Peter Pan, the Later Years
Peter Pan ... Ed Asner
Wendy ... Mary Gross
[A darkened bedroom in the middle of the night. Gene
and Wendy, a husband and wife, are asleep in bed. A
hand reaches in and shakes Wendy's shoulder.]
Peter Pan: Wendy! Wendy?
Wendy: [awakes with a start] What are
Peter Pan: [covers her mouth] Don't scream.
It's me, Peter.
[Wendy stares in disbelief at Peter -- he's a fat,
balding, middle-aged man in a goofy green Peter Pan
Wendy: You can have all my money. Please, don't
Peter Pan: Hurt you? Wendy, I know it's been a
long time but it's me, Peter. [stands proud, hands on
hips] Peter Pan.
Wendy: Look at you! You can't be Peter.
Peter Pan: Can be and is. Oh, I know I've gone
through some heavy changes. But, oh, Wendy, I've
missed you so much.
Wendy: I'm going to call the police.
[Wendy gets out from under the bedcovers and picks up
a phone on a nearby night stand. A harp strikes a
chord as Peter stands at the open bedroom window and,
with a grand gesture, sings to the stars.]
Peter Pan: [sings] There is a place where
dreams are born ... And Time is never
[Wendy, who has turned on the lights during this,
finally recognizes him. She hangs up the phone, rises
and happily joins him.]
Wendy: Oh, my God! Peter! [they hug warmly] Oh!
But you got older! I thought you were never going to
Peter Pan: Oh, I know. It's wild, isn't it?
When it first started to happen to me, I got REAL
upset. I thought, this can't be happening to me. Then,
Wendy: Tinkerbell is dead?
Peter Pan: Yeah. Five years ago. It was
[Peter and Wendy cross to the end of the bed and sit
Wendy: Captain Hook got her.
Peter Pan: No, no, no! It was natural causes,
they said. But I'm not so sure. The last few days, she
was REAL depressed. After, I got depressed. And when I
get depressed, I start to eat. So, five years later,
here I am -- barely able to fly and so fat I show up
on radar screens.
Wendy: Oh, Peter!
[Wendy puts her head on Peter's shoulder. Behind them,
Wendy's husband Gene grunts and tosses in his sleep.
Peter and Wendy look back at Gene but he keeps on
Peter Pan: Your husband?
Wendy: [nods] Second marriage.
Peter Pan: Oh. I'm sorry. What happened to the
Wendy: He got tired of hearing about
Peter Pan: Awwww ....
Wendy: This is Gene. He sells wallpaper. [Peter
waves halfheartedly at Gene] We're -
Peter Pan: Mmm? Yeah. Well, well, uh, what
about the boys? Uh, how are - how are John and little
Wendy: Well, John is Japan.
Peter Pan: Oh, good, good.
Wendy: And he's stationed there with the
Peter Pan: Mm hm, mm hm.
Wendy: Michael, uh, he left home when he was
about seventeen or so.
Peter Pan: Oh?
Wendy: We don't know where he is. But he sends
us a card every Christmas just to let us know he's
Peter Pan: Why'd he leave?
Wendy: He was looking for you.
Peter Pan: Oh, no! Not another one! That's all
I've ever heard! [rises, upset] "He left home looking
for you." "This one was jumping off a roof, thinking
he could fly." The guilt! I couldn't take it any more
so I gave everything up.
Wendy: What do you mean?
Peter Pan: I mean, when Tiger Lily started to
look different to me, I knew it was time to grow up.
[sits next to Wendy, sadly]
Wendy: Peter? What do you want from me?
Peter Pan: Well, I'm not sure. Wendy, I always
told you I was coming back, some day, but I was also
shy and then I started to lose my hair. And I gained a
few. And I didn't wanna see, you know, have you see me
looking like this.
Wendy: Oh, Peter! How could you ever think that
way? You were my hero.
Peter Pan: Well--
Wendy: I loved you.
Peter Pan: Ha ha. I know that NOW. But, back
then, I only know I started to feel something but I
wasn't sure what it was. And when you're a little boy,
you're never sure of anything. It took me YEARS of
analysis to realize that I love you, too, Wendy. And,
uh, so today, after work, I had a few belts and I
decided, "This is it! Fly right over there and tell
Wendy: [apprehensively] What are you saying,
Peter Pan: I want you, Wendy! [grabs her and
Wendy: Oh! Peter! [tries to pull away from
Peter Pan: What?
Wendy: Oh, I wish you'd been here years ago.
All I ever thought about is you. It broke up my first
Peter Pan: Please! The guilt, the
Wendy: Oh, I'm sorry. But, now, I can't,
Peter Pan: Huh?
Wendy: I really did love you but -- things have
changed. I'm too old to fly now and -- I really don't
want to leave.
Peter Pan: [reluctantly] Sure. Okay. If that's
the way you feel. [Wendy nods, a pause] But can't we
at least get it on once?
Wendy: Please, Peter, I think it's better that
Peter Pan: Okay, okay. I understand. And I'm
sorry. [rises] I figured you'd feel that way but,
listen, before I go -- [retreats to her night stand
and picks up a bundle] -- I want to give you
[Wendy rises as Peter gives her the bundle - it looks
like a dark blanket tied up with string.]
Wendy: What is this?
Peter Pan: It's my shadow! It's a lot bigger
than the first one but I want you to have it,
Wendy: Oh, Peter. [gives Peter a hug]
Peter Pan: Oh.
Wendy: Are you sure you're gonna be
Peter Pan: [broadly hinting that he wants to
stay with her] Oh, I-- I am tired and-- It's a long
Wendy: [raises a hand to stop him, firmly]
Peter Pan: [relents] Okay, okay.
Wendy: Here, I've got something. [sets down
Peter's shadow, retreats to a nearby dresser and pulls
a box out of a drawer] It's the magic fairy dust you
[Music in background as Wendy lifts a pinch of the
sparkly dust from the box and lets it spill from her
Peter Pan: Ohhh!
Wendy: [sprinkles fairy dust on Peter's
shoulders] ... in case I ever wanted to come up for a
Peter Pan: Oh, yeah. Yes, well, once - once I
get past the first star and turn to the left, I start
to get a little drowsy, you know. [retreats
reluctantly and a little sadly to the open bedroom
window] Take care, Wendy. Think lovely thoughts.
[Awkwardly but bravely, Peter crows like a cock and
exits out the window. Wendy rushes to the window to
watch Peter fly away. She waves to him with a
Wendy: Goodbye, Peter!
Peter Pan: [from off] Ow!
[A grand burst of "Peter Pan" music. Wendy laughs and
watches Peter go. Much applause as we pull back to
reveal a lovely city skyline next to the bedroom set
as well as the crew, the lights and the