This video is an Ally McBeal episode, Playing with Matches, in which Mariah Carey makes a guest appearance by playing a woman who sues a dating agency for labeling her "unmatchable". The scene below features Miss Cushnip testifying in court.
Watch the video and think of the following:
1. What is the woman testifying to?
2. What fraud is she complaining about?
3. What does she say about the dates she was getting through the matchmaking service?
4. Why does the technician light up the woman's face?
(the particular scene is from 23:22 to 24:29)
Watch and try and fill the gaps.
Candy: It was awful. She promised me a partner, but it was .
Lawyer: Miss Cushnip, did you get…through the defendant's service?
Candy: Oh yes, dates, but not with men who could remotely be partners. She
dates, and nothing ever
. And then she
me, and that was what was so hurtful.
Ms. Pumple's Lawyer (PL): You put in your video, you like the
Candy: Well, a lot of women like attention.
PL: Yes, but you actually travel around with you very own technician and a spotlight, Miss Cushnip.
[Ms. Pumple smirks]
, that's all. A woman is prettier when she feels good about herself.
PL: I see you brought your technician here today. Would you feel more comfortable if he, he
Candy: (Shyly) Hmm…maybe a little…
PL: (Nods) Go ahead sir (to the technician).
[The technician pull out a big spotlight and points it on Candy's face. Candy's face lights up and she immediately smiles. Cage and the other lawyer cringe]
PL: Much better?
[He is standing in the way of her light. She looks at him and gives a small gesture to move out of the way. She flashes and adorable smile as he shifts aside. Cage has a look of disgust on his face.]
PL: I'm sorry
[Candy smiles cutely at the judge and gives him a little wave.]
(double click the words to see their definiton)
peppers you with ...
blamed it on me
an esteem device
We use the second conditional (also sometimes called the "present unreal conditional") to talk about a situation that is not real or is unlikely to occur and its consequences. For example, I might say, "If I had a million dollars, I would go on a trip around the world." I don't have a million dollars. That situation is unreal. But if I did have a million dollars, the consequence would be that I would go on an around-the-world trip.
But we also use it to make a suggestion or ask of someone's preferences, as in the video:
"Would you feel more comfortable if he, he lit ya up?"
(ya = this is the way the word 'you' sounds in fast speach)
(lit = the past tense of the verb 'light')
The second conditional is formed with two clauses. The first clause consists of If + subject + past tense verb, as in, "If I loved her." The second clause is formed with "subject + would + verb," as in, "I would marry her." So, all together, the sentence looks like this: "If I loved her, I would marry her."