Inflating a Dog Screenplay
Chapter 27: Oh, Buster (in which Patti postulates a longing)
by Eric Kraft
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INT. DUDLEY BEAKERíS LIVING ROOM. Peter (as Dudley) is sitting in Dudleyís chair. Patti (as Ella) is sitting on his lap. Heís fondling her like a dirty old man.
PETER (AS DUDLEY)
But, my dear, there is no inherent meaning to life at all.  We poor creatures insist on trying to add meaning to it, like chocolate sauce on a quite meaningless scoop of vanilla ice cream.
PATTI (AS ELLA)
(squirming, stopping him)
Thereís something wrong with this.
PETER (AS DUDLEY)
(nuzzling her neck)
Scruples, my little darling?
PATTI (HERSELF)
I can imagine it .†.†. but .†.†.
PETER (HIMSELF)
What?
PATTI
Iím not having any fun.
PETER
(crushed)
Oh.
PATTI
(giving him a squeeze)
I mean, Ellaís not.
PETER
(relieved)
Oh!
PATTI
Hereís what I think.  I think she might have let Dudley snuggle her a bit .†.†. might have let him feel her up .†.†. and there might have been some kissing .†.†. and romantic words .†.†. a lot of romantic words, since it is very hard to shut Dudley up .†.†. but I think thatís as far as it went .†.†. because she stopped enjoying it.
PETER
She didnít enjoy it long enough to conceive me?
PATTI
I think .†.†. that .†.†. if she did get into something with Dudley .†.†. it was because she was missing somebody else.
PETER
What?
PATTI
She was longing for someone else, and she took some consolation from Dudley.
PETER
Someone else?  Whoís on your list?
PATTI
Your uncle.
PETER
My uncle?
PATTI
Your fatherís brother .†.†. Buster.
PETER
But he was killed in the war.
PATTI
He was smart, funny, charming .†.†. and very good-looking.  Iíve read the letters he wrote to your grandparents after he joined the navy.  I think you would have liked him.  I think I would have liked him.  And from talking with your grandmother I got the impression that Ella liked him very much.
PETER
But he died long before I was born.
PATTI
(covering his eyes)
Letís suppose that the war is over.
DISSOLVE TO:
INT. THE MALT SHOP. 1944. Ella waits nervously. Bert comes through the door in his uniform. The rest of the action follows as Patti describes it.)
PATTI (CONTíD., V. O.)
Buster has not come home.  But Bert has.  Your mother is despondent over the loss of Buster, and she realizes how much she loved him.
PETER (V. O.)
Yeah.
PATTI (V. O.)
But Bert is home.
PETER (V. O.)
Right.
PATTI (V. O.)
She and Bert meet.  Theyíre awkward.  Bert feels guilty about surviving .†.†.
PETER (V. O.)
Mm.
PATTI (V. O.)
And then it happens.
PETER (V. O.)
What?
PATTI (V. O.)
I donít know .†.†. a shrug .†.†. a laugh, something that makes Ella see how much of Buster there is in Bert.
PETER (V. O.)
Oh.  Iím beginning to see .†.†.
CUT TO:
INT. DUDLEY BEAKERíS LIVING ROOM. 1957.
PATTI
Iíll be Ella.  You be Bert.
PETER
Aw, no .†.†. not that.
PATTI
Come on.  Itís an experiment, remember?
PETER
(with no enthusiasm)
Okay.
PATTI (AS ELLA)
(whispering)
Oh, how I missed you, how I missed you. 
She looks deep into his eyes.
PATTI (AS ELLA, CONTíD.)
Iím so happy to have you here with me.
She begins proving that she means it. 
ADULT PETER (V. O.)
What followed was bliss.  She threw herself into the experiment with a passion that I hadnít seen before.  I was delighted to accept everything she gave me, and it never bothered me once that she kept murmuring .†.†.
PATTI (AS ELLA)
Oh, Buster, Buster.
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Copyright © 2001 by Eric Kraft
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The screenplay for Inflating a Dog is a work of fiction. The characters, incidents, dialogues, settings, and businesses portrayed in it are products of the authorís imagination and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental. 

All rights reserved. No part of this teleplay may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without permission in writing from the author. 

The illustration at the top of the page is an adaptation of an illustration by Stewart Rouse that first appeared on the cover of the August 1931 issue of Modern Mechanics and Inventions. The boy at the controls of the aerocycle doesnít particularly resemble Peter Leroyóexcept, perhaps, for the smile.

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