[In case you haven’t read it, here’s Act I]
Scene i: The Meeting
Setting: Miramax regional office building.
Fitty: [Walking through the lobby with Matt to the reception desk] Damn, this place is tight.
Matt: Yeah, it’s alright.
Fitty: Why do people need a water fountain inside an office building? And look, there’s not even any change in there.
Matt: [to receptionist] Hey there baby. I’m Matt. What’s yourâ€”[realizes the receptionist is not female, but actually a gay male bearing a striking resemblance to Doug from Trading Spaces] uh, we have a meeting withâ€”
Receptionist: [somewhat annoyed that it’s Matt Leinart in front of him and not Brady Quinn] My name is Geoffrey.
Fitty: [yelling] Can I throw change in this fountain?
Geoffrey: They’re expecting you. Room F, down [points limply, as if making a swan-like gesture with his arm, hand, and finger] that hall.
Matt: Thanks. [Heads down the hall] C’mon, Fitty.
Fitty: Damn, man I think he liked you. Maybe he couldâ€”
Matt: Shut up. Now, remember, don’t say shit. We’re just gonna listen, and then we’ll leave.
Fitty: And my free crackers are waiting for me on the other side of that conference room door?
Matt: For fuck’s sake, you’ll get your damn crackers. Just be cool, okay?
Fitty: Alright. So who the fuck is Lassie, anyway?
Matt: [stunned] Lassie? You don’t know Lassie?
Fitty: [stares blankly]
Matt: Lassie the dog? Lassie Come Home, all that shit?
Fitty: Like one of Mike Vick’s dogs? That one that Quan was betting on that last time we were over there?
Matt: No, man. He’s…she’s like a real dog. A collie. Climbs down wells and shit.
Fitty: A dog that can climb down a well? That’s some bullshit right there.
Matt: Look, never mind, just don’t ruin this for me [They walk in the room] Hey Harvey, sorry we’re late.
Miramax Guy: Thanks for coming, guys. We started without you, hope you don’t mind.
Matt: Nah, that’s cool.
Miramax Guy: Have a seat. We’re just brainstorming for concepts. Okay, people, let’s get some more ideas flowing.
[Fitty slowly looks around the room as he sits down]
Guy with Goatee: What if Lassie was coked up on heroin?
Token Quasi-Lesbian Writer Who Is Neither Attractive Nor Asian: How about Lassie in high school, and the other girls are just bitches to her. But then maybe she has a friend that she meets, like that girl from Terribithia or some shit.
46-Year-Old Guy With Earring: And then Queen Latifah drives them around in a cab!
Fitty: [whispering to Matt] There are no crackers in this room.
Matt: [whispering back] There’s some vegetables on that tray in the corner over there.
Fitty: I see the tray of vegetables, Matt. I also see some oatmeal raisin cookies that I’m sure are delicious.
Matt: I’m sure they are.
Fitty: And I will enjoy them momentarily, because I know that those items will kickstart my bowels in preparation for your punishment of welshing on one promise of free crackers to Mr. Fitzgerald.
Washed-Up Comedian: Maybe the dog finds out that it’s gay and starts humping other dogs in the neighborhood and, um, you know, making them gay or something. Then they all learn how to ride motorcycles and, I don’t know, start their own little doggie faggot biker gang or something.
Miramax Guy: [staring at the floor, shaking his head] Louie, we do not use that word in this room.
Washed-Up Comedian: Sorry.
Miramax Guy: They’re a club, not a gang.
Emo Guy: I don’t see how that sends a good message about the environment.
Token Quasi-Lesbian Writer Who Is Neither Attractive Nor Asian: Or the homeless!
Washed-Up Comedian: Your mom’s homeless!
[room erupts into shouting]
Joe Mantegna: Fellas, fellas. [Room quiets down] I am hearing some great ideas here! But also, I am hearing some ideas that couldn’t outlast a piece of dog shit on a popsicle stick on a sunny day. This is not a Hilary Swank vehicle. This is Lassie. Lassie is a female collie, a dog. Okay? It’s a dog. It’s not Queer Eye for the Terminator. Are we clear on this, everyone?
Fitty: [whispering angrily to Matt] When we get outta here, I am gonna open the sunroof of your vehicle and let the warm air from the interior dissipate into the atmosphere. I will then climb onto the roof of your ride and drop the trousers of justice and unleash a methane-laced helping of truth onto your seats, emergency brake, and cup holders. Such is the penance for–
Matt: [whispering back] You are not shitting through the sunroof of my Hummer!
Fitty: It will be a cacophony of dank chocolate pyrotechnics, all beyond your control. And then after my bowels are empty, I will then close the sunroof and let nature do its thing.
Matt: That’s it. Gimme my keys back.
Emo Guy: Maybe Lassie could be the first female president?
Washed-Up Comedian: Yeah, the Taco Bell dog could be her running mate.
Token Quasi-Lesbian Writer Who Is Neither Attractive Nor Asian: How about Lassie in high school, and the other girls are just bitches to her. But then maybe she has a friend that she meets, like that girl from Teribithia or some shit.
Guy With Goatee: And then Queen Latifah drives them around in a cab!
Joe Mantegna: So what if Lassie winds up in China and she has to break into the restaurants there and save the other dogs. And they learn Kung-Fu. David Carridine might be interested.
Emo Guy: Instead of just getting spayed, could we have the dog get a sex change operation and then she has to rediscover himself through a series of personal trials?
Fitty: [stands up] Hang on, what about this? Suppose Lassie could be living in the northern United States, where she held a small but prestigious position as ballboy for the Minnesota Vikings, after which she makes the cover of a popular video game and then heads out on a summer-long quest for crispy, grain-based treats.
Guy With Goatee: â€¦and then what?
Fitty: Uhâ€¦and then she flies into wells to collect changeâ€¦and then, uhâ€¦into outer space! And there she merges with four other dogs of different colors to create a colossal superdog that fights paramilitary mutants, witches, and non-biodegradable litter in order to restore peace and harmony to the universe and shit.
[stunned silence for, like, 30 seconds]
Guy With Goatee: Wow.
Joe Mantegna: Wow.
Washed-Up Comedian: Wow.
Token Quasi-Lesbian Writer Who Is Neither Attractive Nor Asian: Fine, as long as the superdog doesn’t vote Republican.
Miramax Guy: This is the best concept we’ve had in three weeks.
46-Year-Old Guy With Earring: We could have Dudley Moore narrate–
Washed-Up Comedian: And Kenny Loggins could write the soundtrack!
Miramax Guy: He can’t narrate the film; he’s dead.
Washed-Up Comedian: Kenny Loggins is dead?
Miramax Guy: Larry, who would you pick to direct this sure-to-be epic picture?
Fitty: I dunno.
Miramax Guy: Well, let’s get some more of your thoughts now then. Let’s get some snacks, everyone. [Speaking into the intercom] Geoffrey, can we get some crackers in Room F, please?
Fitty: That’s what I’m talkin’ about!