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Episode No. 23 - Cupid's Arrow

written by Jim Brooks

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Published: 1997 | Size: 31 KB (6033 words) | Language: english | Rating: PG-13
Average: 4.0/5   4.0/5 (80 votes)
Abstract:
Rayanne and Rickie are depressed about spending another Valentine’s Day alone, so they spend it with each other; Sharon organizes the Valentine’s Day dance, but it gets canceled at the last minute; Angela spends Valentine’s Day at Jordan’s house where she meets his dad; Jordan reveals his mother died during his birth

based on stories and characters created by Winnie Holzman

BEFORE READING, you should know the following terms:
beat - a short pause in dialogue
O.S. - dialogue coming from a character in the scene, but not visible
V.O. - usually a character's thoughts


ACT ONE:

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - DAY

[The scene opens with a shot of Kyle and his new girlfriend walking down the hall, talking and laughing. She is a pretty, tall girl with long, auburn hair. As they are about to kiss, we hear:

ANGELA (O.S.): Kyle and Crystal DeGarmo?

[The shot switches to Angela and Sharon watching them from across the hall through a sea of heads.]

SHARON (in disgust): I know! She is so not his type. She's, like...smart. (beat) I can't believe he, like, has someone already, while I'm still, like, ya know...out there.

[They begin walking down the hall.]

ANGELA: At least you don't have a relationship to worry about.

SHARON: At least you do!

ANGELA: I mean, I, I keep asking myself all these questions ever since that thing with Brian?

SHARON (inquisitive): What thing with Brian?

 

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - ANOTHER HALLWAY - DAY

[The large doors fly open and in come Rickie and Rayanne with a mess of other students, walking down the hallway.]

RAYANNE: Valentine's Day! What a stupid holiday! Some guy dies, so they name a day after him!

RICKIE: It's like, a symbol of a person's love.

RAYANNE: Millions of people die, like, everyday! Where's their holiday?

RICKIE: So, I guess you don't have any plans.

RAYANNE: I don't make plans for Valentine's Day. (beat) It's even on the calendar! Well, it's not on my mental calendar. It's, like, against my religion.

RICKIE: You have a religion?

RAYANNE: I do now.

 

CUT BACK TO:

SHARON and ANGELA

SHARON: He actually wrote you a letter? And he, like meant it?

ANGELA: Mm-hm.

SHARON: Do you still have it?

ANGELA: Uh...I do, actually. It's in my room somewhere, I think. (beat) Sharon, it was incredible. It was beautiful! I mean, it could've been from anyone, anyone, and I would've loved it, 'cause he gave it to me at the right time, ya know?

SHARON: Wow. Brian Krakow. It's like, you think you know a person or whatever. (beat) That's so sweet.

 

CUT TO:

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - MAIN OFFICE - DAY

[Scene opens with Sharon standing in the middle of a bustling main office. Secretary's answering phones, students carrying boxes, etc. Principal Foster comes walking in from his office, adjacent to the main office.]

FOSTER: Yes, Miss Cherski. Step into my office, please.

 

INT. PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE - DAY

[Foster closes the door and sits down at his desk.]

SHARON: Uh...you sent for me?

FOSTER: Yes, yes. See, with Valentine's Day coming up and everything, we wanted to get a head start on Liberty's annual Valentine's Day school dance.

SHARON: Mm-hm.

FOSTER: Well, we remembered what a wonderful job you did heading up the committee of the World Happiness Dance that we thought we'd ask you to help out with this one.

SHARON (dispirited): Oh.

FOSTER (after a beat): Well?

SHARON: Oh, um... (not having the heart to say no) Yeah...I guess.

FOSTER: Great, then. You'll be working with Mrs. Kilger, and she has instructed me to tell you to meet her in room 213 after school.

SHARON: OK.

FOSTER: We've gotten several students signed-up already, and you can ask around. (beat) I just pray that mother nature isn't in a bad mood.

SHARON: Excuse me?

FOSTER: I'm hoping for good weather. If not, then in that event, we'd have no choice but to cancel the dance. (beat) Well, I've got to see several parents, so you can see yourself out. Thank you, again.

[Sharon leaves the principals office with a sort of worried, disquieted look.]

 

CUT TO:

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - HISTORY CLASS - DAY

[Open with a close-up of Mr. Dmitri's hand writing the date "February 14" on the board. Pull back to show the whole class. Students are lethargically sitting up.]

DMITRI: With Valentine's Day coming up, I thought I'd go into the origin of Valentine's Day. Thought, maybe you'd find it somewhat interesting.

[A student takes out his notebook.]

DMITRI: Uh...this...won't be on a test. (beat) Now, the exact origin is kind of foggy, but from what historians have been able to figure out, there where actually two Saint Valentines. Uh, it's believed that they where both Roman priests who were martyred, and their feast days both occurred on February 14th. Coincidence? I don't know how accountable that really is, but... (beat) So, some Roman feast, uh, Lupercalis or something other, eventually became associated with them. Lupercalis was something where there was a lottery, and people would actually draw, from this lottery, their partners. Their husbands and their wives. (laughs) Imagine if they did that now. Picking your date out of a hat?

[Camera turns to Angela.]

ANGELA (VO): It would be so much easier.

 

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - YEARBOOK ROOM - DAY

[Students are busying themselves with photos, lay-outs, captions, etc. Sharon is standing at a desk, searching frantically through a large envelope. She breathes a sigh of frustration, then looks around the room.]

SHARON (seeing Brian): Krakow!

[Shot switches to Brian entering the room.]

SHARON (cont'd): Where'd you put those band pictures?

BRIAN (thinks; beat): Oh! Uh...y-you needed them today?

SHARON: Yes!

BRIAN: Oh. Well, I didn't get them from Mr. Marchant yet.

SHARON: Well, he's like, gone for the day! And the activities deadline is today!

BRIAN (defensive): OK! Sorry! I mean... (sincerely) I'm sorry, all right? I'll have them tomorrow. I'll make it up to you.

SHARON: Good, 'cause, I mean...I was about to like, have, like, a heart attack when I thought I lost them. (beat) So, Brian, listen...are you, like, busy on Valentine's Day?

BRIAN (thinking she's going to ask him out): What?

SHARON: 'Cause I'm organizing the dance, and-

BRIAN: No. No, no, no. I can't, like, afford to carry another activity!

SHARON (pleading): Oh, c'mon. You owe me!

BRIAN: How do I-?

SHARON (reminding him): The pictures...

[Brian thinks about it, defeated.]

BRIAN (sighs): Fine.

 

CUT TO:

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - LIBRARY - DAY

[The scene opens with the librarian working at her desk. Rickie approaches.]

RICKIE: Uh, excuse me.

LIBRARIAN (looks up at Rickie, shocked): Oh, my God!

RICKIE (alert): What?

LIBRARIAN: (jokingly): One o' you kids actually came in here!

RICKIE (smiles humoringly): Uh, do you have a book called "The Inspector General?" It's for English.

LIBRARIAN: (cheerfully): Let's find out.

[She types in the name of the book, hits a key or two, and looks back at Rickie.]

LIBRARIAN: We do have a copy in. The call number is G57.

RICKIE: OK, thanks.

[Rickie turns around and walks away.]

RICKIE (sarcastically, to himself): Yeah, that helped.

[Shot switches to Angela walking down an aisle in the library, looking at the shelves of books. Rickie comes up behind her.]

RICKIE: G57. Remember that.

ANGELA: G57.

[Rickie begins looking at the sides of the books, looking for the one he needs.]

ANGELA: So, Rickie, are you doin' anything for Valentine's Day?

RICKIE: Uh...heh...nothing. (sarcastically) Surprise, surprise.

ANGELA (sorry for him): Oh, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to-

RICKIE: Angela...don't. (stops looking for the book) We both know why and, and, uh...y'know, why I don't have anyone and why I never will and-

ANGELA: Oh, Rickie, don't-

RICKIE: No, because I can't, like, change who I am. And it's not easy to, uh, uh, accommodate to it. (beat) I have no one. I wish I did, but...for now, it's just like...I'm living and learning, or whatever.

ANGELA: You have friends, Rickie.

[Rickie doesn't answer, not knowing what to say to that.]

RICKIE (after a beat; pulling a book out): Oh, here's that book.

END ACT I

 

ACT II:

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - HALLWAY - NEXT DAY

[The scene shows Kyle and his girlfriend, Crystal, leaning against a wall, kissing, stopping, and kissing again. They repeat this step several times until Sharon interrupts them when she walks by. She has a stack of Valentine's day Dance posters under her arm and a roll of tape.]

SHARON (coldly, to Kyle): Excuse me.

CRYSTAL: Hey, Cherski.

SHARON: Hi.

KYLE (feeling superior): Hey, Sharon.

SHARON (taping a poster to the wall): Oh, shut up, Kyle.

KYLE (laughing): What?

SHARON (inimical, still): You know what.

KYLE (after a beat): So, another dance? (sarcastically) I'm sure it'll be a big success.

CRYSTAL: Ooh, a Valentine's Day dance. (to Kyle) Wanna go?

[Sharon smiles victoriously.]

KYLE (looking at Sharon, but to Crystal): Uhh... (looks at Crystal) ...why not?

[Sharon laughs at Kyle and walks away to put up more posters. Kyle smiles at Crystal, and we

 

CUT TO:

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - AUDITORIUM - DAY

[It is the middle of class, specifically, Study Hall. The proctor sits back and reads a book, ignoring the noise and the paper being thrown his way. The camera moves in closer to Angela and Jordan, who is sitting directly behind her. Angela turns her head to talk to him.]

ANGELA: So, um...ya know there's, like, this dance comin' up?

JORDAN: Oh.

ANGELA: Yeah, it's...I don't know, I think it has somethin' to do with Valentine's Day or whatever.

JORDAN (warily): Oh.

ANGELA: So, I mean...would you wanna, like, say, go, or...?

JORDAN: I don't really-

ANGELA: I mean-

JORDAN (cont'd): -go to dances.

ANGELA (disappointed): Oh. (beat) Well, you went to the last dance.

JORDAN: Yeah, for, like, a minute. I was just hangin' out. (beat) I don't, like...dance...or whatever.

ANGELA (becoming vexed): Uh-huh. (beat) What about sacrifices?

JORDAN (perplexed): What?

ANGELA (cont'd): What about me? What about us?

JORDAN: Look, it's no big deal.

ANGELA: Yes...it is!

[Jordan sighs, frustrated with her attitude.]

JORDAN: Whatever.

[Angela is so mad, she doesn't know what to say, so she simply turns around stops looking at him. They sit in silence, then we

 

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - GIRLS' BATHROOM - DAY

[Rayanne stands at the mirror, experimenting with make-up and such. Meanwhile, two girls near her engage in conversation.]

GIRL #1: Are you going to this Valentine's dance?

GIRL #2 (laughs): If Jeff asks me!

[Noticeably, Rayanne begins to listen in.]

GIRL #1: Then I guess you're not going.

GIRL #2: You're guess is, like, as good as mine.

GIRL #1: I love the whole Valentine's Day thing.

GIRL #2: That's 'cause you have a different, like, relationship every year.

[Rickie then walks in.]

GIRL #1: But, at least they're, like, meaningful. And I get spoiled.

GIRL #2: And fat.

GIRL #1: I don't just get candy. I get, like, roses and cards and, and-

RAYANNE: Will you two listen to yourselves?! Making this big deal about something as meaningless as Valentine's Day! (mockingly) `I get candy and roses and...` What about the millions of people that will spend another Valentine's Day alone?! Like, in their room!

RICKIE (softly): Rayanne.

GIRL #1: Uh...do we know you?

[The girls leave.]

RICKIE (again): Rayanne.

RAYANNE (laughing): Well, not really in my room, but... (beat) Every time this year, I feel, like... alone, 'cause...I don't, like, have actual relationships, or whatever, it's just...me and some nameless guy...and...(laughs)...sex, if I'm lucky. (beat; collecting her thoughts) I mean, not that I mind, but...just once...it might be nice to be the only one that has someone who's not, like...a statistic, or something.

RICKIE: You do have somebody.

[Rayanne looks at him fleetingly.]

RICKIE (realizing Angela's comment in the library): You have friends.

 

CUT TO:

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - HOMEROOM - NEXT DAY

[The camera focuses in on Jordan sitting in his seat, staring ahead blankly. Then the focus switches to Angela, who is sitting several rows to his left. She is staring at him contemptfully. He doesn't even know it.]

ANGELA (VO): I don't get it. It's like he can be two completely different people. First, I think he wrote me this letter, then I find out he didn't, then he tells me he wants a relationship, and now...now, he won't even go to some dance with me...like, not with me.

[The camera pans back and we see Sharon sitting two desks behind Angela, watching her. Then the bell rings. Angela gets up and watches Jordan walk out of the room. Sharon approaches Angela.]

SHARON: Did you two, like, break-up? Again?

ANGELA: Um...no...I-I don't know. (beat) It's just...

[They walk into the hallway.]

 

CUT TO:

INT. HALLWAY - DAY

ANGELA: I asked him to the dance, and he said no! Even though he went to the last one. I mean...this is supposed to be a relationship. We're supposed to be, like, dating. But, he never wants to do anything!

SHARON: So...you're not going to the dance.

[Angela shakes her head.]

SHARON: It's gonna be another disaster. (beat) Well, Kyle's going... (smiles) ...even though he doesn't want to.

 

EXT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - MAIN STEPS - DAY

[Rickie and Rayanne are walking down the steps to the main doors just after the end of school.]

RICKIE (getting her attention): Hey, Rayanne.

RAYANNE (matching his tone): Hey, Rickie.

RICKIE: Why-

RAYANNE (singing): Hey, Rickie, you're so fine. You're so fine, you blow my mind. Hey, Rickie!

RICKIE (stares at her; beat; quickly): Nah.

[They both dissolve into laughter.]

RICKIE: But, seriously. Why don't we spend Valentine's Day together, like...as friends? It'll feel so good to finally be able to say, 'I'm not alone.'

RAYANNE: Ya gonna buy me some candy?

RICKIE: Uh...yeah, I guess.

RAYANNE: All right, then.

END ACT II

 

ACT III:

INT. CHASE HOUSE - DINING ROOM - EVENING

[The Chases are seated at the dining room table eating dinner.]

PATTY: Who wants to see a movie tonight?

ANGELA (laughs as if to sarcastically say, "Yeah, right!"): No thanks.

DANIELLE: What movie?

GRAHAM: Why do we wanna see a movie?

DANIELLE: I'll go.

PATTY: We never get out as a family anymore.

GRAHAM: To use the term loosely.

[Patty looks at Graham as if that comment hurt her.]

DANIELLE: If you'll pay.

GRAHAM (laughs innocently; to Patty): It was a joke!

ANGELA: It's Friday night, mom. The last thing I wanna do is spend the night with my parents.

DANIELLE: Me too.

[They all look at Danielle like they just noticed she was there.]

PATTY: Well, what are you gonna do, Angela? Go out with "Jordan" again?

ANGELA: Please don't mention that name again.

PATTY (suspicious): Why? What did he do this time?

ANGELA: Nothin'. (extended beat) I asked him to this dance at school and he said no, but...I don't know, it's like he's saying no to me and not to the dance. Maybe...I was just dumb to think I could, like...change a person.

 

CUT TO:

INT. JORDAN'S CAR - NEXT DAY

[Jordan is driving as the light turns red. After the stop, he sits pensively, with his hands over the wheel, thinking intently. This is possibly the most thinking he's ever done, and his expression shows it. His concentration is broken by the changing of the light from red to green, and he drives forward.]

 

CUT TO:

INT. CHASE HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY

[Angela is sitting at the kitchen table reading through a magazine. Patty is doing the dishes when Graham walks in, home from work, coat on and suitcase in hand.]

GRAHAM: Hi.

PATTY: Hi, honey.

[They kiss. After a beat, Graham looks at Angela, then tilts his head and looks at her again. She notices this.]

ANGELA: Oh, hi.

GRAHAM (laughs): Hi.

[Graham plants his suitcase and coat down on the table.]

PATTY: So, what are we doing for Valentine's Day?

GRAHAM (smiling): We?

PATTY (sarcastic laugh): Ha ha.

GRAHAM (sly): You'll see.

[At that point, the phone rings. Graham goes to pick it up, but stops when it doesn't ring. Then, after a beat:

DANIELLE (O.S.; from upstairs): Phone!!

GRAHAM (yelling for her to hear): For who?!

DANIELLE (O.S.): Angela!

PATTY (to Graham): Do you mean it?

[Angela gets up and picks up the phone.]

ANGELA: Hello?

GRAHAM (to Patty): Mean what?

JORDAN (O.S.): Hey.

ANGELA (surprised): Hi! Um...hold on. (to parents) I'm gonna take this upstairs.

[Angela exits the kitchen.]

PATTY: About doing something for Valentine's Day. 'Cause there is something missing between us, and you can't tell me you haven't noticed it.

GRAHAM: Um-

PATTY: I mean, my God, we're like brother and sister!

 

INT. UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - DAY

[Angela is going to her room to get the phone. Danielle walks by her.]

DANIELLE: Is that "Jordan?"

ANGELA (annoyed): Yes.

 

INT. ANGELA'S ROOM - DAY

[The camera follows Angela in to her room. She picks up the phone and covers the mouthpiece with her hand.]

ANGELA (to her parents): Hang up!

 

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

GRAHAM: Patty, listen!

[She finally gives Graham attention as she hangs up the phone.]

 

INT. ANGELA'S ROOM - DAY

ANGELA (to Jordan): OK.

JORDAN (O.S.; not sure how to begin the conversation): Um...

 

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

GRAHAM: No, you're absolutely right, OK? I booked some reservations for le Monde Bleu for Valentine's Day.

[Patty's eyes light up.]

 

INT. ANGELA'S ROOM - DAY

ANGELA: So...why'd you call? (happy) This is only, like, the second time you've called me!

JORDAN (O.S.; awkwardly): Yeah. I was gonna say, uh...do you wanna come over?

ANGELA (in shock): You're kidding!

JORDAN (O.S.): Uh, no.

ANGELA (smiles): Feeling a little guilty about the dance?

JORDAN (O.S.; embarrassed): Shut up.

ANGELA (laughs): What time should I come over?

JORDAN (O.S.): Whenever ya want.

ANGELA: Well, good, 'cause I really think-

 

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

PATTY: -this could help us. This will really be good for us.

 

INT. ANGELA'S ROOM - DAY

JORDAN (O.S.): Why?

 

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

PATTY: 'Cause this is what we've been missing; that romantic element.

 

INT. ANGELA'S ROOM - DAY

ANGELA: OK, so I'll be over soon. (beat) Bye.

[Angela smiles from ear to ear as she hangs up.]

 

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

[Patty is smiling from ear to ear at the news of the dinner plans.]

 

CUT TO:

INT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - GYM - EVENING

[Only a few decorations have been set-up as well as several tables, giving the entire gymnasium an empty look. Sharon is sitting on the bottom of the bleachers with her head down. Outside, we hear the rain beating the ground as well as occasional thunder. Principal Foster comes walking up to her, umbrella in hand.]

FOSTER: I don't see any sign of it letting up.

SHARON (sighs): So, all of this was just... (beat) ...for nothing.

FOSTER: We can't postpone it. This was going to be a Valentine's Day dance. It was this weekend or never.

[Sharon nods, understanding. Foster throws on his coat and walks towards the main doors.]

FOSTER (emotionless): I'm sorry.

[He leaves. Sharon sits there, depressed. After a beat, the side doors open and, to Sharon's surprise, in walks a soaking-wet Brian.]

BRIAN (looks around, confused at the emptiness): Uh...hi.

END ACT III

 

 

BEGIN ACT IV:

CUT TO:

INT. CATALANO HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - EVENING

[The scene opens with Angela standing in the main doorway.]

ANGELA: Hi.

[She walks in and the camera pans around the living room giving us the first glimpse of Jordan's house (at least other than the garage). It is the typical lazy male's living room. Microwave food boxes and clothes are placed, haphazardly, on tables and chairs. The TV is on and nobody's watching it and lights are on where they aren't needed. Then a much older man walks in and him and Angela exchange scrutinizing looks.]

 

CUT TO:

EXT. LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL - EVENING

[Quick shot of the rain pouring down outside.]

 

CUT TO:

INT. GYMNASIUM - EVENING

[Brian and Sharon are sitting side-by-side on the bleachers.]

BRIAN: I thought you might, like, need some help, so I came early. (laughs) I guess the rain-

SHARON: Yeah. (beat) What a waste. I didn't even wanna do this. No one would've come. It would'a been, like, horrible. (beat) I guess...I'm kinda glad it was canceled. I won't have to, like... (choking on her words) ...deal with the humiliation, or whatever.

[Brian shows obvious signs of sorrow for her as he listens.]

SHARON (after a long beat): I heard what you did for Angela.

[Brian doesn't seem to know what she's talking about.]

SHARON: After what Jordan did to her? You wrote that letter. But, it wasn't to, like, help him. It was to make Angela feel better. (beat) And it worked.

BRIAN (in realization): I never even thought about it that way. I guess...something good did come out of that letter. Despite all the confusion and, and the uneasiness, or whatever, between me and Angela...she's, like...happy now.

SHARON: It was really good that you did that.

[They both smile, Brian proudly and Sharon respectfully.]

 

CUT TO:

INT. LE MONDE BLEU - EVENING

[The camera pans through the dining area of the exquisite and very expensive restaurant. The shot zooms in on Patty and Graham, both looking great, sitting in a corner table.]

PATTY: Now, see? This is nice.

[Graham nods in agreement.]

GRAHAM (after a beat): Just looking at this. It makes me wonder if I can do this.

PATTY: Your restaurant?

GRAHAM: I mean (extends his arms to indicate the entire restaurant), this is what I want.

PATTY: Graham, if this is what you want, you can have it.

GRAHAM: Yeah, but...

[Graham takes a bite of his food. After digesting it, he points at the dish with his fork.]

GRAHAM: Mmm. I'm not this good.

PATTY (laughing): Oh, c'mon!

GRAHAM: No, have you tasted this?

[Patty leans forward for a taste. After she eats it, she lays back as if the food where that good.]

PATTY: Wow! That is good. (laughs)

GRAHAM (laughing): See?

PATTY (after an extended beat): Graham, can we not talk about your restaurant tonight? We're here, and, and this is our night. No concerns, no nothing.

GRAHAM: Yeah, yeah, you're right.

PATTY: We should do this every week. Only...at a place three times less expensive.

GRAHAM (laughs): Yeah, we should. We will.

 

CUT TO:

INT. CATALANO HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - EVENING

[Angela, Jordan, and his dad, Tom Catalano, are all in the living room.]

TOM (commanding attention): Jordan.

JORDAN: Yeah?

TOM (pointing to Angela): Who's this?

ANGELA (getting up): Angela. (excited to meet one of Jordan's parents) Are you Jordan's dad?

TOM: Apparently.

[After a beat, Angela realizes it was a joke and laughs.]

TOM: Anyway, I'm goin' to the bar. (to Jordan) I better not come home and find you drunk or passed out or something.

[Angela looks at Tom questioningly.]

JORDAN (agitated): All right! Jeez!

[Tom walks out the door.]

ANGELA (laughing): Passed out?

JORDAN: My dad thinks everyone's having more fun than he is.

ANGELA (laughs): Mine too! (after a beat): So, where's your mom?

JORDAN (after a beat; showing a hint of melancholy): My mom died...like, when I was born.

ANGELA (saddened by it also): Oh. I'm sorry. (VO): And for the first time since I've known Jordan Catalano...he showed pain. It was like, he opened up to me. Suddenly, I understood everything.

 

CUT TO:

[A montage of footage: the first scene shows Rayanne and Rickie at her house, eating pizza and watching TV. Brief pan to Patty and Graham leaning over the table in Le Monde Bleu to kiss each other. Another pan to Brian and Sharon, sitting alone in the gym. Last pan to Angela and Jordan at his house. Each couple is visibly having fun, smiling and laughing and such.]

 

CUT TO:

EXT. STREET - NIGHT

[Angela is walking down the sidewalk, coming home from Jordan's house. The rain has subsided.]

ANGELA (VO): So, I guess everyone has their own way of celebrating Valentine's Day. At first, I was so mad at Jordan, beyond mad; but, instead of going to a dance tonight, I've learned more about him than I ever have. And he pretty much amazed me with everything he did today. It's like that expression that you learn something new everyday...and I can honestly say that I'm learning something new about Jordan. And that maybe all of my questions about him...have been put to rest.

[Angela smiles. As she approaches her street, she notices Brian coming home at the same time. Their paths meet.]

ANGELA: Hi.

BRIAN: Hi.

ANGELA (beat): How was the dance?

BRIAN: Canceled. (puts his hand out and looks up to the sky to indicate the ceasing of the rain) Without good cause, apparently.

ANGELA: Then why are you coming home so late?

BRIAN: Uh, Sharon was there.

ANGELA (surprised): Oh! Well, whadda you mean? D'you, like, go out with her or something?

BRIAN (laughs): Not exactly. But, um...

[Angela looks at him questioningly.]

BRIAN: Well, nothin', really. I mean...we were the only ones there, and things were all set-up, so we just, like...

ANGELA: What?

BRIAN: Y'know...hung out, or whatever.

ANGELA (showing a hint of suppressed jealousy): Oh.

BRIAN: I mean, it was just like...it's Valentine's Day and we where there. It wasn't, like...it didn't have meaning.

ANGELA: Everything has meaning, Brian.

BRIAN: Yeah, well... (laughs) ...whatever.

[The camera pans back as they continue to talk.]

 

THE END

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Episode No. 24 - Accidents happen by Jim Brooks
Published: 1997 | Size: 37 KB (7330 words) | Language: english english | Rating: PG-13
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Graham and Patty spend the weekend away from the kids, but it only places them further apart from each other; Angela goes downtown to see Jordan’s band; Jordan gets drunk and Angela refuses to drive home with him; Angela asks Brian (who is now driving) to come pick her up; Brian gets in an accident with Jordan; they both end up in the hospital

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  • Kylie commented on 21 Dec 1999:
    i liked this story very much. i loved rayanne's story. this writer has a good sense of the characters. some of it seemed a bit off, but overall an excellent story.
  • anonymous author commented on 02 Jun 2002:
    Just in case anyone was interested, the first time in history that Valentine's day was related to love was
    Chaucer's poem "Parlament of Fowls".
    Too much repetition of "Life of Brian"
    Patty and Graham ar not like brother and sister.
    Too much repetition of the actual show with the whole phone call thing.
    Instead of his dad saying 'apparently" it would be funny if he said 'thats what his mother told me."
  • anonymous author commented on 29 Jul 2002:
    why would they cancel a dance just because it was raining?
  • Sig! commented on 17 Oct 2002:
    Why would it be raining in FEBRUARY? In Pennsylvania? It would be SNOWING, and ICY, and THAT would be a reason to cancel a dance. But rain? Nobody would cancel for rain, unless it was FREEZING rain, in which case that should perhaps be noted in the text.
  • anonymous author commented on 16 Jun 2003:
    Angela wouldn't nag him about the dance, knowing that he is not into that thing because we know from "Life of Brian" that "Jordan Catalano doesn't go to school dances as like policy".So, you're basically harping on the same thing,I don't think we are supposed to meet Jordan's father but it's a good thing Jordan told Angela about his mother, but it would be better if he had just told her without, you know, introducing his father
  • Amanda gave this story a 4.0/5 4.0/5 rating and commented on 24 Jan 2008:
    I really like the dialogue. The scenes with the family is great. I love Danielle's stuff with the movie night. My only criticism are the scenes are too short and jumps too much. Sometimes that works, but only if its done once in an episode. But great work!
  • FanFicFan gave this story a 4.0/5 4.0/5 rating and commented on 25 Nov 2008:
    Great work on this story. I like how it incorporated so many of the elements of MSCL--all of the drama of the school (captured in the various settings) along with Angela's home life, Rickie and Rayanne dealing with their sexuality, and giving one more glimpse into the obscure life of Jordan Catalano. I felt like you really captured many of the characters personalities in the dialoge--particularly with Rickie and Rayanne. You add some nice complexity in bringing in all of the different types of relationships, and the shades of gray in romantic ones. I felt the progression of the story was all very natural except for Jordan calling Angela, and the thought process Angela goes through walking home from Jordan's--that feels a little too wrapped up for me. Jordan is still too much of a mystery to really leave anyone without more questions. I would have liked a little more discussion of what Sharon was dealing with emotionally in preparing for the dance...I didn't understand the drama behind that sequence. Overall, great job.
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“I cannot bring myself to eat a well-balanced meal in front of my mother.”

Angela Chase, Episode 1: "My So-Called Life (Pilot)"