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