Jacob… Jacob Thompson
Lisa… Melissa Villaseñor
Bobby… Heidi Gardner
Benedict Cumberbatch[Starts with Ego and Mikey starting the focus group conversation.]
Ego: Okay cutie pies, we’re ready to get started.
Mikey: Well, it’ll be a little more flirtatious of an intro than we need but it’s all good. Hi gang. Thanks for coming out to this focus group.
Ego: We are from Blue Bunny ice cream and we’ve got some new products that we’d love your feedback on.
Keman: Like bomb pops?
Ego: No, sir. No bomb pops today.
Lisa: Oh, I love bomb pops
Mikey: Again no B pops, but I do think you’ll find our other treats, the ice cream of the crop.
Ben: No offense, but I signed up to try ice cream. Not to hear jokes about it. Can we get to taste it?
Mikey: Okay, I’m sorry.
Bobby: Hey, those two are just trying to do their jobs. They gotta tell a joke or two, let them. It’s their dance, not yours.
Ego: Oh, I’m sorry. Do you two know each other?
Ben: No, ma’am. Just here to try some ice cream, get my check and be on my way.
Bobby: Same here. Same here. Came in a stranger, I’ll leave one as well.
Mikey: Okay, very fun. Well, the first flavor we’re going to try today is peanut brittle pie ice cream. [Ego passes ice cream to the others] So give those a try. And Jacob, how about you go first? What do you think?
Jacob: Oh wow, this delicious.
Ego: Great. Okay, what about you Lisa?
Lisa: Tastes a little wet but yummy.
Ego: Noted at. Bobby what do you think?
Bobby: You know what this tastes like? You remember when you were a kid and you’d be out playing in all the dirty buckets like a hog? And Pappy’d call you to wash up because nana spent the last three hours churning? That woman would churn till she whipped. The blood from her palms, legs in the caramel ribbons of the ice cream. This is that. This tastes like that.
Ego: Okay, thank you. Very descriptive.
Ben: You’re trying to make a grown man weak, miss?
Bobby: No, I’m just eating ice cream, sir.
Ego: Okay, what about you mutton? What do you think of the peanut brittle pie?
Ben: How do I say this? Remember when you’d be down by the pond all day with your hands cut? Trying to catch just one stupid little tadpole? It mean nothing today but back then, hell, that tad was king crab. And then Scooter’s mama, the one with a pretty teeth and eyes like butter, would invite you inside for a whole bowl rocky road. Didn’t matter the flavor though. It was just beautiful mature woman had opened her door to you, arms wide, bosom heavy. This is that. This tastes like that.
Mikey: Okay, so it tastes like Scooter’s mama. Writing that down?
Bobby: You’re seeing things, haven’t you?
Ben: Hah! Only ice cream, miss.
Jacob: Hey, I just taste ice cream. Am I doing this wrong?
Mikey: No. Yeah, guys, we’re not really looking to taste memories of the dustbowl here.
Bobby: Your ice cream carries a weight to it, sir.
Ben: She’s right, I can taste generations of women in it.
Mikey: Okay, I will not be writing that down.
Ego: How about this one? Galactic mint frost. [Ego passes another ice cream to all] Why don’t you guys give that one a taste?
Mikey: Yeah, Bobby? You tasting that fresh mint in there?
Bobby: No. Taste more like wind. But like the wind when you hadn’t quite reached five feet tall. When back then would knock you right into the neighbor. The one that had lost his wife and daughter in the hospital fire. And in your eyes, he saw em’ both. So you’d sit with him on his porch, watch the world go by. Right as the sun went down, he’d hand you a bowl of cream. Just vanilla, though. He kept it simple since the girls has died. This is that. This tastes like that.
Ego: Got it. So it tastes like a widower in pain.
Ben: Who hurt you?
Ego: Why? You’re looking to save someone tonight?
Ego: Eat your ice cream.
Mikey: I’m sorry, what is happening?
Ben: I know what I taste?
Ego: Yes≤ but in, like, six words this time.
Ben: Fine. Remember 4th of July.
Mikey: Okay, please stop.
Ben: The air was so thick with smoke, you could barely find your little brother’s hand. Daddy let you both stay out late as long as you kept your little brother close. Never did find him. Walked home alone, went straight to the icebox, scooped out some chocolate chip. Nothing too fancy on the night brother disappeared. This is that. This tastes like that.
Bobby: Dammit! I can’t take your pain away, but I can sure give it a bed to rest in. Let let me nap with your hurt.
Ben: You want a nap with my hurt
Bobby: I said as much. Let me nap with your hurt.
Ben: Go saying something like that and you might just end up taking a nap with my hurt.
Mikey: All right. Well, thanks for coming out everybody.[Ben and Bobby walk up to and hold each other]
Ben: Hear me now. I will always come for you.
Bobby: What took you so long?[Cut to their picture holding each other]
Male voice: Blue bunny ice cream, let me nap with your hurt.