The Dimmer Switch
The Dimmer switch.
Novel Plot/TV Script?
The dimmer switch is a satirical story of two families who live on the same street. Pensioners, Horace and Mavis Beezly live at number 60. The other family, Mr and Mrs Western and their three terribly naughty children, Purchased number 32. It recently became available on the market at a cheap price. The Beezlys’ have been residents at their town house for 60 years.
Duncan Western discovered form a gossipy neighbour that the previous owner of this property a Mr Percival Hazelfire- committed suicide at the ripe old age of ninety-two. Apparently he’d gone off to Argos one morning and purchased a super deluxe hairdryer, which he later put it in his evening bath with him. This was all after finding out he had terminal cancer. His suicide note was most unusual, it read: To the Beezlys’
Mr and Mrs Beezly were quite baffled by the note, as they only knew Mr Hazlefire from the summer gardening competition. They agreed that being so old and not having any family or friends they could think of, maybe he regarded them as his only friends.
The Westerns had begun a refurbishment project, which was proving to be a handful as their children were constantly meddling with all the equipment. One particular feature they were fascinated with was the dimmer switch in the dining area. The youngest child Charlie would twiddle the knob on and off to create a disco effect for his brothers while they danced. Unbeknown to the Westerns, every time the switch was turned up or down, on or off, it had a direct effect on Mr and Mrs Beezlys’ appliances at no: 60.
Being pensioners and partly disabled the Beezlys’ had their home adapted with all mod cons and a stair lift. One year ago Mavis was diagnosed with Althzimers; the doctors took quite some time make the diagnosis, as her symptoms weren’t all that clear. Horace was adamant that he would take care of her at home, although he was finding the task a bit exhausting.
Mavis had suffered many minor injuries over the past few years, all of which Horace had to put down to her illness, as he’d never witnessed her being hurt himself. Horace was always out in the garden pottering about when these freak accidents seemed to occur.
One morning in particular, Mavis was attempting to make some toast to go with her morning tea. After placing the bread in the toaster and sitting for a while, a strong electrical surge occurred and burnt bread flew out of the toaster onto the windowsill. After half an hour or so Mavis returned to the toaster to make herself some toast, forgetting that she’d already done so. This scenario continued all morning. Horace returns from the garden to find a windowsill full of burnt toast and a confused Mavis boiling pea’s in the kettle. Sparks begin to fly and soon after the kettle explodes, leaving poor Mavis with a hair-net full of pea’s and third degree burns. Horace becomes increasingly worried for her safety, thinking the accidents are all part of her declining health.
The incidents continue over a period of one year, some quite hilarious and none of which are too harmful. During this time various problems arise at the Westerns stemming from their refurbishment project, causing even more problems for the Beezlys’.
Meanwhile, back at no: 60, while removing the floorboards, Mr Western discovers an old cigar box. Upon inspection he finds it contains clippings of gardening competitions in the local paper, covering a period of twenty or more years. Most of the photos are of wither Mr or Mrs Beezly who had apparently won nearly all of them. At the bottom of the box he finds a wiring map of his property which seems to be connected with a house further down the street.
Duncan Western sets off to see why the two houses should be connected with electrical wire at. At no; 32, Horace is watching the TV while Mavis sits up to a cup of tea the dining table. Having no remote control Horace gets up to change the channel. Meanwhile at no; 60 little Charlie is playing with the dimmer switch. Horace leans in and pushes the button on the TV, which suddenly explodes sending him flying through the air and into the dining room, where he lands on the table next to Mavis,, whose words are ‘Hello dear, fancy a cup of tea?’
The doorbell rings and Horace – a little shaken – gets up to answer the door. His hair is frazzled and his face is blackened with smoke. Mr Western, once inside the property instantly recognises the problem as most of their appliances are burnt out. The mystery is almost solved; they discover that old Mr Hazlefire took the gardening competition very seriously. Never having won a prize, he became outraged and paid someone to fit faulty wiring, connecting his property to no; 60, hoping to knock the Beezlys’ out of the competition for good. Mrs Beezly’s diagnosis of althzeimers turns out to be a severe case of confusion and all ends well.