As Michael's relationship with Mimi begins to mend, he goes on a shopping trip.
44 EXT. COTTAGE - DAY 44 The rental car pulls into the driveway of the cottage. 45 INT. COTTAGE KITCHEN - DAY 45 Mimi, in a bathrobe, looking sleepy, comes toward the kitchen from the living room when she hears the car. Michael enters the cottage, carrying a BAG OF GROCERIES. MICHAEL Good morning. MIMI Good morning. Michael kisses and hugs Mimi, not too passionately. MICHAEL While you were sleeping, I went out and got you a selection of the foods of Northeastern Pennsylvania. He walks to the dining room table and puts the bag down. Mimi follows. MIMI Oh, my. Michael reaches into the bag and pulls out a few GROCERIES. MIMI (cont.) Those are foods of Northeastern Pennsylvania? MICHAEL Not these. Mimi peers in the bag. Michael returns and pulls out a few PACKAGES OF TASTYKAKES. MICHAEL (cont.) Tastykakes. MIMI Oh. You told me about Tastykakes once. I've seen them in New York. MICHAEL Yeah, you can get them in some places in New York. But they're everywhere here. It's all we eat. MIMI It's all you eat? MICHAEL No one here eats Hostess, or Drake's, or any of that stuff. Tastykakes are far superior. MIMI And they're from this region? MICHAEL Not this exact region, but they're a Pennsylvania thing. MIMI (looking in the bag) You got a large assortment. MICHAEL Yes. And.... Michael pulls a BOTTLE OF BIRCH BEER out of the bag. MICHAEL (cont.) ....birch beer. MIMI Oh. What is birch beer? MICHAEL It's like root beer, only a little subtler. It's the prince of soft drinks. MIMI And it's only in Northeastern Pennsylvania. MICHAEL You never really see much of it anywhere else. There must be some other birch-beer-drinking regions of the country, but I've never stumbled upon them. MIMI It's clear. MICHAEL It comes in all different colors and tastes. Michael proceeds to pull ANOTHER BIRCH BEER BOTTLE out of the bag, this one cola-colored instead of clear. MIMI You got more than one kind? MICHAEL So we can compare the different bouquets. Michael pulls out a THIRD BIRCH BEER, this one in a can. MIMI Oh, my God. I'm impressed. (pause) Did you bring home any regional foods that are a little more substantial? That have any nutrients? Michael pulls a CARTON OF EGGS and some FRESH VEGETABLES out of the bag. MIMI Oh, good.
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