Coffee Therapy — the play

SCENE 21
SL. DARNELL and DR. ROSS, in the coffee shop.

DR. ROSS
How’s the family?

DARNELL
Okay. They’ve adjusted to the stigma. You remember how they were at first.

SR. AILEEN, JAMES, JUDY, and the GRANDMOTHER talk with each other. It’s kind of a whispering, gossipy tone, as if they are talking behind DARNELL’S back.

AILEEN
Manic depressive! Oh God!

JAMES
I knew he was medicating his moods! Does he seem flat faced to you?

JUDY
I think it’s another obsession. Just like all the others. Eventually, he’ll go onto something else.

DARNELL reacts, from the coffee shop.

DARNELL
That’s the whole point. So I won’t be so obsessive. Obsession is a symptom.

JUDY
answering
If you were a manic depressive; I don’t think you are one.
From the coffee shop

DARNELL
According to the evaluation, I fall into that group. It’s not immoral. It’s not psychological. It’s chemical, in the brain. And it runs in families.

JUDY
I disagree with the evaluation.

JAMES
Me too.

GRANDMOTHER
So what’s the difference? Every family has at least one crazy person.

AILEEN
Where did I go wrong? I never taught him how to handle money. But…I hoped he would grow out of it.
Reacting, from the coffee shop

DARNELL
Spending too much money is a symptom.

JAMES
Bull.

JUDY
Shit.

JAMES
You think he’ll remember to take the pills? He can’t remember to check the oil in his car. Maybe he could get one of those little beeping dispensers.

JUDY
He is a little beeping dispenser. If he’d learn how to take care of a car I’d be amazed. Do they have a doctor for that?

AILEEN
I didn’t provide the discipline.

JAMES
You can’t drive a car without ever checking the oil. How many engines has he blown now? Five? Six?

AILEEN
Not that many. Let’s see, there was the Pinto. And the…

GRANDMOTHER
This arguing is about to make my head explode.

AILEEN
My God, a manic depressive!

JAMES
Drugs drugs drugs. With Darnell, it’s always about drugs.

DARNELL
calling…
It doesn’t make me high. It corrects a chemical inbalance.

JUDY
calling back
Graduate school would probably have done the same thing.

AILEEN
What did I do to cause this?

DARNELL
Nothing!

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