Writer Wrong

The Griwerrtones Chapter One

October 15, 2020 FBT Productions Season 1 Episode 4
Writer Wrong
The Griwerrtones Chapter One
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Meet The Griwerrtones! Myles, Champ, Tessa, and Cisco perform for a big crowd, and we learn about the mysterious Cornish Henrikksen. 

CO-HOST: Cody Dry

Produced by Patrick Emile and Marlo Mysliwiec
Written, Directed, Scored, and Edited by Patrick Emile

CAST: Jovane Caamaño as Myles Manningford, Cameron Casey as Champ Renegade, Courtney Dyamond as Narrator, Patrick Emile as Cornish Henrikksen, Brendan Kallaugher as Sandy Graves, Jon Murrell as Parry Unitas, Amber Rossi Strasser as Tessa Buckle, Ph.D., and Evan Michael Woods as Cisco Schaefer

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Writer Wrong Episode 4

The Griwerrtones Chapter One

10.15.2020


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INTRO      00:00

     [MUSIC: WRITER WRONG THEME]

Marlo Mysliwiec:
Welcome to Writer Wrong where you, the listeners, become the writers. Today’s episode is Chapter One of three. Now over to your host Patrick Emile.

     [MUSIC: WRITER WRONG THEME OUT]



WRITERS ROOM with Cody Dry      00:15

Patrick Emile (PE)
: Welcome back to the show, brave listeners. I am your host, Patrick Emile, and we are very excited that you have joined us for yet another new adventure here at Writer Wrong. That's right you heard me correctly, it's time for a new story because we wrapped up "Spines" last time and hopefully all of you out there got a chance to check it out and enjoyed it, hopefully as well. Today we will be launching chapter one of "The Griwerrtones". But before we do that, let's take a moment to welcome our next co-host. That's right, we have a new co-host on our hands. You might remember him from such roles as Marie Pon de Lancie from "Spines". Please welcome an incredibly talented artist, Mr. Cody Dry. Welcome, Cody.

Cody Dry (CD): Yay! I'm so happy to be here.

PE: Oh well thank you so much for being here, and everything that you've done for Writer Wrong thus far. People will learn more about that as we talk in this episode. So, Cody, can you tell our audience out there a little bit about yourself, who you are, what you do, all that good stuff.

CD: Absolutely, so I recently moved back to Dallas from New York City after living there for two and half years and I managed to get my hands dirty in all kinds of things up there. 

PE: Yeah!

CD: Music directing, accompanying auditions, accompanying cabarets. I ended up working with Book of Mormon as rehearsal accompanist of keys. I ended up working—do you know who Alice Ripley is? Tony award—

PE: I do know who Alice Ripley is.

CD: —Tony award winner Next to Normal, I ended up working with her in a production of Maltby and Shire's Baby—

PE: Yeah.

CD: —put on by this group called Out of the Box Theatrics. And they put on shows that are on-site, site-specific locations. So Baby was in kind of make-shift loft apartments because it's about three couples dealing with pregnancy. They also try to incorporate minorities in all of their productions, so our middle couple in that show was actually a lesbian couple. Maltby and Shire saw it and loved it and were going to re-write it, but, surprise pandemic.

PE: Oh.

CD: So yeah, I'm back in Dallas—

PE: We've collaborated several times, listeners, on lots of projects. Cody has music directed a couple of my shows, I have played in several of his pits under his musical direction playing various instruments. We've done some stuff in New York, we've done some stuff here. This is our zillionth time to put our heads together.

CD: Mmhmm.

PE: Cody, real quick, what are you drinking over there?

CD: I happen to be drinking a very flavorful gin.

PE: Oh?!

CD: Mmhmm.

PE: Called?

CD: It's called The Botanist, have you heard of it?

PE: The Botanist! Coincidentally that is also what I am drinking.

CD: Wow! Huh.

PE: Yeah. It's good.

CD: Imagine that.

PE: I know.

CD: Go figure.

PE: If only they'd call me.

CD: If only...

PE: Well...

And folks, just as a quick transition I do want to remind you that again we are on Patreon if you want to check us out on Patreon we have a lot of cool perks going for any of you out there that want to become patrons, we are bringing this content to you as best as we can and any help is very much welcomed. And thank you again to the patrons out there that have already subscribed. Patreon.com/WriterWrong.

Alright, so Cody you've been listening to anything cool, you been reading anything, have you seen anything? What's been going on in your Dallas 2.0 life?

CD: You know, we share a love for Phoebe Bridgers.

PE: Oh yeah.

CD: I have been listening to her first and second albums. I've been actually toggling back and forth between "Motion Sickness" and "Kyoto". Her two big upbeat ones. 

PE: Yeah, those are her "up" songs.

CD: And I just—oh, they're just so good. The lilting kind of, skipping of "Motion Sickness" that like maintains her innocence, and perhaps naivety—but not really because everything she talks about is emotionally deep and devastating.

PE: Yeah, yeah, yeah. She kind of always is surfing that meta-wave.

CD: Yeah!

PE: I've been on a 60s garage rock kick. Like Question Mark and the Mysterians, and The Standells—

CD: Ok. Ok.

PE: —which you would know, if you don't know those names of the bands, you would know the tunes.

CD: The Standells sounds familiar. 

PE: Yeah, and then kind of following that musical lineage to bands like The Cramps and listening to like psychobilly and some more punky stuff.

CD: Punky Brewster.

PE: Yeah. And definitely been watching a lot of Punky Brewster.

CD: (laughing) Yeah, they go hand in hand. 

PE: Yeah. Yeah. Punky Power. And so I also recently read a really cool comic book, it was a collected edition called Sara written by Garth Ennis and the rest of the creative team is really amazing. It's absolutely beautiful to look at, to read. Yeah, highly recommend it, Sara by Garth Ennis.

Alright folks, so that wraps up our first segment here. I hope you are ready. Cody, are you ready?

CD: I am absolutely ready.

PE: Yeah, I'm ready too. So folks, sit back, relax, here comes "The Griwerrtones Chapter One".

     [MUSIC: WRITER WRONG THEME UP AND OUT]
     [BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP]



THE GRIWERRTONES - Chapter One      05:46

     [SOUND: BASEBALL CROWD, EXCITEMENT INTO DISAPPOINTMENT]

ANNOUNCER:
...a swinging third strike, and down goes Clobbinzky. The hitless streak continues for Claude. Simmsfork Scimitars 7 and our very own Griwerrtown Grackles still at 0. Better luck next time, Clobber!

     [SOUND: BASEBALL ORGAN MUSIC]

Folks, as always I'm your announcer, Sandy Graves. And that brings us to the stretch here at Henrikksen Field, and do we have a treat for you— right after this note from our generous sponsor, Mr. Cornish Henrikksen: 'Do you hate swallowing? Are you tired of keeping track of all your drugs? Come on down to Pills 'N' Chills, home of the Pharmafrost, where you can fill the prescriptions of your dreams in the form of an ice-cold, delicious smoothie. Pills 'N' Chills: Keep Life Smooth.' Thank you, Mr. Henrikksen, for all that you do for Griwerrtown.

And now it's time for tonight's seventh-inning entertainment! The leaves are changing, the candy is flowing, and that can only mean one thing: bring on the Halloween carols! You know what time it is—give it up for Griwerrtown's resident vocal performance troupe, The Griwerrtones!!

     [SOUND: APPLAUSE]

ANNOUNCER:
(waiting, trying to play off the delay)...The Griwerrtones…

     [MUSIC: TRANSITION RIFF]
     [SOUND: GATE OPENING]

MYLES:
Champ, it's more like, (vocal warm-up) "oooohhhOOOWWWWwwwwahhhhhh..."

CHAMP:
Owwwwwwwwwooooooooahhh...

ALL:
(various warm-up sounds)

MYLES:
That's good, that's better!

ANNOUNCER:
(distantly) The Griwerrtones...

MYLES:
Oh nuts, that's us! Ok, circle up. Wait, who's turn is it in the circle?

CISCO:
Pretty sure it's Tessa's, chief.

CHAMP:
Should we maybe go with one that has a little more good vibes to it? In Siem Reap, they have a saying—

CISCO:
Oh, here we go...

TESSA:
We cannot know efficacy without trial, Champ.

ANNOUNCER:
...(distantly) The Griwerrtones...

MYLES:
There's no time for this! Come on, get in here Tessa.

ALL:
Griwerrtones, Griwerrtones!

TESSA:
Existence is a construct.

ALL:
Nothing means anything! Goooooo, Griwerrtones!

     [SOUND: GATE OPENING]

     [MUSIC: TRANSITION RIFF]

ANNOUNCER:
...oh, it looks like...yes, folks here they are. Better late than never, I always say. Welcome, The Griwerrtones!

     [SOUND: LIGHT APPLAUSE]

MYLES:
(quietly) We got this! Cisco?

     [SOUND: PITCH PIPE]

MYLES:
Two...three...four...

ALL (SINGING):
Boo scare scare scare scare!
Boo scare scare scare scare!

If you hear a gentle scratching,
Like leaves blowin’ ‘cross the ground,
Best board up your windows, friend
And dare not make a sound.

For now it is the time for shadows,
And quite unexpected chills.
The ghouls are now a-tap-tap-tappin’
On everybody’s sills.

The moon betrays you!
Don’t you trust that light
It will reveal you to darkness in the
Season Of The Night

Boo scare scare scare scare!
Boo scare scare scare scare!

So when you hear a skeeter skitter,
And you want to scream out in fright,
Think again—there’s no escapin’ the Season Of The Night! (Don't trust that light)
The Season Of The Night!
Boo!

     [SOUND: APPLAUSE]
     [MUSIC: THE GRIWERRTONES THEME MUSIC]

NARRATOR:
In the darkest hour,
in the time of need,
who sings for the songless?
Cisco Schaefer!

CISCO:
"Don't get all riled up, creamy."

NARRATOR:
Champ Renegade!

CHAMP:
"Life is an ocean of possibility: give the roots room to grow, and you'll see that even broken wings have feathers."

NARRATOR:
Tessa Buckle, Ph.D.!

TESSA:
"My therapist says I need to consider people as more than the makeup of their atomic structure. I tend to disagree..."

NARRATOR:
And Myles Manningford!

MYLES:
"Here's one: squirrel boxing. But, it's also a ceramics studio."

NARRATOR:
Together they are...The Griwerrtones!

Written by Patrick Emile.

Back at Griwerrtones Headquarters after a successful gig...

     [SOUND: WHIP CRACK]
     [SOUND: HQ DOOR OPENING/CLOSING]

CISCO:
...so I say to this knucklehead, look—

ALL (BUT CISCO):
"Don't get all riled up, creamy."

CISCO:
Oh ok, very funny.

TESSA:
You've related this account to us on several prior occasions, Cisco.

MYLES:
Well, I think that went super great. The crowd seemed into it. Anyone up for some celebration? I'll grab some glasses...

     [MUSIC: NARRATION UND.]

NARRATOR:
Myles makes his way back to the kitchen of Griwerrtones HQ. Here's a bit of background: While it is the current headquarters of our team, the letters H and Q have stood for many things over the years. You see, Myles Manningford was born into money. A lot of money. His is one of the founding families of Griwerrtown, yet Myles has always strived to make his own name for himself. While the irony of using his inexhaustible trust fund to accomplish this is somewhat lost on him, he has indeed worked hard to get several different businesses off the ground in this very space, and stubbornly using the installed letters of H and Q for each. Unfortunately, his ability to craft ideas hasn't always translated to success. First, there was his concept of blending yoga with archery, aptly named Hatha Quivers...

     [MUSIC: FLASHBACK UND.]
     [SOUND: MUFFLED VOICE]

MYLES:
(on the phone) ...I understand, Father, but this is a good idea. Have you ever held a pose while targeting with an arrow? No? No one has. It's gold.

NARRATOR:
After that, he tried a unique center for math tutoring and escape room enthusiasts called Hidden Quotient.

     [MUSIC: FLASHBACK UND.]
     [SOUND: MUFFLED VOICE]

MYLES:
Father, we are well behind other nations as far as developing early math skills. I—I know. Come on, the fire department had no business being in there in the first place!

NARRATOR:
Then came the ill-fated apiary and arcade: Honey Quarters.

     [MUSIC: FLASHBACK UND.]
     [SOUND: MUFFLED VOICE]

MYLES:
...yes I know lawyers cost money. Look, everyone signed a waiver—who thinks to put bee allergies on a waiver?

NARRATOR:
And then the short-lived all-in-one life insurance sales and salon: Hair Quotes.

     [MUSIC: FLASHBACK UND.]
     [SOUND: MUFFLED VOICE]

MYLES:
No, I am ahead of my time! This could've worked if people knew how much they could save in time and money by doing both at once. ...you're stupid, ugh!

     [SOUND: PHONE HANGING UP]

NARRATOR:
And so Myles continues developing new concepts for the building. In the meantime, the wonderful and expensive HQ signage of the storefront stays lit for the rehearsal, recording, and relaxation studio of The Griwerrtones. Myles developed his love for a cappella choir in his all-boys prep school, and upon discovering what a soprano and alto were as an adult, he enthusiastically founded the group. Bolstered by his frequently vacant space and boundless budget, the choir represents Myles's greatest achievement. Oh, here he comes with the champagne glasses.

     [SOUND: GLASSES CLINK]

MYLES:
I lifted this bottle from Father's cellar a while back. I think this is the perfect occasion.

     [SOUND: CHAMPAGNE CORK]

MYLES:
Anyone up for a toast?

CHAMP:
(presumptively) I'd be happy to, Myles.

TESSA/CISCO:
(sigh)/Oh, here we go...

     [MUSIC: CHAMP UND.]

CHAMP:
My life was once disorganized and unfocused much like all your own. In fact, it wasn't until I discovered analog journaling that I began to see myself for what I really am: myself. You see, we are all who we truly are...

     [MUSIC: NARRATION UND.]

NARRATOR:
Let's catch you up on Champ Renegade. We have the time, trust me. You wouldn't know, based on their seemingly endless experiences as a life coach, world traveler, and general influencer, that Champ is the youngest member of The Griwerrtones. They have indeed referred to themself as "an old soul, if old also means young." Whatever that means. Griwerrtown appears to be a temporary stop in Champ's life journey, although Myles secretly hopes this isn't the case. You see, Champ is extremely adept at all things marketing, and The Griwerrtones' continued following is due in no small part to Champ's skill at "the sosh."

     [MUSIC: CHAMP UND.]

CHAMP:
...and so here is to finding true value in the footprints we leave behind.

CISCO
Cheers?

TESSA:
I suppose there is no intentional inaccuracy there.

MYLES
Well put, Champ!

     [SOUND: CLINKING GLASSES]
     [SOUND: DRINKING]

CISCO:
Hey, chief, this is pretty tasty—

MYLES:
You like it, Cisco? There's an interesting story behind this particular cuveé—

CISCO:
But nothin' beats a cold bottle of suds for this old dog.

MYLES:
I know, but we talked about this, right Cisco? You want to have something to talk about if that special person comes along. Expand those horizons!

CHAMP:
A horizon is just the "I" in bliss, sleeping on its side.

MYLES:
Exactly!

TESSA:
It is unclear if that metaphor is entirely successful, Champ.

MYLES:
We got to get you out there, buddy! Have you been working on that online profile?

     [MUSIC: CISCO UND.]
     [SOUND: DISTANT GUNFIRE]


CISCO:
(distantly) Profile. I used to profile. Size up a threat from 30 meters. But I left all that behind. Long time ago now. All that blood. (presently) You're right, chief. So, is this like a...like a spritzer, or what?

     [MUSIC: NARRATION UND.]


NARRATOR:
Cisco Schaefer. The oldest and longest-tenured member of The Griwerrtones. Myles met him at the DMV, where Cisco is still employed. A former cab driver, Cisco made his way to Griwerrtown for reasons he has variously described as, "needing to get away" or "wanting a quiet life, he earned it" or "they probably won't find me here." Perhaps even more odd, he had no resumé to furnish upon applying to the DMV, but after a single phone call from an unnamed reference, he was hired on the spot, no questions asked. He drives an entirely black utility van that the group uses as their shuttle for performances.

     [MUSIC: TESSA UND.]

TESSA:
Chemically, there is little to distinguish our physical reaction to either this vintage or the aforementioned bottle of suds, presumably beer. However, any particular predilection might represent a preference for the base ingredients or possibly suggest a cultural affinity borne of regional upbringing or social class.

MYLES:
Tempt you with another, Tessa?

TESSA:
That would be enjoyable.

CISCO:
Oh, it's a party now, chief!

TESSA:
I am glad my indulgence is acceptable to the group.

     [MUSIC: NARRATION UND.]


NARRATOR:
(affectionately)Tessa Buckle, Ph.D. is an X-ray crystallographer. This means that using experimental technology, she can describe the atomic and molecular structure of, well, anything. At least that's what we think she does. She is breathtakingly brilliant; however, her aptitude for empathy and socialization has suffered greatly from a lifetime of intense dedication to her science. This is actually why she joined The Griwerrtones: her therapist suggested practicing real interaction with other human beings, and one day she noticed an audition notice on the community board of Bean Scene and bravely took the plunge. She is a surprisingly gifted soprano, but her smarts have proven to be quite the asset to Myles in other ways. Problems like finicky recording technology and shady gig contracts are no match for Tessa's towering intellect. Oh, and she's also a nihilist.

MYLES:
I have a great feeling about this season for us, gang. What a way to start!

CHAMP:
So, Myles, you said that you know someone on the team?

     [MUSIC: PLAYFUL UND.]

MYLES:
Sort of. Father was a partial owner of The Grackles for years before Corny came along and built the new field and everything.

CISCO:
Corny? Oh, you mean Henrikksen?

MYLES:
Yeah. We actually went to the same school as kids, but he kept mostly to himself. He hates being called Corny, you know.

CHAMP:
Hate is just a thread that has yet to find its weave, but I don't think I'd like that as a nickname either.

CISCO:
Easy for you to say, creamy. Your name literally means winner.

CHAMP:
Totes acc, Cisco.

CISCO:
Tote sack? What's that, like a bag or somethin'?

TESSA:
I believe they mean totally accurate, Cisco. So was it Cornish Henrikksen that offered us the performance opportunity?

MYLES:
Oh, no-no. I reached out to Clobber Clobbinzky. Father helped him get his start. When he finished up in the big leagues, he decided to come back as like a farewell tour. He got us in, no problem.

TESSA:
He is proportionately very symmetrical.

CISCO:
Oh ho! Look out, someone's got it for the old slugger!

CHAMP:
Oh Tessa, is that true? Has he DM-ed you?

CISCO:
Don't be gross, Champ.

CHAMP:
It means direct message.

TESSA:
I am merely stating a fact. His face is highly measurable per standards of uniformity...as is his lower half.

CISCO:
Huh-ho!

CHAMP:
Sensuality is the foundation of inner passion.

CISCO:
Lower half!

MYLES:
Alright, alright, give her a break! Hey, so are we on for rehearsal tomorrow? Like I said, I've got a good feeling about this season. We need to be ready for any situation.

     [SOUND: GATHERING GLASSES]

TESSA:
I will be in attendance.

CISCO:
Oh yeah, I'll be here!

CHAMP:
I'm designing some hashtags for a glovebox decluttering campaign in the afternoon, so I might be a bit late.

NARRATOR:
The team makes their way to the door.

     [SOUND: HQ DOOR CREAKING OPEN]

MYLES:
Awesome. The GTs on the rise! Cool, I'll clean up. I'm sticking around to iron out some new concepts anyway. I'm feeling real positive about this candle-making and duck petting idea: Hot Quacks.

CISCO:
Hey, I like that, chief. See ya at rehearsal!

TESSA:
Good evening, everyone.

CHAMP:
Rest well!

     [SOUND: HQ DOOR CLOSING]
     [MUSIC: SHORT TRANSITION]

NARRATOR:
As the team disperses for the evening, the genius Cornish Henrikksen is making plans at Henrikksen Manor, his cavernous ancestral home on the outskirts of Griwerrtown.

     [MUSIC: EVIL ORGAN UND.]

NARRATOR:
Its dizzying number of wings, parlors, bedrooms, libraries, staffing quarters, and other chambers of privilege are all impeccably designed and appointed, especially if you like things dark. That is— it's not difficult to see inside, but rather every decorative choice lends itself to a certain deep visual heaviness. Natural light filters in only from soaringly high windows, weak and cold by the time it reaches the floors below. Most everything is angular and hard. It's as if children aren't welcome here. But it is quite beautiful in its way.

     [SOUND: DOOR OPENS]
     [SOUND: ROBOTIC WHIRRING]

PARRY:
Good evening, Master Cornish. Did you enjoy your outing to the baseball contest?

NARRATOR:
Oh, and this is Parry. Short for Parental Unit 1000. Cornish was raised by what you might call a robot. His parents were much more interested in tending to their pharmaceutical monopoly and lavish lifestyle than rearing their accident of a child, and so they co-developed the Parental Unit 1000 as a prototype surrogate caregiver. After they died young and unexpectedly, a 13-year-old Cornish eschewed governmental interference and took care of himself, aided by his own cunning and his trusted Parry. From there he went on to found the immensely successful Pills 'N' Chills, home of the Pharmafrost.

     [SOUND: DOOR CLOSES]
     [SOUND: ROBOTIC WHIRRING]


PARRY:
Did The Grackles prevail?

CORNISH:
Parry, we both know that your network precludes you from feigning ignorance. You update every 10 seconds and surely know the score.

PARRY:
I was merely trying to make conversation. This is how you talk to me after everything I have done for you?

CORNISH:
Parry, reduce intensity of familial simulator by twenty percent. Authorization: 80085 Henrikksen, Cornish. I just cannot deal with the guilt trip right now.

     [SOUND: ROBOT BEEP BOOPS]

PARRY:
Authorization accepted. Would you like something to eat?

     [MUSIC: CONNIVING UND.]

CORNISH:
Yes, I would. Tell me...is today...?

PARRY:
It is Wacaroni Wednesday.

CORNISH:
Oh, how wonderful!

PARRY:
Would you prefer dinosaurs or stars?

CORNISH:
Oh Parry, stars of course!

PARRY:
I will send—

CORNISH:
Wait! No...no...let's make it dinosaurs after all (short evil chuckle). I'm feeling (with a grin)...predatorial.

PARRY:
Most dinosaurs were herbivores.

CORNISH:
Then put some disgusting broccoli on the side and make sure it also has cheese on it otherwise I will not eat it!

PARRY:
Sending instructions to kitchen. Please hold.

     [SOUND: ROBOT BEEP BOOPS]

PARRY:
Sent.

NARRATOR:
Cornish makes his way into a study with Parry trailing behind him.

     [SOUND: FOOTSTEPS/WHIRRING]

CORNISH:
To answer your question, Parry, yes I very much enjoyed myself at the baseball game. Things are progressing nicely. Now, how are the preparations coming for the Halloween Ball?

PARRY:
Have you been continuing the daily application of the medicated cream to your bottom?

CORNISH:
My what? Parry, I asked about the Halloween Ball!

PARRY:
My programming is designed to prioritize your care over everything else. Therefore, it is impossible for me to update you on the quality of preparations if I do not know if you will be physically fit for reveling.

CORNISH:
Yes, I've been using the cream.

PARRY:
Has the chaffing reduced? Perhaps I should examine you—

     [SOUND: ROBOTIC WHIRRING]

CORNISH:
Yes, it is much better! The party, Parry! Parry, the party!

PARRY:
All arrangements you have asked for have been made. I am conjecturing that it will once again be the event of the season, based on the rsvp pattern and predicted forecast.

CORNISH:
And how is everything going...downstairs?

PARRY:
The device is still on pace for scheduled completion.

CORNISH:
(chuckle) Most excellent, Parry. Proceed with phase two of the operation. (evil laughing)

          [MUSIC: EVIL ORGAN TRANSITION]

NARRATOR:
Meanwhile at Griwerrtones HQ...

     [SOUND: WHIP CRACK]
     [SOUND: RECORDING DEVICE CLICK]

MYLES:
Note to self: trial number four unsuccessful. Duck feathers and wax proving to be an unpleasant combination.

     [SOUND: RECORDING CLICK OFF]

MYLES:
(to himself) I wonder if the age of the duck will make a difference...

     [SOUND: DOORBELL]

MYLES:
(to himself) Well who the heck could that be? (outwardly) Just a second!

     [SOUND: KNOCKING]

MYLES:
Yeah, I'm coming! (to himself) Keep your pants on...

     [SOUND: DOOR OPENING]
     [SOUND: FOOTSTEPS RUNNING AWAY]

MYLES:
Hey! What's the big idea?

NARRATOR:
Myles looks down and sees a very fancy envelope by his feet.

MYLES:
OK...weird...

     [SOUND: DOOR CLOSING]

MYLES:
Cool envelope though!

     [SOUND: OPENING LETTER]

MYLES:
"From the offices of Cornish Henrikksen."
Wait, Corny?

     [MUSIC: PLAYFUL UND.]

MYLES:
"Mr. Henrikksen requests the pleasure of your attendance to the forthcoming annual Halloween Ball. Additionally, he would like to hire The Griwerrtones as a featured part of the evening's entertainment. He very much enjoyed your performance at the baseball contest."
How about that!
"Please see attached contract. If the terms are acceptable, simply sign and mail back using the provided addressed and stamped envelope."

     [SOUND: PAPER RUSTLE]

MYLES:
Huh. Nice touch, Corny.
"Costumes optional, but strongly encouraged. Signed, Parry Unitas, Esquire."
The gang is gonna freak!

NARRATOR:
Myles rushes over to his phone and opens up the group thread.

     [SOUND: VARIOUS TEXTING/SENT TEXT SOUNDS]

MYLES:
Hey, ya'll. Get this: we just got asked to play the Henrikksen Halloween Ball.

TESSA:
It seems as if your "good feeling" proved accurate, despite its superstitious premise.

CHAMP:
(scrolling, to themself) Let's see, which one, which one...oh, perfect.

NARRATOR:
Champ sends a picture of a mother elephant protecting her calf from a poacher with superimposed calligraphy reading: "Positivity is a tusk have."

CISCO:
You think there'll be food, chief? I've been in the mood for a parmigiana real nice! Maybe eggplant?

CISCO:
(to himself) Oh, how do I do those cartoon thingys...?

MYLES:
No doubt, Cisco! So what does everyone think? We should do it, right?

TESSA:
To decline would indicate value in any life choice, therefore I suppose we accept.

MYLES:
(to himself) Tessa, you rascal.

CHAMP:
Hashtag you only live twice...

CISCO:
Eggplant cartoon, eggplant cartoon, eggplant cartoon, drool face, and...send.

MYLES:
(to himself) Cisco, buddy...

CHAMP:
Cisco, remind me to help you find your inner texting power tomorrow.

MYLES:
Yes, Cisco definitely get with Champ on that. Ok, sounds like we're all agreed. When it rains it pours! Can't wait for rehearsal tomorrow!

     [SOUND: RECORDING DEVICE CLICK]

MYLES:
Idea: squeezeable Italian food but also speed dating...

     [MUSIC: EVIL ORGAN UND.]

NARRATOR:
As Myles continues brainstorming into the night, Cornish Henrikksen has finished his delectable dinosaurs and has made his way down to the secure lower levels of Henrikksen Manor.

     [SOUND: FOOTSTEPS DOWN STAIRS]
     [SOUND: BUZZ/BEEPS DOOR OPENS]

NARRATOR:
Through an observation window, he evaluates the progress of several lab coat-ed engineers and robotic assistants as they continue installing what looks almost to be a surgical theatre. There are adjustable tables with harnesses, metering devices, and all manner of other highly technical components. In a glass chamber stands a miserable-looking man covered in electrodes. There is a mask with a hose covering his nose and mouth. An engineer turns to Cornish and gives a thumbs up. Cornish presses a button on a console before him.

     [SOUND: ELECTRICAL NOISE]

CORNISH:
Proceed with the subject.

     [SOUND: ELECTRICAL NOISE/CURRENT BUILDING]
     [SOUND: SCREAMING]

NARRATOR:
A nearby intercom interrupts his evaluation.

     [SOUND: INTERCOM NOISE]

PARRY:
Master Cornish, sir...

CORNISH:
What is it? I'm very busy.

PARRY:
You have a visitor.

CORNISH:
It will take me entirely too long to wind my way back upstairs, Parry. Just patch it through.

     [SOUND: ROBOT BEEP BOOPS]

PARRY:
Microphone enabled. (to the visitor) Speak into my lower half. Lower. Lower. (to Cornish) It is live. Go ahead, sir.

CORNISH:
Was the message delivered?

     [SOUND: MUFFLED VOICE]

CORNISH:
...Oh, wonderful. And you weren't seen?...
...Perfect. Well done. Although, I suppose I gave you little choice (short chuckle)...
...How would you gauge their interest based on what you've observed?...
...I see...
...Most excellent. Standby for further instruction...

     [SOUND: INTERCOM SWITCH OFF]

(to himself) Now, let's see what The Griwerrtones are truly made of...

     [MUSIC: EVIL ORGAN UND.]
     [SOUND: ELECTRICAL NOISE/CURRENT BUILDING]
     [SOUND: CONTINUED SCREAMING]

     (END OF THE GRIWERRTONES CHAPTER ONE)



WRITERS ROOM with Cody Dry      28:14

     [MUSIC: THE GRIWERRTONES THEME UP AND OUT]

PE
: And we are back, brave listeners. That was the first installment of "The Griwerrtones", we hope you enjoyed it. Real quick, if you are curious about the spelling of Griwerrtones that is of course based on the town we created Griwerrtown which is spelled G-R-I-W-E-R-R-T-O-W-N. And that is pronounced "griv-er-ton" it is an anagram for Writer Wrong which explains the odd spelling and why "The Griwerrtones" is spelled in a strange way as well. So, you know, the more you know, right Cody?

CD: (singing) The more you know...

PE: Yeah, exactly. So folks, that was Jovane Caamaño as Myles Manningford, Amber Rossi as Tessa Buckle P.h.D, Evan Michael Woods as Cisco Schaefer, Cameron Casey as Champ Renegade, Jon Murrell as the Parental Unit 1000, Parry, Brendan Kallaugher as Sandy Graves, and Courtney Dyamond as the Narrator. Well done ya'll.

Alright Codes, so that was the first time you have heard that, yeah, what did ya think? Did you like it? Did you have any favorite moments or favorite characters?

CD: So I love how different it was from "Spines."

PE: Oh yeah.

CD: Just the way it's told it felt like a comic book. I could see the stills of each character and some kind of pose. They had their own music, they had their own theme.

PE: Very much what I was going for.

CD: It's so clear. There's so—

PE: Oh great!

CD: I can see each person, I can see how they move, I can see how they stand. It's very very clear to me. So I love—I absolutely love that.

PE: You know I'm a huge comic book person for my whole life, so I was trying to really go after a certain kind of pace with "The Griwerrtones" that references very specifically the pace of a comic book. And certain types of comic books, I mean obviously there's a lot of narration but Alan Moore uses a lot of narration, it's not unusual. Neil Gaiman before he was an internationally best-selling novelist he was a comic book guy and he used a lot of narration. And the trick is to kind of use that narration as a character. The narrator has a voice and has an attitude that helps to combine these potentially two-dimensional archetypes to ground them in a world.

CD: Right, and I felt that the narration this time was a little more engaged in the story—was an active member in what was going on.

PE: Right and that was a conscious decision so whereas "Spines" the narration was more reserved and more almost omniscient—

CD: Yes. yes.

PE: —although still experience it with us, but more omniscient but the narrator this time here in "Griwerrtones" is more excitable in either direction—

CD: Yeah, they're engaged. 

PE: —in all directions. Yeah.

CD: They're a character in the story. Yeah.

PE: Yeah. Which I felt was important to kind of give that elasticity and that dynamism to the story that we're trying to tell here with "The Griwerrtones".

CD: I love that. I love that. 

PE: Ok so what about did you have a favorite moment? Or favorite moments, plural?

CD: I think their initial introduction to me was just fantastic.

PE: You mean their initial little scene and when they perform in the field or do you mean the theme music and their taglines?

CD: Well, the fact that we're introduced to them that way is so charming and funny. And to hear all of them come together in this way, we don't really have a—necessarily a context for it. We're kind of like, "what is going on?" And then it just breaks into a guitar riff going on and then they each have their own little scene. It was just very effective. It was so effective. 

PE: Good, great. So, folks, a little bit of a segway here—Cody did the arrangement for the tune "Season of the Night". So, I composed that song and—Cody let's talk about that because there are probably people out there that are curious what arranging actually is, so why don't you tell us a little bit about how that process went.

CD: So it is a lot like it sounds. You have kind of a general—general elements of a song and you can take the elements and arrange them and rearrange them in a way that is the most effective to getting your intention across for whatever song it is. Vocally speaking I did have to create all of the pitches and whatnot for each singer, so I had to take into account their range, their abilities, etc. And I also had to take into account that we were going for a jazz feel. So with jazz, the chords are a little more lush, so you have to play a little trickery with them. The listener, no matter how trained they are, will fill in certain notes, certain pitches, so you can kind of play around with that. You know, not to get too complicated but you do try to have good voice leading as set out by Bach traditionally. But with jazz you do have to kind of jump around and these performers, the actors did such a splendid job of learning these notes, these difficult intervals, and knocking it out of the park, so to speak.

PE: Absolutely! They did a wonderful job.

So folks, what I did is I wrote the tune "Season of the Night" so what I constructed in Finale, which is a scoring software, I created the chords, basically, I gave Cody a chart that had just the piano chords and then just the melody line written in treble clef and then I gave it to him. And he created all of those little hits, all of the fun melodic elements that you hear underneath.

CD: The little interjections

PE: Yes, the interjections the cool little bass runs. That was all Cody because he is super good at that, better than me. And we have collaborated musically like I said previously a million times and so it was kind of a match made in heaven and it came out really really well. And stay tuned for more of those fun tunes, because of course the Griwerrtones that's what they do. So there'll be more of that.

Yeah, so let's talk about these characters a little bit. So, Champ Renegade, let's start Champ.

CD: So, Champ reminds me of—I had this roommate when I first moved to New York—and I'm in my late 30s, and he, I think at the time he was like 19, maybe 20.

PE: (laughs) Ok.

CD: And he was a model, which of course is like—you know air quotes, "model."

PE: Yeah.

CD: But he like, legit was. He was walking for Helmet Lane and you know, just kind of—someone found him on the street, but he would spend his time skateboarding around and just record things. He handed me a copy of No Country for Old Men and he was like, "Yeah, I just finished reading this, you should check it out." (laughs)

PE: I mean that's great work.

CD: (laughing) Yeah. I was like, "thank you, Sam." Great! But he has thousands of followers and I'm just like "what are you doing?" It's just something that he—he just has that air about him. And I feel like Champs that person.

PE: Yeah, for me Champ is the embodiment of the picture on Instagram where there is someone walking away from the lens but their arm is behind them holding the hand of the person that is taking the picture.

CD: (sigh) Oh god. Yep.

PE: That is the embodiment, for me, of Champ Renegade. All of that weird privilege power in that clasping of hands.

CD: Yeah. Seemingly from nowhere. It's just like—

PE: From nowhere. Additionally, the ability to wax poetic about life—

CD: Yeah! I could sit and talk with Sam for hours.

PE: When you're like 20 years old.

CD: Yeah. It's so bizarre. And again, where does it come from?

PE: Where does that come from?

CD: And maybe—that's like modeling, you know?

PE: Yeah. I don't know.

CD: It's like I don't know why I'm looking at you, but I am, and I like it. I'm going to enjoy it. 

PE: Yeah. That's Champ for me. Ok, so, then there's Cisco Schaefer. 

CD: Yeah, Cisco (laughs). Cisco reminds me of the guy that sits at the end of the bar. Eventually, throughout the course of the night, you end up talking to them.

PE: Right. And you're amazed.

CD: Yeah. And he just spills these tales, kind of esoterically where you're just like, "I don't know what you're talking about, but also you've seen some shit."

PE: Yeah, I think Cisco for me is sort of developed from the conversations I've had with cab drivers or uber drivers who are driving and doing good work and earning their money, and then you start talking to them and you realize the life that they maybe have had previously. I mean, for instance, there was a gentleman who—from Egypt, that I had a really interesting conversation with who was in the military in Egypt and just had these amazing stories, but he had such an incredible attitude—obviously Cisco doesn't really. He's a little—I don't know what Cisco is actually. I know Cisco is in need of a superior and he looks to Myles that way. He automatically accepts his leadership. I mean he's sort of Rambo, he's a little bit, John Rambo.   

CD: Right. Military. Tactical, kind of. Execute. Tell me what to do, I'll do it. Yeah.

PE: I think Cisco is very smart.

CD: Right!

PE: I think that he just has a very specific intelligence. He has been created.

CD: Yeah.

PE: You know? Through his experiences.

CD: And then you know having a conversation with them, and then rehearsing (laughs) music with them is so funny. It's so funny that he's a part of the Griwerrtones. 

PE: Yeah, and he's the bass.

CD: Yeah! (sings bass, laughs)

PE: (laughing) Yeah. Yeah.

CD: Holds it all together.

PE: Which of course he is. Love Cisco. Really enjoyed writing Cisco.

CD: Cisco we love you.

PE: Yeah. We love you, Cisco. Cisco Schaefer. Ok, so who else?

CD: Um, ah, Tessa. Tessa Buckle.

PE: Oh yeah! Tessa Buckle.

CD: P.h.D.

PE: Tessa Buckle, P.h.D.

CD: Pff-D. (laughs)

PE: Yeah.

CD: That's how it's supposed to be said, by the way.

PE: Pff-D. Yeah. So, yeah thoughts on Tessa?

CD: I—So, it's interesting cause I don't know too many people like Tessa. She's not like an archetype in my life.

PE: Yeah. Yeah.

CD: I think due to the nature of what I do, I'm just surrounded by people immersed and saturated with emotion.

PE: Yeah, dripping with empathy.

CD: Yeah!

PE: I think for me, Tessa in development, and as I continue to develop Tessa, it's not necessarily that she is baren when it comes to empathy—

CD: Right.

PE: —but just that she just has trouble—

CD: Well I mean, the way she sings...obviously—

PE: Exactly. Right? Yeah. Yeah.

CD: —obviously she knows how to do it. 

PE: Yeah, so I think she just has trouble accessing that. But with the Griwerrtones and when she sings I think she accesses it very acutely. And so I actually do know an X-ray crystallographic, someone I grew up with—

CD: Huh.

PE: And in some ways, he is nothing like Tessa because he's a very charming man, and in other ways, he's similar to Tessa because he's one of the strangest people I've ever met in my life. In a beautiful way, and in an incredible way. Also, I sort of designed Tessa around some conversations I've had with people in the medical community and specifically—

CD: Right. 

PE: —for obvious reasons, when my mother died and when my brother died I remember those conversations with those doctors very vividly. But I remember even at the time thinking how hard it must be to have all of this knowledge and expertise with which to convey accurate information to the loved one, right, to the living. All of that schooling and intelligence to determine, yes, this person is at the very end of their life, and here's why. And be able to articulate that in the moment to someone who is, of course, besides themself—

CD: Full of emotion. 

PE: —with grief. Yeah. And I've always—it's always resonated with me. I've always found that a very fascinating dynamic.

CD: Wow, yeah. 

PE: So that's kind of where Tessa was sort of built on that.

CD: That's fantastic. Alright, Tessa. 

PE: Tessa Buckle, P.h.D.

CD: Ok.

PE: And that of course leaves Myles Manningford. The leader—

CD: Myles! Myles the Myles. 

PE: —of our team.

CD: I love how he's always written in a way that's always looking to the next move.

PE: Oh yeah. Interesting.

CD: Which is, I think very optimistic. And especially in Jovane's delivery.

PE: Yeah.

CD: Like everything—and I relate to that so much where it's like, "I'm going to present you with an option!" You know? 

PE: Right.

CD: Everything's just always going up, it's always looking for the next thing. Let's not dwell on this, let's keep the ball rolling.

PE: Well, yeah, in a way his superpower is leadership but because of his perseverance. 

CD: Yeah. Yeah.

PE: He does the—he's always coming up with the new HQ—he decided to create this business and put "HQ" on the storefront and so he will try anything to—

CD: He's going to make that work.

PE: He's going to make HQ work. Which of course is sort of a meta investigation for myself because that is a heck of a problem that I've created for myself, to come up with all these HQ's, but it's a fun problem. It's a fun problem.

CD: Well, you know. I love—yeah, he doesn't sit. He's not going to sit there and ruminate.

PE: No.

CD: He's going to say, "here's where we're going, not where we are."

PE: The approach I took with writing Myles, some of it comes from my experience with certain directors that have had really excellent impressions on me and I've learned from like, this is how you helm a production. You know?

CD: Yep.

PE: And you have—they might have this outward attitude of forwardness—

CD: Yes. Yes.

PE: —but it's not, of course, it's not from a lack of depth as you and I both know—

CD: Right, oh absolutely.

PE: —being on so many production teams in our careers.

CD: Yeah, shit needs to get done. (laughs)

PE: Absolutely. Yeah. So I think that's where Myles is, and there will be more opportunity to get to the root of that in the next two chapters. But I'm super happy with how Myles came out and Jovane's performance is as always just so good.

CD: Yeah. Steller.

PE: Yeah. So yeah, Myles Manningford, the leader of the team.

I guess we can't forget about Mr. Cornish Henrikksen, our archvillain.

CD: We can't. We often do forget discussing the villain because it's usually black and white and we can always say, "oh that's bad." and usually there's no grey in bad.

PE: Right. I mean all the great villains are so three-dimensional. I mean, Hannibal Lecter comes to mind...Iago.

CD: Yeah. I can't remember where I heard this but it's pretty well known. 'An actor playing a villain does not know they are playing a villain.' They are just like the protagonist. They have goals they have objectives, they have tactics. They have all of those elements, and they don't think—I just find villains infinitely more fascinating. Because we never believe that we're bad.

PE: Right, I've never actually heard that, put that way.

CD: Well you should take some acting classes, Patrick. (laughs)

PE: Yeah, I should get my act together, generally speaking. But yeah, I think Cornish comes from a place of lacking leadership and specifically parenting in his own life. And so he has these petulant outbursts, he maintains a robot to help him get through his life, but he has this stunted emotional growth. I know there are some people that have those strong family units, but a lot of us out there have the Parental Unit 1000 built into the CDs we played as a kid, or the records or Mp3's depending on your age. Or the clothes we chose to wear as the armor for our personality to brave the world. That's Cornis to me.

CD: Yeah, and since Cornish doesn't have a family, he doesn't have anyone to—when he wants something, he's just gonna get it, and he doesn't have anyone to say, "Hey, I know you want that, but also you have to understand how that affects other people."

PE: Right.

CD: So of course he's going to be a villain no matter what, in any situation. Because he's only out for himself.

PE: And potentially have jealousy about what the Griwerrtones have. Or what Myles has a cantankerous relationship with his father, but he still has a father. And that might be something worth exploring. 

CD: Yeah. Where else does he have to get that from?

PE: Parry?

CD: (laughs)

PE: So, we'll see what happens with Corny.

CD: Alright. So, which character do you find yourself most in?

PE: Oh that's a great question.

CD: ...as writer.

PE: That is a really good question. I think in some parts it's Myles. The concept of always having a new idea, "oh here's one, here's one." That is—

CD: I can see that.

PE: —that is very me. You know, like, "let's try this, let's try this." I mean, we're doing it right now, you know. And so, I relate to that, and I relate to the absurdity of it, and how I know sometimes it can be received from people. You know, like, "oh ok, I have this great idea!" And people are like, "ookk, alright cool." I mean I specifically remember talking to a very good friend of mine about this concept and they were like, "yeah...cool...sounds good..." You know? But I am like a dog with a bone, very much like Myles. And so I relate of that aspect of Myles. What about you? Do you have a specific character you see yourself in?

CD: Um...I mean...there was a time where I was very much Champ.

PE: Oh yeah? Really?

CD: Probably without the influence, I would say?

PE: I don't know you get like 500 likes on posts these days.

CD: (trills tongue)

PE: (laughs)

CD: Well, yeah, yeah! That was kind of a—that was definitely a point in my life where things were so clear and I didn't hesitate with saying things. And it did come from, kind of a spacey, woo-woo place.

PE: Yeah.

CD: But I think there's some truth to some of—even in your writing, the...what is the... "bliss" and "horizon is just the 'I' laying on its side?"

PE: "The horizon is just the "I" in bliss sleeping on its side."

CD: I mean...you're not wrong.

PE: (laughs)

CD: (laughs) You're not wrong, Patrick! You're not wrong!

PE: Yeah, well...I mean...

CD: I can totally connect with that. (laughs)

PE: You're not that way, but you do have a little bit of that.

CD: I do, I try to maintain that sense of like, "let's explore that. Let's look at it from somewhere else."

PE: And I think there's a certain bravery in being that way. And so while I'm spoofing and lampooning these types of influencers, I do have a lot of respect for their hustle and having a thick skin.

CD: Yeah.

PE: Because there's no way you can be like that and not have it all slide right off you.

CD: It's a weird dynamic.

PE: Ok, brave listeners, so that brings us to the options. The voting options for Chapter Two of "The Griwerrtones". Here we go. Option A...Cody, are you ready?

CD: Yes.

PE: Are you sure?

CD: I hope so. Also, a gentle reminder, everybody vote—

PE: Yeah. 

CD: —in the election.

PE: Yeah. Vote. Vote.

CD: Come one. Starts tomorrow. Well—

PE: Early voting in Dallas starts tomorrow.

CD: Yeah. October 13. Boom.

PE: Rock the Vote ya'll. Alright, so Option A: We find out that Cornish Henrikksen has a personal vendetta against Myles and the Griwerrtones. More is revealed about Cornish's devious plot as we explore the connections between the Henrikksen and Manningford families. This option would be in the spirit of comic books and science fiction, so more along those lines.

CD: Mmk.

PE: Option B: The Henrikksen Halloween ball is beset by mysterious events—

CD: (singing) Oooooo—

PE: (laughs) —with clues and suspects aplenty it is up to the GT's, the Griwerrtones, to figure out just exactly what is going on. This option would be in the spirit of Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and others of that genre. So, Cody, we have kind of a more prototypically supervillain versus the team idea, and then we have kind of a who-done-it, maybe in the spirit of Clue.

CD: Houdini-who-done-it.

PE: Yeah, so that's what we got. Are you leaning in any one direction?

CD: So, I feel like Option A is pretty run of the mill. 

PE: A little on the nose?

CD: Yeah. To be expected. But you do get to explore the dynamic between the Henrikksen's and the Manningford which, you know—

PE: Could be interesting?

CD: Maybe in future iterations?

PE: Exactly. Could set us up for future seedings of other subsequent stories.

CD: Yeah. Hatfields and McCoys. You know—

PE: Yeah.

CD: We love that story.

PE: Yeah. We love that—I mean, speaking of archetypes.

CD: Exactly. The families that feud—

PE: Yeah.

CD: —you know, Steve Harvey.

PE: (laughs)

CD: (laughing) He's there, he makes a cameo. 

PE: Show us Option A!

CD: (buzzer sound)

PE: Oh no, say it ain't so.

CD: (laughs)

PE: Alright, so it sounds like you're into Option B.

CD: I'm feeling Option B. I love a Gosford Park moment. I love—

PE: Yep. Who doesn't?

CD: And then you have the dynamic of the behind-the-scenes, who's really who?

PE: Right.

CD: What's going on there.

PE: Including the Griwerrtones. That would include them.

CD: Right, exactly. So, there's so much in the air with Option B. But also Option A, that family dynamic, what if Myles Manningford has some dark secrets? Has some skeletons in the closet. I don't know—

PE: That's possible. Or another Griwerrtone could have some dark secrets. 

CD: Exactly.

PE: I mean, all we know is that Cornish has something weird going on in the basement. It seems—

CD: Don't we all. (laughs)

PE: (laughing) Yeah, right. It seems nefarious, but we don't actually know.

CD: I mean other than the underscoring. (laughs)

PE: Well, I don't know who did that. 

CD: I don't either. How dare the.

PE: They're flying their flags a little to...transparently.

CD: (laughs)

PE: That's all we know about that situation, it could be anything. Now, I'm kind of leaning towards Option A, if only because of how we have set up Chapter One. I think it would be cool to see that out.

CD: Right.

PE: Also, in service of subsequent chapters. Obviously, we can't just leave the Griwerrtones with this. I mean—

CD: No.

PE: —I would think Season Two.

CD: The public wants them.

PE: Yeah. We see the Griwerrtones again. That said, I am always down for a Gosford Park moment.

CD: Can we get Maggie Smith?

PE: I think she is available.

CD: Yeah, well now. Surely.

PE: Marlo, can you get on Maggie Smith for us?

CD: Check that out. I have her number.

PE: Yeah. Thank you. Cool. Just get with Cody. Thank you. Thank you! (laughs)

CD: (laughs)

PE: So, yeah, I'm always down for a who-done-it as well. I think that could be really cool, we've already set up the house, it's Henrikksen manor. There's more to explore, there's so many rooms, apparently, there's a laboratory in the basement? And who's going to be at the Halloween ball? Claude "the Clobber" Clobbinzky could show up.

CD: Hey.

PE: You know, Sandy Graves could show up. Or some characters I haven't even developed yet. Who knows. So, there's a lot there.

CD: It's a lot. It's a maniac mansion. (laughs)

PE: Yeah. And today's Monday. And it's just another...

TOGETHER: Manic Monday.

PE: You know?

CD: Yeah. (laughs) That's one of my favorite songs, by the way.

PE: That is such a good song

CD: The Bangles, you know?

PE: "Just Another Manic Monday" amazing. Also, "I Think We're Alone Now." But, I do, I think prefer the original garage rock version of the song. Have you heard the original? The Shondells?

CD: I thought it was a cover.

PE: It is. 

CD: No, I thought...I thought...

PE: Tiffany.

CD: I thought Tiffany was the original.

PE: No. 

CD: Well, I was busy hanging out in malls and buying scrunchies...for my sister. (laughs)

PE: (laughs) By the way I almost set "The Griwerrtones" in a mall.

CD: (gasp)

PE: Yeah, I think that would've been fun. 

CD: Well, future...you know.

PE: There's just a little show, you may have heard of it, it's called Stranger Things. It's not a big deal. No one really watches it. 

CD: Maybe. It rings a bell.

PE: But they did a thing with a mall, or whatever.

CD: Sounds strange.

PE: Yeah. I mean it's cool I guess. But whatever.

CD: (laughs)

PE: Love Stranger Things. Yeah, so, there it is folks, Cody is—you're leaning towards B, right?

CD: I'm feeling B. I'm feeling B.

PE: He's feeling B, the who-done-it. I'm feeling A. Just as a recap: Option A, more of a comic book science fiction thing continuing sort of the plot that we have established already. Cornish Henrikksen has a personal vendetta against Myles and the Griwerrtones. We explore the connection between the Henrikksen and Manningford families and establish a foundation with which to move forward with "The Griwerrtones" story, maybe in subsequent seasons. Option B is about the Henrikksen Halloween ball and things go awry, maybe someone dies, maybe someone disappears. And we as the audience have to rely on the Griwerrtones to help us figure out exactly what is going on. Although no one is beyond suspicion.

Alright folks, so there you have it. Those are the options. Please vote: WriterWrongPodcast.com or you can find us on Instagram, or Facebook, or Twitter. Give us a like, comment, tell us how you think we are doing. And again, just vote, vote, vote. We need those votes. We need to figure out what's going to happen next. And I want to thank Cody so much for being our second co-host and doing a bang-up job. And we can't wait to spend more time with you over the next two episodes and seeing through the finale of "The Griwerrtones."

CD: Yay! Thanks for having me.

PE: Yeah.

CD: This has been amazing.

PE:  Yeah. So, folks, that does it. We are out of time. That is it for this installment of Writer Wrong. Thank you so much for listening. Check us out on Patreon, check us out on all the social media. And I will turn it over to Marlo to take us out. Peace ya'll.



OUTRO      57:29

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Marlo Mysliwiec
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INTRO
WRITERS ROOM with Cody Dry
THE GRIWERRTONES - Chapter One
WRITERS ROOM with Cody Dry
OUTRO