INT. HOME - NIGHT
DAUGHTER (40s) surfs CheapHotels.com on the Internet. MOM (65) leans over her shoulder peering at the computer screen.
DAUGHTERWe can leave at four AM and drive straight through. We’ll make it.
MOMI don’t want to be tired.
DAUGHTERIt’s an MRI. You just lay there.
MOMIt’s too early. Let’s spend the night before in a hotel.
DAUGHTERYou’re paying for it.
MOMThis time we need to stay in an inexpensive hotel.
DAUGHTERJesus. Last time we stayed in a sixty dollar rathole. How much cheaper can it get?
MOMA card board box. The room service is knocking on the box next to you and they pass you the Ripple. Just remember to wipe the lip off with your shirt.
DAUGHTERI don’t understand what you’re thinking.
MOMYou don’t have to pay my medical bills. You should have seen the credit card statements from those $249 a night hotels.
DAUGHTERWe’ve never stayed in a nice hotel.
MOMYes we have.
DAUGHTERWhen? Last time we were at the Coronet where our feet stuck to the ground. The time before that we were a block from the hospital at that scary one they said they didn’t recommend.
MOMAt least we heard the ambulances were close.
DAUGHTERWe couldn’t hear ambulances.
MOMNo, but it would have been funny. The Westin! Now that was expensive.
DAUGHTERWe were only there one night! And in my defense, we thought you were dying. Remember, we also had the lobster at Trader Vic’s?
DAUGHTERWell what? You’d rather have stayed in a one star hotel the night before a life-threatening procedure?
MOMSo if I hurry up and die then I can stay at nice hotels. Boy are you going to be disappointed in your inheritance.
DAUGHTERI’m only getting fifteen dollars anyway. I think you’ve reached the station in life where you can spring for the two star hotel.
MOMCheck if there’s any one star Hiltons. Some name brand hotel that’s still cheap. They’d have to be okay, right?
DAUGHTERI don’t know, mom. I can’t do this right now. We’ll find a place when we get there.