Written by Joe Janes
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(Lights up on a crowded El train. We see Mel getting on and sitting. Down the way and across the aisle from him in another seat is Julie with headphones on. Cal, a businessman, stands reading a newspaper. Evelyn, an older woman with a shopping bag sits next to her adult daughter, Viv. Bruno, in a red beret and white t-shirt, stands near the door. Mel sees Julie and texts something to her and sends it. Julie gets the text on her iPhone, reads it and smiles over at Mel. She sends something back. He reads it and smiles and sends something back to her. She reads it and texts something back to him. He looks offended.)
Hey. There’s no need to shout.
JULIE (taking off her headphones)
There’s no need to shout!
I didn’t shout. I texted you.
You used all caps. Shouting.
Oh, no, I just really meant what I said. I wasn’t shouting.
All caps. Shouting?
EVELYN (to Julie)
There’s no need to be so rude.
I wasn’t shouting. If I wanted to shout, I would have used an exclamation point.
Punctuation. Great. Treat me like I’m stupid.
All caps does not mean shouting. If I used all lowercase letters would I have been whispering?
It’s more intimate.
Good for naughty talk.
Gotta watch the all caps, lady. I once sent out an all-office e-mail that was all caps. Didn’t even realize it. I had the “caps lock” button on. Upset a lot of people that day. Some of them went home crying. Ended up having to send out an apology e-mail. Still, got the cold shoulder from most everyone for weeks. Weeks. Ended up leaving because no one would talk to me.
(Julie starts texting, again. The train stops.)
Looks like I’m going to get an apology. (Julie hits the send button and walks off the train. He reads the e-mail.) Or at least a suggestion on where I can effectively store my Blackberry. It won’t fit there!... She knows that.
(He goes back to texting. BLACKOUT)