SCENE 1, INTERIOR. MORNING, CLASSROOM. The teacher is walking back into the classroom from making copies before school starts. A lone boy is sitting at the back table with his Math book cracked open. He is working on an assignment as the teacher moves to the table.
TEACHER: Hey, how’s my favorite Joey in the whole, wide classroom?
[The boy looks around the room, noticing that he is the only kid currently present].
JOEY: Mr. Z, I’m the only Joey in the room…in fact, I’m the only kid here.
TEACHER: Ah…[The teacher puts on a knowing look]. But that does not negate the fact that you’re my favorite Joey…
[The boy lets this sink in for a moment; after a few seconds he looks up at the teacher].
JOEY: Mr. Z, what if I were the only kid to show up for the day? Wouldn’t that be cool?
TEACHER: Yeah, it would. We’d have to go on a field trip…maybe to go see a movie or something. Maybe the newest Harry Potter.
JOEY: I’ve already seen it.
TEACHER: Well, maybe that new Narnia movie, then.
JOEY: I’ve already seen that one, too.
TEACHER: Then maybe we’d just have to stay in the classroom and do homework all day.
JOEY: With you? Just you and me? THAT would be so awesome…
[There is a pause as the teacher and boy both continue to work on their individual projects].
JOEY: Mr. Z?
JOEY: Thanks for letting me be your favorite Joey in the whole, wide classroom.
TEACHER: You betcha...after all - you could have been my second favorite Joey.
JOEY: Yeah, and you’re pretty nice like that.
TEACHER: Somebody’s gotta do it...it might as well be me.
[Fade to black].