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