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Old 11-01-2011, 04:35 AM   #3
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ASSISTED SUICIDE

FADE IN:

EXT. PARK BENCH - DAY

It is late fall. Leaves are blown along the ground and past
the feet of HENRY DUNCAN, early 40's conservatively dressed
business type. He sits alone on the bench pondering his
surroundings and life in general.

NARRATOR (V.O.)
This is Henry Duncan, forty one
year old accountant. He has a wife-

INSERT: photo of Henry and his devoted plain looking wife and
his ordinary looking daughter. It's a vision of the
hopelessly mundane.

NARRATOR (V.O.)
--a daughter and-

EXT. HOUSE - DAY

It is a modest and unassuming middle class home.

NARRATOR (V.O.)
--a home in the suburbs.

EXT. PARK BENCH - CONTINUOUS

Henry looks pensive.

NARRATOR (V.O.)
Everything a man of his years could
expect. But all that is slipping
away from him now. You see Henry
has languished for far too long in
the world of the unemployed and now
with his finances dwindling he is
left with only one option.

MONICA NICHOLS, mid 30's immaculately dressed, hopelessly
upbeat, approaches Henry.

MONICA
Excuse me are you Henry Duncan.

Henry looks up at her.

HENRY
Yes?

Monica offers him her hand and a big understanding smile.

MONICA
I'm Monica Nichols your suicide
consultant. I understand you want
to kill yourself today.

HENRY
Um, well...

She sits down beside him.

MONICA
It's okay Henry there's no shame in
wanting to die. Many people have
the same thoughts as you do from
time to time. But unlike them you
made the smart choice of calling us
and having an experienced suicide
consultant provide you with options
on killing yourself. Now have you
given any thought on how you'd like
to die?

HENRY
Um well some. I thought about
perhaps using poison.

MONICA
Tsk, yeahhh, that's a messy one.
First you have to find the right
one, one that doesn't leave any
evidence. Then you have to pick a
place to die.

HENRY
Well I thought I could use our
bedroom.

MONICA
Uh oh, red alert! If you use the
matrimonial bedroom it will be
forever tainted by your death. Bad
memories for your wife, nightmares
for your kids. It may even force
your family to move. You don't
want all that now do you?

HENRY
No definitely not.

MONICA
Of course you don't, silly boy.
You want it to be painless, no fuss
no muss. Right?

HENRY
Yes, I suppose.

MONICA
And the only way to achieve that is
to make it look like an accident.

HENRY
I never thought of it that way but
I suppose you're right.

MONICA
Of course I am. You don't want
your friends and family saying 'oh
what a loser. Had to kill himself.
Selfish prick', do you?

HENRY
No.

MONICA
Than that's where I come in. You
see making it look like an accident
isn't something one person can do
by themselves, for themselves or to
themselves. It's a team effort.
And we're a team right Henry?

HENRY
I guess.

MONICA
Good boy! Now lets go consider
your options.

She leaves the bench. Henry picks up his briefcase and
follows after her.

EXT. CLIFF - DAY

Monica and Henry, with briefcase in hand, are looking over
the edge of a cliff.

MONICA
Now this is something simple. You
just trip over a tree limb or
something, fall over the edge here
and Bob's your uncle, you're dead.

HENRY
Are you sure I would die? It
doesn't look very high.

MONICA
Well if you hit the right spot
where those rocks are you'd
probably sustain some pretty
serious head injuries.

HENRY
But I wouldn't die right away?

MONICA
Maybe we should look into other
options for you.

EXT. PARK ELECTRICAL SUBSTATION - DAY

Monica and Henry are stand before an electrical substation
which is giving off a loud, intimidating hum.

HENRY
How would I get at the wires?

MONICA
You could hit it with your car.

HENRY
I don't drive.

MONICA
You could come here and stand next
to it during a thunderstorm.

HENRY
How would I know when and if
lightning will hit it?

MONICA
Good point.

EXT. PARK BENCH - DAY

Monica and Henry are seated beside each other.

MONICA
Dog attack?

HENRY
I like dogs.

MONICA
Drowning?

HENRY
I used to be a life guard.

A silence. Monica lets out a long sigh then...

MONICA
So why do you want to kill yourself
Henry?

HENRY
Well I've been out of work for a
long time and I'm running out of
money, so I thought I would kill
myself and leave the insurance
money to my family.

MONICA
(fighting back a tear)
Oh Henry you're a saint. It's
people like you that make my job so
rewarding.

HENRY
Thank you, I think. Look it's
getting late maybe we should try
this again tomorrow. I have to
catch a bus and-

MONICA
Wait I have it!

She grabs Henry by the arm and drags him from the bench.

EXT. STREET IN FRONT OF PARK - DAY

Monica and Henry are standing near the curb watching as heavy
traffic whizzes past them.

MONICA
It's perfect! All you have to do
is walk out and step in front of
the right vehicle and SPLAT, you're
dead! Isn't it wonderful?!

HENRY
Which vehicle should I pick?

MONICA
Well, cars are okay but they have
to be going fast enough and the
right size. Buses move too slow
and motorcycles will do little
damage if any and frankly you'd be
more of a threat to a Smart car
than they are to you. But trucks!
Trucks were made for a job like
this! Big, slow, hard to maneuver,
they take forever to stop and if
they don't kill you when they hit
you they can always squash you like
a bug. It's perfect! What do you
think?

HENRY
What about a train or a subway?

MONICA
Who accidentally walks out in front
of them?

HENRY
Good point.

MONICA
So are you ready for your suicide
Henry?

Henry stares blankly into the traffic.

MONICA
What's the matter Henry? You're
not having second thoughts are you?
Because if you are, remember we
don't give refunds.

HENRY
Well I was just thinking that maybe
I could give the job hunt another
shot.

MONICA
C'mon Henry you can do this, I know
you can. Just say to yourself
'death is great, it's not too
late'. C'mon say it.

HENRY
Death is great, it's not too late.

MONICA
That a boy, I knew you could do it.
Now let's get to dying.

She takes an umbrella out of her purse.

MONICA
Now I'm going to be across the
street with this umbrella. When I
open it you start walking into
traffic. Ready?

HENRY
Just let me get my briefcase.

Henry turns back to get his briefcase while Monica monitors
traffic.

MONICA
Oh Henry one more thing-

She turns to Henry and ends up almost on top of him. Henry
turns-

HENRY
Yes?

--and strikes her with his briefcase sending her falling
backwards into traffic. There is the horrible sound of an
accident. Henry stands there in shock unable to move.

TITLE CARD: One week later...

EXT. PARK BENCH - DAY

A lone woman is seated on the bench looking despondent.
Henry approaches her.

HENRY
Excuse me are you Cynthia Cooper?

WOMAN ON BENCH
Yes.

HENRY
I'm Henry Duncan, your suicide
consultant.

TITLE CARD: For Dr. Jack 1928-2011 You Rock!

FADE OUT:
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