The Deep End of the Ocean script
Synopsis: After Beth Cappadora's (Michelle Pfeiffer) youngest son, Ben, vanishes in Chicago, she slowly descends into a deep depression, affecting her husband, Pat (Treat Williams), and her other children (Jonathan Jackson, Alexa Vega). Relocating to Chicago several years later, they are shocked to discover a local boy named Sam (Ryan Merriman) who looks strikingly similar to Ben. Along with detective Candy Bliss (Whoopi Goldberg), the family must relive their trauma and find out the truth about Sam.

INT. HOUSE

Beth

Vincent! What are you doing? Vincent!

Vincent

Hey, Ben! You won.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE

Beth

Come on, admit it. You're looking forward

to this.

Patty

Are you kidding? I've got the weekend

crowd I'm not even going to notice.

INT. THE HOUSE

Vincent

Give me a break, You're the one that

wants to go. Ben! Ben! You little jerk!

Did you get in and the lid shut on you?

Ben

Yeah! You go now?

Vincent

Yeah, right. We go now.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOUSE

Beth

You'll probably play pool with Joey after

you close the restaurant.

Patty

You're dumb enough to take three kids to

your class reunion I'm smart enough to

have a good time.

Beth

Hey, party!

Patty

Party hearty!

INT.THE HOUSE

Ben

I'm underwater!

Beth

That's great news. Where's your brother?

Ben

I don't know.

Beth

Honey, will you go find Vincent, please?

Pat

Sweetie, did you remember the sandwiches?

Beth

Of course not.

Patty

Bethie, I swear, if your head wasn't

screwed on

Beth

You'll find it later, sitting by the

microwave.

Patty

Then I'd have to call you in Chicago.

Beth

Who needs a head at a high school

reunion?

Vincent

I want to stay with Dad and go to the

restaurant. I'm not going to Chicago.

Beth & Pat

You're going!

Patty

Honey? Let me finish out the roll, okay?

Beth

Pat, Now?

Patty

Come on, just two shots! By the lilacs.

It'll take just a second.

Beth

All right, sweetheart, look at Daddy.

Patty

I know, I know the photographer hates

having her picture taken. Everybody say

meatball!

INT. INSIDE THE CAR TO CHICAGO

Beth

Benbo, bologna is for eating not washing

windows.

Vincent

Your seatbelt's loose.

Ben

Mom, sing me that bunny song.

Vincent

I wish I was still home with Dad.

Ben

Sing me, " if a bunny catch a bunny..

Beth

If a bunny catch a bunny Coming through

the rye...

Vincent

I hate this song!

Beth

If a bunny kiss a bunny and made a bunny

cry.

EXT. OUTSIDE THE HOTEL

Ellen

You're here!

Beth

I'm here!

Beth

Just a second, let me get Kerry.

Ellen

No, no, no, no. Let me get her.

Ellen

Oh, Look at her!

Beth

Watch your head, Benbo.

Ellen

I'm your godmama, Kerry. Remember me?

God love her! Look at her. Oh my God! Is

that Ben? You're a grownup.

(To Vincent)

Vincent, can you swim? Martha's inside,

waiting for you. Come on sweetie. I have

a surprise! Where's your tooth?

Vincent

I lost it.

Ellen

Oh, speak of the devil. Beth, you

remember Martha, the babysitter from God.

Beth

Great! Can you help with Kerry?

Martha

Sure thing, Mrs. Cappadora.

INT. THE HOTEL ROBBY

Beth

Is there some kind of registration table

or something?

Ellen

Oh, Yeah! You're all set. I stuck it all

my card.

Beth

Ellen, you can't do that!

Ellen

It's 70 bucks or something. Who cares?

Beth

Donna Trump, I care. Beside

Ellen

Besides, I can write it off.

Beth

I've got a fashion shoot on Sunday.

Boutique on Oak Street. You'll have to go

up in that mess and rearrange it then.

Ellen

O h, Jesus, Is that Michelle Pulliam?

Beth

Did she eve marry that guy?

Ellen

No, they broke up. Then she went out

with.

Jimmy

Elizabeth Kerry and her merry band!

Kids

Jimmy!

Jimmy

How're my big guys? Wow, Vincent! You

have gotten so huge!

Beth

They'd hug any man with a badge, Come to

think of it and so would I.

Jimmy

What would you do if you found detective?

Beth

Hey! Congratulations!

Jimmy

Guess who I just saw?

Beth

Who?

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Stephen Schiff

Stephen Schiff is an American screenwriter and journalist. He is best known for his work at The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, his screenplays for Lolita, True Crime, and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, and his work as a writer and producer on the acclaimed FX television series The Americans. more…

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