INT. SOME KIND OF CRAMPED OFFICE - MORNING
A 31-year-old woman, MIRA, in smudged makeup and a crumpled
cocktail dress, sits in a chair. She speaks to someone off
camera who we cannot see.
You have an idea of how your life
is going to work out. When I was a
kid, all I did was watch romantic
comedies in our living room while I
did my homework.
INT. LIVING ROOM OF A INDIAN-AMERICAN FAMILY’S HOUSE - 1988
A 7-year-old Mira does flashcards while she watches the Meg
Ryan diner scene in When Harry Met Sally. An old INDIAN
GRANDMOTHER sleeps in a chair nearby.
I’ll have what she’s having.
INT. SAME LIVING ROOM AS BEFORE - 1995
A 16-year-old Mira studies with piles of textbooks. She’s now
watching Four Weddings and a Funeral.
Would you be interested in,
perhaps, spending the rest of your
life not married to me?
ANDIE MCDOWELL MIRA
I do. I do.
In college I had less time to watch
EXT. DORM BUILDING - MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT - 2002
We pan up the side of a brick dorm at Princeton University,
seeing young couples hooking up in different rooms. We land
on the window of a now 20-year-old Mira, sitting on her dorm
room bed, with piles of biology textbooks in front of her,
studying. She’s also watching You’ve Got Mail.
MEG RYAN MIRA:
I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you.
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Mira’s roommate and best friend GWEN, walks into the room and
tosses her a box of Pop Tarts which Mira catches without
Have you showered this week?
Mira shakes her head solemnly, transfixed by the movie.
And then, eventually, I had no time
INT. MANHATTAN HOSPITAL - NIGHT - 2010
Mira, now 30, an intern at a hospital, in a doctors coat and
scrubs, stands with a group of other eager student-doctors.
But romantic comedies had done
One is JEREMY REED, 30, super hot and pretty, and total bad
news in a Bradley Cooper kind of way. Another is CLAYTON
BROOKS, 30, not too shabby-looking himself, but serious and
disdainful. To be honest, he’s kind of a dick. These are our
There are few others, led by a distinguished doctor, MARC
SHULMAN, who has a yarmulke and a Brooklyn accent. He talks
to a PREGNANT PATIENT and her HUSBAND.
You’re eight and a half months
pregnant, your husband’s gotta keep
his schvantz away from you.
Which I can imagine is hard with a
wife as beautiful as yours.
The patient enjoys this. Brooks rolls his eyes. Jeremy smiles
at them, and then glances at Mira and winks at her. Mira
holy shit, did that happen?
She’s already pregnant, Dr. Reed.
(to the couple)
I’m putting Dr. Brooks in charge of
you. He’s my best student.
The students grumble while Brooks steps forward with an
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Clayton Brooks. I am determined to
give you and your unborn baby the
most focused and unwavering care.
Now it’s Jeremy’s turn to roll his eyes.
That’s when I saw him.
We move past Brooks to outside of the room, where we see a
MOST APPEALING GUY, a doctor, reading a newspaper. This guy
looks like he walked out of a Nora Ephron movie. Floppy hair,
dimples, the works.
INT. HOSPITAL ELEVATOR - MOMENTS LATER
Mira is in the elevator. The doors begin to close when-
MOST APPEALING GUY
Hold the door!
It’s the guy. He walks into the elevator.