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"Four Women": During a session, Donna's therapist presses her to recount the events of a road trip she and 3 friends took that had traumatic results. Donna recalls the sound of tapping around the car, while her friend Marion begged to get back inside. Donna feels anger at her friend Bev for refu
Appearing in "Four Women"
- The Therapist (Behind the scenes)
Synopsis for "Four Women"
During a session, Donna's therapist presses her to recount the events of a road trip she and 3 friends took that had traumatic results. Donna recalls the sound of tapping around the car, while her friend Marion begged to get back inside. Donna feels anger at her friend Bev for refusing to unlock the car. She remembers Marion suddenly falling to the ground, and her watching, and the sound of the tapping had stopped.
On that day, nine hours before midnight, the girls are on their way to a wedding reception. Bev, a stern and headstrong lawyer sits at the wheel. Marion a forty-something mother of four, and closet republican sits in the passenger seat. Donna, a recently divorced teacher with two kids who is not afraid of being a little bold and adventurous in the back seat beside Cindy, a 19 year old girl whose naivety amuses the older women.
Along the way, the girls engage in some girl talk, and Donna reveals that in college, she had frequently slept with a man in exchange for rides on his motorcycle. The others tease her, and Marion wonders if this "biker slut" version of Donna could be applied to her bomb-shelter game. In the game, they decide what sorts of people should be allowed to stay in a bomb shelter if a civilization-destroying bomb were to be detonated. Donna naturally responds that her friends would get spaces. Cindy suggests that she would be more altruistic, and give up her life for her friends. Bev, on the other hand, believes that each of them would do whatever it took to survive in a life or death situation. Offering the final word on the matter, Donna states that some things are more important than survival.
Cindy has to use a restroom, and finally, they reach a gas station in a remote area. Bev states that she is feeling exhausted, and Donna offers to take the wheel from her for the next leg of the drive, as promised. Bev refuses to give up the wheel, and Donna relents.
Donna's therapist presses her to return to when the trouble began. At midnight, the car breaks down, and after refusing to let Cindy walk back 20 miles to the gas station, the women decide to wait for a cop to drive by. A large jeep pulls up behind them. Donna feels ill-at-ease, and asks Bev to lock the car doors.
Two hours later, Bev speeds down the road, growing increasingly annoyed by Cindy's inability to shut her mouth. Marion is catatonic, and Cindy tries to get through to her desperately. Bev warns Cindy not to let Marion mess with the evidence. Meanwhile, Donna sits in the back by herself, on the floor rather than the seat. She refuses to speak. Evidently, Donna is angry at Bev about something.
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