When You See Her Snippet II

I/E. BASKETBALL COURT - DAY

Two weeks later: Tavaris, Jermaine, Rogelio and Keith play

basketball on an empty court (can be indoor or outdoor).

Keith and Jermaine play against Rogelio and Tavaris. Keith

and Tavaris defend each other while Jermaine and Rogelio

defend each other. Tavaris dribbles as Rogelio runs around to

get Jermaine tired.

KEITH RIDNOUR

Stay on em, stay on em.

JERMAINE SMITH

I got it!

Tavaris passes the ball to Rogelio, who speeds around him for

an easy lay up.

KEITH RIDNOUR

You need to switch?

JERMAINE SMITH

So I can follow a taller, faster

guy? Nah. I got it. He’s not gonna

make all of em.

TAVARIS OKIRO

He will if it’s just lay-ups.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

I don’t know, man.

JERMAINE SMITH

What we not gonna do is talk bad

about me like y’all all pros out

here.

They laugh. Tavaris checks ball in. Rogelio starts running

around. Jermaine gives chase. Tavaris passes the ball in.

Jermaine pins Rogelio to the corner. Keith and Tavaris start

moving about. (Result of play up to actors).

87.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

I got a none basketball related

question.

They all look at him.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ (CONT’D)

(To Jermaine)

How’s Bethany working out?

JERMAINE SMITH

(Smiles bright)

We’re official now.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

What!?

KEITH RIDNOUR

That’s what’s up.

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Chuckles)

Congrats.

Ball is checked in.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Confused; to Tavaris)

Why the chuckle?

They all look at Tavaris.

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Waving them off)

Nah, man. I’m happy for you. It’s

not like that. Don’t worry.

KEITH RIDNOUR

Here we go.

TAVARIS OKIRO

What?

KEITH RIDNOUR

Everybody knows what you want to

know, so you mind as well ask it.

JERMAINE SMITH

Look, man, if it’s about how you

hit it first, it’s not important.

She has so much more to her than

her body, bruh.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Dawg, I didn’t say anything. Let’s

ball.

88.

Tavaris and Rogelio take possession (either by steal or by

score). Rogelio picks Keith and so Jermaine guards Tavaris.

TAVARIS OKIRO (CONT’D)

(Dribbling)

But really, though. It’s not even

in the slightest awkward?

JERMAINE SMITH

Nope. (Steals ball) Just like it’s

not awkward for me to steal the

ball from you.

Rogelio and Keith laugh. Keith goes to get open.

TAVARIS OKIRO

You hit at least?

JERMAINE SMITH

Nah, man. You know what type of man

I man I am.

TAVARIS OKIRO

So she got you out here creating

relationships and ain’t gave up the

goods, bro?

Jermaine stops dribbling. Tavaris closes in. Jermaine pivots.

JERMAINE SMITH

We trying to establish something,

not just have sex.

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Reaching for the ball)

So you tellin me I’m the last one

that had that?

Jermaine pauses. Tavaris steals the ball and laughs. Points

at his head, signalling for Jermaine to use his.

TAVARIS OKIRO (CONT’D)

It’s not just athletics. It’s a

thinking man’s game, too.

JERMAINE SMITH

So we doin’ mind games, now?

KEITH RIDNOUR

Ey, yo, chill out.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

Guys, chill.

89.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Waving them off)

Nah, nah. He wants to play mind

games. So let’s play mind games.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Bring it, then.

JERMAINE SMITH

I don’t know why you taking so much

pride in having sex with women

anyway. I mean, even the one you

want the most ain’t giving you

none.

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Threatening gaze)

Aight.

KEITH RIDNOUR

Chill, bro.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

We playing basketball. Y’all

gotta stop.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Nah. Big man wants to be the big

man. Let’s see what you got.

Tavaris leads Jermaine down in the paint. Tavaris backs

Jermaine down.

TAVARIS OKIRO (CONT’D)

This how she throw it back at you,

just so you know.

Rogelio and Keith stop. Tavaris overshoots the shot. Jermaine

gets the rebound.

JERMAINE SMITH

And that’s what happens when you

doing too much. You lose the prize,

and some other man gets it.

Tavaris walks up on Jermaine. Keith and Rogelio step in

between them.

JERMAINE SMITH (CONT’D)

(dribbling)

What? It’s just basketball, right?

We just hoopin, right?

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Moving Keith)

Yeah. What y’all worried for?

90.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

Y’all takin it too far.

KEITH RIDNOUR

Y’all gotta cool down.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Dribbling)

Oh, I’m fine.

Jermaine drives to the goal. Tavaris tries to stop him but

can’t get around the others. Jermaine makes the lay-up.

JERMAINE SMITH (CONT’D)

And now we only have two more

points. Game point.

Tavaris goes to check him. Rogelio and Keith look at each

other aggravated.

KEITH RIDNOUR

Aight.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

(Whispering)

Watch him.

KEITH RIDNOUR

I got it.

Rogelio walks over to Tavaris.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

(Nudging)

Watch out I got him.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Nah. Don’t worry about it. I got

him.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

(Turning Tavaris)

Really!? I can’t guard Keith as

good as you.

TAVARIS OKIRO

I’ll get the ball before it gets to

him!

Tavaris steps in Rogelio’s face. Rogelio backs off and waves

him off.

91.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Checks ball in)

Let’s play.

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Bounces ball back)

Yeah, let’s play.

Keith and Rogelio sigh. Keith gets the ball. Jermaine goes

down into the paint. Keith and Rogelio watch as Jermaine and

Tavaris get into a positioning battle, with Jermaine staying

low, and Tavaris shouldering his back.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Pushing back)

Pass it.

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Pushing forward)

Yeah. Pass it, so I can steal the

ball.

They shove for a little longer. Keith shoots and misses.

Jermaine grabs the rebound. He turns and rams his way into

Tavaris, who keeps his balance. Jermaine drives all the way

to the goal and attempts to lay it up but Tavaris smacks him

trying to aggressively block the ball. Jermaine hits the

ground. Tavaris stands over him. Jermaine gets up quickly.

Keith and Rogelio hurry to them.

KEITH RIDNOUR

(Hurrying)

Ey, chill chill chill chill

chill.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

Whoa!

JERMAINE SMITH

(Shoving Tavaris)

What was that!?

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Shoving back)

That’s how a man plays ball!

They start shoving. Keith grabs and pulls Tavaris back.

Rogelio pushes Jermaine back.

TAVARIS OKIRO (CONT’D)

(Trying to break from

Keith)

Nah, he run his mouth, let him run.

92.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Trying to push Rogelio

aside)

Watch out, bruh. Watch out.

KEITH RIDNOUR

Y’all gotta chill!

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

Think about what you’re

doing!

TAVARIS OKIRO

I’m good. He the one worried about

my sloppy seconds.

Keith and Rogelio pause and look at Tavaris. Jermaine gets

around Rogelio and charges Tavaris. Tavaris goes to fight,

but Keith twists him just in time. He swings Tavaris away and

stands between them while still holding Tavaris.

JERMAINE SMITH

Let him go!

TAVARIS OKIRO (CONT'D)

Let me go! Dawg, let me go!

KEITH RIDNOUR

Y’all gotta chill! Ro, get him!

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

(Hurry over)

My bad, my bad. J, calm down.

JERMAINE SMITH

Nah! He want to run his mouth off

bout my girl, he bout to catch this

fade.

TAVARIS OKIRO

I’d love to see you try it, big

man!

Jermaine goes after Tavaris. They swing at each other a few

times. Keith picks Tavaris up and walks him back while

Rogelio tackles Jermaine and wraps him up so he can’t move.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Struggling)

Let me up!

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

No!

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Struggling)

Put me down!

KEITH RIDNOUR

Calm down!

93.

They keep trying to fight but Rogelio and Keith keep them

apart. Keith eventually sets Tavaris down, but stays in front

of him.

JERMAINE SMITH

Get off me, Ro. (To Tavaris) That’s

why Ashley left yo sorry behind.

You ain’t deserve her, and now look

at you.

Tavaris tries to move Keith but Keith stays in front of him.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Say that to my face, garbage boy.

Pickin up my trash the only way you

was ever gonna find a girl.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Gets up with Rogelio

holding him)

That’s your problem right there.

You think every girl but your own

is trash, yet you rummaged all

through the (does air quotes) trash

and left your treasure. Stop taking

your pain out on me just because

you ain’t happy because of what you

did!

Everyone calms down. Tavaris walks away. Keith stands there

in case he changes his mind. Jermaine stands, winded, with

his hands on his hips. Rogelio keeps a hand on his chest to

make sure the others are calm.

JERMAINE SMITH (CONT’D)

(Walks towards Tavaris)

Look, man.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

(Pushing against

Jermaine)

Whoa whoa whoa!

JERMAINE SMITH

(Grabs Rogelio’s hand)

Look. I;m good. I’m not trying to

fight my brother, aight? (Walks

around Rogelio) Tavaris. Tavaris!

TAVARIS OKIRO

What, man!?

Keith stands in between them. Rogelio stands ready to take

Jermaine down again.

JERMAINE SMITH

Look, man. I’m sorry for what I

said, aight?

(MORE)

94.

I know you going through a tough

time, and I’m not tryna make it

harder than it already is, aight?

But seriously. Did you think

anything different would happen?

You know how many relationships end

because of infidelity? And you

risked that, knowing what type of

woman Ash was? You really thought

you’d get away with it?

TAVARIS OKIRO

Man, I don’t want to hear this!

Keith and Rogelio stand between them. Jermaine lifts his

hands and backs two steps.

JERMAINE SMITH

Does it really bother you that I

found love in yet another one you

took for granted?

TAVARIS OKIRO

Nah, man. But you can’t tell me

that ain’t weird.

JERMAINE SMITH

I’m not trying to! But respect what

I’ve found. You weren’t Ashley’s

first. You see anybody tryna clown

you for choosing his (does air

quotes) sloppy seconds? Why we even

callin women that nowadays?

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

Look at us! We’re literally

standing here wondering if two of

our brothers are gonna fight. Two

of the three groomsmen in my

wedding are a few words from

fighting each other. What’s gotten

into you two!?

They both quiet.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ (CONT’D)

I chose all of you for my wedding!

Which is in a few months, by the

way. You know Marie’s not playing

... And you tellin’ me we fighting

now? Seriously!?

JERMAINE SMITH (CONT'D)

95.

KEITH RIDNOUR

Y’all obviously got some hang-ups,

and you especially Tavaris. We not

s’pposed to be fightin’ each other,

man. Not like this.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

Exactly!

KEITH RIDNOUR

Y’all gotta sort this out like men.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

Why don’t we start it like my tia

used to make us do. (Waving them

in) Come hug it out.

Tavaris and Jermaine look at Rogelio crazy.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ (CONT’D)

Don’t look at me like I’m loco.

What’s crazy is you two fighting

each other over stuff that has

nothing to do with each other. Now

bring it in.

Everyone reluctantly closes in. Keith and Rogelio stands

aside while Tavaris and Jermaine size each other up.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ (CONT’D)

What you waiting for!? Are y’all

not brothers.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Tsh. Yeah, man.

JERMAINE SMITH

We are.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

Then, get to it!

TAVARIS OKIRO

Man, I only hug women, dawg.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

And look where that got you.

They pause.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ (CONT’D)

Now if we grown men out here, we

can hug. We not little boys no more

man. (Turns and hugs Keith) We

grown men out here. Ain’t nobody

got time for that macho bull.

(MORE)

96.

Quiero a mis hermanos. Come on,

man. Bring it in.

Rogelio waves them all in. They hug as a group. Then, Keith

hugs Tavaris, and Rogelio hugs Jermaine. Then, Jermaine and

Tavaris face each other. They, too, hug.

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Uncomfortable)

Feels like elementary man.

JERMAINE SMITH

(Chuckles)

I know, right.

They separate.

JERMAINE SMITH (CONT’D)

I’m sorry for what I said, man. I

know you going through it right

now. I shouldn’t have egged you on

like that.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Nah, man. It is what it is. I

started this. (Shakes) I started

all of this. I shouldn’t have

cheated. I shouldn’t have slept

with yo girl. I definitely

shouldn’t have teased you about

it... (Scratches head) I shouldn’t

have done a lot of things. I’m just

now seeing that. My fault, bro.

They shake hands.

JERMAINE SMITH

Don’t worry about it, man. That’s

life. Just know I got your back

through all of it.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Preciate that, man. You know I got

you.

They nod.

KEITH RIDNOUR

Good, man. Y’all had me worried,

bruh.

They chuckle.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ (CONT’D)

97.

ROGELIO RAMIREZ

You! Shoot, I wasn’t about to

replace my groomsmen. Especially

since my next options are my

cousins. Aye, Dios, no.

They laugh and walk to their things. Rogelio gets the

basketball. Tavaris goes through his bag and pulls out his

phone. His eyes open wide as he grabs Jermaine.

TAVARIS OKIRO

Bro!

JERMAINE SMITH

What is it?

TAVARIS OKIRO

I gotta go get my girl!

KEITH RIDNOUR

Ashley texted you.

TAVARIS OKIRO

(Hurrying)

Yeah, yeah. I’ll tell y’all later.

Tavaris runs off the court to his car. Rogelio looks confused

as Tavaris runs past him.

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