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INT. MAIN ROOM - DAY
Lunch time filled with an eclectic New York day crowd. Room
is brighter, white tablecloths, reggae music playing over
sound system. NINA TATTINGER and WINNIFRED TATTINGER sit at
a table, across from HILLARY, finishing meal.
So we're poor.
We're not poor. We have more than
most. We're just broke.
Do we get to move?
No, evidently, it's more economical
to continue living in the
But what about school? I'm willing
to go to public school.
Your father and I talked about
that, too. We want you to remain
where you'll get the best
education, at least as long as we
can afford the tuition.
You enjoy the Doohen School.
I do, but I'd rather be like Nancy
Remember she moved up the Hudson?
Nancy goes to school with boys, no
uniform, and instead of a taxi,
rides a bike to class.
Well, I'm glad you brought that up.
Some elements of our lives will
have to change.
Well, for instance, the
No, no, not Nanette.
We have to let her go. Then divide
up amongst ourselves what she does
Okay, I'll take watching game
I mean responsibilities -- laundry,
dishes, meals --
Sounds like fun.
Winnifred, if you're so interested
in working, why don't you start an
Give it a rest, Nina.
Now, girls, our situation is going
to be difficult enough without
squabbling. We have to preserve,
pull together. We're all going to
learn from this experience. And
They rise, cross toward front door. HILLARY nods to YOUNG
COUPLE eating with a SMALL BOY.
And we'll start by budgeting
ourselves... Now, Nina, don't go
I understand the ramifications as
well as the subtleties.
They reach the front door.
Our financial troubles could be
very traumatic. I want you both to
talk honestly about your feelings.
Mom, we're okay.
Well... Do you have your tokens for
the bus? You know which line to
Tsk. Stop treating us like
Well, you don't usually ride mass
(kisses GIRLS goodbye)
HILLARY heads off. They exit.
EXT. TATTINGER'S - DAY
NINA and WINNIFRED exit.
Do you believe for a minute Dad's
dumb enough to lose all our money?
Well... I don't understand the way
that kind of stuff works.
You know how Mom's always on us
about living like rich kids -- how
we have to clean our rooms --
Obviously, this is a last ditch
effort to modify our behavior.
I know the signs... She's been
reading psychology books again.
Trust me and hail a cab.
As WINNIFRED, sighing, goes to street, hails cab,
EXT. NEW YORK CITY - NIGHT
Establishing. INXS' "Devil Inside" is wailing over SOUND
INT. MAIN ROOM - NIGHT
The joint is jumping. SPIN, on phone, stands at Maitre d'
Station, SILENT GIRL by his side.
Friend of Nick's, huh? Your usual
table near the piano? Uh... Can't
really do that. The Private Dining
Room? Well... I'll tell you what.
Come on down anyway. The old
regulars are always welcome... I'm
sorry?... Actually, yes, we are
still serving seafood puree.
PICK UP SHEILA, walking with GREEK ORTHODOX PRIEST.
Believe me. Two fishes will feed a
They PASS LOUIS CHATHAM, who approaches the bar, which is
packed six-deep. He pushes his way through.
Excuse me, excuse me... This is the
LOUIS moves past BOY, who hands drink to GIRL.
C'mon, it's your birthday. Cheer
I never thought I'd be this old. I
LOUIS rolls his eyes, reaches bar, where SID juggles bottles.
Too bad Ed Sullivan's dead.
He'd've had a spot for you -- right
before Topo Gigio. I need a vodka
gimlet, a vodka tonic, and a vodka
Who're you serving, the Russian
What's your problem?
Look what Spin's making us wear.
You look boffo.
I feel like Bozo.
NICK continues on. LOUIS follows him into Kitchen.
INT. KITCHEN - NIGHT
NICK enters, with LOUIS on his tail. KITCHEN STAFF wear
bandannas in place of toques, no neck kerchiefs.
I hope you're satisfied, allowing
this to happen.
Allow it to happen? I was in
another hemisphere, whacking my way
through the rain forest.
Yes, while you were in the jungle,
they were turning this into a
wildlife preserve. And what I want
to know is, what do you intend to
You wanna know what I intend to do?
I'll tell you what I intend to do.
I don't know.
SPIN and SILENT GIRL enter, followed by The RAMONES and
OTHERS carrying chairs.
Dee Dee, Joey, Marky, Johnny, the
kitchen. Kitchen, Dee Dee, Joey,
(indicates prep table)
How about chowing down right here?
The GROUP places chairs around prep table. NICK and LOUIS
approach. SPIN turns to them.
No room out front, but I couldn't
turn away The Ramones.
SPIN exits with SILENT GIRL. NICK turns to LOUIS.
One thing I do know he's history.
As NICK heads off toward back stairs, and LOUIS smiles,
INT. NICK'S OFFICE - NIGHT
HILLARY, glasses slipping down her now, stands at file
cabinet, working. NICK enters.
Hillary, we need to argue. I'm
going to fire Spin.
No, you're not.
Yes, I am.
No, you're not.
HILLARY opens door, revealing MAN.
They stop, look at each other.
I can't have someone working for me
who I have absolutely nothing in
Oh, beans. You and Spin are
intelligent, sophisticated men.
You must share something --
Outside of the fact that we're both
Sit down, talk with him. I bet
you'll find out you share many
Several. Okay, one.
And if we don't have any
similarities, you're gone and
you'll take him with you.
You're pretty sure of yourself.
I know you. And I believe in Spin.
You learn a lot about another
person when you're both struggling
to remember the names of all the
I've often said that.
You have to promise me you'll
really try to find some common
You bet. First thing tomorrow.
On NICK, resolute, and HILLARY, smiling just a bit uneasily,
INT. MAIN ROOM - DAY
NICK and SPIN at opposite ends of couch. They've been there
The New York Mets.
No, I hate baseball.
Awh, too bad. Are there any sports
you do like?
I'm not big on the team concept...
Golf intrigues me.
Do you have something against golf?
I'd rather watch varnish harden.
Varnish Harden. Isn't he a Swedish
I think I've heard enough.
Gee, I was kind of enjoying this.
Can't we just do a little more?
To tell you the truth, it's
difficult for me to work with
someone I have so little in common
with, but we have to try, don't we?
(heavy sigh; sits back
down; folds hands in lap)
The Chrysler Building.
Oh, yeah, really? I prefer
Treasure of the Sierra Madre.
On NICK and SPIN, in for the long haul,
INT. KITCHEN - DAY
SHEILA holds spoon up to HILLARY's lips. HILLARY sips.
What, what? You hate it.
You love it?
What, what, what?
I think I have another cavity.
O.C. HEAR MAN'S VOICE.
I'm looking for the owner.
HILLARY and SHEILA turn to see SLY STUYVESANT, early
thirties, broad and intimidating, wearing stone-washed blue
jeans, hi-top sneakers, large parka, entering from alley
Well, you found a third of the
Fine. The name's Stuyvesant, Sly
Stuyvesant. I happen to be the
regional sales representative of
the Moonglow Linen Supply.
It's come to our attention that
you're unhappy with your present
linen supplier, and you're seeking
I don't think so.
Let me re-phrase We would prefer
that you change to our service.
Well, we would prefer not to.
Let me re-phrase again Either you
start using Moonglow Linen or
you're going to end up with your
I don't see the correlation.
I think he means you're going to
have an accident.
An accident? I'm completely lost.
Let me re-phrase one last time.
(picks up glass, smashes
it against the wall)
What is your problem Mister Sly?
Me? Lady, you're not listening.
Six years in the profession and
I've never met anyone as dense as
Wait a minute... Are you...
SLY nods head encouragingly.
SLY nods again, beseechingly, waiting for the words.
SLY nods wildly, gesturing encouragement.
Finally. Yes, for God's sake. I
thought you said you were part
owner. This happens every day in
every restaurant in New York City.
NICK and SPIN enter from Main Room.
What's going on?
Your ex is about to be ex'd out.
This hoodlum is trying to shake us
Shake us down, dear. And why don't
we cool off.
You take your dirty laundry and air
it somewhere else.
Hillary, I think Nick has a point.
Creatures like you live off the
fears of others. And yes, I am
afraid of you. I'm terrified of
Of walking down the street at night
alone, of being penniless, of what
will happen to my children --
(tries to pull HILLARY
This man is not interested in --
(ignoring him; to SLY)
I've never involved myself much in
business affairs. I suppose if I
had, I wouldn't have lost
everything. But I did get involved
in running Tattinger's. And I made
a difference, a real contribution.
And you're not going to ruin that.
So go ahead, take your best shot.
HILLARY turns, presents her chin. SLY turns to NICK and
Who's the other owner?
SLY swings, hitting NICK in the stomach. NICK goes down.
Because I hate hitting women.
SLY exits. As HILLARY rushes over to NICK,
INT. WINE CELLAR - NIGHT
NICK stands, looking at wine. HILLARY enters.
How'd your conversation go with
those Moonglow worms?
I handled them.
I've been in the saloon business
long enough to know how to take
care of these situations.
Meaning I don't.
I didn't say that.
No, it's true. I'm always leaping
into the void, not thinking my
actions through, not being
practical. Like the changes I made
here. I should've asked you. But
I got so excited. I'm just the way
I was when you met me -- a spoiled
little rich girl.
Was I such a big prize? A loud
mouth bad dresser from the wrong
side of the tracks. Except by then
they'd torn up the El-train.
When I look back on the years we
were married, I wonder why you ever
put up with me.
Because you put up with me. Those
early years, running Tattinger's...
Y'know what I liked the best? When
you'd come down and sit with me
Oh yes... we'd count the receipts
and walk home hand in hand.
We've come full circle. Hillary, I
think we should try again.
(takes champagne bottle
What do you mean?
You're not going to make me leave?
Well, listening to you stand up to
that thug, I realized your
instincts aren't so bad... After
all, you married me. Then you
divorced me. You were right
twice... I know I'm going to regret
this, but I'd like you to stay.
As she hugs him, and the champagne cork pops,
INT. MAIN ROOM - NIGHT
Full swing. As NICK and HILLARY cross, carrying champagne
bottle and glasses, SPIN approaches, addresses HILLARY,
The fire-eater you auditioned this
afternoon is ready to start --
If you are going to work here, we
need to set a few --
Right. Partners means --
Sharing the decision-making.
Right. And this thing with the
linen supply is a perfect example
Where I should've deferred to your
NICK and HILLARY continue across Main Room.
We should talk ideas out fully,
NICK is silent.
Why? You know exactly what I'm
going to say.
And you're so articulate. I swear
to you that from now on, I will do
nothing, take no action, without
first consulting you.
That's all I ask.
Hear CROWD cheer. They turn to see FIRE-EATER, standing at
bottom of steps, as he blows plume of flame from his mouth.
On NICK, looking at HILLARY,