2.13 - Opeening Night
Transcript by Craig Best

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[Opening scene - Haddie's room, her phone rings.]

HADDIE: Hey, Alex.

ALEX: I'm just picking up the last donation for the day, and the truck doesn't have to be back for a couple hours. You want to get some food?

HADDIE: You mean, like, now?

ALEX: Yeah, now. I'm, like, five minutes from your house. I'm starving. I haven't eaten anything all day. Hello? Haddie, you there?

[Haddie makes he way to the stairs and looks down to the front door.]

HADDIE: Just give me ten minutes. I'm not really dressed.

ALEX: You don't have to be dressed. Just throw some sweats on. I really want to see you. I miss you.

MAX: And I heard this is a really good movie.

ADAM: All right, Haddie, we're out of here.

HADDIE: Okay, bye. Have fun. [To Alex] Um, okay, yeah. I'll see you in a few minutes.

[NEW SCENE - Sycamore Charter Elementary School.]

KIDS: [Singing.] …now that we have struck it rich, we should keep is now.

[Jabbar walks on stage to his mark. There is a pause as Jabbar stands in the bright spot light.]

JOEL: That's you, buddy.

JABBAR: I can't see.

JOEL: That's okay, you just say the line.

JABBAR: I can't. I forgot it.

JOEL: Okay. Charles, can we cut that? [To Crosby.] What do you think?

CROSBY: All right, I'll talk to him.

JOEL: All right.

CROSBY: Hey, buddy, come here. Hey, what's going on? We've done this, like, 100 times.

JABBAR: But we never had a light before.

JOEL: Oh, well, that's part of the dress rehearsal, buddy. See, we can see how it's actually gonna be on the night of the show.

JABBAR: It hurts my eyes.

CROSBY: Listen, the spotlight's really cool 'cause it lets us see your big moment.

JOEL: Yeah, super cool.

CROSBY: You look awesome.

JOEL: Mm-hmm.

JABBAR: I don't want to do this anymore.

JOEL: Buddy, you don't have to be scared of anything. You're doing great, and you just...

CROSBY: Yeah you…

JOEL: …keep on truckin'.

JABBAR: Could somebody else do it?

SYDNEY: I will.

CROSBY: Buddy, you can't quit right now. The play is in two days.

JABBAR: I want to be with those guys.

CROSBY: You want to be with those guys?

JOEL: Listen, we gotta... we gotta keep going here. Would it be all right if we make the switch?


JOEL: Yeah?

JOEL: Okay, Syd, get behind the curtain. Jabbar, you're down there in that empty space. All right, guys, pick it up where we left off.

[NEW SCENE - Braverman living room. Drew enters carrying a box.]

DREW: Mom, remember the fund-raiser I had to do for baseball?

SARAH: [Unsure.] Uh...Yes.

DREW: Okay, well, I kinda slacked off on it, and now I have to sell all of this by Friday. And if I don't sell it, I can't go to the tournament.

CAMILLE: What is it?

DREW: [Showing them] It's, like, wrapping paper.

CAMILLE: Christmas stuff?

DREW: Yeah, Christmas stuff.

SARAH: Drew, that's insane. It's January.

DREW: I know.

SARAH: Why didn't you sell it during the holidays?

DREW: Please, mom, look, you're kickass at sales. You're the only chance I have at selling this.

SARAH: Honey, are you kidding me?

DREW: Please.

CAMILLE: Yeah, really, you can't do this to your mother.

DREW: You can't do this to your son. I can't go to the tournament if I don't sell this.

SARAH: Okay, we'll figure something out. I'll help you.

DREW: Thank you. Thank you. I'll go get the other box.

SARAH: The other box?

[NEW SCENE - Haddie getting ready for her date with Alex, Entering the kitchen she hears voices outside.]

MAX: Where is it?

ADAM: I don't know where it is.

HADDIE: What are you guys doing? Didn't you just leave?

ADAM: Max forgot his gift card.

HADDIE: Well why does that matter? Why does it matter that he forgot that?

ADAM: Are you going somewhere?

HADDIE: No, I left my bag downstairs and I needed to come get it.

ADAM: I thought you had to study.

HADDIE: I do. I'm studying. I'm taking a break. It doesn't matter.

ADAM: It doesn't look like you're taking a break.

HADDIE: I'm... okay.

MAX: Yes, go mom!

ADAM: Thank God.

HADDIE: Oh, great. Okay.

ADAM: Who the hell is that?

HADDIE: I don't know. I'll get it.

ADAM: Haddie.

HADDIE: You just go to the movies. [Opens the door.] Hey. Tag, you're it. Let's go. You're it. Come on.

ADAM: Haddie!

ALEX: Mr. Braverman.

ADAM: Alex, what are you doing here?

ALEX: Is there something wrong?

ADAM: I think you should leave.

HADDIE: Um, dad, Alex was just...

ALEX: Did I miss something?

HADDIE: Driving in the neighborhood.

ADAM: Uh-huh. Just in the neighborhood. Okay, listen, you two aren't going anywhere together today. You should leave.

ALEX: Am I missing something? Sir, I don't...

HADDIE: I'm sorry, I think you should go and I'll call you, and I'll explain it all.

MAX: Alex!

ADAM: Max, please. [To Alex] She's not gonna call you. [To Haddie] You're not calling anybody!

HADDIE: Just stop. Stop.

ALEX: You're something else. [He walks off to his car.]


ADAM: I did not raise you to be a liar and a sneak.

KRISTINA: We talked about this, honey. What is he doing here?

ADAM: Why couldn't you come and talk to us about this? Why do you have to sneak around behind our back? You lied to us.

HADDIE: You weren't listening to me.

ADAM: Now's not the time to talk about it!

KRISTINA: Get in the house. Just go.

ADAM: You're grounded.


[Opening credits - featuring “Forever Young” by Bob Dylan]

[NEW SCENE - Street corner, Drew and Sarah and a small table set up with the Christmas paper on display, a hand written sign “Support a Procrastinator” is proudly displayed.]

DREW: Hey, excuse me, would you like to buy some paper? Excuse me, miss, do you want... hey, sir, how do you feel about paper?

MAN: Sorry, I'm late for work.

SARAH: Maybe say what kind of paper. You know, that it's wrapping paper.

DREW: I'm really bad at this.

SARAH: You're not really bad at this.

DREW: Yeah, I am.

SARAH: You just, um... You know, try a little... excuse me, miss. Have you wrapped your presents for Martin Luther King day yet? No? Okay, well, I have a dream that this would make them look super special.

WOMAN: Okay, what do you got?

SARAH: Oh...

DREW: Oh, my... well, we have reindeer.


DREW: Snowflakes.

WOMAN: So it's Christmas paper.

DREW: Yeah.

SARAH: It seems weird, 'cause you say to yourself, "The holidays are over."

WOMAN: It's not that. I'm Buddhist.


WOMAN: I don't celebrate Christmas.


WOMAN: If you had any Visakah Puja, I could help you out. Sorry. Good luck.

DREW: Thanks.

SARAH: They don't make Visakah Puja paper.

DREW: I wish we could just do what everyone else does.

SARAH: Why? What did everyone else do?

DREW: Well...No one else sells any of this. They just have their parents buy it all.

SARAH: I don't believe that.

DREW: They do. I promise.

SARAH: Well, that's terrible. Even if I had $500, I wouldn't do that. That's cheating.

DREW: [Defeated.] Yeah. I guess.

SARAH: [Noticing more potential customers.] Hey.

DREW: Excuse me, sir, do you want to... would you like to buy some pa...

SARAH: Well, he just didn't look friendly.

[NEW SCENE - Food Bank.]

ALEX: [On the phone as he works.] The kids, they love the garlic mashed potatoes. [Sees Haddie in front of him.] All right. Thanks, Torrey. [Hangs up the call.]

HADDIE: I'm so sorry.

ALEX: They told you not to see me, didn't they?

HADDIE: They're crazy, Alex. They're... they like you as a person. They freaked out because, you know, you're not in school, and you live on your own and...

ALEX: Black, right?

HADDIE: No. No, they're not racist. I didn't come here to defend them or anything, but they're not racist. They freaked out because you're in A.A.

ALEX: They barely even know me, Haddie.

HADDIE: I know. That's exactly what I've been telling them. I've told them that 100 times.

ALEX: You lied to me. And you lied to them. And when you did that, you made me part of your lie. You've been lying so much, I don't even know which lie we're talking about right now.

HADDIE: I was gonna tell you.

ALEX: When were you gonna tell me?

HADDIE: I don't know, I... please don't be mad at me.

ALEX: Why wouldn't I be mad, Haddie? You know about the program! You know how hard I work to be an honest person, and you just took that away from me without even thinking.

HADDIE: I'm sorry. I'm so sorry. Look. Look at me. We can fix this. I know we can get past this, but I need you to help me.

ALEX: All right, you need to go to school. [The silent pause is broken when the phone rings.] I gotta take this. Oakland food bank.

[NEW SCENE - Haddie walks outside upset.]

CAMILLE: Hey, Haddie. Aren't you supposed to be in school? You okay? Come with me.

[NEW SCENE - Driving in Camille's care.]

HADDIE: He just doesn't like me anymore.

CAMILLE: Oh, of course he does.

HADDIE: I don't know what to do. I don't know how to fix it. I don't know how it happened. I wasn't trying to make it happen. It's just like... I don't know! I hate my parents!

CAMILLE: Your parents don't know anything about Alex. You know? All they know about him is that he's a recovering alcoholic, and he's older.

HADDIE: So you know. You know.

CAMILLE: Well, of course I do, but, sweetie, I can't get between you and your parents. You know, they're doing only what they think is best for you, you know?

HADDIE: What am I supposed to do then?

CAMILLE: I think you should just let everything simmer down. Just, you know... just let everything quiet down. He'll come around.

HADDIE: Are you kidding me? I have to go to school?

CAMILLE: Of course you do.

HADDIE: Grandma.

[NEW SCENE - Crosby and Jabbar at home.]

JABBAR: Do you ever feel the butterflies?

CROSBY: Yeah. Everyone does. I get 'em when I meet a new band I really want to work with... Uh, whenever I see your mom. 'Cause she's so pretty and cool, she makes me nervous.

JASMINE: [Opening the door.] Hey.

CROSBY: And speak of the devil...

JABBAR: Mommy!

JASMINE: Hi, cutie pie.

CROSBY: How was class?



JASMINE: Yeah. What are you boys doing?

JABBAR: Daddy's telling me about the butterflies.

JASMINE: Oh, yeah, yeah. I heard about that.

CROSBY: Just butterflies.

JABBAR: Do you ever get them?

JASMINE: Yeah, remember when I had that big audition for Alvin Ailey? I had lots of butterflies then.

CROSBY: Remember, she took all those deep breaths, and was, like, shaking her muscles out, like...

JASMINE: That's not even how I do it.

CROSBY: Yeah, you look just like this. [Jasmine laughs as Jabbar copies Crosby.] Don't you remember? You look just like this. That's what you look like.

JASMINE: So what's going on, Jabbar? You don't want to do your part anymore?

JABBAR: No, but daddy wants me to.

CROSBY: I said that I would like him to try it again, you know.

JASMINE: Look, you don't have to do it if you don't want to. It's okay.

JABBAR: Really?


JABBAR: Good. [He runs off to his room.]

CROSBY: Are you kidding me? Just like that?

JASMINE: What? It's a kindergarten play. It's not a big deal.

CROSBY: Yeah, it's a big deal if our kid becomes a quitter.

JASMINE: Our kid is not a quitter, okay? I don't want to traumatize him. Just let him have fun.

CROSBY: Okay, he was having fun, and then he had one little hiccup during a dress rehearsal, and now we're saying throw in the towel.

JASMINE: You know how important performing is to me, okay? But if he chokes out there, it'll kill me. He doesn't need the pressure. He's only six years old. Look, just relax, baby. Relax. Okay? Sydney's gonna be great, Jabbar's gonna have fun, and you are going to be a very, very, big hit. It's all gonna be fine. It's gonna be fine.

[NEW SCENE - Haddie in the hallway of her house. Adam see her.]

ADAM: Haddie. Your mother and I would like to talk to you.

HADDIE: Okay. [Entering their bedroom.] Yeah?

ADAM: Why did you miss your first four classes today?

KRISTINA: We got an email from the school.

ADAM: Yeah. You can read it if you want.

HADDIE: No, I'm fine. Thanks.

KRISTINA: Where were you?

ADAM: Answer your mother.

HADDIE: I'm about to.

ADAM: Just tell us the truth.

HADDIE: Okay. I want to tell you the truth.

KRISTINA: We're listening.

HADDIE: Great. Um, I was at the food bank, seeing Alex.

ADAM: Unbelievable.

KRISTINA: What are you doing?

HADDIE: He hates me because you guys told me that I couldn't see him, and so I had to lie.

ADAM: What part of being grounded didn't you understand?

HADDIE: [Yelling.] Stop treating me like a baby!

ADAM: Then don't behave like one.

KRISTINA: This is exactly why your not supposta be hanging out with him because you're missing school.

HADDIE: You know what, fine. I'm not going to. And I'm gonna do whatever I want. I get to make decisions, and I'm gonna see Alex, and you don't get to say anything about it!

KRISTINA: Oh really?

ADAM: That's right, go to your room. And I want that cell phone.

HADDIE: Do you want my soul too?

KRISTINA: You know what, you're being real smart right now.

ADAM: Haddie, I want that...

HADDIE: I hate you!

[NEW SCENE - Later Kristina and Adam are taking Haddie's door off.]

ADAM: Kristina would you just hold the door.

KRISTINA: Honey I'm holding it, okay. I'm not handy Bob here.

ADAM: Kristina, just take this. Just take that, okay?

KRISTINA: Watch the point, honey.

ADAM: I got it. I got it.

HADDIE: [Returning from the bathroom.] What are you doing?

ADAM: What does it look like we're doing?

HADDIE: Are you serious?

ADAM: Yeah. When you regain our trust, you can have your door back.

KRISTINA: Absolutely.

HADDIE: I don't... where am I supposed to change?

KRISTINA: Bathroom down the hall.

ADAM: Right over there.

KRISTINA: Why not?

HADDIE: You guys have gone crazy. This is absurd behavior.

ADAM: No, no, no, we're not crazy. What's crazy is you lying to your parents and sneaking around behind our back.

KRISTINA: Absolutely.

ADAM: So no longer are you just grounded...

KRISTINA: You're so grounded. No screens, nothing.


ADAM: No cell phone, no TV.


ADAM: No laptop... you've given up your right to privacy.

HADDIE: How am I supposed to do my homework?

KRISTINA: There is a desktop downstairs you can do it on.

ADAM: You'll figure it out.

KRISTINA: Absolutely.

HADDIE: Listen to yourselves! I met a person who I like, so I'm super-grounded and I don't get to have a door? I don't get it.

ADAM: This does not have to do with that. This has to do with trust.


KRISTINA: Exactly.

HADDIE: You have no legitimate reasons for anything!

[NEW SCENE - T&S lunch room, Sarah and Drew enter.]

SARAH: Oh, honey, don't drag it.

DREW: Why?

SARAH: No, it just doesn't look nice.

DREW: Oh, my gosh.

SARAH: Hi, everybody. Oops. Ow. This is my son drew, and he's selling some wrapping paper... holiday-themed... at a wonderful discount. It's for his baseball team. Eddie, remember when I bought all those thin mints from your daughter? Payback.

EDDIE: You did. But you know, you didn't buy 'em.

SARAH: No, I had 'em with my coffee.

EDDIE: You did, but you promised to buy 'em.

SARAH: Oh, right. I, uh... I... oh, okay, I'm gonna... well, anyway, um, my son... oh, Cory! Hey. This is my son Drew. Drew, this is my new boss Cory.

DREW: Hey.

SARAH: [To Adam who is knocking on his office window.] Hi. Huh? [To Cory.] Um, this is my son Drew, and he's, uh, selling stuff for his baseball team. You like to wrap?

CORY: Like freestyling?

ADAM: [Running from his office.] Hey, how you doing? What's up, Cory? Haven't seen you…

CORY: What up, dude?

ADAM: [Tries to shake hand RAP style.] What's up, my man?

CORY: It's getting better.

ADAM: Okay yeah. [To Sarah.] Hey, can I see you up in my office real quick?

SARAH: Why are you going so fast?

ADAM: Seriously?

SARAH: What?

ADAM: Look, can we not have the, you know, gift wrap fund-raising parade coming through the lunch area, please?

SARAH: You've gotta be kidding me. Ben's son sold magazines a week ago.

ADAM: Yeah, I know, but that was... Gordon was here, and Gordon was never here.

SARAH: Don't talk about him.

ADAM: But this guy is unpredictable, and I don't know where I stand with him, okay? And I don't need anybody rocking the boat.

SARAH: Okay, I'm not rocking the boat. I'm just trying to help my son.

ADAM: All right, all right. I'm sorry, okay. I'm just... I'm under a lot of pressure lately and...

SARAH: why?

ADAM: This work situation, and Haddie's got stuff going on.

SARAH: What?

ADAM: She's got this boyfriend. It's not her boyfriend, but it's complicated.


ADAM: Kristina and I don't approve.

SARAH: What, the kid from the soup kitchen?

ADAM: Yeah, well, he's not a kid, okay. He's 19. He's got his own apartment. He's in A.A. It's a complicated situation.

SARAH: Can I get his number? I'm kidding. It's awful. No, he's too old for her. You're right.

DREW: [Entering the office.] Hey, that Cory guy gave me 40 bucks.

SARAH: You're kidding.

ADAM: He did? Great.

SARAH: How much did you sell him?

DREW: Uh, none. He just kinda felt bad for me.

SARAH: Oh, he took pity on you? Well, I guess it's only 460 to go.

DREW: All right, ah all right...

SARAH: So kind and generous of him. Oh, no, I wasn't even thinking...

ADAM: Oh, look, I've got $47, okay? Here you go.

DREW: $47, thanks.

SARAH: That, my friend, will get you the ugly Poinsettia.

[NEW SCENE - Sycamore Charter Elementary School.]

JOEL: Okay, you guys ready? Picking it up from right in the middle... here we go.

KIDS: [Singing.] Now that we have struck it rich

ZEEK: Hey, Julia. Here you go.


ZEEK: Your mom made that for Sydney.

JULIA: What?

SYDNEY: [Singing.] Let's spread this gold around!

ZEEK: Isn't that Sydney?


ZEEK: I thought Jabbar was playing the gold miner.

JULIA: Yeah, he was, but he changed his mind, so... She's doing a great job, though, isn't she?

ZEEK: Yeah. I'll be back. [Walks over to Crosby playing the piano.] Hey, son, what's up? Hey, how come Jabbar is in the chorus?

CROSBY: You know, I'm a little busy right now, dad.

ZEEK: He's supposed to be the gold miner. What the hell happened?

CROSBY: You know... [Stops playing.] Hey, can we take a break?

ZEEK: My bad. Sorry, Joel.

JOEL: Only for you, Zeek.

ZEEK: He didn't know his lines?

CROSBY: He knows his lines, okay. He doesn't want to do it.

ZEEK: What do you mean, he doesn't want to do it? He can't quit. I mean, he's a Braverman. Braverman don't quit.

CROSBY: Yeah, well, maybe you should tell that to Jasmine.

ZEEK: This is Jasmine's idea? What the hell does she know? I mean, come on. Let me... let me talk to him.

CROSBY: You're not gonna talk to him because he doesn't want to do it, and she doesn't want to push him. So there's nothing for you to say.

ZEEK: Well, how do you feel about it?

CROSBY: It doesn't matter how I feel about it. She's the mom.

ZEEK: What do you mean, it doesn't matter how you feel about it? He's your son, Crosby... you gotta have a say in this thing. You're setting a dangerous precedent here. Who wears the pants in the family?

CROSBY: What year do you think this is, the '50s? There's no one wearing the pants or not wearing the pants. You know? It's a partnership.

ZEEK: God, that sounds dreadful.

[NEW SCENE - Braverman guest house, Kristina walks by outside.]

CAMILLE: Hey, Kris.

KRISTINA: Oh, my gosh, hi. How are you?

CAMILLE: Nice surprise.

KRISTINA: Yeah, I just... I thought I'd pop in. I want to talk to you about Haddie. You know this boy Alex, right? He works at the food bank.

CAMILLE: Yeah, I know him really well.


CROSBY: You know, I've been working at the centre for a long time. I've known him since he was about nine.


CROSBY: You know? He's really a good kid.

KRISTINA: He's, I'm sure, great, but he's not really a kid. He's 19.

CAMILLE: Well...Okay.

KRISTINA: Anyway, that's the trouble we're having. She... she thinks that she's in love with him, and she wants to date him. And Adam and I told her that it's completely inappropriate.

CROSBY: Well, she told me all about it.


CAMILLE: Haddie. Yesterday.

KRISTINA: You saw her yesterday?

CAMILLE: When I drove her to school. She didn't tell you?

KRISTINA: Wait, no. She didn't tell me anything.

CAMILLE: Oh, gee, I just assumed that she did.

KRISTINA: No, she didn't.

CAMILLE: It was just... she was really... she was really upset. There was a lot of drama…


CAMILLE: …a lot of tears on the way to school. And, you know, typical, usual stuff for girls this age. But I tried to work through it with her.

KRISTINA: That's great. That's wonderful. She feels really comfortable confiding in you, more than her own mother.

CAMILLE: Oh, well...

KRISTINA: I'm sorry, I just... I can't...

CAMILLE: Krissy, you know, sometimes young girls feel more comfortable talking to someone who's not their mother. And, of course, when you tell a teenage girl that she can't have something, she's gonna want it even more. I mean, you know that.

KRISTINA: Right. So what you're saying is, basically, that Adam and I are making a mistake by not letting her date a 19-year-old recovering alcoholic that lives alone...


KRISTINA: No, no, no. That's exactly...

CAMILLE: That's not what I'm saying.

KRISTINA: That's exactly what you're saying. I'm so stupid that I even came over here. [Starts going to her car.]

CAMILLE: That's not what I'm say... Kris...

KRISTINA: You could have called, Camille.

CAMILLE: Kris, come on. Krissy... That's not what happened.

[NEW SCENE - T&S Adam's office.]

ADAM: [On the phone.] I'm just finishing up here at work, all right? Almost done, okay? [Alex knocks on his door.] I tell you what, I'll meet you there. Okay? [Hangs up.] Alex.

ALEX: Mr. Braverman.

ADAM: Everything all right?

ALEX: Yeah. I didn't mean to pop up on you like this, but do you have a minute to talk?

ADAM: Sure. Come on in. Have a seat.

ALEX: It's a nice place.

ADAM: Thank you.

ALEX: You're, like, the boss... Right?

ADAM: Yeah, yeah, I'm, like, the boss.

ALEX: I didn't know you and your wife told Haddie she couldn't see me. If I had known, I wouldn't have seen her.

ADAM: I appreciate that. And my wife will appreciate that.

ALEX: 'Cause I work really hard to be 100% honest with my life, especially with other people. To be honest to myself. And I understand you and Mrs. Braverman think I'm not good enough for your daughter.

ADAM: That is not the case. I don't know what Haddie...

ALEX: I'm not trying to change your mind, sir. But whatever bogeyman you think I am... I'm not that guy. Not anymore.

ADAM: You came here to my office. You're talking to me like a man...I appreciate that. It's not that I don't think you're good enough for my daughter. It's that Haddie will be an adult, dealing with adult things for most of her life. But right now, she's 16, and her mother and I want her to be 16 without rushing into adulthood for as long as she can. You know where I'm coming from?

ALEX: I get it. I wonder how I would have turned out if I had parents like you. You're a good dad, Mr. Braverman.

ADAM: Thank you.

ALEX: Thank you for your time.

ADAM: Alex... I wish you'd had someone who... Cared for you that way when you were a kid. You deserve that.

ALEX: Haddie was the closest thing I've had to family in a really long time, sir. It's felt good.

[NEW SCENE - Crosby, Jasmine and Jabbar at home.]

CROSBY: [On the Phone.] …yeah well Amy's adorable and that but listen, I have Lily's dad on the other line. Can I call you back? Okay, thanks. [Changes lines.] Hey, Dan. So listen, there is room on the side of the stage for a tripod, and we would love to have video, so um... Well, actually, Jabbar's not gonna be featured in it anymore. He's just in the choir, so... Yeah. Okay.

JASMINE: Let's go, buddy. Time for school.

JABBAR: Okay, mommy.

CROSBY: All right. I'll see you down there. [End the call.]

JASMINE: So big day.

CROSBY: Yeah, big day's here. Everyone's fired up.


CROSBY: Everyone but our son, who's brushing his teeth like it's any old day.

JASMINE: I know you're disappointed, but it doesn't take anything away from what you're accomplishing for the school.

CROSBY: Yeah, the only person it takes away from is our son.

JASMINE: All right. We've been over this already, Crosby.

CROSBY: You know what, he has two parents, okay? I'm 50%, and you're 50%. But for some reason, you act like the Captain all the time, and I'm the first mate. I want my vote counted.

JASMINE: This has nothing to do with anyone getting their way. It's about Jabbar.

CROSBY: That is what it's about! You don't even factor in what my opinion is, okay? He's a natural, all right. He's a ham, just like you. And if we give him an out right now, we're sending a message that we don't think he can do it.

JASMINE: I just don't want you to push him into doing something that he's uncomfortable with.

CROSBY: Like I'm gonna make him uncomfortable? I'm not gonna make my son uncomfortable. I want to take another shot at getting him to change his mind. All right?

JASMINE: Fine. Fine. But don't come to me for the therapy bills when he's damaged for life.

CROSBY: All right, well, I'm not gonna be sending him to therapy, so...

JASMINE: [Sighs]

[NEW SCENE - Braverman guest house, Sarah is counting her tips.]

ZEEK: Hey.


ZEEK: Yeah, well, we're all gonna go to the play in the car together.

SARAH: Okay.

ZEEK: Is that what you're wearing?

SARAH: Yes, dad, this is what I'm wearing.

ZEEK: Okay. What are you doing?

SARAH: I'm counting my tips. It's fun.

ZEEK: How come?

SARAH: Because drew had this assignment for school where he had to raise $500 so he can play in the baseball tournament. He had to sell this wrapping paper, he didn't sell it, and...

ZEEK: How much is he short?

SARAH: Over $300.

ZEEK: Oh, my gosh. And you want to bail him out.

SARAH: Oh, I'd love to be able to, but that's just not gonna happen.

ZEEK: Not gonna happen. I don't know, Sarah. I think you're doing the right thing. I mean, you've gotta teach him how to stand on his own two feet. I mean, any moron can bail their kids out, you know.

SARAH: These kids have been standing on their own two feet since the day they were born. What I'd like to do is... Be the moron.

ZEEK: Right. Guess that's not gonna happen, huh?

SARAH: I guess not.

ZEEK: Okay, well, thank you. Hey, listen, uh... I wanted to tell you you're late with your rent.

SARAH: I don't pay rent.

ZEEK: Really? Well, you should pay rent. I don't know how that happened. I'll go ahead and shut this.

[NEW SCENE - Sycamore Charter Elementary School. Backstage.]

JOEL: Curtain is in 30 minutes, so the house is open. That means we have to be very quiet. So inside voices, okay? Hey.

CROSBY: Hey... Jabbar. You can do this.

JABBAR: But mommy said I don't have to.

CROSBY: Yeah, you're right. But we talked, and... Both daddy and mommy think that you should give it a try. [Jabbar looks unsure.] You can do it. Give me your hands. Feel that? [He nods.] We can't be with you onstage, but we're gonna be right there, all right? And so is everyone who loves you. So I want you to picture that all of us are holding your hand through the air.

JABBAR: But I only have two hands, dad.

JASMINE: We'll be holding your hand in spirit, honey.

CROSBY: When you do this, you're gonna be so proud of yourself. It's gonna feel so good, I promise. What do you say?


CROSBY: Okay, that's my boy! [They hug.] Okay, do you remember your line?

JABBAR: Uh-huh.

CROSBY: Okay, good.

JASMINE: Costume?

CROSBY: Um, yes. Just over there.


JABBAR: Is Sydney gonna play the part too?

[NEW SCENE - Sarah waits to find a seat.]


DREW: Hey.

SARAH: I just want to tell you that I'm not gonna be able to help you with the wrapping paper thing.

DREW: Seriously, it's okay.

SARAH: No, I know it's okay…

DREW: It's…

SARAH: …but I just want to tell you, someday I hope to be the kind of mom who can frivolously throw buckets of money for my child's procrastination problems. But today is not that day, and I'm sorry.

DREW: Well, I sold it all.


DREW: Yeah.

SARAH: What? Who would buy it?

DREW: Some guy bought all of it.

SARAH: Really?

DREW: Yeah. They probably just felt bad for me, but...

SARAH: Oh, I'm so relieved.

DREW: So we're off the hook.

SARAH: Well, you can play in your tournament.

DREW: Yeah.

SARAH: Look at you. It's 'cause of that face. It's 'cause of your little nosey, little mouth... so cute. Who could say no to that?

DREW: I don't know.

SARAH: Listen, I'm glad, but next year, you start early, okay. Let's not procrastinate. Let's, like, get on it, like, in July. Because if people will buy it in January, just imagine how much we could sell it in the summer. You know what I mean?

DREW: That's true. Yeah.

SARAH: We could start, like, a whole craze... like, ooh, plan early.

[NEW SCENE - Backstage.]

JOEL: Okay, hon, listen, you really stepped up back there, you know. Jabbar was scared, and you really helped him out.

CROSBY: But he's not scared anymore, and he would like to play the gold miner part. So...

SYDNEY: If I give him the part back, what do I get?

JOEL: Syd, it doesn't work like that. You just...

CROSBY: No, no, no, no, no. I will play... I will play hardball. I tell you what, how 'bout I pick you up on Saturday and take you to any movie you want to see, PG or under?

JOEL: You don't have to do that.

SYDNEY: Do I get popcorn?

CROSBY: Yeah, all you can eat.

SYDNEY: And candy?

CROSBY: Oh, wow. She certainly is Julia's daughter.

JOEL: Isn't she?

CROSBY: Yeah, all-you-can-eat popcorn and candy.

SYDNEY: Deal. [They shake hands.] Pleasure doing business with you.

CROSBY: The pleasure was all mine.

[NEW SCENE - Audience.]

MAX: And I don't get why if Haddie doesn't have to go, I still do.


MAX: It just does not seem like justice.

KRISTINA: This play is about the history of California. You love history.

MAX: No, I don't love history. I'm good at history. I don't like it at all.


MAX: [Walking off.] I like math.

CAMILLE: Hey, Kris.

KRISTINA: Hey, Camie.

CAMILLE: Now, cut that out.

KRISTINA: Cut what out?

CAMILLE: The thing with your arms that you do. When you get mad, you do that.

KRISTINA: I'm not mad. Why would I be mad? I'm not mad. I was just a little chilly.

CAMILLE: I should have called you. I'm sorry. I'm sorry.

KRISTINA: It's okay.

CAMILLE: I thought it was handled.

KRISTINA: It's handled, okay? And we would really appreciate it if you would support us. [To Adam.] Hey, honey.

ADAM: Hey, mom. Listen, honey, I'm sorry I'm late. Just... where are the kids?

KRISTINA: Max is over there sitting down, and Haddie is in the car. She doesn't want to come in.

ADAM: Why?

KRISTINA: She's pouting.

ADAM: Honey, that's unacceptable.

KRISTINA: I know, but she doesn't...

ADAM: I'm gonna go get her.

KRISTINA: She's pouting. Don't bother. [The lights dim.] The show's about to start. Forget it. Believe me.

ADAM: Okay. All right. [To Julia and Jasmine.] Ladies, how are you?

JULIA: Very well, thank you, sir.

[NEW SCENE - Night. Outside at the car. Amber comes up with a plate of food.]

HADDIE: [Mouthing and shaking her head.] On thank you.

[Moments later she lets her in.]

AMBER: You can't resist me because I'm so beautiful...

HADDIE: Well...

AMBER: And funny.

HADDIE: Great.

AMBER: Yeah.

HADDIE: Thank you.

AMBER: You're welcome. So... I heard about the whole Alex battle. I can't say that I'm a million percent on board because the A.A. thing makes me really nervous. But I know that I've said that already. I know you obviously really like him a lot, so I'm gonna help you.

[NEW SCENE - Alex in his office at the food bank. The phone rings.]

ALEX: Hello?

AMBER: Alex, hey, it's Amber. Haddie's cousin.

ALEX: Hey. Um, how's she doing?

AMBER: She's okay. Listen, um, I just wanted to talk to you because I heard that you aren't speaking to her. Just sounds to me, like, the stupidest thing I've ever heard. She's obviously doing this thing with her parents because of you. She's doing it so that your feelings don't get hurt. So it's just a little confusing to me that you're not talking to her when she's just trying to help you. She needs you, you know what I mean? So it just kind of sucks. And if you blow this, you're the stupidest person ever 'cause she's the most incredible person that exists.

ALEX: Aren't you the thoughtful cousin.

AMBER: I have my moments.

ALEX: Yeah, but it's a little more complicated than that. There's a lot I need to think about.

AMBER: That's annoying. She'll be at this phone number for the next 45 minutes, and then you're on your own. Bye.

[NEW SCENE - Back inside Sycamore Charter Elementary School.]

JOEL: Good evening ladies and gentlemen, Sycamore charter is proud to present the history of California.

[The audience claps and cheers and the music starts, Crosby is on the piano.]

KIDS: [Singing.] Here we are, you and me. California, heavenly young and strong fancy free man, how lucky can we be. We got the mountains we got the sea got avocados on the tree baking days of sunshine healthy air to breathe now we've got some golden opportunities

[We see different parts of the play.]

GIRL: Viva Mexico!

[New scene]

BOY: He's come to save your souls.

[New scene]

GIRL: There's gold in them there hills.

[New scene]

BOY: Hey, man, give peace a chance. Power to the people.

[New scene]

BOY: I'm the Governator of California!

[New scene]

BOY: I like you, kid. You oughta be in pictures.

SYDNEY: [As Marilyn Monroe.] That's what I was thinking.

GIRL: What did you say your name is again?

SYDNEY: My friends call me Norma Jean, but my fans know me as Marilyn. Marilyn Monroe.

JULIA: [To Sarah.] I cannot believe I'm letting her play a sex symbol. This is...

SARAH: Oh, come on. It's just a play. She's cute. Dude, can't you ever relax?

JULIA: No...Dude.

SYDNEY: You don't say.

BOY: I do say! That's right, the first studios were built in 1903. So that settles it, kid. You've got the part.

[Backstage as the play continues we see Jabbar.]

CROSBY: Hey, you ready?

JABBAR: I'm scared. There's lots of people out there.

CROSBY: Don't worry about all those people. Listen, just go out there and do your thing and say your line... you're gonna be so good. I promise.

WOMAN: Crosby.


WOMAN: Back to the piano.

CROSBY: Yeah, okay. I'm going. [To Jabbar.] Okay, you're gonna be great, all right?

[The next part we cut from the stage to Jabbar backstage.]

KIDS: [Singing.] Look out there and you can see all the different faces some of us are doing great! Others trail behind now that we have struck it rich we should keep in mind. [Pause as they wait for Jabbar.]

CROSBY: Again, again

KIDS: [Singing.] Now that we have struck it rich we should keep in mind.

[Finally Jabbar appears.]

JABBAR: To spread the gold around!

KIDS: [Singing.] We're in this together yes, we are, indeed mother nature blessed us with treasure in the ground can't we see eye to eye let's agree to split the pie and we'll spread the treasure that golden, golden treasure we'll spread the treasure around together!

[The audience claps and cheers.]

[NEW SCENE - Out at the car. Amber's phone rings and Haddie answers it.]

HADDIE: Hello?

ALEX: Haddie?


ALEX: Your cousin is pretty bold.

HADDIE: I mean, yeah, you have no idea.

ALEX: All right, look, I'm just gonna say this. After everything went down with you, I had to call my sponsor.

HADDIE: Are you okay?

ALEX: Yeah, yeah. I'm fine. He told me in the beginning I shouldn't have a relationship for the first year, and now I know why.

HADDIE: I feel terrible.

ALEX: No, I don't want you to feel bad. I care about you a whole lot, but if things are gonna work out between us, you gotta make things right with your folks.

HADDIE: Their minds are made up. I don't know, this is really just unfair.

ALEX: It is unfair. It is what it is, though. I miss you. Bye.

[NEW SCENE - Jabbar is in the car as Crosby and Jasmine pack some stuff in the bacl.]

JABBAR: [Singing to himself.] We've got the mountains, we've got the sea…

WOMAN: Thanks, Crosby.

JENSEN: You're a good director.

CROSBY: Oh, thanks, Jensen.

WOMAN 2: Great job. Thanks again.

CROSBY: Well, I am the toast of the town. I'm so popular.

JASMINE: Mm-hmm.

CROSBY: So he was pretty unbelievable, right?

JASMINE: Yeah, he was amazing.


JASMINE: And...I'm really proud of both of you.

CROSBY: You know, you won't spontaneously combust if you were to say "Crosby was right." It won't kill you.

JASMINE: I don't know about you being right. I don't know about that.

CROSBY: Oh, have you looked at him? He's like a whole new guy. See how confident he is?

JASMINE: Okay, you're right... Because our brave and talented son stepped to the plate.


JASMINE: You got lucky.

CROSBY: I got lucky.

JASMINE: You got lucky.

CROSBY: You know, I'm gonna enter you in the miss stubborn American pageant. And I think you're gonna win first place.

[NEW SCENE - Haddie gets out of the car as the rest of the family approaches.]

HADDIE: Hey, Max, will you give this to Amber? [Handing him Amber's phone.]

MAX: Yeah.

HADDIE: I made a phone call, so if you want to ground me again or take something away, go for it. Okay?


HADDIE: I'm gonna walk home.

ADAM: Haddie...

KRISTINA: You're gonna walk home.


ADAM: It's dark. It's not safe. It's ridiculous.

HADDIE: I don't want to be in the car with you guys right now. Okay?

ADAM: Haddie.

KRISTINA: Honey, it's fine. She can walk.

MAX: Come on, guys, let's go!

[NEW SCENE - Zeek, Camille, Sarah, Amber and Drew walking along the street.]
AMBER: Do you think we should call a cab to take us to the car?

SARAH: Now, now.

DREW: Yeah, right.

ZEEK: I didn't want to park in that parking lot because it takes too long to get the car out. It's right over here. I mean, you think you can make it, for Pete's sake?

AMBER: I don't know. I'll try.

ZEEK: See, it's right there. We can get oxygen on the way if you like.

CAMILLE: So, drew, what'd you think of your cousins? Pretty cute, huh?

DREW: It was cute. It wasn't as bad as I had expected.

SARAH: What an amazing review, Al Roker... through the roof.

AMBER: What? Why are you calling him Al Roker?

SARAH: Thumbs up.

CAMILLE: Roker doesn't review movies.

AMBER: No, mom, not thumbs up.

SARAH: Yes, he does.

AMBER: No, he doesn't. Maybe at home with his wife.

CAMILLE: He's a weather man.

SARAH: Can you open up the back, dad? Dad, I just want to put these in there, okay? They're very heavy for cakes. [Zeek opens the back of the wagon.] Dad...

[In the back is the box of Christmas paper bought by Zeek.]

[NEW SCENE - Next day. Kristina and Haddie in the kitchen. Haddie is making a lot of noise looking for something.]

ZEEK: What?

HADDIE: Where's the peanut butter?

KRISTINA: Stop it.

HADDIE: Stop what?

KRISTINA: This is over. Okay? All of it is over.

HADDIE: What? What is over.

KRISTINA: Slamming the cabinets, the moping, the being rude... all of it's over. Okay? Just stop.

HADDIE: Okay. So then, when can I see Alex?

KRISTINA: Um, never. We talked about this. As long as you live in our house, you're gonna abide by our rules, okay? And stick to our rules, that's it. Enough is enough.

HADDIE: Enough is enough. You're right.

KRISTINA: Really? What does that mean? Where are you going?

[Haddie picks up a bag from the front door and leaves.]

[NEW SCENE - Braverman house. Haddie walks up to the front door.]



AMBER: What's wrong? Are you okay? You look upset.

HADDIE: Um, I was... I was wondering if I could stay here for a while.

CAMILLE: Hi, sweetie. What's going on?

HADDIE: Um, I... can I stay here? For a while.

CAMILLE: How long a while?

HADDIE: I mean, I don't know. College?

[Haddie is welcomed inside.]

Episode End
2.15 - Opening Night
Original Airdate (NBC) January 18, 2011
Written by Monica Henderson
Directed by Ken Whittingham

Transcribed by Craig Best
Original subtitles from www.addic7ed.com

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