© Disney 2011
FADE IN ON:
EXT. REMAINS OF THE SHED — DAY
Nova’s face. Catatonic. Stricken.
PULL BACK To REVEAL she’s standing among the remains of the shed. All around her are the remnants of the decorations. She stands next to the singed, broken, ravaged FOUNTAIN.
What seems like half the STUDENT BODY has gathered and gawks at the destruction.
We find Brandon, Mei, Ali and Rolo heading for Nova.
Whoa. It’s like Apocalypse Prom.
How you doing, Nova?
Nova just stares at the fountain.
At least the fountain survived.
Nova reaches out and touches part of the fountain, which immediately falls off and shatters on the ground.
What do we do now?
Yeah, is prom like, canceled?
We could postpone it ‘til after graduation.
Or just do it without decorations?
(turning to them)
No. We rebuild.
(off their looks)
Guys, this is our prom. If we give up, if we turn back now —
The terrorists have won?
I’m not telling the entire senior class to return their dresses, cancel
Prom’s three weeks away.
Then we work before school, after
I would, but I can’t. I’m starting my
I’m in the spring musical.
Yeah, man. This was already my
hardest class this semester. I’m
tapped out. I got nothing left.
Nova turns to her last hope.
Nova, AP tests are coming. I’m
Nova spots something over his shoulder, starts to head off.
There must be something we can do.
Where are you going?
Nova marches over to PRINCIPAL DUNNAN
He’s surrounded by KIDS, STAFF, and FIREMEN all vying for his
attention. His pounding headache is almost visible.
We need to get these kids to class —
Superintendant wants a full report–
Sir, we need you over here.
Nova cuts right past them all, front and center.
Mr. Dunnan, the prom decorations are
Nova. I know.
The committee worked very hard on those decorations. There’s no one to
help me rebuild. What are we gonna do? What are you —
But Dunnan’s eyes go over her shoulder as he hears —
A MOTORCYCLE as Jesse rides up through a gate in the fence to
check out all the commotion. Dunnan eyes him, fury building.
But he’s off, marching to Jesse. Nova trails behind.
Richter. Get that pile of junk off school grounds. You can’t ride that
Right, sorry. Wouldn’t want any
school property to get damaged.
You think it’s funny when other
people’s work gets destroyed?
It’s just some dumb prom decorations.
Nova lets out an angry noise.
Oh, wait, no. Prom’s ruined! The
boys and girls of Brookside have been
robbed of their right to stand around
in a gym and drink punch. Put the
flags at half mast.
I’ve got a better idea. You’re gonna
help her rebuild.
Nova, you need help, and Jesse, you
clearly need something to keep you out
of trouble for the next couple months.
Him? Mr. Dunnan, I really don’t think —
Little Miss Sunshine’s right. You
should listen to her.
But Dunnan’s locked in on Jesse now. He practically sings:
Oh, no. You’re doing it. Who knows,
you might actually learn something
about hard work and dedication. And
if this prom isn’t rebuild to her
(with a nod toward Nova)
You won’t graduate.
You can’t do that! You can’t keep me
You know, I had a talk with myself
about that? Turns out I’m okay with
As Dunnan leaves, Nova’s eyes narrow and she zeroes in on Jesse. The Enemy. The line’s been drawn. It’s on.
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INT. JESSE’S BASEMENT — NIGHT
We move through the dark and un-welcoming basement, past the
stairs, to find Jesse angrily pulling MEN’S CLOTHES from an
old wardrobe and stuffing them into garbage bags.
Jesse’s fury is palpable as he grabs work shirts, boots,
jeans, everything he sees and shoves them into bags.
We hear someone descending the stairs: Sandra. He doesn’t
turn around. She watches him a beat, smart enough not to try
and stop him.
How’s your hand?
Jesse steals a glance at his HAND – bandaged from the fight.
You know the first time I met him he’d just been in a fight.
Yeah well, like father like son.
What’re you talking about?
Come on, Mom. You married a fighter and look where it got us. Look where
it’s got me.
I did not marry a fighter. I married an idiot who got into fights. There’s
She walks to the wardrobe, not to stop him. Looking for something.
You’re a fighter. You’ve been through
so much, and you’re still here, taking
care of this family. I’d bet on you
Not everybody feels that way.
Jesse looks at his mom, finally takes a breath.
You’re Dad never knew what the hell
was important. What was worth
fighting for. If he did, he’d be
She finds what she’s looking for in the wardrobe.
To see how great you turned out.
And with that she takes a TUXEDO in plastic wrap and hangs it on a low pipe.
Jesse looks at it, then at her.
Even if it fits, you’re still the
She turns and leaves him there, staring up at the tuxedo.