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31 Plays in 31 Days, #8 - "The Bobsled"

Another chunk for the Cabin Pressure fan fiction idea I've had! If I've got to write something every day, why not work on the fan fic as long as I'm thinking about it?

This piece happens after "#5 Meet Trudy and Cliff" and again shoots for the series's wit and humor. Though honestly I may have taken it in a slightly more vulgar direction than the original ever really goes, but I think it's still within tone. There's also one Douglas joke in here that's just so Douglas I could imagine John Finnemore himself writing it. Guess which one it is! :-)

For reference, the "petanque team" and "bobsled" are references to a joke from a episode where the characters liken the number of people they've dated to how many players a given athletic endeavor requires. :-)

The Bobsled
by Phoebe Roberts

DOUGLAS RICHARDSON, the first officer for MJN Air
MARTIN CRIEFF, the captain for MJN Air

DOUGLAS: What's got you so on edge?

MARTIN: I don't want to talk about it.

DOUGLAS: Oh, come on. It's either have a chat, or listen to Tiff and Snooty tear into one another back there.

MARTIN: Well, if you must know... it's that Theresa and I, well, we've got a date coming up.

DOUGLAS: I thought things were going swimmingly. Against all sensible odds.

MARTIN: They are! It's only that... it's not so much a date. It's a trip she wants to go on. An overnight trip.

DOUGLAS: Why, Martin-- do you mean--

MARTIN: (Sigh) Yes!

DOUGLAS: Oh-ho! Time's come to storm the princess's battlements, eh?

MARTIN: Douglas! That's disgusting!

DOUGLAS: Do you at least take the hat off for that? Or does she like you to keep it on?

MARTIN: I don't even know if things are headed that way! But... I don't want to be unprepared.

DOUGLAS: Oh, Martin. Surely you don’t mean you’re—

MARTIN: What? No! Not that it’s any of your business, but I do have my petanque team.

DOUGLAS: And now it's well and truly a bobsled. Well, fear not, Martin! You've come to the right man for pointers.

MARTIN: Oh, God, no!

DOUGLAS: We will see your sled cross that finish line, fully loaded, hopefully not first, and with no parties injured or grievously disappointed!

MARTIN: Ahhhhhhh, Douglas, will you please stop talking about my ruddy bobsled!?

(The door to the flight deck opens and closes.)

CAROLYN: What nonsense is this?

MARTIN: Douglas is asking very invasive questions!

DOUGLAS: About his overnight trip with Theresa.

CAROLYN: Why, Douglas! Are you so hard up these days that you’re keen on living through Martin, of all people?

DOUGLAS: Hardly. It's something like watching a nature program-- it's not your cup of tea exactly, but you find yourself curious how they get up to it anyhow.

About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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