Scene One: The front yard of Simpson/Lynch Studios in Pleasantview on a Saturday morning.
Due to a not-so-surprising miscommunication by Carla, the SnL receptionist, no one was at Montgomery Regional Airport to greet the Skipster and Gretchen when they arrived. The Skipster called Luke, who explained the mix-up. The Skipster decided to rent a car rather than make Luke drive all the way to get them.
The Skipster and Gretchen have just arrived from the airport. They are in the driveway. The Skipster calls out in greeting to Luke as they exit the rental car.
Skipster: Kato! Good to see you!
Gretchen walks to Luke and gives him a warm hug, but remains silent during the following exchange.
Luke: Actually, Mr. Skipster, I would prefer it if you call me "Luke" from now on.
Skipster: Umm... Okayyy... May I ask why?
Luke: Simply put, I have returned to using my real name, Luke Tian. "Kato Kato" is no more, shall we say.
Skipster: Really! Well, okay, whatever you want, of course... So, is the Foxster home? I'm surprised he's not out here to greet us, too...
Luke: Oh, that's right, you don't know.
Mr. Foxster moved into his own home.
Skipster: What?!? Don't tell me he moved back to Massachusetts!
Luke: Oh, no, Mr. Skipster. Nothing like that. He bought a house right here in Pleasantview.
Skipster: Wow, that was pretty sudden...
Luke: Well, the doctor thought it would be best for him, after his heart attack.
Skipster: Doctor? What doct- Whoa! Did you say, heart attack?!?
Luke: Yes. (brief pause) Don't worry, he's much better now.
Skipster: Damn! So, with Vickie and Carla off for the weekend, we'll be walking into an empty house... except for you!
Luke (wincing): Umm... Not quite. (brief pause) Mr. Barry Cabana arrived at Kewl Beanz! a few days ago, and depending on whose story you believe, he either was dissatisfied with the Pleasantview Country Club and Spa... or he was thrown out of there. He's been staying in Mr. Foxster's old room here at the studio for the last few days. (pause) You two have missed a few things while you were gone.
Skipster (after a long pause): You have a remarkable talent for understatement... Luke. (pause) So, good old Barry's waiting to greet us? Well, that's good for something! It's been quite a while since the Foxster and I last saw him! (to Gretchen) Gretchen, honey, why don't you go inside and introduce yourself to our guest, while
I help Kato... I mean, Luke... with the luggage and all the souvenirs we bought
Gretchen: All right. (Gretchen starts to walk towards the front door.)
Luke: Um... Mr. Skipster... You should wait... I don't...
Skipster: Nonsense! She'll be all right.
Luke: But... I... but...
Skipster (kiddingly dramatic): I'll hear no more words of protestation from you, my good man. Now, let's get busy with the matters at hand here, shall we?
Gretchen enters the house. Luke's eyes start to water; the Skipster notices.
Skipster: Hey, now! Don't get all emotional on me! We missed you guys, too!
Luke wails. The Skipster starts carrying luggage toward the house and is met at the top of the front steps by an ashen-faced Gretchen.
Gretchen: Skip? Which one is Cabana Man?
Skipster: Which one? What do you mean, which one?
Gretchen: There are two men lying in room. It looks like room... exploded. I think men are dead!
The Skipster drops the suitcases and starts to make his way inside. Gretchen grabs his arm.
Gretchen: Wait! There is more! There is also sleeping dog... plus live chicken that chase me back out of room!
The Skipster gently pulls away from Gretchen's grasp and enters the house.
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Scene Two: The Skipster enters the Foxster's old room on the first floor, only to see...
To Be Continued...