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Coffee Break

Season 1 - Episode 1

I BOUGHT THE LAW

by

Danny Thebeau

Ralph Pritchard

Current Revision by Ralph Pritchard

(2010/01/06)

Copyright by reelfilms.ca 2010


COFFEE BREAK - a reelfilms.ca production

Season 1 Episode 1 - “I bought the Law” 1.

INT. COFFEE HOUSE - DAY

A waitress DONNA LEE, early 40’s and attractive is putting a

tea bag in a single-serving stainless steel teapot and

delivers it to a table where a well dressed and coiffed

VIVIAN LANCASTER, early 50’s and attractive, sits and reads

the paper in an organized fashion, wiping her fingers with a

moist towelette with each turn of the page.

VIVIAN

Thank you Donna, there’s nothing like a

cup of green tea to start the day off

just right.

DONNA LEE

Winning last night’s lottery would have

been just right for me.

Donna tops up the coffee at PATSY’s (early 40’s never

married) table as she types on the laptop keyboard.

PATSY

Does fun-loving have a hyphen between the

words

DONNA LEE

If you’re filling out another one of

those online dating forms and really want

to snag a man, put in “loves to have fun”

instead.

Patsy looks up and gives Donna a big grin as Donna makes her

way to the next table.

The main door opens, FRED WILLIAMS, early 70’s and GEORGE

RUNSFELD, middle-aged, walk in and are engaged in a debate.

FRED

You don’t know squat about it. All you

pencil pushers know is adding and

subtracting.

Fred sits as George continues to stand while Donna fetches

another 2 cups.

GEORGE

That’s not true. Ah forget it. (he starts

to walk away but pauses) My medals are

worth every bit as much as yours.

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CONTINUED:

Donna walks up to them and pours them coffee and knows better

than stick her nose in their squabble. The men continue to

be engaged in their heated debate.

FRED

You cannot compare doing payroll to

flying an F16.

GEORGE

You never flew an F16.

FRED

Yeah, well if they had them back then, I

would have.

GEORGE

Who are you kidding, you can’t even fly a

kite. You still can’t sort your garbage

into blue and green bags.

FRED

(stands)

I’m color blind...

GEORGE

Color blind my foot...

George picks up his coffee and heads over to his favourite

table while Donna smiles and walks away. We follow her to

the counter just as MITCH, early 50’s, walks out with a pan

of fresh bran muffins.

DONNA LEE

(to Mitch)

Would you be a dear and take one over to

Mrs. Lancaster

Mitch puts one on a plate and walks over to Vivian.

MITCH

Here you go Mrs Lancaster.

VIVIAN

(surprised that she knows her

name)

Thanks you, um...

MITCH

Mitch. I’m the new chef. Well baker

actually. I’m Mrs Neugleborn’s nephew.

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CONTINUED: (2)

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VIVIAN

Nice to meet you Mitch.

PATSY

(from across the room and staring at

Mitch’s behind)

Nice muffins Mitch, may I have some too

Mitch gives Patsy a surprised look and heads over to where

the muffins are. Meanwhile BENJAMIN CRANK, well dressed

businessman, early 40’s and his sidekick HOMER JOHNSON, same

age group as Crank, walk into the coffee shop. Benjamin

nudges Homer.

HOMER

Neugleborn.

(repeats louder)

Mrs Neugleborn.

MRS NEUGLEBORN, early 70’s comes out of the back kitchen and

goes over to meet them. Benjamin steps in front of Homer.

BENJAMIN

(holds up a letter)

What’s this all about

Well I...

MRS NEUGLEBORN

BENJAMIN

We have a deal, (shakes letter) you can’t

back out now.

MRS NEUGLEBORN

You did not keep your word. This coffee

shop is not meant to be a parking lot.

BENJAMIN

Who said anything about a parking lot.

I’m turning this into a gentleman’s club.

(quite proud of himself)

Fred approaches behind Mrs Neugleborn. Vivian as well.

FRED

Like a Rotary or Kinsmen club

HOMER

No stupid...like an exotic night club.

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CONTINUED: (3)

MRS NEUGLEBORN

(appalled)

A nudy bar

VIVIAN

This neighbourhood isn’t zoned for that!

HOMER

That’s what you think. Mr Crank has

already...

Benjamin interrupts Homer.

BENJAMIN

I assure you that the i’s are dotted and

the t’s are crossed. For the right fee,

(he looks over to the mayor) zones can be

changed in the interest of...er um

economic development.

No one says a word. Donna Lee walks in.

BENJAMIN (CONT’D)

Now let’s not play games. (he tears up

the letter) I have my first bookings of

talented ladies coming from Montreal

(He cracks a smile at Vivian)

However, I will consider booking local

talent

(He looks to Donna Lee)

And aspiring actresses as well.

Fred grins. Donna Lee looks confused.

HOMER

(gazes at Vivian and Donna)

Inspiring actresses as well.

They turn and walk away.

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BENJAMIN

(over his shoulder to

Neugleborn)

I’ll be around in a few days with the

final papers for you to sign.

The Crank duo turn away and walk out as the rest remain

standing there looking mortified as Patsy speaks up.

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CONTINUED: (4)

PATSY

(smirks)

Well...I guess I won’t have to go looking

for men now.

Patsy laughs at her own joke. They all stand with a glazed

look.

PATSY (CONT’D)

Just kidding, jeese.

MRS NEUGLEBORN

What have I done I made a deal with the

devil didn’t I

FADE OUT.

LIZ, mid 30’s, Vivian’s daughter arrives with her two kids.

MATT, 10 and ZOE, 12. The kids greet grandma with a hug and

then plop down at Vivian’s table as the crowd disperses.

Liz is furious.

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Season 1 Episode 1 - “I bought the Law” 5.

LIZ

Hi Mom, sorry we’re late, I was just

forced into a mind numbing conversation

with Enrico. I don’t know what I saw in

that guy. He’s such a...

VIVIAN

(to Liz whispering so kids

won’t hear)

And he’s also your children’s father

dear.

MATT

(to Liz)

Mom, what’s a battle axe

LIZ

It’s a very old and dangerous weapon that

wreaks havoc.

(suspicious)

Why

ZOE

(knowing exactly what that

means)

While we were waiting for you, Dad said

that the old battle axe is coming and

that we should get ready.

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CONTINUED: (5)

The kids run off.

VIVIAN

(Before Liz can say a word)

A cup of green tea Liz

LIZ

I gotta run...my shift starts in 10

minutes and you know how upset my boss

gets if I’m late. Kids you be good for

Grandma.

MATT

(looking over at Patsy)

Hey, that woman is playing video games,

let’s go see her.

VIVIAN

Liz, have you given any more thought to

my suggestion of going back to school I

have lots of time on my hands these days

and I could look after the kids while

you’re there.

LIZ

Mom, I already have a job that I like.

VIVIAN

(desperate)

You’re a part-time grease monkey.

LIZ

Better than being your puppet. I gotta

run.

Liz darts out the door.

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PATSY

OK, the object of this game is to match

that big, strong, fireman up with that

lonely, desperate woman. Are you with me

so far

ZOE

Hey, that woman looks like you!

Bingo!

PATSY

Vivian walks over to counter where Mrs. Neugleborn is

standing.

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CONTINUED: (6)

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VIVIAN

Is there anything I can do to help

MRS NEUGLEBORN

Can you turn back time and stop me from

agreeing to sell this place to Crank

VIVIAN

If I could turn back time I would have

planned a going away party for my boss

instead of him for me.

Pardon

MRS NEUGLEBORN

VIVIAN

(shakes her head)

Sorry, nothing...Listen, I may not be

able to change the past, but I may be

able to influence the future. Do you

have the purchase offer from Mr. Crank.

MRS NEUGLEBORN

Yes, it’s in the back office, I’ll go get

it.

Vivian takes out her telephone and dials.

VIVIAN

Hi honey, can I see you this afternoon

FADE OUT

INT.COFFEE SHOP.DAY

Patsy sits at a table engaged in a one sided conversation

with Donna Lee who keeps looking at her watch.

PATSY

What a date I had last night. Trust me,

they never look anything like their

profile pictures. Athletic he writes...

Pffft, yeah right. He’s in a bowling

league. He wrote that he works out at

the gym 5 days a week, wrong. He works

at a gym...as a janitor, washing floors

and towels. Don’t get me wrong, I can get

past the chubby belly but I think his

idea of a six pack is a case of Buzz

Beer. And then, in his profile he went

on an on about how much he loved his

Shelby, I thought WOW a Mustang...well,

(MORE)

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CONTINUED:

PATSY (CONT'D)

he picked me up a 1982 pinto. Shelby is

the name of his 14 year old Cock-a-Poo,

and that’s not the half of it, he brought

it along on our date. At least it seemed

normal. I can’t believe I wasted another

entire evening and worst of all, some of

my Chanel number 5 that my sister gave

me. She can’t wear perfume...

DONNA LEE

What about the mechanic next door. He’s

single.

PATSY

Oh my god...been there, done that.

Although...he is a decent kisser, Naw,

I’m still trying to get the grease stains

from his coveralls out of the living room

carpet.

Mrs Neugleborn walks out past the table.

DONNA LEE

Mrs. Neugleborn are you ok, you look

nervous.

MRS NEUGLEBORN

(anxious)

Mr Crank is on his way. I can’t believe

what I’m about to do.

What’s...

DONNA LEE

Fred walks over to Mrs. N.

FRED

You’re doing the right thing. This town

needs some stimulus. (Donna whacks him)

Ouch...economic stimulus of course.

PATSY

You know Mrs Neugleborn, I dated a fella

with no neck that could probably convince

Crank to back off.

Patsy!

DONNA LEE

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CONTINUED: (2)

MRS NEUGLEBORN

I’m not so sure that’s a bad idea.

Anything would be better than a darn smut

bar.

The door opens and in walks Benjamin and Homer. They stand

and look around like they own the place.

BENJAMIN

(to Homer)

Measure over there. The stage should be

hidden from the front door. You don’t

want them catching a draft and besides,

we don’t want to give away any freebees.

Cranks approaches them.

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Season 1 Episode 1 - “I bought the Law” 9.

BENJAMIN (CONT’D)

Mrs Neugleborn. I’m glad you have come

to your senses. (he reaches into his coat

pocket). Our contract and your cheque.

Benjamin waves a cheque before her. She lays eyes on it and

she is confused. Fred reaches into his back pocket and hands

over a piece of paper.

FRED

My Resume Mr. Crank, in case you need

bouncers.

In walks Vivian and SAMANTHA, late 20’s, well dressed

business woman, carrying a file folder.

VIVIAN

Wait. (out of breath) Am I too late

BENJAMIN

(perplexed)

If you’re talking about submitting your

resume, then no.

MRS NEUGLEBORN

Mr. Crank was just about to buy the

coffee shop.

VIVIAN

We’ll see about that. This is my

daughter Samantha. She is a lawyer

with...

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CONTINUED: (3)

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Season 1 Episode 1 - “I bought the Law” 10.

BENJAMIN

(cuts her off)

Look, I don’t know what this is about but

Mrs Neugleborn has accepted my letter of

offer and we’re about to close the deal.

Mitch comes out of the kitchen as Patsy watches him pass.

MITCH

Should I hold off putting that batch of

muffins in the oven

PATSY

Perhaps I can help you with those.

SAMANTHA

(she pulls a letter from a file folder)

Is this the letter of offer that your are

referring to

BENJAMIN

Yes, that’s it and that’s her signature.

SAMANTHA

The same offer that was pending on the

purchase agreement being signed by both

parties

BENJAMIN

(overly confident)

The very same.

SAMANTHA

Well, it expired yesterday.

BENJAMIN

(he grabs the letter from her)

That’s ridiculous. The letter was drawn

up two weeks ago and good for forty five

days.

SAMANTHA

(she point out the date)

Not according to that.

Homer grabs the letter from Crank.

HOMER

That can’t be right, I typed it up

myself.

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CONTINUED: (4)

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Season 1 Episode 1 - “I bought the Law” 11.

SAMANTHA

You obviously transposed the day and

month. That being said and since your

agreement is now useless, perhaps Mrs.

Neugleborn would be open to a new offer.

She hands Mrs. N. another letter.

BENJAMIN

Mrs Neugleborn, it’s a small oversight,

we can have it...

(to Samantha)

New offer

MRS NEUGLEBORN

An offer, from whom

Me.

VIVIAN

(to Mrs. N.)

MRS NEUGLEBORN

(reading the letter and looking back and

forth at Vivian)

You’ll keep it running as a coffee shop

(Vivian nods) I don’t know what to say

except, Mitch, throw in a double batch of

those muffins! (she hugs Vivian)

VIVIAN

(they part for a moment)

What do you say (Mrs. N. nods her

acceptance)

BENJAMIN

This is ridiculous! Whatever she’s

offered I’ll offer ten thousand

more...twenty...

Mrs Neugleborn shakes her head.

They all cheer.

MRS NEUGLEBORN

I’m sorry Mr Crank. This coffee house is

already sold.

FRED

(tapping Crank on the shoulder)

Can I get my resume back

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CONTINUED: (5)

Benjamin starts walking out but attempts to intimidate

Vivian.

BENJAMIN

(pointing his finger)

This is not over Lancaster. You’re

playing in the big leagues now.

(to Homer)

And you, you’re lucky you’re my brother

in law.

Benjamin barges out and patrons celebrate some more.

INT. GARAGE

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Season 1 Episode 1 - “I bought the Law” 12.

FRED

Does this mean there won’t be a nudy

bar...

FADE OUT.

Vivian dressed to the nines and wearing her furs walks

through a garage to the far corner where Liz is working. Liz

is wearing her coveralls and gloves and has grease on her

face. She is putting a tire on a tire changing machine.

LIZ

(bangs her finger and yells)

Ow, I hate this job. (sees her mother

approaching)

Mom what are you doing here Oh my god

are the kids ok

VIVIAN

Relax honey, yes they’re fine

Liz breathes a sign of relief as WALLY, early 30’s walks over

WALLY

Hi Mrs. Lancaster.

VIVIAN

Hello Wally, how’s your grandmother

WALLY

Fine, she’s still talks about that great

family reunion you threw last summer.

VIVIAN

It’s a shame she couldn’t make it.

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CONTINUED:

WALLY

Liz, we’re gonna need you to grease Mr.

Calver’s ball joints right after you’re

done mounting those.

Pervert.

LIZ

Wally walks away.

VIVIAN

Liz, I’ve come to ask for you help.

Huh

LIZ

VIVIAN

You knew that Mr. Crank was trying to buy

out Mrs. Neugleborn and going to turn...

LIZ

Ya, I know, he asked me if I was

interested in working there.

VIVIAN

Oh no. Anyway, in fit of courage or

simply bad judgement, I bought the place.

LIZ

You what...You don’t know anything about

running a coffee shop.

VIVIAN

I know, I know...and that is why I need

your help.

LIZ

You need me

VIVIAN

I’m hoping that you’ll agree to run it

with me...as full partners...50/50.

LIZ

Mom, I don’t think...

VIVIAN

Wait, hear me out. Losing my job may

have been the best thing that could have

happened to me, to us. It has given me

more time with you, time that I should

have spent with you while you were

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CONTINUED: (2)

VIVIAN (CONT'D)

growing up I know, but I am hoping that

we can use this opportunity as a second

chance to...to get to know each other.

(anxious moments)

What do you say

This could be the cliff hanging ending for this episode.

LIZ

(smiles)

I suppose wearing an apron would be

better than tassels, especially after 2

kids.

They go to hug and then Vivian realizes that Liz is full of

grease.

VIVIAN

Did you really agree to go and work for

Crank

Liz gives Vivian a “me” Look and then they laugh together.

END

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