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Bruce & Bobby
A conservative young man has to confront his rambunctious alter-ego in order to understand that the expectation of life will ever be a real reality.
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Bruce & Bobby

Written by: C. Neil Davenport

We hear the song “Your Electricity Darling” by Cameron Logan as we open up on a montage of a young tired man named BOBBY standing inside of a diner devastated with a dress shirt and tie, a couple; BRUCE, a man with sharp features and black hair and SUMMER, a lovely young woman in each other’s arms laying on a couch reading a book. The man in the diner slowly sinks to the floor as the couple get closer together on the couch. Out of focus light flutters fill the frame.

TITLE APPEARS: BRUCE & BOBBY

CUT TO:

EXT. LAKE DOCK – DAY

SUMMER wears a dress spins a rainbow colored umbrella on her shoulder as she walks along the dock admiring the ducks.

EXT. RED ROOM – UNKNOWN

Bobby looks at himself in the mirror and jumps back.
BRUCE stares back at him in the mirror.

INT. BED – UNKNOWN

Summer lays, drowning in the covers and looks straight at you longingly.

BRUCE (V.O.)

‘Speak the speech I pray you as

I’ve pronounced it trippingly on

the tongue.’

CUT TO:

INT. SUBCONSCIOUS – UNKNOWN

A dark small room which seems to continue in every direction.

Bobby, dressed in a his black suit, lies on the black floor, wakes up violently.

Bruce, dressed in the same suit, comes in hovering over Bobby, nose to nose. He grabs Bobby’s tie and pulls him up.

BRUCE

‘But if you mouth it as many as

your players do, I will have such a

fellow whipped for over doing it.

Oh, it wears me to the soul to hear

a fellow tear a passion to tatters,

to very rags, to split the ears of

the groundlings who are capable of

nothing more than inexplicable dumb

shows and noise. Pray you avoid

it.’

Bruce leans in close chocking Bobby.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

You’re killing me, Bruce and

frankly, it’s starting to piss me

off.

Bruce lets go of Bobby’s tie and Bobby falls into an abyss.

Bobby lands hard on a booth with his face laying on the

table.

BRUCE (V.O.) (CONT’D)

You know, it’s really rude to ignor

someone, especially when they are

trying to tell you something

important.

Bobby sits up and looks at the table still in the same black room then at Bruce sitting across.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

Don’t give me that. You know why

you are here, but do you know why

I’m here? I’m here to show you

thinks for what they really are.

EXT. LAKE DOCK – DAY

Summer is smiling and twirling the umbrella.

BRUCE (V.O.)

Especially when they are

masquerading as something else.

INT. SUBCONCIOUS – UNKNOWN

Bruce looks at Bobby’s lapel pin.

2.

BRUCE

I like your pin – or button,

whatever you want to call it. I

personally prefer pin. It’s short

and easy. Which do you prefer?

Bobby leans in.

BOBBY

Button.

Bruce laughs at this moment.

BRUCE

See, I knew it! I know you and you

misunderstand everything, my

friend. What does it mean to you or

rather, why do you make everything

so hard on yourself?

BOBBY

Well, if it’s to easy why say it at

all. What does it mean to you?

Summer enters the scene from the dark, sits on Bruce’s side

and straddles him.

BOBBY (CONT’D)

Summer!

BRUCE

Who says it has to mean something?

Why can’t it just be whatever it

is?

Bobby is taken back by this.

BOBBY

How did -?

BRUCE

Do we feel more comfortable when

things are labelled as to discover

ourselves through them or have we

gotten use the thought of us

thinking we know who we are and

keep things the same?

Summer looks at Bruce.

Bruce does not notice Summer.

Summer lifts her leg, looks at Bobby and leaves.

Bobby jolts from the booth and follows her.

Summer disappears.

BOBBY

Where did she go!?

BRUCE

Who?

BOBBY

Her!

BRUCE

She was never here.

BOBBY

What? No! She was right there!

BRUCE

Did she say anything to you or me?

BOBBY

No, but –

BRUCE

Bruce. Don’t you think, if someone

wanted your attention they would at

least say something?

Bobby walks back to the table.

BOBBY

She never really spoke to me.

Bobby takes off his sports coat, puts it on the table and lays down on the booth.

BOBBY (CONT’D)

Why is she the way she is? She’s

done nothing. A normal person would

respond in someway, but –

BRUCE

And you expect her to be different

than who she is?

Bobby raises up.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

In her mind she doesn’t need to do

anything because she believes

there’s nothing needed to be done.

BOBBY

I remember this one conversation we

had though. About how relationships

should be built. She said, “I like

to keep my relationships as simple

as possible.” What does that even

mean – simple? I guess I’m just

stupid.

Bobby turns to look at Bruce. He is not there.

Suddenly, silverware rains upon the table and Bruce steps over the back of Bobby’s booth. He sits.

BRUCE

Yes. You are stupid. Everyone has

waisted their time on someone and

you’ll do it again and again.

Bobby stares at the mess of silverware.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

You took a leap of faith with her.

You didn’t see reality for what it

was.

Bruce picks up a fork and a knife and wraps them together in an imaginary napkin.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

You didn’t see her for who she is.

BOBBY

A leap. More like a squirrel

missing a branch.

Bruce thinks this over.

BRUCE

Okay, a squirrel, but love is like

that. Sometimes you jump and get to

the other side and sometimes you

fall flat on your face. Hey, give

me a hand with these.

Bobby looks at the silverware and then at Bruce.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

You know, fork, then knife, put it

on the napkin, roll it up –

BOBBY

Napkin?

BRUCE

You don’t see the napkin?

BOBBY

No.

Bruce hits Bobby upside the head.

BRUCE

What do you mean you don’t see the

napkins? Huh, they are right in

front of you, Bruce!

Bruce keeps hitting Bobby.

Bobby goes under the table and comes out the other side to where he sees a plethora of napkins on the table.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

See, Bruce. This is why you’re here.

INT. CAR – NIGHT

Bruce and Summer make-out in the backseat.

BRUCE (V.O.)

You enjoyed her because you had

someone to care for and she enjoyed

you because she simply could.

INT. SUBCONCIOUS – UNKNOWN

BRUCE

You want her to kiss you because

when she does nothing else matters.

But Summer doesn’t think like that

and I’m not going to waist my time

trying to figure her out.

Bobby toys with the knife.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

You can’t expect her to give you

love if she doesn’t desire love.

You two were simply friends.

BOBBY

Simply friends?

EXT. PARKING LOT OF THEATER – NIGHT

Bruce and Summer walk to the car.

Summer’s arms are crossed and take every initiative of avoiding Bruce.

BRUCE (V.O.)

It would behoove you to start

listening to what isn’t being said.

Bruce and Summer cascaded in blue have a long animated breakup conversation in the car.

INT. SUBCONCIOUS – UNKNOWN

BOBBY

Everyone is looking for that

though. Love.

BRUCE

Sure, but not her.

Bobby gets up from the table.

BOBBY

I’m done with this.

BRUCE

You fell in love with the idea of

falling in love instead of with

her. You brought yourself here,

Bruce.

BOBBY

People should put an end to this.

Bobby leans on the end of the table.

BRUCE

Like love, when someone gives you a

gift, they are glorifying the

existence of you. Where did she

leave yours? In the dust.

Bobby ponders this of a second and then hurtles the table in the air send the silverware everywhere.

Bobby jumps at Bruce and grabs his neck.

BOBBY

LET ME OUT!

Bruce effortlessly picks Bobby up and slams him on the floor.

Bruce takes the fork out form Bobby’s pocket and puts it on his forehead.

BRUCE

Bruce, I’m tired. I’m tired of this

place you’ve trapped me in and it’s

time for you to be me again.

BOBBY

What are you talking about?

BRUCE

YOU STILL WANT HER BACK! You rather

be who ever you are right now than

be yourself and move on.

Bobby looks at Bruce’s vein sticking out on his face.

BRUCE (CONT’D)

Remember that one time.

INT. RED ROOM – UNKNOWN

Bobby lies there on the floor shaking.

Bobby looks at the mirror and sees Bruce looking down at him.

Bruce is now laying on the floor shaking instead of Bobby.

INT. SUBCONCIOUS – UNKNOWN

BOBBY

It was you.

Bruce raises the fork from Bobby’s head.

BOBBY (CONT’D)

Of god. She left you.

BRUCE

Time for us to wake up.


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