The Big Day

Film Script by Robin Hawdon

BILL nips to the bedroom and tip-toes to the bathroom door. Taps on it.
BILL (softly) Hello? Are you there? You must come out now, or I’ll have to force the door.
There is a click and he steps back. The door opens and the GIRL comes out, white-faced. They stare at each other.
At last.
GIRL Sorry.
She glances urgently at the connecting door.
I’ll go now.
Hurries towards the passage.
BILL (following) What happened…..?
As she reaches the doorway she almost collides with JULIE, who is bringing in a pile of clean linen.
JULIE Ah. Is this the real one?
BILL Yes.
JULIE About time.
GIRL Excuse me.
Steps past JULIE and hurries down the passage. BILL tries to follow, but JULIE blocks his way.
JULIE You ought to be ashamed of yourself.
BILL Julie….
JULIE The night before your wedding – really!
BILL It wasn’t like that….
JULIE It’s always like that.
BILL Julie, I….
Lost for explanations, he hurries from the room.
CUT TO:
INT PASSAGE.
The GIRL is heading for the lift. BILL sprints after her. The doors open as she gets there, and the two WEDDING GUESTS emerge. The GIRL enters as BILL arrives.
MALE GUEST Bill!
BILL (as the lift doors close) Sorry.
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INT LIFT.
The GIRL presses the button to descend.strong>
BILL (collecting his breath) What happened to you? We thought you’d died.
GIRL Sorry.
BILL Why wouldn’t you come out?
GIRL I was hiding.
BILL From me?
GIRL No.
BILL From Rachel?
GIRL No.
BILL Then who?
GIRL From Tom.
BILL (puzzled) Tom?
GIRL Yes.
BILL Why?
GIRL I’m his girl-friend.
BILL stares at her, stunned. The lift doors open.
CUT TO:
INT. FOYER
The GIRL hurries out. BILL is frozen to the spot in a state of shock. Pulls himself together, and dashes out of the lift after her. Bumps into his MOTHER who is crossing the foyer.
ANGELA Bill darling, there you are!
BILL (stopping resignedly) Hello, Mother.
ANGELA (stroking his cheek) My poor baby – how are you feeling?
BILL (looking after the GIRL) Fine, Mother, fine.
ANGELA You don’t look it. Are you quite sure about all this?
BILL It’s a bit late to ask that now, isn’t it?
ANGELA Well I wish someone had asked me on my wedding day.
BILL Yes, well I’m not you. Speaking of which Dad’s looking for you.
ANGELA What on earth for?
BILL I think he wants to make up. See you later.
As he heads for the entrance TAVISTOCK turns from the desk.
TAVISTOCK Ah – Mr Martin….
BILL See you in a moment, Mr Tavistock.
Dashes past and after the GIRL, leaving a bemused TAVISTOCK and ANGELA behind.
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EXT. HOTEL CAR PARK.
The GIRL has reached her car. BILL sprints after and catches her up.
BILL Tom’s girl-friend’s at home.
She shakes her head.
With his parents.
Another shake.
Eating corn-flakes.
Another shake.
Another pair of young WEDDING GUESTS pass by.
YOUNG MALE GUEST GUEST (effusive) Ah, Bill! Great day – eh?
BILL Yes, er…. see you shortly. (To his GIRL FRIEND) Lovely hat.
The GIRL is getting into her car. He runs around to the other side. Opens the door and collapses into the passenger seat.
INT. CAR.
BILL You’re Judy?
A nod.
Oh my God!
He sits dazed.
How did it happen?
JUDY You don’t remember?
BILL Not a lot.
JUDY Oh.
BILL It was a bit of a dream.
CUT TO:
INT. BEDROOM. NIGHT (FLASHBACK)
Quick memory flash. They are naked, passionate….
RESUME:
INT. CAR.
JUDY Yes. A kind of dream.
BILL (still bemused) So did George call you?
JUDY I beg your pardon?
BILL You’re a call-girl, right?
She slaps his face.
BILL Wrong.
JUDY Would Tom invite a call-girl to a wedding?
BILL I’m sorry.
JUDY You have a genius for making a girl feel good.
BILL So what were you doing here?
JUDY It’s a long story. I must get back to Tom’s house.
Looks at him sadly.
See you at the wedding.
BILL You can’t…. We can’t just….
JUDY We can. We have to.
He stares at her, distraught….