Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Lassie Come Home (FF)

Lassie!  Lassie!  You've come home," shouted out Timmy's mom, Mrs.Martin. "I knew you would, girl, I knew you would!"

Lassie was trotting along the railroad tracks and glimpsing Mrs. Martin, she excitedly ran right up to her.  The old girl looked exhausted and emaciated, her hair and coat filthy and matted.

"Poor girl, what you must been through!" cried Mrs. Martin. "We will take care of you forever and forever more, Lassie."

"With all due respect, Mrs. M," said Lassie, "all I came back for was my toothbrush. I'm hooked up with an ashram in the next county."

"Oh, and tell Timmy everything has been swell, but frankly, I liked Jeff better."

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You most likely don't remember, but Lassie enchanted us on the small screen all through the fifties and then some, living with a number of masters and sometimes living without them because she was a lot smarter than you or I.

This is my Friday Fictioneers contribution based on the picture prompt above, and below are Jeff (the first owner) and Timmy (the second) in their heyday.


              Jeff                                                   Timmy
             
Maybe one day Lassie will return to Timmy because Timmy's now about 60 and Jeff, I'm afraid, has passed.Click here for more of our dog and pony show only without the pony as authored by our Fellow Fictioneers.

"Hey Lassie!  Here, girl, I've got your toothbrush! Vibrating too." 

43 comments:

mikefalkner1 said...

Another "Perry" outstanding story. I do not know how Russell is going to beat this.

Perry Block said...

Mike, Russell and I are in no way in a competition to beat each other... but NA, NA, NA,NA, NAH, Russell! Well, maybe a little. Thanks for writing.

Anonymous said...

I totally remember Lassie. And had forgotten the switch of ownership and honestly don't remember who I preferred - Jeff or Timmy. Glad Lassie has kept it straight. Good one, Perry. Alicia

Patrick Prinsloo said...

Great piece of memorabilia here. Love the ashram.

janet said...

Sounds as thought Lassie went over to the Beatles. I remember Lassie sitting there with her paw raised as the credits rolled and the music played. I also remember the Beatles first appearance on Ed Sullivan. Wow! That's sounding old. I think I must have seen them online.

(Where's the "Click if you're a robot" button? Unfair! Protested by RFETR (Robots for the Ethical Treatment of Robots).
janet

thewritersvillage said...

Nice trip done a great memory lane.
Woof. Woof.

Randy

bykimberlylynne said...

Who's fallen down the old well now? I loved the name Rudd Weatherwax, BTW. Thanks for the freaky flashback.

mezzojan said...

I don't remember Jeff! But then, I didn't watch much TV, and my memory is crap. What did you say your name was???

Sandra Crook said...

Good one Perry. Of course I don't remember any of this... ;)

Rochelle Wisoff-Fields said...

Dear Perry,

Of course I remember Jeff and Timmy. Personally I liked Timmy better. Well maybe it was just that I liked his too perfect, white-bread parents.

The last line made me laugh hard enough to fall off my chair and spill my coffee.

Shalom and arf arf,

Rochelle

lizy-expat-writer said...

Your script is just as excruciating as the originals were. Thanks, Perry.

gahlearner said...

This is priceless, once I got to read your story, because I got so distracted by your "About me"... but when I stopped laughing, I finally got there. And I liked Jeff better, too.

Russell Gayer said...

Perry certainly set the bar high this week. I should probably give up now and save the risk of embarrassment. It's a good thing I read this story first, because I thought it was Flipper in the picture. Boy, would I have looked dumb (or maybe dumber).

Russell Gayer said...

White-bread parents? Good thing it wasn't set in the Ozarks or West Virginia, they might have been in-bred parents.

Russell Gayer said...

Personally, I thought Timmy's mother was cute. Lassie never seemed very keen on her though. Probably some jealousy on the set. You know how those dog-stars can be.

Perry Block said...

I think I preferred Jeff, but preferred Timmy's family with June Lockhart. What I mostly preferred, however, is that I was a kid then, which is what I should still be now, damn it! Thanks for writing, Alicia.

Perry Block said...

Lassie was always very spiritual and committed. I hear she and June Lockhart joined the Weather Underground some years later.

Doreen McGettigan said...

I cried through every Lassie movie and every TV episode. They were pretty heavy for little kids.
Oh the memories.

Perry Block said...

I'm afraid we are old, Janet, though I've got a few on you. I remember Lassie's paw raised too although I honestly didn't remember that Timmy was adopted (I saw this episode years later). As for the Beatles,"Sorry, girls, he's married." Enough said.

Perry Block said...

Yep, there's a nostalgia there that gets me too, especially when Lassie joined that ashram and began experimenting with drugs. Actually, the nostalgia of these old shows does make me sad, as I think about the performers no longer with us and/or aged (June Lockhart is about 90), and of course, how damn old I am!

Perry Block said...

Scratch, Scratch. Lift leg, Lift Leg.

Perry Block said...

Yes, it seems somebody fell down a well in every episode. You'd think they'd have learned; "look a well, let's play football next to it." I understand the name "Rudd Weatherwax" was a stage name. His real name was "Bruce Weatherwax." You're welcome for the freaky flashback.

Perry Block said...

Lassie. Mr. Lassie. Pleased to meet you.

Perry Block said...

I realize that some of our younger readers such as yourself might be mystified by all this. Tell you what, next time I'll write about something you'll recognize from your own generation --- Justin Bieber.

Perry Block said...

I liked Jeff more because I thought Timmy was a bit too cloyingly cute, but I preferred June Lockhart as the mom. In-bred parents? Lassie jumping up on my leg? Thanks for spoiling our nostalgia, Russell!

Perry Block said...

Not sure I was going for excruciating, but I'll take any compliment I can get.

Perry Block said...

Okay, chalk another one up for Jeff. Thanks for the comment about my biography, 100% of which is true. Oy~

Perry Block said...

Yes, I though she was cute too, but I liked her better in Lost in Space and I was heartsick that she was then married to Zorro. And like you said, I heard Lassie had a terrible show business ego, constantly drugging the guest stars so she could secretly sniff their behinds.

Perry Block said...

It's not Flipper? Damn, I thought Flipper was the one that Timmy and Jeff owned. Wasn't it Lassie that wound up in that can of tuna? Boy, am I confused!

Björn Rudberg said...

I didn't remember Lassie as such but I think I had caught the gist of the story... my story went a little bit along the same lines, but more syrupy

amyreesewrites.com said...

So funny, Perry. Of course, I remember Lassie. I can't imagine Lassie with matted fur. I can't say I knew his owner's names either. Lassie seems like the kind of dog who would play favorites.

Anonymous said...

Dear Perry, Great story and a funny one. I remember watching Lassie as a kid and loved it! Good and entertaining story! Nan

Perry Block said...

I love syrup especially with whipped cream and sprinkles. Going over to read your story now.

Perry Block said...

You've probably only seen Lassie in reruns so of course you wouldn't know. I remember Lassie from when she first evolved from a wolf,so I remember her owners going way back.

Perry Block said...

I remember watching it as a kid too and thinking "why does everybody have a phone you have to crank?" Sure was another world.

Dawn said...

Yes, I loved it too. Of course it was re-runs when we watched it. Later it came out on color but it wasn't near as good for some reason.

Perry Block said...

Lassie had a lousy makeup artist in those years.

Perry Block said...

Come to think of it, Lassie was very centered and zen like. Tracey

Perry Block said...

This isn't my comment; it'sTracey's. Somehow I lost her original comment so I'm duplicating it here. I am a hell of a guy.

Subroto said...

Karma is a bitch and it seems so is Lassie ;-)

Perry Block said...

I had a lot of trouble getting my karma started this morning. Must be that bad karma Lassie's been spreading around.

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