[THE CAMERA ZOOMS THROUGH THE UPSTAIRS HALL UNTIL WE END UP IN CARMEN'S ROOM]
Carmen: (holding, up a top, to Tee) This one?
[TEE SHAKES HER HEAD]
Carmen: (holding up another top, to Tee) This one?
Tee: Carmen, is that a belt or is that a skirt?
Carmen: (chuckles) Look, now you're starting to sound like Mike!
Tee: Look, if you want to be "Face of The Future", you need to have the right look.
Carmen: OK. (She holds up and puts down loads of tops and picks up a pink one.) Looks striking.
Tee: No. (She gets up.) No, something sophisticated! (She picks up another top, turns Carmen around to face mirror and holds top in front of Carmen.) Look, with this you will totally style out the audition.
Carmen: Mm, yeah (turns to Tee), the world is my lobster.
Tee: Well, you're going to need to get the job first.
Carmen: (holding top and turns to Tee) I will. I can feel it, it's going to lead to things.
Tee: Whatever. Come on, it's film night.
[TEE EXITS. CARMEN PICKS UP TWO MUD PACKS AND EXITS AS WELL.]
[THE LOUNGE. A FILM IS PLAYING ON THE TV. MO EATS SOME POPCORN AND PASSES THE BOWL TO TEE. SHE TAKES HOLD OF IT, AND SHE, JOHNNY, BAILEY AND FLOSS REACH TO GRAB POPCORN, MAKING NOISE AS THEY TAKE THE POPCORN FROM THE BOWL.]
[JODY TAKES THE BOWL FROM TEE.]
Jody: Wait for us.
[SHE AND RYAN TAKE POPCORN. TYLER TAKES THE BOWL FROM RYAN AND POURS THE REMAINING POPCORN INTO HIS HAND. HE THEN PASSES AN EMPTY BOWL TO BILLIE. SHE SHOWS THAT THE BOWL IS EMPTY TO TONI AND SHAKES THE BOWL. THE CAMERA PANS OVER TO KAZIMA, SITTING NEXT TO CARMEN WEARING A GREEN MUD PACK. CARMEN IS SQUINTING AND KAZ NOTICES THIS. THE TWINS LEAN CLOSER TO THE TV.]
Kazima: (to Carmen) You can't see.
Carmen: (to Kaz) Shh!
Kazima: Maybe you need your eyes tested?
Carmen: Maybe you should get your nose tested for being too poky.
Everyone else in the room: (to Kazima and Carmen) Shh!
[CARMEN GOES BACK TO WATCHING THE TV (STILL SQUINTING). KAZIMA GETS UP FROM THE SOFA AND LEAVES THE ROOM.]
Kazima: (on the phone) I'll see you tomorrow. It's Carmen Howle. (She hangs up.)
[MAY-LI AND MIKE ENTER]
May-Li: (surprised) Carmen Howle!
Kazima: I've booked her in at the optician.
Mike: Oh, have you told her this?
Kazima: She needs eye care. You are her carers. (shrugs) I've done the hard work.
[KAZIMA GETS UP AND LEAVES.]
Mike: (sighs, folds his arms and looks at May-Li. He gestures with his head at the door.)
May-Li: I'm not getting my head bitten off!
Mike: Someone's going to have to break it to Carmen.
[CARMEN WALKS UP TO THE OFFICE ENTRANCE]
Carmen: Break what to me?
[MIKE AND MAY-LI LOOK AT CARMEN, WHO LOOKS BACK AT THEM.]
[MIKE WALKS INTO THE KITCHEN.]
Mike: That smells good.
[MAY-LI IS TAKING COOKIES OUT OF THE OVEN AND THE OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE (ASIDE FROM THE TWINS, KAZIMA, JODY AND CARMEN) ARE CROWDING AROUND HER.]
May-Li: They are roasting hot.
[MIKE WALKS OVER TO THE DINING TABLE, WHERE HE FINDS JODY AND KAZIMA CONSTRUCTING A MOUNTAIN WITH A WIRE MESH AND A NEWSPAPER.]
Mike: No, no, no, no no no! Tell me that's not today's!
[JODY AND KAZIMA GET UP TO TAKE COOKIES]
Mike: Oh my newspaper!
Bailey: (to Billie and Toni) Oi oi oi! Eh, back of the queue, squirts! (He shoves past the twins.)
[EVERYONE ASIDE FROM BILLIE AND TONI TRIES TO GRAB A COOKIE FROM THE KITCHEN WORKTOP. MIKE TRIES TO GET PAST EVERYONE]
Mike: 'Scuse me, 'scuse me, 'scuse me. (to Mo, who has just picked up a cookie) No, Mo, can you take that up to Carmen, please?
Mo: Why me?
Mike: Because you're the only one I can trust not to nibble it on the way up.
Mike: Go, my friend, go.
[THE OTHERS WALK AWAY FROM THE KITCHEN WORKTOP HAVING GRABBED COOKIES. TONI AND BILLIE WALK UP TO THE WORKTOP ONLY TO FIND THERE ARE NO MORE COOKIES.]
[THE CAMERA ZOOMS THROUGH THE UPSTAIRS HALLWAY TO CARMEN'S BEDROOM. CARMEN IS SQUINTING AND THE CAMERA SHOWS HER ROOM THROUGH HER EYES - BLURRED. SHE PUTS ON THE GLASSES AND EVERYTHING IS NOW CLEAR. SHE GETS UP TO LOOK AT HERSELF IN THE MIRROR. MO ARRIVES AT THE BEDROOM DOOR.]
Mo: Join the club.
Carmen: I'm not joining the speccy dork club!
[MO WALKS AWAY AND STARTS EATING CARMEN'S COOKIE. TEE ARRIVES AT THE BEDROOM DOOR.]
Tee: You haven't got dressed yet?
[SHE ENTERS THE BEDROOM. CARMEN GOES TO SIT ON HER BED AND TAKES OFF HER GLASSES. TEE TAKES THE TOP SHE PICKED OUT FOR CARMEN EARLIER.]
Tee: Come on then.
Carmen: Tee, I'm not going!
Tee: Don't be silly! The world's your lobster, remember?
Carmen: Yeah (gets up), well (puts on glasses), not in these it isn't!
Tee: You look...different!
Carmen: What? (takes off glasses) Thanks! (walks out of bedroom)
Tee: Carmen, I meant it in a good way! (she steps into the hallway) You're going to storm it, I know it.
[CARMEN STOPS WALKING AWAY, TURNS TO LOOK AT TEE, WHO NODS IN APPROVAL, THEN TURNS AROUND, PURSING HER LIPS.]
[THE AUDITION BUILDING. WE SEE NUMEROUS TEENAGE GIRLS STANDING AROUND IN A LARGE ROOM AND FINALLY ZOOM INTO CARMEN AND TEE.]
Tee: Don't be silly, you'll be fine.
[A GIRL RUNS DOWN THE STAIRS, SOBBING. CARMEN AND TEE LOOK WORRIED. A TALL, MIDDLE AGED WOMAN (SYLVIE) COMES DOWN THE STAIRS.]
Sylvie: Carmen Howle?
Tee: That's you.
Carmen: (takes off glasses) Uh, OK, how do I look?
Sylvie: I said, Carmen Howle!
Tee: Good luck.
[CARMEN AND TEE GO UP TO SYLVIE.]
[THE GARDEN. MAY-LI IS CARRYING A BASKET OF LAUNDRY AND THE TWINS ARE SITTING ON THE GROUND MAKING DAISY CHAINS.]
May-Li: Hey. They're pretty.
[THE TWINS ARE DOWNCAST. MAY-LI PUTS DOWN HER WASHING.]
May-Li: So why the glum faces, eh?
[A CARTOON ANIMATION PLAYS. THE TWINS' HEADS ARE SEEN STUCK ONTO TWO FISHES IN WATER. A COOKIE DROPS INTO THE WATER WHICH IS BITTEN OFF BY NUMEROUS FISH WITH THE FACES OF THE DUMPING GROUND KIDS (INCLUDING HARRY). THE COOKIE CRUMBLES INTO CRUMBS WHICH FLOAT DOWN TO THE TWINS, WHO ARE NOW UPSET.]
Billie: We're feeder bottoms.
Toni: Bottom feeders.
May-Li: Oh, nonsense. You're just as important as anybody else in the house. And you've got something nobody else has.
May-Li: Each other. Twins are very special, you know.
[THE TWINS LOOK AT EACH OTHER.]
[IN THE TWINS' BEDROOM, THE GIRLS WATCH ON A LAPTOP A VIDEO OF A BOY DOING A PAINTING. NEXT TO HIM IS HIS TWIN, ALSO PAINTING. THE VIDEO THEN SHOWS THE BOYS HAVE PAINTED THE SAME THING - A TRAIN.]
Billie: How do they do that?
Toni: They're telepathic.
Toni: They can read each other's minds.
[TYLER WALKS INTO THE ROOM.]
Tyler: Finished with that? Good. (takes laptop and walks out)
Toni and Billie: (sigh)
[TONI BRIEFLY SMILES.]
Toni: You do realise if we were telepathic, we wouldn't be bottom feeders anymore.
Billie: Have you got a plan?
[THE STUDIO. CARMEN IS POSING FOR PHOTOS. TEE IS WATCHING.]
Sylvie: (to Carmen) Look into camera, snap snap!
[SYLVIE'S PHONE RINGS AND SHE ANSWERS IT.]
Sylvie: Dallas? Hi! Yes it's going great. I've seen some wonderful candidates already, super keen and super smart. You're going to love them. Yes! OK, I'll see you tomorrow. Ciao, ciao. (to Carmen) Great, OK, come on, I haven't got all day (gestures to teleprompter). Read what's on the prompter.
Sylvie: Well you can read? Face of The Future is a government campaign to motivate young people.
Carmen: That's so cool.
[SYLVIE GESTURES AT THE TELEPROMPTER.]
Carmen: (squints and attempts to read) Er...hello, my name is...insert name? Oh no, no, wait, wait, I see, I see. Really, really, sorry. (she tries to read from the teleprompter again) Hello, my name is...Carmen Howle...and...I like you...
Sylvie: That's enough. (walks over to an assistant)
[TEE BRIEFLY LOOKS IN SYLVIE'S DIRECTION.]
Carmen: No, please, come on, I can do better.
Tee: Wait! Look, she just needs these (goes to give Carmen her glasses).
Sylvie: I'm behind schedule as it is.
Tee: Please, she can do this!
Sylvie: There is no point. It's obvious your friend hasn't got what it takes.
[CARMEN PUTS ON THE GLASSES.]
Carmen: (reading from telepompter) Hello, my name is Carmen Howle, and I, like you, am part of the next generation. The future is in our hands. I'm ready for that challenge, are you?
[SHE PAUSES. SYLVIE WALKS TOWARD CARMEN.]
Carmen: Are...are you just going to sit around on the sofa and expect things to happen for you? Well guess what, they won't! You've got to get up and make the most of who you are and what you want to be.
Sylvie: Maybe you do have something.
[CARMEN AND TEE GRIN AT EACH OTHER.]
Sylvie: And this geek chic you've got going on is good. It's going to sell the science. OK, your recall is tommorrow, three o'clock, and we'll want you to demonstrate these science experiments (hands Carmen some sheets of paper). OK?
Carmen: Yeah, thank you.
[SHE LOOKS AT TEE, BEMUSED. TEE JUST RAISES HER EYEBROWS AND CARMEN LOOKS AT THE SHEETS OF PAPER.]
[TYLER IS IN HIS BEDROOM, LYING IN BED WORKING ON HIS LAPTOP.]
Toni (off camera): Do you want to go to the park or the cinema?
[TYLER CONTINUES TYPING.]
Toni (off camera): Good choice.
[TYLER LOOKS CONFUSED. HE GETS OUT OF BED AND WALKS INTO THE HALLWAY.]
Toni (off camera): What do you want to see?
[TYLER FOLLOWS TONI'S VOICE.]
Toni: Yeah, I've heard that's amazing in 3D. (pauses) No, you don't have to ask any of the others we'll go by ourselves.
[TYLER FINDS TONI.]
Tyler: Who, er...who are you talking to?
[TYLER SEES BILLIE STANDING IN A BEDROOM AT THE END OF THE CORRIDOR.]
Tyler: How can she hear you? And she's not speaking.
Toni: But we're talking.
[TYLER RUNS OFF. TONI TURNS AND SMILES AT BILLIE, WHO SMILES BACK AT HER.]
[TYLER FINDS MO IN THE HALLWAY OUTSIDE HIS BEDROOM.]
Tyler: Mo, the twins are telepathic.
[HE PUSHES MO INTO HIS BEDROOM.]
Mo: What, do you really think so?
[TYLER SLAMS HIS BEDROOM DOOR.]
[INSIDE TYLER'S BEDROOM, THE TWINS ARE SITTING ON THE FLOOR WHILE MO AND TYLER ARE SITTING ON THE BED. BILLIE PICKS UP A PLAYING CARD AND SHOWS IT TO TYLER AND MO.]
Toni: Seven of clubs.
[BILLIE PUTS DOWN THE CARD, PICKS UP ANOTHER ONE AND SHOWS IT TO THE BOYS. THEY NOD.]
Toni: Jack of hearts.
Mo: (to Tyler) Come on, that is the 10th one she's guessed.
Toni: (to Tyler) I didn't guess.
Billie: She read my mind.
[TYLER AND MO LOOK AT EACH OTHER]
[THE GARDEN. THE KIDS ASIDE FROM KAZIMA, JODY, TEE AND CARMEN ARE QUEUEING UP FOR A BARBECUE. BAILEY JOINS THE BACK. JOHNNY IS AT THE FRONT AND MIKE SERVES HIM A BURGER.]
May-Li: Here you go.
Johnny: Not that one, that's not even been cooked.
May-Li: Come on.
Mike: Don't be so rude, it's perfectly well...
Johnny: I'm not being rude, it needs to be cooked more.
Mike: Just take it...
[JODY AND KAZIMA WALK TOWARD MIKE WITH THEIR HALF-FINISHED PAPIER-MACHE MOUNTAIN.]
Jody: What do you think?
Mike: I think it should be captured for posterity.
Kazima: (to Jody) Posterity?
Mike: A photo? Click click.
[JODY SMILES AND GETS KAZIMA TO HOLD ONTO THE MOUNTAIN AS WELL. MIKE HAS TAKEN OUT HIS PHONE AND PREPARES TO TAKE A PHOTO.]
Mike: Right, are you ready? Look at me.
[KAZIMA AND JODY TURN TO LOOK AT MIKE.]
Mike: Say "Everest".
Kazima and Jody: Everest.
[MIKE TAKES A PHOTOGRAPH]
Mike: There we go, marvellous.
[JOHNNY TRIES TO TAKE A SLICE OF BACON FROM THE BARBECUE.]
Mike: (to Johnny) Don't do that.
Johnny: I, ju...
Mike: It's hot.
Johnny: Incapable of making a burger.
Mike: Cheeky boy.
Bailey: Eh, hurry up! I'm hungry.
Bailey: Ah 'scuse (pushes Mo out of way). Move pondlife (pushes the twins out of way, then pushes Tyler out of the way and stands behind Floss).
Floss: Thank you, with sour cream. (???)
Tyler: Go on girls, you go in front of me.
Bailey: (to Tyler) Why are you letting them in?
Tyler: Because they've got powers.
Bailey: Uh-hm. Right.
Tyler: Go on girls, show him the card trick.
Billie: Cards are boring, we can do better.
Mike: Here you go, ladies.
May-Li: (handing the twins sausages) Here you go, ladies.
Mike: Sausages for you.
Mike: Tyler, what do you want?
Tyler: Yeah, sausage.
Mike: Sausage, Tyler?
Mike: There you go. (he sees Tee and Carmen) Hello you two, where have you been?
Carmen: Well, I got a recall for Face of The Future!
Tee: She totally smashed the audition.
Mike: Woah woah, back up. What audition?
Carmen: Well, it's for this modelling agency, but it's not just modelling, it's like...presenting videos on the Internet, things like that.
Mike: (to May-Li) DId you know about this?
Mike: (to Carmen) YOU SHOULD HAVE ASKED! Auditions can be dodgy, you know.
Carmen: Yeah, yeah, I know, but, this one isn't, it's all official (she goes to hand the consent forms to Mike), you just need to sign the consent forms, that's it.
[MIKE TAKES THE FORMS AND FLIPS THEM OPEN LIKE A BOOK.]
Mike: Erm...do you know anything about science?
Carmen: Does it matter?
Mike: Well it says in the rules it does!
Carmen: Mike, you've got to fake it to make it.
Tee: Mhm-hm, she's a natural.
Mike: Right, well, I need to know this is legitimate before you carry on.
Mike: I'll call them tomorrow. No promises.
[IN THE GARDEN, BAILEY, MO AND TYLER ARE HIDING BEHIND A CARDBOARD PLANK WITH A HOLE. BILLIE IS BLINDFOLDED HOLDING A WATER PISTOL. TONI IS STANDING NEAR HER.]
Toni: I am Billie's eyes. She'll read my mind if she knows if it's Bailey.
[TYLER PUTS HIS FACE IN THE HOLE.]
Toni: (to Billie) You should fire if it's Bailey.
[BILLIE DOES NOTHING. TYLER DUCKS DOWN AND MO PUTS HIS FACE IN THE HOLE. BILLIE DOES NOTHING AGAIN. BAILEY PUTS HIS FACE IN THE HOLE. BILLIE FIRES THE PISTOL AND SOAKS BAILEY, WHICH AMUSES TONI.]
Bailey: Being lucky doesn't prove anything.
Toni: We'll do it until you believe us.
[TYLER STICKS HIS FACE IN THE HOLE AGAIN.]
Toni: Fire if it's Bailey.
[BILLIE DOES NOTHING. BAILEY STICKS HIS HEAD IN THE HOLE AGAIN AND GETS SOAKED AGAIN. WE ARE TREATED TO A SOME MORE SHOTS OF BAILEY BEING SOAKED REPEATEDLY AND MO AND TYLER NOT BEING SOAKED. BAILEY IS NOW DRENCHED WITH WATER AND HAS HAD ENOUGH.]
Bailey: (runs out from behind board) OK! OK! I believe you!
[BILLIE REMOVES HER BLINDFOLD.]
Toni: What do you think?
Bailey: About what?
Billie: Are we special?
Bailey: Well yeah, I guess.
[TIME-LAPSE FOOTAGE OF ASHDENE RIDGE PROGRESSING FROM DAY, TO NIGHT, THEN DAY AGAIN.]
[THE QUIET ROOM. TEE AND CARMEN ARE SITTING OF SOFAS OPPOSITE EACH OTHER. CARMEN IS TRYING TO DO AN EXPERIMENT FROM THE INSTRUCTIONS SHE WAS HANDED AT THE AUDITION.]
Tee: Add the Vitamin C tablet, put on the lid and stand back. It's going to blow up like a rocket.
[CARMEN PUTS LID ON A FILM ROLL HOLDER.]
Carmen: Oh. (she shifts back on the sofa)
[THE GIRLS LOOK AT THE HOLDER, BUT ALL IT DOES IS FIZZ FROM THE TOP AND MOVE A BIT.]
Carmen: (breathes a sigh of relief)
[THE HOLDER MAKES A SMALL POP AND SOME MORE FIZZ COMES OUT. BUT IT DOES NOT BLOW UP LIKE A ROCKET.]
Carmen: This is a disaster. You must have done something wrong.
[MIKE ENTERS THE QUIET ROOM.]
Mike: Maybe this whole science thing isn't really your bag.
Carmen: Wait, you have called the agency, haven't you?
Mike: Yes. The producer said she was very impressed with you. Even more so when I told her you were in care.
Carmen: You did what?
Mike: It's nothing to be ashamed of. Sylvie said that it was an interesting angle. It might give you an edge.
Carmen: She really said that?
Mike: Yeah. She wants to film the recall with a celebrity here this afternoon.
[CARMEN RAISES HER EYEBROWS.]
[A CARTOON ANIMATION PLAYS. CARMEN AND THE CELEBRITY (DALLAS) ARE IN THE LOUNGE, ONLY TO BE INTERRUPTED BY BAILEY PRACTISING FOOTBALL WITH MISCHIEF FOLLOWING BAILEY]
[MO COVERS DALLAS IN GARBAGE AFTER FALLING OVER BACKWARD AND TEE, RYAN, JODY AND TYLER RUNNING THROUGH THE ROOM, AND RYAN AND JODY START A FIGHT WITH EACH OTHER. DALLAS, FED UP, TEARS THE SCRIPT, MUCH TO CARMEN'S DISPLEASURE. THE ANIMATION ENDS AND CARMEN GETS AN ODD LOOK ON HER FACE.]
[IN THE LOUNGE, TONI AND BILLIE ARE WATCHING TYLER AND BAILEY PLAY MARIO KART. CARMEN WALKS IN AND SWITCHES OFF THE TV.]
Toni and Billie: Carmen!
Tyler: I was on a high score.
Carmen: I don't care! Get out!
Bailey: Yeah, we live in here as well, you know.
Carmen: Not today, you don't. I'm going to be filming in here with a celebrity. OK?
Bille: Cool, who?
Carmen: It doesn't matter! Goodbye!
[THEY GET UP TO LEAVE.]
[IN JODY'S BEDROOM, SHE AND KAZIMA ARE WORKING ON THE MOUNTAIN, NOW PAINTED. CARMEN ENTERS HOLDING SCRAP NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS.]
Carmen: These are all over the lobby. Can you please pick them up?
Jody: You pick 'em up.
Carmen: Actually, you can go down there and do some hoovering please. It's filthy.
Kazima: We're not your slaves.
[CARMEN LEAVES, SLAMMING DOOR.]
Jody: (sighs) Who does she think she is?
[IN THE GARDEN, BAILEY, THE TWINS AND TYLER ARE PLAYING FOOTBALL.]
Bailey: It's 2-1. Who's gonna score. Nobody's gonna score. Oh you're so close.
Tyler (off camera): You're so good.
[CARMEN TAKES MISCHIEF ON A LEASH AND HIDES HIM BEHIND THE SHED AMONGST SOME BRANCHES. SHE STARTS TYING HIM BY THE LEASH TO A BRANCH.]
[BILLIE KICKS BALL PAST BAILEY AND TYLER INTO GOAL.]
Bailey: That was a good goal.
Tyler: Well, yeah.
Bailey: That was a really good goal.
Tyler: Well done girls.
Bailey: Yeah, that was...
[MISCHIEF STARTS BARKING]
Bailey: (walking to Mischief) Eh, what's up with Mischief?
Carmen: Fleabag stays in there, OK?
[BAILEY FINDS MISCHIEF BEHIND THE SHED.]
[THE KITCHEN. THE TWINS WALK IN, FOLLOWED BY TYLER]
[BILLIE GETS TYLER A CUP OF WATER.]
Tyler: Ha. You read my mind.
[AS HE IS DRINKING, TYLER GETS A WORRIED LOOK ON HIS FACE. BAILEY COMES UP BEHIND HIM.]
[A CARTOON ANIMATION. THOUGHT BUBBLES EMERGE FROM BAILEY AND TYLER'S HEADS (BAILEY IMAGINING HIMSELF AS A FOOTBALLER, TYLER ON A STAGE IN A SUIT WITH FLOWERS BEING THROWN AT HIM). THE BUBBLES THEN SHRINK IN SIZE AND FLY TO THE TWINS. THE BOYS GRAB THEIR HEADS IN HORROR AND SCARPER.]
[THE GARDEN. TYLER, MO AND BAILEY ARE SITTING ON CHAIRS.]
Tyler: We've got to face it. Billie knew I wanted drink. How?
Bailey: Nah, they can't read our minds man, come on.
Tyler: What if they can? Guys, this is serious.
[THE QUIET ROOM. CARMEN IS APPLYING MAKE-UP TO HERSELF.]
Carmen: (to Tee) Can you hurry up, please?
Tee: Yes, alright Carmen.
Carmen: Well, I've only got a small window.
Tee: OK, so charge up the rod and pick up the tinsel.
[SHE RUBS A PLASTIC ROD AGAINST HER SWEATER, THEN HOVERS IT OVER SOME TINSEL WHICH IS THEN ATTRACTED TO THE ROD. SHE THEN HOLDS THE ROD IN MID-AIR AND THE TINSEL IS STILL STUCK TO THE ROD.]
Tee: Wow, how cool's that? Ha!
[CARMEN IS STILL APPLYING MAKE-UP AND DID NOT SEE WHAT TEE WAS DOING.]
Carmen: We need experiments with wow factor. This is the Internet, so it's going to be viewed worldwide. LA most definitely. It's not fait, Beyonce has people to put on her eyeliner.
Tee: Carmen, it's a five minute video.
Carmen: Why don't you just stop chatting and try and find me more experiments, yeah? (she puts down her make-up things) Snap snap!
Tee: Do you know what? Do it yourself.
[TEE GETS UP TO LEAVE.]
[THE GARDEN. MO, TYLER AND BAILEY ARE STILL SEATED ON CHAIRS, TALKING ABOUT THE TWINS.]
Mo: If they can read minds then (pauses) they'll know everything we're thinking.
Tyler: All our secrets.
Bailey: All our embarassing secrets.
Tyler: Such as?
Bailey: Well then there was this time when (pauses) oh, nice try bruv.
[TYLER SUDDENLY BOLTS OUT OF HIS CHAIR, QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY BAILEY AND MO. THE TWINS HAVE RUN UP TO WHERE THE BOYS WERE SITTING, ONLY TO SEE THEM LEAVE IN A HURRY.]
Billie: What did we do?
[THE CAMERA ZOOMS THROUGH THE HALLWAY TO CARMEN'S BEDROOM. CARMEN IS LYING ON HER BED, USING HER LAPTOP. MIKE COMES TO THE DOOR.]
Mike: Just to let you know, I've signed those consent forms.
Carmen: Oh (she briefly looks up), kay (looks back at her laptop), thank you.
Mike: I thought you'd be pleased.
Carmen: I want to do something special for this audition. Tee won't help me and I just can't seem to find the right experiment. (she looks up from her laptop) What if I mess it up, Mike?
Mike: (nods) Keep looking. You'll get there (clicks tongue, then walks off).
[CARMEN ROLLS HER EYES AND GOES BACK TO LOOKING AT HER LAPTOP. SHE FINDS, TO HER PLEASURE, ON A SCIENCE WEBPAGE AN EXPERIMENT TO MAKE A HOME-MADE VOLCANO.]
[CARMEN ENTERS JODY'S ROOM AND STEALS THE MOUNTAIN JODY AND KAZIMA WERE WORKING ON, THEN LEAVES, SHUTTING THE DOOR BEHIND HER.]
[IN HER BEDROOM AGAIN, CARMEN RIPS THE TOP OFF THE MOUNTAIN AND POURS IN THE INGREDIENTS FOR THE VOLCANO EXPERIMENT. ORANGE LIQUID SPEWS OUT THE TOP OF THE VOLCANO TO CARMEN'S PLEASURE. HOWEVER, THE LIQUID THEN KEEPS SLOBBERING OUT, MUCH TO CARMEN'S DISPLEASURE, AND SHE TRIES TO WIPE IT AWAY.]
[IN THE GARDEN, MAKING SURE NO ONE HAS SEEN HER, CARMEN DUMPS THE NOW-RUINED VOLCANO INTO SOME BUSHSES AND WALKS OFF. RYAN THEN PEEKS OUT FROM ANOTHER SET OF BUSHES, HAVING SEEN EVERYTHING.]
[ATTIC. BAILEY IS ON A SOFA AND TYLER IS SITTING ON THE FLOOR.]
Bailey: We can't hide in here forever.
Tyler: Got any better ideas?
[THEY HEAR SOMEONE COMING. THINKING IT IS THE TWINS, BAILEY HIDES BEHIND THE SOFA AND TYLER BEHIND SOME JUNK. MO, WEARING A COOKING POT COVERED IN FOIL ON HIS HEAD, ENTERS THE ATTIC WITH TWO SIMILAR FOIL COVERED OBJECTS.]
[BAILEY COMES OUT OF HIDING.]
[TYLER COMES OUT OF HIDING.]
Tyler: We thought you were them!
Mo: Look, I made some thought protectors. They keep everything in your mind so the twins can't know what you're thinking.
[HE HANDS BAILEY A COLINDER COVERED FOIL AND TYLER A COOKING POT COVERED IN FOIL.]
Bailey: (examines the colinder) That's the most stupid thing I've ever heard you say. Which is going some.
[BAILEY TOSSES HIS COLINDER TO THE FLOOR.]
Mo: Suit yourself (he turns to leave).
Tyler: (breathes a sigh of relief and sticks pot on his head.)
Bailey: (to Tyler) And you're as mad as him.
Tyler: Look, I keep my embarassing secrets the way they are - secret!
[BAILEY HAS AN "I GIVE UP" LOOK ON HIS FACE.]
[THE HALLWAY. TYLER HAS TAKEN BAILEY'S THOUGHT PROTECTOR.]
Bailey: (to Tyler, waggling his finger) You running away from arguing now.
[THE BOYS SUDDENLY STOP ON SEEING THE TWINS.]
Toni: We like...
Billie: ...your hats.
[THE BOYS HAVE A WEIRD VISION OF THE TWINS. THE HALLWAY DARKENS, THE COLOUR WASHES OUT AND THE TWINS ARE NOW WEARING BLUE DRESSES IN A REFERENCE TO THE GIRLS FROM THE SHINING.]
Billie (voice distorted): They keep you safe but...
Toni (voice distorted): ...Bailey isn't...
Billie (voice distorted): ...wearing one.
[HE GRABS THE THOUGHT PROTECTOR FROM TYLER, STICKS IT ON HIS HEAD AND SCARPERS, TYLER QUICKLY FOLLOWING.]
Toni: What's wrong with them?
[THE TWINS STOP OUTSIDE MO'S ROOM. MO IS SITTING ON THE FLOOR MAKING ARTS AND CRAFTS BY HIMSELF.]
Toni: Can we help you...
Billie: ...build your models?
Mo: Find someone more interesting.
Toni and Billie: (fake laughing)
Mo: Look, I'll tell Mike you're reading minds. Just go away or I'll talk Mike your doing things.
[HE GETS UP TO SHUT HIS DOOR.]
Mo: Go away!
Mo: (gasps in relief)
[MAY-LI HAS COME TO THE HALLWAY, HOLDING AN EMPTY WASHING BASKET.]
May-Li: Is everything OK?
Toni: Everyone's being weird to us.
Billie: (sighs) We pretended to be mind benders coz we didn't like being feeder bottoms and it's all gone wrong.
[MAY-LI SHAKES HER HEAD A BIT.]
[LOUNGE. CARMEN IS TRYING ANOTHER EXPERIMENT.]
Carmen: (reading off a sheet of paper) Add two Vitamin C tablets.
[SHE PUTS SIX VITAMIN C TABLETS INTO A WATER BOTTLE FILLED WITH WATER AND OIL AND STICKS THE LID ON. SHE RUBS HER HANDS EXCITEDLY AND THEN SHUTS HER EYES. THE CONTENTS OF THE BOTTLE START FIZZING.]
Carmen: OK, erm, why it works. The water and the oil don't mix together because...
[JODY, ANNOYED, WALKS INTO THE LOUNGE WITH HER WRECKED VOLCANO, FOLLOWED BY RYAN.]
Carmen: Erm, what is it with the interruptions?
[MIKE HAS JUST ENTERED THE LOUNGE.]
Jody: (shows Carmen the crumpled volcano) Why'd you do this?
Carmen: I didn't.
Jody: Ryan saw you with it.
Carmen: (sighs) I didn't, I just...
[TEE AND KAZIMA, THE LATTER HOLDING CARMEN'S LAPTOP, ENTER THE LOUNGE AS WELL.]
Tee: Carmen used your model for an experiment.
[KAZIMA HOLDS CARMEN'S LAPTOP, SHOWING THE VOLCANO EXPERIMENT WEBPAGE.]
Tee: Guess it went wrong.
Jody: Why would you do that?
Carmen: It was an accident.
Jody: (sniffs in disapproval)
Carmen: I got it wet by accident and so I put it in the garden to dry.
Kazima: You just take what you want. You're so selfish.
Tee: Carmen, you haven't even said you're sorry.
Mike: This has gone far enough. You've caused mayhem and upset everyone.
Carmen: No I haven't!
Mike: You have been rude...
Carmen: (gasps in disapproval)
Mike: ...selfish, disruptive and shown a complete disregard for everybody in the house.
[THE DOORBELL RINGS CONSTANTLY.]
[HALLWAY. MAY-LI ANSWERS DOOR.]
May-Li: OK, OK, OK, keep your (opens door and sees Dallas) lovely hair on. Hi!
Sylvie: You must be May-Li. I'm Sylvie and this...
May-Li: (excited) Dallas Campbell?
May-Li: (excited) Oh, hi!
[SHE SHAKES DALLAS'S HAND.]
[SYLVIE IS BEMUSED.]
May-Li: Oh, yeah, sorry. Come in, come in.
[DALLAS, SYLVIE AND THE FILM CREW ENTER ASHDENE RIDGE.]
May-Li: (squeals quietly in delight)
[SHE SHUTS THE DOOR.]
Mike: If this is the way you're going to carry on, you can forget about the audition.
Carmen: You're going to cancel my audition?
Mike: No, I...
[MAY-LI, DALLAS, SYLVIE AND THE FILM CREW ENTER THE LOUNGE.]
May-Li: (to Sylvie and Dallas) This is er, this is Mike, our lead care worker.
[CARMEN STANDS UP.]
Mike: Er, (clears throat and shakes hands with Sylvie) hello, welcome.
Sylvie: Hello, hi.
Mike: Hiya. (to Dallas) Hi.
[HE SHAKES DALLAS'S HAND.]
Dallas: Hi Mike, how do you do, hi.
May-Li: These are our young people (gestures toward Carmen) and, now, this is Carmen.
Sylvie: Ah, Dallas, this is the girl I was telling you about.
Dallas: Hi, our budding young scientist? (shakes Carmen's hand) Great to meet you.
Carmen: Hi. That's me. All about the science.
Mike: (to Dallas) So, er, why don't you come on in and get set up?
Dallas: OK, great, (to film crew) come on then chaps, let's go.
Mike: Yeah, thank you, ha ha.
Carmen: (to Mike, whispering) Mike.
[MIKE TURNS TO LOOK AT CARMEN.]
Carmen: (whispering) Thank you.
Mike: (stern) We're not done.
[HE WALKS AWAY.]
[CARMEN IS NOW STANDING BEHIND A TABLE TRYING TO DO THE EXPERIMENT WITH THE FILM ROLL HOLDER. SHE IS BEING FILMED AND THE OTHER YOUNG PEOPLE, DALLAS AND AN UNIMPRESSED SYLVIE ARE WATCHING.]
Carmen: Oh, so, er, once you've filled t-t-the canister (short pause) with water then you...you then put in, um, then when you've done that, you put in the Vitamin C tablet and put the...the top on.
Dallas: OK, spot the deliberate mistake. (takes hold of canister, shakes it and turns it around) So, obviously, that has to be that way round.
[THE CANISTER SHOOTS UP LIKE A ROCKET.]
Ryan: (mock excitement) Go Carmen!
[JODY LAUGHS, AS DO BAILEY, TYLER AND MO, WHO STOP LAUGHING WHEN THEY HAVE ANOTHER VISION OF THE TWINS AS THE GIRLS FROM THE SHINING.]
Dallas: OK, er, moving swiftly on, Carmen will now demonstrate the magic floating tinsel. OK? Yeah?
[SHE PICKS UP THE INSTRUCTIONS TO LOOK AT THEM.]
Dallas: Obviously without the instructions. (whispers) Sorry.
[HE TAKES THE INSTRUCTIONS FROM CARMEN.]
[SHE PICKS UP SOME TINSEL AND HOLDS IT IN MID-AIR.]
Carmen: Er, you...
[SHE LETS GO OF THE TINSEL AND IT FALLS OUT TO THE TABLE.]
Johnny, Jody and Floss: (stifled laughter)
Dallas: Um, that's a very good demonstration of gravity but what we want to try and demonstrate is static charge, yeah?
[DALLAS PICKS UP A PLASTIC TUBE.]
Dallas: So you're going to need this, (rubs tube against his sweater) and...
Dallas: Give it a good old charge, like this. Rub it really hard against the jumper. (he stops rubbing) OK, that should do. (gives tube to Carmen) See what happens.
[CARMEN HOLD TUBE TO TINSEL. SHE RAISES THE TUBE INTO THE AIR WITH THE TINSEL STILL ATTACHED TO IT.]
Mo: Woo! (starts clapping)
Kazima: How does it do that?
Carmen: Well, it um, like...
Dallas: I tell you what, shall we just park this and move on to something else?
Jody: How about a volcano? Oh wait, you already destroyed that!
Mike: (sighs loudly) That's enough Jody.
Kazima: No, we've had enough. Why are you letting her do this? She doesn't even know anything about science.
Carmen: Oh, do you know what? Whatever, I don't care. Science is boring anyway.
[SHE WALKS OUT.]
Dallas: Um, OK, well look, do you want me to do a little demonstration? I'll show you how interesting science can be, yeah?
Bailey: Yeah, OK.
[MO STARTS CLAPPING]
[CAMERA ZOOMS THROUGH HALLWAY TO CARMEN'S BEDROOM, WHERE WE FIND CARMEN PUTTING ON ONE OF HER MOTIVATIONAL CDS.]
Woman on CD: Breathe deep
Woman on CD: Relax, and repeat after me. (pauses) I am special.
Woman on CD: I will succeed.
Carmen: That's easy for you to say.
Woman on CD: I will never give up.
[SHE LIES ON HER BED.]
Woman on CD: I will never give up.
[KITCHEN. TYLER, MO AND BAILEY ARE STANDING BEHIND THE TABLE AT THE KITCHEN ENTRANCE. ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE, MAY-LI IS STANDING WITH THE TWINS.]
Tyler: (to May-Li) You weren't there.
Mo: She knew what card she was holding without even looking!
Bailey: And then they soaked me but nobody else.
Toni: We did signs for the card tricks.
Billie: Toni said "shoot" instead of "fire" when it was Bailey.
Bailey: No I don't believe, you.
Bailey: You always finish each other's sentences.
Tyler: You know each other's thoughts.
May-Li: That's because they've had the same experience in life, you know. They feel the same way about the world.
Billie: Our last foster home was horrible.
Toni: They punished us if we talked at the table.
Billie: So we just kind of learned (pauses) to talk without speaking.
Bailey: So why all the tricks?
Tyler: Yeah, why freak us out like that?
Bailey: I wasn't scared!
Toni: Everyone ignore us.
Bailey: No we don't!
Mo: Actually, we probably do.
Toni: We're not bottom feeders.
Billie: We're not freaks. We're just...
[THE BOYS REMOVE THE THOUGHT PROTECTORS FROM THEIR HEADS].
[CARMEN'S BEDROOM. CARMEN IS STILL LYING ON HER BED.]
Woman on CD: My fear is not real. The universe supports me. I am loved. I am protected. I am cherished.
[IN THE LOUNGE, A TEST TUBE KIT HAS BEEN SET UP. MIKE AND THE BOYS ARE CROWDING AROUND THE TABLE WITH THE KIT, PRODUCING STRANGE LIQUIDS. RYAN HAS MADE IN A FLASK A BLUE LIQUID WITH STEAM COMING OUT OF IT. MIKE TAKES THE FLASK AND BLOWS AT THE STEAM. MAY-LI AND THE GIRLS ARE CROWDING AROUND DALLAS.]
Bailey: Do you need some help?
Dallas: (having walked away from the girls) Right, does anyone know what this is?
Jody: Is it really, really cool?
Dallas: It is indeed something very cool, yes.
Dallas: Well it's quite sci-fi in a way. I might need a volunteer (pauses) for this.
[CARMEN WALKS BACK INTO THE LOUNGE.]
Carmen: I'm sorry. I'm really sorry I lied (pauses) about knowing about science. Is there any way I could have a second chance.
Dallas: Do you want a second chance?
Carmen: Yeah. Yeah.
Dallas: OK. Put those on.
[HE HANDS CARMEN A PAIR OF GOGGLES. CARMEN TAKES OFF HER GLASSES AND PUTS THE GOGGLES ON.]
Dallas: Put that on.
[HE HANDS CARMEN A WHITE LAB COAT, WHICH CARMEN PUTS ON.]
Dallas: OK, what I want you to do, is to hold you palms out like this.
[CARMEN COPIES DALLAS.]
Dallas: And put them on this big metal sphere, OK. (to everyone else) Now guys, have a look at this. See if you can see what happens.
[CARMEN PUTS HER HANDS ON THE SPHERE.]
Dallas: (to Carmen) Can you feel that.
Carmen: Yeah, felt that.
[CARMEN'S HAIR STARTS STICKING UP.]
Carmen: Now have a look at her hair, can you see that?
Tyler: Oh yeah!
[CARMEN'S HAIR GETS SPIKIER.]
Bailey: Why does it stand up?
Dallas: Why does it stand up like that? (to Carmen) OK, so if you step back.
[CARMEN STEPS BACK AND LETS GO OF SPHERE.]
[HE PICKS UP A ROSE FROM A TRAY.]
Dallas: No if I put this in here.
[HE DIPS THE ROSE INTO A POT. SOMETHING RESEMBLING STEAM SPLASHES OUT OF IT.]
The kids: Woah!
Mo: Woah, it's splashing everywhere.
Dallas: They you go, (takes rose out of pot) just to say thank you.
Carmen: Oh! Yeah.
[DALLAS SMASHES THE ROSE ON THE TABLE.]
The kids: Woah!
Tyler (???): How did that happen? Cool!
Carmen: How did you do that?
Dallas: Well the liquid nitrogen is really, really cold and it just freezes the flower and makes it brittle.
Carmen: Could, could I have a go.
Dallas: Yeah, yeah, yeah.
[CARMEN TAKES A FEW ROSES.]
Dallas: That's it, just dunk it in.
[CARMEN DUNKS THE ROSES INTO THE POT.]
Dallas: That's it, stick it all in.
[CARMEN LEAVES THEM IN FOR A BIT, TAKES THEM OUT, THEN WALKS OVER TO THE GIRLS.]
Carmen: Sorry, (hands Kazima, Jody and Tee roses) for being such a cow bag.
Dallas: Right, with a little bit of washing up liquid here (he starts pouring water into a tube) we put in a couple of inches of water, put a little bit of dry ice in here. (he puts the dry ice into the tube, causing the contents to fizz) Eh, oh goodness me!
[BUBBLES SPEW OUT FROM THE TUBE.]
Jody: Oh, wow!
Dallas: Now would you look at that! Gather round, gather round. Grab yourself a bubble.
[THE KIDS START TAKING THE BUBBLES.]
Carmen (???): That's amazing.
Carmen (???): (laughs)
[CARMEN IS NOW HOLDING A BUCKET WITH THE BOTTOM CUT OPEN.]
Carmen: Go on.
[DALLAS SHAKES A CONTAINER WITH PELLETS INTO THE BUCKET.]
Dallas: We'll put these little dry ice pellets in.
Dallas: Try it, that's it, there we go.
[SMOKE STARTS PUFFING OUT OF THE BUCKET LIKE A STEAM ENGINE.]
The kids: Woah!
Dallas: Perfect, perfect smoke rings!
Jody: Come on!
Tee (???): Alright, I wanna have a go, can I have a go?
Carmen: You got it, you got it!
[MONTAGE OF SMOKE COMING OUT OF THE BUCKET, WITH BILLIE, RYAN AND SYLVIE HOLDING ONTO IT.]
[DALLAS POURS SOMETHING INTO A BEAKER, CAUSING IT TO SPEW OUT WHITE SMOKE.]
[MO WAVES HIS HANDS IN THE SMOKE.]
Tee: So cool!
Carmen: I love the smoke.
Mo: It's good. It's nice.
Dallas: And that's how science works, ladies and gentlemen.
Tyler (???): (laughs)
Dallas: Right, how are you guys getting on here, let's have a look.
[CARMEN PLAYS WITH ONE OF THE ROSES WHILE THE OTHERS ARE MINGLING AWAY FROM HER.]
Sylvie: Well done, Carmen. Now as far as the audition goes...
Carmen: Oh, look, I'm sorry but I just (pauses and takes off goggles) I think this thing (pauses) not really for me. Sorry.
Sylvie: Well that is good because I wasn't going to offer it to you, anyway.
Sylvie: Sorry, hun.
[SHE PUTS HER GLASSES ON AND LOOKS AT TEE, WHO SMILES. CARMEN SMILES AND SHURGS AND GOES TO HUDDLE WITH THE OTHER GIRLS AND MAY-LI.]
[EXTERIOR SHOT OF ASHDENE RIDGE AT NIGHT.]
[LOUNGE. THE KIDS ARE WATCHING A SCIENCE PROGRAM, BUT CARMEN IS THE ONLY ONE INTERESTED.]
Man on tv: Jim's fond of a good explosion and that's exactly what you need to get an engine working.
[THE KIDS ARE PASSING POPCORN TO EACH OTHER.]
Floss: I'm ready to fall asleep.
Kazima: (to Tyler, unintelligible)
Tyler: Yeah. (???)
Kazima: But it's beginning to.
Tyler: Actually (unintelligible)
Floss (???): What's science?
[TYLER PASSES THE BOWL OF POPCORN BILLIE, WHICH THIS TIME STILL HAS SOME POPCORN.]
Man on tv: If you're not convinced icing sugar would burn...
Toni: Thanks Tyler.
Tee: Right (unintelligible).
[JOHNNY HANDS BOWL TO CARMEN.]
[SHE TAKES SOME POPCORN.]
Tyler: This is boring. I bet.
Man on tv: All very impressive, but sugar, inside an engine?
[ON THE TV, A CYLINDER IN A TUBE GETS PUSHED UPWARD.]
Man on tv and another man: Oh!
Man on tv: Ooh!