[Scene : Joey and Michael’s House. Gina Enters carrying a box]
Gina: Hey hunny, I found a box of your stuff in the closet. You must’ve forgotten it in your big boy move.
Joey: Oh, what do we got there?
[Michael rummages through the box]
Michael: I think, oh-
Joey: Wow, look at all the trophies. I had no idea you were so into sports.
Gina: Heh, Michael into sports? Those are academic decathlon trophies.
Michael: Yeah. They’re actually just bowling trophies with the bowling balls cut off.
Joey: Ooh, I was wondering why all the smart people stood like this. (Does a bowling stance)
Michael: Oh, check this out. It’s a picture of my old decathlon team.
Joey: Oh wow, that’s your team, huh?
Joey: That girl’s actually kinda cute.
Michael: That’s me.
[Michael pulls a tape out of the box]
Michael: I wonder what’s on these. (Goes to play the tape)
Joey: Whoa, whoa, whoa, you’re just gonna pop a tape in, in front of your mom? Aren’t you worried that that might be something "adult-themed?"
Michael: Like, pornography? I’m not into that garbage. I think the fact that it’s so acceptable is- it’s a real embarrassment.
Joey: (Laughs) Ha, I love this guy!
[Michael puts the tape in. Gina, Michael, and Joey watch a video of a girl dancing while holding a drink in her hand.]
Michael: Mom, I guess some of your tapes got mixed in with mine.
[The camera zooms out revealing that the dancing woman is pregnant. Michael and Joey realize that it’s Gina. Gina covers her face with a magazine.]
Michael: Mom!Joey: Yeah, not much slowed her down.
Gina: Alright, back then no one knew that was bad for your baby.
Michael: That was twenty years ago, Mom. They totally knew!
Joey: It’s ok. It’s ok, Michael. My mom partied when she was pregnant with me and I turned out pretty uh, I uh.. (Looks out the window) Hey, that’s the pigeon that took my sandwich!
[Scene : Joey and Michael’s House. Alex is under the kitchen sink trying to fix the garbage disposal. Joey is reading a magazine.]
Alex: Alright, the disposal should work now. Flip the switch on.
Joey: Here we go. (Flips it on, but it doesn’t work)
Alex: Ugh, alright. Turn it off.
[Joey turns it off]
Alex: Uh, alright, turn it on.
[Joey turns it on, but it still doesn’t work]
Alex: Turn it off.
[Joey turns it off. He goes back to reading, but Alex thinks he’s still turning it on and off]
Alex: Ok, turn it on. (Joey’s still eating) Turn it off. (Still eating..)
[Alex looks out from under the sink and sees Joey eating reading instead of flipping the switch.]
Alex: (As she watches him do nothing) Turn it on. Turn it off. Thank you very much for your help.
Joey: Oh yeah, no problem. (He jumps as he turns and sees that she’s watching him)
[Gina and Michael Enter]
Joey: Hey, where’ve you guys been?
Gina: I took Michael underwear shopping.
Joey: Ugh, are you still wearing those things? (Clicks his tongue in disapproval)
Gina: (Noticing someone under the sink and tools on the floor) What’s the deal with this?
Joey: Oh, Alex is fixing the garbage disposal.
Gina: (To Alex) Oh my god that is so strange. From the next down I thought you were a boy.
Alex: Oh, from the neck down I thought you were a Hooter’s waitress.
Alex: Thanks! I thought of it the other day.
Gina: (To Joey) You are never gonna believe who called me up the other day. Donna DiGregorio. She’s coming to LA. It’s a last minute thing.
Joey: (In a high voice) Donna? Donna’s coming here?
Michael: Why are ya talking that way?
Joey: (High voice) What? What way is that?
Gina: Remember my friend Donna from high school? He used to have a thing for her. He’d get all nervous and weird when she was around.
Joey: It’s true, yeah. My experience with Donna is the reason I do not make fun of you when you get all weird around girls.
Michael: You make fun of me every time.
Joey: Oh come on, you are ridiculous!
Gina: We used to have some fun. She taught me a lot – how to dress, how to drink, how to pick up guys.
Joey: (To Michael) Yeah, she’s basically the reason you’re here.
Michael: I can’t remember her. What’s she like?
Joey: She’s everything you could ever want in a girl. Pretty? Yes. Funny? Yes. Smart? No! This could be fun, you know. I was always too afraid to go after her when I was young, but now that I’ve come into my own..
Gina: She’s married.
Joey: Stupid monogamy!
[Scene : The courtyard. Joey is reading a magazine, when Gina and Donna walk up behind him. Gina points to Joey, and Donna puts her hands over his eyes.]
Donna: Guess who.
Joey: Uh, smells like hairspray, Juicy Fruit gum, and tequila...Donna DeGregorio! Hey, Donna.
Donna: Look at you, little Joey Tribbiani.
Joey: Wow, you look good. I mean, not that I didn’t think you would look good. I mean, not that I thought about how you would look at all. (Quietly to himself) Hold it together. You’re semi-famous now.
Gina: Can you believe how she looks now? She’s a spokes model.
Donna: (Sexy voice) This mattress clings to the contours of my body..
Gina: See? All that mattress experience paid off, huh? Oh, I can not believe you are here! And you look so good.
Donna: I know! So do you.
Gina: I know!
Donna: You should’ve been at the last reunion. Everyone looks like crap. They’ve either gotten fat or had weird plastic surgery.
Gina: (Covers up her chest to hide her boob job) Dumbasses.
Joey: Oh, Alex. Hey, this is Donna. Donna, Alex. Donna is a friend of ours from high school.
Alex: Oh, pleased to meet you.
Donna: (To Gina) Is this the one you were talking about?
Donna: (Laughs) I see what you mean.
Alex: Oh great, there’s two of them now.
Donna: Hey Joey, can I use your phone?
Joey: Sure, yeah, you uh, wanna check in with your husband?
Donna: Oh, no. I just gave Gina the whole story. I’m gettin’ divorced.
Joey: Aww (He opens the door for her and she goes inside) Ohh..(Smiles)
Gina: They just broke up. She’s very fragile.
Joey: I know. It’s gonna be so easy!
Gina: I am serious. She’s in the middle of a divorce. She doesn’t need you to complicate things. No, Joey. Donna was one of the few people who stuck by me when I got pregnant. Now that she’s going through a tough time, I would like to help her out. Her life’s messy enough without you.
Joey: What, you think I’m just gonna sleep with her and lost interest?
Gina: No, I think you’re gonna marry her like all the others!
Joey: Oh, come on.
Gina: Look Joey, this is important to me. There are plenty of other women out there. Just stay away from this one.
Joey: Okay, fine.
Joey: I promise.
Gina: Swear on Grandma’s grave?
Gina: The living one.
Joey: Damnit! Okay.
Donna: I forgot to tell work I was leaving town. I’m supposed to be in a bikini jumping up and down on a trampoline right now.
Gina: What are you selling?
Gina: Well I gotta go get Michael. Wanna come? And then we could do some site seeing.
Donna: I think I’d kinda like to hang around here for a while, if that’s ok.
Gina: (To Donna) You get some sun. (To Joey) And you don’t get anything.
Donna: You know, I’ve been following your career. I guess some people are surprised you’re such a big success. Me? I’m shocked.
Joey: Me too.
Donna: You just always seemed so shaky and nervous around people.
Joey: Uh, yeah, I think that may have been more of a "Donna-specific" behavior.
[Joey looks at her weird]
Donna: (Realizing) Oh. Is that why you used to break dance for me?
[Joey break dances for her]
Joey: Shocking that didn’t work, huh? Yeah.
Donna: So, little Joey Tribbiani liked me. I can’t believe I didn’t pick up on that.
Joey: Oh, I can believe it. You had a lot of guys fighting for your attention. You are something else.
[Gina has been watching them from behind a tree]
Gina: Hey, Miss Mattress, you’re coming with me.
[Scene : Joey and Michael’s House. Joey and Michael are watching old home videos.]
Michael: This is fun sorting through tapes. Only one more to go.
Joey: If this is another spelling bee I’m gonna put a fork in my eye.
[The tape shows kids at a baseball game]
Michael: This is weird. Why is there a tape of kids playing baseball?
Joey: Maybe you’re out there.
Michael: Pssh, I doubt it. I was awful at sports, but I also don’t like the idea of my mom just video-taping other children.
[On the video, a boy steps up to the plate with “Michael” on the back of his jersey]
Michael: That’s me. This is weird. Ya know, I do kinda remember playing Little League for a while. God, this is gonna be embarrassing. I don’t wanna see this.
Joey: No, no, no, no, no, no. If you let me watch this, afterwards I’ll show you a tape of me doing stand up. This guy heckles me and I totally lose it.
Coach: Okay guys, back it up. We got Michael at the plate.
Michael: What? Even the coach is making fun of me?
Kid: Hey batter, batter, batter..
[Michael hits the ball]
Coach: Another home run for Michael!
Michael: Wait a minute, was I good at baseball?
Joey: It sure looks like it.
Michael: Why didn’t I know that? Why did my mother keep this from me?
Joey: (Watching the video) Why is that little boy peeing on third base?
Michael: Hey. Mom, was I good at baseball?
Gina: What are you talking about?
Joey: Why did you keep this from him? (Watching the video) And what did that kid drink?
Gina: Ok, you were a good ball player, but I pulled you out of it.
Gina: ‘Cause I was afraid you were gonna get hurt. I was just trying to protect you. Joey, will you tell him I was right?
Joey: I don’t know, Gina. I mean, I got hurt all the time when I was a kid. Yeah I got some scars, but each one taught me an important lesson. Don’t touch the stove (Points to his hand) Don’t run with scissors in your mouth. Don’t lick the peanut butter off a steak knife. (Sticks his tongue out)
Michael: You know, I don’t have any scars?
Joey: Or body hair. You think that’s related to this?
Gina: Look, I don’t know what to say. I’m sorry you don’t have any scars. I guess I was a terrible mother.
Michael: No, I’m just saying – I missed out on something important.
Gina: Well, thank God you moved out. Now you can play baseball and crack your head open all you want.
Joey: Crackin’ your head open – Always stay seated in the roller coaster. (Points to his head)
[Scene : Joey and Michael’s House. Donna Enters.]
Donna: (To Michael) Hi, you must be Michael. I’m your mom’s friend Donna.
Michael: (Stuttering) Oh, hi. I didn’t know you looked- loo, uh look- I mean, I had no idea that – that, that, that, that..
Joey: Right there with ya, buddy.
Michael: Nice to meet ya.
Joey: Hey uh, what are you doing here?
Donna: I don’t know. Well I guess I just wanted to come spend some time with you.
Donna: Why? Do you need me to break dance for you?
Donna: See, I was out with Gina, and I love being with her but we were sitting there talking, and for some reason I stop thinking about her little brother and how nice he’d grown up.
Joey: Uh, you’re touching me. Don’t touch me. You can’t touch me. You can’t! You can’t! You can’t!
Donna: Wow, that’s the first time that’s ever happened before.
Joey: Oh no, no, no, Donna, I would love to spend more time with you, but I promised Gina that I wouldn’t do anything with you.
Joey: She thinks you’re in a weird place.
Donna: I’m not in a weird place. I’m in your apartment.
Joey: Oh God, you are the perfect amount of dumb! No, she thinks you’re in a weird place in your life. With the divorce, she’s afraid you’re a little fragile.
Donna: Oh, well, it’s too bad. It coulda been fun. We’re both very sexy. It’s funny, you like me and I don’t even notice you. Then I want you, and you can’t do anything about it. I guess it’s not meant to be. I’ll see ya.
[Donna starts to leave, but Joey kisses her]
Joey: Oh God, I have wanted to do that for so long.
Donna: Me too!
Donna: Actually it’s only been since this morning, but it’s been tough!
[Scene : Joey And Michael’s House -- The next morning]
Donna: God, I can’t believe I fell asleep. You should’ve woken me up. I gotta get back to Gina’s.
Joey: No, last night can’t end with you running out the door. Let me make you a proper breakfast.
Donna: Joey, I don’t have time for that.
Joey: Come on, how many eggs do you want?
Joey: (High voice) She’s perfect!
Donna: So, last night was really fun.
Joey: Oh boy, yeah, and not just the par that’s supposed to be fun. The talking, the sharing, and I finally get what all this “cuddling” fuss is about. I still can’t believe this is happening. I mean, you are like my dream girl.
[Gina bangs on the door]
Gina: (From outside) Michael, Joey, open up!
Joey: Oh my god, Gina! Uh, okay new plan – Last night ends with you sneaking out the back and rolling down the hill.
Donna: We’ll talk later.
Joey: Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. You gotta get out of here.
[Joey rushes Donna out the back door]
Gina: (From outside) What is taking so long?
Joey: Uh, I’m uhhh, naked!
[Joey wraps a blanket around himself to make Gina think he’s naked]
Joey: I’m just covering myself up!
[Joey opens the door for Gina]
Joey: Uh, sorry.
Gina: I don’t get people like you. Why do you gotta walk naked around your house?
Joey: Why you gotta walk around naked in public?
Gina: (Sarcastically) ‘Cause I like to make the world smile. (Serious) I’m really worried. Donna didn’t come home last night.
Joey: Uh, I’m sure she’s fine.
Gina: What makes you say that?
Joey: What makes people say anything, really? I mean, uh..
Gina: Was she here?
Joey: Gina! I made a promise!
[Gina walks into the kitchen and looks at the stove]
Gina: Only six eggs, this omelet isn’t for you. What’s going on?
Joey: It’s for Michael.
Gina: He only takes two eggs.
Joey: That skinny little bastard! Alright, look, I know I broke a promise, but I have a good excuse.
Gina: Oh yeah, what?
Joey: She is so hot!
Gina: This is unbelievable.
Joey: Gina come on, she’s a big girl. She can make her own decisions.
Gina: No, she can’t right now. That’s why I didn’t want you to mess with her.
Joey: I’m not messing with her. I really care about her.
Gina: Oh, like you cared about 10 of my friends in one-month time?
Joey: Ah yes, October of ’89.
Gina: I can’t believe you did this.
Joey: Wait! Hey wait a minute. This is different from all those other girls, okay? I mean, maybe it’s because there’s a history with Donna, but yesterday when I was with her, it was the first time since I’ve been in LA that I actually…that I actually felt like I was home.
Gina: Damnit, that’s nice.
Joey: Look Gina, I don’t want to upset you, okay? But I am really into Donna, and I wanna see her again tonight.
[Gina thinks about it]
Gina: You treat her right.
Joey: I promise. And not the kind of promise I made before – a real one.
Gina: So, you and Donna DiGregorio, huh? I guess the only friend of mine you haven’t been with is Jenny Wagner.
[Joey makes a guilty face]
Gina: October of ’89?
Joey: It was a good month!
[Scene : Joey and Michael at the Batting Cages]
Michael: You think I’ll still be good at this?
Joey: Oh, it’s like having sex on a bicycle – It’ll just come back to you.
[Michael does a practice swing]
Michael: How’s my swing look?
Joey: Like you’re good at science. Okay, try it again. Nice and hard this time.
[Michael swings again]
Joey: Okay, I’m only saying this to be supportive and helpful – Are you kidding?
Michael: Just put some quarters in the machine!
Joey: Alright, alright.
[Joey puts the money in]
Joey: Shoot, I’m short one. Give me another quarter.
Michael: Um, go in the glove compartment-
[Michael reaches into his pocket to get his keys when a baseball hits him]
Michael: Ow! What the hell?! I thought you said you needed another quarter!
Joey: For a gumball!
Michael: For a-
[Michael gets hit with another baseball]
[Scene : Joey’s and Michael’s House. Joey is chewing his gumball and Michael his an ice pack on his stomach]
Joey: Oh man, this is one good gumball. Still flavorful, ya know? I mean, when it came out yellow, I was all like “Whaaaat?!”
Gina: (To Michael) What happened to you?
Michael: I was attacked by a gang of baseballs.
Gina: Ah, so you played?
Michael: Well I tried. Any talent I had before is now gone.
Joey: Long Gone.
Gina: Hunny, I’m sorry, but you were good at a lot of things. I had to make a choice. You could be the jock or the smart kid, and I figured being the smart kid would lead you more places.
Joey: She’s right. We actually went to school with a bunch of jocks, you know, and those guys are no where now. Except for the three guys in the NBA.
Michael: I just don’t see why you had to choose.
Gina: Maybe you’re right, but you gotta understand, when I made that decision – I was just a kid. I mean, when you were 5, I was twenty. That’s how old you are now.
Michael: Well, I mean, if I look at it that way, then I can forgive you for anything.
Gina: Good, ‘cause I also might’ve bathed with you for longer than it was
[Gina Leaves. Michael looks terrified]
Joey: See, you got scars – on the inside.
[Scene : The courtyard. Joey picks one of Alex’s white roses and pins it to his tux]
Alex: Oh, it took me three months to grow that, but help yourself.
Joey: Oh sorry, I uh, I got a big date tonight.
Alex: Really? Who with?
Joey: Uh, you remember Donna?
Alex: Yeah. Did I see her rolling down the hill this morning? Aw, look at you. You look so happy. Are you in love?
Alex: Are you on the way to bein’ in love?
Alex: Are you on the way to on the way to bein’ in love?
Joey: I think I might be!
Alex: (Laughs) Great.
Joey: Well, you have to understand, I had the biggest crush on this girl, you know? So I really built her up, and you’d think getting’ to be with her would be disappointing, but I gotta say – The real girl is even better than the fantasy.
Alex: But- So how is this gonna work? Doesn’t she live in New York?
Joey: Yeah. Yeah, she said she was toying with the idea of moving out here, but I don’t think it’s gonna happen.
Alex: Well you should tell her you want her to stay.
Joey: Yeah, you think?
Alex: Yeah. When I first met my husband, we had this great couple of weeks together and then I was supposed to leave for a job in Chicago, and he said “Please don’t go. I don’t ever want to be apart.”
Joey: That’s so sweet.
Alex: Yeah, and then he got out his viola and played Billy Joel’s “She’s Always A Woman” and I had to smile through it like this. (Imitates a really big fake smile)
Joey: But, so, you think if I ask her, she might stay?
Alex: Well, she’d be crazy if she didn’t want to because you are one of the last remaining good ones.
Alex: Yeah, really.
[She adjusts the rose on his tux]
Joey: Thanks. Thanks a lot, Alex. (He starts to walk away, but turns around) Say Alex, if Donna does move out, maybe you and Gina and her could hang out and be friends.
Alex: Maybe (Does her big fake smile again)
Joey: Don’t “Billy Joel Smile” me!
[Scene : Michael and Joey’s House. Joey and Donna are getting ready for their date]
Joey: So I was thinking for tonight , I thought maybe we could uh, have dinner at this great little place in Marina Del Rey. Then after that, we can go to this desert only place I heard about in Newport, and after that I thought maybe we could go for a walk on the beach in Malibu.
Gina: That’s like 5 hours of driving.
Joey: Really? Why can’t they make maps the size things really are?! Alright, uh I’m gonna go change some of our reservations.
Gina: I can’t believe you are going out with my brother. Alright, I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but if you guys get married you should do it at the Polish Community Center on Queens Boulevard. It’s very classy.
Donna: I gotta talk to you about something.
Gina: What? You alright?
Donna: No. Gina, I feel really weird talking to you about this, but I’m confused and I don’t know what to do.
Gina: What’s the matter?
Donna: Ron just called. He wants to get back together.
Gina: And what’d you say?
Donna: I said I met someone else and that I would have to think about it.
Gina: You’re gonna tell Joey, right? You have to tell him.
[Joey comes running downstairs]
Joey: Okay, couldn’t change the reservations, so we gotta haul ass! You ready beautiful?
[They walk off and Gina watches them leave]
Gina: Aw Joey.. Those two would have some stupid kids.
[To Be Continued...]