EXT. SHOPPING DISTRICT SIDEWALK – DAY
Three women stroll along as they window shop. SABRINA HEPBURN, in her mid thirties, NADINE LEHMAN in
her late thirties and ARIEL, in her early forties.
So how is it working out with Paul?
That is an unmentionable name in my
Sabrina! Two days ago you liked him
A classic shedding.
Nadine feigns a shudder.
Ariel listens attentively then is shocked by a little bit
of nothing in a lingerie store display.
A whole façade that was a man shed
like an evil conniving…snake’s skin.
How long did it take?
Ariel falls behind, eyes the lingerie more contemplatively, angling her head slightly. Sabrina and Nadine continue unaware.
A couple of weeks of wasted life.
For me it usually took till a few
days after I slept with them. I’m so
glad I found Fred.
Nadine puts a hand on her heart; Sabrina smiles with her.
If I can find someone, you can too. Sabrina rolls her eyes.
In the distance Ariel nods her head, “Ok, I can see that.” She comes out of her reverie with a shock finding
her friends in the distance; she heads their way.
Arrrgh. This whole dating thing is
Ariel suddenly steps in beside them.
I am down to the point where I would
settle for a nice guy. Isn’t that
awful? Forget romance. Forget good
sex. Forget true love.
I am willing to settle now. Nadine and Ariel are sympathetic.
EXT. JOGGING TRAIL - DAY
Three men run along a park trail. DAVIS WILDER, late
thirties. FRANK TAYLOR, mid-thirties and MORTIMER, late
And your love life Davis?
What love life? A comedy of errors
The saga continues.
Mortimer makes a body gesture of, “What else is new?” Davis gives a distressed glance to Frank.
Saga? Has it become that bad? Frank shrugs his shoulders; Mortimer nods his head – yes.
You would think with several billion
women on this planet I could find
just one I’m compatible with and
Maybe that’s the problem.
Davis throws a questioning glance, Frank shrugs.
That means there are hundreds, maybe
hundreds of thousands of women you
would fit with. But they’re floating
around within those several billion.
Are they on another continent? Around
the corner? Next door? How do you get
yourself to the right place at the
right time to meet them?
How do you know when and where? I’m
not so sure it’s supposed to be this
hard. It should be fun. You make it
seem complicated and hopeless.
Hopeless is being in the right place
and time; but it’s a bad day and
maybe you notice them but don’t pick
up on it and walk right by.
Thanks for the pep talk Frank. I will
just resolve myself to being single
for the rest of my life.
Frank consoles him with a pat on the back. Mortimer adamantly shakes his head, “No, that is not true.”
EXT. CAFÉ PATIO - DAY
Sabrina, Nadine and Ariel sip drinks and watch the crowd at an edge table that overlooks a large landscaped plaza full of a variety of people involved in various activities on a sunny day.
A TABLUE -
A young couple in love, a happy couple with a new baby, parents with several kids all playing together. An older couple with a son in his twenties talk together animatedly.
ON THE PATIO the three notice an ELDERLY COUPLE that affectionately hold hands while on a stroll.
The Couple come to some steps. He holds her arm with support as they climb. On top she smiles a gratitude to him that he returns. Unabashedly they kiss, hold each other deeply for a moment and exchange loving adoration. ON THE PATIO the ladies fill with warmth at the site.
That. That is what I want. All
encompassing. Not wanting to spend a
moment apart. Still enjoying each
others company in thirty years.
They watch wistfully as the couple goes by arm in arm.
EXT. GOLF COURSE - TEE AREA – DAY
Davis readies to tee off, Frank and Mortimer look on. Mortimer easily juggles golf balls in one hand without paying attention.
“To serve and obey,” it’s even in the
Maybe the vows need to change. It’s
about complimenting each other,
working together. You do things for
your other because it feels right.
Davis swings with a solid hit. They all watch the trajectory.
What do you expect from a male
But do people change with the times?
When you finally hit the altar you
can write your own vows.
Frank readies to tee off.
It’s getting harder to see that.
You’re still a young pup.
I don’t feel so young.
When you’re sixty you can be jaded, but not yet, and not then either.
I’m just ready for something that really works for me, that’s all.
Frank tees off.
INT. COFFEE HOUSE - NIGHT
Nadine leafs through a magazine; Sabrina reads a book,
Ariel reads over her shoulder.
There are multiple soul mates for all of us. One is usually better suited for us than the others.
Then there is your twin flame, your split apart, your true other half. So far I’ve run into a soul ache rather than a soul mate.
Oh honey. A friend who wasn’t finding
the right guy told me how to manifest a man.
Ariel reacts with approval, very mime like.
Manifest A Man? Sounds like an, “As
seen on TV” ad.
And with, “A money back guarantee.”
Ok, I’m game.
The idea is that your thoughts can create what you need. It’s simply a matter of putting the correct ideas out into the universe.
If I think enough about Harrison Ford, one day he will show up at my door?
Harrison Ford?! How about Mel Gibson?
Or Hugh Grant.
How about all of them! Manifest a harem of men.
Except, apparently you will be sent who you need. If you need Mel Gibson, he’ll be there. If you don’t, someone
else that fits the bill.
And you can’t just sit around the house. You have to get out and help make it happen.
What do I have to do?
First you have to be clear on what you want. What you really want.
Like do I want a handsome actor in my life? He might have obnoxious habits, like squeezing the toothpaste from the middle.
Leaving the toilet seat up.
Channel surfing constantly. That’s
it. No actors.
What do you mean actors? That’s most
Nadine glances at her watch.
I better go. Fred will be home soon.
Send him my love.
Will do sweetie.
She gives Sabrina a hug. Ariel waves goodbye; strangely Nadine does not notice and exits.
Sabrina sips coffee while Ariel studies her.
BEHIND ARIEL a MOTHER, FRIEND and a young baby, GRACIE in a stroller take a table. Sabrina looks past Ariel to Gracie with a smile. Ariel smiles back to Sabrina. Sabrina waves goofy fingers and makes silly faces. Ariel develops a concerned surprise at the antics directed to her. Ariel gives a wild look to Sabrina who laughs at Gracie’s reaction.
A confused Ariel waves her hand in front of an oblivious Sabrina. Sabrina puts her hands to her heart with a dreamy sigh and wistful smile. Ariel turns to discover Gracie and releases her confusion then is also caught up in the motherly moment a baby can bring on first site. The Mother turns Gracie’s stroller, she can no longer see
Sabrina and Ariel, she immediately cries.
Ariel faces Sabrina again like the joke is on her. Sabrina mimes, “Oh no!” with a pout then gathers her
things. The concerned Mother checks Gracie who ignores her and tries to find Ariel.
Ariel turns her back to leave as Gracie’s cries
intensify. Ariel spins, looks around and behind herself. Returning her eyes to the crying baby and puts a hand up to her chest miming a, “Who me?”
Gracie nods yes as her tears soften.
Ariel with motherly concern kneels down in front of Gracie who is down to sniffles. The Mother satisfied that all is fine continues her conversation.
Ariel gives Gracie a THREE STOOGES HAND CROSS with proper SOUND EFFECTS over the eyes. She smiles with a, “Better?”
The baby laughs, nods yes. Ariel gives an, “All right”
gesture then Gracie excitedly BABY TALKS.
It can take a while to get used to
being in human form.
Gracie intently observes her with more TALK.
Damp diapers…tight restrictive body…
ahh no freedom to fly.
It’s a lot different from where you
come from. But the rewards of life
are worth it.
The baby continues to speak its’ tongue.
Thought you were done coming back to
Earth? If you’re here, you still have
some things to learn. Perhaps you’re
here to serve others! Now that would
be cool. Don’t you think?
Gracie nods in agreement. Ariel tilts her head up and sideways like she is getting something on her radar. She notices Sabrina at the register with the SOUL MATE book.
Ok sweetie, I have to go. You are
going to be all right.
The baby nods yes with a big smile. Ariel trails Sabrina as Gracie’s eyes follow them. The Mother looks to the child with a loving smile and adjusts her blanket.
INT. UPSCALE BAR – NIGHT
Davis and Frank sit at the end of the bar with drinks in front of them. Mortimer, without a drink, leans against a bar chair. Frank notices a WAITER coming their way with a huge tray of food and beverages hefted over his shoulder.
That food looks good, you hungry?
Maybe a snack.
The Waiter rounds the corner next to them and slips, careens over. Mortimer physically catches him and the tray, pushes them magically back into balance.
The Waiter is astounded that he stands upright; then that
the tray is unspoiled, not a drop spilt.
The people around him pay no attention to Mortimer who
seems unconcerned now facing Davis and Frank.
You should have been on the floor.
I was at a point of no return. Guess
someone is looking out for me.
I should say so.
The Waiter exits, Frank and Davis’s curious gazes go
right through Mortimer as their eyes follow him. They
glance at each other and shake off trying to explain it.
You know it’s not as bad as it seems.
Just on a run of bad luck.
Maybe. I’ve had some good
relationships but everything seems so
transient. Bouncing around from one
to the next; no feeling of stability.
Kind of like I’m in a big pinball
game of romance.
There’s an image.
Your relationships seem the same.
I like not settling down too long.
Sounds lonely; to live your whole
life moving from one short term
relationship to the next with no one
to look forward to growing old with.
Thanks for waking me up. My life is a
mess. Whether it’s fear of
commitment; which my Mother thinks,
or whatever. I’m happy. Really.
I just want the best for you.
I know. Thanks.
It’s just… I’ve always known that
there was someone else I am supposed
to be with.
What about Janet? It wasn’t her?
Wow… I truly loved her. We talked
about getting married, having kids,
the type of house we would buy.
I could see all that with her… I was
content except for that… feeling.
So that’s what pulled you two apart?
Pretty much… I really wanted what we
had but she sensed that I was still
kind of keeping my eye out.
What if dream lady is only a dream? Mortimer reacts strongly with a glance to Frank that he
is wrong then to Davis that he is right. Mortimer puts
his hand on Davis’s back near his heart.
She’s not. I know this with all of my
Davis fills with resolve.
EXT. DAVIS’S APARTMENT – FRONT DOOR - NIGHT Davis enters, spies something, his face registers a
ON THE DOORKNOB hangs an elaborate rope decorated with
beads, pieces of bone and natural crystals. He picks it up exactly as the phone rings inside.