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: I opened thousands of brains. Nicky Rogan
: What'd you find? Anatoli Kaganovich
: Big mess every time.
: The Red Soxs are always winning, until they lose.
[Nicky Rogan, in a taxi cab, sees his daughter in an adjacent taxi, exits his, and joins her in hers
] Nicky Rogan
: How come I don't see you any more? Where are you, all day? Laurel Rogan
: [laughs sardonically
] I'm at college. Thought you knew. Nicky Rogan
: You wanna get a coffee? Laurel Rogan
: I don't drink coffee, Daddy. This is not what we should be talking about. Nicky Rogan
: What do you want to talk about? I'll talk about anything you want to talk about. What's this?
[He picks up her radio
] Laurel Rogan
: Senior Play tonight, remember? Nicky Rogan
: Why do you need a radio? Laurel Rogan
: So I can listen to the ball game at intermissions! Do you know that Mother is seeing a prominent divorce lawyer? Nicky Rogan
: Don't talk like that! Man! How prominent? What are you implying? Laurel Rogan
: She's doing like those Iranians. I divorce thee. I divorce thee. I divorce thee.
: I don't get it. What's the fuss? Elliott Litvak
: He reviewed that one-act I did at the Fulton Fish Market. We did this play at four in the morning. Outdoors. In the rain. One performance. For fish handlers. Nicky Rogan
: And he was there? Elliott Litvak
: Steven Schwimmer. I memorized every line of this review. Nicky Rogan
: That's awful. Elliott Litvak
: I recite it to myself with masochistic relish.
: I can't write one word without imagining what his response is going to be. I am paralyzed as an artist. Nicky Rogan
: See, I don't have the problems you artists have. Elliott Litvak
: You've been saying that for years. Nicky Rogan
: What? Elliott Litvak
: "No, I'm just a professional. I'm a dues-paying member of the Guild." You are afraid, Nicky. That's the darkest part of you.
: When the Mets lose, they just lose. It's a flat feeling; there's nothing there. Now the Red Sox, now, here, we have a rich history of really fascinating ways to lose a crucial game. You know what I mean? Defeats that just keep you awake at night. They pound in your head like the hammer of fate. Yeah, you can analyze a Red Sox game day and night for a month and still uncover really complex layers of feelings. Feelings you didn't even know you were capable of having. Yeah. That kind of pain has a memory all of its own.
: I coulda been happy. I coulda been a Yankees fan.
: I want to be fair-minded, Nicky. Nicky Rogan
: [taking his attention away from the ball game on the pub's television
] All right. All right. Okay. What's going on? Lillian Rogan
: I've been talking to a prominent divorce lawyer. Nicky Rogan
: [very seriously
] How prominent? Lillian Rogan
: He has his own submarine.
[Toyota has mistaken Nicky for a murderous gangster, but because he speaks quietly, she speaks fearlessly
] Toyota Moseby
: Your problem is, you want to take the easy way out. Losing is easy. Nicky Rogan
: No. Winning is easy. Losing is complicated. Losing's a lifetime's work.
[They are watching the baseball game in a pub
] Toyota Moseby
: Life is good! Nicky Rogan
: Baseball is life!