76k: Ralph Nader / George Benson
[ open on Grandfather sitting in armchair in front of chessboard and telephone ]
Grandfather: You know, when my grandson Timmy moved to New York, I was afraid it was going to canncel our Tuesday night game, but I was wrong. The phone company saw to that. By making long distance calls after eleven o'clock, you can speak coast-to-coast for just a few pennies. It's quite a convenience. The calls are cheap, and we get to play chess..
[ pause, as he checks watch and looks at phone ]
You know kids: he's probably out playing with his little friends and has lost track of the time. He calls me "Gramps", and I call him "Sport". We're like pals. He says I'm his best friend..
[ long pause, checks watch twice and laughs nervously ]
you know, it's real nice of the phone company to do this. I only get to see Timmy during the holidays. I bought a watch for him this Christmas. Has all those contraptions in it. He was so excited, he forgot to thank me. It cost $800. But he's worth it..
[ longer pause, he checks watch and looks at phone ]
I have this heart condition. Something to do with fatty tissue building up. I should be getting to bed soon. Doctor's orders. But not 'til my timmy calls..
[ checks watch and phone ]
Personally, I think he's an idiot! For a while, we thought there was something wrong with him, but the doctor said he would be okay if left to progress at his own speed..
[ quickly checks watch and phone ]
Ah, what the hell. He's got no friends, except for me and the kids who hang around him because he's got a great watch. The watchthat I bought him. for $800..
[ checks phone, watch ]
I hate Timmy! I hope he dies! Wouldn't that be great? He'd probably go to hell! I'm sure he hocked the watch I gave him. He hocked it. Hocked it, then raped the woman who owns the pawn shop.
[ phone rings, Grandfather answers it ]
Boy's Voice On Phone: KIng's knight to king's knight four, Grandpa.
Grandfather: You sure you want to do that? Okay, Sport! I'll speak to you next Tuesday.
[ Grandfather hangs up, makes the move on the chessboard, then reacts to the move ]
[ SUPER: "The Phone Company" ]
Announcer: Long Distance keeps you in touch with those you love most.
[ fade ]