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THE LUNCHROOM Episode Four "See How They Run" Teleplay by Steven Cameron Story by Bruce Snyder Created by Bruce Snyder EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Bruce Snyder EXECUTIVE PRODUCER Vincent Biga STORY EDITOR Melinda Waterman CONSULTING PRODUCER Edward Drogos CONSULTING PRODUCER Max Majernik CAST LIST Will Cooper................................. Joel Mayberry............................... Brian Vandele............................... Brock Warner................................ Reicther.................................... Casey Jennings.............................. Chris Hughes................................ Stacy Cifaretto............................. Ellen Conner................................ Cathy Phenis................................ Mr. John Parker............................. GUEST CAST LIST Officer Cox................................. Alfred Green................................ David Simon................................. Mark Fontana................................ Toby Ehrlich................................ Eamonn Truman............................... Ryan O'Malley............................... Officer #1.................................. Officer #2.................................. Old Man..................................... Old Woman................................... Copyright © Bruce Snyder TEASER FADE IN: EXT. STREET - NIGHT Reicther and Joel walk down the street, people in cars passing by watch them. JOEL I don't know if we should be doing this. REICTHER Don't be such a coward, it's all in good fun. Besides, if we don't do it now, they will do it to us tomorrow. Joel looks at him. REICTHER (CONT'D) These practical jokes have a window of opportunity and the longer we wait the more this window closes. He uses his hands and pretends to close a window. JOEL Oh, I get it but what did they do to us? REICTHER Nothing yet. He, who strikes first, strikes hardest. JOEL I don't think that's right. REICTHER Everything I say is right! Now stop questioning me. Are you an FBI interrogator or something? JOEL Well, no. Reicther and Joel walk up to Brian's house. JOEL (CONT'D) So is Brian going to help us? REICTHER Nope...he's the target. JOEL Target? REICTHER We're going to spray paint his car ...Picture this. Reicther puts his hands in a television-esqe square around the car and looks back at Joel who looks back at him confused. REICTHER (CONT'D) A rainbow print all over his car. JOEL Come on; let's just get out of here. Look at this piece of shit, gray, beat up, probably rat infested, it seems like having to drive around in it everyday is punishment enough. Don't you think? Reicther sighs. REICTHER Silly Joel. What do you know anyway? JOEL That this is a bad idea and we're going to get caught. REICTHER Please, this isn't the movies and we're doing it. JOEL I'm not doing it. REICTHER Fine you little girl, I'll do it myself. Reicther walks up to the garage and disappears around the side of the house. JOEL (Whispers) Where are you going? He looks around nervously and a few moments pass, Reicther walks back on screen with an armful of spray paint cans. JOEL (CONT'D) Come on, let's just get out of here. He starts painting and Joel looks around nervously again. REICTHER This is the best prank ever. Even Stevie Wonder could see this is the best. Joel shakes his head, Reicther laughs as he begins quickly spray painting the hood and sides. INT. HOUSE - NIGHT An OLD COUPLE watch the two outside with spray paint by the car. OLD MAN Damned hooligans. OLD WOMAN We should call the police. OLD MAN Yes dear, I'll call them right away. The Old Man goes over to the phone watching the two kids, the Old Woman watches him with angry eyes. OLD WOMAN Do it. OLD MAN I will, I will. The Old Man lifts the phone and dials. EXT. STREET - NIGHT Reicther finishes his rainbow collage and stops to admire his work. JOEL Now can we go? Reicther ignores him; they both have missed an approaching police car until the lights start to spin. Joel runs off into the backyard and Reicther stands frozen in the same spot looking at the car. Two officers get out of the car with gun drawn pointing at Reicther. OFFICER 1 Down on the ground! Now! Reicther drops to the ground, the two officers cuff him and sit him up. REICTHER I am so sorry officers; this is my friend's car and I...I was just playing a joke on him. He starts to fake cry toward them, they ignore him. OFFICER 1 (Into radio) We're bringing him in, he's drunk. OFFICER 2 The guys down at lock-up are going to enjoy you. The officer's laugh at Reicther's expense, Reicther musters a smile as they pull him to his feet. REICTHER I'll be out by midnight. OFFICER 1 Its 12:30 better get a move on then. Reicther checks his watch; it's stuck at 11:00. REICTHER Dang, I just bought this last week. OFFICER 2 Well, you know what they say; Timex is the king and all the rest suck. REICTHER That didn't even rhyme... They toss him in the back seat; Officer 2 holds the door open. OFFICER 2 It wasn't supposed to. He slams the door shut. SMASH CUT TO: OPENING CREDIT SEQUENCE: Marvin Gaye's "Ain't That Peculiar" plays over the credits. AFTER CREDITS: INT. POLICE STATION - NIGHT Reicther walks into the police station with an officer holding his shoulder. REICTHER What about my phone call? I get a phone call, don't I? The officer smiles in his general direction. OFFICER COX Of course you do son. The officer points him to a payphone and tosses him a quarter, Reicther hurries to the phone and dials. JOEL (O.S.) Hello? REICTHER Dude, you have to come get me. JOEL (O.S.) I don't know if I can afford bail. REICTHER You mean I have to post bail? JOEL (O.S.) You didn't know that? REICTHER Well yes but I thought that was for serious offenses. JOEL (O.S.) Well what you did was a serious offense unless Brian doesn't press charges which I doubt he will. REICTHER I don't think he was home. JOEL (O.S.) Then you're screwed for the night... I'll call the guys and see if they have any cash. REICTHER Okay thanks. JOEL (O.S.) See you on the outside. (Laughs) Don't become anybody's bitch overnight. He bursts out laughing on the other end. REICTHER Hurry it up, I'm seriously on edge here. JOEL (O.S.) I hear you. The line goes dead, the officer joins Reicther. OFFICER COX So is anyone coming to pick you up? REICTHER Yes, No. My parents are out of town and for some reason Brian, the guy who owns the car isn't home either so... OFFICER COX So you'll go into lockup for the night with the rest of the hooligans. (Beat) They might like you, it has been awhile since they had a young one but luckily for you I'm on night watch so you should be safe. He grabs Reicther and leads him down the hall towards a large prison cell. REICTHER What do you mean "should"? Reicther is brought up in front of the cell, inside the cell are 6 men. ALFRED GREEN, 35 and in a wheelchair. DAVID SIMON, 28, a large muscular man. He grabs Alfred's chair and starts pushing him around in circles. ALFIE I'll shank you if you one of these days you fucking bastard!. DAVID Come on Alfie shank me, unless you're not man enough anymore. MARK FONTANA, 25, a good looking fit man with black hair stops David from pushing Alfie. MARK What's wrong with you David? Pick on me. David scoffs, looks him over and walks away. ALFIE Thank you Fontana but I don't need your pity, I can defend myself. MARK I know. Mark walks back over to the bench and sits down. TOBY EHRLICH, 30, a skinny pale looking man with big glasses sits down beside EAMONN TRUMAN, 38, wears a skull cap and has a bushy beard. TOBY Hey Eamonn, you're a minister, right? EAMONN At one time, I was yes. TOBY Can you teach me faith? I watched Oz and noticed that the black guy on there taught the white man the ways of the Koran. EAMONN It is possible my brother for any man to learn the ways of my people but how far are you willing to go? Toby looks at him, scratches his head and looks at the book. TOBY As far as I must to be with God in the afterlife. EAMONN I haven't seen a women in about two weeks, would you dress up for me and dance? TOBY Yeah sure. It's this easy to become spiritual? EAMONN Of course, God loves homosexual men and men who are willing to sacrifice for their God. Eamonn smiles at Toby who just looks at him. RYAN O'MALLEY, 24, wearing a green shirts sneaks up behind Alfie's wheelchair. He begins going through his wallet when Alfie spins around and grabs Ryan by the throat. ALFIE Trying to take advantage of an old crippled man are we? Where are your lucky charms now you Irish fuck! RYAN (Choking, coughing) Such hate old man, let go. Alfie lets go of his neck and he falls back. ALFIE If you continue your stealing ways I'll beat you to death with your hearts, stars and horseshoe, clovers and balloons. RYAN (under breath) You forgot the pot of gold, dickface. They all look up and see Officer Cox standing outside the cell with Reicther. He pushes Reicther in, locks the door and walks away. OFFICER COX Have fun. Reicther grabs onto the bars and looks out as all the prisoners look at him. Mark walks up to Reicther. MARK Hey kid, how did you get in here? REICTHER I've done some very bad things so if I were you I'd back off before I do those same things to you! MARK Okay killer. You know why I'm here? REICTHER Rape? Mark laughs out loud and hits Reicther on the arm. MARK Nah, I kinda assaulted a police officer. SWIPE TO: INT. MARK'S APARTMENT - EVENING It's a small place with very few pieces of furniture. There's a knock on the door. Mark walks up, in a white tank top holding a beer and answers the door. There are TWO POLICE OFFICERS. OFFICER #1 Sir, stand aside. We're coming in. MARK No your not. Mark SLAMS the door while OFFICER #2's hand is still in the door way. We hear the officer shriek. Mark laughs. He begins to walk away before the door is KICK DOWN. There are now FOUR other POLICE OFFICERS. OFFICER #1 Looks like we are coming in. MARK Oh shit. SMASH CUT TO: INT. PRISON CELL - PRESENT Mark finishes his story. MARK Small time stuff compared to real prison but I guess they deem it enough to be placed here for a few weeks. REICTHER I see. My name is Reicther. MARK Mark. Don't worry about these guys, they won't hurt you. Reicther shakes Mark's hand. REICTHER Am...Am I your bitch now? Mark laughs again this time he walks away. MARK You're funny kid, I like you. Alfie wheels up to him. ALFIE The names Alfie, I'm in here on Pot Possession...For medical use of course. SWIPE TO: EXT. STORE - NIGHT (FLASHBACK) Alfie is sitting in front of the store on the sidewalk. He is smoking POT and laughing his ass off. Suddenly TWO OFFICERS walk up and give him an annoyed look. OFFICER #1 Sir, what are you doing? ALFIE Oh, this? This is... (thinks) For medical purposes. Yeah, that's the ticket. Here, watch. Alfie takes a big puff and stands himself up. ALFIE Oh my God! I can walk again! He tries to move but only collapses onto the sidewalk. He begins giggling. ALFIE Oh man. I thought my legs were fixed. The officers pick him up and begin to carry him away. SMASH CUT TO: INT. PRISON CELL - PRESENT Alfie is still smiling about it. ALFIE Good times. You smoke? REICTHER Um...(lying) yeah. Definitely. ALFIE Hey maybe we can hook each other up on the outside when the other is in need of a little tokie tokie. He winks at him, Reicther seems confused. He then looks around. REICTHER (Whispers) So why are the rest of these guys here? ALFIE (Points to Ryan) That sneaky Irish bastard was caught stealing Lucky Charms at the local Grocery Store. RYAN I stole more then that. ALFIE Whatever you say you Irish mick. SWIPE TO: EXT. GROCERY STORE - NIGHT SIRENS are going off. A CHAIR smashes through the window of the store and Ryan jumps out carrying a grocery bag. Right behind him is a big POLICE OFFICER. After a few seconds of chasing, the Officer finally catches up and HITS Ryan with his police Baton. Ryan falls to the ground, dropping the bag. TWO BAGS of LUCKY CHARMS fall out. The officer begins to laugh. OFFICER Oh the irony. SMASH CUT TO: INT. PRISON CELL - PRESENT Ryan is looking off into nothing. RYAN They are magically delicious. EAMONN (to Reicther) I was arrested for blowing up a racist Christian church. TOBY I thought you were arrested for whipping your dick out to a chick while drunk. EAMONN That's what "they" want you to think. Everyone, except Reicther, gives him a look. Eamonn sighs. EAMONN (embarrassed) It was two ladies. SWIPE TO: EXT. PARK - NIGHT TWO YOUNG FEMALES, both in their early 20's, are walking along a sidewalk inside of a park. Both are minding their own business when Eamonn, drunk and stumbling about, comes up to them. EAMONN (slurred speech) Excuse me ladies, while I whip this out. Eamonn reaches below frame and unzips his pants. The girls look down and begin to laugh. LADY #1 (laughing) Oh my. LADY #2 (laughing) Is that a tootsie roll between your legs or you just happy to see us? Eamonn, embarrassed, quickly zips up and runs away. SMASH CUT TO: INT. PRISON CELL - PRESENT Everyone is chuckling or smiling at Eamonn. EAMONN Do you know how cold it gets around here at night? As everyone continues to laugh, Alfie turns to Toby. ALFIE (Points to Toby) The oddly shaped freak show is here because he's an alcoholic who drives and gets caught unlike the rest of us. SWIPE TO: INT. TOBY'S CAR - NIGHT Toby is at the wheel with a beer in his hands. He's bouncing around, singing along with Paul Simon's "You Can Call Me Al" which blasting out of the radio. TOBY (drunk; singing) "I can call you Betty, and betty when you call me, you can call me Al!" CUT TO: EXT. TOBY' CAR - CONTINUOUS Instead of being on the road, Toby is driving on the SIDEWALK. As he goes along he runs into a few mailboxes and some PEOPLE jump out of his way. SMASH CUT TO: INT. PRISON CELL - PRESENT Toby lets out a small chuckle. TOBY Yeah, I did that. And I'm probably one of the few prisoners that will ever admit that I actually did what I was sent here for doing. DAVID I'll admit what I did. What I did was justice. Everyone turns to David who is drawing a small Nazi symbol on his upper left arm. REICTHER Who's that? ALFIE David Simon. I'd stay away from him, he assaulted a man leaving him paralyzed for life because he was taller than him. SWIPE TO: INT. ALLEY - DAY In the middle of the alley, David is on top of someone continually punching the person. All the while, David is smiling deeply enjoying it. DAVID Three inches does make a difference. A big difference asshole! SMASH CUT TO: INT. JAIL CELL - PRESENT Reicther seems to confused. REICTHER How do you know so much about the assault? Alfie looks down at his legs. ALFIE Because it was me who he nearly killed. SWIPE TO: INT. ALLEY - DAY David gets up from the person he was beating to reveal a very bloody Alfie. ALIFE What's with the numbness of my legs? SMASH CUT TO: INT. PRISON CELL - PRESENT Alfie wheels away leaving Reicther in awe, he glances toward David who looks back. Reicther stands frozen looking at him. DAVID What you looking at boy? Reicther turns away. INT. HOLDING AREA DESKS - NIGHT Officer Cox sits at a desk with his feet up. Another Officer walks on-screen. OFFICER 1 Hey Cox, what's with the new kid? OFFICER COX We're holding him overnight. OFFICER 1 Do you think he should be in there with those men? He doesn't look older than 15 and some of those men might take advantage of him. OFFICER COX Are you questioning my work? Officer Cox gets to his feet, Officer 1 backs up. OFFICER 1 I'm just saying, I trust your judgment. OFFICER COX don't ever question me upon my decisions. Officer Cox sits back down, Officer 1 sits across the desk from him and begins flipping through a book of mug shots. INT. CELL - NIGHT David stands behind Reicther who stares forward. DAVID I seen you looking at me earlier and I don't like it. REICTHER I'm sorry. I didn't mean it - DAVID I think you did or else you wouldn't eye me. Reicther gulps. Ryan walks over to Toby. RYAN I heard you're trying to become spiritual and all that. Ever think of becoming a Christian? TOBY No. RYAN You could choose any religion you wanted and you chose to be a Muslim? TOBY Yes, and your point? RYAN It seems stupid is all, it's like if I went to Australia and tried to be one of them. Toby looks away from him. TOBY Your Irish accent isn't even that believable Ryan and I think you need a tic-tac. Ryan breathes into his hand and smells his own breath. RYAN Whatever, I'm a bloody Irishman and their is nothing you or anyone else can do about it. Ryan breathes on Toby for a long moment and walks away. Alfie rolls up to Mark and hits his shin with his chair. ALFIE I'm really hungry, you? MARK A bit, over the years I've learned to conserve my energy. ALFIE I think if they don't feed us soon we should eat Toby, look at him, he's skinny and fresh. Alfie licks his lips, Mark pats him on the back. MARK Trust me friend, we won't have to make that decision. ALFIE I'm against cannibalism but the strongest need to survive. MARK Then why wouldn't we eat you? ALFIE Because that guys all pale and looks sickly, my legs don't work but I still am a strong old bastard. David smacks Reicther in the back of the head repeatedly. DAVID Can you hear me boy? Huh, can you? Reicther looks forward taking the abuse, David continues to slap him. DAVID (CONT'D) I know you know I'm here so turn around and face me. David forcefully turns Reicther to look at him, Reicther closes his eyes tight. REICTHER (to himself) Happy place. Go to my happy place. DAVID (CONT'D) Fight back boy. David punches Reicther in the stomach forcing him to fall to the ground. Mark approaches behind David and turns him. REICTHER My happy place doesn't usually sucker punch me. MARK What is wrong with you? DAVID Come on hero, you want some? David swings at him, Mark ducks and punches him in the ribs. MARK The guards will beat us if we fight, just stop. David swings again and Mark dodges hitting him in the ribs. DAVID I'm tired of your attitude, all of you. Everyone looks at him, Mark helps Reicther up. Officer Cox walks down the hallway. OFFICER COX What's all of the commotion? DAVID Nothing officer, we're just getting acquainted better. OFFICER COX I don't trust you but I guess everything looks fine. Don't make me come back here though or someone will regret it. Officer Cox walks away. David turns back to Mark. DAVID You're dead motherfucker. He walks toward him, Alfie sneaks up behind him and pulls out a hand made knife. He jabs it into his side multiple times before stopping, David falls to his knees and than face first to the ground. MARK Jesus Christ Alfie, what are you doing? ALFIE I'm sorry, I don't know what came over me. TOBY My God. You just killed a man! ALFIE (scoffs) What are they going to do? Send me to jail? MARK Okay We have to hide the body, at least until morning. RYAN No way I'm covering for you two, you treat me bad. MARK We're all in this together, accessories to murder or at least that's what I'll tell the officers. Mark grabs his arms, Eamonn grabs his legs and they move him over to the bench. FADE TO: INT. HOLDING AREA DESKS - MORNING Officer Cox sits behind the desk, Officer 1 stretches and checks his watch. OFFICER COX I haven't heard anything from the goof troop lately, better go check on them. OFFICER 1 I think I'll go out and get some food, you want anything? OFFICER COX Coffee. Officer 1 smiles and walks off, the phone rings. INT. CELL - MORNING Alfie sits on the opposite side of the room, Mark walks over to him. ALFIE I can't believe I did that. MARK It's okay, he was a bad man and maybe he didn't deserve to die but he was going to hurt Reicther. ALFIE I know but revenge is all I could think about, I just felt like someone else when I stabbed him. Footsteps in the hallway approach, Mark and Alfie quickly run over and sit around David. Officer Cox walks on-screen and looks at them. OFFICER COX Why are we all so friendly? ALFIE We're getting to know each other. OFFICER COX I see. He eyes them all, they all smile back at him. OFFICER COX (CONT'D) Okay well, Mr. Reicther you've posted bail and are free to go. REICTHER Really? You serious? OFFICER COX Serious as a heart attack. Officer Cox opens the doors, Reicther turns to Mark. MARK Goodbye. They shake hands, he goes around shaking everyone's hand before walking toward the door. ALFIE Try to do some good in the world young man. REICTHER You too. Reicther leaves, Officer Cox locks the cell back up. Ryan sneaks over to David's body and steals his shoes. EXT. POLICE STATION - DAY Reicther walks out with Joel. REICTHER I hate you so much for leaving in there! I watched a guy get killed. JOEL Oh quit with the exaggerations. I'm sorry but I don't have that kind of money and neither did any of the gang. REICTHER I'm still angry about - A car with colorful spray paint obscenities sits in front of Reicther and Joel. JOEL Brian had his fun and we paid for ours. Reicther smiles. REICTHER I paid, you ran like a little girl. Reicther and Joel get into the car and pull off. FADE OUT. END OF EPISODE
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