Sunshine Cleaning Movie Script
SUNSHINE CLEANING Written by Megan Holley 3/5/07 FADE IN: 1 EXT. ALBUQUERQUE - DAY 1 ROSE LORKOWSKI, 30, drives through Albuquerque. She passes small adobe houses, the Air force base, parched earth playgrounds, University cafes and other distinctive sights. On the highway she passes under the freeway interchange, a tangle of rust and turquoise ramps. The Sandia mountains rise in the distance as Rose heads up to the nicer neighborhoods of the foothills. 2 EXT. SEVEN FIGURE HOUSE - DAY 2 Rose pulls up to an expensive looking Spanish style house and parks. She gets out of the car, pops the hatch and pulls out a vacuum cleaner and assorted cleaning supplies. 3 INT. SEVEN FIGURE HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 3 Rose drags a vacuum cleaner into a room where expensive decor collides with the debris of a recent party. She collects beer bottles from end tables, book shelves and house plants. Cigarette butts float in cocktail glasses. Rose plugs in the vacuum cord and glances out the sliding glass doors. A group of twenty somethings frolic in the pool. A lanky trust funder slides open the door and drips water onto the carpet as he makes his way to retrieve a cold beer. He brushes past Rose on his way back out. Rose turns on the vacuum and wonders if he even saw her. 4 INT. FAIR N SQUARE MARKET - DAY 4 The space is packed with every kind of snack imaginable. JOE LORKOWSKI, 53, talks as the OWNER stocks shelves. OWNER I've got the five stores here and then two in Rio Rancho. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 2. 4 CONTINUED: 4 JOE That's fantastic. See, if we're talking that kind of volume I can absolutely massage the numbers a little. Seriously, you're not gonna be able to keep it on the shelf. Joe pulls out some order forms. OWNER Yeah, I'd need to look at some things before I can place an order. The owner looks at Joe's business card. OWNER How about I give you a call if I decide to-- JOE I'll call you. Not a problem. No problem at all. Even better, I'll swing by. You're on my route. How `bout that? I'll swing by tomorrow. OWNER Yeah, tomorrow's not good. JOE Thursday then. That's better anyway. That'll give you a chance to take a look see on those other stores. We'll put everything on one order and get you a good price break. The owner seems to consider the offer. Joe scans the shelves. JOE My advice to you - weed out some of this weaker product to make more space for the corn. Like this... Joe reaches over and grabs a packet of organic fruit bar. JOE Apricot Fruit Leather. Whose bright idea was it to stock that? I mean come on, what self respecting kid asks his mom for apricot fruit leather? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 2A. 4 CONTINUED: (2) 4 The owner is not amused. 5 EXT. FAIR N SQUARE MARKET - DAY 5 Joe pulls a hand cart stacked high with Fancy Corn canisters to his rusted Monte Carlo. 6 EXT. LUCKY BOY RESTAURANT - DAY 6 Through the glass pane we see disgruntled waitress, NORAH LORKOWSKI (25). She appears to be in a heated argument with MR. KIM, the restaurant owner. A customer watches the exchange with amusement. Norah takes off her apron, throws it at Mr. Kim. Norah exits the restaurant. Mr. Kim trails her. Then MRS. KIM notices and joins the fray. MR. KIM You are fired. NORAH I so don't care. Norah flips him off and walk down the street. As she continues to walk she realizes that quitting her job might not have been the best decision ever. NORAH Fuck. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 3. 7 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - BATHROOM - DAY 7 A banana floats in the toilet. OSCAR LORKOWSKI, 7, smiles and kicks the flush lever. Whoosh... the banana is sucked down the drain. Gone. Well, not quite. Oscar watches water fill the basin and spill onto the floor. Oscar turns and walks out. 8 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - HALLWAY - DAY 8 Oscar steps from the bathroom and walks quickly down the empty hall. 9 INT. BUSINESSMAN'S CAR - SPORTING GOODS STORE LOT - DAY 9 A BUSINESSMAN removes a single shotgun shell from the glove compartment. He drops it in his shirt pocket, sprays breath freshener in his mouth and gets out of his car. 10 INT. SPORTING GOODS STORE - DAY 10 The businessman approaches the gun display and points to a shotgun. An employee hands him the gun and turns his attention to another customer. The businessman reaches into his pocket and pulls out the shotgun shell. Loads it. Draws the barrel up under his chin. A Bubba pricing camouflaged vests nearby notices the businessman. His expression shifts from concern to alarm to horrible anticipation. He braces for the... CUT TO: 11 INT. SPORTING GOODS STORE - LATER 11 Police mill about and question people. CARL SWANSON, a 40ish man sporting a crew cut and a `Above and Beyond' polo shirt, talks to the STORE OWNER. CARL Yep, these shotgun cases are a real pain in the ass. What we call a wide field of contamination. (MORE) (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 4. 11 CONTINUED: 11 CARL (cont'd) Guy's all over the place and every little glob of him's a biohazard. The owner rubs his temples. CARL Gonna lose some inventory. OWNER Selfish bastard. CARL Trust me, you do not want some lady suing you cuz she found this guy's tooth in her brand new fanny pack. A ABOVE AND BEYOND WORKER in a polo shirt waves his arm to get Carl's attention. CLEAN SWEEP WORKER He's over here in fishing too. CARL Yep, a real pain in the ass. Carl walks over to his assistant. Detective, `MAC' MACDOWELL, approaches the owner. MAC We're wrapping it up. OWNER Three grand just to have the asshole wiped up off the floor. Can you believe that? Mac and another DETECTIVE walk toward the entrance. MAC Hey, can you handle the report tonight? I gotta thing I gotta do. DETECTIVE A blonde thing or a brunette thing? 12 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - BATHROOM - NIGHT 12 Rose steps from the shower. She is attractive with sharp features and eyes that hint at future crow's feet. Her confidence has grown brittle by the gnawing fear that life peaked as the captain of the high school cheerleading squad. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 5. 12 CONTINUED: 12 A note taped to the bathroom mirror reads: `You are strong. You are powerful. You can do anything. You are a winner.' Rose wipes condensation from the mirror to reveal her face. ROSE I am strong. I am powerful. I can do anything. I am a winner. She doesn't look like she believes it. 13 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NORAH'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 13 Norah lounges on her bed and loads weed onto a jerry-rigged pop-can-pipe. NORAH The fact that we have sex, real coitus sex, means I'm under no obligation to blow you. Norah fires up the bud, inhales deeply and passes the can to RANDY, a good-looking redneck in his early 20's. RANDY I think you're scared of it. The phone RINGS. Norah opens a book about sign language and starts practicing the sign alphabet. A-B-C-D-E-F. F is a hard one. NORAH (Holding in the smoke) I'm not scared of it. RANDY Uncomfortable then. You just need to get better acquainted. Norah exhales. Randy stands and takes off his pants. The phone RINGS again. NORAH (yelling) Dad, get the phone. RANDY There's absolutely no pressure here. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 6. 13 CONTINUED: 13 Randy lies next to Norah naked from the waist down. Norah ignores him and continues forming letters with her fingers. She jots a note and sticks the pencil behind her ear. The phone RINGS again. Norah reaches across Randy and picks up the receiver. RANDY You can touch it if you want. NORAH (into phone) Hello. ROSE (O.S.) (through receiver) You haven't left yet? Damn it Norah, my class starts in fifteen minutes. NORAH (into phone) I know, I know. As Norah holds the phone her eyes slide from Randy's face to his off screen penis. She takes the pencil from behind her ear and, in the way you'd poke a hamster to see if it is dead or merely sleeping, prods Randy's off screen penis. 14 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 14 * Joe sits in the living room, busily putting stickers on cans * of Fancy Corn. Norah and Randy enter from Norah's room. * JOE * Doesn't Rose have her thing * tonight? * NORAH * I'm going. I need to borrow your * car. * JOE * Here. Take some corn. * Norah leaves. Randy and Joe share an awkward silence. * RANDY * I'm really nuts about your * daughter, Mr. Lorkowski. * (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 6A. 14 CONTINUED: 14 JOE * That's nice. Give me a hand with * this. * They put stickers on popcorn cans. * RANDY * I see they sold that house across * the street. I bet they'll come * knocking on your door soon. * JOE * They can knock all they want. Wait, * wait, whaddaya doing? Don't put the * lime sticker on the cheddar can. * Maybe I better just do this myself. * (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 7. 14 CONTINUED: (2) 14 * 15 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 15 Randy pulls up to a small house and stops. Norah gets out, collects the canister from back and heads inside. 16 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 16 Norah enters the tidy two bedroom house with a barrel of Fancy Corn under her arm. NORAH Sorry. ROSE I'm gonna be so late. Oscar runs from the bedroom and flings himself onto Norah. Pale and skinny, Oscar is the kind of kid easily picked off in slaughter-ball. NORAH I brought fancy corn! ROSE (Looking for her purse) How can you eat that stuff? Norah and Oscar both jam a handful into their mouths. ROSE He'll be hyper all night. Rose finds her purse and quickly puts on lipstick. She leans down and gives Oscar a kiss on the forehead. ROSE Be good. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 8. 16 CONTINUED: 16 She turns to Norah. ROSE And no lobsterman stories. He had nightmares all week. (opening the door) Just use some common sense. NORAH You're welcome. 17 INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 17 Rose lies on her back being fucked. Her head nearly hits the headboard with each thrust. ROSE You want me? Rose closes her eyes. Her head starts to thump the headboard. MAC (Rhythmically) Yeah... baby... I want... Oh... Mac comes. 18 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - OSCAR'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 18 Oscar and Norah lie in Oscar's little bed. Oscar holds the covers tight under his chin. Norah drinks a beer. There's a half eaten canister of `Fancy Corn' between them. NORAH He's slowly freezing to death and he knows lobsterman is out there... somewhere... coming for him. And he's totally screwed because his tongue is stuck to the mailbox. OSCAR Why did he lick the mailbox? NORAH I don't know. Maybe he had OCD and he was obsessed with licking mailboxes. OSCAR Why wasn't he in school? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 9. 18 CONTINUED: 18 NORAH Are you gonna let me tell the story? Oscar nods. NORAH An then, he hears a horrible sound. Snap, snap, drag. Snap, snap, drag. Lobsterman is coming. OSCAR Maybe he didn't go to school because he had the ACD. Norah looks at Oscar. OSCAR Sorry. Norah downs the last swig of beer and sets the bottle down next to another empty. NORAH He's trapped. If he doesn't rip the skin off his tongue and make a run for it lobsterman will tear him to pieces with his razor sharp claws. 19 INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 19 Curtains drawn in the cheap hotel room. Rose gets out of bed and pulls on her clothes. Mac watches for a moment, then rolls out of bed. He stops. Grimaces. ROSE Still sore? Mac shakes his head and pretends not to be. ROSE I don't know why you did that. MAC You should hear the way he goes on about his lean body mass index bullshit. Drinking that antioxidant, protein powder, enzyme crap all the time. Mac limps over to his clothes hanging over a chair. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 10. 19 CONTINUED: 19 ROSE When was the last time you even played basketball? MAC He needed to be brought down a peg or two. ROSE I'm sure you pulling a groin muscle humbled him. Rose smiles and Mac pretends to be offended. MAC I should introduce him to your sister. ROSE Norah and a cop? That would happen. Mac shrugs and steps into his slacks. MAC We were working a scene today where this guy offs himself in a sporting goods store. So they had this cleaning crew out there, right? You would not believe how much money they charge for that shit. It's ridiculous. ROSE With the dead body there? MAC Naw, the body's gone, it's just the blood and stuff. ROSE Sounds horrible. Rose peels the backing off a nicotine patch and carefully sticks it on her arm. MAC You ask me it's a racket. You should get into that. Rose slips on her blouse looks at Mac. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 11. 19 CONTINUED: (2) 19 ROSE You think that's all I can do? Clean other people's shit? MAC (He sighs) Come here. Rose steps toward him and eyes Mac as he buttons her blouse. MAC You know that's not what I think. ROSE I am gonna be a real estate agent. Rose rubs the nicotine patch on her arm. Mac nods and smiles. MAC I know. With business cards. 20 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 20 Norah holds a lit joint out the window and watches a cheesy TV movie circa 1982. Big hair and leg warmers. Norah leans out the window and exhales, takes another toke. The sound of a key at the door prompts Norah to quickly stub out the joint and close the window. Rose opens the door. NORAH It's about time. I thought your class got over at 9:30. Rose looks at Oscar sprawled out asleep on the couch. ROSE Why isn't he in bed? NORAH Said he was scared. I think he was fakin' it though. Rose fumbles in her purse and pulls out a ten-dollar bill. NORAH I'm not taking money. ROSE It's just ten bucks, take it. Dad told me about you getting fired. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 12. 20 CONTINUED: 20 Norah makes a face like `great, here it comes.' ROSE What happened? NORAH Nothing. ROSE What, were you stoned or something? Norah waves her hand dismissively. NORAH It was just Mr. Kim being a dick head. ROSE I thought you liked Mr. Kim. NORAH Yeah, before Mrs. Kim started working there. Now he's a full on gym teacher, I swear to God. ROSE When are you going to grow up and start taking responsibility for-- NORAH Oh please, you love it when I fuck up. Love it. Me screwing up gives you the hugest woody. ROSE Shut up and take the ten. Norah takes the ten. Rose looks at the TV. NORAH There was a diner scene earlier. With a waitress. Rose looks at Norah. ROSE Any pie? Norah smiles and opens the door to leave. NORAH Completely pie free. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 13. 21 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - MASTER BEDROOM - DAY 21 Rose wraps the vacuum cleaner cord while another MOLLY MAID wipes down the last window. Through the window, a smartly dressed pregnant woman walks toward the house with shopping bags in hand. MOLLY MAID The lady's here. Rose nods and heads downstairs. 22 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 22 PAULA DATZMAN-MEAD sets her bags down on the table and fishes a checkbook from her purse. Rose enters with the vacuum cleaner in tow. ROSE We're all finished. Since it's our first visit we did the blinds and appliances but normally we'll alternate those weekly. Nobody mentioned anything to us about laundry so we didn't bother with that but if you want laundry included there is an extra... PAULA Rose? Rose Lorkowski? Startled, Rose looks the woman in the eye for the first time. PAULA It's Paula Datzman... cheerleading squad junior year. Recognition punches Rose in the face. ROSE Paula Datzman. Wow. Awkward silence. ROSE How are you? PAULA Great! I'm Paula Datzman-Mead now. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 14. 22 CONTINUED: 22 ROSE Congratulations. PAULA Thanks. We're expecting our second in a couple of months. Paula pats her swollen belly and Rose forces a smile. PAULA How are you? You look just the same. ROSE I'm good. Really good! PAULA God, I always envied you so much. Head cheerleader... dating the quarterback... So did you and Mac end up getting married? ROSE Nope. No. (Awkward silence) I'm not sure...I think he ended up marrying Heather Volkman. PAULA Wow. Well it's so good to see you. Let me get your info so I can send you an invite to the baby shower. Paula gets a piece of paper and a pen and hands it to Rose. PAULA It'll be like a big reunion. The whole gang from high school will be there. Rose writes her number and address on the scrap of paper. PAULA So what are you doing now? Woops. Paula immediately regrets the question. ROSE I... I've just gotten my real estate license, and so... (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 15. 22 CONTINUED: (2) 22 PAULA Real estate? ROSE Yeah, this... this is just kind of a temporary thing and I'm about to just really phase over into the real estate full time. PAULA You're kidding, I'm in real estate! Paula pulls a business card from her purse and hands it to Rose. The card has a picture of Paula's smiling face. PAULA With Long and Foster. Who are you with? ROSE Me? Um. You know, I haven't really decided yet. I might check out Long and Foster. Paula nods. Uncomfortable. PAULA Maybe you'll just be independent. ROSE Yeah. Maybe. They grasp for something to say. They fail. PAULA What was that about the laundry? 23 EXT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - DAY 23 Rose caries a vacuum cleaner and bucket of cleaning supplies out to a rusted Nissan Sentra with a Molly Maid door magnet. She throws the vacuum and bucket in the back hatch, starts to close it, then stops. Rose walks to the side of the car, peels off the Molly Maid magnet and throws that in as well. She looks at the Datzman- Mead house with a mixture of resentment and shame. She gets into the car and cries. Her cell phone rings. She digs the phone out of her bag and tries to steady her voice. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 16. 23 CONTINUED: 23 ROSE Hello. 24 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - OUTSIDE COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 24 Oscar sits outside the counselor's office on a bench. He cranes his neck to watch the secretary typing forms. 25 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 25 Rose sits nervously across from the school COUNSELOR, a serious man in his mid forties and a TEACHER with cotton candy hair. The man speaks first. COUNSELOR It's not just this incident. There have been several episodes over the past year where Oscar has... has engaged in disruptive behavior. Rose shifts her eyes from the counselor to the teacher and back to the counselor. COUNSELOR There was the incident in gym class. ROSE I did pay the damages for that. COUNSELOR And the chalk thing. Rose bites a fingernail. COUNSELOR And the time he locked Jeremy Johnston in the-- ROSE Okay. What did he do this time? COUNSELOR Now it's... licking. Rose looks confused. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 17. 25 CONTINUED: 25 TEACHER I will not tolerate it. I will not tolerate that behavior in my classroom. COUNSELOR Oscar has started licking things in the classroom. Rose looks even more confused. TEACHER First it was the pencil sharpener. Then the aquarium. 26 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - OUTSIDE COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 26 The secretary stops typing and offers a sympathetic glance to Oscar. He capitalizes on the moment by licking the wall. COUNSELOR (O.S.) It's unsanitary. And it's disturbing to the other children. The secretary recoils and returns to her typing. 27 INT. ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 27 The counselor leans forward with genuine concern. COUNSELOR We think Oscar might benefit from an environment where he could receive more specialized attention. TEACHER He licked my leg. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 18-19. 28 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 28 Oscar finds Joe asleep on the Lazy Boy. He snores in that scary sleep apnea way � holding his breath between snores. Oscar notices a leather strap hanging down from the top shelf of a book case. He pulls up a chair to investigate. The strap leads to an old pair of binoculars. Behind it, dusty books about birds. Oscar grabs the binoculars and climbs down. Oscar holds the binoculars to his face but the lenses are too far apart. Oscar compensates by closing one eye and looking through only one lens. He focuses on his grandpa's nose hair. Joe wakes. JOE Where'd you get those? OSCAR Up there. Oscar points to the book shelf. Something sad stirs in Joe. JOE Come here. Oscar steps closer. Joe twists something on the binoculars and pushes the lenses closer together to accommodate Oscar's small face. Better. JOE Those were your grandma's. She'd watch birds with those. Oscar walks around the room examining various objects and clunks them against a lamp in the process. JOE Hey, hey. Careful. Joe holds out his hand to retrieve the binoculars. JOE Why don't we put those away. Oscar doesn't want to. He hesitates. Joe raises an eyebrow. Oscar shuffles back to his grampa and hands them over. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 19A. 28 CONTINUED: 28 OSCAR Why can't I play with them? JOE Because it's not a toy. It's a scientific instrument. Oscar's disappointed. JOE You can play with them when I'm around to supervise. OSCAR You're around now. JOE I'm tired now. Joe studies the binoculars for a moment and then sets them back on the shelf. 29 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT 29 Rose shakes her head and hands Norah another dish. ROSE Well I'm not putting him in special ed. I'll figure out a way to put him in private school before I do that. NORAH Rose, you buy generic cigarettes with couch change. How are you gonna pay for private school? JOE Who's going to private school? Rose turns and sees her dad leaning in the door way. ROSE Nobody dad, we're just talking. JOE Oscar get suspended again? Yes, that's it. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 19B. 29 CONTINUED: 29 JOE The kid's a little strange. What? That's against the law now? It's not like he's out killing kittens or any damn thing. I swear everyone's so damn uptight these days. 29A INT. FAIR AND SQUARE - DAY 29A Oscar rides a mechanical horse. Rose pushes a cart down the isle and dials her cell phone. She grabs a box of cereal and tosses it in her cart. 30 INT. MAC'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 30 Mac sits at the table with a cup of coffee and reads the paper. A young girl holds out the telephone. MAC Hello. INTERCUT PHONE CONVERSATION ROSE Mac, it's me. MAC What are you doing calling here? ROSE I know, I'm sorry. MAC Heather could have easily-- ROSE I thought she had yoga on Saturdays. MAC Still, it's not cool. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 19C. CONTINUED: ROSE I know, I'm sorry. I just needed to ask you... you know the other day... you said that... about the specialized cleaning guys making so much money... 30B EXT. FAIR AND SQUARE - DAY 30B Rose and Oscar walk to the car with the groceries. 31 INT. FAMILY RESTAURANT - NIGHT 31 The Lorkowski family dines in style. ROSE (O.S.) Are you even listening? Norah turns to face Rose at the other side of the table. NORAH No thanks. ROSE What do you mean `no thanks'? What else do you have to do? You don't have a job. You don't go to school. What, are you going to live with Dad the rest of your life? NORAH I don't think you're in any position to feel superior. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 20. 31 CONTINUED: 31 JOE Girls, come on. Lets have a nice dinner. ROSE It's just until I get my real estate license. The staff sings a BIRTHDAY SONG at a table nearby. OSCAR I want to have my birthday at Hinkle's. JOE The hell with Hinkle's, I'm taking us to Disney Land! Oscar's eyes light up as he smiles at Joe. ROSE Dad don't. OSCAR Why? I think Disney Land is a great idea! Rose gives Joe a sharp look. JOE Yeah, what's wrong with Disney Land? And I think it'd be great if you girls worked together. NORAH You are so out of touch. 32 EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - ONE WEEK LATER - DAY 32 A large bellied SUPERINTENDENT leads Rose and Norah up a flight of stairs. Beads of sweat drip from his doughy face. SUPER Some sorta domestic disturbance kind of a deal. It was the lady who got the last word I guess. Course she's in jail now, so... Heard one bullet completely shot off his ring finger. How long you gals been doin' this kind a work? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 20A. 32 CONTINUED: 32 ROSE A while. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 21. 32 CONTINUED: (2) 32 SUPER (Checking out Rose) You know Mac pretty well? Norah shoots Rose a look. Rose doesn't answer. They arrive at the door of the apartment. The super unlocks the door. SUPER Just swing by the office when you're done and we'll settle up. 33 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - DAY 33 Rose and Norah step into the apartment littered with dirty dishes and clothes. Rose walks down the hall while Norah examines a plastic bird with top hat. It tips down and drinks from the glass. ROSE (O.S.) Found it. 34 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - BATHROOM - DAY 34 Norah and Rose stand frozen at the threshold. They are awe struck by the horrible scene in front of them. Blooms of splattered blood dry on tile walls. It gathers in sticky brown lines around grout. The mirror is broken. The shower curtain hangs half torn. NORAH Think they loved each other? ROSE Yeah. 35 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - BATHROOM - LATER 35 Hands pull on yellow cleaning gloves. Pinkish foam slides down Norah's glove as she scrubs bloody grout with a toothbrush. Metal shower rings CLINK against the metal bar as Rose pulls down the shower curtain. A rag is wrung out in a bucket of reddish water. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 22. 35 CONTINUED: 35 Rose and Norah clean in silence. Reverent but detached. The way you would act at a stranger's funeral. 36 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - KITCHEN - DAY 36 Norah puts blood spattered towels into a washing machine. She spots a dish on the dryer filled with pennies and buttons and other odds and ends. She fishes out a PINK CANDY HEART. It reads, `Luv U 4 ever'. Norah pockets the candy. 37 INT. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE APARTMENT - BATHROOM - DAY 37 Rose and Norah gather their cleaning supplies and stand back to admire their handiwork. 38 EXT. APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY 38 Norah hangs back while the super hands Rose a check. SUPER You gals did a real nice job. As Rose turns to leave she flashes the check to Norah. Five hundred bucks. Rose raises an eyebrow. Cha-ching. 39 EXT. BAR - DAY 39 Joe walks though a low rent part of town carrying a barrel of Fancy Corn. He ducks into the neighborhood bar. 40 INT. BAR - DAY 40 Joe enters a dingy little corner bar where everyone's a regular. A couple of old guys slump over the bar. The BARTENDER smiles. BARTENDER Hey Joe, what you got for me? JOE World's finest corn snack. Joe hands the canister to the bartender and sits down on a stool. The bartender pours him a beer. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 23. 40 CONTINUED: 40 BARTENDER See where old Miller's house sold? Joe nods. A grizzled REGULAR nearby looks over at Joe. REGULAR Bet you could get a chunk of change for your place. You should cash out now before the market turns sour. Joe shakes his head. JOE I'm not selling my house. No way. I don't care how much those idiots would shell out for it. I got history in that house. You think they understand about history? REGULAR Still... How much commission you get on that popcorn? Bet you gotta sell a lot of corn to- JOE Hey, the corn's good. Really good. Not like the pet food but that was a phenomenon. The bartender sets a basket of cheddar popcorn in the space between Joe and the grizzled regular. JOE It'll get there. Takes time to get to know the market. Develop a relationship with the buyers. But it'll get there. Who doesn't like popcorn for Christ's sake. REGULAR My brother-in-law's in sales. The regular scoops up a handful of powdery orange popcorn. REGULAR Last year he buys a cow. JOE Why would you buy a cow? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 24. 40 CONTINUED: (2) 40 REGULAR Not a live cow. A whole butchered cow from a rancher. On the hoof they call it. JOE Mm hmm. Joe looks at him with renewed interest. REGULAR He sells off the parts of this cow to a bunch of restaurants. Direct. Made a killing. The grizzled man licks orange powder from his fingers. JOE What'd he do with the brains and intestines? Regular shrugs. Joe's wheels are turning. JOE So he cuts out the middle man. Not a bad idea. Joe takes a drink of his beer while he mulls it over. JOE Course it'd be smarter to do that with something that didn't have bad parts. Like... shrimp. 41 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - SIX DAYS LATER - MORNING 41 Another day in paradise. 42 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NORAH'S BEDROOM - MORNING 42 Norah sleeps in her clothes and makeup from the previous night. Knocking wakes her. JOE (though the door) Rose is on the phone. Norah? NORAH I'm sleeping. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 25. 42 CONTINUED: 42 JOE She says it's important. With great effort Norah picks up the receiver. NORAH What do you want? ROSE Mac got us another gig. NORAH I'm sleeping. ROSE I'll pick you up in an hour. NORAH No. 43 EXT. ALBUQUERQUE - DAY 43 Rose's Nissan rolls down a rough looking Albuquerque street toward a trailer park. 44 INT. ROSE'S CAR - DAY 44 Rose sips her 7-11 coffee. Norah stares blank and blood-shot. NORAH You suck. ROSE Money. NORAH You still suck. ROSE Apparently some crazy bag lady squatter person died and-- NORAH You didn't get me coffee? ROSE I didn't know you wanted any. NORAH Of course I... (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 26. 44 CONTINUED: 44 Norah shakes her head in frustration. 45 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY 45 Rose turns into the trailer park, heads past a row of trailers, and parks. Rose and Norah get out of the car and approach a particularly run down trailer. NORAH How long is this gonna take? ROSE All we have to do is go in and throw everything away. Cake. 46 INT. TRAILER HOME - DAY 46 Rose and Norah open the door and the rancid sweet smell of decayed flesh splashes them in the face. They lift their T- shirts up over their noses and walk inside. Old newspapers stacked to the ceiling. Piles of trash lean like snowdrifts against the wall. Cat food encrusted plates. Norah opens the bedroom door and peeks in. Flies BUZZ. She darts to another room and retches. ROSE Great, now we're gonna have to clean that up too. Rose walks into the bedroom, blanches and stifles a gag reflex. Norah storms past Rose and out the door. 47 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY 47 Rose chases after Norah and grabs her arm. ROSE Where are you going? NORAH There is no way. Norah shakes off Rose and walks down the row of trailers. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 26A. 47 CONTINUED: 47 ROSE You said you would help me. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 27. 47 CONTINUED: (2) 47 NORAH (without turning) Maybe if you'd gotten me a coffee. 48 INT. TRAILER HOME - DAY 48 Rose pulls her shirt off and wraps it around her head so that only her eyes are exposed. She strains to open a window that's been painted shut. She bangs and pulls but it doesn't budge. Rose finds a can of beans and whacks them against the base of the window in an attempt to break the seal. Rose grows more desperate with each failed effort. 49 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY 49 Norah watches Rose struggle with the window. Pigeons gather at her feet and she gives a little kick. Birdseed tumbles on to her shoe. She turns. A weathered man sits outside his small rectangular castle and tosses birdseed to the pigeons. NORAH I'm standing here. Norah looks back up to Rose still struggling with the window. Finally, Rose muscles it open and throws Norah an angry look of triumph. There! 49A EXT. ALBUQUERQUE STREET - DAY 49A Joe and Oscar drive to a potential sale. 50 INT. TRAILER HOME - DAY 50 Norah ties a shirt around her face as she enters. They turn their attention to the discolored mattress attracting flies in the corner. NORAH What do we do with that? Rose shrugs. Looks around. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 27A. 50 CONTINUED: 50 ROSE Dumpster? Rose and Norah lift the mattress and drag it to the door. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 28. 51 EXT. TRAILER PARK - DAY 51 Rose and Norah struggle to transport the stinking mattress to the dumpster. It is a clumsy process. The thing tips and falls on Norah. 52 INT. MALL - CANDY STORE - DAY 52 Tucked inside a mall, the candy store does brisk business. Pimple-faced clerks ring up clumps of overweight families. Oscar pretends to look at hard candies while he listens to Joe and the MANAGER. MANAGER You're telling me this Fancy Corn stuff is some kind of health food? JOE Well, it's a candy... and a health food. Absolutely. Absolutely. MANAGER Yeah, I don't know. We don't have much more shelf space. Oscar spots a GIRL perusing wax lips. She looks to be about five or six. Joe ignores the manager and reads ingredients off a Twizzler package. JOE Glycerol monostearate? What is that? I can't even read that. Joe spins a can of Fancy Corn around and points to the ingredients. JOE Read that. The manager leans close. MANAGER High fructose-- JOE No. The first thing listed. The number one ingredient. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 28A. 52 CONTINUED: 52 MANAGER Corn. JOE Exactly. Corn. Can you think of anything more wholesome? It's all American for Christ's sake. The manager's not buying it. Oscar takes action. He positions himself next to the girl. OSCAR Do you know if they sell fancy corn here? The girl looks at him suspiciously. OSCAR Do you even know what fancy corn is? GIRL Yes. OSCAR Well, do they sell it here? GIRL I dunno. She looks back to the lips and tries to ignore Oscar. OSCAR I heard that the strawberry fancy corn gives you bionic strength. GIRL That's stupid. OSCAR It's true. Some kind of chemical in the strawberry flavoring. If you eat a whole lot of it, it gives you bionic strength. The girl gives Oscar a long stare. GIRL I don't believe you. OSCAR I don't care if you do or not. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 28B. 52 CONTINUED: (2) 52 The girl watches him for a moment and then walks over and tugs her mother's shirt. JOE I read where these chemicals are getting into the streams, making hermaphrodidic frogs! You think mothers want to expose their kids to that stuff? No way. More and more people are looking for healthy alternatives which is why the demand for this product is so huge right now. MANAGER Like I said, I already put in all the orders I want for this year. Just then, the GIRL'S MOTHER walks up to the manager. GIRL'S MOTHER Excuse me. Do you carry something called fancy corn? Joe looks at Oscar. Oscar smiles. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 29-30. 52 CONTINUED: (3) 52 53 INT. TRAILER HOME - DAY 53 Much progress has been made on the trailer. Rose and Norah work on the last remaining piles of trash. NORAH It seems wrong though doesn't it... to throw everything away. Rose tosses a tattered fanny pack onto the heap in the garbage can. Norah plucks it out and opens it. Norah pulls out a PHOTO ID. She holds it up. The woman on the ID looks street-worn and crazy. NORAH I bet this is her. Rose sweeps. Norah digs deeper into the fanny pack and pulls out a small packet wrapped in satin ribbon. Norah unties the ribbon and finds a stack of old school photos. Each photo is of a different grade. Norah flips through the stack and the girl appears to grow up. NORAH Wow, look at this. Norah holds the senior photo next to the ID. The resemblance between the two is clear. NORAH Think it's her daughter? Rose looks. Shrugs. NORAH Shouldn't we do something? Try to find her or something? ROSE That's none of your business, Norah. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 31. 53 CONTINUED: 53 Rose picks up a bag stuffed with cans and fast food wrappers. She screams and drops the bag. A giant ball of maggots writhes at her feet. ROSE (pointing) Hand me that. Norah grabs the dust pan and hands it to Rose. NORAH What if she doesn't know? Wouldn't you want to know if this was mom? Norah looks closely at the I.D. as Rose deposits trash and maggots into the garbage bin. The comparison angers Rose. ROSE Mom was never like this. Mom would never have been like this. Norah thinks about that and looks back at the I.D. NORAH I wonder how she died? ROSE Damnit Norah, we still have a lot of shit to do here. Are you just gonna talk? 54 EXT. CANDY STORE - DAY 54 Joe and Oscar roll a handcart strapped with Fancy Corn canisters through the parking lot to the car. JOE That was real good. You're a natural. You got the timing, you got the nerve. You're a real sharp cookie, you know that? OSCAR No I'm not. I'm stupid. JOE You're not stupid. What are you saying? You're not stupid. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 32. 54 CONTINUED: 54 OSCAR Yes I am. They want to put me in retard classes. JOE Don't say that. OSCAR What? JOE It's those teachers who are retarded. You're probably just too advanced for those classes. You're bored. Do you get bored in class? OSCAR Yeah. JOE See. You're too smart! And those teachers just don't know how to handle you. You're probably a goddamn genius. OSCAR You think so? JOE I know so! 55 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - DAY 55 Weeds grow in the yard of the small house. 56 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NORAH'S BEDROOM - DAY 56 Norah empties the contents of the fanny pack onto her bed. She examines the photos and picks up what appears to be a senior photo. She turns it over and sees, written on the back, LYNN WISEMAN - 1998. 57 EXT. MOTEL - NIGHT 57 Rose's Sentra is again parked next to the blue Camry. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 33. 58 INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 58 Same room as before. Same curtains drawn. Mac unzips Rose's skirt and kisses her neck. ROSE It was so disgusting. I mean the smell, you would not believe. Mac's in the sex zone. He unbuttons his shirt and tunes out all those distracting words tumbling from Rose's mouth. Rose, animated, slips her skirt off and tosses it aside. ROSE There were flies everywhere and, really, the smell. I can't even describe it. Mac's shoes hit the floor with a thud. He sets his belt and gun on the dresser. MAC Shhhh. Rose pulls her shirt over her head. Mac kisses her belly. ROSE But, after we finished... you woulda never even known. We took all that away... made it right. Mac pulls off his pants. Rose hangs her bra on the back of the chair and slips off her undies. MAC I can't believe you... I mean, I feel like I got you into this mess. Her sense of pride wilts. Her hand instinctively reaches up to massage the nicotine patch on her arm. ROSE No, I-- MAC Listen, I'm gonna pay for new real estate classes. Okay? Rose looks at Mac. Shrugs. Mac smiles. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 34. 58 CONTINUED: 58 MAC We'll get you your license and then get you a little photo in the real estate section. You can drive people around all day and talk about... Gosh, what would you talk about? (Suddenly very serious) Crown molding? Rose smiles. Apparently it's some private joke. ROSE Oh yeah, definitely talk about crown molding. The phrase seems to send a ripple of pleasure through Mac. ROSE Property easements, square footage, appliances... Mac reacts to each word as if it were some filthy sex talk. He looks at Rose and raises an eyebrow. MAC You're holding out on me. Rose rolls her eyes and laughs. ROSE Freak. MAC Say it. Come on. One time. She smiles and shakes her head. Mac waits. Rose relents. ROSE Curb appeal. Mac growls and pounces on Rose. It's fun and light. Rose laughs while Mac makes a show of mauling her neck. He falls on the bed and reaches out. Rose takes his hand. It's rough against hers. There's a circular indentation where his wedding ring isn't. Rose stops laughing. She touches the invisible ring. ROSE Why'd you pick her? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 35. 58 CONTINUED: (2) 58 Mac looks up. Buzz kill. The residue of a smile fades. MAC You know it wasn't like that. ROSE How was it like? He takes a step back. MAC Are you going to do that? ROSE No. MAC If this is going to get all heavy-- ROSE No. Rose turns around and kisses Mac. One of those soft, teasing kisses that ends with a look that kicks things in gear. 59 EXT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - TWO DAYS LATER - DAY 59 Rose pulls her car up to one of many warehouses in the area and double checks the address on a scrap of paper. 60 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 60 Rose and Norah enter this no frills operation. Cinder block walls and concrete floors. A small TV on the front counter offers up a not-so-classic afternoon movie line up. As they approach, the clerk drops out of sight behind the counter. Rose leans over to see the clerk on his knees searching for something small and lost. ROSE Winston? WINSTON, 35, crudely handsome with dark unkempt hair and full lips, looks up. ROSE I spoke with you on the phone. I'm Rose Lorkowski. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 36. 60 CONTINUED: 60 Rose sticks out her right hand. Winston stands to reveal he is missing his right arm. He clumsily shakes her hand with his left. ROSE So, our situation is... On the TV, a waitress enters the frame. Rose stops. She and Norah both turn and look at the TV. The waitress pours coffee and exits the frame without a word. Rose and Norah turn back to Winston. Rose continues. ROSE We're doing some postmortem kind of um... specialized cleaning stuff and we had this really difficult... NORAH Smelly. Rose looks at Norah and nods. ROSE Really smelly job where the lady had died and they didn't find her for a while and it was really... NORAH Stinky. ROSE The odor was really strong. WINSTON A decomp. Rose smiles a little too enthusiastically. ROSE Yeah, a decomp! Winston motions them to follow him through the store. He indicates points of interest with a flat monotone voice. WINSTON General purpose cleaners, extraction cleaners, odor control. We carry both the Winzyme and the DR 450. Disinfectants, stain removers and shampoos. (MORE) (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 37. 60 CONTINUED: (2) 60 WINSTON (cont'd) Steamers, buffers, foggers, that kinda stuff's in there, for rent or purchase. Quick absorbing sawdust, good for vomit. The tour ends at the back corner where respirators, safety glasses, gloves and Tyvec coveralls crowd the shelves. WINSTON And you've got your personal protective gear back here. The door BEEPS as it opens. CARL SWANSON walks in wearing his `Above and Beyond' polo shirt. Winston returns to the counter. 61 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - FRONT COUNTER - DAY 61 Carl grabs a case of disinfectant and sets it on the counter. Winston pulls out some paperwork. CARL You hear there're a couple of amateurs poaching jobs? Winston shakes his head. Rose and Norah make their way to the counter with arms full of supplies and stand within earshot of Carl and Winston. CARL Bruce said they took a decomp for five hundred bucks. What do you wanna bet they threw all that shit right in the dumpster. Norah nudges Rose. Carl pays and Rose and Norah watch him leave. They step up and set their supplies on the counter. As Winston rings them up, Rose notices the shellacked puzzle picture of a big white cat on the wall. ROSE Hey, I have that puzzle. It's a hard one. I think I got lost in the white and gave up. Rose flashes a `captain of the cheerleading squad' smile. WINSTON Fifty-eight twenty-four. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 38. 61 CONTINUED: 61 ROSE You like cats? Winston looks squarely at Rose and steps into the back room. NORAH Great. You freaked him out. ROSE I asked him if he liked cats. Winston returns with several books and pamphlets. Hazmat Guidelines, Biohazard Recovery and Disposal, etc. WINSTON Bring these back. 62 INT. ROSE'S CAR - DAY 62 Rose drives while Norah scans one of the books. NORAH Turns out it's against the law to throw bio hazards in the dumpster. Who knew? Rose processes the visit. NORAH How perfect was he with the one arm? ROSE Hmm? NORAH The creepy guy. Do you think he was born like that? ROSE I didn't think he was creepy. NORAH Dude, he has one arm. ROSE They think we're just a couple of hacks. NORAH We are a couple of hacks. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 39. 62 CONTINUED: 62 Norah looks out the window. NORAH Stop here. ROSE Why? NORAH I gotta thing. Just drop me off here. Rose looks confused but pulls over. 63 EXT. LYNN'S APARTMENT BUILDING - DAY 63 Norah opens the door and slides out. ROSE I'll drop Oscar by around seven. NORAH (sarcastically) You have class tonight? Rose smiles uncomfortably. ROSE Mortgage lenders and financing. Norah shakes her head in disgust. NORAH Heather's pregnant again. Did you know that? He's never going to leave her. Rose clenches her jaw and picks at a crack in the steering wheel. Norah gets out of the car. NORAH God, you're pathetic. Norah slams the door and watches Rose drive off. Norah stands at the door well and scans the apartment number listings. She sees the name she's looking for, LYNN WISEMAN. Just then, LYNN, the woman from the photos, opens the door and walks past. Caught off guard, Norah follows her. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 40. 64 FOLLOWING THROUGH STREETS 64 They walk several blocks, Norah keeping a safe distance behind Lynn. 65 EXT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES BUILDING - DAY 65 Lynn opens the door to the building and disappears inside. Norah follows. 66 INT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES BUILDING - DAY 66 Lynn steps into an elevator. Norah does too. 67 INT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES BUILDING - ELEVATOR - DAY 67 The doors close. Lynn slaps the `stop elevator' button. Norah emits a small yelp. LYNN Who are you? NORAH What? LYNN Why are you following me? NORAH I'm not following you. LYNN You are following me! Lynn freezes for a moment. It seems she isn't even breathing. Her anger twists into fear. LYNN Aren't you? Norah remains silent. Lynn paces back and forth. LYNN Oh no. NORAH What? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 41. 67 CONTINUED: 67 LYNN Shit! This is not happening. Norah is uncomfortable. Lynn spins around to face Norah. LYNN Listen, I'm sorry. I thought... I thought you were following me. NORAH That's all right. Lynn steps closer. LYNN You think I'm crazy. NORAH No. No I don't. LYNN I'm not crazy. NORAH It was a mistake. No big deal. Lynn smiles. Norah releases the stop button. Nothing happens. LYNN It's not moving. NORAH Let's press the alarm button. Lynn shrugs. Norah presses the alarm button. There's a loud quick ring. They wait for something to happen. An awkward silence hangs in the air. Norah gives it another quick punch for good measure. Smiles. They look at the ceiling. They look at the floor. Norah makes little noises. Norah takes out her sign language book. She steals a quick sideways look at Lynn before settling on the series of small, illustrated hands before her. LYNN Go to the university? NORAH Me? No. Lynn leans close and checks out the book. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 42. 67 CONTINUED: (2) 67 NORAH Hobby... Lynn sizes Norah up. NORAH There's this gorilla who knows sign language and I've always thought that would have to be the most amazing thing ever. You know? To actually talk to a gorilla. LYNN I think I've seen something on-- Norah nods. NORAH KoKo. LYNN Yeah, yeah, with the kitten. Norah offers a sad nod. NORAH Kitten died. It wasn't KoKo's fault. She was heartbroken. A KNOCKING sound reverberates through the elevator. LYNN Kind of weird, don't you think? Teaching a gorilla to talk. Probably, gorillas aren't supposed to talk. NORAH That's what's so cool about it. Lynn takes a long bold look at Norah. Norah sweats. The elevator moves. LYNN I'm sorry again about the... NORAH No, don't... it's fine. Lynn lightly touches the crook of Norah's arm. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 43. 67 CONTINUED: (3) 67 LYNN You've got nice veins. Norah smiles self consciously. She's flustered. Not a familiar sensation. The doors open to the "Albuquerque Blood Services." LYNN You should give blood. Lynn steps off the elevator and grabs a white coat from a rack. She glances back with a smile just as the doors close. 68 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NIGHT 68 The house is dark except for a TV in the living room and a light in Norah's bedroom window. 69 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - NORAH'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 69 Norah pulls the photos from her bag and sets them on a shelf next to the candy heart. Then, she drops to the floor and pulls the LUNCH BOX from under her bed. She surveys the contents: lipstick tipped cigarette butts, an eyelash curler, a Blue Jay feather, an old photo. In the photo two girls, twelve and five, stand with their mom. A cigarette dangles from the mother's ruby red mouth. 70 EXT. MOTEL - NIGHT 70 This time Rose's Sentra sits alone. No blue Camry in sight. 71 INT. MOTEL ROOM - NIGHT 71 Rose lies in bed and listens to cars go by on the highway. She checks her watch, picks up the phone and dials. ROSE Hi. Could you tell me what time you have? Okay. Thanks. Rose hangs up and falls back onto the bed, feet dangling off the edge. She stares at the ceiling and whispers. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 44. 71 CONTINUED: 71 ROSE I am strong. I am powerful. I am a winner. (pause) I'm a fucking idiot. 71A INT. MOTEL HALLWAY- NIGHT 71A Rose stands in the motel's glass enclosed hallway watching the world go by. 72 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 72 Joe clears the dinner table while Oscar occupies himself with markers, construction paper, and a creative impulse. Rose walks in defeated. JOE You're back early. ROSE I'm quitting real estate. JOE What are you talking about? You can't quit real estate. You're gonna be great at real estate. You got the whole look and besides, that's where everything's headed. Hell, it's what I should have done forty years ago. ROSE Shut up. Rose sits at the table next to Oscar. She looks miserable. Oscar looks at his mom. OSCAR Want me to make you something happy? Rose can't help but smile. ROSE Yeah. I'd like that. JOE Make me something happy too. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 44A. 73 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - THREE DAYS LATER - DAY 73 Rose hands Winston a canister of Fancy Corn and a business card. Rays of the sun dart off the edges of the card in a style of a child's drawing. It reads, "Sunshine Cleaning." WINSTON Sunshine Cleaning. Nice. ROSE Thought we'd put a positive spin on things. My son drew the design. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 45. 73 CONTINUED: 73 Oscar stares at Winston's empty sleeve. WINSTON That's a nice job you did there. OSCAR Where's your arm? ROSE Oscar! WINSTON That's all right. ROSE I was thinking maybe I could set a few out by the register? WINSTON Yeah sure. Rose hands Winston a stack of cards. He places them in an owl business card holder in front of several Clean Sweep business cards. WINSTON This is great but you guys should really get out there and market yourselves. Oscar plays with an extraction cleaner and accidently turns it on. Winston gives him a nod that indicates that he should turn it off. He does. ROSE So, marketing? Like...? WINSTON Funeral Homes, property managers... What you really want is to get in with the insurance companies. They can throw you a ton of work. Oscar walks into the back room. 74 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - BACK ROOM - DAY 74 The room is jammed with model planes, cars and boats in various stages of construction. A hobbyist's fantasy land. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 46. 74 CONTINUED: 74 Oscar's mouth drops open. 75 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 75 Winston puffs up a bit with `manly know how'. WINSTON Do you guys have your B.B.P. certification? ROSE B.B. who? Winston smiles. WINSTON Blood Born Pathogens. The big money jobs... they'll expect you to be certified. I can register you for the next seminar if you want. 76 EXT. LAWSON'S USED CAR LOT - TWO DAYS LATER - DAY 76 Rose, Norah, Oscar and Joe follow SHERM LAWSON across the car lot. Rose shoots an irritated look to her dad. ROSE (whispering to Norah) Did you ask him to come. NORAH Not exactly. Joe positions himself next to Rose. JOE (Quietly to Rose) Now Sherm's gonna say he's against the wall but don't you believe him. There's always some wiggle room. ROSE I can handle it. The troop comes to a stop in front of a large blue van. SHERM I think you're gonna like this Econoline. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 46A. 76 CONTINUED: 76 Sherm opens the back doors. Rose, Joe and Sherm stick their heads inside. Rose nods. JOE The girls have started up their own specialized cleaning business. Crime scene and trauma clean-up. ROSE It's a real growth industry. SHERM Sounds kinda gory. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 47. 76 CONTINUED: (2) 76 ROSE Can be. Can be. Rose surveys the interior space. ROSE We gotta take any contaminated materials to the incinerators. So we'll need lots of space back here. OSCAR For the bloody stuff. ROSE So, how much is this? SHERM Nineteen Ninety-nine. JOE What's the play on that? SHERM Oh, that's the floor right there. I'm actually taking a loss on this to make room for some new product. ROSE Well, I could pay cash. SHERM Cash is good. Sherm walks around and unlocks the driver's side door. JOE (whispering to Rose) Ask him about the bumper. ROSE What? JOE The dented bumper. Rose approaches Sherm with a smile. ROSE I noticed the bumper's kind of banged up. Sherm smiles. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 47A. 76 CONTINUED: (3) 76 SHERM Character. JOE We were over at Motor Mart on Lomas earlier. They got a nice looking Chevy G series for eighteen. SHERM Power steering? Joe nods. Oscar crawls into the passenger seat for a closer look. He sees the CB mounted on the ceiling and tugs Norah's sleeve. OSCAR What's that? NORAH Oh, excellent. ROSE God, do people even use those anymore? OSCAR What is it? Sherm grabs the handset to demonstrate. SHERM It's a CB. You talk into this thing and hold this thing down and it turns your voice into radio waves and sends it into the heavens. OSCAR Heaven? Sherm tosses the keys to Rose. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 48. 76 CONTINUED: (4) 76 SHERM Why don't you take it for a test drive. Rose, Norah and Oscar pile into the van. Joe hangs back with Sherm. 77 EXT. STREET - DAY 77 The Econo van rumbles by. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 49. 78 INT. VAN - DAY 78 Rose drives. Norah sits shotgun and sings the baseline to a 70s era porno. Oscar kneels between them staring at the CB. NORAH Bow-chicka-bow-bow. Can I drive? ROSE No. OSCAR Try the CB! Rose reaches up and clicks the CB on. Nothing but static. She adjusts the frequency dial until she lands on the faintest hint of a voice buried beneath the crush of static. Oscar's face lights up with amazement. Rose is under-whelmed. She clicks the CB off. ROSE Antenna's probably broke. Norah points out the window. NORAH Ice Cream Hut! 79 EXT. ICE CREAM HUT - DAY 79 Rose pays for three soft serve cones and makes her way to the picnic table where Norah and Oscar wait. Norah points to an `apartment for rent' sign on the building across the street. A big bosomed woman sits on the porch with a rabbit in her lap. NORAH How cool to live across from the Ice Cream Hut. Rose distributes the melty goods. ROSE You should rent it. Seriously, you're making money now. Norah assesses the building. The RABBIT LADY sees them staring. She waves. Rose and Norah turn around amused. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 50. 79 CONTINUED: 79 NORAH Yeah well, what about Dad? ROSE Oh please, Dad would survive just fine. You should do it. As Norah thinks about a possible move glistening rivulets of chocolate ice cream drip down Oscar's cone, over his hand and on to Norah's leg. NORAH Ahh! Lick around the base. Secure the perimeter. (To Rose) Don't you teach this kid anything? Norah demonstrates proper technique. She extends her tongue out to the bottom edge of the dripping glob, then twirls the cone to lick away the troublesome chocolate. LYNN (O.S.) It's the gorilla girl. Norah looks up to see Lynn with a milk shake in hand. An involuntary smile breaks across Norah. LYNN You never came to donate. NORAH Yeah. Lynn looks at Rose. An awkward moment passes. NORAH My sister. Rose smiles, nods a hi. Something familiar about the girl nags at Rose. She searches to connect a face out of context. Lynn eyes Norah. Chemistry. LYNN We have snacks you know. Juice boxes. NORAH Had I known about the juice boxes... (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 51. 79 CONTINUED: (2) 79 Rose makes the connection - her smile drops. Lynn picks up on the tension between the two. LYNN Okay. Well, see you around. Lynn leaves. Rose slaps Norah with an accusing look. 80 EXT. LAWSON'S USED CAR LOT - DAY 80 Joe stands with Sherm and waits for the girls to return. He looks at his watch. SHERM You still selling that luggage? JOE No, no. That was a whole big mess. SHERM Crappy zippers. Wasn't that it? Sherm smiles. Joe's smile disappears. JOE Yeah, that's been a while now. Dropped the luggage around the time your other lot when out of business. Touche. Sherm's smile dissolves. SHERM I could maybe drop it to nineteen even. Joe holds out for more. SHERM And toss in some wiper fluid. Joe smiles. 81 EXT. ICE CREAM HUT - DAY 81 Rose, Norah and Oscar walk back to the van. Everyone's slightly stickier. Rose clenches her jaw. ROSE What the hell? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 51A. 81 CONTINUED: 81 NORAH I just wanted to give her the pictures. ROSE You took the pictures? Why would you do that? We could get in a lot of trouble for that. NORAH Relax, I didn't give them to her. 82 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - ONE WEEK LATER - 82 EVENING Joe sits in his Lazy Boy as Norah hauls a box from her room. NORAH It's just three blocks away. JOE I know. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 52. 82 CONTINUED: 82 NORAH It's not like I'm never gonna see you. JOE Hey, I think you should have done this a long time ago. Joe strains to be cavalier but he can't look at Norah. 83 EXT. HOTEL - NEXT DAY - DAY 83 A marquee welcomes the conference attendees. 84 INT. HOTEL CONFERENCE ROOM � DAY 84 Rose sits on a folding chair and takes notes. The thirty or so people listening to the SPEAKER appear to be mostly hospital staff and EMT workers. A placard near the door reads: SEMINAR FOR BLOOD BORNE PATHOGENS. CARL SWANSON leans forward from his chair and looks down the row to Rose. SPEAKER OK. Let's take a quick break before we move on to potential pathogens suspended in excrement. 85 INT. HOTEL CONFERENCE ROOM � FOOD TABLE - DAY 85 Rose stands by a display of medical waste pamphlets and munches on a sandwich. As she takes a bite, Carl walks up. CARL Food's better at the bar. (holding out his hand) Carl Swanson, Above and Beyond. Flustered, Rose brushes crumbs off her face and inadvertently deposits a blob of mustard on her cheek. They shake hands. ROSE Rose- (swallow) Rose Lorkowski. Nice to meet you. CARL I hear you're my new competition. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 53. 85 CONTINUED: 85 ROSE We're hardly competition for you. CARL (smiles) I'm glad to see you're doing a little homework. A lot of people, you know, they think they can just jump in to this, make lots of money. But, they don't know what they're doing. No idea. They're not professional and that makes us all look bad. ROSE Well, we're not like that. I just have to complete this seminar and we're certified. CARL You're not certified? ROSE Not yet. Probably by the end of the month. Carl smiles, dips a napkin in his cup of water and wipes the smudge of mustard from Rose's cheek. CARL You had a... Attendees file back to their chairs. ROSE I think it's starting. CARL Sure I can't buy you a drink? 86 INT. HOTEL BAR - DAY 86 Rose and Carl sit at the bar nursing drinks. CARL If you spray the enzyme at that point it'll just turn back to liquid which is a pain in the ass. The key is to bag it when it's kind of Jell-o-ee. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 54. 86 CONTINUED: 86 ROSE That makes total sense. Why didn't I think of that? CARL You just figure all this shit out as you go. Experience. Rose chews on her cocktail straw. ROSE It's not how I thought it'd be. I thought it'd be gross. Rose stops. Reflects. Turns to Carl. ROSE Sometimes it's gross. The maggots are gross. The maggots kind of freak me. CARL Yeah. ROSE The sound. The munching sound. CARL And it's so hard to kill the little fuckers. ROSE Tell me about it. You pour industrial bleach right on `em...nothing. Carl offers a knowing nod. CARL Just roll their eyes and call you a pussy. Rose laughs and takes another sip of her drink. 87 INT. HOTEL ROOM � DAY 87 The door to the bathroom is open. Carl hums a happy tune in the shower. Rose shimmies back into her clothes with an expression of self-loathing. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 55. 87 CONTINUED: 87 ROSE I am strong. I am powerful. 88 INT. VAN - THREE DAYS LATER - DAY 88 Rose drives and Norah holds a long list of funeral homes and other establishments. They're all crossed off. Oscar sits bored in the back. OSCAR What's a bastard? Rose looks at Norah with concern. OSCAR Jeremy said I was a bastard. What does that mean? Rose has no idea how to respond. Norah turns to face Oscar. NORAH It just means your mom wasn't married when she had you. It's no big deal. In a couple of years you're gonna find it's a free pass to cool. You'll probably start a band called Bastard Son. Use it to impress the chicks. Trust me, the whole bastard thing... it's working for you. Oscar looks to Rose and then back to Norah. Rose's phone rings. She answers it, relieved for the distraction ROSE Hello, Sunshine Cleaning... Well, I'm glad you liked the Fancy Corn....Okay, yeah, yeah. Rose grabs a pen, hands it to Norah and motions for her to write something down. ROSE Okay... 2327 Grove Avenue. Got it... Sure. Yeah. Thank you. Rose hangs up. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 56. 88 CONTINUED: 88 NORAH What was that? ROSE A suicide! 89 EXT. BRICK RANCHER - DAY 89 Rose pulls the van up to the house and sees the old lady sitting out front. MRS. DAVIS. ROSE Oh, man. Rose and Norah exchange a look and then Rose turns to Oscar. ROSE OK. Stay in the van. You want a soda or anything? Oscar shakes his head. ROSE We won't be long. As Rose and Norah get out and unload supplies the old lady stands to greet them. She's dressed up in the way old ladies are when they expect company. ROSE Mrs. Davis? The woman nods. She is dazed with grief. ROSE We're the cleaning service. MRS. DAVIS Yes, yes. I... I wanted to give you the keys. The old woman holds out a shaky hand. Rose gently takes the keys. Norah hangs back. MRS. DAVIS In the sunroom. That's where my husband... I had bridge and... She blinks twice, slowly, then snaps back. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 57. 89 CONTINUED: 89 MRS. DAVIS Do you need me to show you? ROSE No, no. I think we can find it. MRS. DAVIS Oh. Okay. That's good then. Rose and Norah gather their things and head up the stairs. MRS. DAVIS My son-in-law's coming to take me to lunch at the Howard Johnson's. They have such nice rolls there. Rose hands Norah the key and motions for her to go ahead. ROSE Would you like to sit for a moment, Mrs. Davis? MRS. DAVIS Yes dear, I think I would. Rose sits down on the steps with Mrs. Davis and Norah quietly enters the house. From the van Oscar watches Rose and the old woman sit side by side on the front step. Rose's hand rests lightly on the woman's bony shoulder. Words seem useless. 90 INT. BRICK RANCHER - LIVING ROOM - DAY 90 Norah looks around the room furnished modestly with a mixture of antiques and things that are simply old. Yellow sticky notes cling to doors, walls, light switches, etc. Each note contains a simple instruction such as `turn off light' or `watch news at 6:00'. Norah walks past family photos that line the hall. 91 INT. BRICK RANCHER - SUNROOM - DAY 91 Norah enters the red splattered room. A walker lies on its side next to a blood-soaked rug. Golden sunlight pours through the windows. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 58. 91 CONTINUED: 91 A yellow square sticks to a picture frame on the coffee table. The frame holds the image of a smiling young couple in a different era. The note reads `Edna plays bridge at 4:00'. Norah slips a Tyvec jumper on and looks out the window. A car pull up to the curb. Norah stops and watches her sister walk Mrs. Davis to the car before starting her work. 92 INT. BRICK RANCHER - SUNROOM - MOMENTS LATER 92 Rose enters quietly, in a fog. The stillness of grief is contagious. NORAH She okay? Rose nods and picks up the photo of a younger Mr and Mrs Davis. She then steps into her Tyvec coveralls and zips up. 93 INT. VAN - DUSK 93 Norah drives. Rose holds Oscar in her lap, arms clasped tight around him. OSCAR That lady seemed really sad. ROSE Her husband died. Oscar thinks about this a moment. OSCAR So he's in heaven? Rose nods. OSCAR Maybe we could let her use our CB and she could talk to him. Rose looks confused. Oscar presses on. OSCAR Maybe he would hear her. Rose smiles. Doesn't seem like the moment to correct him. ROSE Maybe. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 59. 93 CONTINUED: 93 They ride the rest of the way home in silence. 94 EXT. CONVENIENCE STORE - NEXT DAY - DAY 94 Joe's Monte Carlo sits out front. 95 INT. CONVENIENCE STORE - DAY 95 Oscar and Joe scratch game cards. OSCAR I won a million dollars! JOE Let me see that. Oscar hands the ticket over. JOE You gotta get two hydrants with a matching amount. See? None of your fire hydrants match. Oscar looks at the Lucky Dog card with defeat. JOE And three zeros is a thousand dollars. You woulda won a thousand dollars but it doesn't match anything. OSCAR What happens if it doesn't match anything? JOE You toss it and try the next one. Oscar moves on to his next ticket. He scratches the coating away and tentatively lifts his game card OSCAR I think I won five hundred dollars. Joe looks at the card. He looks at Oscar and grins. OSCAR I'm gonna buy a trampoline and a karaoke player and some chocolate honey dipped donuts. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 59A. 95 CONTINUED: 95 JOE Whoa now. Hold up there kiddo. That's not your money. That's my money. OSCAR I scratched it. JOE Yes you did. You scratched the ticket that I bought. Oscar follows his grampa over to the pay phone. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 60. 95 CONTINUED: (2) 95 JOE And we're not going to spend the money. We're going to invest the money. Joe plunks in some quarters, dials, waits while it rings. JOE See, that's the difference between a regular person and somebody with business acumen. That's a good word for you to know. A-cu-men. Means smarts. Oscar nods and sips his Coke. JOE (into the receiver) Bobby! Joe Lorkowski here. (laughs) I told you I'd call. (pause) Yeah well, I got the money and we're in. But you gotta throw in twenty bags of ice. 96 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY 96 Rose pays bills at the kitchen table. Oscar bounces a super ball. OSCAR We're gonna make the money grow because that's the smart way. It's capital and you don't spend that. You invest it. That way you can get the SP250 and have money left over. ROSE What are you talking about? Oscar races out of the kitchen and then races back in with a pamphlet showcasing the amazingly sleek SP250 binoculars. He hands the pamphlet to Rose. OSCAR The binoculars that grampa's gonna get me for my birthday. (MORE) (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 60A. 96 CONTINUED: 96 OSCAR (cont'd) They've got an internal stabilizer thingy that's electronic so if you're in a speed boat or something it won't matter and... (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 61. 96 CONTINUED: (2) 96 ROSE Oh honey, come here. Rose pulls out a chair for Oscar. Oscar sits down and crosses his arms in front of himself. ROSE Sometimes your grampa promises things that he really wants to happen. OSCAR No, he's really gonna get `em. He's got a plan. ROSE Okay. If you say so. Rose goes back to the bills. 97 INT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES � DAY 97 Lynn wears a white coat. Norah sits in one of the reclining chairs scattered about the room. NORAH You made it seem so fun. LYNN Oh it is fun. Would you like a refreshment? Norah smiles and shakes her head. LYNN No? Norah watches Lynn's hands push up her sleeve. Lynn rubs iodine in expanding circles on the inside of Norah's arm. Lynn puts plastic gloves on and ties a tourniquet around Norah's arm. She puts a rubber ball in Norah's hand. LYNN Can you squeeze that for me? Norah squeezes the ball and Lynn touches the plump vein. LYNN That's good. One more time. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 62. 97 CONTINUED: 97 Lynn takes the needle and draws it close to Norah's arm. NORAH Oh my God, is that the needle? It's a fucking cocktail straw. Norah looks nervous. Lynn smiles reassuringly. LYNN Trust me, I'm very good at this. Squeeze again. Norah squeezes, Lynn touches the soft blue stripe of blood beneath Norah's skin and slides the needle into the vein. LYNN Wasn't that fun? NORAH You might have oversold it. Lynn smiles. LYNN Kind of twirl the ball around in your hand. Good. It doesn't hurt, does it? NORAH (shakes her head) Feels hot. LYNN That's a good sign. Norah self-consciously nods and smiles. Lynn turns and jostles the bag of blood. NORAH My friend's having a thing tonight. Lynn switches her attention from the blood back to Norah. NORAH Never mind. LYNN What? NORAH Nothing it's... (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 63. 97 CONTINUED: (2) 97 LYNN What? NORAH You wouldn't like it. LYNN I might like it. 98 EXT. PARTY HOUSE - NIGHT 98 Music and party-goers spill from the student ghetto house. 99 INT. PARTY HOUSE � LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 99 Norah and Lynn sit on a ratty couch in a crowded smoke filled room. Next to them, a flannel wearing burn-out rocks to headphones. Norah wears a candy necklace. Debauchery plays out around them. NORAH I knew you wouldn't have any fun here. LYNN I am having fun. Norah takes a tug on the joint and passes it to Lynn. LYNN No thanks. NORAH Lambs breath. LYNN Yeah, no thanks. NORAH Straight edge? LYNN (Shakes head) Just kind of superstitious. Norah nods and passes the joint across Lynn to the burn-out. The burn-out tugs and passes it back to Lynn. Lynn waves it off a second time. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 64. 99 CONTINUED: 99 NORAH She's Mormon. LYNN I'm not Mormon. I just... You're gonna think it's weird. NORAH What? LYNN Sometimes I think that when you get high or drink or alter your consciousness like that-- NORAH You don't drink? Lynn shakes her head. LYNN I think it weakens you psychically... like it creates these cracks and then bad things can seep in and maybe never go away. Norah stares at Lynn with great blood-shot concentration. NORAH All right, you're kind of freakin me out. LYNN Sorry. NORAH You should just tell people you're Mormon. LYNN I think your boyfriend is winning. Two women gnaw at Randy's neck. His necklace is almost empty. NORAH Yes. Yes, he is. Lynn lightly tugs on Norah's candy necklace. She leans in close and takes a bite of the candy. Norah catches her breath. Paralyzed. Lynn smiles, pleased by Norah's reaction. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 65. 99 CONTINUED: (2) 99 LYNN (whisper) Breathe. Norah snaps back. NORAH I need more beer. Norah pulls herself off the couch and starts for the keg. She stops. Turns. NORAH Um. Can I get you anything? LYNN I'm good. Norah offers a nervous smile. 100 INT. NORAH'S APARTMENT � LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 100 Norah and Randy lie on a thread bare couch. Their bodies rock to the motion of sex. Norah's thoughts are elsewhere. A small TV sits next to Norah's growing collection of found trinkets. It spills blue light into the smoke tinged air. On the TV, a REPORTER stands outside Quicky Lube. Norah turns her attention to the TV while Randy pumps and grinds. She grabs the remote. REPORTER (on TV) Tragedy today when an out of control driver crashed his car into a south side Quicky Lube killing one employee. RANDY What are you doing? NORAH Shh. Norah turns up the volume. Randy grinds to a halt. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 66. 100 CONTINUED: 100 REPORTER The driver of the automobile, apparently suffered a heart attack at the wheel and is currently in critical condition. The phone rings. Randy glares at Norah. Norah answers. NORAH Hello. RANDY Unbelievable. NORAH (into phone) Yeah, I'm watching it now. 101 EXT. ROAD � NIGHT 101 A van zooms past with a SUNSHINE CLEANING MAGNET on the door. 102 EXT. NORAH'S APARTMENT � NIGHT 102 Randy steps out onto the porch where the big bosomed RABBIT LADY strokes her rabbit. He closes the door behind him. RANDY Hey. RABBIT LADY Hey. Randy starts down the steps feeling dejected. RABBIT LADY You like rabbits? Randy stops and turns. 103 EXT. QUICKY LUBE � NIGHT 103 The large glass panel that made up the front of the store is shattered. Shards dangle from red tipped edges. Blood and glass mingle on the linoleum floor and plastic chairs. Outside, Mac motions a stunned crowd to disperse. Rose and Norah walk confidently past Mac into the lobby where a man wearing a Quick Lube shirt stands off to the side and cries. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 67. 103 CONTINUED: 103 Mac watches as Rose goes back inside and greets the officer. 104 INT. QUICKY LUBE - NIGHT 104 The OFFICER points to the shattered glass. OFFICER Nut job goes through the window there. (he stops, turns) You guys are BBP Certified, right? ROSE Legally, it's not really necessary. NORAH We are. ROSE We're in the process. NORAH You went to that thing. ROSE We adhere to all the proper procedures when dealing with a potentially hazardous situation. We are very professional. NORAH Wait. I thought you went to that thing. Rose scans the area. ROSE Are you guys all finished? OFFICER It's all yours. Rose and Norah slip into their Tyvecs. ROSE Why don't you grab the wet-vac and I'll start bagging the loose stuff. The officer walks past Mac who continues to stare at Rose. She looks beautiful and strong. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 68. 105 EXT. QUICKY LUBE PARKING LOT - NIGHT 105 Rose and Norah pull supplies from the van and ready themselves for the Quicky Lube job. NORAH I thought you went to the thing. ROSE I did. I mean, I went to part of it. Most of it. NORAH What do you mean you went to part of it? It was a one day thing. ROSE I got side tracked. NORAH Side tracked? ROSE That Above and Beyond guy was there. Carl. We got talking shop and-- NORAH Oh my God, you humped Carl! Rose can't deny it. Norah shakes her head. ROSE I'm already registered for the next one. NORAH That's disgusting. 106 EXT. DESERT ROAD - TWO DAYS LATER - DAY 106 Joe and Oscar sit in the car pulled off to the side of a lonely highway intersection. JOE You got twenty bucks and you want three pizza's. They cost five dollars each and you have a coupon for two dollars off. (MORE) (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 69. 106 CONTINUED: 106 JOE (cont'd) You figure you'll tip the delivery guy a couple bucks but the delivery guy turns out to be a lady. Real sizzler. So you give her a crisp five. How much do you have left? Oscar thinks. Joe assumes there's no way the kid's getting this and turns his attention outside. A truck appear on the horizon. OSCAR Two dollars? JOE Hey, how'd you come up with that? OSCAR Math. The truck slows down as it reaches the intersection, pulls off the road, and stops. Joe gets out and walks over. Oscar watches the trucker hop down from the cab and shake Joe's hand like they're old friends. CUT TO The trunk of the Monte Carlo brims with shrimp and ice. Joe slams it closed, climbs in the car and gives Oscar a wink. 107 EXT. HIGHWAY - DAY 107 The Monte Carlo slices through a vast empty landscape. 108 INT. JOE'S CAR - DAY 108 Joe beams with excitement. JOE The thing is Oscar...and this is important to learn early...life is sales. Buying and selling. It's the core of social interaction. And human beings are social beings. Smoke starts to seep out from under the hood. Joe eyes the temperature gauge. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 69A. 108 CONTINUED: 108 JOE No, no, no, no, no. 109 EXT. ADOBE HOUSE - DAY 109 Norah loads equipment into the van, gets in and waits for Rose to finish the transaction. A MIDDLE AGED WOMAN opens the door. She's angry. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 70. 109 CONTINUED: 109 ROSE I'm sorry, I don't mean to bother you. I just wanted to let you know that we're all finished up and-- The woman glares at Rose. MIDDLE AGED WOMAN Oh, you want to get paid. ROSE We can come back later if that's better. The woman shakes her head and holds out a check. MIDDLE AGED WOMAN I can't believe I have to deal with this now. My son just died for Christ's sake. The woman looks away. ROSE I'm so sorry for your loss. Rose starts to leave. MIDDLE AGED WOMAN Thank you. Rose stops. Turns MIDDLE AGED WOMAN For what you did. Thank you. Rose nods and continues on to the van. 110 INT. VAN - DAY 110 They ride down an Albuquerque street in silence. ROSE You want a Coke? NORAH Sure. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 71. 111 INT. GAS STATION FOODMART - DAY 111 Rose fills a cup at the soda fountain. Through the window she sees Mac and family pull up on the other side of the store. Mac gets out and pumps gas. The woman, HEATHER, laughs with the little girl in the back seat. They look happy. Rose's fountain drink overflows. ROSE Dammit. Rose grabs for a napkin which clumps and tears. The door BEEPS. Rose jumps behind the candy rack and peeks around. All clear. She turns and smacks into Heather. Heather glares at Rose. HEATHER You think I don't know? Heather trembles with anger. Rose stands frozen. HEATHER You may have been hot shit in high school but what are you now? Nothing. A waste of space. Heather reaches out and gives Rose a little push. Ten years of anger culminating in this one anti climactic gesture. Rose watches Heather walk away and knows every word is true. 112 EXT. DESERT ROAD - DAY 112 A stream of water leaks from the trunk. Joe gets out cursing under his breath. He kicks the car and a hub cap falls off. It's an unbearable insult. JOE Stupid shit heap! Fifty years of failures result in an explosion of frustration. Joe stomps on the hub cap, picks it up and throws it as far as he can. Joe gathers himself and leans in the window. He forces a smile at Oscar. Oscar looks nervous. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 72. 112 CONTINUED: 112 JOE It's alright. Everything's okay. Joe opens the trunk and checks on the shrimp. A car zooms by. Joe tries to wave it down. No good. Another zooms by. JOE Come on, come on, come on, come on. Joe struggles to wave down a car. No luck. Joe has an idea. JOE Make like you're crying. Oscar turns on the tears. A car stops. 113 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - EVENING 113 Rose walks in. Oscar and Joe feign casualness. Joe looks at the bathroom door which stands open. Inside the tub brims with shrimp and ice. ROSE What did you guys do today? OSCAR Nothing. Rose turns to Joe who shrugs. ROSE How's it without Norah here? JOE Weird. Joe walks over and casually shuts the bathroom door. 114 EXT. DOGHOUSE WEINER HUT � NIGHT 114 Randy stuffs his face with a hotdog while Norah glares, annoyed. RANDY I'm sorry. I know it was stupid. NORAH On so many levels. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 73. 114 CONTINUED: 114 RANDY I'm really sorry. I swear it won't happen again. It's just... you weren't around and... Norah shakes her head. Randy doesn't know what to say. NORAH Listen, Randy I think we should stop hanging out. RANDY You're breaking up with me over the rabbit lady? Norah doesn't respond. RANDY I don't know, the way you act, I didn't even think that you'd care that much. NORAH Yeah, I don't. I should, but I don't. And you're a really great guy. But...I don't care if you have sex with the rabbit lady... and I mean, it seems like I should care about that. 115 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 115 Rose opens a stack of neglected mail. She is interrupted by a light knock on the door. Rose peeks out the peep hole. ROSE Shit. Rose hesitates, then opens the door just a crack. MAC Rose. ROSE What are you doing here? MAC Can we talk a minute? ROSE Oscar's asleep. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 74. 115 CONTINUED: 115 Rose stands her ground for a moment before stepping outside. MAC It was great seeing you last night. You looked so professional and confident. Your own business... Mac touches her lightly on the arm. ROSE How's the baby? Mac looks away. MAC I just wanted to congratulate you on the business. Seems like things are really going great for you. Rose and Mac's eyes meet. Rose smiles. ROSE They are. If we keep going at this rate I can hire a couple of employees soon, put a little more in marketing, give those Clean Sweep guys a run for their money. Rose glows. ROSE I'm a business woman. MAC (nodding) You're a business woman. 116 EXT. LYNN'S APARTMENT BUILDING - NIGHT 116 Norah stands disheveled, six pack in hand. Lynn opens the door wearing slippers. NORAH Ever been trestling? 117 EXT NOB HILL RESTAURANT ROW - NIGHT 117 Shrimp jiggles in Joe's hand cart as he makes his way toward the row of upscale restaurants. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 75. 117 CONTINUED: 117 A couple of upscale hipsters stare curiously at the hand cart as they pass Joe. 118 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - OSCAR'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 118 Sounds of sex seep through thin walls. Oscar sits up in bed. After a moment he crawls out of bed, he grabs a flashlight from his shelf and exits his room. 118A INT. ROSE'S APARTMENT - ROSE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 118A The mattress squeaks slightly as Mac and Rose have sex. 119 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 119 In pajamas and bare feet, Oscar steps into the night. He flicks on the flashlight. 120 EXT. WOODS - NIGHT 120 Norah leads Lynn through a wooded area toward a train trestle. Norah carries the two remaining beers of a six pack. LYNN Are the bodies there? NORAH No. The person is gone. It's weird `cuz we're connected to them in this strangely intimate way... but we never actually meet them. It's just kind of weird. Norah steps over a discarded tire. NORAH I have seen a dead body once though. LYNN Yeah? NORAH My mom. Lynn follows Norah, not knowing how to respond. It's awkward. Norah tries to lighten things. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 75A. 120 CONTINUED: 120 NORAH She was in a movie of the week once, ya know. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 76. 120 CONTINUED: (2) 120 LYNN Your mom? Norah nods. NORAH A bunch of Hollywood people were filming down in Old Town. They thought my mom was so beautiful and so talented that they gave her a speaking part. You want to hear it? Lynn nods. NORAH `I recommend the pecan pie.' Norah looks back at Lynn for applause. LYNN I recommend the pecan pie? Norah nods. NORAH That was her line. It was on TV and everything. LYNN That's pretty cool. NORAH Me and Rose, we didn't actually see it but Rose says mom talked about it all the time. I don't remember. Norah shrugs. NORAH I don't remember her much at all. I have this box of her stuff though, little things she touched. When it seems like she never even really existed... it's proof. The two reach the bottom of a train trestle. NORAH All right. This is where we climb. LYNN What? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 77. 120 CONTINUED: (3) 120 NORAH Up to that girder. Norah points to a rusted girder about eight feet from the underbelly of the track. LYNN I'm not climbing up there. NORAH Best place to be when it comes. LYNN Uh-uh. Norah slips her hand through one of the plastic rings of the six pack and starts to climb. NORAH You're gonna miss the best part. LYNN I accept that. The two cans of beer dangle from Norah's arm like a giant charm bracelet and clank against girders as she climbs. NORAH It's like... it's like this big pissed off God up in your face just screaming at you. So close you can smell the metal on his breath. LYNN Sounds great. NORAH It is. I'm telling you. Norah wedges her butt into the belly of a beam and taps her fingers against the rusted girder. After a moment she leans out and looks down toward Lynn. NORAH I didn't mean to bum you out with the whole mom stuff. I just thought you would... I don't know, I guess I thought... LYNN What? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 78. 120 CONTINUED: (4) 120 The trestle starts to shake. NORAH He's coming. The thunder gets louder. Lynn covers her ears. Norah pops open a beer and laughs as the train approaches. 121 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 121 Oscar walks along the sidewalk alone. He stops at the van, opens the door and gets in. He looks very small in the driver's seat. He lifts the handset to the CB. INTERCUT DIALOGUE WITH FOLLOWING SEQUENCE OSCAR What was I before I was born? What happens when we die? Do animals go to the same place as we go after we die? Is heaven really crowded? When somebody gets an arm chopped off does it go to heaven? Is Jesus another name for you or are you two separate people? Were you born? Will you die? If you already live in heaven where do you go when you die? 122 EXT. TRAIN TRESTLE - NIGHT 122 The train careens above Norah. Sparks fly from the blur of wheels. The sky flashes between each of the cars. Stars and grease and metal and night collide. Norah closes her eyes. The sound of the train merges with the loud static of a CB. 123 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - FRONT YARD - 1987 - DAY 123 The sky is an electric blue. The kind that lives in memories and dreams. Rose (10) and Norah (5) play in a parked car. Rose pretends to drive and smoke a cigarette while Norah makes faces in the rearview mirror. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 78A. 123 CONTINUED: 123 Rose gets out of the car and races toward the house. Norah chases after. NORAH Rose, wait for me. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 79. 124 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - 1987 - DAY 124 A giggling Rose stumbles in. She stops. The bathroom door is open slightly. She walks over peeks through the opening. There's a dress crumpled on the floor. A woman slumps motionless in the tub. Her delicate hand hangs over the edge. Scarlet fingerprints mar the white porcelain. Norah enters the front door. She smiles, unburdened by the knowledge. She runs towards Rose. Rose quickly pushes her back and closes the door. Norah senses something's wrong. She struggles to see what's behind the door but Rose won't let go. 125 EXT. TRAIN TRESTLE - NIGHT 125 The static mixes back into the roar of the train. The roar grows distant and is replaced by Norah's laughter. Still laughing, Norah takes a sip of her beer and sets it on a beam next to her. The beer falls. Norah tries to catch it, loses her balance and falls with a thud. Lynn catches her breath. LYNN Oh, shit. Lynn runs over to find Norah on her back, eyes closed. Norah opens her eyes and laughs. LYNN You idiot. Norah grabs the beer that she had been chasing. There's not much left but she downs the remainder. NORAH Sneaky fucker. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 80. 125 CONTINUED: 125 LYNN That was really stupid. NORAH I think I broke my hand. LYNN Really? Lynn leans close with real concern. NORAH No. But it hurts like a mother. Lynn pops the top on the remaining beer and takes a huge gulp before handing it to Norah. 126 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - SIDEWALK - NIGHT 126 Oscar walks down the sidewalk alone. His flashlight provides small circle of light on the cement in front of him. 127 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 127 Rose stands in her T-shirt and undies. Mac shuts the door. Rose leans her head against the door and exhales deeply. She turns as if something is calling her. 128 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT 128 Rose stands on tip toes and feels around on top of the refrigerator until she finds what she's looking for... emergency cigarettes. 129 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 129 Rose sits down on the couch and lights her cigarette. The nicotine patch is still clearly visible on her arm. Rose looks at the stack of unopened mail. Something grabs her attention. An envelope bearing the return address of Paula Datzman-Mead. Rose rips opens the envelope. Rose stares at an invitation to Paula's baby shower. A smile creeps across her face. The front door opens and Oscar walks in. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 81. 129 CONTINUED: 129 ROSE Oscar? Brow furrowed, he walks past Rose without acknowledging her. He goes straight to his room and shuts the door. 130 INT. NORAH'S APARTMENT � LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 130 A bottle of wine sits empty on a box next to two nearly empty Styrofoam cups. LYNN How's the hand? Norah shakes the last few drops from her cup and starts gnawing on the side. Lynn takes Norah's hand and examines it. NORAH Ow! LYNN Sorry. Lynn draws Norah's hand close to her lips. Smiles. Looks at Norah. Norah's a deer in headlights. Lynn kisses Norah's hand. Everything is still and tense. LYNN Better? Norah stares at her recently kissed hand and nods. She looks up to Lynn. Lynn kisses Norah lightly on the lips. A tester kiss. Then again. Softly. Norah doesn't move, eyes locked on Lynn. All is good. Norah leans in and kisses Lynn's neck. Lynn's eyes are closed enjoying the moment. Lynn opens her eyes. The school photos of Lynn sit directly across from her on the shelf. Lynn stares at the pictures. Waves of recognition and confusion register in her eyes. Norah kisses Lynn's neck oblivious. LYNN Is that? Lynn pulls away. LYNN Are those... (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 82. 130 CONTINUED: 130 Lynn tries to suss it out, shakes her head, looks at Norah. LYNN How do you have my school pictures? NORAH I just... I found them. I was gonna tell you. Lynn shakes her head disbelieving. LYNN Where would you find old pictures of me? NORAH At work. LYNN What? NORAH We did this job a while back. This woman... Lynn scans the other trinkets arranged neatly on the shelf. Her eyes focus on the photo ID. Her mother. Her face goes completely blank. Shock. LYNN My mom. Norah bites her lip and nods. LYNN My mom is dead. A hazy mix of shame, sadness and guilt seeps into the void. NORAH I wanted to tell you... that first day. That's why I-- LYNN You knew this whole time? NORAH I think... You know, I think there's a reason that I found them. The pictures. Because that lead me to you, right? (MORE) (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 83. 130 CONTINUED: (2) 130 NORAH (cont'd) And I don't know exactly what went on between you and your mom... what the situation was... but it just seems like... You know, of anybody, I would understand. Lynn's hazy emotional mix has hardened into something sharp. Anger. She looks at Norah with disgust. LYNN You would understand? Lynn turns to leave. NORAH Wait. Please. Don't...I-- Lynn opens the door. Norah reaches out but Lynn stops her with an icy look. LYNN You're sick, you know that? There's something wrong with you. Lynn shuts the door and it feels like a slap. Norah sinks down onto the couch. Just Norah now. The emptiness crowds around her. 131 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - ONE WEEK LATER - DAY 131 The afternoon sun beats against the weathered paint. 132 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 132 The baby shower invitation looms large on the makeup table. Rose wears a slip and unusually big hair. She grabs several outfits from her closet. Oscar watches. ROSE The blue or the flowery? OSCAR The blue. ROSE Good call. Rose slips on the dress and sits to apply mascara. Oscar shuffles out of the bedroom. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 84. 132 CONTINUED: 132 Rose's cell phone rings. She picks up the phone while applying lipstick. ROSE Sunshine Cleaning. INSURANCE GUY (over phone) Hello, this is Henry Schmidt at State Farm. ROSE State Farm? (pause) State Farm! Yes. Hello. INSURANCE GUY (over phone) I spoke with you about a month ago. ROSE Yes! Hi. What can I do for you? INSURANCE GUY (over phone) We've got a house we need to turn around and our regular guys are busy in Santa Fe today. Thought I'd give you all a call. Rose knocks over a bottle of nail polish remover as she grabs a pen and writes down the info. ROSE Great. No problem. Rose hangs up. ROSE Shit, shit, shit. Rose pulls on some panty hose and wrestles with her shoes. ROSE Honey, call grampa. Oscar dials. OSCAR It's busy. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 85. 132 CONTINUED: (2) 132 Rose grabs her purse. Rose and Oscar rush out. A baby shower gift sits forgotten by the door. 133 INT. NORAH'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 133 Norah cradles a phone to her ear and shoves clothes from a box into an old dresser. NORAH Blow off the shower. 133A INT. VAN - AFTERNOON 133A Rose drives the van and talks on her cell phone. Oscar looks tiny in the passenger seat. ROSE I can't I... I RSVPed. INTERCUT PHONE CONVERSATION NORAH So tell him we can't do it. ROSE It's an insurance company. They could throw us a ton of work. This is our in. NORAH So, don't go to the damn baby shower. It's not like you ever even liked Paula. ROSE I promise I'll come straight after the shower and help finish up. 134 EXT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - DAY 134 Rose and Oscar walk up to the house. Rose tries the door but it's locked. She knocks. No answer. An uneasy tension shoots through her. She fumbles for her keys to unlock the door and is hit with a horrible familiar smell. Oscar pinches his nose. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 85A. 134 CONTINUED: 134 OSCAR Pee-ew. ROSE Stay out here. OSCAR Why do I-- (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 86. 134 CONTINUED: (2) 134 ROSE (too sternly) Because I said so. Angry, Oscar sits down on the steps. 135 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 135 The phone next to Joe's Lazy Boy is off the hook. ROSE Dad! Rose walks briskly through the house. Urgency mounts with each step. ROSE Dad! Daddy! Rose throws the bathroom door open in a panic. 136 INT. LORKOWSKI HOUSE - BATHROOM - DAY 136 Joe scoops rotten shrimp from the bathtub with an empty fancy corn canister and dumps them into a garbage can. Rose recoils at the intense smell. JOE I'm busy here. He tries to swing the door shut but Rose stops it. Steps in. ROSE Damn it dad, you scared me. Sweat drips down Joe's face. He continues his labor and avoids looking at Rose. JOE Those snotty restaurant fucks wouldn't buy my shrimp. Some bullshit about health codes or whatever. I don't believe that shit for a second. ROSE God, dad what were you-- He holds up a finger. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 87. 136 CONTINUED: 136 JOE Don't. Don't start with me. (Pause) Bastards completely shut me out. They got their own little cartel. Little restaurant mafia. I bet they screwed with my car too. I wouldn't put it past `em. Bunch of shady mother fuckers. Rose leans against the door and watches her father. A wet slap punctuates each new deposit into the garbage. ROSE I need you to watch Oscar. Another load of slimy shrimp smacks the garbage. JOE I can't. ROSE What do you mean you can't? JOE I can't watch Oscar today Rose. ROSE I'm in a real bind here. JOE Yeah, well it's hard, isn't it? Raising a kid on your own. Try two. 137 EXT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 137 Rose and Oscar get out of the Sentra and march toward the store. 138 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 138 Winston sees Rose and Oscar through the window and returns his attention to the model plane before him. Rose and Oscar enter. WINSTON You look nice. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 87A. 138 CONTINUED: 138 ROSE Thanks. Winston finishes gluing the piece and looks up. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 88. 138 CONTINUED: (2) 138 ROSE I was wondering if Oscar could hang out here for a little while. Winston looks nervous. He looks at Oscar. ROSE I've got this baby shower to go to and Norah's working a job and my dad's incapacitated... Do you mind? WINSTON I guess not. ROSE You're a lifesaver. WINSTON You did your hair different. ROSE You like it? Winston nods. ROSE All right. Be good. I'll pick him up in a few hours when I'm done. Rose leaves. Oscar and Winston are left on their own. Winston forces a smile. Oscar does not reciprocate. Winston turns and walks to the back room. 139 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - BACK ROOM - DAY 139 Winston glues a tiny piece to the model plane. Oscar inches his way over. OSCAR What's that? WINSTON This is a World War Two Mitchell Cannon Nose Bomber. Oscar leans in closer to examine all the tiny pieces. OSCAR You make all these models? Winston nods and points to a teeny plastic strut. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 89. 139 CONTINUED: 139 WINSTON Dab the end of that in the glue. Just a little bit. Oscar carefully dabs the plastic piece in the puddle of glue and hands it to Winston. OSCAR What's that piece for? WINSTON It's a strut. With delicate precision, Winston attaches the piece. OSCAR What's a strut? WINSTON Supports the wing. Oscar examines one of the many completed models. OSCAR Seems like it'd be hard to build models with just one hand. WINSTON It is. 140 EXT. ISOLATED ROAD - AFTERNOON 140 Norah drives the van down a desert road. 140A EXT. DATZMAN-MEAD DRIVEWAY - AFTERNOON 140A Rose pulls the Nissan in. She checks her lipstick in the rearview mirror before getting out and heading to the door. 141 EXT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - AFTERNOON 141 Norah pulls supplies from the van and lugs them to the house. 142 INT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - KITCHEN - AFTERNOON 142 Norah grabs a bottle of OJ from the fridge, checks the expiration and takes a slug. Cat bowls sit in the corner. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 89A. 142 CONTINUED: 142 Norah examines a snapshot on the fridge. A chubby middle-aged woman surrounded by cats. The woman is bald and smiling. Norah spots some incense. She holds a stick to her nose. 143 INT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 143 Norah lights the incense stick and sets it on the dresser next to a little statue of the laughing Buddha. A collection of cat whiskers sits in the Buddha's lap. Evidence of death soils the bed. Books crowd the night stand. Living with Breast Cancer, Foods That Fight Cancer, and Coming to Terms With Death. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 90. 143 CONTINUED: 143 Norah rolls out plastic sheeting and prepares the room. 144 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - GREAT ROOM - AFTERNOON 144 The room titters with wannabe country clubbers. They nibble appetizers around a pastel tower of gifts. Rose lifts a cheese puff to her mouth. She's flanked by Paula and a MOUSEY WOMAN in a pink dress and matching pink pumps. MOUSEY So Rose, what are you doing? Are you still cleaning houses? PAULA Rose has gone into real estate. MOUSEY Really? ROSE Actually, I own my own business. MOUSEY A real estate business? ROSE No. It's a biohazard removal and crime scene clean up service. It's a growth niche industry right now � highly technical and competitive. MOUSEY What does that mean � biohazard removal whatever? ROSE A lot of times, when somebody dies, it can be kind of, you know, messy. So, we go in and clean up all that left over mess. Make sure that the area is clean and sanitary. Paula and Mousy exchange a glance infused with disgust. ROSE People just don't understand the health and safety risks involved in disposing of biological material like blood and body fluids. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 91. 144 CONTINUED: 144 PAULA Oh my God. ROSE Course, we have a whole arsenal of disinfectants and um... professional techniques. Like I said, it's a highly technical and professional operation with a whole complicated, you know... methodology behind it. Pleased with herself, Rose grabs another cheese puff. ROSE Real growth industry. MOUSEY I can't imagine. You like doing it? ROSE Yeah. Rose stops. She hadn't thought about whether she liked it. ROSE I do. We come into the lives of people who have just experienced something so sad and profound. They've lost somebody. The circumstances are different but that's the same. As Rose talks, her whole demeanor changes. Relaxes. That brittle, self conscious edge dissipates. ROSE And we help them. In this one small way... we help. Rose is lost in her thoughts. Something profound is shifting. MOUSEY Sounds horrible to me. PAULA I believe I'd vomit. 145 INT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 145 Norah stuffs bedding in biohazard bags and wraps the mattress in plastic sheeting. A fan clanks at the window. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 92. 145 CONTINUED: 145 Norah struggles to get the wrapped mattress though the door. It tips and Norah bangs her hand against the door frame. NORAH Shit. The incense falls from the dresser. Norah finally muscles the mattress through the doorway. 146 EXT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - AFTERNOON 146 Norah drags the mattress to the driveway. A wisp of smoke curls from the window behind her. As Norah rubs her injured hand, she hears the teeniest MEOW rise from the bushes. She investigates. A little orange fluff ball at the base of some box hedges looks up with big startled eyes. Norah smiles. NORAH Oh my God, you're the cutest thing ever. Did you get left behind? The kitten answers with a pitiful raspy sound that passes for a meow. Norah is powerless to resist. NORAH It's okay. As Norah leans down to pick up the kitten, it darts from the bushes and heads toward the road. NORAH No, no, no. Norah chases the frightened kitty across the street and disappears behind a house. After a moment, Norah emerges from behind the house. She coos at the small kitten cradled in her arms, then looks up. An expression of horror and disbelief sweep over her. Norah runs toward the house. 147 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - GREAT ROOM - AFTERNOON 147 A PEPPY WOMAN with the enthusiasm of a game show contestant stands on a stool and waves her arms. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 93. 147 CONTINUED: 147 PEPPY Okay, ladies. For our first game we've taken five different kinds of candy bars and melted them in these diapers. MOUSEY Oh I love this game. PEPPY You all can-- Somewhere a cell phone rings. The peppy woman stops and looks at Rose. Rose digs into her purse and pulls out the offending phone. She checks caller ID. It's Norah. She cuts it off. ROSE Sorry. Rose forces a smile at Peppy who motions for someone to start distributing the diapers. PEPPY You can look, smell and taste. The first to identify all five correctly wins! 148 INT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - BEDROOM - AFTERNOON 148 Flames shoot up around the dresser and gobble a curtain. Norah slaps a towel at the flames with one hand and holds a phone with the other. ROSE (over the phone) Hello, you've reached Sunshine Cleaning. You're call is very important to us so... NORAH FUCK! Norah snaps the phone shut and continues slapping back the flames. 149 INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - GREAT ROOM - AFTERNOON 149 Rose watches with a detached expression as Floral clad women stick their noses in the brown goo of the diapers. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 94. 149 CONTINUED: 149 It hits Rose that she does not belong here. And for the first time, she does not want to belong here. She turns to Paula. ROSE You know what? I... uh...Actually, there's somewhere I need to be. PAULA Oh nooo! You can't leave now. We're just starting the games. ROSE Yeah. Well... (smiles and nods) Yeah. Rose stands and weaves her way through the throng of Stepford moms. Relief sweeps across her face as she nears the door. 150 INT. ROSE'S CAR - EVENING 150 Rose drives as the sun sinks into the desert landscape. 151 EXT. LAUGHING BUDDHA HOUSE - NIGHT 151 Rose pulls up near the fire trucks and still smoldering house. Rose steps from the car with an expression of horror. Fear grips her as she scans the area for her sister. Then she sees Norah, sitting in the van across the street. Headphones on. Kitten curled up in her lap. Rose marches over but Norah doesn't notice her until she raps on the window. Norah pulls off her headphones, opens the door and slides out of the van. NORAH It was an accident. Rose's mouth slackens as her mind stumbles over the probable consequences of the scene before her. ROSE Oh my God, what have you done? NORAH It was an accident. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 95. 151 CONTINUED: 151 ROSE How does this happen? Huh? How do you burn down a house, Norah? Jesus fucking Christ! NORAH Jesus Rose, Calm down. Rose throws her keys at Norah. Norah turns to shield the kitten. The keys thump her arm. Norah eyes her sister. So that's how it's gonna be. NORAH Well, if you had been here to help me but no, you're off desperately trying to impress stupid high school people who don't even matter. Prove to your old cheerleading squad that you're not this huge loser. If you had been here doing your job it wouldn't have happened. So don't try to put all this on me. Norah's denial of responsibility knocks the wind from Rose. ROSE This is on you. You did this. You set a fucking house on fire! You. NORAH Oh, go ahead and play the martyr. It's like your favorite thing. ROSE I can't believe I was so stupid to think that you could handle a little bit of responsibility. NORAH I am so sick of all your holier than thou bullshit. Why don't you take a look at you're own life, huh? You're a real inspiration. ROSE Well maybe if I didn't have to take care of everybody in this family. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 96. 151 CONTINUED: (2) 151 NORAH Fuck you. I'm done being your excuse. Norah, filthy with soot, turns and walks away from Rose, the fire and everything. The kitten clings to her shirt. ROSE Oh that's great. Turn everything to shit and then walk away. Without turning or breaking her stride, Norah flips off Rose. Rose leans down and picks up her keys, then turns and watches the firemen hose down the house. 152 EXT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - NIGHT 152 Rose, looking worse for wear, tries to open the door but the store is closed and the door is locked. ROSE Great. She bangs on the glass doors. 153 INT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - NIGHT 153 Winston walks from the back room and opens the door. WINSTON Long baby shower. ROSE I'm sorry, I... everything's horrible. Rose is about to break. WINSTON Oscar's asleep in back. ROSE Norah's ruined everything. She burnt down a house. A client's house. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 97. 153 CONTINUED: 153 WINSTON Yeah. ROSE You know? WINSTON Carl told me. ROSE How does he...? Realization slaps. ROSE That's just great. We burnt down a client's house. How do you get around that? WINSTON Insurance? Rose shrugs. ROSE I figured we'd wait and get the better rate once I got certified. WINSTON Didn't you go to that? Rose doesn't respond. She slowly blinks and lets her new reality ooze over her. ROSE There's not a lot I'm really good at, you know. Winston looks at Rose. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 98. 153 CONTINUED: (2) 153 ROSE Really. I'm good at getting guys to want me. Not date or marry me. But want me. I've always been good at that. Winston looks away. ROSE And cheering. I was pretty good at that too. WINSTON Cheering is good. ROSE Yeah. Not as marketable as you'd think. Winston smiles. 154 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT 154 Smoke slinks from a cigarette on the makeshift ashtray. Rose looks up to see Oscar in his PJs, one arm tucked in his shirt, the sleeve dangling empty. Rose musters a smile. ROSE You brush your teeth? Oscar nods, kisses her good night. Rose watches him walk to his room and takes a drag from her cigarette. There's a knock at the door. 155 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 155 Rose looks through the peep hole and sees Mac fidgeting outside. She takes a step from the door and freezes. Mac knocks again. 156 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 156 Mac looks at the unresponsive door with irritation. He shifts his weight and jangles some change in his pocket. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 99. 157 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 157 Rose leans against the wall with eyes closed. MAC (O.S.) Rose? She takes a breath, opens her eyes, then opens the door. MAC Hey beautiful. Mac smiles for the both of them. MAC I was starting to think you were on a date or something. Rose looks at him like he's speaking a foreign language. MAC You okay? Rose nods. ROSE Long day. MAC Can I come in? ROSE It's not really a good time. Mac sags a bit. Then rallies. Flexes an eyebrow. MAC I got you something. Mac pulls a small gold box from his pocket and presents it to Rose. The top is engraved with her initials. MAC It's for your business cards. You put `em in there and, I don't know... impress people. He laughs at the silliness of the whole concept. ROSE It's beautiful. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 100. 157 CONTINUED: 157 Rose stares at the small shiny box. It seems to make her sad. MAC You don't like it? ROSE No, I like it very much. Rose looks up and Mac senses something bad is coming his way. ROSE It's just this thing we're doing. MAC Come on, let's not do that. But Rose is resolute. She looks Mac in the eye. ROSE I don't want this anymore. Disbelief gives way to the unpleasant understanding. MAC So that's it? Rose gives an almost imperceptible nod. Mac tries hard to ignore the rising slurry of hurt and anger. MAC That's it then. Mac hesitates, hoping for a last minute reprieve. Finally, he nods and Rose watches him walk away. 158 INT. ALBUQUERQUE BLOOD SERVICES � ONE WEEK LATER - DAY 158 Norah steps off the elevator. People in white coats walk past her, bump into her. Norah spots Lynn. Lynn sees Norah and looks away. GUY IN WHITE COAT (O.S.) Is this your first time donating? Norah turns to the GUY IN THE WHITE COAT addressing her. He holds a clipboard. NORAH No. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 101. 158 CONTINUED: 158 GUY IN WHITE COAT Can I get your name? NORAH I need to talk to Lynn. Lynn approaches. LYNN She can't donate. You can't donate. She points to a sign indicating how often people can donate. LYNN Forty-eight days. It's not been forty-eight days. NORAH Why are you acting like this? Why haven't you called me back. LYNN Listen, I just, don't think you're the kind of person I need to be hanging out with right now. NORAH What's that supposed to mean? LYNN Do I really need to spell it out? Norah stands stunned. Sad. Blank. She pulls the packet of photos out of her bag and holds them out to Lynn. NORAH Here. Lynn takes the packet. As she walks back to the reclining blood donors she tosses the photos in a trash can. A smiling Korean woman gives Norah a cup of juice and puts an `I gave blood today' sticker on her chest. 159 EXT. TINGLEY PARK- DAY 159 Joe sits on a bench near the pond with his feet propped up on a canister of Fancy Corn. He reaches into the open canister next to him and pulls out a handful of gourmet corn. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 101A. 159 CONTINUED: 159 A few pieces land in his mouth, the remainder he tosses to a flotilla of ducks. Joe smiles as the greedy little bastards squabble over his offering. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 102. 160 EXT. CLEANING SUPPLY STORE - DAY 160 Rose and Oscar struggle to unload the super wet-vac from the van. Other equipment litters pavement around the van. Winston records serial numbers onto a clipboard. WINSTON I'm sure I can turn this stuff around pretty quick. ROSE Thanks. For everything. OSCAR Are you coming to my party? Awkward moment. Rose looks from Oscar to Winston. ROSE We're going to Hinkle's Saturday for Oscar's birthday. It'd be great if you came. WINSTON Sounds like a blast. Rose smiles at the sincere enthusiasm in Winston's voice. 161 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - BATHROOM - NIGHT 161 Rose steps out of the shower and wraps her hair in a towel. As she walks past the mirror she plucks off the affirmation note and tosses it in the trash. 162 INT. HINKLE'S RESTAURANT - A FEW DAYS LATER - DAY 162 Rose, Oscar, Joe and Winston sit in a carnival like restaurant. Oscar opens a gift in the shape of a binocular case. He beams with anticipation. Oscar snaps open the case and pulls out the old familiar pair of binoculars. Rose looks disappointed. Oscar looks confused. JOE That other pair we looked at, full of gadgets and gimmicks. (MORE) (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 103. 162 CONTINUED: 162 JOE (cont'd) They just didn't have the heft you want in a pair of lenses. No weight. No history. Oscar nods. Joe points to the old binoculars. JOE These here are the real deal. I want you to have them. Oscar smiles. Rose shakes her head. It's not like she didn't see this coming. But still. ROSE Dad, you promised him those others. From the store. He's been talking about it for weeks. Joe looks at Rose with new found confidence. JOE No Rose, I want to him to have these. Winston eyes the binoculars. WINSTON Wow, is that an old Zeiss? Joe nods. WINSTON Porro prism? Joe nods full of pride. JOE Eight by thirty Jenoptems. No marks on the objectives. Perfect bloom. Winston looks at Oscar. WINSTON You got yourself some classic binoculars there. Norah walks in. NORAH Sorry I'm late. Norah noogies Oscar and drops a gift in front of him. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 103A. 162 CONTINUED: (2) 162 NORAH (to Winston) Hey. Norah kisses Joe on the cheek and ignores Rose. Rose gets up. JOE Where are you going? Rose walks to the bathroom. 163 INT. HINKLE'S RESTAURANT - LADIES ROOM - DAY 163 Rose splashes water on her face. Norah walks in and leans against the counter. Rose makes no sign of acknowledgement. Norah grabs some paper towel and holds it out for her sister. NORAH Winston cleans up pretty good. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 104. 163 CONTINUED: 163 Rose isn't biting. She doesn't even look at Norah. She leans past Norah and gets her own paper towel. Norah tries again. NORAH I read somewhere that beauty is really all about symmetry. Like having eyes the same size and all that. (pause) So, you know, when you factor that in he's like, hot. Rose won't play. She dabs her face and ignores Norah. Norah walks to the door, starts to leave, then turns around. NORAH Listen, I know I fucked up, okay? Like really huge and I know that and I'm sorry, okay? It's a bullshit apology. More defensive than sincere. Just the thing that pushes Rose's buttons. ROSE God, that drives me crazy! That whole `Oh, I'm sorry, I'm just a big fuck up' routine. Like that's a legitimate excuse. Norah's defensiveness loosens its grip. She steps towards Rose. This is hard for her. Sincerity is not her strong suit. NORAH I really am sorry. But it really isn't all my fault, Rose. ROSE I think there's something wrong with you. The way your brain works. I mean, what the hell? It's like you can't be trusted with anything. You just screw around all the time like it's all a big fucking game. It wasn't a game, Norah. We're not all just here for your amusement. You should have been paying attention. You should have been focused on the job. Rose finally hears herself. It's all the same old stuff. She grinds to a stop. She knows it wasn't all Norah's fault. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 104A. 163 CONTINUED: (2) 163 NORAH You finished? (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 105. 163 CONTINUED: (3) 163 ROSE I know. I should have been there. NORAH What are you going to do now? ROSE I got some ideas. I was thinking maybe we could-- Norah shakes her head. NORAH I've got my own ideas. Rose nods. As they exit, she turns to Norah. ROSE So, you really think he's hot? NORAH Winston? No. 164 INT. HINKLE'S RESTAURANT - DAY 164 Rose and Norah return from the bathroom. Joe eyeballs the girls in silent appraisal of the situation. Seems okay. NORAH You gonna open my present? Oscar opens the package of fake tattoos. OSCAR Cool. NORAH The guy said that if you're careful they'll last a whole month. And these aren't stupid kiddie unicorns and shit. They're all based on classic biker designs. Oscar picks up one of the tattoos. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 106. 164 CONTINUED: 164 OSCAR Cool. ROSE What's that say? NORAH Li'l bastard. Rose looks at Norah. ROSE Cool. Oscar slips his arm out of his sleeve and inside his shirt and stares at Winston admiringly. Rose whispers in Oscar's ear and he pulls his arm back into his sleeve. NORAH I'm thinking of taking a road trip. JOE Where? Shrug. ROSE How? NORAH Haven't worked it all out yet. I was thinking I could maybe take the van. Rose shakes her head. ROSE I'm selling the van. JOE Don't sell the van. ROSE Have to. Can't afford the payment. JOE No, listen... just don't sell the van. Rose forces a smile and examines her pizza. She can't watch her father cling to another impotent dream. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 107. 164 CONTINUED: (2) 164 JOE Just don't sell the van yet. Okay? Oscar slowly retracts his arm again. With his remaining arm he lifts the binoculars to his face. JOE Rose tells me you make models. WINSTON Yeah. JOE Any money in that? WINSTON Not really. The wait staff begins to sing a birthday song. 165 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - OSCAR'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 165 Rose quietly kisses Oscar's forehead and pulls up the covers. She turns and steals another look before shutting the door. 166 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 166 Rose sizes up her stack of unopened bills. She opens one, sighs, sets it aside. She moves on to the next one. The TV flickers blue light into the room. Rose stops and looks at the TV. 167 INT. NORAH'S APARTMENT - BEDROOM - NIGHT 167 The phone wakes Norah. She fumbles for the receiver. NORAH What? ROSE (over the phone) Turn your TV on. Channel sixty- five. Norah clicks on the TV and watches slack-jawed as a WAITRESS hands menus to two hard nosed detectives. One of the TV DETECITVES looks up and smiles. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 108. 167 CONTINUED: 167 TV DETECTIVE What's good? TV WAITRESS/MOTHER I recommend the pecan pie. Norah focuses on the flicker light of the TV. 168 INT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 168 As if in a dream Rose watches the image of her mother disappear off screen. She smiles. 169 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - NIGHT 169 Rose walks toward the van with a trash bag that swishes with each step. She takes one last look, then peels the Sunshine Cleaning door magnet off and drops it into the trash bag. She crawls into the front seat and tosses empty pop cans and candy bar wrappers into the trash bag. A faint sound nags at her. She looks up to see the CB on. Soft white static fills the van. Rose sits a long moment before taking the handset. ROSE Hello? Mom? Rose stops and looks around self-consciously before resuming. ROSE Oscar turned eight today. We had this whole big thing at Hinkle's. Winston came. After dinner Oscar and Norah got a high score on Centipede and put in ASS as their initials and got in trouble by the manager. (Pause) I don't know if you're in heaven or what. But you're not here and that's too bad for you `cuz you've missed out. You've missed out on some really great stuff. GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 109. 170 EXT. ROSE'S HOUSE - TWO MONTHS LATER - DAY 170 Rose pulls up in her Sentra. The Molly Maid magnet is back on the door and she's in her Molly Maid uniform. She gets out and sees Joe sitting on the steps to her house. ROSE Dad? JOE There's something I wanted to talk to you about. Rose pulls a vacuum cleaner from her car. ROSE Okay. JOE Well, I was wondering if I could move in with you and Oscar. ROSE What? JOE Just temporarily - until I find a place. ROSE You lost the house. Oh my god, you lost the house. Dad how could you lose the house? JOE I didn't lose the house. I sold the house. There's this business opportunity-- ROSE Not shrimp I hope. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 110. 170 CONTINUED: 170 JOE It's not just some get rich quick scheme. And I got a partner who has experience. I'd learn from her. Rose's edge softens slightly. She's listening now. Joe points to where the newly painted Econo van is parked. In bold cursive: LORKOWSKI CLEANING. Underneath in smaller letters: SPECIALIZING IN BIOHAZARD REMOVAL SINCE 1963. ROSE Nineteen sixty-three? JOE Don't make a big deal out of it. ROSE Dad. JOE It's a business lie, not a real lie. ROSE I can live with that. JOE And you'd be the boss. ROSE Thank you. 171 EXT. OPEN ROAD - MONTE CARLO - DAY 171 With windows down, Norah drives across an open landscape. She glances at a wind battered map. A highlighted route cuts across the country. Destination - California. Norah bobs her head to the radio, sucks on a slurpee. She holds her arm out the window and lets her hand surf the wind. 172 OMITTED 172 173 EXT. CATHOLIC SCHOOL - SCHOOL YARD - DAY 173 Oscar, in a Catholic school uniform, holds binoculars to his face. He watches a scrawny girl across the school yard. (CONTINUED) GREEN REVISION 3/5/07 111. 173 CONTINUED: 173 The girl ties a strand of hair to her pigtail then loops the invisible strand over a pencil. She glances over to Oscar. Oscar doesn't flinch. With school girl slight of hand, the pigtail rises and falls. It is a magical, flirtatious pigtail greeting. Oscar lowers the binoculars and pulls his sleeve up to reveal the Lil' Bastard tattoo. The girl smiles. Oscar smiles. 174 INT. GORILLA FOUNDATION - ONE MONTH LATER - DAY 174 Norah walks down a corridor. The kitten clings to her. She turns the corner and walks though a set of doors to what looks to be a play room. Blocks and brightly colored plastic toys litter the ground. Sitting in the middle of the play area is an enormous black gorilla. KOKO. She turns her massive head and looks at Norah. KOKO (captions) I have a tooth ache. KoKo responds with thick hands. NORAH (captions) Me too. Norah smiles. 175 EXT. ALBUQUERQUE - DAY 175 The Lorkowski Cleaning van merges on the freeway interchange and spirals up the tangle of rust and turquoise ramps. FADE OUT.