EPISODE 10

 

 

 

 

INT. HAIDEE’S ATELIER LOFT - DAY

Kanye is fitting a male model, and Kanye is frustrated. Eric is disappointed, but trying to be supportive.

KANYE

Stand still!!

MALE MODEL

Ouch!

KANYE

Shut up! You’re ruining my clothes!

Haidee comes in. Not happy with what she sees on the model.

HAIDEE

Looks...promising.

ERIC

Be honest.

HAIDEE

He doesn’t pay me to be honest.

KANYE

I do now.

HAIDEE

It’s better than I thought. But still quite bad.

KANYE

Fuck!!

ERIC

Really Kanye, you think you can learn an art form just because you have good taste in...sneakers?

HAIDEE

Hallelujah!!

KANYE

You’re just trying to impress the model. I know you want him.

ERIC

Don’t be insane. I love you.

Haidee is shocked at Eric’s proclamation.

ERIC

I don’t care who knows.

KANYE

I do!!

ERIC

Listen Kanye, you ARE making improvements. And with time...

KANYE

Fuck that. And fuck you both. Haidee, you’re fired! Now get out!!! Get out!!!

HAIDEE

This is my apartment.

KANYE

Well...well...um...Kim has a great booty! My wife’s ass is better than Beyonce’s.

ERIC

You’re trying to hurt my feelings! You like HER ass better than mine?

HAIDEE

Oh Jesus. You two sit down.

They sit.

HAIDEE

Is this your first time...dating men...both of you?

Eric and Kanye nod sheepishly.

HAIDEE

What a hot mess. Just don’t start singing show tunes, okay? Can’t stand that crap.

KANYE

Hey, I liked Cole Porter before I ever sucked cock.

HAIDEE

Zip it!!

ERIC

Who’s Cole Porter?

KANYE

Fucking white people, don’t know shit about shit. You’re lucky you’re a good kisser.

ERIC

I am? You think I’m a good kisser?

Kanye nods. Eric smiles. And Haidee just rolls her eyes.

 

 

 

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INT. LIBRARY MAP ROOM - DAY

DJ is looking over an antique map. An older man in uniform, fit, trim, in his 60’s is watching. He is Colonel Freyss. Colonel Freyss looks and acts JUST LIKE Academy Award winning bad guy, JK Simmons!! Kinda spooky.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJ waves to him respectfully and the Colonel comes over.

DJ

Sir, I was told you are a military historian.

Colonel Freyss nods his head.

DJ

My question is this. I’m studying the Gallipoli campaign of WWI. Churchill was one of the main people in charge and this invasion proved to be a slaughter.

COLONEL FREYSS

What’s your question, son?

DJ

How could such a smart man like Churchill make such a mistake?

COLONEL FREYSS

Hubris. Narcissism. Lack of information. Sometimes very little separates a brilliant victory from a catastrophe.

DJ is impressed and grateful.

DJ

Can I buy you lunch sometime? Pick your brain?

The Colonel nods in his stoic military way.

 

 

 

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

 

 

INT. IVANKA’S OFFICE - DAY

Sitting alone, Ivanka receives a gift package delivered to her work desk from her Assistant. Ivanka opens it. A bar of soap wrapped in a bow. She smiles a girlish smile when she notices a handwritten smiley face on Major Driscoll’s stationery.

 

 

 

 

DISSOLVE TO:

 

 

 

 

EXT. PARK - DAY

Donald sits on a park bench, next to General Vail.

GENERAL VAIL

Are we meeting to discuss the coronavirus?

DONALD

No, that's just a sideshow.

Both are quiet. Donald is agitated.

DONALD

I had a dream and Robert Mueller was in it...and...and...he's sitting in a booth at Chasen's drinking with my Dad. They're both laughing. Then one of them rips the biggest fart ever. Not sure who.

The General laughs uncomfortably. Donald turns serious.

DONALD

I need a Military person to oversee the rebuilding of North Korea.

GENERAL VAIL

Are we going to war with North Korea?

DONALD

After WWII, General Douglas MacArthur helped re-build Japan. Ran the place with an iron fist. I want you to do that in North Korea.

GENERAL VAIL

Are we nuking North Korea? Will one bomb be enough? If MacArthur got two, my people will want at least two. Three would be ideal.

DONALD

Oh God no. Calm down. Calm down. Listen. We are going to FAKE a run-up to war. Then we sign a big fancy peace accord. Then we rebuild the goddamn place. We’ll call it a North Korean Marshall Plan. My son-in-law is forming an LLC with Kim Jong-un. To cut him in on the action.

GENERAL VAIL

The action?

DONALD

Don’t worry, you’ll get your taste too.

GENERAL VAIL

My taste?

DONALD

Jesus, do I have to spell it out for you? We scare the American public. Tell them that there will be total nuclear war with North Korea. Big lie, of course. Then we make a beautiful peace gesture. Huge! Huge! Announce it at Halftime at the Super Bowl. We announce that we’re going to unify North and South Korea.

GENERAL VAIL

And then?

DONALD

You really aren’t bright. Lucky for you you LOOK like a General. And then we push through Congress a major appropriation bill to rebuild North Korea. A TOTAL rebuild of the place. Top to bottom. Tax payer money to the tune of...

GENERAL VAIL

Couple Trillion dollars? Jesus fucking Christ.

DONALD

I’m hoping for $3T - $5T. Trillion with a T.

GENERAL VAIL

Will we partner with China? Or Putin?

DONALD

No, this is a Trump Plan. Soup to nuts. Our government pays my company to pave the whole country and rebuild the industries.

GENERAL VAIL

They would never approve that.

DONALD

I have to set up the dummy companies so no one knows that I’m getting the government contracts, but that should be done in a week. Air tight. From that money I pay
you, on the side. You run things in North Korea.

A faint smile crosses the General’s face.

DONALD

Ah, NOW you understand!

 

 

 

 

FADE TO BLACK

EPISODE 11

 

 

 

 

INT. FRENCH EMBASSY - NIGHT

This is a fancy affair AND a masquerade party. Ivanka and Jared are there, looking bored. He is dressed as Harry Potter. She is dressed as Madonna circa 1984.

JARED

We need to talk.

IVANKA

I thought we’d try and have fun tonight?

JARED

Are you serious, or making fun of me?

IVANKA

Serious. Kind of. What?

JARED

It’s over with us Ivanka. We can work out the details. But, we’re done. I mean you agree, right?

IVANKA

Yeah.

Jared walks away. Ivanka takes a deep breath. Sad, but a little relieved too. She eyes the dance floor. A slight smile crosses her face as she sees Major Driscoll dressed as Prince, from the Purple Rain days. He’s dancing with 3 older women. Ivanka dials up her courage and heads to the dance floor.

 

 

 

 

INT. FRENCH EMBASSY - NIGHT, LATER

Ivanka and Major Driscoll slow dance. Some people stare.

MAJOR DRISCOLL

My Dad was military. We moved all the time as a kid. Now I’m a nomad. Posted to a different country every few years.

IVANKA

Stability is a trap. I’m watched everywhere I go. Since I was a kid. You have freedom.

MAJOR DRISCOLL

I’m free to be lonely.

IVANKA

You think I’d be recognized on the street?

MAJOR DRISCOLL

Looked at. But not recognized.

 

 

 

 

EXT. WASHINGTON, DC STREETS - NIGHT

They’re holding hands, Ivanka and Major Driscoll. Walking. Young people pass them, don’t recognize her.

PASSERBY FEMALE

Madonna!!! "Like a virgin."

Others start singing along as they pass.

PASSERSBY MALE

"Touched for the very first time! Like a vir-ir-ir-ir-gin."

The group passes into the night, their voices fading. Major Driscoll pulls Ivanka into a doorway of a building. They kiss. They pause then kiss again. It’s on.

 

 

 

 

INT. HAIDEE’S ATELIER - NIGHT

Alone working on the female form in Haidee’s loft, Eric and Kanye concentrate hard. Kanye is pinning a sleeve up and Eric looks, then steps in, takes over, dropping the sleeve down.

ERIC

The sleeve is too short here. And the neck line is all wrong.

Eric pins it, adjusts it. Eric and Kanye look it over, just as Haidee walks in.
She is decently impressed.

HAIDEE

Not bad Kanye. Not bad at all.

KANYE

Fucking Wonder Bread’s idea. Goofy ass motherfucker actually has a decent eye.

HAIDEE

I knew Lee McQueen back in the day and he was goofy, too.

ERIC

You KNEW Alexander McQueen?

Haidee nods.

KANYE

Knew him? She fucked him, that’s what made him turn queer.

HAIDEE

Um, I think you sucked more cock today than I did Kanye. Just sayin’.

ERIC

Nah, he’s kind of selfish that way.

HAIDEE

Well, that’s a shocker!

Kanye just smirks, like..."whatever".

EXT. PARK - NEXT DAY, DUSK

Donald and General Vail sit on park bench.

DONALD

Really General. If I may say so, you’re sounding a little wimpy.

GENERAL VAIL

This is a big job.

DONALD

The key is...

GENERAL VAIL

The key is this. In Japan post WWII, General MacArthur was able to open up the economy AND strengthen trade unions.

DONALD

Huh. Yeah? Is that right?

GENERAL VAIL

He broke apart the old family trusts. They dominated the Japanese economy for years. Highly inefficient.

DONALD

I really should read up on this more. But I hate reading.

GENERAL VAIL

MacArthur broke down the entrenched oligarchies. He helped build a middle class. Is this your goal? We’d be heroes!

DONALD

Good God no, General. I want...I want...I want...

GENERAL VAIL

Power and money?

DONALD

Yes. But I’d settle for just the money.

Donald laughs and laughs, then gets dead serious.

DONALD

Look, I need an answer from you. End of week. If you won’t do it, I’ll just go down my list.

 

 

 

 

INT. DJ’S BEDROOM - NIGHT

DJ sits alone at a table. On the table an old service rifle lies in pieces. DJ puts a bandanna across his eyes, blindfolding himself, then with great deliberation begins assembling the rifle slowly, piece by piece.

 

 

 

 

FADE TO BLACK

EPISODE 12

 

 

 

 

EXT. PROSPECT PARK - DAY

DJ and Colonel Freyss walk through the park. They eat sandwiches, growing fond of one another. A slight father-son feeling.

DJ

The slaughter at Gallipoli in WWI is largely Churchill’s fault. A major blunder. And yet...

COLONEL FREYSS

And yet 20 years later Churchill redeems himself and saves the Western world.

DJ

How is THAT possible?

COLONEL FREYSS

Easy answer. Churchill never felt close to his father. And this made him very insecure and needy of attention. So he resigned himself to never give up trying to be a great man.

DJ

If that’s the easy answer then what’s the difficult one?

COLONEL FREYSS

The difficult answer is that there IS no answer. Just a series of events which we later try and make sense of. Empires rise and fall sometimes by...almost random accidents.

DJ

Not very reassuring.

COLONEL FREYSS

Buck up, son. Pick a belief system. Live by it. Die for it if you must.

DJ

Do you mean...God?

COLONEL FREYSS

I most certainly do not. I’ve asked for God’s help many times on a battlefield, ankle-deep in blood. And God...was nowhere to be found.

DJ

No one in my family ever served in the military. That’s shameful. I’m trying to learn as much as I can. And honor the military.

COLONEL FREYSS

We all have ways to contribute. I have a nephew you should meet.

DJ

I’d like that.

They walk on more. The Colonel giving DJ fatherly-like affection. DJ soaks it in.

DJ

Near here...in August 1776 George Washington takes on the British Army for the first time. The Battle of Brooklyn is a disaster. Washington, a novice, was a big
loser that day.

COLONEL FREYSS

He got outflanked and his men panicked. BUT...he saved the entire army. Evacuated all 9000 men in the dead of night. The Brits wake up stunned that the enemy had slipped away.

DJ stops in his tracks.

DJ

But the interesting part is...Washington was the last to evacuate...escapes in the morning...at 7am...broad daylight...escapes ONLY because a fog rolls in. So he can jump in the boat and paddle away...unseen.

COLONEL FREYSS

A bit of good luck...changes world history.

DJ is impressed by this remark, it seems to really resonate.

 

 

 

 

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INT. JAPANESE SAKE BAR - NIGHT

Ivanka and Major Driscoll sit at an empty bar. They are laughing. Then Ivanka is suddenly serious.

IVANKA

In yoga class you mentioned it.

MAJOR DRISCOLL

What?

IVANKA

The lie you are living?

MAJOR DRISCOLL

Oh. Yeah. You’re not going to like what I have to say.

IVANKA

Try me.

MAJOR DRISCOLL

To put it bluntly, I do not feel that your father is fit for command.

IVANKA

Really?

MAJOR DRISCOLL

Really. And yet I’ve sworn an oath to the Constitution which means serving and protecting your Dad as a civilian Commander-in-Chief.

Ivanka tries to hold back her crying.

IVANKA

We didn’t think he’d win. None of us. It just kept snowballing.

She wipes a tear.

IVANKA

I love my Dad. But he’s drowning. I need to save him. Can you help me?

Ivanka sobs openly. He puts his arm around her. Kisses her tenderly.

 

 

 

 

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INT. HAIDEE’S ATELIER - NIGHT

Eric and Kanye stand in front of the female form, both stare at it, their work done but they are not quite happy. And then...

KANYE

I’m calling off the show. I’m not ready.

ERIC

I’m sorry.

KANYE

Yeah, it sucks. But you know what? You’re a natural.

And this pisses off Kanye. And Eric senses this resentment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EXT. PARK - DAWN

Donald and General Vail sit on park bench.

DONALD

Your end in two years...close to $200 mil. And as a show of good faith I will, up front, deposit 10% in an offshore account of your choice. $20 million dollars...by end of day today. But...I need your answer...NOW...General.

General Vail nods in agreement. Donald smiles.

 

 

 

 

FADE TO BLACK