Alexis Berry and Earl Shields

OPERATION BREAK-UP

INT. TONY’S APARTMENT – LATE NIGHT

Tony talking and making jokes with his girlfriend Brenda as he unlocks the door and they enter the apartment.

Tony
Shh…we have to be quiet Shirley is sleeping.
Shirley wakes up from the laughter and walks downstairs into the kitchen to see her father and his girlfriend, Brenda.
Shirley
Daddy who’s that lady?
Tony
Pumpkin, this is daddy’s girlfriend Brenda that I was telling you about before. It’s getting late and you should be in bed so why don’t you go lay down and I’ll be right in to give you a kiss and tuck you in.

The babysitter, Rose, enters the kitchen

Rose
Hi Mr. Walker, if it’s alright with you may I get paid and be on my way? Shirley was very well behaved but it’s getting late and I would like to head home.
Tony
Sure, let me just grab my wallet.

Tony grabs his wallet from his coat pocket and hands Rose $50.00.
Rose
Thanks Mr. Walker! I’ll see you tomorrow night Shirley.
Tony
Actually Rose, I forgot to mention that Shirley is going to stay at her mother’s house tomorrow night and we won’t need you. I’ll give you a call when we need you another night.
Brenda
It’s getting late Tony; I’m going to let myself out with Rose. How about you give me a call tomorrow? Bye Shirley, it was great to finally meet you.

Rose and Brenda exit the apartment

INT. KATHY’S HOUSE (SHIRLEY’S MOTHER) – EARLY EVENING

Shirley is sitting at the kitchen table eating dinner and being abnormally quiet.

KATHY
Shirley, what’s wrong tonight? You’ve been very quiet and you barely ate any shrimp which is your favorite dinner that I make.
SHIRLEY
Nothing’s wrong mommy, I’m fine.
KATHY
No something’s wrong with you, I know my little princess.
SHIRLEY
Mommy, the other night daddy had his girlfriend at his house. Is she going to be my new mommy? They were laughing and when she left I saw daddy give her a kiss.
KATHY
Did daddy kiss the lady in front of you?
SHIRLEY
No, he was by the front door and I know he didn’t know I was spying on them. In all the movies I watch when two grownups kiss each other they always fall in love and get married, is daddy going to do that too? Plus daddy forgot to even give me a goodnight kiss.
KATHY
I’m sure your daddy just forgot but I will speak to him later today and make sure he always remembers to give you and kiss and tuck you in at night. While we are on the subject of a goodnight kiss, its bedtime young lady.

Shirley’s bedroom

Kathy is sitting on the side of Shirley’s bed while Shirley is lying down and about to fall asleep.

SHIRLEY
Are you sure Brenda isn’t going to be my new mommy?
KATHY
I’m sure Ms. Brenda is a very nice lady, but I will always be your only mommy.
SHIRLEY
I want you and daddy to get back together. Why don’t you get back together?
KATHY
Its late Shirley, you need to go to sleep we have a big day tomorrow before daddy comes to pick you up.

Kathy turns off the light switch and exits the room.

INT. LIVING ROOM – EARLY EVENING

Shirley is lying on the couch watching The Parent Trap. She over hears her parents conversation concerning Brenda and Kathy sounds upset.

TONY
Sweetheart, it’s time to get going. Please make sure you don’t forget anything.

Kathy gives Shirley a hug and a kiss goodbye and then the front door shuts.

EXT. TONY’S CAR- EARLY EVENING

TONY
What movie were you watching over at your mom’s today?
Shirley hesitates before she answers.
SHIRLEY
The Parent Trap.
TONY
Is something wrong? You haven’t said very much on the car ride home.
SHIRLEY
No daddy!
TONY
Good because Brenda is coming over to have dinner with us tonight and I want you on your best behavior.
SHIRLEY
Why does she have to have dinner with us?
TONY
Because she’s daddy’s girlfriend and I want you two to get use to being around each other. I plan on her being in our lives for a long time.

Shirley starts picturing all of the scenes from The Parent Trap and remembers all of the plans the father’s girlfriend had for his daughter once they were married such as shipping her off to boarding school. Shirley realizes in the movie the girls get their parents back together by causing a lot of conflict between the dad and his girlfriend and no one gets shipped off.

Shirley puts a grin on her face. Tony misinterprets this grin as Shirley is happy while Shirley is planning a devious act.

INT. TONY’S APARTMENT – LATE

The door bell rings and Brenda enters the apartment.

BRENDA
Hi Shirley, I’m glad to be having dinner with you tonight, thanks for inviting me.
Shirley looks at Brenda and without a response turns and walks away.
TONY
Princess, Ms. Brenda is speaking to you and what do you do when someone is speaking to you?
Shirley returns to the kitchen
SHIRLEY
Hi Brenda, you’re welcome but my daddy invited you.
TONY
Ok Shirley, that’s enough young lady. Take Ms. Brenda into the dining room and have a seat while I grab the plates and food from the kitchen.
Shirley and Brenda walk silently into the dining room and take a seat.
Tony sets the plates on the table.
SHIRLEY
I’m going to move and go sit next to Ms. Brenda.
Shirley picks up her plate and walks around the table. Shirley purposely trips and drops her entire plate onto the lap of Brenda.
BRENDA
Oh my God Shirley!
Shirley has a smirk on her face.
SHIRLEY
Opps, sorry Ms. Brenda I guess you have to go home since you’re all messy now.
TONY
Shirley Lynn Walker, get your butt into your bedroom right now! We are going to have a talk and you are in big trouble.

Shirley starts to cry and runs to her room.

TONY
Brenda, I’m so sorry she is behaving this way. I’ve never seen her act like this. Maybe you should go home and we can reschedule after I figure out what her problem is.
BRENDA
I agree. I think this situation is confusing her and it’s probably best if you talk to her and make sure she’s comfortable before I come back for dinner again.
Tony walks Brenda to her car and returns inside to Shirley’s room.
TONY
Where did that behavior come from? That’s not how my little princess acts.
SHIRLEY
Daddy, I don’t want Ms. Brenda to be my new mommy!
TONY
Where did you get that idea from?
SHIRLEY
I told you I watched The Parent Trap today at mom’s house, and in the movie the little girls are mean to their daddy’s girlfriend and then the mom and dad become a family again. I want you and mommy to get back together.
TONY
So the reason you dropped your food on Ms. Brenda and acted the way you did is because you saw it in the movie?
SHIRLEY
Yes. In the movie the dad was happy and the little girls helped their family get back together.
TONY
Baby, it’s just movie and you know better than to act like that, don’t you?
SHIRLEY
Yes, but it worked in The Parent Trap.
TONY
That was not real life it was just a movie. You will call and apologize to Ms. Brenda right now and as a punishment for your behavior we won’t be going to the toy store tomorrow.

Tony reaches in his pocket and pulls out his cell phone and calls Brenda.

SHIRLEY
I’m sorry Ms. Brenda.
The next day Tony drops Shirley off at Kathy’s house and the two parents walk into the kitchen to have a private conversation.
INT. KATHY’S KITCHEN
Tony
Last night Brenda was over for dinner and Shirley acted up. For some strange reason she got the idea that if she was rude and played tricks on Brenda, then Brenda and I would break up and you and I would get back together. Did you know anything about this?
KATHY
Shirley mentioned to me over dinner the other night that she was worried Brenda was going to be her new mother, and I thought I made it clear to her that was the case.
TONY
Well she mentioned that she watched the movie The Parent Trap and she imitated some of the ideas from the movie the other night at dinner. I think we should talk to her together about what she saw and how she acted.
Kathy calls Shirley into the kitchen.
KATHY
Shirley, your father and I were discussing your behavior the other night; tell us what were you thinking?
SHIRLEY
I know daddy told me what I did was wrong, but on the movie the girls were going through the same thing I am going right now and it worked when they acted that way.
KATHY
I know you may be going through a confusing time right now but you should always come and talk to your father or me about what’s going on and hopefully we can all work it out.
Shirley leaves the room
TONY
For future reference we should pay closer attention to the things Shirley is watching, especially when they so closely relate to her life and make sure we talk about the content which she is seeing with her and ask how she feels.
KATHY
I agree. We need to both monitor what she is seeing so we can understand in order to explain to her and avoid situations like this in the future.