Issue 204, Spring 2013
TIGHT SHOT OF ENGLEMAN
You’re an “it girl” … Oh yes you are, yes you are. I know you hate to
be pigeonholed, absolutely hate it—am I right?
WIDER ANGLE reveals ENGLEMAN with mentally disabled GIRL using forearm crutches. She’s in her late teens, fair haired.
She nods, smiling coyly.
(he draws his hand slowly
down her back and caresses her ass)
She looks blankly at ENGLEMAN.
You have Fitzsimmons syndrome, don’t you?
(slow, impaired spech)
Mental retardation, spastic paraplegia, palmoplantar hyperkerato–
sis. Familiar syndrome transmitted as an X-linked trait … Not bad
for an amateur, huh? I’m a neurologist by avocation. Some people
fly-fish, snorkel … What can I tell ya?
He takes out his metal canister of crystal meth.
Why don’t you try some of this? Have you ever done this before?
She shakes her head slowly back and forth.
I think your father keeps you a bit sheltered, doesn’t he? Well, you’re
a little slow, sweetheart, and I think this might help. Stimulates the
dopamine receptors. Here, put this up near your nose and sniff in
He takes two voracious hits and then puts the canister up to the GIRL’s nostril. She sniffs weakly.
Okay, here’s what we’re gonna do now.
He removes her forearm crutches, sets her in her wheelchair, and wheels her out into the front foyer—
The TEENAGE ACTRESS playing the GIRL somehow slips forward and tumbles out of the wheelchair.
Shit … I’m sorry!
As she looksup from the floor, she starts LAUGHING, and the entire crew CRACKS UP, and gives her a teasing ovation.