At night, Oran “Juice” Jones sits in his parked car and watches his girlfriend walk arm in arm with another man. The young man helps her as she almost slips in the puddle.
The young man kisses her on the ear and puts his arm around her as they continue to walk. Three young men, wearing suits, dance and sing by the store as they pass by. Wearing a black trench coat, Jones stands on the sidewalk and walks. In a suit, he dances in the street. At home, he packs up his girlfriend’s clothes and throws them in a suitcase.
He holds his cigarette as he watches them walk by the diner.
Back at home, he cuts up her credit cards. He dumps her jewelry out of the box and puts in his pocket. In the family room, he puts his hand on her back and says “hey, hey, how are you doing?” I got some hot chocolate for you. But first things first, let me get that coat.” She sits on the couch. He takes off his coat, asking her “how was your day today? Did you miss me? You did? I missed you, too.” Setting his coat on the couch, he says “I missed you so much, I followed you today.” She starts to protest. He responds “close your mouth because your cold busted.” Rolling up his sleeves, he says “my first impulse was to run up on you and do a Rambo. Flip up the jam and flat blast both of you but I didn’t want to mess with lynx coat.” Rubbing his hands together, he adds, “So instead I chill. That’s right! Chill. Went to the bank. Took out every dime. And I went and cancelled all those credit cards.” She stands up as he says, “All your charge accounts. I sold every piece of jewelry I ever bought ya. That’s right. Everything.”
Wearing a plain t-shirt and pajama pants, she walks.
As she walks around the family room and sits in another chair, he tells her “Don’t go looking in that closet. Everything you came with is packed up and waiting for you in the guest room.” He gets in her face and says, “what are you thinking about? What are you trying to prove? I gave you silk suits, Gucci handbags…I gave you things you couldn’t even pronounce. Now I can’t give you anything but advice. You’re still young. I hope you learned a valuable lesson from all this. Until then you know what you gotta do. You gotta get on out of here with that alley cat, hush puppy shoe wearin’ crumb cake.” He waves his hand and tells her “you’re dismissed.”
As she sits in the diner, she remembers that he told her “don’t you know that tricks are for kids? You without me is cornflake without the milk. It’s my world. You’re a squirrel, trying to get a nut.”
The young woman points to the Gucci label on the handbag and says it’s worth more than $50. The clerk at the pawn shop shrugs and says it’s his final offer. She says she’ll take the $50. It was the last item she had to sell. It was enough for lunch. Overall, she had about 5 more items to sell. It would at least give her another week.
She sits in the diner and scrapes up some change. The server pours her some coffee and tells her not worry about it. Her stomach growls. She asks if she can use the phone. The server responds “sure.” She stands by the counter and listens to the phone ring. Her mom answers and she bursts out in tears. She says Oran Jones kicked her out and took everything. She doesn’t know what to do.” Her mom asks her where she is. She says she’s at a diner but they are going to be closing soon.
The server offers to wait with her. She thanks her and says her mom shouldn’t be much longer. The server asks her what happened. She explains her boyfriend saw her out with another guy. However, he found out and left her with nothing. She sees her mom’s car and says it was good talking to her. The server tells her to call a lawyer to get her money from bank account. She says she’ll think about it. Her mom thanks the server and says she’s going to get her home. As they drive home, her mom says they are not to let Jones get away with stealing her money. The young woman says she wants to forget about it and move on. Her mother says no. He’ll use that money for another girl. The young woman says she’s sorry for not calling much. Her mom says it doesn’t matter now. She’s glad she’s safe.
Director: N/A Year: 1986