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