Sunday, April 19, 2009

Uncle Sal and the Peculiar Pilot (Episode 89)

Giacomo and Uncle Sal exited the Hale Theater and headed toward the Dodge Dart. Giacomo asked, "What did you think of The Dragon that Saved Susquehanna?" 

Uncle Sal brushed a gummy bear from his Houston Colt .45s Jerry Grote jersey and said, "I'll tell ya one thing. It's good we didn't have the ladies with us. They woulda hated it. But I liked it pretty well."

"Me too. It sort of reminded me of my friend Nate Hofbrauer. He's a writer and he came up with this television pilot. It was your pretty typical detective show. Average Joe solves crimes with the help of a really hot woman. It seemed like a good idea. It's just that there have been so many detective shows, he wasn't really setting himself apart. Anyway, he gets a meeting with some television network executive named Lamar Glasscock. This meeting starts to go bad quickly. Nate made a comment about fishing only to find out that this executive is a big fisherman. And then he made an offhand comment about Glasscock's tie, which Glasscock's wife had bought for him."

Uncle Sal pulled on the 8-ball gearshift and headed toward Amelia's, where he and Giacomo planned to meet Alice and Giacomo's new girlfriend Lucia.

"So Nate, he's sweating and he hasn't even gone into the treatment of his pilot. He starts telling the excutive about his pilot, but then he realizes the guy is completely disinterested. So Nate just starts winging it. Instead of pitching his actual pilot, he starts telling the guy that the show is about a dragon bartender who solves crimes. All of a sudden, he's got Glasscock's interest. There have been lots of detective shows, but none with a dragon. They're putting together the pilot episode now."

Uncle Sal turned the steering wheel and said, "Whatta ya know about that? Just goes to show ya what can happen when ya pitch your dragon to Lamar."

This episode featured:
Earl E. Reiser as Uncle Sal
Mel Iffluous as Giacomo
Jellybean Merengue as the gummy bear.

Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "It used to be whatever it was." 

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