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THE HALF-EATEN CHILIDOG


By
Dale Andersen
Character Breakdown
Shefemale, twenty-something
Hemale, twenty-something
Synopsis
A woman on the rebound finds love on the cellphone.

Technical Requirements
Mattress, table, 2 chairs, 2 matching keychains, 2
cellphones, attache case, overnight bag.
27702 Crown Valley Pkwy
Suite 117, D-4
Ladera Ranch, CA 92694
562-508-5820
http://www.scribd.com/daleandersen/
andersen.dale@gmail.com

(SHE enters vacation cabin.


Sets backpack on table.
Sits at table.
Gets comfortable by stages.
Begins writing letter.
Suddenly stops.
Thinks better of writing and.
Instead takes out her cell phone)
SHE:
Hey!
Sme
Yeah sme again
Really really me again
Really really really me and guess what?
I made it. Im here
Made it all the way
I know I know what I said
Hey, I know I remember
I know!
Hey, I can change my mind, OK?
Look, I know what I said
But that was 20 minutes ago
That was a different phone call.
That was then
This is now
Hey!
New call, new rules.
Janey.
Janey.
That was back at Der Wienerschnitzel
When I stopped to get a chilidog
And I was thinking
Girl
There you go again.
Another five pounds
See what happens?
You leave your workout group
The bad habits come right back

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SHE(Cont):
Like they never left.
Well guess what?
So I threw the chili dog away
Half eaten
Hey!
Half eaten doesn't count.
No, it doesn't.
Does not.
Does not.
Janey
Janey
Stop it Janey.
Janey.
The important thing is
I didnt turn around
And drive back
And camp out
In your living room
Like a big fraidy cat
Im here
I am really really here
And its really
Really kind of
I mean actually kind of not bad
I mean hey its
Not Corona Del Mar
Not La Jolla. Not Newport Beach
Or someplace out there with the
Hoity toity rich and famous
But still
Its kinda cool
Kinda neat
In a blah kinda way
And Im uh
Hello??
Hello?
Oops thought I lost you there, Janey
Janey, thanks so much for finding this place for me.
You are the bestest best friend
In the whole wide world and.
Whats it like?
You wanna know what its like here?
Well uh the house is like uh nothing

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SHE(Cont):
Just four walls and a mattress on the floor
And a table
And two chairs
Whats the word? Basic? Yeah basic. But nice.
And the beach outside is kind of deserted
I mean everybodys gone
When they say off season around here
Even the really smelly bums leave
Seriously really
Not one hard male body in miles
So really its kinda really really peaceful
I can breathe again
No Janey
Stop
Janey
Dont you say that
Dont you even think that
Janey
No
Listen to me
Its over
Wendell is over.
Wendell is over, history
What I need what I need what I need now
What I need right now is a place with some space
For a soft landing.
What I need is a week with no men
No no no!!
Dont you dare tell Wendell where I am
If you do, Ill tell that pimply boy at Starbucks
You want his baby. I swear I will, Janey.
Thats better.
Now be sure to thank Matthew for letting me stay here
What? Not Matthew? His names not Matthew? Its Brett?
Then why do I keep calling him Matthew?
I mean Brett isnt even close to Matthew.
Blonde moment. Duh! Whatever.
All I know is I dont want to see any Toms, Dicks, Harrys,
Wendells, Bretts or Matthews. No men. Not here. Not now.
(HE enters with an old beat up suitcase and
an old beat up attach case. HE is very
surprised to see her, unpleasantly so)
Uh Janey. Janey! A man just walked in. What? No, Im not

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SHE(Cont):
making things up. Im telling you a man just walked in
here. And he has a key and a suitcase.
(SHE holds up her key. HE holds up his key.
They are exactly the same)
His key looks just like mine. Janey, this is not good.
This is not good at all.

Brett?

HE:
(Glares, takes out cellphone and speedials)
Just got here.
What the hell gives?

SHE:
Janey, hes calling that Brett guy.
HE:
Whos the chick?
I am trying to ignore him.
loud.
Oh right, her.
Oh oh.

SHE:
But hes loud.

Really really

HE:
Whaddaya mean, Oh right, her?

SHE:
I just went from a chick to an oh her.

HE:
You better have a game plan, dude.
Oh oh.

SHE:
Now theyre huddling.

HE:
Negative. She cant stay here. No way. I got the bar
exam on Thursday. I need absolute quiet to study.
SHE:
Uhhh Janey, did Brett actually like know I was coming?
OK.

So tell me this.

HE:
Wheres she gonna sleep?

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Uhhhh.
No way.

SHE:
What do you mean, he uh kinda knew?
HE:
Im not responsible. What if she gets pregnant?

SHE:
(Holds up key)
So youre saying this is Sheryls key?
HE:
What if she gets a disease and dies?
SHE:
Uhhh, Janey, just who exactly is Sheryl?
HE:
Do you have insurance?
Sheryls his ex?

SHE:
Sheryl is Bretts ex?

HE:
All I know is, its your ass if.
SHE:
(Overlaps)
Do I know this Sheryl? Did I ever meet her?
HE:
(Brandishes a signed contract)
Did she sign a contract?
SHE:
Monica knows Sheryl???
HE:
(Brandishes a deposit receipt)
Did she pay a deposit?
SHE:
Who is Monica?

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HE:
She has no legal standing.
SHE:
Monicas in your Internet chat group??
Shes a damn trespasser.

HE:
Case closed.

SHE:
Monicas in your cyber chat group???
HE:
Move her ass out of here.
SHE:
A cyber chat group???
No!

No way, man.

HE:
Not my job. You evict her.

SHE:
Janey, do you like actually know these people?
HE:
I know my rights.
SHE:
You kinda know them.
HE:
I know the law, dude.
SHE:
And you kinda dont know them.
HE:
And when I finish with you, youll be eating dog food till
the day you die.
SHE:
Janey sweetie. Help me on this.
Bretts phone number.

Do you by any chance have

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Negative.

HE:
Im not telling her anything.

SHE:
(Writes number on paper)
Thanks, Janey. And tell Sheryl, Monica and the other
cyberchatters hi.
What if she's a nutcase?

HE:
What if she's a terrorist?

SHE:
(Hangs up)
This is getting really really insane.
Negative, man.

Brett.

HE:
She cant use my phone.

SHE:
(Dials Bretts phone number)
Brett. Brett. Ring. Ring. Ring.

HE:
Nobody breathes on my phone. What if she has a virus?
have a 10K Tea Party Walkathon on Friday.
SHE:
Ringing. Ringing. Please hold.
important. Yadda yadda yadda.

Your call is very

HE:
I dont care how you do it. Just handle it. What? You
have another call? Hold? Yeah whatever, Ill hold.
(He continues to hold phone to ear)
Hello?

Hello?

One table.

SHE:
Is this Brett? Mister Brett Yammer?

Two chairs.

HE:
Un-freaking-believable.

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SHE:
Mister Yammer? Brett?
This is Alison. Alison Cribbs.
Yeah! The girl at the beach house? Yeah, thats me.
HE:
Not even a bed. Just a mattress on the floor.
freaking-believable.

Un-

SHE:
Oh yes. Thats so so right. Oh yes. Yes. Yes. Youre
right. Youre so very very right. Its been one really
really big big big snafu out here.
HE:
(Looks out window)
And the beach. Trash from the summer still out there.
One big shithole. Un-freaking-believable.
SHE:
Right. Really really really for sure. Sheryl should have
told you. I really totally totally agree.
HE:
Please hold. Your call is very important to us.
yadda freaking yadda.

Yadda

SHE:
Oh, so really actually honestly true, Brett. You are so so
right on the mark. Communication between a couple is a
sacred cross your heart hope to die obligation. I mean, it
is so really really key to a nurturing caring loving hugs
and kisses relationship. Hold?
Sure. Of course I will.
(She continues to hold the phone to ear)
HE:
Yeah? So is she leaving? Whaddaya mean, hold your horses?
You want to know what she looks like?!
Well, lets see.
Wait a minute! Whaddaya wanna know that for? Ok. Ok.
Just hang on. Shes ummm hmmmm not bad looking. Ummm.
Kind of blonde. A little on the heavy side maybe.

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SHE:
Geez, starting to sound like a meat market in here.
HE:
But I guess I wouldnt kick her out of bed.
SHE:
Thank God for small blessings.
Hold?

Yeah go ahead.

HE:
What the hell.

SHE:
Please continue to hold. Your call is. Hello? Brett?
Yeah, its me, Alison. Thank you. Well, its like my
name. Like it or not, Im stuck with it. Oh, thats so
really kind of you. You know, I think Brett is a really
really masculine name. Yes, I do. Its so so ummmm hands on
take charge sounding. Yes. For sure. I do think you sound
that way. I really really do. Say, do you like chili dogs?
You do?
Well, I know this really really neat little
place. Do you live close by, by any chance?
Really?
Well, that is actually so very convenient.
Please continue to hold.

HE:
Your call yadda freaking yadda.

SHE:
(Packs her gear at a panic pace)
Brett. Do you know the Trader Joes on Moulton Parkway is?
OK. Ill meet you there. Well, Im going to tell you.
Ill be the girl with the dirty blonde hair and the big
smile and, oh yeah, Ill be driving a blue VW Beetle. What?
You have a blue Beetle? So much in common already. May I
ask you a really really intimate question? Whats your
long distance company? Verizon? Oh My God, mine too!
This is so really really deep. Its like fate, like
kismet. Really really looking forward to meeting you, Brett.
(Hangs up. Starts to leave. Stops. Turns)
Nice talking to you.
(Exits)
The End

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