COLD OPEN:

INT. BARN – DAY

Dust hangs in the air. Horses paw the ground. SAMANTHA TRIPPS (14) walks in. She is tall, and has a bored expression on her face. She looks at the LIST hanging on the wall. She looks horrified.

SAMANTHA

Who is this "Lillie Brown", and why is she riding in MY lesson?

She turns away and begins walking down the aisle. She rounds the corner and walks into the feed room where CASSIDY HENDERSON (15) is mixing feed. Cassidy is a little too short for her age, and is what Samantha likes to refer to as "Squirrelish".

SAMANTHA

Hey.

CASSIDY

Oh, hey. Do you want to help me feed?

SAMANTHA

Yeah sure. Who should I do?

CASSIDY

Jesse. Oh, and Samantha- we have a new apprentice.

SAMANTHA

Really? Who?

CASSIDY

Annabelle Jackson.

SAMANTHA

Annabelle? I didn't even know she took the apprentice course. That's cool. It'll be nice having a third apprentice on Fridays.

Samantha walks out of the feed room and over to JESSE's stall, where she dumps a BUCKET OF FEED into his FEED BIN.

SAMANTHA

Oh, Cassidy, I noticed that there's a new person riding in my lesson.

CASSIDY

Yeah, Lillie Brown. She used to ride on Thursdays but she's moving up so Jill put her in the Friday 6:15.

SAMANTHA

She rode on Thursdays? Then… why do I feel like I've met her before?

CASSIDY

I don't know.

SAMANTHA

Lillie Brown… oh! I remember! She goes to my school! She always gets all the credit for being a horseback rider instead of me. I hate her. She's so annoying.

CASSIDY

Don't tell her that.

Act One

Fade In:

INT./EXT. BARN – DAY

ANNABELLE JACKSON (11) steps out of her MOM'S CAR with her BACKPACK and HELMET. She looks a little tired, but she brightens up when she sees the horses. She walks into the barn slowly, and looks at the LIST. We see that it reads: "Annabelle- Norm".

She continues down the aisle, stopping to pet NORM on the way. She reaches the MIDDLE AISLE, where Samantha is walking by with a FEED BUCKET.

SAMANTHA

(In surprise)

Oh, hey Annabelle.

ANNABELLE

Hi.

SAMANTHA

(Trying to make conversation)

Soooooo. You're an apprentice now. That's cool. Fridays are fun.

ANNABELLE

Yeah.

SAMANTHA

Okay, well, you can put your stuff in the office and then Cassidy and I are mixing feed if you want to help us.

ANNABELLE

Okay.

Annabelle carries her STUFF into the office.

INT. BARN – OFFICE – DAY

Annabelle puts her STUFF on the SHELF and stops to look around the office for a minute. Then she opens the other door and walks out.

INT. BARN – DAY

Annabelle walks into the FEED ROOM and joins Cassidy and Samantha.

CASSIDY

Hi Annabelle.

ANNABELLE

Hi.

CASSIDY

Can you give this to Jazz?

She hands Annabelle a BUCKET of FEED.

ANNABELLE

Okay.

Annabelle walks out of the FEED ROOM and around the corner.

SAMANTHA

Chatty much?

CASSIDY

I'm not too worried. With Erika around, it won't take long for her to lighten up.

SAMANTHA

Oh yeah.

Just then, a shout is heard, and ERIKA DAWSON (12) runs over to the FEED ROOM. She has a big smile on her face and she looks like the sort of person anyone would like.

ERIKA

Guess what guess what guess what‼

SAMANTHA

I have no idea. Just tell us.

ERIKA

I'm a squirrel!

SAMANTHA

What?

CASSIDY

A squirrel? You're kidding right?

ERIKA

I am not. It's for my school play.

SAMANTHA

What play?

ERIKA

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

SAMANTHA and CASSIDY

Oh…

SAMANTHA

You know Cassidy's afraid of squirrels, right?

ERIKA

I did not. Why?

Cassidy and Samantha look at each other for a moment.

CASSIDY

I don't know. They're just so… weird and fuzzy, and… icky.

SAMANTHA

Haven't you heard the story about the baby squirrel?

ERIKA

Um… no. But I want to.

SAMANTHA

Basically, there was this baby squirrel in the feed room, and Cassidy was afraid of it.

CASSIDY

It was just so weird.

SAMANTHA

So anyway, Christina and I wrote a story about Cassidy being eaten by the baby squirrel. And what we know as John's Skull was really Cassidy's.

ERIKA

John's skull? What are you talking about?

SAMANTHA

John's skull… you know the plastic skull in the hayloft?

Blank stares from the other two.

SAMANTHA

Oh, never mind.

Annabelle comes back to the outside of the FEED ROOM. Samantha, Cassidy and Erika jump at the sound of her voice.

ANNABELLE

I finished feeding Jazz.

Cassidy walks out of the feed room, and Samantha and Erika follow her. Cassidy, Erika and Annabelle walk into the OFFICE.

FELICITY (23) enters the barn. She is tall, with straight black and purple hair in a ponytail.

FELICITY

Hi, Sam.

SAMANTHA

Hey, Felicity.

Felicity walks into the OFFICE and Samantha follows.

INT. BARN – OFFICE – DAY

FELICITY

Hi, Cass. Hi, Erika.

CASSIDY and ERIKA

Hey.

Felicity looks at Annabelle.

FELICITY

You're Annabelle, right? Are you working on Fridays now?

ANNABELLE

Yeah.

CASSIDY

Felicity, you didn't put horses for the 3:45. Who do you want?

FELICITY

I didn't? Oh, gosh. Um… Buster, Colonel, Ivy should be fine.

CASSIDY

(Bossily)

Okay, apprentices. Get moving!

FADE IN:

INT. BARN – DAY

Cassidy AND Erika are standing by the GROOMING STALL with Annabelle. In CROSS-TIES is COLONEL.

The three girls are tacking COLONEL.

CASSIDY

Annabelle, can you do his polos?

ANNABELLE

Um, sure.

She reaches for the POLOS and squats down to put them on. Erika watches her carefully.

Annabelle struggles a bit with it. She looks slightly nervous.

ERIKA

Do you remember how to do them?

ANNABELLE

Yeah, I think so.

ERIKA

Here, do it and I'll watch.

ANNABELLE

Okay.

She starts to put on the POLO, but she is obviously uncertain of what she's doing.

Erika reaches over and takes it from her.

ERIKA

No, it goes like this: front to back, see?

She hands the POLO back to Annabelle, who tries again.

ERIKA

Better, but not quite. You finish that one, and I'll do the others.

Erika stands up, and leans over to Cassidy, who's tightening Colonel's GIRTH.

ERIKA

(Aside to Cassidy)

I think Annabelle needs a lot more practice at putting on polos. She's really uncertain of what she's doing, and honestly, they come out sloppy.

The two girls look over at Annabelle, who is still bent over the polo.

CASSIDY

You could be right. She just needs practice. You can be her official polo mentor!

ERIKA

(Happily)

Okay! It'll be fun! She'll be the world's best polo-roller by the time I'm done with her!

CASSIDY

You're the best, Erika!

Erika smiles happily and bends down to continue helping Annabelle.

CASSIDY

Hey, where's Samantha?

ANNABELLE

No idea.

ERIKA

Probably tacking Ivy.

In the MIDDLE AISLE Samantha is glaring at Cassidy and Erika.

SAMANTHA

Why does Erika get to be the best? "Erika the Expert". She's so bossy. I guess that's why Cassidy likes her. I can be bossy!

Samantha stumbles as CHRISTINA NORM (13) glomps her from behind.

CHRISTINA

I know you can.

SAMANTHA

What?

CHRISTINA

You're bossy.

SAMANTHA

(Sarcastically)

Thanks.

CHRISTINA

It's true.

SAMANTHA

Did you hear about the new rider in our lesson?

CHRISTINA

No! Who is it?

SAMANTHA

Her name is Lillie Brown. She goes to my school, but I don't really know her.

CHRISTINA

How good is she?

SAMANTHA

I really don't know. Hopefully not better than us.

CHRISTINA

No one's better than us.

SAMANTHA

Except Cassidy. And Amanda. And Becca.

CHRISTINA

OKAY… no one in our LESSON is better than us.

SAMANTHA

Right.

Christina runs out to the GROOMING STALL and glomps Erika.

CHRISTINA

ERIKA!

SAMANTHA

(Irritated)

Really?

END OF ACT ONE

Act Two

Fade In:

EXT. BARN – HILL BY RING – DAY

Samantha, Christina, and Erika are sitting on rocks on the HILL by the OUTDOOR RING.

A WHITE CAR pulls up in the PARKING LOT.

SAMANTHA

That must be Lillie! Let's go inside.

The three girls get up and run into the BARN.

INT. BARN – DAY

Samantha and Christina stand by the LIST on either side.

CHRISTINA

Who's she riding?

SAMANTHA

I don't know.

She looks at the LIST.

SAMANTHA

Colonel.

CHRISTINA

Eh. Who're WE riding?

SAMANTHA

(Playfully)

Jesse and Dante, who do you think?

CHRISTINA

Well, I'm just saying. You could be on Dante.

LILLIE BROWN (14) walks up to the BARN ENTRANCE. She's tall, with dark skin and glasses.

SAMANTHA

Shhh, she's here.

Lillie walks into the BARN and up to the LIST. Samantha and Christina involuntarily part.

SAMANTHA and CHRISTINA

Hey…

LILLIE

Hi…

She looks at the LIST.

LILLIE

Oooo, Colonel, yay!

Samantha and Christina look at each other. Samantha nudges Christina, and Christina nudges her back harder, so that she stumbles a bit. Samantha glares at Christina and looks at Lillie.

SAMANTHA

Hi, I'm Samantha. We're in the same lesson.

LILLIE

Oh, hi. I'm Lillie.

SAMANTHA

(With a nod)

And this here is Christina. She's in our lesson too.

LILLIE

(Shyly)

Hi.

SAMANTHA

(Aside to Christina)

We should just be nice for now.

(To Lillie)

Do you know anyone else who rides on Fridays?

LILLIE

Um… Cassidy and Becca.

SAMANTHA

Oh, yeah, they're cool. You'll like Fridays.

Samantha walks away down the aisle, with Christina behind her .

Lillie walks next to Christina.

LILLIE

(To Christina)

Do you ride Dante a lot?

CHRISTINA

All the time. He's my baby.

LILLIE

He's kind of mean, isn't he?

CHRISTINA

(Defensively)

No! And if people think he's mean than they just shouldn't ride him.

LILLIE

Well… He's not always mean. He doesn't like people coming into his stall, right?

CHRISTINA

(Ignoring the question)

Do you ride Dante a lot?

LILLIE

No. I usually ride Colonel.

CHRISTINA

How long have you been riding?

LILLIE

Well, I rode for a couple of years when I was five, and then I stopped. I only started up again about a year ago.

CHRISTINA

Oh… Why are you still riding Colonel, then? Why not Dazzle or Jesse?

LILLIE

Actually, I haven't ridden either of them yet.

CHRISTINA

Huh.

Christina runs to find Samantha, leaving Lillie behind.

CHRISTINA

Samantha!

SAMANTHA

What? I'm eating!

She holds up a SANDWICH. Christina grabs a PICKLE SLICE.

CHRISTINA

Pickles! Anyway, Lillie's never even ridden Dazzle before!

Samantha scoffs.

CHRISTINA

Or Jesse!

SAMANTHA

As well she shouldn't. He's mine.

(After a pause)

What about Dante?

CHRISTINA

Only a little bit.

SAMANTHA

So who does she ride?

CHRISTINA

Colonel, I guess.

SAMANTHA

Oh. Okay. Weird. I guess we have nothing to worry about, then.

CHRISTINA

I guess not.

Fade In:

INT. BARN- INDOOR RING – EVENING

The 6:15 class is trotting around: Samantha on Jesse, Christina on DANTE, Lillie on COLONEL, and Annabelle on Norm.

In the center of the ring is JILL ROBERTS (50s). Jill is the owner and main instructor of Sycamore Riding School. Jill is sitting on a stool, watching the class with a critical eye.

JILL

Christina! You need to pick up the pace! I know you're trying to keep him slow and that's fine, but you need to keep moving!

Christina rolls her eyes at Samantha as she passes her on Jesse.

JILL

Sam! You need to watch how close you pass to another horse! You were really close to Dante there. He likes to attack the other horses, you know that.

SAMANTHA

(To herself)

What was I supposed to do? There was a jump there, but if I got any closer, I would've run him over.

JILL

Lillie, I like the way he's moving. You have a really good pace, there. Good job.

(To Christina)

Christina, remember to keep your heels down and look straight ahead.

INT. BARN – OFFICE – EVENING

ERIKA

Lillie's really good.

CASSIDY

Yeah, she is. She's doing the best out of all four of them. If they're not careful, Sam and Chris are gonna lose their reputation.

ERIKA

Yup.

INT. BARN – INDOOR RING – EVENING

JILL

Okay, everyone. Prepare to canter. And… canter!

The four riders ask their horses to canter. Colonel picks up his canter right away. Dante does too. Jesse runs at a trot for four or five steps before cantering as well. Norm is still trotting.

JILL

Okay… good, Lillie. Nice canter. Christina, you're on the wrong lead. Fix it. Samantha, that wasn't a very good transition, and now your canter is really runny. Annabelle, what are you doing? You're supposed to be cantering. Come on, people!

The riders all fix their canters and they are all cantering nicely around the ring. As Lillie and Colonel come around a corner, Colonel breaks gait.

SAMANTHA

Ha!

(After a pause)

Oh, come on! Jill sees everything bad that we do, but the one time Lillie does something bad, she misses it. That's screwed up!

JILL

And t-r-o-t, please.

Everyone comes down to a trot.

JILL

And just relax for a minute.

(Toward the door)

Jump crew!

Cassidy and Erika run into the ring along with AMANDA CORNELL (15). Amanda is tall, with straight, short blondish hair.

They set up a jump course in the ring at Jill's direction.

The riders begin †rotting again and they come up over a small CROSS-RAIL.

JILL

(After a minute)

Okay everyone. Good. Line up at B, facing the office.

They line up, Lillie first, then Christina, then Samantha, then Annabelle.

JILL

Okay, come up over the X, then the outside line, then the bending line.

Lillie trots, and then canters.

SAMANTHA

(To Christina)

I bet she's never even done a bending line before.

CHRISTINA

I wonder…

The two girls watch intently.

Lillie jumps a clean course, only drifting a little too far over in the bending line.

JILL

Nice course. Nicely ridden, Lillie.

CHRISTINA

(Irritated)

Meh…

SAMANTHA

(To Christina with a thumbs up)

Good luck!

Christina rides a pretty good course, only breaking gait a few times.

SAMANTHA

(With another thumbs up)

Good job!

CHRISTINA

Good luck!

Samantha picks up her canter, and jumps the X at a nice pace. Jesse picks up speed a little bit after, but jumps the OUTSIDE LINE a little fast. Jesse drifts to the left really far after the second jump.

Samantha tries to straighten him out but it's too late. She turns him for the bending line, and barely gets over the first jump. Jesse heads toward the next jump, but he isn't straight enough. He swerves away from the jump, but Samantha flies off over his head, and lands two yards away on the other side of the jump.

JILL

Samantha!

CHRISTINA

Oh my god.

LILLIE

Are you alright?

Samantha lies still and doesn't respond.

END OF ACT TWO

Act Three

Cold Open:

INT. SCHOOL – CLASSROOM – DAY

Samantha is sitting at a desk with her friend ARIELLA (14). Her arm is in a cast.

Lillie comes running in. She comes over to Samantha.

LILLIE

Are you okay? That was a horrible fall.

SAMANTHA

Well, I have a broken arm, and won't be riding for at least a month.

LILLIE

Oh, that sucks.

SAMANTHA

(Awkwardly)

Yup…

BOY # 1

How can you even do that on a horse? All you do is walk around on the horse's back.

Samantha stands up and tries to move her arm, but she grabs it and sits back down in pain.

LILLIE

(To Boy # 1)

How many times have I told you, Peter? You don't just sit there! There's a lot of physical activity. Samantha here tried to jump a huge jump, and ended up on her head!

SAMANTHA

(To herself, annoyed)

Thanks for making me look like an idiot.

BOY # 2

Horseback riding is just stupid.

LILLIE

You're stupid!

Lillie slaps Boy # 2. He staggers back in surprise.

Boy # 1 and Boy # 2

Ms. Anderson…!

Lillie grabs Samantha's arm.

LILLIE

We should get out of here.

SAMANTHA

Ohhhh yeah.

They get up and run out of the classroom.

INT. SCHOOL – BATHROOM – DAY

SAMANTHA

Well, um… thanks for that back in there.

LILLIE

No problem.

SAMANTHA

… Although you didn't need to slap him.

LILLIE

Yeah I did. He's had it a long time coming.

SAMANTHA

Good thing Ms. Anderson didn't see.

LILLIE

Yeah, she'd be REALLY mad.

SAMANTHA

Not at you. She loves you.

LILLIE

Are you kidding me? She hates me.

SAMANTHA

Well, she hates me too, so I guess we're in the same boat.

LILLIE

Yeah, I guess we are.

SAMANTHA

Well, we'd better get back to homeroom to see if we've gotten in trouble yet.

The two girls walk out of the bathroom, into the hallway, and back to the classroom.

INT. SCHOOL – CLASSROOM – DAY

LIZA DEPINNA (14) runs into homeroom. She is Chinese, and she's wearing a Sycamore Riding School t-shirt.

She comes over to Lillie, and begins talking excitedly.

LIZA

Lillie, guess what, guess what!

LILLIE

What?

SAMANTHA

Later.

She walks away to go sit with Ariella.

LIZA

I'm moving into your lesson!

LILLIE

Really? That's so awesome!

LIZA

I know! I'm so excited!

LILLIE

You're totally better than that 5:15 class. I don't know why Jill didn't move you earlier.

LIZA

Well, I'm glad to be there now.

LILLIE

Do you know if you start this week, or at the beginning of the new session?

LIZA

You know, I'm not sure.

LILLIE

You can probably start this Friday, because Samantha fell off and broke her arm, so she won't be riding for a month. By then it'll be the next session.

LIZA

She broke her arm?

Liza runs over to Samantha.

LIZA

Oh, my gosh, are you okay? What happened?

SAMANTHA

I fell off of Jesse very violently while jumping.

LIZA

Oh, that sucks.

SAMANTHA

Yup…

LIZA

When will you be able to ride again?

SAMANTHA

The doctors aren't sure yet. Maybe a month?

LIZA

Will you still come to the barn to watch?

SAMANTHA

Watch? I'll be working! Do you think I'm going to try to find someone to work for me?

LIZA

(With a laugh)

No, I guess not.

Just then, the BELL RINGS and everyone gets up and runs to the door.

FADE IN:

INT. SCHOOL – BATHROOM – DAY

On Friday, Samantha is in one of the STALLS; you can see her RIDING BOOTS under the DOOR. You can also see another pair of RIDING BOOTS under the DOOR beside her.

SAMANTHA

Who's putting on half-chaps over there?

LIZA

(With a laugh)

Hi!

SAMANTHA

I thought it was you. But I was also thinking that it may have been Ana.

Liza comes out of the STALL.

LIZA

She's in seventh grade, right?

SAMANTHA

Yeah.

LIZA

Does she ride English or Western?

SAMANTHA

English.

LIZA

Good. You know, we should start a horseback riding club at school.

SAMANTHA

Dude yeah! We would just meet- everyone in the middle school who horseback rides- and just talk about horses. That'd be SO COOL!

LIZA

Yeah. We totally need to do that next year.

Samantha comes out of her STALL.

They walk out of the BATHROOM and go to their LOCKERS.

INT. SCHOOL – HALLWAY – DAY

HARRY VANDERHOFF (14) walks up to them as they're packing up. He looks at their riding clothes.

HARRY

Going riding?

LIZA

Yeah.

SAMANTHA

Not me.

She holds up her broken arm.

HARRY

Me too. Riding, I mean. Not the broken arm. Okay, I have the funniest story. So, the other day, Arthur was asking me what kind of horseback riding I do. I said, "The kind where you jump over shit". I didn't know that Mrs. Gilbert was listening until after. So today, Mr. Moon was like "What kind of horseback riding do you do?" and Mrs. Gilbert was like, "Yes, Harry. Why don't you tell Mr. Moon what kind of horseback riding you do?"

Samantha bursts out laughing.

LIZA

Wow, Harry.

SAMANTHA

Oh my God that's the funniest thing I've ever heard. And I've heard a lot of funny things.

HARRY

Yeah, it was pretty crazy.

He waves goodbye and walks off.

SAMANTHA

(To Liza)

So, see you later?

LIZA

See ya!

Liza walks one way, and Samantha walks another.

FADE IN:

EXT. BARN – WASH STALL – 3:00

CASSIDY, ERIKA and ANNABELLE are washing brushes in the WASH STALL outside.

ERIKA

So, do you think Samantha actually got someone to work for her?

CASSIDY

Nope.

ERIKA

Really? I'm sure she did.

CASSIDY

Five bucks.

ERIKA

Okay. You're on.

ANNABELLE

I guess she won't be riding, then?

CASSIDY

I would think not.

ANNABELLE

Well, she's on the list.

CASSIDY

Oh, Jill must've forgotten. Erika-

ERIKA

Do you want me to cross her off the list?

CASSIDY

Yes, please.

Erika runs into the barn.

As she comes out, a CAR pulls up. Samantha jumps out.

SAMANTHA

Bye, mum!

Samantha runs over to the WASH STALL.

CASSIDY

Samantha!

ERIKA

We didn't realize that you were coming.

CASSIDY

Erika and I had a bet on if you would get someone to work for you.

SAMANTHA

Well, I didn't need to. I'm gonna work.

CASSIDY

I win!

ERIKA

No you don't.

CASSIDY

Yes, I do. I said that she wouldn't get someone to work for her.

ERIKA

Yes, but you were implying that she wouldn't show up at all.

ANNABELLE

How about this bet is called off?

SAMANTHA

Yes. I like that idea. Besides, we should start doing stuff. It's going to take me a long time with only one hand.

CASSIDSY

We have a lot of stuff to do. We're gonna be here until like, 10:00.

SAMANTHA

It's a good thing I taped Phineas and Ferb.

Cassidy and Erika start laughing.

ERIKA

You watch Phineas and Ferb?

CASSIDY

That's the funniest thing I've ever heard you say.

SAMANTHA

(Sarcastically)

Glad you think so.

CASSIDY

No, really.

SAMANTHA

Whatever you say, boss.

END OF ACT THREE

ACT FOUR

COLD OPEN:

INT. BARN – DAY

Samantha, Erika and Annabelle are doing water buckets. Erika is pushing the WHEELBARROW, Annabelle is holding the HOSE, and Samantha has a SCRUBBY, and is cleaning out a WATER BUCKET.

Annabelle fills the last BUCKET.

CASSIDY

Okay, we need to rake and sweep.

SAMANTHA

Look what I can do!

She grabs a BROOM and balances it on her cast. It stays there for a minute but quickly falls off.

ERIKA

I can do that!

She picks up the broom and balances it for a bit longer.

SAMANTHA

I can do it for that long. It's just this stupid cast.

She bangs her casted arm on PT'S DOOR, making him jump back.

SAMANTHA

Ow.

CASSIDY

That was stupid.

ERIKA

Yeah, why did you do that?

SAMANTHA

You know, I'm really not sure.

CASSIDY

Okay, well… be careful. Don't hurt yourself.

ERIKA

Should I not hurt myself too?

CASSIDY

No… you can hurt yourself.

ERIKA

Awwww.

Annabelle walks over to them.

ANNABELLE

Do I even want to know?

SAMANTHA

No. No you don't.

ANNABELLE

Okay then.

A boy, PHILBERT KOLENKHOV (14) comes running into the barn. He is pretending to canter.

PHILBERT

I'm riding Pegasus!

ERIKA

Um… no, Philbert. You're not.

PHILBERT

Yeah, I am! Look!

Philbert runs outside, jumps really high, and comes down, tripping and falling in a puddle.

Samantha and Cassidy start laughing really hard. Erika just looks embarrassed.

ERIKA

And now you've met my cousin, Philbert.

(To Philbert)

Where's your mom?

PHILBERT

(In a British accent)

Dear mums is out in the car, love.

ERIKA

Oh, my God. Go away.

PHILBERT

Make me.

Erika grabs Philbert's arm and marches him to the CAR.

EXT. BARN - DAY

PHILBERT

Aww, you made me.

Erika slams the CAR DOOR.

She walks back into the BARN.

INT. BARN – DAY

ERIKA

I'm sorry you had to see that.

SAMANTHA

Not at all.

CASSIDY

It's fine.

ANNABELLE

Yeah.

ERIKA

Okay, then.

Samantha pulls her PHONE out of her pocket.

SAMANTHA

Cassidy, did I show you the picture of the Albino squirrel?

CASSIDY

No!

SAMANTHA

Here.

She shows Cassidy a picture of an Albino squirrel on her PHONE.

CASSIDY

That is so weird.

SAMANTHA

I know. Isn't it cool?

CASSIDY

I want one!

SAMANTHA

(Skeptically)

Really?

CASSIDY

Yeah. I would take it outside and beat it to death!

ANNABELLE

Isn't it already dead?

CASSIDY

Not if it's alive!

ERIKA

I don't think that's what you should do to the poor squirrel.

SAMANTHA

Yeah. You're supposed to stuff it and hang it on your wall!

Exasperated look from Erika.

SAMANTHA

What? I'm just saying!

CASSIDY

I want to hang it on my wall.

SAMANTHA

Well, I can text you the picture. Will that do?

CASSIDY

Yeah, sure.

As Samantha texts the picture, she tilts her head like she's listening to the music playing through the stereo.

SAMANTHA

This music is terrible.

CASSIDY

I know.

ERIKA

Who set it to this station?

CASSIDY

David.

SAMANTHA

Aww. Now we can't change it.

CASSIDY

I'm going to lunge Jazz. Does anyone want to learn? Anyone?

ERIKA

I will!

SAMANTHA

I would, but…

She holds up her arm.

CASSIDY

Okay, let's go.

FADE IN:

EXT. BARN – OUTDOOR RING – DAY

Erika and Cassidy are standing in the OUTDOOR RING.

Cassidy is holding JAZZ. She clips on the LUNGE LINE and moves Jazz away from her into a circle.

CASSIDY

You want her to be walking in a circle, not an oval. That's important. And you want to keep an even and forward pace.

Erika walks behind her.

CASSIDY

Good. Stay behind me. You don't want to get caught in the lunge line.

ERIKA

Okay.

CASSIDY

Okay. Now, you're gonna want to hold the lunge whip, and flick it at her if you need to, but don't touch her.

ERIKA

Makes sense.

CASSIDY

Okay, Jazz. Trot! Come on! Trot!

Jazz starts trotting. She goes around a few times, and then stops.

Cassidy puts the LUNGE LINE on the other side of Jazz's HALTER and hands the LUNGE LINE to Erika.

CASSIDY

Okay. Your turn.

Erika flicks the LUNGE WHIP at Jazz to make her go out, and she guides her in a circle.

CASSIDY

Good. There you go. Now ask her to trot.

ERIKA

Okay. Trot, Jazz. TROT JAZZ!

CASSIDY

You have to speak in a higher pitched voice. A low voice tells her to slow down.

ERIKA

Oh, okay.

(In a high voice)

Trot, Jazz.

Jazz trots.

ERIKA

Good girl!

CASSIDY

Remember… high voice.

ERIKA

(In a high voice)

Good girl, Jazz!

FADE IN:

INT. BARN – MIDDLE AISLE - DAY

The girls are standing in the MIDDLE AISLE by the BOARD.
They hear CHEROKEE (O.S.) kicking his STALL DOOR.

CASSIDY

NO‼!

She DASHES to CHEROKEE'S STALL. The others follow. Cassidy squirts Cherokee in the face with a WATER GUN hanging from his STALL DOOR.

CASSIDY

Ha.

ERIKA

You really enjoy that, don't you?

CASSIDY

It's my hobby.

ERIKA

People have really weird hobbies, don't they?

ANNABELLE

Yeah. My grandfather raises orchids, just for the heck of it.

SAMANTHA

(In a thick Russian Accent)

In my opinion, a hobby should include both the body, AND the mind! The Romans were great people. Why? What was their hobby? Wrestling!

Samantha grins triumphantly.

SAMANTHA

Ha!

ERIKA

Um… what?

CASSIDY

I'm just going to pretend that didn't happen.

SAMANTHA

Oh come on! Haven't any of you seen "You Can't Take it with You"? Really? Wow. Anyway, there's this great character, a Russian guy. Best line ever:

(In a Russian accent)

"What did I do that was so terrible? I merely threw him on the floor, I did not kill him!"

(Without the accent)

So good!

ERIKA

Okay…

CASSIDY

Well then.

They walk back to the BOARD. Samantha picks up a MARKER, and writes: "I am the all-powerful Jesse rider".

ERIKA

Wow.

SAMANTHA

Well, it's true.

ERIKA

Yeah, but…

Just then, Christina comes running into the barn and she glomps Samantha.

CHRISTINA

How's your arm?

SAMANTHA

Still broken.

CHRISTINA

Aww.

SAMANTHA

I bet it's worse for me than for you.

CHRISTINA

Wanna bet?

SAMANTHA

SAMANTHA

Yeah. One Galleon.

CHRISTINA

I don't have any.

SAMANTHA

Okay. I need to give you one. Anyway… One dollar.

CHRISTINA

I don't have any of those either.

SAMANTHA

You're not getting a dollar.

CHRISTINA

Aww.

SAMANTHA

Okay, so… what are we betting?

CHRISTINA

I don't know.

SAMANTHA

Okay, this isn't working out. Bet's off.

CHRISTINA

So I win?

SAMANTHA

No.

CHRISTINA

What were we even betting on?

SAMANTHA

I don't remember.

CASSIDY

Okay, we need to throw hay.

ERIKA

I'll throw with Cassidy!

ANNABELLE

Me too, I guess.

SAMANTHA

I guess I'm catching.

(To Christina)

You can help me.

CHRISTINA

Who, me?

SAMANTHA

Yeah, you. Come on.

Cassidy, Erika, and Annabelle go up to the HAYLOFT. Their footsteps and voices are heard from above.

CASSIDY (O.S.)

How many bales are there?

SAMANTHA

(Counting)

One, two, three, four, five… Five!

CASSIDY (O.S.)

Okay.

ERIKA (O.S.)

Heads up, throwing hay!

A BALE OF HAY drops down from above. Samantha runs to get it. She picks it up and drags it back to the middle aisle.

CASSIDY

Heads up, throwing hay!

Another BALE OF HAY falls.

MONTAGE:

- A BALE OF HAY falls, Samantha runs out to grab it. She lifts it and then drops it.

- A BALE OF HAY falls, Samantha runs to get it, and jumps back because it lands on her foot.

- A BALE OF HAY falls, Samantha and Christina both run to get it.

- A BALE OF HAY falls, Samantha grabs it, and the string breaks.

- BALES stack up quickly on the PILE. There are now five rows.

END MONTAGE

CASSIDY

Heads up, throwing hay!

She throws a bale. Samantha runs to get it.

CASSIDY

Heads up, throwing phone!

Cassidy's CELL PHONE falls from above. Samantha jumps backward.

SAMANTHA

What was that for?

CASSIDY

I don't know. Did it break?

SAMANTHA

No.

CASSIDY

Aww.

END OF ACT FOUR

ACT FIVE

COLD OPEN:

EXT. BARN - HILL - DAY

Samantha, Cassidy, Erika, Annabelle, Christina and Amanda sit on the HILL outside.

AMANDA

The 6:15 lesson's getting a bit crowded, isn't it?

SAMANTHA

Yeah, a bit.

CHRISTINA

(To Samantha)

Well, you're not riding, so that's one less person.

SAMANTHA

Oh, thanks.

CHRISTINA

Just saying.

Liza walks over to them with Lillie.

LIZA

Hi!

SAMANTHA

Hey!

CHRISTINA

(To Liza)

Can I call you "Small Child"?

SAMANTHA

Why?

LIZA

Um... sure.

CHRISTINA

Or how about "Mini"? Like Minnie McGonagall?

Samantha starts laughing really hard. Everyone else stares.

LILLIE

(To Liza)

We should go see who we're riding.

CHRISTINA

(To Lillie in a stage whisper)

You're here?

SAMANTHA

(To Liza)

You're on Tye, of course.

Lillie hesitates for a minute, then runs to the BARN.

CHRISTINA

(Grabbing Samantha's arm)

Come here.

Samantha and Christina step away from the group.

CHRISTINA

This is terrible. It's like she's taking over the lesson.

SAMANTHA

I know. We have to do something.

CHRISTINA

Well... Sabotage.

SAMANTHA

I like it.

CHRISTINA

Okay, so-

Lillie comes dashing back to the hill.

LILLIE

Guess what?

LIZA, CASSIDY, ERIKA, ANNABELLE, and AMANDA

What?

LILLIE

I'm riding Jesse!

SAMANTHA and CHRISTINA

What?

SAMANTHA

(Aside to Christina)

We have to do something.

CHRISTINA

Let's go.

They run back to the barn.

INT. BARN - TACK ROOM - DAY

Samantha and Christina stand in the TACK ROOM. Samantha takes Jesse's MARTINGALE and puts it on the floor, BEHIND a BOX.

CHRISTINA

Did Annabelle forget it?

SAMANTHA

Yup.

CHRISTINA

Perfect. What else?

SAMANTHA

Polos.

They run to JESSE'S STALL.

INT. BARN - JESSE'S STALL - DAY

Samantha undoes Jesse's POLOS, and puts them back on sloppily.

CHRISTINA

Who are we sabotaging, Lillie or Annabelle?

SAMANTHA

Lillie, stupid. If we do this, she'll have to deal with the consequences.

CHRISTINA

Stupid's a mean word.

SAMANTHA

Oh, get over it. You call me stupid every day.

CHRISTINA

Do not!

SAMANTHA

Do too! Anyway, the last thing we'll do is undo her reins... not a big thing, but every bit counts.

She undoes the REINS on JESSE'S BRIDLE hanging on the STALL DOOR.

SAMANTHA

Oh, and we can make the headpiece and noseband all crooked. Then not be around here when she bridles.

CHRISTINA

Sounds good. And speaking of bridling, here they come now. I gotta go.

Samantha and Christina run off in their separate directions. Lillie walks over to JESSE'S STALL.

Lillie grabs the BRIDLE off of the DOOR and tries to put it on Jesse. She sees that it is crooked and tries to fix it. It doesn't work.

LILLIE

Erika? Cassidy?

ERIKA (O.S.)

Yeah?

Erika runs over to Lillie.

LILLIE

Can you help me with this?

She holds up the BRIDLE.

ERIKA

Oh my.

Erika takes the BRIDLE and straightens it out.

ERIKA

Here you go.

She hands the BRIDLE back to Lillie.

LILLIE

Thank you.

ERIKA

No problem.

Erika walks away, and Lillie leads Jesse into the RING.

Lillie gets up on Jesse, and she starts to do her STIRRUPS. Jill walks over to her.

JILL

Are you forgetting something?

LILLIE

(Looking around)

I don't think so...

JILL

You don't have your martingale.

LILLIE

Oh. I um... I didn't tack him.

JILL

Well, you always want to check what those fools in the barn did. Do you know who tacked him?

LILLIE

Um... no.

JILL

(Calling to the barn)

Cass? Cassidy?

A pause, and then Cassidy and Samantha run out of the barn.

CASSIDY

Yeah?

Samantha runs into the BATHROOM to hide.

JILL

Who tacked Jesse?

CASSIDY

I think Annabelle did.

JILL

Well, she forgot his martingale. Can you go get it?

CASSIDY

Sure.

Cassidy runs back to the barn.

INT. BARN - TACK ROOM - DAY

Cassidy goes to Jesse's BRIDLE RACK, but the bridle isn't there. She looks on the OTHER RACKS, but doesn't find it there either.

Cassidy hurries out of the TACK ROOM to where Erika is sitting.

INT. BARN - OFFICE - DAY

CASSIDY

Erika, have you seen Jesse's martingale?

ERIKA

No, is it missing?

CASSIDY

Yeah.

ERIKA

Did you look in the tack room already?

CASSIDY

Yes.

ERIKA

Can I go look again?

CASSIDY

Go for it.

Erika gets up and runs to the TACK ROOM, followed by Cassidy.

INT. BARN - TACK ROOM - DAY
Erika looks around the TACK ROOM again. She looks on the FLOOR, and behind the DOOR. She looks inside the BOX that the MARTINGALE is behind. Finally, she looks behind it, and holds up the MARTINGALE.

ERIKA

Here it is!

CASSIDY

How did it get back there?

ERIKA

Who knows?

They walk outside to the RING.

EXT. BARN - OUTDOOR RING - DAY

ERIKA

Here, Jill.

JILL

Thanks. What took so long?

Erika walks over to Lillie.

ERIKA

Here, get off so we can put this on.

LILLIE

Okay.

She dismounts.

CASSIDY

(To Jill)

It was shoved behind a box.

JILL

I wonder how it got there.

CASSIDY

I have no idea.

Erika puts the martingale over Jesse's head. She reattaches the GIRTH and attaches the STRAPS to the SADDLE.

ERIKA

Okay, get back up now.

LILLIE

Thank you.

Lillie walks Jesse to the MOUNTING BLOCK and gets back on. She trots out to the edge to join the rest of the lesson.

Samantha walks down to the ring, lazily.

SAMANTHA

What did I miss?

CASSIDY

Where were you?

SAMANTHA

Bathroom.

ERIKA

Lillie didn't have her martingale, but we couldn't find it. It took like, ten minutes.

SAMANTHA

(Holding back a grin)

Is that so?

Christina starts laughing on the other side of the ring.

As Lillie and Jesse circle through the ring, Jesse stumbles over a loose POLO.

Samantha takes an unnoticeable step back.

ERIKA

(To Lillie)

Hang on, I have to fix your polos!

Lillie and Jesse halt, and Erika bends down to fix the polos. She pulls them both off, because they're completely dragging on the ground.

She then rolls them again, using Samantha's CAST as a polo rest.

Then she puts them back on Jesse.

ERIKA

Okay, now you're good.

Lillie and Jesse trot off again.

Samantha skips back to the barn.

FADE IN:

INT. BARN - DANTE'S STALL- 7:15

Samantha and Christina are standing by DANTE'S STALL.

CHRISTINA

Did you see her face when the lesson was over? She was all like "Oooo my lesson sucked", and I was all like "That's what you get for coming in here and stealing the spotlight."

SAMANTHA

Yeah, and she comes in here all in a huff, and I'm like "U mad bro?"

CHRISTINA

(With a laugh)

Yes, Samantha. I'm sure you said "U mad bro?".

SAMANTHA

Well, I thought it anyway.

CHRISTINA

Yeah, right. Do you have any pickles?

SAMANTHA

I did but I ate them all.

CHRISTINA

Meanie.

SAMANTHA

How is eating my own dinner mean?

CHRISTINA

Because you didn't give me any pickles.

SAMANTHA

Right.

Christina comes out of Dante's STALL and shuts the DOOR behind her.

CHRISTINA

Where's Erika?

SAMANTHA

Outside doing jump crew. One of the advantages to this cast. Why?

CHRISTINA

Because I don't want anyone to chastise me for doing this!

Christina runs into the INDOOR RING, which has the lights on. She runs up to a JUMP and hops over it. She continues this.

In the aisle, Erika comes up toward Samantha.

SAMANTHA

(Trying to distract her)

How's life?

ERIKA

Very good, thank you. How's your life?

SAMANTHA

(Thinking quickly)

Pretty bad, actually.

ERIKA

Oh no! Why?

SAMANTHA

I recently passed away.

ERIKA

WHO passed away?

SAMANTHA

Me.

ERIKA

Okay then.

SAMANTHA

And now you say "When did you die?" And I say "Last night, I believe."

ERIKA

That's nice.

Then, Christina walks out of the INDOOR RING.

She comes over to Erika and Samantha.

CHRISTINA

So, how's life?

Erika and Samantha face palm. Then Erika walks away.

SAMANTHA

(To Christina)

You need to sleep over tonight.

CHRISTINA

Yeah! We haven't watched Titanic in a while!

SAMANTHA

Yeah, like last Friday nights is so long ago.

CHRISTINA

Actually, we watched it Saturday morning too.

SAMANTHA

Right. I totally forgot.

CHRISTINA

Shall we go ask?

SAMANTHA

Yes, let's.

They link arms and walk into the OFFICE where their mothers are.

INT. BARN - OFFICE - NIGHT

SAMANTHA

(In a singsong voice)

Oh, Mother..

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER (50s)turns around. She has short gray hair and READING GLASSES on. In her hand is a GARDENING MAGAZINE.

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

Oh, hi.

CHRISTINA'S MOTHER (40s)turns around too.

CHRISTINA'S MOTHER

Hey, Samantha. How was your lesson, Chris?

CHRISTINA

Very good.

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

Good.

CHRISTINA'S MOTHER

What do you need?

SAMANTHA

(To her mother)

We were wondering if Chris can sleep over tonight...

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

I don't know... your room's such a mess.

SAMANTHA

Christina will help clean it if you want.

CHRISTINA

I'm not cleaning your room!

SAMANTHA

You are if you want to see Fabrizio.

CHRISTINA

Fabrizio!

SAMANTHA

(To her mother)

Besides, we're just going to sleep on the couch a watch Titanic.

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

You're going to watch Titanic again?

SAMANTHA

(Exasperated)

Where do you think Fabrizio is from?

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

Oh, I thought he was some character from Harry Potter. The name I guess.

CHRISTINA

His name's not weird, it's Italian.

CHRISTINA'S MOTHER

Yeah, Sheree. Get it right.

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

Oh... alright. You can sleep over.

CHRISINA

Yes!

SAMANTHA

Yay!

The two girls run out of the OFFICE.

INT. BARN - NIGHT

Samantha walks up to Erika, who is haying.

SAMANTHA

Did you do the other side?

ERIKA

No, not yet.

SAMANTHA

I'll do it.

ERIKA

Awesome.

Samantha and Christina walk to the other side of the BARN.

Samantha grabs two flakes of hay and carries them to Jesse and Tye's STALLS.

Christina also takes two flakes.

Samantha throws one FLAKE into Tye's stall, and the other FLAKE into Jesse'.

Christina put her first FLAKE in Colonel's stall. The other goes into Dante's.

SAMANTHA

How many more?

CHRISTINA

Four.

The girls go back and each grab two more FLAKES. Samantha puts hers in Ivy and Bruno's STALLS.

Christina's go in Cherokee and Tripp's STALLS.

SAMANTHA

Oh good, we're done with that.

CHRISTINA

How much more is there?

SAMANTHA

Um... I'm not sure.

They walk over to Erika.

SAMANTHA

Is there anything else?

ERIKA

Can you shut the windows on that side?

She points to the opposite side.

SAMANTHA

(With a fake smile)

I hate having her tell me what to do.

CHRISTINA

I have an idea. Yo go shut the windows... then meet me in the grooming stall. Quickly!

Samantha looks skeptically at her and walks away. Christina runs over to the GROOMING STALL.

- GROOMING STALL - NIGHT

Christina crouch down beneath the WINDOW in the GROOMING STALL. Erika's footsteps are heard outside.
Samantha runs up breathless.

SAMANTHA

What are you doing?

CHRISTINA

(In a whisper)

Shhh, here she comes! Get down!

SAMANTHA

(Sitting down)

Ohhhh...

Erika walks up t the GROOMING STALL WINDOW.

Samantha an Christina jump up.

SAMANTHA and CHRISTINA

Hi!

Erika jumps back in surprise.

ERIKA

Oh my god!

SAMANTHA

Ha.

END OF ACT FIVE

ACT SIX

COLD OPEN:

'S HOUSE - NIGHT

Samantha and Christina are lying on Samantha's COUCH in her LIVING ROOM watching "Titanic". On the TABLE in front of them is a SCRABBLE GAME.

Samantha picks up the REMOTE and turns up the volume.

SAMANTHA

Do you want anything to drink?

CHRISTINA

Why are you even asking?

SAMANTHA

You're right.

She gets up and walks into the KITCHEN. She takes two CUPS out of the CABINET and carries them to the FRIDGE.

She opens the FRIDGE and takes out the BOTTLE OF APPLE JUICE.

She then pours two glasses of apple juice.

Samantha carries the GLASSES to the LIVING ROOM

SAMANTHA

Here you go.

She hands the CUP to Christina.

CHRISTINA

Thank you!

SAMANTHA

Remember that time when my dad asked you what you wanted to drink?

CHRISTINA

Oh, that was so funny. You're dad is such a joker.

SAMANTHA

I know, right?

CHRISTINA

(Motioning to the TV)

Can you believe that we're two hours into this movie, and they haven't even hit the freaking iceberg yet?

SAMANTHA

I know. But are you really surprised? It's not like we didn't already know about that.

CHRISTINA

Exactly. We've already suffered through Jack and Rose tens of times. We don't need to see them anymore.

(Fingering a SCRABBLE LETTER)

We should make a Titanic monopoly.

SAMANTHA

That would be so much fun. But for now, we should play Titanic Scrabble!

CHRISTINA

Oh, yeah. You have to use key words from Titanic.

SAMANTHA

Are names allowed?

CHRISTINA

Sure.

SAMANTHA

Awesome.

Christina pushes the LETTERS off of the SCRABBLE BOARD.

Samantha sets up the LETTER HOLDERS and the LETTERS.

SAMANTHA

So-

A crash is heard on the TV

CHRISTINA

Did we decide that he died when he hit the propeller or the water?

SAMANTHA

Propeller, definitely.

CHRISTINA

Right.

The girls look at the BOARD.

SAMANTHA

Here, let me go first.

She puts down her LETTERS to spell out "BRUCE".

CHRISTINA

Was it YOU Bruce?

SAMANTHA

Et tu, Brute?

CHRISTINA

What?

SAMANTHA

It means "And you, Brutus" in Latin. Almost the same thing.

CHRISTINA

Oh.

SAMANTHA

My turn again!

(She looks at her LETTERS and sees nothing.

(In an Italian accent)

Niente.

CHRISTINA

My turn! Yay!

Christina's letters spell out "BASTARDO".

SAMANTHA

(In an Italian accent)

Tommy, no! Bastardo!

(Regular accent)

I've always wanted to do that.

Christina looks at her letters but also has nothing else.

CHRISTINA

(In the Italian accent)

Niente.

(Regular accent)

This game is stupid. I'm bored.

SAMANTHA

You think every game is stupid.

CHRISTINA

That is because every game bores me.

SAMANTHA

Then let's try something else. How about… we just take all of the letters and spell out as many Titanic words as we can?

CHRISTINA

Sounds good.

Together the two girls put down letters.

The BOARD spells out these words: NORM, MOLLY, TOMMY, TITANIC, FRABRIZIO, RYAN, BROWN, BRUCE, MURDOCH, JULIET, ROSE, SHIP, ISSAC, DANTE, BASTARDO, CALEDON, HELGA, ADELE, DAWSON, SINKING, ICEBERG, CAPTAIN, CATS, TURCOTTE, MR. TURCOTTE, and ANGELO.

SAMANTHA

Looks good.

CHRISTINA

I wish we could keep it.

SAMANTHA

I'll take a picture and send it to you.

CHRISTINA

Okay.

Samantha takes out her CELL PHONE and takes a picture of the BOARD.

A second later, Christina's PHONE beeps.

Christina looks at her PHONE.

CHRISTINA

Got it.

SAMANTHA

(Lying down)

So, what to do with Lillie next week?

CHRISTINA

I don't know. If we keep doing what we're doing, she's going to realize that someone's pranking her.

SAMANTHA

Right. So we need a new plan.

CHRISTINA

Oh! Oh! Oh! We could switch the horse she's on so that Jill will get mad at her!

SAMANTHA

No. Someone's going to notice that the horse was switched, and not in Jill's handwriting.

CHRISTINA

I hate it when you're right.

Samantha tosses her hair proudly.

Christina stares at her.

CHRISTINA

What are you doing?

SAMANTHA

Gloating for being right.

Samantha's mother walks into the room.

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

Are you girls okay?

SAMANTHA

Yes, mother.

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

Are you going to bed soon?

SAMANTHA

Yes mother.

SAMANTHA'S MOTHER

Will you remember to wash your face and brush your teeth?

SAMANTHA

YES, mother!

Samantha's mother walks away.

SAMANTHA

(So only Christina can hear)

NO, mother.

Christina gets up with her APPLE JUICE CUP.

CHRISTINA

I want more apple juice.

SAMANTHA

Get it yourself. You know where it is.

Christina gets up and walks toward the KITCHEN, pouting.

A minute or two later, she comes back, but trips over the LEG OF A CHAIR and falls over, spilling her APPLE JUICE.

Christina sits on her butt and looks at the APPLE JUICE.

SAMANTHA

(Teasingly)

Christina! What did I tell you about peeing on the floor? Either use the toilet or I'm getting you a diaper.

Christina stares in despair at her JUICE.

CHRISTINA

(With a reddening face)

I spilled my juice… and my foot hurts, and my juice is all gone!

It appears that Christina is crying.

SAMANTHA

Are you… crying?

CHRISTINA

I'm not crying; I'm whining. There's a difference!

SAMANTHA

Oh, like that's so much better.

CHRISTINA

Shut up!

SAMANTHA

Here.

(She helps Christina to her feet)

You go get some paper towels, and I'll pour us some more apple juice.

CHRISTINA

Okay.

They both walk into the KITCHEN. Christina walks over to the sink, and Samantha goes to the FRIDGE and pours two more GLASSES OF APPLE JUICE.

SAMANTHA

(Once Christina is done)

Here you go.

She hands the APPLE JUICE to Christina.

CHRISTINA

We played this really fun game in drama today. It was called "Say a Random Phrase". Wanna play?

SAMANTHA

Sure. How do we play?

CHRISTINA

I say a phrase, and you say the first phrase that comes to mind. It doesn't have to be related. Afterword, we write a story with the phrases.

SAMANTHA

Sounds fun. You start.

CHRISTINA

Okay… It's never too early for Pita.

SAMANTHA

Cucumbers have feelings too.

CHRISTINA

Behold the power of the all-mighty light bulb!

SAMANTHA

Did you know that the little dot above the "i" is called a tittle?

CHRISTINA

You make me sick!

SAMANTHA

If you took a shower every day, this wouldn't have happened!

Both girls start laughing really hard.

CHRISTINA

I think you've got it.

SAMANTHA

You're not too bad yourself. But do we have to write a story.

CHRISTINA

No. Of course not.

SAMANTHA

Oh good. I really don't think that could work.

SAMANTHA

What did one lawyer say to the other lawyer?

CHRISTINA

What?

SAMANTHA

Hey! We're both lawyers!

CHRISTINA

That's a dumb joke.

SAMANTHA

I know. It's called an anti-joke.

CHRISTINA

I can see why. What did the injured cat say?

SAMANTHA

Me-OW.

CHRISTINA

Aww. Knock, knock.

SAMANTHA

Who's there?

CHRISTINA

Cargo.

SAMANTHA

Car go beep, beep.

CHRISTINA

No, you're supposed to say-

SAMANTHA

I know what I'm supposed to say, but I know the joke.

CHRISTINA

(Distracted by the movie)

Die Jack, die! Anyway- What do you mean it's so cold? He's the one in the freaking water, not you!

SAMANTHA

Yeah, really. "It's so cold Jack!" I bet he's colder than you!

CHRISTINA

So when can you ride again?

SAMANTHA

Not for like, three more weeks at the least.

CHRISTINA

That must really suck.

SAMANTHA

You have no idea.

FADE IN:

INT. SAMANTHA'S HOUSE – LIVING ROOM – NIGHT

The girls are lying on the couch, which is pulled out to its futon form.

Samantha rolls over and looks at Christina.

SAMANTHA

Wanna watch Disney Channel?

CHRISTINA

Sure. Hopefully there isn't something stupid on.

SAMANTHA

Like Fish Hooks.

CHRISTINA

Or Kick Buttowski.

SAMANTHA

That's never on.

CHRISTINA

And a very good thing too.

SAMANTHA

It's really funny how out favorite Disney channel characters are always the same.

CHRISTINA

Not always.

SAMANTHA

Yes. Always. Phineas and Ferb. One two three go!

SAMANTHA and CHRISTINA

Perry!

CHRISTINA

That's an easy one. Everyone loves Perry. ANT Farm.

SAMANTHA and CHRISTINA

Fletcher.

SAMANTHA

Wizards of Waverly Place.

SAMANTHA and CHRISTINA

Justin!

CHRISTINA

Or Max.

SAMANTHA

Yes. Or Zeke.

CHRISTINA

No, not Zeke. Mason.

SAMANTHA

Yeah… Mason.

CHRISTINA

Good Luck Charlie.

SAMANTHA and CHRISTINA

PJ.

SAMANTHA

Yup. Now… Shake it up!

CHRISTINA

Deuce!

SAMANTHA

Gunther!

CHRISTINA

Ha! See, we don't like ALL the same characters.

SAMANTHA

How can you not like Gunther?

CHRISTINA

I never said I didn't like him. He's my close second favorite. How can you not like Deuce?

SAMANTHA

Because he's so awkward.

CHRISTINA

Your face is awkward!

SAMANTHA

Your life is awkward!

CHRISTINA

Will you give me a back massage?

SAMANTHA

What?

CHRISTINA

Give me a back massage.

SAMANTHA

You have to give me one too.

CHRISTINA

No.

SAMANTHA

Why?

CHRISTINA

I'm tired.

SAMANTHA

So am I, but you're not getting one unless I do too.

CHRISTINA

Fine.

SAMANTHA

That's what I thought.

Christina rolls on her side and Samantha rubs her back.

SAMANTHA

There. I'm done.

CHRISTINA

Aww.

SAMANTHA

Your turn.

CHRISTINA

Fine.

They switch and Christina rubs Samantha's back.

When she's done, they both roll onto their stomachs.

SAMANTHA

You're pretty good at that. Almost as good as me.

CHRISTINA

I'm better than you!

SAMANTHA

No you're not.

CHRISTINA

Meh…

SAMANTHA

I'm getting tired. I set my phone for five thirty and so can watch a half hour of Phineas and Ferb.

CHRISTINA

Can we watch Titanic after?

SAMANTHA

Of course. What's a sleepover without watching people fall off a ship and drown?

CHRISTINA

Good point.

SAMANTHA

Goodnight.

CHRISTINA

Night night.

END OF ACT SIX

ACT SEVEN

COLD OPEN:

INT. BARN – DAY

Samantha, Christina, Erika, Cassidy, and Annabelle sit by the GRAY TRUNK.

CASSIDY

Okay guys, I have exciting news!

ERIKA

What is it?

SAMANTHA

Let me guess. You got an extra cup of coffee today?

CASSIDY

No… I'm taking Cherokee to Mystic!

ERIKA

That's so exciting!

CASSIDY

I know!

SAMANTHA

Hopefully he'll be good.

CASSIDY

Oh, he will be.

SAMANTHA

Except if he isn't.

ERIKA

Good point.

SAMANTHA

When is Mystic?

CASSIDY

In a few weeks. It's in my phone, I'll check later.

ERIKA

Who's grooming for you?

CASSIDY

I don't know yet. Amanda might, but she's not sure.

ERIKA

Oh, okay.

CASSIDY

Why, do you want to?

ERIKA

Maybe.

CASSIDY

Well, if Amanda bails, I'll call you.

ERIKA

Okay!

SAMANTHA

Hey guys, I have a joke!

CHRISTINA

Again?

SAMANTHA

I didn't tell this one last weekend.

CHRISTNA

Okay.

SAMANTHA

So, an Irish man walks out of a bar…

Cassidy starts laughing really hard, but everyone else has blank stares.

CHRISTINA

Tommy!

ERIKA

…What?

CASSIDY

Never mind.

ERIKA

No, tell me! I want to know!

SAMANTHA

You know the common joke that starts with "So and so walks into a bar…"?

ERIKA

Oh… Yeah!

SAMANTHA

Well, since Irish people get a bad rep for drinking, the joke is that an Irish man walks OUT of a bar.

ERIKA

Oh, okay. I get it now.

ANNABELLE

Got it.

CHRISTINA

Tommy?

SAMANTHA

Does Tommy have a drinking problem?

CHRISTINA

Yes…

SAMANTHA

Okay, so… Tommy walks OUT of a bar…

Christina starts laughing.

SAMANTHA

And… she got it.

ERIKA

(To Cassidy)

Are we throwing hay today?

CASSIDY

Yeah.

SAMANTHA

As much as last week?

CASSIDY

No, I don't think we can do that again.

ANNABELLE

Well, we COULD…

CASSIDY

We could but we don't need to. I don't think anyone threw hay all this week.

SAMANTHA

Well, it doesn't surprise me since we had five rows.

CASSIDY

Right. And we don't need to do everyone else's work for them.

SAMANTHA

Hear, hear.

They all sit silent for a moment.

SAMANTHA

(Jumping up)

I have a muffin!

She runs into the OFFICE and comes back out with a CHOCOLATE CHIP MUFFIN in her hand.

CHRISTINA

Did you bring me one?

SAMANTHA

Nope.

CHRISTINA

Why?

SAMANTHA

Because other people need to stop feeding you.

Then, Lillie walks into the barn with a box of munchkins.

LILLIE

I brought munchkins!

Christina looks pointedly at Samantha.

Samantha makes a face at Christina and sits down while Christina makes a dive for the munchkins.

Cassidy picks up the MED LIST and tears a PAPER off.

CASSIDY

Samantha, give me something to draw!

SAMANTHA

Um… a muffin.

CASSIDY

Okay…

She bends over her PAPER and starts drawing.

CASSIDY

I've drawn cupcakes before, but never muffins.

SAMANTHA

It's probably the same idea…

CASSIDY

Just bigger.

She draws in little dots.

CASSIDY

This one is chocolate chip. Hope that's okay.

SAMANTHA

My muffin is chocolate chip. I really don't like other types off muffins.

CASSIDY

Me neither. Muffins are only good if they have fun things inside of them.

SAMANTHA

Yeah, sometimes I'll eat blueberry ones-

CASSIDY

I don't even like those.

SAMANTHA

I don't particularly like them either, but I'll eat them. But chocolate chip is best.

CASSIDY

I agree.

ERIKA

(Walking back from the munchkins)

What do you agree on?

SAMANTHA

That chocolate chip muffins are superior.

ERIKA

And why were you having a conversation about chocolate chip supremacy?

SAMANTHA

Because muffins are only good if they have fun things inside of them.

Cassidy and Samantha start laughing.

SAMANTHA

(Around laughter)

Like chocolate chips.

ERIKA

Okay then.

CASSIDY

Samantha commissioned me to do a drawing of a muffin for her.

ERIKA

I see.

CHRISTINA

(Running up)

I want a drawing!

CASSIDY

Maybe later.

Just then, a PIECE OF SAMANTHA'S MUFFIN falls on the ground.

CASSIDY

You lost some muffin.

SAMANTHA

(Irritated)

I know!

FADE IN:

EXT. BARN – OUTDOOR RING – 6:15

The 6:15 lesson is riding around the ring: Christina, Lillie, Liza, and Annabelle. Jill is sitting on her stool in the center.

JILL

Okay, let's see a sitting trot.

The group all sits to their trots. Christina bounces around a lot in her SADDLE.

JILL

Christina, wrap your calves around him and stop squeezing with your knees.

Christina makes a face.

JILL

Lillie, you need to hold your hands stiller. Feel how they're moving all over the place?

LILLIE

Yeah.

JILL

Hold them in by your sides more. Bend your elbows.

Lillie tucks in her arms.

JILL

There you go. Much better.

Tye starts to speed up with Liza. She tries hard to slow him down but ends up bouncing around more, startling Tye.

JILL

Liza, you need to half-halt. Lean back. Tug, relax.

Liza leans back and slows Tye down.

JILL

See?

Liza nods.

JILL

Okay, now, everyone, take your feet out of your stirrups.

Everyone drops their feet out. Tye starts to spook.

JILL

Liza, why don't you keep your feet in? He's a bit spooky with dangling stirrups.

LIZA

Okay.

Liza puts her feet back in.

Jill turns to Lillie, who is sitting much better.

JILL

Isn't it easier to sit without your stirrups?

LILLIE

Yeah.

Jill turns back to the group.

JILL

Okay, in a second I'm going to ask you to canter. If you want to put your feet back in, you can.

No one puts their feet back in their stirrups.

JILL

Okay. Prepare to canter… and… canter!

Dante runs at the trot. Colonel picks up a canter fairly quickly. Tye is on the wrong lead, and Norm picks up a canter only after running around half the RING.

They finally all canter for a minute.

JILL

And… posting trot!

Everyone trots.

JILL

Okay, now, come into the middle.

Everyone walks and comes in.

JILL

Okay, who can tell me the five steps to a canter transition?

Nobody says anything.

JILL

Lillie?

LILLIE

Um… sit?

JILL

Nope. Annabelle?

ANNABELLE

I… um…. Um…

JILL

'Um'? Did you say 'Um'? Oh, come on. Christina! First thing you do!

CHRISTINA

Um… Go faster?

JILL

Yes! Liza, what's next?

LIZA

Half halt?

JILL

There you go! Lillie, now what?

LILLIE

Okay, um… now sit?

JILL

You can really sit at any point.

LILLIE

Canter?

JILL

Nope. There's one thing you need to do first. Annabelle, what is it?

ANNABELLE

Bend?

JILL

Is that a question or a statement?

ANNABELLE

Statement.

JILL

Correct! Which direction do you bend in, Christina?

CHRISTINA

Um… the direction you're going?

JILL

Well, the direction of the lead you want to pick up. If you want the right lead, bend right. If you want the left lead, bend left.

CHRISTINA

Okay.

JILL

Now, Lillie. What do you do now?

LILLIE

Canter?

JILL

Say it louder.

LILLIE

Canter.

JILL

Louder!

LILLIE

Canter!

JILL

Yes! Liza, what's the last thing you do?

LIZA

Check your lead.

JILL

Yes! Okay Annabelle. What are they?

ANNABELLE

Accelerate, half-halt, bend, canter, lead.

JILL

Okay. Go out and DO IT!

END OF ACT SEVEN

ACT EIGHT

COLD OPEN:

INT. BARN – 7:15

Samantha, Erika, Cassidy, BECCA (16) and Amanda sit by the GRAY TRUNK.

SAMANTHA

Amanda, here's a joke: Alaric and Damon walk out of a bar…

AMANDA

(With a laugh)

That is the stupidest-and funniest- joke I have ever heard.

CASSIDY

(To Erika)

Are you confused?

ERIKA

Just a little.

AMANDA

(To Cassidy)

It's a Vampire Diaries thing. You wouldn't understand.

CASSIDY

I see.

BECCA

What time is it?

ERIKA

(Looking out the WINDOW)

They're jumping.

BECCA

Okay.

She walks over to her horse PRIZE and puts his BRIDLE on him.

Cassidy bridles CHEROKEE.

Amanda bridles P.T.

SAMANTHA

(Walking back into the BARN)

They're getting off.

The three riders walk their horses out of the BARN.

EXT. BARN – OUTDOOR RING – 7:15

The 6:15 lesson leads their horses back to the BARN.

Amanda, Becca and Cassidy mount their horses.

JILL

How are you all doing this evening?

CASSIDY

Pretty good.

BECCA

Good.

AMANDA

Good, how are you?

JILL

Fine, thank you.

The girls adjust their STIRRUPS and walk out to the edge of the RING.

JILL

Okay, so as you walk around, start getting a feeling for what horse is under you. Try halting, and make sure you bend in every corner.

Cassidy and Cherokee walk up into the corner. Cherokee doesn't bend much.

JILL

Cass, is this his stiff side or his hollow side?

CASSIDY

It's his stiff side.

JILL

Okay, so, he's going to be harder to bend in this direction, but try your best. He's getting better.

CASSIDY

Okay.

Cassidy and Cherokee walk around some more.

JILL

Okay, now that you've all been walking around some, let's trot.

The three riders ask their horses to trot. P.T. trots right away as does Cherokee. Prize takes a bit longer.

Finally all the horses are trotting.

JILL

Try doing some lateral flexions as you go around.

Cassidy asks Cherokee to do a lateral flexion. He completes it without too much trouble.

JILL

Good, Cass.

CASSIDY

Thanks.

JILL

Amanda… P.T. can bend more than that!

AMANDA

Okay.

Across the ring, Prize is giving Becca some trouble.

JILL

Don't hold him so tightly.

BECCA

Okay.

She loosens her reins and prize stops pulling.

However, he also speeds up and tries running away with her.

JILL

Now you just need to half-halt.

BECCA

Okay.

She half-halts and slows down.

JILL

There you go. See?

BECCA

Yeah.

JILL

Okay, why don't you all prepare for a quick canter? And… canter!

The three horses start cantering, but Cherokee is on the wrong lead.

Cherokee and Prize start acting up. Prize throws his head up, and Cherokee bucks a few times.

JILL

(Noticing Cherokee)

Is he okay, Cass?

CASSIDY

(Coming back to a trot)

Yeah, he sometimes does that when he picks up the wrong lead.

Cherokee canters again, this time on the correct lead.

At first he canters nicely, but then he starts bucking again.

JILL

And sometimes when he picks up the right one, too.

CASSIDY

Yeah, well. That too.

JILL

Why don't you come in and then these two canter by themselves, and then you can go.

CASSIDY

Okay.

Cassidy walks in and stands by a JUMP.

Prize throws his head up again.

JILL

Becca, do you know how to make him stop that?

BECCA

Yes.

JILL

Well, then do it!

Becca fixes Prize.

Jill turns back to the group.

JILL

And… posting trot please!

The horses trot and come into the center.

Cassidy starts to walk Cherokee forward.

CASSIDY

Should I go out now?

JILL

No, wait a second.

CASSIDY

Okay.

JILL

(Pointing to Cherokee)

You're taking him to Mystic, right?

CASSIDY

Yeah.

JILL

Right. Amanda, are you-

AMANDA

I can't.

JILL

Why not?

AMANDA

I have two big exams that Monday.

JILL

Oh, those tests! You're really going to be that busy?

AMANDA

Yeah.

JILL

Well then, poop.

AMANDA

Yeah.

JILL

Becca, are you riding?

BECCA

Yes, I am.

JILL

How are you getting there? Do you need a ride?

BECCA

No, I'm okay.

JILL

But you are riding?

BECCA

Yes. I'm just taking my own trailer.

Do you need registration papers?

BECCA

I took care of that already.

JILL

Oh good. Cassidy, you can go out now.

FADE IN:

INT. BARN - MIDDLE AISLE – 8:00

Samantha and Erika and Christina are raking and sweeping.

Lillie walks into the barn, followed by her mother. Samantha and Christina turn their heads simultaneously to watch her.

Lillie looks upset.

SAMANTHA

(Aside to Christina)

Why is she still here?

CHRISTINA

(Mouthing as Lillie walks closer)

No idea.

LILLIE

(To her mother)

I'll meet you in the office in a minute.

LILLIE'S MOTHER

Okay.

Lillie's mother walks away into the OFFICE.

Lillie wanders over to Colonel's STALL.

She reaches out and pets his nose.

LILLIE

Colonel…!

SAMNTHA

I'm going to talk to her.

Samantha wanders over to Lillie.

SAMANTHA

Hey…

LILLIE

Oh, hi!

SAMANTHA

So… what are you still doing here?

LILLIE

I need to talk to Jill.

SAMANTHA

Why?

LILLIE

Somebody's been pranking me. I can't do this anymore. Somebody doesn't want me here.

SAMANTHA

So? Are you switching back to Thursdays?

She glances back at Christina.

Christina walks over.

LILLIE

Not exactly.

Samantha and Christina look at each other.

LILLIE

I'm quitting riding.

Shocked silence.

END OF ACT EIGHT

ACT NINE

COLD OPEN:

INT. BARN - 8:10

Samantha and Christina stand and stare at Lillie in shock.

SAMANTHA

What?

CHRISTINA

You're quitting?

LILLIE

Yes.

SAMANTHA

Why?

LILLIE

It's just that… weird things have been happening to me.

CHRISTINA

Weird? Like what?

She stifles a laugh and Samantha glares at her.

LILLIE

Like… someone's been pranking me or something.

SAMANTHA

Pranking? How?

LILLIE

My stuff has gone missing, and someone sabotaged my ride last week.

SAMANTHA

(Aside to Christina)

Wow, she's good.

Christina nods.

LILLIE

I just don't think I'm wanted here.

SAMANTHA

Well, that's just… that's horrible.

Christina nods in agreement.

LILLIE

Yeah, well. This was my last week.

Samantha pulls Christina aside.

SAMANTHA

(Aside to Christina)

We have to do something.

CHRISTINA

I know. But what?

SAMANTHA

We have to convince her that she is wanted here.

CHRISTINA

How are we supposed to do that? I think we made it pretty obvious through our pranks that we don't like her.

SAMANTHA

I know, but… maybe she's not that bad.

CHRISTINA

Really? She's not that bad?

SAMANTHA

No, she's not. I mean, she has the same issues with people dissing horseback riding as we do... although, come to think of it… we do go to the same school, so… yeah.

CHRISTINA

Whatever. Anyway, what about the lesson? She stole the spotlight from us!

SAMANTHA

But did she really?

CHRISTINA

Yes! She was the only one in our lesson who had NO FAULTS!

SAMANTHA

That's stupid. Everybody has faults.

CHRISTINA

Name one.

SAMANTHA

Well, there's… I mean… I passed out! I don't remember this stuff! Stop judging me!

CHRISTINA

Oooookay, then. Anyway, see what I mean? Nothing bad!

SAMANTHA

Maybe we just had a bad day.

CHRISTINA

The whole lesson fails except for her? That's a 'bad day'?

SAMANTHA

Well, it was Friday the 13th.

CHRISTINA

But it's not October.

SAMANTHA

Does it matter?

CHRISTINA

Yes! The Friday the 13th curse only works in October!

SAMNTHA

Says who?

CHRISTINA

The whole world!

SAMANTHA

I'm not the whole world!

CHRISTINA

Yeah, but…

SAMANTHA

Look. Are we really talking about this? We need to find a way to get Lillie to stay.

CHRISTINA

Okay, but are you sure that's what you want?

SAMANTHA

Yes. We've had our fun-

CHRISTINA

And revenge-

SAMANTHA

But we were really mean, and we have to do the right thing.

CHRISTINA

(With the air of someone giving up)

You're right. Let's just go tell her.

SAMANTHA

Okay. Let's go.

The girls walk back over to where Lillie was, but they don't see her.

Then they see her walk out of the OFFICE behind her mother.

SAMANTHA

(To Lillie)

Can we talk to you for a second?

LILLIE

Can it wait? We're meeting my dad for dinner.

CHRISTINA

No, this is really important.

She grabs Lillie by the sleeve and drags her, protesting, away from anyone who might overhear.

SAMANTHA

Sorry-

LILLIE

(Pulling away)

What is this about?

CHRISTINA

You're being stu-

SAMANTHA

(Interrupting Christina)

What she means is, we're being stupid.

LILLIE

You're crazy. What are you talking about?

CHRISTINA

We don't want you to leave the barn.

LILLIE

Oh. Well… I want to. Someone doesn't want me here, and I'm not sticking around to find out who. Besides, even if I wanted to, it's too late. Jill already moved me out of the lesson. I won't be here again and that's that.

SAMANTHA

What if you knew who this person was?

LILLIE

That's exactly what I don't want.

SAMANTHA

You didn't let me finish. What if this person also apologized?

LILLIE

That's stupid. Wait. Do you know who it is? Who is it?

CHRISTINA

People, not person.

LILLIE

Okay, tell me who THEY are.

SAMANTHA

It's me-

CHRISTINA

And me.

FADE IN:

INT. BARN – GRAY TRUNK – NIGHT

Samantha, Christina and Lillie sit on the GRAY TRUNK. Lillie looks upset and concerned.

LILLIE

So it was you two all along. Why?

SAMANTHA

We were jealous of you. Jealous of how good a rider you are-

CHRISTINA

Jealous of how you were the only one who wasn't criticized in that first lesson-

SAMANTHA

Jealous- and worried- of you stealing our spotlight.

LILLIE

But… me? Steal YOUR spotlight? I'm the worst rider in your class!

CHRISTINA

You're the worst?

She points to Samantha.

CHRISTINA

She's the one who fell of and broke her arm and can't ride for a month.

SAMANTHA

Hey!

Lillie laughs a little.

LILLIE

But that still doesn't explain what happened the day I rode Jesse. Did you really want me to fail that badly?

CHRISTINA

(Laughing)

Oh, that? That had nothing to do with you personally. Samantha is very overprotective and selfish with Jesse. She does that sort of thing to everyone who rides him.

Lillie turns to Samantha to confirm this.

SAMANTHA

It's true. I do do that.

LILLIE

(Laughing)

Even to Christina?

CHRISTINA

Especially me.

LILLIE

Wow. I have to say that I'm surprised.

CHRISTINA

Are you kidding me? She once hit Jesse with a crop while I was riding him to spook him.

SAMANTHA

I thought we were keeping that a secret!

CHRISTINA

TomAto, tomato.

LILLIE

(Laughing, then sighing)

I understand. But even if I was going to stay, convincing my mom is a whole different story.

CHRISTINA

We can take her.

LILLIE

No, that's okay. I'll try my best.

She walks out of the barn to her mother's CAR.

SAMANTHA

(To Christina)

Well, Lillie will keep riding, but we'll probably get kicked out.

CHRISTINA

Yeah. This really sucks.

SAMANTHA

At least we did the right thing.

CHRISTINA

There's always that.

Lillie and her mother walk into the BARN. Lillie looks worried and her mother looks angry. They walk past the girls without saying anything, and go into the office.

SAMANTHA

She looks angry.

CHRISTINA

This isn't good.

SAMANTHA

No. No it's not.

A few moments pass in silence. The OFFICE DOOR creaks open a crack.

LILLIE'S MOTHER O.S.

Thanks again Jill!

She walks out of the OFFICE, her face betraying nothing.

Samantha and Christina hold their breaths.

Then Lillie comes running out of the OFFICE and straight at Samantha and Christina.

LILLIE

I'm staying!

Samantha and Christina glomp her in happiness.

SAMANTHA

That's amazing!

CHRISTINA

Yay!

Lillie's mother walks over.

SAMANTHA

(Aside to Christina)

Now we're gonna get it.

LILLIE'S MOTHER

I heard that you girls were a bit of an assistance to Lillie here.

Samantha looks at Christina, frowning.

LILLIE'S MOTHER

Lillie told me that you found how who had been pranking her, and got them to apologize.

Samantha and Christina stare at each other in astonishment.

SAMANTHA

(Mouthing to Christina)

What?

LILLIE'S MOTHER

Lillie refused to tell Jill and I who it was.

SAMANTHA

Why?

LILLIE

I don't know. They apologized, and I didn't want them to get in trouble or anything. It's fine.

She smiles at Samantha and Christina.

LILLIE

Really fine.

LILLIE'S MOTHER

Okay, well, I'll be in the car. Come out when you're ready.

LILLIE

Okay, mom.

SAMANTHA and CHRISTINA

Goodnight!

Samantha and Christina turn to Lillie.

CHRISTINA

So really, why didn't you tell them?

LILLIE

The same reasons I just said. I am really okay with it. Really.

SAMANTHA

Really?

LILLIE

Really.

CHRISTINA

Really really?

LILLIE

Really really.

SAMANTHA

Okay then.

The three girls all glomp each other at once.

END OF ACT NINE

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COLD OPEN:

INT. BARN – GRAY TRUNK – NIGHT

Cassidy, Erika and Annabelle are sitting on the gray trunk.

Cassidy is eating half of a MUFFIN.

ERIKA

Is that Samantha's muffin?

CASSIDY

(Scoffing)

No.

ERIKA

Sure.

ANNABELLE

Two muffins were baking in an oven. One muffin said "Boy, it's hot in here." The other said "Oh my god a talking muffin!"

The other two laugh.

CASSIDY

That is the funniest thing I've heard ever.

ERIKA

Really.

CASSIDY

Really.

ERIKA

What about the Phineas and Ferb thing?

CASSIDY

No, this was funnier.

ERIKA

If you say so.

Samantha and Christina walk past them heading outside.

SAMANTHA

Is there anything else we need to do?

CASSIDY

Nope. We're done.

SAMANTHA

Oh, good. I was afraid that we would miss Phineas and Ferb. It's a new episode tonight.

Cassidy starts laughing so hard that she starts crying. Erika looks pleased with herself.

Samantha and Christina look at each other, shrug, and walk out.

FADE OUT