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SAMUS’ WORLD: THE SERIES

SEASON 1

BY

EDWIN BETANCOURT

SAMUS’ WORLD CHARACTER LIST (in order of appearance)

  • Samus Ortiz - (Mid- Late 20’s). He is the protagonist. A writer for ‘L&G Daily’. He is openly Gay. He’s smart, sarcastic, cunning, headstrong and honest. He has a soft tenor speaking voice which he is very self-conscious about.



  • Dylan Bregar- (Late 20’s- Early 30’s). He is a Free Lance photographer who enjoys looking at the world through the lens of his camera. He is from New Jersey and that is evident by his accent. He is a mystery that not even Sherlock Holmes can solve.



  • Belky Allen- (Early 40’s- Late 50’s). He is the founder and Editor-in- Chief of ‘L&G Daily’. He is smart, headstrong and hates surprises. Although he is founded New York’s top selling LGBTQ Paper, he does not identify as LGBTQ but he is a strong ally.



  • Gustin Allen- (Late 20’s- Early 30’s). He is Belky’s only son and he is the calmer one in the family. He is the Editor of ‘L&G Daily’ and has many new ideas that could renovate L&G but his father shoots them down at every chance he gets.



  • Ursula Bextor- (Late 20’s-Early 30’s). A free spirit who wears her heart on her sleeve and doesn’t care who knows. She is fierce, sassy and doesn’t hold her tongue for anyone. She identifies as Pansexual but doesn’t like to label herself as anything. She is best friends with Samus and has known him since they were 3 years old. For some odd reason she speaks with an English accent and nobody knows why, since she is from Detroit.



  • Phillip Ellis- (Mid 20’s). Samus’ online date. He is tall and a bit of an emotional wreck.



  • Carlito Reyes- (Early 20’s). Samus’ foil. He was best friends with Samus until he slept with Samus’ ex Ethan, causing Samus and Ethan to break up. He is still dating Ethan. He is a contributing writer for L&G Daily’s competitor Hesh’e Magazine.



  • Parker Myers- (Mid 30’s-Early 40’s). A very handsome man who often gets called a ‘DILF’ by people and it’s a term that he hasn’t embraced because he’s shy. He is an online date for Samus.



  • Mary- (Late 50’s). An older woman who strongly believes romance is beautiful. She loves seeing two people, no matter their sexual orientation, in love.



  • Tara Angler- (Mid 20’s- Early 30’s). She is the owner of the LGBTQ club ‘Guilty Heart’ a club notorious for its ‘Speed Dating Extravaganza’, which has a proven track record of helping people finding love. She is a kid at heart and enjoys being everyone’s friend. She is in a serious relationship with Ursula. She identifies as a Lesbian and is not afraid to announce it to anyone who asks.



  • Thomas Redfield- (Late 20’s). An active gaymer with very bad manners and no self-awareness of his behavior. Another online date for Samus.



Speed Daters (In order of Appearance)

  • Greg- (Mid 20’s). A cocky Pervert who thinks his jokes are funny.

  • Matty- (20’s-30’s). Believes his best approach should be asking a Gay man their sexual position rather than introducing himself.

  • Will- (Late 20’s- Mid 30’s). Hates Effeminate Gay men.

  • Daniel- (Late 20’s). A clueless Gym Buff.

  • Doug- (Late 30’s). Just a man in need of drugs.

  • Hector- (Early 30’s) A man who wants a hookup with no strings attached.



EPISODE 4- “NEXT!”

FADE IN:

INT- HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM- PRESENT DAY- EVENING



URSULA is pacing back and forth nervously in the hospital’s waiting area. She looked as if she was crying for hours and her hands were covered with dried blood.



TARA turns the corner of the waiting area and spots URSULA. She sighs in relief and walks over to her.





TARA

Babe! I came as fast as I could. How is he?



URSULA

(sighs in relief and hugs Tara tightly, fighting back tears) I-I don’t know. The doctors took him and they won’t tell me anything.(Pulls back from the hug and looks at her hands) B-But there was blood…so much blood everywhere.



TARA

(Holds her wrists trying to console her)

It’s going to be alright, babe. Samus is a fighter. He will get through this.





Doctor #1 [30’s-50s] walks around the corner and approaches both women. URSULA spots him and lets out a nervous sigh





DOCTOR#1

Are you family members of Samus’?



URSULA

Yes, he’s my brother. How is he, doctor? Is he going to be okay?



DOCTOR#1

(With a solemn look on his face)

I-I’m sorry…He’s-





CUTS TO:

TWO WEEKS EARLIER”- Appears on the screen.



INT- A NYC CAFÉ- EARLY EVENING

DATE #4- THOMAS”- Appears on the screen.





THOMAS

-Dead! He’s dead! The writers just killed off the main character half way through the show! Can you freaking believe that?! Those are some brave writers if you ask me.





We approach SAMUS and THOMAS in a quiet and half empty café and seated across from each other at a small table. SAMUS is smiling as THOMAS continues to speak but it was pretty clear, SAMUS didn’t want to be on this date anymore.





SAMUS

(dryly)

Wow, that must’ve been a huge twist for you.



THOMAS

Oh not really. I read the comics so I knew he was going to die before the show even aired. But I was still shocked they killed him considering he’s a fan favorite.



SAMUS

(Nods slowly)

Ah I see. (Beat) So Thomas, how long have you been single?



THOMAS

(Ponders)

Very good question...Hmm...What year did Veluck invade Allensvilla and then impregnate his sister?





THOMAS pauses waiting for SAMUS to laugh at the poorly told joke but instead SAMUS just stares at him blankly.





THOMAS (CONT’D)

(clears his throat realizing Samus didn’t get the joke)

Um, a little over three years now. I divulge all my free time to keeping my community safe from bullies and crime.



SAMUS

(Sits up straight on the chair finally intrigued)

That is amazing! What district are you in? I think I saw a news segment about vigilantes who have devoted their time to protecting their neighborhoods. I mean sure they’re not bulletproof, but it has brought the crime rate in Brooklyn significantly lower than what it was a year ago.



THOMAS

(laughs realizing what he said was misunderstood by Samus and he shook his head)

Oh no! I didn’t mean my actual neighborhood. I meant, my online community, in the game WorldOfMagic! I brought eight houses and married two gnomes, an elf and this huge Troll. Normally I’m not into Interspecies relationships-(whispers)- Or interracial relationships. But this dude is Level 989 and he is equipped with the Sword of Validation, how could you say no to that?



SAMUS

(aside)

I wish I said No to this.



THOMAS

Crap! I gotta take a whiz! (He gets up from the chair)





We watch as THOMAS walks over to the bathroom and SAMUS softly bangs his head on the table. He stops as his cellphone vibrates and he takes it out of his pocket. He looks at the screen and reads it to himself.





Hey Sam-Sam! I dnt kno what u up to, but dnt 4get 2nite is the Speed Dating Extravaganza! So U betta get ya booty to the club ASAP! See ya then! Xoxoxox-Ursula”- appears on the screen.





SAMUS texts back: “Sure thing! I’ll see you later tonight. Make sure Andrew Garfield is there early.”- Appears on the screen.





The phone vibrates again: “Dahling, Andrew Garfield is NOT Gay!”- Appears on the screen.





SAMUS texts back: “Not yet ;)” – Appears on the screen.





THOMAS walks over to SAMUS and extends his right hand almost touching SAMUS’ nose.





THOMAS (CONT’D)

Does my hands smell like Pineapple or Cherry?



SAMUS

(looks at Thomas’ hand and then at Thomas)

Oh they have new soap in the bathroom?



THOMAS

(lowers his eyesbrows)

I don’t know, man. I didn’t wash my hands.



SAMUS

(claps his hands together)

And with that I am calling this date officially over. (gets up from the chair grabbing his jacket)



THOMAS

(confused)

Why? Was it something I said?



SAMUS

Something you said? This date was over the moment you burped five times without excusing yourself! Then when you started babbling on and on about that damn movie based off of a video game. Newsflash buddy! Movies based on videogames are never really that good anyways! And not to mention-



THOMAS

Ah I see. You’re one of those Gays.



SAMUS

Excuse me?



THOMAS

You’re one of those Gays who think they’re better than us Gay Nerds because they’re all about Fashion, Make-up and theatre.



SAMUS

(chuckles) Are you serious?! You’re basically stereotyping me based on what? If you haven’t noticed, you spent the entire date talking about bullcrap! And not to mention, you’re disgusting! You were so boring I was actually counting how many cockroaches I’ve seen crawl under the counter, which by the way is more than enough reasons to never return back to this place again!







THOMAS

You remind me so much of the Dark Lord Garinstone in my favorite anime, ‘DarkLoverHeart’.



SAMUS

Yeah, I don’t know if that’s a compliment or an insult.



THOMAS

He was the main villain who was shallow, rude and cold. He pissed off the protagonist Seriko and in the season three finale, Seriko stabbed Garinstone in the stomach ripping his intestines out and draining him of his powers, killing him instantly.



SAMUS

(pauses and nods)

Yeah…okay.





We watch as SAMUS walks out of the café and THOMAS keeps an eye on him. We look down at THOMAS’ fist and he clenches them tightly out of anger.





CUTS TO:

EXT-A NYC GAY CLUB- 30 MINUTES LATER- EVENING



TARA is setting up the chairs in the empty club. The club was beautifully decorated with red and blue streamers and red and blue balloons that were located on the other side of the club.



She is overwhelmed mumbling to herself and hoping everything runs smoothly during the event. SAMUS enters the club and sees TARA.





SAMUS

(sings)

I’m here!!



TARA

(sighs in relief) Oh thank Goddess!(she walks over to Samus and hugs him tightly) Ursula was hoping you’d show up.









SAMUS

(hugging her) Well at first I really wasn’t, but then the date I was on crashed into CrazyLand and blam I’m free! So I thought why not?



TARA

(she releases Samus and smiles)

Thankfully, it was horrible!



SAMUS

Gee, thanks. (smiles and looks around) Where is the sea witch anyways?



TARA

She had an emergency at work and had to head out. But don’t worry you’re in safe hands. Besides we were down one Red.



SAMUS

(glares at Tara)

Is that a new homophobic slur?



TARA

(smiles)

No! There are two colors we use which makes the Speed Dating process a lot easier. Reds are the ones who will remain seated and Blues are the ones that will rotate. And you are a Red. (Hands Samus a red sticker)

You will each have two minutes. If you have any issues with the guy you are talking to, you will shout out ‘Next’. When that happens, the Blue will get up from the table and walk over to the bar, where they will stand there until the two minutes are up.



SAMUS

(places the sticker on the right side of his chest) Sounds easy. Are there limits on how many ‘Nexts’ I get?



TARA

(smiles shaking her head realizing what he was implying)

There are no limits, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to Next everyone for no reason either. Whether you like it or not, Ursula and I want to see you happy with someone and because I know you like the back of my hand; everything that happens here tonight is completely off the Record.







SAMUS

(gasps)

What!? But this would be amazing to write about for the column.



TARA

You can write about the Speed Dating Extravaganza but nothing about the dates. If you write about them, I will gladly threaten your boss with a lawsuit unless a retraction is done.



SAMUS

(smiles admiring how tough Tara was)

Ursula sure knows how to pick ‘em.



TARA

Okay! (she points to a chair) Now you sit there. The doors are about to open. Are you ready to find love?



SAMUS

(sitting down) Yes, if Andrew Garfield manages to walk through that door. (smiles and nods) Let’s see how the night goes.





TARA nods and she looks around at the decorated space making sure everything was neatly organized.



She lets out a nervous sigh and walks over to the main entrance of the club.



SAMUS nods to himself nervously and he looks up to the ceiling trying to calm down his nerves.





SAMUS

Okay, let the games begin.





CUTS TO:

SPEED DATING MONTAGE

Date #5: Greg”- Appears on the screen



GREG is seated in front of SAMUS wearing a blue sticker.



GREG

-and I told him, are you crazy or just…shmazy?





Both men laugh at the joke and GREG softly bites his own bottom lip as he stops laughing and looks at SAMUS.





GREG (CONT’D)

So is your hot dog skinless or is it wearing a turtleneck?



SAMUS

(confused)

I’m sorry. What are we talking about?



GREG

(smiling)

I’m uncut and packing an eleven incher. And just a side note-(he leans in as if he is about to disclose a secret to Samus)-it only takes eight licks to get to the cream filling of this lollipop.



SAMUS

(quickly)

NEXT!







DISSOLVES TO:

DATE #6: Matty”- Appears on the screen



MATTY is seated in front of SAMUS.



MATTY

Wow you’re cute.



SAMUS

Aww thank you.



MATTY

You’re a Top or a Bottom?



SAMUS

(innocently)

I’m an Aries.



MATTY

I didn’t ask that-



SAMUS

NEXT!





DISSOLVES TO:

DATE #7: Will”- Appears on the screen



WILL walks over to SAMUS extending his hand and SAMUS shakes it smiling.





WILL

Name’s Will. (jokingly) Hope the other guys were bad; this way I can shatter your expectations.



SAMUS

Oh Gosh, I assure you-





WILL lowers his eyebrows hearing SAMUS’ voice for the first time and he takes back his hand softly as SAMUS releases it.





SAMUS (CONT’D)

-based on those Jerkwads, you can’t do any worst.



WILL

I-is that your real voice or are you impersonating a Flamer?



SAMUS

Um...no this is my real voice.



WILL

(nods his head and waits for ten seconds to pass)

NEXT!





WILL walks away without any hesitation and heads over to the bar.





SAMUS

(Lets out a loud gasp and jumps up to his feet)(to Will)

Oh yeah?! Well…you’re…you’re Next! How you like that?! (He sits back down on the seat, rubs his forehead and shouts to the bartender)I need a drink! Make it a Bloody Mary. Less Mary more bloody!







CUTS TO:

DATE #8: DANIEL”- Appears on the Screen



DANIEL is seated in front of SAMUS and in mid conversation as SAMUS nods taking a small sip of his Bloody Mary.



DANIEL

So you work out?



SAMUS

(swallows a bit of the drink and shakes his head)

No. But I walk literally everywhere. Does that count?



DANIEL

(shakes his head)

Nah that don’t count. You gotta lift, run, drink protein shakes, run again, lift some more, bench press and do squats. I don’t date fatties.



SAMUS

Fatties? That’s a strong word coming from someone who smells like wet dog.



DANIEL

Hey bro, it’s all in good fun. I’m not picky as to whom I bone. Everyone wants a piece of Daniel.



SAMUS

(takes a sip of his drink and looks at Daniel blankly)

Wait, who’s Daniel?



DANIEL

(He unbuttons his shirt and flexes his chest)

I am!



SAMUS

(takes a longer sip of the drink completely finishing it) Mmm that was good.(looks at Daniel) Oh and Next!



DANIEL

(Gets up from the chair) Pffft! Whatever man! You just missed out on the best sex you would’ve ever had!(walks away)







SAMUS

Mmkay, Buh bye Bobby! (Waves at the bartender) Need another one! (He smiles and starts humming and dancing by himself in his seat)





CUTS TO:

DATE #9: DOUG”- Appears on the screen.



DOUG sits down and looks very uncomfortable shifting in his seat.





SAMUS

(Takes another sip of his second drink. Visibly drunk)

So, what are your views on various LGBTQ topics?



DOUG

(looks at Samus)

Oh I’m not Gay.



SAMUS

Oh! So you’re bisexual? I’ve never met a bisexual person before. I think my friend Ursula counts, but she bangs anything with a pulse.



DOUG

No I’m not bisexual either. (he leans closer to Samus) I’m looking for some Aunt Nora? Batman? Big Rush? Bernie’s Goldust?





SAMUS looks at him in a confused manner as he continues to sip some more of the drink. DOUG realizes he was getting nowhere.





DOUG (CONT’D)

(lowers his voice)

I’m looking for some Cocaine.



SAMUS

(nods finally understanding what he was hinting at)

Ah okay I see now. Yes, what you want to do is head North on Fifty-Sixth Street and then you will approach a sign that says: NEXT!









CUTS TO:

DATE #87: HECTOR”- Appears on the screen



HECTOR sits down and SAMUS smiles clearly drunk.





HECTOR

(leaning back on the chair smirking)

I’ve been waiting to see you all night. I saw that cake when you stood up earlier and I gots to have a bite.



SAMUS

(smiles nodding)

I gotta pee. (He stands up wobbling and walks away from the table.)





HECTOR shakes his head as he watches SAMUS walk away.

As SAMUS drunkenly makes his way toward the bathroom the VO plays.





SAMUS (V.O.)

Okay so maybe speed dating wasn’t an ideal way to meet guys. I honestly believed these Upper West Side men were better and saner than the others...I guess I was wrong. Ugh! That’s what I get for dancing in the dark...usually my metaphors are more artful but my bladder is about to burst and I’m very, very, very drunk.

I guess if I have to say something, I would say that when one door closes another one opens. It’s a fancy way of saying opportunity is always knocking. But the scary thing is, you never know what’s on the other side of the door. Is it opportunity? -





SAMUS approaches the bathroom door and opens it gasping as he sees someone standing by the door in the bathroom.





SAMUS

(in disbelief)

Dylan?!



We see DYLAN standing in front of SAMUS with a look of shock and regret on his face.



SAMUS (VO)

-Or just fate being cruel?







CUTS TO:

PRESENT DAY”- Appears on the screen.

INT-HOSPITAL WAITING ROOM- EVENING



We re-enter the scene between URSULA, TARA and DOCTOR#1





DOCTOR#1

I-I’m sorry...for the wait. He’s right now resting. It was touch and go for quite some time. He lost a lot of blood. But thankfully the knife didn’t rupture any important organs. Aside from the loss of blood, we were able to suture the wound and give him a blood transfusion.



URSULA

(Frantic)

So he’s going to be alright?



DOCTOR#1

Yes he is. Right now he is resting.





URSULA and TARA both sigh in relief.





TARA

When can we see him?



DOCTOR#1

Well visiting hours already ended. Your best bet is to come back tomorrow, this way he can get the rest he needs.



URSULA

(interjects)

I’m not going anywhere! I’ll stay here until the morning.



TARA

(to Ursula)

Babe, we can’t do that-







DOCTOR#1

No it’s fine. I’ll tell the nurse to bring you some pillows and blankets. Also, there will be detectives tomorrow morning coming in as well to speak to him.



URSULA

(smiles)

Thank you so much.





DOCTOR#1 nods and walks away leaving both women to smile in relief that their friend is alive and well.





TARA

Who would do this to him?



URSULA

I don’t know! I’m just glad he is alive.





We pan out as URSULA lays her head down on TARA’S right shoulder.







BLACK.





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