(the duo are on the way to the courtroom to give their depositions)
CHRISTINE: Feminine enough?
MARY BETH: You look good. Formal.
CHRISTINE: I guess that's right. Who knows how I should look. The way I'm feeling I might as well be stark naked.
MARY BETH: I know.
CHRISTINE: Mary Beth, the thought of looking at Potter makes me wanna vomit.
MARY BETH: I know.
CHRISTINE: No, you don't. (they stop) That's OK.
MARY BETH: You are doing the right thing, Christine. I know that. You know it too.
CHRISTINE: I guess so. But I'm scared. My heart is so loud. My hands are like ice. (asking for Mary Beth's hands) Give me yours.(Mary Beth holds them and bends down and blows into Chris's hands. They move on)
MARY BETH: You'll be alright, Chris.
(outside the court room)
JAMES NETTLES: Sergeant, nice to see you.
CHRISTINE: Why do I think it's a set up?
JAMES NETTLES: Sergeant! Deputy Gordon and I were just talking. I'm sure you saw the papers this morning. It's a shame how the Press leads on these things.
CHRISTINE: Mr. Potter didn't like his photograph?
JAMES NETTLES: How did you like yours?
(Mary Beth moves Chris to her other side away from Nettles and Potter)
GORDON: Mr. Nettles, do you have a point you're trying to make here?
JAMES NETTLES: Simply this. Our offer is still open. We would accept a lesser charge.
CHRISTINE: Most of the dirt that I hear would call that copping a plea.
JAMES NETTLES: Sergeant, this is your final chance to avoid an extreme embarrassment I will most certainly put you through when you enter that room.
CHRISTINE: (looking at Potter) You're scared. (he smiles) You don't stand a chance.
BRAD POTTER: We'll see.
(Potter and Nettles go into the court room)
GORDON: Shall we?
MARY BETH: Chin up, my partner.
CHRISTINE: (shaking her hand) Thank you, Mary Beth.
(later Corassa is sitting with Mary Beth)
CORASSA: They're keeping Samuels is in there an awful long time.
MARY BETH: I don't mind going to court. (to Isbecki who is pacing back and forth) Keeps me off the street! Ha, ha, ha.
CORASSA: It always... It always makes me feel real stupid.
MARY BETH: Victor, sit down! you're making me nervous.
(Isbecki continues pacing)
(Isbecki joins them)
CHRISTINE: There's a reason Nettles hasn't cross-examined. He's up to something.
GORDON: Right. He'll probably recall you when he presents the defence.
MARY BETH: I don't like his eyes. They remind me of Charles Boyer's. (Gordon looks at her) In "Gaslight"? When he tries to convince Ingrid Bergman that she's the crazy one.
GORDON: Excuse me, I have to stop by my office. I'll meet you in a quarter on an hour.
(Corassa comes up and coughs)
CHRISTINE: What's the matter? Something you ate?
CORASSA: (sitting down) Where's Harvey Jr. stationed?
MARY BETH: Camp Lejeune. (to Chris) You know that woman in "Murder She Wrote"? She was in "Gaslight" also.
CORASSA: Er, Mary Beth, On the TV there's an unconfirmed report of a training accident there.
MARY BETH: Camp Lejeune?
MARY BETH: What happened?!
CORASSA: A er, helicopter went down.
CHRISTINE: Nice going, Al! Unconfirmed, Mary Beth. There's thousands of kids at that camp.
MARY BETH: Yeah. Sure.
CHRISTINE: I'm sure at this very moment Harvey Jr., at this very moment, is as happy as a pig in slops, up to his neck in mud.
(they all laugh)
MARY BETH: I'm sure you're right but I'm gonna call the base and check. I was supposed to call Harvey anyhow. If he heard the news he'll be worried.
[Courthouse corridor/Laceys' hallway]
MARY BETH: (into a payphone) Listen... Listen to me for one minute, operator. It is a military base. It must have a hundred phone lines there. I have been calling for eleven minutes short of an hour. Now how can they all be busy? ...Ah ha. ...Ah ha. ...Well, thank you... (she checks into the receiver of the next phone which she is also using) ...Thank you, so much, sir. ...Yes. ...Huh? ...Yes. You have a nice day too. (she rings that line off and dials on the other one and puts the money in to connect) Harve? I didn't get through yet. Did you have any luck?
HARVEY: (into phone) Yes, I just got off the phone, Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: Did you talk to Harvey Jr.?
HARVEY: No, but Harvey Jr. is one of the ones taking part in this training exercise.
MARY BETH: What did they say about the accident?
HARVEY: They confirmed a copter is missing but they don't know yet exactly which Company the boys on board it are from.
MARY BETH: What the hell of kind of operation are they running down there?!!!
HARVEY: Stay calm, Mary Beth. There's a lot of Companies out there in the field. Apparently there was a major storm and people got scattered all over the place. They lost radio contact so they have no way of knowing right now.
MARY BETH: When are they gonna know?
HARVEY: They can't say. I'll call Mum to pick up Alice so I can stay by the phone. I love you, Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: I love you, Harve.
CHRISTINE: Why don't you go on home, Mary Beth? I'm fine. (looking at Goodman) We're gonna be OK.
MARY BETH: Harvey knows where I am if there's any more news.
GORDON: (to Mary Beth) I'll call you to testify as soon as the session starts. Come on, Sergeant. Let's get to it.
CHRISTINE: Thanks, Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: These things happen all the time. He's fine.
(later Mary Beth is on the witness stand)
GORDON: Thank you, Detective Lacey. I have no more questions, Your Honour.
JUDGE MORSON: Nettles.
JAMES NETTLES: Well, you told us a very ...interesting story.
MARY BETH: I told the truth.
JAMES NETTLES: How long have you been Sergeant Cagney's partner?
MARY BETH: Eight years and three months, sir.
JAMES NETTLES: Police partners tend to stand up for each other. Isn't that true?
MARY BETH: We have close working relationships. Yes.
JUDGE MORSON: You go through thick and thin together, protect each other's lives. Handcuff... You'd do anything for each other. Isn't that true?
GORDON: Objection! The question is vague and ambiguous.
JUDGE MORSON: Sustained.
MARY BETH: When was the last time that you lied for your partner?
JUDGE MORSON: Sustained.
JAMES NETTLES: Self-defence and hand-to-hand combat. It's part of the training that all police have. Women must meet the same standards as men ...in terms of the physical skill. Is that right?
MARY BETH: As far as I know, sir.
JAMES NETTLES: Have Sergeant Cagney and you used those skills in your long partnership?
MARY BETH: Yes sir. But every situation is different. You have to make on-the-spot judgements.
JAMES NETTLES: But you have been able to handle large men who were resisting arrest?
MARY BETH: There are usually two of us and on the job we carry our weapons.
JAMES NETTLES: Ah. That's a good point. Now Sergeant Cagney has testified that her gun was in her dresser just a few feet away from her bed. Did you ever asked her why, if she was really being raped, she didn't try to use it?
MARY BETH: We are charged to evaluate...
JAMES NETTLES: Would you please answer my question!
MARY BETH: No, sir, I did not ask her. She told me...
JAMES NETTLES: Thank you, that answers my question. There's nothing further.
JUDGE MORSON: The witness may step down.
MARY BETH: (coming up to Chris on her way out) I'm sorry, Chris.
CHRISTINE: Why? You were great.
MARY BETH: I've gotta talk to Harvey.
JUDGE MORSON: Mr. Gordon.
GORDON: Yes sir. The State calls Doctor Simon Hingle.
[Laceys' bedroom/Courthouse corridor]
(the phone goes)
HARVEY: (into phone) Hello.
MARY BETH: (into payphone) Honey, I'm on my way.
HARVEY: OK, Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: Harve. ...What? I can hear something in your voice, Harvey. What is it?
HARVEY: Well, because of the storm they er, don't know where everyone is yet and they still can't find the helicopter. They don't know if Harvey was on it, but er, they do know it was carrying boys from Harvey's Company.
MARY BETH: OK. That's OK. I'm on my way. (she rings off and drops her purse scattering coins. She kneels down to retrieve them) Oh, my God.
(she hesitates, gets up leaving most of the coins, has an unsteady moment and then goes)
(the family are watching TV. Michael is sitting on Mary Beth's lap)
TV ANNOUNCER: Service stations around the Country are reacting to yesterday's increase in the price of crude oil.
MARY BETH: Michael, I can't see that way. Sit on the chair, Michael.
MURIEL: Come, Michael. By me then.
TV ANNOUNCER: ...all over the Country. Just how far they will rise is yet unknown but...
MARY BETH: (grabbing the remote control from Michael) Let's see the other channel.
HARVEY: That's the end of the national news. The rest is all local.
MARY BETH: Who cares about any of this?
MICHAEL: Will Harvey be home today?
HARVEY: I don't think so, Michael. We just wanna find out some news about the accident.
MARY BETH: (having stood up and pumped the remote control close to the TV) I mean, what is wrong with this set? The man said it was fixed!
(the doorbell goes)
HARVEY: I'll get it.
MARY BETH: OK. Stay there. I'm up. I'll go.
(Mary Beth opens the front door. Harvey has got up. There is a Marine Officer in full uniform)
MARINE OFFICER: Ma'am. Are you Mrs. Harvey Lacey?
(Mary Beth screams and collapses. Harvey catches her)
(Mary Beth is busying herself, wiping up)
HARVEY: Slow down, Mary Beth. He said Harvey is missing. Missing.
MARY BETH: I listened to what the Captain said.
HARVEY: They can't reach the flight site and Harvey is unaccounted for. That is all, Mary Beth. Don't start...
MARY BETH: This water is not hot enough! This thing does not clean dishes right, Harvey.
HARVEY: Mary Beth,...
(a glass she is drying breaks and she throws it on the floor. It smashes)
MURIEL: (coming in with Alice) I'm getting her up to bed. Sweetheart, do you wanna kiss Mummy goodnight? Mm. (to Alice as Mary Beth comes up) Sure you do. There you go. 'Good night, Mummy'.
MARY BETH: (in a shocked voice) I'll tuck her into bed later. (louder) Thank you, Muriel.
(Mary Beth stoops down to clear up the broken glass)
HARVEY: (coming up to Alice) Good night, sweetheart. (he kisses Alice on the top of he head) I'll see you in a minute, Mum. (Muriel goes) Mary Beth, not with your hands.
MARY BETH: (having retrieved the pieces with her hands and thrown them in the trash bin) Harvey, don't look at me. I cannot...
MICHAEL: (coming in) Mum. ...Aunt Christine is here.
HARVEY: I called her.
MARY BETH: I'd better go and see her.
HARVEY: (stopping Michael following) Mikey. Why don't you go upstairs and tuck in Alice, eh?
(Chris is hugging Mary Beth)
CHRISTINE: How you doing, partner?
MARY BETH: Not so good.
(Harvey and Michael come through. The women break apart)
CHRISTINE: Hi, Harvey. (as they go upstairs) Night, Michael.
MICHAEL: Good night. Mum, are you coming up later?
HARVEY: Come on, Mikey.
(Mary Beth goes and picks up a pair of photos of Harvey Jr.)
CHRISTINE: Harvey says there's nothing for sure. He says that all you know...
MARY BETH: I was remembering what he was like when he was a baby. He was solid, Christine. Solid little arms, you know. that Alice has got, ...you know, but... Harvey Jr.'s arms round my neck when he was little... He just wouldn't release me.
CHRISTINE: Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: I keep remembering when he was a baby. He was happy though. He never had a go-to-bed skin. He never had a pimple. I had 'em and Harvey had 'em, but Harvey Jr. never did. Never did. He was all arms and legs, of course, but his face was always clear.
(she puts the photos on the fireplace mantle shelf)
CHRISTINE: Charlie always used to say 'Chris, don't worry about anything until you're sure you have something to worry about.
MARY BETH: What is going on ...downtown. How is the trial going?
CHRISTINE: Mary Beth, listen to me. Until you have undeniable proof don't go into mourning.
MARY BETH: Please, I can't use you AA philosophy now. OK?
CHRISTINE: Listen to me. Come on, it's common sense. Until... When you know for sure then ...you deal with it as a fact.
MARY BETH: Do me a favour, Christine. Don't talk to me. I don't wanna talk.
(Mary Beth sits down)
CHRISTINE: I'd like to sit with you a while. What do you say?
(Mary Beth nods. Chris puts her handbag down and sits beside her. Chris puts her hand on Mary Beth's and Mary Beth pats it)
HARVEY: Sweetheart, we don't know. We have to hope ...and we have to believe that they're gonna find Harvey. You know, when I was in the Army, there were lots of guys who were reported missing and they finally waltzed into the base. They got separated from the Company. They were misidentified. Or something, you know.
MARY BETH: (coming in) Christine went home. Michael, put on your pyjamas, please.
MICHAEL: (as Mary Beth goes into the bathroom) Mum, Dad said they're gonna find Harvey. (as Mary Beth tries to push past him coming out of the bathroom) Are they gonna find Harvey? Is he coming back? Mum, do you think Harvey's dead?
MARY BETH: Shut up! (she slaps his face and he runs to his father) Shut up, Michael!!
(Michael runs to his bedroom)
HARVEY: You shut up, Mary Beth. Do you hear me? You keep your mouth shut. Don't you ever lay your hand on my son again. (shouting) Do you hear me?!!!
(Harvey stalks out slamming the door. Mary Beth comes out of the bathroom and throws her nightdress on the bed)
[Roof of the Laceys' old apartment building]
(Mary Beth is sitting on a vent, well wrapped up. Harvey comes out on the roof)
HARVEY: You said you were going for a walk four hours ago. I looked everywhere. I even woke up the people downstairs in our old apartment.
MARY BETH: All those times we couldn't find him. Harvey Jr. used to hide up here. I always thought that he went to Ronnie O'Connor's apartment. ...His favourite place was over there by the chimney. He told me that the day we moved away from here. ...I can't remember ever hitting Michael before tonight. But somehow ...it was OK for me to give Harve Jr. a smack. You know, push him around. One time, when he was three, I was working a double shift on a murder, and ...and I came home. You were still at work and Muriel had to go, and I was gone. Beat. And he wouldn't go to sleep. And he wouldn't go to sleep ...and I went in his room ...right downstairs there ...and I hit him real hard. I didn't mean to, I didn't want to ..and ...and I didn't know what else to do. I said I was sorry a hundred times ...but the look in his eyes... I'll never forget it. God is punishing me for that. (Harvey shakes his head) ...And for everything else.
HARVEY: Come home, Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: Oh. I shouldn't be around anybody. It's not good for people to be around me. (as Harvey attempts to take her hands) Don't. Harvey. Please don't touch me. Please don't. (she gets up) You could catch it. (she moves away holding out her hand) The killer touch. The one that kills her babies.
HARVEY: (going towards her) Stop it, Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: I can't stop anything. Harvey, 'missing' they said. 'Missing' means they didn't find his body yet. That's what 'missing' means. God has taken my son because he's punishing me.
HARVEY: That's crazy!
MARY BETH: I wanted it all, You ...and the job ... and the kids and the house and the college education ...and the microwave. ...Greedy. Greedy like the fisherman's wife in that story. That kid's story where there's a magic fish and he gives her three wishes. And first she wants out of the hovel. And then she wishes for a palace. And then she wants to be God. ...Bang! She's back in the hovel, Harvey. ...She wanted too much. ...So did I! And ... that's why God has taken my boy.
HARVEY: Nobody has taken anybody, Mary Beth. All we know is Harvey is missing.
MARY BETH: I know!! A mother knows! My son is dead.
MARY BETH: He's dead.
HARVEY: (breaking down himself) Don't make him dead. There's hope! There's prayers! There's facts!
MARY BETH: Facts?!! I have facts!! I never made it to his sixth grade graduation. I punished him when his teacher said he had been cheating but he wasn't!
HARVEY: You! You!! You!!! What am I? Invisible! How about the rest of the family?! Do you think you're the only one scared here?!! I will not let you make him die!!!
MARY BETH: Go home, Harvey. Because you're OK. You're alive. I could kill you too, Harve. It's me. There's something... (looking at her hands) There's something sour about me. ...I did it! ...And I smell of death.
HARVEY: (as she backs away) No! No!! No!!! (he grabs her from the back) No!
MARY BETH: Yes! Yes!
HARVEY: No! No! I don't know what to say to you, Mary Beth. I'm going back to Michael and Alice. I don't need this talk about death! All my kids are still alive!!
(he lets go and goes to the doorway where he pauses. Mary Beth goes to the chimney and huddles down against it)
(Mary Beth is sitting at the bottom of the stairs still in the clothes she had been wearing on the roof. There is a knock at the door. She looks up the stairs and then decides to open the door. Martin Zzbiske is there)
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Mary Beth. I'm sorry. I know it's early. I hope I didn't wake the whole household.
MARY BETH: I was up.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: It's too hard waiting alone. Can I wait with you?
(she hesitates and then steps aside and he comes in)
MARY BETH: Maybe you'll wanna keep your coat on because it's cold. The fire went out.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Oh, no, I'm all right. How about you? Are you all right?
MARY BETH: No, I'm not. (she is hugging herself and goes and sits on a chair in a corner. He takes his coat off) Do you want a coffee?
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Yes, As a matter of fact ...I'd love some.
MARY BETH: (getting up) With sugar?
MARTIN ZZBISKE: You remember.
BRAD POTTER: We first met at a French film festival. ...It was rather erotic. ...And apparently it aroused her ...because when we finally went to dinner ...she kept bringing it up and asking me if it had aroused me also. She talked a lot ...about sex.
(Chris moves to say something. Gordon restrains her)
JAMES NETTLES: Anything else.
BRAD POTTER: She talked about her father ...who had died recently and ...about how much she missed him. She missed having a man in her life. She also talked about her drinking problem.
(Chris says something to Gordon. He makes a comment)
JAMES NETTLES: Would you say she was ...emotionally vulnerable.
BRAD POTTER: Yes. She bared her soul to me. She's a very sensitive person.
GORDON: Objection. The witness is drawing a conclusion.
JUDGE MORSON: Overruled. Continue.
JAMES NETTLES: Tell us what happened ...when you got back to her apartment.
BRAD POTTER: She was totally uninhibited. I mean very seductive. I've never seen anything like it. I mean, she took off all my clothes.
JAMES NETTLES: And then what happened?
BRAD POTTER: We went to bed. It wasn't as good as I had expected but I thanked her anyway and I told her that I had a big day tomorrow and that I had to go.
JAMES NETTLES: And what did Sergeant Cagney do?
BRAD POTTER: She asked me to stay. She said that she needed a man to see her through the night. And when I said I couldn't, she pleaded and she got angry. And she said 'You used me. You're like all the others'. And then she attacked me. We struggled ...but she's very strong and I finally managed to get away and ...leave.
JAMES NETTLES: No further questions.
JUDGE MORSON: Mr. Gordon.
GORDON: Mr. Potter, I'm sure we all found that very dramatic but isn't it true that's not exactly the story you told when you were first apprehended?
BRAD POTTER: I didn't go into the detail ...because I wanted to spare us both the embarrassment.
GORDON: Isn't a fact that you claimed that Sergeant Cagney was drunk?
BRAD POTTER: Yes.
GORDON: Isn't it also a fact that sometime later you learned of a blood test which proved that she hadn't had any alcohol and that this new knowledge led directly to you changing your story?
BRAD POTTER: My first assumption may have been incorrect. But given her history with alcohol it was the only explanation I could think of for her ...whorish behaviour.
[Laceys' kitchen/Courthouse corridor]
(Mary Beth is busying herself cleaning the oven. The phone goes and she rushes and picks up)
CHRISTINE: (into payphone) Mary Beth?
MARY BETH: (into phone) Christine?
CHRISTINE: Yeah. Any news?
MARY BETH: No. Nothing.
CHRISTINE: Are you OK?
MARY BETH: How's it going down there?
CHRISTINE: It's coming along. We'll see. Er, who's there with you?
MARY BETH: Muriel ...and Mr. Zzbiske.
MARY BETH: My father.
MARY BETH: That's a matter of opinion.
CHRISTINE: Look, I'll be there as soon as this is over, all right? You hold down the fort, partner.
MARY BETH: Yeah.
(Mary Beth rings off)
CHRISTINE: I'll see you s...
(Chris rings off)
JAMES NETTLES: So you admit you're an alcoholic?
CHRISTINE: I'm a recovering alcoholic. I'm in Alcoholics Anonymous. I've not had a drink in eight months.
JAMES NETTLES: But you had a drinking problem before you joined AA?
GORDON: Objection. This is irrelevant.
JAMES NETTLES: If Your Honour will allow me, my line of questioning will soon be clear.
JUDGE MORSON: You may continue. (to Chris) The witness will answer the question.
CHRISTINE: Yes, that's why I joined.
JAMES NETTLES: How long did you have this er, drinking problem?
CHRISTINE: I don't know.
JAMES NETTLES: But before you joined AA, did anyone ever point out that you had a problem?
JAMES NETTLES: And did you believe them?
JAMES NETTLES: Isn't that what is called 'Being in denial'.
CHRISTINE: Yes. It is. Most alcoholics do that.
JAMES NETTLES: So you lived for some time ...in denial. You didn't want to face the fact that you had a drinking problem. Isn't that correct?!
CHRISTINE: I suppose it is.
JAMES NETTLES: Just like you didn't want to admit that you had consented to sex with my client!!
CHRISTINE: I did not consent!! I was raped!!!
GORDON: (leaping up) Objection!!
(Gordon sits down)
[Laceys' dining room]
(Martin Zzbiske is pouring Harvey a coffee. Mary Beth is floating back and forth past in the kitchen by the adjoining door, watching)
HARVEY: Yeah, when times are good... (for the coffee) Thank you. ...the contracts fly. Other times you can die on the vine.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Yeah, I know. Last year's property crash brought us to our knees. We're just beginning to come back. I spoke with Harvey Jr. just last week.
HARVEY: Oh, yeah.
(Mary Beth stops to listen)
MARTIN ZZBISKE: He talked about you a lot ...and Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: (coming in) And?!
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Oh, your ears must have been burning. He talked about how much he loves you both. You guys did a really good job with him.
MARY BETH: (taking a plate from in front of her father) Excuse me.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: He's a good kid.
(Mary Beth goes back in the kitchen and closes the door)
HARVEY: This is hell for her.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: For all of us.
JAMES NETTLES: If he was holding you down, didn't it cross your mind to resist?
CHRISTINE: I've said it a hundred times, he was threatening to kill me.
JAMES NETTLES: But he didn't have a weapon! And you had a gun in a your dresser nearby!
CHRISTINE: He was very strong ...and I had made the judgement not to risk my life.
JAMES NETTLES: Did you think that you'd been raped when Mr. Potter left you apartment? ...Or did you decide that some time later?
CHRISTINE: When you're being raped, you know it.
JAMES NETTLES: If someone ...had robbed you in your apartment and then just ...walked away from you, wouldn't you get your gun and go after them?
CHRISTINE: I suppose I would.
JAMES NETTLES: But you didn't do anything when Mr. Potter left.
CHRISTINE: Well, you see there's a difference between robbery and ...rape. Aside from the shock and the trauma ...there is also a difference ...about how rape is being treated. And I did not know if I was willing to go through the abuse and humiliation that goes along with reporting of rape.
JAMES NETTLES: So your fear of the legal system ...prevented your going for your gun?
CHRISTINE: Would you have been happy if I'd shot him?
JAMES NETTLES: Would you?
CHRISTINE: Would you if I had?
JAMES NETTLES: No further questions.
JUDGE MORSON: Mr. Gordon.
GORDON: Sergeant Cagney, you knew the cost of reporting this type of crime. The effect on your career. The adverse publicity. The effect of being put on trial even though you're the victim. Isn't that correct?
CHRISTINE: I was painfully aware of how high the cost would be to me.
GORDON: And yet despite of all this knowledge, you still decided to bring these charges? Can you tell us why?
CHRISTINE: I thought of ...the women that I had cajoled into er, coming forward with er, phoney reassurances that everything would be all right. And ...I thought about my career. ...I'm gonna be on the police force for the rest of my professional life ...and I didn't know how I could ...ever ask a woman to ...testify against ...a piece of dirt who had raped her ...if I ...didn't have the courage to go through with it myself.
MARY BETH: (on her knees, praying) What is it you want?...I will give anything. ...Please give me back my son. (Michael opens the door. Seeing Mary Beth on her knees, he starts to close the door. She sees him and stretches out her arms to him) Michael.
(he rushes in to her arms and she hugs him. Harvey comes to the door. Mary Beth sees him)
HARVEY: Chris is here.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: (as Mary Beth and Harvey come down the stairs) What I'm really looking forward to is Harvey Jr.'s gonna to visit me down in Arizona. Can't wait.
(Muriel is sitting there)
CHRISTINE: Ha. Good for you. Good for both of you. (seeing Mary Beth and Harvey) Oh, excuse me.
MARY BETH: (as Chris and her embrace) Nothing yet, huh?
CHRISTINE: Maybe later today it'll be known. Whatever.
MARY BETH: What happened, Christine? This is crucial. It's important to your future.
CHRISTINE: No, no, forget about it right now. All right. They said they'd call if the verdict came in. How are you?
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Well, we're fighting along, hoping for the best the best, Sergeant Cagney.
MARY BETH: You know about hope, Christine, don't you? It's in that book you gave me at Christmas time.
HARVEY: Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: No, I'm serious, Harve. 'Hope is the thing with feathers'. I learned that at college taking time away from my family. I hated that poem "Hope is the Thing with Feathers". It blows away. You know what I mean, Mr. Zzbiske, don't you?
MARTIN ZZBISKE: That's not what I meant.
MARY BETH: Forget about hope! It doesn't do you a damned bit of good. I'll go and get the coffee. Really fresh coffee.
(Chris follows Mary Beth to the kitchen)
(Mary Beth is putting coffee beans in the grinder from a packet. She puts the packet in the freezer)
CHRISTINE: Tough times, partner.
MARY BETH: Could be tougher. I thought I was braver than this. I thought I was so ...solid. I also thought I was a good mother.
CHRISTINE: Mary Beth,...
MARY BETH: The thing I wanted to be most in this world ...was to be a good mother.
CHRISTINE: You did the best you could with what you knew then.
MARY BETH: Not good enough.
CHRISTINE: No one could have asked any more.
MARY BETH: Not good enough.
CHRISTINE: Mary Beth, guilt gets us nowhere. This is something I have learnt. It paralyses you. Just forget about it.
MARY BETH: It's eating me, Chris.
CHRISTINE: I know. ...I know it is and, Mary Beth, even you are not that powerful. You did nothing to make this happen.
MARY BETH: Do you remember Jackie Kennedy? With her little pillbox hat, and her bloodstained suit. ...She stood up so tall. Do you remember that? She never slumped. She looked so dignified.
CHRISTINE: Enough!! Quit it! Harvey Jr. is alive until proven otherwise.
MARY BETH: I know what I'm saying.
CHRISTINE: No, you don't!!! Charlie was right. Unless it's signed, sealed and delivered, forget about it! It doesn't mean anything.
MARY BETH: No offence, Christine. But your father was not the be all and the end all when it came to wisdom.
CHRISTINE: That's true. My father was not perfect. And neither is yours. So what?! He's Harvey's grandfather so give him a break.
MARY BETH: I've had enough of this.
(she walks out onto the patio)
CHRISTINE: (as she follows Mary Beth out) You've still got a chance, now, by talking to him.
MARY BETH: No, I don't wanna hear it! You have no right talking to Mr. Zzbiske!!
CHRISTINE: What is this Mr. Zzbiske thing?!! He is not just some dead beat, he's your Dad! He's your Pop! He's your father. He's family! Mary Beth, if you want to admit it or not, the man is your father!
MARY BETH: (she sits down and shakes her head. Tearfully) He's not. ...I can't.
CHRISTINE: (sitting down beside her) You have to give in some time, Mary Beth. Or you're gonna be stuck in this place forever. ...He did the best thing he knew how at the time, just like you.
MARY BETH: It's too hard.
CHRISTINE: Do it.
MARY BETH: When he left me ...it was like ...a big door ...closed shut. And I have tried in my life ...to open it. ...But a part of it is still...
CHRISTINE: You can change all that now though. I'm sure you need each other now more than ever.
MARY BETH: (shaking her head and choking) I can't.
CHRISTINE: Oh, please, Mary Beth, make up with him before it's too late. I know what I'm talking about. There's so much that I wish I could say to Charlie.
(they hear the phone going and get up)
HARVEY: Hello. ...Yeah. (he sees them and indicates that it is nothing to do with Harvey Jr.) I'll do that, Lieutenant. ...Thanks. She's right here. ...Chris. It's for you.
(Chris takes the phone)
CHRISTINE: (into phone) Yes, Lieutenant. ...Yeah! ...Thank you. ...Yes, thank you. ...All right. ...I'll talk to you later. ...Good-bye. (she rings off) It's over. ...Guilty!!!
MARY BETH: Oh, I'm so glad.
CHRISTINE: (as Mary Beth shakes her hand) Sentenced him to jail.
HARVEY: (as he leaves them alone) Great going, Chris.
(the duo embraces)
(they are all sitting round drinking coffee)
HARVEY: (talking to Martin Zzbiske) There's still much to be done on the roof. (pointing to the fireplace) Er, there's the chimney damper.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: It never ends.
CHRISTINE: Well, the house looks great, Harvey and Mary Beth. You've done a dynamite job.
(they sit looking at one another)
HARVEY: I'll clear the dishes.
MARY BETH: No you don't. (she gets up and picks up some dishes) Martin, would you wanna help me?
MARTIN ZZBISKE: I'd love to.
(he follows her to the kitchen with some dishes)
MARY BETH: The beans are in the freezer.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: (closing he kitchen door and getting the beans) Martin, huh?
MARY BETH: Yes.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: It beats Mr. Zzbiske. It's gonna take a while. There's a lot of water under the bridge.
MARY BETH: (taking the beans from him) That's a great expression, isn't it? I mean, of course there's water under the bridge. Otherwise we wouldn't need a bridge, right?
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Ha, ha. (as she puts some beans into the grinder and starts it) Mary Beth, ...we have so much to talk about ...I don't know where to begin. ...I know how much I hurt you ...when I left your mother. If I could do it over again ...I'd do it differently.
MARY BETH: You don't get ...second chances.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Sometimes we do. ...I can't be ...the daddy you needed when you were eight. ...But I can give you a lot of it now. ...Now that we're both grown up! ...I feel blessed to have you as a daughter, Mary Beth.
(Mary Beth raises her hand and backs away)
MARY BETH: I'm afraid.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: Afraid of what?
MARY BETH: Of being left.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: (coming up to her) I'll never leave you again, I swear it. Never! (she hangs her head and begins to cry) Mary Beth.
MARY BETH: Yes.
MARTIN ZZBISKE: (raising her head with a finger) Be my daughter.
MARY BETH: You have good hair. ...Harvey Jr. has your hair. Your side, I guess. Mumma's was always thin and wispy. ...But Harvey Jr.'s was thick even when he was born. When he was little ...after his bath I'd powder him down, put his pyjama suit on. (touching Martin's hair) Then I'd run a comb through. (and then begins to stroke it) He'd carry on like anything. ...Just like you.
(the phone rings. She picks it up. Harvey comes in and she hands it to him)
HARVEY: (into phone) Harvey! (she draws a deep breath) Oh, my son
(she embraces Harvey)