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Original Screenplay Written By Jason Wiese

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FADE IN

INT. - GRAND CENTRAL TERMINAL, MAIN ROOM

GARY‟S MOTHER, a woman in her late 50‟s, is walking slowly through the terminal in a state of shock.

She is surrounded by her family - her older husband, a son in his early thirties, and a daughter in her early

twenties.

she clutches a bunch of Kleenex.

The men have a hold of each one of her arms as

The family approaches a makeshift memorial erected in one of the hallways that serves as an information center for those seeking missing loved ones. There are countless “Missing” letters covering every inch of the boards.

As the family slowly looks over all the notifications and makes their way across the memorial, the focus remains on the mother.

Garys mother finds an empty space towards the end of the wall and carefully places a “Missing” notice of her son, Gary McGregor, complete with letter and photo, on the board with scotch tape.

She stares at the picture of Gary until a couple of tears slowly trickle down her cheeks. Her son, Gary‟s brother, puts his arm around her for comfort while her daughter gives her a big hug as she wails.

Gary‟s father, a tall, thin graying man in his 60‟s, walks

As much as he tries to

a few feet away from the memorial.

stay strong for the family, he is overcome with emotion as

he buries his face in his hands and begins to cry.

The mother continues staring at the picture of his son, refusing to take her eyes off of it.

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INT. PENN STATION, MAIN CONCOURSE

DANA‟S FATHER, an Italian looking man in his late fifties, is walking slowly through the station seemingly in the same state of shock as Gary‟s mom was in.

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He is holding his wife‟s hand as he walks through the station. His wife is also very Italian looking and is in her early fifties.

They approach a makeshift memorial erected in the middle of one of the main walkways that is also serving as an information center for those missing loved ones.

The father looks over the many “Missing” notices haphazardly attached to the walls of the memorial.

The father notices his son, who is in his late twenties, in the process of hanging up a ”Missing” notice for Dana towards the end of the memorial.

He approaches his son, shakes his hand then gives him a hug. Dana‟s mom follows her husband closely behind him.

The father stares at the “Missing” notice of his daughter – Dana De Luca and gently touches her face in the photo with his fingers.

The mother buries her head in her son‟s chest and begins sobbing uncontrollably. The father just continues staring at the picture, trying his best to remain strong.

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EXT. GROUND ZERO, DOWNTOWN BY THE WORLD TRADE CENTER SITE

SUBWAY STATION EXIT

Dana‟s family exits a subway station onto a crowded street by Ground Zero.

Although they are a few blocks away from the World Trade Center, there is still evidence of devastation all around the street debris on the sideways, soot still covering the ground.

They walk down the street in astonishment of what happened and approach

A CHURCH COURTYARD

Here there is another makeshift memorial hanging on the fence that surrounds the perimeter of the church‟s property. In addition to the “Missing” notices, there are also letters, personal belongings of the missing as

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remembrances and burning candles set up on, or in front of, the fence as well.

Dana‟s brother approaches the fence and posts a missing notice for his sister. He still has a stack of missing notices in his hands.

Dana‟s mother notices that Gary‟s family has congregated in the middle of the street about a half block down from them and just past the church.

Without saying anything, the mother begins walking towards them. Her family notices her walking away and they quickly follow her.

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET

Dana‟s mother approaches Gary‟s family and taps his mother

on the shoulder.

console each other. This is followed by the dads and

They embrace in a long, deep hug to

siblings shaking hands and hugging one another.

After the embraces are done, everyone shifts their attention and they look down the street.

A few blocks down is the smoldering pile of debris that was once the World Trade Center reaching high into the sky.

All the members from both families are almost in a trace- like state as they are mesmerized by the devastation.

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INT. WORLD TRADE CENTER, OFFICE FLOOR

ELEVATOR DOOR

The ping of the elevator reaching its intended floor sounds and the door opens.

Out walks GARY MCGREGOR - a tall, good looking man in his late twenties carrying a few folders stuffed with papers; he is clearly in a rush.

Gary works at AON Corporation in the upper floors of the World Trade Center South Tower. AON has a very rigid corporate culture and all employees are always dressed in strict business attire suits for both men and women.

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Gary rushes though the hallway and approaches a desk in

THE LOBBY

The desk is being staffed by DANA DE LUCA, a cute, blonde but Italian looking girl in her early twenties.

As Gary approaches the desk, the phone rings and Dana answers it.

DANA DE LUCA Good morning, AON Corporation. (Pause) Please hold and I‟ll connect you to his office. Thank you. (looks at Gary) Hi, can I help you?

GARY MCGREGOR (confused) Where‟s the regular receptionist, Diane?

DANA She‟s on vacation.

GARY And who are you?

recognize you. Are you new?

I don‟t

DANA I‟m Dana, I just got hired a couple weeks ago as a junior analyst. They‟re kind of short staffed in the secretarial pool this week so I‟m filling in at the desk for the morning.

GARY Sucks to be a newbie.

DANA Yeah, I guess this is what they mean when they say you have to pay your dues.

GARY It could be worse. (MORE)

When I first

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GARY (cont‟d) started here I had to do all sorts of menial tasks for the executives around here grab coffee, get dry cleaning, pick up children from school, you name it.

DANA Well thankfully I haven‟t had to do anything like that yet.

GARY Consider yourself lucky then.

DANA So I‟ll ask again, can I help you?

GARY Oh yeah, I‟m looking for the senior management meeting, my boss Mr. Reynolds left his papers for the meeting behind in his office. I‟m just trying to get them to him. Do you know which conference room they‟re in?

DANA Down the hall, take your first left then your next right; they‟re in that conference room.

Gary stares at Dana, struck by her beauty.

GARY

Thank you.

Dana smiles sheepishly at Gary.

DANA

My pleasure.

GARY Well, good luck to you. a great place to work. you‟ll love it here.

GARY Well, good luck to you. a great place to work. you‟ll love it here.

This is

I‟m sure

Thanks.

DANA

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GARY I‟ll see you later.

Gary walks down

THE HALLWAY

Half way down the hallway, Gary turns around and looks back at Dana.

He walks to the end of the hallway and runs into a co- worker, DUSTIN, who is also an attractive guy in his early thirties.

DUSTIN Gary, what‟s going on my man?

GARY Just trying to get these papers to Reynolds for his meeting.

DUSTIN Gotcha, well I won‟t keep you.

Dustin tries to walk away but Gary stops him.

GARY

Hey Dustin… (looks back at Dana) Do you know anything about that new girl, Dana?

DUSTIN Ahh yes, good eye my friend.

definitely is a cutie. I don‟t really know much about her yet. She‟s a Long Islander, I mean at least she‟s from Long Island,

that‟s all I know.

She

GARY (continues to look at Dana) She‟s nice.

DUSTIN Stay focused Gary; it‟s probably a good idea to get Mr. Reynolds his (MORE)

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DUSTIN (cont‟d) papers before the meeting ends. I don‟t know, call me crazy.

Right.

GARY

Dustin turns back to Gary after beginning to walk away.

DUSTIN Beers tonight with the gang?

GARY Sounds like a plan, you thinking Ulysses?

DUSTIN But of course.

GARY Great I‟ll check in with you at the end of the day.

Gary walks down the hallway and enters a conference room filled with older, distinguished executives impeccably dressed in suits.

CONFERENCE ROOM

Gary walks over to his boss, MR. REYNOLDS, who is sitting at the conference table chatting with fellow executives sitting next to him.

GARY Mr. Reynolds, I got your papers here.

Gary sets the folders down on the table in front of his boss.

MR. REYNOLDS Thank you Gary, I thought I was losing my mind. I was looking

through everything in front of me

and I couldn‟t find them.

no idea what I did with them.

I had

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GARY No problem sir.

desk, they were buried under your Wall Street Journal.

I saw them on your

MR. REYNOLDS

I really need to clean up my office

one of these days.

for delivering these Gary.

Well thank you

GARY No problem Mr. Reynolds.

Gary leaves the room and walks through the hallway back to

THE LOBBY

Gary approaches the receptionist‟s desk where Dana is still sitting.

DANA

I assume that you found the meeting

room?

GARY

I did, yes, thank you. (pause) So I realize that I didn‟t tell you my name before when we first met…it‟s Gary.

DANA Hi, nice to meet you Gary.

GARY So, I‟m part of the unofficial welcoming committee for new employees and as part of my duties I‟d like to invite you out to drinks with a bunch of co-workers tonight.

DANA Drinks? Tonight? On a Monday?

GARY Yeah, it‟s nothing too crazy, we go to a local bar, Ulysses, for a (MORE)

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GARY (cont‟d)

few drinks.

We have a fairly

diverse group of people that go

out.

so it‟s not just a AON Corp meat market out there.

A bunch of the girls join us,

DANA

I don‟t know.

GARY Come on, it‟ll be a fun time, and it‟ll be great to get to know your fellow co-workers in a social setting.

DANA Yeah, but I still live at home with my parents on Long Island. I mean,

I hope I‟ll be moving into the city

soon, but for now I‟m on the Island

saving up some money and it takes me

a while to get home.

really like going out at night around

here because that means I usually get home around midnight.

So I don‟t

GARY It‟s a Monday night, we won‟t be out until all hours of the night, that would set a bad precedent for

the week.

we‟ll just be out for a few drinks.

I‟m serious when I say

DANA Well I don‟t know, I‟ll think about it.

GARY That‟s all I can ask for. Remember, we‟ll be at Ulysses if you decide to come out.

DANA OK. I‟ll see you later…or not.

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GARY

(laughs) OK, toy with me; I see how it is. Well I hope you do make it out tonight.

Gary walks out of the lobby and towards the elevator.

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INT. WORLD TRADE CENTER, GARY‟S OFFICE

Gary is standing up, pacing around his office while he‟s talking on the phone in a heated exchange.

GARY

Look, don‟t worry about it, sir.

I‟ve got you covered.

I set you

up in a program that will minimize your risk and your company‟s risk.

You have nothing to worry about. I‟ll send you all the necessary paperwork in the morning. (pauses to listen)

Sir, I promise you; this is a good

move, a good deal. word.

(pauses to listen again) So we can move forward? (pauses to listen again) Great. You won‟t regret it, trust

me.

everything by tomorrow morning. (pauses to listen again) Thank you, you have a good day sir. Good bye.

You have my

Like I said, I‟ll get you

Gary hangs up the phone then takes a seat at his desk and runs his fingers through his hair as a sign of exhaustion.

Dustin comes up to his office and knocks on his open door.

DUSTIN

Yo, Gary. (notices something is not right with Gary) Hey what‟s wrong?

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GARY

Ahh, nothing.

Gary throws a pen down on his desk in frustration.

GARY (contd) Just another day of aggravation in the office.

DUSTIN Well forget about that. It‟s the end of the day and we‟re all heading to Ulysses now. You coming?

GARY

Definitely.

Gary stands up, grabs his suit jacket and walks out of his office with Dustin.

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INT. ULYSSES BAR, WALL STREET AREA

Gary, Dustin and several co-workers are hovering around a high table in the center of a crowded Wall Street area Irish pub.

The bar is dark due to the low lighting and wood paneling. The place is packed with banker-types where both the men and women are dressed to impress in sharp suits.

Gary is sitting down at the table, temporarily oblivious to his co-workers as he looks at his watch then looks at his phone like he‟s waiting for something.

DUSTIN Gary, what gives buddy?

GARY (looks away from phone) What do you mean?

DUSTIN We‟re all over here being social with each other while you‟re sitting here looking at your watch, then (MORE)

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DUSTIN (cont‟d) your phone, then your watch again. You ok?

GARY Yeah. Just, ummm, waiting for someone to come out.

DUSTIN OK, we‟ll they‟re not going to get here any quicker if you keep staring at your watch.

GARY

You‟re right.

Gary stands up and joins the rest of his co-workers in conversation.

Shortly afterwards, Dana walks through the front door of

the bar by herself.

and looks around to survey the scene.

She stops as soon as she gets inside

She stands on her toes so she can get a better view of where her co-workers might be hanging out among the crowd.

She finally spots them and approaches.

A big smile covers Gary‟s face as he sees Dana approaching.

GARY Dana, I‟m so happy you came out!

DANA

Well I figured it‟s Monday night, and I have nothing else to do, so

I might as well come out and get to know my fellow co-workers.

GARY Let‟s get you a drink, what do you want to drink?

DANA I‟ll take a vodka tonic.

GARY

A vodka tonic coming up.

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Gary walks up to the bar followed by Dana.

GARY (to the bartender) Vodka tonic please and I‟ll grab a Chimay while you‟re at it.

The bartender makes him a vodka tonic and gives him a Chimay too. Gary grabs the drinks, gives Dana hers and they “cheers.”

GARY Here you go, cheers!

Cheers.

DANA

GARY Come on, let me introduce you to everyone.

Gary and Dana walk back to the group of co-workers. Gary interrupts the conversation in order to announce Dana.

GARY Hey guys, guys…guys settle down; let me introduce you all to Dana. She‟s a new junior analyst, she just started the other week. Dana, this is the gang.

CO-WORKERS (in unison) Hey Dana.

Dana enters the middle of the group to personally introduce herself to everyone.

LATER ON

It‟s getting late into the night, the crowd has thinned considerably and only a few co-workers are left.

Gary and Dana are sitting at a table enjoying a cocktail and heavy into conversation.

GARY So tell me about yourself? (MORE)

I mean

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GARY (cont‟d) we‟ve been sitting here for the last hour and a half, just the two of us, talking about the job and about AON and what you can expect in the wonderful world of insurance and risk management, which is all well and good, but I don‟t know anything about you, the person.

DANA

(smiles) Well, I don‟t know, what do you want to know?

GARY I don‟t know. Well, for starters where do you come from?

DANA I‟m from Long Island…OK, insert joke here.

GARY Long Island, really? No I‟ll spare you from the jokes, I‟m sure you‟ve gotten your fair share of them. It‟s just that you don‟t seem very Long Island-ish.

DANA

(laughs) And what does that mean?

GARY

Oh boy, I knew that wasn‟t going to

be the right thing to say.

saying…ahh, you know what? Before I stick my foot further down my mouth why don‟t I just move from that statement.

I‟m just

DANA

(laughs) Its probably a good idea. But just remember, don‟t make fun of Long Island. I‟m very sensitive.

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GARY It‟s been noted. (pause) So what part of Long Island do you come from?

DANA

Massapequa.

GARY I‟m not sure why I even

Nice.

asked that question. I don‟t know anything about Long Island. I mean I‟ve heard of the Hamptons, Where all the rich people go to play, but I‟ve never been there. And that‟s really all I know about Long Island, well that and also the Baldwin brothers come from there.

DANA Yes, yes, the Baldwin do represent my hood. (pause) So, where are you from?

GARY

Connecticut.

DANA Connecticut, very nice. Very hoity, toity too.

GARY Don‟t believe what you hear, not every part is very uppity.

Is yours?

DANA

GARY Well, yes; but my point is that not

every part is like that.

normal cities and towns just like

every other state has.

We have

DANA So, where do you come from?

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Darien.

GARY

DANA Darien, I know Darien. Yes, that is uppity.

Just a tad.

GARY How do you know Darien?

DANA A few of the kids I went to college with played on the lacrosse team.

GARY Yeah, we had a pretty kick ass lacrosse team. What school did you go to?

Syracuse.

DANA

GARY Syracuse, good lacrosse team there.

DANA

Yeah; I liked the school, I really

liked it.

scholarship, if it wasn‟t for my good grades I don‟t think I would‟ve

been able to afford it. (pause) Where did you go to school?

Thank god I got a

GARY University of Virginia. Went to Darden, the School of Business there. My dad went to school there, my grandfather, his dad, went to school there. (pause) My life has been pretty much planned out for me at a very early age.

Really?

DANA

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GARY Yeah, pretty much. So much so that I‟m fairly confident to tell you that

I‟ll probably be going to grad school

That‟s

at NYU in the next two years. the plan at least.

DANA Well that‟s good you have a plan at least, right?

GARY I mean it‟s great that

Yes and no.

there‟s a plan, it‟s just a lot of pressure though. Pressure to live up to the family name; it‟s something

I think about every day. And the

pressure to meet my goals all the

time.

DANA Sounds intense.

GARY It‟s not that bad, sometimes I make it a bigger deal than it should be. In reality, life is good.

An exhausted Dustin stops over to the table and sets his near empty drink down on top of it.

DUSTIN Well guys, it‟s about that time of night when I come to my senses and realize that I got to go home if

I have any hopes of being able to

function tomorrow. So good night all. Gary I‟ll see you tomorrow, Dana it was a pleasure to see you hanging out tonight.

Gary shakes Dustins hand.

GARY Good night Dustin, always a pleasure.

Dustin walks away and leaves the bar.

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DANA Dustin looked like he was feeling pretty good.

GARY Yep, that‟s him; he likes his drink.

DANA God what time is it?

Dana and Gary both look at their watches.

GARY

I don‟t know.

DANA Wow, 10:08, it‟s late.

GARY

I guess time flies when you‟re

having fun, and you‟re in good company.

Dana takes out her LIRR train schedule and studies it.

DANA I need to get home.

Lemme check

when my next train is.

GARY OK, no problem, I know it‟s getting late.

DANA 10:56 is my next train.

think I have time to make it?

Do you

GARY To Penn Station, right?

Yeah.

DANA

GARY Should have plenty of time if we leave now.

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DANA OK, sorry to cut this short, but if

I miss this train I have to wait 40

minutes for the next one which means

I won‟t get home until 1 AM.

also means my parents will kill me.

Which

GARY Perfectly understandable, we don‟t want that to happen.

Dana grabs her purse and they both stand up from the table and walk through the bar.

DANA It‟s kinda weird that I lived on

my own in college for four years,

I get my own real job in the real

world, and I‟m still worried about my parents getting mad at me if I

come home late on a school night.

GARY Hey, it shows that your parents care, that‟s a good thing, right?

Dana and Gary walk out of the bar.

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EXT. NEW YORK CITY STREET, WALL STREET AREA NIGHT

Dana and Gary are standing on the sidewalk.

DANA OK, I‟m still getting used to the

city and figuring out my way around;

I know we walked a few blocks from

the Trade Center to get here, so I‟m not sure what subway I take and where I can get it.

GARY There‟s a 1 and 9 red line stop just a couple blocks away. Follow me, I‟ll get you there.

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DANA You can just tell me

Are you sure?

where it is, I‟m sure I‟ll be able to find it.

GARY Don‟t be silly, I wouldn‟t let you wander around this city at night alone.

Dana and Gary begin to walk down the street.

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INT. WALL STREET RED LINE SUBWAY STATION

Gary and Dana leisurely walk down the steps as a 3 train pulls into the station.

GARY Damn, here comes the train into the station, let‟s hurry up!

Gary and Dana rush down the stairs. Gary gets through the turnstile easily but Dana is caught up while fumbling though her purse to get her metrocard.

Once through the turnstile, Gary turns around to watch Dana.

GARY Come on, come on!

DANA I don‟t think I‟m gonna make it.

GARY

Yes you will.

Once the train stops in the station, Gary runs over to it and stands in the doorway so the door can‟t close.

GARY Here I‟ll hold the door open for you.

Dana finally finds her metrocard, gets through the turnstile and runs into the train.

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INT. 3 TRAIN, SUBWAY CAR

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Dana and Gary are trying to catch their breath as they enter the near empty train car.

They take a seat next to each other.

DANA Boy, that was close.

GARY Yeah, you get used to all this running to catch subways after a while.

Dana looks up at the subway map behind her to figure out how far away Penn Station is.

DANA How many stops you think we have?

GARY Let‟s see, from Wall Street we should probably have five.

Dana counts the stops between Wall St. and Penn Station on the map with her finger.

DANA Five, you‟re right.

GARY You learn to get to know the subway system very well when you live in the city. It becomes your best friend.

After a few seconds of awkward silence as both of them just sit there, Gary speaks up.

GARY So now that I know where you come from, where do you want to go?

DANA What do you mean?

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GARY In life, where do you want to go in life?

DANA Wow, that‟s pretty deep.

GARY

I like to ask these kind of probing

questions, allows me to really get

to know someone.

question than “what‟s your favorite color” and something like that.

It‟s a lot better

During their conversation, the train makes its‟ stops and a few people get off, and a few get on at each stop.

DANA It‟s a tough question, where do I want to go? Let‟s see…I don‟t know, I‟d love to have a great career, live in the city for a few years because I really want to do the city thing for a while, but I don‟t see myself as a “city girl” for the

rest of my life.

know if I see myself as a New Yorker

later on down the road.

Heck, I don‟t even

GARY What do you mean?

DANA

I can see myself later on in life,

like in my thirties, moving out of New York and into suburbia. And I don‟t mean suburbs like New Jersey or Westchester. I mean like real

suburbs, like down South or the Midwest.

Really?

GARY

DANA Sure. Real estate prices are so expensive around here. I see the houses that my older brother and (MORE)

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DANA (cont‟d) his friends are beginning to buy

and they‟re not special or elaborate,

I mean they‟re nice and all but

they‟re just…I don‟t know. I guess for me I‟m just dreaming of having

a great career, the white picket

fence, a big backyard, 2.3 kids and

a golden retriever, definitely a

golden retriever. Actually 2.3 kids is probably too much, I don‟t think

I can deal with more than 2 kids.

GARY

That‟s cool.

DANA

I just feel like I‟ll probably

have a much better shot of having all this somewhere away from New

York.

I love New York, but it‟s just…

I don‟t know.

college in Syracuse too, the

openness, the lack of attitude, the laid back living; I liked all

of that.

Except the snow.

hate the snow! (pause) But at the end of the day, what do

I know?

could change my mind a hundred times

in the next two years over where I want my future to go.

I mean, don‟t get me wrong

I loved going to

I miss all of that.

Oh boy, did I

I‟m 23 years old and I

GARY That‟s true, and it‟s your prerogative if you do.

DANA

(laughs) Plus it‟s not like I‟ve had a master plan laid out for me when I was three years old like others did.

GARY Hey don‟t blame me for having psycho parents.

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DANA I‟m not, I actually think it‟s cool… in a demented kind of way.

GARY You know it‟s funny you say all that about your future.

How so?

DANA

GARY

I kinda feel the same way, same

thoughts too regarding how I felt about college, going to school in Virginia. (pause)

I myself have thought about one day living in suburbia, far away from all the madness that is the city. I also absolutely love the city, but feel at times there‟s something missing. But I just

think it‟s my own fault.

is what you make it, and sometimes I probably don‟t try hard enough to get the most out of it. (pause) Plus I think I just take an overly romantic view of life…the white picket fence, the dog, the kids, the big backyard; I would like to have that one day, but let‟s be honest that is a simple, romantic view of life, especially by a New Yorker. Nothing wrong with wanting it at all; it‟s just that I don‟t think many people end up with that, or anything close to that. But that‟s what I think I want to strive for. Like you I‟m young.

The city

DANA You‟re not that young!

GARY

What are you talking about?!? I‟m

28!

That‟s like the new 22, (MORE)

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GARY (cont‟d) especially in this city. Anyways, we‟ll see what happens. That‟s the great thing about life, that‟s the great thing about being young and living in this city; you never know what‟s in store for you. And that‟s what keeps things incredibly exciting. And that‟s why I love life.

DANA But wait, is this whole white picket fence fantasy in the master plan?

GARY Good question. I‟ll have to ask my parents on that one. (pause)

Yes it is, but if my

parents had their way it would be a white picket fence in Greenwich. (pause) Whatever, I‟m allowed to stray from the master plan once in a while to

do what‟s best for me.

Just kidding.

The train pulls into Penn Station.

1 TRAIN CONDUCTOR (O.S.) Penn Station.

DANA Well, this is my stop.

GARY I‟ll get out with you.

DANA Gary, that‟s so not necessary.

GARY Please, I live on the Upper East Side, I‟m already far away from where I should be going.

Gary and Dana stand up and walk out of the train.

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INT. PENN STATION

IN THE PENN STATION SUBWAY STATION

Gary and Dana get off the train and walk through the subway station to head over to the Long Island Railroad.

DANA Why did you jump on the

Gary!

train with me then if this was the opposite way you were going?!?

GARY

I don‟t like seeing girls late at

night trying to navigate through the streets by themselves. It‟s

too dangerous.

DANA Well that‟s very nice and sweet.

GARY

I won‟t disagree with that because that‟s 80% of the reason why I escort girls back to wherever they‟re going, but I‟ll admit there‟s another reason why I do

this too.

20% is a very practical “guys” reason.

I‟ll tell you, the other

DANA And what‟s that “very practical guys reason?” I can‟t wait to hear this.

GARY Well no guy likes to be the last guy to be seen with a girl before she takes public transportation or a taxi or anything like that.

DANA

Why‟s that?

GARY This is a dangerous city, girls have been known to be kidnapped from taxis and subways. Hell, (MORE)

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GARY (cont‟d) bouncers have even been known to take girls.

DANA

Ohhhkkkkaaaayyy.

GARY So I want to avoid any situation where one minute we‟re laughing, having fun at Ulysses and the next minute I‟m being woken up at six in the morning by cops questioning me about your whereabouts because you vanished after taking the 1 train home at 11 o‟clock all by yourself and I was the last to see you alive in public. No thank you.

DANA (shocked) Wow, you‟ve really thought this through. Should I be scared?

GARY Believe me, most normal guys that go out a lot have all thought the same thing. It‟s a complete defensive thing, “cover you ass” so to speak.

The two walk through the subway turnstile and enter

PENN STATION - MAIN CONCOURSE AREA FOR THE LIRR

GARY But see, this way of thinking works out great for both the guy and girl involved; so everyone wins in this situation.

DANA Yeah, I stay alive and even if I don‟t, you have an alibi; I guess that works.

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GARY

(laughs) See, I‟m glad you get it. (pause) But let me stress that this only makes up 20% of the reason, I‟m mainly escorting you back to the

subway because I want to make sure

you get home OK.

is completely secondary.

The alibi thing

DANA

(laughs) You‟re a trip.

Dana approaches the big board in the concourse area that shows what track each train is leaving from and studies it until she finds her train.

DANA OK, great I‟m right on time.

six minutes to spare and my train is leaving from track 4.

10:50,

Dana and Gary walk slowly over to the entrance to track 4, which is only about 30 yards from the big board.

DANA Well, here‟s my track.

GARY Yep, this is your track indeed.

A few seconds of awkward silence where they look around the station, put their hands in their pockets and do other nervous things is finally broken by Dana.

DANA I had a good time tonight.

GARY

Yes, me too.

DANA It was great to get to know you.

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GARY

Same here. (pause) We should do it again sometime soon, I mean we should hang out again soon.

DANA Yeah, I‟d like that.

GARY OK, well…good night.

Gary extends his hand, which Dana accepts, and he gives her the most awkward handshake ever.

DANA

Good night.

GARY

Sweet dreams.

Dana walks down the steps to the train platform while Gary watches her. Halfway down she turns around and looks at Gary.

DANA By the way, it‟s green.

What?

GARY

(confused)

DANA My favorite color, it‟s green.

GARY

(laughs) OK. You be careful getting home tonight.

Dana turns around again at the bottom of the stairs and gives Gary a big wave.

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EXT. CORTLANDT STREET, WORLD TRADE CENTER AREA - MORNING

The next morning Gary is walking down the street to go to work as he stumbles across a fruit stand along the sidewalk.

He stops and surveys all the different variety of fruit. He picks out an orange and buys it from the middle-aged Muslim man working the stand.

GARY I‟ll take one orange please.

FRUIT STAND MAN 99 cents.

Gary digs into his pockets, pulls out a $1 bill and pays.

GARY Thank you my good man.

FRUIT STAND MAN You have a good day today sir.

You too.

GARY

Gary walks away and crosses the street to approach the World Trade Center.

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INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, DANA‟S OFFICE FLOOR

THE LOBBY

Gary exits the elevator and approaches Dana who is working at the receptionist‟s desk again in the morning.

Dana is talking to a female co-worker in her late-twenties who is standing by the desk when Gary approaches.

GARY Hi Dana, I figured I might find you at the desk again this morning.

DANA Good morning Gary.

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Gary puts the orange down on her desk.

GARY

I remember you were saying last

night how much you loved oranges, so I thought I‟d pick one up for

you on my way into work. Vitamin

C is a good way to start the day.

Gary acknowledges the female co-worker standing by Dana.

GARY Hi Caroline, how are you?

CAROLINE I‟m good Gary.

DANA Thanks Gary, that was very thoughtful. You didn‟t have to do that.

GARY

I know, but the fruit stand is right

off the subway on the way to work so

it was no problem at all.

DANA

Too bad I love oranges so much that

I already bought one today.

Dana lifts up the orange she bought herself and shows it to Gary.

Oh.

GARY

DANA But don‟t worry, I can promise it won‟t go to waste. I‟ve been known

to have more than one orange a day

from time to time.

just save it for tomorrow, they stay good for a few days.

But if not, I‟ll

GARY Good, well I‟ll see you later. Bye Caroline.

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Bye Gary.

DANA

CAROLINE See you Gary.

Both Dana and Caroline watch Gary as he walks back to the elevator.

CAROLINE So, what was that?

DANA What do you mean?

CAROLINE Gary just dropped you off an orange. You realize that right?

DANA Yes, I was hear when it happened, so?

CAROLINE

Well it‟s not like I saw him with a bag full of oranges for everyone in

the office.

was specifically for you.

He had only one, and it

DANA He‟s a nice guy.

CAROLINE That he is, I won‟t disagree with you.

DANA We had a good time last night at Ulysses. We talked for a while, just the two of us.

CAROLINE You must‟ve made quite an impression on him last night, cause I‟ve known Gary for three years and not once has he given my an orange.

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DANA Believe me, it‟s not like that. Please don‟t try to create a story where none exists.

CAROLINE Oh honey, don‟t worry about anything.

DANA Good, as the new girl I don‟t need any of that drama around me at work.

CAROLINE It‟s good…just realize that Gary might like you.

DANA Hmmm, you think?

trying to make the new girl feel welcome.

I think he‟s just

CAROLINE Maybe, quite possibly; but remember, men are inherently lazy and they normally don‟t give a damn about anything, so it‟s usually a fairly big deal when a guy stops to buy an orange and drops it off to a girl that sits three floors below him. That‟s my two cents.

DANA Interesting take on things, but I‟m going to see it for what it is, a nice guy dropping off an orange for a new friend.

Caroline looks at her watch.

CAROLINE OK, whatever; I‟m late for a meeting. Lunch today?

DANA Sure, I‟ll be at this desk for the morning, then I‟ll be back at my

cube in the afternoon.

not here, you can find me there.

So if I‟m

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INT. – WORLD TRADE CENTER, GARY‟S OFFICE

Gary enters his office and settles down behind his desk.

Dustin stops and sits down on the chair in front of his desk.

DUSTIN Gary, how was the rest of the night?

GARY Just make yourself comfortable Dustin.

DUSTIN I think I will.

GARY It was fine, we left maybe a minute or two after you.

Did you?

DUSTIN

GARY Yeah, we took one look at your drunk ass and realized that it was late so we left.

DUSTIN Did you guys do anything afterwards?

GARY

Oh no, it was late and it was a

Monday.

Penn Station and dropped her off at her train.

So I took her back to

Anything?

DUSTIN

GARY (rolls his eyes) No Dustin.

Really?

DUSTIN

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GARY Seriously, gimme a break. She‟s a nice girl.

DUSTIN She‟s cute and it looked like

So?

you guys were really hitting it off. You talked to her for over an hour by yourself. Without even needing help from me.

GARY (rolls his eyes again) Please. Maybe that‟s just because

I find people like you boring and

I needed someone actually interesting to talk to?

DUSTIN (laughs) Possibly, but I think there‟s something there.

GARY We‟re just friends D. I‟m trying to make her feel welcome.

DUSTIN OK, fine, believe whatever you want to believe. Anyways, don‟t forget, the company‟s “Welcome to Summerparty is on Thursday.

GARY That‟s right, what are we doing this year again?

DUSTIN Booze cruise my man, booze cruise around Manhattan. They rented some sort of big yacht. Going to spend the afternoon cruising around the city, maybe head up the Hudson a bit to West Point, or at least that‟s what I heard. It‟s going to be awesome!

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GARY Great, water and alcohol go together like peanut butter and jelly.

DUSTIN You got that right. So listen, even though this is just an afternoon thing, we got the whole day off, so why don‟t we meet up for a late morning breakfast at Midnight Express then we‟ll head over to Chelsea Piers together? Sound good?

GARY Sounds excellent.

Dustin stands up.

DUSTIN Great. Let‟s get out and play some racquetball this week too.

GARY Ahh, I‟ll let you know. busy week this week.

Got a

DUSTIN OK, just gimme a shout if you can.

Will do.

GARY

Dustin leaves the office and Gary goes back to his computer to check his email.

EXT. CHELSEA PIERS - DAYT

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Gary and Dustin are walking along Chelsea Piers heading over to the dock with the yacht.

They are both wearing sunglasses and business casual attire khakis and a short-sleeve polo shirt.

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GARY Beautiful day today, great weather to be out on the water.

DUSTIN That‟s true. You know after we come back we should do some drunk bowling over here.

GARY Or hit some balls and do some drunk golfing at the driving range.

DUSTIN Oh good idea, I like it.

I‟m in.

Gary and Dustin walk up to a dock that has a huge yacht docked at it.

DUSTIN (cont‟d) This looks like the boat.

GARY

Looks nice.

DUSTIN That‟s an understatement, it‟s huge.

Dustin an Gary get in line behind all the other co-workers trying board the yacht.

EXT. YACHT, OUTSIDE DECK DAY

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The yacht is out cruising the Hudson River and passing by the sights of Manhattan and New Jersey.

Dustin and Gary are hanging out with a bunch of male co- workers on the outside deck.

They are enjoying cocktails, telling stories, laughing and just generally enjoying each others‟ company.

Michael, a younger co-worker in his mid-twenties, is in the middle of telling a story.

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MICHAEL So of course Mr. Reynolds yells at

me because I didn‟t get enough coffee

for the meeting.

I mean, I got five

different kinds of bagels, seeded and unseeded, all kinds of spreads,

orange juice, both pulp and no pulp mind you, and assorted muffins and

donuts.

coffee so I heard about it for the next two weeks from him. “Hey, there goes the coffee kid” or whatever the hell he‟d call me.

But no, I didn‟t get enough

Everyone in the group laughs at his misfortune.

MICHAEL (cont‟d) How the hell am I suppose to know

that the meeting was being attended

by a bunch of coffee fiends?

though I got plenty of coffee for the 20 people in there, I mean I must‟ve had like 10 buckets of the thing.

I

GARY Kid you‟ll soon learn that you can never have enough coffee for these people. Trust me.

MICHAEL That may be true but does he realize that I went to Dartmouth and did my graduate work at

Stanford?

And now what do I do?

I get yelled at about coffee. Unbelievable!

As Michael is talking, Gary sees Dana out of the corner of his eye talking to a couple of her female co-workers at the other side of the deck.

DUSTIN Mikey, we‟ve all done it before. So you‟re not going to get any sympathy from us. We‟re just going to laugh at you.

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GARY Yeah, listen to Dustin. We‟ve all been there. Mr. Reynolds likes doing that to his guys, it‟s his

way of separating the men from the

boys.

he‟ll move on from you and start picking on some other newbie.

Believe me, all in good time

MICHAEL Seriously, you think?

DUSTIN

Sure.

(pause) Now go get me a Jack and coke, pledge!

The group cracks up at Dustin trying to boss around Michael.

MICHAEL (laughs) Screw you!

Once again Gary looks over to Dana and this time Dana notices him looking over.

GARY Guys, excuse me for a moment. going to go mingle.

I‟m

Gary walks away from the group and starts walking over to Dana. Dana notices him approaching so she leaves her group of co-workers. They meet along the railing, halfway between each group of co-workers they were talking to.

GARY

(awkwardly)

Hey.

Hey.

DANA

GARY How‟s it going?

DANA It‟s good. It‟s really nice out here.

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GARY Yeah, I love coming out on the water and just cruising, it‟s very relaxing. Usually I do that Circle Lines cruise thing, it‟s a fun time but it‟s definitely not as classy as this.

DANA This boat is awesome.

GARY AON usually does do a great job with their company parties, it‟s always top notch.

DANA It‟s great, I‟ve never done anything like this.

GARY Well, get used to it.

for the course around here. (pause)

How‟s your drink?

This is par

DANA It‟s good, it‟s a tasty vodka tonic.

Good.

GARY

A female co-worker in her mid-thirties comes up to them.

FEMALE CO-WORKER Excuse me, but the Chairman is going to say a few words in a bit so he wanted me to get everyone to move inside for a few minutes.

OK.

GARY

FEMALE CO-WORKER Thanks, just grab a space anywhere in the main dining room.

Dana and Gary head inside the yacht along with everyone else on the deck.

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INT. YACHT, DINING ROOM

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The dining room fills up with employees as the AON Chairman stands up on a stage at the front of room with a microphone in his hand.

AON CHAIRMAN Welcome fellow AON employees to the company‟s “Welcome to Summer” party. I‟d like to thank everyone for coming out today. (pause) I‟m going to make this short because there‟s plenty of fun to be had today, the weather is gorgeous, the sights are wonderful, the food is delicious and the drinks are inebriating.

He takes a quick swig of his drink.

AON CHAIRMAN (cont‟d)

So no one needs to waste their time by listening to me go on and on about the company‟s great performance. But we are having a great year, in fact we‟ve been on a roll for several years now and the future has never looked brighter. I truly believe we have great things in store for this company in the coming years and everyone in this room will have

a huge part in it. (pause)

I want to thank everyone for their

smarts and dedication to making AON

one of the greatest companies in the

world.

do and I want to thank everyone here

for that. (pause) As I said, great things are to come and I look forward to leading this company, and working with you all, through another prosperous fiscal year.

We are the best at what we

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He raises his glass.

AON CHAIRMAN (cont‟d) So let us all raise our glasses and do a toast. (pause) To continued success…and to all of you who drive home this success every day. Cheers.

Everyone in the room does a “cheers.” Gary and Dana clink their glasses together.

GARY Shall we go grab a spot back out on the deck?

DANA Sure, but not before I grab a few shrimp.

GARY While you grab some shrimp I‟ll refill our cocktails.

Dana walks over to the buffet table and grabs a small plate of shrimp while Gary walks over to the bar by the buffet table and gets two new drinks.

Gary walks over to Dana and they walk back out to the deck.

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INT. YACHT, OUTSIDE DECK DAYTIME

Gary and Dana grab some prime real estate by the railing that offers stunning views of the Manhattan skyline.

GARY So, what do you do for fun on the weekends?

DANA I dunno, the usual stuff a girl in her early twenties would do; hang out, go shopping, see a movie, have dinner with friends.

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GARY Is there an active nightlife scene in your part of Long Island?

DANA There is but I don‟t usually hang out in Long Island.

GARY

You don‟t?

DANA No, I spend a lot of my weekends in the city actually; I crash at one of my girlfriend‟s apartment and we usually hang out on Fridays and Saturdays then I head back Sunday mornings. I don‟t do it every weekend, but I‟m in most of the time.

GARY

That‟s cool. (pause) So what are you doing this weekend?

DANA This weekend I‟m actually hanging out back on Long Island, it‟s my mom‟s birthday on Saturday night so we‟re having a family party for her. On Friday night I‟ll probably just hang out with a few of my Long Island friends.

GARY Like where? At the local Applebee‟s?

No!

DANA

(laughs) We have real bars you know!

GARY I know, I‟m just kidding.

DANA I know you are.

So anyways, me and

my girls will probably go to one of

the local Irish bars by me.

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GARY

Cool.

(pause) So what are you doing the next weekend?

DANA I‟m not sure, I‟ll be staying in the city with my friend but we haven‟t figured out what to do yet.

GARY Where does she live?

DANA on the Upper West Side somewhere, off of Amsterdam, like on 83 rd St and Amsterdam.

GARY Nice, I know that area.

good bars, Brother Jimmy‟s, Gin Mill, Jake‟s Dilemma.

A lot of

DANA Yeah, we have a fun time.

GARY So would you like to maybe do something over that weekend? I mean I know you‟ll have plans at night with your friend, but maybe we can do something nice and leisurely during the day?

Dana is taken aback slightly by Gary‟s question.

DANA Sure, that‟d be fun. What would you want to do?

GARY Ever spend time in the Park?

DANA

Central Park?

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GARY

(laughs) Yes, Central Park.

DANA I‟ve walked through it but I can‟t say I‟ve ever spent significant time there.

GARY OK, let‟s go to the Great Lawn in

the park.

It‟s very low key, very

relaxing.

OK.

DANA What would we do there?

GARY We could do a lot of things.

watch, throw a Frisbee around, watch

the little kids play baseball, get some sun. You know, it‟s very basic. Bring a blanket, maybe some sandwiches and just hang out, relax and talk.

People

DANA Sounds nice, count me in for that, assuming it‟s a nice day.

GARY Great, it‟ll be a good time; I can assure you of that.

Gary and Dana both turn around to look out over the boat and face the skyline. They both remain silent as they take in the scene.

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INT. A CORNER BODEGA, UPPER EAST SIDE

Gary is standing in a short aisle of a bodega surveying all the different kinds of snacks and chips that stuff the shelves.

He is holding a small grocery list in his hand that has scribbles all over it.

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GARY (to himself) Who would‟ve thought there‟d be so many different kinds of chips out there. (pause) I‟m worried if I go plain she‟ll think I‟m boring and not adventurous, but if I pick up something fancy like sour cream and chives, she‟ll think I‟m way too uppity plus I run the risk of alienating her taste buds.

(pause) Screw it, I‟ll gonna go with Fritos, who doesn‟t like Fritos? Plus although they‟re popular, they‟re not exactly the “norm” so maybe this will show off a bit of my eccentric side.

Gary grabs a bag of Fritos and makes his way over to the deli counter.

GARY Excuse me sir.

The man behind the deli counter, who is busy slicing meat, turns around to help Gary.

GARY (cont‟d) Hi, I would like to get a quart of your best potato salad, a tuna fish sandwich on a roll and a roast beef and turkey sandwich on a hero with lettuce only; no tomatoes, dressing, cheese, mayo or anything disgusting like that. None of that.

As the deli counter man goes to work on his order, Gary starts perusing the shelves next to him.

Then his cell phone rings, it‟s Dana.

GARY

Hello. (pauses to listen) Hey Dana, yep I‟m on my way. (MORE)

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GARY (cont‟d) (pauses to listen) I‟m just in the bodega right now getting us some sandwiches. (pauses to listen) No, it‟s no problem, I got it all taken care of. (pauses to listen) Where are you at? (pauses to listen) Oh, you‟re already at the park? And you got a spot? (pauses to listen) OK, I‟ll hurry over as soon I can. I‟m almost done getting the sandwiches. (pauses to listen) OK, I‟ll see you in a few minutes, bye.

Gary hangs up his phone and grabs his just made sandwiches off the counter.

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EXT. CENTRAL PARK, GREAT LAWN DAY

Gary enters the Great Lawn area and starts walking around the outer edge of the field carrying a couple bags of groceries.

The park is packed with little leaguers playing baseball on the dirt fields, guys throwing the football around, young couples throwing a Frisbee back and forth, and many people just lying out enjoying the sun.

After a while of aimlessly wandering around, Gary can‟t find Dana so he stands still and looks around.

He finally takes his cell phone out and calls Dana.

GARY Dana, hey it‟s me. you!

(pause) Where are you? (pause) I know, I‟m in the park too, on the (MORE)

I can‟t find

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GARY (cont‟d) Great Lawn. (pause) I can‟t see you. (pause) You‟re by the kids in the navy blue?

Gary looks around the Great Lawn and notices three different little league teams dressed in navy blue playing on three different fields.

GARY (cont‟d) Can you be a little bit more specific? I see three teams in navy blue. (pause) In the middle? (pause) You mean the middle field in the Great Lawn, right? (pause) OK, I‟ll find you.

Gary looks out over the Great Lawn and sees Dana in the distance jumping up and down in the middle of the field.

GARY (cont‟d) (laughs) OK, OK, I see you now. there in a sec.

I‟ll be

Gary hangs up the phone and walks over to Dana who is hanging out in the middle of the lawn, between two little league baseball games, on a big blanket.

DANA

(excited)

Gary!!!!

GARY Hey girl, how you doin‟?

Dana gives Gary a kiss on the cheek.

I‟m great.

OK.

DANA Come, come, have a seat!

GARY

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Gary sits down on the blanket and places the grocery bags down. Dana immediately starts going through them.

DANA Oh, what did you get?

GARY Nothing special, some chips, a couple sandwiches. I got you a tuna sandwich because I remember you saying that you like tuna fish…

Gary grabs a bottle of Chardonnay out of one of the bags.

GARY (cont‟d) …And a bottle of Chardonnay. I figured that a nice, sunny, summer Saturday afternoon in the park would be a perfect for a cool, crisp bottle of Chardonnay.

DANA Great! Did you bring cups?

GARY Huh, did I bring cups?!? What kind

of question is that?

professional, girl; of course I brought cups.

I‟m a

Gary reaches into another bag and whips not only a couple

of cups but also a handful of ice cubes. few ice cubes into each cup.

He throws in a

DANA And you brought ice too?

GARY Of course, I‟m not an amateur.

DANA Is drinking in the park legal?

GARY Probably not, but everyone does it.

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DANA (worried) So are we gonna get in trouble?

GARY The cops have a lot

Gimme a break.

bigger things on their mind than busting people like us for sipping wine in Central Park. Don‟t worry.

Gary pours Dana and himself a glass of wine.

GARY (cont‟d) So cheers.

Both Gary and Dana clink their glasses.

DANA It‟s a beautiful day out here.

Dana and Gary relax on the blanket and take in the sights of the Great Lawn.

LATER ON

GARY You need another glass?

DANA (a bit tipsy) Sure, I‟ll take another drink… thaaank you.

Gary pours Dana another glass of wine.

DANA (slightly slurring) So let me tell you a little bit about my life.

OK.

GARY

(laughs)

DANA I dated an asshole last year.

Gary is caught completely off guard by Dana‟s admission.

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Ohhkay.

GARY

DANA No really, he was an asshole.

OK.

GARY

DANA He just treated me so horribly.

I mean I can‟t believe I put up

with what I put up with for so long.

GARY Well you‟re out of it now though,

right?

DANA Yeah, but I can‟t believe I voluntarily put up with that and lived through it all for so long.

GARY How long was it?

DANA Eight months, but I knew within the first month that it was no good.

GARY So why did it take you so long to get out of it?

DANA

I dunno, I guess I felt bad for him. He was such a mess.

GARY So why did you get with him in the first place?

DANA

I dunno Gary, I dunno.

like a good guy, misunderstood by everyone, but a good guy nonetheless. (pause)

He seemed

(MORE)

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DANA (cont‟d) Sadly, he was not a good guy. (pause)

Look, I can‟t explain it, I made

a mistake and I feel like I‟m still paying for it.

How so?

GARY

DANA He‟s relentless, he won‟t let it go. He calls me, he starts out by apologizing then he just turns evil, and acts like as ass, yelling and screaming at me. It happens every time he calls me.

GARY So why do you take his call?

DANA Because I feel bad for him, obviously there‟s something wrong with him to act like that.

GARY

OK, true, but why should you care

anymore?

DANA

I dunno because I do.

I care too

much I guess.

I can‟t help it.

OK.

GARY

DANA Look, I don‟t expect you to understand any of this.

GARY No, no, no; I want to understand.

DANA (exhales) You know what? It‟s not worth it.

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GARY

Are you sure?

DANA Yeah, don‟t worry about it. It‟s not worth it.

GARY

I just want you to know that Im

here for you; if you ever need someone to talk to, I‟m a good listener.

After a few moments of awkward silence, Dana speaks up.

DANA

I like you, you‟re a good friend.

GARY What did you say? Wasn‟t listening.

I‟m sorry I

DANA (laughs and playfully hits Gary)

Gary!

GARY I‟m kidding! I‟m just kidding!

After a few more moments of awkward silence, Gary speaks up.

GARY

I like you too. (pause) You‟re good-hearted.

Dana reaches over and hugs Gary, there‟s an awkward moment where they‟re close together and look into each other‟s eyes briefly but they ultimately don‟t kiss.

Dana moves away from Gary and takes another drink of wine.

GARY

I know I‟m probably going to screw everything up right now, but I think I owe it to myself, and to you, to ask this.

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DANA

What‟s that?

GARY What would you say if I asked you out on a date?

DANA (taken aback) Really?

GARY (nonchalantly) Yeah, what would you think? A guy like me asking out a nice girl like yourself?

DANA That‟s definitely sweet of you to ask that, but I‟m not ready.

Really?

GARY

DANA I‟m sorry, I‟m not.

over a lot of things first.

I need to get

GARY Yeah but don‟t you think the easiest way to get over things that happened in the past is to move on and look towards the future?

DANA

Maybe so, but it‟s just not a good

time for me.

I‟m sorry.

GARY OK, I‟m not going to pressure you, that‟s not my style.

DANA I think in a few months I might like that idea, but right now it‟s not the right time for me.

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GARY Hey that‟s ok, I respect your decision. I‟m cool with it. (pause)

I like to hang out with you

anyways, so if hanging out with

you as a friend is what I can get then I‟ll take it.

DANA Thank you, that‟s nice.

Gary and Dana both sit back on the blanket and watch the little leaguers in front of them play baseball in silence for several seconds.

Gary finally breaks the silence.

GARY Those sandwiches were kinda small. How do you feel about going out to

a late brunch?

DANA

That sounds good. Where were you

thinking?

GARY Well I know you have plans with your friend later tonight, so we could go someplace on the Upper West Side, close to her hood.

DANA OK, any ideas?

GARY

(laughs) What are you asking me for? your neighborhood.

It‟s

DANA It‟s really not though.

GARY Well it‟s your neighborhood more than it‟s mine.

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DANA OK, fair enough. How about Fred‟s? It‟s close to my friend‟s place, but if it‟s too far away for you I can think of something else.

GARY

I don‟t know Fred‟s but I‟m sure

it‟ll be perfect. Let‟s go there.

DANA I don‟t want to

Are you sure?

drag you all the way out to the

Upper West Side.

GARY No, don‟t be silly, it‟s great.

Gary and Dana stand up, shake the dirt off the blanket and pack up their stuff.

DANA Oh wait, what time is it?

GARY

I don‟t know.

Dana takes out her cell phone and looks at the time.

DANA

Shoot, shoot.

GARY

What is it?

Dana and Gary start walking across the Great Lawn.

DANA

I almost forgot; I can‟t grab a

bite.

down at Century 21, we were going to go shopping at 3 o‟clock today.

I have to meet my friend

GARY Ok, so we‟ll have brunch another time.

Dana grabs Gary‟s hand to apologize as they walk through the park.

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I‟m so sorry.

DANA I feel bad.

GARY

No, don‟t.

to lose track of time out here.

It‟s ok.

It was easy

DANA But let‟s definitely do brunch one weekend.

GARY Sure, how about next weekend?

DANA Oh, that‟s no good, I‟ll be at the Jersey Shore. How about the weekend after that?

GARY I‟m tied up that weekend with a family birthday party. The weekend after that maybe?

DANA I have my grandparents 50 th wedding anniversary that weekend. I guess we‟re looking at four weekends from now?

GARY I‟m actually off on vacation that weekend. How about the weekend after that?

DANA Then I‟m on vacation.

GARY

(laughs) This is borderline ridiculous. That‟s the hazards of trying to make plans during the summer, everyone is always away or doing something, especially on the weekends. (jokingly) Well I think I have a weekend open in November, how does that sound? You free in November?

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Stop!

What?

DANA

(laughs)

GARY

DANA Come on, we‟ll find a Sunday that works before then.

GARY Why don‟t we just plan for early August, the weekend after you come back from vacation? Geez, that‟s a bit depressing, we‟re already talking about making plans towards the end of summer.

DANA That should work, I‟ll be coming back that Friday, so I‟ll just meet up with you on Sunday. (pause) By the way, it‟s not like we can‟t grab a drink after work during the week or grab some lunch before then.

GARY Oh yeah definitely, although I have to warn you, I don‟t typically go out for lunch. I‟m usually too busy to do sit-down lunches.

DANA OK, well we could grab an after work drink.

GARY I‟d like that.

DANA Or better yet, do you want to do something fun this week?

GARY Sure, I like fun.

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DANA What do you think about rock climbing?

GARY Rock climbing?

DANA Yeah, rock climbing.

GARY Gee, I never really ever gave a thought to rock climbing, so I don‟t know, I‟ve never done it before.

DANA Me neither, but I was reading Time Out New York the other day and they had an article about rock climbing, it looks like fun.

GARY And where can you do this rock climbing at?

DANA There‟s a place on 10 th Ave called Manhattan Plaza Health Club, they have a climbing gym.

GARY

Interesting.

DANA I think it‟d be cool, I‟m all into doing different things in the city. So you want to do it with me?

Of course!

GARY Let‟s do some rock

climbing!

DANA Great. You free on Wednesday night?

GARY

I should be.

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DANA OK, let‟s do Wednesday. Maybe we can even make this into a weekly thing where we do something cool every Wednesday or something like that.

GARY We should come up with a catchy name to call these activities too, you know, just to be really dorky.

DANA Like “Awesome Wednesdays?”

GARY (thinking) “Awesome Wednesdays.” I like that.

DANA Awesome Wednesdays it is then.

GARY Get ready for some fun.

Dana and Gary walk towards the swing area located on the perimeter of the Great Lawn.

DANA I‟m gonna head home now before I meet up with Becky.

OK.

GARY

Dana and Gary look into each other‟s eyes during a few seconds of awkward silence.

GARY (cont‟d) Well, I guess I‟ll see you later. Have fun tonight!

In another awkward move, Gary playfully punches Dana in the shoulder to say goodbye.

DANA

(laughs) Ohhkkkaayy. You‟re a little weird.

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Sorry.

GARY

DANA

(laughs) No, no, it‟s OK.

It‟s cute.

GARY Thank you, I guess.

DANA Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

Dana grabs Gary‟s hand softly as a goodbye gesture and slowly begins to walk away.

GARY

Thanks Dana.

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EXT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT BUILDING ON UPPER EAST SIDE, ROOFTOP DAY

Gary and Dustin are sitting in chairs on Gary‟s rooftop getting some rays on a bright, sunny weekend afternoon.

They‟re both wearing sunglasses, shorts and t-shirts. A cooler is sitting in between them filled with beer.

Beer?

Sure.

DUSTIN

GARY

Dustin reaches into the cooler and grabs Gary and himself a beer. He picks up a bottle opener and opens each one.

DUSTIN So tell me something Gary.

GARY

OK, shoot.

Both guys periodically take sips from their beers during the conversation.

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DUSTIN You and Dana? What‟s the deal?

GARY What do you mean?

DUSTIN Here you go again. like this?

GARY

Like what?

Don‟t play me

DUSTIN Seriously, you tryin‟ to make me look like a douchebag?

GARY No, not any more than usual.

DUSTIN Shut up. So shoot me straight, what‟s the deal?

GARY There‟s no “deal.”

DUSTIN (laughs) What are you, gay then?

GARY Screw you Dustin.

DUSTIN Come on, you hang out with her all the time; I see her in your office at least once a day, you now go out for cocktails with her and just her, not even inviting the group anymore.

GARY (interrupts him) Hey wait a second, that‟s not true.

DUSTIN OK, fine, we still go out as a group, but not always, there are some times when only you and her go out.

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GARY

Fair enough.

DUSTIN Last time I checked, you went out with her twice by yourself that week before you both started your vacations.

GARY (shocked) OK you‟re showing some stalker tendencies now.

DUSTIN Look, I‟m just saying that you‟re spending a lot of time with her lately. Also, you hang out with her on weekends too, you even told me earlier that you‟re having brunch with her tomorrow. Not to mention that you guys are always laughing together, like you all have your own personal jokes, it‟s just weird.

GARY Yep, I can‟t deny any of that.

you don‟t even know about “Awesome Wednesdays.”

And

DUSTIN (perplexed) Now what the hell is “Awesome Wednesdays?”

GARY I probably shouldn‟t have said anything but I figured you‟d find

out eventually, so I might as well

just fess up now.

a different activity each Wednesday,

we try to keep it to something kind of unusual.

Dana and I do

Like what?

DUSTIN

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GARY Let‟s see, we‟ve done rock climbing, then I took her to a New Jersey Nets game, courtside seats, Mr. Reynolds hooked me up with the tickets. It was awesome, we could literally reach out and touch the players, plus they have a bar right off the court with free food and booze. And last week we made some pottery.

DANA (in disbelief) Really?

GARY Yeah, I made this nice pot. Actually it wasn‟t really that nice, it was kind of deformed, but it‟s functional so that‟s all that matters.

Pottery?

DUSTIN

GARY Yeah it was actually pretty cool. It was a nice little store and they served white wine at night while we were making our pottery. (pause) I‟m trying to get her out to do some shooting at the West Side Pistol & Rifle Range in Chelsea. They have this deal where you sit through a short training class then they give you like 150 bullets to go shooting at their range. And then you go next door and have a steak at the restaurant. It‟s all part of this deal, it‟s called Beef and Guns or something like that.

DUSTIN What caliber do you get to shoot?

GARY Something small, like a .22.

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DUSTIN You really think you can get her out to go shooting?

GARY No, it‟s definitely not her thing, but I‟m trying.

DUSTIN (thinking) Pottery making.

GARY You‟re still on that, huh?

DUSTIN

It‟s just weird. For a dude that‟s not dating this chick, you certainly

seem like you are.

I don‟t get it.

GARY She‟s a good girl, I like her.

We‟re friends and I like hanging

out with her.

So screw you.

DUSTIN And you‟ve never kissed her?

Nope.

GARY

DUSTIN You‟ve never done anything?

Nope.

GARY

DUSTIN

(confused)

Nothing?

Nada.

GARY

Dustin speaks up after a few seconds of silence.

DUSTIN I don‟t believe you.

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GARY

(laughs) Well bro, I dunno what to say, I‟m telling you the truth.

DUSTIN

I thought you liked her?

GARY

I do, very much so.

DUSTIN So what‟s the problem?

GARY It‟s complicated.

DUSTIN Now you sound like a chick.

GARY

I do, don‟t I?

(pause) Look, I don‟t think anything‟s

gonna happen.

My bad.

DUSTIN Why not? You guys look good together. You seem like a perfect match, which makes me sick, but you seem good together nonetheless.

GARY She‟s going through some things now.

Like what?

DUSTIN

GARY You know, guy problems, guy problems from the past.

DUSTIN Seriously? This is the perfect time to pounce!

GARY Whatever, you know I‟m not like that.

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DUSTIN

I know, you with your stupid morals;

I don‟t get it.

GARY

(sarcastically)

Sorry for having morals and upsetting you; I‟m really upset over that. (pause)

I have morals, what do you want from

me?

all that matters.

I sleep good at night, that‟s

DUSTIN In a weird way, I respect that; I guess.

GARY

Thank you.

DUSTIN So what‟s next?

I don‟t know. all.

GARY

I mean I like her and

DUSTIN Have you come out and told her that?

GARY No not in so many words.

her out on a date, but that‟s it, and

it didn‟t go anywhere, she said “no” to a date…I think it was because of

the whole guy situation, but honestly

I‟ve asked

I don‟t even know anymore. (pause)

I haven‟t come right out and said, “Hey Dana I really like you!”

DUSTIN Maybe you should.

GARY

I can‟t. We have something good

going and I don‟t want to ruin it.

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DUSTIN That‟s a bitch way of looking at things.

GARY

(surprised)

What?

DUSTIN You heard me.

GARY I‟m not a bitch.

I‟m sorry that

I‟m trying to be incredibly respectful especially considering what she‟s been through recently.

DUSTIN Whatever, you still sound like a bitch.

GARY

I don‟t think I do at all.

DUSTIN Then prove it.

How?

GARY

DUSTIN

I don‟t know, here‟s a novel idea,

why not when you‟re out with her at brunch tomorrow you just tell her how you feel about her? (pause) None of this other BS that you do; just come out and say that not only do you want to take her out on a date but just tell her how much you dig her. (pause) Any guy can ask a girl out on a date, but it takes a real man to tell a girl how he really feels about her.

GARY

I can‟t believe I‟m about ready to (MORE)

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GARY (cont‟d) take advice about women from you, out of all the people in the world I‟m actually contemplating listening to you, of all people.

DUSTIN Because you know I‟m right.

GARY (contemplating) Should I tell her?

DUSTIN What do you have to lose?

GARY

A friendship.

DUSTIN Hey, you got me!

GARY That‟s reassuring.

DUSTIN In all honesty, just go ahead and

do it; you never know what‟ll happen in life; one day you could be hanging out with her partying at Exit having

a great time and the next day she

could fall in love with a guy in the produce aisle of Gristedes; then where would you be?

(pause) If you don‟t do it soon, then you might regret it, maybe not for the rest of your life, but maybe for

a long time…and all because you were

afraid to say just a few little words to her.

GARY Fine, I‟ll tell her tomorrow.

DUSTIN That‟s what I want to here.

about time; I mean you‟ve known her

It‟s

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DUSTIN (cont‟d) for almost three months and nothing. (pause) It kills me to see this.

GARY I‟ll be fine Dustin, don‟t worry about me…It‟ll be all good.

Now that the conversation is over, both Gary and Dustin sit back in their chairs quietly as they absorb more sun.

CUT TO:

EXT. – FRED‟S RESTAURANT, UPPER WEST SIDE DAY

Gary and Dana are seated by a hostess at a table for two outside the restaurant.

It‟s Sunday brunch time, the sun is shining brightly and both are wearing sunglasses and summer clothes.

GARY

Thank you.

The hostess sets down two menus.

FRED‟S HOSTESS Your welcome, enjoy your meal.

GARY (to Dana) So how was your trip?

seen you in a couple weeks at least.

Jeez I haven‟t

DANA Me and my family had

It was good.

a great time in Puerto Rico.

GARY You guys are crazy to go to the Caribbean in August. It must‟ve been hot as hell down there.

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DANA (cont‟d) did. Also, there‟s a cool breeze blowing on the beach, so as long

as you‟re on the beach it‟s not that

bad.

like the city streets of Old San Juan then it tends to get hot and pretty humid.

But when you move inland to

GARY What did you do down there?

DANA Well like I said, we spent a lot of time on the beach, then we did a lot of sightseeing in the historic areas.

GARY Yeah I heard there were a bunch of forts down there.

DANA Yes, they were huge!

some good authentic Puerto Rican food and we spent some time on the water, doing some boating and fishing, well actually my dad and my brother fished while me and my mom sunbathed on the boat. But it was nice, the guys caught some fish, then we grilled them up once we got to the mainland.

We also ate

GARY That sounds cool.

A young waitress stops by their table to take their drink order.

FRED‟S WAITRESS Hello guys, can I get you all a drink?

Dana looks at Gary to try to get his silent approval for ordering an alcoholic drink.

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DANA Should we get a drink? drink, drink?

I mean a

GARY Sure, why not? We‟re both celebrating our return to New York.

DANA OK, I‟ll get a mimosa.

GARY Make that two.

FRED‟S WAITRESS No problem.

The waitress takes the order and walks away; Dana and Gary go back to their conversation.

DANA

So how was everything while I was

away?

GARY Quiet in the office

It was fine.

though without you there.

(pause)

I missed you.

DANA Really? Awww, that‟s so sweet!

GARY

I did. It was refreshing though I

guess, I was actually able to get some work done this week.

DANA

Heyyyyy, what‟s that supposed to

mean?

GARY I‟m just saying, we spend a lot of time hanging out together at work.

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DANA OK, I‟ll stop talking to you at work then.

GARY

(pause) No, no, no, that‟s not what I want, that‟s not what I mean.

OK, good.

DANA

GARY I‟ll just stop talking now, I seem to always manage to stick my foot in my mouth.

DANA It‟s cute though.

GARY I don‟t want to be cute, I want to be manly.

DANA Oh shut up Gary!

Cute is good.

GARY OK, I‟ll take it. (pause)

I do like hanging out with you though.

GARY

I like hanging out with you too.

There‟s a few seconds of silence as Gary looks at Dana and debates to himself whether he should come out and tell Dana how he feels.

The silence is broken by the waitress coming back and delivering the drinks.

FRED‟S WAITRESS Here you go folks, two mimosas.

Thanks.

GARY

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FRED‟S WAITRESS Are you all ready to order?

DANA

I think so.

FRED‟S WAITRESS What will you have?

DANA I think I‟m just gonna go with the turkey burger.

FRED‟S WAITRESS Very good, and you sir?

GARY I‟m gonna go with a plain burger cooked medium rare.

FRED‟S WAITRESS OK, anything else?

GARY Nope, I think we‟re good.

The waitress writes down the order and walks away.

Dana and Gary both grab their mimosas, do a “cheers” and have a sip.

 

DANA

Cheers.

 

GARY

Cheers.

DANA So what were we talking about?

GARY Ahh nothing major, I was just saying how much I like hanging out with you.

DANA That‟s right, well I do to; I consider you a really great friend.

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GARY

That‟s kind.

There‟s several seconds of silence again as Gary again looks at Dana and contemplates whether or not he should tell her how he really feels.

Gary is so nervous he‟s sweating even though it‟s not particularly that warm outside.

DANA

Are you ok?

GARY Yes, why do you ask?

DANA You‟re sweating.

GARY

Oh, sorry.

DANA It‟s not even that warm out today.

GARY Yeah, I don‟t know why I‟m sweating.

DANA OK, whatever. So what were you going to say?

What?

GARY

DANA Sorry, it just looked like you were going to say something before I rudely interrupted.

Oh yeah…

GARY

Gary thinks for a moment but he eventually cops out and moves on to another subject.

GARY (cont‟d) Actually I don‟t remember what I was going to say.

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DANA Oh, ok. Well don‟t beat yourself up trying to remember what you were going to say, it probably wasn‟t that important anyways. Don‟t worry about it.

OK.

GARY

DANA What do you think about this weather?

GARY Oh jeez, am I boring you that much that? We‟ve now resorted to making small talk about the weather?

DANA

(laughs) But you have to admit the

No!

weather is gorgeous today! 72 degrees in August and not a cloud in the sky? Perfection!

Gary is looking like a man with something on his mind, he‟s regretting that he hasn‟t told Dana how he feels.

True.

GARY

DANA Gary, is something wrong?

Gary snaps out of his daze.

GARY No, why do you say that?

DANA You just don‟t seem all there.

GARY

I‟m sorry.

The waitress comes back with their food and sets it down on the table.

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FRED‟S WAITRESS Here you go.

GARY Boy, that was fast.

FRED‟S WAITRESS Do you need anything else?

DANA I think we‟re all set.

FRED‟S WAITRESS Excellent, enjoy!

The waitress leaves the table.

GARY OK, let‟s dig in.

INT. – GARY‟S APARTMENT

CUT TO:

LIVING ROOM

That Sunday night, Gary is sitting on his couch watching

TV.

turn from 9:29 to 9:30.

He looks at the time on his cable TV box and sees it

At that point, he picks up his cell phone which is sitting on his coffee table and looks at it.

After a deep breath, Gary dials Dana‟s phone number and she answers after a few rings.

The scene stays in Gary‟s apartment for the entire conversation with Dana off screen.

Hello?

DANA (O.S.)

GARY (nervously) Hi, Dana.

DANA (O.S.) Hey Gary, what‟s up?

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Gary stands up from his couch and nervously paces back and forth between his living room and his dark bedroom. He looks out of his windows in both rooms to calm himself.

GARY

I thought I‟d call to see how the rest of your weekend was.

DANA (O.S.)

It was good, but you do realize that I saw you only a few hours

ago?

GARY

I know, but I know you were running

errands afterwards; so I just thought

I‟d see how they went.

DANA (O.S.) Umm, they were fine.

GARY What did you get?

DANA (O.S.) You know the usual; grapes, some orange juice, a chipwich, I love chipwiches, detergent, cleaning supplies, toothpaste and tampons.

GARY (awkwardly) OK, that‟s umm, that‟s exciting.

DANA (O.S.) Hey you asked.

GARY How come you bought all those apartment supplies if you live at home with your parents?

DANA Oh they‟re not for me.

I mean

except for the tampons and the

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DANA (cont‟d) Becky, as a thank you for letting me stay at her place.

GARY Oh, OK; moving on then.

for coming out to brunch today.

Thanks

DANA (O.S.) Thanks for inviting me. I‟m glad we were finally able to do it.

GARY

I know, it‟s been a busy summer.

Busy, busy indeed. But we managed. (pause)

By the way, I‟m sorry, did I call you too late?

DANA (O.S.) No, 9:30 is fine, it‟s not too late. It‟s not like I‟m 90 years old or have an infant at home.

GARY That‟s true, you‟re right. (pause) I‟m sorry that I‟m awkward.

DANA (O.S.) (laughs) No, you‟re not awkward. Stop that, you‟re crazy.

GARY

I just think I‟m a bit awkward,

probably because I‟m nervous.

DANA (O.S.) Why are you nervous?

GARY I want to ask you something.

DANA (O.S.) OK, go ahead, you know you can ask me anything.

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GARY AON is a sponsor of a big charity event Tuesday night. It‟s for the Wake-A-Wish Foundation and AON is one of several sponsors. Mr. Reynolds was going to be the

company‟s representative at the event but he has to fly to Los Angeles now,

so he can‟t go.

So he gave me his

two tickets. Even though I‟d be the official representative, it‟s not like I have to do anything. I just take up two seats at a table, say hi to a few people and maybe

cut a rug on the dance floor a little

bit.

Waldorf-Astoria so the meal will probably be good; it‟s a black-tie event so I know what that means for guys but not quite sure what that means for girls. I guess they‟d have to wear a nice dress or something like that. (pause)

So I thought I‟d see if you‟d like to go with me to represent the company, for charity‟s sake that is.

That‟s all.

It‟s at the

DANA (O.S.) Yeah, I‟d love to go! Waldorf! Fancy, fancy!

Geez, the

Great.

GARY

DANA (O.S.) What am I going to wear?

GARY I‟m sure you got something that‟ll look great.

DANA (O.S.) This might call for a special shopping trip tomorrow. Thanks for inviting me! Are you sure you want me to go with you?

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GARY Of course, I wouldn‟t have invited

you if I didn‟t.

It‟s going to be

a good time, it‟s going to be fun, I‟m excited!

Me too.

DANA (O.S.)

GARY Well I‟ll let you go now, I‟m sure I‟ve taken up enough of your time tonight.

DANA (O.S.) OK, thanks again for inviting me.

GARY No problem. It‟s truly my pleasure. Good night Dana.

DANA (O.S.) Good night, I‟ll see you tomorrow.

INT. WALDORF-ASTORIA, BALLROOM

CUT TO:

A huge, fancy ballroom is crowded with men in tuxedos and

women in nice dresses milling about.

The room is filled with several tables that seat 12 people each.

Gary and Dana make their grand entrance through the double

doors that lead into the room.

black tuxedo and Dana is wearing a stunning red dress.

Gary is dressed in a classy

Gary leads her through the room as he occasionally stops to shake hands and engage in small talk with acquaintances.

Towards the corner of the room, they approach

A BAR

GARY What are you drinking Dana?

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DANA

Vodka Tonic.

GARY

I should‟ve known. (to the bartender) Barkeep, can we have a Vodka Tonic and a Heineken please.

The bartender gets them their drinks and they “cheers.”

Cheers.

DANA

An older woman gets on the stage at the front of the ballroom and makes an announcement.

M.C. AT CHARITY EVENT Ladies and gentleman, please find your seats as the meal is about to begin.

GARY Let‟s go find our table.

Gary and Dana slowly navigate around the room until they find a table with their name tags in front of a place setting.

AT THEIR TABLE

Dana grabs the name tag and looks at it.

DANA

Gary McGregor and guest. Alright,

I guess I‟m “and guest.” How personal.

GARY What did you want to me do?

Mr. Reynolds that I was taking you

so that he could submit both our names? That might‟ve been a bit weird.

Tell

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DANA (cont‟d) in the first place. I would‟ve thought you‟d be worried that people would talk.

GARY Mr. Reynolds told me we that me and my guest, whoever she may be, would be the only ones associated from the company here. So I wasn‟t worried.

Gary surveys the scene at the table five other couples sitting around all middle-aged or older and all dressed in their finest attire.

Gary introduces him and Dana to the table.

GARY Good evening everyone, I‟m Gary McGregor from the AON Corporation and this is my friend Dana, also from AON.

Gary shakes the hands of the couple sitting next to him.

GARY Good evening how are you doing? Good evening.

Gary pulls Dana‟s seat out to help her sit then he takes his own seat.

DANA Wow, how gentlemanly of you.

GARY I figure if I‟m dressed like a gentleman I should act like a gentleman.

DANA Mission accomplished.

Both of them settle into their seats; they set their drinks down and put their napkins across their laps.

Almost as soon as they sit, the salad begins to be served.

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A distinguished older gentleman approaches the podium in the middle of the stage.

CHARITY EVENT ORGANIZER Good evening everybody and welcome to the 12 th Annual New York City Charity Gala to benefit the great work done by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. We Have a fabulous surf and turf dinner planned featuring lobster and sirloin steak, we‟ll be conducting a silent auction with items generously donated by our sponsors and friends, and we‟ll be closing out the night with some dancing; we have a great DJ here that‟ll be playing the hits from yesterday and today. (pause) I‟d like to thank our sponsors, our friends, and all of you for making this night a tremendous success. Based on the number of seats here and what we expect to pull in from the auction, we‟re looking at a night that will raise millions for Make-A-Wish. Bravo everyone.

The room breaks out into applause.

CHARITY EVENT ORGANIZER (cont‟d) It‟s my understanding that the salad has just been served, so please dig in and have a great time tonight.

Back at the table, everyone begins to eat their salad. Gary makes a lot of effort to move the little tomatoes out of his bowl.

DANA Not a big fan of tomatoes?

GARY Not a big fan of any vegetables. Actually my mom would be very proud if she saw me even eating a salad. (MORE)

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GARY (cont‟d) I don‟t typically do any greens, but I‟m making an exception in this case.

Why?

DANA

GARY Just trying to fit in.

A male server comes to the table to take everyone‟s entrée order.

MALE SERVER Excuse me folks, what would you like for your entrée? Lobster or steak?

DANA I‟ll take the lobster please.

GARY And I‟ll take the steak, thank you.

MALE SERVER Very good, thank you.

The server moves around the table.

GARY