Ben X Jim (2020-…): Season 1, Episode 3 - Getting Closer - full transcript

Just as about Leo is to bring a dark cloud to Ben's life, Jim arrives and rescues him. This simple gesture leads to them reconnecting once again ang being comfortable to each other. Ben begins to hope for him and Jim to take everything to the next level. And then - the girlfriend arrives.

Are you wondering how healthy the food you are eating is? Check it -
[mellow music playing]

[Ben] And when you finally take the leap,

it will be bliss.

You'll feel joy.

And you won't care about
the world anymore.

Because what's important is that

you are with someone you love.

["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 ♪

[song ends]

You should not have done that.

I don't need someone to save me.

Look at you.
You have bruises all over your face.

At least I know
I'm still good at throwing punches.

Mm! You're always talking nonsense!
Look at where that got you.

Hey! Didn't you see what happened to Leo?

A few more punches,
and he'd have ended up in an ambulance.

And by the way...

Who is that guy?

Is he your ex?
Why were you letting him abuse you?

You're asking so many questions.

Yes, Leo's my ex.

Our relationship turned toxic.

So, I chose to stay away.

For now.

What made you want to go out with him?

He's so ugly.
I'm way more handsome than he is.

But we can't be together. Right?

[gentle music playing]

Anyhow, don't let him treat you like that.

Or anyone else.

Where is the Ben I knew?

The Captain Barbell-type.


Oh yes, you're Darna now.

Excuse me, Darna is a lot stronger.

She helps a lot in times of crisis.

I stan her more than Captain Barbel.

OK, fine.

I am not "woke" like you, OK?

But still,

don't let anyone treat you like that,
or I'll fight them.

As long as I'm here, I will protect you.

I don't need a savior.

There you go again.

Saying that instead of,
"Thank you for saving me earlier."

- Thank you.
- There! OK.


- Hey!
- What? Let's go to sleep.

Hey, did I allow you to sleep here?

Come on!

As if I've never done this before.


Leo might come back

and hurt my wifey again.

[chuckles] Stop that!

Hey, stop getting excited.
Come on, let's sleep already.

[Ben grunts]

And you have
a fast Internet connection here.

I have to make payments for my car shop.

Anyway, what's with June 5th, 2015?

Didn't you say we should sleep already?

[soft piano music playing]

[music fades]

[soft piano music playing]

[music fades]

[birds twittering]

[man] There you are!
Sir Ben, good morning!

Wait. Are you the one I booked?

Actually, no. But...

you can.

- Do you want to book me?
- Prankster!

So, why are you here
if you're not my courier?

It's too early to be grumpy.

I was having such a good day
until you showed up.

Now it's ruined.

With this cute face?

Your day is ruined?

- Oh, come on!
- What brings you here then?

[hesitatingly] Here's the story.

I got suspended from Deliver Lover,
Sir Ben.

I received complaints,
and I also got a lot of one-stars.

One-star, without "s."

So, that's it!

Anyway, I am out of a job this ECQ.

And life is so hard these days.

I can't fend for my 17 siblings.

I don't want to sell myself either.

I don't want to use my virgin body.

Well, unless...

you want me to sell it to you?

Would you want to, given a chance?

Trickster! You're wasting my time.

Sir Ben, please.

Let me be your courier.

Let me handle all your delivery needs.

Please, just for the ECQ.
I really need the work.

Please, Sir Ben.

So, I can buy takeout noodles
for my 18 siblings.

I thought it was 17.

[laughs awkwardly]
We adopted another this morning.

So, there are 18 now.

Please, sir.

OK, fine.

- Just stop pestering me.
- OK, sure.

- Let me deliver those packages.
- Wait.

I already booked someone.

Sir, just cancel it. Let me handle those.

I'm your courier now.

I'm both handsome and fast.

So, please be mine.


[quirky music playing]

So, Benny Wenny?

Is he boyfriend or friend material?

I don't know. I'm still confused.

About what?
You don't even have a boyfriend.

It's ECQ, and there's COVID.

Where will you get a boyfriend?

Hey, do I look that easy to you?

[laughs] So, you're not?

As far as I know, you are signed up
to every dating app ending with "der."

Stop teasing me.

All right, all right. Fine.

So, is it about Leo?

Yes, and Jim.


OK. So, let's say

that Jim really knows you.

What's your problem with him?

Here's the story.

Remember I was telling you
how he'd changed?

That he was arrogant?

But last night, he changed.
As in, he changed.

Especially when Leo came.
I'm still in shock, but...

Wow! So dainty.

Getting chased by your ex.

Then what? Jim came?

And they fought because of you?

Wow, so precious.

Then what?

They fought and Leo lost?

But Jim got bruises from the fight.

And you tended Jim's bruises

while he said,

"I'm here to protect you?"


Wow. So pure.

Then what? He slept over?

Beside you, together in one bed?

- How did you know?
- Hey, sis!

That's a Korean drama cliché.

It's the dream of every woman
who's a hopeless romantic.

But I am not dreaming, OK?
And Jim and I are really close.

Wait, do you remember
what I told you before?

It was Jim.

[Flo laughs]

Your first love?

Are you serious?

Hey, you're so loud.

I don't believe you yet.

OK, if you're really close with Jim,

and if you prove it to me,
that's when I'll give you advice.

Deal! So, what do you want?

What else? A video greeting!

But you need to be in it, too.


[Flo] What else? A video greeting!

But you need to be in it, too.

Hey, Ben!

Come, let's play.

[laughs] I don't know how to play.


Come on! I'll teach you.

Ah, Jim, I have a favor to ask.

What? About Leo?

- I'll fight him a million times for you.
- No, a different favor.

Is that OK?


Only if you can score against me.

How? I don't know how to play.

I'll teach you.

Come on.

Come here!

Go! Push!

Until you score.

When I reach for the ball,
keep your arms straight, like this.

- OK? Then I can't reach it.
- OK.

That's what you should do
so I can't reach it.

And then you shoot the ball
when I can't reach it.

- OK.
- OK, game!

[Ben] There.

See? All right! My turn!

- Same?
- Yes.

- I'll reach for it?
- Yes.

Your arms are so long!

I know!

[upbeat music playing]

You think you can beat me?

[Ben laughing]

You haven't scored yet?

[panting] Wait, I got this.

- [ball bouncing off ring]
- [Ben chuckles]

It's OK, you haven't also scored yet.

Come on.

OK, a miss.

You know,

this is simple.

You're amazed by me again?

Game! Come on!

Hey, you're sweating hard.

Here, change your clothes.

No, it's embarrassing.

Do you want to catch pneumonia?

Go on, change your clothes.

Is Jim still in the shower?

Gosh. He's so stubborn, he'll get cramps.

Hey, you're so stubborn.

[light music playing]

[Ben gasps] How long have you been there?

You're covering yourself
as if it's anything I haven't seen before.

What? When?

When we were kids.

We took showers together all the time.

We can still do that now.

If you wouldn't feel awkward about it.

- [Ben] Um, Jim?
- Yes?

About the favor I asked about...?


I can't do what you're asking.

I don't have any experience with that.

Hey, as if!


Just kidding! What kind of favor?

My friend is your fan.

She's asking for a video greeting.

She doesn't believe we're close.


Ah, sorry, never mind.

- I know it sounds cheap.
- No, no, it's not that!

There you go again!
Those eyes are killing me.

OK, fine. I'll do it later.

You know I'd do anything
for my best friend.

[thunder rumbling]

[rain pattering outside]

[Jim exhales]

What are you doing there?

Come in. Sit beside me.

Hey, sit beside me.

What are we going to do?

What do you think?


Are you nervous?


- What's that?
- Look.

You still have this?

Of course!

We both made it, remember?

[Ben laughs]

Let's use it later!

- [phone ringing]
- It's broken.

- Do you still remember how to fix it?
- Of course.

[phone vibrating]

Wait, let me take this call.

Hello, babe.

I have a surprise for you later.

[crickets chirping]

[softly] Ben?

[louder] Ben!

[drawn out] Ben?

[louder] Ben!


Wake up already.

And please wipe your drool.

I still need to use that pillow.

Did you fix the telescope?

Yes, I fixed it already.

I didn't realize I'd fallen asleep.

You did, and look at your drool
on that pillow.

I bet it smells.

- You're teasing me.
- Come on, let's go downstairs.

[crickets chirping]


What's this?

It's beautiful.

What did we make it for?

To look for constellations, right?

What's your favorite
constellation again? Let's find it.

[Ben] Let's take a selfie first.

Since everything is so beautiful.

[Jim] What for?

[Ben] For documentation.

Why? Can't an experience
be real without documentation?

Wow, coming from you?

Of the two of us,
who's the one with 100,000 followers?

I just want to capture the memories
so I can look back on them later.

Stop it right there!

Why are you talking
like somebody is leaving?

You can never know
if someone will stay or not.

Even parents leave their children.

I never get to ask you.

How are you? Are you OK?

I mean, with living alone?

Don't you miss your family?

It depends.

It depends?

If I remember what they used to tell me,

"You'll never make it on your own,"

"You'll be forever alone
if you have this kind of lifestyle,"

my longing quickly fades.


It's true.

Your mom seems nice.

You must be misinterpreting them.

"In six months, I'm 100 percent sure
that you'll end up here with us."

All of that!


Is that why you have your side hustle?

With your online selling?

I mean, you'll sell anything
that can be sold.


I am not as fortunate as you.

You've achieved a lot at a young age.

I mean,

you're just 24,
but you've already proven a lot

Meanwhile, I am 23 and still struggling.

[laughs self-deprecatingly]

But aren't you graduating this year?
Computer Engineering?

That's the problem.

I planned everything.

Graduation. Find a job.

And to prove to them
that I can make it on my own.

But then, boom!

COVID happens.

And all my plans are ruined.

I don't know now
how to prove myself to my mom.

How long will this lockdown last?

I mean, even my graduation
will be happening online.

But didn't you apply for a job already?

- Yeah.
- And?

But it is not the job I want.

I just did it to show my mom
some progress.

But I never followed up
because it's not what I want.

Why, what do you want?

Online selling? Is that it?


All I want is

to love

and be loved.

That's hardcore.

You're hitting hardcore.

Just kidding.

What I really want is to bake.

To have my own bakery.

To create frosting, cakes...

I really want to bake.

Aren't you doing that already?


But somebody told me
my cake didn't taste good.

I'm sorry.
I was just kidding.

I just told you that because

all the bakeries in the Philippines
might close down

when they find out the best has arrived.

[snorts] Hey!

Kidding aside, it tasted really good.

Ben, you are an amazing person.

I'm actually jealous of you.
You have your own goals.

You know, sometimes,
even when I try to think of it that way...

Well, there are always problems,
like this COVID-19.

Sometimes, I think

the stars are never aligned
for me to do what I want.

"Never aligned"! Stop saying that.


Look at that.
Isn't that your favorite constellation?

Take a look.

Isn't that your favorite?

Vela. The sails of a ship.


you can sail anywhere you want.

I know.

[gentle piano music playing]

[phone ringing]



OK, fine, you win.

I don't have any evidence.

He won't do a video greeting.

OMG! What is wrong with you?

You always act so innocent.

So, here's the thing.
I called you because, well.

Yes! Confirmed. Very confirmed.


You and Jim are really close.

You really know each other. And you're
not just close, you're super close.

- What are you talking about?
- You're so innocent.

I hope you get scammed.

Check Jim's TikTok.

So, hello, guys!

This is Jim Alcantara.

And to those who don't believe it,


I know this man here, Ben Mendoza.

We've known each other
since we were young.

Because we are neighbors.

Really close neighbors.

And we are not just friends,

but super-duper-duper close friends
to the whole wide universe.

And yes, as you can see,
he even sleeps here sometimes.

So, to his friends who don't believe him,

here's the evidence.



OK! OK! Fine! Fine!

You won already!

See. And all this time,
you didn't believe me.

I know, but now I believe you!


I'll come over.
Let's bond with him.


The ECQ will last for two more weeks.

And once it's lifted,
Jim will go back to Davao.

- And you don't have a car.
- What are you talking about?

Are you getting amnesia?
I'm a volunteer nurse.

I have a quarantine pass.

And, I have a bicycle.

OK, fine. It's up to you.

OK, bye! See you soon.
I'm on the way!

Hey. Hey, sis!

You really don't know how to end a call.

I'm coming over.

I'm so excited, I just can't hide it.


["Stars Align" by Swavesound playing]

[music fades]

That's it, you should always smile.

So that I am energized for work.

It makes my day a lot brighter.

You know what?
You always ruin the moment.


I'm just happy that
you're not grumpy with me today.

Check nothing's missing.
You might misdeliver something again.

It's all there.
I'm the only thing you're missing.

Just kidding!

Um, take this!

What's this?

A peace offering.
So you won't be so grouchy with me.

Also, it's a thank you gift
since you gave me a job.

Wait, first it's a peace offering,
then it's a thank you gift?

It should be two milk tea, then.

Milk teas. With "s."


And too much will mess with your bowels.

Go on! Drink it.

It's delicious, promise.

As delicious as I am.

OK, go now. Deliver those now.

Before you get into an accident...

- I hope.
- Hey!

I hope not.

Because I'll be your boyfriend soon.


Nothing. I mean...

I'll be your delivery guy
for a long time, right?

- [skeptically] Mm.
- OK, I'll go ahead.

[engine starts]

Ah, miss, are you looking for someone?

Oh, hi!

I'm Yana.

I'm looking for 28-B.

Is it this place?

Ah, yes. This is 28-A.

- That's 28-B.
- [Yana] OK.

Who are you looking for?

I'm looking for my boyfriend.
He lives here, you see.


Yeah, maybe you know him.

Jim? Jimson Alcantara.

[crushes cup]

[cup drops]

["Stars Align" by Swavesound playing]

["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]