Ben X Jim (2020-…): Season 1, Episode 2 - Banter Banter - full transcript

Ben, after finally meeting his childhood friend Jim again, try to reconnect with him, despite the obvious distance they now have. Worse, when Jim learns about Ben's true self, he begins making his days uncomfortable for the latter. Is this the end of their friendship? Or will Ben's hidden feeling finally come through.

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[gentle piano music playing]

[Ben] But it becomes different...

when the person you believe
is the one for you, finally arrives.

Right then, at that moment,

you want to take the leap.

["Stars Align" by Swavesound playing]

♪ 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 ♪

Ben, what's up? How are you?

[grunts]

Wow! Nothing has changed.

Hey!

You're speechless!

It's just me.

Uh... [laughs]

[softly] Jim, it's you.

That's too much of a reaction.

Good thing you're awake.

You woke me up.

How are you?



Did I miss you? Not that much...

What are you doing here?

As usual,
Nanny Elma only cooked a vegetable dish.

I'm starving.

I knew for sure you'd have leftovers here.

Um...

[gentle music playing]

[chuckles]

[grunts questioningly]

It's really you.

You can't believe that it's really me?

Do I seem like a dream to you?

You dream of me, don't you?
That's how much you've missed me!

How arrogant! Never!

I didn't even know
you were coming back.

I'd actually forgotten about you.

Is that why Nanny Elma told me you were
at our house the whole day waiting for me?

I was just keeping her company
because she was all alone.

Wow!

Hey! Did you make these?

My favorite! Did you bake them for me?

No. I am selling those!
I'm an online seller.

- Aren't you studying computer engineering?
- See! How do you know that?

Are you stalking me on social media?
That's what I thought!

Of course! I always ask Nanny Elma
how my best friend is doing here.

And you? I saw the hearts
you left on my TikTok posts.

Post? Heart? Where?

On TikTok!

Oh, that? That was nothing.
I was just being supportive.

I felt bad seeing you'd posted videos
that no one had reacted to.

- It was just that.
- Ah...

See? You have time
to check stuff like that,

but you never replied to my message.

- Message?
- Yes, my message.

Ah, well, I must have overlooked it.

Sometimes I'm not the one
who checks my account.

Who else checks it? Your girlfriend?

You weren't expecting me to come home,

yet Nanny Elma told me
you fixed our tree house for me?

That's neat.

I have an idea. Let's drink there!

What? No! There's a liquor ban.

Liquor ban? That's nothing.

It's just us.
They won't stop us. Let's go.

Well?

[chuckles]

[crickets chirping]

[Jim] It feels like nothing I do
is enough for Dad.

Picture this. I'm 24, turning 25,

but he still sees me as an innocent kid.

Maybe he's just looking out for you.

I know, yes, he wants what's best for me.

But there are things
that I want for myself, too.

I want to explore a little bit.

I want to try everything.

- "Try"?
- Yes.

- As in, everything?
- Everything!

Like you.

What?

You! You can do anything you want.

Your mom is not controlling you.

You do online selling.
Maybe you're doing "shows" already?

Silly!

But...

Dad's changed.

Ever since Mom died.

He became very disapproving.

Wait, isn't your business
booming in Davao?

Even that! Dad disapproves of that!

He'll say, "Jimson,
you are good for nothing."

See?

Wait, why am I the only one
telling stories?

How about you? Tell me, how have you been?

Perhaps you've brought a ton of girls
over to your house

because you have the place
all to yourself.

No. None.

"None"? That's impossible!

Come on, spill.

Really, there were none.

Don't be so boring!

Come on, tell me!

So, how many?

Jim, it's like this...

Okay, go on.

- I've had relationships before...
- See?

Let's count them.

Like...

JC...

JC, that's one.

RC...

RC, two.

Jan...

Jan. That's three! You're something, man!

How many more?

There was Olive...

ver.

Olive. Then Ver?

JC, RC, Jan, Olive, Ver.

Five?

You've had five?

Um...

[rain pattering softly]

Oliver, James... Leo.

Wait, aren't those guys' names?

[soft piano music playing]

Ben, look at me.

Ben, I said look at me.

Ben!

That's okay!

Whatever makes you happy,
I'll support you.

I'll be there, as a friend.

Friends with benefits...
I mean best friends.

As a friend, who's always there for you.

As a friend, okay? As a friend.

[laughs softly]

Yes, friend.

Don't worry.

I will remember that, friend.

Don't worry,

I will never try to be more than that,

friend.

[Jim] Okay, friend.

Friend.

[laughs]

[rain continues pattering]

Jimson...

Hey, it's getting late.

Let's go inside to sleep.

We'll get insect bites here.

[groans]

Friend, I don't want to yet.

We're still drinking.
I'm not done with my beer yet.

- Let's stay longer...
- [thunder rumbling]

- Just promise to keep your hands off me.
- [both chuckle]

The nerve!

I would never touch you.

["Stars Align" by Swavesound playing]

♪ I've loved you for so long ♪

♪ Still I want to love you more ♪

[Jim grunts]

Friend, what are you doing?

I thought you said no touching.

Hey, you assume too much.

Never!

Stay here all you want. I'll go.

♪ 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... ♪

[Elma] Jim.

Get out of bed. It's lunchtime already.

I have a hangover.
Ben got me drunk last night.

[mutters] Wow, so now it's my fault?

Hello, loyal customers!

We are now back to our live selling.

And for our next item,
we have the Korean Samgyup grill set.

It's only 1,100 pesos, with drip catch
and a pot for shabu-shabu.

This is the perfect thing
for your family bonding this ECQ.

- OUR LIVE SELLER SEEMS LIFELESS.
- HE WAS UP ALL NIGHT THINKING OF JIMSON.

A reminder for commenters,
perhaps it would be nicer

if you only left comments
related to online selling.

BEN, HOW ARE THE JOB APPLICATIONS GOING?

ARE YOU STILL GONNA WAIT
FOR ONLINE GRADUATION?

Like I said, please send
online selling-related inquiries only.

- That's why...
- [whistle]

[upbeat music playing]

Friend!

Isn't it too early to fantasize about me?

Excuse me, it's not early.
It's noon already. You woke up late!

Oh, so if it's noon,
it's okay to drool over me?

The nerve!

FLO: HE'S TALKING TO SOMEONE.

What a jerk!

- GOSH, WHERE IS THE SELLER?
- RIGHT?

[birds twittering peacefully]

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

Hey, friend!
I didn't know you were there.

I'm about to fix this car.
Want to give me a hand?

Um... I don't think I want to.

You might be thinking that I don't know
anything about cars just because...

Just because what?

Are you meant to be confined
to doing domestic chores?

Can't you be someone
who also does manly jobs?

Ah, not really.

Why? Are you trying to tell me
that you are good at everything?

I didn't say I was good at everything.

I'm just doing what I'm good at, okay?

I know I'm not perfect.

I'm just willing to learn,
and I know I could become more.

I heard you are good with women.

They said you broke a lot
of women's hearts in Davao.

Hey, hey, hey!
That's fake news. Me?

I am very loyal.

And when I love someone,
I just stick with that person.

Unlike other people,
who are out to complete

the letters of the alphabet.
JC, RC, O,

- J...
- Whatever!

[chuckles]

So, are you gonna help me here?

I'll teach you how to handle the parts.

Who knows?

I might let you handle some of my parts
you haven't handled before.

Instead of you filming me.

I'll be going now.

[upbeat pop music playing]

[music keeps playing over phone]

[incoming video call ringtone]

[stops music]

Benny,

have you seen the latest
TikTok video of Jimson?

Check it out! Take a look!

He's so hot!

Hot? He's full of himself!

You talk as if you know him so well.

Yes. I told you, he lives next door.

He came home for the ECQ.

Really?

He assumes that just because I'm gay,
I'll automatically like him?

That I will chase after him?

This is why a lot of gay men are afraid
to come out to their straight friends.

Because they instantly assume that.

As if we never had any connection
as childhood friends.

He seriously thinks I am that shallow.

It's the year 2020
and he still thinks that way!

It's true that he's popular and all.

Rich, self-made, sought after.

But just imagine
how disappointed people would be

if they knew how medieval his mindset was.

No matter what you say,
I will never change the way I see him.

I still stand by him.

There is nothing
that can make me hate him.

So, you're saying
that he's alone in his house now?

Yes.

So, this video of him
fixing his car was taken in his house?

Yes, in their backyard.

So, if this video was taken today,
and he's alone now,

and you're also alone now,

that means...

you're the one who uploaded this video?

No! Not me!

Some other person who hates him
must have done it.

I don't feel any hate
from this account.

- It feels more like they have a crush.
- Excuse me, I don't have a crush on him.

He's very arrogant.

His feet stink.

And in the morning,
his mouth smells rotten. [scoffs]

So, it was you who uploaded
this anonymous video?

Enough! I have to do my live selling.

Hey, sell your dignity first.

Because it's obvious that
you have a crush on your childhood friend!

Whatever!

Ben, the call has not ended yet!

[grunts]

[sighs]

[birds twittering]

The lady of the house is so busy.

- What do you want?
- Why so grouchy?

I'm just here to borrow
your Wi-Fi password.

Ours got disconnected.

There he goes.

He's only nice when he needs something.

You're so grumpy.

There!

Thank you!

Stop being mad already.

When you uploaded that video of me,
did I lash out at you?

- I'm not the one who uploaded that.
- Are you sure?

Who, then?

I only learned about it
when a friend messaged me

that it was already circulating
on gay social media pages.

What did you say?

Circulating on gay social media pages.

You know what? Just leave.

Hey!

What did I say wrong?

I don't mean to infer that you are...

Which, by the way, is the truth...

Just leave! It's 2020 already
and you're still not politically correct!

Your father's a politician,
you think like that!

Perhaps that's the reason
everyone is driving you away.

Even your own parents.

[dog barking in distance]

[upbeat music playing]

LET'S BAKE THE FRUSTRATIONS AWAY. #ECQHITS

[cell phone dings]

THAT LOOKS DELICIOUS!

NANNY ELMA, I DIDN'T KNOW YOU WERE ON IG

MAY I HAVE SOME OF THAT CAKE?

BRING SOME HERE TO OUR HOUSE.

I'LL WAIT FOR IT.

OKAY. I'LL JUST FINISH IT OFF.

[soft music playing]

[knocking]

I don't accept the peace offering.

[loud slam]

You are so rude!

I'm sorry.

Here's the cake you asked for.

This cake tastes delicious.
You should start selling this stuff.

I'm not confident yet.

The customers might not like it.

What are you talking about?
It tastes good.

Hey, Jimson. Stop fixing that thing.

Come have a taste of this cake Ben made.

It's all right. The one who made it
might start bragging about that cake.

- No, I don't...
- Nanny Elma, this cake is for you.

It's just for you.

Don't force it on people
who think highly of themselves.

Really? I don't plan on tasting that.

How could someone so bitter
make something delicious?

Everything he makes
will end up bitter as well.

Nanny Elma,
we were living perfectly fine here

until a nuisance arrived,

acting all arrogant when the truth is,
he's been living a useless life.

Maybe that's why he was exiled here.

That's why, Nanny Elma,
this cake is only for you.

It's all yours
because you're sweet and kind.

I will never touch that thing.
I might contract...

Nanny Elma!

I think I better go.

Thank you for everything.

For the moments we shared.

For the friendship.

I thought everything was still the same.

But clearly, you've changed.

That's why, Nanny Elma, I'll go ahead.

[door closes]

Why am I being dragged into this?

J, B, 06, 05, 2015...

June 6, 2015?

- [Ben] What an asshole!
- [man] Mine.

Who does he think he is?

- Mine...
- Leo?

How did you get here?

Mine, let's talk, please.

I'm really sorry, okay?

I promise I won't hurt you anymore.

Just promise not to break up with me.

Are you drunk?

Mine, please call me "Mine"!

I never agreed to break up
in the first place.

- Please, Mine, come back to me.
- You're drunk!

Let's talk some other time.

- [slams door]
- No!

We never broke up!

And I know that you still love me!

Not anymore.

What?

I don't believe you.

- You're mine.
- Leo, stop!

How dare you!

You know what, Ben?

You should be thankful that I'm still here
waiting around for you!

You know why? Because there is
no one else left who loves you.

You can't brag about having anyone else.

Why? Because you have no one!

[Jim] Wifey?

[softly] Jim, please.

What do you need from my wife?

[softly, ] Jim... please.

What's happening here? Who is this?

Who are you?

And who is this asshole?

Is he the one you replaced me with?

- Huh? Mine?
- Stop calling him "mine."

He belongs to me.

[Ben, softly] Be careful.

[Leo] I don't believe this, Mine.

Please, Mine, let's stop this nonsense.

["Stars Align" by Swavesound playing]

♪ 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 ♪