Okay, I've put this off long enough. I wanted to release this all at once, but it's getting large and unwieldy and I'm being lazy about finishing it, so I've finally decided to release in chunks. This was intended as my first (well, second or third, maybe) and last word about Gundam 00 in this format, so I wanted it all done in one installment. But, I've put off finishing this monster off for too long and thusly...HERE!
(We open in the hallway of an apartment building. LASSE AEON, FELDT GRACE, and MILEINA VASHTI all stand outside a door, leaning against a wall, all looking bored. Finally, Lasse leans forward and moves towards the door.)
LASSE: Okay, I’m knocking again.
MILEINA: (Puffs out her cheeks) It’s RUDE to knock more than three times, Aeon-san.
LASSE: Since when?
MILEINA: (Wags her finger) It’s just good manners.
LASSE: Says who?
MILEINA: (To Feldt) “Says who”, he says. It’s common sense!
LASSE: What? Please. I’m going to knock again.
MILEINA: Only do so if you’re comfortable being seen as boorish and uncouth.
LASSE: (Not swayed) I reckon I am. And those two words mean the same thing.
MILEINA: Fine then! But we should at least gently warn Ms. Sumeragi that we’re going to knock again!
LASSE: Hugggh, fine. I’ll-
MILEINA: (Flails wildly) No-no-no! Not you! Someone with a gentler voice, like Feldt!
LASSE: Feldt doesn’t talk.
FELDT: Yes I do. I’m just quiet. Being quiet does not mean I don’t talk.
MILEINA: (Mutters) Yeah, stupid.
LASSE: I’m not the one who wears a mini-skirt in zero-g.
MILEINA: Oh, you know you love it.
LASSE: I am legally obligated to say that no, I do not love it.
MILEINA: So love it.
(Lasse rolls his eyes and looks to Feldt.)
LASSE: Feldt, why don’t YOU wear a mini-skirt?
FELDT: Because I’m not fourteen anymore.
LASSE: (Sighs) God…DAMMIT, Japan.
MILEINA: (Excitedly) Oh! Here comes Mr. Katagiri! He probably has a key!
FELDT: (Looks down the hall) Who’s that he’s brought with him?
(We see BILLY KATAGIRI walking down the hall towards them. Behind him is a blond man with a distinct burn scar covering half his face- GRAHAM AKER.)
BILLY: (Waves) Oh, hello. You guys beat us here.
GRAHAM: (Narrows eyes) Yes, it ill-becomes us to come in second, Katagiri.
BILLY: (Sighs) Shut up.
(Mileina and Feldt produce friendly smiles for Billy, but Lasse just eyes him and Graham suspiciously.)
FELDT: Good day, Mr. Katagiri.
BILLY: (Pleasantly) Hello, Feldt. Mileina. Uh…
(Billy looks to Lasse, but can’t seem to remember his name.)
BILLY: (Tentatively) Laaaaaaaa….
BILLY: Lasse! Yes, that was it! How are you?
(Billy extends his hand, but Lasse ignores it and looks past Billy to Graham.)
LASSE: What’s HE doing here?
(Billy pushes his glasses up awkwardly.)
BILLY: Oh, he’s invited too.
LASSE: I find THAT hard to believe.
GRAHAM: (Smirks and closes his eyes) I was simply destined to appear at this time and place. It was fate.
LASSE: Yah-huh. (Looks to Billy) Anyhoo, we were hoping you had a key to Sumeragi’s apartment.
BILLY: (Annoyed) No. I don’t.
LASSE: (Smugly) Oh YEAH. You guys aren’t “like that”. I should have remembered. How boorish and uncouth of me.
MILEINA: (Wags her finger) Those two words mean the same thing.
LASSE: Be quiet!
BILLY: Did you try knocking?
FELDT: Yes. We tried it several times. Upon the failure of the third time, we decided that a different approach was needed. (Hands Billy a datapad) It’s all here in this log.
(Lasse rolls up his sleeves.)
LASSE: Stand back! Time for a real man to show everyone how to solve problems!
(Lasse just rears back and kicks the door down. Mileina and Billy look aghast.)
BILLY: I hope you intend to fix that for her.
LASSE: (Shrugs) Meh.
(Everyone walks into Sumeragi’s apartment, looking around. Feldt sticks her head in a room.)
FELDT: She’s over here in the kitchen.
(Everyone walks into the kitchen. Beer and liquor bottles lie scattered on the floor. SUMERAGI LEE NORIEGA lies sprawled on her back across the kitchen table, Peter Griffin-style.)
SUMERAGI: (Looks up) Yo.
BILLY: (Sighs) Kujou, really. Are you drunk?
SUMERAGI: Nah. I’m just tired cuz’ I was up all night drinkin’.
BILLY: C’mon, we have to get going.
(Feldt and Mileina help Sumeragi up and move out of the kitchen with her.)
FELDT: We’ll get her presentable.
(The girls leave Billy, Lasse, and Graham in the kitchen.)
BILLY: So, the others are meeting us there?
LASSE: (Nods) Mileina’s parents already left early. But Setsuna and the others will be meeting up with-
(Graham suddenly looks up, staring at Lasse.)
GRAHAM: What did you just say?
BILLY: (Worried) Graham…
LASSE: (Confused) Mileina’s parents left early?
GRAHAM: No, after that.
LASSE: Setsuna and the others will-
GRAHAM: (His eyes go wide) Set…suna.
(Billy steps back a little, holding his hands up.)
BILLY: Graham, calm down.
GRAHAM: (Slowly) Setsuna…is…that young man…and that…young man…is…
BILLY: (Keeps stepping back) Oh Christ, here we go…
(Graham abruptly picks up a nearby chair and chucks it at Lasse.)
LASSE: (Barely ducks) WHA-??
GRAHAM: (Screams) GUNDAM!
(Graham turns and sweeps everything off a kitchen counter, spilling jars and utensils all over the floor.)
(As Billy and Lasse quickly move out of the way, Graham runs over to the refrigerator, opens it, and begins pulling everything out of it and onto the floor. He grabs a new carton of milk, BITES a hole in the top, then pours it over his head.)
GRAHAM: (Hollers) GUNNNNNNN-DAHHHHH-MUUUUUHHHH!!!!!
(With wild eyes, Graham looks to the ceiling, where he sees a fan. He jumps up and grabs hold of it, spinning around using his own momentum.)
GRAHAM: GUN. DAM. GUN! DAM!
(Graham lets go of the fan and just drops straight through the kitchen table, breaking it. He remains lying on his back on top of the split table, breathing hard, looking at the ceiling. Lasse and Billy carefully look down over him.)
GRAHAM: (Closes his eyes) Gundam.
BILLY: You done?
LASSE: Holy ZOINK, dude. You need help.
(Sumeragi, Feldt, and Mileina walk back into the kitchen.)
SUMERAGI: What the-?? What happened to my kitchen! Billy!
BILLY: (Defensively) I’m sorry, we’ll clean it up! Right, Graham?
(Graham suddenly springs up, milk dripping from his hair. He turns away from Billy and folds his arms.)
GRAHAM: (Defiantly) I have no interest!
BILLY: (Sighs) I hate being friends with you, I really, really do.
SUMERAGI: (Annoyed) You can clean it after, we’re late anyway.
LASSE: Let’s get a move on, then. Show can’t start without us.
FELDT: (Dourly) Yes it can. We’re just tertiary characters, really.
SUMERAGI: Hey, I’M a secondary. And maybe the idiot with milk-soaked hair is too.
GRAHAM: (Smirks, milk still dripping from his hair) I am secondary to NO one. I have surpassed even the Asura.
SUMERAGI: (Rolls eyes) Ah-huh. Let’s please go now, please.
(We cut to a massive auditorium-type area some time later. The place is packed with people, every seat filled. The lights dim, everyone gets quiet, the curtains pull back from the stage.)
ANNOUNCER: And now ladies and gentlemen, please direct your attention to the stage as I introduce our host for this evening‘s proceedings. He’s been called tenacious, cockroach-like, and even immortal, please give a warm welcome to- Mr. PATRICK COLASOUR-MANNEQUIN!
(The audience applauds as PATRICK walks on-stage, wearing a tuxedo and smiling broadly. He waves and blows kisses to the audience. Finally, the applause dies down and Patrick speaks into his microphone as a large TV screen slides down from above and behind him.)
PATRICK: Let me be the first to welcome you all…to the GUNDAM 00 SPECIAL AFTER-SERIES SPECIAL!
(The audience applauds again and Patrick steps aside as the TV screen starts playing a movie. The title appears on-screen as “GUNDAM 00 SPECIAL!” as the song “Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi” begins to play and a special opening sequence airs. It starts with several quick scenes showcasing the tragic pasts of the Gundam Meisters.)
(A scene of SETSUNA F. SEIEI fighting in Kurgis as a child soldier; he’s frightened and desperate, and fellow child soldiers are dying all around him.)
(A scene of LYLE DYLANDY as a child, looking in horror at the result of a terrorist bombing, and breaking into tears upon realizing his parents and little sister were in the midst of it.)
(A scene of ALLELUJAH HAPTISM as a child, brokenly sobbing amid the dead bodies of his fellow Super Soldier comrades, having just murdered them under the influence of HALLELUJAH.)
(A scene of TIERIA ERDE, floating naked in a tube, with his fellow Innovades in similar tubes beside him, waking to be awoken to fulfill their twisted purpose.)
(A scene of SAJI CROSSROAD as a child, licking some ice cream in a cone. He accidentally knocks the scoop of ice cream off and it falls to the ground. He looks down at it briefly, then breaks into tears.)
(Then we cut to a bunch of scenes featuring the Gundams killing hapless, slow-moving enemies in stylish ways.)
(Then we cut to a scene of KATHARON being largely useless and extraneous.)
(Then we cut to a montage of the major female characters in the show, all strong and independent and also looking vulnerable and in desperate need of a man (or Saji) to comfort them.)
(Then we cut to a montage of enemy aces from the show- Graham, Ali, Patrick, Sergei…and are reminded of how little most of them got to do in the second season.)
(The we cut to a montage of the Innovators (or -vades, really, but they don’t know that and no one’s gonna tell them because they’re a bunch of smug jerks) looking all androgynous and like a bunch of smug jerks.)
(As the opening credits continue to roll, we cut to backstage, where the stars of the show have gathered mostly. The Gundam Meisters- SETSUNA F. SEIEI, LYLE DYLANDY aka LOCKON STRATOS II, ALLELUJAH HAPTISM, and even TIERIA ERDE is present. Along with them are SAJI CROSSROAD, LOUISE HALEVY, and MARIE PARFACY. They all appear to be waiting for the remainder of their group. Allelujah is chatting with Tieria.)
ALLELUJAH: So you weren’t dead after all?
TIERIA: Well, yes, my physical body died.
ALLELUJAH: So you fixed it up?
TIERIA: (Clears throat awkwardly) No, not that one…it was…beyond repair. There was…an incident.
(Flashback to the final battle in the series. In VEDA’s chamber, Setsuna floats up to Tieria’s lifeless body.)
SETSUNA: Tieria Erde?
(Setsuna gasps when he sees that Tieria has expired and solemnly bows his head.)
SETSUNA: I will avenge you.
(Suddenly, Tieria’s disembodied voice emanates from somewhere.)
TIERIA’S VOICE : Don’t count me out just ye-
SETSUNA: (Startled) AH! ZOMBIE!
(Setsuna begins unloading his pistol into Tieria’s body.)
TIERIA’S VOICE: Setsuna! SETSUNA! STOP! I’m not- ! I’m in Veda!
(Setsuna keeps shooting Tieria’s corpse. We fade back to the present, where Tieria has an annoyed look on his face.)
ALLELUJAH: Oh, so you made a NEW body and left Veda just to come here today?
TIERIA: As far as you can understand it, yes. But I never leave Veda. I’m still there.
ALLELUJAH: (Confused) But you’re here now.
TIERIA: And there too. Like I said, it’s hard for humans to understand.
LYLE: (Speaks up) What’s so hard to understand? You’re in two places at once. We get it.
TIERIA: It isn’t as simple as that. My relationship with Veda allows me to-
LYLE: (Waves Tieria off) Yeah, yeah. We don’t wanna know about your “relationship” with Veda.
TIERIA: (Annoyed) You are still a disquieting man, Lyle Dylandy.
LYLE: It’s a defense mechanism to disguise how insecure and lonely I am. (Chuckles) Ha! Did I just say that out loud? Oh man, I am just a character! You never know what I’ll do or say next!
(Lyle looks over to Allelujah, who has retreated back next to Marie.)
LYLE: So! Any babies on the way yet, you two??
(Marie blushes crimson, Allelujah’s jaw drops and he awkwardly scratches his head.)
ALLELUJAH: (Clears throat) Erm, no. Not yet.
MARIE: (Shyly) We’re just…taking it slow. One day at a time.
LYLE: (Smirks) Goin’ with the flow, that’s what I like to hear. Good for you.
(Lyle looks over at Saji and Louise, who are quietly standing away from the others.)
LYLE: And what’ve you guys been up to since the end of the series?
SAJI: (Stammers) Well, erm, I and Louise…that is, Louise and I…we-
LYLE: (Interrupts) HA! Boring.
SAJI: Well, uh, I wouldn’t sa-
LOUISE: (Interrupts loudly) SAAAAAA-JI! This IS boring! And I’m tired of waiting! Make everyone get here faster so the show can start and we can go home!
SAJI: W-well, Louise, I don’t think it works that wa-
LOUISE: (Annoyed) Assert yourself! People respond to someone they respect! I don’t want to hear any of your excuses!
SAJI: But, Louise, I-
LOUISE: (Puts hands over ears) BLAH BLAH BLAH. “I’m Saji, everything’s about ME!” That’s all I ever hear! Don’t you ever consider MY feelings? What I want?
SAJI: (Meekly) If you’d just let me say tha-
LOUISE: (Interrupts) I swear, Saji, I can’t take much more of your lack of initiative! Do you WANT everyone to hate you??
SAJI: (Looks down) I’m sorry, Louise.
LOUISE: (Folds her arms and looks away) Don’t give me your feeble apologies! I already had milk and toast for breakfast!
(Lyle leans over to whisper to Setsuna as everyone else watches the spectacle.)
LYLE: Boy, I bet HE’S glad he got her back.
(Setsuna just turns and regards Lyle with a peculiar expression.)
SETSUNA: Why wouldn’t he be?
LYLE: Cuz…you see, the joke is…I was being…
(Lyle just regards Setsuna’s blank expression for a moment, then sighs.)
LYLE: Yeah, just…never mind. Oh! Someone’s here.
(The door opens and IAN and LINDA VASHTI enter the room and join the group.)
IAN: Ah! We beat the others here!
LINDA: (Smiles pleasantly) Yes, dear.
(Ian walks up and shakes Setsuna’s hand. Setsuna regards him with a blank expression.)
SETSUNA: Ian Vashti.
IAN: (Jokingly) Whoa, tone down the Trans-Am there, kid! It’s good to see you too.
(The others move in to greet the Vashtis.)
LYLE: Hey, we beat YOU guys here, Pops. You’re losing your rep as an old person.
IAN: (Mad) Hey! I woulda been here first, but traffic got in the way! Right, honey?
LINDA: (Smile pleasantly) Yes, dear.
ALLELUJAH: We’ve only got about ten minutes until we’re expected out there. Where are the others?
IAN: (Shrugs) Eh, they’ll be here. My daughter texted me a couple of minutes ago, said they had to get Sumeragi up to spec and then they were headed over.
SETSUNA: (Nods) That’s good. I look forward to seeing everyone again.
(Everyone looks at Setsuna with an odd expression. He narrows his eyes back at them.)
SETSUNA: (Growly) GUN-DAAAM.
(Everyone turns away, satisfied. Meanwhile, we cut back out to the main stage, where the opening credits wrap up and Patrick returns to the fore, applauding with the crowd.)
PATRICK: That was just great, wasn’t it? It’s been quite a journey. Welcome to the show! We’ll have our guests of honor out here in just a little bit, but I’d like to explain something first. The previous post-series reunion show for Gundam Seed Destiny didn’t go so well. And that’s because the audience was made-up of Gundam characters from previous series.
(Patrick pauses for effect before continuing.)
PATRICK: In retrospect, SOMEONE should have known that it would eventually erupt in violence. Therefore, THIS reunion special has BANNED ALL other Gundam characters from purchasing tickets. It’s just common sense, people.
(The audience rumbles a bit with discussion. Patrick holds up his hands and looks annoyed.)
PATRICK: Look, I know it might seem a tad presumptuous, but most Gundam characters tend to be pretty violent. I should know. So this was just a necessary precaution. HOWEVER…
(Patrick pauses and sighs, then continues.)
PATRICK: Someone managed to circumvent the rules. We had a contest going to give away free tickets to this show. The person who sent in the most Amur-Os cereal box tops would receive five free tickets. And the winner of this contest, with an…un-GODLY amount of cereal box tops sent in…
(Patrick points to the front row of the audience, as a spotlight shifts over to it.)
PATRICK: Please welcome, for better or worse, our biggest fan….Shinn Asuka.
(The spotlight stops on SHINN ASUKA, sitting in the front row. He stands and raises his arms in triumph.)
SHINN: (Smugly) YEAH! Me! You thought you could keep me away from this show?? HA! There isn’t a place in the galaxy I can’t eat enough cereal to get into!
PATRICK: (Raises an eyebrow) What the hell are you wearing?
(We see that Shinn is dressed as SETSUNA F. SEIEI from Season 1 of 00.)See Cosplay Shinn.
SHINN: Neat, huh? (Looks down and grumbles) I wanted Luna to come as GUNDAM, the one true love of Setsuna F. Seiei, but she refused!
LUNA: (Speaks up) Hey, I was NOT wearing that Exia costume you made out of cardboard and asbestos.
PATRICK: What the-?
(The spotlight pans over next to Shinn, revealing LUNAMARIA HAWKE sitting next to him, wearing casual clothes.)
PATRICK: (Puts his hand on his head) You brought ANOTHER Gundam character here too? Oh…dammit!
SHINN: Well, I got five free tickets, and all my friends are Gundam characters…
PATRICK: Oh crap, you mean…
(The spotlight pans over next to Luna to reveal ATHRUN ZALA sitting there.)
ATHRUN: (Waves) Hi.
PATRICK: Oh for the love of…wait a second…didn’t you guest-spot on our show?
ATHRUN: (Dismissively) Yeah, but eventually there were just so many factions that side-switching became a nightmare. When something you love takes that much of an effort, it just isn’t worth pursuing anymore. (Looks pointedly at the screen with a grimace) Right, Cagalli?
PATRICK: (Winces) Ouch. Who else is here?
(The spotlight pans over again, revealing LACUS KLYNE sitting next to Athrun. She blinks in confusion for a second when the spotlight is on her, then closes her eyes and suddenly music starts softly playing in the background. The audience behind her starts going wild and Lacus opens her mouth to start singing, when suddenly Patrick leaps in front of the camera waving his arms.)
PATRICK: NO! No! Stop that, don’t do that! No singing!
(The music abruptly cuts out, the audience calms down and Lacus opens her eyes again, looking to Patrick.)
LACUS: Oops, sorry. When the spotlight goes on me, I just feel like…
PATRICK: Yeah, yeah. I know. But we don’t need that now. You aren’t the focus here.
KIRA: (Speaks up) Feh, she doesn’t need any spotlight to start randomly singing, trust me.
(Patrick’s eyes go wide and he turns to look to the seat next to Lacus. The spotlight pans over and reveals KIRA YAMATO sitting there. Patrick slowly looks back over to Shinn, who is sitting again.)
PATRICK: (Looking considerably distraught) You…brought…Kira…Yamato…here??
SHINN: (Shrugs) Lacus wanted to come and then she wanted him to come, so there it is.
PATRICK: (Grabs his hair) This is a total disaster! He’ll steal all our screen time!
KIRA: (Sighs) Look, buddy, I don’t even want to be here.
(Lacus looks over at Kira and smiles sweetly.)
LACUS: Oh, don’t be such a Grumpy-Gus, honey.
KIRA: (Frowns) Maybe I wouldn’t be so grumpy if you took this thing off me…
(Kira uncomfortably shifts and tugs at his collar; we see he’s got a thick metal band wrapped tightly around his neck. A small red, blinking light is visible on the side.)
LACUS: (Sweetly) Now we’ve discussed this, Kira darling, remember? You can’t be trusted to stay by my side. So if you don’t want me to Scirocco you again, you’ll wear the collar and sit quietly.
KIRA: Yeah, but-
(Lacus holds up a small cylinder-shaped object in her hand and presses a button on the top of it, still smiling innocently. Kira suddenly jumps in his seat as the collar jolts him.)
KIRA: (Pained) OW! Son of a-!
(Still maintaining her smile, Lacus’ thumb hovers over the button again.)
KIRA: (Slinks down in his seat) Yes, dear.
(Meanwhile, Patrick has composed himself and slowly climbs back on-stage.)
PATRICK: Okay…this should be okay. We can still make this work.
(As soon as Patrick gets back on stage and stands, Shinn leaps up from his seat again, brandishing Mayu’s cell phone.)
SHINN: (Raises his hand) Oh, oh! Mr. Colasour! Mr. Colasour!
PATRICK: (Sighs) What now?
SHINN: (Holds cell phone up) Yell “TAI-SAN!” for the camera!
PATRICK: What? C’mon…
SHINN: Do it!
PATRICK: Fine, but just once.
(Patrick clears his throat, then raises his right arm.)
PATRICK: (Yells dramatically/comically) TAI-SAAAAAAAAAN!!!
(Shinn makes a satisfied, fanboy squeal-sound.)
SHINN: (Eagerly) Now do the Super Taunt!
PATRICK: (Annoyed) No.
(Meanwhile backstage again, the others start to arrive. Sumeragi, Feldt, Lasse, and Mileina walk in. As soon as Mileina sees Tieria, she shrieks in delight.)
MILEINA: (Squeals) ERDE-SAAAN!
(Mileina runs and throws herself sideways at Tieria. Tieria nonchalantly catches her with both arms.)
MILEINA: I can’t believe you’re here!! This is the best!
TIERIA: (Flatly) It is good to see you again, Mileina.
(A few seconds pass. Mileina seems to have no intention of getting down, staring adoringly at Tieria as he regards her with a neutral expression. Ian grimaces, taps his foot, and clears his throat loudly. Tieria looks to him.)
IAN: (Annoyed) Could you please put my daughter down?
(Tieria carefully puts Mileina down, who turns and looks to her father with her own annoyed expression.)
MILEINA: (Puffs out her cheeks) Daaaaaad! You’re embarrassing me!
(Sumeragi and the others mingle in with the group, exchanging greetings. Shyly, Feldt maneuvers over to Setsuna.)
FELDT: (Averting her gaze) Uh, hi…Setsuna.
SETSUNA: (Blankly) Feldt Grace.
FELDT: It’s…good to see…
(Setsuna’s eyes suddenly go wide as he glimpses something behind Feldt. She notices and turns around, following his stare. Billy and Graham are walking in at the moment. Graham’s eyes snap to Setsuna and meets his stare with his own. Billy worriedly puts his hand on Graham’s shoulder.)
BILLY: (Slowly) Grahammmmmm…
GRAHAM: (Eyes narrow) Young man…
SETSUNA: (Eyes narrow) That guy…
(Graham takes a few steps forward and Setsuna does the same. Everyone in the room goes quiet and takes note. The silence is palatable, heavy with drama…until some ass ruins it.)
(Billy walks up behind Graham and Lasse does the same for Setsuna.)
BILLY: C’mon, Graham, not here.
LASSE: (To Setsuna) You don’t have time to deal with this guy now.
(Ignoring Billy, Graham steps forward again, pointing intently at Setsuna.)
GRAHAM: Fight me, boy. Right here and now.
SETSUNA: Why? Just to satisfy your ego?
GRAHAM: It’s a matter of honor.
SETSUNA: I fight only to live. For the future. That…is Gundam.
GRAHAM: (Angry) You won’t refuse my combative advances, young man!
SETSUNA: (Scowls) You’re still twisted…still so twisted with your…twisted…twisted-ness!
GRAHAM: It’s YOUR fault! You and your Gundam!
SETSUNA: (Heatedly) I will remove the distortion you represent!
GRAHAM: (Intently) I will have PURE BATTLE WITH YOU, BOY!
(Graham and Setsuna try to run at each other, but both strangely seem to only be running in place. We see that Lasse is holding Setsuna’s jacket from behind, preventing him from advancing, while Billy is doing the same to Graham.)
SETSUNA: (Running in place, screams) I AM GUNDAM!
GRAHAM: (Also running in place) AND I’M A VIRGO!
(Setsuna and Graham continue furiously running in place towards each other and finally Sumeragi walks in-between them.)
SUMERAGI: Hey! HEY! Enough. We’re about to go out there. You guys need to shelve this for now, okay?
(They both stop struggling and Lasse and Billy let them go.)
SETSUNA: (Subdued again) Roger.
GRAHAM: (Closes his eyes and looks away) Out of respect for your non-relationship with my bosom buddy, I will comply.
BILLY: (Groans) Please stop calling me that.
(A random guy sticks his head in the room.)
RANDOM GUY: Yo, everyone. You’re on in twenty.
(Sumeragi nods and looks everyone over.)
SUMERAGI: Okay, everyone! Just act natural and be yourselves!
LYLE: (Smirks) Who the hell else WOULD I be?
TO BE CONTINUED!