Love is Like a Vending Machine
Unable to comprehend this philosophy, he approaches a vending machine to see if it could be true, but will love blossom?SCENE 1INT.
PSYCHIATRISTS OFFICE.29 YEAR OLD CHRIS IS MEETING WITH HIS PSYCHIATRIST.
BOTH ARE DRESSED SMARTLY.
THE PSYCHIATRIST IS SAT BEHIND HIS DESK, OPPOSITE HIS PATIENT. PsychiatristDon’t worry, we all have these anxieties from time to time.
It’s human nature. ChrisI know, but all I want is to be loved.
What if no one ever loves me? PsychiatristThat is something you don’t need to worry about.
There is someone out there for everybody, but for some people it takes longer for them to find that someone.
You just have to be patient. ChrisBut I’ve been waiting patiently for so long.
I’m thirty next month, and I’ve never even been kissed! There has to be something wrong with me! PsychiatristThe only thing that is wrong with you is that attitude.
It won’t get you anywhere. ChrisWell what am I supposed to think? PsychiatristWell
Think of it this way; when you want a drink, and you choose to purchase a drink from a vending machine, you have to put your money in and press the right buttons to get out of it what you desire.
It's not just going to give you that drink.
It’s the same with love; you have to go out there and find a vending machine, put in your money and press those buttons ChrisRight PsychiatristWell, our time is up for this session.
I’ll see you same time next week.
Good luck.CHRIS AND THE PSYCHIATRIST SHAKE HANDS AND CHRIS LEAVES THE ROOM.
HE WALKS INTO THE WAITING ROOM. ChrisLove’s like a vending machine! Ha! The guy’s a joke!CHRIS NOTICES A VENDING MACHINE IN THE CORNER OF THE WAITING ROOM.
LOOKING AROUND, HE SEES THAT THERE IS NO ONE ELSE IN THE ROOM, SO HE APPORACHES THE VENDING MACHINE.
HE HESITATES, LOOKING VERY UNCOMFORTABLE.
ENTER NICOLA FROM BEHIND HIM, SILENTLY.
SHE IS A PRETTY WOMAN, IN HER LATE TWENTIES. ChrisHi! I’m Chris
PAUSE. ChrisThat's a nice colour on you, picks out your eyes NicolaAre you getting anything?CHRIS TURNS AROUND SHARPLY IN SURPRISE. ChrisUm
Hi! I was just, um
NicolaTalking to a vending machine ChrisI was fixing it
I work here. NicolaReally? Oh, how come I’ve never seen you in any staff meetings? ChrisBecause, I NicolaBecause you’re a patient here ChrisUm
What makes you think that? NicolaYou were talking to a vending machine.
That’s always a bit of a giveaway.
Don't be embarrassed by it.
I am a patient too. ChrisYou are? But you just NicolaI just lied, because I wanted to see you try to explain why you were making a move on a vending machine. ChrisOh, right
I am trying to overcome my shyness, so I was just practicing stating conversations. NicolaOK, but don't you think you'd have more luck if you practiced on something that could talk back? ChrisUm, yeah I guess I would
Can I get you a drink? NicolaDiet coke pleaseCHRIS PUTS A COIN INTO THE MACHINE AND SELECTS A DIET COKE.
IT POPS OUT AND CHRIS HANDS IT OVER TO NICOLA.
AS HE DOES SO, THEIR HANDS TOUCH. NicolaThank you ChrisIt’s a pleasure.THEY LOOK INTO EACH OTHER’S EYES. NicolaI’m Nicola. ChrisHi! My name is NicolaChris, I know, I heard you telling the vending machineFADE OUT.