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Five Candidates in Search of an Exit

A Fundamentalist, A Philanderer, A Hypocrite, A Bigot and A Homophobic- a collection of Modern Republicans. Five improbable entities in a debate. No logic, no reason, no explanation; just a prolonged nightmare, in which fear, lies and the unexplainable walk hand in hand through the shadows. In a moment we’ll start collecting clues as to the whys, the whats and the wheres. We will not end this nightmare, we’ll only explain it - because this is the Twilight Zone.

A rich Hypocrite wakes up to find himself trapped on a podium, where he meets a self-righteous Philander, a Libertarian Bigot, Ignorant Fundamentalist, and an Angry Homophobic. None of them has any memory of who they are or how they became trapped. The Hypocrite, being the newest arrival, is the most determined to escape. He is told there is no way out except by winning, which is he knows that he can’t do honestly. The Hypocrite's questioning reveals that the characters have no need for truth or facts and indeed care for nothing in general, except for money.

The characters question where, what and who they are. The Fundamentalist informs the Hypocrite, "We are in the darkness; nameless things with no memory – no knowledge of what went before, no understanding of what is now, no knowledge of what will be." Guesses are made about the nature of where they have been placed: the Fundamentalist speculates that they are on another planet or a spaceship; the Philanderer believes they are in a dream; the Homophobic they are dead, the Bigot that they are all insane and in limbo, while the Hypocrite believes that they are in Hell.

Eventually, the Hypocrite suggests a plan to escape: he will renounce his own successful programs, saying that he never was in favor of them to begin with. The plan almost works. Now even more determined, the Hypocrite speaks with fake empathy for those who have less than he has. As he turns to survey the area surrounding the podium, he tumbles to the ground as the sole survivor of these five unique characters. The other characters talk about him, and the Philanderer says that he may be right, and they may be in Hell.

The scene cuts to a little girl picking up a doll from the snow, a doll in the dress of the rich Hypocrite. A kindly woman tells her, "Put it back in the barrel with the rest of them." It is revealed that the podium is a Christmas toy collection bin for a girls' orphanage and that all five characters are nothing more than dolls. The loud noise was the shaking of a handheld bell which the woman used to attract donations.

The final shot is of the five characters, now seen as dolls with painted faces and glass eyes.

Just a toy, stored in a dark box, where are kept the counterfeit, make believe pieces of plastic and cloth, wrought in the distorted image of human life. But this added hopeful note, perhaps they are only seeking this exalted office for the moment. And the innocence, of the children in the orphanage, will change the Hypocrite, Philander, Fundamentalist, Bigot and Homophobic, tonight’s cast of odd characters, on tonight’s stage, known as the Twilight Zone.


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Jan. 21st, 2012 10:20 pm (UTC)
Well-done. Yes, we are in the Twilight Zone!
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