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EXT DARK WINDING ROAD -- NIGHT It’s the middle of the night, a car moves along a dark rode at a rapid pace. The wind is blowing, the engine is roaring, a biker rides across the screen and a loud crash is heard. The leaves blow in the wind and the screen fades to black. INT COFFEE SHOP -- DAY MADDIE is ordering coffee from the counter, she is balancing books, a bag, an ipod, and barely has a free hand to grab the coffee the BARISTA hands her. BARISTA Here you are. MADDIE Thank you. Have a good day. Maddie turns to leave the counter and runs into someone, spilling her drink on the floor. BRAD Oh, I’m so sorry. Here, let me help you. I didn’t mean to, can I buy you a refill? MADDIE No it’s fine, thank you. I can get it. BRAD I insist, honestly. Now what were you drinking exactly? MADDIE Just a regular coffee, cream and sugar. Thank you. She smiles, and starts blushing. Maddie turns to go find a seat in the cafe, and Brad returns shortly with her drink. BRAD Alright, there you go. A fresh cup. I’m Brad by the way. MADDIE Thank you, I appreciate that, really. And I’m Maddie. It’s nice to meet you.

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BRAD And from the looks of all your books, you’re a student? MADDIE Aren’t you a smart one. Yes, I am. I have a round of exams coming up and I live with a few girls so I can’t ever get any work done at home. BRAD (Laughs) I bet. I could only imagine. He smiles at her and the two are seen chatting for quite a while. It looks to be a very fun time for the both of them. INT MADDIE’S FRONT DOOR/KITCHEN AREA -- DAY Maddie is shown walking through the door into the kitchen of her apartment. Her roommate BRIANNA is sitting on the couch with her laptop. Maddie throws her stuff on the table and heads up stairs to her room. Music is heard, it’s Maddie’s phone ringing. BRIANNA (Yells to Maddie up stairs) Maddie! Your phones going off. MADDIE Just forget it, I’ll be down in a second. BRIANNA Yeah, yeah. Let me see who it is. Brianna gets up and looks for Maddie’s phone. She finds it, and looks curiously at the caller i.d. on it. BRIANNA (CONT’D) So Maddie, who’s Brad Callahan? MADDIE (O.C.) Brad? It’s Brad?! Maddie runs down the stairs to meet Brianna back in the kitchen.

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MADDIE Oh, um, it’s nobody. Just let the voicemail get it. BRIANNA Yeah, sounds a lot like nobody to me... Maddie snatches the phone from Brianna’s hand and holds it close to her body, smiling. Brianna shakes her head at her and walks back to the couch to grab her laptop. MADDIE Well, I think I’m going to go back up stairs and take a nap. I’ll see you in a bit. BRIANNA Alright, and be sure to call Brad back while you’re at it. MADDIE (Laughs) Stop! That’s not funny. BRIANNA Have a good nap. Brianna opens her laptop and is shown opening her web browser and logging into Facebook.com She types in the name "Brad Callahan" and clicks the search button. She clicks on the first name that appears and begins to pour over the page. BRIANNA (softly, to herself) Well, well, well Maddie. He’s cute. I’m sure he’s just nobody. She clicks through some of his pictures and goes back to his main page to look up his birthday, relationship status, etc. BRIANNA Whoa, class of 2007? How old is this guy? Brianna is shown continuing to click through Brad’s Facebook page, and the scene closes.


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INT DAN AND CAL’S HOUSE -- NIGHT After a long night of drinking and partying, DAN and CAL return home and flop down on the couch in their living room. Their house is messy, plastic takeout cups are everywhere, and the furniture is completely mismatched. Oddly enough, the only nice thing in the area is the television which is obviously the most expensive item in the room and where most of their attention is focused throughout the day. Two girls, Bri and ABBY, walk through the front door and flop down on the couch as well. BRIANNA Hey guys, how was your night? ABBY (following Brianna’s lead into the room) Yeah, how was your night? CAL Eh, uneventful. Nothing special. DAN Yeah, pretty much same as always. And I’m sure by nothing special, Cal, you mean, no one special? CAL Stop, dude. Not funny. BRIANNA Oh don’t get your panties in a twist, we all know that you love Maddie. No secrets here. ABBY Yeah, for real. CAL I don’t, I don’t love her. But since you brought her up, where has she been? I feel like I haven’t seen her in forever. BRIANNA Well, she pretty much spends practically all her time with her new boytoy, Brad. CAL Wait, what?

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5. ABBY Snooze ya lose, pal. CAL I just had no idea she had a boyfriend, that’s all. What’s he like? DAN You mean what’s he got that you don’t have? (chuckles) BRIANNA Well, he’s got a Facebook if you really want to see him. CAL Pull that sucker up then, Bri.

Bri grabs a laptop sitting on the stained coffee table that acts predominately as a footrest. She logs onto her account and Cal moves closer to see what comes up on the screen. CAL How old is this guy? BRIANNA Well, just, uhm, older, I guess. CAL He looks weird. Dislike. ABBY That’s what I thought.. there’s definitely something creepy about him. CAL I agree. Completely. BRIANNA Eh, don’t be so hard on the guy. I mean, yeah, we don’t know him but what could be so bad? DAN How about the fact that we’ve pretty much hated every guy Maddie’s picked out... think about it, they’ve all been losers. Brianna and Cal continue to look through Brad’s Facebook page, while Dan closes his eyes and Abby just stares at the television.


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EXT SIDEWALK ON CAMPUS -- DAY A shot of a student walking with a newspaper in hand, headline visible reading "Death declared vehicular homicide, Sheriffs till investigating". The camera pans out and Bri’s face is shown, looking distraught. Bri stops in her tracks, pulls a notebook out from her backpack and writes down the following clues. "Drunken Witness", "Cutters Bumpersticker", "Green Cavalier". She puts the notebook back in her bag and continues on her way. BRIANNA (To herself) Well, if this story can’t give me a lead into that editing position, I don’t know what will. The camera pans out as she is seen walking into the journalism school. INT. CAL’S LIVIN GROOM-NIGHT It is Wednesday movie night at Cal’s place. Bri and Dan is talking in front of the DVD shelf next to the TV screen. BRI (Picking up a DVD) Oh. My. God. Roman Holiday? I didn’t know that you like Audrey Hepburn! DAN Nah, I don’t watch chick flicks. It was included in the bundle that I got from the sale section. BRI Roman Holiday is not a chick flick! DAN Well, Audrey is a chick, and she falls in love. What can I say? BRI (shrugs and shakes her head) Cal is walking out of the kitchen holding a giant yellow plastic bowl of pop corn. Abby is sitting on the couch with her laptop. She is a Facebook addict, and now she is snooping on some guy that she is interested in.

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ABBY (shows the computer screen to Cal) Hey, Cal! Take a look at this photo and tell me what you think! CAL Well, he looks cute. Who is he? ABBY The guy that I met at a party last weekend. He isn’t texting me back though. (looks back to the screen) The door bell rings. Everybody looks at the door. CAL That must by Maddie. I’ll get it. (walks up to the door and opens it) (cont’d) Hey, Maddie. How’s it go... (stops when he sees Brad behind Maddie) MADDIE Oh, hey Cal! This is Brad. Brad, Cal. BRAD How’s it going? CAL (akwardly) Oh, hi. They walk in, and everyone stops what they were doing and looks at Maddie and Brad. MADDIE Hey, everyone. This is Brad. BRAD (looks around) Hey. Abby looks at Bri as if asking who he is, and Bri shrugs her shoulders with wide open eyes. Everybody looks confused. CAL Well, have a seat. We are going to watch ’Hitch’ tonight (CONTINUED)


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Everybody seats on the couches and sofa, but awkward silence continues for several seconds. The DVD starts playing the trailers before the actual movie starts. BRI (Trying to break the awkwardness in the room) By the way guys, I started working on the new project for the school newspaper. You know I have always been wanting to get the editor position. I think this one is gonna be big if I do it right. ABBY That’s great! What’s the project about? BRI (excited) Well, you guys heard of that car accident few days ago? DAN The one where the bicycle kid got killed? Brad sharply looks at Dan, but turns his eyes away when their eyes met. ABBY Oh my gosh I heard about it too. I read that if the driver took the kid to the hospital instead of leaving him there he would have lived! CAL What a douchebag! BRI Anyway, I am going to start investigating on it, and hopefully solve the puzzle to bring the club the hottest article of the semester, which would probably help me land the Editor gig! MADDIE (whispers to Brad) Hey, you doing alright?

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BRAD Yeah. (pauses) Yeah. ABBY Oh by the way Brad, I just sent you a friend request on Facebook. I found you on Maddie’s page. Could you confirm it? Here, you can use my laptop. (hands her laptop over to Brad) BRAD (receiving the laptop from Abby) Oh. Okay. (He confirms the request and then gives the laptop back to Abby) BRI (with her hands flairing and her shoulders shrugging, says with her lips ’What the hell?’ to Abby, and moves to sit next to Abby) ABBY (shrugs and whispers) I just wanted to snoop on him a little bit as a good friend of Maddie. I know you want to join me. The movie starts, and everyone but Abby and Bri starts to watch it. BRI (lightly stops Abby’s hands on the laptop) Wait a second. Is that his car? ABBY It looks like so. The album says ’My New Car’. BRI (turns to Brad, and asks softly) Do you drive a green Cavalier? BRAD Yeah.

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10. BRI Interesting. (Voice Over) Didn’t the newspaper say that a witness saw a green Cavalier that night? DAN (asks Maddie) More popcorn? MADDIE Yeah, sure. I love these. BRAD (stands up) I think I gotta go. I got a early shift tomorrow morning. It was nice seeing you guys. MADDIE (looks up at him with a confused look, and stands up as well) I’ll go with you. CAL Nice seeing you too. Take care.

Dan is very into the movie, so he stays focused on the screen. Abby and Bri looks at each other with a weird look and waves their hands. The door closes. ABBY What the heck? BRI I know right? What a weirdo. CAL Yeah, I think Maddie deserves some more. DAN Like you, dude? CAL (deep in his thoughts, answers Dan unconsciously) Yeah... (realizes what he said and shakes his head) What? No, man!

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DAN Don’t lie. ABBY Cal. Cal. Cal. INT. CAL’S LIVIN GROOM - NIGHT They continue watching the movie, and about twenty minutes later, Maddie comes back to the apartment. The door opens, and Maddie comes into the living room where everybody is gazing at her with growing curiosity. Abby stops the movie. ABBY So, tell me hon. What do you like about that guy? BRI I mean seriously, he was like the definition of anti-social! ABBY I don’t think he said more than five words either. DAN And he not better looking than Cal, either. (winks at Cal) CAL What the heck, man? Well, but it’s true that he was creepy. He acts like a drug dealer or something. ABBY And besides, why did you have to go with him? Doesn’t he drive? MADDIE Well, he said his license was suspended at the moment or something, so I am giving him rides here and back to his place. BRI I don’t know, Maddie. He just looks and acts like an old towny. You are young, pretty, and smart. What makes you to be with him?

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CAL Yeah, Maddie that’s true. If you go out to a bar you this weekend you will be able to find fifty or more guys who are way more attractive than him. MADDIE Wow, everybody, chill down a little bit. He’s really nice guy! INT. IN BRI’S ROOM - MORNING Bri is seen frantically typing away on her computer, she searches through Brad’s facebook albums, but the one containing the pictures of his green car is gone. She looks frustrated as she’s clicking back and forth looking for the album. She reaches for her phone and calls Abby. BRI Hey, what’s up girl. ABBY Nothing much, what are you up to? BRI Are the guys with you? ABBY Dan is, but I don’t know where Cal is. BRI You guys need to come over right now, and find Cal. (sounding urgent) ABBY Whoa, chill out, what’s the big deal? BRI I think I found some important information. ABBY Okay, well, we’ll be over as soon as we can.


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INT. IN BRI’S ROOM - LATER MORNING Abby, Cal and Dan arrives at Bri and Maddie’s apartment. The group all gather around Bri’s computer as Bri’s explaining with pride her findings. BRI Okay, so I was suspicous last night because I found that album on Brad’s profile about the green Cavalier, so I got up early this morning and looked into it. I was hoping I could find a "Cutters" bumper sticker or anything of value. Instead, I can’t find the album anymore. It’s gone. (showing the group how the album is gone) CAL (Completely on Bri’s side out of jealousy) Dude, that’s really weird. DAN This is what this is all about? (a little patronizing) Bri, do you have any idea how many people drive a green Cavalier? It’s like one of the most common cars in the States. BRI Hear me out, on top of that, Brad’s a townie, so would it be too weird if he had a "Cutters" bumper sticker? ABBY Maybe he’s a big little 5 fan. My ex had a "Cutters" posters in his room and he’s from Bloomin... Oh. (Trying to help out Bri, but failed) BRI This is what I mean! Most people from out of town, even if big Little 5 fans, would probably support a frat or something. Not the Cutters.

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DAN Bri, are you hearing yourself correctly? You’re making the assumption that this guy killed someone based on a common car and a bumper sticker. BRI Okay, I may be a little paranoid, but you guys were all there last night. How uncomfortable did he seemed when we were talking about DUI killing? CAL That totally makes sense! That guy was so jittery! ABBY Oh, remember that last night how he doesn’t have a license and Maddie had to drive him? BRI See, exactly! DAN Bri, Bri, Bri. Calm down. I know you like to investigate and everything, but none of those evidences are actually concrete enough. Maybe we’re just being harsh on Brad because our little Maddie is growing up. BRI Bu-! CAL (Interupts Bri) There’s a difference between "growing up" and dating a complete creeper. We should be looking out for our friend! DAN Let’s just put it aside and give Brad another chance. Bri, you’re thinking too much. Abby, stop being Bri’s ass. And Cal, you missed your boat, so let’s stop being a little bitch about it. We should see if the love birds wants to go out and (MORE) (CONTINUED)


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DAN (cont’d) get some ice cream or something, since last night’s gathering was cut short. BRI (gives in) Fine, fine. I’ll give the guy another chance. I’ll put my detective hat away. Let’s go get some ice cream. CAL (Rolls eyes) ABBY Fine, I’ll call Maddie. (is secretly glad that she doesn’t have to come between her best friend and boyfriend. Abby picks up the phone and dials Maddie’s number) MADDIE Hello? ABBY Hey girlie! Are you with Brad? MADDIE Yes, what’s up? ABBY The gang and I were wondering if you guys wanted to go get some ice cream since we didn’t get to know Brad that much last night. MADDIE Yeah! That sounds like a great idea! Can you guys come pick us up? ABBY No probs! I’ll see you guys soon! (hangs up the phone) EXT. GANG RIDING IN DAN’S EXPLORER - AFTERNOON The Explorer pulls onto the street that Brad lives on. Dan turns into Brad’s drive away and sees Maddie and Brad emerge from the garage door. Dan’s car stops and Brad hastily hits the button to lower his garage door. But as the door comes (CONTINUED)


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down, it was hard to miss the green Cavalier with the scratched off "Cutters" bumper sticker and a collapsed bumper. Everyone in the car gave each other a nervous look. INT. NEWSPAPER HEADLINES ONLY - DAY A newspaper is thrown down, the front page reads, "Murder Solved!" Flips to the second page, "Welcome Our New Editor-in-Chief: Bri! Flips to the 3rd page: "Maddie, I’ve been in love with you forever, I’ll be waiting for you at Nick’s tonight at 7. Love, Cal. P.S. Thanks Bri for the adspace!"


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