Kitty: Riddick, I know you won't like this any more than I do, but grandma made me do it. Riddick: Sounds bad. What is it? Kitty: A party, sort of a family reunion, except that Kate and Henry will be here too in addition to grandma, mother and Chase. I need you to be here as well. Otherwise, I'll have a nervous breakdown or murder someone. Riddick: Of course I'll be here. Does Chase know about Mary? Kitty: Yes. Mother told her. She said Chase was surprised, but that's all. - Oh, and Chase is bringing her boyfriend with her.
Riddick: Boyfriend? That was quick. Kitty: Not really. It seems that he started corresponding with her while she was in prison. Now they have met and apparently get along well. Riddick: Maybe that's a good thing. She won't have that much time to focus her attention to unwanted targets. Kitty: I wish I could be as optimistic as you are. Riddick: So, who is he? Kitty: Someone older, a widower. And he's our kind, which makes him OK in grandma's eyes.
And so: Kitty: Chase, this is Mary. Mary, this is my sister Chase. Mary: It is nice to meet you at last. Chase: It is very nice to meet you too. Kitty, would you let me have a word with Mary alone? Don't worry, she not going to get corrupted just by talking with me. Kitty: I wouldn't be so sure. - All right, I'll leave you two alone.
Mary: She's so worried. Chase: I'm bad influence, didn't you know? - Enough about that. My mother told me the abridged version of your story, but I'd like to hear more. What exactly happened? Or don't you want to talk about it? Mary: It's all right. It's not a secret or anything.
Riddick: How well do you know Chase? Branigan: If you're asking whether I know what she's done, the answer is yes. And I really mean what she's done. The verdict was overturned, but I know she was guilty. Riddick: And you're still ready to have a relationship with her? Forgive me for asking, but why? Branigan: If a man like me wants a young and pretty wife, he needs to make some compromises. It would be quite a different thing if I was rich or even wealthy, but I'm not. Riddick: I see. You think she's going to marry you? Branigan: Eventually, I hope.
Kitty: So, what's the story with him? How did he end up with Chase? Toffee: Well, it seems that Chase needed something to do and started corresponding with him. Anika: He's very respectable. His first wife died some years ago. I think it was some illness. There are no children and I think he's looking forward to having a family. Kitty: You can't seriously believe that Chase is planning on having a family. Toffee: Why not? And if she wants it, she'd better hurry up. That's something you cannot postpone forever.
Chase: Kitty, I know we have had our problems, but I'd like to start over. You see, Branigan is a wonderful guy and he's highly respected in the community. With him, I can become a fine lady. Kitty: Like grandma. Chase: Sure. It'll be fun to be someone everybody envies. You know, nice husband, pretty family, good position in society, all that. Kitty: Does "all that" include being in good terms with your sister? Chase: Certainly. And I'd like to get to know Mary. She seems like a nice kid. Kitty: I must warn you. Don't try anything sneaky with her. She'll be able to see through you like you were transparent. It isn't ESP, but it might as well be. She's that good.
Mary: Hi Henry. Hi Kate. Come in. Everybody else is already here. Kate: I hope we're not very much late. Mary: It doesn't matter, the party is just starting. Let's go upstairs.
Chase: Kitty, who's that? Kitty: Don't you remember Henry? Chase: That Henry? That's him? Wow. Kitty: Keep your tongue inside your mouth and remember Branigan. Chase: You don't need to be so rude. Do I remember correctly that Henry is pure-bred? Kitty: Yes. He also just got rid of one nasty girlfriend, so he doesn't need another. Especially not one who's already got someone else.
Chase: We're not engaged or anything. Kitty: No, but I got the impression that you have made some promises. Chase: Promises are made to be broken. Will you introduce me to him? It has been a very long time since we have met and I don't think he will remember. Kitty: Oh yes, he will. He knows all about you. Chase: All? What a pity.
Kate: Hello, I'm sorry we're a bit late. Riddick: It's all right. I'm glad you could come. Did I understand correctly that you already know Branigan? Kate: Oh yes, we have met before. It is nice to see you again Branigan. Branigan: It's nice to see you too.
Kitty: Henry, I don't think you have met my sister yet. This is Chase. Henry: We have met, but that was a very long time ago. Chase: I remember, although I didn't recognize you. You have changed a lot. Henry: Yes, I guess I have. And so have you. Chase: So, what do you do nowadays?
Kate: Toffee, it's been a long time. How are you? Kitty told me that Brian surfaced again. Toffee: And disappeared again as quickly as the last time. I guess that was to be expected. Branigan: Who's Brian? Kate: Chase's and Kitty's father. You're not missing anything by not knowing him. He's a crook. Branigan: Maybe you shouldn't say something like that. After all... Toffee: It's quite all right. You see, he is a crook. Always was.
A little later: Chase: What are you doing here all by yourself? Henry: It was starting to feel a bit too crowded up there. I needed some space. Chase: Yeah, well, you do take quite a lot of space. - I hear you don't have a girlfriend. Henry: That's right. Chase: That's a bit surprising. A guy like you. I thought women would be all over you. Henry: I'm a scientist and not wealthy enough to be interesting.
Chase: Money isn't everything. I'm sure you know I'm going to inherit quite a lot of money. I can afford to choose on very different grounds. Henry: You shouldn't draw any conclusions based on the fact that I once made the mistake of agreeing to an arrangement. Chase: What is that supposed to mean? Henry: Let's cut to the chase, no pun intended. - I'm not interested. Chase: You really think you're something special, don't you? Well, you're wrong. I wouldn't want you even if you were the last man on earth. Henry: Everything is all right then, isn't it?
Mary: Henry, what happened? Chase just came upstairs and she looked angry. Henry: I guess I was a bit rude. Don't worry about that. Everything is fine. Mary: What do you think about her? Henry: She can be very charming when she makes the effort, but I don't think that's her true nature. Mary: So, you can see it too? It's like she's playing a part. And right now, the play is called "The nice and respectable lady." Henry: Hmmm... Interesting way to put it, but I think you may be right.
Mary: Do you think she's pretty? Henry: Yes. No matter what she's like otherwise, there's no denying that she's very pretty. Mary: Do you think I'm pretty? Henry: Yes, you are very pretty too. Mary: Prettier than her? Henry: Mary, you are a nice person and a whole lot younger than Chase, so you two don't even compete in the same category.
Henry: So, where's your boyfriend? I remember Riddick mentioning that you have one. Mary: Damien. He wasn't my boyfriend, just a friend. He's gone now. Dead. Henry: I'm sorry, I didn't know. What happened? Or would you rather not talk about it? Mary: It's all right. It was really his own fault. He got mixed up in something he shouldn't have and he didn't believe me when I asked him to stop. Henry: Drugs? Mary: No, something else. I can't tell you anything about that. Henry: It's all right. Come, I think we should go upstairs and join the others.
Later, after the guests have left: Kitty: Riddick, do you think it's possible that being in prison was traumatic enough to make her want to change? Riddick: I don't know. Could be, I suppose. Why do you ask? Kitty: She was talking about Branigan and becoming a fine lady, but then right after that she started drooling after Henry. Riddick: You think...? Kitty: I wouldn't be at all surprised, if Chase decided to try to switch from decent and dependable but a bit old to the same in a younger and more exciting package.
Riddick: You know, Branigan seemed fairly intelligent. He knows exactly what he's doing. Maybe it could work. I mean, it is possible that the prospect of being respected and envied could be enough to keep Chase from doing anything stupid. Kitty: Maybe. Grandma certainly is happy. She's already waiting for the wedding bells and a litter of little kitties. Riddick: You don't need to sound so bitter. Wouldn't that be good? Or are you jealous? Kitty: Jealous? Me? Are you mad?
Riddick: Kitty, you knew how things would be when you married me. What I'm wondering is... although you knew, did you really understand what it meant? Kitty: We have already talked about this. We don't need to have any children. You already got Mary. Riddick: But what about you? I have told you that it's your decision. I am ready to take the risk, if that is what you want. Kitty: Could we talk about this some other time? I have a terrible headache. I need to go to bed.
Mary: What are you two doing up here... Where's Kitty? Riddick: She went to bed. She had a headache. Mary: What did you do? Riddick: I didn't do anything. Mary: Well, what did you say? Riddick: Why do you assume it was my fault? Mary: Because it probably was. - You go upstairs to Kitty, I'll clear away the rest. Riddick: I really don't deserve you. Mary: You don't deserve either of us, but we still love you.