Uncle Sal looked over the newspaper at Alice and said, "Say, you remember that actor Lowell Pate?"
"The soap opera actor?"
"And movies. He was a Hollywood big shot until..." Uncle Sal mimed drinking. "After he went into rehab, no one wanted to hire the guy."
After a look at his Baffled Beaver watch and a sip of his coffee, he continued. "I mean the guy won awards, and then he has a drinking problem and no one wants to hire the guy."
Alice removed a space shuttle pen from her purse and started to work the Sudoku. "I think there was more than just a drinking problem. Didn't he also have a thing with the network president's eighteen-year-old daughter?"
"Anyway," Alice said. "What about him?"
"Says here inna paper that he's going to be one of the stars of a local theater production called The Vicious Vegetables of Dr. Liechtenstein. It's about a tomato, a leek, a carrot, and a butternut squash who are animated in a lab experiment and then rampage the town. Sounds like sump'n right up my alley, I'll tell ya."
Alice rolled her eyes. Not that she doubted it was right up his alley. It truly sounded like something he would enjoy. She rolled her eyes because she hoped she wouldn't get dragged to this horrendous sounding play.
"Pate, of course, is one of the stars. Guess what role he plays?"
"Hmmm. Well, I'd say the carrot is out. He's round and red, so he seems like a natural to play the tomato. But I'm gonna go out on a limb and say he's the butternut squash. It seems like that might be the least desirable part."
Uncle Sal grinned and shook his head. "You guessed all around it."
"That's right. Pate plays a leek."
This episode featured:
"Play" Bill Ratzlenberg as Uncle Sal
Tess Paean as Alice
Jellybean Merengue as the space shuttle pen.
Tune in next week when Uncle Sal says, "Not now, Arctic Puffin."