|Turkey Curry Buffet||End of Fight|
|Ringing Dustbin||Christmas Day|
|Book Launch||Ruby Wedding Party|
|At Minibreak Hotel||New York Airport|
|Smug-Married Dinner Party||Final Scenes|
|Bridget’s Birthday Dinner||Credits Sequence|
What Bridget sees: a solitary
figure by the window, his back to the room, his head turned in handsome
profile, his whole posture indicating haughty disengagement. This is MARK
DARCY. Bridget’s reaction shows some interest—he’s a rather romantic looking
MOTHER swoops in, thrusting
a tray at Bridget, and sweeping her off.
Mark Darcy talks in low,
urgent tones to his rather grand looking, military-type well-born parents...
Mark turns slowly, revealing
a brightly coloured set of reindeer on the front of his sweater.
The Darcy Parents politely back off, leaving their son, Mark, stranded. Mark takes his time looking at Bridget...
He says that in a very formal,
rather forbidding sort of way, very Mr Darcyish, in fact.
An awkward silence. Una,
sizing up the situation from afar, moves in.
Una shoots Mother a meaningful
look, ‘Leave them alone’. Mother looks at Bridget and Mark, then twigs.
Mark clenches his jaw muscles
in embarrassment at Mother’s vulgarity, as he and Bridget are left alone.
Long pause, conscious of parental stares.
Bridget stares at him.
there a tiny glint of amusement in Mark’s eye?
She does a little laugh.
Inscrutable reaction from Mark.
Looking at her drink and
Mark walks off. Bridget notices
all eyes staring at her, then hurriedly averted. She walks to the Turkey
[Dad shows up to talk about mother’s behavior, dissatisfaction with life, etc. Meanwhile Tom calls to say that he’s left his mobile phone in Bridget’s apartment and she thinks she’s thrown it away with the newspapers. Bridget, who is not dressed, grabs a coat and exits.]
stands on a low wall by three communal dustbins. Her overcoat covers her
bath towel and not much else. She has 2 curlers in the back of her hair.
Suddenly, out of the darkness, Mark Darcy appears, dressed in jogging clothes...
There’s the ring of a phone. Mark is startled, as Bridget reaches into
one of the dustbins, struggles to locate the phone. Mark reaches into the
dustbin nearest him, retrieves the phone, answers it...
She heads back into her house, he continues on his way. She turns and looks back at him—he seems to be laughing.
enters [her flat] breathless, races into the bathroom.
exits from the toilets. She sees Daniel Cleaver, across the room, talking
to Melvyn Bragg and other celebrities. Cleaver’s eyes meet Bridget. He
smiles. Bridget turns coolly the other way, only to find herself face to
face with Mr Fitzherbert, surrounded by several guests.
Fitzherbert turns to reveal the guest beside him is none other than Ben
A drinks tray passes, and Bridget seizes the opportunity to spin 180 degrees, only to find herself face to face with Mark Darcy, who, from the look on his face, obviously just overheard Bridget’s clanger. She’s genuinely surprised to see him there in designer suit, looking handsome.
Mark Darcy stands rigid,
clearly hating every minute.
At that moment, the crowds
part and Perpetua arrives, still stuffing her face with canapes...
Bridget finally has an opportunity
to put Jude’s book, ‘Making Parties Work for You’, into practice...
Dissolve to:WHAT BRIDGET WANTS TO SAY:
WHAT BRIDGET REALLY SAYS:
Bridget looks at him in a new light. She thought he was a nerd. She didn’t know he was famous.
At this point, Natasha Glenville
arrives. She is sleek and beautiful and not kind. Mark’s very intelligent
Perpetua and Natasha, who has just dismissed Bridget as a zero immediately fall into conversation—two posh peas in a pod.
Bridget grabs a drink from a passing tray, then looks up at Mark, who has, after all, just made a joke—but Mark Darcy, meanwhile, suddenly falls silent when he sees:
Daniel Cleaver checking out the room. He sees Mark, starring at him. Disconcerted, he quickly looks away.
Bridget has seen this. She’s
slightly at a loss now.
Bridget turns to walk in
Daniel’s direction, only to find he has disappeared, and there’s no-one
to talk to. Behind her, Mark watches, perhaps regretting his remark.
[While watching snooker on television, Daniel finds he is out of cigarettes and Bridget will not go fetch any for him. So he goes downstairs.]
Daniel comes out, opening the pack of cigarettes, lighting up, inhaling deep...A few wedding guests walk by him. He flicks open his mobile phone.
Darcy is coming up the steps.
These two really don’t like each other. Mark walks away.
[When Bridget arrives Jeremy is not yet home. Previous scenes were deleted where Bridget catches Jeremy out with another woman.]
which moment Jeremy comes in.
catches his eye.
Cut to:WHAT BRIDGET WANTS TO SAY:
WHAT BRIDGET ACTUALLY
laugh—but there’s a gap which Mark Darcy strives to fill.
seems to glance a little towards Mark during this.
brings the conversation to a halt.
Mark, Sharon, Jude and Tom
are seated around the table. Everybody stares at the soup, which is blue—then
look at Bridget, who dares them to say a word.
They are policing his attentions
to Bridget. Like parents.
Tiny pause—is he going to
be sensitive about it?
Cut to 40 minutes later—they’re
all eating the chewy orange pudding.
Close on Bridget. She is exchanging looks with Mark—he looks back at her—suddenly there is a chance of happiness... And then suddenly—at exactly that moment...
The ring of the bell.
Then Mark lands Daniel a very violent punch. There is a sickening thud as fist hits face.
Bridget reacts. As Daniel
lies, unconscious, Bridget runs across to him. She looks up at Mark, foxed
by his alarmingly violent behavior.
Mark stares down at the scene.
Close on Bridget watching
as Mark walks.
[Inside the Jones home, Dad
and Bridget are watching the Home Shopping Channel.
They toast—cut round Sharon/Jude/Tom, all of them singletons with their families.
turn to toast Jude. She bursts dramatically into tears.
A manor house on the edge of town. Not big enough to be a ‘Hall’ nor naff enough to be called ‘The Willows’. But assured. Comfortable, with a large gate. The kind of place you’d find a retired Major reading his ‘Wisden’, but not the Prince of Wales, which is how everyone is behaving...
Mum and Dad enter holding hands, lighting the room, quite indecently satisfied.
Mum sees Una and Geoffrey. Big grin.
Bridget freezes. Mark approaches.
He is beautifully dressed apart from a hideous Pooh
Bear bow-tie. His eyes meet Bridget’s.
Awkward pause—and then Natasha
They move into a slightly
odd private place—under the stairs or something—amongst coats. She talks
Long pause. Neither of them
know what to say. Both just about to speak when...Mark’s father hits a
glass with a spoon. It’s a toast.
He walks away.
[Mark’s Father’s speech]
A real gasp from everyone—that
turns into applause, and a bit of shouting. Cut to very smug Natasha—and
very abashed Mark.
Before anyone can take up
the toast, a lone voice cuts through.
FANTASY: WHAT BRIDGET WANTS TO SAY:
Natasha, the Darcys, Bridget’s Mum and Dad, the Alconburys go into their
usual fantasy slo-mo.
then cut back to Bridget—she hasn’t said any of this.
Through the cries of “Mark
and Natasha”/”Natasha and Mark”, we see Bridget, thinking about what she
has just imagined—what she’d like to say—she screws up her will for the
single most important time in her life, and, this time for real, starts
This time of course everyone
really reacts, in real time—everyone turns to stare: Mark, Natasha, the
Darcys, Bridget’s Mum and Dad, the Alconburys.
Deathly silence. Bridget
turns and makes for the door—and just trips on the carpet as she goes.
back to Mark and Father—and Natasha—totally perplexed.
and Natasha just emerging having picked up and done customs etc. She calmly
slips her arm through his as they head through. Waiting for them holding
a sign saying Mark & Natasha is a very smartly dressed young man—clearly
a keen junior lawyer from the firm.
cut to Bridget]
up to check TV above saying ‘Departures.’
kisses Natasha quickly on the cheek, then turns and simply sprints down
the long glass corridor away from them.
The friends are now all packed
tight in the little car. Bridget stands on the steps. With cold little
fingers, she searches in her bag for the keys, can’t find them. She pours
the contents of her bag onto the pavement.
Tears begin to plop down her cheeks.
Suddenly, the camera changes
focus and there, on the opposite side of the street—like a stalker, or
a ghost—is Mark Darcy, standing beside his car, watching
her. Still dressed in exactly the clothes he wore at the airport.
nudges him in the car—and points—all three of them turn—and see Mark—he
doesn’t see them seeing him—he continues to look just at Bridget. They
stare at him open-mouthed. Bridget finds the keys.
locks the door and turns. And there Mark is. They look at each other.
Then he walks slowly across the street.
He moves to kiss her...
He moves to kiss her again;
but just doesn’t make it, because there is a tremendous tooting and hooting
from the now very fogged up car down the street. And lots of shouting—‘Hooray’,
‘Hooray’, ‘That’s my girl’.
He moves to kiss her again.
[Inside Bridget’s flat]
Mark and Bridget are entering
from the snow.
She goes out of the room. Mark looks over all the copies of Hello and Red and Cosmopolitan. Then his eyes light upon her diary. She’d been warned. He reaches to pick it up.
Bridget is changing from
big pants to little knickers.
She lifts up her skirt to remove the big pants she was wearing.
Meanwhile Mark reads a bit
of the diary...we see what he reads—with increasing horror as he flicks
He closes the diary quietly, and walks out the door.
Bridget is half way through
changing. Perhaps now has on her top half only. She hears the heavy slam
of the door. She rushes out, and sure enough...No one’s there. She looks
out the window and sees Mark walking away. It is still snowing. She opens
the window and shouts out.
He doesn’t hear—or won’t
hear—as he strides down the street. She looks at the diary. Reads the words
‘utterly hateful boring snob’.
And has to decide what to
She charges down the stairs.
Bridget in bare feet and legs sprints out
into the snow past Mr Ramdas and a couple of Greek
She reaches the main street—turns a corner.
It is snowing. Bridget turns on to the main high street. She can’t see Mark. Then up ahead she sees Mark turn the corner. She runs after him.
Bridget staring wildly around
her. Suddenly Mark emerges from the shop, which has a constant flow of
very respectable middle-aged ladies. He looks at the under-dressed shivering
Bridget in the snow.
He holds up a little leather
Total joy—she jumps up on
him—arms right around his neck, feet in the air—and hugs him.
And then they kiss. It lasts a genuine amount of time. They split apart—Bridget is a little breathless—and confused.
Both smile—both know the future is full of strange delights.
Parent’s House. Garden 1960s
Home Movie Footage shows Bridget Jones, 4 years old, tormenting Mark Darcy, 8n years old. The setting is Bridget’s parents garden—swing, slide, paddling pool—and Bridget is clearly crazy about Mark: hugging him, trying to kiss him, mugging at the camera. Mark seems mortified, constantly trying to get away. In the background their parents, in outrageous 60’s clothes.
At the paddling pool, Bridget takes off her clothes and walks back to Mark. He looks uncomfortable—but then smiles and kisses her. Baby Bridget radiantly happy—Mark not unhappy. Freeze.
(Crispin Bonham-Carter's only lines)
Daniel tells Bridget that he is engaged to Lara...
hangs up—the phone rings again.
hangs up. Phone goes again. Bridget answers.
phone goes again. She picks it up and talks straight away.
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