Chester and Mallu are sitting around the table. Benson is in
the background cooking something. Jessica enters the
Sorry I’m late. I was at the hospital.
How is she?
She’s stable, but they’re not sure exactly what’s wrong
She’ll be fine. I know it.
I hope so…Now Billy, what’s this I hear about attempted
Well ma, remember when I shot Leslie on New Year’s Eve?
Sure I do. It was awful, wasn’t it? All bloody and
And all that screaming. And the blood that got on the carpet
in the basement…but then I suppose I could probably clean
that up. Benson, did you get that carpet in the basement
Nope. I ain’t going down there.
Because I don’t like it down there.
Well, how will the carpet get cleaned then?
audience cheers as Benson gets back to cooking.>
Anyway ma, Leslie told everyone that I tried to kill her, when
in reality it was her that was going to kill me. I was just
Well, you won’t have to worry about anything, Billy. I’ll
get you out of this. That’s what I’m here for.
You’re sure you can get him out?
Of course I can. One look at me, the judge will throw
Haversham out the window. Besides, have I ever lost a case?
Okay Mallu, that’s great. Now what defense tactic are you
going to use?
looks at Billy as if he’s crazy.>
How should I know? But don’t worry. I’ll come up with
something. In the meantime, sit tight, don’t leave the
house, and don’t try to kill anyone else.
Oh yeah…I forgot. Okay, see you later.
gets up to leave but stops and looks at Chester.>
Remember our agreement, Tate? We’re never supposed to be
alone with Jessica in the house.
This is a family emergency, Mallu. I have to be here for my
It’s okay, dad. You can go. I’ll be fine, really.
Well I guess I can go back to the basement…but if you have
any problems at all, call me and I’ll be here right away.
gets up and leaves with Mallu. Jessica, Billy and Benson
remain in the kitchen.>
Jessica: Benson, would you mind going upstairs and
cleaning up my bedroom?
Benson: Yes, I would mind very much actually.
Benson: Fine…But I hate cleaning….
<Benson leaves the kitchen>
Jessica: Billy, did everything really happen the
way you said it did?
Billy: I swear, ma. I’m telling the truth. It
happened exactly as I described it.
Jessica: Good. I believe you. And you will beat
this thing. I know it.
Billy: Thanks, ma. I love you.
<Jessica and Billy