EXT. ZOO — ARCTIC EXHIBIT — CRACK OF DAWN

LEONARD the flamingo slinks to the edge of the exhibit, peaks over, both eyes over his shoulders. SHERMAN the walrus waves exuberantly from the far end.

SHERMAN
Well come on diggity down, dog-
gone it! Back again, I see!

Sherman waddles over.

LEONARD
Shh! No one—I mean, no one—I
mean, no one—mean, knows I’m
here.
(a beat)
Er—yeah—knows I’m here. But I
brought—I say, I brought—the
fish ya said. Yeah—er—fish ya
said. Just don’t—don’t—don’t—
let word get out.

SHERMAN
Why, be-boppin’ Jiminies—best
ba-hootin’ bystander y’never saw!
But boy by god’s gum she’s blasted
beaut’. Hot hard-boiled dog!

Sherman produces a swim cap, presents it. A perfect flamingo pink.

LEONARD
See, now, cool it. Just—just—
just—cool it. Yeah—keep it low.
Last thing I want—I need—I
want—I think—is publicity—er,
yeah—publicity.

He shoulder checks.

SHERMAN
Well shut-me-down shucks, don’t
you dang-diddly worry. Shake-a-leg
Sherm’s who-done discreet.

LEONARD
Good—good—good—yeah, that’s
good—yeah, good to hear. Yeah.
Good to hear.
(a beat)
Er…how—how—how—how much?

SHERMAN
By Jimmy John’s Jove, don’t be
botherin’ ya boy-howdy head. Be
Saint Sugar Sherm’s way o’ showin’
he cares!

LEONARD
You know—you know—you—I
really appreciate it—you know I do.
Finally—f-f-finally—get me some
food. Er…I mean… I mean—I
mean—I mean—oh, you know what
I mean…

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