Illuminating Scene From “Girl Interrupted”

Daisy: Give me the Valium.
Lisa: We don’t need your daddy’s money.
Daisy: Then leave it there, just give me the fracking Valium.
(She extends her hand to Lisa and Lisa grabs her arm and pulls up the sleeve of her robe to reveal a badly-cut arm.)
Lisa: What’s this?
Daisy: (struggles to get free) Let go.
Lisa: What’s this, huh? Trying out your new silver?
Daisy: Get the frack off me! (frees herself from Lisa’s grip and starts for the stairs)
Lisa: Less appealing for Daddy, hmm?
Susanna: Lisa…?
Daisy: Look at your own arm, asshole.
Lisa: I’m sick, Daisy, we know that, but here you are in so-called recovery, playing Betty Crocker, cut up like a goddamned Virginia Ham.
Susanna: Lisa, just stop it!
Lisa: (sits on a chair, holding her cigarette) Help me understand, Dais, ’cause I thought you didn’t do Valium. Tell me how the safety net is working for you…Tell me that you don’t take that blade and drag it across your skin and pray for the courage to press down. Tell me how your Daddy…
Susanna: (under breath) Christ.
Lisa: …helps you cope with that. Illuminate me.
Daisy: My father loves me.
Lisa: (nodding) I bet…with every inch of his manhood.
Susanna: (disgusted) Oh, God.
Daisy: I’m going to sleep now.
(Daisy walks upstairs. Lisa rocks back on chair and takes a drag on the cigarette.)
Daisy: Please be gone in the morning. You’re just jealous, Lisa, because I got better. Because I was released. Because I have a chance… at a life.
Lisa: They didn’t release you because you’re better, Daisy. They just gave up. You call this a life, hmm? Taking daddy’s money, buying your dollies and your knick-knacks, and eating his fracking chicken, fattening up like a prize fracking heifer? You changed the scenery, but not the fracking situation, and the warden makes house calls. And everybody knows… everybody knows (runs tongue across teeth) that he fucks you. But what they don’t know, is that you like it. Hmm? You like it.
Susanna: Shut the frack up!
Lisa: But hey, man, it’s cool. It’s fine! It’s fracking fine! A man is a dick, is a man is a dick, is a chicken. Valium, speculum, whatever, hmm? Whatever. You like being Mrs. Randone. Probably all you’ve ever known.
Daisy: Have fun in Florida.
(Lisa gets up, moves to another chair, takes another drag and giggles.)
Lisa: Yeah.

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  1. Dear Daisy,I’m sorry to hear about David’s condition, I msleyf have through a lot also in fighting for the life of my daughter. ( she’s a post liver transplant patient)We have raised 3M in 7 months by getting help from PCSO, First Hand Foundation, My husband and I organized badminton tournament, gofl tournament, car raffle, solicit donation from church goers from different churches in the southern luzon.We really have no choice because we don’t have that kind of money, and true enough God heard our prayers with the help of a lot people who read our story in Philippine Star.Offer all your present concerns to God, do what you can do and He will do the rest.God bless your family and David.Regards,Lesil

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