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SKITS

Written By: Sean

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    FADE IN:

INT. CLASS ROOM PRESENT TIME DAY

DONOVAN KELLY, 22, sits in class listening to his teacher.

    He is a typical college student, dressed in comfortable

    jeans and a t-shirt. There is nothing distinguishable about

    him besides the blue Notre Dame hat he always wears.

    SKITS (VO)

    This is Donovan Kelly, and Donovan

    Kelly does what typical college

    students do.

QUICK CUTS -- Donovan doing beer-bongs, doing body shots

    off attractive girls, enjoying the party scene of college.

    SKITS (VO)

    I’ve known him his entire life,

    and we used to be best friends.

INT. GARAGE DAY (FLASHBACK)

    SKITS (VO)

    That time I made him shave all the

    neighborhood cats, I was there.

Donovan, 10, is standing alone in a garage covered in cat

    hair. A dozen of shaved cats are walking around as he holds

    an electric shaver and laughs.

INT. CHURCH DAY (FLASHBACK)

The parishioners are lined up to get blessed by the priest.

    SKITS (VO)

    That time I told him to pee in the

    holy water at church, I had his

    back.

Donovan is standing in the first row of pews with his hands

    in prayer. As parishioners are blessed, they walk past him

    and are disgusted by the smell of urine just put on their

    forehead.

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    EXT. PLAYGROUND DAY (FLASHBACK)

Donovan is playing on a swing alone.

    SKITS (VO)

    There we are at the playground

EXT. OUTSIDE DAY (FLASHBACK)

    SKITS (VO)

    and in the backyard.

INT. BATHROOM PRESENT TIME

Donovan is alone in a bathroom reading a newspaper while on

    the toilet.

    SKITS (VO)

    I’m even with Donovan here.

    Donovan and Skits, Skits and

    Donovan. We go everywhere together.

    Don’t see me? Well that’s because

    I’m technically not there. You see,

    Donovan Kelly was born with

    schizophrenia. What’s that?

Definition appears on screen as if it was written in a

    dictionary.

    SKITS (VO)

    Schizophrenia, a mental illness

    characterized by impairments in

    the perception of reality,

    commonly displayed as auditory

    hallucinations, paranoid delusions

    or disorganized thinking.

INT. APARTMENT DAY

Donovan is sitting on his couch watching television.

    SKITS (VO)

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    Sounds great right? People pay

    good money to experience all that.

    Just look at the sixties. But I

    give all this to Donovan for free.

    Well at least I used to.

    EXT. BURNING HOME NIGHT (FLASHBACK)

Donovan is standing with two police officers, handcuffed,

    watching a house burn to the ground.

    SKITS (VO)

    This was the last night I ever

    talked with Donovan Kelly.

INT. BATHROOM - PRESENT TIME

Donovan is getting ready for bed. He is washing his face,

    brushing his teeth, using mouthwash, etc. He is wearing

    footy pajamas with the butt flap open.

    SKITS (VO)

    After that Donovan did better in

    school, the doctor visits stopped,

    he even had a girlfriend or two.

    Yep, he really straightened up and

    flew right after we parted ways.

INT. BEDROOM LATER

Donovan gets under the covers in bed.

    SKITS (VO)

    Don’t get me wrong I didn’t

    completely abandon him; he’s still

    a vulgar asshole. I’ve just been

    laying low, buying my time, and

    waiting for the perfect moment to

    return.

Donovan turns off the lamp on his nightstand.

QUICK CUTS -- Donovan tossing and turning, unable to sleep.

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Donovan lies on his back. He turns his head to look at his

    alarm clock on his nightstand which reads 1:14 a.m. He puts

    his head down for a brief second, looks back at the clock,

    now it reads 3:45 a.m.

Donovan watches television in the dark. The light from the

    television illuminates his face.

His eyes droop as he gets more tired. They fully close and

    his head falls to his pillow. One second later his alarm

    clock GOES OFF and his eyes open wide.

INT. KITCHEN MORNING

Donovan is sitting at his kitchen counter hunched over a

    cup of coffee, looking tired and disheveled. His roommate,

    MIKE, 22, good looking but needs to shave, enters the

    kitchen and stares at Donovan as he pours himself a cup of

    coffee.

    DONNY

    (very tired)

    Ok, I’ll go see a doctor.

    INT. DOCTOR’S EXAM ROOM – DAY

Donovan is sitting on an exam table kicking his legs. He

    sees a poster on the wall entitled “The Many Moods of

    Marvin.” The poster has nine photos of a man’s face acting

    out different moods.

QUICK CUTS -- alternating between a picture on the poster

    and Donovan imitating the mood himself. He does four faces.

DOCTOR REYNOLDS, 55, tall with a kind face, walks in. He is

    wearing a white lab coat, khakis, shirt and tie.

    DOCTOR REYNOLDS

    Well Donny, we got your test

    results back. Your pulmonary tests

    are clean. Your circulation is

    normal. And your blood pressure

    and CT scan both seem perfect.

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    DONNY I’m a he-man doctor, what can I

    say.

    DOCTOR REYNOLDS It’s true. I can’t find anything physically wrong with you to

    explain your insomnia.

    DONNY Great, so I guess you can just

    write me a prescription for some

    sleeping pills or horse

    tranquillizers and I’ll be on my

    way.

    DOCTOR REYNOLDS Not exactly. To be honest, I’m a

    little worried about your

    psychological state.

    Doctor Reynolds sits down in his chair.

    DONNY What do you mean?

    DOCTOR REYNOLDS Well in the few hours that you

    have been in here, I’ve noticed

    signs of hyperactivity, hostility,

    paranoia, sensitivity…

    DONNY I’m just moody from not sleeping

    this week.

    DOCTOR REYNOLDS That’s what I thought at first too.

    But I checked your record and it

    said you saw six doctors when you

    were little for psychological

    problems?

    DONNY And they all gave me a clean bill

    of health.

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    DOCTOR REYNOLDS Medicine has come a long way in

    the past decade Donny. We

    understand physiological diseases

    more now than ever before. I don’t want to ridicule my colleagues but

    there’s a good chance you have

    gone undiagnosed for years.

    DONNY I’ve just been having trouble

    sleeping.

    (assertively)

    That’s all.

    DOCTOR REYNOLDS I could write you a prescription

    for some sleeping pills, but I

    would prefer if you see a

    psychologist before I give you any

    medication.

    Doctor Reynolds grabs his clipboard

    DOCTOR REYNOLDS I’m going to schedule an

    appointment for you with Doctor

    Ruth McDonald later today. You

    have nothing to worry about. She’s

    been practicing for many years and

    I really think she’ll be able to

    get at the root of your problem.

    DONNY

    (mischievously smiling)

    Doctor McDonald you say?

    INT. DOCTOR MCDONALD’S WAITING LOUNGE – DAY

    The waiting lounge is beautifully decorated. A secretary’s

    desk sits in front of the door to McDonald’s office.

    DOCTOR MCDONALD

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    (franticly)

    No, no, no, no, no, no, no. He is

    the one person never allowed in

    here.

    SECRETARY

    I’m sorry but Dr. Reynolds made

    the appointment and said it was an

    emergency. He didn’t give his name.

    I don’t see the problem, your

    schedule was free this whole

    afternoon.

    DOCTOR MCDONALD

    It’s not that.

    (beat)

    It’s just…

    (beat)

    I had this patient many years ago.

MONTAGE OF DONOVAN’S SESSIONS:

INT. DOCTOR MCDONALD’S OFFICE – DAY (FLASHBACK)

Doctor McDonald and Donovan, now 6, are in her office

    during a session. McDonald is sitting in her chair with a

    pen and pad. Donovan is sitting on her couch. They are

    staring at each other silently.

    DOCTOR MCDONALD (VO)

    This kid was a terror. I swear he

    faked problems so his parents

    would keep bringing him in for

    consults.

Donovan gets up, squats down, and poops on the floor.

    DOCTOR MCDONALD (VO)

    He once defecated on my carpet. My

    office smelled like a rodeo for

    three months after that.

LATER:

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MOS -- Doctor McDonald is in her chair and Donovan is

    standing in front of her barking.

    DOCTOR MCDONALD (VO)

    Then he spent an entire session

    barking at me. I never knew such

    little vocal cords could withstand

    an hour of abuse like that.

LATER:

INT. MCDONALD’S WAITING ROOM – DAY

A police officer is kneeling down in front of Donovan and

    his parents, he is holding a doll. He hands Donovan the

    doll. Donovan points to the doll’s groin and fake cries.

Two police officers escort Doctor McDonald out of her

    office in handcuffs past her secretary, Donovan, and his

    parents. Donovan is clutching his mother’s leg and still crying.

    DOCTOR MCDONALD (VO)

    It all ended when he told his

    parents that I molested him during

    sessions. I almost lost my medical

    license before he finally admitted

    the truth. That kid was nuts

    alright, but I don’t know a doctor

    anywhere who would meet with him

    after what he did to me.

BACK TO SCENE:

    DOCTOR MCDONALD

    I can’t see him again.

    SECRETARY

    Kids do stupid things for

    attention when they’re young. He’s

    a lot older now, and if he’s sick

    he needs your help.

    DOCTOR MCDONALD

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    I’m sure you’re right. He’s

    probably matured a lot since I

    last saw him.

McDonald grabs Donovan’s file and walks towards her office.

    She stops and returns to her secretary’s desk. She opens

    the top drawer, pulls out a flask, and takes a drink. She

    takes a deep breathe, then goes and opens her office door.

Donovan is lying naked on Doctor McDonald’s desk.

    DONNY

    (fake crying)

    Please doctor no! Please don’t

    have your way with me again!

    McDonald’s jaw drops. She is shocked and silent. She drops her files and runs out the doorway.

    CUT TO:

    INT. DOCTOR REYNOLD”S EXAM ROOM – DAY

    DONNY

    (acting innocent)

    I don’t know what to tell ya.

    Doctor McDonald just didn’t have

    time to meet with me today.

    DOCTOR REYNOLDS

    Hmm, that doesn’t seem like Ruth.

    Well I still want you to meet with

    a psychologist, but until then,

    I’ll write you a prescription for

    some mild sleeping pills. These

    will have you sleeping like a baby

    in no time.

    DONNY

    Thanks doc this has been

    unbearable. I don’t think I could

    last another night without sleep.

    To be honest, I think it’s been

    having an effect on Little Donny.

    (gestures to his penis)

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