EXT. PETE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Pete gets home from work looking weary.  He unlocks the door and goes in.

INT. PETE'S APARTMENT/KITCHEN - NIGHT

Pete enters the kitchen without turning on the light and starts to make himself something to eat.  Because it's dark, he goes to set a pot on the counter, misses and it clangs on the floor.  Pete picks it up, turns and runs into a chair knocking it over.

The kitchen light goes on and there stands Jen wearing an oversized T-shirt, clearly having just been woken up.  She rubs her eyes.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                What's going on?

                                                                 PETE
                                Just making myself something to eat.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                In the dark?

                                                                 PETE
                                I didn't want to wake you.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Good work.

                                                                 PETE
                                Sorry.  Where's the cereal?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (points)
                                It's in the cupboard with the coffee and the oatmeal.

                                                                 PETE
                                What was wrong with where I had it?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Under the sink?  Nobody keeps cereal under the sink.

                                                                 PETE
                                I do.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                What if the faucet leaks?

                                                                 PETE
                                What if the ceiling leaks?  What's the difference?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (looks at Pete for
                                                           a long moment)
                                Why do you work in a gas station?

                                                                 PETE
                                Hey, where else am I gonna work with hair this
                                long?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                That's not an answer.  You're a bright guy, you draw
                                pretty well, there's a lot of things you could do.

                                                                 PETE
                                Yeah?  Like what?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (long pause)
                                . . . That's not the point.  You're thirty-two years old.
                                Isn't there anything you'd rather be doing?

                                                                 PETE
                                Yeah, drawing comic books.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                So why don't you?

                                                                 PETE
                                I do.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Pete, if you took your complete works and collected
                                them you wouldn't have one whole comic book.

                                                                 PETE
                                I'm not fast; I'm precise.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (skeptical)
                                Oh, really?

                                                                 PETE
                                Yes, really.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Hang onto your gas station job.

                                                                 PETE
                                I will.

Jen exits the kitchen and Pete sits down.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

INT. PETE'S KITCHEN - NIGHT

Pete sits at the kitchen table trying to draw.  His paper is blank.  Jen can be seen in the background working at her computer.  Pete glances at the phone, then looks away.

Pete frowns, sighs, goes over and dials.  Jen looks on.  The phone rings four times, then a machine clicks in.

                                                                 JAY
                                                           (O.S. on machine)
                                Hi, this is Jay.  I'm not home right now, but please
                                leave a message . . . That is, unless your name is
                                Pete Herman, in which case you can go fuck yourself!

Beep.

Pete hangs up looking forlorn.  He goes back to his drawing pad and sits down.  Jen watches with a look of concern, then turns back to what she's doing.

Pete taps his pen on the blank page.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

EXT. WOODED COURT - MORNING

The vacant wooded court sparkles with dew in the warm early morning sun.  Pete comes walking up through the woods smoking a joint.  He steps onto the road and looks sadly at the cul-de-sac.  Pete walks slowly around the circle as he forlornly huffs the joint.  Finally, he flicks away the roach and walks away.

INT. JAY'S GARAGE - DAY

Jay opens the door wearing his coat and tie and steps out into the garage.  He opens the garage door and finds Pete standing there.  Jay's expression tightens as he and Pete look at each other.

                                                                 PETE
                                Hi.

                                                                 JAY
                                                           (flatly)
                                What do you want?

                                                                 PETE
                                I want us to get past this.  We've been friends too
                                long to not be friends.

                                                                 JAY
                                                           (shakes his head)
                                I don't think so.  I'm still pissed at you.

                                                                 PETE
                                Why?  You only went out with her once.  Come
                                on, gimme a break.

                                                                 JAY
                                I don't know.

                                                                 PETE
                                Come on.  We've been friends our whole lives.
                                We can't let a woman get between that.  Our
                                friendship is too important.

                                                                 JAY
                                Well . . .

                                                                 PETE
                                I'll stop bringing up that you were a bully when
                                you were a kid.

                                                                 JAY
                                I was not a bully.

                                                                 PETE
                                Yes you were, but I won't bring it up anymore.
                                I swear.

                                                                 JAY
                                Well, that'll be a relief.
                                                           (looks away)
                                Uh, I've got an hour before work.  Wanna go get
                                a cup of coffee?

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (smiles)
                                Sure.

                                                                 JAY
                                You wanna drive?

                                                                 PETE
                                O.K.
                                                           (they start toward Pete's
                                                           car.  Pete puts his hand
                                                           in his pocket)
                                Oh, shoot!

                                                                 JAY
                                What?

                                                                 PETE
                                My keys.  I must've left 'em at home.

                                                                  JAY
                                                           (stops short)
                                Oh, great!

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (pulls out his keys)
                                Sucker.  How would I have gotten here?

                                                                 JAY
                                                           (shakes his head)
                                Why do I always fall for that kind of crap?

                                                                 PETE
                                'Cause you're a sucker, that's why.

They get in Pete's car and drive away.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

INT. PETE'S APARTMENT - DAY

Pete enters and finds Jen standing there, waiting for him.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                You're late.  You know what time it is?

                                                                 PETE
                                No, I don't wear a watch.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (amazed)
                                That's not an excuse.  You said you'd be back by
                                noon.

                                                                 PETE
                                I was with Jay.  We made up.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (surprised)
                                Oh, really?  That's nice.

                                                                 PETE
                                Yeah, I invited him over tomorrow night.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                I thought you worked tomorrow night.

                                                                 PETE
                                No, they switched me.  I work tonight.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                But we were going to go out.  Remember?

                                                                 PETE
                                Sorry.  I gotta go get ready.

Pete walks past Jen.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Get ready?  What do you have to do to get ready
                                to work at a gas station?

                                                                 PETE
                                What's wrong with you?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                What do you mean?

                                                                 PETE
                                Well, you can't stand anything I do, and everytime
                                you see me you get pissed off.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Do I really?

                                                                 PETE
                                Yeah, and I don't like it very much.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (sits down)
                                I'm just going through something, I guess.  I mean,
                                I probably shouldn't have moved in here in the first
                                place.  I just broke up with someone and I don't know
                                what I'm doing.  It seems like we're both dealing
                                with this like we were lovers, which we're not.  We're
                                roommates.


                                                                 PETE
                                As a footnote here, roommates pay half the rent.
                                That's two hundred and fifty-six dollars.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (shocked)
                                You pay five-twelve?  For this place?

                                                                 PETE
                                Yeah?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                I'm sorry but it's not worth it.

                                                                 PETE
                                It's centrally located, in a nice, wooded area.  I don't
                                have any complaints.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                You ought to.

                                                                 PETE
                                That's the difference between me and you.  I'm
                                perfectly happy with my life; you want to bitch
                                about everything.  You ought to get together with
                                Jay, he's always bitching, too.  Now, if you'll excuse
                                me, I have to get to my degrading, low-wage job.
                                I've got five hundred and twelve dollars rent to pay.

Pete walks past Jen into the bedroom.  Jen looks like she has a headache.

INT. JAY'S HOUSE/KITCHEN - DAY

There are eight fat piles of manuscript pages sitting on the kitchen table.  Jay sits in front of the
piles literally cutting and pasting with the use of a scissors and tape.  Having created a brand-new page, Jay stops and reads it.  It seems OK.  He puts the page aside, shrugs and keeps cutting.
INT. PETE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Jen sits at her computer and talks on the telephone.


                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Look, I can't listen to you tell me you love me
                                after you've fucked my best friend.  Those things
                                don't go together.  So just leave me alone, will
                                you?  Don't call me.  I don't want to talk you any-
                                more, ever.

Jen hangs up.  Pete comes through the door and he is really dragging his ass.

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (tired)
                                Hi.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Hi.  How was work?

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (sarcastic)
                                Excellent.  Couldn't be better.  I just love work-
                                ing all night, then working someone else's shift
                                all day.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                You ever hear of saying no?

                                                                 PETE
                                I couldn't do that.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Of course not.  When's Jay gonna be here?

                                                                 PETE
                                Soon.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                What about dinner?

                                                                 PETE
                                He said he'd bring it, and a video.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Nice.

                                                                 PETE
                                Yeah. I'm gonna take a quick shower, see if I
                                can't wake myself up a little.

Pete goes into the bedroom and shuts the door.

There is a knock at the front door.  Jen answers it and it's Jay.  He's well dressed and looking good.  He holds several plastic bags.

                                                                 JAY
                                                           (smiles)
                                Hi.  How ya doin'?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (smiles back)
                                I'm great.  You?

                                                                 JAY
                                Terrific.

Jay swings the bags around and gives Jen a hug.  Jen hugs him back, holding on a second longer than he does.  A look comes in to Jay's eyes.  Hmmmm?

INT. PETE'S KITCHEN - NIGHT

Jay, Jen, and Pete sit at the table finishing eating Chinese food.  Pete is done and sits back in his chair, his eyelids growing heavy.

                                                                 JAY
                                . . . So then, the next people that come walking
                                in are this fat, ugly, obnoxious couple who im-
                                mediately hate everything in the store.  The woman's
                                got a mustache and the man --

Underneath the table, Jen's foot touches Jay's foot.

                                                                 JAY
                                                           (forgetting what
                                                           he was saying)
                                -- Uh --


                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (casually)
                                Yeah?

                                                                 JAY
                                What was I saying?

Jen's foot is now on top of Jay's.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                The fat, ugly, obnoxious couple.

                                                                 JAY
                                Yeah, well, who cares about them anyway?  So,
                                who wants to watch a great movie?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Sure.

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (weary)
                                Yeah, why not?

Jay holds up the video tape of Akira Kurasowa's RAN.

                                                                 JAY
                                Let's put it on.

INT. PETE'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Jay sits in a chair raptly watching the TV.  We can hear the wind blowing and Japanese voices grunting.  Jay glances to his right.  Our view moves over to the couch where Pete is crapped out asleep.  Our view continues to move and now we see Jen who is looking right back at Jay.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (quietly)
                                You want something else to drink?

                                                                 JAY
                                O.K.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (stands)
                                I'll go get it.

                                                                 JAY
                                I'll come with you.

Jay gets up and follows Jen out of the room.

A moment later Pete opens his eyes.  He sits there on the couch wearing a disturbed expression, then very quietly stands up.  He steps softly across the living room, gets to the kitchen door and clandestinely peers inside.  He sees . . .

INT. PETE'S KITCHEN - NIGHT

. . . Jay and Jen standing in the kitchen seriously making-out, their hands all over each other.

Pete turns around looking very angry, then steps out of sight.

Jen and Jay finally break apart and breathlessly whisper to each other.

                                                                 JAY
                                What're you doing here?  Come stay at my place.
                                I have five empty bedrooms.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                You do?
                                                           (Jay nods)
                                What about Pete?

                                                                 JAY
                                Forget about Pete.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                But he's your friend.

                                                                 JAY
                                Fuck him.  He doesn't know what he wants.
                                The guy's thirty-two and works in a gas station,
                                for God's sake.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (confused)
                                I know, but I also know I shouldn't be here.  It's
                                not fair to Pete, he's taken it all the wrong way.


                                                                 JAY
                                Honestly.  Five empty bedrooms.  No kidding.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                I'm not sure what I'm doing.  We'll see.

                                                                 JAY
                                I'm gonna go.  Walk me out, O.K.?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                O.K.

They kiss again, then leave the kitchen.

INT. PETE'S LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

As Jay and Jen cross the living room they both glance over at Pete.  Pete is seated on the couch, exactly where he was before, his eyes closed, ostensibly snoozing away.

Jay ejects RAN from the video machine, then steps up to Jen at the door.

                                                                 JAY
                                                           (whispering)
                                We can finish watching this later.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (grins)
                                Can't wait.

Jay leans forward to kiss her and Jen turns to look at Pete.  So does Jay. Pete's eyes are closed.  Jen waves her hand indicating that this isn't a good idea.  Jay shrugs.

                                                                 JAY
                                Tell Pete I'll meet him at the court tomorrow at
                                noon, O.K.?
                                                           (Jen nods)
                                Walk me out to the car.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                O.K.

Jay and Jen go out the door.  The moment the door closes Pete's eyes open and he sits up looking truly pissed off.

Pete goes to the window, looks out and sees . . .

EXT. PETE'S BUILDING - NIGHT

. . . Jay and Jen stand by Jay's car embracing and kissing.  Finally, their lips part.  Jay gets in his car and Jen heads back inside.

INT. PETE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT

Jen comes back in Pete's apartment.  She shuts the door looking rather wistful and, through the window, sees Jay's car drive away.  Jen glances over at the couch and sees that Pete's not there.  Jen furrows her brow, crosses the living room, and steps up to the bathroom door.

INT. PETE'S BATHROOM - NIGHT

Pete is busily stuffing items into a pillow case.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                What are you doing?

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (flatly)
                                Packing.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                                           (confused)
                                But this is your place.

                                                                 PETE
                                Yeah, but this is your shit!

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                You weren't asleep?

                                                                 PETE
                                Not tonight, but I guess I was for the past couple
                                weeks.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                What does that mean?

                                                                 PETE
                                It means, I thought this was possibly leading
                                somewhere.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Come on, Pete, you're kidding yourself.

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (stung)
                                Oh really?  Anything else I'm kidding myself about?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Honestly?

                                                                 PETE
                                Yeah, sure.  Why not?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Aside from the fact that you have absolutely no
                                ambition, you're not a very good artist.  Your per-
                                spectives aren't natural, your detail work is shabby,
                                and I don't think you could ever make a living at
                                it.

                                                                 PETE
                                You said you liked Radiator Man.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                I was trying to make you feel good.  Look, I make
                                my living as an artist, you've got to know the basics.
                                It's the same reason you've worked in a gas station
                                for seven years --

                                                                 PETE
                                -- Eight, actually.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Fine, eight years.  You take whatever is handed
                                to you, Pete.  You won't make anything happen.

                                                                 PETE
                                Anything else?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Pete, I came here as a roommate and you've taken
                                this all wrong.  Can't we still be friends?

                                                                 PETE
                                My friends encourage me, they don't put me down.
                                I don't think I need a friend like you.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                All right, fine.  Let me get the rest of my stuff.

Jen grabs the pillow case and leaves the bathroom.  Pete follows.

INT. PETE'S SPARE BEDROOM - NIGHT

Jen enters the bedroom with Pete in tow and begins packing her clothes in her suitcase.  Pete's expression completely changes from fury to desperation.

                                                                 PETE
                                Look, don't go.  Stay. It doesn't matter.  I didn't
                                mean it.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Jesus Christ, Pete, for a second there I actually
                                thought you had some backbone, obviously I was
                                mistaken about that, too.  Have you ever tried to
                                get a better job?

                                                                 PETE
                                I like my job, what's the big deal?

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                It's no big deal.  It's perfectly fine.  Work there for
                                the rest of your life.  How are the retirement benefits?

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (thinks)
                                Well, not bad.  Medical and dental are pretty goo --

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                -- That's terrific, you're all set.

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (totally desperate)
                                Jen, please stay.  I won't ever bug you again.  You're
                                just my roommate, I can handle that.  But please don't
                                go.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Look, Pete, I like you.  You're a nice guy.  Let's just
                                say goodbye and be done with it, O.K.?

                                                                 PETE
                                                           (defeated)
                                O.K.

Jen has all of her stuff together.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                Fine.  Goodbye.

                                                                 PETE
                                'Bye.

Jen hoists up her suitcase and walks past Pete as he slowly sinks down until he's sitting on the bed.

Jen goes out the door and shuts it behind her.

ANIMATION SEQUENCE:

Sitting on the bed is RADIATOR MAN who looks a lot like Pete except that his body is an automobile radiator.  He grabs his head in frustration and steam hisses out of his ears.  Radiator Man has lost his cool.  Suddenly he leaps to his feet, stomps across the room and kicks the door down!

There's Jen just going out the front door.  Radiator Man grabs Jen, lifting her into his arms.  She smiles and puts her head against his shoulder.  He takes her back into the bedroom.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                I love you, Radiator Man.

                                                                 RADIATOR MAN
                                I know you do, baby.  My temperature gauge is
                                rising dangerously into the red zone.  If I don't
                                blow off some steam I'll explode.

They sink down out of sight and a cloud of steam rises up.

END ANIMATION SEQUENCE:

INT. PETE'S SPARE BEDROOM - NIGHT

Pete still sits there forlornly on the bed.  A moment later the door opens and Jen walks back in.  Pete smiles at her hopefully.

                                                                 JENNIFER
                                I forgot my clock.

Jen grabs her clock and leaves again.  Pete smile fades and his head droops forward.

                                                                                                       DISSOLVE:

EXT. WOODED COURT - DAY

Jay's blue Honda drives up the wooded street, goes around the cul-de-sac and parks.  Jay breaks off the filter of a Best Buy cigarette, lights up and as he blows out the smoke his face is a study of confusion.  He looks all around, but doesn't see anything.  He sighs and takes another puff of his cigarette.

Suddenly, a 32 oz. cup of Coca-Cola is thrown into Jay's face, dousing him and putting out his cigarette.  Before Jay knows what's going on, Pete reaches in through the window, grabs Jay by the lapels of his jacket and starts to pull him out the window.

                                                                 PETE
                                Son of a fuckin' bitch!  I'm gonna kill you!

                                                                 JAY
                                What the . . .

Pete pulls Jay the rest of the way out the window and lets him fall to the ground.

                                                                 PETE
                                You bastard!  You stole my girl!

With that Pete begins kicking Jay as hard as he can.  Jay covers his face.

                                                                 JAY
                                Jesus Christ!  Are you outta your mind?  Stop it!

                                                                 PETE
                                No, you stop it, fuckstick!

Pete kicks Jay very hard several times in the stomach.  Jay crawls under the car holding his stomach.

                                                                 JAY
                                I didn't steal her, for God's sake.  She's not property,
                                she does what she wants.

                                                                 PETE
                                Get out from under there, you chicken!

                                                                 JAY
                                Don't call me a chicken.

                                                                 PETE
                                Chicken!

Jay reaches out, grabs Pete's ankles and pulls.  Pete falls on his ass.

                                                                 PETE
                                Owww!  Shit!

Pete kicks at Jay under the car.

                                                                 JAY
                                Stop it!

                                                                 PETE
                                Come out and face the music!

                                                                 JAY
                                If I come out from under here you're gonna wish I
                                didn't!

                                                                 PETE
                                Promises, promises.

Pete runs over to the woods and grabs a big dead stick.  He dashes back over and jabs the stick very hard under the car.  Jay is stuck in the cheek and screams.  Jay grabs his cheek and sees that he's bleeding.

                                                                 JAY
                                Holy shit!  What's wrong with you?

                                                                 PETE
                                Nothing's wrong with me, but plenty's gonna be
                                wrong with you, now come outta there!

                                                                 JAY
                                Don't force me, man.

                                                                 PETE
                                Come!  Out!

Pete goes to jab the stick under the car again, but hits the side of the car causing the rough edge of the stick to run through his hands.  Pete gasps in pain, then pokes the stick under the car as hard as he can, jabbing Jay in the chest.

                                                                 JAY
                                Owww!  All right, that's it!

Jay crawls out from under the car on the opposite side.  His cheek is cut and bleeding and so is his nose.  Pete runs around to confront him, the big stick held out in front.  Jay is really pissed- off.

                                                                 JAY
                                Put that Goddamn thing down!

                                                                 PETE
                                Make me!

Pete whips the stick back and forth in front of Jay's face and whacks him on the side of the head.  Jay finally grabs hold of the stick and pulls it out of Pete's hands.  Jay tries to break it over his knee, but it won't break and hurts his knee.  He finally just throws it.  Jay wipes under his nose, looks at his hand and sees blood.

                                                                 JAY
                                See what you did?

                                                                 PETE
                                I see.

                                                                 JAY
                                The only reason I don't kill you is that you're my
                                friend.


                                                                 PETE
                                Oh, really?

                                                                 JAY
                                Yeah, really.  Now enough, O.K.?

                                                                 PETE
                                Well . . . O.K.

Pete starts to turn away.

 

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