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Better Days Episode 0 "The Original Pilot" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - The Original Pilot consists of a failed plot line where Jason and Kenny make bets to pass the time. 23 pages - pdf, format - Also, listen to the pilot on your MP3 player or on your computer.

Better Days Episode 1 "Red Phoenix" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - In the pilot for Better Days we meet Jason, Barbara and Kenny, 3 early twenties men and women just living life the only way they know how. The upcoming film Red Phoenix and The Seven Keys To Atlantis has Jason very excited to get in and meet the writer/director who has come to town for a q and a session and a private screening. This episode introduces us to a world full of characters that will show up from time to time, have fun and remember it's not for everyone. 27 pages - pdf, format

Better Days Episode 2 "Pop Up & Go" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - Now that we know the characters a little better, Jason has bad luck with his computer, finds out a family secret, has a stroke of great luck and he may even get a job. Our cast grows to include Kenny's father and others. 25 pages - pdf, format

Better Days Episode 3 "Jason vs. The Giant Chicken of Doom" by Steven Cameron - Series - Taunted by his hatred for men in chicken suits Jason sees an add for a exhibition boxing match vs. a chicken man, Jason signs up and Kenny helps him try and get in shape for the fight. While this goes on Barbara gets a date outside the friendship and Jason and Kenny follow her, this proves as a true test of the friendship between Jason and Barbara. 25 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 4 'The Four of Us" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - After the events of the fight with the giant chicken Kenny has seemingly disappeared, an old friend comes back to the surprise of Jason and they go out looking for Kenny. All of the characters make appearances as Jason looks for his friend. The returning character and Barbara hit it off and leave Jason alone, the question is where is Kenny? It doesn't take long to find out. I hope you enjoy. 19 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 5 "Three Ways to Hell" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - The new girl, Danielle and Jason hit it off when they find out they both love the series Banana Chan. Poppy becomes jealous of there friendship and decides to do something about it. Kenny finds a new friend in Casey. What will happen? Read and find out. 18 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 5.5 "The Intruder" by Robert G. Newcomer (Bert) - Series - What would happen if Jason, Barbara and Kenny and Danielle were taken hostage in the basement by a madman in a Powerpuff Girls mask? Find out this week on Better Days. 22 pages - rtf, format

Better Days Episode 6 "This is my Show B*tch" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - Death... Destruction... Mayhem... The three main ingredients and nobody is safe, the most unpredictable episode yet. A different approach, one time only. The episode focuses on Casey and his journey, where will it all go? Who dies? Who survives? Find out this week on... Better Days... It's an Invasion baby! 25 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 7 "My Animated Adventure" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - When the world turns animated, what will the characters do? In this messed up world we'll explore what happens when the laws of nature don't constrict the acts of man. Anything goes when a screenwriter wants Jason and the gang to be in his film, what will happen? Find out this week on Better Days. 25 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 8 "P... Pregnant?" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - Danielle is pregnant, Jason's life goes into turmoil when he's not sure if it's his. Kenny and Barbara in an attempt to help Jason come up with a plan and that plan involves a friend of Kenny's from prison. What happens when they search for answers? The ending will be shocking, the series goes into turmoil as one of the main characters leaves. 25 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 9 "Le Noir Detectives" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - The episode that delves into an alternate reality where Kenny and Barbara are detectives, working cases. There first case is to find out who killed Gretchen, the suspects Don Casey, a mob boss. John Walker, a bakery owner who hated her because she always screwed up. The heat is on when they're offered a lot of money to just solve the case.  Plus, a new episode of Takashi & Friends where Yoda is forced to use his force powers on Takashi.  25 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 10 "Hockey Night in Alberton" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - The Episode about a hockey game, for what reason has Casey asked everyone to come to this game? Does Jason return or have we lost a key cast member this close to the finale? Barbara deals with an old habit and the ongoing saga continues.  Plus, a new episode of Takashi & Friends where Yoda & Takashi go after Darth Vader and The Stormtrooper.  25 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 11 "Reporting Live - The Sports Hero" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - Jason finally tells Barbara he loves her, Kenny begins his new career and brings in a new character. With special guest Ron Farmer from the acclaimed series Reporting Live. Find out what happens this week on Better Days as we draw closer to the series finale.  Plus, a new episode of Takashi & Friends which is also near its end. 25 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 12 "The Quest for a Better Day Part 1" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - In part 1 of the finale Jason and Barbara go on their first date but the date comes at the same time corresponding with Kenny's audition for Banana Chan - The Movie. Jason really wants to go but cannot screw it up with Barbara, what will happen? 24 pages - html, format

Better Days Episode 13 "The Quest for a Better Day Part 2" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - The final part of the finale episode, it all comes to a close as the events of part one explode in the face of the characters. With the departure of one of the main cast being immanent John and Jason get the biggest shock of their lives as John's past misdeeds have come back to haunt him. 26 pages - html, format




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Better Days Season 2 Episode 1 "Friendship" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - With the addition of "Neutral Space" Better Days returns with a new season. Jason finally recieves his prize from the "Milk" in season one but soon realizes it is fake and he plots his revenge on The Clerk. 27 pages - html, format

Better Days Season 2 Episode 2 "To Kill A Clerk" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - The Clerks stands atop the public library ready to jump. 22 pages - html, format

Better Days Season 2 Episode 3 "Le Noir Detectives - Part Deux" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - The sequel to the episode that delves into an alternate reality where Kenny and Barbara are detectives, working cases. This time our detectives are put to the test with a new villain... Tiny Tim, The Midget Assassin. 20 pages - html, format

Better Days Season 2 Episode 4 "All In The Family" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - Kenny agrees to watch Danielle's son so she and Jason can go out and give their relationship one last shot. Kenny already had plans with Holly so he pawns the baby off on Casey and a night of chaos follows. 24 pages - html, format

Better Days Season 2 Episode 05 "Back To Therapy" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - Kenny has gone back to Therapy. Jason starts hanging out with an unlikely friend while Danielle and Holly get closer. Find out what happens this week on… 25 pages - pdf, format

Better Days Season 2 Episode 6 "The End" by Steven Cameron (Wesley) - Series - As the series comes to a close our heroes decide to fight for the things they care about.  20 pages - pdf, format


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In case anyone is unaware, Steven Cameron is better known around here as Wesley and the (fill in the blank). I've read some of these before, and they're quite funny. Look forward to having another look.


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I love Better Days! I read the entire first season. However, it says on the site that there are 13 episodes, but there are 14.
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I love this series, and have read all of them.  I'll probably buzz through most of them again, given time.

The humor here is very droll, and Wesley's unique voice really comes through in a way that is quite different from most of the comedy you have read.  In fact, his posts might even start making sense to you.

As Wesley has pointed out himself -- you will either like this or you won't -- it is not the type of series that allows for much middle ground.  Hopefully, you will find yourself amongst the former group.

I think it's great.  So much so that I wrote an episode myself (insert plug for Episode 5.5).

In light of the "SimplyScripts Scripts" craze, it is often overlooked that Wesley was doing this long before anybody else.  You will find Arcadio (and his script) in this series, as well as numerous Banana Chan references and even a raunchy real-life character (Casey -- my favorite) who used to haunt these boards some time ago.

If you actually read things around here looking for something unique, you should really check out the first couple of episodes.  By Episode 3 (one of my favorites) you will either be hooked, or you will know that you need not continue.

Either way, you will have read something very different, so it will not be time wasted.


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So, will you be posting any more episodes? Or have you only written those 3?
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I've had Season 1 written since late last year plus 2 episodes of the second season, I forgot to send the next 3 in. Next update they'll be up.


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Wesley is probably too proud to bump this up himself, so I'll do it for him.

Three new episodes here, including Episode 5.5, by yours truly -- complete with a glaring continuity error that Wesley just shrugged off, I guess.  He never made me fix it, anyway.

This is the only time I've ever done a straight comedy piece.


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Why is it Episode 5.5? Why not Episode 6?
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Why is it Episode 5.5? Why not Episode 6?


Weley had the whole season done before I wrote this one -- just on a lark -- he didn't ask me to or anything.

And then it just got stuck in the middle -- between Episodes 5 & 6 -- so as not to disrupt the continuity of the series which I managed to do anyways.


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Episode 5.5 also contains a passing reference to the Fempiror Chronicles, the play in to the board references the series contains anyway. Not that Casey was keen to read it or anything...

Anyway, I read episode one and it was a good introduction. You gave the characters something to do that was also related to someone around here getting produced and directing to boot. That was cool. It flowed well and had a nice pacing to it. The characters had a good intro to who there will become, but of course, it's the beginning, so development was minimal, but enough to give us a little bite.

You did have an instance where you said "there" which refers to a location instead of "their" which refers to someone (or someones) possessing something.

But Ep 1 was a good beginning. So far, I've only read Eps 1 and 5.5, but I'll be reading more we we move along.


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I was going to modify 5.5 into htm format, also noticed I can break the episode into links so each episode would be three pages but I thought I'd stick with the one page rules them all method. (I screwed up the link on my site to your episode Bert ha-ha I have it linked to episode 5)

Episode 3 is why I wrote the series; "Jason vs. The Giant Chicken of Doom" was what had me sold.

Arcadio and Red Phoenix come back later on when the film actually opens; I reused him and had his permission to do so. (His character ultimately is failed potential and does not do what I wanted him to do.)

The reason why I don't have more references is because nobody else said I could (Alan, Arcadio and Edward) were the three who I asked and I put out an open invitation in one of my WIP threads that nobody read. (Danielle also shows up in Reporting Live. Cheap plug but it adds to the question, who's the daddy?)

The next two episodes are about anime and aliens invading which sounds weird for a comedy drama but I never said I was trying to write the "sitcom" people are "comfortable” with.

As long as people enjoy the series for what it is I'm happy.


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Hey, I read episode 2. It had some random scenes, but overall it wasn't too bad. Gotta work on them typos though. This one had more of those pesky homophones you have trouble with. It's like the word is there, but it's the wrong spelling.

Anyway, I found it enjoyable to learn a little more about these characters and the big picture story is moving along at a good pace so far. Kind of looking forward to see where this is going.

It might not be for everyone, but I'm amused so far.


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I don't get what people mean by "It's not for everyone". I think it's great, and I don't know anyone who disagrees! I mean, it's still quite a new show, but so far it HAS been for everyone!
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I have exchanged e mails with a few people who aren't to fond of the series, I never expected people to say this is the greatest thing ever written because it's not.

George these typos, would they be "grammar" or "spelling" because I went over this bad boy with a fine toothed comb to fix as much grammar as I could and the spelling should be at least 98% if not higher.

I don't have the original draft of episode 6 so I'm going to redraft it from scratch and edit it that way, that interview at the end is just way to creepy to leave in. Maybe I'll add something special to the end of that episode.

Also I'm not sure if I should leave Takashi & Friends at the end of each episode near the end of the season and finally release the finale of that mini series. Does anybody care about add-ons after the script? Do you even read them?


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George these typos, would they be "grammar" or "spelling" because I went over this bad boy with a fine toothed comb to fix as much grammar as I could and the spelling should be at least 98% if not higher.


It can go either way. The typos you have could be grammar since the words are technically spelled correctly. But it could be argued they are spelling since they aren't spelled the way they should be, but you only know that based on the syntax. If you like, I can go back through and find the ones I caught and PM you.


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Also I'm not sure if I should leave Takashi & Friends at the end of each episode near the end of the season and finally release the finale of that mini series. Does anybody care about add-ons after the script? Do you even read them?


I've read the stuff at the end before. I can't remember where, though, since I don't recall reading this entire series before. Maybe I did since the Takashi and Friends sounds familiar. Weird...


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