INT. EARL'S HOUSE - THAT MOMENT
The DOGS go crazy barking. Phil walks away from Earl and answers the door. Frank standing there. Phil looks a bit surprised and fumbles a moment...They stand in doorway and speak very quietly;
PHIL Hello. Frank. Frank TJ Mackey.
FRANK ...are you Phil...?
PHIL Yeah. I was trying to get in touch with you. We got disconnected.
FRANK I got your message. That you were trying to get me -- right?
PHIL Yes. I didn't know how to find you. Earl asked me, so I looked through the address books and there was no number, nothing --
FRANK Is Linda here?
PHIL She's not here, she went out. I'm sorry. This is all just so, I don't know what, what to do -- your Dad asked me to try and track you down. To get you and I did, I called the number -- Do you wanna come in?
FRANK Yeah let's...maybe just stand.
PHIL These Dogs'll calm down -- you just have to come in --
He steps in the door and the dogs start to settle down a bit.
PHIL He's in here.
FRANK Let's just wait one minute and stay here, okay?
BEAT. They stand in the foyer and the dogs eventually calm down and go away. BEAT.
FRANK How long have you taken care of him?
PHIL For six months. I'm the day nurse...
FRANK Uh-huh. What's going on?
PHIL He's...I'm sorry...so sorry...I've seen this before, you know and you don't.... He's going very fast....Frank...um....
FRANK Is he in pain?
PHIL I just...he was...but I gave him, I just had to give him a small dose of liquid morphine. He hasn't been able to swallow the morphine pills so we now, I just had to go to the liquid morphine... For the pain, you understand?
BEAT. Silence, then:
FRANK How long...you think?
PHIL Um...soon tonight...I think, yes? Tomorrow...I mean...very soon...very...
FRANK When did he go off chemo?
PHIL About three weeks ago.
FRANK .....have you ever seen this..I mean, never mind, you said --
PHIL I work as a nurse, for a profession --
FRANK Uh. huh.
PHIL I'm really sorry.
FRANK He's in here --?
Phil starts to guide him, Frank holds him back.
FRANK No, let's just wait one minute, let's just stand here one minute or so --
BEAT. They stand. HOLD.
PHIL I've heard your tapes on the phone.
FRANK Oh yeah.
PHIL When they put me on hold, to talk to you...they play the tapes. I mean: I'd seen the commercials and heard about you, but I'd never heard the tapes ....
FRANK Uh. huh.
PHIL It's interesting.
Long pause. Then: