An Unmarried Woman (1978) Script

Jesus Christ! Look at this. My sneakers ruined!

They're only $35.

Fucking city's turned into one big pile of dog shit!

Come on out and take a crap on me! Everybody else is!

Fuck. Give it back to the poodles.

What's the point of jogging for two and a half miles?

Giving yourself lung cancer.

Tell you somethin', Erica. The longer I'm married to you, the more you sound like my mother.

Clean your own sneaker.

I think you wanted me to step in it. You're going crazy, Martin.

Yeah? Yeah.


Why would I want you to step in dog shit?

Well, that's a good question.

Oh, god. Oh, I'm sorry.

I'm not your mother.

You know. Yeah.

Listen, do you think we got time for a little quickie?

I got about 11 minutes.

Hey, come on.

Gimme a break here. I'm gettin' frostbite.

Jesus, I got to quit smoking.

I saw Jacobs on Tuesday. Did I tell you? Uh-uh.

How are you?

Fine.

You sound surprised.

Well, you know, I go up there for the damn thing, and my blood pressure goes up 20 points from anxiety of having to take the exam.

What are you doing today? Working at the gallery.

Yeah - - going to school.

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hi, sweetie. Hi

hmm. Did the earth move?

Bye.

I'm telling you, we expose that kid to too much.

Well, we still lock the door. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Have a good time. See you tonight.

"Tonight, the ballet world was introduced to a brilliant new talent - the long-awaited debut...

Of Erica Benton.

Miss Benton astounded the ballet world last night in her incredible performance of swan lake."

"Her pas de deux were breathtaking."


Hello. Hi.

There she is.

Hi. Hi. How are you?

You look great. Oh, I'm sorry I'm late.

You're just in time for the big news.

Well. Oh, hi. Uh - wine. Let's have a glass and another carafe.

Okay. Yeah. And, uh - anything else? Steamer.

Refills for everybody.

Are you ready? You're in love.

Would that I were. It's not my news. Sue.

Only thing that happened to me last week was my elevator man got arrested for flashing.

What is it, Jeannette?

I met a man.

Well, that's terrific.

Well, there's a little problem. He's married.

No.

He's very young. You're not close.

How young? He's 19.

Oh, Jesus. I know, I know.

He's very mature. Nineteen?

The problem is: Does she fuck him, or does she adopt him?

I'm a terrible person. I'm drunk, and I'm giddy, and I'm going to the loo.

Sorry, Jeannette. It's okay.

I think Elaine's going through early menopause.

It is so ironic. I've dated so many men in the last few years that were my age or older, and Steven - his name is Steven - is the first man that I've really liked since my divorce.

Well, what's he like? He's calm, quiet. He doesn't come on.

He's very bright.

He's not afraid to be tender.

Well, if you were a man and you were talking about a 19-year-old girl, there would be no problem, would there?

No, I worry about Teddy.

How do you tell a 6-year-old child his new daddy is a teenager?

Where does he live now?

With his parents.

Maybe I should adopt him.

Did I miss anything?

No.

It's just that last night was so incredible.

I put Teddy to bed, and Steven came over.

We just sat and talked all night long.

I mean, till 7:00 this morning. What did you talk about?

We talked a lot about loneliness.

Got kind of emotional.

Then?

Promise you won't laugh? I promise.

Well, then he undressed me...

And he gave me a massage.

And it was the most incredible experience I think I've ever had in my life.

I'll bet. Was it sexual?

That's it. It was and it wasn't.

I mean, he massaged my feet and my toes, and he massaged my fingers.

He massaged my eyes.

He actually massaged my eyes.

And then I had an orgasm.

And then another and then another.

I'd say it was sexual.

There ain't nothin' wrong with a good, old-fashioned highball orgasm.

Oh, I love them. I mean, I couldn't live without them.

Have you read the latest book? You think I'm going crazy, don't you?

Crazy? What's this boy's phone number?

Don't be offended, okay? No. Why? What?

Is he being honest with you? That's pretty naive, Erica.

No, it isn't. No, it's not.

There's no such thing as total honesty. Not with men.

They're all wrapped up in sexual ego.

What the hell is sexual ego, Elaine? Never getting enough.

Always on the make. Constantly worried about performing.

That's ridiculous.

I know lots of men who are interested in other things besides sex.

Name one. My husband.

Harold hasn't made a pass in six months.

Well, listen, Elaine. Don't you think you're taking this thing a little too far?

Me? No.

I think you're getting to be a man-hater. I love men.

We're talking about their honesty.

Do you think Martin is totally honest? I don't think about it.

I think Erica has the second-best man in the five boroughs.

Thank you.

I think what I'm gonna do is just go along with things the way they are and just see what happens. Have fun, honey.

The worst that can happen is that it'll end.

No, I think the worst that could happen is that his parents will find out.

You're fabulous, Elaine.

I love you. Swiftly moving on.


Patti?

Hello?

Hi.

Girls had a long meeting tonight, uh? They're not meetings.

What's on the news?

Nothing. They're shooting up rhodesia, and the garbagemen are raising hell again. You know.

Jeannette is having an affair with a 19-year-old boy.

Oh, shit. She's flipped.

Men go out with younger women all the time.

Nineteen is four years older than Patti.

Yeah, where is Patti?

She went to the movies with Phil.

I like Phil.

Well, maybe Phil should meet Jeannette.

Martin.

How are Elaine and sue?

Fine.

Elaine makes me very nervous.

She likes you.

Yeah.

I like her all right. She just comes on too strong.

So do you sometimes.

Sometimes I get the feeling that you prefer Elaine and sue and Jeannette to me.

That's ridiculous, Martin.

Do you? Sometimes.

Look, Martin. Patti's coming home.

I have to get up early.

Martin, I'm not in the mood.

You give me a headache.

Take an aspirin. Shit.

Anybody home?

We're in here, honey.

What's going on in there?

Want me to go out and come in again?

How was the movie? Good.

We saw the new Lina wertmuller film. Yeah?

Did you like it? I loved it.

Phil thought it was flawed.

How old is Phil again? You know how old he is. Why?

Well, your mother's friend Jeannette is having an affair with a 19-year-old guy.

Mmm. Good for her. Yeah?

Would Phil go out with Jeannette? I don't know.

You'd have to ask Phil.

Don't say anything about Jeannette. Who am I gonna tell?

You and daddy fighting? No, it's not a fight.

Daddy doesn't look too happy.

Mmm.

Good night. Good night.

Jesus.

You're like a five-year-old kid.

I know, I know. It's wonderful when you're in the mood and I'm in mood, but god!

It's not much fun when you make me feel like it's an obligation.

I know. You're right. I'm sorry.

Besides, we had sex this morning.

What do you want?

Guess I'm not much fun to live with, am 1?

Are you okay?

I don't know.

What is it?

I don't know. I just -

I find myself -

I just - I'm anxious all the time, you know.

About what?

I just - I'm fantasizing and - about what? Uh...

About changing my life.

Quit wall street. Go be a disc jockey somewhere.

I don't know. Tired of your job?

I'll tell you something.

I've been the takeover type all my life.

I mean, in school, in the Navy, probably with you, certainly with Patti.

There's nothing wrong with being a strong man.

That's the point. I'm not a strong man.

I don't feel like a strong man. You are.

Well, I feel tired.

I don't know what to say.

You should see a psychiatrist. Really.

I don't think so.

Is it me? Are you tired of me?

I love you.

Aww.

I'd hate to join the crowd.

Why? What do you mean?

Well, Elaine's boozing a lot.

Jeannette's crazy.

Sue's okay. She's a strong woman. God.

Well, so are you.

I'm beginning to wonder about me.

It's so nice to have a man to come home to.

On.

Is that just luck? Yeah.

It's luck and a fabulous body.


Jesus.

Here, three kids in the sixth grade beat their teacher up.

Where?

Bronx.

You never have any trouble in school, do you?

No.

It's a jungle.

It is. They got guys carrying guns.

Oh, you read too much.

I what? It doesn't really happen that way.

It doesn't happen where you go to school, 'cause we got you in a pretty good school.

It's costing me a lot of money. Oh. I'll go to public school.

Okay. You're on. Okay.

You think that's funny?

We'll buy you a gun, send you to public school.

I'm sorry.

I'm getting tickets to the ballet a week from Friday. You want to go?

I don't know. Let me ask Phil. Phil can come with us.

Only if he pays.

I don't think Phil likes ballet. I don't either. I'm going.

Good for your soul.

No. I think I'll pass, mom.

Listen, am I a nagging father?

No. You're just feeling the loss of separation.

I'm not your little girl anymore.

Wash your mouth with soap. Hey, no physical contact, please.

Gotta go.

Bye. Bye.

Bye.

Do you think daddy's worried about getting old?

Are you taking a psych course this year? Mm-hmm.

He's always joking. Never seems to take anything seriously, you know.

You mean, he doesn't take Phil seriously. That bothers you.

No, it doesn't. I don't take Phil that seriously either.

I think you're serious about Phil.

Mom, I'm still a virgin, if that's what you meant.

It's not what I meant. I'm glad you told me.

I just meant that you like Phil. I like Phil.

I'm not gonna marry him. I'm never getting married.

You will. Don't be so sure.

Why not? Why should 1?

Everybody I know who's married is either miserable or divorced. I don't want that.

Oh, Patti. That's ridiculous! There's a lot of happily married couples.

Name three.

Uh - - uh.

I'll have to think about it. Yeah. See you later.

383 west Broadway, please.


Now, if all this stuff wasn't done by a woman, I don't think you could sit in the same room with it.

It isn't "stuff," Charlie. It happens to be art.

You're a classic male chauvinist pig.

I know, but I'm cute.

You're out of style, Charlie. “Want a bite?

Uh-uh.

You're a beautiful woman, Erica.

But you're leading such a sheltered life.

How can you tell?

It's in your eyes.

You can tell everything in a woman's eyes.

On. Can you tell everything in a man's eyes?

Men cover it up. Women lay it all on the line.

Right there in the old eyes.

What do you see in my eyes, Charlie?

Want me to be honest? Yeah.

You're not gettin' enough.

I think you ought to have your eyes examined.

Oh, no. No, you're not really satisfied.

I mean, your old man's okay and all that, but, uh - underneath it all, you're frustrated.

Go paint a still life, Charlie.

You ever had an affair? It's none of your business.

Oh, man. What a shame. What a waste.

A woman as beautiful as you should be tasting a little variety in life.

Imagine if all you ever ate was apples?

Imagine never tasting a peach or a pear?

A papaya?

Huh? No way, babe. Same thing with sex.

I'm allergic to papayas, Charlie.

How about a nice fresh guava? Huh?

Huh? Leave me alone.

Don't you ever think about anything else? Yeah, like what?

Oh, there's literature, and ballet, and theater, and dance - Hey, hey, hey, Erica, Erica...

And architecture - Erica. Hey, listen.

There's work, there's food, and there's sex.

That's the whole ball game.

Rowan gallery.

Yeah.

Sure.

Yeah. I'll meet you. Um, 15 minutes.

Okay, honey. Bye.

Might I inquire as to who "honey" is?

My husband. I'm meeting him for lunch.

Well...

Think I'll hit the streets for a while.

Bye, Charlie.

Hi. Is this together?

Uh, yeah, he's paying for me.

That'll be $3.95.

Thank you. Thanks.

Excuse me.

Mmm, I wanted to talk to you about something.

I think that if we're gonna go to the island this summer that we really ought to get on it right away.

How would you feel about sharing a place with sue and Harold?

How's the market?

Huh?

Just wanted to see if you're paying any attention to me.

You want to share a place with sue and Harold.

Think you could handle it? Yeah.

Okay. Well, I'll talk to sue, and maybe the four of us could drive out in a couple of weeks.

We really should get on it right away.

Jesus, it's gonna be even more expensive this year.

You know, if we do take a place, we're gonna have to have my club up there.

I could just see us, all lying in the sun, blabbing away.

I mean, we would - we talk. We really do.

I love our meetings.

They're so -

I don't know. I just love them.

It's sort of like a continuing story, you know.

It's, uh, part Mary hartman and part ingmar bergman.

I - I love the women.

Marty.

Marty. Come on. What is it, honey?

What's the matter?

What is it?

The - what? Tell me! I'm in love with somebody else.

I've been seeing another woman for... Over a year.

At first, you know, I thought it was just a - a fling.

But itisn't. I love her.

I want to live with her.

Oh, god. I don't want to hurt you.

I don't want to hurt Patti.

But I -

I can't - you don't know her or anything. Her name is marcia brenner.

She's a - she's a teacher.

She's, uh, 26.

I met her - I met her at bloomingdale's, for chrissake!

I was standing there buying a shirt, you know. And she, uh - she was standing next to me.

She asked me, uh...

If I liked the shirt that, uh, she was buying for her father.

Oh, god. I'm so sorry.

You tell Patti. You tell Patti that you're sorry.

I'm in love with her.

Is she a good lay?

Aw, sh -


The first thing we have to do is get you a good lawyer.

I just can't believe it. I really liked Martin.

This is not a time to pity Martin. I am not pitying Martin.

Move fast, Erica. Don't let the thing drag on.

That's what I did. It just hurts more and more.

Get it over with. I don't agree with you.

There's nothing to talk about.

The son of a bitch walked out on a magnificent woman.

The son of a bitch may walk right back in in a month or two.

It sounds to me like this thing's just sexual.

Would you take Harold back if he told you he was having an affair?

Oh, hon, Harold has affairs. He doesn't tell me about 'em.

I don't give a damn, as long as we respect each other.

That's kind of a weird contradiction, isn't it?

My marriage isn't based on a king-size bed.

Neither was mine.

I know it wasn't. There was a lot of love there.

That's why I'd hate to see it wasted if there's any hope.

There's no hope.

You want him back?

Would you take that miserable bastard back?

No.

I don't think so.

"Think"? You have doubts? Of course, she has doubts.

Look, all I know is I feel completely and totally alone.

That'll pass. Not if she sits on it, it won't.

Depression has a way of getting nice and comfortable.

There are days I really enjoy my black moods.

It's like curling up with a good detective story.

Merde.

How would you know if you were never there?

Hey, honey, these old bones have known plenty of misery.

But I make it a point to get busy as soon as I feel the blues coming on.

Oh, god. It was so much easier in the '60s.

We had Vietnam, assassinations, the black panthers.

There was a hell of a lot to do.

Can't even find a decent cause these days.

I could use a good war.

I could use a double vodka Martini.

Patti's so sad.

She has a right to be. So do you.

I'm sad, Elaine.

I'm sad. I'm lonely. I'm depressed.

What do you want me to say? What do you want me to say?

Where you goin'?

See you guys next week.

Well, let me ride home with you.

You sure you're all right? I'll call you later.

I think we made her feel worse than she did.

I don't think that marriage is over yet.

I hope Martin gets a permanent case of the clap and his pecker falls off.

Hello. Fuck you.

I had a fight with Phil.

What about?

He was defending daddy.

He says he doesn't think it was the right thing to do, but he understands him.

Phil's a nice boy.

I hate daddy.

He didn't leave you. He left me.

I still hate him.

You'll get over it.

I don't want to see him again.

Who are you talking about? Phil or your daddy?

Both of them.

That's crazy.

Then I'm crazy.

Oh, honey.

Oh, mom.

I hate him, mom.

On.

I hate him too.

Would you take him back?

You want him to come back?

Yeah. I guess so.

It's over, kiddo.

For good.

You'd better get used to that, you know?

Hello?

Hello, Phil.

No.

Yes. Star wars. Mm-hmm. No. Nothing. Nothing.

I thought we went over this.

Mm-hmm.


"Balls," said the queen. "If I had 'em, I'd be king."

Well, if you won't sue me, Erica...

I'll tell you, uh, off the record, that you're in very good health.

Why am I tired all the time? It's called divorce.

Maybe I should take valium or something.

Come on. We'll talk. Huh?

Did you feel this way, uh, before all this happened?

Never. Never?

Maybe I should see a psychiatrist, Arthur.

Erica, it's normal to feel lousy when a husband walks out on you.

You'd have to be crazy to feel good.

It's only been a few weeks. Some time has to pass.

And I'm not saying you shouldn't see a psychiatrist.

You're just saying...

Erica's in good health.

Mmm. Are you - are you seeing other men yet?

No!

Well, don't be so shocked.

I'm not in the mood for men, Arthur.

I wasn't referring to sex. I mean, companionship.

Oh. On.

There are male companions out there who don't wanna get laid?

Well, you could have a drink with me.

Is that a pass, Arthur?

No, it was an invitation to have a drink.

How come I never got an invitation to have a drink when I was married?

Well, I don't know. I - I never thought about it.

It's a pass, Arthur.

A definite fucking pass.


My relationship with hal is totally honest.

He doesn't tell me he loves me. I don't tell him he's fascinating.

It's pure sex. You always were different.

Not always.

I've just learned to live with my ups and downs.

I don't know how you do it. I like my job. I like my friends.

I like my holidays.

Oh, I'm going to the catskills next week. There's a new swami in town. You wanna go?

Uh, well, my spiritual life is just fine.

What's spiritual? There'll be some gorgeous men there.

What does this Bob do? He's a press agent.

Broadway shows, movies. Hal says he's a nice guy.

If he tries to touch me, I'll break his arms.

Relax.

Waiter! Waiter! Right here, pal.

These are fantastic. These are like claws, Bob.

Oh, yeah? Claw things.

Oh, yeah. We'll take all four of these.

Don't know if I can eat 'em. What do you call these?

Thank you. Claws. Claws. Erica, have a claw.

Unbelievable. Give her some of those, uh - the shrimp with the, uh - the shrimp with the white paper on the end.

What do you call that? Paper shrimp.

Paper shrimp. Give us some of those, okay?

Okay, anything else? That's fine. Paper shrimp. Thank you.

Do you work, Erica?

Yeah, I, uh - I work part time.

The Rowan gallery in soho?

Onh, I've never been there. It's a good gallery.

We could all take a walk there later. That would be nice, yeah.

You paint?

No. I studied painting, but I'm not an artist.

Mm-hmm.

I'm in public relations.

What are you working on?

Right now, it's a new picture about an ex-Vietnam vet who comes back to a small midwestern town and shoots 300 people.

That should make a fortune. I think I saw it.

I don't think so, hal. I saw it, I'm telling you.

You couldn't. They haven't made it yet. Sounds familiar.

Erica.

Claire.

It's nice to see you. Remember Allison?

Hey.

How you doin'?

Hey, I called you about a hundred times. Yeah.

You never answer. I know. I know.

Oh, excuse me. This is, uh -

Bob. And this is Claire and Fred and Allison and Elaine and hal.

Hal. I'm hal. Fred. Nice to meet you.

How are you? Glad to know you. Can we have lunch next week?

Yeah. I'll call you. Okay.

I will. Want a bear claw, honey?

She's full.

I'm sorry, Erica.

Call us if you need anything. I will. I thank you.

Please call me. Yeah. I will.

Bye-bye. Nice to meet you. Take care.

Bye-bye. Hal, this is great.

Excuse me.

I'll be right back.

What are those things that would come in this little steamer?

Waiter, can we have a shrimp with paper?

Bring a couple of bubble-up.

You all right?

Yeah. I'm fine. You sure?

This is crazy.

Erica, let's take a walk. I've been dim-sum-ed out of my mind.

I really think I'm gonna go home. You sure”?

Oh, come on. I'll take you home.

Stay a while. No, I really wanna go home.

Where do you live? Go on, Elaine. I live in the east 60s.

Good, I'll take you home. Bye.

Let me take you home.

Bye-bye. I'll see you later. Call you.

Have a nice time. See you.

Boy, that's a nervous lady. She has a right to be.

I'm divorced.

Married 11 years. Two children.

My wife remarried. She's living out on the island, so, I get to see the kids just about every weekend.

When did you get divorced? It's been three years.

It was tough at first. You feel very disoriented.

I know.

Yeah, hal said you were separated. What happened?

Oh...

My husband left me for a younger woman. Ha, ha, ha.

He must be out of his mind.

Are you uncomfortable? With you? No.

Why did you move closer to me?

I don't know. I -

I guess I want to be closer to you. Don't, Bob. Uh-uh.

Why not?

I said so, that's why. I don't want you to.

I didn't do anything. But you want to, don't you?

You're paranoid. Do you, or don't you?

What?

You'd think I was asking you to go to bed with me.

I'm just touchy these days. I'm sorry.

You sure are.

Maybe I am being less than honest. I -

I'd like to see you again, Erica. Ah, I don't think so.

Why not? You seem like a nice man.

It's not that. I'm just - I'm not dating.

Well, what was today? Lunch.

Well, lunch is dating in my neighborhood. Take a girl to lunch, it's dating.

Uh, you're right. Lunch is dating.

Oh, god. "Dating..." It's a silly word.

You are a very complicated woman.

I'm crazy about you. Stop!

You son of a - bitch!

Stop the cab! Stop it!

You - stop the cab!

Sorry. Stop it!

Sorry. I didn't - get out, you son of a bitch! I'm sorry.

I didn't do anything! Just get out!

What did I do? Just stop it! Will you stop it?

Just pull the fuck over! Get out! I don't want to see you!

I didn't do anything. This is ridiculous.

Just take me home.

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Get out of here, Phil! Just get out of my house!

I'm sorry. Out of my house!

I don't want to talk. What are you doing?

You just get out! We didn't do anything!

Here's your coat. Mom! No!

You be quiet, Patti! No! He's not going!

Just get out of the door!

I want him to stay! Mrs. Benton - call you tomorrow!

Patti! Mom, what is with you?

Look, you've got - I don't care what you want!

You can't run my life! Oh, goddamn it!

I hate it here! This is our house!

I don't want to live here anymore! Brat!

I don't want to live here, either! You can't stop me from seeing Phil.

I can stop you doing anything I want! No, you can't! I'll run away!

What did I do that was so wrong? Tell me, and I'll understand.

I don't think you'd act like this if your father lived here.

Act like what? I wasn't having an orgy or anything!

You want me to go to the park? Hush!

I don't care if you go to the park! Okay, I'll go to the park!

Get out of the house! I'll do it in public.

Okay, go ahead! I'd like to see you! You might as well do it in public!

You don't have any feeling about anything!

Okay, fine! I'll do it!

I don't know. God, what is with you?

I'm sorry.

God.

Oh, god.

It's just confusing. I - I'm sorry I screamed at you, Patti.

I'm sorry. It's all right.

I just don't understand why you get so upset.

I just can't be your father. So just be my mother.

Come here.

Come here, honey.

Call Phil and tell him I'm sorry.

Uh - tell him he can come over. We can have an orgy.

Maybe he's got a friend for me.

How was your date?

My date? Oh...

We had dim sum. I was almost raped.

He made a pass? Yeah.

I don't see what's wrong with that.

You're beginning to sound like my date.

You okay? Yeah. Fine.

How about you?

Call Phil.

Okay.

I'm - I'm afraid. I'm frightened, you know.

Mm-hmm. I've never been afraid of anything...

Before in my life.

When I was little, I was -

I don't know. I was afraid of - that I was gonna get my clothes dirty, or - you know, that I was gonna get bad marks on my report.

I was afraid when I got my period for the first time.

You know, I - well, I got my period when I was, uh - when I was 13, you know.

And most of my - well...

Some of my friends - well, my best friend - my best friend was Karen fienstein, and she got her period when she was 12, you know.

So, I thought there was something wrong with me, because I didn't get my period.

So, I had a terrible year from 12 to 13. You know, I mean, I -

I thought there was really something wrong with me.

You know, every time I went to the bathroom, I would sort of, you know - check and see if I - go look. Yeah. If I got my period.

And...

Suddenly, I - I was wearing these dumb little white lace panties, you know, that my grandmother had given me for my birthday or something.

And, um...

Suddenly I felt this, like, wet, warm feeling in my crotch, you know, and...

Then... I felt sort of... excited, you know.

But then I felt afraid.

I was afraid. I was afraid that was I going to get blood all over the chair, all over my pants.

Then the bell rang, and then the class got up, and then I saw Karen, you know.

And I smiled, and I winked at her, and I - went like that.

And she came over. She said, "what are you smiling about?"

And I said, "I think I got it." She said, "oh, thank god."

I don't really know why I'm telling you all this.

I mean, it doesn't really - well...

Those are very scary moments, and - and you think a lot about that when you're a kid. It's natural.

And what's happening now?

Everything seems very different. I'm - I'm not able to...

Know what's gonna happen.

You know, before I had a sense that...

Life would go on, and... Yes.

Now, it's like every day is like, "whew!" Yeah.

What's gonna happen? And I don't know how to control it, and I don't know - yeah. I don't know...

I don't know what to do. Your whole life has been disrupted, discombobulated.

And it's a new life right now.

I mean, what can you do? You know, you can't live my life for me, can you?

No. No. I certainly can't live your life for you. It's your life.

But what I can do is to explore it with you and see what's happening now in your life.

Yeah.

Maybe the confusion that you're feeling now will clear up.

I'm pretty sure it will.

I think right now would be a really good idea if you came twice a week.

But very quickly, we'll move into once a week.

Because it's a lot more important what you do out there, than what you do in here.


Mr. Benton would like to meet at one 'o clock.

Hello, Mrs. Benton.

Hi.

It's good to see you. I'm glad you called. Let me have your coat.

You look terrific. I'm worried about Patti.

She's very angry at you.

Yeah. Well, she's got a right to be.

I'm seeing a therapist, and I want her to see her too.

It's expensive. That's all right.

I'll - I'll take care of it. Good.

Well, that's settled. Who's the - who's the therapist?

Ah, her name is Tanya berkel.

A woman? I don't know any men named Tanya.

Well, that's good. I think that's - that's good.

Good. I glad you think it's good.

You really hate me, don't you?

Yeah. I don't hate you.

Oh, you were always a very compassionate man, Martin.

Now, wait a minute. I - how can you hate somebody that you were in love with for 16 years? I don't - It's easy.

If you're trying to make me feel guiltier than I already do, good job.

Good. This is ridiculous.

Why are we having this conversation?

Martin, do you know how many times we made love?

No. No, I don't want to get into that.

I wanna tell you. At least 2,000 times.

That's counting twice a week for 16 years. You should put it up on your ticker tape.

I think it's a very interesting statistic.

I wanna know something.

Did you fall out of love with my - my flesh, my body...

Or me - with Erica? Did you fall out of love with Erica?

Wait a minute. I didn't fall out of love with you.

I - I love you.

I mean, all right, it's different now, but I -

I love you. I can't just erase all those years.

I'll always love you. I was your hooker, Martin.

I was a bright, high-priced, classy hooker.

Upper East Side by way of vassar hooker, but...

I was your hooker.

You have a lousy shrink.

How long do you think marcia's gonna last?

Well, I'm gonna marry her.

The awesome sanctity of marriage.

If you want to sit here with me and have a conversation, that's great.

I'd like to do that. But if you want to have an argument, I think you'd better leave. I want to have an argument!

You're flippin'.

Call Patti.


I never had any self-esteem. That was the trouble.

I suppose I thought looks would do it.

Well, I'll tell you. It is a nice feeling to like yourself.

Bette Davis always had self-esteem.

On. So did Katharine hepburn.

Mm-hmm. Terrific woman.

Look at this. Oh.

Beautiful. It's strange, isn't it?

I mean, where are all the wonderful women that were in the movies in the old days?

Bette Davis, Katharine hepburn, Joan Crawford.

Where are all the women? Well, we've got, uh -

Jane Fonda... Oh, please.

Barbra Streisand. It's not the same thing.

I'd hate to see Fonda and Streisand in a toe-to-toe with hepburn and Davis. There's no contest.

Different times. Hi.

Hi, honey. Hi.

Hi. I'm sorry. Am I interrupting? No.

Uh-uh. No.

We were wondering where all the women movies stars are, compared to 20, 30 years ago.

Well, um -

I think we're getting to an age where the dominate cult figure is bisexual.

Oh, god.

Maybe unisexual would be a more appropriate term.

You mean like Mick and Dylan and David?

That sort of thing? Mm-hmm.

What's so funny?

Is that good or bad? I don't know. Nobody knows.

You're entitled to an opinion.

I'm not bisexual, if that's what you mean.

Yes, we know that. You know, but maybe she doesn't.

How'd we get started on this?

Self-esteem.

I could write a book on self-esteem.

Self-esteem and the American woman.

Once divorced.

Sleeping around.

Drinking too much.

Pretending to have a lot of self- "you-know-what."

Really having next to none.

You getting your period, Elaine? Sure.

But I also have no fucking confidence.


Here. Drink this.

Why do people always give you water when you fall apart?

I don't need water. I need booze. That's a girl.

Don't worry, honey. Aunt Elaine is just a manic-depressive.

You know, like, uh, Jekyll and Hyde?

I don't think you get enough vitamin c.

See you guys later. Bye, honey.

Bye. Take care.

She's somethin' else, Erica. Yeah, tough cookie.

She's confused about Martin. How is the son of a bitch?

Hey. We forgot Claire Trevor.

Jean Arthur, Susan hayward.

What about Greta garbo?

That was before my time.

I liked Rita Hayworth. She was pretty.

Everywhere I go, I see, uh...

Couples.

I see people holding hands, or their arms around each other, cheek to cheek or -

I just feel jealous.

Oh, I have so much to say, you know, at the end of the day.

I tell Patti everything.

I think about her, you know, going away to school and -

I know it's, uh - it's a couple of years away, but I think about it as if...

It's gonna happen, you know, tomorrow.

Yes. I'm...

I guess I'm lonely.

I was very lonely too when I got divorced.

I didn't know you were divorced. Yes.

And it's certainly okay to feel lonely.

You're supposed to in a situation like this.

It's - it's what's expected.

It's really okay to feel anything.

Anger, jealousy.

Depression.

It's okay to feel.

I - I feel guilty about my feelings.

Well...

Guilt is something that I get livid about, because it's kind of a man-made emotion.

And, uh...

I would like to see you...

Take a vacation from guilt.

Stop feeling guilty for one week.

Just say, "Erica, turn off the guilt."

Just turn it off. Don't feel guilty.

It doesn't get you anywhere. It really prolongs the agony.

And...

I know what you mean. I'll try. Yeah.

And don't feel guilty about feeling guilty, either.

And don't feel ashamed of your feelings. They're your feelings. They have no 1q.

They have no morality. They're your feelings. Just feel 'em.

When were you divorced?

I was divorced three years ago.

But let's get back to you and loneliness.

When you were married, did you ever feel lonely?

No, not really. No. In your marriage, did you feel lonely?

Never?

No.

Well, sometimes, but I wasn't scared then, you know?

This scares me. Yeah.

It is scary. It's a whole new way of life.

Did you ever find yourself wanting to be alone?

Yes. But I knew it wasn't gonna be forever.

Does it feel to you as if this is going to be forever? The way you feel now?

Well...

I haven't had sex for seven weeks.

It's been seven weeks since Martin left.

I always took sex for granted.

Are you feeling sexy these days?

Hardly.

And, uh -

What was I saying? Sex.

Oh, yes. I was hoping you'd forgotten. Um...

Well, we just had a pretty good sex life, you know. I just...

It was very - this isn't fun.

No.

I just...

I enjoyed sex. It was - Mm-hmm.

It was nice. We were pretty... wild, Martin and me.

Tell me what you mean by that.

What do you mean, you were pretty wild? Well...

We had a good sex life.

What exactly was it like?

Jesus! What do you think happened? What happens?

You sound pretty angry.

What's that all about?

If I knew that, I wouldn't be here.

Well, what are you gonna do about it?

You're looking at me as if I have the answers.

I don't have the answer for you.

I can tell you what I would do.

If I were me and I were in your situation.

What?

Well, one thing, I'd do a lot of what you're doing already.

I'd be a - I'd spend a lot of time with my friends.

As you're doing.

And I'd also sort of take myself by the hand and say, "come on, Tanya. Get into the stream of life.

Get back in there.

Don't be scared of going out with guys.

Let's open the door and walk out and get in the stream of life."

Men, huh? Yeah, men.

I'd risk it. I'd risk it with some new men.

They're people, you know.

I think you could enjoy them.

Take a chance. Yeah. I guess I should.

Ugh.

J you've got the better of me & j just snap your fingers and I'm walking j j like a dog hanging on your lead j j I'm in a spin, you know shaking on a string, you know & j you make me feel like dancing & can I help you?

A glass of white wine, please.

J you make me feel like dancing & j I'm gonna dance the night away j j you make me feel like dancing & two beers, Tom. &' I feel like dancing, dancing j j dance the night away & j I feel like dancing, dancing &

I ah, ah-ah-ah-ah & j quarter to 4.00 in the morning j

j 1 ain't feeling tired no, no, no, no, no j Erica.

Hey.

Come and join us. Okay.

J 'cause I don't wanna go home I it's good to see you.

Erica Benton, Edward Thoreau.

Hello. Nice to meet you.

Erica works over at the Rowan.

Oh, really? I haven't seen the new show.

Oh, it's very controversial. Either you love it or you hate it.

Edward just got back from a year in Rome. He's a painter.

How was Rome?

Oh, it's very controversial. Either you love it or you hate it.

I loved it. Yeah.

How are you, Erica?

Oh... I'm a little weird these days.

I'm getting divorced. Ah, I'm surprised.

Why? You seem like such a normal person.

Compared to me, that is.

Normal people are getting divorced. Nobody else bothers to get married.

If I got married every time I thought it was serious, I'd be in lots of trouble.

How are you?

The work I'm doing is nice. Edward and I are definitely an item.

So life is good. One hates to be thought of as an item.

Hey, what's happening, babe?

Hi, Charlie. Hey, Charlie.

Jean, how you doin'? Hi. My name is Edward Thoreau.

Charlie. Nice to see you. How do you do?

Were you slumming? I wasn't up till now.

What does she want from me?

There's a party at Tom whalen's loft. Do you want to come?

Tom whalen? You mean the guy who paints the turtles?

Yeah. I pass. Thanks.

Erica? I don't think so.

It was nice to meet you. “Arriveder/a.

J I want to dance the night away & j you make me feel like dancing & d' I feel like dancing, dancing & Arrivederia, my ass.

Listen, what are you doing out by yourself? Where's honey?

I'm getting divorced.

No shit? What happened?

He was buying a shirt in bloomingdale's, and he fell in love.

J 1 ain't feeling tired no, no, no, no, no j am I supposed to be sorry or what?

No.

Buy me another glass of wine, Charlie. Be right back.

J you put a spell on me right where you want me to be j j you make me feel like dancing I want to dance the night away j j you make me feel like dancing I'm gonna dance the night away & j you make me feel like dancing & j I feel like dancing & j ooh! Dancing, ooh! Dance the night away & take me to your loft, Charlie.

J ooh, dancing! Ah ah ah ah ah j

Well, you want a cup of coffee? Huh-huh.

Something to eat? Huh-huh.

A bottle of chianti in the kitchen. Charlie, let's just do it, okay?

Now, before I change my mind. Okay, okay.

Let's just get something straight right off the top, babe, huh?

I don't get involved with my women. I'm a short-term guy.

I don't fall in love. I don't wanna get married.

Right.

The only thing you can count on me for is sex. I am what I am.

I make no bones about it. Charlie, I'm very nervous.

Your talking is just making me more nervous.

Okay.

You're having trouble?

Yeah. Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

Here. Here. Wait. Hold it. Hold it.

Just a second. You got your thing caught. My necklace is in it.

All right, all right, wait.

Careful. There we go.

Oh, what a disaster.

Cheer up, will you?

Yeah. Aaah. The maiden.

Delightful.

Delightful.

Yo0-hoo? Miss?

Yo!

Ah... here you are.

Hi.

Charlie, I've only slept with one man, in 17 years.

Jesus, I was wrong.

I could've sworn you've had a few affairs.

Oh, man, what a beautiful body.

Come here.

Come here.

Cheer up, will ya? This is your party.

I'm a little embarrassed.

When does she stop? Ow!

What happened? An injury?

What's the matter? A splinter.

Where? In my toe.

A splinter in the toe? The foot doctor's here.

Let me see. Let me see.

First, we'll have to remove the outer garments.

Oh, yes.

Ah... what a lovely piece of equipment.

Hmm. Hmm.

You like that, don't you?

Huh...

You like that, huh?

You like that, don't you?

That's it.

Yeah.

Like it?

Huh-huh?

Your turn, baby. Hmm? You gonna turn me on?


That was nice. Very nice. I have to go.

I'll see you tomorrow night, okay? No.

What's the matter? You're mad at me? No.

Come back tomorrow night. Uh-uh.

Why not?

I don't fall in love, Charlie. I'm a - I'm a short-term guy.

I'll tell you one thing. Your ex-old man is a fucking asshole.

Good night, Charlie.


Hi.

Wait a minute. I want to talk to you.

Call me. Hey, come on.

Hey, you wanna give me a heart attack or what?

God! Jesus, Martin! What do you want?

Well, I just wanted to tell you that I had a nice talk with Patti. She's okay.

I know.

How are you?

I got laid last night.

Remember Billy Higgins? Uh-uh.

Yeah, you do. He's that big, tall, blond guy, worked for merrill lynch.

Tennis player. About my age. Right, right. Yeah.

He had a heart attack last week. He dropped dead.

That's too bad.

You look good.

Would you try to have a linear conversation, Martin?

Look, wait a minute. I just want us to be friends.

I mean, if not for my sake, then for Patti's.

Li don't wanna be your friend. What the hell do you want me to do?

Just leave me alone.

Well, Billy was supposed to go out to la. Now they want me to take his spot.

Take it.

It means I'd have to move out there. Good.

If I do go out...

Can Patti come out and spend some time with me?

You'll have to ask Patti.


Herbert, what do you think, hmm? Looks a little high on the right to me.

High on the right. Hmm.

What do you think?

I think the whole thing is too high.

I like it where it is.

If you liked it where it is, then why did you ask me?

Why don't we talk about it over lunch?

Where would you like to go for dinner? Hmm?

I can't, Saul. My daughter's coming home from school. We're eating at home.

Give her a call. Tell her to join us. No!

Well, she doesn't have to know I'm your lover.

You're not my lover.

Well, uh - you know what I mean.

I'm not very good at hiding my feelings, Saul.

What are your feelings?

Well, I - I just slept with a man that I barely know.

I mean, casual sex is not my - No, no.

I don't - - no, it's not -

I don't sleep with every woman I meet.

I'm experimenting. I'm - well, I know it sounds a little cold.

That's the way it is these days. I -

I just wanna see how it feels to make love to someone that I'm not in love with.

How does it feel?

Sort of empty.

Well, at least you're honest.

The sex was very good. You're a very nice man.

You have a bizarre way of handing out a compliment.

It's the best I can do.

Why did you flirt with me at the gallery, hmm?

I think it was mutual.

Ah, silly games we play.

There's no need for them, you know.

Do you want to know how I really feel? Yes, I do.

As soon as the sex was over, I wanted to leave.

That's very hostile.

I don't feel hostile. I like you.

Perhaps you'd better go home. I'm getting a very big headache.

My husband used to get headaches whenever I didn't want to have sex.

Poor bugger must have had migraines.

You got a coat? Yeah.


I'll see you later.

Behave yourselves, ladies. Oh, yeah?

We'll try. I'm always good.

Just show me the bar.

Ah. That did it.

I've gotta go home. I'm stoned.

Hello, Erica. Hi, Edward.

Nice to see you.

These are my friends. This is Elaine Liebowitz.

How do you do? Edward Thoreau.

And sue Miller. How do you do?

And Jeannette lewin. Nice to meet you.

Hi, Erica. Can I take your coats?

You look wonderful. Thanks.

I'm Jean starret. Erica has told me about your club.

This is Jeannette and Elaine and sue.

Hmm-hmm. “What club?

Do you know about consciousness raising?

Not really. Neither do we.

We just kind of get together once a week and complain a lot.

That's very American.

Aren't you an American? I'm from Cleveland but try to forget it.

I was hoping you'd show up. How's your headache?

I had it ever since you left.

How's the party?

Usual.

Well, whenever you put about 50 artists together in one room, you get a really pleasant combination of gossip, paranoia, envy, fear, trembling, hatred, lust and pretense.

It's, uh, wonderful.

Tell me some good gossip. Good gossip, eh? Hmm.

Oh. Here. You see the short, wiry fellow in the corner?

The one with his arm around lady MacBeth?

Well, his name is Conrad zweiback. He's Hungarian.

Very intense, very ambitious.

Can't paint for shit. 'Who's the woman?

Oh, she's the wife of Henry gebhart, the critic.

Oh, I've never met him. Oh, he's a spider.

Sets traps for young artists, using his wife as bait.

Is he gay? No. Not at all. That would make sense.

No, it appears he likes to watch his wife make love to other men.

Now, if the other man is pleasing to lady MacBeth, he becomes the new discovery of gebhart.

How do you know all this? I was discovered by Henry gebhart.

I'm kidding.

No, but it's true. The story's true.

You're very beautiful tonight. You look very good yourself.

Shall we dance?

You're full of surprises.

Remember, we don't really know each other.

Tanya! Erica.

How great to see you here. God, what are you doing here?

I'm an old friend of Jean starret's. “Ah and I'd like to have you meet my friend, Sophie windman.

Hello. Erica Benton.

Uh, this is Saul kaplan. Tanya berkel. Hi, Saul.

Hi. Hi. Nice to meet you.

And we're looking around for Jean, so we'll go along. Ll think she's back there.

Okay, but I see something to eat in there, so we'll go in there.

Okay. See you later. Have fun.

Who was that woman?

That was no woman. That was my therapist.

Having a good time? Yeah. You?

Hey, what do you say, baby? Charlie! God.

You know each other? Yeah.

Charlie tells me he's a great artist.

Uh, this is Elaine, and this is Jeannette.

Hello. This is Charlie.

Hello. This is Saul kaplan.

Saul kaplan? 7he Saul kaplan?

Oh, let me get over there.

Hey, this is a real honor. I mean, really.

Hey, I bow at your feet, man.

This guy's a real fucking artist. Huh.

Thank you. You may rise.

Thank you. You're drunk, Charlie.

Yes, and stoned.

Great combo.

Is he dangerous?

Okay, ask her if I'm good, baby.

Shut up, Charlie. Jesus! Oh, we really got it on one night.

I mean, dynamite.

And she slams the door in my face. I mean, what did I do to deserve such a fate?

I balled my ass off; The lady won't see me again.

It's getting to be a '60's party.

What, is it raining? What happened? What happened?

Why don't you go home, Charlie? Why don't you fuck off!

I'll wipe that floor with you. Up yours!

Come on. Let's leave. No, no. No. He leaves. We stay.

Oh, I get it. You're ballin' her too.

You fucked-up pile of shit.


I thought you were gonna kill him.

No, I wouldn't give the bastard the satisfaction.

If he made the front page of the daily news, he'd end up famous.

His work is good, actually. I was surprised.

Well, you can be a bastard and have talent.

Where'd you see his work, eh?

His place. You disappointed in me?

I don't know you well enough to be disappointed in you.

But if you ever do it again, I'll kill you.

Strange man.

No, I'm a very simple man. Really. Got very simple tastes.

I like titian, Rembrandt, botticelli, Kojak, camembert cheese.

Expensive shoes. I have bad feet.

London, Vermont, New York, about half the time.

And being madly in love.

And I've been without that for a long time now.

What's so funny, eh? What the hell are you laughing at, eh?

I bare my soul, and you laugh at me.

'What is it? - you stepped in dog shit!

I think this is poodle shit.

Yeah, after a while, you can tell one kind from another.

I can even tell the difference between an east side dog, an uptown dog and a village dog.

Now, east side dogs shit only the best, and village dogs shit art.

In London, they don't shit at all. I don't think they're allowed to.

You know, in London, I think they have an underground passage where all the dogs shit.

I was born in London, you know.

My father had a shop, near stepney green.

That's the lower east side of London.

One day when I was about six, my parents had a row, you know.

My mother, she threw a pickled herring at my dad, and, uh, it missed.

Splattered all against the wall.

I took one look at the pickled herring, and...

That's when I decided to become an abstract expressionist.


Your work does remind me of pickled herring.

Mmm.

Hey...

I want to know about that man you lived with, you know.

Were you passionate with each other?

You mean sexually? I mean in every way.

Well, we were married for a very long time.

I was married for nine years. Really?

Eight of those years were very passionate.

Well, "passion" is a mild word for it, really.

It's - well, it was more like war.

How did your marriage end? Not with a whimper, but with a bang.

Matilda, her name is Matilda.

She wrote poetry for her soul, and she swam a hundred laps a day for her body.

Now this was after we had the two children.

Boys? My son is 12. My daughter is 9.

Well, one day I came home, and I, uh -

I found her in bed, with a high diver from the local pool.

Oh, god. I wanted to kill the poor sap, but something kept me from it. “What?

He was about seven feet tall.

Oh, you know something? I...

I wasn't angry.

I felt relief, really.

I was glad it was over. For both of us.

Well, I wasn't a very good husband.

My work means everything to me.

I don't think I believe that.

Don't you miss your children?

I love them. Sometimes I miss them. Mmm.

But I see them every summer. We have a place up in Vermont. You'll like it.

You seem to have my life worked out for me.

For us. I want you.

You know that? Yes, I'm getting the message.

Do you want me? My head tells me to slow down.

But I don't think my pulse is normal.

You know, there are three things that we could do right now.

You could call a taxi and go home.

Or we could go on walking, and, uh, I could lecture you on the real dilemma of modern art.

Or we could go to my place, and we could thoroughly enjoy each other.


J if we drift apart j j; Then ll be lost alone I j though you use my heart j j just for a stepping-stone j j; How can I help dreaming of you j j / love you, I'm yours & j how happy I would be to beg or borrow j j for sorrow with you & j even though I knew j j; Tomorrow j j you'd say we were through & j if we drift apart & then ll be lost alone & j though you use my heart just for a stepping-stone & j; How can I help dreaming of you? & j [love you j j I'm yours j


You want hot sauce on your eggs?

Please.

Grated cheese? Everything.

I feel great. I feel happy.

I don't know what's going on. This is craziness.

I don't understand anything anymore.

I feel... I like to do things, you know.

I want to travel. “We'll travel.

I want to see Greece. I want to see persia.

I'd like to go to Tibet.

I'd like to open up a little restaurant.

Nothing fancy. Just a little something where I sing, you know, under a spotlight.

You ever thought about skateboarding?

I do want to go to India!

India I can do without.

Why?

I like a nice bathroom.

I may go back to school.

I may go back to school.

What's wrong with the gallery?

Oh, I need more money. I don't want to depend on Martin forever.

Also, I could use a real challenge in my work.

Live with me. That'd be a real challenge.

I could use a challenge in my work.

Living with me is work.

Hey, this is really delicious.

I'm serious.

So am I.

Mmm!

Does it still feel empty? No, but it tastes like hot sauce.

Why do you only have one child?

Do you want to have a child? No, no, no, no.

Well... I had two miscarriages after Patti.

I quit trying. Why?

Because... I want to know everything that there is to know about you.

Paint! Paint?

Paint. Please, paint.

Ah!

You are the most delicious woman I've ever met!

I have to go.

There's something so damn victorian about you!

Will you ever, ever spend the whole day, followed by the whole night, with me in this room? I don't know!

Aaah!

Look, I'll come over to your place if it's any easier.

There's just something so nice about sleeping and waking up with a person that you like.

You really know how to rush a girl, don't you?

Erica, underneath this haunted, driven shell of a man, there lives a warm homebody who likes to watch TV and chew cashews, while the woman he loves is finishing a good novel.

Sounds like my marriage.

I want to meet your daughter.

Now? “Whenever.

Come to dinner tomorrow night.

Don't know the address.


I like your style.


A girl in my school got an abortion last week.

How old is she? Sixteen.

It's not that unusual. Do I know her?

Mm-mm.

Cost 200 bucks. She said it was awful too.

The doctor kissed her on the mouth, right after the abortion.

God! Two hundred bucks.

What about her parents? Do they know? No way.

Well, who paid for it? We all chipped in.

What about the boy? She was too embarrassed to ask him.

That stinks.

Here comes Casanova. Oh, I'm warning you.

I'm warning you. Shake it.

Hello. Hi.

All right? Thank you. Yeah. Come in.

This is Patti Benton. Saul kaplan.

Hello. Hi.

I saw one of your paintings in the museum of modern art.

Oh? Did you like it?

Didn't understand it.

Hmm. Well, I'm gonna like you. Never lies.

How old are you?

Forty-two. You don't look it.

Ah... you look older.

Patti...

How old do I look?

I already know. You're 15.

Mmm. Do I look it?

You look much older.

Good.

Can I have some? With dinner.

Give her half a glass. Cut it with water.

Yeah, that's what the French do. “We're not French.

Booze is worse than grass.

I smoke grass once in a while.

So do I. Got any?

Now, don't be precocious, Patti.

I'm not being precocious. I'm just a normal 15-year-old girl.

Actually, I'm not normal. I'm still a virgin.

Patti, come into the kitchen with me.

Excuse us.

You're being very rude. I guess I'm just nervous.

It's the first time you've brought a man home.

Do you like him? It's too early to tell. He's cute.

This is - this is really delicious.

Your mother's a very good cook.

How can you tell from one dish?

She made eggs for me the other night.

Mmm. With hot sauce and grated cheese? That's right.

Mmm. She really likes you then.

I don't think I'm having fun at this party.

I am. Relax.

I know that you and Saul are lovers.

It's not funny.

What's the matter? You always told me to tell the truth.

It's obvious that you invited Saul here to prepare me.

Prepare you for what?

Um, look, I'm the one who asked to come here.

I wanted to meet you.

I have a father.

I don't want to be your father. I'm not marrying Saul. I - marry him! I don't care. He's my friend.

So, marry him. It doesn't matter to me.

Nobody's asking you to stop loving your father.

Well, you know, it would be easier if daddy could see me here sometimes.

Okay.

Sorry.

I behaved like a 15-year-old.

I do it all the time.

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j; Maybe I'm amazed at the way you're with me all the time &

I maybe I'm afraid of the way I need you & j; Maybe I'm amazed at the way you help me sing my song j j you right me when I'm wrong & j; Maybe I'm amazed at the way I really need you j

I maybe I'm a man maybe I'm a lonely man & j who's in the middle of something that he doesn't really understand &

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Good morning.

Hi. How come you're not jogging? I had an early appointment with this guy.

Aaah. What's, uh - what's up?

Well, I've decided that you can come to the apartment, you know, to see Patti whenever you want.

Oh, good. I'm glad. Just call first.

Sure. Oh, I meant to tell you. I'm not going to California now.

Why? Oh, lot of things. Mostly, no money.

Well, you know, I've, uh - I've stopped seeing my therapist, and, uh, well, I'm looking around for a better job, so, the money thing will be a lot easier for you.

We could make it real easy if you want to.

What do you mean?

I broke up with marcia.

I'm surprised.

Yeah, I am too, kind of - well, truth of it is she left me.

I don't know. I mean, the minute I moved in there, we stopped having fun.

It's craziness.

I'm sorry.

Are you really?

Yeah, I'm sorry for you.

I want to come back. No.

Will you think about it?

No, Martin.

I mean - I was thinking you could think of me as this guy who was sick for a long time, you know, and then recovered.

Think you could do that?

It doesn't work that way, you know?

Yeah. Patti said you have a boyfriend.

Yeah. We're going steady.

Well, I'll call you.

Yes. Bye.

Bye, Martin.

Patti's gonna have to spend more time alone.

Oh, she can cope with that. Yeah.

I don't know. I worry about her.

I have to. I have to.

You don't have to. I do.

I have enough money for both of us.

I don't want your money, Saul.

Look, I'd take your money, if I needed it, and if you had it.

What about you? You're an artist.

Oh, yes.

What's Patti doing this summer? Oh, she wants to go to summer school.

Well, you know what would be nice? What would be very nice indeed, would be if - both of you came up to Vermont, for the whole of the summer.

I can't leave the gallery.

I can't.

He'd let you go for the summer.

Well, maybe for a week, but not for the whole summer.

Very beautiful. Oh.

Want one?

Yes, sir.

Oh, um, one lemon, please. Two.

I'm sorry. No lemon. Vanilla. Oh.

Okay. That's all right. Fine. Good.

Your children will be there, won't they? Yes, they certainly will.

Yes. Well, we'd have a lot of fun.

Madame. Fine.

I can't.

You keep saying you can't.

How much are these, please? Twenty cents each, please.

Twenty cents each. "I can't.” Thank you very much, sir. Well, I can't.

Okay.

What am I gonna do up there?

Watch you paint? Go fishing? Go swimming? Well, it sounds nice, doesn't it?

Ah... yeah.

I'll come up for a couple of weekends.

Life is very complicated.

I've been on vacation for 16 years.

Oh, look, listen. I-l know you want to get out on your own.

I approve. I wouldn't try to stop you. What do you mean, you approve?

What? I don't understand that word.

Why are you saying you approve? Oh, look.

I'm not doing this for your approval. No, no, listen.

Let me finish. Please. No, that's not what I have on my mind.

I hate that. Yes. All I meant was that if - well, spending a few weeks with someone you like, that's not out of line.

How do you know? How can you say that?

How do you know what I need, what I want to do for myself?

I think we need a marriage counselor.

Why don't you come back here every weekend?

Because if I stop painting for a few days, I may stop painting altogether.

Do you really believe that? Absolutely.

Men.

Women.


You know what I did yesterday?

I threw out a whole new jar of BlackBerry jam.

Martin loved BlackBerry jam. Ugh.

I think the problem was that I didn't do things as myself, you know.

I did things as this -

Martin and Erica, Martin and Erica. It wasn't his fault. I - I liked it.

Saul and Erica will be different from Martin and Erica.

You want to see other women? I want you.

You're free to. I don't want to.

Then don't.

Do you want to see other men?

Not today.

I'm getting a headache.

I have to go back to work.

So dol.

Would you rather go back to bed? Mm-hmm.

Yes?


This thing needs oil.

See, I want to put those pillows, you know, from the sofa around there.

Mm-hmm. Carpet.

Has a lot of outlets. Yeah, a lot of outlets.

Ta-da! Another fireplace?

It's nice, isn't it?

I can afford it. Then take it.

I don't know what to do with Saul, you know.

He wants me to go to Vermont. He goes there for five months!

Then don't take it. You're a lot of help.

Why don't I go to Vermont?

You stay here, work your ass off, and be sensible.

I'll go pick berries and dance in the woods with Saul.

It's confusing, Elaine.

You know, since I started taking lithium, I feel more sensible than this month's good housekeeping.

No more black, moody lows. But I sure as hell miss my highs.

You want my advice? Yeah.

Do you know how rare a man like Saul is? You know how many jerks are out there?

He's smart. He's funny.

Is he a good lover? Eh.

Start packing, honey.

I finally settled down.

I gotta tell you this.

Oh, it's crazy. It's okay. It's really okay.

You're looking very beautiful.

You're traveling awfully light.


How do you pack pickled herring?

I'll definitely come up for holidays.

You know what it's like up there in the woods all alone?

Paint. Hmm.

Perhaps I'll find some nice, warm moose to keep me company.

Am I only a sexual object to you?

No.

No, you're a bright, willful, curious woman...

Who is also a sexual object.

I hope it's the hottest, muggiest, most miserable summer on record.

You're so damn stubborn. I'm not. I'm really not.

Come with me, for chrissake!

I can't.

Independent. Trying to be.

Woman. Yeah.

Vicious. No.

Honest.

You're driving me crazy.


Okay, Mario, I've got it!

Will you hold this a minute? Yeah.

Have you got it? I got it.

Bye. “What about this?

Oh, that's for you.

How the hell am I gonna get it home?

Take a taxi.