Transcript for Book Ends
Narrator: The Mayor is giving a thrilling speech celebrating the opening of the city's spanking-new library!
Mayor: (reading from cue cards) And so, without further ado, I present the city's sparkling new Go-Cart Park a Go-Go! (The crowd looks confused, and the Mayor's assistant walks up to him and whispers in his ear, then shuffles some of the cue cards.) Oh, okay. Right. Hmm. (quietly reads through some of the text that he had already covered) Blah-blah-blah, and so, it's a great honor and a privilege to present... (returns to a normal voice) ...the city's sparkling new library!
(Everyone claps, but then Tobey approaches the mic and takes it.)
Tobey: Excuse me, ladies and gentlemen, but there's been a slight change in plan.
Mayor: There has?
Tobey: Please watch in awe as I, the mighty Tobey, destroy the new library! (Three large robots appear surrounding the library building. The crowd gasps. Tobey pauses and waits for something.) I said, I'm about to destroy the library! Oh, WordGirl! Yoo-hoo? Library being destroyed!
Becky: Uh, Mom? Um, I left my library card at home, so...
Mrs. Botsford: (increasingly frightened) Robot... Robot!
Becky: (picks up Bob) Right. Uh... I'll be right back! (goes behind the crowd and transforms) Word up!
(One of the robots picks up a statue standing at the entrance, then drops it. WordGirl catches it.)
WordGirl: I'll take that! (returns it to its original spot, while Tobey primps his hair)
Tobey: WordGirl! What a pleasant surprise.
WordGirl: Wish I could say the same for you! Sending your robots to destroy the library? You're getting kind of predictable, you know!
Tobey: Predictable? Me? How ridiculous! ...You really think so?
WordGirl: Uh, well yeah, I mean, you always use your robots to destroy things! Very predictable!
Tobey: But each time, I use them to destroy a different thing. Therefore, I am not predictable!
WordGirl: Fine, have it your way. All I can say is that it's pretty easy to tell what you're going to do next.
Tobey: No it's not!
WordGirl: Yes it is.
(Tobey raises his finger in defiance, and WordGirl and Huggy both raise their fingers at the same time.)
Tobey: No, it's not!
WordGirl: Yes, it is. (He notices that she is mimicking him.)
Tobey: (raises his arms, with WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face still mimicking him) Robots, attack! (WordGirl says the same thing at the same time)
(WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face proceed to take down each of the robots. WordGirl lands next to Tobey.)
Tobey: (clenches his fists, shakes in frustration, walks forward a few steps, and raises an arm in the air) I'll be back! (WordGirl and Captain Huggy face continue to copy his actions and words. Tobey makes a frustrated noise and walks off.) Didn't have to make fun of me!
Mayor: Thanks, WordGirl! You really saved the day! Hey, want the library named after you?
WordGirl: Nah, that's okay!
Mayor: A park bench?
Mayor: Oops, look at the time! I've got a go-cart opening to attend! (leaves making go-cart noises and mimicking driving a car)
(The next day.)
Narrator: The next day, the Mayor is once again giving a thrilling speech celebrating the opening of the city's spanking-new library!
Mayor: Now, where was I...? (His assistant walks over and arranges his cards.) Oh, oh yes! So, without further ado, I present the new public swimming pool! (puts on a pair of swimming goggles with a snorkel tube)
Mrs. Botsford: Wait... When did they put a pool in the library?
Mayor: Last one in is a rotten egg-- What? (His assistant stops him, and whispers to him.) I thought it was-- Oh... A library? Okay.
(More robots appear.)
Becky: Um, Mom? I'll be right back. Bob, uh, forgot his bathing suit!
Mrs. Botsford: Robot!
Becky: Word up!
Tobey: Oh, WordGirl? I'm back! Where are you?
WordGirl: Oh look. More robots.
Tobey: Ten, to be precise! I doubt even you can handle this--
(Wordgirl proceeds to systematically wipe out all of the robots.)
WordGirl: (throws the robots into the ocean) Anything else?
Tobey: No fair! You know my robots can't swim!
WordGirl: Then you shouldn't have come back with more robots!
Tobey: But all I have is robots!
WordGirl: I know, that's why it's so predictable! On the other hand, there's a wrecking ball right next to the library. (Captain Huggy Face is standing atop the wrecking ball.) Hi, Huggy! (to Tobey) Why didn't you just use that?
Tobey: Hmm! Well, I, I, I--
WordGirl: Or what about that drum of hazardous material teetering on that ladder by the front door?
Tobey: Well, I-- That looks dangerous!
WordGirl: All I'm saying is that robots are a little, crowd, say it with me...
Mrs. Botsford: Oh, this is fun!
Tobey: (to WordGirl) Stop using that word! You are the predictable one! I mean, how predictable of you to use the word predictable instead of something like... (WordGirl and Captain Huggy face once again copy his words and gestures.) Obvious! Foreseeable! Apparent! But-- I don't-- Still-- You-- (Tobey screams in frustration and walks off in a huff.)
Mayor: Pick this up tomorrow? (The crowd is looking worn out by the delays.)
(The next day.)
Narrator: At the library, the Mayor is giving a thrilling speech about the new library. Again. This is getting a little predictable.
(WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face are standing near the Mayor, waiting for Tobey to strike. WordGirl is looking at a wristwatch.)
Mayor: And so, without further ado--
(The sound of robots is heard. Tobey is being lowered to the ground by one of them.)
WordGirl: You're fifteen seconds late!
Tobey: Ahh, absence makes the heart grow fonder!
WordGirl: (sighs) Whatever. C'mon, let's see your army of robots!
Tobey: How did you--
WordGirl: You're really not getting this whole predictable thing, are you? Because you keep doing the same thing, it's easy for me to know your next move!
Tobey: We'll see. (The robot carries him up again.) Ladies and gentlemen, my fifty robots shall hereby destroy this library, as a tribute to WordGirl!
WordGirl: (gasps) Fifty robots?!
Tobey: Ha! See, I'm not so predictable! Robots, attack!
(WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face fight the robots, but fail to keep up.)
WordGirl: There's too many of them! Stop! Tobey, make them stop!
Tobey: Ah, so you admit defeat.
WordGirl: (reluctantly) Yes!
Tobey: And my superiority?
WordGirl: Okay, sure!
Tobey: And you'll accompany me for ice cream this evening?
Tobey: We'll discuss that later. Um, and you'll give me your secret identity?
WordGirl: That's... a little much.
Tobey: (prepares to push a button on his remote) Robots--
WordGirl: Leave the library out of this! Can't we fight it out some other way?
Tobey: Hmm... Okay... I know! How about a battle of words?
WordGirl: Predictable! I got it. How about dodgeball?
Tobey: Fifty against two?
WordGirl: Sure! Why not?
Tobey: And if I win, you'll tell me your secret identity?
WordGirl: Okay, fine! But if I win, you and your robots have to work in the library for a whole month!
Tobey: Have it your way, since you'll be losing anyway!
(Scene: The park. WordGirl and Huggy are doing stretching exercises along with the robots.)
Narrator: Here we are at the park, on a perfect day for dodgeball! The mighty WordGirl and the fearless Captain Huggy Face square off against fifty of Tobey's giant robots!
Tobey: And me! I'm playing too!
Narrator: Right. (pause) And we're off! WordGirl's got three robots in her sight. (WordGirl throws the balls and hits all three robots.) Boom, boom, boom! Three robots out! She's really tearing it up out there!
(The robots walk off dejected.)
Narrator: Tobey takes aim. (Tobey throws his ball and it lands no more than two feet in front of him.) Wow, nice throw. I mean, tough luck, Tobey!
(Five more robots take aim at WordGirl.)
Narrator: Uh-oh. WordGirl is in the direct line of fire. (The robots all throw their balls at once.) Is this the end for WordGirl? (WordGirl catches all five balls, then throws them back at the robots. They are all hit in the face.)
WordGirl: In the face!
Narrator: Whoa! Ladies and gentlemen, did you see that?! They don't call her the pint-size powerhouse for nothing!
WordGirl: Uh, nobody calls me that.
Narrator: Leave the announcing to me, okay?
(Tobey picks up another ball.)
Narrator: Uh-oh, looks like Tobey is about to fire! (He licks his finger, and sticks it up to check the wind.) (whispering) Now's the time to grab a snack! (laughs)
Tobey: Take this, WordGirl! (He winds up, and then throws the ball backward. It hits one of his robots.)
Narrator: Man, he stinks!
(Captain Huggy Face picks up a ball.)
Narrator: Captain Huggy Face joins the fray, hurling the ball with all his monkey might! (His ball didn't have much force, but took a high arc. WordGirl strikes down several of the robots, and Captain Huggy Face's ball bounces off of each of their heads.)
(Captain Huggy Face then sees a hot dog stand off to the side, and walks over to it. Meanwhile, two more robots take aim at WordGirl, and she dodges both of them. Then she throws two balls at them while facing the other direction, and hits both of them on the head.)
Narrator: Look at WordGirl go, taking 'em down without even looking! Tobey takes aim! (in a subdued voice) Guess that means WordGirl's safe! (chuckles)
(Tobey throws the ball. It hits another robot, then bounces back.)
Narrator: Another robot out!
(The rebounding ball hits Tobey on the head.)
Tobey: (angrily) Ow! (marches off)
Narrator: And Tobey's out! Knocked out by his own ball! That is terrible!
(Tobey sits down in a nearby chair and sulks. WordGirl throws another ball, which pierces through the bodies of five other robots, knocking them down.)
Narrator: Nice work, WordGirl!
WordGirl: Huggy, I think we're home free!
(As Huggy is eating a hot dog, the remaining robot approaches him and takes aim. Instinctively, WordGirl leaps in front of Huggy and blocks the ball from hitting him.)
WordGirl: No! (The ball bounces off of her.)
Narrator: And WordGirl is... out?
WordGirl: Wha-- But-- I don't get--
Narrator: Wait, that can't be right! Where's my script?
(WordGirl joins Tobey in the chair next to his.)
Tobey: Ha! I saved a seat for you.
WordGirl: The game's not over yet, Tobey! And you only have one robot left!
Tobey: Please, my robot is more than a match for your puny monkey!
(Captain Huggy Face eats the rest of his hot dog, then returns to the field to face off against the robot.)
Narrator: Has Tobey finally triumphed over WordGirl? Is Captain Huggy Face about to be hit really, really hard? Tune in next time--
WordGirl: What? This isn't a two-part episode!
Narrator: Oh, right! So, tune in... right now! I mean, don't change the channel, just... just watch!
(Captain Huggy Face throws his ball at the robot, but it flexes its head and avoids being hit. Then the robot takes aim at Captain Huggy Face, winds up, and throws the ball at high speed. Captain Huggy Face stares up with a terrified look as it approaches him.)
Tobey: (cackling) You lose, WordGirl!
(Captain Huggy Face has been knocked over by the ball, but as he gets up, we see that he actually caught the ball in his mouth. Tobey cries out in frustration, and WordGirl jumps up and down with joy.)
Narrator: Huggy caught the ball! Team WordGirl wins!
WordGirl: Huggy! You did it!
Narrator: Wow, didn't see that coming!
WordGirl: Yes! An ending that's not predictable!
Tobey: I demand a rematch! Two out of three.
WordGirl: Maybe. After you finish what I have in store for you! Remember your end of the deal!
Tobey: Oh, about that... I'm afraid that's going to be impossible, because of... (WordGirl begins mimicking him again.) ...of prior engagements. I can't-- My mother-- Stop!
(Tobey walks away angry and defeated. Captain Huggy Face comes over to WordGirl, still holding the dodgeball in his mouth.)
WordGirl: You're all right, Huggy! (pats Captain Huggy Face's head) You're all right.
(Scene: The library. One of the robots is busy checking out books.)
Robot: This book is six minutes overdue!
Boy: I know, I had strep throat.
Robot: You have five seconds to pay the fine! (It points its finger at the boy, and the end opens up like the barrel of a gun.) Four...
Boy: Uh, uh, just a second...
Boy: Wait, uh... (digs in his pockets)
Boy: Here! (produces a coin)
Robot: Powering down. (takes the coin) Thank you for your donation.
Boy: (breathing heavily) Right! Sure! You're welcome!
(Becky and Bob are reading at a table. Mrs. Botsford walks in wearing a swim suit.)
Mrs. Botsford: Becky, have you found the swimming pool yet? (under her breath) Mayor said there was a pool!
Robot: No talking in library!
Mrs. Botsford: Sorry!
Robot: I said no talking! (points his finger at her, with a gun-like barrel at the tip)
Becky: Hit the deck! (The three duck as the robot begins firing paintballs at them.)
(Meanwhile, Tobey is pushing around a cart full of books.)
Tobey: WordGirl hasn't heard the last from me! She will rue the day she forced me to engage in manual labor! (He puts a book onto the shelf. One of his robots approaches him.)
Robot: You put that book in the wrong spot!
Tobey: (sarcastically) Sorry.
Robot: Return it to its proper place or else! You have five seconds. (points a paintball-gun finger at him)
Tobey: Excuse me?!
Tobey: Hey, I built you!
Tobey: Look, bolt barnacle--
Robot: Two... One...
(Tobey runs out of the library to escape the flying paintballs.)
Narrator: And so, WordGirl and Captain Huggy Face save the day again. Not that it's getting predictable or anything. (Tobey is still running from the paintballs. He gets hit off-screen, and the robot laughs at him.) So tune in next time for another exciting episode of... WordGirl!