Ordinary Lies

Season #1 Episode #2
Synopsis: On the shop floor and in the offices of a motor showroom, desperation can lead to drastic solutions.
 
IMDB:
7.2
Year:
2015
60 min
445 Views


Tracy and Viv busy on reception. Viv is taking calls, as

Tracy leads a young family - mum, dad, two kids - to the

waiting area.

TRACY:

Grab a seat, there’s teas, coffee,

juice for the kids - our sales

advisor will be with you shortly

She smiles, professional, then nods at Viv with a mischievous

grin and heads over to the sales team.

TRACY (CONT'D)

Important email about next week,

Viv’s just sent it - check your

inbox...

They all do so... Emma, Grace, Marianne...

EMMA:

What is it?

Emma clicks on the attachment and it opens to reveal

A PHOTO OF TRACY AND VIV IN THEIR BIKINIS, SUN HATS ON,

COCKTAILS IN HAND, IN ONE OF THEIR BEDROOMS - SMILING.

Viv has appeared next to Tracy.

TRACY/VIV

(they sing, and dance, big

kids)

Whoa! We’re going to Ibiza, whoa!

back to the island, whoa! We’re

gonna have a party...

EMMA:

(one track mind at the

minute - wedding)

I hope you’re going to save some

energy for my hen night, it’s like

two days after you get back

TRACY:

You know me, always up for a party

EMMA:

And I don’t care how funny you

think it is, I’m telling you now -

all of you - no stripper -

TRACY:

Too late, he’s already booked.

Isn’t that right Pete

That last line shouted to Paracetamol Pete, across the room,

he turns, confused. Laughter from the girls.

Ordinary Lies Episode Two Yellow Amendments 2.

1 CONT:
1

BETH:

Busy girls!

They turn to her, naughty school girls.

BETH (CONT’D)

Isn’t it bad enough we’ve to manage

without both receptionists for a

week, without you doing nothing

while you’re actually here.

Foul mood. Tracy and Viv scuttle back to their home, they

are the lowest rung on the JS Motors hierarchy and we should

feel their lowly status.

Beth turns to Marianne.

BETH (CONT’D)

How can they sell with that going

on? You’re in charge.

Beth strides away. It’s an embarrassing public reprimand and

Marianne is seriously stung by it.

Marty comes bounding up to reception. No evidence of the

shame of last week in his demeanour.

MARTY:

(grabs the info sheet)

I’m on fire this morning, I could

sell condoms to Catholics

(sotto to Tracy)

Kids names?

TRACY:

George and Sophie.

He heads over to the waiting family, with his info sheet.

MARTY:

(big smile on his face,

addresses the kids)

George, Sophie - I believe you’re

interested in buying a new car -

let me guess, you want the Beamer

The family all laugh, kids love that he is talking to them.

GRACE:

(passing, sly dig -)

Anyone died today Marty?

She heads away, and we see that despite his attempts at

bonhomie, he is still very much persona non grata.

2 INT. JS MOTORS - BETH’S OFFICE - DAY 8 - 10.45 2

Beth working. Marianne appears in her doorway.

Ordinary Lies Episode Two Yellow Amendments 3.

2 CONT:
2

MARIANNE:

What the hell was that?

Beth looks up.

BETH C:

You’re not one of the girls

anymore, Marianne, you’re

management, you wanna try behaving

like it

Marianne stares at her, they both know that’s not the real

issue here.

MARIANNE:

I thought we’d sorted all this

Beth says nothing.

MARIANNE (CONT'D)

If you’ve got an accusation to make

about me and Dave, then I suggest

you make it, or better still, let’s

take it to Mike

Beth stares at her.

BETH:

You say the calls were work calls,

nothing more - weekends, two in the

morning, five times a night...

MARIANNE:

(reiterates her defense)

He was my manager - we were under a

lot of pressure -

BETH:

Fine.

Doesn’t believe her.

MARIANNE:

You don’t believe me.

BETH:

No. I don’t.

Hold the look between them.

BETH (CONT’D)

But I can’t prove it, so where does

that leave us

Hold on Marianne. Who becomes strongly defensive.

MARIANNE:

I don’t have to take this - think

what you like -

2

3

4

Ordinary Lies Episode Two Yellow Amendments 4.

CONT:
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She goes. We hold on Beth, bothered and affected by this,

but realising she has slender proof.

EXT. ESTATE - DAY 8 - 18.30 3

Council estate. Far from salubrious, but not Ken Loach grim.

Tracy walking across the estate where she lives. She passes a

huge NATIONAL LOTTERY poster in the news agents window.

INT. TRACY’S HOUSE - LIVING ROOM/KITCHEN - DAY 8 - 18.35 4

Modest house, without obvious affluence.

Tracy arrives home. Her mum, TANYA (single mother), who is

only in her thirties, so must have had Tracy young, is

watching TV - some talent show - with Tracy’s brother Robbie.

They’re eating on their laps.

TRACY:

Thanks for waiting.

ROBBIE:

We were starving.

TANYA:

Microwave, two minutes

TRACY:

Stuff you anyway, this time

tomorrow I’ll be drinking cocktails

in the Spanish sun

Tracy drags her coat off, heads for the kitchen.

TRACY (CONT'D)

Did you get me them suitcases out

the loft

ROBBIE:

They’re in your room

TANYA:

Two suitcases - how much stuff do

you need for a week in Ibiza?

Tracy slamming her food into the microwave, we hold on her

face a beat. Something isn’t quite right here. She is lying

to her family and it doesn’t sit easy...

CUT 5

Ordinary Lies Episode Two Yellow Amendments 5.

INT. TRACY’S/VIV’S HOUSE - TRACY’S/VIV’S BEDROOM -

66

NIGHT 8 - 22.45

Tracy’s bedroom, her wardrobe open, clothes everywhere -

HUNDREDS OF ITEMS, dead fashionable. And SHOES, must be

forty pairs.

Skype between Tracy and Viv. Each in their own bedroom late

at night, whispered conversation.

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Danny Brocklehurst

Danny Brocklehurst (born 1971, Hyde, Cheshire, England, U.K.) is a BAFTA and International Emmy winning English screenwriter. Brocklehurst worked as a journalist for several years (as a freelancer for The Guardian, City Life and Manchester Evening News and senior feature writer for The Big Issue) before becoming a full-time screenwriter. more…

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