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REPLAY   5'?m5f Salvation, forgiveness, repentance

LIZ -- (enters, crosses)

SUE -- (enters opposite, crosses) Oh, hi, Liz! Say, I had a good
time at dinner last night. Thanks for inviting me.

LIZ -- I could tell you had a good time. You ate like a horse.

SUE --  (gasps, exits)

LIZ -- (stops, stomps) Now why did I say that?! I wish I could
take that back!

AMY -- (enters opposite carrying TV remote control, to audience)
Now, through a miracle of modern electronics, Ronco announces
(offers remote control) SECOND CHANCE INSTANT REPLAY! The
amazing electronic gadget that allows you to replay AND EDIT any
conversation with the flick of a finger (points remote at Sue,
presses button) Let me demonstrate.

SUE -- (reenters backward, crosses stage backward, speaks
gibberish as if repeating her lines in reverse, freezes)

LIZ -- How did you do that?!

AMY -- It's not me! It's the amazing new electronic gadget from
Ronco, it's called SECOND CHANCE INSTANT REPLAY. The gadget that
gives YOU a second chance. (points remote at Sue, presses
button)

SUE -- (crosses) Oh, hi, Liz! Say, I had a good time at dinner
last night. Thanks for inviting me. (exits)

LIZ -- (hesitates, looks to Amy)

AMY -- (smiles and nods)

LIZ -- Ah, hi, Sue. Yeah, I had a good time too. We'll have to
do it again real soon.

AMY -- That's better!

LIZ -- (to Amy) That was amazing!

AMY -- (offers remote) Here try SECOND CHANCE INSTANT REPLAY for
yourself.

LIZ -- (takes remote, examines it) Really?

AMY -- Just push the rewind button and then the replay button.
That's all there is to it.

ANN -- (enters) Elizabeth, I put a piece of pie in the fridge
last night and this morning it's gone. Did you...

LIZ -- I think I saw Pauline eating something.

ANN -- (exiting) Why that little thief. Wait til I see her!

LIZ -- Why do I lie like that?! (pushes button) Let's try that
again.

ANN -- (retraces steps backward, repeating lines backward,
freezes)

LIZ -- (pushes button)

ANN -- (enters) Elizabeth, I put a piece of pie in the fridge
last night and this morning it's gone. Did you...

LIZ -- Yes, I ate it. I'm sorry, Ann, I just couldn't resist.
There was no excuse for it. Listen, I tell you what. I'll buy
you a whole pie in repayment.

ANN -- (exiting) Okay. Fair enough.

LIZ -- Hey! This thing really works!

AMY -- Yes. And SECOND CHANCE INSTANT REPLAY comes with a money
back guarantee!

SAL -- (enters) Elizabeth, do you have any idea why Brandon has
been avoiding me lately? (exits)

LIZ -- Why are you asking me?! I don't have a clue. I had
nothing to do with it. (gasps) Oh, man! I did it again. (points 
remote at Sal, pushes button)

SAL -- (retraces steps backward, repeating lines backward,
freezes)

LIZ -- (pushes button)

SAL -- Elizabeth, do you have any idea why Brandon has been
avoiding me lately? (exits)

LIZ -- Sally, I have an apology to make. A couple of days ago, I
told Brandon that I would like to go out with him. Now, he
doesn't want to come around here anymore for fear that I'll come
onto him again. I'm sorry. I'll back off. I had no right. I'm
sorry if it damaged our friendship.

SAL -- I thought it must me something like that. But I didn't
want to accuse you of anything. (exiting) Thanks for being so
honest about it. Talk to you later.

LIZ -- Wow! This thing really works! If I didn't do an instant
replay, I could have lost three friends! How much does this 
thing cost?

AMY -- Nothing.

LIZ -- You mean it's free?!

AMY -- No. I mean it doesn't exist.

LIZ -- How can that be?! I just saw... (points off stage)

AMY -- What you saw was you're imagination. There is no such
thing as SECOND CHANCE INSTANT REPLAY.

LIZ -- There isn't?

AMY -- Of course not.

LIZ -- Then, what's this? (offers remote)

AMY -- (takes remote) It's a figment of your fertile
imagination. The same creativity that tried to cover up lies and
misdeeds also created this ridiculous gadget.

LIZ -- So, I just imagined all of this.

AMY -- That's right.

LIZ -- So, you're not real, either.

AMY -- Now you're getting back to reality! You're going to have
to live with your dishonesty and misdeeds.

LIZ -- You mean, there's nothing I can do about them?

AMY -- Well, I suppose there's SOMEthing you can do about them.

LIZ -- What's that?

AMY -- You can learn from your mistakes and not repeat your
stupidity. And, of course,... oh.

LIZ -- Of course,... what?

AMY -- I was thinking that you were a Christian. But...

LIZ -- But what? What do Christians have that I don't have?

AMY -- If you rely on the death of Jesus to pay for your sins,
you'll be cleansed of your guilty conscience. (exiting) But that
means you have to stop resisting him and dreaming up these
(lifts remote) crazy alternatives.

LIZ -- Yeah, but, if I rely on Jesus, I've got to admit I've
been wrong all this time. (follows) Say, let me have another
look at that gadget.

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