One Man Scandal
Friday May 27th, 2011
* The scene opens up showing Shawn Winters waking up in his hotel room. He gets up and takes a shower and gets dressed before checking his phone. There are a bunch of missed calls from his friend Matt. He picks up his phone and gives him a call. *
Matt Shawn! Dude I've been trying to get a hold of you all morning.
Shawn Sorry dude, I was sleeping. What's up?
Matt I ran into your sister at the store and she told me that you were in town what gives?
Shawn Yeah I...I had some loose ends that I needed to clear out.
Matt Well hey, it'd be a shame for you to be home and not see your best friend! Let's go grab some lunch or something, get a beer.
* Shawn grabs his watch from off the counter to see that it's a little after 11 am. *
Shawn Alright, yeah. Do you want me to meet you somewhere?
Matt It'd be easier for you to come to my house. Kims car is in the shop so she's got mine right now.
Shawn Alright man, give me like 20 minutes and I'll be there.
Matt Awesome, see you then.
* Shawn hangs up the phone. He then gets a smile on his face. *
Shawn I knew it was a good idea to come back here. That talk with Angie was seriously what I needed. Who needs to change when all I've got to do is be present and I'm already a success? This is going to be easy. I don't know what the hell I was so afraid of. I'm going to father the shit out of this child! Well Hannah's going to be doing all the work but damn it I'll be present the whole time! Yeah! Woo! Shawn Winters, father to be!
* Shawn catches his breath for a second before grabbing his keys and his bags and walking out the door. He checks out of his hotel before getting into his car and getting on his way to his friend Matt's house. Minutes pass as Shawn is pulling into the drive way. He parks his car and gets out walking up to the front door. He knocks on it and hears Matt's voice from inside. *
Matt IT'S UNLOCKED!!!
* Shawn thinking nothing of it opens the door before noticing a group of people in the living room. Matt and an older man are standing up. *
Matt Shawn, I'm glad you came.
Shawn What's going on? Whose this guy?
* Shawn then notices that Kim, Brooke, Angie, and Ace were standing behind them. *
Dr. Ross Shawn I am Dr. Arnold Ross, we're all here today because we love you.
Shawn What the fuck is going on? Is this an intervention?!
* Matt walks up to Shawn. *
Matt Dude we're doing what has to be done. You've got to hear this from everybody. I got everybody who loves you.
Shawn There's 3 people here and Ace.
Dr. Ross It's all we could find.
Shawn Are you serious with this guy? He's got two first names and looks like the offspring of Jack Black and an elephant.
Dr. Ross Come now Shawn, this is a safe place. We're all here because-
Shawn You love me right I get it. Seriously though get this cunt muscle out of here. He doesn't love me.
Dr. Ross Shawn I-
* Angie interupts him. *
Angie Don't bother Dr. It's a defense mechanism, trust me I had to deal with it for years. Whenever he doesn't know something, feels threatened, or out smarted he just berates you until you give up resulting in him saving face.
Matt Shawn he's here to mediate the whole thing. I'm sorry buddy but this has to be done.
Shawn No, Angie tell him that I don't need any help. You and I talked last night, I'm fine!
Angie Shawn...actually me and Matt set this thing up. After everything that you told me last night and what you told Matt two weeks ago we decided that this was the best way to take action.
Shawn You can seriously take action with my fist if you don't let me go and get me out of here. I'm not some addict that needs to be shown the error of his ways. I'm not going to be on MTV, my career isn't going down the drain yet.
Matt Shawn please. We set this up because we're seriously worried about you. You've got a problem and we're here to help you solve it.
Shawn Ace! Come on dude, of all people why are you here?!
Ace I was told there would be free food?
Matt There's food in the fridge help yourself.
* Ace gets up and walks into the kitchen. *
Kim Shawn please. Nobody is here to judge you or hurt you. We just want to help you get over this whole situation and who knows, maybe you'll learn something from this whole thing or maybe you'll have this thing to make fun of us for years to come. We all know how you like to make fun of your friends. So come on Shawn, if we're right it'll help you if we're wrong you'll be able to ridicule us...eh eh? Fun right?
* Shawn shakes his head before taking a seat in a chair clearly not in the best of moods anymore. *
Shawn Seriously, I am fine. I woke up this morning and I felt great. This whole thing is completely unnecessary.
Angie Then just humor us Shawn alright. You might not take this seriously but we are.
* Right then Ace walks back into the room with a sandwich before sitting down. *
Dr. Ross Alright everyone, as you all know we are here to express our love and concerns towards our friend or loved one Shawn here. Who wants to begin and share what they wrote?
* Right then Angie stands up with a piece of paper in hand. *
Angie I'll start. Shawn, I know you and I haven't been the greatest of friends over the years however after nearly 10 years of being divorced now it seems so long ago that we were in love. Seeing you last night outside of my house reminded me of everything that I loved about you and at the same time reminded me about everything that I hated. When you want to be you're strong, caring, funny, along with disrespectful, arrogant, and inconsiderate.
Shawn Wow this is making me feel better already.
Angie Shut up Shawn! What I'm trying to say, is even for me...a person that thought would never forgive you for what you did, I find myself looking at you and not hating you but feeling sorry for you. You and I were married and we were...or I should I say I was pregnant. I found out you were sleeping with another girl named Katie and it crushed my entire world. I find you last night and you're still repeating the same behaviors. Shawn, you've clearly got a problem. You're addicted to making people's lives miserable. There is a saying that you only hurt the ones that you love and Shawn I'm telling you right now that you've hurt each one of us in this room.
Shawn I haven't hurt this douche bag.
* Shawn points to Dr. Ross. *
Dr. Ross Once again, I'm just a mediator.
Angie Shawn you've got a problem and we're here to make you conscious of it because we fear that you're not aware of it.
Dr. Ross Thank you Angie, who would like to step up next?
* Shawn's sister Brooke stands up with a piece of paper in hand. *
Brooke Shawn, you know that I love you and I look up to you like a hero. I didn't know whether or not I wanted to come to this because I'm not sure that I agree with it, I am a Winters after all right? (smiles) However it really does pain me to see my big brother in such pain. It pains me to see my big brother struggling with himself. When I saw you yesterday you weren't the same person that I looked up to my entire life. You weren't the same person that I've seen on television making fun of people and getting the crowd all riled up. You seemed like a shell of that man. Somebody who has always been so confident and sure of everything in his life has all the sudden found himself second guessing his own actions. That's not the Shawn Winters that I know and it's not the Shawn Winters that I look up to. Shawn, you need to figure this thing out for good so you can get back to your old confident self. I know you want that too.
Shawn I'm as confident as I've ever been.
Brooke Shawn, I'm not talking about your physical ability. I'm talking about your mental. You're going to need it all if you're going to win at Taking Hold of the Flame. If you're not going to take anyone else's comments to heart at least take mine.
* Brooke sits down. *
Dr. Ross Who would like to go next?
* Right then Kim stands up with a piece of paper in hand. *
Kim Shawn, Now I understand that I haven't known you as long as the others here but I have known you for a little over a year now and I can honestly say that you're one of the funnest and most exciting people to be around. I understood that you had your own personal issues going all the way back to when you were a kid and they continue today but the fact is that none of that seemed to matter when you were around the ones you cared about. You have always been the type of guy who can find fun in anything he does, whether it's making fun of people or just acting stupid it's all part of your charm. For the most part we all know you do it out of love. To see you torturing yourself over this issue with Hannah is heart breaking to me. You were the best man at Matt and I's wedding and you gave a speech. You gave a speech about love and how you hope to find it someday and I'm telling you right now you'll find it if you don't stop running away from it! Love wants to find you Shawn, you're just too busy building walls to prevent it from getting in. You can only reflect those that love you so much before one person sneaks through. Let Hannah be that person to sneak through. It might be scary but when you finally let yourself fall you'll feel comfort knowing that there is someone there to catch you.
Dr. Ross Thank you Kim that was beautiful. Matt would you like to go next?
* Matt stands up with a piece of paper in hand. *
Matt Shawn, I wrote down on this piece of paper everything that I wanted to say to you but I'm not going to need it.
* Matt crumbles up the paper and tosses it to the side as Shawn starts to laugh a bit. *
Shawn Was that supposed to be dramatic?
Matt Shawn you can make fun of me all you want I get it, I really do. You and I have been friends since we were 17 years old. That's a long time, it's been like dog years being your friend I swear. However through all of the hard times and the good I've always stood beside you even trusting you enough to be my best man at my wedding. Even though you did do the one thing me and Kim begged you not to do.
* Kim looks up at Matt confused. *
Kim What did he do?
* Kim all the sudden realizes. *
Kim YOU HAD SEX WITH MY SISTER DIDN'T YOU?!
* Shawn puts his head in his hands. *
Kim I knew it! Matt how come you didn't tell me?!
Matt He told me not to.
Kim What is it with you Shawn? You have such control over the people around you yet you can't seem to get control over yourself.
Matt Kim, we can talk about this later.
Shawn Yeah, besides your sister wasn't that good anyways.
Matt Shawn, not now. Anyways where was I? (thinking) Right...despite all of your faults and believe me there are many even though you consider yourself to be perfect, I have always loved you as a friend. You have stood by my side through the hardest of times and it just pains me to see that I'm not able to help you through yours. You're like a brother to me and I refuse to let you ruin a good thing with Hannah. I stand here right now telling you that you're about to let the best thing in your life go and it's only going to further feed your addiction.
Shawn you're only happy when you're releasing your own problems onto somebody else. You're only happy when you're trying to make somebody else more miserable than you are. You did it with Greg Cherry, you did it with Christy Matthews, and now you're doing it with your own wife. Shawn you've got problems, issues, demons, that not even the best of psychiatrists could diagnose. Yet here we are telling you that it's not over. You can still fix this if you actually want to try.
* Matt sits down before telling his wife Kim something getting her to settle down. *
Dr. Ross Alright and that leaves us to Ace Marshall. Would you like to share a few words?
* Ace takes the final bite of his sandwich before standing up with a piece of paper in his hand much like the rest of the group. *
Ace (clears throat) The broken clock is a comfort, it helps you sleep in the night. Maybe it can stop tomorrow from stealing all your time. You are here still waiting though we still have your doubts. You're damaged at best like we've already figured out. You're falling apart, you're barely breathing. With a broken heart, that's still beating. In the pain, there is healing. In your name I find healing.
* Right then Angie stands up and grabs Ace's paper. *
Angie Oh my god...these are song lyrics!
* Matt takes a look at the paper while Ace takes a bite of his sandwich. *
Angie Yeah, these are the lyrics to Broken by Lifehouse.
Matt Are you an idiot?!
Ace What? I thought they applied just fine. What do you want me to say? I love Shawn, I don't want him to change damn it. Shawn divorce the bitch!
* Ace gets dragged out of the room by Angie and Brooke and you can hear Ace is the back ground ask Angie and Brooke for their phone numbers followed by a you're 18 right? Matt goes up to Shawn as Shawn stands up. *
Matt Shawn, we're just trying to bring to your attention the consequences of your actions. You can't keep doing this. If you don't fix yourself now eventually this whole thing is going to backfire on you. You've got to let somebody in at some point otherwise you're just going to be alone with nobody to share anything with. Have you seen the movie For the Love of the Game with Kevin Costner? He plays an old pitcher named Billy Chapel and in his last game he throws a perfect game against the Yankees and he realizes that he has nobody to share the moment with. Think about that, think about how you're going to feel when you win at Taking Hold of the Flame and then again at Rise to Greatness and you don't have anyone there to celebrate with. Sure you may have some random girls at a bar but is that really what you want?
Shawn Depends how many random girls are we talking about here?
Matt God damn it Shawn come on.
Shawn Matty...I'm fine. I'm going home now. I'll talk to you later.
* Shawn goes to the door. *
Matt Hey, can you at least take Ace with you?
Shawn Heh...you guys brought him here he's your problem.
* Shawn walks out the door closing it behind him before getting into his car. He drives off towards the air port to take him home. Shawn goes through security and everything until he's in first glass with a class of rum and his own thoughts. *
I'm glad I was able to save face through that ordeal. As much as my talk with Angie helped clear my thoughts that whole thing was a real kick in the ass to actually do something about it. I know I've got problems but this one has never really effected me the way I expected it to. Maybe I care for Hannah more than I thought? I mean she is able to take the punishment that I dish out to her which is super sexy. Who would of thought that a drunken mistake in Vegas would turn out to this? Sure I could divorce her but how long will it take before I have 8 ex-wives and I'm giving them all my money and I'm 60 years old still trying to wrestle at Rise to Greatness making an idiot out of myself as my entire name and legacy gets tarnished. I can't let that happen, the name of Shawn Winters will never be tarnished. Well unless we're talking about the time with the poster in the hotel room...get back on thought damn it. Wait a minute...what am I going to say to Hannah when I get home?
* The plane takes off leaving Shawn alone with his drink and his thoughts until he lands back in Los Angeles. *