Written by Joe Janes
176 of 365
(Lights up on a bowling team getting ready to bowl. Nucci and Matthew are putting on their shoes. Brenda is setting up the scoring. Ray is warming up with his bowling ball. Kyle enters.)
NUCCIHey, Kyle’s back!
KYLEHey, Tiny Pin Drops!
MATTHEWHow was the paid vacation?
KYLETwo weeks of drinking pina coladas and lying in the sun. It was amazing. Got a sunburn on my back for a trophy, but I can live with that.
RAYHey, did you get laid?
KYLEOnly by your mom.
KYLEAnd she was sweet. Especially when she took out her teeth.
(Ray starts crying.)
KYLEHey, Ray, it was just a joke. I was just kidding. Your mom didn't really blow me.
BRENDAKyle. Ray’s mother passed away last week.
KYLEOh, shit. I didn’t know. Ray. I’m sorry. I didn’t know.
RAYYeah, yeah. Um. It’s okay, Kyle. You didn’t know. Um. Look, guys. I’m going to go home. I just don’t feel like bowling, right now.
(Ray quickly exits.)
KYLEI didn’t know.
MATTHEWHow could you? Not like we’re going to call you on the beach just to tell you Ray’s mom died. He’ll be okay.
NUCCII’m still up for bowling.
KYLETrying to get as many of those free nights in before you and Melinda tie the knot.
NUCCI (suddenly looking very solemn)Melinda gave me the ring back. Happened a few days ago.
KYLEI didn’t know, Nucci. That really sucks.
NUCCIYeah. She broke up with me at Ray’s mother’s funeral. Said it was a real eye opener for her. Didn’t see the point in spending the rest of her life with someone like me.
KYLEWhat a bitch.
NUCCII still love her. Hey, guys. That reminds me. I have to go home and burn some of the clothes she left behind and then mail them to her. I have to go.
KYLEJesus, I didn’t know. Look, is there anything else you two need to tell me? Tell me now before I show up at work tomorrow and you all give me the Asshole Co-Worker of the Year award.
BRENDA (tearing up)Um. When you show up, I won’t be there. They laid me off. Yesterday. No severance pay. No more insurance for me and the baby. I- I don’t know what I’m going to do. Nobody’s hiring. I – I – I better go.
(Brenda quickly leaves. Matthew sits down next to Kyle.)
KYLEWow. I didn’t know. I guess I really messed up our bowling night.
MATTHEWYou sure did.
(Matthew slaps Kyle on the back.)
KYLEOw! I have a sunburn.