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"You left me a lot of times before you left me for good, Billy. And you didn't leave me with much."

From: Ally McBeal - Posthumous Love Songs
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male 20s BILLY THOMAS
Female 20s ALLY MCBEAL
 
Setup:
Ally and Billy were childhood sweethearts. Despite years of ups and downs, including him marrying someone else and the three of them working together at the same law firm, they have remained close. Stricken by a brain tumor, Billy died in Ally's arms in a courtroom during a case they were trying together. Billy's death hit Ally very hard.

Ally has since begun dating a new man, Brian, a fellow lawyer and a good man, who finds most of her eccentricities endearing and puts up with them good-naturedly.

However, today in court, Ally spaced out during guiding a witness through testimony. On the lunch break immediately after, the song "You Belong To Me" - one with personal meaning for her and Billy - lodged in Ally's head. Ally also began to see Billy across the table from her at lunch, in place of Brian. She has hurried back to her office, with Brian and their hurriedly packed uneaten lunch quickly losing patience/heat in the next room.

(The scene where Brian gave Ally an ultimatum about letting him, just before this scene, is also available for viewing - the quote link is "I'm just the guy who gets to take you out to eat, is that it?")

Ally is trying to exorcise Billy from her mind and heart, once and for all.
 

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copyright 2000 by Matthew A. Everett


INT. ALLY'S OFFICE - DAY

Ally is looking around the office as she sings quietly - figuring the song must be the lure.


ALLY

(singing)

Just remember, darling, all the while,
You belong to me.
See the market place in old Algiers --

(speaking)

Billy Alan Thomas, I know you're lurking around here somewhere. You come out this instant, I need to talk to you.

(no response)

I'm due back in court in a little while and if I don't eat something that judge is gonna smell it on me, so let's have it. Come on, Billy. My food's getting cold and probably so is my boyfriend so --

Suddenly, Billy is revealed behind her.


BILLY

Boyfriend?

Ally jumps, then whirls around to see Billy.


BILLY (CONT'D)

Been a while since I've heard you use that word.

ALLY

Well, it's about time, don't you think?

BILLY

If that's true, then why am I here?

ALLY

You can't keep doing this, Billy.

BILLY

I'm only here because you called me.

ALLY

I did not. I have a boyfriend. A current, living boyfriend. His name is Brian.

BILLY

And your father and mother already signed off on him, so I guess that just leaves -

ALLY

You? I don't need you to sign off on anyone or anything in my life.

BILLY

Ally -

ALLY

Don't "Ally" me. You are past tense. Permanently. You're not just married or blond or have a brain tumor. You're dead.

BILLY

And you still love me.

ALLY

Of course I still love you, Billy. Nothing's going to change that.

BILLY

So why did you call me?

ALLY

I guess I need you to let me go.

BILLY

You first.

(pause)

He's nice, Ally. He treats you well.

ALLY

There's absolutely nothing wrong with him.

BILLY

Except that he's --

ALLY

-- not you.

BILLY

Nobody ever will be. Heck, Ally, even I'm not me anymore. Not really. Thankfully, only the good things are sticking in your head.

ALLY

I remember the bad things, Billy.

BILLY

Yeah, but when you conjure me, this is the me that shows up. And that's not how I left you.

ALLY

You left me a lot of times before you left me for good, Billy. And you didn't leave me with much.

BILLY

So let me go.

ALLY

Should be easy, shouldn't it?

BILLY

One last dance?

ALLY

You can't have it both ways, Billy.

BILLY

C'mon. What's the harm?

ALLY

You know what dancing leads to.

BILLY

Guess you're lucky I don't have a body then, huh?

The introduction for Vonda Shepard singing "You Belong To Me" kicks in.


ALLY

Oh, all right. One last time.

They meet and begin to sway in each other's arms.


He whispers in her ear.


BILLY

I'm going to miss you.

ALLY

I already do.




copyright 2000 by Matthew A. Everett

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