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Writer(s) : Joel Schumacher, Carl Kurlander

Genres : Drama, Romance

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                              ST. ELMO'S FIRE



                                Written by

                     Joel Schumacher & Carl Kurlander




                                                      THIRD DRAFT
                                               September 18, 1984

                         

                         

                         
          RED TITLES ON BLACK. The sound of a young MAX and WOMAN
          on a WILD CAR RIDE. At the END OF the TITLES, the sound
          of a sudden CAR CRASH, a WHITE INCANDESCENT FLASH of
          light FILLS the SCREEN. THROUGH the BRILLIANT WHITE
          LIGHT we --

          DISSOLVE RAPIDLY TO:

          1 INT. GEORGETOWN MEDICAL CENTER - RIGHT (SEPTEMBER) 1

          Electric' doors zip open. ALEC NEWBERRY, a handsome
          possessor of The Right Stuff, his beautiful roommate
          LESLIE HUNTER, KEVIN DOLENZ, self-styled, chain-
          smoking, sardonic, and KIRBO KREAGER, short, hyper,
          dressed like a waiter -- dash worriedly into the busy
          emergency room. They are all twenty-two, or barely
          twenty-two. Only four months out of college, they are
          in their freshman year of life.
          Alec, Leslie, Kevin and Kirbo dash past a cubicle, where
          a totally naked, three-hundred-pound man paces in a daze.
          Past this, they find a black nurse talking with two COPS.

                         ALEC
          Wendy Beamish and Billy Hicks?
          They were in a car accident?

                         ELECTRIC DOORS
          zip open again, introducing JULIANNA VAN PATTER (JULES),
          another freshman in life, but her sleek style gives her
          a certain sexual sophistication. She is accompanied by
          her dark, interesting DATE as she joins her friends and
          the Cops.

                         JULES
          They're dead, aren't they?
          Everyone ignores her as Alec hands his card to the Cops.

                         ALEC
          Officers, I'm Alec Newberry with
          Congressman Langston's office.
          Leslie whispers to Jules, while Alec and the Cops talk.

                         LESLIE
          I think they're okay.

                         JULES
          Thank God.

                         (BEAT)
          Are you aware there's a three-
          hundred-pound man walking around
          naked?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          2.

                         1 CONTINUED: 1
          WENDY BEAMISH, a sweet-faced, insecure preppy, emerges
          from a first-aid room with a bandaged forehead.

                         HER FRIENDS
          Wendy. Oh, my God. Are you
          all right???

                         WENDY
          I'm fine. It's the car my father
          gave me for graduation that's
          totalled.

                         ALEC

                         (TO KEVIN)
          Find Billy. See if you can sober
          him up.
          Kevin always does what Alec tells him to. Meanwhile,
          Wendy pulls out her Visa card and speaks to the nurse.

                         WENDY
          How much do I owe you?

                         JULES
          He almost killed you. Destroyed
          your car, and you're paying...?

                         LESLIE
          Jules, please.
          As Leslie comforts her, Wendy is looking over Jules' Date
          who hovers in the distance.

                         WENDY
          Is that your date?
          The naked man wanders past them.

                         JULES
          No, that's my date!
          As usual, Jules has managed to make Wendy laugh, Just as
          the Cops approach her.

                         COP # 1
          You pressing charges?

                         WENDY
          No.

                         KI RBO
          'I'm Mr. Hicks' legal counsel and
          he's not required to take any
          tests.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          3.

                         1 CONTINUED: (2) 0

                          COP 1
          You're a little late, Counselor.
          He's in the van giving blood right
          now.
          The Cops start toward the electric doors as Kirbo and
          Alec follow. Leslie helps Wendy with the bill. CAMERA
          FINDS Jules whispering dramatically to her Date.

                         JULES
          I'll have to be with her all night.
          They don't know if she's going to
          make it.

                         DATE
          She looks fine.

                         JULES
          Shock. She could black out at any
          second... I'll call you...
          Jules joins Leslie and Wendy.

                         LESLIE
          He's cute.

                         JULES
          Too young... and don't you both
          start on your father complex
          theory.

          2 EXT. MEDICAL CENTER 2

          Alec and Kirbo follow the Cops toward a mobile van.

                         KIRBO
          We're dealing with a first offender
          here, and since Ms. Beamish doesn't
          want to press charges, whaddya say
          we just let this one slide,
          Officers?
          They reach the back of the mobile van, where we see BILLY
          HICKS, a handsome daredevil, playing his saxophone,
          wearing handcuffs, for two good-looking nurses and Kevin,
          who is trying to give him black coffee.

                         COP $1
          Okay, you're under arrest.
          Alec looks to Kevin for information about Billy's
          condition.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         2 CONTINUED: 2

                         KEVIN
          I wouldn't strike a match near his
          blood.

                         BILLY

                         (TO COPS)
          Hey, watch my sax...

                         (TO NURSES)
          . You girls believe in premarital
          sax?
          They laugh as Alec barks at him.

                         ALEC
          Billy -- four months after
          graduation and you're still
          acting like every night's a
          fraternity party. Aren't you
          even concerned about Wendy?

                         BILLY

                         (TRUE PANIC)
          Wendy? Jesus, how bad is it?

                         KEVIN
          Severe. She might have finally
          exceeded the limit on her father's
          Visa.
          Billy smiles with relief as the Cops lead him toward
          their car.

                         ALEC
          Will you both get serious. He's
          being arrested for drunk driving.

                         BILLY
          Drunk maybe. But I don't know if
          you could call that driving.
          Wendy, Leslie and Jules come from the hospital, just in
          time to see Billy being put into the cop car. Wendy
          rushes to Billy and they embrace.

                         BILLY
          Sorry, babe... sorry.

                         WEHDY
          We'll be right behind you!
          They all move toward Alec's car except Kirbo, who sud-
          denly notices'someone. He becomes mesmerized as he falls
          away from the group and starts back for the hospital.

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84 5.

          3 INT. EMERGENCY ROOM 3

          He enters and begins to pick up speed as he quickly
          catches up to a beautiful INTERN in a white lab coat.

                         KIRBO
          Dale?... Dale Biberman?
          She hesitates, somewhat puzzled.

                         KIRBO
          You don't remember me.

                         DALE
          I do, but I'm trying...

                         KIRBO
          Kirby Kreager. You were a senior
          when I started Georgetown.

                         DALE
          Kirby... It's been four years.
          How are you?

                         KI RBO
          I graduated!

                         DALE
          I always knew you would.

                         KIRBO
          And I'm a lawyer.
          (as she looks at
          his waiter's duds)
          I mean I'm a waiter, studying to
          be a lawyer... and you became a
          doctor... Just like you said you
          would.

                         DALE
          Almost. I'm finishing my clinical.

                         KIRBO
          Dale Biberman. I can't believe
          it. Do you still like Woody Allen
          movies?
          There is a big COMMOTION at the other and of the hail.

                         DALE
          I've got to go. Nice seeing you.
          She races down the hall, joining paramedics wheeling in
          a large black man on a gurney. His hysterical wife runs
          screaming behind them.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         3 CONTINUED: 3
          Dale helps them maneuver the gurney down the hall, leaving
          a small black child, alone and frightened, in their wake.
          Dale comes running back and picks up the child. Kirbo
          watches, as the rest of the hospital moves in real time,
          but Dale, comforting the frightened child, moves in

          ROMANTIC SLOW MOTION. SONG BEGINS.

                         KIRBO
          Madly in love.

          4 EXT. "M" STREET (GEORGETOWN) - NIGHT 4

          CAMERA PANS the preppy nightlife and drinking spots.
          CAMERA FINDS a group of. postgrads moving into a build-
          ing. One of the postgrads drops his half of-a bureau
          and runs into the street toward Alec's old Oldsmobile.

                         POSTGRAD
          Hey, Billy, where's the fifty you
          owe me...

                         5 OMITTED 5

          6 INT. ALEC'S CAR - MIGHT 6

           Alec drives while Leslie tends to Wendy between them.
           Billy, Kirbo and Kevin are in the back seat, with Jules
          on their lap.

                         BILLY
          Alec, could you kinds burn a little
          rubber?
          Alec turns the corner as Billy continues.

                         BILLY
          Thanks for bailing me out.

                         JULES
          Again.

          7 EXT. ST. ELMO'S BAR - NIGHT 7

          A local hangout for those primarily in their twenties.
          Alec parks as his gang emerges.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         7 CONTINUED: 7

                         JULES
          When are you going to get a new
          car? One that truly expresses
          your lifestyle as the perfect
          couple.

                         LESLIE
          Not everybody got recruited out
          of school into international
          banking, 'moneybags.'

                         ALEC
          Besides... My mom and dad gave us
          this car. I think I was conceived
          in the back seat.

                         KEVIN
          It's still sticky.

                         WENDY
          Oh, God. Wait 'til my father hears
          the car is totalled.

                         BILLY
          I'm gonna get you a new car, Wendy.
          Everyone screams in disbelief as they go into St. Elmo's.
          Alec, Leslie, Jules, Wendy, Kevin holds the door open,
          but no one thanks him.

                         KEVIN
          You're welcome. You're welcome.
          A young, burned-out UNDERGRAD (CLAYTON) follows.

                         KEVIN
          You're not welcome, Clayton. How's
          school?

                         CLAYTON
          Baroque. Thank you very much.
          How's life after school?

                         KEVIN
          Like getting slam-dunked against
          a brick wall, thank you very much.

                         CLAYTON
          College is the last womb. Got a
          cigarette for a lowly undergrad?

                         KEVIN
          If you tell me the meaning of life?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84 8.

                         7 CONTINUED: (2) 7

                         CLAYTON
          Life? Life's like acne. It has
          to get worse before it gets better.

          8 INT. ST. ELMO'S - HIGHT 8

          Young professionals, graduate students, and precocious
          undergrads populate the P.J. Clarke-like bar/restaurant.
          Kirbo quickly goes back to work waiting tables. Alec gets
          rid of a group of rowdy undergrads sitting at two tables
          pushed together. He admonishes WALLY, the burly owner.

                         ALEC
          Wally! You let undergrad punks
          at our tables???

                         WALLY
          Relax, Alec... they've only been
          there ten minutes.

                         ALEC
          Yeah, well, we've been here for
          four years.
          Alec, Leslie, Jules, Wendy, Kevin and Billy (still with
          sax around his neck) take their usual chairs as Kirbo
          drops off a large pitcher of beer.

                         BILLY
          Hey, I need a real drink.
          Kirbo is long gone. Kevin pours.

                         KEVIN
          Waiters are like cops. Never
          around when you need one.
          Kevin and Alec begin bouncing quarters from the edge of a
          table into their beers -- obviously some ritual.

                         BILLY
          Will somebody get me a screwdriver?

                         JULES
          And a hammer.

                         ALEC
          You know what it means to have a
          suspended license for drunk driving
          on your record?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
          ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84

                         CONTINUED: (A2)

                         BILLY
          Yeah, Al. It means I won't ever
          be able to be a cop in D.C... Hey,
          Wend, you're not angry are you?

                         WENDY
          No, I'm not angry.

                         KEVIN
          Never trust a woman who says she
          isn't angry.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          9.

                         8 CONTINUED: (2) 8

                         WENDY
          You better call your wife, Billy.
          Billy reluctantly leaves as Jules laces into Kevin.

                         JULES
          You're the one who's so angry
          these days. I thought writing
          for the Washington Post would
          make you happy.

                         KEVI N
          Writing obituaries is not writing,
          Jules. All my characters die in
          the and. I'd like to write
          something about the meaning of
          life for a change.

                         LESLIE
          You'll get your chance, Kevin.
          Alec suddenly spots TOMMY BANCROFT, an older version of
          Alec, across the room.

                         ALEC
          Hey, Tommy...

                         (TO LESLIE)
          Tommy Bancroft, Senator Hodges'
          key guy. Come on, I want you to
          meet him.
          They leave the table as Jules turns to Kevin.

                         JULES
          The meaning of life, Kevin, is
          fun, good times and a little
          H-U-M-O-R. Don't you enjoy
          anything anymore? Like girls?

                         KEVI N
          I enjoy being afraid of Russia.
          It's a harmless fear. Makes
          America feel better and Russia
          gets an inflated sense of national
          worth from our paranoia... Excuse
          me, I have to call in my latest
          epitaphs to the death squad. The
          presses are waiting.
          He gets up and leaves the table, passing Kirbo.

                         KIRBO
          Did you see her at the hospital?
          Dale Biberman?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          10.

                         8 CONTINUED: (3)

                         KEVIN
          Who...?

          9 BILLY ON PHONE 9

                         BILLY
          Well, honey, I kinda had a car
          accident... What? Stop shouting.
          I know I don't have any insurance.
          Aren't you even gonna ask if I'm
          okay? --
          Billy adjusts a framed photo on the wall of him, Alec,
          Jules, Wendy, Kevin, Leslie and Kirbo in their graduation
          caps and gowns. He notices a woman's reflection in the
          glass. He turns to see she is flirting with him from the
          bar. He smiles back. Kevin arrives and Billy sees a
          perfect way to get off the phone.

                         BILLY
          Here's Kevin, he wants to say
          hello.
          He hands the phone to a more than reluctant Kevin and
          moves toward the YOUNG WOMAN at the bar.

                         BILLY
          Hey, Wally... a double screwdriver.
          He joins the Young Woman who is eyeing his sax.

                         BILLY
          So, you believe in premarital sax?

          10 INT. LADIES ROOM - NIGHT 10

          Leslie watches as Jules applies eyeshadow to Wendy's
          bruised eye.

                         WEND Y
          Will you both give Billy a break?
          He lost his job today.

                         LESLIE
          The job Alec got for him?

                         JULES
          You didn't give him any money, did
          you?

                         WENDY
          A little...

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                          1 1

                          1 0 CONTINUED: 10

                         €� JULES
          I thought you were going to take
          definite steps to change everything
          in your life that is not working.

                         WENDY
          That doesn't leave much left.

                         LESLIE
          I better break this to Alec gently
          before he finds out the wrong way
          and destroys his political career
          by murdering Billy in front of
          fifty witnesses.
          She leaves as Jules looks to Wendy.

                         JULES
          Wendy, this is all too destructive.

                         WENDY
          Life in the-fat lane.

                         JULES
          You're not fat.

                         WENDY
          My thighs are fat. And no diet
          works. The only way to lose
          weight on your thighs is amputation.

                         JULES
          You have to amputate Billy the Kid.

                         WENDY
          I know, but I can't.

                         JULES
          I don't get it.

                         WENDY
          Me, either.

                         1 1 BAR 11
          Billy gets cozier with the Young Woman.

                         YOUNG WOMAN
          So, what line of work are you in?

                         BILLY
          Me? I'm a very important drinker!
          So how 'bout we cut outta here?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         11 CONTINUED: 11

          • YOUNG WOMAN
          I came with my girl friend.

                         BILLY
          That's okay, honey. This face
          seats five.
          Alec appears.

                         ALEC
          Billy, may I see you, please.
          Billy follows as Leslie alerts Kevin and Kirbo.

          12 INT. MEN'S ROOM 12

          Alec and Billy enter.

                         BILLY
          What's up, Al?

                         ALEC
          May I see you over here, please.
          Billy joins him. Alec grabs him and shoves his head in
          the toilet.

                         ALEC
          Why didn't you tell me you blew
          another job?

                         BILLY
          For some insane reason I thought
          you'd take it badly.
          Kevin and Kirbo rush in.

                         KEVIN
          Don't drown him, he's a father.
          Alec releases Billy who comes up with his hair wet and
          gives Alec a major shove.

                         ALEC
          That's right, you are a father and
          when are you gonna grow up?

                         BILLY
          Like this was real mature, Al?
          They all start to laugh. Alec softens.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         12 CONTINUED: (AL) 12

                         ALEC
          I just got pissed off 'cause I had
          to pull so many strings to get you
          that job.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          13.

                         12 CONTINUED: 12

                         €� BILLY
          Working for Senator Pomerantz was
          not for me...
          Billy looks at himself in the mirror.

                         ALEC
          Sorry, Billy.

                         BILLY
          That's all right. You couldn't
          help yourself. You're an asshole.
          Besides, the wet look is in.
          He shakes his head, showering them with toilet water.

                         KEVIN
          Why do they put ice cubes in the
          urinals?

                         KIRBO
          It tastes better.

          13 OUTSIDE MEN'S ROOM 13
          Leslie, Jules and Wendy wait anxiously, but the guys
          emerge, pals forever again. Together as a group, they
          join Tommy Bancroft and his pals at the jukebox singing

          "I LIKE A GIRL WHO DRINKS."

          14 INT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S LOFT - CLOSE ON MECHANICAL 14


          C DRAWINGS - NIGHT (LATER) L

                         15 15
          Leslie works at a large drafting table in their sparsely
          furnished loft. She wears over-sized pajamas.

                         LESLIE
          If we could find the money it would
          be better to get the longer sofa.
          Alec enters in his underwear, brushing his teeth.

                         ALEC
          Tommy Bancroft said I could start
          working on weekends for Hodges. No
          pay at first, but a way toward
          big dough.
          They wrap themselves around each other, kissing.

                         LESLIE
          Isn't Hodges a Republican?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                          14 CONTINUED: 14

                          0 C

                         €� 15 ALEC 15
          He's a senator, and Republican
          senators' aides get paid a lot
          more than Democratic congressmen's
          assistants.

                         LESLIE

                         (KISSING HIM)
          What happened to that Newberry
          political conviction I fell in
          love with?

                         ALEC
          You want the longer sofa?

                         LESLIE
          - I want you.

                         ALEC
          I'm going to buy you a red
          nightgown with satin and lace.

                         LESLIE
          And rubber and leather...

                         ALEC
          Yeah, leather...
          He opens her shirt and smothers her with love.

                         LESLIE
          Your breath is so sweet... Wait,
          let me get the babykiller.
          She starts for the bathroom.

                         ALEC
          Come on. Let's just do it. We're
          getting married soon.

                         LESLIE
          Not so soon.

                         ALEC
          Let's take a chance... Russian
          roulette!

                         LESLIE
          And guess who has to carry the
          bullet around for nine months.
          There is a KNOCK at the front door.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         14 CONTINUED: (2) 14

                         E R

                         15 LESLIE 15
           Who could that be? 

                         ALEC
          Who else could it be... Jules, of
          course, afraid to stay in her new
          apartment alone and she's spending
          the night again.

          16 INT. KITCHEN AREA OF LOFT - FEW MINUTES LATER 16

          Jules sits drinking vodka as Leslie listens.

                         JULES
          So this crummy welfare hospital
          called and remember I told you
          about my father's second wife. My
          'stepmonster.'

                         LESLIE
          The one who used to lock you in the
          closet all the time?

                         JULES
          She gambled away all the money she
          got out of my father, is on her
          I deathbed and she put me down as
          next of kin.

                         LESLIE
          But what about your father?

                         JULES
          Unreachable somewhere in South
          Africa with his new wife, who it
          turns out is only three years older
          than me. And if I don't reach him,
          guess who's going to end up paying
          for that old witch's funeral. Is
          there some insane irony to this or
          what?

                         LESLIE
          I'm sure your father will take care
          of everything.

                         JULES
          Sure, just like he takes care of
          everything else, including not
          showing up for my graduation.
          In the background, Alec has brought in their mattress and
          some sheets and a pillow.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          16.

                         16 CONTINUED: 16

                         JULES
          Thanks, Alec. You're still my
          Indiana Jones. Always coming to
          my rescue.

                         ALEC
          I just know better than to try and
          break the umbilical cord between
          two old roommates. Good night,
          Jules.
          Leslie kisses Jules and goes into the bedroom with Alec.
          Jules takes another belt of vodka.

          17 INT. KEVIN AND KIRBO'S APARTMENT - MIGHT (LATER) 17

          Dirty laundry and Woody Allen posters. Kevin sits in the
          middle of the mess looking at photographs longingly. He
          wears camouflage shirts, a black beret and shades --
          drinks brandy and writhes in orgiastic ecstasy as he
          sings along with JANIS JOPLIN.

                         KEVIN

          TAKE IT... TAKE ANOTHER LITTLE

          PIECE OF MY HEART NOW, DARLIN'...
          Kirbo enters carrying his bike, and Kevin immediately
          hides the photographs in a straw basket and becomes his
          sophisticated self.

                         KEVIN
          Quick, what's the meaning of life?

                         KIRBO
          Dale Biberman.
          Kevin looks puzzled as Kirbo hangs up his bike.

                         KIRBO
          The girl I fell in love with when
          we were freshmen. Remember, I met
          her at that big fountain on main
          campus? The one that says
          'Knowledge, Art, Religion, Life'...
          she was sitting on the 'Life' side
          and she smiled at me.

                         KEVIN
          You took her to one movie! That's
          not love, it's infatuation!
          Kirbo searches madly through records strewn on the floor.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          17.

                         17 CONTINUED: 17

          • KI RBO
          Kevin, there are several
          quintessential moments in a man's
          life... losing his virginity...
          He yanks JANIS JOPLIN OFF abruptly.

                         KIRBO
          ... Getting married... becoming a
          father.

                         KEVIN
          Killing his roommate for removing
          Janis Joplin for the soundtrack
          from Manhattan???

                         KIRBO
          And having the right girl
          smile at you. She has the whitest
          teeth I've ever seen.
          "RHAPSODY IN BLUE" fills the room. Kevin begins gathering
          up his endless pieces of paper, notes, etc.

                         KEVIN
          If you think I'm going to live
          through another year of finding
          poorly written, unmailed love
          scratchings around this apartment.

                         KIRBO
          I found her again. It's fate.
          It's true love. I have her
          hospital schedule!

                         KEVIN
          Love is just an illusion created
          by lawyer-types like yourself to
          perpetuate another illusion called
          marriage to create the reality of
          divorce and the illusory need for
          divorce lawyers. Did you know
          there are more people in law school
          right now than there are lawyers on
          the planet?

                         KIRBO
          You're just bitter, 'cause you
          haven't had sex for a long time.

                         KEVIN
          No wonder. The sexual revolution?
          Who won?

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         17 CONTINUED: (2) 17

                          KEVIN (COHT'D)
          Nobody... It used to be that sex
          was the only free thing in the
          world. No longer. Palimony,
          alimony. All financial. Love's
          an illusion.
          Finally having gathered up all his notes, Kevin moves
          toward the bedroom.

                         KIRBO
          It's the only illusion that counts.

                         KEVIN
          Says who?

                         KIRBO
          Anyone who's ever been in love.

                         KEVIN
          Love stinks.
          He moves into the bedroom, closing the door on Kirbo.

          18 EXT. "0" STREET (GEORGETOWN) - DAY 18

          A great fall day. Young people shop and party on the
          busy street. CAMERA FINDS Jules, Wendy and Leslie exit-
          ing a store with their purchases. Jules is on Wendy's
          case.

                         JULES
          You should have bought the red
          dress. Red drives men mad.
          As two college guys hit on Jules she flips her red cape.

                         JULES
          See...

                         WENDY
          I have a mad man in my life
          already.

                         JULES
          You have to put some kind of
          distance between you and Billy.

                         LESLIE
          Jules is right.
          Kevin and Kirbo join them.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         18 CONTINUED: 18

                         WEHDY
          It's easy for both of you. Men
          are just a game for you Jules.

                         JULES
          Trivial pursuit.

                         WEHDY
          And of course you and Alec are...

          LESLIE/JULES/WEHDY/KEVIN/KIRBO
          The perfect couple!!!
          They approach Jules' Jeep.

                         LESLIE
          Thanks for the pressure, guys...

                         (TO WENDY)
          .. Shouldn't we be finding you an
          apartment?

                         19 OMITTED 19

                         & C

                         20 20

                         

                         

                         

                         

          19.

          21 EXT. STREET CORNER - DAY (CONTINUOUS) 21

          • The group picks up Alec and Billy who have just come from
          a small office building. Billy has made a great effort
          to look establishment. Alec, as always, looks like a
          Ralph Lauren ad. They cram into the crowded Jeep.

                         WEND Y
          How'd you do?

                         BILLY
          I'm an official pollster, thanks
          to Alec.
          Everyone applauds.

                         ALEC

                         (KISSING LESLIE)
          I had to promise our first born.
          'Keep your nose clean and you could
          move up fast, Billy.
          Billy is quickly pulling off his tie, unbuttoning his
          shirt and messing up his hair.

                         BILLY
          You're a god, Alec.

                         JULES
          How 'bout bloody Marys on me at
          St. Elmo's?
          Everyone cheers except Alec.

                         ALEC
          I gotta get back to work.

                         KIRBO
          Since when do you work on Saturdays?

                         LESLIE
          Since he started volunteer
          moonlighting for Senator Hodges.

                         KI RBO
          What is the three-year president
          of Georgetown's Young Democrats
          doing working for a Republican?

                         ALEC
          Moving up, Kirbo.
          As most of the others boo and hiss playfully, CAMERA
          FINDS Billy talking to Wendy. Reaching in his pocket,
          he gives her a toy car.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
          Mb tEti4yA)
           Rev. 10/11/84 20.

                         21 R CONTINUED: 21

                         BILLY
          I told you I'd get you a new car.
          I'm goin' ultimate on this gig, Wend.
          Gonna pay you back for everything...
          Let's celebrate tonight.

                         WENDY MI
          What about Felicia and the baby?

                         BILLY
          Hey, come on, it's Saturday night.
          Let's party out. Let's go ultimate.
          Could he mean sex? Love? What she's been waiting for?

                         WENDY
          Okay. Why can't I say no to you?

          22 EXT. ATTRACTIVE TOWNHOUSE - DAY (LATER) 22

          The Jeep parked, Jules lets Kevin in.

          23 INT. VERY DRAMATIC APARTMENT - DAY 23

          Jules and Kevin can be heard CLIMBING the STAIRS outside.

          JULES (O.S.)
          You haven't been here since you
          helped me move in...

          KEVIN (O.S.)
          Oh, did you move in, too? I only.
          remember 800 pair of shoes.
          She opens the elaborate locks and they enter.

                         JULES
          What do you think?

                         KEVIN
          Very subtle and very pink. Must
          have cost some subtle bucks.

                         JULES
          Why do you think God invented credit
          for fabulous people like me? Fix
          us a drink.
          She disappears into the bedroom.

          JULES (0.5.)
          I knew you'd like it. You have
          such sensitivity... Fix me a
          vodka rocks...

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         29 CONTINUED: 29
          V There's no one home. Sadly she walks back to her apart-
          ment. It's getting darker outside.

          30 EXT. GEORGETOWN MEDICAL CENTER - DUSK 30

          Kirbo, wearing a jacket, anxiously waits behind a tree,
          watching a car pull into the parking lot. Dale Biberman
          emerges. Kirbo keeps out of sight, and frantically
          dashes toward a side entrance to the building.

          31 INT. HOSPITAL - DUSK 31

          Kirbo dashes down the hall. Approaching a corner,-he
          immediately achieves nonchalance as he "accidentally"
          runs into Dale at the entrance.

                         KIRBO
          Why, Dale? How nice to see you
          again.

                         DALE
          Kirby, what brings you back here?
          Nothing serious, I hope.

                         KIRBO
          Oh, no... just tying up some legal
          loose ends for my friends...

                         DALE
          Excuse me... I'm late...

                         KI RBO
          Ah, funny running into you again.
          I noticed there's going to be a
          Woody Allen festival and I thought
          maybe we...

                         DALE
          I don't get to the movies much
          anymore... I've got to go.
          She is moving away.

          K I RBO
          Well, lunch. How about lunch?

                         DALE
          Sure. That would be nice sometime.
          She is moving quicker.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         31 CONTINUED: 31

                         €� KIRRO
          Wednesday? How about Wednesday?
          Dale is gone.

          32 INT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S LOFT - NIGHT 32

          Leslie is trying to coordinate dinner'while Kevin is
          looking at a rendering of a complex housing unit.

                         LESLIE
          A whole community within
          itself. Right near Lockheed.
          Open some wine.

                         KEVIN
          Looks like it could be put
          together with Leggo blocks. You
          design this?

          .LESLIE
          I did all the mechanicals for one
          of our senior architects and I think
          he's going to promote me to the
          design staff.
          Kevin is fighting with a ridiculous wine opener.

                         KEVIN
          Maybe you could design a corkscrew
          that actually works. Everything in
          this apartment comes from Scandinavia.
          They don't even have wine in
          Scandinavia.
          Naturally Leslie opens it in a flash.

                         KEVIN
          Do you think my attachment to Alec
          is unnatural?

                         LESLIE
          No, I think mine is. We've only
          just started to live together and
          he's already pushing for 'the
          wedding.'

                         KEVIN
          Well, since you fell in love with
          a Democrat and now he's a
          Republican, I think all bets are
          off.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         32 CONTINUED: 32
          • Leslie burns herself and shouts.

                         LESLIE
          How do some women do this every
          night of their lives and not go
          insane?

                         KEVIN
          They are insane. Wives, husbands,
          children, love, marriage,
          relationship. It's all insane.

                         LESLIE
          That's what I'm afraid of. Did I
          tell you that my perfect sister
          and her perfect husband are getting
          a perfect divorce-?

                         KEVIN
          I have the perfect cure. Stay
          away from love.
          He finds the butter and puts some on her hand.

                         LESLIE
          You must have been in love, once.
          You like hot peppers?

                         KEVIN
          Doesn't Alec hate them?

                         LESLIE
          Insurrection... Now, come on, Kevin,
          you must have been in love with
          somebody, sometime...

                         KEVIN
          Once, in junior high. I played
          guitar in a group and fellin love
          with our singer who did 'We've Only
          Just Begun' as sweet as Karen
          Carpenter. I got high on cheap
          champagne and pledged my love.
          Next day she ran off with the bass
          player named Rocky and I traded my
          guitar in for a battered Underwood
          typewriter.

                         LESLIE
          On which you will type your way
          to being one of the most important
          writers in America.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         32 CONTINUED: (2) 32

                         KEVIN

                         €�
          On which I continue to turn out
          obituaries and very little else...
          Taking out shreds of papers and napkins.

                         KEVIN
          I can't seem to organize any of my
          thoughts into anything of any
          substance.

                         LESLIE
          Maybe you need to stop thinking so
          much and fall in love again.

                         KEVIN
          Love stinks.
          The door opens and Alec arrives home.

                         ALEC
          Hi, guys.
          He kisses Leslie.

                         KEVIN
          Rough day with the right wing,
          dear?
          Alec hands Leslie a red box. She opens it excitedly and
          finds a black lace nightgown. She screams as Alec heads
          for the kitchen.

                         ALEC
          Try it on...
          Leslie makes naughty eyes at Kevin and disappears into
          the bedroom.

                         ALEC
          Leslie has to marry me, soon.

                         KEVIN
          Why, you pregnant? Kidding.
          What's your 'marriage' hurry?

                         ALEC
          When you have a serious
          relationship, Kev, you'll find out
          the problem with living together:
          it's too easy.

                         KEVIN
          Maybe for you and Leslie. You have
          the perfect relationship.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         32 CONTINUED: (3) 32

                         I ALEC
           I mean, it's too easy to get out
           of. You either build to something
           bigger -- like marriage -- or one
          day you could make a mistake and
          the person you were living with is
          gone.
          Alec takes a bite of dinner and cringes.

                         ALEC
          I'm going to kill myself.

                         KEVIN
          They're only peppers, Alec.

                         ALEC
          I can't believe what I just did. I
          innocently go to buy the nightgown
          and this amazing blonde salesgirl
          starts coming on to me... we wind up
          doing it standing up in front of a
          three-way mirror in the dressing
          room.
          He lies down on the floor.

                         ALEC
          If Leslie would just marry me, I
          know I wouldn't do stuff like that
          -- it would be a legal violation.

                         KEVIN
          As opposed to tonight's standing
          violation. You think marriage is
          going to make you faithful?

                         ALEC
          Yes.

                         KEVIN
          The idea of two people spending
          their lives together was invented
          by people who were lucky to make
          it to thirty without being eaten
          by dinosaurs. Marriage is obsolete.

                         ALEC
          Dinosaurs are obsolete. Marriage
          is still around.
          Leslie screams from the bedroom.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         32 CONTINUED: (4) 32

           LESLIE (O.S.)

                         I S
          This is obscene. I love it.
          Alec dashes into the bedroom. As he opens and then
          closes the door, Kevin sees a flash of Leslie looking
          absolutely ravishing in the nightgown. As they SCREAM
          and PLAY, Kevin, feeling very alone, stirs the burning
          dinner.

                         CUT TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         

          29.

          33 EXT. BAD NEIGHBORHOOD - NIGHT (LATER) 33

           A few hookers work the corner. FOCUS ON a BLACK HOOKER
          talking to passing car.

                         BLACK HOOKER
          You want a date...? Hi... you
          want a date...
          Kevin passes quietly and she ignores him.

                         KEVIN
          Why don't you ever ask me if I
          want a date?

                         BLACK HOOKER
          'Cause I thought you were gay.

                         KEVIN
          Why would you think I'm gay?

                         BLACK HOOKER
          'Cause I never see you with a girl.
          And you always look real strange.

                         KEVIN
          Well, just for your information.
          I happen to be in love with someone
          but they don't know it. I guess
          you wouldn't understand loving
          someone from afar.
          He takes a swig from a bottle in a paper bag.

                         BLACK HOOKER
          Delaware's about as far as I've
          ever gone. Is this person a he
          or a she?
          She takes the bottle and takes a swig.

                         KEVIN
          It's a secret. But I guess you
          wouldn't understand about that,
          either.

                         BLACK HOOKER
          Oh honey, lots of people come to
          me for love and it's a secret.
          He takes his bottle back and goes home.

          34 INT. VISTA WELFARE OFFICES - AFTERNOON 34

          Wendy is interviewing a good-looking WOMAN with five
          children crawling all over her.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         34 CONTINUED: 34

                         WENDY
          See our real purpose, Miss Chambers,
          or do you prefer Ms... is to get
          you off welfare and train you in a
          skilled profession. Now, do you
          have any interest in the janitorial
          field?

                         WOMAN
          Jus' give me my check.

                         WENDY
          There are educational...

                         WOMAN
          Jus' give me my check.
          Wendy hands her the check.

                         WOMAN
          You get some hot clothes, get
          yourself a man... you won't be
          worryin' about all this shit.
          She leaves as Billy arrives in time to check her out.

                         BILLY
          Welfare recipients are getting
          better-looking these days.

                         WENDY
          Ever feel like you're not
          accomplishing anything?
          Billy sits on her desk.

                         BILLY
          I think I'm in touch with the
          feeling. Let's go get a drink.

                         WEND Y
          Billy, why aren't you at work?
          Billy gives her a look she knows all too well.

          35 INT. ST. ELMO'S - DAY (AN HOUR LATER) 35

          Wendy and Billy sit at the bar as Kirbo pours.

                         KIRBO
          Buddy, the only extra money I
          have is my savings for the most
          important date of my life.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         35 CONTINUED: 35

                         WENDY

                         E
          Are you in love?

                         KIRBO
          I'm ripped between rapture and s
          torture. s

                         WENDY
          I'm all tapped out from the accident
          but I could probably get some from
          my father...

                         BILLY
          No more money from you, Wend. But
          maybe you could help me find another
          job.

                         WEND-Y
          Do you have any interest in the
          janitorial field?
          They both smile.

                         WENDY
          You should be playing your music.
          Billy...

                         BILLY
          I'm a family man and the rent is
          due.
          Alec, followed by Kevin, storms into the bar and attacks
          Billy.

                         ALEC
          You dumb shit. You have to start
          making passes at the women you're
          supposed to be polling?

                         BILLY
          Actually, they were the ones who
          suggested another type of polin'...
          He smiles as Alec grabs him.

                         ALEC
          You're twenty-three years old.
          You got a wife and kid.

                         BILLY

                         A
          And you're a great American.- Are
          you new at this? Or just an
          asshole?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         35 CONTINUED: (2) 35

                         €� ALEC
          You're not the fraternity star
          anymore. No more Billy the Kid.
          Billy starts to leave. Alec follows.

                         ALEC
          I didn't bargain for you turning
          out this way.

                         BILLY
          And I didn't bargain for you
          turning into a pompous politico.
          Suckin' up to Hodges. That's it,
          Al, isn't it?... You've become a
          Republican!!!

                         ALEC
          And you've become a drunk.

                         BILLY
          Oh, no, not just 'a' drunk, Big
          Al. One of the great drunks!
           Born, bred and diseased in the s

          U.S.A.

                         (TO WENDY)
          Come on...

                         (TO KEVIN)
          You with us, Kev...?
          Kevin hesitates.

                         BILLY
          Oh, I forgot, Kev. You don't do
          anything Alec doesn't tell you to
          do. Well, that's-okay, 'cause
          just remember one thing. You can
          pick your friends and you can pick
          your nose, but you can't pick your
          friend's nose.
          Billy leaves. Wendy looks at Alec and starts to laugh.

                         ALEC
          Stay right here, Wendy.
          She can't and runs after Billy.

          INT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 36

          They are both asleep as the PHONE RINGS. Alec pulls
          himself together and speaks alertly.

                         ALEC
          Alec Newberry.

                         

                         

                         

                         
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          37 INT. VAN BUREN HOTEL - BATHROOM - NIGHT 37 s
          • Jules, wearing a sexy dress, whispers into the phone.

                         JULES
          Alec, it's Jules. I'm at the
          Van Buren... X
          INTERCUT their phone conversation.

          ALEC (V.0.)
          What time is it?

                         JULES
          Please... I'm with these Arabs...
          and they've been forcing me to do
          coke all night... And I only
          understand a little Arabic, but
          I'm sure I heard the words for
          'gang bang' and 'white slavery'...
          Please get me out of here... Suite

          2708.

          38 INT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT (SECONDS LATER) 38

          Leslie watches anxiously as Alec throws on his clothes.

                         A

                         LESLIE
          You're so wonderful taking care of
          all of us. I love you. I really,
          truly love you.
          He kisses her.

          39 EXT. VAN BUREN - NIGHT (TEN MINUTES LATER) 39 :

          Alec gives his car to a valet and rushes into the hotel.

          40 INT. VAN BUREN - TOP FLOOR - MINUTES LATER 40

           The elevator opens and Alec quickly finds the room and
           knocks loudly.

           ARAB VOICE (O.S.)
           Yes.

                         ALEC
          Open up.
          After a beat, the door is opened by a sedate Arab
          businessman. Alec pushes past him.

                         

                         

                         

                         
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          41 IXT. SUITE - NIGHT 41
          Four additional sedate Arab businessmen sit calmly
          watching MTV. Jules is pacing nervously by the bar,
          smoking. She fakes surprise at Alec's entrance.

                         JULES
          Alec, what are you doing here?
          He quickly grabs her and they leave the suite. The Arabs
          hardly notice.

                         ALEC
          Okay, nobody make a move.
          42 INT. VAX BUREN LOBBY - RIGHT 42 s
          Jules and Alec walk from the elevators.

                         JULES
          You're a real pal. My Indiana
          Jones. I won't forget how you came
          to my rescue again.

                         ALEC
          They hardly impressed me as the
          gang bang type, Jules. Now much
          coke have you done?

                         JULES
          Shovels full. They've got
          barrels.

                         ALEC
          You're just paranoid from the coke.
          You know sometimes I think you just
          make up these dramas to test me or
          something.

                         JULES
          That's very interesting, let's
          stay up all night like the old
          days and discuss it.

                         ALEC
          I have to be at work in a few hours.

                         (INDICATING HER

                         FURS)
          And where are you getting all this
          money from?

                         JULES
          'I'm a financial genius, haven't
          you heard?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         42 CONTINUED: 42
          She goes toward the public phone.

                         LJ

                         ALEC
          Who are you calling?

                         JULES
          A systems analyst I met... very
          hot Jewish guy.

                         ALEC
          What are you, the new Middle East
          Ambassador? It's two-thirty.
          Come on, I'll take you home.

                         JULES
          And waste all this good coke!
          As Jules connects with her number, Alec starts to head
          out of the hotel in disgust. A beautiful older woman is
          getting her key from the desk and crosses in front of him
          toward the elevators. She and Alec check each other out.
          He smiles. She smiles. As her elevator, arrives, she
          changes her mind and, giving Alec an inviting smile,
          steps into the dimly-lit bar. Alec is torn between
          morality and temptation. Temptation wins as he follows
          the sexy lady.

          43 INT. LA PETITE CHATEAU - MORNING 43

          Kirbo, dressed in his best, enters the elegant, but empty
          dining room. Searching around quickly, he begins to try
          out various tables. He exchanges floral arrangements at
          one as the austere MAITRE D' approaches as Kirbo peruses
          a menu.

                         MAITRE D'
          Excuse me, sir. We do not open
          until eleven.

                         KI RBO
          That's all right. I'll wait.

                         MAITRE D'
          Do you have a reservation?

                         KIRBO
          Yes. Kreager. One o'clock. I
          want this table.

                         MAITRE D'
          At that time, I will find a lovely
          table for you and your guest. But
          this is a table for four.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         43 CONTINUED: 43

                         KIRBO
          I'll pay double.

                         MAITRE D'
          I'm sorry.

                         KI RBO
          I want this table... and I'm
          waiting right here.

          44 INT. INTERNATIONAL BANKING OFFICE - ONE HOUR LATER 44

          Jules, wearing glasses, is at work speaking on the phone
          in front of a bank of computers..

                         JULES
          You could order a nice Napa Valley
          Chardonney, unless you want to
          impress her with an import.

          45 INTERCUT - KIRBO IN THE RESTAURANT 45
          With a phone at his table, looking at the menu.

                         KIRBO
          Money's no object.

          JULES (V.0.)
          Montrechart or Mersalt then
          and don't forget to smell the cork.

                         KIRBO
          Okay and how do you say escargot?

          JULES (V.O.)
          Escargot. I'd stay away from them
          if I were you... heavy garlic.

          46 INTERCUT - INT. BANK 46

          A WOMAN moves through the desks with a box of envelopes.

                         JULES
          It's payday, thank God!

                         WOMAN
          Jules, you're advanced on your salary
          two months. I have no check for you.

          KIRBO (V.0.)
          Jules, I owe you.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         46 CONTINUED: 46

                         €� JULES
          That's good. 'Cause I owe
          everyone else.
          She hangs up and follows the Woman.

                         JULES
          I've got to pay for my stepmonster's
          funeral. Then I'll catch up.

                         WOMAN
          I'm afraid you'll have to see
          Forrester Davidson.

                         JULES
          The president of the bank?

          47 BACK TO RESTAURANT 47
          The Maitre D' grandly takes the phone from Kirbo's table.

                         KIRBO
          Could you please clean up these
          crumbs, waiter?

                         MAITRE D'
          I am not the waiter. I am the
          captain.

                         KIRBO
          Aye, aye, sir.
          Dale Biberman rushes into the restaurant in all her
          splendor. Kirbo is extremely excited.

                         DALE
          Sorry I'm late. Have you been
          waiting long?

                         KIRB0
          Just got here.
          Kirbo beats out the Maitre D' and pulls out Dale's chair;.

                         DALE
          The food is great here.

          K I RBO
          I'll be having the alfalfa sprouts
          and a plate of mashed yeast.

                         (CONTIRUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         47 COHTIHUED: 47

                         €� DALE
          Are you a vegetarian?

                         KIRBO
          Ho... that's from Annie Hall, the
          movie we saw together... don't
          you remember?

                         DALE
          That's funny... I thought we went
          to see a Mel Brooks movie.

                         KIRBO
          Ho... it was Annie Hall.

                         DALE
          Are you sure? 'Cause I don't like _
          Woody Allen movies very much.

                         KI RBO
          Oh, me, too. I hate Woody Allen
          movies.
          The Maitre D' comes over to the table.

                         MAITRE D'
          Will you be ordering any wine?

                         KIRBO
          Of course... We'll have the...

                         DALE
          I can't... I'm on call.
          Kirbo is shot down as the Maitre D' hands Dale a menu.

                         KIRBO
          So... how's your, uh... are you
          seeing anyone?

                         DALE
          To tell you the truth, my work's
          so time-consuming, I don't get the
          chance to date, but when I do --
          well, medicine's such an incestuous
          profession, the only people I seem
          to ever go out with are doctors.
          The Maitre D' returns with the telephone.

                         MAITRE D'
          Miss Biberman? Telephone.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          39.

                         47 COHTIHUED: (2) 47

                         DALE
          r See, they just won't let me alone.

                         (INTO PHONE)
          Hello... Yes, yes, doctor, right
          away.

                         (HANGS UP)
          I've got to get back to the hospital.
          I'm so sorry. Maybe we can do this
          again sometime.

                         KIRBO
          When?
          She is gone as the Maitre D' walks over to him with his
          pad and speaks with exquisite, controlled sarcasm.

                         MAITRE D'
          Have you had enough time to look
          at the menu?

          48 INT. LAUNDROMAT - DAY 48

          Kevin and Kirbo fold their laundry.

                         KEVIN
          You cannot go to med school just
          to impress this girl with whom
          you have a fleeting infatuation.

                         KIRBO
          This is not just an infatuation and
          she's not just a girl -- she's the
          only evidence of God I can find on
          this planet -- with the exception
          of the mystical force which removes
          one of my socks from the dryer every
          time I do laundry.
          Laundry folded, they head out of the laundromat passing
          the drop-off "Fluff and Fold" facilities.

                         KIRBO
          'Fluff and Fold.' I'm telling
          you, Kev, when I make it, that's
          where I take my laundry.

                         KEVIN
          Dreamer.

                         KIRBO
          I understand 'Fold,' but what is
          'Fluff'?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         48 CONTINUED: 48

                          KEVIN
           'Fluff' is what I write for the paper.
           They leave the laundromat. Kirbo drops a sock.

                         49 OMITTED 49

          50 INT. BEAMISH DINING ROOM - NIGHT 50

          Wendy's formidable FATHER shows Billy framed greeting
          cards. Billy drinks heavily. Wendy worries.

          MR. BEAMISH (FATHER)
          We've got twenty-four 'Card-A-
          Terias' now. What line are you
          in?

                         BILLY
          Munitions.

                         WENDY
          He's kidding, Dad. He's a musician
          and a very fine one.
          Wendy leaves them as she enters:

          51 INT. BEAMISH KITCHEN - NIGHT 51

           where her two-blonde sisters (RACHEL and LIBBY) help her
           BLONDE MOTHER with dinner.

                         RACHEL
          Please do not bring up moving out
          tonight. Daddy'll have a heart
          attack in front of your boyfriend.

                         WENDY
          He's not my boyfriend.

                         LIBBY
          There's a nice young guy working
          for us now. Howie Krantz.

                         WENDY
          Libby, please.

                         (KISSING MOTHER)
          You're looking beautiful, Mom.

          MRS. BEAMISH

                         (STAGE WHISPER)
          I'm fat. I'm thin. I'm fat. I'm
           thin. I'm blonde. I'm brunette.

           (CONTINUED.)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         51 CONTINUED: 51

                         WEKDY
          Look at it this way. You always
          wanted to look like Elizabeth
          Taylor... and now you do.
          52 INT. BEAMISH DIKING ROOM - NIGHT (CONTINUOUS ACTION) 52 s
          Billy fills his glass while Wendy's niece and NEPHEWS
          watch. Wendy joins him.

                         WEKDY
          There are certain words my mother
          finds too horrible to utter so
          she whispers them... you'll get
          used to it...

          53 INT. BEAMISH DINING ROOM - NIGHT 53

          Everyone is eating. Billy is drinking. Wendy's mother
          is talking.

          MRS. BEAMISH
          Hear about Betty Rothberg?

                         (STAGE WHISPER)
          Cancer.
          One of Wendy's BROTHERS-IN-LAW speaks to Billy.

                         BROTHER-IN-LAW #1
          The day I married Rachel, I got
          three 'Card-A-Teria' franchises.
          Just bought a BMW.

                         BILLY
          (to other Brother-

                         IN-LAW)
          You in the card game, too?

                         BROTHER-IN-LAW #2
          Six franchises! We have two kids.
          Mrs. Beamish addresses Billy.

          MRS. BEAMISH
          Where did you and Wendy meet again?.

                         BILLY

                         (STAGE WHISPER)
          Prison.

                         

                         

                         

                         
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          54 TNT. BEAMISH DEN - NIGHT 54
          Wendy's father gives her money.

          MR. BEAMISH
          If you'd get married and run a
          franchise like your sisters, you
          wouldn't need to borrow money.

                         WENDY
          I have a job with the Department
          of Human Services, Dad.

          MR. BEAMISH
          That's not a job. It's killing
          time 'til you get married.

                         WENDY
          I'm very committed and I think I
          should get my own apart...
          Suddenly, one of Wendy's Nephews comes running into the
          room excitedly.

                         NEPHEW
          Billy's up on the roof.

          0 55 EXT. BEAMISH. HOUSE - NIGHT 55

          The entire family comes running out of the house. Billy
          is way on top of the three-story house, sitting above
          the cupola and widow's walk, his legs dangling.

          MR. BEAMISH
          Come down from there.

                         RACHEL'
          What, is he crazy?

          MRS. BEAMISH
          I knew it the minute he walked in
          the door...

                         (STAGE WHISPER)
          drugs!!!
          Wendy runs inside.

          56 EXT. BEAMISH ROOF - NIGHT 56

          Wendy joins him.

                         X

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         56 CONTINUED: 56
          She sits down next to him.

                         WENDY
          All the years we lived here and
          no one ever did this.

                         BILLY
          I used to do this at the Prat
          house all the time. Climb out
          from Alec's room onto the roof
          and play my sax.

          57 EXT. BEAMISH HOUSE - NIGHT 57

          Below, the family comes running out again.

                         RACHEL
          Oh, my God. Wendy's up there with
          him!
          Wendy and Billy ignore them as the family screams and
          runs back into the house.

          BACK ON WENDY AND BILLY 88

                         WENDY 59
          You miss school, don't you?

                         BILLY
          Not a day does by that I don't
          wish we were all back there.
          Everything made so much sense
          then. Our group being so
          ultimate, so number one.

                         WENDY
          Every group on campus thought
          they were number one.

                         BILLY
          But we were. Alec and me running
          everything. Jules and Leslie
          the hottest girls... Kevin and...

                         WENDY
          Me having the fattest thighs.

                         BILLY
          You being the best of us all...
          Those all-nighters when we used
          to talk about our dreams.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         58 CONTINUED: 58

                         8

                         WENDY 59
          I was gonna save humanity.

                         BILLY
          I was headed for New York with my
          sax... to become the new Clarence
          Clemmens. Then I met Felicia and
          she got pregnant, or said she was.
          Wendy looks shocked.

                         BILLY
          By the time I found out she had
          lied, she really was pregnant...

                         WENDY
          Why didn't you ever tell me that
          before?

                         BILLY
          No matter... I probably wouldn't
          have made it in New York, anyway.

                         WENDY
          You're very talented, Billy.

                         BILLY
          School was so damned ultimate.
          Everyday life... there's no way
          to go ultimate.

                         (SMILING)
          But if it all gets too much
          Like just too fucking much...
          You can end your life at any
          moment.
          He dangles his feet dangerously off the edge.

                         WENDY
          That's ultimate.

                         BILLY
          Don't you ever just want to
          die?

                         WENDY
          Not while I'm still a virgin.
          Billy looks over at her. He's amazed.

                         BILLY
          Why didn't you ever tell me that
          before?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         58 CONTINUED: (2) 58
          59 Brother-in-Law #1 arrives at the window below them. 59

                         10

                         BROTHER-IN-LAW I1
          Will you get down here before
          your parents have matching heart
          attacks?!

          60 INT. BEAMISH FOYER - LATER 60

          Wendy waits in the hallway, listening to bedroom DOORS
          CLOSING. Confident her parents have bedded down, she
          tiptoes back into:

          61 INT. BEAMISH DEN 61

          where Billy is drinking heavily at the bar.

                         BILLY
          Want some?
          Wendy takes a big gulp. They are both awkward and ap-
          prehensive. She turns out a lamp. So does he, but
          knocks it over.

                         WENDY
          Sssssh.
          She waits, and when she realizes no one has heard the
          crash, she sits down on the small loveseat. Billy joins
          her and going to kiss her, knocks her glasses askew.

          WENDY E BILLY
          Sorry...
          He goes to kiss her again and she responds. He pulls up
          her skirt and starts to stroke her legs.

                         BILLY
          What the hell is that...?

                         HIS POV
          Her long-line panty girdle.

          BILLY (O.S.)
          What's that, your scuba suit...?
          He laughs as Wendy is destroyed with mortification.
          She gets up.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         61 CONTINUED: 61

                          BILLY

                         W
          Hey, come on, Wend. You're allowed
          to laugh when you're screwing.
          Wendy is destroyed as she opens the door.

                         WEND Y
          I don't think we should see each
          other, anymore.
          She pulls out the money her father gave her and places it
          on a nearby table.

                         WEHDY
          There's your rent money. Just
          take it and go away.
          She starts up the stairs. Billy comes to the doorway.

                         BILLY
          Wend... I'm sorry...
          She is up the stairs and out of sight. Billy feels
          terrible. He eyes the money on the table and decides
          not to take it. As he opens the front door, white light
          from the moon glares INTO the CAMERA, as Billy moves into
          the light, it becomes whiter, more incandescent -- he
          becomes a ghostlike shape that eventually disappears and
          the SCREEN becomes SHIMMERING WHITE as we --

          DISSOLVE RAPIDLY TO:

          62 EXT. GEORGETOWN STREET - NIGHT (FEW WEEKS LATER) 62

          A ghoulish Halloween mask FILLS the SCREEN. Children run
          BY CAMERA trick-or-treating, revealing the Georgetown
          streets alive with mild Halloween shenanigans. Jules
          comes zooming around a corner, driving her black Jeep.
          She, Alec, Leslie and Kevin are in costume.

          63 EXT. ST. ELMO'S BAR - RIGHT 63

          Balloons and streamers fly from Jules' Jeep as she pulls
          up near St. Elmo's.
          A large paper banner across the window reads "LIVE MUSIC

          EVERY FRI. R SAT. -- STARTING TONIGHT." CAMERA MOVES
          CLOSER TO the window, where THROUGH the rowdy patrons,
          some in costume, we see a trio on a small platform led by
          Billy playing his sax.

                         

                         

                         

                         
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          64 INT. ST. ELMO'S -- HIGHT 64

          Kirbo is ushering Alec, Kevin, Leslie and Jules to their
          usual table.

                         LESLIE
          But don't you need science credits
          to get into mad school?

                         KI RBO
          I have most of the credits from
          when I was going through my
          'major-of-the-week' phase. All I
          need is Organic Chemistry which I
          just enrolled in for January.

                         ALEC
          This must be some woman to turn 7
          you into a doctor, Kirbo.

                         KIRBO
          Hey, I've been an amateur
          gynecologist for years.
          He is gone as Jules and Leslie wave to Billy and start
          toward the ladies' room.

                         JULES
          So, I went to see my boss and I
          thought he'd say something
          presidential like, 'How can I be
          in banking when I can't even
          balance my own checkbook.' But
          instead, he took me to dinner --
          several times.

                         LESLIE
          I was wondering why you haven't
          been sleeping over. Jules, I
          don't think you should start
          bopping your boss.

                         JULES
          Too late, Leslie. You should see
          him -- sort of a cross between John
          Forsythe and Richard Gere.

                         LESLIE
          An old man who doesn't wear
          underwear.

                         65 OMITTED 65

          0,

                         1

                         

                         

                         

                         
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          66 INT. ST. ELMO'S - NIGHT 66

          Billy is happily playing his heart out. CAMERA FINDS
          Alec and Kevin at their table flipping quarters.

                         ALEC
          Do you have an extra key to your
          apartment I could use tomorrow?

                         KEVIN
          What for?

                         ALEC
          Remember the lingerie salesgirl?
          She's been calling me at work.

                         KEVIN
          Alec, you're going to have to
          learn to say 'no.'

          AJ.EC
          I need a reason to say no. Until
          Leslie agrees to marry me, I've
          got to grab some of the gusto.

                         KEVIN
          You've seen too many beer
          commercials.
          Wendy arrives, nervously, with HOWIE KRANTZ, a plump,
          cheerful guy, uncomfortable in his preppy clothes.

                         WEND Y
          Hi... this is Howie Krantz.
          As Alec and Kevin welcome Howie, CAMERA STAYS ON Wendy,
          who is filled with mixed emotion watching Billy play.
          As she sits down slowly, Kevin'speaks to her:

                         KEVIN
          Thought you weren't coming here
          anymore.

                         WENDY
          Oh, we were just passing by.
          Kevin and she smile as he puts his arm around her. Alec
          and Howie are talking business.

                         HOWIE
          Greeting cards. I work for one of
          Wendy's brother-in-laws.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         66 CONTINUED: (A2) 66

                         ALEC
          • A humongous future in greeting
          cards.
          Alec wickedly eyes Kevin as Jules and Leslie return.
          During introductions to Howie. Jules shouts across the
          room to a new arrival:

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          50.

                         66 CONTINUED: (2) 66

                         JULES

                         €�
          Over here!
          Kevin is watching Alec kiss Leslie, when suddenly they
          are joined by Jules' neighbor, ROH.

                         JULES
          Everybody... this is my friend
          and decorator, Ron Dellassandro!!!

                         (TO KEVIN)
          You remember Ron.
          This is not Kevin's night. As Ron sits next to him,
          Alec's jovial mood suddenly changes.

                         ALEC
          Oh, shit.
          All their eyes move across the room, where a very sexy
          young WOMAN has entered with a noisy blue-collar type.

                         HOWIE
          What's wrong?

                         WENDY
          That's Felicia. Billy's wife.

                         JULES
          But who is she with?
          Kirbo seats them at a small reserved table.
          Alec, Leslie, Jules, Wendy, Kevin and Howie all turn
          their attention immediately to Billy, who is playing his
          heart out -- until he sees FELICIA.
          Felicia and blue-collar get chummier.
          Billy stops abruptly and jumps from the platform.
          Alec is up in a flash and headed after him.
          Billy arrives at their table.

                         BILLY
          Hands off my wife.

                         FELICIA
          Oh, you finally remembered. Where
          were you this past week?
          Alec arrives.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          51.

                         66 CONTINUED: (3) 66

                          ALEC

                         IS
           Billy...

                          BILLY
          I said, take your goddamn hands off
          my wife.
          Blue-collar just smiles. Billy throws himself on top of
          him, slugging. Felicia screams. Alec tries to stop
          them. St. Elmo's watches as Billy and blue-collar beat
          the shit out of each other. Blood flows. Wally, the
          owner, arrives with a baseball bat.

                         WALLY
          Get him outta here.
          Alec, Kevin and Kirbo get Billy moving toward the door.

                         FELICIA
          Yeah, get outta here... you no-
          good shit.
          Felicia is hurling insults at Billy as she tends to blue-
          collar. Alec and the others drag Billy past Leslie and
          Jules, who look to Ron, who has been hiding behind them
          with a hand in front of his face.

                         ROM
          I just had my nose done.

                         WALLY
          You're fired, Billy.

                         (TO BAND)
          You, too. Out, all of you.
          Wendy is dying, as she watches them take Billy out.

                         WEHDY
          He's bleeding.

                         FELICIA
          Get outta here, Billy. Get outta
          my life!!!

          67 EXT. ST. ELMO'S - HIGHT 67

          Alec, Kevin and Kirbo are dealing-with Billy's rage.
          Patrons and friends begin to gather and watch.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         67 CONTINUED: 67

                         I BILLY
          I shoulda had a vasectomy at birth.
          You ever have boys, do 'em a favor
          and get 'em neutered at birth.
          Knock up some slut and you're the
          one who's really fucked. Fucked
          for life. I hate that bitch!!!
          He pushes his friends away as he lunges into the street
          to make a grand gesture of marching away. Suddenly blue-
          collar comes charging out of the doorway and kicks Billy
          in the back. Billy goes down as Felicia jumps on him.

                         FELICIA
          Goddamn you, Billy. You shit.
          There is pandemonium as Felicia and Billy pummel each
          other. Alec grabs Billy, while Kevin and Kirbo restrain R
          Felicia. As the young couple are being dragged away 2
          from each other, suddenly Felicia cries out to,her man.

                         FELICIA
          Billy...

                         BILLY

                         (MELTING)
          Baby...
          They break away from the friends who are restraining
          them, and rush to each other in the middle of the street.
          Only the very
          young and the very drunk can get away with
          this. They collide in sexual frenzy.

                         68 IN CROWD 68
          Wendy watches, filled with emotions as Leslie and Jules
          stand on either side of her.

                         LESLIE
          You just go ahead with your evening
          with Howie.

                         JULES
          Yes. No matter what he looks like.
          Leslie glares at Jules, but Wendy starts laughing.

          69 INT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S LOFT - NIGHT (AN HOUR LATER) 69

          • Felicia puts ice packs on Billy's face. Leslie and Kevin
          make coffee.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         69 COHTIHUED: 69

                         FELICIA
          This is all my fault.

                         BILLY
          Ho, you married a loser and you
          better face it.

                         FELICIA
          Don't say that.

                         BILLY
          Alec's,known it for a long time.
          Haven't you, Big Al?

                         ALEC
          You're just running away from x
          responsibility, and it's catching
          up with you, just like I said it
          would.

                         FELICIA
          I'll get a job.

                         BILLY
          I won't have you working.

                         ALEC
          Listen to me, Billy. There's a
          hot-shot Korean in town. Big
          money. He needs a gopher. I
          don't know, for some reason I
          think you might be perfect for
          each other.

                         FELICIA
          Alec. You've been so good to us.

                         ALEC
          But if you blow this one, Billy...

                         BILLY
          I'm not gonna blow this one, Alec
          I'm gonna do ultimate by
          everybody...
          (starting to cry)
          I almost lost my wife tonight
          . and my little baby... Jesus...
          Felicia starts to cry as she holds him.

          70 INT. ALEC AHD LESLIE'S KITCHEN -.NIGHT 70

           Alec joins Leslie and Kevin.

                          (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         70 CONTINUED: 70

                         LESLIE

                         0
          Still want to get married?

                         ALEC
          Leslie, that is not a marriage
          in there. That is a mistake.

                         LESLIE
          And who's this Korean hot-shot?

                         ALEC
          A business acquaintance.
          She leaves with the coffee.

                         KEVIN
          Speaking of business acquaintances,
          you still want my extra key?

          71 EXT. KEVIN AND KIRBO'S NEIGHBORHOOD - LATER 71

           Kevin walks with his thoughts. He approaches the Black
          Hooker on her usual corner.

                         BLACK HOOKER
          Hey, secret love, you want a date
          tonight?

                         KEVIN
          What would you say the meaning of
          life is?

                         BLACK HOOKER
          Got fifty bucks? I'll show you
          the meaning of life.

                         KEVIN
          I don't pay for sex.

                         BLACK HOOKER
          Oh, you think if you get some
          girlfriend, or maybe a wife, you
          ain't gonna pay? Oh, you'll pay
          . but you won't ever be sure
          you're gonna get it. Now with me,
          you pay, but you get it, and you
          get it good!

                         KEVIN
          Food for thought. Food for
          'thought.
          He walks toward his apartment.

                         

                         

                         

                         
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          72 EXT. DALE'S BUILDING - EXTREME CLOSEUP - NIGHT 72

          • "DALE BIBERMAN" typed on an apartment registry.

          73 EXT. BUILDING - WIDER SHOT - NIGHT 73

          Kirbo agonizes, paces and finally rings the bell.

          DALE (V.0.)
          Yes...?
          Kirbo cannot bring himself to speak.

          DALE (V.0.)
          Hello.
          Kirbo is dying to speak, but can't. He quickly charges
          out of sight.

          74 EXT. DALE'S BUILDING - NIGHT 74

          Dale opens her second-story window and looks out. She
          searches the night and is about to close her window when
          a sudden flash gets her attention.
          Is 75 EXT. ALLEY 75
          Hidden by the night, Kirbo has just snapped Dale's
          picture. He charges down the alley and leaps on his bike.

          76 EXT. DALE'S BUILDING 76

          puzzled and pissed, closes her window.

          76A INT. MOVIE THEATER - DAY 76A 

          On screen "MANHATTAN." Woody talks into a microphone.

          WOODY (V.0.)
          An idea for a short story, about
          um, people in Manhattan who, uh,
          who are constantly creating these
          real, uh, unnecessary neurotic
          problems for themselves 'cause it
          keeps them from dealing with, uh,
          more unsolvable terrifying problems
          about, uh, the universe.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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          76A CONTINUED: 76A

                         R AUDIENCE
          Kirbo and Kevin watch.

                         KEVIN
          Not just in Manhattan, Woodman.
          Kirbo quickly pulls out his camera and snaps a picture of
          the screen.

          76B INT. LAUNDROMAT - LATE DAY 76B 

          Kirbo and Kevin do laundry.

                         KEVIN
          You can't keep ringing doorbells
          and running away, calling her and
          hanging up. What are you afraid
          of?

                         KIRBO
          Rejection. Total and devastating.
          As long as she hasn't rejected me,
          there's hope.

                         KEVIN
          I have lived with a secret obsession
          many years myself. However, I
          realize the other person has no
          interest in me -- so I pursue my
          career which is going even more
          unsuccessfully.

                         KIRBO
          Who are you in love with?

                         KEVIN
          I don't have to share everything
          with you...

                         (GRABBING LAUNDRY)
          My underwear is enough. Kirbo, if
          you must pursue this narcissistic
          mortification, that you have decided
          to call love, then you must ask her
          out on a proper date. Like a young
          god. Like Alec, our leader, would.

                         KI RBO
          Alec has balls. He sees things
          with his balls. A ball's-eye view
          so to speak.
          Having taken their stuff out of the dryer they leave.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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          76B CONTINUED: 76B 

                          KIRBO

          10,
          'Fluff and Fold,' buddy. Soon as
          I get some dough, I'm goin' 'Fluff
          and Fold.'

          76C EXT. STREET - DAY 76C 

          They move through the busy street together passing some
          double Dutch champions.

                         KEVIN
          You'll go fluff and fold, someday. 
          Whereas I will still be writing
          obits. I can't even come up with
          a decent piece for the paper to
          show my editor.

                         KIRBO
          I can't help you with your writer's
          block -- until I see that look in
          Dale Biberman's eyes. The look
          that says she knows I'm the one
          for her.

                         KEVIN
          Kirbo, what about all the other
          women you were going out with?

                         KIRBO
          They weren't women. They were
          practice.

                         KEVIN
          You'll never catch me making a
          fool ofmyself over a beautiful
          woman. I know what they're really
          made of. Watch this.

                         (TO APPROACHING

                         BEAUTIFUL GIRL)
          What's the meaning of life?

                         BEAUTIFUL GIRL
          Leave me alone.

                         KEVIN
          The defense rests.
          They disappear into their building.

          77 INT. VISTA SOUP KITCHEN - DAY 7 7

          Bums, bag ladies and the less fortunate are getting meals.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         77 CONTINUED: 77
          Wendy is advising a street youth as she supervises the
          whole operation. Suddenly, Leslie and Jules arrive.

                         WENDY
          Hi. x

                         JULES
          We came to take you to lunch.
          La Petite Chateau. One o'clock.

                         WENDY
          I can't leave here and go to La
          Petite Chateau. Ladies, please, x
          let's have a little perspective.

                         LESLIE
          Well, we could eat here.

          78 LUNCH LINE - MINUTES LATER 78
          The girls drag metal trays through the line.

                         JULES
          Campbell's mushroom barley. How
          chic.
          They are joined by MYRA, a bag lady, and several other
          regular patrons.

                         WENDY
          This is Myra. Myra, Jules and Leslie.

                         LESLIE
          How's Howie?

                         WENDY
          I wouldn't say my father is trying
          to bribe me, but he offered me a
          Chrysler Le Baron convertible if
          I'd get engaged to Howie.

                         JULES
          Have you fucked him yet?

                         WENDY
          Jules!!!

                         JULES
          You haven't? Listen, get engaged. x
          Get the car. Fuck him and if you
          don't like it, break the engagement.

                         X
          They put their trays down at a table.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
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                         78 CONTINUED: 78

                         JULES
          Well, no sense beating around the
          bush. Wendy, we came to see you
          because we're both worried about
          you.

                         WENDY
          No, Jules, that was the scam that
          Leslie and I worked out because we
          were worried about you.

                         JULES
          Moi? Your were worried about moi?

                         LESLIE
          We were worried about you and this
          affair with your boss.

                         JULES
          Forrester is the greatest...

                         LESLIE
          Forrester is married...

                         JULES
          Leslie, this is the Eighties... I
          bop him for a few years -- get his
          job when he gets caught with his
          hand in the vault. I become a
          legend -- do a black mink ad, but
          get caught in a sex scandal.
          Retire in massive disgrace -- but
          write a huge bestseller and become
          the star of my own talk show.

                         WENDY
          Silly of us to be concerned.

                         JULES
          And besides, Forrester suggested
          some fabulous alternatives for my
          stepmonster...

                         WENDY
          That's another thing. You seem
          obsessed with this woman's dying.
          It's creepy.

                         JULES
          Well, it turned out that cremation
          is almost as expensive as the non-
          torch method -- so if I don't find
          a cheaper solution -- I'll probably
          end up...

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/11/84 60. s

                         78 CONTINUED: (2) 78

                          JULES (CONT'D)

                         (SOTTO)
          like one of these bag ladies.
          Of course, I'll have alligator
          bags...
          She looks at her watch.

                         JULES
          Oh, I've got to meet Forrester.

                         LESLIE
          Jules, you haven't touched your
          food.

                         JULES
          Who'd want to? I think this was a
          wonderful talk, don't you? Nice
          meeting you, Myra.
          Jules is gone in a neurotic flurry. Leslie and Wendy are
          worried.

                         79 OMITTED 79

                         THRU THRU

                         84 84

          85 EXT. GEORGETOWN CANAL - DAY 85

          Wendy and Leslie walk together.

                         LESLIE
          The senior architect I've been
          assisting is going to promote me to
          the design staff.

                         WENDY
          That's so great.

                         LESLIE
          Yeah, it worked out really well.

                         WENDY
          That's great. So I guess that
          means marriage now, huh?

                         LESLIE
          It scares me. My sister lived with
          her husband for five years before
          they got married. And now it's over.
          They loved each other so much, but
          somehow it just disappeared.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELI10'S FIRE - Rev. 10/11/84 61/62.

                         85 CONTINUED: 85

                         €� WENDY
          You can't say that. You're not
          your sister. You and Alec were
          made for each other.

                         LESLIE
          I love Alec. I do, but I just
          don't think I'm ready for the
          big step.

                         WEND Y
          Seen Billy?

                         LESLIE
          I was wondering how long it was
          going to take until you asked.

                         WENDY
          It's like stopping smoking. I can
          go as long as I can and then I just
          have to have a hit.

                         LESLIE
          Alec's got him working for some
          Korean gangster, and I actually
          think Billy is doing a great job.

                         WENDY
          Great. Great.

          86 EXT. ATTRACTIVE GEORGETOWN HOUSE - DAY 86

          A limousine arrives and a female CHAUFFEUR opens the door
          for KIM SUNG HO, a well-dressed Korean.

          87 INT. ATTRACTIVE TOWNHOUSE - DAY 87

          Kim enters looking over some mail.

          KIM SUNG HO
          Billy?

                         KITCHEN DOOR
          A house boy, sensing what's going to happen, ducks back.

          88 INT. HO TOWNHOUSE - SECOND FLOOR - DAY 88

          ROCK and ROLL BLASTS as Kim Sung Ho opens the bathroom
          door, revealing Billy in the marble Jacuzzi with a naked
          blonde and a bottle of vodka.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          63.

                         88 CONTINUED: $$
          Everyone is shocked to see everyone.

                         BILLY
          Ah... I thought you were comin'
          back Thursday.

          89 EXT. GEORGETOWN STREET - NIGHT 89

          Dale Biberman, dodging the RAIN, leaves her building
          and gets in her car. CAMERA FINDS Kirbo, across the
          street, watching. He jumps on his bike and follows.

          90 EXT. FASHIONABLE BROWNSTONE - HIGHT (FEW MINUTES LATER) 90

          A carpark helps Dale into the house with an umbrella.
          CAMERA FINDS Kirbo, who looks in the window of the
          brownstone.

          91 INT. FASHIONABLE TOWNHOUSE - HIS POV - HIGHT 91

          Dale enters and talks animatedly with two attractive
          young men. The party is filled with attractive yuppies.

          92 INT. FASHIONABLE BROWNSTONE PARTY - HIGHT 92

          Dale continues talking with the men as the CAMERA MOVES
          THROUGH the party TOWARD her. The CAMERA is Kirbo.
          Although we do not see him, we hear people talking to
          him.

                         VOICES
          Excuse me... Sir...?'
          The CAMERA (Kirbo) STOPS as Dale looks up from her con-
          versation. She is pleasant, but slightly stunned.

                         DALE
          Kirby... How are you?
          We see Kirbo now, soaking wet and in pain.

                         KI RBO
          I'm obsessed. Thank you very
          much.

          93 INT. DALE'S CAR - NIGHT (TWENTY MINUTES LATER) 93

          Dale drives, Kirbo next to her, his bike on the trunk.
          It has stopped raining.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          64.

                         93 CONTINUED: 93

                         DALE
          r What's going on?

                         KIRBO
          I'm going to be a doctor.

                         DALE
          That's not what's going on.
          They pull up in front of her building and get out of the
          car.

                         KIRBO
          Why did you tell me you had to
          work tonight? Why did you lie?

                         DALE
          I didn't want to hurt your
          feelings.

                         KIRBO
          I'm obsessed with you, Dale. I
          have been for four years.

                         DALE
          But you don't even know me.

                         KIRBO
          I know. But I'm obsessed by my
          fantasy of you.
          Dale realizes this man needs some help.

          94 INT. DALE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT (MINUTES LATER) 94

           Kirbo is actually entering Dale's apartment. A shrine.

                         DALE
          I'm very average... full of
          flaws...
          She gestures toward her sloppy bedroom.

                         DALE
          I'm a slob.., can't even make a
          bed straight... You ready for
          more...

                         (INDICATING MAGAZINES
          on a coffee table)
          .. I steal People magazine from
          my dentist's office.
          She then goes into the tiny kitchen and picks up a large
          garbage bag.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          65.

                         94 CONTINUED: 94

                         DALE
          Here. Watch. Dale Biberman takes
          out her own garbage.
          She opens the apartment door as her roommate, JUDITH,
          arrives home with a bad cold.

                         DALE
          Here's my roommate, Judith. She
          hates me.

                         JUDITH
          I hate her.
          Judith disappears into the bedroom as Dale puts out the
          garbage. Kirbo sits for a moment alone, stunned. Dale
          returns.

                         DALE
          And here's the worst of all...
          When I first decided to be a
          doctor, I thought it was because
          I wanted to serve people. But
          now, well, I'm beginning to get
          this funny feeling that what
          medicine's really all about is
          money... You want some coffee?

                         MIRBO
          It's money, isn't it? That's what
          you're trying to tell me. It's
          'cause I don't have any money!
          Thank you for being so honest.
          He gets up and leaves.

                         DALE
          Kirby?

          95 EXT. GEORGETOWN CAMPUS - DAY 95

          CLOSE ON Billy as he walks across the campus and even-
          tually stops.

          96 HIS POV - HIS OLD FRATERNITY HOUSE 96
          A few young men stop their activities when they see
          Billy. Others join. TROY, an undergrad big shot,
          arrives.

                         TROY
          The man. The myth. The legend.
          The one and only Billy the Kid!
          The guys all cheer as they surround Billy.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          66.

          97 EXT. CAMPUS - DAY (LATER) 97

          Billy plays football with the younger students. He
          seems happy and home at last. As the others run toward
          the opposite side of the grounds, Billy looks to Troy.

                         TROY
          Like old times, Billy-Boy.

                         BILLY
           You know I've been thinkin', Troy
          6 9 I'd like to get some kind of
          job maybe on campus... you know
          work with the students or the
          fraternity. Maybe coaching or
          something.

                         TROY
          We could use somebody like you
          around, Billy.

                         BILLY

                         (ENCOURAGED)
          Really?

                         TROY
          Yeah. We need somebody to get us
          some good drugs.
          Billy realizes there is no place for him here either.
          He looks up to see Felicia and the baby. He gives the
          football to Troy and slowly walks across the field.

                         BILLY
          Hi, babe...
          There is a long pause.

                         FELICIA
          'Member Ray Slater? He was the
          guy I was goin' with before I met
          you?

                         BILLY
          Felic...

                         FELICIA
          He came to see me, Billy, and he
          still wants to marry me. And held
          take good care of Melody and I
          could probably get an annulment.

                         BILLY
          Don't give up on me. Please,
          baby.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          67.

                         97 CONTINUED: 97

                          BILLY (COHT'D)
          I know it's been rough on you.
          But I'll get the right job soon.
          I'll change... I swear it. No
          women, no booze... You won't
          believe how ultimate I'm gonna
          go...
          He holds her and she wants to believe him badly.

          98 INT. KIM SUNG HO'S TOWNHOUSE LIBRARY - DAY 98

          Kim Sung Ho paces the elegant room.

          KIM SUNG HO
          I work out of my house. You must
          be available twenty-four hours a
          day. Complete discretion and
          loyalty. Five hundred dollars a
          week.
          We now see he is talking to Kirbo.

                         KIRBO
          I'm your man, Mr. Ho.

          KIM SUNG HO
          Your scholastic record is very
          impressive, why would you be
          willing to leave law school for
          essentially a gofer's position?

                         KIRBO
          I don't feel it has any relevancy
          in the world I want to go into.

          KIM SUNG HO
          Which world is that?

                         KIRBO
          The 'real' world. Besides, did
          you know that there are more
          students in law school than there
          are practicing lawyers?

          99 EXT. GEORGETOWN MEDICAL CENTER - DUSK 99

          Winter is on the way. Dale gets out of her car. As she
          starts for the hospital, a limousine pulls up. Kirbo is
          sitting in the back.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          68.

                         99 CONTINUED: 99

                         KIRBO
          Hi, Dale.

                         €�

                         DALE
          Kirby. What are you up to?

                         KIRBO
          I was hand-picked as special
          attache to Kim Sung Ho. You know,
          the famous Korean entrepreneur?
          He quickly holds up a newspaper with Kim on the cover.

                         DALE
          What about medical school?

                         KIRBO
          I have to grab my huge financial
          opportunities while-I can. It's
          all about money, isn't it, Dale?

                         DALE
          Well, good luck.

                         KIRBO
          I'm giving a little party Saturday
          night at Kim's house.
          (handing her card)
          I'd really like to see you there.

                         DALE
          Well, thank you, Kirby. I'll try...
          She smiles sweetly and runs off as Kirbo sits back and
          talks to the female Chauffeur.

                         KI RBO
          She'll be there. You see her
          face when she saw this car?

                         CHAUFFEUR
          Mr. Ho catches you having a party
          in his house Saturday night.
          You'll be out on the street.

                         KIRBO
          He won't be back until Sunday...
          remember, there's an extra hundred
          bucks for you and Kenny to shut up.

          100 INT. NEIGHBORHOOD LAUNDROMAT - LATE DAY' 100

          Kirbo proudly drops his laundry off.

                         KIRBO
          Fluff and Fold!!!

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84 69.

          101 EXT. LAUNDRY 101

          The Chauffeur waits as Kirbo comes proudly out of the
          laundry. The neighborhood Black Hooker looks it all over
          as Kirbo pulls away grandly.

          102 EXT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S - SATURDAY NIGHT 102

          Traffic, people. The smell of fun and sexual contact in
          the air. Party MUSIC PLAYS.

          103 INT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S LOFT - HIGHT 103

          Leslie hangs out the window calling to someone below.

                         LESLIE
          We'll be right down.
          Alec comes from the bedroom getting dressed.

                         ALEC
          June first!'

                         LESLIE
          Honey, I just got promoted. I'm
          going to have a lot more
          responsibility. I'm sure it's
          the right time.

                         ALEC
          Looking at my big picture agenda,
          I want to be playing softball
          with my firstborn in about four
          years.

                         LESLIE
          Do you realize that over half the
          marriages today end in divorce.

                         ALEC
          And the other half don't.

                         LESLIE
          My six-year-old niece asked me
          today why everyone's father
          doesn't live in a separate house
          like her father does. I don't
          want us to become another divorce
          statistic in Newsweek.

                         ALEC
          Look at my parents. My father may
          not come home with a raging hard-
          on, anymore, but they're happy.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84 70. t

                         103 CONTINUED: 103

                         LESLIE
          Your father sits around playing
          chess while your mother talks to
          him constantly. But he's not
          listening.

                         ALEC
          That's probably why they're happy.
          (he grabs her)
          Leslie, let's stop living together
          . get married and start really
          living together!

                         LESLIE
          Sweetheart, please. Let's not talk
          about it tonight. This party means
          a lot to Kirbo. The floor's filthy
          again.

                         ALEC
          Just pick a date, any date...
          She opens the door as he grabs a nearby can of white
          spray paint, and sprays the floor white again as they
          back out through the door.

                         LESLIE
          There are some things we have to
          work out first.

          104 INT. ALEC'S LOFT - HALLWAY - RIGHT 104

          Leslie locks the door as Alec sets the spray can down and
          they disappear down the Victorian stairwell.

                         ALEC
          Okay. Okay. Like my mom always
          says, 'Don't get a hard-on'...

                         LESLIE
          And like my mom always says...
          'Marriage makes two people one.
          But you never know which one.'

                         ALEC
          Yeah, and like my pop says, 'The
          way to woman's heart is,to saw
          her in half.'

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 1.0/1/84 71.

          105 EXT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S LOFT - STREET - NIGHT 105

          They emerge from the building to find Wendy and Howie in
          Wendy's brand new white Chrysler LeBaron. Alec and Leslie
          make a big deal about it as they get in.

                         LESLIE
          So, does this mean you're
          officially engaged?

                         HOWIE
          Yes.

                         WENDY
          No... It just means I'm officially
          thinking about it.

                         ALEC
          What is this? Howie, didn't you
          always think women were dying to
          get married?

                         HOWIE
          Not to me.

          106 INT. KIM SUNG HO'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 106

          • Kirbo, in his underwear, is looking through his employer's
          impressive closet. As he moves in front of a mirror, we
          see Kevin watching him from the bedroom.

                         KEVIN
          Does Alec know you're doing this?

                         KIRBO
          I told him I had Kim's permission.
          Should I go for the formal'tux, or
          the velvet smoking jacket, I-do-
          this -all -the -time look?

                         KEVIN
          You've left school, put yourself
          into debt, lied to Alec who got
          you this job in the first place --
          and all for a woman who doesn't
          seem to be interested in you.

                         KIRBO
          When she sees me in this setting
          and realizes my potential, which
          she has always secretly known
          about me, the veil will be stripped
          from her eyes and she will give
          herself to me tonight.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84 71A.

                         106 CONTINUED: 106

                          KIRBO (CONT'D)

                         €�
          Perhaps in that very bed you are
          sitting on. Is the cummerbund
          out of style?

                         KEVIN
          Well, excuse me, buckeroo. But I
          think you're a fool.

                         KI RBO
          Perhaps, but a well-dressed fool.

          107 INT. KIM SUNG HO'S LIVING ROOM - LATER 107

          SHOTS of party beginning: Alec, Leslie, Wendy and Howie
          arrive. Other guests arrive, including some regulars
          from St. Elmo's, undergrads and old schoolmates. Billy
          enters and seeing some old frat brothers goes nuts.
          Wendy watches him painfully.

                         KEVIN
          holds court for the undergrads.

                         KEVIN
          The best advice I can give you
          undergrads is to fail. Failure is
          a virtue in today's society. Human
          error is a badge of honor. If
          you're the alcoholic child of a
          celebrity, you can blame them and
          earn a year on the best-seller
          list. If you're a celebrity, your
          mistake will earn you a People
          magazine cover. It's post-
          Watergate morality. Take
          responsibility for your mistakes
          and make a quick buck while you're
          at it.

                         ALEC
          Then Sully snuck the pizza
          waitress into the showers...
          They start screaming with laughter.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          72.

          107, CONTINUED: 107

                         BILLY

                         €�
          And the fat chick Sandy met on a
          plane. Alec and me pretended to
          be renting agents. She wound up
          taking on the whole house...
          Everyone laughs as Alec looks to Billy seriously.

                         ALEC
          I'm not getting you any more jobs,
          Billy...

                         BILLY
          You know, Al, you're so perfect.
          Such a young god... I'll bet you
          were sproutin' pubic hairs at the
          age of three.
          Jules redoes Wendy's makeup as Leslie watches.

                         WENDY
          Jules, your hands are shaking.

                         JULES
          Thin blood.

                         LESLIE
          How's Forrester?
          She drops the makeup.

                         JULES
          Oh, shit.
          Wendy and Leslie are worried.

                         LESLIE
          How's your stepmother?

                         JULES
          Hanging on. the old witch. At
          least it gives me a chance to
          funeral-shop. Did I tell you I
          found this place in California
          -- 'The Neptune Society.' They'll
          wrap her up and throw her to the
          sharks for five hundred dollars...
          But I have to ship the body all
          the way out there... Excuse me.
          Wendy and Leslie look to each other. Kirbo nervously
          dials the 'phone.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          73.

                         107 CONTINUED: (2) 107

                         KIRBO

                         €�
          Ah... by any chance did Dale
          Biberman get called in on
          emergency duty tonight?... Ho?
          He hangs up and tries her home number. It's busy.

          108 EXT. BACK OF HOUSE - NIGHT 108

          Wendy steps out to get some air. Billy is fooling around
          inside the house, when he notices her through the window.
          Their eyes meet, Wendy quickly looks away and moves down
          the back steps. In a few seconds Billy comes out onto
          the back porch.

                         BILLY
          So how you doin'? Still living
          at home?

                         WENDY
          Yeah, how about you?

                         BILLY
          Felicia hasn't kicked me out yet.

                         WENDY
          You been playin' your sax?

                         BILLY
          I hocked it to pay the phone
          bill... You forgiven me yet for
          bein' such a horse's ass?

                         WENDY
          There's nothing to forgive. In
          fact, I should thank you... It
          helped me grow up a lot and see
          how stupid I was...

                         BILLY
          How stupid you were to be caring
          about a loser like me. I agree
          with you wholeheartedly.
          They both pause for a beat.

                         WENDY
          You have a lot of talent, Billy.

                         BILLY
          So you still a virgin?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84 74.

                         108 CONTINUED% 108

                         9 WENDY
          That's none of your business.
          Wendy quickly goes back into the house. Billy spits at
          the moon.

          1 09 INT. HOUSE - HIGHT 109

          Kirbo is shouting at an operator on the phone.

                         KIRBO
          Emergency break in!... Operator!
          . That's right... What do you
          mean she won't release the
          phone??? Did you tell her I'm
          giving a party for her???

          1 10 INT. DEN - HIGHT 110

          Jules is doing coke with Kim's female chauffeur.

          1 11 INT. LIVING ROOM - HIGHT 111

          Alec, deep in his cups, clinks bottles loudly.

                         ALEC
          Quiet. Big Al has an announcement.
          Everyone more or less quiets down. Kevin TURNS DOWN
          the STEREO, but not without SCRATCHING the record.

                         ALEC
          On June first. Leslie will do me
          the long-awaited honor of becoming
          my bride. You're all invited.
          Everyone rushes to Leslie, who is stunned.

                         LESLIE
          Alec, you're drunk.
          Alec is already accepting congratulations, and passing
          out cigarettes like cigars, as Leslie grabs him.

                         LESLIE
          Alec, may I speak to you please...
          She leads him toward the kitchen as he shouts back:

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         D
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84 75.

                          1 11 CONTINUED: 1 11

                         0 ALEC
          Hey, Howie... how 'bout we make
          it a double wedding?
          They pass Kirbo who dashes out of the kitchen franti-
          cally. He finds Wendy.

                         KI RBO
          Can I use your car?

                         WENDY
          No.

                         KIRBO
          Wendy, please, this is the most
          important thing in my life...

                         WENDY
          It's brand new.

                         KIRBO
          Trust me.

           1 12 INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT 1 12

          • Alec and Leslie talk as the servants pretend not to
          eavesdrop.

                         LESLIE
          You just want a yearly Christmas
          card with the Newberrys in front
          of the fireplace..

                         ALEC
          You're just afraid to commit.

                         LESLIE
          You don't have to slow down your
          career to help raise them.

                         ALEC
          Jesus Christ, will you just for
          once not make the reason you
          won't marry me your fucking career!

                         LESLIE
          All right then, what will we do
          about your extra-curricular love
          life?

                         ALEC
          What extra-curricular love life?

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/1/84 76.

                         112 COHTIHUED: 112

                          ALEC (COHT'D)
           What did Kevin tell you? 

                          LESLIE 
           Nothing. 

                          ALEC A
          What?
          He dashes back into the

          113 INT. LIVING ROOM 113

          where people are dancing and cavorting. Quickly finding
          Kevin, Alec punches him with all his might. Kevin goes
          flying. People shout as Kevin lands against the stereo,
          taking several thousands of dollars' worth of porcelain,
          jade and flowers with him. Leslie runs to Kevin's aid.

                         ALEC
          What'd you tell her?... Little
          buddy... little traitor. Huh,
          what'd you tell her?

                         LESLIE
          He told me nothing. It was just
          a hunch... until now.
          Alec filled with guilt and remorse becomes angrier. Alec
          realizes that everybody in the house is watching him. He 
          must save face.

                         ALEC
          Leslie, I want you out of the
          apartment tonight. 
          Alec marches out the door. The place is a wreck.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          77.

                         113 CONTINUED: 113

                         BILLY
          Hey. everything's cool. It's not
          a party 'til something gets broken.

          114 EXT. DALE BIBERMAN'S BUILDING - NIGHT ' 114

          Wendy's car still running. Kirbo buzzes Dale's bell and
          shouts up to her second-story window:

                         KI RBO
          You better get off the phone and
          open this door!
          Suddenly the window above him opens and Dale's roommate
          Judith appears angrily.

                         JUDITH
          Are you the maniac trying to cut
          in on my line?

                         KIRBO
          Where is Dale?

                         JUDITH
          She went skiing.

                         KIRBO
          What???... Where???

                         JUDITH
          Why should I tell you?

                         KIRBO
          Because I'm not responsible for
          what I'll do to you if you don't.

          115 EXT. KEVIN'S NEIGHBORHOOD - NIGHT (LATER) 115

          Kevin and Leslie walk together silently. Kevin sees they
          are approaching his neighborhood Black Hooker. He
          proudly takes Leslie's arm. He'll show her who's gay.

                         BLACK HOOKER
          .You think you ain't gonna pay?
          You'll pay.

          116 INT. KEVIN AND KIRBO'S APARTMENT - NIGHT 116

          Usual mess. Kevin enters and quickly starts to pick up.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          78.

                         116 CONTINUED: 116

                         LESLIE
          I haven't been here for a long
          time.

                         KEVIN
          It's still the same. Small and
          ugly... but then again it's small
          and ugly. Are you sure we
          shouldn't find you some nice
          lady-like hotel?

                         LESLIE
          No, I'll be fine here for tonight
          0 as long as I'm not putting
          you or Kirbo to any trouble...

                         (NOTICES SOMETHING)
          . What are you doing.with a
          coffin?
          We now see that a long coffee table which has always been
          covered with junk is indeed a black coffin.

                         KEVIN
          That's not how you're supposed
          to ask. You're supposed to be a
          young lady who is very impressed
          with. my mind. Having come from a
          deep Hungarian film and getting
          cozy over a brandy, she says...
          'Is that... a coffin...?' And,
          then I say, 'Yes, it's my coffin'
          . 'Your coffin,' she would gasp,
          her interest in me growing by leaps
          and bounds. Then'I would sit back
          stroking her arm and say 'Yes, I
          figured we're going to spend a long
          time in the ground together so I've
          made friends with it... I've gotten
          drunk on it... rolled joints on it
          . Even made love on it many times!'
          It's a prop for affect.

                         LESLIE
          Does it work?

                         KEVIN
          How would I know?

                         LESLIE
          Well you better not let Jules see
          it. She'll steal it for her
          stepmother. Are these relatives
          of yours?

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          79.

                         116 CONTINUED: (2) 116
           She holds up a beautiful photograph of a very beautiful

                         E
           distinguished family.

                          KEVIN
          No, that's more effect.
          He opens a straw box, obviously filled with his most
          personal possessions and extricates a photograph of a
          very ordinary family.

                         KEVIN
          You remember my family.

                         LESLIE
          So I've wandered into a real
          woman trap here, haven't I?

                         KEVIN
          Except you're the first woman
          I've ever been able to get up
          here. And I've blown all my
          props already... So how about
          some brandy?
          Kevin searches for clean glasses in the debris that
          passes for a kitchen, Leslie finds photos and political
          cartoons in his straw box. Eventually, she finds a
          photo of herself, and then another -- followed by dozens
          more. Kevin has an entire homage to her in his secret
          stash. He comes back with the brandy to find her looking
          at the photos.

                         LESLIE
          Am I part of your props?

                         KEVIN

                         (PAINFULLY; SWEETLY)
          No... you're the real thing.
          He quickly starts pouring the brandy as Leslie looks at
          Kevin, almost for the first time.

          117 EXT. WEST VIRGINIA FREEWAY SIGN - NIGHT 117

           It is starting to snow.

          118 INT. WENDY'S CAR - NIGHT 118

           Kirbo drives frantically. As snowflakes begin to hit
           the windshield, he grabs for the windshield wiper. Not
           knowing how it works, he forces it the wrong way. The
          handle comes off in his hand.

                         

                         

                         

                         
          ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/11/84 83.

          125 INT. KEVIN'S APARTMENT - NIGHT 125

          MUSIC PLAYS. Much brandy has been had.

                         R

                         LESLIE
          Alec was the first. There were
          other guys, in high school, boys
          -- but he was the first love of my
          life. I always wondered if Alec
          and I hadn't ended up in the same
          dorm -- well, I guess I would have
          just found someone else. And so
          would he.

                         KEVIN
          Alec had the luck of geography.
          Whatever we say about Alec we'll
          regret tomorrow.

                         LESLIE
          What do you think about our
          relationship. as an outsider?

                         KEVIN
          Oooo -- dangerous question.

                         (BIG SLUG)
          Sometimes I think I just hang
          around with you and Alec 'cause.
          well, since he introduced me to
          you...

                         LESLIE
          Kevin.

                         KEVIN
          And I think the reason I'm not
          interested in other women... is
          'cause I...

                         LESLIE
          (tears of joy)
          Kevin. All this time right in
          front of us. How could I have
          been so blind?

                         KEVIN
          Leslie, we won't even remember
          this tomorrow.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          84.

                         125 CONTINUED: (2) 125

                         LESLIE

                         S
          It is tomorrow.
          There is a mad moment of hesitation and then Kevin and
          Leslie smash into each other's arms.

                         KEVIN
          I love you... I've always loved
          you.
          They kiss madly, passionately. They fall to the floor
          in a frenzy. Leslie pulls Kevin's hair.

                         KEVIN
          Aaaaah. Ouch...
          (as she stops)
          No. I love it. I love it!!!
          Leslie grabs onto the large throw rug as they roll around
          the floor. Somehow as they roll and turn, the rug gets
          wrapped around them. Leslie tears at his shirt, as he
          yanks her sweater off. Kevin fights madly with the back
          of Leslie's bra. He is going berserk trying to find the
          clasp.

                         LESLIE
          No... it's in front.
          With a flick of her hand she undoes her bra and opens up
          the wonders of paradise to her old buddy. They kiss
          madly again as they roll in the rug.

          126. SHOTS OF CLOTHES ALL OVER THE ROOM 126
          Leslie and Kevin fuck on the floor, on the coffin, in
          the shower. All over the apartment.

          127 EXT. SHOW-COVERED PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE - NIGHT 127

          The worst turnpike in the world. Kirbo swerves on the
          slushy lanes. Fortunately he is the only car on the
          road.

          KIRBO (V.0.)
          Dear Mr. Iacoccoa... Recently, in
          a life and death situation, I
          had the bad luck to use one of
          your so-called luxury cars...
          Finally, he sees a large sign reading: "SEVEN SPRINGS."

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/11/84 80.

          119 EXT. VERY ORDINARY BLUE COLLAR NEIGHBORHOOD - NIGHT 119

          0 Jules' Jeep (with vinyl doors for the winter) cruises
          down the middle of the cold, quiet street.

          120 INT. JEEP - HIGHT 120

          Jules, in a fur coat, is driving Billy home. They both
          are moving kind of slow, having had too much of
          everything.

                         JULES
          Which one is yours? I always
          forget.

                         BILLY
          So do I. You wanna go someplace?
          He points to a house. Jules stops the Jeep.

                         JULES
          Do I. I've had a shit day.

                         BILLY
          I've had a shit year.

                         JULES
          Where do you want to go?

                         BILLY
          The bars are all closed. How 'bout
          your place?

                         JULES
          We're going to my place. Good.
          She STARTS up the JEEP.

                         BILLY
          Jules, you've really grown up into
          a fine-looking woman.

                         JULES
          I don't feel very fine-looking.

                         BILLY
          I've been meaning to ask you
          something all night. What do you
          have on under that skirt?

                         JULES
          You should know.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/11/84 81.

                         120 CONTINUED: 120

                         €� BILLY
           Come on -- Gimme some of those
          beautiful lips.
          Jules needs some attention. The hot couple kiss. He
          immediately goes for the gold.

                         JULES
          Billy... enough!

                         BILLY
          Who says?

                         JULES
          I say.

                         BILLY
          Yeah, well, I bet you really won't
          have so much to say with me in
          your mouth.
          He kisses her wildly as she pushes him away aggressively.

                         JULES
          I'm serious, Billy. No!!!
          He grabs the keys from the ignition as the CAR DIES.

                         JULES
          Billy!
          Holding her off with one hand, he shoves the keys into
          his underwear and then sits back grinning.

                         BILLY
          Come and get 'em.

                         JULES
          You shit!!!
          She attacks him, biting his hands, his neck and his
          chest. Billy shrieks with laughter and pain.

          121 EXT. JEEP - NIGHT 121

          He tumbles out of the Jeep, onto the street, laughing and
          shouting. Jules tumbles right after him, belting, pinch-
          ing, biting. As she goes to kick him, Billy slides
          between her legs and looks up under her skirt.

                         BILLY
          Ultimate...

                         (ECHO)
          Ultimate!!

                         (CONTINUED)

                         J

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/11/84 82. s

                         121 COHTIHUED: 121
          • She sits down an his chest, undoes his pants and gets her
          keys. Felt up with all, she heads back to the Jeep.

                         JULES
          I really needed you tonight.

                         BILLY
          Nell, just get back in the Jeep
          and assume the missionary
          position.

                         JULES
          You break my heart. You break
          everybody's heart.
          She drives off in the Jeep. Billy fumbles with his pants
          and then turns toward his house. Felicia, holding their
          baby, stands watching from the porch. Obviously having
          seen most of this, she silently goes back into the house,.
          locks the door and turns out the light. Alone, drunk and
          bewildered, Billy starts moving away from the house real-
          izing he has no place to go.

          122 INTO WEHDY'S CAR - HIGHT 122

                         40
          Kirbo is still driving frantically, but, without the
          windshield wipers, snow is building rapidly on the wind-
          shield.

          123 EXT. CAR - MIGHT 123

          Kirbo, with one hand on the wheel, hangs out of the car
          using his left hand to wipe off the snow. It's cold.

                         KIRBO
          Shit... Goddammitt...

          124 IHT. CAR - MIGHT 124
          He searches the dashboard frantically.

                         KIRBO
          Heater. Where's the defroster???
          He rams and jams every button and knob in sight as he
          weaves dangerously on the freeway. Eventually one of the
          levers comes off in his hand.

                         KIRBO
          Dear Mr. Iacoccoa... I recently
          had the misfortune of using one
          of your, so-called, new luxury
          cars in an emergency situation.
          So much for American enterprise!

                         

                         

                         

                         

          85.

          128 EXT. SEVEN SPRINGS SKI RESORT - HIGHT (LATER) 128

          • Kirbo tries to stop the car in front of a cabin, but
          it slides further than he had planned and almost hits
          it. Getting out and trudging through the snow, in his
          party clothes. he bangs on the door.

          MAX (V.O.)
          Who is it?

                          KI RBO
          Is Dale Biberman in there?

          MAX (V.0.)
          Who wants to know?

                         KIRBO
          Kirby Kreager! And who the hell
          are you?
          The door swings open and there stands GUY, a handsome
          thirty-year-old wrapped in a blanket. Dale comes from
          the bedroom, fastening a man's robe and staring at Kirbo
          in disbelief.

                         DALE
          Kirby? What are you doing here?
          His entire world has collapsed. He can't swear, shout
          or cry -- he can only dash toward the car frantically.
          Falling in the snow once or twice, he eventually jumps
          into the car and tries to peel out, but it just spins
          in the snow. Meanwhile Guy has put on heavy boots and
          comes running out to the car where Kirbo stands on the
          gas to no avail.

                         DALE
          Kirby, stop. Come inside.
          He ignores her maniacally as he keeps desperately trying
          to get out of there.

                         GUY
          You've got no skid chains or snow
          tires. You've got no traction.
          Kirbo ignores them.

                         DALE
          Kirby, please!

                         GUY
          You-'re not gonna get out of here
          tonight. You better come back
          inside.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          86.

          1.28 CONTINUED: 128

                         KIRBO
          I'll stay in the car.

                         GUY
          (yelling at Dale)
          He wants to stay in the car.

                         DALE
          He'll freeze!!!
          She begins pulling on her boots as Guy tries to reason
          with Kirby.

                         GUY
          People have died out here.

                         KIRBO
          Leave me alone. I'm not your
          responsibility!
          Dale has joined them.

                         DALE
          By driving up here, you've made
          us responsible for you. Now
          come inside.

          129 INT. CABIN - NIGHT (MINUTES LATER) 129

          Kirbo sits in front of the fire wrapped in a blanket.
          Guy goes back into the bedroom as Dale finishes making
          a bed for him on the sofa.

                         DALE
          Your clothes should be dry in a
          few hours.

                         KIRBO
          He's a doctor, isn't he?

                         DALE
          Here are some pajamas.

                         KIRBO
          You expect me to wear his pajamas?

                         DALE
          We'll talk in the morning.
          She joins Guy, in the bedroom and closes the door. Kirbo
          is left with the pajamas and his desperate anguish.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          87.

          130 INT. KEVIN'S BEDROOM - NEAR DAWN 130

          The room is destroyed as Leslie and Kevin lie on the
          floor blissfully in each other's arms. They hear the
          front DOOR OPEN.

                         KEVIN
          Kirbo?

          ALEC (O.S.)
          No, it's Alec.
          Kevin and Leslie look at each other frantically.

                         KEVIN

                         (WHISPERING)
          I gave him a key.

          131 INT. LIVING ROOM 131

          Alec, miserable, hungover, having walked all night in the
          cold, shuffles around the living room.

                         ALEC
          I'm only gonna ask you this once.
          Did you tell Leslie about my
          screwing around?

          132 INT. BEDROOM 132

          Kevin looks to Leslie as they wonder how to handle this.

                         KEVIN
          No.

          133 INT. LIVING ROOM 133

          Alec has found a beer.

                         ALEC
          I believe you. I want you to
          know that I believe you and, Kev,
          I'm sorry I hit you. Shit, how'd
          she find out? How long has she
          known? I've been thinking all
          night about school... How sex
          was always a barometer,'especially,
          at the fraternity. The more women
          you got, the more of a man you
          were... or thought you were... I
          thought I was.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          88.

                         133 CONTINUED: 133

                         9 ALEC (CONT'D)
          Shit, my whole life at school
          revolved around sex... even after
          I fell in love with Leslie. I
          always had to be doing better than
          the next guy... I had my rep. Big
          Al... It all started as a game...
          Kevin gingerly comes from the bedroom in a robe.

                         KEVIN
          Ah... I kind of have company.

                         ALEC
          Oh Jesus... I'm sorry... I never
          thought. Who is it?

                         KEVIN
          Alec...

                         ALEC
          That fat chick from the party?
          You and the fat chick...

                         KEVIN
          Alec, I'll call you later.
          Alec capitulates and leaves the apartment. Kevin relaxes
          just as Alec pops back in.

                         ALEC
          Just tell me if it's the fat
          chick...
          The bedroom door opens and Leslie appears wrapped in a
          sheet.

                         ALEC
          No. No. No... wait a minute...
          I don't believe it. This could
          not be real. There is no way
          this is happening.

                         LESLIE
          It happened, Alec.

                         ALEC
          Not Kevin. Little fuckin' Kevin.
          My little buddy. No way, Jose.

                         LESLIE
          He didn't do it alone, Alec.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          89.

                         133 CONTINUED: (2) 133
           Alec moves toward Kevin with murder as his intent. Kevin

                         €�
           takes a stand.

                          KEVIN
          I know that if we fight, you're
          going to win. But I'm warning
          you, I will use every bone in my
          body, every lamp in this room to
          make sure I inflict as much damage
          as possible on you before you
          bring me down.
          Kevin prepares for the fight.

                         ALEC
          You're both pathetic. I don't
          want to see either one of you
          again, ever. You understand me?
          You see me on the street, you see
          me at St. Elmo's, just pretend you
          don't know me.
          On his exit, Alec takes a lamp and throws it against a
          Woody Allen photograph on the wall. Kevin and Leslie
          look at each other, uncertain of what they have done.

                         €�

          134 EXT. GEORGETOWN - SUN 134

          rises.

          135 EXT. KIM SUNG HO'S TOWNHOUSE 135

          A taxi delivers Mr. Ho to his front door.

          136 INT. KIM HO'S HOUSE - DAY 136

          Mr. Ho enters to find a big mess from the party and Wendy
          and Howie asleep in the living room.

          KIM SUNG HO
          Where's'Kirby Kreager?

                         WENDY
          He took my new car.

          137 EXT. SKI LODGE - MORNING 137

          • Guy is heating up the block of Wendy's car with a couple
          of hair dryers on long extension cords. He shouts toward
          the open door of the cabin.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          90.

                         137 CONTINUED: 137

                         0 GUY
          It's thawing... and the roads
          look pretty clear.

          138 INT. CABIN - DAY 138

          Dale is doing dishes -- Kirbo hasn't touched his break-
          fast. He looks suicidal and possessed.

                         DALE
          I'm sorry. I had no idea it had
          gone this far.

                         KIRBO
          I gave up school... and my job
          at St. Elmo's... and you never
          even knew about it. It's kind
          of funny, isn't it?
          Dale sits down next to him.

                         DALE
          The reason I didn't know... is
          because all of this happened

                         R
          between you and you. I could
          never participate because I
          never knew what was expected of
          me. Love isn't like this, Kirby.
          It's mutual and reciprocal.
          Guy yells to them from outside.

          GUY (O.S.)
          Okay, she's starting... You better
          get out of here before it starts
          snowing again.

          139 EXT. CABIN - MINUTES LATER 139

          Guy sits in Wendy's CAR making everythng HUM. Dale
          escorts Kirbo.

                         DALE
          Drive carefully.
          Guy gets out of the car.

                         GUY
          Wait a minute... I've got to get
          a picture of you old college
          chums...

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          91.

                         139 CONTINUED: 139
          0 He goes into the cabin. Dale sees Kixbo's pain.

                         DALE
          I don't really know you well...
          but you seem like a fine person
          .. and I want you to know that
          I'm flattered by all of this and
          deep down, I'm sure for a long
          time, I'll wonder if maybe
          this somehow isn't my loss.
          She kisses him gently on the cheek. He is about to sink
          into more pain when suddenly he grabs Dale and kisses her
          with all the passion he has for her. When he releases
          her she is dazed. Something has definitely happened.

                         GUY
          Smile.
          They turn to face Guy and his Polaroid camera. After he
          takes their photo, he hands it to Kirbo who hands it to
          Dale'and quickly gets into the car.

                         GUY
          Aren't you going to wait for it
          to develop?
          Kirbo drives off quickly.

                         REARVIEW MIRROR
          Dale gets smaller and smaller.

          IK DALE'S HAND
          The Polaroid picture becomes clear of Kirbo and Dale.

                         MIRROR
          She is smaller and smaller.

                         KIRBO
          A kind of win fills his senses.

          1 40 INT. WENDY'S CAR - HIS POV - DAY 140

          The mirror, the Polaroid, the snow, the sun, they fuse
          together in a brilliant, incandescent white light that
          FILLS the SCREEN. In this glaw we rapidly --

                         DISSOLVE TO:

                         €�

                         

                         

                         

                         

          93.

                         143 CONTINUED: 143

          • MR. BEAMISH
          Love comes later. Marriage,
          family, the family business --
          children carrying on the parents'
          traditions... that's what...

                         WEHDY
          Dad, I have my own work, and I
          want to get my own apartment.

          MR. BEAMISH
          All right, keep your job 'til you
          get pregnant. Howie is a fine
          boy. You don't need your own
          apartment.

                         WEHDY
          I don't love Howie, Dad. I love
          Billy!

          MR. BEAMISH
          Billy on the roof? Let me tell
          you something, he's a drunk and
          a lowlife. How could you love
          such a person?

                         WEHDY
          He's talented and confused and
          he's not a lowlife. And I love
          him because he's alive! He's the
          most alive person I've ever known.

          MR. BEAMISH
          When he looks at you, all he sees
          is U money. He doesn't give a
          damn about you...
          Wendy has started to cry.

          MR. BEAMISH
          I'm warning you, young lady. You
          marry him -- no 'Card-A-Terias' !
          Wendy is overcome with grief.

                         WEHDY
          I hate you, Dad. I really hate
          you now.
          She rushes from the counter grabbing her coat.

                         40

          144 EXT. STREET - DAY 144

           Wendy rushes into the street crying.

                          (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          92.

          141 EXT. CAPITOL HILL, GEORGETOWN, ETC. - DAY 141


                         (LATE NOVEMBER)

                         €�
          SHOTS of lunchtime in D.C.: Clerks, pages, government
          employees of all description leave work and venture
          forth for the lunch ritual.

          142 EXT. UNDERPRIVILEGED NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY 142

          Wendy leaves the Welfare office and hurries down the
          street. She comes to the window of a modest coffee shop
          and looks inside. Her father is waiting for her.

          143 INT. COFFEE SHOP - DAY (MINUTES LATER) 143

          Wendy and her father sit at a counter FACING the CAMERA.
          They finish ordering as the waitress leaves them.

          MR. BEAMISH
          Some place this is. Your car
          fixed?

                         WENDY
          I got a personal letter from Lee
          lacocco... they fixed everything
          for nothing.

          MR. BEAMISH
          Good... so you like the car?

                         WENDY
          It's a great car, Dad, but I can't
          keep it. I don't feel right about
          driving a car like that and
          working with people who can't
          afford to eat.
          She finds the keys and hands them to him.

          MR. BEAMISH
          Keep the car... you and Howie are
          going to need it.

                         WENDY
          I'm giving Howie back, too.

          MR. BEAMISH
          Wendy, listen to me. You think I
          wanted to marry your mother? I
          was pressured into it. She was
          pressured into it.

                         WENDY
          I don't love Howie.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          94.

                         144 CONTINUED: 144
          Eventually, Mr. Beamish comes running after her.

          MR. BEAMISH
          Wendy...
          Wendy keeps running. A BAG LADY from the soup kitchen,
          crosses her path.

                         BAG LADY
          Hi, Wendy.

                         A
          Wendy ignores her as she keeps running. Mr. Beamish
          suddenly gets a cramp in his leg.

          MR. BEAMISH
          Wendy... Wait. Oh, my God, my
          leg!
          Wendy continues running and crying as YOUNG STREET TOUGHS
          run past her.

                         STREET TOUGH #1
          Don't worry, Wendy... we got the
          old pervert covered.
          Wendy keeps running, but then looks back. The Street
          Toughs are giving her father a hard time as he puffs,
          wheezes and deals with the pain in his chest and his
          leg. Wendy can't stand it. She shouts at them.

                         WEND Y
          That's my father. You leave him
          alone... that's my father!
          She runs over to them and shoos the Toughs away. Still
          crying, she guides her father toward a stoop.

                         WENDY
          Sit down, Daddy... sit down.
          They sit down, both still very emotional. After a
          moment, Mr. Beamish takes a torn greeting card from
          his pocket. It has a very sexy woman on it.

          MR. BEAMISH
          See this... A feminist came into
          the Pennsylvania Avenue store this
          morning -- called me a 'sexist'
          and a 'pig' and tore the card up.
          I said 'Listen, we got naked men
          on cards, too, with their pee-pees
          hanging out... It's fair! We got
          men and we got women!'

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          95.

                         144 CONTINUED: (2) 144

           MR. BEAMISH (CONT'D)

                         (CRYING)
          And she spit in my face.

                         WENDY
          Daddy, I'm sorry. I'm sorry I
          said I hated you...

          MR. BEAMISH
          That's okay. I'm sorry about
          Howie. You don't have to marry
          anybody you don't want to marry
          and if you want to move out, well,
          move out... But listen...
          He starts to get up with her help.

          MR. BEAMISH
          .. Don't judge your mother and
          me so hard... and the way we
          raised you and your sisters.
          There's no training to be a parent,
          you know. You're learning every
          day on the job.
          They start back toward the restaurant.

                         WENDY
          There's no training to be me
          either, Dad. I'm learning on
          the job, too.
          He hugs her as they walk back into the restaurant.

          145 INT. ALEC AND LESLIE'S LOFT - AFTERNOON 145

          Leslie enters carrying several empty cardboard boxes.
          She shakes off her many emotions and tries to efficiently
          gather her things. Beginning with record albums, she
          accidentally knocks an ashtray to the floor.

                         LESLIE
          Shit.
          As she picks up the broken pieces, the door opens from
          the bedroom. Alec appears, looking horrible, in his
          bathrobe.

                         LESLIE
          I especially took off work because
          I thought you wouldn't be here.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          96.

                         145 CONTINUED: 145

                         ALEC
          I'm sick.

                         LESLIE
          What's wrong?

                         ALEC
          Just sickness...
          (noticing an album)
          .. Hey, you can't take The
          Pretenders' first album. That's
          mine.

                         LESLIE
          I bought it.

                         ALEC
          You did not!!!

                         (IN CONCESSION)
          You can have all the Billy Joels.
          Except for 'The Stranger.'

                         LESLIE
          I'm taking 'Thriller' and Mahler's
          Ninth.

                         ALEC
          Kevin is so fond of Mahler.

                         LESLIE
          I've moved in with Jules.

                         ALEC
          How nice. Roomies again...

                         (GRABBING ALBUMS)
          . No Springsteen is leaving this
          house. But you can have all the
          w Carly Simons.

                         LESLIE
          You got those for me on Valentine's
          Day. When there were still
          valentines around here.

                         ALEC
          You ran out on this relationship.
          You take the consequences.

                         LESLIE
          I didn't run out on anything. You
          ran out.

                         ALEC
          You fucked Kevin!

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          97.

                         145 CONTINUED: (2) 145

                         LESLIE

                         €�
          You fucked manyl

                         ALEC
          Nameless, faceless manyl

                         LESLIE

                         (SARCASTICALLY)
          Oh, I feel much better now.
          Alec angrily grabs another album from her.

                         ALEC
          You're not taking The Police so
          just forget it!

          LESLIE.
          I didn't 'fuck' Kevin. I was
          confused and angry... and I care
          for him deeply.

                         ALEC
          No more albums! That's it... Get
          your clothes and give me the keys.
          Leslie reluctantly hands him the keys and moves toward
          the bedroom closet slowly.

                         LESLIE
          I don't believe this is happening
          to us.
          Alec sits down angrily on the new sofa, clutching his
          albums.

                         ALEC
          Wasted love. I wish I could get
          it all back.

                         CUT TO:

          146 EXT. GEORGETOWN STREETS - CLOSEUP - LESLIE - LATER 146


                         AFTERNOON
          Dealing with her emotions, she drives Jules' Jeep through
          the Georgetown streets. The back of the Jeep is filled
          with her clothes, etc.

          147 EXT. JULES' BUILDING 147

          Kevin is waiting on the doorstep with flowers, champagne,
          and a stack of newspapers.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          98.

                         147 CONTINUED: 147
          As Leslie pulls up, he greets her by pressing a newspaper
          against the windshield. After a moment, she focuses on
          a small article entitled: "THE MEANING OF LIFE"; OBSER-

          VATIONS BY KEVIN DOLENZ.

                         LESLIE
          You did it!!!

          148 INT. JULES' APARTMENT - DUSK 148

          Leslie's stuff is still in boxes. Kevin fixes a fire
          as Leslie re-reads his article, sipping champagne.

                         LESLIE
          God, this is so exciting. Your
          first byline...

                         KEVIN
          I'm sure I'll be back doing obits
          tomorrow.

                         LESLIE
          Oh, no. You're going to really
          attract some attention with this...

                         (LAUGHING)
          Did somebody actually say 'I
          believe in the golden rule,
          whoever's got the gold makes the
          rule'?

                         KEVIN
          Sort of. Leslie, I couldn't write
          anything of any meaning until you.
          He kisses her warmly.

                         LESLIE
          Kevin.
          He aggressively gets on top of her, and feeling the
          excitement and the champagne kisses her madly. The
          front door opens and Jules appears breathless.

                         JULES
          Don't you two ever use a bed?
          Leaving the door wide open, she races through the apart-
          ment. Kevin continues to madly attack Leslie when Ron,
          carrying packages, arrives at his door across the hall.
          He and Kevin exchange a look as-Ron goes inside.

                         LESLIE
          Let me show Jules your piece.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          99.

                         148 CONTINUED: 148
          She grabs a paper and starts for the hall. She stops
          for a moment as she sees Jules, using her long pinky
          nail, deftly take a couple of pops of coke. Unaware
          that Leslie is watching, Jules starts back down the hall.

                         LESLIE
          Kevin has his first byline.
          Jules is so stoked she can't focus.

                         JULES
          Wonderful. Brilliant... Ha ha...
          'Tract Housing in Maryland'...

                         LESLIE
          No, it's the other piece... Jules...

                         JULES
          Got to fly. Forrester, the
          magnificent animal, is waiting.
          Did the hospital call? Is my
          stepmonster dead yet?

                         LESLIE
          Jules, I'd like to meet him.

                         JULES
          I'll have him wave up to you.
          She is out the door in a flash as Leslie moves toward
          - the window.

                         LESLIE
          Doesn't she seem out of control
          to you?

                         KEVIN
          Since the day I met her.
          They look out of the window.

          149 EXT. STREET - THEIR POV 149

          Down below Jules jumps into a small dark Mercedes, helped
          by a slightly nefarious-looking hunk. They wave to
          Leslie.

          150 INT'. APARTMENT 150

                          KEVIN
           Who's that?

                          (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          100.

                         150 CONTINUED: 150

                         LESLIE
          Jules' boss and lover...
          International banking seems to
          be getting sexier.

                         KEVIN
          Speaking of which...
          As she closes the window, Kevin attacks her again.

                         LESLIE
          Kevin, I've been thinking.

                         KEVIN
          Me, too, and I don't like to count
          my cornish hens before they hatch,
          but I do think I'll be getting a
          raise. And I was thinking we
          could get a place together.

                         LESLIE
          Kevin.

                         KEVIN
          I know it's fast. But I also know
          I love you.

                         LESLIE
          I don't think you do love me.

                         KEVIN
          What?

                         LESLIE
          I mean we love each other as
          friends. But... Kevin, you were
          sitting on all these incredible
          feelings... all tied up in that
          box with my pictures in desperate
          need of a love affair. And me...
          well, I needed to break the Alec
          habit... and it's only natural I
          would turn to you in my confusion.
          But this doesn't feel real. It
          feels manufactured.

                         KEVIN
          It's me, isn't it?

                         LESLIE
          Are you kidding? You're a little
          • miracle.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          101.

                         150 CONTINUED: (2) 150

                         KEVIN
          But not a big miracle like Alec.

                         LESLIE
          Oh, Alec was the big miracle for
          a long time... But I think I'd
          like to try life without any
          miracles for a while.
          Kevin realizes how serious Leslie is.

                         KEVIN
          Well, having your first byline,
          and losing the love of your life
          in the same night has a certain
          'The Gods must be laughing at
          me' feeling.

                         LESLIE
          I'm not the love of your life.

                         KEVIN
          Who says?

                         LESLIE
          I say.

                         KEVIN
          But you're a girl, what do you
          know?
          Leslie embraces him with deep friendship.

          151 INT. MOVIE THEATER 151

          Kevin and Kirbo are watching the and of ANNIE HALL.
          On screen, Woody says goodbye to Diane Keaton.

          WOODY CV.O.)
          I realized what a terrific person
          she was and how much fun it was
          knowing her and I thought of that
          old joke, you know, this guy goes
          to a psychiatrist and says, 'Doc,
          uh, my brother's crazy. He thinks
          he's a chicken,' and the doctor
          says, 'Well, why don't you turn
          14 him in?' And the guy says, 'I
          would, but I need the eggs.' Well,
          I guess that's pretty much how I
          feel about relationships.

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          102.

                         151 CONTINUED: 151

           WOODY (V.O.)

                         R
          You know they're totally irrational
          and crazy and absurd and... but .1
          guess we keep going through it
          because, uh, most of us need the
          eggs.

          152 EXT. MOVIE THEATER - NIGHT 152

          Kevin and Kirbo walk away from the theater advertising
          the "WOODY ALLEN FESTIVAL."

                         KI RBO
          I don't think I need the eggs
          anymore. Dale Biberman gave me
          enough cholesterol for a lifetime.
          You were right all along... Love
          stinks.

                         KEVIN
          I've had second thoughts. Intimacy
          is dangerous and shattering... but
          ultimately necessary.

                         KIRBO
          But, Kevin, I used to wait outside
          her house,. ring the bell and then
          when she'd come to the window I'd
          run away. Just to get a glimpse
          of her.

                         KEVIN
          The night Leslie gave me the kiss-
          off, I fucked a black hooker three
          times.

                         KIRBO
          Not Naomi, from our corner?

                         KEVIN
          Naomi from our corner.

                         KIRBO
          I think you better go to the
          doctor and get some shots.

                         KEVIN
          I used a rubber. She put it on
          me with her mouth.

                         €�

          153 EXT. ST. ELMO'S - NIGHT 153

          They stop as they reach St. Elmo's. Looking inside, they
          see Alec at his usual table.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          103.

          154 INT. ST. ELMO'S - THEIR POV 154

          Alec is playing his old quarter game, but with Tommy
          Bancroft and his new political friends.

          155 EXT. ST. ELMO'S - NIGHT 155


                         KI RBO
          I always thought we'd be friends
          forever.

                         KEVIN
          Forever got a lot shorter suddenly.
          They move on, passing a sign on the door: "WAITER
          WARTED." Kevin points to it.

                         KIRBO
          No, as soon as I get back in
          school, I'm going to work part-
          time for a law firm. Did you know
          there are as many people in law
          school as there are practicing
          lawyers?

                         KEVIN
          Sounds familiar.

                         KIRBO
          How'd she put the rubber on with
          her mouth?

          156 INT. LARGE GLAMOROUS INTERNATIONAL BANKING OFFICES - DAY 156

          A well-dressed female executive secretary looks disturbed
          as she enters a formidable office. She returns with a
          distinguished GENTLEMAN in a grey suit. He approaches
          Leslie who is waiting anxiously.

                         GENTLEMAN
          Yes, may I help you?

                         LESLIE
          I want to see Forrester Davidson
          Jr.

                         GENTLEMAN
          I am Forrester Davidson Jr.
          Leslie is shocked and even more confused.

                         LESLIE
          Well, there must be some mistake.
          I've come to see Julianna van
          Patten and they told me she
          doesn't work here anymore.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          104.

          157 INT. SENATOR HODGES' HEADQUARTERS - AFTERNOON (NOVEMBER) 157

          Busy. Active. Alec is on a phone and talking to co-
          workers at the same time. He looks up to see Leslie,
          very shaken, waiting across the room. He is immediately
          angered, but eventually gets off the phone and joins
          her.

                         ALEC
          Did you forget one of your albums?

                         LESLIE
          I'm sorry to bother you here.
          It's Jules. After she left for
          work this morning, the finance
          company came and took away all
          her furniture, her Jeep, everything
          they could get their hands on...
          I couldn't reach her so I finally
          went over to her office. Alec --
          she was fired three weeks ago!
          All this time, she's been
          pretending to go to work every day
          , and pretending to be still
          having this affair with her boss.
          And she's been doing a lot of coke
          .. Well, anyway, I confronted her
          at the apartment, and at first she
          denied everything, but then she
          went crazy -- and now she's locked
          herself in the apartment and she
          won't let me back in... I'm really
          worried about her.
          Alec hesitates angrily.

                         LESLIE
          Alec, please. I need your help.

          158 INT. JULES' APARTMENT BUILDING - HALLWAY - HALF-HOUR 158


                         LATER
          Alec knocks on the door with Leslie.

                         ALEC
          Jules, open the door.
          Leslie puts her key in the door.

          159 INT. JULES' APARTMENT - CLOSE ON DOOR - DAY (LATE) 159

           Dead locks and a heavy bolt prevent it from opening.

           LESLIE (0.S.)
           She's in there.

                          (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         159 CONTINUED:

          ALEC (O.S.)
          • Jules, come on. Just open the
          door.

          160 INT. JULES' APARTMENT 160

          The main room is empty and dark, except for Jules, who
          sits on the floor dressed only in a thin T-shirt and
          bikini pants. Thin, tired, no makeup, this is a differ-
          ent Jules than we have seen before. Freezing winds shoot
          through the open window.

          161 INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY 161


                         ALEC
          Jules, remember my junior year
          when I went cold turkey on
          cigarettes? You sat up with me
          all night in the commons room
          feeding me emergency carrots...?
          No answer.

                         LESLIE
          Jules, if you don't let us in, we're
          going to have to call the police.
          There is a beat and then Jules speaks from the depths of
          hell.

          JULES (O.S.)
          I'll throw myself out the window
          before they get through the door.

                         LESLIE
          Not my greatest ploy.

                         ALEC
          Jules, remember the time I flunked
          art history and I was trying to
          drink myself to death...
          Kevin and Kirbo come dashing up the stairs breathlessly.

                         KIRBO
          How is she?

                         LESLIE
          She just threatened to throw
          herself out the window.
          Kevin and Alec have a moment of awkwardness.

                         LESLIE
          The fire escape!

                         

                         

                         

                         

          106.

          162 EXT. JULES' BUILDING -.LATE AFTERNOON 162

          Alec, Kevin and Kirbo climb up the fire escape. They
          arrive at the second floor to find burglar proof grill-
          work locked in place, but the windows are still wide open.

          163 INT. APARTMENT - THEIR POV 163

          Through the iron bars they see Jules.

          164 EXT. FIRE ESCAPE 164


                          ALEC
           Jules, what are you doing? You'll
           freeze...
           He stops.

                          KEVI N
           To death. Exactly!
           The three young men start tearing at the bars frantically.

          165 INT. HALLWAY 165

          Leslie pounds on the door.

                         LESLIE
          Jules, you're really scaring me
          now.

          166 EXT. JULES' FIRE ESCAPE - LATE AFTERNOON 166

          Alec, Kevin and Kirbo cannot budge the bars.

                         KEVIN
          The whole country is.falling apart,
          but these five bars are made
          perfectly.

                         ALEC
          We need something that cuts
          through metal.

                         KEVIN
          Or an experienced thief.

                         KIRBO
          I'll find Billy.
          Kirbo dashes down the fire escape.

                         KEVIN
          I was kidding.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         166 CONTINUED:

                         KIRBO
          Billy's working at the big Chevron
          station on Michigan. He must have
          a hacksaw or something...
          Kirbo takes off on his bike as Alec looks at Kevin.

                         ALEC
          Billy is working in a gas
          station???

                         KEVIN
          He needed the money.
          Suddenly, Alec and Kevin become aware that they are
          alone.

                         ALEC
          I saw your article.

                         KEVIN
          Yeah, well, yesterday's editorial
          achievement is today's garbage
          wrapper, right...?
          Kevin tries to laugh charmingly. Alec tries to laugh
          along with him, but suddenly rage returns.

                         ALEC
          You little shit!!!
          He grabs Kevin. Kevin tries to fight back, but Alec is
          so overpowering he pushes Kevin up to the railing of the
          fire escape, and then pushes him over. Kevin hangs
          upside down as Alec holds him by his legs. Dozens of
          scraps of paper fall from his pocket.
          Leaning out the apartment hallway window, Leslie sees
          them.

                         LESLIE
          Alec, no!!!

          167 INT. JULES' HALLWAY - LATE AFTERNOON 167

          Leslie runs screaming through the hall and down the
          stairs, passing Ron Dellassandro who is just coming home
          from work.

                         RON
          What's happening???

                         

                         

                         

                         

          108.

          168 EXT. JULES' FIRE ESCAPE - LATE AFTERNOON 168

           Kevin, still hanging upside down, tries to hang on to
           Alec. Papers continue to fly.

                          KEVIN
           My notes!

                          ALEC
          You won't need any more notes on
          the meaning of life.

                         KEVIN
          (upside-down,

                         STRAINING)
          I'm kinda betting on you not doing
          it, Al... think of your political
          career.
          Leslie runs into the alley underneath them.

                         LESLIE
          Alec, stop Iit!
          She frantically starts climbing the fire escape.

                         LESLIE
          Alec!!!

          BACK TO ALEC AND KEVIN

                         ALEC
          After all I've done for you.

                         KEVIN
          I feel I've done a lot for you,
          too, Al... so pull me up and we'll
          call it even.

                         ALEC
          What you did for me was take the
          woman I was going to marry.
          The woman he was going to marry arrives frantically onto
          their landing. She struggles with Alec.

                         LESLIE
          Alec, stop it right now!
          Below them, Billy and Kirbo pull up in a Chevron tow
          truck. Billy, wearing Chevron coveralls, jumps out with
          an acetylene torch in hand, shouting.

                         BILLY
          Looks pretty ultimate up there...

                         

                         

                         

                         

                         168 CONTINUED:
          He helps Kirbo, who is struggling with a two-wheeler
          dolly holding a large tank of oxygen and acetylene.

          LESLIE, ALEC AND KEVIN

                         KEVIN
          You think this is helping Jules?
          With Kevin's life still in his hands, he suddenly
          remembers Jules.

          169 INT. APARTMENT - THEIR POV 169

          Looking back inside, he sees her still in the same posi-
          tion, freezing.

          170 EXT. FIRE ESCAPE 170

          He slowly pulls Kevin onto the fire escape.

                         LESLIE
          Are you all right?
          Kirbo tries to get the dolly up the fire escape with
          Billy.

                         KIRBO
          Hey! Help.
          Kevin goes down the fire escape to help him, leaving Alec
          and Leslie alone. Leslie kneels by the window with her
          hands on the iron bars and speaks to Jules.

                         LESLIE
          Oh, my God. Jules, please, it's
          so cold.

                         ALEC
          Very noble how you ran up here to
          save your lover.

                         LESLIE
          He's not my lover. Jules, listen...

                         ALEC
          Bullshit.

                         LESLIE
          I have never lied to you once
          since the day I met you... you
          cocky shithead.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          110.

                         170 CONTINUED: 170
          Alec knows it's the truth.

                         LESLIE
          Hang on, Jules. We all love you.
          She has been holding onto the bars with her bare-hands,
          but the bitter cold makes her wince as she removes her
          hands. Alec is overwhelmed with feelings as he takes her
          hands and holds them to his mouth, breathing warm breath
          onto them. Much emotion passes between them.

                         LESLIE
          Your breath, your breath is so
          sweet.

          ALEC.
          Leslie, I'm sorry. I'm so
          profoundly sorry.
          Kirbo and Kevin arrive. Billy races down the alley.

                         KIRBO
          Blowtorch, anyone?

                         ALEC
          Give it to me.

                         KEVIN
          Do not hand him a blowtorch!
          Kevin takes the torch and goes for the bars. SPARKS and
          fire fly. Suddenly there is a PHENOMENAL POUNDING from
          inside the apartment at Jules' front door. It stops
          everyone on the fire escape.

          171 INT. JULES' APARTMENT 171

          The POUNDING jolts Jules.

          172 EXT. JULES' HALLWAY - LATE AFTERNOON 172

          Billy pounds on the door as Ron watches nervously.

                         BILLY

                         (FRIENDLY)
          Jules, it's Billy. Open the door.

                         (NO REPLY)
          Okay, Jules... Open up the goddamn
          door, or I'm coming right through
          it.
          No reply. Billy spots a large metal fire extinguisher at
          the end of the hall.

                         

                         

                         

                         

          114.

                         178 CONTINUED: 178

                         LESLIE
          You want some coffee, Ron?
          Ron enters tentatively and joins them as JULES and BILLY
          start SHOUTING and LAUGHING LOUDER.

                         RON
          You know, until today I thought
          gay people were nuts.

          179 INT. UNIDENTIFIED APARTMENT - MIGHT 179

          Billy sits on the floor playing his sax soulfully.

                         WIDER ANGLE
          REVEALS it's Wendy's apartment. It is partially painted
          and a large ladder stands in the room. A small. wing
          chair has fabric swatches on it. Cartons, books, etc.
          Wendy sits on the floor watching Billy.

                         WEND Y
          Then what happened?

                         BILLY
          That was it... We came out of the
          bedroom and had coffee with
          everybody.

                         WEND Y
          You saved her life.

                         BILLY
          Let's not get dramatic.

                         WENDY
          So, when did you get so sane?

                         BILLY
          When I realized how insane I've
          been all this time tryin' to be
          like Alec and Leslie... and you
          and Kevin... I'm not part of this
          post-college Georgetown life;
          marriage and jobs. Felicia and
          Melody'll be better off without me.

                         WENDY
          Did she get remarried already?

                         BILLY
          Three or four weeks...

                         (MORE)

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          115.

                         179 CONTINUED: 179

                          BILLY (CONT'D)
          I was thinkin' of hanging around
          tryin'to be one of those in-the-
          neighborhood dads... but it would
          just confuse everybody... especially
          me. New York'll suit me fine. if
          somebody'll let me play sax.

                         (INDICATING APARTMENT)
          This is great.

                         WENDY
          I'll tell you what's great. Last
          night I woke up in the middle of
          the night and made myself a peanut
          butter and jelly sandwich... and
          you know it was my kitchen, and
          my refrigerator and My apartment
          . and it was the best peanut
          butter and jelly sandwich I've
          ever had in my life.
          They chuckle together and then they become more serious.

                         WENDY
          So you're goin', huh...?
          She picks up his sax and blows a few comic notes.

                         BILLY
          So, are you still a virgin?

                         WENDY
          Why is my sexual status so
          important to you?

                         BILLY
          Have I abused our relationship too
          much? Or could I be so bold... as
          to ask you for a going-away present...?
          Wendy is moved.

                         CUT TO:

                         180 WENDY 18O
          Lying on the floor of her bedroom. Only a candle lights
          the room. Billy's face comes INTO FRAME and they kiss,
          tenderly at first and then more passionately. Wendy
          looks beautiful and she and Billy are filled with a
          tenderness and love that can only exist from the years
          they have shared together.
          The SAX BUILDS as the wonder of the two young lovers
          builds.

                         DISSOLVE TO:

                         

                         

                         

                         
           

          181 EXT. BUS TERMINAL - NIGHT 181

          A large bus pulls out as Leslie stands at a coffee
          vending machine. Alec approaches.

                         ALEC
          Need someone to blow on your hands?
          She smiles, but shows him her gloves. As she searches
          for change in her pockets, Alec stops her and puts his
          own coins in the machine. He presses buttons as he
          talks.

                         ALEC
          Did you know that I.always wanted
          to make you coffee? I tried once
          -- when you were in the shower --
          but it didn't turn out right, so I
          threw it out and cleaned everything
          up so you wouldn't know. I don't
          like doing things I'm not good at
          -- like making coffee and saying
          I'm sorry...
          He looks at her sincerely as he hands her the plastic cup
          from the machine.

                         ALEC
          Leslie, I'm sorry.
          They exchange a tender glance, and then Leslie takes a
          sip from the steaming cup.

                         LESLIE
          Alec, this is soup.

                         ALEC
          What?

                         LESLIE
          This is soup.
          Alec's nervousness turns to embarrassment as they both
          start to laugh. Old feelings surge.

                         LESLIE
          I love you.
          They look at each other for a moment.

                         LESLIE
          We need time.

                         ALEC
          I know.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         
           ST. ELMO'S FIRE - Rev. 10/11/84 116A.

                         181 CONTINUED: (AL) 181
          Kirbo comes running over.

                         KI RBO
          The bus is leaving.
          Alec and Leslie Join him and they quickly move to where
          Jules. Kevin and Wendy are saying goodbye to Billy who
          has his suitcase and sax. A bus waits.

                         JULES
          'Bye, baby.
          She hugs him expansively. Billy next kisses Leslie and
          shakes hands with the guys at the same time. Wendy waits
          until last and then they embrace emotionally.

                         (CONTINUED)

                         

                         

                         

                         

          117.

                         181 CONTINUED: 181
          She whispers into his ear.

                         WENDY
          Go ultimate.
          Billy smiles at her as she fights tears.

                         BILLY
          I'll keep in touch.

                         WENDY

                         (LAUGHING)
          No, you won't.
          He wants to say more to all of them, but the bus is wait-
          ing and he hops on it. The door closes and the bus backs
          out of the terminal. Billy stands near the driver and
          waves out at them.

                         HIS FRIENDS
          watch him pull away.

                         BUS
          As it pulls backward, we can see Billy with his friend's
          reflections on the bus's windshield SUPERIMPOSED OVER his.
          The bus's headlights flare INTO the CAMERA. The images of
          all of them mix with the white, hot GLARE SUPERIMPOSED
          OVER this, for a brief second we see IMAGES of them all
          from past, from school, from St. Elmo's, ,etc.
          The SCREEN GOES totally WHITE with incandescent
          brilliance as we --

          182 -EXT.. STREET - ST. ELMO'S - NIGHT (LATER) 182

          `Alec, Leslie, Kevin, Krbo, Wendy and Jules walk together
          slowly.

                         WIDER SHOT
          Coming upon St. F'1mo's, they stop. Looking,in the
          window...

                         183
          They see their old tables filled with younger students,
          led by Claton, the undergrad.