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