State of Mind: Episode 7, “Lost & Found”

STATE OF MIND

“Lost & Found”
Episode 7

Written By
Amy Bloom

Directed By
Greer Shephard

A Shephard/Robin Production in Association with Warner Horizon Television Inc.

All rights reserved. Copyright 2007 Warner Horizon Television Inc. This script is the property of Horizon Scripted Television Inc. No portion of this script may be performed, reproduced or used by any means, or disclosed to, quoted or published in any medium without the prior written consent of Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

CAST LIST

Ann Bellowes
James Le Croix
Cordelia Banks
Dr. Taj Khalid
Barry White
Fred Smedresman

Phil
William Banks
Lola
Robert LeCroix
Mr. Weston
Glenn Cheuse
Bonnie Cheuse
Artha Williams
Charisma

SET / LOCATION LIST

INTERIORS:

Dream: Lost and Found / End of the World Cloakroom
NHPA Office

  1. Ann’s Office / Hallway outside Ann’s office
  2. Barry’s Office
  3. Second Floor Hallway
  4. Taj’s Office
  5. James’ Attic + Stairs *
  6. Office Kitchen
  7. Fred’s Reception Area / Waiting Room
  8. Sunlight Program

Ann’s House

  1. Foyer / Living Room
  2. Dining Room
  3. Bathroom
  4. Bedroom
  5. Kitchen

Mrs. William’s House *
Manager’s Office
Apartment Building – lobby
Lola’s Apartment
Lola’s Apartment Building – Stairwell

EXTERIORS:

Apartment Building
Mrs. Williams’s House
Street *
Street / Park
Street Cafe

ACT ONE

  1. INT. LOST AND FOUND – DREAM 1 1
    A beautifully carved wooden door bearing the sign, LOST AND
    FOUND, creaks open, giving us entrance into the End of the
    World Cloakroom/Lost and Found. The words “Lost and Found”
    decorate the edges of the cloakroom, in various languages:
    Verloren und Gefunden; Perso e Trovato; etc. The shelves of
    lost objects seem to reach to the sky. Strings of lost
    mittens, St. Christopher medals and mateless socks criss-
    cross the ceiling. From a giant chute, objects emerge
    steadily and revolve around on an airport-style carousel.
    Through the packed shelves, we peer around a dish piled high
    with ancient coins to see ANN come through the door and ring
    the little bell on the counter. FRED, The Stage Manager,
    appears with an assortment of pens.

FRED
Lost–or found?

ANN
Lost! My purple bag. I don’t know
where it is. I had it right…it
has everything in it — my
appointment book, my wallet, my
credit cards! — really my whole
life!

FRED
(clearing his throat)
Were you…a little careless?

ANN
I really wasn’t. I was just…

FRED
I beg your pardon. Are you saying
you did not mislay or misplace or
otherwise lose track of your
portmanteau? Did it walk away?

ANN
No. You’re right. I was careless.

FRED
(warmly)
Ah, that’s better. Confessions are
good for the soul, don’t you think?
And so gratifying — let me see…
He opens a giant ledger, from which dust rises. He turns to a
page with a huge, purple P on it.

FRED (CONT’D)
…purple, purple, purple.
He gestures to a set of twins in purple blazers and bowties
and looks toward Ann, questioningly.

FRED (CONT’D)
They’re purple.

ANN
No. Purple tote bag.

FRED
I’m so sorry. Of course, of
course… Let me look in the B’s.
He turns to B in the ledger.

FRED (CONT’D)
B. Bag, bag, bag.
He pushes aside a white chest on which is written in gold:
Virginity, and climbs up a ladder to heaven. A large purple
ball comes bouncing down.

ANN
(shouting up)
No. Tote bag!

FRED
(shouting down)
I heard you, tote bag. My mistake.
Fred climbs back down. A single red balloon floats by.

FRED (CONT’D)
Well, you see how it is. Lost and
found–I mean, what isn’t? It’s a
lot of ground to cover, that’s all
I’m saying. But we’ll find it.
(under his breath)
Or something like it.

Quick shots of Fred showing several more things that are
purple OR bags–a giant bunch of huge purple grapes, a plain
brown shopping bag, a purple tea set — but nothing that is
purple and a bag. Ann is despondent. Fred is rummaging.

ANN
Well, we’re not getting anywhere.
Thanks for your help, anyway.

As she begins to turn away, something glowing, pulsing and
indistinct catches her eye.

ANN (CONT’D)
What’s that?
Fred looks in the direction she’s pointing.

FRED
Oh, that?
He goes up a ladder, gets down a PULSING ORB, and brings it
towards Ann.

FRED (CONT’D)
Is that what you’re looking for?

ANN
I don’t think so.
She puts her hand out, then pulls it back, then puts it out
again.

ANN (CONT’D)
It’s not what I was looking for.
She takes the orb decisively.

ANN (CONT’D)
It is absolutely not what I was
looking for. What’s it for? Who
would want something like this? I
mean it’s pretty, sort of, but …
She marches off, talking to herself, holding her light-filled
object firmly. Back to Fred who shakes his head, the purple
tote bag right beside him on the cloakroom shelf.

  1. INT. ANN’S BEDROOM – MORNING2 2 Ann continues mumbling in her sleep.

ANN
Ohhh, it’s so bright. I don’t even
know what it is…

Suddenly, Ann’s eyes pop open, then squint, in the bright
sharp rays of sunlight. Disoriented, she sits up quickly, and
feels instantly queasy.

 

ANN (CONT’D)
Oh my God. Ohh…

She stumbles out of bed, holding her stomach, and makes a
beeline for the bathroom, shutting the door.

PRE-LAP a cell phone ringing —

  1. INT. JAMES’ ATTIC – MORNING3 3
    James’ bedroom doors burst open as he searches frantically
    for his ringing phone, hidden among the junk on his desk. He
    finds it and answers.

JAMES
Hello? Yes, this is he. Yes. Is my
father okay? (Pause) No, no you
can’t throw him out. (Pause) Well,
of course you can. I didn’t mean
you couldn’t–(Pause) I wonder if
you’ve considered–(Pause) Yes, yes
I do see. I’m so sorry. (Pause)
Now? Is there really an urgency–
(Pause) Yes. Yes. Thank you. I’ll
come get him. I’ll be right there.
And thank you again.

He hangs up. After a beat, he throws the cell phone across
the room.

 

JAMES (CONT’D)
God help me.

  1. INT. ANN’S BATHROOM – MORNING4 4 Ann is sitting on the closed toilet seat, head in hands,
    queasy and worn.

ANN
What is the matter with me?
She drags herself up and pushes into …

  1. INT. ANN’S BEDROOM – MORNING5 5 … to find the APPARITIONS of WILLIAM and PHIL, in matching
    tank tops and pajama bottoms, bouncing on the bed, giddy with
    delight.

WILLIAM APPARITION
Hey, darlin’!

PHIL APPARITION
Hi, honey!

TOGETHER
You’re…PREGNANT!

They hoot and cheer. They high-five. They congratulate each
other.

 

WILLIAM APPARITION
You da man!

 

PHIL APPARITION
No, you da man!

 

They bump chests. Ann flings herself, face down, on the bed.

 

ANN
This can’t be happening.
We see four bare male feet jumping up and down around her.

  1. INT. RECEPTION AREA – MORNING6 6 CLOSE UP on another pair of feet running down the stairs. It
    is James, in a hurry.

JAMES
Fred? Just cancel my 9, please.
Parental emergency.

He runs out before Fred can answer. Fred pushes LECROIX to
OUT as LOLA and her daughter LADONNA approach. Lola goes up
to Fred, and then past him to look at Barry’s closed door.
She comes back to Fred.

 

LOLA
Do you think Mr. White is in?

 

FRED
He’s always in.

 

LOLA
Do you think he’s busy?

 

FRED
Nope.
Lola stands there, uncertainly.

 

FRED (CONT’D)
Just knock. He’s not doing
anything.

 

Lola then holds out LaDonna.