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"The Question" by Lynn Isenberg
INT. ALLY'S APARTMENT - BATHROOM - PRE-DAWN
Ally, in sweats and T-shirt, RIPS the hair blower cord out of
its socket, then CRASH, it accidentally drops to the ground.
She grabs it.
She rapidly stuffs the hair blower in her gym bag along with
an array of make-up, when RENEE, in a hypnogogic state,
appears in the door jamb.
ALLY (CONT.) (cont'd)
Ooooh. I hope you're not awake because I
dropped a hair blower. Unless you wanted
to be saved from a bad dream, a very bad
Ally. It's 5:30 in the morning. What are
What does it look like I'm doing? I'm
preparing to release accumulated
aggressions from the un-evolved behavior
patterns of Cro-Magnons.
Renee, coming to full awareness, stares at her.
Does this have to do with Robert from
Oh. You must mean betrayal number three
on the quarterly report. I must really
have a way of picking them.
Renee raises an eyebrow. Wondering.
ALLY (CONT.) (cont'd)
We had a surprise visitor show up between
the cappuccinos and the crème brulèe...
his wife. I hate surprises. Especially
those kind of surprises.
Renee looks at her again. Suspicious.
ALLY (CONT.) (cont'd)
Don't look at me like that, Renee. I did
not know he was married.
And Sam? From last month?
Hey. I did not know Sam was engaged.
And Larry? From the month before?
I did not know that Larry wasn't over his
ex-wife and had girls in every airport,
boat basin and bathtub to help him forget
about her. Face it, Renee, all the good
ones are gone.
I should have known. None of them could
kiss. That first kiss. Tells you
everything you need to know.
Did Billy's first kiss tell you he'd
marry someone else?
Ally shoots a look right back at her.
It told me he'd be there if I fell. These
guys, I could stumble off a bridge and
they wouldn't bat an eye. I just want
someone who can catch me.
You have to be available to fall and so
do they. But you just like to yearn for
love. You're addicted to yearning.
Excuse me? I yearn?
You yearn to yearn.
What's that supposed to mean?
When you're always yearning that's what
you get-- yearning. Face it, Ally, you
were weaned on Harlequin romance novels.
Look, maybe it's true that I, uh, I am a
romantic and maybe with that comes a form
of yearning that I happen to identify
with, but-- I do not identify with cheap
Harlequin romance novels.
I relate to Henry James and Jane Austen
and D.H. Lawrence-- if I yearn it's high
quality literary yearning.
What's the difference, Ally? Yearning is
yearning no matter what book jacket it
wears. Your problem is your picker. Stop
picking people who are unavailable.
INT. KICK BOXING GYM - MORNING
Alone. Ally cuts loose practicing her kickboxing moves on a
big leather punching bag.
That's for Larry (PUNCH), and Sam (KICK),
and Robert (PUNCH!!)... Ow!
She holds her wrist in pain as she sends the bag spiraling
off in multiple directions revealing in the background TWO
WOMEN playfully sparring, laughing, hugging and... kissing.
Ally is embarrassed, then mesmerized. Not watching-- the
punching bag returns on rebound and hits her in the head.
FANTASY - SLOW MOTION
Ally falling... about to hit the floor. The BLONDE runs over
breaking her fall, leans over her, gently stroking her hair
back, deeply concerned, about to kiss her...
BACK TO REALITY
The blonde leans over Ally and administers mouth to mouth
resuscitation. Ally comes to and shakes her head as she gets
That was a dream. Right? A hallucination.
Maybe a concussion.
ALLY (VO) Chin? Or mouth? BLONDE WOMAN (CONT. Elaine enters holding a cup of coffee.) (cont'd) Elaine. UNISEX BATHROOM . I. Nervous. The blonde looks Ally in the eye. then gets up. ALLY Hot and cold. do I. You took it on the chin.ALLY (cont'd) Fine. look different to you? . Ally holds her jaw in pain. uh. She gently takes Ally's chin in her hand and sensuously rubs it. I.) I'd alternate hot and cold on that. uh. that was nothing. have to go. Thanks. Fine. I'm still me. um. Uncomfortable. uh. oblivious to the bruise on her jaw. Hi. ALLY (CONT. fine. uh. CUT TO: INT. BLONDE WOMAN You might have a really sore jaw. ALLY (VO) Okay. I'm not metamorphosing. Thanks. thanks for helping me.MORNING Ally stares at herself in the mirror. I'm.
Elaine hands her the cup of coffee... ALLY (suspicious) What kind of information? ELAINE Surprises.. Like the man in your office.. ELAINE No. ALLY Can't I have a cup of coffee before. But you'll need a trim in about six days.) (cont'd) Oh.. Do I. . They exit..ELAINE Is this a trick question? Am I not supposed to see the big red throbbing bruise on your jaw that even Chanel's best cover up make-up couldn't save? ALLY Besides that. Her whole face changes. Thank you. face. ALLY (CONT.? ALLY Falling. Elaine. I fell.. at the gym.. uh.. Robert. Fell. Ally rolls her eyes. and information has a way of changing your. look different to you? ELAINE Which you got from.
Oh. ALLY Ooops. Fine. Like an oral Rorschach test. FISH (to Ally) Nice bruise. In fact. I'm sorry. God. Ally tries blotting the coffee out on Georgia's shirt. She suddenly realizes it might be unconsciously sexual and immediately stuffs the handkerchief in Georgia's hands and rapidly pulls her arms back. not wear... (to Georgia) Nice stain. Suspicion and embarrassment crown her. OFFICE COMPLEX . to drink. ALLY Sorry. par for the course) Yeah. Don't think.CUT TO: INT. Take it.. . Just answer. Are you okay? Ally quickly pulls out a handkerchief. (beat) Stop. I was just getting some coffee. GEORGIA (annoyed. Here..MORNING Ally strides toward her office and accidentally bumps into Georgia. (to Ally) You like women? Ally looks at him. keep it. First thing. spilling coffee over her. Fish steps in smiling at both of them.
ALLY Absolutely not. Fish shrugs and turns back to Ally. . FISH Georgia. GEORGIA Can we talk about this later? Georgia heads off. FISH (CONT. watching from the sidelines approaches.) (cont'd) (calls to her) Give me a Switzerland. And he knows more than I do. or both? Ally looks at him like he's from outer space and no longer listening faces her door and walks past him. Elaine. FISH Would you say your a man's woman. a woman's woman. ALLY (cont'd) Why? FISH Trust men? She glances at her office door. You trust women? Georgia looks between Ally and her stain. I'm looking for a Switzerland here.ALLY (VO) It's Big Brother.
ALLY You lied by omission. I mean punched. I didn't think I had to. ALLY (CONT. Actually. CUT TO: INT.ELAINE If not for pre-occupied circumstances I believe the answer would be both. Ally sighs. (sees her bruise) What happened? ALLY I got kissed. You . FISH I'll accept that. ROBERTS Lots of married men don't wear rings... why did you lie to me? ROBERT You never asked. Robert. not listening.) (cont'd) Why are you here and why. ALLY'S OFFICE . By a bag.MORNING Robert from last night stands backlit by the window. Robert nods. ROBERT Ally. ALLY No ring. I think it's a psychosomatic reaction from last night.
Worse than a tease. I really love you...) Pig. a tease. you know that. and symphonies and wine and dine and uh. and uh. I mean I really love women. You're a tease.. Ally. you deserve someone who's. I'm never going to leave my wife. available. FANTASY Ally in Robert's huge shoes and oversized clothes walking past rows and rows of beautiful women.deliberately mislead me.O.. ROBERT I'm sorry. ALLY (V. ALLY Then why did you take me to museums. You intrigue me. BACK TO REALITY . Do you have any idea how fascinating you are? How sexy and alluring and complicated? ALLY Is that me? Or would that be me in the greater collective and generic sense of all women? ROBERT Both. tease.. you'd know.. Our history keeps us together.. I love women. Why? ROBERT Because I love women. cold-hearted. If you could just walk in my shoes. The truth is.. lead me on. A ruthless.
about to turn the knob. ELAINE Excuse me. ALLY Any person bearing a y chromosome is barred from my office. Elaine perks up. ALLY (CONT.Ally holds the door open. Robert. Billy walks up. Elaine smoothly slides in between him and the door. ELAINE Is that permanent or temporary and if temporary. He leaves. ALLY'S OFFICE . then for how long? ALLY Elaine. I am not in the mood for a Socratic dialogue. Now. You can't go in there. He hesitates. Perhaps I can translate for .) (cont'd) (mutters under her breath) Men.) Goodbye. EXT. ALLY (CONT. You have a "y". She slams the door. ROBERT What about dinner at my hotel tonight? ALLY Out.MORNING Ally pops her head out.
BILLY You were having a bad week. GEORGIA What kind of trust issues? ELAINE The usual. GEORGIA The Coltin Case? You promised me the Coltin case. Manipulation. Dishonesty. Shall I go on? BILLY I need her to sign off on the Coltin case. GEORGIA (livid) Billy.you. Betrayal. I can't believe you would do that. ALLY (O. GEORGIA What's going on? ELAINE Ally. Remember. Georgia casts a look Billy's way. All those cramps. Georgia walks by with a cup of coffee. Deception. Male to female trust issues.) NO! Elaine reacts. . Although I don't see why I'm being punished for it.S. I've been prepping for a month. Your mom being sick. You knew that.
This is the second time you've done that.. CUT TO: . Excited. BILLY I thought you'd appreciate that. Too late. You have a "y".. GEORGIA You lied to me. Our presence is requested in the Conference Room. JOHN (perplexed) Why? ELAINE Allow me. FISH What's taking so long? Fish goes for Ally's door as Elaine opens her mouth to stop him. What right do you have to make my decisions for me? Billy sighs. (to Elaine) Shall I alert Ally? ELAINE That's not a good idea. Hyper. John Cage enters.After all the research I did. It appears to be of an emergency nature. Fish appears. JOHN Excuse me.
Ally rushes in spilling coffee on her breast. ALLY I don't.. Georgia rolls her eyes. and Georgia sit.. FISH Am I interrupting something? ALLY What happened to knocking? Have men forgotten about common courtesy? You think you can just barge in whenever you like? FISH Inconsequential when you're about to make history. Ground breaking cases. follow. Details in the Conference Room. INT. ALLY'S OFFICE .MORNING Billy. Board of Education. ALLY (VO) Wide grins are extremely suspect. Frustrated. Brown v. Sullivan. . Wade. ALLY Excuse me? FISH Roe v. Follow me. excited. men.MORNING Ally has her head in her hands. It's our turn now. New York Times v.INT. Ally zeros in on Fish's wide smile. CONFERENCE ROOM . Fish stands. I don't trust anyone who's that happy. John.
It sprouted. A.FISH The firm of Fish & Cage is about to make history. Richard. BILLY Same-sex marriage. GEORGIA What were they arrested for? FISH Sitting. That's a big issue. Everyone nods. FISH Problem? Billy averts his eyes and lets it go. uh. Billy shifts in his seat. They hired us. (pause) We now represent a female couple suing the Department of Health for denying them the right to marry. lesbian couple. came to you for representation? FISH Actually. I planted the idea. Not sure what to make of Fish. ALLY (confused) Excuse me. BILLY Why were you at the marriage license . I came to them while they were sitting at the marriage license bureau. Moments before their arrest.
Desperate times. There's a big difference. Everyone looks surprised. Ally rolls her eyes. desperate measures. we should all back Ally . Richard? FISH Whipper research. ALLY Excuse me. He hands her a piece of paper. uh.bureau. but.) (cont'd) In the meantime. They're awaiting bail. Bygones. including Ally. what makes you think we identify with each other? FISH Isn't it obvious? You hate men this month. FISH Oh. I just don't trust them. Here's their address. FISH (CONT. ALLY I do not hate men. I think Ally should take charge here. I suggest you talk to the Lambda people who specialize in same-sex marriage cases. ALLY Me? FISH What? Our clients prefer a female attorney they can identify with. They're lesbians. It's perfect.
FISH Bull's eye! We create history by paving the way for the future. Oh.. and then appeal to the Supreme Court. Ally? ALLY No... check the library. FADE OUT. I mean.. JOHN Forgive me. John pinches his nose. Why not? To history. Pause. John. check for related info on the net. sure. END ACT I . By advocating the fight for same-sex marriages. and I expect to lose. (to Ally) Ready to plunge into unexplored territory. FISH This is a landmark opportunity to put us on the map of fame and fortune. Georgia and Billy. GEORGIA So we lose.up with any information we can find. but this appears highly out of character. They all look at Fish.
You're just using them for the attention. DOMA. Cocks his head waiting for Billy to go on. Is it fair to discriminate because we have ready-made tools and they don't? . Proud.DAY Fish stares out his window. Richard? Fish turns around to face him. fame and fortune are part of my agenda to pursue my version of the great American dream. FISH It doesn't matter what I believe.ACT II FADE IN: INT. we wouldn't have kids. so why can't they have theirs? If Whipper and I got married. Our job is to challenge the law on behalf of those who believe they're being denied their right to pursue their freedom as represented by the second. And that's a form of modus operandi that crosses ethical boundaries. the kind of boundary crossing that I have a problem with. BILLY What's your real motivation for taking a same-sex marriage case. the Federal Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional. FISH'S OFFICE . And yes. BILLY (CONT. third and eighth amendments of the Constitution. Billy enters with furrowed brows.) (cont'd) I don't believe that you believe in their cause.
It's an ever evolving world. how long have you been together? REBEKA Six years. It throws off the whole definition of family. ALLY What do you both do? REBEKA I'm a real estate agent and Julie's a graphic designer. It only throws off your definition of family. Billy reacts. It doesn't seem right. not liking the information as it sinks in. and reap the benefits. including everyone at work. Billy. COUNTY JAIL .BILLY I'm not sure how I feel about all of this. We have over three thousand names on our petition. Ally can't help but notice the way they gently touch each other. We've been trying to get a marriage license for four. um. ALLY So.DAY Ally takes notes as she sits with JULIE SCHIFF (32) and REBEKA LIGHT (36). Very much in love. FISH No. JULIE We want the freedom to choose who we love . Only those who remain open-minded survive. CUT TO: INT.
The BLONDE softly smiles as she gently takes Ally's temperature and feeds her chicken soup while "An Affair to Remember" plays in the background. I mean. All three get up and exit the cell. Rebeka Light. FANTASY Ally sick in bed.and who we marry. FEMALE VOICE (VO) You're free.000. GUARD Julie Schiff. We want family health coverage and the right to take care of each other. BACK TO REALITY The words startle Ally back to the present as the FEMALE GUARD opens the cell. wouldn't you want the right to marry her? Ally hesitates and nods out of politeness. REBEKA We want to be protected by the law when we have children. You're released on bail of $10. (pause) If you were in love with a woman. JULIE (to guard) Where's Mark? . what if one of us gets sick or dies. The right to conduct ourselves with the same dignity as other married people.
REBEKA With the intention of fixing us up. GUARD Marked private and confidential.GUARD Mark who? ALLY Who's Mark? JULIE My ex-boyfriend. Ally nods. BOSTON STREETS . He's coming to bail us out. ALLY So. You. thinking. He introduced me to Rebeka.DAY Ally walks with Julie and Rebekah toward their car. Who took care of the bail then? The GUARD looks it up. CUT TO: EXT. I'm a little confused on the boyfriend thing. ALLY Oh. ALLY Oh. you . had a boyfriend? JULIE Yeah. wondering. Or was. I thought you were. as she tries to figure it out. Off Ally.
Too many burns. I can relate to that. They reach the women's car. Emotionally. Course. then one day.) Oh. he became permanently absent. JULIE Everybody has to start somewhere. Nice car. I like the walk. REBEKA I had crushes on girls since I was ten. Right. But my last boyfriend really hurt me.O. He was always absent. I didn't have a great role model for a father. thanks. know what I mean? ALLY (V. I couldn't take his games. I'm just glad I have the courage to be with the person who makes me happy no matter what the gender. REBEKA Need a ride? ALLY No. God. JULIE . I've had boyfriends my whole life. an expensive brand new black Lexus jeep. JULIE (CONT.) Then I met Rebeka and I felt safe and understood like never before.know. ALLY Oh. JULIE I love men.
in general. BILLY Yes. He sees her troubled look and hangs up the phone. I mean to men. BILLY'S OFFICE .DAY Ally shuts Billy's door. uh. there should be no reason for you to doubt the fact that men.. Hi. I mean making love and mating for life.Thanks. BILLY Yes. Georgia walks in. want to make love to you and marry you. as it affects this. I think you're attractive to men. what makes them . ALLY Georgia. you know. case. ALLY Would that include sexy? As in a strong desire to sleep with me? I don't mean catching REMs. Do you think I'm attractive? I don't mean to you personally. Ally. for life. CUT TO: INT. I was just getting a statistic on sexual attraction and mating rituals. in general. Billy and Ally immediately grow guarded. BILLY What's wrong? ALLY Tell me the truth. In general. Two women..
people. on a. But I think they'll help your case. GEORGIA Uh. Do you think I have any tendencies toward my.attractive to one another. I'll go look at them right now. It might take a long time to go through them. own kind? John. variety of levels. Ally nods. uh. And it just made me think about how. hesitant to speak. . JOHN'S OFFICE . perceive attraction. You know me pretty well by now. I found some case studies on same-sex marriages for you. JOHN Yes? ALLY John. huh. men. I put them on your desk. bond for life. then methodically nods at her. Ally exits.DAY Ally enters. enough to. uh. ALLY Thanks. silent and still. uh. you know. JOHN Briefing dis-ease. Well. She shuts the door. John looks up from his paperwork. CUT TO: INT.
(beat) I'm gathering information for you off the internet. You're at the forefront of a changing society. Thanks. That's good to know. Ally. Ally . Ally smiles uncomfortably and leaves. OFFICE BUILDING . It's quite normal. You're sub-consciously taking on your clients' personas. It's perfectly normal. They study a new dis-ease and develop similar symptoms. You're identifying with your clients' cause and sub-consciously relating to it. Ally. INT.DAY Ally walks up to a counter with LAMBDA LEGAL DEFENSE signs.ALLY What? JOHN Briefing dis-ease. Fascinating issue. I'll have it to you tomorrow. A pretty LIBRARIAN stands behind the Research Desk. John. OFFICE BUILDING . Okay. Tendencies toward thinking the way they might think. JOHN Anytime. CUT TO: EXT. ALLY Oh. like medical student's dis-ease.DAY Ally looks up the address she's holding and enters.
ALLY Thanks.TEN MINUTES LATER Ally reviewing the material. (possibly intercut clips from documentary on video called "The Right to Marry"). Curious. LAMBDA LEGAL OFFICE . LADY Hi. The librarian nods at her. Ally smiles back. They look each other over. . LIBRARIAN Oh. Picking up materials for Evanson. A LADY walks in and approaches the Librarian behind the desk. She points to a table with a monitor and VCR.nervously approaches her. Ally watches. right. TIME CUT TO: INT. ALLY Hi. My secretary called earlier about the research articles on same-sex marriages. Here you go. The Librarian hands her some packets. LIBRARIAN (cont'd) You can look at the video over there. I'm Ally McBeal. She hands Ally a large packet of papers and a video tape.
Should I come back here around seven o'clock? The librarian nods. ALLY How. Um. ALLY I see. She starts to go. And you don't have . Ally is astonished. um. smiling.LIBRARIAN You work around here? LADY I just started as a paralegal down the hall. LIBRARIAN Well. pick up. me? LIBRARIAN Because you're not gay. The Lady leaves. then turns back. Ally nods. how do you know that? LIBRARIAN Takes one to know one. excuse me. you know. Ally returns the video to the desk. why didn't you. ALLY Uh. I was just wondering. LADY That would be great. if you'd like. I'd be happy to meet you for a drink and fill you in on the building directory's "Who's Who". but did you just pick up that woman that was here? LIBRARIAN That would be an accurate assessment.
DAY Ally enters. Ally nervously smiles at her. Head bobbing up and down to Ally's words. ALLY I see. I need help. OFFICE BUILDING FOYER . Ally's eyes bug out. ELEVATOR. and ever since Robert. Ally frowns at her. THERAPIST'S OFFICE . and Sam lied to me . Ally walks out. What's wrong with me? Why do I care? Oh God. single guys. paying no attention to Ally. Larry. CUT TO: INT. She smiles back. CUT TO: EXT. Just before the doors close the Paralegal Lady enters. I can't seem to attract. Pencil between her lips. ELEVATOR . CUT TO: INT.DAY Tracey sits across from Ally. ALLY (VO) I don't get it.DAY Ally exits and from the corner of her eye catches Fish entering another bank of elevators with a MAN who's got his arm around Fish's shoulder. ALLY I don't think my pheromones are working properly. anyone. then returns to her paperwork in hand. somewhat coquettishly. I mean.what's known as gaydar.
What do you see when you picture yourself in bed with a woman? I don't mean hot chocolate and re-runs of an "Affair to Remember". No. uh. You can't determine what set a building on fire until you first put the fire out.and uh.. Ally pauses. since I took on this case. desperately trying to come up for air among a sea of fleshy chests. Do you think I didn't get enough love and attention from my mother? TRACEY No. Tracey's hard stare pulls it out of her. TRACEY Thoughts? What kind of thoughts? Sexual thoughts? Nurturing thoughts? ALLY Um. ALLY (CONT.. BACK TO REALITY ALLY An over abundance of fleshy chests. about women. No. I mean sexually. I've been having thoughts.. More nurturing thoughts. (beat) So let me ask you something. FANTASY Ally imagines herself suffocating among thousands of dismembered breasts.. .) (cont'd) I've. We're not there yet.
What matters is what are you. Forget about labels. but to accept where you're at right now in your life. . going to do when you meet someone. So what if you're bi or straight or gay.. Practice standing in one place when you don't want to. That would include accepting someone else's availability. I want you to FREEZE. Curious? What's that? TRACEY Look.TRACEY You're not gay. You know what would be good for you? Yoga. ALLY Yoga? You mean putting my body in those uncomfortable contortions for millenniums at a time? TRACEY It trains your mind not to react. who makes themselves emotionally and physically available to you? ALLY Run. Ally. ALLY Bi.. man or woman. TRACEY So the next time you feel like running. Who cares. ALLY Then why do I keep thinking about women? TRACEY So maybe you're bi-curious.
forcing a smile. OFFICE COMPLEX . . Hear your theme song and plunge into the moment! Ally smiles uncomfortably and leaves. Freeze when you feel uncomfortable and see what comes up. I'm serious. Ally. TRACEY Freeze! Ally instantly freezes in place.FANTASY Ally on a street corner frozen in a contorted yoga position. CUT TO: INT. as a good-looking MAN carries on a conversation with her as if she's in a normal pose. BILLY You ready? She looks up at him.DUSK Billy enters Georgia's office who sits behind her desk going over some briefs. Ally gets up to leave. ALLY What was that? TRACEY Practice. Then turns to face Tracey. BACK TO REALITY ALLY I have to go.
. The same way I planned for the Coltin case. Uh. Where was your rally cap? BILLY Fine. GEORGIA Well. I don't think I can go. I flew alone to my cousin's wedding. Billy. Miffed. My mother was sick for a month. Billy's a little surprised. Billy.GEORGIA Oh. he throws dagger eyes back at her. angrily closing the door behind him. BILLY So this isn't about too much work. And now you don't think you can go? I thought you planned for it. He leaves. GEORGIA I just want some time to myself. It's about wanting to prove a point. BILLY Can't put your pride away for one night? GEORGIA To put on a rally cap for you? No. I can't. BILLY This is a reunion dinner with my college professor. I've got a lot of work to catch up on. I did. We've had this down in the books for weeks.
So. Virginia all over. single available guys take pleasure in avoiding me.) (cont'd) The kind of love that won't ever go away. (beat. Only instead of breaking the intermarriage race barrier. ALLY'S APARTMENT .CUT TO: INT. person. thinking) You know. Renee watches Ally as she drifts off. ALLY (CONT. All it does is create a caste system on marriage.. Create a bigger playing field to meet the right..LIVING ROOM . maybe I should open up my options. this time it's an intermarriage gender barrier. . ALLY The Federal Defense Marriage Act is completely unconstitutional. I think they just gave up on men. RENEE What's going on in your head? ALLY Look. Not to mention its violation of the Tenth Amendment. RENEE So your angle is discrimination? ALLY It's Loving v.NIGHT Ally and Renee. in footsie pajamas maneuver between the living room and the kitchen with cups of hot chocolate and marshmallows... they really love each other.
RENEE You don't just decide to be gay.Renee looks at her like she's really lost it. And you're using this case as an excuse not to get back up on the horse you've fallen off of. Or did you forget about the sexual component involved here? ALLY Who said anything about sex? I don't even know what that is anymore. ALLY Well. Why don't the three of you just all sleep together? . Or is this about you getting closer to Billy? ALLY What does that mean? RENEE You and Georgia. Maybe I'm really a gay-by-circumstance person. who wants to keep getting bucked. Ally. Renee? RENEE You think you won't get bucked by another breed? Why don't you work on your trust issues with men instead of avoiding it with another diversion. RENEE You've just had a bad round of men. Renee looks at her. This is about lifelong companionship.
Renee just cracks up. She tries groping her way out. on the pendulum you swing way to the right. And I'm sure I could acquire a sexual inclination. . I trust women. It might be nice to be with someone who purrs instead of grunts. You can't tell dirty jokes and you sure as hell aren't gay. Renee? You're labeling me. I can't be labeled. And I. Ally. You couldn't pick up a woman if your life depended on it. Ally's head pops up. ALLY You know what you're doing. RENEE Face it. lost in a sea of limbs. ALLY That's not true. I could be gay if I wanted to.Off Ally's shocked face FANTASY A maze of dismembered arms and legs. I understand women. BACK TO REALITY ALLY I think I'd get lost. ALLY (cont'd) What's so funny? RENEE You. Ally.
ALLY Okay. RENEE Deal. Renee immediately stops laughing. I bet you I can attract a woman. Renee? Renee mischievously smiles back at her. FADE OUT. END ACT II . ALLY You deliberately laughed at me so I would make the bet.RENEE (laughing) That's for sure. Call it a rational deduction based on evidence of your behavior patterns. RENEE I love it when your gullible. Ally looks her over. didn't you. Renee bursts with laughter again. They shake. RENEE What do you want a bet? ALLY My black cashmere sweater for your Donna Karan jacket. scrutiny in her eyes.
(raising a brow) Efemulate? ALLY A McBealism. Without it we can't breathe. if you don't mind escorting me to the bathroom. Women don't like to be efemulated. You efemulated her.MORNING Billy and Ally walk toward the bathroom. BILLY Georgia. What's up? CUT TO: INT. She's upset with me. ALLY'S OFFICE . ALLY You took away her right to choose. BILLY (nodding) Right.MORNING Billy enters as Ally is about to exit with an empty coffee cup in hand.ACT III FADE IN: INT. BILLY Can I ask you something? ALLY Sure. . Choice equals oxygen. Billy. OFFICE COMPLEX . I thought I was being thoughtful on that Coltin case.
ALLY (VO) How about taking some of mine.CUT TO: INT. Research. FISH (CONT. FISH The nuclear family-. Alternative families are the new. He tries turning the faucet up. I have a question. (to Ally) How's our Supreme Court case coming? I want our firm's name printed in every school text books next edition.) (cont'd) (into dicatphone) Note. I uh. She looks like a pressure cooker with a gasket about to blow. Not much luck. .. BACK TO REALITY ALLY Fine..it's a fossil.MORNING Ally and Billy enter. (gets an idea) But um. UNISEX BATHROOM . FANTASY Steam pours out of every orifice on Ally. Bathroom faucets require more pressure. He pulls out a mini-dictaphone and hits a button. need to know how all of you would go about picking up a woman. Fish and Cage wash their hands. So how's it going? Ally forces a smile.
. (pause) May I suggest Internet Chat Rooms and local bartenders. Whatever I have to give you would be dated.) (cont'd) (into dictaphone) Print out "The Art of the Pick-up by Richard Fish". Perplexed. JOHN Given my statistical record. James Dean or Humphrey Bogart. marriage. Ally. the abridged edition. I'll have a print out for you. you know. BILLY I'm out of practice. FISH I have lines for every possible scenario. with a failure rate disproportionate with what your needs are I think I would be the least helpful to you. something I might use for my summation. Also. Stop by my office in two hours. Attraction. FISH (CONT. ALLY (CONT. Ally nods.They all look at her. He pulls out his mini-dictaphone again. classic films with icons such as Clark Gable.) (cont'd) It's uh. Well thought out scripted dialogue are quite effective on the female public. She looks at Billy who shrugs his shoulders.
walking with sensual confidence. . Want me to get it? ALLY Sure. She washes her hands and turns to Ally. I don't want someone who's heart I can't take home. ELAINE Interesting conversation. like Ellen Barkin in "Sea of Love". ALLY Do they work? FISH (pondering) I think it's my delivery. Elaine steps out of a stall. with a sincerity they have never before witnessed in Elaine. softly whispering. ELAINE (CONT. but I don't want a one night stand. transfixed. because in the end. ELAINE I'd love for you to come home with me tonight. They all watch her. as she throws a winning smile at Ally. They HEAR a FLUSH and turn. Elaine carefully buttons the back of Ally's blouse and leans into her neck. I'd rather get to really know you.) (cont'd) Your button's undone.ALLY Two hours? FISH It's one hundred sixty-seven pages.
Fish pulls out his dictaphone again. As they walk out. Ally turns to Elaine. It has to do with the case. ALLY Excuse me. FISH (into dictaphone) Scratch the last memo.. but are you suggesting that. Elaine follows her. ELAINE Ally. CUT TO: . Elaine. Everyone in the office knows. according to the Kinsey Report on sexuality. The guys finally breathe again. ELAINE (CONT. Ally walks out. we accept you. Smiles.Elaine pulls away. Just so you know. Either way. We just want you to stop yearning. I know you're having a sexual identity crisis. it's quite common for heterosexual women to fantasize about women and for gay women to fantasize about men. They all stare at her. Elaine. speechless. ALLY I do not yearn.) (cont'd) One hundred percent fool-proof.. I was just getting information to understand my clients sexual bond with one another. Looks in the mirror and fixes her hair.
replete with its vibrant color. Just different apparatus. No convertible for me. it's just that I like being the only convertible in a. I myself prefer big jeeps with stick shifts as opposed to sleek convertibles with automatic. Ally? ALLY No. Too much air. ELAINE Ally just wanted some information on female homosexuality and I was providing analogies for her. GEORGIA Are you getting a convertible. although convertibles have their attributes.. no. Elaine. BACK TO REALITY ELAINE . ALLY Thank you. OFFICE COMPLEX .MORNING ELAINE It's the same bond. ALLY (VO) This is cruel and unusual punishment with intent to humiliate.INT. FANTASY Ally's face transform into a beet.. Same emotions. Georgia walks by catching the last of it.
Elaine exits. Tell me you'll have dinner with me tonight. MALE VOICE (O. Ally gives Georgia an embarrassed smile and quickly ducks into her office to escape. We see SAM as he does nothing to help.) How come you don't return my calls? Ally gasps.S. ALLY I'm not the one who owes anyone an explanation. ALLY'S OFFICE . come on. You look great. let it go. ALLY What for? SAM What for? ALLY Why would someone who is unavailable want to be with me? Do you think I'm only .MORNING Ally takes a deep breath. CUT TO: INT.Contrary to certain belief systems in this office I do have a lot more to offer than a character veil of two dimensionality. SAM Hey. Sam. She gets up and quickly regains her composure. Sam spreads his arms wide and smiles. trips. and falls.
Elaine pops her head out. uh. Catch up. Ally opens the door. SAM I was hoping for current flame. tease. Goodbye.) I'm no longer available for the unavailable. . SAM I just wanted to talk.DAY Sam leaves. ALLY'S OFFICE COMPLEX . ELAINE Your clients who double as the catalyst for your sexual identity crisis are here. Off Ally's look. Sam. ALLY (CONT. So I could resolve any feelings I have for my old flames. I've missed you. nods. It makes you a. that's really low. ALLY And I am an old flame? Sam looks at her.available for the unavailable? Because if you do. CUT TO: EXT. ALLY Still engaged? SAM Postponed.
CONFERENCE ROOM .DAY Ally sits across from Julie and Rebeka who continually hold hands. Miike in Hawaii set the precedent for discrimination on the basis of sex. staring at the intimacy she longs for. . ALLY Baehr v. Or we can go for a more unconventional approach. see if the state can show a "compelling state interest" to continue denying marriage licenses. But that would require a two-thirds vote from the legislature plus ratification by a popular vote or a constitutional convention. Why is it working in Hawaii and not here? ALLY Because Hawaii has an Equal Rights Amendment that was violated. REBEKA Any other options? ALLY You could wait until it becomes legal in Hawaii. It's unlikely. Only a constitutional amendment could allow the continued denial of same sex marriages. We can play the same game. It just means waiting. JULIE We have friends who've tried that and failed.CUT TO: INT.
Win or lose. REBEKA I have. Okay. if I wanted to do some research. ALLY Oh. . could you recommend a gay bar? JULIE That depends. femme. ever fantasize about men? Julie and Rebeka look at Ally. soft butch. Femme. or lipstick lesbian? You would come under the femme category. uh. JULIE I do. Ally gets flustered. REBEKA What's the unconventional approach? ALLY I'm working on it. Do you want butch. we raise public consciousness. And uh.JULIE The point is to add to the fight with another battle. ALLY Okay. REBEKA Probably The Bordeaux Room. But I need to know if you two. ALLY (cont'd) I said it was unconventional.
were for you. Thanks.DAY Ally runs headlong into John. CUT TO: INT. He's got loads of paperwork on him which spew all over the floor on contact with her. JULIE Please thank Mr. JULIE Thank God for lawyers who actually care about the law. Fish for all his help and generosity.ALLY Okay. shocked. They get up to leave. Ally stops. ALLY Right. . ALLY What? Fish is doing this pro-bono. JOHN Ally. (holding it together) These. OFFICE COMPLEX . ALLY Did he explain to you the court costs involved in lengthy litigations like this one? REBEKA We're grateful it's just our time and not our money. I'll be in touch.
ALLY Sorry. . I have something important to ask Fish. I thought you might find them helpful. John. John practices his smile and regains his composure. John. The two of them pick up the strewn about papers. I'd appreciate it if you'd tell me. JOHN If there's anything I can do to help diminish those feelings. & Diemer. There's a history of gay couples in real life and in fiction. JOHN By the way. ALLY Oh. A former sociology major. I'd like to help in any way I can on behalf of the human male species. Here. That might make for an interesting approach since you'll be going against Mike Radner from Nanas. Klein. Let me help you pick those up. JOHN I happened to find these articles on same sex-marriages on the internet. how's your trust issue with men these days? ALLY Status quo. (beat) There's also historical evidence that in pre-modern Europe male to male marriages were the norm. Thanks.
do you. (thinking) John. you know. Okay. thoughtful? John looks at her and shrugs. No apple. With or without apples.especially to counteract against those who make a bad name for the rest of us. what was that all about? Are you going to some sort of special training school on how to talk to women in their native tongue? How did you know to be so. you look very lovely today. do you think Fish is. ALLY What. You must be hiding an apple somewhere in your jacket. Ally. I genuinely care about my fellow humankind. JOHN Contrary to the men you've been dating. I don't believe in false temptations. By the way. Hmmmph. Ally stops him.. ALLY I'm not sure I trust it. so. John looks at her. He starts to walk away." .. uh. judgement for none. JOHN It's my nature. John opens his jacket and smiles. dabbling on the other side. Because I saw him with a man's arms around his shoulder and. well. I like to practice tolerance for all. ALLY Oh. He starts "tssssking.
Where's Fish? ELAINE Whipper's sick. of course. Ally. He walks away. judgment for none.JOHN Briefing dis-ease.DAY Ally enters. ELAINE We all have our gifts in life. John hands her all the paperwork. ALLY Elaine. Ally nods. How do you know. including your self. Ally nods. Fish is gone. CUT TO: INT. JOHN (cont'd) Tolerance for all. Ally stares after him. including your peers. then a light goes off. Elaine. Carries over into the people you commonly associate with on a regular basis. He's paying a housecall. ALLY Oh. . Elaine files papers. He's about to ask her the big question while she's in a vulnerable state. everything? Elaine offers a secretive smile. FISH'S OFFICE . hi.
And in this corner. Why are you here. WHIPPER Very clever.ALLY Right. gifted. (beat) Lots of liquids. ELAINE The "whys" are what give meaning to my life's work. Fish? FISH What? What do you mean why am I here? Isn't it obvious? I like soup. I'm glad. And since you really are so. do you think you could find out who released my clients on bail and why? Elaine smiles. FISH Here we have good 'ole fashioned chicken soup. hot and sour. And a broccoli puree with garlic to build the immune system. She can't help but reveal a smile. Elaine. ALLY Oh. at uh. Tomato soup to clean the palate. CUT TO: INT. gathering information. To flush out the cold. . WHIPPER'S BEDROOM . great for clearing up the sinuses. delighted.DUSK Whipper lies in bed with a box of kleenex watching Fish set up an elaborate display of soups.
Whip. Oblivious. . I'm up. Power. Unless you count love as motive. FISH Whatever I said. Whipper reacts. Fish gets on his knees beside her. you need me. You're down. FISH No motives. Something wrong with that? WHIPPER When I smell an ulterior motive there is. I like power. Under the laws governed by the United Sates of America.) (cont'd) Come on. I like being here for you. We both know marriage offers a lot of financial perks. scrunching her face at the power word. FISH Okay. WHIPPER This is just a power trip for you. I like it both ways.WHIPPER You're holding back. Right now. I exercise my right to choose you as my wife. See Machiavelli. What say you? Let's declare to the world that we love each other. FISH (CONT. Tomorrow I need you. you misinterpreted. Love is a balance of power. Isn't that what love is? So let's do it. Marriage as a status symbol to advance your personal and professional gain.
WHIPPER I'll think about it. FADE OUT. END OF ACT III . Fish stands up to go with deflated expectations. FISH Okay.Whipper stares him down.
DAY Ally barges in. Fame. Richard? FISH Something wrong with helping what could be a potential landmark case? ALLY No. Do I have to repeat myself? Did Churchill explain himself at NATO? History. FISH I see. Equals fortune. FISH'S OFFICE . But this just isn't like you. Fish wraps up a call and looks at her with expectant eyes. When judging from our clients' lifestyles they're not hurting.ACT IV FADE IN: INT. FISH Yes? ALLY How could you possibly have some other agenda connected to this same-sex marriage case that isn't predicated on money? FISH Point being? ALLY We're doing this pro-bono. . What's going on. Guarantees lifelong work for the future.
A little down.DAY Billy stares at Georgia's closed office door where a "Do Not Disturb" sign hangs. I saw you.. JOHN I believe all problems can be realigned or modified once the root cause is identified. You seem distracted. JOHN Billy. John passes. at Lambda's Legal Defense office. FISH (into dictaphone) Offer Ally role of Gossip Columnist for Office Newsletter. Thinks a moment.. CUT TO: INT. . Is asking Whipper to marry you some sort of beard. sees something amiss in Billy's face and stops. (to Ally) Anything else? She stares at him.ALLY There is something else going on. with a man. Fish erupts with laughter. BILLY I'm in a shut out zone. OFFICE COMPLEX . uh. Pulls out his dictaphone. then swivels around and leaves. His arm was around you in a very. affectionate manner. John sees the closed door.
TIGHT .. GEORGIA You know. romantic dinner is highly effective. your necklace.DAY Ally and Georgia face the mirror. Sure. Do you mind? ALLY No. surprised. CUT TO: INT. is undone. I've got some free time tonight.BILLY What if you can't put your finger on the root? JOHN I'm told by married friends that an invitation for a quiet. although I don't speak from first hand experience. Ally. Ally. Thanks. Billy nods as John walks away. GEORGIA Oh. ALLY Oh. if you need some help. That would be great. sheds a quizzical look. UNISEX BATHROOM . I might need some research help on comparative cases. Ally stands behind Georgia trying to clasp her necklace together..
reminiscent of Elaine's pick up lines. GEORGIA What kind of cases? Ally fumbles with the necklace. Georgia laughs. hi. The big landmark case. to which he is not immune. Ally lets out a nervous giggle finally fixing the necklace. BILLY What are you doing? GEORGIA Oh. . ALLY For the case. Billy. affected by Ally's close proximity to Georgia's neck. Billy turns to Ally. uh. I need to know how admissable fantasies are in court.on Ally's mouth in close proximity to Georgia's neck. It's a sensuous portrait. kinds of cases. GEORGIA (surprised) Fantasies? Billy enters. She shrugs innocently. He stares at her. Georgia leaves. BILLY Right. I thought I was about to hear some of Ally's fantasies. ALLY Oh.
. Billy turns and leaves. GEORGIA Do what? . ALLY Oh. BILLY Are you mad at me? ALLY (VO) Just because I might become gay by circumstance. I forgot. then back at Ally. CUT TO: INT. RENEE Ready to forfeit the black cashmere? Ally looks up.EVENING Ally and Georgia go over piles of case studies. Renee. BILLY I don't know what's going on. Renee enters. ALLY (cont'd) No. No.. Do we have to do this tonight? Georgia's helping me with the case. ALLY'S OFFICE . in part thanks to you. but I'm very confused. caught off guard.ALLY What? He looks after Georgia's empty trail.
faces Georgia. going to a gay bar. GEORGIA Oh. isn't she. BILLY There you are. a gay bar. I'm going out with Ally and Renee. Billy? . ALLY For the case. Right. Sorry. It requires a trip to a lesbian bar. RENEE What are you afraid of. Okay. Renee? Renee smiles. Billy enters. Just the two of us. RENEE Whatever. I just got reservations at Tristan's. BILLY Oh. I don't like the idea of you. BILLY A gay bar? I'm not sure I'm comfortable with that. You're welcome to come. Where? GEORGIA Um. How about it? A nice quiet dinner.RENEE Ally and I have a bet to keep. or Ally. Ally? Georgia's mouth drops. For Ally's case.
BILLY This isn't about fear. that she'll meet a woman who can give her more nuturing than you can. RENEE Well. BILLY You're not my shrink. You'd lose your consolation prize. You're afraid you might lose Georgia. Georgia looks a little uncomfortable and gets up.NIGHT Packed with femme women. Renee. RENEE No. . Billy shoots her a look. yes it is. Ally. forever knowing that she still yearns for you. Ally. CUT TO: INT. So you make her feel bad for your insecurities. And as for Ally. and Georgia sit around a table. God forbid she should ever fall in love with someone else. GAY BAR . Renee. Ally shoots Renee a look. RENEE (CONT. But I could be. RENEE Oh. They shed their coats. See anybody you'd like to take home with you. I'll go get us some drinks.) (cont'd) While you scope out the room.
no. WOMAN I meant out of the closet? ALLY Oh. WOMAN Partner? . I don't. there. I'm not out. WOMAN Hi. ALLY (VO) (cont'd) I'm just thinking about it.. That "out". WOMAN Then why are you here? ALLY I'm meeting my partner. Can I buy you a drink? ALLY Oh. ALLY Not even an hour.. Suddenly Ally's by herself. The woman approaches. Oh. I'm in. A PRETTY WOMAN eyes her from the bar. I mean. I'm not gay. Thanks. WOMAN (studying her) How long have you been out? Ally looks at her watch. drink. She nervously smiles back.GEORGIA I've got to go the bathroom.
..ALLY Colleague. Ally. My brother and I we're just visiting our sister. I mean my colleague. takes a big drink and musters a semi-confident walk. a gorgeous GUY leans over and smiles. Ally glances at the bar. GEORGIA I miss much? Ally shakes her head no as Renee returns with drinks. my partner.. Work colleague. thinks I can't pick up a woman and I was wondering. RENEE So. ANGLE ON THE BAR as Renne chats it up. Who's it gonna be? Ally looks around. laughing with several women.. Ally takes one look at him and melts. spots a pretty woman at the bar. BACK ON ALLY'S TABLE The woman looks dubiously at her and then leaves. . I'm straight. PRETTY WOMAN Oh. Georgia returns. ANGLE ON BAR ALLY (to pretty woman) Excuse me. From behind. sorry.
Me. ALLY (CONT. Are you straight? RYAN And single. ALLY Oh. interested. He takes his coat off for her and looks in her eyes.) (cont'd) Well. ALLY (VO) (cont'd) Someone must be playing a sick joke on me. RYAN Are you okay? ALLY Oh yeah. I was just-." SCRATCH. Renee and Georiga watch. I have to go now. My name's Ryan. ALLY (cont'd) So. She turns to run. Ryan smiles again. .freezing. then suddenly FREEZES and trips. We HEAR her THEME SONG "I know something about love. too. embarrassed) Ally. Ryan catches her in mid-fall. It abruptly stops as Ally gets nervous. ALLY (smiles.RYAN Hi. Hi.
DUVANE That's right. CUT TO: INT. ALLY In your official capacity as Director of the Department of Health for the State of Massachusetts. Not to mention recognition and dignity.DAY Judge Whipper resides. ALLY (VO) The black cashmere's all yours. ALLY So on the basis of Daniel Webster you believe it's right to deny them the benefits of marriage which include tax breaks. And they aren't capable of procreating which is one of the reasons why marriage was established. . Fish. they don't fit the definition. Billy. John. divorce and custody protections. why deny these two people the right to marry? DUVANE According to Websters Dictionary. Georgia. insurance breaks. sick leave. to name a few. Renee.RYAN Would you like to go out sometime? Ally nods a yes. social security survivor benefits. Julie and Rebeka watch as Ally examines JACK DUVANE. COURTROOM .
DAY John stands beside Ally as Elaine runs up to them. JUDGE CONE Overuled. Duvane.ALLY Mr. Faces Duvane. I believe so. Is that correct? MIKE RADNER for the defense stands up. Answer the question. correct? DUVANE Yes. JOHN . Ally sits. RADNER Objection. it's perfectly possible that you could. CUT TO: INT. Reactions from all. You're married. a small victory. ALLY You and your wife consciously decided not to have children. DUVANE Yes. is that true? DUVANE Yes. COURTROOM CORRIDOR . Radner rises. RADNER If you and your wife decided to have children.
You can counter with government's choice versus the individual's choice. Who doesn't. I love the whys.) (cont'd) And the reason why. I have some facts for you. ELAINE (CONT. ELAINE Well. John. And his uncle's lover of twelve years. Shocked. I know. Oh. ELAINE Excuse me. Does economic stability factor in. Your clients' bail. Ally's face. there were a lot of legal and medical complications that Richard feels responsible for. What does his uncle's lover do? . But we're getting off the issue here. Elaine. Of a private nature. was never given the right to visit him in the hospital or even bury him. Elaine. It's still discrimination. ALLY This better be good. He promised them he'd help fight their fight. the right to marry fight. Apparently. That was taken care of by Fish. ALLY Thanks. ALLY Who gets to have children. Is because his uncle who died was gay. I'm in way over my head right now. Ally. John holds his hands up and disappears.
.) Ally. too. ALLY Well.ELAINE He volunteers for Lambda's Legal Defense. I was looking forward to getting to know you.A.. I didn't think I'd get it. Elaine eyes him and leaves. What are you doing here? I thought we had a date tomorrow night. In public relations. ALLY (VO) I have a professional operative spy working for me. (disappointed) At least you were single. They want me right away. Ally smiles. Tomorrow. (beat) You've come to tell me something bad. RYAN I'm sorry. starts to turn away.. MALE VOICE (O. ALLY Ryan. .. bureau of Newsweek.S. Ryan walks up to Ally. Hi. then freezes in place. ALLY Me. and almost available. haven't you? RYAN I got a job with the L.
sexual orientation is not . ALLY In other words. ALAN NORTH. could you tell us about your findings? DR. She turns to Judge Cone. promise you'll look me up.DAY Everyone is back in place as Ally examines DR. He's conducted numerous studies on same sex couples with regard to child-rearing. She nods and watches him walk away.A. North. Judge Cone nods.. NORTH We discovered that a biological relationship between parent and child is not essential to raising a healthy child. We also found no data that establishes gay or lesbian parents as being less capable of good parenting than non-gay people. COURTROOM . CUT TO: INT. Ally turns to Dr. North is an expert in the field of sociology with a special expertise in adoption and other forms of non-biological parenting. Dr. if you're ever in L. North in the chair.) (cont'd) Dr. ALLY (CONT. The quality of parenting is more important than biological connections or gender.RYAN Well. ALLY Your Honor.
of people? DR. ALLY You also hold a degree in psychology. protection and safety. ALLY The state seems to argue that we need to identify a "best family". guidance. What comprises a society? DR. when they are denied self-expression? . to its people. NORTH A society is made up of its people. Those things we associate with family so we can be well adjusted to function in society. ALLY And what happens to a society. Could you tell us what makes a healthy society.an indicator of parental fitness? DR. NORTH That's correct. What's your position on that? DR. a "best parent". nurturance. NORTH Expression of self within boundaries established by a governing body of people on behalf of its inhabitants. ALLY Society. who comprise it. People who live in a civilized manner. NORTH It's about "best environment" and that means love.
. crime. Sometimes it permeates in everyday behavior. short of anarchy or suicide? RADNER Objection. DR. ALLY And what do unhappy. NORTH To talk about one form of family that is best. Dr. North. ALLY Thank you. This line of questioning is irrelevant. JUDGE CONE Overruled.DR. NORTH They find crutches to fill the void. I personally find offensive and a distortion of the research literature which also proves that diversity is what provides cultural longevity. ALLY Would you say there are different forms of society? Different forms of family? Different forms of love? Does the state have the right to identify or define the best of these? DR. Answer the question. Otherwise. alcohol. NORTH Ultimately anarchy or self-destruction. frustrated people do. affecting others they come into contact with. Sometimes it's drugs. you have a lot of unhappy people.
But they didn't find love with men. unproductive people. They found love with each other. Judge Cone looks at Richard. They looked at the person. JUDGE CONE I'll take the matter under submission. Someone to care for and be cared by. Billy and Georgia share a glance. How healthy is that for them and how healthy is that for the rest of us? Georgia reaches out to hold Billy's hand. Someone who offered emotional and physical availability. But isn't that what love is about? Or do we try to define love for everyone and have a society of unhappy. Ally turns to the Judge. Fantasize about men.Dr. . They didn't look at race. North leaves. religion or gender. Fish and Judge Cone acknowledge each other. They found another human being who wanted to be available to them in the most sacred and intimate manner. (pause) The Department of Health is denying people in our society. Dated men. That's not easy to find. the pursuit of happiness. ALLY (cont'd) Are we what we fantasize? Julie and Rebeka think about men. Or accept. ALLY (CONT.) (cont'd) They found someone who wasn't afraid to express and acknowledge those feelings.
They watch. JUDGE CONE I'm compelled to find for the plaintiff. Satiated looks on their faces. Julie and Rebeka hug. Whipper and Fish stare across the room at one another. One GUY gives Ally a special smile. THE END . BOSTON STREET . tanned. Billy and Georgia kiss. Fish pats his Uncle's lover on the back. Ally. All smiles. The gang smiles. They sit on a park bench. ALLY I'd be surprised if you didn't. Radner turns to Ally. RADNER We'll be filing an appeal. Ally smiles as they dig in. COURTROOM . RENEE & ALLY Men. gorgeous men in bare chests and faded Levis sweat and toil on a construction site.DAY FIVE MINUTES LATER Judge Cone turns to the courtroom. Renee pulls out a bag of popcorn.DAY Ally and Renee in jeans. Renee wears Ally's black cashmere sweater. Full of glee.TIME CUT TO: INT. CUT TO: EXT. PULL BACK TO THEIR POV watching young.
SOCIOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY PROFESSOR BLONDE WOMAN PRETTY WOMAN LIBRARIAN RYAN RYAN'S SISTER First Draft Lynn Isenberg. Attorney: Todd Stern. Baehr vs.STATE'S ATTORNEY DR.PLANTIFF ROBERT SAM MIKE RADNER .PLANTIFF JULIE SCHIFF . Inc. Beverly Hills. WGA .91 1394. Inc. Weissmann. CA Copyright.First Draft Lynn Isenberg. Focus Media. Miike] ALLY MCBEAL "The Question" CAST LIST ALLY MCBEAL BILLY ALAN THOMAS RICHARD FISH GEORGIA THOMAS ELAINE VASSAL RENEE JOHN CAGE VONDA SHEPARD WHIPPER CONE REBEKA LIGHT . Wolff. [Portions of legal text paraphrased from Civil Case No. ALAN NORTH . State of Hawaii. Focus Media.
DAY SUPERIOR COURT .NIGHT EXTERIORS: ALLY'S APARTMENT .DAY BILLY'S OFFICE . Copyright. WGA .DAY GAY BAR .MORNING ALLY'S LIVING ROOM .DAY & NIGHT BOSTON .DAY COURTHOUSE .DAY JOHN'S OFFICE .DAY LAMBDA OFFICES -DAY ELEVATOR .DAY LAMBDA OFFICE BUILDING .NIGHT ALLY'S BATHROOM .DAY First Draft Lynn Isenberg.NIGHT WHIPPER'S BEDROOM .ALLY MCBEAL (cont'd) "The Question" SET LIST INTERIORS: CAGE AND FISH LAW OFFICE COMPLEX .DAY COURTHOUSE CORRIDOR .DAY FISH'S OFFICE .DAY & NIGHT CONFERENCE ROOM .DAY ALLY'S OFFICE .DAY BATHROOM .DAY DOWNSTAIRS BAR . Inc.DAY COURTHOUSE JAIL . Focus Media.NIGHT KICKBOXING GYM .
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