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.
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?
Reporter: Katherine, do you think women are funny?
Katherine Newbury: Funny is funny.
Reporter: As long as you’re a white male and you’re from an elite college, like your writing staff.
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]
Katherine Newbury: We need to hire a woman.
Brad: Would a gay guy work?
Katherine Newbury: No!
Caroline Morton: I came to tell you this year is your last.
Katherine Newbury: What?
Walter Lovell: The show hasn’t been good in years.
Katherine Newbury: Why didn’t you say something?
Walter Lovell: I thought you knew and didn’t care.
Walter Lovell: [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.
[standing on the sidewalk looking at a billboard sign of Katherine advertising her show]
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!
Brad: So you’ve no experience in comedy?
Molly Patel: I’m obsessed with comedy. I do a little standup.
[we see Molly working at a chemical plant telling a joke over the speakers]
Molly Patel: If you have a problem at the chemist, she’ll always have a solution.
Brad: [to Molly] Uh, you’re hired. If it doesn’t work out, which it probably won’t, you’ll be gone.
[Molly is crying]
Receptionist: Are you okay?
Molly Patel: I’m so happy, I feel sick.
[Molly enters the meeting room]
Katherine Newbury: Who are you?
Molly Patel: I’m Molly. I’m a new writer.
Brad: The new female writer.
Katherine Newbury: Yeah, I can see that, Brad.
Katherine Newbury: Do you want to sit down?
Molly Patel: Okay.
[as Molly goes to take a seat]
Show Writer: 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.
Molly Patel: The headline of my analysis is complacency.
Katherine Newbury: I’ll tell you what doesn’t work. A newcomer coming in and giving me her assessment of my comic persona.
Molly Patel: I will not be marginalized because no one here looks like me.
[referring to Katherine]
Burditt: She’s not trying to silence your strong female, woman of color spirit, hashtag me too, blah, blah, blah. You’re a new writer with no experience. Write something.
Molly Patel: Okay.
Mancuso: I wish I was a woman of color so I could just get the job I want.
Reynolds: 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.
Molly Patel: [to Katherine] I have some jokes for the monologue.
[doing her monologue]
Katherine Newbury: Tom Cruise is the same age as me. He gets to fight The Mummy. I am The Mummy!
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.
[on her show]
Katherine Newbury: Let me introduce you to a new series, Katherine Newbury, White Savior.
[the show laughs]
Molly Patel: [to Katherine] This is your ship. It’s an expression of who you are.
Reporter: How would you describe Molly?
Katherine Newbury: Molly. Molly is…
Molly Patel: She said that I reminded her of a younger her.
Katherine Newbury: Younger me.
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, to help me change this show.
Molly Patel: No more tantrums, and no withering looks.
[Katherine gives her a look]
Molly Patel: Like that one.
Katherine Newbury: That’s me face.
Katherine Newbury: 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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