79f: Howard Hesseman / Randy Newman
[ open on interior, apartment, Susan filing her nails on the couch while Jerome waters the plants behind her ]
Susan: Honey, uh -- are you sure you're not jealous about, uh, Scott coming over? Because, uh, if you are, just say so.
Jerome: Why should I be jealous?
Susan: Well, uh, you don't know Scott.
Jerome: Well, I'd like to meet anybody who was THAT much a part of your life.
Susan: Oh, Jerome, you're so open!
[ the doorbell rings ]
Susan: I'll get it.
[ Susan unlocks the door, and swings it open to reveal Scott ]
Scott: Susie! I forgot. I forgot how beautiful you are when you open the door. Do it again! For me?
[ he closes the door and rerings the doorbell ]
[ Susan opens the door to reveal Scott once again ]
Scott: I forgot. [ he closes the door ]
Susan: Okay, Scott... Scott... Scott! There's someone I'd like you to meet. [ they cross the room ] Uh -- Scott? This is Jerome, my new old man. Jerome? This is Scott, my old old man. And, uh, Scott, I want you to know that, uh, Jerome doesn't mind you being here.
Jerome: I'm... okay behind it.
Susan: Jerome's into trying to feel... his feelings.
Scott: [ smiling ] I feel like sitting down.
[ Susan and Jerome laugh ]
[ they all sit ]
Scott: What do you do, Jerome?
Jerome: I... work on myself. Not a lot of money in it -- yet!
Scott: [ he laughs ] Well, keep plucking. [ to Susan ] What have you been doing, Susan?
Susan: Uh -- I've been working on Jerome, too.
Jerome: It's a... process. So, Scott... what, uh, brings you to Santa Barbara?
Scott: I'm with the national touring company of "The Fantasticks". We're playing at the Cine Auditorium tonight.
Susan: Uh -- he plays El Gallo. You still play El Gallo, don't you?
Scott: Nine years! [ he chuckles ] I eat, breathe, and sleep El Gallo. Except for my commercial work.
Jerome: Oh, you do commercials?
Scott: Are you familiar with the Budweiser Taste Buds? [ Jerome nods ] I'm the third Bud from the left.
Jerome: Well, that's great. So, Scott, uh -- Susan tells me that, uh, you were a better lover than I am.
Scott: Oh, I don't know what you're like, Jerome.
Susan: Well, uh, Jerome's becoming less sexual and more sensual.
Jerome: Yeah! It's a... slow process.
Susan: Yes. It is. [ she turns to Scott ] Well, Scott -- are you growing?
[ Jerome reaches for Susan's unresponsive arm ]
Scott: Well, people still say my El Gallo still is. And Scott is changing, too. For instance, uh -- I don't hate women any more.
Susan: Well, that's wonderful, Scott. Is there -- is there someone special you don't hate?
Scott: Well, yes, I -- I've finally found someone.
Susan: Really? What's she like?
[ Susan shoves Jerome's hand off her arm ]
Scott: Well... she's young. She's very young. She's a kid, really. And... I... teach, and yet, I learn from her, too.
Susan: Is it serious?
Scott: I don't know. It's a whole different thing, you know? I think it's good for me, but, uh, I don't really know what it is yet.
Susan: Yeah. [ she smiles ] I was just thinking: Remember that day we met in the supermarket?
Scott: [ he laughs ] Yeah! The wheels of our carts got stuck together, and you said, "Whoa-oa, Ben Hur!"
Susan: [ she laughs ] I remember the only thing that you had in your cart were frozen carrots and fresh carrots. And I said --
Scott: You said, "Boy, you must really like carrots!" And I said, "Mwah!" [ he chews rapidly ] "What's up, Doc!" [ Susan laughs ] And you know something? I still have that frozen bag of carrots.
Susan: You don't.
Scott: [ he shakes his head ] No. But I wish I did.
Jerome: I'm starting to feel bad now. [ he examines himself from within ] Yeah. I definitely feel bad. Uh -- how does that make you feel, Scott?
Scott: Not great. But I feel a bit weird -- hitting on your old lady right in front of you.
Jerome: Me, too, man. Uh -- how do you feel, Susie?
Jerome: Be open, darling.
Susan: Well, Jerome, uh -- I know we're covering new ground here, and growth sometimes hurts, but, uh, to be honest, I find myself feeling attracted to Scott right now.
Jerome: Well, look -- if that's the way you both feel, I'll just leave, okay? [ he stands and crosses the room ] Otherwise, the anger underneath all these candy-ass feelings that are all I'm allowed to feel, uh, might just come bubbling through, and then it's gonna get angry and ugly and bad!
Scott: [ standing ] Hey, hey -- relax, man. I'll back off. It's no big deal, man.
Jerome: [ he breathes a sigh of relief ] Sorry, man...
Scott: You know how it is. I mean, I'm from out of town, I'm lonely. I think, who the hell do I know in Santa Barbara.
Jerome: Yeah. I can dig that.
Scott: I mean, what am I worried about? I'm El Gallo, and we're sold out tonight --
Susan: [ angry ] I cannot believe that I almost fell for this again! I mean, I haven't heard from you or seen you since I left you last September! And here you come in here and start... just... the SAME old tricks!
Scott: For the History books, Susan -- you didn't leave me. We agreed that you should leave.
Susan: Ooh, you're really something!
Jerome: Uh, look, Scott, uh -- I think that Susie needs her space right now. So, why don't we take our feelings down to Le Brew & You and get really twisted, huh?
Scott: Yeah, a good idea! But, uh, before we go, Susie -- I just want to say that, what we had was real. and now you have something else, and that's real, too. I think you and Jerome are doing wonderful things with Jerome. But, I want you to know that, when you left that September, you took a part of me with you. I'll never forget you, honey. [ a beat ] "Deep in September... it's nice to remember / Without a hurt... the heart is hollow."
[ Jerome checks his watch ]
Scott: [ singing ]
"Deep in December, it's nice to remember,
The fire of September that made us mellow.
Deep in December, our hearts should remember
Follow, follow, follow."
[ Jerome opens the door and leads the way ]
Jerome: [ singing ] "Follow. Follow."
[ Scott turns ]
Jerome: [ singing ] "Follow."
[ Scott follows Jerome into the hall and closes the door behind them, leaving Susan alone with her thoughts and feelings ]
Susan: Barbara? [ a beat ] "Follow. Follow, follow, follow."
[ she opens the door and steps into the hall ]
[ pull back to reveal wide shot of set, with SUPER: "coming up next: Eye Shadow Boxing" ]
[ fade ]