Monday, February 02, 2009
Phil Conners (Bill Murray) and Ned Ryerson (Stephen Tobolowsky) meet on consecutive mornings prior to the appearance of Punxsutawney Phil in the 1993 classic Groundhog Day.
The arrogant, egocentric, and frustrated weatherman from a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania TV station was assigned to the annual Groundhog Day festivities in Punxsutawney, only to find himself experiencing the same day, February 2nd, over and over.
His interaction with a high school classmate on consecutive days went like this:
And don't forget all the Super Bowl ad compilations from yesterday's extravaganza.
Phil: Not a chance.
Ned: Ned... Ryerson. "Needlenose Ned"? "Ned the Head"? C'mon, buddy. Case Western High. I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing. Ned Ryerson, got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn't graduate? Bing, again. I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
Phil: Did you turn pro with that belly button thing or what?
Ned: I sell insurance.
Phil: What a shock.
Ned: Do you have life insurance, Phil? Because if you do, you could always use a little more. I mean who couldn't? Am I right or am I right?
Phil: I would love to stand here and talk with you, but I'm not going to.
[Phil walks away, Ned follows]
Ned: I'll walk with you. Whenever I see an opportunity now, I charge it like a bull. Ned the Bull, that's me now. I have friends who live and die by the actuarial tables. It's all one big crap shoot. Have you ever heard of single premium life? I think that really could be the ticket for you.
[Phil turns to cross the street]
God! It is so good to see you! What are you doing for dinner?
Phil: Something else.
Ned: Watch out for that first step. It's a doozy!
[Phil steps into a pothole full of icy water]
Phil: Ned Ryerson?
Ned: Bing! First shot right out of the box! How's it going, old buddy?
Phil: Actually, I'm not feeling well. Would you excuse me?
Ned: It's funny you should mention your health. You will never guess what I do now.
Phil: Do you sell insurance?
Ned: Bing again! You are sharp as a tack today. Do you have life insurance? If you do, you could always use more. Right? Who couldn't? You know something? I got a feeling you ain't got any. Am I right or am I right?
Phil: I gotta go.
Ned: Watch out for that first step. It's a doozy.
[Phil avoids the pothole]
[Phil punches Ned in the face]
Back to the serious stuff in a little while...