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Mon Feb 1 05:58:15 PST 2021
0:10: Joe lists what he's waiting for: an epiphany,
understanding, purification, exaltation, the second coming, the
revolution, the Spiegel catalogue, a refund from Sears, an
unemployment check, a call from his mother.
1:10: Joe tells of George who works as a sheet music salesman
for a firm in NYC. His colleagues are a depressing lot. George hates
4:10: He falls for one of his customers, a woman manager of a
music store in St Louis, Carol. He begins calling her at home. She
tells him all about herself. He begins calling nightly; they grow
closer. His calls are the only thing he enjoys. They decide to meet,
but have no opportunity.
7:20: George's company fails; its employees have mishaps, some
8:50: Carol plans to travel to NYC for a long weekend in
9:10: George chaperones his son's 6th-grade class on a trip to
Restoration village, a replica of a colonial town.
10:10: Restoration village looks like motel cottages. The
kids aren't interested. After a trip to the gift shop and lunch, they
go to a nearby pond and skip rocks. After returning his son to his
(the son's) mother George feels terribly lonely.
14:30: Carol flies to NYC, 1.5 years after they first began
talking. She arrives at 3 AM. George is apprehensive. She's pretty
and petite, seems overwhelmed. They try to make love but fail. They
spend the day awkwardly. The next day they decide their weekend is
over; she spends the rest of the weekend with old college chums from
Queens. (She stays in town for another few days - a really long
weekend.) He sees her twice more, once for dinner, another day for
23:50: George calls Carol in St Louis; they talk for hours.
She was sick with an undiagnosed endocrine condition the whole time.
George doesn't know whether to believe her. His calls tail off.
24:50: A year later she tells George about her boyfriend, a
trumpet player in a Dixieland band, beating and raping her. She tells
George she was excited by it. George is disgusted with her, stops
25:40: More of the same Dixieland music that started the show.
26: Joe lists what he's waiting for again.
26:40: Children singing the song they sang on the way to
Cast: Joe Frank
Music: 'Walking' (Steve Tibbetts) is the background music for
much of the episode. I haven't identified the Dixieland at the
opening and closing.
is a link to the clip, 17 seconds, if you want to let me know what you
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