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RICK meets CLARE @ Ridge’s

CLARE stops in to see HENRY on college break. RICK still pictures her ponytails n all.   Now not so much.

HENRY

RICK, you remember my cousin CLARE?

RICK

Maybe.

HENRY

She’ll be coming by here later to get a key to the house.

RICK

Why here?

HENRY

I’ll be down the docks, scadge-ing for work.  That’s no place for a college girl like her.

RICK

True. Pearl before swine.

HENRY

Easy, Rick.

(Clare arrives Ridge’s.   Encounters ALICE, asks for RICK.)

ALICE

I’ll go get him.

(Goes to bathroom where RICK is under sink trying to fix plumbing broken pipe.  Cranky. Wet. Dirty.)

Ricky, there’s someone to see you.

RICK

Who?

ALICE

Says her name is CLARE. Charming. Must have the wrong “Rick.”

RICK

Oh that’s Henry’s little-girl cousin here for the key.

Reaches in pocket, gets key, hands it up to ALICE.

Give this to her.

ALICE

She asked for you.

RICK

Uh, can’t you see I’m a little busy.

ALICE

I think you really ought to go out there.

Alice leans over, conspiratorially. You might want to put on a clean shirt, too. RICK dries hands on shirt. Walks out to bar area.

RICK

Here you go, here’s the key Henry left for you.

Rick looks up. Pause, clear RICK is struck

CLARE

Oh, thank you.

Looks around Ridge’s

Is this Henry’s second home I hear about?

RICK

When he’s not pretending to find work down on the docks, he pretends to do work around here.  He’s got no future in Hollywood.

CLARE

I hear you play piano here.

RICK

Oh, no Miss. That’s Sam, though we are often taken one for the other. Say, how long are you in town?

CLARE

Oh, I have an internship with Time Magazine for the whole summer

RICK

Maybe we could go out sometime.  Have you been to Coney Island lately?

CLARE

Never.

Shock, disbelief register on Rick.

RICK

You raised in a barn?

CLARE

No, but not for trying. I grew up in Westchester County. Cows, chickens, goats, more cows. Can’t even spell Coney.

RICK

I knew Henry had some hillbilly in him.

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