Lively Breakfast

CAST
MARJORIE
YVONNE
RAJEEV
ELECTRICIAN
TWO MONKEYS
 
INT. HOTEL LOBBY - DAY
 
The sign on the wall: “HOTEL INDIA” We see a reception desk at the back and a patio with a table and two plastic chairs in front. Two American women MARJORIE (26) and YVONNE (27), wearing sun hats, come to the receptionist RAJEEV (30).
 
RAJEEV
Good morning, ladies. I trust your
first sleep at Hotel India went
well. How do you like your room? Is
everything to your convenience?
 
YVONNE
(fans herself)
It’s incredibly hot.
 
RAJEEV
Yes, India is hot, madam.
 
YVONNE
The United States can be hot as
well, but at least we have AC
everywhere.
 
MARJORIE
Tell me, why are there the bars on
the window? Was this hotel a prison
before?
 
YVONNE
Or did the guests often fall from
the windows?
 
RAJEEV
No, no. The bars are there to
prevent wild monkeys from entering
your room, ladies.
 
YVONNE
Wild monkeys?!
 
MARJORIE
How exciting! In America, all
monkeys live in a zoo!
 
RAJEEV
In India, monkeys walk anywhere
they like.
 
MARJORIE
And Americans sleep behind bars! Ha-ha-ha.
 
RAJEEV
Please let me know if there is any
way I may be of assistance to you
during your stay.
 
YVONNE
Actually, would you check my
electric socket adapter? I wanted
to charge my notebook and... it
didn’t fit.
 
Yvonne takes the adapter out of her purse and hands it to Rajeev.
 
RAJEEV
Certainly, madam.
 
MARJORIE
Do you have a restaurant? We are
starving.
 
RAJEEV
Yes, you may have your meal on this
very beautiful patio.
 
Rajeev gestures to a table nearby.
 
MARJORIE
Divine. We’ll see two menus then.
 
RAJEEV
Of course, ladies.
 
Marjorie and Yvonne sit at the table. Rajeev hands the menu.
 
RAJEEV (CONT’D)
Here you are.
 
Yvonne and Marjorie read the menu. Rajeev takes their order.
 
MARJORIE
Mango juice for me.
 
YVONNE
I’ll have an iced tea.
 
Yvonne fans herself with the menu. She’s hot.
 
MARJORIE
And a big bowl of fruit for us both
to share. Put in everything:
papaya, guava, pine-apple,
cantaloupe.
(MORE)
 
MARJORIE (CONT'D)
(beat)
I love all tropical fruits!
 
Rajeev nods and walks away. Yvonne reads the menu and giggles.
 
MARJORIE (CONT’D)
What’s so funny?
 
YVONNE
Read this one.
 
MARJORIE
(reads aloud)
“Get a free cock with each main
dish”. Oh dear!
 
They both laugh.
 
YVONNE
So tempting!
 
Yvonne and Marjorie wait for their order, overlooking a luscious garden.
 
MARJORIE
Oh, look at those beautiful
blossoms! So lush and bountiful.
 
Yvonne cautiously looks around.
 
YVONNE
Do you feel like someone is
watching us?
 
Marjorie looks around and shrugs.
 
MARJORIE
I don’t see anyone.
 
YVONNE
Ah, your fruits are coming.
 
Rajeev brings a tray with fruits and drinks. He puts the tray on the table. He takes a big cylindric container that he wants to sprinkle on the fruit.
 
MARJORIE
What’s that?
 
RAJEEV
Salt.
 
MARJORIE
I don’t want salt.
 
RAJEEV
(takes another container
from the tray)
Hot chillies?
 
YVONNE
No hot chillies!
 
RAJEEV
Fresh lime, then?
 
Marjorie and Yvonne look at him in surprise.
 
RAJEEV (CONT’D)
No lime?
 
Rajeev looks sad. Marjorie gives up.
 
MARJORIE
OK, a squeeze if you must.
 
Rajeev sprinkles a little on the fruit and leaves. Marjorie and Yvonne start to eat the delicious fruit, savoring it.
 
As they eat, two BIG MONKEYS emerge on the patio and waddle to the table.
 
YVONNE
(waves the menu)
Shoo! Go monkey! Go!
 
One monkey is about to grab the tray, but Marjorie snatches it back first. She jumps from her chair and holds the tray away from Monkey. He bares his fangs.
 
MARJORIE
These are our fruit. You can’t have
them!
 
Marjorie runs around the table. The monkeys chase her and whoop. She climbs the table.
 
MARJORIE (CONT’D)
Go back to your trees, monkeys!
Search for your own fruit!
 
Yvonne laughs and takes out her camera. The monkeys jump high trying to get the fruits.
 
MARJORIE (CONT’D)
Help! Help me! I’m being attacked!
 
YVONNE
Smile! You’ll love this photo.
 
Marjorie holds the tray above her head and screams. Yvonne goes around and takes numerous pictures of her friend and monkeys. Finally, Rajeev runs to the patio and chases monkeys away.
 
RAJEEV
You’re very brave, madam.
 
MARJORIE
(takes of her sun hat and
wipes her face with it)
Well, someone has to teach those
wild monkeys some manners.
 
Marjorie and Yvonne take their seats and continue eating breakfast. Yvonne shows Marjorie the photos she took. They laugh. Rajeev goes away.
 
AN ELECTRICIAN, wearing only a white lungi (loincloth), comes to the patio. He stays at some distance waiting for the women to notice him. Yvonne does.
 
YVONNE
Oh my, here comes a local stripper.
I wonder what he wants.
 
MARJORIE
I hope, he doesn’t come for my
fruit too!
 
YVONNE
Only if you order the main dish,
I’m sorry.
 
They both laugh. The electrician smiles at them and bows. He approaches them bravely.
 
ELECTRICIAN
Suck it, madam. Suck it.
 
Marjorie and Yvonne jump from their seats immediately and look angrily at the offender.
 
MARJORIE
What?!!!
 
YVONNE
Excuse me?
 
The electrician searches for words and makes gestures. He repeats.
 
ELECTRICIAN
Suck it. Suck it.
 
MARJORIE
Maniac!
 
YVONNE
Pervert!
 
MARJORIE
Prostitute!
 
Marjorie and Yvonne start throwing the fruits at the guy. The guy dodges the fruits and waves his hands.
 
ELECTRICIAN
No, no! Suck it!
 
Marjorie and Yvonne lift their chairs and want to kick the guy with the chairs. Rajeev rushes over to intervene.
 
RAJEEV
Wait, ladies! Please. He is an
electrician.
 
Marjorie and Yvonne consider his answer.
 
YVONNE
Oh! You mean “socket”.
 
The electrician nods with relief. Marjorie and Yvonne laugh at the misunderstanding.
 
MARJORIE
Oh thank god.
 
RAJEEV
Ladies, please go open your room.
He can’t be there without you
present.
 
YVONNE
You have crazy rules!
(looks at Marjorie)
No chance I’ll go there alone.
 
MARJORIE
Fine, I’ll come with you.
 
The electrician, Yvonne and Marjorie leave the patio. Rajeev goes to the reception desk.
 
MARJORIE (O.S.) (CONT’D)
Suck it, madam. Suck it.
 
We hear them GIGGLE.
 
As they leave, the two monkeys come to the patio and sit in the ladies’ seats. One monkey wears Marjorie’s hat. Another monkey fans himself with the menu. For a moment they sit still looking important. Then they taste the fruits and start waving eagerly, looking back at the reception.
 
MONKEYS
Ugh! Ugh! Ugh!
 
Rajeev runs to the table with his chili and salt containers. He sprinkles a lot of salt and chili on the fruit. Monkeys nod approvingly and eat happily.
 
MONKEYS (CONT’D)
Suck it! Suck it! Suck it!

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