The Best of Times and Worst of Times, Part 2
Yeah…I know what your thinking… "Oh Lord!
Aaahhhhhhhhhhh!" Nah! I'm here to give you Part 2. I
decided to wait until February. You know, Valentines Day and junk. I
can't help it…. I'm Shipper, and proud of it damn
it! So you might laugh, cry, or just plain throw up! Well, here it
is, and I hope you enjoy!
Leela and Fry arrive
about twenty minutes after the drive and proceed into the PE
building. The whole staff has assembled around the conference table
and begins the discussion of the day's assignments and
delivery. They listen as Hermes drones on how they need to step up on
the number of deliveries and how to increase efficiency. It was
followed the usual chorus of groans and blahs! Then the morning staff
meeting wraps up, and they started to scatter and get busy with their
(Leela stops to greet
Kif, Amy, and their baby girl Annie.)
Leela: (up beat) "Hey
guys! (to Annie) Good morning Sweetie! And how are you?"
Amy and Kif: "Morning
preparations are almost complete. Fry just needs to load the cargo,
and you'll be set."
Leela: "Good! The
sooner we blast off the sooner we get back home."
(Leela comes up to Amy
who is holding her baby girl. Leela smiles and tickles Annie under
her chin and makes some coochie coochie sounds to her. Annie smiles
back and coos at her.)
are sooo cute!"
(Amy smiles down at her
baby girl. Annie is uniquely Amy and Kif's daughter. She has
her Fathers eyes and skin tone, and her Mothers hair and physical
make up. She's very adorable.)
Amy: (proud) "That's
because of Kif and yours truly."
Leela: (sighs) "Yeah….I
"Leela….I don't think your going to have to wait
much longer, but making it happen will also help. If you know what I
Leela: (smiling) "I
was thinking along the same lines this morning and your right! One
thing my life has taught me is to make a plan and take action!"
cheer up! Your in for a wonderful time tonight."
Amy: (pissed) "Forget
it!…Fry said he put me on double duty with reduced pay
if I gave away anything else."
"Ok!….Ok!…I'll make sure Phil doesn't
put you on double duty with reduced pay."
"Phew!….Good…now I've got a few more
maintenance details on the engines to finish up, but I'll see
you before take off."
have you seen that spare parts box for the bridge instruments?"
(Amy turns back to
think I last saw it in the maintenance supply locker across the
(Leela proceeds across
the hanger to the locker.)
Leela: (to herself)
"There it is."
(She gets the spare
parts and is about to close up the locker, but then something catches
her eye. She sees something she never noticed before.)
Leela: "What is
(She starts to unbury
the object of interest from all the other parts and equipment on top
of it in a refuse pile. Leela gasps when she frees the object.)
Leela: (shocked) "I'll
be damned!….It's Phil's Holophonor….. He's
been looking for this for god knows how long."
(Leela sits down on a
nearby create and clutches the instrument close as the memories come
back to the events of mid 3004.)
(The Metropolitan House
of Opera and the "Greatest Opera of all time Sucks!" is
(Fry had just taken the
Holophonor from his lips to gage Leela's reaction to his
ending. Leela was still seated center row, and she is looking down at
her lap wearing a very sad expression.)
Fry: (to himself) "Oh
boy….That can't be good. She's not even looking at
(Fry leaves center
stage and goes down the isle to where Leela is and takes a seat next
"Leela?…..Listen I know the ending was lousy, and I
can't play anymore but…."
are you saying?….I loved your opera! Especially the end. It
was a true expression of your feelings. Dr. Zoidberg's right.
The beauty is in your heart….not your hands."
(Fry looks sadly at his
imperfect human hands.)
Fry: (distraught) "Well
now I'm stuck with these stupid things and they're as
useless as I am."
Leela: (softly) "Fry
didn't you hear me? I loved you opera….nobody's
done anything like that for me before."
Fry: "Well if
that's true then why did you look so sad when I finished?"
Leela: "Do you
want to know the truth? Because I'm hoping you'll
Leela: (deep sigh)
"Fry…do you remember the time when you had the worms,
and how they made you….well…..stronger and more
articulate in thought?"
you got rid of the worms and went back to being normal as it were I
was confused and then angry. You had become everything I wanted in a
man, but then it was gone and all that was left was you."
(Fry could feel his
heart breaking into pieces when she said the last part.)
Fry: (crushed) "Oh……I
(At this point Fry
couldn't look at Leela or listen any further. The truth was
hurting too much. Leela cursed herself because it was doing more harm
than good. She had to make him listen, and understand about how she
really felt. It was the only way to make it better now.)
(Leela gently touched
his arm to get his attention.)
"Fry……please look at me. I need you to listen."
"Why?…..You never listened to me. Even when I told you
why I got rid of the worms! What difference does it make
Leela: (sad and angry)
"Fry! That's my whole point! I never
listened because I never realized until recently what's most
important. You see….the vision of my perfect man has been all
wrong, and time and time again I nearly fell for the wrong guy."
(Leela now has Fry's
full attention because she is answering the questions he's
always wanted to ask but couldn't.)
"So……when did you realize that?"
Leela: (sad) "When
I had my big date with Chaz the Mayor's aid. Well I thought he
was great but then his true self came out. He tried to impress me
with his clout, but in the end he turned into a pompous jerk and a
total pig. All he wanted was to get me into bed."
Fry: (sad) "I
remember I tried something like that during the time slips, and I got
a black eye. I just want you to know I'm sorry about that."
remember…..but I forgave you for that along time ago, and you
more than made up for it since then."
Fry: (confused) "You
getting back to the truth. I never thought about what you said after
you got rid of the worms until recently, and tonight made it all the
Fry: "What do you
Leela: (softly) "About
who I love…..the real you. Not what the worms turned you into.
All along I knew. I just didn't let myself see it or listen to
what my heart was telling me."
please!….It's not your fault! I mean I'm an Idiot
and a Jerk! I say and do dumb things all the time with no regards to
others. It's not a wonder you can't stand me or give
(What Leela said next
surprised Fry to no end.)
stop it right now ok! I can't stand to hear you tear yourself
down like that…..Especially when it's not true."
said be Quiet!…….Please! I'm not
(Leela takes a few
minutes to calm down and get a hold of her emotions.)
Leela: (softly) "Fry….I
know the one who wrote me that beautiful sonnet was you….. not
the worms. The same man who gave me his oxygen when mine was gone and
I never thanked him. The man who gave me a simple but beautiful
flower after a terrible date, and I was really glad to see him and I
didn't care if he wasn't the most important person in the
universe. The man who selflessly and courageously put his own
body in front of mine trying to protect me from an enraged space bee.
Now tonight…Tonight he has shown me something truly beautiful.
A little glimpse into his heart and soul, and how wonderful it is to
be loved and wanted so much. He's never given up on me and now
I'm glad he never did."
(Fry was completely at
a loss for words and he was glad because words would just screw it
up. Was he dreaming? Leela had just told him in her own way that she
really cares about him, and means more to her than just a friend.)
Fry: (lost for words)
(Leela hushes him by
placing a finger on his lips indicating she had more to tell him.)
Leela: (happy) "It's
ok……You understand…..I'm glad.
Everything's going to be alright. You'll see."
Fry: (confused) "What
do you mean?"
Leela: "No more
rejections and no more lame excuses……because I have
Leela: (very sure)
Leela: (gently) "Yes
"Leela……Will you please let me take you out on a
date?…..A real date."
"Yes!…..I accept…..I'd love to go out with
you on a real date."
Fry: (gently) "And
Leela: (concerned) "And
Fry: (smiles) "A
kiss good night."
Leela: (softly) "That
(Fry can't help
but show a big smile. The one Leela has become very fond of. They get
up together and Fry looks around one last time.)
Fry: "It was all
(Leela smiles at him
for what that meant and she going to prove to him just how right he
was. Hand in hand they walk out together to greet their friends who
are waiting for them.)
(Outside the Professor,
Hermes, Amy, Bender, and Dr. Zoidberg are waiting for the two
stragglers to come out and conclude the evening. When Leela and Fry
finally come out
it's Bender who's
first to speak up.)
skin tube! You've managed to make and break yourself again in
one night, and on top that Leela still thinks you're a total
loser! Ha ha ha ha Ah ha ha ha!"
(Fry stares down sadly
and feels hurt by his so called best friends banter.)
Leela: (annoyed) "For
your information Bender! Fry's opera was wonderful. (smiling at
Fry) Especially the end. Oh!…and by the way he's hardly
a loser……In fact far from it. Now if you'll
excuse us we have a date tonight!"
Fry: (surprised) "We
(Leela takes his hand
Leela: (softly) "That's
(Bender walks off
grumbling to himself. He hated being shown up. The rest of the crew
is surprised, but start to respond in their own manner and
you two have a nice time so off you go! (laughs manically) I'm
already plotting my next doomsday device!"
Hermes: "You have
anything in mind?"
think of something."
Dr. Zoidberg: "My
good friends!" (Pulls them into a big hug.)
(Leela and Fry start to
Dr. Zoidberg: "What?"
Leela and Fry: (Gasp)
Dr. Zoidberg: (touched)
"Aww! You noticed my stink gland."
happy for you guys. I mean it's about time."
Amy: (whispers to Fry)
"Well done. I was rooting for you the whole time."
(They all bid goodnight
to one another and head their own ways.)
Leela: "Come on
Fry: "Ok! Where
Leela: "Well the
night is still young…..how about a nice sit down dinner at
Elzart's? We can talk and relax in a nice cozy atmosphere."
Fry: "That sounds
like a plan. I mean we are certainly dressed for the occasion."
Leela: "Oh! And I
insist on splitting the check so we can both enjoy a good meal."
Leels!…..Umm I mean Leela."
Leela: (smiles) "It's
alright Fry. You can call me that."
himself) "She's so great. No wonder I never gave up on
(Leela notices him
smiling at her and takes his hand and smiles back.)
Fry: "Did I
mention how beautiful you look tonight?"
Fry: (softly) "Yes."
(A short time later
they arrive at Elzart's for dinner. Leela "gently"
persuaded Elzart for a table for two. They sat down to enjoy a meal
together for the first time as more than just friends. Leela noticed
throughout dinner Fry was different. He was more relaxed and not
nervous in his eagerness to please her. He didn't even spew
crumbs at her during coffee and desert.)
Fry: "Yes Leels?"
Leela: "You seem
very relaxed. I mean we've had a nice dinner and your
conversation skills tonight have been good. What's changed?"
opened up to me tonight and gave me a chance. You haven't been
well…..I mean you've been really…..nice. You even
stood up for me when Bender cut me down. It makes a difference.
Please don't take that wrong way!"
(Leela thinks about
that and she knows he's right. Being even a little nicer to him
has had an effect, and it also made her feel good too. She wonders
what the possibilities are on them continuing. Fry at the same moment
was concerned by her silence. For all he knew he could have
effectively ruined everything he had worked so hard to achieve this
"Leela!…I'm sorry!…Please don't be
Leela: (gently) "No
Fry! It's ok because you're right. I'm not always
very nice or supportive of you. I'm the one who should be
Fry: (happy) "Leela!
Don't be….it's okay now. We've come to an
understanding. So what's important now…..is……where
we go from here."
(Fry was taking a
gamble and hoped she understood his meaning. He knew exactly how
badly men had treated her in the past, and he didn't want her
to be scared off by him now.)
absolutely right. I promise I'll be more considerate of your
feelings, and more understanding. (smiling) "We'll go
know there are something's I'm going to work on myself.
I'm going to do better at work for starters. Especially when
you ask me to do things and stop being so damn lazy all the time."
"Well…..It's a step in the right direction for
both of us."
(Fry smiles at Leela in
a certain way.)
Fry: "Have I ever
told you how great you are?"
"Yes…. On more than one occasion, and I think you're
pretty wonderful too. I'll be sure to tell you more often."
conclude this wonderful meal and date I've asked Elzart to
bring us a little something special."
(Fry signals their
waiter and a few moments later he comes back to their table with a
bottle of champagne.)
"Moderately priced non-vintage domestic champagne! You
Fry: (amused) "Hey!….My
memory may have the consistency of Swiss cheese most of the time,
but I can come through when it counts."
(Leela laughs at that
and Fry raises his glass and she does the same.)
"Well!….Here's to a wonderful evening with a
"And…..Here's to us and the good times ahead."
Fry: "To us."
(They touch glasses and
drink. Leela takes Fry's hands and smiles. Fry smiles back and
feels the connection
and warmth. It was there the first time when they met four years ago.
It was down in the decaying ruins of old New York he had felt the
connection to her. Now it was real and tonight something very
special had happened for the two of them.
doesn't stand still, and the evening had grown very late. It
midnight and Elzart had
come to their table to give them the old heave-ho.)
folks!…I'm sorry but the ball is over and the fairy god
mother has spoken….Bam!"
Elzart: "So, who
gets the bad news?"
Fry: "That would
"Fry!…..I said I'm paying for half!"
I've got it."
(Leela relents but is
impressed by his determination to make her happy and take care of the
Leela: (smiles) "Ok…."
(They depart Elzarts
together and walk off into the night.)
"Leels?…..Can I please escort you home?"
don't have to do that….It's not far."
Leela!……I just want to walk you home…..That's
"Alright….I'd like that, and I know that's
what you meant."
(Fry notices Leela
rubbing her arms and bare shoulders in the chill of the night air.)
Fry: (gently) "Here."
(Fry places his tuxedo
jacket around her bare shoulders.)
Leela: (gently) "Thank
you…..It's just like that time in my dreams. It was when
I was in that two week coma from the bee sting!….Remember?"
were there for me. Even though everyone else kept saying you were
dead and I thought was going crazy. You kept reaching out to me, and
you convinced me to fight it and not give up….No matter what."
Fry: "I didn't
let you give up?……Oh yeah!….I rambled on for two
weeks by your bedside. (Imitates Dr. Zoidberg): "Like a parrot
of the sea I was!"
Leela: (laughs) "Well,
I'm glad you did because it helped me find my way back home."
Fry: "Because of
Leela: (softly) "Yes."
(Leela puts her arm
around Fry's waist and he in turn puts his arm around her
Fry: "You don't
Leela: "As long
as it's you."
(Leela leans in closer
to Fry and looks up.)
"Oh!…..Look at all the stars tonight."
almost if you could reach out and touch them. I love to look at the
stars…..Ever since I was little."
too…..It was something that they couldn't take away from
me when I was growing up at Cookieville."
(They soon arrive
outside Leela's apartment door 1 I, and are reluctant to
Leela: (happy) "I
had a wonderful time tonight. It was magical."
"Really?…..Because it was everything I hoped it would be
Leela: (softly) "Fry."
Fry: (softly) "Leela."
(They lean in for that
good night kiss, but all the sudden Leela stops abruptly and looks at
Fry: (confused) "What's
Leela: "I have a
question…..It my sound a little bit silly, but I was kind of
wondering about this for a while."
Fry: (fearful) "What
is it?……Did I do something wrong?"
sorry……What did you want to ask me?"
does the J. stand for?"
Fry: (confused) "Pardon
middle name. What does the J. stand for?"
"Oh!….Now that's something that hasn't been
asked of me in a very long time."
"So…..What is it?….Please!….You can tell
Fry: (sighs) "Ok…..Just
between you and me."
Leela: (leans close)
Fry: (whispers) "It's
(Leela pulls back.
Looks him in the eyes and smiles.)
"Jonathan….Philip Jonathan Fry…..I like that."
"Really?…..You don't think it's stupid?"
(Leela just shakes her
head and smiles.)
Fry: (smiles) "So
why did you want to know?"
(Leela still smiling
leans close to Fry again and speaks softly.)
Leela: "Because I
never knew what your full name was, and tonight….I wanted to
"Oh!…..Well, now you do."
(Leela surprises Fry
again when she pulls him into a deep and very passionate kiss. When
they stop they're both panting for breath.)
"Wow!……That….Was some kiss!"
Leela: (softly) "You
(Leela pulls Fry close
Leela: (seductive) "So
(Leela and Fry kiss
again and this time he surprises her with how much passion he puts
I'm the on who's breathless!"
(Fry laughs and
embraces her. All the cares in the world seem to fall away as he
holds her close. It's just the two of them. Five minutes go by
and Fry is still holding Leela close.)
"Umm…Fry?….Are we going to do this all night?"
I lost track of the time."
(Leela opens the door
to her apartment.)
see you at work tomorrow?"
Fry: "Count on
it!….Umm…What time do we start in the morning?"
Leela: (laughs) "8
am sharp and I expect to see you there."
better set my alarm."
(Fry looks confused and
scratches his head.)
Leela: "What is
Fry: "Do I even
have an alarm?"
(Leela really starts
Leela: "Ha ha ha
ha!….Fry go home…Ha ha ha!…I'll see
you..ha ha.. tomorrow."
(Fry suddenly turns
Fry: "Hey Leela?"
Fry: "Could you
please call me Phil?…..I mean, if you don't mind."
(Leela is surprised by
this because she has always called him Fry.)
"Ok….Phil….I'll see you tomorrow."
Fry: (warmly) "Leels."
(With that they part
company. Fry leaves and Leela retreats into her apartment. She leans
against her front door and is lost in her thoughts and feelings about
the wonderful time she had this evening. A few minutes go by and she
suddenly speaks up.)
be damned! She was right! That other Leela was right!"
(Nibbler comes out of
the bedroom to see what all the commotion is.)
you are Nibbler. (She picks him up.) How is mommy's little
(Nibbler jabbers at her
fine Sweetie…..Mommy's just had a really wonderful
(She prepares for bed
and puts Nibbler beside her pillow on a small one of his own. Leela
notices the picture of Fry on her nightstand and picks it up. She
caresses the picture as she regards his smiling face. She smiles and
places the picture back on the nightstand facing her and turns out
(She soon drifts off
into a peaceful sleep and starts to dream of the things in store for
her and Fry. They were good dreams.)
contemplated what "the other" had just stated before
retiring for the evening.) (to himself) "Was it possible? The
Mighty One had finally succeeded in winning her over!" (From
the way she looked at his picture it had to be true. The Mighty One's
determination and persistence had finally paid off, and he did it on
his own.) "He's much more capable than I gave him credit
for. I'll not underestimate him again. Finally!…..Finally
things are starting to come to pass….My life's work has
not been in vain." (Content with that thought Lord Nibbler
himself retired for the evening.)
to the Present and the Flash back ends.)
(Leela is still
clutching the Holophonor and thinking of her first real date with
Leela: (to herself) "It
was that night….That night he proved himself and showed me the
kind of man he was. I knew then for certain then he was the right one
for me." (Leela smiles.) "From that point it was just a
matter of time until we would be together."
(Leela snaps out of her
reverie and realizes that she had been sitting in the maintenance
locker for sometime now.)
better show this to Phil!…..He's not going to believe
(Leela locks up the
locker and proceeds to drop off the spare parts in Express 1.)
Leela: (Smiling at the
Holophonor) "He's going to be thrilled to have this
back….I know I am. It's been far too long….I know
he'll play for me again."
(After dropping off the
spare parts she sets off to find Fry and show him her discovery.)
To Be Continued…
Phew! Well folks,
that's Part 2. I'll soon start on Part 3. This part was
about what I would have liked to see happening after "The
Devils Hands." I hope you didn't think it was to
unrealistic or sappy. Ehh! Who am I kidding. It was very sappy.
Anyways the action will definitely pick up more when I get past Part
3. So stay tuned. Remember if you have any suggestions my E-Mails on
Part 1. Thanks!