Time to relax and let spiritual values take over.
Yes. Pour me a
Certainly, darl.. Oh
good, yes. (They laugh). Yes, a time to feel warm and human
one's fellow men. (The doorbell rings). Oh my God!
you are darling, nice long drink. Thank you, darling.(He drinks it
I just called to see
you were alright, Mr. Perrin. You seemed under a strain at the office. (She
takes off her coat).
Yes, I was
a strain at the office, Joan, but I'm not at the office now, so I'm not
under a strain. I'm alright. It was lovely of you to call, Joan. Let me
help you into your coat.(He holds up her coat).
Yes, please. Oh. Er,
We were hoping
come round, weren't we Reggie?
Yes, we certainly
All alone on
then suddenly... (The doorbell rings again).
Oh my God! (Elizabeth
goes to the door).
Are you sure you're
Yes! I'm alright!
me if I'm alright, alright?
Yes, it's just
starts to cry).
Yes, I'm alright. (C.J.
Oh my God!
I just called round
if you're alright, Reggie.
Yes, I'm alright,
clenched teeth) I'm very relaxed. (The doorbell rings again)
Oh my God! Leave the door open, darling. Let them all pour in.
I felt I had to
Did you, C.J.? What
I'm not an ostrich
his head under a bushel.
I didn't get where I
today by burying my head under a bushel.
Absolutely, C.J. (David
Harris-Jones enters). David, really! This is absolutely...
People keep telling
keep saying 'Super'.
Better than that
his constant... (Tony enters).
Great! You're all
Gatheringville, Arizona. Just popped round, Reggie, to see if you're
I am better than
Tony. I am 'great'.
Good news is better
Absolutely, C.J. (Doc
I felt I had to
As your personal physician, I had to make sure you're alright.
No, Doc, no. I'm not
I feel like I'm on an endless savannah. Herds of angry buffalo are
towards me from every direction, and I am a stranded water beetle with
terminal drooping of the left antennae.
So do I. I wonder
is? (Jimmy enters).
Oh, hello all.
greetings and all that kerfuffle. Elizabeth. (he kisses her on the
Won't kiss you, aren't French. (To Elizabeth) How's mother? (Reggie
imagines the trotting hippopotamus).
Oh my God, no. Not
(To Reggie) Just
called to see if you were...
Oh, just wondered,
here... fact is... bit of a cock-up on the catering front. Christmas
no nosh. Kids bawling, distaff side in a tiswas. Just wondered... odd
That sort of caper, Jimmy?
Well, yes, if you
Help yourself, Jimmy.
Oh, thanks! (He
off to the kitchen).
A time for giving. Another drink, everybody? I know! Yes, everybody
have a bottle.(He goes to the drinks cabinet, grabs a handful of
and hands them out). Here we are. Doc. Because greed, you see
- and materialism - is the curse of the acquisitive society. You can
me throw off these shackles!
Thanks, Reggie! This
is Generosityville, Arizona.
If it makes you feel
about giving, then it makes me feel better about ...taking. Even if it
makes me feel worse about ...not giving.
fetches an armful of presents from under his Christmas tree). There
you are, Doc. (He hands him a wooden model horse, gift-wrapped).
No, no. No, no. This
gift to you.
Yes, but I don't
but C.J. gave it to me last year.
Oh. (He takes it
Doc and gives it to C.J.). C.J., that's for you.
I didn't get where I
today by taking a gift-horse to water, after the stable door was
presents) There you are. Joan. Tony.
Thank you very much,
(Jimmy re- enters pushing a food trolley).
Yes, thank you very
Reggie. Literally saved our bacon.
And your chipolatas
bread sauce as well, eh? It's Christmas, Jimmy. It's better to give
any booze as well? (A tramp enters).
Excuse me, sir, the
was open. Have you got anything for a dirty old tramp, sir?
is stoking the coal fire, and Elizabeth is leaning on the mantelpiece.
Oh darling, doesn't
you feel warm, and wonderful, and free?
No, Reggie. Actually
No. Nor me. I wonder
room). The camera pulls out to a living room empty of presents, food,
and even furniture and carpets. Reggie has rather overdone his seasonal