Working Girl script
Working Girl (1988)
Synopsis: Savvy New York City receptionist Tess McGill (Melanie Griffith) gives her conniving boss, Katharine Parker (Sigourney Weaver), an excellent business tip, but Katharine simply steals the idea without giving due credit to her secretary. After Katharine winds up in the hospital with an injured leg, Tess decides to exact revenge. Pretending to be her boss, Tess initiates a major deal with an investment broker (Harrison Ford) -- but things turn ugly after Katharine finds out what Tess has been up to.

CENE 1

Cyndy

Happy Birthday dear , Happy Birthday to you! Did you make a

wish?

Tess

Yeah.

SCENE 2

Tess

No lunch. I got speech class.

Cyndy

What'dya need speech class for? You talk fine. All right. I'll

pick you up at 5:00 and we'll ride back together.

Tess

I can't. I've got an Emerging Market Seminar at 5:30.

Cyndy

Geez, it's your birthday! Can't they merge without you just this

once?

Tess

What time is my surprise party?

Cyndy

What?

Tess

C'mon.

Cyndy

Ah, I'm supposed to take you to drinks, have you home at 7:00.

Tess

Okay. I'll cut out early and be home at 7:15, okay?

Cyndy

All right.

Tess

Thank you very much.

SCENE 3

Woman

Hi Tess!

Tess

Good morning...Good morning....Mr. Turkel's line. Um, who's

calling, please? Hold on a moment. Mr. Lutz?

Mr. Lutz

No.

Tess

Um, hold on a second, all right?

SCENE 4

Tess

Mr. Turkel? Mr. Turkel?

Mr. Turkel

Huh?

Tess

Um, Mr. Alagash...Hi....Uh, Mr. Alagash is on the phone and he's

real, real anxious to talk to you.

Mr. Turkel

You couldn't maybe get him to hold for a minute?!

Tess

Well, you got him in Dentitech, remember? The one I told you to

go short on? And it's fine, but he don't want to hear it from a

secretary.

Mr. Turkel

There's no paper!

Tess

What?

Mr. Turkel

There's no goddamned paper in this stall! Get me some?...Thanks.

You're very kind.

Tess

You're short on Dentitech at 18 and he'll be right here.

SCENE 5

Tess

See Dentitech closing at 17 and an 1/8? Come Monday I'll bet

it's 16 and still sittin' there.

Mr. Lutz

How do you figure?

Tess

Well, they went public at 23 with one product, plaque removing

mouthwash. You know, you rinse, you get this glob of plaque you

gotta spit out. I mean, maybe it'll be big, but I say that no

one ever got rich overestimating what the American public wants

to taste.

Mr. Lutz

Maybe.

Mr. Turkel

Uh, before I run Tess, I have some good news and some bad news.

The straight shot, Tessy, is...they turned you down for the Entre

Program again.

Tess

Why?

Mr. Lutz

We did all we could, Tessy.

Man

I mean, you have to remember, you're up against Harvard and

Wharton graduates. What do you got, some night school, some

secretarial time on your sheet?

Mr. Lutz

Christians and lions, Tess.

Man

That's right.

Tess

And the good news?

Man

Uh, Dave has a friend.

Mr. Lutz

Bob in Arbitrage. You're so hungry, they're looking for hungry

down there!

Tess

Really?

Mr. Lutz

Well, hungry is the name of the game down there! Bob's looking

for a new assistant and wants to meet you for a drink.

Tess

This isn't another set up?

Mr. Lutz

Do I look like a pimp? Bob says he's looking for hungry, I think

to myself, "Tess." The rest is up to you!

Tess

Bob in Arbitrage.

Mr. Lutz

Bob Speck. Extension 256. He's expecting your call. Go get 'em

Tessy!

Women

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you!

Man

Oh no! You should have told us! Congratulations, Tessy!

Women

Happy Birthday dear Tess, Happy Birthday to you!

Tess

Thanks.

SCENE 6

Tess

Mick?

People

Surprise! Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!

SCENE 7

Mick

You look great!...Come here.

Tess

You know Mick, just once I could go for like a sweater or some

earrings, you know? A present that I can actually wear outside

of this apartment.

SCENE 8

Tess

So, is this where you usually meet for drinks?

Bob

Hmm, this is a big week! It's a super week! We are celebrating!

Tess

So, Arbitrage. Talk about adrenaline, huh? What do you think is

the most important quality for a great Arbitrager?

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Kevin Wade

Kevin Wade was born on March 9, 1954. He is a producer and writer, known for Blue Bloods (2010), Meet Joe Black (1998) and Working Girl (1988). He was previously married to Polly Draper. more…

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