Sunday, April 19, 2015
# 3 JINXED
…following from # 2 JINXED
112 EXT. NOTCH'S HOUSE. LATE AFTERNOON
NOTCH sits in the shade close to his FERAL TOURS army troop carrier, rolling a joint. Oliver’s red car approaches. NOTCH licks the glue on the cigarette paper as OLIVER gets out of the car and approaches.
Good morning, sir. You'll have to excuse me just dropping by like this unannounced, but I'm trying to find someone and I believe you may be able to help me.
NOTCH eyes OLIVER suspiciously.
And who might you be?
It's a question I ask myself often. Who indeed!
NOTCH lights his joint, looks at OLIVER. OLIVER looks at the joint longingly, then away.
I'm looking for a young woman, short pink hair. Goes by the name of Venus. Australian, but speaks with an English accent at times.
Why would she do that?
NOTCH tokes on the joint as he looks at OLIVER suspiciously.
Doesn't want anyone to know who she really is.
Bit like you, ya mean!
My apologies, Quentin Meades…
OLIVER hands NOTCH his business card, on which is written, QUENTIN MEADES, COMPUTER SYSTEMS ANALYST.
Can't help ya, mate. Sorry.
OLIVER nods, casts a longing look at NOTCH'S joint.
Gave up smoking a few months back.
NOTCH nods. OLIVER'S eyes are on the joint.
But, hey, you've got to die of something. Do you mind if I roll myself one?
NOTCH hands him the joint. OLIVER, expecting to roll his own, is a little puzzled but takes it.
That an Aussie custom, is it… sharing cigarettes?
NOTCH nods. OLIVER takes a puff.
Mmmm… What brand? Interesting taste! Different!
113 INT. DOROTHY AND NEVILLE'S CAR. LATE AFTERNOON
JOSIE, in the back seat of Neville and Dorothy's car, reaches into her bum-bag and takes out Venus' ringing phallic phone.
Venus, darling, it's your mother.
It takes DOROTHY a moment to figure out what the pink phone reminds her of. When she does, she looks at NEVILLE, smiles.
That nice man from the bank called about that $5,000. He was wondering when it would arrive?
114 INT/EXT. NOTCH'S HOUSE. LATE AFTERNOON
NOTCH is washing himself in his outdoor shower - a sarong serving as a shower curtain. He has tied his hair up into a bob on top of his head.
In the ‘kitchen’, OLIVER, 'stoned', with the 'munchies' is eating a slice of bread liberally spread with peanut butter. He calls out to NOTCH.
Hot damn, Notch, please excuse my language but I'm feeling that goddam peckish!
Don't suppose you have any jelly to go with this peanut butter, do you?
You're not wrong, Oliver.
OLIVER hasn't a clue what Notch means but moves on quickly.
You ever feel, buddy, that you got born into the wrong body?
NOTCH pops his head out from behind the curtain.
Would have liked some decent pecs when I was young.
NOTCH looks at his scrawny arms.
For me it was ears. Never liked my ears. Or my nose. Or my hair. Nothing about my life, actually!
OLIVER smiles wistfully, lost in stoned dreams.
What I really want to be…is a spy…on a mission…to save the world…you sure you don't have any jelly? Mars Bar? Snickers?
NOTCH turns off the shower, takes down the sarong 'curtain', wraps it around his waist; walks towards OLIVER.
Sorry mate, can't help you there.
AS OLIVER turns he sees NOTCH, his hair tied on top of his head and a sarong around his waist, his eyes light up.
115 INT. DOROTHY AND NEVILLE'S CAR. SUNSET
JOSIE sits in the back of Dorothy and Neville's car looking out the window. Her travel journal rests in her lap.
116 INT. NOTCH'S HOUSE. SUNSET
NOTCH, in his house, is classifying geological specimens spread across the table when OLIVER calls out.
NOTCH turns and sees OLIVER, in a woman's wig, wearing a pink bra and pink thong knickers, his arms held out triumphantly.
I just love Australia. You can be whoever you want to be here.
NOTCH laughs, picks up Josie's cardboard camera, takes a photo. FREEZE FRAME: OLIVER in pink bra and thong knickers.
117 INT. CAR. NIGHT
VENUS drives fast through the desert - a look of determination on her face. Her hands are shaking badly.
118 EXT. NOTCH’S HOUSE. NIGHT
OLIVER, dressed in his normal clothes now, stands by the open door of his red sedan, shaking NOTCH’S hand.
It’s been my pleasure. Never met a moron before.
NOTCH nods, give OLIVER the thumbs up. OLIVER smiles, drives off.
119 INT/EXT. SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE. EARLY MORNING
Neville and Dorothy's sedan and caravan drive across Sydney Harbour Bridge. JOSIE looks towards the Opera House.
We know what its like to be down on your luck, dear, and we'd like to give you a little something to help you on your way.
JOSIE smiles. DOROTHY hands a bible to JOSIE.
Whenever life gets to be a little confusing…
120 INT. OLIVER’S CAR. SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE. EARLY MORNING
OLIVER drives over the Harbour Bridge, listens to Dorothy's muffled voice.
DOROTHY (voice off)
…just open your bible at any page, pick a passage, any passage, and you'll find the answer to all of life's questions right there.
121 EXT. KINGS CROSS. DAY
NEVILLE and DOROTHY drop JOSIE off in Kings Cross, amidst Strip Clubs and Sex Shops. JOSIE, clutching the bible, smiles as best she can.
Thanks for this.
Remember, just open any page…
122 EXT. 'FETISHES'. DAY
JOSIE, wearing a red wig and Venus' ‘Lolita’ sunglasses, Notch's 'bum bag' around her waist, black shoulder bag hanging from her neck, carrying her red suitcase and small backpack, walks past ersatz marble statues of naked women leading into 'FETISHES'.
123 INT. LOBBY. 'FETISHES'. DAY
JOSIE stops a moment, look at herself in the mirrored wall before hearing the crackling of knuckles. She looks around to see a huge hulk of a man:
MAX, looking like a thug in a B-grade gangster movie. MAX appraises JOSIE suspiciously. She smiles nervously.
JOSIE shakes her head.
No....Venus. Aphrodite. Venus Aphrodite.
MAX nods, indicates to her to follow him.
124 INT. 'FETISHES'. DAY
MAX leads JOSIE down red carpeted stairs, past a scantily clad smiling Receptionist, (TIFFANY), past painted nude portraits in kitsch gold frames.
Thought for a sec you was this chick I know called Rhonda.
MAX cracks his knuckles shakes his head.
Ripped me off bigtime.
If I ever run into that little bitch I'll cut her throat.
MAX runs his finger across his throat. JOSIE smiles as they walk into a dimly lit dining area in which sit TERENCE and RANDY. RANDY is wearing a THUNDER DOWNUNDER t-shirt and has his director's viewfinder around his neck. TERENCE stands; greets JOSIE with a smile.
JOSIE pushes the ‘Lolita’ sunglasses back onto her forehead, smiles, holds out her hand, speaks with Venus' Australian accent. Her impersonation of Venus is very good.
Good to meet you at last. I've heard so much…
Randy Carnegie…Venus Aphrodite. Randy is a film producer.
It's a pleasure, mam!
You've met Max, my business affairs manager. (A BEAT) The VHS?
TERENCE indicates to JOSIE to sit. She does so, takes out the blue VHS case and hands it to TERENCE. His eyes light up.
TIFFANY (Receptionist) looks to where TERENCE, RANDY and JOSIE sit in the background.
As TERENCE laughs, takes out the VHS, inserts it into a VHS player, presses 'play'. VENUS appears alongside TIFFANY. Before TIFFANY recognizes her immediately.
VENUS looks at TIFFANY, trying to place her.
From the Detention Centre. Cheryl. You took me on a tour of the Pentagon website, remember?
Well, it’s Tiffany now…
TV VIEWING AREA:
On the TV screen, a very bald Tony Babbit stands in front of a large placard which reads FAMILY FOREMOST. The caption identifies him as 'Tony Babbit':
The mainstay of a healthy community has always been and must remain, the family and I pledge that as your member…
Tony's voice continues over:
‘Big Tony’, discretely naked (no X-rated body parts!) dances with the two close-to-naked strippers seen earlier.
TONY (voice off)
…my promise, if elected is to closing down sleazy strip joints and dens of depravity…
TERENCE looks to JOSIE with a smile, raises a thumb in congratulations. JOSIE smiles, returns the thumbs up, tries to hide her shock at what she is looking at. Then, onscreen:
Venus, naked but for the python wrapped around her and her ‘Lolita’ sunglasses, appears in frame, gyrating provocatively in front of ‘Big Tony’.
TERENCE, MAX and RANDY all look at JOSIE. At her body, actually - mentally undressing her. JOSIE smiles with all the nonchalance she can muster.
In the background, in dim light, VENUS can be seen talking with TIFFANY.
TONY'S line 'dens of depravity' is repeated several times in a loop as:
Tony Babbit dances with Venus - who shortly thereafter drops to her knees in front of him.
TERENCE, MAX and RANDY look at the screen, entranced. We do not see what they see. JOSIE’S eyes are open wide in shock.
Now I know why they call him 'Big Tony'. Anyone got a magnifying glass.
MAX and RANDY laugh along with TERENCE. JOSIE closes her eyes, not wanting to look. When she opens them she is aware that all three men are watching the screen intently and then looking at her in awe. She is mortified.
VENUS leans close to TIFFANY, whispers in her ear.
Tiffany, I need your help!
TV VIEWING AREA:
TERENCE removes the VHS from the player.
Venus, I don’t know how to thank you?
I’ll be happy with five grand, thanks Terence.
TERENCE laughs, gestures to MAX, who takes out a wad of $100 bills. He is handing the wad to JOSIE when TIFFANY walks up.
Terence, don't forget Venus's promise to dance for us.
I hadn't forgotten, sweetheart.
TERENCE indicates to MAX to hang onto the money.
My dance!? (A BEAT) Oh, the...snake you’ve lined up!?
TERENCE, RANDY and MAX nod and smile. JOSIE looks at the wad of money in MAX'S hands, leaps to her feet, puts on a pretty good act of being relaxed about her impending performance.
No worries! Right. Let's do it.
125 INT. CORRIDOR. ‘FETISHES’
TIFFANY leads JOSIE down a corridor of ‘themed’ rooms - out of which young women and their thematically dressed (undressed!) clients emerge. JOSIE’S eyes wide in shock.
126 INT. 'THE DUNGEON'
TIFFANY leads JOSIE into a room filled with racks, whips, chains, instruments of torture. JOSIE'S attention is drawn to a python coiled on the floor. Referring to the python:
I hope he's long enough. The snake. His name's Bruce.
No worries. Length is not a problem.
JOSIE becomes aware of a big dog with metal-studded leather collar lying in the corner.
Dog's name is Cunnilingus. We have a few women clients. And Cunny just loves his job. (TO THE DOG) Don't you Cunny?
JOSIE'S eyes move between the snake, the dog and TIFFANY.
I'll go and organize the music.
TIFFANY walks out. JOSIE looks at the python: to herself:
It's just an acting job, Josie. Nothing more. Breathe slowly…
JOSIE, terrified, kneels by the python - trying to be brave.
I can do this…oh shit! Hi Bruce!
She touches the python tentatively. With a look of repulsion on her face she is in the process of picking up the python when the door opens behind her and she turns to see:
VENUS, with a gun pointed at her head.
A LITTLE LATER
JOSIE, seated in a chair, is being tied up by VENUS - whose hands shake badly. She is in an extremely agitated state.
Look, Josie, I really am sorry about everything but I'm all out of medication and without my medication... Is that too tight?
VENUS is tying JOSIE'S hands behind her back.
A bit, yes...You don't need to do this, you know, Venus. I don't want to be you anymore.
I don't want to be me anymore either.
Referring to the tightness of the rope:
Is that okay?
Your mother called.
VENUS removes JOSIE’S red wig.
Something about the bank. She wants you to call her back urgently.
VENUS puts the red wig on.
Shit! Oh, and your mum called, too. I told her I didn't want to be an actress. I mean you didn't want to…
You what! (A BEAT) Thanks. How did she…?
VENUS grasps the python's neck firmly with one hand and lifts its body with the other.
Thought you must be on drugs. Had to laugh because you weren't. On drugs. I mean I wasn't, but I wanted to be. On drugs, that is. You haven’t got any, I suppose?
JOSIE shakes her head.
Hope springs eternal!
VENUS, the python in her arms now, stands in front of JOSIE.
A little kiss for Bruce?
From JOSIE'S point of view, the python's head looms up and fills the frame. JOSIE faints.
FADE TO BLACK. FADE UP TO:
JOSIE regains consciousness. Music can be heard in the background. She tries to wriggle free of the twine. No luck.
CUNNILINGUS, his tongue hanging out, looks at JOSIE.
Don't even think about it, Cunnilingus!
JOSIE has sufficient free movement of her hands to turn her bum-bag around behind her, unzip it, take out her nail clippers. One snip of the twine and…
127 INT. CORRIDOR. 'FETISHES'
JOSIE runs towards the Fire Escape door at one end of the corridor. Music in the background builds to a climax. JOSIE opens the door an inch but there is something jammed against it on the other side. She pushes hard but can't get the door open wide enough to get out.
She runs back down the corridor, opens a door, looks inside:
Standing by a colourful Arabic tent erected on the sand-covered floor is a stuffed camel.
The music is loud now as JOSIE moves to the wings, sees VENUS, naked but for baroque sunglasses, wig and python wrapped around her, dancing for TERENCE, RANDY and MAX.
JOSIE runs back down the corridor to the FIRE ESCAPE door; pushes against it with all her might. It opens a fraction. She can almost squeeze through, but not quite. Suddenly her attention is caught by:
VENUS striding towards her, clutching the wad of $100 bills, the python (around her neck), and Josie's black shoulder bag - which is, in fact, her own (Venus's that is!)
JOSIE - mesmerized, terrified - her eyes focused on the approaching python, opens her mouth to scream.
JOSIE'S point of view of VENUS and Bruce looming.
The frame fills with python flesh and JOSIE faints again.
FADE TO BLACK. FADE UP TO:
JOSIE, wearing the sunglasses Josie was wearing for her dance, the red wig askew on her head, her head resting in RANDY’S lap, unconscious.
FADE TO BLACK briefly, FADE UP TO Josie’s POV as she opens her eyes:
RANDY looking down at her with concern.
Are you alright, Venus?
JOSIE shifts her POV to see TERENCE and MAX also hovering above her, looking down at her.
JOSIE sits bolt upright in shock!
128 EXT. 'FETISHES'. DAY
VENUS, a nervous wreck, carrying her black shoulder bag, makes her way down the street leading away from 'FETISHES'.
REGGIE appears at Venus' side and walks with her.
Well, well, well, Venus Aphrodite! How you goin', darlin'?
VENUS is not pleased to see REGGIE.
129 INT. CORRIDOR. 'FETISHES'
JOSIE, sitting up now, looks at TERENCE, MAX and RANDY.
Your dance was awesome, Venus. Awesome!
Randy here was so impressed he wants a 'private.
130 INT. OLIVER'S CAR. CLOSE TO 'FETISHES'. DAY
OLIVER sits in his car, listening in. A little further down the street he can see VENUS and REGGIE talking.
JOSIE (voice off)
What's a 'private'?
Terence's laughter is heard.
OLIVER, puzzled, takes out a pair of binoculars; focuses them on VENUS and REGGIE.
131 EXT. 'FETISHES'. DAY
REGGIE and VENUS walk towards where OLIVER is parked.
I'm waiting for a cheque to clear, Reggie, honest. Give me a couple more days.
I'll give you one minute…
132 INT. OLIVER'S CAR. CLOSE TO 'FETISHES'. DAY
OLIVER sits in his car, looking at VENUS, talking with REGGIE, walking towards him - without sunglasses, with shoulder length brunette hair.
JOSIE'S voice, (she speaks with Venus’ Aussie accent) emanates from Oliver’s speakers:
Five hundred bucks! For fifteen minutes!
OLIVER is more than a little confused. He compares the photo of Venus and the real VENUS. They look very similar but…
133 INT. CHANGING ROOM. 'FETISHES'
JOSIE sits in front of a mirror applying make-up as TIFFANY takes a blue school uniform from the rack.
And I definitely don't have to do anything...wierd...with…ping pong balls or cigarettes…?
134 EXT. STREET CLOSE TO 'FETISHES'
VENUS and REGGIE are close to OLIVER'S car now. Close also to a limousine, beside which stand TWO BURLY MEN. VENUS looks at the men, at the smiling REGGIE then back to the impassive faces of his goons.
She takes out the wad of money, hands it to REGGIE, who climbs into the limo and drives off. VENUS is crestfallen!
OLIVER (voice off)
Are you alright, mam!?
VENUS, close to tears, turns, sees OLIVER get out of his car.
No, I have no money, if I don't get my medication soon I'm going to die and that man…
Yes, I saw…Most definitely NOT a gentleman. Here, I hope this helps.
He extracts a $100 bill from his wallet and gives it to VENUS.
If there's anything else I can do for you…
OLIVER hands VENUS his business card. VENUS looks at the card: OLIVER SYMES; INTEGRITY INSURANCE
If I can be of any help…(A BEAT) Are you familiar, mam, with the concept of the doppelganger? A double who looks exactly like you?
VENUS hasn't a clue what he is talking about.
135 INT. 'PRIVATE' ROOM. 'FETISHES'
The door opens into a ‘classroom’. RANDY stands nervously behind a school desk, in front of a blackboard. JOSIE walks in, dressed as a school-girl - in short blue skirt, white shirt and blue tie, a wig comprising two plaits; the bum-bag that Notch gave her around her waist. She looks up at RANDY with wide innocent eyes; talking like a 13 year old.
You wanted to see me, sir? Have I been a naughty girl?
No, I just wanted…
Oh, its so hot in here!
She starts to undo the buttons of her shirt.
You don't mind if I take my shirt off, do you sir?
RANDY shakes his head; breathes deeply. Suddenly JOSIE bursts out laughing.
RANDY turns bright red.
I'm sorry, Randy, but I'm not really who you think I am.
But I don't think you're anyone.
Well Thanks! That does wonders for my ego!
I didn't mean…
JOSIE speaks with her own English accent
I'm not Venus at all. My name is Josie and I just want to get out of this country as fast as I can and I don't care if you tell Terence because being Venus has turned my life into a nightmare and…
The mobile rings in Josie's bum-bag.
I don't understand.
JOSIE takes the pink mobile from the bum-bag.
Just answer it! You'll understand.
RANDY takes the pink mobile, holds it to his ear.
I want my fucking phone back.
136 INT. PUBLIC PHONE BOOTH. DAY
VENUS, a doctor's prescription pad in front of her, (resting on Dorothy's bible!) fills out a prescription form (using Josie's name) as she shouts into the phone.
Tell 'Venus' she can take her bible and shove it up her…
137 INT. 'PRIVATE' ROOM. 'FETISHES'
RANDY puts the pink phallic phone back in Josie's bum-bag.
She suggested you take your bible and...well, I think her suggestion is anatomically impossible!
You see what I have to deal with!?
No, actually, but I'm not sure I want to see, Venus…Josie. You see I'm not who you think I am either. I mean, I am who you think I am, I think, but you see I don't really want a 'private', I want a girlfriend. Not a real girlfriend. A pretend girlfriend. That's why I came here to see if Terence, who’s an investor in my film, could…rent me a 'girlfriend' for a few days…and the moment I saw you, even before your dance…
Hang on a second, buster, I'm not that kind of girl.
RANDY looks at her unbuttoned shirt:
No, I can see that.
JOSIE buttons up her shirt.
I'm not for rent! (A BEAT) I'm sure Terence can fix you up…
In the next three hours!?
Why so fast?
I'm a film producer, you see, and I have to fly to Darwin tomorrow and…
138 EXT. COFFEE LOUNGE. DAY
CLOSE ON the title page of a screenplay: THUNDER DOWNUNDER.
RANDY (voice off)
A down-under outback action adventure comedy set in Kakadu…
JOSIE'S hand turns to page one.
RANDY (voice off)
…destined to be bigger than 'Crocodile Dundee’.
JOSIE glances at the first page of the screenplay as she and RANDY drink coffee in an outdoor Kings Cross café.
But why do you need a 'pretend' girlfriend?
Well, my boss, the producer, is arriving this afternoon with his new girlfriend and he's dying to meet my girlfriend, Serena. But, you see, Serena…dumped me and...
Well, Larry's dying to meet her.
Why don't you just tell Larry that Serena dumped you?
Because I'd look like a loser and Larry loathes losers and we start shooting in a few weeks and we're leaving tomorrow to find locations…
And it would only be for one night now and one night when we get back from Darwin and…
You're leaving for Kakadu tomorrow?
Yes, and I'll give you three grand for two days pretending to…
Do you believe in fate, Randy? Destiny? I do, because you know what, I know Kakadu like the back of my hand. I could help you…
Unfortunately, Venus, we already have a locations guy lined up…
Bet he doesn't know Kakadu like me!
You know where we can find crocs, snakes, spiders…creepy crawlies?
Is the Pope a Catholic?
Snakes especially. There's a lot of snakes in 'Thunder'.
I've got a degree in herpetology, Randy...that's snakes, you know...and...and...you give me five grand and I'll not only be your 'girlfriend'...but I'll come with you to Darwin and, you know…
Help us with the snakes and crocodiles?
JOSIE nods. RANDY is not so sure.
Five grand's a lot of money!
If you want an expert on snakes, I’m your man...woman!
139 INT. CHEMIST. DAY
VENUS, agitated, hands shaking badly, waits as the CHEMIST fills out a prescription.
The CHEMIST arrives at the counter with a bottle of pills.
140 EXT. KINGS CROSS STREET. DAY
VENUS takes five pills from her bottle, swallows them. As she does so she sees, on the other side of the road, a hairdressing salon.
141 INT/EXT. RANDY'S SPORTS CAR. DAY
RANDY drives a flash rented sports car, JOSIE in the passenger seat, extracts two $100 bills from Randy's wallet.
You're going to need more than that to convince Larry!
JOSIE smiles and takes out a couple more $100 bills.
…and just so that Larry doesn't suspect that you're not my girlfriend…well, if you could…if I could…if we could kiss…just once…when Larry is looking…
142 INT. HAIRDRESSING SALON. DAY
VENUS, agitated, 'speedy' shows Josie's passport photo to the hairdresser: short-cropped pink hair. The HAIRDRESSER nods.
143 EXT. RANDY'S HOUSE. DAY
RANDY'S car pulls up outside a mansion overlooking Sydney Harbour.
JOSIE is in awe as she walks up the front steps:
RANDY, close behind her, looks lustfully at her body.
144 INT. INT. HAIRDRESSING SALON. DAY
VENUS, her short-cropped hair pink, anxious, stressed, 'speeding' looks at her dilated eyes in the mirror.
VENUS scrambles around inside her shoulder bag, yanks out the bottle of pills. In the process she pulls out other things that fall to the ground. She looks at the label: VIAGRA.
Jesus H Christ!
She notices Oliver's business card on the ground. She bends down, picks it up, looks at it - her hands shaking badly.
145 EXT. RANDY'S HOUSE. SUNSET
RANDY pulls up in his sports car with LARRY, 60ish, and his elegant late-20s girlfriend, DELORES. LARRY a deeply tanned and silver-haired Lothario (Californian accent) has had one too many face lifts and spent too long under the sun lamp.
LARRY, RANDY and DELORES make their way up the steps leading to the house. LARRY has an Actors Directory in his hands - various pages marked with pink stickers. LARRY points to a photo of a beautiful actress with impressive cleavage.
I don't give a damn if she can act! Look at those tits!
Which part, dad?
DELORES (American accent)
Obviously not the male lead, Randy!
JOSIE appears by the front door, smiling radiantly - in a stunning dress (one of her own designs, seen at Notch's), and brunette wig - like Venus' before her haircut.
LARRY'S jaw drops as JOSIE glides down the stairs.
She kisses RANDY on the cheek.
Sweetheart, I'd like you to meet Larry…and Delores. Serena…
JOSIE beams a big smile, kisses LARRY on the cheek. LARRY'S eyes are popping out of his head. DELORES' hackles rise.
JOSIE drapes an arm around RANDY'S shoulder, smiles at LARRY.
How was your flight, Larry?
DELORES stakes out her territory; puts her arm around LARRY.
I took good care of him, Serena, if you know what I mean.
No, I don't know what you mean, Delores.
You never heard of the Mile-High Club?
JOSIE, playing the coquette, feigns naiveté.
No. The only club I ever joined was Girl Guides. Dib, dib, dib…
146 INT. OLIVER'S CAR. NIGHT
OLIVER drives. VENUS, 'speeding', unscrews a vial of Valium, pours three into her hand. OLIVER looks at VENUS' pink hair.
Hot damn, Josie, with that pink hair you're a dead ringer for Venus, though you're more beautiful than she is.
Not just on the outside, Josie. On the inside as well.
Thank you. Oliver. (A BEAT) And Venus? What do you think of her?
Less said about her the better, Josie. I don't like to speak ill of people but… anyone who could treat poor Madge and Reg at the motel like that is a…I don't want to swear in front of a lady.
That's the very word I had in mind.
What makes you thinks I'm beautiful on the inside?
I'm a good judge of character.
OLIVER smiles warmly at her. VENUS, a little taken aback, tosses the valium into her mouth.
…to be continued…