One: Felicia hears from Mac that Kevin and Lucy are going away,
she wonders if it is for a ski holiday, "Ahh, what I wouldn't
give to cozy up in front of a fire at a fabulous lodge with
someone!" Mac tells her she is needed there. She tells
him that she is honored. However, she is not so much honored
when she learns that Mac is going away with Katherine, and that
she has to stay and hold down the fort. She agrees to help,
but she has to to turn down all those suitors she has been beating
with a stick. He knows her turn will come, he will "return
the favor." He says call only under the biggest emergency.
Bitterly, "Sure I'll handle all the minor crisises with
the usual intelligence, wit and charm," flashing a false
smile. As Mac leaves he runs into Tom.
(Pointing to Mac) What's He so happy about?
A week in paradise with the woman that he adores.
(With a touch of bitterness) And I get to stay here and tend the
(Noting her bitter tone) And we are somewhat resentful, are
I am! It's hard being alone in the world,
especially around the holidays."
Tell me about it!"
Two: A little later Tom is at the bar, Felicia brings him some
coffee. They are talking about Tommy.
Well.... we're in what I like to refer to as a rough patch.
He's a little kid. Can't take a little kid (making a twisting
motion) twisted his whole world off center and not expect him
(Making a face) Is he acting up?
Justus is baring the brunt of it, mostly. I suspect
that he is actually angry with me. But he is afraid to say anything
because if he says something he might drive me back (gesturing
with his hand) to Rwanda, or off the deep-end.... which is probably
the two reasons he is mad at me to begin with.
mean, because you were gone?
Because I was gone. Because I came back. Because I gave his mother
a reason to divorce me.
poor Tommy.... Poor Justus.
Well, I'm sure soon as the wedding is over and Justus becomes
a permanent fixture in his life, Tommy will settle in.
suppose that he could be testing Justus to see if he'll go away
(Impressed) Very good! Felicia, I think you missed your
Well, I'm a mother, I know these things (slight giggle).
Week after next.
Anndd, how do I feel about it? I don't think I made in secret
about the fact that I didn't like the idea of losing my family.
But Simone has made her choice, and Justus is a decent enough
fellow.... and I just want the whole wedding (clears his throat)
to go off without a hitch, for Tommy's sake.
a good father Tom.
Coming from a good mother like you that means alot (smiles). Now!
What's this whole thing with Mac and this little rendezvous
he's going off on, do I detect a.... little bit of ah.... jealousy.
And we're acknowledging that maybe the.... the embers are still
burning in that particular fire?
no (making a face, gesturing with her hand "no")! I'm
jealous but not of that! Not of Katherine!
the going away part that gets me. Kevin and Lucy are going
away too. Doesn't it sound nice to go to Paris or Banff, or some
tropical island in the sun?
Yeah, it certainly has a draw all its own.
You know, I'm do right back (looking around) at work right now,
but ah, if you can reserve me a table for tonight, we can explore
maybe I'll be really mischievous and join you for a couple of
Eeeoowww, a woman who dares to live dangerously I like it.
chuckles. Tom gets up to leave.
Alright, tonight! 6ish!
(Snapping his hands together) I'm on!
runs off, picking up his coat, and leaving out the door. Felicia
has a slight smile on her face at the prospect of their "rendezvous"
Three: It is later that evening, Felicia is working the bar
when Tom returns.
Hey good lookin', come by here often?
(Working on preparing a fancy drink) I saved you a table, but
I won't be able to join you for awhile.
I'll just stay right here then, if I won't be in the way.
I'd love it!
(Looking at what Felicia is fixing) What are you making?
(Pouring some mixture into four glass) It's the drink of the night,
I call it the Tropical Treat. It's in honor of those people who
abandoned me and gone on special vacations and left me here in
I haven't abandoned you. Don't I count?
over the bar toward him and grinning) Tom, you count more and
more with each passing day.
(Tilting his head and smiling) Thank you.
seems that this.... (look around the bar) this Tropical Treat
of yours has struck a nerve with the costumers. What's in it?
(Pouring another ingredient into the glass) Well, all kinds of
stuff. It's a work in progress, though; would you like to help
You bet! (Walking around to behind the bar) I like that drink.
Would you like to have one?
Ahhhhh, (Putting his fist to his mouth in contemplation) I would
love to, but to tell you the truth I.... I.... I.... I better
stick with my non-alcoholic Egg Nog, it's more in keeping with
the spirit of the season and.... and in keeping with the promise
I made myself in Philadelphia.
Now what (motioning with his hand) kind of image are we (rubbing
his chin) trying to conjure up here with this.... this drink in
development? This Tropical Treat.
(She stops wiping the bar) Tropical Treat. Well, I was thinking
that maybe Hawai'i. Four star resort in.... Honolulu?
(Frowns) Naw, I've been there. Too touristy. I would suggest something
more along the lines of Lanai.
(Liking the sound of it) "Lanai?" I'm not familiar
with that island.
My point exactly!
(Grabbing a bowl from full of tiny drink umbrellas from under
the bar) And we can do this, (handing it to her) aahhh, beach
(Picking up an umbrella) Ah, that feels like (mispronouncing it)
Lan-ee.... (Correcting herself) Lan-eye (chuckling, and playing
with the umbrella).
The Club Cavort Resort.
(Placing an umbrella in one of the glasses) Uh hmm (looking at
And I'm in the Luau Suite.
(Picking out a bottle and showing it to Felicia) Add this (taps
the label and clears his throat) rum, but the good stuff.
Oh, yeah, (taking the bottle) the good stuff, of course (adding
the rum to the drinks). You know....
(Cont.) ....I was in your suite but I decided I had to move over
because my bathrobe did not match the Jacuzzi.
(Picks up a bowl of pineapples) Hmmm. (Handing her one) Pineapple
(Giggling) Of course.
Sure (plopping them in each glass)!
And a splash of orange juice.
You know, we used to share a balcony.
orange juice) You know, they call it a "lanai."
corrected. A lanai on Lanai.
(Giggles) And, (picks up a bowl of cherries and shows it to him)
(Picking one) I'd love some.
Have you seen the view from our floor?
Oh, it's spectacular. (Gesturing, acting as if they are
standing on the lanai and looking out) Tops of the palm trees
right at eye level.
gets in the act and pretends she is there too.
(Cont.) You look
out there you see Maui in the horizon.
the background sound effects play, the sea and a sea birds can
boats scuttling on waves. And the wind--
Do sail boats scuttle?
I don't know, sounded like a nautical term.
(Cont.) What day is this? What month is this (Claps his hands
Right, do you know what that means?
(Cont.) The whales are about to start appearing.
Humpback whales. See, they come in with their young to have them.
You see (gesturing) they're pods. (Demonstrating with his hand)
Twos and threes lifting their tails out of the water and slapping
them back down surface, teaching the young how to breach.
I love whales.
You can hear. Go under water, snorkeling through the coral and
the tropical fish, (gestures) sounds like they're right up there
next to you....
smiles, she seems caught up in Tom's fantasy.
(Cont.) and those great, big, green sea turtles.
(Looking into Tom's eyes) Sounds like heaven. And the sunsets,
the gold, the orange, and the green. Is there a chill in the air?
Ooh, let us see. (He wets his finger in his mouth and sticks out
to test the imaginary wind) About this time of the year I'd say
leans up against him.
(Cont., making a face) ....maybe just a touch. That's mostly because
skin is all warm and glowing from being in the sun all day.
(Opening his coat) Need this jacket.
his chest) Oh, no, thank you, I have this nice silky wrap, with
lots of flowers (turning around to model the imaginary wrap),
and it's lighter than air.
(Pretending to watch her) And you look lovely in it. Brings out
steel guitar is now heard in the back ground.
(Giggling) Thank you.
Tom: I hear a conch shell
blowing. Ah, I.... (putting his hand to his ear to hear) I....
I think that just.... that's signaling sunset down there on the
beach. And the tiki tiki lamps are all being lit by the native
men, who are (frowns).... wearing next to nothing.
Oh, I hadn't noticed (smiling)....
Felicia: (Cont., turning her
head as if hearing something) Do I hear music?
Tom: Steel guitars.
Felicia: Such a hard name
for such a beautiful instrument.
Tom: Shall we dance (raising
his eye brows gesturing)?
Felicia: (Grinning) I'd love
Felicia places her arm around Tom's
shoulder. Tom place's his arm around her waist. They start to
dance to the imaginary music.
Felicia: And you're a very
good dancer, too.
They continue to dance, smiling and
looking into each other's eyes.
Tom: You're easy to dance
Felicia: Well, thank you.
Just then a waiter comes up.
Waiter: Hey Boss!....
They stop dancing, stunned back into
reality, and turn to look at him.
Waiter: (Cont.) ....How's
it coming with those drinks.
They break apart, Tom embarrassed clears
Felicia: (Throwing up her
hands in a gesture, frustrated) Coming right up!
Tom looks over and looks a little surprised
by what just happened.