3.04 - Clear Skies From Here On Out
Transcript by Craig Best

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[Opening scene - Morning outside Sycamore Charter.]

CROSBY: I packed you a lunch. Now, I don't want you trading it for a hot lunch, okay?


CROSBY: There's poison in there.

JABBAR: Okay dad.

CROSBY: You'll wind up with type 7 diabetes.


CROSBY: Hey, look. It's Max.

JABBAR: Hey, Max.

MAX: Let's go, Jabbar.

JABBAR: Yeah, let's go. Come on.

CROSBY: Have a good day, guys.


ADAM: Bye, Max.

KRISTINA: See you later.

ADAM: Look at that.

KRISTINA: This is good.

ADAM: Things are working out just fine.

[The parents watch the kids walk into the building. *scene plays in slow motion.]

[NEW SCENE - Braverman kitchen.]

CAMILLE: You're worried about a storm?

ZEEK: Nope. Looks like clear skies from here on out.

SARAH: [Entering the house.] Morning.


ZEEK: You know, it's a good day to be on the water.

SARAH: [Confused.] What?

ZEEK: You know, I've got a lot of life left in me. And with Virilia's help, by golly, I'm gonna live it.

SARAH: What is going on?

ZEEK: I got an audition.

SARAH: Really?

ZEEK: Yeah.

SARAH: For wha--how?

ZEEK: Well, it turns out that, you know, the gal that cast your play at the Berkeley Theatre Company.

SARAH: Yeah.

ZEEK: Well, she also casts local commercials. She called me and I got an audition.

SARAH: [Excited.] Dad, you have a real audition?

ZEEK: Yes, I do.


ZEEK: Uh-huh.

SARAH: Very nice. What's it for?

ZEEK: It's a commercial.

SARAH: No, I know, but what's it for?

[Zeek smiles.]

CAMILLE: Um, it's, um, erectile dysfunction medicine.

SARAH: [Laughs] Okay.

ZEEK: Hey, you know what? I'm in the middle of rehearsing now.

SARAH: Wow. Yeah, um, you guys keep working. I think you're really on to something here.

ZEEK: Well, you kind of interrupted.

SARAH: Sorry.

ZEEK: Okay.

SARAH: Good luck, Dad.

ZEEK: Thanks. Can we just run it again?

[NEW SCENE - Sarah dropping Drew off at his school.]

SARAH: So I had all four wisdom teeth pulled in the same day.

DREW: Now I'm scared. Do I look okay?

SARAH: Honey, you look cute. Why? Are you seeing [Slowly] Amy?

DREW: It's…

SARAH: Is that why you're worried about your face? You look really good.

DREW: I'm not talking about this right here. [Gets out of the car.]

SARAH: What? You don't want to chat with me right now? I love you. Have a good day.

MARK: [Approaching.] Hey, you, uh, you can't make a u-turn here.

SARAH: [Smiling.] Hi.

MARK: How are you?

SARAH: Good. I was in the neighborhood and I just thought I'd drop by.

MARK: Well, I'm glad you did. How'd your writing go last night?

SARAH: It was…

MARK: Did you get through the third act?

SARAH: I didn't, but I did fix the one problem…

MARK: You look really pretty. I was listening, but I also wanted to tell you that, and you smell really good.

SARAH: I don't believe you can smell me from there.

MARK: [Looking around.] I'm pretty sure it's you. There are a lot of smells going around, but I'm pretty sure it's you. [Leaning in to the car.] What, um, what are you doing tomorrow?


MARK: Yes? Oh, good. Should I pick you up around 7…?

SARAH: Sure.

MARK: Okay. [Laughing] Okay.

[Looks around before leaning in to kiss Sarah. Meanwhile unseen by them 2 girls take a photo on their phone. Before quickly walking off.]

[NEW SCENE - Haddie's bedroom.]

ALEX: [Sounding a little angry.] What, what, what's the big deal? It's one dinner, all right? It's not even a special occasion.

HADDIE: Okay, not saying it's a big deal. You're talking like this, making it into one. I just feel like you're avoiding my family.

ALEX: I'm not avoiding your family. I just… I sometimes feel isolated at those dinners, okay? Everybody's looking at me different now. It's just, it's, it's weird. It's just…

HADDIE: No way. Alex, no one is looking at you differently. Nobody cares. Nobody's thinking about your record.

ALEX: I'm thinking about my record. That's the thing. It's in my head. It bothers me. I'm uncomfortable. Don't you get that? It's just awful for me. Okay? Can you just tell your grandparents I said thank you for the invitation and I'll see 'em around?


ALEX: [Kisses her goodbye.] All right. I'll call you later. [And leaves the rood.]


ALEX: Oh, hey, Mrs. Braverman.

KRISTINA: Where are you going? You're not coming to dinner?

ALEX: I can't. I got some things I need to do.


ALEX: All right.


ALEX: Bye.

KRISTINA: Bye. Hey, Haddie. [Closes her door.]

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

[NEW SCENE - Lunchtime Max and Jabbar eating together.]

JABBAR: [sounding bored.] Um... 11 times 8.

MAX: 88. Ask me another one.

JABBAR: 9 times 9.

MAX: 81. You can go all the way up to the 12s. I'm the best in my class.

JABBAR: 12 times 11.

MAX: 132.

JABBAR: Can we take a break now?

MAX: Why? It's so much fun.

JENSEN: Hi, Jabbar, you want to eat lunch with me and Nicky?

JABBAR: Yeah, sure, totally.

MAX: No. We're already eating lunch.

JENSEN: You guys can move and come over to our table. Then we could eat lunch together.

JABBAR: Let's go.

MAX: No. No. We're cousins and best friends. We eat here together every day. And we're already doing something. So keep quizzing me.

JABBAR: Sorry, Jensen.

MAX: Okay, keep going.

JENSEN: Hey, Patrick, you want to eat lunch with me and Nicky?

MAX: Jabbar, keep quizzing me. [Snapping his fingers.]

JABBAR: Why? No.

[NEW SCENE - Ambers apartment, Drew is visiting.]

DREW: So I have a weird, weird question.

AMBER: Okay.

DREW: Um... Hey, what, what are you, what are you doing tomorrow night?


DREW: Um...

AMBER: 'Cause that was kind of a trick question.

DREW: Well, could you give me a ride somewhere?

AMBER: Okay, somewhere. Hmm. Where, uh, where do you need a ride?

DREW: To the movies or something.

AMBER: To the movies?

DREW: Yeah.

AMBER: Okay. Still, I'm feeling suspicious. Why can't you just take the bus?

DREW: All right. Um, I may have asked someone to go to the movies with me, and, you know, I can't take a bus.

AMBER: Ha ha ha, okay. It's all coming together.

DREW: Mm-hmm.

AMBER: How exciting!

DREW: Yeah, yeah.

AMBER: Hmm, should I wear a little hat? A little chauffeur jacket?

DREW: No, no.

AMBER: Okay.


AMBER: Okay. Well, I must say I'm intrigued. So I will accept.

DREW: Yeah?

AMBER: Absolutely.

DREW: [Exhales]

AMBER: [Using the hairbrush as a microphone.] But I'm gonna have to ask you a few questions first. [She sits next to Drew on the edge of the bed.] For example, who is this mysterious someone?

DREW: It was Amy.

AMBER: Amy, okay. Now, where did you meet this, uh, Amy?

DREW: At a very charming yard sale.

AMBER: Okay. You know what? [Using the brush.] Let's just get you groomed up, get rid of these flyaways for you. It looks good. You look great. She's gonna love you. [Patting him on the back.]

DREW: Thanks.

[NEW SCENE - Night, Jasmine driving with Jabbar in the back of the car playing video games.]

JABBAR: Mom, could I ask you a question?

JASMINE: Sure. What's up?

JABBAR: Could I eat lunch with Jensen tomorrow?

JASMINE: Of course you could eat lunch with Jensen tomorrow. Why do you ask?

JABBAR: Because, because Max said no.

JASMINE: [Surprised.] Max said no?


JASMINE: Well, why would Max say no?

JABBAR: I don't know. I really want to eat lunch with Jensen. He's my friend.

JASMINE: Well, you could eat lunch with Jensen. Just tell Max that you want to have lunch with your other friends, and he'll understand, honey, if that's what you want to do.

JABBAR: I told him that, but he said no.

JASMINE: Baby, you don't have to do anything you don't want to do. Okay?

JABBAR: All right.

JASMINE: Now finish up with that game.


[NEW SCENE - Night time, Braverman house, the family is there. People are talking at Camille answered the door.]

CAMILLE: Door's open. Hello. Come on in.

JASMINE: Hi. I made your favorite. Risotto.

JABBAR: Daddy.

CROSBY: There he is.

[Crosby picks up Jabbar.]

CAMILLE: Don't tell me you can't stay.

JASMINE: No, I can't. I'm teaching class tonight.

CAMILLE: Oh, I'm disappointed. Well, I made mac and cheese for Jabbar.

JABBAR: Thank you. [To Crosby.] Hey, um, can we talk later on tonight, please?

CROSBY: Ooh. "Can we talk?" That's not good.

JASMINE: No, no, no, it's just, it's not dire. I just, I'll call you after I get home. Okay?

CROSBY: Okay. I'll answer.

JASMINE: All right, good. Bye!

JABBAR: Bye, mom.

[NEW SCENE - Short time later they are seated at the dinning table. Zeek clicks his spoon on a glass.]

ZEEK: Excuse me. [Clears throat] Everybody, I have an announcement I'd like to make.

ADAM: An announcement.

ZEEK: Well, thanks to your sister Sarah's wonderful play and her wisdom in casting me, I have booked a commercial.

[The table cheers.]

ADAM: Do you have actual speaking lines?

ZEEK: Yes, I do.

ADAM: [Funny voice] So what are you, the star of the commercial?

ZEEK: As a matter of fact, I am the star of the commercial.

SARAH: First audition.

ADAM: Okay, I'm very sorry.

JULIA: That's…

CROSBY: Is this a campaign for adult diapers?

ZEEK: No, it's not.

JULIA: Metamucil.


JOEL: Prune juice.

SARAH: [Laughter]

ZEEK: It is, uh... [Clears throat] For an erectile dysfunction medication.

JOEL: Oh, wow!

[Laughter and chatter can be heard from some at the table.]

ADAM: Congratulations, pop.

SYDNEY: Grandpa, what's "Ereptile" dysfunction?

ZEEK: Uh, I'll explain it later to you.

ADAM: What is "Ereptile" dysfunction, Dad?

CROSBY: Wait a minute, Dad. Are you gonna be the guy walking on the beach while they list all the side effects?

ADAM: [Funny voice] "If you experience uncontrollable diarrhea, memory loss, or sudden dizziness, please call your doctor."

JOEL: Side effects include Erectile dysfunction.

[NEW SCENE - Kitchen, Later that night after dinner some adults are cleaning up.]

ADAM: Max, get up. Put the video game away. We've got to go, okay?

MAX: All right.

ADAM: Hey, listen, Drew, sorry we gave you a hard time but have a fun time on your date, okay?

[The camera pans to Crosby sitting in a lounge chair with Jabbar, now asleep.]

CROSBY: [On his cell phone.] Wait, Max told him he had to do what?

JASMINE: [At Home.] He said that Max said they always had to eat lunch together, and, I mean, Crosby, we can't let this continue. It's not fair to Jabbar.

CROSBY: Yeah, I know. But, you know, it's a tricky situation.

JASMINE: Yeah, I know. I know it is. But Jabbar was upset.

CROSBY: Well, maybe we just wait and see how it all works out.

JASMINE: Crosby, no.

ADAM: [Walking past Crosby.] Okay, see you, guys.

JASMINE: I think you need to talk to your brother about it as soon as you can. Hello? Crosby?

CROSBY: Okay, I, I will.

ADAM: Hey, listen, 10 a.m. Luncheonette. Don't forget.

CROSBY: Right. I'll be there.

JASMINE: Okay. So I'll be by tomorrow to pick up Jabbar around 5:00. Okay?


JASMINE: All right, bye.

[NEW SCENE - Morning, Adam in his kitchen.]

ADAM: Hey Max! Breakfast. [To Kristina.] Hey, honey, it turns out that the luncheonette is more of a landmark than I thought it was, 'cause The Weekly is probably gonna run a story on Crosby and me fixing up the recording studio.

KRISTINA: Wow, that's great.

ADAM: I mean, 'cause we just, we need some local press, you know?

[Max enters for breakfast.]


ADAM: I mean, you don't seem that excited about it.

KRISTINA: I'm excited.

ADAM: 'Cause I'm, I'm excited about it, you know?


ADAM: It's a good thing.

KRISTINA: I'm excited.

ADAM: All right, Max. I got your raisins. We got your sandwich. Carrots, that's what you need. How's school, bud?

MAX: Great.

ADAM: Great?

MAX: Great, excellent, awesome.

KRISTINA: Really? Why is it awesome?

MAX: Well, I have a corner locker to store all my books.


MAX: I'm the fastest at times tables in my whole class. And every day I eat lunch together with Jabbar. We're best friends. It's awesome.

ADAM: Well, that is great.

[NEW SCENE - The Luncheonette.]

ADAM: [On the phone.] You know, this problem was supposed to be solved today.

CROSBY: I think I just found a Commander Cody…

ADAM: Braverman.

CROSBY: Master in here.

ADAM: Okay, all right, ten minutes. We'll give it a shot. Thank you.

CROSBY: So, uh, I guess Max and Jabbar have been eating lunch together, like, pretty much every day. Did you know that?

ADAM: Yeah, I did know about that. As a matter of fact, I've been meaning to talk to you about this.

CROSBY: Oh, uh, good.

ADAM: And, you know, just before I get to the point, I want you to know what a nerve-racking decision it was for Kristina and I to mainstream Max again and, you know, Jabbar has been a godsend because the fact that those two kids have bonded, the two cousins have bonded like that, eating lunch together every day, giving Max such a sense of security during this unstructured, precarious time for him, has been, like I said, it's just been a godsend. And, you know, forget about all that. Max calls Jabbar his best friend.

CROSBY: Really?

ADAM: Yeah.

CROSBY: Best friend?

ADAM: Yeah. How about that? Your boy and my boy. So, thank you.

CROSBY: And Max is such a good kid, so…

ADAM: Yeah, yeah, I know. He's a great kid.

CROSBY: It's nice that Jabbar has him as well.

ADAM: I'm sorry. Wait a minute. Is there something you wanted to talk about?

CROSBY: Uh, yes, um, has the bank called about the loan?

ADAM: No, not yet.

CROSBY: They didn't? Okay. Should we check in with them or…?

SARAH: No, no, no. All we can do is wait.

CROSBY: Okay. I'm gonna be treasure diving.

[NEW SCENE - Haddie's room, she is studying.]

KRISTINA: [Knocking before she enters.] Hey, honey.


KRISTINA: How's it going?

HADDIE: I'm just studying.

KRISTINA: I just brought you some clean undies and bras. These are cute. They're so tiny. So, how's everything going?

HADDIE: Better now.

KRISTINA: How's Alex? Are you guys doing okay?

HADDIE: It's fine.

KRISTINA: Okay. I just wondered because he just hasn't been here in a while, and normally he comes over for dinner and you guys are always sort of like two peas in a pod and…


KRISTINA: I just, I heard you guys fighting or started fighting and I wanted to make sure that you were okay. That's it.

HADDIE: Okay. That wasn't a fight.

KRISTINA: Okay, well, you guys were…

HADDIE: We were having a conversation.

KRISTINA: A disagreement?

HADDIE: Sure, okay.

KRISTINA: Don't get defensive. I was just asking.

HADDIE: I'm not getting defensive, but you come into my room and then you start talking to me about things that you don't know what you're talking about.

KRISTINA: Haddie, I just wanted to make sure that you were okay. I'm sorry. I'm just worried about you. I'm just, sometimes, you know, in relationships, people need their space and their time away from each other and then they realize that, when they get back together, this happens...

HADDIE: Mom, I'm sorry, I'm sorry. [Gets up and opens the door.] I need to not have this conversation. I'm in the middle of doing homework.

KRISTINA: Okay, I get it.

HADDIE: Sorry.

KRISTINA: You're right.

HADDIE: Great.

[NEW SCENE - Night, Amber is driving Drew and Amy, Talking Heads' Sugar on My Tongue. Is playing on the stereo. There is an awkward silence in the back seat.]

AMBER: So, hey, uh, Drew, who is this again?

DREW: Uh, I, I don't remember.

AMY: They kind of remind me of Television.

AMBER: Wow, you know Television?

AMY: Yeah, I love Tom Verlaine.

DREW: Do you like them?

AMY: Yeah, I do. Yeah, Tom Verlaine's great.

AMBER: It's cool you know that.

AMY: Yeah.

AMBER: Most kids your age don't know Television.

AMY: Have you heard any of his solo stuff?

AMBER: No, I haven't. I didn't know there was solo stuff.

AMY: Did you know David Bowie actually did a cover of Tom Verlaine's song Kingdom Come?

AMBER: No, I've never heard that.

AMY: Yeah, it was pretty awesome.

AMBER: That's so cool.

AMY: Pretty awesome.

AMBER: Have you heard it, Drew?

DREW: Uh, no, I haven't.

AMY: Kingdom Come?


AMBER: Wow, that's so cool.

AMY: What else do you have on your playlist?

AMBER: Oh, I've got a lot of stuff.

AMY: Yeah? Can I check it out?

[Amy climbs over to the front seat leaving Drew alone in the back.]

AMBER: Oh, yes.

AMY: You like The Cramps?

AMBER: Yeah.

AMY: I love The Cramps. And The Germs. Seriously, you're like my music soul mate. I'm in love with your playlist.

AMBER: Thanks. Cool.

AMY: Yeah. Dead Kennedys are okay.

AMBER: Great choice.

[NEW SCENE - Outside the Braverman house, Amber and Drew pull up in her car.]

DREW: You guys went on a date. I can't believe what happened.

AMBER: I can't believe you're actually mad at me about this. I mean, are you crazy?

DREW: Well, okay, first you bring up that I like The Millionaire Matchmaker. That's embarrassing.

AMBER: That's what this is about?

DREW: No it's everything…

AMBER: Who cares? It's a good show. She thought it was funny. Look, she was sitting back there She wasn't saying anything. You weren't saying anything.

DREW: You invited her to the front seat.

AMBER: I didn't invite her. She just came up on her own.

DREW: Either way, you were insinuating she should come up here.

AMBER: Oh, my God. I drove you to your date. How about a little gratitude?

DREW: Wait, I'm supposed to, if I could drive, I would have. I'm sorry that…

AMBER: You're welcome for the ride.

SARAH: [Leaning in the open window.] Hey, you guys, you're very loud. You're gonna wake up grandma and grandpa. What's going on?

DREW: She wouldn't quit talking the entire date. It was all about her.

AMBER: Excuse me. I'm sorry, you know, that you were sitting there, being Rain Man. I'm sorry.

DREW: I wasn't saying anything…

SARAH: Don't say "Rain Man." That's not nice.

DREW: Good night, Patti Stanger.

[Drew gets out of the car, Sarah gets in.]

AMBER: Well, have a nice evening. You're welcome for the ride. For God's sakes.

SARAH: Tell me what happened.

AMBER: It was terrible.


AMBER: Terrible, terrible, terrible.

SARAH: No. I wanted him to have a good time.

AMBER: He literally didn't say one word to her.

SARAH: He's so shy.

AMBER: He's gotta take a class or get some help or something.

SARAH: Is he gonna be okay?

AMBER: I'm not sure.

SARAH: Thanks for driving.

AMBER: Yeah. Thanks for the thank you.

[Sarah gets out, Amber beeps the horn as she drives away. Sarah waves.]


[NEW SCENE - Day time, Camille is outside reciting Chinese phrases with headphone plugged into her iPad.]

SARAH: Mom, that's hilarious. It sounds like you're speaking Chinese.

CAMILLE: Oh, that's good. It's Mandarin.


CAMILLE: [Speaking Chinese]

SARAH: Wait, mom, I can't go to the store without finding out why you're speaking Mandarin.

CAMILLE: It's just something I've always wanted to do for, for a long, long time. Decades.


CAMILLE: Yeah. How does it sound?

SARAH: Good. I mean, I was just joking when I said it sounded like Chinese, but, hey, it sounds like Chinese. [Camille doesn't look happy.] Mom, it sounds good. It sounds like Chinese.

CAMILLE: What am I doing? Like I'm ever gonna learn to speak Mandarin.


CAMILLE: What am I doing? I'm never gonna speak Mandarin. Do you know why? I don't follow anything through. I've been painting for 30 years, right? Have I ever had a show? Not one show. I haven't had one show. Not even a group show. Now why do you think that is?

SARAH: [Shrugs] You didn't want a show?

CAMILLE: Oh, Sarah.

SARAH: Mom, what is wrong?

CAMILLE: I'm upset about Dad's commercial.

SARAH: Ugh! Mom.


SARAH: It's okay. He's acting, right? No one's gonna really think he's got…

CAMILLE: Oh, honey, that's not it.

SARAH: Oh, is it 'cause he has to kiss that lady on the boat?

CAMILLE: Oh, please.

SARAH: It would bother me.

CAMILLE: Yeah, it's annoying, but it's not that. It's not like I'm jealous or anything. Your Dad's fearless, you know? It's one of his most wonderful qualities. He sees something he wants, he sets his sights on it, he goes after it, he achieves it. It's the first thing I loved about him. I hoped some of it would rub off on me, but obviously that hasn't happened, so I'm learning Mandarin. But I've got to go. I promised my afternoon to the food bank. [Reciting Chinese phrases]

[NEW SCENE - The Luncheonette.]

CROSBY: What do you think?


CROSBY: Want to pretend you have your own morning show?


CROSBY: Yeah? You want to take a call?

JABBAR: Yeah, yeah, yeah.

CROSBY: All right, what are you gonna say?

JABBAR: Hello, people, what you doing?

CROSBY: Hey, I love your show. First-time caller, long-time listener. Uh, hey, last week on your, uh, on your show about presidents, uh, why'd you leave Richard Nixon out? I think he was an underrated president.

JABBAR: Yes, he was.

CROSBY: Oh, I'm glad we agree on that. Now, I wanted your advice on a certain matter here that's happening at work. I have a co-worker who always wants to eat lunch with me and, uh, well, to be honest, I don't always want to eat with him. What do you reckon I should do?

JABBAR: You should, you should eat, you should talk to your dad.

CROSBY: Okay, well, my dad is out of town on business. Uh, what should I do now?

JABBAR: Talk to your mom.

CROSBY: [Laughs] Okay. Listen, I found out from your mom that Max wants to eat lunch every day with you and you don't really want to. Is that the case? [Jabbar nods.] Yeah?

JABBAR: Sometimes I want to eat lunch with Jensen.

CROSBY: Mm-hmm. Well, I understand that. But sometimes you have to do things for family and they're not always fun, but you do it because family's so important. You know what I mean? [Jabbar shakes his head sideways.] Mm-hmm. Well, okay. I understand that you don't want to eat with Max every day. But do you think you could do it for just a little while longer?


CROSBY: Well, because, you know, Max needs you.

JABBAR: But why can't he eat with some of his other friends?

CROSBY: Well, because... Max has some problems. You know?

JABBAR: What kind of problems?

CROSBY: Well, it's difficult for him to make friends. You know how you can just go up and talk to anybody and everyone likes you? Kind of like me, right? Super likeable. Popular as all get-out. Well, you know, it's hard for Max. So.

JABBAR: But doesn't he have friends, though? Doesn't he have friends?

CROSBY: Well, I think you might be one of his only friends. That's why you need to hang in there for a little bit.


CROSBY: And help him, you know?


CROSBY: Yeah? You'll do that?

JABBAR: Uh-huh.

CROSBY: Then we'll reevaluate.


CROSBY: All right. I'm really proud of you.

JABBAR: Let's go in the loft.

CROSBY: All right, let's do it.


CROSBY: No more radio show for you.


CROSBY: All right. I could have played that for two hours.

[NEW SCENE - Exterior set for Zeek's commercial.

DIRECTOR: Are we ready to shoot this?

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Actors to places. Anybody got a 20 on Z?

MAN: Metallic! He's by crafting.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Mr. Braverman. Oh, Mr. Braverman.

ZEEK: Yeah. [Carrying a plate of food.]

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: I guess we're ready to shoot now.

ZEEK: Now?


ZEEK: But you said you were lighting.

DIRECTOR: [Off camera.] Come on, come on, let's do this.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: The lighting's perfect. We have a small window so we've got to get it now.

ZEEK: Uh, would you put that in my trailer?

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Sure, absolutely.

ZEEK: Thank you.

DIRECTOR: Feeling virile, Zeek?

ZEEK: Huh?

DIRECTOR: Are you feeling virile?

ZEEK: Virile, yeah, I'm ready.

DIRECTOR: All right, here we go.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Yeah, lose the glasses. Lose the glasses.

ZEEK: Right, yeah, yeah, yeah. Man, everybody's so excited. Hi.

TORREY: Hi, how's it going?

ZEEK: Hi, Torrey.

TORREY: Am I okay?

DIRECTOR: All right, we're going. Let's bring that fan out.

MAN: Go, fan.

ZEEK: Good luck, okay?

ACTRESS: Yeah, yeah.


DIRECTOR: Roll sound. Make some magic, Zeek.


DIRECTOR: And action!

ACTRESS: Are you worried about a storm?

ZEEK: Storm? Nope. Looks like clear skies ahead. You know, I've got a lot of life to live and with Virilia's help, I'm gonna live it all.

ACTRESS: [Laughs]

[They Kiss]

DIRECTOR: And cut! That was perfect, that was perfect.

ZEEK: Yeah?

DIRECTOR: Let's do it again.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: All right, back to one.

ZEEK: What?

DIRECTOR: We're just gonna do it one more time.

ZEEK: If it was perfect, how come we're doing it again?

DIRECTOR: Look, I know you've got a theater background, but I've only got 30 seconds here, man. Not 30 minutes. This ain't Titanic okay? Be happy, man.

ZEEK: Okay.

DIRECTOR: You've got your girl, you're on a boat.

ZEEK: Yeah.

DIRECTOR: Drugs are working.

ZEEK: Yeah.

DIRECTOR: You're virile.

ZEEK: Yeah.

DIRECTOR: Right now.

ZEEK: Right.

DIRECTOR: I need you to give my heart an erection, all right?

ZEEK: Right.

DIRECTOR: You need to sell this to me.

ZEEK: Okay.

DIRECTOR: Let's do this. This is the one. This is the money one.

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: Here we go. Come on, people. All right, places!

DIRECTOR: And roll camera.

WOMAN: Would you like a latte, Zeek?

ZEEK: A latte?

WOMAN: Yeah?

ZEEK: Sure.

[NEW SCENE - Alex's apartment.]

HADDIE: So we've got, at the revival house, The Breakfast Club, which we've seen before, or there's like a weird animation festival, so we basically have seen it or it's weird.

ALEX: Either one.

HADDIE: That's not fair. I just describe them to you. You have to make the decision.

ALEX: Neither one of them sounds too interesting, so just pick one.

HADDIE: What is your problem? We could see the Michael Cera movie.

ALEX: Uh, yeah. I mean, I guess what I'm saying is, maybe I don't want to see a movie.

HADDIE: Okay. Uh, we can just hang out.

ALEX: Something, um... Some--something's off.

HADDIE: Uh, sorry, I don't know what that means.

ALEX: Something's off with, uh, with me.

HADDIE: You have a lot going on. Do you want to talk about something?

ALEX: Well, it's not just with me. Just with us.

HADDIE: Okay. You mean with me.

ALEX: No, I mean with us. And it's really hard to talk about, but I haven't felt right in a long time, and I don't want to pretend anymore, and that's why I think that we shouldn't see each other anymore.


ALEX: Because I think that, um, we're in two different places in our life right now and it's, it's, it's holding us back. It's a disconnect somewhere and…

HADDIE: Alex, Alex, I'm sorry about the party.

ALEX: No, no, no, baby. It's not about the party. It's, it's something else. It's like, a lot of times when we're together, it feels like I'm not even there with you, and, Haddie, you deserve somebody that's gonna be there for you, all the way, all the time, and I don't know if I can be that guy for you right now.


ALEX: And I…

HADDIE: You just want to bail.

ALEX: No, I just don't think, I think it's best for us if we're not together, okay?

HADDIE: Okay, yeah, I got it.

ALEX: Wait, where are you going? Can you, can you just…?

HADDIE: I don't know. Did you want to go to the movies right now?

ALEX: No, I don't want you to leave. We're not even done talking. Can you just wait a second?

HADDIE: I don't, I don't really have anything to say.

ALEX: Well, can I at least take you home? Please? I insist. I don't want you walking around this neighborhood by yourself.

HADDIE: Okay, fine. Let's do what you want.

[NEW SCENE - Haddie opens her front door, Alex follows her inside.]

ALEX: Haddie, wait. Um, can you wait a second, please?

[Haddie goes up to her room.]

KRISTINA: Hey, guys. Hi.

ALEX: Um, hi, Mrs. Braverman.

KRISTINA: Where'd Haddie go? I thought you guys were gonna see a movie.

ALEX: Where…

[We hear the sound of Haddie slamming her bedroom door.]

ALEX: I, I just wanted to say, um, I'm sorry for, for bringing you guys into my mess. Just, um, I really… I really regret that…

KRISTINA: Oh, my gosh, honey. Don't…

ALEX: Mrs. Braverman, I do.

KRISTINA: Even worry about it.

ALEX: I know when me and Haddie first started dating that I wasn't exactly what you guys expected. I know.

KRISTINA: Oh, no. I mean, we've, uh, gotten past all that stuff. We're, You know, you're like our family, so…

ALEX: [sighs] I know you probably already know this, but you're a really good mom. I lost mine a long time ago, and I just, I feel really lucky to have gotten to know you, Mrs. Braverman.

KRISTINA: [Sighs] You know... [Sighs] You're a good kid. You've been through a lot. And we love you, so it's okay.

ALEX: Um, I love you guys too. Listen, um, can you just tell your husband I said thank you for everything? All right, I gotta go. [They hug goodbye.] And, uh, tell Max I said, uh, to keep working on his jump shot, okay?

[Alex leaves.]

[NEW SCENE - Short time later Kristina goes up to Haddie's room, knocks on the door.]



KRISTINA: You okay?

HADDIE: Um, yeah, I'm fine. Um, we, we're not going to the movies. I have a lot of work to do.

KRISTINA: Okay, um, I made dinner if you're hungry.

HADDIE: I'm okay, I'm okay. I'm just, like, on a roll, so I'm probably just gonna, um, work on this until it's done.

KRISTINA: I love you.

[NEW SCENE - Braverman house, sunroom.]

ZEEK: It was the damnest thing you ever saw, Millie. I mean, they had the tablecloths and silverware. My God, they had lobster, for Pete's sake. Jeez.

CAMILLE: Did you have a chair with your name on it?

ZEEK: No, the chair didn't have a name on it, but I had a trailer, though.

CAMILLE: You had your own trailer?

ZEEK: Oh, well, it wasn't my own trailer. That director kid had the big trailer.

CAMILLE: Oh, but you got along with him okay?

ZEEK: Well, yeah, I mean, you know, we had to, I tell you, Millie, the kid is like, he looked like an alien. I mean, the kid has got, like, a Mohawk with different colors on it and earrings, you know.

CAMILLE: Wow. So he was young, huh?

ZEEK: Yeah, he was real young. I mean, he was like a teenaged kid, you know? But he was, he was a pro. He was a class act. I mean, we got along. Yeah. God, it was just so much fun. Millie, it was, it was such a great day, you know? [Sighs] Let me ask you. Do you think it would be crazy if I tried to pursue something like this at my age? I mean, you know, went after it? Go ahead, just tell me. Tell me what you think.

CAMILLE: You mean, like, just keep doing it?

ZEEK: Yeah.

CAMILLE: Sure, of course, you know? If it's something that you love, don't second-guess yourself. I'm cold. You cold? I'm just gonna go throw on a sweater.

[NEW SCENE - Jabbar and Max having lunch, Jabbar is eating quickly.]

MAX: So what you do is, you unlock the trap door so that you can go down and get the little circle things, and that's how you get to level 11. You can come over to my house later and you can watch me play it.

JABBAR: I'm gonna go play with Jensen.

MAX: But I'm not done eating yet.

JABBAR: But, but I'm done.

MAX: But, no, we eat lunch together every day. That means we wait until we're both done eating. Jabbar, go back over there. [Getting angry.] No, we said we would eat together every day! [He grabs Jabbar.]


MAX: No!


MAX: No, you're breaking the rules! You have to wait until I'm done eating!

[The fight gets louder]

JABBAR: No, I don't!

MAX: Yes, you do!

JABBAR: No, I don't!

MAX: Yes, you do!

JABBAR: No, I don't!

MAX: Yes, you do!

JABBAR: My dad said I had to sit with you because there's something wrong with you! [He pushed Max to his seat.]

MAX: There's nothing wrong with me! [He pushed Jabbar to the ground.]

[The fight is on, they both scream as they grad at each other.]

[NEW SCENE - Drew's school, between classes he walks down the stairs, he sees Amy and starts to approach her before a girl comes running up.]

GIRL: Hey, Amy, check this out. It's all over Facebook.

AMY: Oh, my God. Is that Mr. Cyr?

GIRL: Yes.

AMY: [Laughs] Dude, come here. Look at this picture. Mr. Cyr making out with some chick.

DREW: [Recognizing the 'chick'.] Oh, my God.

AMY: [To the girls.] I'll see you guys. Drew, scandalous, right?

DREW: Yeah, man, it's hilarious. It's so funny.

AMY: What's your problem?

DREW: That's my mom. In the picture. That's my mom.

AMY: It is?

DREW: Yes. What is she…? Oh, my God, it's my whole family. Everyone is so unstable. I can't believe it. I mean, she went from my dad who was, like, was a drug addict, and now she's dating some high school English teacher. And then my Aunt, she's trying to buy a baby right now, literally trying to buy people's babies. Did you know my grandfather is doing erectile dysfunction commercials? I mean, you know what? No wonder our date went so bad. I mean, let's be honest. It wasn't good at all. And my sister, my sister wasn't even supposed to be there. You know, I'm the one that asked you out. God, I'm the one that liked you. Thanks for showing me the photo.

[NEW SCENE - Back at Sycamore Charter, the parents have been called, they are seated in the same lunch area as the fight.]

LUNCH LADY: The kids were eating lunch. I mean, everything was fine, uh, until I heard the shouting. And as I got closer, Max pushed Jabbar on the ground.

KRISTINA: How did this whole thing start? I don't get what happened.

LUNCH LADY: Max told us that Jabbar was supposed to eat with him.

JASMINE: I'm sorry, I'm a little confused, because I thought that we figured out the lunch issue.

KRISTINA: The lunch issue?

JASMINE: [Scoffs] You said that you talked to your brother.

CROSBY: I said I was going to and I didn't end up having time to, so…

ADAM: What is, what is this about? I don't know what's going on here. What the hell's going on, Crosby?

JASMINE: Max told Jabbar that they had to eat lunch together every day.

KRISTINA: I thought that they wanted to eat together.

ADAM: Yeah. What…?

JASMINE: Not, not all the time.


JASMINE: So what do you mean, you didn't have a chance to talk to Adam? That's what we agreed, that that was the best way to handle this.

CROSBY: I spoke to Jabbar, we had a conversation, and I thought the whole lunch thing would blow over, and it didn't.

JASMINE: I'm sorry. What did you say to Jabbar?

CROSBY: It's not relevant. It doesn't matter, clearly.

JASMINE: Yes, it is relevant.

JABBAR: He said that I had to be nice to Max because there's something wrong with him.

[They start talking over each other.]

CROSBY: No, no, no, no, that is not what I said.

KRISTINA: Max, nothing's wrong with you.

CROSBY: I said that we're family and we need to stick together and I said that Max has some problems.

ADAM: Hold on, hold on, hold on.

CROSBY: Who doesn't have problems?

ADAM: Just a second, you should have listened to her and come and talked to me.

[NEW SCENE - Short time later walking to their cars.]

ADAM: [Upset.] What the hell's the matter with you?

CROSBY: Look it, I went out of my way to ask my so to do something that he didn't want to do for you.

ADAM: Sounds to me like you didn't do much.

CROSBY: How are you made at me?

ADAM: This is a new school for him. He's trying to work it out.

CROSBY: How is that relevant? You're mad at me because I'm trying to help you!

ADAM: You feel okay so he can come to a regular school so he's not stigmatized.

CROSBY: Am I supposed to be the only one who can't talk about it? You guys can talk about it. You can talk about it with your son, but I never…

ADAM: You don't get it. He has Asperger's, and we've worked very hard to make sure that he doesn't view it like a limitation.

CROSBY: Okay, so I won't ever talk about it.

ADAM: Good!

CROSBY: I mean, honestly!

JASMINE: If you just did what I told you to do, you wouldn't be in this mess.

CROSBY: Okay, I'm so sorry, sweetie. I'm sorry I failed you again.

JASMINE: Yeah, well, at least you're consistent. [Claps.]

[NEW SCENE - Braverman front yard, Sarah and Mark are kissing by his car and Drew comes up the drive.]

SARAH: Where?

MARK: Do you like Italian?

SARAH: I do.

MARK: Oh, jeez, hang on.

SARAH: Oh, hi!

MARK: Hey, Drew. [Laughs] Sorry.

SARAH: You know Mark.

DREW: Sure do.

MARK: Hello.

SARAH: How was school? Huh? [Straightens her clothes.] Drew.

DREW: What?

SARAH: How was school?

DREW: School was great, all right? I'm the laughingstock right now, so thanks.

SARAH: Wait. Why? Come here. Talk to me. What happened?

DREW: Because there's a picture of you guys making out going around school, so…

SARAH: What? What do you mean?

DREW: Making out in front of the school in a car.

SARAH: Of us?

DREW: Yeah, of you.

SARAH: That's impossible, honey.

DREW: Um, okay, well, there is, so…

SARAH: Oh, it's from, we're, well.

MARK: We weren't making out.

SARAH: We weren't making out.

MARK: We just were saying good-bye.

DREW: Oh, great, great. So you weren't making out. All right, cool.

SARAH: I mean, who has the picture?

DREW: Everyone, mom. Including the girl that I like, so thanks.

SARAH: Oh, honey.

DREW: You'll probably see it in the yearbook.

SARAH: I feel so stupid.

[NEW SCENE - Braverman house, Camille is in the bathroom getting ready for bed. Zeek enters.]

ZEEK: Hey. [Camille smiles.] Well, I have been pretty full of myself for the past week or so, haven't I?

CAMILLE: Really?

ZEEK: [Laughs] Yeah. Yeah, I mean, you know, I, it was a good job. I really liked it, but heck, you know, it's not like I want to do it the rest of my life or anything.

CAMILLE: Well, why not, if you love it?

ZEEK: Well, Millie, I just don't want it to drive a wedge between you and I.

CAMILLE: Yeah, I know. I know you don't. I did feel, uh, left out. [Laughs] I mean, you were just so happy. You know, you were incredibly happy and, uh, I had nothing to do with it. See? That's the thing. None of it had anything to do with me. But it started me thinking that I have to find something like that for myself, you know? Something that makes me feel that way. Maybe I have to do something more with my painting. You know, put my stuff out there. Um, I started learning to speak Mandarin, something I've always wanted to do. I don't know. Something. I'll figure it out. The good thing is that it, um, inspired me, you know? You inspired me, so.

ZEEK: Aw, come on.

CAMILLE: Well, you did.


CAMILLE: Sure. So what was it like, kissing a much younger woman? What was she, like 35?

ZEEK: 28. [Camille playfully hits Zeek on the chest.] Oh, Millie. [He kisses her on the lips before sighing.] So, uh, guess what? I stole something from work, [Holds up a little blue pill, handing it to Camille.] and I was thinking that, you know, if I did another commercial, maybe I should get to know its properties.

CAMILLE: [Tosses it to the ground.] You don't need that.

[She leads him to their bedroom.]

ZEEK: You can say that again. You can call me Captain.


ZEEK: Just relax.

CAMILLE: [Speaking Chinese]

ZEEK: [Laughs]

CAMILLE: [Speaking Chinese]

[They close the door.]

[NEW SCENE - Night time, Drew in bed but wide awake. Then he hears pebble clacking against his window. Finally he gets up.]

AMY: Hey.

DREW: What are you doing?

AMY: Were you sleeping?

DREW: No, no, I wasn't. What are you doing here?

AMY: I snuck out.

DREW: Nice. [Laughs] Hey, I'm glad you're here. I, I wanted to say I'm sorry about what I said at school. I was completely overreacting. I was acting crazy.

AMY: I don't, I don't think you're crazy. [Pause.] You want to go for a walk?

DREW: Yeah. Um, yeah. Just one second.

AMY: [Tossing another pebble.] Hey, hey! I like your PJs.

DREW: Thank you.

[Drew gets some shoes and a sweeter, trying to be quite but knocks over a few toys. Before exiting his room.]

[NEW SCENE - Kristina knocks softly on Haddie's door. She enters, Haddie is listening to music through her headphones.]

HADDIE: Hi, mom. [She turns the music off.]

KRISTINA: Hey, honey. [Closes the door.]

HADDIE: We broke up.

KRISTINA: I'm sorry.

HADDIE: [Sniffles] I just, I don't understand why, if he loves me, he doesn't want to be with me.

KRISTINA: [Sighs] I don't know and…

HADDIE: I feel like I did something wrong.

KRISTINA: No, you didn't do anything wrong. It's not your fault, okay? This is about him. Listen, sometimes people, it's, it just happens. It's okay.

HADDIE: [Crying]

KRISTINA: It's okay, baby. It's okay.

HADDIE: [Crying]

[NEW SCENE - The Luncheonette. Adam is busy when Crosby enter.]

CROSBY: What are you doing?

ADAM: What does it look like I'm doing? [Plugs in a cable.] Ow.

CROSBY: [Laughs]

ADAM: What are you laughing at? You know, you're like the last person in the world I want to see right now.

CROSBY: Yeah? Right back at you. Why are you running mic cable right now?

ADAM: Uh, I am running mic cable because I want to see if I could get this to work.

CROSBY: Uh-huh. And you just got a compulsion in the middle of the night to make sure that the mic cable will work? What's the urgency of this mic cable?

ADAM: [On the mic, in the Mix Room.] Because the bank called and the loan came through. [Sighs]

CROSBY: [Laughs] For real?

ADAM: [Mic] Brother, we are officially in business.

CROSBY: Come on! Say it again.

ADAM: [Mic] We are officially in business.

CROSBY: Oh! [Cymbal crashing] All right! Come on! You got that board on? Let's see if your, uh, mic cable running works.

ADAM: [Mic] This is the craziest thing I've done in my life.

CROSBY: [Sitting at the drum set.] Hey, the luncheonette is back.

ADAM: [Mic] 1, 2, 3, and...

CROSBY: [Drumming]
[Adam dances as the music plays]

Episode End
3.04 - Clear Skies From Here on Out
Original Airdate (NBC) October 4, 2011
Written by Bridget Carpenter
Directed by Adam Davidson

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

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