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                          50/50 (I'M WITH CANCER)
                        


                               Written by
                              Will Reiser
                        
                        
                        
                        
                                                              7/2/08
         FADE IN:
                        
         OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE
                        
                        
         EXT. SAN DIEGO - DAY
                        
         It's another picture perfect day in San Diego. The beaches,
         golf courses, and yacht clubs are packed with hundreds of
         rapturous citizens.
                        
                        
         EXT. BUS STOP - DAY
                        
         A BUS pulls up and unloads it's passengers.
                        
         We follow ADAM SCHWARTZ(25), a kind faced, mild mannered,
         pragmatist - who despite his youth has the cynicism of an old
         man. He steps off the bus, crosses the street and approaches
         MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL.
                        
                        
         INT. MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL - DAY
                        
         Adam enters the Hospital. The mood is calm. All the chaos one
         would expect to find in a hospital of this size is tucked
         away behind the sterile and monochrome walls.
                        
         Adam walks to the reception counter. The RECEPTIONIST is
         engrossed with the latest edition of US Weekly. She ignores
         Adam who just stands there awkwardly, unsure of what to do.
                        
         Adam gives out a small cough to grab her attention. The
         Receptionist keeps her eyes fixed on her magazine.
                        
                         RECEPTIONIST
          Can I help you?
                        
                         ADAM
          I have an appointment.
                        
                         RECEPTIONIST
          Name?
                        
                         ADAM
          Adam Schwartz.
                        
         The Receptionist says nothing. Adam stands silent, not
         knowing what to do. He coughs again.
                        
         Annoyed, the Receptionist looks up but says nothing.
          2.
                        
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
                         (CONFUSED)
          Um, am I supposed to go somewhere?
                        
         With her eyes the Receptionist points to the waiting area.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Oh, should I go sit?
                        
         The Receptionist rolls her eyes and returns to her magazine.
                        
         Adam looks around the empty waiting room. He takes a seat and
         browses through a dozen outdated magazines: Highlights, Time,
         Life, Modern Maternity, etc. Only moments later, as though he
         hadn't just introduced himself, the Receptionist calls out:
                        
                         RECEPTIONIST
          Adam Schwartz.
                        
         Adam looks around the waiting room. There's no one else
         there. Again the receptionist calls out again -
                        
                         RECEPTIONIST (CONT'D)
          Adam Schwartz.
                        
                         ADAM
          Yeah, that's me.
                        
                         RECEPTIONIST
          Follow me.
                        
         The Receptionist leads Adam to a small changing room and
         hands him a hospital gown.
                        
                         RECEPTIONIST (CONT'D)
          Put this on.
                        
                         ADAM
          Do I need to take off all my
          clothes?
                        
         The Receptionist stares blankly at Adam.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          I'll figure it out.
                        
         The Receptionist leaves. Adam awkwardly undresses and slips
         on the hospital gown. Unsure which end of the gown is the
         front, Adam adjusts the garment a few times until he decides
         he has it right.
                        
         Adam pulls back the curtain of the changing room to find
         JOANNE, an overly cheery nurse.
          3.
                        
                        
                         NURSE JOANNE
          Hi Adam, my name is Joanne, so nice
          to meet you.
                        
         Adam scratches his chest, the hospital gown is beginning to
         irritate his skin.
                        
                         ADAM
          You don't happen to have anything
          in a cotton blend?
                        
                         NURSE JOANNE
                         (LAUGHS)
          Cotton. You're funny.
                        
         Joanne hands Adam a giant specimen cup marked with a thick
         yellow line.
                        
          NURSE JOANNE (CONT'D)
          Now I'm going to need you to fill
          this cup with urine. You think you
          can do that?
                        
                         ADAM
          You want me to fill this entire
          cup.
                        
                         JOANNE
          Yup.
                        
         Adam looks down at the cup in total disbelief.
                        
                         ADAM
          It's gonna take me at least a week
          to fill this. Can I take it home?
                        
                         JOANNE
                         (LAUGHS)
          Take it home. You're so funny.
                        
         The CAMERA PANS to reveal a group of MEDICAL STUDENTS taking
         diligent notes in the background. WE PAN AGAIN this time to
         the next room:
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. BATHROOM
                        
         Adam struggles to fill the cup. After a few beats, there's a
         knock on the door.
                        
          JOANNE (O.S.)
          You okay in there Adam?
          4.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Just another minute.
                        
         Adam looks down at the empty cup in frustration. The CAMERA
         PANS to the next room:
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. X-RAY ROOM
                        
         Adam stands in front of an X-Ray machine. The APATHETIC
         TECHNICIAN has him stand in a dozen uncomfortable positions
         for long periods of time: sideways, one arm in the air, then
         the other arm, on one leg, then the other, one leg in the
         air, then the other, and so on.
                        
         Again we see the group of Medical Students taking notes. The
         CAMERA PANS to the next room:
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. EXAMINING ROOM
                        
         Joanne pulls out a giant needle.
                        
                         JOANNE
          Here comes the choo-choo!
                        
         In the back we see the Med Students still taking notes. The
         CAMERA PANS to the next room:
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. MRI ROOM
                        
         Adam is lying on the gurney of an MRI machine. He is slowly
         drawn into the enclosed body scanner.
                        
                         TECHNICIAN
                         (AUTHORITATIVELY)
          Now make sure you lie completely
          still. Otherwise we'll have to do
          it all over again. Which we're not
          going to have to do, right?
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. MRI ROOM - LATER
                        
         Adam lies perfectly still in the enclosed body scanner.
                        
                         ADAM
          Hello? Is anybody out there?
                        
         There's no one there. He's been left unattended. The MRI
         Technician is watching the Laker game in the next room.
          5.
                        
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          I have to pee.
                        
         The Med Students continue to take notes.
                        
         END OPENING TITLE SEQUENCE
                        
                        
         EXT. SAN DIEGO - EVENING
                        
         Through the window of the hospital the CAMERA PULLS OUT and
         PANS across the San Diego skyline. We watch as the Sun sets
         to night, then rises to morning...
                        
                        
         EXT. SAN DIEGO BEACH - MORNING
                        
                        SUPER: JUNE
                        
         It's a gray morning as the thick spring fog slowly begins to
         lift. With no one in sight, the only sound that can be heard
         is that of the waves crashing onto the shoreline and then
         rolling back out to the Pacific Ocean.
                        
         About a mile inland, we come upon:
                        
                        
         EXT. GRAND VIEW GATED COMMUNITY - DAY
                        
         Rows of identical two and three bedroom town houses with
         lawns groomed to perfection fill the community. This is
         Southern California Suburbia.
                        
         The sound of the waves crashing gets increasingly louder and
         louder as we PUSH IN ON:
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE - CONTINUOUS
                        
         The interior of Adam's house is spotless. Pictures on the
         walls: Adam and his dad sailing. Adam and his parents at his
         Bar Mitzvah. Adam and his best friend, Seth, at High School
         Graduation. A University of Berkeley hat. A National Academic
         Achievement Award in the Sciences.
                        
         Curled in a fetal position, Adam sleeps peacefully next to
         RACHEL (25), his loving girlfriend. Cute, charming, and
         artsy, Rachel is "Winnie Cooper" all grown up.
                        
         The sound of the waves crashing stops abruptly. A loud
         obnoxious alarm clock goes off. Startled, Adam jumps up.
         Drenched in sweat, and completely disoriented, he looks
         around in confusion.
          6.
                        
                        
         After a moment, Adam pulls an earplug out of each ear, and
         turns off the alarm. The sound of the crashing waves turns
         back on. Adam pushes a button on the alarm clock and the
         sound of the waves stops, but the loud obnoxious alarm
         returns. He pushes the clock again. The alarm turns off but
         now we hear the sound of crickets chirping. Again Adam pushes
         a button, this time we hear the sound of a loud thunder/rain
         storm, he pushes a button again, this time we hear the sound
         of loud clanging church bells. Rachel rolls over -
                        
                         RACHEL
          (asleep and incoherent)
          Make it stop.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (WHISPERS)
          It won't turn off.
                        
         Frustrated, Adam tries pushing all the buttons. This only
         makes it worse. We hear ALL of the previous sounds
         simultaneously sound off. Rachel rolls over and moans as she
         puts a pillow over her head.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
                         (WHISPERS)
          Sorry.
                        
         Adam reaches down and unplugs the alarm clock, bringing an
         end to the noise. He sits for a moment at the edge of the
         bed, collects himself.
                        
         Adam looks down at Rachel and begins kissing her neck.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Mmmmm.
                        
         Rachel gently strokes her fingers through Adam's hair.
         Something catches her attention - a single strand of hair.
         She holds it up.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          Oh my god.
                        
                         ADAM
          What?
                        
                         RACHEL
          I think you have a gray hair.
                        
                         ADAM
          Really?
                        
                         RACHEL
          I'm gonna pull it out.
          7.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          No! Don't touch it.
                        
         Adam jumps from bed. He rushes into the bathroom. Rachel
         rolls back to sleep.
                        
                        
         INT. BATHROOM - CONTINUOUS
                        
         Adam stands in front of the mirror and searches for the gray
         hair. Once he finds it, he holds it out for a closer look. It
         is in fact a gray hair. He smiles.
                        
                        
         INT. BATHROOM - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         As Adam showers, he tries to squirt shampoo into his hand,
         but the bottle is empty. He looks over at Rachel's large
         assortment of shower products, finds one that smells
         pleasant, Fructis by L'Oreal, and squirts some into his hair.
         He then proceeds to lather his entire body in the product.
                        
                        
         INT. BEDROOM CLOSET - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Adam dresses in front of the bathroom mirror. His outfit is
         well put together, but not what you would expect of someone
         his age - more of a Mr. Rogers look. He pulls out a LINT
         BRUSH and meticulously combs his cardigan.
                        
                        
         EXT. ADAM'S HOUSE - LATER
                        
         SETH (25), pulls up in front of Adam's house in his white
         Neon and HONKS the horn. On the bumper is a sticker: "Let's
         put the Christ back in Christmas."
                        
         Overweight, well dressed, and wearing an air of confidence,
         Seth pulls out a massive joint, lights it and takes a hit.
                        
         Just then Seth looks over at 3 YOUNG SCHOOL CHILDREN and
         their MOTHER waiting for the school bus. The mother's jaw is
         on the ground in shock. Seth hides the joint and smiles in
         embarrassment.
                        
                         SETH
          Hi kids. Beautiful day isn't it?
                        
         The mother quickly moves her kids out of sight.
                        
         Adam approaches Seth's car. He spots his neighbors ANDREW and
         MISSY DONNELLY (late 40's) getting into their car. They wave
         to Adam.
          8.
                        
                        
                         ANDREW
          Hey Adam.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SEEMS ANNOYED)
          Hey Andrew.
                        
                         ANDREW
          Sorry about the noise last night.
                        
         Adam shrugs as if to say "what the fuck?" Andrew and Missy
         giggle as they get into their car.
                        
                        
         INT. SETH'S CAR - CONTINUOUS
                        
         Adam gets into the car.
                        
                         SETH
          Yo.
                        
                         ADAM
          Yo.
                        
                         SETH
          ...What's that smell?
                         (SNIFFS ADAM)
          Are you wearing perfume?
                        
                         ADAM
          No.
                        
                         SETH
          Well, you smell like the cast of
          Steel Magnolias.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SMELLS HIMSELF)
          I ran out of shampoo. I had to use
          Rachel's.
                        
                         SETH
          For a second there I thought maybe
          you'd fucked Olympia Dukakis.
                        
         Adam tries to close his window. The child safety lock is on.
                        
                         ADAM
          Can you unlock my window? There's a
          lot of pollen in the air.
                        
         Seth ignores Adam and turns up the music.
          9.
                        
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
                         (ANNOYED)
          Seriously, my allergies are flaring
          up. It feels like my nasal cavities
          are on fire.
                        
         Adam begins to clear his throat, Seth turns the music even
         louder.
                        
                         SETH
          Sorry music's too loud, it's making
          it hard for me to hear your
          whining.
                        
                        
         INT. COFFEE SHOP - LATER
                        
         We see the morning bustle as BUSINESS MEN and WOMEN stand in
         line waiting for their morning coffee. Adam and Seth stand at
         the end of that line watching the YOUNG COUPLE in front of
         them who can't keep their hands off of each other.
                        
                         SETH
          I don't get it, that guy is clearly
          a total douchebag...He's wearing
          Capris!
                        
                         ADAM
          Rachel and I used to be like that;
          like two wild animals in heat...
                         (THINKS)
          I guess it is only natural though,
          as we get older, more mature,
          things begin to slow down.
                         (BEAT)
          Sex every three weeks is normal?
          Right?
                        
                         SETH
                         (IN SHOCK)
          You haven't had sex in three weeks?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SHRUGS)
          You think maybe she's mad cause I
          haven't asked her to move in?
                        
                         SETH
          What the fuck are you talking
          about? I don't think she's waiting
          for you to ask anything. You're
          using her shampoo. Next thing
          you'll be using her tampons.
          10.
                        
                        
         Seth laughs at his own joke.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          But seriously, let me get this
          straight - she has her own place,
          yet she spends every night with
          you, in your bed, but she won't
          sleep with you?
                        
                         ADAM
          It's not that big a deal.
                        
                         SETH
          So when does it become a big deal?
          Five weeks? Six weeks? A year? My
          cut off...4 days. That's when I
          begin to worry.
                        
                         ADAM
          Do you realize how lucky I am to be
          with Rachel?
                        
                         SETH
          Look around, there are like a
          million Rachel's in this city
          alone...well, she's kind of hot, so
          maybe half a million.
                        
                         ADAM
          But they're not Rachel. I don't
          know how to explain it, but being
          with her just feels right. And I'm
          not going to overlook that just
          cause we're in a lull.
                        
                         SETH
          My parents are in a lull, which is
          what happens after 35 years of
          marriage. You've only been dating
          her four months. At our age sex is
          all we have. Every time she refuses
          to sleep with you a small piece of
          every man's soul dies. She's
          killing us Adam...You're a semi-
          smart, semi-successful, semi-
          average looking dude. Just based on
          that you could get with at least
          one third of the female population.
                        
         Adam and Seth step up to the counter. They're greeted by the
         SUPER GAY BARISTA, who loves his job way too much.
                        
                         BARISTA
          Morning gentlemen.
          11.
                        
                        
                         SETH
                         (TO BARISTA)
          Would you sleep with my friend.
                        
                         BARISTA
          Like, right now?
                        
                         SETH
          No just in general.
                        
                         BARISTA
          Yeah, I'd fuck him.
                        
         The Barista yells to DEMETRI, the other Barista.
                        
                         BARISTA (CONT'D)
          Hey Demetri,
                         (RE: ADAM)
          Fuckable?
                        
         Demetri examines Adam. He's not impressed with what he sees.
                        
                         DEMETRI
          I'd let you blow me.
                        
                         SETH
                         (TO ADAM)
          See this is what I'm saying.
                        
         The Barista hands Seth and Adam two cups of coffee, they each
         leave a dollar.
                        
                        
         INT. SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - LATER
                        
         Adam and Seth enter the museum. They pass JENNY (30) at the
         information desk.
                        
          SETH AND ADAM
          Good morning Jenny.
                        
         Jenny ignores them.
                        
                         SETH
                         (UNDER BREATH)
          I love you.
                        
         PHIL (60), the museum's vivacious director approaches.
                        
                         PHIL
          Salutations gentlemen.
                        
         Phil sniffs the air and looks at Adam.
          12.
                        
                        
                         PHIL (CONT'D)
          Are you wearing perfume?
                        
                         ADAM
          It's Rachel's shampoo.
                        
         Phil goes in for a closer sniff. Then an even closer sniff.
         Adam looks uncomfortable.
                        
                         PHIL
                         (DECLARATIVE)
          Fructis by L'oreal.
                         (IMPRESSED)
          My wife uses that.
                         (TO SETH)
          What are you wearing?
                        
         Seth's eyes open wide as Phil goes in for a sniff.
                        
                         PHIL (CONT'D)
          What is that?
                        
                         SETH
          Ah, mothballs?
                        
         Seth spots a GROUP OF SECOND GRADERS with their TEACHER
         assembled by the entrance.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Looks like my group is here.
                        
         Seth slaps on a button that reads "DOCENT" and rushes off to
         greet the students.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          See you guys later.
                        
         Phil turns to Adam.
                        
                         PHIL
          How's the Origins exhibit coming
          along?
                        
                         ADAM
          We're almost done with Upper
          Paleolithic.
                        
                         PHIL
          I'm counting on you not to screw
          up.
          (looks into Adam's eyes)
          You're the only one I can trust.
                         (BEAT)
                         (MORE)
          13.
                        
                         PHIL (CONT'D)
          The Board is talking about bringing
          in sponsors...We're a dying art
          Adam.
                        
         Phil stares into Adam's eyes for what feels like an eternity.
         It's incredibly awkward.
                        
                         ADAM
          Phil?
                        
                         PHIL
          Yeah?
                        
                         ADAM
          I should probably get to work.
                        
                         PHIL
          That's probably a good idea.
                        
         Phil looks at the clock - 10 a.m.
                        
                         PHIL (CONT'D)
          I think I'm gonna go to lunch.
                        
         Phil wanders off.
                        
                        
         INT. MUSEUM. ORIGINS OF MAN EXHIBIT - LATER
                        
         Adam and GREG (45), Adam's slightly moronic co-worker, place
         the finishing touches on the CRO MAGNON exhibit - it's an
         elaborate life sized diorama depicting the life of a family
         of four Cro Magnons. Outside their hut it's snowing, but
         inside there's a large fire and decorative horse drawings on
         the walls. The MAN instructs his SON to paint as the WOMAN
         teaches her DAUGHTER to sew. We see Greg positioning the
         fossil of a VELOCIRAPTOR next to the mother and daughter. The
         dinosaur looks poised to pounce. Adam notices.
                        
                         ADAM
          Greg. What are you doing?
                        
                         GREG
          It's a velociraptor.
                        
                         ADAM
          Where did it come from?
                        
                         GREG
          The dinosaur exhibit.
          (off Adam's look)
          Why can't we just say it was the
          first domesticated pet?...People
          love dinosaurs.
          14.
                        
                        
         Adam cringes in frustration.
                        
                         ADAM
          Greg you can't just...that's a 75
          million year old fossil...just
          please, put it away before someone
          sees it.
                        
         Greg reluctantly goes to put the dinosaur away. He flaps the
         dinosaur's arm in the air - waving goodbye to Adam.
                        
         Seth leads his tour of second graders. He speaks like a tour
         guide at Universal Studios.
                        
                         SETH
          Coming up here on our left is the
          "Origins of Man" exhibit on loan
          from the Smithsonian Institute. It
          won't be open to the public for a
          few more months, so you're one of
          the first groups to see it.
                         (SPOTS ADAM)
          Adam!
                        
         Adam looks up. He hates this part of his job.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Everyone this is Adam, he's the
          curator of ancient civilizations
          here at the museum.
                        
         Adam gives a reluctant wave.
                        
                         ADAM
          Hey kids.
                        
                         SETH
                         (TO ADAM)
          Why don't you tell us what we're
          looking at.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (BEGRUDGINGLY)
          This here is a family of homo
          sapiens who lived in Europe about
          25,000 year's ago...
                        
         In excitement, the kids move in for a closer look.
         Unaffected, the teacher stays back and files her nails.
          15.
                        
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          ...these Cro Magnon's as they're
          often called, are the closest in
          the evolutionary chain to modern
          day humans...
                        
         KID 1 touches the Cro Magnon father. Still talking, Adam
         steps in and moves Kid 1's hand off.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          ...What made Cro Magnon so advanced
          was their sense of community...they
          were the first to settle on a
          single plot of land, devote to one
          partner, raise a family, and take
          care of the sick.
                        
                         KID 1
                         (TO SETH)
          This is lame! I thought you said we
          were gonna see dinosaurs.
                        
                         GREG
                         (TO ADAM)
          See, I told you.
                        
         Damage control. Seth points to a life sized NEANDERTHAL MAN
         holding a spear.
                        
                         SETH
                         (IN EXCITEMENT)
          Who wants to hear about the
          caveman?
                        
         Seth picks up the spear and pretends to charge Adam.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Caveman. RRRRRR!
                        
         The kids cheer.
                        
                        
         Annoyed, Adam takes the spear out of Seth's hand.
                        
                         ADAM
          This is Homo Neanderthalensis - the
          Neanderthal Man. For over 150,000
          years his ancestors dominated all
          of Europe. But then about 30,000
          years ago, Neanderthals began to
          disappear, until one day, their
          entire civilization was gone.
          16.
                        
                        
                         GREG
          What happened?
                        
                         ADAM
          Greg you know what happened.
                        
                         GREG
          I do?
                        
                         SETH
          Come on! Tell us what happened to
          the caveman.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well no one knows for sure. But
          it's suspected that because
          Neanderthal was a nomadic huntsman,
          he roamed the land, only fending
          for himself - never learning to
          cohabitate with others. So as Cro
          Magnon families settled into
          Europe, they took over the land.
          One by one, Neanderthal was pushed
          out...and never seen, or heard from
          again.
                        
                         SETH
          (game show voice)
          That's quite a story. Thank you
          Adam.
                        
         Seth and Adam look at the kids, they look bored.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          (Quietly to Adam)
          You really know how to win a crowd.
                        
                         ADAM
          (to the kids)
          But you never know, just cause they
          vanished doesn't mean they're gone.
          For all we know, there could be a
          Neanderthal walking among us right
          now. And by the looks of this guy
                         HERE -
          (points at Neanderthal)
          I'd say he probably plays defense
          for the Raiders.
                        
         Adam's joke gets a small laugh from the teacher, but zero
         response from the kids.
                        
                         KID 1
          This sucks ass.
          17.
                        
                        
         Adam and Seth look at each other in shock...Seth chimes in -
                        
                         SETH
          I see dinosaurs.
                        
         Seth runs down the hall towards the dinosaur exhibit. The
         kids follow in excitement. The teacher barely bats an eye as
         she takes her time slowly trailing after the group.
                        
                        
         EXT. MOUNT SINAI HOSPITAL - LATER
                        
         Adam enters the hospital...
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. EXAMINING ROOM - LATER
                        
         Adam leafs through a pamphlet on Incontinence.
                        
         The pedantic DR. ROSS enters and completely ignores Adam.
         Instead, he looks over Adam's chart, examines his MRI scans,
         and pulls out a DICTAPHONE -
                        
          DR. ROSS
          (into the dictaphone)
          Patient has been complaining of
          excessive urination, back pain, and
          night sweats. Blood tests and urine
          analysis are normal. MRI indicates
          a massive intraduaral extradural
                         MALIGNANT SCHWANNOMA
          neurofibrosarcomas extending into
          psoas muscle with nerve root
          compression syndrome and bone
          erosion.
                        
         We see Adam's face gradually look more and more confused, he
         slowly begins to raise his arm as if to ask a question.
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
          Growth extends from the L2 to L5.
          Cytotoxic antibiotics are
          recommended.
                        
         Dr. Ross turns to see Adam holding his arm in the air.
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
          Yes. Questions?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (DUMBFOUNDED)
          I have no idea what you just said.
          Is there something wrong with me?
          18.
                        
                        
          DR. ROSS
          (points to MRI)
          If you look here on your MRI, you
          see this cephalopod like object
          spreading down along your spinal
          column?
                        
         Adam squints. It all looks the same.
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
          That is a massive schwannoma
          neurofibrosarcomas.
                        
                         ADAM
          I still have no idea what you're
          talking about.
                        
          DR. ROSS
          It's a malignant tumor.
                        
                         ADAM
          What?!...A tumor? No.
                        
          DR. ROSS
          I'm afraid so.
                        
                         ADAM
          How is that possible?...I don't
          smoke. I don't drink. I eat
          healthy...I even recycle.
                        
          DR. ROSS
          Well Adam it's actually quite
          fascinating. Your cancer is the
          result of an incredibly rare gene
          mutation in chromosome 17p in the
          p53 Gene that causes the growth of
          malignant cells in tissue around
          the nerves. In your case it's grown
          along the nerves in your lower
          spine.
                        
         Adam looks at himself in the mirror.
                        
                         ADAM
          (still in denial)
          But, look at me. I don't look sick.
                        
          DR. ROSS
          Cancer often has no specific
          symptoms. People can go years with
          out knowing they're sick. We're
          lucky we caught it before it
          metastasizes.
                         (MORE)
          19.
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
                         (BEAT)
          I'm going to put you on a 4 month
          regimen of chemotherapy. It's an
          aggressive dosage so you might want
          to think about taking some time off
          from work.
                        
         This is real. Adam walks to the window and presses his face
         against the glass. He looks down at the city below. From 15
         stories up, the people on the street look like miniature
         figurines.
                        
         Adam turns back to Dr. Ross.
                        
                         ADAM
          Can't you just cut it out of me?
                        
          DR. ROSS
          Yes, that is an option. But because
          the tumor has spread to a such
          significant size. Cutting it out
          now would be risky.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well what are my chances of beating
          this?
                        
         Dr. Ross puts on his best act of reassurance. His words are
         seemingly genuine, his tone is anything but.
                        
          DR. Ross
          Listen, you're in good hands. The
          best thing for you to do right now
          is to not worry...Let me do the
          worrying. Alright?
                        
         Dr. Ross takes a long look at Adam's devastated face.
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
          Maybe you should talk to someone.
                        
         Dr. Ross hands Adam a business card for the "Mount Sinai
         Psychology Group".
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
          We have a whole department of
          psychologists here in the hospital.
          They specialize in cases...in
          these...sort of matters. They'll be
          able to help you.
                        
         Not knowing what else to say, Dr. Ross looks at his watch,
         looks back to Adam, and moves to the door.
          20.
                        
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
          Hang in there champ.
                        
                        
         INT. SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY - EVENING
                        
         CLOSE ON a computer screen:
                        
         "Neurofibrosarcoma Schwannoma. Treatment Forms: Chemotherapy
         and Radiation offer negligible success rates. Surgical
         resection proven to be most effective. Risks of surgery:
         Amputation of limbs. Paralysis. Death. 2 Year survival rate:
         50%. If tumor metastasizes systemically, 2 year survival
         rate: 0%."
                        
         Adam sits staring at the screen. This is not good.
                        
         The LIBRARIAN, a tall blond surfer type, taps Adam on the
         shoulder.
                        
                         LIBRARIAN
          Hey bro, time's up.
                        
         Startled. Adam looks up at the librarian.
                        
                         ADAM
          Can I have just a few more minutes?
                        
                         LIBRARIAN
          Sorry bro. Twenty minute limit.
                         (EMBARRASSED)
          Rules.
                        
         The librarian motions to the LONG LINE of mostly HOMELESS
         CUSTOMERS waiting to use the computer.
                        
                        
         INT. BUS - EVENING
                        
         Adam sits deep in thought.
                        
                        
         EXT. ADAM'S HOUSE - SAME TIME
                        
         The bus stops. Adam gets off, walks to his house, and takes a
         deep breath...
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE. LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                        
         Adam enters the living room - it's empty. NPR News is on the
         radio. Fresh paint dries on a canvas resting on an easel. The
         sound of someone cooking comes from the kitchen.
          21.
                        
                        
          RACHEL (O.S.)
          Adam? Is that you?
                        
         Adam walks into the kitchen. Rachel is at the stove cooking
         in her underwear. Adam stands in the doorway watching her.
         God she looks sexy. Rachel turns -
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          (in a Hungarian accent)
          Welcome home Mr. Adam. I made
          vegetarian goulash.
                        
         Like a ballerina, Rachel crosses to Adam on her tip toes
         holding out a spoon of her goulash. She holds up the offering
         to Adam's mouth. He takes a small bite and smiles, trying to
         hide his internal distress. His sad eyes tell Rachel another
         story.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          (still using accent)
          What is wrong?
                        
                         ADAM
          Nothing.
                        
                         RACHEL
          (still using accent)
          Liar.
                        
         This is not going to be easy.
                        
                         ADAM
          We need to talk.
                        
         Rachel drops the accent. This seems serious.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Why? What's going on?
                        
                         ADAM
          I had a doctor's appointment today.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (WORRIED)
          What kind of doctor's appointment?
                        
         Adam has no idea what to say.
                        
                         ADAM
          Have you ever seen the movie
          "Beaches"?
                        
                         RACHEL
          You mean with Bette Midler?
          22.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Yeah that one.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Not as good as "The Rose", but
          good.
                        
                         ADAM
          Remember the end of "Beaches"?
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (CONFUSED)
          Yeah. Sad....What does that have to
          do with you?
                        
         Adam just looks her in the eyes...Rachel gets it.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          Oh. Oh my god.
                        
         In total shock, Rachel covers her mouth.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          What kind?
                        
                         ADAM
          I don't know.
                        
                         RACHEL
          You don't know?
                        
                         ADAM
          Well I do know, but I can't
          pronounce it. Neuroscharnoma or
          something.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Well how bad is it?
                        
                         ADAM
          It's not good.
                        
         Rachel hugs Adam. Soaking in the comfort, Adam rests his head
         on her shoulder. She gently strokes his hair. Adam's hand
         slowly moves down Rachel's back. He starts kissing her neck.
         He knows it's wrong, but can't help it, the only thing
         running through his mind is sex.
                        
         After a beat Rachel pulls away.
                        
                         RACHEL
          (begins to cry)
          You have cancer.
          23.
                        
                        
         Heart racing, Rachel opens the top pantry. She reaches back
         as far as she can and pulls out a cookie jar. She sticks her
         hand in the jar and pulls out an old pack of American
         Spirits. Adam looks at Rachel disapprovingly.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          Not now.
                        
                         ADAM
          I just think it's an interesting
          time to take up smoking again.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Adam I'm 24 years old!
                         (CATCHES HERSELF)
          You're 25.
                        
         Rachel puts one of the cigarettes to her mouth, lights it on
         the stove and takes a drag.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          What are we going to do? I don't
          know what to do.
                        
         Rachel begins compulsively pulling drags from the cigarette.
         Adam takes the cigarette out of her hand. He goes to put it
         out, but takes a drag instead. He then hugs Rachel with one
         hand and opens the window with the other; he proceeds to
         discreetly fan out the cigarette smoke.
                        
                         ADAM
          Sshhhh. Everything's going to be
          alright Yammy. I'm going to start
          chemo in a few days.
                         (POSITIVE)
          We're going to get through this.
                        
         They embrace in total silence...A beat. And then Adam groans
         with the realization -
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Ugh...and my parents are coming
          over for dinner.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Do they know?
                        
         Adam is clearly not in the mood to see his parents.
                        
                         ADAM
          No.
          24.
                        
                        
         PRE LAP: The sound of a doorbell...
                        
                         SMASH CUT:
                        
                        
         INT. FOYER - ADAM'S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Rachel and Adam stand in front of the door.
                        
                         ADAM
          3...2...1...
                        
         Rachel opens the door.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
                         (BIG SMILE)
          Hey.
                        
         Adam's mother, EDITH SCHWARTZ (55) enters. Edith is a short,
         portly woman with thick glasses and a bright red sweatshirt
         bearing a cross-stitched cat on it. If the borough of Queens
         and the city of Milwaukee had a child, it would be Edith.
                        
                         EDITH
                         (EXCITED)
          There they are!
                        
         Edith gives Rachel a big hug, and grabs for her left hand.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
          I can't wait to hear the big news.
                        
                         ADAM
          Where's dad?
                        
         ART SCHWARTZ(58) enters the house carrying a CAT. Due to a
         stroke 10 years prior, he carries a limp and is a little out
         of it.
                        
                         ART
          I found your cat playing in the
          neighbors yard.
                        
                         ADAM
          Dad, I don't have a cat.
                        
         Art drops the cat and it bolts out the door.
                        
                         EDITH
          So what's for dinner?
          25.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S DINING ROOM - LATER
                        
         Everyone sits around the table. Edith pokes at her plate of
         vegetarian goulash, confused as to what she's looking at.
                        
                         RACHEL
          If I had known you were coming I
          would have made something else.
                        
                         EDITH
          I'm just glad to finally be sharing
          a shabbat dinner with my son...
          (looks at her plate)
          So this isn't meat?
                        
                         RACHEL
          No it's called sei-tan.
                        
                         ADAM
          It's made of wheat gluten.
                        
         Edith looks more confused.
                        
                         EDITH
          But it's not meat.
                        
                         RACHEL
          No, but it has a texture just like
          meat.
                        
         Edith reluctantly takes a small bite of the goulash.
                        
                         EDITH
                         (INSINCERE)
          Mmmmm. It's Good.
                        
         Edith puts her spoon down. She pulls a handful of pills out
         her fanny-pack and puts them in front of Art.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
          Art, take your pills.
                        
         Art picks up the pills and puts them in his mouth, but
         doesn't swallow.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
          Swallow.
                        
         As Art swallows, Edith eagerly turns her attention to Rachel.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
          So? Did you set a date?
          26.
                        
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (CONFUSED)
          A date?
                        
                         EDITH
                         (TO ADAM)
          Do not do summer like your cousin,
          remember how awful that was?
          Schlepping around in the heat like
          that. Plus the bugs and the gnats.
                        
                         ADAM
          (whispers to Rachel)
          What is she talking about?
                        
                         EDITH
          And now Rachel. I know we haven't
          discussed this, but are you going
          to convert?
                        
                         RACHEL
          (whispers to Adam)
          She thinks we're getting married.
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom. We're not getting married.
                        
                         EDITH
          Oh thank god.
                         (TO RACHEL)
          No offense.
                         (TO ADAM)
          So then what's the big news that
          you made us rush all the way over
          here.
                        
         Not knowing how to tell his mother the upsetting news...
                        
                         ADAM
          Have you ever seen "Terms of
          Endearment"?
                        
                         RACHEL
          Oh jesus Adam, just tell her.
                        
                         EDITH
          Tell me what?
                        
                         ADAM
          Alright fine. But, before I tell
          you, you have to promise me you're
          going to stay calm.
          27.
                        
                        
                         EDITH
          Oh Adam, don't be so overdramatic.
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom, just promise me. Okay?
                        
                         EDITH
          I promise...You make me out to be
          some kind of irrational loon.
                        
         Here goes nothing.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (MUMBLES)
          I have cancer.
                        
                         EDITH
          What?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (MUMBLES)
          I have cancer.
                        
                         EDITH
                         (TO RACHEL)
          What is he saying?
                        
                         ADAM
          (takes a deep breath)
          I have cancer.
                        
                         EDITH
          Cancer? What do you mean you have
          cancer?
                        
                         ADAM
          I - HAVE - CANCER.
                        
                         EDITH
          I don't understand.
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom, I have a giant tumor in my
          spine.
                        
         Edith sits motionless for what seems an eternity. The only
         indication that she's not dead is the movement of her index
         finger, which twitches uncontrollably. Adam sits uneasy,
         tying to anticipate his mother's next move.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Mom?
          28.
                        
                        
         Edith calmly rises from of her seat and heads to the kitchen.
         Adam follows after her.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Mom, what are you doing?
                        
         Edith lights the stove, and puts up a kettle of Tea.
                        
                         EDITH
          I'm making you green tea.
                        
                         ADAM
          Please, will you come sit down.
                        
         Edith holds up the package of Green Tea.
                        
                         EDITH
          I saw on the Today Show that it
          reduces your risk of getting cancer
          by fifteen percent.
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom, I already have cancer.
                        
         Refusing to look at her son, Edith frantically rifles through
         her fanny pack.
                        
                         EDITH
          Here take these.
                        
         Her hands now shaking uncontrollably, Edith hands Adam a
         large number of prescription pills.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
          Aspirin, Zoloft, Lexapro, Lipitor,
          Flagel, Ditropan, Alka Seltzer.
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom, please, stop. I don't need
          these.
                        
                         EDITH
                         (YELLS)
          Just take the god-damn pills.
                        
         Adam take Edith's hand.
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom.
                        
         Edith's a nervous wreck, frantic and hysterical.
                        
                         EDITH
          How could this happen?
          29.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          It's genetic.
                        
                         EDITH
          Genetic? It must be from your
          father's side of the family,
          they're always getting sick. Your
          uncle Bobby just got Crohns.
                        
         Adam's father looks up from his plate of goulash...
                        
                         ART
          That's a disorder of the bowels,
          son. How are your bowels?
                        
                         ADAM
          The problem is not with my bowels.
                        
                         ART
          You're a lucky man.
                        
                         ADAM
          Thanks dad.
                        
                         EDITH
          I'm moving in.
                        
                         ADAM
          What? No. Absolutely not.
                        
                         EDITH
          Adam, I'm your mother, and I need
          to be close to you in your time of
          need.
                        
                         ADAM
          That's a terrible idea.
                        
                         EDITH
          Well who's going to take care of
          you?
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom, I'm fine.
                        
                         EDITH
          I think I have a right to take care
          of my son with cancer.
                        
                         ADAM
          It's nothing. Really.
          30.
                        
                        
                         EDITH
          Nothing! You tell me you have
          cancer of the spine and now you
          tell me it's nothing.
                        
         Adam looks to Rachel for support.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Edith, I can't even imagine how
          hard this must be for you. But I
          promise, there's nothing for you to
          worry about. I'm going to be here
          every step of the way, to help take
          good care of your son.
                        
                         EDITH
                         (TO ADAM)
          You're a very lucky boy to be with
          such a good girl. You know that?
          You don't deserve her.
                        
         Adam looks at Rachel and smiles.
                        
                         ADAM
          I know.
                        
                        
         INT. COFFEE SHOP - MORNING
                        
         Adam and Seth stand on an endless line of BUSINESS MEN and
         WOMEN waiting for their morning coffee. Greg is at the front
         of that line - he's taking forever to decide what he wants.
         Adam impatiently looks at his watch.
                        
                         ADAM
          What's taking him so long? How hard
          is it to buy a cup of coffee?
                        
         Seth ignores Adam as he stares at the cleavage on the WOMAN
         behind him.
                        
                         SETH
          (quietly to Adam)
          Look at how tight that shirt is.
          She's totally aware of how large
          her breasts look too. This morning
          when she got dressed, she said to
          herself - "I have these things and
          I want the world to see them."
                        
         Greg looks up at the menu of endless options.
          31.
                        
                        
                         GREG
          What about that frozen drink,
          what's that like?
                        
                         BARISTA
                         (ENTHUSIASTIC)
          The Bavarian Blender. It's absolute
          heaven.
                        
                         GREG
          I don't know. Does it have a lot of
          sugar?
                        
                         ADAM
          We've been here 20 minutes. What's
          he shopping for a car?
                        
         Seth's eyes are still fixed on the woman's breasts.
                        
                         SETH
          Why are you in such a rush?
                        
         Adam looks around at all the stodgy business men all having
         menial conversations.
                        
                         ADAM
          Is this really how you want to
          spend the rest of your life?
          Wasting away in this place?
                        
         Greg still hasn't made up his mind. Adam snaps.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          I don't believe it. Why can't he
          just get a latte like he does every
          morning.
                        
                         SETH
          Relax. We have plenty of time.
                        
                         ADAM
          No we don't have plenty of time!
          Life is finite.
                        
                         SETH
          What the fuck is wrong with you?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (QUIETLY)
          I have cancer.
                        
                         SETH
                         (LAUGHS)
          Yeah right.
          32.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm serious.
                        
                         SETH
          Get the fuck out of here. You have
          cancer?
                        
         People in line look at Seth.
                        
                         ADAM
          Maybe a little louder, you can make
          a special announcement.
                        
                         SETH
                         (QUIETLY)
          When did this happen?
                        
                         ADAM
          Yesterday. They found a tumor in my
          spine.
                        
                         SETH
          Who?
                        
                         ADAM
          What do you mean who?
                        
                         SETH
          Who found the tumor?
                        
                         ADAM
          Lewis and Clark...The doctors found
          it.
                        
                         SETH
          When were you going to tell me?
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm telling you now.
                        
                         SETH
          If I had cancer I'd tell you right
          away.
                        
                         ADAM
          What do you want the Better Friend
          award? It's not an easy topic to
          bring up.
                        
                         SETH
          Holy shit!
                        
         Seth takes a deep breath. A look of panic sweeps across his
         face...he quickly shakes it off.
          33.
                        
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Okay, let's relax here.
                         (BEAT)
          I think the best thing to do is to
          look on the bright side.
                        
                         ADAM
          The bright side of what?
                        
                         SETH
                         (EMPHATICALLY)
          This is your chance to do all the
          things you've always wanted. This
          is it. This is your time to live it
          up.
                         (A BEAT)
          Plus, do you know how much pussy
          we're going to get?
                        
                        
         EXT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                        
         Rachel pulls her car up to the front of the hospital. Adam
         kisses her goodbye and gets out of the car. He takes a few
         steps and then turns back. He gives her a nervous smile and
         then continues into the hospital.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Adam walks down the hospital corridor passing dozens of
         patients, none of whom are under the age of 40. In Adam's
         hand is the business card with "Mount Sinai Psychology Group"
         written on it. He finds the office and knocks on the half
         opened door.
                        
         The office is small, cold and emotionless - with stacks of
         psychology books and files strewn about.
                        
         An attractive young woman, KATIE (26), sits behind a desk
         reading a file while she eats a rather messy sandwich. Katie
         takes her job very seriously, but has not quite mastered the
         art of speaking without sounding like a rigid grad student.
                        
         Kate looks up as she takes a bite of her sandwich.
                        
                         KATIE
          (mouth full of food)
          Can I help you?
                        
                         ADAM
          I have an appointment with Dr.
          McRae.
          34.
                        
                        
         Katie puts down the sandwich, rises from her seat and puts
         her hand out to shake Adam's.
                        
                         KATIE
          Please call me Katie.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (CONFUSED)
          You're Dr. McRae?
                        
                         KATIE
          You were expecting someone else?
                        
         Katie wraps up her sandwich and puts the rest away.
                        
                         ADAM
          Aren't you supposed to be like
          sixty-five and wear earth toned
          sweaters?
                        
                         KATIE
                         (SLIGHTLY DEFENSIVE)
          Why? Did someone say that's what I
          look like?
                        
                         ADAM
          No, no, no. I was just expecting
          someone older.
                        
                         KATIE
          Sorry to disappoint you.
                        
                         ADAM
          No believe me, you're fine. Better
          than fine, you're Dr.
          McRae...you're a doctor? How old
          are you?
                        
                         KATIE
          Twenty-six.
                        
                         ADAM
          Twenty-six? What are you like
          Doogie Howser?
                        
                         KATIE
          Who?
                        
                         ADAM
          Doogie Howser...
                        
         Off Katie's blank look.
          35.
                        
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          ...The teenage doctor.
                        
                         KATIE
          Does he work here?
                        
                         ADAM
          No. Nevermind...but aren't you
          young to be a doctor?
                        
                         KATIE
          I'm actually in my final semester
          of medical school.
          (off Adam's look)
          This is a training hospital.
                        
                         ADAM
          So have you had many patients?
                        
                         KATIE
          You're actually my first.
                        
         That did not help to ease Adam's anxiety.
                        
                         ADAM
          Oh.
                        
                         KATIE
          Please sit.
                        
         Adam notices a dark stain on the couch. He sits as far from
         it as possible.
                        
         Katie pulls out Adam's file and sits in a chair across from
         him. Adam looks anxious, this is his first time in therapy.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          Dr. Ross filled me in on your
          situation. Tell me, how have you
          been feeling?
                        
                         ADAM
          Honestly. I feel fine.
                        
                         KATIE
          I think that's great considering
          what you're going through.
                        
                         ADAM
          Yeah, but I tend to internalize
          everything so, who knows.
          36.
                        
                        
                         KATIE
         You mean you repress as a coping
         mechanism.
                        
                         ADAM
         Is that what I do?
                        
                         KATIE
         That's what you just said.
                        
                         ADAM
         The way I say it sounds cute in a
         neurotic way. When you say it, it's
         like an indictment. The word
         "repress" - sounds so harsh.
                        
                         KATIE
         It's actually quite common.
                        
                         ADAM
         Oh good, I'd hate to think I'm
         anything but an emotional sheep.
                        
                         KATIE
         Don't think of it in those terms.
         It's not like it's been a conscious
         decision on your part. What's
         important now is for you to be
         aware of the way you treat your
         emotions and for me to help you
         make adjustments.
                        
                         ADAM
         So how do we do that?
                        
                         KATIE
         The first thing I want you to do is
         to stop looking at cancer as a
         burden. Cancer has come into your
         life to show you that your
         emotional and physical bodies are
         out of balance. This is your chance
         to correct that.
                        
                         ADAM
         You're not in a cult are you?
                        
                         KATIE
         Now, why do you say that?
                        
                         ADAM
         I don't know, it was a bad joke.
          37.
                        
                        
                         KATIE
          But there's a reason. You chose to
          use humor rather than express how
          you really feel.
                        
         Katie is losing Adam.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          In order to heal the body, you must
          heal the mind. It's imperative that
          you free yourself from stress and
          anger. Get rid of all those
          negative emotions stored deep
          inside.
                        
         Adam's mind drifts away from Katie. He focuses on all the
         clutter. The slanted clock. The wilting plant. The crumbled
         paper on the floor. The mess is driving him crazy.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          So today what I want to do is start
          you on some very simple relaxation
          therapy.
                        
         Katie presses play on her iPod. We hear the soothing sounds
         of new agey flute music. Adam looks up in confusion.
                        
                         ADAM
          Huh?
                        
                         KATIE
          I want you to lay back and close
          your eyes.
                        
         Adam looks down at the coffee stained couch.
                        
                         ADAM
          Lay here?
                        
                         KATIE
          Yes, I want you to just lay back,
          and let go.
                        
                         ADAM
          Shouldn't we be analyzing my
          childhood? Or my days as a call
          girl?
                        
                         KATIE
          Another joke?
          38.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SHRUGS)
          Oh come on. Nothing? That was
          funny.
                        
                         KATIE
          Ssshhhhh...
                        
         Katie stands behind Adam and places her hands on his
         shoulders. Despite the fact that this is all too strange, he
         doesn't mind, in a weird way, Adam is enjoying the attention.
                        
         He finally lies down, contorting his body so as to avoid the
         stain.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          Close your eyes and relax. Find a
          place inside yourself where you can
          escape the cancer.
                        
         Adam closes his eyes.
                        
          FADE TO BLACK:
                        
          RACHEL (O.S.)
          Keep your eyes closed. No peeking.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                        
         Adam is seated at the dining table with his eyes closed.
                        
                         ADAM
          I can't believe you got me a
          present.
                         (BEAT)
          Is it that Prada handbag I've been
          eyeing?
                        
          RACHEL (O.S.)
          Even better.
                        
                         ADAM
          What is it?
                        
          RACHEL (O.S.)
          Keep your eyes closed.
                        
                         ADAM
          You know how I feel about
          surprises. Last surprise I got my
          parents told me I was adopted.
          39.
                        
                        
          RACHEL (O.S.)
          You're not adopted.
                        
                         ADAM
          Yeah, but sometimes I wish I was.
                        
         Rachel crosses into the room and stands over Adam.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Okay. Open your eyes.
                        
         Adam opens his eyes to see Rachel holding a tiny SHIH-TZU
         wearing a pink ribbon in it's hair.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          Surprise!
                        
         Adam stares in confusion.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (DISAPPOINTED)
          What is it?
                        
                         RACHEL
          It's Noodle.
                        
                         ADAM
          It's so small. What do you do with
          it?
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (ANNOYED)
          Adam, IT's a he, and HE's
          adorable...Having a dog is supposed
          to help with the healing process.
                        
                         ADAM
          Why, did it go to medical school?
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (PISSED)
          I thought you'd be happy...
                        
                         ADAM
          It looks like a gremlin. What
          happens if you get it wet after
          midnight?
                        
         Rachel looks furious. Adam backtracks.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
                         (REASONING)
          They're a lot of work.
                         (MORE)
          40.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          I can barely take care of myself, I
          don't think I can handle another
          living, breathing, needy, thing in
          my life.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I didn't realize it would be such a
          big deal.
                         (PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE)
          I can bring him back to the shelter
          in the morning.
                        
                         ADAM
          I know what you're doing.
                        
                         RACHEL
          No, you're right, it's not a good
          idea. Tomorrow I'll take him back
          where he'll be kept in a tiny cage
          with 10 other dogs who will bully
          him, and rape him, and then he'll
          eventually be euthanized.
                        
         The dog looks at Adam. It's hopeless, there's no way Adam's
         going to win this one.
                        
                         ADAM
          Alright. Fine, we can keep the dog.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Really?
                        
                         ADAM
          Really.
                        
         Rachel's face lights up. She hugs Adam.
                        
                         RACHEL
          This is going to be so good for
          you.
                        
         Adam turns to see the dog shitting on the carpet.
                        
                        
         EXT. SAN DIEGO - EVENING
                        
         The sun sets over the San Diego skyline.
                        
                        
         INT. SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - NIGHT
                        
         It's Adam's going away party. Draped across the entrance is a
         "Bon Voyage" banner with an image of a Cruise Ship.
          41.
                        
                        
         Adam, Rachel and Seth enter to find a crowd of mostly
         unfamiliar faces. Phil, who has had one too many vodka
         tonics, approaches Adam - drink in hand.
                        
                         PHIL
                         (ANNOUNCES)
          There he is, the man of the hour.
                        
                         ADAM
          Here I am.
                        
         Phil takes a sip from his glass, and then offers it to Adam.
                        
                         PHIL
          Martini?
                        
                         ADAM
          No thanks.
                        
         Phil puts his arm around Adam and gestures wildly - causing
         his drink to splash on Adam.
                        
                         PHIL
          So cancer?
                        
                         ADAM
          Yup. The Big C.
                        
                         PHIL
          Man!
                        
         Phil tugs on Adam's hair.
                        
                         PHIL (CONT'D)
                         (WHISPERS)
          Are you wearing a wig?
                        
                         ADAM
          Nope, this is my real hair.
                        
                         PHIL
                         (SENTIMENTAL)
          I'm gonna miss you so much buddy.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (UNCOMFORTABLE)
          I'm going to miss you too.
                        
         Phil puts his head on Adam's shoulder.
          42.
                        
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Excuse me for a moment, I think I
          see someone over there from a
          previous life.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         Adam is talking with his co-worker JOE.
                        
                         JOE
          Have you started chemo yet?
                        
                         ADAM
          No, not yet.
                        
                         JOE
          Don't do it man. It'll fuck you up.
          That's like some Nagasaki shit.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         Adam stands with SUSAN.
                        
                         SUSAN
          You want to know the secret?
                        
                         ADAM
          Ah, okay.
                        
                         SUSAN
          Eat nothing but green foods.
                        
                         ADAM
          Like a specific kind of green food?
                        
                         SUSAN
          No, any green food. It works, my
          sister's friend survived lung
          cancer.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         Adam stands with TED.
                        
                         TED
                         (SUSPICIOUS)
          So what kind of cancer do you have?
                        
                         ADAM
          Schwannoma Neurofibrosarcomas.
                        
                         TED
          Never heard of it.
          43.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          It's pretty rare.
                        
                         TED
          Yeah well, you don't look sick.
                        
                         ADAM
          Cancer often has no specific
          symptoms. People can go years with
          out knowing they're sick.
                        
                         TED
                         (SUSPICIOUS)
          Huh.
                        
          CUT BACK TO:
                        
         Adam with Susan again...
                        
                         SUSAN
          There's spinach, zucchini,
          broccoli, kale, cucumbers, green
          beans, snow peas, seaweed, kiwi,
          Zucchini,
                        
                         ADAM
          I think you already said zucchini.
                        
                         SUSAN
                         (ANNOYED)
          Zucchini...
                        
         From across the room, Adam and Rachel lock eyes. He gives her
         a defeated look, as if to say "help me." Rachel gives a
         sympathetic smile.
                        
                         SUSAN (CONT'D)
          Are you paying attention?
                        
                         ADAM
          (caught off guard)
          Uh huh.
                        
                         SUSAN
          Cause I'm only trying to help save
          your life.
                        
         From across the room, Rachel laughs at the entire episode,
         Adam sparks a smile.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         Adam is talking with EDDIE.
          44.
                        
                        
                         EDDIE
                         (SECRETLY)
          There's this guy on the beach who
          injects oxygen into your blood.
                        
                         ADAM
          Is that legal?
                        
                         EDDIE
          No, but it's totally safe.
                        
          CUT BACK TO:
                        
         Adam with Susan...
                        
                         SUSAN
          ...Brussel Sprouts, Turnip greens,
          Asparagus, Celery, Cabbage, Okra,
          Honeydew Melon, Limes, Green bell
          peppers, green chiles...
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         Jenny cries hysterically as Seth consoles her.
                        
                         JENNY
                         (CRYING)
          I can't believe that he has cancer.
                        
                         SETH
          I know, it's crazy.
                        
                         JENNY
          I've seen him every day for the
          past two years and I've never once
          made an effort to talk to him.
                        
                         SETH
          Well I'm his best friend, so
          talking to me in a way is kind of
          like talking to him.
                        
                         JENNY
          Oh what does it matter? It's too
          late.
                        
         Jenny walks away crying. Seth follows after her.
                        
                         SETH
          Wait. It's not too late.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
         Adam makes himself a drink at the bar. Greg approaches.
          45.
                        
                        
                         GREG
          Hey Adam.
                        
                         ADAM
          (less than excited)
          Hey Greg.
                        
                         GREG
          My uncle had what you have.
                        
                         ADAM
          Really?
                        
                         GREG
          Man that was the worst.
                        
                         ADAM
          Your uncle had Schwannoma
          Neurofibrosarcomas.
                        
                         GREG
          Yeah, I think so. It's the thing
          with the toe and the screaming, and
          everything tastes like olives?
          Right?
                        
         Adam looks perplexed.
                        
                        
         INT. RACHEL'S CAR - LATER THE SAME NIGHT
                        
         Rachel and Adam drive home from the party. They're in
         completely different moods.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well that was a nightmare.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Adam, those people just threw you a
          party...They love you.
                        
                         ADAM
          Half those people don't even know
          me.
                        
         The car stops at a red light. Rachel looks at Adam. She finds
         his pouting adorable. He sees her staring,
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          What?
                        
                         RACHEL
          Nothing.
          46.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SMILES)
          What?
                        
                         RACHEL
          I love you.
                        
                         ADAM
          I love you.
                        
         Rachel takes Adam's hand.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Everything's going to be okay.
                        
         They look intensely into each others eyes and then kiss.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Adam and Rachel make-out as they enter the house.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
                        
         They make their way into the bedroom and clumsily undress one
         another. Adam looks at Rachel's naked body.
                        
                         ADAM
          You are so unbelievably sexy.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I'm totally yours,
                        
         Suddenly there's a loud scratching at the bedroom door,
         followed by a loud whimpering. Rachel stops.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          Noodle.
                        
                         ADAM
          What?
                        
                         RACHEL
          The dog.
                        
         Adam continues to kiss Rachel.
                        
                         ADAM
          Ignore him.
          47.
                        
                        
                         RACHEL
          I think he needs to go out.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'll do it after.
                        
         The two continue making out. The dog starts to bark.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I can't do this with him barking.
                        
                        
         EXT. ADAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                        
         Adam stands on the sidewalk impatiently waiting for the dog
         to do his business.
                        
                         ADAM
          (to the dog)
          Come on. Today...If I don't get
          laid tonight because of you, I'm
          going to take your little bow and
          make a noose...
                        
         The dog sniffs around, trying to find the perfect spot.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
                         (PLEADING)
          Please! I need this.
                        
         ADAM'S NEIGHBOR walks by with A GIANT MASTIFF. He sees Adam
         yelling at the little Shi Tzu in ribbons. Adam looks up...
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
                         (EMBARRASSED)
          Evening.
                        
                         NEIGHBOR
          Nice dog.
                        
         Once the neighbor is out of sight-
                        
                         ADAM
          Will you please just finish.
                        
         The dog finally finishes. Adam runs back into the house.
         After a minute, he realizes he left the dog in the street. He
         runs back after the dog, scoops him up and then runs back
         inside.
          48.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE. BEDROOM - CONTINUOUS
                        
         Adam fumbles around in the dark as he tears off his clothes.
         He then climbs back into bed, spoons Rachel, and begins
         seductively kissing her neck. He slowly moves his hand
         downwards. Rachel takes Adam's hand, pulls it up, and clasps
         it tight against her chest.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Hold me.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (UNDER BREATH)
          Mother fucker.
                        
         The two lay silently with Adam's arms wrapped around Rachel's
         body. A beat.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Do you...want to move in?
                        
                         RACHEL
          Do you want me to?
                        
                         ADAM
          I was thinking it might be nice,
          now that I'm not going to work
          anymore. And with my chemo
          starting...
                        
         Rachel turns to Adam.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          You're here all the time anyway.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (SMILES)
          Okay.
                        
         Rachel kisses Adam and lays her head on his chest.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (WHISPERS)
          You wanna have sex?
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (ASLEEP)
          In the morning.
          49.
                        
                        
         EXT. BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE - MORNING
                        
         Edith's car whizzes down the street and peels into the Beth
         Israel Synagogue parking lot. The car comes to an abrupt stop
         as it parks in the last empty space.
                        
         Edith and Adam step out of the car and walk 20 feet before
         they realize Art is still in the car.
                        
                         EDITH
          Art come on.
                        
                         ART
          I'm coming.
                        
         Art, still in the car, doesn't move. Edith looks at her watch
         and walks back to the car.
                        
                         EDITH
          We're late.
                        
         Edith grabs Art's hand. He slowly gets out of the car.
                        
                        
         INT. BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Edith, Art and Adam enter into the 600 seat synagogue. The
         service led by RABBI JACOBS (75) has already begun.
                        
         Edith spots three empty seats all the way in the left corner
         of the first row. Prime seats, but a bitch to get to since
         the service has begun - getting there would mean wading
         through a row of two dozen people. The USHER approaches.
                        
                         USHER
          Please take your seats.
                        
         The Usher motions for Edith and company to sit in the back.
                        
                         EDITH
          What about those seats up there in
          the front?
                        
                         USHER
          The service has begun.
                        
                         EDITH
          Please. My son has cancer.
                        
         Adam's jaw tightens, he can't believe his mother just did
         that. The Usher looks at Adam, sizing up the situation. Adam
         couldn't be more uncomfortable.
          50.
                        
                        
                         USHER
          Please, follow me.
                        
         The usher leads the group to the front and directs the people
         in the front row to let them pass through.
                        
         Edith apologizes as each person they pass has to stand to let
         them by.
                        
                         EDITH
                         (QUIETLY)
          Sorry, my son has cancer.
                        
         Adam smiles in embarrassment as he steps past.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (QUIETLY)
          Hi. Nice to see you.
                        
                        
         INT. BETH ISRAEL SYNAGOGUE. ATRIUM - LATER
                        
         Edith and Art stand in a crowd of 600 congregants socializing
         and conversing after the service. ROSE (60) approaches.
                        
                         ROSE
                         (CONCERNED)
          Edith. How are you?
                        
                         EDITH
                         (OVERDRAMATIC)
          Oh Rose. Things are not well.
                        
                         ROSE
          I heard about the
                         (WHISPERS)
          cancer.
                        
                         EDITH
          I can't tell you how hard it's been
          on me. My only child. God only
          knows what terrible thing I did to
          deserve this. I've got a catatonic
          husband and a son with cancer. Not
          to mention my arthritis. I don't
          know how I'll ever get through it.
                        
         As Adam walks through the atrium, he notices everyone
         whispering and pointing at him.
                        
         Rabbi Jacobs (75) exits the bathroom, pulls up his fly and
         spots Adam. Jacobs has the face of a leather couch from all
         the tanning and face lifts. He spots Adam.
          51.
                        
                        
                         RABBI
          Ladies and gentleman, Adam
          Schwartz!
                        
                         ADAM
          Rabbi Jacobs.
                        
                         RABBI
          How are you son?
                        
                         ADAM
          Oh you know, just trying to live by
          the Covenant.
                        
                         RABBI
          Don't bullshit me. You were the
          worst student I ever had. I bet
          you haven't even spoken a word of
          Hebrew since your Bar Mitzvah.
                        
                         ADAM
          I don't like to brag, but I
          couldn't speak it then.
                        
                         RABBI
          Your mother told me about your
          situation.
                        
         Adam looks over to see his mother surrounded by a dozen
         sympathetic listeners as she tells them her horror story of
         having a son with cancer.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm sure she did.
                        
                         RABBI
          It's not easy for a mother to see
          her son go through something like
          this,
                        
                         ADAM
          Nothing is easy for my mother.
                        
                         RABBI
          Have you thought about trying to
          reconnect with the Torah?
                        
                         ADAM
          Honestly, I'm just here to make my
          mother happy. It was either this or
          I had to go see my cousin perform
          in his high school theatre's
          adaptation of "You've Got Mail".
          52.
                        
                        
                         RABBI
          Well think about it. I'm always
          here.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                        
         ALAN ALDA looks directly into the camera. The year is 1970.
                        
                         ALAN ALDA
          Hi there, I'm Alan Alda...
                        
         Alan Alda walks down the hospital corridor.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (CONT'D)
          So you've been told you have
          cancer. Well, you're not alone. 1
          in every 3 people living today will
          experience some form of the
          disease...
                        
         A shot of people walking in Times Square, arrows slowly pop
         up over the heads of every third person.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (CONT'D)
          You may be wondering what is
          cancer? Well, cancer is a group of
          more than 100 different diseases
          characterized by the abnormal
          growth of cells. These cells form a
          lump or mass called a "tumor".
                        
         A reddish freckle dissolves into massive tumor.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (V.O.) (CONT'D)
          Cancer is treated through the use
          of a revolutionizing medicine
          called Che-mo-therapy.
                        
         Shot of a very PRETTY WOMAN being administered a small pill
         by a Nurse. The woman smiles politely to the Nurse.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (CONT'D)
          Chemotherapy is a very serious
          treatment.
                        
         Shot of a Doctor speaking intently to the Pretty Woman who
         listens closely.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (CONT'D)
          It works by destroying cancer
          cells; unfortunately, it cannot
          tell the difference between cancer
          cells and healthy cells.
          53.
                        
                        
         Shot of a poorly designed diagram of the human body. A milky
         substance runs through the body destroying all the various
         cells in it's path.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (V.O.) (CONT'D)
          As a result, it's going to make you
          feel tired...
                        
         Image of yawning kitten.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (V.O.) (CONT'D)
          And sick.
                        
         Shot of a School Nurse checking a child's temperature.
                        
         The music begins to ramp.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (V.O.) (CONT'D)
          ...You are about to embark on the
          journey of a lifetime. So aim
          high...
                        
         Shot of APOLLO 11 lifting off.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (CONT'D)
          ...and always remember, the road to
          recovery is a team effort...
                        
         A shot of a girls volleyball team. One of the players serves
         up a pass and another spikes it down. All the girls high-
         five.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (V.O.) (CONT'D)
          It's important that you talk openly
          with your health care providers.
          Ask questions so you can know all
          the facts. Being prepared is half
          the battle...
                        
         Back on Alan Alda.
                        
          ALAN ALDA (CONT'D)
          Toward helping yourself begin to
          feel in control again...On behalf
          of all the great folks at Mount
          Sinai Hospital, I'd like to thank
          you for your time...make it a great
          day.
          54.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                        
         A small group of patients, including Adam, have been watching
         the video. The people in the room applaud, Adam looks around
         baffled by both the video and the clapping.
                        
         GEORGE, a tall male nurse of Bahamian descent, enters the
         room.
                        
                         GEORGE
          Adam Schwartz.
                        
         Adam stands.
                        
                         GEORGE (CONT'D)
          Come with me my baby.
                        
         Adam follows George into the elevator where they ride down
         into the bowel of the hospital: The Cancer Ward.
                        
         Walking through the long ominous halls of the hospital
         basement, Adam passes dozens of sick patients who are being
         shuttled into Radiation Therapy, Chemotherapy and other
         various treatment rooms.
                        
         A sick, fat, BALD ELDERLY WOMAN coughs as she passes. Adam
         winces in disgust.
                        
                         GEORGE (CONT'D)
          This way my baby.
                        
         George leads Adam into a Chemotherapy Treatment room.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. CHEMOTHERAPY ROOM - LATER
                        
         Adam is seated in a plush leather chair where he's hooked
         into a chemo drip. He's surrounded by a dozen gaunt, hairless
         patients. He is the youngest patient by at least 20 years.
         Completely overwhelmed, Adam spots A BALD WOMAN sitting
         quietly knitting. She's at peace with herself. Her Zen like
         state helps Adam relax.
                        
         Adam skims through a catalogue of clothing intended for
         cancer patients until he notices HENRY (50), a very small man
         sitting in a wheel chair which is attached to a respirator.
         Despite the fact that every breath Henry takes looks like it
         might kill him, he barks derogatory statements at the wall.
         Adam looks on in terror. The genial MITCH(85) notices.
                        
                         MITCH
          That's Henry.
          55.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Is he okay?
                        
                         MITCH
          He's always like that.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (TERRIFIED)
          Is that going to happen to me?
                        
                         MITCH
          Best not worry about these things.
                        
         ALAN (84), the contentious old man sitting next to Mitch
         chimes in.
                        
                         ALAN
                         (TO ADAM)
          Want a hit?
                        
         Adam looks down to see that Alan is holding a ONE HITTER full
         of weed.
                        
                         MITCH
          It makes it all a little easier to
          handle.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (PARANOID)
          What if someone sees us?
                        
                         ALAN
          Don't be such an old man. Look at
          this place, it's like Death Row in
          here, they don't give a shit what
          we do.
                        
         Adam reluctantly takes a hit.
                        
                         MITCH
          How old are you?
                        
                         ADAM
          Twenty-five.
                        
                         ALAN
          You're lucky. Life only gets worse
          anyway.
                        
                         MITCH
          Alan, stop it.
                         (TO ADAM)
          Don't listen to him, he's just
          messing with you.
          56.
                        
                        
                         ALAN
          No I'm not.
                         (TO ADAM)
          It's all downhill from here. Trust
          me. First your hair's going to fall
          out, then your balls will shrink.
          You'll marry a woman, or man,
          who'll suck every penny out of your
          savings and then leave you for a
          fitness instructor in a teal Miata.
          Then, to top it all off, your kids
          will one day stop talking to you
          because their therapist, who you
          pay for, tells them you're the
          reason they're so fucked up.
                        
                         MITCH
          You'll have to excuse Alan here,
          he's going through a rough time.
                        
                         ALAN
                         (TO ADAM)
          I'm just being realistic. You want
          some advice?
                        
                         ADAM
          Not really.
                        
                         ALAN
          Don't end up a victim like the rest
          of `em. Life sucks, the earlier you
          accept it, the better off you'll
          be.
                        
                         ADAM
          I got to tell you, I was really
          nervous about this whole cancer
          thing, and then I met you guys, and
          boy do I feel better.
                        
         Alan and Mitch laugh.
                        
                         ALAN
                         (TO MITCH)
          I like this kid.
                         (TO ADAM)
          I'm Alan Liebowitz: stage 4
          lymphoma. Pleased to meet you.
                        
                         MITCH
          Mitch Horowitz, metastatic prostate
          cancer.
          57.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Adam Schwartz, schwannoma
          neurofibrosarcomas.
                        
                         ALAN
          What the fuck is that?...Sounds
          like the greek dish I had for
          lunch.
                        
         Adam is beginning to feel the effects of the weed.
                        
                         ADAM
          ... man this pot is really strong.
                        
                         MITCH
          Medicinal.
                        
                         ALAN
          Good shit eh.
                        
         Adam stares off into space. He's really high, almost like
         he's tripping. The walls start spinning.
                        
                         FADE TO:
                        
                        
         EXT. AMUSEMENT PARK - DAY (DREAM)
                        
         Adam is standing on line for a Roller Coaster. He gets to the
         front of the line when the CARNIE stops him.
                        
                         CARNIE
          Hey you! What do you think you're
          doing?
                        
         Everything Adam says is in German and subtitled in English.
                        
                         ADAM
          I want to ride.
                        
                         CARNIE
          Read the sign.
                        
         The Carnies points to a sign that reads "No Cancer."
                        
                         ADAM
          I don't have cancer.
                        
                         CARNIE
          Then what's that?
                        
         The Carnie points out Adam's T-shirt, it reads "I'M WITH
         CANCER."
          58.
                        
                        
         Adam turns around to see a GIANT BALD FAT MAN eating cotton
         candy, his shirt reads "CANCER".
                        
         Adam tries to run away, but he's attached to the Giant Fat
         Bald Guy via an umbilical cord. The Giant Fat Bald Guy
         reaches out, picks Adam up, and swallows him.
                        
         END DREAM SEQUENCE
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S BEDROOM - NIGHT
                        
         Adam jolts out of bed. His clothes are drenched in sweat. He
         looks down to see Rachel sleeping peacefully next to him. He
         quickly gets out of bed and runs into the bathroom. And by
         the sound of it, throws up. A lot. Rachel mutters something
         incoherent and then sprawls out, consuming the entire bed.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. KATIE'S OFFICE - NEXT DAY
                        
         Adam looks worn and exhausted from the chemo. He's never felt
         worse.
                        
                         KATIE
          So how do you feel after your first
          treatment?
                        
                         ADAM
          I feel like I was just gang raped
          by the Buena Vista Social Club.
                        
                         KATIE
          Is everything with you going to be
          a joke?
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm serious. Have you heard their
          horn section?
                        
                         KATIE
          Adam, you have a responsibility to
          your mind and body.
                        
                         ADAM
          I was just injected with three
          pints of kryptonite. Can we please
          hold off on the new agey stuff.
                        
                         KATIE
          You can't just sit there and ignore
          what's happening to you...You need
          to stop bottling everything up.
          59.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          What I need is for people to stop
          telling me what I need.
                        
                         KATIE
          Have you considered that this
          cancer is nature's way of telling
          you to change the way you live your
          life?
          (off Adam's look)
          ...There's an old saying - you
          can't change the wind, but you can
          adjust the sails.
                        
                         ADAM
          They teach you that in medical
          school?
                        
         Katie's patience is waning.
                        
                         KATIE
          I know you don't like to talk about
          your feelings, but you have to
          learn to find an outlet.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (FRUSTRATED)
          An outlet for what? I have cancer.
                        
                         KATIE
          And how is your body ever going to
          fight the stress of that cancer if
          you can't even handle your own
          emotions?
                        
         Adam snaps, rasing his voice.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well excuse me. You'll have to
          forgive me for not having a firm
          handle on my emotions at this
          particular juncture of my life.
                        
         Katie's a little shaken by Adam's outburst. She stays firm.
                        
                         KATIE
          You don't have to be here.
                        
         Adam knows he went too far. Plus, that little outburst lifted
         a little wight off his shoulders, and he knows it.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm sorry, I know you're only
          trying to help.
                         (MORE)
          60.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          This is all too much for me. I
          don't know what to do. Just tell me
          what to do and I'll do it.
                        
         Katie looks at Adam, is he being for real? She's skeptical.
                        
                         KATIE
          I want you to do some homework.
          Here's a list of books on mind-body
          therapy. They should help you get
          started.
                        
         Katie hands Adam a sheet of paper with a list of books
         scribbled on it.
                        
                        
         WE PUSH IN ON THE LIST OF BOOKS:
                        
                        
         INT. BOOKSTORE. SELF HELP SECTION - DAY
                        
                        
         WE PULL OUT ON THE LIST OF BOOKS:
                        
         Adam and Seth browse through shelves of books. Seth is
         reading the author's bio from one of the books on Katie's
         list.
                        
                         SETH
                         (IN EXCITEMENT)
          "Franz Schlegel is an American
          `medical intuitive' and `mystic
          psychiatrist'. Schlegel's teachings
          are widely recognized as a global
          spiritual awakening that is
          transcending individual and
          collective human consciousness"...
          You're actually going to read this
          shit? This guy is a fucking tool.
                        
         Seth ditches the New Age book and picks up one on Mardi Gras.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Let's go to Mardi Gras!
                        
                         ADAM
          Why would we go to Mardi Gras?
                        
                         SETH
          Because it's Mardi Gras man. It's
          like a giant orgy of the sexiest
          women you can imagine all throwing
          themselves at you, screaming to be
          fucked. It's a fuck fest.
          61.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm getting chlamydia just
          listening to you talk about it.
                        
                         SETH
          We need to go see the world.
                        
                         ADAM
          This isn't my bachelor party we're
          planning here.
                        
                         SETH
                         (FRUSTRATED)
          Adam you can not let your cancer go
          to waste.
                        
         Adam takes the book from Seth's hands and puts it down.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm not going anywhere.
                        
         From across the store, Seth notices, CLAIRE (30), an
         attractive employee stacking books.
                        
                         SETH
          Well if you're not going to take
          advantage of your cancer, then I
          will.
                        
         Seth yanks the list of books from Adam and crosses to Claire.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Excuse me.
                        
                         CLAIRE
          Yes, how can I help you?
                        
                         SETH
          I'm looking to buy a few books -
                        
         Seth hands Claire the list of book titles. She reads.
                        
                         CLAIRE
          Oh.
                         (CONCERNED)
          Are these for...I'm sorry it's none
          of my business.
                        
                         SETH
          No that's okay. They're for my best
          friend, Adam.
                        
         Seth nods towards Adam across the room.
          62.
                        
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          He's pretty sick.
                        
         Claire shoots Adam a look - the way one looks at a dying
         puppy. Adam looks on in confusion.
                        
                         CLAIRE
          How awful.
                        
                         SETH
          Yeah. Cancer, not cool.
                        
                         CLAIRE
          Poor guy.
                        
                         SETH
          I know it's been really hard.
                        
         Claire leans in.
                        
                         CLAIRE
          It's bad isn't it?
                        
                         SETH
          Honestly?
                         (FEIGNING SADNESS)
          Sometimes I just wish it was me
          instead of him...to relieve some of
          the burden, you know? I just...I
          just want to help.
                        
                        
         INT. BOOKSTORE - LATER
                        
         Adam and Seth exit the bookstore. They pass Claire who gives
         Seth a big smile followed by the "call me" motion.
                        
                         ADAM
          What just happened?
                        
                         SETH
                         (TO ADAM)
          I'll tell you what happened. Cancer
          happened, and you need to get on
          the train.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE - DAY
                        
         Adam and Seth smoke a joint as they watch "Planet Earth" on a
         brand new 50" flat screen TV. There are a dozen oversized
         boxes marked "Rachel" scattered throughout the house.
                        
         Rachel yells from the bedroom.
          63.
                        
                        
          RACHEL (O.C.)
          Adam do you know where the dog
          leash is?
                        
                         ADAM
          Are you going to the park again?
                        
         Rachel enters the room with the dog cradled in her arms.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          This is the third time today.
                        
                         RACHEL
          He likes running around with the
          other dogs.
                        
                         ADAM
          He can barely make it to the door
          without shitting himself.
                        
         Rachel finds the leash and then smells the joint.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (TAKEN ABACK)
          Are you smoking weed?
                        
                         ADAM
          Yeah.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Since when do you smoke?
                        
                         ADAM
          It's medicinal.
                        
         Rachel's shocked, this is way out of character for Adam.
                        
                         RACHEL
          You got a prescription for
          medicinal marijuana?
                        
                         SETH
          No, I did.
                        
                         RACHEL
          What's wrong with you?
                        
                         SETH
          Night blindness. Rods and cones are
          off.
                        
         Rachel rolls her eyes. Seth is ridiculous. Then she notices
         the new flat screen TV on the wall and just like that, her
         demeanor switches. She looks pissed.
          64.
                        
                        
                         RACHEL
          Where did that TV come from?
                        
                         ADAM
          The store.
          (off Rachel's furious
                         LOOK)
          It's medicinal?
                        
                         RACHEL
          I thought we already agreed that my
          painting was going there.
                        
                         ADAM
          (trying to reason)
          Why can't we put up both?
                        
                         RACHEL
          You want me to put my painting next
          to a television?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SHRUGS)
          Yes?
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (YELLS)
          Art needs to breathe Adam!...Do
          whatever you want. I'm taking your
          dog to the park!...And open a
          window. This isn't a dorm room.
                        
         Rachel walks to the door, scoops the dog up in one arm and a
         bag of garbage in the other.
                        
                         ADAM
          (calls out to Rachel)
          Love you.
                        
         The door slams.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          I don't get it, they spend all day
          at the dog park.
                        
                         SETH
          Great. Maybe she'll move there.
                        
                         ADAM
          Can you not talk about her like
          that?
                        
         Seth nearly chokes as he inhales.
          65.
                        
                        
                         SETH
          Are you joking? Do you see the way
          she treats you?
                        
                         ADAM
          She's got some kind of creative
          block...It's her process.
                        
                         SETH
          You have cancer for fuck's sake! If
          I was your girlfriend, I'd be
          baking you cookies and blowing you
          every thirty minutes. Instead,
          she's yelling at you over some
          fucking painting. Her art sucks.
          You don't want to put that on your
          wall. It looks like someone threw
          up a shrimp cocktail and then used
          it to spackle the Berlin Wall.
                        
                         ADAM
          We're going through a rough patch.
          That's what happens in
          relationships.
                        
                         SETH
                         (SERIOUS)
          Bullshit. She's fucking you in the
          ass Adam. This is the one time in
          your life you can do whatever you
          want. If you want to smoke weed,
          then smoke. You want a 50 inch flat
          screen TV, then get the fucking TV!
          And if you want to go to Mardi
          Gras, then LET'S GO TO MARDI GRAS!
                        
                         ADAM
          We're not going to Mardi Gras.
                        
         Seth takes a hit from the joint and hands it back to Adam.
                        
                         SETH
          (as he exhales)
          You're totally missing my point.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. KATIE'S OFFICE - DAY
                        
         Adam sits in Katie's office.
                        
                         ADAM
          I've been reading your books, and
          you know it actually makes
          sense...Some of it.
                         (MORE)
          66.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          I'm not gonna lie, I don't really
          get the "Dark Night of the Soul"
          stuff. But I get it, years of
          anxiety have taken over my body.
          I'm blocked...emotionally.
                        
                         KATIE
                         (EXCITED)
          Adam! This is fantastic.
                        
         Adam is slightly taken aback by Katie's response.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          You know if you're interested,
          there are some more advanced forms
          of therapy that I think could be
          really useful.
                        
                         ADAM
          Sure, if you think it'll help.
                        
                        
         INT. LAUGHTER THERAPY - DAY
                        
         Adam and Seth are seated in a semi-circle with a half dozen
         middle aged men and women. At the front of the group is the
         LAUGHTER THERAPIST (50) - a short man with a long greying
         pony tail and a thick beard. All eyes are closed except for
         Seth and Adam's. Adam's hair is noticeably thin.
                        
                         LAUGHTER THERAPIST
          Good morning class. Before we begin
          I'd like to introduce Adam and
          Seth, our two newest giggle gurus.
                        
         The class laughs. Adam and Seth look around paranoid.
                        
                         SETH
          (quietly to Adam)
          What are they laughing at?
                        
                         ADAM
          (quietly to Seth)
          Just go with it.
                        
         Seth and Adam laugh along with the others.
                        
                         LAUGHTER THERAPIST
          (to Adam and Seth)
          Now what you'll soon discover is
          the true miracle and gift of
          laughter.
                         (MORE)
          67.
                        
          LAUGHTER THERAPIST (CONT'D)
          Learning to laugh at ourselves and
          others through non- judgemental
          means is far more effective than
          any prescription drug, or,
          rehabilitation center.
          You see, when we laugh, our bodies
          release endorphins that not only
          support the immune system, but also
          release deeply stored emotional
          pain, and give us a fresh new
          outlook on life.
                        
         The Laugh Therapist opens his eyes and stares intensely at
         Adam and then Seth.
                        
          LAUGHTER THERAPIST (CONT'D)
          We don't tell jokes here, we tell
          the truth - and we laugh at that
          truth.
                        
         The Laughter Therapist closes his eyes.
                        
          LAUGHTER THERAPIST (CONT'D)
          So let us share. Adam, why don't
          you tell us what brings you here?
                        
         Adam looks around in fear of saying the wrong thing.
                        
          LAUGHTER THERAPIST (CONT'D)
          We're all friends here in the
          Laughter Pagoda.
                        
                         ADAM
          I, ah, have cancer.
                        
         The entire class laughs hysterically.
                        
                         LAUGHTER THERAPIST
          Ah cancer yes. Yes. Laugh.
          Everyone. Beverly, share -
                        
                         BEVERLY
          Yesterday, I confiscated my son's
          pornography collection and then
          used it to masturbate 6 times.
                        
         The class laughs.
                        
                         LAUGHTER THERAPIST
          Paul, share,
                        
                         PAUL
          My wife told me she's a lesbian.
          And then left me for my sister.
          68.
                        
                        
         The class laughs.
                        
                         LAUGHTER THERAPIST
                         JIM -
                        
                         JIM
                         (GLUM)
          I owe two men eight grand by
          Friday.
                        
         The class laughs.
                        
                         LAUGHTER THERAPIST
                         SETH -
                        
                         SETH
          My best friend is a giant pussy.
                        
         The class laughs.
                        
                         ADAM
          My best friend's favorite band is
          Abba.
                        
         Everyone laughs except for Seth.
                        
                         SETH
                         (DEFENSIVE)
          When I was 12.
                        
                         LAUGHTER THERAPIST
                         (HYSTERICAL)
          Abba! Wonderful. I love it. Seth
          laugh.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S BATHROOM - DAY
                        
         TIME LAPSE: Adam stares at himself in the mirror. His health
         slowly deteriorates. Hair begins to fall out. His face thins.
                        
                        SUPER: JULY
                        
                         FADE TO:
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. HALLWAY - DAY
                        
         Adam, Alan and Mitch sit in the corridor of the Cancer Ward.
         Adam is wearing a ski hat to cover his balding head.
                        
                         ALAN
                         (CONFIDENT)
          Real.
          69.
                        
                        
                         MITCH
          Fake.
                        
                         ADAM
          Fake.
                        
         CAMERA PULLS BACK to reveal an INSANELY HOT WOMAN with giant
         breasts in a hospital gown walk by the three men.
                        
                         ALAN
          You're both wrong. I think I know
          real when I see it.
                        
         The hot woman scratches her head, revealing that she's
         wearing a WIG.
                        
                         ALAN (CONT'D)
          God damn it.
                        
         Alan hands Adam and Mitch each a five dollar bill.
                        
         Mitch notices Adam watching one of the OTHER PATIENT's
         sitting and laughing with HIS WIFE. There's a longing in
         Adam's eyes.
                        
                         MITCH
          How come we've never met Rachel?
                        
                         ALAN
          Yeah. What the fuck?
                        
                         ADAM
          She's been really stressed lately,
                        
         Adam looks around at all the sick people.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          If I brought her here, she'd
          probably freak out.
                        
                         ALAN
          Smart man. Save yourself the
          headache.
                        
                         MITCH
          Don't listen to him Adam. It's
          important to be with your loved
          ones in times like these.
                        
                         ALAN
          Bullshit. Women are nothing but
          trouble.
                         (MORE)
          70.
                        
                         ALAN (CONT'D)
          They're selfish animals who only
          add to the misery in your life. You
          want to talk about a cancer.
                        
                         MITCH
          Listen to me Adam, I've been
          married 40 years and it's my
          Margaret who keeps me going.
                        
         Mitch pulls out his wallet. He holds out a picture of his
         wife MARGARET (80).
                        
                         MITCH (CONT'D)
          She's my reason to live.
                        
                         ALAN
          That's precious Mitch, I almost
          want to wrap it up and tie a little
          bow around it.
                         (TO ADAM)
          Honestly, I don't give a shit. You
          can do whatever you want. It's your
          life. All I know is that I'm not
          going to spend my last days on this
          miserable planet pining over a
          woman. The day my wife left me was
          the best day of my life.
                        
         Adam let's this soak in.
                        
                        
         EXT. HOSPITAL - AFTERNOON
                        
         Adam's on his cell phone pacing in front of the hospital.
                        
          RACHEL (V.O.)
          Hey, it's Rachel. I must be doing
          something really important. I'll
          give you a call when I'm
          done...yay!
                        
                         ADAM
                         (INTO PHONE)
          Hey it's me, just checking to see
          if you're on your way.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         EXT. HOSPITAL PARKING LOT - LATER
                        
         Adam paces impatiently. He calls Rachel again, it goes
         straight to voice mail.
          71.
                        
                        
          RACHEL (V.O.)
          Hey, it's Rachel. I must be doing
          something really important. I'll
          give you a call when I'm
          done...yay!
                        
                         ADAM
                         (INTO PHONE)
          It's me again. Just checking to see
          where you are. In case you're
          looking for me I'm now on the other
          side of the parking lot. Call me.
                        
         As Katie walks to her car, she sees Adam pacing and mumbling
         to himself.
                        
                         KATIE
          Adam?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (EMBARRASSED)
          Oh hey.
                        
                         KATIE
          What are you doing?
                        
                         ADAM
          Just waiting for Rachel to pick me
          up.
                        
                         KATIE
          What time is she coming?
                        
                         ADAM
          Uh, four.
                        
         Katie looks at her watch.
                        
                         KATIE
          It's six thirty.
                        
                         ADAM
          She must be stuck in traffic.
                        
                         KATIE
          You want a ride?
                        
                        
         INT. KATIE'S CAR - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Adam is seated in the front seat as Katie drives. The car is
         filthy - it's littered with papers, magazines, food wrappers,
         etc. Katie's body is pressed all the way up against the
         steering wheel with her eyes fixed on the road.
          72.
                        
                        
                         KATIE
          Sorry about the mess.
                        
         Adam picks up a copy of "Organizing Your Way to Success,"
         which is lying on the floor.
                        
                         ADAM
          I think you should ask for a
          refund.
                        
                         KATIE
          I know, I know. What can I say? I'm
          not good at getting rid of things.
          I get easily attached.
                        
                         ADAM
          Yeah, I can see.
                        
         Changing the subject.
                        
                         KATIE
          So you don't drive?
                        
                         ADAM
          Nope.
                        
                         KATIE
          But you have a license?
                        
                         ADAM
          Nope.
                         (BEAT)
          I actually failed my test.
                        
                         KATIE
          No!
                        
                         ADAM
                         (EMBARRASSED)
          It's true.
                        
                         KATIE
          But, I thought you can re-take the
          test.
                        
                         ADAM
          Eh. Let's just say, that the state
          of California felt it was best I
          didn't.
                        
         Katie stares at Adam in shock.
                        
                         KATIE
          What did you do?
          73.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          I kind of backed my mom's car down
          an embankment...Into the Balboa
          cactus garden.
                        
                         KATIE
          The garden with all the endangered
          plants?
                        
                         ADAM
          They didn't want to tow it out in
          fear of destroying more of the
          vegetation, so they had to use a
          giant crane.
                        
         Katie lets out a tiny chuckle, but quickly contains herself.
                        
                         KATIE
          I'm sorry. That's terrible.
                        
         Unable to hold back, Katie continues laughing. This is the
         first time we've seen Katie let go of her rigid nature.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (ABRUPT)
          Stop the car.
                        
         Katie looks at Adam nervously.
                        
                         KATIE
          Why what's wrong?
                        
                         ADAM
          Just stop the car.
                        
         Katie stops the car. Adam grabs a handful of Katie's garbage
         and gets out.
                        
                         KATIE
          What are you doing?
                        
                         ADAM
          I can't handle all this mess.
                        
         Adam tosses the garbage in a dumpster and comes back to the
         car for more. Katie starts laughing, she can't believe Adam
         is cleaning her car.
                        
                         KATIE
          Wait, no, not that, that's my
          dinner.
                        
         Adam leaves Katie's dinner and throws out the rest of the
         garbage. He gets back in the car and takes a deep breath.
          74.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          You can drive.
                        
                        
         EXT. ADAM'S HOUSE - LATER
                        
         Adam and Katie arrive at Adam's house.
                        
                         ADAM
          Thanks for the ride...
                        
         Adam looks at his house. The lights are out. He's really not
         in the mood to be alone. He looks back at Katie.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Do you want to come in. For a
          beverage? Or something?
                        
                         KATIE
          It probably wouldn't be very
          professional of me.
                        
                         ADAM
          Come on, I'll let you analyze my
          Id.
                        
         Katie is hesitant, but she also feels in a strange way that
         Adam is more than a patient.
                        
                         KATIE
          Uh, okay. But I can't stay long.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE. LIVING ROOM - LATER
                        
         Adam and Katie sit on the couch playing an ultra-violent
         video game. Katie is destroying Adam.
                        
                         KATIE
          You know you are terrible at this?
                        
         Adam is totally lost. He has zero sense of how to play.
                        
                         ADAM
          I've never played before.
                        
                         KATIE
          This is your Playstation.
                        
                         ADAM
          Doesn't mean I play it. Games these
          days today are so complicated.
                         (RE: CONTROL)
                         (MORE)
          75.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          There's too many buttons. I can't
          keep track of what does what.
                        
                         KATIE
                         (LAUGHS)
          Perhaps you'd prefer something a
          little more simple. Maybe a nice
          game of Connect Four or Bingo.
                        
                         ADAM
          She has a sense of humor.
                        
         Katie's face lights up. She's proud of herself for that one.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Duck Hunt, now that was a game.
          You know why? One button.
                        
         Katie laughs.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          You think I'm kidding. My dad and I
          used to have Duck Hunt tournaments.
          He was actually really good.
                         (BEAT)
          Until he had his stroke.
                        
                         KATIE
          That must have been hard, seeing
          him lose his cognitive skills like
          that.
                        
         This is the most emotionally honest we've ever seen Adam.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well the funny thing is that the
          stroke actually made him a better
          player, he just lost interest.
                        
         Katie feels for Adam.
                        
                         KATIE
          You've never talked about your dad.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well whose fault is that? Doctor?
                        
                         KATIE
          Hey!
                        
         The two continue to play. Adam wildly pushes every button as
         Katie's character pins Adam's character and repeatedly slams
         his head into the ground.
          76.
                        
                        
         Game over.
                        
         Katie pats Adam on the shoulder.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          Rematch?
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S KITCHEN - LATER THAT NIGHT
                        
         Adam holds out a tray of wheat grass as he prepares to blend
         wheat grass shots.
                        
                         ADAM
          You ever had this stuff.
                        
                         KATIE
          No, but it's supposed to be really
          good for you.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well it smells like my grandmother.
                        
                         KATIE
          You complain a lot.
                        
                         ADAM
          You haven't met my mother.
          It's a miracle I do anything but
          complain.
                        
                         KATIE
          I try not to look at the world like
          that.
                        
                         ADAM
          The world would be a boring place
          if we didn't complain. Come on.
          There's got to be something. One
          thing, just one thing, that drives
          you nuts.
                        
                         KATIE
          Hmmm.
                         (FISHING)
          I really don't like it when people
          at work finish all the coffee and
          don't refill the pot.
                        
                         ADAM
          It's infuriating right?
          77.
                        
                        
                         KATIE
          I wouldn't say infuriating. It's
          just not good work place etiquette.
                        
         Adam is far more excited by this revelation. He hands Katie a
         shot of wheat grass and takes one last sniff of the awful
         smelling drink. He raises his glass to make a toast.
                        
                         ADAM
          To complaining.
                        
         Adam downs the drink and cringes at the taste. Katie follows,
         and in total disgust, she spits her wheat grass all over
         Adam's face.
                        
                         KATIE
          Oh god, that's disgusting. I'm so
          sorry.
                        
         Katie grabs a towel as Adam stands speechless.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          Hold on. I'm so sorry.
                        
         Adam keeps his eyes closed as Katie wipes his face.
                        
                         ADAM
          Is it all gone?
                        
         For the first time, Katie notices how cute Adam is. Adam
         opens his eyes to catch Katie staring at him. They lock eyes
         for a moment. Uncomfortable, Adam averts his look.
                        
         Suddenly, Rachel walks through the front door.
                        
          RACHEL (O.C.)
          Adam?
                        
         Feeling a little foolish, Katie motions to leave.
                        
                         KATIE
          I should probably be going.
                        
         Rachel enters the kitchen.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Adam?
                        
                         ADAM
          Finally. Where have you been?
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (MAD)
          I hope I'm not interrupting.
          78.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Oh, this is Dr. McRae, my
          therapist.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (SUSPICIOUS)
          This is your therapist?
                        
                         KATIE
          Please, call me Katie.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (SUSPICIOUS)
          OK. Katie. What are you doing here?
                        
                         ADAM
          She drove me home. Ring a bell?
                        
                         RACHEL
          Ugh. Shit.
                         (SWEET/NERVOUS)
          Thank you so much for doing that.
          Life's been a little crazy lately,
          which I'm sure Adam has told you
          all about. I love those shoes.
                        
                         KATIE
          Thanks...
                        
         Awkward silence. The tension is thick.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          I'm going to go. I'll see you at
          our next session Adam.
                        
         Katie leaves.
                        
                         ADAM
          Where have you been?
                        
                         RACHEL
          I was at the gallery.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (PISSED)
          You were supposed to pick me up. 8
          hours ago.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I know. I'm sorry. I totally
          spaced. With the opening only three
          months away my head's just all over
          the place.
          (off Adam's look)
                         (MORE)
          79.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          Don't look at me like that. You
          know this is a hard time for me.
                        
                         ADAM
          You're right. Let me go back and
          talk to the doctor - see if maybe
          they can diagnose me with something
          that better suits your needs.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (DEFENSIVE)
          I'm not just some car service here
          to shuttle you around!
                        
                         ADAM
          And my house isn't a summer camp.
          You can't just come and go as you
          please and not take some
          responsibility.
                        
                         RACHEL
          And what is it that I'm not taking
          responsibility for?
                        
                         ADAM
          This. Us.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I can't handle this! You make it
          sound like I'm your wife.
                        
                         ADAM
          You know what I thought the other
          day? That I might actually die
          without ever having sex again.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I'm sorry if your cancer isn't
          turning me on.
                        
         Rachel begins to cry.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          You think this is easy for me
          seeing you sick like this? The past
          few months have been hard on me
          too. It's not always about you.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (RELENTS)
          I know.
                        
         Adam tenderly wraps his arms around Rachel.
          80.
                        
                        
         A beat.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Why are you so good?
                        
                         ADAM
          You're my Yam.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S BEDROOM - LATER THE SAME NIGHT
                        
         Rachel stares at Adam as he sleeps next to her in bed. She
         slowly moves her index finger along Adam's arm and then
         seductively kisses his neck. Adam firmly grabs hold of Rachel
         and the two begin to go through the motions. Clothes come
         off. Adam gets on top of Rachel...And then stops.
                        
                         RACHEL
          What's wrong?
                        
                         ADAM
          I can't.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Why?
                        
         Adam looks down.
                        
                         ADAM
          I don't know what's wrong.
                         (DEFEATED)
          It won't work.
                        
         Adam rolls over onto his back. He and Rachel lay silent -
         neither making contact with the other.
                        
                         FADE TO:
                        
                        SUPER: SEPTEMBER
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. CHEMOTHERAPY TREATMENT ROOM - MORNING
                        
         Adam sits down next to Mitch, but notices there's no Alan.
                        
                         ADAM
          Where's Alan?
                        
         Speechless, Mitch looks up at Adam and slowly shakes his
         head. Tears roll down Mitch's cheek. Adam's face goes white.
          81.
                        
                        
         EXT. CEMETERY - DAY
                        
         Adam and Mitch stand next to the RABBI.
                        
         The tombstone reads "ALAN LIEBOWITZ (1923-2007) FINALLY."
                        
         THE CAMERA TILTS up to the sky, and then DOWN to reveal:
                        
                        
         EXT. BOCA RATON RETIREMENT COMMUNITY - DAY (DREAM)
                        
         A healthy Adam is surrounded by dozens of energetic elderly
         people who are swimming, playing bocci ball, shuffle board,
         bridge, etc. Adam looks on in confusion as an OLD MAN wearing
         an official looking badge drives by on a golf cart.
                        
                         ADAM
          Excuse me.
                        
         The old man stops his cart.
                        
                         OLD MAN
          How can I help you?
                        
                         ADAM
          Where am I?
                        
                         OLD MAN
          The After Life.
                        
                         ADAM
          This is Heaven?
                        
         The old man scratches his balls.
                        
                         OLD MAN
          Pretty great huh? They've even got
          a frozen yogurt machine.
                        
         The old man points to a long line of excited seniors awaiting
         their turn at a massive Frozen Yogurt Sundae Bar. A sign in
         front reads "WAIT: 45 MINUTES".
                        
                         ADAM
          There are lines in Heaven?
                        
                         OLD MAN
          It's worth it.
                        
         End Dream.
          82.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE - NIGHT
                        
         Adam jumps from bed in cold sweat.
                        
                        
         INT. SYNAGOGUE. RABBI JACOB'S OFFICE - DAY
                        
         Adam is seated in the Rabbi's office, he looks despondent.
                        
                         RABBI
          So you want to know what's going to
          happen when you die?
                        
                         ADAM
          I think it's a fair question.
                        
                         RABBI
          Fair yes, but impossible for me to
          answer. Our deaths, like our lives,
          have meaning and are all part of
          God's plan. How should I know what
          God has planned for you. Maybe if
          you came to service once in a
          while...
                        
                         ADAM
          Well am I going to go to Heaven?
                        
                         RABBI
          Probably.
                        
                         ADAM
          What if I want to just die? That's
          it. No Heaven.
                        
                         RABBI
          That's like buying a ticket for a
          cruise and then not going. The
          Afterlife is where the fun begins.
                        
                         ADAM
          How can being stuck in some
          nonexistent void with my
          grandparents be fun. I spent my
          entire life trying to get away from
          my family, now I'm going to have to
          spend an eternity with them.
                        
                         RABBI
          Adam, you can not look at death as
          a curse. Even in death we are all
          still part of God. Life on Earth is
          just the beginning.
          83.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          But that's not what I want.
                        
                         RABBI
                         (FRUSTRATED)
          Oy. Then find another religion. I
          don't make the rules.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL. KATIE'S OFFICE - DAY
                        
         Adam is lying on the couch staring at the ceiling. There is
         total silence.
                        
                         KATIE
          You're being awfully quiet today.
          Is everything okay?
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm going to die aren't I?
                        
                         KATIE
          What are you talking about?
                        
                         ADAM
          It's true.
                        
                         KATIE
          We don't know that.
                        
         Adam sits up and looks at Katie.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm not getting any better.
                        
                         KATIE
          Don't say that, you're doing so
          well.
                        
                         ADAM
          Did you know that they found a
          Quasar 7 billion light years away?
          7 billion light years! It's more
          than 3 billion years older than our
          planet, and we're just seeing it
          now; and you think I'm going to
          live?
                        
                         KATIE
                         (TOTALLY BAFFLED)
          What are you talking about?
          84.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Cancer is an epidemic! It killed
          Alan, it's going to kill me, and
          it's going to kill millions more
          after me. There's nothing anybody
          can do.
                        
                         KATIE
          This is really good Adam. Let it
          out.
                        
                         ADAM
          Will you stop!
                         (BEAT)
          I can't do this anymore. It doesn't
          matter. None of it. I'm going to
          die and with nothing to show for my
          life. 100 years from now my legacy
          be will be that of just another
          person dead of cancer. That's it.
                        
                         KATIE
          This helplessness you're feeling is
          normal. These emotions you're
          holding onto are what make you
          human. But it doesn't mean you can
          just stop living your life.
                         (BEAT)
          Look at how you've grown over the
          past few months, you can't just
          throw it all away...Talk to me.
                        
                         ADAM
          I know you're only trying to help,
          but this isn't working for me
          anymore.
                         (BEAT)
          I'm sorry.
                        
         Adam leaves. Katie is left feeling as though she failed.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL - DAY
                        
         Adam lies on the bed of an MRI machine. His body is slowly
         drawn into the enclosed body scanner.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S BATHROOM - MORNING
                        
         TIME LAPSE: Adam's stares at himself in the mirror. His
         health deteriorates even more.
                        
                        SUPER: NOVEMBER
          85.
                        
                        
         Looking at himself in the mirror, Adam takes note of his
         hollow cheeks and worn eyes. He looks awful, like an old man.
         There isn't any youth left. He's not getting any better, and
         he knows it.
                        
         Noticing a few renegade hairs sticking up, Adam pulls out a
         lint brush and combs his head.
                        
         Rachel enters and steps up on the scale. She examines herself
         in the mirror.
                        
                         ADAM
          I need a new lint brush.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Okay, I'll pick one up.
                        
                         ADAM
          And I have a doctor's appointment
          next Thursday...The big one.
                        
         Rachel continues to examines her waist.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Am I getting fat?
                        
         Adam stares at Rachel.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          What?
                        
                         ADAM
          Are you listening to me?
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (ANNOYED)
          Yes.
                        
                         ADAM
          So you'll take me?
                        
                         RACHEL
          Of course.
                        
         Rachel leaves. In frustration Adam weakly picks up the scale
         and throws it against the wall, smashing it.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S LIVING ROOM - DAY
                        
         Adam sits alone in his empty house. It's a mess. He looks
         unhinged.
          86.
                        
                        
         He slowly pulls a hit from a joint as he watches Matlock on
         his flat screen TV, which has been moved to the floor to make
         room for Rachel's painting.
                        
         Adam flips the channel to Martha Stewart, then to I Love
         Lucy, then to General Hospital, then to Body Building on
         ESPN. He turns the TV off. He's bored.
                        
         Adam crosses to the answering machine. It reads "10
         Messages." He presses play. All the messages are from his
         mother. He hits delete.
                        
                        
         Adam reads through a stack of unopened letters. He comes
         across a postcard from the Museum advertising "Mountain Dew
         Presents: The Origins of Man".
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
                        
         INT. SAN DIEGO MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY - DAY
                        
         CLOSE ON: the "Mountain Dew Presents: The Origins of Man"
         poster in the Museum's main entrance.
                        
         Adam enters the museum and walks up to the sign. People stop
         and stare, stunned by Adam's gaunt appearance - like a ghost
         haunting the grounds. Adam carries a wide smile, he's
         overcome with a sense of nostalgia for his old job.
                        
                        
         INT. PHIL'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Phil and Adam sit in Phil's office.
                        
                         PHIL
          You look great.
                        
                         ADAM
          Really?
                        
                         PHIL
                         (INSINCERE)
          Yeah, look at you.
                        
                         ADAM
          I want to come back to work.
                        
                         PHIL
                         (IN DISBELIEF)
          You want to come back? Here?
                        
                         ADAM
          What's so crazy about that?
          87.
                        
                        
                         PHIL
          You could be anywhere right now,
          and this is that place?
                        
                         ADAM
          Yeah.
                        
                         PHIL
          Are you sure that's a good idea?
                        
         Phil is treading a fine line...
                        
                         PHIL (CONT'D)
          ...Given...your current health?
                        
                         ADAM
          You said I look great.
                        
                         PHIL
          Yeah for a guy with cancer.
                        
         Adam looks dejected. Phil feels bad, he went too far.
                        
                         PHIL (CONT'D)
          Alright, what the hell? I'd love to
          have you back. Let's be honest this
          place is falling apart without you.
                        
                         ADAM
          Thank you Phil.
                        
                         PHIL
                         (SYMPATHETICALLY )
          So you're really okay? I mean, the
          cancer, is-
                        
                         ADAM
          Oh it's really good. We've come to
          an understanding. It takes whatever
          it wants and depletes me of my
          every will to live, and I let it.
                        
         Phil, second-guessing his decision-
                        
                         PHIL
          Welcome back.
                        
                        
         INT. MUSEUM. POMPEII EXHIBIT - LATER
                        
         Seth leads a tour of FOREIGN TOURISTS through the museum. He
         speaks as he did earlier - like a game show host.
          88.
                        
                        
                         SETH
          And if you look over on your left
          you'll see our newest exhibit "The
          Last Days Pompeii." Buried in 79 AD
          by the catastrophic eruption of Mt.
          Vesuvius, Pompeii remained hidden
          and forgotten until 1748 when
          archeologists began to excavate the
          site. Here we see exquisitely
          preserved objects that offer a
          glimpse into the day-to-day life of
          this ancient city.
                        
         Seth comes upon Adam who is working closely on a diorama.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          This here is Adam, one of our
          curators. Adam do you want to tell
          us what you're working on?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (UPBEAT)
          Gladly. This here is a depiction of
          what Pompeii's final 19 hours
          probably looked like.
                        
         Adam's exhibit is a highly morbid depiction of Pompeii's
         final hours. The scene is total chaos. Ash flies through the
         air. Hot molten lava engulfs the town. Miniature men, women,
         and children run through the streets in horror. People are
         sacrificing whatever they can for the Gods. There's a wild
         orgy in the streets. And a giant TYRANNOSAURS REX model
         devours a villager.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          According to Pliny the Younger -
          "You could hear women lamenting,
          children crying, men shouting.
          There were some so afraid of death
          that they prayed for death. Many
          raised their hands to the gods, and
          even more believed that there were
          no gods any longer, and that this
          was one unending night for the
          world."
                        
         The tourists take pictures. In shock, Seth quickly shuttles
         the group away.
                        
                         SETH
          Ok. Moving along we see the
          beautiful watercolor paintings of
          John James Audobon.
          89.
                        
                        
         Seth looks back at Adam like he's lost his mind.
                        
                        
         INT. MUSEUM. HALL - LATER
                        
         The sound of someone vomiting can be heard booming from the
         men's bathroom. A crowd of Museum guests walk past in horror.
         They look at each other in fear. The toilet flushes. Adam
         walks out. Everyone stares. Adam smiles in embarrassment.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (AWKWARD)
          I'll be in Pompeii if anyone needs
          me.
                        
         Adam walks back to the Pompeii exhibit. Phil approaches.
                        
                         PHIL
          You feeling okay? You don't look so
          good.
                        
                         ADAM
          Could be worse. Right?
                        
         Phil notices the Pompeii exhibit.
                        
                         PHIL
                         (STARTLED)
          Jesus!
                        
         Phil feels terrible about what he's going to say next.
                        
                         PHIL (CONT'D)
          Listen Adam...I don't know how to
          say this...
                        
         Phil places a comforting hand on Adam's shoulder.
                        
                         ADAM
          Don't worry...I get it. You're a
          good guy.
                        
                         PHIL
          Come back when you're better. You
          know you'll always have a home
          here.
                        
                        
         INT. MUSEUM. ORIGINS OF MAN EXHIBIT - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Distraught, Adam walks down the Hall of Evolution. Slouched
         in defeat, he passes the various dioramas depicting human
         evolution. He begins at MODERN HUMANS and walks backwards in
         time.
          90.
                        
                        
         He comes to the family of Cro Magnons, then Neanderthal man.
         He stops and looks at Neanderthal - their slumped profiles
         match. He continues down the hall towards the exit.
                        
                        
         EXT. SAN DIEGO BOARDWALK - AFTERNOON
                        
         Adam walks along the boardwalk. He's surrounded by
         perfection. The beach. The water. The blue sky. Hundreds of
         beautiful men and women in their 20's and 30's: jogging,
         biking, surfing, skate boarding, playing volleyball, etc. He
         looks like a raisin among grapes.
                        
                        
         EXT. ADAM'S HOUSE - DAY
                        
         Adam stands impatiently on his porch. He looks at his watch
         and then dials his phone.
                        
          RACHEL (V.O.)
          Hey, it's Rachel. I must be doing
          something really important. I'll
          give you a call when I'm
          done...yay!
                        
         Adam's face is red with fury. He does his best to hold back.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SWEET)
          Hey, it's Adam. Where are you?
          Maybe you forgot, but my
          appointment is today. So call me
          back.
                        
         Enraged, Adam hangs up.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Fuck!
                        
         Adam picks up his phone and dials again.
                        
          SETH (V.O.)
          Yoooooo.
                        
                         ADAM
          Hey man, I need you to do me -
                        
          SETH (V.O.)
          Not around. Leave a message.
                        
         Adam hangs up and dials again.
          91.
                        
                        
          EDITH (O.S.)
                         (YELLING)
          Hello,
                        
         Adam holds the phone away from his ear and cringes. A pang of
         regret runs through his body.
                        
                         ADAM
          Hi mom.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL EXAMINATION ROOM - LATER
                        
         Edith, Art and Adam sit in the exam room, each reading their
         respective magazines - minus Art who is lost somewhere in his
         own world. The tension is thick. Edith looks at her watch and
         shivers. There's a knock at the door. A CUTE NURSE enters.
                        
                         CUTE NURSE
          The Doctor wanted me to apologize
          for running late, he's just in with
          another patient, but should be out
          in a few minutes. You guys holding
          up alright?
                        
                         EDITH
          It's very cold in here. Is there
          anyway you can turn down the Air
          Conditioning?
                        
                         CUTE NURSE
          Unfortunately the temperature is
          controlled by a central thermostat.
                        
                         EDITH
          My son has cancer.
                        
                         CUTE NURSE
                         (FEELS BAD)
          I'm sorry, really, if I could I
          would, but there's nothing I can
          do.
                        
         Adam's pissed that his mother has just involved him.
                        
                         ADAM
          (smiles to the Nurse)
          Don't worry about it.
          (Scowls at Edith)
          I'm fine.
                        
                         CUTE NURSE
          Are you sure? I could get you a
          blanket.
          92.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          No, really, I'm okay. But thank
          you.
                        
                         EDITH
          I'd love a blanket.
                        
                         ADAM
          (to the Cute Nurse)
          We're fine.
                        
                         CUTE NURSE
          Okay, but you let me know if you
          need anything.
                        
         The Nurse smiles at Adam in sympathy, he smiles back. The
         Cute Nurse exits.
                        
                         EDITH
          (Re: the cute nurse)
          I don't like her.
                        
         Edith puts her hand on Adam's forehead. He looks at her hand
         and then picks up a magazine in an attempt to ignore her.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
          You feel warm.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm fine.
                        
         Edith pulls some pills out her fanny pack.
                        
                         EDITH
          Take these.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (ANNOYED)
          You're like some kind of deranged
          pusher.
                        
                         EDITH
          Do you know what it's like to fear
          losing your son? No. You don't.
          When you have children of your own
          we can discuss it. Now take the
          pills.
                        
         Adam puts the pills in his mouth and pretends to swallow.
         Edith gets up from her chair. As soon as his mother turns
         away, Adam spits the pills into his hand.
                        
         Edith paces around the room looking at the Doctor's various
         degrees on the wall.
          93.
                        
                        
         Adam looks on, annoyed at every step his mother takes. Edith
         closes in on one of the degrees and puts on her reading
         glasses for further examination.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
                         (DISAPPROVING)
          Huh.
                        
                         ADAM
          What?
                        
                         EDITH
          Oh nothing.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (ANNOYED)
          What?
                        
                         EDITH
          It's nothing, he went to a state
          college.
                        
                         ADAM
          You're unbelievable.
                        
                         EDITH
          I just worry that you're not
          getting the best care possible.
                        
         Adam can't take it anymore.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well who needs a doctor when
          they've got you and your fanny
          pack?
                        
                         EDITH
          You can be a little shit sometimes,
          you know that? You think I don't
          know what's best for you? I birthed
          you. You came out of me. I am your
          mother, for better or for worse, so
          accept it.
          (Re: fanny pack)
          You don't like this, well I'm
          sorry. It's my own way of caring.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SNAPS)
          Well stop! You're driving me crazy.
          With the comments and the pills
          every five minutes. Just stop. I'm
          not dad. I can take care of myself.
          94.
                        
                        
         Edith turns away, Adam's words hurt.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          I'm sorry, I didn't mean it.
                        
         Edith blows her nose as tears rolls down her cheek.
                        
                         EDITH
          Yes you did. I drive you crazy.
                        
         Adam gently puts his hand on Edith's shoulder.
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom.
                        
         Edith turns to Adam helpless and scared.
                        
                         EDITH
          You're all I've got. Look at your
          father.
                        
         We see Art sitting in the chair picking his nose.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
          I've lost him. My true love, gone.
          I'm never going see him again, at
          least not in this life.
                         (BEAT)
          He spent his whole life priding
          himself on his independence, always
          too stubborn to ask for help and
          now look at the son of a bitch.
                         (TO ART)
          You happy? You like shitting
          yourself?
                        
                         ADAM
          Mom!
                        
                         EDITH
          He was the greatest thing to ever
          happen to me. And then I had you,
          and that was even greater. So if I
          hover and threaten your
          independence, so what? You have a
          mother who loves you more than
          anything. Is that so awful?
                        
                         ADAM
          No. It's not.
                        
         Adam and Edith share a moment...Dr. Ross storms in the room
         carrying a stack of MRI films. He seems rushed.
          95.
                        
                        
          DR. ROSS
          Sorry to keep you folks waiting.
          It's been one of those days...car
          got towed. Wife double parked it.
                        
         Adam and Edith look at Dr Ross with blank stares.
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
          Anyway I'll cut to the chase. The
          cancer's not responding to the
          chemo.
                        
         Dr. Ross places the MRI into the light box.
                        
          DR. ROSS (CONT'D)
          As you can see...The tumor is
          continuing to grow here, along the
          nerve.
                        
         Adam and Edith squint to see what Ross is talking about, but
         see nothing.
                        
                         ADAM
          So what do we do?
                        
          DR. ROSS
          We need to operate. If we don't
          remove it soon we risk metastasis.
                        
                         ADAM
          But you said surgery was too risky.
                        
          DR. ROSS
          We're out of options.
                        
         Tears roll down Edith's cheek. Adam grabs hold of her hand.
                        
                         EDITH
          But he's going to be okay, right?
          You're going to fix it.
                        
         Dr. Ross sits, he knows this can't be easy for a mother.
                        
          DR. ROSS
          This surgery is no guarantee. The
          risks are tremendous. And, even if
          we're able to remove the tumor
          there's still the chance that Adam,
          you'll never be able to walk again.
                        
         Adam looks at his mother. He firmly grabs hold of her hand.
          96.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Does that mean...I can get handicap
          parking?
                        
         Adam's line breaks the tension forcing a slight smile across
         Edith's face.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S HOUSE - LATER THAT NIGHT
                        
         Distraught and emotionally worn, Adam enters to discover the
         smell of a home cooked meal. He walks through the house.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS
                        
         He stands in the doorway of the kitchen staring at Rachel
         cooking. Rachel turns around. She's in high spirits.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Hey you.
                        
         Rachel gleefully skips over and gives Adam a sweet kiss on
         the cheek.
                        
                         ADAM
          Smells good.
                        
                         RACHEL
          The girls and I are having a movie
          night. I somehow got suckered into
          cooking.
          (off Adam's look)
          Don't worry I left you some.
                        
         Adam feigns a smile, hiding the pain of his heart breaking in
         a thousand pieces.
                        
         Suddenly Rachel's iPhone VIBRATES. She picks it up, and reads
         her text message. Her face lights up as she reads. She
         quickly types a reply.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SUSPICIOUS)
          Who's that?
                        
                         RACHEL
          Susan. She wants to know what time
          I'm coming over.
                        
                         ADAM
          (even more suspicious)
          That's what she just texted?
                         (MORE)
          97.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          She wants to know what time you're
          going over to her house?
                        
         Rachel puts the phone down on the counter and returns to her
         cooking.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Uh huh.
                        
                         ADAM
          Alright, well I'm gonna go lie
          down.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I might be out late so don't wait
          up.
                        
         Adam walks to the bedroom. After a beat he moves back to the
         doorway and pops his head around the corner. He quietly
         watches Rachel cross from the kitchen into the living room.
                        
         He stealthily steps into the kitchen, picks Rachel's iPhone
         off the counter and scrolls through her text messages.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (TO SELF)
          What the fuck?
                        
         Rachel enters the kitchen.
                        
                         RACHEL
          What are you doing?
                        
                         ADAM
          Who's James?
                        
                         RACHEL
          My art partner.
                        
                         ADAM
          (re: text message)
          He wants to know if you're still
          coming over tonight. Should I tell
          him you're having a girls night?
                         (CONTINUES READING)
          Oh wait, you already told him to
          bring the wine.
                         (LOOKS UP)
          That's funny. It seems as though
          you've double booked yourself.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I can't believe you just invaded my
          privacy like that.
          98.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
                         (READING PHONE)
          Oh, you just got another text from
          him. He says "Your skin is the
          canvas upon which my dreams are
          painted...
                        
         Rachel reaches for the phone. Adam pulls away.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (FUMING)
          Give me back my phone.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (READING)
          "Hope you're not too sore from this
          afternoon."
                         (A BEAT)
          He seems sweet.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Adam, it's not what you think.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well now how do you know what I'm
          thinking?
                        
                         RACHEL
          Don't be like that. I didn't do
          anything wrong.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SERIOUS)
          You've been cheating on me.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Adam you're being ridiculous.
                        
                         ADAM
          Am I?
                        
         Adam holds up Rachel's phone to display a photo of Rachel
         naked, covered in red paint.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          What's this?
                        
         Adam scrolls through an entire series of nude photos of
         Rachel - all ridiculously artistic.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          And this? And this? And this? There
          are over a dozen naked photos of
          you in here.
          99.
                        
                        
         Suddenly the back door swings open. Oblivious, Seth enters.
                        
                         SETH
          Hey guys.
                        
         Adam and Rachel say nothing. Seth can tell he just walked
         into some major shit.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Bad time?
                        
         Adam and Rachel say nothing. Seth takes a peak at Rachel's
         iPhone.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
                         (IMPRESSED)
          Whoa! Nice! Now that I would put on
          the wall.
          (off Adam's look)
          I can see you're in the middle of
          something. I'll just be in the
          other room.
                        
         Seth crosses to the living room. Rachel picks up the
         conversation where they left off.
                        
                         RACHEL
          It's a portrait series, commenting
          on post-colonial patriarchy in the
          Congo.
          (off Adam's look)
          ...That's it. Nothing more.
                        
                         ADAM
          Have you lost your mind? I had the
          most important appointment of my
          life today and you missed it
          because you were off with your "art
          partner"...And what the fuck do you
          know about Africa?
                        
         Rachel totally forgot about his appointment. The guilt runs
         through her body.
                        
                         RACHEL
          Oh shit. I forgot. Please, Adam,
          I'm so sorry.
                         (CONCERNED)
          What did the doctor say?
                        
                         ADAM
          Did you cheat on me?
          100.
                        
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (CRYING)
          Adam stop. Tell me what the doctor
          said.
                        
                         ADAM
          DID-YOU-CHEAT-ON-ME!?
                        
         Like a child being scolded, Rachel's face says it all.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (POUTING)
          Are you going to break up with me?
                        
                         ADAM
          No.
                         (BEAT)
          I'm going to pretend you never
          existed.
                        
                         RACHEL
                         (CRYING HYSTERICALLY)
          Please. I don't want to break up.
                        
                         ADAM
          You know, you have a pretty fucked
          up way of showing your commitment.
                        
                         RACHEL
          I told you I couldn't handle this!
                        
         Rachel stares at Adam with her adorable green eyes. She takes
         his hand.
                        
                         RACHEL (CONT'D)
          I'm sorry...I love you.
                        
         They embrace. A beat. Adam lets go. He looks Rachel in the
         eyes.
                        
                         ADAM
          I want you out my house.
                        
         Adam walks out the back door.
                        
         Seth enters the kitchen and gets in Rachel's face. He stares
         her down.
                        
                         SETH
          Shame on you.
                        
         Seth exits out the back door.
          101.
                        
                        
         EXT. YACHT CLUB - LATER THAT NIGHT
                        
         Adam and Seth sit on the bow of a docked sail boat. The two
         have had a lot to drink. Adam is understandably upset.
                        
                         SETH
          Your skin is the canvas upon which
          my dreams are painted?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (DISGUSTED)
          I know.
                        
                         SETH
                         (BEAT)
          Is "dreams" a metaphor, for-
                        
         Seth makes a masturbating motion with his hand.
                        
                         ADAM
          You remember the last time we came
          out here?
                        
                         SETH
          Prom night. How could I forget? Jen
          Zabrowski went down on me right
          where you're sitting.
                        
                         ADAM
          That memory is so far from me,
                        
                         SETH
          Jen giving me a blow job?
                        
                         ADAM
          No, prom night. It feels like a
          lifetime ago... I know it happened,
          but that's it. It's like someone
          else's memory.
                        
         Adam stares out at the ocean. Reality check.
                        
                         SETH
          You okay?
                        
         Adam throws his beer bottle into the ocean.
                        
                         ADAM
          I can't believe this is all
          actually happening.
                        
                         SETH
          The girl or the cancer?
          102.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Both.
                        
                         SETH
          It's some pretty fucked up shit.
                        
                         ADAM
          You know, I used to think that I
          was actually going to spend the
          rest of my life with
          Rachel...granted that might not be
          so far off.
          (shakes his head)
          What a waste.
                        
         Seth puts his arm around him.
                        
                         SETH
          We need to get you laid.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (ANNOYED)
          Don't you ever give up?
                        
                         SETH
          No.
                        
                         ADAM
          Seriously, who's going to have sex
          with me?
                        
                         SETH
          Some girls are into it?
                        
                         ADAM
          I look like Powder.
                         (BEAT)
          Plus I have erectile
          dysfunction...temporary. I hope.
                        
                         SETH
          Then let's go get me laid.
                        
         Seth stands, and then stumbles. He's really drunk.
                        
                         ADAM
          I think I should drive.
                        
                         SETH
          You don't have a license.
                        
                         ADAM
          You're drunk.
          103.
                        
                        
                         SETH
          Do you even know how to drive?
                        
                         ADAM
          How hard can it be?
                        
                         SETH
          Hard enough that you don't have a
          license.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SOMBER)
          This might be my last chance.
                        
                         SETH
          Driving! You care about driving! We
          could be on Everest getting high on
          Ayahuasca with Sherpas, and you
          want to drive!...Forget it, I give
          up. Drive.
                        
         The two get off the boat and climb into Seth's car.
                        
         Adam puts the key in the ignition. Without checking the
         mirrors, he backs the car up. BOOM the car slams into a giant
         statue of Neptune riding a sea horse.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Hey Miss Daisy, will you please
          watch where your going?
                        
                         ADAM
          What? I didn't see it.
                        
                         SETH
          That's what the mirrors are for.
                        
         Adam pulls out of the parking lot.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Turn right.
                        
                         ADAM
          I know what I'm doing.
                        
         Adam turns left onto a one way street. It's the wrong way.
                        
                         SETH
          Apparently not. YOU'RE GOING THE
          WRONG WAY!
                        
         An oncoming car honks and swerves out of the way - only
         nearly avoiding a head on collision.
          104.
                        
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Adam! Turn the car around.
                        
                         ADAM
          No. I'm driving and I want to go
          this way.
                        
         Another car swerves out of the way.
                        
                         SETH
          What the fuck is wrong with you?
                        
                         ADAM
          For once can you just shut up and
          let me do this? So I'm driving the
          wrong way? Big fucking deal.
                        
         Seth pulls the emergency brake. The car stops abruptly.
                        
                         SETH
          You're an idiot.
                        
         A beat.
                        
                         ADAM
          Get out.
                        
                         SETH
          This is my car.
                        
         Adam looks like he's about to erupt.
                        
                         ADAM
          GET! OUT!
                        
         Seth looks at Adam speechless, and then gets out of the car.
                        
                         SETH
          You're being a real douche.
                        
         Adam locks the doors and sits quietly for a moment. He then
         proceeds scream at the top of his lungs. 25 years worth of
         suppressed emotions come out.
                        
         Adam pulls out his cell phone. Seth notices. He tries to open
         the door. It's locked.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Adam, open the door.
                        
         Adam ignores Seth and begins to dial.
          105.
                        
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          Don't you dare call her. Not after
          everything she's done to you.
                        
         Adam gives Seth the finger.
                        
                         SETH (CONT'D)
          You're a pussy.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well you're a selfish piece of shit
          who cares more about getting his
          dick wet than actually being a
          friend.
                        
         Seth looks hurt. Adam holds the phone up to his head.
                        
                        
         INT. BEDROOM - SAME TIME (INTERCUT)
                        
         The phone rings. A dark figure in bed sits up and turns on
         the bedside lamp. It's not Rachel, it's Katie.
                        
                         KATIE
                         (ASLEEP)
          Hello.
                        
                         ADAM
          I don't want to die.
                        
                         KATIE
          Adam?
                        
         Katie sits up. She's awake now.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm 25 years old and I've never
          even been to Canada. I haven't
          lived my life!
                         (BEAT)
          I'm really, really scared.
                        
                         KATIE
          I know.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm sorry for the way I acted. I
          should have never stormed out like
          that.
                        
                         KATIE
          It was wrong of me to push you the
          way I did. I wasn't listening.
                         (MORE)
          106.
                        
                         KATIE (CONT'D)
          I could never have handled all of
          this the way you have.
                        
                         ADAM
          You mean like a complete asshole?
                        
         Katie laughs. And then silence, she really cares about him.
                        
                         KATIE
          I think you're really brave.
                        
                         ADAM
          If I don't die, I think we should
          go on a date.
                        
                         KATIE
          Adam, I'm not sure if that's a good
          idea.
                        
                         ADAM
          Why not?
                        
                         KATIE
          Not only am I your therapist, but
          you're also my first patient, ever.
          What kind of precedent would I be
          setting?
                        
                         ADAM
          It makes for a nice incentive.
                        
                         KATIE
          I can't date you.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (PLAYFUL)
          Yes you can.
                        
                         KATIE
          No I can't.
                        
                         ADAM
          Yes, you can.
                        
                         KATIE
          No I can't.
                        
                         ADAM
          A wise person once told me - you
          can't change the wind, but you can
          adjust the sails.
          107.
                        
                        
                         KATIE
                         (LAUGHS)
          Adam I can't date you.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (COY)
          That's what you think.
                        
         Suddenly Adam passes out. His head slams into the steering
         wheel. The Horn blares.
                        
                         KATIE
          Adam? Adam? Adam?
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         EXT. SETH'S APARTMENT - LATER THAT NIGHT
                        
         Seth and Adam stagger into the building.
                        
                        
         INT. SETH'S APARTMENT - CONTINUOUS
                        
         Adam and Seth enter the dingy studio apartment - it looks
         like it hasn't been cleaned in years. Adam scoops up some
         dust with his finger.
                        
         Seth is unusually quiet. Both guys are being distant. Seth
         pulls down the Murphy Bed and the two awkwardly avoid eye
         contact as they undress. Adam climbs into bed. He notices a
         book called "Coping with Your Loved One's Cancer" on Seth's
         bedside table. The book is worn and has multiple book marks -
         indicating it's been read. Adam looks at Seth, he had him
         pegged all wrong.
                        
         Seth claps his hands. The lights turn off.
                        
                         ADAM
          Good night.
                        
                         SETH
          Night.
                        
         Lying in bed, Adam hears a strange noise, he tilts his head
         to the side to see Seth breathing heavily and staring at him.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (UNCOMFORTABLE)
          What are you doing?
                        
                         SETH
          Watching you sleep.
          108.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          It's a little creepy.
                        
                         SETH
          I know. I can't help it.
                        
         Seth lays back on his pillow and holds onto Adam's hand. They
         both stare up at the ceiling - terrified about the future.
                        
                        
         EXT. FOX MEADOW GALLERIA PARKING LOT - NEXT DAY
                        
         Seth's car enters the Mall parking lot and parks.
                        
          VOICE MALL OPERATOR (V.O.)
          You have 2 new messages. First
          message.
                        
         A beep.
                        
          RICHARD MATHESSON (V.O.)
          Hi Adam, this is Richard Mathesson,
          your family's estate lawyer. Your
          mother asked me to call. We need to
          talk about potential, ah, well just
          call me, there are some potential
          arrangements we need to work out.
                        
                        
         INT. MEN'S WEARHOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Adam and Seth browse through racks of mens suits. Adam comes
         upon one he likes. The SALES CLERK approaches.
                        
                         SALES CLERK
          Sir can I help you with anything
          today?
                        
                         ADAM
          (holds up suit)
          You think this is a good suit to
          wear to your own funeral?
                        
                         SALES CLERK
          No, what you want is on level 3.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         EXT. REDWOOD FUNERAL HOME/CEMETERY - SAME DAY
                        
         Seth's car drives up the long driveway of the Cemetery.
          109.
                        
                        
          VOICE MAIL OPERATOR (V.O.)
          Next message.
                        
         A beep.
                        
          DR. ROSS (V.O.)
          Adam, this is Dr. Ross. Good news,
          I was able to expedite the wait for
          your surgery. Your scheduled for
          tomorrow morning at 7:00 am with
          Dr. Lamb. Please call my office if
          you have any questions.
                        
                        
         EXT. FUNERAL HOME/CEMETERY - LATER
                        
         A MORTICIAN, stout and dignified, with a slight British
         accent leads Adam and Seth on a tour of the cemetery grounds.
                        
                         MORTICIAN
          Here at Linden we're more than just
          a stopping ground for the deceased.
          We understand that life is
          different for everyone, and helping
          families to see their loved ones
          off to the hereafter means
          approaching every funeral and
          burial with it's own dignity and
          care...A funeral is a representation
          of the individuals time spent on
          earth, so I ask you to reflect on
          your inevitable interment and think
          carefully in choosing the service
          and tomb that best befits you.
                        
                         SETH
          What about a Viking funeral?
                        
                         MORTICIAN
                         (INTRIGUED)
          I'm not familiar.
                        
                         SETH
          (talking out of his ass)
          You know, we put him on a boat...
          cover it with...dirt
          and...branches...whatever you can
          find. We push it out...into the
          sea...or the ocean...and then shoot
          flaming arrows, boom! It catches on
          fire...And that's it. It's awesome.
                        
         The Mortician stops and looks at Seth. He's not even going to
         dignify Seth with a reply. A beat.
          110.
                        
                        
                         MORTICIAN
          (points to grave plot)
          Here you are, the Schwartz family
          plot.
                        
         Adam and Seth look at the rows of Schwartz family tombstones.
         Up front is an empty gap, presumably where Adam and his
         parents are to go. Adam and Seth stare at the graves as we:
                        
                         DISSOLVE TO:
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL PRE-OP ROOM - EARLY MORNING
                        
         Adam lies on a gurney. DR. LAMB, the neurosurgeon performing
         Adam's surgery enters. He's wired on Espresso. Behind him is
         NURSE WONG who looks like she'd rather be anywhere else.
                        
          DR. LAMB
          Good morning Adam, how are you
          feeling? Good. Good. Good. Good.
                        
         Despite Dr. Lamb's already thick glasses, he holds Adam's
         medical chart right up to his to his face.
                        
          DR. LAMB (CONT'D)
          So we're going to be removing your
          kidney? Right? Or is it the left?
          Just kidding. That's doctor humor.
                        
         Adam forces a small chuckle. He's completely terrified.
                        
          DR. LAMB (CONT'D)
          Nurse Wong here needs you to sign a
          few papers, so I'm going to leave
          her to do her job, and I'll see you
          after the surgery.
                        
         Dr. Lamb exits. Nurse Wong hands Adam a giant pile of
         disclaimers to sign.
                        
                         ADAM
          What is all this?
                        
                         NURSE WONG
          Hospital liability and disclaimer
          forms...in case they need to fuse
          your spine or remove any organs.
          You know, the usual.
                        
                         ADAM
          Oh, great.
                         (TO HIMSELF)
                         (MORE)
          111.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Glad to hear there's nothing
          unusual about removing organs.
                        
         Adam signs the documents and hands them back to Nurse Wong.
                        
                         NURSE WONG
          You have some visitors.
                        
         As Nurse Wong exits, Edith and Art enter.
                        
                         EDITH
          There he is.
                        
         Edith pulls a strip of pills out of her fanny pack. She hands
         them to Adam like she's slipping him illegal drugs.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
          Here take these. They're special. I
          got them from Canada.
                        
         Adam looks closely at the pills - they read "NUPRIN."
                        
                         ADAM
                         (PERPLEXED)
          Mom, this is Nuprin.
                        
                         EDITH
          I know isn't it great?
                        
         Adam looks at his mother, perplexed by her logic.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (SHRUGS)
          What the hell.
                        
         Adam downs the pills. Art whispers closely into his ear.
                        
                         ART
          I gotta new coat.
                        
                         ADAM
          That's great dad.
                        
                         ART
          Brooks Brothers. Silk pockets.
          Feel.
                        
         Adam sticks his hand inside the pocket of Art's coat.
                        
                         ART (CONT'D)
          Feel.
                        
                         ADAM
          I am feeling.
          112.
                        
                        
         Art grabs hold of Adam's hand and stares at his son. A beat.
                        
                         ART
          I love you son.
                        
                         ADAM
          I love you too dad.
                        
         Katie knocks on the door.
                        
                         KATIE
          Hello?
                        
         Katie slowly enters holding a bouquet of flowers. Edith
         examines her. This is too awkward.
                        
                         ADAM
          Egh em. Mom. Mom.
                        
         Adam nods for his mother to leave.
                        
                         EDITH
          Alright. Come on Art, let's go to
          the waiting room.
                        
         On her way out, Edith turns to Katie and notices a CROSS
         around her neck.
                        
                         EDITH (CONT'D)
                         (DISPLEASED)
          Hmmm.
                        
         Edith and Art exit. Adam is left alone with Katie. They're
         both nervous.
                        
                         KATIE
          I brought you flowers. Not sure
          why, I didn't know what else-
                        
                         ADAM
          They're great, thank you.
                        
         Katie sits on the bed next to Adam.
                        
                         KATIE
          So how you doing?
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm a little freaked out.
                        
         A small GERMAN ANESTHESIOLOGIST enters. There is something
         incredibly unsettling about her thick accent.
          113.
                        
                        
                         ANESTHESIOLOGIST
          Hello Adam, I am the
          Anesthesiologist. I will give you
          shot to make you sleep.
                        
         Adam holds Katie's hand.
                        
                         ADAM
          Will you be here when I wake up?
                        
                         KATIE
          I'm not going anywhere.
                        
                         ANESTHESIOLOGIST
          Now relax, this will take a few
          minutes to feel the effect.
                        
         The Anesthesiologist injects the drugs into Adam's IV.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (TERRIFIED)
          About how long?
                        
                         ANESTHESIOLOGIST
          Relax, you will soon begin the
          sleeping.
                        
                         ADAM
          Well what if it doesn't work. How
          do you know I won't wake in the
          middle of the surgery? What if I-
                        
         Just like that, Adam's out cold.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL SURGICAL AMPHITHEATER - LATER
                        
         Adam is face down on the operating table. Two Neurosurgeons,
         Dr. Lamb and DR. HENRY are in mid surgery. Alongside the two
         doctors are Nurse Wong and NURSE SCOTT.
                        
          DR. HENRY
          I'm telling you Sir Francis Drake
          was a Buccaneer.
                        
          DR. LAMB
          No he was a privateer.
                        
                         NURSE SCOTT
          I thought he was a pirate.
          114.
                        
                        
          DR. LAMB
          A pirate works for no one but
          himself. A privateer has a mandate
          from a government.
                        
          DR. HENRY
          I thought that was a buccaneer.
                        
          DR. LAMB
          No, a buccaneer is a butcher turned
          pirate.
                        
          DR. HENRY
          Then what's a mercenary?
                        
          DR. LAMB
                         (FRUSTRATED)
          Nurse Wong. Will you Google it?
                        
         Standing to the side of the operating table is the group of
         Med Students from earlier. They're still taking notes.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                        
         Edith, Art and Seth sit impatiently watching the clock. Katie
         paces up and down the hall. Hours go by. Time can't seem to
         go by quick enough.
                        
                         CUT TO:
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM - LATER
                        
         Dr. Lamb finds Edith, Katie and Seth in the waiting room.
                        
          DR. LAMB
          We were successful in the
          extraction of the tumor. However,
          as you can imagine, with something
          of this magnitude...there were some
          unforeseen complications. The bone
          corrosion was much greater than
          initially anticipated. We had to
          remove part of the hip and pelvis,
          as well as most of the psoas
          muscle. We also had to remove a
          good amount of sheath tissue around
          the sciatic nerve, the damage to
          that nerve is considerable, which
          is going to hinder his ability to
          walk...He's in stable condition
          right now, but it's touch and go.
          115.
                        
                        
         INT. HOSPITAL ICU - MOMENTS LATER
                        
         Adam's in his hospital bed - still asleep from the surgery. A
         NURSE comes in to change his IV. Adam slowly awakens. He is
         high on morphine. He stares, mesmerized by the nurse.
                        
                         ADAM
          That is the most beautiful dresses.
          Where did you get it?
                        
         Dr. Lamb enters.
                        
          DR. LAMB
          Adam, I see you're awake.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm here.
                        
          DR. LAMB
          How are you feeling?
                        
                         ADAM
          I feel wonderful.
                        
          DR. LAMB
          That would be the morphine.
                        
         Dr. Lamb picks up a handle that's attached to the morphine
         drip and sticks it in Adam's hand.
                        
          DR. LAMB (CONT'D)
          I want you to push this little
          button any time you feel pain.
          It'll trigger the morphine. You
          think you can do that?
                        
         Adam moves his hands really slowly in the air -
                        
                         ADAM
          Magic!
                        
         Art and Edith enter the room. Adam reacts like a little kid
         being picked up from pre-school.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Mommy! Daddy!
                        
                         EDITH
                         (CRYING)
          My little boy.
          116.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          Remember the time you walked in on
          me masturbating?...That was so
          awkward...What hotel is this? We
          need to go on more vacations.
                        
         Katie pops her head out from behind Adam's parents.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          You're here too! You're soooooo
          awesome...
                         (SING SONG)
          Katie McRae, Katie McRae, Katie
          McRae. Mic-Rae, Dr. Awesome Mic-
          Rae...I'd love to make you pancakes
          sometime.
                        
         Suddenly the most excruciating pain runs through Adam's body
         causing him to scream in agony.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          PAIN! PAIN! PAIN! PAIN! PAIN! PAIN!
          PAIN! PAIN!
                        
                         KATIE
          Squeeze the morphine trigger!
                        
         Adam squeezes the trigger. The morphine offers immediate
         relief. He lays back in total bliss, and then...
                        
                        
         FADE OUT TO WHITE LIGHT.
                        
                        
         EXT. BEACH HOUSE - DAY
                        
                        SUPER: NOVEMBER
                        
         A door bell. A hand reaches out. A finger on that hand pushes
         the door bell. The other hand holds a bouquet of flowers.
                        
         The hand belongs to Mitch's wife, MARGARET (80). She stands
         on the porch of a small beach bungalow.
                        
         The front door opens. Margaret looks straight ahead. Nothing.
         She then looks down, startled by Adam in a wheelchair.
                        
                         MARGARET
                         (STARTLED)
          Oh, hello, I didn't see you, ah
          down there.
                        
         There's a glow in Adam's face - he looks younger and more
         jovial than we've ever seen.
          117.
                        
                        
                         ADAM
          You must be Margaret.
                        
                         MARGARET
          Yes, I'm looking for Adam Schwartz.
                        
                         ADAM
          That's me.
                        
                         MARGARET
          (face lights up)
          You're Adam? The way Mitch
          described you, I always assumed you
          to be much older. About 50 years
          older. But, you're just a baby...
                        
         Adam blushes.
                        
                         ADAM
          I'm so glad you could make it.
                         (SOLEMN)
          I'm really sorry about Mitch.
                        
                         MARGARET
          Me too.
                        
                         ADAM
          Please come inside. You're just in
          time.
                        
         Adam leads Margaret inside, past a dozen oversized boxes.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Sorry about the mess. I just moved
          in...The ocean air is supposed to
          be good for my recovery.
                        
                        
         INT. ADAM'S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS
                        
         Adam and Margaret enter the living room. Everyone's there:
         Edith, Art, Katie and Seth.
                        
         Seth and Katie are playing a video game: DUCK HUNT. Edith
         sets food on the table.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (TO MARGARET)
          We're having a Duck Hunt
          tournament. You play?
          118.
                        
                        
                         MARGARET
                         (LAUGHS)
          Me? Oh I don't know how to play
          video games.
                        
         Adam holds up the controller - an old Nintendo Gun.
                        
                         ADAM
          It's really easy. One button does
          everything.
                        
         Edith chimes in from across the room.
                        
                         EDITH
          This food's not going to eat
          itself.
                        
         Everyone makes their way to the table. Visibly weak, Adam
         slowly lifts himself out of the wheelchair. He yelps in pain.
         Katie starts to help when Seth intervenes.
                        
                         SETH
          I got it.
                        
         Seth grabs hold of Adam, and with his help, Adam takes a
         small step and then lowers himself into his seat at the
         table. Katie places a pillow behind Adam's back.
                        
         Adam takes Katie's hand, she looks down at him, they exchange
         a smile.
                        
         Adam notices and open window.
                        
                         ADAM
                         (TO SETH)
          You mind?
                        
         Seth ignores Adam as he fills both their plates with food.
                        
                         ADAM (CONT'D)
          Please. I think there's a red tide
          or something. My eyes are all
          itchy. It feels like someone is
          rubbing sandpaper on my corneas.
                        
                         SETH
          (as he serves Adam)
          Nope. You don't have cancer
          anymore. No more special treatment.
                        
                         ADAM
          I am still in remission.
          119.
                        
                        
                         EDITH
          You gonna spend the rest of your
          life complaining?
                        
                         ADAM
                         (PROUD)
          I like complaining.
                        
         We FREEZE on the family sitting around the dinner table.
                        
         We hear the song "That's the Way The World Goes Round" by
         John Prine as we:
                        
          FADE TO BLACK.
                        
                         THE END
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