Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pie
Saturday, January 1, 2000

(GK: Garrison Keillor, SS: Sue Scott, TK: Tom Keith, TR: Tim Russell, RD: Rich Dworsky)

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SS (ON SPEAKER): Welcome to Mr. Mega-mall, may I interest you in our Mr. Mega-Mall Millenium Meal?

TR: Uh.....What comes with that?

SS (ON SPEAKER): The Mr. Mega-Mall Millenium Meal includes a two- pound Hubba-Hubba hamburger, a bucket of friendly fries, and a half-gallon Big Daddy Soda Pop served in a souvenir Papa Bear pail.

TR: I see. Do you have hot dogs?

SS (ON SPEAKER): No, for that, you'd need to go to the Soup Doggy Dog.

TR: How far is that?

SS (ON SPEAKER): There's one forty miles from here.

TR: How about a sandwich? Grilled cheese?

SS (ON SPEAKER): No, sir. For that, you'd want to find a Mr. Cheesy. There's one right next to the Soup Doggy Dog.

TR: Oh. Okay. (PAUSE) What's the Good Golly Miss Walleye?

SS (ON SPEAKER): It's our fish sandwich.

TR: How big is that?

SS (ON SPEAKER): It's a two pounder and it comes in our melted marshmallow sauce.

TR: Can I get it without the melted marshmallow?

SS (ON SPEAKER): No, the marshmallow is already melted on it.

TR: Is there a restaurant near here?

SS (ON SPEAKER): There are food courts ---

TR: How close is the nearest food court?

SS (ON SPEAKER): It's next to the Mr. Cheesy.

TR: This Hubba-Hubba hamburger ---- could I order just half of one?

SS (ON SPEAKER): No, we don't do smaller portions. (HORN HONKING, OFF)

TR: Okay. Well, give me one of those.

SS (ON SPEAKER): You want the Mr. Megamall Millenium Meal with the Hubba Hubba burger, the bucket of friendly fries, and the Big Daddy soda pop in the souvenir Papa Bear pail?

TR: Yes. I would.

SS (ON SPEAKER): How about dessert?

TR: What kind do you have?

SS (ON SPEAKER): We have the Rooty-Toot-Toot Root Beer Float, we have the Coochy-Coochy-Coo Chocolate Mousse, we have the Rama Lama Ding Dong Danish, and we have the Beebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.

TR: You have rhubarb pie?

SS (ON SPEAKER): Yes, sir.

TR: Regular rhubarb pie?

SS (ON SPEAKER): Yes, sir.

TR: I'll just have that.

SS (ON SPEAKER): The pie doesn't come separately. It only comes with the Mr. Mega-Mall Millenium Meal, sir.

TR: With the Hubba Hubba burger, the friendly fries, and the Big Daddy soda pop in the souvenir Papa Bear pail?

SS (ON SPEAKER): Yes, sir.

TR: I'll take it.


GK: ... Yes, there's just something about rhubarb pie. It's worth going through the rest of the meal just to get it. Especially if it's Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.


Where's my baby, where'd she go
I asked her friends but they don't know
So I got me a piece of rhubarb pie
And here comes my baby strollin by

I know my baby loves rhubarb, rhubarb
Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pie
I see that rhubarb look in her eye
Bebopareebop Rhubarb Pie.


(c) 2000 by Garrison Keillor

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