Ok, Hobbes. I need you to help me memorize my line for the play. Sure. I’m the onion, and I say “”In addition to supplying vital nutrients, many vegetables are a source of dietary fiber.”" Ok, ready? Ready. Go ahead. “”In addition …”" wait. Hold it. I’m not in character yet. What motivates an onion? Fame. I suppose this could be a big break. Calvin and Hobbes exercise for Calvin’s big role “The Onion” in his class play. Calvin reads out the text in the screenplay first. He hands over the screenplay to Hobbes. He asks Hobbes if he’s ready. Hobbes tells him to start. Calvin interrupts. He wants to understand onions first. Hobbes says this might take a while.
Are you going to come to my play dad? It’s called “”Nutrition and the Four Food Groups.”" I’ll probably have to work Calvin. But Dad. It’ll be great drama! I’m an onion! Well why don’t you say your line for me now? Ok! Um … let’s see … “”In addition to … “” … uh … hold it … um. 2kids in food suits forgetting their lines. I’ll definitely be at work. Dear! Calvin’s worked hard. Ok, uh … “”In addtion …”" uh … no wait … um. At the dinner table, Calvin invites his Dad for the class play. Calvin’s Dad says he might have to work. Calvin tries to win his Dad for coming to the play by saying that “Nutrition and the Four Food Groups” will be a great drama. He’s going to be an onion. Calvin’s Dad wants a taste and asks Calvin for his line. Calvin can’t remember and mumbles something. Calvin’s Dad says he’ll definitely have to work. Calvin’s Mom says he should be nicer to Calvin who’s trying hard.
Do you have your line memorized for the nutrition play, Calvin? I’m still learning it, being an onion is a difficult role you know. What are you? I’m “”Fat.”" No, I mean in the play. Anyone else want to say it?!? Aackk! Understudy! Understudy! Calvin and Susie Derkins walk next to each other on the sidewalk and talk about the class play. Susie asks how Calvin is doing with the text. Calvin says he still works on it. His role as an onion is challenging. He asks what Susie is. Susie says “fat”. Calvin means in the play. Susie gets mad and slaps him hard. She shouts out if any one else wants to make that joke. Calvin whimpers.
Thanks for waiting for the bus with me Hobbes. I feel like an idiot in this onion suit. I’ll be lad when this stupid play is over. Oh no! Run for your life! A produce truck! … just kidding! Calvin and Hobbes wait for the bus. Calvin wears a very nice onion costume. He thanks Hobbes for waiting with him at the bus, since he feels a bit stupid. Hobbes shouts that a produce truck is coming and he should better hide. He was just kidding though.
I can’t believe it! I’m stuck in my onion suit! I can’t go onstage with my shirt caught in my costume! Help! Help! I’m supposed to be on now! I’m supposed to be saying my line! What should I do?? What should I do?? “”In addition to supplying vital nutrients, many vegetables are a source of dietary fiber!!”" In the boys bathroom, Calvin is stuck in his costume. He can’t go to the stage. In his desperation, he just says his line in the middle of the bathroom.
I’m home! Hi, honey. How did your play go? Terrible. I got stuck in my zipper in the bathroom, and they had to stop the play and get a janitor to find me and get me out. Oh no. that’s awful! I’ll say. The play was ruined … but I remembered my line! Back home, Calvin’s Mom asks him how the play went. Calvin tells her about the bathroom disaster. The janitor saved him. His Mom says that that’s awful. Calvin says the good thing is he remembered his line.