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MAYBERRY MAN

Written by

Stark Howell
INT. GEORGIA COURTROOM - DAY

BAILIFF
All rise. The court of Fayette
County is now in session. The
Honorable Judge R.C. Lowery
presiding.

The JUDGE enters as we hear the rustle of those in the


courtroom standing to their feet.

The judge takes his seat.

BAILIFF (CONT'D)
Please be seated.

NOAH STONE and his ATTORNEY, LOU AIDMAN take their seats.
Noah is an A-list movie star in his late thirties with steely
blue eyes and chiseled features that easily make him the best
looking guy in any room.

JUDGE LOWERY
Good morning, ladies and gentlemen.
Calling the case of the people of
the State of Georgia versus Noah
Stone. Mr. Stone is represented by
his attorney, Mr. Aidman.

The small town courthouse is empty except for those that need
to be there.

The judge reads the charges without looking up.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


Mr. Stone, you are charged with
violation 40-6-181 of the Georgia
legal code. You were observed
driving 105 miles per hour in a 65
mile per hour zone on State Route
85.

The judge looks straight at Noah with distain.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


And you were also witnessed in
front of City Hall, picking peaches
off of Peachtree City’s honorary
peach tree?

The bailiff shoots him a look.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)

How do you plead?


2.

Noah’s attorney, clearly overdressed for this courtroom,


stands up.

MR. AIDMAN
(grandstanding)
Your Honor, I would like to make
the following motion. I move to
dismiss this case based on the fact
that the prosecution has completely
ignored my written request to
discover the officer’s notes.

With a grand gesture, Mr. Aidman holds up a piece of paper.

MR. AIDMAN (CONT'D)


I have here a copy of that request,
made on August 9th, 2018.

JUDGE LOWERY
What notes? He was clocked doing a
hundred and five and he had peach
pits in the front seat of his car.
Please be seated.

MR. AIDMAN sits down.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


Mr. Stone, how do you plead?

Noah is flirting with the COURT REPORTER and does not hear
the judge.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


Mr. Stone!

NOAH
Oh. Uh, Guilty, your honor.

Noah smiles back at the court reporter.

The judge clears his throat and shoots his court reporter a
disapproving look, then proceeds.

JUDGE LOWERY
Alright, now this is where I
usually determine the monetary
amount of your fine. But I’m not
going to do that in this case, Mr.
Stone. You see, I get lots of film
people in my courtroom and many of
them come to Georgia to shoot their
movies and they end up creating a
good bit of trouble for themselves.
(MORE)
3.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


And to be honest with you, I didn’t
know who you were, until my court
reporter told me. Apparently, she’s
a big fan.

Noah and court reporter share another look.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


Well, I like to get to know a
little bit about the folks in my
courtroom, so I looked you up on
the IMBD.

Noah stands up.

NOAH
That’s I-M-D-B. And they’re not
always accurate. I have way more
credits than they-

JUDGE LOWERY
(cutting him off)
Sit down Mr. Stone.

The judge watches Noah sit down.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


So I looked you up and it turns out
Walter Stone is your daddy. I
didn’t recognize the name but I
sure did recognize the face. I must
have seen him on dozens of TV shows
and movies, growing up. His parts
weren’t big but he sure was good.

MR. AIDMAN
Excuse me your honor but my client
has to be in hair and makeup by
three. What does this have to do
with a speeding ticket?

JUDGE LOWERY
Well, I got to thinking. Mayberry
Days is coming up next month and as
you know, your daddy was on two
episodes. He was so good as-

MR. AIDMAN
(interrupting)
Your Honor, I don’t know what
Mayberry Days is, but can you just
set the fine so we can get back to
the set.
4.

JUDGE LOWERY
Mayberry Days. You know, Andy,
Barney, Opie.

MR. AIDMAN
Yeah, yeah. The TV show. I get it.
The fine please?

JUDGE LOWERY
There will be no fine.

MR. AIDMAN
Excuse me?

JUDGE LOWERY
No monetary fine. I am sentencing
your client to Mayberry Days.

Noah looks up, confused.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


Mr. Stone, you will spend one week
in Mount Airy, North Carolina as a
Mayberry legacy. You will represent
your daddy by participating in all
of the festivities throughout the
week.

MR. AIDMAN
I object, your honor. My client’s
schedule doesn’t allow for a week
of...whatever this is!

The judge bangs his gavel.

JUDGE LOWERY
One more outburst from you, Mr.
Aidman and I’ll charge you with
contempt. Peachtree may be a small
town but we do have enough jail
space for one more. Are we clear,
Mr. Aidman?

MR. AIDMAN
Yes, your Honor.

JUDGE LOWERY
Mr. Stone, you will attend Mayberry
Days and complete the probation
fully or you will end up back in my
courtroom and be looking at serious
jail time.

The judge picks up his gavel.


5.

JUDGE LOWERY (CONT'D)


Court is adjourned.

And with that, the judge bangs his gavel.

EXT. HOLLYWOOD - DAY

Various shots of Hollywood. The Hollywood sign, Capitol


Records, and the stars on the sidewalk.

A homeless man with a sign is invisible to the passers by.

Noah navigates down Sunset Blvd. in his red Ferrari, battling


the traffic and losing.

He talks on his phone.

NOAH
You’re my agent, Stanley. Not my
therapist. There’s nothing I can
do. I can’t get out of if. You
wanna spend time in a back woods,
country jail? Do you know what
they’d do to a guy like me with my
incredible good looks and chiseled
features?

Noah stops at a red light.

NOAH (CONT'D)
No, the whole week.

The light turns green but the guy in front of Noah doesn’t
pull far enough into the intersection before the light turns
red and Noah is stuck at the light again. Noah honks his
horn.

NOAH (CONT'D)
Go! You gotta be kidding me? Get
off your phone!!

A car pulls up next to Noah’s, on his left. The two young


twenty-something females inside, recognize him.

YOUNG WOMAN IN CAR


Noah Stone!

Noah just looks at them, non-responsive. He raises his tinted


window and speeds off.
6.

EXT. NOAH STONE ESTATE - DAY

The Ferrari pulls into a gated driveway and up to the front


door of a 10,000 sqft. Tuscan Estate. Noah gets out and is
greeted by SHANE, his assistant, who grabs his bag from the
back seat. Shane looks like he only eats on Tuesdays and
Thursdays.

SHANE
Welcome home, sir.

Noah ignores him and goes inside. Shane follows.

INT. NOAH STONE ESTATE - DAY

Noah enters the large entry way and is immediately met by his
dog, BUSTER.

NOAH
Buster! Did you miss me? Yes you
did. I missed you too. Yes I did,
boy.

Shane is trying to get Noah’s attention but he is pre-


occupied with Buster.

SHANE
Uh, Mr. Stone. We should go over
your schedule for this week.

Noah continues to reunite with Buster.

SHANE (CONT'D)
Mr. Stone?

NOAH
(to Shane)
Get me a beer, will ya?

Noah drags himself to the living room, followed by Buster.


The two find their usual, well worn spots at the end of a
very large couch as Shane follows with Noah’s beer.

Shane tries another attempt to talk to Noah about his


itinerary but stops short and leaves the room. Noah picks up
his phone and makes a call.

NOAH (CONT'D)
You have any plans this weekend? My
agent sent over a script for me to
read and the walls are closing in
on me here.
7.

Noah listens to the response on the other end as he scratches


Buster behind his ears.

NOAH (CONT'D)
Great. I’ll pick you up tomorrow at
nine. There’ll be waves so bring
your board.

He sets his phone down and without looking, addresses Shane.


He assumes that he is still in the room.

NOAH (CONT'D)
Hey, Shane. Pack up the truck.

The room is silent.

NOAH (CONT'D)
Shane?

Noah turns to see that Shane is not there. He gets Buster’s


attention.

NOAH (CONT'D)
Buster! Go get Shane!

Buster leaps off of the couch and races out of the room.

INT. NOAH’S TRUCK - DAY

Noah and his best friend, DENNIS head north on PCH.


Surfboards can be seen through the back window where they
stick out of the truck bed. Noah is on his cell phone.

NOAH
Stanley, Stanley, listen to me.
Here’s the part where you play the
agent and I play the movie star.
(Beat) Stanley, I gotta go.

Noah hangs up.

NOAH (CONT'D)
I swear, I have the world’s laziest
agent.

Dennis <laughs>.

DENNIS
Dude, you gotta chill.
8.

NOAH
Easy for you to chill. Your last
movie didn’t just tank at the box
office.

DENNIS
I’m just sayin’.

NOAH
Well, don’t.

The two stare ahead as they continue up the coast highway.

Noah breaks the silence.

NOAH (CONT'D)
Have you ever heard of Mayberry
Days?

EXT. NOAH’S BEACH HOUSE - DAY

Noah and Dennis are stepping off of the front porch of Noah’s
ranch style getaway and climbing into Noah’s truck.

NOAH
And I’m supposed to sign autographs
too.

They climb into the truck.

NOAH (CONT'D)
But not with my photos. They want
me to sign photos of my dad from
the show.

DENNIS
That’s cool.

NOAH
No. Not cool.

They drive off.

EXT. BEACH - DAY

Noah’s truck makes its way down a dirt road and onto the
beach. It rolls along the edge of the crystal blue water
until pulling up onto the soft, white sand. The truck faces
away from the water.

Dennis hops out and checks the surf but Noah is back on his
phone inside his truck.
9.

NOAH
Stanley, did you get me that
meeting with Barry yet? (Beat) Why
not? (Beat) Well, call him again!

Dennis pokes his head into the driver’s side window of the
truck as he slips on his spring suit.

DENNIS
Dude, are you going surfing or
what?

Noah is too wrapped up in his phone call to answer.

NOAH
(into his phone)
Stanley, shut up and listen. This
is a very important role for me.

DENNIS
Whatever, dude. I’ll see ya.

Dennis grabs his board out of the back of the truck and races
toward the water.

NOAH
(into his phone)
Oh, come on, Stanley. I spoke to
him three weeks ago.

Wide shot of the beautiful beach as Noah sits in his truck,


facing the cliff, arguing with his agent.

NOAH (CONT'D)
Stanley. Stanley. If you’ll stop
talking for a second, you might
just learn something.

EXT. NOAH STONE ESTATE - DUSK

Noah’s truck enters through the front gate and up to the


front door.

INT. NOAH STONE ESTATE - DUSK

Noah drags himself through the front door and over to the
fridge in the kitchen to get himself a beer. Buster runs up
to him but Noah gives him a half hearted greeting.

Shane enters, cradling his open MacBook Pro.


10.

SHANE
Welcome back, sir.

Noah doesn’t respond as he makes his way into the living


room. Shane follows.

SHANE (CONT'D)
Um, Mr. Stone. The studio sent over
some of the footage from last week.
I set it up for you in the theater.

Noah and Buster assume their usual spots on the couch.

NOAH
Alright.

Noah takes a sip of his beer and slowly rubs Buster.

SHANE
Well, I’ll just be...

Shane backs out and quietly returns to wherever it is he


goes, when he’s not trying to get Noah’s attention.

INT. THEATER ROOM - LATER

Noah sits in the dark, watching himself on the big screen.

We see Noah, dressed like your typical action hero as he


avoids the bullets being shot at him, concrete falling from
the walls surrounding him, and pedestrians running in a panic
in the background. Only, all we see is Noah acting in front
of a green screen.

NOAH
(on screen)
Not in this lifetime, pal!

Back on Noah in his seat as he watches. He’s bored.

NOAH (CONT'D)
<Sighs>

Light streams into the room as Shane opens the door and pokes
his head in.

SHANE
Mr. Stone, your brother is here.

Noah drops his head back on the seat.


11.

INT. NOAH’S LIVINGROOM - SAME

Noah enters to see his brother, LARRY holding a large box.


Larry is eight years older than Noah and was not blessed with
the same genes. In a room of ten people, you would probably
not remember him as even being there.

LARRY
What up, superstar?

NOAH
(low energy)
Hey, Larry. How you doin’?

LARRY
Blessed comin’ in and blessed goin’
out.

Larry sets the box on the table.

LARRY (CONT'D)
Bro, your house is ten times the
size of mine. You should be storing
dad’s stuff.

NOAH
Can I get you a beer?

LARRY
No, I don’t think so. Thanks.

Noah grabs one for himself from the kitchen fridge.

NOAH
This is so stupid. Have you ever
heard of Mayberry Days?

LARRY
Of course I have. Dad used to go
there before he got too old. You’d
know that if you ever bothered to
stop by and see him once in a
while.

NOAH
Can we not start this again?

LARRY
From what dad told me, it sounds
like fun.
12.

NOAH
Maybe for old, has-been actors, but
I’m Noah Stone. When I show up
there, I’m gonna be mobbed.

LARRY
Maybe you could show up in a dress
and go undercover like Barney did.

NOAH
What are you talking about?

LARRY
Never mind.

Larry pulls out a photo from the box of his dad from the
show.

LARRY (CONT'D)
I remember dad used to keep these
photos in the trunk of his car.
People would recognize him and ask
for an autograph and he would go to
his trunk and pull out one of
these. They were so surprised. Dad
loved to be recognized.

Noah is clearly not interested.

NOAH
Did Mom tell you she was thinking
about selling the house?

LARRY
Yeah. We need to help her find a
condo or something. Maybe a senior
living apartment.

NOAH
I already found a few. I told her I
would take her to look at them when
I get back from this stupid
Mayberry thing.

LARRY
You know, this was one of dad’s
most memorable roles. Of all the
shows he was in, everybody
remembers this one the most.
Mayberry Days made him feel like a
big star.
13.

NOAH
Look, I don’t care about Mayberry
Days. And I certainly don’t care
about dad, or his career. He never
cared about mine.

LARRY
What are you talking about?

NOAH
He has never appreciated my
accomplishments as an actor.

LARRY
Sure he has.

NOAH
Oh really? Do you know what he said
to me when I got my first big role
in Death Figure Eight? “When I was
your age, I was in acting school.
Then I did theater for three years,
honing my craft.” Well, all that
honing got him nothing but bit
parts and character roles.

LARRY
How can you say that? He’s your
dad, man.

NOAH
No. He’s YOUR dad. He was YOUR
basketball coach. He was YOUR Cub
Scout leader. He took YOU fishing.
And when you moved out, it was ME,
who got to see him become an
alcoholic. And it was ME who got to
see him yell at mom every night.
And it was ME who watched mom cry
every night after she found out he
was cheating on her.

Noah’s rant concludes and he composes himself.

NOAH (CONT'D)
YOU, had a dad.

Long silence.

LARRY
(softly)
You gotta forgive him for that,
bro. Mom has. It was a long time
ago.
14.

Silence.

NOAH
(softly)
Is there anything else you need?

LARRY
Nope. I don’t need anything. But
you do.

Larry turns and exits, leaving Noah all alone, in his big,
empty house.

Noah sits on his couch, then kicks over the box of photos.

EXT. PIEDMONT TRIAD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT - DAY

Under a beautiful blue sky and surrounded by Carolina pines,


a United Airlines A-330 Airbus touches down.

INT. AIRPORT - DAY

Shane has his and Noah’s bags as they make their way through
the mostly empty airport. As they arrive at the exit, they
are greeted by DOUG, a smiling, friendly looking, slightly
out of shape young man in his late 20’s. He holds a sign with
the words “Mr. Stone” written on it.

DOUG

Mr. Stone?

NOAH
Yeah. Hi.

DOUG
I’m Doug. I’ll be your driver for
the week. Anything you need, I’m
your man.

Shane eyes Doug. He can’t help but feel a little threatened.


Noah’s every need is his responsibility.

DOUG (CONT'D)
And you must be Shane.

Doug extends his hand. Shane slowly extends his and Doug
vigorously shakes it.

SHANE
(reserved)
Hi.
15.

INT. DOUG’S CAR - DUSK

Doug drives a Honda Fit. Noah and Shane sit, crammed into the
back seats.

DOUG
Sorry you both have to sit in the
back but the front seat’s busted.
Have y’all ever been to North
Carolina before?

SHANE
No. It’s really beautiful.

Noah sits silently.

DOUG
Oh, you are gonna have a wonderful
time. The people here are all so
friendly. And y’all will just love
the food. Have you ever had a pork
chop sandwich? Cause they make the
best pork chop sandwich right on
Main Street. And if you-

NOAH
(interrupting)
Hey, Dan.

DOUG
(correcting him)
It’s Doug.

Doug. I’ve got a bit of a headache


from the flight so if you don’t
mind.

DOUG (CONT'D)
Oh sure. I know how it is when you
got a headache. All ya want is some
peace and quiet. Well, it’s peace
and quiet you will get. You just
sit back and re-

NOAH
Dave!

DOUG
Doug.

NOAH
Whatever!
16.

DOUG
(softly)
We’ll be there in a jiffy. Yes,
you’re gonna have a wonderful time.

Noah adjusts himself into a comfortable position which places


his face a little too close to Shane’s, so he adjusts his
body to face the other way.

EXT. CAROLINA HIGHWAY - DUSK

Doug’s little Honda splits the Carolina pines as he drives


toward Mount Airy.

EXT. COMFORT INN - NIGHT

Doug’s car pulls up to the front entrance.

DOUG (V.O.)
Well, here we are.

EXT. COMFORT INN - NIGHT

Noah and Shane struggle to pry themselves out of the car.


Noah stretches out and Shane grabs the bags from the trunk.

Doug leans over the passenger seat and addresses Noah through
the open window on the passenger side.

DOUG
I’ll be pickin’ y’all up tomorrow
mornin’ at seven thirty for the
proclamation.

NOAH
The proclamation?

DOUG
The Proclamation is when the Mayor
proclaims the start of Mayberry
Days. All of the talent will be
there. That’s you. And most of the
tribute artists. Y’all are gonna
love it.

NOAH
(unenthusiastic)
Swell.

Doug drives off and Noah walks into the hotel, followed by
Shane with the luggage.
17.

INT. COMFORT INN - NIGHT

Noah and Shane enter the lobby. Shane walks over to the front
desk to check them in as Noah looks around at the homespun
decor of the Comfort Inn.

There is a group of about a dozen people in the lobby just


ahead of Noah. They have pulled tables together and are
enjoying a variety of beers and wines. A WOMAN sees Noah and
approaches.

DORIS
Are y’all here for Mayberry Days?

NOAH
Uh, yeah.

DORIS
Well, I’m Doris.

Noah is not sure if she recognizes him, so he introduces


himself.

NOAH
Noah Stone.

DORIS
Pleased to meet you, Noah.

Doris takes Noah by the arm and leads him over to the others.

DORIS (CONT'D)
Everybody. This is Noah.

The gang responds with a hearty welcome but no one recognizes


him.

One older man, MIKE, approaches Noah.

MIKE
Hi, Noah. I’m Mike. You look
familiar. Were you here last year?

NOAH
No, I’ve never-

Another woman, CRYSTAL, studies him closely.

CRYSTAL
I’ve seen you somewhere before. Do
you work at the Waffle House in
Mount Pilot?

Doris grabs his arm again.


18.

DORIS
Does this handsome man look like
he’d be workin’ at a Waffle House?

Another woman, NANCY, walks up to Noah.

NANCY
Noah Stone? Wait a minute.
Is your daddy Walter Stone?

NOAH
Yes, he is.

Suddenly, Noah is a rock star.

CRYSTAL
We love Walter Stone! You know he
was in one of my favorite episodes!

A man, JEFF, comes up to Noah with a beer in each hand.

JEFF
What was it like growin’ up with a
great actor like your father?

NOAH
Uh...interesting.

JEFF
I’ll bet it was. Here.

Jeff hands Noah a beer.

JEFF (CONT'D)
Have you ever tried Zombie Dust?

Noah politely hands the beer back to Jeff.

NOAH
I’d like to, but I need to check in
to my room.

CRYSTAL
Well, you come back down when you
get all checked in. We got plenty
of Zombie Dust.

NOAH
I’ll do that...uh...

Searching for her name.

CRYSTAL
Crystal.
19.

NOAH
Crystal. Got it.

Noah heads toward the elevator and is meet by Shane, coming


from the front desk.

SHANE
We’re all set, Mr. Stone.

Shane pushes the elevator button and the door opens. They
enter the elevator and Shane holds out a room key for Noah.

SHANE (CONT'D)
Here’s your room key for when you
come back down.

Noah gives Shane a look. Shane is still holding out the room
key.

SHANE (CONT'D)
You’re not coming back down, are
you?

The elevator doors close.

INT. HOTEL ROOM - MOMENTS LATER

The door opens and the two enter. The room has two twin beds
and is what you would expect from a Comfort Inn in Mount
Airy, North Carolina.

Shane sets each of their bags on the beds and looks around at
the room.

SHANE
Hey, this is gonna to be fun!

Shane turns to see a disapproving Noah, staring back at him.

INT. ANOTHER ROOM - NIGHT

Shane sits all by himself on the end of a bed with his


suitcase next to him.

EXT. THE ANDY GRIFFITH PLAYHOUSE - MORNING

It’s a beautiful day. The sun is shining and everyone is


excited for the start of Mayberry Days.

Tribute artists are scattered among the fans that have come
for the Proclamation.
20.

Noah and Shane pry themselves from the backseat of Doug’s


Honda and are met by FLOYD the barber.

FLOYD
Well, Mr. Stone! Good morning.
Welcome to Mayberry Days. You don’t
mind if I call you Noah? We’re all
on a first name basis here. You can
call me Floyd. Ha ha ha.

Floyd turns to Shane.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
And you are?

Shane is caught off-guard. No one has ever acknowledged him


before.

SHANE
Oh. Uh, Shane.

FLOYD
Well, it’s a pleasure to meet you,
Shane.

Floyd pulls out a comb and scissors from his pocket and
pretends to trim Shane’s hair.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
And it looks like you could use a
little trim, young man. Ha ha ha.

Noah rolls his eyes.

A Mayberry Days VOLUNTEER steps up to Floyd.

VOLUNTEER #1
Have you seen Tanya? There’s a
truck blocking the driveway.

FLOYD
I haven’t seen her. You might try
the office.

VOLUNTEER #1
Okay. Thank you.

Floyd leads Noah over to the platform where all of the talent
will sit during the Proclamation.

They are intercepted by the FUN GIRLS tribute artists as they


run up to Noah and pretend to kiss him on each of his cheeks.
21.

FLOYD
Uh oh, the fun girls found you. Ha
ha ha.

Noah watches them run off in search of another victim.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
Anyway, you’ll take a seat up there
once the proclamation gets started.

Another volunteer walks briskly by.

VOLUNTEER #2
Has anyone seen Tanya?

NOAH
(to Floyd)
Who’s Tanya?

FLOYD
Who’s Tanya? She runs this event.
Runs it every year. A doll. A real
doll.

GOMER
Well, gooolly!

Noah turns and is greeted by a GOMER PYLE tribute artist.

GOMER (CONT'D)
Welcome to Mayberry Days!

Then from his other side, we hear.

GOOBER (O.S.)
Judy, Judy, Judy!

Noah turns and is face to face with a GOOBER tribute artist.


Goober gives him the signature wink and Goober gesture.

NOAH
Oookay...

Goober takes off and Noah grabs Shane and pulls him aside.

NOAH (CONT'D)
(confidentially)
I don’t care how much it costs or
who I have to pay off, we are out
of here. I’m not staying here a
week.

Noah sees a another tribute artist walk past.


22.

NOAH (CONT'D)
(to Shane)
I’m not staying here another hour!

FLOYD
Well, if it isn’t Mayor Pike.
Mayor, I’d like you to meet Noah
Stone.

Noah turns around and to his surprise, MAYOR PIKE is the


Georgia Judge from Peachtree that sentenced him! The two are
face to face.

MAYOR PIKE
Well, Mr. Stone. I’m glad you made
it.

Noah is stunned.

NOAH
(stuttering)
Um, er, um...your Honor?.

MAYOR PIKE
Here, you just call me Mayor.

VOLUNTEER #2 (O.S.)
Can we get all of the talent up on
stage, please.

A stunned Noah is ushered in the direction of the stage.

EXT. BLACKMON AMPHITHEATRE - DAY

Noah takes a seat as Shane joins the crowd. Noah looks around
at the cast members from the show as they take their seats.

He looks to the seat next to him and there sits CLINT HOWARD,
who played Leon from the show. Clint looks at Noah and gives
him a dubious smile.

CLINT
What’s up!

Floyd takes the mic.

FLOYD
Hello, everyone.

The crowd turns its attention to the podium.


23.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
Good morning! I would like to
officially welcome everyone to
Mayberry days!

Cheers.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
We have a great line-up for you
this year and I want to say that
this might be our biggest turnout
to date.

More cheers.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
Let me start by introducing our
cast members. Ladies and gentlemen,
you all know Miss Betty Lynn!

Cheers.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
We also have Charlene Darling, the
lovely Maggie Peterson!

The crowd cheers.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
And over there is Clint Howard!
Little Leon. We’ll see if he
brought his peanut butter and jelly
sandwich.

The crowd laughs.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
And you all know and love, the
always funny, Ronnie Schell!

Big cheers.

Noah sits quietly as Floyd continues to announce the Mayberry


talent, observing this strange world that he has gotten
himself into. He shifts around in his seat, and for the first
time in his life, he doesn’t feel comfortable in his own
skin.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
And we also have for the first time
at Mayberry Days, Noah Stone!
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Hearing his name, Noah rises and waves to a smattering of


applause. Those in the crowd lean into one another,
whispering. They don’t seem to know who he is.

Picking up on this, Floyd enlightens them.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
This is the son of Walter Stone
from Season 3.

Now the crowd cheers.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
Most of you already know that
Walter was a regular here at
Mayberry Days and he asked me to
send his love and that he misses
all of you.

The crowd responds with acknowledgment and gives Noah a warm


Mayberry welcome.

A mystified Noah, stands and waves to the crowd.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
Now I would like to welcome to the
podium, the Mayor of Mount Airy,
Mayor David Hanner.

The crowd responds as the Mayor approaches the microphone.

MAYOR HANNER
Thank you Floyd. It is my honor
once again to be here at Mayberry
Days, and to open this great event.
It is a great event for our city
and we look forward to it each
year.

Crowd cheers.

FLOYD
Now I would like to bring up to the
podium, our first timer here at
Mayberry Days, Noah Stone. Come on
up, Noah.

Noah is a little caught off guard, but makes his way to the
podium.

FLOYD (CONT'D)
We sure enjoyed your daddy on the
show.
(MORE)
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FLOYD (CONT'D)
And the many other TV shows he was
on throughout his wonderful career.
I certainly did enjoy the surprise
of seeing him pop up here and
there.

MAYOR
We sure did. And we sure have
missed his presence here the last
few years. But now, as Mayor of
Mount Airy, it is my great honor to
present you with a key to our great
city.

The Mayor hands a large key to a surprised Noah.

NOAH
Oh...thank you, Mayor.

Everyone applauds as a photographer moves in closer to take a


shot of Noah with the Mayor.

The applause subsides as Noah awkwardly stands at the


microphone, expected to say a few words.

NOAH (CONT'D)
Uh...thank you all for having me.
My dad...uh...he loved being on the
show. He...uh...

Noah notices a young man in a wheel chair being wheeled by


his dad up to a spot on the lawn. Noah continues with his
speech.

NOAH (CONT'D)
(searching for words)
Uh.....thank you.

Noah walks back to his seat as the crowd applauds.

Noah sits down and Clint Howard leans into him.

CLINT
(motioning to his heart)
Got me right here.

FLOYD
Okay, that was terrific. Also, Noah
brought pictures of his daddy and
will be signing them at the
autograph sessions all week. Our
first session will be today at
eleven thirty.
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