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Midnight, Hotel Mystery Groove

Part Five

13. INT. THOMAS' HOTEL ROOM. MORNING.

WALTER and PEGGY move slowly to the bed.

PEGGY
Oh my God--

PEGGY reaches to remove JESSICA's gag, and THOMAS shouts to interrupt her:

THOMAS
Hey don't touch that! She's wearing that for a reason. You don't wanna have to listen to her, believe me. She's dangerous.

The phone rings, and THOMAS picks it up.

THOMAS
Hello?

And JESSICA's eyes are flaming, wild and furious. PEGGY collapses next to the bed, while WALTER remains slightly behind her.

PEGGY
Dangerous? Oh my poor poor sweetheart, what have they done to you...

THOMAS
Who is this?

Close up of JESSICAs right hand, which has just about wriggled free of its bond...

PEGGY
Jessie, it's me, do you recognize me? It's your mommy, sweetheart. Do you know I'm here to help you?

THOMAS
Uh, no, I didn't order any pizza.

JESSICA's right hand comes free and in a sudden sweeping swing she smacks her mother right directly across the face. PEGGY screams, WALTER shouts and leaps for JESSICA's hand, and grabs it before she can tear her gag off; THOMAS also shouts, drops the phone, and leaps over the bed. PEGGY keeps screaming and crying, WALTER and THOMAS shout at each other in an attempt to get JESSICA secured again.

14. INT. SID'S HOTEL ROOM. MORNING.

SID, about to snort another line of crystal meth, hears the commotion next door in THOMAS' room and looks up.

15. INT. THOMAS HOTEL ROOM. MORNING.

As the shouting continues, close up on the telephone receiver on the floor.

THOMAS
Don't let her get that fucking gag off!

16. EXT. PHONE BOOTH. MORNING.

The smartly dressed MAN nods to the WOMAN.

MAN
She's up there all right.

WOMAN
Did you get a room number?

MAN
No, but we can find her.

17. INT. THOMAS HOTEL ROOM.

WALTER and THOMAS finish retying JESSICA's right hand to the bedpost.

WALTER (shouting)
What the hell happened to her? Why is she attacking her own mother? Why does she have to be gagged?

PEGGY
Why is she attacking me?

THOMAS
You people are the enemy, Walter!

WALTER
The enemy? I'm her goddamn father!

THOMAS
That's my point, Walter! They programmed her to hate you.

WALTER
Programmed her?

THOMAS
It's a cult, Walter. That's what they do.

There is a terrible moment of silence as WALTER realizes probably for the first time just whats happened to his daughter. He looks down at her and sees only hatred and fury in her eyes, and then he slowly climbs off the bed. PEGGY sits next to the bed weeping.

THOMAS
And you won't give me five grand to get her deprogrammed, cuz you think I'm trying to scam you or something? This isn't a scam. Look at her.

PEGGY
No--

18. INT. SID'S HOTEL ROOM. MORNING.

SID has his ear to the wall now. He can hear THOMAS speaking as though he practically in the same room.

THOMAS (off screen)
Why do you think I got her tied up? Because she'll run the first chance she gets. She's not the same Jessica any more. She's got this, she's got this thing she can do. With her voice.

19. INT. THOMAS' HOTEL ROOM.

WALTER
Thomas, what the hell are you talking about?

THOMAS
I had ear plugs in when I got her out of the compound. I was afraid they would try to talk me into joining. Well, she doesn't do any "talking" out there, Walter, out in the hills with all her fucked up friends in the Cult of Some Crazy-Ass Alien Elvis Caffeine-Free-Pepsi Vegas-Reject Messiah Cult. Or whatever.
       (to JESSICA)
They're all a BUNCHA FUCKIN' MANIACS out there, right, Jessie?

JESSICA's eyes are resigned. She turns to PEGGY, almost pleading.

PEGGY
Oh, my poor baby... What's happened to you?
       (to THOMAS)
What are you trying to tell us, Thomas?

THOMAS
Umm... I don't know, Peg. Your daughter seems to be some kind of fucking mutant, but don't quote me on that. They sure brainwashed her good, though.

20. INT. SID'S ROOM. MORNING.

There's a silence next door. SID looks thoughtful for a moment, then goes back to his table and begins rifling through a small black doctors bag. He pulls out a small vial, reaches for a glass of juice, and uses an eye dropper to slowly drip a few drops of an unnamed liquid into the glass.

21. EXT. FRONT OF HOTEL. MORNING.

The smartly dressed MAN and WOMAN meet SAMANTHA on her way out.

MAN
Excuse me.

SAMANTHA
Right. Oh, hey could you, I mean, could you guys spare a dollar?

MAN
No.

The MAN and WOMAN go inside.

SAMANTHA (screaming after them)
WHAT IS IT WITH PEOPLE TODAY? IT'S JUST A FUCKIN' DOLLAR, OKAY? I'M JUST LOOKIN' FOR SOME COFFEE!
      (long pause)
I JUST WANT SOME COFFEE!

She pauses briefly, then heads back into the hotel.


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