[Episode opens in the woods. The camera zooms down from the top of the trees onto a clearing. A body, clad in bare skin is seen.]
Voice-Over (Kyle): My birth was unconventional, at best.
(Camera closes on the boy, covered in a goo-like clear substance. His eyes flicker open) Voice-Over: My first memory was waking up in the forest.
(Kyle looks around, the images are blurred but soon clears)
Voice-Over: Like a new-born baby, I had no idea who I was, or what was happening.
(Kyle sits up, he hears birds chirping, and continues to look around)
Voice-Over: My eyes weren’t sure what they were seeing.(Kyle keeps looking around, then looks and
flexes his fingers, palm down, covered in a clear substance)
Voice-Over: Every sight, sound, and feeling was unfamiliar.
(Hand turns over, palm up, fingers covered in dirt from the forest floor. Kyle looks up, then hears a hiss. Camera zooms in on his right eye as he takes in the sight of a rattle-snake in front of him. The snake is curled, rattling the end of its tail and continues to hiss. Kyle looks at the snake cautiously but doesn’t
move. The snake then uncurls, and strikes. Quick as lightning, Kyle’s hand reaches out and catches the head and looks at it for a moment, then lets it go. The snake crawls away as Kyle looks.) Voice-Over: Every species is born with instincts that ultimately create a balance with nature.(Kyle starts walking out of the forest, still clad only in clear substance)Voice-Over: Every species except the one I was born into. (Camera fades on the city skyline)
[Kyle, still in the forest, comes out from behind a tree and hears voices.]
Voice-Over: I came across a beast with two voices. (Kyle walks over to the red tent)
Voice-Over: I was thankful to have found a companion.
(Kyle walks toward the partially zipped up tent. There’s a couple inside, engaged and embracing each other. Kyle looks in, and the couple starts screaming.)
(Cars honking, Kyle’s hand is against the sky. He has finally reached the city. Kyle keeps looking up and
around. A truck zooms past, honking. Kyle looks at the changing traffic lights turn from red to green, then a sign with a grizzly bear “FISHING HUNTING”. Kyle turns his attention back on the traffic. He is on a highway, with dozens of cars and trucks, and a man on a bicycle.)
(Muffled voices as a woman crosses the street with a girl. She covers the child’s eyes as they pass Kyle. A woman passes by in a car, honking)
Woman in car: Freak!
(People gathered around the window in a building. Pointing and laughing. Sirens. Kyle sees a police car. A policeman walks out and walks toward him.)
Policeman: What’s your name?
(Policeman covers Kyle up in a gray blanket. Kyle looks down at it)
Policeman (echoing): Who are you?
(Kyle continues looking at the blanket, then looks up at the policeman with a confused look. The policeman suddenly moves and puts handcuffs on him. Two girls in the back whisper)
(Scene opens on a detention center)
Voice-Over: Soon I was taken to a new place, with fences and sad faces.
(Kyle in a shower. He looks up at the shower head, which suddenly starts spraying him with water. Kyle ducks. A man brings Kyle into the bathroom. Kyle stands and looks and the toilet but doesn’t know what to do.)
(Pictures are taken of Kyle holding a board that says, “JUVENILE HOLDING/WASHINGTON
STATE/JOHN DOE/763464” Kyle reacts as the camera flashes.)
[A house, the Trager residence. Inside: Nicole Trager stands in the stairs and calls to her daughter]
Nicole: Lori! (Lori is still in bed.)
Nicole: Lori!! (Lori turns over)
Nicole: Are you getting up?(Lori suddenly snaps awake as she sees a guy next to her)
Lori (whispers): Declan!
Nicole: Like sometime this year?(Both start scrambling out of bed and getting clothes on)
Nicole: Let’s all have breakfast together for a change. I’m making pancakes! (Both still pulling clothes on
Nicole: I think you’ve slept long enough!(Nicole walks toward the door. She starts opening it, Lori is still
fumbling with her jeans. They duck as the door starts to open. The phone rings. She closes it again and
walks away. Lori and Declan get up and start laughing.)
Declan: We…uh…We didn’t get to finish what we started…(Declan advances on Lori. Lori pushes his
shirt at him.)
Lori: You, need to get out of here. (Declan laughs as he starts climbing out the window.)
Declan: Later, Trager. (Lori picks up shoes and throws them out the window after Declan.)
(Nicole, downstairs on the phone)
Nicole: Lou, you’re not disturbing me. What’s going on?
Lou (over the phone): I got someone here I know you’re gonna want to meet. (Lou and Kyle are walking,
Lou on the phone while Kyle is walking and still taking in his surroundings.)
Lou: The kid showed up here this morning and he’s, right up your alley.
Nicole: In other words, no one else wants to treat him.
Lou (over phone): No, no. It’s not like that. Nobody knows where he came from exactly.
(Lou and Kyle are walking down some steps with a guard behind them.) But he seems sharp, and he’s…
Look, you gotta see him for yourself.
Nicole: I’ll stop by at ten tomorrow.
Lou: uh… this afternoon ok?
Nicole: I’m on my way.
(A boy (Josh) grabs from pancakes from a tray and starts eating it. Lori walks in)Josh: Aah, it’s alive!
Lori: Bite me.
Josh: No, thanks. That’s Declan’s job. Lori: Shut up, dweeb.
(Dad (Stephen) walks in with towel in hand)
Stephen: Declan?! What happened to Mike Suby?
Josh: Old news. Declan’s her new flavor of the month. Or the week, in Ms. Skanky’s case.
Stephen: Knock it off. (to Lori) So, who’s this Declan guy?
Lori: Just a friend. He’s having a party this week. Can I take the car?(Lori sits down at the table with a
mug in hand)
Stephen: We’ll see. (Nicole walks in, with handbag) Nicole: Sorry guys. I have to go out for a bit.
Stephen: Go out?!
Nicole: Lou Daniels just called.
Stephen: Nicole, it’s Sunday!
Nicole: I know, but it’s urgent. It sounds like a really special case.(Nicole goes to kiss Stephen)
Josh: They always do.
Nicole: Save some pancakes for me, ok?
[At the detention center cafeteria: Kyle is given a burger and fries on a blue plate, a muffin and a clear
plastic fork on a blue tray. Kyle looks around at other kids. Kyle looks at the tables filled with kids, and
then sits down on an empty seat. The guys see him and leave.]
Guy: Hey let’s roll, man. (The two guys leave. Kyle looks up at them as they leave.)
Voice-Over: For some reason, the more people I saw, the more alone I felt. (Kyle looks across the room
at a boy with a tough-guy look (Skeeter). Skeeter looks back at him, shakes his head then looks back at
his food. He picks up his empty Styrofoam cup.)
Skeeter: Yo, let’s get some juice down here. (Kyle keeps staring at him.)
Skeeter: Sup, everyone taking stupid pills around here? Juice me!
(Kyle keeps staring as a woman comes around with a jug of orange juice and fills his cup. The guy starts
eating his muffin, then realizes that Kyle is still staring at him. Kyle keeps staring, then looks down at his
own muffin. Skeeter is seen eating the muffin in slow motion. )
Voice-Over: Most of our time is spent trying to lessen the pains of life. I was about to learn how to quash
(Kyle picks up his muffin and takes a bite. He chews, and then swallows. He takes another bite and
keeps staring at Skeeter.)
Skeeter: See some’n you like, punk? You gonna see my fist if you don’t quit eye-balling me.
(Kyle doesn’t seem to understand and keeps staring while taking bites of his muffin)
Guy next to Skeeter: Kick his ass, man. (Skeeter gets up and walks to Kyle’s table. Lou comes in just in
time and puts his hand on the guy’s shoulder) Lou: Be cool, Skeeter. He can’t understand a word you say. He ain’t dissing you, man. (Kyle keeps
staring and eating his muffin)
Skeeter: Aight. He keeps staring at me, I’m gonna have to kick his sorry ass. (Kyle looks at him in
puzzlement at his threat)
Voice-Over: I had no reason to fear this person. But he reminded me of the snake in the woods, just
before it struck. (Kyle keeps eating muffin.)
[Kyle is in a yard with other kids. He looks up at the fences. A basketball hits his chest, bringing his
attention back to his surrounding of other kids. Skeeter comes out into the yard. Kyle sees him and
Voice-Over: I was glad to see a familiar face. But a pressure below my waist was bothering me.
(Skeeter walks toward Kyle, ready to fight. The other kids cheer him on. Skeeter and Kyle walk toward
and faces each other. Skeeter, circling Kyle)
Skeeter: C’mon. Show me what you got! C’mon, put your hands up! Put’em up! You ain’t tough, new kid.
C’mon, put’em up!!
(Skeeter stops circling and puts up his fist)
(Kyle looks at him, confused. Then he looks at his hands, and makes a similar motion)
Voice-Over: I wanted to learn his game. But the pain in my belly was getting more intense.
(Kyle puts down his fists, and Skeeter punches him in the face. Kyle falls onto the ground. The other kids
cheer. Kyle is stunned. His nose is bleeding. Skeeter looks down at him. Lou comes running out)
Lou: Hey! (Lou and a guard look down at Kyle on the floor. Kyle touches his bleeding nose)
Voice-Over: I barely noticed the discomfort on my face. Because inside me, something had flipped, and I
began to feel… wonderful…
(Kyle has peed in his pants…people laughing in the back) Lou: Great jobs guys! No rec. privileges for a week! Now get outta here!
(Lou is yelling at Skeeter. )
Lou: NOW!!(Skeeter turns around and walks back into the dentention center cafeteria where they had
come out, head down)
Lou: EVERYBODY OUT!! (Kyle stays on the ground with his bloody nose and looks at people leave.)
[In a different part of the detention facility]
Lou: Hey, Nicole. Thanks for coming by to see him.
(Kyle is standing at a counter, making dots on a sheet of white paper with different colored crayons. The
sound of the crayon rapidly hitting the table is heard.)
Nicole: Does “him” have a name?
Lou: Well, the paperwork says John Doe for the time being.
Nicole: John Doe. What’s a handsome boy doing with a dead man’s name?
Lou: You know, he kind of reminds me of my brother Kyle.
(Nicole gives him a look)
Lou: Eh, he… got all the good looks in the family. Nicole: That’s perfect. (Looks toward Kyle’s direction) Kyle. (Kyle stops the “drawing” and looks up at the
Lou: Yea, can’t speak a word. But dammed if he doesn’t know what you’re saying. (Kyle resumes the
“drawing”. Sounds of his crayon hitting the table is heard again.)
Lou: I’ll be outside if you need me. (Nicole walks over to where Kyle is “drawing”. Kyle continues making
his picture with apt attention. Quickly dumping one crayon and picking up another color and continues
his work. Nicole looks on in amazement as Kyle finishes)
Kyle: I wanted to show her where I’d come from, and what I’d seen
(Kyle lifts up his picture for Nicole. It is a perfect picture of the scene he had seen in the woods, with the
couple in the tent. It’s like a computer rendered pictures, with each dot being a different pixel of the
picture. Nicole’s jaws drop at it, and Kyle follows suit, the opening of the mouth. Nicole sees and closes it
quickly, and Kyle does so with a pop, and smiles. Nicole does too.)
[Nicole, Kyle and Lou are in another room, with a see thru glass. Kyle is looking thru the glass into the
other room, behind him, Nicole and Lou talks.]
Nicole: So let me understand, the boy has no family that you know of, he doesn’t communicate, and he was found just wandering alone in the city.
Lou: That’s all his booked-in shelter folder said, no missing person report, nothing. There is, one more
thing you should see. (Lou reached to turn Kyle around. Kyle does, and Lou lifts his shirt up.)
Lou: No belly button. (Kyle’s stomach is shown smooth and flat.)
[Trager residence: Getting ready for a Chinese take-out dinner. Stephen is dumping Chinese food into a
Stephen: They’re never going to go for this
Nicole: Oh, it’s just for a few days. (Josh and Lori come in) Josh: Finally, I’m starving.
Lori: Did you get Lo Mien?
Stephen: Alright, hold on a minute, your mom’s got something to talk to you about.
Nicole: I have a new patient, and the place where he’s staying isn’t safe. So, I’m bringing him here for a
Lori: You mean some mental patient is gonna live in our house?!
Nicole: He’s not a mental patient. He’s a very sweet, very special boy.
Josh: You know what very special means, probably drool all over the house.
Nicole: I have to say. I had thought, I’d hoped, that you would both show a little compassion.
Lori: I don’t even know this kid.
Josh: I don’t want him touching my things. (Stephen, at the sink) Stephen: Alright! That’s enough. If your mom says he’s coming, he’s coming. And that’s final. (Lori takes
the eating utensils; Josh takes the paper towels from Stephen and both walk disgusted to the dinner
[Outside the Trager house. Nicole has brought Kyle home and is walking him from the car to the house.
Nicole opens the door, and lets Kyle step into the house]
Nicole: This is it, home. You’re going to be staying for a few days. At least, till I can…(Kyle walks toward
the walk filled with family pictures. Nicole stops talking and looks.)
Voice-Over: My first thought was that flat, tiny people must be living in the walls. But then I understand.
Humans grow smaller as they develop. And pretty soon, I’d be shrinking myself. (Kyle looks at pictures
of Nicole holding a baby. Then he looks over at Nicole standing near him.)
Voice-over: Maybe one day, this woman would hold me, too.(Kyle looks into the next room, with a desk
and a computer with screen-saver. Kyle starts walking over.)
Voice-over: The images made my mind explode, with complex mathematical formula.
Nicole: Would you like to play a game, Kyle? Here. (Nicole sits Kyle down at the computer, and turns the
screen saver off.)
Nicole: Lots of kids have tons of fun with this one.(Something loads on the screen, it’s a kids game from
“Click me and learn.com”)
Nicole: This is called a mouse. When you move it, the arrow…(Kyle puts his hand on the mouse and
starts moving it around, then clicks on the crow.)
Crow: Hello there! I am a bird. I fly high into the sky. Watch the sky, and watch me fly. (The phone rings)
Stephen: How’d it go? Did you bring him home? Nicole: Oh, he’s just great. He’s on the computer right now. Stephen: Do you need me there? It could be a lot to handle.
Nicole: Trust me, honey. I’ll be fine. (Lori goes into the living room in a towel.)Lori: Getting a little old for Barney, aren’t we Josh?(Kyle looks up at her. Lori begins taking off the towel, but looks over and sees
Kyle on the computer. She screams and runs.)
Voice-over: When I saw her, I realized something was horridly wrong. Humans grow larger over time, not
smaller. It bothered me. Wasn’t I ever small? (Lori goes into the kitchen where Nicole is talking Stephen on the phone.)
Lori: Why didn’t you tell me he was in the house! I think he saw my boobs!Stephen: What did she…? Did
Nicole: Stephen, I promise. We’re fine. I’ve got another call. I gotta go. (Stephen flips off his phone in
exasperation and gets up from his office chair. The TV is on)
Newswoman: …A teenage girl washed up on shore this morning having no memory whatsoever of how
she got there…(Kyle at the computer, Lori seemingly doing her homework/studying on the couch behind
Computer in singsong voice: Fractions, fractions. All Done. Yum yum.
(Nicole, talking to someone on the phone, walks into the room.)
Nicole: How much blood? Look, I’m on my way. (Nicole turns off phone and leaves it on the desk where Kyle is playing with the computer)
Nicole: Listen. There’s emergency at work. I need you to watch Kyle.
Lori: Sure mom.
Nicole: I’m serious. Watch him. I’ll be right back.(The phone rings as Nicole walks out. Lori reaches out
to pick it up)
Lori: Hello? Oh, hi Hillary. No, Declan still hasn’t called. And if he’s with Jessica, he’s probably got the
clap by now. (Kyle stops playing at the computer and starts listening to Lori’s side of the conversation.)
Lori: You know me, I felt weird when Mike Suby put his hand down my pants. (Lori sees Kyle looking at
her and shifts on the couch)
Lori: Cuz, all I could think about were these warts on his hand…*gasp* That could be him. If I don’t click over, you’ll know why. (Lori presses button on phone) Lori: Hello? O hi, Declan(Lori puts down the binder on her lap, gets up and walks away)
Lori: No, I wasn’t talking to anyone. What’s up? (Kyle goes back to playing with the computer. He stops when he hears in the distance someone playing
the Pachelbel Canon in D on piano)
Voice-Over: It was the most beautiful sound in the world. (Canon continues, Kyle is outside the house,
walking toward the music, which is coming from a neighbor’s house.)
Voice-over: It was part mathematics and part… euphoria. (Kyle enters the house, and walks slowly over
to the piano where the girl is playing)
Voice-over: I felt certain that whatever this was, was a gift to the world meant to fill all that heard it with a
flood of emotion.(Girl continues playing, not knowing that Kyle was there. Her mother walks into the
house, without even taking a glance at the music playing.)
Mom: Amanda, I’m home. (Kyle glances over his shoulder at her mom who was walking away into another part of the house)
Voice-Over: It then struck me that not everyone could appreciate this miracle. The sound increased my
sorrow for those who could not hear it. (Amanda keeps playing, and Kyle starts to cry. Amanda hears him
and turns around Kyle is startled and steps back toward the door. He knocks over a chair and runs out
the door. Amada looks in astonishment at him)
[Kyle curls up in a fetal position in a bathtub back at the Trager residence.]
Voice-over: There was a pounding in my chest. My face felt like it was burning. And more than anything, I
wanted to disappear.
(Josh has returned from school. He rushes into the bathroom and throws down his jacket on the floor. He
pulls his pants down, sits on the toilet cover, and takes out a magazine from his backpack. Kyle peaks
out from behind the shower curtain. Josh is still reading the Playpen, when suddenly he sees Kyle’s
faces. He gets up in a hurry, screaming and running out the bathroom while pulling his pants up. He trips
and falls, the magazine flies out of his hand and lands on the stair. Nicole walks up and picked up the
Josh: Whoa mom, there’s a psycho in the shower! (Josh backs away from the banister as Nicole looks
up at him. He pulls him his pants in a hurry and zips it.)Nicole: It’s ok, Josh. It’s ok. (
Kyle walks out of the bathroom.)
Nicole: This is Kyle, the special boy I was telling you about?
Josh: If he’s supposed to be so special, why’d you stick him in the bathtub? (to Kyle) Nice to meet you…
Nicole: The reason I am letting that slide, is because I have a favor to ask of you. I would like Kyle to
bunk down in your room for a couple of nights.
Josh: Are you kidding? This guy’s got bed-wetter written all over him.
Nicole: Well, I’m only asking. (Showing him the Playpen magazine) Josh: Fine. But you better bust out the rubber sheets.
Nicole: Have you seen Lori? She was supposed to be watching him.
Josh: Some teacher called with test results. Mrs. Plounty-Pernhood(?)?
(Josh walks back into his room)
Voice-over: I was beginning to sense that my very presence was turning these people against each
other.(Nicole opens the door to Lori’s room. Lori is lying on her stomach in bed.) Nicole: You and I are going to have a talk.
Lori: O no, did something happen to Kyle?
Nicole: Oh, you mean besides him going outside by himself? (Kyle’s white shoes are shown covered
Nicole: You can forget about Declan’s party.
[Later, at night. Nicole takes Kyle to the workshop to meet Stephen. Nicole puts her arms around
Stephen from behind and kisses his neck as a greeting.]
Stephen: Hi, honey. Hey, something wrong with Lori? She seems upset about something.
Nicole: She’s just having a difficult time understanding what responsibility means. Stephen: Is this the uh…
Nicole: Kyle, this is my husband, Stephen. Honey, this is Kyle.
Stephen: Hello, Kyle.(Stephen offers his hand to shake. Kyle looks at it and smiles.)
Stephen: I’m happy…to make…your acquaintance. (Kyle doesn’t do anything but look up at him) Stephen: Can he understand a single thing I’m saying? Nicole: I don’t think so.
Stephen: Well, at least he doesn’t look dangerous. (Kyle reaches out to touch something hot, with steam
Stephen: uh… watch it, watch it! It’s hot! Ouch, ouch! (Stephen was trying to tell him that it’s hot and that
it would burn him, in exaggerated gestures)
Voice-Over: This being was clearly a superior communicator. I somehow understood everything it’d said,
and wondered why others chose to speak so ineffectively.
[Back in the house, someone is banging on the door. Nicole goes to get it. She opens it to admit her
neighbors Mrs. Bloom and her daughter Amanda into the house.]
Mrs. Bloom: You know… this neighborhood isn’t zoned for half-way houses. Oh, good evening by the way.
Nicole: Excuse me?
Mrs. Bloom: One of your challenged cases broke into my… Amanda: He didn’t break in, mom…
Mrs. Bloom: (cutting Amanda off) …broke into my house this afternoon and snuck up on Amanda while
she was alone. Who knows what could have happened if I hadn’t come home when I did.
Nicole: I’m so sorry, Carol. Lori was responsible for watching Kyle this afternoon. Mrs. Bloom: Look,
Nicole. I would hate to make this into a police matter……(Kyle looks at Amanda, and she looks at him.
They smile. Mrs. Bloom sees, and starts pulling Amanda away and out of the house.)
Mrs. Bloom: Come along, Amanda.
Amanda: I’ll see you later.
[Dinner table: Kyle and the family (except Nicole, who hasn’t come in yet) are eating.]
Lori: It’s not fair, Dad. I was in the next room. It’s not like I left him alone with Michael Jackson.
Voice-Over: There are over 800,000 words in the English language. The eyes, however, speak a more
precise code. Through their narrowing…
Josh: Not running a retard farm, are we?
Stephen: Josh…(Kyle looks around at the family’s facial expressions, especially the eyes, as they eat)
Voice-Over: Brow-watches, dilations, blinking, or the asymmetrical closure, which I hadn’t yet
Lori: Don’t you think this miracle-work trick’s getting out of hand? Stephen: Cool it, guys. What did we say about giving your mom some latitude over the next couple of
Voice-Over: I was suffering from thirst. But my language skills were relatively primitive, so I relied on
phrases I memorized at the Children’s Home.(Nicole comes in with a plate of food)
Kyle: Yo! Let’s get some juice down here. (Everyone looks at him in surprise, eyes wide.)
Kyle: Sup? Everyone taking stupid pills around here? Juice me! (Kyle smiles as he slowly lifts up the cup
for them to see.)(Josh fills his cup from the jug)
Josh: Oh, man. Sweet, he’s like that Indian from cuckoo’s nest!! Lori: Wait, did he just learn to talk in one day?
Stephen: No, Lori. That’s impossible. (Looks up at Nicole) Right, honey? Nicole: Can you understand me, Kyle? Do it again.
Josh: Mom, is that how you talk to a dog? Go on, do it again? Watch this. Kyle, speak!
Kyle: I felt weird when Mike Suby put his hand down my pants. Cuz, all I could think about were these
warts on his hand. (The family smile at him, then it hits them what he just said and where it’d come from.
Lori is embarrassed.)
Nicole: Amazing! Autism typically involves mimicry, but Kyle isn’t emotionally with drawn. His behaviors
Stephen: So, can he understand us or not?
Nicole: I can’t say. I’ve never dealt with anyone like him before. Josh: Suby! Nice one!
[Nicole and Stephen in the kitchen: Nicole is making tea.]
Nicole: I can’t wait to test him.
Stephen: Why haven’t the police found him?
Nicole: He’s full of surprises.
Stephen: Somebody has to be missing this kid.Nicole: Well, so far, no one’s filed a report.
(Stephen and Nicole walk outside into the garden with their tea)
Stephen: The whole thing is really strange.
Nicole: Even stranger? He doesn’t have a belly button. No belly button. I saw for myself. Kyle’s stomach
is totally smooth.
Stephen: How could that be?
Nicole: He’s extraordinary.
Stephen: Nicole, you said just a few days.
Nicole: Well, I’m not sending him back to that facility.
Stephen: You are so wrapped up in this kid. He can’t say here indefinitely. Nicole: I know. Social services promised to find a safe spot for him by Monday. Stephen: Monday.
[Next morning: Nicole, Kyle and Josh are walking to the car. There’s a red truck with a shady character inside. The man is staring at Kyle. Kyle stops walking and stares back at him. The man then drives
Nicole: Come on, boys. Let’s get to work. (Josh leads Kyle to the car. Later, they are in a room with a
table. Kyle is filling in a bubble sheet really quick, taking a test. He finishes and gives Josh, who is sitting
across from him, his papers. Josh was looking thru his answers.)
Josh: Whoa. Slow down, Rainman. I haven’t even finished grading the last one. Nicole: You’re kidding, that was an hour long test. How long did it take him, five minutes?
Josh: Yea! And he got them all right! What is this kid, seriously? Freaky, man. (Nicole picks up the
phone to call someone)
Nicole: Hello, Dr. Fields please.
[Kyle taking an MRI.]
Nicole: Try not to move, Kyle. (The results come out in the next room, where Josh is. Two doctors are
there with him.)
Doctor 1: O, damn. When’s the last time you had this thing calibrated? I could wait for a week…
Doctor 2: It’s fine! I ran two MRIs this morning.
Doctor 1: Are you blind? Look, it’s a mess!
Josh: What is it?
Doctor 1: Look like it’s on a fritz. You see this red area here? That’s supposed to represents the active
part of the brain.
Josh: Yea? So?
Doctor 1: You and I use maybe 7% of our brains. Alright? Any given time. Einstein used 9% of his brain.
Rupert here uses 2%.
Josh: So it means, he’s some super genius?
Doctor 1: It means mechanical failure. You have to come back some other time. Josh: But what if the
Doctor 1: Uh…hypothetically speaking, with this type of neuron-hyper activity, he’d be prone to all sorts
of seizures, strokes, tumors… Doctor 2: Tu-tumors
Doctor 1: yea.
[Back at the Trager house, in Josh room. Kyle is in bed. Nicole comes to tuck him in.]
Nicole: Well, you’ve spent a busy day today, huh? Goodnight, Kyle. Sweet dreams. (Kyle smiles at
Nicole. Nicole gets up and leaves, turning off the light. Josh is at the computer, looking up the word,
“seizure”. It comes back with results about coma and death. He then goes back to his room to go to sleep.)Josh: Hey dude? You’re not gonna wig out on me, right? I mean, if something weird starts to
happen, like your foam with the mouth? Don’t do it here. Go get my mom…Damn, I miss
Charlotte.(Kyle gets up and sits on the edge of his bed.)Josh: Charlotte’s Miss. Playpen, dude. The
magazine? My mom hid her.
Josh: I know not, my brother. I know not. (Kyle gets back down onto the bed and follows Josh’s
movements. Later, he is downstair, playing with the fridge: Opening and closing it. Lori comes down the
stairs. Kyle sees, and follows her out the door. Kyle walks out onto the street. A car zooms past him, Kyle
looks at it then continues to follow Lori to Declan’s party.)
Hillary: Here, you’re gonna need that. Lori: What’s wrong?
Hillary: First drink then talk. (Hillary sees Kyle) Ooh!(Kyle sees people dancing, drinking, talking and
kissing. All the party activities.)
Voice-Over: The ceremony was underway that involves spastic gyrations. The heat made me sweat and
I needed something to drink.
Lori: Who’s that?
Hillary: I don’t know, but he’s cute. Lori: So, spill it already.
Hillary: Uh, I hope you weren’t to set on hooking up with Declan tonight.
Lori: Maybe I don’t wanna know after all.
Hillary: Yea, then I wouldn’t go in there. (Hillary points in a direction, and Lori goes. Declan is spraying
Kyle, who is on his knees in front of him, with beer. A girl is kissing him all over. Lori turns away, and
dunks down her cup of beer. Kyle gets up, beer all over him, and is wrinkling his face at the foul tasting
liquid. Lori and Hillary are seen drinking. Kyle then lies on the floor, throwing up.)
Voice-Over: At the Children’s home, the other captives referred to a strange place. I finally realized I’d
arrived. “In hell”.
(People are pointing and laughing at him. The room spins around Kyle. Suddenly, people hear sirens
Voice-Over: The appearance of an unknown enemy had begun to agitate the group. (People scatter, a
policeman comes in with a flashlight, telling people to “Hold it” The room becomes even more chaotic as
people run around Kyle. Kyle sees through the glass that the policeman had taken hold of Lori and
dragging her away. He gets up.)
Lori: I didn’t do anything!
Policeman: Relax. (The policeman is still dragging Lori away. Kyle breaks through the glass to get to her.
People stop in the tracks at the sound of breaking glass. The policeman lets Lori go to face him.)
Kid: O, snap! Did you see that?(Lori takes this opportunity to get away, but she’s too drunk.)
Policeman: Get back here. (Kyle walks over to him while people around are yelling at him, variations of
“She didn’t do anything.” Kyle looks angry.)Policeman: Cool it, kid. You’re fried.
Voice-Over: I remembered how the snake had tried to frighten me. (Kyle hisses at the policeman. People
laugh. The policeman lets Lori go, and Kyle smiles at her. Policeman then takes out handcuffs. In a
series of quick fantastic moves, Kyle manages to take the handcuffs from him. He then takes out his
baton and tried to hit Kyle, but Kyle’s quick reflexes lets him take the baton away from him too (and
shoves it in his face without touching him.) Kyle drops it.)
Voice-Over: I’d hope this creature would have as much sense as the snake (The policeman is stunned; he moves to take his gun, but then moves off as he sees the crowd watching their every move. People
cheer. Kyle then carries Lori home in his arms.)
[Back home, Kyle walks into Nicole and Stephen’s bedroom. Nicole wakes up and sees Kyle in a mess, with blood on his face and shirt.]
Kyle: I… am… leaking.
Nicole: God, what happened to you? (Nicole gets up from the bed and takes Kyle into the kitchen.)
Josh: I don’t know mom. There’s no blood on any of the doors and the windows aren’t broken or nothing.
Nicole: That’s ok, hon.. We’ll figure it out tomorrow.
Voice-Over: The images reminded me. I had no memory of ever being small. (Nicole goes over to kiss
Josh, and goes back to Kyle, cleaning him up.)
Kyle: What… am I?
Nicole: Well, Kyle. That’s a difficult question to answer. You’re a boy, special boy. And, boys are human
beings.(Nicole proceeds to explain to him what a human is, but Kyle sees that she doesn’t really know,
and is sad.)
Voice-Over: Even with years of historical research, the more humans try to define themselves, the more
they drown in their own confusion.
Nicole: …from a revolutionist’s point of view.
Kyle: You… know not. (With eyes filled with tears)
[At Jojo’s Juice Bar: Hillary is bringing Lori drinks. Lori is sitting outside on a bench with shades]
Hillary: Now this one. It’ll help you de-tox.
Lori: Forget it. When we’re sipping this place becomes a barfetorium. Hillary: Focus on something else. Like, say your knight in shining armor?
Hillary: Don’t give me that. The guy who saved your ass last night? The guy with all the…Jackie Chan
moves? The guy who carried you home?!(It finally hits Lori that she’s talking about Kyle and gets up)
Lori: Oh, my God. Kyle. I thought I dreamt that.
Hillary: So? Does your dream have digits?
Lori: Yea. Mine. Remember that short-bus kid I told you about? (Hillary looks disgusted.)
[Nicole is in the garden, watering the plants. Kyle comes out and puts his arms around her as he had
seen Nicole and Stephen do to each other.]
Nicole: Hi, babe. (Nicole thinks it’s Stephen, and touches his hands, until Kyle starts kissing her neck.)
Voice-over: Apparently, not all forms of greetings are appropriate.
Nicole: O! Kyle! You scared me.
Kyle: What is… scared?
Nicole: O, scared is… fear. Like… ahhh.
Kyle: I get… scared.
Nicole: What? What are you scared of?(Images of past experience flash through Kyle’s mind. The snake,
Skeeter, the punch, Amanda at the piano, the steaming thing in Stephen’s workshop, the man in the red
truck, and the car that almost hit him while he was following Lori to the party, the MRI, the party, people
laughing at him, the policeman.)
Nicole: I don’t know what to…Kyle…I can’t imagine how strange and scary the world must feel to you
right now. But it will get better. I swear.
Kyle: Help me…Mom. (Nicole is overwhelmed, and hugs Kyle, whose eyes are again filled with tears.)
Nicole (voice breaking): I’m gonna take care of you Kyle. I promise.
[Nicole goes into Stephen’s workshop.]
Stephen: Hey! Can’t believe I offered to fix their computer. Their hard drive’s fried and their family photos
are on it. I think Tim’s mug scared it.
Nicole: O, you’ll figure it out. You always do. Stephen?
Nicole: I can’t do it. I can’t send Kyle away.
Nicole: Not the way he is right now.
Stephen: We talked about this. We agreed.
Nicole: He’s just so vulnerable. And even the best facilities can’t give Kyle enough individual care and
Stephen: What are you going to do? Drop all your other cases? You’re already consumed by your work.
And now you want to treat your patients at home?
Nicole: Just this one. There’s something remarkable about him.
Stephen: I feel for the kid. You know I do. But we have enough going on with our own kids, our own
Nicole: Just until we figure out who he is, and where he belongs.
Stephen: Well, we may never know.
Nicole: I know it’s asking a lot.
Stephen: Yea. Too much. (Stephen goes back to working at fixing the computer as Nicole starts to walk
Stephen: Check with Lou Daniels. Maybe social services have something good for him.
[Back at the Detention center.]
Lou: I can’t see to find his file. I’ve got nothing for him Nicole, I’m sorry.
Nicole: Thank you, Lou.
[Outside is the man in the red truck who was spying on Kyle before. He looks at Nicole from his mirror as
she walks out of the center. He then flips through some papers in a folder. It’s Kyle’s file that Lou was
talking about. There’s all the information they were able to obtain about Kyle and where he’d come from,
with a picture of Kyle in the corner.]
[Kyle is looking through stuff in Stephen’s workshop while he’s still trying to fix the computer.]
Stephen: Come on, now. Where are you? (Kyle picks up a spool of wire. It falls to the ground. Kyle goes
to pick it up and sees some mouse traps. He moves to touch it. Stephen looks at him at that moment)
Stephen: Don’t touch that. Those are for killing rats. Kyle: Rats… are your enemy?
Stephen: No, but when they start paying rent, they can put down people traps. (Kyle doesn’t know what
he’s talking about)
Stephen: No, Kyle. We don’t want them in the house. Kyle: So, you kill them.
Stephen: … yea…I guess.(Stephen presses some buttons, and a picture shows up)
Stephen: Hah! There it is. Huh, man.(Stephen tries taking his mug. It tips over and sparks come out of
the computer. The screen flickers and goes out, filling the screen with computer codes.)
Stephen: Arrgh, damn it. (Stephen goes off to get a towel. Kyle comes around to look at the screen.)
Voice-Over: Whereas verbal communication was so random and contradictory, this language was a
logical math based short-hand that made perfect…(More sparks fly out, the screen goes blank.)
Stephen: O… come on!(Stephen cleans up the keyboard and the rest of the mess. Kyle goes to the laptop on the side and begins typing. Stephen looks up and goes to see what Kyle is doing. After a while,
something loads. It’s the picture.)
Stephen: Wow, that’s it. That’s the one! How did you…
[Josh goes into his room, it’s neat and organized. On the bed is the Playpen magazine that Nicole hid.
Kyle is out in the yard, his foot on the basketball. Josh goes out to talk to him.]
Josh: You find this?
Josh: Why’d you do that?
Kyle: You said you …missed her.
Josh: Take a shot. (Kyle doesn’t know what to do) Shoot some hoops? … Alright, let me show you.(Josh
puts the magazine into his pocket and takes the ball from under Kyle’s foot. He takes a shot and misses.
Stephen comes in and sees them, then goes back out.)
Josh: Now you.
(Kyle shoots and gets it thru the hoop)