THE BEST LAID PLANS ( AN ADAPTATION OF THE ORIGINAL PLAY BY FARREL MITCHELL)
( The room is dark. Bill and Jack are trying to break open the locker.) ( Jack switches on the torch)
JACK- Thanks to my wonderful planning, now that I have cut the power of the entire street, we don’t have to fear the burglar alarm.
BILL- Good job mate.
( Suddenly the door opens. Spender and Wood arrive home, on hearing the sound, Jack switches off the torch light.)
WOOD- I think Primrose forgot to light the candles in the room.
SPENDER- Let me call him right away.
( Suddenly Bill sneezes.)
WOOD- What was that sound?? Primrose, is it you??
JACK- I’ll leave at once before they know that even I am here. Do not worry, I will come for you.
BILL- Okay, I am trusting you on this. If you don’t come for me, I will tip the police about your whereabouts.
( With a low grunt, Jack escapes through the window.)
(Primrose enters with the torchlight.) PRIMROSE- What is it sir?? I heard you screaming.
( The three of them see Bill and gasps in shock.)
SPENDER- How in the world did you break in??
( Bill tries to run away. But Primrose and Wood effectively block his way.) PRIMROSE- Sir, let me call the Scotland Yard right away. WOOD- You better hurry.
( Primrose exits; Spender and Wood tie him up.)
WOOD- Do you think the power cut is only for us??
SPENDER- Then why do you think we came back home?? Didn’t you notice, the whole street is as dark as a cave. WOOD- It wouldn’t hurt to double check, would it?( He opens the curtain and looks outside.) The whole street’s out. ( He closes the curtain.)
(Spender rolls his eyes.)
SPENDER- Check if the stars are still there, or has the power cut taken them down too.
( He opens the curtain again.)
WOOD- Surprisingly, it is still there.
( Closes the curtain.)
BILL- Blimey mate, I thought you were the sharpest of the two.
( Chuckles.) (Suddenly there is a knock on the front door.)
WOOD- I will get that, while you keep an eye on this extuse of a man.(He exits.) (He enters with Jack, thinking he is a police.)Look who was there at the front door!
JACK- Good evening sir, I am from the police department. I have come to inform that the power will be back in an hour or so, I suggest you to stay indoors for your safety.
SPENDER- Where is your uniform officer??
JACK- I was off duty when the department rung me up. So I came as soon as I could.
WOOD- Very well then officer, we have another case for you here! This man here had such nerves to break into our house. We would like to file a complaint against him for attempted theft.
SPENDER- Thank God, for our timely return.
JACK- Let me be right on my way and put him behind bars.
(Jack is very anxious to leave and couldn’t wait to be out of there.)
( There is a knock on the door and Primrose attends it.)
(Enter Primrose and Mr. Cuthbert.)
MR.CUTHBERT- Well, well, well, if it isn’t the most wanted criminals in town, Jack and Bill! When the police department was tipped off, of your whereabouts, I thought you would’ve escaped by now, but here you are caught red-handed!
SPENDER- What?? Jack and Bill? Isn’t he one of your guys??
( Jack face palms)
(Cuthbert blinks in confusion)
MR.CUTHBERT- I..I.. think I might h..have mistaken him for Jack, the thief. As you said, he i..is one o..of our people.
( Spender gazed suspiciously at all three of them.)
( The door knocks again and Primrose quietly takes his leave.)
WOOD- Am I missing something here??
SPENDER- Well we all are!!
(Jack and Cuthbert exchange furtive glance at each other.)
( Enter Primrose with the Scotland Yard detectives.)
SPENDER-Who do we have now? Another burglar perhaps!
SCOTLAND YARD DETECTIVES- We are from the Scotland Yard and we were informed of a burglary by your butler Mr. Primrose.
WOOD- Well,we also have another case for you, a case of mistaken identity!!
DETECTIVES- It so happens that, the three of them have been accomplices from the very beginning.
WOOD- Well I didn’t see this coming!
SPENDER- How is it that you came at the right time?
MR.CUTHBERT- You see, the curtains were opened twice and that was my cue to come for their rescue.
JACK- Stop talking you fool, you have said enough.
CUTHBERT- I was just doing my part.
DETECTIVES- I think you have all done your parts well, now let us get going.
PRIMROSE- Let me show you to the door detectives.
SPENDER- I think we had enough entertainment for tonight. (Power comes back again)
WOOD- Right on time!!
- THE END.