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A Congressman’s office. It belongs to JACE WHITE. He’s with CONGRESSMAN FITZSIMMONS. It’s late, and it’s only getting later. Can I call you Fitz? No. So just Fitzsimmons? Congressman’s fine. JACE FITZSIMMONS JACE FITZSIMMONS
JACE How about your first name? FITZSIMMONS Let’s get back to the point, shall we? JACE This is a pretty good point that we’re on right now. Is it? FITZSIMMONS
JACE It will be when the other Congressmen get here. Why is that? FITZSIMMONS
JACE ‘Cause the other Congressmen’ll insist that they be called ‘Congressman’ and considering we could be here for awhile on the point you wanna’ get back to, I thought we’d get a few things straight. FITZSIMMONS Hopefully we won’t have to be here long enough for that to become an issue. You can call me Jace. Congressman -JACE FITZSIMMONS
JACE Seriously, just Jace is fine. CONGRESSWOMAN WYATT comes in. Congressmen. Congresswoman. WYATT FITZSIMMONS
JACE That’ll make this less confusing. WYATT What’ll make this less confusing? FITZSIMMONS It really doesn’t matter. JACE It’ll matter less. Still potential for confusion though. WYATT Potential for -- Congressman? Yes. I didn’t mean you. FITZSIMMONS WYATT
JACE (to FITZSIMMONS) There you have it. Congressman. Yes? WYATT JACE
WYATT You know why we’ve set this meeting? JACE Our administrative secretaries from our offices set this meeting. We’re just doing as we’re told. WYATT And they’re doing what they’re told. JACE If that’s how it works in your office.
FITZSIMMONS He knows why we are here. So... We went off topic. WYATT FITZSIMMONS
WYATT Let’s get back on topic. Let’s. Our staff secretaries? The other topic. That one? Yeah. The vote tomorrow. Yeah. Don’t we have one more? One more? FITZSIMMONS JACE FITZSIMMONS JACE FITZSIMMONS JACE WYATT JACE WYATT
JACE Congressman -- or woman. (to WYATT) I thought you were going to be a Congressman. So did my parents. WYATT
JACE I don’t want to start if we’ve got another guest. WYATT He won’t mind. He’d actually appreciate it if we did.
JACE It’s not like the Leader’s coming is he? WYATT It’s exactly like the Leader’s coming. Because he is. FITZSIMMONS
WYATT Do you know why three Congressman, including the Majority Leader, are meeting in your office? JACE Why do -- I was about to ask why people do it, but considering you’re doing it yourself, I might as well ask you. What am I doing? WYATT
JACE Asking me something you already know the answer to? HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER HOSKINS comes in, the room stands. Mr. Leader. Mr. Leader. JACE WYATT (CONT’D)
FITZSIMMONS Good evening Mr. Leader. HOSKINS (to FITZSIMMONS) Likewise Congressman. (to Jace) Why aren’t you voting with us on this? JACE I said I wasn’t going to vote for it? HOSKINS You haven’t said how you were going to vote. JACE That’s different from saying I’m not.
HOSKINS It’s not that different from the possibility that you are not, and that can’t be a possibility. Not for something like this. JACE Something like a constitutional amendment? HOSKINS You thought I meant something else? Possibly, yes. JACE
WYATT What else could he mean? JACE He could mean something that I should stand behind party lines and giving no second thought or even so much as a third, fourth, or fifth thought for the ramifications involved in amending a legislative document that’s older than all of our ages combined. HOSKINS It’s a simple issue. What’s there to consider? JACE I -- Do we have all night? HOSKINS To get your vote on the most important piece of legislation for which any legislator in this room has ever been responsible? Even Fitzsimmons? JACE
HOSKINS You’ve had ninety days to think about it. So have you. JACE
WYATT We’ve done our thinking. HOSKINS But you’re not done with yours? JACE Would you be here if I was?
Maybe we can help you.
WYATT How is it going to look if you -How’s it going to look? Yes. JACE WYATT
JACE Is this fashion week? This is a constitutional amendment that’s entirely contradictory to every tenant of the Republican party. As a Republican -Contradictory? Yes. How is this -It is. WYATT JACE FITZSIMMONS JACE
HOSKINS Would you care to elaborate? JACE I’d care to do just about anything, even elaborate. FITZSIMMONS You go to church, Congressman? JACE And that is relevant, how? It’s not -No it isn’t relevant. I was about to say-WYATT JACE FITZSIMMONS
JACE I know you were about to ask if my religious affiliation has anything to do with my legislative decision making.
JACE In a nation whose existence was founded upon -- I can’t believe that’s a sentence that should be finished in a roomful of Congressmen -- and woman. HOSKINS You still haven’t answered his question. JACE You think that even deserves an answer? FITZSIMMONS Your constituents thinks that deserves an answer. JACE And to them I would finish the sentence I thought so unnecessary to finish. For them I’d tell them that I seek guidance from my faith to the point where my faith ends and the United States Constitution and the civil liberties it purports to protect begin. HOSKINS That’s what we’re trying to do here. JACE Seeking the guidance of my faith to the point where my -No. HOSKINS
JACE Then what are we doing here? FITZSIMMONS Protecting civil liberties. JACE This legislation -- this vote for this legislation, it’s because State Judges kept ruling against another piece of legislation. Yeah. HOSKINS
JACE You don’t think these judges are exercising liberty? What? WYATT
JACE When they keep taking it upon themselves to overturn federal statutes that they feel are -- you know. No, we don’t. I’m sorry. WYATT JACE
FITZSIMMONS We don’t know why judges are overruling. JACE There are far better people than I to tell you why those judges are overruling. Are there? FITZSIMMONS
JACE Yeah, but that’s not the point -FITZSIMMONS Your explanations thus far seem to be pointing us toward a direction. JACE Yes, and that direction is -- what direction? FITZSIMMONS Is there a personal stake involved for you in this vote? JACE Every vote I make inside this building is scrutinized by -as is the case with every one of you -- our votes, every single one of them in this building are scrutinized by constituencies toward whom we continually campaign. And by campaign, I mean keep our jobs. So yeah Fitz, there’s a personal stake for me as much as there’s a personal stake in That’s not what I mean. What did you mean Fitz? FITZSIMMONS JACE
FITZSIMMONS Please don’t call me that. Back to the -HOSKINS
JACE Seems like you already know whatever personal stake I’ve got. Jace. Gentlemen. Mr. Leader. Jace? Yeah. What were you saying? WYATT HOSKINS FITZSIMMONS HOSKINS JACE HOSKINS
JACE That the -- now I’m forgetting what I was saying. WYATT Judges taking it upon themselves to-Oh yeah. JACE
WYATT And the loss of personal liberty. Exactly -JACE
HOSKINS Personal liberty of whom exactly? JACE The personal liberties of everyone. Everyone? Yeah. HOSKINS JACE
HOSKINS Ensuring that the institution of marriage isn’t desecrated through federal mandate will infringe upon personal freedoms? JACE You say that as thought it’s a question.
It is a question.
JACE All due respect Mr. Leader -HOSKINS Oh, I think we’ve already done away with that. JACE Then with all the respect I’ve got left, coming up with two pieces of legislation when one should do just fine -WYATT Two pieces of legislation? JACE Come to think of it, the one isn’t doing just fine. HOSKINS Which is why we need a second one. JACE Because judges throughout the country, very well educated jurists I might add, keep overruling the first one? HOSKINS That’s the situation we’re in. JACE Has it not occurred to any member of Republican Leadership, or any Republican in this room for that matter, that our party is for less legislation, not more? WYATT When our most sacred institutions are involved, sometimes more is less. JACE I’m more of a less is more kinda’ guy myself. Excuse me. HOSKINS
JACE No, excuse me. But the most sacred institution to us in this room is very different from what people in other rooms believe to be their most sacred institution. When we have the fortune of interpreting the meaning of that institution in ways that are different from other people. It’s that very form of pluralism the people who came up with the first draft of that little document commonly referred to as the constitution were trying to protect.
FITZSIMMONS Are you saying that we shouldn’t protect marriage simply because there are people who don’t wish to protect it. No, I’m saying -JACE
FITZSIMMONS That’s what you just said. JACE I’m saying that there are a lot of people -- okay, you’re right, that is what I just said. But what I meant to say was-WYATT Our second term Congressman is growing up already. (beat) Go, ahead I’m sorry. JACE What I mean to say is that there are a lot of people who wish to preserve marriage in different ways than other people which also happens to coincidentally be identical to ways which piss people off. Isn’t it the obligation of everyone in this building to let them get pissed off so long as their rights aren’t being infringed? WYATT Their rights aren’t being infringed. HOSKINS We should protect the rights of the people pissing others off, but not the rights of those pissed off? I’m saying-JACE
HOSKINS We know what you’re saying. JACE With all due respect Mr. Leader, if what I’m saying is what you just said, then no. You’re not getting what I’m saying. WYATT Then what the hell are you saying Jace? You’re saying that some people’s rights are more important than others. That because of this you’re not going to vote with us because -- I don’t even know. JACE I already told you why I’m not going to vote for this.
You did? Yes.
HOSKINS (to FITZSIMMONS) Did you know that? No. FITZSIMMONS HOSKINS (to WYATT) WYATT
Did you? No.
HOSKINS Sounds like we’ve got a communication issue then, cause I don’t either. JACE We are choosing to enact a piece of legislation that says one group of people can do something that the other group of people can’t. We are choosing to enact an amendment that, despite the fourteenth one that came before, that some people do not have the liberty to do as they choose, that some people cannot define marriage in the way they wish to define it. I cannot in good conscience have any part in a piece of legislation that -- I cannot in any conscience take part in that. WYATT So, that’s what this is about? JACE I don’t know what else it would be about. Your conscience? WYATT
JACE That, civil liberties, and -- there’s something else I’m forgetting. HOSKINS You’re forgetting something? Yeah, I can’t... JACE
FITZSIMMONS Your constituents perhaps? JACE You think I forgot them? FITZSIMMONS If any of your constituents were in this room right now, you think they’d have any second thoughts about this bill? They aren’t. JACE
HOSKINS No, they aren’t but if they were? JACE They elected me to be in this room. FITZSIMMONS But if one of them was in this room -JACE I just told you that the only person belonging to my district in this room is the very same person they, in their infinite - well, almost infinite, wisdom chose to represent them to make such a decision for them. HOSKINS Would any of them make the very same choice as you’re making? JACE I’m sure there’d be. There are people in our district who don’t believe we should have an income tax ‘cause it’s unconstitutional. They were sitting just where you are. Would the amount of -God damn it! Mr. Leader? FITZSIMMONS HOSKINS JACE
HOSKINS Do we really have to -- Do we really need more than ten minutes to convince a member of our own party to do this? JACE It’s been fifteen minutes.
HOSKINS This is bread and butter, family values. Republican base issues we’re talking about here. How’s it going to go over with the people in your district when you aren’t going to protect their values. JACE I’m protecting the values of personal liberty and freedom for all Americans. I’m sure family values, bread, and butter are included in there somewhere. We’ve been over that. WYATT
JACE Do we need to go over it again? No. I didn’t think so. HOSKINS JACE
HOSKINS So when a reporter from your district, or hell, from any of our districts asks you if the behavior of sinners must also be protected? JACE I’d tell them the definition of legislation and the definition of sinful, then I’d refer them to section of constitution that coincidentally protects their right to think that they’re the same thing. That is, if I haven’t already denied the premise of the question. HOSKINS Do you believe it’s sinful? JACE (beat) Whether I believe it’s sinful -HOSKINS Could you answer the question? JACE I’m a politician, of course I can’t answer the question. But I can give you the answer to a different one. HOSKINS Good luck on your re-election.
JACE I thank you for your luck Mr. Leader. But I really don’t need it. Really? HOSKINS
JACE Why would I need luck when during the past two terms I’ve brought 5,000 new jobs to my district. Sure it has something to do with the influx of the information industries lured from tax incentives. It also has something to do with a higher percentage of high school students heading to college, thanks in part to legislation for the low income families who lived there in the first place to send their children to school in the second place. You think that after a few bad news cycle, I’d even have to care what my constituents are going to think? (beat) That isn’t all is it? WYATT
JACE I was just getting started. WYATT Are any of the 5,000 new jobs for the out of work fourth generation farmer in your district? JACE Yeah, they’ve had so much time being unemployed that they got Bachelors’ degrees in Computer Science. So the jobs are just right for them. WYATT I’m sure they took the same four unit course you got your sense of humor from in the meantime. JACE The fourth generation unemployed farmer won’t be unemployed anymore because he’s going to able to farm again. He’s going to be able to can farm again because his employer’s an ecofriendly agribusiness who’s glad I’m spending time in Washington to reducing their business taxes like a good Republican’s supposed to. HOSKINS A good Republican’s supposed to -WYATT But you haven’t done it yet?
A good Republican’s--
WYATT Mr. Leader if I may. (she may) Congressman, have you reduced their business taxes like a good Republican? I’m working on it. JACE
WYATT Could the work be easier? JACE Why are you asking me something you already know the answer to? WYATT Because there are other people in the room who don’t know the answer. JACE One of them’s a member of the Leadership so I’m willing to bet that the whole EPA standards thing has made a few trips across his desk. HOSKINS What’s made a few trips across my desk? WYATT Some members of Ways and Means believe this should be taken up at the state level and not federal. EPA standards? HOSKINS
JACE No, Tax rebates to businesses that exceed them. WYATT What if I could change their minds? How? FITZSIMMONS
WYATT By convincing them that at the federal level this could provide tax rebates to businesses in their districts too? Exactly. JACE
HOSKINS Why haven’t you been able to do this before? WYATT A two term congressman with no significant political capital comes into your office begging to get the bill he sponsors out of committee. What would you do? (off their silence) Exactly. JACE So....I vote yea on the amendment.... WYATT And you’ll get the votes necessary to bring it out of committee. I only needed two. JACE
WYATT That’s two more than you had before. (a long beat) So you’ll get back to us? Yeah. That’s it? What’s it? JACE HOSKINS JACE
HOSKINS This, just bring another bill out of committee. WYATT He’s been working at it for years, haven’t you Jace? JACE Someone did their homework. WYATT At least someone in this room did. Our work is done here? I don’t know. FITZSIMMONS HOSKINS
(to Jace) Congressmen? Is it.
Might be. Will it be? (beat)
JACE HOSKINS JACE
It already is.
WYATT Let my office know in the morning. I will. G’night. ‘Night. HOSKINS WYATT JACE FITZSIMMONS, HOSKINS, and WYATT go. Jace remains at his desk in silence. At least until the phone rings. JACE picks up. Yeah. JACE (CONT’D)
(beat) ‘Kay, send him in. A moment later, LCDR WILLIAM GANT comes in. What were they-Hey. What? WILL JACE WILL
JACE Hey. A colloquialism people say to each other when they haven’t seen each other in awhile. Hey. How’re you doing? WILL JACE
I’m -- Jace? Yeah.
WILL Yeah. What were they -- they were in your office? JACE Colloquialism’s a word I don’t get to use as often as I’d like. WILL The Majority Leader, Fitzsimmons, Wyatt. What about ‘em? JACE
WILL What were you guys talkin’ about? JACE It’s really not as big of a deal as you think. No? WILL
JACE Well, no. I can’t say that cause I don’t know what you’re thinking. You don’t? WILL
JACE Are you thinking about getting a drink? No. WILL
JACE Then I don’t know what you’re thinking. WILL There had to have been a reason for the House Majority Leader and two other Congressmen to be in your office. I got that. JACE
WILL Just in case you didn’t.
I did. Okay.
JACE We were shooting the shit. Really? WILL
JACE I’d be careful of where you sit. Why? It got pretty messy. What got-The shit we shot. WILL JACE WILL JACE WILL laughs a little, not enough to make him let go of what he wants to know, but it has loosened up a little bit. WILL I mean -- seriously did it have to do with... JACE Did it have to do with what? WILL House Joint Resolution Eighty Eight. Yeah. JACE
WILL How long were they here? Not very. Really? JACE WILL
JACE No, they’re very busy people who don’t believe it necessary to spend much more than five minutes, much less any longer than that in a two term Congressman’s office. WILL If it had to do with H.J. Res Eighty-JACE Let’s -- seriously, let’s have this discussion with some alcohol involved. WILL Wish I could Congressmen, but... But what? JACE
WILL Not something I can do in uniform, sir. Sir? Yeah. JACE WILL
JACE Been a while since you’ve called me that. WILL Technically, I’m supposed to -JACE I’m just yanking your chain. WILL It’s a pretty long chain. JACE More for yanking. Who says there has to be alcohol in the drink? We can have seltzer or some other thing people that hasn’t been served since prohibition. WILL If we’re going to discuss what I know we and everyone in a ten mile radius of the beltway is discussing right now I can’t really express the opinion I’d like to express while wearing this uniform. JACE I’m on the same side as you on this.
You are? Yeah.
WILL Then why aren’t they still in here? Who? JACE
WILL Congressmen Wyatt, Hoskins, and -Yeah. JACE
WILL Why aren’t they -- If you’re agreeing with me on this, why aren’t they still -JACE Because they wanted to get a drink. Jace. WILL
JACE We came to -- we worked something out. WILL In working this out, did you agree to vote for it? JACE I didn’t agree either way. But they left. WILL
JACE They’re not still here. So, yeah they -WILL They’re not still here because you lead them to believe that you were going to vote for it. JACE They may have been led to that. So you lied? WILL
JACE It wasn’t so much as lying as -So you lied. I didn’t lie. WILL JACE
WILL So you’re going to vote for it? JACE What is worse? Lying to them, voting against it, and doing what you and I believe is right? Or actually voting for the damn thing? WILL I don’t know. But neither situation really sounds like you. What do I sound like? JACE
WILL You usually sound like somebody who doesn’t care how long you keep someone in their office disputing potential legislative ramifications. Whether it’s the Naval Liaison to the House or the Majority Leader himself. You usually sound like somebody who doesn’t give a damn about how it might look or how uncomfortable it might feel because there’s nothing more damning or discomforting than having to support legislation that has nothing to do with the best interest of the country. That’s what you usually sound like. JACE (beat) Sounds like a son of a bitch. WILL You always sound like a son of a bitch. Well, thank you. JACE
WILL You don’t know if you’re going to vote for the bill? Nah. Why don’t you? JACE WILL
JACE I’m trying to find a different excuse than ‘it’s complicated’. Why’s it complicated? WILL
JACE It’s not. That’s why I’m trying to find another excuse. WILL What’s the excuse you’ve got so far? JACE There’s a bill I sponsored, and -Ah. What? WILL JACE
WILL There’s a bill you sponsored? Yes. JACE
WILL And, that’s the complication. JACE You wanted the complicated version? WILL For some reason I thought the complicated version might have a chance at exonerating you. How am I doing so far? JACE
WILL You started off by saying you sponsored a bill. So not good? Not even close. Look -JACE WILL JACE
WILL I’m already looking. Unless your bill is some -- I don’t know what your bill has to be, I didn’t know that’s what your constituents had in mind when they elected you. JACE What my constituents had in mind? My constituents had it in their mind to choose a guy who’d represent their convictions. WILL The people in your district... Yeah. JACE
WILL They been to law school? What do you think? Not most of them. JACE WILL
JACE Not most people of any district. Lemme go on. Then go on. WILL JACE
(beat) You can keep going. WILL I was going to, but to keep going I’d have to go down on the list of everything you’ve done, everything you’ve said, every reason why you’re ten thousand times more qualified to make the choices inherent in your office -- and this is one of them -- that you’re ten thousand times more qualified to make this choice than your average constituent. JACE Yeah. But making decisions based on all the things you think they should be based on and decisions based on those which best represent those of the people who asked me to make them are two very different things. WILL House Resolution Six Eight Six Seven? What about it? JACE
It’s at your desk.
JACE Is that what you’re looking at? Yeah. WILL
JACE The Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2006. WILL Know what else I’m looking at? The snowglobe? JACE
WILL Section 3, Second-Tier benefits. Yeah. Know what they are? JACE WILL
JACE Yes. I have every aspect of every bill on this side of the building on my desk completely memorized to regurgitate specifically for moments like these. WYATT Let’s look at the first section under the special rule. Why not? JACE
WILL (reading from the copy on his desk) If at the time that the amount established in an individual’s account under subsection A is exhausted or at any time thereafter, such individual's state is an extended benefit period, as determined under paragraph, such accounts shall be augmented by an-(looks at JACE) Jace? Yeah. Were you-JACE WILL
Falling asleep? Yeah.
JACE You mean I wasn’t supposed to? WILL That’s my -- well no, that wasn’t my point. What was it then? JACE
WILL If I were to have read this to you at nine o’clock this morning and not right now at the merry hour of twelve o’clock at night, would you’ve still fallen asleep? No. JACE
WILL If the average constituent was in your office at nine o’clock this morning, would they have fallen asleep? Yeah. JACE
WILL Is there any time of day in which if I were to read this bill to them, your average constituent wouldn’t fall asleep? No. JACE
WILL You think that may have had something to do with their choice in electing you? Might your ability to comprehend, and measure the full force of -Wait a second. No. You think that -Then wait two seconds. Jace. JACE WILL JACE WILL
JACE Will. That section of a bill. They don’t need to understand Section 3, subheading A. They wouldn’t need to be in Congress to understand that it was a bill to provide for additional emergency unemployment compensation. It’s the Unemployment Compensation Act for Chrissakes. WILL And how’d you vote on it? JACE The national average of unemployment versus the-WILL How did you vote for it? I voted for it. JACE
WILL And you’re a Republican? Yeah. But that bill-JACE WILL
JACE Gives money, well, actually more money to people who’re unemployed. Yeah. WILL
JACE Republicans aren’t supposed to do that? WILL What’s the percentage of registered Republicans in your district. A lot. What percentage? JACE WILL
JACE Seventy Three point Six. WILL What about fiscal responsibility?
What about it?
WILL Seventy three point six percent of your constituents belong to a party that subscribes to the belief that government should be fiscally responsible. JACE Nine point six percent of them are unemployed in my district when the national average is just six. Not giving them just a little more so they can support themselves, get a job, so we can tax them and bring in revenue again would be fiscally irresponsible. Keeping them from putting food on the table is irresponsible in five other ways. WILL So there are bills you have voted for that were for your constituency’s betterment while at the same time contradictory to the tenets of the party which you, and the majority of your constituents belong? The tenets of the -JACE
WILL It’s a yes or no question. JACE And it can be answered with both yes and no. Then choose one. WILL
JACE But that’s unemployment though. Yeah. WILL
JACE The entire reason three Congressman and a sailor have been in my office for the past hour has nothing to do with unemployment. WILL You wanna’ know what it has to do with? JACE Yes. Because I’ve been in my office all this time and still have no idea what it has to do with.
WILL It has to do with whatever irrational form of reasoning that’s led you to think that the priorities of people who are intolerant of me, and most of all intolerant of you, that the intolerance of those ignorant few should compromise our ability to do something they could not possibly take more for granted? (beat) I don’t know about that other, whatever bill it was-The bill I sponsored. JACE
WILL Yeah. I don’t know about it but, whatever it is that you needed to do to pass it, there’s another way. (beat) JACE
There is. Did you just--
WILL JACE WILL
Agree with you? Yeah.
JACE That’s what you want right? WILL Only if it’s what you do. JACE looks at WILL, it is. WILL (beat) Send the details to my office about what you need to get done with your other thing. My bill? Yeah. Will do. JACE WILL JACE
(beat) This deserves a drink.
JACE What about your uniform? WILL Who said I’ll still be in my uniform? CURTAIN
JACE comes into his office with GUINEVERE. May I go on? No. Why not? GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE Because I can’t go on with that. I can only go off on that. Then -GUINEVERE
JACE Let’s get on with the business of -- I don’t know, government. GUINEVERE That’s what we’re doing here. Theoretically. JACE
GUINEVERE Well, practically, we’d be able to get to business of government better without your being considered a defendant in four different law suits. JACE Fixating ourselves on lawsuits which have no legal ground is really going to turn us in the right direction. They do. What do? GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE They have legal grounds. JACE Now, we’re back to -- By legal grounds -- do you mean the same grounds, the same continent of grounds those people who sued McDonalds for making them fat grounds? Or I don’t know, people sue me for not disclosing my sexuality to my constituency and calling it reasonable at the same time. It all seems like they’re in the same damn country to me.
GUINEVERE They are in the same country. JACE The United States of America? GUINEVERE Exactly. You may want to think about a different measure of reason. The metric system? JACE
GUINEVERE One in which suing you for not disclosing your sexuality to your constituency would be considered reasonable. So the Standard System. JACE
GUINEVERE There is a very substantial segment of our constituents that’ll employ that very line of reasoning in what’s coming up to three months from now while thinking about considering you for future employment. The phone rings, JACE grabs it. Put him on. Yeah? Uh huh. JACE (beat) (beat)
(beat) I’ll be here. So will -(beat) Yeah. So will Gwen. (beat) Hafley? (beat) Alright. I look forward to it Commander. (beat) See you soon. JACE hangs up. Commander....? Yeah. GUINEVERE JACE
JACE Helping me out with something. Helping you with what? GUINEVERE
JACE The business of government. Which is? You’ll find out. GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE Does it have to do with-- what does a Naval Liaison have to do with-You’ll see. I want to see now. JACE GUINEVERE
JACE So do I, but he needs to show me first. So you don’t know. No. So I can’t-Show me anything. Nope. GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE That was a very productive ninety seconds. Seconds? Yeah. JACE GUINEVERE
JACE Because the one hundred and twenty minutes we spent with council have been so much more in comparison. GUINEVERE When you told me -- one hundred and twenty minutes ago, when you told me exactly what you told me before the vote a week ago -- before I left you with -What about it? JACE
GUINEVERE I didn’t think so then, but... But what? JACE
GUINEVERE I actually think you made a good point. JACE You definitely didn’t think that then. GUINEVERE But, I’m thinking that now. You are? Yes. JACE GUINEVERE
JACE You know my disbelief isn’t entirely unfounded. Before you left me to fend for myself with Fitzsimmons, Wyatt and Hoskins -GUINEVERE You told me that you could handle it yourself. I did handle it myself. JACE
GUINEVERE Yes, but we’re not done. JACE I already cast the vote. GUINEVERE Yeah but four organizations that want to sue you because of how you voted.
I thought it was three.
GUINEVERE It was, but in the time that we were coming back here --JACE Another one decided to hop on the bandwagon? Yeah. GUINEVERE
JACE They don’t want to sue me for voting the way I did. They want they want to sue me because they think... Yeah. GUINEVERE
JACE There’s no grounds for that. GUINEVERE For thinking that you’re-JACE No. There’s no grounds for taking legal action against me for it. GUINEVERE There is something we can do about that. How about nothing? JACE
GUINEVERE Nothing’s going to keep you from getting re-elected. You think so? JACE
GUINEVERE I think we’re going to have to try something else. Like what? JACE
GUINEVERE Counter their current perceptions. Counter it? JACE
JACE I’m asking because I don’t know what you mean by that. GUINEVERE Tell them in a statement summarizing what you told me, what you told Congressman Fitzsimmons, Congressman Hoskins, Congresswoman Wyatt, and who knows how many other people why you voted against the bill and despite having done so, you are and have always been a heterosexual man? And always have been? Yeah. Sounds a little much. JACE GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE It’s the truth. What’s much should be the least of our concerns. JACE I thought I was being sued because we never disclosed the truth. You thought? GUINEVERE
JACE Still thinking actually. And this statement would be a full disclosure of the truth? GUINEVERE Yes. Jace, is there -- What’s so difficult to understand? JACE It’s difficult to understand that it’s the truth. Why is that? Because it’s not. It’s not? GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE They’re already getting the truth. This legislation is an outright offense to the rights and civil liberties of people they don’t agree with and who, by miraculous coincidence, of people who don’t agree with them. GUINEVERE You’re not really going to-JACE I’ll polish it up a bit, but that’s the gist. GUINEVERE They’re still going to ask you though. JACE They’re the press, their livelihoods are dependent upon asking me questions. GUINEVERE And you’re livelihood, my livelihood, our livelihoods -Jace, they’re not the only ones who want to know. Know what? Are you? Am I what? JACE GUINEVERE JACE
(a much longer beat) I just thought you... I didn’t. Yeah. (beat) I’m sorry that it-What? GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
GUINEVERE I’m sorry that it had to -JACE No, I mean why are you sorry?
GUINEVERE That it had to -- that I...No. No? I’m -- you’re right. About what? I shouldn’t be sorry. You shouldn’t. (beat) Who else knows? (beat) Jace? Yeah. Who else knows? JACE GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE What does it -- are you angry? I’m not angry! No, you’re not angry. I’m not-GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE Okay, then why aren’t you? I’m not angry. GUINEVERE
JACE I mean -- you didn’t know? Know what? GUINEVERE
(beat) There were times that I thought that...I wasn’t certain, no. JACE We’ve worked with each other for how many years? Five years. GUINEVERE
JACE And, it didn’t so much as...well I guess it wouldn’t. GUINEVERE No, it wouldn’t, and it didn’t. (beat) That’s interesting. Why? JACE
JACE Because it’s -- in almost two terms of congress and during the campaign leading to my first successful election, during this entire time, my sexuality was not even known by my own Chief of Staff. (beat) I thought there was something interesting to that. I probably thought wrong. GUINEVERE Anyone else on our staff know prior to your telling me now? Not that I am aware of. JACE
GUINEVERE Are you saying they could be aware? JACE Gwen, you know what I just said. I -GUINEVERE Is there anything which could -- I don’t know. Anything you could do to make them aware?
JACE Other than my pornography addiction, love of showtunes, and penchant for leather daddy bars? (beat) GUINEVERE
Jace, I -I’m joking!
GUINEVERE If only I could tell the difference. JACE If there’s anything my staff would have been aware of, it’d be nothing that wouldn’t have already caught the press’ attention. So, nothing? GUINEVERE
JACE If there could be less than nothing, it’d be that. Okay. GUINEVERE
JACE Now that you mention it thought... What did I mention? GUINEVERE
JACE We should get Jeannie to call the staff in here. That would not be wise. GUINEVERE
JACE You know, my staff should know. You are Chief among them. GUINEVERE And Chief among our responsibilities to this office -- not right now. Not now? No. JACE GUINEVERE
GUINEVERE Telling them is equivalent to telling everyone. JACE No, telling them is equivalent to telling my staff because you know what? What? They’re my staff. GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE If you address them, you’re going to have to address your constituents-JACE My constituents will need to be addressed on the things they need to be addressed about, but go on. GUINEVERE You can’t tell them -- they can’t know -- “that” and at the same time support you for reelection. They can’t support or have anything to do with a legislative agenda involving somebody who’s completely defrauded them. They-Completely -I’m not finished. Please don’t. Why not? JACE GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE Completely defrauded them? Yes. Defraud? What about it? GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE You introduced another word into the conversation. Don’t say you didn’t. I didn’t. GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE When Congressman Smithwick -- you remember Congressman Smithwick? JACE And this has to do with fraudulence how? GUINEVERE It has to do with -- without Congressman Smithwick you wouldn’t be in this room right now. Without-Yes. JACE GUINEVERE
JACE I’m sorry, there are a few more things in this room that I disagree with than there are normally. GUINEVERE You don’t agree that without Congressman Smithwick you wouldn’t -JACE No. I mean, I agree that without Congressman Smithwick having an order of prime rib when he should have had a salad the night before he had his fourth and final heart attack, then yeah. If it wasn’t for him... (beat) You were going somewhere with that? Yeah. GUINEVERE
JACE And I took it elsewhere. Let me bring it back. GUINEVERE
JACE To how I committed fraud.
You didn’t mean to.
JACE Yeah, it’s tough meaning to do things that I never did. GUINEVERE I don’t know about this case. Neither do I. JACE
GUINEVERE Actually I do know about this case. What the-JACE
GUINEVERE In this case we were, no -- in this case, the campaign before your first term? JACE You mean one Big Mac away from being Smithwick’s twenty third term? Yeah. GUINEVERE
JACE What does this have to do with fraud. It has to -GUINEVERE
JACE I mean seriously Gwen, Lt. Gant’s going to come in here, and we’re going to get back to the things we’re supposed to get back to and if you haven’t got to your point yet -GUINEVERE You were never vetted! You were never -- there wasn’t -- you didn’t -- Nobody ever had the chance to find out because they were never looking in the first place. JACE But just one vote in the house and suddenly the closet doors come loose? GUINEVERE That’s why I need to know. That’s why I need to know how many --
People know? Yeah.
JACE You know there was never a closet door to begin with. Which closet? GUINEVERE
JACE The metaphorical one. With the white elephant in it. GUINEVERE There was never one to begin with? Yeah. What’s that supposed to JACE GUINEVERE -- wait --
JACE I couldn’t really tell you how many. Really? Yeah. GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE That’s going to make this a little more difficult. Why? JACE
GUINEVERE You didn’t think -- you’re a Member of The United States House of Representatives! JACE Is that what it says on my door? GUINEVERE Jace. I’m -- I couldn’t be more serious. JACE Then don’t be more serious. If people’d ask me, I’d tell them. You know how often I ever get asked? (beat) That wasn’t rhetorical.
I don’t know.
JACE Never. If I had a pornography addiction, love of showtunes, and or a penchant for leather daddy bars it would have come up. But in an entire life of public service including the State House and Congress I never really took up nor do I have any disrespect for those who have an addiction to porn, love My Fair Lady and need a good spanking. You really think I’m the only one on the Hill who is anyhow? GUINEVERE Who’s addicted to porn, loves musicals--? JACE The only one who’s interested in those of the same sex. I don’t know. No. Do you know why? No. GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE Because you have a knack about caring about things that actually matter. You know why you can’t answer that question. No. GUINEVERE
JACE Because it doesn’t matter. GUINEVERE It doesn’t matter for them. JACE It doesn’t matter for anyone. No, it does for us. Why? GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE Because of the people in this country who deserve to know, the people who’ve elected you to office twice --
Our constituents. Yeah. They should know?
JACE GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE (beat) What they need to know is -JACE It’s a simple question Gwen. GUINEVERE I know it’s a simple question. JACE Then give me a simple answer. Is it not our responsibility to tell them? (beat) GUINEVERE
GUINEVERE You already know what I think about this. JACE Would I be asking you if I did? I thought you did. GUINEVERE
JACE I know how you would have answered before. You think it’s changed. So “no”. What? GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE You don’t think it’s our responsibility to tell them?
GUINEVERE I think we have responsibilities to them. JACE Like representing them in one of two highest legislatures in the land? Among others, yes. GUINEVERE
JACE Telling them the truth’s not one of others? Do you still want to -GUINEVERE
JACE Gwen, there’s a question here -GUINEVERE I think if you want to continue to represent the people to whom you have been so dutifully devoted -JACE I shouldn’t tell them the truth? GUINEVERE That’s a difficult question to answer. JACE Then answer it difficultly. GUINEVERE I think you should tell them what is in their best interest. What’s in their best interest is to reelect you and to reelect you they need to have confidence in you and for them to have confidence in you they need to know that you represent them in every respect. JACE Which respect was that again? (beat) What respect have I not represented them -GUINEVERE You know which respect I’m talking about. JACE I just love trying to get you to say it. I don’t. GUINEVERE
JACE You’re not supposed to. That’s what makes this so fun. This is fun? GUINEVERE
JACE Not funny “ha-ha” fun. Just you know -Fun? Yeah. GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE I’m really cracking up over here. JACE I’m surprised the Majority Whip hasn’t called to complain about the noise yet. In every respect Jace. GUINEVERE
JACE You keep saying that, but I don’t know what exactly you-Yes you do. GUINEVERE
JACE I -- do you want me to guess? GUINEVERE You don’t have to guess, you already know. JACE I still don’t understand though. They’re suing me because they think I’m lying. I’m not lying. I’ve never lied. And you, my Chief of Staff, are telling me not only should I reinstate confidence in my constituents, but I should do so by doing something that will get me sued! (beat) GUINEVERE
You won’t --
JACE In fact, I’m already getting sued for it. Yes, I know. GUINEVERE
JACE Given the solution that you’re giving me, I don’t think you did. It matters. So I do. GUINEVERE
JACE You know what else that matters? What else matters? GUINEVERE
JACE That if I were to tell them, if I were to reassure them as you say, that I am actually the supposedly heterosexual Congressman they believed I was until last Tuesday, that it would be my only chance at being reelected. Uh huh. GUINEVERE
JACE That matters in some way, doesn’t it? Yes...I guess it-Better question. Yeah. GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE You know which way that matters? No. A deeply repugnant way. That surprises you? GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE As much as I would like it to, no. Okay. GUINEVERE
JACE Being that as it may, and it very much may, it’s an obligation of mine by being in this room, by working in a way to influence their lives few other people can to not be so repugnant. Yeah, that’d be great. I’m sorry? It’d be great. GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE It doesn't sound great to you. GUINEVERE Actually being here next term sounds great. JACE You don’t think that sounds great to me? GUINEVERE I think it does, but from what you’re saying-JACE You’re saying that we should lie to make people feel better. Well that’s-GUINEVERE
JACE If anything that’s the reason I’m here even if it didn’t seem like it before. It’s the mentality of that, it’s the mindset of -Our constituency? Yes. You wanna’ change it? GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE Their current mindset believes that what I did is a wrong thing, their current mindset is set on vilifying me because I don’t think it’s such a bad thing if Adam and Steve or Alice and Eve wanna’ get married. On the list of things I’d like to change, their mindset shot pretty high up there.
GUINEVERE You know what I’d like to change? My sexual orientation? JACE
GUINEVERE The fact that there are a number of people who already know about you out there. I’d like to change that but I can’t. They’re going to talk, even if some of them haven’t, they will. If we’re going to make it through this, the people whose mindset you’d like to change will be more likely to be changed if you’re still in office four months from now, and the only way we can make that happen is to give them more confidence in you than they would give to the people who are going to talk. (beat) Jace. Thank you. JACE
GUINEVERE Gant’s going to be here -JACE Yes, he will. Thank you. I’m sorry? Please go. Congressman, I -GUINEVERE JACE GUINEVERE
JACE Jace, is fine. You’ve always known that. But you need to know that I’ve heard what I need to hear right now. (beat) GUINEVERE
GUINEVERE goes. The phone rings, JACE picks up. Send him in. JACE WILL comes in.
Alright. Huh? You ready? Ready? Here’s what I-Okay.
WILL JACE WILL JACE WILL JACE
WILL Haffley’s got a bill in Ways and Means, Spaulding’s got another in Foreign Relations. Although appearing completely unrelated now -Will. Yeah. JACE WILL
JACE Could you just -- not right now. Could I what? WILL
JACE Just, I need to... I need a-Should I give you a-WILL
JACE No. You can stay, I just -- with the bill -Not now? Just give me a moment. WILL JACE
WILL Okay. Whenever you’re ready. (beat) Where’s Guinevere?
WILL Guinevere? When I do start, she’s going to need this. You starting right now? No. JACE WILL
JACE Then don’t worry about it. Okay. WILL
(beat) Is everything... JACE Come to think of it I don’t think she’s going to be back for a little bit, you can just tell me. Are you sure? WILL
JACE I wouldn’t tell ya’ if I wasn’t. WILL Well, I’m not sure, and I think if there’s anyone’s input that’d make me sure. My input isn’t enough? I didn’t say that. JACE WILL
JACE Because I don’t get enough of your input. Congressman. Please, call me Jace. Is everything -WILL JACE WILL
JACE What is it about everything that you can’t stop asking about?
No need to ask anymore. Why not? Because there is. There’s what? Something wrong. Nothing’s wrong. Bullshit. Nice comeback.
WILL JACE WILL JACE WILL JACE WILL JACE
WILL You’re right. It’s total bullshit. JACE Because that’s going to make everything alright. WILL Do you want everything to be alright? JACE I don’t even know what alright looks like anymore. If you know what it is, just lemme know. (beat) Why did you insist on...no. WILL No, I didn’t insist on -- What did I insist on? JACE On my -- Why’d you insist that voting against that bill when it’s -- when you’re -- you’re wearing that uniform. WILL Is that what I’m wearing? You know what I mean. Not I don’t yet. JACE WILL
JACE I mean, you don’t see the irony in asking me to waving a God damn gay pride flag last week, when you yourself -Ah. Yeah. WILL JACE
WILL No I know what you mean. Okay. It doesn’t mean much. Why not? JACE WILL JACE
WILL Not as much as you think it means. JACE How much do I think it -- what are you talking about? WILL What’s happened since last week? JACE You -- you know what I mean. Yes, I do. So, tell me. WILL JACE
WILL That it’s hypocritical of me to-Yeah. JACE
WILL Not much to tell ya’ there. I beg to differ. Then keep begging. JACE WILL
Commander -Please, call me Will. Will.
JACE WILL JACE
WILL It’s a lot more complicated than you think. JACE Doesn’t that sound familiar? It does. WILL
JACE What did you say last time? What time? WILL
JACE The time that -- the time that’s making this so familiar. WILL Like what I said after you said it’s complicated? Yeah. I asked you why. JACE WILL
JACE Would you mind if I did now? No, but I would -WILL
JACE I’ve got plenty of time. That’s -WILL
JACE Actually I don’t have time, I’ve got a committee hearing right after this. WILL Okay, so let’s get back to --
JACE No, let’s not get anywhere else than what we already got to. WILL Would that mean getting somewhere where sentences still make sense? JACE If you’re going to tell me that my constituents should know about my sexual orientation while at the same time serving in an organization where if you exhibited a fraction of the honesty you so adamantly preached that I have -WILL When did I tell you to tell your constituents to tell them about your -- when did I tell you to tell them that? JACE (beat) I don’t know. You just did. WILL I don’t know and I didn’t. But -- hold on. I’m holding. JACE WILL
JACE That’s what was so complicated before. When I told you that -the thing you said was bullshit. WILL When you said nothing was wrong? JACE No, not that, the other thing. What other thing? WILL
JACE No, I just remembered. You didn’t say it was bullshit, I just asked you how I was doing and -- anyway -WILL You were going to vote for the bill to get some votes you need for your own bill. Yeah. JACE
WILL I didn’t say it at the time. But yeah, that was bullshit. You see! No. You still think so. JACE WILL JACE
WILL Yes. Myself, and two hundred and sixty seven other members of The House. JACE Broke by twenty six votes. WILL Yours being one of them. Yeah. JACE
WILL I still have no idea where you’re going with this. JACE By voting against the bill, is that not an announcement. An announcement? That I’m... WILL JACE
WILL That you’re a Congressman who has a decision as to which bills should become federal law. Not just that. JACE
WILL That...I still don’t know where you’re going with this. Do you need a map? Apparently. JACE WILL
JACE By doing what I did, without you so correctly advising me to do what I did, I -- it seems that I inadvertently announced that -- well, that’s a sentence you can finish yourself. WILL And one you clearly can’t. JACE You know what I’m trying to say. No. I still don’t. WILL
JACE You don’t need a map, you need a damn GPS system. WILL And you need to grow a pair. (beat) I don’t have an obligation to tell the people I serve that I’m -I need to grow -JACE
WILL Whether you let me finish or not, I don’t care, I’m going to keep going anyway... (beat) I forgot where I was going. Somewhere testicular. After that. JACE WILL
JACE You don’t have an obligation to the people you -- I don’t know. WILL No you don’t know. Nor do I have an obligation to tell the people I do serve anything that’s completely irrelevant to the duties which I’ve been asked to carry out. Whom I choose or choose not to be with has yet to be in any way relevant. Is it hypocritical that I advocate self honesty when I cannot be entirely honest about my life at all the other times that are not relevant to what I’m doing? Yeah. But it’s not like I want to do something about it. It’s not like I’m a Congressional Liaison of the Armed Forces or anything.
WILL Even if it never was before last week it became relevant for the people you serve to know about you. Why? JACE
WILL Because you just voted to protect the rights for a significant block of Americans who should marry whoever they damn well please, and by extension, every American’s rights. By an even greater extension that, you just voted to protect the rights of the people who asked you to represent them. Those same people don’t feel you’ve provided adequate representation. Whether or not you want to make a case to them why you have, and you’ve done a hell of a lot more than that...that’s up to you. JACE Is making that case...in making that case, I would have to tell them that -You’re gay. Yeah. WILL JACE
WILL In case you couldn’t finish that sentence. I can finish it now. JACE
WILL Good. Because you’re going to have to start finishing them that way a lot more often these next few weeks. JACE Is there...I’m trying to think of something. Okay. WILL
JACE (beat) Is there a way where I can make a case in which I don’t have to --
JACE How’d you even know what I was going to ask? WILL Because there’s only one question you could have began like that. JACE Well, there’s got to be one, right? Yeah. Well... (beat) WILL JACE WILL
Let’s come up with -No. Will. Commander.
JACE WILL JACE WILL
JACE Commander -- why am I calling you Commander? WILL Because if you’re going to keep asking me what you’re asking me to do I don’t think we can be on a first name basis anymore Congressman. JACE You’re not going are you? WILL You still want to find a way to make a case to your constituency that doesn’t involve you telling them that you’re -Yes. I do. JACE
WILL Then you should wait till Gwen comes back, I’m sure she can help you out when she does. JACE You’re not really going over something as ridiculous as that? WILL I’m going because it is as ridiculous as that. JACE It’s not -- that’s not what I meant. That’s what I said. WILL
JACE But that’s not what I -- tell me what is so ridiculous about coming up with the best strategy to prolong my career in congress? What’s -WILL
JACE Tell me, what it is that’s so -- what is it that is so ridiculous about me asking you for help? WILL The fact that you think that the only way you can hold on to a career in congress is to continue lying. JACE For somebody who’s planning on leaving my office you sure are taking your sweet ass time. WILL Hopefully sense’ll come back in and I won’t need to leave in the first place. JACE There’s plenty of sense to go round in here. WILL There’s not an ounce of sense to go anywhere in here. I’ve already told you five different ways how what you think’s going to work isn’t going to work and if there were any sense in here I wouldn’t have to come up with a sixth one. JACE You know what actually doesn’t make sense?
WILL The amount of times we’ve used the word sense in the past fifteen seconds. Other than that. This conversation? JACE WILL
JACE Telling the press that I voted against a bill, not just a bill, a constitutional amendment that the majority of my constituency believe should be law, then telling them, and telling the same constituents -- defending my choice, giving them every reason why I did what I did, and on a completely unrelated note, tell them that I’m -Yeah. WILL
JACE Yeah, this is something that doesn’t make sense? Or, yeah, this is something that makes complete sense? WILL No, that version doesn’t make any sense at all. JACE Isn’t that version the version you’ve been telling me to do? WILL No. Because you left, and are still, leaving out any semblance of sense. You left out the part about you being declared a defendant by three different plaintiffs who are suing. You left out the part that their law suit won’t even so much as pass the laugh test. If there is a judge that won’t laugh, either the fact that there are no legal grounds or how idiotically simple it will be to prove that it doesn’t have any legal grounds should be laughable enough. It doesn’t make sense because you’re leaving out sense. You wanna’ know why? Why? JACE
WILL Because you’re afraid you’re going to fall. You’re so afraid that you can’t see the obvious anymore. You can’t see the hatred of the people in your district.
You can’t remember the fact that you took an oath -- the same one I took -- to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic which is convenient because right now being that the enemy couldn’t be more domestic. (there’s a beat, then --) You can dance around the truth, you can keep doing it until you’re going to have to lie. They think you’re lying now, just wait and see when you serve three, four maybe five terms, a few more in the Senate. Just wait until you’re put into a position to actually, and legitimately lie about something which they can and will not hesitate to sue you for. If you wait that long you’re going to fall higher and harder than however much you think you’re going to fall now. The phone rings, JACE picks up. Yeah. JACE
(beat) Okay. I’ll let her know when I need her. (beat) Thank you. JACE hangs up. (beat) JACE (CONT’D)
So that’s it?
WILL Depends on what you consider it? JACE The only option I have -- is to fall? Depends. Depending on what? WILL JACE
WILL Do you want to fall defending the Constitution? Do you want to fall defending your convictions and who you are because of your convictions? Do you want to fall doing nothing of any moral reprehensibility? (beat) You’re going to fall either way Congressman. But if you’re going to fall, shouldn’t you do it because of the crime your constituents would be committing by not re-electing you and not from the crimes you would commit if they did? JACE picks up the phone, dials.
JACE Could you get Gwen in here? (beat) Thanks. GANT and JACE wait a long beat before, GUINEVERE comes back in. Yeah. GUINEVERE
JACE Get everyone from communications in here -But you’ve got -GUINEVERE
JACE I’m already ten minutes late for that and it’s been far too late to do what needs to be done. What needs to be done? Yeah. GUINEVERE JACE
GUINEVERE No, I’m asking. What needs to be done? JACE (beat) There are a great deal of things in this world with which I have the greatest confidence. Your ability to serve as my Chief of Staff is no longer one of them. I’ll need your letter of resignation by the end of day. GUINEVERE just stands there, shellshocked, not entirely what to do or say. Not seeing anything as being appropriate for either, she just goes. JACE (CONT’D) You think she’s going to get the Communications team? What do you think? Yeah. You know... WILL JACE (beat)
No. (beat) If I do this, if I -I know.
JACE I thought you just said -I know now. WILL
JACE (beat) And you’re okay with that? WILL With people finding out about -Us. JACE
WILL (beat) You think you’re the only one who’s going to fall? JACE You think there’d be anyone else I’d rather do it with? CURTAIN
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