INT: HIGH SCHOOL MATH CLASSROOM
Mr. Erickson is a calculus teacher at Pia High School. He is
in his 50’s, and dresses in a professional, yet
conservative, shirt and tie. He is solving a math equation
on the board for the class. He is reading the answer as he
MR. ERICKSON: And when you combine like terms you
get your answer....y=7xsquared-2
Jake and Alex are sitting next to each other in their seats.
Jake is dressed in comfortable sweatpants and a t-shirt.
Alex is dressed in jeans and a casual button up shirt. Jake,
seated to the left, is copying the answers from the board
onto his notebook, while Alex is seated to the right, is
texting on his phone.
School Bell Rings
MR. ERICKSON: Remember class, our final exam is
on Monday and for many of you it’s
your final chance to improve your
grade, unfortunately for some of
you it is too late.
Students begin filing out of the classroom as he is talking.
Jake and Alex walk side by side in the hallways of the large
JAKE: Man, I have to get an A on this
ALEX: Yeah, don’t you have that
scholarship or something.
JAKE: Yeah, I figured out that if I get
an A in this class, I’ll get that
3.5 GPA, which is what I need to
keep that scholarship.
ALEX: Don’t worry about it, you’ll do
fine. We can study all day Sunday,
I got nothing going.
JAKE: Yeah man that cool. Call me
INT: JAKE’S ROOM. THE ROOM IS VERY PLAIN AND DIMLY LIT.
Jake is sitting at his desk studying from his book. He sighs
in frustration as his phone rings. He answers the phone to
find it is Alex.
JAKE: Hey Alex
ALEX: Dude, guess who I bumped into
ALEX: Nick, our old neighbor from
JAKE: Really? That’s awesome!
ALEX: Yeah and he invited both of us over
to his house tomorrow night.
JAKE: That’s great, but what about our
ALEX: Dude, stop worrying so much, it’s
not gonna be that bad. Like that
stuff we did today, it’s so easy.
We’re still gonna study to on
JAKE: Yeah I don’t know if I’m going
ALEX: Hell yeah you’re going. Anyways I’ll
call you tomorrow.
Alex hangs up the phone. Jake then resumes studying.
The next morning, Jake’s mother walks into Jake’s room to
find Jake sleeping with his head resting on his book at his
desk. His drool is spilling all over the pages.
Mom gently wakes up Jake.
MOM: So is your bed not that comfortable
Jake is slowly waking up
JAKE: What time is it?
MOM: It’s 11:00, cmon get ready, you
have to help me shop for groceries
JAKE: Alright, give me 10 minutes.
INT: MOM’S CAR
Mom is driving with Jake in the passengers seat, and bags of
groceries can be found in the back seat.
MOM: I know I’ve told you like a million
times, but me and your father are
so proud of you getting that
scholarship. You know if you didn’t
earn that, you would have to
work with your father until you
can afford school.
Jake looks out the window.
JAKE: Yeah, Thanks
MOM: Don’t be so quiet, you should be
excited, school is going to be a
big step for you.
INT: JAKE’S ROOM
Jake is studying in his books again, as his phone rings
again. He answers the phone to find it is Alex again.
ALEX: Ay, whatchya doing?
ALEX: Yeah, I’m outside, can you let me
JAKE: Really? Is it that hard to knock?
Jake goes to his front door to let Alex in. Alex walks in
and approaches Jake in a hurried manner.
Cmon, get ready, we gotta go.
JAKE: Can’t we just go next weekend?
ALEX: He says that tonight would be
perfect because he’ll be out of
town for the next few weeks.
JAKE: What are we gonna be doing there
ALEX: Probably just sit around and watch
a movie or something, nothing crazy
JAKE: Alright, but we can’t stay too
EXT: NICK’S LARGE SUBURBAN HOME
Jake and Alex walk up to the front door. Jake rings the
doorbell and Nick opens the door almost instantly. Nick is
about the same age as Jake and Nick and is dressed in a
T-shirt and gym shorts. Nick walks up to Jake with a big
welcoming smile on his face to shake his hand.
NICK: How’s it been man? It’s been
JAKE: I’ve been good, nice place you’ve
Ha! It’s alright, come in guys I
was watching the basketball game.
INT: NICK’S LARGE LIVING ROOM.
The three are sitting on a sofa watching a basketball game
on a large flatscreen TV. A bowl of popcorn and other snacks
are on the table. They are all cheering and enjoying the
game, but Jake continually checks his watch.
NICK: What’s up man? You in a rush?
JAKE: Naw it’s nothing. I was just gonna
study tonight for this big math
NICK: You still go to Pia High School
with Alex right?
JAKE: Yeah, why?
NICK: Come upstairs, my cousin went
JAKE: Umm, ok
INT: ROB’S ROOM
Rob, Nick’s cousin, in his early 20’s, is laid back on bed,
playing on his xbox 360. Nick and Jake walk into the room.
NICK: Hey Rob, this is my friend Jake, he
goes to Pia, and he’s got this big
Calc test on Monday.
ROB: Mr. Erickson?
ROB: I got just the thing for you.
Rob goes to his messy closet and finds a folder hidden
underneath some clothes. Rob searches through the folder.
Final Exam....here it is
Rob pulls out his final exam that reads 100% on the top. He
offers it Jake.
ROB: He NEVER changes his tests.
Jake takes Nick aside.
JAKE: Um, can I talk to you a sec?
JAKE: So like who is this dude?
NICK: He’s my cousin, he was really smart
in high school, but he kinda got
caught in the wrong crowd and
dropped out. He just lives with us
until he can find a job.
JAKE: He’s offering me his old test.
NICK: Deng, really? I would just take it
if I were you, and just use it if
you think you need it.
ROB: So you want it or not?
Alex rushes into the room.
ALEX: Dude, my parents are gonna kill me, I took my mom’s car out for too long. We gotta go.
Jake takes the test from Rob and leaves with Alex.
INT: JAKE’S ROOM
Jake is studying in his books again. He is sighing in
frustration and continually shaking his head. He looks at
his watch then grabs his phone to call Alex.
Yeah, when are you coming?
ALEX: Yeah, about that, I’m kinda
grounded for staying out late last
night. I’m so sorry man.
ALEX: Yea man, my bad.
Jake hangs up the phone and goes back to writing in his
notebook. The family can be heard cheering in the family
room. Mom knocks on Jake’s door.
MOM: Jake, come watch the game with the
JAKE: Ok, just a minute.
Mom leaves the room to join the family.
Jake sits at his desk and looks at his books, then turns to
Rob’s exam right next to them. He nods his head, closes the
book, and leaves the room to join his family.
Alex and Jake are sitting at their desks as students are
getting in their seats.
ALEX: Sorry about yesterday again man.
JAKE: It’s alright.
Mr. Erickson is walking up and down the rows handing out
exams individually to each student.
MR. ERICKSON: Keep your eyes on your own paper.
If I catch you cheating, I won’t
embarrass you in front of the class,
you will just get a zero. The
grades will be posted online
tonight at 8:00. Good Luck.
Jake pretends to be using his calculator while keeping an
eye on Mr. Erickson. As he walks away, Jake pulls out a
small sheet of paper, with all of the answers written on
them in order. He starts to carefully copy the answers while
watching for Mr. Erickson who is roaming the classroom. A
female student walks up to Mr. Erickson at the front of the
class to ask a question on the exam. As Mr. Erickson is
occupied, Jake accidentally drops his sheet on the ground.
Jake instantly checks to see if Mr. Erickson saw, but he
sees that he is still working with the student. Two students
notice his sheet on the ground for a second, but go back to
their tests. He picks it up quickly to be sure Mr. Erickson
didn’t see, and resumes the exam.
Jake walks up to hand in his exam when he is finished. He
hands the exam to his teacher and they share a blank stare.
MR. ERICKSON: Thanks Jake.
INT: JAKE’S ROOM
Jake’s room is dark with only his laptop being the source of
light. The clock on the computer goes from 7:59 to 8:00.
Jake navigates through the school’s website to arrive to the
Calculus class page. He takes a sigh, then clicks on the
His eyes widen as he sees his final grade.