Empathy No. 011
07/15/02, Levitt living rm. 1:20 PM (approx)
LLOYD: Is that everything?
ALLISON: Roderick's bringing in the last box.
LLOYD: All right. Oh, I forgot to ask - Roderick, is the room okay? We set it up pretty quick, if there's anything you need, I can take care of it. Hope it's not too small for you.
RODERICK: No, it's good. I have what I need.
ELEANOR: You need a shelf, don't you?
RODERICK: Mom, I don't need a shelf.
LLOYD: There's a pretty good sized bookshelf in there already. He needs another one?
ELEANOR: I was thinking one on the wall, over his desk. He needs it for his trophies.
RODERICK: I really don't need-
LLOYD: That's not a problem, I can have that up in a few minutes. How wide do you need it?
ALLISON: Wait, you need a whole shelf just for trophies?
JASON: Dude, you didn't see what that box was marked?
BROOKE: That whole thing? Are you serious?
ELEANOR: Would you like to see them?
RODERICK: ...They don't want to see the trophies.
JASON: I do. I mean, I know you win a lot, but it's one thing to read about it, I gotta see them.
LLOYD: It might help to see what we're talking about. To make sure the shelf is large enough.
ELEANOR: You're comfortable with that, right? No one's going to make you-
RODERICK: No, it's...fine.
LLOYD: Here, let me give you a hand with that...Oh, wow.
ALLISON: Geez, these are the big ones too, huh? What are these for?
ELEANOR: They're...Roderick, maybe you should tell them?
ALLISON: This one barely fits in the box.
RODERICK: It's...science fair, state prize.
JASON: Wow. I got a ribbon once, never even saw one of these.
ELEANOR: He has a lot of ribbons, but when he was 13, he did this experimental set on plant nutrition that won the whole fair.
JASON: Geez. If I did this, I'd brag about it more.
LLOYD: Let's see what else is in here...Math Olympiad? Maybe you can Jason some tutoring.
ALLISON: Yeah, he can barely add.
JASON: I'm not that bad at math. What's this pyramid thing?
ELEANOR: That's a great one. That one's for the Junior Leadership Club.
RODERICK: All we did was listen to a bunch of speeches.
ELEANOR: He always says that, but he was their youngest member. Two years younger than everyone else, but they let him in on special recommendation from his teachers.
BROOKE: Check this one out - robotics club!
JASON: Oh, that is so cool!
RODERICK: It was just like a remote-controlled car.
ELEANOR: That you built from scratch, by yourself! I didn't help him with that, or the science fair...
LLOYD: I'd better get to work on that shelf, wouldn't want these things to sit in that box any longer than they have to. Jason, tell me if I miss any good ones.
JASON: Sure thing. Hey, what's this thing with the pegs?
ELEANOR: Oh, a friend made that so Roderick could display his medals and ribbons.
ALLISON: I didn't even see any medals...here they are, and there's so many of them! Look at these - there's debate, math, math again, state Scholar's Bowl...
RODERICK: We only got fourth.
JASON: I never got anywhere near fourth. I never even knew anyone who made it to state.
RODERICK: Can I take these upstairs now?
JASON: I'll give you a hand.
RODERICK: That's okay, I've got them.
JASON: At least let me carry the Science Fair one, I'm never gonna win anything like this.