The City of Absurdity Lost Highway
a film by David Lynch
Story Board pg. 8

A swinging party is in progress at Andy's house - the man whose face we saw at the Luna Lounge with Renee.

Renee finishes her drink and hands the empty glass to Fred who walks away with it. Andy grabs Renee, and dances with her. They laugh and talk. Renee appears to be a bit intoxicated.

A MYSTERY MAN, tall, well-dressed and groomed, older than Fred, approaches him.

Mystery Man: We've met before, havent we?
Fred: I don't think so. Where was it that you think we've met?

Mystery Man: At your house. Don't you remember?
Fred: No, no I don't. Are you sure
Mystery Man: Of course. As a matter of fact, I'm there right now.

Fred: What do you mean? You're where right now?
Mystery Man: At your house.
Fred: That's fucking crazy man.
Mystery Man: Call me.

Phone Voice of Mystery Man: I told you I was here.

Fred: How did you do that?
Mystery Man: Ask me.
Fred: How did you get into my house?

Phone Voice of Mystery Man: "You invited me. It's not my habit to go where I'm not wanted."
Fred: Who are you?

They laugh (identical laughs, both over the phone and in person)
Phone Voice of Mystery Man: Give me back my phone.

Mystery Man: It's been a pleasure talking to you.

Fred: Andy, who is that guy?
Andy (looking at the Mystery Man): I don't know his name. He's a friend of Dick Laurent's, I think.

Fred: Dick Laurent?
But Dick Laurent is dead, isn't he?
Andy: He is? I didn't think you knew Dick. How do you know he's dead?

Andy and Renee exchange a worried look, which Fred does not notice.

Fred: I don't. I don't know him.
Andy (angrily): Dick can't be dead. Who told you he was dead?

Renee: Honey, who?... Who's dead?

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