LOG-ON: LIBRARY! MOUSEPAD Written by John C. Millunzi, Jr. Based on PRINCESS BASIA & THE REVOLUTIONARY SUPER CRITTERS 0F WILLOW GLEN by John C. Millunzi, Jr. Created and Developed by John C. Millunzi, Jr., Gina C. Millunzi and Stephen Millunzi
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LIVE ACTION INTRO (IN STUDIO)
PAINTED BROADCAST TOWER SFX: TELETYPE ANNOUNCER You are looking live at the Virtual Kids Broadcasting Tower. Your virtual bus will arrive shortly. (beat) This is U.N.N. The kids underground news network. BOOKSHELVES An overstuffed easy chair, a large faux flat screen. (NOTE: The flat screen is painted and slides OPEN/CLOSED.) STEVE is seated, wearing a beret reading the newspaper. STEVE Margi? The bus will be here soon? FLAT SCREEN SLIDES OPEN revealing MARGI wearing a flowered straw hat. MARGI Bus Route Twenty-seven is delayed for a squirrel crossing, Stephen? BROADCAST TOWER ANNOUNCER Clearance to view this broadcast requires your lunch packed, homework done, and your shoes by the door. STEVE Folding paper. STEVE Bus Twenty-seven, are you sure, Margi?
MARGI It’s waiting politely? BROADCAST TOWER ANNOUNCER Any further viewing of today’s program, assumes your agreement. STEVE We’re on Margi. FLAT SCREEN SLIDES The flat screen slides open to reveal Margi in prison stripes. MARGI Going to school always felt like a jail break to me, Stephen. Flat screen slides shut. STEVE I want to go! ANNOUNCER Is your homework done? END INTRO
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ACT ONE FADE IN: EXT. WILLOW GLEN STABLES - BACK PORCH - DAY DARE opens the back door to find MOLLY wagging her tail. DARE Tell it not to rain! Molly takes off for the chicken coop; Dare chases. INT. WILLOW GLEN STABLES - KITCHEN - LATER (NOTE: Background border, live action horses.) (NOTE: DEVICE ICONS on kitchen flat screen: MYPHONE; Seneca, swinging on porch. MYPAD; Margaret, drawing on art pad. MYPHONE; Claire, in Gift Shop. LAB COMPUTER; Timothy, in lab. CALENDAR; Cadette Daily Planner.) SFX: TOUCH-SCREEN BEEPS Dare places a full egg basket on the counter, then presses “CADETTE DAILY PLANNER” and sees FOUR (4) unchecked entries; “HOMEWORK”, “CHORES”, “MARY”, and “ORSON WELLES”. INT. MARGARET’S ROOM - CONTINUOUS MARGARET is drawing a portrait of Welles. EXT. SENECA’S FRONT PORCH - CONTINUOUS SENECA is on the porch swing with FOUNDER. BACK TO KITCHEN Dare presses “SENECA” and “MARGARET”. DARE (CONT’D) It’s not going to rain after school.
SENECA And it’s only a half day! MARGARET Who gets to crew? MOLLY (barks) DARE My cousin’s coming over. INT. MARY’S LIVING ROOM - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: Mary’s myPad is the latest and greatest “MOUSEPAD” series. The Cadette web site’s uniform order page shows on the wall flat screen.) MARY is reclining on the couch, fingering her MousePad. CHERIE is standing at the wall flat screen. (NOTE: CLAIRE shows on the bottom-right quarter of the screen.) MARY I don’t want to. CHERIE I’ll take care of everything, Claire. I can’t thank you enough? MOUSEPAD Mary is wiping through screens to Dare’s student profile page.
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BACK TO KITCHEN DARE If it’s still raining, we can just hang out in the tree house? MARGARET Is she crewing? EXT. WILLOW GLEN STABLES GIFT SHOP - ESTABLISHING Claire’s truck is parked out front. BACK TO KITCHEN Dare presses “MOM”. DARE We’ll just hang out in the tree house, if its still raining, mom? CLAIRE I just talked to her mother. She wants her to join the Cadettes, so we’ll give her a Cadette Achievement pin, and see what she thinks, okay? In the tree house, if it’s still raining, is fine. EXT. ADVANCED UNIVERSITY RESEARCH LAB PROVING GROUNDS ESTABLISHING A windsock hangs atop a flagpole in drizzling rain.
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INT. TIMOTHY’S LAB - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: TIMOTHY and ROGER’S myPads show they’re playing “MOUSETRAP” online. Roger is wearing his surgical mask loosely around his neck. Both Timothy and Roger are wearing dark safety goggles. ALPHA is wearing his motorcycle jacket with a bandana on his head and dark safety goggles on his face. A cereal box stands on the lab counter between Timothy and Roger and their myPads.) WELDING HELMET Alpha is lowering a welding helmet on his head, shooting ultra-violet light flashes from a welding stick at a lowering corrugated drainage pipe (ALA - Mousetrap game). SFX: ZAP ZAP. ROGER The mouse doesn’t stand a chance! BACK TO KITCHEN Dare presses “TIMOTHY”. MOLLY (barks) DARE What do you want, Timothy? TIMOTHY We need an algorithm for Space Camp, please. ROGER Grandma saw a mouse!
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DARE It’s a half-day, Timothy. I’ve got company coming, and we’re going riding! Use a mousetrap! ROGER Please, for my grandma??? EXT. PASTURE - CONTINUOUS BASIA grazes. EXT. VIRTUAL SCHOOL BUS - DAY (NOTE: Background border, live action school bus.) BUS DOORS CLOSING BUS CONTINUOUSLY JIGGLES (NOTE: DEVICE ICONS on bus windows: MYPHONE; Seneca, at her desk. MYPAD; Frederick, at his desk, MYPAD; Margaret, at her easel. MYPHONE; Dare, feeding Basia. MYPAD; PAUL, snoogling lexis-nexis. GAMETOY; Frederick, thumbing GameToy. MYPAD; Roger, wearing surgical mask. MOUSEPAD; Mary grimacing. FREDERICK Whoa, where did she get that? SENECA She’s Dare’s cousin. EXT. LIBRARY - ESTABLISHING Patrons walking on sidewalk with umbrellas, cars passing on street. INT. LIBRARY - LIVE ACTION IN STUDIO
(NOTE: Steve wears a woolly bulldog costume, Margi wears a woolly poodle costume. The gift box is filled with deep dish cheesecake.) Steve arrives behind the book counter carrying a gift box. He hangs his bicycle helmet on the coat tree. Margi is scanning library book returns on her computer. (NOTE: Book covers wipe across her screen.) #1 - “TEACHER’S LOUNGE - HIDDEN EXPERIMENTS EXPOSED” #2 - “FOLDING MILK CARTON TRICKS: EMPTY WORKS BEST” #3 - “A PARTIAL REVIEW OF UNDERSTANDING FRACTIONS” MARGI (growls) Steve drags his finger across the DVD rack, selecting “ORSON WELLES”. STEVE Good morning, boys and girls! He opens the gift box revealing a deep dish cheesecake with strawberries. END LIVE ACTION BACK TO BUS MARY You can use it. You can log right into it. FREDERICK Whoa!
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MARGRARET I wouldn’t do that if I were you? PAUL There’s double jeopardy on halfdays. FREDERICK I saw these on TV! MARY Anyone can. FREDERICK I get the first two halves! SENECA You can show it at Story Hour. PAUL You have to watch real close in change of possession cases. SENECA You’re going riding with us, right? MYPOD Mary removess a myPod from its case, fingers it, logs into Lexis-Nexis.
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MARY See, watch. You can use this for your rule book and it saves everything? DARE You can’t give all your things away, Mary. PAUL That’s what we use appeals for. Can I use it? SENECA Don’t forget it’s a half day. BUS CEASES JIGGLING, DOORS OPEN FREDERICK I got both halves. SENECA You don’t get to say what happens with someone else’s things, Frederick. I’m calling an emergency recess Cadette Meeting! BUS DOORS CLOSING SFX: FIRST SCHOOL BELL
INT. LIBRARY - BACK TO LIVE ACTION (NOTE: Steve wears a woolly bulldog costume, Margi wears a woolly poodle costume.) SFX: HEAVY CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT MARGI’S COMPUTER Margi’s computer shows she’s logged into the library’s preschool toy box page opened to an Erector Set. DEEP DISH CHEESECAKE Margi is wearing a hard hat, tool belt, and orange safety vest, directing a robot and toy crane with a walkie-talkie. The toy crane’s boom lowers its claws for the deep dish cheesecake and misses. Steve opens the gift card and reads it aloud. STEVE (feigning Welles’s voice) Dear Sir, Libraries are a place of deep understanding of anything you enjoy. Please see the children deeply enjoy these at Story Hour. MARGI (growls) The crane claws the box. STEVE But not until then, of course. MARGI (whines)
END LIVE ACTION EXT. JALOPY LIMO - CONTINUOUS The jalopy limo motors across the Golden Gate Bridge. INT. JALOPY LIMO - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: The limo flat screen is showing Mrs. Sciencefeld’s Library Channel.) SFX: WHAM WHAM WHAM MAYOR BART slams MORTIMER in the ring. Mortimer holds an obviously empty, crumpled, bag of cheese puffs. SILVER SERVING BOWL The DUMBWAITER is placing a silver serving bowl of cheese puffs in front of BIG MIKE in the terrarium. STARS CIRCLING MORTIMER’S HEAD MORTIMER I didn’t eat‘em, boss! Mayor Bart grabs Mortimer. BACK TO INSIDE LIBRARY - LIVE ACTION (NOTE: Steve wears a woolly bulldog costume, Margi wears a woolly poodle costume.) SFX: CRASH The toy crane falls over. Steve is placing deep-dish cheesecake story hour reminders on student profile pages. Reply “WILL ATTEND” icons pop onto his screen. MARGI (whines)
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STEVE Looks like we’re going to have lots of visitors! MARGI (growls) STEVE (posting more reminders) I think Mr. Welles wants us to dig to the bottom of this Story Hour, don’t you, boys and girls? TOY CRANE SFX: BOING The crane springs its gears. STEVE (CONT’D) It’s like anything else at the library, boys and girls, the deeper you dig, the better the mystery gets! MARGI (sobbing) END LIVE ACTION INT. JALOPY LIMO - CONTINUOUS SFX: WHAM
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Mayor Bart picks a completely limp Mortimer up. TERRARIUM CONTROL PANEL SCREEN Big Mike watches a live close up of Mortimer’s distressful face. MORTIMER Can we go to the library? BIG MIKE’S PSYCHO EYE SFX: BOW AND ARROW FIRING Mortimer goes flying straight to flat screen. SFX: BOWLING BALL STRIKE BACK TO LIVE ACTION STUDIO (NOTE: Steve wears a woolly bulldog costume, Margi wears a woolly poodle costume.) Margi inspects at a wooden mouse trap in front of the gift box. STEVE You are such a hard worker, Margi? You’re just trying to protect our cheesecake. MARGI (whines) STEVE Will Margi escape her own trap, boys and girls? See you at Story Hour.
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END LIVE ACTION EXT. ADVANCED UNIVERSITY RESEARCH LAB - PROVING GROUNDS - DAY A Saturn five rocket is leaving the launch pad. INT. AURL - TIMOTHY’S LAB - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: Paul shows on Timothy’s myPad screen, thumbing Mary’s myPod.) Timothy and Alpha are in front of the wall flat screen watching DNA markers scroll across the screen. Roger rolls up on his Big Slide wearing a doctor’s lab coat and hands Timothy a medical chart. MEDICAL CHART A glob of grape jelly sticks to the chart above a grape icon. TIMOTHY You spilled jelly on it! Alpha smirks. ROGER On purpose! It matches! (pulling out a nuk from his pocket) I used this to not contaminate the specimen. Whoever spilled the jelly was scared! MARY’S IPOD PAUL She has the perfect toys!
Alpha puts on his handlebar mustache. TIMOTHY Upload the sample data quickly. It’s only a half day. PAUL What grade is she in, Timothy? Will she be able to vote for me next year? SFX: MOTORCYCLE ENGINE STARTING Roger runs past carrying his medical bag and lunch box. He loads them in the sidecar and Alpha backs the space motorcycle into the Time Travel Tube. TIMOTHY Third. I’m telling you, if it’s lunar, you can make it back. Do not go to Mars! It’s a false signal! Roger, Alpha, and Timothy trades salutes. SFX: MOTORCYCLE ENGINE ROARING SFX: WHOOSH ZOOM Alpha, Roger, and the space motorcycle dematerialize. The Time Tube control panel reads “1938 NEW JERSEY” “SECURITY PENDING”. PAUL Third grade? She might be able to vote for me! SFX: ALARM SIREN The control panel display flashes “SECURITY FAILED!”
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INT. AURL - GURDEEP’S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: MRS. FAEBER shows holding a broom in her kitchen on Gurdeep’s computer screen.) GURDEEP’S FRANTIC EYES Three lab security robots are glaring menacingly at Gurdeep. MRS. FAEBER There was jelly spilled all over, Gurpy! SFX: WHOOSH ZOOM SFX: MOTORCYCLE ENGINE IDLING Alpha, Roger, and the space motorcycle materialize. SECURITY RAY GUNS Three lab security robots are training their aim at a toy mouse being placed into a medical evidence bag by Roger in his sidecar. He jumps out causing the security robots to hide behind Gurdeep. ROGER Hi, Dad! Hi, grandma! The bus is almost here. MRS. FAEBER I want a DNA analysis, Gurpy! On the mouse. And on the jelly! GURDEEP (whines)
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ROGER I all ready did, grandma. Can I stay after school, dad? I think the Cadettes are in trouble. SFX: MOTORCYCLE ENGINE STARTING Roger salutes Alpha, runs to the motorcycle sidecar. Alpha hands him a medics helmet. ROGER (CONT’D) I’ll send the results when they’re in, grandma. SFX: MOTORCYCLE ENGINE ROARING SFX: WHOOSH ZOOM Alpha, Roger, and the space motorcycle dematerialize. GURDEEP’S DISTRESSED EYES MRS. FAEBER (warning) My grandchildren always do their homework! BACK TO TIMOTHY’S LAB Timothy enters data in his computer. TIMOTHY Great? Now we have to save dad, too!
EXT. STEVE’S DRIVE-IN - DAY (NOTE: A placard next to the rear wheel well reads: “NOW PLAYING - THE REVOLUTIONARY SUPER CRITTERS OF WILLOW GLEN”.) A cloud floats over the fender fin. INT. STEVE’S DRIVE-IN - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: Steve and Margi are wearing woolly mouse costumes.) Steve jams jazz on the piano. Margi arrives waving her memory sticks. INT. STEVE’S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS MUSIC: ALA - “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE” Steve leads Margi through security. SFX: BEEP BEEP STEVE We’re clear. Margi inserts her first memory stick into Steve’s computer: revealing her UNN footage of Dare holding open a barn door with a broom in her hand, pointing a mouse to the door. STEVE (CONT’D) She likes us! MARGI Cadettes like all animals! Margi swaps memory sticks in Steve’s computer: revealing her UNN footage of Alpha, Roger, and the space motorcycle, in front of a roadside sign that reads: “MOON”. STEVE Why the moon, Margi???
MARGI (ala - SGT. FRIDAY, DRAGNET, JACK WEBB) Because its one thing these kids need. Love, Steve. The thing every kid needs. It’s where the real cheese is, and it’s our job to deliver it to them! Margi swaps her last memory stick: showing the jalopy limo pulling into Tony’s Drive-Thru. STEVE All you can eat, Margi? What’s wrong with that? MARGI What would you rather have? Stale cheese puffs or fresh real deep dish cheesecake? It’s like the difference between being allowed to go to the library and not being allowed to!!! EXT. STEVE’S DRIVE-IN - CONTINUOUS A small cloud quickly floats past the fender fin. FADE OUT. END ACT ONE
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ACT TWO FADE IN: EXT. BARN - ESTABLISHING Molly is chasing a butterfly in the sunshine. INT. BARN - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: Background border, live action playground.) (NOTE: DEVICE ICONS on barn flat screen: MYPHONE; Seneca, at her desk. MYPAD; Margaret, at her easel. MYPOD; Paul, snoogling “PROPERTY RIGHTS”. MOUSEPAD; Mary with a blank MousePad screen. MYPAD; Frederick, hiding his myPad in his jacket. MYPHONE, Cherie, in her kitchen. LAB COMPUTER; Timothy, entering data, MYPAD; Roger wearing green surgical mask.) SFX: FIRST RECESS BELL Dare is tacking up Basia. SENECA It stopped raining! FREDERICK This thing’s operating system is awesome! MARGARET Log off her computer, Frederick! PAUL If he has the password you can’t even file a complaint!??
FREDERICK Hah! Looks like my homework’s done. As long as I’ve got the file, I can do anything with it! CHERIE REPEATEDLY DIALING MYPHONE MARGARET And I’ve got my fingernails filed, Frederick. I can do anything with them. Log off it! CHERIE FRUSTRATED The barn flat screen flashes to the Cadette web site uniform ordering page displaying “MODEL A4 - ORDER CONFIRMED” a thick, square heeled all black plain square buckled shoe; “QUANTITY ORDERED 4”. MARY / SENECA / MARGARET / DARE Ewwww!!!!! FREDERICK (desperate) I don’t know how!!! DARE Where’s Timothy? PAUL He’s doing homework?
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FREDERICK Then have him fix it! I don’t know what this thing is doing. SENECA’S MYPAD SCREEN Reveals the Cadette Secretary homework tracker page with Frederick and Timothy showing “INCOMPLETE”. SFX: SECOND RECESS BELL SENECA I’m calling an emergency Cadette lunch meeting! It’s not doing your homework, Frederick! INT. AURL - TIMOTHY’S LAB - DAY (NOTE: A live feed of Alpha cruising down the Intergalactic Freeway, with his tape-on handlebar mustache flapping, shows on the lab wall flat screen.) Timothy is entering data in his computer. PAUL I don’t believe you, Timothy? You’re sending them to New Jersey via the moon???? EXT. DEEP SPACE - CONTINUOUS Roger is pointing an ultraviolet light sensor out the front of the sidecar as Alpha exits at a highway sign reading “1938 TRENTON”. EXT. WTRN RADIO BUILDING - CONTINUOUS SFX: WHOOSH ZOOM
SFX: MOTORCYCLE ENGINE DOWNSHIFTING Alpha, Roger, and the space motorcycle materialize at the building’s front steps. BACK TO TIMOTHY’S LAB Timothy is entering data. The WTRN building shows on the flat screen. PAUL (CONT’D) When are we going to do our homework, Timothy??? TIMOTHY This is our homework! PAUL (whining) You said it was genetic??? TIMOTHY It is! They thought they were being invaded by Martians! INT. WTRN STUDIO - CONTINUOUS ORSON, a stocky man with a beard (obviously ORSON WELLES), sits at a desk with a microphone, reading his radio play onair. INT. GURDEEP’S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: Timothy’s lab room is showing on Gurdeep’s wall flat screen.) SFX: DESPERATE SCREAMING BEDLAM SFX: “WAR OF THE WORLDS” radio broadcast.
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BACK TO TIMOTHY’S LAB Timothy hurriedly enters more data. SFX: FULL ALARM SEQUENCE SFX: MOTORCYCLE ENGINE ROARING Timothy’s lab flat screen reveals Alpha and Roger racing back to the lab followed by Welles in a 1909 Baker Electric coupe. SFX: ZOOM ZOOM INT. LIBRARY - DAY - LIVE STUDIO (NOTE: Steve wears a woolly bulldog costume, Margi wears a woolly poodle costume.) MUSIC: ALA - “THEME FROM RAT PATROL” Steve is wiping book returns in his computer. MARGI’S COMPUTER Margi’s computer screen reveals the library preschool toy box open to an army board game. GIFT BOX Margi and her desk are under camouflage netting in front of the gift box. MARGI (growling) STEVE Oh, Margi. You know a librarian loves a library aide that catches mice? MARGI (whining)
STEVE (feigning privacy) IM her now, boys and girls. MARGI (sobbing) STEVE You poor baby. END LIVE STUDIO EXT. JALOPY LIMO - ESTABLISHING The jalopy limo pulls in the drive-thru lane behind an obviously much longer stretch limo. TONY’S MENU BOARD The menu board reads “PRIVATE PRESCHOOL PARTY - VALET PARKING - I.D. REQUIRED” INT. JALOPY LIMO - CONTINUOUS MUSIC: DISCO - ALA - BEE GEES “JIVE TALKING” BIG MIKE’S PSYCHO EYE Big Mike is disco dancing with the Dumbwaiter robot, attempting to deftly, coolly, catch cheese puffs. SFX: WHAM BAM WHAM BAM Mayor Bart repeatedly body slams Mortimer in the ring.
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MORTIMER Hey, boss? I got an idea??? Let’s go to the library, while he’s busting a move dancing? SFX: ZIP The dumbwaiter lens turns to Mortimer. POV: DUMBWAITER LENS CROSS-HAIRS ON MORTIMER MORTIMER (CONT’D) Don’t worry if you can’t read boss? They got tutors. Arghhh! SFX: SPLAT Mortimer is spread eagle on the flat screen. BACK TO LIBRARY - LIVE STUDIO (NOTE: Steve wears a woolly bulldog costume, Margi wears a woolly poodle costume.) Margi and Steve are sitting at perfectly clean desks wiping their final book returns into their computers. MARGI’S BOBBING EYEBROWS Margi smiles at the gift box. STEVE Can you smell it, Margi? MARGI (whining)
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STEVE There’s just nothing like the smell of freshly done homework, don’t you think? MARGI (yelping) STEVE See you at Story Hour, boys and girls. END LIVE STUDIO EXT. WILLOW GLEN STABLES - PASTURE - ESTABLISHING Horses are grazing. INT. WILLOW GLEN STABLES - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: Border background live action, school cafeteria.) (NOTE: DEVICE ICONS on kitchen flat screen: MOUSEPAD; Mary, clutching tennis shoes. MYPAD; Seneca, clutching riding boots. MYPHONE; Margaret, clutching riding boots. MYPAD; Paul, flipping through law book pages. MYPAD; Frederick, snoogling “ORSON WELLES”.) SFX: FIRST LUNCH BELL Dare’s feeding Molly. CLUNKY OLD STYLE CADETTE SHOE MARY I’m sorry.
DARE You don’t have to be sorry. MOLLY (barks) SENECA Do we have to wear them? MARGARET Why did she do that? FREDERICK If it means anything, I’m sorry. PAUL Section 448. Any admission of guilt means you did it and must be accompanied by an apology. MARGARET It means your homework’s due, Frederick. PAUL Section 449. All homework. MOLLY (barking)
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SENECA So we’ll tell your mom? DARE If we ride to the meeting, we’ll have to wear our riding boots? EXT. STEVE’S DRIVE-IN - DAY (NOTE: A placard next to the rear wheel well reads: “NOW PLAYING - THE REVOLUTIONARY SUPER CRITTERS OF WILLOW GLEN”.) A cloud floats over the fender fin. INT. STEVE’S DRIVE-IN - LIVE STUDIO (NOTE: Steve and Margi are wearing woolly mouse costumes.) Steve jams jazz on the piano. Margi arrives waving her memory sticks. INT. STEVE’S OFFICE - CONTINUOUS MUSIC: ALA - “MISSION IMPOSSIBLE” Steve leads Margi through security. SFX: BEEP BEEP STEVE We’re clear. Margi inserts her first memory stick into Steve’s computer: revealing her UNN footage of Seneca’s closet full of homemade clothes. STEVE (CONT’D) She dresses only like the hippest, Margi?
MARGI (ala - JACK WEBB - SGT. FRIDAY, DRAGNET) Kids wake up on every block in this city forced to worry that the name tag on their jeans won’t buy them admission to the most popular birthday parties, skating parties, or just plain invitations to go play, as if their own name isn’t good enough! It’s tough work, gritty work, thankless work, but it’s the work we swore to help them with! Margi swaps memory sticks in Steve’s computer: revealing her UNN footage of Alpha power slamming a monster thunder dunk on Welles. STEVE It was a lucky bounce, Roxanne??? MARGI He’s lucky he’ll get to practice everyday at school, as long as he finishes his homework! Margi swaps her last memory stick: showing the jalopy limo pulling into Tony’s Drive-Thru.
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STEVE It doesn’t look very safe to me? MARGI That’s because they were afraid to learn all the things that would keep their future bright, while having tons of fun in the library!!! END LIVE STUDIO EXT. STEVE’S DRIVE-IN - CONTINUOUS A small cloud floats past the fender fin. FADE OUT. END ACT TWO
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ACT THREE FADE IN: EXT. BARN - ESTABLISHING Basia grazes. INT. WILLOW GLEN STABLES - KITCHEN - CONTINUOUS (NOTE: Device icon showing on kitchen flat screen: MYPHONE; Claire at gift shop.) Dare packs her backpack and presses “MOM”. DARE I’m going, mom. CLAIRE I’m glad the rain stopped. Mary will have a great time with you riding. MOLLY (barks) CLAIRE We can give her an activity pin for riding Basia. DARE Mom??? We’re not wearing those shoes, are we? Will you tell her mom? We’re just going to be riding anyway?
EXT. WILLOW GLEN STABLES - PASTURE - CONTINUOUS Basia grazes. INT. AURL - GURDEEP’S OFFICE - DAY (NOTE: Paul shows on Timothy’s myPad screen.) (NOTE: Mrs. Faeber shows on Gurdeep’s computer screen.) Timothy is standing at attention in front of Gurdeep. Gurdeep sneers, his finger reaching for the GROUNDED BUTTON on his desk. PAUL No! Don’t do it, sir???!!! SFX: WHOOSH The office doors slide open, revealing two lab security robots escorting Alpha, Roger, and Welles to Gurdeep’s desk. ROGER Hi, dad. Hi, grandma! It was all grandma’s fault, dad. MRS. FAEBER’S CONFUSED FACE TIMOTHY We were doing our homework, dad? ALPHA BOBBING HIS EYEBROWS PAUL Oh!!! Ground us quickly, sir! We’re all trapped now!!! Alpha and Welles approach Gurdeep, begin whispering in his ear. Welles holds a microphone.
ROGER It was grandma. When you set out the mousetrap, you must have had jelly on your finger. GURDEEP SMILES TIMOTHY We have to get to Story Hour, dad? PAUL It’s the Cadettes again, sir!!! Ground them, too??? Please, sir??? ROGER No! They helped me grandma? TIMOTHY The jelly matched Alpha’s, dad! Alpha reacts in shock. PAUL Oh, sir???? A tragedy has been averted!! TIMOTHY We’ll come straight home, grandma. SFX: WHOOSH The office doors slide open revealing Mrs. Faeber holding a tray of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and spinning a basketball on her fingertip.
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PAUL Remember sir, stronger men have succumb to the pressure of their mom’s peanut butter and jelly, sir, please??? Mrs. Faeber approaches Gurdeep. TIMOTHY We have to help a new girl join Cadettes and go riding, dad? PAUL Oh, sir??? We’re fifth graders. We face homework tragedy every day? SANDWICH TRAY Mrs. Faeber places the tray in front of Gurdeep. Alpha jumps in between them, whipping out his basketball on his fingertip. MRS. FAEBER I’m sorry Gurpy. PAUL Oh, don’t fall for it, sir!! It will only leave more DNA! Mrs. Faeber dog stares Welles face-to-face. Gurdeep ogles the sandwiches.
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PAUL (CONT’D) It was a lot of homework to clear your name, sir, please, don’t delay us from future homework? MRS. FAEBER (smiling) I made these for you if you’ll forgive me and play? PAUL Sir? ALPHA’S SPINNING BASKETBALL Alpha flips his basketball for the dais, causing Mrs. Faeber, Welles, and Gurdeep to chase after the ball. TIMOTHY Thanks, dad! ROGER (loading sandwiches in his medic bag at Gurdeep’s desk) Thanks, dad. I’ll do my homework with these, grandma! INT. LIBRARY - LIVE ACTION STUDIO (NOTE: Steve wears a woolly bulldog costume, Margi wears a woolly poodle costume.) Steve removes his bicycle helmet from the coat tree and turns off his computer.
Margi smiles, bobbing her eyebrows. STEVE It’s time to say good bye and thank you, boys and girls. Thank you, Mr. Welles! Thank you for helping us. Thanks for the cheesecake! Margi licks her lips, bobs her eyebrows. STEVE (CONT’D) I’m telling you Margi, we need more like him in the library. END LIVE ACTION EXT. JALOPY LIMO - CONTINUOUS TONY, a small Italian mouse in a pin-stripe suit is rapping on the rear limo window. TONY (Italian accent) You the ones afraid of a mouse? INT. JALOPY LIMO - CONTINUOUS Mayor Bart and Mortimer exchange frightened looks. Big Mike nervously quakes. MORTIMER Run for it!!!!!!!!!
EXT. LIBRARY - BACK TO LIVE ACTION STUDIO (NOTE: Steve wears a woolly bulldog costume, Margi wears a woolly poodle costume.) Steve turns his key in the front door, Margi gets jiggy with her boom box. RADIO ANNOUNCER That was the Revolutionary Super Critters of Willow Glen taking us right up to Homework Helping Time on your favorite Library Channel. STEVE Is there any way possible to have any more fun at the library, Margi? MARGI (barks) STEVE Thank you, boys and girls. See you at school! END LIVE STUDIO EXT. JALOPY LIMO - CONTINUOUS Mortimer and Mayor Bart exit the rear of the limo and go running down the middle of the street. MORTIMER Cheese puffs, boss. They were my cheese puffs!
END ACT THREE FADE OUT.
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EPILOGUE FADE IN: INT. WILLOW GLEN STABLES - TREE HOUSE - DAY
(NOTE: DEVICE ICON on tree house flat screen: MYPAD; CLAIRE, making dinner.) Dare, Seneca, Mary, and Margaret are on the couch with their bare feet up, wore out from practice. SENECA It was still pretty muddy! MARY (laughter) It was a lot of fun! CLAIRE We have a pin for you? MARGARET You did great at crewing! DARE If you still want to be a Cadette? MOLLY (barking) EXT. TREE HOUSE - CONTINUOUS FOUR SETS OF MUD-COVERED SHOES
BACK INSIDE TREE HOUSE MARY Can I come back tomorrow? Molly is at the tree house door, wagging her tail. CLAIRE Of course. DARE Go get mom, Molly!
FADE OUT. THE END