[Scene opens up with Kyle, Dr. Cassidy, and Nicole talking to each other while sitting in the living room.]
Dr. Cassidy: Kyle, Hypnosis relaxes you. It allows you to focus very deeply.
Nicole: Dr. Cassidy has helped some of my patients make sense of some of their dreams.
Dr. Cassidy: And by tapping into your subconscious, hypnosis can unlock memories you have lost or suppressed.
Kyle: What are we waiting for?
[Nicole nods her head. Kyle is laying down with his eyes closed on the couch with Dr. Cassidy above him.]
Dr. Cassidy: Kyle, you’re walking down the steps of a long stair case, with each step you find yourself relaxing more and more. Letting every muscle relax. The staircase winds around until you come upon a door. Now gently turn the knob. And ease the door open.
[Kyle sees a flash of memory. He’s in a car at night while it’s raining.]
Dr. Cassidy: Kyle, where are you now?
[Another flash of memory]
Kyle: In a car. It’s raining.
Dr. Cassidy: Whose car?
[Kyle is fidgeting on the couch still keeping his eyes shut.]
Kyle: I don’t know.
Dr. Cassidy: Are you alone?
[Another flash of memory. It’s Professor Kern in the rain with a hood on.]
Kyle: A man. Professor Kern. He’s looking in.
[Flashes again and Kyle now sees that Tom Foss is their with Professor Kern. Kern is choking Foss while in the rain.]
Kyle: He’s hurting!
Dr. Cassidy: Who Kyle? Who hurt Professor Kern?
[Kyle is moving back and forth on the couch struggling. He goes back to the memory where Tom Foss shoots Kern with his gun. Kern falls into the forest grounds.]
[Dr. Cassidy looks at Nicole.]
[Looks nervously at Kyle as he squirms.]
Dr. Cassidy: I want you to leave that place now. Tell me what happened before.
Dr. Cassidy: Before you were in the car in the rain. Tell me what you remember.
[Kyle begins to slow down his squirming and panting.]
Dr. Cassidy: Go deeper now, Kyle. You’re at another door. Open it and look inside. In your past there are images and sounds. Describe them to me. Kyle, what do you remember?
[Kyle starts to talk really fast so that it is unable for Nicole nor Dr. Cassidy to understand. Nicole looks at
Nicole: What is that?
Dr. Cassidy: I don’t know.
Nicole: Jacob, take him out of this.
Dr. Cassidy: Kyle, go back to the door and go down the stairs. When I snap my fingers, you’ll be safe in this room.
Nicole: Wait not now.
Dr. Cassidy: One, two, three. [snap]
[Kyle stops talking and opens his eyes. Everyone looks at each other.]
[Dr. Cassidy and Nicole are talking.]
Dr. Cassidy: I never come across anyone like him. Beyond the images Kyle described from that one night, he couldn’t retrieve even one memory.
Nicole: Well, he’s blocked. I told you, his amnesia is severe.
Dr. Cassidy: Nicole, I think you need to consider another diagnosis. Kyle shows clear signs of delusion of
Nicole: No, he’s not schizophrenia. I’ve been treating Kyle for months. He’s sensitive to others, he communicates, participates. No.
Dr. Cassidy: What about his fixation on Professor Kern? Police determined there was no connection.
Nicole: But I still believe there is one. We just haven’t found it yet.
Dr. Cassidy: And the fears about your security guard, Tom Foss. That’s not paranoia.
Nicole: I think Tom Foss, as a authority figure, represents someone disturbing from Kyle’s past.
Dr. Cassidy: Enough gibberish. You never heard that before.
Nicole: No. No, but it could be a product of post dramatic stress disorder. I mean Kyle let out a string of nonsense syllables like a . . . Catharsis Release.
Dr. Cassidy [sighs]: Well that’s as good a guess as any.
[Kyle is drawing in his room.]
Voice over: In the trance, I approached a door to my past. But the door was locked. I longed for the key, for a moment of clear understanding. But with every detour and dead end, it grew harder to stay optimistic.
[Declan is talking to Lori while sitting in Lori’s room.]
Declan: Two years until I graduate and my dad is already on me about applying to college. He’s got his check book out ready to buy me to the school of my choice.
Lori: I think my parents started saving the second I left the womb.
[Kyle walks in.]
Declan: Kyle, what’s up?
Lori: So how’d it go today?
Kyle: I guess I shouldn’t expect so much.
[Josh comes in.]
Josh: I told you, those hypnotist are bogus.
Lori: Josh, the door is there for a reason.
Josh: It’s open. So, did they make you cluck like a chicken?
Lori: Get out!
[Lori pushes Josh out of her room as Josh starts to imitate a chicken clucking.]
Lori: One thing I will not miss when I go to college.
Kyle: You’re going to college?
Lori: Eventually. Declan, here, is already getting recuited.
Declan: Couple of scouts saw me play for Woodband in UW.
Declan: University of Washington? So the coach keeps calling so I thought I would drive out and check it
Kyle: Take me with you.
Declan: Dude, I thought you were done playing basketball.
Kyle: University of Washington. That’s where Professor Kern taught at.
Lori [sees Declan’s confused face.]: The guy’s who’s skeleton they found in the woods.
Declan: If you want to come, I’m fine with it.
Lori: Kyle, you can’t drive to UW with Declan, my parents won’t let you. You haven’t exactly established
yourself as the most trustworthy person.
Declan: That really hurts.
Kyle: But I have to go! If I knew Professor Kern and that’s where he taught, someone there might know who I am. `
Lori: Kyle, if my mom heres you want to go to UW
Kyle: She wants me to figure things out.
Lori: That doesn’t include snooping around about some dead professor.
[Nicole is talking to Stephen in the kitchen.]
Nicole: I mean you should have seen Kyle’s reaction. The anxiety when he started talking about Tom
Foss as if he was really reliving the experience.
Stephen: And what? Even under hypnosis there’s still no clue why Kyle had those flashes about?
Nicole: No and they’re so vivid. I mean I know that Foss is a replacement of someone but still. I mean it
makes Kyle anxious to have him around.
Stephen: Well, we’re not gunna have to worry about that anymore. I called the Cal State Security today.
Nicole: You got him fired?
Stephen: Well not quite, they agreed to take him off for detail.
Nicole: Well I guess a transfer to Alaska was out of the question, but still it’s a relief. Thank you.
[Nicole and Stephen kiss. Josh walks in. Kyle and Lori follow him in.]
Josh: Oh please, not near my food!
Stephen [looks at Kyle]: Hey, Kyle. Sorry it didn’t work out this morning.
Kyle: It was worth a try.
Nicole: Well, I’m glad you’re not discouraged.
Lori: I think Kyle needs a break from all this stuff. Declan’s checking Woodband and I thought I’ll go.
Kyle’s welcome to come.
Kyle: I thought Declan was gunna
Lori: invite you himself. He meant two so I’m asking you for him.
Josh: Why are you being so nice to him?
Nicole: Yes, why are you?
Lori: God, you make me it sound like I’m a horrible person. Forget it, I don’t have to take him.
Kyle: But I want to go. I would like to see the school.
Josh: Give him one day there, and he’ll come back with a diploma.
Nicole: Well? What do you think?
Stephen: Bring me back a Woodband t-shirt.
[Declan pulls up in front of the Trager’s house with his car. Lori and Kyle walk to the car.]
Lori: You wanted to go to UW didn’t you?
Kyle: I just don’t like making up stories for them.
Lori: That’s why I did it. You can thank me later.
Declan: Hey. You ready to roll?
[Kyle stops walking to the car. Lori notices.]
Lori: Kyle, once and for all, you can find out if those dreams you’re having are real.
Kyle [thinks]: Let’s go.
[They get in the car and drive off.]
[They pull up to UW and park. They get out of Declan’s car.]
Declan: Welcome to UW.
Lori: Does anything look familiar?
Kyle [looks around]: No.
Lori: Not yet.
[Nicole is on the couch listening to her recording of Kyle’s meeting with Dr.
Cassidy. She rewinds the string of non syllable words. She listens to it again. The door bell rings. She pauses the recording and gets off the couch. She opens the door. Tom Foss is on their doorstep.]
Foss: Mrs. Trager, hi.
Foss: I’m sorry to bother you but I.. I just came by to make sure that every things, okay.
Nicole: Every things fine.
Foss: Well, I guess I mean... Well I know you folks requested to have my detail switched and I just want to make sure that I haven’t done anything to upset you.
Nicole: We just felt it wasn’t a good match here.
Foss: I’m sorry to hear that. Because I have to say that, I admire you Mrs. Trager. I do. The way that you balance your career with your family, and a foster child on top of that. I mean that’s a lot to handle. I really respect that. So even though I’m not on your watch anymore you can call on me if you need anything.
Nicole: Thank you.
Foss: You’re welcome.
[Nicole shuts the door.]
[Kyle, Lori, and declan are walking on the campus.]
Declan: Check it out, we’re in college, Trager.
Lori: Why do I feel that I have highschool written all over me? Kyle where are you going?
Kyle: To the science building.
Declan: Hang on, where’s the gym?
Kyle: Take that path, then left on the commontins. Straight on for an 8th for mile.
Declan: You already memorized the campus? You’re like a walking navi-system.
Lori: So let’s hook up in a couple of hours by the student union?
Declan [takes the map from Kyle]: Think you can find it?
[Declan walks off and Lori and Kyle walk to the science building. Lori and Kyle walk into Professor Kern’s office.]
Lori: This is it.
[Kyle and Lori look around and a woman walks in.]
Woman: Can I help you?
Lori: Hi, I’m Lori Trager, and this is Kyle.
Lori: We were told this was Professor Kern’s office?
Woman: It was.
Lori: Well we think that Kyle might’ve known the professor.
Woman: May have?
Kyle: I’m not sure if I did.
Lori: Kyle has amnesia. Seriously. And one of the few people he seems to remember is Professor Kern.
Lori: I know this sounds kinda out there but we hoped that being here might help Kyle remember.
Kyle: Do you know me?
Woman: I’m sorry, no. I’m atta-infranium . I was Professor Kern’s research partner.
Lori: Can I ask? What exactly was he researching?
Woman: Essentially he was interested in maximizing brain power.
Kyle: Professor Kern developed theories and exercises covering areas of creative thinking, problem solving, memory, logical thought, and mental agility. I’ve done some reading.
Lori: The thing is, Kyle is smart. Like Einstein smart. He had a MRI and is showed a really high level of brain activity. So we were thinking that maybe Kyle worked with the professor which would explain
Woman: I did all of William- Professor Kern’s testing. I would’ve known if Kyle was involved in his research
Kyle: I had to be. There has to be a connection. There’s no other thing that makes sense.
Woman: I’m sorry.
Kyle: Test me now. I’ll take all of the test and you’ll see.
[Stephen is walking in the hallway talking on the phone.]
Stephen: Alright, thanks. I appreciate it.
[Stephen hangs up and Nicole walks in.]
Nicole: Uh-oh. This can’t be good.
Stephen: Well, that was good news. That was Detective Breen. I asked him to run a background test on
Foss. And he came up clean.
Nicole: I should’ve never have told you.
Stephen: Listen, Nicole. I had him taken off our watch and then he shows up at our door to question you
Nicole: Then he wasn’t hostile. I mean it was more like concern.
Stephen: We can keep him concern. I don’t want him coming around.
Nicole: I admit, he makes me uncomfortable. But remember he’s never actually done anything wrong.
Stephen: Well Kyle’s having nightmares about him. And he’s got good instincts. So if Foss spooks him
that’s reasonable enough for me.
[Stephen and Nicole are silent.]
[Lori is walking on the campus]
Wes: Heads up!
Lori [Sees a frisbee flying to her]: Oh! [Catches the frisbee and giggles]
Wes: Sweet catch!
[Lori tries to throw the frisbee to Wes but misses.]
Wes: Your throw can use some work.
Lori: I skipped Intro for Frisbee.
Wes: That’s too bad. I happen to teach that class. I’m Wes by the way.
[They shake hands.]
Wes: Do you go here?
Lori: Just visiting.
Wes: What do you think so far?
[Declan comes into the scene.]
Lori: Hey, Declan. This is Wes.
Wes: How’s it goin? Well, I should get back to the game.
Declan: So, how’d it go with Kyle?
Lori: Let’s go find out.
[Lori and Declan take off to go check on Kyle.]
[Kyle is taking a test as the woman watches him. Kyle finishes it and hands his answers to the woman. Kyle starts taking a new test where he has to memorize the order the lights blink.
Kyle takes another class where he memorizes the order of each different image. He writes all the
answers down and hands in the paper.]
[Lori and Declan are waiting in Professor Kern’s office.]
Lori: This is taking forever.
[Kyle and the woman walks in.]
Woman: He’s extraordinary! Kyle’s result are so far beyond the normal range. I showed him a hundred
images in sixty seconds, and he’s able to remember all one hundred of them.
Declan: Not bad for a guy with no memory.
[Kyle walks around and looks at the awards.]
Lori: Declan... You see how smart he is, don’t you think it’s possible he worked with Professor Kern?
Woman: I suppose, but William would have shared these results. His best test case was even repeated
practice can only identify 37 images.
Declan: What’s he looking at?
Woman: There’s pictures and words of students in the faculty.
Lori: Kyle? What is it?
[Walks over to the case of awards. And see a picture that looks like Kyle.]
Lori: It’s you!
Declan: Not possible. Check the date.
[Josh is talking to Lori on the phone.]
Josh: How was Kyle’s appointment? Did they kick you out yet?
Lori: Josh! Just put mom and dad on.
Josh [sighs]: You don’t really think you can get in there do you?
Josh: Your grades are lame! You have no after school activities and there’s really nothing special about you.
[Stephen takes the phone from Josh.]
Stephen [talks to Josh]: What’s the matter with you? [turns back to the phone] Hello?
Lori: Hey dad! We’re having such a cool time! Can we crash here and come tomorrow?
Stephen: You want to spend the night? I don’t think so.
Lori: They have all these great activities for perspective freshmen.
Stephen: Activites involving beer cases and bongs?
Lori: No, God Dad! I thought you would be happy! I can’t even apply for year round and I’m already psyched for college.
Stephen: Well, alright where are you gunna sleep?
Lori: They have accommodations for us. Common, Kyle’s here. It’s guaranteed G rated. We’re all really
Stephen: Alright, just be careful and keep your cellphone on.
Lori: I will. And thank you.
Stephen: All right.
[Lori and Stephen hang up.]
[Lori is walking with Declan and Kyle.]
Lori: It had to be done. If we tell them the truth they would’ve flip out and make us come home.
Declan: Kyle, there’s no way we can leave here now. We just saw a picture of you in 1985.
Kyle: That wasn’t me.
Declan: Then it’s your long lost twin.