face remains hidden). She calls him Patrick and pretends to have no idea who Joel is. As Joel storms out of the book store, the memory shatters behind him. Back at Rob and Carrie's, Joel wonders if Clementine is acting as if he's a stranger to punish him. Finally, Rob pulls a card out of a drawer, and, despite Carrie's protests, gives it to Joel. The card reads, " Clementine Kruczynski has had Joel Barish erased from her memory. Please never mention their relationship to her again. Thank you - Lacuna, Inc." The words start to fade away and suddenly, Joel is at the Lacuna Inc offices. Dr. Mierzwiak tells Joel that he shouldn't have seen the card. Joel is in disbelief that such a treatment exists. Back at Rob and Carrie's, Joel recalls the meeting and Carrie tries to comfort him by citing Clementine's recklessness. Outside, when he's alone, Joel cries angrily in his badly dented car. Cut back to the Lacuna Inc building, where the receptionist, Mary Svevo , tries to hold Joel back from barging into Dr. Mierzwiak's office. Joel insists that he wants the procedure immediately, and Dr. Mierzwiak lets him in. Dr. Mierzwiak commands Joel to go home and collect everything he owns that has some association with Clementine. These items will help the Lacuna technicians create a map of his brain, which they will subsequently use to erase the presence of Clementine in his mind later that night while he sleeps. Dr. Mierzwiak speaks his instructions in voice-over while Joel throws all the offending items into a plastic trash bag. The next day, Joel returns to the Lacuna office. Dr. Mierzwiak records Joel describing his and Clementine's relationship. The film intercuts between Dr. Mierzwiak's examination of Joel with visual representations of his memories. One by
one, Stan places Joel's objects in front of him and monitors his mental reaction to each item. Cut to Joel asleep in bed wearing a strange-looking helmet while Stan wipes his memories. Although he is asleep, Joel's mind is active. He hears Stan speaking to "Patrick," and immediately recognizes the name, but can't place it. Suddenly, Joel starts to become uncomfortable with the procedure, and his thoughts become more and more frantic. Clementine barges into the apartment, and Joel whispers, "This is the last time I saw you," signaling that he is re-living this memory as Stan is erasing it. Clementine, drunk, falls onto a chair and reveals that she wrecked his car. Joel angrily accuses her of being a "wino" and cheating on him. She storms out of the apartment and he runs after her, but the memory is now gone. Back in Joel's apartment, Stan and Patrick talks about girls. Stan has invited Mary Svevo to stop by, and Patrick says he has a new girlfriend but the situation is "weird." Back in Joel's mind, he drives after Clementine as she storms away from him. The scenery starts falling down, signaling that the memory is being erased. Joel shouts after Clementine, "I'm erasing you... you did it to me first!" Joel can hear Patrick speaking to Stan, telling him that his new girl is Clementine, and he fell in love with her while he and Stan were erasing her memory. In his mind, Joel is alone on the street
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