The Fortune Teller
Madam Sophia…..Laura Leighton
Stan Hopper…..Norm Macdonald
(Opens with a shot of Madam Sophia’s Tarot CardsReadings shop. Signs advertise Psychic and ReaderAdvisor. Cut to inside of the shop)
Stan: Hello. Anybody here? Hello. Anybodyaround? (Madam Sophia emerges from one door)
Madam Sophia: Hello. I’m Madam Sophia.
Stan: Hey, cool. I got this card for my birthday. Itsays I’m entitled to one free reading. I don’t believemuch in that stuff. But what the heck?
Madam Sophia: Yes. Have a seat.
Stan: OK, thanks fortune lady.
(They both sit down in front of a table with a crystalball in front of them. She gives the tarot cards toStan)
Madam Sophia: Cut the cards.
Stan: All right. There you go.
(Madam flips cards in front of Stan)
Madam Sophia: Now I’m gonna tell you about your past, yourpresent and your future.
Stan: OK, if it’s free tell away. Tarot cards, huh?Cool. Fortune stuff.
Madam Sophia: I see that you have a very large family.
Stan: Yes, yes large family, that’s true.
Madam Sophia: You have 7 brothers and sisters.
Stan: Hey, hey! That’s right!
Madam Sophia: Yes, but you were especially close to yoursister.
Stan: Wow! Yes, I am! That’s cool!
Madam Sophia: Your sister misses you and all her otherbrothers. John–
Stan: Uh, huh.
Madam Sophia: Ben, Michael you’re Stan–
Madam Sophia: Richard and Phil.
Stan: Good Lord! That’s incredible!
Madam Sophia: You were all so happy back in Ohio.
Stan: Yeah, we were. Yeah.
Madam Sophia: Back in your hometown—
Stan: Oh, yeah, man we loved that place.
Madam Sophia: Your hometown of Dayton, Ohio.
Madam Sophia: It’s not Dayton?
Stan: No! it’s Cincinnati. It’s not even near Dayton!Jeez!!
Madam Sophia: Well, lets move on. (Hand gestures over crystalball)
Stan: Dayton! Dayton! (Jerks thumb at the Madam)
Madam Sophia: You miss your sister.
Stan: Yeah, yeah I miss her, yeah. Hey! you know whatelse I miss? Dayton! Oh, yeah good old Dayton! I’llnever forget that place.
Madam Sophia: Your sister hasn’t told you something. It is afamily secret. It concerns a man named Jerry Hoster.
Stan: Jerry Hoster. Yeah, yeah. He was a handyman whoworked in our farm in Cincinnati – or as you may knowit, Dayton!
Madam Sophia: This Jerry. He was a very bad man.
Stan: Ohh, he’s the baddest man in Dayton!
Madam Sophia: The secret involves your mother. She reached aviolent end…with a hatchet.
Stan: Yeah, she was murdered with a hatchet, if thatwhat you’re referring to.
Madam Sophia: They never solved the murder. They never foundher killer.
Stan: Yeah, there were no witnesses. Yeah, themDayton police just couldn’t figure it out. (Jerk thumbsagain and grins at her)
Madam Sophia: Wait! There was one witness. Your sister!
Stan: My sister? My sister saw the murder?
Madam Sophia: That’s why she’s troubled! She repressed thememory of who killed your mother.
Stan: Really? Wh..ooo.., who did it, who did it!
Madam Sophia: It was….I can’t see it….I can’t.
Stan: Who was it? Who was it?
Madam Sophia: Only your mother knows. I can summon her spiritif you like.
Stan: Yeah, yeah summon her spirit.
(Madam Sophia closes her eyes and chants)
Madam Sophia: Beverly! Come to us! Beverly your son needsyou! Beverly come to us!
(Beverly’s head floats upon Stan’s and the Madam’sheads)
Stan: Mom! Is that you?
Beverly: Stanley, I can hear you!
Stan: Oh, my God! Mom! I miss you, mom!
Beverly: I miss you too Stanley.
Stan: Mom, did we ever live in Dayton?
Stan: You ever been to Dayton?
Stan: Did you ever consider living in Dayton?
Stan: OK, mom so just for the record, I want to beabsolutely clear here…is any of our family evenremotely connected to the city of Dayton?
Beverly: No, but son I love you.
Stan: OK, thank you. Thanks a lot.
(Mother’s image disappears)
Madam Sophia: Ask her about the murder. She’s leaving!
Stan: Yeah, well she’s probably on her way up toDayton. Don’t worry about it. Hey, look lady this hasbeen a lot of fun, you know but I got to get going.Good birthday present. Been a hoot.
Madam Sophia: No, wait! I see who killed your mother. It wasthe handyman.
Stan: What? Jerry?
Madam Sophia: Yes, and he’s nearby. If you leave this roomyou’ll be killed exactly like your mother was…with ahatchet!
Stan: Oh, yeah, well I better be careful. OK, bye-byefortune lady.
(Gets up and leaves)
Madam Sophia: No, wait…no!
Stan: OK, bye-bye. Take care.
(Madam Sophia gets up and looks from her door at Stanand screams)
Madam Sophia: Aaaahhh!!!!
(Stan comes back in impaled by a spear, the pointsticks out of his belly)
Stan: Well, well, well…..looky here! Yep, somebody threw a hatchet at me, all right. Yeah, that’s a hatchet. You know how I can tell? By it’s giant spear-like shape! Yeah, no doubt about it! Hey!,I’ll tell you what, maybe I’ll go now, I gotta get back to Dayton, maybe I’ll chop down a tree with my shiny new hatchet! (Waves the spear around with his body) Huh?Dayton, Dayton. Good Lord!
(Leaves, Madam Sophia is left horrified)
(Cheers and applause)
Submitted by: Waldo San Miguel