And now for something completely different: A script idea I wrote after a philosophical dilemma I encountered not so different from that described herein. The style is unashamedly Sorkinese-American, aka The West Wing. Nothing new here, but a bit of fun. May this Yuletide be full of warm atmospheres for you. Merry Christmas.
INT. OFFICE - HALLWAY - DAYTIME Peter is just rounding up a conversation on his mobile, starting to walk down the hallway. Carrie joins him from the first set of desks. PETER Alright I’ll see you tonight Mom. Love you too. (Hangs up.) Hey. CARRIE Hey. How is she? PETER Better. I’m taking her out tonight. CARRIE Aww that’s sweet. Where? PETER The Old Duke. CARRIE What’s it like? PETER I told her it has a “warm atmosphere”. CARRIE Sounds nice. PETER Well, it will be, if it does. They round a corner. CARRIE You’ve never been? PETER Bobby just recommended it to me. Said they do great all- American cuisine. CARRIE And it has a warm atmosphere? PETER I can’t be sure. CARRIE Darn. PETER Do you think I should call and check? CARRIE I think maybe you should. PETER Yeah. CARRIE They might be one of these cold-shoulder type places. PETER I can’t help but wonder. CARRIE Perhaps they can arrange a special something just for you. PETER A bit of firewood. CARRIE Jazz trio. PETER A few low-lit lamps. CARRIE Your Mom will be impressed. PETER Do you think you can quantifiably define “warm atmosphere”? CARRIE She’ll say, “Peter, you were right about one thing: this place has a really warm atmosphere.” OLIVER enters from a side room carrying a pile of briefs. OLIVER What does? CARRIE The Old Duke. OLIVER Really? PETER You’ve heard otherwise? OLIVER No. I was just wondering how you define a “warm atmosphere”? PETER Exactly. CARRIE Surely most restaurants would fulfill the criterion of having a “warm atmosphere”. OLIVER I’ll say. CARRIE Take her there, find out, if she says it was all cold and icy, get your money back. PETER You’re right. VICTOR (OS) (Yelling) Where's that piece on the new appointment?! OLIVER (From the side of his mouth to Peter and Carrie) Too bad you can’t get it back here.