SNL Transcripts: Zac Efron: 04/11/09: Since You Went Away


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  Season 34: Episode 20

08t: Zac Efron / Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Since You Went Away

Emily…..Casey Wilson
Francis…..Zac Efron
Conductor…..Will Forte
Mother…..Bobby Moynihan
Soldier…..Jason Sudeikis

[ open on interior, train station ] [ SUPER: “Connecticut, 1917” ] [ dissolve to train exterior, Emily holding her soldier boyfriend’s hand through the window before he departs ]

Emily: I can’t believe we met just two weeks ago, and now you’re going off to the front!

Francis: Don’t worry — I’ll be back before you can say “Coca-Cola.”

Emily: Okay! But promise me you’ll watch out for the Germans.

Francis: Oh, don’t worry about me; worry about the kaiser – he’s not going to know what hit him, babe.

Conductor: All abooooooaaaarrdd!!

[ train horn toots ]

Emily: Oh!

Francis: Okay, Emily — goodbye!

[ the train begins to pull away, with Emily still clutching Francis’ hand and walking briskly beside the moving train ]

Emily: I don’t want you to leave!

Francis: Oh, don’t cry, my love! I love you!

Emily: I love you, too, Francis!

Francis: Goodbye, my darling!

Emily: Goodbye!

[ she lets go of his hand and falls back out of frame ]

Francis: Goodbye!

Emily: Goodbye!

[ Francis stares inward as the train picks up speed ] [ suddenly, Emily appears running beside the train, holding out a handkerchief ]

Emily: Wait!

Francis: Emily?

Emily: I just wanted to give you my handkerchief, so you’ll never forget me!

Francis: Oh, thank you, darling! [ he takes the handkerchief ]

Emily: You’re welcome!

Francis: Goodbye!

Emily: Goodbye!

[ Emily again falls back out of frame as the train speeds up ] [ Francis clutches Emily’s handkerchief and holds her scent to his nose ] [ suddenly, Emily appears running faster beside the train ]

Emily: Francis! Do you miss me yet?

Francis: [ startled ] Y-yeah! Wait… how are you running so fast?

Emily: What do you mean?

Francis: I’m on a speeding train.

Emily: Well… I’m alway chasing the sheep around the barn. Maybe that’s how!

Francis: Oh. Okay. But we said goodbye, so… maybe you should go back to the farm.

Emily: I’d run all the way to Germany for you! [ she catches her breath several times ]

Francis: Aren’t you getting tired?

Emily: No! [ she smiles ] Not as long as I’m looking at you!

Francis: Well… I think you need to go home!

Emily: But I don’t want to say goodbye!

[ Emily’s Mother runs up behind her ]

Mother: Emily! Emily! You forgot your bonnet! [ she hands it over ]

Emily: Oh, thanks!

Mother: I’m gonna run into town — I’ll see you later!

[ Emily’s Mother kisses her on the cheek, then runs up ahead of her. As she does so, the front of her apron flies up into her face. ] [ Emily puts her bonnet in her pocket, as she continues to run after the train ]

Francis: Was that your mother?

Emily: Yes! [ smiles mischieviously ] I guess you got a preview of me in twenty-five years!

Francis: Okay, you NEED to go home now!

Emily: You ARE my home! Whoo! [ she hops into the air ] Big old log!

Francis: Emily! You’re freaking me out a little bit!

Emily: I know! I have so much energy, and I only had a small breakfast! [ she huffs and puffs ]

Francis: What did you eat?

Emily: [ proudly ] Eighteen eggs an a gallon of buttermilk! [ she huffs and puffs ] But all this running is making me hungry!

[ the Soldier in the next window peeks at Emily from the next window ]

Soldier: [ to Francis ] Hey! Who’s that little ady running next to the train?

Emily: I’m the love of his life!

Francis: No, you’re not! We’re breaking up!

Emily: Why?

Francis: Because… I’m going to war, and… you’re really weird.

Emily: Fine! But you’re making a big mistake, Francis! I may not be your typical girly-girl… but, one day, you’re gonna wake up and —

[ Emily falls out of frame with a splash ]

Francis: Oh, my God! She fell in that creek!

Soldier: Uh — no! No, no — hang on!

[ Emily runs back into frame, clutching a fish ]

Emily: I’m back! And I caught a fish!

Francis: Uh — don’t eat it!

Emily: I want to! For energy! [ Francis is stunned ] Did you miss me?

Francis: [ stunning himself now ] You know… strangely… I did.

Emily: [ excited ] Does that mean we’re engaged!

Francis: Uhhh…

Emily: YAYYY!!! I’m gonna go tell Momma!

[ Emily clamps the fish between her teeth, then runs out of frame; Francis remains stunned, unsure of what has he gotten himself into ]

Soldier: [ smiling as he smokes his cigarette ] You’re never gonna get away from that one!

[ fade ]

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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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