The Hollars (2016) Script

Oh, sorry. I thought you were gone.

Ron, this is my bathroom.

If you're gonna stay here, you're gonna have to use the bathroom downstairs.

Dad's in that one.

Well, then, you're going to have to wait.

How long?

Close the door.

(SIGHS)

(MAN GARGLING) (RON SIGHS)

(ELECTRIC TRIMMER BUZZING)

Shit.

Yeah.

(SIGHS) (URINE SPLASHING)

What the hell are you doing? God! God, Jesus!

Dad, um...

Your mother puts orange juice in that thing.

I'm... I'm gonna wash it. I... I was just...

Can I have some privacy please?

Well, where do you want me to go?

Just, away! I can't... I can't pee while you're looking at me!

(THUD)

Sally?

What are you doing on the floor, Chief?

I don't know.

What do you mean you don't know? I... I can't...

What's going on?

Dad!

The curling iron! Come on, Chief, get up.

Oh, my God.

Can't move. Okay.

Dad, call an ambulance.

Okay. It's okay.

You're okay.

I know the dog days Of the summer

Have you ten-to-one outnumbered

(TELEPHONE RINGING)

(BEEPS)

Routledge Publishing.

John. It's me.

Becca, I'm so sorry.

I know I missed the appointment.

I, uh... I got swamped.

I thought I was going to make it, but...

(OVER PHONE) Doctor say, "Baby looks good"?

Yeah, it was fine. We can talk about it another time.

Oh, okay. Um...

Could I actually call you in a few minutes?

I'm going through a little bit of a thing here at work and... Hey.

Hey.

How did you even get in here?

I thought you needed a card to... John, listen. Um...

Your dad called me, and, um, he wanted me to tell you...

JOHN: My dad called you?

Your mom had a seizure this morning, and they think that it might be a brain tumor.

What?

So, um, I booked you a flight that's going to get you in around, uh, 3:30.

I know this is a lot.

But your mother's in the hospital, so, um...

You do need to go now.

Yeah.

I'm a man on fire Walking through your street With one guitar And two dancing feet Only one desire That's left in me I want the whole damn world To come dance with me Oh

Come dance with me Over murder and pain

Come and set you free Over heartache and shame

I wanna see our bodies burning Like the old big sun

I wanna know what we've been learning and learning from

Huh. Look at that kitchen.

I'd get rid of that ugly island.

Take the whole wall out.

Great idea.

What are they asking?

Uh, $300.

For that?

I wouldn't even walk by that house. (LAUGHS)

(ALL EXCLAIMING)

No. Never! Never.

Can't be. Do you think they pay for their own labor?

No, has to be donated.

Let's watch The Brothers. No.

Just knock it down and start again.

Hey, Mom. Oh, my goodness.

How did you know?

Don! (LAUGHS)

How you doing, Dad? It's great to see you, son.

Good to see you, too.

Come give Mom a hug.

How you doing, Mom?

I'm doing great.

Feeling all right? Doing great. Doing great.

What happened to your wrist?

Brain tumor.

Have you been smoking?

No. You smell like an ashtray.

I don't know... John.

Don't lie to your mother. She almost died today.

What? RON: She didn't almost die.

DON: That's not what the doctor said.

He wasn't a doctor. He was a nurse.

We haven't seen a doctor yet.

And you're scaring Mom.

I'm not scared. I just...

I just don't want John dying of lung cancer.

I only had one, so... SALLY: Well, don't have another one. You're going to be a father soon.

I know.

That guy was a nurse? Yeah.

He was in John's class in high school. Who was?

Jason. Jason... Jason Owens?

He married Gwen.

Wow. Mmm-hmm.

Just had a kid. JOHN: Really?

I can't believe I didn't know that.

You never call, so...

Who's Gwen?

Gwen. Gwen?

Johnny's girlfriend in high school.

They were engaged, for God's sake. John had a girlfriend in high school?

Don! It was complicated, Dad. It was...

Jesus Christ, Dad, where have you been our whole lives anyway?

Work... I've been working to send you kids to college, that's where I've been.

Yeah. A lot of good that did.

What did... What did you say? Nothing.

No, what did you just say to me right now?

How long has she been married?

RON: I didn't say anything. About a year.

You better watch yourself.

Oh, is that a threat?

No, that's a promise.

RON: (SCOFFS) It doesn't even make sense.

I'll punch you in the face.

(LAUGHS) What?

I swear to God I will. Really?

Yeah. What's stopping you?

What... (GROANS)

Guys. Don, you apologize to Ron right now!

All right, Ronnie, I'm sorry, but you can't be...

Yeah. Oh!

Guys, are you kidding me?

He... Did you see? JOHN: Guys.

Guys.

Guys! SALLY: Boys!

JOHN: Guys! What?

(MAN CLEARS THROAT)

Uh, Sally Hollar?

Yes, that's me. I'm Dr. Fong. Sorry for the wait.

I was golfing.

No... No problem, Doctor.

So, I, uh, looked over your CAT scans.

You have a pretty big brain tumor near your frontal lobe.

Oh, Christ. Jesus Christ!

Wait. What does that mean, "pretty big"?

It means "big."

Well, what do we do?

Well, we have to remove it soon.

I've scheduled a craniotomy for the end of the week.

JOHN: Wow.

We can give your mother steroids to reduce the size of the tumor, but the seizures will continue if nothing's done.

RON: Steroids.

Excuse me, Doctor.

What will the steroids do to her muscles?

Will it make her bulky?

Ron.

No. DON: (SOBBING) Christ. Christ.

Christ, Christ, Christ, Christ. Get a grip, Dad.

Christ, Christ, Christ, Christ.

I don't understand. How... How did something like this happen?

It could be any number of reasons.

We really have no way of knowing right now, but I will say this.

It is not a young tumor.

(LAUGHS)

I'd say it must have been growing inside Mrs. Hollar's head for the past 10, maybe 15 years.

What? Yeah.

To be honest, I'm surprised there haven't been more symptoms.

Would loss of sight in one eye be a symptom?

Possibly. SALLY: Oh, what about, uh, numbness in the toes and fingers?

DR. FONG: Probably.

And temporary paralysis?

Definitely.

Shit.

I told you.

What are you talking about?

Well, there...

There might have been some symptoms before today.

Why wouldn't you get those checked out?

He sent me to Jenny Craig. JOHN: Oh, my God.

I thought it was a weight thing.

Dad, temporary paralysis? I didn't know.

Jesus Christ, Dad!

But I lost six pounds the first week.

Okay, uh, well, it seems like you guys have some stuff to work out, so...

RON: A weight thing?

You thought it was a weight thing? Stop, stop.

JOHN: So, what is with you and Dad? (MUSIC PLAYING OVER RADIO)

He seems pretty pissed.

He fired me, John.

Fired you?

I didn't even know you were working for him.

Yeah, you should really call more, you know.

So, what did you do? I didn't do anything.

Well, then, why did you get fired?

The business has been operating at a loss for over a year.

Dad's about three weeks away from total bankruptcy.

When I confronted him about it, he fires me.

Wait. What? Are you kidding me?

Just don't say anything, okay?

He made me promise not to tell anyone.

He doesn't want Mom to worry about it right now.

Well, what's he going to do?

I don't know.

Medical bills are going to be crazy.

They don't have any savings. They're totally screwed.

Oh, my God. Oh, my God.

(MUSIC STOPS)

So, how's Rebecca?

She's good. Yeah?

Mom said things haven't been great.

Is that why you're not going to get married?

I don't even know why you would say that. I...

Do you think your kid will mind being a bastard?

Okay, first of all, I'm pretty sure people don't think like that anymore.

And, uh, two, no. I don't... I don't know.

You sure?

Well, I'll ask him when he gets here.

What are you doing?

Stacey started seeing somebody.

This is Stacey's house? Yeah.

Ron, you divorced her, like, years ago.

I agreed to divorce.

I didn't agree to some strange man hanging around my daughters.

Okay, Ron, we got to go. This is...

Oh, shit! Get down! Get down! What? What? What is it?

John, get down. What?

He's at the window. Oh, my God, mine doesn't work.

RON: What? Mine doesn't work.

Don't grab... Put it down. My seat doesn't work.

My seat... He's coming. He's coming.

He's coming. He's coming.

RON: He's coming over?

RON: Is he coming over? Oh, my God, Ron. I'm going to kill you.

I'm going to kill you.

This is very... RON: Just be cool.

This is very upsetting to me. RON: Be cool.

This is, uh...

This is not good. This...

Hey.

Hey there, Ron.

How you doing? RON: Fine.

Wait. You guys know each other?

Yeah.

He's the new youth pastor over at Mom and Dad's church.

Reverend Dan. Nice to meet you. Hey, whoa.

Whoa. Hey. John Hollar.

I'm embarrassed.

I heard about your mother.

I'm very sorry.

Oh, thank you very much. That's nice of you to say.

How is she?

You know, I think... She's fine.

No thanks to you.

Well, he didn't do anything, Ron.

Yeah? How do you know?

He's supposed to talk to God, isn't he?

Maybe he put in an order for a brain tumor or something.

I'm afraid that's not how it works there, Ron.

Oh, yeah? (LAUGHS)

How does it work, Reverend Dan? Tell us.

Well, I'm just a youth pastor, so... (RON SCOFFS)

Really? What's the matter?

Couldn't get a job as an adult pastor?

No, I just... Yeah. I like kids.

That's nice.

Yeah? That's creepy. That's creepy.

Yeah, look, Ron, uh...

I know you're going through a hard time right now, okay? Oh, really? You do?

DAN: Yeah, yeah, I do. And I appreciate that very much.

However... Yeah?

Stacey was wondering if you could maybe...

Stop parking out in front of the house and staring at her with your binoculars.

Yeah?

Well, fuck you, Reverend Dan! (ENGINE SPLUTTERING)

What happened?

I don't know.

I mean, it sounded like you... You have a broken T-chain there.

I could... I mean, I could take a look at it for you if you want.

That would be helpful. Thank you.

Yeah.

Pop the hood.

This guy... Shut your mouth.

I'm not afraid of the dark We've been here before Fallen on hard times, honey, we've fallen on swords So if a long shadow falls across your heart I'll be right here with you, I'm not afraid of the dark I'm not afraid of the dark when the sun goes down You can have our old room. I'm in the den.

Wait. You live here now?

RON: We're in a recession!

I'm not afraid of the dark

Out on the hills, the hounds are baying Out on the moor, the foxes run To stay alive until the light has faded Then pray for light that seems so long to come

I'm not afraid of the dark

(WHISPERS) Dad.

Dad.

What time is it?

JOHN: It's 8:00.

Oh, shit, shit.

Shit, I'm late for work. Shit.

JOHN: No, don't worry about it.

Look, I got your briefcase right here.

Coffee.

Thank you, John. Yeah, you got it.

So, just go to work and I'll stay here with Mom.

DON: You sure? JOHN: Yeah.

I just don't know what I'd do if I lost her.

(CRYING) Dad.

Dad, you can't think like that.

I know.

It's gonna be okay.

It's gonna be okay. You'll see.

I know.

(SNIFFLES)

Yeah.

And he's gone, so you can stop pretending.

Thank God.

How you doing?

He cried all night. If I didn't know any better, I'd think he was the one with the brain tumor.

I think he might be going through a little something, so...

Ron told you we're about to go bankrupt?

Come on. He said no one knew.

I keep the books.

Is he gonna be all right?

I don't know.

I don't know.

Well, I brought breakfast.

Pretzels and ice cream?

If you don't want it, I can just... No, no, no.

I'm not saying that.

So, how you doing?

I feel great.

You know, I've been googling brain tumors.

A lot more common than you'd think.

Yeah? Yeah.

Did you know Bob Marley had one?

How'd that work out for him?

Well, he sold a lot of records, so... Got a little catching up to do. (BOTH CHUCKLE)

You're gonna be okay, Mom.

You'll get through this.

I mean, even the procedure seems simple.

Just a tiny little hole in your skull, and they go in and...

John.

How's Rebecca?

She's good, you know... JASON: Oh.

Hello. (LAUGHS)

What's this, Mrs. Hollar?

We're having some ice cream for breakfast?

Ice cream and pretzels, one of my mom's favorite things.

Yeah. Hey, how 'bout heart attacks?

Is that one of her favorite things, too?

No. What? Why?

Why? Well, because your mother's a borderline diabetic.

That's not true, is it?

Maybe. JASON: Yeah. Yeah.

No, it is. So this probably wasn't the best idea, was it, pal?

I'm gonna take these.

And, believe it or not, we actually keep our patients on a pretty strict diet for a reason.

Sorry. I was just trying to do something nice for her, so...

Next time, like, try a gift card or something harmless, you know?

(LAUGHS)

I'm sorry, do you have a problem with me or...

I don't know. Maybe.

Want... Want a little chat in the hall?

We'll find out.

I'll be right back.

What's going on, man?

Uh, "What's going on, man?"

Well, Gwen has been asking about you, like, nonstop since she found out your mom was here.

Yeah. No, I heard you guys were...

Married? Yeah.

Yeah. Yeah. Congratulations.

She just had a kid, too, so...

Well, you both have a kid, so that... That's awesome.

Congratulations for both of you, right?

Dude, please, can we cut the shit here for a second?

Yeah. I mean, like, are you gonna try anything?

What? Are you gonna try anything with her while you're in town? No, no, no.

No. No, no, no. Yeah?

No, I... I have a great girl in New York, and we're actually about to have a baby, so...

Oh, great. So you're married.

Uh, no. No, we're not.

I thought you said you... You're gonna have a baby.

I did say I was gonna have a baby, but... I'm not married.

Well, why aren't you getting married if you're gonna have a kid?

Well, it's a long story. You know, we talked about it. But, uh...

Why does that matter? I don't know.

I'm just saying, don't you think your kid's gonna resent you for making it a bastard?

It's not gonna be a bastard.

Technically, the kid will be a... That's what a bastard is.

Point is, I... I haven't had any feelings for Gwen.

Not for a long, long time.

So... Yeah.

She still looks good.

JOHN: I... Bet she does.

Like, great. JOHN: Okay.

You know, maybe better than before.

I don't even know what that means, but...

In that case, you want to get dinner?

What?

Tomorrow night.

Gwen wanted me to invite you to dinner at our house.

That's why we're chatting out here in the hall.

Um, yeah, no, I... Yeah, that would be nice.

All right, good. Well, I'll let her know you're coming.

Great. All right, well, it was good to see you. This is good.

Yeah? Glad you like it.

It's a nice combo.

(SIGHS)

Where is everyone?

Not here.

Well, where are they?

Called in sick. Everyone?

Mmm-hmm. Why?

I'm guessing it had something to do with not getting paid for two weeks.

Well, don't they know about Sally?

Unfortunately, guilting people into free labor only works on family.

I wish I had more sisters.

Yeah, me, too.

How's she doing?

(SOBS) I don't know.

I better go check on her.

No, I'll go check on her. You need to get to work.

We got an order this morning, thank God.

All right. Here.

Take this card and pay everyone for last week.

You can't afford that. Just do it anyway.

And tell 'em to get their asses back to work.

Okay.

What about your cartoon story?

They don't call it a cartoon story, Mom.

I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

I mean, what's it called?

A graphic novel.

How is it?

(SIGHS)

Let's face it, Mom, I made a mistake.

I'm not an artist.

And that's okay.

Rebecca sent me some of it.

Oh, my God, she did not.

She says she thinks you should try and get it published.

Yeah. I bet she does.

Why don't you? Because, Mom, you know, sometimes things aren't good enough.

I like Rebecca.

She's pushy. Yeah.

Men need to be pushed.

You know, when your father and I first got married, we lived in Detroit.

He worked in a small office downtown next to the Fox Theatre.

I'd pick him up every day. He never really knew why.

Your father would get off work at 5:00, and I'd leave our apartment at 3:00 and walk down to the Fox.

There was never a show on at that time.

And I'd go in and I'd sit in one of those seats.

And I'd look up at the ceiling.

It was...

Unlike anything I'd ever seen.

And this enormous chandelier.

It was breathtaking.

And every day, I'd go back, I'd go in, and I'd look up.

You've never told me that story.

I never really got a chance to pursue anything creative.

I was so young when I married your father, and then Ronnie came along.

So...

Do you ever wish you did anything different?

Oh, yeah, big-time.

Really? Definitely. Definitely.

Like what?

I'm not sure I ever should have married your father.

Wait. What?

Grandma! Grandma!

Girls! Oh, my goodness!

Oh, what are you two doing out of school?

I don't want you to die, Grandma.

Don't you worry about that.

But, Dad said you will.

Well, what does he know? We brought pretzels and ice cream.

Oh, that is so sweet.

CONSTANCE: Whoa, grandma, is that your tumor?

Oh, come here, honey, and give me a hug.

Okay. I'm gonna go for a drive, so...

Do you need anything? I wouldn't mind a bag of Doritos.

I was asking Mom. No, honey, I'm fine.

Okay. Great. I'll be right back, okay?

See you guys in a little bit! Bye-bye!

Ta-da! Ah!

(CELLPHONE RINGING)

Hello?

Oh, thank God you're there.

It is so good to hear your voice.

REBECCA: Hey. How are you?

Not so good.

Uh, Doctor wants to do a craniotomy by the end of the week.

Dad is... Gonna lose his business, I think.

And... Mom said she actually thinks she regrets marrying him.

It's been great. And on top of it all, my mom's nurse hates me.

Wait, why does your mom's nurse hate you?

Who knows? It's just some jackass from high school.

Well, what's his problem? You need me to come down there?

I don't know, you know? Nothing.

He's married to Gwen.

Gwen...

Gwen. Your Gwen.

Well, it's not my Gwen anymore.

Right? So...

Well, no, yeah, but...

Oh, boy.

Look, Rebecca, don't worry. Nothing is gonna happen.

I don't feel anything for her anymore, okay?

I mean, she just had a baby, for God's sake.

Oh. Yeah.

Oh. What an incredibly...

Insensitive thing to say to me right now.

No, that's not what I meant. I...

REBECCA: What is that sound?

Are you smoking?

No. Yes.

You don't smoke.

Can you just put that out, please, and just call me a little later?

Okay, Rebecca, I didn't mean to...

No, I... It... I'm...

I'm fine. I just... I need to get back to work.

Okay.

Okay. I love you. Bye.

Stupid.

MAN: Look, Don, I, uh...

I don't think I can get them to give you another loan, given your current financial status.

Business is picking up. Oh, yeah, no, I should've told you.

Yeah. In fact, I'm gonna hire a new salesman.

Soon, to drum up some more business.

Jim, I need to cover payroll for a month and that's it.

Well, I... I wish there was something I could do.

Jim, I'm a member of the chamber of commerce.

I can't even take my own kids out for dinner. (CHUCKLES)

Look, Don, you may be uncomfortable talking about this, but...

At this point, filing for bankruptcy, it might be your safest option.

Bankruptcy? Yeah.

I gave my life to this business.

I gave my life!

Wasn't supposed to be like this!

I'm sorry, Don.

I don't know if you heard.

Sally's really sick.

Yeah, I know.

I'm very sorry.

Okay.

Thanks, Jim. All right.

These are just flames Burning in your fireplace I hear your voice and it seems As if it was all a dream

I see a world A world turning in on itself Are we just like Hungry wolves howling in the night?

I don't want no music tonight

Can we go on Like it once was?

Every time I hear another story Oh, the poor boy lost his head Everybody feels a little crazy But we go on living with it Yeah, they go on living with it

Perfect.

These are just flames Burning in your fireplace I hear your voice and it seems As if it was all a dream I wish it was all a dream

Can we go on Like it once was?

Can I help you? Yes.

(INDISTINCT CHATTER OVER TV) (LAUGHING)

You remember that one?

Oh, my God.

There you are. Hey, Mom.

I have been looking all over for you girls.

What are you doing? Why didn't you go to school today?

Dad brought us here instead.

You can't take our kids out of school without calling me, Ron.

Grandma has a tumor. It's the size of a basketball in her head.

It's only a softball, actually.

Sally...

I'm so sorry.

Thank you, Stacey.

What is he doing here?

Can I talk to you for a second? Alone?

Okay.

What the hell are you doing?

You are scaring the girls, not to mention your mom.

What do you care? Come on, Ron, don't be a child.

What did you bring him here for? I was worried.

He comforted me. He comf...

He comforted you? The reverend?

So are you...

Serious now? Ron.

You were the one who wanted a divorce in the first place.

Uh...

What if I wanted to change my mind?

Change your mind about what?

You know...

Us.

You and me and...

The girls.

Are you kidding me?

I just wasn't ready.

I know you think you're hot shit ever since you moved to New York, but don't be an asshole, okay?

This guy's got Mom's life in his hands.

What are you talking about?

I don't think I'm hot shit.

Sure you do. You think you're better than us.

That's why you never call.

Here we go. I don't call just because I don't use the phone that much anymore.

You used to call Gwen all the time.

She was my girlfriend!

It's okay.

It's okay. I understand. Leave it.

Understand what?

You're jealous.

(CHUCKLING) Of you?

You live in Mom and Dad's basement.

You resent me, don't you? You resent all of us.

That is why you moved so far away.

I moved to New York because there's nothing here.

There's nothing here?

Well, whatever.

Yeah. Yeah, whatever.

I don't care, either.

Just don't offend this guy, okay?

How can I help you? Yes, thank you for taking the time.

My brother and I were just wondering if you could explain the procedure a little bit more...

I wasn't wondering.

I trust you.

My mom and dad trust you, too.

Um, well, thank you.

The procedure. JOHN: Yeah.

So, what we plan on doing...

I took karate as a kid. Ron.

My instructor was actually black, but I'm pretty sure he spent some time in China.

Why? With the Chinese.

Well, I'm Taiwanese Laoshan.

Taiwanese Laoshan. So, doesn't apply.

Doesn't apply.

You're lotion?

It's pronounced "Lau Shan."

What martial art do you do?

None.

None.

None?

Okay, so the difficulty here is that the tumor is taking up a large part...

Does it help to have small hands?

You're a very busy guy. In... In the surgery?

Thank you so much for taking the time, and we really appreciate all you're doing for our mom.

You're offending!

Hey, Gwen.

Oh, hey.

Hey. (KNOCKING ON DOOR)

This is for you.

(BABY CRYING)

Oh, hey, man. Hey.

What are you doing here?

You... You invited me to dinner.

What day is it today?

I'm just busting your balls, man.

Oh, that right? Yeah.

All right.

Are those for Gwen, or...

No, they're... Well, yeah.

They're for both of you, so, you know, there you go.

(SNICKERS)

Yeah.

All right, well, I'll find a nice place for these.

Come on in. Gwen's getting ready, and... Great.

Yeah, do... Nice house.

Beautiful place.

Thanks. Yeah. Look out.

Is that your baby? Nah, real kid's in the fridge.

It's just a screaming decoy.

(BOTH CHUCKLE AWKWARDLY)

What's, uh... What's the name?

Quinn.

Oh, yeah. He's adorable.

No, it's a she. Oh.

We named her after Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, you know, because... 'Cause it seemed like a funny idea at the time. It's good. I think it's clever.

You don't really think that far ahead and then...

Yeah. It's a good show. It's the kid's name forever, but...

Yeah. Yeah. You want a beer, or...

I'd love that. All right.

Thank you so much. You got it.

Now, is she okay?

'Cause she seems upset. No, she's good.

The crying's actually, like, good for kids' lungs.

It makes them strong or something, you know.

Oh, all right.

Well, I don't think that's true.

Right?

Hi. You okay?

You okay? She likes you.

Hey.

Hey.

Wow, you look... Beautiful.

Well, I look... Different.

So, how are you?

Good. Good. Little weird to be home, you know?

You have an amazing-looking child...

Your husband's right in the kitchen. Yeah. It's not working out.

But, he could come in, and any moment...

I missed you. I missed you, too.

You should have called me. (BOTTLES POPPING)

I know.

Have you ever read this?

Yes, that is my favorite one.

Yeah, I thought you might like it. Yeah.

Really? I think that book's depressing.

Oh, you think everything's depressing.

Well, you've seen Seven, right?

I have, yeah. Whatever.

How did you get Quinn to stop crying?

Oh, I didn't. John did it.

Oh, what, are you, like, some kind of baby whisperer guy, or...

Mmm. No. No.

Jason can never get her to stop crying.

JOHN: Oh, really? Well, that's probably just bad luck.

Yeah, I mean...

It's just bad luck.

You hungry? Starving.

Yeah, let's eat. Okay, great.

Here you go. Thanks.

Okay, kiddo, it's bedtime for you. You want...

(QUINN WAILING) Are you kidding me?

It was really good. Thank you very much.

So, uh, what's the story with your girlfriend?

Why didn't she come back with you?

Girlfriend? Mmm.

Oh, yeah, I didn't tell you? No.

Yeah. No, they're gonna have a kid together and everything.

Oh, wow.

Wow. Congratulations. Thank you.

Thank you.

So, when's she due? Soon, very soon.

They're not even married. Hmm.

Well, you know, we...

Really wanting a bastard, so we got it.

I proposed to Gwen the second I saw the pregnancy test in the trash.

I jumped on it, 'cause you don't want to, you know...

That's romantic.

Yeah. So, how'd you meet her?

At a comic book store, actually.

Oh, she like a... Like a nerd or...

No, she's, uh... Adorable.

Okay. (CHUCKLES)

What she do?

She has her own company, actually.

Oh, doing what?

She designs pet clothing.

So, just collars and hats and sweaters and...

Nice.

JASON: Oh, you can make a living designing pet clothing in New York?

That's... No, not... Not really.

Um, I don't understand then.

Her parents are rich-ish. Hmm.

How rich?

They bought her a brownstone for graduation.

Wow.

Okay. Well, now I see why you don't want to get married.

(LAUGHING) Why is that?

Mmm. Well, it's like, what's the point, really? Going through all that, you know?

Getting everything you want out of it, and she's taking care of you, so...

GWEN: Jason. What?

Well, no, no, it's not... It's not like that.

I mean, we keep our money separate, so...

But you don't have any money.

You're drunk.

So?

So go do the dishes, okay?

Okay.

Right. Okay. Sure.

You don't have any money, right? Jason.

Okay.

Hmm. (CHUCKLES)

(CELLPHONE RINGING)

John! Oh, my God!

I haven't heard from you in, like, two days! I've been worried!

JOHN: Rebecca, I just saw Gwen.

I went over to her house for dinner, her and her husband, he was there.

And okay, honey, I'll just tell you, she kissed me!

Okay.

Okay, so... You kissed her?

No, no, no, she kissed me.

Whoa. No. Major difference.

Major.

I just thought that you said you didn't have feelings for her anymore, and she just had a kid.

I don't. She did.

Oh, by the way, she still looks great!

Meant to tell you that, so, you have nothing to worry about.

Dude, what?

John, you sound like a basket case.

No. No, no. I know exactly what I'm saying, I promise.

REBECCA: You're not making me feel very secure right now.

I know. I know, but I will.

I will, starting right now.

Are you drunk?

A little bit, but no, that's not why I'm saying this.

Rebecca, what I'm trying to tell you is... I love you.

I love you, and I don't know, I just wanted you to know that.

I love you, too.

Dad?

Hey, Johnny, what's going on?

What are you doing here?

John? I'm working.

John?

Rebecca, I have to call you back.

Are you kidding me, John?

(SIGHS) Dad, I can give you some money.

Don't be ridiculous. You don't have any money.

Rebecca has some money... I'm not going to take any money from her.

John, come on.

You got your own family to worry about now.

I'll figure this out.

How? Well, I'll, you know...

Dad... How?

Well...

I'm sorry.

That I didn't spend more time with you growing up.

Come on, Dad, you know I don't care about that.

Yeah, well, I do.

Johnny, it's terrifying.

It's not that bad.

How much do you owe? No, not that, no.

It's terrifying to find out this late in your life what you should have done.

Wow.

We still have time.

I tried, you know. I did try.

You got to know that.

I do. Yeah.

(THUDDING)

John.

John. Hi.

Hi.

Is this a dream? No.

Why is he wearing my mother's robe?

Hi.

I'm Ron, uh, John's brother.

It is so good to finally meet you. JOHN: Hey, Ron?

Yeah. I think we got it from here, bud.

Sure. Okay. Yeah.

Hi. Hi.

So, don't ever hang up on me again, okay?

No, I won't. Okay.

Oh! Wait.

How did you get here? I took a cab.

How far is that?

Far.

JOHN: Wow. Oh, what are these?

I was thinking maybe some wallpaper for the baby's room.

I read somewhere that babies like contrast. (CHUCKLES)

They're beautiful.

I missed you so much. I really missed you. Oh.

How are you feeling?

My ass is really sore.

JOHN: Cannot believe you took a cab here.

(MUSIC PLAYING)


(FOOTSTEPS RUSTLING)

(SHUSHING)

Hey.

Dad?

Hi, angels.

What are you doing here?

I missed you guys.

Did you miss me?

Yeah. Yeah. Can I come in?

(GIGGLES)

Yeah.

I'm coming in. But, Mom said that...

Don't... Don't worry about Mom. Move... Move that.

Okay.

Coming in.

Okay. Ow.

Okay. Here we go.

I'm good. Okay. (CLANG)

(ALARM CLOCK RINGING)

(RON SHUSHING)

RON: Don't wake Mommy.

Okay.

Okay.

Hi. Hi-ho.

Slumber party.

Get in here.

Oh, my goodness.

I missed you guys.

I missed you.

I love you.

Whoa, oh...

What? What is it? Oh.

Oh.

Is it... Is it a kick?

No, it felt like a stab.

Is that normal? I don't know.

Oh! Oh, my God.

It's from being in the car so long.

I don't think that's what that is.

That's not helping. Okay.

Is this real?

Well, it feels real.

All right. Sorry. Yep. Ah! Ooh!

Yep. Okay...

Constance.

Matilda.

Wake up, it's time for school.

What the hell are you doing here?

Okay, okay, just hear me out.

STACEY: Ron!

Stacey, please.

(BABIES CRYING)

John? How is she?

She's fine. She just needs to rest.

Oh, good.

You can take her home tomorrow.

Thank you.

And the... Baby is okay?

Their vitals are good.

"Their vitals"?

Did you know we were having twins?

Yeah.

And you didn't tell me because...

It was the same day, when we found out about your mom.

And...

Honestly, with everything you've been going through, I can't even tell if you want to have a baby at all.

So I thought if you knew that it was two, you'd...

It would be too much.

Wait. "Everything I'm going through"?

You're not happy, John. It's obvious.

At work, in your life and...

I don't know, maybe with me.

And I know that you're...

No, I... Just going through something and maybe everything in your life isn't exactly what you want it to be right now.

Um, and you're scared and I get that.

Having a baby is scary.

And you think that everything's gonna change and...

We're not gonna be fun anymore and you're not gonna drink beer with your friends and you're gonna have to be stuck in this job that you hate and you're not gonna kiss your high school sweetheart ever again...

Becca, that's not... No, I'm saying...

I'm saying it's fine.

And we're gonna work through all of it and you don't need to worry.

Okay?

That's not what I'm worried about.

Okay. It's not?

No.

I don't care about any of that.

Having twins is...

Is one more person and...

That's one more person that...

I'm gonna be failing.

And I just don't know if I can take that.

What?

Is that what you think?

I don't know, yeah.

I didn't drive eight hours 'cause you were failing me.

I came here 'cause I need you so much.

I'm just waiting for you to come back.

Okay.

(SNIFFLES) Okay.

I need you to get me out of this hospital, though.

Okay.

For real. Okay.

I'm not having two of your enormous babies without my doctor, you monster. Okay.

I'm not doing it. It's not funny.

You are not allowed in this house again under any circumstance, do you understand?

Come on, Stacey, don't you think you're overreacting?

Watch the flowers, please.

Come on, man.

Dan, good to see you. Good morning.

Good to see you.

Damn it! Damn it!

Oh, Jesus.

Oh, shit.

You know what? You win, man.

Okay?

You win.

This isn't about me.

Yeah, whatever.

Your girls called me.

They called you?

What were you doing in the house, Ron?

RON: I don't know!

I was lonely, and I... I didn't know where else to go, and... And they're... They're my kids.

I mean, they're... They're my kids, too.

Would you like to talk about it?

No. No.

I mean, kind of, but...

Hey, come on. I'm gonna buy you a cup of coffee.

No. Come on.

No, it's okay. I'm okay.

I'm good.

Thank you, Mike.

Wait, you're not gonna push any of that Jesus shit on me, are you?

No.

You promise?

I don't force my beliefs on people, Ron.

Really?

Really.

What are your beliefs? (DAN LAUGHS)

JOHN: Mom?

What are you doing up?

Where is everyone? Gone.

Mom, what's wrong?

Dr. Fong just came by.

And?

He said they might have to shave my head.

(LAUGHS)

Well, Mom, that's okay.

I don't want to do it, Johnny.

Look ridiculous.

Look like Rod Steiger.

No.

(SNICKERS) Yes, I will.

No, you won't.

When are they coming to do it?

I don't know.

I'll just stay right here until they do.

How are you?

We're having twins.

And you're terrified.

(BOTH SNIFFLING)

Oh...

Don't worry.

You won't know till you get there that you're okay.

Okay, Mrs. Hollar, you ready for your new 'do?

Oh.

Uh, hey, man.

Hey, man. Um...

Look, I... I got to give your mom a haircut, so...

You want to hop over here? JOHN: Yeah.

Easy as pie.

Hop on in.

Just gonna pop this on...

Real easy.

And we'll get you done in no time.

Bing, bang, boom, nothing to it, nice and easy.

You ready?

All right, here we go.

Wait.

I'll do it.

JASON: Oh, yeah?

Yeah, just leave the clippers and I'll give her the haircut.

If that's all right with you.

JASON: All right.

(MUSIC PLAYING)


SALLY: How do I look?

Beautiful.

You're just saying that. JOHN: No, I'm not.

You have a really nicely-shaped head.

Well, thank you.

Give me my lipstick.

Well, what now?

I don't know.

Wait for supper.

It's my last meal.

What do you mean, your last meal?

They're not letting me have any food tomorrow.

I guess you're not supposed to eat before the surgery.

Well, what's on the menu for tonight?

Yogurt and a boiled egg.

Well, that's not a good last meal.

No kidding.

Let's go.

What? Now?

Yeah.

They're never letting me leave.

I'm gonna sneak you out of here.

SALLY: You'll get in trouble!

I'm not letting you have a yogurt and an egg for dinner.

SALLY: Ooh!

(YELLS)

Excuse me.

(SCREAMS)

(SHUSHING)

WOMAN: Push, push, push.

You can't be in here.

Oh, no. Oh, my God.

No, no. Get out. Sorry.

So sorry.

So sorry. Sorry. Yeah.

You're doing great.

This is for 310.

No, no, no. Hey. Hey, hey!

Hey!

John! You're going so fast.

(SHRIEKS)

(SALLY LAUGHING)

We did it. We did it. We got away.

Hey, hey, hey! Wait, wait, wait! No, come on!

You can't leave the hospital... What an asshole.

What an asshole.

Oh, my God.

I haven't been to this place in a really long, long time.

JOHN: Hmm.

I think those women think I just escaped from...

A mental institution. (LAUGHING)

I don't even think they've noticed.

Which scares me more.

Mom, what did you mean when you said you might have regretted marrying Dad?

Did I say that?

Yes.

Must've been the tumor.

Mom.

You never met my mother.

She was tough.

Quiet, but tough.

The day I married your dad, she only had one piece of advice for me.

"Don't waste your time with the bad.

"Live with the good."

So...

Your father and I have lived through 38 good years together.

I love this place.

Hi.

Boy, we thought we missed you.

Hey. Ta-da.

Whoa. Nice haircut.

What do you think, Donald?

I think you look great, Chief.

Who do you think I look like?

It's weird, but you remind me of my wife.

That's... I knew you were gonna say that!

In the morning when I get up

In the morning when I get up

In the evening when I go out

(WHISPERING) Rebecca...

You're so good for him.

Love you.

What time is it?

It's 8:30.

So...

Thanks for being here, everyone.

We love you, Mom.

I love you guys.

Don...

It's gonna be fine. I'm going to be okay.

(SOBBING) I'm...

I'm so sorry about Jenny Craig.

Oh. Come here.

Take care of Ron for me.

He needs your help.

Okay.

Chief. (SIGHS HEAVILY)

It's been on there so long. (LAUGHS)

Hold it for me.

Take care of your dad for me.

He needs your help.

I got it.

Take care of both of them.

They need you.

You got it.

Okay, are we ready, Mrs. Hollar?

JOHN: Ready, Mom?

I don't...

Mrs. Hollar?

(CRYING) I don't want to do this.

Okay. Okay.

I don't want to do this. It's okay.

I don't want to do this.

I don't want to do this!

It's okay.

JOHN: Mom, you're gonna be fine. Okay?

(SINGING) I'm trying to tell you something 'bout my life No!

Maybe give me insights Between black and white The best thing you ever done for me Is to help me take my life less seriously It's only life after all (LAUGHING AND CRYING)

Yeah.

SALLY: Yeah.

Well, darkness has a hunger that's insatiable Is that the Indigo Girls?

Yeah. She loves this song.

That's hard to hear ALL: And I wrap my fear around me like a blanket And I sailed my ship of safety till I sank it I'm crawling on your shores I went to the doctor I went to the mountains I looked to the children I drank from the fountains There's more than one answer to these questions Pointing me in a crooked line And the less I seek my source For some definitive My source The closer I am to fine I went to see the doctor of philosophy With a poster of Rasputin And a beard down to his knee He never did marry Or see a B-grade movie He graded my performance He said he could see through me I spent four years prostrate To the higher mind Got my paper and I was free I went to the doctor I went to the mountains I looked to the children I drank from the fountains There's more than one answer to these questions Pointing me in a crooked line And the less I seek my source Less I seek For some definitive My source The closer I am to fine Yeah The closer I am to fine Yeah

(SIGHS)

I'm gonna get some air.

I'm gonna be right back.

How you feeling?

Better, thank you.

Thank you for being here.

How's the job search going?

Okay.

I'm waiting for a second interview at Amazon.

Really? That's amazing.

No, not... Not that Amazon. I...

The... The club in Bristol. They need bartenders.

Yeah.

Do you bartend? No.

(LAUGHS)

No. Never.

You know, Dad wants to hire you back.

RON: What?

No.

JOHN: Yeah, what he said.

Dad wants me to work for him again?

Nope, not for him.

Dad wants you to run the company with him.

He's just too proud to ask.

I mean, he won't be able to pay you right away, not until the company gets back on its feet, but...

The job's yours.

He can't pay me?

You're living in his house rent-free, Ron.

Yeah, well...

That's his duty as one of the people who brought me into this world without asking.

JOHN: That's one way to look at it.

What do you say?

I'll think about it.

Good.

RON: Yeah.

(SIGHS)

Hey, Dad? Yeah?

Ron wants his job back.

What?

Yeah.

Said he'll work for no pay till the company's back on its feet.

He said he'd work for no pay?

Yep. That's exactly what he said.

Huh.

DR. FONG: Guys.

Well, the operation was a success.

Oh, man. Okay...

We're moving her into intensive care, just to keep an eye on her, see how she progresses.

You can visit her once she's settled.

Well, I just... I can't thank you enough, Doctor. (LAUGHING GIDDILY)

You don't know how much I appreciate this.

Well, Mr. Hollar, you're very welcome.

Do, do-do Do, do-do, do-do-do

Do, do-do, do...

I'll stay here with your mom.

Why don't you two boys go home and get some rest?

I want to stay. DON: No.

No, you... You got to take Rebecca home.

She needs to spend the night in a real bed.

You sure? I... Yeah, yeah.

Go.

We started looking for you Ron. You too.

In the darker caves It's going to be fine.

We had a lot of love We thought would light the way

(SIGHS)

We saw the wrecks of buildings They're good boys.

And ships that sank in starlight...

RON: She's going to be okay, right?

Absolutely. Yeah.

Better than ever. Yeah.

(ELEVATOR DINGS)

Tell Dad I'll take the job.

Hey. STACEY: Hey.

Come on, girls.

Bye, Mom!

STACEY: Bye. Hey, guys.

Thank you.

Hey, wait for me!

Do, do-do, do-do-do

Do, do-do, do, do-do

Don?

Oh, hey, Chief.

How you doing?

Did... Did they get it?

Yeah, they got it.

Tumor's gone.

Good.

You did great, Chief.

Sally?

Sally.

(MONITOR TONE FLATLINES)

Sally!

MAN: What happened? I don't know.

I need everyone in here now.

Stephanie, check her pulse for me.

Sally! Sally! Sally? MAN: Got to get ready for bagging.

Kristin, lower the bed and get ready for CPR. WOMAN: Page Dr. Fong stat.

MAN: I need a crash cart now.

Someone's called a code. What's going on?

Sir, we need you to step out of the room.

No, I thought the surgery was a success, they...

I'm sorry, sir. I don't understand.

MAN: Mrs. Hollar, can you hear me?

Do we have a pulse?

WOMAN: Med code. MAN: Start bagging.

Mrs. Hollar, can you hear me?

(INDISTINCT TALKING)

(CELL PHONE RINGING)

(BEEPS)

Hello.

Hey, Dad.

Once I knew a girl in the hard, hard times She made me a shirt out of fives and dimes

Now she's gone, but when I wear it, she crosses my mind

And if the best is for the best, then the best is unkind

(INAUDIBLE)

(INAUDIBLE)

I realized that Illinois was more than I could stand

They say that working's best

'Cause poverty is hell on a man

Now I ride a lazy river through the Mississippi fan

And if the best is for the best Then the best can be damned

(DOORBELL RINGS)

(SIGHS)

(DOORBELL RINGS)

Hey, Mr. Hollar.

I'm... I'm really, terribly sorry about...

What do you want?

Um, Sally asked me to give you this, in case she ever, you know, uh...

She was a wonderful woman.

Thanks.


(SIGHS)

SALLY: "If you're reading this letter, "then I guess I didn't make it.

"I'm sorry I can't be there to help you through this, Donald, "but you're going to be okay. (CRYING)

"Buck up.

"You gave me a great life.

"I love you so much.

"Sally."

I love you, too.

I can't.

Chief, I can't, I can't.

I can't.

(SOBBING)

(DOORBELL RINGS)

(BREATHING HEAVILY)

What?

Sorry. Uh...

She asked me to wait a couple minutes and then give you this one.

SALLY: "Stop crying.

(LAUGHS) "You've got a funeral to plan.

"Don't forget I like orchids."

Everything okay?

Thanks for this.

(CONTINUES LAUGHING)

Once I knew a girl in the hard, hard times

Once I knew a girl in the hard, hard times Now, as far as caskets go...

Well, we want the best one you have.

Dad, that's a lot of money.

I don't care.

Well, how are we going to pay for it? You're just gonna pay for it.

Actually, all the expenses have already been taken care of.

What? By who?

An anonymous party.

I don't understand.

Yeah, we don't know any anonymous parties.

Is that it?

That's it. Thank you.

You're welcome.

You ready to go?

No, I think I'm just going to be here for a minute.

(BREATHES SHARPLY)

Okay.


Did you just pay for my mom's funeral?

I wanted to do something and you said you were strapped for cash, so...

Don't tell your dad, okay?

It's incredibly generous, but, unfortunately, we can't accept it.

(SIGHS) Why not?

I just can't, Becca.

This isn't how it was supposed to be, and...

John...

Please accept it?

This is not an issue, okay?

I have money now.

You'll have money later.

We're family. It doesn't make a difference.

Marry me?

What?

Marry me right now.

Now?

Are you sure this is the best time?

Well, they say "for better or for worse," right?

I can't think of a worse time than now.

(CAR DINGING)

Take me someplace she loved.

Do you, John, take Rebecca to be your lawfully wedded wife?

I do.

And, Rebecca, do you take John to be your husband?

I do.

I got a new lover now She knows just what I need when I wake up in the night She can read me back my dreams And she loves them, though she never needs to tell me what they mean

All right, that'll do.

By the power vested in me, surrounded by nature and under the eyes of God, I now pronounce you both husband and wife.

Kiss your bride.

I got a new lover now

Thank you for being here to celebrate my mother.

She once told me, when I was going through a time in my life where I was very lost...

She said, "You won't know until you get there that you're okay."

And...

She was right.

Ooh! My mother was strong.

She was really strong and she was strong for all of us.

I know there's a number of people here today that are wondering what we're going to do without her. (CHUCKLES)

But, uh...

John, your wife's going into labor.

No, I'm not. No, no, no.

No, I'm fine. You okay?

You sure? REBECCA: I'm fine.

You okay? No, no, no. No.

Okay. Sure, all right.

(GROANS)

I'm so sorry. Oh.

I think I might be fine. I think.

Oh! No, no. You're not.

Okay, we're going to the hospital.

Come on. Come on.

Good-bye, Mom.

We love you.

Oh! Come on.

Okay.

Good? You in? All right.

Okay. All right.

You're doing great.

You're doing great...

Doing good.

Everybody got your seat belts on?

Go. Go.

(ENGINE SPLUTTERS)

Oh, shit!

Never got that fixed.

Come on, Ron.

Yeah, we're going to get in here 'cause this is...

Come on, here we go. We're good.

Okay, all right.

We're all blocked in, we really are. Oh, boy.

Uh, this feels like a bad way to bring kids into the world.

No, no, no, it's fine. It's fine.

It is? Yeah.

Okay, here we go.

Hang on. Go.

Ron, Ron, Ron.

Them's got ears, let them hear Them's got eyes, let them see Turn your eyes to the lord of the skies

(TIRES SQUEAL)

(GROANS)

I'm coming! Emergency!

(GRUNTING AND GROANING)

REBECCA: John?

John! We're coming. I'm coming.

Here we go. We're coming. REBECCA: John.

Come on, come on, this way.

(LAUGHS)

Excuse me.

We're having a baby. Where do we go?

That's the next building.

What? Go down the hall, to the right.

Down the hall, to the right.

Okay. Wait!

You can't all go.

What? What do you mean?

I can... John!

Sweet John.

All right, we're gonna go get a room, Dad.

Sweetie...

Thank you.

All right!

Yeah.

John, I'm scared!

Me, too.

You're not supposed to tell me that. No, it's going to be okay.

You're going to do great.

Here we go!

Your ticket you obtain On this heavenly airline plane You think they're going to be okay?

Yeah.

They're going to be just fine. (CHUCKLES)

Maybe in daytime, might be night What about us?

To your home beyond the skies

Turn your eyes to the lord of the skies Take that airline plane Mrs. Hollar?

Yes. Right this way.

To your home beyond the skies

Them's got ears let them hear Them's got eyes let them see Turn your eyes to the lord of the skies Take that airline Plane It will take you home again


Tell me something, give me hope for the night We don't know how we feel

We're just prayin' that we're doin' this right Though that's not the way it seems

Summer gone, now winter's on its way I will miss the days we had The days we had I will miss the days we had The days we had Oh, I'll miss the days we had Loving, leaving, it's too late for this now Such esteem for each has gone Has time driven our season away?

Cause that's the way it seems

In the world of the speech that is new I'll be back again to stay Again to stay I'll be back again to stay Again to stay I'll be back again to stay