Heaven Help Her Treatment by Colin Williams & Dejon Jernagin When his older sister Jasmine Jones was in middle school, Junior Jones was in elementary school. He looks up to, loves, and cares for his older sister like a dutiful younger sibling should. So when one of the middle school hot shots, Frankie Hall, asks Jasmine to the school dance, Junior investigates Frankie to ensure that his sister dates only the cream of the crop. Junior discovers that Frankie is really out to embarrass Jasmine and plans to dump her at the dance. He tries everything he can to stop his big sister from getting hurt, but she doesn’t heed Junior’s warning. So, in front of everyone, Frankie dumps poor little Jasmine and she shamefully hides under her little brother’s wings. Never again will I date anyone who doesn’t get your stamp of approval, she cries. Fast-‐forward thirty years: Jasmine is an advertisement designer at a leading Chicago agency. She has long put aside her middle school promise to not date without her brother’s approval, but she always has difficulty maintaining contact with any man she meets. Even just after one date, sometimes right in the middle of the date, her potential husbands abruptly leave, never to be heard of again. Jasmine can’t figure out what’s going on and begins to believe that something is wrong with her. Meanwhile, Junior is an employee at a private security firm. For years he has been taking equipment from work and bugging his sister’s apartment with microphones and cameras. Any man that Jasmine expresses interest in is subjected to a secret background check. They abandon Jasmine as soon as Junior threatens to blackmail them with some dirt he dug up. On night, Jasmine discovers the bugs and is furious with Junior for being so disturbingly overprotective. She goes to a club for a random one-‐night stand, just to spite her brother. Junior follows her, climbing in the club’s rafters to spy in secret. In a terrible accident, her brother falls and dies. Poor Jasmine blames herself for Junior’s death and vows to never ever date again. In Heaven, Saint Peter pulls up Junior’s file and scoffs at the long list of injustices like stealing security equipment and preventing his sister from discovering true love. Not yet worthy of Heaven, Peter casts Junior to limbo, but he threatens to sue Peter for not giving him an opportunity to prove his worth. The Arch Angel Michael rushes in to placate Junior. The last thing Heaven needs is a class action lawsuit.
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God listens to Junior’s rant with divine patience, but makes it clear that he cannot enter Heaven until the injustices on his record are expunged by either serving five thousand years in limbo or enrolling in the Re-‐entry Injustice Program, RIP, where souls like Junior are returned to Earth to expunge injustices with good deeds. Michael dumps Junior in downtown Chicago without any guidance as to what good he should be doing or how to go about doing it. Junior realizes that expunging his injustices will be harder than expected because no one can see or hear him! Junior discovers a community of dead souls haunting Chicago. It turn out they are all enrolled in RIP and they are invisible too. How can they do good deeds if no one can see them? Junior rallies the bitter souls and demands that Arch Angel Michael reform the program. Michael begs God to get the rambunctious humans off his case, so God strikes a random man on the street with the ability to see and hear Junior. As fate should have it, the man God strikes is Frankie Hall. Even before they know who the other one really is, Frankie and Junior have a hard time accepting the spooky development. And then when they do realize they are old middle school enemies, both of them plead with God to pair them with someone else, anyone else! He and Frankie agree that the best way to get rid of each other is to start doing good deeds. Junior instructs Frankie to donate his old belongings to the homeless shelter. He uses Frankie to save people in danger. The two of them do good all the day long, but Junior doesn’t ascend. Plagued with frustration, Frankie refuses to help Junior any more and continues on with his life. But Junior pesters Frankie and follows him to his work at a prestigious fashion firm. It’s Frankie’s job to coordinate a sensational fashion show, but he’s having difficulty so he calls in an advertising agency, the same agency Jasmine works for. Junior is torn up when he sees his sister and isn’t able to talk to her, so he uses Frankie. Jasmine won’t go on a date with Frankie, and she doesn’t yet know who he is, so Junior urges Frankie to hire Jasmine to develop the fashion show. He speaks through Frankie during their business meetings. One night, as Junior guards his dear sister on her way home, Michael appears as shows Junior that his good deed is to help his sister find true love. Junior and Frankie rush to make it happen. They set up an online profile for Jasmine that Junior fills with his intimate knowledge of his sister. Soon they are setting up secret surprise dates, but even when Jasmine always refuses to date them. Finding the love of her life is going to be harder than Junior and Frankie thought. They decide to hinge all of their hopes on the big fashion show where they’ll feature Chicago’s most elegant bachelors and all the men will ask for Jasmine’s hand in marriage. She has to say yes to one of Chicago’s wealthiest single men, doesn’t she? Heaven Treatment
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Even as she plans it, Frankie never tells Jasmine the true purpose of the show. That is until Frankie realizes that he really loves the girl. He sends Junior on a wild goose chase so that he can meet Jasmine alone. He convinces Jasmine to see him for the evening by promising not to be romantic, but things go so well that he tries to kiss her. She reminds Frankie that she swore on her brother’s soul never to date again. Frankie blurts out he has been talking with Junior and it’s her dead brother’s only wish that she find true love. It’s Junior that has been setting up the surprise dates, online profiles, the whole fashion show is Junior’s idea to get Jasmine married! Now Jasmine remembers who Frankie is. She believes this is all just another prank and the fact that Frankie brought her dead brother into this is all the more insulting. She forbids Frankie to speak to her and promises not to attend the fashion show. Full of contempt for Frankie, hopelessness, and depression, Junior asks God for one final favor, to please let him explain himself to his sister. God refuses and Junior gives up on his dream to enter Heaven. The fashion show is only a day away and Jasmine still refuses to appear for the event. She gets citywide headlines when Frankie puts out an article that reveals the intention of the show was to find a fiancé for the young lady. The news tugs on the city’s heartstrings and even more bachelors promise to ask for her hand. The community of dead souls picks up Junior’s case and they picket at the gates of Heaven and demand that God give Junior the ability to speak to his sister. Finally, moved by the show of companionship and selflessness, God agrees. Junior appears before his sister and asks for her forgiveness. He really does want her to fall in love, but now understands that his eagerness to set her up with men is just as destructive as his eagerness to protect her from men. He resigns to his fate as a wandering soul if it means that she can discover true love on her own time. Jasmine forgives her brother and thanks him for finally setting her free. The following evening, the fashion show is in full swing. The whole city comes out to see if Jasmine will show up and choose a husband. She arrives at the last minute and playfully judges a runway full of handsome men, but she declines each of them until the last man, Frankie Hall, emerges. He asks for her forgiveness, proposes, and she accepts! Frankie has helped Junior fulfill his good deed and Junior has helped the other RIP souls fulfill their good deeds by helping him reconnecting him to his sister. Jasmine says goodbye to Junior before he and his friends ascend into Heaven. Junior’s last words are not without his trademark sense of humor: she can always count on him to watch over his big sister from Heaven. Heaven Treatment
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