94j: Jeff Daniels / Luscious Jackson
Martin Luther King Day
[ open on two white employees sitting in their office ]
Jeff: Hey, check it out - we've got Monday off!
Chris: Oh, yeah.. it's Washington's Birthday, or something, isn't it?
Jeff: No. It's Martin Luther King Day. What are you gonna do?
Chris: Oh, probably what I do every Martin Luther King Day - I'll just plant myself in front of the tube, watch cartoons, and drink beer!
Jeff: [ chuckles ] Yeah, I'm with you. Hey! Why don't you come over? I've got some Air Hockey in the basement.
Chris: Hey, that's a great idea! I'll be there - I'll bring some Stooges videos.
[ Tim, a black employee, enters the office ]
Tim: Hey, guys! What's going on? Hey, what are you guys doing Monday - you know, Dr. Martin Luther King's Birthday?
Jeff: Uh.. oh, I don't know.. I thought I'd just, you know, go over to the library and read some of his collective writings.
Chris: Yeah.. yeah, I'll probably see you there.
Tim: Hey, you guys are gonna kill yourselves when you hear what I'm doing. They're holding a marathon reading of all Dr. King's speeches at my church! [ the guys are "impressed" ] Unfortunately, they're sold out.
Jeff: Aw, wow, sold out, that sucks!
Chris: Gee, thanks for telling us about it now! Gee whiz, I could have heard of that sooner!
Tim: Oh, well, wait, let me finish, though. I just happen to have two spare tickets!
Jeff: Oh, that is.. so excellent..
Chris: Yeah.. but now you're putting me on an emotional roller coaster here, because noew you're gonna say you have the two spare tickets but they're for somebody else..
Tim: No. They're all yours.
Jeff: Oh, well.. [ reluctant to take the tickets ] Oh, look, it starts at 7 a.m...
Tim: Yeah. And it usually runs past midnight.
Chris: Well, you really got your money's worth with this..
Tim: Yeah. So, let's get some coffee going here, huh? [ bends down by coffeepot ] How's this plug in? Oh, here it is..
[ Adam enters ]
Adam: Hey! Can you guys believe it? We've got Monday off for Martin Luther King - you want to get drunk and go to Atlantic City?
Jeff: No.. we've got tickets for that reading of speeches by Dr. King..
Adam: Oh, yeah.. Seriously, though - you want to get drunk and go to Atlantic City? They've got a free bus that goes there every two hours.. [ suddenly sees behind him ] ..but, uh, you know, that speech thing, that sounds pretty good.. should give that a shot, you got any more tickets?
Chris: No, uh.. we snagged the last two.
Adam: You lucky bastards! Oh, my! It serves me right for getting here late!
Tim: I'll tell you what - I'll make a call and rustle up one more.
Adam: You're not jazzing me, are ya? 'Cause I would kill for one of those tickets!
Tim: I'll get you one, don't worry! Hey, I'm glad you guys are here, because I've got your Martin Luther King presents. [ hands one to each co-worker ]
Jeff: Oh, look at this - "Great Kings of Africa"! Hey, not too shabby.
Chris: No, no.. you mut have read my mind.
Adam: Uh, I've got my weekend reading now..
Jeff: Hey, I almost forgot.. I forgot to give you my present.. [ grabs laptop from his desk ] Yeah, it's already got a bunch of software on it, and I already turned it on for you..
Tim: This is really beautiful! I can use this.
Chris: [ pulls wallet out of his pants ] Here, buddy.. here's my present. [ hands him his wallet ] Happy Martin Luther King Day..
Tim: A wallet!
Chris: Yeah. Oh, look, it's got my initials on it there, to honor Dr. King..
Tim: Hey, that's so thoughtful. [ opens wallet ] Hey, there's cash in here, too!
Chris: Yeah, there is.. that's all part of the gift..
Adam: Hey, uh, I went in on that, so that's kinda from both of us!
[ Felicia enters ]
Felicia: Hi, good morning, everybody.
Tim: Hey, Felicia! Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Day!
Felicia: Happy Dr. Martin Luther King Day, my brother! [ they hug ] You know, I think the white man just tries to keep us down.. [ cries ]
Tim: I know.. I know..
Felicia: You know, we are too strong, too proud, for them, man!
[ the three co-workers stand silent, unsure of what to do ]
Chris: Felicia.. would you like a laptop computer..? [ holds his out for her ]
Tim: Look, guys, could you give us a few minutes? You know..
Jeff: Yeah, maybe we'd better go.
[ the three co-workers exit the office, as Felicia continues to cry ]
Tim: It's okay, they're gone.
Felicia: Oh, great! So, what did you get?
Tim: I got a wallet and a laptop computer!
Tim: Plus, I got rid of all those Kwaanza books everybody gave me!
Felicia: You know what I got? Nothing. Let's just go to Atlantic City and get drunk!
[ fade out ]