Seneca Tells Jillian He Wants to Be More Than Friends
(Seneca and Jillian are having dinner at a restaurant. They make a toast.)
JILLIAN: To the intelligence and compassion of the medical board at Riverside Hospital, for having the good sense to keep Seneca Beaulac on staff.
SENECA: (laughs) I'll certainly drink to that.
(They clink glasses, and there is a foreboding pause.)
JILLIAN: What is it?
SENECA: I like to look at you, that's all.
SENECA: Sorry about what's going on with Frank and Delia, because I know you really love him, and I don't see any happiness for you in that direction. I want you to think about something.
SENECA: You may find a more suitable and happier alternative with me.
(Jillian clearly doesn't know what to say. In the next scene, they come into her apartment and she turns on the lights.)
JILLIAN: I want to thank you for bringing me home early. It was really a lovely dinner.
SENECA: Well, thank you for helping me celebrate. Staying on at Riverside Hospital means a great deal to me, even if I can't be involved in patient care.
JILLIAN: Well, you'll be the best administrator the department's ever had, and I can't believe that you won't get your license back sooner or later. Is something wrong?
SENECA: (smiles) On the contrary.
SENECA: You have the most incredible face. It shows everything.
JILLIAN: Well I hope not.
SENECA: It's like a clear pond with ripples of emotions constantly moving over it.
JILLIAN: I know that is meant as a compliment, but is there any way I could persuade you to focus a little less attention on me?
SENECA: I don't think so.
JILLIAN: Oh, Seneca! Please, please, I've tried to explain to you the way I feel. You're only gonna be disappointed, and then you'll be hurt, and inevitably you'll be angry. I don't want any of that.
SENECA: Neither do I.
JILLIAN: Well then please - please - ease up now, and let's not ruin a friendship that I genuinely value.
SENECA: Jillian, I'm not gonna let you go.
JILLIAN: (turns away, fuming) Oh, you are the most incredible egotist!
SENECA: I don't think so. And it wasn't all on my side. You and I were very much in tune out at the beach house.
JILLIAN: Yes, for a little while!
SENECA: And I don't think that you're the sort of a person who can turn those feelings on and off. And I don't believe it wasn't as wonderful for you as it was for me.
JILLIAN: (whispers) Seneca...
SENECA: Because I know it was, and I'm not gonna let you turn your back on that now.
JILLIAN: (turning around, incensed) You're not gonna let me? Oh, now, wait a minute, I mean, let's get something clear right now, okay? Just who invited you to come in here and take charge of my life?
SENECA: I didn't need an invitation.
SENECA: You heard me.
JILLIAN: Well, for your information, Seneca, nobody has "let me" do things for years and years!
SENECA: Hmmm...well, maybe that's your problem.
JILLIAN: My problem?
SENECA: Yeah, I mean, if you had someone around who cared enough about you to keep you from straying off the straight and narrow every now and then, you might have avoided a lot of trouble.
JILLIAN: I might have avoided you, if that's what you mean!
SENECA: I am not trouble. See how mixed up you are?
JILLIAN: Seneca, what are you doing?
SENECA: I'm suggesting that you might stop being so stiff-necked and independent and you might start doing things my way. I think you'd like it. (grins)
JILLIAN: Look, I told you that I was willing to be your friend, and you need a friend right now just as much as I do. But that doesn't give you permission to come in here and order me around, comment on my behavior, and pass judgment on whom I see or whom I plan to see! Now is that absolutely clear?
SENECA: Say it again.
JILLIAN: (outraged) What?
SENECA: I think you can put more...feeling into it the next time.
JILLIAN: (gets up, completely furious) Oh! You are the most incredible person I... (stops) Oh boy, you're doing that on purpose, right?
SENECA: (smiling) Well, you've been uptight since dinner. I thought that you might feel better if I let you blow off a little steam.
(They both laugh.)
JILLIAN: As a matter of fact, I do feel better.
SENECA: Good, good, I'm glad.
JILLIAN: Dr. Beaulac and his cure for everything.
SENECA: I hope nobody gets me for practicing medicine without a license.
JILLIAN: Well, I won't say anything - this time.
SENECA: But I still meant what I said about the feelings. Every word.
(He goes to kiss her, but she stops him.)
JILLIAN: Come on, don't do this.
SENECA: Why not?
JILLIAN: Because I'm asking you not to.
SENECA: Well, it seems that there's so much happening between us...
JILLIAN: Yes, and that is purely a physical response. Seneca, please, please leave me alone.
SENECA: (nods) Alright, alright, this time.
JILLIAN: Thank you.
(They go toward the door.)
SENECA: But I want you to remember something: This may be the last time I'm this agreeable.
JILLIAN: (jokingly pushes him out the door) Oh, good night!
(She closes the door, rolls her eyes at his behavior, and then looks somewhat concerned as the scene ends.)
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