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SAMUS’ WORLD (SEASON 2) CHARACTER LIST [SPOILER FREE]

Samus Ortiz: (26 years old). Still recovering from the attack which took place a month ago (Season 1), he is heavily focusing on his work and his love life with Dylan, even after everything around him is falling apart.



Ursula Bextor: (Late 20’s-Early 30’s). After revealing she was pregnant to Samus, she is left to choose between whether she wants to be with her ex-boyfriend Kyle or stay with Tara. To make matters worse, the pregnancy starts to make her think about the mother who gave her up for adoption when she was 2 years old.



Dylan Bregar: (29 years old). He is dating Samus and is happy with every day that passes. Unfortunately he is soon about to find out what happens when the secrets he has tried to hide, starts to come out; threatening his relationship with Samus.



Gustin Allen: (Late 20’s- Early 30’s). The creator and editor of the upcoming Misfits of NYC. He is not afraid to tell it how it is. He is doing his best to make his paper much more appropriate and family friendly- even if it means stopping his team from killing each other.



Dirk Wagner: (late 20’s-early 30’s). He is a pretentious rich guy who is joining Misfits of NYC as the ‘Sports Columnist’. Not much is known about him other than the fact he is anti-LGBTQ, calls anyone that disagrees with him a ‘Libtard’-although he isn’t registered as a Democrat or Republican and doesn’t vote.



Ethan Vyler: (late 20’s-early 30’s). He is Gustin’s silent partner and the Publicist for Misfits of NYC. He is a former drug addict that is three years sober. He also has a secret past that could definitely shake up the Misfits of NYC gang.



Kyle Gater: (mid 20’s- late 20’s). He is the lead singer of the Rock band, “Gemini Head” and he is also Ursula’s ex and the father of her unborn baby. He is a rocker that dresses more like a member from Fall Out Boy.



Tara Angler: (Mid 20’s- Early 30’s). She is Ursula’s girlfriend and the owner of the LGBTQ nightclub/bar ‘Guilty Heart’.



Constable Wyatt: (late 40s-early 50’s). A silly, Sherlock Holmes type character that is the owner of his own Private Investigator firm. He isn’t a Constable at all but he wants people to refer to him as such.



Carlito Reyes: (early 20’s). The ex-best friend and self-proclaimed ‘rival of Samus’.



Diego Curtis: (late 20’s). He is a self-proclaimed Instagram model. Cruel, rude and thinks only with his penis unaware whose feelings he hurts along the way.



Frederick Nicker: (late 20’s). He is a frequent club goer but enjoys spending his down time playing Harry Potter online games.



Max Kerver: (early 20’s). He is a young Gay male who wants to have fun and live his life but he is caring for ailing mother and he isn’t able to do much socializing outside of the social apps on his phone.



GEO: (late 20’s- early 30’s). He is a gym rat and a painter on the side. If he is online he’s looking for a hookup and nothing more.



Raphael Anoz: (mid 30’s). He is the former contestant of the first ever Gay reality show Finding My Prince. He is a good looking man but sadly he cannot read or write and he’s just famous more for his looks.



Daniel: (mid 20’s). He is the waiter at the local café Samus often frequents. He enjoys talking to Samus because he has a huge crush on him. Doesn’t like Dylan.



Ramos: (mid 30’s). He is a hopeless romantic hoping to find his Mr. Right.



Female Reporter: She is just heard.



Max’s Mother: She is just heard.



Aubrey: (late 20’s) She is a mysterious woman that has a few secrets of her own.



Thomas Redfield: (Late 20’s). An active gaymer with very bad manners and no self-awareness of his behavior. He is from Season 1, Episode 4.



Vivian: (Late 50’s). A Southern Belle that is excited to work for Misfits of NYC.





EPISODE 4- “DON’T SPEAK”

FADE IN:

INT-DYLAN’S APARTMENT- THE NEXT MORNING



We enter DYLAN’s bedroom to find him sleeping alone on his bed. He slowly opens his eyes and sits up on the bed stretching his limbs slowly while the V.O plays.





DYLAN (V.O)

Have you ever woke up one day and question everything in your life? Question whether the people currently in your social circle are there permanently or just fillers for the real people you’re destined to meet somewhere down the road?

Do you ever find yourself questioning the things you do in your life? Like whether you took the right path in that fork in the road?







DYLAN takes off the blanket revealing his underwear and he gets off the bed. We watch as he walks over to the bathroom.







DYLAN (V.O) (CONT’D)

But those questions are meaningless and it’s too late to ask the Universe for a sign-







We watch as he enters the bathroom and closes the door behind him. We pan over to his dresser and look at the black handgun lying on top of it.







DYLAN (V.O) (CONT’D)

-Because we already know the answer and what we must do.







CUTS TO:

INT-URSULA’S APARTMENT BUILDING- MORNING (A FEW SECONDS LATER)



SAMUS walks down the hallway in a hurry and he approaches an apartment door. He knocks on it three times. After a few seconds the door opens and KYLE is seen standing in the doorway with a look of concern on his face.









SAMUS

I am so sorry Kyle.





SAMUS hugs KYLE tightly showing him the emotional support he needed.





KYLE

Thanks man.





KYLE returns the hug doing his best not to shed a tear while hugging SAMUS.

SAMUS let’s go of KYLE and he enters the apartment.





SAMUS

(walks in a few feet and turns around to look at Kyle) How is she?



KYLE

(closes the apartment door and turns around to face Samus) She’s been strangely calm. She spent the whole night crying, even after we got home from the hospital and now she’s just in bed…calm.



SAMUS

Ursula is a strong woman. (beat) How are you?



KYLE

(shakes his head and puts his hands in his pockets) I-I honestly don’t know. A part of me is devastated but the other part is…relieved? I mean, I’m not relieved we lost the baby because that is horrible…I guess I’m relieved that Ursula came out healthy and okay…I-Is that a bad thing to say?



SAMUS

No it isn’t. You and Ursula grew up together. You guys were best friends way before I came onto the scene. The love you have for her is unconditional and that is understandable.



KYLE

(fights back tears) It just sucks that I won’t be able to hold the baby in my hands…teach him how to play a mean riff and--





KYLE stops speaking and he takes a deep sigh trying to compose himself-although it was hard to do considering the tragedy he just endured.





SAMUS

(rubs Kyle’s back) It’s going to be okay. You both will have a child when you’re both ready. I guess this was a test to see if you two truly belong together and from the looks of how emotional you are and the fact you’re still here-(smiles softly) I’d say you two truly are right for each other.



KYLE

(nods wiping his eyes) Thanks again man. (beat) She’s in the bedroom expecting you.





SAMUS nods his head, he walks into the bedroom, and he leaves KYLE by himself. KYLE sits down on the sofa and places his face in his hands.

We watch as SAMUS softly knocks on the bedroom door and opens it slowly.

URSULA is sitting upright on the bed reading a book. She looks over at SAMUS and smiles brightly- as if she hadn’t seen him in a long time.





URSULA

(cheerful) Hey Sam-Sam! How are you?



SAMUS

(completely thrown off by Ursula’s positive vibe) I-I’m fine hun. But I’m here to check on you. How are you feeling?



URSULA

I’m great Dahling. Well not great considering the events which unfolded yesterday…but nonetheless the sun is shining!



SAMUS

(enters the room and walks over to the bed. He sits on the edge and looks at Ursula) Um, hun. You don’t have to pretend you’re okay. It’s Samus remember?



URSULA

(smiles) I know who you are silly! As I said before I am fine. Now if you don’t mind, I need you to do something for me.



SAMUS

Sure, anything.



URSULA

(closes the book) Firstly, I need you to close the door. I don’t want Kyle to over hear this.





Still confused yet curious as to what URSULA is about to say, SAMUS gets off the bed and walks over to the door closing it softly and he returns to the bed.





SAMUS

Okay, what’s happening?



URSULA

After I lost the baby, I began to question whether it was Goddess punishing me for hurting Kyle when I was with Tara and then hurting Tara by being with Kyle.



SAMUS

Don’t say that. Your Goddess would never do something like this-



URSULA

Oh it’s the truth Sam-Sam. If I hadn’t hurt Kyle before then maybe I would still be pregnant with a healthy baby.



SAMUS

You can’t honestly believe suffering a miscarriage was a penance from a Deity because you decided to love two people.



URSULA

Well it’s true! That’s why I need your help…I want you to use your investigative reporter skills to help me track down my mother.





SAMUS flinched a bit as if he was poked by something. Truth was, SAMUS knew all about URSULA’s past and the fact she wanted to find her mother after all these years was a shock to him.





SAMUS

Are you serious?



URSULA

Yes I am. My mother is out there and I need answers. Answers I know you can give me.



SAMUS

Look Urse, I’m not an Investigative Journalist. I write articles about Gay men trying to find themselves; I don’t know how much help I can be especially when it concerns irrational thinking.



URSULA

You think me looking for my mother is “irrational” thinking?



SAMUS

Honestly? Yes. Yes I do. (beat) Sweety, she abandoned you when you were two years old. The only people you knew were the Bextors who took care of you. Who showed you love. The last thing you want to do especially now, is reopen old wounds while you’re still healing from a fresh one.









URSULA

(shakes her head in frustration) So I should just stay here miserable while my mother is out there living her life probably with a new family, because you said so?



SAMUS

What? No. I-I didn’t mean it like that at all.



URSULA

That’s exactly how you meant it! I have known you long enough to know when you’re being this pretentious little ass! You’re just…jealous of me.



SAMUS

(chuckles in anger) Jealous?...Of you? What the hell are you talking about?



URSULA

Yeah, you’ve always were. You sat there and watched as I have fallen in love with two people and it took you to get bloody stabbed to find a man, whom let’s be clear, is hardly here.



SAMUS

That’s because he has a job. Unlike one of us. (beat) This is ridiculous. I’m not going to entertain this senseless bashing of me and my love life. Especially when you couldn’t even sit there and decide who you wanted to be with.



URSULA

That’s because I’m Bisexual, Samus! You do know what that means right? Or are you just like the rest of the Gay community who mocks us and pretends we don’t even exist?



SAMUS

You of all people know I am not like that! And really? Playing the Bisexual card? I don’t think you being a two timer qualifies you as being Bisexual. They’re trying to rise above that stereotype.



URSULA

(laughs shaking her head angrily) I find it pathetic how you’re quick to help your sad pathetic readers but not your own best friend find her mother.



SAMUS

Because this behavior you’re showing me right now is not normal behavior from you! I will not help you find your mother when you’re clearly still mourning your miscarriage.



URSULA

(angry yet still calm) Face the fact Samus. You don’t want me to find my mother because you’re still reeling from the fact yours was weak. So weak she locked herself in her bedroom and blew her brains out, while you sat in the living room watching Blue’s Clues.







The hurt was evident in SAMUS’ eyes. He rose up from the bed and shook his head slowly fighting internally with himself. He knew that URSULA was mourning. He also knew that she didn’t mean anything she was saying, but the words still hurt and they still cut deep.







SAMUS

I have dealt with a lot of stuff in my life…but I refuse to have you second guess my intentions. I’m trying to help you out here. And-



URSULA

(angrily) Help me?!...GET OUT! GET OUT NOW!





SAMUS looks down at his feet and he sighs. He turns around and opens the door exiting the room and closing the door behind him.

URSULA angrily hurls the book at the door and lies back in bed as her eyes tear up.





URSULA (CONT’D)

I don’t need him…I don’t need anyone.









CUTS TO:

SCENE II

INT-ETHAN’S OFFICE-DAY (MEANWHILE)



We watch as DYLAN approaches an office door opened ajar. He slowly knocks on it and opens it slowly.

Inside the office is ETHAN reading a sheet of paper. ETHAN looks up and spots DYLAN standing in the doorway giving him a smile.







DYLAN

Hey man!



ETHAN

Hey? (straightens his posture on the chair) What are you doing here? Is Samus okay?







DYLAN

(lowers his eyebrows and nods) Yeah, Yeah Samus is good. I actually stopped by because I feel like I owe you an explanation.



ETHAN

(shakes his head) It’s not necessary Dylan I-



DYLAN

No, I do. Please can I just have a few minutes?





ETHAN taps his fingers on his desk not entirely sure what DYLAN had to say, but he was a bit nervous to know what it was.

ETHAN lets out a sigh and points to an empty chair that was in front of his desk.

DYLAN nods and he enters the office closing the door behind him.

We watch as DYLAN sits on the chair and starts to explain everything to ETHAN inaudibly as the V.O plays.





DYLAN (V.O)

Lies are burdens that are heavier than the sacks of toys Santa Claus slings over his shoulders for Christmas.

We can ease the heavy load by emptying the metaphorical bag and simply come clean telling the truth.

We cannot control how the other person will react; all we can do is hope for the best. Unfortunately, in my case, I was trying to cover my tracks by telling Ethan the truth.

I know it isn’t the same as telling Samus, but I just wanted to make sure that I was the one that got that chance to tell him before Ethan.





After the V.O, ETHAN leans back on the chair trying to analyze everything DYLAN just confided to him.





DYLAN

So you see why I had to come down here as quickly as possible?



ETHAN

(nods) I do and from what you’ve told me it’s a tough cross to bear.



DYLAN

Exactly! And that’s why I had to tell you the truth…Did you happen to tell Samus anything about me and Aubrey?



ETHAN

(pauses for dramatic effect) No. Of course not. I’m the last person Samus would want to hear from, unless of course I end up dead somewhere.





DYLAN

(sighs in relief) Oh thank God! (pauses and realizes that his sigh of relief could’ve sounded like an insult to Ethan) Oh! Not about you being dead…that’s sad. But Thank God that you didn’t tell him anything.



ETHAN

Yeah well...I did it to myself. He hates me and I must live with it. As for your secret, no I didn’t tell Samus or anyone else. (pauses and slowly) But-



DYLAN

But? Why is there always a ‘but’ in these things?





DISSOLVES TO:

INT- A NYC CITY CAFÉ- CONTINUING



SAMUS pulls open the door trying to calm down from his argument with URSULA.

We watch as DANIEL hands a customer a cup of water and he spots SAMUS and smiles brightly.





DANIEL

(approaches Samus) Hey you. You want the usual?



SAMUS

Yes please. Just double the-no triple, the chocolate, pack on the whip cream and quadruple the sugar. (sighs) It’s one of those days.



DANIEL

(pouts) So he told you about the cheating? (shakes his head) For what it’s worth you deserve a whole lot better than him anyways.





SAMUS is taken aback by DANIEL’s words and he lowers his eyebrows staring at him in confusion.





SAMUS

(slowly) What are you talking about?







CUTS BACK TO:

DYLAN and ETHAN are still in the office.

DYLAN was sitting on the edge of his seat waiting to hear what ETHAN was going to tell him.







ETHAN

There’s this waiter that works at the café. He always had a thing for Samus- it was nauseating and at times insulting to think some guy who gets paid in tips could compete with me.





DYLAN clears his throat signaling for ETHAN to stay on track and continue on with the conversation.

ETHAN understands the gesture and he continues on.





ETHAN (CONT’D)

Right. Well before I left the café, Daniel- that’s the poor saps name- was glaring through the window at you and Aubrey like a housewife watching a colored kid pass through her suburban neighborhood.



DYLAN

(nervously) You don’t think Samus would run into him?



ETHAN

Only if Samus goes to the café. Which let’s be honest he’ll be there. It’s like his own Central Perk. I always told him to switch it up to avoid stalkers…which clearly was a waste of time considering…Well you know.



DYLAN

Shit!





DYLAN gets up from the seat, opens the office door and runs out of the office leaving ETHAN by himself and shaking his head.





ETHAN

(calls out) Good luck man!







CUTS TO:

EXT-NYC STREET- CONTINUING



We watch as DYLAN runs frantically down the street as the V.O plays.



DYLAN (V.O)

People have said that words are the most powerful weapon unimaginable to man. We can use our words to hurt someone or make them feel better.-





DYLAN opens the café door and he enters quickly walking over to the counter where DANIEL is standing behind. He looks at the name tag on his shirt and quickly realizes that the man is DANIEL.





DYLAN

(panting and trying to catch his breath)

You! Y-you’re Daniel right?



DANIEL

(looks at Dylan smirking)

Ah looky who wandered in, it’s Cheater McCheater.



DYLAN

Have you seen Samus?



DANIEL

Not that it’s any of your business but yes I have.



DYLAN

Please, please tell me you didn’t tell him what you saw last night.



DANIEL

(smirks) Ooops, was I not supposed to?





DANIEL walks away laughing and DYLAN rubs his forehead in both frustration and anger.





DYLAN (V.O)

Do you know what’s more powerful than our words?







DYLAN turns around and he freezes in shock as he sees SAMUS standing a few feet away from him. There was a look of hurt and sadness in SAMUS’ eyes.

DYLAN shakes his head softly showing how remorseful he was.







DYLAN

Samus, I can explain.





SAMUS says nothing and he throws his drink at DYLAN’s face and storms out of the café angrily.





DYLAN (V.O)

Silence. Silence is a very powerful and deadly weapon.







DANIEL

(leans against the counter)

I’m not cleaning that up.





DYLAN glares at DANIEL.







CUTS TO:

INT-SAMUS’S APARTMENT- A FEW MINUTES LATER



We watch as SAMUS opens his apartment door and storms in angrily. He closes the door but DYLAN quickly swoops in and stops it from closing and he enters.





DYLAN

Samus, please just talk to me.



SAMUS

(turns around)

Engaged?! Not only engaged, oh not that would be waaaay too simple. No, you’re actually engaged to a woman!



DYLAN

(enters the apartment closing the door behind him)

Samus please just let me explain. I didn’t-



SAMUS

Was I an experiment? A sick and twisted experiment to test your sexuality before you tie the knot? Huh? Was I forbidden fruit?



DYLAN

No it was never like that Samus. YES I lied to you about a few things but I never meant for you to find out like this…(mumbles) Or for you to find out at all.





SAMUS hears the comment and looks around the room causing DYLAN to lower his eyebrows at him.





DYLAN (CONT’D)

What are you looking for?



SAMUS

A blunt object to throw at you.



DYLAN

Please just listen. (takes a deep breath) I-I’m not Dylan Bregar. My real name is Marco DeLuca and I’ve been undercover for months.



SAMUS

Wait. You’re telling me that for the past two months where we’ve been making out on that (points to the couch)- couch, that you were faking it this whole time?





DYLAN nods regretfully.





DYLAN

Kind of.



SAMUS

(laughs nervously)

I don’t even know what to say. I don’t think I watched that episode of Scooby Doo, where Shaggy and the gang pretend to be Gay.



DYLAN

This isn’t a joke, Samus! My cover may have been blown and I didn’t expect anything like this to happen.



SAMUS

I don’t understand. What the hell are you investigating?- (he lets out a gasp) Are you investigating me?



DYLAN

Yes. (beat) I have reasons to believe that you are the Hookup Killer.





SAMUS stares at him in disbelief and he runs his fingers through his own hair.





SAMUS

(sighs) Ofcourse.











BLACK











END OF EPISODE 4.








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