Marge enters. She looks around the bar, a rather
characterless, lowlit meeting place for business people.
It is a bald, paunching man of about Marge's age, rising
from a booth halfway back. His features are broad,
He approaches somewhat carefully, as if on his second drink.
They hug and head back toward the booth.
Geez! You look great!
Yah - easy there - you do too!
I'm expecting, ya know.
I see that! That's great!
A waitress meets them at the table.
... What can I get ya?
Just a Diet Coke.
Again she glances about.
... This is a nice place.
Yah, ya know it's the Radisson,
so it's pretty good.
You're livin' in Edina, then?
Oh, yah, couple years now. It's
actually Eden Prarie - that school
district. So Chief Gunderson, then!
So ya went and married Norm Son-of-
Oh, yah, a long time ago.
Great. What brings ya down - are
ya down here on that homicide -
if you're allowed, ya know, to
Oh, yah, but there's not a heckuva
lot to discuss. What about you,
Mike? Are you married - you have
Well, yah, I was married. I was
married to - You mind if I sit
He is sliding out of his side of the booth and easing in
next to Marge.
... I was married to Linda
No, I - Mike - wyncha sit over
there, I'd prefer that.
Huh? Oh, okay, I'm sorry.
No, just so I can see ya, ya know.
Don't have to turn my neck.
Oh, sure, I unnerstand, I didn't
mean to -
No, no, that's fine.
Yah, sorry, so I was married to
Linda Cooksey - ya remember Linda?
She was a year behind us.
I think I remember Linda, yah.
She was - yah. So things didn't
work out, huh?
And then I, and then I been workin'
for Honeywell for a few years now.
Well, they're a good outfit.
Yah, if you're an engineer, yah,
you could do a lot worse. Of
course, it's not, uh, it's
nothin' like your achievement.
It sounds like you're doin' really
Yah, well, I, uh ... it's not that
it didn't work out - Linda passed
away. She, uh...
Yah, I, uh... She had leukemia,
No, I didn't...
It was a tough, uh ... it was a
long - She fought real hard,
I'm sorry, Mike.
Oh, ya know, that's, uh - what
can I say?...
He holds up his drink.
... Better times, huh?
Marge clinks it.
I was so... I been so ... and
then I saw you on TV, and I
remembered, ya know... I always
Well, I always liked you, Mike.
I always liked ya so much...
It's okay, Mike - Should we get
together another time, ya think?
No - I'm sorry! It's just - I
been so lonely - then I saw you,
He is weeping.
... I'm sorry... I shouldn't a
done this... I thought we'd have
a really terrific time, and now
You were such a super lady ...
and then I... I been so lonely...
It's okay, Mike...