Love makes us talk funny, act nervous, put our own lives at-risk and other stupid stuff.

A phlebotomist at a health care facility asks a woman if the venipuncture feels comfortable. She affirms that it does and compliments him on how good he is at the procedure, followed with a pause, to fish for his name. His name is Joe; her name is Beth; and they both exchange salutations.

With nervous giggles, Beth strikes up small talk, cracks dull jokes, continues the compliments and then starts to slur her words, as if she was a little inebriated. After Joe ignores Beth’s numb-tongue-talking, she continues the weird behavior by lightly caressing his face, calling him beautiful and awaiting reciprocity. Having been exposed to patients acting strangely, with a needle in their arm, Joe asks if she has eaten, to which, she confesses that she has already donated blood that day…three times.

After he removes the needle and berates himself, he asks her to stay seated while he fetches someone else to help. Desperate not to be left in someone else’s hands again, Beth grabs Joe and pleads with him to just sit with her for two minutes, promising that she will be fine.

Mortified for having to confess her attraction to Joe, putting her own life in danger, and putting Joe’s job at-risk, she immediately shifts gears to explain her rash behavior in the form of a bitter diatribe against societal pressures, for both big and small matters. Joe identifies with some of her challenges and confesses to some of his insecurities. He abandons his professional relationship with Beth and asks her out for coffee. Is this the beginning of a beautiful relationship?

Cast & Crew

Director: Paul Emerson
Writer: Paul Emerson, Dana Powell
DOP: Tim Wilson
Producer: Tony Biaggne
Key Cast: Dana Powell, Stacey Hinnen
Editor: Lucas Harger
Production Audio: David Kerins
Sound Design: Steve Horne
Wardrobe: Marissa Blume
Hair & Makeup: Priscilla Case
Stunt Double: Janelle Foszcz


Hilarious example of how love is the only socially acceptable form of madness.
About The Author
- Joon Shin has always been an advocate for independent films and is a Co-Founder & Partner for Content of Characters, Board Director for both Dosha Pops and In The Lights PR, and serves on the Board of Advisors for TriplAgent.