|The Parent Trap Script
Parent Trap Script by Ryan
THE PARENT TRAP
Nancy Meyers and Charles Shyer
February 21, 1997
THE PARENT TRAP
EXT. MOUNTAIN ROAD - SOUTHERN MAINE - DAY
A caravan of THREE CAMP BUSES with the name CAMP WALDEN FOR
GIRLS emblazoned on their sides climb a tree-lined road. The Buses turn down a
narrow lane and pass through a freshly painted wooden gate as the CAMERA RISES giving us a
sweeping view of beautiful CAMP WALDEN. A magnificent lake sparkles in the distance
with red canoes lined up on its shores. over this quiet serenity we HEAR the Bus HORNS
HONKING to announce the first day of camp has officially begun.
EXT. MAIN LODGE - CAMP WALDEN
Girls. Girls. Girls. Tall ones, short ones and
everything in between. Some carry pillows, others carry stuffed animals, all wear
backpacks. There are more pony-tails swinging at this moment than you can
imagine. Teenage Counselors try to control the pandemonium without much luck.
The only men in sight, the Bus Drivers,. toss duffel bags out of the buses and into a
MARVA KULP, the owner of the Camp, late sixties, four and a half feet
tall, wearing khaki shorts, talks through a BULLHORN. Next to her stands her
daughter and first lieutenant, MARVA JR., just under six feet, tanned and humorless.
She also holds a BULL-HORN.
Good morning, ladies and welcome to Camp Walden. I'm
Marva, your Camp Director and this is my daughter and right hand man, Marva, Jr. Girls,
please find your duffels as quickly as possible, we've got a big, big day ahead of
us. Marva,'bunk assignments, if you please.
Marva Jr. lifts her BULL-HORN and starts barking out bunk assignments
right into her Mother's ear. Marva Sr. covers her ears in pain.
Berg, Kate, Iroquois, bunk seven Berg, Lily! Chickasaw,
(we HEAR a SCREAM of joy) Burnham, Daisy! Kickapoos, bunk
A MOUNTAIN OF DUFFEL BAGS sits
on the quad as one eleven year-old, Hallie Parker, pops up from behind the huge pile.
okay, found my duffel, now the question is, how do I get it out?
Hallie wears overalls, a baseball cap that says Girls Rule, sunglasses,
and a sweat-shirt tied around her waist. Her ears. are pierced, her hair is short,
she wears bright red high tops and metallic blue nail polish.
(finding her duffel bag strap)
Okay, I can do it.
Hallie pulls on the strap with all her might, her face turning bright
Okay, no I can't.
A skinny kid with a long neck, ZOE, steps in, carrying her duffel bag on
her shoulder and chewing gum.
You must be new.
How can you tell?
You didn't know to grab your duffel before the apes tossed it
into the heap. I would say you need some serious help.
Thanks. it's the big blue one.
(helps Hallie pull on the
Thanks, it was a going away gift from my Dad.
As Zoe and Hallie pull on the strap together, the Bus Drivers
toss another half-dozen new duffels onto the pile. Hallie
Zoe shoot the Bus Drivers a look. Just then, NICOLE, a strapping
ten year-old in a tie-dye T-shirt, beads and a bandana around her head arrives and easily
pulls her duffel from the center of the pile.
Now that's my kind of woman.
(cups hands around her mouth)
Hey! Tie-Dye girl!
Nicole turns around.
Would you mind giving me a hand? My duffells the red one,
way in there.
Nicole nods and drops her duffel. It LANDS right on Zoe's foot.
(grabbing her foot)
That would be negative.
Nicole yanks Hallie's duffel out of the pile and drops it on Zoe's other
Aaaahhh! Why, thank you.
(reading name-tag on Hallie's duffel)
Hey, you're from California?
You are? Do you live in Hollywood?
Do you like live next door to a movie star?
-- What are you two, Lucy and Ethel?
Ive never even been to Hollywood. I live in Napa,
that's in Northern California, and I live next door to a vineyard.
A vineyard. It's where you grow grapes to make
wine. That's what we do, me and my I)ad, we own a vineyard. What bunk are you
(at the same time)
Zoe and Nicole look at each other, not thrilled.
(yells from bull-horn)
Yo! Right here!
(looks over and waves)
Arapaho! Bunk eleven!
The Girls slap hands and head off toward their bunk.
So, either of you by any chance know how
to play poker?
(Nicole and Zoe shake their
No? That's a shame. So, tell me, how much cash did you guys bring
with you this summer?
As the Girls walk off, CAMERA BOOMS UP to a LIMOUSINE pulling up in
front of the MAIN LODGE. Heads turn as the Driver, in a dark suit and cap, hops out
and opens the limousine's back door. Out steps a PROPER BRITISH BUTLER, perfect
posture, elegant grey suit, extremely proper demeanor. His name is MARTIN and he
speaks with a stuffy ENGLISH ACCENT.
Martin leans into the back-seat and takes the hand of an elegantly
dressed eleven year-old, Annie James.
Annie wears a powder blue suit and carries a purse and a small vanity case. Her hair
is perfectly neat, shoulder length and worn with a powder blue head band. As Annie
turns to Martin, we see her face and we realize SHE LOOKS ECACTLY LIKE
Hallie Parker! Same hair color,
same eyes, same nose, same mouth, same height, same weight. Identical in every way.
Well, here we are - Camp Walden For
(looks around, with disdain)
We travelled six thousand miles for... this?
Annie looks around. She also speaks with a BRITISH
It's rather picturesque, wouldn't you
I don't know if that's precisely the term
I would use.
Annie smiles as the Limo Driver lines up four pieces of matching luggage
by Martin's side.
So, lets review, your Mother's list, shall
(pulls out a typed list)
List of daily intake of fruits and vegetables?
(Martin looks up)
Check for fruits, check for vegetables. Go on.
Herbal teas, sugarless candy, sun block, lip balm, insect repellent,
umbrella, stationary, stamps, fountain pen, flashlight, batteries, photos of your mother,
grandfather and of course....
Got it all, I think.
Oh, and here's a little something from your
brand new deck of cards.
Maybe you'll find someone
on this continent
who can actually
whip your tush at poker.
I doubt it but
thanks. And thanks for
bringing me, Martin.
Martin is suddenly overwhelmed with emotion. He looks away, about
to burst into tears, quickly grabs Annie, hugs her tightly, then just as quickly - regains
And remember, if you change your mind and want me to pick you
up at the end of camp, I'm only a phone-call away.
I'll be fine. See you in eight weeks,
Marty ol pal.
Eight weeks it is, Queen of my Heart.
Annie puts out her hand, Martin places his hand over hers and they
proceed to do an extravagantly worked out SECRET HANDSHAKE - with all kinds of moves in it
including a butt bump, a wave under the chin and a shimmy to-and-fro. When it's
over, Martin resumes his proper Butler demeanor and gets into the Limo. As the Limo
pulls away, we HEAR:
Yes, hello. I apologize if I'm late. My plane was
fogged in leaving Heathrow. You )mow how- London is in June.
Can't say that I do. Never been to jolly 01- England but
never-the-less,.mllady, welcome to the U.S. of A. and what we like to think of as the most
beautiful spot on God's green earth - Camp Walden.
(takes a huge sniff of fresh air)
Oh, jeez, a bug flew up my nose.
(starts honking and swatting at
MARVA JR. (cont'd)
her nose and generally going
Are you all right?
Oh sure. Just one of the hazards of camp life. You
have a little shnoz ... you-11 be fine.
(indicates her' own nose)
With this honker, you got problems.
(looks at Arnie's luggage)
Okey-dokey, let's get this show on the road.
Can you manage?
Manage? Uh, sure... Suppose I can... Why
Marva Jr. awkwardly gathers up all of Annie's luggage and leads her
toward her bunk.
I know this sounds weird, but ... have we
-Marva accidentally steps in a gopher hole and stumbles forward...
Met before? No, no, I don't think so.
I'm positive I'd remember you.
EXT. ANNIE'S BUNK - THE NAVAJOS --A COUPLE OF MINUTES LATER
Marva Jr., huffing and puffing, leads Annie up the steps to her cabin.
Showers are to your right. Rec room's to your left.
Mess hall's straight ahead. Chow's at seven, twelve-fifteen and sixthirty.
Mother gives five demerits for being tardy, so don't be.
Marva Jr. holds the screen door open with her LEG as she balances
Annie's suitcases under her arms
Welcome to the Navajos.
INT. NAVAJO BUNK
Eight cots with Seven Girls unpacking and getting into their
uniforms. Annie and Marva Jr. enter.
New arrival, girls. Name's James.
A cherubic-looking Black girl, JACKIE, her hair in corn rows, looks up
from her Game Boy.
Your name's James?
Annie James. Just arrived from London,
(dropping Annie's luggage)
First time in the country, I believe,
Yes, ma'am, just arrived this morning, which is actually
tonight for me, which makes this tomorrow morning, which... (notices everyone watching
her) makes me a ' bit jet-lagged.
(notices empty cot)
This one mine?
Yep. Has to be made every morning right after
reveille. Mother's a stickler for neatness, so remember to police your area
daily. Now, change into your uniform, James, chow's at thirteen hundred.and Mother
gives five demerits...
--for being-tardy. (MARVA stops short) I remember.
CROSBY, a freckled camper, with a CD Walkman around her neck, catches
Annie's eye and smiles.
.But thank you for reminding me, Ma'am.
Quite welcome, James.
(as she exits)
Introduce yourself, ladies. Be sociable.
Marva trips over a sneaker on her way out. The Girls hold in their
laughter as she BANGS her head on the door frame. As soon as she's gone, the Girls
How scary is it that that woman's in charge?
INT. DINING HALL - TWENTY MINUTES LATER.
A hundred and fifty Girls, all in camp uniforms, have arrived for
dinner. Two lines of Girls approach a central buffet table.
IN ONE LINE we find Hallie. IN THE OTHER LINE, headed right toward
her, is Annie. Both Annie and Hallie are busy talking to their friends and don't
notice each other.
As Annie reaches the front of the line and approaches the buffet table,
Hallie does the same. For a split second, they stand directly next to each
other. Just as they are about to see each other, Marva, Sr. steps between them with
a plate full of food.
Excuse me, girls ... I've just got to have
a scoop of those gorgeous strawberries.
(holding a large spoonful, turns to Hallie)
Care for some?
Oh, no thanks, can't, I'm allergic.
Hallie takes her plate and moves off.
(turns to Annie on her other
How bout you, dear? Strawberries?
Sorry, wish I could but I'm allergic.
(confused, looks back to
Hallie, who is now gone)
Oh, yes, allergic, you just told me that.
MARVA SR. (cont'd)
How'd you get over there? Oh, well,
first day of camp... You'll have to
excuse the ol girl. At least I'm not Putting salt
in the sugar shakers yet. I mean, sugar in the...
(turns back to Annie, who is
Now, where'd she go?
INT. SHOWER HOUSE - LATER THAT EVENING
Hallie ENTERS a shower stall and begins washing her hair. She
wears a small GOLD LOCKET around her neck. A beat later, Annie ENTERS the stall next
to her and turns on the water. She wears the IDENTICAL LOCKET. The Girls can
not see each other over the partition. Hallie drops her soap and it slides into
Annie's stall. Annie reaches over the partition and hands the soap back to
Here you go.
As their FINGERS TOUCH, they both STAND FROZEN for a moment... a current
of some sort running between them. They each TURN AND LOOK AT THEIR TOUCHING
HAMS. Then they both let go. Hallie lifts her locket, sucks on it. Annie
does -the exact same thing as she turns off the water...
EXT. CAMP - THE FOLLOWING DAY
A FENCING MATCH. Two Girls, each wearing nylon jackets and
wire-mesh masks are in the middle of a duel. The First Girl is whipping the Second's
butt, knocking her sword out of her hand and pinning her against the wall. The other
Campers applaud and cheer.
Both Girls take off their masks and we see Hallie is the victor.
Touche! Excellent, girls.
(raises Hallie's arm)
The winner and still undefeated champ, Hallie Parker!
Hallie takes a bow and moves off with her-friends. Annie,
Crosby and Jackie pass by in time to
Do we have any challengers?
(pulling on a mask)
Sure. I'll take a whack at it.
She snaps on a vest, flips the sword into the air and catches it, then
nods to Marva, Jr.
(blows her whistle)
Hallie, still in her mask, turns to see Annie in her mask and
vest. Annie SALUTES briskly with her sword. Hallie hesitates, then does the
same. They stand on guard... looking like bookends. Marva, Jr. blows the
whistle again and...
THE DUEL BEGINS
Hallie lunges, Annie parries, then attacks. Hallie tries to knock
the sword out of Annie's hand but Annie deflects the blade, whirls around and
lunges. Point for Annie!
Hallie gets the jump on Annie and comes in low. Point!
Hallie lunges but Annie catches her sword and sweeps it in a
full circle pulling them together, mask-to-mask. They break.
Hallie charges but Annie side-steps and Hallie runs past her.
Hallie stops and whips around to find Annie lunging toward her. ..Hallie steps back, loses
her balance and falls butt-first into a WATER TROUGH, landing with a huge splash.
The Campers explode with laughter.
Annie reaches out to help Hallie but Hallie grabs Annie's hand and yanks
her into the trough. The Campers crack-up as the two Girls sit soaking,
side-by-side. They climb out together and angrily pull off their masks. Annie
tosses her long hair as Hallie shakes her short hair dry.
Looks like we got ourselves a new camp champ. Miss Annie
James! Let's'shake hands, girls.
Neither girl turns around.
Annie and Hallie turn, hands extended. And for the first
time, THEY LOOK INTO EACH OTHER'S FACES. They freeze.
Speechless. it's like looking into a mirror. Hallie
her hand...Annie reaches for it.
CLOSE ANGLE - THEIR HANDS
as they touch, something electric again passes between them.
Annie AND Hallie
look down at their hands, then up at each other... not knowing
what to say. Just then, their friends join them and they immediately slip their
hands into their pockets - at the same time. Their friends stop in their tracks and
look from Annie to Hallie - stunned at the resemblance. The lunch bell RINGS and
everyone else on the lawn runs toward the Mess Hall.
Why's everyone staring?
you see it?
The resemblance between us.
and me?! A resemblance? Let
me see, turn
Now the other way...
well, your eyes are much closer together than mine.
Your ears stick out, your teeth are crooked and that nose... well, don't worry,
those things can be fixed.
Zoe and Nicole laugh.
Want me to deck her for you?
Hold on, I'm not quite finished. You want
to )mow the real difference between us?
I have class and you don't? Or I know how
to fence and you don't? Take your pick.
Hallie angrily steps forward but Marva steps between them.
Okay, ladies, time to break-up this
fest. Annie... Hallie...
(notices how they look alike)
The lunch bell RINGS again. Jackie and Crosby pull Annie away, as
Zoe and Nicole pull Hallie in the other direction.
That girl is a major loser.
Yeah. Too bad you couldn't look like somebody cooler.
ANGLE - Annie AND HER PALS - TRACKING
Do we really look as much alike as I think we do?.
It's just a weird freak of nature. (slaps her on the
Please accept my condolences.
Annie looks back at Hallie, who is sneaking a look at her. She
quickly turns away.
INT. ANNIE'S BUNK - THE NAVAJOS - NIGHT
CLOSE on a PILE of CHANGE, crumpled DOLLAR BILLS, CANDY BARS.
ANGLE BACK to see a Crowd of Girls watching a poker game Annie, with a Tootsie Pop
dangling from the side of her mouth, is playing with Four Older Girls and winning
Sorry, ladies, read em and weep.
Annie spreads out a full house. The Older Girls groan and toss in
their hands, as Annie rakes in the pot.
So... that's-it... no other takers?
You've already tooken everybody...
A CRISP NEW FIVE DOLLAR BILL floats on to the cot.
ANGLE - Hallie
standing over Annie, a smile on her face.
HALLIE'S HANDSS - SKILLFULLY-SHUFFLING A DECK OF CARDS
As she deals, we see A SERIES OF QUICK CUTS of Annie and Hallie, going
one-on-one... shuffling, dealing, drawing, bluffing... First Annie rakes in the pot...
then Hallie... then Annie... it's back and forth... until finally the entire pot sits in
front of Hallie and Annie is down to her last dollar.
(tossing in her bet)
Annie checks her hand... she's holding a straight. She bites her
lip... knowing she's holding a winning hand.
Tell you what I'm gonna do, since you're almost tapped out...
I'll make you a deal. Loser jumps into the lake after the game.
Even more excellent.
(revealing her hand)
Queen high straight.
(spreads-a full house across
unzipping, Princess... full-house.
EXT. LAKE - NIGHT
CAMERA IS CLOSE on Annie's CAMP UNIFORM as it falls to the sand.
Annie's BARE FEET step away from the clothes.
ANGLE - THE GIRLS FROM THE POKER GAME
huddled on the shore holding candles. Hallie stands in the center
of the group, a content smile on her face.
(watching Annie walk to lake)
That girl's butt looks awfully familiar.
(off Hallie's look)
CLOSE - Annie
She reaches the dock, teeth chattering. She turns back, looks at
the Girls. Hallie and her friends wave. Annie salutes them.
as ANNIE'S LEGS gracefully slice through the water, in a perfect
dive. Annie pops up in the water, looks out at the Girls but THEY ARE GONE!
ANNIE'S WET FEET hurry across the sand and arrive at where her clothes
were but all that's left are her sneakers.
ANGLE - ANNIE'S WET AND SHIVERING FACE
Let the games
EXT. CAMP WALDEN - THE FOLLOWING I)AY
Hallie and her friends are trudging home after a hike. They're
hot, sweaty and tired.
I swear I heard that girl sneezing all the
way across the mess hall this morning.
(the others laugh, Hallie
I'm so tired. I'm crawling back into
and sleeping until lunch.
(stops, looking up at the roof
of their bunk)
That does not seem like a possibility.
That's 'why not'.
Hallie stops in her tracks, her eyes rising to THE ROOF OF THE BUNK
where every single COT is now perched.
EXT. CAMP WALDEN - NIGHT
Lights are out. Everything is quiet and peaceful. Suddenly,
THREE SHADOWY FIGURES run silently toward Annie's bunk.
INT. ANNIE'S BUNK - NIGHT
CAMERA PANS past a sleeping Jackie, Crosby and Annie. The door
squeaks open and Hallie steps inside. She signals the coast is clear" and
Nicole and Zoe tip-toe in carrying strange,
unidentifiable objects. They all quickly go to work and
we SEE: A jar of HONEY is opened and poured into a pair of Addidas. A can of SHAVING
CREAM is squirted onto a pillow-case.
A ball of TWINE is wound around a bedpost, then zigzagged
across the room.
An industrial-size can of CHOCOLATE M UP is emptied into a bucket.
WESSON OIL is poured all over the floor.
MORNING - A SLEEPY SEVEN YEAR-OLD WITH A BUGLE
plays reveille... badly.
INT ANNIE'S BLINK - FOLLOWING MORNING
The bunk looks like one giant spider web. Mazes of string
everywhere. The sound of EMILLE reverberates through the room as the Girls get out
of bed, slide in the Wesson Oil, get stuck in the honey, trip over the string... lots of
yelling and screaming. Annie stands dripping in shaving cream.
She's without a doubt, the lowest, most awful creature that ever walked
EXT. ANNIE'S BUNK - SAME TIME
Hallie, Zoe and Nicole are peeking in the windows, thrilled with their
Thank you, thank you very much.
Just then, the Two Marvas appear behind them, clipboards in hand.
(then, freaked out) Marva's?!?!
(climbing steps to Annie's bunk) Navajos... Surprise
inspection. Ten-shun! Mom, why don't you do the honors...
Marva Sr. nods and reaches for the screen door handle but Hallie rushes
No, no, don't go in there!
Annie crosses to her side of the SCREEN DOOR and watches, wondering what
Hallie's up to.
one of the girls got sick last night and it's a big mess.
Save yourself the aggravation. It's really disgusting.
Well, if someone's sick, dear, then 1
must go in.-
She starts to OPEN the door, not realizing she's PULLING on a string
attached to a BUCKET that's about to tip right over her head. Hallie's eyes shoot up
to the bucket, then back to Marva, Sr.
No, really, let go of that door. I insist. She's highly
Actually, we're all fine in here. Unless Hallie Parker
knows something we don't know.
(Annie watches Hallie's eyes go up to the bucket)
Open the door and come on in, ma'am.
With that, Marva Sr. swings OPEN the door, TIPPING THE BUCKET which we
now see is filled with HERSHEY'S SYRUP. Marva Sr. is instantly covered head-to-toe
in CHOCOLATE. Marva Jr. : SCREAMS, slipping in the syrup and tumbling down the
stairs. Marva Sr. turns to Hallie, slowly wiping the syrup from her eyes.
OVER, we HEAR:
MARVA, SR. (V.0.)
Congratulations, ladies ...
INT. MARVAIS TENT - MOMENTS LATER
Annie and Hallie stand side-by-side as Marva Sr. paces in front of them,
holding a towel, still wiping off chocolate. Marva, Jr. stands at her side, also
spotted in chocolate.
-- That little stunt was the most revolting display of
hooliganism ever to take place on these hollowed grounds.
And worst of all, coming from two sisters who should be setting
an example for the entire...
we're not sisters, ma'am.
Marva Sr. turns, looks at them.
-- We've never even seen each other
I'm afraid the look-alike thing has been the crux of the
Well, whatever the excuse, I recommend
You're sending us home?
That does somehow say we failed, doesn't
All right, all right... Let me just think...
(under her breath)
The Girls both bite their lockets, nervously awaiting their fate, as
EXT. CAMP GROUNDS - A LITTLE LATER (MUSIC OVER)
The Two Marva's lead Annie and Hallie away from their bunks and up a
long winding hill. Hallie balances her duffel bag .-on her shoulder, as Annie
struggles, her full of luggage. The rest of the Girls, and we mean, the ENTIRE CAMP,
marches in a line behind them.
INT. ISOLATION BUNK - A FEW MINUTES LATER
The Two Marvas catch their breath as they lead Annie and Hallie into a
bunk with just two cots and two trunks.
we've got six weeks left at camp and you two are going to spend
every glorious one of them - together. You'll eat together, bunk together and do all
your activities together. Either you'll find a way to get along or you'll punish
yourselves better than I ever could.
You'll thank us for this, you'll see.
The Marvas exit, leaving Annie and Hallie alone and worse, with each
other. Annie lifts her suitcases onto the bed and neatly starts unpacking her
things. Hallie, on the other hand, flips
open her trunk, unzips her duffel and shakes her things out like she's
emptying a bag of potato chips into a bowl.
that reads: Isolation Table - Do Not Disturb. CAMERA TILTS DOWN to
see Annie and Hallie eating at a table in the MESS KUL, directly under the sign.
They are separate from the other Campers and eat without speaking. Annie eats a well
balanced meal while she reads a book as Hallie munches on a cheeseburger and plays Game
Boy. They never look at each other.
INT. DANCE ROOM - DAY
Annie, wearing a black leotard, her hair in a bun, stands at the ballet
barre, practicing her plies to SWAN LAKE.
Hallie ENTERS in black bike shorts and sports bra, carrying a boom
box. She ignores Annie, turns on a JANET JACKSON CD and starts practicing a hip-hop
routine. Annoyed, Annie TURNS UP Swan Lake. Hallie BLASTS 7anet Jackson right
back at her.
INT. BATH HOUSE - NIGHT
Hallie stands in front of the mirror, in pajama bottoms and a T-shirt,
combing her wet hair. She wraps a towel around her -head as Annie's pal, Crosby
(mistaking her for Annie)
Annie, hi! Oh, man, I can not believe they stuck you with
that Hallie person, I feel so bad for you.
(doing her best ENGLISH ACCENT, which is pretty melodramatic)
You have no idea, luv. It's just bloody awful being in isolation with that dreadful
little monster. I do miss you so, daahling. Come give us a kiss... Right here
on my rosy little cheek. Come, come, don't be shy,.. I've been ev-uh so lonely.
Crosby gives Hallie a strange look, then kisses her awkwardly on the
cheek. Just then, Annie ENTERS, holding her toothpaste and toothbrush.
Guess that makes me Hallie.
Crosby's SCREAM is drowned out by the SOUND of ROLLING TH = ER.
E:XT. ISOLATION BUNK - ANOTHER DAY
It's pouring. The wind howls.
INT. ISOLATION BUNK - SAME TIM
Hallie, in flannel p.j.'s and a sweat-shirt, is pinning up postcards and
photos above her cot. Annie, in matching sweater and pants, plays solitaire.
Now and then, each sneaks a glance at the other.
A sudden GUST of wind blows the door open, sending Hallie's stack of
photos flying into the air. Hallie screams, trying to salvage them, as Annie rushes
to the door and bolts it shut. Together, the girls tie down the blinds. Annie
finds Hallie's favorite stuffed animal, CUPPY, lying on the floor and hands him to Hallie.
Any of your pictures ruined?
(holding torn photo)
Only the beautiful Leo DiCaprio.
oh, your boyfriend?
(shows her photo)
You've never heard of Leonardo DiCaprio?
I've heard of Leonardo DiVinci.
'How far away is London anyway?
From here - six thousand miles. But sometimes, it seems
much further. -How far away is your home?
Californias way at the other end of the
(shows her photo)
Actually, here's a picture of my house.
Wow. It's beautiful.
We've got this incredible porch that wraps around the whole
house with rocking chairs and a hammock and stables back thataway... and this great pool
with a sliding board...
(points to the back of a Man)
Oh, that's my Dad... He didn't know I was taking a picture or
he would've turned around. He's kinda like my best friend. We do everything
Annie reacts strangely, as if chilled, she rubs the goosebumps on her
What's the matter?
(pulling down her sleeves)
it's chilly in here, that's all.
Hallie crosses to her trunk and takes out a bag of oreos. Sees
Annie watching her.
Sure. I love Oreos. At home, I eat them with peanut
You do? That's so weird. So do I.
You're kidding? Most people find that
I know. I don't get it.
The Girls laugh, feel a little guilty for enjoying each other's company,
then laugh even harder. Hallie digs a jar of peanut butter from her trunk and opens
it. The Girls start eating.
What's your dad like? I mean, is he the kind of father
you can talk to or is he one of those workaholic types that says, 'I'll talk to you later,
honey', but never really does? I hate that.
I don't have a father, actually. I mean, I had one, once,
I suppose, but my parents divorced years ago. My mother never even mentions
him. It's like he evaporated into thin air or something.
It's scary the way nobody stays together
Tell me about it.
Both Girls devour their Oreos and peanut butter.
How old are you?
(her mouth full)
I'll be twelve on October 11th.
So will I.
Your birthday's October 11th?
How weird is that?
Hey, it stopped raining. Want to get a
popsicle or something?
Annie walks to Hallie and looks her up and down, really studying her,
biting on her locket. Hallie, feeling her eyes on her, plays with her necklace.
What's the matter?
Hallie, what's your mother like?
I never met her. She and my Dad split up when I
was a baby, maybe
even before, I'm not sure. He doesn't like to talk about
her... but I know she was really beautiful.
How do you know that?
Because my Dad had this old picture of her hidden in his sock
drawer and he caught me looking at it all the time so he gave it to me to keep. I'm
really thirsty, you sure you don't want to go to the canteen and get something to drink?
Will you stop thinking about your stomach
at a time like this!
At a time like what?
Don't you realize what's happening?!?
Don't you find it peculiar that we both
look so much alike and have the same birthday and...
(putting it all together)
Oh man, this is beyond coincidence, this is
beyond imagination! I only have a mother,
Annie(cont'd) you only have a father..
You've never seen your Mom, I've never seen my Dad. You have one old picture of your
Mom, I have one old picture of my Dad but at least yours is probably a whole picture.
(Hallie drifts over to her trunk)
Mine's a pathetic little thing, ripped right down the middle...
What are you rummaging in your trunk for?
(turns, holding PHOTO to her
This. It's the picture of my Mom. And it's ripped,
(a little spooked)
Right down the middle?
Right down the middle.
Annie rushes to her trunk, wildly tossing out her things. She
pulls out a small box, opens it and carefully takes out her RIPPED PHOTOGRAPH. She
walks to Hallie, holding it to her chest.
This is so freaky. Okay. on the count of
three, we'll show them to each other, okay?
(at the same time)
(they put their PHOTOS
INSERT - THE TWO TORN PHOTOS
which, when placed next to each other, fit perfectly, forming one
COMPLETE PHOTO. ANNIE'S MOM sits cozily next to IE'S MM. Behind them, is a
life preserver with the name on it.
(biting her nails)
That's my Dad...
That Is my Mom...
The Girls stare at the photo, then at each other. A formality of
strangeness settles on them. They both reach for their lockets. O.S., the
lunch BELL SOUNDS.
That's the lunch bell.
I'm not so hungry anymore. So if your Mom is my Mom and my Dad is
your Dad... and we're both born on October 11th, then you and I are... like... sisters.
Sisters?!? Hallie, we're twins!!!
Frozen, Annie laughs then tears come to her eyes. Hallie's eyes
fill up and soon tears streak her cheeks. They put their arms around each other and
embrace, sobbing. They pull apart, look at each other, smile, then begin to
laugh. Hallie bites nervously on her locket.
What's that locket you're biting?
Oh, I got it when I was born. It has my initial "Ho
I got mine when I was born, too. Except mine has an "Au on
Now Ive got goose-bumps
Oh my God. I'm a twin?!?. There's two of me! I
mean, two of us? Wow! This is like... I have to sit down.
Hallie takes a seat on Annie's bed.
(sitting next to her)
Think I'll Join you.
They sit for a beat, then:
Can I see your toes?
(pulling off her sneakers)
Hallie kicks off her shoes and they hold their feet out in front of
They hold out their hands together.
Oh my god. Exactly the same. Except I bite my
You should stop. See how nice they could look.
What's your favorite color?
Oh my God Oh my God!
(bending her right thumb down to her wrist)
Can you do this with your right hand only?
(bending her left thumb down)
No, but I can do it with my left hand only.
If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life,
what would it be?
I don't know. Pizza...
Topped with... ?
Olives, green pepper...
my God. We are twins!
The Girls hug.
INT. MESS HALL - DINNER TIME
Annie and Hallie sit at their Isolation Table, talking a
I don't know what our parents fought
about but it must've been pretty dreadful
for them to bisect us like this.
I can't imagine anyone not getting along
with Dad. Everyone loves him.
I know, same with Mom.
Tell me about her, what's she like?
She's a clothing designer.
She designs the most beautiful wedding gowns. That's her
becoming quite famous, actually. A Princess in Greece
just bought one of her gowns.
You know what's interesting - neither of them ever got married
again. Has your...my... our Dad ever been close to remarrying
Never. He always says I'm the only girl in his life.
Mom's never come close either. You know what this means,
Not exactly. Youre obviously the older one, you get
everything before me. What does it mean?
Secretly, in their innermost heart of hearts, they must still
be in love with each other.
You think so? Then why haven't they tried to see each
other all these years?
That's the way true love works. History's filled with
stories of lovers parted by some silly misunderstanding. Anyway, Mom can be
unbelievably stubborn when she wants to be.
She can't be worse than Dad
They sound exactly like us.
EXT. ISOLATION BUNK - ESTABLISHING - LATE AT NIGHT
Everything is quiet and peaceful until we HEAR:
HallieS VOICE (O.S.)
INT. ISOLATION BUNK - SAME TIME
The room is Dark, Annie is sleeping. Hallie
BOLTS STRAIGHT UP IN BED.
I have a brilliant beyond brilliant idea.
(gets out of bed, paces)
I'm a genius. Annie, wake up, you're related to a bona
What are you raving about?
You want to know what Dad is like, right?
I was just dreaming I was on your front porch with him.
-- And I'm dying to know Mom. So what I'm thinking is ... Oh man,
this is so brilliant, it's scary.
What is it?!?
I think we should switch places. When camp's over, I leave as you
and go back to London and you leave as me and go to California.
(off Annie's look)
We can pull it off. We're twins, arent we?
Twins from different countries, with different accents,
different hair-styles, different vocabularies... different everything. Hallie, we're
totally and completely, one hundred percent different.
So? What's the problem? I'll teach you to be me and you
teach me to be you.
(gets on knees and begs)C'mon, I gotta meet my Mom.
(gets out of bed)
The truth is, you know, if we switch, sooner or later they'll have
to un-switch US.
And when they do, they'll have-to meet again.
Face-to-face. After all these years.
I told you I'm brilliant.
INT. DANCE ROOM - DAY
Hallie wears Annie's leotard and Annie wears Hallie's bike shorts and
sports bra. Hallie holds a large pad on which she has drawn the layout of her house.
-- okay, dining room's on the right, but we never eat in there
except on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Living room's here... Dad's office is the
first door down the hall. You never have to knock, if you do, he'll think it's
weird... Down here is...
F-XT. LAKE - SUNSET
Annie and Hallie sit on the dock looking through a stack of photos, as
the sun sinks behind them. Annie wears Hallie's Girls Rule baseball cap.
This is Grandfather.
He's so cute. What do we call him?
That makes sense.
(showing next photo)
This is Martin. He's our Butler.-
We have a Butler?
MAIN HALL - NIGHT'
The entire camp is assembled for a screening of Father Of The ,Bride,
Part II, and naturally, they're laughing hysterically. Hallie and Annie sit in the
middle of the crowd, whispering.
But I never bite my nails!
But I always do. Daddy'll know.
(sits on her hands)
Want me to do it for you?
Annie rolls her eyes and starts chewing away.
INT. MESS HALL - MORNING
Annie sits in Hallie's seat and Hallie sits in Annie's. Hallie
sips a cup of tea, very lady-like and Annie munches on Fruit Loops.
(with a proper British accent)
I dare say this is frightfully good tea, wouldn't you agree?
(playing Game Boy)
INT. ISOLATION BUNK - DAY
PANS the walls which are now covered with charts, photos and diagrams of
Annie's London Town House and Hallie's Napa Ranch House. COMES TO REST on
Annie, sitting on a stool in front of a mirror, biting her locket.
Okay, I'm ready.
CLOSE - A DRAWER SLIDES OPEN
and Hallie takes out a comb and a pair of scissors.
CLOSE - Annie- CLOSING HER EYES
Hallie steps INT FRAME, grabs a of clump of Annie's hair and
closes her eyes, as well.
Don't shut your eyes!
Oh, right. Sorry. I'm just a little
You're nervous?!? An eleven year-old is
cutting my hair. Go ahead, just do it!
As Hallie raises the scissors ...
ANGLE - THE FLOOR
as ANNIE'S HAIR falls in a ring around her feet. A beat
and CAMERA TILTS UP to Annie staring in the MIRROR at her new
look". Hallie leans in next to her. They are now IDENTICAL in every way.
This is scary.
(New Yawk accent)
Honey, you never looked better.
I have pierced ears!
Oh, no. Forget it! Uh-uh, not happening.
Sorry. Wrong number.
Then cutting your hair was a total waste. There's no way
I could go to camp with pierced ears and come home without 'em. I mean, come
on. Get real.
This isn't fair. I've had to chew my nails, cut off my
hair and now you want to punch holes in my ears! You didn't have to do one bloody
thing to become me!
Hey, can I help it if I'm a complicated woman with a look
entirely my own?
is FIRED UP. Hallie holds a sewing needle over the flame.
Hallie professionally carries the needle to Annie, who lies on her bed,
petrified, holding an ice cube to her ear.
Y-Y-You sure you know what you're doing?
(cool as a cucumber)
I've gone with all my friends to have their ears pierced.
Just close your eyes, it'll all be over before you know it. Earring ready?
Annie holds up the earring as her reply.
Okay, just relax. On the count of three,
remove the ice. One, two, three!
Annie shuts her eyes TIGHTLY, pulls the ice away as Hallie -STICKS THE
NEEDLE through Annie's ear lobe. Both Girls SCREAM at the top of their lungs.
Hallie - PASSED OUT COLD ON THE
Annie, now wearing the earring, gently slaps Hallie's face
trying to revive her.
Hal, are you okay? Wake up! Hallie! Hallie OPENS
Are you bleeding to death?
I'm fine. It didn't hurt at all. But I refuse
to go through life with only one pierced ear.
(holds up NEEDLE.)
Back to work, darling.
Hallie takes one look at THE NEEDLE and PASSES OUT AGAIN.
EXT. MAIN LODGE - MORNING
Teary-eyed Campers are hugging good-bye, as they load into the buses and
Crosby, Jackie, Zoe and Nicole hug Hallie and Annie good-bye and-climb
into their buses. Hallie is now dressed in Annie's blue suit and Annie is dressed in
Okay, so remember, you're going to find out how Mom and Dad
-- and you're gonna find out why they broke up...
(through her bull-horn)
-- Annie James! Your car's here! Annie James, front
(hands her envelope)
Here's your ticket and passport. The plane leaves at
Also, remember, you've got to figure out a way to bring Mom out
Last call, Annie James!
The Girls hug.
Give Dad a kiss for me.
And give Mom one for me.
Hallie nods and takes off. Annie watches her, biting her
OhmyGod! Hallie! I mean, Annie!
Hallie rolls her eyes, runs back and the Girls quickly switch lockets,
kiss good-bye and Hallie takes off again.
Annie WATCHES FROM THE CROWD
as Hallie greets the Limo Driver, climbs in the back seat and speeds
off. Annie crosses her arms, then crosses her fingers.
from 10,000 feet.
ANGLE - Hallie - SEATED BY THE WINDOW
on British Air, just moments before landing.
okay, this is it. Oh, God, I hope she likes me.
Please like me.
INT. BRITISH AIR TERMINAL - A FEW M
A steady stream of Passengers fill the terminal. Hallie cautiously
enters, looking into the SEA OF FACES waiting behind a velvet rope, when she HEARS:
Hallie looks up and sees Martin pushing through the crowd, holding a
small bouquet of flowers
(with her best British accent)
She rushes to him and dives him a big hug.
You look fantastic. What did you do to your hair?
cut it. Do you like it?
Love it. It's the new you!
And you got your ears pierced! Give me five, girlfriend!
He puts out his hand to start "the handshake". Hallie
looks at him strangely for a moment, then remembers "the handshake" and executes
it to perfection.
LONDON - THE SIGHTS
as seen from a moving Limo. We PASS the HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT,
WESTMINSTER ABBEY and BIG BEN.
INT. LIMOUSINE - MOVING - SAME TIME
Hallie has the window rolled down, her head resting on her hands, as she
soaks up the sights.
This is so amazing! What a city!
Eight weeks at camp and suddenly you act like a American tourist.
That's what camp's for, silly. Makes you appreciate home. I
just love how everyone drives on the wrong side here.
I mean, here they actually drive on the right side, but after
being in America where they drive on the wrong side, which after a while begins to feel
like the right side, makes this seem like the wrong side... ObmyGod! Martin!
Buckingham Palace!!! Can we stop?!? I'm dying to see one of the guards up
You've seen the guards up close a million times.
But never with short hair and pierced ears.
Did they serve you anything funny to drink on that plane?
Please, Martin. Just for a sec.
Just for a sec? Now you're even talking like an
American. Oh, dear... Gareth pull over, will you, old boy?
The Driver pulls up in front of BUCKINGHAM PALACE and Hallie gets out
and runs up to one of the Royal Guards. As is the custom, the Guard doesn't look at
Hallie, doesn't even blink.
Hi, there. How ya doin'?
(no answer, whispers)
My name's Hallie. I'm from California. We don't
have anything remotely like you in California. Oh, this is too cool. My Dad
has a nutcracker shaped just like you. Same outfit... everything. is the Queen
home? What's she doing? I know you can't answer. Can you blink if she's
Suddenly, the Guard clicks his heels, lifts his rifle over his shoulder
and snaps to attention. A DOZEN OTHER GUARDS join him, doing the same. immediately,
the other side of the gate is flanked by a MATCHED SET OF GUARDS, all switching their
rifles from one shoulder to the other and snapping to attention.
The enormous Gates to the Palace MAJESTICALLY OPEN and a DOZEN PALACE
HORS holding Royal Flags exit in formation, followed by A WHITE ROLLS ROYCE. The
Rolls slowly pulls through the Gates and heads directly toward Hallie, who stands frozen
among the Palace Guards.
oh jeez, tell me this isn't happening!
The Rolls comes to a stop in front of Hallie and the tinted window in
the back-seat slowly lowers. Hallie starts to fall backwards. The Palace Guard
pushes her back upright.
From the back-seat, behind the Driver, QUEEN ELIZABETH leans forward and
peers out crown and all.
What's your name, dear?
Hallie Parker. I mean, Annie James, ma'am. Not
Hallie Parker. Sorry. Forgot my name.
Yes, I have that effect on people. So nice to meet you,
Annie James. Thank you for stopping by the Palace today.
Thank you, Your Highness. Very nice to meet you personally like
this ... I didn't even know you were home. I was excited just to see one of your
Guards ... I'm supposed to curtsey, aren't I?
That's okay, my dear, I shan't tell a single soul. I
You shan't? Oh, thank you, ma'am.
(waves, with a gloved hand)
Time for me to go. Ta-ta.
(waves back, shocked)
The window rises and the Rolls pulls off amongst The Queen's Guard.
(through locked teeth)
Now that's a first.
Hallie turns to Martin and the Chauffeur, who watch, their mouths agape.
EXT. 18TH. CENTURY HOUSE - REGENT'S PARK - A LITTLE LATER
An elegant town house on one of London's loveliest streets.
The Limousine pulls up and the Driver gets out, opening the
back door for Hallie. She steps out and looks up at the
This is it, 18 Cumberland Square.
Martin helps the Driver with the luggage as Hallie rushes up the
steps. She places her hand on the big round knob and turns it.
INT. TOWN HOUSE
A beautiful, sun-filled house with a fantastic carved staircase.
Hallie stands in the foyer, feeling very small.
She peeks into the Drawing Room, doesn't see anyone, heads around the
stairs, counting the doorways and stops at:
where she sees someone sitting in a leather chair, smoking a pipe,
hidden behind The Financial Times.
Grandfather, I'm home.
Hallie's Grandfather, CHARLES James, a
small, dapper man, with a moustache and wearing a Saville Row suit, rises with a smile.
Is that my little girl? That tall gangly thing?
Yes, it's me.
(takes her in his arms)
Did you have a good time, sweet pea?
(buried in his suit jacket)
What are you doing?
I'm making a memory. Years from now, when I'm all grown
up, I'll remember my Grandfather and how he always smelled of peppermint and pipe tobacco.
He pulls her close, she rests her head on his chest. Then, from
the top of the stairs, Hallie HEARS:
Hallie looks up to the balcony at the top of the stairs and sees her
Mother - for the first time in her life. ELIZABETH James
a natural beauty in her mid-thirties. Hallie walks trance-like to
the bottom of the stairs.
Honey, welcome home!
Elizabeth rushes down the stairs as Hallie flies up toward her.. Hallie
falls into her Mother's arms, tears flooding her eyes.
I can't believe it's you.
And I can't believe it's you and with short hair no less.
A girl I met at camp cut it. Do you hate it?
(entering with the luggage)
I think it looks awesome.
So do 1. I absolutely love it. And you got your ears pierced?!
Looks very chic if you ask me, although nobody ever does.
Any other surprises - belly-button rings, tatoos ... ?
Hallie laughs, shakes her head, looks up at her Mother with tears in her
What is it, sweetie?
I'm sorry, it's just... I've missed you so much.
Can you believe it? It seems like it's been forever.
You have no idea.
INT. ELIZABETH'S BEDROOM - MOMENTS LATER
We hear LAUGHTER OFF-CAMERA then Elizabeth and Hallie E R. Hallie takes
in the room... it's beautiful, feminine and gracious. Tea has been laid on a corner
table. Elizabeth leads Hallie to a small love seat.
So tell me all about camp.
Ohmygod, I love your room, Mom... it's so... totally Mom-like.
Nothing's new... it's just as Mom-like as it's always
been. So... c'mon, tell 7ne... Did you like everyone? Was it fun?
Yeah, it was great and I liked this one girl a real lot, I mean... in
particular. She's from California, actually.
Have you ever been to California?
Yes... Once. But that was a long time ago, before you
(staring at Elizabeth)
Man-o-Manichevitz ... I didn't realize you were so beautiful.
Man-o-Manichevitz ... I love your new vocabulary.
Just then, Martin knocks on the open door and with disdain, holds up
Hallie's Teddy Bear, by it's ear.
I found a stowaway in your suitcase.
(Elizabeth turns to her)
He belongs to a girl in my bunk... I don't know how on earth he
ended up in my suitcase. Gosh, whaddya know.
well, since he's not our 'Cuppy, shall we dispose of him?
No! I mean, no. I'll mail him to her. She loves
this thing a lot. A lot. A lot. She's like slept with that thing her
entire life and she could never be like in a foreign country without him. No, no,
I'll take care. of it, thank you, Martin.
Just then, the PHONE RINGS. Elizabeth answers it.
Hello? Hi... Really? Can't you manage without
me? Annie just got home from camp... Well, what's the problem?
As Elizabeth talks on the phone, Hallie crosses to the dresser and runs
her hand across her Mother's brush, her pearls, smells her perfume, then lifts up a photo
of Elizabeth as a little girl. Hallie t = s back, looks at her Mom. Elizabeth
makes a face about the phone call. Hallie laughs as Elizabeth continues on the
Hallie notices Elizabeth's closet door is open and she enters, gazing at
all of her Mother's clothes. She looks at a row of evening clothes and touches the
Hallie pops out of the closet, worried she's been caught trespassing.
Would you mind very much running down to the studio with me?
EXT. KINGS ROAD - LONDON - A LITTLE LATER
Through a LONG LENS, shooting through taxi cabs and traffic, we SEE one
very happy Little Girl walking the streets of London, holding her Mother's hand.
A STORE WINDOW - MOMENTS LATER
IS CLOSE on a mannequin wearing an EXQUISITE WEDDING GOWN. Above
the window is the name Elizabeth Tames Designs.
Wow, that's incredible.
ANGLE BACK to REVEAL Hallie and Elizabeth standing in front of the shop.
Really? You don't think it's too over-the-top?
No. I love it. You know who would look really
beautiful in that gown? I mean, beautiful?
Me? I think the time change has made you a little loopy.
Come on, let's see what all the fuss is about...
ELIZABETH James STUDIOS - DAY
A skylight fills the foyer of this converted town house with a splash of
white light. A huge vase of white orchids sit on an antique table. Elizabeth
and Hallie climb a circular stairwell, passing a Bridal Boutique on the first floor.
-- You mean you never think about getting married again?
No, I like things exactly the way they are, thank you.
An Assistant hurries past them, carrying a veil.
Hi, Elizabeth. Hey Annie, welcome home. Great haircut.
Hi... Thanks ...
(shuts her yes, thinking hard) -- Fiona! Yeah, I'm
But Mom, seriously, doesn't designing all these wedding gowns ever make
you think about marriage... or maybe just think about the IF' word?
The F word?!
Oh. That F word. Well, no, actually it
doesn't because I didn't even wear a wedding gown-when I married the IF' word.
You didn't? -Why not?
Hey, how did we get into this discussion anyway?
(they arrive at a large loft filled with people)
Okay, here we are. Now let's see what disaster awaits us.
As they step into THE LOFT, we see a PHOTO-SHOOT is in progress. A
MODEL wears a beautiful wedding gown as a PHOTOGRAPHER, shoots away. Make-Up, Hair
people and Assistants scurry about. MUSIC plays in the B.G. Hallie watches like a
kid in a candy store.
Okay, she's here.- We're saved.
(sotto, to Hallie)
Uh-huh, the pressure's on.
We don't know what to do with the veil. if she wears it, it
covers the back of the dress, if she doesn't the dress looks--
-- incomplete. Right.
Can you try standing sideways..? Head up, kind of an Audrey
Hepburn type... that's it. That's perfect.
Now slip the veil on and drape it back... not over her
shoulders ... straight back, there you go...
Now lift the train in your arms like you're carrying it.
Don't worry about the bouquet, you're married now, you gotta learn to juggle...
Beautiful. And look happy, it's your wedding day!
The Model laughs as the Photographer reels off shots.
Mom is too cool.
STUDIO CORRIDOR - MOMENTS LATER
Elizabeth and Hallie make their way down the hall, passing a row of
design offices. Two Assistants carry a gown past them.
So what did you wear to marry my Dad?
Why the sudden curiosity about your Dad?
Well, maybe because he's never mentioned and you can't blame a
kid for wondering...
(sticks her head in an office)
I'm going home, kids ... See you tomorrow.
Elizabeth and Hallie head back down the circular staircase.
So, what was he like? Really.
Hallie rolls her eyes.
EXT. ELIZABETH James DESIGNS
- LONDON - LATE DAY
Elizabeth and Hallie step onto the street.
Mother, you can't avoid the subject forever.
Okay. He was quite lovely to tell you the truth.
When we met, he was...actually entirely lovely. All right?
it starts to RAIN. Elizabeth snaps open an umbrella.
(puts her arm around Hallie)
Are you cold?
(looks up at her)
so, did you meet him here in London?
Elizabeth-takes Hallie's hand as they dash across the street.
We met on the QE 2.
The QE what?
The Queen Elizabeth 2. It's an ocean liner that sails from London to New
York. I was nervous about flying in those days, so was your father.
We met our very first night on board the ship, actually.
We were seated next to each other at dinner. He's an American, you know.
We kind of hit it off immediately.
Hey, I love Americans. I mean, if I wasn't British, I'd be an
American. So, was it love at first sight?
I knew you were going to ask me all these questions one day.
Elizabeth raises her am and hails a cab. It splashes to a stop and
they hurry inside.
INT. TAXI - MOVING
Elizabeth and Hallie sit side-by-side.
So, did you see each other every single night?
You know, this part of your personality reminds me of you father.
You'd think he raised you instead of me.
(looking into Hallie's eyes)
Yes, we saw each other every night, every
morning and every hour in-between. Then one night, he
popped the question, right there in the middle of the Atlantic.
And since a ship's Captain can do all kinds of special things,
like even marry people...
OhmyGod, you mean, you got married on the QE 2?
That's beyond cool. So what happened? You didn't
love each other when you weren't in the middle of the Atlantic?
I don't )mow, honey. These things are complicated.
I'm very British and you father's very American. I tried living in California, he
tried living in London but...
It just didn't work out.
No, it didn't. Except for having you.
Hallie smiles. Elizabeth puts her arm around her, pulls her
close. Hallie signs.
Dear old Dad. I wonder what he's doing at this very moment?
DEAR OLD DAD
CAMERA is CLOSE on NICK Parker and he is
lovely, indeed. A smiling, ruggedly hancuome guy, who shines among a throng of
people waiting anxiously at THE NAPA COUNTY AIRPORT. Suddenly, he brightens and
Hal! Hey, welcome home, kiddo!
ANGLE - Annie WALKING ACROSS THE TARMAC
carrying Hallie's duffel bag over her shoulder. Nervous at first,
she breaks into a grin at the sight of her father, waving and smiling at her.
Annie runs to him and stops just as she reaches him.
(looking up at him)
Get into these arms, you little punk.
Nick wraps his arms around Annie and pulls her close.
I hope you had a lousy time at that camp 'cause you're never going back
- I missed you too much.
(Annie smiles, Nick looks at her)
What happened to you? Something's changed. Did you get taller?
They walk off, arm-in-arm, into the terminal, Nick carrying Hallie's
So, what's up, Dad? Hows Chessy and everybody?
Great. Everybody's great, can't wait to see you.
Eight weeks really is too long, Hal. So much has been happening around here.
A lot's happened to me, too. I feel like I'm practically a new
As they walk, Annie keeps peeking at Nick.
What's the matter? Did I cut myself
No, it's just seeing you for the first
time. I mean, you know... in so long.
You look taller to me, too.
(pulls her to him)
C'mon, squirt, let's go home.
EXT. NAPA, CALIFORNIA - AERIAL VIEW - DAY
A dark green Suburban drives past picture perfect wine
INT. SUBURBAN - MOVING
Nick drives wearing a straw cowboy hat. Hallie sits next
Hey, by the way, thanks for all those newsy letters. I'm
really glad I bought you all that personalized stationary you just had to have.
we meant to write, Dad, but we just got so busy with...
Oh. Me and my friend. I met this girl at camp and we got
really close. Practically like sisters. She was a lovely girl.
Lovely? You seem to have gotten very Proper
all of a sudden.
(takes her hand, looks at it)
Still biting those nails.
Dad! You noticed!
Whaddya mean, noticed? You've been biting them since you
But I've decided to stop, Dad. It's a horrid, habit,
really it is, Dad.
'Lovely' girl ... 'Horrid, habit? Did I send you to
summer camp or finishing school? And why do you keep saying 'Dad, at the end of
I'm sorry, I didn't realize I was doing it, Dad.
(realizing she's done it again) Sorry, Dad.
They both laugh.
Do you want to know why I keep saying Dad... ? The truth?
Because you missed your old man so much?
Exactly! it's because in my whole life, I mean for these past
eight weeks, I was never able to ever say the word 'Dad'. Never. Not once! And
a Dad is an irreplaceable person in a girls' life. I mean think about it, there's a
whole day, devoted to celebrating Fathers, right? Just imagine, someone's life
without a Father. Never buying a Father's Day card, never getting their Father a'
birthday present, never sitting on their Father's lap, never being able to say, 'Hi, Dad',
'What's up, Dad?,, 'Bye, Dad, catch you later, Dad'. A baby's first words are always
]Dada, aren't they? Then there's 'Daddy', 'Daddio', 'Pop', 'My old man'... Not to
mention, 'Wait 'til your father gets home, and...
So, let me see if I get this ... you missed being able to call
Yeah. I really have, Dad.
Nick smiles as he turns in under a wooden sign that says Parker Vineyard
and Winery. Annie looks out the window.
Now you sound like your old self.
EXT. NICK AND HALLIE'S HOUSE - DAY
A rambling Victorian-style ranch house, with a wide porch that wraps
around the entire facade. Nick toots the HORN as he drives down the long gravel
driveway. SAMMY, a big golden mutt, races after the car, barking.
JOSE, Nick's right-hand man, arrives from the side of the house,
drinking a small bottle of juice. He opens the Surburban's door for Annie.
Well, look who finally decided to come home.
Did your old man tell you we decided no more camp for you?
Yeah, he told me.
it got too quiet around here, Hal. We couldn't stand
it. Nobody blasting music, nobody playing hide and seek in the vineyards, nobody
getting stuck up on the roof...
Annie laughs as the screen door swings open and CHESSY EXITS, humming as
if she's a one-woman welcome home band. Chessy, the most lovable woman on the
planet, early thirties, warm eyes, great sense of humor, lifts Annie right off her feet.
Hell-o, Gorgeous! You grew, you lost weight, you look
fabulous, we missed you, don't let these bums talk you out of, going back to camp.
You're a growing girl. You need adventure. You hungry? I made cornbread
and chili. Why're you so quiet? What's wrong?
I'm just so happy to be home.
(passes, carrying Hallie's duffel)
Did I hear something about cornbread and chili?
It's on the stove...
(without even looking)
Wipe your feet, Jose!
Chessy looks Annie over, hugs her again.
You've changed, Hal ... I can't put my finger on it, but
something about you has definitely changed..
Sammy bounds down the steps of the porch.
Sammy sniffs at Annie's shoes, looks up at her, then backs off
suspiciously, BARKING at her.
What's with you, goofball! It's Hallie.
Sanmy continues BARKING.
I probably smell like camp, that's all.
Annie runs up the porch steps, followed by Chessy.
What's wrong with you? it's like you didn't even
A spacious comfortable ranch house with high ceilings and panoramic
views of Nick's vineyards.
(taking it all in)
Wow! It's even better than the pictures.
Whaddya want to do first, kiddo - unpack or eat? Or eat,
then unpack? Or, we can eat while we unpack.
You mean I can eat in my room?
(looks at her like she's nuts) Yes, I would say that's a
-As Chessy and Annie head up the stairs, Nick ENTERS, eating a big bowl
Hal, when you're done, come on down, there's someone I want you
(looks down at him)
Annie continues up the stairs, suddenly stops. Turns to Chessy.
Someone he wants me to meet?
(on the sly)
-He didn't tell you?
Tell me what?
Annie HEARS the SOUND of A WOMAN LAUGHING. She looks
ANNIE'S VIEW - THE LIVING ROOM BELOW
Nick turns as MEREDITH BLAKE enters from the patio.
Meredith is a tawny beauty of twenty-six, wearing a chic sleeveless dress, sleek hair and
heels.' Nick takes her hand.
Annie turns back to Chessy and mouths "Who is that? Chessy
motions for Annie to follow her upstairs.
INT. HALLIE'S ROOM
Sunny, warmly furnished with lots of books, CD's, Horse Show ribbons and
toys. The French doors are wide open and a gentle breeze billows the curtains.
Whos the blonde?
Hal, it's none of my business how your father makes a fool out
of himself, you understand? He's a big boy, he can do what he wants.
Right. So who is she?
Her name's Meredith Blake. She's a publicist from San
Francisco. Your father hired her at the beginning of the summer to do some publicity
for the vineyard and if you ask me, she's done a better job selling herself than the
Look, you and I )mow your Dad's no suave debonair Bachelor of
the Month-type, so I wonder what a young hot thing like her sees in a guy who walks around
with his shirt-tail hanging out and his cereal bowl full of chili. Then I realized,
there's a .million reasons why that girl's giggling and they're all sitting in the Napa
Valley Community Bank.
You mean you don't think she even really likes Dad...
-- What do I know? But I'll tell you one thing.
This one could give Sharon Stone femme fatal lessons. She's got your father eating
out of the palm of her hand. They ride together, they swim together, they're out to
dinner every night. Not to mention she treats yours truly like the shlepper help' of
all time which has really endeared her to me, as you can imagine. = you go down and meet
her and see for yourself. Don't let me influence you.
INT. LIVING ROOM - A FEW MINUTES LATER
Annie bounds down the stairs, wearing sunglasses and a faded
Parker Vineyards T-shirt over a bathing suit-. She looks
Around, sees lots of PHOTOGRAPHS of Nick and Hallie when
Hallie was a baby.
(admiring a photo)
We were such a cute baby.
She's distracted when she HEARS Meredith's LAUGH. Annie lowers her
sunglasses, peering over them at Meredith lounging by the pool ogling Nick.
Annie joins Nick and Meredith under an umbrella. The vineyards and
mountains cascade down from the pool creating an incredible vista.
There's my girl! Hal, I want you to meet a friend of
mine. Honey, this is Meredith Blake.
Hi. Wow. I can't believe I'm finally meeting the famous
Hallie. I've looked forward to this all summer.
Really? Well ... here I am.
Nicky, she's adorable.
Nick blushes as Annie mouths "Nicky-O
The way your father talked about you I expected to meet a little girl
but you're so grown up...
I'll be twelve soon. How old are you?
(a little thrown)
Only fourteen years older than me. How old are you again, Dad?
oh, suddenly she's interested in math. I'm gonna get some
more chili and a bottle of champagne to celebrate.
What are we celebrating?
MEREDITH (jumping in)
You're home-coming of course.
Nick and Meredith exchange a quick look which is not lost on
Annie. Nick heads toward the house as Annie sits by the pool, dunking her feet in
the water. A cell-phone RINGS, Meredith flips it open.
Hello. Yes, Reverend Mosby... Uh-huh. I'll certainly ask him
but I doubt if he'll be
available. I understand it's for a local charity.
Um-hmmm... I'm writing it all down.
(she writes nothing down)
Okay, got it. Sounds very worthwhile, I-agree but
unfortunately, I see that Mr.
Parker will be out of the country those days. Yes, I'll
be sure to mention it to him. Thank you
(snaps phone shut)
So. How was camp, Hal? Was it fabulous?
Yes, I loved it actually. My Dad's going out of the
No, no, I just had to say that to get him out of something.
(changing the subject)
You know I never heard a man talk about his daughter the way
Nicky talks about you. You two are obviously incredibly close.
We're closer than close. We're all each other has...
Annie does a huge cannonball into the pool, SPLASHING water all over
Meredith. Pissed, but controlling it, Meredith walks to the edge of the pool picks
up a towel and pats herself dry as Annie POPS to the surface.
Sorry, did I get you wet, Mer?
MEREDITH (trying to be sweet) just a little, Hal.
Hey, guess what? Your Dad took me riding the other day
and he let me ride your horse. I hope that's okay with you.
Oh, sure. Sprout's used to strange women riding
her. Not that you're strange or anything.- Actually, compared to the others, you
seem relatively normal.
(she floats on her back)
(curiosity getting the best of
her, walks to Annie)
Others? What others?
What others? Puh-leeze.
(laughs hysterically, sees
You want the 411?
The 'information'... the lowdown on the other women.
Can't say that I blame you. I'd want to know if I was number twentyeight ... I
mean... number twenty-nine in a man's life.
I'm number twenty-nine?!
Well, yes but I didn't start counting til I was about
four. God knows how many there were before then. it's always the same routine...
horseback riding through the vineyards ... long romantic dinners with his special reserve
label wine... moonlight swims ...
(Meredith nods, intrigued)
But I always say, it's none of my business if a man his age
wants to make a fool out of himself. Although, maybe he's changed and you're the
real thing, Mer.
Just then, Nick arrives with a bottle of Champagne.
okay, here we go. A bottle of my special reserve
label. You girls find something to talk about while I was gone?
Annie smiles and dives under the water, just like a little angel.
Does that mean 'yes'?
it sure does.
EXT. ELIZABETHIS TOWN HOUSE - LONDON - FOLLOWING MORNING
OVER, a PHONE RINGS.
INT. FOYER - SAME TIME
Grandfather walks right past the RINGING PHONE, reading the morning
paper. Elizabeth stands at the top of the stairs, slipping on pair of heels.
Somebody grab that, please.
Martin passes through carrying a tray with coffee on it. He picks
up the phone, balancing the tray with his other hand.
James residence... Annie?
Hallie walks by.
(does a double-take) oh dear, it sounded just like you on the
I'm sorry, who did you wish to speak with? Annie? Of
course. One moment, please.
(hands Hallie the phone)
A Mildred Plotka for you... Sounds like your twin.
My twin? Very funny.
Hello? Oh, Mildred, how you doin'?
INT. HALLIE'S BEDROOM - NAPA, CALIFORNIA - MIDNIGHT
Annie holds the phone as she crosses the bedroom, sneaks into the
BATHROOM and locks the door.
Hey! Howls it going over there?.
Oh, everything's quite lovely here. We're expecting a bit
of rain today but Mildred, can you... hold on for a moment7
Hallie sees the coast is clear and ducks into the hall closet, shutting
the door just as Martin walks past. He does another double-take... Where'd she go?
INSIDE THE CLOSET - SAME TIME
Hallie pulls a string above her head, turning on the light.
okay, now I can talk. OhmyGod, Mom's incredible. I
can not believe I've lived my. entire life without knowing her. She's beautiful and
fun and smart and I love the gowns she designs and I got her talking about how she and Dad
first met and what happened between them and if you ask me--
INTERCUT - Hallie
(WHISTLING into phone)
Hallie! Stop! We've got a major problem.
You're going to have to bring mother out here immediately.
Immediately? Are you nuts? I've had one day with her.
I'm just getting to know her. I can't. I refuse.
But this is an emergency. Dad's in love.
Get out of here. Dad doesn't fall in love. I mean, not
Trust me, he's serious, about this one. He's always
holding her hand, kissing her neck, waiting on her hand and foot..
(sinking-to the floor)
He is... ?
Well, you'll just have to break 'em.up.
Sabotage her. Do whatever you have to.
I'm trying but I'm at a slight disadvantage I only met the man
twelve hours ago. You've got to get back here to help me.
Annie, I can't. I want more time with Mom
Hallie FINDS A CANDY WRAPPER in one of Annie's coat pockets, WRINKLES it
over the receiver making it SOUND LIKE STATIC.
Annie, are you still there? I can barely
hear you... Ann....
(clicks the receiver)
I'm here! What are you..?
(wrinkles the wrapper)
Operator... ! Operator... Sorry, think I lost you, Annie.
(knowing what's up, holds receiver out from her ear) Thanks for
your help, Hal.
INT. FOYER - LONDON - SAME TIME
Hallie creaks open the closet door and crawls out on all fours, only to
find her Mother, Grandfather and Martin standing in the FOYER, all looking down at her.
had a phone call. From a friend at camp. It's an
old camp tradition.-.. Talk to your best friend from inside a closet... kinda stupid, I
(rises, replaces the phone on the table, sighs)
So... Breakfast anyone?
Two PLATES LOADED WITH BACON, EGGS, TOAST AND PANCAKES
ANGLE BACK- with Chessy, as she carries the plates across the
KITCHEN to Annie.
okay, here we go, most important meal of the day... Eggs sunny
side up, bacon, toast and just in case you're really hungry... a stack of humongous
chocolate chip pancakes which smell incredible, if I do say so myself.
Chessy places all of this in front of Annie.
(not too interested)
Chessy waves her hand over the food, sending it's aroma toward Annie.
Not hungry again? You hardly ate your chili, your favorite food
and now you're not eating your breakfast. You're not sick, are you?
Chessy puts her hand on Annie's forehead, then joins her at the kitchen
I'm fine, I promise. Where's Dad?
He and Miss--
'I'll just have half a grapefruit, thank you, left about an hour
ago. You overslept and he didn't want to wake you. Of course, I'd oversleep
too if I was up at midnight making mysterious phone calls from my bathroom.
oh, that. I was calling a friend from camp.
Mildred. She lives in New York.
Oh, I see and you wanted to call Mildred at a time that was convenient
for her. Because of the time difference.
Exactly. Because of the time difference.
Uh-huh. So you waited until it was three in the morning
her time. That makes perfect sense.
Actually, it was seven at night her time. You see she
lives in New York but she was on vacation with her family in Bora Bora.
Annie takes a bite of bacon and gives Chessy a smile. Chessy gives
her a stare.
Very smooth. Your Dad wants you to go over to his office
as soon as you're done with breakfast.
He does? Thanks.
(shoves bacon in her mouth)
She rises as Sammy enters, sees Annie and GROWLS as he scoots around
That dog has gotten so weird! Bye, Chessy, thanks again
for breakfast. It was great.
Chessy looks down at the plate of untouched food. Annie pushes on
the screen door but it goes nowhere.
(watching her carefully)
Annie laughs, pulls on the door and runs out. CAMERA MOVES IN on
Chessy, wondering what's going on.
INT. Parker VINEYARDS - BARREL ROOM - A
Nick and Annie walk through a huge vaulted room that houses hundreds of
wooden barrels filled with wine.
(puts his arm around her)
Honey, I'm glad you're here, there's something really important
I want to talk to you about.
That's funny because there's something really important I want
to talk to you about.
Okay, you go first.
Okay, I want to talk to you about Meredith.
And I want to talk to you about my mother.
What about Meredith?
W-W-What about your mother?
Dad, I'm almost twelve, how long do you expect me to buy that
story that The Stork dropped me on your doorstep?
C'mon, Hal, we've talked about your mother...
No we haven't. Not really. A girl needs more in
life than half of a crumpled old photograph. Dad, I'm almost a teenager, face it, I
need a mother.
You know what? You're right. You do.
Which brings me to--
They turn a corner and-bump into MEREDITH who is walking with her
British assistant, RICHARD
Hallie, this is my assistant, Richard.
Richard, this is Nick's daughter, the one
I've been telling you so much about.
(stuffy British accent)
oh, hello. How are you, luv?
(with her best British accent)
oh, don't tell me you're British? How lovely.
(surprised, to Annie)
How'd you do that?
You do an absolutely marvelous British accent.
Yours isn't bad either, old chap-,Richard laughs.
(whispers to Nick)
Did you tell her?
Hey, if you're free later, why don't we all have lunch on the
Actually, I promised Hal we'd hang out together this afternoon.
Ive got plenty to do... I'm working on a new label design
, Nicky... featuring Y-0-U. You're gonna love it.
(throws a kiss)
See you for dinner, darling. Bye, Hals.
TRACKING ANGLE - MEREDITH AND RIC
As they walk away.
(sotto, to Richard)
First change I make in that household is to send that two-faced little
brat off to boarding school in Timbuktu.
(an exaggerated shiver)
Oooooooo. Ice woman.
And proud of it, babe.
EXT. HILLTOP 0VERLOOKING NAPA VALLEY A LITTLE LATER
A beat and Nick and Annie gallop on horseback OVER THE CREST of the
mountain. As they slow their horses to a walk.
So, you excited about our camping trip?
What camping trip?
What camping trip? The one we go on every summer before
you go back to school.
Oh, that camping trip. Yeah, sure... I can't wait.
So, Hal, what do you think of Meredith?
As what, Dad? Your publicist? Your friend? Your ... ?
-- Just what do you think of her... as a person?
well, she's cute, she has nice hair, good teeth, she can spell
the word YOU... I (MORE)
KING NAPA VALLEY - A LITTLE LATER
don't know. Honestly, Dad, the woman's a complete
stranger to me. Why do you want my opinion anyway?
(takes a beat)
Well, I'll tell you why... because believe it or not, honey...
(cutting him off)
-- Race you back to the ranch, Dad!
Annie jams her heels into Sprout's flanks and the horse takes off like a
bat out of hell.
Hallie, I'm trying to tell you something!
EXT. HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
Out of breath, Annie runs up the porch steps and throws open the screen
INT. LIVING ROOM
Annie stops, catches her breath. She's a little panicky.
I'm in so over my head here. I can't handle this
alone. I just can't. I'm only one kid.
Chessy PEEKS HER H M AROUND THE CORNER of the arm chair she's been
You got something you'd like to share with the class?
Oh, Chessy, you gave me a fright!
I gave you a fright?
You scared me. I didn't know you were like, in here.
You sure there's nothing you want to talk to me about?
Like maybe why Sammy never comes near you anymore or why your appetite's suddenly changed
or why all of a sudden you're neat as a pin and using expressions like, 'You gave me a
Chessy, I changed a lot over the summer, that's all.
if I didn't know better, I'd say it's almost as if you were...
(shakes it off)
oh, never mind, that's too impossible.
(turns to leave)
-- Almost as if I were
Nobody. Nobody. Forget I even mentioned it.
Almost as if I were... Annie?
Chessy stops, stunned, goose-bumps popping up all over.
You know about Annie?
I AM Annie.
Just then, Nick ENTERS, also a little out of breath.
-- Why'd you take off like that? I told you I wanted-to
talk to you about something? Chessy, why are you looking at her like that?
(with a start)
Like what? I'm not looking at her any special way.
(eyes tearing up)
I'm looking at her just like I've looked at her for eleven
years. Since the day she (MORE)
came home from the hospital, six pounds, eleven ounces,
twenty-one inches long.
This is how I look at her. Can I hug her?
Chessy, all broken up, hugs Annie like she's hugging her for the first
She's so beautiful and so big.
Annie gives Chessy a look that says, 'Please don't say
I'm gonna go make you something special to eat. What
would you like? Oh, it doesn't matter. I'll whip up everything we've got.
Chessy takes off as Nick approaches Annie.
Why's everybody acting so nutty around here? Hal, we gotta talk.
Honey, look... I want to know what you
think about making Meredith part of the family?
Part of our family?
I think it's an awesome idea. Inspired. Brilliant really.
Totally. it's like a dream come true. I've always wanted
a big sister.
Honey, I'm afraid you're kind of missing the point.
No, I'm not. You're going to adopt Meredith. That
is so sweet, Dad..
I'm not going to adopt her, I'm going to MARRY her.
Marry her?!? That's insane! How can you marry a woman young
enough to be my big sister?!?
She starts ranting and raving, then slips into French.
Hal, calm down.
Now you speak French?!?
I learned it at camp.
(takes a breath)
Okay, I'm sorry. Let's discuss this calmly and
And in English, if you don't mind. Man, what has gotten into you?
Nothing. it's nothing... Just... Just...
(lets it all out)
Dad, you can't get married! It'll totally ruin completely
Annie storms out. Nick notices Chessy standing in the doorway,
biting her nails.
Don't look at me, I know nothing.
A HORN HONKS O.S. Nick looks out the window and SEES Meredith getting
out of her red Mercedes convertible. Nick sinks into a chair, as, he hears Hallie's
DOOR SLAM upstairs.
Maybe I am too old for this.
Meredith sweeps into the room, wearing sunglasses.
She sits on Nick's lap, wraps her arms around him. Kisses
him. Kisses him again.
(running her fingers thru his
You look stressed, baby. How about a Martini?
How about a double?
Meredith snaps open her purse and takes out a Tiffany box.
She removes a small SILVER BELL which she holds up and RINGS.
She RINGS it again. Nick gives her a curious look.
Don't you love it? it's just what we need. It's such a
-She RINGS again. Chessy appears, not too wild about the bell.
Two martinis, please. And make Mr. Parker's a double.
Chessy just stands there.
Please, Chess. I'm getting a migraine...
Chessy holds her shirt-tails out as if they were a skirt and curtseys.
(watching her leave)
I don't )mow if a uniform will make her look better or worse.
(rubbing his temples)
I told Hallie.
You did? And?
She went ballistic. Started yelling in
French, which I didn't even know she spoke,
I just don't get her lately...
Nicky, this reaction is totally classic. It's 'Daddy's
Getting Remarried - 101'. I'd worry if she didn't react this way. Look, why
don't I talk to her... woman to woman.
She's a little sensitive about you right now.
That's why I need to do it. We've got to break the ice sometime.
(unbuttons Nick's shirt button)
Wear your shirt like this... I like when
I can see a little chest hair.
INT. HALLIE'S ROOM - MOMENTS LATER
Hallie sits on her deck, feet propped-up on the bannister, shuffling a
deck of cards. Meredith appears behind her, knocking on the open door.
Can I join you?
Guess the news of the engagement came as a bit of a shock, huh?
You know, I remember what it was
like to be eleven. I had my first beau at eleven. It's a wonderful age. You're
starting to feel like a woman and believe it or not soon You'll understand what it's like
to be in love.
Me? I don't think so. I don't even have my twelve
year-old molars yet.
Well, take it from someone who got their molars very early in
life... being in love is a fantastic mystery that takes a man and woman on a magical
journey to a place...
-- I don't mean to be jerky when you're trying to be all mushy
and everything but I think I know what mystery my Dad sees in you.
You're young and beautiful and sexy and hey, the guy's only
human. But if you ask me, marriage is supposed to be based on something more than
just sex, right?
Boy, your father underestimates you.
But you won't, will you, Meredith?
They study each other carefully.
So what if I'm young and beautiful? That's not a crime,
you know. And for your information, I adore your father. He's exactly-the kind
of man I always planned on marrying. This is the real deal, honey and nothing you do
is going to come between as. The reality is, angel, you are no longer the only girl
in Nick Parker's life. Get over it.
.If this is the real deal, then my Dad's money has nothing do
with you wanting to marry him, right?
I hope you're not suggesting I'm marrying your father for his
All I know is, I've seen Cinderella a few zillion times and I'd
rather not end up scrubbing the floors and befriending all the birds in the neighborhood
while you're having breakfast in bed... if you get my drift?,
You are unbelievably out of line, young lady.
Now you listen and listen good. I'm marrying your father in two
weeks whether you like it or not. So I suggest you do not tangle with me
anymore. You're in way over your-head. is that clear?
CLOSE ANGLE - A RINGING FAX MACHINE
as a FAX slithers out. A HAND reaches for the FAX. ANGLE
BACK -to see Martin, standing in ELIZABETH'S KITCHEN in LONDON. He looks at the FAX
quizzically, then carries it into:
THE DINING ROOM
where Hallie is eating dinner with her Mother and Grandfather.
Martin refills the adults' wine glasses, holding the FAX behind his back as he pours.
This is fantastic wine by the way Martin.
May I have a-sip?
(offering her a sip)
I don't think you're going like it.
Hallie swirls the wine confidently, passes it under her nose, then takes
a healthy sip.
If you ask me, the bouquet is a little too robust for a
Merlot. But then again, I'm partial to the softer California grape.
Elizabeth and Grandfather laugh, as Martin moves next to Hallie, holding
the FAX behind his back. Hallie cocks her head to read it.
CLOSE - THE FAX
It's a drawing of SAMMY, Hallie's dog, laying on the front porch of
Hallie's house. A CARTOON BUBBLE coming out of his mouth says 911!
Hallie bends over so far to read the FAX she FALLS OFF HER CHAIR and
RIGHT OUT OF FRAME.
Honey, are you okay?
Had one sip too many, I guess.
You know, Mother, I feel like I could use a bit of fresh
air. Would it be okay if I stepped outside for a moment?
of course. Are you okay? Would you like me to come
No, no. I'll be fine... Just got a touch woozy, that's
Hallie wipes her mouth with her napkin and excuses herself. Her
Grandfather watches her closely as she EXITS.
EXT. SHEPHERD'S MARKET - LONDON -
Hallie hurries down the picturesque street, turns a corner, spots a
phone and rushes to it. She pulls the door closed and dials the Operator.
Yes, I'd like to make a collect-call to
California, please. Area code 707 ...
INT. HALLIE'S ROOM NAPA - SAME TIME
Annie paces, biting her nails for real now. The PHONE RINGS.
She pounces on it in mid-ring.
Hello? Yes, I'll accept the charges.
Hallie, thank goodness you got my fax.
I'm absolutely desperate.
What's up? Why the 911?
INTERCUT Annie AND Hallie
Dad's getting married.
Whaddya mean, getting married?
I mean black tie, white gown, the whole enchilada. The
wedding's in two weeks so, if there's any hope of getting Mom and Dad back together, we've
got to do it fast.
outside the Phone Booth, a MAN reads the evening paper, waiting to use
okay, Mom and I are going to the theatre tonight so I'll drop
the bomb on her first thing in the morning.
Give Mom a kiss for me, willya. And Grandfather,
too. And Hallie, hurry.
EXT. PHONE BOOTH
Hallie hangs up and steps out of the booth, BUMPING into the Man who's
Oh, excuse me.
The MAN turns around. It's Hallie's GRANDFATHER.
What do you say you and I take a little stroll in the park,
Hallie bites her locket as her Grandfather leads her into the park.
EXT. James TOWN HOUSE - ESTABLISHING
INT. ELIZABETH'S BEDROOM - SAME TIME
Elizabeth sits up in bed, in white satin pajamas, finishing a
cup of coffee and a phone call to Paris. She sketches a wedding gown on a pad as she
Au, Mademoiselle. I will have the sketch to you by
tomorrow. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you. Au revoir.
Hallie appears in the doorway, listening to her mother talk on the
phone. Grandfather walks by and gives Hallie a little nudge, pushing her into the
Hi, sweetie. Come on in.
Elizabeth pats the bed. Hallie crosses and climbs in next to her
(with her arm around Hallie)
I have to finish this sketch and Fed Ex it to Paris, then how
about you and I go out to lunch and spend the rest of the day getting lost in Harrods?
I can't. Mom, sorry, I have to go out of town today.
You have to go out of town?
(thinks she's kidding)
And where may I ask are you going?
Hallie SQUIRMS UNDER THE COVERS, entirely disappearing.
(from under the covers)
That's where I have to go. I have to go see Annie.
ELIZABETH (playing along)
I see. And where would Annie be?
Hallie's SHAPE SQUIRMS further UNDER the covers.
in Napa with her father, Nick Parker.
CLOSE - ELIZABETH
as it hits her. Her eyes widen. She looks up to see HER
FATHER leaning in the door frame, puffing on his pipe. He nods. Elizabeth's
eyes instantly fill with tears. She lifts the covers to see Hallie, hiding, scared
ELIZABETH You're not Annie?
That would be correct.
(crawls out from under covers, then with her American accent)
Annie and I met at camp and we decided to switch places.
I'm sorry, but I'd never seen you and I'd dreamt of meeting you my whole life and Annie
felt the exact same way about Dad, so we just sorta switched lives. I hope you-re
not mad because I love you so much and I just hope one day you can love me as me and not
oh, honey, I've loved you your whole life.
She takes Hallie in her arms.
Why didn't you tell me it was you all along?
(thru teary eyes)
I was scared.
ANGLE - DOORWAY
where Martin stands, BAWLING hysterically. Grandfather gently
steps in and shuts Elizabeth's door. Martin falls into Grandfather's arms, heaving.
I've never been so happy in my entire life.
Grandfather pats him gently.
INT. ELIZABETHIS ROOM SAME TIME
Hallie and Elizabeth break from their hug. Elizabeth
wipes her tears.
I guess you have to switch us back now, huh?
Legally, you belong to your father and Annie belongs to me.
'His' and 'Hers, kids. No offense, Mom, but this
arrangement really sucks.
I agree, it totally sucks. I don't want to lose you now
that we've been together.
Well, then I guess we'll just have to fly to Napa, see Annie
and Dad and work this whole thing out.
I guess we will.
Will you be nervous about seeing Dad again?
No, of course not.
(as if it's preposterous)
I can handle seeing Nick Parker after all these years.
People see their ex's all the time, don't they? Not to worry, sweetheart. I'll
take care of everything. Not-to-worry.
INT. ELIZABETHIS BEDROOM - THE FOLLOWING DAY
Elizabeth is a mess. She wears a silk blouse over a slip and a few
Velcro rollers just on top of her head. She chain smokes as she paces. Open
luggage is laid out on the bed behind her. Martin ENTERS carrying freshly pressed
I'm sorry, I can't handle this'. I haven't seen or heard
from Nick Parker in over eleven years and suddenly I'm flying halfway across the world
to... I'm not mature enough for this. if the man didn't make me so nuts, I'd still be
married to him.
(pulling out rollers)
We came up with this-arrangement so we'd never have to see each
(puts on sunglasses)
Look at me, Martin, have you ever seen me like this?
Don't answer that.
What if he doesn't recognize me? Be honest, Martin, how
old do I look? No, don't answer that either. Hey, what am I worried
about? He could be fat or bald. Or both.
Actually, Hallie says her Dad's quite the hunk. And never
re-married, either. Just like you, ma'am.
Martin, it just so happens I'm not remarried by choice.
I've had my opportunities for llamour. Not lately, of course. But I've had my
share of gentlemen callers.
I just said that! Hallie said he was a
hunk, huh? He was rather dashing. He
used to make me weak in the knees, if you Can imagine
(looks in the mirror)
Is that a grey hair?!
She yanks the hair out as Hallie ENTERS carrying an overnight bag.
All set, Mom.
Good. Me too. Almost. Not quite.
Mom, your suitcase is totally empty.
Oh. Right. Sorry. Did you speak to your father,
Martin looks at Hallie. She LOCKS EYES with him for an instant,
then turns to her Mom.
Uh, yeah, I just hung up with him, actually. He said he's
really anxious to see you.
He did? Anxious-nervous, like he's dreading it or
anxious-excited like he's looking forward to it?
Again, Martin SQUINTS at Hallie, just knowing she's lying. But
Hallie rolls on...
He said he'll meet us tomorrow at noon at the Four Seasons in
Tomorrow? My, my that's incredibly soon, isn't it? Well,
honey, why don't you run downstairs and gather our tickets from your Grandfather while I
finish up here?
Hallie starts out, Martin follows.
(sotto, to Hallie)
Liar, Liar, pants on fire...
Oh, Martin, could you come back for a moment, please?
Hallie raises her finger to her lips to 'Ssshhh" Martin, as he
RE-ENTERS Elizabeth's room.
Martin, I have a really ridiculous, somewhat childish request
to make. Martin, you know you're more than a Butler to me. You're like a
lovable brother who just happens to wait on us and...
(Martin nods modestly)
Anyway, I was wondering if...
-- I'd accompany you to make the trip a bit easier for you?
Would you, Martin? I'd be forever grateful. And you
don't even have to go as our butler. Just as a friend.
Madame, I'd be honored. And as a friend, may I say...
(reaches into her closet)
-- if I were seeing my ex after eleven years and I had your
(pulls out a little RED DRESS)
I'd wear this baby. You'll kill in it.
EXT. ELIZABETH'S TOM HOUSE - THAT AFTERNOON
A Limousine waits at the curb. Martin, in a black leather jacket
and shades, hands the luggage off to the Limo Driver. Elizabeth hugs her Father
good-bye. Then, it's Hallie's turn. She throws her @ around her Grandfather.
You're coming to Napa for Thanksgiving, right?
I wouldn't miss it for the world.
Hallie rises up on her tiptoes and kisses her Grandfather good-bye.
GRANDFATHER (as she runs off)
Say hello to your Father for me!
(waving as she gets in Limo)
EXT. GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE - ESTABLISHING - DAY
EXT. THE FOUR SEASONS - SAN FRANCISCO - DAY
A CLOCK above the hotel's entrance clicks to twelve noon.
INT. HOTEL LOBBY - DAY
Meredith walks across the lobby with her PARENTS, a stunning couple in
their early fifties. We can see where she gets her looks and confidence.
(checks her watch)
Okay, they'll be here any minute... Be nice, Daddy. He's
everything you ever wanted for your little girl... plus millions more.
Then you know I'll be nice.
Okay, there he is...
(her face drops)
-- with the whole motley crew.
ANGLE THE FRONT ENTRANCE
Nick, Annie, Chessy and Sammy ENTER the Lobby. Meredith
rushes to greet them, kissing Nick.
(then, nods to the others)
Hallie, Chessy... And Sammy, what in the world are you doing
Honey, a dog in The Four Seasons?
Hal begged me to bring him.
And naturally you said 'yes'.
Sammy snaps at Meredith.
(sotto, pats Sammy)
Meredith, these the folks..?
Yes! Mom... Dad... finally, you all meet.
(links arms with Nick)
This is my fiance and the love of my life, Nick Parker and this
is his adorable daughter Hallie who we can all thank for bringing us together this
weekend... This entire get together was her idea I'll have you know...
Well, how are you young lady, I've heard nothing but wonderful
things about you.
EXT. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL - SAMF. TIME
A TAXI pulls up and Martin and Hallie step out. Martin then
reaches in the backseat and helps Elizabeth out. She is wearing dark sunglasses and
is more than a little tipsy.
She takes a small airplane-size vodka bottle from her purse and polishes
it off, tossing it over her shoulder. Martin CATCHES IT before it crashes to the
ground. As Hallie and Martin guide Elizabeth up the steps to the hotel...
That was a great flight, wasn't it? So quick.
I never saw you so... thirsty, before, ma'am.
-- You mean you never saw me drink so much vodka before!
Guess what? I've got news for you, Marty old chap... never tasted the stuff
before. Not once.
Could've fooled me, ma'am.
Hello, Doorman. Oh, you scared me, I thought you were
real for a minute..
I'm in such major trouble here.
INT. HOTEL LOBBY
Martin and Hallie lead Elizabeth through the Lobby and deposit her at
the Front Desk. Miraculously, Nick and Meredith are nowhere in sight.
Elizabeth RINGS the BELL a zillion times. -Hallie stops her by placing her hand over the
Mom, you gonna be okay?
Absolutely. Never felt better in my life. But
darling, tell me 'cause I'm a bit confused... Have we landed yet?
With that comment, Hallie lies her head down on the counter.
WHIPS ACROSS THE LOBBY
where Meredith, her folks, Nick, Chessy, Annie and Sammy EXIT a
-- I'm just saying, I know it's short notice,, but if they can do it, I
think it would be a brilliant room for the wedding... Not too big, not too cramped... Not
that I don't like the idea of getting married at the house... I do but this could be...
CAMERA WHIPS BACK ACROSS THE LOBBY
as Hallie leads Elizabeth away from the FRONT DESK and toward a BANK OF
ELEVATORS. Elizabeth tries to hitch a ride on a passing luggage cart. Martin
peels her off.
ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE LOBBY
Sammy sniffs like a Hound Dog on the hunt, pulling Annie away from Nick,
Meredith and Meredith's Folks. Annie holds onto Sammy's leash while at the same
time, holding Chessy's hand. They are dragged across the lobby as they others stay
I've already checked us in, so why don't we go up to the rooms,
freshen up, then meet for lunch?
Sounds good, I'm starved. Meet you back here in ten.
(kisses her Dad on the cheek)
(then, leaning on Nick)
Sweetheart, want to check out the Honeymoon Suite while we're
here? I bet it's to die for.
AT THE SAME TIME - ELIZABETH, Hallie AND
step into an OPEN ELEVATOR. As the doors are about to
She sticks out her band and the doors POP BACK OPEN.
-- Forgot my purse.
She RUSHES OUT of the elevator and CROSSES BACK toward the
Front Desk just as...
SNIFFS HIS WAY
toward HALLIE'S OPEN ELEVATOR. Sammy looks up, sees his favorite
(from the elevator)
Hallie and Annie lock eyes as SAMMY BOLTS from Annie and leaps INTO THE
ELEVATOR, paws up on Hallie, licking her face.
AT THE FRONT DESK - ELIZABETH GRABS HER PURSE
and heads back to the elevator where she joins Annie, putting her arm
Chessy's eyes widen, she does AN IMMEDIATE ABOUT-FACE so as not-to be
Honey, you didn't have to wait for me, I could've found the
room by myself. Besides ...
I've got to make a pit stop. Vodka makes you have to go
like crazy... Go on,thweetie, I'll meet you upstairs ...
(Chessy sneaks a peek at her)
I mean, upthstair... uppth... upppthst...
I'll meet thyou up... thstairs!
(EXITS, then turns back)
I like that jacket by the way. Were you
wearing that the whole time on the plane?
Elizabeth turns back and just misses colliding with a Bellhop carrying a
huge BOUQUET OF FLOWERS. Annie slaps her forehead.
She's drunk. She's never had more than one glass of wine
in her entire life and she chooses today to show up zonked.
(leading her into an elevator)'
Just do what the woman says and meet her upthstairs.
Chessy and Annie get into a waiting elevator, it's DOORS CLOSE and they
A BEAT LATER
Nick and Meredith stroll up to the same elevators. Meredith
nibbles on Nick's ear as an elevator arrives. They step INSIDE THE ELEVATOR.
Alone at last.
Meredith folds her arms around Nick's neck. At that very
moment, Nick spots:
ELIZABETH - STANDING DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF HIM
Nick blinks, unable to believe his eyes. Elizabeth smiles and
gives him a little wave.'
Nick's EYES WIDEN as Meredith, her back to Elizabeth, continues kissing
Nick. As the ELEVATOR DOORS START TO CLOSE, Nick leans further and further to his
right, trying to keep his eyes on Elizabeth. He leans, he leans ... but the DOORS
CLOSE. He stands there stunned, eyes wide open.
INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR - MOMENTS LATER
Elizabeth barrels down the hallway, focused and furious.
Simultaneously, 7WO DOORS OPEN ACROSS THE HALL FROM EACH OTHER.
Hallie stands in one doorway, Annie in the other.
Don't do this to me, I'm already seeing double! Which one
of you is Hallie?
(Hallie raises her hand)
(then, softens at the sight of Annie)
oh, honey ... hi...
Elizabeth crosses to Annie and hugs her.
You look beautiful. So tan and healthy...
(kisses her, then, remembering)
Okay you two:.. How could you do this to me?
(arriving behind Annie)
.may I suggest we take this little pow-wow inside.
Hi, you probably don't remember me...
I knew I always liked you.
INT. HOTEL SUITE - MOMENTS LATER The Girls sit
Let me put this as sucthinkinctly as possible. You...
(points to Hallie)
(points to Annie)
-- One of you told me your father knew I was arriving here
today... And I'm here to tell you the man I just saw in the elevator had absolutely no
idea he and I were on the same planet, let alone in the same hotel.
You saw Dad already?
Yeth. And it was completely and utterly
humiliating. I gotta lie down... (flops down on sofa, resting her head on a pillow)
The man went completely ashen. Like I was the bloody
ghost of Christmas past.
(rubs her head)
Can one of you get me something cold for my head?
(the Girls cross to the bar)
Don't you think I've pondered what it was going to be-,like to
see your father again after all these years?
(the Girls exchange a look)
Well, let me tell you, me waving like a mindless idiot while
Nick Parker is wrapped in another woman's arms is not exactly the scenario I had in
mind. No sireee...
(the Girls arrive with a wet washcloth and a glass of
(she places the wash cloth on (MORE)
her forehead, shuts her eyes)
And furthermore and much worse, is the fact that I've been lied
to by my own children and I'd like to know why.
On that note, Martin passes through the room wearing only a SPEEDO
BATHING SUIT. Elizabeth cracks open an eye, sits up.
Martin! What are you doing?
Going for a swim. Do you mind?
No, no, that's perfectly perfect. By all means, yes, have
fun... someone ought to. Just put on a shirt... my God...
She lies down again as Chessy ENTERS from an adjoining room with
Sammy. She stops when she sees Martin.
There seems to be something in the air between them.
Oh, Chessy, this is our butler, Martin.
(plainly interested, extends her hand)
How do you do?
I'm her butler.
(gallantly kissing her hand)
Gee, the pleasure's all mine, monsieur.
The Girls can't believe it and suppress their giggles.
Girls! You were going to tell me why you lied and brought
me here without telling your father!?!
Were they? 0-kay, that's good.
(starts tip-toeing out)
Well, then why don't I just slip back into my room and check
out the ol' mini bar...
(trying to escape)
Allow me to assist you...
(sits straight up)
Wait! You mean everyone knows but me?!? What's
going on here?
Mom... Daddy's getting married.
Oh. I see... getting married...
-- To Cruella de Ville. She's awful, Mom...We can't let him go
through with it.
Girls, your father's a grown man and quite capable of deciding whom he
wishes to marry..
But she's all wrong for him. And the only way he won't
marry her is...
You tell her, she )knows you better.
Is if he sees you again.
You're trying to fix me up with your father.
Why not? You're perfect for each other.
A match made in heaven.
By now, Chessy and Martin have reached the door.
Hold it! You two knew about this?
MARTIN AND CHESSY
(turn, ad jibbing at the same time) No. Not exactly. We
tried to reason with them. What could we do? They made us do it. We're
the hired help. Don't fire us. It was a mistake.
okay, let me say this loud and clear. Nick Parker and I
have nothing in common... anymore. Plus, in case you haven't noticed, he seems
extremely content with his leggy, long haired, tight-skirted fiance. I want the two
of you to explain to your father that I am here for one purpose only and that's to switch
you two back. Now, let's do what we have to do and be done with it.
CLOSE ANGLE - MEREDITH
in THE SUITE NEXT DOOR.
No. I don't understand.
Nick nervously runs his fingers through his hair and straightens his
clothes as he tries to get out the door.
I just need to go downstairs for a few minutes to c-c-clear my head...
then I'll meet you for lunch.
Clear your head? What do you have to clear your head
about? Is something wrong?
I hope not. I mean... no. What could be wrong? We're
getting married in ten days, everything's perfect.
I gotta go.
'He quickly kisses her on the cheek, opens the door.
We're still going ring shopping after lunch, right?
Of course! For the funeral. I mean, for the
Don't listen to me. I'll see you there. I mean, here.
He slips out the door, hurries down the CORRIDOR and bumps right into
Hey, Dad, what's up?
Just running down to the lobby. Hey, Hal, do me a favor,
keep Meredith company, willya?
Do I look alright? Like presentable and everything? Not too
You look fab, Dad. Young and fabulous.
LOBBY - MOMENTS LATER
Nick rushes off the elevator, looks around for Elizabeth. lie turns a
corner and bumps into the real Hallie, who hasn't seen her Dad all summer.
I thought you were going to keep Meredith company?
I was? 'I mean, I am. Yeah. I was actually just
looking for her.
It's great to see you, Dad. She can't help herself and gives
her Dad a quick hug.
It's great to see you too, squirt. (pats her on the
Now go on, get up there.
Nick heads off in one direction as CAMERA TRACKS Hallie back to the
elevators. An elevator PINGS and Meredith steps out, checking herself in a
compact. She snaps the lid shut when she sees Hallie (who has never laid eyes
Have you seen your father?
You talkin' to me?
What are you, Robert DeNiro? Yes, I'm talking to you.
oh! Meredith... Uh, yeah, I just saw him...
(straightens out her suit)
Well, hel-lo? Where was he?
Oh, he went; thataway, I think.
(sizing her up)
What are you staring at?
Oh, nothing. You really are pretty... -that's all.
Don't tell me you're going to break your rotten streak and
suddenly be nice to me?
If you see your father, tell him I'm waiting.
(to herself, as Meredith exits)
Whatever you say,'Cruella.
EXT. HOTEL CORRIDOR
Nick ducks his head into THE HOTEL GIFT SHOP, looking for
Elizabeth. Instead, he sees Annie buying a candy bar. He does a double-take.
What are you doing? I thought you were gonna...
-- She wasn't in her room, Dad.
she wasn't? Oh... okay... See you in a little bit, kid.
if not sooner, Dad.
INT. HOTEL CORRIDOR - MOMENTS LATER
Nick walks along the corridor, looks through a bank of windows and
thinks he sees Elizabeth walking through the HOTELIS GARDEN. He tries to get a
closer look but gets caught in the midst of a group of Japanese Tourists. Elizabeth
notices him and gives a little wave.
Nick weaves through the Tourists but when he gets to the patio,
Elizabeth is gone. Discouraged, he pauses, then SEES Hallie sitting in a large
wicker chair, under a palm tree, sipping a fruit cocktails He jumps, surprised.
Lookin, for somebody, Dad?
HOTEL BAR - MOM = S LATER
Meredith enters, takes a seat at the nearly empty bar. only one other
customer sits at the bar - Elizabeth. Meredith sits one stool away from her.
The Bartender delivers a red concoction to Elizabeth, who holds a glass of ice to her
Here you go. This'll cure anything you got. Just
don't ask what's in it.
Okay... Here's to..'
(turns to Meredith, not
Here's to you. May your life be far less complicated than mine.
Elizabeth tosses down the drink and winces at the taste.
Martini, dry and a pack of Parliaments.
I apologize. Really, I'm so... (belches again)
-- sorry. I think I just drank tar.
The Bartender hands Meredith her drink and Elizabeth her bill.
Elizabeth signs her check and Meredith sneaks a peak at her signature, practically choking
on her Martini.
You're Elizabeth James?
I can't believe it. You're the designer,
I faxed your office just yesterday. I
saw a wedding dress you designed and fell
completely in love with it. Your office
said you were out of town and they didn't
know if you could make another one. I
can't believe it. This is fate.
(moves to' seat next to her,
extending her hand)
I'm Meredith Blake.
(shaking her hand)
How do you do?
MEANWHILE - AT THE POOL
Nick steps into the sunlight, still searching for Elizabeth. He
sees a Woman resembling Elizabeth sitting under a large straw hat. He crosses to
her, takes a quick peek, realizes it's not her and smiles an apology to the Lady and her
BodyBuilder Husband. He backs into an umbrella as Meredith's Parents join him.
There you are! We've been looking all over for you!
Nicholas, I think this hotel is perfect for the wedding... The
more I see of it, the more I like it.
(still looking around)
Me too. Absolutely.
Nick glances across the pool and spots Elizabeth arrive, talking on a
cell phone. She waves shyly at Nick, slipping on sunglasses.
Tell me, dear, how many guests will there be from your side of
the family? Just a guesstimate?
(staring across at Elizabeth)
I'm not sure at the moment... Can I get back to you on that
I 0 0
Of course, And are we thinking formal attire or...
A small contingent passes in front of Elizabeth, blocking her from
Nick's view. Not wanting to lose her, Nick darts around a Towel Boy, side-steps a
couple of Toddlers, then trips over a rubber duck.
(lying on a chaise next to Martin, looks up)
Boss, you okay?
Nick glances over at her, gets tangled up in Sammy's leash and almost
crashes right into Annie.
Dad! Watch out!
Too late! Annie and Sammy jump out of the way as Nick SPLASHES
head first into the deep end of the-pool.
and SEES Nick pulling himself out of the pool and coming toward her,
soaking wet, cheek bleeding, not looking terribly happy.
Nick, hello... Long time no see...
Please try not to go crazy...
A little late for that advice. What is going on? I
haven't seen or heard from you in eleven years and suddenly you're popping up everywhere I
look and naturally on the day I'm--
Annie appears at her Mother's side.
-- Dad, I can explain why she's here.
Hallie, you know who this is?
Actually, yes. And actually I'm not Hallie.
Hallie appears on Elizabeth's other side.
Actually, I am.
Nick looks from Annie to Hallie, back to Annie, then to
Elizabeth. She's nods. He's speechless.
Both of them? Annie... Hallie...
I guess you and Mom sort of think alike ,cause you both sent us
to the same camp. We met and the whole thing kind of just spilled out.
They decided to switch places on us, Nick.
Wait a minute. You mean I've had Annie all this time5
I wanted to know what you were like and
Hallie wanted to know Mom. Are you angry?
it takes a moment to sink in, then Nick takes Annie in his arms.
Honey, of course not. It's just... I can't believe it's
you. The last time I saw you... you had diaper rash. Look at you...
Well, I'm quite grown up now and quite without a father.
And I'm headed into my crazy mixed'-UP teenage years and I'll
be the only girl I know without a mother to fight with.
(still trying to put it together)
Hal, you've been in London all this time?
He pulls her to him..
I 0 2
Mom's amazing, Dad... I don't know how you ever let her go.
Girls, why don't you let your father and I talk for a couple of
The Girls take off. Nick grabs a towel ... dries his
oh, man, I can't believe this. Seeing them together...
and you... and...
How are you, Lizzie or does everyone call you Elizabeth now?
No, no, Lizzie's fine. My Dad still calls me
Lizzie. I've been terrific. How 'bout you?
Well, I've had better days.
(touches his cheek)
Let me help you with that?
(to passing Towel Boy)
Excuse me, do you have a First-Aid kit?
Okay, lie down...
Nick lies on a chaise as the Towel Boy returns with a First Aid
Kit. Elizabeth sits beside Nick, tending to his cut.
(looking up at her)
How is your Dad, still sneaking those stogies?
They exchange a smile.
I can't believe it, you haven't changed at all...
You thought maybe I'd be fat and grey?
Well, not grey...
-- Finally! There you are!
Nick and Elizabeth turn, looking CLOSE ENOUGH to be kissing.
Meredith is taken aback.
(thrown by seeing them together)
Oh. You've met Elizabeth. Good. Honey, Elizabeth's
going to make my... wedding gown... But, I don't understand... How did you two meet and
why are you so wet?
I wasn't paying attention and I...
(turns to Elizabeth)
You're making My fiance's wedding gown?
Nick, I didn't know she was y OUR fiance...
How did we meet? How did you two meet?
Am I missing something here?
Sweetheart, you know what? This is one all
Just then, Annie arrives.
Oh, hi, Mer.
How ya doin'?
Meredith SCREAMS at seeing double.
Honey, did I ever mention Hallie was a twin?
No, as a matter of fact, you didn't. Two of them?!?
Don't feel bad, Mer, he never mentioned it to me, either.
Imagine My surprise. By the way, I'm the real Hallie. This is Annie. She
was just pretending to be me while I was in London pretending to be her. And this is
our Mom, Elizabeth James. By the way Dad, I want to change my name to Hallie
This is your mother?
You were married to Nick?
well, this is a small world.
And getting smaller.
And what a coincidence that we're all here on the same exact
it's not exactly a coincidence. The children arranged it
so their father and I could work out their custody situation.
The Girls smile.
I 0 5
The children arranged it? Oh. How sweet.
INT. TIFFANY - THAT AFTERNOON
CLOSE on a JEWELRY CASE filled with DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RINGS.
CAMERA TILTS UP to find Nick and Meredith, browsing in Tiffany.
I'm sorry, I just don't see why you have to have dinner with
your ex-wife with her little 'Mary Poppin's accent. Why couldn't you just meet her
in the lobby, discuss the custody, shake hands and say good-bye? I'll tell you why -
because your daughters don't want me to marry you.
That's not true.
Can we have some help over here, please?
It-s totally true. They see me as the ,evil step-mother., Trust
me, I'm not being paranoid. Those girls have something up their sleeve...
(without missing a beat, to Saleswoman)
Can I try on the emerald cut please? No, the bigger one... The
Honey, calm down. The girls have never had a meal with
both their parents in their entire lives. How could I say no?
(lightening up as she slips on
I told you to let me represent you on all your negotiations, didn't I?
(showing, him the ring)
This is incredible. What do you think?
I think I have to get dressed for dinner.
I 0 6
If you love it. I love it.
(throws her arms around him)
I love it.
EXT. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL - THAT NIGHT
Nick and Hallie exit, both dressed to the nines. A LIMO waits by
Hal, I've had enough surprises for one day... just tell me
where we're going...
You're gonna love it, Dad, trust me.
Just then, Elizabeth and Annie step out of the hotel. Elizabeth is
wearing the red dress Martin recommended. Nick tries not to admire her too openly.
Hi. So do you know where they're taking us?
She won't crack.
(as they cross to Limo, hands them eye shades)
Okay, now put these on. You can take them off when we
reach our destination.
We're going in a limo?
You want one of us to drive?
(off Nick's look)
Please, indulge us.
A DARK STREET - NIGHT
A FOGHORN sounds, as the Limo pulls to a stop. The Girls hurry
Okay, you can take them off.
Nick and Elizabeth exit, taking off their blindfolds. Their eyes
widen as they look ahead and SEE:
AN EXQUISITE 150 FOOT YACHT
all lit up and bobbing gently in the sparkling Bay.
She's ours for the night.
And exactly how are we paying for her?
Hallie and I pooled our allowances.
Nick and Elizabeth look at her doubtfully.
Okay, Grandfather pitched in a bit. (they continue looking at
her) Okay, he pitched in a lot.
Nick and Elizabeth exchange a quizzical look, as they follow -the Girls
down the steps to the DECK, where a Uniformed Captain welcomes them aboard.
okay folks, right this way...
Hallie and Annie open a pair of DOUBLE DOORS:
And in front of them, they SEE:
AN ROMANTIC DINING ROOM
where a candle-lit table is set for two. The windows reveal the
San Francisco Bay, lit by the yacht's twinkling lights.
The table's only set for two.
That's the other part of the surprise we're not joining you.
The Girls smile and shake their heads as Chessy ENTERS, dressed as a
Ship's Steward, in tropical white.
No, but I am. Good evening, I'm Chessy, I'll be your
server tonight. No wisecracks please.'
At that moment, out steps Martin, also dressed in ship's whites and
carrying a bottle of champagne.
And I'm Martin, your Sommelier. May I offer you both a
taste of the bubbly in hopes that you'll get a little snickered and won't can this lovely
lady and myself for following the orders of two eleven year-olds...
Annie, mood music, if you please.
Annie pushes a few buttons and the LIGHTS DIM. Moonlight spills
into the room as we HEAR Sade's Smooth Oper-ator play over the cabin's speakers.
(like a hypnotist)
Relax... Sail through time...
-- Back to yesteryear...
The Girls disappear behind double doors, leaving Nick and Elizabeth
looking thoroughly confused. Chessy approaches with a tray of hors d'oeuvres.
You don't get it, do you? Smooth Oper-ator...'Big hit in
186 ... The year you two met... Hors d'oeuvre?
So, that's what this is all about.
Nick notices a LIFE RAFT with a homemade sign that says QE2 hanging on
They're recreating the night we met ...
The boat... the music ...
(points to herself)
(a little misty-eyed)
it's incredibly sweet.
Martin, I think I'll have that drink.
Martin pours them both champagne, then he and Chessy slip away.
To tell you the truth, I haven't been on a boat since the -QE2.
Neither have 1.
A soft wind blows Elizabeth's hair.
(taken with her, lifts his glass)
Well then, here's to...
(finishing his sentence, lifts her glass)
(not exactly what he was thinking, but okay) To our daughters.
THROUGH A PORTHOLE
Hallie and Annie sneak a peek, thrilled to see their Parents toasting.
BACK TO SCENE
You know, I always see you in Hallie. I always
have. Something about her eyes ...
That's funny. I always see you in Annie.
Something about her smile.
An awkward moment, they each sip their champagne. As they glance
over at the porthole, the Girls drop out of sight.
Now I know how a goldfish feels.
(re: Girls) '
They turned out pretty good though, huh?
We've been lucky.
Sometime, if we're ever really alone maybe we could talk
about... what happened between us. It all feels a bit hazy to me now... It ended so
It started so fast.
Now that part I remember perfectly.
THROUGH ANOTHER PORTHOLE
Chessy and Martin watch.
Looks like things are heating up nicely. I'd say it's safe to
serve the vichyssoise.
You ladle, I'll serve.
They start back toward the galley. It's tight, they try to pass
one another and get momentarily stuck, their eyes lock, then they squeeze past each other.
(pulling himself together)
Yes, I'll ladle.
Right. And Ill...
THE I)INING ROOM - SAME TIME
So, you've done incredibly well. Your dream of owning
your own vineyard... it actually came true.
Hey, how about you, always drawing on napkins and corners of
newspapers? Now you're this major designer... pretty impressive.
Yeah, it's amazing. We both actually got where we wanted
Yep. We did.
Chessy ENTERS carrying two bowls of soup and places them in front of
Elizabeth and Nick.
So, what do we do about the girls?
Well, I guess now that they've met, we can't very well keep
them apart. I could keep them half the year and you could--
-- Guys, they can't go to two schools every year.
Okay, I could keep them for a whole year, then you
-- Liz, this is why we...
(looks at Chessy.)
Sorry. Ignore me. I'm gone.
She backs out of the room.
This is why we came up with the solution we have.
Really? I thought it was because we
decided never to see each other again.
Not we Lizzie...
You know that part's become a bit hazy for me too over the
for me too over the years.
You don't remember the day you packed?
No, that day I remember perfectly. Did I hurt you when I
threw that suitcase? I've often wondered.
(rubbing his shoulder)
Let's put it this way, I'll never pitch for the Yankees.
(starts his soup, stops)
So how come you never got married again? I always figured
by now you'd be re-married with a new family...
Me? No... no, no... no...
That's a lot of nos..
That's because I realized a long time ago marriage wasn't for
A beat of silence. Nick starts to eat again, stops.
You know I may be alone with you again, so... About the day you
packed... Why did you do it?
Nick, we were getting along so badly, we found out we each had
tempers, we said
foolish things... So I packed... Got on my first 747 and... you didn't
come after me.
I didn't know I was supposed to.
Well, it really doesn't matter now... Let's put on a good face
for the kids, shall we and get this show on the road...
(looks at her watch)Gosh, I'm still on London time, so...
Okay. Yeah. You're right. Let's get the show
on the road.
Elizabeth starts her soup. Nick joins her, not a word passing
ANGLE - THE PORTHOLE
Annie and Hallie watch, crestfallen.
EXT. FOUR SEASONS HOTEL - ESTABLISHING - FOLLOWING A.M.
INT. HOTEL LOBBY - FRONT DESK - SAME TIME
Elizabeth signs her bill, turns to Martin who tips the Bellman.
All set then. Where's Annie?
I just called, she's on her way down.
Nick and Chessy join them. Everyone's spirits are low.
Okay, so 11.11 uh... send Hallie back to you over Christmas.
And I'll see that Annie spends Easter with you.
The ELEVATOR OPENS and Hallie and Annie step off, dressed identically in
T-shirts and overalls. it's impossible to tell them apart.
I 1 5
This one's Hallie, I'm positive.
(grins at him)
I hope you're right, Dad. You wouldn't want to send the wrong kid
all the way back to England.
Nick looks to Elizabeth, he can't be sure.
Here's our proposition. We go back to Dad's house, pack
our stuff and the four of us leave on the camping trip.
The four of us!?
And when you bring us back, we'll tell you who's Hallie and who's Annie.
Or... You do as we say and I take one of you back with me to
London whether you like or not.
A 747 SOARING INTO A CLEAR BLUE SKY
BOOMS DOWN to...
EXT. NICK'S HOUSE - NAPA - THAT AFTERNOON
As FOUR SLEEPING BAGS are tossed into the TRUNK of Nick's
SUBURBAN. Nick throws in the final bag as Meredith
watches, wearing a tight suit and sunglasses.
What am I supposed to do for three days sit home and knit?
Elizabeth exits the house looking very Out of Africa, carrying a
Excuse me, what is she doing here?
That was the deal - the four of us go together.
What are you suddenly, the Brady Bunch?
This is ridic--
-- Hi, Meredith.
(off her look)
Well, no, as a matter of fact, it isn't. I didn't realize
you were going on this little outing and to tell you the truth, I'm not so sure I am okay
I agree. The ex-wife in the next sleeping bag is a little
I insist you come with us, really.
Meredith stops cold.
Nick, I messed-up up your entire weekend, it's the least I can
do to pay you back.
EXT. NICKIS HOUSE - A FEW MINUTES LATER
Annie and Hallie exit-with Chessy. As the Kids climb into the car,
they notice Elizabeth and Meredith come out of the house. Meredith is now dressed in
tight black work-out gear.
Dad, what's Meredith doing here?
(getting behind the wheel)
Your mother invited her. Be nice.
The Girls look at each other, then to Chessy, as Meredith smiles and
climbs into the front seat.
Okay. Have fun everybody.
Liz, what are you doing?
I really think you and Meredith need time alone before the big
Mom! Come on, that's not the plan.
Honestly, you'll have much more fun without me.
(having second thoughts)
Look, if you're not going... I don't have to go... Trust me,
I'm not exactly a big nature girl.
But this'll be your chance to really get to know the girls...
Starting next week, they're half yours.
Nick catches Elizabeth's eye. She blows him a kiss.
Have fun yall'!
As the car pulls off, Chessy turns to Elizabeth.
I would pay to see that woman climb a mountain.
A VISTA OF RUGGED TERRAIN
as far as the eye can see. CAMERA DISCOVERS Hallie and Annie
climbing a steep hill, wearing back-pack and baseball caps. They're followed by
Meredith, puffing and perspiring, dabbing sunscreen, on her nose as she tries to keep her
balance. Nick brings up the rear. Meredith plops down on a rock, trying to
catch her breath.
I'm gonna kill my trainer... He says I'm in such great shape...
(rubbing her legs)
I can't believe people actually do this for fun.
Girls, hold on, we're stopping.
(coming back towards them)
Again? Dad, at this rate, it'll take three days just to
get up the mountain.
Meredith isn't used to the altitude... Just chill, okay?
Behind Nick and Meredith, we SEE Annie SLIPPING LARGE ROCKS into
Meredith's Prada Backpack.
Somebody hand me my Evian... I can't move.
Annie spots a SMALL LIZARD, grabs it and places it on top of Meredith's
Here you go, Mer.
Meredith takes the bottle, lifts it to her mouth and finds herself
=-TO-EYE with the LIZARD. She SCREAMS, tossing the Evian bottle in the air, losing
her balance and SLIPPING off the rock.
Honey, you okay?
(catching the Lizard)
This little guy was on her Evian bottle, I guess.
(holding Lizard upside down by it's tail)
He won't hurt you, Mer.
(S CREAMS again)
Get it away from me! I hate things that .crawl.
It's disgusting... It's a lizard, it should be a belt. Ugh, how can you touch
it? Put it down!
Annie walks behind Meredith and gently DEPOSITS the Lizard right on top
of Meredith's head.
Why don't I take the lead, you two help
Nick moves off. Meredith rises, still not knowing the Lizard sits
on top of her head.
Sure, you're going to help me... right over a cliff, you'll
(sotto, to Annie)
Not a bad idea. See any cliffs?
Meredith GROANS as she now lifts her much heavier backpack.
Need a hand?
Not from you, thank you. Don't think I can't see right
past those angelic faces. one more trick from you two and I promise I'll make your lives
miserable from the day I say 11 do'. Got it?
Got it, Cruella.
What'd you call me?
Nothing. Not a thing...
(then, turns back)
oh, Mer... I think there's something on your head...
The Girls-walk ahead. Meredith reaches up and feels her hair...
then her HAND lands on the LIZARD. She SCREAMS a BLOOD-CURDLING SCREAM and the
Lizard panics and runs down her
FACE and right INTO HER MOUTH. Meredith's EYES BULGE, she
SPITS the Lizard out, GAGGING and COUGHING. Nick and the
Girls run back.
Are you okay?!? What happened?!
Bright RED and in SHOCK, Meredith stomps her feet and points to Annie
and Hallie. We can almost see the smoke pouring out of her ears.
What did we do, Dad? We were with you.
EXT. TRAIL - A LITTLE LATER
Meredith walks by herself, banging the buttons on her cell phone.
Please work... Hello? Hello?
Meredith stops when she SEES Annie and Hallie bent over examining
something on the ground. Meredith sneaks up behind them and OVERHEARS:
I didn't know they had mountain lions up here.
Oh yeah, the place is crawling with them.
(winks at Annie)
An old Indian guide once showed me how to keep them away.
(picks up TWO STICKS and hits them together)
Just do this and they'll never come near you.
The Girls pick up sticks &,ad move off down the trail, CLACF,ING
them together. Meredith stoops, picks up two sticks, CLACKS them together and
A CRACKLING CAMP FIRE THAT NIGHT
Nick, the Girls and Meredith sit around the campfire. Everyone
eats trout, except Meredith, who sits on a rock, wrapped in a blanket, swatting at
mosquitos and rubbing lotion on her arm.
You sure you don't want some trout, Mom? Is that okay, by
the way? If we start calling you Mom?
I think your mother would prefer if you called me Meredith and
no thank you, I do not eat trout... for the thousandth time. I'll wait until
breakfast. What are we having?
NICK AND THE GIRLS
We always live off the trail up here, it's part of the
What's the other part, being eaten to death by mosquitos?
(swats at another mosquito, then looks at lotion)
You'd think they actually liked this stuff.
What is that you're using? (looks at the bottle, puts
some on his hand)
You're going to attract every mosquito on the mountain.
This is sugar and water... Whered you get this stuff?
Meredith looks to the Girls, who busy themselves eating.
That's it. Im taking a large sleeping pill and
going to bed.
She picks up her two sticks and WHACKS them together as she moves off
toward her tent.
Sweetheart, what are you doing?
I dont want the mountain lions to...
(realizes she's been had)
--There are no mountain lions up here, are
Nick shakes his head. Meredith glares at the Girls, drops her
sticks in the fire, walks to Nick and gives him a luscious kiss goodnight, smiles at the
Girls and marches off to her tent.
I'm telling you guys, lay off. This isn't her thing,
okay? I'm not marrying her because she's Annie Oakley.
Whos Annie Oakley?
Just cool it.
EXT. CAMPSITE - MIDNIGHT
Everything is quiet. An Owl HOOTS in the distance. The Girls
sneak out of their tent and tiptoe over to Meredith's tent.
INT. MEREDITH'S TENT
The Girls step inside, see Meredith fast asleep on her air
mattress. They position themselves at Meredith's head and feet and on the
"count of three", LIFT her up on her mattress. It isn't easy. As
they carry her out, Meredith -moves her arm, brushing her hand across Hallie's nose.
Hallie twitches her nose but keeps going.
The Girls step out of the tent carrying Meredith on her mattress.
CAMERA TRACKS them down a path to the lake-front, where they quietly drag the air mattress
into THE LAKE, nod to each other and push her off.
(watching Meredith drift away)
Sweet dreams, Mommy Dearest.
EXT. LAKE - HIGH SHOT - DAWN
Meredith is sound asleep on her back in the middle of the lake. A
BIRD rests on-her nose.
CLOSER ANGLE - MEREDITH
She flops an arm into the water.
(in her sleep)
That feels so nice...
She gently moves her fingers in the water, then her EYES SPRING
OPEN. She looks straight up as the BIRD flaps its wings and flies across her
face. Meredith SC sits up, realizes she's in the middle of the lake. She SC
again, her voice ECHOING off the mountains.
Nick sticks his head out of his tent, half-asleep, spots Meredith
thrashing around, screaming, in the middle of the lake.
What's she doing in the lake?
Hallie and Annie peek out of their tent and see Meredith splashing back
to the shore in her soaking wet pajamas. She storms past the campfire, kicks the
coffee pot into the air and marches up to Nick.
What's going on?
Here's what's going on, buddy, the day we say I do" is the
day I ship those brats off to Switzerland. Get the picture? It's me or
them. Take your pick.
T-H-E-M. Get the picture?
EXT. NICK'S HOUSE - AT SUNSET
Elizabeth sits on a rocker on the front porch, reading when she hears
Nick and the Girls pull up. She rises to greet them.
Back so soon? Did you have fun?
We've been punished through the end of the century.
Starting now. Go.
We played a couple of harmless tricks on her and she
kinda freaked out a little.
(shows Elizabeth the ring)
We broke up.
oh, jeez ... This-is all my fault. If I
hadn't suggested she go...
-- Tricked her would be more like it.
Like mother, like daughters...
I'm really sorry, Nick.
We are too, Dad... really.
Will you forgive us?
Up to your room!
(when they're gone, he smiles)
I gotta remember to thank them one day.
I think I am.
(not wanting to talk about it)
Im also starving... Chessy around?
She and Martin went off on a picnic around noon... yesterday.
(Nick looks up on that one)
Hopefully they'll be back... soonish...
Who would've thought my Nanny and you Butler...
So, listen, how 'bout I whip us up something to eat?
You know how to cook now?
of course, I )mow how to cook. I can make pasta... and
Pasta sounds good.
UPSTAIRS HALLWAY - A FEW MINUTES LATER
Nick, now clean shaven and wearing fresh clothes, passes the Girl's
room. Inside, we SEE Hallie and Annie in pajamas, getting into bed.
Wow! You look so nice, where are you going.
(shutting their door)
Good night, Ladies!
INT. KITCHEN - MOMENTS LATER
Elizabeth sets the table as Nick enters.
Smells good in here.
Really? I'm just boiling water.
oh. Then it must be you...
(takes out wine glasses)
So what are you in the mood for, red or white?
I think red.
INT. STONE STAIRWELL
leading to Nick's private WINE CELLAR. A cavernous space lit by
beautiful lanterns. The walls are lined with bottles of wine... ladders lean against
the walls, library style.
This is where I keep my private stash. Did you know I also
Yeah, I'm a man of limited interests.
Elizabeth laughs. Nick leads her into a small cozy room, pulls a
bottle from a rack.
Here's a 1921 Burgundy... They say the rain that year made this
the best Burgundy ever harvested... Oh wait, you'll appreciate this one...
(shows her another bottle)
Vi Day, 1946... incredible.
Yeah, I love that...
(shows her another bottle)
The same wine my parents served at their wedding... a 152
Bordeaux. I think my sister was conceived off this baby.
Where Dreams Have No End... 1983.
That one actually took me years to track down.
Why, where's it from?
It's the wine we drank at our wedding. I now have
every bottle ever made.
Can we open one?
You're the only one I'd drink it with.
Nick pulls a bottle from the shelf, dusts it off. He looks at
Elizabeth and sees her eyes are teary.
Just got a little dust in my eye...
I can offer you a clean sleeve to...
(pulling back from the offer)
No, no, I'm fine, now. Really.' All better.
You don't always have to be so brave, you know.
Oh, but I do, actually...
just then, they HEAR the cellar door opening above them and footsteps.
Nick hesitates, looks to Elizabeth, who shrugs.
Yeah... We're on our way up...
Nick and Elizabeth climb the stairs and enter the KITCHEN where they are
greeted by Martin and Chessy. Martin wears shades and a Laker baseball cap.
Welcome back... How was the picnic?
Who knew the man wanted to eat in L.A.? We drove eight hours to
have a picnic in a city with no parks.
But what a town! I saw mountains, beaches, I saw Michael Keaton,
not to mention I found out I have the same hand size as John Wayne and the same shoe size
as John Barrymore.
The man is a lot to handle... but a lot of fun. How was
the camping trip? Aren't you back early? Are we interrupting anything?
We are. Let's go, Marty.
No, no, you're not interrupting anything. Are you hungry? In
the mood for some pasta?
Nick looks at Elizabeth, wishing she hadn't invited them to stay.
You don't mind? We haven't eaten since Hearst Castle.
No, no, it's fine.
I'll set the table for two more...
As Chessy and in Join them, Nick slips the bottle of-wine into a cabinet
and closes the door.
CLOSE - ON A ROW OF SUITCASES
lined up IN FRONT OF NICK'S HOUSE. CAMERA TILTS UP as Elizabeth
comes down the front steps and joins Annie and Martin, who are dressed and ready to go.
Okay, then, I guess that's that. We're really off this
ANGLE NICK, MULIE, CHESSY AND SAMMY
sadly watching as a Cab Driver loads the baggage into the trunk.
The Girls hug and promise to see each other over Thanksgiving. Chessy and Martin hug
and promise to see each other over Christmas...
Then Nick and Elizabeth hug in a distant way and let go very quickly.
Take care of yourself.
The trunk is closed and Elizabeth hugs Hallie hard... Nick hugs
Annie. Elizabeth, Annie and Martin wave, then duck into the cab. As the taxi
pulls off, Chessy, Hallie and Sammy all look up to Nick. He turns away...
EXT. LONDON - ESTABLISHING - DAY
A Taxi ENTERS FRAME, rounds a corner and pulls up in front of
Elizabeth's town house.
INT. F.LIZABETHIS TOWN HOUSE - MOMENTS LATER
Elizabeth and Annie ENTER, dropping their bags by the front
Hi ... We're home
They don't bear anything.
I'll check his study.
Elizabeth ENTERS THE STUDY, and sure enough, there he is, sitting behind
the desk, hidden behind The Financial Times.
The paper comes down and Elizabeth SEES it's Hallie
sitting behind the desk.
Hi, Mom. Did you know the Concorde gets you here in half
Yeah, I've heard that...
Annie arrives in the door behind Elizabeth, shocked to see
What are you doing here?
it took us around thirty seconds after you left to realize we
didn't want to lose you two again.
(appears from the doorway
We. I made the mistake of not coming after you once, Lizzie and
I wasn't going to do it again... no matter how brave you are.
'Elizabeth looks across the study at Nick, her eyes once again filling
up, a smile on her face.
They stand frozen, their eyes locked on each other.
She signals for Hallie to Join her in the hall.
EXT. STUDY - SECONDS LATER
Hallie rushes up to Annie.
We did it! We did it!
OhmyGod, you guys are gonna love living in California....
What do you mean ... California? You two are going to love living
CLOSE ON ELIZABETH AND NICK
embracing by the window. CAMERA PULLS BACK through the WINDOW and
CONTINUES into THE FRONT YARD, revealing Chessy and Martin, in each other's arms.
CAMERA BOOMS UP and AWAY finally REVEALING Sammy barking in the front yard at a little
Poodle in the yard next door. And as Grandfather walks down the street, opens the
garden gate and enters the path to the house, we fade out