Transcript: Surrounded: Peer Group Pressure | Feb 25, 1988

The scene opens with a map of the United States and Canada against a blue background. Colourful copies of the map twirl across the screen in rapid succession and lay on top of the original. A random assortment of States and Provinces are highlighted.

Narrator says THE FOLLOWING
COOPERATIVE PROJECT
IS SUPPORTED BY STATE
AND PROVINCIAL AGENCIES
WORKING THROUGH
THE AGENCY
FOR INSTRUCTIONAL
TELEVISION.

A black slate appears. It reads "On the Level."
The scene changes to a group of friends driving down a road with the car top down. The title of the episode reads "Surrounded: Peer Group Membership."

[laughter and chatter]
[horn honking]
[laughter and chatter]

The car parks in front of a brick building that reads "Animal Hospital."

A teenage girl with short, cropped brown hair rushes into the hospital.

He looks at the secretary and exclaims
HI!
IS CHARLIE IN?

Secretary says YEAH, HI, KELLY.
JUST GO ON IN.

Kelly says OKAY.

She walks into an examining room where two men are taking a blood sample from a black dog.

Kelly says HI-YA,
CHARLIE.

Charlie says HEY, KELLY!
I'LL BE WITH
YOU IN A MINUTE.
[dogs barking]
DOC'S JUST LETTING ME
FINISH THIS UP HERE.

Charlie is in his late teens, with thin mustache and small afro.

Vet says MIGHT AS WELL.
HE'S GETTING BETTER
AT IT THAN I AM.

Charlie asks
IS EVERYBODY
WITH YOU?

Kelly says YEAH, OUTSIDE
IN THE CAR.
BUT THAT'S OKAY,
WE'LL WAIT.

[horn honking]
Kelly smiles and shrugs.
[friends calling out]

The scene changes to the friends driving to a park. They exit the car and begin playing in the lake. Everyone is yelling and shouting. A moment later, everyone grabs water balloons from a cooler and begins throwing them at one another.

The scene changes to the group of friends exiting a restaurant. A neon sign reads, "Bob’s Beef House."

Friend says HEY, WHAT'S
NEXT, MATT?

Matt calls out
TWO SIXES, THAT'S
WHAT'S NEXT.
ALL RIGHT!
OH I LOVE YOU,
DO I LOVE YOU.
[laughing]
TO THE CEMETERY!
[cheering]
[friends chatter]

Charlie and Kelly hold back.

Matt asks
WHAT'RE YOU TWO
WAITING FOR?

Charlie puts his hands behind his head and says WORK TOMORROW
MORNING.
I'M CUTTIN' OUT.

Kelly says YEAH, I GOTTA
GO TOO.
IT'S GETTING
KIND OF LATE.

Friend says WHY?
IS YOUR MOTHER WATCHING
THE CLOCK, CINDERELLA?
[laughing]

Charlie says HEY LOOK, YOU TURKEYS, YOU
GO ON AND DO YOUR THING
AND I WILL WALK
THE LADY HOME.

Matt says OH!
HE'S JUST
TOO COOL.
[laughing]
[car engine revs]

The car slowly pulls out.

Matt says REMEMBER, YOU
TWO, WE'LL MEET
AT THE LAKE
TOMORROW.

The car drives off.

Charlie asks
NOW WHY DOES YOUR
MOTHER KEEP YOU
ON SUCH A SHORT
LEASH ANYWAY?

Kelly shrugs.

Charlie asks
LISTEN, YOU TELL
HER TO STUFF IT.

Kelly giggles and says HEY, MA, I THINK YOU
SHOULD STUFF IT.

Charlie laughs and says YEAH!

Kelly asks
WHAT TIME DO YOU
HAVE TO BE AT WORK
IN THE MORNING?

Charlie says NOT UNTIL 6 A.M.

Kelly exclaims
6 A.M.?
WOW, YOU MUST REALLY
LOVE THOSE MUTTS.

Charlie says YEAH WELL, WE SHOULD ALL
HAVE SUCH LOYAL FRIENDS.

The scene changes to Kelly in her bathroom, getting ready for bed.

Her mother walks in and says HI, KELLY.
DID YOU HAVE A
NICE EVENING?

Kelly sarcastically says WHAT EVENING?

Mom says THE CURFEW'S FOR
YOUR OWN GOOD, KELLY.

Kelly exclaims
THE CURFEW'S FOR YOUR
PEACE OF MIND, MOM.
I HAVEN'T HAD A
SEIZURE IN TWO YEARS.

Mom says BECAUSE I -

Kelly says BECAUSE I'VE DONE
EVERYTHING
I'M SUPPOSED TO.
GOT MY REST, TAKEN
MY MEDICINE,
I HAVEN'T BEEN
DRINKING.

Mom exclaims
KELLY!
I KNOW YOU TAKE
CARE OF YOURSELF.

Kelly asks
THEN WHY DO YOU TREAT
ME LIKE A 12-YEAR-OLD?

Mom says I DON'T!
I JUST DON'T WANT
YOU CHASING AROUND
WITH YOUR FRIENDS
HALF THE NIGHT.

Kelly storms off and says WELL, YOU CAN
STOP WORRYING, MOM,
BECAUSE
PRETTY SOON
I'M NOT GOING TO
HAVE ANY FRIENDS!

She rushes to her room slams her door.
Mom sighs and shuts off the bathroom light.

The scene changes to the friend playing in the lake. Kelly dives into the water.
[laughing]

Matt exclaims
HEY, GUESS WHAT,
YOU GUYS!
YEAH, MY UNCLE'S
GOING TO OCEAN CITY
FOR THE WEEKEND.

Charlie sarcastically says I'M HAPPY
FOR HIM.

Kelly laughs and says THAT'S GREAT.
THAT'S GREAT NEWS,
MATT, THAT'S GREAT.

Matt says AND HE'S INVITED
US ALL ALONG
AND WE CAN PARTY
ALL WEEKEND!
[cheering]
NOW LISTEN, KELLY,
YOU GOTTA TALK
YOUR OLD LADY
INTO THIS ONE.

Kelly disappointingly says I DON'T THINK
SO, MATT.

Matt says LOOK, CHARLIE'S
GOING!

Charlie says WAIT, WAIT, MATT.
I'D LIKE TO COME,
YOU KNOW THAT,
BUT I HAVE TO
WORK SO...

Matt exclaims
COME ON, CHARLIE!
NOT THE DOGS AGAIN.
JUST DITCH THOSE ANIMALS
FOR A WEEK, HUH?
YOU KNOW IT'S
THE SAME THING
EVERY WEEKEND, MAN.
IT'S GETTING
PRETTY OLD.

Kelly swims a few metres away.

Her friend walks over and says HEY, KELLY.
YOU THINKING YOUR
MOM WILL SAY NO?

Kelly says IT'S HOPELESS,
AMY.
SHE'LL NEVER
LET ME GO.

Amy is a teenage with medium length black hair pulled into a ponytail.

Amy says WELL MAYBE NOT, MAYBE
IT'LL BE DIFFERENT
THIS TIME, HUH?
COME ON, CHEER UP!

She gently grabs Kelly by the arm and guides her back to the group.

The scene changes to Kelly storming into her bedroom followed by her mother.

Mom says BUT I DID NOT
SAY NO, KELLY.

Kelly exclaims
WELL, YOU MIGHT
AS WELL HAVE!

Mom says KELLY!

Kelly says LAY OFF, MOM!
I'D RATHER NOT GO
THAN TELL EVERYBODY
I'M EPILEPTIC.
BESIDES, I HAVEN'T
HAD A SEIZURE
IN TWO WHOLE
YEARS.
NOTHING'S GOING
TO HAPPEN, MOM!

Mom says KELLY, YOU'RE LYING TO
YOURSELF IF YOU THINK
IT CAN'T HAPPEN
AGAIN AT ANY TIME.

They sit on Kelly’s bed.

Mom continues
IT'S IMPORTANT THAT
YOUR FRIENDS KNOW.
A SEIZURE WON'T
FRIGHTEN THEM
IF THEY KNOW
WHAT IT IS.

Kelly says ALL I KNOW IS THAT
MOVING TO THIS TOWN
WHERE NOBODY KNEW
WAS THE BEST THING
THAT EVER
HAPPENED TO ME.
CAN'T I JUST WAIT TO
TELL MATT'S UNCLE
ONCE WE GET TO
OCEAN CITY?

Mom shakes her head and says KELLY.
TOMORROW'S FRIDAY AND
THEY'RE LEAVING
ON SATURDAY.
YOU FIND SOME TIME
TOMORROW TO TELL
YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT YOUR
PROBLEM AND YOU CAN GO.

She pulls Kelly close to her.

Kelly says ALRIGHT.

The scene changes to Amy and Kelly standing outside.

Amy exclaims
THAT'S GREAT!
BUT HOW'D YOU EVER
CONVINCE YOUR MOM
TO LET YOU GO?

Kelly shrugs and says I DON'T KNOW, I JUST
MADE A DEAL WITH HER.

Amy asks
WHAT KIND OF
A DEAL?

Kelly says I DON'T KNOW, I
JUST TOLD HER
I WOULDN'T DRINK
ALL WEEKEND.

Amy says IS THAT ALL?
HEY, THAT'S
JUST GREAT.
IT'S GOING TO BE REAL
NICE TO HAVE
ANOTHER
NON-DRINKER ALONG.

Matt drives up in his car. He calls out
HEY, JOCKS,
MOVE IT!
WE'VE GOT A GROCERY
LIST TEN MILES LONG.
COME ON!

A friend shouts
COME ON,

Another friend exclaims
LET'S GO!
HURRY UP!

Amy says GUESS WHAT, GUYS!
KELLY'S COMING
WITH US!

They all exclaim
YAY!

Matt asks
REALLY?
FANTASTIC.
HOW'D YOU
MANAGE THAT?

Kelly says I JUST MADE A
DEAL WITH MY MOM.
HOORAY!

Matt says I DIDN'T EVEN HAVE
TO TALK TO THE GIRL.

A moment later, Charlie rides up to the lake on his bike. He unbuttons his shirt and rushes behind some bushes.

Charlie calls out
HEY, GUYS!
[chatter and laughing]

Charlie jumps into the lake.

Kelly exclaims
HI-YA, CHARLIE!

Charlie says HEY, I DIDN'T KNOW WE
WERE GOING SWIMMING
THIS AFTERNOON.

Everyone looks uncomfortable.

Amy says AWELL UH, WE WENT OUT
AND BOUGHT STUFF
FOR THE WEEKEND AND
CHARLIE, GUESS WHAT?
KELLY'S COMING
WITH US!

Matt says THAT MAKES EVERYBODY
BUT YOU, DOC.
EVEN KELLY
BAILEY'S COMING.

Charlie says LOOK, I TOLD YOU BOTH
BEFORE THAT I'M
THE ONLY ONE WHO KNOWS
THE WEEKEND ROUTINE.

Matt says I DON'T BELIEVE
YOU, MAN.
IF YOU GOT SICK OR
SOMETHING THOSE DOG'S
WOULDN'T DIE.

Wes says COME ON, DUDE.
WHY CAN'T YOU
GET IT OFF?

Matt says ALL YOU HAVE TO
DO IS CALL THEM UP
AND TELL THEM YOU HAVE TO
HAVE THE WEEKEND OFF.
MAN, YOU NEVER USED
TO BE SUCH A JERK.

Kelly shouts
JUST BACK OFF, MATT!

A friend shouts
HEY, YEAH, COME
ON, MATTY, STOP!

Matt exclaims
OH COME ON NOTHING.
IF CHARLIE
WANTED TO GO
HE'D FIND A WAY,
RIGHT, CHARLIE?

Charlie splashes Matt in the face.

The scene changes to Matt driving up to Kelly’s house.

Matt says FIRST STOP,
KELLY BAILEY'S.
ALRIGHT, LISTEN
UP, EVERYBODY.
WE GOT TO PACK OUR
BAGS AND BRING THEM
OVER TO MY
HOUSE, ALRIGHT?
MY UNCLE WANTS TO
LOAD THE CAR TONIGHT
SO WE CAN GET AN EARLY
START TOMORROW MORNING.
OKAY?

Friend says OKAY.

Another friend says YEAH, YEAH.

Kelly looks uncomfortable and says HEY, LISTEN, YOU GUYS,
BEFORE I GO IN
I JUST WANTED TO
TELL YOU SOMETHING.

Amy exclaims
OH, YEAH.
ABOUT CHARLIE.
YEAH, I WISH HE
WAS COMING WITH US.

Matt says LOOK, IF CHARLIE WANTS TO
GO HIS OWN WAY, HE CAN.
HE DOESN'T OWE
US ANYTHING
AND WE DON'T OWE
HIM ANYTHING.
IT WAS NICE WHILE IT
LASTED, YOU KNOW?

Amy says BUT WE'VE BEEN
FRIENDS FOR A LONG TIME.

Friend says WELL, IF IT'S BEEN
SUCH A LONG TIME,
WHY COULDN'T HE GET
THIS WEEKEND OFF?

Another friend says COME ON, WE DIDN'T ASK
HIM TO QUIT HIS JOB.

Wes says YEAH, AMY, HE COULD'VE
DONE IT FOR US.

Wes says YOU GOING TO SIT
THERE ALL WEEKEND, KELLY?
NO, WES, IF YOU'D MOVE
YOUR REAR SO I CAN.
[laughing]

Wes scoots forward to let Kelly exit.

Kelly calls out
HEY, AMY, WANNA COME
IN FOR A MINUTE?

Amy YEAH, OKAY.

Wes groans
AW, NO.

Friend says OH, GREAT.

Another friend says OH, YES.

Kelly exclaims I NEED SOMEBODY
TO HELP ME PACK.

Matt says OH, WELL,
BOO-HOO-HOO.
NOW GO TALK
ALL DAY.

He puts the car in reverse and drives off.

Friend says SEE YA LATER!

The scene changes to the girls in Kelly’s room. Amy holds up one of Kelly’s dresses and looks at herself in the mirror.

Kelly says YOU KNOW, AMY, DON'T
YOU THINK THAT MATT
WAS BEING A LITTLE MEAN
ABOUT CHARLIE IN THE CAR?

Amy says WELL, I MEAN, MATT DOES
HAVE A POINT, KELLY.
IT'S THE LAST WEEKEND
AND WE COULD ALL
DO SOMETHING TOGETHER.

Kelly says HEY, AMY.

Amy says MM-HM?

Kelly says THERE WAS SOMETHING
ELSE I WANTED
TO TALK TO YOU ABOUT.

Amy asks
WHAT?

Kelly mumbles
UHM...
BETTER GET GOING SO
YOU CAN GET PACKING.
EVERYBODY'S
WAITING FOR YOU.

Amy laughs and throws the dress at Kelly’s face.

She says YOU'RE THE ONE THAT ASKED
ME OVER HERE, YOU GOON!
SEE YOU LATER.

Kelly says SEE YOU LATER, AIM!

A moment later Kelly’s mom enters the front door. She says HI, HONEY.

Kelly says HI, MOM.
HOW WAS YOUR
DAY TODAY?

Mom says PRETTY GOOD.
HOW WAS YOURS?

Kelly says IT WAS ALL RIGHT.
LETTER FROM
YOUR FATHER.

Kelly asks
YEAH?

Mom says HE WANTS YOU TO COME TO
CHICAGO THIS WEEKEND,
GRANDMA'S GOING TO
BE THERE WITH HIM.

Kelly asks
CAN I?

Mom says SURE AS LONG AS YOU
PROMISE TO COME BACK.

Kelly says I TOLD MY FRIENDS
TODAY, MOM.

Mom hugs Kelly and exclaims
GREAT.
I WAS HOPING ALL
DAY THAT YOU WOULD.
WHAT HAPPENED?

Kelly says IT WAS FINE.

Mom says THAT'S WONDERFUL.
WHEN DO YOU LEAVE?

Kelly says EARLY IN THE
MORNING.
I GOT TO TAKE MY STUFF
OVER TO MATT'S HOUSE
RIGHT NOW SO HIS UNCLE CAN
PACK THE VAN TONIGHT.

Mom says IT MUST BE A HUGE RELIEF
AFTER ALL THIS TIME, HONEY.
AND JUST THINK, IF
ANYTHING HAPPENS
THERE'LL BE SOMEONE
WHO UNDERSTANDS.

Kelly grabs her bag and makes for the door.

She mumbles
YEAH, RIGHT.

The scene changes to Kelly walking around the vet’s office with Charlie.

Charlie says WELL, ANYWAY, KELLY, I
STILL THINK YOU SHOULD'VE
TOLD US ABOUT IT
A LONG TIME AGO.

Kelly says ALL I KNOW IS THAT
THE KIDS IN CHICAGO
WERE NOT KIND,
CHARLIE.
BILL O'REILLY HAD EVERYONE
CALLING ME A SPAZ
AND MAKING FUN OF ME.

Charlie says OH, YOU KNOW WE WOULDN'T
DO THAT HERE, KELLY.
I MEAN, IF YOU DON'T
EXPLAIN IT TO US,
HOW ARE WE GOING TO
EVER UNDERSTAND?

Kelly says WHAT ABOUT MATT?

Charlie asks
WHAT ABOUT MATT?

Kelly says LOOK AT WHAT
HE'S DONE TO YOU.

Charlie says I HAVE KNOWN MATT A
LONG TIME, KELLY,
AND HE'LL GET
OVER IT.

Kelly says YOU HOPE.

Charlie says LOOK, KELLY, IF
MATT AND THE GANG
WANT TO SHUT ME OUT JUST
BECAUSE I CARE ABOUT
WORKING WITH THESE
MUTTS AS MUCH AS I DO
RUNNING WITH YOU
GUYS, THEN...
I HAVE TO LIVE
WITHOUT HIM.

Sad music plays.

Kelly says YOU'RE RIGHT.
THAT'S NOT VERY
ENCOURAGING
BUT YOU'RE RIGHT.
HERE YOU GO.

She hands him the black lab and says I'LL SEE YOU LATER.

Charlie asks
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?

Kelly says OVER TO MATT'S HOUSE TO
TALK TO OUR FRIENDS.
I'M SICK OF LYING.

Charlie says COME BACK IF YOU
HAVE ANY PROBLEMS?

Kelly says MM-HMM.

Charlie says WE'LL START OUR
OWN GANG.

Charlie picks up the puppy as Kelly exits the room.

The scene changes to Kelly watching as her friend’s pack up the van.
[friends chatter]
Kelly sighs and steps forward.

A black slate appears. It reads "Surrounded: Peer Group Membership."

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Narrator says ON THE LEVEL IS SUPPORTED
BY STATE AND PROVINCIAL
AGENCIES AND THE
CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC
BROADCASTING
THROUGH THE AGENCY
FOR INSTRUCTIONAL
TELEVISION.
TOGETHER SERVING
EDUCATION.

A slate reads "With support from Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional support for this secondary school television project."

This program was produced by e.f.c. Educational Film Center. The Northern Virginia Educational Telecommunications Association. Agency for Instructional Television, Copyright 1980."

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