Please Stand By

Synopsis: A young autistic woman runs away from her caregiver in an attempt to submit her manuscript to a "Star Trek" writing competition.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Ben Lewin
Production: Magnolia Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
93 min


It can travel

for millions of years

before finally reaching

its destination.

It goes lonely and alone...

hoping that

it will reach someone.

But what if it never arrives?

What if it never finds a home?

Because space is so vast...

and time is so long...

and out here, it's so easy...

to get lost.

(voices over spaceship radio)

All hands alert.

All hands alert.

(woman speaking

over spaceship radio)


Radiation levels climbing.

35 percent.


Raise shields.


Shields are down to 60 percent.

Still falling.

Can I get a reading?

Where is this coming from?

Life support

has been compromised.

I repeat, life support

has been compromised.


Captain's log, final entry.

The Enterprise

is presumed lost.

Spock and I

are the sole survivors.

Our destiny, unknown.

Captain Kirk:

I'm not gonna make it, Spock.

You have to go on

and save the Federation alone.


Negative, Captain.

I'm not going anywhere

without you.

Spock to Enterprise.

"Enterprise, this is Spock."

"Enterprise, are you there?"


Oh, say can you see

By the dawn's early light

- What so proudly we hailed

- Hey, Lexi.

At the twilight's

last gleaming

- (TV playing)

- (phone ringing)

Whose broad stripes

and bright stars

Through the perilous fight


This is Scotlyn Kyle

at the Bay Area

Assisted Living Center.

Please leave a message.

- (man speaks on TV program)

- Hey, Big D.

And the rockets' red glare


Come here, Brittanie,

give me a hug.

Oh, good morning.



Nice one! That hurt!

(Scottie chuckles)

Hey, where's Wendy?

I think she's upstairs

in her bedroom.

Say does that

star-spangled banner yet wave

Over the land of the free

"Hang on, Captain...

I am going to get you home."

(Scottie blowing kazoo)

(Scottie humming like kazoo)

- Good morning, Wendy.

- Good morning, Scottie.


Can we try three seconds

of eye contact?

Let's try...

three seconds.


Three seconds of eye contact.


So, next week,

your sister's coming to visit.

How are you feeling about it?

(Wendy mumbles)

Out loud thinking, please.

I'm feeling somewhat

a little bit nervous.

What does that feel like?

Like I've got to pee,

but I don't.

That's how nervousness

feels for me, too.

But, you know,

there's no need to worry,

we're gonna make sure

you're very well-prepared.

Okay, now, can we go over

your everyday schedule?

My everyday schedule...

Wake up.

Make bed.

Get towel and toiletries.

If my towel smells funny,

put it in the hamper

and get a new towel.

Go into bathroom.

Check to see

if I'm having my period.

If I am having my period,

remember that

I am having my period.

And how do you do that?

I put one thumb up

to help me remember.

If I am having my period,

put on a Kotex maxi pad,

and put my thumb down.

Put on an outfit.

Monday, orange.

Tuesday, lavender.

Wednesday, blue.

Thursday, dots.

Friday, yellow.

Saturday, purple.

Sunday is red.

Go into the kitchen

to make toast.

Unless Richard "the F*ck Face"

is hogging the toaster.


Unless Richard

is hogging the toaster.

Go to work.

Turn right onto Page Street.

Turn right

onto Buchanan Street.

And when I get

to Market Street, stop...

(traffic sounds)

Because I'm not allowed

to cross Market Street

under any circumstances.

Wait for the 321 Bus

to Stonestown Galleria.

Remember to smile at work,

while I say...

Welcome to Cinnabon!

Would you like a Cinnabon?

But don't repeat

the words too quickly.

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Michael Golamco

Michael Golamco is an American playwright and screenwriter for film and television. He is of Filipino and Chinese American descent. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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