If Sam (Dooley Wilson) was a cook rather than the house pianist in Casablanca, perhaps Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) would have encountered him in the kitchen as she peeked around the door to see if Rick (Humphrey Bogart) was there.
And then maybe she would have seen him arranging pieces of Brie onto a bed of thinly sliced softened potatoes and sauteed leeks with garlic. Just as he finished he would have looked up and caught her eye.
She would have given him a soft smile that bespoke a greeting and a shared past. As Sam would be glancing about to see if Mr. Rick was in sight, Ilsa would walk up to him and say,”Top it with cream, Sam. For old time’s sake.”
How could he refuse?