THE MISSING SCENE

Scene 88 PDF

88. INT. CHARLESTON BAR - NIGHT

Neil walks up to the bar, waves to the BARTENDER.

NEIL
Two of whatever this’ll get me.

Neil hands over his cash. A second customer walks up beside him. It’s BILL MURRAY.

BILL MURRAY
(to the Bartender)
Got any Sailor Jerry? It’s a spiced rum.

The Bartender nods and goes to get the drinks. Neil looks over and realizes who is sitting next to him. He straightens his shoulders, working up his courage --

NEIL
Where were you?

BILL MURRAY
Where was I? When? When Kennedy was shot?

NEIL
The film festival. Tonight. You were supposed to be a judge.

BILL MURRAY
They sent over the robe, it didn’t fit. Besides, black makes me look fat.

NEIL
My wife and our friends came down here for you. We made this film...because they told everybody you were going to be a judge.

Bill Murray says nothing, just sips his drink.

BILL MURRAY
Mmm. Spice.

NEIL
(to himself)
I knew it was bogus.

BILL MURRAY
(friendly)
How was your film?

NEIL
It was a comedy, but it wasn’t very funny. We lost.

BILL MURRAY
Hate I missed it.

NEIL
It doesn’t matter.
(a beat)
You have no idea how badly I needed this. I put my marriage on the line. My career.
(a beat)
I needed you to be here.

BILL MURRAY
I am here. Let’s get a picture. For old times’ sake.

NEIL
(almost to himself)
I needed you to pick me. My film. I needed you to like it. I needed to win.

BILL MURRAY
You and your needs...I don’t think this is going to work out.

Neil looks at Bill Murray, he smiles.

BILL MURRAY (CONT’D)
You just spent a weekend in Charleston making a movie with your wife and your buddies. You sure you didn’t win?

Bill Murray stands up, looks at the Bartender.

BILL MURRAY (CONT’D)
(to the bartender)
He’s got this.

He leans over and whispers something in Neil’s ear, then walks off. Neil watches him go.