INT. TEACHER’S LOUNGE, VAN NUYS HIGH SCHOOL - DAY

ROBERT introduces himself to the other teachers, and he is especially appreciative of GERRIE MIYASHITA, 50’s, an attractive Japanese-American.

GERRIE MIYASHITA
Nice Aloha shirt. I'm from Hawaii

ROBERT
Robert Robuck, business, math, and accounting.

GERRIE
Any relation to Sears and Robuck?

ROBERT “SENIOR”
If I were, I wouldn’t be here teaching. What classes you teach?

GERRY MIYASHITA
I’m the school psychologist. Any problems, hyperactivity, acting out, ADD, you come to me.

GERRY MIYASHITA (CONT'D)
Oh, and anything personal you want to discuss, drop by anytime to chat about the “incident” last winter.

ROBERT
(Defensive) Nothing to chat about. I’m handling it well.

GERRY MIYASHITA
There are steps to the grieving process...

ROBERT “SENIOR”
I’ll be late....

The BELL RINGS...start of classes...

INT. CAFETERIA, VAN NUYS HIGH SCHOOL - DAY

Its lunchtime and STUDENTS are chowing down on junk food served in the cafeteria: HOT DOGS, FRENCH FRIES, SODAS, etc.

STUDENTS are getting HYPERACTIVE and starting to throw SODA STRAWS through the air.

Robert appears as if from nowhere....

ROBERT “SENIOR”
Stop it! You could poke an eye out with that! How many want to spend detention after school with me? Next flying object gets to spend two hours quality time to study.

Students LAUGH and GIGGLE, but stop throwing the SODA STRAWS through the air.

ANOTHER ANGLE:
Bobby with this TRAY of FOOD, sits at a TABLE. NICOLE, # 1 cheerleader, 17, beautiful, blond, monied, expensive clothes, and SIX other CHEERLEADERS including CHEERLEADER # 2 come over and sit down.

BOBBY
Why can't we have healthy food?

NICOLE
Excuse me! You're at the Cheerleaders table. Why don’t you go sit with the nerds.

Gets up but before he leaves..

BOBBY
Bill Gates was a nerd....

NICOLE
Well, if you see a Bill Gates here, tell him to see Nicole...

BOBBY
Sorry about the table.

CHEERLEADER # 2
Most of the groups have their tables already staked out from last year.

BOBBY
I didn’t see a sign.

Cheerleaders laugh.

INT. NERDS TABLE, CAFETERIA - DAY

Bobby moves to a TABLE with NERDS and he's accepted by them.

XU, 14, Chinese, braniac, hair a little too long. Plaid shirt like a country hick, slacks a little to baggy, tied at waist with a belt.

XU
I’m Xu. Excel in math and computers.

BOBBY ROBUCK
Bobby Robuck, formerly of San Diego. Wanna be surfer.

YUSEF, 15, Middle-Eastern, glasses, quiet.

YUSEF
Yusef, Moslem, no pork, no shellfish.

Bobby nods...

ZYLA, 16, Middle-Eastern...

ZYLA
Zyla from Persia...

BOBBY ROBUCK
Isn’t that Iran?

Zyla, finger over her mouth, “Shhh.”

BOBBY ROBUCK (CONT’D)
Persia sounds more romantic.

GERRIE MIYASHITA, 50’s, School Counselor...

GERRIE MIYASHITA
I hope you’ll all take good care of Robert Robuck?

Dimon walks up with her tray. Sits down.

GERRIE MIYASHITA (CONT’D)
How’s it going Dimon? Wanna come to my office for those.... Things?

DIMON GOLD
(Too casually) Sure Miss Miyashita. Maybe after lunch.

XU
What was that all about?

DIMON GOLD
Nothing!

ANGLE ON CAFETERIA WINDOW:

Bobby stares out of the cafeteria window and sees the
STUDENTS in the yard below forming into cliques.

ANGLE ON YARD FROM CAFETERIA WINDOW

 
 


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