Strangers Episode Guide
00 - Unaired Pilot (Knock, Knock . . . Who's There?)
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These shots are from the opening scene of the pilot, featuring Louie Anderson as
Lou, Lise Cutter as Susan and Ernie Sabella as Mr. Twinkacetti. This scene
takes place in the Ritz Discount Store before the opening segment of the aired
pilot (which begins with Lou in his apartment). It's very likely this
opening scene was also filmed for the aired pilot but was left on the cutting
room floor. This scene also establishes that Susan works as a nurse,
something I'm not sure is referred to in the aired episodes, although she is
seen wearing her nurse's uniform sometimes.
Here is how the script reads for this opening segment (this is from the script
for the first episode as filmed with Mark and Bronson, so the pilot script may
not follow this exactly, but is the same general idea):
INT. RITZ DISCOUNT
STORE - DAY
STORE DEALS IN FACTORY SECONDS - - SHEETS, TOWELS AND CLOTHES THAT ARE IN
SOMEWAY FLAWED. THERE ARE ALSO TV'S AND APPLIANCES, SOME FLAWED, SOME JUST
USED. SIGNS MARK THE DIFFERENCE. THERE IS A LITTLE BIT OF
EVERYTHING, INCLUDING USED FURNITURE, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, SPEAKERS AND
AMPLIFIERS. THERE IS A BRASS HAT RACK STANDING BY THE FRONT DOOR.
LOU IS TRYING TO SET UP A DISPLAY. HE'S UNFOLDING A WOODEN AND CANVAS
BEACH CHAIR. HE IS UNABLE TO GET IT SET UP PROPERLY. SUSAN ENTERS.
SHE'S DRESSED IN HER NURSE'S UNIFORM. DURING THE FOLLOWING LOU CONTINUES
TRYING TO SET UP THE CHAIR WITH LITTLE LUCK WHILE AT THE SAME TIME TRYING TO
MAKE SUSAN THINK NOTHING UNUSUAL IS GOING ON. (Note - no photos from this
session show anything with a beach chair so that bit might have been rewritten
for the second pilot with Mark)
Hi, Susan. What brings you here? I'm not sick am I?
(KIDDING) No, I hope not. I'm on my lunch break. I just thought I'd
drop in and see how you are.
Hey, I'm doing great. Two weeks in the big city. I finally got my
apartment set up like a real bachelor pad. Nothing in the frig except
beer. Well . . . there's a bottle of Maalox in there, too. Beer
really screws up my stomach.
Well, that's the price you pay for being a bachelor.
Are you kidding? This is a dream come true. I came from a family of
eight brothers and sisters. You had to take a number to pet the dog.
Is working in a discount store part of your dream?
Allright, it's a discount dream. But until I achieve what I want, this job
keeps Maalox in the frig.
Twinkacetti's a terrible landlord. I can't imagine working for him, too.
It's no worse than any other living hell. But even a man who enjoys
tormenting small animals must have his good side.
TOSSING HIS HAT ON THE HAT RACK WITHOUT LOOKING.
God, I hate the day light.
Or not. Hello, Mr. Twinkacetti.
(SEES SUSAN) Hey, cupcakes, let's go in my office and renegotiate your rent.
(BRIGHTLY) I'd rather slam a car door on my fingers.
(SHRUGS) We can do both. Think about it.
TWINKIE ENTERS HIS
That man is living proof that there's a dark side to evolution.
Some other photos
possibly staged for the photo shoot, or do they show variations of the script
for this opening scene? (Note the money Twinkacetti is holding in
the third photo.)
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