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It’s time to put your headphones on, sit back and enjoy the divine drama of season 2 episode 7, Mirror, Mirror on the Wall. Welcome to Echobox.
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SCENE 1 – INT. BREAK ROOM
[BUSY OFFICE AMBIENCE]
[KNOCK ON THE DOOR]
ALEX: You don’t need to kn— Artemis!
ARTEMIS: Stop what you’re doing! I brought some actual good coffee.
ALEX: [CHUCKLE] You’re a lifesaver.
ARTEMIS: I know.
ALEX: Not that I don’t like that you’re here but… Should you be here? Your dad is a bit… well…
ARTEMIS: I heard. That’s why I’m here. I wanted to make sure you’re okay.
ALEX: Me? I’m, I’m doing great. Olympians don’t scare me.
ARTEMIS: That makes two of us.
ALEX: I learned from the best.
HERMES: Artemis! What are you doing here?
ARTEMIS: Oh, I came to check on Alex after the whole Ares thing.
HERMES: Just on Alex? You know that Ares also interrogated me, right? Your brother. It was terrifying.
ARTEMIS: Aw, don’t tell me you’re scared of Ares.
HERMES: He is huge. And he works out for fun. And he’s Ares!
ARTEMIS: Sorry, Hermes. Tell me all about it, let me soothe your pain.
HERMES: Why do I feel like you’re making fun of me?
ALEX: We never make fun of you, Hermes.
HERMES: Just— tell me you brought me coffee, too? Please?
ARTEMIS: Ummm, I didn’t. But we can go out and get some? And I’ll listen to your whining— I mean, very valid complaints, while we do that.
ARTEMIS: (to Alex) I’ll see you later?
ALEX: I’m here all the time! I mean—I’m here until six. Hm, that’s a lie. I’m here until… much later. But we can see each other out of here, too!
ARTEMIS: See you next time, Alex.
ALEX: (to herself) Stupid, she just meant see you later. Talking about your work schedule like a fucking crazy…
ALEX: Mr. Olympus, hi! I-—what are you doing here?
ZEUS: Hello, Alexandra.
ALEX: You got my name right?
ZEUS: I wanted to apologize for how I was when I first got here.
ZEUS: You know I trust you, right?
HECATE: Hey, Alex. Ready for lunch?
ALEX: Yeah, on my way. Do you need anything else, Mr. Olympus?
[CARD PULLING OUT OF POCKET]
ZEUS: Get yourself something nice, huh?
ALEX: Yeah. Yes. Thank you.
ALEX: What… just happened?
HECATE: I just rescued you from Zeus.
ALEX: I saw that. Thank you. I meant what happened to him.
HECATE: He’s a… single man now.
ALEX: Ugh, gross.
HECATE: Definitely gross. So… lunch?
ALEX: Well, I do have the company card, I guess.
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[FAST FOOD RESTAURANT AMBIENCE]
SCENE 2 – INT. RESTAURANT
ALEX: I swear L.A. people are allergic to giving food normal names.
HECATE: And having food that actually tastes good. This is the only thing that’s better back home.
ALEX: I still can’t believe you’re from Texas.
HECATE: Don’t remind me. [CHUCKLE]
HECATE: Before I caught Zeus doing heart eyes at you, I meant to thank you for showing my sister around.
ALEX: Again, gross. Don’t remind me. And it’s no problem. She’s… pretty cool.
HECATE: And a bit naive. She’s head over heels with the city.
ALEX: She and Hades are pretty close…
HECATE: Hades was the one who vouched for her. I showed him the videos, sure, but he pulled the strings to get her a deal. Of course, she’s into him.
ALEX: That’s… not exactly a good thing, is it?
HECATE: She’ll be fine.
HECATE: This fucking Narcissus kid…
ALEX: Narcissus? What did he do?
HECATE: He keeps spilling out illusions of grandeur to anyone who will listen, that’s what. He keeps telling people he’s the new Zeus, that Zeus left the spotlight because he’s supposed to step in, that his songs are much more refined and just that much better than anything Olympus Records ever put forth before— boy’s gonna drown himself in his own words.
ALEX: He talks a lot of shit, but… what do you mean by “drown”?
HECATE: We’re cutting him down, of course.
ALEX: Uh— listen, I’m usually more on the pick up drunk Olympians side of the Olympus Records deal, not really the underbelly of legal stuff so…
HECATE: Narcissus is babbling too much, he seems hellbent in committing career suicide. We’ll just make sure he’s successful in that. Let’s just say Olympus Records will be cutting the cord on him very soon.
HECATE: I have to take this.
HECATE: Hello? Yes, I saw it. Yes, I’m on it. 90% done.
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SCENE 3 – INT. ALEX’S APARTMENT
ALEX: And then, Artemis dropped by to talk to me— to me!
ALEX: She wanted to check in. And she brought me coffee.
ALEX: Black! Just the way I like it. I can’t believe she remembers it-
[DOOR OPENING AND CLOSING]
[DAPHNE CLEARING THROAT]
ALEX: I gotta go, Achilles.
DAPHNE: No, wait! Ugh. Why are you always like this?
ALEX: Are we seriously doing this again?
DAPHNE: We haven’t talked for days! You can’t just avoid me forever!
ALEX: Watch me.
DAPHNE: You’re impossible.
ALEX: You’re impossible! Ugh, no-— don’t start crying again.
DAPHNE: I just—I came all the way to L.A. because we always talked about coming here when we were kids and making it big/
ALEX: /Yeah, been doing great on that end/
DAPHNE: /And how we would do it together! As sisters! I know I said some shit about Narcissus but you were being a Class A Bitch to me/
ALEX: /I was being a bitch?/
DAPHNE: But I’m sorry. I didn’t, you know, hop on a plane to the LAX with a dream and a cardigan just to play Cold War with my sister in the tiniest one bedroom apartment L.A. has to offer.
ALEX: I— did you just quote Miley Cyrus at me?
ALEX: [SIGH] Fine. I forgive you.
ALEX: Oof. Okay, okay, let go now. We’re fine.
DAPHNE: You know… You could also apologize.
ALEX: Um, I’m sorry.
ALEX: For… Hm…
DAPHNE: Being a bitch.
ALEX: Fine. I’m sorry for being a bitch.
ALEX: I’ll…be nicer to you?
ALEX: I—Uh. I’ll take out for sushi?
DAPHNE: Ohmygod. YES! Sister date. Tonight?
ALEX: I mean, I had some work stuff—
ALEX: Wait. Are you wearing my dress?
DAPHNE: Don’t start. Come on, let’s go!
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SCENE 4 – EXT. OUTSIDE SUSHI RESTAURANT
[STREET TRAFFIC AND CROWDS]
ALEX: I’m telling you again——if you get any shoyu on my dress…
DAPHNE: You said you were going to be nicer to me!
ALEX: This is me being nice. I brought you to eat sushi. Now, the shoyu…
DAPHNE: I’ll pay to have it cleaned up. Geez. I thought L.A. people were supposed to be chill. Don’t you do yoga?
ALEX: You’ve seen my work schedule. Does it look like I have time to do yoga?
DAPHNE: You kept complaining your boss was away and you had nothing to do.
ALEX: Well, now he’s back, and he decided to make everyone’s life a living—
ALEX: -is that…? I can’t fucking believe it.
[RUSHED FOOTSTEPS, ALEX STORMING OFF]
[DAPHNE’S VOICE FADING]
DAPHNE: You know, it would be easier to hold a conversation with you if you finished your sentences!
[KNOCKING ON CAR WINDOW]
ALEX: Open up.
[WINDOW ROLLING DOWN A LITTLE]
HERMES: (disguising his voice) Uh, I don’t know who you are, ma’am. I mean, young lady.
ALEX: Hermes, I know it’s you, open the fuck up.
[CAR DOOR OPENING]
ALEX: What are you doing here?
HERMES: I was… in the neighborhood?
ALEX: You and your entire cult family live more than an hour away.
HERMES: I wanted some sushi?
ALEX: Then you would go to some fancy place with a proper sushiman, not— here. This isn’t even your car, it’s Olympus Records’ car. You think I don’t know one when I see them?
HERMES: Now that you say that, it is pretty obvious.
ALEX: Are you stalking me?
HERMES: I— Hm… well, not stalking per se, maybe just, checking in on what you do after work-
[FOOTSTEPS, DAPHNE COMING CLOSER]
HERMES: -NOT to be a creep, it’s just that Dad and Uncle Hades—
DAPHNE: Hermes! Hi!
HERMES: Hi, uhm—
ALEX: That’s Daphne, my little sister.
HERMES: I knew that! I saw her at the office!
DAPHNE: We’re going out for sushi. It’s because we had a fight. She said some stuff, I said some stuff, but you know. Sisters! It happens. Now we made up and she’s paying for sushi night. Can you believe I finally got Alex to hang out with me? It’s like, an amazing feat.
HERMES: I don’t think I was ever able to accomplish that myself.
DAPHNE: Do you wanna join us?
ALEX: No, he doesn’t.
HERMES (at the same time): I would love that.
DAPHNE: Alex, wait up!
DAPHNE: C’mon, it’s good to have a boy in your life.
ALEX: I don’t need a boy in my life.
DAPHNE: Babe, c’mon!
ALEX: Don’t call me babe!
DAPHNE: Alex, you need someone in your life. Someone who isn’t Narcissus.
ALEX: I’m over Narcissus.
DAPHNE: Your cat is named after him.
ALEX: Oh my God, I can’t change his name, he’ll be CONFUSED!
HERMES: Excuse me, your cat is named after Narcissus? Narcissus, the Olympus Records star?
DAPHNE: Narcissus, her ex.
ALEX: I’m not changing his name and I’m not over- I am over him.Completely over him. I don’t even think about him anymore. Can we- just- go get sushi, since this is my life now?
SCENE 5 – ECHOBOX SEGMENT
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ECHO: Hello, dear listeners. I’m sorry that this week’s episode came out a little late. I know a lot of you, and probably any of the Olympus Records staff that is listening in — Hi, Hermes — let out a sigh of relief when my release date came by and went without an episode. I bet you thought the evil Echo had been defeated. For a second, I almost thought of letting Echobox go radio silence for a little bit. After all, I didn’t want anyone getting hurt. And since Olympus Records is not pulling the punches when it comes to treating their employees like people and not criminals, I had to do my part. And then I realized I don’t have to do jackshit. If Olympus Records is freaking out, that’s their problem. Not mine. If they pull out their big guns with Ares threatening everyone in the office just because of a silly internet show, that’s not my fault. So I’m here, back on air. I heard some new scoop today that I just had to tell you guys. And I’ll admit that the messages I got asking after this week’s episode were pretty good for the ego. A girl deserves to be treated well from time to time, don’t you think?
ECHO: Anyway, the news. It’s not just regular mortals that the Olympus family is out to get. They are going after their stars as well. We already talked about how perfect and obedient you need to be to keep your Olympus Records label intact. We already saw what happened with people who aren’t. The next victim-—no, let’s not call him that, because that boy is nowhere near being a victim. Let’s call him… target. The next target is Narcissus. Now, I already made myself clear what my opinion of Narcissus is. He has a pretty voice, and a pretty face, and no substance, no creativity. He’s as shallow as they make them in L.A. and he’s a piece of shit. So, perfect for Olympus Records, right? Apparently not. Narcissus had been running his mouth, and the company — especially Hades’ little team — is not happy about that. Let’s just say… Olympus Records will be cutting the cord on him very soon. They might paint it as career suicide, but everyone knows who really is in charge of which careers die or thrive in this city. And it’s not a pretty boy who talks too much shit. Hell, what else are we supposed to do other than sit back and enjoy the show? Keep an eye — and an ear — out for any updates. See you next time, dear listeners.
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This episode stars, in order of appearance Isabella Sales as Alex/Echo, Juliana Gutiérrez Arango as Artemis, Ron Guan as Hermes, Damon Alums as Zeus, Lauren Tucker as Hecate and Tal Minear as Daphne. 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 and audio and sound design by Meg McKellar. Logo design by Lucas Eduardo Bueno and website by Andy Cerdan.
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