Out of Order: The Art of Loss (2003)

Run Time - 45 min.  |  
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Mark (Eric Stoltz) shows us how his film (i.e. his life) would go over with a focus group. The group doesn't condemn Mark for cheating on Lorna (Felicity Huffman) with Danni (Kim Dickens). Mark also tells us that he first fell in love with Lorna at U.S.C., when he heard her play the piano. He convinces her to play for Annie (Justine Bateman), Danni, and their husbands at a dinner party. The party goes well, and Lorna controls her drinking. Afterward, she tells Mark that she's seeing a new psychological coach, and that her problem is impulse control, not alcoholism. Later, Zach (Peter Bogdanovich) meets with the couple. It turns out that he's not taking credit for their script. He didn't fire them; he just made a few changes. The studio put the project in turnaround, but Zach wants them to pitch it to a well-heeled producer, Ryan (Adrian Holmes). Zach suggests adding a scene with a psychic, so they make plans to see one, for research purposes. Lorna convinces Mark to apologize to Steven (William H. Macy). Steven isn't mad because Mark hit him, but because he called him "a has-been who never was." Mark apologizes. Steven intimates that there are things going on with Lorna that Mark doesn't know about. Mark visits Danni and they listen to the song "Frank Mills," from the Hair soundtrack. She warns Mark that he must never lie to her. Mark flashes back to his separation with Lorna, sparked by Lorna's miscarriage. He discovers that Lorna has been making phone calls to a mysterious "Teddy." Lorna later reveals that her shrink has diagnosed her as bipolar. She's taking lithium, and can no longer play the piano because her hands shake too much. This episode was directed by Henry Bromell (Panic).