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When I think of my wife, I always
think of her head.
INT. BEDROOM - SOMETIME
We see the back of AMY DUNNE’S HEAD, resting on a pillow.
I picture cracking her lovely
skull, unspooling her brain,
Nick runs his fingers into Amy’s hair.
Trying to get answers.
He twirls and twirls a lock, a screw tightening.
The primal questions of a marriage:
What are you thinking? How are you
feeling? What have we done to each
AMY wakes, turns, gives a look of alarm. *
2 EXT. NORTH CARTHAGE - MORNING 2
A carved faux-marble entry—reading FOREST GLEN—ushers us into
a ruined HOUSING DEVELOPMENT. Mostly VACANT houses. A few
Fourth of July decorations hang in windows. A weird, BUCOLIC
3 EXT. NICK DUNNE’S FRONT YARD - DAWN 3 *
JULY 5th, 2012
THE MORNING OF:
NICK DUNNE, 30s, handsome, is taking out the trash; his yard *
is the only one mowed—all around him WILDERNESS encroaches.
The SUN rises over the treeline and blares its FIRST-DEGREE
SPOTLIGHT in his face. He looks ILL.
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He turns and stares back at his HOUSE as if girding himself.
He strides across the yard, opens the door. His shadowy
figure fills the doorway for a moment. He SHUTS the door. *
4 EXT. BAR PARKING LOT - DAY 4 *
NICK—wearing noticeably different clothes—arrives under a *
glaring SUN. Down the street, a troupe of HOMELESS MEN walks *
single file along the river.
5 INT. THE BAR - DAY 5
Nick’s twin sister, GO, 30s, nerdy-hot, is washing mugs. The
bar is packed with ‘80s k±tsch: board games, toys, posters.
Their very own CLUBHOUSE.
Ah, the Irish prince graces us with
He sits on the bar’s customer side. She flicks suds at him. *
Brought you a present.
He sets a decrepit ‘70s—era Master Mind on the bar.
Master Mind! I hated this game!
You loved it.
You loved it. Thanks.
She places it behind the bar alongside SORRY!, CLUE, LIFE.
Pour me a bourbon, would ya?
GO glances pointedly at the clock: 11:09 a.m. She pours two *
bourbons. Settles in.
What’s up, Jitters?
He shrugs. She tries to wait him out. Fails.
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If you don’t talk, I’ll fill the
an Excruciating Story
by Margo Dunne.
He smiles. This is an old, reliable routine.
I could tell you about my customer—
service experience while changing
Internet providers. *
I do like that one.
Or the time I saw a woman who
looked exactly like my friend
Monica but it wasn’t Monica, it was
—whose name was.. .Monica.
Made it kind of interesting.
She gives a look: Talk.
It’s a bad day.
Our anniversary. Five.
Five?! That came fast.
And furious. *
6 INT. SOMEWHERE - SOMETIME 6
CLOSEUP on a PEN, cursiving across a DIARY. The pen is GIRLY,
topped with pink feathers. We see at the top: January 8,
2005. We hear the words as we see them written in pink.
I’m so crazy, stupid happy.
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7 INT. BROOKLYN APARTMENT - NIGHT 7
AMY ELLIOTT, early 30s, gorgeous, is in a crowded hipster
party. Dude-heavy. She weaves her way through the guys.
I met a boy.
She spots her FRIEND deep-flirting a guy, and stops midway,
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