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by Nick Zagone


[JOHN, middle-aged, sits on a living room chair, his face in a laptop. MARSHA, also middle-aged, sits curled up the couch with a good book. It’s evening, their son has just been put to bed. There’s a baby monitor on a table between them.]

[After a beat, Marsha looks up, to John.]

MARSHA: It was the cutest thing today, I forgot to tell you. When I picked up Timmy today from Preschool the whole class was finger painting, ya know…?

JOHN: Really.

MARSHA: Just making a mess.

JOHN: Yeah, I bet.

MARSHA: Anyway, when I got there, Timmy had this big blue paint streak down his face. He looked like… ya know that movie, I can’t think of it right now… in Scotland…

JOHN: What movie?

MARSHA: In Scotland, with the swords…

JOHN: Highlander?

MARSHA: Uh… what’s his name…

JOHN: He looked like Highlander?

MARSHA: No, no, you know--

JOHN: Highlander?

MARSHA: No! not Highlander. The other Scottish movie… uh…

JOHN: Oh, I know… Shrek.

MARSHA: No, no…

JOHN: No, no, that’s not what I meant… Shakespeare right?


JOHN: Henry 5.

MARSHA: Is that Scottish? Come on.

JOHN: Oh I know, I know, I know…

MARSHA: Yeah, with a…

JOHN: Pocahontas.

MARSHA: What? No, with, Mel Gibson!

JOHN: Mel Gibson?

MARSHA: That’s it.

JOHN: He looked like Mel Gibson?

MARSHA: Yeah in the movie with the Scottish movie with the blue face paint! Battling on the, uh, moors…

JOHN: Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson, Mel Gibson…

MARSHA: Don’t tell me you don’t remember Mel Gibson.


MARSHA: Ya know, uh, he was the crazy guy in that one and it had all the gunfights…

JOHN: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah…

MARSHA: Ya know…

JOHN: Dirty Harry.

MARSHA: No, no.

JOHN: Paycheck?


JOHN: Frantic! Frantic, Frantic…

MARSHA: No, no, you’re thinkin’ the other guy…

JOHN: In the Line of Fire?

MARSHA: No, no, no…

JOHN: That had a crazy guy with gunfights.

MARSHA: Wrong crazy guy, the other guy…

JOHN: Die Hard!

MARSHA: No, not that guy, that guy’s from uh…

JOHN: Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, that’s the guy from uh…

MARSHA: All the Die Hard movies and…

JOHN: Signs!

MARSHA: Yeah! No! But-- Yeah, yeah, yeah! That’s the guy I’m talking about.

JOHN: Bruce Willis!

MARSHA: No, no, no… Mel Gibson!

JOHN: Here, this is ridiculous, I have the Internet right here I’ll just imdb Mel Gibson.

MARSHA: Ok, good idea. God that was a good movie.

JOHN: Die Hard?

MARSHA: No, Signs.

JOHN: Here we go Internet Movie Data Base… Look up, Mel Gib… that’s weird.


JOHN: Hmm. I lost the connection. I’m getting no signal.

MARSHA: Maybe it’s the aliens.

JOHN: Now… (stern look) you know I don’t like that.

MARSHA: Big imagination… just kidding. Try your iphone.

JOHN: All right. (reaches into pocket for iphone) So what was the other one I was thinking with Bruce Willis, that was like Signs.

MARSHA: I don’t know.

JOHN: The one with the kid who can see the ghosts?


JOHN: “I see dead people.”

MARSHA: Yeah, yeah, I know… Ghost.

JOHN: Ghosts, yeah…

MARSHA: No, I mean that’s the title. Ghost.

JOHN: What? No.

MARSHA: No, I know, Evil Dead!


MARSHA: No, I know, The Haunting!

JOHN: No, no, no…

MARSHA: I know I know Highlander!

JOHN: Knock it off.

MARSHA: I know I was just kidding. But we’re thinking about my movie now, not your movie. Anything yet?

JOHN: Once I remember my movie, I’ll think about your movie. No nothing.

MARSHA: I know which one your talking about I just can’t remember the name. The movie I’m talking about you don’t even know what I’m talking about.

JOHN: I don’t know what you’re talking about.

MARSHA: Well that’s why we got the iphone, what’s wrong with that thing.

JOHN: The Sixth Sense!

MARSHA: No! That’s--

JOHN: No, that’s the one I was talking about, with the kid who can see ghosts.

MARSHA: Oh good, so it’s working, now look up my Mel Gibson movie.

JOHN: No it’s not working, no signal at all, I just remembered that one with my own brain.

MARSHA: Well, what’s going on?

JOHN: Whoopi Goldberg.


JOHN: Whoopi Goldberg was in the other one, who can see ghosts…

MARSHA: Ghost.

JOHN: No ghosts, GhostS. Plural.

MARSHA: No that’s what it was called, the title, Ghost.

JOHN: Oh. Yeah. That’s right.

MARSHA: Okay, so, here we are with Mel Gibson with the paint on his face with the Broadsword.

JOHN: Lethal Weapon!


JOHN: No, that’s the one with the crazy guy and the gunfights.

MARSHA: Oh. Yeah. So it’s working?


MARSHA: Well what’re we gonna do? Look, you saw this movie with me.

JOHN: I did?

MARSHA: Didn’t you?

JOHN: I don’t think I did because I have no idea what you’re talking about.

MARSHA: It won the fricken Academy Award!

JOHN: It did?

MARSHA: Yes! Battles, blood, he has the speech ya know “blah, blah, but they can never take away our dignity!” Something like that!

JOHN: Clint Eastwood!


JOHN: He was in Dirty Harry. That’s the other guy I was thinking about. Go ahead…

MARSHA: Forget it. I’m going to the computer, the DSL. I gotta find this out or I’m getting a divorce. Your brain seems to conveniently remember every movie but the one I need to know. It’s highly suspicious if you ask me. (stops) Ah, shoot.

JOHN: What?

[The lights start to fade… flicker… pulse…]

MARSHA: I can’t go upstairs. I’ll wake up uh...

JOHN: Who?

MARSHA: Our child, the boy, uh…

JOHN: Oh yeah, upstairs, in bed, yeah, uh… what’s his name, my son… um… what’s happening to me?

MARSHA: Tommy! No, no… oh god.

JOHN: Bobby? Nooooo!

MARSHA: You know, you know, shoot… look it up hurry!

JOHN: I can’t! I can see his face… but I uh…

MARSHA: With the blue streak of paint across his uh… Oh shit. It’s the aliens.

JOHN: What? Don’t. Stop it. No.

MARSHA: Oh god I… find some uh pictures or a…

JOHN: Oh yeah, the thingy on the thing, a what…?


JOHN: Something with his name.

MARSHA: For god’s sake! Check the computer!

JOHN: It doesn’t… I c… I c… I can’t remember…

MARSHA: We can… um… What?

JOHN: Nothing I was just uh… Yeah we can…

MARSHA: Look up…

JOHN: What?

MARSHA: Yeah… To find!

JOHN: Yeah! To find the thing that…

MARSHA: Yeah that thing that we… Left…

JOHN: Left?

MARSHA: That we didn’t…

JOHN: Find out…



[The lights are almost out… They hold each other.]

JOHN and MARSHA: [screaming] Braveheart!

[Lights up full. John and Marsha cry with happiness, heavy breathing, laughing and smiling until…

We hear a crying from the baby monitor, they hold their breath and… turn to look at it.

Slow… out.]


Copyright © 2010 by Nick Zagone

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