Back in Ronnie's TV room. He says, as Nancy sits behind him, that all he wanted to do was to save "those people." That's all he wanted.
Fade to a young man in a lifeguard shirt reaching the surface of a body of water. He emerges in the middle of a lake. It's black and white. Er, all right, then. What the fuck was that?
Cut to a young and spry Ronnie Reagan driving a convertible onto the Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studio lot. The year is 1949. Boppy music plays. A rickshaw drives out as someone greets "Mr. Reagan."
Inside a studio hangar, Ronnie is coming in on crutches. He's wearing white pants, a white shirt, and a yellow sweater vest. He should be playing shuffleboard on a cruise liner. The boppy song that's playing? It's an old Doris Day song. The lyrics are, "Gonna make a sentimental journey/ Gonna set my heart at ease/ Gonna take a sentimental journey/ to renew old memories." Is that supposed to be a joke? Ronnie greets a suited man named Mervyn. Mervyn, who is director Mervyn LeRoy, asks Ronnie what he did to himself. "Charity baseball game," Ronnie says. Mervyn hopes he's not bothering Ronnie by asking him to come down. Ronnie's got the day off because of his injury. Mervyn tells Ronnie that the problem is he's got an actress. She's sitting over there. We cut to a woman on the other site of the room sitting in front of a huge set of mirrors and dressing-room light bulbs. Mervyn says that her name is Nancy Davis, and she just came from Chicago. Why is it that Judy Davis is always playing women named Judy or Davis? Mervyn adds that Nancy's family is very conservative. "Extremely Republican, if you know what I mean," he says. Close-up on Judy...er, Nancy Davis. Mervyn says last week, the Hollywood Reporter published a list of Communist sympathizers. Nancy was on the list. Nancy's listening to the entire conversation. Mervyn says that Nancy is worried about her career and what people will think. Mervyn is helping her by introducing her to Ronnie, who just happens to be the president of the Screen Actors Guild. (Or "SAG," as in what most actresses living in California who are members of the Screen Actors Guild don't allow to happen to their breasts.) Ronnie, all suspicious, asks if she's a commie sympathizer. "No, no, no," Mervyn says. He repeats that she comes from a Republican family. Mervyn asks Ronnie to look into it. Ronnie says he'll see what he can find out. Also, Mervyn wants Ronnie to take Nancy Davis out. Dinner, maybe. He needs Nancy to be happy and Ronnie is, I guess, the Happymaker. Mervyn tells Ronnie that she's a wreck. Well, that's gonna be a fun time.