Dog is appearing to the boy. The boy is Ben and we decide to call the dog Brady, so they’re part of the Brady bunch. (Sylvia sings the theme song). His family isn’t there – we don’t know where they are. He’s hiding from them with the cookies – he really doesn’t want to share so he’s hiding in the basement. Karl says they’re in Europe, and he’s home alone! Stacey thinks he’s a little lonely but he sure likes the cookies.
He has a big family: Marsha, Cindy and Jan are the girls; Peter Greg and Bobby are the other boys; Mom’s Carol and Dad’s Mike. The dog, of course, is Brady. Brady, the big Golden Retriever, usually says ‘WOOF’ to everything but not right now – now he’s interested in the cookies. But he’s also looking at someone we can’t see… or is it something – a cat, perhaps?
Tom says that Ben really should brush his hair – it’s curly and it sticks up like it has a mind of its own! His outfit is scroungy, says Stacey, maybe from the 30s says Michele. “It’s something!” says Sylvia and Karl thinks its overalls but he’s not sure why there’s a big hole in it. (Sylvia with another musical interlude: ‘The other night dear, when I lay sleeping…’)
Good ol’ Grandma gave him the chocolate chip cookies in her special tin Tupperware (“ooh lovely” says Sylvia). We don’t know if he always gets along with his siblings – one moment he might be, but the next he isn’t. He’s probably been alone for 15 mins. Or 50 mins. He’s been in a fight with his brothers over the cookies, and has got icing all over one knee. A little mischief is good, Karl and Sylvia say.
It really could be any time of day, we think, because the lights are on. Okay, Ben’s looking at somebody too. And that someone is looking back at him disapprovingly. It could be Dad or Alice, the housekeeper. He’s been caught trying to eat all the cookies (“He couldn’t possibly!” says Tom) There’s going to be consequences, and he’s going to have to share! Mom’s been looking for him all day after work!