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.
"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.
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
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
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.
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
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
Dr. Lanier: No, thanks Juli, just the coffee will be just
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
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.
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,
Elaine: The nervous guy...
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
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.
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
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
Dr. Lanier: Alan.
Elaine seems confused. Here she is still thinking about last night, and the doctor is wanting to informally
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
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...
The doctor is curious as to Elaine's curiousity:
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.
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.
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.
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.