Transcript: Solo: Alone vs. Lonely | Feb 26, 1988

(music plays)

An animated map of North America appears on screen. One by one, states and provinces change into a darker colour. Then a spinning logo reads "On the Level."

The announcer says THE FOLLOWING
COOPERATIVE PROJECT
IS SUPPORTED BY STATE
AND PROVINCIAL AGENCIES
WORKING THROUGH
THE AGENCY
FOR INSTRUCTIONAL
TELEVISION.

(music plays)

Ben and his friends skate in a skating room. Neil walks in.

A Female Receptionist says YES?

Neil is in his twenties, clean-shaven with brown hair. He wears a plaid shirt.

Neil says I'M LOOKING FOR MY
BROTHER BEN CARBO.

The Receptionist says WOULD YOU LIKE ME
TO CALL HIM FOR YOU?

Neil says PLEASE.

The Receptionist stops the music and says BEN CARBO?
BEN CARBO, YOUR
BROTHER'S AT THE FRONT.

Ben is in his late teens, clean-shaven with wavy hair. He wears a white and red checked shirt.

Ben says HEY, NEIL, COME ON!
GET SOME SKATES ON.

Neil says NO, WE GOT TO
GET GOING.
IT'S LATE AND
IT'S A LONG DRIVE.

Ben says OH, COME ON, IT'S
SPRING VACATION.

Neil says TAKE YOUR SKATES
OFF IN THE CAR.
COME ON!

A Friend says YOU AREN'T LEAVING
ALREADY, ARE YA, FARM BOY?

Ben says WHAT'S THE MATTER, YOU
GUYS MISS ME ALREADY?

The Friend says NAH, IT'S BEEN A LOT
BETTER SINCE YOU LEFT TOWN.
[laughing]

Ben says YEAH, WELL JUST DON'T
LEAVE ME OUT THERE
THE WHOLE TWO
WEEKS, YOU HEAR?

The Friend says OH, I WAS JUST
JOKING!
[laughing]

Ben says SEE YOU
TURKEYS LATER!
BYE!
[laughing]

A caption reads "Solo. Alone versus Lonely."

(piano music plays)

In a living room, Ben’s mom says GRANDPA, DON'T FORGET
YOU HAVE TO GET ME
TO THE TRAIN STATION
BY 7 O'CLOCK
TOMORROW MORNING.

Grandpa sits at a table fixing a fan. He is in his seventies, with a moustache and white hair. He wears a green shirt and matching cardigan.

Grandpa says MM-HM.

Mom says OH, GOSH.
HI, BEN.

Ben says HI.
HOW WAS THE
SKATING?

Ben says OH, IT WAS GREAT!
I COULD'VE STAYED
A LITTLE LONGER.

Mom goes upstairs. She is in her earl y forties, with short light brown hair. She wears a dark red shirt.

Ben sits in front of grandpa fluttering cards. Then, grandpa turns the fan on blowing Ben’s card. They laugh.

[clock ticking]
[faint knocking]

Ben lies on his bed.

Mom says BEN?

Ben says OH, COME ON
IN, MOM.

Mom sighs.

Ben says YOU FINISH PACKING?

Mom says OH, I THINK SO.

Ben says YOU OKAY, MOM?

Mom says OH, I JUST FEEL
KIND OF FUNNY.
YOU KNOW, FIRST MOVING
YOU BOYS OUT HERE
TO GRANDPA'S AND THEN
NOT EVEN A MONTH
AND I'M RUNNING OFF.

Ben says OH, MOM,
THAT'S CRAZY.
NOW YOU'RE GOING TO
HAVE TO BE THERE
WHEN AUNT SARAH GETS
OUT OF THE HOSPITAL.
WE'LL BE FINE.

She kisses him and says WELL, I BETTER
GET TO BED.

Ben says HAVE A GOOD TRIP.

Mom says I WILL.

Ben says AND DON'T WORRY
ABOUT US.

[birds chirping]
[rooster crowing]

The next day, Ben gets up and goes downstairs.

He says NEIL?
GRANDPA?
He goes outside and screams NEIL!
NEIL!
NEIL!
HEY, NEIL!
NEIL!
HEY, NEIL!

Neil says OVER HERE, BENNY.

Neil sits by a river fishing.

Ben says THOUGHT I'D FIND
YOU DOWN HERE.

Neil says HEY, WATCH THE ROD.

Ben says BOY, YOU LEFT
EARLY.

Neil says WELL, THAT'S HOW
YOU CATCH FISH.

Ben says YEAH, WELL, IT'S KIND
OF WEIRD WAKING UP
IN AN EMPTY HOUSE.

Neil says SOMETIMES IT'S NICE
WHEN NO ONE'S AROUND.

Ben says I DON'T THINK SO.

Neil says THAT'S BECAUSE YOU
NEVER GIVE IT A CHANCE.

[birds chirping]

Ben says BOY, HAVE YOU
CHANGED.

Neil says YOU THINK SO?

Ben says YEAH!
YOU'RE ACTING LIKE
SOME KIND OF HERMIT.
LOOK, WHY DON'T
WE DO SOMETHING?

Neil says THERE YOU GO.

Neil hands him a rod.

Ben says NO, I DON'T
MEAN THAT.
LET ME BORROW
YOUR CAR.

Neil says NO, NOT 'TIL YOU GET
YOUR LICENSE BACK.

Ben says TWO LOUSY
SPEEDING TICKETS.
OKAY, THEN YOU
TAKE ME TO TOWN.
OH COME ON,
NEIL!

Neil says LOOK, BENNY, YOU CAN
EITHER STAY HERE WITH ME
OR YOU CAN FIND
SOMETHING ELSE TO DO
BUT YOU CAN'T
STAND THERE
AND MAKE ALL
THIS NOISE.
YOU'LL SCARE
THE FISH.

Ben says HERMIT.

Then, Ben stands in front of a pigsty feeding animals.

[chickens clucking]
[laughing]

Ben says STUPID CHICKENS.
[pig grunting]
HELLO, HONEY.
YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL.
[chickens clucking]
SET YOU UP WITH MY
GOOD FRIEND BUTCH
OVER AT THE
ROLLER RINK.
[chickens clucking]
PIGS, CHICKENS.
WHAT AM I
DOING HERE?
WHAT AM I
DOING HERE?!
GRANDPA!
GRANDPA!

A car parks nearby.

[door slams]
Grandpa gets out of the car.

Ben says HEY, GRANDPA, CAN
YOU TAKE ME TO TOWN?

Grandpa says SORRY, BEN, BUT I JUST GOT
BACK FROM THERE MYSELF.
BESIDES, I'VE GOT
A FEW CHORES TO DO.

[trunk slams]

Ben says WELL, I GUESS THAT
MEANS YOU COULDN'T GO
RIDING EITHER.

Grandpa says AFRAID NOT, BEN.
BUT THAT SHOULDN'T
STOP YOU.

[phone ringing]
Ben runs into his house to answer the phone.

Ben says HELLO?
HEY, STEVE!
YEAH, GREAT, GREAT.
SURE, WHEN CAN
YOU COME GET ME?
WHAT DO YOU
MEAN YOU CAN'T?
OH COME ON, STEVE,
YOU HAVE TO.
YEAH, WELL, THANKS
FOR NOTHING.
BYE.

Grandpa says THAT BAD, HUH?

Ben says NOBODY CAN COME
AND GET ME
AND NOBODY HERE
WILL TAKE ME.

Grandpa says GUESS THAT MEANS
YOU'RE STUCK WITH
BEN CARBO FOR
A WHILE.
BETTER GET
USED TO IT.

Ben says WELL, I'M NOT
LIKE YOU, GRANDPA.
I CAN'T GET
USED TO IT.

Neil says GRANDPA, I'M
GOING TO GO RUN.
I'LL BE BACK BY
DINNER, OKAY?

Ben says HEY, CAN I COME
WITH YOU?

Neil says OH, YEAH SURE.
HEY, YOU BETTER
STRETCH FIRST
OR YOU'LL CRAMP UP.

Neil and Ben go running.

Ben says NEIL?

Neil says YEAH?

Ben says I THINK SOMETHING'S
WRONG WITH GRANDPA.

Neil says YEAH?

Ben says HE DOESN'T CARE
ABOUT ANYBODY.

Neil says AW COME OFF OF
IT, BENNY.
WHAT'S YOUR
PROBLEM?
[panting]

[TV program playing]
Later, Ben watches TV.

Grandpa says BOY, YOU'RE GOING TO WEAR
A HOLE IN THAT SOFA.

Ben says SO WHAT?

Grandpa says PRETTY NICE
DAY OUTSIDE.

Ben says NOT FOR ME.

Grandpa sighs and says I'M GETTING PRETTY
WEARY OF THIS, BENJAMIN.

Ben says YOU?
WHAT ABOUT ME?

Grandpa says WELL, WHAT ABOUT YOU?

Ben says I HAVEN'T SEEN ANY
OF MY FRIENDS
FOR ALMOST A WEEK!

Grandpa says THAT'S ENOUGH OUT
OF OUT, BENJAMIN!

Ben stands up and says YOU DON'T CARE
HOW I FEEL.
YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND
ANYTHING.

Grandpa says I UNDERSTAND PLENTY!
LIKE FOLKS GOT OTHER
THINGS TO DO
BESIDES KEEPING YOU
ENTERTAINED!

Ben says I WON'T BE A CRAZY, OLD
LONE WOLF LIKE YOU!
I HATE IT OUT
HERE, GRANDPA!
I HATE IT!

Grandpa says YOU HEAR ME GOOD.
YOU GOT
PROBLEMS, BOY?
YOU FIX 'EM...
BY YOURSELF!

Grandpa leaves.

Ben takes the car keys.

Talking to a horse, Grandpa says COME ON, SONNY,
COME ON.
EASY, BOY, EASY.

Ben drives the car until it runs out of gasoline. He runs carrying a container.

Ben says SONNY?
[birds chirping]
YOU OKAY, GRANDPA?

Grandpa plants flowers in front of a grave.

Grandpa says MM-HMM.
SOMETIMES I LIKE TO
SPEND TIME OUT HERE.
WAIT, BENJAMIN,
IF YOU WILL.

Ben says HERE, LET ME
HELP YOU.

Ben says THESE ARE NICE.

Grandpa says HER FAVOURITE.

Grandpa says GRANDPA, I...
I'M SORRY.
I SHOULDN'T HAVE
SAID WHAT I SAID.

Grandpa says YOU DON'T ACT LIKE
YOU MISS GRANDMA.
A MAN COULD MAKE A
FULL-TIME JOB
OUT OF BEING LONELY.
FACT OF LIFE,
BEN, HMM.
BUT AFTER I GOT OVER
THE REAL HARD SADNESS,
I FOUND OUT I WAS A
RIGHT INTERESTING GUY
TO PASS TIME WITH
ALL ALONE.

Ben says DOESN'T ALWAYS
DO IT, DOES IT?

Grandpa says LOTS OF TIMES
IT DOES.
AND IF IT DOESN'T,
SOMETIMES I FIND
SOMEBODY TO
TALK TO...
OR THEY FIND ME.
THANKS, BEN.

Ben says THANKS, GRANDPA.

(music plays)

A slate reads "Solo. Alone versus Lonely."

The opening sequence rolls again.

The announcer says ON THE LEVEL IS
SUPPORTED BY STATE
AND PROVINCIAL AGENCIES
AND THE CORPORATION
FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
THROUGH THE AGENCY
FOR INSTRUCTIONAL
TELEVISION.
TOGETHER SERVING
EDUCATION.

A slate reads "With support from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting."

This program was produced by EFC. Educational Film Center. The Northern Virginia Educational Telecommunications Association.

Copyright, 1980. Agency for Instructional Television.

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