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MEMOIRS
by
Will Fetters

Revised:
October 27 2008

EXT. SMITH STREET STATION -- BROOKLYN -- NIGHT
It's very late. It's quiet. Just the sounds of The City.
A WOMAN in her late thirties, wearing a hospital ID on a
lanyard around her neck, waits alone at one end of the station
platform. We meet her silhouetted against the Lower Manhattan
skyline where we find The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center
still standing in the distance.
TWO TEENAGE BOYS with hand drawn gang tats wait at the other
end of the platform. They speak loud, SLURRED SPANISH to each
other and pass a menthol cigarette between them. They appear
to notice the Woman waiting alone and begin towards her.
The Woman stares straight ahead. As the boys approach, she
tenses. At the last second the boys make a hard left turn and
disappear down the stairwell back to the street without so
much as glancing at her. It's quiet again.
The Woman exhales, allows a little smile at her own paranoia.
Her green eyes are illuminated by the halogen bulb of a TRAIN
rounding the final bend into the station.
Her focus is on this train. It's getting closer, louder.
And so she doesn't see, doesn't hear the Boys coming back up
the stairwell behind her.
Not until they have her boxed in and the one who can hardly
grow a mustache is showing her his concealed handgun.
The Woman knows what this is. Stays calm.
WOMAN
OK... just...
The train roars into station as the Woman quickly hands over
her purse, her watch, she removes her engagement ring and her
wedding band. She gives over the engagement ring. Hesitates.
WOMAN
Please... it's not worth much... to
you.
The Boys consider the thin gold band. One of them goes to
take it from her outstretched palm but he drops it. The ring
CLANGS to the ground and rolls to a stop a few feet away. The
other boy takes a step to pick it up but freezes when he
hears MEN'S VOICES echoing up the stairwell.
Now they're boxed in. And starting to panic.
The Train Doors slide open.

2.
The Boys see their way out and step into the last empty rail
car. Leaving the Woman alone on the platform.
The Woman stands there staring blankly at her assailants'
faces -- THE TRAIN DOORS BEGIN TO CLOSE -- when a hand with
tattooed knuckles reaches out and stops them...
Just a forearm and gun extend out of that last subway car...
There's a muzzle flash... a distant POP... a cloud of
smoke... a mist of blood... and the Woman's body collapses on
itself.
EXT. SMITH STREET STATION -- LATER THAT NIGHT
A WORKING CRIME SCENE, lots of uniforms and light, a white
sheet draped over her body where it fell beside the tracks.
BLUE AND RED LIGHT dances against the stairwell wall where we
find a man taking the stairs two at a time. The man is in his
late thirties, plain clothes, piercing eyes, handsome, he is
SERGEANT JAMES CRAIG. When he reaches the platform. He stops.
Craig kneels before the white sheet. Peels it back. We stay
on him. We don't see what he sees. We just see how he sees
it. Then he notices...
THE WEDDING BAND. It's been tagged and numbered as evidence.
Craig picks it right out of the chalk outline.
Craig walking back now. He reaches the stairwell and suddenly
falls to one knee, bracing himself against the railing, he
clenches the ring in a white-knuckled fist. The closest
UNIFORM puts a hand on his shoulder. A moment. Composure. A
deep breath. Then as quickly as he went down. He's back up.
Craig looks back now, sees all the cops looking at him, he
nods to no one in particular then begins down the stairwell.
As Craig heads down, we DRIFT UP...above the station, above
those dots of light, above the yawning mass of the borough,
until we find ourselves once again with a clear view of the
southern tip of Manhattan where those TWIN TOWERS STAND TALL.
DISSOLVE TO:
A FRAMED PHOTOGRAPH: of the Lower Manhattan skyline as it was
with the World Trade Center still standing, preserved forever
in two-dimensions behind glass. This photo hangs on a wall
beside a Bob Dylan poster in a...

3.
INT. TENEMENT BUILDING -- BEDROOM -- MORNING
SUBTITLE: "East Village, Three Years Later"
A cell phone vibrates on a night stand. We drift across the
room until we find... TYLER ROTH, early twenties, handsome,
lying beside a forgettable BLONDE, their intertwined limbs
hint to the passions of the prior evening.
Tyler rolls over and answers the phone.
TYLER
Yeah...
(listens)
Of course. I’m on my way. I know...
I know...I know...I know...I
know...I know...............I know.
Tyler climbs out of bed, fishes a ragged packet of unfiltered
cigarettes out of a pair of jeans. He staggers to a window.
TYLER V/O
Gandhi once said that whatever you
do in life will be insignificant
but it is very important that you
do it...
Tyler sits in the window smoking. We observe a tattoo that
simply says "Michael" over his heart. His dark eyes fall on
that framed photograph of the World Trade Center.
TYLER V/O
...I tend to agree with the first
part.
EXT. CEMETERY -- MORNING
In Brooklyn. A cluster of MOURNERS stand before a tombstone
in the distance. A cab pulls to a stop. Tyler, in a rumpled
suit with no tie, gets out of the cab. Lights a cigarette and
pays the driver. He begins towards the mourners.
Tyler tosses his cigarette as he approaches his mother...
DIANE HOFFMAN, elegant beauty, past burdens etched in the
lines on her face. She smiles like someone who's been crying
but doesn't want anyone to know she's been crying.
TYLER
How are you mom?
DIANE
I'm fine... you look good...

4.
Tyler just smiles. Moves to greet his stepfather...
LES HOFFMAN, ponytail streaked in gray, tweed jacket and tie.
They exchange a firm handshake. Tyler's father...
CHARLES ROTH, late fifties, stoic, steel eyes, chiseled good
looks. He hardly even looks at Tyler.
CHARLES
You couldn't wear a tie?
TYLER
Good to see you dad.
Tyler approaches his baby sister, CAROLINE ROTH, a diminutive
eleven-year-old in spectacles. Tyler kneels beside her,
whispers.
TYLER
Thanks for the wake up call...
Caroline makes a face. Turns her nose away from him.
CAROLINE
You smell like Listerine and beer.
Tyler kisses her cheek. Stands beside her.
POV: The Tombstone. The five family members stand side-byside. They look like strangers on the subway.
INT. ATHLETIC CLUB -- LATER
A private dining room. The family sits together at breakfast.
An awkward silent ambiance. Tyler rolls a Bic lighter over
his knuckles. Caroline draws on her napkin. Charles reads the
Wall Street Journal. Les selects his tea bag.
DIANE
...This is nice... I think it's
nice that we still do this...
Michael would like that we do this.
Tyler takes out a cigarette. Lights it. Without saying a word
his mother takes it and snubs it out in an empty water glass.
DIANE
Did you tell Tyler what your art
teacher said about your portrait?
Caroline shakes her head. Keeps drawing.

5.
DIANE
...She was very impressed. She said
it showed...“shades of a young
Rembrandt.”
TYLER
Young Rembrandt... good... 'cause
Rembrandt really fell off late in
his career. He's the Michael
Jackson of European art history.
CAROLINE
(hints of a smile)
Do you even know who Rembrandt is?
TYLER
He invented toothpaste right?
Caroline smiles, shakes her head, goes back to her drawing.
LES
You didn't tell him the best part.
CAROLINE
...she wants me to enter it in the
art show.
DIANE
In the Upper School Art Show.
LES
Care's the only sixth grader with
an entry this year... youngest in
Spence history. Eleven-years-old
and already tearing down walls.
CAROLINE
(blushes a little)
If I place I qualify for this
summer program that will-CHARLES
Caroline could you please pass the
butter.
Caroline falls silent. Enthusiasm gone. She slides the butter
to her father. Goes back to her drawing. Charles slathers a
croissant. Notices three incredulous stares.
...What?

CHARLES

DIANE
Caroline was speaking.

6.
CHARLES
And I wasn't changing the
subject... I needed butter.
TYLER
In dad's defense... The butter here
is really good. I can see why
someone wouldn't want to wait eight
seconds to let their daughter
finish a sentence... I get it.
CHARLES
Thank you for that, Tyler.
Charles eats his croissant. That heavy silence again. Until.
LES
...What was the subject?
CHARLES
(mouthful)
Excuse me?
LES
The subject that you weren’t trying
to change... What was it?
Charles folds his paper, sets it down, glaring now, defiant.
CHARLES
I'm sorry, Les. I'm confused.
Remind me again. Why are you here?
Why are you mourning this morning?
You didn't know Michael... I doubt
he even would've liked you.
Charles...

DIANE

LES
I'm here to support my wife and my
stepdaughter... someone needs to.
CHARLES
Oh I see... you're supporting them
now. Great. So I can stop paying
her tuition? I can discontinue her
trust? You're gonna handle it
all... Lester the investor.
DIANE
That's enough.
Silence. Charles and Les hold a cold stare.

7.
TYLER
...yeah, I think Michael definitely
would like that we do this.
Tyler pushes himself away from the table.
DIANE
Where are you going?
Downtown.

TYLER

DIANE
I don't know why you insist on
going there...
CHARLES
The boy is fine. Relax.
LES
As if you'd have any idea.
CHARLES
My son's welfare really doesn't
concern you. When the conversation
turns to socialism or first-year
Kant feel free to hop in.
As the adults break into a further chorus of petty bickering.
Tyler kisses Caroline's forehead.
TYLER
See you after school?
She nods. He exits.
INT. WALL STREET COFFEE SHOP -- MORNING
Filled with hustling morning COMMUTERS grabbing coffee and
bagels to go. Tyler in jeans and a white tee shirt looks
completely out of place amongst all the suits and commerce.
He sits in the last of a row of booths facing the street. His
tattered JOURNAL lies open in front of him, a BINDER CLIP
holds his page as he works quietly crafting an entry.
INT. ALPHABET CITY -- SIDE STREET -- LATER
Tyler walks to class with his roommate, AIDAN. Tyler smokes.
Aidan doesn't. Aidan remembers something, smirks.

8.
AIDAN
I sold your girlfriend a
toothbrush.
TYLER
You sold my who? ...What?
AIDAN
That voluptuous, delightfully
oblivious little blondie you left
in your bed this morning... I sold
her a toothbrush. Got three bucks.
TYLER
...Congratulations?
AIDAN
Are in order, yes. Because that
sale inspired our newest business
venture: "The SLUT"
Tyler stares blankly.
AIDAN
The 'Single Lady's Universal Tote'
Tyler stares blankly.
AIDAN
It's the one-night-stand travel
pack for women. We throw in some
make-up, toiletries, cell phone
charger, cab numbers. Retail it at
S19.95, maybe do an informercial.
TYLER
And you think women would buy this?
With money?
AIDAN
Hey one-night-stands happen... It's
a part of life... like stubbing
your toe. Sometimes you misjudge a
corner and bend back your pinky
toe, other times you wake up in a
freshman dorm wearing a field
hockey tee shirt wondering why your
balls smell like cinnamon...
Tyler gives him a peculiar look.
AIDAN
And that's completely hypothetical.
(quickly moving on)
(MORE)

9.
AIDAN (cont'd)
Don't underestimate the novelty
gift market. Think about it...
instead of giving that token slutty
friend a ten-inch black dildo for
her birthday, you hook her up with
"The SLUT." Everyone has a laugh
and the implication that she'll
probably use it someday remains.
What do you say? Are you in?
TYLER
You need help.
Tyler finishes his cigarette.
AIDAN
OK... fine... be cynical... just
remember at some point in history
two people had a conversation just
like this about the light bulb. One
of them went on to fame and fortune
and the other one probably went to
work at Denny's or something.
TYLER
(smiles)
I'm pretty sure they didn't have
Denny's in the 19th century.
EXT. PARK SLOPE -- MORNING
A TINTED MERCEDES S-CLASS stops in-front of a funky corner
brownstone where Caroline waits in a plaid jumper on the
front steps. THE DRIVER opens the back door of the car.
INT. MERCEDES S-CLASS (DRIVING) -- LATER
Caroline in the cavernous backseat alone. Her pink knapsack
her only company.
THE MERCEDES stops at a crosswalk for a GROUP OF CHILDREN in
jeans and tee shirts on their way into a local PS cross.
Caroline sees them through the tinted glass. They couldn't
see her even if they wanted to.
EXT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- LATER
A private all-girls prep school on the Upper East Side.
A LINE OF LUXURY CARS drop off GIRLS. Parents and loved ones
offer daily good-byes and good lucks. We find...

10.
THE MERCEDES rolling to a stop. The Driver gets out and opens
the door for Caroline. She steps out with her pink knapsack.
INT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- CLASSROOM -- LATER
Caroline sits alone in the back of the room working on a
portrait. All around her the steady buzz of conversation and
laughter. THE PORTRAIT is of Charles as he was at the
breakfast table reading The Wall Street Journal. The detail
is jarring. We can see his indifference right there on her
page in shaded pencil strokes.
PROFESSOR O/S
It's an unfortunate reality but a
reality none the less...
INT. LECTURE HALL -- DAY
TYLER sits in the back of the room. Aidan asleep beside him.
Their PROFESSOR addresses the few students paying attention.
PROFESSOR
...in the wake of terrorist attacks
these insurance company actuaries
are provided a unique opportunity
to raise premiums and profits to
protect against events that will
likely never occur again...
The classroom door opens with a creak. Tyler turns to see
ALLY CRAIG, 19, a cute brunette, tip toe toward an open seat.
She tries to squeeze in, trips over a book bag, nearly falls
on her face. The Professor shoots her a look. She blushes.
Mouthes "sorry." Takes her seat. Opens her notebook.
Tyler smiles to himself.
EXT. CENTRAL PARK -- AFTERNOON
At the Alice in Wonderland statue where KIDS climb all over
the faded bronze mushroom caps and characters. Tyler and
Caroline sit on a park bench. Tyler lights a cigarette.
CAROLINE
You promised you’d quit...
I know.

TYLER

11.
CAROLINE
You’re gonna get emphysema and then
you’re gonna have to drag an oxygen
tank with you everywhere...
TYLER
You think that would be the worst
part about having emphysema?
CAROLINE
Everywhere you go, Tyler. Even the
bathroom.
Tyler takes a final drag. Tosses it on the ground.
CAROLINE
Why do you think Dad doesn't wanna
see me anymore?
TYLER
Dad loves you.
CAROLINE
So? You can love someone and not
like spending time with them...
Mom loves Aunt Sara. But at
Christmas, last year, she wouldn't
let Les leave them in a room
together 'cause she said there
would be a "yule tide homicide."
TYLER
That's 'cause Aunt Sara drinks...
You don't drink, right?
Caroline shakes her head.
TYLER
So why would anyone wanna avoid
you?
Caroline shrugs, unconvinced. A silent moment passes.
CAROLINE
Michael used to drink.
TYLER
Yeah. He did. But Michael was 23.
All 23-year-olds drink 'cause it's
new and exciting. Aunt Sara drinks
'cause she wishes she was 23.
A shared smile.

12.
CAROLINE
You're almost 23...
Tyler's smile fades.
CAROLINE
Do you still think about him?
Every day.

TYLER

INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- DAY
Tyler on his ratty couch, jeans, no shirt, aviator headphones
plugged into a record player, an old seven-inch spinning.
Aidan sits on the counter drinking beer, eating a Lean
Cuisine. Aidan tosses an empty beer can to get his attention.
AIDAN
What about Atlantic City for your
birthday this year?. Get a suite.
Couple of ladies. You could call
Toothbrush Girl, what do you think?
TYLER
I'd honestly prefer to be sodomized
with a toothbrush. Honestly.
AIDAN
Hey, it's your day.
Tyler picks up his cigarettes.
AIDAN
So what do you wanna do tonight?
TYLER
I'm doing it...
Tyler lights a cigarette. Stretches out on the couch.
AIDAN
I ran into Megan yesterday. She's
bartending at The Tunnel tonight.
She wants us to stop by.
TYLER
Some other time.
Aidan, visibly frustrated with Tyler's reluctance, throws his
full beer at him. It splashes all over.

13.
TYLER
What the fuck?
AIDAN
What the fuck you. You've been a
fuckin' ghost the past couple
weeks. You never wanna go out.
TYLER
We just went out last night.
AIDAN
That breaks my heart. To hear you
say that out loud. You used to be
good for five nights-a-week. Now
I'm lucky if I get one. I'm feeling
unappreciated here. I can't deal
with this brooding introvert shit
anymore man. I’m ready to set up an
intervention.
A silent moment passes.
TYLER
You realize interventions typically
discourage binge drinking?
AIDAN
One drink. One drink and we're out.
TYLER
When's the last time you had one
drink?
Aidan raises his beer. Nods to his Lean Cuisine.
AIDAN
What do you call this? Looks like a
casual beer with dinner to me.
TYLER
That's your fifth beer.
AIDAN
But my only one with dinner.
INT. THE TUNNEL -- LATER THAT NIGHT
A trendy club in the meat packing district. Aidan and Tyler
make their way through the crowd to a congested bar where the
gorgeous BARTENDER drops everything and approaches.

14.
BARTENDER
You made it.
She gives Aidan a kiss. Tyler forces a smile.
AIDAN
Two vodka martinis, two shots of
Jack, please darlin'.
Tyler shoots Aidan a look. Aidan winks. Two nubile young
GIRLS approach Aidan. Tap his shoulder.
Excuse me?

GIRL #1

Aidan flashes a winning smile.
AIDAN
(very smooth)
Well hello...
GIRL #1
Could you take a picture for us?
She holds out her camera. Aidan hesitates, then smiles.
AIDAN
My pleasure...
The girls pose. Aidan takes the camera. Turns it around.
Extends it. Smiles. And promptly SNAPS A PICTURE OF HIMSELF.
He casually returns the camera to the confused young woman.
AIDAN
Get doubles of that shit.
Tyler finally cracks a smile. The bartender sets down their
drinks. They clink glasses.
AIDAN
To photographs.
They slam back the shots.
EXT. MEAT PACKING DISTRICT -- STREET -- LATE NIGHT
Tyler and Aidan stand with the Girls from Aidan's photo
opportunity at their sides. All are thoroughly intoxicated.
AIDAN
I love this fuckin' city. This is
the greatest city in the world.
(MORE)

15.
AIDAN (cont'd)
Don't tell me about LA, Miami,
London, Paris, Moscow... this is
it... this is the promised land. On
the seventh day God rested... on
the eighth day he made New York.
Tyler lights a cigarette.
TYLER
You ever actually been to any of
those places?
AIDAN
What's your point?
Tyler smiles. He leans against a moving truck parked on the
side of road. He notices it's a Ryder truck. He steps away.
There's a cool gust of wind. Aidan's Girl shivers.
AIDAN'S GIRL
What are we doing? I'm freezing.
AIDAN
Why are you still here?
Asshole.

AIDAN'S GIRL

Aidan's girl takes off. Tyler's Girl stays at his side.
AIDAN
Oh come on. Where you goin'? I’m
teasing... I know why you’re here.
Aidan's girl looks back at her friend, annoyed.
AIDAN'S GIRL
Are you coming?
Tyler's Girl looks at Tyler who smiles, shrugs.
TYLER'S GIRL
I'll talk to her...
The girls step away. Tyler's Girl appears to be trying to
convince her friend to stay. Aidan watches them, hopefully.
Tyler isn't watching them. He's watching two YOUNG BLACK KIDS
and a group of BRIDGE AND TUNNELERS shouting obscenities just
across the street from where the girls are whispering. The
kids are smaller, outnumbered, trying to walk way, when one
of the Bridge and Tunnelers throws a sucker punch.

16.
TYLER
What a pussy...
Tyler watches as The Bridge and Tunnelers overpower the kids.
The altercation has turned into a full on assault. They stomp
them into the pavement. Tyler tosses his cigarette.
Come on...
Seriously?

TYLER
AIDAN

Tyler begins towards the fight. Aidan stays put. Tyler's Girl
thinks Tyler's walking over to her. She smiles seductively.
TYLER'S GIRL
So we were thinking we could go
back to our place and...
Tyler walks right past the Girl without even looking at her.
Aidan.

TYLER

Aidan sighs, takes a last look at the stunned Girls, shrugs
as if to say "what can I do?" Then runs off after Tyler.
Tyler steps in front of the bleeding kids.
TYLER
That's enough. It's over.
Everybody's got a big dick.
BRIDGE AND TUNNEL
Who the fuck are you?
AIDAN
You toss his salad with that mouth?
Aidan gets punched in the face. Tyler breaks the nose of the
guy who punched Aidan. Then someone hits Tyler. And the kids
get back to their feet and fight back. A brawl has begun.
EXT. SIDE STREET -- LATER
THE COMBATANTS from the brawl are lined up against a brick
wall. Blue and red light dances over their swollen faces.
Sergeant James Craig, a little older and heavier than when we
first met him at the train station leans against his NYPD
police cruiser watching his PARTNER pace the line up.

17.
PARTNER
...All we wanna know is who threw
the first punch.
Nobody says anything. Craig's Partner moves down the line. He
stops in front of the two black kids.
PARTNER
What do you two have to say for
yourselves?
The kids stare straight ahead. Say nothing. Craig's partner
moves back down the line. One of the kids turns to the other.
BLACK KID
(under his breath)
...Profilin' motherfucker...
Craig's partner doesn't hear it. Craig does. His eyes narrow.
His jaw tightens. His chest rises. He approaches them.
SERGEANT CRAIG
Excuse me. What was that?
The kid says nothing. Just stares Craig down. Craig's partner
reads Craig's body language. He's unsettled by it.
SERGEANT CRAIG
Profiling, wasn't it?
The kid just stares defiantly.
SERGEANT CRAIG
A peace officer asks a black man
covered in cuts and bruises a
question about how all those cuts
and bruises came to be... you think
that he's profiling?
A vein pulses in his neck. His partner notices this.
PARTNER
Jim... it's OK... I got it.
BLACK KID
Yeah Jimmy... It's O-THWUP! Craig throws a JAB into the kid's throat. He drops to
his knees. Gasping for air. Craig takes the other kid to the
ground. He handcuffs them both. Reads them MIRANDA RIGHTS.
SERGEANT CRAIG
(to his partner)
The rest of them can go.

18.
The Bridge and Tunnelers move quickly and quietly away. Aidan
too. Only Tyler remains. He makes eye contact with one of the
kids on the ground. He takes a breath. Approaches Craig.
TYLER
...They didn't start the fight.
SERGEANT CRAIG
Really? Oh my... well, then, I
guess I made a terrible mistake...
(calls out)
Gentlemen? Hold on one minute.
The Bridge and Tunnelers freeze. Turn back with trepidation.
SERGEANT CRAIG
Did you start the fight?
They all exchange looks. The biggest one smirks and shrugs.
No sir.

BRIDGE AND TUNNEL

SERGEANT CRAIG
Thank you. That'll be all.
Craig turns back to Tyler.
SERGEANT CRAIG
See kid... everybody’s got their
story. You say one thing. They say
another. Nobody can prove anything.
Our job is to hold someone
accountable, and we're doing that.
So unless you can get me a
confession... I'd suggest you don't
tell me how to do my goddamn job.
Craig turns back to the kids. A silent moment passes.
TYLER
I started it.
What?

AIDAN

Sergeant Craig slowly faces Tyler, intrigued, almost amused.
SERGEANT CRAIG
My mistake after all.
Craig takes Tyler's legs out, driving his face into the
pavement, a GASH opens above Tyler's LEFT EYE.

19.
Tyler lies there dazed and disoriented as Craig slaps the
bracelets on and dutifully reads him his rights.
INT. EAST VILLAGE -- CORNER DINER -- DAWN
The gash bandaged, his face swollen, traces of purple ink on
his finger tips, Tyler sits stoic, silent. An empty plate of
french fries lies on the table in-front of him. Aidan sits
across the table looking exhausted. He yawns, searches for a
comforting word.
AIDAN
That was fuckin' wild.
Tyler stares blankly.
AIDAN
What were you thinking? Trying to
pull that smart-ass, cute shit with
the NYPD? Were you going for
laughs? Do you have a masochistic
side I'm not aware of?
Tyler stares blankly.
AIDAN
Not that he was justified in
brutalizing you like that. That was
fucked up. But seriously what did
you think was gonna happen?
Tyler stares blankly.
AIDAN
You're upset. You should be upset.
I'd be upset... if some cop broke
my face. I'd be furious... I'd be
beyond furious... seriously how
furious are you?
Tyler finally looks up.
TYLER
You're so not even close to helping
right now.
AIDAN
So? What happens now?
TYLER
I go talk to Charles.

20.
AIDAN
He should be pleased. What did they
charge you with anyway?
TYLER
Drunk and Disorderly, Resisting
Arrest...
Aidan laughs. Tyler doesn't.
AIDAN
Resisting? Come on. That's funny.
Admit it that's funny. If you were
objective, like if you were me,
you'd think that was funny...
Tyler just stares.
AIDAN
Hey you were lucky... He could have
hit you with destruction of public
property. I mean you head-butted
that sidewalk pretty hard. You
might have damaged the foundation.
TYLER
Do you practice being an asshole?
EXT. FAR ROCKAWAY -- CRAIG FAMILY HOME -- MORNING
Sergeant Craig yawns as he climbs the stairs to his red-brick
row house at the end of a block of red-brick row house.
INT. KITCHEN -- MORNING
Ally sits in front of an empty plate of food. Across from her
sits an untouched plate of EGGS AND BACON. Ally checks her
watch. She sighs. The front door opens.
INT. LIVING ROOM -- LATER
Sergeant Craig comes in to find his daughter standing there
with her arms crossed. Ally doesn't need to say anything.
SERGEANT CRAIG
...I know... I know... I'm sorry.
ALLY
I made you eggs and bacon.

21.
SERGEANT CRAIG
Paperwork, honey. Long night. Come
on, you're gonna be late.
ALLY
No dad "gonna be" implies there's a
chance that I might not be, "gonna
be" was possible a half an hour
ago. Now? I am late. Again.
SERGEANT CRAIG
I'll tell you what. Next time you
cook breakfast, you let me know.
I'll call all the criminals in the
city and I'll ask 'em not to commit
any crimes the night before 'cause
my daughter is cooking me eggs and
bacon... and I can't be late. OK?
ALLY
Why do I have to be late when
you're late?
SERGEANT CRAIG
I'm your ride.
ALLY
I don't know if you noticed, but we
live in New York. We have options.
Taxi? Bus? Bike? Car service?
Skateboard? All of which don't
require you to escort me to the
front door like I'm six.
Craig just smiles at her.
SERGEANT CRAIG
I'll be in the car.
INT. EXECUTIVE FLOOR -- RECEPTION -- DAY
Tyler on a suede sofa in an opulent waiting area. A
RECEPTIONIST types away across the room. Tyler takes out a
cigarette. Lights it. Draws the ire of...
THE RECEPTIONIST
You know you can't smoke in here.
Tyler looks down at a handmade crystal ash tray on the coffee
table right in-front of him. It's clearly never been used.
TYLER
So what's with the ash tray?

22.
THE RECEPTIONIST
It completes the room.
Tyler takes a long drag, grinds out the ember on the pristine
surface, he smiles, a charming smile at the aggravated woman.
Tease.
Tyler...

TYLER
JANINE O/S

JANINE, Charles' long time assistant, late forties, kind
eyes, watches Tyler from the hallway.
JANINE
He's ready for you.
INT. EXECUTIVE FLOOR -- HALLWAY -- LATER
Tyler follows Janine down the marble corridor. She looks him
up and down, doesn't like what she sees.
JANINE
You're too skinny. And you smell
like french fries and cigarettes.
TYLER
Nice to see you too.
JANINE
You want me to lie?
Tyler smiles, he likes that she doesn't lie. Janine scrolls
through a PDA as she walks. They approach the double doors to
Charles' office. Tyler stops. Hesitates.
TYLER
Is he in a good mood?
JANINE
He will be when he sees you.
TYLER
Somehow I doubt that.
INT. CAVERNOUS EXECUTIVE OFFICE -- LATER
A row of floor-to-ceiling windows blocked by vertical blinds.
Sunlight glows behind them. There's a lot of leather and oak
and an expensive computer but no family photos anywhere. This
is a work space befitting a man of particular importance.

23.
Charles and Tyler sit across from each other in silence.
TYLER
Love the ashtrays. It's good to see
you’re still such a discerning
steward of shareholder assets.
CHARLES
Did you come here to consult?
TYLER
Unfortunately for your investors,
no.
CHARLES
You need money?
TYLER
Can’t a son just stop in to see his
father without an agenda?
CHARLES
Maybe. I wouldn’t know.
TYLER
That's not true. Remember when I
was like ten, Michael and me used
to come in and play with the copy
machines over Christmas break...
CHARLES
Did you come here to play with the
copy machines, Tyler?
TYLER
I need to borrow a lawyer.
CHARLES
What did you do?
TYLER
The right thing at the wrong time.
CHARLES
Were drugs involved?
TYLER
No... I do appreciate the
assumption though.

24.
CHARLES
Christ Tyler, you’ve got so much to
offer, I just don’t understand why
you can’t focus, do something
constructive, find a purpose-TYLER
Does a lawyer come with the
lecture?
Charles and Tyler hold a stare. Charles looks away first.
CHARLES
I’ll make a call. You'll get a
call. Do everything you're told.
Charles makes a note.
Thanks.

TYLER

Silence again. Neither really sure what to say or do. Tyler
stands to go. Charles watches him leave. Has a thought.
CHARLES
You came all the way down here...
you should stay for lunch... I'll
get us a table upstairs...
Charles picks up the phone. Tyler waves him off.
TYLER
No thanks. I've got somewhere I
have to be... some other time?
An awkward pause.
CHARLES
Some other time.
INT. WALL STREET COFFEE SHOP -- MORNING
Tyler in the same booth, same seat surrounded by a commotion
of business men and women eating lunch. His journal held open
by the binder clip, he writes in stoic silence.
DIANE O/S
We should sue...
INT. HOFFMAN FAMILY HOME -- LIVING ROOM -- EVENING
Quirky interior decorating, artsy, but not cheap.

25.
Les sits motionless
pony tail is undone
over his shoulders.
sketches him. Tyler

on a stool in the middle of the room. His
so his shaggy gray mane of hair hangs
He holds a profile pose for Caroline who
sits across from them. Diane next to him.

DIANE
...look at your face... look at
what they did to your eye. You
don't think you have a case?
TYLER
It's just a cut, mom. It's no big
deal.
DIANE
It's not just a cut, Tyler. And it
is a big deal. You should sue their
pants off. Les, don't you think he
has a case?
LES
(hardly moving his lips)
Well-CAROLINE
No talking. You're a statue.
Les goes perfectly rigid again.
TYLER
All I want are the charges gone.
Dad's lawyer's taking care of it.
DIANE
I still think you're entitled to
something else... at the very least
an apology from those brutes.
TYLER
It was a brute. Singular. And I
don't think a Municipal Judge can
issue a court order for an apology.
DIANE
Well someone should.
INT. BEDROOM -- LATER
Caroline at a drawing board in her bedroom putting the
finishing touches on her sketch of Les. Tyler comes in
carrying a plate of food. Caroline sees him, the food.

26.
CAROLINE
...I’m not hungry.
TYLER
Mom said you didn't eat dinner...
You don’t need food anymore?
CAROLINE
I had some Cheetos after school.
TYLER
Oh? Oh good. You had Cheetos. Here
I am worried you're not getting
enough sustenance or nutrients but,
Cheetos, yeah, they're an excellent
source of... orange dust.
(setting down the plate)
Humor me.
Caroline nibbles a green bean. Tyler notices her pink
knapsack. "FREAK" has been crudely scrawled in white out.
TYLER
...What’s this?
CAROLINE
It's nothing. I left my bag out
during gym.
TYLER
Did you tell your teacher?
CAROLINE
What's she gonna do? Orange dust
for prints?
Caroline goes back to drawing. Tyler can tell she's upset. He
watches her drawing hastily. He has an idea, smiles.
TYLER
It must feel pretty good... being a
freak, I mean. You're lucky.
CAROLINE
You think I'm a freak too?
TYLER
Sure. I hope you appreciate it. You
do appreciate it, don't you?
Caroline shrugs.

27.
TYLER
Do you even know what a freak is?
Have you ever looked it up?
Caroline shakes her head. Tyler pulls a dictionary off her
bookshelf. Turns pages until he finds the definition.
TYLER
OK. So a 'freak' can be an unusual
or deformed person, but, it can
also be a person devoted to
something so much that it's like an
addiction, such as "a car nut" or
"a news junkie" or...
CAROLINE
An art freak.
Caroline smiles. Tyler brushes hair from her face.
TYLER
But if you ever do want a new bag,
I got a guy down at JanSport, owes
me a favor, I could hook it up.
CAROLINE
You don't have a guy at JanSport.
TYLER
Are you calling me a liar?
(tickles her)
Are you? Are you? Huh?
Caroline giggles. Tries to get away. Tyler pins her down,
tickling until tears well.
EXT. NYU -- FRONT STEPS -- DAY
Aidan appears to have cornered a PROFESSOR on his way in or
out of the building. The man looks tired, annoyed, like he
just wants to go. Aidan talks fast even faster than usual.
AIDAN
...I know by every numerical
measurement I didn't pass but what
I was hoping was that maybe you
could take into account my desire
to pass maybe you could give me a
grade on my trying to pass...
(MORE)

28.
AIDAN (cont'd)
I know I don't technically deserve
to pass but let's face it people
don't always get what they deserve
in this crazy cock eyed world you
know what I mean... some get less
but some do get more I'm hoping for
more I'd like to get more...
AN NYPD POLICE CRUISER rolls to a stop just in-front the
front steps. Sergeant Craig and Ally say good bye. Ally gives
him a kiss on the cheek. She gets out, and walks up the
stairs, right past Aidan who just watched all of this.
AIDAN
(distracted)
I mean... uh... life's really not
about numbers anyway... it's about
people. And we're-- aw fuck it.
Aidan runs off leaving his befuddled professor on the steps.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- DAY
Tyler is seated on the couch, a book open in his lap, he
smokes, stares out the window. Aidan enters, excited.
AIDAN
He’s got a daughter.
What?
The cop...
Who?

TYLER
AIDAN
TYLER

AIDAN
The cop who busted your pretty face
all up. He’s got a daughter. You're
welcome.
Why?

TYLER

AIDAN
This is it, man. What you’ve been
waiting for, a chance for
retribution. For revenge.
How?

TYLER

29.
AIDAN
Are you listening to the words I'm
saying? He... has... a... daughter.
TYLER
What do you want me to do? Kidnap
her?
AIDAN
Now you’re being cynical.
TYLER
I’ll never understand the way you
see this world.
AIDAN
You introduce yourself... go on a
few dates... establish her trust...
And then, flip the script.
TYLER
And how exactly does one go about
flipping a script?
AIDAN
Fuck her brains out and make her
call you daddy, steal her panties,
take lewd photos and post them on
her high school's home page, I
don’t know be creative.
TYLER
Why are you worried about this?
AIDAN
What happened to you was very
emasculating. Tell me you don’t
want revenge. I’ll drop it.
TYLER
Charles' lawyer took care of the
charges. It’s over. Move on.
Tell me.

AIDAN

Tyler sighs. Closes his book.
TYLER
Look, even if I did, which I don't.
This is not the way to go about it.

30.
AIDAN
Great. All we have to do is make
the introduction.
TYLER
Do you ever actually listen to me
during our conversations?
AIDAN
Just meet her.
TYLER
I don’t want to meet her.
AIDAN
She's cute.
TYLER
I don't care.
AIDAN
You’re meeting her.
TYLER
I’m not meeting her.
You are.
I’m not.

AIDAN
TYLER

AIDAN
Yes... you are.
TYLER
No... I'm not.
INT. STUDENT LOUNGE -- DAY
The lounge is bustling. Numerous STUDENTS move through
between classes. Aidan scans the crowd. Tyler sits beside him
looking far less enthusiastic.
TYLER
I hate you so much.
AIDAN
She was here yesterday.
TYLER
What am I supposed to say to this
girl?
(MORE)

31.
TYLER (cont'd)
"Hey doll face, your dad trampled
all over my civil liberties, wanna
make out?"
AIDAN
Well don't call her doll face.
Ally enters. She wears an NYU SWEATSHIRT. Aidan spots her.
AIDAN
There. The brunette.
Tyler watches her settle into a couch. He doesn't break his
gaze, his tone and attitude immediately evolve.
TYLER
I know her. I mean, I, I don't know
her, but, I've seen her. She's in
my global politics class.
AIDAN
There you go! Something to open
with. Now get over there.
TYLER
Why can’t you do this?
AIDAN
When we're exacting indirect
revenge on the next-of-kin of a
crooked cop who kicked my ass for
fake confessing to a crime I didn't
commit... then I'll do it.
Tyler sighs. Begrudgingly stands. Begins toward Ally. He
stops. Considers something. Approaches a STUDENT studying.
TYLER
Can I borrow your notebook and pen?
Aidan watches, confused, as Tyler receives the notebook and
pen. And approaches Ally.
TYLER
Excuse me, miss?
Ally looks up from her book.
TYLER
Hi, my name's Tyler, I was
wondering if I could bother you for
a minute?

32.
ALLY
Apparently you don’t need my
permission.
What?

TYLER

ALLY
You're already bothering me.
TYLER
OK. Good start. So, I’m doing kind
of a sociological experiment...I
was hoping you could help me out.
ALLY
For a class?
TYLER
More of an independent study.
ALLY
What do I have to do?
TYLER
Fantastic... and your name is?
Anonymous.
Greek?

ALLY
TYLER

ALLY
Your minute is almost up.
TYLER
Alright, "Anonymous," do you see
the guy across the room pretending
to read a text book looking in this
general direction?
Aidan holds a MATH TEXTBOOK at an awkward angle to mask his
obvious interest in Ally and Tyler's conversation.
Subtle.

ALLY

TYLER
So, I have this theory that an
objective third-party, having no
prior contact, would be able to
determine how much of an asshole he
is just by looking at him.

33.

Excuse me?

ALLY

TYLER
He’s my roommate. And I've
witnessed so many glaring examples
of assholie behavior that I’m
tainted as a subject, but I’m
convinced that he has like an aura,
or something, that people can
actually perceive. So, just take a
good long look. And tell me what
you think?
Ally smiles. She looks at Aidan, who shifts to avoid her
gaze. She keeps catching him looking at her.
ALLY
He seems harmless enough.
TYLER
Really... Wow...that's amazing.
Because he is just awful.
ALLY
So? Is my response consistent?
TYLER
Actually, you’re the first
respondent.
Lucky me.

ALLY

TYLER
And you answered with such...
conviction that I’ve decided to
just abort the whole study.
Tyler throws the notebook and pen IN THE GARBAGE.
Hey!

STUDENT (O.S.)

The student who Tyler borrowed the notebook from runs over.
Pulls his stuff out of the garbage. Gives Tyler a dirty look.
ALLY
So, out of curiosity, who else did
you plan on asking?

34.
TYLER
No one here. The parameters called
only to sample attractive women in
their early twenties.
ALLY
I’m nineteen.
TYLER
My mistake.
(beat)
Well, look, you typically get
something for participating in
these things and I’m all out of
free hats so I was thinking maybe I
could take you out, tonight?
ALLY
Thanks. But I don’t think so
TYLER
Or you could just go out with me on
the off chance we might have an
interesting conversation.
ALLY
I don’t date sociology majors...
they’re a rowdy bunch.
TYLER
Indeed they are. Lucky for you, I’m
undecided.
ALLY
About what?
TYLER
Everything.
Tyler smiles. Ally tries to hide a smile.
TYLER
Come on, if you don’t have fun I’ll
get you the free hat.
Ally extends her hand.
I’m Ally.

ALLY

35.
INT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- ART STUDIO -- DAY
Caroline in art class amongst a sea of green plaid. The girls
work in relative silence, drawing, painting, coloring.
THE ART TEACHER walks among them looking over their
shoulders, sees a lot of amateur art work, some bad, some
decent, some good, then she comes upon Caroline and stops.
The teacher finds herself captivated by... A PORTRAIT of
Diane and Les kissing in the doorway of their brownstone.
Caroline notices her teacher staring, she doesn't like it and
shifts to block her view. The teacher gently eases her back.
Smiles softly.
Caroline smiles back as her teacher moves across the room.
Caroline has just put her pencil back to paper when...
A CHUBBY GIRL bumps into her on purpose forcing Caroline to
make a mark at the top of the page. It could have ruined her
portrait thankfully it didn't.
A GROUP OF GIRLS across the room can be seen laughing. The
Chubby Girl rejoins them. Caroline's smiles shrinks away as
she erases the mark and goes back to work.
INT. CRAIG FAMILY HOME -- BATHROOM -- EVENING
Ally in an upstairs bathroom putting on eye liner, she checks
her make-up, her hair, how her butt looks in her jeans, etc.
Sergeant Craig climbs the stairs. He carries a bag from a
video store.
SERGEANT CRAIG
So I rented Gladiator... I thought
we could order some Chinese and get
lost in Russell Crowe's eyes...
Craig stares at Ally, confused.
SERGEANT CRAIG
Why are you dressed like that? You
going out? Where? With who?
ALLY
Because naked would be a little
forward... dinner... with a boy...
did I miss any?
SERGEANT CRAIG
But? You don't go out...

36.
Ally just smiles at her father.
SERGEANT CRAIG
How do you know this boy?
ALLY
He goes to my school. I met him
today. He's nice. You'd like him.
Ally grabs her purse.
SERGEANT CRAIG
So? What am I supposed to do for
dinner?
ALLY
I made ravioli. It's in the oven.
You need to switch the laundry.
Ally kisses her father's cheek.
ALLY
You're really sweet when you're
being irrationally over-protective.
Ally heads for the door.
SERGEANT CRAIG
What kind of "nice boy" doesn't
pick a girl up on the first date?
ALLY
Love you, dad.
Wait.

SERGEANT CRAIG

Craig peels off a few twenties. Puts them in her hand.
SERGEANT CRAIG
Take a cab. Both ways.
Ally nods. Takes the money. Gives him a hug.
ALLY
I'll be home by midnight. You don't
have to wait up.
I will.

SERGEANT CRAIG

37.
INT. THE HOLY BASIL -- NIGHT
A slightly sexy East Village Thai restaurant. Tyler and Ally
sit together perusing menus. A WAITER approaches.
ALLY
I'll start with the fried bananas.
A la mode. A glass of skim milk.
Then the mussels, please.
Tyler and the Waiter share a look.
TYLER
Pad Thai and a Sapporo. Thanks.
The Waiter takes the menus. Tyler smiles at Ally.
ALLY
I have my dessert first.
TYLER
Is this a political statement? A
medical condition?
ALLY
I just don't see the point in
waiting for something I know I want
and am going to have. Why risk it?
Risk it?

TYLER

ALLY
What if I die eating my mussels?
TYLER
Is that probable?
ALLY
It’s possible.
TYLER
But not likely.
ALLY
But possible. If an embolism burst
or a meteor hit the restaurant, I'd
die without having eaten the thing
I wanted most.
TYLER
But the odds are, I mean...

38.
ALLY
Fine. I'll tell you what, you
guarantee me. Swear to me on your
eternal soul that I'll make it
through my entrée. And I'll wait.
Tyler goes to answer. Ally holds up a hand.
ALLY
Before you answer, keep in mind, if
I die. You'll have to live the rest
of your life knowing that you, not
only lied to me, but denied me my
last indulgence. My last wish. Are
you prepared to shoulder that kind
of responsibility to prove a point?
Tyler thinks about it. Smiles.
ALLY
Don’t worry. I’ll share.
EXT. THE HOLY BASIL -- NIGHT
Tyler and Ally exit out onto the street. Tyler immediately
takes out his cigarettes, his lighter, then he notices...
Ally just staring at him disappointed.
Really?

ALLY

Tyler takes the cue puts the packet and lighter away. A beat.
ALLY
I had a nice time.
TYLER
You had a nice time or you're
having a nice time? 'Cause if the
nice times were in the past then we
should just say the "good night
call me sometime" now, but if
they're in the present, if things
are still nice, why the rush to end
it?
ALLY
What do you have in mind?

39.
TYLER
The safe play would be to hit a
bar, few drinks, few laughs, I tell
stories, you tell stories, we have
fun, we go home, you agree to see
me again... But I'm a risk taker. I
eat my dessert last. I'm a crazy
guy. I say why play it safe when
you can make a memory?
Ally smiles at this. Tyler holds out his hand.
ALLY
Have me home by midnight?
Tyler nods. Ally takes his hand.
EXT. CONEY ISLAND -- AMUSEMENT PIER -- NIGHT
Tyler and Ally amongst the noise and commotion of the pier.
They approach a CARNIVAL GAME, one those ubiquitous ring toss
games. THE ATTENDANT badgers passersby to test their luck.
GIANT STUFFED ANIMALS hang all around it. Ally smiles.
ALLY
Let’s play!
TYLER
You're not serious?
ALLY
Come on. It'll be fun. You can win
me something. A souvenir for our
first date.
Tyler pays the Attendant. Gets the rings. Tosses one on, two
on, then clangs the third. He gets nothing. Game over.
ALLY
It's OK. You tried. You failed...
but you tried.
Tyler pays again. This time misses the first one. Game over.
Tyler pays again. Loses again. He's visibly frustrated now.
ALLY
Tyler, I don't need a souvenir, I
was just kidding. You can stop.
TYLER
No. If I stop, he wins. I can't
live with that.
(MORE)

40.
TYLER (cont'd)
So start thinking of a name 'cause
we're not leaving until you're
cuddling one of those giant furry
bastards.
Tyler hands the smirking Attendant another dollar.
EXT. BOARDWALK -- LATER
Ally carries a GIANT STUFFED PURPLE ELEPHANT under her arm.
Tyler walking beside her with a self-satisfied smile.
ALLY
I don't know what you're smiling
about. You cheated.
I won.

TYLER

ALLY
Paying off the attendant is not
winning... It's cheating.
TYLER
I just paid a premium to cut out
the middle man. That's innovation.
That's free market enterprising.
That's what made America great.
ALLY
(smiles)
That's cheating.
Tyler smiles. Ally notices the bandage over his left eye.
ALLY
What happened to your eye?
Tyler touches the bandage.
TYLER
Oh, it's nothing, just a bar fight.
ALLY
How masculine.
Tyler nods to the Amusement pier.
TYLER
One more ride?
ALLY
It's getting late.

41.
EXT. STREET -- LATER THAT NIGHT
A CAB rolls to a stop in-front of Tyler and Ally. Tyler opens
the door, takes Ally's giant stuffed elephant puts it in the
back seat, asks the cabbie for just a minute. Ally stands on
the curb. Tyler blocking her path to the cab.
Ally smiles. Tyler leans in to kiss her. Ally turns away.
ALLY
Not tonight. Not never... just...
not tonight.
Tyler respectfully leans back.
TYLER
So dessert before dinner for fear
of death by rogue asteroid... yes.
Kissing guy you're obviously
attracted to before getting into
strange cab and driving off into
the unknown New York night... no.
He has her. She knows he has her. Ally rolls her eyes. Gives
him a quick but tender kiss. Gets in the cab.
INT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- CAFETERIA -- DAY
Caroline carries a tray of food through the chatter and fun
to an isolated table in a far corner away from it all. She
eats by herself working on a lovely PORTRAIT OF HER MOTHER.
Caroline sips a CHOCOLATE MILK touching up the portrait. A
LUNCH PROCTOR comes by and asks her to clear her tray.
Caroline leaves her milk and her portrait when she does.
Caroline returns to find her chocolate milk spilled all over
the portrait. It's soaked through. She looks around. There's
no one nearby, no one who could have accidentally bumped it.
Caroline futilely dabs at it with napkins, trying to salvage
what she can, it's no use, it's ruined. She just stares at
it. She looks like she wants to cry but doesn't.
EXT. CENTRAL PARK -- ALICE IN WONDERLAND STATUE -- AFTERNOON
CHILDREN climbing all over the bronze statue. Caroline among
them. She sits on a mushroom cap letting her legs dangle.
Tyler watches her from their usual bench. She seems oddly
happy, her eyes alight, a smile from ear-to-ear.

42.
TYLER
Are mom and Les getting the beach
house again?
CAROLINE
Are you gonna come this year?
We'll see.

TYLER

CAROLINE
We'll see... we'll see what kind of
excuse you come up with.
Hey...

TYLER

Caroline giggles to herself.
TYLER
What are you so smiley about?
Nothing...
Care?

CAROLINE
TYLER

Caroline can't hold it any longer. She blurts.
CAROLINE
Dad's coming to my show.
...Really?

TYLER

CAROLINE
Yup. His schedule's been cleared.
Janine left me a voice mail today.
She promised nothing will fill my
spot and Janine wouldn't lie to me.
TYLER
No. She wouldn't.
CAROLINE
So... that's it then... He's
definitely coming. Great, right?
Tyler hides his trepidation behind an encouraging smile.
TYLER
Extremely great.

43.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- NIGHT
Ally explores Tyler's living room with a glass of wine, she
looks over his posters, pictures, etc. Tyler scans a stack of
CDs, he selects Radiohead's KID A, puts it in. The hypnotic
first track fills the room.
Ally comes across a FRAMED PHOTO of a band on stage. The lead
guitarist looks like Tyler with long hair.
ALLY
...Is this your brother?
TYLER
That's Michael.
ALLY
He looks like you... or you look
like him. Does he play around here?
TYLER
Not any more.
Ally notices the old guitar in the corner.
ALLY
Do you play?
TYLER
I tried but it turns out you need
talent.
ALLY
So what talents do you have?
Tyler shrugs.
ALLY
There must be something.
Tyler considers, smiles.
TYLER
Well there is one thing...
Tyler walks to the kitchen counter where a cleaned and
polished COVERED CAKE STAND sits.
ALLY
What's that?
TYLER
Our appetizer.

44.
Tyler lifts off the cover to reveal a GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE.
He's written a message in the icing: "In Case Of Ast-- and
then a piece has been crudely cut out. Ally's surprised.
TYLER
It used to say "In Case Of
Asteroid" but then Aidan got high
and I took a shower.
Ally laughs as Tyler cuts her a piece. She tries it.
ALLY
This is good. And I would have said
it was good even if it wasn't good
but really this is really good...
where did you learn how to bake?
TYLER
The EZ Bake Oven.
ALLY
You had an EZ Bake Oven?
TYLER
I have an EZ Bake Oven... but it's
not working right now. Aidan tried
to cook a Hot Pocket in it.
Ally gives him a look "Why do you have an EZ Bake Oven?"
TYLER
When I was ten-years-old I liked
cookies and cake and wanted to be
able to eat them whenever I felt
like it. What ten-year-old boy
didn't want that kind of control?
ALLY
I never knew any ten-year-old boys
who wanted an EZ Bake Oven.
TYLER
Did you know any ten-year-old boys
who liked cookies and cake?
Ally nods.
TYLER
Then yes. You did.

45.
INT. KITCHEN -- LATER THAT NIGHT
Ally and Tyler stand in front of a sink full of dirty dishes,
up to their elbows in soapy water.
TYLER
You don’t have to help me...
ALLY
It’s only fair. You cooked.
TYLER
You’re domesticated. I like that.
Excuse me?

ALLY

Ally splashes dirty dishwater on Tyler’s shirt.
TYLER
Watch the material, lady...
A smiling Ally splashes him again. This time in the face.
TYLER
I’ll defend myself...
Defiant, Ally splashes him one more time. Tyler immediately
retaliates by SOAKING THE CROTCH of Ally’s jeans.
TYLER
Domesticated. But not house broken.
Ally grabs the dish hose and turns it on Tyler, she soaks him
from head-to-toe as he tries to dip and dodge the steady
stream of water. Finally he rushes through it and slings Ally
over his shoulder. She laughs, squeals in protest.
ALLY
Put me down! What are you doing?!
INT. BATHROOM -- SECONDS LATER
Tyler bursts through the bathroom door. A yelping, squirming
Ally over his shoulder. He turns on the shower.
ALLY
(giggling)
Don’t even think about it Tyler.
NO! NOOOO!
TYLER
Apologize...

46.
ALLY
Absolutely not. You deserved-Tyler tosses Ally into the water. He laughs as she dances to
avoid the stream. That laughter ceases when an Ally grabs the
shower head and turns it on him.
Tyler rushes into the tub to avoid the spray. They wrestle
together laughing.
INT. BATH TUB -- LATER
Tyler and Ally lie side-by-side, drenched. Their feet hang
over the edge of the tub. Tyler reaches into his pocket and
removes a dripping cigarette packet. He squeezes out water.
TYLER
Now... I’m furious.
He tosses them in a waste basket.
ALLY
You should quit anyway.
TYLER
Really? Why? Are cigarettes like
bad for you or something?
Ally playfully slaps him. She notices the tip of Tyler's
TATTOO peeking out of his undershirt. She laughs.
ALLY
Is that a tattoo? Oh my God, how
bad ass. Artistic scarring is such
a turn-on. Let me see. Let me see.
TYLER
It's not really...
ALLY
Please. Please. Please, Tyler.
Tyler peels the soaked garment off his back as Ally claps,
giddy, excited. Michael's name becomes clear. Ally takes a
long look. She sees Tyler's not smiling anymore. She gets it.
ALLY
Oh God, I'm sorry... I didn't, I
didn't realize... How did he...
TYLER
He was killed at the Trade Center.

47.
Silence. Ally not sure what to say. Then.
ALLY
My dad was there... he's a cop, he
works downtown, he was first
response...
Ally looks away.
ALLY
He still talks about the smell. He
can't forget the smell.
A silent moment passes.
TYLER
Michael was working for my dad...
my dad's a Wall Street guy, very
successful, financially. He got him
a job at his company. He'd just
started a month before... He was on
his way out, going to meet some
client, when it happened...
ALLY
And, your dad? Was he-TYLER
Charles was sick that day.
Silence. Tyler stares blankly. Ally puts her hand on his.
ALLY
Do you blame him?
TYLER
He blames himself.
ALLY
Do you blame him?
Tyler considers, shrugs.
TYLER
My dad wanted him to take the job,
wanted him to stop pursuing music,
wanted him to do something
constructive... but he didn't force
him, he couldn't. Michael chose to
be there, chose to give up music,
chose to postpone his life to make
money. He knew what he was doing.

48.
ALLY
He didn't know that...
TYLER
How does anyone know? I guess
that’s the lesson... don't leave
anything misunderstood, don't
postpone what you want... Because
just like that... it could end.
Ally suddenly starts to cry. Tyler caught off guard.
TYLER
Hey... hey, what's wrong?
Ally sniffling, composes herself, before she can tell him why
she's crying, the bathroom door flies open and... Aidan
bursts in. He's drunk, loud, wearing an Irish Flag like a
cape. He carries a bottle whiskey and a can of Guinness.
AIDAN
Damn, you’re not naked. T? What the
fuck happened in the kitchen? It
looks like somebody’s water broke.
(notices Ally)
Hi.
TYLER
Ally, Aidan... Aidan, Ally.
Aidan takes Ally's hand. Kisses it.
AIDAN
Don't feel bad that you're more
attracted to me than you are to him
it happens to all of 'em.
Ally looks at Aidan closely, trying to figure out where she
knows him from, it dawns on her.
ALLY
Oh! You're the asshole!
AIDAN
Well, I-(realizes what she said)
Wait. What?
Tyler and Ally laugh. Aidan's too drunk to care.
AIDAN
Alright, you two. Up. Dressed.
Let's go.
(MORE)

49.
AIDAN (cont'd)
"Around The World" party on the
sixth floor... a lot of ugly but a
lot more alcohol. Let's go.
ALLY
I can't, I would, I'd love to, but
I've gotta get home, my dad's
waiting up, and he...
AIDAN
Ally. Ally. Listen to me, baby. One
drink. From any country. I'll even
put France on the table. One drink.
Your choice. And we're gone.
ALLY
(to Tyler)
One drink?
TYLER
(to Aidan)
One drink?
AIDAN
(innocent shrug)
One drink.
INT. BATHROOM -- LATER
Ally VOMITS in their toilet. Tyler holds her hair back. Aidan
appears in the doorway still wearing that flag.
AIDAN
Hey, how we doin'?
Ally tries to speak, all we hear is a series of groans. Then
she dry heaves again. Tyler just stares at Aidan.
AIDAN
What? What do you want me to say?
That I'm sorry? You want me to say
I"m sorry? You want me to apologize
for showing a nice girl a good
time? Is that it?
Tyler just looks at him. Aidan considers.
I'm sorry.
Tyler...

AIDAN
ALLY

50.
Tyler kneels down. Ally pushes her purse at him, she looks
like she's about to pass out.
ALLY
I, need, you... to call... my dad.
Tyler and Aidan share a look. Aidan shrugs.
TYLER
Oh. OK. Sure.
Tyler pulls out her cellphone - the battery is dead.
TYLER
Your phone's dead. Just tell me the
number and I'll call him...
Tyler turns around to find Ally passed out on the floor. He
tries to gently nudge her awake.
TYLER
Ally? Ally?
SERGEANT CRAIG O/S
Allison Craig...
INT. CRAIG FAMILY HOME -- LATE NIGHT
The display on the microwave says 3:47. Sergeant Craig paces
around his kitchen. He's on the phone, trying to stay calm.
SERGEANT CRAIG
...She was supposed to be back at
midnight, she didn't come home...
I know 48 hours, I know, just...
Don't tell me this is what kid's
do. Don't tell me that. This isn't
what my kid does. She doesn't do
this. OK. Just call the ninth...
tell them to keep an eye out. Thank
you.
Craig hangs up. He just stands there staring at the clock.
INT. TYLER'S BEDROOM -- MORNING
Ally wakes up alone in Tyler's bed, hung over, confused,
trying to put the pieces together, then she sees the clock.
And a wave of panic washes over her as she jumps out of bed.
ALLY
...oh God oh God oh God oh God...

51.
INT. LIVING ROOM -- LATER
Tyler sleeps on the couch using Aidan's Irish Flag as a
blanket. Ally comes in pulling on her shoes. Tyler stirs in
time to see her run out the door.
INT. CRAIG FAMILY HOME -- LATER
Sergeant Craig sits at the table staring into a cup of
coffee. Ally enters, drops her keys on the counter. Her
father doesn't look at her as she walks over and pours
herself a cup of coffee. Ally sits across from him.
ALLY
...I'm sorry. I fell asleep... I
tried to call when I woke up but
you weren't here... I called your
precinct and they said you didn't
come in so I... I'm so sorry.
Craig just stirring milk into his coffee, not looking at her.
SERGEANT CRAIG
You turned your phone off.
ALLY
I forgot to charge it...
SERGEANT CRAIG
...I was worried.
I know.

ALLY

SERGEANT CRAIG
No you don't. You don't know... You
don't know because I've never let
you know. I call. I always call.
I know...

ALLY

SERGEANT CRAIG
Stop saying that you know.
Ally falls silent. Craig looks up from his coffee.
SERGEANT CRAIG
I smell alcohol...
So do I.

ALLY

52.
SERGEANT CRAIG
How could you do that to me?
ALLY
I didn't do anything to you, Dad.
It was a mistake, I fell asleep, it
won't happen again. Please, just...
Ally goes to give him a hug. He pushes her away. Not rough
but not gentle.
SERGEANT CRAIG
...You didn't do anything. Really?
You're gonna sit here and say that?
Ally is starting to get upset. This isn't fair.
ALLY
I forgot to call. I never have
before but I probably will again.
And when I do... you can't do this
to yourself... you can't live like
this... I can't live like this...
she wouldn't want us to live like
this... you know she wouldn't.
SERGEANT CRAIG
Don't make this about her... this
is about you. It's about what you
did. Don't you dare make this...
ALLY
It's always about her, dad....
SERGEANT CRAIG
That's enough.
ALLY
It's always about her, everything
we do and don't do is about mom...
SERGEANT CRAIG
That's enough, Allison.
ALLY
She's dead, dad. You have to-SERGEANT CRAIG
I said that's enough.
SMACK! He slaps her, hard. Silence. Ally stands there holding
her cheek, tears welling. Craig looking at his hand like he
can't believe what it just did. No one moves or speaks.

53.

Ally, I...

SERGEANT CRAIG

Before he can finish his sentence she runs out of the room.
EXT. TENEMENT -- ROOFTOP -- DAY
Sunshine beats down on a little make-shift rooftop hideaway,
a few old beach chairs, a stereo, a weight bench. Aidan works
out with an old set of dumb bells. Tyler just sits on a beach
chair watching him, smoking a cigarette.
AIDAN
...So? She just left? No good bye?
Tyler nods, takes a drag. Aidan finishes up a set.
AIDAN
I wonder what you did?
TYLER
What I did? You were the one
dumping Jello shots down her
throat. You almost killed her.
Aidan lies down to do the bench press... there's a lot of
weight on the bar. Tyler spots him with a cigarette dangling.
AIDAN
There are sins of omission and sins
of commission, my friend. I've
dealt with mine and I've forgiven
myself... you should do the same.
Aidan lifts. It's too heavy and falls to his chest. Tyler
forgoes his spotting duty, lets him struggle. Aidan strains.
AIDAN
...little help, T... little help,
little help, lotta help... TYLER?!
Tyler smoking, smirking. Finally he helps him get the bar up.
Aidan panting, rubbing his chest.
AIDAN
What the fuck was that?
Penance.

TYLER

54.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- DAY
Tyler and Aidan come into their apartment. Aidan still
rubbing his chest. They takes a step in and stop. Ally is
there on the couch, a bag packed at her feet, her eyes are
puffy from crying.
ALLY
I didn't know where else to go.
INT. LIVING ROOM -- SUNSET
Aidan sits on the couch still in his gym clothes drinking a
protein shake out of a blender. Tyler comes out of his
bedroom gently closing the door behind him. Sits beside him.
AIDAN
How's she doin'?
TYLER
She's pretty shaken up.
Tyler takes a seat beside him. Takes out a cigarette.
TYLER
You forgot to lock the dead bolt.
Again.
Sorry.
Don't be.

AIDAN
TYLER

A silent moment passes. Aidan smiles.
AIDAN
You realize if she'd had "The SLUT"
this never would've happened...
Tyler just stares at him. Aidan loses the smile.
Too soon?

AIDAN

TYLER
I told her she could stay here...
Are you alright with that?
AIDAN
As long as she needs.

55.
INT. LIVING ROOM -- LATER THAT NIGHT
Tyler has just finished making up the ratty sofa as a bed.
INT. TYLER'S BEDROOM -- LATER
Ally sits on the edge of Tyler's actual bed in one of his
shirts. She has her hair back, no make-up, but still
beautiful. Tyler appears in the doorway. Knocks.
TYLER
So I'll be just out here if you
need me... OK?
ALLY
I can't make you sleep on the sofa
in your own house. I won't be able
to sleep knowing you're out there.
They regard each other.
TYLER
Well... what do you suggest?
INT. TYLER'S BEDROOM -- LATER
We interrupt Ally and Tyler in the throes of passion. Tyler
sits on the edge of the bed. Ally is on top. She kisses his
neck. Suddenly, Tyler throws her to the bed. He takes
control. Ally's momentarily taken aback, but doesn't stop
him. There's noticeable aggression to their love-making.
INT. BEDROOM -- BEFORE SUNRISE
The sheets have been torn loose from the mattress. Ally lies
asleep, curled in the comforter. Tyler lies awake beside her,
he smokes a cigarette, he stares out the sky just starting to
brighten seeming both content and regretful.
Tyler gets out of bed. Grabs his journal.
INT. WALL STREET COFFEE SHOP -- SUNRISE
The place is empty. A few early RISERS get coffee to go.
Despite every booth being open, Tyler has still chosen that
same booth at the end, he sits in the same seat, his journal
held open by the binder clip. He writes.
Janine enters. Orders two coffees. She sees Tyler, smiles.
She picks up her coffees and approaches him.

56.
JANINE
I can't believe you still come all
the way down here.
Tyler looks up, smirks. Nods to her coffees.
TYLER
I can't believe you still get his
coffee... three sugars, no milk?
JANINE
(shrugs)
Old habits. You're not writing
anything bad about me, are you?
Not today.

TYLER

JANINE
I gotta run. Early meetings.
Janine turns to go, remembers something, turns back.
JANINE
I probably won't see you before
Saturday so... happy birthday.
Tyler nods, tries to smile. Janine glances back as she goes.
JANINE
I'll be sure to tell your father
that you said hello.
Tyler nods sheepishly.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- LATER
Ally lies on the couch. Curled in a blanket. She stares out
the window. A cup of hot tea in hand. Tyler enters.
Hey...
Hey...

TYLER
ALLY

Tyler sits. She shifts and curls next to him.
ALLY
Where did you go?
Downtown.

TYLER

57.

Why?

ALLY

Tyler pulls his JOURNAL from his pocket. Hands it to her.
TYLER
I started it the day Michael died.
I just needed a way to vent... a
way to deal with everything.
ALLY
Why downtown?
TYLER
I have a place I go. This little
coffee shop. It was our place...
Michael's and mine. We had
breakfast there all the time... we
ate there that morning. It was the
last place I saw him.
Ally flips through the journal. She hands it back to him.
Then out of nowhere.
ALLY
My mom was murdered three years
ago.
Tyler is stunned.
TYLER
Ally, I, I'm...
ALLY
You don't need to say anything, I
know you're sorry. Everyone's
always sorry, you know?
He does.
ALLY
It’s just, I need you to know that,
my dad, he’s not a bad man. I don't
want you to think that because I'm
here he's some kind of belligerent
psychotic, he's not. He's never hit
me before. Ever. He's just really,
messed up. He needs to deal with
some stuff. And I just don't think
I should be part of it. Right now,
at least. That's why I'm here.
Tyler nods. Realizing.

58.
TYLER
That explains so much...
ALLY
What do you mean?
Tyler catches himself thinking out loud. He covers.
TYLER
I just mean, you know, him,
reacting, the way he did.
Yeah...

ALLY

INT. SIXTH PRECINCT -- EVENING
Sergeant Craig in uniform at his desk. The phone to his ear.
It rings and rings and rings.
ALLY (O.S.)
(voice mail)
Hey, this is Ally, leave a message.
(beep)
SERGEANT CRAIG
Ally... sweetheart... It's dad.
Again. Calling to say, I’m sorry.
Again. I don't know what happened.
You know I would never hurt you...
(frustrated by his
inability to articulate)
Can you just call me. So I know
you're safe. Please.
He hangs up. Rests his head in his hands. His partner
approaches.
Jim...

PARTNER

Craig snaps out of it. Tries to look professional.
PARTNER
Ally called me.
SERGEANT CRAIG
She did? Is she still on?
PARTNER
She didn’t wanna talk. She told me
to tell you, she’s with friends,
and she’s fine.

59.
SERGEANT CRAIG
That’s all?
His partner shrugs. Craig looks away.
PARTNER
I’m sorry, Jim.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- LATER
A JOINT burns in an ashtray. Aidan, shirtless, in a backwards
NY Giants hat and gym shorts, plays an intense game of MADDEN
FOOTBALL. Ally enters, she sets down her cell phone.
AIDAN
T's at his mom's store helping her
hang stuff. He told me to tell you
to give his hello kiss to me.
Ally smiles, gives him a kiss on the cheek.
AIDAN
I can't believe you fell for that
shit... I thought you were smarter
than that.
ALLY
Are you seriously smoking pot? What
are you thirteen? Why don't you
grow up and do coke like an adult?
Aidan pauses his game. Turns to her, impressed.
AIDAN
That was actually funny. Like guy
funny. And you're a girl. A cute
girl. How does that happen? Were
you born a dude?
ALLY
Maybe I was...
Ally picks up the joint tries to play it cool and take a
drag. She immediately begins a COUGHING FIT. Aidan laughs.
AIDAN
You're a chick.
INT. CORNER GALLERY -- NIGHT
Tyler follows his mother around the floor of her boutique art
gallery. Paintings, portraits and sculptures priced to sell.

60.
Diane directs Tyler where to hang a large framed photograph.
TYLER
You don't actually think he's gonna
come on his own do you?
DIANE
If your father says he's coming...
he's coming. He knows how much this
means to Caroline and he's making
time. He's not evil, Tyler. He's
not up all night trying to come up
with ways to hurt his children. He
loves you both. He always has.
You've always been too hard on him.
TYLER
You've always been too easy on him.
Diane doesn't deny it.
TYLER
Anyway I'm taking no chances. He's
meeting Ally and me for dinner
before the show... that way if he
doesn't show up I'll have time to
get downtown and drag him out of
his office.
Diane a little hurt.
DIANE
So your father gets to meet this
mysterious Ally before I do?
Tyler shrugs as if to say "I guess so." Diane has a thought.
DIANE
What about your birthday? I could
put together a little party at the
house, you could bring her.
TYLER
I told you I don't want a party.
DIANE
Fine. It can just be a dinner...
with cake, and candles, and hats.
Tyler sighs. He knows he can't say no.
TYLER
No hats. And you have to make
sausage and peppers.

61.
DIANE
Tyler Roth. Are you trying to
blackmail your own mother?
TYLER
I'm negotiating.
DIANE
You're your father's son.
Tyler can't come back to that one. Diane smiles at him.
EXT. TENEMENT -- ROOFTOP -- NIGHT
Ally and Aidan sit on those collapsible sun chairs. A sixpack between them. Just the sights and sounds of The City.
ALLY
It's nice up here.
AIDAN
Fuckin' beautiful right.
ALLY
You say "fuck" a lot.
AIDAN
I preach what I practice.
Ally taking a sip of beer, breathing, decompressing, smiling.
ALLY
Thanks for hanging out with me
tonight. You didn't have to.
AIDAN
Sure I did.
Ally a little hurt by this. Aidan clarifies.
AIDAN
Don't start crying or anything I
didn't mean it bad. You're a cool
girl. If you weren't bangin' my
best friend I'd definitely take a
run at you...
Thanks?

ALLY

Aidan opens another beer.

62.
AIDAN
But even if you were a nightmare...
if you were a bitch or an idiot or
a really bitchy idiot... I'd still
have to entertain you, keep you
smiling, keep you happy...
ALLY
And why would you have to do that?
AIDAN
T likes you. He likes you a lot.
You may not believe this but he
doesn't usually invite girls to
live with us for weeks on end...
(It's simple)
You happy makes T happy... T happy
makes me happy. So...
INT. HOFFMAN FAMILY HOME -- KITCHEN -- NIGHT
A BIRTHDAY CAKE with twenty-three candles burning on it...
Tyler considers them for a moment in the dark. There's a
flash from a camera off screen. Then he takes a deep breath
and blows them out. A smattering of applause.
INT. HOFFMAN FAMILY HOME -- PORCH -- LATER
EVERYONE sits at the table eating Tyler's cake. Aidan is
there with the family. Ally sits across from Caroline. They
catch each other's glance. Ally smiles. Caroline looks away.
DIANE
So, Ally? Are you enjoying NYU?
ALLY
I am. Mostly. Some of my Professors
can be a little pretentious but
it’s a good learning environment.
DIANE
(smiling at Les)
Professors with intellectual
superiority complexes. I'm shocked.
Everyone laughs. Except Les who smirks at his wife.
LES
And how did you two meet?

63.
ALLY
We were randomly involved in a
sociology experiment together.
DIANE
How romantic. It was meant to be.
A discrete smile between Tyler and Ally.
TYLER
How's everything on campus Les?
LES
The same. Enlightening not-soeager young minds every day. I
can’t complain.
(thinks about it)
Well I could... but I won’t.
TYLER
What about you Care? Everything
going OK at school?
Caroline shrugs, picks at her cake.
TYLER
Any cute boys I need to frighten?
CAROLINE
I don't want a boyfriend.
ALLY
Good decision. Boyfriends are
nothing but work. You have to feed
them... and clean them... they
constantly need attention...
TYLER
Attention? All we really want is to
be left alone.
LES/AIDAN
(clinking glasses)
Amen.
INT. HOFFMAN FAMILY HOME -- LIVING ROOM -- LATER
Les and Diane dance together across the carpet. What Les
lacks in grace he makes up for in enthusiasm.
Aidan and Tyler applaud them, whistle.

64.
Ally pours herself a cup of coffee in the kitchen when she
sees Caroline walk by without a word back towards her room.
INT. CAROLINE'S BEDROOM -- LATER
Caroline at her desk sketching. Her door is ajar. Ally
approaches and just stops and looks around. Her mouth hangs
open as she lays eyes on Caroline's collection of artwork on
display in the room. It's staggering. Ally gets lost in it.
CAROLINE
Do you need something?
Ally snaps out of it, finds Caroline looking up at her.
ALLY
Did you do all of these?
Caroline nods. Ally looks over her shoulder. She's working on
a PORTRAIT OF TYLER ON A PARK BENCH, cigarette dangling from
his bottom lip. A perfect rendering of a fleeting moment.
Ally looks at it as if she were looking at Tyler.
ALLY
Those are his eyes.
CAROLINE
That’s our place.
ALLY
Your place?
CAROLINE
We’ve gone there every week since I
started at Spence.
ALLY
(slight smile)
And he smokes in front of you?
CAROLINE
Don't worry, I'm not that
impressionable.
Ally smiles. Caroline goes back to work. Ally looks around at
all the portraits papering her walls. It stirs a memory.
ALLY
You know when I was your age, we
didn't have air conditioning, so
during the summer my mom and I
would go to museums to cool down...
(MORE)

65.
ALLY (cont'd)
she loved them all but The Met was
always her favorite.
CAROLINE
Mine too. The Met is like my
favorite place in the world...
(looks at her portrait)
Second favorite.
Ally smiles at Caroline. And this time Caroline smiles back.
ALLY
So... I heard you've got a big art
show coming up? I don't suppose
there are any tickets left?
CAROLINE
(skeptical)
You wanna come to my art show?
ALLY
I'd love to. But only if you're OK
with it. I don't wanna impose and
I'll completely understand if you
don't want some random girl there.
Caroline considers this, considers Ally, and decides.
CAROLINE
You're not random... you're Tyler's
girlfriend.
Ally has never heard anyone say it so plainly. She smiles.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- NIGHT
Tyler wearing the suit we met him in, it's been tailored and
dry-cleaned. He fixes his tie in a mirror. Combs a stray hair
in place. Then he knocks on his bedroom door.
TYLER
How we doing in there?
ALLY O/S
You didn't have to do this you
know. I could've borrowed a dress.
TYLER
It's that bad huh?
Ally steps out in a flattering cocktail dress. Her hair and
make-up perfect. She's a vision. Tyler's mouth hangs open.

66.
ALLY
What do you think?
TYLER
Wow...
(nods to himself)
I think I did good.
INT. LEVER HOUSE RESTAURANT -- LATER
A fine restaurant befitting the tastes of the particular.
Tyler and Ally sip cocktails at the nicest table in the
place. There's an empty seat conspicuous. Tyler stares at it.
ALLY
...He'll be here.
Tyler finishes his drink, signals a waiter, taps his glass.
ALLY
The show doesn't start for another
two hours...
TYLER
You don't know my dad. He's as
likely to bring a dozen roses as he
is not show at all... It's like
playing Russian roulette only the
gun's not pointed at me.
ALLY
For all their flaws, fathers know
when something’s really important.
Anyone can see how much this means
to Caroline... He'll be here.
Tyler ponders something, clears his throat.
TYLER
There's something I need to tell
you, about how we met, it's not a
big deal, it's just, a few weeks
before, I was in this fight, and...
CHARLES O/S
Still trying to impress women with
tough guy stories, Tyler? I thought
I taught you better than that.
Charles takes the empty seat, he did bring a bouquet of
flowers. Tyler exhales. Charles looks to Ally. Total charm.

67.
CHARLES
And this must be Ally... my dear,
you are far more lovely than I
imagined and infinitely more so
than my son deserves.
Charles kisses Ally's cheek.
INT. RESTAURANT -- LATER
An empty wine bottle on ice. Everyone a little louder, a
little happier. Charles cuts into a one-hundred dollar steak.
CHARLES
What does your father do?
Tyler fidgets, sips his wine.
ALLY
He's a cop.
NYPD?

CHARLES

ALLY
Twenty-two years. He-A BLACKBERRY lights up. Charles gently puts his hand on hers.
CHARLES
Would you excuse me please... I'm
so sorry.
It's OK.

ALLY

Ally waits patiently for him to type out a quick email. Then
he just sets it down and smiles at her.
CHARLES
...Your father.
ALLY
He works out of the sixth precinct
Downtown. He's a Sergeant.
CHARLES
A better man than I am.
TYLER
(smirking)
That's not much of a compliment.

68.
CHARLES
You see, Ally? You see what I deal
with? The way he talks to me?
A CELLPHONE rings. Charles sighs. Again he smiles at Ally.
CHARLES
Heavy lies the crown. Excuse me.
This'll just take a minute.
(answers his phone)
What? Yes. Well did I ask you to?
OK. So? Do you want me to come hold
your hand while you do it?
Charles winks at Ally who smiles at Tyler who rolls his eyes.
Charles hangs up.
CHARLES
...Where were we?
TYLER
Just returning from another
commercial break.
ALLY
What's a commercial break?
CHARLES
Tyler enjoys mocking my efforts to
make a better life for him and his
sister whenever he can.
TYLER
Do you wanna explain or should I?
Charles pours himself more wine; leaves the floor to Tyler.
TYLER
Guys like my dad don't entertain
for entertainment's sake. They
aren't charming and funny for us...
they're charming and funny because
it's part of their job description.
And we get reminders of that...
buzz of a blackberry, ring of a
cellphone... commerce interrupting
entertainment. A commercial break.
Charles mocks clapping. Tyler raising his drink to him.
CHARLES
Isn’t he clever?

69.
ALLY
Personally I think he has way too
much time on his hands.
Ally and Charles both laugh. Tyler watches them, smiles.
CHARLES
...Ally, I hope you treat your
father with a little more respect.
Ally's smile shrinks a little.
INT. CRAIG FAMILY HOME -- EVENING
Sergeant Craig flipping through cable movie channels, coming
across a Russell Crowe movie, stopping on it, watching for a
moment. Then he turns the TV off and just sits there alone in
the dark, in the quiet, in his own head going places.
EXT. EAST SIDE -- PARKING GARAGE -- LATER
A PARKING ATTENDANT runs off to get Charles' car. Charles'
cell phone rings, he excuses himself to take the call. Ally
watches Charles walk away, then whispers to Tyler.
ALLY
He's not so bad.
Tyler considers Charles on the phone, almost smiles, maybe
she's right, maybe he's too hard on him. Then Charles
returns. His face blank. Tyler notices.
TYLER
Don't say it.
CHARLES
I have to go to the office.
(off Tyler's stare)
I have to go, Tyler.
TYLER
You have somewhere to be...
somewhere you said you'd be.
CHARLES
The show runs til nine. I'll handle
this. I'm in my car. I'm there in
time to see her take first.
TYLER
That's not good enough.

70.
CHARLES
That's all there is.
Tyler glaring at him. Ally unsure where to look.
TYLER
You're pathetic.
Charles has had enough of this. He's done being the bad guy.
CHARLES
You think I don't wanna be there?
You think I'd rather be in my
office than at my daughter's art
show? I have responsibilities,
Tyler. To the thousands who work
for me and the millions I work
for... I have a duty to them to
make sure they can provide for
their kids... so they can send
their kids to college and put food
on their tables... they depend on
me. So if you wanna hate me... then
hate me. If it makes you feel
better to make me the bad guy...
make me the bad guy. Some day
you'll understand that where a man
wants to be and where he has to be
rarely coincides...
(sincere)
I'll be there.
TYLER
If you don't show...
CHARLES
I will be there, Tyler.
INT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- AUDITORIUM -- LATER
Amateur artwork and picked over catering.
Ally and Aidan stand before a COLLECTION OF FAMILIAR
PORTRAITS (Charles reading the paper at breakfast, Les and
Diane kissing, Tyler on the park bench).
Caroline sits alone. Staring. Diane and Tyler approach. Tyler
carries two different cupcakes, offers them both to her.
TYLER
I got vanilla and chocolate...
Caroline doesn't take either. She just stares

71.
DIANE
Sweetheart, one of the judges told
me your work was the best she’s
seen in ten years. I'm so proud of
you.
Caroline stands.
CAROLINE
I’m ready to go home now.
INT. EXECUTIVE OFFICE -- DAY
Charles in a meeting with several well-dressed SUBORDINATES.
The door to the office flies open. Tyler barges in.
Janine trails him into the office. Charles looks up.
JANINE
Tyler? Tyler? You can't just...
TYLER
I need to talk to you.
CHARLES
I'll be with you in a minute.
Charles looks back to his subordinates. Tyler glares at him.
TYLER
You sound the same, you know. When
you talk about shareholders and
your family. You sound the same.
Everyone watching and listening to Tyler. Charles stands.
TYLER
We are the same to you. See I
always thought you just didn't
care. I thought you just loved this
more than us but you don't love
this... you don't love anything.
Charles begins towards Tyler.
CHARLES
Tyler, this isn't the time or the
place to-Charles takes Tyler's arm. Tyler brushes him off.

72.
TYLER
You have a daughter, Charles. A
daughter who sincerely believes you
don't even fucking like her.
CHARLES
Don't be dramatic. We can talk
about this later-TYLER
I wish I was being dramatic. I wish
I didn’t have to hear my elevenyear-old sister try to work out why
her dad doesn't wanna spend time
with her... I do wish that.
CHARLES
She knows I love her.
TYLER
How? How does she know? Because you
know? She’s a little kid. She
doesn’t know anything. You’re
supposed to be showing her, you're
supposed to be there for her, like
you were there for Michael...
Charles remains stone faced.
TYLER
He's gone. She's not.
Charles looks away.
TYLER
And I'm glad he's not here to see
what you’re doing to her.
Silence. Charles just standing there, affected. Tyler pulls a
folded piece of paper out of his pocket. Gives it to him.
TYLER
She wanted you to have this.
Tyler exits as Charles unfolds the piece of paper, it's THE
PORTRAIT of him reading the newspaper. He just looks at it.
Sighs. His subordinates look at each other. No one speaks.
EXT. JERSEY SHORE -- AN EMPTY BEACH -- SUNRISE
As the sun creeps over the horizon, the sky radiates a
hypnotic blend of natural color. Silhouetted against it,
Tyler sits alone making an entry in his tattered journal.

73.
INT. BEACH HOUSE -- EVENING
Caroline, Tyler, Les, Ally and Aidan sit around the kitchen
table playing an intense game of Monopoly. Ally rolls the
dice. She lands on one of Caroline's hotel-laden properties.
Ally hands all of her money over to Caroline.
EXT. FRONT PORCH -- LATER
A strong breeze blows into shore, moonlight casts a soft glow
over the empty beach. Diane sits in a creaky rocking chair, a
thoughtful gaze cast toward the Atlantic.
ALLY O/S
I think you might have a future
real estate mogul in the family.
Diane turns, smiles, a warm smile, at Ally exiting the house.
DIANE
She busted you out too?
ALLY
I never had a chance.
Ally takes a seat beside her, watches the waves.
ALLY
Thanks for inviting me... I’m
having a really great time.
DIANE
You’re always welcome. And while
we’re on the subject, thank you.
For what?

ALLY

Diane looks through the window at Tyler laughing, smiling.
DIANE
I haven’t seen that smile for some
time now... I was beginning to
worry I’d never see it again.
ALLY
I don't how much it has to do with
me...
DIANE
Modesty is an excellent quality,
honey. Don’t lose that.

74.
Ally hides an embarrassed smile.
ALLY
So do you do this every year?
DIANE
We try. Caroline loves it. Even if
Tyler or Les can’t make it, at the
very least, we'll do a girls
weekend. She needs it, or I need
it, I’m not really sure anymore...
ALLY
That's sweet.
DIANE
I figure I should enjoy her company
now before she hits her teens and
starts hating me for forbidding
college boys and tattoos...
Ally laughs.
DIANE
Can I ask you a question? How's
your relationship with your mother?
Do you still spend time together?
Because I really worry that once
Care gets older she’ll...
Diane trails off as she notices Ally’s expression. Diane
realizing she’s made a dreadful assumption.
DIANE
Oh sweetheart...
ALLY
It’s OK. Really. It's fine.
Ally looks like she could cry. She's embarrassed.
ALLY
I’m sorry. God, you'd think I’d be
over it by now. It's been years.
DIANE
No. I don’t. You never get over it.
You accept it. You persevere. But
you shouldn’t ever get over it...
Diane's voice cracks. She struggles to maintain composure.

75.
DIANE
If that hole in your heart ever
gets filled... How else are you
supposed to remember?
INT. AMTRACK -- PASSENGER CAR (MOVING) -- DAY
Tanned and rejuvenated, Ally, Tyler, and Aidan sit together
on the train back to the city.
Ally and Tyler kiss. Aidan watches them. Nods to himself.
AIDAN
I want a girlfriend.
...What?

TYLER

AIDAN
Dinners out, movies, regular sex...
I like all those things.
ALLY
I think it’s sweet.
AIDAN
And I've had all the races. I'm
ready. What do you think, T? You
know me better than anyone... do
you think I could be monogamous?
Tyler erupts in hysterics. Aidan and Ally just stare at him.
TYLER
(deadpan)
No. I don’t. At all. No.
ALLY
(excited)
My friend Christie would be
perfect. She's like a female you.
TYLER
So she’s a whore?
ALLY
Is Aidan a whore?
Aidan and Tyler both shrug as if to say "yeah kind of"
ALLY
She's not a whore.

76.
The train stops. New PASSENGERS board. Among them we find...
Sergeant Craig's Partner, dressed in plain clothes, traveling
with his FAMILY. They look for seats in the crowded car.
Meanwhile Ally, Aidan and Tyler continue their conversation.
ALLY
...She works at this little coffee
shop near campus. We could swing by
tomorrow night. I'll introduce you.
AIDAN
What do you say, T? You wanna meet
my new girlfriend?
TYLER
I’d love nothing more than to
witness this train wreck in person.
But I promised Caroline I’d take
her shopping for school.
Craig's Partner passes Ally and Tyler. He notices Ally
immediately. He takes a long look at Tyler as he follows his
wife and kids into the next car.
INT. PEARL PAINT -- EVENING
Tyler and Caroline shop together. Caroline holds two boxes of
colored pencils. Tyler holds a basket of supplies. She reads
the labels. He checks his watch.
CAROLINE
Which one do you like?
TYLER
There’s a difference?
CAROLINE
This box has magenta but not
fuchsia. And this box has fuchsia
but not magenta.
TYLER
Just get them both.
CAROLINE
But all the other colors are the
same. That seems superfuous.
TYLER
It's super-flu-ous. Come on we’ve
been here for two hours.
(MORE)

77.
TYLER (cont'd)
Just get both and donate the extras
to orphans or something.
CAROLINE
But then the orphans won’t have a
complete set. That can be very
frustrating.
Tyler grabs both boxes and drops them in the basket.
INT. PEARL PAINT -- CHECKOUT -- LATER
A CASHIER rings up Tyler and Caroline.
TYLER
...So are you gonna go?
CAROLINE
I don't know... I've never been to
a make over party before, it sounds
sorta lame... I don't know.
Probably not.
INT. TENEMENT -- STAIRWELL -- LATER
Tyler and Caroline walk up the narrow stairwell in silence.
TYLER
I think you should go. Your friend
thought to invite you... you should
go.
CAROLINE
I don't really know anyone else
though... I don't know.
Tyler is a little frustrated with Caroline's reticence.
TYLER
You don't know what? The girl
wouldn't have invited you if she
didn't want you there, right?
They approach his apartment.
CAROLINE
...I guess not.
TYLER
Then you should go. You'll have
fun. You'll make some friends.

78.
Tyler goes to open his door. He finds it unlocked.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- LATER
Tyler freezes as he steps across the threshold. He stares.
Caroline looks confused, no fear, just childish curiosity.
Hello...

CAROLINE

Sergeant Craig in the dark on Tyler's ratty couch staring
blankly. He's in full uniform. His police issued 9MM lies on
the coffee table.
Tyler staring at the loaded gun and the unstable man.
TYLER
I'm gonna put her in my room. I'll
come right back. We can talk.
INT. TYLER'S BEDROOM -- LATER
Caroline sitting on Tyler's bed watching him lock the door.
CAROLINE
Who is that?
TYLER
Just a friend.
Tyler pulls her pencils and a sketch book out of one of the
bags. Gives them to her. He speaks quickly and quietly.
TYLER
I'm gonna go out there and talk to
my friend now. You stay here.
CAROLINE
Why is your friend sitting in the
dark?
TYLER
I'm gonna lock the door. You don't
open it until I say so... You don't
open this door. Understand?
Caroline looks troubled. Tyler kneels beside her.
TYLER
It's OK. It's fine. I'll be right
outside. Everything's fine.

79.

Promise?

CAROLINE

Tyler brushes the hair away from her face. Smiles.
TYLER
I'll be right outside.
He kisses her forehead.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- LATER
Tyler takes a seat across from Craig. His eyes keep drifting
to the 9mm on the coffee table between them.
TYLER
How'd you know she was here?
When Craig speaks his words are slow and deliberate.
SERGEANT CRAIG
I got a lotta eyes and ears in this
city, Tyler... lotta eyes and ears.
TYLER
Let me just say that-SERGEANT CRAIG
You happy Tyler? You a happy guy?
TYLER
I don't know what-SERGEANT CRAIG
Sure you do. My daughter, she's
here, she's here with you. She's
not home with me anymore. She's
with you. You don't expect me to
believe this is all one big happy
coincidence do you?
TYLER
I know what it must look like but-SERGEANT CRAIG
In your bed?
Excuse me?

TYLER

SERGEANT CRAIG
Is she staying in your bed? It
would be very bad if you lied.

80.

Yes.

TYLER

Craig picks up the gun. Grips it. Stares at it. Tyler tenses.
SERGEANT CRAIG
You know Tyler in my day... when a
man had a problem with another man
he dealt only with that man... We
never brought family into it. That
was a line we didn't cross... You
know why?... You hurt his family...
he hurts yours. Where does it stop?
Craig's eyes drift to Tyler's bedroom door.
TYLER
It’s not what you think.
SERGEANT CRAIG
You know a lot don't you, Tyler?
TYLER
I know I care about her.
SERGEANT CRAIG
You know about her mom, Tyler?
Tyler nods. Craig examines his gun.
SERGEANT CRAIG
You know about love, Tyler?
Tyler's nervous. He can't take his eyes off the gun.
Well, I--

TYLER

SERGEANT CRAIG
You don't. You can't. Not yet.
Craig flips the safety off and on, off and on, off...
SERGEANT CRAIG
You know about loss, Tyler?
TYLER
(surprisingly direct)
Yeah. Yes. I do.
...and on.
SERGEANT CRAIG
And how's that?

81.
TYLER
My older brother. He was killed. At
the Trade Center.
Silence. Craig staring at Tyler. Tyler staring back. This
commonality was unexpected. It's thrown Craig.
Craig sets the gun down. Tyler exhales.
TYLER
I know something else... something
I don't think you know.
SERGEANT CRAIG
What's that, Tyler?
TYLER
Ally didn't leave because of you.
She left for you...
Craig looks away.
TYLER
I've caught her with her phone in
her hand a few times. She's close.
Just give her a little more time.
SERGEANT CRAIG
You're right, I didn't know that.
Craig picks up the gun. He stands and heads for the door.
SERGEANT CRAIG
As long as my daughter stays here
this dead bolt stays locked.
And then he's gone. And it's just Tyler alone on his couch
trying to remember how to breathe.
INT. TYLER'S BEDROOM -- LATER
Caroline unlocks the door. Tyler standing in the doorway.
CAROLINE
Is your friend OK now?
Tyler just pulls her into a hug, kisses the top of her head.
TYLER
Let's get you home.

82.
EXT. HOFFMAN FAMILY HOME -- FRONT STEPS -- NIGHT
Tyler has just closed the front door. He glances back through
the front window where Caroline can be seen showing Diane the
supplies she and Tyler bought together.
Tyler lights a cigarette, his hands shake. He begins down the
stairs just as Les rides up to the house on an old ten speed.
LES
Hey. How'd it go?
Tyler sucks at the cigarette. He's distracted.
TYLER
What? Oh, Care, yeah, good.
LES
You OK? You look paler than usual.
TYLER
Yeah, fine. I'm fine. I'll see ya.
Tyler turns to go. Les can tell something's wrong.
LES
You know you can talk to me...
about stuff. I don't have to tell
your mom. I'm not legally obligated
to do that. I checked.
Tyler considers him. Takes a long drag of his cigarette.
TYLER
You ever tell a lie without lying?
Like you tell the truth but not the
whole truth so you're never really
lying you're just kind of omitting?
LES
I'm married, Tyler.
Tyler manages a smile but just for a second.
TYLER
That cop... who beat me up... he's
Ally's dad. I just came home and
found him sitting in my living room
with a gun. We had a nice talk.
Silence. Les scratching his head.
Fuck.

LES

83.
Tyler just looks at him as if to say "That's all you got?"
...Sorry.

LES

TYLER
She's gonna think that I...
LES
Didn't you?
TYLER
Yeah. But... I like her. A lot. I
have to tell her. I don't know how.
Tyler smoking. Les thinking.
LES
I don't know much about much and I
know even less about women. But I
have made a lot of mistakes. I've
told lies and I've omitted truth
and all I can tell you for sure is
it doesn't matter how you tell her.
There's not much you can do now to
affect how she feels about it...
Tyler sighs.
LES
She might shrug it off. She might
tell you to fuck off...
Les takes Tyler's cigarette. He takes a drag then tosses it.
LES
There's only one way to find out.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LIVING ROOM -- LATER
Ally fits a new bulb into Tyler's EZ Bake oven. She snaps it
in place. Plugs it in. Turns it on. It's working again.
Tyler comes in the front door, tosses his keys in the dish.
Ally proudly shows off his now fully-functional toy.
TYLER
You didn't have to do that. Really.
ALLY
You're welcome.
Ally kisses him. Tyler hardly kisses her back.

84.
ALLY
So? Isn't there something you wanna
ask me?
TYLER
About what?
ALLY
Aidan? Christie? Don't you wanna
hear about the train wreck?
TYLER
Oh. Right. Yeah.
(out of nowhere)
Your dad knows you're here.
...What?

ALLY

TYLER
He was here. Earlier. I came home
and found him sitting on the couch.
What?

ALLY

TYLER
He knows me... he knew me. Before
you knew me... He arrested me. A
few months ago. He gave me that
gash over my eye.
What?

ALLY

TYLER
I said something I shouldn't have.
He called me on it. I wanted to
tell you. I tried. I just... there
was just no way to say it without
it sounding like I was...
Using me?
I'm sorry.

ALLY
TYLER

Ally blinking now, thinking, understanding, wondering...
Why?

ALLY

85.
TYLER
I just told you I...
ALLY
No. Why introduce yourself? Why to
me? That why?
TYLER
It was silly... we just thought...
We?

ALLY

Tyler grimaces. Ally puts it together.
Aidan.

ALLY

TYLER
Why should it matter how we met. I
care about you. You care about me.
This doesn't change any of that.
Tyler tries to hold her. Ally shoves him away.
Everything
everything
dad... you
pretending
pretending
whole time

ALLY
we talked about...
I told you about my
just sat there...
not to know...
you cared... and the
you were just...

TYLER
I cared. I still do.
Ally can't even look at him. She goes into his bedroom and
starts throwing clothes in a bag. Tyler watches her.
TYLER
Don't do that.
ALLY
I don't even know you... Who are
you? Was that really your family?
TYLER
You’re being ridiculous.
ALLY
How Tyler? How am I being
ridiculous? You gave me fact and
fiction... as one. How do I know
what's real and what's not?

86.
Tyler can't answer this. Ally almost packed. Seething now.
ALLY
So what? By fucking me you were
fucking him? Is that how it worked?
TYLER
I never meant to hurt you.
Ally heads for the front door with her bag. Turns back.
ALLY
Bullshit. That's bullshit. That's
exactly what you meant to do.
INT. TENEMENT -- STAIRWELL -- LATER
Ally heads down. Aidan heads up. He smiles wide.
AIDAN
There's my little match maker.
Ally slaps him. Aidan in stunned silence holding his cheek.
ALLY
You really are an asshole.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LATER THAT NIGHT
Tyler sitting on the ratty couch staring at nothing. Ding!
Aidan pulls a mini-chocolate cake out of the EZ Bake Oven. He
sits and eats. He offers some to Tyler who just keeps
staring. They sit in silence. Tyler brooding. Aidan eating.
AIDAN
You had to tell her eventually...
This is no comfort. Aidan finishes the cake.
AIDAN
Glass half full... you just saved
yourself an awkward Thanksgiving.
Tyler just staring. Aidan sincere now.
AIDAN
She'll be back, T.
Tyler heads into his bedroom and shuts the door.

87.
EXT. EAST SIDE TOWNHOUSE -- EVENING
Caroline and Diane walk up red-brick stairs. Caroline carries
a gift, a sleeping bag. Diane smiles at her daughter.
Caroline notices.
CAROLINE
Stop smiling. You look insane.
Diane can't help it try as she might.
DIANE
I'm sorry, honey. I just... it's
nice to see you... never mind.
Caroline rolls her eyes. They approach the front door.
DIANE
Do you want me to come in with you?
Caroline just looks at her. Diane takes the hint. Kisses her.
Have fun.

DIANE

Caroline rings the door bell. Diane heads back to her car.
INT. EAST SIDE TOWNHOUSE --

FOYER

Caroline gives her gift to THE BIRTHDAY GIRL who smiles. She
follows her into the next room where the other PARTY GUESTS
watch a movie. They all turn and look at Caroline.
Caroline smiles sheepishly until she sees the CHUBBY GIRL.
Caroline stops smiling. She looks out the window. Her
mother's car is gone.
INT. CRAIG FAMILY HOME -- KITCHEN -- NIGHT
Sergeant Craig working on a sink full of dirty dishes. He
scrubs at a filthy pan with a piece of steel wool.
ALLY O/S
You know you're not supposed to use
that on non-stick pans...
Craig turns, finds her there in the doorway, bag at her feet.
ALLY
It takes off the teflon.

88.
They stare at each other for a moment. Ally moves first.
Across the room to him. She puts the pan under the water.
ALLY
You should let it soak.
SERGEANT CRAIG
I'll try to remember that.
They look at each other. Craig smiles first.
ALLY
You miss me?
Craig shrugs as if to say "not really". Ally laughs, play
punches him. She nestles her head in his chest. He holds her.
INT. TOWNHOUSE -- BASEMENT -- NIGHT
The girls are giving each other MAKE OVERS. They style each
other's hair, put on make up, fancy clothes, etc.
Caroline looks nervous as a girl finishes applying eye liner
and lip stick. When she's done, she hands Caroline a mirror.
Caroline looks at her reflection. She smiles.
The Chubby Girl does her friend's hair with a set of STYLING
SCISSORS. She watches Caroline smiling from across the room.
EXT. NEW YORK CITY -- MORNING
The sun rises on the upper east side of Manhattan.
INT. TOWNHOUSE -- BASEMENT -- MORNING
It's still dark. All the girls are asleep. Caroline slides
out of her sleeping bag. We see only her tiny frame.
We see Caroline's silhouette in shadow making her way across
the room towards the...
INT. BATHROOM -- LATER
Caroline's shadowed silhouette enters. We can see her
reflection in the mirror... something is amiss.
Caroline fumbles for the light switch. She finds it and light
floods the room. Caroline's reflection becomes clear.

89.
Her long auburn hair has been CUT TO PIECES WHILE SHE SLEPT.
It's a tattered mess.
Caroline just stares at herself. Horrified.
INT. CRAIG FAMILY HOME -- MORNING
Ally and her father cook breakfast together. There's a knock.
EXT. DOORSTEP -- LATER
Aidan paces nervously. Sergeant Craig appears. Aidan smiles.
Hi.

AIDAN

Craig just stares. Aidan scratches his head.
AIDAN
Is this the, uh, that is, does, uh,
Allison Craig. Does she live here?
Craig nods.
AIDAN
Oh great. I'm...
SERGEANT CRAIG
I know who you are.
AIDAN
Really? That is... you have a great
memory... didn't count on that.
ALLY
Who is it dad?
Ally sees Aidan. She touches her father's forearm.
It’s OK...

ALLY

Craig steps back into the house. Aidan and Ally are alone.
AIDAN
I think that went well.
ALLY
What do you want?

90.
AIDAN
Look, I'm an asshole. I am. I treat
girls poorly. I'm selfish. I'm
immature. I laugh when figure
skaters fall. I take more pennies
than I leave...
ALLY
Is there a point coming?
AIDAN
Tyler's not an asshole. As sure as
I can say that I am I can say that
he's not... we can smell our own.
ALLY
He lied to me.
AIDAN
He loves you.
ALLY
He doesn’t love me.
AIDAN
...I've seen him look at one other
girl the way he looks at you. She's
a lot shorter and shares his DNA.
Ally looks away.
AIDAN
You don't have to forgive him
today... just forgive him.
Aidan's cellphone rings. He checks it.
AIDAN
Speak of the angel.
(answers with a smile)
T...
Aidan listens for a moment. His smile fades.
INT. HOFFMAN FAMILY HOME -- KITCHEN -- LATER
Tyler, Diane and Les sit around the kitchen table. Diane
stares into a cup of tea. Her smile from the night before
long gone. Les and Tyler drink black coffee. Silence.

91.
DIANE
I spoke with the girl's mother,
she's skeptical, but those
little... girls are sticking to
their story. They were doing make
overs. Care didn't like what they
did to her hair. So Care tried to
fix it. And Care screwed it up. And
now Care's trying to blame them for
it. And Care doesn't have a
witness. So...
LES
What about the girl who invited
her? Where was she?
DIANE
She was asleep. She doesn't believe
it either. But she can't prove it.
Diane chokes up. Tries to fight back tears. Loses.
DIANE
...I mean she just started back a
week ago. She’s traumatized. I
don’t feel comfortable even sending
her to that school.
LES
So? What do we do?
DIANE
A new school? Spence is... it's not
the only school in the city. We
could send her somewhere here...
somewhere closer to home... Charles
won't be happy about it but-TYLER
Charles isn't even here.
Tyler silent again. Diane looks at Les.
DIANE
I left a message with Janine.
Tyler finishes his coffee.
TYLER
I'm going in with her tomorrow.
What?! No.

DIANE

92.

Why not?

TYLER

DIANE
Because you can't just walk into a
middle school and start threatening
eleven-year-olds.
I like it.
Les?!

LES
DIANE

TYLER
Mom what do you think I'm gonna do
beat up a bunch of sixth grade
girls? Seriously...
Diane calming a bit.
TYLER
I won't do anything. I just want
them to see me. With her. There's
no fear like fear of the unknown.
Tyler takes out his cigarettes.
INT. LIVING ROOM -- SIMULTANEOUS
A box of bakery fresh CUPCAKES sit on the coffee table.
Caroline watches CARTOONS eats a vanilla cupcake. Her hair is
short, but evened out. Different, but still cute.
The front door opens. Ally and Aidan walk in. Ally smiles at
Caroline. Caroline tries to smile back.
Ally and Aidan sit down on either side of her. Caroline
offers them cupcakes. They each take one.
Caroline leans her head on Ally's shoulder.
Tyler enters carrying a cigarette and a lighter.
AIDAN
Look who I found...
Tyler sees Ally. Ally sees Tyler.
Hi.

TYLER

93.

Hi.

ALLY

EXT. FRONT STEPS -- LATER
Tyler sits alone on the top stair, taking long pulls from a
cigarette. Ally exits the front door, softly closes it behind
her. Sits beside him.
TYLER
Last one ever. I swear.
Ally almost smiles.
TYLER
I know you're not here for me
but... thank you. For being here.
A silent moment passes.
TYLER
I like you. For what it's worth. I
like you a lot. Just know that.
You lied.
I did.

ALLY
TYLER

ALLY
I'm still mad.
TYLER
You have every right to be.
ALLY
You should've told me.
TYLER
I should've told you.
ALLY
And now... what? I suppose you
expect me to just forgive you?
TYLER
No expectations. Only hopes.
Ally can't help but smile. She takes his hand in hers. A BMW
7 Series speeds around the corner. Stops in-front of the
house. Charles gets out of the car.

94.
CHARLES
How is she Tyler?
Tyler glares at him.
TYLER
She’s fine. She's sleeping.
Tyler tosses his cigarette at Charles' feet.
TYLER
Thanks for showing up.
INT. BEDROOM -- LATER
Caroline asleep in her bed. Charles stands in the doorway
watching her sleep, we get the feeling he hasn't seen her
asleep in some time. Diane appears at his side.
DIANE
I'll wake her up so you can say
hello...
Diane moves forward. Charles gently places a hand on her arm.
CHARLES
Let her sleep.
INT. KITCHEN -- LATER THAT NIGHT
Les and Charles sit in silence. Diane serves Charles a cup of
coffee. Charles cellphone rings. He doesn't even check it
before turning it off. Diane sits beside Les.
CHARLES
If it’s alright with you, I’d like
to take her this weekend.
DIANE
I’ll leave the final decision to
Caroline, but I’m fine with that.
CHARLES
Les? What about you?
Caught completely off guard...
LES
What about me?

95.
CHARLES
Do you mind if I take Caroline for
the weekend?
LES
You don't need my permission.
CHARLES
I'd like it.
Les and Diane share a surprised look.
LES
Uh, yeah, sure, I don’t mind.
INT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- CLASSROOM -- MORNING
Caroline’s TEACHER prepares her lesson plan.
TEACHER
....And who'd like to write the
date on the board for us?
The door opens. Caroline and Tyler enter. Caroline carries a
FOLDED SHEET OF PAPER. Tyler approaches the teacher.
TYLER
Hi, I'm Tyler, Caroline's brother.
I was hoping we might have a minute
of your class time, Caroline would
like to read something she wrote.
TEACHER
I don’t usually allow students to
take the floor, Mister Roth.
TYLER
Please. It would really mean a lot.
TEACHER
Two minutes.
(addresses the room)
Class? Caroline would like to read
us something she wrote. Let’s all
give her our full attention.
Tyler nods to Caroline. She unfolds the paper and begins:
CAROLINE
Hello. I know we’re not all going
to be friends and we all have our
own problems, but can we please try
to treat each other with respec--

96.
CHUBBY GIRL
Have you done something different
with your hair? I love it!
SNICKERING LAUGHTER develops. The Chubby Girl smiles
wickedly. Caroline stops reading, she looks like a deer in
headlights as the students mock her.
TEACHER
Class! That’s enough!
Tyler moves towards an EMPTY DESK. Students laugh and jeer.
Caroline looks as if at any moment she may burst into tears.
Suddenly, Tyler grabs the desk. THROWS it through the air.
INT. HALLWAY -- SIMULTANEOUS
A JANITOR pushes a flat broom down the empty corridor when
the glass from one of the classroom doors explodes as the
desk makes impact. He stops pushing the broom and stares.
INT. CLASSROOM -- LATER
Pin-drop silence. The students sit paralyzed. Tyler stares at
the Chubby Girl. Her arrogance gone. She's been reduced to
the child she is. Tyler takes his place behind Caroline, who
stares up at him, awestruck. Tyler gestures for her to
continue.
CAROLINE
(finishing her statement)
--I don't expect us all to be
friends, but we can at least
respect each other as human beings.
Thank you.
INT. HOLDING CELL -- LATER
TYLER locked up among CRACK HEADS and PETTY CROOKS on a dirty
bench with his hands behind his head and a bemused smirk. A
BAILIFF approaches the holding cell. Looks at Tyler.
BAILIFF
You posted.
INT. NYPD PRECINCT -- LATER
Charles waits in the waiting area. Tyler is led out by the
bailiff rubbing his wrists. He sees his father.

97.
His father sees him. They walk together towards the exit in
silence. Neither looking at the other.
CHARLES
Destruction of private property and
felony trespassing... you're moving
up in the world.
TYLER
I'm glad you're enjoying this.
CHARLES
I'm not. You jeopardized your
future. You sat in jail all day.
That's not funny. I am curious
though, which do you prefer jail
during the day or after dark?
TYLER
You're such an asshole.
CHARLES
Oh I'm the asshole... you throw a
desk through a door at a middle
school and I'm the asshole.
Tyler walks ahead.
CHARLES
Tyler? Wait. Will you just wait!
Tyler gives him the finger without looking back. Charles
catches up to him, cuts him off. He's smiling.
TYLER
Why are you smiling?!
CHARLES
I'm proud of you.
Tyler couldn't have heard that right.
TYLER
You're proud? ...Of me? ...For
throwing a desk at a door?
CHARLES
What you did was ridiculous. It was
reckless, foolish, absurd, and
exactly what your little sister
needed. You stood up for her.
Probably a little higher then you
needed to but you stood up.

98.
TYLER
You saw Caroline today?
Charles nods. Tyler scratching his head.
TYLER
They charged me with...
CHARLES
Don't worry about the charges. I
talked to my lawyer. We’ll work it
out. Tomorrow morning, my office,
eight thirty sharp. See you there.
Charles walks ahead. Tyler watches him go. He smiles.
EXT. CRAIG FAMILY HOME -- DOORSTEP -- EVENING
Tyler knocks on the door. He holds a BOUQUET OF FLOWERS.
Sergeant Craig answers. The men share a long look.
SERGEANT CRAIG
(nods to the flowers)
...Those for me?
TYLER
Yeah I didn't know if you liked
lilies so I took a chance...
Craig smirks. Tyler smiles.
SERGEANT CRAIG
She's still getting ready. You
wanna wait inside?
Craig holds the door open for Tyler who walks into the house.
EXT. EAST RIVER WALK -- NIGHT
Tyler and Ally share an ice cream cone as they walk together
along the East River. Tyler drapes an arm over her shoulder.
Kisses her neck. Whispers something in her ear. Ally laughs
playfully smacks him.
DISSOLVE TO:
INT. TYLER'S BEDROOM -- THE NEXT MORNING
Ally lying asleep. Tyler lying beside her tracing the lines
on her back. He kisses her neck then gets up.

99.
Tyler is up and dressed now, he grabs his journal off his
desk, kneels beside Ally who is awake with her eyes closed.
TYLER
I'll be back in an hour.
ALLY
Do you want french toast or
pancakes for breakfast?
TYLER
Whichever tastes better a la mode.
Ally smiles.
ALLY
Say hi to your dad for me.
Tyler watches her lying there. Then whispers.
TYLER
If I said I love you... what would
you say?
ALLY
I love you.
TYLER
I love you too.
Tyler kisses her. Then heads out into the...
INT. LIVING ROOM -- MOMENTS LATER
Aidan passed out on the couch still wearing the clothes he
went out in the night before. Tyler watches him sleep.
AIDAN
(without opening his eyes)
French toast.
Tyler smiles as he takes his journal and exits.
EXT. HOFFMAN FAMILY HOME -- PORCH -- MORNING
Charles waiting on the doorstep his BMW 7-Series parked on
the curb. Diane answers the door expecting to find Caroline's
driver, she's confused to find...
Charles?

DIANE

100.
CHARLES
Morning Diane.
DIANE
What are you doing here?
CHARLES
I thought maybe I could take
Caroline to school this morning.
Diane is speechless. This is a first.
DIANE
Um...OK...sure...yeah...great.
She's not ready though, she's gonna
need at least twenty minutes.
CHARLES
I can wait.
DIANE
Won't you be late for work?
CHARLES
Probably. Yes.
Diane just stares at him, mouth agape.
CHARLES
Do I smell coffee?
Diane snapping out of it.
DIANE
Oh. Yeah. Yeah. Sure. Come on in.
INT. CAB -- MORNING
Tyler riding in back heading downtown. His cellphone rings.
He checks it. Knows what it's regarding before he answers.
TYLER
Are you canceling all together or
are you just running late?
INT. HOFFMAN FAMILY HOME -- KITCHEN -- MORNING
Charles on his phone at the breakfast table sipping coffee
across from Caroline eating cereal.
CHARLES
Are you already on your way?

101.
Intercut: Tyler's cab rolls to a stop. Tyler pays. Gets out.
TYLER
I'm already here.
Hi Tyler!

CAROLINE O/S

TYLER
Is Caroline with you?
CHARLES
I'm taking her to school.
TYLER
Since when?
CHARLES
Since now. I'm sorry. Look I
probably won't be in until around
nine... we should reschedule.
Tyler considers. Looks up at his building. Shakes his head.
TYLER
It's fine. Take your time. I'll
just wait in your office.
You sure?

CHARLES

TYLER
Yeah. If I get bored I can always
play with the copy machines.
CHARLES
(smiles)
See you then.
Tyler hangs up and joins the herds of suits heading into
Charles' office building.
INT. ELEVATOR -- LATER
Tyler riding in a handsome marble and oak elevator with a
half-dozen EXECUTIVE types.
INT. 78TH FLOOR SKY LOBBY -- LATER
Tyler steps out of the elevator and into a sky lobby. He
walks across the room to another bank of elevators. He
presses the up arrow. An elevator opens.

102.
Tyler steps on and presses the number 92. The doors close.
INT. EXECUTIVE FLOOR -- RECEPTION -- LATER
Tyler walks approaches the Receptionist from the ashtray
incident. He smiles pleasantly. She doesn't.
Janine in?

TYLER

THE RECEPTIONIST
(cold)
She went for coffee.
TYLER
(tongue in cheek)
When she gets back could you please
tell her I want to see her in my
office... and hold my calls... and
smile... it's a beautiful day.
Tyler heads down the hall. The Receptionist rolls her eyes.
INT. CHARLES ROTH'S OFFICE -- LATER
Tyler steps into his father's empty office. It's dark, quiet.
He opens the blinds. Sunlight fills the room.
Tyler walks around the office. Picking things up, putting
them back.
Tyler sits at his father's desk in his executive chair. He
leans back. Puts his feet up and his hands behind his head.
Tyler notices the COMPUTER. He turns on the monitor and puts
his hand on the mouse - but doesn't move it. His hand just
stops and stays perfectly still. Tyler stares at the monitor
where his dad's SCREEN SAVER is scrolling through PHOTOS...
These photos are all of his FAMILY... "Michael's first
Christmas, Tyler's eighth birthday, Diane in the hospital
with Caroline in a pink blanket, Charles and his kids build a
sand castle at the shore"... they just keep going.
Tyler finds himself watching a slide show of his life.
EXT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- LATER
That line of luxury cars dropping their daughters off.
Charles' BMW rolls to a stop. Caroline gives him a kiss and
gets out. Charles watches her all the way into the school.

103.
INT. CORNER GALLERY -- LATER
Diane wraps up a painting for one of her happy CUSTOMERS.
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- KITCHEN -- LATER
Ally and Aidan have made a mess making french toast.
INT. BMW 7 SERIES -- FINANCIAL DISTRICT -- LATER
Charles in traffic. All around him DRIVERS curse, honk, hate
each other. Charles rides with a smile, his windows down.
INT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- CLASSROOM -- LATER
Caroline drawing at her desk as her Teacher comes in and gets
ready to start the day.
INT. CHARLES ROTH'S OFFICE -- LATER
Tyler is still watching the screen saver when Janine enters.
JANINE
Good Morning, Mister Roth.
TYLER
Did you know about this?
Janine walks around the desk in time to see a photo of Tyler
and Michael naked in the tub pop up. She smiles.
JANINE
Who do you think scanned all the
pictures?
Tyler smiles. Janine smiles, Then a photo of Michael comes
up. Those smiles fade. Silence.
JANINE
How old would he be?
TYLER
Thirty-two last May.
Tyler stands and looks out one of the floor-to-ceiling
windows separated by columns. He stares out at mid town and a
perfect blue sky. Janine looks befuddled.

104.
JANINE
It's really been that long? I
could've sworn it was...
TYLER
February 26, 1993.
A silent moment passes. Janine reflecting.
JANINE
I should be able to remember that.
Tyler looks at her.
TYLER
Why? No one else does.
INT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- CLASSROOM -- LATER
Caroline's Teacher addresses her class.
TEACHER
...And who'd like to write the date
on the blackboard for us?
Caroline sits quietly doodling. The teacher looks her way.
TEACHER
Caroline? Would you mind?
Caroline moves to the BLACKBOARD. She picks up a fresh piece
of chalk and begins to write. Caroline finishes writing. She
sets down the chalk. Begins back to her seat.
TEACHER
Can everyone read that OK?
WIDE SHOT of the blackboard. It's unmistakable:
SEPTEMBER 11TH, 2001
INT. CHARLES ROTH'S OFFICE -- LATER
Tyler is about to step away from the window when something on
the horizon gets his attention.
TYLER
Janine? Look at this...
Janine steps to the window. She follows Tyler's gaze.

105.
TYLER
It's right over the city... I've
never seen one over the city.
We're now looking at Tyler from just outside Charles' office
window and we're PULLING BACK...
Until we see Tyler framed in the window surrounded by eerily
familiar grey metal siding...
Until we see can barely see Tyler and the base of a giant
white antenna...
Until we can no longer see Tyler as he's disappeared into the
composite of the building and we've pulled back far enough to
reveal that Tyler is standing in a window on the...
92nd Floor of The North Tower of the World Trade Center.
A moment of still perfect silence. The Towers. The blue sky.
Then we hear the faint sound of AA Flight 11's ENGINES as it
closes in on the North Tower. We hold on the buildings until
the roar of the engines becomes deafening and we...
Silence. Darkness. We wait in it.

CUT TO BLACK.

TYLER V/O
Whatever you do in life will be
insignificant but it is very
important that you do it because...
EXT. LOWER MANHATTAN -- THAT MORNING
Charles Roth steps out of his car. His gaze fixed skyward.
All around him the other drivers mimic his behavior.
TYLER V/O
You can't know...
INT. CORNER GALLERY -- LATER
Diane smiling, talking to a browsing OLD LADY. SOMEONE runs
into the store and says something to them. Diane's smile
fades as she and the Old Lady walk quickly outside.
TYLER V/O
You can't ever really know the
meaning of your life...

106.
Diane joins a group of ONLOOKERS staring up from a street
corner in Brooklyn where the black smoke stains the blue sky.
TYLER V/O
And you don't need to...
Diane staring at it then suddenly collapsing to the pavement.
TYLER V/O
Just know that your life has a
meaning...
EXT. WORLD TRADE CENTER -- THE COURTYARD
Charred papers float from the heavens. OFFICE WORKERS flee, a
steady stream flowing away. Sergeant Craig directs the flow.
TYLER V/O
Every life has a meaning... whether
it lasts one hundred years or one
hundred seconds... Every life...
A battalion of FIREFIGHTERS charge past Sergeant Craig into
the buildings.
TYLER V/O
And every death... changes the
world in its own way...
INT. TYLER'S APARTMENT -- LATER
ON TV: The burning Towers. Aidan paces, absolutely frantic.
His CELL PHONE to his ear.
AIDAN
Come on, Tyler. Come on. Answer!
OPERATOR O/S
We’re sorry, the cellular customer
you’re trying to reach-AIDAN
God damn it.
Ally stares out a window, the same burning Towers' REFLECTION
overlaying her. Aidan redials.
OPERATOR O/S
We’re sorry, the cellular customer
you're trying to reach--

107.
AIDAN
MOTHERFUCKER!
Aidan smashes the phone against the wall. It shatters to
pieces, so does Aidan. He collapses in tears. Ally cradles
him in her arms. They lie together. Rocking. Crying.
TYLER V/O
Ghandi knew this. He knew his life
would mean something to someone,
somewhere, somehow. And he knew
with as much certainty that he
could never know that meaning...
INT. THE SPENCE SCHOOL -- HALLWAY -- LATER
A door flies open. Caroline runs out into the empty hall.
TYLER V/O
He understood that enjoying life
should be of much greater concern
then understanding it. And so do I.
She slows to a walk and, finally, collapses against a locker.
She places her head in her tiny arms and weeps.
EXT. LOWER MANHATTAN -- STREETS
THE PAPER, so much of it, all of it singed, smoke-stained,
falling like snow flakes coating the streets and the
sidewalks. Amongst the memos and faxes that will now never be
sent and never received we find...
TYLER'S JOURNAL. The BINDER CLIP holds open the last entry.
We move CLOSE, read his words: "...enjoying life should be of
much greater concern then understanding it. And so do I."
EXT. "THE WALL" -- DAY
Hundreds of pictures, flowers, Missing Persons Fliers cover a
red-brick wall in lower Manhattan. Hundreds of smiling faces.
We move slowly towards it. A familiar IMAGE comes to focus: a
PORTRAIT OF TYLER on a bench, a cigarette dangles from his
lip. Beneath the portrait, there's a GIANT STUFFED ELEPHANT.
TINY HANDS take hold of the sketch. Remove it from The Wall.
Caroline looks down at her picture. Her hair has grown in.

108.
Caroline opens a SKETCH BOOK. Flips past dozens of sketches:
Aidan and Ally at a funeral... Ally on the park bench...
Charles and Diane... The Twin Towers.
Caroline stops on a blank page. Inserts the weathered sketch.
She looks up at Charles who stands beside her. He holds out
his hand. She takes it. They walk away.
EXT. CEMETERY -- A GREY MORNING
A light rain falls. Two TOMBSTONES stand side-by-side.
MICHAEL ROTH
May 20, 1969
February 26, 1993
TYLER ROTH
August 10, 1978
September 11, 2001
Charles, Diane and Les approach the tombstones. Les stands
back. Letting Charles and Diane pay their respects. Alone. As
parents. And they stand there. Together. Charles puts his arm
around Diane. And they cry. Together. As we...
DISSOLVE TO:
EXT. NEW YORK CITY -- MONTHS LATER
ICE SKATERS in The Park. The first snow has come and gone.
The department stores are as full as the trees are barren.
We find Ally shopping in the Men's Department of one of these
stores. She matches a tie to a button-down shirt.
TYLER V/O
You can't know...
EXT. THE ALICE IN WONDERLAND STATUE. WHERE:
Caroline sits alone on that park bench. She's sketching the
statue. Her eyes shifting between the page and her subject.
TYLER V/O
So don't take it for granted...
A beat. And she abruptly stops sketching and starts laughing.
TYLER V/O
But don't take it too seriously...

109.
She's laughing at: Charles posing for her on the statue. He's
perched on a mushroom cap, an arm draped over The Mad Hatter.
INT. RESTAURANT -- DINNER
Sergeant Craig is wearing the shirt and tie we found Ally
matching in the store. He's on a date with a pretty WOMAN.
TYLER V/O
Don't postpone what you want...
INT. CORNER GALLERY -- DAY
Aidan and Les carry a cumbersome marble sculpture for Diane
who directs them where to set it down.
TYLER V/O
Don't leave anything
misunderstood...
There's a tattoo on Aidan's forearm. It reads: "Never ForgeT"
INT. CORNER GALLERY -- NIGHT
Diane closes up her store for the night.
TYLER V/O
Make sure the people you care about
know...
TWO FRAMED PHOTOS: Are hung next to the front door. One we've
seen... it's the one Tyler had in his bedroom of Michael on
stage. The other we haven't... it's of Tyler at his last
birthday party about to blow out his 23 candles.
TYLER V/O
Make sure they know how you really
feel...
Diane kisses her fingertips and touches each photograph.
EXT. SMITH STREET STATION -- BROOKLYN -- NIGHT
Ally, we find her as we first found her mother, silhouetted
against the Lower Manhattan skyline where two beams of purple
light reach up forever where the Towers once stood.
TYLER V/O
Because just like that...

110.
Her train pulls into the station. Ally boards with a few
other commuters. She takes a seat by herself across from...
A YOUNG COUPLE very much in love, they hold hands, laugh,
then as the train pulls out they kiss, no reason, no need.
Ally watches them, remembers him, as the faintest hint of a
smile crosses her lips the subway lights flicker and we...
CUT TO BLACK.
TYLER V/O
It could end.