FADE IN: INT. OPTOMETRIST OFFICE - DAY ALICE is sitting in a chair, leaning forward into a phoropter, facing an eye chart projected onto a wall. The DOCTOR stands next to her chair, clipboard in hand. ALICE Can you do it again? DOCTOR (flipping a switch on the phoropter) A...B...A...B... ALICE Uhh...B. The DOCTOR jots something down on his clipboard. DOCTOR Alright. Now please read off the letters on the screen, left-to-right, top-to-bottom. ALICE R. And then N-D-O-Z-V. Then K-H-C-M-T-N-D-E-W--Mountain Dew? Does that say Mountain Dew? DOCTOR Please keep reading. ALICE (hesitating) Ok. Let's see, Z-K-N-B-U-Y-H-E-F-T-Y-H-E-F--I'm sorry did you put ads in this test? DOCTOR You're almost done with the visual portion of the exam. Please continue reading. A BEAT. ALICE is working something out. ALICE Ok, hold on. Doesn't it completely defeat the purpose of the eye exam if I can infer the next letters from context? Also how did you get all these letters? I happen to know that this font was designed in the 50s and it only contained 10 characters. DOCTOR We cannot discuss the terms and conditions established with our licensors. Furthermore, we cannot share any information that would alter the results of the experiment. ALICE Experiment? The DOCTOR is stone-faced. ALICE Let me rephrase that, Herr Doktor. Am I currently participating in an experiment? DOCTOR Yes, you are. This is stated on your patient admission forms. Eye exams are not ordinarily free, but it is in the interest of Takashi Enterprises as well as to the general public to provide eye exams in exchange-- ALICE Ok ok, I get it. Let's just keep going. DOCTOR Very well. Please read the last line. ALICE R-C-H-O--and then it just says "kids love the taste of Count Chocula breakfast cereal." DOCTOR Good. You received perfect marks on the preliminary visual exam, which means we may now move on to general perception assay. Preparation will be mostly painless. You will feel a tiny pinch at the base of your neck. ALICE Wait, what? DOCTOR (singing rapidly) Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there. On the last syllable, the DOCTOR snaps his fingers. The door swings open. ORDERLY 1 steps into the room, followed by a cart being pushed by ORDERLY 2. On the cart are cotton swabs, a bottle of iodine, and a large syringe filled with fluorescent blue liquid with a massive DAWN logo on the barrel. ALICE tries to stand up, but ORDERLY 1, standing behind her, wraps his arms around her shoulders and uses his weight to pin her to the chair. He's easily twice her size. ALICE turns her head and bites his forearm. ORDERLY 1 Ow, fuck! ORDERLY 1 lets go and punches ALICE in the back of the head. She's stunned. ORDERLY 2 quickly walks over, disinfects the injection site near the base of her neck, and takes the sheath off of the syringe. With a single motion, he places the needle and sinks it in between two vertebrae. ORDERLY 2 (viciously pressing the plunger with his thumb) You're not you when you're hungry, bitch.