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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Bit 02 - Arrival at Resort

Scene Description

The Housemans' car approaches the Kellermans' Resort, and we see the large, main building and a huge lawn. Guests who already have arrived are participating in various activities on the lawn. An activity director with a hand-held loudspeaker announces the various activities that are available.

The Housemans' car parks in front of the main building, and the Housemans get out of their car and begin unloading their luggage. The father is Jake; the mother is Marge; the two daughters are Lisa and "Baby".

The resort owner, Max Kellerman, approaches and welcomes the family. He already is acquainted with Jake Houseman, who has provided him medical treatment in the past.

Max Kellerman orders a young male worker, Billy Kostecki, to help unload the Housemans' luggage. Billy and Baby become acqainted in the process.

The Houseman family goes to a dance lesson that is being conducted by Penny Johnson in a gazebo.


Dialogue

Activity Director: Ping-Pong in the west arcade, softball in the east diamond. All you Sandy Koufaxes, get out there! Complimentary dance lessons in the gazebo.

Lisa: Oh, my God. Look at that! Mom, I should've brought the coral shoes. You said I was taking too much.

Marge: Well, sweetheart, you brought ten pairs.

Lisa: But the coral shoes matched that dress.

Jake: This is not a tragedy. A tragedy is three men trapped in a mine or police dogs used in Birmingham.

Baby: Monks burning themselves in protest.

Lisa: Butt out, Baby.

Activity Director: Okay, we got horse shoes on the south lawn in 15 minutes! We've got Splish-Splash, the water class, down by the lake. We have the still-life art class. We got volleyball and croquet. And for you older folks, we got sacks!

Max: Doc! Doc!

Jake: Max!

Max: Well, Doc, after all these years I finally got you up on my mountain.

Jake: How's the blood pressure?

Max: I want you girls to know, if it were not for this man, I'd be standing here dead.
          Billy, get the bags.

Billy: Right away, Doc. I kept the best cabin for you and your beautiful girls.

Jake: Hey, thanks a lot.

Billy: You want a job here?

Max: There's a merengue class in the gazebo in the next few minutes. The greatest teacher. Used to be a Rockette.

Marge: It's his first real vacation in six years, Max. Take it easy.

Max: Three weeks here, it'll feel like a year.

Penny: One, two, three, four! Stomp those grapes and stomp some more! One, two, three, four! Listen to the music!

Baby (bumping into Mrs. Schumacher):Sorry.

Penny: One, two three, four! Move your caboose and shake it loose! One, two, three, four! Start the train! Come on, men! Follow me into a round robin! Ladies, the inner circle! Come on, ladies!

(Penny shakes her bosom.) God wouldn't have given you maracas if he didn't want you to shake them!

Okay now, ladies, when I say "stop" you're gonna find the man of your dreams. Stop! Now, remember, he's the boss on the dance floor, if nowhere else.



Song Lyrics None



Remarks

This scene shows various activities available to the resort guests. The activity director lists ping-pong, softball, dance lessons, horse shoes, swimming lessons, waterpainting lessons, volleyball and croquet. The activity director also mentions "sacks" for older folks, but I don't know that this is.

The activity director mentions that these dance lessons in the gazebo are "complementary," meaning that they don't cost anything. Normally the guests had to pay for dance lessons.

When the activity director mentions softball, he calls on "all you Sandy Koufaxes" to participate. Sandy Koufax was a professional baseball player who was Jewish.

Although the Housemans were unloading all their luggage in front of the main building, they subsequently stayed in a smaller building that was distant from the main building. According to Max Kellerman, this is the best cabin.

The conversation about the shoes begins when Lisa notices that some of the other arriving guests have brought huge amounts of clothing. This conversation indicates Lisa's obsession with fashion and beauty, but it informs the audience also that the guests dress up formally for many of the resort's activities.

Mocking Lisa's sorrow about her shoes, Jake and Baby mention a few "real" tragedies. Jake mentions "police dogs used in Birmingham," refering to the violent suppression of peaceful Civil Rights protesters in Birmingham, Alabama, in the spring of 1963. Baby mentions "monks burning themselves in protest," referring to Buddhist monks in South Vietnam who burned themselves to death in protest against the South Vietnamese Government in June 1963.

The conversation between Jake and Max informs the audience that Jake is a medical doctor. Jake has treated Max in the past, although the circumstances will not be explained.

Billy and Baby must become acquainted early in the story, because he soon will take her to the warehouse where the staff employees dance. As Baby continues to unload luggage from the car, Billy asks jokingly whether she wants a job at the hotel. In fact, many young people whose families visited the resorts did eventually get jobs at the resorts.

Max mentions in the conversation that the Houseman family will spend three weeks at the resort.

Marge mentions in the conversation that Jake has not had "a real vacation" for six years." Marge and the daughters might have enjoyed vacations at a Borscht Belt resort within the past six years, however. A later conversation mentions that some resort guests are wives, so-called bungaloo bunnies," who spend continual weeks at the resort and who are visited there by their husbands only on weekends. In any case, this is Jake's first stay at this particular resort.

Max mentions that Penny Johnson, the teacher at the dance lesson in the gazebo, used to be a Rockette, meaning that she is a professional dancer. Baby participates in the class and thus comes to know that Penny is a professional dancer. Baby still does not know anything about Johnny Castle, the male dance instructor.
During the dancing lesson, Baby stands next to Mrs. Shumacher and even bumps into her. The audience thus begins to recognize her.

Baby looks uncomfortable, clumsy, inhibited and unhappy while dancing.

Penny tells her students that when she says "stop" the women are supposed to "find the man of your dreams." Penny subsequently says "stop" and grabs Jake Houseman. This reinforces Baby's remark in the previous scene (riding in the car) that she dreamed of marrying a man like her father. Later in the movie, we learn that Penny has fallen in love with a medical student, who will become a doctor, like Jake. Penny will come to admire Jake very much.

When Penny yells "stop," Baby ends up dancing with Mr. Schumacher. Thus the audience begins to recognize him.

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