The First Time

Kate unhappily contemplates her 49th birthday; T.J. asks Buddy to go steady with him, but she's not sure.

Written by Hilma Wolitzer; produced by Nigel McKeand; directed by Richard Kinon. Willie Aames: T.J. Latimer. Louise Foley: Audrey. Shannon Terhune: Cookie. Michael David Schackelford: Timmy Maitland.

Doug: You really are feeling low, aren't you?
Kate: I'm down so low it looks up to me.
Doug: What's the matter?
Kate: Big bad birthday blues, I guess.
Doug: Saturday. I haven't forgotten.
Kate: Please, Doug. No parades, no fireworks. I'm getting on, as my mother used to say. Somehow, I didn't mind 29; even 39. But... I can't even say it. My last toehold before the golden years.
Audrey: I'm so jealous, I can't stand it. I'll just have to live vicariously, I guess.
Cookie (other girl): Live how?
Audrey: Vicariously. Through someone else.
Cookie: Oh.
Audrey: I'm really proud of you, Buddy -- under the jealousy. My best friend grabbing the cutest person in the whole school.
Buddy: Not bad for an ex-shrimpo creep, if I do say so myself.
Kate: Nancy, do you remember that line from Breakfast at Tiffany's about diamonds being tacky on women under 50? I still qualify.
Nancy: Well, first of all, that line refers to women under 40. But secondly, mother, I'm only 26, and diamonds seem anything but tacky to me.
Kate: You're 26? Impossible. I'm 26. One of us is lying.