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Homosexuals Donald and Michael are discussing a birthday party the latter is giving for their friend Harold, when Alan, an old heterosexual college acquaintance of Michael's, telephones and asks if he can visit. Michael reluctantly agrees, even though the party guests are due to arrive at his Greenwich Village apartment. Emory, an interior decorator, is first to come, and he is soon followed by lovers Hank and Larry, and Bernard, a black. As the six of them dance raucously, Alan arrives and immediately is made uncomfortable by the situation; in addition, he and Emory instantly dislike each other. After the appearance of Cowboy, who has been rented by Emory as a birthday gift for Harold, the guest of honor arrives, and Michael suggests they play a game in which each person telephones the one he has loved most in his life. Both Bernard and Emory make unsatisfactory calls to men they have desired for years, and Hank calls Larry's answering service to declare his love. Michael then accuses Alan of being a "closet" homosexual and goads him into calling a former college friend whose advances Alan had once spurned; Alan dials a number and blurts out his love to the person on the other end, but Michael's brief victory is ruined when the person turns out to be Alan's estranged wife. The festivities begin to pall, and the guests start to leave, but not before Harold devastates Michael by characterizing him as a neurotic, unable to live in either the homosexual or heterosexual world.