SCENE 1, INTERIOR. AFTERNOON. CLASSROOM. The students are completing up a team persuasive writing assignment. The finished groups are instructed to practice reading their picture books aloud with voices and expression. The teacher begins to set up a computer review on magnetism; a boy approaches the teacher with his jaw shifted sideways and his head tilted slightly to one side.
JOEY: Mr. Z?
TEACHER: What’s up, Joey?
JOEY: Would you pull my tooth out?
TEACHER: [Surprised] Excuse me? Did you just ask me to pull out one of your teeth?
[The boy nods his head; he stares at the teacher with a serious expression].
JOEY: It’s all wiggly and it bothers me; it hurts. This one here. [The boy opens his mouth and points to the lower right lateral that he starts to move with his finger].
TEACHER: And you want me to pull it out?
[The boy nods his head jerkily].
JOEY: Yeah. You could use those pliers in the supply closet if you wanted to…
TEACHER: I don’t know…I’d really have to have your parent’s permission before I started yanking all your teeth out.
JOEY: Could you give me the pliers and I could do it myself?
TEACHER: Joey, those aren’t pliers, they’re wire cutters.
JOEY: Would they still work?
TEACHER: Probably not, that is unless your teeth were made of wire.
JOEY: So you won’t do it?
TEACHER: Sorry, I just can’t start pulling our your teeth without a note from your parents saying that I’m allowed to do it…after all, what if I yanked the tooth and your brains came spilling out or something?
JOEY: That wouldn’t happen. I haven’t had brains for a long time…
TEACHER: Even so, I still need permission. Sorry.
SCENE 2, INTERIOR. MORNING. CLASSROOM. The students are working on the morning self-starter via the Promethean board. As the bell rings, Joey walks in. He sees the teacher at the back of the classroom and hurries up to him, grinning.
TEACHER: So, did you bring the note?
JOEY: Nope, I don’t need to because my tooth is out now! [The boy points to the vacant place in his mouth where the loose tooth used to be].
TEACHER: What happened?
JOEY: Well, I decided to pull it out myself last night.
TEACHER: Wow, so how’d you do it?
JOEY: I decided to use the toaster.
TEACHER: A toaster?
[Joey begins to talk animatedly as he reenacts the entire episode from the night before].
JOEY: I tied a loop on a piece of string and THEN hooked it around my tooth; THEN I tied the other end of the string to our old toaster…the one that doesn’t work anymore. THEN I stood at the top of the stairs and threw the toaster down them!
[The teachers instinctively puts his hand to his mouth, horror-struck].
TEACHER: So your tooth came out I imagine?
JOEY: [grinning]. Yeah, it flew right out, and it jerked me forward a bit…but I didn’t fall down the stairs though.
TEACHER: Well, thank goodness for that.
JOEY: Yeah, but now my tooth is out, and it feels a lot better.
TEACHER: So now your tooth is ‘toast’?
[The boy starts laughing hysterically—after a moment he becomes somber yet again].
JOEY: Yep, toast…with jam.
TEACHER: [Sighing, trying to seem disappointed]. Well, still I wish you’d have brought that note.
JOEY: Tell you what, Mr. Z, you can pull out the next one.
TEACHER: If only I could be so lucky…
[Fade to black.]
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Moments with Joey – The Tooth