Chappaquiddick script
Synopsis: Ted Kennedy's life and political career become derailed in the aftermath of a fatal car accident in 1969 that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.

SECRETARY:

Joe Gargan is holding for you.

Ted heads straight for his phone and picks it up.

TED:

Joey!

EXT. SHIRETOWN INN - DAY

JOE GARGAN, 39, Ted’s cousin, stands in a phone booth outsidea small, seaside hotel.

He slicks back a comb over hiding the early signs of areceding hairline. This makes him stick out like a blacksheep at Kennedy family gatherings. Along with his glasses.

GARGAN:

What’s going on, Teddy? I’ve beenon hold here for ten minutes.

INTERCUT:

Ted leans back in his chair and gives a childlike shrug.

TED:

I really needed to talk to you.

He puts his feet on the desk.

GARGAN:

Well, it must have been somethingpretty damn important.

Gargan’s eyes roll; he knows it’s not.

TED:

The hotel on the Vineyard is

overbooked.

GARGAN:

I just checked in. I’m holding thekey to our room right here.

TED:

Not our hotel room. The girls! MaryJo just called me.

6.

GARGAN:

I’m sure she can find all of them

another place. Mary Jo was the most

resourceful of Bobby’s oldsecretaries.

TED:

They don’t know the island! I needthis handled properly.

GARGAN:

What do you want me to do? Slap aninjunction on the desk clerk untilhe coughs up a room?

TED:

I don’t need a lawyer, I need myadvance man!

GARGAN:

I’ve still gotta rig the hull. Theregatta is this afternoon -

TED:

I know when the race is. I’m

sailing the damn boat with you.

GARGAN:

But what about the party?

TED:

There’s no party if the Boiler RoomGirls aren’t there.

Ted stands up from his chair. He grabs a FRAMED PHOTO sitting

on his desk:
Ted, no older than thirteen, plays by the poolwith his brothers Jack and Bobby.

In the photo, Gargan lies on the ground and takes a punch inthe jaw from Bobby. All the Kennedy brothers appear to laughand smile. Ted especially.

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