Dewey 'n' the Alien 
 

DEWEY MEETS THE ALIEN  
(an interactive script)

by Sharone Katz
Dewey Marcus is in his beat-up green Chevy Chevette late one night, whistling Dixie (literally), driving down a dark and lonely road. A light so bright it is practically blinding pierces Dewey's windshield, causing him to swerve all over the road.  Finally, he pulls over for fear of hitting a telephone pole. 

The light will not die down and Dewey drops his head between his knees and moans, wishing this would go away so he could continue on his way to his torrid affair.  But instead of the light dying down, it intensifies.  Dewey finds himself getting out of his car, against his better judgment.  He can't help it -- he is pulled out through a magnetic force stronger than the force that was pulling him down the road originally. (That was the force of the extramarital affair in which he was about to partake.) 

ALIEN VOICE 
Dewey Marcus, stand up straight. 

(Dewey tries to straighten up, but can't because of the light.) 

DEWEY 
Could ya turn that thing down a bit?  I got a stigmatism.  

(The light immediately shuts off.  Total blackness.) 

DEWEY 
Well, you coulda left a little on, so I could see ya. 

(A dimmer light is fixed on Dewey.  This time he looks up at it and finds the source.  A metallic blue spacecraft is hovering above a giant billboard for Calvin Klein.) 

DEWEY 
Wow.  Look at that. 

(The spacecraft is floating down to earth.  Dewey watches as it settles on the side of the road, underneath the billboard.) 

DEWEY 
Did my wife put you up to this?  She's got to know my every move. 

ALIEN VOICE  
Dewey Marcus, you have been chosen by the people of Galaxia to represent all of your kind.  The human race.  

DEWEY 
That's awful flattering but can we make it another night?  I'm kind of on my way to a party at the motel six ... 

ALIEN VOICE (interrupts Dewey) 
We come in peace.  You need not worry, Dewey Marcus.  Our only hope is to learn a few things about humans and your planet.  We will not harm you. 

DEWEY 
... it's a small party. Real casual, nothing fancy.  Just close friends, getting to know each other better. I should be able to meet with you guys first thing tomorrow... 

ALIEN VOICE (interrupts Dewey) 
Do not fear! We are sending a representative out of our mother ship to greet you, to ask you several questions, and then you will be released.  This is a momentous occasion, as human meets Galaxoid. 

(Dewey checks his watch impatiently.) 

DEWEY 
Uh, okay, can we chat in the car, on my way over to this party? 

(The door to the space ship opens. Drum rolls are heard. A misty figure emerges from the spaceship and slowly lowers towards the ground, as if floating on a force field.  The alien glides through the fog and is suddenly standing right next to Dewey.) 

DEWEY 
Wow, you aliens really do look like a cross between an angry wildebeest and Joseph Stalin. 

(The alien speaks through a hole in its hoof.) 

ALIEN 
It is nice to make your acquaintance.  I am honored.  Please, allow me to shake your hand, in the human salutation. 

(The alien sticks the hoof towards Dewey. Dewey tries to shake it as best he can.) 

DEWEY 
Hey, how about we take a little ride together?  I'm kind of running late for this thing. 

ALIEN  
Please, have a seat. 

(Dewey is supernaturally thrown to the ground.  The alien paces back and forth in front of him.) 

ALIEN  
So little time, so many questions.  Where does one start? 

(Dewey checks his watch again.) 

ALIEN  
What is that object you are looking at? 

DEWEY 
Oh, this old thing?  It's a Timex.  Real piece of crap.  Is that all you wanted to know, cause I gotta run ... 

ALIEN  
I have four questions for you, and then you may ask me any questions you might have.  
Let's start with reproduction.  How does that happen on Earth? 

DEWEY 
It's very common -- it's called sex here on good old Earth.  Usually it involves the wife and a six-pack.  When I was younger it involved just me and a six-pack. Anyway, it's a lot of fun, similar to riding a roller coaster.  And I'll let you in on a little secret, if you promise not to tell anyone on this planet or your own planet... 

(The Alien nods agreeably.) 

DEWEY 
I was hoping to have a close encounter of the reproductive kind tonight with a dear lady friend.  Of course, we don't actually want to reproduce, just go through the motions is all. You get it.  Sex. That's why I'm anxious to get going ... 

ALIEN  
I understand.  

Next question, what forms of transportation do you have on this planet? 

DEWEY 
Um, we obviously have vomit-green Chevettes, since that's what I'm driving.  There are also planes, which fly up in the sky and on occasion, are blown up by terrorists. Also, ya got boats out here.  They move on the water, and people drown on those things constantly. 

ALIEN  
My third question is, how do you communicate here? 

DEWEY 
Hmmm, I guess my wife and I, we have a pretty unique way of communicating.  She does this thing called "complaining" while I do this other thing called "ignoring".  Then when it's over we both feel a lot better. 

ALIEN  
Interesting.  My last question is, can you describe your political organizations? 

DEWEY 
Why, sure.  In a nutshell, there's this guy called the president who is supposed to make all the big decisions except that he doesn't, since these other guys called his advisors and the first lady tell him what to do, and that's seriously it. See ya.  

ALIEN  
Thank you very much, Dewey Marcus. 

(Dewey gets back into his car and tries to start it. The alien taps on his window and Dewey rolls it down. The car will not start.) 

ALIEN  
Is there anything you would like to ask me about -- anything at all you would like to learn about my planet and people, or about outer space in general? 

DEWEY 
Yeah, can you guys give me a jump here? 

                                                * * * 

Alternative answers to questions one through four:  
(Paranoia)  

ALIEN  
I have four questions for you, and then you may ask me any questions you might  have.  

Let's start with reproduction. 

DEWEY 
It's not mine!  I don't care what she said, I am innocent! 

ALIEN  
I understand.  Next question, what forms of transportation do you have on this planet? 

DEWEY 
Many. 
(He breaks down) 
Dear God, I never meant to hurt her.  I love my wife, I really do. I'll turn around and go back home right now if you'll let me. 

ALIEN  
I have another question.  How do you communicate here? 

DEWEY 
(hysterical) 
Just one phone call, please, have mercy on my soul! 

ALIEN  
Okay. My last question is, can you describe your political organizations? 

DEWEY 
I was never a Commie! I only went to one meeting.  I didn't say a word.  Just had a chocolate doughnut and left. Sure, I slept with the vice president's wife, but she was the instigator! 

ALIEN  
Thank you very much, Dewey Marcus. 

(Dewey runs back into his car and tries to start it. The alien taps on his window and Dewey ignores him. The car will not start.) 

(Dewey cries. The alien yells through the window.) 

ALIEN  
Is there anything you would like to ask me about -- anything at all you would like to learn about my planet and people, or about outer space in general? 

DEWEY 
I'm a lowly gym teacher, please, release me. 

(Dewey drives off, hits a telephone pole.) 

                                                * * * 

Alternative answers to questions one through four:  
(Flip)  

ALIEN  
I have four questions for you, and then you may ask me any questions you might have.  Let's start with reproduction.  

How does that happen on Earth? 

DEWEY 
Well, if you'd like to check it out, why don't you come along with me? That'd be pretty kinky, but why not.  I'm a sport. 

ALIEN  
Ah, thank you.  Next question, what forms of transportation do you have on this planet? 

DEWEY 
You know, you really should rent this movie called "Planes, Trains and Automobiles".  It sums it all up for ya. Next question, hurry. 

ALIEN  
My third question is, how do you communicate here? 

DEWEY 
AT&T, mainly.  They're at the top right now, although MCI is a close second. 

ALIEN  
Interesting.  My last question is, can you describe your political organizations? 

DEWEY 
Um, no I can't. 

ALIEN  
Thank you very much, Dewey Marcus. 

(Dewey ignores the alien, walks back to his car and tries to start it. The alien taps on his window and Dewey rolls it down.) 

ALIEN  
Is there anything you would like to ask me about -- anything at all you would like to learn about my planet and people, or about outer space in general? 

DEWEY 
Yeah, where's the Motel Six on Fifth and Vine?   *   
 

Story copyright ©1998 by Sharone Katz <skbj@worldnet.att.net>    

Illustration copyright ©1998 by Andrew G. McCann <andy@planetmag.com>   

 
 

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