66 days ago,
Scene opens on a young girl, Becky (Maya Kendrick), who sits in the back of a car. She looks excited and anxious to get out of the car. The car pulls up to a flawless suburban home with a perfectly manicured lawn. Outside, three people stand. These are the members of the Darling family: husband Doug (Mr. Pete), wife Doris (Dee Williams) and son Davey (Seth Gamble). Becky smiles when she sees them. The three stand in a perfectly straight line and have the same exaggeratingly welcoming smile on their faces. They wave in unison and are all dressed in similarly preppy fashion with matching colored clothing. As the car pulls into the driveway, Becky notices the odd way they're waving and her smile falters for a second as she regards them skeptically. But she seems to push her worries aside immediately and regains her smile. The car pulls to a stop. Becky thanks the driver and hops out excitedly. She must be Becky!, Doug says enthusiastically. Yes, Becky confirms. Doug introduces himself and presents his wife and son. Doug asks Davey to get Becky's bags from the car. Davey goes to get the bags.
Welcome to Canada, they are so happy to have her here!, Doris says brightly. Becky says that she's happy to be here for her cultural exchange, and it's not nearly as cold as her parents said it would be. Yes, people tend to exaggerate about the climate here, says Doug. 'We don't all live in igloos you know!' Doug adds with a laugh. Why doesn't he take Becky's bags upstairs and show her her new room?, Doug suggests to Davey. She arrived just in time for dinner, Doris says. Dinner is every night at six o'clock SHARP, Doug says firmly. 'And no matter what we are doing, we ALWAYS come home for family dinner at six. NO. EXCEPTIONS.' Doris says, with an oddly insistent edge. She'll see that there are many...family rules, but these rules just make them closer as a family, Doris says. 'Isn't that right sweetie?' she asks Davey. Yes Mother!, Davey answers energetically. Becky catches that and laughs nervously. Well, they'd better get Becky's bags upstairs, dinner will be on the table soon!, Doris says. They'll take care of paying for the cab while Davey takes care of Becky, Doug adds.
As Davey walks Becky up the driveway into the house, they chat. Um... is everything as...strict as they just made it sound?, she asks with a nervous chuckle. Yeah, Mom and Dad just like things done a certain...way, Davey says. She'll get used to it, he adds. He thought it was a little weird at first too, he says. He was 15 when his dad married Doris, but it's been four years now and he's totally used to all their little rules, he adds. 'And trust me, once you get used to them, you'll LOVE it here. I know I do,' he says with a chuckle, as his eyes look Becky's body up and down. Becky laughs nervously.
Cut to the dinner table, where the four sit with their meals in front of them. The three Darlings, virtually in unison, fold their napkins and place them onto their laps. Becky looks on, a quizzical expression on her face, but a moment later, follows along, placing her own napkin on her lap. So Davey showed her her new room?, Doug asks. Yes, it's great!, Becky says happily. Before they can continue their conversation, Doris lightly taps her glass with her fork, getting everyone's attention. It's time to say grace!, Doris announces with a smile. The three Darlings join hands, but Becky hesitates. Is there a problem dear?, Doris asks. Um, no, she just...isn't used to saying grace, Becky says, smiling awkwardly. Well, in this family, they give thanks before every meal, because in life, there is so MUCH to be thankful for, Doug says earnestly. And since Becky's a part of this family now, it's important that she takes part in this, Doug adds, again offering his hand for Becky to take.
Becky smiles nervously and takes Doug's hand and with her other, grasps Davey's outstretched hand. Doug begins by saying that they are thankful for the meal that they are about to receive, they are thankful for their health, and...they are very thankful for Becky, the newest member of their family. When he says 'newest member of their family', all three Darlings turn their heads to look at Becky with unblinking grins. Just as when he married Doris and she became Davey's mother, they have formed a new family, Doug continues. 'We are thankful to be blessed with this young woman, who will be taking part in all of our...family traditions,' Doug adds. As Doug is saying this, Davey's fingers begin to rub Becky's palm. Feeling this, her eyes open with mild surprise. She looks at Davey, who stares at her. He slowly licks his lips.
She subtly tries to take her hand out from his but Davey grips her hand harder, preventing her from pulling away. Becky looks towards Doug, who stares back at her with a blank smile. To Becky's growing alarm, Doug licks his lips. Becky looks toward Doris, who is also staring at her and licking her lips hungrily. She looks around in disbelief at the three of them as they stare back at her.