Kate and Ivan had a brief affair that resulted in a love child, James. Ivan abandoned them. James is now a troubled teenager suffering from mental illness.
INT: JUPITER - THE CONSULTING ROOM OF DR. R - DAY
Kate sits, facing the doctor who sits behind his desk.
The medicines just aren't working for James, Dr. R.
He had to be Baker Acted yet again last week.
I think I'm starting to lose my mind.
I just can't take the constant stress anymore.
Maybe we should consider electric shock therapy.
There's been some success with this procedure.
I saw that movie 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest.'
I don't want to turn my son into a walking zombie.
Then why don't you try a group home?
He'll get 24-hour care and they will monitor
You'll be able to visit him every day and still
have some time for your own life.
Ivan's contribution for child support will fall far
short of the fees for a home.
But I'll earn the extra money somehow.
I need a break before I go crazy!
INT: JUPITER - THE GROUP HOME - DAY
Kate sits with James in his small bedroom.
I hate it here!
Their mashed potatoes have rocks in them,
and someone stole my computer.
I want to go home!
It's only been two weeks, James.
Please, give it a chance.
They kill people in here!
Don't be ridiculous, James.
I've paid your room and board
for the whole month.
You'll stay here for at least another two weeks.
Then, we'll see.
Kate leaves. She returns the following morning and is met by the manager of the home.
I have bad news, Ms. Cassidy.
James is in hospital.
KATE (bursting into tears)
What has happened to him?
The night nurse gave James his medications,
but she forgot to record it on his chart.
The day nurse thought James had missed his
nightly dosage and gave it to him again.
Your incompetent staff overdosed him!
Where is my son now?
We called an ambulance and they took him to
I'll go to him.
But before I leave, I demand to speak to
the duty nurse who made that horrid mistake.
That's not possible right now.
She's a resident herself and receiving
treatment at the moment.
What do you mean she's a resident?
Doesn't a trained nurse administer
my son's medications?
Most of our staff are recruited from
the higher functioning residents.
We couldn't afford to operate otherwise.
But you told me you had 24 hour nursing care.
We have a trained nurse who works until
The residents left in charge can always call
her at home if there's a problem.
That does not constitute 24-hour nursing care.
You lied to me.
You also lied about James having his own room.
You stuck him in a cramped room with another
You're ripping vulnerable people off!
Group homes are all run this way.
It's not illegal.
Without us, most of our patients would
be homeless, living on the streets.
Being homeless is better than being dead!
If you have harmed my son, I'll sue you
Kate storms out of the building and heads for the hospital.
To be continued.