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Episode 2 - Swingers

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OPENING SEQUENCE
(Long shot of hundreds of white crosses in a large cemetery. Music "For What It's Worth" starts.)

"There's something happening here..."
"But what is ain't exactly clear"

(The camera zooms in very slowly across a field of headstones.)

"There's a man with a gun over there"
"Telling me I got to beware"
"I think it's time we stop, children what's that sound?"
"Everybody look what's goin' down"

(A barely-discernable group of mourners and military color guard stands on a small hill, as the camera stops zooming in.)

MINISTER (V/O): We live in confusing times. Times of change...

(Fade to closer shot of the group. The color guard faces the camera, and the Cooper's, Arnold's and others face away from the camera. The casket has an American flag draped over it.)

MINISTER: (V/O): And of disagreement. There are those...who will say that Brian Cooper was a man who died defending his country. And there are those...

(Close shot of the Cooper's.)

MINISTER: (V/O): Who will say that he was a child, who died in vain.

(The camera slowly pans over to Jack and Norma.)

"There's battle lines being drawn"
"Nobody's right if everybody's wrong"

Brian Cooper was the first person I ever knew who wasn't old who died.

"Some people are speaking their minds"
"Getting so much resistance we're far behind"

(The camera pans to Karen looking off, a man with his hand over his face, and Wayne looking down.)

I guess we all had that moment when we realized that even somebody who was basically a kid...

(The camera pans to Kevin, who has his head down.)

Can cease to exist...

(Kevin looks off and sighs.)

And were never the same after that.

"It's time we stop! Hey, what's that sound?"
"Everybody look what's goin' down"

(Close shot past the casket of the minister.)

MINISTER: We must have faith that none of God's children die in vain.

"What a field day for the heat"
"There's a thousand people in the street"

(Close shot of Kevin looking from the minister off-screen toward Winnie off-screen.)

But it wasn't just Brian's death that had changed me.

"Singing songs and carryin' signs"
"Saying hooray for our side"

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of Winnie, wearing a blue dress and hat, looking off.)

It was also Brian's sister.

"It's time to stop! Hey what's that sound?"
"Everybody look what's going down"

I hadn't seen Winnie...

(Close shot of Kevin looking toward Winnie off-screen.)

Since the night we'd kissed in the woods, but I hadn't been able to think about anything else.

(Close shot of Winnie looking forward.)

MINISTER (V/O): But through all the change...

(Winnie glances toward Kevin (?) off-screen.)

MINISTER (V/O): There is one thing that remains constant...and eternal...

(Close shot of Kevin looking toward Winnie off-screen.)

MINISTER (V/O): And can never die...

(Close shot of Winnie looking forward.)

MINISTER (V/O): And that is the human soul.

(Music fades.)

Cut to
Int. Day - Arnold Kitchen

(Close shot past a bowl of green Jell-O of Kevin, and Norma's torso, as he rests his cheek on his hand, looking at the Jell-O.)

NORMA (V/O): Oh no, the Jell-O salad isn't set. Here Kevin...

(Norma lifts the bowl.)

(Wide shot of Norma approaching the counter with the bowl. Jack is standing at the door, and Karen is sitting at the table. Kevin stands at the little counter.)

NORMA: You take the ham.

(Norma passes a plate of ham to Kevin.)

Like women all over America...

(Close shot of Kevin looking at the ham as he takes it from Norma.)

My mother confronted tragedy and death with cold ham...

(Kevin frowns at the ham.)

(Shot of Norma bending over the bowl, poking at the marshmallows with her finger.)

And Jell-O salad.

NORMA: The little marshmallows are just swimming in there.

(Close shot of Jack at the door, holding the curtain, looking at Norma off-screen.)

JACK: Come on Norma - let's just go. (Nods.)

(Close shot of Norma looking at Jack off-screen.)

NORMA: Let me put some ice cubes in - it'll take five minutes.

(Close shot of Kevin looking over his shoulder at Jack off-screen.)

JACK (V/O): You've got the ham. You don't need to bring the Jell-O, too.

(Kevin looks toward Norma off-screen.)

NORMA (V/O): Five minutes, just give me five minutes.

(Close shot of Norma putting an ice-cube in the Jell-O.)

The rest of us had other ways of dealing with our grief.

(Close shot of Jack looking out the window and sighing.)

(Close shot of Karen as she wipes her nose.)

(Close shot of Wayne with pretzels in his mouth, as he puts pretzels in his ears.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at the ham and beginning to pace.)

But I, for one, was a wreck.

(He frowns, then turns away from the camera.)

I would think about Brian and I'd feel almost sick to my stomach...

(Kevin frowns as he turns toward the camera.)

And then I would think about Winnie...

(Kevin smiles slightly as he turns away from the camera.)

And a thrill would pass through my 12-year-old body like the wind through the trees.

(Kevin turns toward the camera.)

Life's two greatest forces, love and death...

(Kevin turns away from the camera.)

Were tearing me apart - at the waist.

(Kevin turns toward the camera, and looks at Norma off-screen.)

KEVIN: Come on, mom. (Gestures.) Let's go! (Frowns.)

(Close shot of Norma looking at Kevin off-screen.)

(Close shot of Jack looking at Kevin off-screen.)

(Close shot of Karen looking at Kevin off-screen.)

(Close shot of Wayne looking at Kevin off-screen.)

Cut to
Int. Day - Cooper House

(Close shot of Kevin looking off. Murmur of a crowd can be heard.)

Well here I was at Brian's funeral...

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of about 10 people in the lioving room engaged in quiet conversations.)

And Winnie was nowhere to be seen.BR>
(Close shot of Kevin looking around.)

I felt sort of weird though, I mean what was I going to do if I saw her?

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of the living room.)

Ask her to dance?

(Winnie enters the doorway in the distance.)

(Close shot of a set of photographs of Brian and Winnie on a table. The camera pans up to a closer shot of Winnie looking past the camera.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking toward Winnie off-screen.)

WOMAN (V/O): ...two weeks ago...

NORMA (V/O): Kevin...

(Shot of Kevin and Norma as she hands a plate to Kevin.)

NORMA: Take this plate of food over and try and get Winnie to eat something.

(She puts her hand on his shoulder.)

NORMA: I'm sure she needs her old friends right now, go on.

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Norma off-screen, then Winnie off-screen.)

NORMA (V/O): Go on.

(She swats him on the butt gently. Kevin look at Norma off-screen, then passes the camera.)

(Shot of Kevin approaching the camera between two people, and looking at the plate, then slowing up.)

(Shot of Winnie as Kevin approaches her.)

KEVIN: Hi.

WINNIE: Hi.

(Winnie looks at the plate.)

KEVIN: Hi. My mom wanted me to give this to you.

WINNIE: Thanks, I'm not really that hungry. (Frowns.)

(Winnie looks at Kevin.)

KEVIN: Yeah...

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at her.)

KEVIN: You should eat, though. (Shrugs.) Something.

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie as she looks down.)

What was she thinking?

(They sit down down side-by-side. Kevin looks at her.)

What was I thinking?

(Shot past Winnie looking down of Kevin looking at her.)

I was so confused, she was so close I wanted to grab her...

(Winnie glances at Kevin, then they both look down.)

Take her in my arms, feel her 72-pound body next to mine.

(Kevin looks at the plate.)

KEVIN: Try the ham.

(Kevin looks at Winnie. She glances at him, then down again.)

WINNIE: OK.

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie as she takes a bite, and looks down. Kevin looks at her.)

Oh God...

(Kevin looks off.)

I was an animal! Watching her eat the ham, I felt, how could I be having these feelings? Did it show? Could people see through me?

(Shot past Winnie looking down of Kevin looking off.)

What would Brian think?

BRIAN (V/O): So!

(Kevin looks up past Winnie.)

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of a ghostly image of Brian Cooper looking at him.)

BRIAN: You're at my funeral and all you can think about is jumpin' my little sister.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin glancing off.)

Of course, he would think I was scum!

(Kevin looks toward Brian off-screen.)

(Close shot of Brian smiling at Kevin off-screen.)

BRIAN: You're a man after my own heart. (Nods.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at Brian off-screen.)

Wait a minute, that's right - Brian wasn't like that.

(Kevin smiles slightly.)

(Close shot of Brian looking off as he shakes his head, then rubs his forehead.)

BRIAN: Kev...Kev, Kev! (Gestures.) Not now. (Shrugs.) Just give her a little time.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at Brian off-screen, then down and frowning slightly, then back to Brian off-screen.)

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of the empty room.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking off, then toward Brian off-screen and frowning, then looking at Winnie.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking at him.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): The female...reproductive system!

(Winnie looks down.)

Cut to
Int. Day - Gym

(Close shot of Mr. Cutlip looking at the boys off-screen, then frowning as he turns toward the blackboard.)

(Wide shot from behind the boys sitting on the floor, watching Mr. Cutlip writing on the blackboard in the far background.)

(Shot of Paul and Kevin in the group of kids, as they nudge each other and smile.)

Among the many great historical milestones of nineteen-sixty eight, perhaps the greatest...

(Close shot of Mr. Cutlip underlining the words "FEMALE REPRODUCTIVE SYSTEM".)

Was the advent of sex education in the schools.

(Sound of some boys giggling. Mr. Cutlip turns toward the class and frowns, pointing with the chalk.)

MR. CUTLIP: Now if I...

(Wide shot of all the kids sitting on the floor, as they straighten up.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): Hear any giggling...

(Close shot of Mr. Cutlip frowning at the boys off-screen.)

MR. CUTLIP: If I see any smirking, this class is over. (Pause.) Do you read me people? (Pause.) Over!

(Shot of Paul and Kevin in the group of kids, looking at Mr. Cutlip off-screen.)

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip looking at he kids off-screen as he tosses the chalk up and catches it.)

MR. CUTLIP: Now. The female reproductive organs...look like this.

(Mr. Cutlip turns toward the blackboard.)

(Shot of Paul and Kevin in the group of kids. Paul smiles excitedly and gestures.)

PAUL (Whispers.): Alright! (Smiles.)

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip as he draws. He pauses, then turns away from the board, picks up a paper, frowns at it, looks over his shoulder at the kids off-screen, then resumes drawing.)

(Close shot of Kevin smiling, then looking at Paul off-screen.)

KEVIN (Whispers): I know...

(Kevin looks at Mr. Cutlip off-screen and smiles.)

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip turning away from the blackboard, revealing his drawing.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at the drawing off-screen, and frowning.)

Unfortunately, it looked more like...

(Close shot of the drawing.)

A cow's head to me.

(Close shot of Kevin frowning at the drawing off-screen, then shrugging.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): Now...who can tell me...

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip standing at he chalkboard, holding a pointer.)

MR. CUTLIP: What these...(points)...are?

(He turns toward the class off-screen.)

(Wide shot of the boys as one raises his hand.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): Yes.

(Close shot of the boy.)

BOY: The ears? (Shrugs.)

(The camera pans over to Kevin who looks from the boy to Mr. Cutlip off-screen.)

Apparently, I wasn't alone.

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip frowning at the boy off-screen, and tapping the pointer in his palm, then turning toward the board.)

MR. CUTLIP: The...ovaries.

(Mr. Cutlip writes "OVARIES" next to the drawing, then turns toward the boys.)

MR. CUTLIP: The ears would be...

(He looks at the drawing, then taps above the top of the board.)

MR. CUTLIP: Up here.

(He looks toward the boys off-screen.)

(Close shot of the boy frowning slightly at Mr. Cutlip off-screen.)

BOY: Uh, why don't you draw the whole lady? So we know where everything goes. (Shrugs.)

(Shot of Kevin and Paul gesturing and smiling excitedly as the class agrees.)

KEVIN: The whole lady...

(Kevin smiles at Paul.)

PAUL: Yeah, the whole lady...(Gestures.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): Alright.

(Shot of Mr. Cultip frowning as he turns back to board, picks up the chalk and begins to draw.)

(Shot of Kevin and Paul looking at each other.)

KEVIN: *I can't believe he's gonna draw it.*

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip drawing on the blackboard.)

(Close shot of Kevin smiling excitedly at the drawing off-screen, then glancing at Paul off-screen.)

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip drawing on the blackboard, then turning toward the class. He frowns as he steps aside to revealing the drawing.)

(Close shot of Kevin frowning at the drawing off-screen.)

Suddenly it became very clear why Mr. Cutlip had never...

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip frowning and looking at the drawing.)

Been married. Any man who saw women that way...

(Mr. Cutlip adds the woman's hair.)

Would have no reason to.

(Close shot of Kevin frowning at the drawing off-screen, then frowning at Paul off-screen.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): Now...the ovaries...

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip looking at the boys off-screen.)

MR. CUTLIP: Of course, are the site of ovulation.

(Mr. Cutlip turns to the board starts to write.)

As Mr. Cutlip went on...

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): Ov - u...

(Shot of Paul and Kevin frowning slightly at Mr. Cutlip off-screen.)

One fact became increasingly evident.

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): La - tion...

Sex, in the hands of public educators, is not a pretty thing.

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): The *word* ova means eggs. Ova is actually plural of ovum...

Fade to

Later

(Shot of Kevin and Paul leaning back on their hands, and yawning. Some of the boys behind them are lying down.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): ...approximately every twenty eight days.

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip as he turns toward the class and dusts off his hands.)

MR. CUTLIP: And that, in a nutshell, is the story of ovulation. Questions!

(Wide shot of the class as one boy raises his hand.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): Yes!

(Closer shot of the boy resting his head on his hand.)

BOY: When do we start football?

(Shot of Mr. Cutlp frowning slightly at the boy off-screen.)

MR. CUTLIP: Alright, I am going to hand out your textbooks right now...

(Shot of Paul and Kevin.)

MR. CUTLIP (V/O): "Health and Human Sexuality".

(Kevin and Paul perk up. Kevin looks at Paul.)

KEVIN: Textbooks?

(Shot of Mr. Cutlip walking back, holding a book.)

MR. CUTLIP: For Wednesday people, you will read chapters...

(He holds up the book, which has the male and female symbols on the cover.)

MR. CUTLIP: One and two. Do not read ahead.

(Closer shot of Mr. Cutlip and the book.)

MR. CUTLIP: Repeat - do not...read...ahead!

Cut to
Ext. Day - Bus-stop

(Close shot of a bus pulling away from the curb, revealing Kevin, Paul, and a couple other kids looking at the open book Kevin is holding.)

(Close shot of Kevin and Paul as Kevin glances at him as he reads.)

KEVIN: Chapter fourteen...

(Kevin looks over his shoulder at another kid.)

KEVIN: The human reproductive system.

(Kevin looks at another kid and smiles. Paul looks at the book.)

PAUL: Lemme see it!

(Paul reaches for the book, and Kevin turns away slightly.)

KEVIN: Hey! Come on!

(Kevin starts to walk forward, and the others follow.)

Telling us not to read ahead was like telling a pack of wolves to stay away from red meat.

(Kevin frowns slightly and looks at the book.)

BOY1 (V/O): What's the matter Arnold? Are you horny?

(Boy2 crosses in front of Kevin.)

BOY2 (V/O): Yeah, I think Arnold's horny!

(Kevin looks off past the camera, frowning.)

BOY1 (V/O): Yeah, I think Arnold's horny! (Giggles.)

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of Winnie getting out of the Cooper's car next to Brian's car in the driveway, as the kids giggle and make "ooh-aahh" sounds at Kevin.)

(Close shot of Winnie getting out of the car, looking at Kevin off-screen.)

(Shot of Kevin and Paul as the other boys walk off. Kevin is looking at Winnie off-screen.)

KEVIN: Shut up you guys!

(Paul snatches the book from Kevin, and exits toward the other guys.)

(Close shot of Winnie looking at Kevin off-screen and walking forward slowly. "Winnie's Theme" plays.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Winnie off-screen and walking forward slowly. The guys are babbling in the background.)

(Wider shot of Kevin walking into the street toward Winnie off-screen.)

PAUL (V/O): Oh my God!

(Close shot of Winnie looking at Kevin off-screen and walking forward slowly.)

(Close shot past Winnie as Kevin approaches and stops in front of her.)

KEVIN: Hi! (Smiles.)

WINNIE: Hi.

KEVIN: Hi. (Smiles.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking at him.)

WINNIE: Whatcha doing?

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin as he shrugs slightly.)

KEVIN: Nothing.

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking at him.)

WINNIE: Oh.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at her.)

KEVIN: When are you coming back to school?

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking at him.)

WINNIE: Monday.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin frowning slightly at her.)

KEVIN: Oh...(Nods.)

(Kevin bites his lip slightly.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking at him.)

WINNIE: But...maybe we could do something, tomorrow.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at her.)

WINNIE: I mean, if you want.

KEVIN: Yeah.

(Kevin shakes his head and shrugs slightly.)

KEVIN: I mean, sure! If you want.

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking at him.)

WINNIE: Well, I'm going to my uncle's in the morning. But I'll be back around three.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at her.)

PAUL (V/O, Shouting): Come on, Kev!

(Kevin looks toward Paul off-screen.)

(Shot of Kevin and Winnie in profile. Paul stands between them in the distance, next to a lamp post at the sidewalk, motioning to Kevin.)

PAUL (Shouting): Let's go!

(Kevin and Winnie look at each other.)

KEVIN: OK, well...bye! (Smiles.) See you tomorrow.

WINNIE: OK, bye.

(Kevin takes a step toward Paul and looks over his shoulder at Winnie.)

KEVIN: Bye.

(Kevin trots over to Paul as Winnie watches.)

(Close shot of Winnie looking after Kevin off-screen.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin hopping up the curb and joining Paul. The boys walk off as the music ends.)

Fade to
Ext. Day - Arnold House

(Shot of the empty driveway, yard and house. "Young Girl" plays.)

"Young girl, get out of my mind"

Cut to
Int. Day - Kevin's Bedroom

(Shot of Paul and Kevin sitting on Kevin's bed, looking at the open textbook Kevin is holding. "Young Girl" plays on the radio.)

"My love for you is way out of line"

KEVIN: And thusly, a women's anatomical construction is fantastically adaptive to the needs of a...

"Better run, girl"

(Kevin pauses, then looks at Paul.)

(Closer shot of Kevin looking at Paul as Paul looks at the book.)

"You're much too young, girl"

KEVIN: What's that word?

PAUL: Burgeoning.

(Kevin looks at the book.)

KEVIN: To the needs of a...burgeoning human life. (Nods.)

(Kevin looks at Paul and frowns.)

(Wider shot of both.)

KEVIN: This stuff's not that good.

(They look at the book.)

PAUL: Well...(shrugs)...we could look up burgeoning.

(Kevin looks off and frowns slightly.)

But we had already looked up "pre-natal"...

(They shake their heads.)

And "amniotic fluid"...

(Kevin flips two pages.)

And it was clear we were barking up the wrong tree.

(The bedroom door opens and Wayne walks in. He sees the book.)

WAYNE: Ha...

(Paul and Kevin look past the camera.)

(Shot of Wayne smiling as he approaches the camera.)

WAYNE: Working on your sex education I see.

(Shot of Kevin and Paul as Wayne passes the camera and takes the book from Kevin.)

WAYNE (V/O): Not sure you boys are old enough for this.

(Kevin and Paul look at Wayne off-screen.)

KEVIN: Give it back, Wayne. (Frowns.)

WAYNE (V/O): Let's see....

(Shot of Wayne sitting on his bed, looking at the book.)

WAYNE: Oh, pretty hot stuff. Ya know...

(Wayne looks at Kevin off-screen.)

WAYNE: I bet the guys who wrote this stuff have never even been to second base.

(Close shot of Paul frowning at Wayne off-screen.)

PAUL: Well, what's that supposed to mean? (Nods.)

(Close shot of Wayne looking at Paul off-screen.)

WAYNE: You don't know what second base is?

(Wayne makes a little face.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Paul off-screen.)

KEVIN: Course we know what second base is.

(He looks forward and frowns slightly.)

KEVIN: Sort of.

(He looks at Wayne off-screen.)

"You're much too young, girl"

(Shot of Wayne turning a few pages of the book.)

WAYNE: Awright...

And with an air...

(Wayne sets the book down and nods.)

Of confident authority...

(Shot from behind Wayne of Wayne, Paul and Kevin as Wayne "walks" his finger away from himself.)

That only an idiot...

(Wayne hold his hand flat at first base, then continues.)

Or an older brother can have...

(Wayne holds his hands out and squeezes the air, then shrugs.)

Wayne proceeded to elaborate a baseball metaphor...

(Wayne gestures again.)

That changed the way we looked at women...

(Wayne holds up an imaginary baseball bat.)

WAYNE: *Round third...*

And baseball...

(Wayne swings, and gestures.)

WAYNE: *Homerun, pal...*

(The boys follow the imaginary ball.)

Forever.

(Wayne gestures toward the boys.)

(Shot of Wayne looking at the boys off-screen.)

WAYNE: And I'm tellin' ya...(gestures)...everybody gets to at least second base, by the...(gestures)...seventh grade.

(Shot of Kevin and Paul.)

This was a lot of pressure.

(They glance at each other, then look off.)

Especially since most of the girls we knew had no second bases.

WAYNE (V/O): Look...

(Shot of Wayne looking at the boys off-screen as he sets the book down.)

WAYNE: I'll tell you what you guys should do. You should get a real book.

(Shot of Kevin and Paul looking at Wayne off-screen.)

PAUL: A real book?

WAYNE (V/O): Yeah.

(Shot of Wayne looking at the boys off-screen.)

WAYNE: You should get "Everything you always wanted to know about sex but were afraid to ask". (Nods.)

(Shot of Kevin and Paul looking at Wayne off-screen. Kevin smiles slightly, and Paul is surprised.)

PAUL: There's a book called that?

WAYNE (V/O): Yeah, sure, it was a best seller.

(Shot of Wayne frowning at the boys off-screen.)

WAYNE: Just go to a bookstore.

(Shot of Kevin and Paul looking at Wayne off-screen.)

"My love for you is way out of line"

KEVIN: Well...(frowns)...have you read it?

(Shot of Wayne frowning at the boys off-screen and pointing to himself.)

WAYNE: No, I don't have to.

(Wayne frowns and gestures.)

WAYNE: The great ones go on instinct.

(Wayne leans back on his hands.)

(Shot of Kevin and Paul looking at each other.)

PAUL: Oh...(Frowns.)

(Kevin smiles broadly and shrugs.)

KEVIN: Oh, yeah. I go on instinct. too.

(Kevin and Paul gesture toward themselves.)

PAUL: I go on instinct...(Smiles.)

KEVIN: Yeah. (Nods.)

Cut to
Ext. Day - Book Store

(Shot of the front of Dutton's Bookstore.)

Instinctively...

(Paul and Kevin run past the book shop door and out of the shot in "double-speed", with the sound of footsteps.)

We went to the bookstore...

(Sound of squealing tires. Kevin and Paul reappear and open the door.)

First thing...

Cut to

Int. Day - Bookstore

(Shot past a display of yellow jacketed books at Kevin and Paul enter and look at the books.)

The next morning.

(The camera descends slightly to show the title on the books.)

PAUL: Holy mackerel!

(Kevin looks past Paul.)

(Shot of the elderly male storeowner frowning at them.)

(Shot past the books of Kevin grabbing Paul's arm as he reaches for a book. Kevin pulls him out of the shot.)

(Shot down an aisle as Kevin leads Paul toward the camera.)

KEVIN: You idiot!

(Paul shrugs and gestures.)

PAUL: What? That was it. Didn't you see it?

(Shot past Paul of Kevin looking at him.)

KEVIN: Of course I saw it. But you can't just rush in and grab one. (Frowns.)

PAUL: Why not?

KEVIN: Why not?

(Kevin glances off and frowns, then looks at Paul.)

KEVIN: Because he'll think we're perverts that's why not.

(Shot past Kevin of Paul.)

PAUL: Well what do you want to do?

(Shot past Paul of Kevin looking at the shelves.)

KEVIN: We've got to look around...

(Kevin looks at Paul.)

KEVIN: Get some other stuff.

(Kevin looks at the shelves again.)

KEVIN: Clean stuff.

(Shot past Kevin of Paul as they look toward a shelf and Kevin reaches for a book.)

KEVIN: Here - this looks good.

(Kevin takes a book from the shelf. Paul takes it from him and reads the spine.)

PAUL: "Ivanhoe"?

(Shot past Paul of Kevin looking at the shelves.)

KEVIN: Here, let's get one of these...

(Shot past Kevin of Paul as Kevin reaches for a book.)

KEVIN: "War and Peace's", too.

(Kevin takes the book from the shelf. Paul takes it from him.)

PAUL: OK.

(Shot past Paul of Kevin looking past him and gesturing.)

KEVIN: Right. Now we get the sex book.

(Wide shot up the aisle as Paul hurriedly leans over and sneaks a book from the display.)

KEVIN: Alright...

(Shot past Paul of Kevin looking at the shelves.)

KEVIN: Now put it on the bottom...

(Kevin frowns and shrugs.)

KEVIN: And the guy will never even notice what it is.

(Kevin looks at the stack of books Paul is holding.)

KEVIN: Maybe.

(Kevin looks off and sighs, then looks at Paul and steps past him.)

(Shot of Kevin and Paul emerging from the aisle. Paul has his head down as Kevin looks toward the shopkeeper off-screen. Kevin pauses and frowns as he holds Paul's arm.)

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of a young female at the cash register, smiling at him.)

(Shot of Kevin and Paul as Kevin drags him back into the aisle.)

(Wide shot up the aisle as they face each other.)

KEVIN: It's a lady!

(Shot past Paul of Kevin looking at the books Paul is holding.)

KEVIN: Forget it.

(Kevin shakes his head.)

KEVIN: We've gotta go.

(Shot past Kevin and a book he holds of Paul.)

KEVIN: Let's put this back.

(Kevin puts the book on the shelf.)

PAUL: No!

(Shot past Paul of Kevin looking at him.)

I'd known Paul since he was thirty-six hours old...

(Kevin frowns.)

(Close shot of Paul looking at Kevin off-screen.)

And never before had I seen that kind of fire in his eyes.

(The camera pans with "the book" as Paul slides it into his polo sweater.)

(Shot past Paul of Kevin looking at the book, slightly surprised, then at Paul.)

(Shot of the book. The camera pans up as Paul zips up the zipper. Paul looks at Kevin off-screen.)

PAUL: Buy those books, and act...casual.

(Close shot of Kevin frowning at Paul off-screen.)

KEVIN: What are you crazy?! (Nods.)

This was going too far.

(Kevin glances off and frowns.)

I was a pervert...

(Kevin looks at Paul off-screen.)

Not a felon.

(Close shot of Paul looking at Kevin off-screen.)

PAUL: Kevin, it's everything you always wanted to know about sex. Everything!

(Close shot of Kevin holding up two books.)

KEVIN: I'd like to buy these.

(He looks off and bites his lip slightly.)

(Shot past Kevin of the cashier as she looks at the spine of the first two books, then flips the cover open on one as she looks at Kevin.)

CASHIER: It's pretty advanced reading for a boy your age. (Smiles.)

(Shot past the register of Kevin standing at the counter with his hands folded. Paul is in the background.)

KEVIN: Thanks.

(Kevin looks at the cashier off-screen.)

CASHIER (V/O): OK...

(She starts to ring up the books.)

(Shot past Kevin of the cashier looking at the register.)

CASHIER: It'll be seven ninety-five.

(The cashier smiles at Kevin, then puts the books into a bag and sets it on the counter.)

(Shot of Kevin, and Paul in the background, as Kevin takes the bag and sets some money down.)

KEVIN: Thanks. Bye!

(Kevin and Paul run out toward the door.)

(Close shot of the cashier looking at the money off-screen, then after Kevin off-screen.)

CASHIER: Hey, there's twenty dollars here!

(She holds up a roll of bills.)

Cut to
Int. Day - Kevin's Bedroom

(Shot of Kevin and Paul running through the open door into the bedroom.)

It was about two miles from the bookstore to my house...

(Kevin tosses the bag onto the bed, and takes off his jacket.)

We made it in just under four seconds.

(Kevin tosses his jacket onto the bed and looks at Paul, who is starting to unzip his polo sweater.)

KEVIN: Come on, take it out!

(Paul gets the book out, and they both lean toward it as Paul flips it open.)

NORMA (V/O): Kevin! Lunch!

(Kevin straightens up and frowns.)

KEVIN: Oh, no!

(Kevin takes the book from Paul, and frowns as he glances around the room and gestures. He bends down toward the mattress.)

(Close shot of the mattress as Kevin pushes the book under it.)

(Shot of Kevin and Paul. Kevin starts to head toward the door and looks at Paul, who is looking toward the book.)

PAUL: Maybe I should stay here.

(Paul glances at Kevin.)

PAUL: To watch the book.

(Paul looks at the book.)

KEVIN: Paul!

(Kevin takes Paul's arm, pulling him toward the door, as Paul looks toward the book. Kevin opens the door and exits, taking Paul with him.)

Cut to
Int. Day - Arnold Kitchen

(Kevin is rapidly eating his lunch. Jack and Norma look on.)

NORMA: Kevin, slow down. You're going to make yourself sick.

(Paul comes in through the kitchen door.)

PAUL: You done yet?

(Close shot of Norma looking otward Paul off-screen.)

NORMA: Paul! You just left, you couldn't possibly have gone all the way home.

(Close shot of Paul looking toward Norma off-scren.)

PAUL: I couldn't?

(Close shot of Kevin standing up, still chewing his food.)

KEVIN: Mom, can I be excused?

NORMA (V/O): No, you may not be excused.

(Shot of Norma seated at the table. She glances from Paul off-screen toward Kevin off-screen.)

NORMA: Now just sit down and finish your lunch.

(Close shot of Kevin frowning and shrugging as he sits down and slowly resumes eating.)

(Shot of Norma looking at Paul off-screen, then Kevin off-screen.)

NORMA: Don't forget - it's your day to do the dishes.

(She takes a bite of food.)

(Close shot of Kevin as he looks down and sighs, then looks toward Paul off-screen.)

(Close shot of Paul looking at Kevin off-screen as he sighs slightly.)

(Shot from the dining room of Kevin and Paul at the sink as they do the dishes "double-speed".)

We had about fifty dishes. We did 'em in...just under four seconds.

(Kevin and Paul dash past the camera in "double speed".)

Cut to
Int. Day - Kevin's Bedroom

(Shot from the bedroom toward the living room as Kevin hurries into the room, followed by Paul. The camera pans with them as they kneel down next to the bed, lift the cover and mattress, and lean under it. Kevin straightens up, then Paul straightens up, and they look at each other.)

PAUL: It's gone! (Gestures.)

(They stand up.)

KEVIN: It's gone.

(Paul puts his hands on his back pockets.)

(Closer shot of Kevin frowning.)

Oh, my God!

(Kevin runs his hand through his hair.)

My parents! No, wait, we'd stolen it. Of course - the pretty lady. The police!

(Kevin hears a snicker, and looks toward the other bed.)

KEVIN: Wayne! (Frowns.)

(Shot of Wayne sitting against his bed smiling as he looks at the book. Kevin and Paul are in the background. Wayne turns and rises.)

(Shot of Wayne looking at the boys off-screen, holding the book.)

WAYNE: Oh, looking for this? (Laughs.)

(Shot past Wayne and the book of Kevin and Paul, as they lunge forward.)

KEVIN: Gimme that, you jerk!

(Wayne pulls the book back.)

(Shot of Wayne looking at the boys off-screen, holding the book.)

WAYNE: Oh, I don't know. Think I'm going to have to preview this for you boys.

(Wayne opens the book and looks at it.)

(Close shot of Paul looking at Wayne off-screen.)

PAUL: Thought you didn't need it, Wayne. (Frowns.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Wayne off-screen.)

KEVIN: Yeah, give it back. We got it!

(Shot of Wayne flipping through the book as he looks at Kevin off-screen.)

WAYNE: Now, I bet you'd like to try this with your little girlfriend Win-nie! (Nods.)

(Close shot of Kevin squinting at Wayne off-screen.)

KEVIN: Shut up, Wayne. (Frowns.)

(Shot of Wayne flipping through the book with mock excitement.)

WAYNE: Or this!

(Wayne looks at Kevin off-screen.)

WAYNE: No, wait a minute. (Frowns.) I think Winnie...(gestures)...kinda might like this one. (Nods.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Wayne off-screen.)

KEVIN: Shut up, Wayne!

(Shot of Wayne flipping the book closed and smiling slightly at Kevin off-screen.)

WAYNE: How far are you gonna go with her Kev? You gonna try for a home run pal, huh?

(Wayne takes a little baseball swing with the book and makes a sound of hitting the ball.)

(Close shot of Kevin frowning at Wayne off-screen.)

WAYNE (V/O): No wait a minute, wait a minute. Now this one looks like a lotta fun, why don't I read it to you?

(Kevin frowns heavily and jumps forward.)

(Shot from behind Wayne as Kevin grabs him, pulling him onto the bed.)

It's hard to know just how it happened...

(High wide shot of Kevin and Wayne wrestling on the bed as Paul watches.)

But suddenly at that moment...

(Closer shot of Kevin and Wayne wrestling as Paul watches.)

With an intensity that no one in that room...

(The camera pans with them as the slide onto the floor.)

Had previously thought possible...

(Close shot of Paul looking at them off-screen and making punching gestures.)

(Close shot of Kwevin and Wayne on the floor, wrestling.)

Twelve-and-a-half years of pent up impotent rage became potent!

(Wayne lifts Kevin slightly.)

Sort of...

(Wayne tosses Kevin onto the bed.)

WAYNE: Ugh!

(Shot of Kevin on the bed.)

Wayne still outweighed me by a good thirty pounds.

(Wayne stands up an looks at Kevin.)

WAYNE: What's the matter with you!?

(Kevin lunges at Wayne again.)

(Shot of them on the bed, wrestling, as Paul watches in the background. They slide off the bed, and Wayne kick the lamp.)

(Close shot of the lamp as it falls over.)

(Close shot of Paul looking at them off-screen and making punching gestures.)

(Shot of Kevin and Wayne wrestling in front of Paul's legs.)

(Shot of the bedroom door as Norma opens it and frowns.)

(Shot of Kevin and Wayne looking toward Norma off-screen and pausing.)

(Shot of Norma in the doorway.)

NORMA: What is going on in here? (Frowns.)

(Shot past Norma of the boys on the floor, and Paul behind them.)

(Shot of Norma glancing from the boys off-screen to the book off-screen. A bit of Snuffy guitar plays.)

(Close shot of the book lying on the floor.)

NORMA (V/O): Oh, my God!

(Shot of Norma looking at the boys off-screen.)

(Shot of the boys as Kevin gets up. Another bit of Snuffy guitar.)

(Shot past Norma of the boys as Wayne stands up between Kevin and Paul, and smoothes his hair.)

(Shot of Norma looking at the boys off-screen, then glancing down, then looking at Paul off-screen.)

NORMA: Uh, Paul, I think you better go home now.

(Shot of Paul as he bends down.)

(Wider shot past Norma of the boys as Paul looks off as he picks up the book, tucks it under his polo sweater, and approaches.)

(Shot past Paul of Norma putting her arm out, stopping Paul. She holds her hand toward him, and looks down as Paul hands her the book and exits.)

Well, you gotta give Paul credit for trying.

(Norma looks toward the boys off-screen and frowns.)

NORMA: What are you boys doing with this book? (Nods.)

(Close shot of Wayne looking toward Norma off-screen and shaking his head.)

WAYNE: Don't ask me. Kevin got it.

(Close shot of Norma looking at Kevin off-screen.)

NORMA: Kevin? (Pause.) Is that true? (Nods.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking from Wayne off-screen toward Norma off-screen, and sighing.)

KEVIN: Yes.

(Wider shot of Norma looking at the book, then approaching slowly.)

NORMA: Wayne, go outside.

(Shot past Norma of Wayne looking at Kevin, then looking at Norma as he passes her.)

WAYNE: Kids...I don't know.

(Wayne rubs his head, crosses his arms, and shakes his head as he exits past the camera.)

(Shot of Norma holding the book, looking at Kevin off-screen.)

NORMA: Kevin...(Frowns.)

(Close shot of Kevin sighing and frowning, looking off.)

(Close shot of Norma holding the book, looking at Kevin off-screen.)

NORMA: I am so disappointed in you! (Frowns.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking down.)

At that moment I felt like the lowest thing on earth.

(Kevin looks off.)

I was a pervert, a thief, a sneak.

(Kevin looks at Norma off-screen, then down.)

I had always been her sweet innocent little boy...

(Kevin looks at Norma off-screen.)

But at that moment my mother couldn't even bear to look me in the eye.

(Close shot of Norma looking down toward the book.)

NORMA (Emotionally): It's not so much...(nods)...your reading this book.

(Norma looks at Kevin off-screen, looking hurt.)

NORMA: But what were you doing in my dresser drawers, anyway?!

(She glances off, then frowns and exits.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking up slowly, then dropping his jaw in surprise.)

Fade to
Ext. Day - The Curb

(Shot of Kevin sitting on the curb, poking the street with a stick.)

I guess my mother figured out her mistake pretty quickly because I never heard from either of my parents on that topic again.

(Kevin rests his head on his fist and frowns.)

We seemed to have a tacit understanding that they wouldn't mention my book if I wouldn't mention theirs.

(Sound of a car approaching. Kevin looks toward the Cooper house off-screen.)

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of the Cooper's car pulling up to the curb. Mr. and Mrs. Cooper open their doors.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking toward the car off-screen.)

(Shot from Kevin's perspective of the Cooper's car. Mr. Cooper walks around the front and puts his arm around Mrs. Cooper as Winnie closes her door, then looks at Kevin off-screen.)

(Close shot of Winnie looking at Kevin off-screen.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Winnie off-screen.)

Fade to
Ext. Day - Park

(Shot of Kevin and Winnie walking side-by-side up a curving path toward the camera, looking forward.)

When Winnie got back from her uncle's we went for a walk in the park.

(Kevin looks at Winnie. Snuffy's guitar plays.)

Neither of us said a word about it of course...

(Kevin looks forward, and Winnie glances at him, then looks forward.)

But we both knew the park was where you went to make out.

(They approach close to the camera.)

Fade to

Baseball Field

(Wide shot of the infield and homeplate as they approaching from the first base line.)

As we approached the baseball field...

(Closer shot of them approaching the camera, side-by-side.)

I started to sweat.

(Kevin glances at Winnie, who is looking forward.)

Nearing first base...second base...third.

(Winnie looks at Kevin and they pause, as does Snuffy's guitar.)

KEVIN: Let's cut across the outfield.

WINNIE: OK.

(Wide shot as they walk toward the outfield. Snuffy's guitar resumes.)

(Close shot as they walk side-by-side. Kevin looks at Winnie.)

I didn't know what to do...

(Kevin looks down.)

Our first kiss had happened so naturally I couldn't even remember how I did it!

(Winnie glances at Kevin, then looks forward.)

Did I, did I breathe through my mouth or my nose?

(Winnie glances at Kevin, then looks forward.)

Well, I had to make some kind of move.

(Kevin looks at Winnie, then starts to put his arm around her.)

(Shot from behind them as Kevin holds his arm out behind Winnie, then drops it, holds it behind her again, drops it, then holds it near her shoulder.)

(Shot from in front of them as Kevin slaps Winnie's shoulder. Winnie looks at him, slightly surprised. Snuffy's guitar ends.)

KEVIN: There was a bug on you. (Gestures.)

WINNIE: Oh. (Frowns.)

(She glances at Kevin, then looks forward.)

WINNIE: Thanks.

(She glances at Kevin, slightly puzzled, as Kevin looks down.)

Some move.

(Kevin looks at Winnie.)

Fade to

The Park

(Wide shot toward the baseball field in the distance, as Kevin and Winnie approach the camera up a small hill. They pass between some trees and slow up, turning toward each other.)

Well, there was no turning back now. We were here.

(Close shot of Winnie looking at Kevin off-screen.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Winnie off-screen, then glancing down, then at Winnie again.)

KEVIN: So...(shrugs)...what do you wanna do?

(Close shot of Winnie looking off.)

WINNIE: I don't know.

(She looks at Kevin off-screen.)

WINNIE: What do you wanna do?

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Winnie off-screen, then shrugging.)

KEVIN: I don't know. (Frowns.) What do you wanna do?

(Close shot of Winnie looking at Kevin off-screen and shrugging slightly.)

WINNIE: I don't know...

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Winnie off-screen, then glancing down. Music "Tell It Like It Is" - Aaron Neville starts.)

(Shot of Kevin's shoe as he toes the dirt.)

"If you want something to play with"

(Close shot of Winnie looking down, then looking off.)

(Close shot of her hand as she picks a leaf from a tree, and splits it apart.)

"Go and get yourself a toy"

(Close shot of Kevin looking down, then bending down.)

(Close shot of the ground and Kevin's shoe as he picks up a small rock, and rubs it.)

"Baby, my time is too expensive"

(Close shot of Kevin looking off as he tosses the rock away, then glances down.)

"And I'm not a little boy"

(He looks at Winnie off-screen, then frowns and looks up slightly.)

(Close shot of Winnie looking down and off.)

The moment stretched out so unbearably, I thought...

(Close shot of Winnie's shoes as she toes the dirt.)

We'd both explode. It was clear we were both stalling.

(Close shot of Kevin's shoes as he scuffs the dirt.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking off.)

We knew what we were here to do.

(Kevin looks down, then off.)

We both wanted it.

(Kevin looks up and sighs slightly.)

One of us just had to come out...and say it.

(Kevin looks at Winnie off-screen.)

(Close shot of Winnie looks around, then over her shoulder, and then at Kevin off-screen and shrugs.)

WINNIE: Do you wanna go on the swings?

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Winnie off-screen.)

KEVIN: Yeah...(shrugs)...sure. (Smiles.)

(Close shot of Winnie smiling at him off-screen, then turning away.)

(Wide shot past a swing-set of them running toward it.)

And in the end, that's as far as Winnie and I went that day. Maybe we both felt we'd already come too far too fast.

(Kevin and Winnie get on the swings. The camera pulls up and back as they swing.)

Maybe we both realized that growing up doesn't have to be so much a straight line, as a series of advances, and retreats. Maybe we just felt like swinging. But whatever it was, Winnie and I made an unspoken pact that day...to stay kids...for a little while longer.

"Tell it like it is"
"Don't be ashamed"

(The shot freezes.)

"You have to let your conscience be your guide"

Cut to

CLOSING TITLES

"But I........."

Supporting Cast
Mr. Cutlip - Robert Picardo
Brian Cooper - Bentley Mitchum
Preacher - William Bogert
Bobbie Eakes - Bookstore Clerk

Music
"For What It's Worth" - Buffalo Springfield
"Young Girl" - Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
Tell It Like It Is" - Aaron Neville

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