1. Introduction 2. A fine romance? Judicial restraint as a romance novel 3. Who's your daddy? Judicial activism as a soap opera 4. Space aliens save country from ruin? Critical race theory as tabloid science fiction 5. Did the Supreme Court come out in Bush v. Gore? The instability of judicial identity 6. The drama of contemporary constitutional discourse : Lawrence v. Texas as a makeover of Bowers v. Hardwick 7. Conclusion.