The PHONE RINGS, but Susan doesn't answer it. The machinefinally picks up. The VOICE of Susan's mother, Dottie,squalks from the machine:DOTTIE (V.O.)Hello? Suzie, this is Mom. ListenI'm worried about you dear. If you'rethere, please pick up.
Are you there?
I've been calling and calling...areyou at Maureen's? You're probably
Well, I hope you're Okay. When youget this, will you please call? I'mworried sick about you. Don't dothis to me, okay sweetheart?
Okay. I love you. Bye now.She hangs up. Susan takes another swig of Kaluha
An instant later, the TV returns from its commercial break,and its back to the news at 10...CLOSE ON TVTHE EVENING NEWS: A clinical looking pen in a laboratorycontains a pair of brown sorrel horses. Both impatientlystamp their feet, and they wear identical ear tags.ANNOUNCERComing up at ten: a New Mexicoscientist successfully clones a horse.Is your family pet next?A LOWER THIRD TITLE swoops across the screen. It reads:
Cloned Pets - Is
A suave, tanned, man in his fifties holds a clipboard as hestands at the edge of the pen. He wears a pristine whitelab coat.This is DR.
MORELL. The Doctor puts aside his clipboardand reaches into the pen to affectionately stroke one of thehorses on the neck.Then he turns and smiles at the camera, as he flashes hisbrilliant pearly whites.ON THE COUCHSusan turns off the TV. She sits for a moment in the dullblue afterglow of the tube. Then she checks the clock onthe wall and slouches off to the kitchen.