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Teenage Bounty Hunters
Season 2, Episode 6
Title: We'll make a capable liar out of you yet

TEASER
INT - FEMME FITNESS, AFTER SCHOOL

April and Sterling shut their lockers and exit the locker room at Femme Fitness.

The gym has a large room with free weights, one with cardio equipment and several large areas for classes.

The girls walk with their towels and water bottles to the free weights area and settle in an area with benches.

April:
Okay, for this you need to sit down on the edge of the bench.

Sterling complies.

April:
Now lie down on your back with your legs over the edge. Once you do, I'll get the weights for you.

Sterling lies down and April hands Sterling two dumbbells.

Sterling:
How much am I lifting?

April:
Each dumbbell you're lifting is three pounds.

Sterling:
How much do you lift?

April:
For this exercise I lift ten pounds.

Sterling:
Should I be doing that?

April:
No - you start with three-pound dumbbells, then work your way up to bigger weights.

April positions herself behind Sterling’s head so she can help her with her form. Sterling doesn't seem to mind.

April:
Now what you want to do is hold them in each hand on your side near your shoulders, then lift the weights up above your chest until your elbows are straight and hold for three seconds.

Sterling follows the instructions.

April:
That's good. Now slowly bring the weights down to their original position.

Sterling exhales strongly as she does this.

April:
This exercise is good because it works your shoulders, pectoral muscles and triceps. You're going to repeat that ten times.

Sterling gives it ten reps.

April:
Now do that again.

Sterling: (exasperated)
Didn't I just do it?

April:
And now you need to do it again. This is how you build muscle. Think of it like Spanish class. You're not going to be able to roll your Rs properly unless you practice.

Sterling grits her teeth and continues through another set of ten reps.

Sterling:
This is hard. How do you do it?

April:
The trick when you come to the gym is to have a singular focus, and to channel the pain and discomfort into positive energy. There are no distractions allowed.

Sterling looks up at April to see her bending down towards her.

Sterling: (smirking)
I don't know, there are a couple of distractions from where I am sitting.

April: (using two fingers to indicate the location)
My eyes are up here Wesley.

Sterling: (mockingly)
Oops. Eyes back where they should be Ma'am.

April:
Do you want to stop?

Sterling:
No, no. I'll be good. I need to strengthen so I can help Blair and Bowser.

April:
Then focus…

Sterling stares again.

April: (laughing)
On the lifting, not me!

Sterling blinks madly.

April:
Now one more set then I'll have my turn and you'll spot me.

Sterling nods and smiles widely, knowing she'll have a valid excuse to just openly stare at April.

END SCENE
***

TEENAGE BOUNTY HUNTERS INTRO

*****

NEXT SCENE

INT - WESLEY FAMILY KITCHEN, NIGHT-TIME

Anderson is getting cutlery out of the drawer to set the dinner table as Debbie is rinsing potatoes in preparation for dinner.

Debbie:
Oh Anderson, don't forget that Blair has the appointment with Dr Richardson tomorrow morning.

Anderson:
Sorry honey, but I won't be able to go with Blair to the appointment. Tomorrow I am going with Sterling to visit Dana.

Dana turns off the running water and looks at Anderson.

Debbie:
I thought I would accompany Sterling to see Dana this time.

Anderson:
Are you sure that's a good idea? The last time Sterling visited Dana was tense enough without adding your issues to the mix.

Debbie places the potatoes on a cutting board adjacent the sink and turns around to face Anderson with annoyance clearly written on her face.

Debbie:
Are you saying that I can't accompany my daughter to see my sister?

Anderson considers his words carefully.

Anderson:
I'm not really a put my foot down kind of guy but in this case, I have to insist that you don't go to see Dana with Sterling. I think that Sterling needs our support and not any additional drama in her life. You being in the room with her could be a dangerous Momma Bear protecting her young sort of situation.

Debbie: (firmly)
Anderson…. Dana and I need to have a long overdue conversation!

Anderson:
I appreciate that. I really do. But I believe that when you visit Dana, you should go by yourself. Sterling will have her own questions and will need the visit time to focus on herself. This is an opportunity for Sterling to get what she needs to know able to eventually move forward. And that will help us move forward... As a family.

Debbie:
Well, that's certainly a point worth considering.

Anderson passes Debbie and takes the cutlery to the dining room, setting the dining table while Debbie contemplates the situation.

END SCENE

****

NEXT SCENE

INT - MACKENZIE RICHARDSON'S WAITING ROOM, MORNING

Debbie and Blair are in the waiting room for Blair's first interaction with her counsellor, Dr Mackenzie Richardson.

Blair is on her phone looking at a video on tik-tok of a dog doing yoga with it’s human and chuckling to herself. Debbie is flicking through, but not absorbing, Southern Homes Magazine and anxiously looking at the clock on the wall behind the reception desk.

Mackenzie opens the office door to her office.

Mackenzie:
Blair?

Blair gets up from her chair with gusto as she is excited to be doing counselling.

Mackenzie:
Please come through to my office and take a seat wherever you feel the most comfortable.

INT - MACKENZIE RICHARDSON'S OFFICE

Blair walks through the office door and uses her developing bounty hunting skills to scope out the room. Blair automatically identifies the couch as a position of interest and jumps on it as Mackenzie shuts the door.

Blair:
I love this couch! There's plenty of room for you to stretch out and kick off your shoes.

Blair points to her left hand side.

Blair:
If you had a big screen TV over there, a drink on one side and a snack on the other then you'd have the makings of one serious movie marathon space.

Mackenzie smiles but, noticing Blair is nervous, changes the subject as she sits down, notebook computer and e-pen in hand.

Mackenzie:
Blair. Why don't you tell me a little about yourself.

Blair:
What do you want to know?

Mackenzie:
This is your time for you to talk about whatever you want.

Blair fidgets on the couch trying to get comfortable. She notices a few cushions and goes back and forth reaching for a neutral-coloured one, before putting it back where it originally was.

Blair: (displaying her nervousness)
Where to begin? There is so much shit going on. From the climate crisis to the continual politicisation of public health issues, the rise of violent extremism, to gender politics. I could be here for hours.

Mackenzie: (smiling)
Today’s session is just 50 minutes and we can talk about anything you want, but solving the problems of the world would take a hell of a lot of coffee and more time then we have this Saturday morning. So, perhaps we should skip the international current affairs and stick with just Blair current affairs for today.

Blair:
Yes Ma’am.

Mackenzie:
Ma’am makes me kind of uncomfortable and suggests a power balance that shouldn’t be present during counselling. I’m not an authority figure here – I am here to help you. I want you to see me as a confidante, so how about you just call me Mackenzie?

Blair:
I can do that.

Mackenzie:
Excellent. Shall we talk about why you are here?

Blair:
Well you know about what happened with my Sister.

Mackenzie nods.

Blair:
So part of the why I’m here is because of that clusterfuck of a night.

Mackenzie nods while taking notes.

Blair:
Part is because I recently fell in love with and lost the love of my life. Part of it is because 16 years of relative bliss changed in an instant.

Blair takes in a big breath as she clutches the neutral-coloured cushion.

Blair:
And part of it is….. I need someone who is there solely for me. Sterling and I share pretty much everything but with all that's happened to her lately, I haven't been sharing as much as I normally would because I needed to be there for her and focusing on me just felt wrong. And she hasn’t really been in a headspace to think about me the way she normally would. I really need to talk to someone about what’s going on in my gorgeous head before I burst.

Mackenzie:
Please be assured I’m here to help you avoid bursting. Now, have the dynamics of your household changed since the clusterfuck?

Blair:
Definitely. We’re all putting on a happy face and trying to appear like everything is normal, but the truth is that everyone is just trying to avoid the inevitable tsunami that is coming to wipe out our normally tranquil little home.

Blair suddenly finds her throat dry and licks her lips.

Blair:
Do you have water or something my throat is getting parched from all the talking. I’m not opposed to having something stronger if that’ll help.

Mackenzie: (smirking)
There’s water in the bar fridge to your right.

Blair moves to the fridge, choosing a bottle of still water before sitting back down and quickly taking a sip.

Feeling more comfortable with the proceedings, Blair sits casually and continues.

Blair:
Sterl and I are still cool. Dad and I are cool. Dad is bringing his A-game, cracking jokes to try to break the tension – Not hard to guess where I get that trait from. Mom is trying not to let the not so inner control freak be too close to the surface.

Mackenzie:
Have there been any specific dynamic changes between members of your family?

Blair:
Sterl and Mom are simply living around each other. It’s not super obvious but it’s almost like Sterl is avoiding hanging out with Mom more than she has to. It’s weird because Mom and Sterling have always has such a close bond - much closer than the one Mom and I have.

Mackenzie:
Why do you think that is?

Blair:
That’s a minefield I’ve never really wanted to go through.

Blair tries to formulate her thoughts into a coherent sentence, tilting her head to provide a visual indicator.

Blair:
I think one of the reasons is because Sterling is the one who is more likely to be compliant and I’m the one who questions authority.

Mackenzie :
How does that make you feel?

Blair:
Honestly….

Blair breathes in and out deeply.

Blair:
It’s a reason I’ve always felt like an outsider in my own family.

Blair sheds a few tears and Mackenzie hands Blair a box of tissues.

Blair:
Thanks.

Blair breathes in a slightly snotty breath and exhales quickly.

Blair:
I think Mom has been trying to compensate for not being Sterl’s birth Mother and for all the other stuff.

Mackenzie:
What about Sterling and your Dad, and your Mom and Dad? How are things with them?

Blair:
Sterl and Dad are good. He has the advantage of not looking like her kidnapper, so he’s probably a little easier to forgive. Mom and Dad have been fighting out in the open a lot more, really since just before shit went down. There has been a lot less unity in their unified front of late. But I think they’re working through it and are mostly still good. They clearly feel guilty, which they totally should, I get it...

Blair wipes her eyes again, grabbing some new tissues just in case more tears come.

Blair:
If it had happened to me... I think the anger would have consumed me. Sterl... she shut down for a while but she’s really resilient so, like when she realised she was attracted to girls, she embraced who she was and let her natural curiosity take over. You can tell all the lying still hurts her, but she’s not going to let it define her.

Mackenzie pauses to write some notes and have some of her drink.

Mackenzie:
How is school life? Has school been a safe haven for you?

Blair:
School is Sterling’s thing. I'm really just there to hang out with Sterl and to pass the time until I graduate and move on to better things.

Mackenzie:
And how are you managing academically?

Blair: (proudly)
I'm a solid B student.

Mackenzie:
Do you think that will allow you to move on to the better things you want?

Blair:
I don't know….maybe? My aim is to get to a school through a lacrosse scholarship, kick ass for four years and then move on.

Mackenzie:
What does moving on mean to you?

Blair shrugs.

Blair:
I don't know… I'd like to be a blue tick person, so maybe YouTube sensation? Tik Tok star? Maybe I’ll continue my excellent work in the field of Bounty Hunting.

Blair pauses.

Blair:
I always wanted a life with excitement, but the last few months have shown me that certain types of excitement aren't worth experiencing. I am happy with titbits of excitement like chasing a skip, but none of this family drama for me. That should be reserved for Hulu or the Lifetime Channel.

Mackenzie:
Let’s pivot away from that slightly and talk about the bounty hunting you mentioned.

END SCENE

****
NEXT SCENE

INT - ARRENDALE STATE PRISON VISITOR'S AREA, MID-MORNING

Sterling, Dana and Anderson are sitting in silence, looking uncomfortable before Dana speaks up.

Dana:
You got up early on a Saturday morning instead of sleeping in. Isn't there anything you want to talk about?

Sterling:
Sorry, I'm still getting used to this whole thing.

Sterling plays with her hair out of nervousness while trying to think of a question.

Sterling:
Ummm… Oh yeah, I got one. Will they do anything special here for Thanksgiving on Thursday?

Dana:
Actually, yes, though I don't think there will be a hell of a lot of people being thankful.

Everyone smirks.

Dana: (speaking about Sterling)
I do have at least one thing to be thankful for though.

Sterling blushes.

Dana:
Some of the inmates are making some special foods for the occasion. Everybody had fought over making Mac and cheese but the inmates who have been here the longest tend to decide who makes what.

Sterling:
Are you going to be making anything?

Dana:
Yes. I will be making the mashed potatoes.

Sterling:
Mom makes really good mashed potatoes.

Dana:
Does she make it with garlic butter instead of regular butter?

Sterling:
Yes Ma'am.

Dana:
Well that's your Grandmother's recipe.

Anderson:
Dana, I don't know about this.

Dana: (matter-o-factly)
No, Anderson. She wants to know where she came from and this will form part of the puzzle.

Anderson appreciates the logic so doesn't respond.

Sterling:
Are you able to tell me anything about them? I know little things, but… but Mom always starts to cry when she's speaks about them, so I stopped asking a few years ago.

Dana looks over at Anderson, who nods gently.

Dana:
Your Grandmother, MiMaw, was a breath of fresh air. Debbie got all of her good traits and we both got her good looks.

Sterling looks on with intrigue.

Dana:
Your Grandfather, Di Daw, he was another story.

Sterling:
How so?

Dana:
He was your typical southern charmer. Momma used to say he could convince a cotton farmer to buy cotton.

Sterling smiles.

Dana:
That charm did come with its challenges though, as he was a regular at the local bar often liked a bourbon more than he liked his family.

Sterling:
He was abusive?

Dana:
More neglectful. He wasn't a mean man, but he rarely had a job for long enough to provide for the four of us. When they were alive, we relied on MiMaw's parents. DiDaw's Momma died when he was a boy, and that left him with his Father who was a drunken gambler, which only made things worse for your DiDaw. Unfortunately he learned from his Father. Often children take after their parents, and not always in a good way.

Sterling looks uneasy at the thought that she may end up like Dana.

Dana realises this and changes the subject.

Dana:
Let's not focus on such things today. I'm here with my Daughter -

Anderson looks unimpressed by the statement.

Dana:
- so I want to focus on you. How is school?

Sterling:
Um.. yeah.. Junior year has been interesting but I think it's going well all things considered. I still have straight A's. Well except for gym. We've been doing softball and The Good Lord knows I'm not good with ball sports.

Dana:
It's good to see you're not wasting this gift, because what Deb and Andy pay for y'all to go to that school is probably more than I have earned in the last few years.

Sterling looks around and sees a table with an elderly couple visiting a younger woman who, at having them visit, appears happier than a little kid on Christmas morning. Sterling then turns her attention back to Dana who is in the middle of a conversation Sterling didn't know was happening.

Dana:
My sentencing is on the Monday after the holiday.

Sterling:
Wait. That hasn't happened already? I thought that's why you were in prison.

Dana:
No, I'm here because I pleaded guilty pending the sentencing.

Sterling:
Do you know how long you will get?

Dana:
Mr Lawyer here could probably answer that better than I can.

Anderson:
Well, honey, there are mandatory minimum sentences here in Georgia. With an early admission of guilt, the offender is likely to get the minimum sentence. With time off for good behaviour, Dana is looking at at least eight years.

Sterling:
I'll be 25.

Dana:
And I'll be….

Dana's eyes look up to indicate her brain is trying to work out the equation.

Dana:
.. Well, I guess a lot older.

Sterling:
You're 42 now. So… 50.

Dana:
50…. Hmm… ain't that something….

Dana's eyes get watery at the thought.

Dana:
I should go now. Y'all have a good Thanksgiving.

Dana gets up and indicates to the guard that she is ready to go, before turning back to Sterling as the guard approaches.

Dana:
Bye… Pumpkin.

Sterling is thrown by how quickly Dana’s demeanour has changed, but has to ask one more question.

Sterling:
Wait, wait please.

Dana pauses.

Sterling:
I know the whole who my Father is thing is off topic at the moment, but can I ask you one slightly related question?

Dana:
Uh... sure.

Sterling:
What were you going to call me? If I stayed with you, what was going to be my name?

Dana:
Pearl... I was going to name you Pearl after your mi-maw.

Dana smiles and the guard escorts her out of the room as Sterling and Anderson watch.

END SCENE

 

***
(SEVERAL OVERLAPPING SCENES)

NEXT SCENE

INT – WESLEY FAMILY VOLT,
AFTERNOON

The girls have arrived a few minutes early for their shift. Blair stops the car and looks at her phone. Sterling unbuckles her seat belt and opens the door.

Sterling:
What are you doing? We better go or Bowser will be mad at us.

Blair:
Come on - we're a whole two minutes early for our shift! I was going for use those two extra minutes to look at stuff.

Sterling:
Obsessing over Miles’s Instagram account is not healthy Blair.

Blair:
Like you don’t check April’s socials multiple times a day.

Sterling:
Nice try. Instead of deflecting, can we just get to work on time for the first time ever?

Sterling exits the Volt.

Blair groans but follows Sterling out of the car.

END SCENE

 

***

NEXT SCENE

INT – JOHN STEVENS’ CAR, AFTERNOON

John drives past Yogurtopia and sees Blair and Sterling getting out of their car. He sneers then drives off.

END SCENE

***

NEXT SCENE

INT – YOGURTOPIA, AFTERNOON

In the background of the shot, John Stevens' car drives away as Sterling and Blair walk into the door at Yogurtopia.

Sterling:
Hey Ms Cathy! Hi Bowser.

Bowser:
Hey girls. Come into the office - I need to talk to you two about something.

Blair: (feigning shock)
Oh my God. You're not breaking up with us are you?

Sterling and Blair laugh as Bowser just ignores the antics.

Bowser:
Ms Cathy, can you please mind the store while I talk to the girls for a minute? You can take your break after.

Ms Cathy nods and continues to sweep as Bowser takes the girls to the office and closes the door.

Bowser:
Please take a seat.

Blair takes a look around the office and finds no space to sit on the couches, so just stands near Bowser's messy desk.

Blair:
What’s up Bowser?

Bowser:
We’ll just wait for Yolanda to get here before we get into what I brought you in for. On a side note, do either of you know what a Yelt review is?

Sterling:
Yelp review? Yeah it’s really popular. Why do you ask?

Bowser:
Apparently the store has a really low Yelp rating. People have been giving us low scores and warning that you’ll get food poisoning from eating here.

Blair:
Don’t worry Bowsee. Nobody credible takes Yelp seriously. It’s usually just self-entitled Kevins and Karens complaining about how it’s the end of the world and the restaurant sucks because their spicy sauce was too spicy or the waiting staff didn’t kiss their butts enough.

Sterling:
There are also some fake reviews, reviews from rivals, and you can pay people to give good or bad reviews.

Bowser:
I hate that they came up with the term Karen. My sister’s name is Karen.

Sterling:
A Karen is a white woman who feels entitled, demands unreasonable things, complains and throws tantrums to try and get their own way.

Bowser:
Well, apart from the white woman thing, in her case the stereotype is largely correct. She’s not a nice person, my sister.

Yolanda walks in the room and sits down on Bowser’s chair, legs on the table beside Blair.

Yolanda:
She’s a savage. Karen opened a donut shop in between a weight loss centre and a gym just to capitalise on the more suggestible of their patrons.

Blair:
I mean that’s simultaneously evil and genius. I don’t know whether to laugh or be outraged.

Bowser:
So bad reviews aren’t really something good to be worried about?

Blair:
I mean any publicity is good publicity right?

Bowser: (looking at a review on his phone)
This one says “the brown haired teenager working behind the counter was more interested in finding herself the perfect yogurt combination than serving me, a paying customer”.

Blair: (grinning and hoping Bowser is buying it)
Sure that publicist would get fired, but it means people are still going to your store.

Bowser:
There’ve been plenty more like that in the last week.

Blair:
Before we incriminate ourselves, let me change the subject and ask what’s going on there Bowser?

Bowser is standing by the skip notice board which is covered for the first time they can recall.

Blair:
Why is it covered? We’re not going to do a big reveal and find out that our Dad is a fugitive too are we?

Bowser:
No this is something new, and I’m still working out the kinks.

Bowser pulls the cover off the object to unveil a new Smart board.

Blair:
Woah! Impressive Bowser. Did you win the lottery with those scratchers you have in your top drawer?

Bowser looks annoyed that Blair had obviously been through his drawer at some stage, but carries on.

Bowser:
Well, as you know, with your help I recently came into some money-

The girls nod, understanding he is referring to Dana.

Bowser:
- And I thought it’s about time that I spent some money on the business. Plus I can say it’s a business expense so it is deductible come tax time. I figured we can use this for skips and keep the information up to date without needing to keep physical files. I know you girls can sometimes be visual learners so I am just trying to mix it up a little bit.

Blair:
Nice!

Bowser presses a button as and it opens a profile of a skip.

Bowser:
This is our latest skip.

The profile is that of a good looking young man. It contains his mug shot, a few other photos and some basic information, including that he is 5 feet 11 inches tall but calls himself 6 feet tall any chance he can, has dirty blonde hair and weighs about 150 pounds.

Bowser:
His name is Leon Koenig. I have some ideas of how we can track him and think it’s best if we work together to arrest him. I would do it myself but I’ve had mixed results on solo missions lately. I have had a tendency to go off half cocked when I'm by myself, and-

Blair:
Going off half cocked can be a serious problem Bowser. You know you can see your Doctor about that.

Blair, Sterling and Yolanda laugh, the latter trying to hide it behind her hand.

Bowser:
Oh fuck me! You two can see yourself out and I’ll ask Ms Cathy instead. She’d be a lot more helpful and she’d certainly be less revealing about her personal life than y’all.

Blair crinkles her nose and is about to complain when Sterling intervenes.

Sterling:
We'll be good Bowser. Please continue.

Bowser:
Okay, now if we'll have no further interruptions-

Bowser glares at Sterling, then Blair who is the likely culprit.

Bowser:
- I can tell you that this skip might be easier to track than most because he seems to have an addiction to telling the world about every little thing he does, like anyone in the world gives a damn that you had avocado on toast.

Blair and Sterling talk at the same time.

Blair:
Avocado toast is AMAZING!

Sterling:
Oh that place on Forrest that does Mashed Avocado on Multigrain Bread with Sea Salt, Lemon and Herb Oil and Pico on the Side.

Blair:
We should totally go there for brunch tomorrow.

Sterling:
I was just thinking that.

Bowser coughs to gather their attention.

Bowser:
Back to the topic at hand. This skip seems to not realise that posting every little thing he does online is a bad thing.

Blair: (looking at her phone)
And just look at his Insta account where he seems to have quite the party life. Fancy cars, watches…. women. Wow that bikini this girl is wearing really isn't hiding much at all is it?

Blair shows Sterling a post of a girl who is wearing a blue and white Agua Bendita bikini. Sterling raises an eyebrow and nods.

Blair:
So what did this guy do?

Yolanda:
He is a rich kid who gets an allowance from his parents, likes to party and has a side hustle that involves selling small amounts of party drugs to his equally spoiled friends. It's small stuff really, but he did catch the attention of Atlanta P.D. a few months ago and came to see me to help out with his bail. He was due in court last week but didn't appear, hence you getting the case.

Sterling:
If his parents are rich why did he need someone else to pay his bail?

Bowser:
In my experience there are two types of rich parents. Type one is those who cover for every mistake their kid makes, deflect and blame others for the mistakes their kid get busted for, and keep bailing them out. They are the shit parents because they don’t allow their kids to grow and be their own people.

Sterling:
And the other type?

Bowser:
The ones who worked hard for their wealth, are rewarded with a great lifestyle and will give their kids many advantages in life but understand when their kid needs to learn a lesson. They are the good type of parent.

Yolanda:
This kid basically thought he was untouchable because he didn't do anything major while he was younger, and now he has been busted doing something that had actual consequences.

 

Sterling:
Bad for him, financially beneficial for us.

Blair: (looking at her phone)
Look, this says he's hosting a private party in the VIP room at Club Asmara tonight.

Bowser and Sterling go behind Blair to read the same thing.

Bowser:
That's good. The darkness of the club should give us plenty of opportunity to extract him without much attention.

Blair:
And if he is still serving the product he's in trouble for in the first place we may have a reason to talk to him without him being suspicious.

Sterling:
Ooh, that's a good point.

Bowser:
Do you two have plans tonight?

Blair and Sterling speak at the same time.

Sterling:
No sir.

Blair:
Words can't adequately express how few plans I have for tonight.

Bowser:
Then dress up ladies, you'll be going to a party.

The camera focuses in on the party post on Leon’s Instagram.

END SCENE

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NEXT SCENE

INT - STEVENS FAMILY KITCHEN MID-AFTERNOON

John Stevens walks in the back door of the house with his leather messenger bag and goes to the kitchen where April and Rebecca are cleaning up from lunch and having a conversation.

John interrupts them.

John:
Good afternoon ladies.

John kisses Rebecca and April on the head as he puts his bag on the counter.

Rebecca:
Hi Honey.

April:
Hi Daddy.

John sits down on a chair at the breakfast bar.

John:
What have my girls been up to?

April:
We were just cleaning up after Mom and I made an apple pie for tonight’s dessert.

John:
Hmmm. I wondered what that great smell was. Are we going to have it with your famous homemade vanilla icecream?

Rebecca just winks knowingly.

John:
Excellent, excellent.

April finishes drying the last bowl as John starts to make himself a coffee using the pod coffee machine.

April:
If you’ll excuse me, I am going to study with Hannah B and Ezequiel, but we are going to have some coffee time first.

April walks past John to exit the kitchen but is stopped when John grabs her right elbow.

John:
Ezequiel and Hannah…. Are they really your best duo to help you study? They aren't exactly the sharpest tools in the shed.

April is appropriately offended on her friend’s behalf but only briefly shows it on her face, quickly pivoting to a worthy response.

April:
By studying with Ezequiel and Hannah B, I lift their grades and reinforce my own knowledge on a subject which in turn improves my grades.

John looks straight at April and contemplates what she said.

John:
Very well.

April: (to her Mom)
I’ll be home to help with dinner.

April grabs her car keys and leaves the kitchen.

John finishes making his coffee and grabs his bag ready to go upstairs.

John:
I will be working in my office for the next few hours, and I am not to be disturbed under any circumstance.

Rebecca:
Is it anything I can help with? I was a business major at UGA after all, and you know that many hands make light work.

John gently touches Rebecca’s hand.

John:
Thanks honey but this is something I am best doing by myself.

Rebecca’s face noticeably drops.

John starts to walk away but then doubles back.

John:
Tell you what. If I get finished early, we’ll grab some mimosas on the deck before dinner.

John walks up the stairs to his office.

END SCENE

****
NEXT SCENE

EXT – DANCING DOGS COFFEE HOUSE PARKING LOT, MID-AFTERNOON

Hannah B drives Ezequiel and April into the parking lot at Dancing Dogs to get some caffeination for the afternoon study session. Ezequiel is busy looking at his phone and only notices where he is when the car pauses and he moves his eyes from the phone screen.

Ezequiel:
Oh, your favourite coffee place April. I wonder if your not-so-secret admirer is working today.

Ezequiel sees Amelia serving customers sitting at a table outside and hatches a plan.

Ezequiel: (smiling evilly)
Oh look – the doppelganger of the girl with the eyes. You should park Hannah B, I feel like sitting down and talking for a while.

April:
No Hannah B, takeaway. We have plenty of studying to do if you want to pass that test on Monday. The Book of Revelation can be difficult to comprehend and requires a few hours of your full attention.

Hannah B parks the car and Ezequiel gets out quickly.

Ezequiel rushes to a table in Amelia's vicinity and sits down with a mischievous smile. He considers which seat to sit in before changing to one he identifies may provide the best view for what he anticipates is required viewing.

Hannah B gets out of the car and moves to the table, with a reluctant April closely following.

Ezequiel looks at Amelia and then at his phone.

Ezequiel:
Excuse me, I have to answer this call.

April:
I didn't hear your phone ringing.

Ezequiel: (smirking)
It's on silent.

Ezequiel walks away to take the call, making sure he remains in listening distance.

Hannah B puts her purse down on the table but doesn’t sit.

Hannah B:
I have to go to the bathroom - can you order for me? I’ll have a skinny caramel flan latte.

Hannah B rushes away before April can give an answer.

April:
But I didn't want to…. stay here.

Everyone is gone so April shrugs and accepts that she is the one ordering.

Amelia rushes to the table once she sees April sitting there looking radiant.

Amelia: (trying to act casual)
Oh hey April.

April:
Hi. Can I please get a full cream caramel flan latte with whipped cream on the top please, an… almond milk cappuccino and a flat white with an extra shot please.

Amelia:
Okay, I will take this order to the baristas and be back soon.

Amelia winks at April and walks away to serve a table with two customers before placing the order.

Ezequiel finishes his phone call and sits back down casually at the table with a big smile on his face after noticing the wink.

April: (to Ezequiel)
You’re enjoying this way too much.

Ezequiel:
Girl you know the phone call was just an excuse to get Wesley-lite to approach you. Also, I believe I am enjoying this the appropriate amount thankyou and so should you.

April rolls her eyes.

Ezequiel touches April’s arm tenderly.

Ezequiel:
April. You have two lovely, gorgeous girls who want to be with you. Sure, they look basically the same except that Sterling is blinkier and Amelia is taller, slightly less blonde and has more of a t-zone issue than the Wesley twin.

April:
Get to the point.

Ezequiel:
I’m happy for you, or at least I would be if you did anything about it outside of keeping it for your bedtime activities.

April groans.

Ezequiel:
You were obsessed with Sterling for years despite no signs from her that she felt the same.

April:
Obsessed is overstating things somewhat.

Ezequiel:
I’m pretty sure your pillow would disagree.

April:
Oh Lord… I much prefer the time before you knew and would just do what I say.

Ezequiel leans in to talk barely above a whisper.

Ezequiel: (with a mischievous grin)
Before you two were a thing, how often did she come into your mind when you were-

Hannah B returns from the bathroom to interrupt before Ezequiel finishes the thought.

Hannah B:
What did I miss?

April:
Nothing. Oh look, here are our drinks.

Amelia walks back with the Holy Trinity’s order.

Based on the previous time the Holy Trinity were there, Amelia hands everyone their drinks.

Amelia: (to April)
So my school has made it to the next Forensics debate at Whitefield next month.

April:
Congratulations Amelia.

Amelia:
I’m the Captain of the team and I was wondering if you would be available to give me some pointers on how to lead effectively.

April listens in, not committing one way or other.

Amelia:
You wouldn’t be helping an enemy – I’m just your friendly coffee distributor who happens to be on another team.

Ezequiel has a big smile on his face and is clearly enjoying the conversation.

Amelia:
I’m available tomorrow, and then for a few hours on Black Friday. If you’re available too, we could meet here, I could buy you a coffee and we could go over some things?

April:
I think I could manage that.

Amelia:
If I don’t see you before then, I hope you have a great Thanksgiving.

Amelia walks away toward the counter.

Ezequiel takes a sip of his drink but quickly his face indicates his displeasure.

Ezequiel:
Urgh. This doesn’t taste like oatmilk. Where’s the Wesley doppelganger?

April: (smiling knowingly)
Oatmilk? I ordered almond milk on your behalf. Is that not what you drink?

Ezequiel: (none-too-pleased)
I’ll drink it but please note my preference for the future.

April delights in her small victory.

April:
Noted.

Hannah B is pulling faces at her drink but is too nice to complain.

April:
Perhaps that will teach you that next time you should listen to me about wanting takeaway coffees instead of staying in.

Ezequiel:
But the decor is so much more interesting here than at Hannah B's house.

Hannah B: (offended)
Hey!

Ezequiel: (speaking rapidly and backtracking)
You have exquisite taste Hannah B and you will be one hell of an interior designer after college, I just meant there are other-

Ezequiel searches for the appropriate term to use in this instance.

Ezequiel:
- benefits of attending this establishment.

Hannah notices Ezequiel looking at Amelia.

Hannah B:
Oh, the pretty girl that looks like Sterling that you like Ezequiel?

Ezequiel and April quickly glance at each other then back at Hannah B. They both realise they are going to have to break the news to Hannah B about their sexuality at some stage but today will not be that day.

April: (directing the conversation in a direction she wants)
What is everyone doing for Thanksgiving? Hannah B – Are your family hosting again this year?

April only half listens to the response, instead pondering her own predicament.

END SCENE

***
NEXT SCENE

INT – STEVENS FAMILY DEN, LATE AFTERNOON

John is sitting at his desk working on his laptop. The camera focuses on the screen and sees John reviewing Bowser's Yogurtopia store.

Conveniently for the viewer, John dictates the review he is typing.

John:
Do not go into this store! I have never given an online review for anything before, but after visiting Yogurtopia on Bass today I thought I simply must warn everyone. There were a number of problems which have left me infuriated. Firstly the two girls behind the counter were the rudest individuals I have encountered in all my years! Every question I asked was answered with a flippant response from one of them while the other was on her phone the entire time I was there. The girl who served me put my change into the tip jar straight away, and when I mentioned that I was given an incorrect topping, she told me I could leave if I wasn’t happy. I was so shocked by the appalling behaviour I simply walked away rather than cause a scene.

John has a self-satisfied smile on his face as he saves the review and delights as he sees it appear on the site.

John then logs out and logs in as another user, pondering what to write in this review. He starts to dictate a negative review, all the while a very satisfied look appears on his face. He titles the review "I saw two cockroaches".

John chuckles to himself and grabs the phone next to him. John goes to the contacts and calls J.

John:
Hi, it’s me. The next part of the plan to destroy those that wronged me has started. Yeah that's right - we are going to destroy that fella's business the way he tried to destroy my life.

John grabs a cigar from a desk drawer.

John:
We need a cool name like those boys at the Pentagon give missions. I was thinking "Operation Disintegration".

John lights the cigar in a perceived victory over his enemies and smiles a sinister smile.

END SCENE
***

NEXT SCENE

INT – BLAIR’S BEDROOM, EVENING

There is an assortment of clothes on Blair’s bed as the girls try to come up with the best options for the party at the club.

Blair:
Okay Sterl, it’s time to dig into my list of alibis so we can do this tonight.

Sterling:
Wow, you really did came up with a list of alibis we can use?

Blair:
Yeah, there are some pretty good ones on there too.

Blair opens the list on her phone and hands it to Sterling.

Blair:
There’s a really good one we can use for tonight. Read the fourth one down.

Sterling :
"We need to practice for the school talent show". Um…. Blair - What would our talent be?

Blair:
Hmmm, maybe that shouldn’t have made it past the original planning stage. We should probably work on the list together soon.

Blair pivots to look at the phone.

Blair:
Read the one down from that.

Sterling:
All-night movie marathon.

Blair:
Yeah. There's one on at the Regal tonight and they are showing a selection of films from cinema provocateur John Waters.

Sterling:
That’s not really my scene. I know Mom had been less questioning of my activities since lying to me for my entire life, but she may know that John Waters is more of a Blair thing than a Sterling and Blair thing.

Blair:
Yeah, I guess she could think that, but she’d also realise that you’re a great person who would do anything to make her sister happy.

Sterling:
Maybe....

Blair:
So we're in agreement for our alibi?

Sterling:
We are. I'll go online and buy the tickets so we have a visual indicator of the alibi.

Blair:
Good thinking! We'll make a capable liar out of you yet.

Sterling:
What do you think we should wear? And how will we get this past Mom's spidey senses?

Blair:
Tonight we’ll need to sneak some of the fancier, sluttier clothes out of the house without Mom seeing.

Sterling :
The problem is that I don’t really have anything that’s fancy-slash-slutty.

Blair:
Don’t worry, I've gotcha covered.

Blair points to the outside of her cupboard where there are a few of her favourite options hanging up.

Blair: (proudly)
And because you’re that little bit taller than me, your choice will be that extra bit shorter and sluttier.

Sterling pulls a face indicating she's not as happy with the thought as Blair is.

Blair:
We also need to have something agile, something we can run in.

Sterling:
Fancy, slutty, agile. Got it. I'll find something that works.

Sterling looks through the collection finds a nice black side split dress that has a long slit up the left leg.

Sterling walks in front of Blair’s mirror, leans it against her and likes what she sees.

Sterling:
Okay. I’ll try this on now. We need to figure out what we’re wearing soon and then sneakily take out a bag with our stuff to the car without capturing anyone's attention.

Blair:
Could we not just wear them under our onesies?

Sterling:
No, Mom’s too smart for that.

Blair:
We also probably need to put the extra make-up on in the car or at Yogurtopia.

Sterling:
Okay. When we get our stuff ready we can do the old distraction game. I can talk to Mom and Dad about something deep and personal and you can quickly and quietly put everything in the trunk.

Blair:
Devious plans? Lying to Mom AND Dad… I must say I quite like this new side of Sterl.

Sterling’s phone dings. Sterling looks down at the message and smiles.

Blair:
Ergh. It disgusts me how into this chick you are.

Sterling:
Who said it's from her?

Blair:
Ooh, is my beloved, innocent looking sister, with her special brand of nervous and awkward flirting, sexting multiple wet-pantied people?

Sterling:
That was.... very graphic …. And no, no sexting.

Blair:
That’s no fun! I think you owe it to your vagina to take these opportunities while you are still young and gorgeous. Your sexual awakening has manifested into two major hotties being into you, and I for one am completely on board with you exploring that side of you.

Sterling rolls her eyes and shakes her head.

Sterling takes her dress choice to the bathroom to get changed as Blair tries on her choice in her room.

END SCENE

****
NEXT SCENE

INT - BOWSER'S OFFICE, YOGURTOPIA, LATE NIGHT

Blair and Sterling are already changed and, with Yolanda’s assistance, are applying the finishing touches to their makeup as part of their plan to entice the skip.

Yolanda:
So you two know your characters for tonight?

Blair:
Ooh, Ooh, I'll be Elena, nanny to a rich Russian actor that is in town to film a new zombie TV series.

Yolanda:
No accents or unbelievable stories. KISS principles all the way when it comes to undercover operations. Sterling - you can be Sarah, Blair you can be Brooke. You’re both studying public health at Agnes Scott College and are out for a night of fun with your bff.

Blair: (moping)
Awww that’s no fun!

Yolanda:
Boring means no follow up questions which means less lies to remember which makes your job easier. KISS principle.

Blair: (whining)
Fiiiiine.

Sterling:
What about getting in to the club? They didn’t card us at the Goldrush but they might at this club. Do we need IDs?

Yolanda:
You two are hot chicks - nobody is going to question you going into the club. But we’ll work on getting you some passable fake IDs for when we have to do this someplace that may be a little less dark and a little more discerning of the age appropriateness of their customers.

Yolanda tilts her head and examines the girls clothes properly.

Yolanda:
Now let’s talk clothes.

Blair:
What’s wrong with our clothes?

Yolanda:
You’ve both chosen good looks. Sterling you look amazing. That dress is tight and short in all the right ways.

Sterling smiles at the compliment.

Yolanda:
But Blair... I think you may be standing out a little too much. You need the attention of the skip but you want a little mystery. One false move in this dress and you’re in for a Janet Jackson scenario.

Blair:
I bought the dress at when I had period boobs so thought it fit perfectly.

Yolanda:
You girls need to be on display but not too on display. That’s why God invented Hollywood tape and pasties. I suggest you keep some in your bathroom and handbag for emergency situations.

Blair faces away from the others and applies Hollywood tape.

Yolanda:
Any questions?

Sterling:
How do you know that he will even talk to us let alone willingly come with us outside so we can arrest him?

Yolanda:
Because you are hot and he is a 20 year old boy and 20 year old boys generally think with their dicks.

Blair:
Oh, so like every 13-30 year old male.

Yolanda:
13-60. If you spin him a halfway decent story he’ll fall for it. Now let's get going.

Yolanda opens the office door and herself and the girls talk while they walk past the counter.

INT - YOGURTOPIA

Sterling:
So Yolanda, you're coming too?

Yolanda:
Of course! I don’t just look this good for the hell of it. This way I can help out and have a little fun at the same time.

Blair:
What about you Bowseee?

Bowser, leaning on the edge of the counter, is oblivious to the conversation.

Yolanda:
This one is averse to fun so will just stay outside.

Bowser grumbles under his breath.

Bowser:
I'll be in the alley waiting, but first I'll come in with you and assess the room before going out there.

Yolanda does an adjustment to Bowser’s clothes, which Bowser appreciates but doesn’t show.

Bowser:
Before we head off, does everyone know what they need to do and where they need to go?

Blair salutes Bowser.

Blair:
Yes sir, assignments understood sir.

Bowser: (exasperated)
Oh Lord…. just be where we're supposed to be so we can all get home safely and get Yolanda back her money.

Yolanda:
Yes, never forget that part of the equation.

The three women walk out of the store and approach Bowser’s truck.

END SCENE

***

NEXT SCENE

 

EXT – NEAR CLUB ASMARA, LATE NIGHT

Bowser, Yolanda, Blair and Sterling walk towards Club Asmara when Bowser stops.

Bowser:
Okay, game face on. You girls know what to do?

Blair:
Yep. Find a way to lure the skip out to the alley from where you will whisk him away to collect Yolanda’s money.

Bowser :
You line up first and we’ll go behind you. Now I’ve given you enough money for you to both to get in. If they end up letting you in for free you can give me the money back later.

Blair grabs Bowser’s hand while stifling a laugh.

Blair:
Oh..... that’s cute.

Blair laughs as she reaches the back of the line.

Bowser: (to Yolanda)
I’m never getting that money back am I?

Yolanda shakes her head no.

A stylish woman in her early twenties wearing a black and white panel dress and holding with a clipboard is seen talking to a security guard and pointing at the Wesley girls.

Bowser:
Oh shit.

Sterling and Blair pivot to look at Bowser and Yolanda.

Sterling:
I saw that too. That lady pointed at us and now a guy that looks like a MMA fighter guy is coming our way.. what do we do?

Bowser:
Just act cool and hope he goes to someone else. If it is you... we’ll figure something else out and get the skip another time.

The security guard walks to the girls and opens the rope adjacent to them.

Security Guard:
Hello ladies. Please come with me.

Sterling:
Uh.. is everything okay?

Security Guard:
Just come with me please.

Bowser shrugs, and the girls tentatively follow the security guard to the front of the line where the woman is waiting for them.

Lady:
Hi. I am Vicki with guest relations here at Club Asmara. We saw you in the line and thought you might like early entry to the club.

The girls look back at Yolanda and Bowser, then Vicki ushers the girls past the security guard into the club.

END SCENE

***

 

NEXT SCENE

INT – CLUB ASMARA, LATE NIGHT

Club Asmara is a big club that is a restaurant during the day and early part of the night and opens back up at 11 as a nightclub. The club is largely on one floor in a detached building near two alleyways. It has a big dance floor area where the dining occurs. It has a mezzanine area which is used as a bar but It has two distinct areas available for VIPs or private parties.

In a crowded bar area, Bowser searches for the skip as Yolanda appears with an Old Fashioned and a Dos Equis.

Taking a sip on his Old Fashioned, Bowser spots Leon as Sterling and Blair approach.

Blair:
Hey, have you seen-

Bowser:
If you’re looking for the skip, he’s over there. 9 o’clock. Frosted tips like he’s in a 90s boy band.

Blair and Sterling try to be understated but that is not their forte yet, turning around with little subtlety.

Bowser, realising their struggle, moves to 9 o’clock.

Bowser:
Just look past me.

The girls look at the VIP area and identify Leon.

Bowser:
Are you okay to approach him?

Blair: (hesitantly)
Yes?

Bowser:
I know you girls are ready. Especially Blair who’s been itching to go undercover for months. What you two need to do is bring the confidence I know you have in other areas.

Yolanda:
Absolutely. A key thing to remember in life is to act like you belong no matter where you are.

Bowser:
If you can’t, I guess that’s okay. Worst case scenario is we grab him when he leaves. That’s potentially a whole lot messier than just nabbing him in the alley by himself, but it’s still the same result.

Sterling: (confidently)
That won’t be necessary. We got this.

Sterling and Blair approach the roped off area where Leon is hosting his party.

Blair:
I’m Brooke and this is my roommate Sarah. Leon said he’d put us on the list.

Security Guard: (looking at the list)
Brooke and Sarah. Sarah and Brooke. Sorry, but those names are not on the list.

The security guard starts looking the other way, ignoring the twins. Blair goes into his field of vision as she is taking Yolanda’s advice.

Blair: (eyes fully open and looking with intensity)
Can you please look again?

The security guard looks at the list and shakes his head.

Sterling:
There must be a mistake. Brooke Blair and Sarah Sterling.

Security Guard:
It’s a small list and those names aren’t on it.

Leon sees the commotion and the two Wesley girls and intervenes.

Leon:
Ladies. How can I help you?

Blair:
Hey Leon, looking great. This gentleman said that we’re not on the list for the party tonight. When we last hung out you said you’d put us on the list for the next big event of yours. And here Sarah and I are holding up our end of the bargain.

Blair and both Sterling pout like only teenagers can.

Sterling: (faux disappointed)
But Brooke and I aren’t on the list.

Blair plays with her necklace to accentuate the low cut of her dress.

Seeing the disappointment on the girl's faces, and Blair’s flirting, Leon capitulates.

Leon:
Of course, Sarah and Brooke, right?

The girls nod.

Leon:
Good to see you again. I apologise for the oversight. Let me make up for that by inviting you in and getting you a drink.

The security guard opens the rope and lets the girls in.

TRANSITION TO YOLANDA AND BOWSER

Yolanda and Bowser clink their drinks in appreciation as the girls go in.

Yolanda:
Oh, I love this track! It reminds me of when we used to go clubbing back in the day and I used to do this move.

Yolanda sidles up to Bowser and, facing away from him, sensually drops down before getting back up.

Yolanda:
You remember the move?

Bowser:
Do I remember? Every man in Tallahassee with a pulse remembers that move!

Yolanda continues to dance around Bowser but sees he is stressed.

Yolanda:
I know you’re worried about the girls, but they’ll be fine. He’s stupid, not dangerous.

Bowser grumbles.

Yolanda:
Tell you what. I’ll go and dance near the VIP section and you watch from the bar while you’re getting me another drink.

Bowser:
Already?

Yolanda:
Looking this good is thirsty work!

Yolanda sashays towards the VIP section as Bowser goes back to the bar.

END SCENE
*********
NEXT SCENE

INT – VIP ROOM CLUB ASMARA
There are approx. 20 people in the small VIP room, mostly women in their late teens or early twenties. Sterling and Blair are standing in a corner trying to get in a conversation with people near Leon when he breaks off from a conversation and makes his way over to the Wesleys.

Leon:
So, are you ladies looking for a good time tonight?

Blair: (shrugging like the answer is obvious)
Yeah, always.

Sterling: (awkwardly)
They don’t call us the Good Time Girls for nothing!

Blair has a frustrated look on her face but quickly pivots back to Leon.

Blair:
So, what are you drinking?

Leon:
I’m not much of a drinker. I prefer other things to enhance my mood.

Blair flicks her hair trying to play it cool.

Blair:
Us too, us too. Uh.. What is your enhancer of choice?

Leon:
It is always mood dependent. I feel that I need a pick me up, so tonight is like a cocaine kind of night, y’know?

Sterling:
Yep, I love the cocaine.

Leon:
Of course, I’ve got some other stuff that’ll do the opposite if that is more of what you want.

Blair:
We’ll keep that in mind.

Sterling:
Why do you need a pick me up?

Leon: (looks around and sees nobody listening, so he moves closer to confide in the girls )
Between us three, I’m kind of on the run at the moment and it is exhausting!

Blair: (playfully slapping Leon’s hand)
Oooh. I didn’t know we were dealing with a bad boy Sarah.

Sterling :
We better be careful Brooke...

They all laugh.

Leon looks around to see other guests wanting to talk with him.

Leon:
It’s my party so I should mingle. Get yourself another drink – There is Cristal on the table and someone will be around if you want something else. If you want some type of enhancer, let me know. We’ll catch up better a bit later, okay?

Leon walks away to a small group of women and puts his arms around two of them, leaving the Wesleys pondering their next move.

Sterling and Blair make their way back to the corner of the room.

Blair:
Well, that could not have gone worse.

Sterling:
I know! I was so awkward! “I love the cocaine”…. What was I thinking?

Blair:
Not gonna lie – that was one of the most awful things I have witnessed.

Sterling: (speaking rapidly)
Hey! I need you to be supportive right now! I’ve never had to go undercover before and the only things I know about drugs is that pop culture says they make you look cool, fun and desirable, but Mom, Dad, Pastor Booth and school say they’re bad.

Blair:
I am supportive, but you had to know that blew. We both need better performances than that if we’re going to get him to come with us.

Sterling:
I was so confident when Bowser and Yolanda gave us their pep talks but when the moment happened, I buckled.

Blair:
Let’s take five, get ourselves a drink….

Sterling reaches for champagne from a tray a waiter is circulating in the VIP section.

Blair slaps her hand, grabbing two waters instead.

Blair:
That didn’t work out so well last time.

Sterling reluctantly nods in agreement.

The girls look at Yolanda having fun and Bowser looking in another direction.

TRANSITION TO BOWSER

Bowser alternates between looking at the twins hanging out in the VIP room and observing Yolanda dancing when he notices someone familiar at the end of the bar. Trying not to panic, Bowser takes another sip of his drink and looks again.

Bowser sees his long-term skip target Davis Penn drinking and chatting with some friends.

Davis finishes his drink, pulls his wallet out and tips the waiter. He walks out of the club into the alleyway. Bowser looks back at the girls and, judging the girls will be fine, makes a quick decision to follow Davis and makes his way out the exit behind him.

END SCENE

*****
NEXT SCENE

EXT – ALLEYWAY OUTSIDE CLUB ASMARA

Bowser is about twenty feet behind Davis and calls out to him.

Bowser:
Davis Penn!

Davis stops adjacent to a side alley.

Bowser :
I am a Georgia Bail Enforcement Officer. I am here to take you into custody.

Davis turns around to face Bowser, and notices that Bowser has a weapon and he doesn’t.

Davis: (sarcastically)
Bowser. Good to see you.

Bowser:
Ah-huh. Hands where I can see them.

Davis puts his hands up by his sides.

Bowser:
Walk to the building and put your hands on the bricks.

Bowser walks behind Davis and puts a handcuff on Davis’ right hand.

Davis:
I thought you always had a Glock 19. What gun was that I saw you with?

Bowser:
I still use a Glock but not for public places. Too many opportunities for people to get hurt. Normally that would be my weapon of choice as a deterrent for people as dangerous as you. But in this case I’m happy to use a stun gun instead of a gun gun out of professional courtesy.

Davis:
I appreciate that, but what I would appreciate more is for you to pretend you didn’t see me so we can both just go on our merry way.

Bowser:
You know I can’t do that.

Davis:
See that’s where you’re wrong.

Davis violently pushes his head back connecting with Bowser’s nose just as Bowser was about to put Davis’ left hand in the handcuffs.

Bowser backs back, grabbing his nose and yelling out in pain. The stun gun drops to the ground.

This gives Davis an opportunity to grab Bowser with his left hand and sling him against the wall, putting his right forearm into Bowser’s back and using his left arm to secure him. Bowser’s tries to get out of his grip but Davis is too strong.

Davis:
Stop struggling or you’ll make things more difficult on yourself.

Bowser admits defeat and stops struggling.

Davis:
Cuff keys?

Bowser takes a deep breath in frustration.

Bowser:
Right pocket.

Davis:
Now I’m going to reach inside your pants pocket and get out the keys. No sudden movements in that area or we could both be in for a surprise.

Davis quickly finds the keys and undoes the handcuff on his wrist, then puts the cuff on Bowser's right wrist, followed by the other on his left.

Davis then throws Bowser's handcuff keys a few feet away from him.

Davis:
Don’t say I don’t do anything for you Bowser.

Bowser:
Man, fuck you.

Davis:
Uh-uh. I know your Momma, and I can say that she definitely didn't teach you to talk like that. So as punishment for your bad manners, I'm going to have to make sure you can’t talk for a while.

Davis quickly finds a shirt on the top of a trash can. He grabs the shirt and fashions it into a makeshift gag.

Davis places the gag over Bowser’s mouth and ties it at the back of his head.

Davis stands back and appreciates his work. He then goes back to Bowser and extracts the phone out of Bowser’s jacket pocket and turns up the volume.

Davis:
And one last thing I’ll get you to do is to lie down on the ground.

Bowser: (mumbling through the gag)
Come on man!

Bowser rolls his eyes and groans but does as Davis suggests.

Davis:
Well I am trying to get away. It’d be stupid of me to allow you to follow me.

Davis gently positions Bowser laying face down on the ground, and with the remainder of the shirt he ties Bowser’s legs together.

Davis puts Bowser’s phone out of his reach, near where the handcuff keys landed.

Davis:
Don’t worry. Someone will come and find you soon.

Davis walks the thirty feet to the end of the alleyway and checks in both directions before looking back to Bowser, then straightens his clothes.

Davis:
Always a pleasure Bowser. Let’s not make it so long next time.

Davis walks away as Bowser tries to yell through the gag.

END SCENE

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NEXT SCENE
INT – CLUB ASMARA VIP ROOM
Leon is away from the girls talking to a few friends and Sterling (as Sarah) is talking to one of Leon’s friends.

Blair is looking at Leon as Sterling makes her way back to Blair.

Sterling:
He seems to be all over the place and losing interest in Sarah and Brooke. What are we going to do to get him outside to Bowser?

Blair looks deep in thought for a few seconds then stands up and walks towards Leon’s group conversation, grabbing his hand and pulling him towards her.

Blair bites her bottom lip seductively.

Blair:
So, we were thinking of getting out of here and going to bed and were hoping you would join us?

Leon:
Gone so soon? We’ve barely got the chance to catch up.

Blair, biting her lower lip, leans into Leon and grabs his lapel.

Blair:
Have a quick think about what I am suggesting here.

Sterling pushes up close to Blair to try and seal the deal.

Leon suddenly realises what Blair is suggesting and looks like all of his Christmases have come at once.

Leon:
Yeah. Yes. Let’s go. I just need to say goodbye to my people.

Blair:
I’ll just grab my bag and coat.

Blair reaches behind her to grab hers and Sterling’s things.

Blair catches Yolanda’s eyes and Yolanda nods and keeps dancing.

EXT – ALLEYWAY OUTSIDE CLUB ASMARA

Leon opens the door for the Wesleys and they all go outside to the alley.

Davis can be seen exiting the far end of the alleyway, but the girls are too focussed on the task at hand to notice.

The girls realise Bowser isn't there so they have to improvise.

Leon:
What are you looking for?

Blair:
Oh, I thought a friend might have been out here to join us, but as they're not here -

Sterling:
I guess it's just the three of us.

Leon:
I’m happy with three – it’s my lucky number.

Sterling: (innerly cringing)
Oh, aren’t you sweet.

Blair: (facing Sterling and whispering)
Just follow my lead.

Blair turns back to Leon.

Blair:
I’m too worked up to make it back to our apartment. Should we start here?

Blair turns in a circle sexily, showing off her dress and impressing the skip even more.

Blair:
Do you like what you see?

Leon:
Of course!

Sterling:
Do you know what I think could be sexy?

Leon shakes his head no.

Blair:
Oh you're suggesting that we do what we did on Spring Break?

Sterling smiles at Leon, who is eagerly anticipating every word the girls are speaking.

Instead of talking, Sterling leans in to kiss him but moves away in a tease prior to their lips had a chance to connect.

Sterling: (seductively)
I think it would be really sexy if we blindfolded you, and then you could guess who it is that you're with.

Blair:
If you guess correctly.... now I don't want to say this out loud, so I will just whisper it to you.

Blair approaches Leon and whispers something in his ear, followed shortly by a big smile appearing on Leon’s face.

Leon:
You can definitely blindfold me if you can guarantee we will do that!

Blair: (said cheekily, with a raised eyebrow)
Well Mister, that all depends on your guessing abilities, doesn’t it?

Sterling takes the scarf she was using as a belt and, after showing an excited Leon, gently places it over his eyes before motioning for Blair to get the zipties out of her bag .

Blair hands them to Sterling who puts the zipties around his hands.

Leon:
Um.... This is something I’m normally into but not when I can’t see what’s going on.

Blair:
No point keeping up the illusion now, Sterl.

Sterling:
Sorry Leon, but we’re not going to get with you. Instead, you’re going to be turned in for skipping bail as soon as our boss gets here.

Leon panics and starts running to try to escape, his elbow colliding into Sterling's eye as he gets away.

Sterling:
Jeez Louise that hurts!

Blair looks on with concern but realises he'll slowly get away so goes after him.

Leon tries his best, but the blindfold makes it hard for him to get away and he makes it only twenty feet before he runs into the wall and falls over.

Blair :
Ouch. That was a pretty good try my friend.

Blair picks him up and brings him back towards Sterling, who is still rubbing her eyes from the errant elbow.

Sterling:
If there is a next time, one person does the legs at the same time as the other does the hands.

Blair nods.

Sterling:
Time to call Bowser so he can collect him and we can go home to sleep.

Blair:
Good. I don’t need bags under these beautiful eyes.

Sterling uses her phone to call Bowser.

Sterling:
He’s not answering.

Blair:
Maybe he just isn’t expecting anyone under the age of 40 to use their phone to make calls.

Sterling:
I’ll try again. By the way, before we go home we need to go to the theatre and take a selfie so we can use it as proof we went there.

Blair:
Good thinking Wesley!

Sterling taps her feet anxiously while waiting for Bowser to pick up.

Sterling:
Darn. No answer again.

Blair:
My turn. Maybe he’ll answer if his favourite Wesley calls.

Blair gets her phone out of her bag and tries to call Bowser.

Blair:
Come on Bowser. Answer dammit!

The back door at the club opens and Terrance pops out, taking the back way out of the club, frightening Sterling who jumps as Blair goes in front of Leon to protect him.

Terrance:
Girls!

Blair:
We'd love to talk to you Terrance but right now we need to find Bowser, or we're stuck with this dumbass.

Leon: (muffled)
Hey!

Blair:
You’re a small-time drug dealer who skipped bail but still told everyone in world you were hosting a party here tonight. In what scenario do you not think you’re a dumbass?

Terrance:
You lost Bowser? He’s a hard man to lose.

Sterling: (to Blair)
He always comments about us being unprofessional but he's not here, so who's being unprofessional now?

Blair :
Yeah, but unless he self-hydrated enough to make him go to the bathroom then there is something seriously wrong.

Sterling:
I’ll call him again.

Terrance and Blair wait impatiently for an answer.

Sterling:
Still no response.

Blair:
Wait, what’s that sound?

Sterling:
I don’t hear anything except-

Blair: (annoyed)
Shhhhhh.

Everyone slowly walks towards the sound, which as they get closer can be recognised as the Bon Jovi track “Wanted Dead or Alive”.

Blair
Is that?

Sterling:
It sounds like the oldies radio station Dad listens to.

Terrance:
You three stay behind me.

Sterling: (looking at Terrance incredulously)
Um.. A weapon?

Terrance:
Don’t worry girls. Twenty years of Krav Maga training should hold me in good stead for whatever we are facing.

Terrance slowly steps towards the noise, the girls staying close behind.

Terrance turns left into an adjoining alley and finds Bowser face down, with a gag in his mouth, handcuffs on his wrist and his legs zip tied together.

Terrance: (a massive enthusiastic smile on his face)
Bowser!

Terrance approaches Bowser and takes the gag out of Bowser's mouth and pries apart the zip ties.

Bowser:
Oh, fuck me.

Terrance:
Did you abandon the girls for a kinky rendezvous in the alley?

Bowser: (exasperated)
What? No!

Blair, Sterling and Leon round the corner and see Bowser sitting in filth and wearing handcuffs.

Blair:
Wow. Tinder date go wrong?

Bowser:
Davis was in the club and I tried to apprehend him. He thought differently and he got the better of me. That’s how I ended up in the cuffs.

Yolanda walks around the corner to join the others.

Yolanda:
Nice work girls!

Terrance:
Yolanda.

Yolanda:
Terrance.

Yolanda looks down at Bowser and laughs.

Yolanda:
I can see Leon here and I know he didn’t do this, so can only assume you had a tryst gone wrong and she did a Cardi B and took your money?

The Wesley Girls, Bowser and Terrance (in unison):
It was Davis.

Yolanda:
Not as fun as my theory.

Bowser:
Can you just find the damn keys so I can get out of these things and end this nightmare?

Terrance:
If I help you with this little handcuffs situation, this means I get a cut.

Bowser, in no position to argue, looks at the girls who nonchalantly agree.

Bowser grumbles.

Bowser:
Fine, but only 10%.

Terrance: (nodding)
Then we have a verbal contract.

Bowser:
He threw the keys over near the dumpster. It may have gone in it.

Yolanda:
Don't look at me - this is why I pay y'all.

Blair:
There's no way I am going into a dumpster. Bowser's just going to have to adjust to life in handcuffs.

Everyone looks at Sterling.

Sterling: (deflated)
… but my dress

Blair:
My dress!

Sterling:
.. but Blair’s dress!

Terrance:
No need ladies, I always have a set of handcuff keys on my person. You never know when you can get into an awkward situation such as the one Bowser has found himself.

Terrance unlocks the handcuffs, much to Bowser’s relief.

Bowser grunts a thankyou as Terrance helps him up.

Bowser:
My car’s this way. Let’s get young Leon to the authorities.

Everyone, exhausted, nod in agreement and start ambling towards the end of the alley towards where the car is parked.

Sterling:
So Terrance, where have you been? We haven’t seen you in a while.

Terrance:
After recent events I decided I needed a soothing break from the crazy pace that is the life of a bounty hunting sensation, so I went on a retreat in the mountains of Costa Rica. I have been getting Zen. The yin yoga and vinyasa flow classes, the daily massages, hiking in the rainforest, bathing under waterfalls. It was good for my body, mind and spirit.

Blair: (openly drooling over Terrance)
Yeah, yeah, you can tell.

Terrance: (looking directly at Bowser)
That's why I'm so dexterous and agile enough to rope all my skips.

Bowser: (grumbling under his breath)
I’ll show my dexterity with my foot in your ass.

Sterling and Blair walk and talk with Terrance and ask follow up questions as Bowser and Yolanda follow behind with the skip.

END SCENE

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NEXT SCENE

INT – WESLEY TWINS BATHROOM, EARLY MORNING AS THE SUN COMES UP

The girls are back in their onesies and are brushing their teeth.

Sterling is particularly lethargic and Blair notices, so she brings in Sterling for a hug.

Sterling: (relieved)
Thankyou. I feel better already. Your hugs have therapeutic qualities.

Blair: (with a wide smile)
I am pretty magical.

Sterling has a muted and very tired laugh.

Blair:
I'll put my alarm on for 9 so we can get ready for Church. You shower first so you can get extra time to conceal that mark under your eye.

Sterling looks in the mirror and sees a little mark sustained during the struggle with Leon.

Sterling:
Crap!

Blair:
It doesn’t look too bad. I’m sure we can come up with something believable.

Sterling nods.

Blair:
See you in a bit. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have urgent business to attend to in my bedroom.

Sterling:
What urgent bus…. oh… you're talking about masturbating aren't you?

Blair laughs.

Blair: (shrugging)
What? It helps me sleep.

Blair continues laughing as she walks through her bedroom door.

Sterling has no energy for an external laugh, and laughs to herself before continuing her bedroom routine:
Rinsing with mouthwash, brushing her hair and applying moisturiser.

Finally an exhausted Sterling places herself in her bed, puts her phone on charge and leaves it on her bedside drawer, turns her lamp off and closes her eyes briefly before reaching for her phone. After locating her phone, Sterling sinks down into her pillow and uses Blair’s sleep aid technique while looking at pictures of April.

END SCENE
END OF EPISODE

Song: The Donna’s – Dancing with Myself
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