The lawyers at Cage/Fish & Associates are working late, having dinner in the conference room, and preparing for a new case. Their client is a United States Senator, who is being sued by the ex-husband of his wife for intentional interference of marital relations. As the lawyers discuss different courses of action, Billy and Ally begin explaining what they think should be done, and they go back and forth, each one giving part of the sentence, and the next one finishing it. Georgia notices how easily they know what the other person is trying to say. Richard wants to argue to the judge that the Senator can't be sued while in office. The others say that if the President can be sued while in office, what makes Richard think that a judge is going to agree that a Senator can't. Billy and Ally say they will run the risk of alienating the judge if they do that. Cage says that is why Richard is arguing, because with respect to the law he has no credibility. After Fish leaves the room and Georgia mentions that Richard is going to argue points of law on the highest profile case they've ever had, everyone in the room pinches the bridge of their nose.
The next day as Richard prepares himself in the bathroom, he hears cowbells while looking in the mirror. Finally, he hears the bells Cage has told him about, but only for a moment. Cage comes crashing out of a stall, still having trouble with his isometric dismounts. Fish tells him he heard the bells, and when he tries it again, he only hears the cowbell, and he passes gas.
In Ally's office, Ally tells the Senator that they are going to try and get a stay until after his term. The wife wonders how this can actually go forward – after all, marriages break up all the time. Billy reminds them of the ex-wife who sued her husband's mistress last year and won a million dollar verdict from the jury.
Ally and Georgia are in the unisex, fixing their makeup, when Ally says that the case is stupid. Georgia says if somebody busts up a marriage, why shouldn't she take responsibility. Ally reminds her it's a "he" that broke up this marriage. The discussion turns to Anna Flint, the attorney for the ex-husband. Georgia says she's heard that she has an amazing smile and juries love her. Ally says she's heard she's a bitch.
When everyone arrives in the courtroom, the judge says he's been informed that the defendant wants to be heard in summary judgement. Fish makes the argument that the Supreme Court screwed up when they ruled that the President can be sued. He says the Supreme Court is old and out of it. The judge doesn't go for it, and sets trial for the next morning. As she turns to leave, Ms. Flint stops Ally and, while smiling, asks whether it is inappropriate for Ally to wear such a short skirt in the courtroom. Ally responds "we all know they're not real." Flint wonders what exactly she is referring to, and Ally tells her "those teeth."
In court the next day, the ex-husband, Mr. Bepp, is on the stand and is being questioned by his attorney. He says that his wife and he had a happy marriage, and that she told him she couldn't imagine being without him, until the Senator came along. Ally asks if his ex-wife could have just been saying that in an effort to flatter him while trying to end the relationship. He admits that could be true, but says it doesn't change the fact that the Senator pursued a married woman. Ally asks Mr. Bepp if there is anything wrong with a man who is attracted to a married woman, but doesn't try to pursue her. She then asks if two people stay away from each other, even though there is a mutual attraction and there is no denying that they really love each other, has there been an offense? Bepp responds no, as long as they don't act on it. But isn't it difficult to draw that line, Ally asks. The attraction takes on a life of its own when two people are working near each other, she continues. Georgia is listening very closely.
When they return to the office, Georgia is obviously not happy, and as she throws her folders down on a desk, Billy comes up to her. She tells him to shut up. She apologizes, then looks at him and says "shut up" again. He asks to talk to her in private, and they go to his office. She says that every time she thinks she is making progress, she realizes that Billy and Ally aren't. An argument ensues, and Billy tells Georgia to go get a haircut. He says he's getting sick of this. She tells him that he yells when he knows he's wrong. She asks him why they are lying about this and says he is still in love with Ally. He doesn't answer. She leaves, telling Richard that she is off this case. Billy goes up to Ally, tells her he needs her for a second, and takes her into her office. He slams the door, and tells Ally that whatever there is between them, she should leave it out of the courtroom. Raising his voice, he tells her that what she did in the courtroom was unprofessional and out of line. He goes back to his office. Ally comes into his office, slamming the door and yelling at him. She's angry because he yanked her into her office, unloaded on her, and then left without her having her say. He tells her she's a wacko, and she responds she isn't the one having tantrums.
Georgia is downstairs in the bar having a drink when Ally comes in to talk to her. She asks Georgia if she thinks she is trying to break up her marriage. Georgia says Ally can do things without trying. Ally tells her that all she is competing with is history. She tells Georgia that Billy isn't going to leave her, and that if he considered it for a single second, she would at least see a hint of it. Georgia says she hasn't been looking for that hint. Ally admits she has. That she has wondered about it. But she goes on to say that even if Billy were to betray Georgia, she (Ally) wouldn't. Georgia asks Ally if she and Billy were stranded on a deserted island, would anything happen? Ally says no.
Back in court, Flint is questioning one of the Senator's staffers, Mr. Colson. She asks if he is sure that the Senator pursued Mrs. Bepp. Mr. Colson says that one night when the office was working late, there was a boom box on, and the Senator asked Mrs. Bepp to dance with him for the rest of his life. Flint smiles at the jury, while Ally thinks to herself, "There go the teeth. Bitch". Cage begins his questioning by asking what song was playing. It was "Some Day We'll be Together" by the Supremes. Cage hits the play button on a boom box, and as that song begins playing, he asks Mr. Colson if he has ever tapped his foot or moved his shoulder a little, getting swept up by a song. Ally is sitting in her chair, swaying to the music. Cage walks over to Ms. Flint and asks her to dance. She says no, and objects. Cage apologizes, says the music moved him, and he didn't mean anything by it.
At home that night, Ally admits to Renee that she lied to Georgia. Renee says that means Georgia has a point. But Ally says she isn't right about Ally breaking up her marriage, and at this point, the dancing baby comes running in, and throws a spear at Ally. She ducks, and it hits the wall. Renee tells Ally it's time she got some therapy.
The next day, Cage tells Ally to be careful of Flint. He says she will try and get her into a sidebar, then she will smile at the jury. He tells Ally she has to smile too when this happens. He tries to give her smiling advice, but she says she knows how to smile. He concludes by telling her to ignore the "ooga chucka infant" if he happens to dance into the room.
Ally then goes to Billy's office, where he and Georgia are waiting to talk to her. She sits. No one speaks at first, then Ally says nervously, "Think John Elroy will retire now that he finally got a super bowl ring?" Georgia answers that rings are only symbolic. Billy says that he and Georgia were up all night talking. Ally tries to break the ice by responding "Talking? You're married." Billy tells Ally that he told Georgia that he still loves her (Ally). He says he always will love her, that she will always be a part of him. But he also told her that his feelings for Ally don't compromise and won't compromise his love for Georgia. He says that he and Georgia have met with a marriage counselor, and the counselor wants to talk to Ally. She says that is the most ridiculous thing she's ever heard, to which Georgia responds, "Maybe not the most ridiculous." Georgia says she can't go on like this, and she thinks the two of them should get together for a night and get it out of their systems. She leaves, and Billy says to Ally that isn't an appropriate solution. Ally admits it's not the way she'd go, and leaves the office.
In court, Ms. Flint says she wants to call Mrs. Foote to the stand. Ally objects, and asks for a sidebar. During the sidebar, both attorneys smile at the judge and at the jury, each telling why Mrs. Foote should or should not testify. The judge points at Ms. Flint, and gives her a thumbs down.
That evening, Billy and Georgia are in their bedroom. Billy is on the phone with Richard. After hanging up, he says that Richard wants them there for Senator Foote's testimony the next day. Billy takes a deep breath, and here is the scene where Billy won me over. He tells Georgia that what she said to him earlier in the day was the most offensive and insulting thing she has ever said to him. She says it isn't a bluff. He asks her how many husbands admit to their wives that they still love their former girlfriends. She says, "You say that like you should score points." Billy brings up the case. He says that when the current Mrs. Foote was Mrs. Bepp, she thought she was happy. She thought she would be with her husband forever. But she was wrong, because something better came along, and then she realized that love could run a lot deeper than she ever imagined. Billy goes on to say that with Ally, he discovered what it meant to really love. He says that when he chose Georgia, he didn't just marry the first person he fell in love with – he married the person he fell MOST in love with. He then yells, "What's stopping me? We don't have kids. If she loves me and I love her, what's stopping me?" Georgia says "Good question." Billy says, "If you don't know the answer, then you don't know me." He walks out of the bedroom as a tear slides down Georgia's cheek.
The next day in court, Ally is questioning Senator Foote. He says that he was probably infatuated with Mrs. Bepp when he asked her to dance. He says it wasn't a scheme to interfere in someone else's marriage. He added it wasn't done for a thrill or on a whim – he simply fell in love. When Ms. Flint questions the Senator, she asks him if he placed a tape of a Nat King Cole song in his wife's in-box, back when she was married to her client. He says yes. She plays the tape. The name of the song is "He'll Have to Go." As she continues to ask him questions, the jury begins to laugh. Ms. Flint turns around to see why, and catches Cage and Ally dancing. She objects, and the judge tells them to stop.
Ally and Renee are having lunch in Ally's office when Georgia comes in and tells Ally she was out of line yesterday. She then apologizes to her.
In closing arguments, Ms. Flint tells the jury that her client is asking them to recognize the sanctity of a marriage. She says that what the Senator did was wrong, and it's strange that Mr. Bepp would come to court for such a verdict. She adds, it's sad that in these times he would have to.
Ally stands up to give her closing, and tells the jury that she agrees with everything Ms. Flint has just said. She admits that the Senator was wrong. But she says it is also wrong to think that the law or a jury is going to make a difference in this situation. She says if two people truly love each other, they are going to find a way to be together. She walks over to the Senator and his wife and while acknowledging that she is talking about them, looks at Billy and Georgia and says "But these two. They're the ones who are meant to be." She goes on to say that marriage should be a sanctity, "and the one over there – it is," again, looking at Billy and Georgia. Billy comes up to Georgia later at the office, and says that he doesn't know whether she believes Ally's closing, but he does. He says he is meant to be with the woman he's with. She says she guesses she would still like him to know it. He touches her face, and says, "I do." Georgia tells him that she doesn't want to stop going to counseling and he agrees. The camera pans up, and we see Ally watching from the stairs above.
The jury comes back with a verdict. They find in favor of the Senator.
As everyone goes home that night, Richard and Cage are walking together,
Billy and Georgia are walking together, and Ally is walking home alone, again.
©1998 Dana Hagerty. All rights reserved.