Please enjoy another chapter of Arthur Scott Bailey’s The Tale of Grumpy Weasel, only with Mystery Science Theater 3000 riffs in it. The whole of this MST3K fan fiction should appear at this link. If it doesn’t, and it’s not just because I haven’t written it yet, let me know and we’ll figure something out.
Last time you’ll recall Grumpy Weasel uncharacteristically reached out to any other animal by challenging Jimmy Rabbit to a race. Mr Crow eggs Grumpy on, stirring up what should be an exciting race between the animals. And now is it race time? … Not yet. But see what it is.
Queen Zixi of Ix is a fairy-tale book L Frank Baum wrote while he thought he could sell something besides Wizard of Oz books. It’s pretty fun, starting with a pack of fairies deciding to make a new magical wish-granting item and see what kind of trouble it stirs up. Queen Ozma is also from L Frank Baum’s books, a big player in most of the Wizard of Oz books besides the one made into the movie. It’s Motocross, Charlie Brown is properly known as You’re A Good Sport, Charlie Brown. It’s not in fact much like the described plot.
TOM: That’s one of those obscure moons of Saturn, right?
JOEL: Looking forward to meeting Queen Zixi.
> SAVING HIS FEET
CROW: For marriage.
> Old Mr. Crow and Jimmy Rabbit had a good laugh over
> Grumpy Weasel’s plan for a race with Jimmy. They thought it a
> great joke.
JOEL: Maybe you had to be there. Wait, we were!
> "He needn’t give me a start," Jimmy said.
> "I can beat
> Grumpy easily."
> "Never mind that!" Mr. Crow advised.
CROW: [ As Jimmy ] ‘Well, I can *not* beat him even more easily!’
> "You might as
> well let him have his way.
TOM: You needn’t make him all grumpy.
> He’ll look all the more foolish,
> trying to catch up with you."
JOEL: Now into your clown suit and remember to let your pants fall down!
> So Jimmy Rabbit agreed to run the race as Grumpy
> Weasel wished,
TOM: Only two more wishes and Jimmy goes back into the magic lamp!
> saying that he was ready to start at once.
JOEL: [ As Maxwell Smart ] ‘Would you believe starting at *twice*?’
> But Mr. Crow told him he had better wait till the
> next day.
TOM: Never put off till tomorrow what you can do the day after …
> "That will give me time to tell everybody," he
CROW: Including Santa Claus and Princess Ozma of the Land of Oz!
> "and then there’ll be a big turnout to see you
> win—and to jeer at Grumpy Weasel for losing."
TOM: Wasn’t this the plot of ‘It’s Motocross, Charlie Brown’?
> And one could
> tell from Mr. Crow’s remark
JOEL: That he’s one sassy bot.
CROW: He’s different.
> that he liked Jimmy Rabbit and
> that he despised Grumpy Weasel.
CROW: Or that he’s playing both sides against the middle.
> The next day proved to be a fine one for the race.
TOM: [ Grumbling ] Man, 25 bucks fine for racing …
> wasn’t too hot nor too cold;
JOEL: It was threatening to be a little too medium.
> and early in the morning the
> field- and forest-people began gathering at Grumpy Weasel’s
> hunting ground,
CROW: Mmm, buffet.
> where the stone wall touched the clearing.
TOM: Watch out for holes!
> About the only persons that objected to the time set
> for the race were Benjamin Bat and Solomon Owl.
TOM: Minor characters get alliterative names, real characters get normal names.
> Benjamin said
> that he could never keep awake to watch it;
CROW: We *get* it, Benjamin, you’re not a racing fan. Stop dissing us who *are*.
> and Solomon
> complained that he couldn’t see well in the daytime.
JOEL: But they’re not *racing* a well.
> But all
> the rest of the company were in the best of spirits, giggling
> slyly whenever they looked at Grumpy Weasel,
CROW: [ High-pitched cackling ]
> who seemed to
> pay scant heed to his neighbors,
TOM: I love whenever Scant Heed To His Neighbors comes up on the indie station.
> though you may be sure his
> roving black eyes took in everything that was going on.
JOEL: Tale of *Greedy* Weasel.
> seemed more restless than ever as he waited for Jimmy Rabbit
> to arrive,
CROW: Well, how restless *is* Ever?
JOEL: Ever Egret.
> walking to and fro on his front legs in a most
> peculiar fashion,
TOM: It’s called warming up, Narrator!
> while he kept his hind feet firmly planted
> on the ground in one spot.
JOEL: Restless *Some* Legs Syndrome.
> Of course he could never have
> moved about in this manner had his body not been so long and
CROW: Fatty Raccoon in the background, not moving at all.
> Noticing Grumpy’s strange actions, old Mr. Crow
> looked worried
CROW: No, I figure Grumpy knows what he’s doing!
> and asked him what was the matter.
TOM: Bubble wrap rehearsals.
> "I hope
> your hind feet aren’t troubling you, just as the race is
> about to begin," he said.
JOEL: Maybe his ankles are too tight, ever think about that?
> Grumpy Weasel hissed at the old gentleman before he
TOM: [ As Grumpy ] ‘Sorry, my tire cap was loose.’
> "Don’t worry! You’ll soon see that my hind feet can
> travel as fast as my front ones—
JOEL: That feels like a threat, somehow.
CROW: [ As Grumpy ] ‘And then I’ll show those fools at the Academy!’
> when I want to use them."
TOM: [ As Grumpy ] ‘But when I remove them from their box they lose a lot of value so I want to be sure this is worth it.’
> "Ah!" Mr. Crow exclaimed knowingly.
JOEL: [ As Mr Crow ] ‘I have no idea what you just told me!’
> "He’s saving his
> hind feet for the race."
TOM: Yeah, close enough.
> When Jimmy Rabbit reached the gathering place, coming
> up in a long lope,
CROW: I love those old-fashioned vehicles like jitneys and phaetons and lopes and everything.
> Mr. Crow hurried to meet him.
JOEL: Mr Crow, do you just want to race Jimmy? Is that your game?
> "I advise you to save your hind feet," he whispered.
TOM: Don’t spend them all in one place.
> "Grumpy Weasel is saving his."
CROW: Just in case the boss battle really needs feet.
> Jimmy Rabbit told Mr. Crow, with a smile, that he had
> saved his hind feet all his life—and his front ones, too.
JOEL: El-Ahrairah looking at Jimmy after this going, ‘Eh, I guess. Fine.’
> "I’ve brought them along to-day,"
JOEL: Even though I needn’t.
> he said, "to help
> me win this race."
CROW: My feet, and the weasel-proof tape at the finish line.
[ To continue … ? ]
5 thoughts on “MiSTed: The Tale of Grumpy Weasel, Chapter 9”
I like the setup, but I don’t know what the punch line is, unless it’s Grumpy punching Jimmy?
JOEL: [ As Maxwell Smart ] ‘Would you believe starting at twice?’
TOM: “Once shot Twice and then Jim Fell.”
Oh, I’m so sorry I didn’t think of that because it lines up perfectly.
I love doing this chapter-by-chapter, but it does mean I don’t have the long period to mull over and think of additional jokes a month after like I’d have when I wrote the whole thing and then got around to posting eventually.