Everwood s01e14 Episode Script

Colin the Second

For the town of Everwood basketball is like kindling.
What happens on the court may be small, insignificant to most.
But it fuels a much larger fire.
The Peak County Miners take their game seriously.
They've been district champions twice and for one glorious season 25 years ago they ruled the state.
All right ladies.
I can watch all you in slo-mo on the highlights tape.
Let's get up to speed here.
Not grandma speed.
I want Cyprus speed! Start them up coach.
But whether or not a title is at stake, they always come to play.
Their fans demand it.
Their fans thrive on it.
Let's face it, in the dead of winter their fans have little else to cling to.
Time.
Come on pick it up.
Let's go move it! Chest pass Abbott.
- This is not baseball.
- I'm on it.
Play like this you might make the girls' field-hockey team.
Go again.
Let's see some hustle! Time.
Okay give me 25 laps around this place then hit the lockers.
We'll watch some clips on Cyprus from last year.
Good work today Hart.
You've been a big help.
- Be back here tomorrow at 3.
- Yeah sure thing coach.
For players and fans alike the game is a crucible for our dreams.
Both those that are realized and those that go inexplicably awry.
- Dad what's "riboflav"? - It's riboflavin honey.
It's a vitamin.
Vitamin B2 actually.
Its primary biological function is the regeneration of glutathione.
Good answer.
It helps you grow.
"Agatha Schnitzler.
" You trying to set me up again? - Because she sounds hot.
- She's a piano teacher.
Stop doing this.
You're messing up the resale value on my Manga.
I could use e-mail or instant messaging.
- Please don't.
- Ephram she comes highly recommended.
By who? Gus from the shop or the drug salesman who gave you Prozac pens.
- Give me a little credit.
- I won't call some 90-year-old woman who owns a metronome.
I'd like a teacher who can remember the difference between black and white keys.
- Play any less it could be you.
- I've been playing.
You haven't been playing.
You've been playing around.
You're not serious.
I'll tell you something else.
- I'm not gonna force you to call people.
- Good.
- When are you gonna be home? - Usual time.
Unless the schoolyard pusher has some good stuff.
- Did you get my Miners' hat yet? - Honey I promise you your head will be adorned in crimson and gold at the appointed time.
- Gotta go.
- Okay.
Here we go.
- Problems? - No no.
Just installing some heat tape.
Should've been done months ago.
Heat tape? I don't even know what that is but I'm from New York.
I never did much maintenance myself.
- Coffee's ready.
- Maybe I should consider heat tape.
What do you charge for the whole shebang? Oh Andy hi.
- I see you've met Carl.
- Actually I haven't.
- Carl Feeney heard all about you.
- Andy Brown nice to meet you.
- Disregard the last question.
- No I was trying to figure out what discount to give you.
I asked him to work on my gutters.
Hands off Andy.
He's not home that often.
I got a long list of things he needs to finish.
I need to run inside get my work gloves.
- So that's Carl.
- I should have told you he'd be here.
I was so excited about the trip I didn't want to jinx it.
No no it's fine.
- You and Sam must be happy he's back.
- Yeah it's great.
Well I should go.
But I'll talk to you later Andy.
"Gerrymandering.
" Who can tell me what it is? Mr.
Hart what can you tell us? Voting with It's all right Colin.
- Anybody else want? - Just give me a second.
I read this stuff.
It's the It was the They wanted They wanted to win People don't forget the test on Thursday.
Be here and be prepared or suffer the consequences.
You're doing just fine Colin.
Remember you're just expected to observe now.
- Yeah well I knew the answer.
- I'm sure you did.
We'll see you tomorrow.
That sucked.
Well I don't know what I'm doing here.
I'm wasting everybody's time.
- She should have let you finish.
- Well the period's only 50 minutes long.
- She's just trying to make it easier for you.
- Yeah well she's not.
None of them are.
They treat me like a freak.
Why shouldn't they? I can't remember my locker combination if it's not written down on paper.
You could tattoo stuff on your body.
Like Memento.
You could have your locker number on your left arm your teacher's name on your right ankle.
Not helping much am I? You know maybe you could help.
Help me study for the test.
Maybe if she can see that I can do the work - She can treat you like crap again? - Exactly.
See it gives me something to look forward to.
I mean if you got time.
I mean yeah.
I'm not exactly acing the class either.
Hey it's all relative.
Hey Colin.
- Hey Ephram.
- Hey.
- Can I talk to you for a second? - Yeah what is it? Alone? Amy oh my God! You got homecoming king and queen! They've never elected sophomores.
Chrissy Bochep is dying! She didn't even make court.
- I just found out.
- Wait a minute how did we win? - You totally pulled the sympathy vote - But who cares? It's like you guys are the bomb.
- Yeah totally.
You hear that Ephram? We're the bomb.
Congratulations.
Met Carl did you? You know he was sort of Everwood's version of Tom Cruise.
Really? I suppose that sort appeals to a certain woman.
You know the type.
Rugged athletic young.
Why don't you ask him out Harold? Hey Carl.
- Looking forward to the big game? - I wouldn't miss it.
I haven't missed one in 19 years.
God that's a long time.
Carl won the district championship for us back in '84.
- Took us all the way to state.
- I'd say I had a little help.
The most miraculous sporting moment I have ever seen bar none.
Tight game was it? - Tell him.
- Come on.
Oh come on tell him.
We're down by 4 with 58 seconds to go.
The crowd's losing faith.
But I know we're gonna win.
Like a premonition.
Off a rebound I drive to the baseline I get the ball to Jackson Lange.
He's wide open.
Jackson couldn't hit the ocean from a rowboat.
Unfortunately Jackson couldn't hit the ocean from a rowboat but he's all I got.
Jackson shoots the ball clangs off the rim but the rebound comes out long and I catch it.
- I put up the soft 10-footer.
- Nothing but net.
Nothing but net.
And we're down by 2.
Cyprus gets the ball back.
But Cyclops was unnerved.
He throws up this wild shot.
- No dice.
- No dice.
We head back up the floor.
I do a nifty crossover that Kobe would envy.
Break free drive to the hole we're tied! Five seconds left on the clock.
Looks like we're going to OT.
Cyprus inbounds I steal the ball.
To this day I can't tell you how.
Everyone on the floor is shocked.
I'm shocked.
There's only one second left.
I'm out of range but I have to shoot.
Ball sails through the air.
Everyone everywhere in the gym is silent till it's in.
It's in.
It's in! Then everyone's screaming.
And you're there.
Running up to me jumping into my arms.
We won.
That was it.
We were going to state.
I missed you.
Well this is all very encouraging Colin.
No indications of any ICP issues.
Your vision is good.
No headaches to speak of.
And your right-side weakness is subsiding.
Tell that to my right side.
Well this is where medicine becomes more of an art than a science.
So far your brain has been able to reroute the pathways you used for walking and talking.
I don't know which repairs will take place next.
You can't tell me when I'm supposed to get better? Colin.
He's a little frustrated.
How have your moods been lately? - Fine.
- At first he wasn't laughing much but My moods have been fine.
Your next full workup will be in Denver in a few weeks.
- You'll probably be there for a couple days.
- Can't we stop these trips? Well we sprung you from the hospital earlier than we normally would.
You're in school already which is unusual for someone who's undergone the kind of surgery you had.
So going back to Denver's nonnegotiable.
Why don't you give me a minute with your mom okay? Sure.
Is there a problem? You know my sense is that school is too much for Colin to process at this point.
The social pressures the demands on his memory relearning old skills.
That's a lot for a kid to handle.
Of course there's a period of adjustment.
But it's no different than say we move to another state and he starts in a new school.
Mrs.
Hart the differences between that scenario and Colin's situation are profound.
Right now Colin needs to get on with his life.
Okay.
- We'll see you in two weeks.
- All right.
It's important that you extend your right arm out gentlemen and ladies hold with the left.
Right arm for boys left arm for girls.
Don't forget to write down how much this sucks.
- I think I can remember that.
- Haynes is gonna have people after for pool and Xbox.
He promised his hottie stepmom's gonna be there.
- I can't go.
- You have therapy tonight? - I can call your parents - Hey.
Oh hey just in time.
Look Ephram's gonna take me to study for the history test.
Well I could help too if you wanted.
You know what it's cool.
Will you tell Ms.
R what my deal is? - Sure.
- Thanks.
Let's go.
Remember when the three of us used to hang out? When he came back I thought it'd be more like that.
Me too.
Stop.
Okay go ahead Sam.
Go ahead.
Okay.
Stop.
God I'm sorry.
- All right you ready? - I think so.
You sure you're ready? You're scaring me.
Are we in a meat locker? Do you want me to give you the tour? That depends.
Are you gonna keep your hand there? Concentrate.
Daddy this place is so big.
This is the checkout counter and the cash register.
This is where you see all the latest state-of-the-art outdoor gear from North Face Patagonia all the top brands.
- And this is where the ski equipment goes.
- Oh my God.
- The store.
- How? The surrogacy money and our savings and I've been looking into loans so we could open the store here.
So you could be here.
Remember we were walking past Jensen's thinking "There should be an outdoor gear store here.
" - With sporting goods.
- Top-of-the-line.
We made it.
Come see the best part.
Did you rent this or buy it? Rent.
Bud and Lily want to hold on to the property but they're willing to give us a long-term lease.
- Put down a deposit? - Told them I'd give them a check.
So you still got the 20000? Plus a few months' interest.
I'm just thinking what if we got a bigger place with a show room? Maybe have a rock gym in there it could be a prototype of a new kind of sporting and outdoor store.
Like the one in Portland that has the bike trails - We don't have enough for that.
- Not yet.
We could hold on to the money a little longer.
Maybe leverage some of it make a few investments who knows? Then we could buy a place.
- We could make this happen now.
- Of course we can.
Just not the best possible way.
What you're talking about is years off.
What about Sam? We've talked about his problems.
I know you're worried about him but he seems fine.
Years from now he's gonna thank me for what I'm doing.
- You sure of that? - I am.
Besides we gotta plan this out Nin.
- This is our shot.
- No this is our shot at being together.
If it was a shack and we'd have sold one soccer ball a year I would love it because you would be here.
Hey little man.
- How about a sundae? - Yeah.
And while this one's devouring the entire dairy production of this county we can talk about this thing.
Design it plan it make it our dream store.
How about that? That's it.
Hit the showers.
Abbott see me first.
- We need to talk.
- Okay.
First I know you've been through a lot this year and I'm sympathetic.
But I have to be honest.
- Your game is suspect right now.
- I know.
It's taking me a little while to get back into the groove.
- I can't let you start.
Not the first game.
- That's not fair.
You're forcing shots not playing within our offense.
- You've turned the ball over way too much.
- I'm trying.
I just need to get my rhythm back without I just need to find my rhythm.
We all miss Colin.
He's a good player with a lot of heart.
But he's not playing this year.
We're running a new offense and I hate to say it but right now you're throwing us off.
- You want to keep talking about this? - No.
If you do you know where to find me.
Yeah.
What's that? This is my father's idea of being clever.
"Matthew Lansing.
" That sound like the name of a good piano teacher? How should I know? All right the way I get a handle on dates.
I make a list of all the events in chronological order.
Then I memorize the list and kind of visualize it.
It's a shame you've never been in a coma.
You would have done great in rehab.
The chronology's at the front of the chapter.
Just copy down everything between 1860 and 1900.
You okay? Yeah.
I'm just a little tired.
You want to take a break? We haven't done anything yet.
All right we'll work for 15 minutes then reward ourselves with cold pizza.
Cold pizza now that sounds horrible.
You haven't tried the warm stuff.
It's worse.
- Hey Ephram! - Coming.
Be right back.
Well what should I do? Start writing down those dates.
- What are you doing? - Roof and gutter stuff.
- What kind of stuff? - Maintenance stuff.
I need you to hand me some things while I'm up on the ladder.
You sure that's wise? Just humor me.
Colin we'll be right back.
- Colin's here? - Yeah you want to say hi? In just a minute.
- So how do you think he's doing? - I'm his friend not his shrink.
I'm just helping him study for a test.
- A test? - Yeah we have a history class together.
Ephram Colin hasn't progressed nearly enough in rehab to be thinking about tests.
He still needs lists to remember his family and friends.
- He wants to take it.
- It's a bad idea.
It's gonna frustrate him.
He asked me to help him.
Okay but for what it's worth I don't think helping him study for a test is gonna do any good.
- He shouldn't even be in school.
- What should I do tell him to forget it? Tell him to just give up not try? Everybody's got bad news for the guy.
He wants to do this he wants to take a stupid test.
So I'm gonna help him.
How are those lists coming? Mr.
Brown keep going like this and you could give average a run for its money.
- Thanks.
A fine effort Mr.
Hart.
Nice job.
Nice one dude.
Next time you're gonna have to help me out.
Yeah.
Hey will you check yours against mine? - Okay I'm an idiot.
- No you're not.
- Almost ready Bright? - For what? The game starts in less than an hour.
I don't think they care what time the nonplaying players get there.
Yeah well the bench is an integral part of the team.
Oh yeah a part the other team makes fun of.
I will still cheer for you just as much if you score coming in off the bench as if you started.
If I score.
Ever since Colin's been gone I've sucked.
That what you think? Colin's there I'm starting.
Colin's not I'm on the bench.
You miss him.
We were like our own team within a team.
Michael and Scottie except for shorter and whiter.
Well if Michael fouled out Scottie didn't just stop playing did he? I guess not.
You know it's okay for you to be good without him.
Yeah I know.
Difficult transition to make.
Well things will be better as soon as he gets back to his old self.
And thus grab your coat.
Let's go.
Come on.
- Hi Dad.
- Oh honey you scared me.
You okay? I just wanted some milk.
- Milk? - And maybe a cookie or two.
You know you're gonna eat at the game.
I know but I want to get there fully stocked.
We might not eat till halftime.
- Another piano teacher? - Yeah it's not going well getting Ephram to call one of these teachers.
- Why don't you make him? - When parents do that kids resent it.
- Mom would have just yelled at him.
- No way.
- Mom yelled at Ephram really? - All the time.
- Did she yell at you too? - Not as much but I'm easier to handle.
Cookie? Don't mind if I do.
I'm not asking you to commit to anything tonight.
Well it sounds like it.
I just think we should talk about it before you leave.
- We did talk about it.
- So that's it? - You don't want the store? - I do.
I just wanna wait till we can really do it.
I'm not asking if you want it two years from now.
Do you want it now? I don't think now's the right time.
I sold over 200 software packages last month Nina.
That's 20 percent more than anyone in the company.
I'm hitting my stride.
You never wanted to be a traveling salesman.
- You always said this was temporary.
- I never thought I'd be this good at it.
Sam honey why don't you go upstairs.
See if you can find your red sweater okay? Look I don't know how much longer I can raise Sam by myself.
Some nights I want you back here so badly I just I weep.
I miss you like you were at war or in a foreign country.
Only you're not.
You could be home if you wanted to.
When we got married we made a deal.
When we got married we didn't have Sam.
We didn't know the effects our decisions would have.
This isn't about Sam this is between you and me.
We made a deal.
You didn't wanna leave.
You wanted us to live here.
So I said I'd go out and I'd make things happen.
And then I'd come back when I had something to offer.
Carl it's not happening.
We're right where we were six years ago.
I'm where I was six years ago.
Isn't that what you mean? - You fell in love with some - I fell in love with you.
I'm still in love with you.
You fell in love with Carl Feeney who everyone wanted to be.
He's supposed to do something incredible.
- He was better than this place.
- Maybe you're not.
And what's so wrong with that? They offered me a permanent position.
If you'd have let me go to Phoenix I didn't keep you from moving.
Do not throw that at me! - You wouldn't move! - I didn't want to.
You didn't either! How would you know what I want? You only hear what you want to hear.
- I'm only what you want me to be! - You're not anything that I want you to be! Because you're never here! We gotta get to the game.
Sam let's go buddy! We can talk about this later.
And now ladies and gentlemen your Peak County Miners! Yes! - Let's go Miners! - Go Bright! - Hey Carl! - Carl come on down! I got seats.
Scoot over make room for the champ would you? Thanks Andy.
- Big game huh? - Yeah.
Carl's enjoying it.
One two three Miners! Let's go first team.
Let's go let's go hustle! Let's go Miners! Here we go! Let's go Miners! Let's go Miners! Ephram why is the Abbott kid waving at you? He's not.
Yo Brown.
Get over here.
He probably needs help counting the points.
Defense, defense, defense, defense.
- Where's Colin? - How should I know? You're his best friend now.
You don't know? You're his best friend and you don't know? Whatever just go find him would you? The homecoming thing starts at the half.
It's five minutes.
- lf he's not here Amy will freak.
- Why don't you go? - Because I'm on the team.
- Is that what they call this wooden plank? Just go find him.
Haynes said he saw him come in.
He's around here somewhere go find him.
You all right man? - Freezing out here.
- I'm fine.
What are you doing? Nothing.
Your big moment is minutes away.
It's not my moment.
You know in rehab there was this other TBI named Bob.
- What's T? - Traumatic Brain Injury patient.
He insists that everyone calls him Bob II.
He keeps saying that everyone's talking to him like he's some guy named Bob which he isn't.
So he wanted another name.
But then decided it'd be easier on his friends and family if which were all strangers to him to call him Bob II.
He hated it.
We should get back inside.
You know I do remember one or two things.
It's not from last year.
It's from when I was younger.
When I was 5 we had this apartment.
It had one of those garbage chutes that you send your trash down outside in the hallway.
My mom used to let me put the trash in it.
We had one of those in New York.
For days after I got home I looked for that trash chute.
I couldn't find it.
I didn't know if I had made it up or if I dreamed it.
- It's gonna get better.
- You don't know that.
Why don't you just walk through the ceremony and leave right afterwards and go hang out somewhere.
Can't find my list.
- What list? - The list of things I'm supposed to do.
Which side of Amy I'm supposed to stand on when to leave the floor where to sit.
- Amy will help you.
- I don't want help.
Okay.
I had the list.
It was in my pocket.
I lost it.
So I came out here to look for it in the truck.
- We'll find it.
Turn on the light.
- Don't.
What happened? It was locked.
Couldn't get in.
I'll get my dad.
Ladies and gentlemen welcome to the first game of the mighty Miners' - What if something happened to him? - Nothing happened he's fine.
Well then where is he? I now have the honor of presenting our homecoming king and queen and their court.
Elected by their peers our homecoming king and queen share your values as a class and you have chosen well.
Let me say on a personal note that the courage and the steadfastness of this year's couple could be used as an example for us all.
Well without further delay I am proud to present to you County High's homecoming couple Amy Abbott and Colin Hart.
- What are you doing? - Standing in.
- I can't go up there not without Colin.
- It's okay.
We're in this together.
Yeah it was weird you know I was jimmying the lock and the window just shattered.
Most cars have shatterproof glass these days.
I don't know maybe it was the cold.
Lucky for me Ephram was out taking a stroll.
You're not taking up smoking are you? If you are could you tell me about it next week? Just out for some air.
- Okay all set.
How's it feel? - Fine.
Come by my office tomorrow I'll look at it.
- lf it bothers you tonight call me at home.
- Thanks doc.
- Easier than last time you stitched me up.
- Little bit.
Well I better get back.
I'm sure my queen must think her king's been kidnapped.
- Thanks again doc.
- You're welcome.
So what happened really? Came outside he'd already cut himself.
Went and got you.
How have his moods been? - Okay.
- You know with an injury like Colin's patients can behave unpredictably sometimes He's not my patient Dad.
You're right.
Let's get back to the game.
Or maybe we could just go home? Your sister's ensconced in the game.
You'd have to pry that foam finger from her cold dead hands.
You go.
I'll meet you in the parking lot afterwards.
- You okay Ephram? - Yeah it's just basketball's not really my thing.
I'll catch up with you guys later.
Okay.
Two.
Two zone two zone! Match up! Oh come on! Bad call.
Okay Abbott let's see what you got.
You're in for Haynes.
Bright! Get in there! Bright! Substituting for Haynes number 10 Bright Abbott.
Bright Abbott he's our man.
Let's give him a great big hand.
Take it easy.
Take your time set it up! - Nice shot.
- Yeah not bad for an old man.
I was gonna say "nerd" but - You made me proud tonight.
- My game's a little better isn't it? I meant what you did for your little sister.
What was I gonna do? So how was it being out there again without Colin? It felt good you know? I was able to get into the game.
For a few minutes there I even forgot about him.
- Is that just messed up? - No no.
When he was gone I totally missed him you know? Now he's back and - You miss him still.
- Yeah.
Yeah Amy too I suspect.
I wanna punch him for what he did tonight.
It's not Colin's fault.
Nor is it Amy's nor yours.
I'm not saying that you shouldn't stay close to Colin but things have changed.
You and Amy are gonna have to figure this out.
Think fast.
Yeah like I say the old guy's still got it.
Yeah wrenched the back.
Wrenched the back.
Here Sam eat your breakfast.
But I want to draw more pictures for Daddy.
When you're done.
I wish I had another day.
I'm gonna get home as soon as I can.
You know that don't you? And as soon as we can do it we're gonna open that store and I'll be here full-time.
You know that right? I never lost faith in you Carl.
I just miss you more every day that you're gone.
It aches.
Do you need me that way? Please tell me that you still need me that way.
Of course I do.
- How's your hand? - It's just scratched.
- I was really worried.
- I know.
I'm sorry.
It's not your fault you were hurt.
Ephram.
Hey man your dad was awesome last night.
I was just telling Amy how he stitched me up in no time.
I appreciate what you did for me too.
- No worries.
- Gotta go blow something up in chem class.
- You know I should thank you too.
- For what? All I did was take him to the nurse's office.
You can call off the Nobel committee.
What? It's just weird to think that he could hurt himself you know? It just kind of makes you wonder if maybe Amy it was an accident.
All right? My dad stitched him up.
He's gonna be fine.
It won't happen again.
And the king and queen can continue their reign.
All that stuff is so dumb.
Is it? Come on it's the 21 st century.
It's tradition.
People like traditions.
It makes them feel safe you know.
Think that some things don't change.
See you.
See you.
- I'm going up to my room to study.
- No your plans have changed.
I'm not in the mood to work on our father-son communications skills.
Me neither so this will be a one-way conversation.
Your new piano teacher is waiting for you and I want you to go in there sit down and get reacquainted with that instrument.
- I told you - One-way.
He's Juilliard-educated.
He lives halfway between here and Denver.
He called your old teacher and based upon that conversation plus a few additional bucks I decided to throw in he has agreed to drive here once a week.
Now you have a gift.
And you've been letting it atrophy.
And I'm not gonna stand by and let that happen anymore.
What gives you the right to lecture me? You left your gift.
That may be true but this conversation isn't about me.
You're too young to be responsible for your talent.
If I can help without hurting you I'm gonna do that.
That's what fathers do I think.
And if in a few years you come to me and say "Piano is not my thing" then fine.
You can quit.
But I hope you won't.
Now if you choose not to respond to my parental authority I should warn you that I have mind-altering drugs and I'm not afraid to use them.
Matthew Lansing.
Ephram Brown.
Play something for me Ephram.
- Like what? - Whatever you want.
That ought to tell me what I need to know.
That music sounds wonderful.
Ephram's playing never ceases to amaze me.
It's like a sunset.
So Carl's gone? Yeah he left this morning.
He's coming back next month.
- Oh well that's good.
- Yeah.
He thinks he can get an extra day next time so How's Sam taking it? He'll be okay.
Well I guess I should go start his dinner.
- See you Nina.
- Bye Andy.
There are no certainties where dreams are concerned.
Some are achieved, but just as many sputter and die.
When they do it's tempting to wonder why you ever dreamed at all.