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In this short dramatic scene, RODNEY approaches his cousin MAX who has secretly been taking higher doses of pills in order to function properly in his life.

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Rodney: Look man, I don’t really know how to start this off but I’m not one to want to preach to you because it’s always a bummer when someone does and I get it but if I don’t tell you what I think, no one is going to care enough about you to tell you.

Max: Just say it.  What?

Rodney: Remember a few months ago when you offered me a pill at the movie theatre?  You said it was to relax.

Max: Yeah.

Rodney: Well,I knew you were popping pills and I didn’t think it was that big a deal…it bothered me that you asked me but it’s cool.  The thing is I’ve noticed your behavior changes.

Max: Come on, cuz.

Rodney: Listen, I don’t want to argue or anything—

Max: So you’re judging me.

Rodney: I’m not judging you.

Max: You are judging me.

Rodney: I’m trying to tell you something cause I care about you.  Popping a pill here and there, fine but you always seem glossy eyed and stoned and you have bad mood swings.  So what’s all that shit about then?

Max: I don’t have mood swings.

Rodney: I know you my whole life, alright?  I see how you roll lately and you go from quiet and depressed to angry and violent.  You’re not as up as you’ve used to be.  It’s the pills.

Max: Nah man.

Rodney: Why do you take them?

Max: To relax me. Only thing that keeps me calm.

Rodney: Yeah but, it’s changes who you are and you don’t even realize it.  Listen, I’m not telling you to stop, I’m not you’re father, okay, but I’m letting you know, if you have any respect for me, that I’ve noticed your personality change and it concerns me cause I want you to be healthy.

Max: Don’t worry, cuz, I’m careful.  I know what I’m doing.  I don’t mix shit up and I keep things timed.

Rodney: Timed?  Oh yeah?  Listen to what you just said.  If you have to have the awareness to time yourself between taking pills, right there that should tell you something about how much you’re taking.

Max: I know you worry about me but really, I’m good.

Rodney: That’s all I’m going to say to you.

Max: Thanks cuz but don’t worry so much.

Rodney: Listen, if something happens to you I’m gonna kick your ass and that’s when I’ll be angry at you.  I’m trusting you to look out for yourself and not do anything stupid.  You hear me?

Max: It’s all good man.

Rodney: I won’t bring it up again.  I love you man, don’t lose your mind on this stuff.  You’re stronger then you think and don’t need to rely on it.  You hear me?

Max: Relax.  I’m good, I’m good.  I love you too man.

Rodney: Alright.

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