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