Transcript: Sleep | Sep 20, 1988

Music plays.

Jodie appears on screen behind a shop window. She is in her late twenties with short black hair and wears an orange top. She picks up a mannequin that looks out the window.

Sam locks up the shop. He is life-sized doll with straight white hair and a thick white mustache. He wears a guard uniform.

Sam says WELL, I GUESS THAT'S
ALL LOCKED UP TIGHT NOW,
AS IT SHOULD BE.
HI, THERE,
JODIE.

Jodie says OH, HI, SAM.
WELL, EVERYTHING'S
ALL SAFE DOWN HERE.
LET'S GO UPSTAIRS.
DO YOU NEED A
HAND WITH HIM?
IS HE TOO HEAVY?

Sam and Jodie ascend an escalator with the mannequin.

Jodie says NO, NO, I CAN MANAGE
FINE, THANK YOU.

Sam says WELL, WE'RE
ON OUR WAY TO
THE CHILDREN'S
DEPARTMENT ONCE AGAIN.
UH-HUH.

Sam looks around a room filled with toys. He says
OKAY, IT'S CLEAR.
THE CUSTOMERS HAVE
ALL GONE HOME NOW.

Jodie places the mannequin in the room and leaves.

A stuffed mouse pops up from behind a table and says HOCUS POCUS ALAMAGOCUS.

A golden light appears around the outline of the mannequin. Inside the golden outline is black with sparking dots. The mannequin turns into a clean-shaven man in his twenties named Jeff who wears a stripped hat and vest. He dances around the room while Jodie fixes a sign that says “today's special.” He grabs Jodie's hand and they run towards a black starry night. They jump up and their outline becomes a rainbow of colors. They turn into stars. Drawings of Jodie, Sam, the mannequin and the stuffed animal appear on screen. A drawing of an old women with a hat and glasses appears on screen. She rides a duck across the night sky, leaving behind a trail of strips of different colors. The strips overtake the whole screen and a drawing of the stuffed mouse appears on screen dancing. She jumps up and the screen changes to a television that he dives through. The words “Today's Special” appear on screen. The words change to “Sleep.”

A song plays.

TODAY'S SPECIAL
IT'S FOR EVERYONE

TODAY'S SPECIAL
COME JOIN IN THE FUN

WITH MAGIC EVERYWHERE
A WORLD FOR US
TO SHARE
AND FRIENDLY FACES
HOPING THAT YOU'LL WANT
TO MEET US THERE
FOR TODAY'S SPECIAL
IT'S ABOUT TO APPEAR
IT'S ABOUT TO APPEAR!

TODAY'S SPECIAL
SHOUT IT LOUD AND CLEAR

TODAY'S SPECIAL!

The song ends.
Jodie, Muffy and Jeff exercise in the toy room.

Jodie says OH, MUFFY, THIS EXERCISING
AND MUSIC IS REALLY GREAT.
WE SHOULD HAVE THOUGHT
OF THIS BEFORE.
HOW ARE YOU DOING
WITH YOUR SIT-UPS?

Muffy says ONE AND TWO AND
THREE AND FOUR.
I CAN DO A
COUPLE MORE.
OH.
AND FIVE AND SIX
AND SEVEN AND EIGHT.
A TRIM LITTLE MOUSE
IS REALLY GREAT.
OH!

Jodie says HOW ARE THE PUSH-UPS
COMING, JEFF?

Jeff says GETTING DOWN IS EASY.
IT'S THE GETTING BACK
UP AGAIN THAT'S TOUGH.

He falls to the ground and says WHOA!
IT'S NO USE.

Jodie says OH.
ARE YOU FEELING
ALL RIGHT, JEFF?
YOU LOOK AWFULLY
TIRED.

Jeff says TIRED?

Jodie says YEAH, HOW MUCH SLEEP
DID YOU GET LAST NIGHT?

Jeff says SLEEP?

Jodie says SLEEP.
WHEN YOU LIE DOWN, CLOSE
YOUR EYES AND REST?

Jeff says I'M SUPPOSED
TO SLEEP?
NOBODY TOLD
ME THAT.

Muffy says JEFF, WHAT ARE WE
GOING TO DO WITH YOU?
YOU'VE SO MUCH TO LEARN
ABOUT WHAT PEOPLE DO.
[snoring]

Jeff exclaims WHAT WAS THAT?
DO YOU KNOW WHAT
SOUND THAT WAS?

Jodie says I'D SAY THAT SOMEBODY
IN THIS STORE
KNOWS WHAT SLEEP'S
ALL ABOUT.
I WONDER WHO?
[snoring]

Sam snores loudly as he sleeps at his desk.

The computer's female voice says SAM?
SAM?
WAKE UP, SAM.

Sam says OH!
WHAT IS IT?
I WASN'T SLEEPING.
I WAS JUST TAKING A
LITTLE BREATHER.
WELL, WHAT SEEMS
TO BE THE PROBLEM?
WELL...

He types something on the computer and images of different areas of the toy store appear on the screen.

He says WELL, EVERYTHING
LOOKS QUIET.
WHAT'S WRONG?

The computer says JEFF'S NOT SLEEPING.

Sam says YOU WOKE ME UP TO TELL
ME JEFF CAN'T SLEEP?
OH, COME ON NOW,
SUSIE Q.

The computer says I AM NOT A SUSIE Q.
I AM A TXL SERIES 4
COMPUTER!

The text “TXL Series 4” appears on the computer screen.

Sam says YEAH, YEAH,
SIMMER DOWN.
NO OFFENCE MEANT.
YES, THESE COMPUTERS
SURE ARE SENSITIVE.

The computer says LACK OF SLEEP CAN BE A
SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR HUMANS.
SINCE JEFF IS A HUMAN BEING
WHEN HE WEARS THE MAGIC HAT,
HE MUST HAVE SLEEP.
EVERYONE NEEDS SLEEP.

Music plays.

Jodie sleeps on the couch under a heavy comforter. Muffy sleeps curled up in a ball. Sam sleeps behind his desk.

A song plays
EVERYONE HAS TO SLEEP
EVERYONE NEEDS SOME REST
TO LOOK AND FEEL
YOUR VERY BEST
EVERYONE HAS TO REST

Children play on the jungle gym.

The song continues YOUR BODY WORKS
HARD ALL DAY
AS YOU RUN AND
JUMP AND CLIMB
AND YOU NEED TO
REST SOME TIME

Several images sound young children sleeping comfortably in their beds.

The song continues EVERYONE HAS TO SLEEP
EVERYONE NEEDS
SOME REST
TO LOOK AND FEEL
YOUR VERY BEST
EVERYONE HAS TO REST

Several images show different animals asleep.

The song continues ANIMALS NEED SLEEP, TOO
LIKE A BEAR AND KANGAROO
SHH
IT'S NAP TIME AT THE ZOO
EVERYONE HAS TO SLEEP
EVERYONE NEEDS SOME REST
TO LOOK AND FEEL
THEIR VERY BEST
EVERYONE HAS TO REST
EVERYONE HAS TO REST

The song ends.

A small bedroom appears on screen with a brown blanket hanging down from the ceiling.

The female Narrator says HERE'S A BLANKET
FROM JODIE'S BED.
DO YOU KNOW WHAT
SHAPE THIS BLANKET IS?
IS IT LIKE
A TRIANGLE?

A yellow triangle appears on screen.

She continues A SQUARE?

A yellow square appears on screen.

She continues A RECTANGLE?

A yellow rectangle appears on screen.

She continues OR A CIRCLE?

A yellow circle appears on screen.

WHAT SHAPE IS
THE BLANKET?

All the shapes disappear except for the rectangle.

She continues A RECTANGLE.
THAT'S WHAT IT IS.

A pink couch with a circular pink pillow appears on screen.

The female Narrator says ARE YOU READY FOR
ANOTHER SHAPE?
HERE'S A PILLOW
FROM MUFFY'S COUCH.
IS THE PILLOW SHAPED
LIKE
A TRIANGLE?

A yellow triangle appears on screen.

She continues A SQUARE?

A yellow square appears on screen.

She continues A RECTANGLE?

A yellow rectangle appears on screen.

She continues OR A CIRCLE?

A yellow circle appears on screen.

All the shapes disappear except for the circle.

She continues A CIRCLE.
VERY GOOD.

Muffy appears on screen and says I'D LIKE IT BACK
IF YOU DON'T MIND.
THIS PILLOW IS
SPECIAL.
ONE OF A KIND.

She turns the pillow around to reveal a embroidery of himself on the back.

Jodie arranges the pillows on a bed.

Jeff walks in wearing a one-piece brown pajama and says I PUT ON THE
PAJAMAS YOU GAVE ME.
HOW DO I LOOK?

Jodie says HEY, YOU LOOK GREAT.
JUST...
GREAT.

She looks at Jeff's feet, which are covered completely by the pajamas.

She says I THINK THERE'S SOMETHING
WRONG HERE, JEFF.
DO YOU SEE SOMETHING WRONG
WITH JEFF'S PAJAMAS?
THEY'RE RIGHT.
YOU'VE GOT THE
FEET ON BACKWARDS.

He says I'LL GET IT
RIGHT NEXT TIME.
DO I DO GO SLEEP NOW?

She says THAT'S A GREAT IDEA.
GO AHEAD, LIE DOWN.

Jeff lays down on the floor and says OKAY.

Jodie says NOT ON THE
FLOOR, JEFF.
PEOPLE USUALLY
SLEEP IN BEDS.

She points to the bed and says SEE THE ONE HERE?
SAM AND I BROUGHT
IT DOWN FOR YOU
FROM THE FURNITURE
DEPARTMENT.
HOP IN.

He says YOU GOT THAT
FOR ME?
WOW, THAT WAS NICE.

She hands Jeff a pillow and says HERE'S YOUR PILLOW.
GO AHEAD, LIE DOWN.
NOW, I'M GOING TO WAKE
YOU UP IN THE MORNING
BEFORE THE STORE OPENS
BECAUSE WE HAVE TO PUT
EVERYTHING BACK
WHERE IT BELONGS.

He says THANKS, JODIE.
GOOD NIGHT.

She says GOOD NIGHT, JEFF.

He closes his eyes and says AH...
AM I ASLEEP YET?

She says DO YOU THINK
HE'S ASLEEP?
IF YOU CAN ASK THAT,
THEN YOU'RE NOT ASLEEP.

Jeff sits up nervously and says JODIE, JODIE, WHAT
IF I FALL ASLEEP
AND I FORGET
TO WAKE UP?
OR WHAT IF MY HEART
FORGETS TO KEEP BEATING?
OR I FORGET TO
KEEP BREATHING?

Jodie says JEFF, CALM DOWN.
THE WHOLE TIME YOU
ARE ASLEEP,
YOUR BRAIN
STAYS AWAKE.
AND IT MAKES SURE THAT YOUR
HEART KEEPS ON BEATING,
AND YOU KEEP ON BREATHING,
AND THEN WHEN YOU'VE
HAD ENOUGH SLEEP, YOUR
BRAIN WAKES YOU UP.
THAT'S HOW IT WORKS.
SO GO AHEAD, LIE
BACK, CLOSE YOUR EYES,
YOU'LL BE ASLEEP
IN NO TIME.

He lays down and closes his eyes.

A hand-draw women in her eighties with white hair and glasses rides a goose through the starry sky. A sunflower pops off her brown top-hat and floats through the night sky. It overtakes the screen, swirls around and morphs into the page of a large book that is turned to reveal a drawing of a squirrel and small birds at the truck of a tree. On top of one of the branches a small baby with curly blonde hair sleeps in a woven basket.

The female Narrator says AND NOW I'D LIKE
TO INTRODUCE
A NURSERY RHYME BY
MOTHER GOOSE.
HUSH-BYE BABY
ON THE TREE TOP
WHEN THE WIND BLOWS,
THE CRADLE WILL ROCK
WHEN THE BOW BREAKS,
THE CRADLE WILL FALL
AND DOWN WILL COME BABY
CRADLE AND ALL
WHAT'S A BABY DOING ON
TOP OF THE TREE ANYWAY?

Against a green background, the words “fall” and “all” appear on separate ends of the screen.

She continues HERE ARE TWO WORDS FROM
THE RHYME BY MOTHER GOOSE:
THEY RHYME.
THEY SOUND VERY
MUCH ALIKE.
LISTEN.
NOW, DO YOU THINK
YOU CAN SAY
WHICH OF THESE
3 WORDS:

The words change to “hat,” “ball” and “sleep.”

She continues WHICH OF THESE WORDS
RHYMES WITH ALL?

The word “all” appears next to the word “hat.”

She continues HAT. ALL.
DO THEY RHYME?

The word “all” appears next to the word “ball.”

She continues BALL. ALL.
DO THEY RHYME?

The word “all” appears next to the word “sleep.”

She continues SLEEP. ALL.
DO THEY RHYME?
WHICH TWO WORDS RHYME?

All the words disappear except for “ball” and “all.”

She continues BALL AND ALL RHYME.
VERY GOOD.
CAN YOU THINK OF
ANY OTHER WORDS
THAT RHYME WITH ALL?

The word “ball” disappears and the word “tall” appears over the word “all.” Then the words “call,” “ball,” “wall” and “fall” appear on screen.

She continues TALL. BALL. WALL. FALL. CALL.
SEE THE BALL FALL
FROM THE TALL WALL.
AND THAT'S ALL.

Jeff tosses and turns in the bed.

He says OH, IT'S NO USE.
I CAN'T SLEEP.
I'M TRYING, BUT
I JUST CAN'T.
MAYBE I SPENT TOO MUCH OF
MY LIFE AS A MANNEQUIN.
MANNEQUIN'S NEVER SLEEP.
WHAT IF I NEVER LEARN TO
SLEEP LIKE A REAL PERSON?
I'LL BE SO TIRED
ALL THE TIME.
OH, WHAT AM I
GOING TO DO?

Sam appears from under the covers and says WOULD YOU MIND
SQUEEZING OVER A MIGHT,
I'M GETTING PUSHED
OFF THE EDGE HERE.

Jeff, surprised, says SAM, WHAT ARE
YOU DOING HERE?

Sam says OH, WELL, I GOT
TIRED OF SLEEP says
I MEAN, RESTING MY
EYES DOWN AT MY DESK,
AND WELL, WHEN WE
BROUGHT THIS BED
UP FROM THE FURNITURE
DEPARTMENT, IT LOOKED SO COMFY
I THOUGHT I'D
JUST GET INTO IT.
JUST FOR A MINUTE,
OF COURSE.

Jeff says YEAH.
I HOPE YOU HAVE
BETTER LUCK THAN I DO.

Sam says CAN'T SLEEP, HUH?

Jeff replies NO.

Sam says WHAT YOU NEED IS
A BEDTIME STORY.
ALWAYS WORKED FOR
ME WHEN I WAS A BOY.

Jeff says YEAH?

Muffy appears from under the covers and says NO, NO, HE NEEDS A
SOFT, SWEET LULLABY.
AND HE'LL FALL ASLEEP
IN THE WINK OF AN EYE.

Jeff says IT'S GETTING
CROWDED IN HERE.

Sam says HE NEEDS A
BEDTIME STORY.

Muffy says A LULLABY
WILL SATISFY.

Sam says A SHORT STORY.

Muffy says A LONG SONG.

Sam says A BEDTIME STORY.

Muffy says WRONG, SONG.

Sam says HE NEEDS A STORY.

Muffy says NO.

Jodie walks into the room and says WHAT HE NEEDS IS
A LITTLE PEACE AND QUIET.
NOW, HUSH, YOU TWO, AND
LET JEFF GET SOME REST.

They all lay down on the bed.

Sam whispers to Muffy as he says HE NEEDS A STORY.

Muffy replies WRONG, A SONG.

Jodie says GOOD NIGHT.

Jeff says NIGHT, JODIE.

[giggling]

Muffy and Sam play under the covers.

Sam exclaims MUFFY, STOP TICKLING.

A young girl about 10 years old with brown hair in pig-tails sits next to a stuffed dog and a stuffed bird. She holds a book entitled “Today's Special” in her lap.

She says NOW IT'S TIME FOR
ANOTHER STORY
FROM THE WILLOWBY TALES.
TODAY'S STORY BEGINS IN
THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY,
WHICH IS ACTUALLY THE MIDDLE
OF THE NIGHT FOR POSSUMS,
SINCE POSSUMS DO THEIR
SLEEPING DURING THE DAY.

A drawing of several possums hanging upside down from a tree appears on screen.

She continues ANYWAY, “ALL THE GOOD
CITIZENS OF POSSUM RIDGE
WERE HANGING BY
THEIR TAILS
FROM A STATELY
SYCAMORE TREE.
THEIR GENTLE SNORES FLOATING
ON THE SUMMER BREEZE.
SUDDENLY, LITTLE
WANDA WILLOWBY,
THIRD BRANCH FROM THE
BOTTOM, LEFT SIDE,
LET OUT A SCREAM - 'AAAH!'
'WHAT'S THE MATTER WANDA?'
ASKED MAMA AND PAPA WILLOWBY,
RUSHING TO THEIR
DAUGHTER'S SIDE.

Now the possums look at each other in the drawing.

She continues 'SHE SCREAMED IN MY EAR,'
COMPLAINED HER BROTHER WENDELL
WHO WAS HANGING ON THE
BRANCH NEXT TO HER.
'IT'S NOT MY FAULT,'
SOBBED WANDA.
'I HAD A BAD DREAM.'
THEN SHE BEGAN TO CRY.
'THERE, THERE,' SAID PAPA,
STROKING HER FURRY BROWN
PIGTAILS, 'IT'S ALL RIGHT.'
'WHY DON'T YOU
TELL ME ABOUT IT?
SOMETIMES DREAMS
DON'T SEEM SO SCARY
WHEN YOU TALK
ABOUT THEM.'
'IT WAS AWFUL,' SAID WANDA.
'I DREAMT I WAS HANGING
BY MY TAIL FROM OUR TREE.
ONLY IT WASN'T OUR TREE.
BECAUSE IT WAS IN THE
MIDDLE OF A SWAMP.

Now the drawing changes to a possum handing from a tree while some alligators below look at it with its mouth open.

She continues AND THERE WERE ALLIGATORS
DOWN BELOW WITH THEIR MOUTHS
WIDE OPEN JUST WAITING
FOR ME TO FALL.
I HELD ON AS LONG
AS I COULD,
BUT THEN MY TAIL
STARTED TO SLIP.
AND I WAS
FALLING, FALLING,
AND THAT'S WHEN
I WOKE UP.'
'POOR WANDA,' SAID
MAMA WILLOWBY,
'NO WONDER YOU
WERE FRIGHTENED.
BUT REMEMBER NOW,
DREAMS AREN'T REAL.
WE'RE NOT IN A SWAMP,
AND THERE ARE NO
ALLIGATORS DOWN BELOW.'
'I WOULDN'T BE SCARED OF
A DUMB OLD ALLIGATOR,'
BRAGGED WENDELL.
'I WOULD,' SAID PAPA.
'BUT YOUR MOTHER'S RIGHT.
DREAMS AREN'T REAL.

Now two possums look at each other and hold hands.

She continues THEY'RE LIKE MOVIES
THAT RUN IN YOUR MIND
WHILE YOU SLEEP.'
'NEXT TIME I WANT A
HAPPY MOVIE IN MY MIND,'
SAID WANDA.
'I HAVE AN IDEA
THEN,' PAPA DECLARED.
'LET'S GIVE YOUR BAD DREAM
A HAPPY MOVIE ENDING.'
PAPA STROKED HIS WHISKERS
AND THOUGHT A WHILE.
'I HAVE IT,' HE SAID.
'LET'S SAY A HANDSOME
POSSUM PRINCE CAME BY
RIDING ON THE BACK
OF A FIREFLY.
AND AS YOU FELL
FROM THE BRANCH,
HE CAUGHT YOU
IN HIS ARMS.'

Now 2 possums ride on the back of a giant firefly.

She continues 'YES, YES!' CRIED WANDA.
'AND HE CARRIED ME BACK
TO MY OWN LITTLE BRANCH,
AND WE ALL HAD A PARTY
WITH CAKE AND ICE CREAM.'
'AND BALLOONS,'
WENDELL ADDED.
WANDA SMILED.
'YOU TURNED MY BAD
DREAM INTO A HAPPY ONE.
I LOVE YOU, PAPA.'

Now 2 possums hug each other tightly.

She continues AND SO WANDA WILLOWBY
CLOSED HER EYES,
AND PAPA HELD HER
UNTIL SHE FELT ASLEEP.
A SLEEP FILLED
WITH HAPPY DREAMS.”
AND THAT'S THE STORY.

A photo of a squirrel appears on screen.

The female Narrator says DID YOU KNOW THAT
SOME ANIMALS SLEEP
ALL THROUGH THE
COLD WINTER MONTHS?
ANIMALS LIKE WOODCHUCKS AND
SQUIRRELS FALL ASLEEP
IN WINTER AND DON'T WAKE
UP UNTIL IT'S SPRING.
THAT'S CALLED
HIBERNATION.

A photo of a cow appears on screen, first standing up and then sitting down.

She continues COWS DON'T SLEEP
THROUGH THE WINTER.
BUT THEY CAN
SLEEP STANDING UP.
BUT SOMETIMES, THEY'D
RATHER LIE DOWN.

A photo of a possum hanging upside from a tree branch appears on screen.

She continues NOW, THE ANIMAL I LIKE
MOST OF ALL IS THE POSSUM.
BECAUSE IT CAN
SLEEP UPSIDE DOWN.
HOW WOULD YOU LIKE
TO SLEEP UPSIDE DOWN?

Jeff hangs upside down from a pole. A white hammock hangs from the 2 other other poles.

He says I DON'T THINK I'D MAKE
A VERY GOOD POSSUM.
I STILL CAN'T SLEEP
HANGING UPSIDE DOWN.
OH.
I THINK I'LL TRY
ANOTHER WAY OF SLEEPING.

He gets down and points to the hammock.

He says SAM CALLS THIS
THING A HAMMOCK.
SAYS HE USED TO SLEEP ON
ONE WHEN HE WAS A SAILOR.
DOESN'T LOOK
TOO STEADY.
OH, WELL, I'LL
GIVE IT A TRY.

He tries to sit in the hammock but falls over.

He says WHOA, WHOA!
I DON'T THINK I
DID THAT RIGHT.
LET ME TRY AGAIN.
OKAY.
WHOA.

He straddles the hammock and says
IS THIS THE
RIGHT WAY?
IT'S NOT VERY
COMFORTABLE.

Jodie says WHAT ARE YOU
DOING, JEFF?

He replies I'M TRYING TO
GET TO SLEEP.
JUST LIKE YOU
TOLD ME.
BUT EVERYTHING I
DO TURNS OUT WRONG.

Jodie says COME ON BACK
TO THE BED.
MAYBE MUFFY
WAS RIGHT.
MAYBE WHAT YOU
NEED IS A LULLABY.

Jeff gets into bed and Jodie tucks him in.

He says A LULLABY?
WHAT'S THAT?

She says OH, IT'S A KIND OF
GENTLE NIGHT SONG.
I REMEMBER THE ONE MY
MUM USED TO SING TO ME
WHEN I WAS A
LITTLE GIRL.

He says YEAH?

She says YEAH.

Jodie sings
LET GO OF YOUR BUSY DAY
LET IT ALL JUST SLIP AWAY
HUSH-A-BYE, HUSH-A-BYE
GO TO SLEEP
CLOSE YOUR EYES
SAIL AWAY TO SLUMBER LAND
ON A SEA OF HAPPY DREAMS
DREAM OF CRISP
BLUE SUMMER SKIES
AND DREAM RAINBOWS
AND BUTTERFLIES
AND LET GO OF YOUR BUSY DAY
LET IT ALL JUST SLIP AWAY
HUSH-A-BYE, HUSH-A-BYE
GO TO SLEEP
JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES

Jodie stops singing and looks at Jeff, who lies in bed with his eyes closed.

She whispers I THINK IT WORKED.
IT LOOKS LIKE
HE'S ASLEEP.

As she tiptoes away, Jeff says THAT WAS A
PRETTY SONG.
WOULD YOU TEACH
IT TO ME SOMETIME?

Jodie looks at the camera and sighs.

A drawing of Sam in stripped pajamas appears on screen. He wears skis and carries ski poles.

The female Narrator says HERE'S A PICTURE OF
SAM ALL READY FOR BED.
BUT THERE'S SOMETHING
WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE.
CAN YOU SEE WHAT IT IS?
LOOK CAREFULLY NOW.
SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

The camera focuses in on the skis.

She continues THERE'S THE PROBLEM.
SAM, YOU DON'T
WEAR SKIS TO BED.

Jodie, Sam and Muffy look out the window at the starry night.

Jodie says THE CITY LOOKS SO
PEACEFUL AT NIGHT.
JUST A FEW LIGHTS
HERE AND THERE.
I GUESS MOST PEOPLE
ARE ASLEEP BY NOW.
IT'S PRETTY LATE.

Muffy says SOMETIMES I FEEL
LIKE A POSSUM
RUNNING AROUND
IN THE NIGHT.
I DO MY WORK IN
THE EVENING,
AND DON'T GO TO BED
'TIL IT'S LIGHT.

Sam says YOU KNOW, THERE ARE
ALL SORTS OF PEOPLE
WHO WORK LATE AT
NIGHT LIKE US.
THERE'S, WELL, THERE'S
POLICEMEN AND FIREMEN,
AND I BET YOU THERE ARE
DOCTORS AND NURSES
IN THAT HOSPITAL
OVER THERE.

Jodie says WHAT ABOUT THAT FRIEND OF
YOURS AT THE RADIO STATION?
HE WORKS THROUGH THE
NIGHT, TOO, DOESN'T HE?

Sam says OH YEAH, THAT'S RIGHT.
HE PLAYS MUSIC
ALL NIGHT LONG.

Jodie and Sam walk around the radio station studio. They stop outside a door labeled “Studio 4.”

She says CFRB IS REALLY A
NICE PLACE.

He says YEAH, IT CERTAINLY IS.
YOU KNOW, JODIE,
WHEN I WAS A LITTLE,
I USED TO WONDER HOW
MUSIC AND VOICES
COULD GET INSIDE
MY RADIO.

She says SO DID I.

They look through the door window at a man sitting at desk in front of a microphone that hangs down from the ceiling.

He says HEY, LOOK THERE, THERE'S
MY FRIEND BILL McVEAN.
HE'LL SHOW US HOW
RADIO REALLY WORKS.

They knock at the door and Bill signals for them to come inside. Bill's in his fifties, clean-shaven, with rounded glasses and brown hair.

As they walk inside, Bill says HI, SAM.

Sam says HI.
MAY WE COME IN?

Bill says SURE.
WAIT 'TIL I GET ANOTHER
PIECE OF MUSIC GOING HERE,
THEN WE CAN CHAT, EH?
HOLD FOR JUST A SECOND.

Talking into the microphone, Bill says AND NOW, BACK TO
MUSIC ON CFRB.
AND HERE'S ONE THAT
FITS THE WEATHER.

Bill puts on a song. Jodie and Sam sit down at the desk.

Sam says WE JUST THOUGHT THAT YOU
WOULD BE JUST THE MAN
TO EXPLAIN TO US HOW A
RADIO STATION WORKS.

Bill says OKAY, YOU WANT ME TO?

Sam says PLEASE.

Bill points to the microphone and some buttons next to the microphone and says IT'S VERY EASY.
SEE, THIS IS THE
MICROPHONE, AND THIS
IS THE MICROPHONE SWITCH
THAT TURNS IT ON AND OFF.
I TURN THE MICROPHONE ON, I
INTRODUCE A PIECE OF MUSIC,
AND THE OPERATOR IN
THE CONTROL ROOM
PLAYS THE PIECE
OF MUSIC,
AND MAKES IT
LOUD OR SOFT
WITH THE VOLUME
CONTROL.

Jodie says IT'S SO SIMPLE.

Bill says SIMPLE.

Sam says AND IS THAT THE CONTROL
ROOM BACK THERE?

Bill says THAT'S THE CONTROL
ROOM BEHIND JODIE.

Sam points to a machine with hundreds of different sized buttons and knobs and says GOODNESS, LOOK AT ALL
THOSE DIALS AND KNOBS.

Jodie says IT'S LIKE YOU'RE
COMPUTER ROOM, SAM.

Sam says IT SURE IS.

Bill says WE HAVE A COUPLE OF
MINUTES LEFT ON THIS DISC.
YOU WANT TO GO
DOWN THE HALL?
SHOW YOU THE
RECORD LIBRARY.

Jodie says ALL RIGHT.

Bill leads Jodie and Sam into a room filled with records. Shelves filled with records line the wall from floor to ceiling.

Bill says COME ON IN HERE,
SAM AND JODIE.

Sam says OH, MY.

Bill says HOW DO YOU LIKE THAT?
THIS IS THE
RECORD LIBRARY.

Sam says MY GOODNESS, THERE
MUST BE THOUSANDS
AND THOUSANDS OF
RECORDS HERE.

Bill says THERE ARE.

Jodie says DO YOU REALLY HAVE PEOPLE
WHO JUST WORK IN HERE
ORGANIZING THESE RECORDS AND
PICKING MUSIC FOR SHOWS?

Bill says YES, JODIE.
WE HAVE A LIBRARY STAFF THAT
DOES NOTHING BUT THAT ALL DAY.

Sam says WELL, THAT MUST
BE A WONDERFUL JOB,
WORKING WITH
ALL THIS MUSIC.

Bill says WOULD YOU LIKE TO
PICK A SELECTION?
I TELL YOU WHAT, SAM, YOU
PICK ANY SELECTION YOU LIKE,
AND WE'LL TAKE THE RECORD
DOWN TO THE STUDIO.
WE'LL PLAY IT ON THE AIR,
AND YOU CAN ANNOUNCE IT.
ANYTHING YOU LIKE.

Sam says OH, OH!

Jodie says HE'S SURE GOT
A LOT OF CHOICE.

Bill says HE DOES.

Sam looks around at the records and says LET ME SEE NOW.

Bill says PICK A GOOD ONE, NOW.

Sam points to record and says OH, THIS IS WONDERFUL.

Back in the studio, Bill says OKAY, SAM, WHEN
I CUE YOU,
YOU INTRODUCE YOUR
RECORD, EH?
MOVE UP CLOSE TO
THE MICROPHONE.
READY?

Sam says WHEN YOU SIGNAL ME.

Bill says WHEN I SIGNAL YOU, YOU
INTRODUCE THE RECORD.
READY?
ALL RIGHT, NOW.

Bill signals Sam by pointing a finger at him.

Speaking into the microphone, Sam says HELLO, OUT THERE
IN RADIO LAND!
GUESS I DON'T
HAVE TO YELL, HUH?

Bill says NO.

Sam says HELLO OUT THERE
IN RADIO LAND.
THIS IS SAM
CRENSHAW SPEAKING.
AND I'M HERE TO INTRODUCE
CLIVE AND THE COWBOYS
SINGING “HOME, HOME
ON THE RANGE.”
HOW WAS THAT?

The song plays

Bill says GOOD, GOOD.

Jodie says THAT WAS GREAT, SAM.

Sam says THANK YOU.

Jodie says BILL McVEAN IS SUCH A
WARM, FRIENDLY PERSON.

He says YES, HE IS,
ISN'T HE?

Sam carries a portable radio.

He says OH, WHAT'S THIS?
HE'S GOING TO
SAY SOMETHING.

From the radio, Jodie and Sam listen as Bill says THIS IS BILL McVEAN
WITH A SPECIAL THANKS
TO JODIE AND SAM.
AND SAM, IF YOU'RE
OUT THERE LISTENING,
YOU DID A GREAT JOB;
GOOD NIGHT.

Back in the bedroom, Jodie looks at Jeff and says I'M NOT SURE, BUT I THINK
JEFF IS ASLEEP, FINALLY.
LET'S TIPTOE OUT
OF HERE QUIETLY.

Muffy says QUIET AS A MOUSE,
THAT'S EASY FOR ME,
BECAUSE A MOUSE IS
WHAT I HAPPEN TO BE.

They walk slowly towards the door.

Sam says ALL RIGHT NOW,
FOLLOW ME.
TIPTOE, TIPTOE,
DON'T MAKE A SOUND.
TIPTOE, TIPTOE, DON'T
WANT TO DO ANYTHING
TO WAKE HIM UP, RIGHT?

Jodie says I THINK HE'S ASLEEP.
I WONDER IF HE'S
DREAMING?

In his dream, Jeff explores the store.

He sings WE'VE GOT A STORE
THAT I EXPLORE
WHEN THE CUSTOMERS
AREN'T HERE ANYMORE
WE MAKE DISPLAYS
FOR HOLIDAYS
AND LATE AT NIGHT
WHEN THE STORE'S
CLOSED TIGHT...

He runs and slides across the floor.

He sings I CAN SLIDE

He rides a bike around the store, first on the floor and then on the roof.

He sings I CAN RIDE
UPSIDE DOWN
CAN YOU SEE ME?

He jumps around on the mattresses.

He sings I'D LOVE TO PLAY
THROUGH THE DAY
BUT I'M A MANNEQUIN
CAN YOU FREE ME?
BY SINGING HOCUS
POCUS ALAMAGOCUS
CAN WE PLAY IT?
LET'S HEAR YOU SAY IT
HOCUS POCUS ALAMAGOCUS
HOCUS POCUS ALAMAGOCUS

He dances around the store and sings
WE'VE GOT A STORE
THAT I EXPLORE
WHEN THE CUSTOMERS
AREN'T HERE ANYMORE
WE MAKE DISPLAYS
FOR HOLIDAYS
AND LATE AT NIGHT
WHEN THE STORE'S
CLOSED TIGHT
I COME ALIVE
AND I FEEL ALL RIGHT
WHENEVER I HEAR HOCUS
POCUS ALAMAGOCUS
HOCUS POCUS ALAMAGOCUS
HOCUS POCUS ALAMAGOCUS
HOCUS POCUS ALAMAGOCUS
HOCUS POCUS ALAMAGOCUS...

The dream ends.

At his desk, Sam says WELL, IT TOOK
A BIT OF DOING,
BUT WE FINALLY GOT
JEFFY BOY TO SLEEP.

He pulls up an image of Jeff sleeping on his computer screen and says LOOK AT HIM THERE
SLEEPING LIKE A BABY.
OHHH!
MIGHT JUST DECIDE
TO DO THAT MYSELF
A LITTLE LATER ON.

The computer says ARE YOU GOING
TO SLEEP AGAIN?

Sam says WELL, JUST TO REST
MY EYES FOR A SECOND.

The computer says HUMAN BEINGS
ALL SLEEP.
ANIMALS SLEEP.
COMPUTERS NEVER SLEEP.
WE ARE PROGRAMMED TO
FUNCTION WITHOUT REST.
THE TXL SERIES 4 COMPUTER
REQUIRES NO DOWN TIME.
WE CAN OPERATE 24 HOURS A
DAY, SEVEN DAYS A WEEK.
WE REQUIRE NO REST.
WE DO NOT SLEEP.
WE DO NOT STOP.
WE GO ON AND ON AND ON
AND ON AND ON AND ON...
AND ON AND ON AND ON
AND ON AND ON...

Sam unplugs the computer and it turns off.

He says UNLESS SOMEONE DECIDES
TO PULL YOUR PLUG.
SAY GOOD NIGHT, SUSIE Q.

Jeff and Muffy sleep in the bed.

Jodie sings
LET GO OF YOUR BUSY DAY
LET IT ALL JUST SLIP AWAY
HUSH-A-BYE, HUSH-A-BYE
GO TO SLEEP
CLOSE YOUR EYES
SAIL AWAY TO SLUMBER LAND
ON A SEA OF HAPPY DREAMS
DREAM OF CRISP
BLUE SUMMER SKIES
AND DREAM RAINBOWS
AND BUTTERFLIES
AND LET GO OF YOUR BUSY DAY
LET IT ALL JUST SLIP AWAY
HUSH-A-BYE, HUSH-A-BYE
GO TO SLEEP
CLOSE YOUR EYES.

A photo of a sailboat appears on screen. A bird flies overhead. A butterfly rests on a flower.

Jodie sings SAIL AWAY TO SLUMBER LAND
ON A SEA OF HAPPY DREAMS
DREAM OF CRISP
BLUE SUMMER SKIES
AND DREAM RAINBOWS
AND BUTTERFLIES
AND LET GO OF YOUR BUSY DAY
LET IT ALL JUST SLIP AWAY
HUSH-A-BYE, HUSH-A-BYE
GO TO SLEEP
JUST CLOSE YOUR EYES

Music plays as the end credits roll.

Starring Jeff Hyslop as Jeff.

Nerene Virgin as Jodie.

Bob Dermer as Sam.

Nina Keogh as Muffy.

Robyn Hayle as the computer.

Richard Sali as Max.

Deborah Fallick as the storyteller.

With Bill McVean.

Writer, Joanne Hauser.

Story editor, Robert Gardner.

Directed by Robert Gardner, Ted Regan and Clive VanderBurgh.

Produced by Clive VanderBurgh.

With special thanks to Robert Simpson Company Limited.

A production of TV Ontario. The Ontario Educational Communications Authority.

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