennis 
		court.
 
				NANCY
		Why?  We don't play tennis.
 
				DAVID 
		Sure we don't play tennis.  We 
		don't have a court.  When you 
		have a court, you learn.
 
				NANCY
		Well, possibly some day, we'll 
		have a court and then we can 
		learn.
 
				DAVID
		Let me ask you one more question? 
		Why did we let Bekins do all of 
		our packing?
 
				NANCY
		What?
 
				DAVID 
		Isn't that a waste of money?  We
		could've packed ourselves.  Maybe
		we were too irresponsible.
 
				NANCY 
		I don't believe you.  One minute
		you want a tennis court, the next 
		minute you're worried about Bekins 
		packing a box?  My God.  Sometimes 
		I wish we really were irresponsible.
 
				DAVID
		What does that mean?
 
				NANCY
		Nothing.  Look, get some sleep,
		okay?  You'll feel better.
 
				DAVID
		Don't assume how I'm feeling. 
		What do you mean "nothing"?  If 
		you're saying we should be more 
		irresponsible, I imagine you mean
		we're too responsible?  Is that
		right?
 
				NANCY 
		Well, sometimes I think that we 
		are too controlled, yes.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, I see.  Well, tell me 
		something?  How do you go out 
		and buy a four-hundred-thousand-
		dollar house and let a moving 
		company pack everything and get 
		maids and servants and live the 
		good life and not be controlled?
 
				NANCY
		What are you talking about?
 
				DAVID
		It doesn't matter what I'm 
		talking about.
 
	David gets up.  He takes his pillow with him.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing) 
		I'm going to sleep in the garage.
 
				NANCY
		Don't do that.
  
				DAVID
		Why not?  I'm responsible.  I
		should be guarding the car.
 
				NANCY
		You're insane.
 
				DAVID
			(yelling from 
			the kitchen)
		You're right.  I am insane.  I
		am insane and I'm responsible. 
		A very, very good combination.
 
	We STAY in the bedroom with Nancy.  She lies there. 
	Her eyes are open.  She's staring straight ahead.  She 
	looks sad.  After a moment, David reappears at the door.
 
				DAVID 
		I am not an animal.
 
				NANCY
		What?
 
				DAVID
		I am not an animal.  I will not 
		sleep in the garage.
 
				NANCY 
		Just come to bed.  Come on.
 
				DAVID 
			(sitting down on 
			the bed) 
		I apologize, okay?  But don't 
		call me names.
 
				NANCY
		What names?
  
				DAVID
		You know what names.  Calling me 
		responsible is saying what?  That 
		I'm closed up.  I'm old.  I'm 
		stodgy.  That's not fair.  I 
		don't like the way things are any 
		more than anybody else does but 
		what am I supposed to do?  I'm 
		trying.  What about you?  You're 
		as responsible as I am.  Personnel 
		Director for a department store is 
		not the most irresponsible job in 
		the world.  Go hire anyone you 
		want.  Think you'd be fired fast 
		if you did that?  How much freedom
		do you have?  We're all in the
		same boat.  We're trying to make 
		something of ourselves and it's 
		hard.  Okay?
 
				NANCY
		You're very upset.  I'm sorry I
		used that word.
 
				DAVID 
		No, I'm glad you used that word. 
		It's honest but things are going 
		to get better.  They're going to 
		change.
  
				NANCY
		You always say that.
 
				DAVID
		Yes, but this time it's different. 
		After tomorrow I'm no longer an 
		employee, I'm a Vice President. 
		I'll be my own boss.  I'll have 
		a piece of the company.  You see 
		what I mean?  I can be more 
		irresponsible because I'll be in 
		a position of responsibility. 
		That makes sense, doesn't it?
 
				NANCY 
		I don't know.  I guess it does. 
		Good night.
 
				DAVID
		Okay, go to sleep.
 
	Nancy and David both lie down, each facing the oppo-
	site direction.  After a few seconds...
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing) 
		It does make sense and things 
		will work out, don't you think 
		so?
 
	No answer.

				DAVID 
			(continuing) 
		Nancy?
 
	No answer.

				DAVID 
			(continuing) 
		Asleep already?
 
	No answer.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Maybe men are supposed to fall
		asleep last.  It could be a
		protective thing.
 
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4	INT. BATHROOM - NEXT MORNING
 
	David is brushing his teeth.  He stops for a minute
	and looks in the mirror.  He starts talking, pretend-
	ing the face he's seeing is the one of his boss.
 
				DAVID
		What can I say?  I'd be a liar if 
		I tell you I'm surprised.  I do 
		feel it's deserved but yes, I 
		still am flattered... That's very 
		nice.  Thank you... Oh, stop, 
		please.  I've never been good 
		at taking too many compliments 
		at once... Well, I feel the 
		same way about you.
 
	Nancy walks in during this.  She watches him for a bit.
 
				NANCY
			(interrupting him) 
		What are you doing?
 
				DAVID
			(caught off guard)
		Why?  Nothing.
 
				NANCY
		Who are you talking to?
 
				DAVID
		I'm not talking to anybody. 
		What is it?
 
				NANCY
		I'm leaving now.  Mr. Taft will 
		be there in twenty minutes. 
		Please be on time.
 
				DAVID 
		Wait a second.  I can't do this
		today.  I can't choose tiles. 
		This is my big day.  Please? 
		You do it.
 
				NANCY
		We're trying to do this together. 
		I think it's important.
 
				DAVID
		I'm very nervous and it's your 
		kitchen anyway.  You'll make 
		the right choice.
 
				NANCY
		You're in the kitchen more than
		I am.
 
				DAVID
		But I'm not thinking about 
		anything when I'm in the kitchen. 
		I don't really care.
 
				NANCY
		We said we would make these 
		decisions together.
 
				DAVID
		Come on.  It's just today.
 
				NANCY
			(exasperated, turn-
			ing around and 
			leaving)
		Fine.
 
				DAVID 
		Please don't be mad.
 
				NANCY
		I'm not mad.
 
	After a moment, she comes back in.
 
				NANCY
			(continuing)
		Good luck.  You'll get it.  You 
		deserve it.
 
	Nancy exits.
 
				DAVID
		Thank you.  And I trust any
		decision you make.  You have
		great taste.
 
	There's no answer.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing; call-
			ing after her) 
		Really, you have great taste. 
			(turns back around
			to the mirror)
		I'm sorry.  That was my wife...
		Yes, she has wonderful taste. 
		She's going to choose the whole 
		tile thing herself.  Originally, 
		we were going to do it together 
		but it's nice to be able to trust 
		someone, don't you think?... 
		Well, that's very nice.  I trust 
		you, too.  Hey!... When our house 
		is finished maybe you'd like to 
		come over and play tennis... No, 
		but we might put one in.
 
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5	EXT. WILSHIRE BLVD. OFFICE BUILDING - DAY

	We see David pulling into the garage.
 
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6	INT. MAJOR ADVERTISING AGENCY - DAY
 
	David is walking down the corridor towards his office. 
	He's saying "Hello"'s to various people.  He comes to 
	his own office.  There we see his secretary, SUSAN, on
	the telephone.  Obviously, she's making a personal call 
	and she hangs up abnormally fast as soon as she sees 
	David.
 
				DAVID
		Morning.
 
				SUSAN
		Good morning.  Your meeting is 
		in forty-five minutes.
 
				DAVID
		Oh my God.  What time is it now?
 
				SUSAN
		Ten-thirty.
 
				DAVID 
		Okay.
			(thinking aloud) 
		Ten-thirty, eleven, eleven-fifteen 
		... okay.  Susan, don't let any
		calls in.  I don't want to be 
		bothered.  I don't want to do any
		business.  I just want to prepare.
 
 	David walks into his office.  After a beat, he sticks 
	his head out.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Oh yes. Get me Valley Mercedes,
		will you?
 
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7	INT. ROBINSON'S DEPARTMENT STORE
 
	We FOLLOW Nancy as she's walking through the department 
	store.  She comes to her office.  Her office is on the 
	third floor in the corner with the other business offi-
	ces.  Her friend, PATTY, who works with her, is in the
	office next door.  All offices are separated by glass 
	partitions.  Nancy comes in and sits down.  Patty sees
	her and enters.
 
				PATTY
		Hi.
 
 	Nancy looks up from her desk.
 
				NANCY
		Hi.
 
				PATTY
		Is it beautiful?
 
				NANCY
		What?
 
				PATTY
 		The kitchen.  What does it look
 		like?
 
				NANCY
			(half-heartedly) 
		I chose an orange tile.
 
				PATTY
		Orange?
 
				NANCY  
		A burnt orange.
 
				PATTY
		Sounds pretty.
 
				NANCY
		Patty, close the door.
 
	Patty closes the door and sits down.
 
				PATTY
		What's the matter?
 
				NANCY
		I'm going to hate this house.
 
				PATTY
		What are you talking about?
 
				NANCY
		When the contractor left this 
		morning, I was all alone there 
		and I sat in the middle of the
		living room and I got so sad.  I
		got this preview of the next ten 
		years, I just started shaking.
 
	Patty just stares at her.  She knows that Nancy is 
	serious.
 
				NANCY
			(continuing)
		I'm so unhappy.  I don't like
 		anything anymore.  I don't like
 		my job.  I don't like my life. 
		I don't like anything.  I feel 
		dead.
 
				PATTY
		What do you mean?
 
				NANCY
		Nothing's changing.  I'm not
		growing.  David's not growing. 
		We've just stopped.  Life is 
		passing us by.
 
				PATTY 
		Listen, you've had a tough week. 
		With the moving and everything
		you're very tired.  When you get
		tired you feel bad.  Things seem 
		worse.
 
				NANCY
		I'm not that tired.  
		Do you know I've been hiring 
		girls who are nineteen years 
		old, who've already had more 
		experience out of life than I
		have?
 
				PATTY 
		You don't know that.  You 
		can't tell what a person has 
		experienced just by interviewing
		them.
 
				NANCY
		Okay.  Let's forget it.  I 
		really haven't thought this 
		through enough.  I don't want 
		to discuss it now.  Let's get 
		to work.
 
				PATTY
		No.  I'm sorry.  I didn't mean 
		to say the wrong thing.  Have 
		you talked this over with 
		David?
 
				NANCY
		Of course not.  That's the
		problem.  I can't talk anything 
		over with him.  It's hopeless.
 
				PATTY 
		Are you thinking of splitting 
		up?
 
				NANCY
		Well, that's not my first choice 
		but what's the alternative?  And
		I'm not blaming David.  I know
		he genuinely believes that being 
		made Vice President is going to
		change things.  But he genuinely
		believed that every promotion
		would change things.  It never
		does.  Maybe for a few days, but
		that's it.  Then things are
		always the same.
 
				PATTY
		Well, this is vice president. 
		Maybe this time it will change.
 
				NANCY
		And what if it won't?
 
				PATTY
		Then it won't.  Then you get 
		divorced, I don't know.  Whatever 
		you have to do.
 
				NANCY
		Oh, God.  Maybe it will.
 
				PATTY
		It will or it won't.
 
				NANCY
		Okay.  I'm starting to feel sick
		to my stomach.  Thanks for talking
		to me.  Let's just say maybe it
		will.
 
				PATTY
			(standing up) 
		Good.  Because if it won't, it 
		won't anyway so what can you do?
 
				NANCY
		We said we'd stop on "will."
 
				PATTY
		We did.  We've stopped.  It will.
 
	Patty hesitantly backs out of Nancy's office.
 
				PATTY
			(continuing) 
		It will.  It will work out.
 
 	Nancy stares straight ahead.  She looks very depressed.
 
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8 	INT. DAVID'S OFFICE
 
	He is writing at his desk talking on the telephone. 
	He's writing down figures.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, then tax, license, out-the-
		door, everything included, what 
		are we talking about?... Thirty-
		six thousand, five hundred and 
		twelve.  Jesus!  For a car... No,
		I know, a Mercedes.  It's still
		a car... Well, I don't care.  To 
		me, if it has wheels, it's a car. 
		But that's not the point.  Now,
		that's everything, right?  That's
		it?  You don't have to pay that 
		money and then be told that there
		are options?  No extras, everything
		included... Come on! - For thirty-
		seven thousand, leather is extra? 
		What kind of seats are in there?... 
		What is Mercedes Leather?... So, 
		why don't you just say vinyl?... 
		Okay, thick vinyl, but it's still 
		vinyl... Okay, these kind of 
		semantic arguments are silly.
 
	The BUZZER RINGS.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Just a moment.
			(presses the 
			intercom)
		Yes?
 
				SUSAN
		It's eleven ten.
 
				DAVID
		Thank you.  Susan, I have another 
		one of these Mercedes guys on the
		phone, he won't hang up.  Would 
		you do something with him please?
 
	David hangs up.  He stands and walks over to a small
	mirror.  He straightens his tie, fixes his jacket and 
	carries on one more little conversation with himself 
	as the boss.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		What can I say?  I guess, thank 
		you... Oh, no.  I can't take your
		office.  This is too nice.  
		Where would you sit?... Well, you 
		are a very generous man.
 
	He smiles and exits his office.
 

9	INT. OUTER OFFICE
 
				SUSAN
			(still on the phone) 
		No!  We will call you back. 
			(she hangs up)
		What a strange job to be arrogant 
		in.
 
				DAVID
		I know.
 
				SUSAN
		Good luck.  Don't worry, you've 
		got it.
 
				DAVID
		Thanks, Susan.
 
	We FOLLOW David as he rounds the corners of this large 
	building on the way to Paul Dunn's office.  With each step,
	he is ready to accept this new responsibility.  He stops
	at his boss's secretary, MARGARET, a woman in her older 
	forties, a true executive type.
 
				MARGARET
		Well, you look very nice.
 
				DAVID
		Thank you and so do you, Margaret.

				MARGARET
		Go on in.

				DAVID
		Thanks. 
 
 	David enters.

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10     INT.  PAUL DUNN'S OFFICE
 
	PAUL DUNN is one of the heads of the advertising agency. 
	He certainly holds the top position on the West Coast.
	His office is large.  It smells of success.  Obviously, 
	this is a man who has made a great deal of money and spent
	it where people can see it.  As David enters, he sees
	Paul sitting behind his desk and a baldheaded gentleman, 
	BRAD TOOLEY, seated on the couch. Brad Tooley is in his 
	early forties, very well-dressed in the upper Eastern 
	advertising establishment manner.  As David comes in, 
	Brad and Paul both get up.
 
				PAUL
			(his hand out-
			stretched)
		Hello, David.  How are you?
 
				DAVID
		I'm fine.  I'm excited.
 
				PAUL
		Me too.
 
				DAVID  
		That's wonderful.
 
				PAUL
		David, I'd like you to meet Brad 
		Tooley.
 
				DAVID
		Brad, it's a pleasure.
 
	David and Brad shake hands.
 
				PAUL
		Brad has recently joined the agency
		in New York.  He was one of the best
		men at Doyle, Dane and Bernbach. 
		We were lucky to get him.
 
				DAVID
		Well, that's exciting.
 
	They all sit down again.  David doesn't know quite what 
	to make of the fact that Brad is in this meeting.  He 
	just assumes this is part of the ceremony of being made
	vice president.
 
				PAUL
		David, I don't have to tell you
		what I think of you.  You know I
 		feel you're one of the most 
		creative people in this company. 
		I was telling Brad earlier the 
		accounts you've been responsible 
		for.
 
				BRAD
		Very impressive.  The Knudsen 
		Orange Juice campaign was one of 
		the best I've ever seen.  Ever.
 
				DAVID
			(he smiles; he's 
			in his glory) 
		Well, thank you.
 
				PAUL
		Brad has joined this company for 
		a very special reason.  David, 
		we're going to get Ford.
 
	David, now thinking of himself as the vice president, 
	realizes that Ford is an account of such proportion, 
	that the profit participation could be enormous.  His 
	eyes widen.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, my God!  That's wonderful!
 
				PAUL
		Well, it finally puts us at the 
		top of the heap.
 
				DAVID
		I'm stunned.  When did this happen?
 
				PAUL
		Just in the last few days.  You're 
		really the first to know out here. 
		We didn't want to say anything until
		it was final.
 
				DAVID
		That's wonderful.  Just wonderful. 
		God, what a week.  What a week for 
		all of us.
 
				PAUL
		It certainly is.  Now, David...
 
				DAVID
			(interrupts) 
		Paul, you don't have to say 
		anything.  As the new vice president,
		I know what this means to the
 		company.  I'm here twenty-four
 		hours a day.
 
				PAUL
		David, you're too valuable to 
		become vice president.  I'd like 
		you to move to New York and work
		under Brad.  You two are going
		to be in charge of Ford.  You're
		going to have to hurry, though. 
		You start in three weeks.
 
	David is not quite sure what he's just heard.  He thinks 
	maybe he's heard a compliment.  He's heard a name of a 
	city, a car, some weeks, but he hasn't put it together. 
	He needs to hear it again.
 
				DAVID
		Wait a second.  You gave me too
		much information. I'm valuable 
		and I'm vice president?
 
				PAUL 
		No, David.  I've hired Paul
		Shubano as vice president.
 
				DAVID
		What?
 
				BRAD
		He's giving you quite a compliment,
		David.  I asked him for the best
		man he had and he didn't hesitate 
		for a moment.
 
				DAVID
		He didn't?  Well, I don't want to 
		move to New York.
 
				PAUL 
		What?
 
				DAVID 
		I want to be the vice president. 
		I want to be a stockholder in this
		company.  It was promised to me. 
		I don't mind working on Ford. 
		Don't get me wrong.  I think it
		would be a joy to work on but I'll 
		work on it as vice president.  I've
		been here eight years, Paul.  I
		don't want to be transferred to 
		just another account.
 
				PAUL 
		This is not "just another" account,
		David.
 
				BRAD
		It's Ford.
 
				DAVID
		Brad, I know it's Ford.  I've owned 
		Fords, okay?  Now, Paul, I feel it's
		only fair to keep your promise.
 
				PAUL
		I didn't promise you anything.
 
				DAVID 
		Wait a minute.  What about these 
		lunches that we've been having
		for the last four years?  I believe
		we talked about grooming me for
		vice president.  Phil Shubano's
		been here only three years.  Why?
 
				PAUL 
		Well, first of all, quite frankly,
		he's not as clever as you.  He's 
		more of an executive type.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, great.  I think that's wonderful. 
		So, by being extra clever, I get 
		thrown out of the town that I live 
		in, with no promotion, no nothing, 
		and just shifted to another account. 
		He, on the other hand, because of 
		his low intelligence and short time 
		with the company stays here, gets 
		a large amount of stock and becomes
		vice president.  Well, that makes
		sense!
 
				PAUL
		You keep referring to this as 
		"another account."   It's not. 
		It's Ford.

				DAVID 
		Why don't you stop saying that? 
		You sound like Dinah Shore.  Now,
		damn it, look, this isn't fair. 
			(stops for a minute; 
			begins to laugh) 
		Paul, if I'm working myself up and
		this is a joke, I'll kill you. 
		Are they going to burst in here
		and say, "Surprise!"?  Goddamnit. 
		You almost had me fooled!
 
				PAUL
		No one's bursting in here, David. 
		I'm offering you something very big.
 
				DAVID
		No one's bursting in here?
 
				PAUL
		No.
 
				DAVID
		No?  Oh God.  But, wait a minute,
		I'm vice president, right?
 
				PAUL
		No.

				DAVID
		Yes!

				PAUL
		No.
 
				DAVID
		Stop saying no!  Just a minute. 
		I can't go to New York.  This is 
		my home.  My wife and I live here. 
		I just bought a four-hundred 
		thousand dollar house.  I'm
		picking tile out at this very
		moment.  What am I going to do? 
		Burn it down?
 
				PAUL
		Don't worry about that, please? 
		You won't lose a penny on the house. 
		We'll take care of it.  I think
		Ford is more important than a 
		single family dwelling, anyway. 
		We'll get you more than you paid
		for it.    The important thing is
		that you and Brad get along.
 
				DAVID
		Me and Brad get along?  Are you
		crazy?
		I've worked here eight years, for
		what?  For me and Brad to get 
		along?  I was born in this city. 
		All my friends are here.  I like 
		it.  We're joking, aren't we? 
		This is a joke.
 
				PAUL
		What do you mean, a joke?
 
				DAVID 
		What do you mean, a joke?
 
				PAUL
		I didn't say a joke.
 
				DAVID
		I'm going to New York City?
 
				PAUL
		I'd like you there in three weeks.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, you would?
 
				PAUL
		This can be a stepping stone to 
		something bigger, David.
 
				DAVID 
		What's bigger than being vice 
		president?  That's all I want. 
		Maybe I'm wrong, but I think I've 
		already stepped on every stone 
		we have here, haven't I?
 
				PAUL
		Well, someday you might be vice
		president.
 
				DAVID
		Someday?  What do you mean?  It's
		today.  I've got it!
 
				PAUL
		You don't have it.
 
				DAVID
		Who has it?
 
				PAUL
		David, I can't say this again. 
		Phil Shubano.
 
				DAVID
		Well, obviously, I'm blocking this
		man's name, aren't I? 
 
				BRAD
		David, I don't know all of your 
		work, but I do know you've got to 
		be the best here or you wouldn't 
		be working with me on this account.
 
				DAVID
		Brad, shut up!  Don't talk!  This
		is my day.  Paul, look what you're
		doing.  I've been with this company 
		a very, very long time.  I'm one of 
		the oldest employees on this coast,
		aren't I?  Now, I must get what I
		deserve.  I will be made vice 
		president and I will get the stock 
		and I will participate in the 
		ownership of the company and that's
		that.
 
				PAUL
		My God, I thought you'd be thrilled.
 
				DAVID
		You thought I'd be thrilled?  I
		can't believe it.  Why the hell
		don't you go to New York?  If it's
		so thrilling, come on, I'll take 
		you to the airport.  I'll put you 
		on a plane right now.
 
				PAUL
		Don't talk to me like that.  I 
		came from New York.
 
				DAVID
		Yeah, that's right and you don't 
		want to go back because as soon 
		as you land at the airport, 
		people steal everything you've got.
 
				BRAD
		I resent that.  That's a cliché. 
		New York's the greatest city there 
		is.
 
				DAVID
		Sit down.  Just sit down and shut
		up.
 
				PAUL
		David, that's enough.
 
				DAVID
		No.  I haven't even started yet. 
		Now listen, let's say a giant 
		mistake was made.  Pretend none of 
		this was ever said.  I'm the vice
		president.  Everything will be
		fine.  I'll stay here.  I'll work 
		on Ford.  I'll move into my new 
		house.  You and Brad can come 
		over for drinks.  And now, let's
		bring out Allen Funt and everybody 
		will yell, "Surprise," right? 
		I'm vice president, right?
 
				PAUL 
		David, the position is filled.
 
				DAVID
		Well, then you can go fuck yourself!
 
				BRAD
			(gets up)
		Paul, I can't work with this man.
 
				PAUL 
		I can't either.  David, you're fired.
 
				DAVID
		Fired!  How dare you?  I can't believe
		this!  You want to know something? 
		I was nervous about coming in here
		today.  I said to my friends, "Maybe
		I won't get this."  You know what 
		everyone of them said?  "Stop it. 
		You're being stupid.  You're the
		best man.  There's no one else. 
		You're the best man."  And what does
		the best man do?  He stands next to 
		the groom and watches the groom 
		become vice president!
 
				PAUL
		I can see you're upset.  I'll forget 
		what you said earlier.  I don't think 
		you want to jeopardize eight years 
		with this company.
 
				DAVID
		Fuck you!
 
				PAUL 
		That's it.  Get out.
 
				DAVID
		I wasted my youth for you and
		for what?  What do you mean
		jeopardize eight years?  What 
		eight years?  All I did was live
		for the future.  Why didn't you
		tell me a long time ago that I
		was too clever?  You should have
		told me five years ago, then I 
		could've gone somewhere else.
 
				PAUL
		I didn't know it five years ago.
 
				DAVID
		Don't say anything else.  I'll
		kill you.
 
				PAUL
			(presses a buzzer) 
		Get me security, please.
 
				DAVID 
		Oh, I can't believe it.  Security. 
		Okay, listen to me.  I want my
		eight years back!  Give me my 
		life back!  I want my eight years 
		back!  Give them to me!
 
	Paul stares at him.  Brad gets up.
 
				BRAD
		I'm going back to the hotel.  David,
		you're making a big mistake.
 
				DAVID 
		You don't even know me, you 
		baldheaded fart!
 
	Brad stares at him and then walks out.  He turns back to
	Paul.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		I can't believe that I almost
		wasted my entire life here! 
		I've been waiting very, very 
		patiently and I realize now what
		would've happened.  This would've
		gone on for years and years and 
		years and when I was seventy, I 
		would've gotten a watch.  Actually 
		you wouldn't even have given me a
		watch.  You would've told me I was
		too clever, that I would instinctively 
		know the time.  You know something,
 		Paul?  I made fun of my friends who 
		dropped out of college and went to
		"find themselves."  I told them they
		were stupid.  I laughed at them. 
		And what did I do?  I went with
		you.  Good choice, wasn't it?  What 
		did I get for doing that?  A transfer. 
		I could've gotten that from a bus. 
		You're a human bus, Jesus Christ!
		You liar!  I don't know where those
		drop-outs are today, but I've got 
		to find them!  I owe them a big 
		apology.  'Cause let me tell you 
		something.  They have more integrity 
		on their little tab of acid than 
		you have in your entire body, you 
		big fucking jerk!
 
	A security guard enters.
 
				PAUL
			(stands up)
		Would you escort Mr. Howard out, 
		please?
 
				DAVID 
		He doesn't have to escort me out. 
		I'm honored to leave.
 
	David opens the office door.  He begins to yell so
	everyone can hear him.  This is reminiscent of the
	scene from "Network."
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Before I leave, I think it's very 
		important for everyone in this 
		company to know what went on in 
		here today.
		I don't know how many lunches you've 
		all had with that man and I don't 
		know what he's said over salad or 
		dessert or whatever he buys you, 
		but you better not believe it! 
		He's a real smoothie!  He'll tell 
		you about the stepping stones! 
		That's his favorite expression. 
		He'll tell you about the stepping 
		stones and where they lead.  Well, 
		I found out where they lead!  To 
		a baldheaded fat man in New York! 
		Get out!  Get out now!  Smell the
		roses!  Smell anything!  Just smell!
		Smell before it's too late!!
 
	The office is applauding wildly.  We HOLD on them for 
	a second.
 
						CUT TO:


11	BEVERLY HILLS ROBINSON'S DEPT.  STORE - DAY 
 
	David's car enters the parking lot at high speed.  The 
	car screeches to a halt.  He jumps out.
 
						CUT TO:
 
 
12	INT.  ROBINSON'S MAIN FLOOR
 
	David walks hurriedly towards the elevators oblivious 
	to the others.
 
						CUT TO:


13	INT. J.W. ROBINSON'S - DAY 
 
	David is walking towards the personnel office.  We've 
	never seen him like this before.  He's alive.  He's got
	more than bounce in his step.  It's as if he weighs 12
	pounds.  He's on another planet.  He's smiling at every-
	body.  He has the look of a "Re-born."  As he enters
	the personnel department, he sees Nancy in her office. 
	Because Nancy's office is separated from the others by
	a thin piece of glass, if you speak too loudly everyone
	can hear.  David is not about to lower his voice.  He
	has no concept anymore of volume.  He's just too excited. 
	David bursts in.
 
				DAVID
		Nancy!
 
 	Nancy looks up.
 
				NANCY
		God, you scared me.
 
				DAVID
		Nancy, come here.
			(he pulls her up 
			by her shoulders) 
		Quit.  Quit, right now.  We're 
		getting out.
 
				NANCY
		What?

				DAVID
		Now.  Quit. 

				NANCY
		Quit?

				DAVID
		Now.  Come on. I did.  Now, you
		do it.
 
 				NANCY 
 		You did? You quit your job?
 
				DAVID
		Surprised, aren't you?  You wouldn't 
		have believed me.  You would've loved
		it.  No more me.  No more waiting. 
		No more responsible David.  Jesus, 
		they were leading me down a dead-end 
		street!  I've been on the wrong road. 
		I realize what you meant.  I've been
		too responsible.  So responsible, God! 
		I've been responsibly blind!
 
				NANCY
		I never would've used the word 
		responsible if I thought you would 
		have taken it so literally.  It was
		just a word.  I really didn't mean
		anything by it.
 
				DAVID
		Stop.  Don't do this.  Don't.  I'm
		giving you the credit.  You did mean
		it and you were right. 
		I don't know where the hell I've 
		been for the last ten years.  What
 		happened to me?  I lost the feeling 
		of life.  Jesus, I was being jacked
		off.  Nancy, they were just jacking
		me off!
 
	David's voice is a bit loud.  We can see people look from 
	other offices.
 
				NANCY
		Honey, shh.
			(whispering) 
		A little lower, please?
 
				DAVID 
			(whispering) 
		Okay. They were jacking me off. 
			(his voice starts
			to rise again)
		They were leading me down this road. 
		You know, this road?
 
				NANCY
		What road?
 
				DAVID
		The road to nowhere.  You know the 
		road.  The Nowhere Road.  I was
		being tugged along with this carrot. 
		"Come here.  Come here.  Come here." 
		But no one told me it was a fucking 
		cul-de-sac!  We've been on the 
		wrong road.
 
				NANCY
		Who was made vice president?
 
				DAVID
			(laughing it off)
		Oh, Nancy, that's all over now.
		That's kid's stuff. 
			(in a childlike voice)
		Vice President.  Class Secretary. 
		Cloakroom Monitor.  Treasurer. 
		They're all stupid. 
			(regular voice) 
		If you really want to know who
		it was, it was Phil Shubano.
 
				NANCY
		No!  Why?
 
				DAVID
		We'll never know.  The Lord works 
		in mysterious ways, but if there 
		is a God, you know what will happen 
		to Phil?  He'll get his profit 
		sharing and he'll buy a boat with it 
		and he'll crash the boat and die.
 
				NANCY
		Stop it.  You like Phil.  You don't
		mean that.
 
				DAVID
		Of course I like him, the under-
		qualified son-of-a-bitch.  Okay,
		I was harsh.  He'll crash the boat. 
		He'll have a serious injury but 
		he'll recover.  But forget about
		Phil!  Forget about the vice
		presidency!  That's the past. 
		Nancy, it's time to do it.  We're
		still young.  We can change courses. 
		We can do what we should've done 
		years ago, what our smart friends 
		did.  We can get out there.  We 
		can get out and see this country. 
		We can find out what it's about.
		We can touch Indians.  We can live
		in the mountains.  We can do 
		anything we want to do.  And we're 
		still young enough to really 
		explore.  So come on, let's go. 
		We're late.  I'll wait here.  Go 
		quit.  Come on.  We're leaving.
 
				NANCY
		I can't just quit right now.
 
				DAVID
			(looking at her with 
			a lust we haven't 
			seen before) 
		Oh, God, I want to fuck you. Come
		on.  Let's fuck, right here.
 
	Nancy is trying, without success, not to call anymore 
	attention to this particular discussion.
 
				NANCY
			(lowered voice)
		We can do it later.  There's a
		lot of people around now.
 
				DAVID
		There's always going to be people
		around.  That was the problem. 
		We lived for them, not for us.  It's
		okay.  There are some people you 
		want to fuck in front of and some 
		people you don't.  Maybe you don't
		want to fuck in front of these
		people, I don't mind.  I'll be 
		outside.  You quit.  I'll wait!
 
				NANCY
		I can't quit now, even if I want
		to.  There is no one I can quit to. 
 		My boss is not here.  We'll
 		talk more about it tonight, please?
 
				DAVID
		Okay, but we're saved.  Honey, we're 
		saved.  Somebody up there likes us.
		I don't know who it is, but we're 
		going to find them.  We'll find 
		everybody who likes us.  We'll start 
		finding people who understand what 
		life is all about.  We'll find people 
		who are really searching.  We'll find 
		people who are willing to take a 
		chance.  Look, I'll just get all 
		excited and get into it all again. 
		You go and finish what you have to 
		do and then I'll see you tonight.
 
	David exits.  Nancy watches him go.  She's expressionless. 
	She doesn't quite know what to make of this.  You can
	sense that part of her thinks that maybe her prayers were 
	answered, maybe this is how the marriage can be saved. 
	You can also sense that part of her isn't sure her husband 
	is sane.  Maybe this won't last more than an hour and you 
	can sense the last part of her is still embarrassed that 
	the other employees she works with have heard words like 
	"fuck" and "jacking off."  This is a woman of many parts.
 
						CUT TO:
 

14	INT. THE HOWARD'S HOME - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT
 
	David and Nancy are sitting on the floor.
 	They're surrounded by various maps, atlases and cata-
	logues that show different pieces of property around 
	the United States, property that most people forget 
	even exist.  These places look amazing in their little 
	pictures and, in fact, they might be amazing.  It's 
	just that almost no one ever gets there to see them for 
	real.  The longer Nancy has a chance to see what her 
	husband is saying, the more excited she becomes.
 
				NANCY
			(looking in one of 
			the catalogues) 
		Look at this.  This is the cutest 
		farmhouse I've ever seen.  Twenty-
		four acres near Darien, Connecticut, 
		five bedrooms, eighty thousand
		dollars?  How could that be?
 
				DAVID
		Because it's there.  It's not here. 
		We're used to this city.  You know 
		what our new house would cost, if 
		it were where this farmhouse was? 
		Not four hundred thousand, maybe 
		sixty thousand if we were lucky.
 
	Nancy is still looking at pages in the catalogue.  She
	stops at one picture.  She is fascinated.
 
				NANCY
		My God.  Look at this.  A converted
		lighthouse in Maine, fifty-five 
		thousand, two bedrooms, a living
 		room, a kitchen, a playroom.  How
		do you put this into a lighthouse?
 
				DAVID 
		Well, maybe you go to Maine and 
		find out.  Or you don't.  You do
		anything you want.  Nancy, look
		at this...
 
	He opens a piece of paper, showing her the arithmetic 
	he has worked on all afternoon.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		This seems to make sense to me. 
		You tell me what you think.
 		The one good thing about spending 
		all this time in Los Angeles was 
		that we got a free ride on this 
		bullshit inflation train.  Don't 
		ask me how it happened, but we made 
		a hundred and ninety thousand dollar 
		profit by staying in this house 
		for less than five years.  Now, 
		that was money we were never going
 		to see 'cause we were about to put
 		it back into another stupid house. 
		Okay.  We pull out of that house, 
		we lose our fifteen thousand dollars 
		in Escrow, we take the money from 
		this house, we liquidate everything 
		else we have, cars, stocks, bonds, 
		everything... Nancy, we have two
		hundred thousand dollars!
 
				NANCY
		We couldn't.
 
				DAVID
		We do.
 
	David shows her the figures.  As Nancy looks at the piece 
	of paper, he continues:
 
				DAVID
			(continuing) 
		All we need to buy is a motor 
		home and we should get a great 
		one because we might live there 
		for the rest of our lives, or 
		for five years or ten years or 
		whatever.
 
				NANCY
		What do you think a motor home 
		costs?
 
				DAVID
		Guess who went motor home shopping? 
		We can get a great one for twenty-
		five thousand dollars.  If there's 
		one thing you can get a deal on 
		it's a motor home.  This is the best 
		time in history to drop out.  It's 
		a buyer's market!
 
				NANCY
		So that would leave us a hundred 
		and seventy-five thousand dollars. 
		I can't believe it!
 
				DAVID
		Yes!  On that kind of money we 
		could ramble across the country 
		for years!  We can paint, we can 
		explore, we can meet amazing 
		people.
 
				NANCY
		And if we get to Connecticut and 
		we like one of these farmhouses, 
		we'd have enough money to put a 
		down payment on it, wouldn't we?
 
				DAVID 
		Yes!  Then if we get sick of that
		we could sell it and move on.
 
				NANCY
		I'd like to go to Alaska.
 
				DAVID
		Great!  Alaska's great!  We can
		do anything we want.
 
				NANCY
		This is what we talked about when 
		we were nineteen!
 
				DAVID 
		Yes.  We talked about finding 
		ourselves but we laughed it off 
		because we had no money. Now
		we can do it in comfort. We've
		got our nest egg.  This is a
 		dream come true.
 
 	Nancy has a tear in her eye. David sees it.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing) 
		What's wrong?  Are you okay?
 
				NANCY
		We really can do whatever we 
		want to, can't we?
 
				DAVID
		Who's stopping us?
 
	Nancy stares.  She thinks about that question.  She 
	can't come up with an answer.  Finally, almost in 
	tears.
 
				NANCY
		Nobody's stopping us!

						CUT TO:
 
                           
15	INT. PETE HIRSCH'S HOME - NIGHT
 
	PETE HIRSCH is one of David's former associates at the 
	agency.  He and his wife are throwing a party for
	David and Nancy, a final farewell gathering.  There are
	people milling about, talking, general good cheer. 
	David and Nancy are the heroes of the evening.  In the 
	corner of the room is a huge cake.  The CAMERA MOVES
	ABOUT, PICKING UP various bits of conversation.
 
				PATTY
		You look very happy.  You look
		so good.  I'm happy for you.
 
 				NANCY
 		I know you are.
 
	She gives Patty a hug.  An older, dignified-looking man,
	JACK MARTIN and his wife, CAROL, approach Nancy.  Obvi-
	ously, he's an executive at Robinson's.
 
				JACK MARTIN
		Well, well.
 
				NANCY
		I didn't know you were going to
		come.
 
				JACK MARTIN
			(he gives her a 
			paternal hug) 
		One employee we are certainly 
		going to miss.
 
				CAROL
			(to Nancy) 
		I think it sounds wonderful.
 
						CUT TO:
 
16	INT. OTHER SIDE OF THE ROOM
 
 	A group of men are gathered around David.  One of 
	David's friends at work, JIM, is speaking:
 
				JIM
		You were great.  Man, it was great. 
		It was like "Network" and "Take 
		This Job and Shove It," all rolled 
		into one.  When you left, we all
		wanted to go with you.  Really. 
		People really had to think for a 
		minute.   They were ready to leave.
 
				DAVID
		Did anyone else leave?
 
				JIM 
		No.  I mean after a few minutes, 
		people just went back to work, 
		but for the moment, it was real 
		exciting.
 
				DAVID
		Well, when the time's right, if 
		people want to leave, they will.
 
				JIM 
		Of course.  I believe that. I
		got to be honest with you, though. 
		I was thinking about my situation 
		and I don't think I have the guts.
 
				DAVID
		I don't know that it's guts.  It 
		just takes a certain kind of person.
 
				JIM 
		Yeah, maybe it has nothing to do 
		with guts.  'Cause I think I have 
		guts.  I guess I'm not that kind 
		of person. Let's say that I like  
		expensive things and I guess I 
		need my job to get what I like.
 
				DAVID 
		Whatever makes you happy.
 
				JIM
		Right.  I guess expensive things
		make me happy.  These shoes make
		me happy.  Do you like them?
 
	He shows David his shoes.  They look very expensive. 
	For a moment, David forgets he will no longer partic-
	ipate in this world.
 
				DAVID 
		Beauties.  What are they?  Bally's?
 
				JIM 
		A Bally copy.  Bally's would be 
		three hundred bucks.  These were 
		a hundred and eighty.  Can't tell
		the difference.  The sole's just 
		as thick.  Look, feel the sole.
 
				DAVID
			(starts to touch the
			bottom of his shoe 
			and then stops) 
		No, I don't know where you've been, 
		Jim.  I don't want to touch your 
		shoe.  They're beautiful.  Good 
		thick sole.
 
	Nancy calls across the room to David.

				NANCY 
		Honey?
 
	David walks over and recognizes one of her bosses, Jack 
	Martin.
 
				DAVID
		Hello, Jack.  How are you?
 
				JACK
		Daniel Boone, as I live and 
		breathe.  Dan, you know my wife, 
		Carol.
 
				DAVID 
			(shakes hands)
  		Hi, Carol.
 
				JACK
		So, Mr. Boone, you leave in the 
		morning, uh?
 
				DAVID
		Let's call me David from now on. 
		Just for old times sake.
 
				JACK
		Oh, come on, I'm just playing with 
		you.  Listen, I'll tell you 
		something.  What you and your 
		wife are doing, well, it's wonderful. 
		Carol and I were driving over here 
		tonight, and talking seriously 
		about breaking the mold ourselves.
 
				DAVID
		Really?
 
				JACK
		You bet.  We haven't been that
		happy lately.  Have we, honey?
 
	How can a person respond to this?  Carol just stares
	at him.
 
				JACK
			(continuing)
		I told her, if I can get some time
		off, we're going to try to get down
		to La Costa for a weekend and just
		let it all out.
 
	David now realizes that breaking the "mold" has many 
	different meanings to different people.
 
				DAVID
		La Costa?  For a whole weekend,
		huh?  That's great.
 
				JACK
		That's if I can get away.  If not, 
		at least for an afternoon.  Just
		the idea of getting to San Diego, 
		maybe take in Sea World.  Anyway, 
		did Nancy tell you what Robinson's 
		plans to do?
 
				DAVID
		Actually we haven't talked too much 
		about American business lately.
 
				JACK
		Well, there is a rumor and I would 
		appreciate you not telling anyone 
		this, but our store may just be
		buying up the May Company.  This is
		just the kind of expansion that can 
		make a man like me very, very 
		wealthy.
 
				DAVID
		Well, if it's good for you, I'm 
		real happy.
 
				JACK
		Well, let's just say it could make 
		me a million dollars, minimum.  But,
		David, please keep this down.  God,
		I probably shouldn't have said 
		anything.
 
				DAVID
		Jack, we're not going to be around 
		people who will care.  I promise
		you.  I don't think a guide at
		the Grand Canyon knows or cares 
		too much about the acquisition of 
		a department store in L.A.
 
				JACK
		You want a surprise?  You want to
		know about the Grand Canyon and
		business?  The 7-Eleven at the
		Grand Canyon does more volume 
		business per year than any other 
		7-Eleven in the country, especially 
		around Muscular Dystrophy time.
 
				DAVID
		Well, that's good to know.
 
				JACK
		I think it has something to do 
		with the hiking and the tragedy 
		of the children who can't hike. 
		I don't know, but last year they 
		did two million, eight-hundred 
		thousand.  Now, of course, there 
		are no other quickie stores around 
		so they have a good one there.  A 
		lot of people moving in and out
		of that canyon.  Have you seen
		these new U-Tote-M stores?
 
				DAVID
		Jack, I don't want to be rude but
		I can't talk business anymore.  I
		hate to sound "sixties" to you 
		but I'm in a different place.
 
				JACK
		Hey, I understand.  I remember
		the sixties.
		As a matter of fact, the concept 
		of U-Tote-M is a sixties concept. 
		See, the 7-Eleven is a rush-rush
		place.  U-Tote-M is lay-back.  Their
		store in Tarzana this year is 
		going to gross almost...
 
				DAVID
			(interrupts)
		Jack, please?
 
	Pete Hirsch yells from across the room.
 
				PETE
		I'd like to make a toast.
 
	People mumble, "Great."  "Good."  "It's about time."
	Everybody gathers around.  People raise their glasses 
	up.
 
				PETE
			(continuing)
		To our beautiful friends, David 
		and Nancy Howard... Good luck!
 
	He drinks.

				DAVID
		That's it, huh?  What a well thought
		out toast.  Thank you, Pete.
 
	People laugh.  Scattered laughter around the room.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Well, I think it's time for me 
		to say something right now.
 
	We hear a little applause.  "Speech!  Speech!" 
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing; calling
			Nancy over) 
		Sweetheart, would you come here?
 
	David and Nancy stand together, arm-in-arm.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing)
 		I have a surprise for my wife and
 		I would like to share it, not only
 		with her, but with you, who we 
		consider our closest friends.  We 
		do have some other close friends. 
		I'm sure they got lost.
 
	People laugh.

				DAVID
			(continuing)
		When Nancy and I were married we 
		had dreams and plans and I guess 
		in the pursuit of those things, 
		we kind of lost each other. 
		Tomorrow morning, when we leave 
		here, we have no destination. 
		Our only goal is to find out who 
		we really are and what it is that's 
		really out there.  We're going to
		be adventurers in the classic sense 
		of the word, but there is one place
 		that we will stop at first. 
			(reaches into his 
			pocket and takes 
			out a little box) 
		That place is Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
				NANCY
			(her eyes open up
			wide; excited)
		Las Vegas?  Really?
 
				DAVID
		Well, if this is to be a new 
		beginning, I think there's only 
		one way to really show it to this
		woman that I love.  So, tomorrow 
		evening my wife and I are going 
		to be remarried.
 
	People applaud.  Nancy is overwhelmed.  She opens the
	little box and there is a ruby ring.
 
				NANCY
		Oh, my God!  Oh!  My!
 
	People are trying to get a glance at the ring.  We can
	hear OOHING and AAHING.
 
				NANCY
			(continuing)
		This is the most beautiful thing 
		you've ever done.
 
				DAVID
		Well, I'd like to say it was 
		nothing, but that small little
		ruby cost a fortune.
 
	People laugh.

				DAVID
			(continuing)
		That's okay, it's budgeted for.
 
	A little laughter again.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		And now, I would like to propose 
		a toast.
 
	Everyone raises their glasses.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		To you, our loyal friends, we will
		miss you.  To my lovely new bride,
		I want to know you all over again... 
		And to America, get ready.  Here
		we come!
 
	Everybody drinks.  As they do we...
 
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17	EXT. SAN BERNARDINO FREEWAY - NEXT DAY 
 
	We hear MUSIC (possibly the song from "Easy Rider" when 
	Dennis Hopper and Peter Fonda left L.A. on their motor-
	cycles).  This is the first time we see the motor home. 
	No expense was spared on this.  It's seventy feet long. 
	From the outside, you can see a roof that doubles as a
	little patio where you can sun yourself.  The windows 
	are huge.  It looks luxurious, even from a distance.
 
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18	INT. MOTOR HOME
 
	David is driving.  Nancy is in the back in the kitchen
	area.
 
				DAVID
		Honey, we're two minutes from
		crossing the city limits.  Come 
		up front.  This is historic.
 
				NANCY 
			(from the rear 
			of the trailer)
		Just a second!  This microwave 
		oven browns, did you know that? 
		The one in our new house couldn't 
		even do that.
 
				DAVID
		Our new house?  No, some poor 
		sucker's new house.  This is our 
		new house and I love it.
 
	Nancy walks up towards the front with two melted cheese 
	sandwiches.  No matter how horrible the sandwiches looked 
	or tasted, to David, it would be great.  That's his new 
	attitude.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing)
		Boy, does this smell good.  How 
		long did it take to melt this?
 
				NANCY
		Twenty seconds.
 
				DAVID
		Can you believe it?  Boy!  I 
		never really tasted melted cheese 
		on toast before.  I must have 
		eaten it a million times, but
		this is the first time I've really
		tasted it. It's good and I bet 
		it gets better the further we 
		get from L.A.
 
				NANCY
		We'll actually be breathing clean 
		air.  We haven't done that for --
		how many years?
 
				DAVID
		Forever. I hope we can recognize
		it.
 
	Nancy smiles.  This is certainly the best mood she's 
	been in for a long time.
 
				NANCY
		Last night was so nice, don't you
		think?  Those are good people. 
		We had good friends there.
 
				DAVID
		I know.  It's just that we weren't 
		good friends there.
 
				NANCY
		Every once in a while I can't 
		believe what we're doing.  Are
		you scared?  Be honest.
 
				DAVID 
		No, not at all.   Well, let's say 
		I'm scared in the same way 
		Columbus was scared.
 
				NANCY
		Columbus must have really been
		scared, huh?  That took a lot
		of guts, didn't it?  What if
		the world was flat?  They really 
		didn't know anything.
 
				DAVID 
		Well, I think he covered himself.
 
				NANCY
		How?
 
				DAVID
		Oh, let's say there was the Pinta,
		the Nina and the Santa Maria.  I'd
		bet everything I have that Columbus
		was in the Santa Maria.  If the
		world was flat, I think he'd watch 
		the Pinta and the Nina go.  Then 
		he'd tell the Santa Maria to turn
		around.  He'd probably just go back
		and have sex with the Queen again. 
		I don't think he was a complete 
		schmuck.
 
				NANCY
		So, actually, we're braver than
		Columbus.  We don't have two motor
		homes in front of us.
 
				DAVID
		That's right.  However, we should 
		keep our eye on that Buick ahead. 
		If it falls off the earth, it
		would be wise to pull over and re-
		evaluate.
 
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19	EXT. LAS VEGAS - NIGHT TIME
 
	The town is all lit up.  The motor home pulls up in
	front of a 24-hour wedding chapel.  David stops.  He 
	stares at the chapel through the window.
 
                  
20	INT. MOTOR HOME - NIGHT
 
				DAVID
		Doesn't it look beautiful?  I'm 
		excited.
			(opens the door
			and starts to get out) 
		Let me find out what we do. I'll
		get all the information.
 
				NANCY
		Wait a second.
 
				DAVID
		What?
  
				NANCY
		Aren't you tired?
 
				DAVID
		I'm excited.
 
				NANCY
		You know what we should do?  We 
		should get married tomorrow.
 
				DAVID 
		Why?  We should get married now 
		and then drive out to the Grand 
		Canyon and have our second
		honeymoon under the stars.  What
		could be better than that?
 
				NANCY
		Well, here's what I'd like to do. 
		I'd like to get married in the 
		morning.  We're trying to start 
		a new life.  We should do it at
 		the beginning of a new day.  We'll 
		both be fresh.  We'll be up.  We 
		can get married at the crack of
 		dawn.
 
				DAVID
		That sounds nice.  Alright.  We'll 
		camp out some place tonight and
		then come back before dawn.  As
		a matter-of-fact, these places will 
		be less crowded then.  Good idea. 
		Nancy, you're a genius.
 
	He starts the engine.
 
				NANCY
		Are we sure we want to camp out 
		tonight?
 
				DAVID
		What?
 
				NANCY
		Why don't we make tonight a real 
		old-fashioned honeymoon?  Let's 
		go to the best hotel and get 
		the honeymoon suite and celebrate 
		our heads off.
 
				DAVID
		Sweetheart, we don't want to stay 
		in a Vegas hotel.  This is what 
		we've left, this money-grabbing, 
		horrible society.
 
				NANCY 
		I agree, but one night?  We'll 
		have room service and make love 
		in a big bed and watch porno 
		movies.  I think it'll be fun.
 
				DAVID 
		We want to touch Indians.
 
				NANCY
		We will.  Just tonight and then
		that's it.
  		Don't you want to take a bath 
		together in one of those big
		tubs?
 
				DAVID 
		Well, okay.
 
				NANCY
		If you really don't want to, we 
		don't have to.  We can camp out.
 
				DAVID
		No, it's okay.  As a matter-of-fact, 
		it might be very exciting.  We 
		haven't been in a bath together 
		for a long time.
 
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21	EXT.  DESERT  INN - NIGHT

	David pulls the motor home into the parking lot and 
	turns over the keys to the young parking attendant.

 
22	INT.  LOBBY OF DESERT INN
 
	David and Nancy are coming through the main doors. 
	We can see the motor home being driven out of the drive-
	way by one of the valet parking attendants. David 
	looks behind him and watches the home drive off.  He's 
	nervous.
 
				DAVID 
		I don't think they know how to 
		drive those things.  He could 
		ruin it.
 
				NANCY 
			(all excited)
 		Oh, don't worry.  They can drive 
		anything.  Look. Isn't this
		wonderful?  It's so romantic. 
		God, I used to come here a lot. 
		I kind of miss it.
 
				DAVID
		You never told me you came here. 
		When?
 
				NANCY
		Before we were married.  I'll
		tell you about it later.  Come 
		on.
 
	They approach the front desk.  A CLERK is working at 
	one of the reservation computers.
 
				CLERK 
		Excuse me?
 
				DAVID
		My wife and I have dropped out of
		society and we're making this
		statement, but we want to spend 
		one last night here.  We're 
		planning to get up at the crack 
		of dawn and get remarried and...
 
				NANCY
			(interrupting David, 
			she whispers to him) 
		Just ask him for the room.
 
				DAVID
			(whispering back)
		I'm getting to it.  I know what
		I'm doing.
			(to the Clerk) 
		Anyway, we're going to get up 
		very early and get remarried 
		so we want something very special 
		because we're doing something 
		special.  My point is, we'd 
		like your finest bridal suite.
 
				CLERK
		Do you have a reservation?
 
				DAVID
		No, I told you, we just dropped 
		out.  We don't do reservation
		things anymore.  We're living
		spontaneously.
 
				CLERK
		Well, we're not.  We thrive on 
		reservations and I'm sorry but 
		the bridal suite is occupied.
 
				DAVID
		What other rooms do you have?

				NANCY
			(to the Clerk) 
		Just a minute, please? 
			(she pulls David 
			aside, whispering) 
		The bridal suite isn't occupied.
 
				DAVID
		What?
 
				NANCY 
		It's not occupied. I can see it
		in his face.
 
				DAVID
		What do you mean?
 
				NANCY
		Give him money.
 
				DAVID
		What?
 
				NANCY
		Give him fifty bucks.
 
				DAVID
		Why?
 
				NANCY
		We'll get the bridal suite.
 
				DAVID
		How do you know?
 
				NANCY
		Trust me.
 
	David approaches the desk again.  He takes out fifty
	dollars.  He puts it in the Clerk's hand, like he's
	shaking hands with him.
 
				DAVID
		Hello, again.
			(slips him the
			fifty)
 		Do me a favor?  I've worked with 
		computers.  I know what can happen. 
		Sometimes these things get fouled
		up.  Would you check one more
		time?
		Maybe the bridal suite was empty 
		and the room next to it was occupied 
		and the computer got mixed up.
 
				CLERK
			(takes a look)
		I know what you mean.  That can
		happen sometimes.  Let me check. 
			(he looks at the 
			reservation com-
			puter for a moment)
		Nope.  It's occupied.  These are 
		state-of-the-art computers.  Very 
		rarely do we have those kind of 
		mistakes.
 
				DAVID
		You're sure?
 
				CLERK
		Yes. Says right here, "Bridal
		Suite full."

	Nancy leans over and whispers to David.
 
				NANCY 
		Give him more.
 
  				DAVID 
		Jesus.  Really?
 
 	Nancy nods yes.  David turns back to the Clerk.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Listen, I'm not very good at this. 
		I don't get good seats in shows 
		because of this problem.  I don't 
		get good tables in restaurants. 
		I've really never been good at 
		this particular kind of exchange 
		of money so, how much do you
		want?
 
				CLERK
		A hundred dollars.
 
				DAVID
		Fine.
			(hands him more cash) 
		Here you go.  A hundred. 
	 	Now, I assume we don't have to 
		continue this computer talk 
		again and say that it's working 
		now and everything?
 
	The Clerk doesn't even bother to answer.  He reaches
	behind the desk and hands David his key.
 
				CLERK
		Here you are, eight-twenty.
 
	He rings for the porter.
 
				DAVID
		Now, this is the best bridal 
		suite?
 
				CLERK
		Heart-shaped bed.  Everything. 
		You'll love it.
 
				DAVID
		Thank you very much.  I'm sure 
		the hundred doesn't apply towards 
		the room at all.
 
				CLERK
		You're kidding, right?
 
				DAVID
		Of course.  I was kidding all
		along.

	David and Nancy leave the desk and walk towards the 
	elevator.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Tell me we didn't do the right 
		thing, getting out of this horrible 
		society?  Jesus Christ, I told the 
		guy we dropped out. Did that make
		any difference?  No. I said we're
		making a statement.  What did he do? 
		Stare at me.  I said we're getting 
		remarried.  What does he finally
		say?  Give me more money.  God!
		How does a guy like that even live?
 
				NANCY
		Well, think of all the people 
		checking in here.  Everyone giving 
		him a hundred dollars, he probably 
		lives well.
 
				DAVID
		No, I meant with himself.  How 
		does he... Never mind.
 
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23	INT. BEDROOM SUITE - DESERT INN
 
 	David and Nancy enter.  Apparently, the hundred
	dollars was not quite enough.  This could not be 
	Desert Inn's best bridal suite.  This looks like the
	junior bridal suite, at best.  At one end of the room 
	are two twin heart-shaped beds.  Above them, there's a 
	mirror, heavily-flocked with gold specks.  The rest of
	the room is decorated in standard red velour.  Nancy is
	disappointed.  David is confused.  He can't figure out 
	how any manufacturer could make a living turning out 
	twin heart-shaped beds.
 
				PORTER 
		I'll go down and get your luggage 
		for you.  Where is it?
 
				DAVID
		That's okay.  It's locked in our 
		house.  I'll get it later.  Thank
		you very much.
 
	David reaches into his pocket and gives the man a dollar.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		I haven't been here in years.  I
		hope this is enough.  If it isn't, 
		take some from the clerk.  I gave
		him a hundred.
 
	The Porter looks at David and walks out without saying 
	a word.
 
				NANCY
		So?  What do you think?
 
				DAVID
		I think if Liberace had children, 
		this would be their room.  Cute 
		little hearts, aren't they?
 
				NANCY
		We should ask for a bigger bed.
 
				DAVID
		Let's hold onto the cash we have. 
		I don't want any more favors. 
		We can try and push these together.
 
	They try but they find very quickly that hearts don't 
	fit together.  After a few attempts, they give up.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing) 
		Look, we can crawl over the 
		ventricles when we want to have 
		sex.  It'll be exciting.  Why 
		don't you order something up, 
		okay?  Order up a great meal and 
		some great champagne.  I'll go 
		run the bath.
 
	David walks into the bathroom.  Nancy sits down on the 
	bed.  She picks up the room service menu and starts to 
	read through it.  She calls to David.
 
				NANCY
		How's the bath?
 
				DAVID
			(walking out of 
			the bathroom) 
		There's no bath in there, honey.
 
				NANCY
		Come on.
 
				DAVID 
		I have no reason to lie to you. 
		Go look for yourself.  There's a 
		very teeny, heart-shaped 
		shower and a medium sized, heart-
		shaped sink.  At best, we can
		wash our socks together.
 
				NANCY
		Are you disappointed?
 
				DAVID
		Not at all.
 
				NANCY
		Maybe we shouldn't order room 
		service.  We should get dressed 
		and go down and check out some 
		of these restaurants.  Hey, do 
		you want to see a show?
 
				DAVID
		I don't want to leave the room. 
		I just want to be with you tonight,
		here.  It's our honeymoon.  We 
		should order up like we planned 
		and then we can figure out a way 
		to make love.  Somewhere in this 
		room, there has to be space.
 
				NANCY
		Okay.
			(gets up and walks 
			toward the bath-
			room)
		I'm going in to take a nice hot 
		shower, okay?
 
				DAVID
		Good.  You get nice and sexy 
		because when you come out, we'll 
		pack and leave.
 
				NANCY
		Come on.  We're going to have fun.
 
				DAVID 
		I'm joking with you.  Now, hurry
		up, I'm getting horny.  When you 
		come out, I'll be the naked one
		on the right heart.  I might even
		be looking at myself in the mirror 
		and masturbating.  Although, I 
		don't think I can see myself 
		through all this gold flock.
 
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24 	SHOT OF ALARM CLOCK
 
	It's ringing.  The time is five-thirty A.M.  As we 
	PULL BACK we see David reaching over and shutting it 
	off.  He rolls over towards the other heart bed.
 
				DAVID 
		Rise and shine, my darling wife.
			(singing to the 
			tune of "My Fair 
			Lady") 
		We're getting married this morning. 
		We're...
 
 	He stops singing.  She doesn't seem to be in the other
	bed.  The room's still a little dark.  Maybe David isn't 
	seeing clearly yet.  He's patting all over the bed.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Nancy?  Honey?
 
	He realizes she's not there.  He gets up and walks 
	towards the bathroom.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing)
		Honey?  Are you in there?  Nancy?
 
	There's no answer.  Obviously, she's not in the bathroom. 
	Possibly, she's gone down the hall to get ice.  He opens
	the door and calls down the hall.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Honey?  Nancy?  Are you at the 
		ice machine?
 
	He goes back into the room.  He picks up the phone.  A
	WOMAN'S VOICE answers.
 
				WOMAN'S VOICE
		May I help you?
 
				DAVID
		Yes.  I'd like to page Nancy
		Howard, please.
 
				WOMAN'S VOICE
		And where would she be?  Do you
		have any idea?
 
				DAVID
		Probably in the coffee shop.
 
	David sits and waits.  After a short pause:
 
				MAN'S VOICE
		Hello?
 
				DAVID
		Hi, honey.  Had a sex change, huh? 
			(laughs at his joke)
		I think you picked up the wrong 
		phone.  I'm paging my wife.
 
				MAN 
		You're married to Nancy Howard?
 
				DAVID
		Yes.
 
				MAN 
		Why don't you come down to the 
		casino?
 
				DAVID 
		Why?  Is there something wrong?
 
				MAN
		Your wife has been gambling for 
		quite some time and possibly, you 
		should speak with her.
 
				DAVID 
		What do I have to say to her?  Is
		she winning?
 
				MAN 
		Why don't you just come downstairs?
 
				DAVID
			(hangs up the
			phone)
 		Oh my God!
 
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25	INT. DESERT INN CASINO
 
	David comes tearing into the casino.  He is still in
	his bathrobe.  A SECURITY GUARD stops him.
 
				GUARD
		I'm sorry, you can't come into 
		the casino dressed like that.
 
				DAVID
		What are you, crazy?  I saw 
		Electric Horseman.  Animals rode 
		through here.  Excuse me.
 
	He pushes past the Guard.  He looks frantically around
	trying to find Nancy.  At this hour of the morning, it's
 	easy to spot people.  There aren't too many of them. 
	He sees her.  She's off in the corner at the roulette 
	table.  There's a small group of people around her.  They 
	seem to be watching, she seems to be gambling.  David 
	walks as fast as he can.  He doesn't want to run, his 
	robe might open up.  As he approaches Nancy, he is 
	frightened by what he sees.  She is a maniac.  She has 
	been up for hours.  The transformation is scary.  It's 
	like Jekyll and Hyde.  She's frantically moving chips all 
	around the table.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Honey?  What are you doing?
 
				NANCY
			(to the Dealer)
		Eight!  Big chips!
 
				DAVID
		Honey?
 
				NANCY
		Not now.  Get away.  Not now.
 
				DAVID
		What's going on?
 
				NANCY
		Stop it.  Come on, eight!  Come 
		on, eight!
 
 	The DEALER spins the wheel.  The ball drops into the
 	number sixteen slot.
 
				DEALER
		Sixteen.
 
				NANCY
			(shrieks)
 		Shit!
 
				DAVID
		Honey, calm down. Sweetheart? 
 
	The Man who spoke to David on the telephone approaches 
	him at the table.
 
				MAN 
		Could I speak to you for a moment?
 
				DAVID
		What is it?
 
	The Man takes David aside.
 
				MAN 
		Your wife is very distraught. 
		She's been gambling almost 
		five hours and she has not been 
		on a lucky streak.  Now, it's
		not our place to stop her, but 
		possibly, you should.
 
				DAVID
		What do you mean she's not been 
		on a lucky streak?  She's losing?
 
				MAN 
		Well, why don't you talk to her?
 
	David runs back to the table.
 
				DAVID
		Honey, I want to talk to you.
 
				NANCY
		Get away! 
			(to the Dealer) 
		Once again!  Give me eight!
 
 	The Dealer spins the wheel.  The ball goes around and 
	around.
 
				NANCY
			(continuing)
		Come on, baby.  Come on, lucky 
		baby.  Baby, baby.  Baby, baby.
 
				DEALER
		Eight it is.
 
				NANCY
			(jumping up,
			excited as
			can be)
		Yes!  Great!
 
				DAVID
			(now a little 
			excited himself) 
		Hey, that is great.  You're a
 		winner.
			(to Dealer)
		How much was that?  How much did
		she win?
 
				DEALER
		Sixty dollars.
 
				DAVID 
		Alright.  Nothing wrong with that. 
		What's wrong with that?  Now, what
		does this man mean who says you 
		weren't on a lucky streak?
 
				NANCY
		I was down earlier.  Just go away.
 
				DAVID 
		But you're up now, right?
 
				NANCY
		I'm still down.
			(to Dealer) 
		Eight again!  And make it happen 
		for me!
 
 	David turns to the Man who spoke to him on the phone. 
	The Man is standing at a distance watching what's 
	happening with a slight look of pity on his face.
 
				DAVID
 			(walking over to him) 
		Boy, she keeps betting eight, huh? 
		How down is she exactly?
 
				MAN
		Oh, she's very, very down.  I
		don't know how much money you
	 	have, but on the average I'd
		say this is what we call "very 
		down."
 
				DAVID
		What do you mean?  A thousand?
 
	At this moment, we hear a GROAN from the roulette table. 
	The ball has dropped into double zero.  David runs back
	over.  He sees the Dealer taking the chips off of eight.
 
				NANCY
		Dammit!  That keeps coming up, 
		that zero.  Jesus Christ! 
 		Now, once again, eight!  Come back,
 		eight!  Come back, eight!
 
				DAVID
		Just a minute.  Nancy, stop.
 
				NANCY
		Please, David!  Please!  You're 
		bringing me bad luck.
 
				DAVID
		Well, according to some people here,
		I'm not bringing anything.  You're
		already having bad luck.
 
				NANCY
		It's changing!  Now come on, 
		eight!  Eight's my mate!  Take 
		the bait, number eight.
 
	The Dealer spins the ball.  It drops into the number four.
 
				DEALER 
		Four.
 
				NANCY
		See what you did?  Bad luck!  Get
		away, please.
 
				DAVID
		This man over here says you're
		very down.  What does he mean?
 
				NANCY
		Fuck the man!  I don't know who 
		you're talking about. 
			(to Dealer)
		Try it again!  Eight!
 
				DAVID 
		Nancy, stop betting eight.  There's
		hundreds of numbers on this table. 
		Why the hell do you keep betting
		eight?  Now, how much have we lost?
 
				NANCY
		Everything.  Come on, eight.
 
				DAVID
		What do you mean everything?  Did 
		you say everything?
 
	At this moment, the ball falls into number nine.  The
	Dealer takes the last of Nancy's chips.
 
				NANCY
		Goddammit!  Son-of-a-bitch!  You 
		can't get any closer to eight
		than nine.
 
				DAVID
			(beginning to 
			take charge)
		Come over here. Come with me.
 
	He drags Nancy away from the roulette table. She turns
	around.   She's yelling at the Dealer.
 
				NANCY
		Eight again!  One more time!
 
				DAVID 
		There's nothing on the board. 
		You're not at the table.  You 
		haven't placed a bet.  Stop 
		yelling eight.   He doesn't care 
		anymore.
 
				NANCY
		I gotta find some money. Please.
		I'm about to hit.
 
				DAVID 
		No, you're about to get hit.   Come
		on.  We have some serious talking
		to do.
 
	David starts to pull Nancy out of the casino.  He passes
	by a one-dollar progressive slot machine with Nancy in
	tow as BELLS START TO RING and LIGHTS FLASH.   An OLDER
	WOMAN has hit the jackpot and starts to scream.
 
				WOMAN 
		I won!!  I won!!
 
				NANCY
		Look.  She won... I want to play!
 
				DAVID
		It's too late.  You chose the table.
		Let's get out of here.
 
						CUT TO:


26	INT. COFFEE SHOP
 
	They sit down at one of the tables.  David looks a
	little worried.  Nancy is still frantic.  She's mixed 
	up.  She's also looking around for a Keno girl.  She's
	obviously in some sort of a daze.
 
				DAVID
		Okay, talk.  What's going on?
 
				NANCY
		At two-thirty this morning, I was 
		up three hundred thousand dollars.
 
				DAVID
		Three hundred thousand dollars? 
		That's a lot of money!
 
				NANCY
		More chips than you've ever seen 
		in your life.  You wouldn't have 
		believed it.  They were all over 
		the place.
 
				DAVID
		But when I came downstairs they 
		were all gone.  You didn't have any.
 
				NANCY
		Yes, but I can get them back.
 
				DAVID
		Let's wait on that for just a 
		second.  So, everything is gone 
		and I'm trying to figure out the 
		word "everything."  We had a 
		little bit of cash with us and 
		you lost that?
 
				NANCY
		Yes.
 
				DAVID
		So, what did you do?  You got
		more cash?
 
				NANCY
		Yes.
 
				DAVID
		So, you wrote a check then?
 
				NANCY
		Yes.
 
				DAVID
		You started drawing cash from our
		nest egg?
 
				NANCY
		Yes.  Yes.
 
				DAVID 
		How much of the nest egg did
		you take?  What's left?
 
				NANCY
		Nothing.
 
				DAVID 
 		Oh, my God. By "everything" you
		mean "nothing."
 
				NANCY
		Yes.

				DAVID
		You didn't lose a hundred and
		eighty thousand dollars?
 
				NANCY
		Maybe.  I don't know.  Give or
		take a thousand.
 
				DAVID 
		Give or take a thousand?  Give 
		or take a thousand?
 
	David is holding on to one of his testicles so as not
	to kill this woman.  This is the first time in his life,
	where he truly can't comprehend what he has heard.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing) 
		Oh my God!  Oh my God! I understand
		what we mean now.  I understand what
		we all mean.  Oh my God!  My God!
		My God!
 
 	David puts his hand to his forehead. He looks around. 
	He's thinking.  Something must be done. Something must
	be done quickly.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing)
		Oh my God!  Alright.  Let's not 
		panic.
 
	David thinks of something.  He stands up from the
	table and yells as loud as he can.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing)
		Bellhop, please.  Bellhop, in here, 
		please.  There's an emergency!
 
	He sits down, he's rubbing his head.
 
				NANCY
		What's the matter?
 
				DAVID 
		Nothing.  Just wait.  Oh my God!
 
				NANCY
		Sweetheart, there were these 
		Persians around me, staring at 
		all these chips that were on 
		the table and I've never had 
		that feeling before, the feeling 
		that I was completely in control. 
		I was the one.  I didn't need 
		anything.  I didn't care.  I
		didn't have any problems.  Do
		you know that feeling?
 
				DAVID
 		Not now. I don't know that feeling
		now, no.
 
	The BELLHOP approaches.
 
				BELLHOP 
		Yes, sir?
 
				DAVID
		First of all, I was speaking to a 
		gentleman in the casino who seemed
		to be in charge there.  He's what?
 
				BELLHOP 
		The Pit Boss?
 
				DAVID
		Yes.  What's his name?
 
				BELLHOP
		Mr. Shuster.
 
				DAVID
		Fine.  Does he have an office?
 
				BELLHOP 
		Yes, it's behind the front desk.
 
				DAVID
		Fine.  Alright.  Now would you 
		please do me a favor?  My wife
		is tired and would you escort 
		her to 820.
			(hands the Bellhop 
			his room key)
		Would you please sit with her, 
		maybe she'll want to take a shower
		or whatever, and just don't leave
		the room.  I'll be up in a little
		while.  But please don't leave. 
		I don't want her to be alone right
		now.
 
				NANCY
		Why are you treating me like an 
		animal?
 
				DAVID
		I'll explain it to you later.
 
	They all get up.  They exit the coffee shop.
 

27	INT. LOBBY OUTSIDE COFFEE SHOP
 
				DAVID
			(speaking to Nancy as
			if she has just had 
			a nervous breakdown)
 		Just relax.  Lie down, if you want. 
		Have some water.  I'll be up in a 
		few minutes.
 
				NANCY
		Stop talking to me this way.
 
				DAVID
		I'm not talking to you in any 
		particular way.  I'm just trying 
		to keep everything calm and I'm
		trying to remain calm.  I'm also
		trying to think what I can do to 
		help us out now.
			(to the Bellhop)
		The man's name again?  The Pit Boss?
 
				BELLHOP 
		Shuster.
 
				DAVID 
		Thank you.
 
	They are now at the elevators.
 
 				NANCY
 		David, I'm sorry.
 
				DAVID 
		Save it.  Just go upstairs.
 
	He leaves her at the elevators.
 

28 	INT. LOBBY
 
	David walks very slowly towards Shuster's office.  You 
	can tell he's thinking.  He approaches the front desk
	and clears his throat, trying to act dignified.  The robe
	diminishes this a bit.
 
				DAVID 
			(to the Clerk)
 		Mr. Shuster, the Pit Boss, may I 
		speak to him, please?
 
				CLERK
		I don't know if he's in.  Just a 
		moment.
 
	The Clerk picks up the phone.  He buzzes.
 
				CLERK
			(continuing)
		Yes.  There's a gentleman here 
		to see you.
			(to David) 
		What is your name?
 
				DAVID
		I'm David Howard.  He knows me, 
		we spoke on the telephone.  My
		wife was the one who was up for 
		hours.
 
				CLERK
			(into phone) 
		David Howard.  Yes.  Yes. 
			(hangs up phone) 
		He'll be right out.
 
	David stands there.  He's thinking, staring straight 
	ahead.  Out of an office emerges JACK SHUSTER, the Pit 
	Boss, the man we saw earlier.  Shuster's a large man,
	in his early fifties.  He's as intimidating as his 
	job calls for.  He looks like he might have killed
 	somebody once, and actually enjoyed it.  He walks 
	over to David.
 
				SHUSTER
		Mr. Howard?  Come on in.
 
						CUT TO:


29 	INT. SHUSTER'S OFFICE
 
	David tries to compose himself even more as he follows 
	Shuster into his office.  David's story is now formed. 
	He knows what he wants to say.  He feels confident. 
	David enters the office.  He sits down in front of
	Shuster's desk.
 
				DAVID 
		First of all, let me say, I've 
		heard a great deal about you.
 
				SHUSTER 
			(suspicious) 
		What do you mean?  From who? 
		What did you hear?
 
				DAVID
		Oh, I just meant I've heard 
		wonderful things from everybody 
		in general, from the whole hotel.
 
				SHUSTER
			(relieved)
		Well, that's very nice.  Thank
		you.
 
				DAVID
		No, thank you.
 
				SHUSTER 
		Is your wife feeling better?
 
				DAVID
		Yes, she is.
 
				SHUSTER 
		So, what can I do for you?

				DAVID
		I have a very interesting idea. 
		I think you'll be taken by it.
 
	Shuster stares at him.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		I was a key executive with a major
		advertising agency - one of the 
		biggest in the world.
 
				SHUSTER
		Yes, right.  So?
 
				DAVID 
		Well, I was the Idea Man there. 
		So, when I say I have an interesting 
		idea, I'm not speaking like any slob 
		that walks in off the street.
 
				SHUSTER
		Okay.
 
				DAVID
			(clearing his throat, 
			about to enter into 
			The Big Story) 
		My wife and I, we dropped out of
		society.  She had a very important
		position in a department store and 
		again, I remind you that I was one 
		of the highest executives in the 
		world's largest advertising firm.
 
	Shuster just stares at him.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Anyway, we were going to find
		ourselves.  Then, we thought, maybe 
		we're too old, it's too late.  We 
		can't find ourselves, that's only
		for kids.  And then we thought about
		it some more and it hit us.  Wait a
 		minute.  Who's to say at what age 
		you stop being a kid?
 
				SHUSTER
		You gotta have some age.  How else
		could a court separate rape from 
		fun?  In this state, it's eighteen, 
		by the way.
 
				DAVID
		Yes.  But my point is we wanted 
		to find ourselves and we did and
		we dropped out, just like they
		did in "Easy Rider."
 
				SHUSTER 
		Easy what?
 
				DAVID
		The movie, "Easy Rider."  Famous
		movie.  Important movie.
 
				SHUSTER 
		Didn't see that, I'm sorry.
 
				DAVID 
		It's a classic.  If it comes on
		cable here, see it.  Anyway, we
		did something that no one has done 
		for a long time.  Maybe no one has 
		ever done it because in the movie
		they were movie stars, so they
		didn't really do it, even though 
		they portrayed people that did it.
 
				SHUSTER
		I'm getting mixed up here.  What
		is your point?
 
				DAVID
		Well, we did it for real.  We
		quit our jobs and we sold everything
		that we had.  The only thing we own
		is our little motor home, which is
		parked outside.  That's all we've
		got and we were going to spend 
		years roaming around this beautiful 
		country, but we knew we couldn't 
		do it unless we had our little 
		nest egg tucked away in the bank.
 
				SHUSTER 
			(interrupts) 
		I'm going off duty in a few minutes. 
		Now, your point is what?
 
				DAVID
		I'm getting to it.  Why did we
		come to Las Vegas?  Because it was 
		a new beginning and I wanted to 
		remarry my lovely wife.  That's 
		nice, don't you think?

				SHUSTER 
		Very nice.
 
				DAVID
		I wanted to get remarried but I 
		wanted to spend our honeymoon in 
		the Grand Canyon, places like we 
		intend to spend the rest of our 
		lives in, but my wife is very fond 
		of your hotel and all of the 
		employees and she said, "Oh, come 
		on, let's spend our honeymoon here." 
		And we did and the room was very
		lovely and everybody was very nice
		to us, but my wife lost the nest 
		egg.
 
				SHUSTER
 		Mr. Howard, stop right here.  I 
		think I know what you're getting at. 
		I realize you've lost a great deal 
		here and I want you to know that 
		your room and your meals are comped.
 
				DAVID
		That's very nice but that's not 
		exactly what I'm saying.  I think 
		I have a multi-million dollar idea. 
		Now, you have to be very secretive 
		about what I'm going to tell you 
		because the other hotels, if they
		heard about it, well, they'll grab
		it in a minute.
 
	David leans over Shuster's desk and whispers to make 
	the idea really sound secretive:
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		I think, as an experiment, you 
		give us back the money we lost.
 
				SHUSTER
		I beg your pardon?
 
				DAVID
		Well, imagine the publicity?  I
		mean, the Hilton, for example,
		they have billboards all over L.A. 
		where they put the faces of the 
		winners of those slot machines. 
 		Now, those people win a couple 
		hundred thousand dollars, but the 
		hotel is getting millions of 
		dollars of publicity with those 
		billboards because people drive 
		by and say, "Gee, the Hilton looks
 		like a nice place.  Look at those
 		smiling people."  So, what about a 
		billboard with my wife and I on it 
		and we would be smiling and there 
		would be a saying, something like, 
		"These people dropped out of society, 
		they couldn't take it any longer, 
		but they made a mistake.  They 
		lost their nest egg at The Desert 
		Inn, but The Desert Inn gave it 
		back."  And maybe there could be
		some kind of a visual with you
		handing us an egg or something. 
		Now I mean, I'm just formulating 
		this now, as I'm talking, but you 
		can imagine, when it's worked 
		out how effective it could be.
 
				SHUSTER 
			(chuckling) 
		That's wonderful. 
			(he gets up) 
		Well, Mr. Howard, nice to meet 
		you.
 
				DAVID 
		What do you mean nice to meet
		me?  You said this is wonderful.
 
				SHUSTER 
		We're kidding each other here, 
		right?
			(starts to 
			laugh again) 
		I gotta tell you, this is one of 
		the best things I've ever heard. 
		What's the board gonna say again? 
		"Gamblers, come and get your 
		money back." 
			(he laughs)
 		Great.  That's great.  
 
				DAVID
			(standing up)
		No.  No.  Wait... Not "Gamblers,
		get your money back." 
		That's wrong.  We're not gamblers. 
		We're the few people in society 
		that have tried to do something 
		with our lives.  See?  We're drop-
		outs.  We're finding ourselves. 
		Someone's got to help the few 
		people like us, because if they 
		don't, nobody will ever drop out 
		again.  Nobody will ever have 
		the courage to find themselves.
 
				SHUSTER 
		Well, I understand what you mean, 
		but I don't think The Desert Inn
		can help find you.  I'm sorry, but
		thank you for the idea and good 
		night.
 
	He begins to escort David to the door.
 
				DAVID
			(stopping him)
		Listen, I've experienced this 
		before.  I've had clients that
		didn't understand the idea until 
		they saw it on television and
		then they said, "My God!  What a
 		brilliant idea!  Why didn't I
		understand this?" I might have 
		used the wrong phrase.  Okay, 
		picture this: maybe, my wife 
		and I will do a television 
		commercial for you and there 
		could be a jingle and it could
		go:
			(begins to sing)
		"The Desert Inn has heart!  The
		Desert Inn has heart!  The Desert
		Inn has heart!"  Something like 
		that.  See what I mean?
 
				SHUSTER 
		That's a nice jingle.  Mr. Howard, 
		let's assume you're serious here. 
		What if this caught on?  Could you 
		imagine what would happen?  Why, 
		we would have to return everybody's 
		losses.  The casino would just 
		crumble.  We couldn't pay our bills. 
		You know the casino accounts for 
		a great deal of our profits.
 
				DAVID
		I understand.  Of course, you don't
		pay back everybody's losses.  You
		make a distinct division between 
		the bold, who are out there searching, 
		and all the other schmucks, who come 
		here to see Wayne Newton.
 
				SHUSTER 
		I see.  Now, I like Wayne Newton. 
		So, I fall into what category?
 
				DAVID 
			(realizing this was
			not the best example) 
		Oh, look, I picked a name out of a 
		hat.  I like Wayne Newton, too. 
		I'm saying a schmuck, representing 
		the gambler and a bold person, 
		representing me and my wife and the 
		one or two others that probably 
		wouldn't come here anyway.  You 
		wouldn't have to do this more than 
		once or twice, there's not too many 
		bold people around.  I think it was 
		a mistake to use entertainers as
		the dividing line.  We could find
		another system.  Anyway, what do 
		you say?  We do need that nest egg
		back.
 
				SHUSTER
		I say good luck to you and stay 
		away from the tables next time.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, that's for sure, but come on? 
		Half the money, for courage?
 
	Shuster opens up his office door.  He escorts David out.
 

30	INT. LOBBY AT FRONT DESK
 
				SHUSTER 
		Mr. Howard, nice to meet you. 
		A pleasure.
 
				DAVID
		Hold it.  What about "Miracle
		on 34th Street?"
 
				SHUSTER 
		Christmas picture, right?
 
				DAVID 
			(now rambling on very 
			fast, desperate, rea-
			lizing his plan is 
			about to fail)
		More than a Christmas picture.  What
		happened there?  Macy's didn't want
		to send their customers to Gimble's
		because the president of Macy's 
		thought they would lose all of their 
		customers and lose a tremendous 
		amount of money and it would be taken
 		wrong.  But it wasn't taken wrong. 
		What happened? Macy's did much better
		than they ever did before. And that's 
		what would happen to you.  The Desert 
		Inn would do much, much better because 
		you would get Gimble's business and 
		the casino would be full.
 
				SHUSTER 
		Well, I'm not too familiar with 
		that picture but didn't Macy's have
		Santa Claus to help them out? 
			(he starts to laugh) 
		I mean, if they didn't have Santy 
		Claus there, they might have done 
		very badly.
 
	He continues to laugh.  David now starts to laugh along 
	with him, except David's laugh has a pitiful ring to it. 
	He senses this is not going to work.
 
				DAVID
		Yes.  I guess they did have Santy 
		Claus.  Well, thank you.  Thank you. 
		And just so I understand, we can t 
		get any of our money back, right?
 
				SHUSTER 
		Well, not today, no.  But if the 
		policy ever changes, we'll write 
		you.
			(still chuckling as
			he goes back into 
			his office)
		That's wonderful.  Very good.
 
	He closes the door.  The desk Clerk, who has just seen 
	Shuster laugh, turns to David, who is standing there
	looking as bad as he's ever looked.
 
				CLERK
		I think he likes you.  He rarely 
		laughs at anything.
 
	David just nods a sickly "thank you."
 
						CUT TO:


31	EXT.  MOTOR HOME - DAY
 
	David and Nancy are driving.  They are well outside of 
	Las Vegas.  Nancy is staring out of the window.  David 
	is driving in silence.  Obviously, they have been driving 
	for a great deal of time without saying anything.  Nancy 
	finally breaks the silence.
 

32	INT.  MOTOR HOME
 
				NANCY 
		I can't take this.  Say something. 
		Yell at me.  Hit me.  Drive off
		the road.  Do anything.  Just stop
		being so silent.
 
				DAVID
		I have nothing to say.
 
				NANCY
		I can't keep apologizing.  I'm 
		sorry.  I'm sorry.  I'm sorry. 
		I feel horrible.  I would do 
		anything to change it.
 
	David says nothing.  He just clears his throat.
 
				NANCY
			(continuing) 
		You're going to make yourself 
		sick.  It's unnatural.  I 
		understand.  If I were you, I'd 
		be furious.  Don't hold it in. 
		Go ahead.
 
				DAVID
			(looking at her)
		I'm fine.
 
	More silent driving.  Nancy is desperately uncomfort-
	able.  Obviously, David is not fine.  How could he be? 
	He's seen ten years of earnings dissipate in less than 
	three hours and he didn't participate in any of the
	dissipation.  After a while, Nancy tries a new approach.
 
				NANCY
		Obviously, I can't apologize anymore 
		for what I did so we should talk 
		about what we're going to do.
 
				DAVID 
		And what would that be?
 
				NANCY
		Well, our dream is still the same. 
		We just don't have any money.
 
	David clears his throat again.
 
				NANCY
			(continuing)
		And, also, we should stop saying 
		we don't have any money.  We do
		have some.
 
				DAVID
			(very patiently) 
		We have eight hundred and two 
		dollars.
 
				NANCY
		That's something.
 
				DAVID
		It is something.  Yes.
 
				NANCY
		Well, look, I think we should 
		try to make the rest of the day 
		as pleasant as we can.  Since 
		we're heading towards Hoover Dam 
		anyway, we should make that our
		destination for today.  We can
		go there, look around, maybe 
		have a picnic or something, and 
		maybe just see the dam and just
		have a nice day outside.  What
		do you think?
 
				DAVID 
			(staring straight
			ahead, speaking 
			in a monotone)
		Is that what you'd like?
 
				NANCY
		Maybe it would be fun.
 
				DAVID
			(still staring, 
			still speaking
			in a monotone)
		Fine.  Hoover Dam.
 
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33	EXT. HOOVER DAM - DAY
 
	There are people walking around, tours going on and
	children playing.  The motor home pulls up.  They park. 
	Nancy gets out with a bounce in her step, hoping David
	might copy her.  David gets out like Frankenstein,
	walking very slowly, with no expression.
 
				NANCY
		Look at this!  Come here.  God! 
		Just think.  Men built this!
 
				DAVID 
			(still with no 
			expression) 
		Yes.  Men did build this.
 
				NANCY
		What about something to eat? 
		Hungry?
 
				DAVID 
		No.
 
				NANCY
		I'm starved.
 
				DAVID
		I don't think you can eat now. 

				NANCY
		Why?

				DAVID
		Because with the little bit of 
		money that we have left, I think 
		we have to sit down and make up 
		a new budget.  Until we do, maybe 
		we shouldn't spend it all on
		cotton candy and other various
		knickknacks here at the dam.
 
	Nancy is beginning to get irritated and frustrated that 
	he will not talk to her like an adult.
 
				NANCY
		Well, if that's your attitude, 
		I think you should give me half 
		the money and let me eat whatever 
		I want and you can do what you 
		want with your half.  I think 
		that's the fair thing.
 
				DAVID
			(the release of his
			anger now begins) 
		The fair thing?  The fair thing? 
		That's it!  You're right.  I've 
		been controlled!  Boy, have I 
		been controlled!  I guess any 
		doctor could have spotted it. 
		I was about to die, I was so
		controlled.  You took all the
		money we had!
 
	People can hear this echoing for miles around.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing; now 
			yelling) 
		You took our nest egg and you 
		broke it up!  You got yoke all 
		over the casino!  You got the 
		white all over the coffee shop! 
		You threw the shells in the
		parking lot!  Fair?  Fair?! 
		Where was I when you were
		playing with the egg?  Sleeping. 
		Sleeping.  Goddammit!
 
				NANCY
		Good.  Get it out.
 
				DAVID
		Shut up!   Don't talk to me like
		I'm an insane patient!
 
				NANCY
		Let's just go back inside. You
		can yell at me. You should, I
		think it's right. I just don't
		want you to yell out here.
 
				DAVID
		Out where?  This is where we're
		going to have to live.  Why not 
		yell out here?  We're going to have 
		to do everything else out here. 
		We'll be sleeping out here and 
		eating out here and going to the
		bathroom out here!  Get used to
		this cement, baby!  This is it!
		Out here is it!  We found ourselves!
		We found ourselves, alright!  We 
		found ourselves with eight hundred 
		dollars in the middle of nowhere!
 
	Nancy walks away.  She sees a crowd that is gathered 
	around and she does not want to have an argument in 
	front of these people.  David follows her.
 

34	EXT. SIDE OF ROAD - HOOVER DAM VISITOR AREA  
 
				DAVID 
		Where are you going?
 
				NANCY
		I don't want to have an argument 
		in front of those people.
 
				DAVID
		Why not?  I think those people 
		are entitled to know how stupid 
		you are.
 
				NANCY
		This is going to turn into a 
		personal attack, isn't it?
 
				DAVID 
		What else?  A general attack?  Who
		am I going to attack?   Nevada?   I
		can't attack the state.  It wasn't 
		their fault.  I can't attack the 
		motor home. It stayed in the 
		parking lot.  I can't attack me. 
		I was fast asleep.  By process 
		of elimination, who's left?
 
				NANCY
		I am.  I'm left, okay?  And I'll
		say it one more time - I'm sorry.
 
	They are off by themselves now.  They have reasonable 
	privacy.  They are both very upset.
 
				DAVID
		I don't want your apologies.  I 
		want to know why?   I want to try 
		to understand how it happened.  Tell 
		me.  How did it happen?
 
				NANCY
		I couldn't sleep.
 
				DAVID
		You couldn't sleep.  I see.  Now,
		I remember nights where I couldn't
		sleep.  I'm just trying to think
		what I did.  Let's see.  I tried 
		warm milk or I took a long walk or
		I took Nytol and then, if all that
		didn't work, I gave away all the 
		money I ever earned.  But you 
		didn't try any of those things
		first.  You just gave away the
		money first, right?  What did you
		intend to do?  Have warm milk
		afterwards?  Tell me.  I'm mixed
		up.
 
				NANCY
		You're not even listening.
 
				DAVID 
		I'm sorry.  You're right.  Go
		ahead.  You couldn't sleep.  Then
		what happened?
 
				NANCY
		I don't remember.  I just went 
		downstairs.
 
				DAVID
		Why didn't you wake me up?
 
				NANCY 
		What would you have done?
 
				DAVID
		What would I have done?  I would 
		have followed you.
		I would've seen you.  I would have 
		watched you take your money and 
		begin to lose it and I would have 
		stopped you at thirty dollars, 
		maybe thirty-two dollars, at the 
		most.  I would have said,
		"Sweetheart, come back to bed. 
		We don't want to fool with our 
		nest egg."  You know, Nancy, I
		think you just considered nest
		egg to be a term but to me, it 
		was a key to this whole experiment. 
		Why, I considered it like a third 
		person.  It was our best friend,
		our guardian angel.  It was going
		to allow us to do everything we
		wanted to do.  It was going to
		watch over us during bad times 
		and laugh with us during good times. 
		It was going to help us roam and
		purchase and eat and explore.  It
		was going to help us make love 
		and laugh and cry and now, it's 
		gone and who's got it?  The Desert 
		Inn!  They've got our nest egg. 
		They can sure use it, can't they? 
		They don't have their own.  They're
		a poor little organization.  They 
		need our nest egg.  Gee, I hope
		they use it wisely.  I know someday 
		those mirrors are going to have
		to be reflocked and the red velvet
		was looking kind of worn.  And 
		those little heart beds are going 
		to need new sheets.  I'm glad we 
		could help them pay for that.  I'm 
		glad our life savings will go 
		towards making that room look a 
		little prettier.  I'm glad we 
		gave it all to them, Nancy.  I'm 
		just going to miss the little nest 
		egg, that's all.  Won't you, 
		sweetheart?  Won't you miss the
		nest egg?  In the middle of the 
		night, won't you feel kind of
		lonely because little nest egg 
		is paying for the gas in Frank
		Sinatra's limo?
 
				NANCY
		Shut up, David! 
			(begins to cry; she's
			getting hysterical)
		Shut up!  I don't want to hear nest
		egg anymore!  I don't want to hear
		that word.  Let me tell you something. 
		That's not the way you drop out 
		anyway.  If you're really going to
 		drop out, you drop out with nothing!
 
				DAVID 
		You drop out with nothing?  Oh 
		where did you read that?  In the 
		Las Vegas Guide?
 
				NANCY
		I didn't read that.  I know that.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, I see.  Who told you?
 
				NANCY
		Friends, people who know.  I don't 
		have to answer you.
 
				DAVID 
		No.  You don't have to answer me. 
		You can't answer me because no one 
		ever told you that.  You never
		had friends who dropped out.  You
		don't know anybody who dropped 
		out except for us.  So how the 
		hell did you know that?  Come on, 
		tell me?
 
				NANCY
		Alright.  The movie you're basing 
		your whole life on, "Easy Rider," 
		they dropped out with nothing. 
		They had no nest egg.
 
				DAVID
		Bullshit.  They had a huge nest
		egg.  They sold cocaine.  They 
		didn't get on their motorcycles 
		till their nest egg was giant, 
		fifty times the size of ours.
 
				NANCY
		That's not true.
 
				DAVID 
		Oh, look.  I'm not going to stand 
		here, in front of one of the seven 
		wonders of the world and argue about 
		an old movie.  I'm going to go now 
		and get back in the motor home and 
		maybe you can wander around out here 
		and figure out something to do.  We 
		have eight hundred dollars left and 
		an entire lifetime.  See what you 
		can come up with.
 
	David starts to walk away.
 
				NANCY
		We could sell cocaine.
 
				DAVID
			(stops and turns 
			around)
		Well, my God.  Why didn't I think 
		of that?  Great idea.  As a matter-
		of-fact, I remember after seeing 
		"Midnight Express" I went out of 
		the theater saying to myself, "That's 
		for me.  Sex with hundreds of 
		Turkish men."
 
	David turns around and walks towards the motor home.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing) 
		Come on.  Let's go.
 
	Nancy doesn't go with him.
 
				NANCY
		No.  Forget it.
 
				DAVID 
		Forget what?
 
				NANCY
		Forget everything.
 
				DAVID
		What are you talking about?
 
				NANCY
		You know, I'll tell you one good 
		thing that came out of all of this. 
		We forgot to get remarried.  That 
		was one good thing that happened 
		and no one has mentioned that yet.
 
				DAVID
		What are you saying?
 
				NANCY
		I'm saying that if we got remarried
		it would be much more difficult to
		get divorced.  Now it's easy.  It's 
		over.  I'll just stay in Nevada for 
		six weeks and then we'll be legally 
		through.  This is how it should 
		have happened anyway, David.  We 
		were stupid to think it could have 
		happened any other way.
 
				DAVID
		Do you really believe that?
 
				NANCY
		You bet your life I do.  I realize 
		now, you're never going to let me 
		forget this.  For the rest of our 
		lives, you'll blame me and I won't 
		take it.  So, goodbye.  I'm sorry. 
		It didn't work out.
 

35	EXT. SIDE OF ROAD
 
	Nancy walks to the side of the road and sticks out her
	thumb.  David walks after her.
 
				DAVID
		What do you expect to do?  Where 
		do you think you're going?
 
				NANCY
		I still have my dreams.  I'll have 
		to find somebody else who understands 
		them a little bit better and then 
		I'll start over.
 
				DAVID
		Okay.  Enough is enough. I
		understand your dreams. You said,
		"Explode."  I exploded. It's done.
		Now, come on.  Let's not act stupid.  
		I'm over it.
 
				NANCY
			(crying) 
		You'll never be over it. I know
		you.  You're right.  I'm stupid.
		You don't want to be with a 
		stupid person so leave me alone.
 
				DAVID 
		What are you doing?

				NANCY
 		None of your business. Now get
		out of here, please.
 
				DAVID
		You told me to be angry.  You said
		it was unhealthy not to be angry. 
		You'd be angry, too.  God knows
		you'd be angry.
 
	We see a car approaching in the distance.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Nancy, there's a car coming and 
		there's a man in there who looks
		like an animal.  Now if you don't
		put your thumb back, he's going 
		to pick you up and if he picks 
		you up, you're going to be in
		his car.  I don t know him.  You
		don't know him.  We don't know 
		where we are, so why don't we 
		stop acting like this?!
 
				NANCY
		Goodbye.
 
				DAVID 
			(yelling)
		What is happening?  You said it 
		fifteen hundred times, "Get
		angry."  I got angry.  I thought
		I got angry well.  I'm over it.
 
				NANCY
		Sure you're over it. You're
		still yelling.
 
				DAVID 
		I'm yelling because you're about 
		to get in someone else's car!
 
	An old Chevy pulls over.  A guy in his late thirties,
	large, ugly, RED-NECK-looking fellow says to Nancy:
 
				RED-NECK
		Where ya headin'?
 
				NANCY
		With you.

				RED-NECK
		Alright.  You got it.  Come on.
 
	Nancy gets in the car.  David starts to run after them.
 
				DAVID 
			(yelling)
		This has gotten out of hand.  Look 
		around you, Nancy, you're in another 
		car!  That man is not me!  Nancy! 
		I apologize!  I'm sorry!
 
	David stops yelling.  He just stands there for a minute.
 
				DAVID 
			(continuing; to
  			himself)
 		Listen to what I'm saying.  I was
 		sleeping and I'm yelling I'm sorry. 
		What's going on?  Jesus Christ! 
		She's going to get killed!
 
 
36	EXT. ROAD TO HOOVER - HELICOPTER SHOT - DAY
 
	David runs back to the motor home.  He starts the 
	engine.  David tries to catch up to the Chevy.  The 
	Chevy's gotten a large lead.  He goes faster but it 
	doesn't help.  He loses the car.
 
						CUT TO:


37 	INT. MOTOR HOME
 
				DAVID
			(mumbling)
		I've lost my wife in the desert. 
		This is just silly.  You lose 
		your wallet or your keys but I've 
		lost a whole woman.
 
	David continues to drive.  After a short while, he spots 
	a road stop, a gas-food-rest stop.

	There's a small restaurant.  He spots the Chevy.  He
	pulls in.  David gets out of the motor home.  Through
	the window, he can see this Red-Neck and Nancy sitting 
	at a table.
 
						CUT TO:


38 	INT. ROADSIDE RESTAURANT
   
 	David walks in.  He approaches the table where Nancy
	and the Red-Neck are sitting.
 
				DAVID
		Nancy, I think we should go.
 
				RED-NECK 
		I don't think she wants to speak 
		to you, buddy.
 
				DAVID
		I've known her for a long time. 
		I think I would rather have direct 
		communication with her.  Nancy, 
		come on.
 
				RED-NECK 
		I said she don't want to talk to 
		you.
 
				DAVID
		We're leaving now, okay, honey?
 
				RED-NECK 
		You're not listenin', are you?
 
				DAVID
		I'm listening.  This is my wife. 
		It's between her and me.   Nancy? 
		We're going to work things out 
		now.  Thank this gentleman for
		the ride and let's go.
 
	Nancy says nothing.  The Red-Neck stands up.  He is huge.
 
				RED-NECK 
		Mister, I'm gonna count to three
		and I want you out of here.  One...
 
				DAVID 
		Nancy, this man's counting.  Who 
		is he?
 
				RED-NECK
		Two. 

				DAVID
		Honey, there's one number left.
 
				RED-NECK
		Three.
 
	The Red-Neck takes David by the shoulder and starts to 
	lead him outside.
 
				RED-NECK 
			(continuing) 
		Let's go.  You and I, we have 
		some fighting to do.
 
	David is being shoved outside.  He looks back at Nancy.
 
				DAVID
		Is this what you want?  Is this 
		what was supposed to happen?  I'm
		now going to be killed by a gorilla?
 
	David and the Red-Neck are outside.  Nancy realizes
	David is probably right.  He will be killed.  She gets 
	up.  She runs after them.
 

39	EXT. ROADSIDE RESTAURANT
 
	By the time she gets outside, David is already being 
	punched in the stomach and then in the face.  In be-
	tween punches, David is yelling to Nancy:
 
				DAVID
		Call him off!  He'll obey you!
		Tell him it's alright!
 
	The Red-Neck is now really angry.
 
				RED-NECK
		I hate you.  I'm going to kill you.
 
				NANCY 
		It's okay.  Stop.  Please?  Thank
		you for the ride but we can handle it.
 
				RED-NECK 
		You're out of this now.  This is 
		between him and me. 
		I haven't hated somebody so much
		in a long time.  He reminds me
		of everything I hate.
 
	David is on the ground.  The Red-Neck picks him up.
 
				RED-NECK 
		Come on.  Come on.  Let's really 
		go at it.
 
				DAVID
		This is going to disappoint you 
		but I have really gone at it. 
		I haven't had a fight since I 
		was in the third grade.  I'm just
		not used to it.  Nancy, tell him.
 
				NANCY 
		Please!  It's okay.  My husband
		and I had a fight but we can handle
		it.
 
				RED-NECK
		I said get out, lady.  I'm on a
		mission now.
 
	Nancy, realizing that she can't stop the fight, begins to 
	scream:
 
				NANCY
		Help!  Help!  Police!  Help! 
		Murder! Help!
 
	People start to come out of the restaurant.  This is more
	attention than the Red-Neck wanted.
 
				RED-NECK 
		Well, look at this.  A woman has 
		to help you by yelling for the 
		police.  Well, if I wasn't wanted, 
		I wouldn't care.  I'd stay here 
		and beat the shit out of you, but 
		right now I can't afford to see
		the police.  But I'll get you.  I
		don't know where or when, but I'll 
		get you, mister.
 
	The Red-Neck starts to walk back to his car.
 
				DAVID
		Yell "Police!" more.  Keep yelling.
 
 				NANCY 
		Police!  Police!
 
	We see the Red-Neck hasten a bit. He starts his engine.
 
				DAVID
		More.  Yell.  Yell.  Police! 
		Help!  Help!
 
 	The Chevy pulls out.  The Red-Neck yells back:
 
				RED-NECK
		I'll get you.
 
	David is holding his jaw.
 
				NANCY
		Are you alright?
 
				DAVID
		That man will spend the rest of
		his life trying to find me.  I'll
		be killed, Nancy.
 
	Nancy helps him towards the motor home.
 

40	INT. MOTOR HOME

	They get inside.  David is holding his jaw.
 
				NANCY
		Are you sure you're okay?
 
				DAVID
		Yeah, I'm okay.  Next time, if
		you're going to hitch, get a ride 
		with a small woman, will you?
 
				NANCY
 		I'm proud of you.
 
				DAVID
		For what?  Getting beat up?
 
				NANCY
		For rescuing me.
 
				DAVID
		Well, I had no choice really.  I 
		thought about just forgetting it 
		and finding someone new, but I 
		realized I had nothing to offer
		them.
 
				NANCY
		David, listen to me... We're going
		to be alright.
 
				DAVID
		I hope so.  Maybe we will.
 
	David starts the engine.  The home slowly begins to 
	move.
 
				NANCY 
		What do you think we should do
		first?
 
				DAVID
		First?  First, I think we fill this
		thing with gas so we can get as far 
		away as possible from that mental 
		patient.  Then, I guess we'll head 
		east.  We'll drive until we find a
		place we both like and that'll be 
		our new home. We'll start there 
		and we'll begin to rebuild.
 
				NANCY
		I swear to God I think this is a
		blessing in disguise.  The whole 
		idea of going to Las Vegas was to
		get remarried so we could have a
		new beginning, right?  Well, that
		would've just been a ceremony.  Now, 
		we really are starting from the 
		beginning.  I think this way is
		much better.
 
				DAVID
		Well, I hope it is.  But since we 
		really will never know the other 
		way, let's not compare.
 
				NANCY
		But after all, the whole purpose
		was to find ourselves and to be
		free and now we really are free.
		The other way...
 
				DAVID
			(interrupting)
		Hold it, honey.  Another comparison, 
		right?
 
				NANCY
		Well, I'm just excited.  I think 
		this is a blessing.
 
				DAVID
		It very well might be.  All I'm 
		saying is let's just let our 
		original plan rest in peace.
 
						CUT TO:


41A	EXT. ARIZONA HIGHWAYS
thru
41C
 
	A)  We see the motor home driving along.  In the
	background there is MUSIC.  As they head east,
	the sun slowly is setting behind them.  After 
	various SHOTS of David and Nancy moving along 
	the desert...
 
	B) ... we finally see them pass a sign that says,
	"WELCOME TO PRESCOTT, ARIZONA." 
 
	C)  They drive on further until they pull up to a 
	trailer park.  The sign above the park says,
	"PRESCOTT TRAILER PARK."  He stops.  He pulls 
	the motor home into this park.  He sticks his
	head out the window, as if to feel the climate. 
	It feels right.
 
						CUT TO:


42	INT.  MOTOR HOME

 	The sun has set.  This is where they've chosen to live. 
	Nancy is lying on the bed as David is at the kitchen 
	table, figuring out the money they have left.
 
				DAVID
		Okay, so, gas and the payment 
		here and the electricity hook-up, 
		the water hook-up, lunch... Oh my!
 
				NANCY 
		What?
 
				DAVID
		Three hundred and twenty dollars.
 
	He takes that amount out of his pocket.  He lays it out 
	in front of then, like a magician doing a card trick.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		There it is, sweetheart.  That's it.
 
				NANCY 
		Okay. Let's call this "emergency"
		money. We'll get jobs right away 
		so we don't have to touch this.
 
				DAVID
		Absolutely.  This money we seal away.
 
				NANCY
		We'll both have jobs by tomorrow. 
		It's going to be good.
 
				DAVID
		We have no choice.  We have to 
		have jobs by tomorrow.
 
				NANCY
		We should celebrate tonight.
 
				DAVID
		Celebrate what?
 
				NANCY
		This!  This is the real beginning!
 
	David sits there.  He smiles.  He's staring at Nancy. 
	After a while he feels a little uncomfortable.
 
				NANCY
			(continuing)
		What's the matter?  What are you 
		staring at?
 
				DAVID 
		Your legs.  They look different.
 
				NANCY
		Different?
 
				DAVID 
		They look longer.
 
				NANCY
		You're joking, right?
 
				DAVID
		No.

				NANCY
 		I have long legs, remember?
 
				DAVID 
		Remember what?
 
				NANCY
		That was the first thing you 
		ever said to me.  You said I 
		had sexy long legs.  That was 
		before you even asked me my
		name.
 
				DAVID
		My God.  You're right.  We talked 
		about your legs for a long time 
		before your name came up.  Was I
		rude?
 
				NANCY
		You were great.
 
				DAVID
		You didn't think I was so sexy 
		the first time you saw me, did
		you?
 
				NANCY
		Yes I did.
 
				DAVID
		You didn't say anything.
 
				NANCY
		Yes I did.
 
				DAVID
		No you didn't.
 
 
				NANCY
		Yes.  I remember I told you I
		thought curly hair was very,
		very sexy.  I said I liked your 
		hair.
 
				DAVID
		No, sweetheart, you said curly 
		hair was sexy and then you asked 
		me if that was my own hair.
 
				NANCY
		Well, I was shy.
 
				DAVID
		Don't worry.  I took it as a
		compliment.
 
	Nancy smiles.  David walks over and gives her a passionate 
	kiss, the likes of which we have not yet seen in this film.
	They begin to make love.  It's the real thing.  As they do 
	we...
 
						CUT TO:


43	EXT. MOTOR HOME
 
	We hear MOANING.  We see the home rocking gently back 
	and forth.  Older people who live in the trailer park 
	start to come out and watch this new residence move
	from side to side. Some have folding chairs, others
	have picnic baskets.  This is one trailer park that
	hasn't yet put in cable television.  So, to these 
	people, this is entertainment they so badly needed.
 
	We SLOWLY...
 
						DISSOLVE INTO:  
 

44	INT. MOTOR HOME - NEXT MORNING
 
	David is still in bed. Nancy is almost dressed. She has
	an extraordinary amount of energy.
 
				NANCY
		David, I love you.  That was the
		best.  It was amazing.
 
	David is a bit dazed.  Obviously they've had the best sex
	of their lives.  It's given her energy.  It's made him a
	little confused.
 
				DAVID
		It never happened like that in 
		L.A.  I wonder why?
 
				NANCY
		We stopped having sex in L.A.
 
				DAVID
		That must be it.
 
				NANCY
		Seriously.  What do you really
		think happened?  What did we do 
		right?
 
				DAVID 
		I don't think it had anything to 
		do with us.
 
				NANCY
		What was it?  The air?
 
				DAVID 
		Maybe.  My guess is extreme poverty.
 
				NANCY
		Well, then I say we should stay poor.
 
				DAVID
		Look, I was just guessing.  I think 
		we have to make some money, we don't 
		want to starve to death and then find
		out it really was the air.  We'll
		feel so stupid.
 
				NANCY
			(smiles)
		I have so much energy.  I can't
		wait to get out and just explore 
		this city.  I'm going to get a 
		great job.  I know it.
 
	David gets out of bed.  He puts on his robe.
 
				DAVID
		Me, too.  Now, I think we should 
		have some kind of a plan.  What do 
		you say we look for work together?
 
				NANCY
		I don't think so.  I think we 
		should go in separate directions.
 
				DAVID
		Why?
 
				NANCY
		We'll cover more territory.
 
				DAVID
		Alright.  That sounds right.  Good. 
		Good idea.
 
				NANCY
		Let's say we meet back here no 
		later than five o'clock.
 
				DAVID
		Five o'clock.  Good.
 
				NANCY
			(kissing him) 
		I can't wait for five o'clock.
 
	Nancy exits.  David stands at the door calling out to 
	her:
 
				DAVID
		Good luck!  Go for the high pay!
 
				NANCY
		I know.
 
				DAVID 
		And buy a cheap lunch!
 
				NANCY
		Don't worry.
 
				DAVID 
		I love you.
 
				NANCY
		I love you, too.
 
				DAVID 
		I mean it!  Cheap lunch!
 
	We see Nancy wave as she walks off into the distance.
 
						CUT TO:
 

45	EXT. PRESCOTT, ARIZONA STREET - MORNING
 
	David is walking down the street staring into various 
	stores.  He stops in front of a pharmacy.  There's a 
	sign that says:  "DELIVERY MAN WANTED."  David enters 
	the store.
 
						CUT TO:

 
46	INT. PHARMACY
 
	David approaches PHARMACIST.
 
				DAVID
		Hello?
 
				PHARMACIST
		Yes sir.
 
				DAVID 
		The delivery job, I'm interested 
		in it.
 
				PHARMACIST
		This is for your son?
 
				DAVID 
		No, for me.
 
				PHARMACIST
		For you?  Well, you have your own
		car? -
 
				DAVID 
		No.
 
				PHARMACIST 
		Gee, I'm sorry, but it's a delivery 
		job.  You would need a car.
 
				DAVID
		Well, I have transportation.  I 
		own a motor home.
 
				PHARMACIST
		A motor home?
 
				DAVID 
		Yes.
 
				PHARMACIST
		I don't really think that would
		suit this particular job.  I have
		just a few small deliveries a
		day.  Those things aren't too
 		efficient and you probably wouldn't
		be able to pay for gas with what
		I'd pay you.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, I didn't know I'd have to pay 
		for my own gas.
 
				PHARMACIST
		Yes.  Actually, my intention was 
		to get a high school kid with a
		Rabbit or something. 
 		I think an older man with a motor 
		home would be impractical for the 
		both of us.  You understand, I don't 
		have that many deliveries.  Also, 
		you'd have trouble parking.  I 
		don't think this would work out.
 
				DAVID 
		I agree.
 
				PHARMACIST
		You know what I should do?  I should
		cross out "man" and put "boy," 
		"delivery boy" is more correct. 
		I guess "delivery man" is misleading.
 
				DAVID
		No, the sign's alright.  It looks
		fine.  You don't know of any
		immensely high-paying jobs in the
		immediate area, do you?
 
				PHARMACIST 
		Um, let me think.  No, not in the
		immediate area.
 
				DAVID
		What about in the outlying areas?
 
				PHARMACIST
		Uh, no.  I don't know of any high-
		paying jobs anywhere in the whole 
		country.  Do you?
 
				DAVID
		Um, no.  Not now.  Well, good day.
 
				PHARMACIST
		Good day to you.
 
				DAVID
		Is there an employment agency in
		this town?
 
				PHARMACIST
		Yes.  Just continue down this
		street about half a mile.  It's
		a small building but you can't 
		miss it.
 
						CUT TO:
 
 
47 	INT. EMPLOYMENT OFFICE
 
	It's a small employment agency befitting a small town. 
	David is just sitting and waiting his turn along with 
	various other types.  David looks a little out of 
	place in that the others look like they want some job
	relating to alcohol.  The AGENT steps out of a small
	glass cubicle and asks David to step in.  David does 
	and sits down.
 
				AGENT
		So.  What can we do for you?
 
				DAVID
		Well, I'm originally from Los 
		Angeles and I'm now living here. 
		I need a job.
 
				AGENT
		Alright.
 
	He takes out a piece of paper and begins to write down 
	information.
 
				AGENT
			(continuing)
		What was your previous working 
		experience?
 
				DAVID 
		Well, for the last eight years I 
		was a major executive with one of 
		the biggest advertising agencies
		in the country.
 
				AGENT
		Oh, I see.  And your previous salary?
 
				DAVID 
		Seventy thousand dollars.
 
				AGENT
			(looks up; he hasn't 
			heard this figure 
			in a long time) 
		You said seventy thousand?
 
				DAVID 
		Yes.
 
				AGENT
		Over how long a period are we 
		talking about?
 
				DAVID
		A year.  Seventy thousand a year.
 
	The Agent begins to laugh.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing) 
		What's so funny?
 
				AGENT
		Nothing.  That's very good.  So,
		what brings you around these parts? 
		Trying to double up that income?
 
	Agent laughs again.
 
				DAVID
		No.  I came here to live.  I
		wanted to change my life.
 
				AGENT
		You couldn't change your life
		on seventy thousand?
 
				DAVID
 		Could we just get back to what 
		we're doing here?
 
				AGENT
		Sure.  Uh, I don't think I have 
		anything at all right now.  I
		mean the only thing I have, you 
		wouldn't be interested in.  Why 
		don't you check back with me in 
		a month?
 
				DAVID
		Well, you don't know what I'd be 
		interested in.  Why don't you just 
		tell me what you have?
 
				AGENT
		I don't think that coming from 
		your position and your salary 
		you'd be interested in it.
 
				DAVID
		Well, you don't know me.  What is
		it?
 
				AGENT
		It's a crossing guard.
 
				DAVID 
		A crossing guard?  You mean at a 
		school?
 
				AGENT 
		Yes.  Where else do you see them
		work?
 
				DAVID 
		No, I just didn't know if there 
		were different kinds.  Well, what
		does that pay?
 
				AGENT
		A hundred thousand dollars.
 
	He starts to laugh.  David laughs along with him.
 
				DAVID
		But, really, what does it pay?
 
				AGENT
		It pays three twenty-five an hour, 
		plus benefits.
 
				DAVID
		Benefits meaning what?
 
				AGENT
		Benefits meaning you can get a 
		ride to and from work if you need
		it.
 
				DAVID 
		Well, listen, I've just started 
		looking for work and I don't want 
		to rule anything out but I think  
		I probably can find something where
		I can use my ability a bit more. 
		Would you have another kind of
		file, like an executive box or 
		something?
 
				AGENT
		What kind of box would that be?
 
				DAVID
		You know, a box of higher-paying
		jobs.
 
				AGENT
		My goodness, I forgot.  Sure. 
		You mean the hundred thousand 
		dollar box?
 
	Agent begins to laugh again.
 
				DAVID
			(getting up)
		Well, I'm happy I could provide 
		you with your morning's entertainment. 
		You can laugh at me but let me 
		tell you something.  I made a 
		statement.  You understand what 
		I'm saying?  I made a statement.
 
				AGENT
		A statement?
 
				DAVID
		Never mind.  Thank you.
 
				AGENT
		Thank you.  Good luck.
 
						CUT TO:
 

48     EXT. TRAILER PARK - LATER THAT DAY 
 
	David is walking dejectedly towards home.  Nancy is 
	inside fixing dinner.
 

49	INT. MOTOR HOME
 
	As he enters, she turns around excited.  She runs up 
	and gives him a hug.
 
				NANCY
		Guess what?
 
				DAVID
			(perking up a bit; 
			at least one of 
			them sounds like 
			they had success)
		A job?
 
				NANCY
		Sure looks like it.
 
				DAVID 
		Fantastic!
			(he sits down) 
		Tell me everything.  What is it? 
		How much do you get?  When do
		you start?
 
				NANCY
		I won't know anything for sure
		until tomorrow.  I don't want to 
		say anything until then.
 
				DAVID
		Oh come on!  Tell me?  At least 
		tell me what the job is.
 
				NANCY
		Please.  We'll get all excited and
		then what if I don't get it?  Let's 
		just wait.
 
				DAVID
		Just give me a hint!
 
				NANCY
		Well... alright.  I would be 
		an assistant manager.
 
				DAVID 
		Jesus!  After one day?  Assistant
		manager!  Where?
 
				NANCY
		That's all I'm saying. The manager's 
		thinking it over.  He said he'll let 
		me know tomorrow.  I don't want to 
		jinx it.  Now, come on.  Let's hear 
		about you.  What happened?
 
	David can't get over the words "Assistant Manager."  His
	own search hasn't brought him words of that caliber. 
	He hedges.
 
				DAVID
		Well, I'm not saying anything 
		either, but I'll also know in 
		the morning.
 
				NANCY
		I gave you a hint, you have to 
		give me one.
 
				DAVID
		I can't.  I have too many leads. 
		I've had many firm offers and 
		right now I'm just mulling them
		over.
 
				NANCY
		What kind of offers?
 
				DAVID 
		Listen, I think you're right, we're 
		going to jinx this thing.  Let's 
		just keep the mystery.  It's more 
		exciting that way.
 
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50	INT. SCHOOL BASEMENT - THE NEXT DAY 
 
	David is standing with an older MAN in front of a 
	locker.  The Man takes out a uniform.
 
				MAN
		Now, this won't fit you exactly
		'cause the fellow who had this
		before was about eighty and very 
		heavy, but if you go up to the 
		nurse's office they'll take it in.
 
				DAVID 
		Thank you.
 
				MAN 
		Now, I don't have the sign here,
		but do you understand?  It's stop
		on one side...
 
				DAVID
			(interrupts) 
		Yes.  Go on the other.
 
				MAN 
		No.  If you're going to interrupt
		me I'm not going to be able to 
		explain it.  It's stop an one 
		side and stop on the other.  It's 
		just a stop sign.  So, when you 
		want people to go you'll have to 
		hide the sign.
 
				DAVID 
		That's right. I remember.  You
		just put it down so people can't 
		see.
 
				MAN
		That's right.  Behind your back
		is generally the best place.
 
				DAVID
		Yes.  I think, basically, this job
		hasn't changed since I went to
		school.
 
				MAN 
		Aren't you a little young for this 
		kind of work?
 
				DAVID
		I don't think so.  Why?
 
				MAN 
		Well, all the other guards here 
		have been in their late sixties or 
		seventies.  We had one who was
		fifty once but that's as young
		as I can remember.
 
				DAVID
		Well, times are changing.  I
		mean stereotypes have to be 
		broken sometime, don't they?
 
				MAN
		I guess they do.  I never thought
		they did but yeah, I guess they do. 
		Okay.  Happy to have you here and I 
		guess all you should know is that 
		some of these children are rude.
 
				DAVID 
		Well, all children are rude.
 
				MAN 
		Well, these children are a little 
		ruder than they used to be.  You 
		see we had this cutback in the
		school lunch program and sometimes
		they're hungry.  And you know what
		happens when you're hungry?  You
		get a little bit ornery.  I guess
		what I'm saying is you'll need a 
		little bit of tolerance.
 
				DAVID
		Oh, tolerance is my middle name.
		Believe me.

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51	EXT. STREET SCENE - DAY
 
 	David is at the crosswalk.  He's leading a group of 
	CHILDREN across the street.  They are about twelve
	years old.  Obviously, old enough to cross by them-
	selves.  David greets them.  He wants to make a good 
	impression.  God knows why.
 
				DAVID
		Hello, children.  How was school? 
 
				CHILD #1
		Screw you!

         			CHILD #2
		Yeah.  Mind your own business.

				DAVID
		Ah.  You must be two of the hungry
		ones. 

	The Kids glare at him. David walks back across the 
	street alone. David is waiting. A bunch of KIDS, a
	little older, about six of them, walk up.  One of them
 	says:
 
				OLDER KID #1
		Hey, who's the new Retardo?
 
				DAVID
		Oh, my goodness. More hungry
		children.  You want to cross the 
		street?
 
				OLDER KID #1
		Yeah, Retardo.
 
				DAVID
		My name is David. I would appreciate
		not being called that name.  It's an
		ugly name.
 
				OLDER KID #2
		Ugly name for an ugly face.
 
				DAVID
		I see no reason to walk future 
		prisoners across the street.  Why 
		don't you get some practice working
		on your own right now since you'll
		probably be in solitary most of your 
		life.  You can handle it.
 
				OLDER KID #2
		No, man.  That's what you're paid
		for.  Come on.  Take us across the 
		street.
 
				DAVID 
		No, I can't take you across the 
		street and, also, I'm allowed to
		make judgments.  If I think someone
		shouldn't be allowed to cross the 
		street I'm allowed to deny them 
		that privilege.  So, if you want 
		to cross, you'll have to cross on 
		your own.
 
				OLDER KID #2
		Hey, no.  No, man.  You work for
		us.  Let's go.
 
				DAVID
		What do you mean let's go? Is
		that a threat?  Be careful. I've
		got a metal sign here.
 
				OLDER KID #2
			(takes out a knife) 
		Yeah?  I've got a metal knife.
 
				DAVID
		Knife wins.  Come on.
 
	He leads them across the street.  David walks back alone,
	mumbling.  He sits in his little chair.  There's no 
	action and no children.  Cars are passing by.  A new
	black MERCEDES SCREECHES UP.  The passenger window is 
	electrically lowered.  A GUY, in his early 30's, calls 
	to David.
 
				DRIVER
		Mister?
 
				DAVID
		Call me David.  I'm your age.  I 
		look a little older because I'm 
		in this uniform.
 
				DRIVER 
		David, how do I get out of this
		place?  Actually, what is this
		place?

				DAVID
 		What do you mean?
 
				DRIVER
		What town is this?
 
				DAVID
		Prescott.

				DRIVER
		Jesus Christ.  I'm lost.  How do
		I get to Phoenix?
 
				DAVID
		You have to get on Highway 90.  So,
		what you do is go down about two 
		miles, you'll come to a stoplight, 
		you turn right and keep going and 
		you'll see a sign.
 
				DRIVER 
		Two miles down and then right?
 
				DAVID
		That's it. 

				DRIVER 
		Thanks, man. 

				DAVID
		Hold it.
 
	David approaches the car.  He sticks his head inside and 
	starts sniffing, rather intensely.
 
				DRIVER 
		What are you doing?  Stop doing 
		that.  Get away.
 
				DAVID 
		I'm just smelling the interior. 
		This is leather, isn't it?
 
				DRIVER 
		It's Mercedes Leather.  They call 
		it leather but it's vinyl.  Smells 
		like leather, though.  Huh?
 
				DAVID
			(still sniffing)
		Yeah it does.  You like this car?
 
				DRIVER 
		What's not to like?  Hey, thanks, 
		man.  See ya.
 
	He floors it and tears off into the distance.  David 
	watches the car slowly disappear.  He's still sniffing.
 
				DAVID
			(to himself)
		It smelled like leather.  They 
		must spray it with something.
 
	Interrupting David's thought is a CHILD'S VOICE coming 
	from behind him.
 
				CHILD
		Hey, Retardo!  Over here!
 
				DAVID
			(to himself)
		Without even looking I'm sure he 
		means me.
 
						CUT TO:


52	INT. MOTOR HOME - NIGHTTIME
 
	David enters.  Nancy is taking off her coat.  David can
	see that she has on a uniform.  It's a candy-striped 
	short skirt and blouse.  Also, she has on a candy-
	striped apron and hat.  It looks familiar but David 
	can't quite place it.
 
				DAVID
		Hi.
 
 	Nancy turns around.
 
				NANCY
		My God!  You scared me.
 
	They stare at each other, each looking at the other's 
	uniform.
 
				NANCY
			(continuing) 
		You got your job?
 
				DAVID 
		Yes.  Did you get yours?
 
				NANCY
		Yes.  Yes, I did.
 
				DAVID
		Is that a uniform you're wearing?
 
				NANCY
		Of course.  What did you think, I 
		bought this?
 
				DAVID
		What do you do?
 
				NANCY 
		I work at Burger King.  I got
		it.  I'm the assistant manager.
 
				DAVID
		Burger King?
 
				NANCY
		The reason I wasn't sure last 
		night was because the manager said 
		he needed time to sleep on it, but 
		this morning he told me he made his 
		decision as soon as I left.  He just 
		didn't know how to get hold of me.
 
				DAVID
		Hold it a second.  Burger King? 
		The hamburger place?
 
	Just after David finishes this sentence, we hear the 
	TOILET FLUSH.  Out comes SKIP, a nineteen-year-old boy, 
	dressed in the male version of the same uniform Nancy 
	is wearing.  Skip is one of those kids who talks like 
	he's from Torrance, through his nose, blending all syl-
	lables into one, a kid whose speech could mask his 
	intelligence, if there was intelligence to be masked.
 
				DAVID
			(continuing)
		Nancy, who's this child?
 
				NANCY 
		Oh.  This is Skip.  He's the 
		manager.  He wanted to see 
		where we live.
 
	David just stares.  His image of the "Manager" was 
	obviously way off.
 
				SKIP
		Hey, thanks, Nancy.  Wow, this is 
		like a real home.  Now, when you 
		flush the toilet, where does it go?
 
	Before Nancy can answer, Skip sees David.
 
				SKIP
			(continuing)
		Oh, wow!  Who's the crossing guard?
 
				NANCY
		That's what you are!  A crossing
		guard!  I couldn't place it.  That's 
		wonderful!  You're working with
		children!
 
				DAVID 
		I'm walking with children.  There's 
		a difference, but we'll talk about
		it later.  Now, tell me again. 
		This child is who?
 
				NANCY
		This is Skip.  He's the manager.
 
				DAVID
		The manager?  This is who slept
		on it?
 
	Skip stretches his hand out eagerly wiping it first 
	on his pants, just to make sure it's clean.
 
				SKIP
		Hey, it's nice to meet you.  Call 
		me Skippy, though, huh?  That's what 
		my friends call me.  Hey, your wife's
 		really something.  Man, I think what 
		you're both doing is amazing.  She
 		told me all about it.  It's really 
		great.  You've got a lot of courage. 
		It blew my mind.  I'll tell ya, man,
 		when I get old, I sure hope I drop
 		out.  It really sounds neat.  Hey, 
		did she tell ya what happened today?
 
				NANCY
			(a little embarrassed) 
		David just got home, Skip.  I'll 
		tell him later.
 
				DAVID 
		No.  Let Skippy tell it.   I want 
		to hear him talk some more.
 
				SKIPPY 
		Hey, thanks.  Well, you know the
		fry machine?  We were never using 
		it right.  See, no one ever told
		us.  I mean we did everything the
		instructions said.  You know, we
		put the oil in and everything, but 
		we took the fries out, like, much
 		too soon and no one knew.  And
 		your wife said, "Hey, these are
 		frozen in the middle."  And then
 		we took them outside and we looked 
		at 'em in the sun and she was 
		right!  They were still frozen. 
		She spotted it on the first day! 
		Do you believe it?
 
				DAVID
		And how long were you making them 
		the other way?
 
				SKIPPY 
		Oh, I don't know, a little less 
		than a year.
 
				DAVID 
		Nancy, where are the keys?
 
				NANCY
		They're in the ignition.  Why?
 
 						CUT TO:


53 	INT. MOTOR HOME
 
	We are somewhere outside of Prescott.  David and Nancy 
	are driving along.  They are still in their Burger King
 	and crossing guard outfits, but obviously they have left 
	their first home.  Nancy has a map in her hand.  She's
	looking it over.
 
				NANCY 
		You know I think Denver could be 
		a good place to go.
 
 				DAVID
 		Denver, huh?
 
				NANCY
		Well, it's bigger.  We do need a 
		bigger city.
 
				DAVID 
		We certainly do.  Sweetheart, 
		let's talk for a second.
 
				NANCY
		What?
 
				DAVID 
		I love you very much.  You know
		that, don't you?
 
				NANCY
		I love you, too.
 
				DAVID
		Well, I think it's wonderful that 
		we could say this and mean it.  Do 
		you know that ever since we were 
		married I just was waiting for us
		to get divorced?  I never thought
		we would make it, ever.  But now
		I do.
 
				NANCY
		I know.  I feel the same way.
 
				DAVID 
		Well, my God, that's wonderful. 
		I mean the experiences that we
		went through in the last two weeks,
		it did that.  It showed us that
		we're going to be married forever. 
		Nancy, we're together for the rest
		of our lives and I'm so grateful
		to finally have that peace of
		mind. It's wonderful. 
 
				NANCY
		I told you this would all be a 
		blessing.
 
				DAVID 
		I know you did.  But now, let's
		talk facts.  Our nest egg broke. 
		Forget who did it, no blame. 
		That's not the point.  The point 
		is we didn't split up.
 		We stayed together and decided to
 		rebuild.  And it was the best
 		decision we ever made.  Because 
		for the first time we really know
		how to share.  Whatever we have we
		can enjoy it together.
 
				NANCY
		But we don't have anything.
 
				DAVID
		There!  Now we're getting to it. 
		This afternoon I was guiding some 
		children across the street and I 
		realized something.  Given our age, 
		and the years we have left together, 
		and the way we're going about this 
		rebuilding program, we will never 
		have another egg in our lifetime.
 
				NANCY
		I was thinking the same thing.
 
				DAVID
		Really?
 
				NANCY
		Yes.  As a matter-of-fact, I began 
		thinking what we might do to speed 
		things up.
 
				DAVID
		That's amazing.  So was I.  Denver? 
		Is that what Denver is about?
 
				NANCY
		No.  Not exactly.  I was just kind
		of thinking of a general plan.
 
				DAVID 
		Me too.
 
				NANCY 
		Great.  What?
 
				DAVID 
		Well, you tell me yours first.
 
				NANCY
			(hesitating) 
		No, you go first.
 
				DAVID
		No.  I'm almost embarrassed to 
		tell you, mine's like a last resort.
 
				NANCY
		Don't be embarrassed.  What is it?
 
				DAVID
			(hesitating)
 		Well...

				NANCY
		Come on.
 
				DAVID 
		Okay.  I thought we'd just get to 
		New York as fast as we can...
 
				NANCY
			(interrupts) 
		And you eat shit?
 
				DAVID
		Your plan too, huh?
 
				NANCY
		Exactly.
 
				DAVID
 		We really are a team.
 
				NANCY
		We certainly are.
 
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54 	EXT./INT. MOTOR HOME - MONTAGE - DAY
 
 	It does a fast U-turn away from the northern direction
	and begins heading east.  They are now on their way
	to New York going as fast as they can.  As they do the 
	THEME from the commercial "I LOVE NEW YORK" BEGINS TO
	PLAY.  It grows and grows in intensity as David and
	Nancy cross the United States.  Their trip from Arizona
	to New York will take place in a space of about thirty
	seconds.  States whiz by.  Signs "ENTERING MISSOURI"
	"LEAVING MISSOURI" "ENTERING VIRGINIA," "LEAVING
	VIRGINIA," all taking place in a period of seconds.  The
	MUSIC is getting more intense. It's now filling our
	ears. VOICES BEGIN SINGING, "I LOVE NEW YORK."
 

55	EXT. GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE - NEW YORK CITY - 
	SNOW - DAY
 
	We see the mobile home approaching the George Washington 
	Bridge.  As it enters the tollbooth we...
 
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56	EXT. MADISON AVENUE - SNOW
 
	It's Monday morning, 8:45.  Thousands of New Yorkers
	are filing into their offices.  We see the motor home
	pull up in front of the advertising agency.  Hundreds of 
	people are entering this building.  We see that one of
 	these people is Brad Tooley, the baldheaded man David
	was supposed to work under. From a LONG SHOT, we see
	David exit the motor home. He's still in his crossing
	guard uniform.  He's been up for three days, taking No 
	Doz and drinking hundreds of cups of coffee.  He looks 
	like hell.  He runs down the street and corners Brad 
	near the front entrance.  Brad sees David.  He's scared. 
	He can't believe it. He starts to run.  He tries to 
	escape.  David turns after him.  All this is shown in a 
	LONG SHOT, with the busy Madison Avenue traffic in the 
	foreground.  We hear David yelling:
 
				DAVID
		Brad, I made it!  Three weeks on
		the button! Let's go to work. 
		We got Fords to sell!
 
	Brad looks frightened. He'd like to get away but he
	can't.  David catches up to him.  He grabs him around 
	the waist.  He drops to his knees.  He begins to plead. 
	As New Yorkers pass by going about their business, we
	see David begging.  Brad just staring down at him.
 
	OVER THIS SCENE the following CRAWL appears on the screen:
 
		"Most people lead their entire lives
  		without ever having the courage to 
		break the mold, to find out who they 
		really are and what life is all about.
 
		Those that do should take Route 16.
		This goes through Utah, avoiding the state
		of Nevada completely."




 
				THE END
 



Screenplay by Albert Brooks and Monica Johnson

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