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Seven teenagers attend group therapy and try to work out their mental and social issues while struggling to get along with each other. NOTE: INCOMPLETE. Exposition and rising action.


Submitted:May 14, 2013    Reads: 53    Comments: 1    Likes: 0   


FADE IN

INT. SHOT - RECREATION CENTER - AFTERNOON

Seven teenagers and one adult man sit in a circle on plastic folding chairs in a dull fluorescent lit room. The adult man, TIM, smiles brightly at the teenagers, who do not reciprocate.

To his left sits EMMY, a brooding young lady with dark hair and an even darker expression. She casts a look to JACK, a ginger boy sitting to the left of her, and rolls her eyes. JACK snickers.

Next to him sits BLAKE, a tall handsome boy with a smirk. He slouches in his seat and smiles at the kids across from him.

On TIM'S right is ALLIE, easily the youngest one there. She is shy and sits with her arms crossed tightly and her eyes on the floor.

Then is NATALIE, probably the opposite of ALLIE. Her legs are wide open and her low-cut top sagging.

GAY KID sits next to her. He looks very uncomfortable. He glances at all the kids around him and smiles politely.

JULIA is opposite TIM. She catches BLAKE'S eye and nods toward GAY KID. BLAKE raises his eyebrows excitedly.

TIM claps his hands together.

TIM

Happy Thursday, guys!

The children groan.

TIM (CONT'D)

Yeah, yeah, your lives suck. But before we get started on complaining, I'd like you all to meet the new kid!

TIM smiles while every head swivels to see GAY KID. GAY KID awkwardly waves.

TIM (CONT'D)

Let's all go around the circle and introduce ourselves. Who wants to start?

NATALIE sits up straight.

NATALIE

I'll go.

She turns and smiles at GAY KID, then stands and dusts herself off.

NATALIE (CONT'D)

Alright, I'm Natalie. I'm a whore. I guess I'm not really misunderstood, 'cause that's what people call me. (Crowd giggles) I get bullied by the jealous girls at me school.

She sits down and everyone looks to ALLIE. ALLIE bites her lips and stands up, crossing her arms tightly.

ALLIE

I, um, I'm Allie. My mom says I have social anxiety.

She quickly sits back down. TIM gestures for EMMY to go, skipping him. EMMY stands with a sigh.

EMMY

I'm Emmy. I'm depressed.

She shrugs and sits back down. JACK snickers and then stands.

JACK

I'm obnoxious.

A chorus of "yes," comes from the other kids. JACK accepts it gratefully.

JACK

And my name is Jack, yeah.

BLAKE makes a big show of standing up and clearing his throat.

BLAKE

My name is Blake. Sometimes I get panic attacks in public and it embarrasses my mom so here I am!

The kids laugh again.

BLAKE bows and sits back down. JULIA doesn't stand.

JULIA

I'm Julia. Sometimes I want to kill people.

GAY KID raises his eyebrows. He takes a deep breath and stands. He grins at the people staring at him.

GAY KID

Alright, so, I'm gay-

JACK interrupts:

JACK

You're gay? That's it? She said she killed people, man.

GAY KID

You just said you were obnoxious.

JACK purses his lips.

JACK (Indignantly)

But still, c'mon man, step it up a notch.

TIM

Jack-

GAY KID

The flier just said you had to be misunderstood, so…

JACK

I completely understand that you're gay.

JULIA

God damn it, Jack, stop antagonizing Gay Kid!

JACK smirks. EMMY chuckles into her hand. GAY KID looks over to JULIA and chuckles and she nods at him importantly.

JACK

What, just welcoming him to the group.

BLAKE

You don't need to prove to him that you're obnoxious.

JACK sticks his tongue out at BLAKE and BLAKE licks his lips.

GAY KID sits down and TIM claps his hands again, signifying that they are moving on.

TIM

So,

The children try to suppress their laughter.

TIM (CONT'D)

How was everyone's Thursday?

The kids groan.

TIM (CONT'D)

Do I hear some Thursday Blursdays?

The children groan louder. NATALIE stands up.

NATALIE

Yeah okay, I'm having a Blursday!

TIM leans forward and gestures for her to say more.

NATALIE (CONT'D)

I got kicked off the dance team.

EMMY

Oh, why?

NATALIE

Because the captain is a bitch.

TIM scolds her.

NATALIE (CONT'D)

Okay, well, she said I don't 'work well with others.' But I think she just found out about Darren and me.

BLAKE

Darren?

NATALIE

Her boyfriend.

The kids in the support group - GAY KID excluded - sigh knowingly.

NATALIE sits back down indignantly.

CUT TO:

EXT. SHOT - PARKING LOT - AFTERNOON

GAY KID is walking to his car. JULIA and BLAKE are about to enter one nearby. BLAKE waves at GAY KID.

BLAKE

Hey, Gay Kid! You coming back next week?

GAY KID

I, uh, I don't know.

JULIA

You should! You seem like fun.

GAY KID runs his hands through his hair and sighs.

GAY KID

We'll see.

BLAKE sticks his tongue out.

BLAKE

We're gonna get burgers, wanna come?

GAY KID bites his lip.

CUT TO:

INT. SHOT - RESTAURANT - AFTERNOON

BLAKE, JULIA, and GAY KID sit around a table with burgers and drinks and fries.

JULIA swallows a bite and turns to GAY KID.

JULIA

So, Gay Kid,

GAY KID

My name is-

JULIA

Are you bullied at school, or are your parents homophobic or what?

GAY KID considers.

GAY KID

Well…I don't know. My mom acts like she's supportive but she gets really scared for me.

JULIA

My mom's scared of me.

BLAKE

Yeah, but that's because you killed a squirrel.

JULIA

Okay that squirrel was asking for it.

BLAKE

But you like, sliced it-

JULIA pushes her chair back and stands up.

JULIA

Yeah, I'm gonna pee. Don't you dare touch my fries, PETA.

She waggles a finger in BLAKE'S face. GAY KID chuckles and turns towards BLAKE.

GAY KID

She sliced a squirrel-?

BLAKE

Do I know you from somewhere?

GAY KID shakes his head.

GAY KID

I don't think so.

BLAKE

Well you seem really familiar.

CUT TO:

INT. SHOT - RECREATION CENTER - AFTERNOON

TIM sits in a chair as the teenagers slowly filter in, one by one. JULIA finds a seat next to BLAKE.

GAY KID comes in, and BLAKE smiles and waves him over.

Once everyone is seated, TIM starts things off.

TIM

Happy Thursday, guys!

The children repeat after him unenthusiastically.

TIM (CONT'D)

Who wants to start us off today?

No one replies.

TIM (CONT'D)

Emmy, how about you, how was your day?

EMMY sighs and shrugs.

EMMY

Not too great.

TIM

Did you go to school?

EMMY shakes her head.

EMMY

Nah…I slept in till two.

JACK snickers and EMMY punches his arm playfully.

EMMY (CONT'D)

I did finish my painting, though.

TIM nods.

GAY KID

What'd you paint?

EMMY looks at him disdainfully.

EMMY

My own business, Gay Kid.

JACK laughs again and GAY KID shrinks back in his seat.

JULIA sighs really loudly.

EMMY (CONT'D)

Oh, go kill a squirrel Julia.

JULIA

Rather kill you.

TIM

Okay! Allie, how was your Thursday?

JULIA sits back and chuckles quietly while EMMY ferments in her anger.

ALLIE

Um… It was fine. Nothing special.

TIM

Well, what happened?

ALLIE

I went to school. Then I went home. Now I'm here.

TIM

Who'd you sit with at lunch?

ALLIE bites her lip and looks down.

ALLIE

Uh…No one. I didn't…I just didn't eat lunch. I kinda worked on my English paper.

TIM

Why?

ALLIE rubs her hands together and avoids looking at one place for too long.

ALLIE

Well, I didn't do my homework at home. So, I, uh, did it at school. At lunch. Yeah.

TIM

Do you think you put it off on purpose, maybe so you had an excuse to be by yourself?

ALLIE (loudly)

I wanna know how Julia's doing.

JULIA chuckles before starting.

JULIA

Thanks, Al. I'm actually doing pretty good today, yeah. Got all A's on my report card, so that's neat. Also, my mom made cookies. So, no Blursday here. How about you, Blake?

BLAKE

Well I'm gonna go to your house and get some of those cookies. So I'm good too.

They giggle.

TIM

Julia, have you felt violent recently?

JULIA

No… I've just been eating. Cookies. You can't have bad feelings and cookies at the same time.

JACK (bored)

What if the cookies are making you fat?

JULIA

Well then the bad feelings come after the cookies. When you get fat.

JACK

What I'm saying is the cookies are making you fat.

TIM

Okay, Jack, that's enough.

Other members of the group groan at him but JULIA pats her stomach.

JULIA

Worth it.

EMMY

Is it?

NATALIE

Julia, you're not fat. Today, the fattest girl I've ever seen called me a slut. I couldn't take her seriously, though. I kept wanting to say, 'I'm sure you would be one too, if you could' but I didn't.

BLAKE

Fat girls can be sluts.

TIM

Natalie, do you feel like you would behave differently if you-

TIM is ignored.

JACK

Guys have to want to have sex with girls for them to be sluts.

JULIA

I know a ton of guys who would have sex with fat girls.

JACK

Gross.

NATALIE

I don't know any fat sluts.

BLAKE

There's lots of desperate guys out there I'm sure it wouldn't be that hard.

NATALIE

She was like, really fat.

TIM

Perhaps we shouldn't-

EMMY

There's probably a ton of fat guys that can't get any either.

GAY KID

So the fat sluts just can't be picky.

TIM

The use of derogatory terms-

JULIA

Well you can be fat but still have a pretty face.

ALLIE

Was she pretty, Natalie?

NATALIE cocks her head and thinks about it. After a moment she nods and shrugs.

BLAKE

But she called you a slut so she wasn't very pretty on the inside.

The group nods and chuckles before falling into a silence, only to be broken by TIM sighing.

JACK

Take that, Fat Bitch.

The group laughs.

TIM (Exasperated)

Alright.

CUT TO:

INT. SHOT - EMMY'S SCHOOL - MORNING

EMMY sits at a table in the art room. She paints with water colors on a large piece of paper. She's listening to her iPod and does not hear the other two girls come in.

They don't seem to notice her either. They walk over to another table and start chatting away, quite loudly.

EMMY looks up and sees the girls. Recognizing them, she rolls her eyes and sighs just a little too loud.

The girls look up and see her. One of them cocks her head and narrows her eyes.

KELLY

What?

EMMY just shrugs and goes back to painting.

STEPHANIE

Ugh. Ignore her.

KELLY

You know what, no! I'm getting tired of her.

EMMY smiles inwardly.

KELLY (CONT'D)

You think you're better than us and it gets annoying, Em.

She uses the nickname sarcastically.

Without looking up, EMMY replies:

EMMY

At least I'm thinking.

KELLY

You know what you little bitch-

STEPHANIE

Kelly! Just ignore her. She's not worth getting in trouble over.

EMMY scoffs.

STEPHANIE (CONT'D)

Let's go.

They grab their bags and start to leave.

EMMY

Bye-bye!

As they pass her table, KELLY knocks over her water cup and spills all over her painting.

EMMY stands up quickly.

EMMY (CONT'D)

Fuck!

She reaches out and slaps KELLY, and KELLY responds by pushing her into the table.

STEPHANIE

Guys!

Frustrated, STEPHANIE runs out of the room, but EMMY grabs KELLY'S shirt and slams her backwards.

STEPHANIE returns with a teacher to the two girls fighting.

MR. SMITH

Girls! Girls!

He grabs EMMY by the shoulder and pulls her off KELLY. KELLY backs to her friend and stares accusingly at EMMY.

MR. SMITH (CONT'D)

Alright I've had enough of you Emmy. Go to the principal's office.

EMMY

What? But she started it!

MR. SMITH

Emmy! Go!

EMMY snarls at the girl and stomps past her. KELLY tries not to giggle as MR. SMITH shoots her a look and follows EMMY.

CUT TO:

INT. SHOT - NATALIE'S SCHOOL - MORNING

NATALIE stands at the sink in her school bathroom, applying eyeliner.

A plump girl walks in behind her, and NATALIE brightens when she sees her reflection.

NATALIE

Look who it is?

She turns around and smiles at the plump girl, named AUDREY. AUDREY smiles at her halfheartedly and begins to wash her hands.

AUDREY

Hi, Nat.

NATALIE continues to smile at her as she leans against the stall.

AUDREY (CONT'D)

Look, I'm sorry I called you a slut, okay?

NATALIE

Oh, don't worry. I totally understand now.

AUDREY narrows her eyes, confused.

NATALIE (CONT'D)

Like, you probably want to be a slut, too, and you're jealous. Right?

AUDREY

What?

NATALIE

Well cause like, if you could be slutty-

AUDREY

No, I have morals. It's not that I can't be a whore, it's that I have self-respect.

NATALIE

But you're fat.

AUDREY gasps.

AUDREY

And you're a nasty skank!

She flips NATALIE off before storming away.

NATALIE crinkles her eyebrows, genuinely confused as to why that went wrong.

She packs up her makeup and frowns at herself.

CUT TO:

EXT. SHOT - NATALIE'S SCHOOL COURTYARD - DAY

NATALIE walks past AUDREY and a group of her friends. They eye her maliciously.

One who was hugging AUDREY pulls away from the group and runs toward NATALIE while the rest giggle.

AMBER taps NATALIE on the back. When she turns around, she sees AMBER holding out a tampon.

AMBER

Here, I don't have a condom or bible to give you, but I figured this could plug it up for a while.

NATALIE'S already upset face falls and she turns away violently and hurries away.

AUDREY and her friends laugh.

CUT TO:

INT. SHOT - RECREATION CENTER - AFTERNOON

The seven teenagers are filtering into the room.

TIM is already smiling and in his seat.

BLAKE and JULIA and GAY KID are cheery as usual, EMMY is brooding, ALLIE nervous, JACK bored, and NATALIE looks extremely peeved. She sits slumped over with her arms crossed.

TIM

Happy Thursday, guys!

They all repeat him with less enthusiasm.

TIM (CONT'D)

Any Blursdays? Natalie, how about-

NATALIE

No.

TIM breathes out and puts his smile back on.

TIM

Okay, how about you Gay Kid? You want to share?

GAY KID shrugs and sits up.

GAY KID

Is that just, my name…okay. Um, sure. My mom keeps trying to make me watch Glee, so…

The group titters.

JACK

Hate that show.

GAY KID

Yeah. Also, this kid at school, Josh, he keeps pushing me around and calling me Cinderella.

JACK snorts, but tries to suppress it. JULIA rolls her eyes.

TIM

Have you told an adult about this?

GAY KID

I think Blake's eighteen.

BLAKE laughs.

GAY KID (CONT'D)

But it doesn't really bother me. Just kind of felt like the sort of thing I should say here.

TIM

Does it make you feel like you're inferior for being gay?

GAY KID

I let you guys call me Gay Kid.

TIM

Well if it gets out of hand, you should tell a teacher. Bullying like that shouldn't be accepted.

GAY KID nods.

TIM (CONT'D)

Jack. We haven't heard from you in a while.

JACK

I'm only here so I don't have to be at home.

CUT TO:

INT. SHOT - ALLIE'S HOUSE - EVENING

ALLIE is sitting on her couch doing homework with her mother in the kitchen.

The phone rings. ALLIE looks to her mother, who does not leave the kitchen.

ALLIE

Mom the phone.

Her mother is busy and pops her head to see her daughter.

ALLIE'S MOTHER

Could you get it, honey?

ALLIE ignores her.

ALLIE

I don't recognize the number.

ALLIE'S MOTHER

Could you answer it?

ALLIE slowly reaches out to grab the phone, but yanks her arm back before she can. She purses her lips and shakes her head, muttering, "no, no," over and over.

Her mother races to answer the phone, but the ringing ends before she can.

She looks down at her daughter and sighs.

ALLIE'S MOTHER

You have to get over that, Allie.

CUT TO:

EXT. SHOT - GAY KID'S SCHOOL - DAY

GAY KID is walking down his school hallway. As he walks by, JOSH slams him into the lockers.

GAY KID (Calling after him)

Ow?

JOSH turns around and rolls his eyes.

JOSH

Sorry, princess, did I bend your crown?

GAY KID

Well it's a tiara…

JOSH

Poor Cinderella,

GAY KID

Does that make you my Prince Charming?

He puckers jokingly and gets punched in the face.

He grabs his face and nods like her expected it.

GAY KID

Yeah, okay, in retrospect-

JOSH

Stay away from me fag.

GAY KID gives him a thumb up as he leaves.

CUT TO:

INT. SHOT - JULIA'S SCHOOL - DAY

JULIA sits at her desk in a history classroom. She is very obviously bored as her teacher lectures at the front. She taps her pencil on her notebook and looks around the room.

Suddenly locks of long blonde hair splash across her desk. She looks up, disturbed, and sees the girl in front of her fixing her hair.

JULIA frowns and she pulls her notebook closer to her.

But the girl is now stretching and leaning over JULIA'S desk. JULIA sighs audibly and clears her throat but the girl does not move. When she returns to her seat, JULIA cracks her fingers.

The girl swishes her hair onto JULIA'S desk once more and JULIA grabs in and slams the girl's head down onto her desk. Then, she reaches around and snaps the girl's neckFADE IN

INT. SHOT - RECREATION CENTER - AFTERNOON

Seven teenagers and one adult man sit in a circle on plastic folding chairs in a dull fluorescent lit room. The adult man, TIM, smiles brightly at the teenagers, who do not reciprocate.

To his left sits EMMY, a brooding young lady with dark hair and an even darker expression. She casts a look to JACK, a ginger boy sitting to the left of her, and rolls her eyes. JACK snickers.

Next to him sits BLAKE, a tall handsome boy with a smirk. He slouches in his seat and smiles at the kids across from him.

On TIM'S right is ALLIE, easily the youngest one there. She is shy and sits with her arms crossed tightly and her eyes on the floor.

Then is NATALIE, probably the opposite of ALLIE. Her legs are wide open and her low-cut top sagging.

GAY KID sits next to her. He looks very uncomfortable. He glances at all the kids around him and smiles politely.

JULIA is opposite TIM. She catches BLAKE'S eye and nods toward GAY KID. BLAKE raises his eyebrows excitedly.

TIM claps his hands together.

TIM

Happy Thursday, guys!

The children groan.

TIM (CONT'D)

Yeah, yeah, your lives suck. But before we get started on complaining, I'd like you all to meet the new kid!

TIM smiles while every head swivels to see GAY KID. GAY KID awkwardly waves.

TIM (CONT'D)

Let's all go around the circle and introduce ourselves. Who wants to start?

NATALIE sits up straight.

NATALIE

I'll go.

She turns and smiles at GAY KID, then stands and dusts herself off.

NATALIE (CONT'D)

Alright, I'm Natalie. I'm a whore. I guess I'm not really misunderstood, 'cause that's what people call me. (Crowd giggles) I get bullied by the jealous girls at me school.

She sits down and everyone looks to ALLIE. ALLIE bites her lips and stands up, crossing her arms tightly.

ALLIE

I, um, I'm Allie. My mom says I have social anxiety.

She quickly sits back down. TIM gestures for EMMY to go, skipping him. EMMY stands with a sigh.

EMMY

I'm Emmy. I'm depressed.

She shrugs and sits back down. JACK snickers and then stands.

JACK

I'm obnoxious.

A chorus of "yes," comes from the other kids. JACK accepts it gratefully.

JACK

And my name is Jack, yeah.

BLAKE makes a big show of standing up and clearing his throat.

BLAKE

My name is Blake. Sometimes I get panic attacks in public and it embarrasses my mom so here I am!

The kids laugh again.

BLAKE bows and sits back down. JULIA doesn't stand.

JULIA

I'm Julia. Sometimes I want to kill people.

GAY KID raises his eyebrows. He takes a deep breath and stands. He grins at the people staring at him.

GAY KID

Alright, so, I'm gay-

JACK interrupts:

JACK

You're gay? That's it? She said she killed people, man.

GAY KID

You just said you were obnoxious.

JACK purses his lips.

JACK (Indignantly)

But still, c'mon man, step it up a notch.

TIM

Jack-

GAY KID

The flier just said you had to be misunderstood, so…

JACK

I completely understand that you're gay.

JULIA

God damn it, Jack, stop antagonizing Gay Kid!

JACK smirks. EMMY chuckles into her hand. GAY KID looks over to JULIA and chuckles and she nods at him importantly.

JACK

What, just welcoming him to the group.

BLAKE

You don't need to prove to him that you're obnoxious.

JACK sticks his tongue out at BLAKE and BLAKE licks his lips.

GAY KID sits down and TIM claps his hands again, signifying that they are moving on.

TIM

So,

The children try to suppress their laughter.

TIM (CONT'D)

How was everyone's Thursday?

The kids groan.

TIM (CONT'D)

Do I hear some Thursday Blursdays?

The children groan louder. NATALIE stands up.

NATALIE

Yeah okay, I'm having a Blursday!

TIM leans forward and gestures for her to say more.

NATALIE (CONT'D)

I got kicked off the dance team.

EMMY

Oh, why?

NATALIE

Because the captain is a bitch.

TIM scolds her.

NATALIE (CONT'D)

Okay, well, she said I don't 'work well with others.' But I think she just found out about Darren and me.

BLAKE

Darren?

NATALIE

Her boyfriend.

The kids in the support group - GAY KID





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