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Artist John Griffiths tells the tale of how he met Alicia Hart at a boring costume party. each of them were trying to slip out when they ran into each other and realized they had come dressed as Laurel and Hardy. Alicia asks if he trusts her and she invites him outside. John is willing to place his life in her hands and Alicia takes him to a flight of stairs where she filmed a commercial based on Laurel & Hardy's The Music Box
. There's a piano crate at the top and she invites him up. As they walk up, they pause and kiss...Read the full recap
Based on the short story "Gotcha!" by Ray Bradbury. The story was first published in Redbook (August, 1978).
John Griffiths: Ours was a love affair. Print it out in capitals. Underline it. Find some italics. Add exclamation points! Put up the fireworks! Tear down the clouds! Anyway, it was the 4th of July every night. New Year's every dawn. it was a bobsled downhill and everything cold racing by in beauty and two warm people holding tight and yelling with joy. Laurel and Hardy we would be forever. Or almost forever, until everything went to hell.
John Griffiths: Do you have an elevator in this place?
Hotel Clerk: If there is, I ain't seen it.
Changes from the short story:
* John and Alicia's first meeting, and the initial stages of their relationship, is adapted from Bradbury's "The Laurel & Hardy Love Affair."
* John saying "Gotcha!" at the end after announcing that he's leaving Alicia adds a somewhat different spin to the story's conclusion.