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