INT. AD AGENCY – CONFERENCE ROOM – DAY
John is working. Ruthie enters carrying a pack of cards.
Can I throw your Tarot, Mr. Psychic Hero, sir?
Sorry. Not interested. The famous Nannet King herself told me that fortune-tellers are bullshit.
I’m not a fortune-teller. With Tarot, you influence the cards and I only tell you what they say. And I can’t wait to see what they say about you!
All right. What the Hell.
Ruthie has John shuffle. She’s using the Waite deck.
Contemplate whatever you want to know about.
She lays out a Celtic Cross. As she turns up the cards (which have the names on them) we see them clearly.RUTHIE
(Turning up the Hanged Man)
The first card represents you. You’re firmly attached to your beliefs, but they’re being challenged. Love and desire have led you to suffering. You’re at the end of your rope…
John gives Ruthie a suspicious look.
That’s what it means. Really.
(Turning up the Fool)
This represents someone trying to help you. The Fool puts himself and his pleasure first, but he can be a brave, if foolhardy ally.
(Turning up Death)
This means, well, death, or maybe a big change.
(Turning up the High Priestess)
Ah. She represents your roots, your support, or whatever makes you who you are. She’s spiritual power, inner strength and the source of luck.
(Turning up the Hermit)
This guy’s a hidden but important factor. A problem-solver, but someone you wouldn’t expect.
(Turning up the Magus)
This card represents what used to be. The Magus is the energy, the power in everything, everywhere.RUTHIE
(Turning up the Devil)
This card represents what’s ahead. The Devil means bad times,or a revolutionary new situation.
(Turning up the Tower)
The Tower stands for a struggle between extreme opposites.RUTHIE
(Turning up the Lovers)
This one stands for your dreams or fantasies. Um, moving right along…
(Turning up the Empress)
She represents an outside influence. She’s beauty, sensuality, eroticism, willfulness and material power.
(Turning up the Hierophant)
The Hierophant, or High Priest. He’s an opener of doors, an enabler.
(Turning up the Universe)
The twelfth card, which represents the key element, is the Universe.
(Turning up the Judgment)
The thirteenth card, signifies an impending decision or outcome. Amazing. Every single card is one of the Major Arcana. I’ve never seen that happen before.
So what’s it mean?
I think it means that you’re going to agonize over making a career change and you’re going to meet a really pretty but stuck-up girl.
(Trying to sound sincere)
Thanks for the reading, Ruthie.
INT. JOHN’S OFFICE – DAYRuthie enters with a wrapped deck of cards.
John, look what I got. A brand new Tarot deck. Let me do you a reading.JOHN
Do I have a choice?She opens the pack and sorts through the cards.
Heyy! The Devil…the High Priest… and the Empress are missing!
Hmh. Bliss, Luse and Monica…
I got a defective pack!
Maybe not. Maybe that’s my reading.
John flips through the deck. He comes to the Fool.JOHN
I guess he’s still with us.
Vinnie walks in.