Mr. K then beckons Rayanne downstage a bit, and then directs her, "Oh! And could youuuuu [continents break apart, then reform] stop acting, please?" "What?" Rayanne murmurs. Mr. K explains that there's no need for it: "Emily is dead, and the life she had is over. That's a pretty big deal." Rayanne watches him, seemingly gulping for air. "I mean -- oh, gee whiz, she is just now realizing [Angela, uncomfortable, tucks her hair behind her ears] how precious every moment of that life really was and that she never fully appreciated what she had." Angela looks between Mr. K and Rayanne, and Rayanne looks surreptitiously at Angela. "Just imagine what that must feel like, Rayanne," Mr. K concludes. Angela looks impatient; her eyes have begun to fill. Mr. K prompts them to begin. Rayanne, maintaining her composure with an effort, begins Emily's lines: "I can't go on, it goes so fast, we don't have time to look at one another." She looks up at Angela. Angela returns the gaze, then looks down at the script as Rayanne continues, "I didn't realize. So all that was going on, and we never noticed." Long pause; Rayanne's eyes flicker, looking at something in the distance. Very quietly: "Take me back, up the hill to my grave." Angela fights not to cry. Rayanne: "But first wait -- one last look. Goodbye. Goodbye, world. Goodbye, Grover's Corners." Abyssinia stares at Rayanne, and so does Angela, her lip beginning to tremble. "Mama and papa," Rayanne goes on through the tears in her voice, "goodbye, clockstick." Angela looks down again. Rayanne is almost laughing now: "Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? Every, every minute?" "No -- saints and poets, maybe. They do some," Abyssinia chimes in; beside her, Angela strokes her brow absently, trying to hide her tears. "I'm ready to go back," Rayanne whispers. Angela, after an eternity, quavers while staring at Rayanne, "Were you happy?" and bites her finger. Rayanne, lips trembling: "No." Looking at Angela beseechingly: "I should have listened to you, but that's all human beings are." Deep breath: "Just blind people." Angela gazes back, sucks her teeth, and looks down, then looks up at Rayanne again, as if trying to get her fill of her. It's Rayanne who drops her eyes first, tucking her hair behind her ear and walking off the stage. Angela watches her go for a moment, then leaves the stage in the opposite direction. Pull back to an aerial shot of Rayanne disappearing into the backstage area.
My So-Called Life
Episode Report CardSars: A- | 1117 USERS: B-
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My So-Called Life