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Jan 19, 2010

Deleted Scene [Sick Day] Bathtub Politics

bubble bathHere's a little scene that will never make it into the final script, but which came to me while I was thinking through the possibility of a bath scene during that first night, when Jon is taking care of Maggie.
Peace in Our Time, Jon...
INT. BATHROOM - NIGHT
Jon turns the faucet, adding more hot water to Maggie's cooling bath. She is lying back with a washcloth folded on her forehead, looking very wan.
JON
Do you think the hot water makes the cold water hotter, or you think the cold water makes the hot water colder?
MAGGIE
I think they make each other more middle temperature.
JON
That's the boringest possible answer. You totally science'd me.
He stares at her. One would imagine he's contemplating sexy thoughts. But no.
JON (CONT'D)
People don't act much like they're 75% water, do they?
MAGGIE
I feel like I'm 99% snot. Does that count?
JON
Cold people make hot people even hotter, and hot people make cold people even colder.
MAGGIE
Are you talking about politics again?
JON
Conservatives think we fixed things better in the past, that we should never have stopped doing things the old way. And liberals think we should keep trying new ways to fix things, that we'll do things better eventually. But there's gotta be a middle temperature.
MAGGIE
Jon. The middle ground. Would be right after we stopped doing things the old way, and just before we started trying out a new way.
JON
You mean, talking about what they're gonna do, but never actually doing it?
MAGGIE
Obviously.
JON
Maggie. I think you've has just proven our government is doing exactly what everyone wants it to do.
MAGGIE
Peace in our time, Jon. Peace in our time.