Our players contemplate their (not so) humble beginnings at a house party that lasts until dawn. Only one nose gets broken in the process!
Our players contemplate their (not so) humble beginnings at a house party that lasts until dawn. Lizzie scores drugs, Union Bob learns to appreciate the Maestro, and only one nose gets broken in the process!
We’re Like a Snake Eating Its Own Tail
A quartet from the orchestra (including Cynthia and Union Bob) are gigging at a house party, and Rodrigo gives Hailey two assignments: get him an Arnold Palmer, then to Explore and Experience. His job, in the meantime, is to raise as much money as possible. A “flaxen-haired little angel” plays the flute in what I can only presume is the drawing room; she captivates him (and the rest of the audience), but before he can pursue a conversation with her, he’s swarmed by fans and she disappears. After much schmoozing (and an Oberlin reference!) Rodrigo agrees to a small violin recital — for the low, low fee of a $300k donation from Edward, the business advisor, taking his money and smoothly making him look like a know-nothing in the process. Near the end of the evening, he finally finds the young flautist, Alice, who has reappeared in the living room with a large white horse. (Way to be subtle, Roman Coppola.) Rodrigo is moved by her innocence, and connects with her emotionally around the sacrifices he has made, and that she has yet to make, as a result of musical talent at an early age.
Explore and Experience
Lizzie is also, separately, at this party, explaining to an old lady which of her pills are which, and offering to “hold onto” the ones she doesn’t want. (Hello, Xanax stash!) Her mom has apparently been friends with the host for ages, but Lizzie’s been too embarrassed to admit her upper crust past. She’s even more embarassed when recognized by a guy who has been crushing on her since prep school. She initially rebuffs his advances but plays along for the evening after he guilt trips her.
Hailey, for her part, is intrigued by John Hodgman, aka Marlon Oscar Guggenheim IV from Beacon Hill. Lizzie, sensing a potential hookup, introduces them and skedaddles. They spend the entire evening together, talking (and talking and talking). At one point the conversation turns to her own childhood, how she felt like an alien among children until she found other talented young musicians to play with. He’s flirty but polite; she is either ignoring him or just oblivious to the signals. Inspired by her story, he asks her to teach him how to play the oboe, and she agrees.
He Does Have an Undeniable Charm
Union Bob often gets frustrated with Rodrigo for not following union rules, but this time gets to see the upside of the Maestro’s antiestablishment tendencies. At the house party, the musicians are only permitted to eat and relax in the kitchen with the rest of the workers — house rules prohibit “the help” from mingling with the guests. When Rodrigo finds out, he starts making trouble, passing caviar to the players and even putting it in the mouths of the waitstaff. Early the next morning, the only partigoers left are the musicians, the young relatives of the host, and the house staff — all of whom have congregated in groups in the yard. Rodrigo effectively puts the party to an end when, upon attempting a bicycle kick, he breaks his nose.