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Rachel Getting Married Movie Script

Writer(s) : Jenny Lumet

Genres : Drama, Romance

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                               RACHEL GETTING MARRIED


           
                                    Written by
          
                                   Jenny Lumet

          
          

          1   EXT. HALFWAY HOUSE PORCH. DAY                               1

          
              KYM, a darkly beautiful girl in her early 20's, is smoking
              furiously on the porch of an URBAN HALFWAY HOUSE. She glances
              impatiently at her watch and presses her ear to her cell
              phone. As she exhales, WE HEAR the rumble of thunder.

          
              Irritated, she crams her cell phone into her bag.
              ROSA a halfway house staff nurse is patiently handling
              WALTER, an irate patient who is screeching...

                                  WALTER
                        I want my fucking Zippo now!
              Walter starts yanking at his hair.

          

                                  ROSA
                        Walter, that is a behavior...

                                  WALTER
                            (raking his nails against
                             his forearm)
                        Fuck you!

                                  ROSA
                        And you are making a choice.
              Her cell phone rings...

          

                                  ROSA
                            (to Walter)
                        Hold on...Hello?

                                  WALTER
                        God!

                                  KYM
                        Don't you get it yet, Waldo? She's
                        making a choice not to give you
                        your lighter because you'll torch
                        the Self-Help library again.

          

                                  WALTER
                        I'm Walter. Kill anybody recently?
                        Run anybody over with a fucking
                        car?

          
              Kym grinds her cigarette under her heel and blows smoke but
              gives no signal that she's heard anything. She yanks her cell
              phone out of her bag as...

          
              A tan Mercedes STATION WAGON pulls up in front of the House.

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                  2.

          1   CONTINUED:                                                1

          

                                      ROSA
                               (to Kym)
                           That them?

                                     KYM
                           Yes. Finally.

          
              Rosa takes two of Kym's several bags. They are oddly matched.
              A Coach tote, a fake Prada, a Gristedes bag, and a World
              Wildlife Fund tote bag.

          

                                     WALTER
                           You're not letting her get behind
                           the wheel are you? Are you?

                                     ROSA
                           Walter, you are only responsible
                           for yourself. (To Kym) This is all
                           your stuff?

                                     KYM
                           You know you never gave me your
                           cell number.

                                     ROSA
                               (sotto)
                           It was a mistake. I'm lucky I
                           didn't get fired. We've discussed
                           this. (She offers her hand) Good
                           luck.

          
              Kym doesn't appear to have heard her but she shakes the hand
              barely... so very, very faintly.
              Kym's dad, PAUL BUCHMAN, a tired, prosperous man in his late
              50's steps around the car and trots up the porch steps. He is
              wearing a big smile and his glasses are foggy. They hug. Kym
              talks rapidly over his shoulder...

          

                                     KYM
                           Oh my god. Here you are. I thought
                           you were going to abandon me in
                           rehab. It's 12:30. You guys are
                           half an hour late. I've been
                           standing here with these lunatics.
                           You look so great.
              Paul offers his hand to Rosa.

          

                                     PAUL
                           Hello. I'm Paul Buchman.

          

          

          

                                                                (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   3.

          1   CONTINUED:                                                 1

          

                                     ROSA
                           I'm Rosa. We met last time you came
                           up.

                                     PAUL
                               (doesn't remember)
                           Of course, of course.

          

                                      KYM
                           Let's go, let's go. Where is
                           everybody?
              CAROL, a handsome woman in her 40's, waves from the car.

          

                                     KYM
                               (loudly)
                           Hey Carol. How are ya?

                                        CAROL
                           Hello Kym.

                                     KYM
                           So where's Rachel? Carol, where's
                           Rachel?
              Kym slides into the back seat as Paul loads the car.

                                     CAROL
                           Getting everything ready at the
                           house.

                                     PAUL
                           There is so much going on at the
                           house I can't tell you. You know
                           your sister's doing all of it
                           herself.

                                     KYM
                               (eyeing the rearview
                                mirror as she arranges
                                her bangs)
                           My sister is bending the
                           environment to her will? Really?

          

                                     PAUL
                           No wedding planners or anything
                           like that. Just her and Sidney and
                           a lot of their friends. She is so
                           thrilled you're here. Is that
                           everything, sweetheart?

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    4.

          1   CONTINUED:                                                  1

          

                                     KYM
                               (distractedly, rifling
                                through her bag)
                           Yah. Can we go?

          

                                     CAROL
                           Is there anyone you want to say
                           goodbye to?

                                     KYM
                           God no.

          

          2   EXT./INT. TRANSITIONAL SHOTS. DAY                             2
              The station wagon travels through a constantly changing
              series of environments as they journey out of New York City
              on their drive to suburban Connecticut.

          
              Right away though, Kym lights up a cigarette and Paul and
              Carol crank their windows.

          

                                     KYM
                           So are all these busy young wedding
                           helpers staying at the house?
                           Because after eight months of
                           constantly revolving cell mates and
                           crazy people...

          

                                     PAUL
                           You weren't in a cell, Kym...

                                     KYM
                           ...AND groups groups GROUPS...

                                     PAUL
                           ...And nobody was crazy, nobody was
                           in a rubber room...

          

                                     KYM
                           ...I was looking forward to a
                           little privacy for once.

                                     CAROL
                           The only extra person staying at
                           the house is Emma, who's actually
                           been staying in your old room. But
                           she can move, I guess.

          

                                     KYM
                           Rachel and Emma. Oh, great. How
                           relaxing.

                                     (MORE)

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   5.

          2   CONTINUED:                                                2
                                      KYM (cont'd)
                           The only two people on the planet
                           less capable of delegating than
                           Hannibal! On the eve of a wedding!
                           Nachtmare.

          

                                        CAROL
                           Nachtmare?

          

                                     PAUL
                           It's a nightmare so bad it's in
                           German.

                                     KYM
                           Rachel must be totally freaking
                           out. Is she too tense?...

          

                                     PAUL
                           She's a wigwam!

          

                                     KYM
                               (right on top of him,
                                rifling through her bag
                                again)
                           ...Is she eating? Or are all her
                           latent food issues rearing their
                           heads? Is she hoarding Snickers and
                           Cool Whip under the bed like in
                           high school? She never did put that
                           one to sleep.

          

                                     PAUL
                               (genuine)
                           I don't think that that's a problem
                           for her.

                                     KYM
                           No offense, Dad, but you never
                           thought that was a problem for her.
                           I'm kidding. It'll be great to see
                           her. Foodies are the worst, though.
                           They never get it together. There
                           were six of them on my floor in the
                           hospital and you could never get
                           into the bathroom. They would cry
                           at the chocolate pudding and one of

                                                                                
                           them was a guy. I can't wait to see
                           Mom.                                                 

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                  6.

          2   CONTINUED:                                               2

          

                                                                               

                                     PAUL
                           You'll see her and Andrew at the                    
                           rehearsal dinner tonight.                           

                                                                               

          

                                     KYM
                           Can we stop at the 7/11 please? I                   
                           feel nauseous. I need something to
                           drink.

          

                                     CAROL
                           I brought you a Diet Coke.

          
              She offers the can.

          

          

          

          

                                                                (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                  7.

          2   CONTINUED:                                                  2

          

                                     KYM
                           I prefer Pepsi from the fountain.

          

          

          

          

          3   EXT. MINI-MART PARKING LOT. DAY.                            3

          
              Carol looks at Paul. He is fiddling with the dashboard.

          

          

          

          

          4   INT. MINI-MART. DAY.                                        4
              Kym fills her Big Gulp at the fountain and pays at the
              counter. The COUNTER GIRL gives her change.

                                     COUNTER GIRL
                           I saw you on COPS.
              Kym appears not to have heard. She pockets her change and
              leaves.

          

          

          

          5   INT. STATION WAGON. DAY.                                    5

          
              As Paul drives through a bucolic, well-to-do neighborhood
              featuring a beautiful old church.

          

          6   EXT. THE BUCHMAN HOUSE. DAY.                                6
              The station wagon pulls into a CIRCULAR DRIVEWAY lined with
              trees and bushes of beautiful blue hydrangea. There are
              several late model cars parked in the driveway of the
              SPRAWLING, SHINGLED HOUSE. Young people crawling everywhere
              in the midst of WEDDING PREPARATION, wrapping garlands and
              hanging paper lanterns. A LITTLE GIRL tosses rose petals in
              the swimming pool. The atmosphere is slightly punch drunk and
              friendly.

          
              Paul unloads Kym's bags.

          

                                     KYM
                           I'll do it, Dad.

          
              She doesn't.

          

                                                                                    8.

          

          

          7   INT. BUCHMAN LIVING ROOM. DAY.                                7

          
              Kym charges into the house where NORMAN SKLEAR and more
              friends of Rachel are decorating. They stare at her as she
              runs up the stairs to the second floor. CAMERA RUNS ALL THE

              WAY UP WITH HER.

          
              We hear...

          

                                     RACHEL'S VOICE OFF
                           Can we raise this hem half an inch?

          

                                     EMMA'S VOICE OFF
                           Yeah, yeah. Here, let me just...

          

          8   INT. UPSTAIRS. DAY. CONTINUOUS --                             8

          
              Kym slams open the master bedroom door and finds her older
              sister, RACHEL, trying on her wedding dress with the help of
              her best friend EMMA. Radiant and sexy, Rachel glows like an
              angel in her creamy white and gold sari. Emma has pins in her
              mouth and a tape measure around her neck.

                                     KYM
                           Oh my god, you are just mi-nute!

                                       RACHEL
                           Kymmie!

                                     EMMA
                               (to Kym)
                           You can't smoke in here--
              Rachel and Kym squeal and embrace. Rachel is slightly awkward
              as Emma frantically tries to keep the billowing fabric from
              combustion.

          

                                       KYM
                           Ow!

                                     RACHEL
                           I have pins all over me. You look
                           great!

          

                                     KYM
                           I'm fat. Rehab makes you fat. All
                           the vending machines. Look at you,
                           missy! I'd swear to god you were
                           puking again!

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   9.

          8   CONTINUED:                                                8

          

                                        RACHEL
                           Hah!

          

                                        EMMA
                           Kym!

          

                                     KYM
                           Emma!
                               (To Rachel)
                           No seriously, you're so tiny it's
                           like you're Asian. Dad wants us to
                           sleep in the same room so you'll be
                           able to watch me while he's asleep
                           and I won't sneak out of the house
                           and blow dealers and shoot heroin.

          

                                     RACHEL
                           Dad did not say "blow dealers."

          

                                     KYM
                           I told him I'd just sleep in
                           Ethan's room.

          
              Beat.

                                     RACHEL
                           You can always shoot up in the tree
                           house.

          
              Kym laughs. A little too loud.

                                     EMMA
                           Kym, I'm not remotely surprised
                           you're starting your drama already,
                           however it's Rachel's wedding and
                           this week it's about her.

                                     KYM
                           Emma, you still have your tiny core
                           of rage! What a relief.

          
              Kym flops on the bed and gazes adoringly at her sister for a
              moment. Rachel beams back.

          

                                      KYM
                           So are you an actual shrink yet?
                           Even though you're like twelve
                           years old?

          

                                     EMMA
                           Psychology. Not psychiatry. You
                           know the difference, right?

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   10.

          8   CONTINUED:                                                8

          

                                     KYM
                           You should prescribe something
                           soothing for Emma. Like Vicodin.

                                     RACHEL
                           I will have my PhD. in a year and a
                           half. And psychologists don't get
                           prescription pads, right Kym?

                                     KYM
                           They do in Guam.

                                     RACHEL
                           Would you please put that out? Emma
                           designed this dress and there's
                           forty-seven yards of it and I'll go
                           up like the Hindenburg.
              Kym takes a last drag even though she's down to the filter,
              then flushes the butt down the toilet in the tiny bathroom.

                                     KYM
                               (over the flushing toilet)
                           Since when are you a designer,
                           Emma?

          

                                      EMMA
                           A while.

          

                                     RACHEL
                           She has this great little boutique
                           in Greenwich. She says things like
                           "you need a fabulous jersey pant."

                                     KYM
                           That's so great. I think I heard
                           that. Isn't this your fifth
                           incarnation or something? Weren't
                           you an actress? All the N.E.D.'s in
                           the hospital were actresses...

          

                                      EMMA
                           N.E.D.s?

          

                                     RACHEL
                           Non-specified Eating Disorder.

          

                                     KYM
                           ...they were constantly doing leg
                           lifts under the sheets.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   11.

          8   CONTINUED:                                                8

          

                                     RACHEL
                           Angela Paylin is coming to the
                           wedding.

                                     KYM
                               (right on top of her)
                           I ate so much cookie dough and did
                           so many whip-its with Angela
                           Paylin.

          

                                     RACHEL
                           I know. And she confessed to you
                           her secret Elvis Stoyko fantasy. I
                           spied on you.

                                     KYM
                           Oh my god...

                                     EMMA
                           Elvis Stoyko the figure skater?

                                     RACHEL
                           In her fantasy, she was wearing her
                           hair up and very serious,
                           responsible eyeglasses, because she
                           was a world renowned judge at the
                           Winter Olympics for Men's Figure
                           Skating. And Elvis Stoyko was
                           skating in the finals to "Could It
                           Be Magic" for the gold medal. And
                           just when Barry Manilow is singing
                           "Now/ Now/ Now and hold on fast..."
                           there's this electric connection
                           between them and he stops in the
                           middle of his triple lutz...axel...

          

                                     KYM
                           And he skates over to the judges
                           table, all panting and sweaty, with
                           his spangly Neil Diamond shirt open
                           to the chest...

                                     RACHEL
                           There is silence as he stops in
                           front of her, their eyes lock, and
                           he reaches for her hand... and
                           Angela takes it!

                                     KYM
                           To the roar of the crowd and the
                           shock of the Olympic judges!

                                     (MORE)

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   12.

          8   CONTINUED:                                                8
                                     KYM (cont'd)
                           And he pulls her out of her chair,
                           undoes her hair, and they skate as
                           a pair to the rest of the song!

                                     RACHEL
                           And he gets disqualified but he
                           doesn't care!

          

                                     EMMA
                           Where'd she get the skates from?

          
              They collapse in laughter. Kym studies her ass in the mirror.

          

                                     KYM
                           I should call her right this
                           second. Is she really coming? Who
                           are all these energetic young
                           people decorating the house?

          

                                     EMMA
                           She's got everyone she knows
                           pulling elf duty.

          

                                     KYM
                               (squinting at her ass)
                           What about me? What am I doing?
              Rachel and Emma exchange a look.

          

                                     KYM
                           Hello?

                                     RACHEL
                           Well, I think you'll be assisting
                           on floral detail. I want everything
                           all drippy and luxurious and Mom's
                           a little bit tasteful--

          

                                     KYM
                           --Mom's in charge of flowers?

                                     RACHEL
                           --and I don't want to upset her.

          

                                     EMMA
                               (to Kym)
                           And you're such a diplomat.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                 13.

          8   CONTINUED:                                                 8

          

                                     KYM
                           I am. I'm like Kofi Annan. In rehab
                           they said I was the maternal hub of
                           my peer group. I was always the
                           referee for softball.

          
              Rachel snorts.

          

                                     KYM
                           I was. I was the only one who could
                           convince the methamphetamine freaks
                           that no one was chasing them when
                           they ran around the bases.

          

                                     EMMA
                           It's softball. Someone was chasing
                           them.

                                     KYM
                           Whatever. They have trust issues in
                           the first place. I'm going
                           downstairs to find Olive and get
                           some unconditional love.
              Kym swans out of the room.

          

                                     KYM
                           Anyway, I'm doing some lighting. I
                           already got the candles and
                           everything.
              Rachel and Emma share a look.

          

                                     KYM (CONT'D)
                           Forget Mom and me and the fucking
                           flowers.

          

          9   INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY. DAY.                                9

          
              Kym crosses the hall to ETHAN'S ROOM and opens the door.

                                     KYM
                           Speaking of dawgs, when am I going
                           to meet this fiancee of yours
                           anyway?

          

                                     RACHEL VOICE OFF
                           He went to get stuff with Kieran.
                           They'll be back.

          

                                                                                     14.

          

          

          10   INT. ETHAN'S ROOM. DAY.                                      10

          
               A little boy's bedroom. Pale blue. A single bed, a window,
               some games. Some stuff in boxes. Not a mausoleum.

          
               Kym enters Ethan's room. She stands there looking around.

          
               She takes a moment...

          

          11   INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY. DAY.                                  11
               Kym wandering the upstairs hallway...the winding corridors
               are a little spooky, despite the openness and light, it feels
               haunted up here...looking into her old bedroom, seeing Emma's
               stuff inside.

          

          

          12   INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY. DAY.   --LOOKING DOWN--               12
               Paul comes to the bottom of the stairs, yelling up.

          

                                   PAUL
                         I'm making hot dogs and
                         hungabungas! Who wants what?!

          
               Rachel and Emma shout back down.

                                   RACHEL
                         It's too hot!

                                   EMMA
                         I don't eat gluten, Paul!

                                   PAUL
                         What don't you eat?!

                                   EMMA
                         Gluten!

          

                                   PAUL
                         Where's Kym?
               Kym appears, down the back stairway, behind Paul, not
               shouting...

          

                                   KYM
                         Here.

          

                                   RACHEL
                         Besides I'm in my dress!

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    15.

          12   CONTINUED:                                                  12

          

                                      PAUL
                            Ooo! Can I see?!

          
               Paul starts up the stairs.

          

                                         RACHEL/EMMA
                            No!

          

                                      PAUL
                            Okay, okay!

          
               Paul has stopped half way up the stairs. He turns to Kym,
               beams at her.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Kymmie, what can I make you?

          

                                       KYM
                            Actually there's a meeting I have
                            to make. And I have to pee in a
                            cup. And register as a general
                            biohazard.

          

                                      PAUL
                            I'll drive you.

          

                                      KYM
                                (heading downstairs)
                            Just tell me which car I should
                            take.
               Paul doesn't say anything. Carol floats to Paul's side.

          

                                         KYM
                            Which car?

          

                                      PAUL
                            Would you do me a favor, Kymmie...?

          

                                      KYM
                            I have a license...

                                      PAUL
                            You wouldn't believe my insurance.
                            And I'm not... that comfortable.
                            Could we figure something else out?

          

          13   EXT. VILLAGE COMMUNITY CENTER (CHURCH). DAY.                13

          
               Kym pedaling up on a bouncy, high tech racing bike that is
               far too big for her. She bangs herself in the crotch as she
               dismounts.

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                          15A.

          13   CONTINUED:                                        13

          

                                         KYM
                            Ow!

          

                                                                                   16.

          

          

          14   INT. COMMUNITY CENTER RECEPTION AREA. DAY.                14

          

                                   KYM
                         Hello? Hello?

          
               Kym stops a baby-faced NURSE.

          

                                   KYM
                         Hi. I'm here to pee in a cup.

          

                                   NURSE
                             (over her shoulder)
                         She needs to pee in a cup.
                             (back to Kym)
                         Someone will be right with you.

          

                                   KYM
                         Okay. I'm trying to get to a
                         meeting.

                                   NURSE
                         The meetings are over in the other
                         building.

                                   KYM
                         I know that.

                                   NURSE
                         Someone will be right with you.
                         Have a seat.
               Several people are waiting in chairs. They look at Kym.

          

          15   INT. COMMUNITY CENTER BATHROOM. DAY.                      15

          
               A DIFFERENT NURSE is waiting by the sinks examining her teeth
               in the mirror. Kym bangs open the door of her stall with her
               foot. The door swings back and Kym spills her sample all over
               herself.

          

                                   KYM
                         Piss!

          

          16   EXT. COMMUNITY CENTER. DAY.                               16

          
               As she runs up the OUTSIDE STAIRCASE Kym wipes at her shirt
               with a wet paper towel. She yanks open the door and a bird
               poops on her.

                                   KYM
                         Shit!

          

                                                                                    17.

          

          

          17   INT. COMMUNITY CENTER MEETING ROOM. DAY.                    17

          
               Narcotics Anonymous Meeting. Chairs, light. An ATTRACTIVE GUY
               is sharing. Kym slams in, frazzled and late. A few people
               look at her as she grabs a folding chair from a stack leaning
               against the wall and the other chairs slide to the floor with
               a huge clatter.

          

                                   KYM

                         COCKSUCKER!

          

                                   ATTRACTIVE GUY
                         Only once. My dealer. I was really
                         broke.
               The room breaks up. Kym struggles to rearrange the fallen
               chairs. She is pissed.

                                   ATTRACTIVE GUY
                         Let's see...that was Tuesday...

          

          

          

          18   INT. COMMUNITY CENTER MEETING ROOM. LATER.                  18

          
               PASTOR MEL, a guest speaker, shares details of his struggles
               inside the "12 Step" Process. Kym, like everyone present, is
               riveted.

          

          

          

          

          19   OMITTED                                                     19

          

          20   OMITTED                                                     20

          

                                                                                   18.

          

          

          21   EXT. BUCHMAN HOUSE. DAY.                                  21

          
               Sweaty and fed up with Carol's bike, Kym cycles into the
               Buchman driveway. Paul has been watching for her out the
               kitchen window while doing dishes. He waves and yells to his
               wife.

          

                                   PAUL
                         Carol, she's here!

          

                                   KYM
                         Where did you think I was?

          

                                   PAUL
                         I made you a sandwich, sweetheart!
                         Meatloaf!

          
               Kym's shoulders slump.

          
               Watching from an upstairs window, Rachel observes Kym wheel
               the bike up the driveway and Paul hurrying from the kitchen
               to meet her, carrying a meat loaf sandwich and a glass of
               milk. There is an awkward exchange of items. Paul hugs and
               mushes Kym and kisses her on the forehead.
               Rachel opens the window, calls down.

                                     RACHEL
                         Kymberly!

          

          22   EXT. BUCHMAN BACKYARD. DAY.                               22

          
               Fiancee SIDNEY, sexy, compact, thirties, and best man KIERAN,
               are stringing lights all over the house and yard. Kieran is
               on a ladder. He is the same ATTRACTIVE GUY from the meeting.
               Sidney is completely wrapped, chest to knees, in twinkly
               white lights and he unspools himself as needed. Rachel
               arrives with Kym who is holding the aircraft carrier sized
               meatloaf sandwich that's oozing lettuce and ketchup and the
               enormous glass of milk. She holds them both like they're
               suspended in formaldehyde. Emma is working on her tan.

          

                                   RACHEL
                         No. You guys are not getting my
                         design concept.

                                   (MORE)

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    19.

          22   CONTINUED:                                               22
                                      RACHEL (cont'd)
                            I want every single light to
                            represent a different one night
                            stand during the misspent youth of
                            Kris Kringle before he stopped
                            whoring around and became Santa
                            Claus.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Oh. I thought you said Satan Claus.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            I thought she said Panty Hose. Or
                            Panda Claws.

          

                                      EMMA
                            Pandas are endangered.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I know. We're having an endangered
                            Panda fleeing for its life for the
                            ice sculpture. Or impaling itself
                            on some bamboo. Kym! This is Sidney
                            Williams, my betrothed. Sidney,
                            meet my sister, Kym.

                                      KYM
                            Oh my god. You're black.
                                (To Rachel)
                            Sorry I called him a dawg.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            That's fine.

          

                                         SIDNEY
                            No biggie.

          

                                      KYM
                            You don't look like a record
                            producer. You're supposed to have a
                            hapless lackey next to you with an
                            umbrella.

                                      SIDNEY
                            Usually I do, but Mom's out
                            simonizing my car. Funny, you don't
                            look like Lucifer's Cupbearer.

          

                                      KYM
                                (fingering a lock of hair)
                            I got a haircut.
               Kym gives Emma a look. Emma smiles sweetly.

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    20.

          22   CONTINUED:                                               22

          
               Rachel gestures up the ladder.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            And this is Best Man Kieran.

          
               Kym looks up the ladder at Kieran.

          

                                        KYM
                            Hey.

          

                                        KIERAN
                            Hi there.

          

          23   INT. BASEMENT. DAY.                                       23

          
               Kym and Kieran, having SEX in the cavernous basement. It
               runs practically the length of the house and there are nooks
               and caves everywhere. An ancient sofa, riddled with
               cigarette burns, some futons, dragged down and thrown
               haphazardly in corners, Unicorn posters hideously and
               pornographically defaced, and squat jars of ancient household
               products (Oil of Olay, self tanner) filled with cigarette
               butts offer proof of years of inhabitation.
               LATER -- Kym lights up.

                                      KIERAN
                            Well, that was so wrong --

          

                                      KYM
                            Gee, thanks!

          

                                      KIERAN
                            No, believe me, that was so lovely,
                            LOVELY! But in the program -- as
                            you know -- and we just heard
                            earlier today in fact --

          

                                      KYM
                            It is kind of lurid, isn't it? The
                            best man and the maid of honor...
                            furtively slipping off to the coal
                            bin to have it off while the rest
                            of the wedding party labors away at
                            preparations for the big event.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                          21.

          23   CONTINUED:                                        23

          

                                      KIERAN
                            I thought...isn't Emma going to be
                            playing that role?

                                        KYM
                            What?

          

                                      KIERAN
                            "Maid of Honor"?

          

                                        KYM
                            Oh.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            I think I heard that was the plan.

          

                                                                                   22.

          

          

          24   INT. HIGH-END INDIAN CLOTHING BOUTIQUE. DAY.              24

          
               A LAVISH BOLLYWOOD SOUNDTRACK PLAYS as Emma wraps Kym in
               lilac fabric for her sari-esque bridesmaid's dress. Kym
               examines herself in the mirrors of the private salon. The
               girls look like jewels against the lush fabrics, pillows and
               curtains. Rachel sits at a vanity trying on dangling earrings
               and shakes her head gently, the gems glimmer and sparkle.

                                   RACHEL
                         Isn't the lilac fabulous? You look
                         like a freesia.

          

                                   KYM
                             (to Rachel)
                         I love the grey.

          

                                   EMMA
                         We're all wearing lilac.

                                   KYM
                             (heedless, grabbing the
                              grey fabric)
                         Look at this. I love this. It's
                         like a cloud.

          
               Emma looks at Rachel.

                                   KYM
                         You guys know how I am. I never
                         wear lilac.

                                   EMMA
                         It's good to have a principle.
               Kym ignores her.

                                   RACHEL
                         You wore a lilac sweater with a cat
                         face on it on the cover of
                         Seventeen Magazine when I was at
                         Fat Camp.

                                   KYM
                         Sure, but I got paid for that and I
                         was on horse tranquilizers. So why
                         aren't I the Maid of Honor? Why is
                         Emma the Maid of Honor?

          

                                    RACHEL
                         Because.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    23.

          24   CONTINUED:                                               24

          

                                      KYM
                            What does that mean?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I wasn't entirely sure when you
                            were coming or even if you'd make
                            it.

          
               Kym looks sharply at her.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I wasn't sure if you'd have time
                            for a fitting.

          

                                      KYM
                            Bullshit. It's a sari. You take a
                            bolt of cloth and wrap it around
                            you. Jesus Christ I've been home
                            one day and I can't get a straight
                            answer out of anybody.

                                      RACHEL
                            What are you talking about?

                                      KYM
                            I'm talking about Dad offering me
                            food every ten seconds...

                                      RACHEL
                            Dad offers Irish Hunger Strikers
                            food every ten seconds.

                                      KYM
                            No. He has to know where I am and
                            what I'm doing all the time because
                            he has never resolved his own trust
                            issues.

                                      EMMA
                            That's odd.

          

                                       KYM
                            Shut up.

          

                                       EMMA
                            Blow me.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Oh, leave Dad alone.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    24.

          24   CONTINUED:                                               24

          

                                      KYM
                            I'd love to but he won't let me. I
                            feel him watching me all the time.
                            And Carol and you guys too.

          

                                      EMMA
                            I know I have nothing better to
                            think about.

                                      KYM
                            Everybody's looking at me like I'm
                            the visiting sociopath. What are
                            you people waiting for me to do?
                            Burn the house down?
               They both look at her.

          

                                      KYM
                            That was a mattress fire and it
                            wasn't even at home! It was on a
                            sleep over! God! I should just get
                            HAZMAT tattooed on my forehead for
                            you people.

                                      RACHEL
                            Stop! You're like a harpy. Is being
                            my "Maid of Honor" this important
                            to you? I didn't think you gave a
                            shit.

          
               Beat.

                                      KYM
                            How could you fucking say that to
                            me?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Jesus. Emma!

          

                                      EMMA
                            What?

                                      RACHEL
                            Emma, would you be horribly
                            offended and hurt if I asked you to
                            step down as...
                                (exaggerated, practically
                                 with quote fingers)
                            ..."Maid of Honor?"

          

                                      EMMA
                            Yes.

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   25.

          24   CONTINUED:                                               24

          

                                      KYM
                            Now Emma's got another reason to
                            hate me. Like she needed one.

                                      EMMA
                            Is it what you want?

          
               For an instant, conflict and pain flicker over Rachel's sweet
               face.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Not really.

          

                                       EMMA
                            Fine. The crown is yours, First
                            Runner Up.

          

                                      KYM
                            Thank you, Emma. No, thank you.

                                      EMMA
                            It's not about you.

          

                                      KYM
                            It's about sisterhood.

          

                                      EMMA
                            Hooray for sisterhood.

          

                                      KYM
                            Sisterhood conquers all.

                                      RACHEL
                            And bludgeons all and pillages all
                            and leaves all for dead.

          

                                      KYM
                                (returning to mirror)
                            So the gray is not an option?

          

          

          25   INT. UKRAINIAN MUSEUM. NIGHT.                             25
               THE REHEARSAL DINNER --"The rehearsal" component is in full
               swing amidst elegant dioramas and displays of Ukrainian folk
               art saints, traditional costumes, a skillion painted eggs,
               the mounted heads of indigenous Ukrainian animals, and the
               plaster busts of Ukrainian Popes.

          
               The audience of revelers is clustered at one end of the room
               with drinks and appetizers, while at the other end, various
               friends take their shot at a brief rehearsal.

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    25A.

          25   CONTINUED:                                                  25

          
               Old friend Norman Sklear is emceeing the line-up -- he is
               currently at the mike with a funny improv based on really
               disastrous weddings he has known. Everybody is laughing.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     26.

          25   CONTINUED:                                               25

          
               Paul, Carol, a few of Paul's closest record biz friends
               (including a CULT LUMINARY or two); MR. AND MRS. WILLIAMS
               (Sidney's mom and dad), sister KAYRA, grandmother HERREAST,
               and cousin JOSEPH GONZALES (in US Army dress uniform, home on
               leave from Iraq) blend easily with the younger crowd. Cousin
               Joseph is always filming with his own CAMCORDER.

          
               QUICK CUTS -- other rehearsal moments such as a TEENAGED
               GUITAR/DRUMS DUO blowing out "Here Comes The Bride"; Gaida's
               Arabic wedding song; UKRAINIAN AL (the in-house music
               director) getting the women to chant "Rachel" and the men to
               chant "Sidney" ancient European-stylee; ZAFER TEE's
               exquisitely heartbreaking improvised violin solo; DORIAN
               LOVEJOY's Rachel/Sidney FREESTYLE RAP, etc. delivering to a
               breathtaking saxophone solo entitled "Sidney loves Rachel" by
               (the real) DONALD HARRISON JR.

          
               Harrison's toast to Paul, his beautiful family, and the
               memory of many memorable nights of music in the Buchman house
               while the kids were growing up draws HUGE APPLAUSE, POWERING

               INTO --

          

          

          26   INT. UKRAINIAN MUSEUM DINING HALL. NIGHT.                    26
               THE DINNER-- The forty-odd guests are now seated in an
               adjoining room at LONG TABLES laden with a GORGEOUS INDIAN
               FEAST. Yellow rice, red curry, vivid green and orange
               vegetable dishes, pink shrimp. Huge plates of Dosa and
               Brinjal. Candles flicker in lanterns shaped like lotuses.
               PHOTOGENICALLY STYLISH YOUNG SERVERS dressed elegantly in
               black and white hover around the family and friends as
               everybody makes total pigs of themselves.
               The INDIAN FEAST contrasts agreeably with the Ukrainian
               visuals. EVOCATIVE BOLLYWOOD MUSIC PROVIDES THE SOUNDTRACK.
               Kym, wandering on along the table like a nomad, wedges
               herself between Sidney and Rachel. Emma grabs an empty wine
               glass before Kym knocks it over.

          

                                      KYM
                            I don't know anybody at what's
                            obviously the loser end of the
                            table. Can I have your Chana
                            Masala?

          
               Without waiting for a response, Kym dives in with her naan.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            You've known most of those people
                            since the eighth grade. You always
                            pretend you don't know people.

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    27.

          26   CONTINUED:                                                  26

          

                                      EMMA
                            Is it because you owe them money?

          

                                       KYM
                            Where's Mom? Where's our mother?
                            How could she not be here already?
                            I haven't even seen her since I've
                            been home.

                                      SIDNEY
                            She called a few times. She's
                            "running a little late but should
                            be here soon."

          

                                      KYM
                                (stuffing naan in her
                                 mouth)

                            GOD!!!!

          
               She tries to catch a piece of Fish Tikka in her mouth and
               misses.

          

                                      EMMA
                            Kieran would you like some more
                            Saag Paneer?

          

                                      KIERAN
                            No thanks. Is there any krill?

          
               Emma blinks.

                                      KIERAN
                            Just kidding.

                                      KYM
                            I can't believe Mom would be late
                            for my release back into the wild.

                                      EMMA
                            And here I was thinking tonight was
                            about Rachel!

                                      SIDNEY
                            Rach, I forgot to tell you, Carol
                            got the helium tanks.

          

                                       KYM
                            The words "Carol" and "helium"
                            somehow...

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Aren't there some rules about
                            helium tanks?

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    28.

          26   CONTINUED:                                               26

          

                                      KYM
                                (snorting)
                            She wouldn't have any idea what to
                            do with a helium tank.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Only on public property. I think.

                            K?

                                      KIERAN
                            Huge liability.

                                      KYM
                            You're a lawyer?

                                      KIERAN
                            Was. For about five minutes.

                                      KYM
                            Say something legal.

                                      KIERAN
                            Tort.

                                      KYM
                            So what do you do now?

                                      KIERAN
                            I help Sidney out with the business
                            side of his stuff.

                                      KYM
                            Sweet.

                                      RACHEL
                            Here's Mom.
               The girls clamber up. Kym brushes curry off Rachel's shirt.
               ABBY, the girl's mom, and ANDREW, her husband, enter the
               dining room. Abby is a beautiful, wise woman in her fifties.
               Elegant, ladylike and graceful.
               Andrew looks foxy in his Abby-selected Armani, but he has the
               shoulders and knuckles of a heavyweight. As the girls
               approach, Abby acknowledges Paul across the room but makes no
               move to go beyond an exchange of long distance little waves
               and tight smiles.

                                      ABBY
                                (to Rachel, embracing)
                            Hello, darling.

          
               A big hug. She turns to Kym.

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     29.

          26   CONTINUED:                                                26

          

                                      ABBY
                            Kym! Did you get my note?

          
               They embrace. Abby steps back but keeps her hands on Kym's
               shoulders.

          

                                      ABBY
                            You look beautiful.

                                      KYM
                            I'm fat. Rehab makes you fat.

                                      ABBY
                            Nonsense. You girls.

                                      ANDREW
                            Hiya Kym. You look great! Hey
                            Rachel!

          
               He kisses Kym on the cheek. Rachel gives him a big hug.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Mom, where have you been? Is
                            everything okay?

          

                                      KYM
                            Wow. We were wondering if you got
                            the dates scrambled.

          
               Abby steps towards her daughters, taking them in.

                                      ABBY
                            Yes, everything is absolutely fine
                            now.

          

                                      KYM
                            Thank god. What a relief! Now the
                            party can really get started.

          
               Abby and Rachel look quickly at Kym.

                                      KYM
                                (lighting a cigarette)
                            So Mom, you look great.

          

                                      ABBY
                            Darling, can you smoke that in
                            here?

          

          

          

          

                                                                   (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                             29A.

          26   CONTINUED:                                           26

          

                                       KYM
                            It's a private party, Mom.
                            How's grandma? Still surly and
                            irascible?

          

          

          

          

                                                              (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     30.

          26   CONTINUED:                                               26

          

                                      ABBY
                            Oh, you know how she is. She sends
                            her love.

                                      KYM
                            Great. Same.

          
               Kym drags on her cigarette like it's the last Coca Cola in
               the desert.

          

                                      ABBY
                            Honey, you should really put that
                            out. It's not right. You know that.

          

                                      KYM
                            Fine.

          

          

          27   INT. UKRAINIAN MUSEUM DINING HALL. NIGHT. LATER.             27
               Kieran is making a toast. Dinner is mostly over. Waiters are
               discreetly clearing plates, etc. from the table, pouring more
               drinks.

                                      KIERAN
                                (something like)
                            I've known Sidney most of my life.
                            He personifies many of life's
                            grandest cliches, even as he
                            breathes fresh life into most of
                            them. He has never, ever "ceased to
                            amaze me," and only in the best of
                            ways. The magnitude of his artistry
                            and his business acumen are matters
                            of public record and delight. He's
                            been a great friend "through thick
                            and thin," and sometimes it's
                            gotten very, very thin -- but he
                            "stood by me" at all times, so it
                            is my privilege and honor to stand
                            by him on this profound occasion...
               TIME CUT -- Emma rises and bangs her glass with her spoon. It
               shatters.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            You're paying for that, Emma.

                                      EMMA
                            Of course. I'd like to make a toast
                            to the happy couple because I want
                            to come visit them in Hawaii.

                                      (MORE)

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                             30A.

          27   CONTINUED:                                           27
                                      EMMA (cont'd)
                            Sidney what's the name of that
                            place again?

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Humuu-humuu Nukku-nukuu...

          

                                      KIERAN
                            A-Pu-Aa-Aa.

          

          

          

          

                                                              (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    31.

          27   CONTINUED:                                               27

          
               Sidney kisses Kieran on the cheek.

          

                                      KYM
                                (sharply, to her sister)
                            You're moving to Hawaii?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Sidney's recording studio is there.
               Kym, stung, exhales a plume of smoke.

          

                                      EMMA
                            I've known the bride her entire
                            life. Not biblically, except for
                            that one time we french kissed at
                            Evan Yassky's party in the ninth
                            grade.

                                      SIDNEY
                            Film! I want film!
               Whoops and hollers.

          

                                      EMMA
                            Commence embarrassing story.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            That wasn't it?

          

                                      EMMA
                            Rach, do you remember the time I
                            was teaching you to drive in the
                            Wagoneer and you sideswiped that
                            taxi driver and knocked off his
                            side mirror?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I have no memory of that
                            whatsoever.

          

                                      EMMA
                            Do you remember trying to outrun
                            him and leading him on a high speed
                            chase across 96th street?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Gotta say no.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    32.

          27   CONTINUED:                                               27

          

                                      EMMA
                            Well I would like to share with
                            everyone that Miss Rachel-before
                            she got her license or even had any
                            idea how to drive- out maneuvered
                            an irate, screaming cab driver
                            across 96th street to the East
                            river, handily avoiding two EMT
                            guys loading an old lady on a
                            gurney, while at the same time,
                            applying Cocofudge Lip Gloss in the
                            rearview mirror.

          
               Bravos all around.

                                      EMMA
                            Wait, wait. She actually got the
                            number of one of the E.M.T guys and
                            went out with him. Twice.

                                      KYM
                                (loudly)
                            Was that the guy with the peroxide
                            hair?
               Abby, not looking at her daughter, shushes her.

                                      EMMA
                            Anyway, when the taxi driver
                            finally caught up with us, Rachel
                            talked him down from his Middle
                            Eastern fury in pretend Farsi, and
                            ended up using his radio thing to
                            call his dispatcher and recommend
                            this guy for a commendation.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Mahamoud! Such a nice man.

          

                                      EMMA
                            We were driving so fast! It was one
                            of the more exhilarating moments in
                            my life...sadly...but I knew that
                            Miss Rachel would make it okay. So
                            here's to you, my dear, dear
                            friend. A woman who can drive fast,
                            pick up a paramedic, make up
                            languages and get you home in one
                            piece. Sidney, you are a lucky
                            bastard.

                                         SIDNEY
                            Hear hear.

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    33.

          27   CONTINUED:                                                  27

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Where? Where?

          
               Abby smiles broadly at Rachel and blows her a kiss.

          
               Kym rises with her glass and takes Emma's place on stage. She
               glows in the candlelight.

          

                                      KYM
                                (for the crowd)
                            Relax, it's seltzer.
               Low giggles.

          

                                      KYM (CONT'D)
                            Hello. I'm Shiva the destroyer and
                            your harbinger of doom for the
                            evening. I want to thank you all
                            for coming and welcome you even
                            though I haven't seen most of you
                            since my latest stretch in the Big
                            House...

          
               Scattered low giggles.

                                      KYM (CONT'D)
                            You all look fabulous. During the
                            twenty minutes I was not in the
                            hole for making a shiv out of my
                            toothbrush, I actually did
                            participate in the infamous 12 Step
                            program. 12 Steps. Step-ball-
                            change, step-ball-change. I'm still
                            waiting for the change part.
               Some guests laugh. Sidney grins. Carol, Paul, Rachel, and
               Abby sit silently. Andrew moves in towards his wife.

                                      KYM (CONT'D)
                            But as they say, relapse is an
                            almost always inevitable component
                            of recovery, God knows I've got
                            high marks in that mode!

          
               Everyone is staring at Kym.

          

                                      KYM (CONT'D)
                            Anyhoo, as more of you know than
                            are likely to admit, one of the
                            actual steps is about making
                            amends.

                                      (MORE)

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    34.

          27   CONTINUED:                                                27

                                      KYM (CONT'D)
                            So I spent a lot of time calling up
                            people who barely remembered me -
                            who barely remembered anything -
                            and apologizing to them for
                            bouncing a check or passing out in
                            the bathtub and flooding their
                            house, or otherwise involving them
                            in sordid activities they were
                            desperately trying to forget. I had
                            to call this one girl who was, I
                            think, fourteen, but I couldn't
                            talk to her because her Mom took
                            out a restraining order.

          
               Kym thinks this is hysterical. Paul does not.

          

                                      KYM (CONT'D)
                            Anyway, I did a lot of apologizing
                            to people who were practically
                            strangers so I very much want to
                            take this opportunity to not only
                            congratulate my extraordinary
                            sister, the future explorer in
                            matters of the mind, thank you very
                            much, and her adorable, impending
                            husband on the occasion of their
                            unprecedented nuptials.. but also
                            to apologize to my extraordinary
                            sister, the future explorer in
                            matters of the mind, for...
                            Everything! And I really mean that,
                            Rachel. I've been a nightmare and
                            you've been a saint. I'm so damned
                            glad I'm here with you and Sidney
                            and his family and ours, and I am
                            so happy for you guys, I really am.
                            So, I am hereby raising my seltzer
                            in celebration of my laudatory
                            sister and herewith making amends.
                            Sidney, you are robbing our
                            dysfunctional family of one of it's
                            most vital ingredients, and it's
                            only member still willing to lend
                            me money. (She pauses for a second)
                            Enjoy Hawaii. La Chaim.

          
               She lifts her glass and downs it's contents. There is a
               smattering of applause.

          

                                      KYM (CONT'D)
                                (to the group)
                            One down. What's for dessert?

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    35.

          27   CONTINUED:                                               27

          
               Kieran stares sympathetically at Kym.

          

          28   EXT. UKRAINIAN FOLK MUSEUM. NIGHT.                        28

          
               Guests leaving.

          

          

          29   OMITTED                                                   29

          

          30   INT. BUCHMAN HOUSE. NIGHT.                                30

          
               Kym drops into a chair in the dining room as Paul, Carol,
               Rachel, Sidney, Kieran, and Emma struggle in with several
               elaborately wrapped wedding gifts and leftovers from the
               rehearsal dinner, which they pile on the dining room table.

          
               Rachel and Sidney are having a quiet, tense exchange.

          

                                      KYM
                                (to anyone, examining her
                                 split ends)
                            I'm exhausted. Is there any
                            watermelon?

          

                                      CAROL
                            Let me see.

          

                                      RACHEL
                                (To Kym, as if she's
                                 joking)
                            Nice apology.

                                      KYM
                            What?

          

                                      RACHEL
                                (again, making a joke out
                                 of it)
                            Nice apology.

          

                                       KYM
                            I was toasting you and I was making
                            amends. It's one of the Steps. It's
                            important.

                                      RACHEL
                            I know what the Steps are.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    36.

          30   CONTINUED:                                               30

          
               Rachel glides to the den and drags out the huge dictionary.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I learned them in school, and I've
                            visited you in various facilities,
                            Kym.

          
               Sidney and Emma share a look.
               Rachel drops the dictionary on the dining room table.

          

                                      KYM
                            Oh, god. Dad?

          
               Kym looks to her father.

          
               Carol returns with a tray and a huge watermelon that's been
               impaled with an enormous kitchen knife.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Amends. Noun. Often followed by
                            'for'. Offset a disability or
                            frustration by development in
                            another direction.
               Rachel blinks at her sister.

                                         KYM
                                   (exaggerated)
                            Yes?

                                      RACHEL
                            You've never said anything to me,
                            that's remotely apologetic. Yet,
                            all of a sudden, at my wedding
                            dinner, in front of everybody, you
                            decide to grace us all with your
                            development?

          

                                      KYM
                            Christ. I just got here.
               Carol hands Kym a slice of watermelon.

          

                                      CAROL
                            Here. Anybody else?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            "Hey everybody! And guests! Just in
                            case you might be thinking about
                            something else for five minutes,
                            like, I don't know, my sister's
                            wedding-- they just cut me loose!

                                      (MORE)

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    37.

          30   CONTINUED:                                               30
                                       RACHEL (cont'd)
                            I'm a loose cannon, is that
                            hysterical? Anyone for some rehab
                            humor? Because I'm really fine with
                            acknowledging my disease. And now
                            watch me be really selfless, and
                            weave a lovely blanket apology to
                            my sister for being a tad out of
                            her loop."
               Rachel giggles.

          
               Sidney and Kieran, staying out of this, exchange a glance.

          

                                      KYM
                                (chewing)
                            You're so cynical. Dad, since when
                            has she been this cynical?

                                      PAUL
                            She's making an effort, Rachel.

                                      RACHEL
                            An effort. That's what it was?
                            Because I think she presumes that
                            since everything has always
                            revolved around her disease,
                            everything else is going to revolve
                            around her recovery. That's what I
                            think.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Rachel. She just got home.

          

                                       RACHEL
                            Again.

          

                                      KYM
                            I had no idea you were so angry,
                            doctor.

          

                                       RACHEL
                            I'm not.

                                      PAUL
                            Kymmie, your sister's got a lot on
                            her plate. She's uptight about...

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I'm not uptight, Dad.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    38.

          30   CONTINUED:                                               30

          

                                      PAUL
                            She's meeting Sidney's folks for
                            the first time, there's menus,
                            there's all that live music, you're
                            home, there's a thousand things to
                            worry about.

          

                                      CAROL
                            Absolutely, a wedding will take it
                            right out of you, boy.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Yeah, it would be so lovely if we
                            could all just...

                                      KYM
                                (removing seeds)
                            You people need to purge. You
                            people really should go to Nar-Anon
                            or something. I mean it.

                                      CAROL
                            Oh my lord. Kym, we have gone
                            through Nar-Anon, baby. You know
                            that.

          

                                      RACHEL
                                (turning her head)
                            You people? You mean the people in
                            this room? Your family?

                                      KYM
                            All of you people living in this
                            little world of judgement and
                            paranoia and mistrust. I can feel
                            it every second. At the slightest
                            sign of ingratitude or absence of
                            atonement it's like the freaking
                            Salem Witch Trials around here. I
                            might as well be...

          

                                      PAUL
                                (pouncing)
                            Don't even start...

          

                                      CAROL
                                (standing next to her
                                 husband)
                            Nobody can make you feel any way
                            unless you let them, Kym.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    39.

          30   CONTINUED:                                               30

          

                                      KYM
                            Thank you Carol, for your
                            inevitable pearl of wisdom, but you
                            people are my family. You people
                            make me feel like shit a hundred
                            times a day. You try living under
                            Dad's constant monitoring for five
                            minutes and see how you like it.

                                      PAUL
                            What constant monitoring?

                                      KYM
                            "I'll drive you!" "Carol, she's
                            back!" "Don't sleep here, sleep
                            there." "Here. Eat this." Dad,
                            you're obsessed.

                                      RACHEL
                            Please. That's hardly news. You may
                            not know this...sure you do...the
                            only way to engage Dad in any
                            meaningful communication is to
                            start the conversation with your
                            name. "Have you heard from Kym?
                            How's Kym?" It resuscitates him. It
                            jars him into the moment. Like an
                            alarm.

          

                                      PAUL
                            That's unfair, Rachel. And
                            completely untrue.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            And she's even worse! "Dad, you're
                            never going to believe this, but I
                            lost the car again." "Dad, you're
                            never going to believe this, but
                            that check you sent me never showed
                            up and my landlord hates me." "Dad,
                            can somebody meet me downstairs
                            with cab fare and you're never
                            going to believe this but I need to
                            go to the emergency room and my
                            neighbor's suing me and my
                            checkbook got stolen!"

          

                                      KYM
                            Gee, Rach, sounds like you have
                            some paternal/sibling issues to
                            work through.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    40.

          30   CONTINUED:                                               30

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Are you kidding? The two of you are
                            like a double helix of crises. In
                            the language of psychology one
                            could say you both suffer from
                            acute boundary issues.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Rachel! It's nice that you're
                            getting your Ph.D--

          

                                       RACHEL
                                (she throws up her hands.)
                            --Oh god--

                                      PAUL
                            --but don't be patronizing. It's
                            ugly. It doesn't become you.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            How come she gets to spout off
                            about paternal issues, but god
                            forbid I should even reference the
                            "boundary thing," even though I
                            actually know what I'm talking
                            about?

                                      KYM
                                (waving her arms)
                            Hello? By the way? I'm not in
                            crisis. I haven't been in crisis
                            for a year.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            You just got out of rehab!

          

                                      KYM
                            Why is this so difficult for you
                            people to understand? It's like
                            you're not happy unless I'm in some
                            kind of desperate situation. You
                            have no idea what to do with me
                            unless I'm desperate. God. Why am I
                            the only one who's willing to say
                            this stuff?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Oh, poor you. You're so much more
                            evolved in your suffering. You know
                            what? Your suffering is not the
                            most important thing in the world
                            to everybody!

                                      (MORE)

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    41.

          30   CONTINUED:                                                 30
                                      RACHEL (cont'd)
                            There are billions and billions and
                            billions of people, in nations all
                            over the world, who never even
                            think about you! Other people have
                            lives! We have lives! I have a
                            life! I'm in school. I'm getting
                            married. I'm...

          
               Rachel just stands there, not saying anything.

          

                                      KYM
                            What?

          

                                      PAUL
                            What?!!

          
               Dead silence. Everyone stares at Rachel. Rachel looks at
               Sidney. Sidney passes the look right back to her.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I'm pregnant.

          
               Beat, then: HUGE WHOOPS AND HOLLERS!!!!

                                      EVERYBODY
                            Congratulations! Oh my god! Etc!!!
               Paul hugs Rachel and kisses her hair. Sidney and Kieran hug.
               Emma hugs Rachel and kisses Sidney. Hugging all around. Kym
               is pissed. Paul grabs Kym and Rachel, and hugs both daughters
               at once. Rachel and Kym's faces are mushed right next to each
               other. Kym is impatient and stiff in the dreaded double mush.

          
               Kym breaks from Paul's vice-like grip.

                                      KYM
                            That is so unfair!

                                      PAUL
                                (ecstatic)
                            When did you find out?

                                      SIDNEY
                            Roughly about the day before we
                            decided to get married.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I can barely believe it myself!

          

                                      PAUL
                                (laughing, mushing
                                 Rachel's belly)

                                      (MORE)

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   42.

          30   CONTINUED:                                              30
                                      PAUL (cont'd)
                            How long? How much pregnant? Did
                            you tell your mother?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            We told her at dinner.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            She was so happy--

          

                                      KYM
                            Wait! Stop! You can't just drop
                            that tectonic bit of information
                            into a completely separate
                            conversation, Rachel. You can't do
                            that!

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Kym, you're going to have a niece!

                                      SIDNEY
                            Or a nephew!

          

                                      KYM
                            Oh, god. Of course I'm happy for
                            you. But you can't tell me when
                            we're talking like this. It's a
                            total set-up!

          
               Beat. All the energy drains out of Rachel.

                                      RACHEL
                            I am so fucking exhausted.

                                      KYM
                            Dad, will you tell her I'm happy
                            for her?

                                      RACHEL
                            I just...I need to go to bed.
                            Sidney?

                                      SIDNEY
                            Yeah, okay. Great idea. I'm beat
                            too.

          

                                      KYM
                                (to Rachel)
                            You're leaving? In the middle of
                            this conversation?

                                      RACHEL
                            Yes.

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   43.

          30   CONTINUED:                                                30

          

                                       PAUL
                            Kymmie, she's pregnant. She's
                            exhausted.

                                      KYM
                            Of course. Fair enough. I'm off to
                            raid the medicine cabinet.

          
               Kym is gone.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            She's not serious?

          
               Everyone gathers around Rachel.

                                      CAROL
                            Oh, Rachel darling, and Sidney, I
                            couldn't be happier.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            She wasn't serious, was she?

          

                                      PAUL
                            Do either of you want anything? A
                            sandwich? You must be hungry.
                            There's cold Saagwala and a little
                            Aloo Gobi left over?

                                      RACHEL
                            No thanks, Dad. I really am pretty
                            sleepy.

                                      PAUL
                            You're pretty everything!
               He mushes her face and kisses her cheek. Then he mushes
               Carol's face.

                                      CAROL
                            Holy cow. What a day. I think I've
                            aged. I mean it.
                                (To Paul) )
                            Would you mind if I went to bed,
                            darling?

          

                                      PAUL
                                (kissing her again)
                            Of course not. I'll be up, Carol.
                            I'm just going to load the
                            dishwasher.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    44.

          30   CONTINUED:                                                  30

          
               Sidney intones the opening bars to Paul's heroic "DISHWASHER
               THEME". Paul raises the Cautionary Finger in Sidney's
               direction. Sidney stops with the music.

                                      CAROL
                            Let me help, it'll be quicker.

          
               Now the Cautionary Finger is levelled at Carol.

                                      PAUL
                            Don't mess with the King.

                                         CAROL
                            Okay,okay.
               Hands in the air, Carol leaves the room.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            Wow. That's it for me too, you
                            guys. Good night everybody.
               Kieran lays a manly, buddy hug on Sidney.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            Congratulations, man.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Thanks, my friend.

          
               Kieran leaves. Now it's just Rachel, Paul and Sidney. Paul is
               beaming like a klieg light.

                                      RACHEL
                            I've never been so tired in my
                            life.

          
               Paul gives Rachel a kiss on the cheek and mushes her face
               some more.

          

                                         RACHEL
                            Dad?

                                      PAUL
                            Yes, sweetheart?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I hope it's okay, I told Mom at
                            dinner. About the baby.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Of course, lamb chop. I'm so happy!
                            I'm going to be a grandpa!

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     45.

          30   CONTINUED:                                               30

          
               Sidney mushes Paul and they attempt a hug and laugh and then
               they really hug.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I wish Ethan were here.

          

                                      PAUL
                            I know, sweetheart. Me too.

                                      KIERAN'S VOICE OFF
                            That went well.

          

          31   INT. BASEMENT. NIGHT.                                        31
               Kieran and Kym lie entangled in the basement, sharing a
               cigarette, disheveled. The floor of this entire section of
               the basement is now covered with all of the carefully
               arranged mattresses and futons that were stacked down here
               before. All of Kym's mismatched bags have been moved down
               here too. There's a little lamp there now as well but it's
               not on. Only one of the small, cobwebby windows casts a
               dappled light onto the scene.

                                      KYM
                            That was such a set-up.

                                      KIERAN
                            She probably didn't realize she was
                            doing it.

                                      KYM
                            Ha! She's such an operator. Now I'm
                            the bad guy again. Or still.

                                      KIERAN
                            They're lucky to have you.

                                      KYM
                            Thank you! Otherwise they'd have to
                            pay attention to their own
                            suspicious lives. Nobody actually
                            wants me to actually change, you
                            know. What would they obsess about?
                            I'm like a blessing.

          

                                      KIERAN
                                (laughing)
                            No argument from me.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     46.

          31   CONTINUED:                                                 31

          

                                      KYM
                            Dad had an actual "Blueprint for
                            Rehabilitative Success" at my last
                            intervention. On graph paper. He
                            goes all out with the response, my
                            dad.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            Not unlike this great nation in
                            which we live.

          

                                      KYM
                            Meanwhile an ex-heterosexual ex-boy
                            friend of mine actually rang the
                            door once and tells my mother, "Kym
                            is sitting in her apartment? With
                            the shades drawn? Doing all this
                            heroin and cocaine? And I think
                            she's going to, like, die?" And Mom
                            smiles and says "Thank you" like he
                            was speaking in Sanskrit.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            You can't actually speak in
                            Sanskrit.

          

                                      KYM
                            Exactly! I nodded out into the
                            poached salmon at Dad's wedding two
                            years ago and he told Carol he
                            thought it was jet lag.

                                      KIERAN
                            I did that in soup once. It made
                            such a mess.

          

          32   EXT. BUCHMAN HOUSE. DAY.                                     32

          
               Saturday morning. A giant delivery truck drives slowly up the
               driveway, delivering the tent for tomorrow's wedding party.

          

          33   INT. BASEMENT. DAY.                                          33

          
               Kym leads Kieran through the labyrinthine rooms of the
               basement giving Kieran a guided tour of the subterranean
               world of which she was the ruler and where Ethan was her
               loyal companion -- the secret hide-and-seek rooms, the
               mattress room, the scary little side rooms, etc...

                                                                  CUT TO:

          

                                                                                    47.

          

          

          34   EXT. ABBY'S/ANDREW'S HOUSE. DAY.                           34

          
               A very stylish, very elegant, very "modern" (in the best
               sense) home, lots of grounds, lots of foliage.

          

          35   INT. ABBY'S/ANDREW'S HOUSE. MASTER BEDROOM. DAY.           35

          
               Rachel and Abby are seated on Abby's bed, looking through
               some family heirlooms in an old alligator jewel case. Rachel
               is holding an ornate satin evening purse.

                                   RACHEL
                         Look how exquisite this is. I can't
                         borrow this. What do you carry in
                         here? A vital organ? A tiny spleen?

          

                                   ABBY
                         Isn't it divine? It was grandma's.
                         She sends her love.

                                   RACHEL
                         I love the color. It's oyster.

                                   ABBY
                         You must promise me you'll stay
                         healthy now, Rachel. You'll eat
                         properly and get a lot of rest?

          

                                     RACHEL
                         Yes, Mom.

                                   ABBY
                         How are things going at the house?
                         How's Sidney?

          

                                     RACHEL
                         Fine.

          

                                   ABBY
                         And his friend? What's his name?

                                     RACHEL
                         Kieran.

          

                                   ABBY
                         He seems to be a big hit. Is your
                         sister behaving herself?

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    48.

          35   CONTINUED:                                               35

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I'm not exactly sure what that
                            means.

                                      ABBY
                            Well, she needs a lot of
                            acknowledgement.

          

                                         RACHEL
                            You think?

          

                                      ABBY
                            Stop. It can't be easy. Everybody
                            knowing her troubles.

                                      RACHEL
                            Mom, she's sold syndication rights
                            to her troubles.

          

                                         ABBY
                            Stop.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Mom, does it bother you at all,
                            Carol doing so much wedding stuff?

          

                                      ABBY
                            Not at all, darling, I'm thrilled
                            to be providing the flowers. You
                            know how much that means to me.
                            They're going to be exquisite!

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Yes, I'm sure, and that's so great
                            and so you, but you can do whatever
                            else you want, you know. I'd love
                            it.

          

                                      ABBY
                            Thank you, my sweetheart. I just
                            know I'd be one of those wedding
                            mothers who goes completely insane
                            about the hors d'oeuvres. Andrew
                            says I shouldn't be allowed near a
                            shrimp puff.

          

                                         RACHEL
                            Huh.

          

                                      ABBY
                            There are so many other people for
                            you to worry about.

                                      (MORE)

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    49.

          35   CONTINUED:                                               35
                                      ABBY (cont'd)
                            Your sister's home and everybody's
                            there and the bride always ends up
                            keeping everybody else satisfied.

                                      RACHEL
                            You're right.

          

                                      ABBY
                            But this is going to be the most
                            beautiful wedding ever. And I hope
                            your sister has a wonderful time
                            too...Anyway I'm going to be a
                            grandmother! Hooray!

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Hooray!

          

                                      ABBY
                            I'm so excited. I have always
                            wanted to be a grandmother. Even
                            when I was thirty. Here. This ring
                            was grandma's and she wanted you to
                            have it.

                                      RACHEL
                            Is she dead?

                                      ABBY
                            Rachel.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            It's beautiful. Thanks, Mom. I hope
                            it's a boy.

                                      ABBY
                            As long as it's healthy. Try the
                            ring on.
               Rachel does.

          

                                      ABBY
                            You've always had the most
                            beautiful hands.

          

          36   EXT./INT. SCOTTY'S JAMAICAN RESTAURANT. DAY.              36

          
               A neighborhood place, but on the other side of the parkway
               from the Buchmans' neighborhood. Friendly, bustling, kids on
               bikes and skateboards, etc. Large windows offer a view of a
               stop sign, Fanny's Beauty Salon, Soul to Soul Liquor, a
               barber shop, etc.

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   50.

          36   CONTINUED:                                               36

          
               The restaurant is fluorescently lit, with a Jamaican flag on
               the wall and photos of Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, and Bob
               Marley. There is a counter at the front where you place your
               order and pick up your food. There is a Foosball table, and a
               pinball machine.

          
               Kym and Kieran are playing Foosball at the ancient table
               where someone has painted Jamaican jerseys on all the
               players. They are both viciously competitive and genuinely
               irritated with each other.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            Your hand is on the turf.

          

                                         KYM
                            What turf?

          

                                      KIERAN
                            The turf. The table.

                                         KYM
                            So?

          

                                      KIERAN
                            So we have to do it over now. It
                            was your shot and you get to do it
                            over.

                                      KYM
                            What are you talking about?

                                      KIERAN
                            Don't tell me you didn't know
                            having one hand on the turf makes
                            the play null.

          

                                      KYM
                            Null. Maybe we should just play
                            Pinball.

          
               C/U. The metal balls ricocheting around the interior of the
               machine.

                                      KIERAN
                            Sometimes playing next to each
                            other is easier than playing
                            together.

                                      KYM
                            Who told you that?

                                      KIERAN
                            My mom. She runs a pre-school.

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    51.

          36   CONTINUED:                                                 36

          
               They both crack up.

          

                                      KYM
                            What's Hawaii like?

          

                                      KIERAN
                            You've never been?

          

                                      KYM
                            Uh uh.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            It's beautiful. I've got a nice
                            place. My horse lives there.

                                      KYM
                            Most people say "my girlfriend
                            lives there" or "my wife lives
                            there."

                                      KIERAN
                            I live there and so does my horse.
                            He's very possessive. We're working
                            through it.

                                      KYM
                            Have you had him a long time?

                                      KIERAN
                            Yes. I may be a degenerate dope
                            fiend but I love my horse. I don't
                            have a wife or a girlfriend and
                            I've been clean almost seven years.
                            You could just ask, you know. Your
                            sister doesn't ask direct questions
                            either. She's incredibly cryptic.

                                      KYM
                            That's a shrink thing, not a
                            genetic thing.

          

          37   INT. COMMUNITY CENTER MEETING ROOM. DAY.                   37

          
               Kym is sharing at today's "12 Step" meeting. Kieran, the
               others, listen intently.

          

                                      KYM
                            We were in the park. I was sixteen
                            and I was...I had taken all these
                            Percoset. I was unbelievably high.

                                      (MORE)

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    52.

          37   CONTINUED:                                                  37
                                      KYM (cont'd)
                            He had thrown away his shoes- and I
                            was like "Mom's going to kill me"
                            because I had no idea where his
                            shoes were- but he was so happy
                            about it. And he had his red socks
                            and he was running around kicking
                            up the leaves. You know in movies
                            where they show a person's high or
                            whatever and the camera careens all
                            around? It was like that. But fun.
                            You know. We were having so much
                            fun. We were leaping around in huge
                            piles of leaves. He buried me. I
                            buried him in a big pile. I was on
                            baby sitting detail. He was
                            pretending he was a train. So he
                            was charging through the leaf pile,
                            making tracks, you know? I was the
                            caboose. And he kept going "Coal,
                            caboose! Coal caboose!" So it's
                            time to go and we're driving home
                            and he's in his car seat still
                            demanding coal, and I couldn't
                            focus and I drove off the bridge.
                            The car went into the lake. I
                            couldn't get him out of his car
                            seat. He drowned.

          

          38   EXT. BUCHMAN BACK PORCH. DAY.                               38
               Paul, Rachel, Emma, Sidney, and Norman Sklear are sprawled on
               the porch eating sandwiches and figuring out the seating
               arrangement for the wedding by manipulating tiny origami
               chickens, a tiny turtle, Monopoly pieces, spools of thread,
               etc...each with a small name tag.
               Paul sees Kieran's rental pull up, grins, and calls to
               Carol...

          

                                      PAUL
                            Carol, they're back!
               Carol emerges with a tray of lemonade as the rental is
               rolling to a stop. Kieran and Kym are climbing out of the
               car...

          

                                      PAUL
                                (shouting from the porch)
                            Are you hungry? I made a Salad
                            Nicoise. It's got Tuna!

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     53.

          38   CONTINUED:                                                38

          

                                      KIERAN
                                (shouting back)
                            I was just thinking Salad Nicoise!

                                      RACHEL
                            Can we get back to what we were
                            doing, please?

          

                                      PAUL
                            All right. Where were we? Ah
                            yes...The Rosenzwiegs. Can you
                            please put the Rosenzwiegs
                            somewhere far away from me?

          
               Paul sits heavily.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            They're your friends, Dad.

          

                                      PAUL
                            They're not my friends. I've just
                            known them my entire life.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Just so you know, my mother expects
                            to be carried in by liveried
                            servants to the triumphant swirls
                            of the harp and seated on a solid
                            gold throne forged by nuns.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Really? Because right now I have
                            her shoveling kelp in the laundry
                            room. But I have it as a montage.
               Kieran and Kym arrive on the porch. Kym settles herself on a
               big comfy chaise.

                                      KYM
                            Where are you putting me? In the
                            stockade?

                                      PAUL
                            Kym, stop it. You're at the family
                            table.

          
               Kym turns her face to the sun, shutting her eyes.

                                      KYM
                                (heedless)
                            Don't put me with Michael and
                            Sandy.

          

          

          

                                                                   (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                             53A.

          38   CONTINUED:                                           38

          

          

                                      RACHEL
                            They're not invited.

          

          

          

          

                                                              (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    54.

          38   CONTINUED:                                                38

          

                                      KYM
                            Sandy never called me back after I
                            sent her an amends e-mail from
                            Milestones. I hate it when people
                            don't meet you half way.

          

                                      PAUL
                            The family table. With us.

          

               CLOSE ON SEATING PLACEMENT BOARD--
               Paul moves Kym's "marker" -- the MONOPOLY DOG -- to the
               family table.

          

          

               WIDER--

          

                                      EMMA
                            Oops. That's nine. I thought you
                            were having tables of eight?

          

                                      RACHEL
                                (pointedly)
                            I am.

                                      KYM
                                (to anyone, her eyes still
                                 closed)
                            Where are you putting me?

                                      RACHEL
                            I was thinking of putting you with
                            Cookie Puss and the Chicago cousins
                            because they always get really
                            drunk and need wrangling.

                                      KYM
                            Can someone else do it? I was
                            planning on enjoying myself.

                                      RACHEL
                            You're the only one they're afraid
                            of.

          

                                      KYM
                            Still? God.

          
               Rachel pushes the MONOPOLY DOG to a different table.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     55.

          38   CONTINUED:                                               38

          

                                      PAUL
                                (not getting it)
                            We can move Grandma Rose and her
                            companion. That's actually a great
                            idea.

          
               Kym opens one eye and sees Paul switch markers -- the
               MONOPOLY DOG is back at the FAMILY TABLE. Rachel stares at
               her father.

          

                                      KYM
                            That's all I need. Another reason
                            for Grandma Rose to hate me.

          

                                      PAUL
                            She doesn't hate you.

          

                                      KYM
                            She's still mad about that thing at
                            the Rite Aid.

                                        PAUL
                            Nonsense!

                                        KYM
                            Whatever.

          

               CLOSE SHOT--

          
               Rachel moves the Monopoly Dog to another table. Paul looks at
               her.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Dad, can I show you something in
                            the kitchen?

          

          39   INT. KITCHEN. DAY.                                           39

          
               Paul and Rachel alone.

                                      PAUL
                                (sotto)
                            Rachel, what is this behavior?

          

                                       RACHEL
                                (same)
                            I would just like to have a day
                            please.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    56.

          39   CONTINUED:                                               39

          

                                      PAUL
                            Have all the days you want. Nobody
                            is taking your day.

                                      RACHEL
                            Then why are you defending her?

          

                                      PAUL
                            Defending her from what? Darling,
                            look, no one's defending any
                            body...

                                      RACHEL
                            Why are you protecting her?

                                      PAUL
                            I don't want her to feel like we
                            don't want her.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Sometimes I don't want her. It's my
                            fucking wedding, don't you get it?
                            I want my table to be perfect.
               Paul kisses her on the forehead.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Stop it. She's your sister.

          
               They look at each other.
               The screen door swings open as Emma, Carol, Sidney, Kieran,
               and Norman Sklear carry the lunch plates to the kitchen. Kym
               follows, carrying the salt shaker.

                                      PAUL
                            Okay. Dishes? I'm going to load the
                            dishwasher.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Paul! Paul, listen, I've been
                            thinking about it. I did some
                            preliminary sketches, I'd love to
                            show them to you...

          

                                      KIERAN
                                (to Carol)
                            He's not kidding.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    57.

          39   CONTINUED:                                               39

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            And I think if you move the salad
                            bowls to the upper tier you can get
                            about 10% more stuff in the
                            dishwasher.

          

                                      CAROL
                            Hee hee hee.
               Paul gives him a look. Sidney starts humming PAUL'S

               DISHWASHER THEME.

                                      PAUL
                            Sidney, you're a nice young man.
                            You make a lot of money and the
                            world is your oyster. But you don't
                            know shit about loading a
                            dishwasher.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Sir, with all due respect, the
                            mantle has passed.

          
               Paul takes a moment to size Sidney up then spins on his heel
               to the dishwasher.

          

               TIME CUT--
               Sidney has his sleeves up and starts to load.

          

                                      KYM
                            What's the time limit?

          

                                      CAROL
                            Two minutes.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Are you comfortable with that, sir?
                            I could spot you thirty seconds.

          

                                      PAUL
                            You young people should all go fuck
                            yourselves.

          

                                        KYM
                            Dad!

          

                                        CAROL
                            Ha!

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            You see Paul, I think your problem
                            lies in lid placement.

                                      (MORE)

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    58.

          39   CONTINUED:                                               39
                                      SIDNEY (cont'd)
                            Inverting the lids and stacking
                            them in the upper level is really
                            for amateurs. It's passe.

                                      PAUL
                            Rachel, you're out of the will.

          

                                       SIDNEY
                            Observe.

          
               With a flourish, Sidney presents a beautifully stacked
               dishwasher. Paul pats his shoulder somberly.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Clean out this machine please, boy.
                            So I can break out the whup-ass.

          
               Screaming all around. Kym jumps up and down with her arms on
               Rachel's shoulders. Rachel glances at her sister, laughing.

                                      SIDNEY/KIERAN
                                (delightedly)
                            He's breakin' out the whup ass!

               A SWEET MONTAGE.

          
               Paul is loading the dishwasher like a champ.
               Carol and Emma are smiling and giggling.

          
               Kieran has his eye on the clock.
               Sidney trash talks from the sidelines.

                                      SIDNEY
                            You know one of the early signs of
                            senile dementia is an obsessive
                            need to organize.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Rachel, go fetch me my dart gun.

                                      SIDNEY
                            I find it touching but ultimately
                            sad when the warriors of yesteryear
                            are reluctant to lay down their
                            plastic containers from Zabar's and
                            retire gracefully.

          

                                      PAUL
                            Kieran, how's my time?

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     59.

          39   CONTINUED:                                                  39

          

                                      KIERAN
                            You have twenty-five seconds.

          

                                      PAUL
                            I need more dishes. You amateur!

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            What? No way!

                                      PAUL
                            Somebody give me some dishes!
               Kym yanks open a cupboard and passes a handful of dishes to
               Paul. He begins to load them.

          

               CLOSE ON PAUL
               He has a bowl in his hands. We see the bowl is a plastic
               child's bowl with Engines and Cabooses all over it. Paul
               turns the bowl around in his hands like a steering wheel.

          
               It dawns on Kym that she's handed her father Ethan's bowl.
               She is stricken.
               Paul looks to Carol. He seems bewildered. The kitchen falls
               silent and Carol takes Ethan's bowl and places it in the
               sink, out of sight. She leads Paul gently out of the kitchen.

          

          

               CLOSE ON KYM --

          

               CLOSE ON RACHEL --
               She turns and leaves the kitchen. Sidney follows her. Emma
               and Norman Sklear step out onto the porch.
               Kieran takes the Ethan bowl from the sink and puts it quietly
               back in the cupboard and shuts the door. Kym doesn't know
               what to do.

          

          40   EXT. BUCHMAN NEIGHBORHOOD. DAY.                              40

          
               The station wagon heading away from the Buchman house.

          

                                                                                   60.

          

          

          41   INT. STATION WAGON. DAY.                                  41

          
               Rachel is driving, Kym is in the passenger seat. The radio is
               on and neither says anything. Kym cranks down the window,
               tries to light a cigarette.

          

                                   KYM
                         Mom is handling the flowers?

                                   RACHEL
                         Well, she's growing them and
                         choosing them - but they are being
                         delivered by her people.

          

                                   KYM
                         Got it. Wow. Nurturing and growing
                         things from the soil. Textbook,
                         right?

          

                                   RACHEL
                         Kym. Can we talk about the candles
                         for a minute? Because --

          

                                   KYM
                         Yeah, exactly! Candles and rice
                         paper -- all lit up during the
                         ceremony. It's a way of honoring
                         Ethan, Ethan's... spirit, you know?
                         It will look really nice too,
                         mainly. Millions of little candles
                         all over the place, and one huge
                         rice paper candle - representing
                         Ethan - glowing near the couple.
                         That would be you and Sidney.

                                   RACHEL
                         Oh my god, no. Don't. Just don't.
                         That would kill Dad. And Mom. And
                         me. And everybody. Please, Kym,
                         please please please don't do that.

          

                                   KYM
                         Geez. It was an IDEA. Lighten up,
                         okay? They do that in Japan or
                         India or someplace, okay?

          

                                   RACHEL
                         Just drop it, sweetie, okay?
                         Please?

                                   KYM
                         Oh my god - fine! Done! It was
                         nothing, okay. It was just an idea.

                                   (MORE)

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     61.

          41   CONTINUED:                                                41
                                      KYM (cont'd)
                            Just a stupid idea. I was joking,
                            you jerk! Lighten up, Rachel. This
                            is your big weekend. Everything's
                            fine.

          

          42   EXT. DOWNTOWN STAMFORD. DAY.                                 42

          
               Establishing this busy Connecticut city as the station wagon
               drives behind a fancy hair salon on the main drag.

          

          

          

          

          43   INT. BEAUTY SALON. DAY.                                      43

          
               Kym and Rachel have foils in their hair, situated a few
               chairs apart. Rachel is intently working on a crossword
               puzzle.

                                      KYM
                            Are you getting a manicure?

          
               Rachel silently waggles her fingers.
               Kym glances back at her magazine to discover one of the
               stylists standing close by, gazing at her face.
               Kym does a little double-take.

          

                                      STYLIST
                            You don't remember me, do you?

          
               Kym looks sharply at the stylist, noting his sincere face,
               the warmth of his eyes.

          

                                      KYM
                            Nooooo.....

          

                                      STYLIST
                            Rick James' limousine.

                                      KYM
                            Oh. My. God.

          

                                      STYLIST
                            Yeah.

          

          
               Rachel, nearby, grimaces.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    62.

          43   CONTINUED:                                               43

          

                                      KYM
                            I meant to come back. I swear. I
                            even had...Oh god, what was it?

                                      STYLIST
                            Peanut M&M's and Carbona cleaning
                            fluid.

          

                                      KYM
                            God is punishing me.

          

                                      STYLIST
                            No, he's blessing me. It's cool: I
                            talked him down.

                                      KYM
                                (uncomfortable)
                            So, how are ya?

          

                                      STYLIST
                            I'm okay. You remember we were in
                            the hospital together, right?

          

                                      KYM
                            We were...at Milestones?

          

                                      STYLIST
                            No. I didn't go to Milestones. I
                            didn't have the coverage. We were
                            on the same floor at Loeb House.
                            That was before you went to
                            Milestones.

          

                                      KYM
                            Where did you go after that?

          

                                      STYLIST
                            My parents' house. Unemployment.
                            It's all about the coverage, right?

          
               He stares deeply, movingly, into Kym's eyes. Awkward.

                                      STYLIST (CONT'D)
                            I can't believe I'm seeing you
                            again.

          

                                      KYM
                                (more uncomfortable)
                            I know. It's so weird.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   63.

          43   CONTINUED:                                                43

          

                                      STYLIST
                            Listen. Do you remember that
                            exercise where we all had to write
                            down experiences and pass them
                            anonymously to another person?

          

                                      KYM
                            "The Human Mirror: Seeing With a
                            Fresh Perspective" Like Secret
                            Santas of despair.

          

                                      STYLIST
                            I got yours.

          
               Kym gives him a quizzical look.

          

                                      STYLIST
                            You drew poodles in the margins. I
                            know it's supposed to be anonymous
                            and everything, but you were so
                            brave. The way your uncle abused
                            you and your sister, and how it led
                            to your sister's anorexia, and how
                            you stayed up nights when she was
                            down to fifty pounds holding a
                            mirror to her face to make sure she
                            was breathing. I'll never forget
                            reading that, I swear to God.

          
               Rachel's stylist is removing her foils while Rachel chokes on
               her Diet Pepsi and it comes out her nose. Kym looks nervous.

                                      RACHEL'S STYLIST
                                (to Rachel)
                            Do you want a tissue?

          
               Rachel looks horrified, holding her hand over her nose.

                                      STYLIST
                                (To Kym)
                            I found it so profoundly
                            inspirational that you could be
                            there for her during your own
                            incredible ordeal. I thank God that
                            you came in here today. I never
                            thought I'd ever have the chance to
                            thank you. It was your strength
                            that gave me the courage to
                            confront my own abuse and help me
                            turn my life around.
               Rachel slams down her magazine and leaves the salon. Kym runs
               after her. Both girls have foils in their hair.

          

                                                                                    64.

          

          

          44   EXT. REAR PARKING LOT/BEAUTY SALON. DAY.                    44

          
               Rachel is being trailed by her sister through the parking
               lot.

          

                                   KYM
                         Would you stop?

          
               Rachel doesn't stop. She is searching for her keys in the
               fading daylight. Kym catches up, takes Rachel's arm.

          

                                   RACHEL
                         Don't touch me.

          

                                   KYM
                         Don't you think his perspective
                         might be a little skewed?

                                   RACHEL
                         I never had anorexia. You sure as
                         hell didn't watch over me while I
                         was sleeping and WE DON'T HAVE A

                         GODDAMNED PEDOPHILE UNCLE!--

                                   KYM
                             (interrupting)
                         --That we know of!--

                                   RACHEL

                         --THAT MADE OUR CHILDHOOD A LIVING

                         HELL AND EXPLAINS AWAY ALL OF YOUR
                         SHIT IN ONE FELL SWOOP!...Did you
                         tell them that Dad forced us into a
                         life of prostitution while you were
                         at it?

          

                                   KYM
                         Ew!...
                             (she stops and tries to
                              remember)
                         Wait...
               Rachel yanks open the car door, jumps in.

          

                                   KYM
                         I wasn't hurting anybody. No one
                         got hurt, Rach.
               Rachel slams the car door shut.

          

                                     RACHEL
                         I'm hurt!

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                      65.

          44   CONTINUED:                                                  44

          
               Rachel drives off with a screech, leaving her sister standing
               there.

          

          

          

          

          45   INT. BUCHMAN HOUSE. DEN. DAY.                               45

          
               Rachel, yanking the foils out of her hair, perches on the
               sofa next to Carol and Paul. She is furious.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            I hate her.

          

                                      PAUL
                            You don't hate her.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Don't tell me what I don't hate. I
                            hate, hate the lies. She lied in
                            rehab.

          

                                      PAUL
                            What do you mean she lied?

                                      RACHEL
                            She lied to the people who were
                            working with her. Who were trying
                            to help her. She lies to everybody.

          

                                      PAUL
                                (not getting it)
                            Where is she now?

                                      RACHEL
                            Where am I now, Dad?

                                      KYM'S VOICE OFF
                            Rachel! Rachel?

          

                                      PAUL
                            Thank god. In here.
               Kym comes stomping in. Her foils are still intact.

          

                                      KYM
                            Thanks for abandoning me. I had to
                            take a taxi!

          

                                      RACHEL
                                (disbelieving)
                            Are you kidding me?

          

          

          

                                                                    (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    66.

          45   CONTINUED:                                               45

          

                                      KYM
                            Why would anything I said or didn't
                            say at the hospital hurt you? It
                            wasn't about you!

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Why not? Why wasn't it about me?

          

                                        PAUL
                            Rachel...

          

                                       RACHEL
                            Dad, stop.
                                (to Kym)
                            Why not? I was hopeful. I was on
                            your side. I still am. Do you have
                            any idea what that means? Do you
                            have any idea how lonely it was
                            with everybody gone into your
                            terrible world? There was nothing
                            left. Everybody was just empty. You
                            think they remembered I was alive
                            or needed anything during your...
                            life? And after all that loneliness
                            and Mom and Dad blaming each other
                            and worrying and death and divorce
                            and that stupid hopefulness and Dad
                            not even being able to listen to
                            music, you were in the hospital,
                            lying about us! Instead of telling
                            the truth about yourself!

                                      KYM
                            God, Rachel...

                                      PAUL
                            Wait a minute. Wait a minute.
                            What's this all about?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Apparently she has a whole history
                            of sexual molestation.

                                        CAROL
                            What?

          

                                      PAUL
                            Kym, what is your sister saying?
                            Did you say you were sexually
                            molested?

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    67.

          45   CONTINUED:                                               45

          

                                      KYM
                            Oh Jesus Christ. Not by you! It was
                            a long time ago!

                                        PAUL
                            Were you?

          

                                        KYM
                            No!

          

                                      PAUL
                            Why in god's name would you say
                            something like that?

          

                                      KYM
                            It was anonymous! It seemed like a
                            good idea at the time.
               The three on the couch are stunned for a moment.

                                      RACHEL
                            Dad, look at me. I'm right here.
                            I'm telling you that after Ethan
                            died I wanted her to get better or
                            just die...

          

                                      PAUL
                            And look! She is better!

          

                                      KYM
                            Nice, Rachel. Thank you.

                                      RACHEL
                                (to Paul)
                            ...And Dad, she was lying and she
                            didn't give a shit about the rest
                            of us. Recovery can't work if you
                            lie. She knows that. I was
                            worthless to her. We all meant
                            nothing to her.

          

                                      KYM
                            You're not worthless. You're my
                            sister. I love you guys. I need you
                            guys, but you don't get to sit
                            around for the rest of my life
                            deciding what I'm supposed to be
                            like. You weren't there. You
                            weren't inside my head when I was
                            fucked up and your certainly not
                            there now. You haven't got a clue
                            what I feel.

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   68.

          45   CONTINUED:                                               45

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Kym, you took Ethan for granted.
                            You were high for his life. You
                            were not present for his life. You
                            were high. He was like a pet to
                            you. You drove him off the bridge.
                            And now he's dead.

          

                                      PAUL
                            It was an accident.

          

                                      KYM
                            Yes! I was stoned out of my mind!
                            Jesus Christ, who do I have to be
                            now? Mother Theresa? Did I use up
                            all the love I'm allowed for this
                            lifetime because I killed our
                            little brother?

          

                                      PAUL
                            No, it was an accident!

          

                                      KYM
                            I'm sorry! I'm sorry, okay? I'm
                            sorry!

          
               Paul bursts out weeping.

                                      PAUL
                            It was an accident.
               Kym, her hair still in foils, rushes out of the house.

          
               Carol turns to Rachel. Rachel bolts upstairs. Carol turns to
               Paul. Paul waves her away. Carol is bawling too.

          

          46   EXT. 7/11 PARKING LOT. DUSK.                              46

          
               A STATE TROOPER, sitting in his patrol car, looks up from his
               coffee as Paul's Mercedes station wagon screeches into a
               nearby parking space. The cop watches Kym get out of the car
               and stalk into the 7/11.

          

          47   OMITTED                                                   47

          

                                                                                    69.

          

          

          48   INT. ABBY'S/ANDREW'S HOUSE. MASTER BATHROOM. NIGHT.         48

          
               Steam rises from the surface of Abby's high-tech and
               sumptuous bathtub, as she quickly turns the water off and
               speaks into her cell phone.

          

                                   ABBY
                         Hello?

          

          49   INT. BUCHMAN HOUSE. PAUL'S STUDY. NIGHT. CONTINUOUS.        49
               He is alone and the door is shut

          

                                   PAUL
                         Hello Abby. It's Paul.

          
               INTERCUT the conversation:

          

                                   ABBY
                         Hello Paul.

          

                                   PAUL
                         Is Kym with you?

                                   ABBY
                         No. Why? Did she go somewhere?

                                   PAUL
                         She left the house about an hour
                         ago.

                                   ABBY
                         To a meeting?

                                   PAUL
                         She and Rachel had an argument.

                                   ABBY
                         Oh, dear. The night before her
                         wedding? What was it about?

                                   PAUL
                         Look, Abby, it doesn't matter. She
                         left the house. She took the car.

          

                                   ABBY
                         What was the argument about?

          

                                   PAUL
                         I don't know. They were both
                         getting their hair done...

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    70.

          49   CONTINUED:                                               49

          

                                      ABBY
                            You don't know? Well what were they
                            saying?

                                      PAUL
                            For god's sake Abby! I'm trying to
                            figure out where she went before I
                            call the police!

                                      ABBY
                            Well, last time you called the
                            police looking for her she was
                            upstairs, asleep in the guest room.

          

                                      PAUL
                            She wasn't asleep, she was
                            unconscious! And I'm glad I called
                            the police because it took twenty
                            minutes to wake her up and at least
                            something was being done!

                                      ABBY
                            Paul, I'm trying to help.

                                      PAUL
                            You're trying to dismiss
                            everything!

                                      ABBY
                            She's not a criminal!

                                      PAUL
                            You're disregarding everything I'm
                            saying, and this failure to listen,
                            failure to understand what is right
                            in front of you is exactly why you
                            will never be able...

                                       ABBY
                            Paul!...

          

                                      PAUL
                            ...To help her!

          

                                      ABBY
                            Maybe that's not what she needs all
                            the time...

                                      PAUL
                                (incredulous)
                            What?

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   71.

          49   CONTINUED:                                               49

          

                                      ABBY
                                (stammering)
                            I mean..I mean maybe she needs us --

                                      PAUL
                            -- Maybe she needs someone to be
                            watchful and present and in her
                            life!

                                      ABBY
                            -- To trust her --

                                      PAUL
                            She could hurt herself! She could
                            be lying dead in a ditch somewhere!

          

                                      ABBY
                            All right! All right! Stop it!

          
               Beat. Paul tries to pull himself together. Abby is trembling.

                                      PAUL
                            If you hear anything, can I count
                            on you to please call me?

                                      ABBY
                                (incredulous)
                            Can you count on me?...

          
               Abby puts her hand to her mouth. INTERCUT with Paul waiting,
               then:

                                      ABBY
                            Yes Paul, you can count on me to
                            call if I hear anything.

          
               Now Abby waits: then

                                      PAUL
                            Okay, then.

          

                                       ABBY
                            Goodbye.

          

                                       PAUL
                            Goodbye.

          
               She hangs up.

          
               He hangs up.

          

                                                                                   72.

          

          

          50   INT. BUCHMAN DINING ROOM. NIGHT.                          50

          
               The room is piled high with boxes overflowing with tulle and
               flowers and glassware. Carol, Sidney, Rachel, Kieran and Emma
               are seated around the cheerless dining room table, picking at
               the dinner in front of them...even Emma appears to have given
               up. She is drinking a lot of wine. Paul returns to the table.

          

                                   PAUL
                         Abby hasn't heard from her.

          
               Rachel stabs her dessert with her fork. Her head is on
               Sidney's shoulder, she looks pale and exhausted.

          

                                   CAROL
                         She must feel awful.

          

                                   KIERAN
                             (gently)
                         Excuse me, but when you're trying
                         to get better there's a lot of
                         pressure in rehabs... when someone
                         isn't ready to take responsibility
                         they create something, like an
                         Uncle Stan, to take responsibility
                         until they're ready.

                                   PAUL
                             (hollow)
                         Well, she's always been creative.

                                   CAROL
                         I just wish we knew where she was.

                                   SIDNEY
                         Paul, Would you like me to go out
                         and look for her?
               Rachel takes Sidney's hand.

          

                                   CAROL
                         You're getting married tomorrow. A
                         hundred people will be here.

          

                                   KIERAN
                         I'll go. I'm...I'll go. Any idea
                         where she might have gone?
               Everybody looks at Kieran. No one responds. The phone rings.
               Carol goes to get it. Everybody waits.

                                   CAROL
                         It's the caterer.

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     73.

          50   CONTINUED:                                               50

          
               Emma gives Rachel's arm a squeeze.

          

                                      EMMA
                            I'll take it.

          

          

          

          

          51   EXT/INT. SCOTTY'S. NIGHT.                                    51

          
               Kieran, looking drawn under the fluorescent lights, stands
               inside the Jamaican restaurant staring out at the night.

          
               THROUGH THE WINDOW a beat up WHITE HONDA tears ass right
               through the stop sign and screeches on up the road. Kieran
               flinches.

          

          

          

          

          52   OMITTED                                                      52

          

          

          53   INT. ABBY'S/ANDREW'S HOUSE. NIGHT.                           53
               Abby is in her kitchen preparing tea, dressed in loose-
               fitting yoga-style PJs, hair still wet from her bath. A door
               opens behind her and Kym emerges from the bathroom rubbing
               her hands over her face.

          

                                       KYM
                            Ahhh....

          

                                      ABBY
                            You should call your father.

          
               The air seems to go out of Kym for a moment.

                                      KYM
                            In a minute. I need a glass of
                            water.

                                      ABBY
                            I've made some tea.

          
               Abby picks up the tray, leading the way from the kitchen into
               the living room. Trailing behind her, Kym looks around her
               mother's unfamiliar house -- the spaciousness and stark
               modernity of Andrew's house stand in marked contrast to the
               rampant folksy-ness of the Buchman house.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    74.

          53   CONTINUED:                                                 53

          

          
               Abby places the tea service on a low table in front of a
               sprawling sofa in the stone-walled living room.

          

                                      ABBY
                            Here darling. Sit down. You look
                            upset.

          
               Kym sits, pours and sips. Abby remains standing and tightens
               the belt of her bathrobe.

          

                                      KYM
                            When will Andrew be back?

          

                                      ABBY
                            Not too late. He's at a dinner.

          
               Beat.

                                      ABBY
                            I spoke to grandma today. She sends
                            her love. Is everything all right
                            with the wedding?

          

                                      KYM
                            Yes.

          

                                      ABBY
                            Good.

          

                                      KYM
                            Dad was loading the dishwasher...

                                      ABBY
                            Mmm hmmm...

          

                                      KYM
                            And I handed him Ethan's bowl with
                            the trains on it by accident.

          
               Kym begins to weep. Abby remains still. Kym's weeping becomes
               louder and louder. She is having trouble breathing.
               Just as Abby reaches out to touch her...

          

                                      KYM
                            Why did you leave me in charge of
                            him?
               Abby stops.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                               74A.

          53   CONTINUED:                                             53

          

                                      KYM
                            You knew. All of you knew. People
                            told you. I was a junkie.

                                      (MORE)

          

          

          

          

                                                                (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     75.

          53   CONTINUED:                                                  53
                                      KYM (cont'd)
                            I was a crazy drug addict. I stole
                            from you. I lied to your face. I
                            weighed six pounds and my hair was
                            falling out. I spent every dinner
                            in the bathroom.

          

                                      ABBY
                            You were sick.

                                      KYM
                            You know what I was. It's not like
                            there weren't any clues. I stayed
                            in my room for days. I passed out
                            all the time. Where were you, Mom!
                            What were you thinking? Why did you
                            leave me? Why did you leave me in
                            charge of him?
               Abby closes her fists and beats Kym with all her strength.

                                      ABBY
                            You weren't supposed to kill him!
                            You weren't supposed to kill him!
               Kym curls up protectively and Abby suddenly stops.

          

                                        KYM
                            Mom?

          
               Abby swings at Kym again and connects.
               Kym punches Abby right back -- twice -- now she is on her
               feet.
               Both women stop, terrified, and look at each other.

          
               Kym moves toward her mother.

                                        KYM
                            Mom?

          

                                        ABBY
                            Get away!

          
               Kym stops. Keeping her back to the door she backs out of her
               mother's house.

          

          54   EXT. ABBY'S/ANDREW'S HOUSE. NIGHT.                           54

          
               Kym falls down the front steps. Her nose is bleeding and her
               eye starts to swell. Where are the car keys? Here they are.
               Where is the door handle? Here it is. She drives off.

          

                                                                                   76.

          

          

          55   OMITTED                                                   55

          

          56   EXT. SECLUDED ROAD. NIGHT.                                56

          
               Kym driving the station wagon too fast.

          

          

          

          

          57   INT. STATION WAGON. NIGHT.                                57
               --KYM'S P.O.V.: THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD-- Headlights.
               Windshield wipers. It's not raining. A curve in the road,
               squealing around it. The road forks twenty yards ahead, woods
               in between. Left or right? Kym drives straight ahead,
               careening off the road, smashing down a couple of saplings,
               losing speed, right fender smashing into a big rock --
               AIRBAGS blast up into Kym's face -- airbag deflates, Kym's
               head falls forward, bangs against the steering wheel. A tiny
               moan. That's it.

          

          

          

          58   EXT. WIDE SHOT. FORK IN THE ROAD. NIGHT.                  58

          
               The station wagon has come to a halt far off the road,
               concealed by undergrowth and trees in the foreground. There
               is no movement in the car. A Volvo station wagon drives by,
               continuing on its way.

          

          

          

          59   INT. BUCHMAN HOUSE FAMILY ROOM. NIGHT.                    59

          
               Paul, Kieran, and Sidney are seated around the family room.
               Paul and Sidney are drinking red wine, Kieran something else.
               An empty bottle is in front of them and Sidney is uncorking a
               fresh one.

          

                                   PAUL
                         ...I never thought I'd have two
                         little girls. Two little girls
                         running around with their tummies
                         sticking out in their diapers. They
                         used to bite me on the nose, the
                         two of them.

                                   (MORE)

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     77.

          59   CONTINUED:                                                 59
                                      PAUL (cont'd)
                            I'd hold both of them in the pool
                            and they'd take turns biting my
                            nose. Ethan never did that. He
                            preferred pinkies. Or knuckles...

          
               Sidney and Kieran chuckle appreciatively. Paul joins the
               laughter, pours some more wine.

          

          60   INT. MASTER BEDROOM. NIGHT.                                  60

          
               Rachel and Emma are curled up in the middle of the bed, spoon-
               style, with clothes still on. Emma is behind Rachel, lost to
               the world, gently snoring. Rachel's eyes are wide open.
               Carol swings the door cautiously open and peers inside.
               Rachel and Carol look at each other for a long time. Carol
               withdraws, closing the door behind her.

          

          

          

          

          61   EXT. FORK IN THE ROAD. DAWN.                                 61
               The station wagon seen just as before. A couple of joggers
               lope by on the road.

          

          

          

          

          62   EXT/INT. STATION WAGON. MORNING.                             62
               Kym jolts awake as a STAMFORD POLICEMAN raps on her closed
               window. She is a mess. A black eye. A split, bloody lip. A
               gash across her forehead.

          
               The cop is simultaneously gesturing for her to roll her
               window down and speaking into his radio.

          
               Kym tries to start the car. No luck.

          
               The cop bangs on the window.
               Kym leans her head against the steering wheel. The horn
               starts blowing.

          
               The joggers, a couple of early dogwalkers, and a couple of
               kids on bikes are gathered by the roadside, whispering and
               watching.

          

                                                                                     78.

          

          

          63   EXT. STATION WAGON. DAY.                                     63

          
               NOW -- The cop is studying Kym's license and registration.
               NOW -- An AMBULANCE has arrived. Red lights flashing.

          
               The crowd of onlookers has swelled considerably.

          
               NOW -- The cop gives a clearly upset Kym a Breathalyzer test
               as PARAMEDICS wrap a pressure cuff around her arm -- she
               exhales into the Breathalyzer tube, her eyes darting between
               the cop, the cracked windshield of the car and the gawking
               crowd up on the road.

          
               TIME CUT -- The paramedic holds Kym firmly by the chin
               and peers deeply into her right eye. The other paramedic
               blots at Kym's swollen lip with a gauze and hands her an ice
               pack.

          
               TIME CUT -- The cop gives Kym her license and hands her
               an official looking form, which she stuffs in her shoulder
               bag.

          

          64   EXT. THE BUCHMAN HOUSE. DAY.                                 64

                                                                                   
               A truck towing the beat-up station wagon comes to a halt in
               the street in front of the Buchman house. Kym steps down from       
               the passenger seat, ignoring whatever the driver just said in       
               parting.                                                            
               The house is festooned with peonies and lights and WORKERS          
               hurrying about. Everything looks absolutely beautiful.              
               CATERERS are running from their vans into the house with            
               armloads of food, drinks, etc. Abby's flowers are being             
               unloaded from another van. Decorative chandeliers are being         
               carried inside.                                                     
               VALETS are setting up their car-parking operation (a                
               decorated picnic table) at the foot of the driveway.                

          
               Kym squares her shoulders and begins her long walk up to the        
               Buchman house, back into the chaos.                                 
               A CUTE VALET passes Kym on the lawn, carrying two paper cups        
               of coffee, dressed in an Indian military tunic. He takes in         
               Kym's disheveled and bruised appearance.                            

          

                                   VALET
                         Um. Hi.

          

                                   KYM
                         I'm the Maid of Honor.

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   79.

          64   CONTINUED:                                                 64

          

                                         VALET
                            Cool.

                                                                                 
               Kym continues her walk toward the house.

                                      VALET
                            Hey, I know you. I used to work at
                            the dog grooming place.

                                                                                 
               Kym keeps walking, ignoring him.

                                      VALET
                            Hey, you holding?

          
               Paul and Carol, beautifully dressed, appear on the front          
               porch and hurry towards Kym.                                      

                                         PAUL
                            Kymmie?

                                      CAROL
                            Oh my lord...

                                      PAUL
                            Are you all right?
               They meet at the circular driveway.                               

                                         KYM
                            I hit Mom.

                                      PAUL
                            Oh my god is she...

                                      KYM
                            Not with the car.

          
               Beat.

                                      PAUL

                                                                                 
                            We need to get you to a hospital.

                                      KYM
                            I have to get dressed.

                                      PAUL
                            Look at you! You need to get to a
                            hospital!

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     80.

          64   CONTINUED:                                                 64

          

                                      KYM
                            Dad! I'm fine.

          
               He tries to touch her. She stops his hand. Paul backs off.

          

                                      PAUL
                            You can't just vanish. You can't
                            just leave. You have to call. You
                            always have to call.

          
               Paul looks helplessly at his wife.                                  

                                      CAROL
                            Why don't you go find your sister?
                            She didn't sleep last night waiting
                            for you.

                                                                                   
               Kym runs onto the porch as a group of GOFERS carry more of
               Abby's flowers through the front door.                              
               Emma is on the front porch filling balloons with helium,            
               assisted by the kids from next door. Emma inhales from a            
               balloon as she sees Kym.                                            

          

                                      EMMA                                         
                                (in a helium voice)                                
                            Oh. My. God.                                           

          

          65   OMITTED                                                      65     

          

          66   INT. BUCHMAN FOYER. DAY. CONTINUOUS.                         66     

          
               Kieran is in the living room on his cell phone when he spots        
               Kym. Behind him we see Norman Sklear, Matt and Innbo removing       
               the last of the living room furniture to the rear patio.            

                                       KIERAN
                            Holy shit.
                                (into the phone)
                            She just showed up. Yes. Thank you.
                                (to Kym)
                            Do you need a doctor?

          

                                      KYM
                            You sent out the cavalry?

          

                                      KIERAN
                            For your dad. Mostly for your dad.

          

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                80A.

          66   CONTINUED:                                              66

          

                                      KYM
                            I have to get ready. I have to get
                            dressed.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    81.

          66   CONTINUED:                                                  66

          

                                      KIERAN
                            Okay. I'm so glad to see you.

          
               KYM'S P.O.V. -- charging up the stairs.

          

          67   INT. MASTER BEDROOM. DAY. CONTINUOUS.                       67

          
               Also known as the bridal chamber.

          
               Kym yanks the door open and Rachel jumps a mile.

                                      RACHEL
                            Aaaah! Fuck!
               She is dressed in her Sari and huge gold earrings and looks
               beautiful, despite a lack of sleep.
               Seeing her bashed up sister framed in the doorway, Rachel
               fights tears. She loses.

                                         KYM
                            I hit Mom.

                                      RACHEL
                            With the car?

                                         KYM
                            No. No.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            You hit Mom? You hit our mother?

          
               Kym looks completely desperate. She nods. Rachel's face
               contorts with rage as she steps forward and slams the bedroom
               door in Kym's face.
               Kym winces.

          
               Beat.

          

                                         KYM
                            Okay.

          
               Rachel yanks the door open again.

          

          68   INT. MASTER BATHROOM. DAY.                                  68

          
               Rachel has run a bath for her sister. She has removed her
               sari but not her earrings.

          
               Kym is in the bath. Her body is bruised and purple.

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    82.

          68   CONTINUED:                                               68

          
               Rachel dabs gently at Kym's face with a washcloth while Kym
               scrubs at her nails with a brush.

          
               She glides the soapy washcloth over Kym's back. She notices
               the word ethan inscribed within the design of the rose and
               thorns image tattooed on Kym's left shoulder.

          
               Rachel rinses shampoo and leaves and dirt out of her sister's
               hair while Kym brushes her teeth.

          
               Rachel dabs makeup on Kym's chin as Kym's hands tremble with
               the mascara.

          

                                        RACHEL
                            I got it.

          

          69   INT. MASTER BEDROOM. DAY.                                 69

          
               Back in her wedding Sari, Rachel wraps Kym in her
               bridesmaid's gown and puts some Lilies of the Valley in her
               hair.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Can you do this?

          
               Kym nods.

                                        RACHEL
                            Okay.

          

          70   EXT./INT. BUCHMAN BACK TERRACE/LIVING ROOM. DAY.          70

          
               THE CEREMONY -- Guests, some standing, some in white chairs.
               The living room is festooned with wall to wall flowers. A
               canopy of cherry blossoms leads from the living room terrace
               to the opened living room doors. Sidney, looking stunning in
               a dove grey Nehru suit and a lavender pocket square, waits at
               the altar with groomsmen Kieran, Norman Sklear, and Cousin
               Joseph (now wearing full dress U.S. Army uniform)... and
               officiating JUDGE CASTLE.

          
               SFX: LIVE MUSIC -- "Here Comes The Bride" on distant electric
               guitar and drums plus foreground violin and gently chanted
               "Rachel's" and "Sidney's" by the assembled friends.
               Emma's smiling face fills the frame as the ceremony begins.
               Bridesmaids Emma, Kayra Williams, Victoria, and - -

          

               THE MAID OF HONOR!--

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    83.

          70   CONTINUED:                                               70

          
               Kym in her dress with her striped hair, split lip and black
               eye, trying to find her game face. The wedding guests are
               slack-jawed. Mrs. Williams (Sidney's mom) looks like she's
               passing a stone.

          
               Abby stands quietly with Andrew in the first row. She looks
               composed and lovely and has the tiniest hint of a bruise on
               her chin.
               The procession reaches the altar and the wedding party turns
               to face Rachel and Paul.
               Paul is beaming, walking his beautiful daughter from the side
               of the house and across the terrace to the living room. She
               glows in her white and gold Sari.

          
               They reach the altar of blossoms. Rachel kisses her dad's
               cheek and he hugs her. Things are set up so that Rachel and
               Sidney stand just inside the living room, facing the
               beautiful backyard.
               Kym reaches for Rachel's bouquet but Rachel has handed it to
               Emma by reflex. Kym tries to cover her gesture.
               Rachel and Sidney join hands.

          

                                      JUDGE CASTLE
                            We're here on this beautiful day...

          
               Somebody's baby starts to cry.

                                       JUDGE CASTLE
                            Exactly.
               Everybody cracks up, especially Kym. She laughs a beat longer
               than anybody else.

                                       KYM
                                (mumbling)
                            Excuse me.

          

          

          71   EXT./INT. BUCHMAN BACK TERRACE/LIVING ROOM. DAY.          71

          
               Rachel and Sidney are saying their vows.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            I always just wanted to hear music,
                            and when I met you I heard you. You
                            are the most beautiful thing I've
                            ever heard. Thanks for marrying me.

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   84.

          71   CONTINUED:                                                 71

          
               Rachel is crying. Sidney takes his pocket square and
               carefully dries her tears.

          
               Abby is drying her own eyes.

                                                                                 
               Rachel makes her own declaration to Sidney.
               Norman Sklear hands Sidney an acoustic guitar and Sidney
               strums it and plucks a delicate melody.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            For you.
                                (to Rachel's stomach)
                            And you...ahem...
                                (sings)

                                                                                 
                            "She used to work in a diner
                            Never saw a woman look finer
                            I used to order just to watch
                            her float across the floor
                            She grew up in a small town
                            Never put her roots down
                            Daddy always kept movin',
                            so she did too.

                                                                                 
                            You know it ain't easy
                            You got to hold on                                   
                            She was an unknown legend                            
                            in her time                                          
                            Now she's dressin' two kids                          
                            Lookin' for a magic kiss                             
                            She gets the far-away look                           
                            in her eyes.                                         

          
                            Somewhere on a desert highway                        
                            She rides a Harley-Davidson                          
                            Her long blonde hair                                 
                            flyin' in the wind                                   
                            She's been runnin' half her life                     
                            The chrome and steel she rides                       
                            Collidin' with the very                              
                            air she breathes                                     
                            The air she breathes.                                
                            The air she breathes.                                

          

          
               The guests join in on the last chorus, with spontaneous ad-       
               lib instrumentation from some of the musician friends. The        
               song ends with a huge eruption of laughter and applause.          

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          
                                                                                  84aA.

          71   CONTINUED:                                               71

          

                                      JUDGE CASTLE
                            On that note, and with the power                     
                            vested in me by the state of
                            Connecticut and Neil Young, I now                    
                            pronounce you husband and wife.

          
               Big Kiss! Lots of screaming and laughing. Huge applause.
               Carol and Mr. Williams throw pink and white confetti hearts.

          
               Kym applauds wildly and is crying her eyes out.

          
               Paul weeps openly. Carol breathes a sigh of relief.

          

          72   EXT. BUCHMAN BACKYARD. LATER.                             72
               POST-CEREMONY LUNCH -- the whole Wedding Party Inner Circle,
               everybody, is enjoying barbecue, oysters, Vegetarian Supreme,
               beers, wine, various other chill-juices and snackettes -- on
               the back terrace, around the swimming pool and spread out at
               picnic tables and blankets across the expansive back lawn.
               The exotic reception party tent stands proudly and invitingly
               down the slope.

                                                                                 
               THE MUSICIAN FRIENDS are playing their version of "Rachel
               Loves Sidney." Some guests have removed as many layers of         
               clothing as weather permits. Some -- including Sidney and
               Rachel -- have even changed into Bermudas and sweatshirts for
               the moment.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                 84A.

          72   CONTINUED:                                               72

          
               Rachel and Sidney are serving second helpings to their
               friends.

                                                                                
               Abby and Andrew are at a table eating and chatting with the
               Chicago Cousins, the Rosenzweigs, and Cookie Puss.               

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   85.

          72   CONTINUED:                                                72

          
               Kym is tying a LITTLE BOY'S balloon to his wrist. She looks
               over at her mother.

                                                                                 
               Abby is deep in conversation with Andrew. She tucks a stray
               hair behind his ear.

          

          73   EXT. BUCHMAN BACKYARD. DAY.                               73

          

               "CUTTING THE CAKE"--

          

               A MULTI-TIERED WEDDING CAKE, WEDGEWOOD BLUE, IN THE SHAPE OF

               AN ELEPHANT, WITH TWO TINY PLASTIC ASTRONAUTS SITTING ON TOP.

          
               Rachel and Sidney are cutting the cake.

                                      SIDNEY
                            Is this mocha? Or chocolate?
               He samples the frosting.

                                      MRS. WILLIAMS
                            Baby Boy, let them take the
                            picture.

                                         SIDNEY
                            Okay, Mom.

                                      RACHEL
                            Yeah, Baby Boy.
               Rachel licks the frosting off Sidney's finger then gives his
               mom a big wholesome smile.

          
               Mrs. Williams shakes her head but she's okay with this.

                                      RACHEL
                            Can we all do this together?

          
               Reshuffling as Sidney, his parents, Kayra, and Rachel, Paul,
               Carol and Kym each place a hand on the silver cake knife.

                                         RACHEL
                            Mom.

          
               With nowhere else to stand, Abby lays her fingers lightly on
               Kym's wrist. Emma's AUNT JOYCE, a cool professional photog,

               SNAPS THE PICTURE.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                   86.

          73   CONTINUED:                                               73

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Dear God, bless this family and let
                            them always invite us for dinner
                            because my new wife can't boil
                            water or fry an egg. La Chaim.

          

                                        EVERYONE
                            La Chaim.
               Rachel suddenly stands on a chair and bangs on a glass with a
               spoon.

                                      RACHEL
                            Friends and family, family and
                            friends! I have an announcement to
                            make! I'm the bride and I'm knocked
                            up!
               Surprised whooping and hollering.

                                      RACHEL
                            I'm exercising my bridely, knocked
                            up prerogatives and demand that

                                                                                 
                            everybody starts dancing. And this
                            means you too, Mom!                                  
               Abby smiles.
               SFX: The Deejay spins an infectious platter (TBD).                

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Oh yay! Dad c'mon. C'mon Dad! This
                            is my favorite song!

          

                                      PAUL
                            Ooo. Look at me, I'm dancing.
               She drags Paul to the temporary poolside patio dance floor.       
               Paul is a fantastic dancer! Sidney drags his dad to the dance
               floor. He's dramatic and weird! Abby smiles politely at Kym
               and goes to sit down with Andrew. Kieran spirits Kym to the
               patio, where they join the dancers.                               

          

                                                                                   86A.

          

          

          74   EXT. BUCHMAN BACKYARD/OUTSIDE THE TENT. DUSK.             74

          
               THE RECEIVING LINE -- All members of both families are lined

                                                                                 
               up outside the entrance to the tent to greet the INNER CIRCLE
               GANG and the LUCKY FEW OUTSIDERS who have been invited to         
               this evening's gala wedding reception party. It is twilight.

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     87.

          74   CONTINUED:                                                74

          
               Everybody is spruced and rested. Rachel and Sidney have
               changed into awesome party outfits.

          
               Inside the tent, yet another group of musician friends are
               currently laying down an evocative, hypnotic and extremely
               cool, jazzy "world music" groove as the same attractive and
               immaculate young servers (from the rehearsal dinner)
               circulate with trays of delicious appetizers, wine, seltzer,
               etc.

          
               Kym is still wearing her sari. She stands next to her mother.
               They are doing their wedding party duties. Neither woman is
               looking at the other.

          

                                      BOB THE NEXT DOOR NEIGHBOR
                                (to Abby indicating Kym)
                            And how is our little wayward girl?

                                      KYM
                            Fine.
                                (Beat.)
                            I had an accident.

          

                                      ABBY
                            And, how are you, Bob?

          

                                      BOB
                            God, never better -- Isaac opened
                            his practice!

          

               QUICK CUTS OF KYM

          

                                      NICE FAMILY FRIEND
                            We're all so glad you made it! I
                            shouldn't be telling you this, but
                            there was actually a pool! Is that
                            hysterical?

          

                                      DISTINGUISHED NEIGHBOR
                                (eyeing Kym's injuries
                                 with a twinkle)
                            If you're in need of any legal
                            services...

          

                                      AWKWARD YOUNG GUEST
                            I don't know if you remember this
                            but you owe me $750.

          

                                      HIP YOUNG GUEST
                            Are you holding?

          

          

          

                                                                   (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                               87A.

          74   CONTINUED:                                             74

          

                                      INTERESTING YOUNG WOMAN
                            Kym? Do you remember me?

          

                                      KYM
                            Sorry...I'm not sure...

          

          

          

          

                                                                (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                       88.

          74   CONTINUED:                                                 74

          

                                      INTERESTING YOUNG WOMAN
                            Kym! Angela Paylin!!

          
               Angela sports an intense tattooed image on the inside of her
               right forearm. Her face features a unique piercing. Kym hugs
               her. Their reunion makes her cry...Angela is nice.

          

          75   INT. EXOTIC WEDDING TENT (EXT. BUCHMAN BACKYARD). NIGHT.       75

          
               The tent is fairly packed now with about 60-SOME ODD PEOPLE.
               Everybody is getting along fine. With a single dramatic
               gesture, Norman Sklear silences the band. Upon Norman's
               instructions, the drummer works his cymbals in such a way
               that the party-goers realize that something big is about to
               happen. Norman Sklear now gestures for complete silence and
               he gets it.
               Rachel and Emma grin madly at each other.

               SFX: LIVE BRAZILIAN PERCUSSION SLOWLY BUILDING, GROWING
               LOUDER approaching the tent entrance from the moonlit
               backyard.
               ALL EYES ON THE ENTRANCE -- the swimming pool lights
               shimmering outside as --

               --FOUR SEXY BRAZILIAN DRUMMERS AND FOUR GORGEOUS BRAZILIAN

               CARNIVAL GIRLS COMPLETE WITH HEADDRESSES AND FEATHERS DANCE
               INTO THE MIDDLE OF THE CROWD! The musicians blow whistles and
               bang on drums. The cafe-au-lait beauties gyrate and pull
               guests out of their chairs.

          
               Rachel leaps from her chair into Sidney's arms and he gives
               her a huge, sexy kiss as he rubs her tummy. Wedding guests
               scream with delight and rush to the floor.
               The drummers become more   impassioned with every beat. They
               travel allover the dance   floor, a trail of guests behind
               them. Sweat is dripping,   the girls are glistening wet, the
               guests are pulled into a   massive pulsing heartbeat on the
               dance floor.
               Emma, Kayra and Victoria are dancing together screaming until
               Cousin Joseph, Matt and another male friend muscle their way
               in.

          
               Little kids swing each other around in circles.

          
               Rachel and Sidney are practically doing it on the dance
               floor. A Brazilian beauty shimmies over to them, her
               headdress bobbing, her smile enormous.

          

          

          

                                                                   (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                      89.

          75   CONTINUED:                                                  75

          
               Sidney immediately puts his head on her bosom. After a beat
               Rachel does too, laughing.

          

               SFX: POUNDING BRAZILIAN DRUMS

          
               Carol stands quietly besides Paul and takes his hand and
               whispers to him. Though not dancing, they are clearly
               enjoying the carnival. Paul gives a little shimmy.
               Abby and Andrew are huddled together at a table, talking
               intensely. It's like they are blind to the spectacle.
               Kieran offers his hand to Kym. She leaps up, spilling her
               flowers. Kieran pulls her to the middle of the crowd. They
               circle each other. They come together almost violently and
               dance like there's no tomorrow. Kym's head is thrown back.
               Shoulders heaving, Kieran swings her around by the waist.

               SFX: DRUMMERS DRIVING THE PARTY FASTER AND FASTER.
               Emma shimmies wildly with her partner, her hair a mess.

          
               Mr. and Mrs. Williams clapping wildly and doing the
               limbo/hustle/drunken parent dance.
               Guests stomping and cheering.
               The brown, glittering dancers are shaking thisclose to the
               drummers who have their shirts off.

          
               A dancer rocks with an older gentleman who gulps oxygen from
               a tank.

          
               Rachel and Sidney are bathed in sweat, kissing. Sidney is
               gulping champagne.

          
               Kieran and Kym have their foreheads together and their eyes
               closed, chests heaving.

          

               DRUMS CRESCENDO

          
               Carol and Paul watching, laughing.
               Andrew whispering in Abby's ear. She just stares off.

          
               Kieran and Kym glued together.

          
               Rachel tossing her hair wildly, Sidney behind her.

          
               Everyone laughing, laughing, dancing.

               DRUMS STOP!!!

          

          

          

                                                                    (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    90.

          75   CONTINUED:                                                  75

          

               HUGE WHOOPS AND HOLLERS!!!

          

                                                                 CUT TO:

          

          76   EXT. BUCHMAN BACKYARD. NIGHT.                               76

          
               The exotic tent looks beautiful out there in the sprawling
               backyard, reflections of the POOL LIGHTS shimmering off its
               sides. The whole backyard is enchanted -- with magically
               deployed twinkle lights, Japanese lanterns and other special
               lighting effects adding to the aura...

          
               "Rachel Loves Sidney" is being played in a mellow, super-
               romantic trumpet solo mode now by Christian Scott.

          
               An assorted bunch of guests have relocated to the poolside
               patio in their finery. The oxygen guy and his matronly wife
               are seated on a transplanted living room couch, talking
               intently to a be-feathered headdressed Dancer.
               Norman Sklear and Emma are sharing a stylish, quietly
               triumphant slow dance, whispering punctuated by gusts of
               laughter. Angela Paylin is out there too.
               Little kids are running around the lawn and a few are playing
               with OLIVE the Dog.
               Kym kneels at the far corner of the swimming pool, unnoticed
               by anyone. A wooden serving tray floats on the surface of the
               water, supporting a candle wrapped in rice paper. A couple of
               smaller candles surround the slightly larger one. Kym lights
               the candles, extinguishes the match, gently slides the
               illuminated tray out towards the center of the pool, watches.
               Kym rises and walks towards the house, looking for something.

                                      NEIGHBORHOOD GIRL
                                (to Kym)
                            I can do a handstand!

          
               She executes a truly terrible handstand.

                                      KYM
                            That sucked.

          
               The girl throws a rebellious dance move in Kym's direction.

                                      KYM
                            Ouch.
               The girl laughs and runs off.

          

                                                                                  90A.

          

          

          77   EXT./INT. BUCHMAN LIVING ROOM -- CONTINUOUS.              77

          
               Kym crosses the back terrace and enters the living room
               through the flower bedecked canopy....

          

          

          

          

                                                                 (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    91.

          77   CONTINUED:                                               77

          
               where she finds Rachel and Sidney slow dancing alone and
               dreamy in the center of the darkened room, the walls still
               covered with the ceremonial flowers. A single candle flickers
               nearby.

          
               The dancers are oblivious to Kym's presence.

          

                                      KYM
                                (to Rachel)
                            Hi. Where's Mom?

          
               Rachel has her head on Sidney's shoulder, her eyes closed.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Taking a break.

          

                                      KYM
                            How can you take a break from your
                            own daughter's wedding?

                                      RACHEL
                            Mom doesn't actually participate in
                            things.

                                      KYM
                            And anyway, she hasn't even done
                            anything all day.

                                      RACHEL
                            I was thinking about getting her a
                            cat. Cats are really annoying. At
                            some point you have to deal with
                            them, right? Or they starve to
                            death and piss on your sheets.

                                      KYM
                            It's so nice here.
               Suddenly Kieran sweeps into the room.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            You can run but you can't hide!
               Kym shrieks as Kieran grabs her and plants a wet one on her,
               dipping her to the floor. They careen into Sidney and Rachel.
               Sidney grabs Rachel and starts molesting her.

          

                                      RACHEL
                                (totally into it)
                            Stop! Stop you fiend!
               Rachel and Sidney fall to the floor writhing, sounding way
               too amorous. Then:

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    92.

          77   CONTINUED:                                               77

          

                                         ABBY'S VOICE OFF
                            Hello?

          

                                         KYM
                            Hello?

          

                                         RACHEL
                            Hello?
               The ceiling light flicks on overhead and Abby enters the
               living room. Blinking against the light, Rachel struggles to
               her feet smoothing her dress.

          

                                         RACHEL
                            Mom!

          

                                      ABBY
                            Here you are.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                                (from the floor)
                            Hello Abby. You're lovely. And I'm
                            not looking up your skirt.
               Kieran is busting a gut not to laugh.

          

                                       ABBY
                            I've been looking for you all over
                            the place.

          

                                      ANDREW'S VOICE OFF
                            Abby? Where are you?

          

                                      ABBY
                            I'm in here.

          
               Andrew pops his head in.

                                      ANDREW
                            They're bringing the car around.

          

                                         ABBY
                            All right.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            You're leaving?

          

                                      ABBY
                            Darling, I'm exhausted. I had such
                            a marvelous time. Those dancers
                            were so beautiful. But weddings are
                            really for young people.

                                      (MORE)

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    93.

          77   CONTINUED:                                               77
                                      ABBY (cont'd)
                            I thought we'd just sneak off and
                            not make a big scene.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            You could make a little scene.

          

                                      ABBY
                            And here I am making it. Andrew and
                            I are going to Washington in the
                            morning.

          

                                      KYM
                            Why are you going to Washington?

          

                                      ABBY
                            It's the mother of all fund raisers
                            at American. I thought I mentioned
                            it. We're going to stay on about a
                            week - there are lots of meetings.
                            I thought since you two are going
                            away soon...
                                (to Kym)
                            ...and I'm sure you don't want any
                            grown ups around checking up on
                            you...Will you still be here when I
                            get back?
               Kym doesn't say anything.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            What about our post-nuptial wedding
                            gossip reconnaissance, Mom?

          

                                      ABBY
                            Well, can you come by early?

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Um...

          

                                      ABBY
                            Of course you don't want to do
                            that. It's your wedding night. You
                            don't want to get up early.
                            I have to get Andrew organized.
                            He's hopeless. And we'll be back in
                            a bit. It was such a lovely
                            wedding, darling.
               She bends in for a kiss.

          

                                      RACHEL
                            Wait! I want my mother and my
                            sister!

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     94.

          77   CONTINUED:                                                77

          

                                        ABBY
                            Rachel...

          
               Rachel wraps one arm around Kym's neck and the other round
               her mother and hugs them both to her. She has her eyes open.

          
               They have their eyes open. They are stiff as boards.

          
               Rachel stops hugging and looks from one to the other.

          
               Her mom and sister look at her and each other.
               Beat.

          

                                      ABBY
                            Will you call me every day
                            about...?
               She pats Rachel's tummy.

                                      RACHEL
                            Yes. Of course.

          

                                      ABBY
                            All right, then.

          

                                      SIDNEY
                            Goodbye Abby.

          

                                      ABBY
                            Good bye, Son-in-law.
               Kym and Rachel watch their mother leave the room.

                                      SIDNEY
                                (horrified)
                            I saw your mother's underwear.
               Kym sees Abby and Andrew crossing the front porch through the
               window.

          

                                      KYM
                            I can't find my cigarettes.

          
               Kym moves quickly from the room.

          

          78   INT. BUCHMAN FOYER. NIGHT.                                 78

          
               Kym is heading for the front door, when Paul breaks away from
               a group of guests having coffee in the dining room and nabs
               her, pulling her into a conversation with a WEDDING GUEST.

          

          

          

                                                                   (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    95.

          78   CONTINUED:                                               78

          

                                      PAUL
                            Kymmie. Speak of the devil. You
                            remember Susanna Galeano.

                                        KYM
                                  (she doesn't)
                            Hi.

          

                                        SUSANNA
                            Hi Kym.

          
               Kym is looking out the dining room window between Paul and
               Susanna -- she spots Abby and Andrew walking down the
               driveway towards the VALETS at the street.

                                      PAUL
                            Susanna has a public relations firm
                            and she just lost one of her
                            assistants.

                                      SUSANNA
                            Weddings. They're an epidemic. Your
                            father gave me my start about a
                            hundred years ago.

                                      PAUL
                            No, no. Hardly. Well...

                                      SUSANNA
                            We could definitely use an extra
                            body right about now. Have you ever
                            thought about Public Relations?

          

                                      KYM
                            The public is kind of afraid of me.

          
               Susanna and Paul laugh.

                                      PAUL
                            The firm is opening an office right
                            here in town, just in time for the
                            holidays. You could stay right
                            here.

          

                                      SUSANNA
                            Have you ever thought about P.R.
                            Kym?

                                      PAUL
                            Logistically it's just a dream. You
                            could stay in your old room. I
                            could chauffeur you around. You
                            wouldn't have to worry about rent.

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    96.

          78   CONTINUED:                                               78

          

                                      KYM
                            Have you already talked to Carol
                            about me staying here?

                                      PAUL
                            Of course. She's fine about it. You
                            could stay in your old room.

          

                                      SUSANNA
                            Why don't you give me a call on
                            Monday, okay?
               She hands Kym a business card and kisses Paul on the cheek.

          

                                      SUSANNA
                            Goodbye Paul. It was just
                            beautiful. Bye Kym.
               She leaves.

                                      PAUL
                            Suzy's first rate. P.R. can be
                            fascinating.

                                      KYM
                            You always said it was stupid.

                                      PAUL
                            I meant stupid. Do you want me to
                            hold that for you? You've got no
                            pockets.

                                      KYM
                            I've got it. Thanks, Dad. I'll be
                            right back.

          

          79   EXT. FRONT PORCH. NIGHT.                                  79

          
               At the edge of the porch Kym sees Abby standing in the
               moonlight at the front of the driveway with Andrew, waiting
               for their car. Kym pauses.
               Abby turns her head slightly in Kym's direction.

          
               Kym, in the half dark, watches her mother.

          
               Abby does not move a muscle.

          
               Kym steps off the porch.
               The valet pulls up in the car, jumps out.

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                    97.

          79   CONTINUED:                                                  79

          
               Abby fixes her gaze on Andrew as he opens the door for her.

          
               They drive off.

          

               CLOSE ON KYM

          

          80   EXT. BUCHMAN BACKYARD. MORNING.                             80

          
               The Absolute End of a Wedding. The place is a gorgeous mess
               of wedding detritus.

          
               The tent looks so lonely. A weary caterer packs away his
               trays.

          
               Kieran is talking and smoking with Sidney at the end of the
               lawn.

          

          81   INT. ETHAN'S ROOM. DAY.                                     81

          
               A freshly scrubbed Kym, in her own clothes, takes a moment in
               Ethan's room. She collects a few snapshots of her sister and
               brother and stuffs them in her shoulder bag.

          

          82   INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY. DAY.                                 82

          
               As Kym approaches the stairs, Emma staggers into the hallway,
               bleary-eyed. She is in her underwear, heading for the
               bathroom. She stops at the sight of Kym. They stare at each
               other. Emma gives a tiny wave. Kym responds, heads down the
               stairs.

          

          83   INT. BUCHMAN STAIRWAY. DAY.                                 83
               Kym slipping quietly downstairs. She moves to collect her
               weird mish-mash of bags waiting by the door.

          
               Kieran is there.

                                      KYM
                            Oof. You scared me.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            Making a break for it?

          

                                      KYM
                            Yeah. I have to go. I was coming to
                            find you.

          

          

          

                                                                  (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                     98.

          83   CONTINUED:                                                83

          

                                      KIERAN
                            You don't have to slip away without
                            making any noise, you know? I like
                            noise.

          

                                      KYM
                            I was coming to find you. My ride's
                            outside.

                                      KIERAN
                            ...Okay...If you need anything...

                                      KYM
                            If I need to post bond?
               Kieran hands Kym a folded piece of paper.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            No. If you ever need anything.

                                      KYM
                            Thank you, Kieran.

          

                                      KIERAN
                            Maybe you'll come visit me in
                            Hawaii?

                                      KYM
                            That would be nice.

          
               He smiles, kisses her, tenderly. She hugs him fiercely.

                                      KYM
                            I have to go. Bye.

          

          84   EXT. FRONT PORCH. DAY.                                       84
               Kym looks back in through the window, sees her father awake,
               in his robe, tired, gamely tidying.

          

                                         KYM
                                   (unbelievably softly and
                                    tenderly)
                            Dad.

          
               Carol comes up behind Paul, envelopes him in a gentle bear
               hug.

          

                                                                                     99.

          

          

          85   EXT. BUCHMAN DRIVEWAY. DAY.                                85

          
               A `98 maroon CAMRY is idling in the circular driveway out
               front, exhaust vaporizing against the chilly morning air. A
               cute two-year-old girl is visible in a carseat and Rosa, the
               staff nurse from Kym's halfway house, is at the wheel. The
               car radio plays quietly as Kym opens the passenger door,
               wiggling her finger at the little girl.
               Like a ghost, Rachel appears on the porch.

          
               Kym jumps a little.

          
               The sisters lock eyes.
               Kym looks pained. Paul is still moving around in there. She
               wants to go.
               Rachel floats down the porch stairs and joins her sister at
               the car.
               She takes in Rosa who meets Rachel's look with a nod.

          

                                      ROSA
                         Hi.

          

                                      RACHEL
                         Hi.

          

                                   KYM
                             (whispering)
                         Will you tell Dad?

          
               Rachel nods. Kym is crying.

                                   KYM
                         I love your baby!

                                      RACHEL
                         Me too.

          
               Rachel hugs her sister fiercely.
               Kym gets into the passenger seat but leaves the car door
               open.

          
               Rachel smiles her huge, luminous smile.
               Kym shuts the car door and rolls down the window.

          

                                      KYM
                                (quietly)
                         Bye!

          

          

                                                                   (CONTINUED)

          

                                                                                  100.

          85   CONTINUED:                                               85

          
               Rachel mouths "Bye" and gives a little wave.

          
               The car pulls out of the driveway, Carol watching it go from
               the dining room window.

          

                                          THE END