Written by Joe Janes
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(Lights up on Janet and Monty in the living room of their home. Monty is reading the newspaper. Janet is knitting. The doorbell rings.)
JANET (getting up)I’ll bet that’s Dante. Julie, he’s here!
MONTY (getting up)I’ll grab the door.
JULIE (off)I’ll be down in a second, Mom.
MONTY (opening door)Hey, there, Dante. Come on in.
(Dante enters wearing a tuxedo and carrying a corsage.)
DANTEThanks, Mr. Boone.
MONTYCall me Monty.
JANETLook at you. Such a handsome young man, Dante. Oh, I’ll go get the camera.
MONTYExcited about tonight, Dante?
MONTYI’ll bet you are. Listen, I want to make sure you treat my daughter-
DANTEOh, rest assured, Mister- Monty, I’ll be treating your daughter Julie like a perfect gentleman.
MONTYOh, I’m sure you will. You’re a good kid, Dante. Soon to be a man, right?
MONTY (takes out his wallet)Listen, Dante, I want to make sure you treat my daughter to a nice hotel. You hear? A nice one. This should cover the cost of a nice room at the Marriott.
(He hands Dante a hundred dollar bill.)
DANTEUm. Wow. We weren’t planning on getting a hotel room.
MONTYI know, I know. Some after prom thing in the Fleming’s rec room basement. Dante, Julie is a special girl. She’s my princess. She doesn’t deserve to be finger banged in a beanbag chair under a black light and black velvet leopard poster. You’re going to nail her in a good and proper fashion. We clear?
JANET (entering)Here’s the camera!
(Dante gulps and nods.)
DANTEYes, sir. I will do my best.
JANETOh, and here comes the prom queen.
(Julie enters in a tasteful prom dress.)
JULIEI’m not the queen, Mom. Just a prom peasant, right now.
JANETWell, you look like a queen to me.
DANTEHi, Julie. You look beautiful.
JANETOh, my God, I’m going to explode if I don’t take your picture. Get together, get together.
(They do and they pose for a picture.)
DANTEWe should probably get going.
JANETOh, wait. Just a moment. I have something for you Julie.
MONTYYou kids have a great time. A great time. Dante, if I don’t see a smile on my daughter’s face for the next month, we’re going to have words.
(They all laugh.)
JANET (entering carrying a small tote bag)Here, here. It’s a little “kit” I made for after the prom.
JULIE (looking in bag)Wine, mom? You got us wine?
JANETShhhh, that’s just for the two of you.
MONTYThat’s just for the two of you, too.
JANETBut there are extras if you need them.
MONTYAh, hell. The more the merrier, right?
JULIEI feel so lucky to have parents like you.
DANTEI feel lucky… too.
JANETAnd take the camera. I want lots of pictures.
MONTYOf everything. Everything. Bring back some action shots.
DANTEOkay, well, I guess we should be going, now.
JULIEBye mom and dad. And thanks.
MONTY (yelling out the door)Remember Dante. Be a gentleman. Make sure the girl gets off first, then you. Follow that guideline and no woman will ever complain about how you are in the sack. Right, Mom?
JANETIt’s true! (Beat) They grow up so fast.
MONTYHey, looks like we have the house to ourselves.
JULIEI’ll get the black light, you get the beanbag chair.