INT. APARTMENT HALLWAY - NIGHT Barris walks down the hall, carrying a bouquet of flowers. He arrives at Penny's door. There is an envelope attached to it with Barris's name on it. He opens the envelope and reads the letter. Dear Chuck, I'm dead now. I hope you're happy. The door's open. Love always, Penny Barris hurriedly opens the door, enters the apartment looks around, finds Penny face down on the floor, surrounded by empty champagne bottles and vials of pills. He stares at her body for a moment, feeling faint. He drops to his knees. (CONTINUED) 75. CONTINUED: PENNY (face down) Wanna see a stupid girl vomit? INT. DINER - NIGHT Barris and Penny sit in a booth. Penny has black coffee in front of her. She is pale and drawn. PENNY Why were you with that girl in our living room? BARRIS It's not our living room, Pen. PENNY That's your defense? You know what it feels like to see you with someone else? In any living room. BARRIS You know who I am, Penny. I don't force you to hang around. PENNY (incredulous) You don't force me? Fuck. So you're saying you have no interest in this, one way or the other? BARRIS No, I'm not saying that. PENNY Well, then, what are you saying, Chuck? Do you want me around or not? Do you even like me? BARRIS Of course I like you. PENNY How much? BARRIS What? PENNY I need to know how much you like me. (CONTINUED) 76. CONTINUED: BARRIS (beat) I don't even know what that means, "how much?" How can I rate a person in that way? That's ridiculous. PENNY You could if you felt it. If you felt it, it would be easy to rate me. You could spread your arms as wide as they would go and say, "This much, Penny." BARRIS Everything's complicated, Pen. Nothing's black and white like that. PENNY Do you want me around or not? If you don't, just say so, so I know. Okay? Barris and Penny look at each other. She starts to cry. BARRIS I love you, Pen, in my way. Maybe not in that crazy, head-over-heels thing, but what is that, anyway? Romantic love. Isn't that just an illusion? PENNY (beat) But you just said you love me, right? EXT. MOUNTAIN ROAD - NIGHT A non-descript American car is parked on the quiet wooded street. Barris pulls up in his Jaguar. He gets out of the car, looks in the window of the empty American car. BYRD (O.S.) Over here, Strawberry-dick. Barris looks over and makes out Byrd sitting on a rock with a view of L.A. spread out in front of him. Barris joins him. BARRIS Jesus, how do you know these things? BYRD We even know what she actually thought it tasted like. (CONTINUED) 77. CONTINUED: BARRIS Really? I could never find that out. What did she think? BYRD It's a "need to know", my friend. So tell me, what can I do you for? BARRIS I could really use an assignment, Jim. To straighten my head. BYRD I got something for your head.