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