Molly and Pete hug, the lights rise on an upscale
cafe scene behind them, where we sees Zeros, dressed
as waiters and hostess setting the table, preparing
for business, etc. Molly and Pete turn and enter the
cafe, and take a seat on the patio overlooking the
street, telling the hostess that Ned, Molly fiancee,
will be joining them shortly.
asks Molly who she was talking to on the corner. "She
was cute," Pete grins.
Pete, she's a crazy anti-nuke activist."
really cute," Pete repeats.
and Pete banter for awhile. When Ned arrives, the
tension between Pete and Ned is palpable. They've
been rivals since they were kids, and Molly's impending
marriage to Ned is only making it worse. When Ned
is called away from the table for a phone call, Pete
vents his frustration about Molly and Ned's marriage
plans and then reveals his big birthday secret for
Molly. He pulls it out an envelope with a flourish
and hands it over: A one-way ticket to Sandbag, Idaho.
Idaho?" says Molly.
I bought ten acres of land there, Mo!" Pete says,
"I took all the money out of my savings. There’s
a big house there and a huge cellar and our own well
and we can stockpile it with food. You gotta come
with me, Molly. It’d be like going back in time,
to someplace safe and quiet. They don’t even
have cable TV out there!"
why?" Molly looks at him mystified.
whispers Pete,' I'ts the one safe place in America"
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looks at him dumbfounded. "You want me to go
there with you?"
you can't marry a nuclear arms entrepreneur! You need
to be safe!"
Ned is MAKING me safe," says Molly.
shakes his head, "Nobody's safe, Molly."
at this moment, who should walk up but Sheila, handing
out leaflets. Sheila sees Molly on the patio and runs
over, as if they're long-lost friends.
chemistry between Sheila and Pete is immediate and
when Sheila invites him to the evening's MXer he immediately
accepts, against Molly's protests. "And if you
want," says Sheila, "You can come to the
big demonstration on Sunday! It'll be on network TV
at an undisclosed location!"
we hear Octavia's voice from offstage and Molly, despite
herself, is spellbound. She stares in horror at her
childhood hero passing out leaflets on the street
like a common ... leafleteer! And when Ned returns
tells him all about the Zeros and Octavia Valentine.
When she mentions Sunday's rally, he grabs her arm.
"But we're unveiling the Midget-Man on Sunday
- at an undisclosed location!" he gasps.
He insists that Molly go to the club that evening
to infiltrate and find out the Zero's plans. [Next