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#220 : Nettoyage de printemps

Joan et Adam ont rompu et la jeune fille sombre peu à peu dans la mélancolie. Dieu, soudain, lui apparaît et lui demande d'effectuer un grand ménage de printemps. La jeune fille, comme d'habitude, obéit docilement. Elle entreprend de trier ses affaires et décide de rendre au garçon les effets personnels qu'il avait laissés chez elle. La situation devient rapidement assez embarrassante...

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Spring Cleaning opens in the Girardi kitchen

Helen - I need a head count for dinner.

Will - Sounds expensive.

Helen - Double-cut lamb chops. They were on sale.

Will - Ooh, then I'm in and I'm grilling.

Luke - Also present.

Kevin - Got a date. Unless I can bring her.

Helen - Lily? Of course.

Kevin - Maybe I'll wait until you stop saying her name in a voice only dogs can hear.

Helen - Up to you. Joan?

Joan - I'm passing on Bambi tonight. Thanks.

Luke - Bambi was venison.

Joan - Thumper then.

Kevin - Uh, rabbit.

Joan - Whatever. I'm skipping dinner.

Helen - Honey, you can't isolate yourself at a time like this. You definitely shouldn't stop eating.

Will - Time like what?

Helen - She and Adam.

Luke - She dumped Rove.

Joan - I had a very good reason. A very good reason I can't disclose.

Kevin - Did it involve a wardrobe malfunction?

Joan - Well, it didn't involve a member of the clergy.

Will - What does that mean?

Luke - Kevin's cavorting with a nun.

Kevin - Ex-nun.

Will - I don't like the dating years.

Doorbell rings

Joan - I'll go. Why not? Maybe I'll get kidnapped.

Will - He's not the only fish in the sea. Some day you'll look back at this and laugh.

On her way to answer the door, Joan gives her dad a pretty convincing "Godwave."

Will - He doesn't deserve you!

Helen - Ok, just stop.

Joan opens the front door.

Joan - Yeah.

Salesman - Good morning. Am I speaking to the lady of the house? Of course I am, and what a lovely lady. How are you this fine spring morning? What I have to show you today may change your life. Well, at least it'll change your carpet. I see you don't have a carpet. This works equally well on hardwood floors, area rugs, upholstery, you name it, Joan.

Joan steps outside, closing the door behind her.

Joan - Come here. All those churches, and God still has to go door to door.

God - When I say clean, I'm not talking tidy.

Joan - Can we just get to it?

God - I know you're hurting. You need to do something about that.

Joan - And I'm sure you have a really great suggestion.

God - You need to clean.

Joan - Clean what?

God - What needs cleaning?

Joan - Well, I already dumped my cheating boyfriend. That's not clean enough for you?

God - Cleaning is a process of discovery. It changes your perception, and it makes things smell good.

Joan - I don't even know where to start.

God - Start anywhere. Just clean. It's therapeutic. [He goes down the sidewalk toward his car at the curb, giving a wave.]

Joan - Can I just go to therapy?

Luke and Grace walking along a downtown street

Luke - According to study results put out by Harvard, Joan and Adam had 5 of the 8 positive predictors of a successful relationship.

Grace - (checking a fashion store window) Looks like a nautical theme for spring. Can't get enough of that look.

Luke - Shared common interests, proud of their connection...

Grace - Velour? Why are we giving that another chance?

Luke - ...confided in each other, I mean, easily resolved conflicts. Probably held a similar, you know, socio-political belief system.

Grace - Dude, Rove was putting it around.

Luke - [cringes] I don't want to know that. Ugh! God, do I have to beat him up now?

Grace - Heh! Sure, why not throw pugilism into the pot.

Luke - This freaks me out. Why are you not freaked out?

Grace - Why would I be? It's how dating works.

Luke - We're dating. We're not like that.

Grace - Yet.

Luke - Grace...

Grace - Look, we're not really dating, we're making out.

Luke - We have a relationship.

Grace - An arrangement.

Luke - Whatever. The point is, they had way more going for them in terms of compatibility and they're over, which just, you know, makes you think.

Grace - Not me. (sees a leather jacket on a store mannequin) Oh, now that is a good use of a cow.

Luke - Grace!

Grace - We're not discussing this anymore, dude, we're looking at a jacket. Tell me that's not the coolest jacket in the world.

Luke - It's nice.

Grace - They're not us, ok?

school hallway - Joan comes around a corner the same time Adam does from the other direction

Joan - Hi.

Adam - Hey. I'm dropping out of physics study group.

Joan - Why?

Adam - 'Cause I thought it might make things easier on you.

Joan - Easier on me? Please. Don't do me any favors. Really, you've done enough.

Adam - Great. Glad to see you've moved on. [He walks away.]

Joan [yelling after him] - Moved on?! Moved on?! I am so far moved on, I'm invisible! That's how moved on I am!

She turns around to see Ms. Lischak and Mr. Tuchman watching her.

Lischak - Physics, I presume?

Joan - Not really. Heh.

Lischak - Just don't bring it to class. Keep it in your own magnetic field.

She walks away. Tuchman falls into step with Joan.

Tuchman - Break-ups are the worst. I have some scars myself. Stacy Ann Beesom. Sophomore year. I sometimes imagine her getting caught in a ceiling fan.

Joan - Guidance counselor who's still hung up on his high school girlfriend. Not encouraging.

Tuchman - Oh, no, I've been trounced on way more recently. It's just too raw to discuss.

Joan - I guess I just need to adjust, but thanks for listening.

Tuchman - Listen, high school boys are just hormones with car keys. They can't help themselves. I know. I was one.

Joan - I wish I could find that comforting.

Tuchman - Hey, you know I am always around. You want to call me, day or night--

Joan - I know, hit you on your cell.

Tuchman - Wow, now I'm a routine.

Joan - No, no. It's nice. Thank you.

Tuchman - I mean it, any time. It's what I do. [He walks off]

Joan keeps walking, but is interrupted by the custodian pushing his bucket across her path to a janitorial closet.

Male Custodian - Watch it. Floor's wet.

Joan - You know, if I were God, I'd give myself better jobs.

God - How do you know this job isn't fun? You haven't tried it.

Joan - [Scoffs] I picked up.

God - I told you, I'm not talking about being tidy. I'm talking about really getting in there where the real dirt lives. Just lifting up the rock and looking underneath it. (As he talks, he brandishes a toilet brush.)

Joan - Could you please not wave that thing around? I feel diphtheria coming on.

God - Joan, you can't get clean until you get your hands dirty. That's all I'm saying.

Joan - Ok, that is never all you're saying. (God is walking away.) And don't do the wave. I am so over the wave. (She turns away from him, and he raises the toilet brush in a wave.)

The apartment of Lily and Ginger and at least two cats. Lily and Kevin are on the softa in the living room watching TV. Ginger is working on the kitchen table, visible from the living room.

B/w movie, Rita Hayworth on TV - Sorry, Johnny is such a hard name to remember. So easy to forget. Johnny. There. See you later...

Lily - I want to live when it was ok to have hips and smoke. (Kevin reaches for the bag of chips.) Oh, here. Hold on. W-w-wait, there's like Tippy-hair on there. Sorry.

Kevin - That's ok. You know...

Ginger - [Mumbling]

Lily - No, you're not bothering us.

Ginger - [Mumbling]

Lily - Ginger, I keep forgetting you're even here. Ok? Don't worry about it. Ok.

Ginger - [Mumbles]

Kevin - How--how can you understand her?

Lily - What do you mean?

Kevin - Well, nothing, I guess. But does she ever leave?

Lily - The apartment? No, she's agoraphobic. You know, afraid of the world.

Kevin - How do you deal with all that?

Lily - You kidding? I used to live in a convent, ok? What's one phobic roommate who mumbles?

Ginger - Um... [Mumbling]

Lily - Oh, yeah, yeah, yeah. I would love some tea. Kevin, you want some?

Kevin - Uh, no, thank you.

Ginger - [Mumbles]

Kevin and Lily start kissing.

Kevin - Wait a minute. So she like never leaves?

Lily - Well, she left once last year. Fire drill.

Kevin - So I'm going to have to set a fire for us to be alone?

Lily - Uh, have you ever thought about getting your own place? (Kevin makes a face.) God, that was rhetorical, but you really haven't.

Kevin - Yeah, someday, sure, but there are practical things to consider. [Sighs] There's considerations that are practical.

Lily - Like?

Kevin - Money.

Lily - You--you make more money than I do.

Kevin - And...other stuff.

Lily - Uh...

Kevin - You're gonna make me say it. Ok. I have to have help.

Lily - Ok, there are all kinds of county programs for in-home care. You seriously have never thought about it?

Kevin - Well, I never really had to before now.

Lily - Ok, but you can't live with your parents forever. I mean, it is very sexy and all, but I don't know.

Kevin - You are a very obnoxious nun.

Lily - I know. (They start kissing again.)

Ginger re-enters the room with a tray.


Lily - Um, um... the tea, the tea.

Ginger - [Mumbling]

Lily - Oh, great. Tea. Thank you.

Kevin - Great.

Ginger continues to mumble

Joan's room

Joan removes photos of her and Adam from her wall and rips them up.


Helen - What are you doing?

Joan - Just a little spring cleaning.

Helen - No, really.

Joan - Mom, you say that like I never clean.

Helen - Should I be worried?

Joan - No, I'm fine. It's therapeutic. No, don't step on the return pile, please. That all goes back to Tuchman.

Helen - What, you--you have Tuchman's stuff?

Joan - Yeah. Loans me books and cds. He's trying to be part of the youth culture.

Helen - Is that appropriate?

Joan - He's just trying to be cool, Mom. He's a goof. Hey, is this yours?

Helen - That's my mother's cameo!

Joan - Well, I almost threw it out.

Helen - So... honey, I'm here if you want to talk. This is your first big breakup...

Joan - I don't want to talk. This is helping.

Helen leaves the room.

[music]

Driving away from the wreck of the day
and the light's always red in the rear-view
passed really close to a coffin of hope
I cheat destiny just to be near you
and if this is giving up
then I'm giving up
if this is giving up
then I'm giving up
giving up
on love
on love
driving away from the wreck of the day
and I'm thinking about calling on jesus
'cause love doesn't hurt
so I know I'm not falling in love
I'm just falling to pieces
and if this
is giving up
then I'm giving up
if this is giving up
then I'm giving up giving up
on love
on love here

.

The music plays over Joan going through a treasure-box of some stuff she got from Adam. There is a pencil sketch of Joan, possibly the one he made on the school roof during first season. There's a hand drawn folding card: the first panel shows a heavy solid door with a large lock on it; the second panel shows the same door, but this time it has a barred window; the third panel shows the same door which is now partly open; rays of light shine through the open crack and the barred window. It is signed, "Jane, what's happening to me? Adam."

school hallway, Joan carries a large box to Adam at his locker


Adam - What's that?

Joan - It's your stuff. I thought you'd want it back.

Adam - Why?

Joan - Spring cleaning. It's therapeutic.

Adam - But I made all that for you.

Joan - Yeah, right, but it's yours. You know, it's your art. I thought you'd want to give it to someone else. Not, like, another girl, but, you know, uh... maybe for a gallery in the future... or something. (She gives him the box.) See you around. (She walks away. Adam turns to watch her go.)

Police station - Helen rushes in carrying a paper and looking concerned.


Will - Helen, what is it?

Helen - Kevin.

Will - Oh, my god. (He ushers her into his office and closes the door.) Is--is he ok? What happened?

Helen - I got inspired by Joan's spring cleaning, so I decided to clean Kevin's room as a little surprise to him, and I found this. (She hands him the paper.)

Will - I...don't get it.

Helen - Those are ads for single bedroom apartments circled in red.

Will - Help me. I'm a man.

Helen - Kevin's looking for an apartment.

Will - Right?

Helen - He's thinking about moving out.

Will - Well, that's good.

Helen - Good?!

Will - It means he's feeling more independent.

Helen - Well, honestly? Ok, it's about sex.

Will - He's 21.

Helen - With Lily, the ex-nun. He's getting an apartment so he can be with her in the apartment.

Will - I don't know what to say.

Helen - Well, he can't be on his own, Will.

Will - Honey, did you really think he was gonna be with us forever, and is that really what you want?

Helen - Forget it! (She storms out of the office.)

Will - Helen!

Mr. Tuchman's office, where Tuchman is counseling Chelsea when Joan barges in.

Tuchman - Should have changed it--

Joan - Oh. Ooh, Mr. Tuchman, sorry. I thought you were at lunch. I was just gonna leave these.

Tuchman - Joan, I'm with a student.

Joan - Yeah. I'll be quick. I just was cleaning out my closet, and I found a bunch of stuff that you lent me. "Badly Drawn Boy"--loved it. Leonard Cohen needed a therapist.

Tuchman - Just leave it right there.

Joan - Oh, now this: "The Love Poems of E.E. Cummings." I thought he was all about typos. This stuff is amazing.

Chelsea - E.E. Cummings?

Joan - Oh. Well, I'm--I'm sorry. You just said, "any time," so...

Chelsea breaks into tears and leaves the office.

Tuchman - Chelsea?

Joan - What was that?

Tuchman - That was a troubled student.

Joan - I didn't know you actually counseled people.

Tuchman - Yeah.

Joan - She's gonna be ok?

Tuchman - I think so. I think so. It's really up to her, isn't it, us being the architect of our own reality and all? What about you? Are you ok?

Joan - Ok. Yeah. Um...thanks for the stuff. Tuchman: Anytime.

School hallway

Luke (to Friedman) - Look, ok, dude, I know that Superman eventually learned to control his powers, but I'm just saying that the first few times that he took a leak, I mean, he must've just blown apart the porcelain. (See Goof's Section)

Grace - Yo, Astroboy, wait up! (She tosses a leather jacket at him.) That's for you.

Luke - For me?

Grace - Wear it. (She walks away.)

Friedman - Dude, put it on.

Luke - I can't just decide to wear leather and do it.

Friedman - Right, you have to own it first. You gonna let it intimidate you? No. You tell it who's boss.

Luke - She gave me a gift.

Friedman - Right.

Luke - She's never done that before.

Friedman - Exactly. So you have no choice. It's all about attitude, anyway. That's the whole thing. (Luke puts the jacket on.) Nice. Attitude and a little tailoring, maybe.

Luke - I may need a little time.

Friedman - And time. Time will help.

AP Physics class

Lischak [tap-dancing around the classroom] - The laws of physics are immutable, are they not, noble warriors? The answer... (she slaps her pointer down on the desk in front of a sleeping student) they are until they aren't! Copernicus said that the earth was not the center of the universe. They nearly killed him. Likewise, Newton said that white light contains all the colors of the spectrum. People jumped off buildings to avoid engaging in such a reality. Kierkegaard said that in order to build an hypothesis worth trusting, we must first tear down all existing thought, which can get pretty messy.

Luke is making side-to-side motions with his ribs.

Grace - Is he rocking? I think he's rocking.

Joan gives a little laugh and looks to Adam to share the joke with him, then remembers that she's not talking with him. She stops laughing. Adam was looking away and never noticed.

Diner/cafe, Helen and Father Ken share a table.


Helen - It's not just his moving out, and it's not just an "overprotective mother" thing. There are issues. Kevin has special needs. And not just the special needs she's thinking about.

Ken - Helen, perhaps you should be discussing this with Will.

Helen - I tried. I really did, but he's a man. And you're a man, too, but a different kind of man. [Sighs] She's a nun.

Ken - Ex-nun.

Helen - And she's older than he is. I feel like she's influencing him.

Ken - That must be difficult for you.

Helen - So my point is, do you think you could talk to her?

Ken - About her love life?

Helen - Mm-hm.

Ken - No. I feel intensely uncomfortable talking to you about it.

Helen - Why? You're a priest! (She suddenly realizes she was shouting, so she tones it down.) I'm sorry. You hear everything.

Ken - I really don't hear this particular dilemma very much. When was the last time you and Will had a chance to sit and discuss things like this, as a couple?

Helen - What things?

Ken - I'm talking about empty nest syndrome.

Helen - This is not empty nest syndrome.

Ken - It's a real thing. People go through it. Maybe some counseling would be good. That's all I'm saying.

Helen - [Sighs heavily] You know what? This isn't helpful.

Ken - I'm sorry.

Helen - Ehh...do me a favor and don't introduce me to any more nuns. (She gets up from the table and leaves.)

Ken - Not a problem.

Vice Principal Price's office; Price and Helen are already there when Joan comes in. Price seems subdued because this scene was originally written for Principal Chadwick.

Price - Please, have a seat, Miss. Girardi.

Joan - I didn't do anything, I swear.

Price - Miss Girardi, Mr. Tuchman is your college advisor, is that correct?

Joan - Yes.

Price - And have you been spending a lot of time with him as a consequence?

Joan - More than I used to. Because I decided to go to college and all. He's
been giving me guidance. What's this all about?

Price - And did Mr. Tuchman give you a book of love poems and other personal items?

Joan - Love poems?

Helen - Those things I saw in your room.

Joan - Oh, that! That was just stuff. You know, it was just some cds and books, but I gave it back.

Helen - But what we're worried about is whether or not Mr. Tuchman has been... inappropriate with you.

Joan - Ew. Gross. Mom, are you kidding me?

Price - Do you know Chelsea Burnett?

Joan - Yeah, I know who she is.

Price - She claims that he lured her into an intimate relationship and that she's not the only one. She says he's also involved with you.

Joan - That's nuts. She's crazy. I went to Tuchman's office to return that stuff, and Chelsea was in there. She was crying and... oh, no. She totally got the wrong idea because I cleaned out my closet.

Price - Well... I'm gonna have to take your word for it at this point. There will be an investigation. We'll need to talk to you again then. All right, you may go.

Joan leaves Price's office and sees Tuchman leaving the administration area. They exchange looks with each other through the glass windows.

Girardi living room. Joan sits on the couch and turns on TV.


b/w program - This... or like this. All wrong, never get anywhere.

Joan changes the channel to an infomercial.

Salesman God - The active ingredient is oxygen, but then, you know that.

Joan - Thanks for the great advice, as usual.

God - People get comfortable with mess. It starts to look normal to them. When you move it around, dust flies. It has to get worse before it gets
better.

Joan - Great, and I'll bet it hurts you more than it hurts me.

God - The point is, Joan, don't stop cleaning. It's just a mess. All a mess needs is some attention, some effort, a little vision. Before you know it, you'll start to see daylight.

Joan - You know, technically speaking, it's not even my mess.

God - We're all in this together. There's never been a stain that can't be removed. All you have to do is roll up your sleeves--

Joan picks up the remote and turns the TV off.

Joan - ahh, that's better.

The TV turns itself on again.

God - And start scrubbing. Because the longer you ignore a mess, the bigger it gets.

The TV turns itself off.

Joan - Huh.

An empty apartment for rent.

Landlord - Ok, what I like is low-maintenance tenants on account of I work on my poetry during the day.

Lily - Uh...has this place ever really been cleaned? I mean with real cleaning products?

Landlord - Whoa! I'm sensing hostility.

Lily - Uh, look, I'm just saying, but, uh, what? No extra charge for the mold?

Landlord - Hey, look, if you're gonna be high-maintenance--

Lily - You know what? Don't worry. I'm not living here.

Kevin - Yeah, but you're staying here, and I want you to be comfortable.

Lily - I'm...staying here?

Kevin - What? You're not staying here?

Lily - You assumed that I'm...going to be spending the night?

Landlord - You want to move on to the kitchen? There's a brand-new garbage disposal.

Kevin - I thought that was kinda the point.

Lily - The... the point?

Landlord - Hey, you guys need some personal space?

Lily - You assumed that this was about sex?

Landlord - Ok, I'm, uh... just gonna head back.

Kevin - Well, what was i supposed to think?

Lily - Uh...try anything-- anything else: A grown-up move or a right of passage. I mean, anything but a nookie palace.

Kevin - Point of adulthood: people don't actually say, "nookie palace."

Lily - Point of respect! This is a huge and humiliating assumption on your part. It never occurred to you that this subject might be a little difficult for me? That we should have a serious talk about it because it's something that I haven't confronted before?

Mr. Tuchman's house. Joan knocks. Tuchman answers the door.

Tuchman - Oh, this is-- this is a bad idea.

Joan - I only need a minute.

Tuchman - Were you followed?

Joan - Let me in. I can help you.

Tuchman lets her in.

Tuchman - Welcome to my nightmare. I've been engaged in some primo soul-searching. Shove aside the polyhydrogenated treat of your choice and have a seat. (The room is a mess, with assorted beverage, candy and chip products strewn around all over.)

Joan - Mr. Tuchman, I just wanted you to know that I believe you and I defended you. I don't know why Chelsea got me involved with this, but I feel responsible, and I want to help you...clean up.

Tuchman - It was bound to happen eventually.

Joan - So you really are having a thing with her?

Tuchman - Of course not. She's a child. I'm a grown man, Joan. (He tosses a small candy into the air and catches it in his mouth.)

Joan - What happened?

Tuchman - Well, Chelsea's a disturbed girl. That's why I was counseling her. She was having debilitating anxiety attacks. Somewhere along in there, she became convinced that she was in love with me. I couldn't talk her out of it. I tried. I probably should have just walked away, but, oh, no! Dana Tuchman to the rescue. You want some tea, a Coke, or something?

Joan - The point is, this is all just a huge misunderstanding. It's a mess, Mr. Tuchman, and all a mess needs is-- is a little vision, a little attention, a little effort. Before you know it, it'll all be cleaned up. So what I think we need to do is make a list of references, you know, kids who will vouch for you, adults, too. Do you happen to have a girlfriend? Or an ex-girlfriend, maybe someone who will give a reference on your behalf?

Tuchman - Just Elaine.

Joan - Elaine. Great.

Tuchman - She won't do it. She resents me.

Joan - Well, Elaine who?

Tuchman - Lischak.

Joan - "Lischak," as in "Ms. Lischak"?

Tuchman - Yeah.

Joan - You dated Ms. Lischak?

Tuchman - Dated her? I adored her. I revered her.

Joan - Well, what happened?

Tuchman - She dumped me over the summer.

Joan - Why?

Tuchman - She said I didn't act my age. Could you go now? My mom's gonna be home soon.

Joan - Ok. So you guys had an actual relationship.

Tuchman - My hair was too long. She didn't like the earring. She had a list. They always have a list.

Joan - The point is, Ms. Lischak knows that you're not into hitting on students. I mean, you're obviously into older women, right? What is she, like, 20 years older than you?

Tuchman - 5. You really have no sense of chronology, do you?

Joan - All I'm saying is that maybe we can get her to testify on your behalf.

Tuchman - I think it's better if we just leave it alone, ok?

Joan - If you ignore a mess, it only gets bigger.

Tuchman - Ok, I'll do all the advising around here. Look, I know what you all think about me. You think I'm a loser. You think I've abandoned all my promise and my dreams and I'm just slumming it. I'm acting like a kid because I'm too afraid to fit into the adult world. Well, you know what? You're absolutely right. And what you are witnessing is the natural conclusion to a misspent life. It's over.

Joan - How can you say that? You're only 30.

Tuchman - 29.

Joan - Mr. Tuchman, there is no such thing as a stain that can't be removed!

Tuchman’s mother [from the entryway of the house] - Dana! Dana! I told you to bring the trash cans around!

Tuchman - Can you slip out the back, please?

Joan - Will you just think about it?

Tuchman - Please? Please?

Joan - Will you just think about it?

Tuchman’s mother - And you forgot to turn the stove off.

Joan - Just think about it. (She leaves through a back door.)

Tuchman’s mother - Dana, how many times must I ask you to do things around the house? And you left the cereal bowls in the sink again.

Girardi kitchen. Helen is vigorously chopping a honeydew melon.

Will - Are you mad at me?

Helen - I'm not. No.

Will - Because it feels like--

Helen - I'm not mad.

Will - Ok. But if you were, what would you be mad about?

Kevin - Good morning. Am I interrupting?

Helen - No. Of course not.

Will - Not at all.

Kevin - I'm kind of low on laundry.

Helen - Really?

Kevin - Yeah. I'm wearing pink socks.

Helen - Well, pink is the new black.

Kevin - But seriously, I've got a business meeting tomorrow.

Helen - What do you suppose other people do when they run out of clean clothes?

Kevin - I suppose they do their laundry, which I've always volunteered to do, but--

Helen - I don't mind doing it. I'm trying to illustrate a point. It's just something that you're not accustomed to doing for yourself.

Kevin - Look, I don't know how you found out, but you don't have to worry, 'cause I'm not moving out. I thought about it and I decided against it, so you'll have a gimp in your house for a long time to come. I'll just buy some socks.

Science room - no class present

Joan - Ms. Lischak?

Lischak - Miss Girardi. No extra credit this term. I've been very clear about that.

Joan - No, no. This is about something else. It's about Mr. Tuchman.

Lischak - Eh! Out of bounds. Not for discussion.

Joan - But he's in trouble. He needs your help.

Lischak - Mr. Tuchman knows how to grow up. He chooses not to, which is why he's in the mess he's in. It's up to him to crawl out of it.

Joan - You know, sometimes when a person is in a mess, they can't even see
the mess. It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Lischak - Juxtaposed coherent aggregates vibrating in unison or harmonic ratio are mutually attracted.

Joan - Okay...

Lischak - Tuchman has attracted this mess, pulled it into his orbit. No one else can fix it but him.

Joan - But according to unified field theory, aren't we all in the same mess?

Lischak - Yes. But it's just a theory. Dismissed, grasshopper.

school hallway, as Joan comes out of the science room, Adam catches up to her. He's carrying a box.

Adam - Hey. I've been looking for you. I wanted to give you your stuff back.

Joan - Why?

Adam - In order to make room for the stuff you gave back to me, I had to clear some space out.

Joan - Frieda Calo? Your airbrush pen? Sea monkeys? I gave these to you. I wanted you to have them.

Adam - I did. I had them and now I don't.

He hands her the box and briskly walks away.

School hallway, apparently another day? Luke has developed quite a swagger.


Luke - You know, I don't know, man. Call me crazy but I think I could do boots next.

Friedman - Whoa! Slow down, Icarus! The wings are made of wax, remember?

Some ways behind them, Joan and Grace.

Grace - Look at that. Walking ahead and with a swagger? What have I done?

Joan - I don't know, but undo it.

Grace - I've tried. He won't give the jacket back. What is wrong with men? Are
they broken? Are they missing parts?

Joan - I don't know.

Grace - Like Tuchman. How nuts is that? And with Chelsea Burnett? She's totally bipolar.

Joan - No, no, no, no, no. He didn't do it.

Grace - So why is he leaving?

Joan - Leaving?

Grace - Yeah. That's what I heard. They sent he and his earring packing.

Joan - Oh, man. She starts walking faster away from Grace.

Grace - Where are you going? (Looking in the direction Joan went, Grace sees Luke scrunching up his hair, checking his reflection in his glasses which are held by Friedman. He shrugs the jacket and pulls the collar up.) Unbelievable.

Father Ken's study.

Will - I just have to get it off my chest that I don't want to be here. I'm not a big fan of therapists or priests. I'm doing this to make my wife happy.

Ken - Your candor is appreciated.

Will - I have more where that came from.

Helen - Will.

Will - But I'll keep it to myself.

Helen - We're here because as you know I've had some difficulty dealing with some things lately.

Ken - Kevin leaving.

Helen - No. There's more to it than that. As you know, Will and I had a hard year. We had the lawsuit. We had his boss. I think I'm probably still angry about all that.

Will - And then the empty nest thing.

Helen - It's not an empty nest thing. My nest is not empty, so stop saying that. It can't be that simple.

Ken - I think it is.

Will - Listen to the priest, honey.

Helen - I was mean to him. I didn't do his laundry. I undermined him.

Ken - You tried to keep him home. Safe. Like a child.

Helen - But how horrible is that?

Ken - It's just a thing that happens, Helen, to a lot of people. You'd be able to see that more clearly if Kevin's situation weren't complicated. You're gonna go through some things with him that are unrelated to his condition. This is one of them.

Helen - Is he saying I'm normal? I hate that.

Will: I know.

Helen - [Sighs] I was gonna be so evolved. I was gonna be thrilled to see my children happy and independent, ready to take on the world-- especially
Kevin-- and...to realize I don't want that?

Will - You do want that. You just don't like it.

Helen - [Sighs] And then after he leaves, Joan is gonna leave, and then... then Luke is gonna leave.

Will - Let's take them one at a time, ok?

Mr Tuchman's school office.

Joan - Hey, what are you doing?

Tuchman - Hey! Packing up.

Joan - What are you doing? They fired you?

Tuchman - I resigned. Chelsea recanted, but I resigned anyway.

Joan - Why?

Tuchman: 'Cause I shouldn't be here. You showed me that.

Joan - Well, I didn't mean to show you that.

Tuchman - Underachieving, acting like a child, my life was going nowhere, and the thing is, I never would have had the courage to face that if this horrible thing hadn't happened, so you know what? Thank you for helping make it horrible.

Joan - Well, what are you gonna do now?

Tuchman - I don't know. You know, hit the road, follow my bliss, all that
Joseph Campbell stuff. The truth is, I was afraid to try to be great, so I settled for mediocre, but once you hit rock bottom, you lose your fear and it's fantastic.

Joan - Wow. Ok. What about your mother?

Tuchman - Moving out.

Joan - How is she taking it?

Tuchman - She'll get over it when I tell her. I'm telling her tonight.

Lischak [entring] - Is it true?

Tuchman - Elaine?

Lischak - Just tell me if it's true.

Tuchman - Which part?

Lischak - You're quitting, going on the road, throwing off the shackles?

Tuchman - Shackle-free.

Lischak - Leaving your mom?

Tuchman - I'm telling her tonight.

Lischak - Haircut?

Tuchman - Nope. (Lischak makes a face.) A little.

Lischak - You're excused, Girardi.

Joan - Yeah. I'm gonna go.

As Joan leaves, Lischak and Tuchman get much closer, giggling.

Kevin's room. Helen is sorting through dirty clothing when Kevin comes in.


Kevin - Hey, you don't have to do that.

Helen - I don't mind.

Kevin - No, no, no, mom, really. I'm taking it to the Fluff-n-Fold. I can afford it, and I have to stop depending on you.

Helen - Kevin, I'm sorry about the way I've been acting.

Kevin - It's ok.

Helen - And I think you should move out.

Kevin - Right now?

Helen - No, but soon. When you're ready. Now I have to leave before I cry.

Kevin - Hey, can I ask you a question?

Helen - Ok.

Kevin - What do women want?

Helen - Shoes.

Kevin - What else?

Helen - It's complicated. I think you might have to spend the rest of your life figuring that one out.

Kevin - I knew what they wanted in high school. It's so different now. I mean... what do I have to offer her besides my wit and my charm? That's a given.

Helen - [Sighs] She wants to be respected, listened to, understood. She wants flowers. She wants to laugh. She wants to trust you. She doesn't want to read your mind. She wants to be valued for who she is. And sometimes she wants you to just shut up and stop trying to fix things.

Kevin - This is going to be very difficult.

Luke's room. Luke's slouched back playing with the collar of his jacket while studying. There's a knock at the door.

Luke - Uh-huh?

Grace enters wearing gold lame slippers with little bows, green slacks with turquoise dots, a black and green striped belt, a white and green wide-striped polo shirt, and a pale blue sweater tied around her shoulders. Her hair is smoothed down into a flip style, held back with a bright shiny headband. She comes up the stairs into the attic room and poses with a big smile.

Luke - Oh!!! What happened?!?!?

Grace - Oh, this? It's my new look. I'm also wearing a ton of perfume and I'll probably be saying things like "no way" a lot.

Luke - I don't think you're being logical. Have you looked in a mirror?

Grace - Oh, yeah! Kelly green. The preppy thing totally works for me.

Luke - Grace, you can't look like that.

Grace - How does it feel watching someone you thought you knew have a total personality transplant?

Luke - You gave me the jacket. I was trying to make you happy.

Grace - Well, stop. Because if you don't stop, I'm gonna kill you. Look, I panicked. It was like you were saying the whole Adam/Joan thing, they're so much alike and they didn't make it, and I over-thought it.

Luke - You were worried...

Grace - Leave it.

Luke - About losing me.

Grace - Drop the jacket, dude. This conversation's over.

Luke - Ok. I'll take it off, but I won't give it back.

Grace - What are you gonna do with it?

Luke - Just keep it around. Like art.

Grace - Fair enough.

Bookstore, night. The big, tough-looking guy comes in.

Joan - Turn around. We're closed... for everyone but God.

Tough Guy God - This won't take long. I'm looking for a T.S. Eliot poem. It starts, "April is the cruelest month, breeding lilacs out of the dead land, mixing mem"--ooh! Here it is. “The Waste Land.”

Joan - That's perfect for me. It's like my life.

God - It's all about spring cleaning, dragging things out into the light, how hard it is to look at our own dirt, how comfortable it is to be in denial. The idea about April being the "cruelest" month -- cruel in its beauty, cruel in its insistence upon resurrection.

Joan - You know what? I'm not even annoyed with you. I'm glad I helped Tuchman and I can even admit that you were right. How's that for progress?

God - Well, it's good, but you're not finished.

Joan - Yeah. I know. I know I am never finished. I get that you're not ever going away.

God - I mean with the cleaning. There's still a big stain on your carpet.

Joan - Have you seen my room? You could eat off the floor. You could perform surgery.

God - It's not in your room, Joan.

Joan - Then where is it?

God - You know.

Joan - Yeah. Yes, I do know. I just like the sound of my own confusion.

God - You know where it is. It still feels unclean. It's like spiritual spinach in your teeth. Clean it up, Joan. You'll feel better.

Adam's shed, Joan enters just as Adam takes a break from welding.

Joan - That's what you were doing the first time I came here. Remember that? How much it freaked you out?

Adam - You made me nervous.

Joan - Really?

Adam - 'Cause I liked you so much. I didn't think you could ever like me, so...

Joan - Well, you were wrong.

Adam - Yeah.

Joan - [Clears throat] I brought my stuff back. I want all the things that you made for me. I mean, if you haven't burned them. You know I thought I was cleaning you out of my life so I could move on. But the real mess wasn't the stuff. It was being mad at you and letting it get so big that I couldn't appreciate what we had. I don't want to lose that.

Adam - Me neither.

Adam retrieves the box she had given him earlier. She takes it and moves to the door. He opens the door for her.

Joan - Ok. Thank you. Good night, then.

Adam - Good night.

Joan exits. Through the window, we can see Adam return to welding. The music rises and the screen turns black to close Spring Cleaning.

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