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