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.
Nice Aloha shirt. I'm from Hawaii
Robert Robuck, business, math, and accounting.
Any relation to Sears and Robuck?
If I were, I wouldn’t be here teaching. What classes you teach?
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.
(Defensive) Nothing to chat about. I’m handling it well.
There are steps to the grieving process...
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....
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.
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.
Why can't we have healthy food?
Excuse me! You're at the Cheerleaders table. Why don’t you go sit with the nerds.
Gets up but before he leaves..
Bill Gates was a nerd....
Well, if you see a Bill Gates here, tell him to see Nicole...
Sorry about the table.
CHEERLEADER # 2
Most of the groups have their tables already staked out from last year.
I didn’t see a sign.
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.
I’m Xu. Excel in math and computers.
Bobby Robuck, formerly of San Diego. Wanna be surfer.
YUSEF, 15, Middle-Eastern, glasses, quiet.
Yusef, Moslem, no pork, no shellfish.
ZYLA, 16, Middle-Eastern...
Zyla from Persia...
Isn’t that Iran?
Zyla, finger over her mouth, “Shhh.”
BOBBY ROBUCK (CONT’D)
Persia sounds more romantic.
GERRIE MIYASHITA, 50’s, School Counselor...
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?
(Too casually) Sure Miss Miyashita. Maybe after lunch.
What was that all about?
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