76n: Steve Martin / The Kinks
Pull The Plug
Mrs. Dionosopolis.....Jane Curtin
Mr. Dionosopolis.....Bill Murray
[ open on interior, hospital room; Doctor stands with Parents in front of Buddy's bed, as Buddy lies in a coma ]
Doctor: I'm sorry, Mr. & Mrs. Dionosopolis, but your son can't get any closer to death than he is right now.
Mrs. Dionosopolis: Tomorrow's his birthday.
Mr. Dionosopolis: Doctor, isn't there a chance that Buddy could come out of this coma?
Doctor: Well, let me put it this way - if you want to get Buddy something for his birthday, I would suggest moss for his north side.
Mrs. Dionosopolis: [ cries in agony ]
Doctor: Hey! I'm just trying to lighten things up a little bit!
Mr. Dionosopolis: [ comforting his wife ] Thank you, Doctor! It's a good joke! It is. I'm sure that Buddy would have laughed.
Doctor: Well, I think you should know that the machine that keeps Buddy alive is costing you $500 a day.
[ awkward pase]
Mr. Dionosopolis: I think you'd better pull the plug, Doctor.
Mrs. Dionosopolis: [ outraged ] Buddy!!!
Mr. Dionosopolis: Now, you heard what the man said. Buddy has no motor reflexes, his mind is gone.. do you think he's having fun? Look at that!
Doctor: Now, listen, uh.. according to law, I cannot deliberately pull the plug.
Mr. Dionosopolis: I see.
Doctor: Buuuut.. if the plug were to, uh.. "accidentally".. be pulled from the wall, I don't think anyone's gonna make a federal case out of it. I think you know what I'm talking about, huh?
Mr. Dionosopolis: Mmm-hmm. Well, I think we should probably just put him out of his misery..
Mrs. Dionosopolis: [ outraged ] Honey!!
Mr. Dionosopolis: [ calmly ] Cathy.. I never told you this.. but, about a year ago, Buddy came to me, and he said, "Dad.. if i'm ever in a bad accident at work, and I'm hit in the head with a sledgehammer and lapse into a coma, and have to kept alive by a machine.. I want to die with dignity. So, please pull the plug."
Mrs. Dionosopolis: We-ell.. if that's the way that Buddy wants it, then.. pull the plug.
Mr. Dionosopolis: Accidentally.
Mrs. Dionosopolis: Accidentally.
Doctor: Okay! Well, hey, I've got to, uh.. run up to surgery. I'm, uh.. kinda late right now, so I'll probably be taking off! See you later - they're calling me! [ pretends to trip over the plug as he makes his exit, getting tangled ] Oh, no! My leg is tangled in the cord! It.. it could cut off the circulation! Help me!
Mr. Dionosopolis: [ playing along ] Okay.. here, here.. let me get your foot out..
Doctor: Yeah! Maybe you could just pull on it!
[ the two of them struggle with the plug, but it will not loosen itself from the wall no matter how hard they pull at it ]
[ suddenly, Buddy opens his eyes to survey the situation ]
Buddy: Hi, Mom! Hi, Dad! I'm not in a coma any more!
Mrs. Dionosopolis: Thank God!
Mr. Dionosopolis: [ embarrassed ] Buddy..? Buddy..?
Buddy: [ raising finger ] Ohhhhh.. what are you doing? Were you pulling the plug on me!
Mr. Dionosopolis: [ trying to explain ] Buddy, the doctor told us you were a vegetable.
Doctor: I, for one, am baffled!
Buddy: But pulling the plug!
Mrs. Dionosopolis: Buddy, we were just doing what you told your father about "dying with dignity", you know? If you ever got hit in the head with a sledgehammer and had to be kept alive by machines? You remember!
Buddy: I never said anything like that, Mom.
Mr. Dionosopolis: Oh, yeahh.. you remember, don't you? It was that one day, remember? You weren't asking yourself, you were real strange.. I thought, "Gee, that's not like Buddy, wants to die like that.." But I figured, what the heck, okay! You said it, though! You said, it, you just forgot!
Buddy: [ laughing ] I probably forgot about it!
Mr. Dionosopolis: Well, buddy, do you fell good enough to go home?
Buddy: [ excited ] Yeah, that would be just great!
Mrs. Dionosopolis: Alright. I'll fix you a nice big lunch!
Mr. Dionosopolis: And we'll go hunting first thing next week, okay? [ turns to Doctor ] Thanks a lot, Doctor! Thanks for almost killing little Buddy!
[ family exits hospital room ]
Doctor: Well, excuuuuuuuuuuuuuse me!
[ fade to black ]