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WALLY
                   Telemachus  was  all  man.  He’d  have  understood.  (Pause)  I  miss  him.  I  miss  my  baby,
                   sweetheart.

                                                                        MYRTLE

                   We can get another pet, Wally.

                                                                         WALLY

                                                                         (sighs)
                   I suppose so. But can he be replaced?

                                                                        MYRTLE

                   Oh, come on, Wally. Telemachus is the seventh gerbil we’ve had in the past three years.

                                                                         WALLY
                                                                     (shakes head)

                   Yes, but none of them racked up the mileage old Telemachus did. I guess the little darlings are
                   built for speed, not endurance. I’ll pick up his successor tomorrow morning.

                                                                        MYRTLE

                   Wally……

                                                                         WALLY
                                                                   (in deep thought)

                   Yes?

                                                                        MYRTLE
                   Dear….


                                                                         WALLY
                   What is it?



                                                                        MYRTLE
                   Honey, do we have to get another rodent? Can’t we get a dog or a cat this time?

                                                                         WALLY

                   Absolutely not!

                                                                        MYRTLE
                                                                    (getting angry)

                   Why not? Why can’t I have a pet I can pick up and hug? What’s wrong with a cat?

                                                                         WALLY
                   They’re lazy. They sleep twenty hours a day.


                                                                        MYRTLE
                   Then let’s get a dog. A strong, energetic dog. They can last twenty years.





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