THE BALCONY B.C. (Before Cyrus)
transcribed by Langstan Smith
Mellie stands alone on the White House balcony drinking hooch when Fitz steps out of the residence doorway.
Mellie: One of the Valets let me in. I’m not gonna say who, because they have two kids to feed and there aren’t that many Valet jobs as far as I know. I just…wanted one last moment alone with this view. (Mellie takes a huge swig of hooch)
Fitz: I’m sorry. (pause) You’re feeling abandoned.
Mellie: Don’t make me out to be some sad victim.
Fitz: I’m not. You’re feeling abandoned because I abandoned you. I did. I took everything you offered me over the years…your love, your support. I took it all and used it to get here. I used it to become one of 44 men fortunate to lead this country…and I didn’t always say thank you, but deep down I knew how I got here. So, thank you. Because I know and I’m sorry.
(Mellie turns to face Fitz)
Mellie: You think you can just apologize to me after years of treating me like mud…and I’ll just go down there and sell your lie to Noah Baker? (Fitz exhales) I have sacrificed so much for you…so much. What have you ever sacrificed for me Fitz?
(Fitz turns to face Mellie)
Fitz: You are going to be the first woman to lay her hand of a bible in front of the Capitol building…and be sworn in as President of the United States of America. I believe that…as strongly as you ever believed in me. I broke up the team. I couldn’t do it anymore. I don’t have your will. And that must feel like an AWFUL betrayal.
(There is a long silence as Fitz and Mellie stare into one another’s eyes. Mellie sighs and places her hand on Fitz’s chest and the turns to lay her hand upon his)
Mellie: I thought we would grow old together.
Fitz: I know. Me too. (Mellie shakes her head)
(Fitz and Mellie stand alone in a wide shot on the balcony)