INT. PHOENIX COMICON - CONVENTION CENTER
WRAY rushes off of a makeshift stage. He is physically
drained from a rousing Q & A session with Spectrum fans.
BOBBY is waiting in the wing holding Wray’s cell phone.
Hey, that’s my phone. How did you
He checks his pants pockets.
You know they don’t want you to
have it during the Spectrum Q & A.
That’s a suggestion. Now I’m
feeling a bit violated.
He snatches the phone from her.
Jack Moore is on the line.
You called Jack?
I knew he was going to be here
Why did you? How? (Putting the
phone up to his ear.) Hello,
Uh, oh. What do you want me to do?
What do you mean?
You’re using your “I need you to
do something for me” voice.
I am not. This is my normal
So you don’t need anything from
It’s for the children.
I don’t like kids.
He says this overly loud and comicon patrons stare at him
I mean, of course I like kids, I
just don’t have any kids, to like.
(Exasperated and back to the
phone.) What do you need?
I need you to sit in for me at the
Kids Need to Read Charity Poker
Tournament. I’m on my way, but
I’m going to be late. And
coincidentally, it’s in the room
right next to the Q & A you just
Convenient. This sounds somewhat
Wray looks at Bobby who looks away nonchalantly.
Thanks buddy. It’s for the
You keep saying that. I don’t
even know how to play poker.
It’s okay. Take my seat. Lose
your chips quickly and then duck
out. I do it all the time.
Smile, wave, leave.
(Heavy sigh.) Okay fine.
I knew I could count on you. See
Wray hangs up and puts his phone in his pants pocket. He
turns to Bobby.
I’m just a big sap.
Bobby doesn’t say anything. She just turns Wray around
and pushes him through another doorway.
INT. KIDS NEED TO READ CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT
Wray steps into the room. There is a partition next to
another make shift stage at the end of a long conference
room. The HOST is waiting there.
Wray peeks through the partition. The room is full of
comicon attendees sitting at many round poker tables
scattered though out the large room.
No children can be seen.
Welcome Mr. Nerely. It’s generous
of you to join us this evening.
Is Jack with you?
He’s running late. He asked me to
take his seat.
Oh, that’s too bad.
Don’t sound so disappointed.
He’ll be here later on.
(More upbeat now.) Oh, great
Where are all the children?
The Host laughs. Bobby joins in. Wray follows suit
It’s a charity poker tournament
for the children, not a poker
tournament with the children.
(Laughing louder.) Of course.
The Host hands Wray a paper.
Here are some instructions and
your seat assignments.
Bobby leans in to see the paper. He keeps it away from
her and tries to stare her down. When he turns back to
his paper, it’s gone. He’s no longer holding it. He
turns back to find Bobby reading it.
Oh good. You may have your phone
at the table with you.
She hands him his phone.
What? Again? How do you keep
He checks all of his pants pockets again.
He snatches the phone and puts it into his shirt pocket
I’ll introduce you and then you
can take your seat.
Is it possible for me to just say
a few words and then duck out?
Jack would never “duck out”. He
committed to playing in the
But he’s not here.
But you’re taking his place.
I don’t even know how to play
Please do the best that you can.
And remember, it’s for the
As I’ve been told.
The Host goes to the mic and the crowd goes quiet.
Ladies and gentlemen, zombies and
superheroes, welcome to the
Phoenix Comicon’s 10th Annual Kids
Need to Read Charity Poker
The crowd claps enthusiastically.
I’d like to introduce our special
guest tonight from Spectrum...
The audience hoops and hollars.
Wray steps out from behind the partition and waves. The
crowd goes flat.
Wray will be sitting in for Jack,
but I’ve been assured that Jack
will be here later on.
The crowd responds enthusiastically.
Wray checks his paper and heads to his seat. Bobby
What am I doing? They don’t even
really want me here.
Of course they want you here.
They just prefer Jack. Who
Thank you for that.
Just lose quickly.
And how do I do that?
Push all your chips in and say,
All in what?
No, just all in.
Bobby leaves him.
Wray finds his seat between two large WOMEN. There is
very little room left for him. He tries to squeeze in.
Both women are more masculine than Wray.
I don’t think so muchacho.
This seat is reserved for Jack
I’m Wray Nerely.
We know who you are. Love your
work, but this seat’s for Jack.
You’re awesome. Now move on.
Wow, I’ve never experienced such
hostile adoration. I’m sitting in
He asked for me to sit in for him.
We paid good money for these
We donated $500.00
It’s for the children!?!
I’m tempted to ask for half my
Wray squeezes in.
At least sitting by me is worth
Wray pushes his chips forward.
I’m all in.
We haven’t started yet.
He pulls the stacks back in front of him.
Pat and Marge are not laughing.
Wray looks around the table. There is a ZOMBIE, a
KLINGON, a SUPERHERO, and an ANIME CHARACTER with a huge
Directly across the table sits a COWBOY.
What are you dressed as? Space
Are you makin’ fun of how I dress?
I’m not here for your little
Comicon! And I don’t care about
your children’s charity. I’m here
for one thing and one thing only.
The poker. And to win, of course.
That’s two things.
So don’t get to attached to your
chips, sunshine. They’re mine!
You can have them.
That’s right! I will own them.
And yours, and yours, and yours...
Cowboy points around the table.
Yeah, yeah, yeah. We get it.
They’re all yours. We’re all very
I’m just saying.
Don’t let him get in your head.
He’s all bravado.
Cowboy pulls out a little chip and holds it up for all to
Does this look like bravado?
What is it?
Last years champion token.
I won last years poker tournament.
So, now you know that I mean it
when I say that I’m going to be
taking all of your chips.
You can have them.
I mean it.
So do I.
Do you smell that?
The table moans.
A bell suddenly sounds.
The tournament begins now. Good
luck. We have a very special gift
for tonight’s champion.
The DEALER deals out two cards per person at the table.
Did you hear that? I’ll get a
Thank you, we heard.
I just don’t want you to forget...
I’m taking your chips, and yours,
This is going to be a long night!
Bet to you Mr. Nerely.
Me? Can I go all in now?
Do you want to look at your cards
Okay, then you can place your bet.
Wray pushes all of his chips forward.
All chips in.
That shut up Cowboy!
Everyone folds to Cowboy.
What’s your deal actor man?
What? Me? I’m giving you my
You’re going in blind?
I have no idea what you just said.
I think he’s scared.
I ain’t scared. Okay, I’ll be
Don’t worry, that’s good.
Cowboy pushes all in.
Everyone else at the table folds.
Do you want to go face up? It’s
just the two of you now.
Just show us the board.
The Dealer motions to Wray who shrugs. The Dealer flips
three cards, an ace, three, and seven.
He burns a card and then flips another card, a three.
Then he burns another card and flips the final card, an
Two aces showing.
The Cowboy fidgets nervously.
Wray just sits there looking around. He has no idea
what’s going on.
Gentlemen, please flip your cards.
They both flip their cards at the same time. Cowboy has
a three and a king.
Wray has two aces.
The Cowboy freezes in total shock.
(Acting upset) Oh man, I just
lost didn’t I? Oh well, good
He begins to stand.
Pocket rockets to four of a kind.
I’ve never seen anything like it.
The cowboy bursts out crying. Gasping sobs. He runs
Wray is mortified.
The Dealer pushes the pot to Wray.
What just happened?
That was awesome! You made that
I take it back. That was worth
every penny I paid for this seat.
Pat and Marge are totally impressed now. They make room
for Wray to sit back down more comfortably.
Wray realizes that he’s still in the game and miserably
starts stacking his chips.
The girls smile and he weakly smiles back.
INT. MONTAGUE - SAME
The evening progresses. Wray’s chip stacks continue to
He gets more miserable as the night goes on.
INT. KIDS NEED TO READ CHARITY POKER TOURNAMENT - LATER
Jack enters a near empty hall.
Wray and the Host sit alone at the final table.
I’m here. Where is everyone?
They stand to greet him.
The tournament is over.
Where’s the champion?
The winner of the Phoenix
Comicon’s 10th Annual Kids Need to
Read Charity Poker Tournament
is... Wray Nerely.
Wray waves unenthusiastically.
What? I told you to lose.
Nice of you to bring in a ringer.
Early on he became the chip leader
and preceded to bully the other
I did not.
I thought you didn’t know how to
I didn’t. I don’t.
Then how did you...
I’m tired and just want to go
home. (To Host) You mentioned a
Ah yes, you get this special first
place chip and a photo with Jack
A photo with Jack?
Jack smiles. The Host gets his camera ready.
Plus a free seat in next years
No thank you.
As this years winner, you’re
expected to return to defend your
title. It’s kind of an
Just keeps getting better.
WRAY & JACK
It’s for the children!
The flash goes off, as the photo is taken.