Eleven articulate people work through affairs of the heart in L.A. Paul produces Hannah’s TV cooking show. Mark is dying of AIDS. Men have scalded Meredith so she rebuffs Trent’s charm, but he persists. The trendy, prolix Joan tries to pull the solitary Keenan into her orbit. An adulterous couple meet at hotels for evening sex. Hugh tells tall tales, usually tragic, to women in bars.
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