EPISODE 3

(Scene: ELIZAís dressing room at the TV station. ELIZA and RICHARD stand facing STEPHANIE, considering her question.)

RICHARD: Well, as Iím sure you know, Stephanie, Iím a very wealthy manÖ

STEPHANIE: You mean your father was wealthy.

ELIZA: Stephanie!

STEHPANIE: (sneering) Oh, come on, Eliza, you know heís never worked a day in his life.

RICHARD: (angry) I resent that!

STEPHANIE: Well, good, because you were meant to. Now listen up. I donít want money. I want something else entirely.

ELIZA: And just what is that?

STEPHANIE: Oh, Iíll tell you.

RICHARD: Tell us then.

STEPHANIE: I will.

(A long silence. Finally, ELIZA speaks.)

ELIZA: Well what is it already??!!??

STEPHANIE: Oh, right. What I want isÖRichard!

ELIZA: What the hell are you talking about? I canít just give you my boyfriend.

STEPHANIE: One night is all I ask. One night to do with him whatever I please, however I please, wherever I please, whenever I pleaseÖ

RICHARD: Ok, we get it.

STEPHANIE: Yes, well, thatís what I want.

(She crosses her arms across her chest)

So there!

RICHARD: No way! I love Eliza and Iíd never be unfaithful to her.

STEPHANIE: Well, if thatís the case, then I guess she can just lose her job then.

(She moves towards the door.)

ELIZA: WAIT!

(She turns to RICHARD.)

Richard, honey, itís very sweet of you to say those things, but I canít lose my job!

STEPHANIE: Iím going to do it!

(She moves towards the door, then back again.)

Ha! Gotcha!

(She continues to move back and forth.)

Whoop, am I really going to do it now? Oh, not this time! How about now? Nope!

RICHARD: Stephanie, will you cut it out??!!??

STEPHANIE: (pouts) Fine.

(RICHARD turns to ELIZA.)

RICHARD: Darling, you know Iíll always take care of your every need. You donít need a job.

ELIZA: Oh, is that the way it is? Iím just a little woman, canít take care of myself! Well I donít want to live that way. I want to keep my job. And if you really love me, youíll help me to do that.

RICHARD: Fine. Anything for you.

STEPHANIE: YEEEEEEES!!!!

(She pumps her fist in the air, and the scene fades out.)

(Scene: A lonely stretch of highway. ANASTASIA walks slowly with a heavy backpack. Just then, it starts to rain.)

ANASTASIA: Oh, great.

(A car pulls up with dark windows. The window on the driverís side rolls down, and although we see no face, a voice comes from within.)

VOICE: Hello, Anastasia.

(ANASTASIA gasps)

ANASTASIA: How do you know my name?

VOICE: Oh, I know all about you. I know how you hate that bitch Violet, and how you yearn to meet your birth mother. I know of your stupid, doddering father who never understands. I know everything. And you know what, Anastasia? I care about you. I love you, like no one else does. Please, come with me and weíll go far, far away from this horrible place.

(ANASTASIA thinks for a moment, then gets into the car. It drives away, just passing out of sight as JOSEPH pulls up.)

JOSEPH: (desperate) Anastasia!!! Where are you? Please come home!

(He begins to cry.)

JOSEPH: (quietly) I love you.

(Scene: VIOLET paces the floor at the Ginger household. JOSEPH enters.)

VIOLET: There you are! Did you find her? Oh God, if this gets into the society papersÖ

JOSEPH: Iím worried, honey. What if sheís hurt? Or scared?

VIOLET: Oh for Godís sake, Joseph, who cares? What you should be thinking about is how this will affect your reelection campaign.

JOSEPH: (suddenly realizing) You really hate her, donít you?

VIOLET: Who, darling?

JOSEPH: Anastasia!

VIOLET: Well, dearest, no offense, but sheís just such a cow.

JOSEPH: How dare you speak about my daughter that way? Youíre bitchier than she is!

VIOLET: (furious) Joseph Ginger, how dare you speak to me like that!

JOSEPH: You were nothing before I married you!

VIOLET: Get out of this house! I donít want to ever see your ugly face again!

JOSEPH: Oh, and how will that affect your precious campaign, eh? Besides, I own this house! You get out, you filthy whore!

(VIOLET gasps.)

VIOLET: (menacing) What did you call me?

JOSEPH: You heard me. I know all about you and Jonathan.

(It suddenly dawns on VIOLET that if JOSEPH leaves her, she has nothing.)

VIOLET: Joseph, that was years ago! Forgive me!

JOSEPH: I forgave you then. I wonít forgive you now. Now I can see that you donít love meóand never did! Goodbye, Violet!

VIOLET: NOOO! Please!

JOSEPH: (coldly) Get out of my house.

VIOLET: I have nowhere to go!

JOSEPH: What do I care?

(VIOLET lets out an animal scream and lunges at JOSEPH with her high heeled shoe. JOSSEPH grabs her arm and restrains her easily.)

JOSEPH: DONíT YOU DARE ATTACK ME YOU RAVING BITCH!

(He whips the shoe out of her hand, knocking her to the ground. She lies still.)

JOSEPH: Violet?

(He shakes her, no response.)

JOSEPH: (frightened) Violet? Wake up! Oh GodÖ

(The camera moves to focus on JOSEPH 2, watching from the doorway with his thumb in his mouth. The scene fades out.)

(Scene: JONATHANís office at the hospital. He is working on paperwork when BRIE enters.)

BRIE: (seductively) Hola, Doctor Ginger.

JONATHAN: (pleasantly surprised) Why hello there, Brie. What can I do for you?

BRIE: I feel like I must tell you something.

JONATHAN: What is it?

BRIE: IÖoh, I know this is wrong, but I canít hold back any longer! Iíve only known you for a few short hours, and yetÖ

JONATHAN: Yes?

BRIE: Doctor Ginger, I love you.

(She hides her face in her hands. JONATHAN gets up, walks over to her, and lifts her chin so she is looking at him.)

JONATHAN: Thereís nothing wrong with that. And pleaseÖcall me Jonathan.

(He kisses her passionately. BRIE pushes him down onto the desk and they start making out.)

(The scene switches to a bare room with a fuzzy TV screen showing JONATHANís office. A Hispanic man is watching it intently and grinning.)

MAN: Perfecto! I shall finally have my revenge on Jonathan Ginger!

(He laughs menacingly as the scene fades to the closing credits.)

Same time tomorrow for moreÖPURPLE TWILIGHT!!!

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