Sam

SIDE 1

SAM

We got a problem, Mr. Hobbs. Jingles The Jolly Christmas Puppy is tanking in every bookstore in the country.

WALTER

Why?

SAM

Because two whole pages are missing from the last chapter.

WALTER

What?

SAM

Without them the end of the book makes no sense.

WALTER

(calling to DEB)

Deb!

DEB

Yes, Mr. Hobbs.

WALTER

Coffee! Now!

DEB

Right away.

WALTER

(EMILY and twelve-year-old MICHAEL enter.)

EMILY

Hi, darling.

MICHAEL

Hi, Dad.

EMILY

Ready to go?

WALTER

Go where?

EMILY

Christmas shopping, remember?

WALTER

I can t. I m swamped.

MICHAEL

Dad, it is well documented that the children of workaholics are prone to self-esteem issues.

(WALTER stares at EMILY, baffled. DEB stifles a laugh.)

WALTER

Could we please continue this delightful conversation over here?