The New Zoo Revue

Season 1 Episode 1


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Scene 1 Freddie returns from a jog in the morning to which "gets the blood moving." He meets Charlie who is "thinking." He gets Freddie briefly into the meta-cognitive mood. Freddie feels ashamed of his lack of higher order thinking, while Charlie dishes out intelligences insults that go over and into Freddie's head. Charlie devises a plan to make Freddie smarter. Scene 2 Freddie wakes up Doug at 6 am "because it's the best time to activate your brain." He tells Doug that he needs some wood to build a box to grow a brain in. Scene 3 Freddie's clumsiness sets off a very characteristic New Zoo special effect. Freddie then trades Charlie the wood for some more insults. Charlie gives Freddie a plan to turn the wood into a box. Freddie seems primed for more destruction, Charlie breaks into song "Use Your Brain." Charlie threatens to end all communication with Freddie if he can't use his head and follow instructions. Scene 4 Freddie goes to visit Henrietta, and asks her how she gets her brain to wake up. Henrietta tries to administer a food cure for Freddie's feelings of idiocy. Freddie, though, isn't having it because he's depressed. Freddie picks up on Charlie's motif and wonders if Henrietta ever uses her brain to think about anything besides food. Her food talk makes Freddie want to vomit, and he runs off. Scene 5 Freddie takes his brain story to Doug and Emmy Jo, who admit that they don't always understand Charlie either. Emmy Jo has Freddie touch the thorns on a flower in order to prove to Freddie that his brain, nerves, etc. are always working. Doug then puts the same flower under Freddie's nose and in Freddie's mouth to demonstrate his other senses. Emmy Jo convinces Freddie to give her the flower because she's pretty, which therefore "proves" that he's thoughtful. This pun on the idea of thinking leads the pair to reinforce the idea of compassion as valuable. Now that he thinks that he's smart, Freddie can't wait to be a "Walking, Talking, Brain, cue the second song " Scene 6 Freddie causes another explosion in Charlie's lab, and he shows Charlie his poor excuse for a box. The tree house shakes. Emily goes to help out the boys, as they need "A woman's touch." Emmy Jo tells Charlie that if he were really wise he would encourage Freddie, not be impatient. She sings the song "Sometimes Think With Your Heart." Scene 7 Charlie apologizes to Freddie for blowing his top, and gives Freddie a flower.moreless

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