EPISODE ONE:  THE KING OF YANG
EPISODE TWO: THE AUTOGRAPH
EPISODE THREE: TYLER'S WAY

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The plot goes like this:

       Jamie's mother, Lauren receives the divorce papers from her father Daniel, just when Jamie was hoping they'd get back together. 
       Jamie's "Instant message" buddy, The King of Yang comforts Jamie with his "words of wisdom".  Could Freddie be the King of Yang?  Or could it be her father?  Jamie still doesn't know- but she knows he's smart! 

THE KING OF YANG
(EPISODE 1 of Jamie's Way)
Written by Elena Moscatt
 









1. INT. JAMIEíS ROOM- DUSK

We pan around Jamieís room- at her posters, jewelry, stuffed animals, magazines, a boom box, etc.  We get to her bed where Jamie lays looking at pictures of her Father, pics of the family, etc.

Jamie sighs and walks away from the bed.

   JAMIE (V.O.
Itís been six months since my Dad moved out.
    I thought it was getting better- this crazy lifestyle-
              first we go to Momís, and then we go to Dadís, and then
               back to Momís... I thought they were talking things out...

A very loud SCREAM is heard from downstairs.

   LAUREN (V.O.)
    DIVORCE PAPERS?!  He expects me to
    sign for these?!

  JAMIE (V.O.)
    I thought wrong...

Jamie runs out her bedroom door.
 
 

2.  INT. TOP OF STEPS- DUSK

Jamie looks down the steps to see her mother LAUREN WATTS holding the delivery boy in a strangling position.  Her older brother MARK, a  fourteen year old calmly pulls his mother off the delivery boy.


 
 

   MARK
    Itís okay, Mom.  Donít harm this nice man,
    heís just doing his job.

   JAMIE
    Whatís going on?








3. INT. WATTíS LIVING ROOM- DUSK

   MARK
     (TAKING THE PAPERS)
    Itís okay- weíre fine.  Mom just received the
    divorce papers from Dad.

The delivery boy runs away as fast as he can.  Lauren plops on the sofa.  Jamie runs down the steps and joins her.  Marc looks through the papers as he sits on the chair opposite them.

   JAMIE
    I donít understand- I thought things were
    going well with Dad.

   LAUREN
    Sweetie- things have been great, but thatís
    because weíve been talking about the divorce.

   JAMIE
    So you know about this, then?

   LAUREN
    Yes.  I just didnít expect it to happen THIS WAY.
    He could have brought the papers over himself,
    or he could have at least sent flowers along with them!

MARK
    Wouldnít that be redundant?

      LAUREN
    Maybe- but at least it would have made me feel better...

Lauren leans her head back and sighs in self pity.  Jamie and Mark sit by their mother helplessly.
 
 

4. INT. JAMIEíS ROOM- NIGHT

Jamie is sitting in front of her computer.  She is talking to her ďpalsĒ via the computer.

Mark  pounds on the door.

      MARK (V.O.)
    Jamie!

   JAMIE
    (JOKINGLY)
    Who is it?

Mark  opens the door.

   MARK
    You know who it is.

   JAMIE
    Oh Mark!  I didnít recognize your voice.  You
    sound so different- like a real man.  (GIGGLES)

   MARK
     (ROLLING HIS EYES)
    Shut up.   Dadís on the phone.
     (HANDING HER PHONE)
 

   JAMIE
      (LOOKING AT PHONE)
    Tell him I donít want to talk to him.

   MARK
     (COVERING PHONE)
    He can hear you.

   JAMIE
    I donít care- I donít want to talk right now.

   MARK
     Donít be so immature.
     (WAITS FOR HER RESPONSE)

Jamie goes back to her computer.    Mark lets out a big sigh.

   MARK (CONT.)
Dad,   she doesnít want to talk right now...
yeah, yeah.  Theyíre both taking it hard...
I know, Dad...  I know.

Mark closes the door behind him.  Jamie stops typing on her computer and crosses to her bed.  She falls to bed and lies on her back.  She glances at a photo of her and her father displayed close to her bed.

An instant message comes on the PC.  It is from ďKING MOTOR MOUTH of YangĒ.  He writes:

KING MM
Oh fair queen of Ying, this is your King
of Yang.  I hear your in the slump of gloom
right now...

Jamie runs over to the computer.


 
 

JAMIE (V.O.)
    My king has come to my rescue.  King
    Motor Mouth.  He always seems to know
    my moods.  I donít understand how- though
    I have a feeling he is someone I know
    quite well.

Jamie writes:

JAMIE (V.O.)
Hi my King.  Yes- Iím very depressed.  My mom
just received the divorce papers from my dad.
Theyíre actually getting divorced.

The King writes:

KING MM (V.O.)
Ah- the day has finally arrived.  And it is
hard.  But as all things- it will soon pass
and youíll  feel great again.   You still have a
mother and a father.

Jamie writes:

   JAMIE (V.O.)
    But DIVORCE?  God, thatís so depressing!








The King writes:

   KING MM (V.O.)
    Divorce simply means that they have given up
each other as a couple- but not  you and your
brother.  Now they are free to pursue other companions.








Jamie writes:

   JAMIE (V.O.)
    Other companions?  Thatís so gross!!

The King writes:

   KING MM (V.O.)
    You see, once you reach their age, companionship
becomes very important.  The wrong companion
can make life very difficult.  But the right
companion makes life so much more special.
Do you have a boyfriend yet?

Jamie giggles.

   JAMIE (V.O.)
    Well itís definitely not Mark.  He knows
    all about the boys in my life.

Jamie writes:

JAMIE (V.O.)
No.  I have a crush on someone though.
He is so cute.  His name is Toby and heís
in my class.  Sometimes we have to drive
to school together- when Iím at my dadís.

The King writes:

   KING MM (V.O.)
    Ah...Your parents separation has helped you
    in at least one way.








Jamie ponders the Kingís statement.  Jamie writes:
 
 

   JAMIE (V.O.)
    How do you mean?








Lauren knocks on the door.

   LAUREN
    Jamie, can I come in?

   JAMIE
    Sure, Mom.  Itís open.

The King writes:

   KING MM (V.O.)
    Because now when you visit your father at
    his apartment you get a chance to be closer
   to the boy you adore...  Right?

Lauren sits on the bed.  She glances at the picture of Daniel and Jamie.

      LAUREN
    Who are you talking to?

   JAMIE
    The King of Yang.

Jamie types:

      JAMIE (V.O.)
    Yes, I guess youíre right again!  You always
seem to know all the answers, my King.
Mom just walked in so I gotta go.  Talk to you tomorrow?

LAUREN
     (LAUGHING)
You still talk to him?

The King types:

   KING MM (V.O.)
    Sure, my Queen.  Looking forward to it.
Goodnight, now.

JAMIE
    Of course- once a friend- always a friend.

LAUREN
    Did you ever figure out who he really is?
 

JAMIE
    No.
     (TURNING AROUND TO LAUREN)
    Why?  Do you know who he is?

   LAUREN
    No.  I was just wondering.  Youíve chatted
    with him ever since you got THAT computer.

   JAMIE
    I know.  And he always seems to know whatís
    up with me.

   LAUREN
    Do you think itís one of your friends from school?

   JAMIE
    It could be.  But he seems so much smarter than
any of them...

   LAUREN
    Anyway, your dadís downstairs.   He was worried
    about you so he came over.

   JAMIE
    Yeah, I was kind of hard on him.

Jamie and Lauren stand up.

   JAMIE (CONT.)
    But he deserved it- that was a horrible thing to do.

LAUREN
    Jamie, it was going to happen sooner or later.
    I just didnít expect it today.

   JAMIE
    But Mom, Iím worried about you!
 


 

   LAUREN
     (HUGGING JAMIE)
    Iím fine, Sweet heart!  Now letís go downstairs
    and see the boys before they send out a
    search party for us.

Jamie and Lauren walk out of the room.  Lauren turns back when she hears a song coming from the computer.  It sounds familiar to her.

   LAUREN
    Whereíd you get that song from?

      JAMIE
    Oh- itís just some old song the King of Yang
    sent to me.

Lauren slowly smiles.
 
 

5. INT.  TOP OF STAIR CASE- NIGHT

Jamie stands at the top of the stair case.  She looks down to see her father DANIEL at the bottom of the stairs talking to FREDDIE Laurenís next door neighbor.  They look up to see Jamie.

   FREDDIE
     (WITH CIGAR IN MOUTH)
    Hey there, Dumpling.  Heard youíre feeling down.

JAMIE
     (WALKING DOWN THE STEPS)
  Please donít smoke inside.  Itís your horrible
habit- not mine.

   FREDDIE
     (STEPPING OUTSIDE)
    I see your mother has taught you well!  Hope
    you feel better.








6. LIVING ROOM- NIGHT

   DANIEL
     (WAITING FOR JAMIE TO NOTICE)
    Jamie?

Jamie hesitantly hugs her father.  Lauren passes them and goes into the kitchen where Mark can be seen doing the dishes.  They both peak into the living room every once in a while.

Jamie and Daniel sit on the sofa together.

   JAMIE
    Iím sorry Dad.  Iím sorry I was so mean.

   DANIEL
    Thatís okay- Sweetie.  Itís natural to be upset.
    You do have to realize that Iím not divorcing
    you or Mark- I would never do THAT.   Though
    your mother and I have chosen to live in separate
    places we will ALWAYS be your parents-
 


 

        JAMIE
    I know- Dad.  The King of Yang explained all
    this to me already.

   DANIEL
     Whoís the King of Yang?  A new baby sitter?

         JAMIE
NO, I donít need baby sitters anymore!
In fact I havenít had a  sitter
since you moved out.

   DANIEL
    And why not?  Your Motherís lack of a social life?
 


 

       LAUREN
     (PEAKING IN FROM KITCHEN)
    I heard that!  I have a very busy social life-
    thank you very much.

  JAMIE
Mark watches me now.

       DANIEL
So whoís this King of Yang, then?

Lauren peaks in and smiles at Daniel.  He smiles back at her.

  JAMIE
The King of Yang is my computer buddy.  He sends  me instant
messages over the internet.  Donít you remember him?
Remember you told him to stop bothering me once?  You thought
he was a weirdo or something.

  DANIEL
    Oh- yeah.  I remember him now.  I canít believe
    he still chats with you.
     (DANIEL SLIGHTLY SMILES)

   JAMIE (V.O.)
    Hmm.  Is he just acting or did he really forget
    about the King.  I wonder...It could still be Dad.
 


 

       JAMIE
    Well he does.  In fact heís one of
my best friends now.

   DANIEL
    Have you ever met this King Yang?

   JAMIE
    Of course not.  His name is King Motor Mouth.
    Not King Yang.  Heís the King of Yang.

   DANIEL
    Iím sorry, Sweetie.  King Motor Mouth, huh?

   JAMIE (V.O.)
    Motor Mouth.  Itís obviously some one who
    admits that they talk a lot...

   DANIEL
    Well, Sweetie, I have to get going.  I  just wanted
    to make sure you were okay.

   JAMIE
    Thanks, Dad.
     (STANDING UP)
    Iím okay.  Itís just that I miss living with you.
    I miss us all being in one place- like a real family.

   DANIEL
I miss that too,  but it just didnít  work out between your
mother and me.   Think of the bright side- now you get two of
everything: two places to live,  two bedrooms, two TVís-

   JAMIE
    Two computers?

            DANIEL
Iím working on that one.

Lauren and Marc walk back into the living room.

   LAUREN
    Youíre leaving already?

   DANIEL
    Yeah- I have some work to do at home.

   LAUREN
     (MUMBLING)
    Yeah- whatís new.

   MARK
     (NUDGING HER)
Mom, be nice.  So Dad,  Friday, same time as usual?

   DANIEL
Same time, same bat channel.
     (DANIEL HUGS MARK)
    Iíll pick you up after practice.

Mark  runs up the stairs.

   MARK
    Okay, Dad, see ya Friday.

Lauren stands by the door as Daniel and Jamie pass by.

   DANIEL
     (PAUSING)
    Good night, Lauren.
     (DANIEL GENTLY KISSES LAUREN)

Jamie waits on the front porch.

Daniel walks outside.  Lauren stands by the front door.

   LAUREN
    Good night...








7. EXT. STEPS OF THE FRONT PORCH- NIGHT

Jamie stands on the front steps.   Daniel joins her.  Freddie is sitting on his steps next door smoking his cigar.

JAMIE
    Dad, could I stay all weekend at your house this
    time?  Maybe we can car pool on Monday morning
    with Toby and Raymond?


 

DANIEL
Sure!  That sounds great.  Iíll make the
arrangements this week.  Anything special you want
to do this weekend?

  JAMIE
Iíd like to go to the mall.  Buy a new outfit?

  DANIEL
Sure- my little fashion plate.  The mall it is.
Are you sure youíre going to be okay?

  JAMIE
Yes- Dad.  Now go!  I have to talk to Mr. Freddie
about something.

  DANIEL
 (HUGS JAIMIE)
Be good for your Mom, and Iíll see you Friday.

  JAMIE
Okay Dad!  Goodnight.

  DANIEL
 (WALKING TO CAR)
Goodnight!  Good night Fred.

  FREDDIE
Good night,  Dan.

Jamie sits on her steps and looks at Freddie.  Fred smiles at Jamie and enjoys his cigar.

   JAMIE
    How many cigars do you smoke in one day?

   FREDDIE
    Whoís counting?

JAMIE
    Your lungs.

They wave as Daniel drives away.

   FREDDIE
    You know, youíre pretty smart for a kid.  I
    thought about having kids once.  But then I
    realized it was close to impossible.

   JAMIE
    Why?

   FREDDIE
    Iím a man.

   JAMIE
    Haha!  Why didnít you and your wife ever
    have any kids?

   FREDDIE
    I guess we just never found the time...Besides-
    cars are a lot easier.  Their much more obedient.
    And the sounds of their motors when theyíre
    on the road is so beautiful...

      JAMIE (V.O.)
     (WATCHING HIM SPEAK)
    The sounds of their motors?  Motor, motor mouth?
    like in King Motor Mouth?

   JAMIE (CONT.)
    So... Freddie, do you own a computer?

      FREDDIE
     (PROUDLY)
    Sure do!  A beautiful TSR80!  Why?

   JAMIE
    Just wondering...

      JAMIE (V.O.)
Nope,  Freddie is definitely not the King of Yang.

Jamie lets out a sigh of frustration as Freddie continues to talk about his cars.  The camera angle pulls back on the two of them and fades out.
 
 
 

8. EXT. FRONT PORCH- NEXT MORNING

A delivery van pulls up in front of the house.  It has a sign on it reading, ďFlowers and Divorces, UnlimitedĒ  The same delivery boy comes up to the front door carrying a bouquet of flowers.  He knocks on the door.

Lauren comes to the door.

   LAUREN
    May I help you?

She smiles when she sees the flowers.

   DELIVERY BOY
    I have a delivery for Mrs. Lauren Watts.
     (RECOGNIZES LAUREN)
    You again?  Please!  Donít choke me!

He throws the pad to her and puts the flowers beside it.  She lifts the pad up and signs it.

   LAUREN
     (HANDING BACK THE PAD)
    Here you go!

   DELIVERY BOY
    Donít come near me!!  Jus...Just throw it to me.

The delivery boy grabs the pad and runs away as fast as he can.  He runs so fast he forgets the van.

Lauren picks up the flowers.

   LAUREN
    Hey, young man!  You forget your
(HOLDING A PEN IN THE AIR. SHE SEES THE VAN)
...van.

Lauren looks at the flowers and smiles.  She reads the note- realizes theyíre from her kids.

Freddie comes out of his house with a huge smile.

   LAUREN
    Hey Fred, see what the kids bought me?

   FREDDIE
    Beautiful!  Just beautiful...

Freddie walks over to the van and admires it..

Lauren shakes her head  and smiles.
 
 

      FADE OUT



 
 
 

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