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Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches
by Tony Kushner
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches Act 2, Scene 6 Summary
It's the second week of January. Martin, Roy, and Joe are in a super fancy Manhattan restaurant. Martin goes on and on about how powerful the Republicans have become, especially with Reagan in the White House. Both Roy and Martin are trying to convince Joe to take the job at the Justice Department. Roy talks about how loyal Martin is to him. He asks Martin to rub his back because he's got a sore spot. (Is it actually a lesion from AIDS? Hmm.) Martin gives him a backrub. Roy's "friend" tells Joe that they can't wait much longer for an answer about the job. Roy tells Martin that Joe is keeping him waiting because of Harper. Roy hands Joe a letter. The letter says they're trying to disbar Roy, meaning that he couldn't be a lawyer anymore. Joe asks why. Roy says it's because they don't understand the law the way he does. They don't get how flexible it can be. Martin gets to the point, though, telling Joe that it's because Roy borrowed half a million dollars from a client (a big no-no, apparently). Joe is really sympathetic and tells Roy that he's sure he had a good reason for doing it. Brushing off Joe's sympathy, Roy says that they can't prove anything anyway. Joe says he'll do anything to help Roy. Awesome, says Roy, why don't you take the job in the Justice Department and then help rig it up so that I don't get disbarred. Joe refuses, saying that would be unethical. Roy goes off on him, telling him to stop being such a goody two-shoes and just do it. Joe says he'll think about it.
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