"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|
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.
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.
(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.
Ally jumps, then whirls around to see Billy.
BILLY (CONT'D)Been a while since I've heard you use that word.
ALLYWell, it's about time, don't you think?
BILLYIf that's true, then why am I here?
ALLYYou can't keep doing this, Billy.
BILLYI'm only here because you called me.
ALLYI did not. I have a boyfriend. A current, living boyfriend. His name is Brian.
BILLYAnd your father and mother already signed off on him, so I guess that just leaves -
ALLYYou? I don't need you to sign off on anyone or anything in my life.
ALLYDon't "Ally" me. You are past tense. Permanently. You're not just married or blond or have a brain tumor. You're dead.
BILLYAnd you still love me.
ALLYOf course I still love you, Billy. Nothing's going to change that.
BILLYSo why did you call me?
ALLYI guess I need you to let me go.
(pause)He's nice, Ally. He treats you well.
ALLYThere's absolutely nothing wrong with him.
BILLYExcept that he's --
ALLY-- not you.
BILLYNobody ever will be. Heck, Ally, even I'm not me anymore. Not really. Thankfully, only the good things are sticking in your head.
ALLYI remember the bad things, Billy.
BILLYYeah, but when you conjure me, this is the me that shows up. And that's not how I left you.
ALLYYou left me a lot of times before you left me for good, Billy. And you didn't leave me with much.
BILLYSo let me go.
ALLYShould be easy, shouldn't it?
BILLYOne last dance?
ALLYYou can't have it both ways, Billy.
BILLYC'mon. What's the harm?
ALLYYou know what dancing leads to.
BILLYGuess you're lucky I don't have a body then, huh?
The introduction for Vonda Shepard singing "You Belong To Me" kicks in.
ALLYOh, all right. One last time.
They meet and begin to sway in each other's arms.
He whispers in her ear.
BILLYI'm going to miss you.
ALLYI already do.
copyright 2000 by Matthew A. Everett