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Should I know what it is? Or just something you think I did it? No, no, I did it, I did it.
You can’t act like everything’s ganna work out by itself.
Because you can’t sing without making dogs bark.
I know what I want because I’ve had it in my hands right now.
We are not a mistake just because we don’t have any money.
We gonna have it last. You know how I know? Because I still wake up every morning and the first thing I want to do is seeing your face.
I just want to be there when the morning light explodes. On your face, it radiates I can’t escape.
I think I repel the woman I want most
I still know you are around. You are still here, aren’t you?
Married people make each other feel like shit on purpose sometimes. It just feels good.
We have absolutely no idea what we want.
Gerry thought it was the best way to honor the dead, show them how well we’re doing.
We don’t know what a privilege it is to grow old with someone.
I feel like I’m trying on a new pair of shoes I really wanna buy, but they just don’t fit.
There’s no man, alive or dead, who’s gonna fault you for living.
Would you mind if we should walk together since we are going in the same direction. I’ll stay on this side of the road. Don’t even have to talk. Just quite nice, sometimes walking along with someone without talking once you get your feet wet.
At first, the no-talking thing didn’t last. Before long, I couldn’t get you to shut up. But you were so cute, trying to impress me with William blake and all your grand plans. I had no idea what you were talking about, but I couldn’t help loving the way you talked.
I loved you right then and there.
A fella has to tell a woman the truth without words. It’s like a signal you send out. The woman, she just pick it up.
I could turn it on and off when I was younger and I had no principles. When every girl that I was lucky enough to kiss was the end of life as I knew it. Now I only send it out when I think she might be the one that makes it true.
--Do you think we could turn around and face each other without freaking him out?
--ah…Okay, sure, but let’s move very slowly, okay?
I’m keeping it unless we meet again, that’s a bet you’re gonna have to win because if we do meet again then that’ll be the end of it, you know.
If I happen to walk into the right one in the right town then we’ll know for sure, won’t we? And if I don’t then that’ll just be the most perfect kiss ever created by two strangers and we’ll just keep it perfect for the rest of our lives.
Life had changed as I knew it, and now it changed again.
I really like you, but I can’t be the invisible man. I’m tired of being the shoulder. I wanna be another body part you need, you know? I wanna be the bad guy. I wanna a woman to go crazy over me and then I wanna use her up until she’s ruined for all other men I’d like to be somebody’s gerry.
I bet you’ve had a hard time walking into a room full of people on your own. I know what it is feel like you are in the room until he looks at you or touches your hand or even makes a joke at your expense, just to let everyone know you are with him, you are his.
God, that man could make me laugh.
You know the worst thing for a parent, second after losing a child? Watching your child head for the same life you had and you can’t stop it. It’s a terrible helpless feeling. Makes you angry all the time and I’ve been angry a very long time. I’m exhausted.
You make me a man by loving me.
P.S. I love you.

语言精辟且意味深长~
Ben:It’s takes approximately 500 pounds to crush a human skull.But the human emotion is a much more delicate thing.

House of cards Season I Episode 01

Ben:Take Suzy,my first real girlfriend,my first real breakup, happening right in front of me.I never thought it was going to be similar to car crash.I’v slammed the brakes,and I’m skidding towards an emotional impact.So is this all my fault?Me,Ben Willis.It’s funny what goes through your mind at a time like this,The two-and-a-half years we spent together, the promises we made,the holidays we took with her parents,the lamp we bought at IKEA together.

Underwood talks with the wounded dog.

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It’s ok; there are two kinds of pain, the sort of pain that makes you strong or useless pain. The sort of pain that only suffering. I have no patience for useless things. Moments like this require someone who will act or do the unpleasant thing, or the necessary thing. There, no more pain.

Ben:It was my final year at art college.And in the weeks that followed the breakup,I tried to figure out what went wrong..Why did we break up?It’s funny ,but when I think back now the reason seems so small.One day she’s with me,and she’s saying ‘I love you’.And the next week she’s with someone else,probably saying the same thing.So did she really love me?What is love anyway?And is it really that fleeting?

It was a hit and run, I’m awfully sorry.

Sean:Forget about her.You don’t wanna waste your time.Thinking about a girl that dumped you for a loser like Steve Jenkins.

Underwood speaks at the New Year ceremony.

Ben:She didn’t dump me.

Oh, President elected Garrett Walker. Do I like him? No. Do I believe him? That’s beside the point. Any politician that gets 70 million votes has tapped into something larger than himself, larger than even me as much as I hate to admit it. Look at that winning smile, those trusting eyes. I clung to him early on, and made myself vital. After 22 years in congress, I can smell which way the wind is going.

Jim Matthews, his right honorably Vice-President, Former Governor of Pennsylvania, He did his duty in delivering the Keystone State. Bless his heart, and now they’re about to put him out to pasture, but he looks happy, now doesn’t he? For some, it's simply the size of chair.

Linda Vasquez, Walker’s chief of staff, I got her hired. She is a woman, check, and a Latina, check, but more important than that, she’s as tough as two-dollar steak. Check, check, check. When it comes to the white house, you not only need the keys in your back pocket, you need the gatekeeper.

As for me, I’m just a lowly house majority whip, I keep things moving in a congress, chocked by pettiness, and lassitude, my job is to clear the pipes, and keep the sludge moving. But I won’t have to be a plumber much longer; I’ve done my time, I back the right man. Give and take. Welcome to Washington.

Sean:Why did she chuck you anyway?

(Claire and Underwood talks in the vehicle)

Ben:It ended.Because Suzy thinks the grasses always greener on the other side.She’s always worrying about there being a better party to go to or better boyfriend to be had.I just felt I could never make her happy.And then Steve Jenkins started texting her.

C: You need a haircut

Sean :How did Steve Jenkins get her number?

U: You think?

Ben:It was a good point.I only imagined the worst.Idon’t want to think about it.

C: A little trim, what are you going to wear?

Sean :You need to go out with a beautiful girl,a model or something.

U: You mean for the meeting?

Ben:why?

C: For the announcement.

Sean:Well,because if you’ve got a beautiful girl on your arm,then you must be worth having.Women are in competition with each other,you see.Suzy sees you with a sexy baby,she’ll think to herself’if I can get Ben back from that beautiful girl,then I must be more beautiful than her.’
Ben:Sean’s success with woman was pretty impressive.

U: I’m wearing my navy blue, the one with the pinstripes

Sean:It’s true .Ask your mom.

C: Good, you look handsome in that suit.

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U: I don’t know if they will announce it before your board meeting.

Ben:The age-old question,what is love?

C: Well, as long as I can say the donation is coming.

The teacher:Ben,Mr. Adams here has given his time up for you,don’t you think we should show him a little bit of respect?

U: As soon as it’s official, San-Corp will write you the check.

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C: (holds up Underwood’s right hand) This is going to be a big year for us.

Ben:I live in student accommodation not far from the college.It’s basically a four-story concrete block housing some 120 hormone-crazed students. This is the haunting period,the time when the demons of regret come for you…She stood right there,when I said those words: ‘I’m sory,I don’think I can make you happy.Maybe we should break up.’And that’s when she got angry.

(Underwood kisses Claire’s left hand)

Suzy:Hello.

(Zoe and Lucas talks in the tea room)

Ben:Suzy it’s me,Ben.

Z: Did it take him a year to remember your name?

Suzy:Ben I was asleep,what is’t?

L: Longer.

Ben:Suzy,um,I’m sorry.

Z: Good morning, Lucas.

Suzy:I’m sorry too.

L: What can I do for you, Zoe?

Ben:Do you think there’s any chance we’ll get back together?

Z: I’m sick of the Fairfax county council.

Suzy:I don’t think so,Ben.i think it ran its course.Besides,I’m with Steve now.

L: You tell me every day.

Ben:Have you slept with him?

Z: Move me online, my own blog, first person, subjective, 500 words.

Suzy:Yes.

L: Not gonna happen.

Ben:Was it good?I mean,is it better than…

Z: I’ll go underground, backrooms, the urinals! I’ll win over staff members on the Hill. They need place to vent.

Suzy:I don't’t wanna talk about it with you,Ben.I’ve gotta go.sorry,Ben.

L: A gossip column?

Ben:Suzy

Z: No, we’ll lift the veil. What’s really going on?

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L: This is the Washington Herald, Zoe. It’s not TMZ.

Ben:To think about her now with someone else,it felt like all the oxygen had been sucked from the room.

Z: Do you know how many people who watch TMZ?

Ben:After my breakup with Suzy,I just couldn’t fall asleep anymore.The more I tried to sleep,the less tired I feel.I was wide awake.I tried everything.I’d just become immune to sleep.I suddenly found I had eight extre hours.My life had been extended by a third.I wanted time to pass quickly,but instead I was forced to witness the passing of every second of every hour.I wanted the hurt i felt to go away,bue in some cruel trick of events,i now had even more time on my hands,more time to think about Suzy.

L: I couldn’t care less.

Ben:I took the bus with no real place to go.I watched the landscape slowly change as it clung to the last hours of sunlight,before leaving me to get another sleepless night.I started to read all the books I wished I’d time to read.With extra hours,I even had time to reread my favorite ones.But she was never far from my mind. Sharon:Two pounds 75, please.

Z: Which is why print journalism is dying?

Ben:Ah,how much is it without these two?

L: Then it will die with dignity, at least with this paper.

Sharon:One pound 70.

Z: You are stuck in the 20th century, Lucas, you lack imagination.

Ben:It was getting obvious that I needed to trade some of my time.

L: Maybe so, but right now I don’t need imagination. I need copy. Your nights and weekends are yours, I applaud whatever you want to do, as long as it’s not on my time.

Jenkins:Yeah…Mmm…It all looks fantastic, man.I think you’ll fit in very well here.It’s a great feeling inside Ben.It’s marvelous.We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what it’s like to be part of Sainsbury’s and listening,I know,I’ve been through this with you.There’s so many opportunities,Ben.It’s a life thing.…

Z: You’re telling me to go back to work?

Ben:I could feel a faint shift in a faraway place.A current of unknown consequences was on its way.Moving towards me like an unstoppable wave of fate.

L: I am.

Jenkins:T-E-A-M-W-O-R-K,work,teamwork,Ben.Welcome aboard.

Z: What you’re really telling me is to fuck off.

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L: I’m telling you both.

Ben:And so I started working the night shift at Sainsbury’s.During the hours most normal people ar sleeping,I’m busy thading my time.I give them my extra eight hours,and they give me money.Cash back.

(Peter Russo walks into his office, and speaks with Christina, his secretary)

Sharon:Hi,Ben.

C: It’s Mr. Chapman already, from Provence Trust,

Ben:Hi.

R: Hold my calls, Christina.

Sharon: I’m late again.Jenkins is gonna kill me.See you later.

(Peter Russo walks into the room)

Ben:Yeah see you.

P: Henry. It’s good to see you. How long are you in town for?

Jenkins:Sharon!

H: Just today.

Sharon:Yes,Mr.Jenkins?

P: What? You gotta come back down for the inauguration. I can hook you up.

Jenkins:Late again, Sharon.

H: How about you hook me up with the zoning laws you promised to get changed? We got 12 million sitting in escrow for an empty lot we can’t build on.

Sharon:I’m sorry, Mr.Jenkins.

P: I know, but you gotta understand. It’s a local municipal issue, I can’t just pick up the phone…

Jenkins:Second time this week.

H: You can’t? Because that’s not what you lead us to believe when you begged for 50 grand in donations.

Sharon:I know. Mr.Jenkins.I’m sorry.It won’t happen again.

P: Right, I…just one second, Christina, I said no calls, not while I’m meeting with Mr. Chapman. The President-elect? Do you mind?

Jenkins:Ah,yeah,Ok.

H: No, go ahead please.

Ben:My first year at art college was boring to say the least.But it helped me to appreciate the fundamentals of still life.

P: Put him through Christina,(wait) Mr. President-elect? Thank you. Yes, we were pleased to win by double digits. Absolutely, anything you need.

P.A.system:I’d like to remind the custome that there’s a special two for the price of one offer on aisle ten.Fresh bread and cakes,that’s aisle ten for a special two for the price of one offer.

Christina: I need you to put your long, wet, talented tongue, between my tights, and make me squeal like Monica Lewin…

Jenkins:Well,don’t just stare at it,Ben!Clean it up.

P: Me too. Okay, thank you, sir. (Hang up the phone) I’m so sorry, where were we?

Ben:You see, I’ve always wanted to be a painter.And like many artists before me,the female form has always been a great source of inspiration.I’ve always been in awe of the power they unknowingly possess.

H: Walker? What’s he like?

  Jenkins:Now, are you going to clean them up or not?

(Underwood (dressed navy blue) talks with Linda in Linda’s office.)

Ben:There is an art to dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift,an art to putting your mind somewhere else while the seconds slowly tick away.I found that all the people working here had perfected their own individual art.Take Sharon Pinter,Sharon knows rule number one:the clock is the enemy.The basic rule is this:The more you look at the clock the slower the time goes.It will uncover the hiding place of your mind and torture it with every second.This is the basic art in dealing with the trade of your time.

U: The President-elect running late?

Sharon:Any cash back?

L: No, he couldn’t make it. I’ll brief him, though.

Ben:This is Barry Brickman.You see Barry thinks of himself as a bit of daredevil stuntman.For a start,Barry is quite well-known.When one of Barry’s bike tricks went wrong,the cameraman put it on the internet.Barry has stuck to his scooter ever since.Matt Stephens is also a king scooterer.

U: Okay. This is the memo, I’ve drafted, on our Middle East policy we’ve been developing. Now, I wanna to borrow from Reagan, I’d like to coin the phrase” Trickle-down diplomacy”, that way…

Matt Stephens :Any what was the other thing?

L: Frank, I’m gonna stop you there; we are not nominating you for the Secretary of State. I know, he made you a promise, but circumstances have changed.

Old waman:Sausage!

U: The nature of promises, Linda, is that they remain immune to changing circumstances.

Matt Stephens:Oh,yeah.

L: Garrett has thought long and hard about this. And he’s decided we need you to stay in the Congress.

Ben:Now Barry and Matt are good friends.

U: When was this decision made? And why wasn’t I part of a conversation?

Matt Stephens:There you go.Take care.

L: I’m sorry, Frank, if it been up to me, I wouldn’t have waited this long to tell you.

Ben:Between them,they have come up with a very different way of dealing with the trade of their time. Theirs an art to finding anything to go that isn’t work.Afew days later,Barry and Matt were reported for what they called ‘helping the ladies’.

U: So you knew you were going to do this?

Ben:It was these shampoo bottles that sent them on their quest.Barry and Matt knew what they looked like,and they knew that the women in the supermarket knew what they looked like.Their theory was that even though it was a sex toy masquerading as a bottle of shampoo.Women would like to try it as a sex toy.But were embarrassed to buy it because they knew what it looked like.The decision to buy it would be an easier one if they were already at the checkout.If they didn’t object,then Barry and Matt knew they’d helped a bottle find a happy home.

L: It has been an evolving discussion.

Ben:Barry had challenged Matt to a scooter race in which they would sprint down one aisle and up the next.They would do all 14 aisles,and then back to the starting line.They had been waiting for the day the manager called in sink.The art of doing something else other than the work you are supposed to do,is addictive.The excitement of doing something that you shouldn’t be doing,along with the consequences if you’re caught doing it,are so strong that it ofter pulls others away from their own art. Sharon:On your markes.Get set.Go!

U: It’s a chicken-shit move.

Barry:We got winded!

L: Frank…

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U: I was vetted, was that a ruse?

Ben:I hadn’t slept in two weeks.My breakup with Suzy had left me with a sense that time had become unhinged.I drifted between imagination and reality,between past and present with increasing ease.

L: No…

Jenkins:I feel like a real man.you like men.You like real man,don’t you?When I’m out the rein the kit on the pitch with the boys,I look like a God.I’m an adonis.I keep myself in good shape.I see the looks.I ignore them.

U: Let’s be absolutely clear, you wouldn’t have won without me.

Ben:I can feel the bolts of time slowly coming away from the breakup.Time manipulation is not a precise science.Like any art,it’s personal to the individual.So what is the art in making my shift go to fast?

L: You are right, but now we have to lead. And that means making tough choices. As you know, education is a top priority for us. A complete federal overhaul. But it’s not just the education, Frank. Congress has split; we need you there, more than we need you in the State Department.

Ben:I imagine the opposite.That time is frozen.I imagine the remote control for life has been paused.

U: I got you hired, Linda.

Ben: Within this frozen world,I’m able to walk freely and unnoticed.Nobody would even know that time had stopped.And when it started back up again,the invisible join would be seamless except for a slight shudder.Not unlike the feeling of somebody walking over your grave.

L: I know.

Ben:That moment when you see someone walking down the street who is so beautiful you just can’t help but stare.Well,imagine as I do,that with the world on pause it becomes very easy to understand the concept of beauty.To have it frozen in front of you,captured,unaware.

U: Donations, endorsements, I wrote the campaign’s entire foreign policy platform. I bring years of Foreign Affairs Committee…

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L: Frank, please.

Ben:For me,this fascination with beauty started at a very young age.I was six or seven,and my mom and dad had taken on a foreign student.She was in her late teens and was studying english at a nearby school.Being swedish,the walk from the shower to her room didn’t need to be a modest one.It was at that moment that something very profound happended to me.I was exposed to the female form in a way I had never experienced.I felt fascination and wonder at the beauty of her nakedness.And I wanted to freeze the world so that I could live in that moment for a week.I have never had a feeling of such completeness.To this day I still think it was one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen。
Little Ben:You dropped these.

U: I want to speak to Walker personally.

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L: The decision is made.

Ben:And would it be wrong?Would they hate me for seeing them?I mean,really seeing them?

(Underwood stands up with anger, takes his briefcase)

Ben:I read once about a wowan whose secret fantasy was to have an affair with an artist.She thought that he would really see her.He would see every curve,every line,every indentation and love them because they were part of the beauty that made her unique.

L: We need you, Frank. Will you stand beside us or not?

Ben:And when I’m ready,all I have to do to start time again is crack my fingers.

(Underwood thinks for a moment)

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U: Of course, if that’s what the President wants.

Sean:You look like shit.

L: I’m very glad to hear that.

Ben:Cheers.

(Underwood is leaving the office, but he stopped and turned by the door)

Sean:Still not sleeping?

U: I’m curious, if not me then who?

Ben:No.

L: Michael Kern

Sean:Feeling any better about Suzy?

U: Michael Kern? Well, that is an excellent choice.

Ben:No.

(Underwood backs home, Claire is sitting in the couch, angry)

Sean:Wanna talk about it?

U: Claire!

Ben:No.

C: You didn’t call.

Sean:No?Why?

U: I was…

Ben:Because every morning you come by,and every morning I talk about the same thing.,and I’m bored of saying the same thing,and I’m bored of feeling shit about it.And most of all I’m bored of being awake 24 hours a day.

C: You didn’t call me, Francis. Nine hours, you don’t call me. Not when it’s this big.

Sean:EEW!Look who didn’t get out of bed on the wrong side this morning.

U: You are right.

Ben:Very funny.

C: When have we ever avoided each other?

Sean:But seriously,you’re gonna feel like shit.It’s gonna take time.For instance,how long ago did you think about her before we started having this conversation?

U: I wanted a solution first.

Ben:About ten minutes before you knocked on the door.

C: Do you have one?

Sean:Oh,yeah.And what was the thought?

U: Not yet.

Ben:I though about the dust.

C: This affects me too, Francis. And it’s not the money I’m upset about. It’s that we do things together. When you don’t involve me we are in free fall.

Sean:The dust?God,you’re weird!Anyway,whatever.My point is,every day you think about her and the things that you associate with her less and less.Before long,you’ll go a whole day without thinking about her.You know what might help speed up the process?

U: I should have called you and I didn’t.

Ben:what?

C: What happened?

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U: She says they needed to keep me in Congress.

Ben:Me and Sean had been friends since we were five.We lived across the street from on another,and grew up together.For his 12th birthday,Sean’s mom and dad had bought him a state-of the-art computer.

C: Linda said that?

Sean:OH,mom!

U: Walker wasn’t even there. That’s what really gets me, he didn’t even have the courage to look me in the eyes.

Sean’mom:Come on,boys, it’s a nice day ,why don’t you play in the park?
Sean:No.We’re okey playing this.

C: I knew you shouldn’t trust that woman.

Sean’mom:Okay,I’m off shopping.You be all right by yourselves?

U: I didn’t, I don’t, I don’t trust anyone.

Sean:Yea,mom.Bye,mom.

C: Then how could you not see this coming?

Ben:Bye,Mrs.Higgins.

U: I never thought they were capable.

Sean’mom:I won’t be long.

C: You don’t usually underestimate people, Francis.

Sean:Wanna see something?

U: I know. Hubris. Ambition…

Ben:What?

C: You should be angry.

Ben:What are they?

U: I am livid.

Sean:Girls with no clothes on.

C: Then where is that I don’t see it?

Ben:Sean had found the magazines under his mom and dad’s bed.The Swedish student was one thing,but this was something completely different.The smiles on the girls’ faces and the total lack of shyness about what they were showing the camera was so confusing for me.I had never seen the female part up close and in so much detail.I guess i imagined something neater,like a smooth hole drilled into a piece of wood.The sort of hole where you might place a wooden peg.But the reality was much more sexually aggressive.It was hard to imagine that my teacher,Mrs.Booth,had one under her skirt that looked just like it.

U: what do you want me to do, scream and yell? Throw a temper?

Sean:Mom!

C: I want more than I’m seeing, you’re better than this, Francis.

Sean’mom:Forgot my purse.Hey,what have you two been up to?

U: Well I’m sorry, Claire, I am sorry.

Ben:After that,Sean’s mom always thought we were gay.

C: No that I won’t accept.

……………………………………………………

U: What?

Ben:What will help speed up the process?

C: Apologies, my husband doesn’t apologizes, even to me.

Sean:You need to distract yourself with a couple of Natalies.

(Claire stands up and moves upstairs, Underwood walks into the living room, pushes the table down, the vase broke, and then walks towards the window, smoke)

Ben:A Natalie was a term that Sean had coined for any sexual encounter that happened with a girl you weren’t in a relationship with.The term had come from a girl called Natalie who lived across the street from Sean.

(Claire and Underwood talks beside the window, in the mid of night)

……………………………………………………

U: How long have you been up?

Sean:Hello.Is Natalie in?

C: Hours

Woman:Yeah.Natalie!Natalie!It’s ror you!

U: I know what I have to do.

Ben:You see,Sean had worked out the connection between the smiling faces of the girls in the magazines and the fact that they were naked.

C: Good.

Natalie:Fifty P.……That’s it.

U: We’ll have a lot of nights like this. Making plans, very little sleep

Ben:Natalie became one of the most popular girls on the street.

C: I expected that, it doesn’t worry me.

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(Claire kisses Underwood; Underwood gives the cigarette to Claire)

P.A.systeme:Croissants on special offer.

U: I’d better get to work.

Matt:She had massive tits.

(Claire takes the cigarette which Underwood gives to her)

Ben:Very funny.

C: I laid a suit out for you upstairs. The navy blue one.

Matt: We were only having a laugh.
Barry:Who’s that?

(Camera speaking)

Ben:That’s a new kid.Apparently he’s a martial arts expert.

I love that woman, I love her more than sharks love blood.

Matt:Hey,mate!Come here.What’s your name?

(Underwood back to his office, talks to Stamper)

Brian: Brian

U: They’ve done us a great favor, Doug. We are no longer bond by allegiances, we serve no one. We live by one rule and one rule only. Never again will we allow ourselves to be put in such a position.

Matt:Ben says you know Kung Fu.

S: Walker and Vasquez?

Brian:Yeah.

U: All of them, I hold them all accountable.

Matt:So you reckon you can have me?

S: Retribution?

Brian:Yeah.

U: No, no! It’s more than that. Take a step back, look at the bigger picture.

Matt:Oh,yeah?

S: I can see what you’re getting at. Kern first?

Barry: Show us your moves then.

U: That’s how you devour a whale, Doug. One bite at a time.

Brian:Grab my arm.

S: Who would you want? For Secretary of State.

Matt:That’s not funny.

U: Give me a list of choices. And, however we do this, we’ll also need a buffer.

Ben:Hi.

S: You mean an errand boy?

Sharon:Hi,Ben.

U: Yes, someone we control completely.

Ben:You’re not working tonight?

S: Okay, I’ll keep my ear to the ground.

Sharon:No,I swapped two hours this week.Is that a pickle sandwich?

U: Good, I haven’t eaten since yesterday.

Ben:Ah,oh,ah,ye.

(Underwood takes some food at the canteen, seeing Kern walks in with a crowd of people, Kern nods at Underwood, Underwood stares at Kern, no feedback)

Sharon:Could I have a bite?I’m starving.Mmm,thanks.

(Camera speaking)

Ben:What?

I almost pity him, he didn’t choose to be put on my platter. When I carve him up and toss him to the dogs, only then will he confront that brutal inescapable truth. My god! All I ever amounted to is chitterlings…

Sharon:You got some there.

(At the church)

Ben:Let me.

“And he that shall humble himself, shall be exalted, Matthew, Chapter 23 verse 12”

Sharon:Thanks.

I’d like to speak today on the subject of humility. Well, a lot of you have just won re-election, if you hadn’t, you might not be sitting here. And of course we should enjoy our success and be grateful for it. But never let your gratitude sour into pride. You will have many challenges ahead over the next couple of years. And a person’s character isn’t determined by how he or she enjoys victory, but rather how he or she endures defeat. Nothing can help us endure dark times better than our faith.

Ben:I wanted to freeze time.I wanted to savor that moment.To live in that moment for a week.But I couldn’t stop it,only slow it.And before I knew it,she was gone..After the door closed, I felt like the last person on earth..

(Underwood and Claire walk into the National Center for Performing Arts)

Ben:What are you doing?

U: So I’m curious, are we patrons, benefactors or lepers?

Matt:Jenkins wanted us to go and fill the shelves.

C: Believe it or not, we’re angles.

Barry:So here we are.

U: I’m gonna go outside and pretend to use my cell phone.

Barry:Take no notice of him.He’s love struck.He asked Sharon out today.

C: Go

Ben:You did?What did she say?

(Underwood walks towards the gate of the hall, and Zoe just gets off the cab, just by the moment they cross, somebody takes a picture)

Barry:She said ‘yes’.He’s taking her to the pictures tomorrow night.

(Underwood is playing video game at the basement)

Matt:Then it’s back to mine.I’ll need about half an hour to talk away me face.And then,she’s gonna get some of this.

C: Are you coming to bed?

Ben:Crush.It’s funny how the same word for the feeling of attraction can be used for the feeling of disappointment.The Oxford english dictionary states one of the meanings for the word crushed as ‘a strong and unreasoning but transitory attachment’.

U: I’ll be up in a bit.

……………………………………………………

C: Don’t stay up all night.

Ben:I had three crushes when I was young.The first was an athlete called Zola Budd.She was 18,and looked like a tomboy with a small,slender frame.But it was the fact that Zola Budd defiantly ran barefoot.That made her so completely attractive for me.It was the Los-angeles Olympics that would go down in history.In the 3000 meter race,Zola Budd clashed with the American,Mary Decker.Budd’s heart for the race was left where Decker fell.Zola finished seventh.
Ben’s mom:Ben,It’s time for bed now.You’ve got school tomorrow.

U: No, I’ll be right there.

……………………………………………………

(At Francis’s office)

Mrs.Booth:You very well done!Types of cells.

S: She’s here.

Ben:The second crush was for my biology teacher,Mrs.Booth..

U: Send her in.

Mrs.Booth:Okay,class,who can tell me some thing about cells?

(Camera speaking)

Ben:She was a confident woman whose figure-hugging outfits hinted at the sexiness that lay hidden beneath.I imagined Mrs.Booth asking me to stay behind after school and showing me the same thing under her skirt as the girls I’d seen in the magazines with Sean.But the main crush I had was with a girl called Tanya Green.When I looked at Tanya,I didn’t just see her,I felt her.

It’s quite rare for a President’s chief of staff to climb the Hill. A gesture of respect no doubt, or desperation. I guessing she’ll say Donald Blythe for education. Let’s see if I’m right.

Mrs.Booth:The white blood cells and red blood cells work together

U: Good morning, Linda. Thank you so much for making the trip up.

Ben:The next day,Tanya caused a lot of excitement in the class.Tanya had broken her arm falling from a swing,and her cast had caused much excitement amongest the other kids at the school.

L: Of course, my pleasure.

Teacher:Settle down now,please,class.

U: Education.

Ben:But I saw it differently.It was the way Tanya dealt with it,the way she scratched an itch,the way it restricted her movements.The increasing amount of graffiti that appeared on it during its six-week life span.

L: First things first, the seating chart for the inauguration. How do these two work for you and Claire?

Tanya:Would you like to sign it?Just here.Thanks.

U: Wow!

Tanya:Go away!Stop it!

L: They come with a complimentary set of tickets to the Jefferson Ball.

Ben:On the day the cast finally came off,Tanya’s arm was covered in hair.

U: Claire will be over the moon.

Boy:Go on back to the jungle.

L: Good, I’m so glad. So, education. We have Donald Blythe drafting the legislation.

Ben:The six weeks without light had caused the hair to grow thick and black.But while the other kids joked and called her ‘monkey’,it only heightened my fascination for her.

U: Donald Blythe? Jesus.

Ben:Don’t cry.You don’t have to worry about them.I think you’re beautiful the way you are.Will you be my girlfriend?

L: I know.

Tanya:Yes.

U: So you want a bill just two steps left of Karl Marx?

Ben:There was a place that I often went to by myself.It was just behind the school.It was close enough to still hear the screams and shouts of the kids playing their games,but at the same time,it felt hidden away from them.I had arranged to meet Tanya there.

L: I advised the President-elect against it, but Donald is the face of education. He’s been pushing reform for 25 years.

Ben:Whatcha?

U: You want me to guide him to the middle?

  Tanya: Whatcha.You wanna kiss me?

L: We need a bill we can pass.

Ben:So this was to be my first kiss.

U: Do I have absolute autonomy and authority on this?

Ben:Yeah.

L: There’s more. Garrett wants the bill on the floor in the first 100 days. He wants to make a pledge in his inaugural address.

Tanya:Hey!Where you going?

U: Ah, that’s… that’s very ambitious, Linda.

Ben:I gotta go.I’ll kiss you tomorrow.

L: Can we make that pledge?

Tanya:But tommorrow’s Saturday.

U: A hundred days? I can deliver.

Ben:Meet me here at 11:00.

(Underwood sends Linda out of the office)

Ben:I often came to play around the school grounds on a Saturday.The familiar building,so unfamiliar in its quietness,peaceful,as if time had frozen still.

L: Keep me posted.

Ben:Tanya’s parents had taken her on a surprise holiday to America.They set up home there,and never returned.It was the first time my heart felt the other meaning of ‘crush’.

U: I’ll talk with Donald, I’ll check in with you later in the week.

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L: Terrific.

Sean:Checkmate!What’s wrong with you?You normally kick my arse at chess.Have you met someone?Well,come on.Give me the juice.

(Camera speaking)

Ben:No,it’s nothing really.Just a girl at work I think is nice.

Did you smell that? The smugness? The false deference. She thinks I can be bought with a pair of tickets, what am I? A whore in post-war Berlin? Salivating over free stockings and chocolate? What she’s asking will cost far more than that.

Sean:Nice?Nice what?Nice rack?

(Underwood and Stamper are reviewing their candidates of the Secretary of States in Underwood’s office)

Ben:No.Well,yean,but nothing like that.

S: Ferguson?

Sean:What?Girlfriend material?She got small hands?

U: Too old.

Ben:What’s that got to go with anything?

S: Willis?

Sean:Makes your willy look big.

U: Too stupid

Ben:You’re such a loser.

S: Boyd?

Sean:So have you asked her out?

U: Too queer

Ben:No.Someone already beat me to it.

S: Really? He’s married with three kids.

Sean:Ahh,she got a boyfriend.

U: And wouldn’t they be devastated.

Ben:No,but one of the guys at work asked her out.She said ‘yes’.They’re going to the pictures tonight.

S: All right. What about Catherine Durant?

Sean:That doesn’t mean she fancies him.She might just like him,and want someone to go to pictures with.

U: Cathy Durant? She was vocally anti Walker.

Ben:How many girls have you taken to the pictures and then snogged?

S: She’s got the experience.

Sean:Quite a few.

U: Set up a meeting.

Ben:There you go.

(Zoe is knocking on Underwood’s door)

Sean:Can I have that?

U: Who are you?

……………………………………………………

Z: My name is Zoe Barnes, I’m a reporter at the Washington Herald.

Jenkins:Yeah,yeah,that’s right,Rory. …Well,of cause I played professionally,before the injury. …Any day,Rory.You name the date,me and my boys’ll be there. …All right.Sunday.Just don’t go crying to your mama. …Ciao. …Tosser. …Game on.

U: It is after 10:30 at night and this is my home. I do not allow any…

Barry:2,000 feet jump.Can’t beat it.3000,kill ya.…There he is.So how’d it go with Sharon?

Z: We are part of a mutual admiration society.

Matt:Oh,mate!

U: You’re a fan of the symphony.

Barry:So,did ya?

Z: One more for the people watching than the music.

  Matt:Of couse I did .She loved it.Couldn’t get enough of it.She wet like the toilet door on a Bombay shrimp trawler.

U: It’s all right, Steve. Come on in, Miss Barnes.

Barry:Rack?

(Zoe and Underwood is talking in the living room, Underwood handed Zoe a cup of whisky)

Matt:Well,put it this way.At least you know your kids will never go hungry.

Z: It’s strong.

Barry:And?

U: You prefer weak?

Matt:Like an artist’s pocket.

Z: No, the stronger the better. There’s no harm in looking.

Jenkins:Okay,cham ps.Rory Brown,manager of Sainsbury’s,Islington,has challenged us to a football match on Sunday night.…Finished?Good.The reputation of this supermarket is at stake.Your reputations,as empioyees,are at stake.This is not just a game of football,this is what it means to be a modern-day gladiator!Now,I want you to think of me as Russell Crowe.And you,you’re all the other slaves.And as slaves,you will play to the death!For what happens on Sunday night,will echo through eternity.Sunday.8:00 p.m.Sunny sports center.

U: It’s a cheap ploy.

……………………………………………………

Z: It’s cheap but effective.

Matt:You have got to be joking,right?

U: Well, you certainly have my undivided attention.

Barry:We’re gonna get murdered.

Z: Good. The reason I’m here…

Sharon:Hi.

U: Oh, is foreplay over?

Matt:All right.

Z: I read somewhere that JFK never lasted more than three minutes.

Ben:Ah,bollocks!

U: The point been?

Matt:Playing on this right wing.Like a train,I am.

Z: Time is precious. Powerful people don’t have the luxury of foreplay.

Sharon:Hiya.

U: Okay, so why are you here, Ms. Barnes?

Man:Heads up!

Z: I need somebody I can talk to.

Jenkins:Gather round,whitechapel.Whitechapel,gather round.Okay,chaps,this is it!That is Islington Sainsbury’s over there.All I can see are a lot of pretty uniforms.Take a good look at one another.

U: We’re talking. Tell me what we’re talking about.

Man:Why?

Z: I protect your identity. I print whatever you tell me. And I’ll never ask any questions.

Jenkins:Natural-born killers!Every one of you!So let’s get stuck in there and settle this!Huh?…

U: And what makes you think I don’t already have such an arrangement with one of your colleague?

Matt:Hey,Barry,I’ve got this really great game.

Z: Because if you did, you wouldn’t have let me through the door.

Jenkins:All right Rory.

U: I’ve led a very long, very successful career avoiding this sort of intrigue with the press. I can’t see any advantage in starting now…

Rory:Jenkins.

Z: But is there any disadvantage?

Jenkins:There’s some pretty uniforms you boys got.

U: Sloppiness, for one.

Rory:See you’ve brought your top team this time.

Z: I promise you absolute discretion.

Jenkins:Looks can be deceiving.

U: So, we’re talking about trust.

Rory:Well,that’s obvious.

Z: Use whatever words you like.

Jenkins:What?

U: Words matter very much, Ms. Barnes. You should care more about them, given your profession.

Referee:Right,Call.

Z: Then, yes…your trust.

Jenkins:Heads.

U: So, which Zoe Barnes am I to trust? The one who wrote about the fireman that married the meter maid? Or the one who authored a very fine article on a new jogging path in Rock creek Park? Don’t be flattered, I read everything.

Rory:No,tails.

Z: I’m better than what they have me doing. You know what that feels like.

Referee:Tails it is.

U: Do I?

Man:Come along.

Z: You would’ve made a great Secretary of State.

Rory:We’ve got one goal.

(Silence a little bit)

Jenkins:All right.Get in your spaces.

U: How exactly may I help you, Ms. Barnes?

Sharon:Come on,take it,come on!

Z: You must know the administration legislative agenda. What’s coming up first?

Player:Come on,after it.

U: I may.

Jenkins:I’m playing!I’m playing!The safe keys are hanging off,on the top shelf!

Z: Will you tell me?

  Sharon:Get it!Get it!

U: What would be your guess?

Player:Foul!

Z: Education?

Referee:No foul!Play on!

U: Why?

Jenkins:Play on,my ass!I’m all right!

Z: Immigration is too controversial, a tax reform isn’t sexy enough. Everyone can get behind children. Is it education?

Referee:What are you doing?

U: You might very well think that, I couldn’t possibly comment.

Jenkins:Grow up.Forget about the money.

Z: A hint.

Referee:What money?What are you doing?

U: It’s late, Ms. Barnes

Jenkins:What am I doing?I’m talking to an empty phone is what I ‘m doing.Cause there’s a dead man on the other end of this fucking line!

Z: Can we talk again?

Barry:I love that film!

U: I hope you’ll understand that I want to sleep on all of this. I never make such big decision so long after sunset and so far from dawn.

Jenkins:Pachino,didn’t you hear though?You oughta see the bank job shootout scene on me plasma screen!

(Underwood sent Zoe to the door, Zoe gives Underwood her name card)

Jenkins:Come on,whitechapel,we can still win this.Come on,lads!

Z: My cellphone’s on the back.

Sharon: Shoot!

U: (speak to the security man) Did you put Miss Barnes in the visitor’s ledger?

Man:Aye!Dipstick!

Security Man: Not yet.

Matt:Sorry!

U: Don’t. Needless to say.

Jenkins:For the love of god!Yeah!Finally!

Z: Needless.

Player:Oh,my lord!Get a life,dipstick!

(Claire shows up by the stairs)

Jenkins:Time out,ref.Time out.

C: Hello.

Jenkins:Well,chaps,could be worse.

U: (speak to Claire) Claire, this is Ms. Zoe Barnes of the Washington Herald. She was just leaving.

Ben:How could it be worse?It’s 26-nil.

Z: Very nice to meet you, Mrs. Underwood.

Jenkins:It doesn’t matter.What matters is,there’s less than a minute to play.And we are not leaving this pitch until we score a goal!Matt,get the ball to Ben.Ben,this is your moment.I need you.Get your little legs,run up that right flank like the devil were after you.I’ll be in the center waiting for your cross.Use Barry if you need to.Matt,stay on my left flank.I need that cross.I need that ball,here.I’ll take the shot.And we will share the glory.Got it?

C: Drive safe, there’s a lot of ice on the road.

Men:Yeah.

Z: (seems noticed something from Claire’s words) I will. Thank you.

Jenkins:Now let’s score a goal!Come on!Come on!

(Zoe left)

Sharon:Come on,boys,come on!

C: Dose that work on anybody?

Jenkins:No!

U: Does what?

Ben:I often wonder what it would be like to spend the rest of my life with the world on pause.To live out the rest of my life between two fractions of a second.To die of old age,and then have time continue.The young me gone,and a dead old man in my place.Was I spending too much time in this frozen world?It felt safe,untouchable.But how safe is anyone’s world?

C: The push up bra and V-neck T.

Ben:Hello?Anyone there?

U: Well, if it does, I don’t know who they are.

Ben:It’s funny,but the last thing I imagined was that maybe I wasn’t the only one who could stop time.

(A cop pursuit Peter Russo, and makes him stop by the road)

Jenkins:Oh,my god!

P: Okay, it’s all right. It’s all right.

Matt:You all right?

Police officer: License and registration.

  Jenkins:Don’t just stand there!Drive me to the hospital!

P: (said to the girl sits beside him) The glove compartment, sweetheart.

Matt:Can you make sure Sharon gets home all right?

Police officer: This isn’t your driver’s license, it’s a Starbucks’ card.

Ben:Yeah.

P: Oh shit, sorry.

Matt:Cheers,mate.

Police officer: Sir, you’ve been drinking?

Barry:Right,I’ll see you both tomorrow.

P: No, I never drink coffee at this hour.

Ben:See ye.

Police officer: I’m gonna need you to step out of the car.

Sharon:Bye.

P: Hey, I was speeding you can write me a ticket.

……………………………………………………

Police officer: Sir, step out of the car. Right now.

Sharon:Thanks.

P: Look, I don’t wanna be a prick, but I’m a member of the Congress.

Ben:Thank you.I felt that game was never going to end.

Police officer: I don’t care if you are the King of China.

Sharon:Matt’s face when the ball hit Jenkins.

P: China doesn’t have a king. It’s a communist oligarchic. Oli…oliguarch…

Ben:Oh,I know.

Police officer: Let’s go, out. You too, sweetie.

Sharon:Do you think he’ll be okay?

P: Fuck, that’s hard to say.

Ben:It was ego more than anything,I’d say.

(Underwood’s bedroom, midnight, phone rings)

Ben:It’s probably none of my business,but,are you and matt seeing each other?

U: Hello? Good! Well, let’s get him out.

Sharon:No.We went to the cinema the other night,but just as friends.

(midnight, café somewhere)

Ben:Hmm.

Stamper: May I join you?

Sharon:Why?What has Matt said?

Nigger: What the fuck is going on? I thought I was meeting with…

Ben:He said he slept with you.So you didn’t?

S: No. You are meeting me.

Sharon:No,of course not!What do you take me for?

N: It’s four in the goddamned morning. I’ve got a City Council meeting…

Ben:Sorry.

S: You’ve been Police Commissioner for what? Almost a decade now?

Sharon:Did he say if I was any good?

N: We’re here to talk about my resume?

Ben:I think it was the best sex he’s never had.So you don’t have a boyfriend?

S: “Mayor of DC” would look good on that resume, wouldn’t it? We know that you’ve been angling to run for some time. Experience is your strong suit. Endorsement, fund raising…they are not. We can help with that.

Sharon:No.We split about six months ago.He went off to university in the states and it because impossible to see each other.And you?Do you have a girlfriend?

(police station)

Ben:We broke up a few weeks ago.

Police officer: Russo, you’re free to go.

Sharon:I’m sorry.How are you doing?

(Christina picks Russo up, they speaks in Christina’s car)

Ben:Better.So how long have you been at the supermarket?

P: It was just a few drinks.

Sharon:About two years.

C: It was enough to get pulled over.

Ben:Did you get college?

P: I wasn’t drunk drunk.

Sharon:I was doing P.T.therapy,but I dropped out.

C: You cannot keep doing this, Peter. It’s going to catch up with you.

Ben:Why?

P: I know.

Sharon:It wasn’t me.And besides,I needed to start earning money.

(Underwood’s house, Underwood is cutting an apple with a knife)

Ben:What are you saving for?

C: Do you think we can arrange two more at our table for the Jefferson Ball?

Sharon:Putting myself through evening classes.

U: For who?

Ben:Yeah?Studying…

C: The Holburnes.

Sharon:Spanish.

U: Why on earth would you want them there?

Ben:Spanish?

C: I’m gonna need her money for the CWI, the staff cuts were just not enough.

Sharon:Yeah.What’s wrong with that?

U: I’ll talk to Vasquez.

Ben:Nothing.I just wasn’t expecting it.So what can you say?

C: How are we doing?

Sharon:MMM……

U: Good. Progress. Irons on the fire.

Ben:Which means?

C: I like irons, but I love fire.

Sharon:It means your football team is shit.

(Underwood’s office, Underwood is reading the act drafted by Donald)

Ben:26-nil.So why spanish?

U: Yes.(And then put all of these papers into paper shredder besides him)

Sharon:I’ve lived here all my life.i’ve worked at the supermarket for two years and even though it’s happening slow,I just feel that my life’s ticking away a second at atime.I thought that spanish would be one way that I’d be able to fide a job that would involve travel.Like being an air hostess or teaching english at spanish-speaking schools.I’ve always dreamt of travel into far-off places…like South America.To places where the sun kisses every morning.But more than that,I wanna be able to talk to people about their lives and about their dreams.Silly.Really.
Ben:No,it’s not.That’s your dream.Knowing what you want is half the battle.Most people go through their whole lives not knowing what they want.It’s easy to find if you know what you’re looking for.

D: What are you…

Sharon:So what is it that you’re looking for?

U: The bill is garbage, Donald. Tax increases, ban on vouchers, federal oversight. How do you expect me to get that through a…

Ben:I’ve always wanted to be a painter.Maybe have my work hung in a gallery one day.

D: But Linda told me to write it, she promise…

Sharon:I’ve always wanted to meet a painter.

U: I’m sure she said any number of things, forget what they promised you, Donald. They want your name because it carries weight.

Ben:Why?

D: Well my name comes with my ideas.

Sharon:Don’t know.I think it might be something to go with their ability to see beauty in everything.To then capture it,and hang it on a wall for all to see.I find it romantic.

U: I understand but you got to be reasonable. This isn’t the great debate. It’s about passing meaningful reform, maybe not everything you would’ve hope, but help me, help you.

Sharon:Well,this is me.Number 34.

D: That’s gonna take time. Those ideas I’ve been developing…

Ben:thirty-four.

U: If it’s time you need I will buy you time, but you ‘ve got to promise me your next-at-bat is gonna give me something I can work with.

Sharon:It’s on the top floor.

D: Okay, Frank. I’ll see what I can do.

Ben:Nice.Adios.

U: Good, and Donald, don’t let this get you down. Why? Together we’re gonna do more than you’ve been able to do in 25 years.

Sharon:Hasta luego.Night Ben.

(Underwood walked directly out of his office)

Ben:That first kiss I’ve always made such a mess of it.

(Camera speaking)

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Two things are now irrelevant: Donald Blythe and Donald Blythe’s new draft. Eventually I’ll have to rewrite the bill myself. Forward! That is the battle cry. Leave ideologies for the Armchair General, does me no good.

Jenkins:Come.

(Durant is talking with Underwood in the office)

Sharon:Hiya.I just wanted to know whether you were all right.

D: Walker just nominated Kern.

Jenkins:Oh,yes,yes.I’m fine.

U: It's a long road to confirmation.

Sharon:Cause it looked really painful last night.

D: Kern is a boy scout.

Jenkins:Oh,no.I’ve worse than this.

U: Nobody is a boy scout, not even boy scouts.

Sharon:And the hospital said you’d be okay?

D: What do you have?

Jenkins:Ah,you know.They said I’d live.

U: Absolutely nothing.

Sharon:Are you sure you’re all right?

D: (Laughter) Than what are we talking about?

Jenkins:Oh,yeah,yeah,yeah.Do you know?I’ve almost forgot it happened.I really can’t feel a thing.I’m thinking of having a party on Saturday.You know,cheer everybody up.Sure you’ll all be there.Won’t you,Sharon?

U: Just asking the simple question: does the job interest you?

Sharon:Um,yeah.Great.

D: Why would you want Michael gone?

Sharon:Hiya.

U: Cathy, you and I came up together. The Foreign Affairs Committee needs a Secretary we can work with, someone who isn’t afraid to stand up to Walker when he’s wrong. (Stop) We need you.

Ben:Whatcha?

C: Let’s just assume I am interested.

Sharon:Thanks for walking me home last night.

U: I don’t want to assume. I want to know.

Ben:That’s all right.Thanks for sharing your dream with me.

(Stamper & Trash bin)

Sharon:So have you heard the party rumor?

(Zoe is on a phone call)

Ben:No.

Z: OK, 2637. (Zoe’s iPhone rings, it's Frank) Please hold. Zoe Barnes. Anywhere you want. On my way. I’m gonna have to call you back.

Sharon:Jenkins’birthday on Saturday.He’s throwing a party.We’ve all got to be there apparently.

(Museum)

Ben:Oh.

Z: (late) I’m sorry, I couldn’t get a cab, I had to take a train.

Sharon:Will you be my date?

U: Just before you left my house. Think back, what were we discussing?

Matt: Sharon?It’s my lunch break.Can you relieve me?

Z: The President’s legislative agenda.

Sharon: …(spanish)So,will you be my date?

U: Specifically.

Ben:Yeah.

Z: Education. Was I right?

Sharon:Great.

U: Do the math, Miss Barnes.

P.A.system:Shelt stacker to aisle ten,please.Can we have a shelf stacker to aisle ten?Steven,if you’re in the shop,can you report to aisle ten?

Z: He needs a bill.

  Barry:It’s your lunch break.

U: Sponsored by?

Matt:No,it’s not.

Z: You?

Barry:It is.It’s your lunch break.

U: You smarter than that.

Matt:I don’t want one.Hama-vama!

Z: Somebody with legitimacy.

……………………………………………………

U: Good. And who screams of legitimacy in education?

Jenkins:Come.

Z: Donald Blythe?

Barry:You want to see us?

U: Correct, the problem is?

Jenkins:Take a chair.

Z: He’s an old school tax and spend liberal. Walker run as a moderate. You think Blythe would talk to me?

Jenkins:Not there!Here!Now,we were a bit unlucky last night,chaps.But to lighten the mood and to celebrate my birthday,I’m throwing a party at my house on Saturday night,and you’re all invited!Good!Now,no birthday party would be complete without a surprise stripper.And I want one of you to organize it.Ben.

(Underwood hands over the draft bill to Zoe, from the shredder)

Ben:Me?

U: He doesn’t have to.

Jenkins:Yes.Here’s 200 quit.That should be plenty for some top-shelf entertainment.I’ll put the details on the staff board this afternoon.Well,get going then.

Z: Wait, we are in very grey area ethically, legally which I’m OK with…

Barry:So,where are you gonna find a stripper?

U: I just love this painting, don’t you? We are in the same boat now, Zoe. Take care not to tip it over, I can only save one of us from drowning.

Ben:I don’t know.But I know a man who will.

(Linda and Underwood is talking in the office)

……………………………………………………

L: He announces the education initiative on Monday, Half of the address is based on…

Sean:So,your boss has given you 200 quid to get a surprise stripper for his own birthday.I like him,I’ll help on one condition.

U: I understand.

Ben:What’s that?

L: Do we need to take it out?

Sean:I can come to the party.

U: We’re fine, Linda.

Ben:Shouldn’t be a problem.

L: But you just got through saying he has to start over.

Sean:Cool.Right,let’s find you a stripper,eh?

U: I didn’t choose Blythe, you did. You put him in my lap and ask me to work a miracle, and I will. Now have a little faith, Linda. Let me work with Donald on this. I know what can be accomplished in a hundred days.

Music:You know it,you love it,you want it,you got it?…

L: All right, Frank. We’re counting on you.

Sean:Two halves,please.

U: Good. Now I do have a little favor to ask, do you think I can get just two more tickets for my table at the Jefferson Ball?

Barman:What was the other one?

(Stamper is showing Russo to Underwood’s office)

Sean:Two halves.

U: Drink?

Barman:Oh,yeah.

R: Sure, what do you got?

Sean:I just found the world’s stupidest barman.

U: Whiskey, blent.

Ben:Sean,I’m not sure about this.

R: If you’re offering.

Sharon:No,It’s gonna be fine.

U: So...How are things in the city of brotherly love?

Barman:That’s three quid,mate.

R: We’re getting by.

Sharon:How much?

U: Good. Good. Oh, sorry, I’ve made that neat, did you want…

Woman:Quid.Each.

R: It’s perfect.

Sharon:I was,uh,wondering if you could help us.Um.it’s his boss’s birthday on Saturday,and we were looking for someone who could come and do a surprise,uh,strip.

(Underwood sits down, and starts to talk)

Woman:I’m busy on Saturday.

U: So, it seems you’ve been a bit irresponsible.

Sean:Oh,um,well,do you know anyone else who might be available?

R: What?

Woman:I know one,But she’s very expensive.

U: Don’t play dumb with me Peter. Save it for the Ethics Committee. Drink up, you could use a little courage right now.

Sean:That’s cool.Is she here?

R: You’re not having one?

Woman:No.She only does private venues.She’s gorgeous.Top of the line,you see.

U: It's a bit early in the day for me.

  Sharon’s dreamy voice:Hiya,Ben.Will you be my date?

R: This is about the other night? How do you know about that?

Sean:Ben!

U: I’m the whip, it’s my job to know.

Ben:Huh?

R: Look, they let me off. There’s no charges, it's all taken care of.

Sean:200.

U: Honestly, Peter, do you really think these things just take care of themselves?

Ben:What?

R: You? It was just the one time, Frank, I swear to God.

Sean:200 for the stripper.

U: Then you must hold God in very low esteem, because we both know that’s a lie. Solicitation, control of substances, driving under the influence. Got quite a long list of hobbies.

Ben:Oh.

R: What is it you want?

Woman:Don’t worry,love,she’s class.

(Underwood stands up)

Ben:Okey.

U: You absolute, unquestioning loyalty.

Sean:Great.Two tickets to Pittsburgh!

R: Always.

……………………………………………………

U: Do not misunderstand what I mean by loyalty.

Ben:It was now my fourth straight week without sleep.I had slowly stopped thinking about Suzy and had dragged myself into the present.The extra eight hours of my life had done nothing to slow the effect of time.The minutes flew into hours,the hours into days.And the days joined the fast rushing river of time.The bad news is that time flies.The good news is that you’re the pilot.Most of my shifts were now spent thinking about Sharon.I drew her endlessly.Over and over.Her pale,milky skin.Her delicate frame.In her eyes,I could see the world.I thought about Sharon escaping the life-sapping neons of the supermarket…Travling to South America,persuing her dreams.I think about her asking me to go with her.Both sharing in our dreams.Her love of people,and my love of painting them.

R: Anything, name it, Frank.

Ben:You off home?

U: You seem far too relaxed.

Sharon:Yeah.You still wanna be my date for the party tomorrow night then?

R: I’m not.

Ben:Yeah,of course.

U: You shouldn’t be. Doug’ll be in touch.

Sharon:Will you come by and pick me up?

(Zoe walks into the office, Lucas is on the phone)

Ben:Yeah.

L: Hang on. Where have you been? I’ve been calling here, everybody’s been working double time for the inauguration. You just up and disappear you…Hang on. Let me call you back. Where did you get this?

Sharon:8:00?

Z: Wrong question. The right question is how quickly can we get it up on the site.

Ben:Yeah,8:00.

L: I have to run this pass Tom.

Sharon:Okay.See you tomorrow.

(Tom’s office)

Ben:Sharon had broken the spell.For the first time in weeks,I slept.I slept right through to the following afternoon.

T: Let’s get legal on this. Make sure we’re not breaking any laws. (to Zoe) You won’t tell me your source?

Ben:Mmm.Yeah?

Z: I can’t do that.

Man:There’s a call for you,Ben.

T: Fine, but if legal finds even one…

Ben:Hello?

Z: I understand. How long do you think that will take? We should get this online right away.

Man:Hello,is this Ben Willis?

T: I’m not just going to scan a 300-page document and put it up before we have gone through it every…

Ben:Yeah.

Z: I did that already.

Man:My name is Alex Prout,from the Prout Gallery.I saw some examples of your work at the university yesterday.

T: The whole thing?

Ben:You did?

Z: Cover to cover. I’ve got excerpts, analysis, three thousand words ready for editing.

Man:Yes.And I’d be very interested in putting on a show of your latest works.Hello?

T: (to Lucas) You start go over that. Get graphics work and table’s charts the whole nine yards. Janine. What's the angle. Five words.

Ben:Um.ah,yeah,yeah.I would love to.

Z: Far left of center.

Man:Great.Why don’t you bring sommore examples of your work down to my gallery next Monday?Say 10:00?

T: That’s four.

Ben:Okay.Thank you.
Matt:No.Thank you,Ben!(Bugger off)You’re the talent.

Z: Very far left of center.

Barry:Better get ready for the party.

T: Enough to put Walker on his heels?

……………………………………………………

Z: Fuck his heels it’s gonna put him on his ass.

Sharon:Hello?

(Janine comes in)

Ben:Hey,It’s Ben.

J: What’s that?

Sharon:Hi,Ben,I’ll be right down.

T: We’ve got a copy of the administration education bill. You gonna work with Zoe, do background cover.

Sharon:Hiya.

J: Zoe Barnes?

Ben:You look lovely.

Z: Right here.

Sharon:Thanks.You too.Are you okay?

T: Whatever she needs.

Ben:I had some great news today.

J: Shouldn’t I be writing…

Sharon:What?

T: She wrote it already. (to Zoe) And I want you to rewrite and rewrite it again. (to Janine) You’ll help her.

Ben:There’s a gallery interested in showing my work.

J: Tom, I am your chief political correspondent!

Sharon:Ben,that’s fantastic!Look at you.You’re beaming inside out.Wow.You’re on your way.Well,come on.Let’s go and celebrate.

T: Go! I want this by tomorrow.

……………………………………………………

J: But I need to focus on the inauguration.

Jenkins:Welcome.

T: This is more important.

Sean:Hello mate.Ben,This is ,ah…

Z: (Walks out of the office, through the face of Janine.) Let’s get started.

Katrine:Katrine.

(At the inauguration)

Ben:This is Sharon. Sean.

(Camera Talking)

Sean:I’ve heard a lot about you.

Power’s a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property values. Centuries from now, when people watch this footage, who will they see smiling ar the edge of the frame?

Sharon:Nice to meet you.

President-elect speech.

Ben:Oh,no.

Today is not about the next years, it’s about the next four decades. Now you place your faith in me. And I, in turn, choose to place that faith in our children. Our children are the key to this nation’s future. And that’s why the first order of business for this administration would be a comprehensive education reform bill, to properly fix, finance, and strengthen our nation’s school. And I pledge to you, we will have that bill on the floor of the Congress within the first one hundred days of this administration.

Suzy:Hi.Ben.

(inauguration party)

Ben:Hi.

Guest Lady: It was so nice of to make this possible, when you call me, I…

Suzy:How are you?

Claire: Do not say another word.

Ben:Uh,Good,good.And you?

Kern: I’m gonna miss Al on my ultimate Frisbee league this year. No, I’m serious. A few of us on budget have quite a rivalry going with the guys on Finance. It’s fierce, we get physical. Anybody gets between me and that goal line I WILL TAKE THAT SUCKER DOWN.

Suzy:Thanks.

(Underwood leaves the table, walks to Donald Blythe)

Ben:Suzy,This is Sharon.

U: Donald, I’ve been looking for you everywhere. Maestro. Here, let me help you with that…I really like the work you done on the new draft. It’s a big step forward, we gonna make history.

Suzy:Nice to meet you.

D: Thanks for the encouragement, Francis. Listen, I got some ideas about subsidies…

Sharon:And you.

U: (turn his head and find Cathy) Catherine! Hold on to that thought, Donald. (and walks to Cathy) Don’t you look stunning.

Ben:What are you doing here?

C: We southern girls clean up well when we get out of our Daisy Dukes, and enter some Vera Wang.

Suzy:It’s Steve’s brother’s birthday.

U: And we southern boys are slow with our words, but we’re fast on our feet. May I have the honor?(Asking dancing with Catherine)

Ben:What,Jenlins?

C: You most certainly may.

Suzy:Yeah.He’s Steve’s older brother.Do you know him?

(Freddy’s BBQ joint)

Ben:Yeah.He’s our boss.

U: Morning, Freddie.

Suzy:You are working at Sainsbury’.

F: Morning, Frank.

Ben:Yeah,I work the night shift.

U: How’s tricks?

Suzy:That’s great.Well,I’d better get back.It was good to see you.

F: I can’t kick. Want to go on in?

Ben:You too.

U: No, why don't you set me up outside.

Suzy:Nice to meet you.

F: Outside? But it’s freezing out here.

Sharon:You too.

U: Well, a little cold never hurt anybody.

Sharon:You all right?

F: Anything you say, Frank. It’ll be right up.

Katrine:No,that’s disgusting.No,sorry.

U: My one guilty pleasure is a good rack of ribs, even at 7:30 in the morning. Got the whole place to myself, Freddie sometimes opens up just for me. Where I come from, South Carolina, people did have two pennies to rub together. A rack of ribs was a luxury, like…Christmas in July.

Suzy:Isn’t it great,your brother’s face.

F: Do you want seconds, Frank?

Man:Come on,Jenkins,you rotten git!

U: I better not. Tell you what, Freddie? Yes I will.

Sean:Natalie!

(Camera talking)

Natalie: Sean?

 I’m feeling a hunger today.

Sharon:Who is Natalie?

THE END

Ben:It’s a long story.

Sean:Well,your act’s grown leaps and bounds since the garage.

Natalie:God,how long age was that?

Sean:Will you,ah,will you stay for a drink?

Natalie:Yeahmi’d love to.

Ben:Is this the queue for the loo?

Jenkins:Sharon!

Sharon:Thanks.Happy birthday.

  Jenkins:Thanks.So,you wanna come up to my bedroom?Eat some popcorn?Shag?

Sharon:No.

Jenkins:Why?What’s the matter?Don’t you like popcorn?

Matt:Barry’s gonna do a stunt! Barry’s gonna do a stunt! Barry’s gonna do a stunt!Everyone!

Jenkins:No,but seriously though,Sharon.I always thought that one day you and me might…

Sharon:Are you wearing eyeliner?

Suzy:Hey,Ben.

Ben:Hey.

Suzy:We really made a mess of things,didn’t we?

Ben:Wasn’t that bad.

Suzy:I just wanted to say that I’m sorry about everything.I know I never really gave you a chance to make me happy.You can’t raly on other people to make you happy,Suzy.

Suzy:I know!

Sharon:Is that you?

Jenkins:Yeah.Jungle survival course,Mexico.But enough about me.You.You.You look gorgeous tonight,Sharon.

Suzy:I still think about you all the time,Ben.

Ben:Why are you telling me this?

Sharon:Have you seen Ben?

Everyone:Five!Four!Three!Two!One!Go!

Ben:No.

Ben:You can speed it up,you can slow it down.You can even freeze a moment.But you can’t be rewind time.You can’t undo what is done.I thought about what she’d seen.I thought about what she hadn’t seen.I thought about how I could explain.But the more I thought about it,the more I knew nothing I could say would make her anger go away.How long could I just wait there delaying the inevitable?I had sat there with the world on pause for two days and still no solution had come.I thought about the night at the sports center when I’d seen a person move when time was frozen.If other people could move within the frozen world,Then maybe it was something I could bring Sharon in on.It was the best I could come up with.

Ben:Sharon.

Barry:I’m definitely winded.

Ben:I had forgotten how fast everything was moving.

……………………………………………………

Sharon:Hello?

Ben: Sharon,It’s me.Hello?

Ben:This felt familiar.I tried to explain that Suzy was an ex.And she had attacked me when my guard was down.Sharon had seen the wrong second of a two-second story.But she wasn’t listening.

  P.A.system:Member of cleaning staff to aisle three,please.Cleaning staff to aisle three quickly.

……………………………………………………

Man:What language is that?

Woman:Russian.

Man:Do you speak russian?

Woman:No.

Man:Can I get it back on to english?

Man:Yep?Can I help you?

Ben:I’ve got an appointment with Alex Prout.

Man:Yeah,that’s me.

Ben:Hi.Ben Willis.You called me about my work.

Man:There must be some mistake.I’ve never heard of you.

Ben:You didn’t call me?Bastards.Ah,sorry.Someone’s played a joke on me.

Man:Well,since you’re here,let me take a look.These are yours?

Ben:Yeah.

Man:You got any more?

Ben:Yeah,I’ve got hundreds.

Man:Can you bring them by?

Ben:Sure.

Man:Why don’t you make an appointment with Lucy?Proper one this time.And we’ll take it from there.

Ben:Yeah.Ben.

Man:Ben.All right,Ben.

……………………………………………………

Woman:Well done.Wonderful show.

Ben:Thanks.

Woman:I’m Anna.Anna Shapiro.

Ben:Ben Willis.Nice to meet you.

Woman:I’ve got a gallery in NewYork.I’d be interested to talk to you about your next show.

Ben:My next show?

Woman:Yea.Any ideas of what you might like to do?

Ben:Um…I’d like to go and paint in South America.

Woman:Well,that sounds wonderfully romantic.Here.Take my card.Call me.Well done.

Sharon:Hey.

Ben:Hey.

Sharon:CongratulationsThis is…so great.

Ben:Thanks. How have been?

Sharon:Good.

Ben:I haven’t seen you at work.

Sharon:No,I’ve got a job at a travel agent’s.

Ben:So you’re one step closer to your dream.Listen,I’m sorry about what happened at the party.Whether you saw the second after or not,it doesn’t matter.I’ve learned it’s what you do with every single second that counts.

Sharon:Shh,It’s okay.This tells me so much more than you could ever say.It’s snowing outside.

  Ben:Do you trust me?

Sharon:Why?

Ben:I need to know.

Sharon:What happened?

Ben:I need to show you something.

Ben:Once upon a time,I wanted to know what love was.Love is there if you want it to be.You just have to see that it’s wrapped in beauty and hidden away between the seconds of your life.If you don’t stop for a minute,you might miss it.

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