MONDO EXTRAS

The Miracle Worker

by Pamie November 11, 2000
The Miracle Worker

Stee: What's wrong with Annie's butt? It's huge.

Pamie: It's a --

Stee: What do you call that? A bonnet? A corset?

Pamie: I'm not going to tell you.

Stee: A bouquet?

Pamie: A bustle.

Stee: You're a bustle.

Pamie: You've never seen this.

Stee: Shut up.

Pamie: Why does she keep looking out there? They must have a whole lot of people distracting her.

Stee: It's called a camera crew.

Pamie: Right.

Stee: You've never seen this.

The overhead cam takes us to a commercial.

Late at night, the cello still sings its infernal song.

Stee: Man, stop it with the cello. It's killing me.

Pamie: I know. I wish I was blind and deaf.

Annie watches PG huddle under the bed.

Stee: Is this where the black guy comes to visit?

Pamie: Very good.

Stee: See! I've seen it!

Pamie: You have.

Stee: I win.

Annie wakes up Percy and asks for his help. I think she signed "wake up" into his hand for some reason. She gets Percy to pull PG out from under the bed. PG hugs him, but he hates her. He thinks she'll pinch him. Annie gets him to feed her cake by spelling the word. PG stares right at us and eats her cake. Annie teaches Percy words until PG gets jealous and pushes Percy away. She slaps Annie's hand into her own and demands to have words spelled. Annie spells "milk." I'm so scared of Staring Pepsi Girl. Percy gets to go back to sleep. PG drinks some milk and then goes to the bed. Annie says, "At least I'm back to where I can touch you."

Stee: You know, I said that to someone once.

The Captain and Mrs. Keller share a moment.

Annie is holding a doll and singing "The Mockingbird Song." She flashes back to evenings in the orphanage. Her brother sleeps with her as they listen to other babies sing. She sings "The Mockingbird Song" to him. Annie exhales a few times.

Pamie: That's the cleanest orphanage I've ever seen.

Stee: Is this Angela's Ashes? Man, don't they even get a sheet?

Pamie: No. Haven't you ever seen Annie?

Stee: Yeah, but there they had Carol Channing singing and dancing.

Pamie: Carol Channing!

Stee: I mean Burnett.

Pamie: What a scary Annie it would be with Carol Channing.

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The Miracle Worker

by Pamie November 11, 2000
The Miracle Worker Mrs. Keller arrives and stands at a distance from PG. Annie starts setting the table for lunch. PG is knitting on the ground. PG smells the food and sits at the table. She waits for her utensil to begin eating. PG stares right at Annie as she serves the soup. The first of the bird analogies begins. Annie spells out that she needs more time. Mrs. Keller spells out that Helen needs her. Annie says PG needs her too. Mrs. Keller says that Annie has another three days. PG eats with a spoon. Commercial. In a tree, Annie plucks an egg from a nest and puts it in PG's hand. Nice move, there. PG crunches the egg in her hand and a bird pops out. Pamie: Now you understand the magic of Disney. Stee: You don't understand it. You're just sort of infected with it. Like a rash. "The bird is coming out of its shell, Helen," Annie says. She grabs PG's face. "You. You come out, too." PG looks at a forty-five-degree angle away from Annie so she doesn't screw up this shot again, since they only have so many wet tiny birds in eggs. The bird walks around in their hands a few times. We cry a few tears, not of joy, but of the knowledge that once they put this baby bird back in the nest, it will surely be eaten by its mother. Pointless tobacco scene where we establish that James, without the constant worry and time-wasting of mocking Helen in his life, now has time to run the tobacco farm. All are proud. He holds out a leaf to the Captain. Stee: "I'm thinking maybe we should smoke tobacco." Pamie: "It doesn't taste too good in salads." Learning continues. Annie lets PG feed a horse an apple. The montage continues with more water, fields, and other farm work, mixed with a hazy dissolve of fingers spelling rapidly. They spell in the tobacco fields. Pamie: "A-D-D-I-C-T-I-O-N." Stee: "E-M-P-H-Y-S-E-M-A." Pamie: "Here, Captain. I taught Helen to sit still and smoke." We end with Annie leaning against the porch post in her nightgown, ready to bust into "Hopelessly Devoted To You" at any moment. We see PG spelling in her sleep. She spells "B-A-D G-I-R-L D-I-S-N-E-Y M-A-D." The Kellers sit at breakfast waiting for Helen's arrival. Captain goes off to retrieve her. James cracks a joke about Helen never disappointing his parents. Mrs. Keller asks why he's jealous of Helen. "I'm not jealous; I'm envious." Stee: "There's a difference. It's very subtle." Pamie: "Far too subtle for you Irish to grasp."

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