SCENE #8 — REVEALING A SECRET
INT LARGE BALLROOM. ENGAGEMENT PARTY FOR GUS AND MEGAN. GUS’S FAMILY IS A BIG ITALIAN FAMILY, LOTS OF FOOD AND WINE. EVERYONE IS TIPSY AND HAVING A GREAT TIME.
GUS: It’s a shame your parents didn’t make their flight.
MEGAN: Yeah, right. (DISTRACTED)
GUS: Megan, is something wrong?
MEGAN: No, nothing.
GUS: Welcome to my big, loud, embarrassing family (chuckling and hugging her).
MEGAN: Yeah, right.
GUS: Would you stop saying, Yeah, right. What is wrong?
GUS: (GUS CLINKS HIS GLASS TO GET EVERYONES ATTENTION)
GUS: Just want to thank everyone for coming. I couldn’t be more over the moon about you welcoming Megan into the family. Sorry you weren’t able to meet Megan’s family! Travelling, isn’t it a pain! (EVERYONE SHOUTS IN AGREEMENT).
MEGAN (LOOKS ON IN DESPAIR)
GUS: (WHISPERING IN HER EAR) …you could be a little happier! What is going on?
MEGAN: There’s something I’ve been meaning to tell you, but just couldn’t find the right time. And I guess it’s now or never. [BEAT] You might not want to marry me after this.
GUS: What? What could be so awful? (REASSURING HER) You know I love you, no matter what.
MEGAN: (SLOWLY CLINKS HER GLASS TO GET EVERYONE’S ATTENTION)
I have something to tell you all. (REACHING INTO HER PURSE SHE PULLS OUT A TEST TUBE)
Meet my father.
(THEN SHE PULLS OUT ANOTHER TEST TUBE)
Meet my mother.
GUS: (SHOCKED) Megan, what is going on!! (YOU COULD HEAR A PIN DROP IN THE ROOM)
MEGAN: (CONTINUING) My best friend growing up, was Pippa, an orangutan.
(EVERYONE IS JUST STARING AT HER, MOUTHS OPEN).
GUS: Have you lost your mind!!!
MEGAN: No Gus, I have not lost my mind. Just my family. You see, I have no parents stuck at the airport. I have no parents, period.
(MOCKINGLY) I am the very first, the original, test tube baby. Made of 100% fabricated DNA. Yep, made in America!!
(THE TENSION IN THE ROOM IS PALPABLE)
(GUS IS JUST STARING AT HER DUMBFOUNDED).
(AFTER THE INITIAL SHOCK, SEEING HOW HURT SHE LOOKS, HE SLOWLY SOFTENS)
GUS; Well…(LOVINGLY) I guess we have something in common…
MEGAN: (SHEEPISHLY) What’s that?
GUS: I was made in America too!
(AT THAT THE WHOLE ROOM BURSTS OUT IN LAUGHTER AND THE PARTY CONTINUES, WITH LOTS OF CHATTER ABOUT WHAT JUST OCCURRED).