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Topic: Dead End (02/06/14)
TITLE: Nothing To Laugh About
By Graham Insley
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"Harry, I can't... there's no way... I can't go back"
"Mate, come on. Pull yourself together. Susan needs you."
"You don't get it do you. I can't face it; it's just more than I can deal with."
"Killing yourself won't make it any easier for her. Now come back from the edge and let's go back."
"I'm not trying to make it easier for her, Harry. It's me that's not coping. Three weeks from now Susan won't know or care what's happened to me. The cancer is already stealing her mind. I can't just watch her die."
"Please, Frank, come away from the edge. You are scaring the daylights out of me. Look, mate, this is a total dead end here. You either come back with me or... go over that edge and it really is a dead end. No more second chances, no more maybes, you'll be dead and Susan will know that you did this. Is that what you want; for Susan's last few weeks to be filled with that sort
"Come on, Harry, don't do that to me."
"Frank, this is you doing it. And you are doing it to Susan and everybody else that loves you."
"This is not you, mate. Something's snapped inside of you under all the stress that's going down. Pull up, man. We need some time out here so we can figure this out. Come away from the edge, blast it!"
"Cut, cut, cut!"
"What's wrong, Sydney? Is it still not good enough for you?"
"Gentlemen, you sound like a pair of high school boys arguing over marbles. This is a dramatic scene. We need to hear panic in your voice, Joey. Frank's best mate is about to take his own life and he is desperate. It's got to show in the voice, Joey... you've got to get into character here and sound panicky."
"I'm sorry, Sydney. It's that line about this being a 'dead end'. It's too corny and I can't get panicky when it's playing around inside my head. To be honest it just makes me want to laugh."
"Okay, okay. I guess I see that. But listen, the whole point here is that your best friend is about to take his own life. Think about it, wouldn't that make you panic?"
"Well... I guess if he didn't know Jesus then I'd be a bit panicky. I don't want anyone to end up where that'll take 'em. Yeah, I could get into a bit of a panic over that. Man, that is a real 'dead end', literally."
"Yeah, that's better. I can even hear the change in your voice and see it in your eyes. That's a dead end that is not a laughing matter. Okay, let's try it again, keep that thought and... ready everyone... quiet on the set and... action!"
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