Daybreak Season 2 Episode 1 "2 ELI 2 BREAK" By u/fourmanuscripts email@example.com FADE FROM BLACK: ELI (O.S.) You don’t want to fuck with paranormal Eli, I’m terrifying as shit... EXT - MALL - MINUTES BEFORE SUNRISE A blood-soaked ELI limps across the parking lot. ELI You don’t want to fuck with paranormal Eli, I’m terrifying as shit... INT - MALL JOSH and the DAY BREAKERS sit in a huddle. The mall’s lights are OFF. WESLEY lights CANDLES with a BIC LIGHTER. ELI (O.S.) You don’t want to fuck with a paranormal Eli... Only Josh hears, his head whips around, looking for Eli. The gang tags the word DAYBREAKERS onto their weapons. JOSH Did you hear that? CRUMBLE That wasn’t mist, I farted. JOSH No, I think... A DOOR opens... some CANDLES are BLOWN OUT... Eli appears covered in BLOOD, growling. JOSH Oh shit, he’s a Ghoulie! Eli sticks a hand into his wounds, SCREAMS, and pulls out - WESLEY Is that a Weinershnitzel? Eli drops a handful of HOT DOGS on to the floor. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 2. ELI And red hair die! My happy trail looks like Ariel. Eli CLAPS twice, the overhead lights turn ON. WESLEY What the - ELI Mood lighting, baby! You were supposed to be having a memorial for me! Instead I come back and you’re Pinterest-crafting your weapons? JOSH Eli, Sam’s taken over for Barron Triumph. We thought you were dead - ELI You think I’d let my last word be "shit?" My cousin Nina’s last words were, "I can’t feel pain, I get a fresh vagazzle every Sunday!” Oooh! That oblique rhyme? That lines dope as hell and she thought DJ Khaled was from Full House! I always had the better flow. If I thought I was going Ghoulie I’d have said something like - JOSH But I saw Hoyles stab you. How are you still alive? ELI I pulled a Jennifer’s Body! JOSH A what? ELI When Jennifer got virgin-sacrificed to make Low Shoulder famous, she wasn’t actually a virgin. So the devil possessed her soul and she came back to life to eat all the dudes who had done her wrong. Everyone thought I was a virgin, Josh, but I wasn’t - and that made me feel wronged. I tried to tell you not to underestimate me! (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 3. WESLEY I still think he’s definitely a virgin. JOSH You said Mavis was just a mannequin. WESLEY You told me you were saving yourselves... Eli swipes the LIGHTER out of Wesley’s hand. ELI I LIED! It’s one of my moves! SPLIT SCREEN FLASHBACKS: -"Mavis and I are saving ourselves for marriage" & -"I got to sink the pink three times a day!" INT - MALL Josh looks to camera, raises an eyebrow. ELI Fuck you for remembering that but not all the dope shit I said! FLASHBACKS: -"I’m the boss level." -"I’m the lord of illusion." -"I’m gonna show everyone how awful you are." INT - MALL KJ side eyes Josh. ELI Remember I was gonna jack your narration? You think I’d die halfway through my own takeover (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 4. ELI (cont’d) episode? Ah, man this is gonna be even better the second time. This is Aliens! This is Shrek 2, baby, let’s go! Eli holds the lighter under his tongue, Jennifer’s Body-style, and burns it. ELI Fuck! TITLE CARD: ARMENIAN COVER OF "CALIFORNIA LOVE" PLAYS AS "DAYBREAK" BECOMES "ELIBREAK" THEN "2 ELI 2 BREAK." INT - MALL SECURITY ROOM Eli sits with his feet on the desk. FLASHBACKS play on the security MONITORS. ELI (V.O.) You ever heard those fan theories that Hermione was trans or Dumbledore did have a boyfriend and Harry was just too self absorbed to notice? Josh is exactly like that. Eli swivels his chair to camera. ELI Josh was never your main character! The boy’s avelord - ON SCREEN TEXT: "ARMENIAN: UNNECESSARY" ELI - he’s Lord Disick, barely clinging to fame when what people really want to see is the Kardashians! I got an enemy in my first episode. You know who Josh’s enemy was? Himself. I was recording everyone, gathering intel, getting dirt on Turbo. Meanwhile Josh was dirtying his own pathetic reputation like the time freshman year when Terrance Markazian got a little precum on his pants during Spanish and peed to try and hide it. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 5. You can go back downstairs and listen to his whole Ned’s Declassified Apocalypse Survival Guide if you want, but I think we all know Josh is here by pure luck. And I’m a hustler. Eli points to the monitors. This time we see footage from his spy cam, zooming through Sam’s new headquarters in the high school gym. ELI While he’s downstairs pining like a lovesick Leonardo DiCaprio who got pushed off the raft, Sam’s making a plan. Which means I’m listening in, planning my counter strike. Eli looks to camera, twirls his KEYS in his hand. INT - MALL HALLWAY We follow Eli as he says - ELI When I took over the mall, I made sure I alone had all the keys. I also had: Eli holds up "The Keys" by DJ Khaled. ELI Khaled’s eight step path to success. Rule number one: stay away from they. Who knew a ten-year-old and her zombie-mombie would figure out how to disable a nuke? I was going to stay far away from that mess. ON SCREEN TEXT: "RULE NUMBER ONE - STAY AWAY FROM THEY" INT - MALL - BEAUTY KIOSK Eli loads beauty supplies into a BACKPACK. ON SCREEN TEXT: "RULE NUMBER TWO - DON’T PLAY YOURSELF" (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 6. ELI I never really trusted Josh, but I needed him to believe I was dead so I could get my mall back. INT - MALL Eli adjusts a SECURITY CAMERA so it’s pointed towards Josh. KJ sees. They exchange significant nods. We follow as Eli leaves the mall. ON SCREEN TEXT: "RULE NUMBER SEVEN - KEEP TWO ROOMS COOKING AT THE SAME TIME" INT - MALL CRUMBLE arranges DEAD BUGS on the floor: the Daybreakers are represented by small flies. Sam’s new followers are massive roaches. ON SCREEN TEXT: "DAYBREAKERS" and "SAM’S NEW ARMY" identify them. Josh paces, oblivious. Almost walks through Crumble’s project. CRUMBLE Don’t step in it! JOSH We have to stop Sam before she becomes the new Turbo - WESLEY Uh, you mean before she has a redemptive arc that ends in true love? Josh almost steps on Crumble’s project again. CRUMBLE Careful - don’t step - JOSH I know she doesn’t want to kill anyone, but she doesn’t realize she’ll have to if she’s in charge - (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 7. CRUMBLE (exasperated:) You just stepped in it again! Josh checks his shoe, thinking she means the dead bugs. CRUMBLE No! I mean... you assumed she was a virgin. Now you’re assuming she didn’t kill anyone before the apocalypse? Sam doesn’t like you making assumptions about her, Josh. ANGELICA rolls her eyes. JOSH Oh come on, I know her well enough to know she’s not a killer, give me that much! I’m not trying to tell her who to be but - CRUMBLE You never say "but" in therapy. It’s not an apology. You can only say "butt" if you’re talking to a counselor about sexual assault and that’s where you were touched... There’s never a but in an apology, or in - JOSH Sam saving herself was fine. I can understand her need to do that, I get it. But she’s not season eight Khaleesi. I can’t let her kill anyone to maintain this weird power fantasy. I don’t even understand how this happened! It was over! We’d beaten Barron Triumph, why did there have to be a new leader, anyway? CRUMBLE We never get rid of the president in times of peace- ANGELICA But maybe that’s because the president is always a man, and no one accuses him of having "weird power fantasies- (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 8. JOSH Look, I don’t have a problem with Queen Sam because she’s a woman! I have a problem because it’s going to turn her into someone she’s not- I know she thinks I don’t know who she is, but I know she’s not a murderer! KJ Women aren’t just smaller, hotter men, Josh. We rule differently. Why do you assume Sam’s going to punish her subjects by killing them? JOSH Did you see the way she was holding that scythe? Like it was a severed limp dick! INT - GYM CLOSE on the SCYTHE as Sam toys with it. SAM sits on a THRONE on a STAGE under the basketball hoop. MONA LISA supervises as homecoming DECORATIONS are assembled by a crowd of people. A BOY does a poor job cutting paper STREAMERS. MONA LISA Hell no, what did I tell you? You wanna half ass your job I will cut one of your cheeks off and feed it to you. Maybe the extra protein will help you grow a brain! Sam watches, unimpressed. BOY Yes. Sorry Sam. MONA LISA I told him to be domestic not dumb as shit. Boys! All the boys in the room answer in unison: (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 9. BOYS WILL NOT BE BOYS! MONA LISA I can’t hear you! Boys! BOYS WILL NOT BE BOYS! MONA LISA That’s what I thought. There’s no excuse for bad behavior! We’re not separate but equal, anymore! This shit is ovaries before brovaries, you feel me? Who run the world? All the girls in unison: GIRLS GIRLS! SECURITY frogmarches Eli into the room. He holds up his BACKPACK. MONA LISA Shit, Eli, we’re busy. I don’t have any energy to give you right now- ELI I have a peace offering! Gifts from the mall. Eli bends a knee and places HAIR PRODUCTS on the floor; plus LIPSTICKS; CONCEALER, which he pantomimes applying- ELI I’ve got Fenty. You don’t want to age like a president, do you? All the stress? SAM It’s the fucking apocalypse, Eli, why do you think I care what I look like? Sam motions for security to take Eli away, he scrambles for his backpack. ELI Wait! I also have these... Eli holds up a MENSTRUAL CUP. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 10. SAM Is that a period cup? ELI This war with Josh could get bloody... but you shouldn’t have to be. I know what women need, ok? This school was never made for you! Having any gender bathrooms? That just makes it so guys take over both! I can get you girl things. More magnesium when you’re on your periods, right? Turkey legs. Chocolate - MONA LISA Not everything is about our hair and our makeup and our periods, Eli! ELI I know. I hear you, I misspoke. I’m using I statements so you know I’m listening to you... I want to be your ally, Sam. You’re Cinderella - who totally doesn’t need a prince - and I’ll be the little mouse that brings you fresh kicks. Mona Lisa grabs the backpack. MONA LISA If I see a single douche in here... Eli raises his hands in surrender. ELI No, no. The vagina is a self cleaning organ. I’m not a virgin, I know that. Sam considers him. SAM Bow to me, then. Sam abandons her throne, walks to Eli. Sam holds her hands above either side of Eli’s head, almost puts them on him to force his head down farther, but doesn’t. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 11. SAM Putting your hands on someone’s head uninvited, especially during a blow job, is now a cardinal sin. You can get the death penalty for it. Follow me. Eli follows Sam and Mona Lisa across the room, where boys are in the WEIGHT CAGE like it’s jail. SAM Mansplaining carries a lesser sentence, but is still punishable. So is talk of the Cleveland Indians, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Braves. MONA LISA Also the Los Angeles Angels, not because they’re racist, this is just Dodgertown. ELI Is baseball still a thing? MONA LISA I bet. All those Cuban players were, like, 18. A PRISONER rattles the bars of his cage. PRISONER Is it too late now to say sorry? I know that I let you down - Mona Lisa kicks at him. MONA LISA I said write Sam an apology - not regurgitate Bieber lyrics. Sam pockets the MENSTRUAL CUP. SAM I accept your peace offering, Eli. Now that you’ve heard my rules, do you still want to join me? ELI (Rapping "As Long As You Love Me" by Justin Bieber:) Ahaha, Ask me what’s my best side, I stand back and point at you. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 12. SAM Good, because there’s something I need you to do. INT - MALL - AFTERNOON JOSH -But it’s not like her - WESLEY Josh, man, you’ve been talking yourself in circles all day. Give it a rest! She’s taken the throne- (sotto voce, to Turbo:) And apparently his sanity. CRUMBLE He can’t help it. He loved her. His brain got a dopamine hit every time he thought about her. Now that they’re broken up, the dopamine hit gets BIGGER at first. He’s gonna love her more before he can get over her. He won’t be able to - Josh grabs Angelica’s arm: ANGELICA Let go! JOSH I had an idea. What if I became a Cheermazon? Leveraged their girl power, you know, tried to learn to think like - ANGELICA Yes, women are strange and mysterious creatures, Josh. Try and understand us. The lights go OFF. Josh sighs, CLAPS. Eli appears. ELI Hey! That’s my entrance! Wait. Eli disappears, the lights turn off again. Eli reappears, CLAPS. Lights come on. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 13. ELI Surprise, turds! I come bearing gifts from Sam - He brandishes an invitation. ELI Homecoming court! She going to win, of course, but she requests the presence of a representative couple from each tribe to stand by her throne. I thought she’d want the samurai and the- Eli thrusts his hips. ELI -rammin’ guy, but - Eli hands Josh the envelope. JOSH No! ANGELICA Let me see that! Josh moves it out of her reach but KJ swipes the envelope and reads: KJ No! ELI (in a British accent: Awwwh, trouble on Love Island? Who’d have thought drowning your sorrows in someone else’s perfume would be such a bad move? CRUMBLE But see? Sam didn’t ask for your heads on spikes. She wants them in crowns, with her! Diplomacy! It’s a peace offering. ELI It is not a peace offering. She’s gonna dog walk you, boy! Make you and your boo pay your respects, play her game. Oh you have to go, but not because she wants you to. She’ll make you. It’s like a (MORE) (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 14. ELI (cont’d) dom/sub thing. She said come, you say when and where and what color should I bedazzle my dog collar? Josh pushes past Eli to leave. Eli calls after him: ELI I say blue! There’s a sick as hell navy blue suit upstairs, I’ll get it for you! INT - MALL - GUCCI STORE Eli styles a mannequin to look like Josh, draws a pouting face on it. KJ sneaks up behind him. Eli jumps. KJ Is Mavis really a mannequin? ELI Maybe. Maybe she’s this mannequin. Eli leans in to kiss the Josh mannequin, KJ stops him: KJ Don’t. ELI You jealous? KJ My allegiance isn’t to Josh, it’s to the Daybreakers. I didn’t stay for him. Eli threatens to tongue the mannequin again. KJ Help me find an outfit that can conceal a weapon. ELI Ok, I really don’t get girls and their need for every dress to have pockets. You guys have a pocket built in. Eli gestures to his crotch. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 15. ELI Get a little knife, glove it up and shove it up, you know? What, you wanna cut off the rest of Josh’s wandering fingers so he can’t bang anyone else on the homecoming dance floor? KJ’s expression says no. ELI Oh, you mean...? Sam? If you think this is a cat fight, you’ve underestimated Sam Deen. Josh took you to pound town when he was still in her dog house, she wouldn’t be mad at you. Sam might literally be a single white female but she would never blame the other woman. She’s our feminist queen. KJ Well I don’t want to be ruled by any body. I didn’t bow to Turbo or Barron Triumph either- ELI Or me- KJ I know you’re spying on everyone. I’m only looking out for myself. If homecoming’s going to be a trap - a blood bath - I want to be prepared. ELI Nah, didn’t Carrie happen at prom? Besides, we’re out of pigs. Though it could be Ghoulie blood, I guess - but Sam really doesn’t like people talking about her periods... INT - GYM Mona Lisa uses FOOTBALL DUMMIES to stand in for the homecoming couples on stage, beneath Sam’s THRONE. Sam gets ready for homecoming, covering her hands in RINGS. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 16. MONA LISA And Josh and KJ? SAM Right below me. Where they belong. MONA LISA You really think they’ll come together? Sam looks livid. MONA LISA I mean, show up. You think they’ll arrive together? SAM Josh needs things to be special. He likes a moment, a spectacle. What better than homecoming? A BOY looks up from moving football dummies into place. BOY Aww, you’re doing all this because of him? Sam looks at Mona Lisa, who seizes the BOY. SAM I don’t do anything because a man wants me to. Mona Lisa shoves the boy off the stage. Sam walks to the DUMMY and drags her SCYTHE across its chest, tearing a hole above the heart. INT - MALL - FOOD COURT Josh draws tattoo designs on a chalk FOOD BOARD: sunflowers and homecoming crowns and a Post-It that says "Here I Am." ELI Come on, HoCo-zilla! You missed another fitting. JOSH I don’t care about the suit, Eli. ELI Come on, it’s literally Gucci! It’s your size! It’s got matching shoes. What could be more important? (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 17. JOSH The day I met Sam, she said she was thinking about getting a tattoo but couldn’t decide on a design. I thought if I showed her I remembered, if I came up with something for her- ELI Dude. You’re literally going to tell her what goes on her body now? No bueno. Listen to yourself. JOSH I didn’t mean it like that. I want her to remember that I remember her. I did know her, almost. She wanted me to. Sam isn’t a ruthless dictator - Eli sucks in a breath, grimacing. JOSH What? ELI I really think she’d object to the term dick-tator. You know? I think it’s vag-i-tator, now. Or pussident. Or furry-minged fuhrer. I’ll have to ask. JOSH Shut up. ELI Look, while you were sucking on chili dogs outside the Tastee Freeze, life moved on, Josh. Without you, Sam is thriving. Before you, Sam was thriving but now she’s really... Come get dressed. She didn’t ask you to make her a tattoo, she didn’t ask for you to come up with some grand gesture to win her back. Women don’t speak some weird foreign language, bro! Forget about all these hieroglyphics. She told you explicitly what she wants you to do: come to her homecoming dance. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 18. Eli takes the pen and draws a dick across Josh’s illustrations. ELI Yeah, that’s mine. It’s big, huh? Eli puts his hand on Josh’s shoulder. ELI I know how you feel, bud. I will never, ever forget Vine even though it’s gone. You don’t have to forget the Sam you loved, but she’s gone too. You can only meet her where she is now, as the Sith-on-your-face, bad ass overlord she’s become. But if you’re not going to do it in a Gucci suit it’s really not worth doing at all. Eli claps Josh on the back, Josh allows himself to be led upstairs. MONTAGE OF JOSH AND KJ GETTING READY IN SEPARATE STORES: -Josh grimaces at the expression Eli drew on his mannequin. -Crumble, Angelica, and Wesley help KJ pick an outfit. -Josh and Eli admire his suit in the mirror. -Reactions to KJ’s outfit reveal. -Josh draws his sunflower tattoo design on a SCRAP OF PAPER and hides it beneath his POCKET SQUARE. INT - MALL - HALLWAY Eli walks past KJ’s storefront and ducks back into the security room. INT - MALL - SECURITY ROOM On MONITORS, we see Mona Lisa and Sam putting the finishing touches on homecoming. Eli watches as the Daybreakers leave the mall, then locks the doors behind them, turns to camera, and winks. 19. EXT - HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT Josh surveys homecoming from the outside of the gym: the LIGHTS, the blaring music, the party-goers. Joji’s "Yeah Right" plays. Josh reaches for KJ’s hand and she ignores it. He puts a hand over his pocket square. Joji continues as Josh walks toward the gym ("Imma fuck up my life")... INT - GYM - SECONDS LATER People partying. ("Imma fuck up my life. We gon’ party all night, she don’t care if I die...") Sam dances in front of her throne, happy and nonthreatening, in the spotlight. She spots Josh and everything slows, they share a moment. Sam sits on the edge of the stage and Josh approaches her. She’s friendly: SAM I wasn’t sure you’d come. JOSH That’s what he said, haha. No, I always do. No, sorry, this is just awkward. I haven’t seen you since you...moved... SAM (joking:) How’d’you like my palace? JOSH It doesn’t suit you. Well, it is the gym. Still kind of smells like jockstraps and the tears of freshman cheerleaders. Anyway, I bought you a... palace warming... gift. For it moment it looks like things might smooth over between them. Then, Josh reaches into his pocket, hands her the tattoo design. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 20. JOSH For your tattoo. I’ve been thinking all day about what you’d want, you know? What’s really you- Sam’s face darkens. She gets hastily to her feet, Mona Lisa tries to intervene. MONA LISA Uh, now that our final homecoming couple has arrived... The other couples take their places on stage. KJ pulls Josh backward into the crowd. Mona Lisa hands a MICROPHONE to Sam. MONA LISA (whispering:) Rip him a new one, baby. Don’t start slow - he wouldn’t give the same courtesy to you. Sam falters, trying to mask her anger. SAM Right. Um, welcome to homecoming! Before we get to the crowns and the party, I thought I’d give a little State of the Union speech. Um... She looks at the tattoo, crumples it. Looks into the crowd. Eli enters, flashes her a double thumbs up. Sam takes a deep breath and starts her speech, awkward at first but quickly picking up steam: SAM For most of history, women were regarded as malformed men. Our medicines used to be tested on male mice. There wasn’t a female crash test dummy, they just used a slightly smaller version of the man’s. Women have been marginalized, institutionalized, and called horrible things like hysterical in the best of times. In the worst we’ve been completely invisible. But now, we have a chance to do things right. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 21. I didn’t want to have homecoming so I could dress up and wear a crown and wave to my loyal subjects from on top of my throne. I look at it more metaphorically: a homecoming for the feminine divine. We were once expelled from the garden of Eden because man couldn’t stop looking at our boobs, and we got a little too smart, and actually knew what we wanted to eat for dinner. Now, we’re taking the garden back, and the rest of the world with it. As your queen - homecoming and otherwise - I promise you this: any woman who joins me will have her voice heard. Sam smiles at KJ, genuinely. The crowd claps. SAM And showing your shoulders is now a required part of dress code! The crowd roars their approval. SAM The concept of virginity is gone! If you want to count the first time you had anal or the first time you really felt connected to someone, even if you never so much as touched their hand, that’s up to you! And if you don’t want to claim your ex, you don’t have to! The crowd goes wild. Eli slips into the hallway, unnoticed. SAM Because being with Josh was like... being on the cusp of having food poisoning after eating leftover Bazun Chet Jiao! It hurt, but it didn’t suck that much, so why would I ever feel the need to talk about it as part of my life’s story? Josh looks at KJ, worried, like, See? All isn’t forgiven... (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 22. SAM You don’t have to tell people you were a food poisoning survivor, and if women don’t want to talk about our shitty exes we shouldn’t have to! That’s really the entire point of my rule: this new world is all about a woman’s right to choose. Choose what you wear, and who you’re with, and how you tell your own story. And I will help you. We aren’t sidepieces and sidekicks, any more. Because in my world - Mona Lisa and the women on stage strike a pose: legs spread wide, both hands making a V sign: pointed downwards over the crotch, pointed up at the mouth, tongue out. SAM Men exist to serve. The crowd’s cheers are -(sorry Sam)- hysterical. Sam looks power-hungry and crazy. The Daybreakers back towards the WEIGHT CAGES. Sam extends a hand toward Josh, rings up. SAM Join me on stage, Josh. It would please me like nothing you’ve ever done before. Be part of my homecoming court, part of my new rule. You never knew Sam Deen, never understood her. But everyone understands power. Anyone can recognize that I’m in control now, I am Queen - that’s all you need to know about me to serve me. Josh shakes his head. JOSH I still see you Sam, beyond all this. KJ (whispering to josh:) Shut up. The crowd starts to look nervous. (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 23. JOSH You can still be in power- SAM Don’t ever tell me what I can and can’t do. JOSH Sam, come on. SAM Take my hand, Josh. Kiss the ring and join me. JOSH This isn’t you, no. Josh takes another step backward. SAM Take my hand! JOSH No. A long pause as they consider each other. SAM Then my hands will take you... On cue, the PRISONERS reach their arms through the bars of the WEIGHT CAGES and grab hold of the Daybreakers, pinning them in place. EXT - HIGH SCHOOL - NIGHT The RATTLE of the Daybreakers hitting the cage coincides with the sound of Eli hopping the school’s fence. He lands, and stays, in a crouch - his Magic the Gathering CARD BINDER clutched to his chest. He looks into camera: ELI You know what Khaled’s last rule is? ON SCREEN TEXT: "WIN, WIN, WIN - NO MATTER WHAT" (CONTINUED) CONTINUED: 24. ELI Looks like KJ was right, homecoming’s gonna be a blood bath. But I got my babies - He kisses the card deck. ELI I got my mall back, and I’m gonna go fuck Mavis. CUT TO BLACK.