Episode 115 - "Independence Day"



Fade to

Employee Quarters

(Shot of Micky standing next to Nick. He sniffs his armpit then sprays some anti-perspirant.)

MICKY: I doubt it. I seriously doubt it.

(The camera pans with Micky as he walks past Howie, who is on the top bunk, holding his foot.)

HOWIE: It's true, ask Nick.

(Howie looks toward Nick off-screen.)

NICK (V/O): The girl did not wash her hair...

(Shot of Nick looking at himself in the mirror.)

NICK: For six months. (Gestures.) This big tick buried its way through her skull, into her brain.

(Wide shot of Micky and Howie sitting on the top bunks, and Kevin lying on his bunk below Howie.)

KEVIN: Hey, will you guys knock it off? (Gestures.) I'm trying to rest here.

(Nick passes the camera and looks at Kevin.)

MICKY: What's wrong with him?

KEVIN: Nothing.

(Close shot of Howie looking at Mickey off-screen.)

HOWIE: "Girlfwend twubble". (Giggles.)

(Close shot of Kevin frowning, then leaning out a little to look up at Howie off-screen.)

KEVIN: Hey, would you mind your own business!

(Shot of Howie looking at Micky and Nick off-screen.)

HOWIE: She's hanging out with king Eric.

(Shot of Nick and Micky looking at each other. Nick waves his hand.)

MICKY & NICK: Oohh.

(They look toward Kevin off-screen and smile.)

(Shot of Kevin and Howie. Howie leans forward and looks at Kevin.)

HOWIE: Come on, Arnold! What are you grousin' about? You won a hundred bucks in a poker game last night - you should be on top of the world!

(Howie waves both arms.)

MICKY (V/O): Yeah.

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

MICKY: You playing again tonight?

(Close shot of Kevin, and Howie's feet.)

KEVIN: Nah...

(Kevin frowns and puts his hands behind his neck.)

KEVIN: I probably won't even be here by tonight.

(Shot of Nick buttoning his shirt, and Micky sitting on his bunk.)

MICKY: What? (Frowns.) Are you going home?

(Close shot of Kevin and Howie's feet.)

KEVIN: I can't.

(Kevin glances toward Nick and Micky off-screen.)

KEVIN: I kinda got in a fight with my dad.

(Shot of Nick and Micky.)

MICKY: Fathers...

(Micky takes a deep sniff and frowns.)

MICKY: They're all jerks.

(Shot of Jack tapping on the doorway. He takes a step inside and pauses.)

JACK: Kev?

(Wide shot of the guys glancing toward Jack off-screen.)

KEVIN: Dad!

(Kevin scrambles out of his bunk.)

(Shot past Kevin of Jack looking at him.)

JACK: They, uh...(gestures)...said at the front desk that I'd find you back here. (Gestures.)

(Shot past Jack of the guys. Micky hops down, and Nick and Micky approach the camera.)

(Shot past Kevin of Jack as Micky and Nick exit.)

NICK: We were just leaving.

(Howie hops down.)

HOWIE: Yeah, we were just leaving.

(Howie pauses next to Jack and smiles.)

HOWIE: Nice to meet ya.

(Jack watches Howie exit around the doorway, with the sound of crashing trash cans.)

(Shot of Kevin. He smiles and gestures.)

KEVIN: The guys.

(Shot past Kevin of Jack frowning at him.)

JACK: Ah-ha.

(Jack looks off.)

(Shot through the doorway as Jack approaches Kevin.)

KEVIN: So, what are you doing here?

Of course, it was obvious. The old man had seen the light. About me, about him.

(Shot past Kevin of Jack looking at him.)

JACK: Your mother asked me to come. To give you these. She was afraid you didn't pack enough underwear.

(Shot past Jack of Kevin as Jack gives him a large brown bag.)

KEVIN: Underwear? (Frowns.)

JACK: Yeah. And, uh, she also packed some cookies.

KEVIN: Well...

(Kevin smirks as he looks at the bag, then Jack.)

KEVIN: That's...great.

(Kevin puts the bag on the bunk.)

(Shot of Kevin of Jack.)

JACK: So...

(Jack looks around and leans against the top bunk.)

JACK: This is where you're living, hah?

(Shot past Jack of Kevin looking at him.)

KEVIN: Why? (Frowns.)

(Kevin looks around the room.)

KEVIN: What's wrong with it? (Gestures.) It's comfortable.

(Kevin smiles as he pats the mattress. Thick dust rises off the mattress. Kevin looks at Jack.)

(Shot past Kevin of Jack as Jack brushes off his arm.)

JACK: What are they paying you?

(Shot past Jack of Kevin looking at him.)

KEVIN: They pay me enough. You know, with tips.

(Shot past Kevin of Jack looking at him.)

JACK: Look, Kevin...

(Jack looks down as he takes a step closer.)

JACK: I've been giving this a lot of thought, about what happened to us the other day, and uh...

(Shot past Jack of Kevin looking at him.)

OK, here it came. A full and abject apology. The man was gonna crawl.

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

JACK: I think you made a big mistake. (Nods.)

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

KEVIN: What?! (Frowns.)

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

JACK: You flew off the handle, you said some things...(shrugs)...that happens. Anyway, I want you to know that if...you wanna come back and work for me...

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Jack.)

KEVIN: Yeah? (Nods.)

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

JACK: It'd make your mother happy.

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Jack.)

And that about ripped it.

KEVIN: Look, Dad. (Frowns.) I don't need you, I don't need your job...and I don't need...

(Kevin looks at the bag and snatches it off the bunk.)

(Shot past Kevin of Jack.)

KEVIN: Your stupid underwear.

(Kevin shoves the bag into Jack's arms.)

KEVIN: Got it?

(Jack tilts his head and frowns.)

(Shot past Jack of Kevin looking at him.)

KEVIN: I'm doing fine here on my own. OK?!

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

JACK: Suit yourself.

(Jack nods faintly and pushes the bag back to Kevin.)

JACK: I gotta be going.

(Shot past Jack of Kevin, as Jack turns and passes the camera.)

KEVIN: Uh-huh...

(Shot of Jack pausing at the doorway and looking at Howie, who is just outside, then exiting. Howie leans halfway into the doorway.)

HOWIE: So how was that?

(Shot of Kevin looking at Howie off-screen, then dropping the bag on his bunk.)

KEVIN: Great. I'm going swimming.

(Shot of Howie looking at Kevin off-screen. He raises then drops his arms.)

HOWIE: You can't. Help aren't allowed.

(Close shot of Kevin as he starts to unbutton his shirt.)

KEVIN: Right. Can I borrow a suit?

Cut to

Ext. Day - Poolside

(Wide shot across the pool area. Kevin walks along the far side.)

Screw the rules. My life was a shambles, and it wasn't just Dad - it was Winnie.

(Kevin pauses, and turns toward the lifeguard station off-screen.)

(Shot of Eric on the seat alone, twirling his whistle.)

My only hope was...

(Close shot of Kevin frowning and looking off.)

I hadn't seen what I'd seen.

(Winnie approaches behind him.)

WINNIE: Kevin?

(Kevin turns around to face her.)

Even though I knew I had.

(Shot of Kevin looking at her off-screen.)

KEVIN: Oh. Hey.

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie as she frowns at Kevin's "tomato face" shirt.)

(Shot of Kevin looking at the shirt and gesturing.)

KEVIN: Yeah, I know. (Gestures.) I figure I'd masquerade as one of the guests. (Smiles.)

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

(Close shot of Kevin looking at his shirt.)

Or as a guy with a sense of humor.

(He looks at Winnie off-screen.)

KEVIN: Anyway, listen. Think we could...you know, maybe find some place to talk?

(Close shot of Winnie looing at Kevin off-screen and shaking her head.)

WINNIE: About what?

(Close shot of Kevin looking ather off-screen.)

KEVIN: Well, uh...

(Eric, in the background, blows his whistle to get Winnie's attention. Kevin looks over his shoulder as Eric spins his finger at Winnie.)

WINNIE (V/O): Kevin...

(Shot of Winnie and Kevin looking at Eric off-screen.)

WINNIE: I can't. I'm on duty.

(Winnie frowns and shakes her head as they look at each other, then she turns away.)

(Wide shot across the pool as Kevin follows Winnie.)

KEVIN: Yeah, you've been on duty ever since I got here.

WINNIE: I can't help it, it's my job!

KEVIN: I bet.

(Close shot of Winnie and Kevin, as she turns quickly toward him.)

WINNIE: What was that?! (Frowns.)

(Shot of both.)

KEVIN: Listen, Winnie, maybe this wasn't such a good idea. I mean coming up here. (Gestures.) Even though I know I encouraged it, but...when you get down to it -

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie frowning.)

WINNIE: Maybe you're right...maybe it wasn't a good idea.

KEVIN: What do you mean?

WINNIE: Maybe you should go.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking speechless.)

I felt like I'd been shot right through the tomato.

KEVIN: Well...that-that's not what I meant.

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie.)

WINNIE: Kevin, you said yourself that it was time that we find ourselves. Right? You said we should give each other space.

(Closer shot of both as Kevin nods.)

KEVIN: Yeah, but...

ERIC (V/O): Winnie!

(Kevin and Winnie turn toward Eric off-screen.)

(Shot of Eric on the lifeguard stand, looking at Kevin and Winnie off-screen.)

ERIC: What do you say, babe?

(Close shot of Winnie and Kevin. Kevin looks quickly at Winnie and frowns slightly.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie frowning and turning away.)

And that's when I knew. For sure.

(Kevin hurries after her.)

KEVIN: Winnie!

(Kevin grabs her arm. Winnie tries to pull free.)

WINNIE: What?! Let go!

(The camera zooms in slowly.)

KEVIN: I saw you. Last night, at the party.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at her as he holds her arm.)

KEVIN: I saw you.

(The camera moves in slowly. Some Snuffy guitar plays.)

KEVIN: I came looking for you, and they told me you were there with Eric. When I found you...

(Kevin looks off, then back.)

KEVIN: You were kissing him.

The thing is, I didn't mean to accuse her.

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie frowning at him.)

I just wanted her back.

WINNIE: You saw me?

KEVIN: So I -

WINNIE: I don't believe this - you're spying on me?! (Frowns.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin frowning heavily.)

KEVIN: What?! (Shrugs.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie frowning at him.)

WINNIE: How dare you?!

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin as she pushes him backward into the pool.)

(Shot of Winnie turning and trotting off away from the camera.)

(Underwater shot of Kevin sinking slowly, with his arms out - a la "The Graduate".)

BAND LEADER (V/O): Cards?

Fade to

Int. Night - Resort Kitchen

(Wide shot of Kevin and the band members sitting at the table.)

KEVIN: Gimme three.

(The band leader deals out some cards.)

By that evening I'd come up with a plan - win enough money to buy out the resort, and fire all the life-guards.

(The camera rolls forward a little.)

After that - suicide.

(Howie is bent over looking at Kevin's cards.)

BAND LEADER: It's your bet, amigo.

(Kevin looks at his cards - Q, Q, Q, 8, 10.)

Not that I was going down without one last moment of glory.

(Shot of Kevin and Howie.)

KEVIN: I'm in for twenty.

(Shot of band member #2.)

BAND MEMBER #2: Call.

(The camera pans over to band member #1.)

BAND MEMBER #1: I'm in.

Yeah, here they came.

(The camera pans over to band member #1.)

BAND MEMBER #3: See ya.

(The camera pans over to the band leader, who looks at Kevin off-screen.)

The lambs to the slaughter.

BAND LEADER: I'll raise ya fifty.

(Shot of Kevin frowning, and looking at the band leader off-screen.)

KEVIN: Fifty?! I don't have fifty.

(Shot of the band leader looking at Kevin off-screen.)

BAND LEADER: No pay, no play. (Gestures) What's it gonna be?

(Shot of Kevin in thought. He fishes in his pocket and holds up his keys.)

KEVIN: My car. Worth...(gestures)...a couple hundred at least.

(Kevin looks around, then drops the keys in the pot.)

Well...

(Shot of the band leader looking off in thought.)

Seventy-five, anyway.

(He shrugs and gestures affirmatively.)

(Shot of two bandmembers perking up and putting their money in the pot.)

(Shot of band member #3. He smiles at Kevin off-screen and slides his money forward.)

BAND MEMBER #3: Si, seņor.

(Shot past two band members of Kevin and Howie as Kevin lays down his cards, folds his hands, and glances around.)

KEVIN: Read 'em and weep.

It felt good.

(The camera moves in slowly. Kevin rubs his hands and looks around.)

It felt like - revenge, against the world that had turned against me.

(Close shot of cards being layed on the table. The camera pans up to band member #2.)

BAND MEMBER #2: Three kings.

(Close shot of cards being layed on the table. The camera pans up to band member #1.)

BAND MEMBER #1: Straight.

(Close shot of cards being layed on the table. The camera pans up to band member #3.)

BAND MEMBER #3: Full house. (Smiles.)

(Close shot of cards being layed on the table. The camera pans up to the band leader.)

BAND LEADER: Four jacks. (Smiles.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking toward the cards uncertainly.)

BAND MEMBER #3: Oy-oy-oy.

(Wide shot of everyone around the table. The band members burst out laughing.)

BAND LEADER: Well, whatta you know...(gestures)...the pot is mine, ha? (Smiles.)

(Close shot of the pot being pulled in by the band leader. The camera pans up slightly to Kevin as he watches it, then looks away, and the band laughs and jokes in Spanish.)

Cut to

Int. Morning - Resort Restaurant

(Kevin bangs through the kitchen door, frowning. He carries his bag and belongings, and is dressed in civvies. He determinedly walks past Howie toward the camera, which rolls back with him. Snuffy's guitar plays.)

HOWIE: Kevin, something's wrong?

(Kevin keeps walking.)

KEVIN: Beat it!

(Mr. Dexter looks after Kevin.)

MR. DEXTER: Young man, where's your uniform?

KEVIN: Stick it!

(Shot from behind Kevin as he walks up to Winnie and Eric, who are seated at a table looking at menus.)

The next morning I'd made up my mind.

KEVIN: Winnie?

(Shot past Eric and Winnie of Kevin as Eric stands up.)

ERIC: Hey.

(Kevin looks at him, then Winnie.)

I had all night to decide what to do.

(Close shot of Winnie glancing from Kevin off-screen to Eric off-screen and back, frowning slightly.)

KEVIN (V/O): I just want ya to know...

(Shot past Eric of Kevin frowning at him, then punching him.)

(Wide shot of the restaurant as Winnie stands up quickly as Eric falls back on the table.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Eric off-screen, slightly surprised at himself.)

(Close shot of Eric frowning and touching his mouth. He has a little blood coming from his nose.)

(Close shot of Winie frowning at Eric off-screen, then Kevin off-screen.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Winnie off-screen, then Eric off-screen, then back to Winnie.)

KEVIN: I'll be leaving now.

(Kevin bends down for his bag.)

(Wide shot of the restaurant as Kevin grabs his bag and walks away quickly.)

And there ya had it.

Cut to

Resort Driveway

(Shot of Kevin exiting the resort and walking toward the camera, which lowers slightly.)

Lock, stock, and barrel. I'd set out to find myself, and ended up losing everything.

(The band drives past in Kevin's former car, laughing and honking at him.)

Not that I was down or anything.

(Kevin pauses and looks after them off-screen.)

Hell - tomorrow was the Fourth of July.

(The camera moves in on Kevin as Snuffy's guitar fades.)

So call it macaroni.

(Kevin sighs.)

Fade to

Ext. Day - Rural Road

(High wide shot of Kevin walking along the side of the road toward the camera, which decends slowly.)

I walked for a long time. Didn't have a destination, just a lot on my mind.

(Shot of Kevin from across the road. The camera rolls with Kevin as he walks past some cows.)

Heartbreak, loss, betrayal. Most of all, one thought kept coming back to me...

(Kevin stops walking.)

Again and again, like an old song.

KEVIN: Great. (Frowns.)

(Kevin drops his bag.)

KEVIN: Now I get hungry.

(Closer shot of Kevin kneeling next to his bag and rummaging in it.)

I'd forgotten to eat lunch.

(Kevin pulls out a brown paper bag.)

So, I was forced to fall back on...

(Kevin pulls out some underwear and tosses it aside.)

The oldest survival technique known to alienated man.

(Kevin opens a small metal canister.)

Mom's cookies.

(Kevin takes out a cookie as a cow moos. Kevin looks behind him.)

(Shot of a cow in a stall.)

(Shot of Kevin looking over his shoulder toward the cow off-screen.)

KEVIN: Beat it! (Frowns.)

(Shot of Kevin sitting cross-legged on the grass.)

I examined my options.

(Kevin frowns as he slaps the plastic top on the can of cookies. The camera circles slowly toward his side.)

I had no car, no money, and no place to go. It was clear, what I needed here was a new philosophy. The philosophy...

(Kevin flips his collar up.)

Of the loner. The philosophy...of the road.

(Kevin sees a car approaching in the far distance. He flips his collar down and waves.)

KEVIN: Hey!

(Kevin hurriedly packs his bag.)

KEVIN: Hey!

(Shot of Kevin zipping up his bag as he looks over his shoulder at the car off-screen.)

So much for philosophy. What I needed was a ride.

(He stands up and holds out his hand.)

KEVIN: Hey, stop! Hey! Hey!

(Wider shot as the car slows down and passes the camera. Kevin turns, then runs toward the camera, which rolls back. The camera pulls back as Kevin approaches the passenger window. An old couple sitting in front.)

MAN: Need a lift?

KEVIN: Yeah, actually.

(Shot past the man and woman of Kevin at the passenger window.)

KEVIN: Listen, is there a bus station around here?

WOMAN: Yes, hop in. (Gestures.)

KEVIN: Thanks.

(Kevin exits toward the back door. The woman turns to the man and nods.)

(Close shot of Kevin getting in, closing the door, and settling back. The camera pulls back slowly as Kevin looks toward the passenger beside him - Winnie.)

KEVIN: Oh, no.

(Winnie looks forward.)

(Close shot of the woman looking at them off-screen.)

WOMAN: You two know each other? (Smiles.)

(Shot of Kevin and Winnie looking forward.)

K & W: No!

(Shot from behind the car as it drives off.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin. Winnie is frowning and looking off as Kevin looks at her.)

Great. All the Chevy's in all the world - she has to walk into mine.

KEVIN: Winnie...

(Kevin pushes her suitcase which is between them.)

KEVIN: Would you mind moving your stuff over?

(Kevin looks forward.)

WINNIE: Yes, I'd mind. (Frowns.)

(Kevin looks at her, then looks forward.)

KEVIN: Fine. Fine, I don't care.

(He pushes her suitcase.)

WOMAN (V/O): Lovely afternoon, isn't it?

(Shot of the woman looking over her shoulder at them off-screen.)

WOMAN: Would anybody like some music? (Smiles.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin.)

KEVIN: Sure.

WINNIE: No, thank you.

(Kevin looks at Winnie, who looks off.)

(Close shot of the woman looks at them off-screen, then her husband off-screen, then turning forward and shrugging.)

KEVIN (V/O): So...

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at her as she looks out the window.)

KEVIN: What happened? You ran out of bathing suits?

(Winnie frowns and rolls her eyes.)

WINNIE: Can it!

KEVIN: Or did "Mr. Muscles" find himself a new squeeze?

(Winnie turns toward Kevin.)

(Close shot Winnie looking at him off-screen.)

WINNIE: I got fired.

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

KEVIN: They fired you? (Nods.)

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

WINNIE: Because of you. (Frowns.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at her as she looks off.)

KEVIN: Well, congratulations.

(Winie looks at Kevin.)

KEVIN: Who would have ever thought little Miss Two-timer would get a dose of her -

WINNIE: Oh, you're really something! You know that? You are absolutely contemptable.

(Shot of the man and woman as she frowns.)

KEVIN (V/O): Me?! What about you?!

(The couple looks at each other and shrugs slightly.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking him.)

WINNIE: Rat! (Frowns.)

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

KEVIN: Tramp! (Frowns.)

(Close shot of Winnie looking forward.)

WINNIE: That's it! Stop the car - I'm getting out.

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking at her.)

KEVIN: Oh no. No, I'm gettin' out! (Frowns.)

(Kevin looks toward the door.)

WINNIE: Fine, then - get out!

(Kevin pauses, then looks at Winnie and frowns.)

KEVIN: No. No. (Points.) You get out.

(Winnie looks away.)

KEVIN: I'm stayin' here.

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

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

Cut to

Ext. Day - On the Road

(Close shot of the rear wheel and fender of the car. The camera rises slightly as the car pulls away, revealing Kevin and Winnie on the side of the road.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin taking a few steps after the car. Winnie sets her suitcase down.)

So we both got out.

(Winnie sits on her suitcase.)

Thrown out.

(Kevin looks over his shoulder slowly, then turns toward Winnie and drops his bag on the ground.)

KEVIN: So...(gestures)...you happy now?

(Winnie looks forward.)

WINNIE: I'm not speaking to you.

KEVIN: I don't care. (Gestures.) No skin off my nose.

(Winnie looks down and frowns, as Kevin puts his hands in his back pockets and looks away.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking away. He looks toward her and pauses, then sighs and frowns.)

KEVIN: Oh man, do you have to do that? (Gestures.)

WINNIE: Do what?

(Shot of Kevin frowning at Winnie off-screen.)

KEVIN: Do you have to cry like that? (Gestures.)

(Shot of Winnie looking off.)

WINNIE: I'm not crying.

(Winnie turns toward Kevin off-screen.)

WINNIE: And I'm not...a tramp. (Frowns.)

(Close shot of Kevin standing with his hands on his hips, looking at Winnie off-screen.)

KEVIN: Hey, if the shoe fits, right? (Frowns.)

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

WINNIE: Oh, like you never looked at somebody else? (Frowns.)

(Close shot of Kevin standing with his hands on his hips, looking at Winnie off-screen.)

KEVIN: What are you talking about? (Frowns.)

(Shot of Winnie looking at Kevin off-screen, as she rest her hands on her legs.)

WINNIE: How about that girl last summer?

(Winnie makes a little face.)

WINNIE: At the lake. (Frowns.)

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

Wait a minute - low blow.

KEVIN: Who told you about that? (Frowns.)

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

WINNIE: You're so transparent. (Frowns.)

(Winnie looks off.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin as glances off, then gestures.)

KEVIN: Oh, so this is some kind of a jealousy thing - is that it?

(Shot of Winnie frowning heavily at Kevin off-screen, then standing and walking quickly toward the camera.)

WINNIE: You're worse than transparent.

(The camera pans over slightly as Winnie stands in front of Kevin.)

WINNIE: You're a snake! (Frowns.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin.)

KEVIN: Oh, yeah?

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie frowning at him, then looking down.)

(Wide shot from across the road as Winnie grabs Kevin's bag, looks at him, then throws the bag into the middle of the road.)

(Shot of the bag landing in the road.)

(Shot of Kevin and Winnie as they look at each other. Kevin shakes his head slightly, and walks past Winnie.)

(Shot of Kevin and Winnie as Kevin approaching her suitcase, picks it up, turns, and approaches Winnie.)

(Shot past Winnie as Kevin stops in front of her and looks at her.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking at him, then sighing.)

(Shot past Winnie as Kevin makes a little face, then slings the suitcase toward the road.)

(Wide shot of Winnie and Kevin as the suitcase lands next to Kevin's bag. They look at each other again.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie sighing and frowning at him, then looking over her shoulder quickly as a truck honks.)

(Shot of a truck carrying bales of hay approaching and honking.)

(Shot of Kevin and Winnie looking at the truck off-screen, then Kevin glances toward the road. Winnie closes her eyes tightly and turns away slightly.)

(Shot of the bags as the truck honks and runs over them.)

(Wide shot of the flattened bags, with Kevin and Winnie in the background. An aerosol can hisses. Kevin and Winnie look at each other. There is the sound of thunder.)

(Shot past Winnie of Kevin looking off.)

And that about said it all.

(Kevin looks at Winnie.)

(Shot past Kevin of Winnie looking at him, then frowning and turning away.)

(Shot of Winnie stomping off toward the camera. Kevin looks after her in the background.)

WINNIE: Goodbye, Kevin Arnold!

KEVIN: Yeah...(waves)...have a nice life! (Frowns.)

(Winnie rolls her eyes as she walks away.)

WINNIE: I hate you!

KEVIN: The feeling's mutual!

(Winnie looks up as thunder sounds. A flash of lightning goes off. Kevin looks up in the background.)

(Closer shot of Kevin looking up as it starts to rain heavily.)

(Shot of Winnie frowning heavily, and Kevin in the background looking up. Winnie briefly covers her face, and frowns. She turns toward Kevin as he starts to run off. She runs after him, covering her head.)

Fade to

Int. - Barn

(Close shot of an oil lamp, and match bursting into flame, as Kevin lights it. The camera pulls back as Kevin replaces the glass cover and carries the lamp away from the camera.)

So thanks to thirty billion kilowatts of unmetered electricity...

(Kevin glances down at Winnie who sits against a stall, under a blanket.)

And about a ton of rain...

(Kevin sets the lamp down at the end ot the stall andsits against the opposite side of the wall Winnie is sitting against. The camera pulls back.)

We ended up sharing the same barn.

(Winnie covers her nose and sneezes. Kevin doesn't say anything.)

WINNIE: Thank you.

(Kevin looks over his shoulder slightly.)

KEVIN: Don't mention it. (Pause.) You know this is really, really great, you know that?

(Thunder and lightning go off.)

KEVIN: It's almost funny. (Gestures.)

(Closer shot past Winnie of Kevin.)

WINNIE: You think this is funny? (Frowns.)

KEVIN: Yeah...

(Shot of Kevin looking forward.)

KEVIN: Nah...

(Long pause as Kevin looks off.)

(Shot of Winnie looking off.)

(Shot of Kevin as he looks over his shoulder slightly.)

KEVIN: I mean, you grew up next door to someone...and...you figure you really know 'em. And then, like...overnight, you find out you...you didn't know 'em at all.

(Shot of both as Winnie she looks down.)

WINNIE: Yeah, well look who's talking.

(Thunder and lightning go off.)

KEVIN: Me?

(Kevin looks over his shoulder.)

KEVIN: Hey, I'm not the one who changed.

(Winnie turns toward Kevin slightly.)

WINNIE: You really believe that? (Frowns.)

(Kevin looks over his shoulder slightly.)

KEVIN: You bet!

(Shot of Kevin looking forward.)

KEVIN: I mean...changed a little, but...(frowns)...not really, though.

(Thunder and lightning go off, and Kevin glances up, then looks down.)

But I guess I knew better. I guess we both knew better.

(Shot of Winnie and Kevin as she looks forward.)

WINNIE: Kevin?

It just took Winnie to say it.

WINNIE: Here's what I think.

(The camera moves in very slowly.)

WINNIE: I think this had to happen. Today...tomorrow...

(Winnie looks off as the camera continues to move in slowly on her.)

WINNIE: Some day. I mean it's not like we're kids anymore. (Shrugs.) Everybody grows up. (Faint smile.) It's not like Peter Pan or something...

(Shot of Kevin looking down as the camera moves in slowly.)

KEVIN: No. It's not like Peter Pan.

(He looks forward.)

KEVIN: It's just...somehow I'd thought we'd be together...(gestures)...ya know?

(Close shot of Winnie looking off.)

WINNIE: Yeah. Together forever.

(Close shot of Kevin.)

KEVIN: Hmmm. (Smiles.)

(Kevin looks forward in thought for several moments. Some Snuffy guitar starts.)

KEVIN: It's not gonna happen, is it?

(Close shot of Winnie looking off, and hesitating.)

WINNIE: No.

(Close shot of Kevin looking forward.)

(Close shot of Winnie looking off.)

(Shot of both as the camera moves in slightly.)

Growing up is full of big moments.

(Kevin looks forward as the camera moves in on him.)

Some you see coming a mile away.

(Kevin leans his head back and closes his eyes.)

Some you never see at all.

(Sound of the storm. Kevin opens his eyes and frowns.)

(Shot through the swinging barn door as lightning flashes.)

(Shot of Kevin looking toward the door off-screen.)

KEVIN: What was that?

(Wide shot of Kevin and Winnie.)

KEVIN: Hello?

(Lightning goes off.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking up, then looking over his shoulder. The camera pans with him as he crawls over to the fence and stands up quickly.)

(Shot of Kevin as lightning goes off.)

(Brief shot of a horse as lightning goes off.)

(Shot of Kevin looking scared, then turning and jumping over the fence, then looking toward the horse off-screen.)

(Shot of the horse in the stall as it whinnies.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at the horse off-screen, and smiling with relief.)

KEVIN: Did you see that? (Gestures.) It's a horse! (Gestures.) Huh, God...

(The camera pans with Kevin as he turns and takes a few steps.)

KEVIN: It practically scared me to death.

(Kevin looks toward Winnie off-screen.)

KEVIN: Can you believe it? (Smiles.)

(Shot of Winnie under the blanket, looking down and crying.)

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

KEVIN: Winnie.

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

WINNIE: I don't want it to end. (Frowns.)

(Close shot of Kevin looking at Winnie off-screen for a few seconds, then moving forward.)

(Shot of Winnie looking up as Kevin kneels next to her, and kisses her on her cheek. They look at each other, then kiss. Music "Brothers" by Ennio Morricone plays throughout.)

(Closer shot of them as they kiss, and Kevin rubs her cheek as they pull away.)

(Wider shot of both as Winnie opens her arms under the blanket. Kevin moves next to her.)

(Closer shot as they kiss softly, then more passionately.)

(Wider shot past Winnie of them kissing, as the camera moves in very slowly.)

Once upon a time, there was a girl I knew, who lived across the street. Brown hair, brown eyes. When she smiled, I smiled. When she cried, I cried.

(Close shot of both as they kiss.)

Every single thing that ever happened to me that mattered, in some way, had to do with her.

(Wider shot of both as they kiss. The camera pulls back slowly.)

That day Winnie and I promised each other that, no matter what, that we'd always be together. It was a promise full of passion...and truth...and wisdom. It was the kind of promise...that can only come from the hearts of the very young.

(High wide shot freezes as they kiss. Music fades.)

Fade to

Ext. Day - Main Street of Kevin's Hometown

(Slow-motion telephoto shot of a 4th of July parade in the distance as several people cross the street. Sound of the marching music.)

The next day Winnie and I came home. Back to where we'd started.

(A mother and boy cross the street in slow motion. Music from "The Natural" plays.)

It was the 4th of July in that little suburban town.

(Another person blocks the camera momentarily.)

(Closer slow-motion shot of the parade.)

Somehow though, things were different. Our past was here, but...our future was somewhere else.

(Another person crosses the street.)

And we both knew, sooner or later, we had to go.

(Normal-speed shot of Kevin and Winnie holding hands, walking quickly through a crowd toward the camera, which pans with them as they smile and trot forward.)

It was the last July I ever spent in that town. The next year, after graduation...

(They slow up and look past the camera.)

I was on my way.

(Kevin smiles and waves.)

KEVIN: Paul!

(Shot of Paul turning toward them off-screen.)

(Shot of Kevin and Winnie as they approach.)

KEVIN: Hey, Paul! (Waves.)

WINNIE: Hi! (Smiles.)

(They slow up and Kevin smiles.)

(Close shot of Paul smiling and saying something to them off-screen.)

So was Paul. He went to Harvard - of course.

(Paul mouthes "I'm gonna be taking physics...")

Studied law.

(Paul cups his mouth and nose as he sneezes, then smiles.)

He's still allergic to everything.

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

(Wide shot of Jack and a flag-vendor as Jack takes a flag and smiles.)

JACK: Thanks a lot.

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

KEVIN: Listen, I'll be right back. Hang on one second. (Smiles.)

(The camera rolls back as Kevin walks forward a fews steps and pauses.)

(Wide shot of Jack pausing as he sees Kevin off-screen.)

(Wider shot of Kevin approaching slowly. The camera pans slightly to include Jack as Kevin stops in front of him, and looks off.)

As for my father...

(Shot past Kevin of Jack looking at him.)

Well...

JACK: How you doin'?

(Shot past Jack of Kevin looking at him.)

KEVIN: Good.

(Shot past Kevin of Jack looking at him.)

JACK: Welcome home.

(Shot of Jack looking off as he pats Kevin's shoulder.)

We patched things up.

(The camera pans slightly to Kevin as he smiles slightly.)

JACK (V/O): Norma!

(Kevin looks past Jack off-screen.)

(Shot of Wayne and Norma at a hotdog stand. Norma looks over her shoulder and smiles. Wayne turns, revealing Karen, who is pregnant. Karen puts her hands around her stomach and smiles as they approach.)

Hey, we were family. For better or worse.

(Karen hugs Kevin.)

KEVIN: Hey, sis.

(Shot past Karen of Kevin as Wayne pats him on the shoulder.)

One for all...

(Shot of Kevin facing the others as he puts his hand on Karen's stomach.)

KEVIN: Gosh. (Smiles.)

(Wayne nods.)

WAYNE: Little Kevin.

(Karen elbows Wayne and smiles.)

And all for one.

WAYNE: Little Eskimo. (Gestures.)

(Shot past Karen of Kevin looking at her.)

KEVIN: *Yeah, I know. Oh, my gosh.* (Smiles.)

(Slow-motion shot of the Arnold's, Winnie and Paul in the crowd on the sidewalk, watching the parade slowly go past them.)

(Fade to closer shot of Karen's stomach.)

Karen's son was born that September.

(The camera pans up to Karen, who is smiling as she watches the parade off-screen.)

I gotta say, I think he looks like me - poor kid.

(The camera pans over to Norma as she laughs and watches the parade off-screen.)

Mom, she did well - business woman, board chairman, grandmother...cooker of mashed potatoes.

(The camera pans over to Wayne. He says something and nods as Norma rubs his neck.)

The Wayner stayed on in furniture. Wood seemed to suit him.

(Wayne turns to Jack and says something, then points. Jack looks off and smiles.)

In fact, he took over the factory two years later...

(The camera pans over slightly to Jack.)

When Dad passed away.

(Jack smiles at Kevin, then looks off as he puts his arm around him. The camera pans over to Kevin and Winnie as they watch the parade off-screen.)

Winnie left the next summer to study art history in Paris.

(Kevin points at something in the parade. Winnie says something and looks at him.)

Still we never forgot our promise.

(Winnie waves and smiles to someone in the parade off-screen.)

We wrote to each other once a week for the next eight years.

(Kevin says something to Jack and smiles.)

I was there to meet her when she came home...with my wife, and my first son...

(Kevin and Winnie look at each other and smile.)

Eight months old.

(Kevin kisses Winnie on the temple, then looks toward the parade and mouthes "Oh, my gosh.")

Fade to

Ext. Evening - Arnold Kitchen

(Shot through the window of Kevin and Jack sitting at the kitchen table. Kevin drinks from a bottle, Jack from a mug. The camera moves in slowly.)

Like I said, things never turn out exactly the way you planned.

(Jack looks at his cup.)

JACK: It was good. (Nods.) It was a good Fourth.

KEVIN: Yeah.

(Kevin sips from his bottle, then looks at Jack.)

KEVIN: So you're gonna be a grandpa, huh?

(Jack smiles and nods.)

JACK: Not bad.

KEVIN: Gray hair and everything.

JACK: Yeah, soon enough. (Smiles.)

Cut to

Int - Kitchen

(Shot from the kitchen of Kevin and Jack as they smile. The camera pulls back slowly.)

Growing up happens in a heartbeat.

(Kevin sips from his bottle.)

One day you're in diapers...

(Jack gestures.)

Next day you're gone. But the memories of childhood...stay with you for the long haul.

(The camera continues to pull back as Jack talks.)

Fade to

Ext. Evening - Kevin's Street

(Shot of the house and car as a boy on a bike rides by on the sidewalk. The camera pans with him, pulling wider.)

I remember a place...a town...a house...like a lot of other houses. A yard like a lot of other yards...on a street like a lot of other streets.

(The camera pans down the street as a car drives down it. All the street lights go on.)

And the thing is...after all these years, I still look back...with wonder.

(A large fireworks display goes off in the background.)

Fade to

CLOSING CREDITS

YOUNG BOY (V/O): Hey Dad? Wanna play catch?

I'll be right there.

Listen to that.


Supporting Cast

Howie Needleman - Andy Milder
Micky Spiegle - Peter Billingsley
Nick Sadowski - Peter Asle Holden
Mr. Dexter - Kim Robilard
Band Leader - Miguel Perez
Eric - Brad Naso



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