THE NEW ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’ Episode 28

FADE IN

VOICEOVER

Previously on “The New All In The

Family…”

INT – UC IRVINE DEAN’S OFFICE  DAY

Dean Watkins sitting at his desk across from Mike.

DEAN WATKINS

…a complaint was filed against

you for sexual harassment…

CUT TO:

MIKE

You’re letting me go, aren’t you…

DEAN WATKINS

Unfortunately, Mike, yes.

CUT TO:

EXT – JENNY’S FRONT DOOR  DAY

Giselle RINGS the bell.

GISELLE

(big yawn/exhale)

Uhiuwuuuoh my God! I’m really *#&^ed

now. Where’m I gonna go?

CUT TO:

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

She is walking with the assistance of two NURSES.

SAMANTHA

It’s okay. I can do it on my own.

NURSE

(smiling)

That’s really great, honey, but

you’ve been bed-ridden for a while…

CUT TO:

Samantha stumbles and the nurses tighten their grip on her.

NURSE

See?

SAMANTHA

But I gotta get out of here. I got

my school…[CUT TO]…What am I

gonna do?

SECOND NURSE

You’ll take it easy, one step at a

time.

CUT TO:

INT – WALINSKY’S OFFICE  DAY

Walinsky is sitting at his desk across from Mike.

WALINSKY

(with heavy breath)

Pfhhw! It looks like you just signed

your career away.

CUT TO:

MIKE

You mean there’s no legal option?…

[CUT TO]…Why would she even want

to do something like this…?

WALINSKY

You were in a senior position, right?

MIKE

Yeah, I was her tutor, her mentor.

She was my teaching assistant.

WALINSKY

And you dated her. Don’t you see the

setup and the implications of that?

MIKE

You know what? I don’t think it’s

her at all. I think it’s the university

succumbing…

CUT TO:

WALINSKY

…your family needs you and you can

make a big difference to them…[CUT

TO]…cut back and prepare for your

own financial winter.

EXT – JENNY’S FRONT DOOR  DAY

Jenny’s door opens…and Jenny appears in a white

nightgown looking tired and perplexed.

JENNY

What’s going on? Oh don’t me Tom’s

in trouble again. What now, Officer?

THIRD OFFICER (STEWART)

I guess you didn’t know, but you got

a lady sleeping on your doorstep.

JENNY

What?!? Are you kidding me?

She looks and sees Giselle in Officer Tanin’s loose grip.

JENNY

(shocked)

Giselle?? What happened to you?

CUT TO:

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

Joey in his comfortable chair, Mike and Josh on the couch.

JOSH

So who was she, grandpa? Was she

really hot?

CUT TO:

JOEY

Hey you! What’s wrong with you?…

[CUT TO]…Let me talk to pops

privately. I don’t want you going

off with your oversexed mind?…[CUT

TO]…Scram. Go to your room.

JOSH

I don’t want to.

JOEY

Well, go anyway. You’re in the way…

[CUT TO]…Get your ass up and clean

that room.

CUT TO:

JOSH

I’ll clean it tomorrow. But give me

a break from that room for at least

one day please.

JOEY

Then go in the kitchen and wait there.

But don’t pig out and eat us out of

house and home.

INT – JENNY’S LIVING ROOM  DAY

Giselle is supine on the couch, semi-conscious.

CUT TO:

Giselle’s lying on the couch, more alert. Jenny’s holding Giselle’s phone.

GISELLE

You called the police? What happened?

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Yeah, that’s what I’d like to know

too.

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

Kamala, Dr. Morfield and Samantha, sitting up on the edge of her bed, are there.

DR. MORFIELD

Samantha, would you mind if I had a

talk with Kamala outside?

SAMANTHA

(mixed feeling)

Yeah…sure…I guess.

INT – HOSPITAL PATIENT ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield is sitting with Kamala.

DR. MORFIELD

I have total confidence in you taking

care of Samantha. But I didn’t bring

you in to talk about her. It’s you

I want to talk about.

KAMALA

(startled)

What?? [1]

DR. MORFIELD

I know this is unofficial because you

didn’t seek out my services but I’m

concerned about you.

KAMALA

(very uneasy, defensive)

Me?? Well you don’t need to be. I’ve

kept it really together despite

things that would have pushed others

to suicide. You have no idea what

I’ve had to contend with. This

incident with the bad cop was just

the tip of a huge iceberg. I appreciate

your professional opinion but I don’t

need mental health treatment. I’m

not in need of any psychology. The

amazing part is, I got on top of so

many assaults on me, my body, my race,

my gender. You couldn’t possibly

comprehend it.

Dr. Morfield listens intently and with care.

KAMALA

And on top of that, I kept my grade

point average really high. And I

saved my girlfriend’s life and still

supported her when I needed support

and really could’a used her understanding

but I couldn’t because…

DR. MORFIELD

Stop right there. That’s why I brought

you in. You’re so supportive of others.

But who’s supporting you?

KAMALA

I am. And I’m doing a hell of a good

job. And my mom supports me. I’m

also busy at an internship helping

abused and disadvantaged women.  

DR. MORFIELD.

I’m glad to hear that. But I’m

concerned because your girlfriend

who you’ve made a commitment to love

and invest your heart in is not well.

KAMALA

Don’t worry, doctor. I’m not the

kind of person who just dumps people

who have problems. I’ll be there for

her.

DR. MORFIELD

(serious, concerned)

Kamala. Samantha has a lot of serious

issues going on. She brings a huge

lot to the table, not just the

immediate situation, but a whole

history, and now she’s got post-

traumatic stress on top of everything.

It’s gonna be there in your face

whether you’re ready for it or not.

KAMALA

I’m the master at having things in

my face that no one should have to

deal with.

DR. MORFIELD

Do you mind if I just share with you

my own observation of the two of you

together?

KAMALA

Sure.

DR. MORFIELD

When I’ve observed you with Samantha,

she’s always the person needing

support while you’re the one supporting.

She has a lot on her mind and she’s

also very strong-minded and filled

with issues that she’s been carrying

around a long time. I don’t want you

to get lost in trying to support and

help her. She needs to learn to

master her own problems just as

you’ve learned to master yours. And

maybe, going through this incident

put her in the exact right place

she’s always needed to be—getting

professional help.

KAMALA

I couldn’t agree with you more. But

actually, I’m no pushover and I do

stand up for myself. You just haven’t

seen it. In fact, I was very tough

with her the other day when she

didn’t want to acknowledge what I’d

been going through facing life as a

black lesbian queer girl.

DR. MORFIELD

So how did you deal with that?

KAMALA

How can you deal with being black,

lesbian and queer in today’s world?

You gotta be tough.

DR. MORFIELD

No, no. I meant, how did you deal

with Samantha not wanting to acknowledge

your pain and your struggles?

KAMALA

I… Well, I got mad at her.

DR. MORFIELD

And? How’d she take that?

KAMALA

She fell apart. Couldn’t deal with

it.

DR. MORFIELD

So then what’d you do?

KAMALA

What could I do? She was not well

so I let it go. I mean, she’d really

been through a lot with being assaulted.

DR. MORFIELD

What about you? Were you just an

innocent bystander? She told me you

also had a police club shoved into

your rear.

KAMALA

(exhaling heavily)

…Uchghhhh… There’s a whole history

behind all this for me and I don’t

feel like going into it right now

because I’m very private, if you

don’t mind.

DR. MORFIELD

That’s alright, I respect your

privacy. But I am still concerned

about the present moment and that

you keep putting your own needs aside

to care for her. Maybe caring for

her is your way of escaping focusing

on your pain?

KAMALA

(peeved again)

I’ve told you already doctor. I dealt

with my issues. This incident really

affected her more than it affected

me, who doesn’t have her sheltered,

middle class background.

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

Pretty much as we left it, Joey in his comfortable chair, Mike on the couch, but no Josh.

JOEY

You see what I’m talking about? He’s

like a new species.

MIKE

How’s he like a new species? He’s

just a regular kid, acting out.

JOEY

(sarcastically)

Oh right, that’s normal.

MIKE

Yeah! It is! You’re still acting out.

But I can’t afford to upset you any

more.

JOEY

Why not? Never stopped you in the

past.

MIKE

I feel like I lost everything.

JOEY

Excuse me? What d’you mean you lost

everything?

MIKE

The school was very harsh with me.

They cut everything because,

according what the Dean told me,

they were facing a very damaging

lawsuit if this went public, plus I

could have been charged criminally

and it would have been my word against

hers.

JOEY

My god, dad, what did you do to that

poor woman?

MIKE

Poor woman? She’s actually a successful

educator at UC Santa Barbara, making

even greater income from her publishing,

thanks in no small part to the incredible

training she got from me.

JOEY

(winks at Mike, big smile)

In no small part I’m quite sure.

MIKE

But the school cut everything from

me. And once they do that, you

lose all your publishing contacts.

The world of higher education is

like that. At least in the corporate

world, if one firm lets you go,

another will grab you up if you’ve

got the quals.

JOEY

Quals? You just made that up.

MIKE

Qualifications. But in higher education,

once you’re cut, that’s the end for

you. It’s like a political career.

JOEY

Well there you go cause you’re

political. I hope you at least got

some’mn decent out of that woman.

MIKE

What’d’you mean, somethin’ decent?

She’s not gonna pay me anything.

JOEY

No, I meant in the bedroom. If it

even was in the bedroom. Or maybe

you had to get it in the teacher’s

lounge, you dog!

MIKE

What’re you talking about? It was a

relationship of mutual affection

between two single people.

JOEY

Who happened to share the same work

place.

MIKE

Yeah, Walinsky pointed that out to

me.

JOEY

You should listen to your lawyer.

MIKE

It’s a little late for that now.

JOEY

So you play yourself like the good

professor and grandfather with all

these morals while meanwhile you’re

hitting on the women at your place

of employ. I’m really disappointed

in you dad.

MIKE

Funny you don’t look disappointed.

JOEY

Yeah, guess now the tables are turned,

what can I say? I guess this’s for

all the years you’ve been holding

your righteousness over me like I’m

a really bad guy.

MIKE

I never said you were a bad guy,

just someone badly misinformed about

a lot of things.

JOEY

I felt the same way about you.

MIKE

And I never held anything over you.

I always wanted to help you.

JOEY

Well, it looks like you can’t now

because you couldn’t keep your hands

to yourself with the ladies.

MIKE

How many times do I have to tell you

Joey, it was one lady and none of

this is true. They just wanted to

get rid of me because I was fighting

for the people’s rights, higher wages,

an end to racism, women’s equality,

and control over their bodies. I

always conducted myself with total

respect when I dated Idina. It was

a totally consensual relationship

from start to finish and when she

said no, I respected that.

JOEY

Now that makes more sense that she

would say no. But are you sure you

weren’t too pushy in the bedroom

without realizing it cause I’ve known

you to be very pushy, not thinking

twice when you ditched your family

to satisfy your lust and joined that

commie cult.

MIKE

It was a commune, not a cult.

JOEY

Whatever. And now I’m worried your

predatory habits are rubbing off on

the kid.

MIKE

Joey, would you stop with the predatory

habits? How many times do I have to

tell you, this is the university

trying to save face.

JOEY

I was there when that girl I caught

him with was trying to get away from

him and he wouldn’t let her go.

MIKE

What girl? You mean that girl that

he was sneaking into his room through

the window? Do you think she would’ve

let him carry her up the side of the

house if she wasn’t wanting to be

with him?

JOEY

Well, I’m only telling you the part

I saw. She was begging to leave when

I got there.

MIKE

Which I’d expect if you just walk

in on them like that. That doesn’t

make him a pervert. If that’s the

case, then we need to lock up most

men.

JOEY

It would do a hell of a lot good for

this world to put away more than

half the morons running around. Did

you see the way he was carrying on,

running off at the mouth when you

shared about your affair? He’s become

oversexed and he’s gonna get in big

trouble.

MIKE

Oh, come on, Joey, he’s a just a

normal boy like any other boy his

age.

JOEY

Well I was nothing like that. I

behaved with respect. And that’s not

all. He was stalking Samantha’s

girlfriend on her phone when she

stupidly loaned him the phone and

she fell asleep by accident. What

he saw in that girl—or boy─I’m still

confused about that… But the next

day, oh my God! You should’a been

here for the fireworks between those

two. I swear it was like a bomb

exploded.

A big pause sets in as Mike’s down and dejected look returns.

JOEY

You know, maybe tutoring him would

be the perfect thing for you right

now. And it would be a great relief

for me. The sooner the kids get out

of the house, the better.

MIKE

I’d be more than glad to help out.

JOEY

Well good then, but I’m still concerned

if I can trust you with him. Just

stay away from the topic of women

or girls. He’s already onto you about

your affair you had.

MIKE

Anything I say to him will be from

a responsible educational standpoint.

JOEY

Just don’t discuss sex with him.

MIKE

Don’t worry, Joey.

INT – HOSPITAL PATIENT ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield is still in with Kamala.

DR. MORFIELD

Alright, let’s get back to what you

said before how you got mad because

you weren’t being paid attention to

and she couldn’t take it so you just

let it go. I understand it might

really have been your best option in

that moment but still, you just

dropped your needs to take care of

hers. That’s where I’m concerned you

need more support than you’re getting.

KAMALA

I appreciate that doctor. But I do

hold my own with her. Like when she

tried to stop me from having the sex

change. I was very firm with her

about it.

DR. MORFIELD

Oh! I didn’t know you changed your

gender. That’s pretty major.

KAMALA

No, I didn’t change my gender. But

that wasn’t because of her.

DR. MORFIELD

Well you got me in a real quandry 

with this whole topic because I don’t

know how comfortable I’d be if my

wife decided to become a man. That’s

really major and I’d expect her to

be upset about it if she felt she

had no voice in it.

KAMALA

But that’s just what you’re talking

about, isn’t it? I wanted to change

genders for a long time before I met

her. You can’t expect me, now, all

of a sudden to put those plans on

hold because we’re in a relationship

together.

DR. MORFIELD

Wow. But you know what?

(stops himself)

You know what? Let’s go back a little.

You’re sitting before me, a girl,

and apparently you had considered

changing genders for a long time,

then Samantha came along and you

told her your gender plans, which

is appropriate, she objected, and

here you are today, not having gone

through with it. What’s the missing

link here? Have you put it off for

some reason?

KAMALA

No I actually did change my mind

after this incident so turned me off

to men, seeing what they’re capable

of. But it wasn’t because of Samantha.

DR. MORFIELD

Got it. So, even though the incident

didn’t affect you as intensely or

severely as Samantha, it did impact

your life in a major way.

KAMALA

I guess so. But I’m still trans

because trans has many gradations

like completely the stereotypical

gender you weren’t born as, to

completely non-binary where you don’t

see yourself and don’t want to be

seen as either a man or a woman. It’s

the liberation from traditional

gender roles that makes one trans or

queer.

DR. MORFIELD

Yes I understand.

KAMALA

You can see I’m not wearing make-up

and people have many times mistaken

me for a boy, maybe even that cop

who lunged at me when I tried to

protect Samantha by pulling her back

from the trouble. He probably thought

I was trying to attack her, as racists

often do with young black men.

DR. MORFIELD

What kind of trouble were you trying

to pull her back from?

KAMALA

Alright. We were at a Black Lives

Matter protest in L.A. and it started

to get chaotic. There were people

throwing rocks and bottles at store

windows. Samantha was yelling at

them to stop and I got worried for

her things would not go well if she

kept up like that. Then the cops

moved in and as soon as they grabbed

and handcuffed me for trying to

protect my girlfriend, she really

went ballistic on them.

DR. MORFIELD

Wow. Brave girl.

KAMALA

Yeah, I feel the same way. But she

could use some of my wisdom and

restraint. At any rate, maybe this

was, as you said, good in that we

both came out of it a little wiser.

DR. MORFIELD

Let’s hope so but that’s a great way

to look at it.

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

Mike and Joey are still talking. Mike looks like the end of the

world.

MIKE

Joey I’m really worried that I may

have to pull back some of my support.

JOEY

You’re tutoring him. That’s support.

MIKE

Yeah but… There’s still the college

tuition…

JOEY

Like I said, like these kids are

really gonna make it to college.

MIKE

I don’t know about that, Joey. Give

‘em a chance. But my big worry is

the legal fees for Josh’s case.

JOEY

Dad, stop stressing. I’ll ask Ma for

help.

MIKE

(upset)

No! I’m not gonna cut back my support.

JOEY

I don’t know why you’re making it

such a big deal. So what if Ma helps?

Besides, at the rate he’s going,

Josh’ll get convicted and do some

time. So forget about any college.

And that one, just to frustrate her

hard working dad, is running off with

a black, get this, not boy, but girl,

just to get back at her father, and

now is headed for a trauma nervous

breakdown and becoming a major drug

addict, so I don’t see either of

them going to college if you ask me.

MIKE

Can you say that in one breath?

JOEY

What?

MIKE

Never mind. Listen. They’re gonna

go to college even if it’s on the

last penny I got.

JOEY

You’re being foolish dad. Ma’s around

and can help. I wish you two would

put aside your stupid quarrel after

a hundred years of this stupidity.

MIKE

You know what? That’s the first

sensible thing I’ve heard you say

since I can’t even remember. But I’m

sorry. It’s a matter of principle. I

made a promise and I’m gonna keep it.

Your mother’s done enough over the

years.

JOEY

Oh geez, don’t start with that again.

It’s a matter of ego, plain

and simple and you know it.

INT – HOSPITAL PATIENT ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield is sitting with Kamala.

DR. MORFIELD

My main concern with you is to prepare

you for what’s ahead in terms of

Samantha’s recovery. Post-traumatic

stress disorder is a very pernicious

health disorder. That means that,

although in many cases, it can improve

with treatment on a steady slope, many

people unfortunately get repeated

relapses, which is hard enough for

the patient but, even harder in many

ways for those trying to support and

love her.

Kamala’s attention and interest are piqued as she focuses more intently on what he is saying.

DR. MORFIELD

You could easily not see them coming.

But it is also true that with knowledge

of how PTSD works, you’ll be able

to identify the triggers that will

come up and help her deal with them

better. Many of them will have

nothing to do with the original

incident and will come from inside

her, how she internalizes and processes

situations. So my big concern is

will you be able to take care of

yourself and your own needs and not

get sucked up by hers? We’re going

to do our best to give her the

support she needs. But it can’t be

anything less than a process,

something you’ll be caught up in.

You’re gonna need to make doubly

sure you get the support that you

need and not just try to keep it

together on your own. Your mom is

one support system but if you start

to feel either swallowed up by

Samantha’s problems or just feel

overwhelmed, off balance…angry…

like something’s not right, please

call me or reach out… and when I

say “not right” I mean not right

with yourself. Now, once Samantha’s

stabilized and better, then you can

ask her for the support you need

that she hasn’t been able to give

you during this healing period. But

not like in a “you owe me” kind of

way. And show her how much you

appreciate her being there because

she’s really gonna need to feel

validated especially after having

been unable to give support to others

which is a crucial need to feel

that validation and gratification

of giving.

KAMALA

Wow. But don’t worry. I work with

people who deal with even worse

situations. Samantha’s someone I

love and I’m ready to support her

and go through our challenges together.

I’m in it for the long haul.

Dr. Morfield stands up and pats her lightly on the back.

DR. MORFIELD

Come. Let’s get back to her before

she starts really worrying if she

hasn’t already.

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

JOEY

(getting up)

I think it’s time for a beer. You

want one?

MIKE

No thanks, Joey. Beer’s never been

my thing.

JOEY

Suit yourself. I better check on the

kid too. He’s probably already eaten

us out of house and home, which ain’t

gonna bode well for you I guess.

Which reminds me. I got to find my

wife who’s the next missing casualty.

MIKE

Oh my God, that’s right, she disappeared

too. Thought she’d be back by now.

JOEY

Well’p. Then you’ve got yourself your

first chore.

MIKE

What, you want me to find Giselle.

JOEY

No, I meant, go shopping. Come. Let

me show you why.

He goes into the kitchen. Mike gets up and follows.

INT – THE HOUSE, KITCHEN  NIGHT

The two men enter and discover Josh with two empty bags of cookies, three empty soda bottles and Josh feeling caught with his mouth obviously full and stained with chocolate.

MIKE

Hey, that was my box you just polished

down.

JOEY

No, correction. That was my box.

JOSH

It was just there. I had nothing

else to do.

JOEY

See what I mean?

MIKE

You’re gonna get diabetes at that

rate.

JOSH

What’re you talking about? I practically

starved for two years that you had

me locked up. I’m just making up.

JOEY

Can’t argue with that.

(Signals toward fridge

to Mike)

Come. Look.

He opens a fridge empty of everything but beer and baking soda.

JOEY

Ready to go on your first food run,

Mr. Professor?

MIKE

You’re not worried about Giselle?

JOSH

Told yuhs. She ran off with her lover.

JOEY

Be quiet, smart aleck. Now that you

got all that sugar energy in you,

you can start scrubbing your room

clean before the Professor gets back.

                                                  FADE OUT


[1] Theme song at that point

THE NEW ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’ Episode 29

https://fb.watch/g-EoOtjFMD/

FADE IN

VOICEOVER

Previously on “The New All In The

Family…”

INT – UC IRVINE DEAN’S OFFICE  DAY

Dean Watkins sitting at his desk across from Mike.

DEAN WATKINS

…a complaint was filed against

you for sexual harassment…

CUT TO:

MIKE

You’re letting me go, aren’t you…

DEAN WATKINS

Unfortunately, Mike, yes.

INT – HOSPITAL PATIENT ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield is sitting with Kamala.

DR. MORFIELD

(serious, concerned)

Kamala. Samantha has a lot of serious

issues going on…[CUT TO]…she’s

got post-traumatic stress on top of

everything. It’s gonna be there in

your face whether you’re ready for

it or not.

CUT TO:

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

JOEY

What d’you mean you lost everything?

MIKE

The school was very harsh with me.

They cut everything because,

according what the Dean told me,

they were facing a very damaging

lawsuit if this went public.

CUT TO:

MIKE

I may have to pull back some of my

support.

CUT TO:

JOEY

Dad, stop stressing. I’ll ask Ma for

help.

MIKE

(upset)

No!..[CUT]…They’re gonna go to

college even if it’s on the last

penny I got.  

JOEY

You’re being foolish dad. Ma’s around

and can help. I wish you two would

put aside your stupid quarrel…

INT – HOSPITAL PATIENT ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield is sitting with Kamala.

DR. MORFIELD

Post-traumatic stress disorder is a

very pernicious health disorder.

That means that, although in many

cases, it can improve with treatment

on a steady slope, many people

unfortunately get repeated relapses.

Kamala’s attention and interest are piqued.

DR. MORFIELD

You could easily not see them coming.

CUT TO:

KAMALA

…don’t worry…[CUT TO]…Samantha’s

someone I love…[CUT TO]… I’m in

it for the long haul.

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

JOEY

(getting up)

I think it’s time for a beer…[CUT

TO]…I better check on the kid too.

He’s probably already eaten us out

of house and home, which ain’t gonna

bode well for you I guess. Which

reminds me. I got find my wife.

MIKE

Oh my God, that’s right, she disappeared

too. Thought she’d be back by now.

JOEY

Well’p. Then you’ve got yourself your

first chore.

MIKE

What, you want me to find Giselle.

JOEY

No, I meant, go shopping. Come. Let

me show you why.

He goes into the kitchen. Mike gets up and follows.

INT – THE HOUSE, KITCHEN  NIGHT

The two men enter and discover Josh with two empty bags of cookies, three empty soda bottles and Josh feeling caught with his mouth obviously full and stained with chocolate.

CUT TO:

JOEY

(Signals toward fridge

to Mike)

Come. Look.

CUT TO:

JOEY

(to Josh)

Now that you got all that sugar energy in you,

you can start scrubbing your room.

INT – JENNY’S LIVING ROOM  NIGHT

Giselle, slumped across Jenny’s couch, is talking on her phone. Jenny is in the background, straightening up around her but keeping tuned into her conversation.

GISELLE

I got really scared when you didn’t

pick up and this one must’a been

sleeping like any normal person after

a night on the town just trying to

          get a break.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

What one?

GISELLE

Oh, I’m sorry…Jenny.

(listens for response)

My friend, who’s taking care of me

now so I can get some rest, which I

can’t get at home, which is why I

left. Now you get it?

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Dang, why can’t you get rest at home,

speaking of what normal people would

do?

JENNY

In all fairness…Sorry to cut in…

Kids today are not like we used to

be.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Oh, so you think you were easier to

raise? You try pacifying a kid with

no cell phone to get lost in. You

guys have a breeze compared to what

we had.

GISELLE

Okay, Ma.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

So, is your husband cheating on you

or not? Oh, what am I saying? You’d

never find out if he was.

GISELLE

He’s not cheating. He’s just busy

and just a pain in the ass. So what

else is new? It’s the kids that got

me to come here. All I wanted was a

place to crash.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

And give Joey the chance to bring

his girlfriend into your bed? Sharp

thinking on your part.

GISELLE

No ma! You got it all wrong. He’s

not cheating. If anyone’s gonna be

cheating…

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Well it ain’t gonna be you. You’re

too… You’re just not that kind of

person. You wouldn’t be able to pick

up anybody.

GISELLE

Alright, ma, I’m just gonna hang up

if you’re gonna insult me. Plus I

still need to get that sleep I haven’t

gotten in years. I just called you

cause Jenny wasn’t answering at first

and I was just too upset and out of

it…

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Well excuse me for having a life.

So what was up with the kids?

GISELLE

I can’t even go into it. I’ll tell

you another time. I just freaked out

and wasn’t thinking straight cause

the house was total chaos and I was

desperate for sleep. Plus really

scared cause I didn’t know anyone

else I could turn to.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

I told you it was a bad idea to

settle in California. You should’a

come home and grown up a straight,

Christian girl.

GISELLE

What d’you mean, grown up? I was

pushin’ thirty in case you forgot.

I was a mature, adult woman choosing

a mostly mature, adult man. You mean

to tell me those men back home are

any better? Joey’s responsible. For

a man. He earns a paycheck. He’s

running an auto repair business.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

What kind of a career is that? You

married down. You could’a married a

banker, a pastor, a real businessman

with a desk.

GISELLE

Come on, ma, life’s changed a whole

lot since everybody worked in an

office. Besides, Joey’s got his own

office with a desk.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Oh, come on, you mean that ramshackle

dirty, greasy counter that he’s got

to stand at just to be at. I mean a

private office with a computer and

real office chairs and a carpet.

GISELLE

Plus I am a straight, Christian girl.

Just because I live here doesn’t

mean I can’t be straight up and normal.

Jenny smiles knowingly.

GISELLE

(quietly to Jenny)

Not a word to anyone.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Oh yeah? Well how come you went

drinking and told me you have no

place to stay? What do you expect me

to believe?

GISELLE

Hey! Everybody needs a break once in

a while.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Not with Jesus you don’t.

GISELLE

Okay ma, I’m gonna hang up. Thanks

for calling me back.

Jenny laughs, shaking her head slightly.[1]

INT – HOSPITAL, SAMANTHA’S ROOM  NIGHT

Dr. Morfield and Kamala enter. Samantha, lying in her bed, crying, immediately turns away from them and pulls the covers around her to shield herself. Kamala immediately goes over to her, sits by her and tries to hold and comfort her but Samantha pulls away. Dr. Morfield keeps his distance and observes.

SAMANTHA

(partially muffled)

What took you so long?

KAMALA

(trying to massage

her neck/shoulder region)

Honey I’m sorry.

Samantha pushes her arm off her and tries to curl up even more out of sight of them.

KAMALA

(turning to Dr. Morfield)

What do I do?

DR. MORFIELD

(with professional kindness)

Samantha?

He waits briefly through the uncomfortable silence as Kamala also waits and Samantha won’t talk.

DR. MORFIELD

Is it okay if we talk…

SAMANTHA

(suddenly)

What took you so long? What’re you

trying to keep a secret from me? What

are you plotting against me?

DR. MORFIELD

No Samantha… That’s not what…

SAMANTHA

     Why did you leave me so long? You

know you were my only two friends!

KAMALA

Of course we are honey. We did it

to help you.

SAMANTHA

No you didn’t. I don’t need that

kind of help. Why’d you go away and

talk behind my back? You think you’re

smarter than dumb me, I know that’s

what you’re thinking. You’re plotting

something against me, I know.

KAMALA

No, it’s not like that at all.

DR. MORFIELD

Let her finish.

SAMANTHA

Well guess what. Plan derailed. I’m

not letting either of you touch me.

I’m gonna be on my own from now on.

And tell your stupid nurses to keep

their hands off me too.

(to Dr. Morfield, then

back to both)

And you! Trying to placate me. I

know that’s just a ruse. I’m done

with you and your psychology and I’m

done with your Black Lives Matter…

What about my life? Suddenly my life

doesn’t matter? It’s like the popular

girls at school all over again. I

don’t need this. I could get this

being ignored and shoved aside at

home.

Kamala looks upset and shows a flare of quiet anger.

DR. MORFIELD

Samantha…

SAMANTHA

Oh, I’m not finished yet. You can

quit your mumbo-jumbo psycho job.

And I’m going straight now and find

a real boyfriend. A white one with

no baggage. Because of you, I had

to go through this. I was trying to

support you and you turned on me.

DR. MORFIELD

Samantha, I needed to talk to Kamala

but not to plot…

KAMALA

No. This has gone too far. That’s

it. I don’t need to take this.

Samantha freezes with fear while Dr. Morfield puts his arm out to stop Kamala, looking at her knowingly. Samantha CRIES and SOBS.

SAMANTHA

     Oh no. I did it again.

Dr. Morfield holds Samantha. She leans into him for comfort. Kamala, a little shock mixed into her anger, holds back, trying to not show emotion.

DR. MORFIELD

It’s okay, you’re free to say what

you need to.

SAMANTHA

(to Kamala)

Are you gonna leave me now?

KAMALA

(with extreme difficulty)

I don’t know. I’ve been nothing but

supportive and you said some really

hurtful things just now. I think

maybe…

SAMANTHA

Well…

   (more tears)

It hurts when your two best friends…

DR. MORFIELD

(slightly on edge,

unusual for him)

Wait a minute. Samantha, I needed

to speak to Kamala. 

KAMALA

Maybe it wasn’t such a good idea.

DR. MORFIELD

(clearly upset)

Hang on. Let me finish. Samantha,

your friend needs support too and

that doesn’t mean we think any less

of you. It was my idea and not hers.

You have PTSD and that affects the

people around you. I needed to help

her process this so incidents like

just what’s happening now don’t cause

her–or you for that matter–to have

and act on emotions which could be

unhelpful and even detrimental to

both of you or either of you. And

Kamala, what happened to ‘you were

in it for the long haul’?

KAMALA

(equivocal, angry, hesitating,

breathing in and out)

….. I’m honestly…

The other two look to her with anticipation.

KAMALA

Don’t look at me like that… I

thought you said I need to get support

for myself too, remember?

DR. MORFIELD

But I also said clearly and firmly

that Samantha’s not in a position

right now to give that support.

KAMALA

So, what are you telling me?

DR. MORFIELD

I’m telling you that you need to…

around Samantha you need to not say

the first thing that comes to mind.

But you also have to be honest with

yourself about how you feel. You’re

in limbo. You know that staying in

this relationship will demand a lot

of your time, energy and emotions.

But you also told me that you were

not gonna give up on it. Samantha

got mad because we went in the other

room for a long time. You got to cut

her slack there. But she also changed

and softened as soon as she thought

you were serious about leaving her.

You stood up for yourself and you

got something in exchange. You had

a victory.

Both girls cut in, almost simultaneously but Dr. Morfield cuts them off.

SAMANTHA

I said I’m sorry.

KAMALA

No, actual…

DR. MORFIELD

No, you didn’t say you’re sorry. But

you did feel remorseful so for now

that will do. In the future, we’ll

work on helping you navigate problems

that come up in relationships, which

is new ground for all teenagers, and

also learning to communicate clearly

so you don’t have to get drawn into

extreme emotions. Now, Kamala, our

main goal is to help Samantha heal

the best way possible, not spin

around from this emotion to that.

She’s looking to you for support.

Maybe you can’t always give it the

way she wants. And Samantha, I will

help you do the work to process what

goes on around you better and

strengthen trust in the people who

are important to you, including your

parents. We’ll work on helping you

get stronger emotionally so you can

be the source of your own support

and even others, and not need to put

this all on your girlfriend. The way

things are now, it’s not healthy for

either of you. But you can change

and I will guide you carefully step

by step. Kamala, you do have a lot

more on your plate that I suspect

you’ve taken on, whether intentionally

or not—way beyond your capacity as a…

or anyone’s for that matter…as a

human being. I strongly suggest you

go into therapy because you do need

it, especially as a teen growing up

with adult size problems. I believe

you two have something very special

and I’d hate to see…

SAMANTHA

(all of a sudden)

She was raped by her dad when she

was six.

The whole mood of the room stops and shifts drastically.

DR. MORFIELD

Is that the history you didn’t want

to tell me before?

KAMALA

(upset at Samantha)

Thanks a lot. I told you that in

secret. 

DR. MORFIELD

I’m so sorry you’re carrying this.

But it does help me understand a

great deal more even in terms of my

helping Samantha process everything

she’s going through. But Samantha,

you shouldn’t betray someone’s

confidence. Ever. But…now that I

know it—and please keep it confidential

from now on, Samantha—it really helps…

SAMANTHA

I wasn’t gonna tell anyone else.

DR. MORFIELD

Kamala, this is important information

that helps me understand better your

thinking and how you process things.

And it makes it also really clear

now that you can’t keep holding it

together through life because no

matter how strong you are–and you

are strong…very strong–it’s gonna

make life more and more painful and

difficult. You need to seek out and

accept help–emotional support–because

you’re gonna need it more and more

to function and be happy in today’s

world.

KAMALA

Alright, alright. I gotta process

this. Give me some time.

DR. MORFIELD

Alright, that’s fine. But I just

want to leave you with this thought.

Do you want to process it alone?

It helps to bounce it off someone

else and this is a very safe environment.

It doesn’t have to be me. You can

look around and I can give you some

references if you’d like. But your

life is filled with two big assaults,

some tough realities, both chosen

and unchosen, and now you are with

someone who requires special support.

It’s a lot to carry alone. I believe

you are both together because you

both feel, in very different ways,

like an outsider to society, which

is really toxic in a teenage environment

where fitting in is so much of an

issue that we sometimes forget to

care for ourselves and cherish who

we are…

Kamala smiles in recognition, trying desperately to hold back tears.

DR. MORFIELD

…and you even mentioned it just

now, Samantha.

SAMANTHA

I did? When? How?

DR. MORFIELD

You see in each other a fellow marginalized person and that draws you…

(starts to tear up with emotion)

to each other… I’m sorry…

The girls feel his caring and love, Samantha especially, whose tears are now of identification.

DR. MORFIELD

I really want you to succeed in your

love because it will send a strong

message to so many people but what

matters most is the happiness of

each of you and I am doing everything

I can…way beyond my professional

duties to either of you…because I

really care about both of you from

the bottom of my heart.

Samantha moves toward the side of the bed closer to them and gets up and puts her arms around him and hugs him.

SAMANTHA

Thank you doctor.

Kamala is processing all this, detached.

SAMANTHA

Come on, honey, please join in. This

hug’s for you too. 

Kamala accesses and leans in, albeit semi-reluctantly, to join the hug, still tense and detached. Dr. Morfield extends his arm around her and Samantha very passionately leans in to her, holding her tight.

SAMANTHA

Don’t be afraid. It’s gonna be alright.

We’re all human.

Dr. Morfield steps back from the hug, leaving the two girls to each other, Samantha clinging to Kamala, who is still in discomfort.

DR. MORFIELD

Wow. Whatever this was, this is

exactly the support you need, Kamala,

that I was telling you. Samantha,

I’m really surprised because I had

warned her not to expect anything

like this from you but I’m glad I

was wrong.

SAMANTHA

That’s cause you don’t really know

me. Next time, check with me.

This seems to lighten and brighten up Kamala’s disposition.

INT – THE HOUSE KITCHEN  NIGHT

Joey is handing Josh a broom, dustpan and a mop.

JOEY

Make sure you get it all up. I’m

gonna train you for real work because,

between your grandpa getting fired

and your always doing something

stupid, college is just not on your

horizon. So you’re…

JOSH

I never said that. I’m very serious,

I’m smart, I’m bright and I’m gonna

make it happen.

JOEY

Oh yeah?

JOSH

Just like I made it happen with all

those other things which few other

guys my age…

JOEY

(shakes head negatively)

Well, then you can start by pushing

a broom and a mop. Less talk, more

work! Show me what you got.

Josh takes the broom and partly feebly and sloppily, partly angry and determined, pushes it across the floor, little dust visible.

JOEY

Should’a taught you this years ago.

Here, let me show you how to do it

the right way.

               JOSH

How do you know there even is a right

way?

Joey, ignoring him, expertly moves the broom in small sweeps, resulting in a pile of dust, dirt and other particles becoming visible in a small pile.

JOEY

You got to first collect all the

dust with small sweeps and then get

it in the dustpan and then go back

and do it again to make sure you

don’t miss any. Don’t just drag it

across the floor thinking that’s

gonna do anything. Now you do it.

JOSH

(with perturbation)

I only got it started.

     JOEY

What’d I just tell you? Take over

from where I left off. Show me how

good a listener you are. That’s gonna

matter on any job, no matter what

type of work, including even computers

and brain stuff. You’re gonna have

to learn how to do things by

listening, making mistakes and

starting all over again. And no

talking back. Bosses don’t like that.

I even fired a good worker because

he thought he knew better what was

good for the store.

JOSH

You’re not like most bosses.

JOEY

Uh-h-h-h. What I just say? Move!

Come on! Ain’t got all day. You’re

already docked ten minutes for your

bullshit. You wanna make it another

ten?

Josh tries to sweep in small sweeps like Joey showed him, not as well as Joey did it.

JOEY

Naah, not like that. You gotta put

your heart and soul into it.

      JOSH

How do I put my heart and soul

into something I hate?

      JOEY

You force yourself because if you

don’t, there ain’t gonna be no school

for you except boot camp, which

actually isn’t the worst thing.

Josh tries again trying to do small sweeps, looking frustrated and confused.

                    JOEY

Pay attention! Look for the dirt!

Don’t just move a mop aimlessly. It’s

a miracle any girl came looking for

you.

His phone RINGS.

     JOEY

Yeah what is it? You at the store?

INTERCUT – INT – SUPERMARKET AISLE. NIGHT

Mike is with a big shopping cart filled with a few items, a hardly impressive amount, looking lost and depressed.

     MIKE

I’m having trouble finding a few things. 

     JOEY

So?

     MIKE

I thought maybe you can help.

     JOEY

Help you? What are you, an invalid?

You want me to drop everything and

come over there? What was the whole

point of sending you in the first

place?

 (suddenly, catching sight of Josh)

Hey, where do you think you’re going?

      JOSH

I gotta go to the bathroom.

      JOEY

Oh no you don’t! There’ll be plenty

of time for that when you digest all

that crap you just ploughed into you

and you start belching! You stay put

and finish the job. 

   (to Mike)

And as for you, buddy boy…buddy

man, whatever you are… Why don’t

you just ask somebody?

     MIKE

There’s nobody here to ask. Everytime

you go over to them, they brush

you off and say they’re sorry,

they’re busy. Or they say they’ll

get someone to help but no one ever

comes.

     JOEY

(first part to Josh)

And this is a college professor. You

sure you still wanna go to a place

where you’ll get taught by idiots

like this?

Hey I got an idea. Have you ever

thought of asking a customer? It’s

like now I got two delinquents to

manage.

     MIKE

You don’t have to be insulting.

JOSH

Yeah, pa.

JOEY

(to Josh)

You just keep sweeping. You’re  

starting to get it.

JOSH

(with urgency)

I gotta pee, really dad. You don’t

want another accident.

MIKE

No, you don’t want that Joey.

JOEY

Alright, you just finish up here and

then you pee and then it’s time to

do the big cleanup of your room. Top

to bottom. I’m gonna inspect so don’t

try to cut corners this time.

JOSH

(running to bathroom)

Thanks.

JOEY

Wait a minute, I didn’t say that.

But he’s already gone.

MIKE

I’m sorry Joey. I’m just not myself

since this happened.

JOEY

You trying to cheer me up? Well,

guess what? Whatever you turned into,

I don’t like that person either. If

you’re gonna help out, you gotta be

able to do simple, common sense

things like find a bunch of items on

supermarket shelves.

MIKE

Have you been to a supermarket lately?

They’ve gotten so huge it’s like

doing a marathon just getting from

one end to the other looking for

just one item.

JOEY

So you divide it by section. Meat,

dairy, produce, frozen… And you

write it down.

MIKE

Yeah, I just got this huge change of

life thrust at me. I’m not prepared

yet. I gotta go through the mourning

period.

JOEY

Over a frickin’ job?? Are you kidding

me? And you say huge? Let me tell you

something about huge. Huge is a little

kid who lost his father and he and

his mother can’t afford the rich

house he knew as home so they have

to move all the way across the

country where they have no idea how

they’ll get by, no friends, no nobody,

just a grandfather who was already

running a wayward house for the

children of delinquent relatives.

But they still managed somehow. And

so will you. You want huge? What

you got ain’t huge at all. You’re

just feeling sorry for yourself.

You got a family who loves you and

I just gave you a big chance to

help us out in our own time of need

and make yourself useful. So don’t

mess it up now.

Mike’s phone rings.

FADE OUT INT – THE HOUSE KITCHEN 

SOLO INT – SUPERMARKET NIGHT

MIKE

Gotta go Joey. Hello? Arneus? What’s

going on?

(pause, listens)

Yeah, I know. I had to take a permanent

leave of absence. It was very sudden.

I’m sorry I was unable to get in

touch with you.

(pause)

Yeah, I know, Arnie, please forgive

me. I’m having a rough time right

now. Maybe we’ll have a chance to

talk about it some time.

(pause)

It’s a family matter. I can’t really

go into it now.

(pause)

It’s all in the family. The school

had nothing to do with it. Yeah I

know it’s gotta be rough for you.

Just be creative. I have faith in

you. Okay thanks. But if you wanna

help me find grocery items… Hello?

Arnie?

(to self)

How do they manage to hang up without

me hearing anything? I know my hearing

aids are in and turned up.

INT – JENNY’S HOUSE, BEDROOM  NIGHT

Giselle and Jenny are in Jenny’s and Tom’s bed together under the sheets lying closely next to each other.

GISELLE

I’m still afraid Tom’s gonna walk

in on us.

JENNY

Well… After all the women I found

in bed with him? It’s my turn for

him to find a woman in bed with me

for a change.

GISELLE

So I’m like…your revenge sex, that’s

all.

JENNY

Yeah, that’s a good way to put it.

FADE OUT


[1] Theme song at that point

THE NEW ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’ Episode 27

FADE IN

INT – UC IRVINE DEAN’S OFFICE  DAY

It looks like the office of a corporate executive, only with school logos and a couple of commemorative plaques decorating the walls. Dean Watkins, a well-dressed, medium height man in his early 50s with dark hair, with only a few strands of gray, looking younger than Joey despite his really being older, is sitting at his desk looking half-occupied, half waiting for something or someone. In walks Mike, dressed casually as usual.

DEAN WATKINS

(not getting up or

smiling, but gesturing)

Hello Mike. Have a seat.

MIKE

(sitting down)

Dean Watkins.

DEAN WATKINS

Thank you for coming right in. Mike,

I won’t beat around. I called you

in because a complaint was filed

against you for sexual harassment

that allegedly took place in 2002.

MIKE

You’re kidding. Really?

DEAN WATKINS

I never kid.

They to start talk over each other, not waiting but completing each sentence.

DEAN WATKINS

Unfortunately, I can’t go into the

details of this complaint…

MIKE

Well I’m glad you…

DEAN WATKINS

…because the school has a policy…

MIKE

…called me in then…

DEAN WATKINS

…of strict confidence…

MIKE

…so you can find the truth…

DEAN WATKINS

…regarding anyone who

files a complaint.

MIKE

Well, I know but… Do I get a chance

to state my case?

DEAN WATKINS

Oh, you have a case?

MIKE

You know what I mean, Dean Watkins.

DEAN WATKINS

Listen Mike. Cases like this have

nothing to do with real events.

I’m sure you have a very compelling

argument for your innocence. However…

MIKE

You’re letting me go, aren’t you…

DEAN WATKINS

Unfortunately, Mike, yes. You see,

as much as I want to keep the realm

of education and this school pure

and without politics, it just isn’t

possible in 2022.

MIKE

2022? You make it sound like this

was a pure ivory tower until

something happened to justify sullying

it with the very corruption I was

teaching students to stay clear of.

What happens to them now when they

see this example?

     DEAN WATKINS

They’re not going to see this example.

You are retiring yourself as of today

with nothing said other than personal

or family business you have to attend

to that prevents you from doing your

duties as the esteemed member of the

faculty that you are.

MIKE

You’re kidding me. And you don’t

think the students won’t see right

through that?

DEAN WATKINS

(keeping his relaxed

demeanor)

Some will. Look, Mike, I know the

whole stigma of cancel culture that

the Me Too movement represents is

unfair. But, remember…

MIKE

Oh don’t bring that in.

DEAN WATKINS

This is a government-run institution

that also has a lot of private donors…

MIKE

(aside, to self, low voice)

He brings it in…

DEAN WATKINS

…and a very public image. Especially

in this community. And around the

world, where much of our student base

hails from. I know you have strong

views but I still think it’s wisest

if you accept our severance agreement,

put this matter behind you, whatever

sparked this accusation, and go

quietly.

MIKE

I don’t believe you. I feel like I’m

being strong-armed by a Mafia hit-

man!

DEAN WATKINS

You are. But don’t worry, I’m a big

fan of those old Brando and Scorsese

movies. By the way, I’d be careful

using inflammatory language like

“Mafia”, maybe even “hit-man” in

today’s very ethno-sensitive political

atmosphere. Now I need you to sign

an agreement that indemnifies you as

well as the university from any legal

action taken in connection with the

alleged incident as well as protecting

us from any retaliatory action,

including written documents. Now I

know you are supporting your family

and the last thing you need in this

tense economic climate in our country

is more financial stress.

MIKE

(now really excited)

Dean Watkins! You just hit at the

core of everything I’ve spent my

life teaching people to stand up to.

DEAN WATKINS

Yes, the truth is very inconvenient,

isn’t it?

MIKE

Yeah, and I wish you’d stay away

from it and stick to running the

university.

DEAN WATKINS

I am.[1]

INT (EXT) – MIKE’S CAR  DAY

Mike is driving with tension on his face.

MIKE

Is this Idina [pronounced Ay-Deena]?

IDINA (v.o.)

(filtered, bluetooth)

Yes this is. May I ask who this is?

MIKE

It’s Mike.

Long pause. Mike waits anxiously.

MIKE

You don’t remember me?

(shorter pause)

Mike Stivic.

IDINA(v.o.)

(filtered, bluetooth)

Mike Stivic? I’m sorry it doesn’t

ring a bell.

MIKE

Professor Stivic from U.C. Irvine.

INTERCUT – INT – ACADEMIC OFFICE OF SOME KIND  DAY

Idina is a middle aged African-American woman in her 50’s, well groomed for a professional setting with short cropped hair and professional demeanor.

IDINA

(lighting up)

Ohhh! Mike Stivic from U.C. Irvine!

How have you been?

MIKE

Well I’d like to say fine but I just

lost my job there. Do you know

anything about that?

IDINA

(suspicious)

I’m sorry, how did you get my number?


END INTERCUT

MIKE

It wasn’t easy.

IDINA(v.o.)

(filtered, nervous)

I’m sorry I have to go now.

MIKE

Wait! I just need to know. Did you

file a harassment complaint?

Silence. Mike drives on, looking a mixture of worried and angry.

EXT – JENNY’S FRONT DOOR  DAY

Giselle RINGS the bell.

No answer for what seems a long time while Giselle tries to stand straight in front of the door. She RINGS again to silence.

She RINGS a few more times.

Eventually, she leans her weight into the closed door.

GISELLE

(struggling to yell but can

only manage a slow feeble wail)

Jen-ny!

(big yawn)

Uhiuwuuuoh my God! I’m really *#&^ed

now. Where’m I gonna go?

Relaxing her muscles, she allows herself to slink down to the ground where she shifts her body to lean backwards against Jenny’s door. She brings out her phone and types a few strokes while her eyelids lose their grip and start to close as the phone continues to RING and her legs sprawl out in front of her. She almost loses her grip on the phone and her full consciousness as the RINGING continues.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered, serious voice)

Hello…

GISELLE

(very sloppy, lazy, tired)

Hello mom? It’s…

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered, monologue continuing)

…This is Roseanne.

GISELLE

…Gisel…

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

…Leave a message unless you’re a

scammer or a Democrat, in which case

run for your life ‘cause we’re coming

for ya’.

(VOICEMAIL BEEP SOUND)

GISELLE

(practically mumbling,

almost completely inaudible)

Oh great mom, you’re not there either.

Call me ‘cause I need a place ta’…

Her body slinks more into unconsciousness as her head lowers and she seems to pass out.

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

She is getting out of her bed, with the assistance of the NURSES and Dr. Morfield is on-looking. The NURSES are trying to be very careful, each one holding one arm to help her up. Samantha seems to get up without difficulty but partly resists the nurses and tries to move independently.

SAMANTHA

It’s okay. I can do it on my own.

NURSE

(smiling)

That’s really great, honey, but

you’ve been bed-ridden for a while

so we have to assist you to make

sure you’ll be okay and not fall.

At just that moment, Samantha stumbles and the nurses tighten their grip on her as the three of them stand there.

NURSE

See?

SAMANTHA

But I gotta get out of here. I got

my school…

SECOND NURSE

(humorously)

If I had a dollar bill for every

patient that said they gotta get out

of here…

SAMANTHA

What am I gonna do?

SECOND NURSE

You’ll take it easy, one step at a

time.

SAMANTHA

No, you don’t understand.

DR. MORFIELD

Samantha, I appreciate that you are

eager to get back to your life. And

you will.

SAMANTHA

(focusing on him as

trustworthy to her)

I’m so behind in my school work. First

it was the pandemic. Then it was my

crazy family. I already told you about

the Black Lives Matter protest and the

number it did on me. Please help me. I

just wanna get back to normal.

DR. MORFIELD

You will. I promise you we will do

everything in our power. You’re way

ahead of a lot of people. I see many

teenagers who freak out over a lot

less. You have something real to

freak out over. And we’ll work through

it.

SAMANTHA

(relaxing a little

into a smile)

Thank you. Okay, let me keep trying.

I’m not used to being held like this.

She puts her feet forward, which is less of a struggle but still problematic.

SAMANTHA

(to nurse)

I know you wanna hold me but maybe

if you let go it would be easier.

FIRST NURSE

Don’t you have a companion who I’ve

seen coming here to visit you?

SAMANTHA

You mean Kamala?

FIRST NURSE

Don’t you and she sometimes hold

hands?

SAMANTHA

Yeah, but not the way you’re holding

me like you gotta grip me.

DR. MORFIELD

Don’t worry Samantha. We’ll get you

mobile and on your own in no time.

She ambles along as she’s supported by the nurses out of her room.

INT – HOSPITAL CORRIDOR  DAY

Samantha and the two nurses holding each arm, continue at the slow pace they’re guiding her. Dr. Morfield follows behind.

FIRST NURSE

Now.

(loosening grip a little)

Let’s try it again. You try walking

on your own.

As the nurses let go but keep close, Samantha walks with no difficulty and a huge smile forms.

FIRST NURSE

(also smiling)

There you go.

INT – WALINSKY’S OFFICE  DAY

Walinsky, dressed up for court, is sitting at a desk looking similar to the one in Dean Watkins’ office, on the other side of which, as in the Dean’s office, sits Mike in a no-frills chair across the space of the desk and about a foot back. Walinsky is intently focused on some legal document.

WALINSKY

(with heavy breath)

Pfhhw! It looks like you just signed

your career away.

MIKE

Gerald, I had to. They gave me no

choice.

WALINSKY

You made the right move, Mike. This

contract was carefully drawn up with

every contingency in mind. But it

doesn’t leave you in a good position

at all.

MIKE

It sure doesn’t. For one thing, I

wasn’t prepared to be suddenly

drained of practically all my resources.

WALINSKY

Unfortunately, I don’t think you’ll

get very far by challenging it though.

MIKE

You mean there’s no legal option?

WALINSKY

Well… In the pure sense, there’s

always options.

MIKE

What are they?

WALINSKY

Well, you could take it to court.

But chances are you’re probably not

gonna get a good outcome. And with

a harassment case like this, a well-

funded university in California can

always hire a lawyer who can get you

put away if they want that. Not to

mention, you told me this woman

herself is apparently a well-recognized

and well-respected person in education

who’s written books and published

articles so she’s got resources too.

MIKE

Gerald, tell me. Why would she even

want to do something like this at

this time? Like why would she wait

so long and then file suit? I dated

her twenty years ago. If anything

had happened, which it didn’t, why

wouldn’t she have gone right after

me?

WALINSKY

You were in a senior position, right?

MIKE

Yeah, I was her tutor, her mentor.

She was my teaching assistant.

WALINSKY

And you dated her. Don’t you see the

setup and the implications of that?

MIKE

You know what? I don’t think it’s

her at all. I think it’s the university

succumbing to political and economic

pressure to cut people like me who

are uncompromisingly critical of the

system and the hypocrisy that still

abounds.

WALINSKY

You may have a point because even

though most women were still too

afraid to challenge a senior in a

professional setting in 2002, most

of them did come out about five

years ago. But honestly, Mike. Since

you are already having to deal with

the legal troubles surrounding Josh

plus helping your kids move ahead

with a college education, I think

your best bet is to put the matter

behind you and just cut your living

expenses.

MIKE

Wow. And they ain’t cheap.

WALINSKY

That includes your donations to

charities…

MIKE

And I promised to donate something

to Europe for the winter when those

huge heating costs are really gonna

bite. I remember how bitterly cold

Chicago was. I’d hate to think what

Stockholm…

WALINSKY

Yeah, I get the point. And your

political donations too.

MIKE

But the Democrats really need me in

these tight races especially since

my voting power with this unfair

electoral college amounts to nothing.

WALINSKY

(chuckles)

Mike. As well endowed as you might

have been up to now, you alone are

not gonna make that big a difference

either in heating Europe or saving

America. But your family needs you

and you can make a big difference

to them. I know I’m your legal, not

financial advisor, but common sense

and my expertise in the law dictate

that you cut back and prepare for

your own financial winter.

Mike shrinks back, deflated, in the no-frills chair like, since it is so small and uncushioned, a high school student would.

MIKE

And to think nothing really happened.

WALINSKY

What can I tell you, Mike? Life isn’t

fair but you still got it a hell of

a lot better than most people.

EXT – JENNY’S FRONT DOOR  DAY

A FEW UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS are standing above a collapsed and unconscious Giselle, slumped on the ground next to Jenny’s door as we left her. Her phone is RINGING. ONE OF THE OFFICERS keeps ringing Jenny’s bell while aggressively KNOCKING at her door. AN OFFICER crouches down and kneels over Giselle, while THE THIRD OFFICER stands and keeps watch. The CROUCHING OFFICER tugs lightly at Giselle’s body. Giselle’s phone keeps RINGING.

CROUCHING OFFICER (TANIN)

Ma’am…

(pushes more, a little harder)

Ma’am…? Are you okay?

Giselle moves a little in response, pulling away from the officer while the phone keeps RINGING. She slumps over in the other direction and the ringing stops.

OFFICER TANIN

Ma’am, come on, wake up.

Jenny’s door opens slightly and Jenny appears in a white nightgown, sleepy and tired-looking, as well as perplexed.

JENNY

What’s going on? Oh don’t me Tom’s

in trouble again. What now, Officer?

THIRD OFFICER (STEWART)

I guess you didn’t know, but you got

a lady sleeping on your doorstep.

JENNY

What?!? Are you kidding me?

She looks and sees Giselle in Officer Tanin’s loose grip.

JENNY

(shocked)

Giselle?? What happened to you?

(to officers)

Wait. I’ll take it from here.

SECOND OFFICER (JAMES)

We need to make sure she’s okay.

JENNY

She’s my friend, officer. I can vouch

for her. She’s fine. She’s just

exhausted from a lot of stress at

home.

OFFICER TANIN

It’s okay, Travers. She’s got a pulse

and she’s sure breathing. Looks like

just exhaustion.

(to Jenny)

You gonna be able to get her onto a

bed or couch?

JENNY

Don’t worry. I can handle her. She’s

just exhausted. She just needs to

sleep it off. I don’t know how she

managed to get here and then collapse

but we were together last night and

she probably overestimated how tired

she still is. I’ll get her to bed

and call her house to let them know

she’s okay.

OFFICER TANIN

Okay, but just make sure she’s okay

and call 9-1-1 if you can’t rouse

her into consciousness.

JENNY

(standing over Giselle,

smacking face)

Giselle, honey. You gotta get up. I

got you now.

Giselle pulls away from Jenny, WHEEZING and SIGHING some NOISES

OF DISPLEASURE. Her phone RINGS again. Jenny pulls Giselle up off the ground and nods to the officers.

JENNY

After handling two rambunctious

children like mine, you’re capable

of anything.

OFFICER TANIN

Alright, ma’am, if you could just

sign this report we have to fill out

and we’ll be on her way.

Phone keeps RINGING.

JENNY

(clearly hands full)

Alright, if you don’t mind, let me

just get her settled first.

(pulling her arms forcefully)

Honey! Someone’s trying to call you.

(to officers)

Let me get her on the couch first.

No, that’s okay. I’ll be alright.

OFFICER TANIN

We still need you to sign the report.

It’s official procedure.

As the RINGING continues, she moves Giselle’s limp body onto the couch.

JENNY

Boy, you took a good one.

GISELLE

(becoming conscious)

Uohmm… Hh?

She reaches blindly on her body for her phone, unsuccessfully as the RINGING continues.

JENNY

You want me to get that honey? Let

me answer it. It might be important.

GISELLE

(incoherently)

Nh… Lu..gu..ntuh…vuh…smel

JENNY

(simultaneously, grabbing

phone from Giselle’s purse)

Hello…?

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered, on speaker phone)

Honey, are you okay?

JENNY

No, this is not honey, this is her

hon…, I mean her close friend.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Let me speak to her. Is she in trouble?

JENNY

No, she’s in good hands. Who’s this?

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

It’s her mother. She called me. It

sounded like she needed a place to

crash but I’m a couple thousand miles

away. I knew it. It’s that husband

of hers, that no-good…

GISELLE

(sitting up, more coherent)

Let me talk to her. Mom…

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Is that you baby? Where are you? He

drove you to drink, huh!

GISELLE

No, it’s not all Joey’s fault and

I’m at my friend, Jenny’s house.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

There you go always defending him

again. Meanwhile, you have no place

to stay so you gotta crash at a

friend’s house. I’ve been down that

road enough times myself.

GISELLE

Ma, I’m fine. I just panicked and

didn’t know who to call.

(to Jenny)

I’m sorry to bother you honey.

JENNY

No, it’s fine. Listen, Ms…

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

It’s Mrs. Mrs. Black.   

JENNY

Oh, excuse me.

(to Giselle, hand over phone)

Does your mom know we’re in the

twenty-first century?

GISELLE

(suddenly noticing the

officers)

You called the police? What happened?

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)

(filtered)

Yeah, that’s what I’d like to know

too.

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

Mike, Joey and Josh are together in the living room, Joey in his comfortable chair, Mike and Josh on the couch.

JOEY

So let me get this straight. You got

fired for sexual harassment?

(shakes his head,

chuckling)

That’s incredible. My father, the

nerdy college professor, was fooling

around…

MIKE

Hey, I wasn’t always nerdy. You just

say that cause I’m old.

JOSH

So who was she, grandpa? Was she

really hot? Did you hit on one of

your students?

JOEY

And you think you’re gonna turn your

grades around and get accepted in a

big school? You keep your mind on

hot girls like this, you’re gonna

end up putting together cars alongside

the Mexicans in my shop.

JOSH

Come on, grandpa, tell me. How old

was she?

JOEY

He didn’t even hear a word I said.

Mike is staring vacant into space, really worried, also seeming to hear nothing.

JOSH

Hey! What if she’s almost my age?

I’m just trying to picture you with

a girl just a couple years older

than me. Gross.

JOEY

Hey you! What’s wrong with you? I

thought you were gonna turn your

life around. What happened to all

that studying?

Hey pops! Are you there?

(waves hand back and forth)

Dad! Phihh!! (whistling type sound)

(to Josh)

Let me talk to pops privately. I

don’t want you going off with your

oversexed mind and startin’ some

disgusting porno channel. Scram. Go

to your room.

JOSH

I don’t want to.

JOEY

Well, go anyway. You’re in the way.

JOSH

How’m I in the way? I’m not doing

anything.

JOEY

Well, for one thing, you keep

interrupting with your smart-aleck

remarks and for another thing, you’re

a pervert. And the last thing I need

is two perverts feeding off each

other. Just go upstairs and wait so

we can talk this out, me and your

grandpa. Now git!

JOSH

I don’t wanna go. That’s why I got

the bracelet. Besides, it still

smells really bad of pee.

JOEY

Has it ever occurred to you to get

busy and clean it up?

JOSH

You can’t clean up smell cause it’s

not a physical thing.

JOEY

What do you take me for, an idiot?

I work in auto shop. You take the

strongest disinfectant and you scrub

your elbows off. If you do it right,

by the time you’re through, the only

thing that room’ll reek of is strong

pneumonia.

JOSH

Ammonia!

JOEY

Who cares?

JOSH

Pneumonia is a disease you die from.

JOEY

Just get your ass up and clean that

room or you’re gonna die from something

else. It’ll be the first honest day’s

work you ever done in your life.

JOSH

I’ll clean it tomorrow. But give me

a break from that room for at least

one day please.

JOEY

Then go in the kitchen and wait there.

But don’t pig out and eat us out of

house and home. You and your grandpa

both got a big appetite when it comes

to food too.

JOSH

Are we still gonna do the home

schooling?

MIKE

I promise you Josh, I will home school

you. Go make a sandwich or something.

But no cookies.

JOEY

He’s trying to make it so he can

scarf down a whole box like he usually

does every time he comes over here.

MIKE

Who’s trying to scarf down a whole

box?

JOEY

You know who I mean. If the box fits,

scarf it down.

MIKE

You know what? The way I feel… I

just might join him.

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

Kamala rushes in, breathing really hard. Dr. Morfield is standing next to the bed, on which Samantha is sitting up with her feet on the floor.

KAMALA

I tried to get here as quick as I

could.

SAMANTHA

Relax. They still have to do some

paperwork and make sure I can walk

without falling.

KAMALA

Why? Did you try to walk and then

slipped?

SAMANTHA

Only the first time. But that’s

partly cause all these things were

connected to me still. I think it’ll

be a lot easier on my own like normal.

KAMALA

(to Dr. Morfield)

Is it okay if I take her for a walk?

DR. MORFIELD

Oh, she’s okay. In fact, I’d like

you to stay close to her for the

first few days of her discharge to

make sure she’s okay.

KAMALA

Sure, doctor. I was gonna do that

anyway.

DR. MORFIELD

Samantha, would you mind if I had a

talk with Kamala outside?

SAMANTHA

(mixed feeling)

Yeah…sure…I guess.

INT – HOSPITAL PATIENT ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield enters the room with Kamala.

DR. MORFIELD

(gesturing to the best chair)

Please. Have a seat.

you…

KAMALA

(sitting in the chair)

Why don’t you sit too? You’re always

standing. Nervous habit?

Dr. Morfield chuckles and sits down.

DR. MORFIELD

You got a great sense of humor.

KAMALA

I guess it’s part of being black.

But let’s get down to business. I

know you want to discuss how I need

to care for Samantha. And I promise

I didn’t bring you in to talk about

DR. MORFIELD

No. Actually, I have total confidence

in you taking care of Samantha. But

her. It’s you I want to talk about.

KAMALA

(startled)

What??

FADE OUT


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FADE IN

INT – UC IRVINE DEAN’S OFFICE DAY

It looks like the office of a corporate executive, only with school logos and a couple of commemorative plaques decorating the walls. Dean Watkins, a well-dressed, medium height man in his early 50s with dark hair, with only a few strands of gray, looking younger than Joey despite his really being older, is sitting at his desk looking half-occupied, half waiting for something or someone. In walks Mike, dressed casually as usual.

DEAN WATKINS
(not getting up or
smiling, but gesturing)
Hello Mike. Have a seat.

MIKE
(sitting down)
Dean Watkins.

DEAN WATKINS
Thank you for coming right in. Mike,
I won’t beat around. I called you
in because a complaint was filed
against you for sexual harassment
that allegedly took place in 2002.

MIKE
You’re kidding. Really?

DEAN WATKINS
I never kid.

They to start talk over each other, not waiting but completing each sentence.
DEAN WATKINS
Unfortunately, I can’t go into the
details of this complaint…

MIKE
Well I’m glad you…

DEAN WATKINS
…because the school has a policy…

MIKE
…called me in then…

DEAN WATKINS
…of strict confidence…

MIKE
…so you can find the truth…

DEAN WATKINS
…regarding anyone who
files a complaint.

MIKE
Well, I know but… Do I get a chance
to state my case?

DEAN WATKINS
Oh, you have a case?

MIKE
You know what I mean, Dean Watkins.

DEAN WATKINS
Listen Mike. Cases like this have
nothing to do with real events.
I’m sure you have a very compelling
argument for your innocence. However…

MIKE
You’re letting me go, aren’t you…

DEAN WATKINS
Unfortunately, Mike, yes. You see,
as much as I want to keep the realm
of education and this school pure
and without politics, it just isn’t
possible in 2022.

MIKE
2022? You make it sound like this
was a pure ivory tower until
something happened to justify sullying
it with the very corruption I was
teaching students to stay clear of.
What happens to them now when they
see this example?

DEAN WATKINS
They’re not going to see this example.
You are retiring yourself as of today
with nothing said other than personal
or family business you have to attend
to that prevents you from doing your
duties as the esteemed member of the
faculty that you are.

MIKE
You’re kidding me. And you don’t
think the students won’t see right
through that?

DEAN WATKINS
(keeping his relaxed
demeanor)
Some will. Look, Mike, I know the
whole stigma of cancel culture that
the Me Too movement represents is
unfair. But, remember…

MIKE
Oh don’t bring that in.

DEAN WATKINS
This is a government-run institution
that also has a lot of private donors…

MIKE
(aside, to self, low voice)
He brings it in…

DEAN WATKINS
…and a very public image. Especially
in this community. And around the
world, where much of our student base
hails from. I know you have strong
views but I still think it’s wisest
if you accept our severance agreement,
put this matter behind you, whatever
sparked this accusation, and go
quietly.

MIKE
I don’t believe you. I feel like I’m
being strong-armed by a Mafia hit-
man!

DEAN WATKINS
You are. But don’t worry, I’m a big
fan of those old Brando and Scorsese
movies. By the way, I’d be careful
using inflammatory language like
“Mafia”, maybe even “hit-man” in
today’s very ethno-sensitive political
atmosphere. Now I need you to sign
an agreement that indemnifies you as
well as the university from any legal
action taken in connection with the
alleged incident as well as protecting
us from any retaliatory action,
including written documents. Now I
know you are supporting your family
and the last thing you need in this
tense economic climate in our country
is more financial stress.

MIKE
(now really excited)
Dean Watkins! You just hit at the
core of everything I’ve spent my
life teaching people to stand up to.

DEAN WATKINS
Yes, the truth is very inconvenient,
isn’t it?

MIKE
Yeah, and I wish you’d stay away
from it and stick to running the
university.

DEAN WATKINS
I am.

INT (EXT) – MIKE’S CAR DAY

Mike is driving with tension on his face.

MIKE
Is this Idina [pronounced Ay-Deena]?

IDINA (v.o.)
(filtered, bluetooth)
Yes this is. May I ask who this is?

MIKE
It’s Mike.

Long pause. Mike waits anxiously.

MIKE
You don’t remember me?
(shorter pause)
Mike Stivic.

IDINA(v.o.)
(filtered, bluetooth)
Mike Stivic? I’m sorry it doesn’t
ring a bell.

MIKE
Professor Stivic from U.C. Irvine.

INTERCUT – INT – ACADEMIC OFFICE OF SOME KIND DAY

Idina is a middle aged African-American woman in her 50’s, well groomed for a professional setting with short cropped hair and professional demeanor.

IDINA
(lighting up)
Ohhh! Mike Stivic from U.C. Irvine!
How have you been?

MIKE
Well I’d like to say fine but I just
lost my job there. Do you know
anything about that?

IDINA
(suspicious)
I’m sorry, how did you get my number?

END INTERCUT

MIKE
It wasn’t easy.

IDINA(v.o.)
(filtered, nervous)
I’m sorry I have to go now.

MIKE
Wait! I just need to know. Did you
file a harassment complaint?

Silence. Mike drives on, looking a mixture of worried and angry.

EXT – JENNY’S FRONT DOOR DAY

Giselle RINGS the bell.

No answer for what seems a long time while Giselle tries to stand straight there in front of it. She RINGS again to silence.

She RINGS a few more times.

Eventually, she leans her weight into the closed door.

GISELLE
(struggling to yell but can
only manage a slow feeble wail)
Jen-ny!
(big yawn)
Uhiuwuuuoh my God! I’m really *#&^ed
now. Where’m I gonna go?

Relaxing her muscles, she allows herself to slink down to the ground where she shifts her body to lean backwards against Jenny’s door. She brings out her phone and types a few strokes while her eyelids lose their grip and start to close as the phone continues to RING and her legs sprawl out in front of her. She almost loses her grip on the phone and her full consciousness as the RINGING continues.

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)
(filtered, serious voice)
Hello…

GISELLE
(very sloppy, lazy, tired)
Hello mom? It’s…

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)
(filtered, monologue continuing)
…This is Roseanne.

GISELLE
…Gisel…

ROSEANNE, GISELLE’S MOM (v.o.)
(filtered)
…Leave a message unless you’re a
scammer or a Democrat, in which case
run for your life ‘cause we’re coming
for ya’.
(VOICEMAIL BEEP SOUND)

GISELLE
(practically mumbling,
almost completely inaudible)
Oh great mom, you’re not there either.
Call me ‘cause I need a place ta’…

Her body slinks more into unconsciousness as her head lowers and she seems to pass out.

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM DAY
She is getting out of her bed, with the assistance of the NURSES and Dr. Morfield is on-looking. The NURSES are trying to be very careful, each one holding one arm to help her up. Samantha seems to get up without difficulty but partly resists the nurses and tries to move independently.

SAMANTHA
It’s okay. I can do it on my own.

NURSE
(smiling)
That’s really great, honey, but
you’ve been bed-ridden for a while
so we have to assist you to make
sure you’ll be okay and not fall.

At just that moment, Samantha stumbles and the nurses tighten their grip on her as the three of them stand there.

NURSE
See?

SAMANTHA
But I gotta get out of here. I got
my school…

SECOND NURSE
(humorously)
If I had a dollar bill for every
patient that said they gotta get out
of here…

SAMANTHA
What am I gonna do?

SECOND NURSE
You’ll take it easy, one step at a
time.

SAMANTHA
No, you don’t understand.

DR. MORFIELD
Samantha, I appreciate that you are
eager to get back to your life. And
you will.

SAMANTHA
(focusing on him as
trustworthy to her)
I’m so behind in my school work. First
it was the pandemic. Then it was my
crazy family. I already told you about
the Black Lives Matter protest and the
number it did on me. Please help me. I
just wanna get back to normal.

DR. MORFIELD
You will. I promise you we will do
everything in our power. You’re way
ahead of a lot of people. I see many
teenagers who freak out over a lot
less. You have something real to
freak out over. And we’ll work through
it.

SAMANTHA
(relaxing a little
into a smile)
Thank you. Okay, let me keep trying.
I’m not used to being held like this.

She puts her feet forward, which is less of a struggle but still problematic.

SAMANTHA
(to nurse)
I know you wanna hold me but maybe
if you let go it would be easier.

FIRST NURSE
Don’t you have a companion who I’ve
seen coming here to visit you?

SAMANTHA
You mean Kamala?

FIRST NURSE
Don’t you and she sometimes hold
hands?

SAMANTHA
Yeah, but not the way you’re holding
me like you gotta grip me.

DR. MORFIELD
Don’t worry Samantha. We’ll get you
mobile and on your own in no time.

She ambles along as she’s supported by the nurses out of her room.

INT – HOSPITAL CORRIDOR DAY

Samantha and the two nurses holding each arm, continue at the slow pace they’re guiding her. Dr. Morfield follows behind.

FIRST NURSE
Now.
(loosening grip a little)
Let’s try it again. You try walking
on your own.

As the nurses let go but keep close, Samantha walks with no difficulty and a huge smile forms.

FIRST NURSE
(also smiling)
There you go.

INT – WALINSKY’S OFFICE DAY

Walinsky, dressed up for court, is sitting at a desk looking similar to the one in Dean Watkins’ office, on the other side of which, as in the Dean’s office, sits Mike in a no-frills chair across the space of the desk and about a foot back. Walinsky is intently focused on some legal document.

WALINSKY
(with heavy breath)
Pfhhw! It looks like you just signed
your career away.

MIKE
Gerald, I had to. They gave me no
choice.

WALINSKY
You made the right move, Mike. This
contract was carefully drawn up with
every contingency in mind. But it
doesn’t leave you in a good position
at all.

MIKE
It sure doesn’t. For one thing, I
wasn’t prepared to be suddenly
drained of practically all my resources.

WALINSKY
Unfortunately, I don’t think you’ll
get very far by challenging it though.

MIKE
You mean there’s no legal option?

WALINSKY
Well… In the pure sense, there’s
always options.

MIKE
What are they?

WALINSKY
Well, you could take it to court.
But chances are you’re probably not
gonna get a good outcome. And with
a harassment case like this, a well-
funded university in California can
always hire a lawyer who can get you
put away if they want that. Not to
mention, you told me this woman
herself is apparently a well-recognized
and well-respected person in education
who’s written books and published
articles so she’s got resources too.

MIKE
Gerald, tell me. Why would she even
want to do something like this at
this time? Like why would she wait
so long and then file suit? I dated
her twenty years ago. If anything
had happened, which it didn’t, why
wouldn’t she have gone right after
me?

GERALD
You were in a senior position, right?

MIKE
Yeah, I was her tutor, her mentor.
She was my teaching assistant.

GERALD
And you dated her. Don’t you see the
setup and the implications of that?

MIKE
You know what? I don’t think it’s
her at all. I think it’s the university
succumbing to political and economic
pressure to cut people like me who
are uncompromisingly critical of the
system and the hypocrisy that still
abounds.

WALINSKY
You may have a point because even
though most women were still too
afraid to challenge a senior in a
professional setting in 2002, most
of them did come out about five
years ago. But honestly, Mike. Since
you are already having to deal with
the legal troubles surrounding Josh
plus helping your kids move ahead
with a college education, I think
your best bet is to put the matter
behind you and just cut your living
expenses.

MIKE
Wow. And they ain’t cheap.

WALINSKY
That includes your donations to
charities…

MIKE
And I promised to donate something
to Europe for the winter when those
huge heating costs are really gonna
bite. I remember how bitterly cold
Chicago was. I’d hate to think what
Stockholm…

WALINSKY
Yeah, I get the point. And your
political donations too.

MIKE
But the Democrats really need me in
these tight races especially since
my voting power with this unfair
electoral college amounts to nothing.

WALINSKY
(chuckles)
Mike. As well endowed as you might
have been up to now, you alone are
not gonna make that big a difference
either in heating Europe or saving
America. But your family needs you
and you can make a big difference
to them. I know I’m your legal, not
financial advisor, but common sense
and my expertise in the law dictate
that you cut back and prepare for
your own financial winter.

Mike shrinks back, deflated, in the no-frills chair like, since it is so small and uncushioned, a high school student would.

MIKE
And to think nothing really happened.

WALINSKY
What can I tell you, Mike? Life isn’t
fair but you still got it a hell of
a lot better than most people.

EXT – JENNY’S FRONT DOOR DAY

A FEW UNIFORMED POLICE OFFICERS are standing above a collapsed and unconscious Giselle, slumped on the ground next to Jenny’s door as we left her. Her phone is RINGING. ONE OF THE OFFICERS keeps ringing Jenny’s bell while aggressively KNOCKING at her door. AN OFFICER crouches down and kneels over Giselle, while THE THIRD OFFICER stands and keeps watch. The CROUCHING OFFICER tugs lightly at Giselle’s body. Giselle’s phone keeps RINGING.

CROUCHING OFFICER (TANIN)
Ma’am…
(pushes more, a little harder)
Ma’am…? Are you okay?

Giselle moves a little in response, pulling away from the officer while the phone keeps RINGING. She slumps over in the other direction and the ringing stops.

OFFICER TANIN
Ma’am, come on, wake up.

Jenny’s door opens slightly and Jenny appears in a white nightgown, sleepy and tired-looking, as well as perplexed.

JENNY
What’s going on? Oh don’t me Tom’s
in trouble again. What now, Officer?

THIRD OFFICER (STEWART)
I guess you didn’t know, but you got
a lady sleeping on your doorstep.

JENNY
What?!? Are you kidding me?

She looks and sees Giselle in Officer Tanin’s loose grip.

JENNY
(shocked)
Giselle?? What happened to you?
(to officers)
Wait. I’ll take it from here.

SECOND OFFICER (JAMES)
We need to make sure she’s okay.

JENNY
She’s my friend, officer. I can vouch
for her. She’s fine. She’s just
exhausted from a lot of stress at
home.

OFFICER TANIN
It’s okay, Travers. She’s got a pulse
and she’s sure breathing. Looks like
just exhaustion.
(to Jenny)
You gonna be able to get her onto a
bed or couch?

JENNY
Don’t worry. I can handle her. She’s
just exhausted. She just needs to
sleep it off. I don’t know how she
managed to get here and then collapse
but we were together last night and
she probably overestimated how tired
she still is. I’ll get her to bed
and call her house to let them know
she’s okay.

OFFICER TANIN
Okay, but just make sure she’s okay
and call 9-1-1 if you can’t rouse
her into consciousness.

JENNY
(standing over Giselle,
smacking face)
Giselle, honey. You gotta get up. I
got you now.

Giselle pulls away from Jenny, WHEEZING and SIGHING some NOISES
OF DISPLEASURE. Her phone RINGS again. Jenny pulls Giselle up off the ground and nods to the officers.

JENNY
After handling two rambunctious
children like mine, you’re capable
of anything.

OFFICER TANIN
Alright, ma’am, if you could just
sign this report we have to fill out
and we’ll be on her way.

Phone keeps RINGING.

JENNY
(clearly hands full)
Alright, if you don’t mind, let me
just get her settled first.
(pulling her arms forcefully)
Honey! Someone’s trying to call you.
(to officers)
Let me get her on the couch first.
No, that’s okay. I’ll be alright.

OFFICER TANIN
We still need you to sign the report.
It’s official procedure.

The New ‘All In The Family’, Episode 14. Chaos, Shakeup, Violent & Sexual Assault

Last night I almost died from auto-mode-induced-hypoglycemia-triggered hyperglycemia with gastroparesis. Sounds tame with all those latin complex words but death that has been hovering around me dogging my life all my life is death. No can be emotionless in the face of ☠️🥶😱😱😱😱.
Then, as I got ready to work some more on my TV show, The New ‘All In The Family’, a notification flashed upon my screen, ” 📣 YouTube removed your content:

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I was shocked. Was the depiction of a fictional brutal police sexual assault of two minor (15 year old) girls the even more brutal murder of George, an episode that was so hard for me to finally read aloud and I’m sure when you listen(ed) to it, equally disturbing yet just cathartic, too much for the scared executives of huge media conglomerates the way one offensive tweet posted by Roseanne Barr who was under the influence of opioid narcotics lost her the show she had pushed America way beyond their comfort zone and onto the unspoken Cancel Culture blacklist?

Was a police union behind the censorship of this very important yet pivotal episode to my TV show?

Or was it that one statement-again part of a work of fiction-on the part of Joey in the opening scene that election was stolen. I wouldn’t put it past the idiot executives at YouTube to see that, not read any further and unilaterally decide this video was advancing a false claim about the 2020 election. Because this video is totally a narration with dialogue and does not visually depict any acts of violence, sex or child pornography (even though the script calls for the image of forced undressing of two minor girls and nightstick sodomization, which the details of how to convey that without violating anyone’s dignity).

Then I proceeded to throw my sleep schedule off by sleeping for 2 hours and miss my usual hard but fulfilling work. Now I am depressed, nauseous, very discouraged and chanting before rhe Gohonzon to once and for all kill this horrible karma for good.



The New ‘All In The Family’, Episode 14. Chaos, Shakeup, Violent & Sexual Assault

PLEASE NOTE THIS EPISODE HAS VERY DISTURBING MATERIAL, NOT VISUALLY, BUT NEEDS PARENTAL DISCRETION WITH ANYONE UNDER 14-15.

FADE IN

VOICEOVER
Previously on “The New All In
The Family…”
INT(EXT) MIKE’S GARAGE NIGHT

Joey’s bag of luggage is on the floor and Joey, kind of tired, sits down on the cot, which clearly sags.

MIKE
(from just outside
doorway, masked)
Looks like it’s time for you to lose
some weight, huh?

JOEY
Well you’ll be happy to know there’s
a whole refrigerator stuffed with
beer I now can’t drink and the bars
are all closed.

His phone RINGS. He answers it.

JOEY
Ma?

GLORIA, JOEY’S MOM (v.o.)
(filtered, with
nervous enthusiasm)
Joey? Are you alright?

JOEY
Yeah, I’m alright. How are you?

GLORIA (o.s.)
(filtered)
Oh we’re fine, don’t worry about us.
We just stay indoors all the time.
But what about you?

JOEY
Hey, you wanna speak to dad?

Mike, standing outside the doorway, indicates no with his hands.

JOEY
Come on. Speak to dad.

Mike signals no to Joey and walks away.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
No, that’s alright Joey. I just
wanted to know how you are. You know
your dad and I haven’t spoken in
ages. Must be decades by now.

JOEY
Well, maybe it’s time you two started
talking again. So did Giselle tip you
off to me?

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
What? No. I was just… I’m sorry I
didn’t call right away when the
pandemic started. I guessed you had
it together and things were all
happening so fast. But now with
things getting worse, I really started
getting nervous about you. How is
the shop?

JOEY
It’s in terrible shape ma. Nobody
comes in anymore. Like one or two a
day.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Wow, oh my, Joey, how are you getting
by?

JOEY
Well you’ll be happy to know Giselle
hit dad up for some money so we’re
okay at least for some time.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Oh I’m glad to hear that. If things
get bad, you know I and Kyle have
enough saved up to help you.

JOEY
Thanks ma but I’m sure you know I
think this whole thing’s ridiculous
and way overblown.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Oh honey, it’s not like that at all.
This is really serious. You gotta be
really careful. I hope you’re staying
home and wearing a mask.

JOEY
Not at the same time.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered, confused)
What?

JOEY
I’m using common sense. This whole
thing was a plot to take down the
President when we had the best
economy ever. And then they stole
the election on top of everything.
They’ve done everything to undermine
our great President, Donald M. Trump.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Oh Joey, I see you still haven’t gotten
over your father abandoning you.

JOEY
No that’s not it at all. I made up
with dad a long time ago. I’ve thought
long and hard about things and it’s
clear these Democrats are all a bunch
of fake career politicians out for
themselves who colluded with the
Chinese to produce this blown up
fake virus.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered, inflection up)
You don’t think any of this is real,
sweetie?

JOEY
Oh there’s definitely a virus. But
they’re using it to shut down the
country in the middle of the greatest
economy this country has ever known.
That’s the fakery, deception and
manipulation these people are full
of. I’m sorry ma. I know you believe
all that crap because that’s all you
know. But I’ve thought long and hard
about this.
(softer tone)
I’m glad though you’re safe.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Thank you Joey. New York is very
crowded and it’s dangerous to go out
here. The number of cases is going
up every day. We’ve got to isolate
and shut down. Kyle’s been very
helpful. He’s working in the field
counselling front line workers.

JOEY
At his age? But ma…

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Don’t worry. He wears PPE and he’s
very careful. And he only does it
part-time.

JOEY
Yeah, at his age, I hope so.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Oh Joey, you’re worried about us.
You do love us.

JOEY
Not him. You. You just take care of
yourself ma.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
And you do the same. Be careful. I
mean it. Give my best to Giselle.

JOEY
Oh she threw me out.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
What? We’ve been on the phone like
five minutes…

JOEY
Three minutes.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Whatever… And you’re only telling
me this now? What do you mean she
threw you out?

JOEY
I didn’t want to talk about it. She’s
gone off the deep end.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
How so?

JOEY
She’s a pandemic fanatic. She wouldn’t
let anybody in the house without a
mask, gloves, PPE… the whole works.
If you wanna just go to the bathroom,
you’ve gotta do a whole wardrobe change.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
She must really be scared.

JOEY
Well don’t take it out on the rest
of us! The kids hate it as much as I
do.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Joey, you’ve got to support her.
She’s scared.

JOEY
Well. We’re separated now so that
won’t even be an issue.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered, very stern)
Joey Stivic! You march yourself
right back home and make up with
your wife. I know how hard it was
for you to find her. You’ll never
be happy if you lose her.

JOEY
Somehow I doubt that. I’m in heaven
here in dad’s garage.

GLORIA (v.o.)
(filtered)
You’re happy in a garage. Okay,
Joey, I’m not gonna lecture you.
I’m just glad you’re alright. I
love you.

JOEY
I love you too ma.

They hang up. A text notification shows on his phone.

IMAGE – TEXT (Samantha): “Don’t worry dad, I’m okay. Just wanted you to know I may be a little while longer but I’ll definitely be home soon.”

Joey looks with curiosity at this message and then starts typing.

IMAGE – TEXT being typed (Joey): “Thanks for checking in. Just be prepared for your mom. She’s not in a good mood.”

INT – GISELLE AND JOEY’S BEDROOM NIGHT

Giselle, distraught, is on the bed reading something. Her phone SOUNDS an alert. She checks it.

IMAGE – TEXT (Samantha): “Hi mom. Don’t worry, I’m fine. Thank you for your love.”

Giselle looks startled.

IMAGE – TEXT being typed (Giselle): “Yeah you’ve been a big pain but it’s alright if you’re willing to” She stops typing. Message is not sent.

INT – HALLWAY OUTSIDE SAMANTHA’S ROOM NIGHT

Giselle, masked, is KNOCKING furiously on Samantha’s door.

No answer.

She KNOCKS again.

GISELLE
Samantha?

She KNOCKS once more.

GISELLE
Samantha, answer me.

She opens the door, sees Samantha’s room is empty and freezes.

GISELLE
(petrified)
Oh no.

She makes a call on the phone.

JOSH (o.s.)
(voice raised,
from a distance)
Ma! Is everything alright?

GISELLE
No, your sister’s missing!

The SOUND of the phone RINGING internally the other number.

JOSH (o.s.)
(from other room)
You want me to make some tea for you?

The phone keeps RINGING in its rhythm.

GISELLE
No just stay in your room for now.
Thanks for the help but there’s
nothing you can do.

The phone RINGS, then

AUTOMATED PHONE VOICE (v.o.)
(filtered)
Please leave your message for
(Samantha’s recorded voice)
Samantha
(LONG BEEP)

GISELLE
Samantha call me back as soon as you
get this.

EXT – STREET IN LOS ANGELES NIGHT

The huge crowd of protestors, lining and filling up the streets, most but not all in masks, including Samantha, Kamala and Verna, are fired up and chanting:

PROTESTORS
I CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATHE! I
CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATH! I
CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATH! I
CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATH! I…

INT – STREET IN DOWNTOWN SANTA MONICA NIGHT

There is a smaller crowd of protestors, almost all white men, which includes Joey, with masks on, chanting.

PROTESTORS
I CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATHE! I
CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATH! I
CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATH!

There is a LEAD PROTESTOR who throws his mask into the air, upon which all of the others do the same.

LEAD PROTESTOR
I CAN BREATHE!

The crowd roars in CHEERS as well as some disunified chanting of I CAN BREATHE!

LEAD PROTESTOR
WE’RE NOT GONNA LET THEM CONTROL US!

The crowd ROARS, claps and CHEERS.

A PROTESTOR IN CROWD
Give us our freedom! Government off
our backs!

More ROARS of approval.

LEAD PROTESTOR
THE MEDIA LIE TO US OVER AND OVER!
THE GOVERNMENT HAS MASKED US BY
FORCE! WHAT IS THIS, SOCIALISM?

CROWD
NOOOO!!!!

LEAD PROTESTOR
OF COURSE NOT! THIS IS AMERICA! WE
ARE A FREE COUNTRY! DON’T PUT YOUR
PRISON GARB ON ME! I AM A FREE, LAW-
ABIDING CITIZEN! WE WILL NOT LET THEM
CONTROL US. THIS IS WRONG. WE CAN’T
LET THEM SUFFOCATE US! LET US BREATHE!

CROWD
LET US BREATHE! LET US BREATHE! LET
US BREATHE! LET US BREATHE!

There are many ROARS and CHEERS and the crowd starts to break up. Joey pats the back of the man next to him.

JOEY
Thanks Pat for inviting me out. I
really needed this after all I’ve
been through. Let’s go tie one on.

PAT
Alright! Yeah, let’s do it!

JOEY
I got a case back at the house.
My wife threw me out for not wearing
a mask so I’m living in my father’s
garage. Can you believe it?

They start walking.

PAT
Wow, no Joey. Wow, I’m glad my wife
is on my side with this.

JOEY
Well, you know, we all don’t always
luck out.

PAT
Well, hopefully this will blow over
soon when they realize it’s a hoax
and you guys will make up.

JOEY
I hope so. It’s just like that
stolen election. I’m afraid of
what they’ll do now to us.

PAT
Oh don’t get me started on that,
Joey. Let’s go get those beers and
forget about all those problems we
now have.

EXT – STREET IN LOS ANGELES NIGHT

The large crowd is there protesting and marching but the cries of I CAN’T BREATHE and other chants are less audible because there seems to be a lot of chaos going on. Police are armed along the sides SHOUTING to protestors not to get out of line and to get back.

SAMANTHA
Woah! Who are those people? I didn’t
see them before!

KAMALA
What people?

SAMANTHA
Look! They don’t seem to be with us.

She points to a group of men, mostly but not all white, many with beards and seeming to be in their 20s and early 30s. They seem to be YELLING angry CHANTS out of sync with the others.

SAMANTHA
They’re not from among us! Who are
these people?

Kamala looks in their direction. Some of these men start hurling objects toward stores and towards the police. The police start to move in on the crowd and things get very tense with a lot of SHOUTING.

A POLICE OFFICER
(on a bullhorn)
Alright, let’s break it up.

SAMANTHA
Hey wait a minute! They can’t do
this!
(to the bottle throwers)
Hey! You can’t do that!

KAMALA
This is what they do all the time!
Those are bad people! We must go!

SAMANTHA
But it’s wrong! We have the right…

She is cut off by pushing and shoving. The following dialogue is one statement almost over the previous one as a lot of commotion ensues with people pushing people.

ANOTHER PERSON
Hey!

ANOTHER PERSON
Hey! Don’t push us around! We have
the right to protest! You don’t
have to get violent!

POLICE OFFICER
You have to break up now!

SECOND OFFICER
Somebody among you is hurling bottles
and looting!

KAMALA
Sam, get back, this is what I was
telling you to avoid!

But the crowd is too much in their way to allow them to do anything but get swept up in them and SOME POLICE are cocking their weapons while OTHER POLICE are squirting some kind of nerve gas in the crows.

SAMANTHA
No! This is not right! You don’t have
the right to treat people that way!

SECOND OFFICER
If you start throwing things and
looting, we have that right!

SAMANTHA
We’re not the ones doing that! It’s
some other group that hates us that’s
doing that! You can’t fire
indiscriminately at people!

Samantha pushes forward toward the police among the NOISE and chaos. Kamala moves forward and tries to pull her back.

A POLICE OFFICER
(to other officers
around him)
Don’t listen to them. Just keep
restraining them or there’ll be all
hell breaking loose.

The police move in on the protestors even more forcefully. Kamala still tries to pull Samantha back.

SAMANTHA
STOP!

POLICE OFFICER
(to Kamala)
Hey, what do you think you’re doing!

He grabs Kamala in a restraint and starts to slap handcuffs on her.

SAMANTHA
HEY! YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO DO THAT!
SHE WASN’T DOING ANYTHING WRONG!

POLICE OFFICER
(with Kamala in
his custody)
Hey Jake! Would you get this one?

JAKE, another OFFICER, grabs Samantha.

SAMANTHA
Hey!! Let go of me!! You should be
arresting those other people you’re
letting go!

She tries to fight him off, kicking and pushing her body into him, but he overtakes her.

JAKE
(smiling)
You should know better than to try
to fight a police officer.

The NOISE and commotion meanwhile is going on all around them.

SAMANTHA
(angry as hell)
Well you should know better than to
manhandle a young lady!

She tries to kick him again but he won’t let her.

JAKE
(laughing to
his partner)
This one’s a wild stallion!

The two officers, the first one throwing Jake a mild smile, haul Samantha and Kamala off, along with more OFFICERS who haul several other PROTESTORS.

ONE OF THE PROTESTORS
You may have us but we’re not going
away! You can’t kill innocent people
because of their skin color! We’ll
be out on the streets every day!

SAMANTHA
That’s right! We will!

The protestor smiles at Samantha.

EXT – FURTHER BACK IN THE CROWD NIGHT

Verna is among many protestors who are being pushed back by the police with brute force as well as nerve gas but not taken in handcuffs.

VERNA
(almost in tears,
very distraught)
Oh my God! They got my baby! Oh
my God! Officer, she’s never done
anything wrong! She’s an honors
student! She’s only a child!

ONE OFFICER
Don’t worry. She’ll be let free!
They’re not gonna do anything. This
is the L.A. police! We don’t do that
sort of stuff.

VERNA
Well then you don’t know your history
if you think that. You police have
been very brutal towards black
people! Oh my God! She’s only
a child!

A couple of other PROTESTORS come over to comfort Verna.

ONE OF THEM
We’re gonna be alright honey. We’ll
stay with you till she’s released.

VERNA
Thank you.

INT – HOLDING FACILITY, LOS ANGELES COUNTY DETENTION CENTER NIGHT

The two officers are pinning Kamala and Samantha to the wall and feeling them up and down to remove anything on their persons.

FIRST OFFICER
Alright, Jake, you take the girls’
possessions. You girls come with
me.

He grabs them both. Samantha pulls back at first but then complies along with Kamala, who is more compliant.

SAMANTHA
What’re you gonna do to us? You don’t
have any right to feel us up.

KAMALA
(more subdued)
Just do what he says.

FIRST OFFICER
(to Kamala)
I see you’ve been through this before
quite a bit.

The officer leads the two girls into another, smaller room and shuts the door.

INT – OTHER, SMALLER ROOM NIGHT

KAMALA
No fortunately I haven’t. I’m just
smart to what goes on.

FIRST OFFICER
Yeah, I’ve seen you before.

KAMALA
No you haven’t.

SAMANTHA
Where are you taking us? What are
you gonna do to us?

FIRST OFFICER
Let me do my job please. Alright stand
against the wall with your hands up.

They comply.

FIRST OFFICER
(loud and stern)
Now! Pull down your pants!

KAMALA
Excuse me?

SAMANTHA
You gotta get a lady officer for that!

FIRST OFFICER
I know what I’m doing this is standard
procedure.

They look at each other and at him, their hands frozen in the air.

FIRST OFFICER
(yelling)
Come on! Are you gonna make me wait
all night! I gotta search you for
drugs and other contraband. It’s
standard procedure!

KAMALA
Standard procedure is a second officer
must be present at all times who is
the same gender as the suspects.

FIRST OFFICER
Are you telling me how to do my job?

KAMALA
I’m telling you what I learned in
school.

FIRST OFFICER
Did you go to the police academy?
Now let’s get moving ladies! We got
another thousand people to arrest and
book.

KAMALA
We’re both children. For your sake,
be careful what you do.

FIRST OFFICER.
I don’t believe this.

He moves forward towards them and turns Kamala around facing the wall. Then he moves Samantha. He then unbuckles Samantha’s pants and pulls them down.

SAMANTHA
(hysterical)
Hey! Oh my God!

Then he unbuckles Kamala’s pants and pulls them down. He then takes two sticks and pushes it into both girls’ rears.

KAMALA
What are you doing?

FIRST OFFICER
Just be glad it’s not something else!

He shoves the sticks into their rears in back and forth movements and the girls SHRIEK and Samantha SOBS.

KAMALA
Ey! You’re hurting her!

They both have tears in their eyes. Samantha WAILS. He continues pushing the stick back and forth into their behinds.

KAMALA
(yelling)
STOP IT!! This is not searching for
drugs!

The girls continue CRYING OUT.

FIRST OFFICER
I know.

The door opens. A NEW OFFICER enters the room.

NEW OFFICER
Hey, what are you doing? I can’t
believe this! You can’t do that!

FIRST OFFICER
They were very dangerous and resistant.
I had to check for firearms.

NEW OFFICER
No, no. This is not the way. I’m sorry
ladies. Officer Bradock, these are
children.

KAMALA
(through tears, very shaken)
That’s what we told him.

Samantha is still SOBBING hysterically. The new officer grabs the first officer (Bradock) while the girls pull up their pants.

NEW OFFICER
Justin, please turn in your badge
and weapons. I’m having you discharged.
You can’t ever do this sort of thing.
Are you girls alright?

Justin moves slowly.

NEW OFFICER
(turning his head
toward Justin)
Come on, speed it up. We don’t have
all night.
(speaking into his
radio)
Make sure Officer Bradock is relieved
of his duties for dereliction. I’ll
deal with him when I get done here.

The new officer takes Bradock’s gun away from him and removes the badge from his uniform.

NEW OFFICER
You’re free to go sir.

Bradock leaves.

EXT – STREET IN LOS ANGELES NIGHT

In the midst of a more or less dispersed and smaller crowd than earlier, Verna, very distraught, is being attended to by the people who said they’d stay with her when her phone RINGS.

VERNA
(answering on speaker)
Oh my God! My baby!

KAMALA (v.o.)
(filtered)
We’re alright ma!

VERNA
(breaking into tears)
Oh thank God! Are you in jail?

KAMALA (v.o.)
(filtered)
No, they’re letting us go. I’ll tell
you all about it when I see you.
Just tell me where you are. A very
nice police officer is going to drive
us to you.

VERNA
Oh my God! Lord have mercy! I’m still
here at…
(to her supporting friends)
Where are we exactly?

KAMALA (v.o.)
(filtered)
Ma, you just text an attachment of
your location and we can find you.

VERNA
Oh my baby, we’re gonna have to have
a talk about that being so free with
your location on your phone.

INT – THE HOUSE – KITCHEN NIGHT

Giselle, very upset and nervous, and Josh, both masked, are sitting at the table. Giselle is drinking tea. Josh is eating cookies. Her phone RINGS. She answers it on speaker.

GISELLE
Oh it’s you.

JOEY (v.o.)
(filtered)
Oh it’s me. Hey what is this? I’m
your husband. I’d expect you’d put
a little more feeling into it.

Josh cracks a smile.

GISELLE
I’m sorry Joey. I’m really worried.
I thought you were Samantha.

JOEY (v.o.)
(filtered)
Oh she texted me. She’s fine and
said she’d be home soon.

GISELLE
How long ago?

JOEY (v.o.)
(filtered)
I don’t remember. It’s been a wild
night.

GISELLE
And who’s fault is that?

JOEY (v.o.)
(filtered)
Hey come on, don’t start. I’m in
the county jail. You won’t believe
what I got picked up on.

GISELLE
What?! The county jail?

JOEY (v.o.)
(filtered)
Yeah, you gonna come and get me?

GISELLE
What’d you do this time?

JOEY (v.o.)
(filtered)
Nothin’! I was must minding my own
business having a few beers with
my buddy and they arrested me for
drinking beer in public without
wearing a mask. Now how you gonna
drink a beer through a mask?

GISELLE
You could have drank it here in
the house where you would have been
safe instead of sneaking in through
the back door to sneak them out.

JOEY (o.s.)
(filtered)
You said I was banned from the house!
Come on, are you gonna come down or
not?

GISELLE
Are you gonna behave yourself from
now on?

JOEY (o.s.)
(filtered)
Alright, you know what? Just take
me to my dad’s. I’ll stay with him.

VOICE IN BACKGROUND (o.s.)
(filtered, less audible)
You’re gonna have to end now…

GISELLE
You’re so stubborn.

All of a sudden, the door to the kitchen opens and in walks Samantha, visibly very shaken, accompanied by Kamala and Verna.

GISELLE
I gotta go now Joey. Samantha’s
here.

JOEY (o.s.)
(filtered)
What? Wait! Don’t hang up!

She hangs up.

GISELLE
Oh my God, honey, are you alright?

Samantha rushes over to Giselle to hug her but Giselle stops her with her hand held out.

GISELLE
Six feet of separation!

Kamala hugs Samantha who really looks out of sorts.

KAMALA
(holding and rocking her)
It’s okay Sam. Everything’s gonna be
okay. I’m right here with you.

GISELLE
I’m sorry honey. Just tell me what
happened. Then I’m going with you
and your brother to jail to rescue
your dad so you can both see why we
need to follow rules.

SAMANTHA
(excited)
Wait! Daddy was in jail? I was in
jail too!

GISELLE
What? Oh my God! Are you alright?

VERNA
We went down to protest the killing
of George Floyd and they somehow
managed to get arrested and abused
by a cop as bad as the one that
killed George Floyd.

KAMALA
But fortunately, a good cop came in
in time and took his badge and gun
away. We got his name and badge number
and are gonna press charges.

FADE OUT



Everybody’s Had Enough

This is the updated version of Episode 25, completed till the end when Joey goes ballistic on Josh after his last sneak-out through the window in which he leaves his grandfather there in his piss-smell-filled room and goes off to his friend Michael’s to inquire about Amanda, finds out Michael got into Stanford and suddenly has a change of heart but when he gets home, he meets the iciest reception as his parents and even grandfather have just about had enough of his nonsense.

FADE IN

VOICEOVER

Previously on “The New All In The

Family…”

INT – LIVING ROOM  DAY

Giselle and Josh are sitting on opposite sides of the couch.

GISELLE

I was just really frustrated and

needed a break after all the stress

around here so don’t get on my case.

Cause I been a damn good mother.

JOSH

Yes I know, you’ve been a great

mother.

GISELLE

Wow. I really appreciate hearing

that for a change. Nobody ever says

anything good about me around here.

JOSH

Now be an even greater mother by

letting me see that girl and give

me back my phone so I’ll be the good

son you always wanted.

          GISELLE

What? You trying to blackmail me?

Josh, you didn’t get smart by having

dumb parents. If you think you’re

gonna blackmail me into caving, then

that’s your dumb side again. I just

opened up to you and you just kicked

me in the groin.

          JOSH

     (getting really mad)

What are you talking about? You just…

CUT ABRUPTLY TO:

          JOSH

So I have to suffer this cruel and

unusual punishment forever that your

stupid husband…

          GISELLE

Josh, shut up!

          JOSH

     (uninterrupted)

…put on me and you didn’t even

have the guts to stand up to him?!

          GISELLE

     (raising voice)

Well if you’d let me talk, I got

good news. Josh, I was gonna say

I’m not letting you stay locked up

in your room anymore and too bad

what your father says, okay? And you

know how much I stand up to him when

I’m right. Which I am now. As always.

It’s clear locking you up wasn’t

working so things are gonna change

now.

          JOSH

     (suddenly really happy)

Wow, really ma?

CUT TO:

GISELLE

So your first job as a free man is

to keep your father away from me

until I’m good and ready for him.

All your hopes rest entirely on your

respecting my wishes.

JOSH

Oh, I don’t know ab…

GISELLE

Well you better know fast.

She gets up and starts heading to the stairs.

GISELLE

(turning her head back)

With freedom comes responsibility.

You need to become stronger if you

want to handle the privileges of

adult life.

CUT TO:

Mike is there, having just entered.

GISELLE (re-appearing)

Mike! What are you doing here?

MIKE

I came to see Josh.

JOSH

(surprised)

You did?? Really?

CUT TO:

GISELLE

Mike, I got to get upstairs to bed,

I’m sorry I can’t be more entertaining.

Josh, remember what I told you.

          JOSH

Sure, mom.

MIKE

(as she goes back up)

That’s alright, it was Josh I came

to see. Go ‘head. Come, Josh, let’s

go up to your room. It’ll be more

private.

JOSH

I don’t think you wanna come up to

my room.

MIKE

Why not?

CUT TO:

INT – JOSH’S BEDROOM  DAY

Enter Mike and Josh. Josh closes the door behind him.

MIKE

Oh my God. What is that smell?

CUT TO:

MIKE

Come on, let’s just go downstairs

where it smells a lot better, ‘n we

can breathe.

CUT TO:

He struggles to turn the doorknob but no luck. It’s locked.

JOSH

Don’t worry, I can get you out from

the outside.

CUT TO:

JOSH

I’ll get you out of here in a

second. I’ve been down that wall

before. And I know how to get back

up. With a girl even.

He walks toward the window and starts to climb out.

MIKE

I don’t believe this. You know you’re

getting to be more like your dad

every day.

JOSH

Just wait.

He climbs down the side and out of view. Mike shakes his head unbelievingly. The front door can be heard OPENING downstairs almost immediately and Mike gives a look of incredulity.

MIKE

I can’t believe that boy made it down

the side and to the front door that

quickly.

Mike waits. After the initial noise seems to give way to SOUNDS OF DISHES OR BOTTLES coming from the kitchen,

MIKE

(shouting as loud as can)

HEY JOSH! DID YOU FORGET SOMETHING?!

LIKE A GRANDFATHER YOU LEFT IN THE

ATTACK?

Suddenly, a distant (from the kitchen) CLANG followed by the loud sounds of shoes seeming to get LOUDER and CLOSER.

JOEY (o.s.)

(from downstairs)

What the hell is going on around

here? Dad! What are you doing here?

Oh that’s right. You said you were

stopping by.

MIKE

Joey! I’m glad you’re home. First

get me out of this urinal and then

let’s talk.

Caption: “And now, continuing right along…”

JOEY (o.s.)

(sounding closer, SHOES audible)

What happened to Josh? Where’s Giselle?

How’d’you end up alone in his room?

Do I have to do everything?

MIKE

Just get me out of this stinkhole

and I’ll explain whatever little

I can of everything.

JOEY (o.s.)

(louder, screaming)

Josh!!! Where are you?!!

Joey opens Josh’s door, then recoils in disgust, covering his nose.

JOEY

I don’t believe this! Phew!

They both look at each other piercingly, questioningly, taken aback. Joey starts to relax a little and grin.[1]

EXT – JOSH’S FRIEND, MICHAEL’S HOUSE  DAY

The front door opens revealing Michael who looks shocked.

MICHAEL

Oh my God! Josh! I can’t believe it!

It’s like you came back from the dead!

What happened to you?

JOSH

Oh it’s so complicated.

MICHAEL

Wow, it’s really good to see you

buddy. You just caught me in the

nick of time. I’m leaving today for

Stanford. Would you believe it? I

just got in on a scholarship last

minute.

JOSH

(mentally on two things)

Wow. But wait a minute. I need your

help finding Amanda Wainright. I

still don’t have my phone.

MICHAEL

Who? Amanda Wainright??

JOSH

Oh come on, you gotta know her. She’s

in our school.

MICHAEL

(teasing smile)

Oh, she’s in our school now. Nice

work. Now at least you’re on the

same continent. Have you heard from

that other girlfriend now that she’s

in a war zone?

JOSH

What other girlfriend?

MICHAEL

Oh, you know who I mean. You begged

me to borrow my phone to cut class

so you could sext her. I got in

trouble for that.

JOSH

No you didn’t.

MICHAEL

Yes I did. Don’t you remem…

JOSH

You got in trouble because you changed

my records back when my dad yanked

my phone.

MICHAEL

Yeah, that too. I saved your life.

JOSH

No, not that too. That only.

MICHAEL

It doesn’t matter anyway.

(breaking into smile)

I got into Stanford.

JOSH

Yeah, I’ll say it doesn’t matter. I

had sex.

MICHAEL

(smirking, teasing)

Oh right…A…Amanda what’s her name,

right?

JOSH

Wainright.

MICHAEL

Yeah right.

JOSH

You don’t believe me, do you?

MICHAEL

Whose phone did you have to steal

this time? Or did you get yours

back?

JOSH

What’re you talking about? She came

to me.

MICHAEL

Well, I’ll say one thing about you.

You’re a colorful storyteller. Go

on. What happened next?

JOSH

Oh… Trust me, you don’t even want

to know all the details.

MICHAEL

Oh yes I do. Since you’re such a

stud muffin now, you can help me get

ready for college.

JOSH

What do you mean, get ready for

college?

MICHAEL

Well, if you got a girl into bed, I

wanna know how you did it so I’ll

know what to do.

JOSH

Well I didn’t learn from anybody

telling me about it. You just gotta

get lucky. Just be suave and be

yourself. Maybe show her a little

of what you got. Like a picture of

the goods beforehand. That’s how I

won over Amanda.

MICHAEL

That’s okay, I wanna be entertained.

I want to know everything that

happened from start to finish. Don’t

leave out any details. Or body parts.

     JOSH

Alright. You asked for it. But I’m

not givin’ out any information unless

you give out some. Like where she

lives.

MICHAEL

Okay, so you had sex with a girl and

you don’t even know how to get in

touch with her? No email? No phone?

No snapchat profile?

JOSH

Hey. Did you already forget I got

no phone? Alright, forget it. I don’t

need you to tell me. I’ll find out

somehow. And that, my brother, is

how a guy gets laid. Persistence.

INT – THE HALLWAY IN FRONT OF JOSH’S ROOM  DAY

Mike, in the doorway of Josh’s room, faces Joey. Both look confused and incredulous.

JOEY

What the hell’s going on? Oh my God.

The room stinks, the boy’s gone

somehow. You wanna start explaining?

MIKE

Yeah, I’ll be glad to.

JOEY

You know he’s in big trouble, right?

Isn’t that what your lawyer was

saying on the phone? How’d you let

him slip away?

MIKE

Well if you’d let me explain… I

came by like I told you. The door

was open…seems to be a thing around

here whenever I show up.

JOEY

Not me.

MIKE

Yeah, I know not you. Giselle was

here.

JOEY

Oh, now she finally decides to show

up. But where is she when you really

need her?

MIKE

She didn’t look too good. Like she

was really tired.

JOEY

She’s got nobody but herself to blame

for that.

MIKE

Let’s not get into that. Let’s just

stay focused on Josh. So he was here

with her…in the living room. On

the couch.

JOEY

(really cracking up)

Oh really?! And somehow you ended

up locked in a room all by yourself

that reeks of piss. You care to

explain yourself? Your bladder giving

way again?

MIKE

No Joey, thankfully, this time my

bladder was working fine. Fortunately,

you came home in the nick of time.

JOEY

Alright, so this is Josh’s piss,

then. And yet somehow he managed to

be gone while you’re stuck in here.

Brilliant work if you ask me.

MIKE

Hey! You gonna give a chance to tell

you what really happened? Or are you

gonna keep editorializing so I

can’t get a word in edgewise.

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield is sitting by the bedside, next to Samantha, who’s lying in bed, head up on her pillow, looking better than before.

DR. MORFIELD

That’s how therapy works. It helps

relieve you of pressures that build

up inside when you can talk to somebody

honestly about them. You didn’t do

anything wrong. You were abused. And

what’s more, it was by an authority

figure. I strongly suggest you follow

through with this course of therapy,

along with any medication you may

need to help stabilize you. I will

be back to see you a few times before

you’re discharged but it’s up to you

to follow up once you’re back at home.

SAMANTHA

I don’t know about that. You know

how my mom is.

DR. MORFIELD

She seemed pretty anxious for you

to receive whatever treatment you

need.

SAMANTHA

Yeah, but just to spite me, she’ll

forbid me from coming when she gets

into one of her spiteful moods. She

does that a lot.

DR. MORFIELD

I know, you told me. We’ll talk about

that next time. I think she’s gonna

be okay about this though.

He pats her gently on her shoulder closest to him, gets up to leave and reaches out his hand to her to shake hers but she just smiles and nods back.

DR. MORFIELD

Okay, Samantha, I’ll be seeing you.

She continues smiling at him as he leaves.

INT – JOSH’S FRIEND, MICHAEL’S HOUSE  DAY

Michael and Josh are still in the doorway, the door open, but more or less inside the house.

                         MICHAEL

Hey, come on in.

JOSH

So you don’t know anyone who knows

Amanda?

MICHAEL

Maybe I do but just don’t know it.

JOSH

     (emphatic)

She’s in our class! How could you

not know her? Boy, you really don’t

hang out with the girls at all.

MICHAEL

What can I tell you? I got into

Stanford. I never saw you hanging

with any girls either.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER (o.s.)

     (from another room)

Who’s that at the door, Michael?

MICHAEL

You really won’t believe this, ma.

You remember Josh, the crazy geek?

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER (o.s.)

     (from another room)

Who? That name doesn’t ring a bell

at all.

JOSH

Oh man, she’s just as bad as you

forgetting names and people.

Michael’s mother comes into the room and sees Josh.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

     (noticing Josh)

Oh, hi. I don’t think we’ve met.

I’m Sheryl, Michael’s mom.

          MICHAEL

You actually have met. Do you remem…

          JOSH

No, actually we haven’t. Sorry I

been gone…

     (hesitates)

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Oh..? Where d’you go? Traveling?

Someplace nice?

          MICHAEL   

Oh he went someplace real nice.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Oh, I love traveling. We’re actually

getting ready to take a trip this

summer in Europe. Among other things,

we’re celebrating Michael’s graduation.

And did he tell you?

MICHAEL

Yeah, he knows about me getting into

Stanford on a scholarship. I’ll bet

you could get into Stanford or another

good school too with your smarts.

You should apply yourself and go for

it.

Josh gets a penetrating look of self-reflection/slight regret.

JOSH

Yeah, maybe I will.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

It’s funny I don’t remember you.

Do you want to join us for a bite?

MICHAEL’S FATHER (o.s.)

Okay, soup’s on!

He enters the room.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

It’s actually cold sandwiches. Who’s

hungry?

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Jay, Michael a has friend who came

to see him off. Isn’t that nice?

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Hey, wait a minute. Don’t I know you

from somewhere?

His expression sours.

JOSH

Maybe I better be going. It was great

to see you again, Michael, and

congrats. Nice meeting you…

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Wait a minute. Don’t go anywhere.

MICHAEL

Dad, let him go. He just wanted to

say goodbye. Alright, take care,

Josh.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Wait, now I got it. You’re that boy

who got our son in big trouble. I

remember it now. It took a lot of

work on our part and his to turn

everything around and all he was

trying was to be a good friend.

Whatever happened to you?

JOSH

I got punished.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

(taken aback)

Oh you’re that boy?

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope you learned your lesson and

got it together.

JOSH

(swallowing his words)

I sure did.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

(disappointed)

And you didn’t even tell me.

JOSH

(forlorn, sorry)

I’m sorry to bother all of you. Just

wanted to wish Michael well. He was

a good friend to me. And I’m really

happy for you, Michael.

He starts to leave.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope seeing Michael’s success

inspires you to study hard too.

Because you’re a brilliant student

too. As long as you play by the rules.

Josh pauses a moment to reflect and a bright hopeful gleam comes to his face.

JOSH

Thanks sir. I’ll try my best.

He walks out of the house as the three of them stare at him from behind with puzzled, perplexed looks.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope that kid was serious.

Josh leaves in ambient, distant looking reflection.

JOSH

(to self)

What was I thinking? I can’t believe

I fell for that girl again. This ends

now. If Michael can do it, I can.

He didn’t even believe me about

Amanda. What’s the point?

His expression gives way to a brighter, more determined look as he picks up his pace and starts to jaunt and even run ahead.

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

Samantha’s in her bed as we left her. She starts to reach for her phone when the door opens and in walks Kamala, who comes and sits at bedside.

KAMALA

I heard it went really well.

SAMANTHA

(smiling)

Yeah, he kind of surprised me. I

didn’t know anyone had that kind of

power to take away my pain.

KAMALA

That means it’s working. But you

have to stick with it even when it

doesn’t feel so good.

SAMANTHA

What d’you mean?

KAMALA

Sometimes you have to deal with stuff

that makes you feel bad. That’s the

only way you can get over it. Just

trust him. He knows what he’s doing.

SAMANTHA

Mm’mmm.

She stares into space, half pondering, half zoning, and then looks back at Kamala with a smile. Kamala massages her arm.

SAMANTHA

Thank you for being there. So how

are you doing?

KAMALA

Okay I guess. Trying to look into a

summer internship in legal advocacy

for disadvantaged people, with an

emphasis on abused women.

SAMANTHA

Wow that sounds great. You’re so

ahead of everybody else. They’d all

be looking to work at McDonald’s and

to have some summer fun.

KAMALA

You know that’s not me, honey. I

gotta do things to help people.

SAMANTHA

Yeah, I see. Well, you’ve really

helped me.

KAMALA

You helped me too by marching with

us. And I like your fiery sense of

justice. You just need to place it

correctly, like not when you’re in

a crazy situation and a cop has cuffs

on you.

SAMANTHA

Yeah.

KAMALA

You seem better than I’ve seen you

in a long time.

SAMANTHA

I hope we can get out of here so we

can have some real fun in bed together.

KAMALA

(smiles)

Yeah, me too. We also need to make

sure we get that case happening

against the cop.

SAMANTHA

Have you talked to anyone?

KAMALA

It takes time. I signed the complaint

but as soon as you’re well enough,

you should co-sign it as a co-

complainant since you were assaulted

as well. And then we just have to

wait until the court can schedule us

for a preliminary hearing.

SAMANTHA

That sounds like a lot. Maybe I

better get better first.

KAMALA

You are getting better. All you have

to do is go in and sign the complaint

form which is already submitted. The

more names on it, the more credulity

it has.

SAMANTHA

Credulity?

KAMALA

Believability.

SAMANTHA

Wait. I know that one. Credulity.

(spells slowly and unevenly)

C-R-E-D-U-L-I-T-Y. Credulity.

She lights up with a bright smile. Kamala smiles.

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

The door opens. Josh walks in, huffing from the exertion and with great enthusiasm. All of a sudden he sees Mike, Joey and Giselle, herself now really struggling with exhaustion, all sitting on the couch with stern, almost intimidating expressions.

JOSH

(trying to remain undaunted)

Hey! Guess what? I’m gonna really

buckle down now and bone up to get

into a really good school. No more

games. And I’m serious this time.

He notices the icy silence, which starts to dim his enthusiasm.

                         MIKE

     That’s great that you want to make

     good, but…

JOSH

(riding on that)

Yeah, I’m gonna make good now. My

friend, Michael just got into

Stanford. If he can do that, there’s

no reason I can’t either. Come on

Grandpa, let’s get back to that home

schooling.

MIKE

Sit down, Josh.

Josh finally loses his good feeling as he almost deflates into one of the chairs in the room. A stony silence hangs.

GISELLE

Joey, are you gonna say something

or do I have to do everything?

JOSH

(smart-alecky)

You know the answer to that ma. You

gotta do everything.

GISELLE

(abruptly, stern, raising

voice)

Don’t even try to get on my good

side now.

JOEY

She’s gotta do everything, huh?

That’s what you think?

MIKE

I think this is supposed to be about

Josh, not your wife.

JOEY

Oh it’s definitely about him. Let

me tell you something sonny boy,

smart-aleck. I’ve just had enough

of your tricks. You’ve got no idea

how this world works. And you have

the nerve to think you can make it

all right by studying now? Which I

know is just a ruse.

JOSH

No it’s not a…

JOEY

Shut up because you reached the end

of your rope and now you’re gonna

learn something, really learn

something for the first time.

     (pause as everyone self-collects)

You can’t just joke and worm your

way into success by fooling people.

Your mother was nice enough to let

you out of your room, and what’s the

first thing…

GISELLE

Wait a minute, Joey, he climbed down

the side. The door was still locked.

JOEY

Doesn’t matter. He knew you were

removing the punishment, and what

does he do, first thing? He takes

advantage. And let me tell you another

thing. You think your ma does everything.

Well I got news for you. I’m the one

bringing home the bacon.

GISELLE

Oh, and my job counts for nothing?

MIKE

Kids, don’t fight. We gotta stay

united.

JOEY

Okay I’m sorry, honey. But who was

it going out there every day despite

even your mother trying to stop me,

sitting in an empty shop so you’d

have a place to live and food to

eat? Who hauls his ass every day to

be there on time—early even—and stays

late while you’re just goofing off

thinking up ways to beat the system,

which can’t be beat?

GISELLE

Joey, you didn’t have to go out there.

We had the stimulus money and Mike

helped us out. You were just being

stubborn.

JOEY

No I wasn’t. You’re totally missing

the point. It’s about him growing

up. Listen to me clearly, young man.

It’s called a work ethic. You wanna

get somewhere? This is how you do

it. You get up every morning early

before everyone else and you get

your ass out there and work. I could’a

showed you how to make an honest

living instead of those con games

you got into. And you didn’t even

get any of them right! What, so you

got one girl in your bed a couple

nights and now you think you’re hot

shit? That don’t mean nothing. You

still got caught with everything you

did. The only thing you succeeded at

was being a big pain to everyone

around you. But what’d’you get out

of it? Nothing! You’re just lucky I

didn’t do to you what other boys’

fathers do. And don’t count my father

as an example. He’s a liberal so he’s

too soft.

(looks at Mike)

You know something? You’re the reason

this kid thought he could get away

with anything. I think I somehow got

mixed up in the wrong family. Because

I didn’t have a father when I needed

someone.

MIKE

Are we gonna start this again?

JOEY

You better believe we are. I’m just

lucky Grandpa was still alive and

knew how to raise me.

MIKE

Oh right, he sure raised you right.

He taught you to hate people, to

bring your children up like some

kind of prison camp.

JOEY

Well let’s compare grandpas then.

Which one of us is the one who’s got

a delinquent grandson? Which one is

the one who takes care of his family

and the one you can trust to take

your car to for repairs and maintenance?

MIKE

Joey, you can’t compare yourself, a

healthy, functioning middle-aged man,

to an adolescent.

JOEY

Oh! I thought we were all supposed

to be united together but you’d

rather take his side. Ah ha!

GISELLE

Ohkh Gaad, will you guys please.

My head is killing me. My ears are

ringing. I can’t do this anymore.

(looks up, pleading)

God, what did I do? I was never that

bad? Uhhhhhhhh……….

(deep exhale)

Silence for a moment as everyone looks at her in total surprise.


[1] Theme song at that point

THE NEW ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’ EPISODE 25

I accidentally copied the script twice. But maybe that’s a good thing so you’ll get all the things you missed the first time.

FADE IN

VOICEOVER

Previously on “The New All In The

Family…”

EXT – JOSH’S FRIEND, MICHAEL’S HOUSE  DAY

The front door opens revealing Michael who looks shocked.

MICHAEL

Oh my God! Josh! I can’t believe it!

It’s like you came back from the dead!

What happened to you?

JOSH

Oh it’s so complicated.

MICHAEL

Wow, it’s really good to see you

buddy. You just caught me in the

nick of time. I’m leaving today for

Stanford. Would you believe it? I

just got in on a scholarship last

minute.

JOSH

(mentally on two things)

Wow. But wait a minute. I need your

help finding Amanda Wainright. I

still don’t have my phone.

MICHAEL

Who? Amanda Wainright??

JOSH

Oh come on, you gotta know her. She’s

in our school.

MICHAEL

(teasing smile)

Oh, she’s in our school now. Nice

work. Now at least you’re on the

same continent. Have you heard from

that other girlfriend now that she’s

in a war zone?

JOSH

What other girlfriend?

MICHAEL

Oh, you know who I mean. You begged

me to borrow my phone to cut class

so you could sext her. I got in

trouble for that.

JOSH

No you didn’t.

MICHAEL

Yes I did. Don’t you remem…

JOSH

You got in trouble because you changed

my records back when my dad yanked

my phone.

MICHAEL

Yeah, that too. I saved your life.

JOSH

No, not that too. That only.

MICHAEL

It doesn’t matter anyway.

(breaking into smile)

I got into Stanford.

JOSH

Yeah, I’ll say it doesn’t matter. I

had sex.

MICHAEL

(smirking, teasing)

Oh right…A…Amanda what’s her name,

right?

JOSH

Wainright.

MICHAEL

Yeah right.

JOSH

You don’t believe me, do you?

MICHAEL

Whose phone did you have to steal

this time? Or did you get yours

back?

JOSH

What’re you talking about? She came

to me.

MICHAEL

Well, I’ll say one thing about you.

You’re a colorful storyteller. Go

on. What happened next?

JOSH

Oh… Trust me, you don’t even want

to know all the details.

MICHAEL

Oh yes I do. Since you’re such a

stud muffin now, you can help me get

ready for college.

JOSH

What do you mean, get ready for

college?

MICHAEL

Well, if you got a girl into bed, I

wanna know how you did it so I’ll

know what to do.

JOSH

Well I didn’t learn from anybody

telling me about it. You just gotta

get lucky. Just be suave and be

yourself. Maybe show her a little

of what you got. Like a picture of

the goods beforehand. That’s how I

won over Amanda.

MICHAEL

That’s okay, I wanna be entertained.

I want to know everything that

happened from start to finish. Don’t

leave out any details. Or body parts.

     JOSH

Alright. You asked for it. But I’m

not givin’ out any information unless

you give out some. Like where she

lives.

MICHAEL

Okay, so you had sex with a girl and

you don’t even know how to get in

touch with her? No email? No phone?

No snapchat profile?

JOSH

Hey. Did you already forget I got

no phone? Alright, forget it. I don’t

need you to tell me. I’ll find out

somehow. And that, my brother, is

how a guy gets laid. Persistence.

INT – THE HALLWAY IN FRONT OF JOSH’S ROOM  DAY

Mike, in the doorway of Josh’s room, faces Joey. Both look confused and incredulous.

JOEY

What the hell’s going on? Oh my God.

The room stinks, the boy’s gone

somehow. You wanna start explaining?

MIKE

Yeah, I’ll be glad to.

JOEY

You know he’s in big trouble, right?

Isn’t that what your lawyer was

saying on the phone? How’d you let

him slip away?

MIKE

Well if you’d let me explain… I

came by like I told you. The door

was open…seems to be a thing around

here whenever I show up.

JOEY

Not me.

MIKE

Yeah, I know not you. Giselle was

here.

JOEY

Oh, now she finally decides to show

up. But where is she when you really

need her?

MIKE

She didn’t look too good. Like she

was really tired.

JOEY

She’s got nobody but herself to blame

for that.

MIKE

Let’s not get into that. Let’s just

stay focused on Josh. So he was here

with her…in the living room. On

the couch.

JOEY

(really cracking up)

Oh really?! And somehow you ended

up locked in a room all by yourself

that reeks of piss. You care to

explain yourself? Your bladder giving

way again?

MIKE

No Joey, thankfully, this time my

bladder was working fine. Fortunately,

you came home in the nick of time.

JOEY

Alright, so this is Josh’s piss,

then. And yet somehow he managed to

be gone while you’re stuck in here.

Brilliant work if you ask me.

MIKE

Hey! You gonna give a chance to tell

you what really happened? Or are you

gonna keep editorializing so I

can’t get a word in edgewise.[i]

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield is sitting by the bedside, next to Samantha, who’s lying in bed, head up on her pillow, looking better than before.

DR. MORFIELD

That’s how therapy works. It helps

relieve you of pressures that build

up inside when you can talk to somebody

honestly about them. You didn’t do

anything wrong. You were abused. And

what’s more, it was by an authority

figure. I strongly suggest you follow

through with this course of therapy,

along with any medication you may

need to help stabilize you. I will

be back to see you a few times before

you’re discharged but it’s up to you

to follow up once you’re back at home.

SAMANTHA

I don’t know about that. You know

how my mom is.

DR. MORFIELD

She seemed pretty anxious for you

to receive whatever treatment you

need.

SAMANTHA

Yeah, but just to spite me, she’ll

forbid me from coming when she gets

into one of her spiteful moods. She

does that a lot.

DR. MORFIELD

I know, you told me. We’ll talk about

that next time. I think she’s gonna

be okay about this though.

He pats her gently on her shoulder closest to him, gets up to leave and reaches out his hand to her to shake hers.

DR. MORFIELD

Okay, Samantha, I’ll be seeing you.

She nods, smiling, as he leaves.

INT – JOSH’S FRIEND, MICHAEL’S HOUSE  DAY

Michael and Josh are still in the doorway, the door open, but more or less inside the house.

                         MICHAEL

Hey, come on in.

JOSH

So you don’t know anyone who knows

Amanda?

MICHAEL

Maybe I do but just don’t know it.

JOSH

     (emphatic)

She’s in our class! How could you

not know her? Boy, you really don’t

hang out with the girls at all.

MICHAEL

What can I tell you? I got into

Stanford. I never saw you hanging

with any girls either.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER (o.s.)

     (from another room)

Who’s that at the door, Michael?

MICHAEL

You really won’t believe this, ma.

You remember Josh, the crazy geek?

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER (o.s.)

     (from another room)

Who? That name doesn’t ring a bell

at all.

JOSH

Oh man, she’s just as bad as you

forgetting names and people.

Michael’s mother comes into the room and sees Josh.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

     (noticing Josh)

Oh, hi. I don’t think we’ve met.

Michael how come you never told me

about this one? I thought I thought

I knew all your friends.

          MICHAEL

You actually have met. Do you remem…

          JOSH

No, actually we haven’t. Sorry I

been gone…

     (hesitates)

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Oh..? Where d’you go? Traveling?

Someplace nice?

          MICHAEL   

Oh he went someplace real nice.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Oh, I love traveling. We’re actually

getting ready to take a trip this

summer in Europe. Among other things,

we’re celebrating Michael’s graduation.

And did he tell you?

MICHAEL

Yeah, he knows about me getting into

Stanford on a scholarship. I’ll bet

you could get into Stanford or another

good school too with your smarts.

You should apply yourself and go for

it.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

It’s funny I don’t remember you.

Do you want to join us for a bite?

MICHAEL’S FATHER (o.s.)

Okay, soup’s on!

He enters the room.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

It’s actually cold sandwiches. Who’s

hungry?

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Jay, Michael a has friend who came

to see him off. Isn’t that nice?

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Hey, wait a minute. Don’t I know you

from somewhere?

His expression sours.

JOSH

Maybe I better be going. It was great

to see you again, Michael, and

congrats. Nice meeting you…

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Wait a minute. Don’t go anywhere.

MICHAEL

Dad, let him go. He just wanted to

say goodbye. Alright, take care,

Josh.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Wait, now I got it. You’re that boy

who got our son in big trouble. I

remember it now. It took a lot of

work on our part and his to turn

everything around and all he was

trying was to be a good friend.

Whatever happened to you?

JOSH

I got punished.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

(taken aback)

Oh you’re that boy?

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope you learned your lesson and

got it together.

JOSH

I sure did.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

(disappointed)

And you didn’t even tell me.

JOSH

I’m sorry to bother all of you. Just

wanted to wish Michael well. He was

a good friend to me. And I’m really

happy for you, Michael.

He starts to leave.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope seeing Michael’s success

inspires you to study hard too.

Because you’re a brilliant student

too. As long as you play by the rules.

JOSH

Thanks sir. I’ll try my best.

He walks out of the house as the three of them stare at him from behind with puzzled, perplexed looks.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope that kid was serious. Because

I never know whether I can trust him

or not.

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

Samantha’s in her bed as we left her. She starts to reach for her phone when the door opens and in walks Kamala, who comes and sits at bedside.

KAMALA

I heard it went really well.

SAMANTHA

(smiling)

Yeah, he kind of surprised me. I

didn’t know anyone had that kind of

power to take away my pain.

KAMALA

That means it’s working. But you

have to stick with it even when it

doesn’t feel so good.

SAMANTHA

What d’you mean?

KAMALA

Sometimes you have to deal with stuff

that makes you feel bad. That’s the

only way you can get over it. Just

trust him. He knows what he’s doing.

SAMANTHA

Mm’mmm.

She stares into space, half pondering, half zoning, and then looks back at Kamala with a smile. Kamala massages her arm.

SAMANTHA

So how are you doing?

KAMALA

Okay I guess. Trying to look into a

summer internship in legal advocacy

for disadvantaged people, with an

emphasis on abused women.

SAMANTHA

Wow that sounds great. You’re so

ahead of everybody else. They’d all

be looking to work at McDonald’s and

to have some summer fun.

KAMALA

You know that’s not me, honey. I

gotta do things to help people.

SAMANTHA

Yeah, I see. Well, you’ve really

helped me.

KAMALA

You helped me too by marching with

us. And I like your fiery sense of

justice. You just need to place it

correctly, like not when you’re in

a crazy situation and a cop has cuffs

on you.

SAMANTHA

Yeah.

KAMALA

You seem better than I’ve seen you

in a long time.

SAMANTHA

I hope we can get out of here so we

can have some real fun in bed together.

KAMALA

(smiles)

Yeah, me too. We also need to make

sure we get that case happening

against the cop.

SAMANTHA

Have you talked to anyone?

KAMALA

It takes time. I signed the complaint

but as soon as you’re well enough,

you should co-sign it as a co-

complainant since you were assaulted

as well. And then we just have to

wait until the court can schedule us

for a preliminary hearing.

SAMANTHA

That sounds like a lot. Maybe I

better get better first.

KAMALA

You are getting better. All you have

to do is go in and sign the complaint

form which is already submitted. The

more names on it, the more credulity

it has.

SAMANTHA

Credulity?

KAMALA

Believability.

SAMANTHA

Wait. I know that one. Credulity.

(spells slowly)

C-R-E-D-U-L-I-T-Y. Credulity.

Kamala smiles.

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

The door opens. Josh walks in, somewhat enthusiastically excited. All of a sudden he sees Mike, Joey and Giselle, all sitting on the couch with stern, almost intimidating expressions.

After a little longer than usual silence as Josh is taken aback by the icy reception,

JOSH

(with cheerful enthusiasm)

Hey! Guess what?

                         MIKE

     I don’t get what’s happening here.

     I’d think you’d be afraid to come

back after the way you left.

JOSH

(still on his high,

not acknowledging his

parents’ glares)

Yeah, but I’m gonna make good now.

Because I’m gonna buckle down and

study up. Michael just got into

Stanford. And there’s no reason I

can’t either. I’m so glad you’re

here Grandpa so we can get back to

the home schooling.

Nobody talks as they try to process what’s going on, until

GISELLE

     (looking right at Mike,

     then left at Joey,

totally disheveled, unkempt

and exhausted)

Are one of you gonna say something

or do I have to do everything?

JOSH

(smart-alecky)

You know the answer to that ma. You

gotta do everything.

GISELLE

(abruptly, stern, raising

voice)

Don’t even try to get on my good

side now.

JOEY

She’s gotta do everything, huh?

That’s what you think?

MIKE

I think this is supposed to be about

Josh, not your wife.

JOEY

Oh it’s definitely about him. Let

me tell you something sonny boy,

smart-aleck. I’ve just had enough

of your tricks. You’ve got no idea

how this world works. And you have

the nerve to think you can make it

all right by studying now? Which I

know is just a ruse.

JOSH

No it’s not a…

JOEY

Shut up because you reached the end

of your rope and now you’re gonna

learn something, really learn

something for the first time.

     (pause as everyone self-collects)

You can’t just joke and worm your

way into success by fooling people.

Your mother was nice enough to let

you out of your room, and what’s the

first thing…

GISELLE

Wait a minute, Joey, he climbed down

the side. The door was still locked.

JOEY

Doesn’t matter. He knew you were

being nice, and what does he do,

first thing? He takes advantage.

And let me tell you another thing.

You think your ma does everything.

Well I got news for you. I’m the one

bringing home the bacon.

GISELLE

Oh, and my job counts for nothing?

MIKE

Kids, don’t fight. We gotta stay

united.

JOEY

Okay I’m sorry, honey. But who was

it going out there every day despite

even your mother trying to stop me,

sitting in an empty shop so you’d

have a place to live and food to

eat? Who hauls his ass every day to

be there on time—early even—and stays

late while you’re just goofing off

thinking up ways to beat the system,

which can’t be beat?

GISELLE

Joey, you didn’t have to go out there.

We had the stimulus money and Mike

helped us out. You were just being

stubborn.

JOEY

No I wasn’t. It was called a work

ethic. You wanna get somewhere, young

man? This is how you do it. You get

up every morning early before everyone

else and you get your ass out there

and work. I could’a showed you how

to make an honest living instead of

those con games you were getting

into. And you didn’t even get any

of them right? What. So you got one

girl in your bed a couple nights and

now you think you’re hot shit? That

don’t mean nothing. You still got

caught with everything you did. The

only thing you succeeded at was

making everybody around you’s life

a big pain. But you didn’t get

anything out of it. You’re just lucky

I didn’t do to you what other boys’

fathers do. You can’t count my father.

He’s a liberal so he’s too soft.

(looks at Mike)

You know something? You’re the reason

this kid thought he could get away

with anything. I think I somehow got

mixed up in the wrong family. Because

I didn’t have a father when I needed

someone.

MIKE

Are we gonna start this again?

JOEY

You better believe we are. I’m just

lucky Grandpa was still alive and

knew how to raise me.

MIKE

Oh right, he sure raised you right.

He taught you to hate people, to

bring your children up like some

kind of prison camp.

JOEY

Well let’s compare grandpas then.

Which one of us is the one who’s got

a delinquent grandson? Which one is

the one who takes care of his family

and the one you trust to take your

car to for repairs and maintenance?

MIKE

Joey, you can’t compare yourself, a

healthy, functioning middle-aged man

to an adolescent.

JOEY

Oh! I thought we were all supposed

to be united together but you’d

rather take his side. Ah ha!

GISELLE

__

What is the plan going forward?

  1. Mike calling Joey out on getting down on Josh for doing the same things Trump, his hero, does, leading to an explosion, which Giselle nips like she always does.
  2. Giselle suggesting the therapy.
  3. A police officer showing up with Walinsky and an ankle bracelet to keep Josh surveilled. There’s a little bit of a tiff over that but Joey gets his way as Walinsky warns them that this latest incident is definitely going to hurt Josh’s chance to have his earlier crime treated as a minor juvenile offense with parole or community service and he may end up doing at least some hard time.
  4. Second session with Dr. Morfield. He tells Samantha he’ll probably be discharging her. She gets giddy when Kamala enters the room, even during the session and sits up, reaching out to Kamala to all but hug her, saying “come on, bring it in, honey! This is great news”, and gives her the most passionate hug and cheek kiss, saying, “See? I behaved myself since the doctor’s in the room.” Dr. Morfield laughs but says he’s glad she is well enough again, but does warn her, with Kamala’s support, that she still has to work out a lot of what led to her breakdown, even before the police incident. He says she’s so lucky to have a really together and mature person like Kamala in her life, which Samantha completely agrees with, saying, “I’m so glad you’re not fighting like my parents do all the time.”

FADE IN

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VOICEOVER

Previously on “The New All In The

Family…”

EXT – JOSH’S FRIEND, MICHAEL’S HOUSE  DAY

The front door opens revealing Michael who looks shocked.

MICHAEL

Oh my God! Josh! I can’t believe it!

It’s like you came back from the dead!

What happened to you?

JOSH

Oh it’s so complicated.

MICHAEL

Wow, it’s really good to see you

buddy. You just caught me in the

nick of time. I’m leaving today for

Stanford. Would you believe it? I

just got in on a scholarship last

minute.

JOSH

(mentally on two things)

Wow. But wait a minute. I need your

help finding Amanda Wainright. I

still don’t have my phone.

MICHAEL

Who? Amanda Wainright??

JOSH

Oh come on, you gotta know her. She’s

in our school.

MICHAEL

(teasing smile)

Oh, she’s in our school now. Nice

work. Now at least you’re on the

same continent. Have you heard from

that other girlfriend now that she’s

in a war zone?

JOSH

What other girlfriend?

MICHAEL

Oh, you know who I mean. You begged

me to borrow my phone to cut class

so you could sext her. I got in

trouble for that.

JOSH

No you didn’t.

MICHAEL

Yes I did. Don’t you remem…

JOSH

You got in trouble because you changed

my records back when my dad yanked

my phone.

MICHAEL

Yeah, that too. I saved your life.

JOSH

No, not that too. That only.

MICHAEL

It doesn’t matter anyway.

(breaking into smile)

I got into Stanford.

JOSH

Yeah, I’ll say it doesn’t matter. I

had sex.

MICHAEL

(smirking, teasing)

Oh right…A…Amanda what’s her name,

right?

JOSH

Wainright.

MICHAEL

Yeah right.

JOSH

You don’t believe me, do you?

MICHAEL

Whose phone did you have to steal

this time? Or did you get yours

back?

JOSH

What’re you talking about? She came

to me.

MICHAEL

Well, I’ll say one thing about you.

You’re a colorful storyteller. Go

on. What happened next?

JOSH

Oh… Trust me, you don’t even want

to know all the details.

MICHAEL

Oh yes I do. Since you’re such a

stud muffin now, you can help me get

ready for college.

JOSH

What do you mean, get ready for

college?

MICHAEL

Well, if you got a girl into bed, I

wanna know how you did it so I’ll

know what to do.

JOSH

Well I didn’t learn from anybody

telling me about it. You just gotta

get lucky. Just be suave and be

yourself. Maybe show her a little

of what you got. Like a picture of

the goods beforehand. That’s how I

won over Amanda.

MICHAEL

That’s okay, I wanna be entertained.

I want to know everything that

happened from start to finish. Don’t

leave out any details. Or body parts.

     JOSH

Alright. You asked for it. But I’m

not givin’ out any information unless

you give out some. Like where she

lives.

MICHAEL

Okay, so you had sex with a girl and

you don’t even know how to get in

touch with her? No email? No phone?

No snapchat profile?

JOSH

Hey. Did you already forget I got

no phone? Alright, forget it. I don’t

need you to tell me. I’ll find out

somehow. And that, my brother, is

how a guy gets laid. Persistence.

INT – THE HALLWAY IN FRONT OF JOSH’S ROOM  DAY

Mike, in the doorway of Josh’s room, faces Joey. Both look confused and incredulous.

JOEY

What the hell’s going on? Oh my God.

The room stinks, the boy’s gone

somehow. You wanna start explaining?

MIKE

Yeah, I’ll be glad to.

JOEY

You know he’s in big trouble, right?

Isn’t that what your lawyer was

saying on the phone? How’d you let

him slip away?

MIKE

Well if you’d let me explain… I

came by like I told you. The door

was open…seems to be a thing around

here whenever I show up.

JOEY

Not me.

MIKE

Yeah, I know not you. Giselle was

here.

JOEY

Oh, now she finally decides to show

up. But where is she when you really

need her?

MIKE

She didn’t look too good. Like she

was really tired.

JOEY

She’s got nobody but herself to blame

for that.

MIKE

Let’s not get into that. Let’s just

stay focused on Josh. So he was here

with her…in the living room. On

the couch.

JOEY

(really cracking up)

Oh really?! And somehow you ended

up locked in a room all by yourself

that reeks of piss. You care to

explain yourself? Your bladder giving

way again?

MIKE

No Joey, thankfully, this time my

bladder was working fine. Fortunately,

you came home in the nick of time.

JOEY

Alright, so this is Josh’s piss,

then. And yet somehow he managed to

be gone while you’re stuck in here.

Brilliant work if you ask me.

MIKE

Hey! You gonna give a chance to tell

you what really happened? Or are you

gonna keep editorializing so I

can’t get a word in edgewise.[i]

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

Dr. Morfield is sitting by the bedside, next to Samantha, who’s lying in bed, head up on her pillow, looking better than before.

DR. MORFIELD

That’s how therapy works. It helps

relieve you of pressures that build

up inside when you can talk to somebody

honestly about them. You didn’t do

anything wrong. You were abused. And

what’s more, it was by an authority

figure. I strongly suggest you follow

through with this course of therapy,

along with any medication you may

need to help stabilize you. I will

be back to see you a few times before

you’re discharged but it’s up to you

to follow up once you’re back at home.

SAMANTHA

I don’t know about that. You know

how my mom is.

DR. MORFIELD

She seemed pretty anxious for you

to receive whatever treatment you

need.

SAMANTHA

Yeah, but just to spite me, she’ll

forbid me from coming when she gets

into one of her spiteful moods. She

does that a lot.

DR. MORFIELD

I know, you told me. We’ll talk about

that next time. I think she’s gonna

be okay about this though.

He pats her gently on her shoulder closest to him, gets up to leave and reaches out his hand to her to shake hers.

DR. MORFIELD

Okay, Samantha, I’ll be seeing you.

She nods, smiling, as he leaves.

INT – JOSH’S FRIEND, MICHAEL’S HOUSE  DAY

Michael and Josh are still in the doorway, the door open, but more or less inside the house.

                         MICHAEL

Hey, come on in.

JOSH

So you don’t know anyone who knows

Amanda?

MICHAEL

Maybe I do but just don’t know it.

JOSH

     (emphatic)

She’s in our class! How could you

not know her? Boy, you really don’t

hang out with the girls at all.

MICHAEL

What can I tell you? I got into

Stanford. I never saw you hanging

with any girls either.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER (o.s.)

     (from another room)

Who’s that at the door, Michael?

MICHAEL

You really won’t believe this, ma.

You remember Josh, the crazy geek?

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER (o.s.)

     (from another room)

Who? That name doesn’t ring a bell

at all.

JOSH

Oh man, she’s just as bad as you

forgetting names and people.

Michael’s mother comes into the room and sees Josh.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

     (noticing Josh)

Oh, hi. I don’t think we’ve met.

Michael how come you never told me

about this one? I thought I thought

I knew all your friends.

          MICHAEL

You actually have met. Do you remem…

          JOSH

No, actually we haven’t. Sorry I

been gone…

     (hesitates)

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Oh..? Where d’you go? Traveling?

Someplace nice?

          MICHAEL   

Oh he went someplace real nice.

          MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Oh, I love traveling. We’re actually

getting ready to take a trip this

summer in Europe. Among other things,

we’re celebrating Michael’s graduation.

And did he tell you?

MICHAEL

Yeah, he knows about me getting into

Stanford on a scholarship. I’ll bet

you could get into Stanford or another

good school too with your smarts.

You should apply yourself and go for

it.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

It’s funny I don’t remember you.

Do you want to join us for a bite?

MICHAEL’S FATHER (o.s.)

Okay, soup’s on!

He enters the room.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

It’s actually cold sandwiches. Who’s

hungry?

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

Jay, Michael a has friend who came

to see him off. Isn’t that nice?

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Hey, wait a minute. Don’t I know you

from somewhere?

His expression sours.

JOSH

Maybe I better be going. It was great

to see you again, Michael, and

congrats. Nice meeting you…

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Wait a minute. Don’t go anywhere.

MICHAEL

Dad, let him go. He just wanted to

say goodbye. Alright, take care,

Josh.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

Wait, now I got it. You’re that boy

who got our son in big trouble. I

remember it now. It took a lot of

work on our part and his to turn

everything around and all he was

trying was to be a good friend.

Whatever happened to you?

JOSH

I got punished.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

(taken aback)

Oh you’re that boy?

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope you learned your lesson and

got it together.

JOSH

I sure did.

MICHAEL’S MOTHER

(disappointed)

And you didn’t even tell me.

JOSH

I’m sorry to bother all of you. Just

wanted to wish Michael well. He was

a good friend to me. And I’m really

happy for you, Michael.

He starts to leave.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope seeing Michael’s success

inspires you to study hard too.

Because you’re a brilliant student

too. As long as you play by the rules.

JOSH

Thanks sir. I’ll try my best.

He walks out of the house as the three of them stare at him from behind with puzzled, perplexed looks.

MICHAEL’S FATHER

I hope that kid was serious. Because

I never know whether I can trust him

or not.

INT – SAMANTHA’S HOSPITAL ROOM  DAY

Samantha’s in her bed as we left her. She starts to reach for her phone when the door opens and in walks Kamala, who comes and sits at bedside.

KAMALA

I heard it went really well.

SAMANTHA

(smiling)

Yeah, he kind of surprised me. I

didn’t know anyone had that kind of

power to take away my pain.

KAMALA

That means it’s working. But you

have to stick with it even when it

doesn’t feel so good.

SAMANTHA

What d’you mean?

KAMALA

Sometimes you have to deal with stuff

that makes you feel bad. That’s the

only way you can get over it. Just

trust him. He knows what he’s doing.

SAMANTHA

Mm’mmm.

She stares into space, half pondering, half zoning, and then looks back at Kamala with a smile. Kamala massages her arm.

SAMANTHA

So how are you doing?

KAMALA

Okay I guess. Trying to look into a

summer internship in legal advocacy

for disadvantaged people, with an

emphasis on abused women.

SAMANTHA

Wow that sounds great. You’re so

ahead of everybody else. They’d all

be looking to work at McDonald’s and

to have some summer fun.

KAMALA

You know that’s not me, honey. I

gotta do things to help people.

SAMANTHA

Yeah, I see. Well, you’ve really

helped me.

KAMALA

You helped me too by marching with

us. And I like your fiery sense of

justice. You just need to place it

correctly, like not when you’re in

a crazy situation and a cop has cuffs

on you.

SAMANTHA

Yeah.

KAMALA

You seem better than I’ve seen you

in a long time.

SAMANTHA

I hope we can get out of here so we

can have some real fun in bed together.

KAMALA

(smiles)

Yeah, me too. We also need to make

sure we get that case happening

against the cop.

SAMANTHA

Have you talked to anyone?

KAMALA

It takes time. I signed the complaint

but as soon as you’re well enough,

you should co-sign it as a co-

complainant since you were assaulted

as well. And then we just have to

wait until the court can schedule us

for a preliminary hearing.

SAMANTHA

That sounds like a lot. Maybe I

better get better first.

KAMALA

You are getting better. All you have

to do is go in and sign the complaint

form which is already submitted. The

more names on it, the more credulity

it has.

SAMANTHA

Credulity?

KAMALA

Believability.

SAMANTHA

Wait. I know that one. Credulity.

(spells slowly)

C-R-E-D-U-L-I-T-Y. Credulity.

Kamala smiles.

INT – THE HOUSE, LIVING ROOM  DAY

The door opens. Josh walks in, somewhat enthusiastically excited. All of a sudden he sees Mike, Joey and Giselle, all sitting on the couch with stern, almost intimidating expressions.

After a little longer than usual silence as Josh is taken aback by the icy reception,

JOSH

(with cheerful enthusiasm)

Hey! Guess what?

                         MIKE

     I don’t get what’s happening here.

     I’d think you’d be afraid to come

back after the way you left.

JOSH

(still on his high,

not acknowledging his

parents’ glares)

Yeah, but I’m gonna make good now.

Because I’m gonna buckle down and

study up. Michael just got into

Stanford. And there’s no reason I

can’t either. I’m so glad you’re

here Grandpa so we can get back to

the home schooling.

Nobody talks as they try to process what’s going on, until

GISELLE

     (looking right at Mike,

     then left at Joey,

totally disheveled, unkempt

and exhausted)

Are one of you gonna say something

or do I have to do everything?

JOSH

(smart-alecky)

You know the answer to that ma. You

gotta do everything.

GISELLE

(abruptly, stern, raising

voice)

Don’t even try to get on my good

side now.

JOEY

She’s gotta do everything, huh?

That’s what you think?

MIKE

I think this is supposed to be about

Josh, not your wife.

JOEY

Oh it’s definitely about him. Let

me tell you something sonny boy,

smart-aleck. I’ve just had enough

of your tricks. You’ve got no idea

how this world works. And you have

the nerve to think you can make it

all right by studying now? Which I

know is just a ruse.

JOSH

No it’s not a…

JOEY

Shut up because you reached the end

of your rope and now you’re gonna

learn something, really learn

something for the first time.

     (pause as everyone self-collects)

You can’t just joke and worm your

way into success by fooling people.

Your mother was nice enough to let

you out of your room, and what’s the

first thing…

GISELLE

Wait a minute, Joey, he climbed down

the side. The door was still locked.

JOEY

Doesn’t matter. He knew you were

being nice, and what does he do,

first thing? He takes advantage.

And let me tell you another thing.

You think your ma does everything.

Well I got news for you. I’m the one

bringing home the bacon.

GISELLE

Oh, and my job counts for nothing?

MIKE

Kids, don’t fight. We gotta stay

united.

JOEY

Okay I’m sorry, honey. But who was

it going out there every day despite

even your mother trying to stop me,

sitting in an empty shop so you’d

have a place to live and food to

eat? Who hauls his ass every day to

be there on time—early even—and stays

late while you’re just goofing off

thinking up ways to beat the system,

which can’t be beat?

GISELLE

Joey, you didn’t have to go out there.

We had the stimulus money and Mike

helped us out. You were just being

stubborn.

JOEY

No I wasn’t. It was called a work

ethic. You wanna get somewhere, young

man? This is how you do it. You get

up every morning early before everyone

else and you get your ass out there

and work. I could’a showed you how

to make an honest living instead of

those con games you were getting

into. And you didn’t even get any

of them right? What. So you got one

girl in your bed a couple nights and

now you think you’re hot shit? That

don’t mean nothing. You still got

caught with everything you did. The

only thing you succeeded at was

making everybody around you’s life

a big pain. But you didn’t get

anything out of it. You’re just lucky

I didn’t do to you what other boys’

fathers do. You can’t count my father.

He’s a liberal so he’s too soft.

(looks at Mike)

You know something? You’re the reason

this kid thought he could get away

with anything. I think I somehow got

mixed up in the wrong family. Because

I didn’t have a father when I needed

someone.

MIKE

Are we gonna start this again?

JOEY

You better believe we are. I’m just

lucky Grandpa was still alive and

knew how to raise me.

MIKE

Oh right, he sure raised you right.

He taught you to hate people, to

bring your children up like some

kind of prison camp.

JOEY

Well let’s compare grandpas then.

Which one of us is the one who’s got

a delinquent grandson? Which one is

the one who takes care of his family

and the one you trust to take your

car to for repairs and maintenance?

MIKE

Joey, you can’t compare yourself, a

healthy, functioning middle-aged man

to an adolescent.

JOEY

Oh! I thought we were all supposed

to be united together but you’d

rather take his side. Ah ha!

GISELLE

__

What is the plan going forward?

  1. Mike calling Joey out on getting down on Josh for doing the same things Trump, his hero, does, leading to an explosion, which Giselle nips like she always does.
  2. Giselle suggesting the therapy.
  3. A police officer showing up with Walinsky and an ankle bracelet to keep Josh surveilled. There’s a little bit of a tiff over that but Joey gets his way as Walinsky warns them that this latest incident is definitely going to hurt Josh’s chance to have his earlier crime treated as a minor juvenile offense with parole or community service and he may end up doing at least some hard time.
  4. Second session with Dr. Morfield. He tells Samantha he’ll probably be discharging her. She gets giddy when Kamala enters the room, even during the session and sits up, reaching out to Kamala to all but hug her, saying “come on, bring it in, honey! This is great news”, and gives her the most passionate hug and cheek kiss, saying, “See? I behaved myself since the doctor’s in the room.” Dr. Morfield laughs but says he’s glad she is well enough again, but does warn her, with Kamala’s support, that she still has to work out a lot of what led to her breakdown, even before the police incident. He says she’s so lucky to have a really together and mature person like Kamala in her life, which Samantha completely agrees with, saying, “I’m so glad you’re not fighting like my parents do all the time.”
  5. Josh pleads with Walinsky and Mike to get the study sessions started, promising he won’t try any antics again, and Walinsky says, “It’s not me you have to convince, it’s the judge. I’ll try to help you but I know how most Santa Ana judges will handle a case like this with repeated police calls.”
  6. In a later episode, Samantha pleads with Dr. Morfield to let Kamala take her on discharge, but Dr. Morfield says she has to be discharged into the care of an adult. But that is the date of Josh’s trial and Giselle and Joey are both in attendance. Kamala and Samantha convince Dr. Morfield to be the adult, with Dr. Morfield telling the discharge staff that there are so many kids living on the street with no supervision. He escorts them out of the hospital and to a bus stop where the three of them wait for a bus, which, when it comes, Dr. Morfield waves the two girls off, telling Samantha not to forget to schedule future sessions. Samantha is giddy with ecstasy.
  7. Mike is called into his university for his being let go due to a serious complaint of sexual harassment in which if he goes quietly, the complainant promises not to press charges against him. He says he knows it’s a witchhunt due to his outspoken progressive views, in which the school, he believes, is trying to protect its assets and donors’ support.

[i] Theme song at that point

  1. In a later episode, Samantha pleads with Dr. Morfield to let Kamala take her on discharge, but Dr. Morfield says she has to be discharged into the care of an adult. But that is the date of Josh’s trial and Giselle and Joey are both in attendance. Kamala and Samantha convince Dr. Morfield to be the adult, with Dr. Morfield telling the discharge staff that there are so many kids living on the street with no supervision. He escorts them out of the hospital and to a bus stop where the three of them wait for a bus, which, when it comes, Dr. Morfield waves the two girls off, telling Samantha not to forget to schedule future sessions. Samantha is giddy with ecstasy.
  2. Mike is called into his university for his being let go due to a serious complaint of sexual harassment in which if he goes quietly, the complainant promises not to press charges against him. He says he knows it’s a witchhunt due to his outspoken progressive views, in which the school, he believes, is trying to protect its assets and donors’ support.

[i] Theme song at that point

MARC GINSBURG – THE NEW ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’ Ep. 13

Hello everyone. This is the first of my unvideoed scripts from the intervening period. Actually, all of Episode 13 made it as a videod script elsewhere by scene but that never made it to WordPress. Therefore, I might add the videos, but if I can’t, these all will be solely script until we get up close to the present. I hope you enjoy this episode.

Sincerely,

Marc Ginsburg

Josh caught, Joey thrown out, Samantha and Kamala’s BLM protest

In this episode, Joey discovers Josh in bed naked with Amanda in an embarrassing moment. After an awkward moment of tension, Joey pulls a complete surprise on Josh, praising him because he needs Josh’s help to foil the police. Amanda asks to leave, which Joey refuses to allow, saying he thinks Josh’ll be more cooperative. Josh says it’s impossible for him to hack police records because it’s locked under too much cyber security. Joey calls him dumb and Amanda chimes in, chiding Josh for his repeated tech blunders. Joey tells Amanda to get dressed and he’ll escort her out of the house. When Joey gets downstairs, Giselle wants to know where he was and needles him about going upstairs.Joey tries two lies to which she throws back conflicting facts and goes up to ask the kids. Samantha somehow bypasses her, telling Joey she loves him as she’s on her way out, she says, to meet Kamala outdoors and promising to wear a mask, which Joey agrees to since he’s mad at Giselle over her harsh confinement. Giselle returns with Amanda, furious at Joey as Amanda is only too happy to leave. She then orders Joey to pack up his things and go which he protests but he ends up at Mike’s door nonetheless, startling Mike, who doesn’t want to let Joey in the house after what he’s heard about him but offers the garage and after an exchange over the virus and China, he goes to get a cot and says he’ll get the car out of the garage. Kamala and Samantha are at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in L.A. protesting the police murder of George Floyd. It is lively and fired up. Samantha says it’s fun, which upsets Kamala because this is about black lives that are on the line. Giselle chides Josh over Amanda but in the end, the two of them both each take their past actions to heart and re-set. Joey, meanwhile, is stunned by a call from his mother, Gloria.

MARC GINSBURG – THE NEW ‘ALL IN THE FAMILY’ Ep. 13

FADE IN

                        VOICEOVER

              Previously on “The New All In

              The Family…”

INT – UPSTAIRS HALLWAY  NIGHT

Joey quietly opens Josh’s door with the key… As he enters, he suddenly shows shock.

                        JOEY

                   (startled, then excited)

              Whoop~!~ Oh my God! Now I’ve seen

              everything.

INT – JOSH’S ROOM  NIGHT

As Joey closes the door behind him, a startled Josh and Amanda, enmeshed and clinging to each other, seem to stop what seems like passionate coitus.

Josh and Amanda pull whatever sheet they can find on the floor over them with embarrassment.

                        JOSH

              Aren’t you supposed to knock?

                        JOEY

                   (semi-hushed)

              Excuse me! Shh! I don’thave to

              justify myself to you. Wow.

                        JOSH

              It’s just politeness to knock.

Joey starts to laugh.

                        JOEY

                   (finger on mouth)

              Be quiet. Unless you want your mother

              to catch you too.

Amanda tries to pull away from Josh but can’t because they only have one sheet to cover them and it’s all messy and flimsy. All the dialogue in this scene is subdued in volume.

                        JOEY

              You’re hacking and changing your

              school records, hacking my credit

              card to have who-knows-what with

              some girl in the Ukraine, sneaking

              out the window when you’re grounded…

                        JOSH

              Yeah, I’m pretty good, but do you…

                        JOEY

                   (cuts him off)

              So I wouldn’t talk about     being polite

              when I exercise my legal     right as a

              parentto enter a room in my own

              house on my own terms.

                        JOSH

              I know but dad…

                        JOEY

              Be quiet! I’m not gonna punish you

              thistime. After having both the

              government and your mother curtailing

              my freedom, you have my total respect.

                        JOSH

              I do?

                        AMANDA

              Uh… Can I go please?

                        JOEY

              No. Nobody’s going anywhere. I got

              something serious I need to discuss

              with Josh.

                        AMANDA

              So what do you need me for?

                        JOEY

              Cause if you’re here, he’s more

              likely to do what I need him to do.

                        JOSH

              Really?

                        AMANDA

              Can I at least put my clothes on

              first?

                        JOEY

              No I don’t got time for that.Nobody’s

              going anywhere till we’re finished.

                        JOSH

              Dad you’re embarrassing me.

                        AMANDA

                   (rolling her eyes)

              Oh my God.

                        JOEY

              What is it with you teenage girls?

              You all roll your eyes the same.

              Now Josh, I need you to deletea

              police ticket for me.

                        JOSH

              Ooh! What’d you do dad? I’m so glad

              I’m not the one this time.

                        JOEY

              Be quiet!

                        JOSH

              Alright. So what’d you do?

                        JOEY

              I didn’t do anything wrong. But now

              they got this new law that anyone

              caughtanywhere outside without a

              mask can get a ticket.

                        JOSH

              Really? It’s been so long I forgot

              what it’s like tobe outside. But

              I’ll bet you I canshow you how to

              get around and notget caught.

                        JOEY

              …Yeah…

                        JOSH

                   (talking over him)

              That is if you let me have my phone

              back.

                        JOEY

              You blackmailing me? No thanks. I

              don’t need to sneak around. That law

              is unjust. Now I need you to hack

              into those police records and eliminate

              my ticket.

                        JOSH

              I’ll do my best dad. But there’s one

              thing you should know. Those police

              files have very strong firewalls

              that even I can’t penetrate.

                        JOEY

              And you want your phone back.

                        JOSH

              ­­­­­Alright let me see what I can do.

              Give me your phone.

                        JOEY

              And no funny business, lover boy.

Amanda, pulling the cover to herself below her face, looks extremely uncomfortable around them. Josh punches keystrokes into Joey’s phone, stops for awhile, then tries something else, then stops again, then tries something else, then stops and puts the phone down.

                        JOSH

              I’m sorry dad. I really tried. But

              their firewalls are too tough to

              penetrate.

                        JOEY

              Amazing. The Chinese can hack into

              our top security and you can’t even

              penetrate a local police firewall.

                        JOSH

              Actually, the Federal government is

              a lot more disorganized than local

              police. They’re much bigger so you

              can’t keep everything protected.

              Police records are the hardest to

              penetrate.

                        JOEY

              Wow. So smart and yet so dumb.

                        AMANDA

              Yeah, looks like you’re not the tech

              wizard you made yourself out to be

              after all. You blew it again.

                        JOEY

              You can get a girl into your room

              through a second story window and

              you can’t do a simple hack of police

              files.

                        JOSH

          Alright, dad, leave your phone with

          me a while and I’ll see if there’s

          a way.

                   JOEY

          Right. You’d like that. Well, no way,

          slick buster. I’ll get dad to hire

          a lawyer and haul this chicano’s ass

          into court. In fact, now that I think

          about it, that sounds like a much

          better idea.

               (to Amanda)

              I can’t believe you got in here.

              Don’t tellme you climbed in through

              the window too.

                        AMANDA

              Yeah with his help.

                        JOEY

              Come on, put on some clothes, and

              let me get you out of here.

                        AMANDA

              Thank you sir.

                        JOSH

              What?… No…

                        JOEY

              I’ll be downstairs whenyou’re ready.

              Just be careful not to let his mother

              see you because she’s the real crazy

              one.

                        AMANDA

              Oh yeah?

                        JOEY

              She’s already going crazy quarantining

              us and forcing us to wear masks.

                        AMANDA

              Oh yeah? I see you’re not wearing

              one.

                        JOEY

              Yeah. She doesn’t even know I’m in

              here. She’d kill me.

                        JOSH

              Oh my God, dad, you sound like one

              of us. So you gotta let Amanda stay.

                        JOEY

                   (smiling)

              I’d be glad to if she wanted to. But

              she don’t soundlike she want to.

              Face it, boy. Women never do what

              we want. Look at mom. She’s buying

              all that fakes news phony baloney,

              making us miserable in theprocess.

              Come on,… What was your name again?

          AMANDA

Amanda.

          JOEY

Amanda…

He walks toward the door.

          JOSH

     (sarcastic)

Thanks a lot dad.

          JOEY

Don’t mention it son.

He leaves. Amanda pulls off the covers and reaches for her clothes.

                        AMANDA

              I hope nobody else will barge in

              like that.

                        JOSH

              No, don’t worry. Samantha never goes

              near my room and mom knocks. But, wait.

              Let’s finish the sex before yougo.

She continues putting on her clothes.

                        AMANDA

              No that’s okay. I’ve had enough sex.

              After all this, I need to get home.

                        JOSH

              You’ll be back again, right?

                        AMANDA

                   (reticent, smiling)

              Yeah, sure.

                        JOSH

                   (smiling)

              Great. I’ll be waiting.

INT – JOSH’S ROOM  NIGHT

She has put her clothes on and leans and reaches toward him, and kisses him. He still has no clothes on.

                        AMANDA

              Take care, sweetie.

                        JOSH

              You too my love.

She leaves.

INT – LIVING ROOM  NIGHT

Joey comes downstairs and discovers Giselle, masked and upset.

Joey

Why are you in my room? To get

infected?

GISELLE   

     Did you go in Josh’s room?

JOEY

I went to use the bathroom.

GISELLE

That long? And right after you got

all that beer and haven’t even cracked

one open?

JOEY

What is this, the Spanish Inquisition?

That’s another reason I hate Spanish

people. I was hungry so I picked up

a Taco Bell and it had a lot of

beans. Now will you leave me alone

please?

GISELLE

You hate the Spanish yet you love

their food. Taco Bell’s closed cause

of the pandemic. I know you’re lying.

JOEY

What am I, your son? I don’t have

to justify nothin’ to you. What I

do in the bathroom is my own private

business.

She looks at him with the sternness of a mother who caught her child misbehaving and lying about it.

JOEY

Don’t forget a man has needs.

Especially when those needs aren’t

being met.

GISELLE

Oh really?… And yet you did nothing

to meet those needs for the longest

time when we were in bed together

before you went out without a mask

and put us all at risk.

JOEY

Well then, if you don’t believe me,

ask the kids.

GISELLE

Okay I will then.

JOEY

And ask Samantha. Don’t waste your

time on that smart-ass boy. You know

the last thing I want to do is hang

around him. Besides, you’llnever

get the truth out of him.

          GISELLE

Oh he doesn’t dislike me like he

dislikes you. He won’t lie to me.

          JOEY

You mean like he was honest about

hacking his school records and

stealing our ten thousand dollars?

Giselle gives Joey a smile and look of satisfaction.                        

JOEY

                   (smiling)

              Alright, go ahead then. Do what you

              want.

She heaves as SIGH of the displeasure of being caused hard work as she heads up the stairs.

INT – UPSTAIRS HALLWAY  NIGHT

Giselle heads straight for Josh’s room.

INT – LIVING ROOM  NIGHT

Samantha comes downstairs.

                        JOEY

              Wow, what a coincidence! Your mother

              just went up to have a word with you.

                        SAMANTHA

              I’m really glad to have you as a

daddy, Daddy.

JOEY

Oh yeah? Did you just run into your

crazy mother?

SAMANTHA

No, thank goodness.

JOEY

You’re lucky. Why don’t you be a

good girl and get me a beer from the

fridge? I want to get a good buzz

on for when your mother comes back

down.

SAMANTHA

Sure daddy. Anything for you.

JOEY

In fact, make it two. No make it

three ice cold beers. I really want

to enjoy this.

INT – UPSTAIRS HALLWAY  NIGHT

Giselle is about to turn the key in the lock on Josh’s door when it swings open and Amanda bumps into her, startling both of them. Giselle SHRIEKS.

AMANDA

Oh my God!

INT – LIVING ROOM  NIGHT

Joey’s with his beers, starting on one of them, grinning profusely.

                        JOEY

              The fun is about to begin.

                        SAMANTHA

              What fun? I gotta get out of here.

                        JOEY

              And miss the party?

                        SAMANTHA

              What party? Dad… I love you but

              you’re beginning to crack up.

JOEY

Where are you going?

SAMANTHA

Oh, just out for a walk to get some

fresh air.

JOEY

Yeah right. I know when you’re lying.

I know where you’re going. You should

know me better than that.

SAMANTHA

I’m not going to Kamala’s if that’s

what you’re thinking.

JOEY

So why are you in a rush? If you

love me so much, come sit beside me.

I’ll even let you have a beer so you

can enjoy the fun too when your mom

gets down here.

          SAMANTHA

No that’s okay. She’s what I’m needing

the fresh air to get away from. Let

              me go before she stops me.

                        JOEY

              It’s okay. You can go see your

girlfriend. Just wear a mask.

          SAMANTHA

We’re meeting outside anyway. And

yes I brought my mask. I’m safe

without being fanatical.

          JOEY

That’s my girl.

As the soundS of Giselle’s and another more muffled voice (Amanda) can be heard along with footsteps on the stairs, Samantha quickly leaves shooting a kiss in the direction of her dad. Giselle, wearing her mask, comes down with Amanda.

GISELLE

Look what I found upstairs.

JOEY

Oh my God, who is she? Which one of

our kids do we have to punish?

AMANDA

Oh my God, and I thought my family’s

were all loco.

GISELLE

You know, Joey, I’m really insulted,

one, that you didn’tsay a word about

her, and, two, that you really took

me for being that stupid.

JOEY

                   (belching)

Whoops.

GISELLE

                   (to Amanda)

              You’re free to go now if you don’t

              mind. I’m trying to protect all of

              you and none of you appreciate that.

Amanda makes a quick exit.

                        GISELLE

              Alright, I’ve had it. I’ve been doing

nothing but trying to keep you all

safe from death and now I see all

of you don’t give a damn. How the

hell did a girl get up into Josh’s

room without your help?

JOEY

The same way her boyfr…

GISELLE

(not letting him get a word in,

getting more hysterical)

What shocksme is, knowing how you

were ready to beat the crap out of

your sonbefore, how you are so

complicit in going along all of a

sudden in letting a girl in our

house we don’t know from Adam and

then have sexual relations with

him?!? Who the f*&%k are you and

where the f*&%k is my Joey?? Get out

of my house!! I wantyou out of here

immediately and takeall your Covid

germs with you. Maybeyour father

will take care of youthough he

doesn’t deserve this either.

          JOEY

     (sudden shift from

     reveling to upset)

Woah. Now you’ve gone too far. Ipay

for this mortgage with all thathard

work that you oppose me going to!

          GISELLE

Oh, and I guess that job where I

just sit around staring at a screen

all day doesn’t count because I’m

just staring at a screen and not

doing any work which brings in a

sizeable portion of what pays our

household bills.

          JOEY

That’s right, even you admit it. It

doesn’t count at all!

          GISELLE

I WAS BEING SARCASTIC YOU IDIOT!

          JOEY

Don’t yell at me! If you got a

problem, you leave!

          GISELLE

Joey, I want you out of here and I

mean it. I never meant it like I do

now. Don’t get me angry cause you

won’t like it.

          JOEY

You mean the whole way you’ve been

since the virus started, forcing us

to wear uncomfortable clothing,

exiling me from my own room… That

was you being pleasant?

EXT – MIKE’S FRONT DOOR  NIGHT

Joey,looking defeated and upset,is facing the door, which opens showing Mike wearing a mask. He’s startled and maintains his position firmly in the doorway.

                        MIKE

              Joey. Wow. I’d invite you in but I

gotta be careful because of the virus.

I’m part of theat-risk population

you know.

                        JOEY

              Look. I’m in a spot now. Giselle is

              a raving lunatic. Josh sneaked a girl

              in through the window yet I got all

              the blame.

                        MIKE

              Wait a second. Josh sneaked a girl

into his room through the window?

          JOEY

Uh, focus please! Giselle is a raving

lunatic and I need a place to stay!

          MIKE

But wait a minute. How did Josh manage

to get a girl into his room with no

phone or computer connection and the

door locked?

          JOEY

How does Josh do anything? He’s got

this freaky extraterrestrial power

nobody can understand. Now what about

letting me stay here? Believe me, I

want this as little as you do.

          MIKE

Joey I can’t take you in the house.

          JOEY

Okay fine. I’ll go to one of my

friends.

          MIKE

Wait a minute. Let me think this

through. I’m your father. I’m not

gonna turn you away. We just gotta

do it safely.

Joey stands there while Mike stands in thought.

MIKE

Alright, listen. I can’t let you in

the house. But if you don’t mind

staying in thegarage and I’ll move

out the spare cot,I can move the

car out into the driveway as long

as you promise tokeep your distance

from me.

          JOEY

I can’t believe I gotta sleep on that

flimsy cot.

          MIKE

I’m sorry. I just wasn’t prepared

forthis. But I’m glad you’re here.

Even if we can’t have the quality

time we should be having. I’m just

really worried about this killer

virus.

                        JOEY

              Well you should have thought of that

              when you ignored the plan the Chinese

              have to take us down.

                        MIKE

              Uh… I’m gonna get the cot and move

              the car out. I don’t think I can deal

              with trying to find out what in God’s

              name you’re talking about.

                        JOEY

              Oh now you believe in God?

                        MIKE

              It’s an expression. I still don’t

believe in God. Especially not with

what’s happening these days in the

world.

EXT – STREET IN LOS ANGELES  NIGHT

A crowd of protestors of all ages and colors, many of them angry, many of them looking very colorful, most of whom are wearing masks, are marching down the street carrying signsthat read, “BLACK LIVES MATTER”, “STOP POLICE BRUTALITY”, “NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE”, “STOP THE BRUTAL KILLING OF UNARMED BLACK PEOPLE”, “DEFUND THE POLICE”, “STOP THE LOOTING OF OUR COMMUNITY” and “I CAN’T BREATHE”, including some with hand-rendered pictures of George Floyd. While they are angry, this anger is a determined enthusiasm and feeling of solidarity.

                        CROWD

                   (chanting)

              BLACK LIVES MATTER! NO JUSTICE, NO

              PEACE! STOP POLICE KILLING! NO

              JUSTICE, NO PEACE!

As these chants go on, Kamala and Samantha, both wearing black masks,Samantha carrying a sign that reads “BLACK LIVES MATTER!”, Kamala’s reading “I CAN’T BREATHE”, are among the protestors chanting along with them. The above chanting now gives way to:

                        CROWD

                   (chanting)

              I CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATHE! I

              CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T BREATHE!

                        SOMEONE IN CROWD

                   (with fire)

              What are we saying?!!!

                        CROWD

              NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!!!

                        THAT SOMEONE

              What are we asking for?!!!

                        CROWD

              DEFUND THE POLICE!!!

                        SAMANTHA

                   (while crowd chants)

              I’m so glad you invited me out! This

              is so much fun.

                        CROWD

                   (chanting, background)

              NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE! DEFUND THE

              POLICE! I CAN’T BREATHE! NO JUSTICE,

              NO PEACE! I CAN’T BREATHE! I CAN’T

              BREATHE!

                        KAMALA

                   (simultaneous)

              Fun? Are you kidding me? A man was

              brutally murdered by those who are

              supposed to protect us and you call

              this fun?

                        SAMANTHA

              I’m sorry. Just after what I’ve been

              through…

The CHANTING continues through their dialogue, uninterrupted.

                        KAMALA

                   (cutting her off)

              What you been through? Is your

              life on the line all the time?

                        SAMANTHA

              No. I’m sorry. But yours isn’t either.

                        KAMALA

              Oh that’s what you think!

                   (calmer)

              No. I’ve got to be patient with you.

              I can’t blame you for not knowing

              what it’s like to be black every

              time you walk out of your house.

                        SAMANTHA

              Thank you.

Samantha removes her mask.

                        KAMALA

              Hey, what are you doing?

                        SAMANTHA

                   (perplexed, annoyed)

              What are you talking about?

Kamala points to Samantha’s “BLACK LIVES MATTER” sign.

                        KAMALA

              If you take off your mask, then black

              lives must not really matter to you.

Samantha, embarrassed, quickly puts her mask back on.

                        SAMANTHA

              Oh my God, I wasn’t even aware I

              did that. It’s just after being

              forced to go crazy about wearing it

              by my mom, I’ve come to hate this

              damn thing.

                        KAMALA

              We all do. Just like Officer Chauvin

              when he knelt on top of George Floyd’s

              neck without a mask. You know mymom

              didn’t want me to come atfirst, she

              was so worried between catching the

              virus and what if the cops or some

              crazies start shooting at us? But

              I was able to impress upon her that

              now is not the time to just accept

              their brutality withouta just fight.

              But I had to promise her we’d do it

              safely and leave at the first sign

              of trouble. And believe me, trouble’s

              everywhere so keep your eyes open

              and be ready.

                        KAMALA, THE CROWD, SAMANTHA

              NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE! NO MORE POLICE!

              BLACK LIVES MATTER! BLACK LIVES

              MATTER!

As Samantha and Kamala march with their arms around each other, several protestors flash them positive, approving hand signals.

                        KAMALA

              Do your parents know you’re here?

                        SAMANTHA

              Are you kidding? Mom totally lost

              it over quarantining and all that.

              She’s totally paranoid.

                        KAMALA

              Well it is a pretty dangerous virus.

              She cares about you. What about your

              dad? He must have flipped.

                        SAMANTHA

              No actually, he’s so mad at mom right

              now, he told me I have his permission

              to leave the house. I told him I was

              meeting you in a park. I didn’t tell

              him anything about the protest.

                        KAMALA

              Yeah, it’s probably better that way.

              But at some point, you might want to

              at least text them and let them know

              you’re safe.

                        SAMANTHA

              Yeah I will when I’m ready.

INT – JOSH’S ROOM  NIGHT

Giselle is standing just outside the open door, masked. Josh is sitting on the bed in his shorts and a T-shirt, unmasked.

                        GISELLE

              First of all, Josh, put your mask

              on. At least don’t infect me.

Josh gets up and searches for his mask among the mess of clothes and items in his room, which he puts on obediently.

                        GISELLE

              Josh, I sent your father away for

              notonly lying to me but trying to

              obstruct every effort I was making

              to keep everyone safe including you.

              I really thought you were turning a

              corner while your sister     was being

              very bitchy. But I see I was totally

              wrong about you.

                        JOSH

              Well, what do you expect,mom?I got

              lucky with a girl. It’s like a once-

              in-a-lifetime chance…

                        GISELLE

                   (cutting him off)

              Josh, shut up please. It’s not just

              the girl. Every day they keep telling

              us to hunker down, stay at home safe,

              don’t go out, keep six feet of

              distance from everybody. I realize

              you don’t keep hearing that cause

              you’re grounded on lockdown. But you

              can’t plead ignorance cause I’ve

              been telling you. Now you knew you

              were taking a big chance with that

              girl who we don’t know…

                        JOSH

              I know her. Samantha knows her.

                        GISELLE

              That’s not the point. How do you

              know she wasn’t exposed and thengot

              you infected and now you’re gonna

              get us infected, especially me cause

              I was out there with you on those

              Zoom meals. And that’s not all of it.

              Then you had to lie to me being naked

              when I found you like you were just

              playing with yourself.

                        JOSH

              Well, come on, ma, d’you expect…

                        GISELLE

              And then pretending to be a ventriloquist?

              Are you kidding me?

Josh starts to laugh.

                        GISELLE

              Don’t laugh! I’m really pissed now!

              What shocks me is your father covered

              for you insteadof trying to beat

              the crap out of you like he usually

              does.The one time I thought I could

              count on him after all the crap he

              pulled…

She stops, dejected.

                        GISELLE

              But you always manage to pullsomething

              major. It’s never a smallthing with

              you. Do you have any idea how much

              you’ve turned this whole house and

              family upside down in just the past

              four weeks?

                        JOSH

              Hey I been good. I just wanted to

              get the one chance I could. Which

              I’ll probably never get again.

                        GISELLE

              Oh don’t be ridiculous. You’ll get

              plenty of chances. But, number one,

              if you want to get those chances,

              you better start shaping up and stop

              doing bad things. And, number two,

              there’s a dangerous virus! I keep

              telling all of you and you all don’t

              seem to get it!

Giselle turns her back to him. Her shoulders hunch over and she has a defeated look on her face, tears starting to form in her embittered eyes.Josh looks stunned and dazed.

EXT – STREET IN L.A.  NIGHT

The protest continues with the CHANTS of “NO JUSTICE, NO PEACE!” and “BLACK LIVES MATTER!” Kamala, Samantha and Verna are there among the protestors chanting.

                        KAMALA

              Aren’t you glad I made you come ma?

                        VERNA

              What are you talking about? I came

              on my own!

                   (look of acknowledgment)

              Thank you. I’m proud of the girl I

              turned out.

Samantha smiles.

INT(EXT) MIKE’S GARAGE  NIGHT

The cot is moved in. Joey’s bag of luggage is on the floor and Joey, kind of tired, sits down on the cot, which clearly sags.

                        MIKE

                   (from just outide

                   doorway)

              Looks like it’s time for you to lose

              some weight, huh?

                        JOEY

              Well you’ll be happy to know there’s

              a whole refrigerator stuffed with

              beer I now can’t drink and the bars

              are all closed.

His phone rings. He answers it.

                        JOEY

              Ma?

                        GLORIA, JOEY’S MOM (v.o.)

                   (filtered, with

                   nervous enthusiasm)

              Joey? Are you alright? 

FADE OUT

The New ‘All In The Family’ Update

Hello. My name is Marc Ginsburg. I’m the creator of mgmgfilms, my film company, and the author of the script for my TV show, The New ‘All In The Family’. I have at least five seasons planned for the show, maybe more, in this saga about the Stivics that will travel over three states brought on by two climate-change events as three generations learn to navigate a fast-changing world that seems to be becoming less and less secure, all through bipolarization of race, gender, generations and politics.

Those of you who have seen my previously uploaded episodes are already familiar with what has been going on. I managed to upload everything until Episode 12, Scene 1 and then I got interrupted by extremely urgent business I could not avoid. Thankfully, now, I am happy to be back.

But, because so much has been happening, and because the power of what’s depicted in each episode is so tied to that month and year and gets lost as we out here in the real world move on quickly into another series of sagas, and because I honestly feel the writing gets better and better as the story progresses, I’m going to start recording videos again from the latest episode I’m willing to share as final. That means you’ll be like someone tuning into a TV show for the first time, having already missed Seaons 1 and 2 and half of Season 3, something like that, but the script, like any professional TV script is just as entertaining because that’s how life is. We always come into situations in the middle. There really is no beginning. Ever. Plus you can binge watch all the others in due time. And in this case it means you can read the scripts that never got recorded as I upload them, which I intend to do after this video is done. Normally, a script is presented in written format to a prospective client who can help generate a production from it. It is not presented as a narration. I have given you the courtesy of bringing it somewhat to life by recording a video narration so you can both hear it and read it and get a greater sense of what’s going on. But a producer, executive and funder will have only the words on the screen or page to go by. And please remember, it is still a reading of an uncasted, unset script. I sincerely hope to find among you those who can either help create and finance the production or at least point me to those who can.

In fact, what I would like to do is invite anyone who is good at reading, perhaps a prospective actor, to join me on a Zoom call to record a reading of each scene the way I have been doing it all by myself. Please respond to me if you are interested.

In the meantime, I will be following up with my script on this site, and once I get up to the point where I am writing, I will start, hopefully with some of you, recording new scenes. Thank you all for your interest and your help.

Sincerely,
Marc Ginsburg
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