Starring: Mindy Kaling, Emma Thompson, Kaling, Hugh Dancy, Reid Scott, Denis O’Hare, Paul Walter Hauser, John Lithgow, Amy Ryan
Comedy drama directed by Nisha Ganatra and written by Mindy Kaling. The story centers on Katherine Newbury (Emma Thompson), a pioneer and legendary host on the late-night talk-show circuit. When she’s accused of being a “woman who hates women,” she hires Molly (Mindy Kaling), the one woman in Katherine’s all-male writers’ room. However, Molly might be too little too late, as the formidable Katherine also faces the reality of low ratings and a network that wants to replace her. Molly, wanting to prove she’s not simply a diversity hire who’s disrupting the comfort of the brotherhood, is determined to help Katherine by revitalizing her show and career, and possibly effect even bigger change at the same time.
[standing on the sidewalk]
Molly Patel: I spread my dreams under your feet. Tread softly because you tread on my dream.
[just then a guy accidentally throws a garbage bag which hits her in the face]
Molly Patel: God!
Gabe: I’m in a single income household, and Jen and I just had our second baby. I think it’s time for a raise.
Katherine Newbury: I can’t give you a raise, Gabe. It’s like giving a raise to a drug addict.
Gabe: My child is like a drug problem?
Brad: She’s coming back! She’s coming back. She’s coming back.
[as Katherine is making her way into the office all the writers scramble to get into the meeting room]
Executive: I came to tell you this year is your last.
Katherine Newbury: What?
Walter Newbury: [to Katherine] They can’t replace you if everyone loves you.
[to her writers]
Katherine Newbury: You’re fired. You’re fired obviously. Oh, you must be McCreary.
McCreary: Oh, wow.
Katherine Newbury: You’re fired.
[Molly enters the meeting room]
Katherine Newbury: Who are you?
Molly Patel: I’m Molly. I’m a new writer.
Katherine Newbury: Do you want to sit down?
Molly Patel: Okay.
[as Molly goes to take a seat]
Show Writer #1: That’s where Mendelson sits.
Katherine Newbury: Could you sit down please?
Molly Patel: Oh, I’ll just us a, this trashcan.
[she starts emptying out the trashcan]
Molly Patel: You know, there’s hardly any trash in it at all.
[she sits on the trashcan]
Molly Patel: Ooh, it’s kind of comfortable. Better than a chair.
[to her writers]
Katherine Newbury: Do none of you understand what is at stake here? Think about why the show is bad and come up with ways to fix it.
Show Writer #2: I wish I was a woman of color so I could just get the job I want.
Show Writer #3: We talked about this. You can’t say that.
Molly Patel: I know what everyone thinks of me, but just because I was lucky enough to get this job, it doesn’t mean I’m stupid enough to lose it.
Katherine Newbury: What exactly is wrong with my bits?
Molly Patel: You’re a little old and a little white.
Katherine Newbury: What can I do about that?
Molly Patel: I have some jokes in mind. I shouldn’t do this in an English accent, should I?
Katherine Newbury: No.
Molly Patel: [to Katherine] This is your ship. It’s an expression of who you are.
Reporter: How would you describe Molly?
Molly Patel: She thought I was a vibrant splash of color on the gray canvas of our writing staff. I mean, whoosh.
Katherine Newbury: I need you, Molly. I need your pushiness and lack of boundaries.
Molly Patel: You love me.
Katherine Newbury: No, I didn’t say that. I, no.
Molly Patel: I mean, not in those words, but you…
Katherine Newbury: No, I didn’t say it in any of those words.
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