ESTABLISH SHOT: BEAU MONDE OF PETERSBURG
INT. BEAU MONDE - DAY
TRAVIS, twenty eight, enters an atrium like area from his office. A RECEPTIONIST sits at a desk near the entrance. Around the theatrium are arched entrances to various sections, variously labeled: DIET, SALON, DANCERCIZE, MODELING, PHOTOGRAPHY.
Travis enters the salon. There are various beauty supplies displayed in the aisle, all marked Beau Monde. As he enters,one of the BEAUTY OPERATORS catches his eye. They discreetly smile at each other as if each has a secret.
Travis wiggles his eyebrows suggestively, then checks the register tape and moves on.Anything I can help you with, Travis?OPERATOR
Travis enters the fitness area. A table in the walkway features exercise products, all with the name Beau Monde on them. He looks through the glass view window at the dancercize class. One of the female exercisers and he share a secretive smile. He moves on.
Travis enters the Modeling area. Tables feature portfolios and beauty products, all with Beau Monde's name on them. A male model is walking the runway and posing for pictures. A female model is sitting on the sidelines, waiting. She notices Travis, and the two share a secret smile. He winks and moves on.
Travis enters the atrium walking toward his office. A MAN waits in the reception area. Seeing Travis, he quickly walks after him, looking angry. He nails Travis at his office door, grabs him by the lapel and jerks him inside.
I oughta kill you!ANGRY MAN
Calm down! I don't know you.TRAVIS
You've been fucking my wife!ANGRY MAN
The man opens his wallet and shows Travis a picture.I never go out with married women.TRAVIS
The man grabs him by the lapels again and slams him against the door. Travis' head hits the door with a THUD.She's married?TRAVIS
He punches Travis in the stomach, lets him go and walks away. Travis folds and sits down, rubbing his head and clutching his stomach.You touch her again, I'm going toANGRY MAN
INT. TRAVIS' BEAU MONDE MEETING ROOM - DAY
Three reps, PHIL, JEANETTE and SHERRY, are sitting around the conference table, talking low, angrily. Travis enters.
Hi, everyone! Great news for sales!TRAVIS
Where is Linda?SHERRY
Everyone remains standing except Jeanette.She's.... just late, she'll be hereTRAVIS
She told me she was going to quit.JEANETTE
Yeah, she told me the same thing.
Fantastic news! We have a newTRAVIS
Who is going to work for Linda?SHERRY
We'll work that out if she doesn'tTRAVIS
She isn't coming, she went to workPHIL
Are you sure?TRAVISI dropped her off.PHIL
Who is going to fill in for her?SHERRYWe'll just have to do make do untilTRAVIS
Sherry leaves.Yeah, you can hire them, but youSHERRY
Phil leaves. Travis looks at Jeanette.So that leaves us working eightyPHIL
Hey, I got a family. Don't evenJEANETTE
ESTABLISH SHOT: PETERSBURG DAILY NEWS
INT. NEWSPAPER OFFICE - DAY
Travis enters the Advertising Department and goes directly to the sales desk. SHIRLEY is sitting and talking on the phone. She looks up at him, smiles, and holds up one finger. She winds up her conversation and hangs up. Travis enters the cubicle.
Back already? Business must beSHIRLEY
Shirley looks in a file and pulls out two ads.Or busting. I need to run my adsTRAVIS
Travis nods.These two?SHIRLEY
Make this help wanted ad aboutTRAVIS
I can make the ad bigger, but itSHIRLEY
OK, I'll call you with more B.S.TRAVIS
We have new ads for selling perfume,SHIRLEY
Better off dead meat.TRAVIS
INT. GINA'S OFFICE - DAYMaybe we can bring you better luckSHIRLEY
Gina is sitting behind her desk typing into a notebook computer.
Gina?INTERCOM (V.O.)Yes?GINATravis is here.INTERCOM(V.O.)
Travis appears in the doorway. Gina rises and walks to meet him, beaming, expansive. Gina closes the door after him and shows Travis to a seat.Send him in.GINA
You wanted to see me?TRAVISI'm screening for a new position.GINA
Gina dials her phone.We're going to start introducingGINA
I've sold to corporations.TRAVIS
Margo, I have a candidate, can weGINA
Travis shakes his head.
Travis nods.You'll be seen in every kind ofGINA
Travis, hiding his unease, checks his watch, and counters.We would like to see your physique,GINA (Cont.)
Gina rises.Why don't we go to lunch and talkTRAVIS
What size briefs do you wear?GINA
Gina pulls a package of briefs from a drawer and holds them up.Thirty two. Why?TRAVIS
Gina pulls him from the chair and pushes him toward the door.Look, I -TRAVIS
INT. MARGO'S EXAMINATION ROOM - DAYC'mon, dragging your feet makes life a drag.GINA
Margo and TRACY are sitting, waiting. Gina and Travis enter.
Travis Waves to Tracy.Hi, Margo.TRAVIS
You know Margo Beauchesne, ourGINA
Cosmetologist, Doctor of everything.TRAVIS
Gina points Travis to a screened area and holds out the briefs.And this is Margo's new assistant,GINA
I don't see why I have to goTRAVIS (O.S.)
This is the only opportunity forMARGO
I pose in my own club, you know.TRAVIS
Kenrick's rules. We need to makeGINA
If it was a female candidate, you would beTRACY
MARGO(Teasing)We look for proportion and muscle
I think I've seen that in our ads.TRAVIS
A man comes out from behind the screen in posing briefs. The three women share a smile between themselves and Travis. Travis breathes a sigh of relief.Your body is our best advertising.GINA
They turn their attention to the man and look at him from different angles.
Gina roughs his hair. Shakes her head.What do you think?GINASomething isn't right.MARGO
Hair needs styled.GINA
The man flexes his leg.Nice pecs, muscular, not flabby.TRACY
The man does and Margo shakes her head.Well proportioned, not excessivelyMARGO
Still not right.MARGO
The man thrusts his hips slightly forward, at first awkwardly, then more confidently. Gina observes from the side.You're standing there like aTRACY
Gina, Margo, and Tracy shake their head. Travis grabs the posing briefs from Gina and begins taking off his shirt. Tracy comes forward with a bottle of liquid makeup and starts smearing it over his face, neck, chest and hands. He smiles at her as she does so, and she tries to stay professional, but responds.That's it. That's the physique weGINA
INT. PHOTO STUDIO - DAY
A photographer, FRED, is just finishing a shoot with a female MODEL on an exercise machine. Gina, Travis and Tracy enter. Travis has redressed in his suit.
Fred turns to Gina, wary of her.Don't open your legs so wide, weFRED
Gina nods.This lady is going to sell equipment.FRED (Cont.)
Gina shakes her head no. Fred shrugs.I've been shooting all morning,FRED (Cont.)
I'll send for lunch, Fred.GINA
Travis hesitantly walks on stage, after a moment he tries a couple of poses. Fred doesn't click the camera.OK, Travis, get out there, keep yourFRED(Enthusiasm is history)
Travis does that and Fred snaps a couple of shots.OK, take off your coat, dangle itFRED
This isn't working.FRED (Cont.)
Gina enters the stage.I'll help.GINA
Travis visibly straightens.Posture is everything, club manager.GINA (Cont.)
They trek around the stage a few times. Gina pantomimes slow motion and Travis follows her lead. Fred gets several shots. They quit and Tracy hands him a silk shirt with an open front. He puts it on.OK, Travis, chase me around theGINA (Cont.)
INT. GINA'S OFFICE - DAYOK, back to center. Stand upGINA
Gina is standing behind her desk, Travis is seated in front.
What do you think?GINA
I already know what working forTRAVIS
Gina walks around the desk as if to shake his hand, but instead takes his face in her hands and looks directly into his eyes.I feel real good about you, I'mGINA
She shakes his hand. Travis walks toward the door.We're going to work very closely.GINA (Cont.)
Who were you thinking about whenGINA
TRAVIS(Beat)I can't lie, so.... better just to
Don't start that. Let's keepGINA
Gina thoughtfully watches him leave.TRAVIS(Sighs)The reason for the seductive
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