Act 2, Scenes 3–4

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Scene 3

Jason is sitting on Becca and Howie’s couch. Becca offers Jason some lemon squares, and he takes one. She fusses over him having a drink with his dessert, but Jason says he doesn’t want a drink.

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Jason asks Becca if they are moving, and Becca says yes, “if [they] can find a buyer.” Jason asks where they plan on moving to, and Becca responds that they won’t be moving far. Howie works in the city and wants to keep his job.

Becca apologizes for Howie’s absence, saying he’s at work, but Howie also isn’t ready to talk to Jason. She tells Jason that Howie isn’t angry at him and that the incident was an accident, but the mood shifts when Taz barks, which startles Becca. She says the bark “goes right through [her].” Jason mentions a procedure where they can cut a dog’s vocal cords, but Becca says Howie wouldn’t allow it. Becca jokingly offers Taz to Jason.

Jason sees the book Bleak House by Charles Dickens on the coffee table and says he read it in school. It’s the book Becca is reading for her class. They both agree that it’s too long. Jason scans the room and asks why there are no pictures on the walls. Becca says they removed the photos for the open house but offers to find some photos of Danny if Jason wants to see him. Jason cuts her off with a strong “no.”

Jason starts talking about “that” day. He can’t shake the fact he may have been going a few miles over the speed limit. He says he swerved when he saw the dog, not knowing Danny was there. Becca goes to get Jason some milk and says he doesn’t have to drink it.

Becca asks Jason about his senior year. Jason says he’s planning on going to Connecticut College for writing and that his mother is sad that he’s leaving because he is the only one at home. Becca then asks about prom. When Jason tells her how the night went, Becca starts crying and can’t stop herself. She apologizes to Jason, knowing she was the reason he told the story. Jason also apologizes and asks if he should leave. Becca says no and thanks him for sending his science fiction story. Becca asks some probing questions about Jason’s father based on the father in the story, but he says she’s reading into it. He doesn’t mention anything about his father except the fact that he isn’t at home with his mother.

Becca asks more questions about the story, which leads them into a conversation about parallel universes. Becca asks if Jason believes in them, and Jason says he does, because the concept of parallel universes is based in science. He explains that if space is infinite, it means there is an endless stream of possibilities, so all events, even the unlikely ones, must take place somewhere. Jason says it’s not just plausible; it’s probable. Becca finds solace in his words, because if the theory is true, it means she is having fun somewhere in the universe. It means other versions of her and her life exist.

Just before the lights fade, Jason asks Becca to tell Howie that he could have been speeding. Becca says she will, and Jason grabs the glass of milk.

Scene 4

Nat and Izzy are at Becca’s house, bringing boxes of Danny’s books and toys into the kitchen. Izzy sees the yappy dog toy she gave Danny. Nat says Becca wants her to have it.

Becca enters with a printed recipe for Izzy. Izzy says the recipe looks difficult, and Becca tells her to call if she gets stuck. They all laugh at the thought of Izzy cooking.

To Becca’s surprise, Howie enters. He’s supposed to be at the support group. Izzy tells Nat they...

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Act 2, Scenes 1–2