Synopsis by Josh Ralske
Pete Jones leaves L.A. for Chicago to begin scouting locations, scheduling, and doing other pre-production work that needs to get done before he can start shooting his movie, Stolen Summer. Jones gets good news from Miramax. They've met all of Aidan Quinn's demands, including extending the shooting schedule, and he's signed on for the film. Jones visits the insurance agency where he used to work, and tells his former co-workers about casting Quinn. Chris Moore points out the importance of the planning stages of the movie. "If you're bad at pre-production," he says, "it's a disaster." The mother role in the film still has not been cast, but Jones has a good meeting with Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), and wants her for the role. He has to get approval from Quinn, who seems hesitant about it. As Jones describes it, Quinn is concerned that Helgenberger looks "too Californian." Quinn arrives at the production office, and asks for copies of the continuity breakdown and the wardrobe breakdown. He seems ready to take a very active role in the production. He explains that he doesn't really trust the filmmakers to do it right. He has a meeting with Jones and Kevin Pollak, another cast member, in which he asks Jones a lot of questions about his character's background. Pollak is amused by Quinn's thoroughness. "Whatever his backstory research crap is, it so works for him," he says. Jones meets with the young actors who will be playing the lead roles in his film, Adi Stein and Mike Weinberg. As the first day of shooting approaches, Helgenberger, upset that the production does not seem willing to meet her scheduling demands, passes on the project. About ten hours before shooting begins, they scramble to secure the services of Bonnie Hunt.