Forgive how Blogger will butcher the format a little. This is a very early scene in the script. In fact it's scene 2, and the first scene after the beginning credits.
ext. SUBURBAN HOME - day – “THREE months later”
A beautiful day greets a quiet, welcoming home.
inside the basement
The room is filled with cardboard boxes of all shapes and sizes.
MRS. ROGERS enters. She is an older, motherly figure.
Cole? Are you home?
She looks around but finds no signs of life.
The woman steps toward a larger box and feels it to judge its firmness. She has a seat on the top. The box immediately caves in and Cole shouts. She falls into the box, on top of her son.
The mother is frightened. She bats at him as she struggles to stand.
Ahhh! Jesus cart-wheeling Christ!
Mom! Mom! It’s me! It’s Cole!
She stands and tries to catch her breath.
Cole emerges from the box.
What are you doing? You never come down here!
What the hell are you doing in that box?
I needed a place to sleep. I never bothered putting my bed back together.
It’s been three months. Are you going to unpack or are you going to move back out? Huh? Which one is it?
Ma, I’m not staying, so there’s no point in unpacking.
Then when are you leaving?
Cole reaches into a nearby box and pulls out a clock.
Shit, I’m late.
No cussing in my basement.
I gotta get to the store.
Cole, I don’t understand what you’re doing. You had such a nice apartment, and I know you have enough money to stay there a few more months until you got back on your feet.
Cole reaches into another box and pulls out some clothes. He changes into a pair of jeans while he talks.
I told you, ma. I’m trying to stretch out those savings as long as I can.
Here’s an idea. Why not get a new job? I know you needed some time off but like I said, it’s been three months.
Why are you complaining, ma? It’s good for you to have a man around the house. So remember the drill. If anyone calls looking for me, you haven’t seen me.
What about Alexis?
I told you a hundred times. She won’t call. I have to get going. I love you.
I love you too. And I am glad you’re here. I just—
Thanks. You’re the best.
Cole kisses her on the forehead and rushes out.
I’ll be home for dinner!
The mother stands amongst the boxes and sighs. She randomly reaches into one and feels around. She pulls out a beer bong.
(to beer bong)
What are you?
She scrutinizes it and even goes as far as to put her nose directly on it.
And from there, we go to scene 3 where Cole arrives at the comic book store where Evan is, and the movie continues as you (better) know it.
Obvious reasons why this scene was never shot: I felt it was too blatantly spelling out Cole's situation, whereas I preferred it to be revealed through the course of the film instead. Also I felt like it was pointless to introduce this mother character so early, and then never have her return or mentioned again.
Even the final draft of Purgatory Comics says "Scene 2 - Omit" and then skips to scene 3. The missing second scene went through two more drafts before being cut completely. One was Cole and his mom having this same conversation, but at a breakfast table. The other is Cole in an apartment alone, in the bathroom realizing he was balding. I think an answering machine message was also playing, which is a device I've grown to hate in movies.
Hope you liked it! Or didn't like it. Since I never made it.