Onto today's joint from LITTLE GIRL BLUE, where the plot not only thickens, it congeals.
Private eye Carrie Love and her new client, college coed/amateur stripper Blue Wonder toast to Carrie's helping Blue find out who killed her sister, but are interrupted by Tolly Chill, the manager of the strip club, who not only hires Blue after her disastrous audition, but also invites her to a party in the Hollywood Hills ...
INT. FANTASY ISLAND STRIP CLUB - BAR - NIGHT
Blue smiles at Carrie. They toast to their new working relationship.
MALE VOICE (O.C.)
There she is. The lovely Miss Blue.
Appears before them. Suave.
Eyes crinkled with satisfaction.
I’m Tolly. I run this joint.
OH. Nice to meet you.
I’m so embarrassed --
He raises her hand to his lips.
Kisses it. Smiles.
Nonsense. You were wonderful.
In fact, I’d like to offer you a job. Dancing.
See? What did I tell you?
(ignores Carrie, to Blue)
I’m going to a little holiday soirée in the Hollywood Hills tonight --
and I’d love for you to accompany me.
A party? In the Hollywood Hills?
Should be fun. Nice mix of people.
Movie stars, pro athletes, rock stars, politicians.
I’d be honored.
Sure. I’d be honored.
Terrific. I have to go take care of some business in the back office.
Stay here, have a drink on me, and I’ll be back in a few minutes.
He bows. Turns, walks away. Carrie watches him.
Holy SHIT. A party in the Hollywood Hills.
There’s something -- off about him.
Don’t be silly. He’s cute.
Just be careful.
He seems like a complete gentlemen.
Sure. All guys who run strip clubs are 'complete gentlemen.'
If I didn’t know better, I’d say you’re jealous.
If you’re going to hire my services,
you’re going to have to trust my judgment.
(off her stare)
Look. I’ve been around the block.
There’s a lot of sharks in this town
that can make a meal out of a gal like you.
Just be careful, okay? Keep your eyes open.
Okay. And don’t be afraid to call me if anything gets -- weird.
Any time of the day or night.
Think of me like a big sister.
I like that --
Appears. All smiles. Eyes flashing.
Are you ready to go?
I need to go to the ladies room.
Be back in a sec.
She slides off her stool.
Grabs her purse.
Heads for the loo.
Tolly and Carrie appraise each other.
(turns, looks at Carrie)
So what’s your story?
(hands him her card)
Carrie Love, PI. A friend.
(reads the card)
It’s nice to see the young lady has --
people watching out for her.
Can’t be too careful these days.
PUSH IN Carrie.
Finishing her drink.
Gotta watch out for those sharks.
(sips her beer)
Especially when you’re living in a fishbowl.