The Doctor and The Star

By retrophiliac

EXT COLLEGE - DAY

L.S. - Sunny day, The University of Iowa's graduation ceremony, people gathered in groups outside, rows of seat in front of a big stage with a podium in the center, teachers seated behind. Students shaking hands with the administration, people clap and cheer.

C/U - A student, Nathan Davies, 26 is handed his diploma, he shakes hands and smiles at his parents, KURT and DESIREE, who are seated in the audience of watchful prospectors, family and friends of all of the students.

ADMINISTRATOR

(V.O)

On behalf of all of the teachers, we would like to say congratulations to everyone. This has been a wonderful year and we hope you are all successful in whatever field you have chosen.

MS- The audience is clapping and cheering as the students throw their caps in the air.

CUT TO BLACK:

FADE IN:

EXT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

LS-"The Captains' Getaway", A seafood restaurant, Fancy dressed people, in dresses and tuxedos meet and greed out front as people enter the restaurant slowly

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. RESTAURANT - NIGHT

C/U-NATE DAVIES, CASSANDRA JOHNSON, KURT, CHELSEA, MICHAEL AND DESIREE sit at a very fancy round table.

CASSANDRA

I would just like to say that I am so incredibly happy for Nate. Let's toast?

C/U-Kurt gives Nate a pat on the back.

KURT

I knew you could do it! My son, GRADUATING!

MS - They all lift their glasses.

CASSANDRA

To Nate. Nate, I love you and I am so proud of you!

MS - All clank their glasses together. Nate shakes his head, ashamed of being with Cassandra.

NATE

Gee. Thanks, Hon...

C/U - Cassandra looks at her plate. On it, lies a half eaten Chicken Cordon Blue, which she picks at with her fork, staring at it in frustration and anger, she dislikes it.

CASSANDRA

Oh my, This is the best cordon blue..

NATE

(beat)

Really? Because it looked to me that you weren't enjoying it, At all.

MICHAEL

So what? She looks like she's having a fabulous time eating her dish.

KURT

Dad, you're such a suck up.

MICHAEL

So, Nate..How's everything with you?

NATE

It's okay. I'm getting ready for the internship at the hospital. We were learning all sorts of things, So I've kind of picked up on everything. Of course, I should be. I can give immunizations now..

C/U - Nate skips a beat and raises one of his eyebrows, while leaning towards his brother, MICHAEL.

NATE

(cont'd)

Want one?

DESIREE

That's enough! Don't discuss this while we are celebrating.

NATE

Fine. Look at me, Mom. I'm pouting. I'm crossing my arms, and pouting.

CHELSEA

Leave it up to Nate for a lasting impression.

CASSANDRA

Nate, Bay-bay, Not at the table. Puh-leeze!

MS- You can see Cassandra doing the "finger slicing throat movement" as she calmly changes her expression to a radiant smile.

MICHAEL

What as great smile... Nate, You're a lucky man...

NATE

(Sarcastically)

Lucky...Me... Hah. Thanks.

C/U-Cassandra sits next to Nate, he looks pissed off as she smiles happily and nudges his shoulder wit her elbow. He looks over and stares at her, looks away and a fake smile appears on his face. He's mad.

MICHAEL

Ha Ha, Of course!

DESIREE

Oh Cassandra, How's shooting going on your new film?

CASSANDRA

It's great...mm-hmm, Really! I've been able to do most of my very own stunts..I get to do this great kiss with Todd Peters under the moonlit nights' sky. Dessi, You'll just adore the movie..because - I'm takingYOU to the premiere!

C/U - all shocked, their eyes go directly on Nathan. He's not phased and looks around.

DESIREE

How sweet of you.

NATE

You're taking Mom. Not you're own boyfriend. I see how it is.

CASSANDRA

I want my teen population of fa-a-ns to know that I'm VERY orientated to having motherly relationships.

NATE

She's not even your mother!

CASSANDRA

So, the fans don't need to know that.

MS - Desiree's expression, feeling like the target of deception, changes from flattered to confused frustration. Cassandra does her 'angelic', yet evil, smile.

DESIREE

Cassandra, I understand you want me to go to your premiere. But in my position, I have to say no. It'sonly fair that you take Nathan.

Nate, looking very unamused and still, not being phased by it, takes a swig of water, grabs his napkin and delicately dabs the side of his cheek.

MS - Suddenly, Goofy Jake Cooper, Nate's best friend since elementary school, 'crashes' the dinner. Nate, looking somewhat amused as he notices Cassandra's face going from sinister to very unamused. Jake stands next to Nate as he sits and looks up at him.

JAKE

Hel lo-o-o, ladies and gents, How does it look like it's going.

Jake ponders for second.

CASSANDRA

It was going excellently, (beat) Right before you showed up.

DESIREE

Settle down Cassandra! Jake, Would you like to join us for dinner.

Cassandra is not impressed.

JAKE

Indubitably!

NATE

Man, It's good to see you!! I wanted you to be here. But, I'm sure you already knew that.

JAKE

Of course, dude! I knew that. I mean, you said... "Jake and Nate stick together, Late as a slate, we hate you. Irate!"

MICHAEL

Grammatically and just English, that makes no sense.

NATE

That's pretty much the point. We were 12 when we came up with it.

JAKE

It's old times, good...good, old times. Man, I miss them.

CASSANDRA

Sure, Sure. Miss your old times. Oh Nate, coming home with me?

Nate slumps down in his chair, irritated.

NATE

No, I don't think so. I'm going out after to chug some brewskies with my ol' boy Jake.

CASSANDRA

But Nathan! I don't want you drinking.

KURT

CASSANDRA! Let it go! This is his special night. Let him do what he pleases.

Cassandra, ANGRY, talks through her teeth.

CASSANDRA

Nate, Have a good time. Kay?

NATE

(sarcastically)

Whatever you say my darling rotting pumpkin.

Cassandra clenches her teeth and grabs her cup tightly. Everyone stares at her in their uttermost disbelief.

NATE

(cont'd)

Well.. I best be off. Come on, Jake.

JAKE

Right after you!

Nate and Jake grab their coats and make a mad dash for the door; leaving his family and his girlfriend as they dine.

Fade out:Dissolve in:

INT. BAR - NIGHT

Jake and Nate are sitting in a very chic bar, on barstools. A bartender serves drinks to other people they are talking over beers. Jake is upset.

NATE

Listen Jake...I'm really sorry about what happened with Cassandra. I don't know what's been wrong with her lately. She's been getting on my nerves big time.

JAKE

Don't stress it brotha'...Worst thing you could do is let it get to you. She's a celebrity. It's not like her head is screwed on tightly.

NATE

I know. But I can't help but feel guilty. I was always pampered as a child, and now, here I am, exposed to the real world. I can't help but wonder what really is out there. I still feel sheltered.

JAKE

Yeah, but man, You've got the family from hell. They are loving, yeah, but, what about everything else? Finances...

NATE

Well, Right now, Cassandra's got me under her "twinkle-twinkle-everything's-perfect" spell. All she wants is a pretty unknown face to take to all her events and... galas.

JAKE

Pretty? Dude, you got the eyes of a saint!

NATE

Don't say that. Please.

JAKE

Sorry, but my point is, Do you love Cassandra?

NATE

I can't answer you.

JAKE

And why is that?

NATE

How would I know I lover her...?

JAKE

You know love. You don't need to question love. Obviously you're not in love.

C/U-Nate looks down in to his beer. He stares at it. Melancholy, he answers.

NATE

Oh. I don't know. I feel cheated; like I've been persuaded in to having someone to love, bu the love just doesn't exist.

JAKE

Bingo. See, You are with the wrong person.

NATE

Great. When my parents find out they'll kill me...

Jake

Who says they have to find out? Do you really think I'm going to tell them?

NATE

No... haha. No, of course not. They don't even like you!!

Nate chuckles through his whole sentence. Jake laughs.

JAKE

Besides, You should be celebrating. Tonight's your night. Cassandra tends to take away all your pride and happiness. That's DEFINITELY not love.

Nate

I know. I'm feeling...low...and...upset. I shouldn't. I should be drunk.

JAKE

That's the spirit. How bout some spirits?

NATE

No, no no. I'll be back home, miserable. Really think Cassandra would have a lovely time telling my parents that I showed up drunk, unconscious, falling face forward on to the floor? And that her first idea was to poke me with a stick, Me, never waking up, till the next morning, me being totally hung over, and that I puked every five seconds? My parents also calling every five seconds too. My head, throbbing. You have no idea how excruciating the pain was. It was like being kicked in the groin...But I wasn't grabbing it. I was grabbing my forehead.

JAKE

Ouch, and if you don't go home?

NATE

Then, she'll think I'm cheating. She'll cry, get attention, and get the paparazzi all over our front lawn. Last thing I want is to end up on the National Inquire with and article stating "Cassandra Johnson's boyfriend, Nate Davies, Half alien reporting only daily, not nightly" That would be just too funny. Last thing I'd want to be is a joke.

JAKE

Yeah, but come on...like that'd really happen. I don't think so.

NATE

That's mild. Worse things have happened. Not to me, though.

JAKE

Hm. What are you going to do?

NATE

I would really like to drink, but...I just don't see how I can. I think one glass of beer will do me fine. No harm caused. I think I'm going to leave.

JAKE

Ya sure? What about your beer? Cold, refreshing beer?

NATE

I can't drink it.

JAKE

Then what are you going to do with it?

NATE

Have it.

JAKE

Mmmm... Someone's getting drunk tonight...And it isn't you!

NATE

Heh. [pauses, 3 beats] Bite me.

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The Doctor and The Star

Created: Jun 17, 2010

Tags: unfinished, screenplay

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