Ben X Jim (2020-…): Season 1, Episode 1 - Love Returns - full transcript

Ben, a 23 year old guy who lives alone, is supposed to graduate from college after 8 years, but then the pandemic happens. As soon as the lockdown starts, he begins selling online to pay bills and prove his parents, who already reside in the US, that he can make it here alone. Then, he learns from his next door neighbor's housekeeper that his childhood friend, who he had been harboring deep feelings for, will return to spend the lockdown. Suddenly, memories of old feelings return to him, making him anxious about how it's going to be between them this time.

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[male newsreader]
The president will place Metro Manila

under Enhanced Community Quarantine
due to the coronavirus disease,

or COVID-19 outbreak,
starting March 15, 2020.

Metro Manila will be placed
under lockdown for a month

to prevent the spread of the virus.

The president made the declaration
after a meeting

with the members
of the Inter-Agency Task Force.

He also clarified that this lockdown
is not martial law.

The protocol's only intent
is to protect the public from COVID-19.

It can be recalled that
the first case of COVID-19

originated from a wet market
in Wuhan, China,



last December 31, 2019.

According to experts...

[man] If you were offered the chance
to love without boundaries,

but could end up shattering
everything in your path,

would you take the risk?

["Stars Align" by Swavesound
playing in English]

♪ I know you have your dreams
I have my stories ♪

♪ I know that we're both far
From yesterday ♪

♪ I know it won't be easy ♪

♪ I know it's not so simple ♪

♪ But I know we have a reason ♪

♪ To fall in love ♪

♪ To fall in love tonight ♪

[man] If you had asked me then,



I would have said

no.

So, our next item is the e-scooter.

This product will be perfect
for your travel needs this coming ECQ.

And for those who are single,

this is your time to shine

because this product
is made especially for you.

Of course, this is not just any e-scooter.

This one is high quality and affordable,
for only 18,000 pesos.

What a great deal!

Okay, let's read some of your comments.

There, it's Sir Willy again.
Sir Willy, how are you?

Sir, where's your location? Okay.

But, of course,
you need to book a courier,

and don't forget the payment.

Let's read

some more comments.

Wow! We've been receiving
a lot of comments today.

Just keep those comments coming.

Oh, yes, I'm well today. Thank you.

So, guys, by the way,
I hope we don't have bogus buyers here.

You know I'm just
a struggling student seller.

Okay, so speaking of legit customers,
Sir Willy, this e-scooter is all yours.

Please book your courier now, so you
can experience this e-scooter already.

Now, let us go to our next item.

Are you all excited? Because, guys, I am.

I believe this item is an important one.

I know a lot of people on FB
who love looking and feeling good.

So, we have this vanity mirror.

If you want this,
please comment "mine."

The first one to comment
will get this item.

Oh, so because
you're the first one to say "mine,"

this vanity mirror will be reserved
for you, Leo Por...

MINE, CAN WE TALK, PLEASE?

- MARK FRANCIA: HE'S STUCK?
- FLO: OH MY GOD, IT'S LEO.

- VINCENT: LEO, AS IN, THE EVIL EX?
- BOGS: TRUE! EVIL EX!

Okay, guys,
so I am really sorry to say this,

but this is our last item for today.

I am really sorry, guys.

I really need to tend to other things.

But anyway,
you can like my Facebook page.

All my followers,
you already know that.

But, yeah. Again, this is your struggling
student seller, Ben Mendoza.

Sorry again, guys.
And thank you very much.

Yeah, bye.

[breathes shakily]

[sighs]

[ringtone "Stars Align" by Swavesound
playing over phone in English]

♪ Every time I look up in the sky above
The stars align for us ♪

[music stops]

["Stars Align" resumes playing]
♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ The stars align for us ♪

[music stops]

["Stars Align" resumes playing]
♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ The stars align for us ♪

♪ And every time I see your eyes I fall... ♪

Can you please stop calling?

[Ben's mom] Why, son?
Don't you need us anymore?

Mom?

Ah, sorry, Ma, I thought you were...

[Ben's mom] You thought what?
Another one of your flings?

Benjamin, when will you stop
living that kind of life?

Ma, I am not doing anything wrong.

Listen, Benjamin.

What I want you to do
is to follow us here to the US.

To get yourself a good life.

I have a good life here.

See?

I finally graduated.

[Ben's mom] After eight years in college.

Ma, you said you would give me six months
to prove myself here in the Philippines.

It's not been six months,
and you're already nagging.

Son, I just want you to live a good life.

How about a happy life, Ma?

That is all I've ever wanted.

Okay, fine. Six months.
If you haven't achieved anything by then,

you have to move in with us here
in the States. Understood?

Yes, Ma.

Please take care of yourself.

And drink vitamins.

There's a virus spreading.

Yes, Ma. Thank you.

I love you.

[sighs]

[phone ringing]

[phone ringing]

Hello?

Hello?

Hello, Flo?

[Flo] Hey, stupid, we're on a video call.

Oh, sorry.

So, sorry,
I'm packing things for delivery.

- Someone keeps on calling.
- Geez! Who? Is it Leo?

He still hasn't moved on?

Oh my, Ben.

Don't say you want to be
the battered boyfriend again.

You're overreacting.

Leo isn't like that.

- So, why did you call?
- Oh yes!

So, I stopped
my makeup review blog just now

because of this someone
from TikTok who's going viral.

Check him out. Hurry. I'm dead.

Maybe later.

I still have to send out orders.
The ECQ will start soon.

Going out won't be allowed.

Stupid, couriers are still allowed.

Go on, check him out.

He's hot.

He's handsome.

Car enthusiast from Davao.

Mm. My dear, he is ripped!

Check him out.
I'll send you the username.

Wait, so how will I check?
We are talking here.

Oh. Okay, I will call you on your laptop.

- [cell phone dings]
- Oh.

[laptop ringing]

See? You are awed.

Mm! He looks yummy, right?

[in English]
Jimson Alcantara, 24, Davao City.

Hey, your jaw dropped.

Hey.

Stop overacting.

Isn't he worth it?

[Ben] I know him.

He's my ex.

What do you mean, ex? He's famous.

Ex...

Ex-childhood friend.

Ex-childhood friend?
What are you talking about?

You don't know him. He's famous.

And he's from Davao.

How could you know each other?

You never mentioned anything
about him to me.

You are daydreaming.

Stop it now, Benny.

He's handsome,
that's why you're making things up.

Can you stop daydreaming, please?

[sighs]

[breathes heavily]

[exhaling]

Where's that Deliver Lover?

The app said he'd be here in two minutes.

[scoffs] He must be stupid.

[distant engine revving]

[Ben exhales]

[Ben] Finally!

What took you so long?

Is our place hard to find?

Wait.

Do you even know how to use Waze?

[romantic instrumental music playing]

I'm really sorry, sir.

I know how to use Waze, but,

most roads going here were closed.

Your area may have a lot of COVID cases.

I should have canceled the delivery.
I might contract the virus here.

Oh, I'm sorry.

I am not the one
who placed this area under ECQ.

Is this everything?

[chuckles]

This is a lot.

You did not note this in the app.

Sorry.

I did note in the app that
you'd be delivering to multiple stops.

Is that so?

Uh...

It looks like you're exploiting
your delivery guys.

- This is a lot.
- You complain a lot.

Is the receiver paying for the delivery?

Yes.

Anything else you want to add?

Rate me five stars, okay? Thank you.

[motorcycle revs]

Five stars your face!

[woman] Ben!

[Ben] Nanny Elma?

Did Jimson tell you?

Jimson? About what?

He's coming home.

He'll stay here during the ECQ.

He temporarily closed down
his car custom shop in Davao.

He might be here
in a little while, or maybe tomorrow.

Okay, I'll go ahead. Go back inside now.

You're not wearing a face mask.
You might get coronavirus.

Okay.

["Stars Align" by Swavesound
playing softly]

[music intensifies]

♪ I miss the time we had
When were younger ♪

♪ I miss the way you look me in the eye ♪

♪ I hope that this time
We both can be braver ♪

♪ To choose the love
That's in our hearts tonight ♪

♪ I know it won't be easy ♪

♪ I know it's not so simple ♪

♪ But I know we have a reason
To fall in love ♪

♪ To fall in love tonight ♪

♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ The stars align for us ♪

♪ And every time I see your eyes
I fall in love ♪

♪ Again ♪

♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ A promise shines for us ♪

♪ And every time I see you
You make me wanna dream ♪

♪ That we can fall in love tonight ♪

[song continues, instrumental]

HOW ARE YOU?

JUST TO LET YOU KNOW, I'M COMING HOME

[phone beeps]

♪ And every time I see your eyes
I fall in love ♪

OF COURSE, HAHA. HOW ARE YOU?

♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ A promise shines for us ♪

♪ And every time I see you
You make me wanna dream ♪

♪ That we can fall in love tonight ♪

♪ We can fall in love tonight ♪

♪ We can fall in love tonight ♪

[song ends]

Gosh, I thought there was
some stranger smashing things here.

Oh, I was just fixing this,
Nanny Elma, so Jim and I can use it.

Hey, you went over the fence again.

[Elma] It's been a while
since you were last here.

Yes, the last time I was here
was back in 2012.

When Jim's mother, Azon, died,

and he went with his father, Kev,
to Davao.

Actually, it was the same year
that my parents migrated to the US.

Did your parents tell you why they left?

Not really.

They only said they were following
my older brother to the States.

- Why do you ask?
- [chuckles]

No reason.

[knocking on door]

[Elma] Oh, that must be Jimson.

[whimsical music playing]

[man] Delivery for Elma Magtibay.

- Oh, that was fast.
- Of course.

Let me take your picture.

Are you the only delivery guy
in the country?

It's just coincidental.

And no matter how great I am,
some are still rating me one star.

Come, have some snacks.

No, thanks. I'm fine.

Someone might eat me if I stay longer.

- Are you talking about me?
- No, the fridge.

The fridge might eat me.

Okay, ma'am, I'll go ahead. Thank you.

[pop music playing]

Hey, Jim, how are you, bro?

I didn't know that you were coming home.

Did I miss you? Not that much.

By the way, bro, I fixed the tree house.

Remember?
Where you got drunk for the first time.

[laughs]

I heard you're affluent now.

When back in the day,
you used to eat here.

Yuck, gross.

Oh. So, you're here.

I don't hear much about you anymore.

You didn't keep in touch.

Ugh, that sounds pretentious.

[sighs]

[music fades]

- Hi, Benny!
- How did you get here?

Seriously? I brought you some food,
and you're welcoming me with questions?

- [muttering]
- Thank you.

[Flo] You're welcome.

Wow, that's a lot!

What? You're baking? Is it your birthday?
Or somebody has ordered it?

No, I am not yet confident enough
to sell them.

I'm just practicing
because cupcakes are Jim's favorite.

His nanny told me that
he'll be coming home during the ECQ.

[Flo laughs]

Does Jimson really know you?

[Ben] Of course.

Evidence?

Wait and see.

Look at this. Here.

[chuckles]
It does not look anything like him.

It's us. This is me. And that's him.

[Flo] It doesn't look like him.

- You're imagining things.
- It's him.

[Ben scoffs]
Okay. So you won't believe me.

Wait.

I have some messages as proof.

[Flo] Let me see.

[Flo] Mm?

[laughs] Dream on, sister.
Just keep on dreaming.

Dream deeper.

Hey, Ben!

I saw these at your doorstep.
These bills are piling up.

Hey, Ben! If you need help
with these, I can help you.

I'm fine, really.

Wait. I'll transfer some money to you.

[phone dings]

[Flo] There.

Thank you.

No problem. Come on, let's eat.

[upbeat pop music playing]

Are you not hungry?

In a while, let's wait for this.

[Flo] It smells good.

- It's taking too long.
- I agree.

I mean, it will be done in a little while.

- There!
- Wow!

[Flo laughs] In fairness!

Um, it looks like you are
preparing this for someone.

No.

I've caught you looking outside
too many times.

[crickets chirping]

[whistles]

[whistles]

[whistles]

[crickets chirping]

[distant whistle]

[distant whistle]

[sighs]

Please, Jim, show yourself.

Even just for a bit.

I just need to see your face.

I've missed you so much.

Jim, please come out already.

Wish granted.

["Stars Align" by Swavesound playing]

[silently] Wish granted.

["Stars Align" by Swavesound
playing in English]

♪ I've loved you for so long ♪

♪ Still I want to love you more ♪

♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ The stars align for us ♪

♪ And every time I see your eyes
I fall in love ♪

♪ Again ♪

♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ A promise shines for us ♪

♪ And every time I see you
You make me wanna dream ♪

♪ That we can fall in love tonight ♪

♪ I miss the time we had
When were younger ♪

♪ I miss the way you look me in the eye ♪

♪ I hope that this time
We both can be braver ♪

♪ To choose the love that's
In our hearts tonight ♪

♪ I know it won't be easy ♪

♪ I know it's not so simple ♪

♪ But I know we have a reason
To fall in love ♪

♪ To fall in love tonight ♪

♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ The stars align for us ♪

♪ And every time I see your eyes
I fall in love ♪

♪ Again ♪

♪ Every time I look up in the sky above ♪

♪ A promise shines for us ♪

♪ And every time I see you
You make me wanna dream ♪

♪ That we can fall in love tonight ♪

♪ We can fall in love tonight ♪

♪ We can fall in love tonight ♪

[song ends]