S02E03 – Vibe Check: Nasty

[INTRO MUSIC PLAYING]

Hi, this episode contains a content warning for alcohol consumption. Now, it’s time to put your headphones on, sit back and enjoy the divine drama of season 2 episode 3, Vibe Check: Nasty. Welcome to Echobox.

[ECHO’S THEME PLAYING TO END]

SCENE 1 – INT. ACHILLES AND PATROCLUS APARTMENT

[BOTTLE POPPING]

ALEX: Ugh, no. Not wine again.

ACHILLES (shocked): You don’t want wine?

PAT: Couldn’t you have said that before I opened the bottle?

ALEX: I can’t stomach it after last week’s party.

ACHILLES: How come you get to play Cinderella at Olympus parties and I’m the one that gets punished?

ALEX: Don’t be so dramatic. I’m… making some caipirinhas.

[LEMON SQUEEZING]

ACHILLES (laughing): Yes, honey, feed me some Brazilian wonder.

ALEX: Gross. Never say that again.

PAT: Please, Achilles. Never say that again. I’m sure it was problematic on a multitude of levels.

ACHILLES: Isn’t he the smartest?

ALEX: Hey, also gross. What happened to “no couple talk” while I’m here?

[PHONE BEEPING]

ALEX: Gods almighty, I hope it’s not Daphne—

[PHONE BUTTONS CLICKING]

[MESSAGE WHOOSHES]

ACHILLES: Hm, Alex. The drink? The Brazilian drink with lemons?

[NOTIFICATION BEEP]

[PHONE BUTTONS CLICKING]

PAT: Drink your wine, love. She’s busy.

ACHILLES: I wanna try the new drink!

PAT: Look at how she’s smiling. She’s too smitten to think about drinks right now.

[NOTIFICATION BEEP]

ACHILLES: Who are you talking to? Is it Artemis?

[PHONE BUTTONS CLICKING]

ALEX: No one!

[PHONE BUTTONS CLICKING]

ACHILLES: It is Artemis! Babe, do I need to give you—

[MESSAGE WHOOSH]

ACHILLES: — a presentation on why you should not date an Olympian? Ruining your career, endless suffering, stress zits literally all over your face?

ALEX: I will squeeze this lemon in your eye.

PAT: Does she know you’re Echo?

[FINGER SNAPPING]

ACHILLES: No Echobox talk in this household!

ALEX: Don’t test me.

[NOTIFICATION BEEP]

[PHONE BUTTONS CLICKING]

ACHILLES (through gritted teeth): We’re still trying to convince her coming back with the show isn’t a good idea.

ALEX: I already published the first episode. It’s back. There’s no turning back, it’s for——

PAT AND ACHILLES, UNISON: The fans.

ALEX: …That wasn’t cute.

[MESSAGE WHOOSHES]

ACHILLES: How you were last month wasn’t cute either…

PAT: What Achilles means is… we’re just trying to take care of you.

ALEX: I’m doing fine. Great, even. Splendid. Fantastic.

PAT: You can stop with the synonyms. We believe you. Mildly.

ACHILLES: I don’t believe her.

PAT: Me neither, but what are we supposed to do?

ALEX: I can hear you, you know.

[NOTIFICATION BEEP]

ALEX: Wait, my sister is messaging me. Ugh, why does she have to send voice memos all the time?

ACHILLES (chuckle): Look who’s talking.

[PHONE BUTTON CLICK]

DAPHNE (IN PHONE): Alex! Hi. So. Hm. Should the washing machine be moving? As in, actually moving?

ALEX: I swear to God I’m going to call my mom and charge her for child support. I’ll go fix… that. Whatever it is. See you next time.

ACHILLES: But we’re not even drunk yet!

PATROCLUS: Try not to murder your sister!

[SCENE TRANSITION MUSIC PLAYING]

SCENE 2 – EXT. FRONT OF OLYMPUS RECORDS BUILDING

[CAR INTERIOR AMBIENCE]

DAPHNE: [SQUEALS] We’re here!!

ALEX: Rules?

DAPHNE: You’re worse than mom.

ALEX: That’s the Olympus Records headquarters. I have to be worse than mom. They pay my bills and our rent. Rules?

DAPHNE: Aaaaa…. No fangirling, no talking to Hades Olympus…

[HANDBREAK PULLING]

ALEX: No, no. No no talking to Hades Olympus.

[CAR KEYS JINGLING]

ALEX: Not looking at Hades.

[SEATBELT CLICKING]

ALEX: No making Hades notice you. Being invisible to Hades. I’m not supposed to be bringing my little sister for an office tour, you know. Or anyone for that matter.

DAPHNE: Well, then why are you?

ALEX: Because you annoyed me for two hours straight last night while we had to clean up the big flood you made in my apartment?

DAPHNE: Oh is it a crime to take an interest in your career? Just— ah,  open the door!

[CAR DOOR UNLOCKING]

[CAR DOORS OPENING]

[TRAFFIC NOISE AND PEOPLE WALKING BY]

ALEX: Tsk. They’re gonna eat her alive.

[CAR DOORS CLOSING]

SCENE 3 – INT. OLYMPUS RECORDS LOBBY

[FOOTSTEPS]

DAPHNE: Come here! I wanna take a selfie of us!

ALEX: You want me to be in your selfie?

DAPHNE: Yes! Smile for the pic, Alex, it won’t kill you.

ALEX (gritted teeth): I’m smiling!

[PHOTO CLICK]

ALEX: I look gross.

DAPHNE: I look great! C’mon, let’s go inside.

[FOOTSTEPS]

[LOBBY AMBIENCE]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

DAPHNE: Wow.

ALEX: Nothing like home, huh?

DAPHNE: Definitely not. Is that… a statue of Zeus?

ALEX: Ugh. Yes.

[FOOTSTEPS]

DAPHNE: Let’s take a selfie with it!

ALEX: I’m not taking a selfie with my boss’ statue, Daphne.

DAPHNE: C’mon! This is like a landmark!

ALEX: I said I’m not doing it!

HADES: Alexandra.

ALEX: Shit. Mr. Olympus!

HADES: Please, call me Hades.

ALEX: I’d rather not.

HADES: And… who’s this?

DAPHNE: I’m Alex’s sister. My name is Daphne, sir. Hades. Mister. It’s nice to meet you.

ALEX: Don’t flirt with him.

DAPHNE: I’m not flirting with him. Shut up.

HADES: Nice to meet you too, Daphne. What is she doing here, exactly?

ALEX: She— uh— [quietly]fuck. [normal tone] I mean, sorry. She wanted a tour. You know how little siblings can get.

HADES: I definitely do. Welcome to Olympus Records, miss Daphne. Alexandra, I need you with me.

[FOOTSTEPS, HADES WALKING AWAY]

ALEX: Don’t touch anything. Actually, don’t even breathe. I’ll be right back.

[VOICE FAR AWAY]

HADES: Alexandra.

ALEX: On my way, Mr. Olympus!

[FOOTSTEPS, ALEX FOLLOWING HADES]

ALEX [murmur]: Someone’s taking after his little brother.

ALEX: Yes?

HADES: We have a new sign coming in later today. Go out and get some coffee, break food, set out a nice table. When she’s here, you give her a tour.

ALEX: Sir, it’s Olympus Records. I’m sure she’s already impressed.

HADES: We lost her partner to the Hunters, I’m not interested in losing her too. I need you on your best behavior, Alexandra.

HADES: All of you.

ALEX: You mean Daphne? I can get rid of her, sir, she won’t mess anything up.

HADES: No need. Just don’t let her bother our stars.

ALEX: I won’t, sir, I promise.

HADES: She’s already all over Narcissus.

ALEX: She’s— what? I- I should go.

HADES: Yes. You should.

[RUSHED FOOTSTEPS, ALEX RUNNING TO DAPHNE]

ALEX: This was the worst idea I ever had in my entire lifetime. Daphne, I told you to not talk to anyone.

DAPHNE: You told me not to touch anything.

ALEX: Same thing!

NARCISSUS: Alex, you didn’t tell me your baby sister was in L.A.!

ALEX: We haven’t exactly been talking, Narcissus.

NARCISSUS: It is so nice to meet you!

ALEX: If you had come over for Christmas once like I begged you to, you’d already have met her.

NARCISSUS: You’re as gorgeous as your sister. Maybe even more so.

DAPHNE: Oh— I— thank you? I guess?

ALEX: I got work to do.

DAPHNE: Alex, wait… 

[FOOTSTEPS, ALEX WALKING AWAY]

[NARCISSUS’S VOICE FADING]

NARCISSUS: As I was saying, Zeus isn’t back yet, he must be waiting for someone to take front stage…

SCENE 4 – INT. OLYMPUS RECORDS BREAKROOM

ALEX: It’s fine, it’s fine, it’s fine. He was just being a jerk. He’s a jerk.

[DOOR CLOSING]

ALEX: Don’t cry. You’re at work, you don’t cry when you are at work. You don’t cry. Stop it. You’re fine.

[KNOCKING ON DOOR]

ALEX: I don’t wanna talk to you, Daphne, can’t you see I’m working?

[DOOR OPENING]

HERMES: Um, hi. Hi, Alex! Are you crying?

ALEX: No.

HERMES: O-kay. Not crying then. You want coffee? I’m making coffee. Coffee is good, good, good, good.

HERMES: I mean, coffee is not that good if you’re having an anxious day, I guess—

[HERMES CHUCKLING]

HERMES: —but I still drink it.

[CLEARING THROAT]

HERMES: But I’m always having anxiety days regardless, so I think it doesn’t affect me that much. You take it black?

ALEX: With… milk.

HERMES: Oh, café com leche, right? A classic. Shit, that’s Spanish, you don’t speak Spanish. Do you? No, no. It’s Portuguese in Brazil, right? Although, I guess I’m assuming. I don’t know if you know Portuguese. I’m sorry. I should stop talking.

ALEX: It’s fine. It’s similar. Leite.

HERMES: The more you know! Café com leite. Here’s your— uh, that. I’ll just stop butchering foreign languages for today if you don’t mind.

ALEX: Thanks.

HERMES: No problem!

[CLICKING TONGUE]

[TAPPING FINGER ON TABLE]

ALEX: You’re not sitting down?

HERMES: You want me to?

ALEX: It’s a public space. You do whatever you want.

HERMES: Well, actually, it’s Olympus Records’ space.

ALEX: Like I said.

ALEX: I have to go get some cupcakes for the new star or whatever. Thanks for the coffee.

SCENE 5 – ECHOBOX SEGMENT

[DRONE MUSIC PLAYING]

[ECHO’S VOICE IS MODIFIED]

ECHO: Hey guys, I hope you like the new voice. It’s not  that I am scared. You know I’m not afraid of the Olympians. My lawyer just told me to try voice mod or something, and by “lawyer” I mean me. I’m just being extra careful, everything is totally fine. Anyway, back to our matters, welcome to Echobox. 

[ECHOBOX INTRO PLAYING]

Hello, listeners. I have some very good news for you. No, Zeus is not back— though I don’t think that would qualify as good news for anyone. But I have some juicy new scoop for all of you. We got a new starlet in the Olympus! Isn’t that exciting?

ECHO: Who would have thought that Hades had the balls to actually do anything while his brother is off the map?

ECHO: I certainly wouldn’t. For all the creepy stares and posturing, Hades was always a bit of a coward, waiting for his brother’s approval. But I guess, if there’s a pretty young girl involved, the Olympus blood just starts to—

[A JELLY BEAN HITTING ALEX]

ECHO: Ouch. Did you just throw a jelly bean at me?

[ACHILLES VOICE IS ALSO HIDDEN BEHIND A VOICE MOD]

ACHILLES: Yes, actually, I- I did. Uh, hello, listeners. It’s Styx here.

ECHO: Stop using that stupid nickname.

[ANOTHER JELLY BEAN HITTING ALEX]

ECHO: Hey! Why would you do that?!

ACHILLES: Vibe check, honey. You were being nasty.

ECHO: You were supposed to stay quiet! This isn’t a two men show, you know.

ACHILLES: I’m just doing my job as a best friend. And also, you invited me here. The exact words were “Achilles— I mean, erm, Styx, can you just sit with me while I record so I don’t be a massive bitch?”

ECHO: I think I was being just the right amount of bitch. Anyway! New sign for Olympus Records. And this time, it’s actually someone who writes their own songs and is not a power hungry dick— If you throw another jellybean at me I will personally end you.

ACHILLES: Mmmm, alright, alright. Vibe unchecked.

ECHO: Her name is Eurydice. She crawled out of a godforsaken hole in the part of L.A. your mom tells you to avoid. She didn’t come from much, but she has a pretty voice and an even prettier face, so I guess she has what it takes to make it in this industry: one of the Olympus Brothers’ attention.

ECHO: Now, listen. I always thought Hades was a creep. Maybe not quite like his baby brother, but he was at least creepy. But now that we saw him with Eurydice? Oof. Yeah, certified creep.

ECHO: Not that Eurydice seems all that bothered by it. Actually, she leans into it. But hey. An older man like that pulls you out of the gutter, calls you little bird and offers you the deal of a lifetime? …I guess I wouldn’t say yes. But I can totally understand why. Just pure talent won’t get you very far in Olympus Records— you have to seduce some old men for it. 

[ACHILLES SIGHS]

ECHO: Allegedly. Of course. Because, you know, Eurydice already has a boyfriend. Not that you would know by the way she acts around Hades. Orpheus is a singer too, but he didn’t sell his soul to Olympus Records. He signed with the Hunters! And wouldn’t you know: he doesn’t need to sleep with anyone there to get ahead. His first single is coming out next week and it’s called “Don’t Look Back”. Be sure to stream it. With Artemis producing it, I’m sure it will be great.

ECHO: And everyone knows that Orpheus needs all the love he can get. After all, it doesn’t feel great when your girlfriend is Hades’ new little songbird. All we can do is give his song a bit of traction. And about Eurydice… Well. Let’s see when she starts regretting it. I bet she didn’t see the latch on the door yet. Watch out, songbird. You should get out while you can. Though I doubt you will. I’ll keep you all posted. Until next time, dear listeners.

[RECORDING STOPPING CLICK] 

[THE VOICES ARE BACK TO NORMAL]

ACHILLES: Are Eurydice and Hades…?

ALEX: Don’t know, don’t care. But Eurydice needs to know exactly what Hades wants from her. 

[OUTRO MUSIC PLAYING]

This episode stars, in order of appearance, Isabella Sales as Alex/Echo, Emma Blaskelee as Achilles, Theo Wampuszyc as Patroclus, Tal Minear as Daphne, Frank Lopes as Hades, Killian Willard as Narcissus and Ron Guan as Hermes. It was written by Isabella Sales and Corienne Swanson and produced by Corienne Swanson. The Echobox theme song was made by Meg McKellar. Dialogue cut by Marianna Marcon and audio and sound design by Meg Mckellar. Logo design by Lucas Eduardo Bueno and website by Andy Cerdan.

You can find the episode transcript at our website at echoboxpod.com.

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[OUTRO MUSIC FADING OUT]

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