SCENE 1, INTERIOR. MORNING, CLASSROOM. The class is taking a three-minute restroom and drink break. As they head back to the classroom, the teacher is lost in thought…as of the first two and a half weeks of school no ‘Joey’ has emerged from the classroom ranks. The teacher is beginning to consign himself to the appalling thought that there just might not be a Joey this year after all. As he comes closer to the classroom door, he notices that the students are entering more slowly than they usually do. As the teacher gets within full visual range of the door, he notices one of the fifth-grade boys—one who was absent the first week and a half of school—standing just to the side of the door bowing to each student before they enter the room.
JOEY: [Spoken regally]. Welcome to the classroom…welcome to class…I’m so glad that you’ve returned from break…come in…please come in and take your seat…
[The teacher stands for a silent beat as the boy ushers in the last few students with a few final bows and then motions with his hands in a flourish for the teacher to enter the room].
JOEY: Welcome to your classroom, Mr. Z.
TEACHER: Our own, personal classroom greeter? Wow, I feel like I’ve just arrived at Walmart…
[The boy grins].
JOEY: Well, you are my favorite teacher.
TEACHER: Oh, really? You know this even after you’ve only been here for four days?
JOEY: Yep. [Pause]. What can I say, Mr. Z? You’re pretty hilarious…
[The teacher smiles at the boy and walks to the front of the classroom to begin the lesson as the boy moves to his seat].
TEACHER: [Whispered to himself]. And you’re pretty hilarious too, Joey…welcome to the classroom.
[Fade to black].
On a final note, the 16th will be the last day to order a Joey Dosen't Like Kitty's Shirt (as seen on the sidebar). I have a feeling that this will be the final printing of this T-shirt.