MARMADUKE: THE MOTION PICTURE
int. office - late afternoon
PHIL WINSLOW, 43, packs up his desk on a Friday. He throws a few papers in his brief case, and shuts it. He turns to his co-worker, CHARLES, still huddled over a spreadsheet on his computer.
Well, that’s it for me this week, Charles. I'll look at that spreadsheet on Monday.
Any big plans for the weekend, Phil?
After this week? I am going to spend the whole weekend sitting on my couch.
You sure love that couch!
I got a wife and two kids. That couch is the only place left in my house I can relax.
I hear ya, Phil. Have a good one.
int. phil’s car - afTERNOON
Phil is stuck in a rush hour commute home, he honks his horn and pounds his head on the steering wheel in frustration. He flips through the channels. One is playing “Shout” by Tears for Fears. Phil sings along with his own lyrics.
“Couch, Couch, sit on the couch / that is the thing I can’t live without / Come on, I’m sitting on you / my couch!”
ext. winslow driveway - eVENING
Phil pulls into the driveway. It is now almost dark outside. On the way to his door, his briefcase busts open, spilling his papers all over a puddle in the driveway. He collects them and finally stumbles in the door.
int. winslow house -eVENING
He is greated by BARBARA, his daughter, and BILLY, his son, at the door.
Dad! Billy looked at my diary!
Yeah, but she wrote in there that I was dork! I am not a dork!
If you weren’t a dork, you wouldn’t look in that diary!
Billy punches Barbara.
Dad, he punched me.
Phil’s wife, DOTTIE walks in.
Phil, what took you so long? Working late with that little blonde secretary?
No! For the last time, I don’t even have a secretary.
That’s not what Denise told me. She said that her husband said that you hired this 22 year old bimbo...
Please, can I just sit down for a minute?
Fine. But before you go in the living room, you should know that I took the kids to the animal shelter today and we...
Please! Just save it! All I want is too sit on my sofa for five minutes without being disturbed!
int. winslow den - evENING
Phil walks into the den, breathing a sigh of relief as he walks toward the TV. Suddenly, he sees an orange shape rise just above the top of the couch.
What is this? Some new orange pillow?
He turns to yell upstairs.
Dottie, did you get a new pillow?
DOTTIE comes running down.
No... Phil, wait, I was trying to tell you, we went to the animal shelter and...
Phil goes to sit on the couch.
Oh my God...
He turns toward the couch. We pan around to see a giant orange great dane taking up the entire couch.
And bought a dog.
Billy and Barbara run in.
We named him Marmaduke.
Phil tries to move Marmaduke from the couch.
He thinks it’s HIS couch!
Phil rolls his eyes back in his head and faints.
Title Card: MARMADUKE
Contributed by Tony Zaret.