The day after Dave Morgan goes all out on a romantic birthday dinner, he is dumped by his girlfriend Kathy. When she moves in with her old college friend Ally, she takes everything, including the light switch covers. Dave’s depression affects his life to the point that students stop attending his college classes and his mother no longer calls because he “bums her out.”
EXT. TWO BEDROOM APARTMENT – NIGHT.
Through a window, we see a late 20’s couple in the middle of a very animated discussion. DAVE MORGAN is following behind KATHY SPENCER as she picks items up from tables and shelves and puts them into a box tucked under her arm. She shows little emotion; his arms are waving.
INT. DAVE’S APARTMENT – NIGHT.
Inside the apartment. Dave is upset, but Kathy is very matter of fact as she picks things up.
the birthday dinner, the three orgasms? My jaw is
holding my ears begging me not to stop.
hang out with the guys all night if I have to. You’ll
think you live alone, I’ll be gone so much.
need to focus on my career.
I’m out there everyday, going up against girls six
months younger than me, with longer legs and
bigger boobs. If I’m going to make it as an agent
in this business, I can’t have any distractions.
climbing praying mantis. I hope your rock stars
all fly small, private planes.
She turns to Dave and runs a finger down his chest and hooks it into the top of his pants.
other, still, you know, “date.”
without the dinner. And you won’t have to cuddle
all night. Doesn’t that sound nice?
Kathy is kissing his neck as she says that.
my right hand than you.
She coolly snaps back to her packing as if she never tried to seduce him.
Dave slams the door behind him as he leaves her to pack.
OPENING TITLES – DIALING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
As the titles and credits roll , we follow Kathy’s hands, in a closeup, as she moves about the apartment, packing up her stuff. As she progresses, it is obvious she is not very discriminating about taking things which are likely shared. Soon she is taking nearly anything not nailed down, and if she can loosen the screws, she takes that too.
INT. DAVE’S APARTMENT – NIGHT.
Dave is alone in the apartment after Kathy has moved out. Kathy has taken most of the things that make a place livable. He is left with the only second hand furniture, a pot, and old magazines. The wall shows the obvious signs of where pictures were hanging. In the bedroom, she has taken the face plates on the light switches. The shower curtain rod, toilet paper holder and towel hooks are gone. Dave tries to close the blinds but she has taken the cords.
INT. COLLEGE LECTURE HALL - DAY
The lecture hall is crowded; Dave Morgan is a popular instructor of anthropology. Dave is at the front in the light of an overhead projector. The students are copying the information, but Dave is
just staring into space, not moving the slide forward. As the class finishes copying, they begin to get restless. A student tries to get Dave’s attention, but he does no look up. Then someone floats a paper airplane down. A ball of paper is fired out of the darkness and hits Dave on the head, but he pays no attention.
One by one, students rise and exit. Soon it is a deluge leaving the hall . As they pass the projector, someone doodles an obscene picture on the overhead.
INT. DAVE’S PARENT’S KITCHEN – NIGHT
Dave is sitting on a tall stool at the eating counter of his mom’s kitchen. It is a comfortable, cluttered kitchen. MRS. MORGAN is bustling about as she prepares dinner. Four pots are steaming on the stove.
are meant to be together. I’ve always had a sense
for these things.
by now. I’m just going to have to face it; I’ve
blown another relationship.
her another call. Maybe she isn’t getting her
messages. Didn’t you say this Ally girl never liked
over it by now.
birthday, our dating anniversary, the names of
her friends. What’s wrong with me?
The door opens and Dave’s younger brother TYLER enters. He is five years younger than Dave and wearing sweatpants that have been crudely cut of f at the thigh and a T-shirt that says “No Shirt, No Pants, Let’s Party.”
her feelings as much as you. But since you are
only into other chicks, how will Mom explain her
ugly lesbian daughter at the country club?
under-achieving other son who’s 28 and still in
guy with some experience.
foreign exchange students.
Mrs. Morgan hugs Dave to her chest.
you, Honey, not for a long time now. Kathy knows
how special you are. Any day now, she’ll come
running back. You’ll see.