Cash has to write a one-act play. His first draft is based on a commercial. He rewrites it after Reba tells him to write what he knows, and this time he gets an A+. But for some reason, he won’t tell Reba what it’s about. Probably because it’s based on her and Bobby splitting up. And in it, Reba’s kind of the bad guy.
Lillie Mae: Who is this grandma you speak of? I am Gretchen, owner of the largest strudel factory in Austria.
June: By any chance, has Gretchen been into the Schnapps?
Cash: Crushed it. It’s so good, I might actually get a C.
(Lillie Mae and Geoffrey are practicing their improv)
Lillie Mae: Give us a place and an occupation and we’ll turn it into improv magic.
Kim: OK… [long pause] Is it always this hard?
Lillie Mae: Just anything.
Kim: I just don’t wanna get it wrong.
Geoffrey: There’s no right or wrong.
Kim: OK. A space station…in hell…and a dead guy. Go!
Geoffrey: OK, that’s wrong.
Cash: It’s a drama about a family of dolphins that kidnap a human baby and raise it as their own. It’s called Love on Porpoise.
Reba’s upset, but Cash says it’s a comedy, and he gave Rita/Reba all the funny lines, so she’s actually the hero. They’re performing it at the school’s talent night, and Reba is not happy. But soon she sees that there’s a kernel of truth to the story that she needs to confront, and she makes peace with that -- and Cash.
Geoffrey: I haven’t done real acting since I took a girl to prom.
Reba: I’ve heard the great writers keep tinkering on their masterpiece. You know, fixing all the stuff in it that’s, um…wrong.
Cash: Mom, tinkering is what ruined Hamlet. Unlike Shakespeare, I know when to back off.
Lillie Mae (holding up a filled water bottle): This talent night might be long. You think I’m allowed to bring water?
Reba: I don’t see why not.
Lillie Mae: Good, good. This looks like water, doesn’t it? Even if I put an olive in it?
Cash: I can’t let this play go on! I don’t want all those people laughing at the pain you went through. And trust me they will be laughing because this thing is funny.