Sex and Peer Pressure at Valley High
Edward Osgood…..Phil Hartman
Announcer: [ over SUPER ] “The following is a production of WNET New York in cooperation with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting”
Narrator: And now we bring you the PBS Afterschool Special: “Sex and Peer Pressure at Valley High.”
[ open on suburban living room, teenager Steve preparing to go out as his parents sit on the sofa ]
Dad: Big date tonight,huh, Steve?
Steve: Yeah! [ laughs ] Dad? Just this once, can I stay out ’til 1 o’clock?
Dad: [ thinking ] How about 12:30?
Steven: Okay, 12:30 it is! Look, I gotta run, I’ll see you!
Mom: Have fun.
Steven: Okay! [ runs out the door ]
Mom: Honey, are you worried about this getting too serious?
Dad: Well, you know, Andrew treats him a lot better than Roger did.
Mom: I know, I never liked that creep Roger. But I am worried that Andrew’s too old for Steven. I mean, he’s a Senior, and he runs with a really fast crowd..
Dad: Honey, Steven is a smart kid, he’s gonna be okay.
[ dissolve to Steven with Andrew in his car, driving down the street ]
Andrew: My, uh.. my parents are out of town this week. Why don’t you stay over? I think it’s time we “go all the way”.
Steven: [ relunctant ] I don’t know..
Andrew: [ angry ] What do you mean, you don’t know?!
Steven: I mean.. I like kissing you and hugging you, and stuff, but.. I’m scared to all the way, I’ve.. never done it before, I’m only a Freshman.
Andrew: Look, everyone’s doing it, okay? It’s no big deal! If you love me, you’ll do it..
Steven: I do love you, Andrew, it’s just that..
Andrew: Hey! I don’t need to be wasting my time with Freshmen, okay? You know, there’s ten guys that would kill to stay with me at my parents’! I scored four touchdowns last week!
Steven: I know! I cheered the loudest! But.. this is all happening too fast.. I can’t think.. it’s too soon..
Andrew: Well, maybe I should just take you back to mommy and Daddy, and you can think about it!
[ dissolve back to the family living room, Mom and Dad still talking ]
Dad: But, you know, really, honey, Andrew, he seems like a good kid.. he’s got his feet on the ground, and he hear he’s quite an athlete. Steven tells me he scored four touchdowns last week!
Mom: Yeah, I suppose dating a big football player is a feather in the cap of a Freshman..
Steven: [ runs in crying, flops on the sofa ]
Mom: Honey, what happened?
Dad: What’s going on?
Steve: [ muffled ] Andrew told me that.. if I don’t do it.. I’m scared.. I don’t want to..”
Dad: Hey, hey, hold on, tiger.. is this about Andrew?
Steven: [ pulls his head out from behind the sofa cushion ] He wants me to.. go all the way.. I don’t know.. I don’t know what to do..
Mom: Well, I think I’d better leave you two.. alone. [ exits ]
Dad: You’re scared, aren’t you? Now, that’s only natural. Andrew means everything in the world to you, doesn’t he? You know, I never told you this, but.. I remember when I was in high school, and I had the biggest crush on Tab Hunter.
Steven: Who’s that?
Dad: Who’s that? Only the most gorgeous hunk of a movie star that ever lit up the silver screen, that’s who! Boy, I was just crazy about him – everything was just “Tab Hunter this..” and “Tab Hunter that..” I thought the sun rose and set around Tab Hunter. Anyway.. then, I met your mother, and, well, you know the rest..
Steven: So, I should do it? Dad, I don’t..
Dad: No, I didn’t say that. I didn’t say that. It’s up to you. you’re a big kid, and you’ve got to make your own decisions. [ shakes Steven’s hand, passing a condom to him ]
Steven: Thanks, Dad.
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[ cut back to the program, Steven at hi hogh school locker with a friend ]
Friend: Hey, Steve. Did you and Andrew do it?
Friend: [ suprised ] No-o? Why not? He’s so excellent!
Steven: I know.. I want to, but.. when he touches me, I get scared, I can’t think, it..
[ on the other side of the hallway, Andrew punches his locker ]
Friend: Uh-oh. I’d better get going. Good luck. [ continues down the hall ]
Steven: [ as Andrew approaches ] Hi.
Steven: So, is that offer still good for this weekend?
Andrew: [ surprised ] Yeah! Are you serious?
Steven: Yeah. You know.. I was nervous, because it’s my first time and everything, but.. you know, I think it’s right.
Andrew: I have a confession to make – it’s my first time, too.
Steven: [ surprised ] No way, not you!
Andrew: Oh, yeah.
Steven: Well, then, you might need this. [ holds up his condom ]
Andrew: [ amazed ] Hey! You might be a Freshman, but you sure think like a Senior. Come on.. walk me to practice.
[ they walk off, screen freezes as Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” plays to fade ]