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