The Neighbor

A middle-aged man in a stagnant marriage finds his life upended when an attractive young woman and her seemingly abusive husband move in next door.
( ALARM CLOCK BUZZING )
[JENNA] Uh… tell him I need to
put those ones out back, okay?
[JENNA]
Yeah, out the back, great.
[JENNA]
That one goes upstairs.
( CAR APPROACHING )
( MUFFLED MUSIC PLAYING )
There she is.
[JENNA] Hey, babe.
Hey! How’s it going? Yeah.
Exhausted.
Yeah?
Hey… I’m gonna go say hello
to the neighbor real quick.
Yeah.
Hey! Scott Maravich.
Mike, Mike Prentiss, hi.
Hey.
You’re leasing from the Brents?
We are, yeah.
I tell you, it’s hard to find
a decent place…
for a good price around here.
The pool sealed the deal.
Yeah, well, with this weather
lately, it’s a good thing.
Hey! Jenna! Come over and meet
Mike, our new neighbor.
Okay.
This is exciting.
Welcome.
Nice car you have.
Oh, sure is. You know, I can get
you in one of those babies…
for under $800 a month.
Oh, uh… you sell them?
Stop by sometime, take one
for a test drive.
No pressure.
Okay.
Hi, I’m Jenna.
Hi.
Nice to meet you.
Hi, Mike.
We should have you over
for a barbecue on Sunday…
a little meet the neighbors.
Great.
Yeah, what time?
Well, I’ll have to check
with the missus…
but early afternoon will
probably work out.
That sounds great, I’ll bring
the beer.
Just call me on that number when
you get a time, it’s my cell.
We should finish unloading.
Yeah.
These guys charge by the hour.
Nice meeting you.
Nice to meet you.
Bye.
Bye.
( DOOR OPENS, CLOSES )
Hi.
Hello.
Mm… pasta.
Frozen ravioli, but the tomatoes
are fresh from the garden.
How was your day?
Aw, kids are still in summer
vacation mode.
I have to repeat everything
three times…
and even then, half of them
are somewhere else.
I saw a car in the driveway
next door.
Did the neighbors move in?
Yeah, yeah, a young couple…
I invited them over…
for a meet the neighbors
barbecue on Sunday.
I figured we’d invite the
Getners, and Brian and Marla.
I wished you’d asked me first.
I have essays I have to look
at this weekend.
It’s just a barbecue.
I’ll handle everything.
I don’t see why we have
to be the ones.
I mean, if we’re gonna
have a cookout…
I’d rather friends come over.
The Getners bore me to tears.
They invite us to everything,
I can’t exactly–
So let them host it.
I’m just trying to be
neighborly…
I’ll call them and tell
them it’s off.
No, no, no, no, it’s fine,
I’m sorry.
Never mind.
I’ll go take a shower
before dinner.
[MARLA] No mayonnaise?
One test drive–
( INDISTINCT CHATTER )
All right, you’re at an
amusement park…
and you’re on that roller
coaster, and just about to go…
into descent, you know,
and it’s a jolt of speed…
that adrenaline, that’s a
freakin’ Corvette, Brian.
You say about 190 miles an hour?
Maybe.
You know, where am I gonna drive
a car 190 miles an hour?
Anywhere you want, Brian.
That– that fucking cockpit is
built for like a chimpanzee…
or something like that.
A guy like my size, I don’t fit
in that fucker.
You’d be surprised.
Like, don’t tell me you
never wanted a Corvette?
Ah…
Take a test drive, then tell me.
You know, Corvettes are kind
of for guys with small dicks.
You know? No offense.
Oh, yeah?
What did Paxton say? “If you’re
in a ‘Vette, girls are wet.”
Who the fuck is Paxton?
True Lies, man. Tom Arnold,
Schwarz…
Hey, babe!
Yeah.
[SCOTT] Can you see if our
burgers are ready?
Yeah, sure.
I love you. She’s so sweet.
I love wives.
Hi.
Hi.
How’s it going?
Oh, good, what can I get
for you?
Ah, Scott likes his rare.
Um, rare coming up.
This one right– right there.
Great.
Thank you.
How long have you been married?
Oh, just four months, actually.
But we were together a long time
before that.
Hey, I actually noticed that
you’re really into gardening.
Yeah, it’s sort of a hobby,
it gets me out of the house.
Right.
Do you garden?
No, no.
You know, I’d like to,
but I’ve never really been…
in one place long enough
to pick it up.
Hey, what do you do, Mike?
I’m a technical writer.
Don’t ask, it’s as boring
as it sounds.
But I get to work from home
and set my own hours.
Oh, that’s great.
Yeah.
Hey, would it be weird
if I asked you to come over…
and take a look at my back yard?
It’s a mess, and I don’t know
what to pull out…
or what to plant, and–
I’d appreciate it.
Anytime.
Yeah? That’d be great.
[SCOTT] Hey, Jenna!
Yeah?
Don’t let those burgers get cold
and don’t forget the mustard.
Just wait a second.
[SCOTT] Yellow.
Thanks, Mike.
Well, they seemed nice enough.
Hopefully we didn’t bore them
to death.
Good looking couple, too.
They’re just young.
Probably rather be hanging out
with people…
their own age, you know.
She seemed a little quiet,
bland even.
That Scott has enough
personality for the two of them.
Didn’t you think he was
a bit of a jerk?
Not really, a little forward
maybe…
but I actually thought he was
kind of funny.
Just because you laugh,
it doesn’t make you funny.
( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )
Sweetie, I have to get up
at 6:00.
Goodnight.
Goodnight.
Oh, boy.
[MIKE] Hey, neighbor!
Hey!
I don’t think anyone’s done
anything…
with that garden in, oh,
ten years.
It looks it, right?
Oh, I don’t know if I’m ready
for a project this big.
You’d be amazed at how quickly
you can get that into shape.
Want to come over here and
give me some pointers?
Once you pull out all the weeds
and the grasses…
and then you’ll be able to see
exactly what you have.
Uh-huh.
I mean like these lilacs here…
they’re beautiful,
but it’s completely overgrown.
Yeah, it looks it, right?
You know, you could divide them
up and replant them…
in different places in the yard,
spread them out a little bit.
But I was actually thinking
about an herb garden… maybe.
Sure, sure, you could mix them
in with some draught-tolerant…
natives, and that way you won’t
have to water them that much.
Really?
Yeah.
Huh.
Hey, well do you think maybe you
could help me pick out a couple?
No, I’m a busy guy, I’m sorry.
Yes, of course, I can.
Thank you. I appreciate it.
So do you have any kids?
I only ask, because I saw some
photos in your house, and–
Yes, I have a son, his name
is Alex.
Alex.
Alex.
He’s probably about your age.
That’s beautiful, that’s
beautiful.
[MIKE]
That’s a nice plumbago.
Scott wants kids…
but I, uh, I think I’d like to
work a little first, you know.
He says, “What’s the point
in having a career…
“if you just have to quit
to raise the children?”
So–
You could do both.
[JENNA] Yeah.
You could figure out something
to do from home.
I mean, if that’s what you
wanted.
Yeah, I don’t know.
I was studying dance when
I first met Scott…
but you know, it’s not like you
can really make a career…
out of that, so–
Well, I can tell you from
experience…
that even if you think you
know what you want…
it’s often times not what
you really want.
And usually, we end up
settling for less.
All right, now you’re gonna
depress me.
I know, it’s depressing,
isn’t it?
Yes, it is.
I’m sorry. I’m a realist.
It’s a fatal flaw, don’t
listen to me.
I won’t.
I’ll limit myself to keeping up
that facade of blissful…
contentedness, and just dole out
sage gardening tips.
Does that work?
Yeah, that sounds a lot better.
[MIKE] Okay.
I should probably get back
to work.
Right.
Yeah.
That’s the one problem with
making your own hours…
it’s so easy to start the day…
tomorrow.
Thanks for your help today.
You’re welcome.
Hey, Mike!
Yeah?
You are going to come
to the nursery with me…
when it’s time to plant,
right?
Whenever you’re ready.
Alex is coming home this
weekend.
Here comes the laundry.
It’d be nice to have him around.
Mm.
Have you spoken to him lately?
A couple of weeks ago.
I don’t know about this new
principal.
She’s pushing these review
guidelines with no input…
and there are teachers who have
been there for 20 years…
and they know what does
and doesn’t work.
It’s not like we have that
much flexibility anyway.
You know, I’ve seen it before,
they come in…
and it’s all about making
themselves look good.
What’s good for the school and
the students is secondary.
You teach to the test, the test
scores go up, it’s no mystery.
Yep.
You’re not listening to me.
Sure, I am, yeah.
[LISA] No, you’re not.
What did I just say?
You mentioned, uh, the testing,
and, um–
Sorry, this is so boring,
it’s just my career.
I’m sorry, you’re right. My mind
is not– it’s not here.
I’m thinking about this
maintenance manual…
that I have to finish
by tomorrow.
[MIKE]
I’m sorry, I do care.
Speaking of maintenance,
you promised me…
that you were going to fix the
porch light a month ago.
Porch light.
Mm.
I’m gonna go fix it right now.
I’m going right now.
Well, just–
No, I’m gonna go get wine.
I’m sorry.
[SCOTT]
Are you kidding right now?
What did I say, what did I do?
[MIKE] Am I yelling right now?
Am I yelling right now!
You’re yelling right now!
This is so unnecessary.
What did I say? I said one
thing and you storm out.
You raised your voice.
I did not raise my voice!
[MIKE] That’s how I talk.
Are you kidding me? Jenna!
( MUFFLED YELLING )
From the Patriots, Bill O’Brien?
The–
I remember, but I don’t–
Mike Vrabel is one of the
linebacking coaches.
Want another one?
Yeah.
No, no, I’ll go get it.
ANNOUNCER (OVER TV) Nine
minutes to go in this quarter–

Second down, nine… blitz that
he knows is coming.

Hey, what are you doing?
You see this shit?
What?
Look, she’s in the garden,
she’s pulling weeds, dude…
that’s everything for you.
Jesus!
That’s the real deal, my friend.
[MIKE] Okay, I guess.
C’mon, tell me you wouldn’t
nail that shit…
if you had half a chance,
I guess, gimme a fucking–
If I was ten years younger…
that girl wouldn’t be
walking straight.
Assuming if you were ten years
younger…
that she would be interested
in you.
Hey, you never know who’s
interested until you try, right?
Mikey… c’mon, you never
had a piece of strange…
since you’ve been married
to Lisa?
Shut up. No. No, Brian.
“No, Brian”?
Come on, man, only vultures
mate for life.
Oh, nice, I’ll share that
with Lisa.
Look, look, if I hadn’t gone out
on Marla once, maybe twice.
If I hadn’t done that,
I would have strangled her.
I would have drowned myself
by now.
You better hit that shit quick,
though, I’ll tell you.
Before you get old and fat
like me…
and chicks don’t look at you
anymore.
She doesn’t look at me now.
[BRIAN] Not with that attitude.
What are you, like 14?
I fixed the light.
Thank you.
Do you remember Santa Barbara?
No.
But I remember what we did
in Santa Barbara.
( TYPING )
( DOOR OPENS, CLOSES )
( MUFFLED DIALOGUE )
[SCOTT] Get the fuck over here,
I’m talking to you!
[JENNA]
Stop raising your voice to me!
[SCOTT] I am relaxed!
[SCOTT] Fucking come over and
talk about this like an adult!
[SCOTT] Fucking wall!
( LOUD THUD )
[SCOTT]
Don’t walk away from me.
( KEYS JINGLE, DOOR OPENS )
[LISA] Hello! Oh–
[ALEX] Hi.
Oh, it’s so good to see you!
Good to see you.
We missed you.
How you been?
Give me this.
How was the drive?
Fine, I’m fucking starving,
though.
Hey, hey, hey, hey!
What?
I made chicken tacos.
Oh yeah?
Let me get you a beer?
No, I’ll just have one
with dinner, thanks.
Somebody needs a haircut.
So, Andrea couldn’t come
down with you?
Audria.
Audria.
No, no, no, I’m a– I’m a single
man now.
What?
Mm-hm.
I’m sorry, I thought she
was sweet.
You guys met her once.
I know, but I liked her.
Okay, well, get ready to meet
someone else…
because she’s on to
the next one.
Oh.
Yeah.
Well, I hope that you’re hungry.
Dinner is ready in ten.
Glad you could make it down.
Thanks, Dad.
Come on… yeah.
You sure you don’t want help
or anything?
No.
Okay.
I love you.
Another one?
Uh… no, I’m okay…
I’m going out with Christian
and Dave tonight, so–
I was thinking that maybe
tomorrow, the three of us…
could do something together.
Yeah? That’d be nice.
Yeah, that sounds awesome.
Let’s do it.
Gonna be a late night?
Oh, God, no, not too late, I’m
too old to stay up all night.
Don’t wait up for me, all right,
I got my own keys still.
Okay.
By the way, meaning to ask…
Corvette outside, whose is that?
New neighbor… he sells them.
Cool. All right, well,
see you guys later, yeah?
Love you, Mom.
Bye, baby.
( DOOR OPEN, CLOSES )
( INDISTINCT DIALOGUE )
Mike, my man!
How’s your weekend so far?
Fine.
Good to hear. You, uh, taking
the Toyota out for a spin?
Going shopping.
Shopping. You know, I bet
if you had one of these…
you wouldn’t wait for errands
to get behind the wheel.
Probably not.
Mike, you know I wasn’t
kidding…
when I said I can get you
in one.
I– I don’t–
Hey, if a Corvette isn’t what
you’re looking for…
I could hook you up
in a sweet Camaro.
Now, don’t tell me you wouldn’t
rather be driving…
that than a Toyota.
I’m not really looking
for a car, Scott.
Well, you know who to see
when you are.
( DOOR OPENS, CLOSES )
[SCOTT]
Catch you later. Have fun, babe.
( CAR ALARM CHIRPS )
( DOOR OPENS, CLOSES )
How’s it going?
Hey. Fine.
[MIKE] That’s good.
I’m– Sorry, Mike, I’m gonna
be late for yoga.
Oh, yeah, yeah.
( CAR DOOR CLOSES )
( ENGINE STARTING )
( CALL RINGING )
Brian.
You think it would fucking
kill them…
to clean the bathroom
in this place?
Ssh–
They should put a target
and like a bull’s-eye…
in the general vicinity of the
toilet, for Christ’s sake.
So let me tell you what–
Oh, yeah, what’s going on
with the neighbor?
I don’t think she’s in a
very good situation.
I know, those shorts she
wears are criminal.
No, Brian, I’m serious.
Me, too.
I’m in the back and I hear
them start to argue.
And then I hear this loud
smack… and then it stops.
Fuck that guy, that guy’s
a cocksucker.
You know he tried to sell me a
‘Vette. What a fuckin’ asshole.
Yeah, well–
You know, he pulled that shit
around me…
I’d knock his teeth out.
Well, I didn’t see it,
I just– I heard.
Yeah, I get it. You don’t want
to get involved.
No, I didn’t say that.
Marla, she says the other day,
“Don’t be so confrontational”.
No, but you’re right,
I probably should say something.
No, fuck that. It’s not your
problem, it’s their problem.
You don’t have to solve
their problem.
Just keep an eye on her.
Not that you aren’t already.
I’m telling you, Mikey, I think
you’re doing it…
I think you’re taking a look
at that shit.
[SCOTT] So anyway, Gary comes
back late, totally forgetting…
that he promised his wife to
give the dog it’s medicine.
He walks in the kitchen,
opens the fridge…
sees he’s out of beer,
looks down and there’s…
Princess laying there with her
head in the food bowl, dead.
[ALEX] What?
[LISA] That’s awful.
[SCOTT] Right? Now look, the dog
was about 150 in dog years…
so it could have happened
anyway, but Gary panics.
[SCOTT] I mean, how does he
explain this to his wife?
[SCOTT] More importantly, how
does he explain it to his…
mother-in-law. who has trusted
him with her precious poodle.
[SCOTT]
Gary is shitting himself…
so he comes up with a bright
idea…
tell everyone the dog ran
away…
but he’s got to get rid
of it first. So what does he do?
He decides to take it down to
the vet, a couple blocks away…
have the dog cremated.
He stuffs the dog in a
suitcase…
and he wheels it down to
the vet’s office–
Mike! How’s it going?
Good, don’t let me interrupt.
Hey, hon.
Yeah, I was just telling your
family this funny story.
Where was I?
Uh… Gary shitting himself.
Gary shitting himself!
So, he stops at a bar
for a drink…
he literally stops at a bar
with a dead dog in a suitcase.
And while he’s at the bar,
okay?
He goes to take a piss, comes
back, out of the john…
suitcase is gone!
[ALEX] No way.
Someone stole the fucking
dead dog!
I mean, come on, right!
He just– he just wheeled a
suitcase with a dead dog…
out of the fucking bar.
So the guy was expecting
a payday…
and ends up with a dead dog
in a suitcase.
That’s karma.
Karma is a bitch.
So, hey, what do you say you and
the fam come over for a swim…
maybe grill out a little bit?
Oh, thank you, Scott…
but I’ve got a lot of work
to catch up on.
Maybe another time.
[MIKE] Definitely.
All right, hey, Alex?
Yeah, I’m down, a hundred
percent, I’ll go get changed.
[SCOTT] Young lady?
I’d love to, but like my
husband, I have some work to do.
Thank you for the offer.
Of course, of course…
Hey, you guys are always welcome
at Casa Maravich…
any time you like.
All right, I’m gonna go
get some trunks on!
[LISA] Have fun!
( DOOR OPENS, CLOSES )
( DISTANT MUSIC PLAYING )
( INDISTINCT DIALOGUE )
Seems like Alex is more
interested in hanging out…
with the neighbors,
than with us.
I’m sure he’s just happy…
to spend time with people
his own age.
He’s not a good guy.
[LISA] Mike, he’s a good kid.
No, no, no, no, Scott, Scott.
I–
There’s just something
about that guy that I–
I don’t think he’s that good
for– for her, you know.
She’s– she’s just so young and
I don’t know, I don’t know…
I don’t know.
I just want Alex to be careful
around him, that’s all.
You should let Alex enjoy
himself…
and make up his own mind.
Trust your son, he’s a pretty
good judge of character.
[MIKE] Good morning.
Let me give you a hand.
Could you?
Thank you.
Listen, I, uh, I don’t mean
to pry.
But I heard the fight that you
and Scott had the other day.
Oh, um… I’m–
that’s embarrassing.
No, no, no, no, all couples
fight.
He’s just, uh, really stressed
right now…
and it was a dumb argument.
Seriously, it was about
nothing.
You don’t have to explain.
You know he has to uh, watch his
temper when he’s been drinking.
Maybe he should stop
drinking.
Thank you for worrying
about me, though… I mean it.
He’s a great guy most
of the time.
You must think I’m pathetic.
No, I don’t, I don’t think
you’re pathetic.
Scott’s a lucky guy.
Thank you.
Hey!
I saw you humping that junk,
I thought you could use a hand.
Alex, we got it!
Thanks!
Okay, that’s cool.
I better get back inside…
and clean up the rest
of this stuff.
Thank you, Mike.
( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )
( PHONE VIBRATES )
Hello?
Yeah, we could go now.
No, really, there’s like a pound
of this stuff…
in a grocery bag on the floor,
right at my feet.
And the cop is shining
the flashlight…
all over the inside of the car.
And I’m pretty sure at this
point…
that Brian has peed himself,
maybe twice.
And, I’m so stoned that I–
I’m positive that I can talk us
out of the situation.
So, wait, did you get busted
or what?
I’m getting there, don’t rush me
on this.
So, we would have, but, so…
Okay, okay.
Brian reaches for his wallet.
Uh-huh.
He’s trying to get his I.D.,
but he’s so nervous…
he drops the wallet
on the floor.
So, he bends over to pick up the
wallet, and the cop freaks out.
He starts screaming, “Just get
your hands on the dashboard…
“right now, you idiots!”
I remember the “you idiots”
part.
You are idiots.
Which nobody could disagree
with at that point.
“You idiots!”
And then, no, and then, right
then, right?
Right.
Wham!
A drunk, driving down the road–
No!
Drives right into the back
of the police car.
No!
No–
Drives it, then he backs up, and
he takes off down the highway.
So the cop is standing there and
he’s shocked, he’s stunned.
He’s looking around, he’s like–
I’m shocked.
I know, so are we.
We just heard a loud noise…
and couldn’t figure out
what was going on.
So the cop turns, he runs…
and he just runs back
to his car…
he hops in his car and he
takes off.
And the two of us are sitting
there, we stop for a second…
and look at each other like…
“Okay, what the fuck just
happened?”
And then we bust out laughing.
What? That is insane!
I know!
That story is insane!
And that is when I figured that
it was safer to grow my own.
Of course, I never pictured you
as some like big, pot smoker.
I think we were 19 at the time.
I haven’t had that stuff
in a really…
really, really long, long time.
But that’s what got me
into gardening.
Oh, I see.
Uh, well, I have some, uh, weed
back at home, medical…
if you want to.
Yeah?
You all right?
Jesus, I don’t remember it
being that strong.
I might be done gardening
for the day.
I don’t actually smoke a lot,
but I get nervous without it.
Hope I don’t make you nervous.
No… nope.
No, you, um, make me calm.
Calm is good, calm is good.
Mm-hm.
Thirsty?
Yeah.
I have some beers in the
fridge.
Seriously perfect.
Hey, I wanted to thank you, for
all your help… in the garden.
Oh, it’s my pleasure.
Can I talk to you… honestly?
Of course, you can.
Ah, you don’t have to worry
about it, it’s not your problem.
I shouldn’t drag you into it.
No, no, no, no, it’s–
Jenna, it’s fine.
Well, the truth is, uh,
he’s always had a temper.
I mean, he got a little crazy
at first.
When he got mad, it was
still scary.
But it didn’t happen often, and
I thought that once we got
married…
you know, he’d be happier.
I mean, he’s the one
that wanted to get married.
He’s the one that wants
to have kids.
How about you?
Sure… I want a kid, mm-hm,
a couple kids would be nice.
But I’m starting to wonder
if, um…
now is the right time
with Scott.
You mean, you’re wondering
whether…
you want to have kids with…
him?
Guess so.
Then you probably shouldn’t.
I don’t think it would be a
wise idea to have a child…
with anyone, unless you’re sure.
I really shouldn’t be giving
you advice on this.
No, no, you’re right. I mean–
I think this whole thing–
marriage, Scott…
…was a mistake.
Whatever you decide.
If um… if you need any help
with anything… anything.
That’s sweet…
but, uh, I’ll figure
something out.
I don’t even know if leaving
is the right thing, you know.
[JENNA] It’s confusing.
I understand.
But if you do, I mean it.
( CRYING )
You’re a good man, Mike.
I should probably– I should
probably go.
Mike.
( DOOR OPENS, CLOSES )
( SHOWER RUNNING )
[LISA]
I’m thinking of starting yoga.
Hm.
[LISA] Jenna said she’d take me
to her class.
Oh, when did you talk to her?
[LISA] The other day.
Oh.
Is it odd that I would talk
to the neighbors?
No!
No, I just didn’t know you
were friendly, that’s all.
She’s pretty, isn’t she?
She is pretty.
And young.
What are we talking about?
I’m just noticing.
Is that what this is about?
A pretty young girl moves
in next door…
and you think I’m– what,
checking her out?
She’s young enough to be
our daughter.
Do you have a crush on her?
Jesus, no!
Go, go, do yoga with Jenna,
whatever.
Don’t– don’t make this
about me.
( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )
Come on, guys! Come on, now!
( INDISTINCT DIALOGUE )
I see Alex isn’t joining us
tonight.
He’s out with Scott and Jenna,
and some others.
He doesn’t have a–
He’s young, he can enjoy
himself.
I’d rather he didn’t do it
with Scott.
Yes, you’ve made that clear.
But I care about him.
I’m not the one always letting
him off the hook.
Don’t blame me, because
you’re upset with Alex.
I’m not blaming anyone. Jesus,
how did this become about me?
You’re making it about you.
( INDISTINCT YELLING )
[SCOTT] No fucking way, that’s
fucking bullshit!
I thought that was my client!
I hate– hey, he’s crazy if he
thinks I’m gonna let him…
screw me out of that commission,
fuck him!
Hey, I’ll call you later, okay.
Mike, what are you– what are
you doing in my house?
I heard something break
and then I heard a scream.
Yeah.
She tripped over a cord
and broke a lamp.
Is that a crime?
I just wanted to be sure that
everyone was all right.
You all right, babe?
Jenna, are you okay?
Hey! She just said
she was all right.
Why is this any of your
fucking business?
Mike… you’re out of bounds,
man.
Mike… everything’s fine.
I think you should just leave.
What is this? What are you–
You just come over to someone’s
house and you just–
Why– why are you here?
You want– you want to–
you want to fuck her, don’t you?
I bet you sit up in that office
and jerk off…
every time she walks out
in a bikini, don’t you, old man?
You’re a real asshole.
I’m not the one who showed up at
someone’s house uninvited, Mike!
[LISA] What’s going on?
I’ll tell you inside.
You okay?
Yeah, yeah, I’m fine,
I’m fine.
What?
I heard this fighting and
something breaking…
so I went next door.
[LISA] And?
And the sliding glass doors,
they were open… so–
You went inside?
He hits her, Lisa.
You’ve seen this?
I don’t have to see it, she as
much as told me that–
[LISA] Why didn’t you tell me?
I didn’t want to freak you out.
If you knew that he was
violent…
why didn’t you call the police?
I didn’t have time to call
the police, because I heard…
something breaking and then
there was this scream.
Was she hurt?
No, no, I don’t– I don’t think
so. I don’t think so.
[MIKE]
She’s afraid of him, Lisa.
Why is she telling you this?
You know what he said?
He said that a lamp broke.
That she tripped over a lamp
and that’s what broke.
I don’t like this.
Well, I don’t like this,
either.
I don’t like you getting
involved.
Promise me if something like
this happens again…
you’ll call the police.
Mike! Mike!
You can’t fix this.
I’m not trying to fix
anything.
I was just trying to help
someone.
( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )
Hi.
I don’t know what’s going
on with you…
but I need some time away.
Away from what?
From you.
Why?
Whatever it is that’s
happening with you…
it doesn’t belong in this
house.
Lisa, I-I think that–
that if we–
No… it’s not we, it’s you.
I need you to leave.
I want you to go.
( MUSIC CONTINUES )
Hey.
Hi.
You’re all right, right?
Yeah, I’m fine.
Okay.
I think I’m gonna leave him.
Oh.
Yeah, uh, I have this
ex-boyfriend from college…
who said that I could stay
at his place in San Diego.
He travels, so he’s never
really there.
I don’t really have anywhere
else to go, so–
I’m– I’m moving out, too.
What?
Today.
It’s a trial separation.
Wait, it has nothing to do
with what happened–
No, no, no, it’s–
No.
I’m sorry, that’s–
Yeah, well.
[MIKE] Life.
Right.
Listen, this is gonna sound
really crazy…
I’m gonna have to find
a place…
more than the hotel that
I’m going to…
and when I do, you are more
than welcome to stay.
If you wanted to, it’ll be a two
bedroom, of course.
I don’t know, Mike.
I just don’t know if it’s
a good idea.
I’m sorry, I’m sorry.
No, it’s fine.
Forget it, I shouldn’t–
I really appreciate everything
that you’ve done for me.
Thank you, Mike.
Honestly.
( POLICE SIREN WAILING )
( CALL RINGING )
ALEX (OVER PHONE)
Hey, Dad.

Alex… hey.
ALEX (OVER PHONE) Hello.
Hey, well, I’m sure you’ve
talked to your mother already…
but I just wanted you to hear
it from me, son…
that, you know, that I’ve moved
out and that we’re separated.
Okay, well, I mean she said you
were– she kicked you out.
Yeah.
Well, I guess that we needed
some breathing space…
to re-evaluate, you know?
I don’t think either one of us
were… well…
as happy as that– as we
could be.
ALEX (OVER PHONE) She, uh, said
you’re having a midlife crisis.

Is that what she said?
ALEX (OVER PHONE)
Well, aren’t you?

Yeah, well, spend time with her,
you know?
She’s gonna need it,
whether she admits it or not.
ALEX (OVER PHONE)
Okay.

Good.
ALEX (OVER PHONE) Can’t you
guys get counseling…

or something? This just feels
really weird.

Yeah, well we just, uh, have
to figure some things out.
It’ll take a little while.
Just it’ll take a little while.
I love you, son.
ALEX (OVER PHONE)
I love you, too, Dad.

Look, I’m just gonna assume
you’re gonna get the irony…
in all this, because it’s
coming from me…
but all this work and watching
TV, this is unhealthy.
Where’s your laptop? Let’s get
you on some dating web sites…
get you out of this shit hole.
I think I can work things
out with Lisa.
Just give her some time
to think things over.
Mikey, you have a free pass.
We need to use your free pass.
[BRIAN] You get back with Lisa,
that’s it. You’re stuck forever.
I don’t think that’s how
it works.
Man, you got to live a little.
It’s too bad you didn’t close
the deal…
with that neighbor of yours.
That was never gonna happen.
Come on, you were like half
the way there, right?
I’m a fucking idiot.
I don’t know what the hell
I was thinking about.
Mikey, you worry too much.
Come on, I was let go of a
job that I had for 22 years.
You see me worrying?
Got to move on.
Fortune favors the bold,
my friend.
Well, it doesn’t really matter
anyway.
She’s gone now, you know,
she moved…
with an old friend down
in San Diego.
I don’t think so.
[MIKE]
Yeah, yeah, she told me.
No, I just saw her at a gas
station…
sitting in that ‘Vette and that
douschebag of hers…
was filling up the tank.
( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )
Alex!
( INDISTINCT DIALOGUE )
( INDISTINCT DIALOGUE )
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Hey, Mike.
Hi!
Hey, Alex, can you help me
with something?
Yeah, yeah, sure, be right over.
See you, dude.
How are you?
I’m good, actually.
Good.
Yeah.
Good, that’s great,
that’s great.
I thought you were leaving
town?
Oh, yeah.
I thought maybe that wasn’t
such a good idea.
Ex-boyfriends and all.
I know.
So… you moving back in?
No, no, I just came
to get a few things.
Oh.
I hope Alex isn’t being too
much of a nuisance.
No, he’s great.
He’s really sweet, a lot
like you, actually.
Garden looks good.
Yeah.
I’m pregnant.
Scott’s really happy and, um…
things are getting better,
actually.
He’s– well, we’re seeing
a counselor.
Wow, that’s– that’s great.
Yeah.
Everything’s gonna be okay.
Yeah.
[ALEX] Hey, Dad, you need my
help or not?
( CLEARS THROAT )
Good to see you, Mike.
( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )
What are you doing here?
I’m making you dinner.
I was thinking afterwards… we
could talk about things.
We’re separated, Mike.
No time for mushroom risotto?
I just came to freshen up…
I’ve got the classroom open
house tonight.
I could wait until you get back.
We can talk about things then.
I don’t think so,
I’m gonna be tired…
from answering parent’s
questions for a couple of hours.
It’s not a good time.
Why are you here?
I’m gonna be late, I have to go.
( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )
Hey, Mike.
Hey, Jenna.
That’s probably not very–
[SCOTT] Jenna!
I’m out here.
Jenna!
I’m right here.
Then fucking get inside.
Everybody in the neighborhood
can hear you, okay?
Who? Who, him?
Big deal.
What are you doing?
You fucking smoking?
You fucking serious?
Come on, let’s get inside.
I don’t want to go inside.
Just go inside, Jenna,
come on, don’t do this!
Let’s go inside! Don’t be–
Don’t do that to her.
What?
[MIKE] Don’t–
What?
Are you gonna come to her
rescue now?
Scott, stop.
No, no, no–
Having a little conversation
with your boyfriend here.
Isn’t that right, Mike?
Hey, let’s just go inside,
let’s go inside, come on.
Shut up… shut up for
a second, all right?
You two running around
behind my back?
Huh? That’s funny?
Now, let’s get inside,
come on.
Don’t touch her.
Let’s get the fuck inside.
No!
Come on!
Stop.
( HIGH-PITCHED TONE )
Are you out of your fucking
mind?
Are you okay? Are you okay?
Are you all right?
Come on, get the fuck inside!
Get inside!
Ow!
Mind your own fucking
business.
Get the fuck inside!
( INDISTINCT YELLING )
Jenna, what the fuck are you–
[JENNA] Don’t touch me!
Leave her alone!
Are you two kidding me?
Get out!
What are you doing?
Get out of here now!
You get out!
You get the fuck out
of my house!
Scott!
Come on! Come on, Mike,
get the fuck out of here, Mike!
This is all your fault!
See what you did?
You see what you did!
All right, Mike, you learned
your fuck–
[JENNA] Oh, my God!
Oh, my God!
[JENNA] Oh, my God!
What the fuck did you do?
Jenna–
Get the fuck out of my house.
I– I–
Get the fuck out of my house!
Go! Now!
( CALL RINGING )
[JENNA] I need an ambulance,
my husband is hurt…
he’s not moving and there
is blood all over.
[JENNA]
Meadowpark Drive. Yes, please
hurry, please.
( OMINOUS MUSIC FADES UP )
[JENNA] Baby? Scott, wake up!
( MUSIC CHANGES )
( SOFT MUSIC PLAYING )
( MUSIC CONTINUES )
( DISTANT SIRENS APPROACHING )
( MUSIC CONTINUES )
( MUSIC CHANGES )
♪ You you could be floating ♪
♪ But it’s just our loss ah ♪
♪ I I could be soaking ♪
♪ ‘Cause a dirty drive ah ♪
♪ Ah ah ♪
♪ Ah ah ♪
♪ You could be floating ♪
♪ But it’s just our loss ah ♪
♪ I I could be soaking ♪
♪ ‘Cause a dirty drive ah ♪
♪ Ah ah ♪