Written By: Sean
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.
This is Donovan Kelly, and Donovan
Kelly does what typical college
QUICK CUTS -- Donovan doing beer-bongs, doing body shots
off attractive girls, enjoying the party scene of college.
I’ve known him his entire life,
and we used to be best friends.
INT. GARAGE – DAY (FLASHBACK)
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.
That time I told him to pee in the
holy water at church, I had his
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
EXT. PLAYGROUND – DAY (FLASHBACK)
Donovan is playing on a swing alone.
There we are at the playground…
EXT. OUTSIDE – DAY (FLASHBACK)
…and in the backyard.
INT. BATHROOM – PRESENT TIME
Donovan is alone in a bathroom reading a newspaper while on
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Donovan turns off the lamp on his nightstand.
QUICK CUTS -- Donovan tossing and turning, unable to sleep.
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
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.
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.
DONNY I’m a he-man doctor, what can I
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
DOCTOR REYNOLDS Not exactly. To be honest, I’m a
little worried about your
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,
DONNY I’m just moody from not sleeping
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
DONNY And they all gave me a clean bill
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
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
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.
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.
No, no, no, no, no, no, no. He is
the one person never allowed in
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
It’s not that.
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
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.
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.
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:
I can’t see him again.
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.
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.
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.
INT. DOCTOR REYNOLD”S EXAM ROOM – DAY
I don’t know what to tell ya.
Doctor McDonald just didn’t have
time to meet with me today.
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.
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)