SCENE 1, INTERIOR. AFTERNOON, HALLWAY. The teacher is picking up his class from the school library. As the kids are moving into the hallway for a three-minute break, they are having a discussion about the shooting record of Jimmer Fredette and the final few games of the basketball season. The conversation then shifts to their teacher’s last name…
STUDENT 1: You know Mr. Z could school you.
STUDENT 2: Yeah, you could be Z’d
STUDENT 3: Or Zimmerman’d
[The classmates in the vicinity start to grin and begin making comments to each other like: yeah, Zimmered! Being Zimmered would be cool!].
SCENE 2, INTERIOR. AFTERNOON, CLASSROOM. The class is getting ready for afternoon recess. As one student throws a wadded-up piece of trash toward the wastebasket, Joey leaps in the way and catches it before it goes in.
JOEY: Oh yeah. I’m awesome.
[The teacher looks at the boy for a second and shakes his head].
TEACHER: You know, my dog used to get excited like that when he’d catch the food I’d throw to him…
[The boy grins].
JOEY: Oh yeah, I’m a dog replacement!
TEACHER: Only you would be excited about that…
[The boy grins even wider and then breaks into song].
JOEY: ♫ ♪ Can you teach me how to Zimmer? Teach me how to Zimmer… ♪
TEACHER: When I Zimmer you, you’ll know.
[The boy starts to dance around as the teacher rolls his eyes and walks away].
SCENE 3, INTERIOR. AFTERNOON, CLASSROOM. The class is taking out their picture books to practice their fluency before going to their second grade buddy class. As they get ready to read, Joey raises his hand.
JOEY: Mr. Z?
TEACHER: What is it, Joey?
JOEY: Whenever I read out loud I try to think of how you’d read the book and I hear your voice in my head. Then I try to read that same way and make it sound the way that you’d have made it sound.
TEACHER: Congratulations, Joey…you’ve been Zimmered.
[The class bursts out laughing].
[Fade to black].
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