JULIA REFUSES TO BE A SUBSTITUTE
TimeDecember 1987 (Episode #852)
SettingThe Orient Express
CharactersMason and Julia
PremiseThis scene comes on the heels of Mason and Julia's encounter with Kris Kringle (a.k.a. the real Santa Claus). Click here for a transcript of the previous scene.
TranscriptJulia is just about to leave the Orient Express when she runs into Mason, who's standing there holding a picnic basket.
Julia: I thought you left.
Mason: No, I was in the kitchen shamelessly using my family connections. I persuaded the chef to put together a little supper.
Julia: For whom?
Mason: Well, I was hoping you and a certain young lady and I could have sort of a picnic. (Takes a bag of animal crackers out of the picnic basket) These are for Samantha.
Julia: (serious) You should have asked me first.
Mason: I'm asking you now.
Julia: No, you're not. You put together this picnic basket and you're expecting me to be so charmed that I can't say no.
Mason: Doesn't Samantha like animal crackers?
Julia: She loves animal crackers. And I know that you went through a lot of trouble, but I'm sorry, we can't have dinner with you tonight.
She tries to make a quick exit, but Mason doesn't allow it.
Mason: Oh, you have plans with somebody else. Why did you lie to me before?
Julia: I'm not lying to you. We just can't have dinner with you.
Mason: Well, why? I don't understand.
Julia: All right. Because Victoria and Chip are gone, and you're lonely, and Samantha and I don't want to be your substitute family.
Mason: That's not fair. Neither of you is a substitute anything.
Julia: All right, all right, all right, we're not your substitute anything. What are we? Where do we fit in? (Mason has no answer) You can't answer that, can you? Mason, I can't allow you to just walk in and out of our lives whenever it suits you. It's not fair to us. We're not supposed to want anything, we're not supposed to expect anything, we're not supposed to commit to anything. We're just supposed to be patient until you come back again. I can't do that anymore. We can't do that anymore. And we don't want to pretend that it's okay anymore. I'm sorry.
She walks out, leaving Mason standing there with the basket in his hands.