So This Is Christmas (2013) Script


( sirens blaring )

( Indistinct chattering )

( Sobbing )

( Woman speaking indistinctly over p.A. )

We have an 18-year-old male with gunshot wounds to the leg and shoulder.

One, two, three.

Yep. He's on something.

Jason. I need to talk to Jason.

Soon. Just not now.

Get her into pre-op.

How did you get in?

I...I heard the gunshots, and I rushed to the back door.

( Sniffling )

What'd you do to Jason?

Huh?

Can I see a doctor?

Baby, the police are outside.

And if you're up to it, they want to talk to you.

I'll take care of Ashley, Mr. Lane.

Thank you, brother.

( Machine beeps )

So...

How did you end up at your brother's girlfriend's house last night?

We were working on...

Christmas costumes for my play.

Where'd you get the money we found in your possession?

We were raising that money at the garage sale yesterday.

See, this past fall, things had gotten pretty bad...

At school, at home.

Man: This year's production, holiday cheer, has been penned by yours truly.

( Scattered applause )

All right, so when I call your name, just come up to the stage and state the part you'll be reading.

Uh, Monica tishauer.

( Clears throat ) I'll be reading for Betty, the garbage girl.

Just look at what I found in my garbage truck.

I'll have the best-decorated house in town.

( Snickering )

This is garbage.

( Sighs ) Man: Ashley Lane?

Ashley Lane?

People, time is of the essence.

Last call for Ashley Lane.

Right.

Karen snow?

( Sighs )

( Sighs )

Idiot.

How will you know if you will ever do anything if you can never do anything?

( Sighs )

( Gasps )

How'd it go?

It went.

I decided that I didn't have time. So...

Should at least try.

Yeah? You didn't.

It's gonna be stupid anyway.

( Affecting accent ) Oh, but Ms. Lane, you'd be missing out on such a wonderful high school experience.

Nicki, drop dead.

( Sighs )

Listen closely

or you'll never hear me whisper

all the pretty things.

I'm scared to say out loud

in my mind I know

all I can do is kiss you ( Dog barking )

But I'm caught between the curtain and the crowd forgot to pick up Jason. Ah.

He's been waiting a half an hour. ( Sighs )

Well, he's 17. He'll get over it.

Would it bother you so much if it was Ashley I forgot?

Forget about it. I'm going.

I'm going.

Thank you, bill.

( Sighs )

How about let's just have an early dinner tonight, huh, baby?

Uh, tonight's no good.

I already made plans with Phyllis and Claire.

Maybe next time.

Okey-dokey.

I know...

( Music playing indistinctly )

Drive you home?

No, it's okay, Mr. Lane. I gotta meet someone.

But, uh, catch y'all later.

( Sniffing )

Fasten your seatbelt.

It wasn't me. It was Nicki. Mm-hmm.

( Seatbelt clicks )

( Music stops )

( Sighs )

I think your mother... you mean your wife? ( Sighs )

You've got to stop hanging out with Nicole.

When we get home, I want you to put those clothes in the laundry.

They smell like smoke.

I saw that.

( Jason coughing ) Geez!

Who reeks in here?

This must be you, ashtray Lane, right?

( No audible dialogue )

So Jason, how was practice?

( Sighs ) Brutal.

Captain hit the hurdle full-on.

He's probably out for the season.

But hopefully I get my shot at being captain now.

Really?

It could happen. Right?

I mean, who else would coach pick, anyway?

Someone with better grades.

Father, lay your hand upon my head

I said it's only consolation

although we have the same disease

I'm afraid we may need different medication where's mom?

At some committee thing.

Right.

Yo. Think fast, brainless.

( Laughs ) ( Groans )

Sit down

and...

Hey, where you going?

Uh...

Just gonna go meet up and study with angel tonight.

Look, uh...

If I don't get off probation this semester, then I can't run track.

And we both know how disappointed that would make mom, right?

( Whispers ) Yeah. Sorry.

Where're your books?

So relax

sit down

and talk to...

I'm gonna go get some chicken.

Anybody...

Wanna come?

Nicki, big surprise...

Sharon is out. ( Sighs )

And all I have to do is homework and laundry.

Dad's picking up dinner.

So you're alone?

Cain's club time.

Uh, I don't...

( scoffs ) He's gonna be back.

So?

Just leave him a note.

Okay, meet me in 15.

( Exhales deeply )

( Motorcycle engine idling )


Hey, there.

Hey.

What's your name?

They all go off and leave you?

Willy, huh?

( Making clicking noises )

Thank you very much.

We just met.

Wanna come out and play?

Huh?

Come on.

( Whistling )

Billy.

( Whistling ) Come on.

( Sniffs ) You...

You really stink.

We have to work on that.

( Groans )

( Groans )

Nice.

( Grunts )

I've got to go.

But I'll be back.

See you later.

( Dance music playing )

So this beats doing laundry, huh?

I mean, just a little?

I can't find my cigarettes.

You and your dad not so Disney these days.

Sharon and me...

Like a total train wreck.

( Clatters )

You got a light?

Man: Have we met before?

Trust me... If we had, you'd remember.

Dance?


Boy: Hey, Jason!

( Laughing and chattering )

First-timers.

Hey. Keep it down.

( Chuckling )

( Lilting voice ) I got money.

( Chuckles ) Um...

I was just going down to angel's.

You could drop me off there.

( Singsong voice ) I am...

Superman.

I can do anything.

Man, you... you blew me away at practice today.

You think maybe, uh...

You could teach me to do distance?

( Laughing )

I'm not a miracle worker, baby.

( Sighs )

Just superman.

Go ahead, jazz.

I'll advance you...

Again.

Hey, hey, hey. ( Laughs )

That's... that's mine.

Rich boy's good for it.

Nobody gets deep into me.

( Grunts )

( Sighs ) I still owe you?

You jocks aren't very good with numbers, are you?

$120.

What?! I-I just gave you a hundred.

You haven't give me Jack.

Your parties are never gonna be on me.

I'll get it to you, g.

Tomorrow, jazz.

And forget about angel.

She doesn't own you.

( Grunts )

Hello?

( Slurring speech ) Wait a minute.

( Laughs )

This isn't... this isn't the washroom.

( Groans )

Hello?

You know, this isn't exactly the best neighborhood to be passing out in.

Where's your date?

( Slurring speech ) I'm not allowed to date.

I am a princess. ( Chuckling )

Shh.

Shh.

( Laughing )

Oh...

( Whimpers )

All right, let's get you home.

( Laughing )

( Laughing ) ( Grunts )

What... Great... Hair.

( Laughing )

( Sighs )

Whoo.

Yay.

( Sighs )

Well, princess, where do you live?

At home.

( Slurring speech ) Would you like to kiss me?

Definitely not. ( Grunts )

Why not?

Am I ugly?

( Gasps ) No.

Your breath stinks.

I like you, too.

Look, I've got to be at work early tomorrow, and if you want a ride home, just tell me where you live.

Otherwise, out of the van.

( Singsong voice ) 5...3...3...

Parkwood drive.

You know...

You're not very nice.

I am not going to dance with you.

Hey, baby.

Sharon: Hey.

How was dinner?

Didn't go too well.

I missed you.

Did you have a good time?

( Sighs )

We were trying to motivate the denby company to conform to green standards. Mm-hmm.

I have been working, and I am tired.

I'm green.

Did you feed that dog?

Ah...

I told Jason to do it.

The dog is not Jason's little brother.

And it's not gonna make up for the fact that we don't have a child together.

Wow.

( Sighs )

( Sighs )

What are you doing?

( Laughing )

( Breathing heavily )

Bill: I thought you were in your room not feeling well.

I am not.

Sharon: Where have you been?

And what are you wearing?!

( Slurring speech ) That's too many questions.

I only do one at a time, okay?

It is not okay.

Are you drunk?

You been drinking?

Oh, give it a rest, Sharon.

I seem to remember you getting hammered a time or two when you were younger.

Bill: Come here, baby.

Okay, daddy.

Put your hand around daddy.

Oh... Real neat.

I love you. I know.

( Groans ) Can I have some cookies and milk?

You know you're better than this.

I wish I had a real mom.

( Thunder crashing )

( Indistinct chattering over police radio )

You remind me so much of Amanda.

My little princess.

Sharon hates me.

Oh, no she doesn't.

She does not hate you.

She just gets disappointed when you do things like tonight.

I'm disappointed, too.

( Whispers ) But I still love you.

Good night, princess.

Why do you disappoint Sharon, daddy?

( Breathes deeply )


( Sighs )

Whoa. ( Coughs )

Who beat you up last night? ( Sighs )

( Sighs ) You look like trash.

No response?

Okay. Cool. ( Sniffles )

Oh, yeah. Here you go.

Want some breakfast?

You can have as much as you want.

I made enough for everybody.

( Retching ) What?

( Retching continues )

Okay.

More for me.

( Sniffles )

( Sniffles )

I actually feel better.

I bet you do.

( Chuckles ) Just wanna die now.

Well, here's a little trick I learned.

( Sniffles )

( Coughs )

Peppermint schnapps.

( Sighs ) Drink some of this.

You'll feel better. Come on.

( Sniffles )

Ooh. Oh, that's good.

( Chuckles )

( Breathing deeply )

I owe you.

Ah, actually, funny that you say that.

I, uh...

Could use some money right now.

Hmm. Hmm.

You and everybody else.

Y... what?

What am I supposed to do with $5?

I can't... Sharon: Good morning.

Jay, haven't seen you in a while.

What's been keeping you busy?

That was your fault last night, mom.

What are you talking about?

While you were at your meeting thing, I was hittin' the books.

All right, um, I happen to be free tonight if you wanna go grab dinner or something, just the two of us. You're on.

I'll pick you up after practice. All right.

Bye, baby.

( Whispers ) Feel better.

Sharon.

About last night...

I'm sorry.

I guess I just...

Makin' a play for your father's attention?

Again?

I'm just trying to... well I'm trying to keep peace for your father's sake.

Can't you at least do that?

Keep peace? Mm-hmm.

Yeah.

Yeah, I can... I can do that.

Good. ( Phone ringing )

( Sighs )

"Good morning, dad."

Hello, kids.

( Clears throat )

( Sighs )

"I'll make you coffee, dad."

Thank you, honey.

"I'll do the dishes, dad."

Thank you, Jason.

( Groans )

Make it strong, bill.

Make it strong.

( Mutters )

What is that?

Here you go. Thank you, baby.

You're welcome.

Sharon? Yeah.

Could we agree to cut down on some things?

I'm not spending anything extra.

No, but your lunches and your dinners with your friends really add up.

Maybe if you did something with a future.?

Lane publishing was daddy's baby.

But not ours.

Your lobbying job pays practically nothing.

Well, at least I'm contributing to society.

I'd like you to contribute more to our finances.

This house is worth less than half of what we paid for it.

Were are serious underwater, baby.

You're not thinking of selling it, are you?

We can't.

We don't have enough equity to pay off the mortgage.

( Doorbell rings )

I'll get it.

I was on my way out, anyway.

Have a nice day.

Hi, there. I noticed you might need some maintenance work done.

Bill!

Hi.

Uh, what can I do for you?

I hope I can help you.

I just finished several jobs for you neighbors.

Uh, the Alexanders, proudfoots, and Mr. Wilson.

They can all tell you about my work. Mmm.

Thanks, but I really... if I may. Uh...

Some areas...

( sighs )

Need serious repair.

I know. Believe me.

Uh, look, thanks, but I can't...

I can't really "afford" any...

Extra help right now.

I'm a good worker and I'm open to barter.

Uh... What do you have in trade?

( Squeaks )

( Sighs )

Nicki, how did I get home last night?

Nicki: I don't know, but...

I got home in a '65 mustang.

Are you home now?

( Sighs ) And hung over.

( Chuckling ) You lush.

Meet me at "hooker on a stump." Okay.

( Gasps ) Whoa.

Nice shoes.

School let out early today?

And you are?

Mac.

Dad hired me to work on the house.

Brilliant.

I'm just on my way to audition for a Christmas play.

When you see my dad, will you tell him that?

And that I'll be a little late.

Okay?

( Squeaking )

( Child shouting indistinctly )

Ashley: Hey. Oh.

Hey.

Do you wanna go to a house party tonight?

Sharon's too burned.

I have to be back home before she and Jason get back from dinner.

Just come for a little while.

But you're, uh, gonna have to wear something a little better than that.

No money.

( Scoffs )

You know... come here.

You don't have to always pay for everything.

Nicki, you shoplift?

( Snickers )

Where do you think I get all my stuff?

( Doorbell rings )

( Knocking )

Hello, Angelina.

( Exhales sharply )

Hi, Mr. I.

Um, I made this shirt for Jason.

I hand-embroidered it.

You don't think it's too feminine, do you?

No. It reminds me of what I used to wear.

Jason's having dinner with his mother.

Really? Yeah.

You don't have to lie if he's with another girl.

Oh. Come in.

So, what makes you think he wouldn't be having dinner with his mother?

I never see him anymore.

Saw him last night.

Or doesn't studying count anymore?

No, I haven't seen Jason in two weeks.

New friends are such scumbags.

What new friends you talking about?

Did Jason make this?

Yes, he did.

That was his Christmas present to me last year.

He made me a beautiful jewelry box.

You know we plan to have our own business someday?

Me doing the whole clothes-design thing, and Jason doing his woodwork. ( Chuckles )

Nice.

So maybe he's been spending more time at the shop.

Nice try.

But they haven't seen him in over a month.

He even left a rocker he was working on half-finished.

I don't know what to tell you, baby.

Well, just give him this.

I'll have a talk with him.

No. I'm the one that needs to have a talk with im.

You're really okay, Mr. I.

( Chuckles ) Thank you.

Sometimes I wonder.

( Laughs )

Okay, well, I'm gonna go.

Have a good day, baby. Thanks.

So, what's been keeping my track star away from home so much?

It's not a girl, is it?

No, uh-uh.

( Sniffles ) As a matter of fact, I stood up angel last night so I could study.

You're still seeing her?

( Sighs )

Does her mother still work at Wal-Mart?

Whoa! Mom, for real?

Come on... her mom's cool, all right?

I mean, besides, I might need to get a job there, myself.

You get an allowance.

Yeah, but dad's cutting back till I get my grades up.

I need money now.

For what?

Something wrong?

Nuh-uh.

My cross-trainers just gettin' old.

( Both chuckling ) I forgot.

At your age, things get old five minutes ago, right? Mmm? ( Chuckles )

How much you need, baby?

350.

For cross-trainers?

Well, I mean, the whole team's gettin' these leather jackets, right?

( Stammering ) I guess I could settle for a nylon jacket, but I know you don't want your boy rocking no nylon jacket at school.

( Chuckles ) I only got 150, Jay.

No, that's cool. That's cool.

That's enough for the shoes.

But we can go shopping together for that jacket, right?

I mean, you... you can charge it, right?

( Chuckles ) Right.

( Both chuckling )

You're the best, mom.

( Paper tearing )

I love you, too, baby.

So, baby, I know I haven't been to the track meets lately, and I'm sorry, but you know I've been working hard with this committee.

You know? Go green. Yeah.

But I really wanna talk to you about that angel.

What? I don't like her.

Huh? ( Stammering )

I just don't.

I-I just feel like she's... In the way of your future.

She's needy. She didn't even do anything to you.

She's needy. Just saying. ( Chuckles )

Okay, okay. You need to try something new.

New like what? What's new?

Keep it movin'.Com.

What is that? Did you just make that up?

Well, maybe. ( Chuckles )

Okay. Might be a site with some new Booty on it.

Mom! ( Laughing )

Ahh. ( Jason chuckling )

The jacket looks nice on you. Right?

Thank you. Thank you to my mom. ( Chuckles )

Why are you sitting in the dark?

Where were you last night?

Uh... I-I was studying like I told you.

You haven seen Angelina in weeks.

I just figured that studying with angel would...

Um, just distract me a little bit.

He already told me.

Just where have you been going?

Bill... I asked you a question.

The library. What... a guy tries to do the right thing, and I get jumped for it?

Are you trying to do the right thing?

Yes... ( Stammering )

Your father's finished with his questions.

Go on upstairs and study, baby.

Well, you've managed to ruin a perfectly lovely evening.

Bill: Just trying to make him live up to his responsibilities.

He only comes home long enough to eat and to ask for more money.

Sharon: Like your daughter's home more?

My son's an athlete, and one day he's going to be important.

He's important now, Sharon.

Has it ever occurred to you that Jason doesn't even wanna be an athlete?

Then why is he trying so hard to make captain?

He's not. If you'd come to any of his track meets, you'd know.

He... he'll never be captain.

Your daughter's the loser.

And she dresses like trailer trash.

( Sobbing )

Bill: If Ashley's mother was home once in a while... oh, please. I'm up in this dump more than I care to be.

Charming.

If a... maybe, maybe if we got this place together...

Let's get you back.

( Sighs )

No life, huh?

This is gross.

It may not look like much now, but, uh, wait till I get the drapes up.

This place is a hole.

It just... Needs a little love.

( Sighs )

Yeah.

Well, don't we all?

Why don't you put this on?

It's...

Warmer.

( Sighs )

( Sniffles ) ( Sighing )

And why don't you take care of Willy?

Bill: What, did you guys buy out the entire store?

Sneaking in again?

I just fed Willy.

Thank you, baby.

What was she wearing?

( Chuckles ) Looked like it was from a thrift store.

( Sighs )


( Sniffing )

Jason, I need to talk to you!

Are you sure you wouldn't rather talk to my father?

I came to see you. You weren't home.

Why'd you tell him we haven't been studying together?

I didn't know you told him we were. Look, I...

I just can't have any more hassles right now.

Don't shut me out.

Mmm.

Let's go somewhere.

Is your mom home?

She leaves for work in about an hour.

I don't think I can wait that long.

Promise me you'll come over this time.

I love you.

Promise.

Believe it.

( Sniffling )

That is one hot little piece of ass.

You shut up about her. You hear me?

( Grunting )

That's not how you talk to me.

( Breathing heavily )

Thanks.

You, too, Willy.

You're welcome.

You'll make a terrific virgin Mary.

Shut up.

( Stammering ) Who said I was a virgin?

I was talking about the play.

And being a virgin is bad because... Why?

'Cause nobody else is.

There may be one or two.

And what play are you talking about?

Hello? The Christmas play.

Mary, baby Jesus, wise men.

You auditioned for it.

( Laughs ) Remember?

No one does that kind of play anymore.

It's not politically correct. ( Chuckles )

Oh.

I ran across this when I was cleaning.

Wait.

Sharon was in the band with my mom and dad?

Evidently. She was pregnant and depressed.

Her boyfriend left her.

She didn't want the baby.

The plan was for your mother to watch after both kids while Sharon filled in with the band.

How do you know all this?

Your father asked me to look over things so I wouldn't throw out anything important.

This seemed important.

And... Kinda personal.

So I stopped reading.

Thanks.

Would you be willing to do me a favor?

That depends.

There's a bunch of kids down at the shelter who don't know it's not politically correct to have a Christmas play.

They'd really like to have one, and I could really use a good acting coach.

I can't act. ( Grunts )

Huh.

I... what makes you think that's mine? ( Chuckles )

You see?

You can give quite a performance.

So, I have no choice.

No.

But I think you'll like it.

It's three days a week, and a half-day Saturdays.

( Sniffling )

Come back to bed and hold me.

You could at least help me with the bed.

You helped mess it up.

( Sighs )

Don't be mad, angel.

Do you still love me, Jason?

( Sighs )

You're the only girl I dated since the 7th grade.

You never say it.

Uh... you've been my lady since I first saw you at the Halloween party rolling around on the floor in that stupid pumpkin costume.

( Chuckles )

( Sighs )

I'm pregnant.

You're kidding, right?

No.

I did the test.

Three times.

What are you going to do?

We could get married in Kentucky on account of I'm pregnant.

Kentucky? Are you out of your gourd?

We can't keep it.

What do you mean?

Give me a break.

What do you want me to do?

What we always talked about.

You should've been more careful.

"Careful" works both ways.

What... what about all your talk about us being together forever?

I didn't mean like this week!

And besides, we have no money.

You can make good money as a carpenter.

You're great at it.

Angel, baby...

This... Just isn't a good time to get married.

You can see that, can't you?

( Sighs )

All right, I'll get the money for the abortion. ( Sighs )

Geez, all anybody ever wants out of me is money.

That is not true!

I love you, Jason.

( Sighs )

This is our child. How can you even think of destroying it?

Well, you better think of it.

'Cause I'm not gonna be trapped by you or anyone else.

Don't say a word about this to anyone.

Jason!

Now, not everybody will have a speaking part.

But everyone will have a very important role.

You all have special talents.

Kevin doesn't. He's lame.

Kevin, Kevin, Kevin, Kevin.

Kids, I'd like you all to meet Ms. Lane.

Children: Hi, Ms. Lane.

Are you Lois Lane, superman's wife?

No, duck-brain. Superman's wife is old.

All right. Kids, I'll be right back.

Everyone just behave yourselves.

You're not scared of a few second-graders?

No.

It's the sixth-graders that I'm worried about.

Look, if you're having second thoughts, this is the time to decide.

Uh... you're the one who asked me to do this.

And I think you'll be great at it.

But that doesn't mean you can quit if you go down and change your mind later.

Give me your word.

Yeah. You have my word.

Good.

The second chapter of Luke is the theme for the script we're gonna need.

Wait, you want me to help write the script?

No.

I want you to write it.

Oh, and by the way, we need 17 speaking parts.

( Whispering ) Seventeen?

Everyone that wants to work on scenery, come this way.

( Cheering )

Go, Jason! Whoo!

Oh, no.

( Cheering )

( Indistinct cheering )

Oh, buddy.

( Sniffing )

( Shouting in distance )

( Shouting continues )

( Shouting )

I warned you about that superstar stuff, Lane!

But coach, if Hank had just been there for me when I reached back, none of this would've happened. Bullshit!

You started too soon.

And when Hank was closing in on you, you sped up, crossed lanes, disqualified the whole team.

This sport isn't all about you.

Get it I can change, coach.

I can.

Show me.

( Sighs )

( Sighs )

( Coughs )

( Sighs )

( Dance music playing )

( Sighs )

That was too close for me.

I don't know why you made such a big deal out of it.

Just sunglasses.

We were stealing.

That's not okay.

( Sighs )

There's gotta be a better way to enjoy life.

Oh, there is.

He's comin' right this way.

Hi, I'm Ken.

And you are?

Barbie.

I'm Barbie.

You like to dance?

Only if you buy me a pink house.

Some friends are having a party later.

Wanna come?

( Music fades )

Cheers, darling.

( Music continues ) Tell Nicole I had to leave.

Nicole? I thought her name was Barbie.

Hey, Jay.

You just gonna walk in and not speak?

Hey.

How was the meet?

You were supposed to come.

I know baby, but...

The protest got started late.

Somebody forgot to bring their permit.

You know... spare me, mom.

I'm sorry.

I'm gonna go hang out with some of the guys.

I'm already running late. So...

( Snaps fingers ) Oh, by the way.

I, uh... I need some money.

I just gave you some. What happened to the money that I gave you?

You know I'm a growing boy. I gotta eat, right?

Uh, well, you are eatin' me out of house and home.

Here's a 20.

Where's your jacket at?

It's cold outside.

Uh, I, uh...

Left it in my locker earlier. ( Sniffles )

Can I get a hug?

( Chuckles )

Mmm.

Be careful, Jay.

Um, Sharon?

Yes? Have you seen Mac?

We're supposed to work on a project together.

No, I haven't.

But you're home early.

You look good. I'm impressed.

Thanks.

Your father and I are gonna go to a go green benefit tonight.

You'll be okay by yourself?

Yeah. Have a good time.

I like those shoes.

Hmm.

( Door squeaks )

( Knocking )

Wow.

Look at this place.

How's the play coming?

Do you own a dress coat?

Yes.

Why do you ask?

I couldn't find Luke.

There's a table of contents in the front of the book.

Or you could just Google it.

( Sighs )

( Grunts )

Don't you look handsome?

So do you, honey.

I love that dress. Thank you.

( Clears throat )

Can you believe that Ashley and I had a conversation today?

You did? Oh, yeah.

About what?

Well, she's working on, uh, some new project, and I encouraged her.

Oh, baby. Mm-hmm.

Thank you. Ooh ooh.

( Giggling ) Uh... watch out, now.

( Laughs )

Actually I should be thanking you.

For what?

Well, for the garden, the bushes, the new flowers.

Mm-hmm.

I can actually park the car in the garage again.

Who knew?

You're the best. Mwah.

Mm-hmm.

Oh, do you have a 20?

Here you go.

Bill, you only have a 20.

Nah, I've got a 20 and a 50.

Mmm, no. Look.

Only a 20. Don't worry about it.

I-I'll go to the bank tomorrow, okay?

Grab an arm. Fo' sho'.

Here we go. ( Chuckles )

( Train horn blowing )

( Grunts )

I just need some stuff.

And?

I, uh...

I brought... I brought money.

What's wrong?

Huh?

Wait! Please, please, I'm sick.

( Grunting )

( Gasping )

( Coughing )

Please, please, please, guys.

( Jason coughing )

Please.

I'll do whatever you want!

I'm begging you, geo.

Please.

Please!

Then you're working with roach.

Ashley, you okay?

Where'd you go the other night?

I gotta write a play.

Did you just say, "write a play"?

I gotta go.

It's just not as much fun without you.

Then go home for a change.

I'll talk to you tomorrow.

( Softly ) Okay.


( no audible dialogue )

I've never read that before.

That's good.

You'll write with a fresh perspective.

( Toy squeaks )

( Sighs ) I still don't know how I'm gonna get 17 parts out of it.

Put yourself in their positions.

What would you think?

Yeah, but 17 parts?

When was the last time you saw a bunch of people get together and not have a lot to say?

( Toy squeaks ) All the time at my house.

( Chuckles )

Bring it back.

Come here.

Good boy.

( Sighs ) Good boy.

Nick. What happened?

Did Ken do this?

I just went home like you said.

My old man was drunk again.

I should've known better.

It's not your fault.

( Sniffles ) You're safe now.

( Crying ) Let's get you to a hospital.

No.

Don't be afraid.

Let me help you.

I'll... Get a first aid kit.

Let's get you inside.

Trust me.

( Sighs )

( Sniffles )

Okay, all right.

( Sighs )

( Grunts ) ( Whimpers )

All right.

( Sighs )

( Groans )

( Sighs )

( Sighs )

( Sighs )

Why does he hate me?

He hates himself.

Why does he do this to me?

He doesn't know love.

That makes him dangerous.

No shit.

He's a monster.

How do I make him stop?

You can't.

So I just let him keep beating me?

I definitely don't recommend that.

Then what?

Do you want things to change?

That's an insane question.

Then you need to report this to the police.

What he did was criminal.

He'll kill me.

Look, I know you're scared.

It's a difficult decision.

I understand.

But it's one you've got to make.

He won't stop.

Ever consider leaving home?

Only every day.

I'm 17.

I don't got a place to go.

I don't want to end up sleeping on the streets.

You can stay with me.

It's the first place he'd look.

This is the number for a friend of mine.

Her father had a lot in common with yours.

She can give you a place to stay right now, if you want it.

Yeah, okay.

Okay.

Good.

And if you're up for riding a bike, I'll take you there tonight.

( Whimpers ) Sorry.

It's gonna burn a little.

Thank God you're home.

Where else would I be?

( Voicemail beeps )

It's me, Nick.

Where are you?

I've left tons of messages and texts.

Call me.

Why won't you just tell me where you took Nicki?

I promise I won't tell anybody.

I gave her my word.

She's okay.

She'll be in touch when she's ready.

Okay, guys. Um, there are 17 parts and we need some singers.

So, who can sing?

Oh, Mr. blackman?

I'm working on a play down at the shelter, and we need to find costumes and props... young lady, our department is grossly underfunded and understaffed.

We need those things ourselves.

I wasn't asking for things.

Just advice.

Well, I'm sorry I can't help you.

Mr. Evans, you've been told before we cannot have that horrible smell in here.

They're sanding down in the shop.

And if you don't want your backdrop covered in sawdust, I can't do it there.

Yeah, well, you can't do it here, either.

There's nowhere else.

Maybe you'd rather I quit.

Fine, as long as you return the paint and supplies you were advanced for your personal use.

Good-bye.

( Sighs )

Do I know you?

You look familiar.

You don't.

Are you always this friendly?

Only when I've just been fired.

Oh, let me give you a hand.

I'm Ashley.

Jonathan.

Oh. ( Chuckles )

Thanks.

Jonathan: I know it's a mess, but can I give you a lift?

Are you kidding?

It's a real car!

Is it yours?

Actually, it's a van.

It's not completely paid for yet, but it's more or less mine.

( Van doors shut )

I'll get that for you. Oh.

Thank you.

( Clicks tongue )

You're, um...

Different.

I'll... Take that as a compliment.

So, you do, like, what?

Stage painting?

Um, well, you know, blackman needed some cheap labor, and I needed some supplies and a space to work.

Course, now I don't have either.

I have an idea.

I'll alert the media.

( Chuckles )

( Engine starts )

Your line.

Hey. Hey.

Uh, guys, do you mind helping me out a little bit? Yeah, yeah.

Thank you.

( Indistinct chattering ) Uh, Mac, this is Jonathan.

Jonathan, this is the guy that I was telling you about. Hey.

Don't tell me.

Ashley offered you a place to work if you do a simple backdrop for our play.

Yeah.

Uh, so are you in charge here?

Allegedly.

I'm just a volunteer.

Uh, what do you need?

( Sighs ) An area that's off-limits would be really helpful.

Yeah. This way.

Okay, good job, everybody.

I'll be right back. Memorize your lines.

Ms. Lane, Kevin took my script to the bathroom and flushed it, but it wouldn't go down.

We'll see about that.

Jonathan?

Would you mind going to the little boys' room and retrieving Darlene's script back, please?

( Chuckles )

Hey, um, m-maybe after we're finished today, I could give you a ride home?

Unless you have, like, other plans or something.

No!

I mean, yes.

I never have plans.

I-I mean I don't have plans today.

I... that is... Plans to rehearse, but nothing after that.

( Sighs )

I'd love a ride.

Okay.

( Mouthing silently )

Has Jason left already?

I couldn't wake him. He's still upstairs.

Don't talk with your mouth full.

Have you seen my diamond earrings?

You didn't borrow them or anything, did you?

No, I haven't.

You've been looking nice recently.

Well, I have been...

I've been talking to this guy, and... ahh.

Yeah, he's... oh, just a sec.

Hello?

Are you serious?

What?!

I needed those boards, like, yesterday.

How else are we gonna motivate these people to go green?

Yes! Motivation, okay?

What a concept.

( Squeals )

Where have you been, girl?

You haven't answered any of my calls.

I've been worried.

I'm not living at home anymore, so I just...

Left my phone there.

Where are you staying?

Are you all right?

You look fabulous.

Thanks.

You do, too. Uh...

Do you wanna do something tonight?

I have to figure out how to costume 17 kids with no money.

Wanna help?

No, I don't think so.

Really gotten carried away with this whole volunteering thing, huh?

Yeah, the kids love doing it.

It'll be fun.

Besides, we need to talk.

Not really.

Just... at least not yet.

See you around, though.

Okay.

I've... Really missed you.

Yeah, me too.

Hit the showers, men.

Hank.

Yeah, coach?

What's up with Lane? Where is he?

I... you'll have to ask him, coach.

I'm asking you.

( Knocking )

Hi, princess.

Hey.

What's up?

So, you know that junk that Mac has been cleaning out of the garage?

Can I have it?

Why do you want it?

To sell.

You know that mack and I have been working on this Christmas play.

Mac is too old for you.

Dad. Give me some credit.

Ew.

( Chuckling ) Okay.

Ah, whatever you can make off the stuff in the garage is yours to keep.

Something else?

Well, I...

Found this poster of your band in the garage.

You guys used to rock.

You were hot.

( Chuckling ) Ashley.

How would you like to perform again? I wouldn't.

Dad, please?

( Scoffs ) Our play would be so huge with music.

It's just so... Almost now.

This production needs to be big.

Bill: You want me to sing?

And play keyboard.

Hmm.

Well, Sharon and I used to do duets.

That's the deal.

Me and your mom, 'kay?

Wow.

Well, I... I guess that could work.

Okay, well, I gotta go.

I have a date.

I'd like to meet him.

This date.

So I, uh, used to sneak into people's back yards and steal charcoal from the barbeques so I could draw my murals on buildings and sidewalks.

I was just a kid.

Wow.

Your neighbors must've loved you.

We were never around long enough for anyone to notice one way or the other.

( Chuckles )

But you didn't quit.

Jonathan: There was one person who said I had potential.

It was the cop that caught me.

Made me whitewash the entire side of the building I'd just finished.

( Groans ) That sucks.

Turns out the owner had rented it out to a billboard company for big bucks.

That cop got me my first job.

Priming building sides for advertising.

I've had way worse jobs, though.

A way to make money.

What made you keep at it?

( Sighs )

Would've been pretty hard to stop me.

Until recently, I only lived and breathed painting.

( Grunts )

( Knocking on door )

Hey.

Jason's not here.

It's nice to see you, too.

Can I come in?

Yeah, sure.

I need to have 17 costumes made for my Christmas play.

How much are you paying?

Well, actually... Nothing.

But it's for a good cause.

Well, please?

We're practically family.

( Chuckles ) I barely know you.

And your mother won't even stay in the same room with me.

Eh... step-mother, and consider yourself lucky.

Five minutes with her and you're late for the door.

Whatever. I still need to earn some cash now.

Um, we're having a garage sale next week.

Whatever we make, over our expenses, is yours.

Please say you'll help.

I'm desperate.

Okay, I'll tell you what.

If you'll help me with these alterations, that'll give me some time to help you make costumes.

I can't sew.

I'll teach you.

Otherwise, no deal.

But I don't have time for anything else.

( Chuckles ) Welcome to my world.

Well, if you really think old "brainless" can help. ( Sighs )

Wow.

What do you think?

It's great.

So you wanna try it?

Um, sure.

( Softly ) I don't...

Know what I'm doing.

( Chuckles ) Just try it.

Okay. Stick it in.

Mm-hmm.

Does it matter what this... mm-mmm. Is this... we're worried about the longer one.

Lift me up oop.

Yeah, just... I don't know.

Okay. I don't know.

You almost had it. Look... from the shallows.

I am stumblin' a...

lonely grave

lift me up

from your shallows.

I am destined to...

Live ashamed got more clothes.

Got some clothes for ya.

Oh. Okay, wait.

Wait. Before you put them down.

Right there.

Yeah. Just dump 'em.

( Sighs )

It's a little big.

( Mutters )

Oh, I been sold out ( Retching )

By my best friend.

I've been knocked down

and thrown away

( retching )

Oh oh I've been sold out

and mistreated.

I've ignited

a dying flame that looks good.

Ready? Okay.

You're my mannequin.

Okay. Fits really well... obviously for a smaller person... have a good day. You, too.

Peace out.

Okay.

You know what?

( Indistinct chattering )

Have a good day. Thank you very much.

Let it go for seven bucks.

What do you say?

Ashley: Nicki!

Hey.

You changed your mind.

Uh, we could really use your help.

Yeah. ( Bill conversing indistinctly )

I'm just here to see what's been keeping you so busy.

Or should I say "who"?

I'm so over spending time at bars, and I'm glad you are, too.

This is much more fun.

Yeah, spare me the pep talk.

I know you.

Peace offering.

( Gagging )

( Whispers ) That's vodka.

Yeah, I know. It's your fave. I don't do that anymore.

Look, neither you or my dad have ever gone too long without a drink.

I never knew that you thought I was like your dad.

I'm sorry. I don't.

Look, it's been a bad week.

W-what's going on?

You've obviously been too busy to care.

I care. You're my best friend!

But Nicki, I'm finally doing something that I like.

( Stammers ) Do it with me.

I don't belong here.

I don't belong anywhere.

That's not true. I... I want you to meet someone.

You never used to argue with me before.

Look, go back to your friends.

Like your biker buddy said, I got a lot of heavy decisions to make right now.

I'll see you later.

( Sighs )

( Indistinct chattering )

( Sighs )

You've met Ashley's friend before?

Maybe.

Look, it was over three years ago.

Ashley know about that?

It's nobody else's business but mine.

Bill!

Can I have a word with you?

All right.

( No audible dialogue )

( Sighs )

All right.

You okay. Come on.

It's okay.

( Grunts )

It's all right.

It's all right.

She'll be all right.

She just shouldn't lift anything with her condition.

Jason will never speak to me if he thinks I've told anyone.

This isn't the sort of thing you can hide for very long.

What, you're... you're having Jason's baby?

What's you plans?

I'll go to school until Christmas break, and then...

I don't know.

It's not the most complete set of plans I've ever heard.

It needs work.

What does Jason propose to do?

I don't know. Okay, I know Jason can be a real...

Weiner at times, but deep down, he really does care.

I don't think he wants either of us.

He's changed so much.

Man: Hey, could I get some help over here?

How long are those people gonna be in our yard?

Looks like a garage sale.

( Bill chuckling )

Oh, Sharon. Baby, it is a garage sale.

Well it makes us look poor.

What is this all about?

( Sighs ) Seeing you selling off all of Amanda's old things.

It's just... I...

I didn't think you'd mind if we sold them.

( Sighs ) Oh, baby.

So nice to see you and Ashley getting along since she's been doing the play. ( Chuckles )

You must be very proud that she's doing something creative, huh?

I am.

She's certainly home a lot more.

Mm-hmm.

I just wish Jason were.

And I wish I knew why our things keep disappearing.

My jewelry, money from our wallets.

And now my mother's silver.

Yeah.

Oh, baby.

( Groans )

Has it ever occurred to you that it might be Jason?

He's lost a lot of weight. He does not look good.

Bill, I'm tired.

Could you just get rid of those people soon?

You betcha. Thanks.

Hey, Mac. Hey.

Let's wrap this up, huh?

You got it. Been a long day, huh?

Yes, sir.

We did really well... so, we have a few more things to sell.

( Sighs )

Show some mercy!

I'm beat.

We've made 247 and 63 cents.

That means we have enough to buy the rest of the supplies and pay me something.

Maybe a little left over for some paint and canvas?

Ashley: You're just in it for the paint.

Yeah... and just for that, I am not letting you take me to pizza tonight. ( Chuckles )

Um, actually, can I take a rain check?

Something sorta came up.

What?

Just some personal stuff.

Okay. ( Scoffs )

Don't let me interfere, then.

Don't be that way.

Here, just take the keys and get all the rest of this... to shelter, and I'll come by and pick it up later, okay?

See you later.

Bye.

You know what?

Let's just do the shelter thing another day.

You take the truck, get some rest, go home, and... I'll call you later.

Uh... Ashley! Tell me you are not going to follow him.

Don't worry. I know what I'm doing.

I heard coach let you go.

Sorry, buddy.

Yeah, well you could've covered for me.

I've been sick.

I tried to cover.

He didn't buy it.

Everybody knows you got a problem.

( Grunting )

Hey. You're my friend!

But you're whacked out, man.

You need help.

Screw you.

( Bell dinging )

Hey.

Hi.

Nice shirt.

Had these made for everyone in the play.

Long time, no see.

I didn't think you'd even remember me.

I mean, it's been over three years.

And that was a pretty wild night.

And now you're dating my best friend.

( Chuckles )

Small world.

Yeah. Thing is, I didn't even know you two knew each other.

Is that a problem for you?

Well, I mean, Ashley's just been so busy with the play, and she's just beginning to have confidence in herself, and... And you?

And me?

And, well...

That subject just hasn't come up yet.

You know me. I'm not gonna say anything.

But...

She's bound to find out sooner or later.

Later would be better.

I'd just rather tell her myself.

So this a real thing?

( Chuckles )

Looks like you've been taking pretty good care of yourself.

Had to.

Yeah.

You had to do it alone.

I just couldn't handle any relationships at the time.

But... I'm here for you now.

Don't make any promises you can't keep.

This is where I'm staying.

Nobody knows but Mac.

You're pretty great, Nicole.

What's the matter, Nick?

Ken and the bar boys not enough action for you?

You have to steal my boyfriend?

( Chuckling ) This is too funny.

I know what this must look like, but it's...

( laughing )

I'm laughing.

Jonathan: Wha...

( grunts )

Have a little faith in me.

I do. Very little.

Wanna reconsider that promise?

If I knew now

what I knew then

if I hadn't forgotten

what we meant

if I held on

though the hard times

if I'd done what I needed

to make things right.

I'd know love

before I lost it

if I hadn't forgotten what are you doing in my room?

"Sharon's had it so tough.

I'm going to take care of Jason until she's ready."

Your mother never really loved the band like I did.

But she loved me and bill.

We thought we were doing what she wanted.

What are you talking about?

You're a lot like her.

You're both so pretty.

Are you okay?

I watched you sell Amanda's things.

Have you been stealing my things and selling them, too?

Honestly, Sharon, I haven't.

No... why would I?

( Sighs )

I don't know how to be a good mother.

You're starting to freak me out.

Why doesn't my son like me?

I'm gonna go get daddy.

I've pushed bill away.

Is he gonna leave me, too?

( Sighs ) Why don't you just...

Give me the diary?

No!

No, no.

Sharon!

What is going on?

( Sighs )

Hey, sorry to come by so late.

Your mom's not home, right?

No, night shift again. What's wrong?

Everything. Just take this... most of it's yours, anyway.

Okay, well, come in.

Well, where's Jonathan?

With my ex-best friend.

And Sharon's freaking out about something.

I don't know.

Will you help me with this?

Yeah.

( Sighs )

Men are pond scum. ( Chuckles )

But... What are you gonna do?

( Sighs ) Honestly, I have no idea.

But I've talked to God about it, and I know that he's forgiven me, which is definitely more than I can say for my mom at the moment.

So you talk to God directly?

Of course. Don't you?

Oh, yeah, all the time.

( Sighs )

All I know is Jason needs to get off the drugs.

Himself.

He has to decide.

Have you decided if you're gonna keep the baby, or...

Go to school?

Both.

You can't be anything if you haven't finished school.

W-what are you gonna do when the baby comes?

Well my mom won't kick me out, and since she works nights, she'll be able to watch the baby during the day.

I'm gonna try to work for a store doing alterations so I can be with her at night.

I see you've decided it's a girl.

( Chuckles ) Have you named her yet?

Shut up. ( Chuckles )

( Knocking on door )

I'm popular tonight. ( Sighs )

You must be the angel.

I'm a friend of jazz.

I know who you are, and you're not welcome here.

Who are you?! Leave her alone!

( Phone ringing )

Angelina's mom has already called the cops.

Your brother's an idiot.

Geo: I'm not.

Whore's mom works nights.

That's when he gets his free piece of ass.

Ain't that right?

( Breathing heavily )

Jazz...

Is a very disappointing boy.

But... You already knew that, didn't you?

Jason's too good for you.

( Gasping )

( Grunts )

Let her go, geo.

( Whimpering )

Everybody's here.

Nice.

I said, "let her go"!

( Whimpering )

( Groaning )

The money, jazz!

I don't have it.

Search him.

( Grunting )

I don't have it!

Girl: What?!

( Choking ) Nothin'.

Then this is our lucky night.

( Angelina gasps )

( Whimpering )

( Clothing rips )

Bitch!

( Grunts )

( Yells )

( Gun cocks )

We're gonna try this again.

This time I want a better answer.

The money is where?

( Grunting )

It's outside.

Under the doormat.

( Yelps )

I-I brought it...

For the baby.

Money.

You give that back! ( Groans )

Money.

Geo: Easy.

You're okay.

( Groans )

( Yells )

Just chill.

( Gasping )

( Groans )

( Sobbing )

( Cries )

Ah! ( Sobbing )

The lord is my Shepherd.

I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.

Oh...

He leadeth me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.

Shut up with that religious shit. Yea, though I walk though the valley of the shadow of death... Geo: Get the money.

I will fear no evil, for you are... ( Sobbing ) Where's the money?

( Gasps )

No.

( Yells )

Angelina: Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. ( Sobbing )

O lord, please!

( Cries ) ( Grunts )

( Geo screaming )

( Angelina praying )

Angelina: Though the valley of the shadow of death.

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

You prepareth a table in the presence of my enemies.

Stop!!!

He anointeth my head with oil.

Get geo. Let's get out of here.

Surely goodness and... and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.

Take it easy.

You don't wanna hurt anybody.

( Siren blaring )

That everything?

Pretty much.

Okay.

Then, um, we're done with you for now.

In the morning, I'll need you to come down, and, uh, identify the accused.

Officer, do you think we could have our costume money back?

The play is only a few days away.

Mmm, right now, it's still evidence confiscated at the scene of the crime.

I have to have that money.

Those kids are counting on me.

I-I gave them my word.

I'm sorry. There's nothing I can do.

So what made you come tonight?

I needed to see you.

But when you weren't home, I figured you were at Angelina's.

After your date with Nicole?

It wasn't a date.

I mean, I wish you would just listen to me so I could...

( Jason screaming )

Let me go!

Give him the sedative now. Let me go! Let me go!

Jason: Let me go!

Is Jason gonna be all right?

The gunshot wounds were superficial.

He had so many drugs in his system that he's actually doing better now with the transfusions we've given him.

Can you help him?

I mean, with the addiction?

We can monitor and assist with withdrawal now.

But ultimately, whether he stays clean, it's up to him. Right.

H-how soon can he come home?

He could go to jail.

But I am recommending that he sign himself into a rehab center.

Oh, thank you so much.

No, Jason... Jason... oh.

Is not going to jail.

Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey.

That's our son lying back there.

And that's our daughter that almost got shot.

God!

Oh, my God. Oh, baby.

Oh, God. ( Sobbing )

Sharon.

( Sobbing )

I haven't always done what's right in the past.

I know that. But... bill!

Our whole world is falling apart.

Let me finish.

What I want to tell you, baby...

( sighs )

( Crying )

Nothing in our lives has worked out the way we wanted.

But believe it or not, baby, I love you, ( whispers ) And I want our family to work.

It's up to us to work things out.

Look at me.

( Sighs )

( Sobbing ) Oh, oh, come here.

Come here, baby.

( Sobbing ) My girl.

Who's my girl?

I am.

I really enjoyed practicing with you the other day.

( Chuckles )

Me too.

More than you know.

( Sighs )

( Whispers ) I love you.

I love you, too.

( Gasps )

I'm caught.

I'm caught. Stand still.

Stand still. You're making it worse.

Stand still. Get it loose, bill!

Baby, you're gonna make it... get it loose!

Why'd you come get me anyway, huh?

Friends don't let friends drive drunk.

Sharon: You can be a real pain in the butt sometimes.

But I love you, girl. ( Groans )

I love you... ( Mutters ) Okay, Sharon... oh, oh, it's caught! ( Yelling )

Wait, Sharon...

Sharon: Amanda, look out! ( Horn honking )

( Screaming )

Calm down.

I'm here.

( Sobbing ) Oh, baby.

What is the matter?

( Sobbing )

( Whispers ) What is the matter?

I was just trying to hug her.

( Sniffles )

All my fault.

It was all my fault. No.

It was an accident.

I forgive you.

You've got to forgive yourself. ( Whimpers )

Okay?

I can't.

I loved her so much.

Oh, baby.

We both did.

But that was another life.

You're not leaving? Now?

What about me?

You're off to a good start.

I lost the money for the play, my best friend and my boyfriend are cheating on me, and Angelina and Jason are in the hospital.

( Chuckles ) And now you're leaving.

See you at the shelter.

Won't be the same.

Nothing ever is.

But you've got 17 kids counting on you.

( Sighs )

I'm gonna go see Angelina right now.

I'll catch up with you later.

Mac?

Will you check on Jason for me?

Um, make sure that he's okay?

If he needs anything.

I'll do better than that.

( Chuckles )


You think visiting hours apply to chairs?

Where'd you get that?

From your friends down at the shop.

It's a piece of trash.

No. Like you, it's a real piece of work.

And, like you, it's just not finished yet.

Although, it looks considerably better than you at the moment.

You think they'll let me work on it?

At the rehab center?

Sure. They're...

Bound to need better chairs down there.

So what's next?

None of your business.

Who are you, anyway?

A friend of Angelina's.

How is she?

Nobody tells me anything around here.

They treat me like a criminal.

( Chuckles )

What's so funny?

You are a criminal.

I did it for angel.

So she could keep the baby.

They didn't tell you?

She lost the baby.

She said you didn't want it.

Look, uh...

Thanks for the rocker.

( Sighs )

Just, please... just leave me alone.

This is between angel and me.

We'll work it out.

Maybe.

Maybe not.

She hasn't regained consciousness yet.

The doctors don't expect her to make it.

( Sighs )

Please! Wait, wait, wait.

Wait.

Just please...

Just help me.

Help you do what?

Just gotta see angel.

And please just talk to somebody.

If you're really her friend, you know she'll want me to be there.

She's all alone. Just please let me see her.

She doesn't need your guilt right now.

She needs your love, your faith, and your prayers.

Look...

I know that I am not worth her little finger...

But she's the only person that I really loved.

( Gasps )

She always wanted me to say that to her, but I never did.

I'll see what I can do.

You know you can make a difference if you're willing to change.

The greatest man in the universe was a simple carpenter.

And his life...

Changed this planet.

( Sighs )

( Door shuts )

Another volunteer.

( Sighs )

Hi, I'm Nicki.

Watch the sticky fingers.

I got a heavy date tonight.

What is this sack you are wearing?

I'm Mary, the virgin.

And this is my costume.

Well, no wonder.

You're never gonna get a guy looking like that.

Hey, makeovers are what I do.

Come on.

( Sighs )

I'd prefer you didn't bring her here.

Has anyone ever told you how extremely irritating you can be?

( Sighs ) It wasn't a date!

In two weeks, Nicole is going to have to testify against her own father in court.

What does that have to do with you?

My mom left us when I was a kid.

My dad turned into a lush.

I used to go by the bars after school to help work off his bill.

Nicole used to come by and pick up her old man.

He was usually passed out in a corner somewhere.

It was kind of a regular routine.

We never really talked much.

Well, one day, my old man started a fight.

I tried stopping him and ended up getting hammered between him and Nicole's dad.

Bartender called the police, and all of us were hauled off to jail.

Nicole and I were given a choice.

Could go back home, or we could press charges and have to live as a ward of the state.

Nicole was younger, so she went back home.

I left and... ( Chuckles )

I never looked back when I was old enough, I left the state home, and I've been supporting myself ever since.

Her dad turned into a mean drunk.

She's been living on his unemployment, getting meals from guys, shoplifting, whatever.

Well if it was that bad for Nicole, then why did she take me to bars?

It's what she knows.

It was way better than staying at home with her old man.

Can you help her?

Be easier if...

She had a few friends around.

( Sighs )

I will be.

Sorry.

( Footsteps )

Look, am I gonna have to fix all these costumes by myself?

I mean, look at them.

Without me, you would have no fashion sense.

Zip. Nada.

I mean, really?

Come on... oh... okay.

I get it.

Do you think you could help with makeup, too?

Duh.

And can we get, like, little halos or something?

I mean, you can't really be an angel without them.

Don't see why not.

Just give me tin foil and lots of glitter.

( Grunting )

I'll be right outside.

( Ventilator pumping )

( Gasping )

I'm so sorry, angel.

( Sniffles )

I know... I know I screwed up big-time.

Yeah.

Yeah.

( Sighs )

( Sobbing ) You never did anything in your entire life to deserve this.

I-I love you so much, baby.

( Sobs ) I'd give anything... anything to have things back the way they were.

I would.

( Sniffles )

( Gasps ) Angel's God...

( Sniffles )

I need to talk to you.

I need to talk to you.

( Sniffles )

She would... she would always talk to you like you were her friend.

She told me that she prayed for me.

It... it must've worked because I'm still here, right?

( Sobs ) I never prayed for her.

Never.

And I know that's wrong...

On account that she's in real trouble now, and it's all my fault.

( Sobs ) She told me that... that Jesus...

( Sniffles )

Jesus went to hell for me...

To pay for what I did.

( Voice breaking ) To pay for... to pay for what I did.

He must've been tough as shit, because...

I can't handle this hell I'm in.

I understand that, uh...

That you rose yourself from the dead.

I get it.

I believe it. I do.

I believe it.

Believe it.

So it's not like... it's not like it's a big deal for you to get her out of this coma, right?

Right?

( Sniffles )

I know...

I know that I fucked up.

She told me that you forgive everybody.

Even shits like me.

If you can... if you can do anything, anything with my life...

You can have it.

Just, please, please, don't let angel die.

Don't let her die on me.

( Sobbing ) She's my best friend. I'm so sorry.

I love you, baby.

I love you.


Thank you. All right. That's for the animals.

Slow down. You're going too fast.

Can I please have all my angels on the steps over here?

I forgot what I'm supposed to say.

Just remember why you need the room, and you'll say the right thing.

Hey, Nicole, where's that glittery star you made?

I mean, I've got a rig and a slot, but no star.

Shepherds, pay attention.

When watching over your flock at night, do not... repeat, do not step on the electrical cords.

Okay, here we go. And a five, six, seven, eight. ( Plays chord )

Girl: Hey, you didn't say, "and a one, and a two, and a three."

All right, I'll give you a one and a two.

Kevin, stop picking your nose, buddy.

( Piano playing )

Who's there?

What do you want?

Fear not. You're extremely flavored of the lord.

What's that mean?

God loves you, and he picked you to be the mother of his kid.

You know, the son of God.

Uh-uh! I'm a virgin.

Uh-huh. So what do I do?

Nothing. God will take care of everything, including talking to Joseph about it.

Okay. If you say so.

Hey, Joe, wake up.

Mary's with child. Say what?

She's pregnant.

I didn't do anything.

We know, we know.

She really is a virgin.

What do you want meto do?

First, marry her.

But don't touch her.

Then, name the baby Jesus.

Anything else?

Yeah, take good care of them.

I'll be bringing more instructions later.

Kevin: Caesar was disgusted and sent everyone home to be taxed.

My wife's having a baby.

Let me it. Child: No!

You're supposed to say, "there's no room at the inn!"

I said "no," didn't I?

What do we do?

You can sleep in the barn if you want. Thanks.

( Piano playing )

The star stopped.

Look! There's the castle over there.

Well, the lights are on. So they must still be up.

Boy: Hi, we're very wise men.

And wise woman. I'm horrid.

We've been following his star for a very long time.

Then you must be hungry.

Come enjoy some twinkies while I check it out with my wise guys.

( Audience laughing )

My boys say if it's true, he's supposed to be born in Bethlehem.

Boy: Where's that?

Not too far from here.

I'll show you on my g.P.S.

Thanks.

Just a minute.

You owe me now.

So when you find out where he is, you let me know.

Do you want to worship him, too?

Yeah. Me and the boys are gonna pay him a little visit.

( Piano plays )

( Audience laughing )

Hey, how your sheep doing?

They're okay.

But I'm bored.

Nothing ever happens in Bethlehem.

When I'm old enough, I'm going to Jerusalem, be a tax collector.

They make big money. Angels we have heard on high hark! Herald angels are singing!

Sweetly singing o'er the plains

Gloria

in excelsis

deo

fear not.

Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people.

Which means?

Good news for everybody.

Unto you is born, this day, in the city of David, a savior, which is Christ the lord.

This shall be a sign to you:

You shall find a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

What are swaddling clothes?

Kevin: Pampers, dummy.

Let's check it out.

What about our sheep?

Bring 'em with.

( Girl mutters )

Glory to God in the highest.

And on earth, peace.

Goodwill to all men.

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will save our sons and daughters?

did you know Ashley.

We, uh, took up a collection at the station, and thought maybe you could use this to buy some presents for the kids.

This child that you delivered

will soon deliver you.

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will calm the storm with his hand?

did you know

that your baby boy

has walked where angels trod?

when you kiss your little baby

you've kissed the face of God

oh, Mary.

Mary, did you know?

Mary.

Mary, did you know?

The blind will see

the deaf will hear

the dead will live again

the lame will leap

the dumb will speak

the praises of the lamb

oh, Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

is lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will one day rule the nations?

did you know did you know

that your baby boy

is heaven's perfect lamb?

this sleeping child you're holding

is the great.

I am?

Whoa, Mary

did you know?

( Audience applauding )

I love you, Ashley.

I love you, too, Jonathan.

( Bells ringing melodically )

So this is Christmas.


Bill: Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will one day walk on water?

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will save our sons and daughters?

did you know

that your baby boy

has come to make you new?

This child that you delivered

will soon deliver you Sharon: Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will give sight to a blind man?

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will calm the storm with his hand?

did you know

that your baby boy

has walked where angels trod?

when you kiss your little baby

you've kissed the face of God

oh, Mary.

Mary, did you know?

Mary.

Mary, did you know?

The blind will see

the deaf will hear

the dead will live again

the lame will leap

the dumb will speak

the praises of the lamb

oh, Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

is lord of all creation?

Mary, did you know

that your baby boy

will one day rule the nations?

did you know did you know

that your baby boy

is heaven's perfect lamb?

this sleeping child you're holding

is the great.

I am?

Whoa, Mary