The Parking Lot Cheater

Reading Guide:

  • Narration (descriptive actions) is align left, italicized, and written in present tense.
  • Dialogue is centered; Character NAMES are always CAPITALIZED.
  • Slug line: Occurs at start of every new scene. Consists of three parts: INT/EXT is short for interior and exterior; Part two consists of location. And three, time of day. Example: INT. HARNEW MANSION – AFTERNOON
  • Sometimes I use *asterisks or [brackets] to describe specific character actions.
  • Unlike the other 3 concepts, I never include photos with Episodes because the action and dialogue will help visualize what’s taking place.
  • Words in parenthesis underneath character names is the way the person delivered the dialogue.

 

FADE IN

EXT. STORE PARKING LOT – NIGHT

Car comes to screeching halt at storefront. Man jumps out car, sprints towards entrance and jerks handle on door. It’s locked. Employee inside store does a cross hand motion, signaling they are closed for the day. From the entrance, the man talks to someone in the car he hopped out of.

ZACK

They’re closed.

CARL

I thought they close at 7 on Sundays?

As ZACK walks back toward the car, something in the parking lot catches his attention.

CARL

What’s wrong?

ZACK

That, that looks like my wife’s car.

CARL

You know how many black Jeep Cherokees there are in the city? You just miss your wife, dude! She’ll be back from vacation in a few days.

EXT. STORE PARKING LOT – NIGHT

Car comes to screeching halt in parking space. Aerial camera view shows ZACK and CARL sprinting toward store, however, The CUT only shows CARL entering.

INT. STORE – NIGHT

ANNOUNCER

Good evening customers! This is just a special announcement to let you know the store will be closing in approximately 20 minutes.

CARL

You hear that, Zack? *turns around* Zack?

EXT. STORE PARKING LOT – NIGHT

CARL exits the store to find ZACK still in the parking lot, staring at some vehicle.

CARL

Zack! Zack … what are you doing?

ZACK

This car looks just like Jenny’s car.

CARL

She’s out of town!

INT. STORE – NIGHT

CLERK

Will that be all for you, sir?

CARL

No mam, my friend has the rest of the stuff. *mumbles* Where is he?

CLERK

Is that him?

CARL

Zack, where is the rest of the stuff, man?

ZACK

I knew I was forgetting something!

CARL

What have you been doing? The store is closing in 80 seconds!

ZACK

I have been outgoing, talking to the other 3 customers in the store. Don’t you know neither of them drive a black Jeep Cherokee? I even asked the employees.

CLERK

You haven’t asked me.

ZACK

Do …

CLERK

No!

ZACK

CLERK

30 seconds.

EXT. STORE PARKING LOT – NIGHT

Car comes to screeching halt in parking space. As ZACK and CARL are sprinting toward the store, ZACK stops dead in his tracks and stares at some vehicle. CARL catches him this time.

CARL

Not again, man!

ZACK

Gimme the keys!

CARL

Why? The store is closing in 10 minutes!

ZACK

We can get it somewhere else! Gimme the keys! I’m driving!

CARL

Where are we going?

ZACK drives to the first parking lot they were at 2 days ago.

ZACK

See!

CARL

See, what?

ZACK

The black Jeep Cherokee is not here.

CARL

Fool, don’t you think whoeverrrrrr, and I do mean to put extra R’s on it, car that was they wouldn’t have left it in this parking lot?

ZACK

Because they moved it to the other parking lot!

ZACK drives to the second parking lot.

ZACK

No black Jeep Cherokee, again!

CARL

Gimme my keys, Zackary!

ZACK

The same black Jeep Cherokee, 3 different parking lots, all stores were closing, what are the odds?

CARL

I’m calling your wife on you, and telling her how much you miss her, and to tell her to hurry up and bring her ass home ’cause her husband is driving his best friend crazy with all these damn conspiracy theories!

ZACK

Call her? That’s a good idea! Gimme your phone!

CARL

My phone?!

ZACK

Yeah, because if I call on mines that gives her a reason not to pick up. Plus, I wanna see if she answers the phone with a pet name. *gives CARL weird look*

CARL

*shocked face* I been with …

ZACK

Shh… shh… it’s ringing.

JENNY

Hello.

ZACK

Heyyyy Jenny!

JENNY

Who is this?

ZACK

You don’t know the voice of the man who you have been married to for 8 years?

JENNY

Zack?

ZACK

Is that a question?

JENNY

Whose number are you calling from?

ZACK

*whispers to CARL* She’s not sleeping with you. *puts hand up to high-five CARL*

CARL

*puts up high-five hand, but as his was about to clap ZACK’s, he turns his palm around and puts up  middle finger*

JENNY

Hello.

ZACK

Hey, honey. Why is this asshole just sitting here? The light is green, moron! Honk your horn, honey.

JENNY

Me or you?

ZACK

You, silly.

JENNY

What are you talking about?

ZACK

Honk your horn.

JENNY

Why would I do that? Besides it’s a cop in front of me. I’m not honking anything.

ZACK

*frustrated look* I got it. *sings* Aye! Aye! Aye! Ya don’t like! Aye! Aye! Aye! Ya don’t like!

JENNY

Hello.

ZACK

Is that Santigold I hear in your background? Turn that up, baby!

JENNY

I’m not listening to the radio. Besides how would I hear you if I turn up.

ZACK

*whispers to CARL* This girl good.

ZACK (CONT’D)

I’ll just see you when you get home, sweetie.

JENNY

I love you!

ZACK

I love YouTube!

INT. ZACK AND JENNY’S HOME – DAY

The next day JENNY comes home.

JENNY

Honey, I’m home!

ZACK comes from out the kitchen and quickly approaches JENNY. She holds out her arms in anticipation of hug. But as ZACK gets near, he snatches the keys out her hand.

ZACK

I need to use your car, sweetie. Mines is orange and stuff. Nice tan!

JENNY

EXT. DRIVEWAY – DAY

MAILMAN

Pardon me, sir. This is my first time delivering mail in this neighborhood, and I’m confused. Is your address 2357?

ZACK

Yeah, of course! *points at house* Doesn’t that say 2357?

MAILMAN

Yeah, of course! *points at neighbor’s house* Doesn’t that say 2357?

ZACK

What the … ?

Zack walks over to his NEIGHBOR house and rings doorbell. The MAILMAN follows closely behind.

NEIGHBOR

Zack, buddy.

ZACK

What happened to your address?

NEIGHBOR

*laughs* Did I get you?

ZACK

NEIGHBOR

I’m sorry. I knew we was getting a new mailman and just wanted to play a prank on him.

NEIGHBOR steps on porch.

NEIGHBOR

These are cut-outs.

NEIGHBOR peels the numbers off revealing his real address. ZACK walks off in disapproval of the prank, gets in his wife’s car, and looks at the odometer.

ZACK

75, 315. She wasn’t … she wasn’t cheating on me.

INT. ZACK AND JENNY’S HOME – DAY

Zack walks in, sees Jenny unpacking, hugs her from behind, and whispers in her ear …

ZACK

Let me help you with that!

JENNY

I thought you needed to borrow the car.

ZACK

It can wait.

JENNY

[smiles]

ZACK

[smiles] How was your trip?

3 MONTHS LATER

A black Jeep Cherokee pulls up in driveway. Horn honks. People come outside. Driver sticks head out window.

OLD WOMAN

Boy, who you car-jack?

GUY

Nobody, grandma! I just bought it from this nice lady.

OLD WOMAN

Boy, how much you pay for that thang?

GUY

Eighteen-hundred, grandma.

OLD WOMAN

I bet that car got over a hundred thousand miles on it. *laughs*

GUY

Oh, that’s the best part!

GUY shows OLD WOMAN the odometer. Camera zooms in. It reads 2,357.

FADE TO BLACK

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