Chapter 5 The next morning, Kermit, Rowlf, Fozzie, Camilla and Rizzo had all piled into Kermit’s green mini-van. Kermit took the driver’s seat, Fozzie took passenger’s, and the other three Muppets sat in back. Me: Road trip! Road trip! Gonzo: When did Animal get here? The rest of the Muppets stayed behind at the boarding house, they would head to the hospital later in the day. Kermit drove his van to the hospital parking lot and pulled into a slip. "Alright guys,"Kermit said eyeing the group getting out of the car with him. "Whatever happens when we get inside, we just have to believe that Gonzo’s gonna pull through. Right?" Gonzo: Right! Me: Uh, right! Gonzo: *glares* "Right!" the other four agreed. Camilla, Rizzo and Rowlf walked off towards the door. Kermit began to walk off as well, but Fozzie stopped him. "Kermit?" Fozzie asked. Kermit turned around. "Yeah Fozzie?" "Kermit, what if Gonzo...Doesn’t...You know..." Gonzo: He will. Or at least, he better. Me: Hey, I’m innocent...Erm...Kinda... Kermit looked at his feet. "Fozzie, we just have to believe. That’s got us far before," Kermit smiled. "Yeah but...But Gonzo...Gonzo he’s hurt Kermit...Hurt bad, how much believing can we possibly do?" Me: You can do as much believing as you want! Kermit put his arm around Fozzie’s shoulder. "Fozzie, just remember that life’s like a movie, write your own ending, keep believing and keep pretending." Gonzo: Yeah! Fozzie smiled and nodded. "Yeah, thanks Kermit, I’ll keep believing, promise." "Oh good," Kermit replied as he and Fozzie walked the rest of the way into the hospital. * * * * * * * * * * * * A tall alien walked down a massive hallway being passed by other members of his kind. To his left were three massive glass windows revealing the starry skyline and two moons. Me: Ooh!! OOOOH!! Gonzo: What? The alien wore a tall golden hat on his head (to cover his also tall head), and a shining gold cape over his red vest coat to cover his molting gray-blue feathers. Gonzo: He looks familiar... Me: He should!! When he reached a door at the end of the hallway, he grabbed the handles and pulled it open. He walked inside and towards a large television screen depicting Gonzo in his hospital bed. "Kermit!" Gonzo shouted. The screen rewound itself back to Gonzo unconscious in the bed. "Kermit!" he shouted again. Gonzo: Hey! How do they see me?! "So he has awoken?" the alien asked a large man in a purple cape cut beneath his shoulder blades, who stood in front of him. Gonzo: How do they know me? The man turned around to face him. "Yes Onzgo," the man said. "He’s been awake since morning on Earth, his friends are headed to his room." Gonzo: Hey, isn’t that Ed? Me: Mm-hm... Gonzo: So that means... Me: Yup. Gonzo: And right now we’re... Me: You got it. Gonzo: Cool! The alien called Onzgo nodded. "Very good Zongo, now, go to Des Filmer. And here, give him this message to send to Gonzo," Onzgo said, handing the man a piece of paper. Me: REFERENCE!! Des Filmer is a huge reference to the Muppets From Space DVD commentary where Gonzo says that the person responsible for the moving cereal and the talking sandwich was "Des Filmer and his performing breakfast food." So, I took the name and ran with it. The man named Zongo half-bowed. "Yes sir," he walked out an automatic door. The man was once an Earthling, his name used to be Edward K. Singer. His life on Earth was full of ridicule. They’d call him names like "Weirdo," "Freak boy," and "Paranoid Delusional Psychopath." But that’s why he left that life behind to come to outer space with a group of aliens that landed on Earth to greet their brother Gonzo. He was quickly loved by the aliens for his physical humor he was adorned with a cape and renamed Zongo and was given the position of Ambassador to Earth. This is where he truly belonged. Gonzo: *shudders* That man thoroughly creeps me out... Me: Yeah, he was pretty harsh on you Gonzo... Gonzo: Not that! He’s bald! He made his way to the cafeteria where he knocked on a door three times. "Mr. Filmer? It’s Zongo, Onzgo needs you." The door opened and an alien poked his long orange nose out. "Needs me for what?" the alien asked. Me: Ooh! There’s Des Filmer’s nose! "Well, um, your special brand of, well, food, to make contact with his brother on Earth." Gonzo: Brother?! "Again?" the alien asked as he opened the door fully. "Well, it has been seven years since last time. Come on in!" he motioned to Zongo. "Thank you," Zongo said as he moved inside. Des Filmer wore large yellow spectacles on his eyes and a white lab coat. "Now, what would the big boss prefer this time?" he asked. Me: Hehehe, I really liked Des Filmer’s character, one of my favorites I created in this story. Gonzo: One of your favorites? Zongo scratched his head, "Well I’m not sure, I assume he’d want you to manipulate whatever they’re having for lunch on Earth." "And how do we find out what that is?" Des asked. "Turn your monitor on channel 10-57PM," Zongo said. Me: Came up with that number by looking at what time it was when I was typing the chapter... Gonzo: You are so creative... Des Filmer picked up a remote control, "Now do I type the number than press the square?" "No, no the square, than the number, than the oval, than the cylinder and finally the star," Zongo explained. Des Filmer looked at the remote, then handed it to Zongo, "Here, you do it! Danged universal remote," Des muttered. Me: REFERENCE!! That troublesome remote is a reference to It’s a Very Merry Muppet Christmas Movie, where...Um...Whoopi Goldberg had the same problem... Zongo pushed a series of buttons on the remote and pointed it at a wall that lit up, revealing a monitor. On the monitor a nurse was bringing Gonzo a tray of spaghetti with two meatballs sitting on the top. "Ah, here we are, looks like pancakes are on the menu for today Des." Des grinned. "Ooh! A tricky one! Fabulous!" he walked over to a system of wires and cords dangling from the ceiling. At the end of the wires was a metal glove sitting on a table. Des Filmer slipped the glove on his hand, his thumb on through the bottom, and his other four fingers through the top. "Now it’s all a simple matter of puppetry!" Gonzo: Oh come on...Puppetry? That’s so fake... Me: Oy... Gonzo: LISA’S WORD!! * * * * * * * * * * * * Gonzo lay awake in his bed in the hospital, his four limbs were either bandaged or in slings. He turned his head and glanced at the clock that read 7:41 AM. Gonzo looked back to the ceiling and sighed. "Where is everyone?" he asked the air. Me: I think I got that time from the real world clock too... "I’ve been askin’ that question for two months now!" an elderly voice said from behind a sheet to the right of Gonzo. Me: Oh, I forgot Arnie was in this chapter... Gonzo: Who now? "Who said that?" Gonzo asked. Gonzo: My question exactly. The sheet pulled back and an old man lay in a bed next to Gonzo. "Me! Arnie," said an old man on the other side of the sheet. Me: Him, he’s Arnie...Or...He was...Erm, anyway... "Oh, hi," Gonzo said, he didn’t know that he had a neighbor. "Um, I’m, uh, I’m Gonzo." Gonzo: And I’m confused... Me: Hi confused, I’m half of Insane A. Sylum. "Nice to meet ya," the man said. "And nice to see ya awake, you’ve been out like a light for almost a day!" Gonzo nodded, "Yeah, I know, thanks for the concern though." Just before Arnie could answer, a chicken burst through the door. "Gonzo!!" she clucked loudly. Gonzo turned to look at the door as Camilla darted in and jumped atop his bed, clucking and pecking him. Gonzo laughed. "Camilla, Camilla, watch the casts!" Gonzo: Aww, my little chickadee will always be number one. Me: Actually, she looks like she’d make a three piece dinner... "No one ever watches my casts," Arnie sighed as he rolled back over on his bed. Gonzo looked at him, but got distracted before he could say something. Me: Awww, poor guy...He has no one to hug him...*hugs Arnie* Rizzo sped in next. "You little-You’re okay! Ha ha!" Rizzo said as he too jumped on top of Gonzo. Kermit, Fozzie and Rowlf all walked in as well. "Ah! You were wrong Gonzo, one of these days my jokes will not kill you!" Gonzo laughed. "I guess I was Fozzie," he said. Gonzo: I beg to differ... "Well Fozzie," Rowlf said examining the casts. "I’d say you came pretty close." Kermit watched as Gonzo was hugged and reunited with the others. "It’s good to have you back Gonzo," he said, smiling at the weirdo. The others quieted down and Gonzo smiled back. "Thanks Kermit, it’s good to be back." Gonzo: Yes, yes it is. You pulled it off very well Mr. Cracker. Me: Thankie muchly Mr. Whatever. * * * * * * * * * * * * After about ten minutes of talking to Gonzo and calling the boarding house to tell the other Muppets he was alright, Arnie had fallen asleep, and a nurse brought in a plate of spaghetti for Gonzo. "Eat up now," she said. "You need your strength if you wanted those broken bones to heal." "Thanks," Gonzo said. The nurse left, and Fozzie looked at the food and grimaced. "What’s the deal with hospital food?" Me: Hehe, Fozzie and his jokes... Gonzo: Yeah, they’re very pun-ishing. Me: Ooh, nice. Rowlf laughed. Rizzo rubbed his hands together. "Hey I’ll take it if you don’t want it." "Thanks Rizzo, but I think I’ll keep it," Gonzo said as he picked up his fork and began to bring it down on the pasta. "Gonzo? Is that you?" the spaghetti said, moving up and down like a mouth. "Hello?" Gonzo: AH!! Gonzo stared at it, Kermit and the others moved closer and looked at it strangely. "Gonzo, what’s going on?" Kermit asked. "It must be my family again, they’re contacting me through my food, just like last time!" Gonzo said to Kermit. He returned his attention to his meal. "Yeah, this is Gonzo." Me: Very explanatory there Gonzo... Gonzo: Hey, you’re the writer! "Great! Now, we were wondering when you could come out to space with us," the spaghetti asked. Gonzo: He doesn’t waste any time does he? The other Muppets looked at each other. "Out to space?" Fozzie asked. "Yeah you know," the spaghetti said. "The great beyond, the final frontier? Wait, who is this?" "Fozzie," the bear replied. "Just one of my friends," Gonzo said. "But uh, I don’t know if I’ll be going into space with you guys," he said to the food. "Not going?" it asked. "But why?" "I’m done with all that," Gonzo said plainly. "No more life-threatening situations." Gonzo: I still can’t get used to that at all. Me: Welcome to the club. Kermit gasped. "Gonzo, are you serious?" Gonzo: No! I’m not serious! Gonzo nodded. "Yeah, no more." Me: Yes you are. "But Gonzo," the plate of food said. "We need you. You’re the only one who can save us. If you don’t come, no one will be able help us!" "I’m sorry, but I can’t help you!" Gonzo said back. "But if you don’t, we’ll all die!" the spaghetti said. Gonzo: ...Die... All was silent. "Die?" Rowlf asked. "Yes Fozzie," the spaghetti said to the dog. "That’s Rowlf," Fozzie said. "I’m Fozzie." The spaghetti turned to the bear. "Oh yeah, you’ve got the hat," he turned back to Gonzo. "Help us Gonzo the Great, you’re our only hope." Me: DOUBLE REFERENCE!!! First is a reference to The Great Muppet Caper with the spaghetti confusing Fozzie and Rowlf, just like that new reporter confused Kermit and Fozzie. And the second reference is to Star Wars, "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi! You’re my only hope!" Gonzo: Who are you talking to? Me: I was just quoting... Gonzo: Did you wear a helmet? Me: *headsmack* "What is dis Star Trek?" Rizzo whispered to Kermit. Gonzo: Rizzo doesn’t get any references I see... Gonzo looked down at his food, and over to each of his friends. This was a matter of life or death now. "Kermit," Gonzo said to the frog. "What do you think?" Kermit looked at his feet. "Well Gonzo, we’ll...We’ll all be here for you until you get back." Gonzo nodded. "Alright, I’ll help you." The spaghetti cheered. "Great! Now, do you have transportation?" Gonzo thought for a minute, "Well, Bunsen and Beaker did build a rocket one time." Me: *cough* Three times...*cough* "Didn’t work worth a darn," Rowlf muttered. Me: *hugs Rowlf* Gonzo: You do realize that he isn’t here, don’t you? "Yeah," Gonzo said. "Yeah, I can get there." "Great! So can you fly up on Thursday?" "What? Thursday, that’s in two days! And my bones are broken!" Gonzo said. "That’s never stopped you before!" Rizzo said. "Yeah and besides that," the spaghetti said. "They’re already completely healed!" "What?" all the Muppets asked. "Yup, we Gonzonians have highly advanced immune systems." "Gonzonians?" Kermit asked. Me: Ooh! The species is named! "You bet little lizard man," the spaghetti said. "That’s our species." "Wow," Gonzo said, taking off the sling on his arm, moving it about. Gonzo: That explains a lot... Me: See, I did justice to you a little bit! Gonzo: A VERY little bit... "So Thursday then?" the spaghetti asked once more. "Yeah, yeah, Thursday’s fine." "Great! Oh, and you can eat me this time you’ll need your-" "My strength, I know I know," Gonzo said. Gonzo stuck his fork in the spaghetti. Me: Heh, Des Filmer’s funny... Gonzo: Unlike Fozzie... "See you Thursday!" it said once more, making the other Muppets jump. "Thursday, yeah," Gonzo shook his head. "He does that every time," Gonzo told his friends.