INT. Office - Day
A man in a tie sits behind a desk. EMILY SOPKO (curly
hair trying to escape a bun, wearing makeup that's a little too perfect,
slightly overweight) is sitting uncomfortably in a chair facing him.
So why did you leave Vista Maria?
Well, it's...well. Okay. It's not an easy
job. Those girls, some of what they've been through--it's bad. As a
first year counselor...
She sets her shoulders back, posture straight, eye contact
I got over-sympathetic. I let some things slide.
I don't think I was adequately prepared for the job. I'm prepared
now. I want to be able to work with these kids. Nothing like that
will happen again.
Same office, different day. MAX HEALY
(straight blond hair, floppy) sits bolt upright, making himself as tall as
It must be a big adjustment, going from med school to
That would be one way of putting it.
What brought you to our program?
I liked working with kids. It was the only thing I
liked, at the end. And I like science, of course, and I thought maybe
this might be the best of both.
Back to EMILY
What do you feel you can bring to the program?
I'm enthusiastic. I like working with this age group. I have experience with troubled students, and I can help kids identify behaviors and attitudes to avoid.
I'm good at what I do. I know how to talk to
teenagers. You can see the letters from my supervisors. I relate
well to students. I would absolutely be an asset.
Back to Max.
I have field experience I could share with students. I
know about the careers out there, and I can give them information about the
college courses they're preparing for. I was a tutor in undergrad.
I could be--I WAS--very encouraging. I can explain concepts well. I
can be patient. I'd be a new fact, someone with experiences their
teachers don't have.
Split screen- EMILY on one side, MAX on the other.
Well, Ms. Sopko, it was a pleasure meeting you. We'll
be in touch.
Well, Mr. Healy, it was a pleasure meeting you. We'll
be in touch.
EXT. Park - Noon
Camera comes in over the city, down Northline from Fort to
Biddle and into Bishop Park. There's a banner reading "Welcome to RHS's
Summer Kick-Off!" General people noise. Teenagers stand in small
packs, parents talk to each other uneasily. Camera comes in on EMILY, who
is speaking with SHERYL COLLINS.
I'm happy to be back in Wyandotte. I missed it
here! Central was nice and all, I mean, I loved it there, but this is
home, you know?
Well, it's nice to have you back. You'll be a good
influence on the kids.
MAX is holding a can of pop, standing in the shade and
looking uncomfortable. ROBERT BAUMSTARK approaches.
So, I just wanted to thank you for saving me.
How exactly did I do that?
I wanted to do the extracurricular stuff, which is what I'm
doing, but I was going to be forced to do the science because they couldn't
find anyone else to do it until you got here.
Well. Happy to help.
Are you from around here?
Yeah. I don't think I had you for any of my classes
though, and I kinda blended into the woodwork.
Well, here's hoping you can make more of a presence of
yourself now. High school's a tough time for a lot of kids.
MAX is saved from answering as PHIL REIDEL gets a microphone
and calls for the assorted people to gather around him.
It's my pleasure to welcome all of you to our High School
Transition Program Kick-Off. We want to make sure every single one of our
students can succeed, but I congratulate you who are here today, because you
have taken that extra step to ensure your own success. And I promise you
that our staff, both in this program and at the high school, will do all we can
to help you.
There is applause
Now, why don't we start with some introductions? I'm
Mr. Riedel, and I'm one of the assistant principals here at Roosevelt.
I'm in charge of our transition program.
He hands the microphone to ALAN MCMILLAN
I'm Mr. McMillan, and I've been teaching English here at RHS
for the past fifteen years. I'll be working with you guys on your writing
and speaking skills, though I'm sure you're all chatty enough already!
There is no laughter, except from a few of the parents.
He passes the mic to COLLINS.
I'm Ms. Collins, and I've been at Roosevelt since 1997.
I'm really looking forward to helping you guys with social studies.
Mic to BAUMSTARK
My name is Mr. Baumstark and I'll be trying to sell you all
on the great activities and sports we have at the school
Mic to VICKY MANNINO
I'm Ms. Mannino, and I graduated from MSU...
Half of the audience boos, the other half cheers. She
I'll be working with you students on math.
Mic to MAX.
I'm Mr. Healy. I do science. We're going to cut
up owl puke and play with gross bugs. It'll be awesome.
He has been deadpan the whole time. Gives the mic to
Well, I'm Ms. Sopko, but you can call me Emily. I'm
going to spent a lot of time with you guys talking about what you can expect
from high school and how to make sure you have the best experiences
Mic back to RIEDEL.
Sounds like you all have a great summer ahead of you!
INt. Max's House- Bedroom - Night
Max is muttering as he types
The thing is, as much as I didn't want anyone to remember me,
it still hurts a little that they didn't.
INT. Emily's House- Dining Room - Night
The family is eating dinner.
So, how did it go?
It was good. They look like a good group of kids.
I think it's gonna go really, really well.
But it's still ending this summer, right? No chance
they'll keep you?
What would they keep me as? You need all kinds of
experience to be a school counselor. You kinda have to be a teacher
Still, you need to make sure you make a good
impression. It's important to network.
I know, Mom.
I'm just saying, maybe someone there knows someone who knows
of an opening.
I know, Mom.
I just want you to find something that's right for you.
Me too, Mom. Me too.
Int. School - Max's class- Day
The kids are in desks, Max stands in front of a large table
in the front of the class.
One of the most important skills you need for high school and
beyond is a sense of responsibility. Not responsibility managed by
someone else, like your teachers or your parents. Responsibility that
comes from yourself.
He sets a plastic and wire cage on the table. Inside is
a wheel, a water bottle, a food dish, and a baffled-looking guinea pig.
This is Daisy. I got her from Petsmart yesterday.
I have no particular emotional attachment to her, as I have my own pets at
home. Daisy is your responsibility. If you forget to feed her,
she'll starve and die. If you feed her too much, she'll overeat because
she's too dumb to know when to stop and she'll die. If you don't clean
her cage, she'll probably get sick and die. If you clean her cage
improperly, by using the wrong stuff or not rinsing, she'll probably get sick
and die. She's up to you guys. How are you going to keep her
alive? You've got the rest of the morning to work that out.
GIRL ONE raises her hand.
But if we work out something wrong, you'll tell us, right?
Nope. You're coming up with these ideas. You
decide if they're good or bad.
But if we didn't do something right while we were taking care
of her, you would, like, take care of it, right?
Uh-uh. You mess it up, she dies. I do, however,
promise that if it gets to that point, I'll do an autopsy for the class so she
can continue to contribute to your education. I think she'd like that.
You won't do anything to help?
Well. I suppose, if you had a very specific question, I
could be persuaded to give you some advice. Now go. Daisy and I
will be waiting.
INT. SCHOOL - Emily'S CLASS- DAY
Girls sit in chairs which have been pulled in a circle.
We are coming in on the end of introductions.
...and I want to be a nurse.
That's great. There's a big demand for nurses right
now. So, I'd like to tell you a bit about what this class will deal with.
Look, we know. Don't drink, don't smoke, don't have
sex, avoid the stoners, and be good girls. Can we go to lunch now?
My best friend growing up was a stoner.
And it ruined your friendship?
Nah. We were real close until she stole my
boyfriend while we were in college. Haven't taked to her since. But
see, here's the thing. Being a stoner didn't make her a bad person, and I
didn't hate on her for it, but I also didn't do what she did. I told her
I wasn't interested, didn't really like being around her when she was stoned
because it made her really boring. I'm not going to tell you to run away
from all the stoners, because that's the quickest way to make sure you seek
them out, because I've made them all cool and forbidden. I'm just going
to try and teach to you be around them in a smart way. That's what I care
about. Smart choices. I'm not going to tell you what to do or what
to decide, just how to make sure you're making the decision correctly.
We're going to go over a lot of areas in your lives where you'll have to make
choices. I'm going to start today with a lesson I call Why Edward Cullen
Is Actually Not What You Want In A Boyfriend.
InT. School- teacher's Lounge- Noon
Teachers are assembled around a round table. MANNINO
enters, carrying a drink carrier full of Slurpees.
Oh thank God. I was dying here.
They pass the Slurpees around.
They took the sign down, you know. The two kids at a
Really? Do you think they did that for the summer or
are they just more trusting now.
No, it's because we closed campus.
They don't get to go out to lunch anymore? That's
terrible! My fondest memories were going out to lunch.
Probably cut way down on the tardies, though.
Sure did. Also, no more kids taunting you with their
Still! I just feel like some part of the school's
culture has been lost.
Really? Leaving for lunch was that integral to your
Well. Yeah. I mean, it was a part of my social
life. That's important in my high school memories. Isn't it in
Not really, but I was never really all that social.
Huh. You graduated from here, right? What year?
Really? But that's the same year as me! I don't-
Don't feel bad about not remembering me. No one
does. I wasn't memorable. Honestly, it doesn't hurt my feelings.
It's just that I thought I remembered just about
everyone. You would've been in my science classes.
Maybe we had them different hours.
Still. Huh. Very strange. Anyway, I'm
wondering how evil it would be to take my Slurpee back to the classroom.
Very evil. I say do it.
A Building is awful in the heat. You're lucky to be off
in science hall, Max.
I wake up every morning counting my lucky stars.
And the best part is you're alone down there so you don't
have the scent of dissection or autoclave or whatever.
I'm immune to all that anyway.
INT. SCHOOL - MAX'S CLASS- Late Afternoon
Max sits at his desk, alone, staring into Daisy's cage.
Do you think Mr. Wehner would recognize me? I wasn't a
shadow in his class. I ran for him every year. I was his TA.
But he wouldn't expect me like this. He probably wouldn't want to see me
like this, would rather remember me as...as what I was. If he remembers
me at all.
He pauses, watching Daisy stand up against the bars and drop
Do you think she remembers me? If I asked her, would
she remember me? I remember her. I wasn't that invisible, was
I? This sucks. This really, really sucks. I should have
stayed in Ann Arbor. I shouldn't have come back here.
He looks at Daisy's dish, which contains pellets and
At least you're happy.
He turns off the lights and is about to exit when Emily comes
Hi. Do you need something?
No. I just...I wanted to say I was sorry. That I
don't remember you. I know you said it didn't matter but I know if it
were me, it would hurt. So, yeah. I'm sorry.
Really, it's okay! There are plenty of people we
graduated with who I've forgotten. I mean, some of those people I forgot
on purpose, but still. I never expected you to remember me.
I wish I were able to just forget people on purpose. I
might have much fonder memories of my time here.
What? I thought you were all about the blissful
memories of off-campus lunches with all your friends.
Well, yes, but the people I met outside of there. I
could stand to forget some of them.
Really? I always remember you seeming so happy.
I was happy a lot. I also put a smile on a lot because
it was easier than dealing with the latest bit of drama.
Weren't you in the drama club? Wasn't there supposed to
be drama there?
Shut up. You know what I mean.
Alas, yes I do. Seriously, though, you'd want to forget
that? I've always thought it's memories like that which make us who we
You were the one who just said you'd forgotten people.
Yeah, but I reinvented myself in college. I had no need
of formative memories.
We can never really reinvent ourselves. It's just
something we say to make ourselves feel better.
That's pretty cynical. Do you tell that to the kids you
I sure do. Trying to reinvent yourself is
pointless. What we should strive for is to take who we are and improve
it, not throw it out and pick up something totally new.
What if there's nothing worth improving upon there?
What if it's all just waste to be thrown out?
That's never true.
Max raises an eyebrow. Emily considers him for a
moment, then blushes and drops her head.
I'm sorry. I'm lecturing you. I just got carried
away, I guess.
It was interesting. It made me think.
Well, then my job is done.
And done well. Look, I, uh. I really need to go
home. But I'll see you tomorrow, okay? Maybe we can remember some
people to forget.
Sounds like a plan.