Disrupt the Disruption
An excerpt from the Broken Bulbs screenplay.
INT. FRANK'S BEDROOM
Frank is at his desk.
He looks at an open TEST BOOKLET and intently fills in circles on a SCANTRON sheet. Bonnie sits on the edge of his bed and smokes.
She checks her watch. BONNIE Times up. Frank quickly fills in a few more circles. BONNIE Pencils down. He puts his pencil down. BONNIE Let me see. He gets up and hands her his scantron and booklet.
Bonnie looks the test over. BONNIE Good work, buddy.
FRANK I didn't get to finish every one. BONNIE This'll be fine. Just a sample anyway. FRANK What's it for? BONNIE Sit down. Frank nervously sits next to her. BONNIE It's kinda like an aptitude test. Potential. Direction. Motivation. Blah, blah, blah. She looks over his answers. FRANK Did I do good? BONNIE Well...this isn't official or anything, but just a quick scan of your results tells me that you've had some accumulation which led to aggravation, dissemination, localization, and right now, we're smack-dab in the middle of manifestation. FRANK Okay. So what's that mean? BONNIE It means that I think we need to take the next step before...disruption. FRANK Disruption? BONNIE Yes. We need to disrupt the disruption. FRANK And how to do we disrupt the disruption? BONNIE We take the next step. FRANK What's the next step? BONNIE We clean the toxic stuff. FRANK What's the toxic stuff? BONNIE The toxic stuff that's holding all the bad junk in one, local place. FRANK Okay... BONNIE It can't move so it becomes, localized. FRANK Okay... BONNIE Localization. FRANK So what do we clean it with? BONNIE A seed. Beat. FRANK I'm not sure I understand, Bonnie. Bonnie pulls a MANILA ENVELOPE from her bag and carefully slides the scantron and the booklet into it. BONNIE Do you have any aches and pains? Discomfort? Discoloration? Uh, ambiguous discombobulating phenomena? FRANK My tooth hurts. BONNIE Oh! Good! Did you try the toothpaste? FRANK Yeah. BONNIE And? FRANK I loved it. She claps her hands. BONNIE Glorious! Then you're ready. FRANK For what? She licks the envelope, seals it and slides it into her bag. BONNIE For implantation. FRANK Implantation? BONNIE Yup. Beat. Frank thinks. FRANK So are you like, a muse? SMACK! Bonnie SLAPS him across the face really hard. FRANK Oh my God! He grabs his cheek. BONNIE We don't use that word. FRANK Jesus. BONNIE That word's not for me. I don't like labels. FRANK Sorry. BONNIE I don't wanna be known by some stupid, mythological bullshit. It's not my style. FRANK Okay. Sorry. BONNIE It's all right. FRANK So what should I call you? BONNIE Bonnie will suffice. FRANK Okay. He rubs his face. FRANK (CONT'D) You hit me so hard. BONNIE I know I did, Franky-boy. But you deserved it. Frank nods. FRANK Are you gonna give me more toothpaste? Bonnie smiles and takes a drag from her cigarette. BONNIE I'm gonna give you more than that, baby-boy. I'm gonna give you a hell of a lot more than that. DISSOLVE TO: INT. FRANK'S BEDROOM - LATER Frank is lying on the bed. Bonnie secures his wrists to the HEADBOARD and his ankles to the BEDPOSTS with HANDCUFFS. FRANK Is this gonna hurt? BONNIE I guarantee that you have never felt pain quite this extreme before. FRANK Oh God. BONNIE You're gonna feel things that will be so new to you that your body won't know how to react. You have no frame of reference for what I'm about to give you. This is all gonna be, well...quite painful, but it'll also be, a very, very wild ride. FRANK Okay. BONNIE I'm actually a little jealous. She gently places her hand on his face. BONNIE Now close your eyes. Frank closes his eyes. BONNIE All I'm gonna do... She reaches into her BAG and slowly pulls out a HAMMER and a NAIL. Both adorned with the "INSPICORP" logo. BONNIE (CONT'D) ...is hammer a nail into your forehead. Frank's eyes fling open. FRANK WHAT?! Bonnie places the nail against Frank's lips. BONNIE (very calm) Shhh...relax... She removes a small canister filled with GREEN SEE-THROUGH GELCAPS from her coat pocket and RATTLES them. BONNIE (CONT'D) See these? FRANK Yes. BONNIE These puppies are the magic beans. If I don't have a spot to plant them then they can never grow into big strong bean stalks, Jacky-boy. She slowly, seductively slides nail up Frank's face. BONNIE (CONT'D) Bean stalks that lead to a world filled with endless ideas...imagination...freedom... potential...something. She stops the nail just above his RIGHT EYEBROW and spins it on its point. Frank trembles. FRANK Bonnie, I don't think I want-- BONNIE I'm here to save you, Franky-boy. Don't you realize that? He nervously nods. BONNIE You're why I exist. And we gotta do some work so my existence means something. Cuz when my existence means something, your existence means even more. And that's good right? FRANK Bonnie, I just don't-- She leans in close. BONNIE You're a virgin, Frank. I have to open you up. FRANK Bonnie... BONNIE Everything is going to be wonderful, baby-boy. You know how I know? He squeezes tears from his eyes. FRANK No. She presses her lips against his ear. BONNIE Cuz, You. Are. Not. Nothing. FRANK Bonnie, I don't-- She abruptly sits up and draws the hammer back. FRANK Bonnie! She smiles. FRANK BONNIE!!!!!!! She SWINGS.