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SUBLIME DESIRES WEBISODE 1 - “PILOT” A Screenplay by Sergio Mena Jr.

Copyright © 2011 by Sergio Mena Jr. All Rights Reserved. Registered, WGAw

Sergio Mena Jr.


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1! FADE IN: FLASHBACK: INT. CAR ON A HIGHWAY - DAY CAMERA POV A young male rests on the passenger seat of a moving car as we see a relaxed view of hills going by in the background. He slowly begins to wake up and notices the camera aimed toward him. He looks over to his side with a surprised look and smiles as he turns his head to his left. REESE (chuckles and moans) Uhh you dumbhead. I look gross. REESE puts his hood over his face and crosses his arms. SAM Go back to sleep. REESE You’re weird. I love you. CAMERA jerks and aims toward SAM as he pulls his right hand away from the camera. He reaches toward the camera and moves it as though adjusting it as he drives. REESE You’re gonna drop it...watch. I’m not buying you another one. SAM looks over to his right to look at Reese for a quick second and then looks out to the road again while placing his right hand back on the steering wheel. SAM (playful tone) Its fine. Your not recording anyway! REESE I wiiill...when we get there babe. I like it when we take long drives...knowing you’re next to me and that we’re gonna have a good time as always.


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2! Sam smiles. He pulls Reese’s hand toward his lips and kisses the top of Reese’s hand. It looks like he rests Reese’s hand along with his on his lap. SAM You’re so beautiful...you always make everything perfect. REESE (serious but playful tone) You’re lying to me. SAM You’re a brat! REESE But I’m your brat. Sam holds a slight smile. REESE You mean so much to me...I’ve been waiting for this all week. Reese comes into view and kisses Sam on the cheek. He makes himself comfortable as he rests his head against Sam’s shoulder. Sam wraps his arm around him and gently run his hand through Reese’s hair. After a moment, he kisses Reese on his head and ! Reese smiles in a peaceful manner. WIDE SHOT From behind them, we see a beautiful view of the sunset through the windshield as they relax. BACK TO PRESENT INT. SAM’S CAR - NIGHT CLOSE ON SAM His dreamy expression is interrupted by the sound of an opening car door as someone enters. He looks over to his right and then back out in front of him without a smile. ON REESE


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3! He secures a distressed look and remains looking out in front of him. REESE I can just walk. It’s just right there. ANGLE ON SAM AND REESE Sam rubs the side of his head as he begins to look more troubled. FOCUS ON REESE Reese turns to look at him. REESE Whatever. As Reese opens the door, Sam reaches for the bag strapped around Reese’s shoulder. SAM No wait. Please don’t act like that. REESE Well how do you want me to act?! A beat. SAM Reese, why are you doing this? REESE Why? Well things change. So get over it. We hear a cell phone’s message alert sound. Reese then pulls his cell phone out from his pocket and punches buttons on it. Sam remains strained. REESE Just drop me off. Chris is on his way. SAM Where are you going? REESE Hunters. SAM


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4! Oh. REESE Brandon’s meeting us there. Sam shows a slight look of disgust. SAM And I’m the one who started? Reese shows no expression. SAM I’m sure you were just waiting for someone before breaking it off. REESE I wouldn’t even talk. You’re gross. Sam looks slightly down with remorse. REESE Just drop it. Sam starts the car. EXT. STREET - SAME TIME WIDE SHOT SAM’S CAR slowly pulls away from the curb and is driven out into the street. SAM (V.O.) It all seemed like one big nightmare. Like it wasn’t already for the fact we had broken up after almost four years. I would wake up every day feeling lost and wondering how it would be possible for us to maintain a healthy friendship. EXT. SHOPPING CENTER PARKING LOT - MOMENTS LATER CLOSE ON SAM’S CAR - WINDSHIELD Reese unbuckles his seatbelt. REESE Thanks. I’ll see you tomorrow I guess.


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5! Reese opens the door to step out. SAM I love you. REESE (serious, firm) Yea, yea. Reese shuts the door. WIDE SHOT Reese walks toward a car parked across from Sam’s car. SAM (V.O.) Everyone always referred to us as unseperable, and that we were the perfect compliment for each other in almost every way. At least, that’s what it seemed to be like in the beginning. Reese steps into the other car. The car is then driven off around and away from Sam’s car. DOLLY IN Sam reclines his seat slightly, brings his arms above his head, and maintains a look of despair. SAM (V.O.) At this point, nothing mattered more to me than to do whatever it would take to save the friendship we now had. I had done something pretty low the night before, but frankly, I didn’t really care. SUPER CLOSE ON SAM His eyes are watered and a tear slowly runs down his eye. FLASHBACK: INT. SAM’S CAR - DAY Sam and a GUY, maybe a little younger than Sam, share an intense kiss.


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6! SAM (V.O.) This guy from class had a friend who liked me or whatever. I gave in to meeting up with this dude as a form of revenge to Reese, but I seriously knew he was just a temp, and that he only wanted something quick out of it, and vice versa. The guy aggressively grabs Sam’s shirt by the chest area and pulls him toward him as they continue to show affection. The guy’s HAT falls off to the back. SAM (V.O.) So why not? FLASHBACK: INT. SAM’S CAR - DAY ON BACK PASSENGER DOOR SAM (V.O.) So today, as he put his bag in the back seat, he sees his hat that he left. REESE opens the door and places his bag in the back seat. CAMERA PANS DOWN SAM (V.O.) Great. He sees the HAT and becomes concerned. CAMERA FOCUSES ON HAT as he shuts the door in the background. INT. SAM’S CAR - LATER Sam and Reese argue MOS as he is driving the car through a high overpass. SAM (V.O.) This was the last thing I wanted him to find out about because I already felt low as it was, even though it wasn’t cheating because I never did and never would. I took advantage of my single label and coped with my depression by


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7! making out with some jackass. Anyway, that was that. FLASHBACK: INT. NIGHT CLUB - NIGHT Liquor is poured into two SHOT GLASSES. SAM (V.O.) It really got me that he gave me the dirtiest guilt trip ever when he was the one to start up with the whole thing. Reese and a GIRL, who’s about the same age as Reese, express delight, click their glasses together, and drink the shots. SAM (V.O.) I mean, I know I messed up too and admitted to it, but I found it really upsetting that he hardly felt he was in the wrong when he surely was. LATER Sam and CHRIS, holding a drink in their hand, converse as they walk into the patio area of the club. Sam sips from his straw as he notices Reese and BRANDON smiling at each other. They seem to be exchanging their cell phone numbers. SAM (V.O.) The night before doomsday, the break up that is, it was pretty clear that he was already wanting to meet and go out with other guys. I was no idiot to not see that. Like okay. Sam gestures at Reese and the girl to imply that it is time to get going. Chris looks at Reese and then at Sam, as if suggesting something about the communication. Reese quickly nods and exchanges a hug with Brandon and closes their conversation MOS. ZOOM IN - THROUGH OUT OF FOCUSED VIEW OF REESE AND BRANDON CLOSE ON SAM As Chris finishes his drink, Sam looks bothered as he witnesses the two of them and tries to look away.


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8! FLASHBACK: EXT. ISOLATED PARK - DAY Sam and Reese walk along a pathway in this wide open park that embodies a MAGNOLIA TREE. SAM (V.O.) The very next morning, it was obvious to the both of us that we needed to open our eyes and see where our relationship was truly taking us. BY MAGNOLIA TREE - MOMENTS LATER Sam sits on the small fence next to the tree as Reese remains leaned against it. They carry on a conversation. SAM (V.O.) I guess doomsday was a bad way of putting it...because it was actually a mutual acceptance that the only way to stop killing each other over everything was to accept the fact that our relationship had already faded away. CLOSE ON REESE. He smiles. REESE Look at us... Sam smiles, as though trying to maintain it. He looks at him and then turns his eyes away. REESE ...we really came a long way Sam...almost four years. Reese laughs. SAM seems uneasy, as though trying his best to accept the moment of truth. He smiles again as his eyes begin to water. Reese remains smiling. SAM That’s weird. REESE ...cause I called you Sam. I know huh.


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9! Tears slowly run down Sam’s face and wipes them off with his hand. He chuckles as he turns away. REESE ...don’t cry. There’s no reason to. You’re never gonna lose me Sam and I hope you feel the same way about me. Reese’s eyes begin to water. Sam turns to Reese as he rubs off the remaining tears and becomes a little relaxed. SAM I know. Of course you’re never losing me stupid. REESE (wiping off tears) Look at us. Haha. Like we’re not gonna see each other ever again. SAM (smiling) And we’re only hanging out later on tonight. They share a laugh. A beat. REESE Give me a hug dumbhead. SAM Alright FRIEND. REESE (laughs) ILL. Haha. WIDE SHOT Sam makes his way down and they both embrace in a passionate hug. SUPER CLOSE ON BOTH FLASHBACK:


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10! SAME LOCATION (3 years ago) SUPER CLOSE ON SAM AND REESE We are taken back to a point in time when Sam and Reese had just began their relationship. They hug in the same manner and now wear different clothing and look younger. They slightly pull away and share a passionate KISS. They gaze into each other with a warm smile. SAM I love you babe. Reese caresses Sam’s face. SAM I love you too. BACK TO PREVIOUS FLASHBACK They slowly pull away from each other. They exchange positive awkwardness, but suddenly appear to become more easy with each other. Reese smiles and runs his hand back and forth across Sam’s hair for a moment. Sam smiles and chuckles as he looks down. REESE Hey. Sam turns his eyes up to Reese. CLOSE ON REESE REESE (intimately smiling) I love you Sam. A beat. CLOSE ON SAM SAM (smiling) Love you too Reese. WIDE SHOT They slowly begin walking away together.


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11! BACK TO PRESENT INT. SAM’S ROOM - NIGHT Sam walks into his bedroom and places his cell phone and keys on his dresser. He looks very restless and lets himself fall onto his bed. ANGLE AND SUPER CLOSE ON HIS FACE He seems to ponder deeply. He closes his eyes and rubs them each with a finger. He begins to show a more stressful look. SAM (V.O.) I didn’t know how to deal with my emotions...it was something I knew I couldn’t be prepared for and it was just all coming down for me all at one time. He slowly opens his eyes as they water. BIRD’S EYE VIEW of Sam laying in bed and looking out into space. SAM (V.O.) ...Luckily, I had recently made friends with Jordan, who had a mindset I could definitely relate to and who gave me hope, and also happened to be friends with Reese through work...kind of awkward, but I’ll get to that chaos later. Yes...disaster had somehow become a new trend for me. That was great. After several moments, we hear a vibrational cell phone alert. ON CELL PHONE It vibrates and slowly spins as its screen lights up. Sam slowly gets up from his bed and approaches his phone. He answers it. SAM Hello. JORDAN (O.S.) Hey. How are you feeling?


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12! He runs his hand around his face, as if wiping off life’s troubles from it. SAM How am I feeling? Hmmm...doing lovely. INTERCUT - PHONE CONVERSATION INT. JORDAN’S DINING ROOM JORDAN sits on his dining table chair and has his arms resting on the table as he talks on his cell phone. A glass of milk and a piece of toast lie on the table mat. JORDAN Sam, you shouldn’t be killing yourself over this and you just needed an outlet. You guys aren’t together anymore and he has no reason to be throwing it at you that way. INTERCUT SAM Yea Jordan but I really do feel like trash! Especially cause I go and mess with some guy as if I were desperate or something, you know? INTERCUT JORDAN Well that’s cause you love him and you did everything you could to make things work. But like I said, you can’t beat yourself up over this. INTERCUT Sam sits on the edge of his bed with his head resting on his other hand. He keeps his eyes closed in distress. JORDAN (O.S.) I know it’s hard for you right now and know how much you care. Just know that you have... Sam hangs up on Jordan and tosses the phone on his bed.


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13! INTERCUT Jordan catches the ended call and becomes confused. JORDAN Hello? He pulls the phone away from his face. He figures the call was ended. He dials and brings the phone back up to his ear as he takes a bite of his toast. INTERCUT Sam begins to cry and falls into deep anguish as he rests his head on both hands. SAM (V.O.) I had just hung up on a good friend. My breakdown could only be described as a living hell. The wall building up between Reese and I was making it really difficult for me to get through to him...and felt like only a miracle would make that possible at this point. After a moment, we hear the vibrational alert from the cell phone. CELL PHONE continues to vibrate. SAM (V.O.) This is just a highlight of the rest. In the background, Sam remains crying and ignores the call. FADE TO BLACK:


Sublime Desires - Webisode 1 (Pilot)