Monday, October 1, 2007
Margie and Edna: DVD Countdown
Events in the small town of Jericho, Kansas have recently taken a scary and confusing turn. What started out as an ordinary day has quickly turned chaotic. The residents of town have seen with their own eyes a mushroom cloud in the sky to the West. They suspect that some sort of nuclear explosion has taken place, most likely in the Denver area. But this is really all they know by the end of the day. The frightened townspeople are left with many questions: what happened? Who did this? Are we safe? Will anyone come to help us? Let’s listen in to two of Jericho’s oldest residents (and town gossips), as they try and figure out just what happened on that September day last fall.
Edna: Margie, what happened??
Margie: What happened? How do I know? Do I look like the New York Times?
Edna: Well for crying out loud, didn't you see that mushroom cloud in the sky? You'd have to be blind to miss it
Margie: I didn't have my glasses on. A mushroom in the clouds?
Edna: Turn up your hearing aid!! I said a mushroom cloud. Lord, give me strength.
Margie: Me too, Lord. Oh, Edna, I don't think that's good.
Edna: Me either, Margie. Do you think it was an accident?
Margie: I wish, but you know the news has been so bad about war and bombs.
Edna: I know, but how anyone could knowingly kill anyone else, I'll never know. It looked like it was maybe near Denver. Do you think there were others? I didn't see any....
Margie: I don't see anything. Maybe we should ask Mayor Green.
Edna: Maybe we should, he always knows what to do. But guess what??
Edna: Speaking of the Greens, you'll never guess who I saw in town earlier today. Go ahead, try and guess!
Margie: I hate that guessing, Edna. Stanley? That cute boy.
Edna: You nincompoop, why would I be talking about the Greens if I meant Stanley? Honestly! It was Jake Green, big as life, right there in Gracie's Market.
Margie: Jake Green? He's been gone for 5 years. I'd better call Emily.
Edna: Oh, Emily knows, he talked to her right outside the market. She didn't look all that happy to see him.
Margie: Well, they sure belong together. Oh, maybe not. He did leave her.
Edna: Where do you suppose he's been all this time?
Margie: Knowing Jake he's been gallivanting all over the world. That boy can't be still.
Edna: I heard him tell Gracie that he was playing baseball, but that doesn't seem right. It looked to me like he was wearing dog tags; you know, like soldiers wear?
Margie: Dog tags? Maybe he was in the Army but he doesn't seem the type.
Edna: No, he sure doesn't. He always was a little wild. Remember how he and Stanley used to run around town, getting into trouble?
Margie: I sure do. I always said they'd come to no good but Stanley is a good man now. Well, except for owing those taxes.
Edna: Taxes? How much does he owe? You know, you shouldn't mess around with the federal government
Margie: I heard he got a letter from the Revenuers and he owes thousands and thousands of dollars.
Edna: Lord-a-mercy! How do you suppose he let that happen? He seems so responsible.
Margie: I know but he got his figures messed up I guess. I didn't think that old farm was worth a hoot.
Edna: Well, the IRS will put it to rights, I have no doubt. Mushroom cloud or not. Oh Margie, I'm so worried, what's going to happen to us?
Margie: I'm not sure, Edna, but aren't we supposed to go somewhere safe?
Edna: I suppose we should. Do you think we might get bombed again?
Margie: I hope not. Oh Lord, Edna, this phone is dead. Let’s go get the car.
Edna: Margie, maybe we should just go to town hall.
Margie: I think so. Somebody should know what's going on. Maybe that Mr. Hawkins. Sweet man.
Edna: Hmm, you think so? He has a lovely family, it looks like. But I heard Gracie Leigh tell Jake that he paid cash for his house. That seems a little, well, odd, don't you think?
Margie: Yes and his wife, Darcy, acts very peculiar when I asked where they came from.
Edna: You know, it's funny. They only just got to town. You don't suppose they know anything about that mushroom cloud, do you? You know I don't believe in coincidences.
Margie: Well, they sure are secretive. They won't even let their children talk to me. What if he does know something?
Edna: I don't know Margie, maybe we'd better just steer clear of him until we find out what's going on. We'd better head to town hall.
Margie: Edna, look at that crowd. They seem to be awfully upset.
Edna: They do, don't they? It sounds like a school bus of kids is missing, oh Margie!
Margie: Oh no! Is somebody going to look for them?
Edna: I hope so. Uh-oh, it sounds like there's trouble over at the gas station. Think we should check it out?
Margie: I think we should. What's that racket?
Edna: Look at that, grown folks fighting over gasoline. You'd think they'd never had to prepare for a disaster before. They should be ashamed of themselves!
Margie: Well, they aren't as lucky as we are. Papa taught us to be prepared but a lot of folks live day to day.
Edna: That's so true. Oh my stars Margie, look! It's the school bus!
Margie: Edna, is that Jake Green driving that thing?
Edna: Why, I do believe that it is! Bless his heart, I guess he does know to do the right thing, doesn't he?
Margie: I hope he did it for the right reasons. Who's that young lady? The teacher?
Edna: Oh my, yes, it's Heather Lisinski. She had those kids out on a field trip today, you know. Looks like some of them are hurt, I'm so glad they made it back safely. Oh, hush, it looks like Mayor Green is talking.
Margie: Let me turn up my hearing aid.
Mayor Green’s speech, on any other day but this one, would have sounded like typical politician rhetoric. But Margie and Edna, and the rest of the citizens of Jericho gathered there, knew that it wasn’t. His words about working together in times of difficulty, and about using their imaginations to solve problems, struck home with all of them. And when he said to those gathered, “Folks, don’t you break my heart again,” nobody wanted to.
Margie and Edna would have given their eyeteeth to know that Hawkins is able to use his computer and he has found Jake Green with a passport flagged by the government. Why does Hawkins' computer work and why is Jake's passport flagged?
These and many more questions can be answered by watching the season one DVD, available Oct. 2. Why not order yours today?