Doodle by Helen Gregory

Transcript of 2nd Session between Charles Balis, M.D. and Mr. Lloyd Major, Monday, June 24, 1997 at 6:30 pm. Also present was Mr. Roberto Christiani.

Mr. Major: Good evening, Charles. Sit down, Berto.
Mr. Christiani: Thank you, sir. Hello, Doctor Balis.
Dr. Balis: Hello, Mr. Major. Roberto. I tried getting in touch with you earlier, but I...
Mr. Major: I'm sure you did, Charles. But the CEO's job is never done. I even had to suffer through two major allergy attacks; I had a board of directors meeting and I couldn't get away.
Dr. Balis: I'm sorry to hear...
Mr. Major: It's history. Now, I have a little problem to discuss with you, Charles.
Dr. Balis: Mr. Major, I've done some research into your condition and I think the thing to try first would be some sleeping ...
Mr. Major: Berto, leave the room. The Doctor and I have something to discuss in private.
Mr. Christiani: Yes, sir.
Dr. Balis: So as I was saying, I think sleeping pills might alleviate...
Mr. Major: I would like to talk with you about a friend of mine.
Dr. Balis: Sure, Mr. Major. What's seems to be the problem?
Mr. Major: He has been diagnosed with testicular cancer.
Dr. Balis: I'm sorry.
Mr. Major: It happened about three months ago, I believe.
Dr. Balis: Is he...
Mr. Major: Oh, he'll be fine. But he's been left unable to bless this world with anymore of his offsprings. I tried telling him that having children is not all that he imagines. I got two, Charles. I have a bit of experience on this subject. But you know how it is? If you can't have something, then you must have it.
Dr. Balis: I understand. But how can I help your friend?
Mr. Major: Fortunately without his permission or even knowledge, one fine lady was creative enough to conceive and bear his children.
Dr. Balis: I see.
Mr. Major: I'm sure you do, Charles. I'm sure you do. So what are we going to do about that?
Dr. Balis: What do you mean, Mr. Major?
Mr. Major: Come on, Charles. We're not children, there's no reason to play games.
Dr. Balis: If I understand correctly what you're driving at, Mr. Major, then I have to tell you that I'm not at liberty to discuss any of my patients with anyone. Even you.
Mr. Major: Let's talk frankly, Charles.
Dr. Balis: You talk, I'll listen.
Mr. Major: There is a very high probably that one or even both of Sylvia's children could have been fathered by Richard Watson. I've seen his charts and calculations and I believe him. Sylvia took something that belong to Richard under false pretenses and used it to advance her own agenda.
Dr. Balis: That's an interesting way of putting it. I believe that Richard was a willing and even enthusiastic participant in that transaction.
Mr. Major: All men are willing and enthusiastic when it comes to releasing their sperm, Charles.
Dr. Balis: I've...
Mr. Major: Sylvia took advantage of that male weakness.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Mr. Major: Is that all you're going to say?
Dr. Balis: I really can't discuss...
Mr. Major: Then let's talk about Richard, shall we?
Dr. Balis: Go on.
Mr. Major: Good. When he first wanted to file his custody suit for Sylvia's children, I thought it was ridiculous. I told him as much. I think he wanted to damage Sylvia's relationship with her husband, with whom I must assume she was having a few problems already. I told Richard that it was just going to piss her off, even if it worked.
Dr. Balis: Hmm.
Mr. Major: As you can see, Charles, human relationships are not completely foreign to me. I even considered psychotherapy as a field for a while.
Dr. Balis: Did you?
Mr. Major: You don't agree?
Dr. Balis: I...
Mr. Major: No matter. The situation drastically changed after Richard was diagnosed with cancer. And, I have to say, my attitude toward his lawsuit changed as well. I've known Richard for many years. He is a fine man, Charles. On some levels, he's a better man that I.
Dr. Balis: I'm sure.
Mr. Major: He always wanted children. But he's young and thought he had many years ahead of him to fulfill his desires. I've even talked him out of a few myself. So now that he's stranded, so to speak, in such a bizarre predicament, I find it my duty and obligation to come to his aid. Do you understand me, Charles?
Dr. Balis: I think so.
Mr. Major: Good. Please believe that I have nothing against Ms. Bows. In fact, her determination was sort of amusing. I believed that she might have had more men than I in the same period of time. And that's difficult, Charles. Yes, I do know that you're aware of my extra curricular activities. But I know my secrets are safe with you.
Dr. Balis: There is nothing I can do to help you or Mr. Watson.
Mr. Major: I was hoping that you understood me better than that, Charles.
Dr. Balis: I understand you perfectly, sir.
Mr. Major: All I'm really asking of you, Charles, is to do what you normally do with Sylvia. Talk to her. Perhaps explore some deeply repressed guilt. Imagine the situation in reverse--a man unknowing extracts her eggs and proceeds with fertilization and giving birth to her children. All without her knowledge or consent. When she realizes what's happened, she's also told that she's no longer able to have children. The children produced through the deception will be her only ones. Interesting story, don't you think?
Dr. Balis: That would certainly be unfortunate.
Mr. Major: I know you're uncomfortable talking to me, Charles. But what choice do we have? You are her therapist. And I...well, let's just say that I'm prepared to try to help my friend. Good night, Charles. Berto? We're leaving. Say goodbye to the nice Doctor.
Mr. Christiani: Goodbye, Doctor Balis. It was nice to see you again.
Dr. Balis: Goodbye.
Mr. Major: Oh, Charles, I thought you might be interested in this. It's one of Helen's creations--"Tempest in a Tea Cup" or something.
Dr. Balis: Thank you.
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