Nurse Betty script
Nurse Betty (2000)
Synopsis: What happens when a person decides that life is merely a state of mind? If you're Betty, a small-town waitress and soap opera fan from Fair Oaks, Kansas, you refuse to believe that you can't be with the love of your life just because he doesn't really exist. After all, life is no excuse for not living. Traumatized by a savage event, Betty enters into a fugue state that allows -- even encourages -- her to keep functioning... in a kind of alternate reality.

FADE IN:

1 INT. OPERATING ROOM - DAY 1

A tense surgery in progress. Meters flicker, instruments

flash in the bright overhead light. In the midst of it all

stands DR. DAVID RAVELL, 35. The master of his domain.

Ravell leans forward so a NURSE can mop the sweat from his

brow as he completes a last, delicate procedure. His co

workers sigh collectively with relief.

DAVID:

(to Asst. Surgeon)

Close her up, will you?

2 INT. HOSPITAL CORRIDOR - DAY 2

Dr. Ravell comes out of surgery, clearly exhausted. Without

his surgical mask he is ruggedly handsome. TWO NURSES

follow, attending him like a fighter fresh from the ring:

CHLOE, 25, Raven-haired and striking, and JASMINE, 24, an

exotic mix of African-American and Asian.

BLAKE DANIELS, 58, the silver-haired Chief Surgeon, rushes up

the corridor. On his heels is DR. LONNIE WALSH, 33. Lonnie

is also conspicuously handsome, but he'll always be second to

David. In everything.

The look on Blake's face stops David in his tracks.

BLAKE:

There's been a train crash near Santa

Barbara. They're flying an aortal trauma

here now. How can I ask you this,

David...

David rubs his eyes. Thinks about it.

DAVID:

I can do it, Blake.

His bravery isn't lost on the two nurses, although Chloe

exchanges a quick, covert glance with Lonnie.

CHLOE:

Is he crazy, Jasmine? He's been on his

feet for fourteen hours.

JASMINE:

Chloe, it's been this way since Leslie

died. Losing himself in his work, poor

thing...

2.

YOUNGER MAN'S

VOICE:

(O.S.)

... I'll give you something to lose

yourself in...

OLDER MAN'S VOICE

(O.S.)

Excuse me, miss?

PULL BACK TO REVEAL: WE ARE LOOKING AT A TELEVISION SCREEN

BEHIND THE COUNTER OF A SMALL-TOWN DINER.

INSERT:
FAIR OAKS, KANSAS

3 INT. TIP TOP DINER - DAY 3

Quaint, Midwestern eatery. Knick-knacks and photos abound.

The booths and counter are packed with LOCALS. A family

dining section off in one corner.

TWO GUYS sitting at the counter in team jackets. The older

of the two holds up his empty coffee cup. But his WAITRESS,

standing a couple seats down from him, doesn't move. She's

completely absorbed in watching the soap opera that plays on

two battered, fuzzy TV sets.

BETTY SIZEMORE, 30, has a wholesome attractiveness that

competes with a bit too much makeup and a cheesy white

waitress uniform. TWO OTHER WAITRESSES attend to customers

behind her.

The younger of the two guys is involved in the soap opera.

But the older one, still wants coffee. He gestures toward

Betty.

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John C. Richards

John Richards was born on May 20, 1972 in Donnybrook, Western Australia, Australia. more…

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