THIS DIVORCE IS... SUPER! AN UNROMANTIC COMEDY
SCREENPLAY/POTENTIAL COMIC BOOK MINISERIES
SHMUEL BREBAN

FADE IN:

INT. WEDDING HALL - DAY

Caption: Los Angeles, CA

Many GUESTS have a grand time at a large wedding.

INT. SIDE ROOM - DAY

MORRIS MILLER (33 y.o., responsible accountant), dressed in a tuxedo, nervously hurries into the room.

JIMMY "98.6" LEMON (34 y.o. man's man, ruggedly handsome and Morris's best friend) follows Morris.

JIMMY

What's a matter, Morris?

Morris searches for something.

MORRIS

What's a matter? I forgot to chill the champagne that she bought to impress her agent and actor friends, and she's gonna kill me! That's what's a matter, Jimmy!

Jimmy shakes his head.

MORRIS

(locating case)

There it is.

Morris places the case on a nearby table.

MORRIS

Oh, boy... This isn't good, Jimmy. I forgot to chill her champagne... Her $500-a-bottle champagne! I mean, I'm an accountant, not...

JIMMY

You're an accountant, not a CEO. I know, Morris. But you're forgetting who your best man is...

Morris reacts and breathes a sigh of relief.

Jimmy outstretches his hand towards the case.

The case turns frosty.

Morris is relieved.

Jimmy smirks.

INT. WEDDING HALL - DAY (CONT'D)

Flashbulbs go off as LISA LANDRY-MILLER (28 yo, pretty) shoves a piece of the huge cake into Morris's mouth.

Morris and Lisa are very happy.

Fast forward. Agent HOWIE SILVER approaches the couple.

HOWIE

(to Lisa)

Lisa! Darling!

HOWIE

(hugging Lisa)

You look marvelous!

HOWIE

(to Morris)

Morris! You look... Mazal tov, Morris!

Howie hugs Morris.

Morris, while being hugged, looks off to the side and rolls his eyes.

HOWIE

(to Lisa)

Lisa, sweetheart, I got you a little something extra besides the toaster!

LISA

(excited)

You got me an audition?

HOWIE

What else would Howie Silver, the best agent in town do?

Lisa is happy.

Morris rolls his eyes.

HOWIE (CONT'D)

How would you like to be... co-host of "Smell The Coffee, L.A."!

Lisa reacts positively.

Lisa and Howie celebrate.

Morris isn't excited.

LISA

(to Morris)

Morris, isn't that great?

MORRIS

Of course, sweetie, but let's not count our...

Lisa and Howie walk away as they continue to celebrate.

HOWIE

(to Lisa)

This is the one, Lisa! I can feel it!

SCENE 2

EXT. MODEST SUBURBAN HOME - DAY

INT. KITCHEN - DAY

Morris stands, while Lisa sits at the kitchen table.

LISA

No, Morris, you don't understand... It was down to me and just four other girls out of, like, seventy! I almost had it. It's just a matter of time! Why can't you believe in me for once?

MORRIS

Honey, I do believe in you. You're very talented, it's just... The thing is a lottery...

Lisa is deflated.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Maybe it's time, not to give anything up...

Lisa reacts.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

But to re-arrange things just a little.

Lisa reacts.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

I'm an accountant, not a CEO. And I make a nice living, but with you not working, and with all the new clothes for every audition...

LISA

I need them to...

MORRIS

I understand. I really do... but now that we have a baby on the way...

Lisa reacts.

LISA

(sincere)

Morris, it's going to happen. You'll see. Just give it a little more time.

Morris exhales, and appears to be leaning towards acquiescence.

SCENE 3

INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT

Caption: 5 years later

Morris works on some financial documents at the table.

NICKEL MILLER (4 y.o. boy), rolling a toy truck, scampers into the room, and Lisa chases after him.

LISA

Nickel! Where are you going, Nickel!

Morris, frustrated, reacts.

Lisa notices Morris's frustration, while Nickel sets up shop with his truck on the kitchen floor.

LISA

(to Morris)

What's wrong, Morris?

MORRIS

Oh, I don't know... It just looks like you wore next month's mortgage payment to your last audition...

Lisa reacts.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

And, oh! Just wondering... were you planning on us eating food next month?

LISA

Not in front of Nickel, Morris.

MORRIS

We - are - broke.

Nickel, still playing with his truck but not as jubilantly, reacts to dad's frustration.

Lisa notices Nickel's reaction.

The tremors of an earthquake rattle the kitchen.

Morris quickly scoops up Nickel.

Morris, with Nickel, and Lisa take refuge underneath the kitchen table.

Nickel yells as kitchen items and debris pepper the floor.

The tremors stop.

MORRIS

And now it's official. We really are broke.

Everyone gets out from under the kitchen table.

Silence.

Morris notices something (in the backyard) that is on the outside of the closed sliding door.

MORRIS

(upset)

Oh, great!

LISA

What?

MORRIS

Flippin fault line.

Morris exits.

EXT. BACKYARD

Morris enters, followed by Lisa, escorting Nickel, who holds his truck

The group approaches a fissure in the middle of the yard.

Morris and Lisa are confused, but impressed, with what they see in the fissure.

At the bottom of the fissure, which runs 15-feet deep, lay a glowing bracelet.

There are glowing etchings of topography and the planet Earth on the bracelet.

Nickel is amazed.

Silence.

NICKEL

Mom! Dad! Can I have it?

SCENE 4

INT. KINDERGARTEN CLASS ROOM - DAY

MRS. WATKINS (55 y.o.) speaks to her class of KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS, including Nickel.

MRS. WATKINS

And since all of you boys and girl have been behaving so well, I have a special treat for you today.

The students cheer.

MRS. WATKINS (CONT'D)

Who here likes super-heroes?

The students cheer.

MRS. WATKINS (CONT'D)

Who here likes The Super-
Syndicate?

The student cheer loudly.

Nickel proudly cheers.

MRS. WATKINS (CONT'D)

Boys and girls, please give a warm K-2 welcome to Morris, Bearer of the Bio-Magnetic!

The students go wild.

Morris, clad in a mildly corny super-hero costume, including the bracelet, enters the room and waves to the students.

Nickel, wearing a yellow shirt, runs over to Morris and hugs him.

Morris kisses Nickel on the forehead, and then joins Mrs. Watkins at the head of the class.

The students, still going nuts, are impressed with Nickel.

MRS. WATKINS

(whispering to Morris)

I know that you probably can't stay long.

MORRIS

No... don't worry about it.

Fast forward. The students listen intently to Morris.

MORRIS

(to Students)

And that's why I use the special bracelet to help people. Because it's the right thing to do, and life is all about doing the right thing.

Mrs. Watkins is pleased.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

So, who has any questions?

All of the students raise their hands and encourage Morris to pick them.

STUDENTS

Me! Me! Me! Etc.

JAMIE (girl), standing, asks Morris a question.

JAMIE

When you found the bracelet down there, was it all yucky and dirty?

The students laugh.

MORRIS

Yes, Jamie. It had probably been in the dirt for hundreds of years.

STUDENTS

Ewwwww!

AMBER poses a question to Morris.

AMBER

Who is your worst bad guy?

MORRIS

Well, Amber, Disco-Brawl would probably say that he is...

The students laugh.

MORRIS

Yeah, Disco's still mad at me for sending him to jail... But I'd have to say that my most dangerous foes are Flamer and his Temperature All-Stars.

The students laugh.

MORRIS

No, really, they're actually... oh, you guys are just laughing because I said "Flamer."

The students laugh again.

Mrs. Watkins attempts to withhold her laughter.

KENNY poses a question to Morris.

KENNY

Are you super-strong even when you don't wear da bracelet?

MORRIS

(impressed)

Kenny! That's a fantastic question.

Mrs. Watkins is proud of Kenny.

Kenny reacts.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

The answer is yes and no. Y'see kids, the bracelet gives me a special connection to the Earth, especially the ground. The connection is strongest when I'm actually wearing the bracelet, but the more that I wear it, the more that... Hmm, how do I explain it... When I wear it, it also stores its special energy in my skin cells... My body slowly changes when I wear the bracelet... so, the more I wear it, the more I change; and I can be pretty strong, at least for a while, even without the bracelet, but I'm most powerful when it's on. I hope that made sense.

The students all encourage Morris to select them next.

MORRIS

Hmm... okay, how about you in the yellow shirt. What's your name?

Nickel stands up.

NICKEL

It's me, daddy! Nickel!

The students laugh.

Morris and Mrs. Watkins smile at each other.

NICKEL

(to Morris)

Daddy, you said all da stuff bout usin da racelet fer helpin people... How come mommy doesn't do dat?

Morris is speechless.

Mrs. Watkins reacts.

Morris fumbles for a response, but remains speechless.

SCENE 5

EXT. PHOTO SHOOT - DAY

Flashbulbs flares, as Lisa, standing in front of a picturesque Mount Lee screen (featuring the famous "Hollywood" sign), holds up a car with one arm, and a sign, which reads "Good Morning L.A.! 7 AM," with the other.

LISA

How much longer am I going to have to hold this up, John?

JOHN COPELAND (38 yo, "Ken" doll-esque) directs.

JOHN

Just another minute... or two.

LISA

(over-ethnicizing "Gutierrez")

I bet Olivia Gutierrez doesn't have to lift a car to promote her morning show.

INT. GOOD MORNING L.A.! SET

CAMERA MEN capture an episode of "Good Morning L.A.!".

Lisa, wearing her bracelet, converses with her co-host, MADELINE PRESCOTT (38-ish), for the cameras and the studio AUDIENCE.

MADELINE

And what a lot of people don't know, Lisa, is that you originally auditioned for my job!

The audience ooh's.

LISA

That's right... and I didn't get it.

The audience ahh's.

MADELINE

You came real close back then, and now six years later, here we are.

The applause sign is lit, and the audience applauds.

LISA

Yeah, Maddy, it's funny how life can go full-circle like that. I guess some things are just meant to be.

Lisa outstretches her arm, showing off the bracelet for the camera.

Maddy, impressed, touches the bracelet, while the audience applauds.

SCENE 6

INT. BEDROOM - NIGHT

Lisa, wearing a nightgown, heads to the bathroom, while Morris reads in bed.

LISA (O.S.)

Oh, honey... I almost forgot... I'm going to need the bracelet tomorrow.

MORRIS

What? You had it today! Tomorrow is my day.

LISA (O.S.)

I know... but I need it to finish up the photo shoot.

MORRIS

I need it tomorrow. The Syndicate is voting on whether I can become a Cindy. I purposely had them schedule it for a day that I would have that bracelet on my wrist. I don't want to be a reserve member forever!

Lisa, primping her hair, enters.

LISA

They pay me a lot of money at my job, Morris, and I need to do what they tell me.

MORRIS

This is unbelievable!

SCENE 7

EXT. SYNDICATE CENTRAL - DAY

INT. MEETING ROOM

Each in-costume, Jimmy "98.6" Lemon (thermometer-based costume, with "98.6" logo), Morris, THE ACTRESS (female, late 20's), CAPTAIN INVASION (male, 35 y.o., British-themed costume) Herculea (muscular woman, Ancient Greek-themed) and, at the head of the table, CHIEF BALDING EAGLE (mid-50's, balding, Native American-themed character but otherwise Italian in appearance) sit at the table, which features the "Super-Syndicate" logo.

Morris's arm is sans-bracelet, as Chief Balding Eagle rises.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

Citizens... and Captain Invasion...

CAPTAIN INVASION

Bloody 'ey! I got me green card, and I'll be a right citizen soon as the American gov'ment gets 'round t'it.

THE ACTRESS

Where have I heard that one before?

Captain Invasion throws a dirty look at The Actress.

Herculea

(to the Actress)

Ever with the mouth, akin t'ery other American actress. So sayeth Herculea!

THE ACTRESS

(to Herculea)

Yeah, okay, "Herculea"... You're not a Greek goddess! You're from Malibu!

Herculea reacts angrily.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

Yes, well, moving right along, now that we've heard from Brother Morris, Bearer of the Bio-Magnetic regarding his petition to be instated as a Cindy, it's time to place the matter up for deliberation.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

(to Morris)

Brother Morris, if you don't mind...

MORRIS

(rising from chair)

Oh, yes... of course, Chief Balding Eagle, sir.

Morris exits.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

All right. We'll start to my left and go counter-clockwise.

JIMMY

I think you mean clock-wise, Chief.

Herculea

Mayhaps, the chieftain refers to an upside-down clock... T'was such in our battle 'gainst the mischievous Minute-Glass.

The Syndicate reacts.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

Well, uh, let's just start with Jimmy and go to his left.

JIMMY

Morris is a team-player, like nobody else. Zero ego. And with his bracelet, he's world-class, but even without it, he's proven to be formidable. No-brainer in my book.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

(to the Actress)

The Actress?

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE (CONT'D)

(holding his back)

One second, uh, guys, my legs are getting a bit tired and my back's acting up, do you mind if I...

The Syndicate encourages Chief Balding eagle to take a seat, which he does.

THE ACTRESS

He's a nice guy and all, but, like, without that bracelet, he can't even take DiscoBrawl one-on-one.

JIMMY

(to The Actress)

Oh, come on, Jenny!

THE ACTRESS

Jimmy, he couldn't even wear the bracelet today!

JIMMY

(backing off)

His wife... needed it for a photo shoot...

CAPTAIN INVASION

(to everyone)

I din't travel all th'way t'the States t'collaborate with part-time sup-eroes.

Everyone awaits Herculea's input.

HERCULEA

Nay!

Everyone waits to see if Herculea has anything else to say.

She doesn't.

Chief Balding Eagle slowly rises, holding his aching back.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

All those in favor of Brother Morris as a Cindy?

Jimmy raises his hand.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

All those opposed?

The Actress, Captain Invasion and Herculea each raise a hand.

Chief Balding Eagle is sincere, and his body language towards Jimmy says, "Sorry, pal."

SCENE 8

INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT

Morris works on his finances at the table.

Lisa, all dressed up, enters and opens the 'fridge.

LISA

I'm going out, Morris.

MORRIS

Where are you going at this hour?

Lisa grabs a bottle of water from the 'fridge and then joins Morris at the table.

LISA

Listen, Morris... we need to talk.

Morris reacts.

LISA (CONT'D)

You and I... things were good, and you gave me Nickel, for which I'll be forever grateful... but we've kind of drifted apart and...

Morris reacts.

LISA (CONT'D)

I think we need to get a divorce.

MORRIS

What! Just like that!

LISA

It's for the best... To do it quickly, rather than drag it out. It'll be easier on Nickel that way.

MORRIS

That's not what this is about! Not at all!

Lisa reacts.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Back when you were trying to make it in showbiz, then I was good enough for you to spend all of my money... But now that you have your show, it's time to trade up, isn't it?

LISA

...

MORRIS

Y'know... the guys were right about you. I told them that they were wrong, but they weren't.

LISA

Jimmy's just always had it out for me. It's not like you're making it...

MORRIS

There's someone else, isn't there?

LISA

...

MORRIS

Are you already seeing somebody?

LISA

...

MORRIS

Uh! I am so disappointed with you! And it's probably someone from your new little... What, is it an actor... a producer...

LISA

Please... I would never date a producer.

MORRIS

It's John, isn't it! The director!

LISA

...

Morris reacts.

SCENE 9

EXT. LOS ANGELES SUPERIOR COURT - DAY

INT. COURT ROOM - DAY

Morris and ATTORNEY #1 sit at one table, while Lisa and ATTORNEY #2 sit at another.

Judge DILBERT FRANCIS presides (his placard reads, "HON. DILBERT FRANCIS").

DILBERT

I believe that I'm ready to rule now; however, both Mr. Miller and Ms. Landry have petitioned to speak on their own behalf in regards to the bracelet, which I'll allow, briefly. Ms. Landry may go first.

Lisa stands.

LISA

(to Dilbert)

Thank you, Your Honor. It's simple. Without that bracelet, I was denied the same job that I have now. The status that the bracelet affords me is the reason that I have such a high-paying job...

Dilbert listens.

LISA (O.S.)

And now that I've been making so much more money than Morris...

LISA (CONT'D)

He will be reaping the benefits from my usage of the bracelet, as well, in the form of alimony payments.

Morris smiles.

LISA (CONT'D)

The bottom line is, both of us, not to mention our son, Nickel, profit when I wear that bracelet.

Dilbert thinks about it.

MORRIS

(standing, to Dilbert)

Your Honor, what's best for our son is what's best for our community. It should all come down to selfishness versus responsibility. I worked very hard to keep our family afloat during all of the years in which she unsuccessfully chased fame and fortune. And when we eventually found the bracelet on our property, land which I owned prior to having met her, mind you, without hesitation, I knew that I needed to use the bracelet to help people. She, on the other hand, just responded in her usual, opportunistic fashion. The bracelet belongs to mankind, not showbiz. Thank you.

Dilbert takes it all in.

DILBERT

There was no prenuptial agreement regarding prior assets... When the bracelet was found, it was found on jointly owned land.

Morris shows concern.

DILBERT (CONT'D)

And it doesn't matter, at least not to this court, how citizens utilize their property, so long as it's within law.

Lisa flashes a slight smile.

DILBERT (CONT'D)

And seeing as how both Mr. Miller and Ms. Landry maintain their objections against liquidating the bracelet, I feel that I have no choice but to rule that Mr. Miller and Ms. Landry alternate bracelet usage on a weekly basis.

Morris reacts negatively.

Lisa is even-keeled.

DILBERT (CONT'D)

Mr. Miller will take custody of the bracelet for a full week, and then Ms. Landry will take it for a week, and so forth, in perpetuity.

FADE TO BLACK.

ACT TWO

SCENE 10

INT. JIMMY'S EXPENSIVE APARTMENT - NIGHT

Jimmy and Morris sit on the couch, drinking "Super-Strawberry" and watching the big screen TV.

JIMMY

Morris, man, that's just unbelievable. And no offense, but... I never liked her.

MORRIS

I know.

JIMMY

Really? I thought I hid it quite well.

MORRIS

You didn't... but that's okay. She's a real... It's okay.

JIMMY

No, go on... you can say it.

MORRIS

Nah, I can't say it.

JIMMY

C'mon, it'll make you feel better.

MORRIS

I... I can't talk like that. You know me, Jimmy.

JIMMY

And that's your problem, man. You're all do-the-right-thing, all the time. You're too wound up... Just say it. You'll feel better.

Silence.

MORRIS

(yelling)

She's a bitch!

Jimmy does a mini-celebration.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

(loudly, but not yelling)

She's a bitch! She uses my money to get into showbiz, and then when she fiiiiiiinallly gets there, well, then she's too good for me!

JIMMY

You're too good for her!

MORRIS

Yeah! I'm too good for her!

JIMMY

You're a member of the best super-team of all-time!

MORRIS

That's right! I am! (pause) Well, reserve member.

JIMMY

Hey, the only reason the other guys didn't vote with me on that is because she has the bracelet half the time... But I'm sure she's doing some real important things with it, Morris. I'm sure she has a reeaalll good reason to prevent you from saving lives.

MORRIS

Yeah... you know what she's doing now?

JIMMY

Riding on a broom.

Morris and Jimmy burst out into laughter.

JIMMY

Ow!

MORRIS

What is it, Jimmy?

JIMMY

(hand near mouth)

Nothing. Just my tooth acting up again.

MORRIS

You need to have it removed already.

JIMMY

Eventually...

MORRIS

Anyway, she has my kid calling her Ken Doll - "dad."

JIMMY

No...

MORRIS

Our divorce papers aren't even cold yet, and she has Nickel...

Morris puts his head down.

Jimmy empathizes.

MORRIS

She gets Nickel... She gets the house... I deserve to be Bio-Magnetic Morris full-time. That's my calling. At least let me have the bracelet.

Morris returns to the upright position.

Jimmy reacts.

MORRIS

She has her showbiz thing already; I deserve that bracelet. You know I'm the one who actually found it, right?

JIMMY

You've mentioned it... a couple times.

MORRIS

Seriously, Jimmy, what am I going to do?

Silence.

Morris notices that Jimmy has an idea.

MORRIS

What? What is it?

JIMMY

Well... it wouldn't be the most...

JIMMY (CONT'D)

(making air quotes)

"Ethical" thing to do.

MORRIS

As opposed to her cheating on me and stealing my bracelet?

Jimmy hesitates.

JIMMY

All right... here's what I propose...

SCENE 11

EXT. MULLIN PARK - DAY

Morris and Jimmy, both in costume, stand near each other amongst some trees in the middle of the park.

Morris wears the bracelet.

MORRIS

I really appreciate this.

JIMMY

Hey, you'd do the same for me.

Jimmy and Morris stare each other down.

Morris wallops Jimmy, who hits the floor.

Morris cringes, as Jimmy peels himself off of the ground.

JIMMY

Nice one. Now the other side.

Morris punches the other side of Jimmy's face, and Jimmy goes down again.

JIMMY

Ow!

MORRIS

Jimmy! You all right?

JIMMY

(hand near mouth)

Yeah, just the stupid tooth again.

Morris unclasps the bracelet, as Jimmy gets back to his feet.

Morris tosses the bracelet to Jimmy.

Jimmy rolls up his pant leg and clasps the bracelet around his ankle.

JIMMY

Morris...

MORRIS

My turn.

JIMMY

Yeah, sorry about this.

MORRIS

Hit me into the tree.

JIMMY

What?

MORRIS

We have to make this look real. If they're powerful enough to take us, well...

JIMMY

Oh, crap. You're right... You know I love you, bro...

Morris acknowledges.

Jimmy punches Morris.

Morris goes flying into the tree, which gets trashed and falls towards Jimmy.

JIMMY

(frightened)

Oh crap!

Jimmy lunges out of the tree's path, narrowly escaping its thunderous fall.

JIMMY

(on the ground)

You okay, buddy?

MORRIS

(rattled, getting up)

Never been better, Jimmy.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

(dusting himself off)

So, they should be arriving shortly, right?

JIMMY

Yeah, any minute... Just enough time for the bruises to start to set in... Hey, leave the dirt on!

Morris stops dusting himself off.

MORRIS

Oh, right. Good idea.

Fast forward. Two "Channel 8 – WSFB" vans make their way towards the disaster area and park 50 feet away from Morris and Jimmy.

Newsperson OLIVIA GUTIERREZ (28 yo, pretty Latina), DIRECTOR and CREW MEMBERS exit the van.

Olivia approaches Jimmy and Morris, as the crew members start to set up shop.

OLIVIA

Hey, we heard what went down. You boys a'ight?

JIMMY

More or less.

OLIVIA

Good, good... So how bout a quick interview, super-heroes?

MORRIS

(looking over to Jimmy)

Um...

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Yeah, sure. Why not.

OLIVIA

(smiling widely at Morris)

Thanks.

Morris reacts to Olivia's smile, while she waves over her crew.

Jimmy looks over at Morris in a "she likes you" manner, while the crew scampers into position.

Director counts Olivia in.

DIRECTOR

In 4, 3, 2...

Olivia interviews Jimmy and Morris.

OLIVIA

(to camera)

Yo, Angelans! This is Olivia Gutierrez hittin you up live from Mullin Park, the site of the latest super-skirmish. We're with Jimmy Lemon, aka "98.6," and Morris, who a couple of you might remember as... "Bio-Magnetic Boy"?

MORRIS

Uh, that's Morris, Bearer of the Bio-Magnetic, or just Bio-Magnetic Morris. Or just "Morris," I guess.

OLIVIA

Cool... So what went down?

JIMMY

Well, these two behemoths just attacked us from out of nowhere. We fought them to a stalemate, I guess.

MORRIS

We gave as good as we got.

OLIVIA

So, you were attacked by two new super-villains?

JIMMY

Correct.

OLIVIA

Aside from some property damage, it appears as if nobody was hurt.

MORRIS

(concerned)

Well, yes, I suppose... but it's not that simple... They...

MORRIS (CONT'D)

(dejected)

They got my bracelet.

Olivia reacts.

OLIVIA

(to camera)

You heard it here first, L.A.! Bio-Magnetic Morris's bracelet has been stolen by two unknown super-villains. Back to you, Wallace.

DIRECTOR

And that's a wrap.

The crew begins their clean up process.

OLIVIA

(to Jimmy and Morris)

Thanks a lot, guys.

Olivia gives a little wave and smiles at Morris as she walks away.

JIMMY

(to Morris)

Go...

MORRIS

What?

JIMMY

Go ask her out.

MORRIS

Yeah?

Olivia converses with Director and a crew member.

Morris slowly approaches Olivia, as she finishes her conversation.

MORRIS

(to Olivia)

Um, excuse me, Olivia...

Olivia turns and faces Morris.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

I hope this isn't too forward or anything... but would you like to, maybe, get a cup of coffee with me sometime?

OLIVIA

Morris, you don't ask a Latina out of South Central to hit Starbucks.

Morris indicates embarrassment.

OLIVIA (CONT'D)

You get some food in her, brotha.

Morris indicates relief.

MORRIS

How about dinner, then?

Olivia takes out a card and hands it to Morris.

OLIVIA

I'd love to.

Morris reacts.

OLIVIA (CONT'D)

(walking away)

You better call!

MORRIS

(subtly waving)

I will!

Jimmy and Morris chat, while the crew continues their clean-up, and Olivia converses with Director.

JIMMY

See, you just have to loosen up a little and go for things, bro. That's all.

Lisa Landry pulls up in her sports car, right in front of the lead WSFB van, and exits.

Olivia notices Lisa huffing and puffing her way towards Morris and Jimmy, and then instructs CAMERA MAN JOEY to roll tape.

OLIVIA

(quietly)

Pssst, Joey, roll tape! Quick!

Joey starts filming Lisa, as she confronts Morris.

LISA

(flying off handle, pointing in Morris's face)

You bastard!

Morris shrugs his shoulders and plays innocent.

Jimmy attempts to withhold his laughter.

LISA

(yelling at Morris)

You're not going to get away with this!

MORRIS

What are you talking about?

LISA

What am I talking about?

LISA

(yelling)

What am I talking about? The bracelet, dumbass!

MORRIS

Some super-villains showed up and...

LISA

"Super-villains?" Listen to yourself. Like you're a damn superhero? You still think you're some part-time Spider-Man? You're a damn accountant! What's wrong with you? Now, because of your damn delusions...

JIMMY

(to Lisa, sardonically)

Damn! Will you just shut the - damn! - hell up already? Damn!

LISA

(wagging finger at Jimmy)

Don't you...

JIMMY

No, just shut - up. When you were with Morris, I had to put up with your crap. Not anymore, sweetheart.

Lisa shows frustration.

JIMMY (CONT'D)

You have no business with us here. Go talk to one of your weenie lawyers and ask them if losing a bracelet while defending this city is against the law. Until then, just hop back on your little broom, and fly back to your two sisters who're waiting for you by the damn pot!

LISA

Oh, I'll get on my broom, but I'll be flying home to my fiancee; as opposed to you, who has never been in a relationship, except with Captain Balding Eagle...

LISA (CONT'D)

(pointing at Morris)

And part-time-pencil-pusher over here.

JIMMY

Y'know something, Lisa...

MORRIS

(yelling)

Enough!

Jimmy reacts respectfully.

Lisa smirks it off.

MORRIS

(to Lisa)

Lisa, you're a bitch!

Jimmy indicates pleasant surprise.

LISA

(to Morris)

Excuse me!

MORRIS

You're the biggest bitch there is, the biggest bitch there was, and probably the biggest bitch there ever will be... So just turn around and go home.

LISA

Well look who's a tough guy all of a sudden! I am going, but you will be hearing from my attorneys. And Morris... We'll see when the next time that you get to see my son will be. You just messed up big time!

Jimmy and Morris look to each other.

LISA

(stomping off)

This is not over!

As Lisa passes by Olivia's general area, they exchange pleasantries.

LISA

(to Olivia)

Skank.

OLIVIA

You should know.

LISA

(walking away, her back to Olivia)

See you in the ratings, Yolanda.

OLIVIA

(to Camera Man)

Tell me you got everything.

Camera Man, still recording Lisa, gives Olivia the thumbs-up.

OLIVIA

Tomorrow morning, that bitch is going down!

Jimmy and Morris chat, while the TV crew packs their gear into their vans.

JIMMY

(to Morris)

Wow, Morris. Just wow.

MORRIS

(regretful)

Oh man, Jimmy... What have I done! She's going to...

JIMMY

She can't do anything to you that she hasn't already tried to do... And that's why she's going ape. She's a control freak, and she knows she can't do a thing about that bracelet...

The vans pull out.

JIMMY (CONT'D)

And she sure as hell can't unilaterally change your court-appointed visitation rights.

Morris mulls it over.

MORRIS

Maybe you're right.

JIMMY

(impressed)

And Morris, that whole "biggest bitch there is, was, and ever will be"... That was wicked, bro.

MORRIS

(mildly proud of himself)

Yeah...

JIMMY

Been saving that one for a while, huh?

MORRIS

Eh... just a couple years. Couple... 6 or 7 years.

Morris notices something.

MORRIS

Oh, not now!

JIMMY

What?

Jimmy sees what Morris just saw.

JIMMY

Awww, maaaan... Well, at least this won't take long.

The "Villain Van" a real eyesore, with the words "Villain Van" painted in psychedelic-style lettering on the side and reminiscent of The Mystery Machine from Scooby Doo, pulls up to the park.

DISCOBRAWL (African-American; sporting an afro and dressed in 70's disco gear; wields a disco-style chandelier-on-a-chain weapon, which is shackled to his arm) exits the wan.

DISCOBRAWL

Hey, y'all! It be DiscoBrawl!

Jimmy and Morris roll their eyes.

DiscoBrawl is 15-feet away from Jimmy and Morris.

DISCOBRAWL

So, I be watchin da tube, and whattayaknow, my jive turkey, arch-nemesis done got his bracelet jacked.

JIMMY

(to Morris)

"Arch-nemesis?"

MORRIS

He says that to all the heroes.

DISCOBRAWL

Y'all got jokes, huh?

DiscoBrawl whips his chandelier-ball towards Morris.

JIMMY

(yelling at Morris)

Morris!

The ball smashes into Morris's gut and knocks him down.

Jimmy sends a cold front towards DiscoBrawl.

The weak cold front leaves just a smidgen of frost in DiscoBrawl's general area.

DiscoBrawl laughs it off.

DISCOBRAWL

(to Jimmy)

You done lost a step, Chilly Willy!

Jimmy sends a massive cold front towards DiscoBrawl.

DiscoBrawl reacts in a "holy crap" manner.

The cold front fully encases DiscoBrawl in ice.

JIMMY

(shocked)

Oh crap!

Jimmy anxiously sends a heat wave (moving, "sweltering" air), which begins to melt the ice.

JIMMY

(to Morris)

Morris! Call an ambulance now!

Morris, groggy, takes out his cellphone.

The ice is almost completely melted, when DiscoBrawl falls to the ground.

JIMMY

Crap!

JIMMY

(racing over to DiscoBrawl)

Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap! Oh crap!

Jimmy checks DiscoBrawl for a pulse, as Morris makes his way over.

JIMMY

He's got no pulse, Morris.

MORRIS

Ambulance is on its way.

JIMMY

No time! Back up!

Morris backs away.

Jimmy's hands, bent as if playing piano, are two inches away from DiscoBrawl's chest.

Jimmy uses his hands as a crash cart on DiscoBrawl.

JIMMY

(checking for a pulse)

Come on, man!

Jimmy, once again, uses his hands as a crash cart.

Jimmy checks DiscoBrawl for a pulse.

JIMMY

(preparing to charge DiscoBrawl)

Come on, damn it!

Jimmy charges DiscoBrawl.

Jimmy checks for a pulse.

JIMMY

No, no, no!

Jimmy uses his hands as a crash cart for the 3rd time.

Jimmy checks DiscoBrawl for a pulse, and then breathes a sigh of relief.

JIMMY

(looking up at Morris)

We got a pulse.

MORRIS

What happened, Jimmy?

JIMMY

I... I don't know. I remembered from that time where Chief had me borrow your bracelet to battle Flamer and that other team... so, I knew that I had to hold back a bit.

MORRIS

Yeah, I sort of saw that with your first attempt.

JIMMY

But then after my first shot did nothing... I guess I, sort of, overcompensated with the second.

MORRIS

(reacting to understatement)

Y'think?

SCENE 12

INT. JIMMY'S EXPENSIVE APARTMENT - TWILIGHT

Morris and Jimmy sit on the couch, drink Super-Strawberry, and watch the big screen TV.

MORRIS

So, I'm thinking that we need to take a short drive tonight.

JIMMY

Okay. Where to?

MORRIS

(evasive)

It's just an hour away.

JIMMY

(suspecting)

Where - to?

MORRIS

(hesitant)

Well... Brighton.

JIMMY

Forget it.

MORRIS

Hear me out, Jimmy.

JIMMY

You know I hate that place, and I thought you did, too... There's a reason all the Cindys refer to it as "The Backwards Land of Brighton"! They have their own messed up logic, and they're stuck in the 19th century.

MORRIS

I know... I know. But this is one time when that will play to our advantage.

JIMMY

I swore I'd never go back there! You know that!

MORRIS

Jimmy, she knows I'm staying with you... What do you think'll be the first thing that she does tomorrow morning?

JIMMY

Polish her horns.

Morris momentarily ponders Jimmy's response.

MORRIS

And after that?

Jimmy thinks about it.

JIMMY

(light bulb)

Oh crap!

MORRIS

That's right. She's going to have her team of lawyers get a warrant to search this place. We need to leave the bracelet somewhere without any computer records or paper trail. Just for a few days.

Jimmy realizes that Morris is correct.

JIMMY

I hate you...

SCENE 13

EXT. HIGHWAY - NIGHT

A moving, fancy sports car.

INT. SPORTS CAR - NIGHT

Jimmy drives, and Morris rides shotgun.

Morris talks on his cellphone.

MORRIS

Wow!

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Oh, don't worry. We'll be watching!

MORRIS (CONT'D)

I'm looking forward to it, too. See you tomorrow night.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Bye.

Morris hangs up.

JIMMY

So?

MORRIS

Well, it turns out that it was not too soon to call...

JIMMY

Makes you look desperate.

MORRIS

I am desperate.

Jimmy chuckles.

MORRIS

Anyway, we're going out tomorrow night.

JIMMY

That's great, Morris. I'm really happy for you.

MORRIS

Hold on, Jimmy. There's more...

Jimmy listens.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Tomorrow morning on "8 at Eight," Olivia is going to do a whole piece on Lisa's temper tantrum in the park today.

Jimmy reacts happily.

MORRIS

And they got it all on tape!

Jimmy reacts jubilantly.

EXT. HIGHWAY - NIGHT (CONT'D)

Jimmy takes an exit and approaches a sign that reads, "Brighton Welcomes You".

EXT. BRIGHTON SHOPPING DISTRICT

Jimmy and Morris drive through Brighton's interesting shopping district, all of which is open for business (even thought it's late).

INT. CAR - NIGHT (CONT'D)

MORRIS

Let's get a beer to celebrate.

JIMMY

Morris, I just want to drop off the bracelet and get home.

MORRIS

One beer.

JIMMY

Fine.

SCENE 14

INT. BRIGHTON BAR - NIGHT

The bar is an anachronism, part-wild-west-saloon and part-rockabilly. DRINKERS, including COP #1 and COP #2 are present.

Morris and Jimmy enter.

Jimmy indicates "huh."

Fast forward. Morris and Jimmy take a seat near REGINALD SAWYER (large, good ole boy), who eyeballs them.

BARTENDER approaches.

Bartender

(to Jimmy and Morris)

What c'n I getcha, fellas?

REGINALD

A map, so's they c'n get back to whence they came, Cletus.

BARTENDER

Shut up, Reginald!

Reginald reacts.

MORRIS

(to Bartender)

Two of whatever's on tap.

Bartender acknowledges and begins to process the order.

REGINALD

(to Morris and Jimmy)

What're two city slickers like youse doin out in Brighton?

JIMMY

We're here to experience the fine culture and sophistication.

Reginald "hrmph's."

Bartender serves two beers to Jimmy and Morris.

MORRIS

Thanks.

JIMMY

(to Morris, preparing to drink)

This better taste like beer.

They take a sip.

JIMMY

Ow!

MORRIS

Again?

JIMMY

(playing with loose tooth)

My damn tooth is killing me!

MORRIS

You need to get that thing removed already!

Reginald leaves his chair.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

(to Jimmy)

You can't put off the dentist forever, Jimmy.

JIMMY

Don't mean I shouldn't try.

JIMMY

(touching lip area)

Ow!

Reginald taps Jimmy on the shoulder.

Jimmy, annoyed, turns toward Reginald.

JIMMY

What!

Reginald punches Jimmy in the mouth.

Jimmy's tooth lands on the floor.

Drinkers, including Cop #1 and Cop #2, take notice of Reginald and Jimmy.

Jimmy is enraged.

JIMMY

(preparing to pounce)

You son of a...

MORRIS

(restraining Jimmy)

Jimmy! The cops are right there. Let's handle this the...

Cop # and Cop #2 make their way over.

COP #1

(to Reginald)

Reginald P. Sawyer, what in the tarnation hell is wrong witchu?

REGINALD

Roscoe, I ain't done nut'in wrong this time... He said his loose tooth was achin.

COP #1

(sincerely accepting Reginald's defense)

Oh...

Cop #1 and Cop #2 confer with nods.

COP #1

Sorry we misjudged ya, Reginald.

Morris is still restraining Jimmy, and both of them are puzzled.

COP #1

We're gonna hafta take this ere party down to the court house pronto.

SCENE 15

EXT. BRIGHTON COURT - NIGHT

INT. COURT ROOM - NIGHT

The court gallery is sparsely occupied by BRIGHTONIANS, as well as Jimmy and Morris, seated next to each other.

Reginald sits on the opposite side of the gallery.

JUDGE HELM TOWNSEND presides.

There is an open suitcase and a bolo tie on table #1 (to the Judge's left), which is otherwise unoccupied at the moment.

Judge Townsend is a bit confused, as JAMES STARGELL, wearing a white shirt and suit pants, but no jacket or tie, walks from table #1 to table #2 (to the Judge's right), which also has an open suitcase, as well as a regular tie upon it.

James, standing at table #2, address Judge Townsend.

JAMES

It's like I said, Your Honor, we had a deal. All four of us agreed to divide our salary equally, but then on the night of the 21st, Hos went out drinking and blew half of our collective total.

JUDGE TOWNSEND

(to Mr. Stargell)

Mr. Stargell, I still don't understand... You and which three people? And why are y'all sharing a salary?

JAMES

Hos, Shane, Richie, and myself, Your Honor. And we're splitting the salary because we all worked for it.

JUDGE TOWNSEND

And where are Hos, Shane, and Richie, today?

JAMES

(pointing to his head)

Right here.

Jimmy throws a "can you believe this" look to Morris.

JUDGE TOWNSEND

Oh, now I understand. Well then, there's a clear precedent in the case of Miller versus Miller versus Miller versus Miller.

REGINALD

(to himself)

Duh!

Jimmy shakes his head in disagreement.

JAMES

(to table #1)

Told you!

Judge Townsend watches as James walks over to table #1. Once James arrives, he turns and faces table #2.

JAMES

(to table #2, southern drawl, cowboy-like)

Shut up! He ain't ruled yet!

JUDGE TOWNSEND

(to James)

All right... may I speak with Hos now?

JAMES

(Texas-esque lip-curl, smoothing out side of his imaginary cowboy hat)

Howdy, sir.

JUDGE TOWNSEND

Yes... howdy, Hos. You're going to have to return their shares to James, Shane and Richie.

JUDGE TOWNSEND (CONT'D)

(banging gavel)

Case dismissed.

Morris and Jimmy react, while James walks over to table #2.

Upon arriving at table #2, James closes his suitcase, collects his jacket, and then celebrates.

Morris reacts.

Jimmy and Morris watch as James walks over to table #1.

Upon arriving at table #1, James closes his other suitcase, and then proceeds to throw a fit.

MORRIS

(to Jimmy)

What have we gotten ourselves into here?

JUDGE TOWNSEND

(reading from docket)

Next case... Jimmy Lemon versus Reginald Sawyer.

Reginald is directed to table #1 by BAILIFF #1, while Jimmy is directed to table #2 by BAILIFF #2.

JUDGE TOWNSEND

(to Jimmy)

Mr. Lemon, make your case.

JIMMY

(unhappy)

I was drinking a beer... That guy over there punched me in the face and knocked my tooth out. End of story.

JUDGE TOWNSEND

Yes, I think I see where this is headed... Rather open and shut.

Jimmy reconsiders his hatred of Brighton.

JUDGE TOWNSEND (CONT'D)

(to Reginald)

Mr. Sawyer, what is your defense and counterclaim?

JIMMY

Counterclaim?

REGINALD

(to Jimmy)

Yeah... counterclaim!

Morris reacts.

REGINALD (CONT'D)

(to Judge)

Your Honor, while chattin with his big city buddy, Mr. Lemon clearly indicated he was hurtin an in need o'some teeth extractin, so I's provided'em wit da service. Any den'ist would charge at least ahunnid, hunnid-fitty f'r da removal... I just want what's comin t'me.

JIMMY

(to Reginald)

Are you out of your mind?

JUDGE TOWNSEND

(to Jimmy)

Mr. Sawyer makes a good point, and there are many precedents for his claim in Brighton law.

JIMMY

You can't be serious!

JUDGE TOWNSEND

Mr. Lemon, is it true that you were in need of tooth extraction?

JIMMY

I had a loose tooth that I was going to see the dentist about, but..

JUDGE TOWNSEND

And was that the only tooth removed by Mr. Sawyer?

JIMMY

Removed? It was the only tooth he knocked out, yeah.

JUDGE TOWNSEND

I know what it's like to need to have a tooth extracted, Mr. Lemon. As a matter of fact, I have a loose tooth of my own that's aching at the moment. I'm going to have to make an appointment for removal, and I know that it's going to cost at least the amount being requested by Mr. Sawyer.

JIMMY

This town has the combined IQ of a glazed doughnut.

Morris giggles.

JUDGE TOWNSEND

(to Jimmy)

Son, you're in Brighton now. I don't know how they run things in your fancy big city, but here, we abide by Brighton law.

JIMMY

You know what, "Your Honor"... May I approach the bench?

JUDGE TOWNSEND

I don't see how that will help, but fine.

Jimmy approaches the bench and immediately punches Judge Townsend in the face.

A tooth sails out of Judge's mouth.

The gallery reacts.

Morris reacts.

JIMMY

(irate, to Judge)

Now take however much you owe me, and pay it to that schmuck over there!

EXT. STREET - NIGHT

Jimmy and Morris drive away.

JIMMY

Hey, Morris... When the time comes to pick the bracelet back up... Take the bus.

Morris cringes just a bit.

SCENE 16

INT. "8 AT EIGHT" MORNING SHOW SET

Olivia and her sidekick, STACEY LAND (Caucasian, 25 y.o.) record their show before a live studio AUDIENCE.

STACEY

Welcome back to "8 at Eight," y'all.

STACEY

(to Olivia)

Liv, word on the television street is that you caught quite a remote yesterday, and that super-heroes and a certain queen-B were involved.

OLIVIA

Stacey, girl, you ain't gonna belie dis! I went down to Mullin Park to cover this hot brawl, 98.6, that cat who controls temperature, right, and Morris against some villainous bee-yotches, when our very own little arch-nemesis, that queen yotch from the lamest morning show in all of L.A...

STACEY

(to audience)

"Wake Up and Smell Your Lameness!"

The audience laughs.

STACEY

(to Olivia)

And I know you're not talking about Morris's ex... I think her name is Lisa something-or-other, with a hyphen, and maybe a semi-colon, or two?

The audience laughs.

OLIVIA

That very biznatch, and she was in rare form! Morris and 98.6 had just gotten through throwin down, y'know, tryin t'protect this city, like they always do, a'ight; and not only that, but one of the thugs actually stole the bracelet, we'll talk more about that later… So anyway, Miss Thing sees the live piece I was doing for my other job at the real news show...

STACEY

(to audience)

Which, b.t.w., isn't what we do here.

The audience laughs.

OLIVIA

Oh no, not at all.

The audience laughs.

OLIVIA (CONT'D)

So she sees the live piece on her telly, right, and she hears that her precious bracelet was run, so what does Precious do?

STACEY

Girl, don't tell me she huffed and puffed her way down to Mullin Park and threw a chuck-a-nana!

OLIVIA

She went Anchorzilla, Stacey.

OLIVIA

(to audience)

Y'all need t'see dis, t'belie dis!

STACEY

(to audience)

Y'all wanna see the footage?

The audience cheers.

OLIVIA

(to o.s.)

Lola, hit us wit da clip, suckaaaaa!

The audience applauds, and all eyes turn to the big screen.

On the big screen, Lisa approaches Morris.

Cut to just the footage (clips):

EXT. MULLIN PARK - DAY

LISA

(flying off handle, pointing in Morris's face)

You bastard!

LISA

(yelling at Morris)

You're not going to get away with this!

LISA

(yelling)

What am I talking about? The bracelet, dumbass!

MORRIS

Some super-villains showed up and...

LISA

"Super-villains"? Listen to yourself. Like you're a damn superhero? You still think you're some part-time Spider-Man? You're a damn accountant! What's wrong with you? Now, because of your damn delusions...

INT. "8 AT EIGHT" MORNING SHOW SET (CONT'D)

The audience boos.

OLIVIA

(to audience)

And it just went on and on from there. Y'all can check hit up our website for the bonus footage.

STACEY

But hol up, Miss Gutierrez!

OLIVIA

Uh-oh.

STACEY

(to audience)

There's another lil nugget to this Happy Meal. He might'a had a tough day... but Bio-Magnetic Morris managed to attract some good, too!

The audience reacts, as Olivia blushes.

OLIVIA

He's out there, and his best friend Jimmy, too... They're out there keepin us safe, y'know? And he's... kinda cute.

STACEY

And...

OLIVIA

And... we're going out tonight.

The audience applauds.

SCENE 17

INT. "SMELL THE COFFEE, L.A.!" SET

Lisa, angry, and Madeline Prescott host their show.

MADELINE

Welcome back to Smell the Coffee, L.A.! We received some news during the commercial break, and I'm going to hand the baton over to Lisa now, so that she can address it. Lisa...

LISA

Thank you, Madeline. Our rivals just did a piece which attempted to paint me in an unflattering light, so I'm going to take a moment right now to address the entire bracelet ordeal that I've had to experience with my ex-husband...

Lisa takes a moment to compose herself.

The mostly female audience watches intently.

LISA (CONT'D)

I spoke with our lawyers during the break, and I have to be very careful about how I word this, but here goes... Morris, my ex, believes, and always has believed, that he is entitled to dictate our bracelet usage. We found the bracelet on our property, and all I wanted was to share it equally. In our divorce hearing, the judge ruled that Morris and I share the bracelet on a week-to-week basis. This was fine by me, but not by Morris, who felt that he is much more important than I am, and that he should have the bracelet full-time.

The audience empathizes with Lisa, as she, once again, takes a moment to compose herself.

Madeline pats Lisa on the knee in consolation.

LISA (CONT'D)

(teary-eyed)

The judge's ruling was based on an assumption of honesty on our behalf. Yesterday, my ex and his friend alleged that they had been attacked in the middle of Mullin Park by two super-villains. Did they mention who these super-villains were? No, they conveniently couldn't I.D. them. Have they attempted to discover the identity of the alleged perpetrators through police records and mug books? Did anyone, anyone in all of L.A. see this alleged "melee?" It's all just very convenient. My ex expects no liability or repercussions. Just because he says that the bracelet was stolen means that I have to run along like a good little girl, the same way that he attempted to dictate the terms of our marriage. But Morris, honey...

LISA (CONT'D)

(hard camera)

You ain't seen the last of this woman!

The audience gives Lisa a standing ovation.

SCENE 18

INT. JIMMY'S EXPENSIVE APARTMENT - DAY

A baseball game is on the the big screen.

Roving: Jimmy, hand in his pants, sits and snacks; Morris, hand in his pants, sits and snacks; Nickel, hand in his pants, sits and snacks.

COMMENTATOR

(from television)

The 3-2 pitch... and Rowand gets a hold of it...

Jimmy and Morris react positively.

COMMENTATOR (CONT'd)

Fans, get out your snorkels...

Nickel reacts positively.

On the television, the ball falls into McCovey Cove.

COMMENTATOR (CONT'D)

Cause it's into the Cove!

Jimmy, Morris, and Nickel celebrate.

NICKEL

Daddy, I don't t'ink dey're gettin da ball back!

Jimmy and Morris laugh.

MORRIS

Don't worry, son. They have more.

Nickel accepts the answer in a "phew" manner.

NICKEL

I love baseball. It's my fav'rite.

MORRIS

Mine too, Nick.

A loud knock is heard.

Jimmy and Morris, realizing who's at the door, look at each other.

Jimmy opens the door, revealing DETECTIVE #1, who holds the warrant, as well as DETECTIVE #2 and DETECTIVE #3.

JIMMY

Knock yourselves out.

Jimmy rejoins Nickel and Morris, while the detectives begin their search.

JIMMY

(to Detective #1)

Oh... but whatever you do, don't open the cabinet with the red handle.

Detective #1 reacts, and then opens the red-handled cabinet.

50 cheap bracelets come falling out.

All of the detectives react.

Nickel bursts out into laughter.

NICKEL

Good one, Unca Jimmy! Dat was funny!

Morris attempts to withhold laughter, while Jimmy congratulates himself.

Detective #2 notices the score of the game.

DETECTIVE #2

We tied it up?

JIMMY

Rowand homer.

NICKEL

It made a big splash!

Nickel pantomimes the splash.

Detective #2 smiles.

Fast forward. All of the detectives, along with Jimmy, Morris, and Nickel, snack and watch the game, with hand in pants.

MORRIS

Don't you guys need to look for the bracelet?

DETECTIVE #2

Nah. We know it ain't here.

DETECTIVE #1

Just had to show up and stay awhile, so the captain could tell the crazy TV lady that we turned this place inside out. We turned this place inside out, right, boys?

DETECTIVE #2

Oh yeah.

DETECTIVE #3

It was exhausting.

ANNOUNCER

2-2 to Lewis... Oh! No question about it!

Everyone reacts and prepares to celebrate.

On the television, the ball goes into McCovey Cove.

Everyone celebrates and high fives.

NICKEL

(to the detectives)

Don't worry bout da ball: dey got lots more.

Everyone laughs.

Morris proudly musses Nickel's hair.

SCENE 19

INT. NICE RESTAURANT - NIGHT

Morris and Olivia enjoy their dinner.

OLIVIA

I mean, you saw her today... She's a bitch. No offense, Morris.

MORRIS

None taken.

OLIVIA

And not just because of the bracelet... Most people would use it selfishly if they had the opportunity... Guys like you are the exception.

Morris blushes.

OLIVIA (CONT'D)

She's just so... Anyway, let me run something by you for a sec.

MORRIS

Sure. Anything.

OLIVIA

We were talking after the show, and we think it would be a good idea for you, and for Jimmy, for both of you to tell your side of the story tomorrow on our show.

Morris is uncertain.

OLIVIA (CONT'D)

I'm not gonna lie to you, it would be great for us, but that's not why I'm asking. I mean, it's way to early in our relationship for me to use you... Don't worry, as our relationship progresses, I'm totally going to use you left and right...

MORRIS

Understood.

OLIVIA

I just really think you guys need to tell your side. It's just good p.r. for you, Jimmy, and the entire Syndicate.

Morris thinks about it.

OLIVIA (CONT'D)

Plus, it's Sweeps.

SCENE 20

INT. "8 AT EIGHT" MORNING SHOW SET

Olivia and Stacey interview Morris and Jimmy before a live studio AUDIENCE.

STACEY

Welcome back to "8 at Eight," y'all. We've been having a blast with our boys, Morris and Jimmy, aka Bio-Magnetic Morris and 98.6 of The Super-Syndicate, but now it's time to get serious for a minute or two.

Morris and Jimmy indicate mild apprehension.

OLIVIA

(to Morris and Jimmy)

Now, come on, boys... Y'all knew it was coming. Everyone's waiting for the response to Anchorzilla's accusations. She insinuated a lot of things about the two of you, and ain't none of it flattering.

OLIVIA (CONT'D)

(to Morris)

Morris...

Morris reacts.

OLIVIA (CONT'D)

Straight up, point blank, did you two stage that fight and the bracelet theft?

MORRIS

Olivia... hell no.

The audience claps.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Every time I suit up, I know that it might be the last time, but I can't help myself; I love to help people, and I love this city. Even with the best of the best, Jimmy and The Syndicate at my side, I could be hurt, or even killed. It's just the way it is... Unfortunately, the good guys can't win all the time.

JIMMY

Yeah, Morris hit the nail right on the head. I've seen this guy risk his life for strangers without a second thought, and most of the time, everything goes well, mainly because we have the numbers. The good guys tend to group together and collaborate, but the villains sure as hell can't trust each other like that, so they go at it alone, or with 1 or 2 accomplices; and that's no match for The Super-Syndicate. But this time, two powerful jerks blindsided us while we were away from the rest of the team. It was two-against-two, and we'll win that 9 out of 10 times... But we fight a helluva lot more than 10 battles, and we're bound to drop one. But how dare that... that...

OLIVIA

Bitch?

The audience cheers.

JIMMY

Thanks, Olivia. I wasn't sure if I could say that on here.

STACEY

Don't worry... This isn't a real news show.

The audience laughs, as Olivia concurs with Stacey.

MORRIS

I think that what my esteemed colleague is trying to say is that it's just so easy to complain...

Jimmy nods in agreement.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Hurling incredulous, asinine accusations only requires movement of one's lips, Lisa Landry...

Olivia and Stacey react.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

But what The Syndicate does for L.A... That's the beating of the heart, and I think that you need to find yours.

The audience gives a standing ovation.

Morris and Jimmy react.

Olivia smiles at Morris.

SCENE 21

EXT. SYNDICATE CENTRAL - DAY

INT. MEETING ROOM

Each in-costume: The Actress, Captain Invasion, Herculea, and Chief Balding Eagle sit and chat.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

(to Captain Invasion)

You're out of line, Cap!

CAPTAIN INVASION

Well, I do say it's typical yankee behavior to take som'in that belongs to sum-buudy else... It's the American way! You, of all people, should know that, Chief.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

...

THE ACTRESS

(to Captain Invasion)

You shut your commie trap!

CAPTAIN INVASION

Well don't go dumpin me tea into the drink just yet, Actress. I'm tellin ye, the two o'em stole the bracelet. You'll see.

Herculea

Herculea's ears doth protesteth this foolery! We must stand by our noble warrior comrades!

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

I agree with Herculea. Innocent until proven guilty.

CAPTAIN INVASION

I never did like that "Jimmy" chap. A gentleman would go by the proper name - James.

Jimmy, in costume, and Morris, in costume but bracelet not visible, enter.

Everything gets quiet.

Morris and Jimmy, approaching their places at the table, realize that something is up.

JIMMY

Look, we didn't do it, okay!

MORRIS

It's the truth, guys. I'm sorry.

CHIEF BALDING EAGLE

(to Morris)

No need to apologize, Brother Morris. We believe you.

Captain Invasion "hrmmph's."

SCENE 22

EXT. MULLIN PARK - DAY

CUSTOMERS enjoy a fair, complete with booths and a few rides.

MINOR CELEBRITIES sign autographs for FANS at tables.

Morris, Jimmy, Stacey, and Olivia sign at the "8 at Eight" booth.

Upon completion of autographing an 8 x 10 for FAN #1, Olivia smiles, before turning her head toward a neighboring booth.

The "Smell The Coffee L.A.!" table is occupied by Lisa and Madeline. Lisa, amid signing for FAN #2, senses a stare and turns toward it.

Lisa and Olivia, only ten feet apart, make eye contact.

Lisa throws a nasty look at Olivia.

Olivia throws a nasty look at Lisa.

LISA

(to Madeline, while signing for Fan #2)

Did they have to put us so close to them? We could catch something.

Madeline snickers.

Fan #2 reacts.

Olivia signs for FAN #3.

OLIVIA

(muttering)

Well, look who's line is bigger, bitch.

Stacey giggles.

Fan #3 reacts.

The LINE for the "8 at Eight" table is considerably larger than its "Smell The Coffee, L.A.!" COUNTERPART.

FAN #4 (10 yo boy) and DAD (boy's 35 yo father) approaches Lisa.

FAN #4

Hi. Can you please sign this for me, ma'am.

LISA

(taking magazine)

Sure, sweetie.

Lisa notices that the newspaper magazine, which has her and Olivia on a split-screen and the caption, "Trash Talk!", has already been signed by Olivia.

LISA

(angry, to Fan #4)

What is this?

FAN #4

Uh, um, it's the magazine from the Herald paper...

LISA

And it's already been signed by...

Lisa glances over at Olivia, and they make eye contact.

LISA (CONT'D)

(derisively)

Her.

FAN #4

Um, I was hoping to get both autographs.

LISA

I don't sign anything together with that woman.

OLIVIA

(to Morris)

Look how your ex is doing that kid.

Morris glances over at Lisa.

LISA

(to Fan #4)

Because I just don't... And I sure as hell don't sign anything second... Especially not after that bitch.

Fan #4 and DAD are taken aback.

OLIVIA

(rising)

Oh, I'm the bitch? You make bitches look like princesses, bitch!

LISA

(rising)

Okay, superhero groupie. Just sit back down.

An audience, mostly from the two autograph lines, forms around the impending altercation.

OLIVIA

(stepping towards Lisa, bobbing head to and fro)

Bitch, you're the superhero of bitch. You're "Super Bitch."

LISA

Oh is that right, bitch?

Morris and Jimmy stand.

OLIVIA

Yeah, bitch.

The buzzing audience can't believe it.

LISA

(stepping toward Olivia)

Well, this super bitch is strong enough to throw you on your overrated ass, so maybe you should just be a nice little second rate talk show host, and sit your ass down... bitch.

Olivia loses her temper and lunges at Lisa.

Lisa picks up and tosses Olivia high and away.

Olivia, in the air, flails her legs about.

Jimmy shoots an ice slide for Olivia.

The audience ooh's and aah's.

Olivia slides down the ice and lands on the ground uncomfortably, but not hard enough to cause injury.

Olivia gets up and is ready to go again.

OLIVIA

Round two, bitch.

Motorcycles are heard, as FAN #4 notices something o.s. that's 100 feet away (but still inside the park grass).

AUDIENCE MEMBER

Whoa! Look at that!

Everyone looks in the appropriate direction and is surprised by what they see.

MORRIS

(serious, to Jimmy)

Jimmy, it's the All Stars!

JIMMY

(yelling at the audience)

Everyone, this way! NOW!

The audience screams as they run away from FLAMER, ZEPHYR, and RAINBOW, who approach, from 50 feet away, on their motorcycles. All three cyclists are dressed in biker leather, and have canisters, which are connected to shooting devices mounted on their bikes.

Their bikes create divots and impart grooves along the park grass.

From behind his back: Zephyr zooms by, revealing that his name is prominently displayed in the middle of the back of his leather jacket.

From behind his back: Rainbow zooms by, revealing that his name is prominently displayed in the middle of the back of his leather jacket.

From behind his back: Flamer zooms by, revealing that his name is prominently displayed in the middle of the back of his leather jacket.

The audience is still running away, as the three cyclists approach Morris and Jimmy.

The cyclists sharply pull up 15 feet from Morris and Jimmy, shredding the park grass in the process.

JIMMY

Flamer and the Temperature All-Stars... Got tired of having your freedom back already?

FLAMER

(effeminately)

You and your Syndicate might've put us in prison once, weather wannabe, but they're not here now, and word on the street is, neither is Morris's bracelet.

Morris is uncertain how to react.

Hard, individual shots, each with the monogrammed name prominently visible on the upper-left of the jacket fronts:

FLAMEr (CONT'd)

(grabbing shooting mechanisms near bike handles)

So prepare to be BURNED!

RAINBOW

(effeminately, grabbing shooting mechanisms near bike handles)

And BOW'ED!

ZEPHYR

(effeminately, grabbing shooting mechanisms near bike handles)

And BLOWN!

Jimmy and Morris, 5 feet from each other, are uncomfortable with "blown."

Zephyr blasts a gust of air (like a fierce wind) toward Jimmy, who leaps over it, only to be struck in the chest by Rainbow's colorful hard-light laser beams, and then hit the ground.

ZEPHYR AND RAINBOW

Fabulous!

FLAMER

(whiny, to Zephyr and Rainbow)

GuyYysSssss, now's not the time to...

Morris kicks a clueless Flamer in the face.

ZEPHYR

Oh, no he di-int!

Zephyr, moving on his bike, attempts to shoot at Morris, but accidentally drives up an ice ramp being constructed by Jimmy.

ZEPHYR

Nooooooooooo!

Zephyr, 20 feet in the air, lets go of his bike, and is then knocked unconscious as he hits the ground.

Flamer (riding toward Jimmy) blasts fire toward Jimmy, who creates a protective shield (half an igloo) to block the flames.

Rainbow hits Morris with a blast of hard light. Morris hits the ground and appears to be unconscious.

Jimmy shoots 5 ice-balls, 1 from each finger on his right hand, at Rainbow.

The ice-balls dart onto Rainbow's face and chest, knocking him off of his bike.

Rainbow hits the ground and is knocked out.

Flamer, his bike momentarily stationary and facing Jimmy from 15 feet away, revs his engine.

FLAMER

Looks like it's just you and me... Ice versus flame... Who do you think's gonna win that battle!

JIMMY

Actually, I control temperature. I could have your tanks explode in a second, but I don't want to kill you and deprive the world of...

Flamer shoots torrential fire at Jimmy, who waves his hand, causing the flames to burn themselves out.

JIMMY

(approaching Flamer)

Looks like your flames just burnt themselves out...

Jimmy waves his hand again.

Flamer's bike-mounted canisters are frozen.

JIMMY

(approaching Flamer)

And now it looks like your canisters, and everything inside them, have been frozen. Just give it up, Flamer.

Flamer turns and rides away, but only travels 10 feet, before the rest of his bike stops, literally frozen in its tracks; causing Flamer to be thrown over the handlebars.

Flamer hits the ground hard.

Jimmy, who's 30 feet from Morris, approaches Flamer, who is unconscious.

Morris regains his faculties.

Morris, slowly and groggily peeling himself off of the ground, notices something out of the corner of his eye.

Morris's eyes light up in trepidation.

DiscoBrawl is in the process of whipping his chandelier weapon toward Morris.

The chandelier is on it's way.

Morris attempts to turn out of the way.

Morris continues to turn his face.

The chandelier ball smashes into the left side of Morris's face.

Morris hit the ground.

Morris is out cold.

DISCOBRAWL

(muttering to himself in disbelief)

I got'em! I can't believe I got'em!

Jimmy notices.

JIMMY

MORRIS!

Jimmy eyes DiscoBrawl.

DiscoBrawl flees.

Jimmy starts chasing after DiscoBrawl, but stops after a few strides.

Jimmy bends down to check on Morris.

The left side of Morris's face is badly bruised and bloodied.

FADE TO BLACK.

SCENE 23

INT. LAVISH LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

John, anxious, runs down the stairs and approaches Lisa, who sips champagne on the couch.

JOHN

Lisa! LISA!

LISA

(casually)

What is it, John?

JOHN

Morris has been badly injured!

Lisa is surprised, but not shocked.

JOHN (CONT'D)

It's all over the news. He was taken to the hospital... Do you think they'll figure it out?

Lisa ponders the question.

CUT TO:

INT. SAME LAVISH LIVING ROOM - NIGHT

Text on screen: BEFORE THE DIVORCE

Lisa, wearing the bracelet, chats with John. They each hold a glass of champagne, and the remainder of the bottle is on the table.

LISA

I don't know... The lawyers say that Morris has an outside shot at getting it full-time... Some public interest mumbo jumbo.

JOHN

You understand that we need that bracelet for the show... And we need you, preferably, at full-strength all the time. I mean, if something were to happen that suggested otherwise, it would affect your standing in the business.

LISA

You think I don't know that, John! Of course I know that... but what am I supposed to do!

Silence.

JOHN

And the most likely scenario is that their will be some sort of... timeshare deal with the bracelet?

LISA

Yeah. Fifty-fifty.

JOHN

Do we need to worry about Morris's integrity?

LISA

What do you mean?

JOHN

What if he decides to, I don't know... say he lost it?

LISA

Nobody would buy that. You don't just lose something that's worth more than the Hope Diamond.

JOHN

Fine... But what if he says that one of the nutjobs that he "battles with" stole it? Is he capable of staging such a thing.

LISA

Nah... he doesn't have it in him.

Silence.

LISA (CONT'D)

(reconsidering)

But his little friend does.

JOHN

Yeah?

LISA

I wouldn't trust Jimmy as far as I could throw him.

JOHN

Well, you can throw him pretty far, you sexy beast.

LISA

Not now, John.

JOHN

Sorry.

LISA

So what do we do?

JOHN

Well... how dirty are you willing to get?

LISA

Whatever it takes.

JOHN

One of our costume designers, uh... Sylvester... A very unscrupulous fellow... I bet if we paid him enough, he could make an exact replica of that bracelet.

LISA

And... oh, I see. I'd hand that one to Morris every time it's his turn with the real bracelet.

JOHN

Exactly.

LISA

Your guy can do all the glowing... and the ancient calligraphy?

JOHN

It won't be cheap, but he can do it, and he'll keep his mouth shut. I have some dirt on him to make sure of that.

LISA

John, you're amazing.

JOHN

Thank you, sweetheart... But you do realize what this means...

Lisa listens.

JOHN (CONT'D)

You're going to have to put on a show... Especially if they try to pull something, like staging that theft. You're going to have to act as if you just lost the real McCoy, and like, throw the queen of all bitchings.

LISA

I am a trained actress, John! I can handle it.

JOHN

Then I guess the only question is... Do you think that Morris will suspect anything?

LISA

Honey... you have no idea just how dumb my ex is.

John laughs and then raises his glass.

JOHN

To your dumb ex.

Lisa raises her glass.

LISA

To my dumb ex.

They drink.

FADE TO BLACK

ACT THREE

SCENE 24

INT. HOSPITAL ROOM - DAY

Morris, the left side of his face bandaged, sits up on his bed.

Each in-costume: Jimmy, The Actress, Captain Invasion, Herculea, and Chief Balding Eagle are present.

MORRIS

Can... can you guys give me a minute alone with Jimmy please.

The rest of The Syndicate exits, empathizing with Morris on their way out, leaving Jimmy and Morris alone.

JIMMY

Morris, I am so sorry, bro.

MORRIS

No...

JIMMY

I should've had your flank.

MORRIS

Jimmy, you did exactly what you were supposed to do... I... I still don't know what happened. My reaction time was slow... which is really weird considering that my feet were on the ground and I had the bracelet on: my connection to the Earth should've been at peak level.

JIMMY

Look, Morris, on the way over here, I got to thinking... Remember when I wore the bracelet during the DiscoBrawl thing in Mullin Park?

MORRIS

Of course.

JIMMY

I knew I had to take it easy while wearing the bracelet from that other time... but I barely froze DiscoBrawl's toes and fingertips.

MORRIS

You just overcompensated. And then you overcompensated in the other direction.

JIMMY

Yeah, I definitely missed my mark with the second shot, but I'm not sure about the first.

MORRIS

What do you mean, Jimmy?

JIMMY

I... don't think that I was wearing the bracelet.

Morris reacts.

JIMMY (CONT'D)

And I don't think you were wearing it today.

Morris reacts.

Olivia knocks on the door, and enters, holding a bag of food and flowers.

OLIVIA

Oh no! Morris, are you okay?

MORRIS

You should see the other guy.

OLIVIA

(friendly, to Jimmy)

Hey, Jimmy.

Olivia kisses Jimmy's cheek, about which he has mixed feelings (slightly not his thing).

JIMMY

(while being kissed)

Hey, Liv.

Jimmy takes the bag of food and the flowers from Olivia.

JIMMY

(looking inside bag)

She got you all your favorite stuff!

Olivia kisses Morris on his healthy cheek.

MORRIS

That was really nice of you, Olivia.

OLIVIA

Pshh, it's nothing. Just a heads-up, Lisa and Nickel were waiting to check in, so I better vamoose. I'll drop by later.

MORRIS

That would be great.

Olivia smiles at Morris.

OLIVIA

(friendly wave to Jimmy, while exiting)

Bye, Jimmy.

JIMMY

See ya later, Liv.

Olivia exits.

JIMMY

(to Morris)

Eh, whad I tell you.

MORRIS

Yeah, she's amazing.

Lisa knocks and enters.

Jimmy makes a face to Morris.

Nickel follows Lisa inside.

LISA

(to Morris)

Hello, Morris.

LISA

(to Jimmy)

Jimmy.

JIMMY

Lisa.

Nickel, teary-eyed, has a poor reaction to seeing Morris's injuries up-close.

MORRIS

(to Nickel)

No! It's work than it looks, Nick.

Nickel cries full-blast.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Nickel... No... Everything's okay. It's all going to heal up real fast. The doctors said so.

Lisa shows a hint of remorse as to what she has caused.

Jimmy throws Lisa a nasty look.

Nickel hugs Morris.

SCENE 25

INT. JACK AND LISA'S EXPENSIVE BEDROOM - NIGHT

John and Lisa are tense.

Lisa deposits the bracelet into her drawer.

JOHN

So, what are we going to do?

LISA

(mad)

What the hell do you want me to do, John!

JOHN

He could've died.

LISA

I know that, John. You don't think I know that! But what am I supposed to do about it?

JOHN

He could die next time.

LISA

What - can - I - do?

JOHN

...

LISA

Do you want me to just admit that we stole it, John? Ruin both of our careers? Sound good to you, John?

JOHN

What if he dies... Legally speaking... I mean, if it comes out that we defrauded him, and knowingly allowed him to go into his... battles... with a toy trinket... I mean, I'm no legal expert, but that's got to be something.

INT. NICKEL'S BEDROOM - NIGHT

The lights are off, but Nickel is still awake, crying in his bed.

LISA (O.S.)

(audible through the walls)

What we do, John, is keep the bracelet in that drawer, and take it out when we need it.

JOHN

So, we just pretend like nothing happened.

LISA (O.S.)

You got a better idea, John?

SCENE 26

INT. JIMMY'S EXPENSIVE APARTMENT - NIGHT

Morris, who is upset and has a small bandage on his face, and Jimmy, who drinks and plays the good friend, sit on the couch and watch TV.

Extended silence...

Morris fiddles with the bracelet, which is on his palm.

MORRIS

Interested in purchasing a famous super-hero bracelet?

Jimmy does a spit-take.

MORRIS

Just 5 bucks.

JIMMY

Morris, I'm pretty sure they paid a helluva lot more than that.

MORRIS

(staring at bracelet)

Yeah... They did a real bang-up job with it.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

They, basically, did the same thing as us: they just did it a lot better... So... she wins... again.

Jimmy empathizes.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

She's got Nick... the house... the bracelet... the career...

JIMMY

And you got the Syndicate... your best friend... You got one of the hottest chick's I've ever seen in my life.

MORRIS

Heh. That's true. Still don't understand how that happened.

JIMMY

And you still have super-powers, bro. Even at half strength... that's pretty special.

MORRIS

...

JIMMY

Plus, you're a skilled accountant. You're better with numbers than anybody I ever met.

Jimmy takes a sip.

MORRIS

Even Herculea?

Jimmy does another spit-take.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Remember that time we tried to explain the variable 'X' to her? How it doesn't always equal 10?

JIMMY

Ha ha. Classic.

Morris sighs.

MORRIS

What am I going to do, Jimmy?

Jimmy exhales and empathizes with Morris.

SCENE 27

EXT. EXPENSIVE NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

Jimmy drives his car, while Morris (no bandage) rides shotgun.

INT. JIMMY'S CAR - DAY

Morris adjusts the bracelet around his ankle.

JIMMY

What are you doing?

MORRIS

What?

JIMMY

You're still wearing that fake?

MORRIS

I'm not convinced.

Jimmy reacts.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

Look, maybe you're right, Jimmy... You're probably right, okay, but just in case, why not keep it on?

JIMMY

Because it's not worth the risk of getting caught.

MORRIS

So, what do you want me to do? Just give up. Hope that this bracelet is the genuine article is the only thing that I have left. What else can I do?

Jimmy remains silent.

MORRIS

We lied on television, Jimmy.

JIMMY

So have presidents. Just don't get caught.

MORRIS

Don't worry, Jimmy. I'm not going to admit to the world that the bracelet which I claimed was stolen by some super-villains, has actually been in my possession all along. Oh, and by the way, it wasn't the real bracelet, because my wife misappropriated that one before our divorce. And p.s., I'm not even sure that she did that, and I sure as hell can't prove it. So, please excuse me if I cling to the only thing that I have left.

Jimmy takes it all in.

JIMMY

Sorry, Morris.

MORRIS

(removing bracelet)

No... you're right.

Jimmy reacts.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

(putting bracelet in glove compartment)

I better leave it here while I pick up Nickel... Who knows with her.. She might continue her charade by having someone spot-search me.

scene 28

EXT. COPELAND/LANDRY ESTATE - DAY

Jimmy and Morris pull up.

Morris exits.

INT. COPELAND/LANDRY ESTATE - DAY

Esmerelda escorts Nickel, who's wearing his knapsack, to the door.

ESMERELDA

Why do you wearing knapsack, Nickel?

NICKEL

Just some stuff for our trip, Esmerelda.

EXT. COPELAND/LANDRY ESTATE - DAY (CONT'D)

Morris escorts Nickel to Jimmy's car.

JIMMY

(to Nickel)

Hey, Buddy!

NICKEL

Unca Jimmy!

INT. JIMMY'S CAR - DAY

Nickel sits in the backseat, while the adults are in their usual spots.

MORRIS

You buckled up back there?

NICKEL

(fiddling with his knapsack)

Hol on a minute, daddy... I have somefin for you.

Nickel removes a brown paper lunch bag from his knapsack.

NICKEL

(to Morris)

Here, daddy.

Morris and Jimmy turn around and react.

MORRIS

(accepting bag)

Awww, a get-well gift. Thanks, son.

Morris returns to his position and takes a peek inside the bag.

Morris's eyes light up.

Morris looks over at Jimmy.

Morris reaches into the bag and takes out the real bracelet.

Jimmy reacts.

MORRIS

(looking back at Nickel)

Uh, son... where'd you get this?

NICKEL

From mommy's drawer.

Jimmy and Morris look at each other.

MORRIS

(to Nickel)

Why were you in Mom's drawer?

NICKEL

Cause I eard er talkin wif John, y'know, my udder dad, bout how dey ricked you wif da racelet. And you help people wif da racelet... And you got ert wehry bad wifout it.

Morris reacts.

Jimmy reacts.

Silence.

MORRIS

(to Nickel)

Nickel, son, stealing is a very bad thing... You know that, right?

Nickel nods in agreement.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

And this is just a one-time thing. An exception to the rule, right?

Nickel nods in agreement again.

Morris grabs the fake bracelet from the glove compartment and places it into the brown bag.

MORRIS

(to Nickel)

And lying is bad, too, right?

Nickel nods in agreement yet again.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

(holding up brown bag)

That being understood... I need you to take this bag inside the house... Tell Esmerelda that you forgot something...

Nickel listens.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

And then put the fake bracelet in mommy's drawer... in the same place, got it?

Nickel nods.

Morris hands Nickel the brown bag.

Nickel exits the car.

EXT. COPELAND/LANDRY ESTATE - DAY (CONT'D)

JIMMY

(to Nickel, from inside car)

Champ, put the bag inside your knapsack.

Nickel clumsily puts the brown bag back in his knapsack, and then walks toward the door.

INT. JIMMY'S CAR (CONT'D)

JIMMY

You have the coolest kid ever.

Morris smiles, while watching Nickel enter the house.

Fast forward. Nickel re-enters Jimmy's car and buckles up.

MORRIS

All right! Let's hit the road.

They pull out.

EXT. WEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD - DAY

NICKEL

Daddy...

MORRIS

Yes, Nick...

NICKEL

Does dis mean dat I c'n get da Game Station fhree now?

Jimmy and Morris laugh.

MORRIS

Yes, son. I think I can get that for you today.

JIMMY

(to Morris)

Now, the only question is... will Lisa be able to figure out what happened?

MORRIS

Jimmy... you have no idea just how dumb my ex is.

Jimmy laughs.

EXT. JIMMY'S CAR - DAY

MORRIS

(to Nickel)

You didn't hear me say that, son.

NICKEL

Fro in a game car'ridge and I din't ear nutin!

Jimmy and Morris laugh.

MORRIS

He gets that from his mom.

SCENE 29

EXT. MULLIN PARK - NIGHT

Morris and Olivia kiss.

Morris and Olivia hold hands as they take a romantic stroll.

OLIVIA

So... now that I'm your girlfriend...

MORRIS

Mm-hmm...

OLIVIA

And off the record, of course...

MORRIS

Uh oh.

OLIVIA

What really happened with the bracelet?

Morris notices something in the distance.

MORRIS

Stop!

OLIVIA

Hey man, if you don't want to...

Morris is scared (mostly for Olivia).

MORRIS

Olivia, go!

OLIVIA

What?

Olivia notices the "something," as well.

MORRIS

Run!

DiscoBrawl, wielding his chandelier wrecking ball, slowly approaches Morris from 30 feet away.

Olivia reacts.

MORRIS

(to Olivia)

GO!

Olivia runs away.

DISCOBRAWL

Y'all thought you done seen the last of DiscoBrawl! Well, Disco be makin a comeback, ooooh ooooh.

Morris reacts.

Olivia watches anxiously from behind a tree.

DISCOBRAWL (CONT'D)

Dis here be da brawl to settle all, ba-bay. Dis be your last dance, Morris Man.

Morris rolls his eyes.

DISCOBRAWL (CONT'D)

An you won't be uh, uh, uh, uh stayin alive...

Morris shakes his head.

DISCOBRAWL (CONT'D)

(preaching)

An I done spent so many nights in jail thinking how you done me wrong... but, my brother, I grew strong!

Olivia shakes her head.

DISCOBRAWL (CONT'D)

And now... you won't survive!

DiscoBrawl is 15 feet from Morris.

DISCOBRAWL (CONT'D)

You gonna suffer. Den you gonna lay down and die.

MORRIS

Are you done yet?

DISCOBRAWL

Nope. Got one more. You done me in before, Morris Man, but now I'm gonna turn the beatdown around.

Olivia continues peeking out from behind the tree.

OLIVIA

(to herself)

That one wasn't bad.

Morris reacts in a "hey, not bad" manner.

DISCOBRAWL

Any last words, Morris Man?

MORRIS

(mockingly)

Yeah... Your brickhouse is about to go down in a disco inferno...

DiscoBrawl reacts.

MORRIS (CONT'D)

And it's gonna be a magic bird of fire!

Olivia cracks up.

DiscoBrawl indicates fury.

Disco whips his ball towards Morris.

The ball is in the air.

Morris sees it coming and reacts.

Olivia reacts.

Morris' legs sparkle/crackle with his energetic connection to the Earth.

The sparks work their way up his body.

Morris catches the ball, and then crushes it with his bare hands.

DiscoBrawl reacts.

Morris smiles, before yanking on the chain, to which remnants of the ball are still attached.

DiscoBrawl is lifted up off the ground, and sails towards Morris.

Morris cocks his fist.

DiscoBrawl's eyes are open wide.

Quick fade to black.

The word "THUMP!" appears on the screen.

FADE OUT.

After the credits roll for fifteen seconds, or so...

EXT. PHOTO SHOOT - DAY

Lisa has difficulty lifting and holding up a car, but she and John can't figure out why.

JOHN

Just lift from your knees, Lisa.

LISA

I'm trying, John!

The credits continue...

FADE OUT.