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mother, Lauren receives the divorce papers from
her father Daniel, just when Jamie
was hoping they'd get back together.
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.
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.
DIVORCE PAPERS?! He expects me to
sign for these?!
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.
Itís okay, Mom. Donít harm this nice man,
heís just doing his job.
Whatís going on?
3. INT. WATTíS LIVING ROOM- DUSK
(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.
I donít understand- I thought things were
going well with Dad.
Sweetie- things have been great, but thatís
because weíve been talking about the divorce.
So you know about this, then?
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!
Wouldnít that be redundant?
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
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.
Who is it?
Mark opens the door.
You know who it is.
Oh Mark! I didnít recognize your voice. You
sound so different- like a real man. (GIGGLES)
(ROLLING HIS EYES)
Shut up. Dadís on the phone.
(HANDING HER PHONE)
(LOOKING AT PHONE)
Tell him I donít want to talk to him.
He can hear you.
I donít care- I donít want to talk right now.
Donít be so immature.
(WAITS FOR HER RESPONSE)
Jamie goes back to her computer. Mark lets out a big sigh.
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:
Oh fair queen of Ying, this is your King
of Yang. I hear your in the slump of gloom
Jamie runs over to the computer.
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
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.
The King writes:
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.
Other companions? Thatís so gross!!
The King writes:
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?
Well itís definitely not Mark. He knows
all about the boys in my life.
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:
Ah...Your parents separation has helped you
in at least one way.
the Kingís statement. Jamie writes:
How do you mean?
Lauren knocks on the door.
Jamie, can I come in?
Sure, Mom. Itís open.
The King writes:
Lauren sits on the bed. She glances at the picture of Daniel and Jamie.
Who are you talking to?
The King of Yang.
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?
You still talk to him?
The King types:
Sure, my Queen. Looking forward to it.
Of course- once a friend- always a friend.
Did you ever figure out who he really is?
(TURNING AROUND TO LAUREN)
Why? Do you know who he is?
No. I was just wondering. Youíve chatted
with him ever since you got THAT computer.
I know. And he always seems to know whatís
up with me.
Do you think itís one of your friends from school?
It could be. But he seems so much smarter than
any of them...
Anyway, your dadís downstairs. He was worried
about you so he came over.
Yeah, I was kind of hard on him.
Jamie and Lauren stand up.
But he deserved it- that was a horrible thing to do.
Jamie, it was going to happen sooner or later.
I just didnít expect it today.
But Mom, Iím worried about you!
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.
Whereíd you get that song from?
Oh- itís just some old song the King of Yang
sent to me.
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.
(WITH CIGAR IN MOUTH)
Hey there, Dumpling. Heard youíre feeling down.
(WALKING DOWN THE STEPS)
Please donít smoke inside. Itís your horrible
habit- not mine.
I see your mother has taught you well! Hope
you feel better.
6. LIVING ROOM- NIGHT
(WAITING FOR JAMIE TO NOTICE)
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.
Iím sorry Dad. Iím sorry I was so mean.
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-
I know- Dad. The King of Yang explained all
this to me already.
Whoís the King of Yang? A new baby sitter?
NO, I donít need baby sitters anymore!
In fact I havenít had a sitter
since you moved out.
And why not? Your Motherís lack of a social life?
(PEAKING IN FROM KITCHEN)
I heard that! I have a very busy social life-
thank you very much.
Mark watches me now.
So whoís this King of Yang, then?
Lauren peaks in and smiles at Daniel. He smiles back at her.
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.
Oh- yeah. I remember him now. I canít believe
he still chats with you.
(DANIEL SLIGHTLY SMILES)
Hmm. Is he just acting or did he really forget
about the King. I wonder...It could still be Dad.
Well he does. In fact heís one of
my best friends now.
Have you ever met this King Yang?
Of course not. His name is King Motor Mouth.
Not King Yang. Heís the King of Yang.
Iím sorry, Sweetie. King Motor Mouth, huh?
Motor Mouth. Itís obviously some one who
admits that they talk a lot...
Well, Sweetie, I have to get going. I just wanted
to make sure you were okay.
Iím okay. Itís just that I miss living with you.
I miss us all being in one place- like a real family.
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-
Iím working on that one.
Lauren and Marc walk back into the living room.
Youíre leaving already?
Yeah- I have some work to do at home.
Yeah- whatís new.
Mom, be nice. So Dad, Friday, same time as usual?
Same time, same bat channel.
(DANIEL HUGS MARK)
Iíll pick you up after practice.
Mark runs up the stairs.
Okay, Dad, see ya Friday.
Lauren stands by the door as Daniel and Jamie pass by.
Good night, Lauren.
(DANIEL GENTLY KISSES LAUREN)
Jamie waits on the front porch.
Daniel walks outside. Lauren stands by the front door.
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.
Dad, could I stay all weekend at your house this
time? Maybe we can car pool on Monday morning
with Toby and Raymond?
Sure! That sounds great. Iíll make the
arrangements this week. Anything special you want
to do this weekend?
Iíd like to go to the mall. Buy a new outfit?
Sure- my little fashion plate. The mall it is.
Are you sure youíre going to be okay?
Yes- Dad. Now go! I have to talk to Mr. Freddie
Be good for your Mom, and Iíll see you Friday.
Okay Dad! Goodnight.
(WALKING TO CAR)
Goodnight! Good night Fred.
Good night, Dan.
Jamie sits on her steps and looks at Freddie. Fred smiles at Jamie and enjoys his cigar.
How many cigars do you smoke in one day?
They wave as Daniel drives away.
You know, youíre pretty smart for a kid. I
thought about having kids once. But then I
realized it was close to impossible.
Iím a man.
Haha! Why didnít you and your wife ever
have any kids?
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...
(WATCHING HIM SPEAK)
The sounds of their motors? Motor, motor mouth?
like in King Motor Mouth?
So... Freddie, do you own a computer?
Sure do! A beautiful TSR80! Why?
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.
May I help you?
She smiles when she sees the flowers.
I have a delivery for Mrs. Lauren Watts.
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.
(HANDING BACK THE PAD)
Here you go!
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.
Hey, young man! You forget your
(HOLDING A PEN IN THE AIR. SHE SEES THE 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.
Hey Fred, see what the kids bought me?
Beautiful! Just beautiful...
Freddie walks over to the van and admires it..
her head and smiles.