LOU GRANT "Rape" (TV episode)
The horror of 'everyday crime' is brought home to the city room when one of the Trib's reporters is raped.
Script was Emmy-nominated.
The nameless intruder slaps Sharon on the face with her money, puts his hand over her mouth, drags her to couch, ties her hands with belt. Kisses her forehead, runs hand through her hair. The rape(s) are not shown, just the threats leading up to them.
Hes understatedly mean and threatening, with the possibility of violence. When he first grabs Sharon hes growling, breathing hard, but calms down later. Insecure, asks for a lot of verbal reassurance. Nervous fingertip tap and rub on knife blade and coffee cup. JB gets a lot of character depth into this guy with physical business, and its very effective.
"I scare you, don't I?"
"Whatta you think, you think I need to get it that way? I got a girlfriend."
"I want to make love to you."
"I'm not going. And this time, you're going to act like you like it."
"Maybe... maybe we could do this again sometime."
About 4 minutes in 5 scenes, last moments of act 1, the rest in act 2.