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Eric places his arm on his girlfriend’s shoulder, breaking their moment and she turns to him.
Eric – Honey, remind me to take you with me the next time I decide to buy more art at Bette’s gallery.
The gallery owner smiles with grace.
Bette – You are a smart man, Eric. And a lucky one.
He looks at Tina with affection and they exchange a smile.
Eric – I know! (pause) Well, will you excuse us? Tina and I will mingle a little … right, honey?
Tina – Sure!
The lawyer leads the blonde away. As she leaves, she gives a quick glance in the brunette’s direction.
Bette and David watch them walk away toward the bar.
David – She is a fine piece of art, Bette … but she is taken.
Bette turns to him and back to the blonde, gazing at her wistfully.
Bette – She is. (pause) More than fine …
David Ross’ mansion, night: Eric and Tina stop at the bar.
Bartender – Good evening! May I help you?
Eric turns to the blonde.
Eric – Do you want another drink?
Tina – Yeah …
She sighs and turns to the bartender.
Tina – A Manhattan, please.
Eric – Make it two!
He turns to her.
Eric – You seemed so uncomfortable that I decided to rescue you.
Tina – Well, I don’t like being the joke of the party.
Eric – Sorry, honey. This is not how I saw it. David gave you an amazing compliment. It was actually a mockery on him.
She raises her eyebrows inquisitively.
Eric – Come on … Bette Porter? Even if she were straight, he wouldn’t have a chance!
Tina – Why?
Eric – Are you blind?! The woman is gorgeous! She could have any man she wanted!
She squints her eyes and he smiles apologetically.
Eric – Except me, of course! I have the most beautiful woman!
The bartender places their drinks on the counter and he takes a sip of his.
She gazes at Bette across the room and takes a gulp of hers.
Tina – Do you think that she has every woman that she wants?
Eric – I have no doubts! Except for the straight ones, of course. (pause) Although … I thought she was enjoying that joke a little too much.