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[Open in the Brown eating area. Ephram is setting down silverware. Delia is setting down plates. Delia is in a grumpy mood and watches her brother with anger. Irv starts his narration as this is taking place.]

NARRATOR: It's the winds of change. Sometimes, they are a gentle breeze, a welcome breeze. Sometimes, a brief gust, quickly forgotten. But other times, they are blow in like a foul at devastating gale, blazing a path of destruction that leaves us holding on for dear life.

[Dr. Brown enters.]

DR. BROWN: Mmmm, something sure smells good, doesn't it, guys?

[Delia brings a plate into the kitchen. We see an old woman at the stove. Apparently she is Delia's new babysitter.]

MRS. HAMMERHILL: A Hammerhill specialty. My children loved it and my grandchildren love it.

EPHRAM: Well, what about your great-grandchildren?

[Mrs. Hammerhill doesn't hear it or chooses to ignore it. Dr. Brown changes subject.]

DR. BROWN: What is it?

MRS. HAMMERHILL: Tuna surprise.

DELIA: What's the surprise?

MRS. HAMMERHILL: Well, if I told you, it wouldn't be a surprise.

EPHRAM: Is this really the best we could do?

DR. BROWN: Well, I wasn't given much notice, was I?

[Dr. Brown walks to the kitchen. Back to the kitchen. Delia has a knife in her hand ready to chop. Mrs. Hammerhill takes it out of her hand.]


DELIA: I always get to chop.

MRS. HAMMERHILL: Not on my watch. [to Dr. Brown] Knifes and children don't mix. [to Delia] You can toss the salad.

[Mrs. Hammerhill goes to the fridge.]

DELIA: Madison let me chop.

DR. BROWN: I know, sweetie, but Mrs. Hammerhill has different rules. And since Madison isn't coming anymore...

DELIA: It's not my fault Madison is not coming.

[Delia gives a look to her brother.]

DR. BROWN: Delia!

EPHRAM: No. It's fine. She's right.

MRS. HAMMERHILL: The casserole will be done in precisely ten minutes and I'll see you tomorrow.

DR. BROWN: Would you care to join us for dinner?

MRS. HAMMERHILL: Oh thank you, Doctor, but I don't dine with my charges.

[Mrs. Hammerhill removes her apron.]

DR. BROWN: Charges?


DR. BROWN: Oh, we're really not that formal around here.

MRS. HAMMERHILL: That's readily apparent. But I prefer to keep things on the up-and-up just the same. I'll meet you at the bus stop again tomorrow.

[Mrs. Hammerhill pointing at Delia during that last sentence.]

DELIA: Oh, you don't have to. It's one block. I can walk myself.

MRS. HAMMERHILL: Well, perhaps when I was a girl but nowadays... It's not worth the risk.

[Dr. Brown tries to butt in for Delia's sake but with no avail.]

DR. BROWN: You know, I really don't think that's...

MRS. HAMMERHILL: Now, nine more minutes on the casserole. [looks around the kitchen] I'll see you tomorrow.

[Mrs. Hammerhill leaves.]

DR. BROWN: Night, Mrs. Hammerhill. [trying to make light] Well. At least we don't have to worry about Ephram dating her.

[Delia gives her dad a look on fade out.]



[Dr. Brown is sitting at the counter in Mama Joy's. Nina brings Dr. Brown his food.]

DR. BROWN: I mean, I don't know how much more I can take. I can't eat. I can't sleep.

NINA: I hate to rain on your parade, but you are not the one who just broke up.

DR. BROWN: Hey, I wish it was me. Me – I could handle. Knock back a bottle of Glenlivit and call it a night. You can't drown your kids in alcohol to get them through a breakup. Can you?

NINA: He'll be alright. Just, you know, stay out of his way. Sneak a few extra boxes of Kleenex into his room for the late night crying jags.

DR. BROWN: Yeah, well, enjoy these years while you can. Because when Sam starts dating, it's a whole new level of pain.

[Dr. H. Abbott walks in.]

NINA: Hey, Dr. Abbott.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Nina. I trust my order is ready.

NINA: Yep. Right here.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Thank you.

[Dr. H. Abbott pays for his food and leaves.]

NINA: So is that what happens when you two see each other on the playground.

DR. BROWN: He could have said hello just as easily.

NINA: Uh, huh. Now I know why he's pissed at you, but what's your excuse.

DR. BROWN: I'm pissed at him because he's pissed at me.

NINA: And who's the teenager in your house again? Look, I know that you both think you're standing on principles here, but enough is enough. The two of you are happiest when you have each other to kick around. So, step up, be the bigger man and apologize, again. Apologize again and let's get things back to normal.

DR. BROWN: Forget it. I did the right thing. I know it and Harold knows it.

NINA: Amy is his daughter.

DR. BROWN: Look, I apologized to him for hurting his feelings. But I am not going to apologize for doing what any other doctor would have done under those circumstances. If he doesn't want to be friends, that's fine with me. It's not like I'm missing anything.

[Nina smiles and walks away. Dr. Brown tries to take a bite of his food.]

[Cut to cafeteria at school. Ephram and Bright are walking with their lunch trays trying to find a place to sit and eat.]

EPHRAM: You know-you know that whole out of sight out of mind. That's all B.S. Some Hallmark guy must of come up with that one because my mind is constantly on Madison. Who's she with? What's she doing? I think about her now more than I ever did before.

BRIGHT: Really. I hadn't-I hadn't noticed.

EPHRAM: Well, I'm considering shock therapy.

[Marvin, a jock buddy of Bright's, walks up excited to Bright and Ephram. He sits down.]

MARVIN: Hey, Bright. I'm in, man. I'm playing ball at USC next year, baby.

BRIGHT: Oh, way to go, Marv.

MARVIN: Yeah. Go Trojans.

BRIGHT: That's awesome, Dude.

MARVIN: Thanks, man. Beaches, babes, Hollywood.

BRIGHT: That is great. Congratulations, man.

MARVIN: Hey, thanks man. Look, I got to go tell Merch.

[Marvin runs off excitedly and Bright is sitting at the table with Ephram.]

EPHRAM: Did you apply there?

BRIGHT: No. I'm starting to get my letters back though. I'm two for four.

EPHRAM: Really, that's great.

BRIGHT: Two rejections out of four.

EPHRAM: Oh, why didn't you say anything?

BRIGHT: I- It's not exactly something that you want to brag about you know. But it's cool. I mean – I'm-I'm, uh, waiting for Notre Dame. That's the goal.

EPHRAM: That's like the Ivy League of football, right?

[Bright nods.]

EPHRAM: See. I'm absorbing.

BRIGHT: Right. It's kind of a pipe dream though, you know. I'll have to go for a walk-on slot. Kind of hard to get recruited when they don't let you play your senior year. But, it's cool. I mean, Beels thinks even without ball I got a shot.

EPHRAM: Yeah, definitely. I mean, Marvin's like the dumbest kid in school and he got into USC.

[Bright gives him a look.]

EPHRAM: Let me rephrase.

BRIGHT: No. No. It's cool, man. I hear ya.

EPHRAM: Whatever. I'm not – I'm not even gonna go to college. I don't - I mean college means more college girls and I've had enough trouble with them for a little while... Do you think she thinks about me?

[Bright looks away from him and is annoyed.]

EPHRAM: She's probably completely over it. Whatever. I don't care.

[Cut to Brown house. Delia is holding cards and talking to Mrs. Hammerhill, who is knitting.]

DELIA: Please, just one game. It's called Spit. I'll teach you.

MRS. HAMMERHILL: I don't much care for that word, young lady. And regardless, I don't play games.

DELIA: But Madison always played with me after I finished my homework.

MRS. HAMMERHILL: I'm sorry I'm not interested in the previous doings of this Madison woman.

[Delia gives a disgusted look and walks out of the den. Ephram walks in the house and catches Delia in the foyer.]

EPHRAM: I'll play Spit with you.

DELIA: I don't want to play with you – like ever.

MRS. HAMMERHILL: Volume, Delilah, volume.

[Ephram grabs his coat and heads for the door.]

MRS. HAMMERHILL: Young man, where are you going?

[Ephram walks out and closes the door, leaving Mrs. Hammerhill on the couch knitting.]

[Cut to Abbott House. Dr. H. Abbott walks in the front door with the mail. Bright is laying on the couch watching TV.]

DR. H. ABBOTT: Hello? Bright? Rose?

BRIGHT: Come on, Dad, respect the TV.

[Rose comes from upstairs.]

ROSE: What is it, Harold?

DR. H. ABBOTT: It's here. Mail from Notre Dame.

[Bright jumps off the couch and turns off the TV. He meets his parents at the edge of the den. Dr. H. Abbott hands Bright the letter.]

ROSE: Well, don't make that face, honey. You haven't opened it yet.

BRIGHT: Skinny envelope. When they accept you, they send a big one.

ROSE: You don't know that.

DR. H. ABBOTT: It could be an acknowledgment of something. Maybe they need additional information. Perhaps they're inviting you for an interview.

BRIGHT: I mean, maybe I got wait listed. It gives me a shot, right?

DR. H. ABBOTT: Yeah, absolutely. Open it, Bright.

[Bright opens the letter. Dr. H. Abbott and Rose watch him. Bright reads it and shows disappointment on his face.]

DR. H. ABBOTT: That's fine. Alright, we knew this was a possibility. Not the end of the world.

BRIGHT: No, just the end of Notre Dame.

DR. H. ABBOTT: That isn't true. Come on, Bright, there are plenty of options here. So you go to your safety school for the first two years and transfer in. At the end of the day, you'll still be able to say that you graduated from Notre Dame. You'll still be a Fighting Irishman. Big picture, Bright. You'll get there – one way or the other.

BRIGHT: Yeah. Maybe I'll degain them so much I won't even want to transfer.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Yeah, that's right. Forget the Irish, they had their shot. Here?

[Bright hands Dr. H. Abbott the letter and walks upstairs, depressed with his head sagging.]

ROSE: Well, we knew Notre Dame would be tough.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Oh, I was expecting this. Fully prepared for it in fact. I just wasn't prepared to see him like that.

[Cut to Madison's house. Madison is sitting at her table and Ephram knocks on the door. Madison answers the door and is shocked at Ephram's presence.]

MADISON: Ephram? What are you doing here?

EPHRAM: I'm-I'm sorry. I should have called first. I...

MADISON: Oh, man. I didn't think that we'd be doing this part already.

EPHRAM: Well, what part? Is there a part?

MADISON: God, I'm sorry. I just... I don't think I can do this yet. It's too soon.

EPHRAM: Why? I... What are you talking about? I... Too soon for what?

MADISON: You're here to try to get back together with me, aren't you?

EPHRAM: No. I mean, is-is that something I-I-I should be trying to do?

MADISON: Uh, no.

EPHRAM: OK. 'Cause I mean... I.. It's not. I was-I was here for something else.

MADISON: I'm confused.

EPHRAM: It's Delia.

MADISON: What's wrong with Delia?

[Ephram walks in and Madison closes the door.]

EPHRAM: Nothing. I-I mean, everything. She-She's totally freaking out. She hates me. She hates everybody. You need to come back to work.

MADISON: What? No. I-I can't. OK? We talked about this. Delia and I talked about this.

EPHRAM: Yeah, well, it didn't take and now she's stuck with Mrs. Doubtfire's evil twin. I'm telling you, the woman is brutal.

MADISON: She can't be that bad.

EPHRAM: She won't let Delia chop.

MADISON: She loves to chop.

EPHRAM: That's what I'm saying. Alright, look, this whole situation, it sucks, but if it's not fair to Delia if-if you can't be there because of me. I mean, I can handle it.

MADISON: Well, maybe you can, but I don't know if I can. I mean, it's hard enough not thinking about you as it is. But then to be with you and not...

EPHRAM: Whoa, whoa. You think about me?

[Madison looks away from Ephram.]

EPHRAM: Look, we're the adults here, right? I mean, relatively speaking of course. I-I... Why... We should be able to get over this so that Delia doesn't end up stabbing the old bat with a knitting needle.

MADISON: Stabbing, huh? She's end up doing hard time for that.

EPHRAM: Well, yeah. I'm... You're worried about her. She's got her whole life ahead of her. You know, I'm-I'm thinking prison intervention here.

MADISON: OK, if I come back, it's only on a trial basis.

EPHRAM: Yeah, of course.

MADISON: And it's for work – for Delia. If it gets weird, that's it. I'm out.

EPHRAM: Yeah, no-no weirdness. Just for work.


EPHRAM: Alright.

[Ephram tries to walk past Madison and she gets in his way. Ephram walks past her and opens the door and looks back at her before leaving. Madison leans against the door once Ephram shuts it and Ephram can be seen looking back at the door through the window in the door.]



[Fade in. We're in Dr. L. Abbott's office. Dr. L. Abbott and Amy are sitting on the floor doing breathing exercises.]

DR. L. ABBOTT: And inhale. 2,3,4,5. Hold it. And exhale. 2,3,4,5. Good. Now, take one last deep breath. Exhale through your nose. 2..3.. Good. So how do you feel?

[Amy opens her eyes.]

AMY: Very relaxed. You know, I thought I had a handle on the breathing thing, but apparently not. I knew there was so much to it.

DR. L. ABBOTT: Well, you seem good, Amy. Your appetite's been stable. Blood pressure. Heart rate. How are things at home?

AMY: They're OK, I guess. Different.

DR. L. ABBOTT: Well, I'm glad to hear it, because I think it's time that we lowered your Zoloft dosage.

AMY: What's the next run?

DR. L. ABBOTT: Nothing. When you finish the bottle that you're taking. You're done.

AMY: But I only have about 4 or 5 pills left. Umm, is that even enough for a week, is this...

DR. L. ABBOTT: I-I know, because we already tapered down your dosage from the original a few weeks ago and I consulted with your father and based on your chart and how you're doing, I think it's time to stop.

[Amy gets up.]

AMY: I don't know. I mean, I guess I've never really thought about going off of them. I just I... I mean, I think I have to eventually but... You really think I'm ready.

[Amy leans against Dr. L. Abbott's desk and Dr. L. Abbott gets up off the floor.]

DR. L. ABBOTT: I do. We'll keep meeting and I want you to keep up those relaxation techniques we've been working on. And I wish, you would try yoga again if you could stop giggling.

AMY: I'll try. Thanks, Aunt Linda.

DR. L. ABBOTT: You're welcome. It's gonna be good, OK?

AMY: OK. See you later.


[Amy leaves Dr. L. Abbott's office.]

[Cut to the Brown house. Delia and Madison are at the counter in the kitchen preparing dinner.]

DELIA: Salad's ready.

EPHRAM: Table's ready.

[Dr. Brown walks in from the door in the kitchen.]

DR. BROWN: And I am ready to eat. Or not. What's going on here?

DELIA: Ephram fired Mrs. Hammerhead.

DR. BROWN: He... fired...

MADISON: Hey, Dr. Brown.

DR. BROWN: Wait a minute. When? How?

EPHRAM: Uh, over the phone this morning. It actually... it went pretty smoothly. I've had some experience letting sitters go before if you recall.

[Ephram looks back at Madison and she smiles. Dr. Brown looks upset.]

EPHRAM: No, but, uh, don't worry. I mean, everything's cool. We-we talked about it-it and it's fine. She's, uh, gonna do her job, I'm gonna do mine. We're gonna maintain a strictly professional relationship so everybody'll be happy.

DR. BROWN: I'm not happy.

EPHRAM: Well, you will be. So... I'm gonna go wash my hands. Call me when dinner's ready.

[Ephram leaves the kitchen. Madison walks over to Dr. Brown.]

MADISON: I'm sorry. I thought her talked to you.

DR. BROWN: You know what, Madison, in this situation there is a very fine line between maturity and stupidity and I'm not entirely sure which side of that line you two are on, right now.

MADISON: I know. At first, it seemed crazy to me too, but he genuinely felt bad about [nods toward Delia]. And the other woman just sounded so awful, no offense. It just didn't seem fair.

DR. BROWN: Yes, and I certainly appreciate all the concern for [nods toward Delia] that situation. But I don't want somebody using that situation to effect change for some other situation, if you know what I mean. So if you two are trying to get back together again...

MADISON: No. We're not. Honestly, I'm here for Delia. I think it'll be OK.

[Delia walks over to them with jello.]

DELIA: Dad, look. Madison let me make jello that looks like a brain. Isn't it gross?

DR. BROWN: Yes, honey, it's very gross.

[Dr. Brown gives a look of giving in to Madison staying.]

MADISON: Thank you.

[Cut to the Abbott House. Rose is in the kitchen and Amy walks in.]

AMY: Mac and cheese. Bright must of done something good.

ROSE: All this fuss over carbs and cholesterol, I say so what.

AMY: I could help.

ROSE: I'd like that. Well, why don't you turn that up a little? It's always best to...

AMY: Heat the milk first, I remember.

[Amy turns the heat up on the stove.]

ROSE: I am hoping that this is going to cheer your bother up a bit. If gobs of butter and cheese won't do the trick, I don't know what will.

[Amy starts shredding cheese at the counter next to Rose.]

AMY: So, uh, is Bright still bummed about Notre Dame?

ROSE: Umm, he won't admit it, but yeah. I believe so. He worked so hard to get his grades up. I think he-he really believed they wouldn't look at his previous scores. Yeah, of course, that, uh, suspension didn't help matters any. Anyways, its just-just so hard. I remember when I was his age – you'll be there next year. It's nerve racking. It really is. Waiting everyday for the mail. Your entire future seems tied to the mailman's schedule. Your life summed up in one particular size envelope. It's awful.

[Milk runs over on the stove. Rose runs over to the stove.]

ROSE: Oh, my Lord. How high did you turn it?

AMY: Too high, I guess.

[Rose hugs Amy by the stove.]

ROSE: I missed you so much.

[Rose lets go of Amy and holds a towel.]

ROSE: And this goes straight into the washer.

[Rose leaves the kitchen and Amy is wiping the stove.]

[Cut to the Brown house. Madison and Delia are playing Spit in the den on the coffee table.]


DELIA: No. No. No.

[Ephram walks in looking at his sheet music.]



DELIA: Playing Speed Spit, wanna play?

EPHRAM: Uh, no, umm, I'm... You guys just keep playing. You know, I'm fine.

MADISON: You can practice, if that's what you were gonna do. We can go in the other room.

EPHRAM: No, umm, mo. I'm... You guys, stay here. I mean, this is definitely the-the best room for-for Speed Spitting. Umm, so, umm, I'll... Do you guys- do you want a snack or, uh, or, uh, refreshments, or anything?

DELIA: Why are you being so nice?

MADISON: He can't help himself. He's just that nice a guy.

EPHRAM: Umm, I-I actually, uh, I gotta-gotta go to the library. So...

[Ephram bolts out the front door.]

DELIA: I don't understand.

MADISON: Understand what, sweetie?

DELIA: Well, if he's sad and you're sad, then why don't you guys just get back together and be happy again?

MADISON: It's a little bit more complicated than that.

DELIA: Is it because he's a kid and you're not?

MADISON: It's not that. It's just we're in different places in our lives right now, that's all.

DELIA: But you're both here.

[Madison nods in agreement and puts her cards down.]

MADISON: I'll be right back.

[Madison gets up. She is about to cry and leaves Delia. Delia starts picking up the cards.]

[Cut to the Abbott house. Ephram is shooting the basketball with Bright.]

EPHRAM: You know of all the bad ideas I've had and there have been many, this one is definitely the worst. You know, I-I didn't think it was possible to think about her anymore than I already did. Well, guess what, having her around all the time actually ups the thinking quotient. I feel like I'm going crazy like that guy in A Beautiful Mind, who...


EPHRAM: What's your problem?

BRIGHT: My whole life is falling apart – that's my problem. I-I'm thinking about working at a 7-11 for the rest of my life. All you do – you moan about some stupid chick. Dude, you got dumped. Get over it.

EPHRAM: What's with the 7-11?

BRIGHT: I didn't get into Notre Dame.

EPHRAM: I'm sorry. Did they say why or anything?

BRIGHT: No. They are nice enough to not put "You're too stupid" in the letter. So... Like it matters. Whatever. Big shock. Bright Abbott not South Bend material. Boo hoo. But you know what, I would've been if those jerk offs had let me play ball this year.

[Bright bounces the basketball real high in the air.]

EPHRAM: Relax, it's not that bad.

BRIGHT: It is that bad, dude. Don't you see, I am out of choices. My last shot is A&M and they don't even have a decent football team. You know, then I get to work my ass off for another two years and have the same no life that I had this year. My whole life is gonna suck after high school.

[Bright starts to walk toward the house.]

EPHRAM: Hey, Bright?

BRIGHT: Just go home, dude.

[Bright continues to walk toward the house, depressed and mad.]



[Fade in on a hallway at Peak County High. Bright is walking towards his locker. Ephram is walking trying to catch up to Bright.]


[Bright turns and looks at Ephram. Ephram throws 2 puddings at him.]

BRIGHT: You're giving me pudding.

EPHRAM: Snack packs. Vanilla and chocolate – so you can blend at your own convenience.

BRIGHT: Cool, thanks.

[Bright opens his locket and Ephram leans a locker next to his.]

EPHRAM: Look, you're right. I, uh, I've been all about me lately. Kinda crappy for listening.

BRIGHT: Uh, it's cool, man. Doesn't matter anyways since I've decided not to go to college.

EPHRAM: What? Why?

BRIGHT: Well, it's a pretty easy decision, really – seeing as though I didn't get in anywhere, including A&M.

[Bright shows Ephram the letter from A&M.]

EPHRAM: Oh, man. I'm sorry.

BRIGHT: Ah, it's cool. I mean, I'll figure something out. You know, maybe do the military thing. Shave my head. Shoot some stuff.

EPHRAM: Wait, so you're just gonna give up on school? Just cause of this?

BRIGHT: Well, it's not exactly up to me. I mean, they said, "no, thank you." It's done.

EPHRAM: No, it's not done. There's stuff you can do.

BRIGHT: Oh, like what?

EPHRAM: Like-like the guy who signed this letter. Alright, go find him. Talk to him. Change his mind.

BRIGHT: I don't think it works like that, bro.

EPHRAM: It does if you make it. Colorado A&M is what two hours away from here probably less. Go find this, Dr. Edward Burdell. Tell him how much you want it, alright. If there's one thing you can do is – talk.

BRIGHT: I do talk pretty good, don't I? But still, I mean...

EPHRAM: But nothing. Remember that time when we were at Sal's. We didn't have enough enough money to pay for it because you spent it all on Big League Chew.

[Bright nods.]

EPHRAM: (CONT'D) Yeah, I thought we were gonna be there all night washing dishes, but no. You not only got up out of it. By the time we left, the guy was offering you a job. Nobody could have done that, but you.

BRIGHT: That was pretty hot, right?

[They start walking down the hall.]

EPHRAM: It was awesome. It-it was like you had this mind control device, except it wasn't. It was-it was just you - and that my friend is a gift. The fact is you're better in person than on paper.

BRIGHT: I am, aren't I?

EPHRAM: Way better. They just looked at your application. Flipped through it along with a-a couple thousand other ones and moved on. Go back three and make them take a second look, alright. Don't take no for an answer.

[Cut to Dr. L. Abbott's office. Dr. L. Abbott and Amy walk in. Amy is upset.]

DR. L. ABBOTT: Slow down and tell me what's wrong?

AMY: I can't do it. I can't. I-I thought I could and I wanted to, but I'm not ready. It's not gonna happen. It's too soon.

DR. L. ABBOTT: Oh, you're talking about quitting your Zoloft.

AMY: Maybe if we just give it another month so I can settle in a little bit – get my bearings.

DR. L. ABBOTT: What prompted this, Amy? Did something happen?

AMY: My mom hugged me.

DR. L. ABBOTT: And that's a bad thing?

AMY: You don't understand...she hugged me because she was so happy that I was home and that everything was back to normal, but it's not really. I mean, I-I'm faking this and I can do that now because I have the pills, but-but if I go off the pill then I can't fake it anymore and I become the same person that I was before. I-I can't do it.

DR. L. ABBOTT: So you're worried about your family?

AMY: I just don't want to put them through what I put them through before. I can't risk messing things up – having everybody disappointed in me again. I mean, what if I get depressed again or worse?

DR. L. ABBOTT: Come here. Sit. Listen to me. You will get depressed again. You'll be sad sometimes, probably more than you'd like if your life is anything like most peoples and you'll yell and you'll cry a little, but you'll get past it. I mean, that's how life works.

AMY: I know and I want to get back to being that person eventually, but for now, I would rather just fake it a little. You know, be a little better than me. You know, keep everybody happy because I might not deserve it but they do. Please, just one more month. Don't make me go off with them yet.

DR. L. ABBOTT: All right. I'm not gonna make you do anything that you're not ready to do. So, um, we'll keep you, uh, where you were for another month and then we'll take it from there, OK?

AMY: OK. Thank you.

[Cut to the Brown house. Madison and Delia are making a flower arrangement at the counter and Ephram walks in.]

EPHRAM: Wow. You know, if Martha ever goes to jail, you could definitely take over her empire.

MADISON: Oh, yeah?

EPHRAM: Yeah, of course, you have to learn how to make a wreath out of pinecones and leftover meatloaf, but...

[Ephram sits down at the table and the Dr. Brown does.]

DR. BROWN: Is it soup yet?

DELIA: It's meat. It's never gonna be soup.

DR. BROWN: Unless it's stew.

[Madison's cell phone rings.]

MADISON: Oh, sorry. I thought I turned that off.

[Madison runs over to the counter and answers it.]

MADISON: Hey... Yeah, I got the change... I can't talk now. I'll call you later. Bye.

[Madison walks back over to the table and sits down.]


MADISON: Just band stuff, sorry.

EPHRAM: That didn't take you too long.

MADISON: Excuse me.

EPHRAM: Nothing. Forget it.

MADISON: It was about practice tomorrow.

EPHRAM: Yeah, Whatever, it's fine.

MADISON: How could you think that I was...?

DR. BROWN: Who else wants salad, Ephram?

EPHRAM: No, actually I think I'm gonna take off.

[Ephram gets up to leave.]

DELIA: But dinner's already done.

[Madison rises from the table.]

MADISON: It's OK. I'll go.

EPHRAM: No. No. No. You should stay. Seriously. Invite Jay. You guys can all have a good time hanging out together.

DR. BROWN: All right. That's enough. OK? Now this doesn't seem to be the business agreement that you two had talked about.

EPHRAM: No, it's fine.

DR. BROWN: No, it's not fine. You can't even see fine from here. Now it was a very nice effort on everyone's part, but it has become very clear to me that we need to reevaluate this agreement.


DR. BROWN: Yes, we do. I'm sorry if I have to put my foot down, but I should have done this six months ago. I knew how this was gonna end back then. I told you both. I wish someone had listened to me.

EPHRAM: Well, what do you mean someone? Did you talk to Madison behind my back?

DR. BROWN: No, I didn't talk to her about you. I talked to her about the two of you. I told her my concerns.

EPHRAM: You told her we wouldn't work out.

DR. BROWN: Look, I wanted her to fully appreciate what she was getting herself into – the possible repercussions.

EPHRAM: Repercussions?

MADISON: It's not what you think, Ephram.

EPHRAM: And you never told me about this. I can't believe you.

MADISON: You're making a bigger deal about it than it actually was.

EPHRAM: What could be a bigger deal than my girlfriend and my dad talking about me behind my back like I'm some kind of child. How could you do that to me? Both of you?

[Ephram storms out of the kitchen and out the front door.]

[Cut to the Abbott house. Rose, Dr. H. Abbott, Bright and Amy are eating dinner in the dining room.]

DR. H. ABBOTT: Can I have the carrots?

[Bright passes Dr. H. Abbott the carrots.]

DR. H. ABBOTT: Wonderful meal, Rose.

BRIGHT: So, I-I need a note to get out of class tomorrow.

ROSE: Why is something wrong?

BRIGHT: No-no. I-I have an appointment at Colorado Springs I gotta drive to so...?

DR. H. ABBOTT: What kind of appointment do you have in Colorado Springs requires your attention all of a sudden?

BRIGHT: Colorado A&M.

ROSE: Well, honey, that's wonderful.

BRIGHT: I didn't get in.

DR. H. ABBOTT: When did you hear?

BRIGHT: Yesterday. I didn't want to give you guys anymore bad news. But it's cool, 'cause, uh, I'm going down there and change their minds.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Well, I-I don't think that's a good idea, Bright. I mean, no, once they make their decisions it's nearly impossible to reverse it. Well, we'll come up with a new plan.

BRIGHT: I have a plan. It's a good one. I have an appointment with the guy that sent me the letter.

DR. H. ABBOTT: I-I applaud your tenacity, but it simply-it doesn't work this way.

BRIGHT: I don't care how it works. This is my only shot.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Well, listen to me. I'm not gonna allow you to-to drive all the way out there on a lark. Now, let's be rational for a minute and discuss a better strategy here.

BRIGHT: Oh, let me guess, one that you come up with.

ROSE: Bright?

BRIGHT: What? This is.. It's like we're right back to where we were at the beginning of the year. You were so sure I couldn't raise my GPA but I did. Didn't I? All A's and B's last semester. Didn't see that coming. Hey, even better than Amy. Didn't think that's happen, but it did. I just want to know why for once in my life you can't support me for something that I want to do.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Well, I do support you. I simply can't understand why you would want to put yourself through this.

BRIGHT: Because I have no other choice, is why.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Well, yes, you do. You could attend classes at ECC next year. Find yourself a job nearby. Your mother and I want you close anyway.

BRIGHT: That's not what I want.

DR. H. ABBOTT: It's just for a year. It's not the end of the world, Bright.

BRIGHT: Yes, it is the end of the world.

DR. H. ABBOTT: For heaven's sake, Bright, how much more rejection can you stand?

BRIGHT: I don't know, Dad. How much more you got?

[Bright gets up from the table and storms out of the dining room. His dad is shocked.]

DR. H. ABBOTT: Fine.

[Cut to the Brown house, Delia's room. Madison is holding up multiplication flash cards and Delia is sitting on the bed.]

MADISON: OK, last time. Six times eight is?

DELIA: 48.

MADISON/DELIA: Ain't that great.

[Madison goes and lays on the bed.]

MADISON: It was a pretty bad fight tonight.

DELIA: I've seen worse. But, yeah, it was pretty bad.

MADISON: I'm sorry it happened in front of you like that. You should know that sometimes people say things they don't mean when they're upset.

DELIA: We don't.

[Madison nods and smiles.]

DELIA: You know, Brittany thinks she's my best friend, but she's not really. You are.

MADISON: And you're mine. You know, I love you, girly girl.

DELIA: I love you too, but...

MADISON: What is it, sweetie?

DELIA: It's just that I love Ephram too. And since he's my brother and we're related and everything, I have to love him more.

MADISON: I understand.

DELIA: And I think that when you're here, it makes him sad. And not just normal sad – really, really sad.


DELIA: I don't want to see him that sad anymore. So...I'm gonna have to let you go, Madison.

MADISON: [crying] OK.

[Madison and Delia hug and cry together.]

[Cut to the local bar. Dr. H. Abbott walks in and heads over to the bar counter.]

BARTENDER: What can I get you, Doc?

DR. H. ABBOTT: Scotch. Neat.

BARTENDER: You got it.

[Dr. Brown comes up and sits next to Dr. H. Abbott on a stool.]

DR. BROWN: OK, let me guess. It's not a major holiday, so the in-laws aren't in town. Uh, it's too late to be coming straight from the office, so, uh, I'm gonna go with parenthood sucks for a thousand.

DR. H. ABBOTT: [to bartender] Cancel that.

[Dr. H. Abbott gets up and is going to leave.]

DR. BROWN: Oh, are we still doing this? Come on, don't go. You're here for a reason. Why don't you let me tell you how bad I screwed up with Ephram? It'll cheer you up and not only will you be able to mock my stupidity, but you'll probably say something very wise which I could use with Ephram and pretend it was my idea. It's win-win.

[Dr. H. Abbott pays for the drink.]

DR. H. ABBOTT: Keep it.


DR. BROWN: I really need your help here, Harold. Just stay awhile, please.

DR. H. ABBOTT: I thought I made myself clear earlier, but it seems as though you've missed the point, so listen closely because I will not repeat myself again. You and I are no longer associated.

DR. BROWN: All right. You want me to apologize again, OK? I am sorry.

DR. H. ABBOTT: You really don't get it, do you?

DR. BROWN: No, I don't. This is what we do. We joke. We-we torment. We-we argue. It's the only exercise we get. We've disagreed about cases before and we will again.

DR. H. ABBOTT: This-this was not a disagreement over medical care – over some-some case. This was my daughter.

DR. BROWN: Harold, my obligation was to my patient.

DR. H. ABBOTT: I understand you had a choice to make, Andy. Please respect that I have made one as well.

[Dr. H. Abbott leaves and Dr. Brown sits at the bar.]



[Fade in at the local pharmacy. Amy is at the pharmacy counter.]

AMY: I called it in yesterday.

RANDY: It should be ready. Let me check.

AMY: Thanks.

[Sharon Hart walks up from behind Amy.]


AMY: Mrs. Hart. Hi. How are you?

SHARON: Fine and you? How's school?

AMY: Umm, it's going better. I still have to call Laynie. I haven't talked to her since we had that fight.

SHARON: Oh, you and Laynie had a fight.

AMY: Yeah. She didn't tell you about it?

SHARON: Maybe. I don't remember. I-I've just been so busy lately, you know, with the store and Jim. She probably never mentioned it. She likes to keep to herself. She's a real independent girl.

RANDY: Here you go, Amy. You're all set.

[Amy takes the prescription.]

AMY: Thank you.

SHARON: Hi, Randy. Three guesses. Me and my Paxil are keeping Randy in business, aren't we?

[There is an awkward silence.]

AMY: Well, I gotta go, but it was nice to see you, Mrs. Hart.

SHARON: You too. You know, you look really great.

AMY: Thank you. I feel not bad today anyways. Guess, we'll just have to see how it goes tomorrow, right? I'll see you later.

[Amy exits the Pharmacy and looks at her prescription bag and then throws it in the trash can and walks off, smiling.]

[Cut to outside Colorado A&M Administration Building. Bright looks at the building and then goes up the stairs with a determined look. We see several college students outside.]

[Cut to inside Colorado A&M Administration Building. Bright walks up to the Receptionist.]


RECEPTIONIST: May I help you?

BRIGHT: Umm, is this Dr. Burdell's office?


BRIGHT: I'm Bright Abbott, I have an appointment.

[Cut to the Brown House. Ephram walks in the front door. Delia and Mrs. Hammerhill are playing Spit on the couch in the den.]

EPHRAM: Hey, what's going on? Where's...?

DELIA: She's gone.

EPHRAM: Well, what about...?

DELIA: It's OK. I'm teaching her.

[Ephram walks out of the den toward the other den.]


[Cut to other den where Dr. Brown is sitting on the couch reading some files.]

EPHRAM: What did you do?

DR. BROWN: Nothing. This was all Delia.

EPHRAM: Delia fired Madison.

DR. BROWN: She did.

EPHRAM: Why? Wh-why would she do that?

DR. BROWN: Apparently she didn't want to see you so sad anymore.

[Ephram looks disappointed.]

DR. BROWN: I owe you an apology, Ephram. I never meant to sabotage thing between you and Madison.

EPHRAM: I mean, I know you didn't. And even though, it would be a lot easier to blame you for this whole thing falling apart, I , uh, I don't think I can.

DR. BROWN: Well, it'll never happen again. I'll always talk to you first. No more secrets, OK?

EPHRAM: I don't think you need to worry about it. I probably won't get another girlfriend for 10, probably 20, years. I just can't believe she's gone, you know. It's weird.

DR. BROWN: You disappointed?

EPHRAM: Yeah, I mean, a little bit. It wasn't perfect, but at least when she was here, I-I mean, I could sit next to her. I could see her. You know, there was always that possibility. It's not like I was hoping to get back together with her, but... I know – pathetic.

DR. BROWN: Nah, it's kinda human actually. You know when I was a surgeon, I saw a lot of patients who knew that they didn't have much time left and I was always amazed at what they were willing to go through. At how much pain they would endure, rather than simply letting go. In the end, pain was always preferable to nothing. I think it was that fear of taking the next step of the unknown that held them back – that made them willing to suffer so much. Sometimes too willing, because in some cases, it really was time to move on.

EPHRAM: Is that your not-so-subtle way of telling me to forget Madison?

DR. BROWN: No, you're never going to forget her.

[Off Ephram, a song begins to play.]

LYRICS: Father, son

[Cut to Colorado A&M Administration Building. Bright is walking out Dr. Burdell's office.]

LYRICS: Love too strong

DR. BURDELL: Keep it up. Maybe next year.


LYRICS: In this empty world, it's spine against spine

[Bright walks away with his head down. He looks up and sees Dr. H. Abbott sitting on the couch waiting for him.]

LYRICS: Till the warm comfort

[Bright walks to his dad.]

BRIGHT: Well, you were right - total waste of time. They won't accept me.

DR. H. ABBOTT: Then they're idiots.

[Bright's shocked.]

DR. H. ABBOTT: (CONT'D) So was I for not supporting you every step of the way. You could do as well as anyone else here – better.

BRIGHT: I doubt that.

DR. H. ABBOTT: You shouldn't. Bright, I was proud of you for very tackle, every touchdown, every three-point shot. I've never been prouder of you than I am right now. It took courage to do what you did today.

BRIGHT: Yeah, but, it-it didn't change anything. I came this whole way for nothing.

DR. H. ABBOTT: No, you came for yourself - that's what matters. You know, what you've done these past few months, your capacity to keep fighting, to keep trying to change – that is the measure of what makes someone great. That's what makes you great.

BRIGHT: I just – I don't know what I'm gonna do now, Dad. What am I gonna do?

DR. H. ABBOTT: Well, whatever you are meant to do or to be, it will reveal itself to you. And we'll wait for that together, huh, you and me.

[They walk out.]

[Cut to Madison's house. Ephram knocks on the door and Madison answers it with a smile.]

MADISON: We just keep on running into each other.

EPHRAM: Yeah, it's the weirdest thing. I just – I-I found myself in your neighborhood at your front door. It's so weird the way that happens. I don't know.

[Madison motions for him to come inside.]

EPHRAM: No, it's OK. This is just gonna take a second.

MADISON: Listen, I'm sorry I didn't talk to you about Delia.

EPHRAM: No, it's OK. And just so you know, I'm not going to try to rehire you or get you back.

MADISON: Are you sure that we can't do this inside?

EPHRAM: Yeah, uh, I think that we should do it here, not, before I can't do it at all.

[Ephram takes a deep breath.]

EPHRAM: (CONT'D) You changed my life, Madison - everything about it. I want you to know that.

MADISON: You changed mine.

EPHRAM: Yeah, maybe, but me – it's different. Everything is different for me now. Not just the obvious things – inside, you know. I... It's gonna take me a long time before I realize exactly what happened and why it had to fall apart, but hopefully when I do, you know, I'll remember and that way I can, you know, do it better next time.

MADISON: I don't think that you could've done it any better, Ephram.


MADISON: I think that we did it perfect.

EPHRAM: Yeah, me too.

MADISON: Well, maybe in a few weeks, we could do something. Have one of those kick-off friendship lunches or something.

EPRHAM: No. No. I, uh, I could never do the friend thing with you. Let's face it, we were never really friends, we were just...

MADISON: In love.

EPHRAM: Yeah. All right, I'm-I'm gonna walk back to my car right now and-and when I get there I'm gonna turn around and I'm gonna look back here and you're gonna be inside and that's gonna be that.

[Ephram kisses Madison one last time. Ephram walks back to his car. He gets there and hesitates before turning around to look at Madison. Madison waves goodbye. Ephram smiles at her and gets in his car and drives away.]

NARRATOR: A heart is a fragile thing. That's why we protect them so vigorously, give them away so rarely and why it means so much when we do. Some hearts are more fragile than others. Purer somehow. Like crystal in a world of glass, even the way they shatter is beautiful.
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