Ben’s Termination (109.12)

During the barbecue, two unidentified men from JP Williamson security division show up requesting to see Ben. They tell Grace he was terminated as of 8:00 p.m. yesterday evening.

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Guest talk

Scene shifts to the backyard deck at the Stone’s house.  

GUEST 1: Ben better get here soon. These last few beers aren’t gonna drink themselves.

GRACE: I’m gonna get these burgers on.

GUEST 2: Grace, do you have any napkins? Uh, yes.

GRACE: Just give me one sec.

Family talk

VOICE MESSAGE: You’ve reached Ben Stone. Please leave a message.

GRACE: Ben, this is the third message I’ve left you. I’m starting to get worried. Can you please just let me know you’re all right?

Corporate talk

OLIVE: Mom! Mom! They need to talk to Dad.

CORPORATE SECURITY: Is Ben Stone here? No.

GRACE: I’m sorry. He’s at work.

CORPORATE SECURITY: I assure you, ma’am, he’s not. His employment was terminated as of 8:00 p.m. yesterday evening.

GRACE: What? No, that’s impossible. Why?

CORPORATE SECURITY: We really can’t discuss the details of the termination, but it is imperative that we talk to Mr. Stone or his attorney as soon as possible.

GRACE: His attorney? And I’m afraid we need to collect his I.D. badge.

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