I wish you would explode like a grenade.
In this drama scene from “See Me as a Stranger”, Gordy visits Tammy and his daughter in order to provide food and money to take care of them.
TAMMY: There ain’t no nearby shops for baby food. That’s the whole point of you showing up!
GORDY: I’ll leave now and come back.
TAMMY: When? Tomorrow? She’ll be dead by then, God forbid.
GORDY: Don’t say that!
TAMMY: I said, God forbid.
GORDY: That’s my daughter. Don’t you dare talk like that about my daughter.
TAMMY: We need baby formula.
GORDY: It’s just baby formula.
TAMMY: That she needs in order to stay alive, you dumb f’ck.
GORDY: Things can be happy, okay? To me! But you keep shoutin’, my mind will explode!
TAMMY: I wish you would explode like a grenade. Explode into a trillion pieces spread out across this whole sh’tty sidewalk so all the bums can trample over you. (Sulks.)
GORDY: Tammy, Tammy, Tammy, Tammy.
GORDY: Look what I have. (Gordy takes baby formula out from his schoolbag.) I didn’t forget. (He cackles.)
Tammy punches Gordy’s arm.
Stop hitting me! It was just a joke. I was only foolin’, girl.
TAMMY: I hate you.
GORDY: Gonna be all bruised up now. You don’t know how to take a joke.
TAMMY: Playin’ with life and death! What’s there to joke about?!
GORDY: It was…forget it…I don’t need this sh’t.
Gordy walks off. He stops. Takes a Teddy Bear out of his schoolbag. Turns back.
GORDY: Give this to Rachel for me.
GORDY: It’s a Teddy Bear.
The Teddy Bear looks as if it was dipped in tar and ran over by a train repeatedly.
TAMMY: That’s a Teddy Bear?
TAMMY: Where’d you find it?
GORDY: Found it when I was lost.
TAMMY: So let me ask ya somethin’…if you was lost, why’d ya have enough sense to pick up that doll?
GORDY: I wanted to give it to someone. I didn’t know who, but there was this feelin’ that came up in me and so I picked it up.
TAMMY: You still makin’ jokes with me GORDY? Are ya? ‘Cause you’ll never see me again this time.
GORDY: I’m not. I’m not.
Tammy snatches the Teddy Bear.
TAMMY: This has gotta be the ugliest goddamn teddy bear I’ve ever seen in all my life.
GORDY: You think Rachel will still like it?
TAMMY: Of course she will. She’s a baby, her brain ain’t developed yet.
TAMMY: Neither is yours.
GORDY: Can I give it to her then?
TAMMY: These things carry diseases?
GORDY: I don’t know.
TAMMY: (Sniffs the Teddy Bear.) Smells like tar.
GORDY: But it ain’t sticky at all.
Tammy hands the Teddy Bear back to Gordy.
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In the one act teen drama eplay, See Me as a Stranger, for the first time in his life Gordy acknowledges the fact that he needs to rise up and take full responsibility for his life, actions and his daughter Rachel. 2 Women, 1 Man, 1 Baby. Drama.
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