By Jerry Schuller
(Writers Guild Script Reg. No. R02238-00)
A couple of years ago, Jerry Schuller has submitted this script to Klasky-Csupo; however, they have rejected the script, as they felt that an episode on handicapped children was not appropriate for the series. Here is that script.
(Left: Nicky, the handicapped Rugrat, drawn by the author.)
INTERIOR: INSIDE PICKLES FAMILY VAN. DIDI DRIVING.
Tommy, Dil, Chuckie, and Kimi in back seat. Car is moving. Drone of motor can be heard.
EXTERIOR: BIRDS EYE VIEW OF FRONT OF HAPPYTOWN DAYCARE CENTER
Pickles family van drives up.
INTERIOR: HAPPYTOWN DAYCARE CENTER, MAIN ENTRANCE.
Kids can be heard playing in background. Enter Didi carrying Tommy and Dil. Kimi and Chuckie are walking beside them.
DIDI (TO TOMMY, CHUCKIE & KIMI)
Have fun guys.
She kisses them on the head.
DIDI (TO DIL)
Letís take you to the infants nursery.
Didi walks off with Dil.
INTERIOR: MAIN PLAY AREA
Many kids including Tommy, Chuckie, and Kimi running around playing on the baby-gym equipment.
Enter Nicholas (Nicky). Nicky wears leg braces & uses a walker. The walker has 4 small wheels on the bottom.
Tommy sees Nicky from a distance. He notices that he does not run around and play on the equipment like the other babies do and that he pushes the walker around with him wherever he goes. Tommy walks up to him.
Hey, Kid! You wanna come over and play with us?
Sure! My nameís Nicky.
Iím Tommy. Why do you wear those silly looking things on your legs? And why do you push that wheel thingy around?
Well, my mommy says itís because my legs donít work right. I canít even stand up without my braces & walker.
Chuckie & Kimi join Tommy.
Hi, Iím Kimi, and this is my big brother Chuckie. Were about to play ĎBring Around the Rosiesí. Itís where we all join hands and dance around in a circle really fast until we get so dizzy we fall down. Wanna play it with us?
uhÖ wellÖ no thanks.
Aww, who wants to play a dumb game of Bring Around the Rosies anyway? How Ďbout weÖ play over on the slide?
Uh, Tommy? I canít get up the latter.
I know! Letís just sit quietly and roll the ball around. Thatís safe enough.
INTERIOR: ANOTHER PART OF PLAYROOM NEXT TO THE WALL.
Tommy, Chuckie, Kimi and Nicky are sitting in a circle rolling the ball to one another. Nicky sits with his back to the wall. The walker stands next to him. Tommy & Kimi are getting bored.
Can we play hopscotch instead?
That does it! Itís not fair that Nicky canít play Bring Around the Rosies, or play on the slide, or play hopscotch, or run around like other babies! We must make Nicky a regular baby!
Oh, great! Why do I get the feeling heís about to drag me into something I know is not a good idea?
INTERIOR: PLAYROOM Ė OPEN AREA.
Chuckie & Kimi watch as Tommy pulls the walker away from Nicky.
Ok, Nicky! Start walking and be free!
Nicky struggles to keep his balance and falls flat on his face.
INTERIOR: PLAYROOM. BOTTOM OF SLIDE LATTER.
Donít worry, weíll help ya!
Before he can object, Tommy & Kimi begin to shove Nicky up the latter. Chuckie turns around and covers his eyes.
I canít watch!
They finally get him up top
TOP OF SLIDE
I forgot to tell you guys this, butÖ I canít sit up by myself very well!!!
Nicky tumbles forward and rolls down the slide.
BOTTOM OF SLIDE LOOKING UP
Nicky rolling down slide like a bowling ball
MIDDLE OF SLIDE FACING DOWN & AWAY FROM IT
Nicky rolls across the floor crashing into a building of blocks knocking them down like bowling pins.
PILE OF FALLEN BLOCKS
Nicky is sprawled among the blocks face first on the floor and chirping birds can be heard.
INTERIOR: PLAYROOM. ENTRANCE TO PLAYTUBE (THE SLIDE THAT STRECHES THROUGHOUT ROOM).
Tommy looks sad as he sits on edge of tube entrance with his elbows resting on his knees & head resting on his hands. Chuckie & Kimi stand facing him.
I sure wish we coulda helped him.
You tried, Tommy.
Chuckie & Kimi walk off in separate directions as Tommy retreats into the tube.
INTERIOR: PLAYROOM Ė OPEN AREA
A bully walks up to Chuckie & grabs him by the shirt. Seeing this from a distance, Nicky comes charging at the bully with his walker and plows him over. The bully gets up and runs off crying.
Hey! Donít mention it!
EXTERIOR: PLAYROOM - OUTTER SIDE OF PLAY TUBE - UNDERNEATH
Tube shakes as kids run through it. A bolt comes loose and falls toward us.
INTERIOR: INSIDE PLAY TUBE
Tommy is walking inside the tube by himself when his foot gets stuck in an opening left by the missing bolt.
Oh, no! Iím stuck!
Tommy reaches into his diaper and pulls out his plastic screwdriver and tries to pry himself loose. The screwdriver is too short, thus he canít get enough leverage. The screwdriver then falls through the opening.
INTERIOR: PLAYROOM Ė BELOW PLAYTUBE
Nicky sees the screwdriver fall and land next to him. He looks up and sees Tommyís foot stuck in the opening. He rushes over to the tube opening, pushes his walker aside and crawls into the tube dragging his almost lifeless legs behind him. It gets tougher as the tube slopes upward. The tube levels off. He crawls around a curve until he finds Tommy. He then pulls a rod off his leg braces and wedges it in the opening and pries Tommyís foot loose.
INTERIOR: PLAYROOM Ė NEAR ENTRANCE
A small wheelchair sits beside the doorway. Tippy, the daycare councilor, stands nearby.
Several kids begin exiting the playroom. Nicky sets aside his walker as he gets into the wheelchair and wheels his way to the snack room.
Children are sitting at tables eating. As one of them finishes the last of a banana, he tosses the peel onto the floor behind him. Not seeing it, a daycare councilor, carrying Dil, slips on it. Dil goes flying. Nicky comes zooming in his wheelchair and catches him. Theyíre about to hit the wall when Nicky hits the break on his left wheel. The chair spins 180 degrees to a halt.
EXTERIOR: LARGE WADING POOL
Pool has a cement "island" in the middle of it. Tommy & Chuckie playfully splash one another.
Kimi heads to the island.
Wow! This is like being on a river in the jumble!
Cut to close up on Chuckie-
Wait! Donít jumble rivers haveÖ
DISTANT BIRDS EYE VIEW.
The pool has become a river in a jungle. Kimi is on the island in the middle of the river. Everyone is now wearing safari clothes. Tommy & Chuckie are knee deep in the water.
Tommy & Chuckie still in their imaginary attire. They run ashore.
Kimi! Donít get back in the water! The piranhas will bite you!
Large toothed piranhas are seen jumping out of the water.
Whatíre we gonna do, Tommy? Whatíre we gonna do?
Tommy & Chuckie step to opposite sides of the camera to reveal Nicky. Nicky takes his walker into the water and heads to the island. Tommy & Chuckie watch in amazement as the piranhas keep biting his legs and they seem to have no effect on him at all! Nicky reaches the island, turns around and Kimi climbs onto his back. With considerable effort, he manages to get Kimi safely ashore.
The scene then changes back to the daycare center pool.
Didnít those fishies hurt ya?
Werenít you scared?
Nah. Since my legs are paralyzed, I donít feel pain in them.
Wow! Well, you may not be able to do ALL the things other babies can do, but you can still do lots of other things and be just as much fun!
FADE TO BIRDS EYE VIEW
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