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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)

TITLE: The Marcia Marcia Marcia Show
By Tim Pickl
09/15/08


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MARCIA
Hi everyone! I'm Marcia Brady!

BOBBY
I'm Bobby Brady.

MARCIA
And you're watching the first episode of The Marcia-Marcia-Marcia Show.
(pauses, listening to the theme music) Don’t ya just love my theme music?

BOBBY
Yeah, what-evah.

MARCIA
Oh, Bobby, don't be such a crab.

BOBBY
I'm NOT a crab.

MARCIA
I know why you’re so crabby--you're still mad at me because
they named the show after little ol' me!

BOBBY
(turn and looks at her and says, mockingly) Marcia-Marcia-Marcia....
What was wrong with-- What about Bobby?!

MARCIA
That's what I'm saying, what ABOUT Bobby?

BOBBY
Yeah, okay--what-evah.

MARCIA
What-evah--Whatevah! We should write a song.
We'll call it the What about Bobby's Song!

BOBBY
What-evah!

MARCIA
There it is--what a chorus! (sings) What-evah--Whatevah! (laughs)
Bobby—guess who’s here with us today?

BOBBY
I dunno. One of your giggly friends?

MARCIA
No—Archie and Edith Bunker are here with us--somewhere.
(looks stage left)

BOBBY
This should be fun. What’re we gonna to talk about?

MARCIA
We’re not going to talk so much as show everyone Archie's BIG game.

BOBBY
Which game? Monopoly? Pong?
(laughs)

MARCIA
No silly-goose, it’s called The “Game Boy” of Life.
(looks stage left again)
Okay–they’re here now.


(Stage lights expand. Archie is reading a newspaper, sitting in his favorite chair.
Edith is sitting in her chair next to Archie, feverishly playing with an old pink “Game Boy” and it beeps.)


ARCHIE
(puts the paper down angrily) Eee-dit, put my Game Boy down, now!

EDITH
Whoa—wait a minute, Orchie! I’m on level 9.

ARCHIE
Arrrgh…give it…(stands up) give it to me!
(tries to grab the Game Boy)

EDITH
(pulls away) No, wait, Orch!
Marcia-Marcia-Marcia please tell Orch to let me use his Game Boy.

MARCIA
Mr. Bunker, please share—

ARCHIE
NO! I’m not gonna share. It’s a Game BOY, not a Game Girl, get it?!?

MARCIA
Now-now-now, Mr. Bunker, you’re startin’ to sound like Bobby--

EDITH
HA! Level 10! (sticks her tongue out at Archie)
Na-na-na-na-boo-boo.

BOBBY
Who’s startin’ to sound like me?

MARCIA
Mr. Bunker.

ARCHIE
That’s it! I’m takin’ it, now!

EDITH
(jumps up) I won! I won! I beat level 10! I beat level 10!

ARCHIE
(mocks Edith) I beat level 10, I beat level 10—what are ya, a broken record?

EDITH
Oh, Orch, thanks for lettin’ me use your Game Boy.

ARCHIE
I DIDN’T let you use any-ting, dingbat!
(he grabs the pink Game Boy, and it slips and falls to the stage floor)
Arrrgh…now look what you’ve done.
(He picks up the broken game.)

EDITH
I didn’t break it Orch, honest I didn’t. You just took it from me like a crazy man.

ARCHIE
I am NOT a CRAZY man!

MARCIA
Mr. Bunker, please-please-please settle down. We’re on live Satellite television.

ARCHIE
(takes a deep breath) Well, little Missy Marcia-Marcia-Marcia—you shoulda seen this comin’ when you asked us to be on yer show. Me an’ Ee-dit here—we “have words” sometimes.

BOBBY
But, it was your fault.

MARCIA
Bobby--

ARCHIE
Okay, little boy, it’s time you fight like a man!

MARCIA
Mr. Bunker--

EDITH
WAIT! Wait. I hate it when people fight, ‘specially on television. Orchie loves to watch boxin’ and that’s when I go shoppin’--

ARCHIE
(mocks Edith) and that’s when I go shoppin’-- It’s still YOUR fault. You were playin’ MY game.

EDITH
Oh, Orchie, Orchie, Orchie--hey that sounds like a new TV show?!
You know your temper gets the best-a you. You grabbed it and broke it.

ARCHIE
Now, Ee-dit, don’t you start blamin’ me again—this was YOUR fault!

MARCIA
Mr. Bunker—

BOBBY
Ohhh, I see his point now. But, what’s up with the pink Game Boy?

ARCHIE
(mocks Bobby) What’s up with the pink Game Boy? It was a gift from my granddaughter, if you care to know.

EDITH
Yeah, she got a new Nintendo SD, and she gave Grumpa her old one.

ARCHIE
It’s a Nintendo DS, and quit calling me Grumpa. If I’m Grumpa, then you’re Grump-ma.
Ha-ha!

(Archie and Edith stand with their backs to each other, arms crossed.)

MARCIA
Well! It appears we have two stubborn souls here.

BOBBY
Jesus said we need to forgive each other, always.

MARCIA
So, which one will humble him or herself in the sight of the Lord?

ARCHIE
Ohhhh-- (turns, falls on knees) Please forgive me, Ee-dit. I’m sorry.

EDITH
(turns) Oh, Orchie. I love you.

(they hug)

MARCIA
Awwww…
That’s it for The Marcia-Marcia-Marcia Show – thanks folks!


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Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?"
Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.
Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)

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Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
James 4:10 (KJV)


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Allison Egley 09/20/08
Oh, this was great! I laughed the whole way through.

The Christian tie-in at the every end, while great, caught me "off guard." I wasn't expecting it from Brady Bunch characters. Maybe you could have sliped in a small reference earlier? It works the way you did it too though. :)

Plays and skits are very difficult to do within the word count. I know from experience! You did a great job with this one.
Sunny Loomis 09/22/08
Good job with old TV characters. I could see them all, and you had Archie and Edith's accents down. Nicely done.
Shelley Ledfors 09/22/08
Cute! The opening section with Marcia and Bobby was fine, but I really enjoyed Archie and Edith (or should I say Orchie and Eee-dit?). I could just "hear" them!
LauraLee Shaw09/24/08
Wow, perfect voice. Incredible creativity. I knew by your title that you were talking about the Bradys, and it reminded me of that episode. lol. I really and truly could hear and picture the Bunkers in my head. I learned a lot from this.
Celeste Ammirata09/24/08
This is fun. I enjoyed reading it. Thanks r:-)