Karen McCullah Lutz & Kirsten Smith
July 31, 2000
INT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - DAY 1
"HEAD OVER HEELS" by the Go-Go's plays as we wind through a
flock of abstract, silky, golden strands -- PULLING BACK, to
discover that the strands are hair on a BLONDE GIRL's head.
But not just any blonde girl, a girl in Delta Gamma, the
blondest, most beautiful sorority at USC.
We PULL BACK further to see that she's signing a handmade
card. She holds it up ~ OVER HER SHOULDER, we see hearts
and glitter surrounding and "Good Luck Tonight!" and "Elle
and Warner forever!."
She carries the card out of her room and we FOLLOW HER across
the hall, into the room of --
THREE BLONDE CHEERLEADERS, who stop practicing their pom-pom
routine to sign the card. As they finish, we follow the Card
Girl out and into the room of --
A BLONDE GIRL IN A TANK TOP and shorts, working out on a
Stairmaster as "General Hospital" plays on a tiny TV. She
signs the card while continuing to exercise. We move on, to
the room of--
A BLONDE GIRL MAKING OUT WITH HER BOYFRIEND who stops long
enough to sign the card, as her boyfriend nibbles on her
neck. She hands the card back and we head into the room of --
A BLONDE PARTY GIRL who pours a pink frozen margarita into a
glass from the blender, then passes it down to ANOTHER BLONDE
GIRL, assembly-line style. The card goes one way, being
signed, as the drinks go the other.
Once the card arrives back in the Card Girl's hands, we
follow her out of the room and down the hall until she
reaches the very last and biggest door --
She puts a kiss mark on the card, then kneels down and slides
the card under the door.
INT. ELLE'S DELTA GAMMA ROOM - DAY - CONTINUOUS 2
The CARD slides into the pink room, hitting the feet of
UNDERDOG, a tiny chihuahua ~ who picks it up in his mouth
and trots it over to a pair of perfectly pedicured feet in
An equally perfectly manicured hand with a "Sisters Forever"
charm bracelet dangling from the wrist, scoops up Underdog.
As he rises, we RISE WITH HIM, passing toned, waxed, tanned
legs in pink Prada pedal pushers and a pair of perky boobs
encased in a spaghetti-strap top -- until we finally reveal a
magnificent head of long blonde hair and a sweet, beautiful
face. This is ELLE WOODS, 21, the Goddess Queen of Delta
Gamma. She talks on a pink, fuzzy phone.
(into the phone)
I love you, too!
Behind her, a "Go USC" banner is pinned to the pink wall. A
stack of "Cosmopolitan"s and "Glamour"s teeters on the
dresser. The closet overflows with trendy, designer clothes
in a predominance of pink.
(continuing; into phone)
I'll see you tonight.
She hangs up and lets out a squeal of joy, kissing Underdog's
head and taking the card out of his mouth. She reads it,
"Elle and Warner forever". Aww...
3 INT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY - SAME TIME
A Delta Gamma/Sigma Chi barbecue in full swing. Beautiful
college students drink beer and mingle, trying to figure out
who they're going to sleep with next.
The main wall of the living room has been designated as a
"Model Wall" of Delta Gamma girls -- ELLE smiles at us from a
Hawaiian Tropic ad and a Miss June USC calendar photo. A
cover of an Italian Vogue shows a blonde sexpot MARGOT; a USC
cheerleader poster displays a hard-bodied non-blonde SERENA
in a pom-pom pose.
Serena walks up, fending off an admirer.
Jeremy, enough! I am not going to formal
Jeremy slinks off as Margot arrives, agitated.
Can someone please tell Rick that he is
not the only Sigma Chi with a big penis?
You guys are so sweet!
ELLE, a vision of fluffy blondeness, runs down the stairs
toward Serena and Margot, holding the card.
But I ' m not positive it's gonna happen
to n i g h t --
Helloo...he just had lunch with his
grandmother. You know he got "The Rock".
Why else would she have flown in from
Newport? It's not like she'd Fed Ex a
six carat diamond.
I can't believe you're getting engaged!
· . .
The three girls jump up and down, squealing and hugging.
C'mon ·-- you have to help me pick out the
As they head toward the door, Elle spots AMY, a shy girl in a
Delta Gamma Pledge sweatshirt, standing alone.
Amy, what's wrong?
I don't really -- know anyone.
That's because you spend too much time in
the library. Come with me.
(to Serena and Margot)
I'll meet you outside.
As they go, Elle leads Amy over to a group of jovial Sigma
( 2 ) 3
Bra ndon , Jason, Grant --this is Amy.
Why don't you tell her about the time you
guys went golfing naked?
Elle winks at Amy and.heads off as the guys launch into their
It was classic. Jason hit with wood all
And we never ran out of balls --
INT. SUNSET PLAZA BOUTIQUE - DAY
Serena and Margot watch as Elle stands in front of a mirror,
trying on a Herve Leger white mini-dress. Sexy and ultra-
I think you should go with red. It's the
color of confidence.
Well, I don't want to look like I know
what's coming. . .
I don't understand why you're completely
disregarding your signature color.
She holds up a tiny pink slipdress.
He's proposing! I can't look like I
would on any date. This is the date. The
night I'll always remember. I want to
look special. Bridal . . . but not like I
ACROSS THE STORE
A SALESWOMAN looks at her cohort.
There ' s nothing I love more than a dumb
blonde with daddy's plastic.
She grabs a dress off the Clearance Sale rack, ripping off
the "HALF PRICE" TAG.
ON ELLE AND THE GIRLS
I can't wait to see you wearing The Rock!
Elle looks at them, suddenly concerned.
Wh at if -- you know -- it's not the
Why else would he be taking you to The
Ivy? You've been dating for a year --
it's not like he's trying to impress you.
Elle, you've heard the man pass gas in
his sleep. That practically means you're
The Saleswoman approaches with the dress, kiss-assy smile on
Did you see this one? We just got it in
Elle fingers the dress, then the new price tag, looking back
at the saleswoman, excited.
Is this a low-viscosity rayon?
Uh, yes -- of course.
With half-loop top-stitching on the hem?
(smiling a lie)
Absolutely. It's one of a kind.
CO NT I NU E D: ( 2 ) . · 4
^ Elle hands the dress back to her, no longer pretending to be
It's impossible to use a half-loop
topstitch on low-viscosity rayon. It
would snag the fabric. And you didn't
just get this in, because I remember it
from the June Vogue a year ago, so if
you're trying to sell it to me at full
price, you picked the wrong girl.
The saleswoman slinks off, embarrassed.
(to the saleswoman)
Elle shakes her head and turns back to the girls as she slips
on her Manolo Blahnik sandals, doing one last mirror check,
smoothing down her golden mane.
Girls, this is it. In a few hours, I'll
be the future Mrs. Warner Huntington III.
5 EXT, DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - NIGHT
An attractive male finger presses the doorbell.
6 INT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - FOYER - NIGHT - SAME TIME
Amy peeks through the peephole and turns.
Elle, standing nearby with Margot and Serena and several
other DG's, smooths down her dress and takes a deep breath,
o pening the door to find --
WARNER HUNTINGTON, III, 21, tall, chiseled and outrageously
handsome. He takes her in, a smile spreading across his
So are you!
She looks up at him, blushing and completely smitten. They
kiss. After a moment,-Warner extracts himself.
Her face is awash with devotion.
I am so ready.
7 EXT. THE IVY - NIGHT
Warner and Elle are seated at a cozy table on the patio.
Elle takes a sip from her freshly poured champagne flute.
Nervous and excited.
Here' s to ~ us.
Warner is slower to sip his.
The reason I wanted to come here tonight
was to discuss our future.
Elle is on the edge of her seat.
I ' m fully amenable to that discussion.
I mean, we're having a lot of fun now --
but things are gonna be different when
I ' m at Harvard Law school is a completely
different world. I need to be serious.
My family expects a lot from me. And I
expect a lot from me. I .plan on running
for office some day.
And I fully support that.
WA R N ER
But the thing is, if I ' m gonna be a
senator by the time I ' m thirty -- I can't
keep dicking around.
I completely agree.
T hat 's why I think it's time for us to--
Elle takes a deep breath, filled with anticipation.
( ot n ig . . · > . ' .
c n iu n )
I think we should break up.
Elle's champagne glass drops from her hand and CRASHES onto
Elle starts to flush, completely caught off guard.
I ' m sorry, Elle, I just --
You're breaking up with me?!
I thought you were proposing.
Proposing?! Elle, If I ' m going to be a
politician, I need to marry a Jackie, not
a -- Marilyn.
You're breaking up with me because I ' m
too -- blonde?
T hat' s not entirely --
Then what? My boobs are too big?
Elle -- no --· your boobs are fine --
Her tears start.
(CON TINUED )
So when you said you'd always love me,
you were just "dicking around"?
Warner looks around the restaurant nervously.
I do love you, Elle. I just can't marry you.
You have no idea the pressure I ' m under. My
family has five generations of senators. My
brother is in the top three at Yale Law. He ·
just got engaged to a Vanderbilt, for crissakes.
Elle stares at him aghast, tears streaming down her face,
then pushes her chair away from the table and walks out.
It's not like I have a choice, sweetheart
He follows her out.
8 EXT.' STREET - NIGHT 8
Elle teeters down the sidewalk as best she can in her three
inch heels, sobbing. Warner pulls up alongside her in his
C'mon. Let me take you home.
Elle -- it's twenty miles back to campus.
Elle stops, thinks a minute, then gets in, still crying.
Catching her poofy little purse in the door. She re-opens
i t, yanking the purse back in. Warner pulls out.
9 EXT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - USC - NIGHT 9
Warner pulls up in front. It's a starry, romantic night.
Everything should be perfect. It's not.
Elle sits, still in shock, as tears continue to eke out.
Elle, believe me, I never expected to be
doing this, but I think it's the right
thing to do.
How can it be the right thing if we're
I have to think about my future. And what
people expect from me.
So you're breaking up with me because
you're afraid your family won't like me?
(through her tears)
Everybody likes me!
East coast people are different.
Just because I ' m not a Vanderbilt, all of
a sudden I ' m white trash? I grew up in
Bel Air, Warner! Across the street from
Aaron Spelling! I think most people
would agree that's way better than a
Vanderb ilt --
I told you, Elle. I need someone --
I ' m seriously in love with you -- Isn't
that enough? He looks away.
I ' m sorry.
She gets out of the car and drags herself up the stairs to
her sorority house. When she's at the top, she turns back to
look at him. His perfect cheekbones highlighted by the
He meets her eyes, pained, but determined. Then pulls away,
leaving her there.
10 INT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - USC - NIGHT 10
Elle walks down the pink and green carpeted hall, dazed and
Margot and Serena emerge from the bathroom, post-shower.
Getting ready for a night out.
Why are you back so soon?
Serena sees Elle's bare hand.
Did he forget the ring?
Elle silently walks into her room. Serena and Margot follow,
11 INT. ELLE'S DELTA GAMMA ROOM - NIGHT - CONTINUOUS 11
Elle slumps down in an inflatable chair, hugging her knees
and cowering in a wretched little ball. Underdog stares at
Serena and Margot stand in the door.
Where's the Rock?
We're not engaged. It's over!
SERENA AND MARGOT
He broke up with me!
Serena and Margot gasp in horror, rushing to her side.
Is it a Kappa?
It's not a Theta --
No -- it's just -- not me.
I ' m canceling the mixer. We'll blacklist
Thank you, Serena, but I don't think
it'll do any good.
Elle starts to lose it again.
I don't know! Everything was normal at
first and then he said he needed someone
mo r e --
S e r i o u s ? ! Who the hell does he think he
i s ? Y o u ' r e the most popu l a r month on the
U S C calendar!
S h e points to Elle's "Miss June" page, hanging on the wall.
SER EN A
O h , he is so over on this campus.
I just don ' t underst a n d what went wrong --
MA RG OT
Maybe it's the grandmother. Have you
e v e r me t he r ?
E l l e wipes her face.
Last month on his birthday. And she
liked me! She said I looked like Britney
Spears. Why would you say that to
someone you didn't like?
They shrug, mystified.
How could this happen?
I don't know! I don't know anything any
(wiping a tear)
I just need to be by myself.
Are you sure?
Elle nods. The girls rise, hugging her.
11 (2) 11
We still love you. Sisters forever!
Thank you. I love you, too.
As they go, Margot looks at Serena.
Oh, God. What if Josh doesn't think I ' m
serious enough? .
Helloo... you let him have anal sex with
Helloo... you let him videotape you
diddling yourself. ·
You're right. Phew!
As the girls go, they shut the door behind them.
Elle gets up and grabs a FRAMED PHOTO of Warner, then lies
down on her bed, clutching it to her heart. Underdog leaps
up and gives her little doggy kisses.
12 EXT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - DAY 12
The sun rises on a sad day. "HOPELESSLY DEVOTED" by Olivia ·
Newton-John plays. .
13 INT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - HALLWAY - DAY 13
Amy knocks on Elle's door.
ANOTHER SISTER passes.
ANOTHER SISTER ·
Didn't you hear?
She leads a reluctant Amy down the hall.
14 INT. ELLE'S DELTA GAMMA ROOM - DAY 14
Spread out on the bed are PICTURES of Elle and Warner: The
Sigma Chi formal; their Homecoming Queen and King "wave";
a 60's party; Mardi Gras night; beach weekend at Coronado.
Next to the pictures are thirty dried Ecuardorian long-
stemmed pink roses, remnants of their one year anniversary.
In the center sits Elle, wearing Warner's old oversized Sigma
Chi t-shirt, clutching a Gund teddybear. Depressed and
looking like hell, she speaks to an unseen confidante.
I just love him so much! I loved him the
first moment I saw him. He's beautiful
and smart and someone I totally respect.
And I did everything I could to make him
love me, but it wasn't enough. Now what
am I supposed to do? I planned my whole
future around him. My life was going to
be all about Warner. Now what's it going
to be about?
She looks up -- waiting. Staring back at her is Underdog --
who sadly has no answers for her.
15 INT. ELLE'S DELTA GAMMA ROOM - DAY 15
Elle remains in bed, Underdog now clutched to her chest,
soaps on the TV.
TV SOAP STUD
"Oh, darling. I'll love you forever."
Serena and Margot enter, bearing Jamba Juice.
Honey, stop! You have to leave this room
-- it's been a week.
S erena sits down on the edge of the bed, trying to psyche
What's the thing that always makes us
feel better, no matter what? .
Elle lets out a wail, realizing what she'll be missing.
Serena shoots Margot a stern look.
No -- the thing after that,
16 INT. UPSCALE MANICURE SHOP - DAY 16
A row of uniformed manicurists and their classy clients.
Chattering away. Therapy in full session. Serena sits in
front of her regular nail technician.
It was awful. We all thought she'd be
the first to walk down the aisle and now
she's totally adrift.
The nail technician shakes her head in shared girl-power-
angst -- looking over at Elle, who sits in the waiting area,
shell-shocked, but showered.
Elle picks up the only magazine left on the table -- "Town &
Country". She wrinkles her nose. An OLD LADY next to her
reads "Seventeen". Elle looks at her, begrudging the access
to teen beauty tips, and flips through "Town & Country"
n oisily until she freezes on-- the Engagement Section. She
Oh, my God! .
She looks at a PHOTO of a horse-faced YOUNG WOMAN standing
next to a THREE-YEARS-OLDER VERSION OF WARNER. She turns to
the old lady next to her.
Do you know who this is?
The old lady looks.
It's Warner's older brother!
Elle continues, undaunted.
He just got engaged to this -- this very
"Third year Yale Law student Putnam Bowes
Huntington III and his fiance Layne
Walker Vanderbilt, first year Yale Law."
She turns to the old lady.
This is the type-of girl Warner wants to
marry. This is what I need to become to
The old lady looks at the picture.
No -- a law student.
Elle rushes out. Serena looks after her.
(turning back to her nail
She'll never get him back with those
17 INT. COUNSELOR'S OFFICE - DAY 17
Elle sits in front of her ADVISOR.
Harvard Law School?
But it's a top three school --
I have a 4.0.
Yes, but your major is Fashion
Merchandising. Harvard won't be
impressed that you aced "History of
Lycra". What are your backups?
I don't need backups. Harvard is the
school I' m going to.
He decides to humor her.
Well, then. You'll need excellent
recommendations from your professors, a
heck of an admissions essay and at least
a one-seventy-five on your LSATs.
I once had to judge a Theta Chi Tighty-
Whitey contest. Trust me-- I can handle
18 INT. ELLE'S DELTA GAMMA ROOM - DAY 18
Elle sits on the floor surrounded by piles of LSAT prep
books, the framed photo of Warner, and Underdog.
There's a KNOCK at the door as Serena and Margot peek inside,
gasping in horror at the sight of books.
What are you doing?!
Elle smiles brightly at them.
Reading about the LSATs.
Margot looks at Serena, confused.
(in a horrified whisper)
My cousin had them. Apparently you get a
really bad rash on your --
Elle interrupts her.
The LSATs are an exam.
She takes a deep breath.
Girls-- I ' m going to Harvard!
What, like on va-kay?
Let's all go! Road trip!
Wait -- Cecil has a condo in Tahoe.
Let's go there!
No -- I ' m going to law school at Harvard.
They look at her, confused.
I mean, I know you're upset and all, but
can't you just take a sedative?
Elle rolls her eyes at their naivete.
Once Warner sees me as a serious law
student, he'll want me back. It's a
completely brilliant plan!
But isn't it kind of hard to get into law
I have the highest GPA in Delta Gamma!
Margot pulls something off her wrist and hands it to Elle.
Here. You're gonna need this.
My lucky scrunchie. It helped me pass
Serena rolls her eyes and looks at Margot disapprovingly.
18 (2) 18
S ER EN A
You passed Spanish because you gave
Professor Montoya a hand-job after the
A MONTAGE OF THE NEXT 3 MONTHS BEGINS WITH...
19 EXT. WOODS' BEL AIR BACKYARD - DAY 19
ON VIDEO, Elle sits in a Jacuzzi in her bikini.
(to the camera)
My name is Elle Woods and for my
admissions essay, I ' d like to tell all of
you at Harvard why I ' m going to make an
20 INT. KAPPA SIG LIVING ROOM - NIGHT 20
The girls watch a horror movie with Kappa Sigs. Eating
popcorn and drinking red wine.
Off to the side, Elle reads an LSAT Study Guide.
21 INT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 21
ON VIDEO, a Delta Gamma chapter meeting takes place.
As president of my sorority, I ' m skilled
at commanding the attention of a room and
discussing important issues.
Elle bangs a gavel, as she sits in front of her sisters.
~ It has come to my attention that the
maintenance staff is switching our toilet
paper from Charmin to generic. All those
opposed to chafing, pleas.e say "aye".
The sisters "AYE" in unison. Underdog barks his approval.
22 INT. CLASSROOM - NIGHT 22
"LSAT Prep Course" is written on the board. Elle and forty
other law school hopefuls take notes furiously as practice
questions are reviewed.
23 EXT. WOODS BACKYARD POOL - DAY 23
ON VIDEO, FROM ABOVE, we see Elle as she floats on a raft in
her pool, in a pink Versace bikini. She addresses the
(to the camera)
I ' m able to recall hundreds of important
details at the drop of a hat.
We reveal Margot on a raft beside her.
Elle, do you know what happened on "Days
of Our Lives" yesterday?
Why, yes, Margot, I do. Once again, we
joined Hope in the search for her
identity. As you know, she's been .
brainwashed by the evil Stefano --
24 INT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - LIVING ROOM - DAY 24
Elle takes a practice LSAT exam as Serena, Margot and a few
other Delta Gammas do their butt-crunches in the Delta Gamma
Serena, while clenching her tush, hits a stop watch and Elle
starts writing furiously.
Margot is now on all-fours, doing donkey kicks as she grades
Elle's practice exam. She writes "143" on top and holds it
up to Elle.
Elle slumps with frustration.
25 EXT. BEACH - DAY · 25
ON VIDEO, Elle is rollerblading in shorts and a tank top.
(to the camera)
And the laws and bi-laws of civil
obedience are crucial to my life --
Serena skates by and fake-elbows Elle.
(continuing; calling after her)
No shoving on the skate path! City
26 INT. LIBRARY STUDY ROOM - NIGHT 26
Elle sits in front of Amy, as Amy quizzes her with practice
LSAT questions. Books are piled high around them.
Elle gazes out the.window to see ---Warner and some BARE-
CHESTED FRATERNITY BOYS carrying a keg across the quad. Her
eyes light up and she looks at Amy pleadingly. Amy shakes her
head no. Elle slumps, then rises and goes to the window,
closing the shades and getting back to work.
·27 EXT. USC CAMPUS - DAY 27
ON VIDEO, Elle addresses the camera.
I feel confident using legal jargon in
ON VIDEO, Elle walks across campus with Underdog in her
purse, feigning staged innocence. A RANDOM FRAT BOY pinches
her butt. She slaps his hand, dramatically.
28 INT. AUDITORIUM - DAY 28
"LSAT EXAM -- Sections 1-6" is scrawled on the chalk board.
Elle sits in an auditorium with about 90 other students, LSAT
booklet open, filling in answers. Concentrating so hard
she's practically getting a forehead wrinkle.
29 INT. ELLE'S DELTA GAMMA ROOM - DAY 29
ON VIDEO, Elle speaks to the camera.
(to the camera)
I've seen every episode of "The Practice"
and I ' m even on speaking terms with Dylan
30 EXT. DYLAN MCDERMOTT'S HOUSE - DAY 30
Dylan McDermott gets into his car and pulls out of his
VIDEOTAPING MADLY, the girls follow in Elle's Boxster.
There he is!
Pull up next to him!
Elle swerves around to pull up next to Dylan McDermott. They
scream at him as Serena videotapes.
Dylan! We love you!
Dylan McDermott burns rubber as he flees.
EXT. USC CAMPUS - DAY 31 "
ON.VIDEO, Elle jogs while she addresses the camera.
(to camera) . .
I'm totally focused and goal-oriented.
Plus I ' m able to sway people with my very
convincing arguments. .
She turns to Serena, jogging next to her.
ELL E (CONT'D)
Calvin Klein's spring line is atrocious.
Don't you agree?
32 INT. DELTA GAMMA HOUSE - FOYER - DAY 32
Amy rushes in with a stack of mail, waving an LSAT envelope
as she calls out.
Elle rushes down the stairs as the other Delta Gammas gather
around. Elle takes the envelope and says a quick prayer.
One seventy-five...one seventy- five...
She opens it and stares at it for a long moment. Then turns
it to the crowd and raises it above her head in triumph. The
girls immediately begin jumping up and down as group joy
ensues. Underdog yips with pride. The MONTAGE ENDS.
33 INT. HARVARD LAW ADMISSIONS OFFICE - DAY 33
ON THE TV, Elle stands up in the Jacuzzi.
And that's why you should vote for me.
Elle Woods. Future lawyer. For the Class
The video is PAUSED, as three ADMISSIONS GUYS in their 4.0's
sit at a table piled high with applications, the DEAN OF
ADMISSIONS at the head of it. STUNNED SILENCE fills the room.
Finally one of them speaks.
ADMISSIONS GUY #1
That was certainly a very --
ADMISSIONS GUY #2
(to the Dean)
She does have a 4.0 from USC and she got
a one-seventy-nine on her LSATs.
DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
A fashion major?
ADMISSIONS GUY #3
Well, we've never had one before...
aren't we always looking for diversity?
AMISSIONS GUY #1
Her list of extracurriculars is
The Dean looks at her application.
DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
She was in a Ricky Martin video --
ADMISSIONS GUY #2
Clearly, she's interested in music...
DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
(reading on; skeptical)
She also designed a line of faux fur
panties for her sorority's charity
ADMISSIONS GUY #3
Then she's a friend to animals as well as
. AMISSIONS GUY #1
I think it's obvious that she's a very
He points to Elle -- freeze-framed in her bikini-top on
video, on the TV. The admissions guys look to the Dean. He
DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
Elle Woods -- Welcome to Harvard.
34 EXT. WOODS' BACKYARD - DAY . 34
Elle's parents -- DANIEL, in tennis clothes, and the face-
lifted SAPPHIRE -- stare at Elle over juice by the pool.
Sapphire puts a hand to her throat in distress. Elle is
It's a perfectly respectable place...
Sweetheart, you don't need law school.
Law school is for people who are boring
and ugly and Serious. And you, button/
are none of those things.
Sapphire is in agreement.
You were first runner-up in the Miss
Hawaiian Tropic contest. Why throw all
Because this is what I want. I've worked
hard for it. Don't you understand that
this is important to me?
She looks at her uncomprehending parents.
Going to Harvard is the only way I can
get the love of my life back!
Sapphire looks at her, still not getting it. ·
Can't you just suck his wiener?
Can't you just get your nose done?
Elle reacts to her mother's skewed logic.
35 EXT. HARVARD DORM - DAY 35
Pale, studious LAW STUDENTS clad in earth tones, move into
their dorm, carrying in their spartan belongings (coffee
makers, books, computers).
In the distance, a HAPPY POP SONG (perhaps "Heaven Tonight by
Hole) is heard. As it gets louder, heads turn to see --
A silver, convertible Boxster driving up, Elle at the wheel,/
MUSIC BLASTING. A large MOVING VAN follows the Boxster.
Peop le lean out of their windows, buzzing with interest as--
Elle's car stops in front of the dorm. She hops out,
scooping up Underdog and looking every inch the LA-Fred-Segal-
glamour-queen, as she looks around with a smile.
Elle looks at Underdog.
She bends down to pour some Evian into his inflatable doggy
dish, inadvertently revealing cleavage to a passing
BESPECTACLED BOY (several yards away).
He trips, dropping his I-MAC. It shatters into a million
Not noticing/ Elle stands and turns to two MOVING GUYS/ who
are hauling a pink, faux-fur love seat and a potted palm tree
out of the truck.
This way, guys!
With a beauty queen smile in place, she strides into the dorm
as the other students watch in amazement.
HANGING OUT OF THE WINDOW
ARROGANT AARON, a Mensa geek with attitude, turns to his
Whose knob did she honk to get in here?
36 EXT. LAW SCHOOL QUAD - DAY 36
" W e l c o m e Law Students Class of 2003" banners hang over
o r i e n t a t i o n tables manned by second year law students (2L's)
w e a r i n g red t-shirts. Club tables with banners that read
" H a r v a r d Law Journal" and "Environmental Law Association" are
s e t up nearby.
E l l e takes a packet from a fuzzy MALE 2L.
F U Z Z Y 2L
Class schedule, map, book list.
H a s Warner Huntington checked in yet?
F U Z Z Y 2L
( ch ec ki ng)
U h , no. Maybe you should try the Lido
S h e frowns and starts to move on, but then looks through the
p a c k e t with a frown and turns back.
W a i t -- my social events schedule is .
mis sin g.
F U Z Z Y 2L
Y o u r what?
You know -- mixers, formals, beach
36 . 36
There's a pizza welcome lunch in twenty
minutes. Does that count?
(wrinkling her nose)
I guess it'll have t o . . .
The Fuzzy Guy looks at the red-shirted BALD 2L next to him,
as Elle walks off. ,
What the hell.was that?
(watching her go)
Malibu Barbie lives.
37 EXT. HARVARD LAW SCHOOL - OUTDOOR GARDEN - DAY 37
Elle sits at the outdoor table, ignoring her slice of pizza,
as she looks around for Warner. Not finding him, she turns
her attention to the Group Leader, a BURNED OUT 2L in a red t-
BURNED OUT 2L
Okay. Welcome to law school. This is the
part where we go around in a circle and
everyone says a little bit about
themselves. Let's start with you.
He gestures at a guy with glasses, DORKY DAVID.
I have a Masters in Russian Literature, a
Ph.D in Biochemistry, and for the last
eighteen months, I've been de- worming
orphans in Somalia.
BURNED OUT 2L
Awesome. How about you, Enid?
ENID, a militant feminista, looks up.
P h.D from Berkeley in Women's Studies--
emphasis in the History of Combat. And
last year, I led the march for Lesbians
Against Drunk Driving.
BURNED OUT 2L
He looks at an intense guy in his late twenties, IVAN.
I've got an MBA from Wharton, worked on
Wall Street for four years, mushed in
three ididarods and I ' ve figured out how
to crash the stock market in Sri Lanka if
any of you want to get together later.
BURNED OUT 2L
Sweet. What about you?
He looks at Elle. She sits up straight.
I ' m a Gemini. I have a Bachelors degree
from USC, where I was Sigma Chi
Sweetheart and president of Delta Gamma,
and last year '· -- I was Homecoming Queen .
She smiles, as the group leader nods, waiting.
ELL E (CONT'D)
Two weeks ago, I saw Cameron Diaz at Fred
Segal -- and talked her out of buying a
truly heinous angora sweater! Whoever
said that orange is the new pink is
She looks around, pleased. Enid' snickers as the rest of the
group stares at Elle, dumbfounded.
38 INT. ELLE'S DORM ROOM - DAY 38
A grey, dingy, cell-block style room -- now crammed with
Elle's clothes, the pink fluffy love seat and potted palm,
along with an Elliptical Cross-Trainer, pink flamingo party
lights and a neon pink margarita glass sculpture.
Elle tries to shove a large law textbook into her tiny Prada
backpack to no avail. She gives up and tosses the book onto
the bed where Underdog leaps away to miss being squished.
Wish me luck, Underdog. It's my first
class as a serious law student.
She kisses him and looks down at her completely inappropriate
skimpy Gucci outfit, which she accents by putting on trendy,
(continuing; to herself)
I totally look the part!
39 INT. LAW SCHOOL HALLWAY - DAY 39
Elle heads for a classroom, amidst a crowd of students who
eye her like she's an alien. She rounds a corner, seeing --
WARNER, in all his handsome glory, looking over his schedule.
She starts toward him, as if pulled by a magnetic force.
Arrogant Aaron sees her passing by.
H l o t e e. . . . . . .
Elle keeps going, not even noticing him. Eyes only for
Warner. Arrogant Aaron stomps away, pissed at the perceived
As Elle gets closer to Warner, she opts for wandering past
him, seemingly oblivious to his presence.
Elle turns, ultra-nonchalant.
Warner?! Oh my God, I completely forgot
you were going here!
He looks at her, confused. People walk by, staring.
What're you talking about? You're not
here to see me?
No, silly. I go here.
You go where?
Harvard. Law school.
-- Y ou g o t in to Ha rv a rd L aw ?
E LL E.
(con fuse d at his confusion)
W h at , like it's that.hard?
W a rn e r stares at her :-- completely discombobulated. She
s m i l es sweetly and makes a show of checking her watch.
. ELLE (CONT'D)
Oops! Time for class. Meet me after?
On the benches?
Uh -- sure.
She sashays off with a confident smile.
40 INT. CIVIL PROCEDURES CLASS - DAY 4.0.
Students file in and take their seats. Elle enters, looking
around nervously at the imposing auditorium. Arrogant Aaron,
next to her, leans over.
If you're looking for the best seat, I
hear the front row is the place to be.
Elle smiles at him.
41 INT. CIVIL PROCEDURES CLASS - DAY - LATER 41
PROFESSOR ELSPETH STROMWELL, a tough-as-nails Grande Dame in
her 50' s , addresses the class. Laptops abound -- except for
Elle, who has a fuzzy pink notebook and a pen with a pink
plastic heart on the end.
A legal education means you will learn to
speak in a new language. You will be
taught to achieve insight into the world
around you, and to sharply question what
Everyone soaks this up. Including Elle.
(C ONT IN UED )
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
The seat you've picked is yours for the
next nine months of your life. Enjoy it.
And those of you in the front row,
beware. . ..
El le , in the front row, between two UNSHOWERED BRANIACS, ·
looks around, panicked. One of the braniacs passes her the
seating chart and she has no choice but to sign her name.
In the back, Arrogant Aaron nudges his friend and smiles.
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
"The law is reason free from passion."
Does anyone know who spoke those immortal
Dorky David raises his hand.
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
Professor Stromwell approaches him the way Cruella de Ville
approaches a puppy.
Are you sure?
Now he's not.
~ Would you be willing to stake your life
I think so...
H o w about --
She spins around, roughly POKING another student in the head.
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PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
-- his life?
I don't know.
Well, I recommend knowing before
speaking.. The law leaves much room for
interpretation -- but very little for
As she turns away --
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
And you were right. It was Aristotle.
The class half-laughs in relief.
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
I assume you've all read pages 1- 48 and
are now well-versed in subject matter
Elle looks around, surprised, as students open their books.
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
Who can tell us about Gordon v. Steele?
Silence. Stromwell looks down at the seating chart.
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
Intense Ivan straightens in his' seat.
Gordon sued her doctors for malpractice.
And what did the dispute entail?
(looking at her chart)
Let's call on someone in the hot zone.
Elle Woods? Elle looks up, distressed.
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Uh... I wasn't aware that we had an
(looking at her chart)
SARAH KNOTTINGHAM -- a prim and preppy blue-blood brunette,
dressed in pearls and a sweater set -- looks up.
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
Do you think it's acceptable that Ms.
Woods is unprepared?
Sarah looks over at Elle. Elle gives her a mortified smile.
Sarah turns back to Professor Stromwell.
No, I don't.
Would you support my decision to ask her
to leave and return to class only when
she is prepared?
Elle can't believe that this girl would betray her. Having
no choice,, she gathers her purse and goes, completely
humiliated. Professor Stromwell returns to the matter at
Now, Ms. Knottingham, did diversity
jurisdiction'exist in this case?
42 EXT. LAW SCHOOL QUAD - BENCHES - DAY - LATER 42
EMMETT -- a shy and quirkily handsome 28-year-old who could
pass for younger -- sits on a bench, going over some papers.
He looks up and spots Elle -- sitting across from him --
Are you okay?
Elle looks up, snapping out of her stupor.
42 . 42
Do they just -- put you on the spot like
that? Like, all the time?
The professors? Yeah, they tend- to do
that. Socratic method.
And if you don't know the answer, they
just kick you out?
You have Stromwell.
Did she do that to you, too?
No, but she made me cry once. Not in
class -- I waited until I got to my room,
but yeah, she can pretty much shrivel
your balls -- or you know, your
Neat . · ' , '
Don't worry. It gets better. Who else
do you have?
Elle looks at her schedule.
Donovan, Royalton and Levinson.
Speak up in Donovan's class. He likes
people with an opinion. Sit in the back
for Royalton. He tends to spit when he
talks about products liability.
Elle makes a face. He smiles. Liking her.
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And make sure you read the footnotes in
Levinson's class. That's where all her
exam questions come from.
Wow. I ' m glad I met you.
She smiles at him, grateful.
Oh, and getting one of Stromwell's daily
quotes right is almost as important as
acing the mid-term. But you didn't hear
it from me.
Students trickle out of the building.
ELLE " .:.
Are you a third-year?
Warner walks up, behind Emmett, interrupting.
Elle looks up, pure adoration on her face.
Emmett rises and walks off.
(calling after him)
Thanks again for your help!
Warner remains standing, still somewhat uncomfortable with
her presence here.
S o -- uh -- how was your first class?
Fine. Except for this horrible girl who
made me look bad in front of my Civ Pro
professor. But no biggie. You're here
42 (3) 42
How was your summer?
She pats the bench beside her. He doesn't move.
Do anything exciting?
A female hand snakes around Warner's chest from behind.
Warner turns and brings the owner of the hand around to his
side, presenting her.
Urn, hey, have you met Sarah?
Sarah, the horrible girl herself, holds out her hand to Elle,
full of contempt.
Hi. Sarah Knottingham.
(to Warner; horrified)
· You know her?
She 's --
Sarah jumps in. ·
-- I ' m his fiancee.
Elle stares at her. Sarah tucks a piece of her mousy brown
hair behind her ear and there it is -- The Rock.
I'm sorry, I just hallucinated.
Sarah was my girlfriend at prep school.
We got back together over the summer at
my grandmother's birthday party.
Elle looks stricken. Sarah gives her a smug smile.
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Warner told me all about you. You're
famous at our Club.
She says it in a way that is anything but flattering. In
fact, it's completely condescending.
But he didn't tell me you'd be here.
I didn't know --
Elle looks from Warner to Sarah.
She rushes off. Sarah watches her go, a smug grin on her
' · · ··
I thought you said she was pretty.
43 EXT. STREET/INT. ELLE'S CONVERTIBLE BOXSTER- DAY 43
Elle drives, wiping the tears from her face. She spots
something off to the side and SWERVES her car toward it, a
gasp of hope escaping her lips.
Her car stops in front of a strip mall salon called "Beauty
44 INT. BEAUTY OASIS - DAY 44
A downscale, blue-collar salon, with five hair chairs and two
manicure stations. Old ladies and young waitresses get perms.
PAULETTE --early 40s, lower-middle class, hard-edged, plus-
sirzed -- looks up as a defeated Elle sinks into the manicure
chair.(The manicure station is plastered with pictures of
RUFUS, a big, slobbering pit-bull). ·
Elle holds out her hands. Paulette dips them into a dish of
You can't even imagine.
Elle lets it all out in a rush.
I worked really hard to get into law
school -- I blew off Spring Break and
Greek Week to study for the LSATs, I
completely neglected my Homecoming Queen
duties, I hired a Coppola to direct my
admissions video -- all so I could get my
boyfriend Warner back and now he's
engaged to this awful girl Sarah so it
was all for nothing! I wish I ' d never
even come to Harvard.
Paulette dries Elle's hands and begins filing.
After you went to all that trouble?
Well, what am I supposed to do? He's
engaged! She's got the family six-carat
on her bony, unpolished finger.
You're asking the wrong girl. I ' m with
my guy eight years and then one day it's
"I met someone else. Move out."
What'd you do?
Cried a lot and gained twenty pounds.
Dewey kept the trailer and my precious
baby Rufus. I got jackcrap.
She looks at a picture of the pit-bull.
(continuing; re the dog)
I didn't even get to go to his birthday
44 ( 2 ) 44
What could I do?
He's a man who followed his pecker to
greener pastures. I ' m a middle-aged high-
school dropout with stretch marks and a
fat ass. Happens every day. At least to
women like me.
ELLE . ·
So, what's this Sarah got that you don't?
Three tits? -
She's from Connecticut. She belongs to
his stupid country club.
Is she as pretty as you?
Elle looks down.
I ' m not pretty -- I ' m genetically
Paulette rolls her eyes, shaking her bottle of polish and
starting on Elle's right hand.
PA UL ETT E
Is sJie.? "
She could use some mascara and some
serious highlights, but she's not
completely unfortunate- looking.
UPS GUY (O.S.)
Paulette looks up to see the UPS GUY, a strapping hunk of a
man in his late 30' s . She blushes and smooths down her hair,
knocking over a bottle of nail polish in the process. Trying
to play it off as she signs for the package.
44 ( 3 ) 44
UPS GUY (CONT'D) .
See ya later.
He goes. Paulette watches him. Elle notices.
(hating herself) .
Could I be anymore goddamn spastic?
So you're sure, this Warner guy is "the
Definitely! I love him!
Paulette looks at her.
If a girl like you can't hold on to her
man -- then there sure as hell isn't any
hope for the rest of us. What're you
waiting for? Steal the bastard back.
45 INT. DORMITORY - WARNER'S ROOM - DAY 45
Elle knocks on Warner's door, bottle of wine and two glasses
When she gets no answer, she write a message on his memo
board -- CLOSE ON-- "Call me! Love, You Know Who".
She leaves the wine bottle and two glasses and goes.
46 EXT. HARVARD LAW CAMPUS - DAY 46
Elle is in her push-up bikini, reclining in her beach chair,
pink frozen margarita in one hand, Underdog in the other, law
book in her lap, pretending to study.
We PULL BACK to reveal that she's sitting on the sidelines of
a touch-football game that Warner is playing with a group of
Warner scores easily because the other male eyes are all on
Elle. He shakes his head and smiles.
47 INT. CRIMINAL LAW CLASS - DAY 47
Elle sits, glaring at Sarah, who keeps waving her "The Rock"
in Elle's direction, as she plays footsie with Warner.
PROFESSOR DONOVAN -- 40s, a big fan of himself, salt and
pepper hair, no time for bullshit -- stands before the class.
I should warn you that in addition to
competing against each other for the top
grade in this class, you'll also be
competing for one of my firm's highly
coveted four internship spots next year
where you will get to assist on actual
cases. Let the bloodbath begin. Now,
let's commence with our usual torture --
He looks around.
PROFESSOR DONOVAN (CONT'D)
Ms . Woods --
Sarah and her bitchy, clone-like friend CLAIRE exchange
This should be amusing.
· PROFESSOR DONOVAN
Would you rather have a client who
committed a crime malum in se or malum
I'd rather have a client who's innocent.
Elle smiles, proud of her answer. The class snickers. Warner
. Dare to dream, Ms. Woods. Ms.
Knottingham? Which would you prefer?
Malum prohibitum. Because the client
would've committed a regulatory
infraction as opposed to a dangerous
Elle raises her hand.
Yes? Ms. Woods?
' ELLE ' ..
I changed my mind. I ' d pick the
She looks pointedly at Sarah.
I ' m not afraid of a challenge.
Sarah glares back at her. Warner looks between the two of
48 INT. STUDY LOUNGE - DAY 48
The Harvard Public Interest Law Association meeting is
O underway. Warner .listens intently, A few seats away, Elle
appears to be taking notes.
C L O SE ON--her "notes" -- "I'm free for dinner tonight. Meet
me at The Cask & Flagon at 8."
She folds the note and sticks it in Underdog's mouth, then points
him toward Warner. Humiliated but dutiful, Underdog bounds off.
CLOSE ON -- Underdog, as he carries forth his mission,
arriv ing at Warner's feet. UNDERDOG'S POV -- Warner
discreetly takes the note from him, then looks over at Elle,
who feigns interest in the meeting.
49 INT. CASK & FLAGON RESTAURANT - NIGHT 49
Elle waits for Warner, alone at a table. Checking her watch
to see it's 8:45, she tries not to be sad.
50 INT. HARVARD LAW LIBRARY - DAY 50
Warner and his study group, Sarah and Claire included, sit at
a table, going over their outlines. Elle walks up to the
table, holding a basket of muffins, bright smile on her face.
' I ' m here to join your study group. And
look! I brought sustenance!
She holds up the muffins as the others look up, frowns all
(nervously looking at Sarah)
Elle, what're you doing here?
Elle pulls up a chair from another table and holds up a
She sits down next to Warner.
Our group is full.
Oh, God, was this like an RSVP thing?
No, it's like a smart people thing. And
like Sarah said, we're full.
Come on ~ we can make room for one more.
Sarah looks at Warner with evil eyes.
We've already assigned the outlines, and
everyone has started theirs',
Besides, you wouldn't let the fat guy
He tried to watch me take'a shower!
Sarah looks at Elle.
The answer is no.
Warner looks at her, feeling guilty. He shrugs an "I'm
sorry", but Elle's perkiness has gone.
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She gathers up her muffins and stands, clutching the basket
to her chest as she goes.
Then I guess I'll leave you alone.
She walks away, completely deflated, passing by the RAGING
FEMINIST STUDY GROUP. Enid calls out.
Maybe there's a sorority you could join
Elle stops and looks at her.
You know, if you'd come to a Rush party,
I would've at least been nice to you.
Before you voted against me and called me
a dyke behind my back?
I don't use that word. Only mean people
use that word. You must've heard it from
She looks back at Warner's table and walks off. As she does.,
she's nearly mowed down by a gaggle of NERDS led by DORKY
DAVID, who knock the muffins out of her hands. She stands
there, even more depressed.
51 INT. ELLE'S DORM ROOM - DAY - LATER 51
Elle sinks down onto her bed, deflated. She picks up the
phone and dials.
52 INT. BRIDAL SHOP - DAY 52
Serena, with a new hairdo, and Margot are surrounded by
wedding dresses. Margot talks on her cell phone. We
Guess what I ' m doing right this second?
Picking out my wedding dress!
N o way --
Serena grabs the phone.
;;po you have The Rock yet?
Well, hurry up so you can come home! We
I miss you guys! The people here are so
vile! Hardly anyone even talks to me
unless it's to say something that's not
nice. Law school sucks!
Oh, my God! I completely forgot to tell
I got bangs!
(hurt and annoyed)
Re a ll y --
Margot grabs the phone back.
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Keep June first open -- you're one of my
bridesmaids. And give Warner our love.
il. . .
Margot hangs up and Elle follows suit. Even more deflated.
53 INT. ELLE'S DORM - HALLWAY - DAY - SAME TIME 53
Sarah and Claire walk past Elle's room, the door of which is
It's not just any Halloween party. It's a
"Come as Your Favorite Defendant" party.
Elle pops her head out of the room.
No way! Someone at this school is
actually having a party?
Sarah and Claire turn around. Elle's face falls when she
sees that it's them.
You must've heard us wrong.
Sorry. Looks like you'll be staying home
ton ig ht. Alone.
They continue on as Elle goes back into her room, snubbed.
54 INT. ELLE'S DORM ROOM - CONTINUOUS 54
Elle shuts the door behind her and looks at Underdog.
I can't believe this. Not only do I not
have Warner, but I ' m --unpopular!
The realization hits her hard. Underdog barks. She looks at him.
But I wasn't invited.
He barks again.
You really think I should?
55 EXT. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSE - PORCH - NIGHT 55
Two feet in high heels and fishnet hose stride purposefully
up the sidewalk. .
A perfect butt wearing a bunny tail wiggles up the steps.
56 INT. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSE - NIGHT 56
A party filled with people who are no fun to party with.
NAMETAGS denote which famous defendant everyone is dressed as.
Menenedez's, Tonya Harding's, and Buttafuco's pepper the room.
Elle, decked out in a Playboy Bunny costume -- looking sexy
as hell -- strides in. People roll their eyes and ignore
her. Elle continues on.
NEARBY -- Enid, dressed as Lizzie Borden, axe in hand/ is in
the midst of a tirade against some guy dressed like William
The English language is all about subliminal
domination. Take the word "semester". It's a
perfect example of this school's
discriminatory preference of semen to
ovaries. That's why I ' m petitioning to have
next term be referred to as Winter Ovester.
The guy backs up in fright. As Elle passes, Enid looks over.
Hey , Elle-- I've been meaning to ask you
(re her boobs)
-- are those real?
Enid, please -- silicone is so 90's.
She keeps walking.
57 INT. INTO THE LIVING ROOM - AT THE BAR -CONTINUOUS 57
Sa rah -- dressed as Hester Prynne -- and Claire --as Joan of
Arc -- sip wine.
Thanks for inviting me, girls. This party
is super fun.
They roll their eyes, checking out her Bunny costume.
You're supposed to be dressed as a famous
Elle smiles at Sarah.
I am. Didn't you hear about the Playboy
Bunny who slit her ex- boyfriend's new
fiancee's throat with a broken wine
glass? It was tragic.
She grabs a glass of wine and moves on.
58 EXT. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSE - BACK PORCH - NIGHT 58
Elle walks onto the back porch and finds Warner --dressed as
O.J. in a USC football uniform, number 32, with a ball and
chain on his foot.
Warner turns. He looks around for Sarah. Not seeing her, he
smiles at Elle, admiring her costume.
Wow. You're a walking felony.
Thank you. Having fun?
( c h e c k i n g her out)
Now I am.
I feel like we've barely spent any time
together since we got here.
That's because I spend all my time with
case studies and hypos.
Tell me about it. I can't imagine doing
all this and Donovan's internship next
Elle, c'mon, there's no way you'll get
the grades to qualify for one of those
spots . You're not smart enough.
She can't believe he's saying this. He realizes he's gone
too far, and back-pedals.
I didn't mean --
(cutting him off)
Am I on glue, or did I not get into the
same law school you did, Warner?
We ll , yeah, but --
But what? We took the same LSAT, we take
th e same classes --
I just don't want to see you get your
hopes up. You know how you get.
She stares at him. Realizing the awful truth.
I'11 never be good enough for you, will
When he doesn't answer, she walks back into the house.
59 INT. OFF-CAMPUS HOUSE - KITCHEN - NIGHT -SAME TIME 59
One of them holds a salad
A group of tipsy ILs stand around.
bowl filled with cash.
I give her two more weeks.
She throws a twenty into the bowl. ' ·. .
Two and a half?
He throws in his twenty as well.
If she spreads her legs, maybe --
(adjusting his crotch)
Only if I ' m feeling generous.
What is this?
They turn around to find Elle standing there.
We're betting on how much longer you're
going to last.
Look around, Elle. Do you actually think
you belong here?
They all stare at her.
Why wouldn't I?
Because the rest of us provide some
worthwhile value to society?
Hold on, now -- every society needs a
bimbo. Who are we supposed to sleep with
after we get rich?
Elle looks like she's been slapped. The others laugh at
Aaron's esteemed wit.
You know what? All of you can just kiss
She yanks off her Bunny tail and throws it at them. Hurt and
anger in her eyes. Then walks out of the room.
' ELLE (CONT'D)
(continuing; to herself)
You're about to see just how valuable
Elle Woods can be.
She stomps out of the house.
A GIRL-POWER SONG STARTS TO PLAY AS A MONTAGE BEGINS:
60 INT. HARVARD BOOKSTORE - NIGHT 60
A hot pink laptop is yanked off the shelf.
Elle, still in her Bunny suit, minus the tail, stands in
line, paying for the laptop. People gape at her, but she's
oblivious in her resolve.
EMMETT walks up behind her in line. He clears his throat,
trying not to look at her costume.
Elle turns, seeing him.
Wasn't gonna. -
She marches off. Laptop in hand.
61 INT. ELLE'S DORM ROOM - NIGHT 61
A pony-tailed Elle types a brief, coffee next to her.
Underdog sleeps nearby, belly-up. Legs twitching in a
nightmare. Typing furiously, Elle breaks a nail, then
struggles to forge on, despite her instinct to stop and
62 INT. LAW LIBRARY - DAY 62
Elle -- arms full of books -- walks past the Warner/Sarah
study group. Sarah and Claire scowl at her, but Elle passes
with her head held high.
63 INT. STUDY LOUNGE - DAY 63
Enid is surrounded by study materials and notecards. When
she gets up to use the ladies' room, Elle casually walks over
and slips a notecard into the middle of Enid's stack. Then
quickly walks on. '
64 INT. BEAUTY OASIS - DAY 64
Pau lett e quizzes Elle from a law textbook as her nails dry.
As she waits for Elle's answer, Paulette showers Underdog
with kisses, showing him pictures of Rufus.
65 INT. CRIMINAL LAW CLASS - DAY .. 65
Donovan is in the midst of a lecture. He points at Elle.
And the purpose of "diminished capacity"
She swallows nervously, then speaks.
To negate mens rea?
Donovan nods affirmatively and continues. Elle hides a
66 INT. LAW LIBRARY - NIGHT 66
Elle reaches for a book on a high shelf, but she's not tall
enough. She tries a running start and leaps for it. Still
FROM THE LEFT, she runs and leaps again, missing again.
FROM THE RIGHT, she runs and leaps again, missing again.
Dorky David walks up and sets down a step-stool at her: feet.
Now winded, she smiles her thanks, stepping up to retrieve
67 INT. STUDY LOUNGE - DAY 67
Enid flips through her notecards, memorizing, when she comes
upon a picture of a NAKED MAN. Oh, the horror. She throws it
down in disgust as if her eyes have been burned.
Looking around, Enid sees Elle smiling and waving at her from
across the room.
68 INT. LAW LIBRARY - DAY 68
Elle walks past Arrogant Aaron, as he sleeps at his study
cubicle, head back on the chair.
She stops, backs up, and waves her hand over his face. When
he doesn't stir, she takes a magic marker out of her knapsack
and leans over to write something on his forehead.
INT. ELLE1S DORM ROOM - DAY
Elle works out on her Elliptical Crosstrainer as she listens
to a lecture tape and watches Court TV on mute.
"A failure to act can constitute the actus reus for
accomplice liability if the defendant has the legal duty to
intervene, but fails to do so."
70 INT. LAW LIBRARY - DAY 70>
Arrogant Aaron wakes up with a start, checks his watch, and
rushes off to class. Oblivious to his facial graffiti, which
we can't yet read.
71 INT. CIVIL PROCEDURES CLASS - DAY 71
Professor Stromwell is in front of the class.
So you've filed a claim. Now what?
She looks over to see Elle sitting there, typing on her
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
Don't you also need to have evidence?
Everyone now stares at Elle.
Meaning you need -- reasonable belief
that your claim would have, like,
Stromwell is somewhat impressed, but doesn't show it.
And what kind of evidentiary support does
this case require? Let's ask Mr.
Harriman, who clearly believes that I
might be hungry.
She looks up at Arrogant Aaron in the back row. Who
unknowingly has "Eat Me" written on his forehead. He looks
back at her, confused, as the students around him snicker.
72 EXT. BEAUTY OASIS - NIGHT 72
A "Closed" sign is on the door.
THROUGH THE WINDOW, we see Elle and Paulette sitting in the
empty salon, laughing and clinking cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon
as they toast Elle's small victory. We PULL BACK, leaving
them laughing, as the MONTAGE ENDS.
73 INT. CRIMINAL LAW CLASS - DAY 73
"THE STATE V. LATIMER" is written on the board. A pony-
tailed, less made-up Elle takes notes on her lap-top, as
Warner makes an argument.
. According to Swinney v. Neubert, Swinney,
who was also a private sperm donor, was
allowed visitation rights as long as he
came to terms with the hours set forth by
the parents. So, if we're sticking to
past precedent, Mr. Latimer wasn't
st al ki ng -- he was clearly within his
rights to ask for visitation.
But Swinney was a one-time sperm donor,
and in our case, the defendant was a
habitual sperm donor, who also happens to
be harassing the parents in his quest for
But , without this man's sperm --the
child in question would not exist.
He grins and looks around as the class murmurs their
Now you're thinking like a lawyer.
EMMETT enters from the back, holding a file. He stands there
quietly, watching. ·
Elle tentatively raises her hand.
PROFESSOR DONOVAN (CONT'D)
Sarah looks at Claire.
The idiot speaks.
Although Mr. Huntington makes an
excellent point, I have to wonder if the
defendant kept a thorough record of each
sperm emission made throughout his life?
The class titters. Elle grows annoyed.
Why do you ask?
Elle's hesitancy is replaced by conviction.
Well, unless the defendant attempted to
contact every single one-night- stand to
determine if a child resulted in those
unions -- then he has no parental claim
whatsoever over this child. Why this
s p e rm ? Why now? '
Emmett's mouth twitches into a smile.
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For that matter, all masturbatory
emissions where his sperm was clearly not
seeking an egg could be termed reckless
Warner's mouth hangs open. As does Sarah's and the rest of
the class. Donovan smiles.
I believe you've just won your case.
Elle grins. :
74 INT. DONOVAN'S CLASS - LATER 74
As the students file out, Elle passes Donovan.
You did well today.
You're applying for my internship, aren't
I don ' t know --
You should. Do you have a resume?
" ··'.' . · ·. . . i do. ' ' , .''. ·' . . · ; . .
She pulls a resume out of her briefcase and hands it to him..
He looks at it. ·
And engraved... Gives it that extra
little something, doesn't it? .
See you tomorrow!
She walks on. Emmett walks up, handing the file to Donovan.
I brought you the Windham notes.
(watching Elle go)
You think she just woke up one morning
and said, "I think I'll go to law school
Ei timett looks after Elle, bemused.
Aside from that lapse in judgement --
she's got potential.
75 INT. ELLE'S CAR-DAY 75
Elle drives. Paulette is shotgun. ·
You showed up Warner in class? You're
supposed to be showing up Sarah.
I couldn't help it! It was the most fun
I've had since I've been in law school.
Not only was I good enough for Warner --
I was better than him. He has to see
serious I am now. Even Donovan was
impressed, and he's a total hard- ass.
Elle stops the car and turns off the ignition.
Yes, you are. Go -- you can do this. .
She points ahead of them. Paulette goes.
76 EXT. DEWEY'S TRAILER - DAY . 76
The door opens. DEWEY(40s) and his beer gut emerge.
Paulette is on the porch. Trying to exude confidence, but
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What the hell do yon want? We're eating
I just --
You just thought you'd come over and show
me what I 'm definitely not missing?
77 INT. ELLE'S CAR - DAY -SAME TIME 77
She watches, frowning.
78 EXT. DEWEY 'S TRAILER - DAY -CONTINUOUS 78 '
Dewey's really having fun now.
What the hell happened to you? You get a
job at a donut shop?
That's not what --
How many times you gonna show up here,
beggin1 me to take you back? '
Paulette reddens -- flustered and humiliated. Elle appears
next to her.
. I ' m Elle Woods. Ms. Bonaf ante's · .
Paulette looks at Elle in surprise, Elle keeps going.
Under state law, you and Ms. Bonaf ante
had a common law marriage which entitles
her to the benefits of property law and
an equitable division of assets.
Paulette watches Elle, mouth hanging open.
Due to the fact that you retained the
residence, Ms. Bonafante is entitled to
full ownership of the canine property in
question and we will be enforcing said
Tell him, Paulette.
A still-stunned Paulette looks at Elle, then turns to Dewey,
fire in her ass. '.
I ' m taking the dog dumbass.
(calling into the trailer)
C'mere, baby, Mommy's here!
Rufus bounds out, licking and kissing Paulette. The love
79 INT./EXT. ELLE'S CAR - A MOMENT LATER 79
Elle, Paulette and Rufus get in.
W e did it! .
Elle high-fives her.
God, that felt great!
Look at him. He's still scratching his
Which must be a nice vacation for his
bls . .
She turns to Rufus, hugging him.
And now Mommy's got somebody to eat
dinner with again. You don't care what
Mommy's butt looks like, do you?
Elle looks over at Paulette, heart going out to her.
80 INT. CIVIL PROCEDURES CLASS - DAY 80
Elle turns on her Powerbook as Professor Stromwell faces the
class with her morning quote.
"An image and a good hook can get you
into a room --· but something has to keep
you in that room."
She looks around as hands are raised.
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
Judge Sandra Day 0'Connor?
C ose.. . .
Intense Ivan's face falls. She looks around, seeing Elle
raising her hand.
PROFESSOR STROMWELL (CONT'D)
The class rolls their eyes and laughs, watching Stromwell.
Damn. Thought I ' d get everyone on that
The class can't believe Elle is right.
81 EXT. CRIMINAL LAW CLASS - HALLWAY - DAY 81
A THRONG of buzzing students is gathered around the bulletin
board. Elle walks up.
What's going on?
Donovan's firm is defending a major
murder case and his caseload is so heavy
he's taking on first year interns.
He chose them already?
Sarah, at the front of the throng, gasps, then turns to
We got it!
He grins and she kisses him on the cheek. Elle, shoved to
the back, tries to get closer, when she hears --
The competition must not have been that
'· stiff. ·
Arrogant Aaron pushes his way to the board. .
Why? ion .got a spot?
Hey! Watch your hands, Mr.Grabass.
ARROGANT AARON '
That only leaves one for --
Elle, now next to him, gets a look at the board.
Everyone REACTS. She turns and faces the throng. They stare
back at her in shock.
Dignified, she walks through them as they PART for her,
stopping in front of Warner and Sarah.
EL LE (CONT'D)
(continuing; to Warner) ·
Remember the time after Winter Formal?
When we spent four incredible hours In
the hot tub...?
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Sarah looks away. . ·
This is way better than that.
(pushing Sarah aside)
Excuse me. I have some shopping to do.
As she goes, surprised CHATTER overtakes the hallway.
82 INT. SAK'S - WOMENS' DEPT. - DAY 82 ·
Elle scans the racks of conservative clothes. She holds up a
cashmere twinset and wrinkles her nose, but throws it over
her arm anyway.
83 INT. NORDSTROM'S - HANDBAGS - DAY - LATER 83
Elle admires a trendy handbag, but then promptly sets it down
and picks up a practical leather briefcase.
84 INT. AUSTEN, PLATT, JARET & DONOVAN - LOBBY - DAY 84
The elevator door opens and Warner and Elle emerge. Elle is
sporting her new, boring "lawyer" clothes. Warner is baffled
and impressed by her transformation.
You look -- nice.
She gives him an aloof smile and walks off. Warner watches her
go. Sarah stands in the lobby. None too happy to witness this.
85 INT. AUSTEN, PLATT, JARET & DONOVAN - DAY - MOMENTS LATER 85
Donovan strides through the office, his four interns behind
him. He points as he walks.
There's your office, there's the
bathroom, there's the coffee machine.
There's Gerard, Dick and1Bobby.
GERARD, smarmy and trim, DICK, short and bald, and BOBBY,
black and bespectacled, wave as the interns pass by.
They're the other associates on the case.
Ask them all your stupid questions, save
the smart ones for me.
86 INT. AUSTEN, JARET, PLATT AND DONOVAN - CONFERENCE ROOM 86
Professor Donovan opens his briefcase as Elle, Sarah, Enid
and Warner hang on his every word.
We're defending Brooke Windham, whose
very wealthy husband was found shot to
death in their Beacon Hill mansion.
You'd think so, since the stiff was
sixty, but she was rich on her own. Some
kind of fitness empire. You can buy her
exercise tapes on infomercials.
Wait a minute -- are we talking about
Donovan checks his papers.
M a i d e n name--Daniels.
You know her?
She was a Delta Gamma! Not in my pledge
class or anything -- she graduated ,five
years ahead of me. But I used to take her
class at the LA Sports Club. She's
The others looks at each other and roll their eyes.
She could make you drop three pounds in
one class. She's completely gifted!
Well, in all likelihood, she's completely
guilty as well. She was seen standing
over her husband's dead body.
WA RN ER
B y who?
His twenty-seven year old daughter and
the pool boy.
Maybe she found him like that.
P RO F ES S OR DONOVAN
That's the story she'll be telling the
jury. We just have to prove it.
Emmett walks in and sits.
Sorry I ' m late.
Elle looks at him, confused.
P R O FE S SO R DONOVAN
This is Emmett Kerrigan, another associate.
Top three in his class and former editor of
H a r v a r d Law Review. You've probably seen
h i m lurking around campus doing my research.
EM ME TT
Or napping on the quad. .
Elle smiles at him. He smiles back. Almost shy.
What about the murder weapon?
P R O FE S SO R DONOVAN
The gun is missing. The coroner said
he'd been dead thirty minutes dead when
the cops arrived -- giving Brooke plenty
of time to stash it.
There's no way Brooke could've done this -
- exercise gives you endorphins,
endorphins make you happy -- happy people
don't kill their husbands!
Sarah and Enid snort.
( CON TINU ED)
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You don't really believe she's innocent?
Of course, I do!
Emmett looks at her.
Then we may actually have a case.
He looks over at Donovan, who's not so sure.
87 EXT. BOSTON JAIL - DAY 87
Grey and imposing.
88 INT. BOSTON JAIL - DAY 88
Donovan sits at a long table, next to BROOKE, a pretty 26-
.year-old blonde with a perfect body and a sad face. The
interns and associates sit at the far end of the table taking
notes. A cop stands guard at the door.
' ·. .'
I can't tell you.
You understand you're on trial for
I didn't do it! I walked in, saw my
husband lying on the floor, bent down to
check his heart, screamed my head off and
Chutney and Enrique ran inside.
Where they saw you standing over the body
covered in his blood.
She glares at him.
Why would I kill my husband?
Insurance? A love affair? Pure
unadulterated hatred? Believe me, the DA
will come up with plenty of reasons.
B ROO KE
I l ov ed h im !
DO NO VA N
He was thirty-four years older than you.
That doesn't sound so good to a jury.
Now she's pissed.
Then show them a picture of his cock.
They might put a few things together.
Everyone stiffens except for Ell.e, who laughs out loud.
DONOVAN , .
Brooke, I believe you. But a jury is
gonna want an alibi.
I can't give you that. And if you put me
on the stand, I'll lie.
Donovan takes a moment to look at her like she's an idiot.
Were you with another man?
Go to hell.
I'll take that as a no.
Are we done for today?
I believe we are.
He stands. As do his minions. As they file out, Brooke sees
Hey -- I know you.
Elle perks up.
I ' m a Delta Gamma and I ' m a huge fan of
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You took my class in LA. You had the
best high kick I've ever seen. Are you
one of my lawyers?
Brooke looks at Elle as if she's her savior.
Well, thank God one of you has a brain.
89 INT. BEAUTY OASIS - DAY 89
Rufus sleeps happily on the floor. Elle sits in front of . '
Paulette, nails in the soapy water.
I feel so bad for her. I mean, she's in
jail! And she's innocent. But I ' m the
only one who believes her. Donovan
totally thinks she's guilty.
That's because men are big, fat retards
who don't -- Oh, my God...
ON THE DOOR
The UPS GUY stands in the doorway with a package, sun
streaming in around him.
O N ELLE AND PAULETTE
Paulette smooths down her hair.
She turns to look as we go to --
BUTT-CAM -- CLOSE ON the crisp brown shorts of a regulation
UPS uniform, as they stretch across the taut, muscular
buttocks of UPS GUY, as he strides through the shop.
(CO NTINUE D)
When the butt stops moving, we WIDEN to reveal the UPS Guy
now standing in front of Elle and Paulette.
I've got a package.
Elle turns to Paulette, eyes wide.
He's got a package. ·
Paulette is frozen. Blushing and nervous.
How ya doin' today? .
PAULETTE . ·
He waits for her to sign. She remains frozen. Elle takes
the pen and signs for her, trying to help. .
UPS Guy smiles kindly at Paulette and heads out.
UPS GUY .
Take it easy.
Paulette watches him go, hand over her heart. Elle looks at
her, concerned. ,
So, this is the only interaction you two
have ever had?
No. Sometimes I say "Okay" instead of
Have you ever considered asking him if
he'd like a cold beverage? Or perhaps a
·'. ' · · .''
What's the point?
(matter of factly)
Look at me.
I am. And I'm looking at a beautiful,
fabulous, sexy woman.
· . 6 9.
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Trust'me. You've got the equipment, you
just need to read the manual.
Elle stands. ,
I ' m going to.show you a little maneuver
my mother taught me when I was in junior
high. In my experience, it has a 98%
success rate in getting a man's attention
an d when used appropriately--an 83%
rate of return on a dinner invitation.
The HAIRSTYLISTS and CLIENTS listen, intrigued. .
It's called the "Bend & Snap".
"Oh, look! There's something on the
floor that I need to pick up!" Bend...
She slowly BENDS down, as if to pick up something, sticking
out her tush, knee cocked. She slids her hand down her
cocked leg until her hand touches the floor and she SNAPS
back up, boobs a'bouncing.
And snap! Now you try.
Paulette stands up repeating the maneuver.
I t ' s a spastic version of what Elle just did.
Good. Now this time, put a little arch in
your back and maybe get your footing more
Paulette does it again. This time, getting it right.
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A HAIR CLIENT walks over, head full of curlers.
Like this? .
She adjusts her like a yoga instructor would.
But cock that knee.
ANOTHER CLIENT calls over.
Am I doing it right?
Elle walks over to her.
More snap, less bend.
She turns to the rest of the clients.
C'mon -- everyone try!
Clients hop up out of their chairs as someone reaches over
and cranks the transistor radio, blaring "BRICK HOUSE" by the
All the clients and technicians, no matter what their age, or
how many foils are in there hair, are up and doing the "Bend
& Snap", repeating the mantra as they do.
Elle walks around them, continuing to adjust them.
Now everyone together.
They all bend in unison -- going down on "Brick" --
And snapping back up -- on "House" .
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And snap !
The frivolity continues as the roomful of ladies perfect the
maneuver . .
M AU R I C E , a male hair-dresser, comes out of the back room,
m i xi n g a bowl of bleach as he walks. He stops when he spots
the activity. .
Oh, my God! The Bend & Snap!
(to an old lady)
Works every time...
INT. AUSTEN, PLATT, JARET & DONOVAN-CONFERENCE ROOM-DAY
CHUTNEY, 27, curly-haired and bitter, sits in front of
Donovan, the FEMALE DA, the associates, the interns and a
court .reporter, as she's interviewed.
I got out of the shower," walked
downstairs, saw her standing over my
father, and called the police.
Did she have a weapon in her hand?
Was there any reason for you to believe
she had discarded a weapon?
Uh, yeah, because the bitch shot him.
Was there any evidence that Mrs . Windham
His dead body with a bullet in it. .
91 INT. AUSTEN, PLATT, JARET & DONOVAN-CONFERENCE ROOM-LATER 91
ENRIQUE, 25, Latino and hunky as hell, sits in the seat that
Chutney has vacated.
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What did you see when you entered the
I saw Mrs. Windham standing over the body
of Mr. Windham.
Was she carrying a weapon?
No, she was crying her eyes out.
So she was distraught that her husband
Oh, yes. Mrs. Windham is the most sweet,
wonderful woman I know. I have loved her
since the day she hired me. She could
never do something this awful. I know
this because we are very close.
The others shift uncomfortably, then look at each other. Then.,
back at Enrique and his shiny, unbuttoned-to-show-his-pecs
shirt. The DA smiles.
92 INT. STEAKHOUSE - NIGHT .9.2
Donovan, the interns, and associates sit at a large table.
She's screwing the pool boy.
Elle gasps and makes a face.
There is no way a Delta Gamma would sleep
with a man in a shiny shirt. Warner,
back me up here.
Warner shrugs, embarrassed. Sarah looks at Donovan.
I hate to agree ~ but I don't see the
two of them actually --
(wrinkling her nose)
-- doing it.
Women like that will screw anything.
So, because she's beautiful and has a good
body, she's easy? What book of feminist
theory did you read iiiai in, Enid?
Emmett jumps in before war breaks out.
Okay, if Brooke didn't kill the guy, who did?
My money's on the angry daughter or the
Chutney has a trust fund. She didn't
need the insurance payoff or the
What about her mother?
Covered. She was in Aspen at the time.
Ten people saw her downing cosmopolitans
at the Caribou Club.
Al l I know is-- it's not Brooke.
That's touching, Elle, but we need an
Elle thinks about this.
93 INT. BOSTON JAIL - LOBBY - DAY ' 93
A--nervous Elle stands in front of the burly CHECK-IN GUARD..
She holds a basket of goodies.
I ' m here to see Brooke Wi'ndham.
Licensed attorney or family member?
Uh -- family.
I ' m her sister.
He makes a note and buzzes her in. '
94 INT. BOSTON JAIL - DAY 94
Elle sits at a conference table with her basket. A door
opens and a female guard brings Brooke into the room. Wearing
a horribly tacky orange jumpsuit.
Are you okay? You look so sad...and so
I ' m glad it's you and not Donovan.
He means well. He's really brilliant and
Brooke sits, not looking convinced.
He better be, for what I ' m paying him.
Elle pushes her basket forward.
I brought you some necessities. Pink
sheets. Aromatherapy candles. Loofah.
And The Bible.
She holds up a "Cosmopolitan".
You're an angel.
Elle squirms in her seat.
But I have to tell you the real reason
I ' m here. Professor Donovan says we
really, really need your alibi.
Brooke tears up.
Elle, I can't. You don't understand.
Who could better understand than me?
Brooke dabs her eyes with a corner of the pink Ralph Lauren
It's so shameful...
Whatever it is -- it could save you.
That's just it -- it would ruin me!
Brooke composes herself. Takes a deep breath. Looks at Elle.
I have made my fortune on my ability to
teach women how to perfect their bodies
with the Brooke's Butt Buster workout.
I know! You helped me go from a six to a
Brooke starts to cry again.
On the day of Heyworth's murder, I was --
She snorts back a sob.
-- getting liposuction.
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I ' m a fraud! But it's not like normal
people can have this ass! If my fans
knew, I ' d lose everything. I've already
lost my husband. I rather be in jail
then lose my reputation!
Elle hugs her to her chest, consoling her.
Your secret is safe with me.
95 INT. AUSTEN, PLATT, JARET & DONOVAN - LIBRARY - DAY 95
The associates and interns sit at a table piled high with
research, as Donovan goes over his notes.
.. We've got two interviews tomorrow that
Dick and Bobby are gonna handle, and the
ex-wife in an hour.
He looks up.
Sarah, can you grab me some coffee?
Sarah rises, and fetches the coffee from the side table.
And according to this communique from the
prison, our client apparently had a visit
fr om her sister? A Miss Delta Gamma --
He looks at Elle.
Anyone you know?
Elle looks up, caught. The others looks at her.
I went to get her alibi.
Emmett looks over, surprised.
Did you get it?
But I can't tell you what it is.
The others can't believe this.
Why the hell not?
I promised her I ' d keep it secret. I
can't break the bonds of sisterhood!
Now he's pissed.
Fuck sisterhood. This is a murder trial,
not some scandal at the sorority house.
I want the alibi.
Sarah sets Donovan's coffee down. Watching to see what Elle
I can't give it to you. All I can tell
you is that she's innocent.
An ASSISTANT pokes her head in the room.
Mr. Donovan? Mrs. Windham Vandermark is
on line two.
Donovan rises, still annoyed.
Someone reason with her while I take
He walks out. The others look at Elle.
Are you crazy? Tell him the alibi.
We're gonna lose the case if you don't.
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Then we're not very good lawyers.
Emmett hides a smile. Warner leans over to Elle. Sarah is
nearby, listening. ·
If you tell him, you'll probably make
summer associate. Who cares.about Brooke?
Think about yourself.
I gave her my word, Warner.
Sarah watches -- seeing both Warner and Elle in a different
Donovan storms back in.
The ex-wife seems to be unconcerned with
the fact that her interview is today.
She's at a spa in the Berkshires.
Isn't that like, your Mother-Ship?
Elle shrugs and looks at Donovan.
I can go if you want.
Have you ever been to a spa?
And subscribe to the doctrine of self-
hatred imposed upon my gender by male
delusions of the way women are supposed
Donovan motions toward Elle. Then looks at Emmett with a
pointed "Get the alibi" look.
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Go with her.
96 INT. EMMETT'S VOLVO - DAY 96
Emmett drives, Elle is shotgun.
Explain to me why you're so anti- Brooke.
Uh, for starters, she won'-t give us an
al i bi --
Aside from that.
She's completely untrustworthy.
She married an old man, she's made a
living on telling women they're too fat,
she hawks her crap on the Home Shopping
A) He's an old man with a really big
penis. B) She never told me I was fat.
And C) Victoria Principal sells on that
And D) Brooke is obviously hiding
But maybe it's not what you think.
Bu t maybe it is-- .
They're quiet for a moment. She looks at him.
You're kind of being a butt-head right
How do you figure?
Because people aren't always what they
seem to be and you refuse to see that.
Have a little faith. You might be
They're quiet again while he thinks about this. He looks
over at her.
I can't believe you called me a butt-
head. No one's called me a butt-head
since ninth grade.
Maybe not to your face...
She gives him a teasing smile. He smiles back at her,
shaking his head.
97 INT. SPA - LOBBY - DAY 97
Elle and Emmett are at the desk.
We have two o'clock massages. Kerrigan
Go on back. .
Elle starts to go, then stops.
Oh, and my friend Katherine Windham
Vandermark is here somewhere and I ' m
supposed to meet her. for a Pilates class.
Do you have her schedule?
She's in the mud room until four.
Elle smiles her thanks and walks off with Emmett.
Damn. We can't see her for an hour?
No, she can't move for an hour.
She grabs his arm and pulls him down the hall.
98 INT. SPA - MUD ROOM - DAY 98
MRS. WINDHAM VANDERMARK, late 40s, brunette, East Coast hoity-
t o i t y -- lies on a table like a corpse, stiff with mud,
cucumbers over her eyes. Elle and Emmett poke their heads in.
Mrs. Windham Vandermark?
We're here from Austen, Platt, Jaret &
MRS. WINDHAM VANDERMARK
So, you found me.
Emmett looks at Elle.
MRS. WINDHAM VANDERMARK
I ' m covered in very expensive Egyptian
mud ··-- hardly naked.
I'll cover her -- parts.
Elle settles on three washcloths, strategically placed.
MRS. WINDHAM VANDERMARK
So, I hear the tart from California shot -
Well, that's what we're trying to prove
didn't happen. Do you have any reason to
believe it did?
MRS. WINDHAM VANDERMARK
I never met the woman, but from what my
daughter tells me, she's quite the cun--
Did your daughter ever say anything to
you about Brooke and Heyworth's
MRS. WINDHAM VANDERMARK
Aside from the fact that he found her on
an infomercial? She said they humped like
gorillas . Chutney could hear them all
the way in the pool house.
I ' m sure that was very awkward for
Much as it is for me, hearing you tell
MRS. WINDHAM VANDERMARK
But I guess it wasn't enough for Brooke.
Why do you say that?
MRS . WINDHAM VANDERMARK
Haven't you seen the cabana boy?
Ys. . . .
MRS. WINDHAM VANDERMARK
Like I said, I've never met Brooke, but I
have seen her from a distance. When I ' d
come over to pick up the alimony check
that Heyworth forgot to mail every month,
she'd be out by the pool, with Mr. Hot
Pants hovering over her with some pink
MRS . WINDHAM VANDERMARK
I didn't stick around long enough to
watch him stick his swizzle stick in her
mouth, but I ' d bet my next check that
that ' s where he was about to put it .
99 INT. EMMETT 'S VOLVO - DAY 99
Emmett drives, raving.
How can you still believe she's innocent?
You're going to trust the word of a woman
who named her child after a condiment?
And you know this for a fact?
Did you see the icky black color of her
I never trust a woman who's not blonde.
Except for my friend Serena, but that's
only because she's a blonde at heart.
That's the whole reason I ' m starting the
Blonde Legal Defense Fund.
He looks at her and laughs.
Blondes are discriminated against
worldwide! Brooke's a blonde, and people
are saying she's sleeping with the cheesy
pool boy and shooting her husband. If
she was a mousy brunette, it would be,
"Oh, the poor widow."
She's fired up now.
You should see the way I ' m treated in
class! I'm a complete source of mockery.
This is why the Blonde Legal Defense Fund
He goes along with it, won over by her enthusiasm.
Okay, how would it work?
99 (2) 99
It would be a full-service law firm, by
and for blondes, providing positive
blonde role models and community outreach
in high blonde areas. I mean, think
about it -- name one blonde intellectual
-- I can't.
That is a direct result of anti- blonde
Wait -- Hilary Clinton.
If she were a true blonde, she would've
left the cheating bastard. Blondes don't
let their husbands get fellated by
brunettes and live to tell about it.
EMM E T T
. In that case, maybe Heyworth got ---
fellated --by a brunette and Brooke
Exactly how much gorilla sex do you think
a sixty-year-old man can take? ·.
That's not really a topic that keeps me
up at night -- but maybe it should.
Elle digs in her purse.
Speaking of that ·-- I bought you some
seaweed cream while we were at the spa.
She hands it to him. He keeps his hands on the wheel, not
What the hell is that for?
99 (3) 99
The bags under your eyes. You're an
attractive man, but you need to take
better care of yourself.
I don't --
(gesturing to the cream)
Do that stuff.
Well, you should --. I f you look good, you ·
feel good and if you feel good, you
project joy into the world.
Projecting joy is not my job.
Fine. Sorry I brought it up.
She puts the cream back in her purse. They ride in silence
fo r a moment. Then --
You really think I ' m attractive?
For a butt-head? Yes.
She smiles at him. .
100 EXT. HARVARD CAMPUS - NIGHT 100
Elle walks down the sidewalk to her dorm, approaching Dorky
David as he tries to ask out a FRESHMAN GIRL who thinks she's
a lot cuter than she actually is. She stands with her
- DORKY DAVID
So -- I called your room last night.
I heard. .
I was thinking maybe we could go out
Uh, n o . . . you're a dork.
turns back to her FRIENDS who all laugh at him. Elle
winces as she passes.
I ' m in law school --
The Freshman Girl turns back to him.
Look -- I ' m not going out with you. I
can't believe you'd even ask. Girls like
me don't go out with losers like you.
Her friends snicker. Elle stops at this and sighs,
acknowledging to herself that she has to help this guy. She
turns and marches back, SLAPPING Dorky David across the face.
Dorky David is stunned, as is the Freshman Girl.
Why didn't you call me?
We spend a beautiful night together and
then I never hear from you again?
I -- uh --
Elle signals with her eyes for him to go along with it.
DORKY DAVID (CONT'D)
F or what? Breaking my heart or ruining sex for me
with any other man?
U h -- both?
Forget it. I've already spent too many
hours crying over you.
100 ( 2 ) 100
She rushes off. Dorky David and the Freshman Girl and her
friends watch Elle go. After a moment, the girl turns to David.
So, urn, when did you wanna go out?
I ' m free on Friday.
W al k in g away, Elle hears this and smiles.
101 EXT. COURTHOUSE - DAY 101
P e op le ascend the wide courthouse steps.
BA ILIF F (O.S.)
Th e first district court is now in session.
Th e honorable Judge William R. Ptak presiding.
102 INT. COURTROOM - DAY .102
T he DA grills Mrs. Windham Vandermark.
D A JOYCE RAFFERTY
A nd what was the defendant doing?
M R S. WINDHAM VANDERMARK
S it ti n g next to the pool topless, while
th e Latin boy handed her a drink.
C UT TO:
103 INT. COURTROOM - DAY 103
DA Rafferty continues her grilling.
DA JOYCE RAFFERTY
A n d where was she exactly?
T h i s time -- Chutney is on the stand.
C HU TN E Y
St and in g over my father's dead body.
104 INT. COURTROOM - DAY 104
CLOSE ON a tiny Speedo thong .
DA JOYCE RAFFERTY (O.S.)
Mr. Salvatore, can you tell us what this
We PULL BACK to reveal that the DA is holding it up as she
DA JOYCE RAFFERTY
This is the uniform that Mrs. Windham
asked you to wear while cleaning her
DA JOYCE RAFFERTY
And are you or are you not, having an
affair with Brooke Windham?
Enrique shifts in his seat.
DA JOYCE RAFFERTY
Have you inserted your genitalia into
DA JOYCE RAFFERTY
Have you and Mrs. Windham had sexual
Y es! Okay? Yes!
The courtroom gasps. Elle looks over at Brooke, who's
shaking her head, outraged.
105 INT. COURTROOM - MOMENTS LATER 105
Everyone files out. As Brooke is being led away, she turns
I'm not having an affair with Enrique --
you know a Delta Gamma would never sleep
with a man who wears a thong! I just
liked watching him bend over to clean the
f i lt e r --
I believe you! Don't worry.
Brooke is taken away.
106 INT. ELLE'S DORM ROOM - NIGHT 106
Elle, in sweats and a pony-tail, pours over a mammoth-sized
deposition. A KNOCK sounds.
(re the depo)
You done with that yet?
Elle hands the deposition over.
Take it. I've read it twenty times.
She grabs another one off of the stack and begins reading.
I believe her, too. I don't think she's
having an affair with Enrique.
Too bad you and I are the only ones.
I ' m still can't believe you didn't tell
Donovan the alibi.
Elle looks up, defensive.
It's not my alibi to tell --
I know. I thought that was very --
classy of you. .
Sarah starts to go, then stops.
y Have you ever noticed that Donovan never
asks Warner to bring him coffee? He's
asked me at least a dozen times.
Men are helpless. You know that.
Sarah lingers, leaning on the edge of the couch.
Warner can't even do his own laundry.
I know. He has it sent out.
Did you know he got wait-listed when he
appli ed? His father had to make a call.
A KNOCK sounds on the open door and Margot and Serena poke
their heads in.
MARGOT AND SERENA
Oh, my God! ' -.
Sarah watches as Elle jumps up to hug the girls, who each
have a bottle of Veuve Cliquot in their hands.
What're you doing here?!
We're on our way to the bridal show in
New York so we thought we'd rescue you
from law school for the night.
We have a limo downstairs and lots more
She wiggles her champagne bottle.
106 (2) 106
You guys -- I can't. We're in the middle
of a trial.
At the office ~
Margot and Serena look over at her.
Oh, how sweet! You made friends with a
Bring her, too.
C'mon. You can wear one of Elle's
T ha t ' s okay --
Speaking of which, can you please put on
some party clothes? You look like
someone rolled you in something sticky
and dragged you through a K-Mart.
I can't believe you guys are actually
here -- but this case is important. I'll
make it up to you after finals, okay? I
-- promise. I really want to do a good job.
Margot and Serena stare at her, realizing she means it.
Okay. . . Call us if you change your mind.
They start to head out. Margot hands Sa-rah the bottle of champagne.
106 (3) 106
She spots The Rock on Sarah's finger and grabs her hand.
Jesus. Talk about a Rock. You must be
better in bed than you look.
Elle hustles them out the door.
I'll call you as soon as it's over, okay?
MARGOT AND SERENA
She shuts the door behind them. Then looks at Sarah.
Sorry about that.
Sarah sets down the Veuve.
She smiles at Elle.
We'll drink it after we win.
Elle smiles .
107 INT. BEAUTY OASIS - DAY 107
Paulette arranges a nail polish display by the door.
UPS GUY (O.S.)
I've got a big one for you.
Paulette freezes and slowly turns to find UPS Guy holding out
a big package.
UPS GUY (CONT'D)
Can you sign?
He hands her the computerized tablet and as he does, the pen
velcroed to the side falls off.
Paulette watches as it FALLS IN SLO-MO. Realizing that now
is the perfect time to try the Bend & Snap.
She bends slowly, tush out, knee cocked. She grabs the pen
and as she prepares to Snap back up, UPS Guy leans over to
UPS GUY (CONT'D)
Not realizing he's leaning over, she SNAPS back up --
CLOCKING him in the NOSE with her head.
He reels backward, holding his nose, blood flowing as
Paulette stares at him-in horror.
Oh my God!
108 INT. COURTHOUSE - HALLWAY - DAY 108
Elle waits in line for the water fountain, talking on her
You broke his nose?!
We INTERCUT with Paulette as she watches- UPS Guy being
carried out by paramedics on a gurney. The ladies of the
shop flutter around him, concerned.
I 'm okay --
I think he noticed me, Elle --
But only because I maimed him!
I'll be over right after the trial, okay?
We're about to cross- examine Enrique.
And don't worry! My friend Serena barfed
on a guy during "The Blair Witch Project"
and end up dating him for three months.
She hangs up. Enrique cuts in front of her in line for the
water fountain. She glares at him, tapping her foot.
He finishes getting his drink and turns, looking at her.
Don't stomp your little Prada sandals at
me, Miss Thing.
He walks past, as.Elle gapes at him. Realizing.
109 INT. COURTROOM - DAY - MOMENTS LATER 109
Elle grabs Emmett's arm as he whispers with Donovan.
He's gay! Enrique is gay!
She grabs Warner as he's passing.
Warner, what kind of shoes do I have on?
He looks down at her Prada sandals.
Donovan frowns, not seeing.
What are you talking about?
He's gay -- he isn't Brooke's lover!
He's making it up. Whoever killed
Heyworth is paying him off.
Back up. How do you know he's gay?
Gay men know designers. Straight men
She points at Warner, who shrugs. Brooke leans over.
What's going on?
Enrique's gay. I ' m sure of it.'
He did leave a Cher tape in the pool
house once --
While I appreciate your masterful legal
theory, I have a murder trial to attend
He grabs Emmett's arm and pulls him aside as they confer on
more serious matters. Emmett looks at her as if to say
"Sorry", before he looks back at Donovan.
Brooke looks at Donovan, then back at Elle, rolling her eyes.
Elle sits down, pissed. Warner is next to her.
Thanks for the backup.
How was I supposed to know what kind of
shoes you had on?
She looks at him like he's a complete idiot, as the judge
takes his seat.
110 INT. COURTROOM - MOMENTS LATER - DAY 110
Donovan is in front of Enrique, who is at the stand.
Mr. Salvatore, do you have any proof that
you and Mrs. Windham were having an
Just the love in my heart.
Women in the audience openly sigh. Elle makes a puke
gesture. Enid concurs.
Donovan smiles a smug smile.
If that's all the proof that he has, your
Honor, I think I'm done here.
I have a couple of questions, Your Honor?
Donovan glares at him.
(continuing; sotto to Donovan)
Give me two minutes.
He approaches Enrique and starts firing questions at rapid
Did you ever take Mrs. Windham on a date?
A restaurant in Oakland. Where no one
would recognize us.
And how long have you been sleeping with
And what is your boyfriend's name?
The audience lets out a gasp. Elle looks up, shocked, then
Enrique begins to sweat.
I ' m sorry, I misunderstood. Chuck is
just a friend.
CHUCK, scrawny and angry, stands up in the audience.
If I ' m just your friend, why have we been
doing the slippy-slap every night for the
past six months?
110 (2) 110
The courtroom ERUPTS and the judge bangs the gavel.
Elle smiles victoriously from her seat. Emmett grins back at
Donovan shakes his head, smiling in amazement.
111 EXT. COURTHOUSE - DAY 111
Elle and Emmett walk down the stairs together in high
spirits. Donovan catches up.
Good work today, Ms. Woods.
He walks on. She looks at Emmett, excited. He high-fives
112 INT. BEAUTY OASIS - NIGHT 112
Paulette is closing up as Elle follows her around.
(in a giddy, rush)
And after they set his nose, he came back
for his truck and I offered to drive for
him since he was still on pain-killers
and we spent the whole afternoon
together! He was unconscious for part of
it, but it was really fun!
I ' m so happy for you!
How'd it go at the trial?
Great. Donovan actually said the words
"Good work, Ms. Woods". He takes me
seriously! Can you believe it?
Of course I can believe it. You're going
to make a great lawyer.
Paulette looks at Elle. Emotional.
Elle, you've changed my life. You are
the kindest, most wonderful angel.
Without you, I wouldn't have Rufus or a
dinner date. Now go and share your
goodness with the world while I stay here
and have my hoo-hoo waxed.
113 INT. AUSTEN, JARET, PLATT AND DONOVAN - HALLWAY - NIGHT 113
Elle passes Sarah, who carries a stack of depos into the
conference room to Dick and Bobby.
Donovan asked to see you before you · '
He's already got his coffee -- maybe he
needs a donut.
They share a smile as Elle walks over to Donovan's glass-
walled office and knocks on the door. Nervous.
Come on in.
He beckons her inside, and she goes, shutting the door behind
114 INT. DONOVAN'S OFFICE - NIGHT 114
He's behind his desk. He motions for her to sit in one of
the two chairs opposite him.
Is everything okay?
You followed your intuition today and you
. were right on target. I should"ve
Ab ou t the alibi --
I ' m sorry, but --
(cutting her off)
I ' m impressed that you took the
initiative to go there and get it. That's
what makes a good lawyer. And on top of
that, you gained the client's trust and
kept it.. That' s what makes a great
lawyer. You're smart, Elle. Smarter than ·· .
most of the guys I have on my payroll.
Elle is overwhelmed by his praise.
Wow. That means so much to me to hear you
Donovan walks around his desk and sits in the chair opposite
I think it's time discuss your career
path. Have you thought about where you
might be a summer associate?
Not really. I know how competitive it . ·.
a l l is --
You know what competition is really
about, don't you?
Eager for his knowledge, Elle is on the edge of her seat. He
It's about ferocity. Carnage.
114 (2) 114
Balancing human intelligence with animal
diligence. Knowing exactly what you want
and how far you'll go to get it. How far
will Elle go?
As he says the last sentence, he SLIDES his hand UP HER
115 OUTSIDE DONOVAN'S OFFICE 115
Sarah walks down the hallway, glancing in Donovan's office to see --
H E R POV --
Donovan's hand sliding up Elle's skirt. She shakes her head
in disgust, & heads off- NOT SEEING
116 INT. DONOVAN'S OFFICE 116
Elle stares at Donovan in horror, then grabs his hand --
stopping its journey upward.
You're hitting on me?
You're a beautiful girl, Elle.
So everything you just said --?
I ' m a man who knows what I want.
Elle rises, stung. She stares at him for a beat.
And I ' m a law student who's finally
realized her professor is a pathetic
She walks out.
Too bad. I thought you were a law
student who wanted to be a lawyer.
Elle keeps walking.
117 INT. AUSTEN, JARET, PLATT ETC. - ELEVATOR - MOMENT LATER 117
Elle is in the elevator. Flushed and upset. As the doors
start to close, Sarah sticks her arm in, blocking them.
You almost had me fooled.
Maybe you should sleep with the judge
too. Then we can win the case.
Sarah steps back, letting the doors shut.
118 INT. BUILDING LOBBY - NIGHT 118
Elle stomps out of the elevator, as Emmett gets in.
He y --
She marches past. He follows, catching up.
Whoa -- Why?
Law school was a mistake. Getting this
internship was a mistake.
What're you talking about? You earned
I didn't earn anything. I got this
internship because Donovan liked the way
I looked. Which he made clear .tonight
when he tried to feel me up.
Emmett looks pissed as he processes this.
So now you're --?
Going back to LA. Maybe I can fulfill my
destiny as a useless bimbo and join the
Swedish Bikini Team. No more navy blue
suits. No more panty-hose. No more
trying to be something I ' m not.
What if you're trying to be something you
are? The hell with Donovan. Stay.
She stops, giving him a sad smile.
Thanks for not treating me the way
everyone else here does. Call me if
you're ever in California.
She walks out. Emmett watches her go, hating it.
119 EXT. BEAUTY OASIS - NIGHT 119
Elle's Boxster, packed with suitcases and the potted palm,
120 INT. BEAUTY OASIS - NIGHT 120
Elle sits in front of Paulette, dejected. Not even bothering
with a manicure.
You can't go home!
What's the point of staying? All people
see when they look at me is blonde hair
and big boobs. No one's ever going to
take me seriously. The people at law
s chool don't, Warner doesn't -- I don't
even think my parents take me seriously.
They wanted me to grow up and become a
Victoria's Secret model who marries a
rock star. Now, for the first time, it
seemed like someone expected me to do
something better with my life than wear
underwear for a living. But I was kidding
mys elf -- Donovan didn't see me as a
lawyer. He saw me as a piece of ass.
Just like everyone else. It turns out, I
am a j oke.
She stands up.
The hell with law school. I just came to
IN A NEARBY CHAIR
Professor Elspeth Stromwell spins around, nails drying,
If you let one stupid prick ruin your
life, you're not the girl I thought you
Elle looks at her, shocked, as Professor Stromwell stands and
121 INT. JAIL WAITING ROOM - NIGHT 121
CLOSE ON A TV -- Donovan is being interviewed is on the
DONOVAN ON TV
Enrique Salvatore has been discredited as a witness.
REPORTER #2 ON TV
Did you go in there knowing how you were
going to discredit Mr. Salvatore?
DONOVAN ON TV
Absolutely. It's a little thing I like
to call strategy.
He gives the reporters a smug smile.
IN THE WAITING ROOM
Brooke looks away from the TV. Emmett is next to her,
prepping her for the following day.
Is he always such an ass?
He's the top defense attorney in the
state. Of course he's an ass.
..J But is he an ass that's gonna win my case?
He's an ass that's gonna try.
He thinks I ' m guilty, doesn't he?
That's not what's important.
To me it is. He doesn't trust me. Why
should I trust him?
Emmett thinks for a moment. Then looks at Brooke.
You're right. Why should you?
122 EXT. COURTHOUSE - DAY 122
People enter. Reporters set up their cameras. Dorky David
passes by in a suit and tie.
123 INT. COURTHOUSE - HALLWAY - DAY 123
Donovan and Emmett head into the courtroom.
Keep that bitch away from me.
She's our client.
Not Brooke. Elle.
Funny how a woman can turn into a bitch
just by saying "no".
Donovan glares at Emmett as they continue in.
Behind them -- SARAH stops in her tracks, having heard all of
124 INT. COURTROOM - MOMENTS LATER 124
/·""""·', Donovan takes his seat next to Brooke. She smiles at him.
What're you so happy about? You're on
trial for murder.
You're fired. I have new representation.
The door of the courtroom BANGS open and ELLE STRIDES IN,
dressed in a Prada mini-dress, Underdog in her purse. She
blows a bubble, lets it pop, then sets her briefcase down
next to Donovan's.
Excuse you. You're in my way.
She nudges him aside. Donovan looks at Brooke.
She's a law student. She can't defend
Dorky David steps up, holding out a marked casebook. ·
Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Rule .
(to Donovan) -
Counselors, approach the bench.
Elle starts to head up.
You're not going up there.
Yes, I am.
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I don't think you heard me. You're fired.
She's my lawyer.
Counselors, now. All of you.
Elle, Donovan and Emmett head up, as does the DA. Elle hands
the judge the case book.
Elle Woods, your honor. Rule 3:03 of the
Supreme Judicial Court states that a law ·
student may appear on behalf of a
defendant in criminal proceedings.
DA JOYCE RAFFERTY
I have no problem with this.
I do. I'm not allowing it.
But you agreed last night. In the
office? When we were discussing my
The implication lingers in the air, as Donovan glares at her.
(reading the casebook)
The ruling also states that you need a
licensed attorney to supervise you. Mr.
That, I won't agree to.
Emmett steps forward.
I ' m supervising, Your Honor.
Elle smiles at him. Donovan looks from Emmett to Elle,
Well, then, Ms. Woods. Proceed.
Elle walks back to the table with a grin. Warner looks shocked.
124 ( (3) 124
IN THE AUDIENCE
Paulette beams, the UPS Guy in the nose brace, next to her.
Serena and Margot, now in attendance, STAND clapping and
squealing in a completely inappropriate way.
Donovan takes a seat in the audience. As he passes by Brooke:
The judge looks at Brooke.
Mrs. Windham, you do realize what you're
As Donovan sits, Margot leans over.
Don't fuck with a Delta Gamma.
AT THE DEFENSE TABLE
Sarah leans forward to Elle, who gathers her notes.
Kick some butt.
Elle looks at her, surprised.
Ms. Woods, call your first witness.
I'd like to recall Chutney Windham as a
The crowd murmurs. Donovan rolls his eyes.
125 INT. COURTROOM - DAY - MOMENTS LATER 125
Chutney takes her hand off of the Bible and sits.
Ms. Woods, begin your questioning.
9/18/2000 Revision (Pink) 108.
First, your Honor, I ' d like to point out
that not only is there no proof in this
case, but there's a complete lack of mens
rea, which by definition tells us that
there is no crime without a vicious will.
The DA rolls her eyes, as do the lawyers present.
I am aware of the meaning of mens rea.
What I am unaware of is why you're giving
me a vocabulary lesson instead of
questioning your witness.
Flustered, Elle turns to Chutney.
Okay -- Ms. Windham, when you uh arrived
back at the house? Was your father there?
Not that I saw. But like I said, I went
straight upstairs to take a shower. ' ,
And when you came downstairs, what happened?
I saw Brooke standing over his body,
drenched in his blood.
But Mrs. Windham didn't have a gun?
No, she'd stashed it by then.
Brooke rolls her eyes.
Move to strike that from the record, your
Elle mentally kicks herself for not doing this herself.
Eirimett gives her a reassuring nod. She takes a deep breath, ·
then continues on.
Did you hear a shot fired?
9/18/2000 Revision (Pink) 108A.
125 (2) 125
No. I was in the shower.
So at some point in the -- twenty
minutes? -- you were in the shower, your
father was shot?
Elle paces a bit. Underdog watches from her purse on the
table, intrigued by her line of questioning.
9/18/2000 Revision (Pink) 109.
125 (3) . 125
Your father was shot while you were in
Gerard looks at Emmett.
Where's she going with this?
Have a little faith.
But you didn't hear the shot, because you
were in the shower.
Yes. I was washing my hair.
Elle's onto something, but not sure what. .
Miss Windham, can you tell us what you'd
been doing earlier in the day?
I got up, went to Starbucks, went to the
gym, got a perm, and came home.
Where you got in the shower.
I believe the witness has made it clear
that she was in the shower.
People start to murmur. Donovan snickers. Sarah looks
Yes, Your Honor. Had you ever gotten a . .
perm before, Miss Windham?
The beginnings of a smile start to spread across Elle's face.
9/18/2000 Revision (Pink) 109A.
125 ( 4 ) . 125
How many, would you say?
Two a year since I was twelve. You do the
12 5 (3) 125
You know, a girl in my sorority, Tracy
Marcinko, got a perm once. Even though we
all told her not to ~ curls really
weren't the right look for her --
She didn't have your bone structure.
Chutney almost smiles.
But, thankfully, that same day, she
entered the Pi Kap wet t-shirt contest
where she was completely hosed down from
head to toe.
Donovan shakes his head at her incompetence.
DA JOYCE RAFFERTY
Objection. Why is this relevant?
Emmett clears his throat, worried. Elle turns around, giving
him a "trust me" look. Then turns back to the judge.
(to the judge)
I have a point. I promise.
Then make it.
Elle looks at Chutney. ..
Chutney, why is it that Tracy Marcinko's
curls were ruined when she got hosed
Because they got wet.
That's right. Because isn't the first
cardinal rule of perm maintenance that
you are forbidden to wet your hair for at
least twenty-four hours after getting a
perm at the risk of de-activating the
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And wouldn't someone who's had -- thirty
perms ? -- throughout her lifetime, be
well aware of this rule?
Chutney doesn't answer. She just glares at Brooke.
And if you, in fact, were not washing
your hair, as I suspect you were not,
since your curls are still intact,
wouldn't you have heard the gunshot?
Chutney continues to glare.
And if you in fact, heard the gunshot,
then Brooke Windham wouldn't have had
time to hide the gun before you got
downstairs. Which would mean that you
would've had to have found Mrs. Windham
with a gun in her hand to make your story
sound plausible. Isn't that right?
She's younger than I am. Did she tell
you that? How would you feel if your
father married someone younger than you?
You, however, had time to hide the gun,
didn't you, Chutney? After you shot your
Brooke looks at Chutney in horror, realizing.
I didn't mean to shoot him -- ·
I meant to shoot you!
Pandemonium erupts. The gavel pounds.
I knew it!
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Elle looks at Emmet t., elated at what's just happened.
Oh, my God!
(even more shocked)
Oh, my G^d.! !
126 INT. COURTHOUSE FOYER - DAY 126
Reporters mob Elle and Brooke as they make their way out of
Elle, how did you know Chutney was lying?
Because she is brilliant.
The rules of haircare are simple and
finite . Any Cosmo girl would ' ve known .
The reporters laugh as they snap pictures of her and a happy
127 INT. WOODS' BEL AIR HOME - GYM -SAME TIME 127
CLOS E ON THE TV -- the channels change: golf -- a commercial -
- Elle in the courthouse.
What the --?
Daniel, Elle 's father, watches TV as he does his morning
workout on the treadmill.
Bile's on TV!
He looks next to him, where Sapphire is upside down on a yoga
SAPPHIRE'S POV -- the upside-down television with Elle on it.
Oh, my God! What happened to her tan? '
128 INT. COURTHOUSE FOYER - MOMENTS LATER 128
As the reporters continue to mob Brooke, Elle steps aside to
talk to Serena and Margot. .
I wish we could stay longer, but I have a
I can't believe you're a Laker Girl!
Hello! You're like, a lawyer.
Enid walks up to the girls.
Even though you knew your shit today --
you're still a product of the patriarchy
and a creation of the male-dominated
media. And so are your friends.
She looks at Serena.
(continuing; to Serena)
Although -- you're kinda hot. Call me.
She walks off. Serena looks alarmed.
Don't worry. She's harmless. I'll see
you guys soon! Thanks for coming!
She air-kisses them as Margot leads a still shell-shocked
Serena away as Emmett walks up to Elle.
129 EXT. COURTHOUSE STEPS - DAY - LATER' 129
Elle looks up at the courthouse as the sun sets behind it.
She smiles, proud of herself. ·
You were amazing today.
She turns and finds Warner.
He moves closer.
It made me realize something. I ' m an
He turns on the charm.
I want to be with you, Elle. Forever.
He pulls her close, hand around her waist, kissing her. She
looks up at him, a trace of the old love in her eyes. For a
moment, she melts.
ELLE . '
I want to be with you, too, Warner.
After a moment, she steps back, removing his hand from her '
waist and wrenching it behind his back.
In court. On opposing sides.
Are you serious? ·
Huh. Imagine that. Looks like I am.
She walks down the steps. Warner watches her go, then turns
to see Sarah, who's witnessed the entire episode. She glares
at him, then walks past.
Sarah -- hold on. .
She shoves him, knocking him on his ass, then rushes to .catch
up with Elle.
El le , wait up --
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(continu ing; sheepish)
I ' m a bitch.
Yes, you are.
And Donovan's a-scumbag for coming on to
Yes, he is. · .
They look at each other in a silent truce.
So -- can we drink that champagne when I
get back from the pawnshop?
She pulls off her engagement ring.
ELLE .. .
You're pawning The Rock?!
Hell, yes. We've got finals to study
for. In Jamaica.
She smiles and heads off. Elle smiles, processing this as
Em me tt approaches Elle. .
Up for a celebration dinner?
Are you asking me on a date?
As long as you realize I'm not just some
man-toy you can show off like a trophy.
Then, forget it. Besides, I have an early
class tomorrow. .
So Friday at eight?
She smiles at him. .
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She heads down the stairs, stops and thinks a moment, then
runs back up --
-- Grabbing Emmett in a hellacious KISS. He kisses her back.
We CRANE UP as they embrace on the courthouse steps.
130 EXT. HARVARD LAW SCHOOL QUAD - DAY 130
"Welcome Law Students Class of 2004" banners hang over
orientation tables. Nervous first year students stand in
We PAN ACROSS a row of club tables -- passing "Harvard Law .
Journal" and "Environmental Law Association" ·-- until we
reach a table that proudly bears the banner of "Blonde Legal
Elle, in a red 2L t-shirt, stands behind the table,
straightening some flyers. UNDERDOG is plopped down on top
of the stack. Elle turns to see EMMETT next to her.
'· ' · · ' .:.
Someone missed you.
Is he the only one?
What do you think?
(continuing; re the crowd)
Looks like you're pretty popular.
Elle smiles, turning back as A NERVOUS 1L GIRL steps up.
NERVOUS 1L GIRL
Do you have to be blonde to sign up?
Only blonde at heart.
(to the girl next to her)
Elle smiles and looks down at -- the NEWLY BLONDE SARAH.
Sarah returns the smile as we PULL BACK to see a CROWD of
first year girls gathered around Elle's table, rushing to
sign up. Ready to be as blonde as they can be.