February 7 , 2004 FADE IN:

ABOVE A COUPLE

Curled into the classic “spoon” position, deep asleep beneath a pillowy down comforter. We are:

INT . BEDROOM – DAWN

The digital alarm clock next to the bed reads “5:50 a.m. ” The early morning light obscures the man’s features, but this is LEO GOODMAN (33) . The sleeping woman next to him -is ANNA O’CONNOR (22) . We hear a faint BUZZING sound, her eyes POP open.

Anna rolls away, pulling back the covers to reveal a pager attached to her underwear. She rushes to turn it off.

Anna leans over the bed, pulls out a lighted mirror, and quickly applies some non—makeup—looking—makeup. She then gulps a travel—sized bottle of mouth rinse, swishes it around, and realizes she has nowhere to spit.  She frowns and swallows.

She lies back down, checking to see if Leo is still sleeping, and expertly draws a lock of blonde hair across her eyes. Anna is incredibly beautiful, but she leaves nothing to chance.

The true ALARM sounds. Leo rolls over and turns it off, facing Anna, as he watches her “awaken.” He gently brushes her hair out of her eyes. We can see why she bothered; he’s a keeper.

LEO

You always look so beautiful. . . especially in the morning.

Anna expresses her gratitude with a smile. They begin to kiss.

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INT . CHAT MAGAZINE OFFICE – MORNING

Anna RUNS RIGHT BY THE RECEPTIONIST’S DESK. DANA SMALL sits above it all, neat and petite,  up to the nanosecond fashion and hair.

DANA

SHE’S NOT HERE YET

Anna visibly relaxes and walks back. Dana slides a Starbucks coffee across the reception desk.

ANNA

Thank you; did she call?

                   DANA

I told her that you were in the restroom. (examining Anna) Am I having a deja vu?

Anna gives a nod. Dana unbuttons her cardigan, and Anna does as well after a brief moment. They take their sweaters off and EXCHANGE.

ANNA

Saving me from the walk of shame and coffee, too! Oh booba, what would I do without you?

DANA

You’d be a tired, fired, slut.

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ANNA’S DESK – OCEAN OF CUBICLES – DAY

Anna is buried beneath a mountain of paperwork. She takes several calls, types, and then turns around to check on her Director, AUDREY LANFORD, who is now on the phone in her office.

Anna’s desk is directly across from Dana ‘ s . The Phone RINGS.

ANNA (INTO PHONE)

Audrey Lanford’s office.

DANA’S VOICE

So… did he say it?

Anna shifts her gaze to Dana, who is also wearing a headset. If they just raised their voices they could talk normally.

ANNA (INTO PHONE)

No. But he’s giving me a drawer.

DANA (INTO PHONE) Sounds like love to me.

(holding up a list)

Here’s the final list of all the people coming . I got a hold of James Linfield this morning. He sounded cute.

Anna checks him off her list.

DANA (INTO PHONE) (CONT’ D)

ANNA (INTO PHONE)

I haven’t met him. . . 1 haven’t met any of these people.

               DANA

(INTO PHONE)

How did you get their numbers?

ANNA (INTO PHONE)

Work. . . his secretary, his phone book.

DANA (INTO PHONE)

You just randomly went through his phone book?

ANNA (INTO PHONE) Yeah. . . what?

Dana stands up and walks over to Anna.

DANA

What if you invited ex—girlfriends ?

Anna examines the list as if for the very first time.

ANNA

I’d be okay with that, I guess.

DANA

Not you. . . him. Here are all your ex— girlfriends from the past five years !

(beat)

SURPRISE! ! !

ANNA

He hasn’t had any serious relationships here. . . he’s never mentioned anyone.

DANA

He’ s a good—looking, single, straight money maker in Manhattan. Obviously if you ‘ve never heard even a name of an ex, you just haven’t had that talk yet.

Anna suddenly looks worried.

ANNA

When are you supposed to have that talk?

MAN’S VOICE

Never .

Anna casts a glimpse at the cubicle next to hers.

ANNA

Just pretend you can’t hear us.

When the relationship gets serious .

ANNA We ‘re serious.

DANA

But you haven’t said “I love you” or talked about moving in together or marriage

Dana’s speech is cut short by an EXPLOSION OF LOUD CHEERS AND APPLAAUSE. They turn to see

GROUP OF MALE CO-WORKERS “high fivin’ ” each other as a CALVIN KLEIN BILLBOARD goes up across the street . It’ s a panel the size of a football field of a woman’s thigh leading to her Barbie doll waist.

ANNA

I might not know every little detail about Leo’s history, but I do know he is not into pre — pubescent, anorexic, airbrushed, fake fantasy models.

( looking at slobbering men) I am eventually in a relationship where I do not have to be suspicious and upset all the time.

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EXT . THE RUSSIAN TEA ROOM – NIGHT

A cozy table by the window. Leo and Anna lean into one another, talking . A WAITER comes to the table carrying a BIRTHDAY CAKE with a candle. Leo leans across the table and kisses her.

DISSOLVE TO:

INT. OUTSIDE OF LEO’S APARTMENT    HALLWAY – NIGHT

Leo attempts to open thedoor while unbuttoning the 100 little pearl buttons down Anna’s back.

LEO

 I’m not going to get this off of you until midnight

Anna wriggles around to face him.

ANNA

Careful, it’s vintage.

LEO So am I.

ANNA

It’ s early. . . we haven’t really celebrated your birthday, we could go dancing?

LEO

I ‘m just looking forward to being alone with you.

Leo kisses her while pushing open the door. . .

INT. APARTMENT   CONTINUOUS

Flicks on the light

EVERYONE SURPRISE !

Leo grabs Anna as DOZENS of people appear out of nowhere. He quickly checks the room for his FRIENDS and CO-WORKERS. He shakes his head and smiles at Anna.

DISSOLVE TO:

APARTMENT   LIVING ROOM – LATER

Anna and Dana remain out of the way, observing late GUESTS show up. pretty WOMAN after pretty WOMAN stroll through the entryway. Dana bumps Anna as they welcome Leo.

DANA

That was casual. . .

A tall, BLONDE brushes Leo’s cheek with a “hello” , BRUNETTE waits her turn. They hug.

DANA (cont ‘ d)

That was a little warmer than just co— worker, don’t you think?

ANNA

Dana

But you can see that Anna is evaluating each and every woman the same way. She straightens her dress self—consciously.

ANNA (cont ‘d) i better get their coats .

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To be continued…