Back to the NOTTFO Main Page The Wessex Hotel History of the Hotel Meet the Staff Areas in the Hotel Walkthrough/Analysis The Wessex Gift Shop Blueprints, Floor Plans & Renderings Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Los Angeles, California Seattle, Washington Real-life Filming Locations Cast Crew Filmographies Hotel Body Count The Avery Block Murders Alternate Scenes Props Airings & Showtimes Acquiring Behind the Scenes International Releases Music & Audio Images Wallpaper Video Scripts Message Board Chatroom Guestbook Shop Fanstuff Blog News Interviews Press Reviews About NOTTFO Site FAQ Disclaimer Privacy Policy Terms of Use Locations Credits Multimedia Support Features Site Help Find us on Facebook! Find us on Myspace! Follow us on Twitter! Find us on YouTube! Follow our RSS Feed!


 NOTTFOWalkthrough / AnalysisPage 008 Share to:  Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to Google+ Share to Pinterest Share to Tumblr Share to MySpace Share to Email



























It is Tuesday morning, at approximately 8:00 am. The Wessex, shown in all of it's glory, appears stately, and sound, with cars rushing by, and taxi cabs parked at the hotel waiting to pick up and drop off hotel patrons. The flags billow beautifully in the breeze.

We are now taken to the hotel's busy Garden Cafe. It is a quaint setting with patrons eating at tables decked with pink tableclothes. There are red-rimmed plates, saucers and tea cups on the table along with napkin arrangements, fork, knife and spoon, and cream and sugar in serving dishes used to compliment the hotel's coffee and tea. The green-rimmed, gold flowered, half-round awnings adorning the sitting tables along the perimeter add a touch of color amidst the the lush, well-manicured greenery behind them.

Musical Note:



"Nocturne in E Flat Major - Opus 9, Number 2"
- Frédéric Chopin


In the background of this scene, and adding a touch of elegance and style, the Garden Cafe is playing "Nocturne in E Flat Major", more commonly known as "My Twilight Dream", by Polish composer and piano virtuoso Frédéric Chopin.

Cultural Differences:
As the English soundtrack was completely edited out so that a different language version could be overdubbed into it's place, all classical music playing in the hotel's Garden Cafe is added back in, making it more pronounced and defined. We hear the music and foriegn speakers without the music being blended into talking and inane chatter. The only music not edited out of any foreign versions only to be reinserted, is Ragtime Piano - aka the Wessex Death March - the signature turn-of-the-century Joplin-styled ragtime piano theme played from an old timey wax cylinder gramophone.

Elaine is looking around, occasionally glancing down at her watch. This is classic behavior for someone that is waiting on somebody else. She was supposed to meet Mrs. Beecher this morning, on their way to the Convention Hall. So far she hasn't shown up, and it seems she may have forgotten. Doesn't seem like something a sweet little old lady like Mrs. Beecher would do...

On Closer Inspection...:
Dr. Lanier, with whom Elaine met yesterday was sitting under one of the awnings in the back. He was reading his paper - a copy of "The Daily Tribune". He folds the newspaper, gets up, and as he is coming over, he grabs the newspaper with his left hand and take the glasses off of his face with the other, and puts them into his front left suit jacket pocket. He arrives to the table in which Elaine is sitting. The music reaches a point at it's climax as the Doctor arrives at the table, and helps provide a nice ambiance to the meeting.

Dr. Lanier: Goooood morning!

Elaine seems surprised. Of course, he did kind of sneak up on her... She had just finished taking a drink of her tea.

Elaine: Oh, hi!

Dr. Lanier: How are you feeling?

Elaine: Much better, thank you.

Elaine is wearing a black sleeveless top with a v-neck cutout and looks charming. She reaches up with her left hand and rubs a spot on the back of her head, close to her left ear.

Elaine: I um, still have a little twinge.

The doctor brushes it off rather quickly:

Dr. Lanier: Oh, don't worry about that, that'll be gone by
   tomorrow. Are you, uh, waiting for somebody?

Elaine looks around, hoping to catch a glimpse of Mrs. Beecher.

Elaine: Actually I was, but um I think she forgot.

Dr. Lanier: Do you mind if I join you?

Elaine: No, not at all, sit down.

Almost instantly after the doctor sits down, Juli, the perky young hotel waitress arrives at the table carrying an antique silver tea kettle. She is wearing a pink top and mini-skirt, decked out with frilly white trimming and matching apron. She is a charming waitress.

Spotlight On...:

Juli


Juli - From the French for youthful and vivacious. Hungarian short form of Julia. Juli is indeed the youngest member of the Wessex staff, only surpassed by possibly the hotel porter.

Juli: Doctor.

She begins filling his tea cup with coffee from the antique silver tea kettle she is carrying.

Juli: Would you uh... care for something else?

On Closer Inspection...:
Notice the doctor's copy of "The Daily Tribune" sitting on the table.

Dr. Lanier: No, thanks Juli, just the coffee will be just fine.

Note:
This is the first and only time we will hear Juli's name being used. It is possible this was a slipup, as the doctor was talking to Juli Donald, the actress playing the role of the waitress. He may have referred to her using her real first name, thus giving the waitress the vivacious name of "Juli".

Dr. Lanier: I have to tell you something.

The two of them lean in closer to eachother. It is likely Elaine thinks the doctor is going to say something about the night before.

Version Differences:
Listen closely to the Doctor's statement that follows. In the film's original premiere showing the Doctor sounds as if he specifically says "This is plenty." In the VHS version, however, you can clearly hear "This is funny."

Dr. Lanier: Ah, this is funny. Do you know Rogas,
   the manager?

Elaine: The nervous guy...

Note:
This is exactly what we were talking about earlier, about the point of a good first impression. Mr. Rogas is a very good and decent manager, yet all Elaine remembers about him is that, he's "the nervous guy"...

Dr. Lanier: He thought you were shook up yesterday, well
   after you left, I had to give him two Valium. He's terrified
   you're going to sue the hotel.

Note:
A Valium (Diazepam) is a medicine given to treat anxiety attacks. The possibility of the manager losing his hotel would definitely be enough for him to start having a panic or anxiety attack.

Elaine laughs at the thought that she might sue the hotel.

Elaine: I can't say it didn't cross my mind.

The doctor seems slightly confused.

Dr. Lanier: You still don't mean you believe that...

The doctor trails off, wanting to see how Elaine finishes this sentence.

Elaine: No. Not really.

Elaine's gestures, similar to the squeezing of the fist in an assurative motion, goes along perfect with her comment about the dream seeming so real.

Elaine: I have to tell you though doctor, at the time, it
   seemed so real.

The doctor decides now is a good time to informally introduce himself, thus completely changing the subject and being able to avoid any further mention of last night's events. Not because he's guilty, he's just trying to be friendly...

Dr. Lanier: Alan.

Elaine seems confused. Here she is still thinking about last night, and the doctor is wanting to informally introduce himself.

Elaine: Excuse me?

The doctor seems excited to be introducing himself informally, possibly thinking about a potential future with the young Miss Kalisher.

Dr. Lanier: Alan! It's Doctor at the office.

Elaine swivels her finger in an encompassing gesture:

Elaine: Oh, so this isn't just rounds?

Alan seems to have a small amount of feelings for Elaine.

Alan: Well, no, no not exactly, but I was planning on
   following up.

Elaine is curious as to his informalness:

Elaine: Are you the regular hotel doctor or do they just
   call you in?

Alan seems slightly taken aback by the question:

Alan: Well, kinda both. My practice is over on 32nd Street but
   I have a small office here to service the hotel.

Elaine doesn't show hardly any emotion. Note that there is a 32nd Street in Los Angeles, although in real-life, Dr. Lanier doesn't have a practice there. Of course it's so far away from Elaine's current location, she will probably never go there or research it, so it shouldn't matter...

Elaine: Interesting.

The doctor is curious as to Elaine's curiousity:

Alan: Why?

Elaine smiles.

Elaine: Because I'm writing about it... So, why does one
   become the hotel doctor?

The doctor seems to be reluctant to answer her questions, and, as a man with secrets to hide, he definitely doesn't want someone so inquisitve delving so deeply into his personal life.

Alan: Well, I just sorta fell into it, um, the other doctor retired
   and they started calling me and uh... h-how long are you
   going to be here?

Elaine senses the doctor's building nervousness.

Alan: Not long. Just until I get the piece written.

Elaine can sense Alan's curiousness as to her leaving and wonders why he wants her gone. Maybe to hide something? Alan stays smooth under pressure and uses a bit of reverse psychology. Maybe if he can get Elaine on his good side, he can lead her astray from the inner workings of the hotel...

Alan: Is all your time taken?

Elaine seems a little unsure of why he wants to know.

Elaine: No...

Alan: How would you like to have dinner with me tonight?

Elaine gives the doctor a blank stare as this obviously wasn't what she was expecting to hear.

Alan: I've got a wonderful 50-year-old bottle of formaldehyde
   in my office.

Note:
Formaldehyde (aka Embalming Fluid) isn't all that exiting, so he must be referring to a 50-year-old bottle of rare, vintage wine. The comment goes along perfectly with his "doctor" profession, and both Alan and Elaine laugh at his comment.

Elaine: Sounds wonderful. You're on.

Note:
Hopefully seeing they made plans, the doctor will show up, and won't be like Mrs. Beecher and forget. Unfortuntately, as we will see, Mrs. Beecher didn't forget breakfast, but Elaine does forget about her dinner date.

CONTINUE TO PAGE #9