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