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Teaser


Program opens

Open on charcoal drawing of naked couple in an embrace kissing. A couple who look a little like Noel and Felicity


Prof Sherman
Ok let's open this up for discussion...
Felicity?

Reveal ws of art class, Felicity Porter has her hand up

Felicity
I'm not sure, maybe the perspective is off?
I, can't quite put my finger on it but something feels wrong

Sherman
Oh there's definitely something wrong here, but it isn’t the perspective

Felicity
Is it the shading?

Sherman
Perhaps or could it be the fact that you are a manipulator and a liar?

Felicity can't believe what she's just heard. A rumble of voices around the room from fellow classmates

Felicity
What?

Sherman
Not to mention a bit of a slut

Classmates giggle and laugh, Felicity is still grappling with what Dr has said. We see classmates openly laughing.

Felicity hurriedly grabs her bag from beneath her seat.
A fellow student approaches

Bruce
Wow, harsh

Felicity
Bruce

Bruce
You didn’t deserve that

Felicity
I know can you believe her?

Bruce shakes his head in disbelief than leans forward and places both hands on Felicity's shoulders and pulls her forward. He

forces a kiss open her scrunched up face.

Felicity
What are you doing?

Felicity looks down, it's all very awkward.

Noel
Why did you push me away?

When she looks up Bruce has become Noel, and the bad dream seems to be over. Felicity is shaken and struggles to speak

Felicity
I'm, I'm sorry, I didn’t mean to push you away, I was just

Noel
Drunk

Felicity
Confused

Noel
Because you're still in love with me

As Felicity tries to answer we hear an alarm sounding. Scene changes to show Felicity's alarm clock reading 6.56 and an

outstretched hand grabbing it. Felicity is lying back in her bed. Probably thinking that it is a relief that al of that was

just a dream. She rolls over onto her side

Felicity v/o to Sally
Dear Sally
So the dream started on thanksgiving night
Noel's kiss
Its just stirring up feelings I guess I've been trying to avoid
The Monday after break I could barely even look at him

Noel
Hi


Felicity
Hi, how's it going?

Noel
Oh I'm still recovering from my 200 proof hangover

Felicity
Totally

Noel starts unpacking his art class materials. Felicity nervously looks on. Noel stops abruptly and wants to set
the record straight, right away.


Noel
Look, I just wanted to say about
What happened

Felicity
The kiss

Noel
Yeh, ah it was a really stupid drunken mistake, That I totally regret
I feel guilty it

Felicity
Me too

Noel is relieved

Noel
Yeh? OK

Felicity knows this is the right response for Noel to hear but her look isn’t convincing. She thought he was going to say

something all together different.

Felicity
I mean not to mention the trouble we're in now with Sherman

Noel
Yeh I know but,
I thought about it and
She s a professional she's not going to hold this against us

Felicity
Of course she will



Noel
No she wont
She's not going to give us a bad grade because of what happened over thanksgiving

They look over at Sherman together who looks back at them. She is obviously displeased to see them together

Noel smiles and Felicity looks hesitant.

Sherman walks off in disgust

Noel
OK we're dead

Felicity
Dead

Titles

Felicity's room and she is dictating into the tape recorder to Sally as she packs her bag for class

Felicity (into tape recorder)
The three weeks since thanksgiving have been unbelievably frustrating and not just because of finals
Even though I decided against being
in a serious relationship my unconscious mind just wouldn’t co-operate
It wouldn’t let go of Noel
(beat)
Noel
(quietly to herself and then a pause before she recomposes herself)
That kiss, that kiss has not only screwed up my sleep patterns it's put a giant curse on our art class

Felicity daydreaming, staring at Noel in Class.
She is interrupted by Prof Sherman

Sherman
Felicity?

Felicity
Sorry





Sherman
Pay attention, please
(turns to class)
So we should all be getting our final projects ready,
I want you to do two portraits of yourself
One as you see yourself
And one as you think the outside world perceives you, then pair off with a partner and you'll be doing each others portraits

I expect to see at least five of the techniques that we have worked with this past semester

Noel and Felicity turn and stare at each other

Sherman
Chose a face that you like
You're going to be spending a lot of time looking at it, if you want to use colour that’s fine just don’t get fancy keep it

simple

You may want to use a mirror for the self portraits

So let's get your materials together and go for it

Noel leans over to Felicity as Sherman wraps up

Noel
I really want to do this with you

Felicity
Yeh?

Noel
Well I mean unless…

Felicity enthusiastically interrupts

Felicity
No, I want to, of course

Noel
Good, ok

The class wraps up and Noel and Felicity approach Sherman
at her desk.

Felicity
Hi


Noel
Hi

Felicity
Noel and I are..going to be partners
That's ok right?

Sherman
Yes of course

Felicity
Good ,um and we just wanted to let you know that what happened at thanksgiving, um
What you saw, had nothing to do with David

Noel
It's true
It was your punch that did it

Sherman stares at both of them as Noel's attempt at humour fails

Noel
I'm..leaving

Sherman is waiting for Felicity to do likewise, but she stays and wants to say more

Sherman
Do you have a class related question?

Felicity
I really admire you as a teacher
Obviously
I've learned so much from you this semester and..I just ... I wanted to make sure that what happened isn't going to affect

our teacher/student relationship

Sherman
I'm going to pretend you didn’t just ask me that

Felicity
Ok


Sherman
I'll see you on Thursday

Felicity stands in the empty class as Sherman leaves.
Cut to "Ever Since Adam and Eve" book cover. Then we
see Shaun on the phone talking about 'smoothaise'

Shaun
This is fantastic
Ah yes I can bring some samples over tomorrow afternoon
Ah, Absolutely
(makes enthusiastic face at Julie who is on a lounge in the loft)
Yes sir
As much as you would like, what
Ok

Shaun hangs up the phone and pumps up his arms

Shaun
Yes


Julie Emerick
What?

Shaun
I don’t believe this

Julie
What what what what happened

Shaun
Ok, um, you know how I was, I was giving my smoothaise samples away on thanks giving

Julie
Yes

Well apparently there's this investor guy and he, he um, he totally flipped out. Total smoothaise fanatic
And he wants to distribute it to restaurant chains

Julie
Oh my god, that’s amazing

Julie leans forward and gives Shaun a hug.
Shaun is almost speechless


Julie
Congratulations

Shaun
Thank you

Julie
You know I'm going to buy you a drink tonight at Epstein bar

Shaun
Oh you're playing?

Julie
Yes I'm playing

Shaun
Wow that's great

Julie
You absolutely have to come because I sent out like a million flyers and there might be music people there

Shaun
Oh, music people

Sound of door opening and Shaun and Julie turn to see who it is. Its Ben and he's in a fluster

Julie
Hey

Ben
Hey

What's wrong

Ben heads straight to his room without even looking at Shaun and Julie on the lounge

Ben
Nothing

Ben slams the door to his room loudly.
Shaun and Julie look at each other wondering what the problem is with Ben. They wait in silence and then Ben re-emerges from

his room

Ben
My American lit final is due in 48 hours and I haven’t even started yet

That's why I slammed the door

Shaun and Julie are still a little stunned on the lounge

Shaun
Oh

Ben
That’s why I'm going to go and slam it again

Julie
Ok

Ben spins around and true to his word slams the door again to his room


Felicity v/o to Sally
I thought with time the dreams would stop. But they haven’t
In fact they've just gotten more intense

Montage of Felicity drawing and wandering around the art room pushing past silk curtains to an Asian sitar soundtrack and

swirling sound effects.

Noel appears "I've missed you so much"
Then they embrace and kiss

Then Eli(?) appears
"I had her first, you can never take that away from me, no matter how much you love her"

Then we see David appear "I'm the one who really taught her how to make love"

And then Ben "I'm her soul mate"
Then Noel again "No I am"
Then Lucky the Dog! With a superimposition
"I am a metaphor for your sexual ambivalence and confusion"

Suddenly we cut back to the real world and a close up of Felicity in her room. Then we see Noel staring at her.

Noel
You ok?

WS of Noel and felicity sketching each other's portraits

Felicity
Yeh yes
I was just, eh
Thinking about this dream I had
It's no big..

Noel
No tell me
I wanna know what you were dreaming

Felicity

No no no, it doesn’t even make sense at all. I don’t even remember the details
It's just stupid

Noel looks on disbelieving then screws up his face. The two of them return to drawing. Then staring, then flirting.

Felicity
I'm dreading doing the self portrait
Sitting in front of a mirror
Studying every pore of my face
Yuk

Noel
I'm going to have to disagree on that one. Drawing you is well yuck is not the word I'd use to describe it

Again he two of them return to drawing. Then staring, then flirting.

Felicity
How's ah…
How's Ruby?

Noel
Still in LA
She'll be back in a couple of weeks
But she's totally unimpressed with the whole Hollywood Scene

More drawing. Pause

Felicity
You must miss her

Noel
Yeh

The two of them continue drawing and staring at each other
Dissolve through to a slow camera drift over the finished sketches of Noel and Felicity and then onto Felicity and Noel

asleep on the couch - together




Felicity (v/o)
I was pretty sure I was making something out of nothing. That Noel wasn't really sending out signals
I was just imagining them
(pause)
but then something happened
late Wednesday night mid-finals sketch
we took a tv break, I guess we were both exhausted, because we passed out
When I woke up I could feel his breath up against my neck
And noel had his arm around me

Elena
So what happened when you woke up?

Felicity
Nothing, I got up first and he didn't say anything about it

Reveal Elena and Felicity at a table in dorm common room?

Felicity
I don’t know if he did it on purpose, we just went back to drawing

Elena
What happened to I don’t want to date anyone right now?

Felicity
I know but when I said it to David
I meant it
(beat)
last year I had a chance to be with Noel and… if I have the chance again, I just…
I don’t want to make the same mistake again, I mean unless this is all just wishful thinking anyway
(beat)
um, are Ruby and Noel
you know, are they serious?

Elena
I think he likes her
I mean I don’t know I mean
(pause)
You guys have a history
It's a whole different thing
Plus she's been outta town for weeks

Felicity
What does that mean?

Elena
I mean how serious can it be?

Felicity
Do you think I should tell him about the dreams?

Elena
You two have been dancing around this long enough You might as well

A determined looking Felicity walks over to Noel and
Elena's apartment.

Felicity (v/o)
I couldn’t take it anymore
My dreams are adding..
All these things were adding up to some unmistakable conclusions
I had to confront Noel
And I just have to live with the consequences

Felicity knocks on the apartment 'D' door. Ruby surprisingly answers.

Ruby
Hi

Felicity
Ruby!

Ruby
So good to see you

Felicity
Ah yeh

Ruby
They rearranged my shooting schedule
So I could back for my mid term final
C'mon in
Noel's in the shower

Felicity looks completed deflated and almost unsure what to do standing in the door way.

Commercial break.

Open on cu of Noel's face drawn in portrait. It's nighttime and once again Noel and Felicity are sketching each other.


Felicity
I'm, I, I'm thirsty aren't you?

Noel
No

Felicity
Ok I'm just going to ah
Portrait break

Noel
Good, I'm getting carpal tunnel

Felicity
Can you believe its already Christmas?
I mean, I swear I think time's going faster lately

Noel
I know What happened to fall, it's like it skipped and went straight from summer to winter

Felicity grabs a water from the fridge then spies some un wrapped Christmas presents on the table

What's this Christmas shopping
How non procrastinating of you
Or is this Elena's?

Noel
No it's mine

Felicity pulls out a new Palm Pilot box from the bag.

Felicity
Wow which teacher are you trying to butter up?

Noel
Actually, yeh, it's maybe for Ruby

Felicity
Oh

Noel
Maybe

Felicity
Wow

Yeh I'm not sure, I cant decide what the hell to do

Felicity
No I'm sure she'll love it

Noel
I don’t know

Noel opens another box with a different present. He holds up a sweater.

Noel
Is this better?

Felicity
Ah, that's really pretty

Noel grabs another present, a necklace.

Noel
Or? This
(beat)
Too much?

Felicity
No

Noel
It's too much isn’t it?
But is the palm pilot too impersonal?
Because she's always complaining of being disorganized
and my brother got one and said it completely changed his life
And that made me want one, so, it's just
What do you think?

Felicity
Noel I......

Noel
You can say anything you want
They're all returnable

Felicity
I cant tell you what to give Ruby

Noel
I just want your opinion

Felicity
I think they're all really good

Noel
Ok well just tell me which one you would want

There's an awkward pause between the two.

Noel
What? What's going on?

Felicity
I could probably tell you what to give Ruby if I didn't have a personal interest at stake

Noel stares at her, then almost abruptly

Felicity
I wanna go out with you again
I don’t even know how serious you and Ruby are, Or even if you'd be interested in dating me, If you weren’t dating anyone

else

Noel
Oh my god
I'm really, I'm physically really....

Noel moves away from Felicity and sits on the couch.

Felicity
I know this was like a, bombshell

Noel
I don’t, I cant really feel my legs

Felicity cautiously walks over and sits next to a shocked Noel. Neither of them is game to speak again.

Noel
This is bad timing, what you're seeing

Felicity
Mmmm

Noel
Yeh
I saw this guy on the news when I was a kid, Stunt guy
And he was on a motorcycle doing this insane jump over like sixty school buses or something ridiculous you know and
he tried it and he missed

He broke like 80 percent of the bones in his body on the roof of the bus 59
And I remember they interviewed him, ah from the hospital

He was in and was in gauze and he looked up and you could only see his eyes and they asked him if he was going to try it

again and he said "No" and they said "Why not?" and he said "Because I really missed the first time"

Felicity ponders the Noel story and offers up a smile

Felicity
You just said
the perfect thing and thank you for being honest back

Noel
Now I feel weird
It's like reverse reeling (?)

Felicity
No, don’t
We should both feel really good
We just got it out there

Noel
We certainly did that

Felicity
No we can just move on

Noel recomposes himself and Felicity stares at him again

Felicity
Give her the bracelet


Noel
You think?

Felicity
It's what I'd want

Julie Emerick playing at Epstein bar(?) on her folk guitar
Waiters walk past in jeans with xmas hats. Sean is sitting front and center. Julie completes her set and Sean claps loudest

in an appreciative crowd.

Julie moves to the bar and is met by a tall dark handsome bespectacled stranger.

Eric Kidd
Hey


Julie
Hi

Eric Kidd
I found your flyer in my inbox
and I decided on a whim to come check out your show and I'm really glad I did
that was a great set

Julie
thank you, thanks

Eric Kidd
I'm Eric Kidd

Julie
Julie Emerick, oh you know that
you got the flyer

Eric Kidd
yes, ahm, I'm head of A&R at Pop Rock records

Julie
um, I don't...?

Eric Kidd
oh we're growing
you know we have a lot of great acts and we're really into developing new talent
so I wondered have you made any recordings?

Julie
me?

Eric Kidd
yeh

Julie
no, well I've made a couple of really cheezey tapes for myself, I borrowed a four track from my friends, it was like a dog

barking in the background but..

Eric Kidd
I would love to hear it
canine back up and all, maybe I could pass it along onto my partners?

Julie
are you kidding?


Eric Kidd
dead serious, really

look can I buy you a drink or something

Julie
oh god I would love to but I'm in the middle of finals right now and I should not even be here so

Sean walks over and interrupts

Sean Blumberg
hey, you were amazing

Julie
thank you

Sean
amazing

Julie
Sean this is Eric, Eric this is Sean
be really nice cos he's from a record company

Sean looks across pensively at the new face. He doesn't like what he sees. The two shake hands

Eric Kidd
Nice to meet you

Sean
you too

Eric Kidd
well, um, look why don't you give me a call, I would love to hear those tapes, really , there's my card

Julie
thanks

Eric Kidd
welcome
nice meeting you (to Julie)

Julie
thanks for coming

Eric Kidd
nice meeting (to Sean)


Sean
Yeh

Eric exits as Sean and Julie survey the business
card in the crowded Epstein bar.

Julie
oh my god, Pop Rock Records

Elena with new lab partner Gwen working on a class experiment. Felicity enters

Elena
what's up?

Felicity
Noel's the greatest

Elena realises that Felicity is there for a long chat
so she takes off her protective glasses and introduces
the two others.

Elena
Gwen, this is Felicity my old lab partner, Felicity this is Gwen - your replacement

Felicity
It's nice to meet you

Elena
Gwen why don't you continue with the assignment and I'll be just a sec.

Gwen
I'll go...get..

a beaker?

Gwen
a beaker

Elena cant believe how slow her new partner is. She looks across crossly at Felicity who has abandoned her for Art Classes.

Felicity
(playfully)
She's the ah..slow talker





Elena
(wryly)
She's not the fast talker
(beat)
what's wrong?

Felicity
Noel just dumped me

Elena
Since when were you dating?

Felicity
I ah...told him I wanted to see him again and he said no
(beat)
he likes Ruby

Elena
oh honey I'm sorry

Felicity
no no, don't be
I told him how I felt and
he made a choice

Elena and Felicity stare at each other awhile then
Felicity opens up some more

Felicity
It's wierd..I guess I should be miserable or something but...I really respect his decision

Elena
that only makes you want him more?

Felicity
damn right (laughs)

Elena
sucks how that happens

Felicity
yeh

Noel is staring at Ruby. The two are seated in a cafe studying, well Noel is just watching Ruby study waiting for the right

moment to hand over her Christmas present.

And then after he can stare lovingly no longer he breaks her concentration by placing a large gift wrapped box on the table

Noel
Merry Christmas

Ruby
Oh my god
what is it?

Noel
open it

Ruby
(embarrassed)
I didn't get you anything yet

Noel
It's ok?

Ruby gleefully unwraps the present as Noel looks on.

Ruby
A Palm pilot, I totally need one of these

Noel
Yeh?

Ruby
I'm so disorganised..unorganised
whichever one is right

Noel
you sure you like it because I have the receipt, we, we can return it

Ruby
No! I love it

Noel
Yeh, here, let's return it

Ruby
no, stop, this is perfect

Noel
Really?

Ruby
Really !
you're the sweetest
(leans forward and kisses Noel)

Noel
Good, I'm glad you like it

Ruby
Wow, here please
Now hook it up!

Noel
Hook it up
(beat)
Well that was nice


Ruby laughs as she now stares at Noel.

Sean is creating in the kitchen, singing to himself.
Julie enters the loft.

Sean
Hey

Julie
Hello

Sean
you look great

Julie
thanks

Sean
any special occasion?

Julie
Nope, I was just dropping off my tape to that record guy

Sean
who Eric?

Julie
uh-em

Sean
How'd that go?

Julie
He seems really interested

Sean
well that's great, you wanna sandwich or somethin?

Julie
No, actually I just had lunch with him in his office, he ordered pizza

Sean
Really

Julie
Oh god, I am so excited
OK he's thinking about doing this thing called a demo deal where they pay you to have three or four songs recorded and if

they like what they hear, they may actually sign me


Sean
But you didn't, you didn't sign anything yet did you?

Julie
No why?

Sean
I don't know... I just kinda got a bad feeling from him

Julie
What?

Sean
Yeh I mean to be honest he just seemed like a little more interested in hitting on you than, helping your career

Julie
What are you talking about?

Sean
Just telling you what I saw!

Julie
I don't believe I am standing telling you something just happened to me and all that you can talk about is how you think that

he was hitting on me?

Sean
Ok I'm sorry
maybe I'm wrong

Julie
You know..when you told me about your stupid smoothaise investor I was just happy for you



Sean
Wait a minute
Stupid? smoothaise investor

Julie
He's got two partners, they own a record company, the guy is legit

Sean
the guy is a little slimey OK?

Julie
you don't even know him

Sean
I don't need to know him. I met him

Julie
you think just because I am girl that he's trying to scam on me and I don't have any business sense what so ever

Ben storms out of his room and interrupts

Ben
OK OK OK
I'm staring at a blank computer screen panicked!
trying to write a paper on a topic I don't understand
So please, shut up

Ben leaves and goes back to his room. Julie decides to get out too

Julie
It's fine cos; I'm leaving

Sean
No...Julie
Come on

Julie grabs her bag and stares angrily back at Sean and leaves the loft.

Noel is drawing Felicity's face as they continue their assignment for Art class.

Felicity
I hope what I said earlier didn't freak you out



Noel
No, no no
it was..the nicest thing you ever said to me


Felicity
OK
(beat - stares at Noel)
So did you end up giving Ruby the bracelet?

Noel
Actually I gave her the Palm pilot


Felicity
Really? How did she take it?

Noel
Seemed to like it

Felicity
Good

Neither of them talk for a while, thinking about what they had said to each other the previous time they met. Then suddenly

Noel tosses his sketch of Felicity on the ground.

Noel
All right

Felicity
Let me see it

Noel
No, I made you look like a really cute tomato

Felicity laughs

Felicity
I think I finally got your eyes right

Noel
Yeh?

Felicity
Yeh

Noel
Hey can I try something?


Felicity
What?

Noel
Bruce, that that guy from class

Felicity
yeh! you know he was in a dream I had recently

Noel
Disturbing - wow!
Ah anyway, he was telling me about this technique where before you draw, ah you get close and stare deeply into the other

person's eyes, like non-stop

Felicity
the eyes being the window to the soul, that kinda thing

Noel
yeh, you know sorta like looking for the inner essence of your subject He says he does it when he gets blocked and I thought

he was hitting on me at first, then I met his girlfriend and realised it's natural artistic exercise...

so you mind?

Felicity
No

Noel
Ok well, why don't you come over here and we'll...stare

Felicity puts down her sketch board and moves very close to Noel on the sofa. They stare and stare and draw closer to each

other until finally their lips are almost touching.

Suddenly the door swings open as Elena enters.

She is amused as Noel and Felicity awkwardly pretend they are just sitting on the sofa, doing nothing in particular.

Noel
what?

Elena
you two were about to kiss that's what


Felicity
(anxious)
Elena

Elena
It's OK go ahead, get it over with

Noel
we were not about to kiss

Elena
It's alright with me, it doesn't have to be thanksgiving

Elena collect s her mail and leaves the other two to sit on the couch, wondering what might have been had she not walked in.

Commercial break


Noel and Felicity are in bed together, asleep and lying on white silk sheets. It is an image from a dream

Felicity v/o to Sally
Last night's dream was the most unsettling so far

Felicity wakes and looks under her pillow and see the bracelet that Noel had bought for Ruby for Christmas.

Then Noel is replaced with Ruby in the dream image.

Felicity
Oh no

Ruby
I really wanted that bracelet

Felicity
Me too

Ruby
You too?
Interesting

Ruby looks down and shows Felicity the palm pilot

Ruby
So is this your idea?

Dream image ends and reveal a exam class from high up in the rafters.

Felicity v/o to Sally
Sally you know that feeling, when you're driving somewhere and you can't remember how you exactly how you got there?

well I just took my French Lit final and I have no idea what the question was

Ben and Sean are seated at the loft kitchen table.
Ben is trying to highlight mark a text book in his
cramming for his own final exams.

Suddenly he gets up and throws the highlight marker across the room

Sean
Hey Roger Clemens, what's your problem?

Ben
Nothin

Sean
You know I know what that's like
when you just wanna throw a highlighter across the room, makes sense

Ben
American literature

Sean
Things you learn at college

Ben
No, it's my final paper, it's impossible

Sean
No, no final papers are a hassle, OK
Paying for life is impossible

swear to god if I could switch places with you, I almost would

Ben
No thanks, what, so what you got money trouble?

Sean
Nuh
(beat)
no, no no it's nothing, it's just that R&D is very expensive
ok, but when smooothaise hits, which I know it will

no question about it
I'm gonna look back on this period of my life and I'm gonna laugh about it

Ben
well I'm already looking at this period of life and laughing

Sean
Huh
(beat)
what's your paper?

Ben leans forward and hands Sean the question paper hoping he can help.

Ben
It's the Invisible man

Sean
What?
Examine the theme that American society wilfully ignores and oppresses African Americans

Ben
yeh, in five thousand words
(beat)
see all I can think about is that when this guy makes himself invisible it's like some sorta
metaphor, you know what I mean

Sean looks at a struggling Ben.

Sean
Metaphor?

Ben
yeh this guy comes in the city all dressed up in bandages and everybody's like "Hey whata freak"

Sean lifts the book up that Ben is reading and looks at the cover - HG Wells "The Invisible Man"

Sean
HG Wells?

Ben
Yeh, so I'm thinking that's what it's like for some people
but I, I have no idea, feel like a total idiot

Sean
Oh I think you are an idiot

Ben
thanks

Sean
but not for the reason you're thinking

Ben
(exasperrated)
Sean, c'mon it's not funny

Sean
Oh no, it's not funny
see...you're supposed to be reading "Invisible man" by Ralph Ellison

The mix up dawns on Ben as he stares at the text book

Ben
There's another "Invisible Man"?

Sean almost cant look for amusement. he just nods a yes.

Ben
Two books with the same name Sean?
that is so....stupid

Sean
No that's a metaphor Ben

Ben
Shut up

Ben laughs and reclines into the chair, feeling pretty stupid himself

Sean
You know what? I shouldn't have told you!

Ben
I cannot believe I read the wrong freakin book.

A door slams in the corner and grabs Sean's attention.
Julie storms in and walks straight up to Sean

Julie
Just so you know Eric Kidd gave my tape to his partners and they loved it

Ben looks on as he packs his backpack with the wrong text book.

Sean
Who's Eric Kidd?

Julie
Oh just the guy who wants to get in my pants

Ben
So what they're signing you?
that's great

Julie
I know
Eric just wants to hear from one guy but once he does he's going to draw up the contract

Ben
well, congratulations

Julie
Thank you
we're you going?

Ben
Ah, Book store

Ben exits the loft and Julie sits down at the table with Sean.


Sean
I'm sorry. I was um..just being a little over protective

Julie
I get to record my songs

Sean
How much fun is that going to be?

Julie smiles as the ice is broken

Sean
He if you need anybody to play the Oboe, high school band

Julie
I didn't mean to be..


Sean
No No
Hey forget it c'mon, that was...
(beat)
the smoothaise investor?
OK? wasn't actually the investor
he was liaison or a secretary, turns out
so..

Julie
(disappointed)
Oh

Sean
Yeh totally fell apart, which was actually you know a good thing
because the guy was talking to me about signing over all the rights and I would never have done that

Julie
Of course you wouldn't

Sean
no

Julie
I'm sorry

Sean
yeh, well
whatever
(beat)
Congratulations, though seriously

Julie
thank you
I'm going to go call my parents

Felicity is in her dorm room staring at a mirror, sketching a self portrait. Ruby knocks and enters.

Ruby
Sorry

Felicity
No, that's ah..hi
I wasn't just staring at myself
I'm actually doing a self portrait for class

Ruby
Oh I know, Noel told me about the assignment
(beat)
do you have a second?

Felicity
yeh yeh of course c'mon in

Ruby
I'm sort of having this stupid crisis

Felicity
is it about finals?

Ruby
No, it's about Noel

Felicity
oh

Ruby
I wasn't even going to ask you, because you dated him
but then I realised that's why I should ask you
(she laughs nervously)
Oh god just shows how lame I am with guys
you know I'm doing that movie right?

Felicity
Right, which is great

Ruby
I guess it is, it just seems sorta like it's not me but...
so they're giving me this thing called per diems
which is money, like free money on top of what they are already paying me, so...I'm thinking of getting Noel a ticket

Felicity
what kind? a plane..ticket?

Ruby
yeh to come back with me, to Los Angeles
the movie said they needed me for two more weeks, which is insane, since all I do is sit around
(beat)
why I am asking you is because it seems a little extravagant..
would it freak him out?

Felicity
um, I don't know, I ....

Felicity doesn't know what to say or do and nervously starts rubbing the back of her neck

Felicity
I don't think it would

Ruby
So if you were me?
you'd give it to him

Felicity
If I were you
(long pause)
yeh
I mean but you know don't...really take my advice

Ruby
Oh no, I'm gonna

Ruby excitedly leaves almost without finishing the conversation. A confused Felicity offers up a final thought as she leaves.

Felicity
Oh

New York streetscape as Felicity determinedly walks to a meeting with Noel at Epstein Bar. She enters and walks straight up

to Noel

Felicity
Were you going to kiss me or not?

Noel
Um

Felicity
Because it certainly seems like you were

Noel
Last night?

Felicity
Noel

Noel
Yes I almost kissed you all right?

Felicity
what about Ruby?

Noel
I know , God you throw this insane curve ball at me, you know
you wanna start dating again,
could you have chosen a worse time

Felicity
I didn't chose this time and I only told you because I thought you were sending me signals

Noel
well maybe I was

Felicity
(whispered)
OK Wait a second
two things
first of all
that's not fair to Ruby and secondly
...then what are you saying?

Noel
I'm saying, I'm a mess right now
Ruby and I are just starting out
She's been gone longer than we've been together, obviously she doesn't mean more to me now than you do
she can't, on the other hand I just didn't throw out the motor cycle story cavlierly(?)

you know I actually thought about that
on the other hand
I think I'm, I'm willing to risk it again
and trust us...
You, again

Felicity
really?
(beat)
So if Elena hadn't walked in?

Noel
Yes, Yes, I would have planted a giant undrunk guilty kiss on your lips

Felicity
God, I'm Ruby's RA

Noel
I'm her boyfriend

Felicity gasps out loud

Felicity
You said "I think"
that, you think your willing to risk it

Noel
yeh..
doesn't sound very decisive does it?

Felicity
so maybe we just think about it?

Noel nods, then takes a deep breath

Noel
Yeh we could do that

Wide shot of the two of them as they contemplate the thought

Commercial break

Tight shot of Felicity's black and white sketch of Noel's face. Then Felicity takes the drawing, puts it in her portfolio and

leaves for the Art Class.

Felicity v/o to Sally

I didn't dream at all last night
Not about Noel, not about anything

Today was our drawing final, I woke up sorted energised with a wierd butterflies feeling that I haven't had since sometime

last year...exciting..hopeful feeling...that maybe Noel and I were getting back together

Felicity locks her door, turns to walk to class and is confronted by Ruby

Ruby
Are you and Noel getting back together?

Felicity
What?

Ruby
So the point is I finally met a guy that I really like, someone I can trust,
so I get this ridiculous movie thing, I don't even know what I'm doing and I'm staying in this way too modern hotel with

these geeky creepy guys in the lobby all the time and the only thing that really gets me through it...are the packages Noel

sends me...

Felicity
Noel sent you packages?

Ruby
Yeh really..just really great packages
with little stuff, little cute things like..toys and..horoscopes and candy...and he made some cards on the computer and

sounds really stupid talking about it

I can't tell you how much that meant to me - how much he means to me

A nervous awkward moment develops between the two as nothing is said.

Ruby
Are you and Noel getting back together?

Felicity
Ruby..

Ruby
listen maybe it's just me being fully insecure but - when I gave Noel that ticket you know to go back to Los Angeles, he was

really touched but - he seemed sort of distant and um, he wasn't sure if he could go, and I didn't really know why, he didn't

give me an answer

Felicity is listening, worried and staring away from Ruby

Felicity
He didnt say that was because of me?

Ruby
No, but when he talks about you or you know when you talk to him on the phone, he's different, it's hard to explain


Now both women are avoiding eye contact, both tense.

I know you guys have been hanging out a lot and working on your art finals
(beat)
the point is - sighs - I can't compete with you, I know I just can't

Felicity
(sighs)
Of course I like Noel, I mean...
(beat)
but...
you don't have to worry about me
as complicated as it is, Noel and I are just friends

A sense of relief comes across Ruby's face

Ruby
Really?

Felicity
nods - Yeah

Ruby
(completely relieved)
Oh my god, that's exactly what I wanted you to say

Ruby is silent and smiling, Felicity cant quite believe what she has just said.

Ben and Sean are in the loft. Ben's assignment is due and Sean is seated at the kitchen table, typing at a computer.

Ben
You don't have to do this you know

Sean
Actually I like typing so

You know what? this is a half way decent paper

Ben
Is it?

Sean
Yeh

Ben
Yeh I've been working on pure adrenaline but yeh it feels pretty good

Sean
what time's it due?


Ben
Um, in fifteen minutes

Sean
Piece of cake, ok
you spelt polarise wrong

Ben
alright alright

Sean
Fix it?

Ben
yeh

Sean types and then looks worried, sits back from typing.

Ben
Let's go

Sean
We we lost it

Ben
what?

Sean
Joke!

Ben
(relieved)
Ah, don't do that

Art Class students are handing in their portfolios as they enter the class room

Felicity still shaken from her meeting with Ruby and hesitant about how her work will be received walks in and greets Noel

who is already seated.

Felicity
Hi!

Noel
So Sherman's going to murder us
You ready for this

Felicity
Ah, not really



Noel
I mean it, this is, this is the end of our educational careers

Felicity
Ruby came to see me

Noel
Oh, she tell you about the ticket?

Felicity
Yeh

Noel
(whisper)
Yeh

Felicity
I think you should go
Go with Ruby

Noel is staring out in front, confused by his choice and worried. He turns to Felicity as she continues

Felicity
When she came to see me, there was this tone in her voice
it was...sweet and urgent and a little familiar

Noel frowns and continues to sit in silence

Felicity
and I realised where I had heard it before..from me..last year when Hannah came, I was the new girlfriend and Hannah was the

old girlfriend
that was a horrible feeling

Noel
it's a totally different situation

The two look at each other and Noel seems happy with his feelings.

Felicity
Really?

Noel
(nods)
but still I think , I think you're right..I'm going to go with Ruby


Felicity
Yeh, I
all I could say is ..I understand
(beat)
of course I understand

Their quiet moment is lost as Sherman starts the class

Sherman
OK, let's focus on work

Felicity takes a deep breath and turns away from Noel

First up is Felicity Porter and Noel Crane...
All right, let's see

Sherman is smiling and the Felicity and Noel sit anxiously, too nervous to look her in the eye.

Sherman
Well ..there are some problems here. a few obvious ones but clearly for these thoughtful and skillfully drawn pieces, the

positives far out weigh the negatives

these two drawings were obviously drawn by two people who could really 'see' each other, who felt...(fades under)

Felicity and Noel go from fear to amazement with Sherman's critique. Then they take in what she is saying about them and

start looking at each other.

Felicity v/o to Sally
So it turns out Sherman didn't destroy us at all..she was actually, she was actually incredibly kind

Felicity exits the Art class with her commended portfolio under her arm. She approaches Prof Sherman

Felicity
Excuse me, uh, I
(beat)
I just wanted say thank you, for uh
the grade and the critique
it was really generous

Sherman
I was only critiquing the art, not the artist

Felicity soaks up the abrupt reply from Sherman, then the Professor exits as it is obvious nothing more will be added.

Felicity exits the class

Noel is standing with Ruby on a busy street, giving her the necklace that Felicity had pinned over earlier in the episode.

Ruby and Noel kiss before she gets in the cab for the airport.

Felicity v/o to Sally
Ruby left a day early to get back to her movie , Noel flies out to meet her tomorrow night, the same night I fly back to Palo

Alto, I leave from Kennedy, and Noel from La Guardia

Noel and Felicity making their way down a snowing street that evening. They hail down a cab.

Noel
Yeh you take this one ok

Felicity
You sure?

Noel
Yeh I'll get the next one

The cab pulls up to the kerb

Felicity
Going to Kennedy

Cab Driver
OK

Felicity
Thanks

Noel
Thanks

As the cabbie puts the bags in the trunk the two friends draw closer to each other. All the talk of Ruby and decisions should

have removed the tension and the longings but it's obvious they are still very much attracted to each other.

Noel
So
(beat- stares into her eyes)


Felicity stares back as the snow continues to fall. The moment goes on and on, then Felicity takes charge and gives Noel a

kiss on the cheek.

Noel
Have a good Christmas

Felicity
You too


With that Felicity disappears into the cab and they exchange final looks through the car window.



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