SHAMELESSFADE IN:EXT. CHICAGO UPTOWN - NIGHTBlazing fire. Public bonfire. POPS and BANGS of fireworks. AMALE VOICE begins over luminous faces - adults and kids -that the CAMERA picks out of the crowd in the bonding glow.FRANK (V.O.)Nobody's saying this neighborhood'sthe Garden of Eden, hell somepeople say God avoids this placealtogether, but it's been a goodhome to us, to me and my kids, whoI'm proud of; 'cause every singleone of them reminds me a little bitof me. Fiona, my rock, a huge help.FIONA, attractive, but not gorgeous, eighteen, laughing.FRANK (CONT'D)Has all the best qualities of hermother -- except she’s not a ragingpsycho bitch.QUICK-CUT to Fiona with two Kleenexs and two kids, put’s atissue to each kid’s nose and orders “Blow!”. They do.FRANK (CONT'D)Lip, smart as a whip. Straight A’sand the honor roll. And peoplethought when I dropped him on hishead it was a bad thing.LIP, sixteen, handsome, athletic, drinking a brown-baggedPabst tallboy, no doubt lifted from some 7-11.FRANK (CONT’D)Boy’s definitely going somewhere --QUICK-CUT of Lip, charging STRAIGHT AT and over us, followedby two Chicago cops, in heated, sweaty pursuit.FRANK (CONT’D) Ian, industrious, conscientious,ambitious, incredible work ethic.IAN, fifteen, smiling, a little goofy, instantly likeable.
2.FRANK (CONT’D)Don’t have a clue where he got thatfrom. I’m no biologist, but helooks a bit like my brother, he andthe ex were close. Wants to be aparatrooper.QUICK-CUT of Ian in ROTC uniform, seriously working a woodenrifle in close-order drills on a weedy playground.FRANK (CONT’D)Girls are going to love this guy.Carl... Carl...CARL, eleven. Shaved head, also drinking from a brown bag --here’s hoping there’s a Fanta Orange hiding in there.FRANK (CONT’D)I don’t really know that much aboutCarl... Oh, he’s got beautifulhair, fetches top dollar at the wigshop. We don’t tell the wig ladyhe’s a magnet for lice. Debbie!Sent by God, a total angel, don’tknow what we’d do without her.DEBBIE, ten. Hooting and hollering at the fire, holding hertoddler brother, LIAM, in her arms.FRANK (CONT'D)Raises money for UNICEF year-round,some of which she turns in.QUICK-CUT of Debbie, sitting on her bed, shaking change outof an upside down, much-used, orange UNICEF box.FRANK (CONT’D)Liam, gonna be a star --QUICK-CUT to the toddler Liam, wearing a diaper and nothingelse, coming straight at us down a hallway, in the midst of aSCREAMING, head-banging TANTRUM.FRANK (CONT’D)-- once Medicade agrees to coverthe Ritalin.(and)Kev and Veronica, fantasticneighbors!KEV, thirty, handsome, none too bright, arms wrapped tightlyaround VERONICA. Thirty-four, black, sexy, vivacious, tanktop at least two sizes too small.