Karen goes inside first, gives her husband, Lloyd, a smooch, and sits next to Margo, who's describing an interview she had with a Southern reporter.
Margo turns to Lloyd, the playwright, and asks him to write a nice normal play about a woman who shoots her husband.
Karen defends her husband's play, and Margo says she's sorry, she's just shooting off her big mouth.
Karen says she brought in one of Margo's fans to meet her, and after some debate, Margo agrees to meet her.
She introduces Eve to Lloyd, Margo, and Margo's smart-mouthed assistant, Birdie.
Lloyd asks if Eve likes the play, and Eve says she'd like anything Margo was in. Suck-up alert.
Eve says she doesn't have friends or family or anywhere to go, so she sees the play every night. Yes, that sounds normal.
She first saw Margo Channing in San Francisco, where she was still as obsessive, seeing every performance.
"When the show went east, I went east," she says.
According to Eve, she was an only child in Wisconsin. (Making cheese, we guess.)
Obsessed with theater and acting (maybe on the farm she put on plays with cows— Romoo and Mooliet or A Midsummer Night's Cream), she couldn't tell the real from unreal anymore. "The unreal seemed more real to me," she says.
When she moved to Milwaukee, she met Eddie, a radio technician, whom she married before he went to war.
Eve went to meet Eddie in San Francisco on leave.
However, Eddie ended up with permanent leave. He was dead.
Eve stayed in San Francisco, and there she saw Margo Channing in Remembrance.
When her sob story concludes, Margo wipes her eyes on a tissue, and Birdie cracks a sarcastic remark. She's not feeling it.
A new arrival sweeps in, a man who can't believe Margo isn't ready yet, even though his plane leaves in less than an hour.
It's Bill Sampson, Margo's boyfriend and the director of the play.
Karen introduces him to Eve.
Eve excuses herself, but Margo doesn't want Eve to go. She invites her to tag along to the airport.
Lloyd and Karen depart, leaving Eve alone with Bill.
Bill's going to Hollywood, but Eve doesn't understand why he'd want to leave the theatre.
He rants about Hollywood still being theatre. "It may not be your theatre, but it's theatre for somebody somewhere!"
Eve says she just asked a simple question, and Bill apologizes.
She says he must return from Hollywood. He explains he's only directing one picture, then he'll come back.
Margo emerges from the bathroom. She can't find her earring, so she decides to just wear one. What would Joan Rivers think?