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When She Was Bad

Two days ago…

(The scene opens with Jillian sitting on the edge of a bed in an empty hospital room. She is hunched over with her head in her hands.)

(Two police officers knock on the open door.)

“Jillian Humphries?”

(Jillian lifts her head slowly to look at the officers.)

“Yea … that’s me,” she says slowly.

(She rubs her forehead as if she is tired.)

Officer 1 says, “I understand Paul is your husband?”

“He’s my boyfriend…but, yeah,” says Jillian. “What sort of trouble has he gotten into this time?”

“Miss, your boyfriend has been involved in a car accident. We believe he was under the influence of cocaine at the time of the accident,” says Officer 2.

(Jillian rises to stand. She walks closer to Officer 2.)

“Please don’t tell me he’s hurt someone,” Jillian says.

Officer 1 says, “There were multiple vehicles involved. Miss, there was only one survivor. Four people are dead.”

(The camera focuses on Jillian, who is grasping her chest as if she has lost her breath.)

“This can’t be happening,” says Jillian, incredulously. “What about Paul? Is he dead, too?”

“No, he suffered only minor injuries, miss. As soon as he’s cleared medically, we’re going to be bringing him into the station for booking. Once he’s booked, you’ll be able to post his bail,” says Officer 2.

(Jillian stares blankly ahead as if she is in shock.)

Officer 1 says, “Is there someone we can call for you? Do you have any questions for us before we go?”

(Jillian walks to the window of the hospital room, pulling out her cell phone.) 

“No, I think I understand,” she says carefully.

“Here’s my card if you need anything,” says Officer 2.

(Jillian takes the business card, and the police officers leave the room. Jillian turns back toward the window and begins to make a phone call.)

(The audience can hear faint ringing and then the tone to leave a voicemail.)

“Mom? It’s Jill. I know it’s been a while, but I really screwed up this time. I need your help. I don’t know what to do. Please call me,” says Jillian as she leaves her mother a voice message.

(She looks out the window, clearly overcome with emotion, and begins to cry, quietly.)

(The camera pulls out of the room and focuses on a male patient watching Jillian cry. He starts to take a step into the room but changes his mind. The man is seen walking toward the police officers and the scene ends with him talking (soundlessly) to the police officers.)

End Scene

“Hero”

(The scene opens with Jillian sitting alone at a round cafeteria table at the hospital. She is thumbing through a magazine and eating a salad.)

(A man the audience has never seen before approaches Jillian and sits down at the table.)

“Jillian, right?” Says the man.

“Yea, and you’re James,” Jillian says with a smile. “How are you feeling?” 

(James runs his hand through his hair.) “I mean, as good as can be expected. You just can’t prepare for something like this,” James says with a shrug.

(Jillian puts down her magazine and reaches across the table to squeeze James’ hand.) “I know…” 

(She trails off. Their eyes meet and it’s clear that there is a spark between them. Jillian releases James’ hand to ease the tension.) 

“You know her family has been here all night waiting to talk to you.”

(James sits back in his chair and sighs.) 

“I don’t even know what I would say to them. I want to be able to help. . . I want to be able to give them answers, but I don’t even know what to say” says James

(Jillian leans forward to speak to him more privately.) “James, you did everything you could. The auto injuries were just too severe.” (She again reaches out to touch his arm.) 

“You know, not many people would have done, or could have done, what you did. I know you don’t want to hear it, but you really are a hero.” Jillian says.

(Their eyes meet again and Jillian rises to stand.) 

“Do you want me to tell them you aren’t ready to see anyone yet?” Says Jillian

James says “No. I’ll go find them after I grab something to eat. I should just get it over with.”

“If you want to take some time no one would fault you. You’re probably more traumatized from the accident than you think you are, ya know,” says Jillian.

(She starts to back away as if to leave. James rides to follow her and they begin to walk out of the cafeteria and down the hall of the hospital.) 

“And what about you?” James asks.

(Jillian looks tired and sighs.) 

“What about me? I’m fine,” Jillian says.

(They walk down another empty hallway. James stops Jillian so they can talk. They are standing close.)

“No, you’re not fine. I’m not fine. None of this is fine.”

(Jillian looks at him closely.)

“I don’t know what you mean,” She says.

(James touches her shoulder softly.) 

“You and I both know this has been hard on you too. I was there when you found out.”

(Jillian looks stunned and can’t stop a tear from rolling down her cheek.)

“I don’t know what to do anymore,” She cries.

(James pulls her in for a hug. She looks up at him after a moment. Their eyes lock and just as they move in to kiss, the scene ends.)

End Scene

“I Have Eyes Only for You”

Scene 1

(Jillian is sitting in her bedroom on the edge of her bed. Her head is hanging and she seems to be crying. Her mother, Susan, walks in and sits next to her.)

“Jillian, honey, is there anything I can do?” Susan says, while softly patting her back.

(Jillian starts to cry more heavily and tries to speak.)

“I- I- I- just don’t understand how this happened,” Jillian barely chokes out.

(Susan stands up suddenly, with anger)

“What do you mean you don’t understand how this happened? This is all your fault, Jill. I don’t know how you could be so foolish.”

(Jillian also rises. She is silently glaring at her mother)

“You know as well as I do that I couldn’t have known what he did when I got to work that day. I have no control over what happened, but I’m thinking I should call him a Salt Lake City car accident lawyer.” Jillian says evenly. “A little support would go a long way right now, mother.”

(Susan approaches Jillian, her finger pointed in Jillian’s face.)

“You mean to tell me that he didn’t tell you anything about what happened before he told police? You live together for God’s sake.” 

(Jillian says nothing, but stares hard at Susan before exiting the room.)

End Scene

Cut to commercial

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Scene 2

(The scene opens with Jillian driving along a wide open road before turning into what is clearly a county jail. She parks the car and takes a deep breath before heading inside.)

(The camera watches Jillian as she goes through security and is seated in a cubicle with clear glass and a telephone attached to the wall. A man wearing a bright orange prison jumpsuit is brought to sit opposite Jillian.)

(He picks up the phone. Jillian stares at him silently before also carefully reaching for the phone.)

“Jill, oh my God! thank God you’re here,” Paul whispers into the phone, hurriedly.

“What else was I supposed to do, Paul? Sit at home and watch the news? Or, maybe I should have paid a visit to the funeral home? What the hell did you do?” Jillian responds.

(Paul begins to shake his leg nervously.)

“Aw c’mon babe, ya gotta believe me, it isn’t what you think it is, I promise. You know we were friends for such a long time, that’s all.” 

(Jillian’s eyes light up with fury.)

“Oh okay, you were friends . . . and that’s how she died, huh?” Jillian exclaims angrily. 

(Paul tries to interject to explain his drinking problem, but Jillian hangs up the phone, gets out of her seat, and walks away without another word as Paul continues to call after her.)

End Scene

“Kill Me”

Scene 1

(The scene opens at Gregory Daniels Memorial Hospital in the Emergency Dept; there are patients everywhere being treated. We see Jillian enter into a trauma room. The patient appears to be unconscious.)

“What have you got for me?” Jillian says.

“22-year-old female. Apparent broken leg. Suffered a possible brain injury in a car crash.” says a young intern.

(Jillian goes to take her pulse) “Pulse rate is low, patient is bradycardic. Let’s get her into a room and set up for an EKG. Monitor her vitals closely while I do rounds.”

(Jillian exits the room and moves onto the next hospital room.) 

(An older woman of color is laying lifeless in a bed. Jillian walks over and holds her hand. The woman’s eyes flicker open.

“How are you feeling today?” Jillian asks. 

(The woman gives Jillian the side eye without saying anything.)

“I’m just asking” she says with a shrug. Jillian sits down in the chair next to the patient, still holding her hand. 

“I postponed Boston for another six weeks so I can stay with you. The doctor says we are going to start physical therapy soon.” (Jillian smiles, an attempt to brighten the mood.)

(The woman laying in the bed slaps Jillian’s hand away, angrily.)

(Jillian looks stunned.) “Oh my goodness, what has gotten into you today?” Jillian asks.

(The woman struggles to a seated position, she will not allow Jillian to help her despite Jillian’s attempts.)

“Stella!” Jillian exclaims. “Let me help you, please, let me help you.”

(Stella continues to push Jillian away until she is able to sit up and look at Jillian. The camera zooms focuses squarely on Stella’s face.) She whispers, “Kill me.”

 

 

 

End Scene

Cut to commercial

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Scene 2

(The scene opens in Stella’s hospital room, immediately after she asks Jillian to kill her.)

(Jillian stares wide-eyed at Stella, her mouth dropped open in horror.)

“No, Stella, what do you mean? You’ve started to make progress, your vitals are good. Once you start therapy your quality of life will improve, you’ll see. Trust me.” says Jillian.

(She begins to fluff the pillows behind Stella’s back. Stella says nothing but is looking pleadingly into Jillian’s eyes. She touches Jillian’s arm softly, then grasps it again, silently.)

(Jillian looks down at Stella, with tears in her eyes.)

“Stella, I can’t. I can’t lose you. Not after all we’ve been through together.” Jillian says. 

(Stella squeezes Jillian’s wrist tightly, but quickly. She blinks twice.)

(With tears in her eyes, Jillian sits down on the side of the bed, right next to Stella and hugs her tightly. The camera focuses on Jillian’s face hugging Stella.)

(She closes her eyes briefly then opens them.) “I’ll do it.” Jillian whispers.

The scene ends and cuts to black. 

End Scene.