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For the Great or Good By Joe Carter

Based on The Social Network


INT. ZACK’S COMPUTER ROOM. NIGHT. Zack is sitting at his desk sipping coffee and typing. (All is in a time lapse with clocks ticking and voices. This continues until finally ZACK! Is heard multiple times.) INT. ZACK’S BEDROOM. MORNING. ZACK’S MOM Zack! Zack! Wake up! Zack opens his eyes and rubs them. ZACK’S MOM How long were you up this time? ZACK HYATT I’m assuming that’s a rhetorical question. ZACK’S MOM It is and you were up till three last night! ZACK HYATT I’m sorry I didn’t pass out at an adequate time for you, but I had other things to worry about. ZACK’S MOM Zack! I’ve had enough of these all-nighters!... What stupid video game were you playing this time? Warcraft? MineCraft? Starcraft? ZACK HYATT Actually, I was working on a project. ZACK’S MOM For what? ZACK HYATT Um... Mr.Davis, he gave us this poster project. Zack goes over to a shelf. He opens up one of the drawers. He picks out a poster when it is shown that there are multiple ones pre-made under it, made just for this occasion.

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ZACK HYATT See? ZACK’S MOM Wow! That looks really professional! Ok, I’ll excuse it this once but you need your sleep ok? Your not gonna grow any taller at this rate. ZACK HYATT Sure mom. Whatever you say. As soon as Zack’s mom leaves the room, Zack rips the poster up and throws it in the trash. INT. NORTHGATE LUNCH ROOM. MORNING. Zack sits at a lunch table typing on his laptop. A girl walks up and sits on the other side. ALLY Hey Zack! ZACK HYATT Hi. (Doesn’t look at her) ALLY Hey, Didn’t you get suspended? Zack immediately stop typing. There is a pause. Then he continues typing. ZACK HYATT Yes. ALLY Is it true it was for hacking? ZACK HYATT If that’s what you heard it was then that’s what it was, I cannot change your sources of information anymore than I can change the events that you and your little clique gossip about all day. ALLY Well I’d rather hear it from you. Pause.

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3. ALLY Okay fine. Well I was wondering. Would you happen to help me out then, with something? ZACK HYATT What could that possibly be? If you’re looking for another goon to join the football team I’m sorry but I have some other more serious things that I do with my precious spare time that don’t include venting teenage angst in a violent manner against my "bros" ALLY No its nothing like that(stunned) I was just wondering if you could...(softer) I think my boyfriend is cheating on meZACK HYATT What’s his name? ALLY Um, Max Lowe. ZACK HYATT Why do you think he’s cheating on you? ALLY Well, I just can’t shake the feeling off. It’s just that I’m hearing these rumors... And I could swear I saw him at the Yogurt Station with this bitch named Harriet. He just said it must have been someone else but I can feel that he’s lying. I can’t take this feeling everyday where I think he’s with someone else. I mean, this isn’t how relationships work. We’re supposed to always be together and talk about everything. I mean, if I could just know...

Zack writes on a piece of paper. ALLY Are you even listening? Zack finishes.

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ZACK HYATT Here. Email and password. Zack hands it to her. ALLY Ah! Oh my god! Thank youZACK HYATT Please. Just go. ALLY Um.. okay but, maybe we shouldZACK HYATT Just go! Or would you also like me to do some 1st grade math for you? ALLY Why do you got to be like Zack! Ally storms off sulking but happy that she had finished her task.. Zack continues to be glued to his screen. An image of Max saying, "She’ll never find out." in a facebook message appears. Zack frowns. The shot changes to Ally. She goes to sit down with her group of friends. ALLY Hey guys, maybe we should starting inviting this guy to hang with us. TYLER Zack? Didn’t he get suspended? ALLY Yeah. TYLER That freak? Dude he would jack off to World of Warcraft than have friends. ALLY He may be a freak but maybe he could do things for us. Look, he just gave me my boy friends facebook password. Ally shakes the paper.

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MAJID How do you even know it’s real? ALLY Look, he wouldn’t of gotten suspended if he wasn’t the real deal. How bad could it hurt? There’s a silence. TYLER Fine! Let’s go. The group nods. They all get up and move to Zack’s table. TYLER Zack? ZACK HYATT (Still looking at the screen) TYLER Sup. My name’s Tyler. Zack looks up. He looks at them. ZACK HYATT Thank you everyone for coming but unfortunately the main event for you has failed to show up, so I’d urge you to take the nearest exit from the auditorium. Majid comes to sit down next to Zack. MAJID Calm down, dude. Zack gets annoyed and shuts his laptop. ZACK HYATT If you didn’t understand the saying, I would just like you all to leave. I have a feeling that Ally encouraged you all to come here but I’m afraid that I do not care to socialize with the likes of any of you. It’s nothing personal, but all I would like to do is continue on with my school day in peace until I finally get the privilege to go home and do whatever I wish to do. Once again, (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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6. ZACK HYATT (cont’d) without any of you joining. Is that clear? Oh and 3...2...1..(Bell rings) TYLER Um... Sure whatever.

Tyler gestures the group to come along. The group looks annoyed but Ally is puzzled. They walk away. ALLY Look, I’ll talk to him after school. Ally looks back at Zack packing up. ALLY I bet I can get him to crack. EXT. SIDEWALK. AFTERNOON. Zack is walking down the sidewalk with his laptop at his side and holding his backpack over his shoulder. Ally runs up behind Zack. ALLY Zack! Zack! Zack looks puzzled and turns around. ZACK HYATT Ally? ALLY Hey, Zack. I guess I should apologize for what happenedZACK HYATT Please. It’s perfectly alright, I understand completely. ALLY Why do you always have to interrupt everyone? ZACK HYATT Well why not? It helps speed up conversations and makes the whole process twice as efficient by cutting out the extra stuff no one wants to hear.

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ALLY Yeah and whats with you and fast conversations? Do you really hate talking to people that much? ZACK HYATT It’s not that I hate talking to people, it’s just that I hate talking to people when I don’t feel like talking. Which includes right now. ALLY Hey, I hope you don’t mind if I interrupt but you need to cool your jets. ZACK HYATT What jets are you talking about? ALLY Agh! Why do you have to act so weird? ZACK HYATT Weird is a matter of opinion. I might be a freak to you but to me I’m everything that’s right in the world. ALLY Well maybe your world isn’t exactly what you think it is? There is a pause. Zack looks annoyed. ALLY You know what, I was just trying to help. I’ll go ahead and leave. ZACK HYATT Wait! Um. Maybe, Maybe I should apologize. I should act more appropriate for your standards. ALLY Standards? ZACK HYATT Never mind. Look look um, how about uh... We.. Hang out?(Awkward as hell)

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ALLY Um, sure. When? ZACK HYATT How about now? ALLY Well if your parents are fine with it. ZACK HYATT ParENT. My father left when I was two. ALLY Oh.. My mother left me when she.. um.. ZACK HYATT Passed away? ALLY Yeah... Well, I don’t live to far from here. Want to hang out at my house? ZACK HYATT Sounds good. I guess I should learn how to socialize more "normally". I’ve heard its quite important in the business world. ALLY Okay cool.(puzzled)And um.. first rule.. don’t use the quote fingers. They walk off. INT. ALLY’S HOUSE. AFTERNOON. Ally and Zack walk in. ALLY Dad, I’m home! Ally puts her backpack down and takes off her shoes.Zack does the same. ALLY He’s probably sleeping. So, what do you want to do?

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ZACK HYATT What are we supposed to do? ALLY I dunno. What do you like to do when your alone? ZACK HYATT Finish my homework and be on the computer. ALLY Well (Sighs).TV is always an option. ZACK HYATT Clogs the brain with junk. Not worth anyone’s time. ALLY Well, aren’t you a bundle full of joy. ZACK HYATT Who says you need joy to be a good person? ALLY Don’t worry about it. Maybe we should just talk? ZACK HYATT About what? ALLY I dunno. Ally turns around and walks to a chair. ALLY When did you start messing with computers? ZACK HYATT 6. It was when I got my library card. I couldn’t afford a computer back then so I had to use the library’s. It wasn’t really until my mother gave me this laptop when I started getting a lot more advanced.

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ALLY Well... I’m really curious on what you could have possibly hacked to get yourself suspended. ZACK HYATT Is this the only reason you invited me over? ALLY Of course not! I’m just really curious. Pause. ZACK HYATT My science teacher Mr. Davis refused to give out our scores of the test we just took until everyone was done making it up. I felt thatthis was incredibly unnecessary... And I decided to look myself. ALLY You mean... You hacked just to see what your grade was on some stupid test? ZACK HYATT It was not stupid. It was information refused to be given to students who had all the right to have it. As far as I’m concerned, hacking, as you put it, is just doing a google search. You just have to go through a bunch of numbers and code before you can reach the "search" button. ALLY Well then why did you get suspended? ZACK HYATT They accused me of changing my grade for the better of myself. ALLY What!? You could have changed your grade!?

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ZACK HYATT Yes. But why would I do that? I do perfectly fine without having the need to cheat. I already have A’s as it is. I tried telling them this but they refused to believe me. ALLY Man, you are a little genius aren’t you? ZACK HYATT Sadly, that’s what I’ve been told.


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