Not Just Another Sunday – Episode 4 – Sunday

Do you see the story? Do you see anything? It seems to me I am trying to tell you a dream–making a vain attempt, because no relation of a dream can convey the dream-sensation, that commingling of absurdity, surprise, and bewilderment in a tremor of struggling revolt, that notion of being captured by the incredible which is of the very essence of dreams  – Joseph Conrad – Heart of Darkness

So we open our story with a vain attempt at a dream.  A corpse of a man who tried to reach a higher plan, the True Lodge has been found in a secret room in Lodge 49.  In this mystery we open Episode 4, Sunday.  And what a Sunday it is.  The reality of daily life pushes the discovery of the mummy aside.  The Boy Scout breakfast is on this Sunday, and Ernie is sent with Dud on a mission to get more pancake mix.  Yet,  they lay aside such a boring task for a more important matter, finding Larry.   

Liz is having her own difficulties in coping with reality.  She is off work for the day, but rather than face the world, she goes to work.  Her boss Jeremy, tries to help her realize her need to face reality.  Liz decides to choose a different coping mechanism instead with alcohol and some carefree fun.

As Ernie and Dud search for Larry, they discover he no longer lives at his old address.  In the search for the new location, Ernie and Dud share some profound insights into one anothers life.  After nearly hitting a harbor seal and wandering aimlessly in the road, Ernie questions Dud if he is okay.  Dud is not.   He is reliving when he got bit by the snake in the jungle, and how he faced his own futility. But Ernie brings him back. “You survived for a reason,” he tells him.  As they run out of gas shortly after and coast to a stop, there is billboard that simply says, “Is There Another Way to Live?”. What does that even mean?  In the mix of their trip for gas,  Ernie is “abducted” by the developers and offered to be in on the big deal with the Captain.  Will Ernie’s fortunes change? 

After they find Larry’s trailer in a run-down lot with an oil well, they discover no one is home.  There with a beer in hand, they look back over this weird Sunday and the strange events that lead up to it.   Dud returns back to his thoughts on the bigger picture, the meaning of life.  Ernie in his life earned wisdom shares this paradox. Every always talking about living forever, and how he longs just to live for real for a little while in the here and now.  How people always go searching for unicorns, when here in the real world we have the rhinoceros.  The theme has been brought up before, finding the beauty if everyday life.  “Screw Unicorns” he utters, as they sit and enjoy each others company on this Sunday afternoon.  I agree Ernie… I agree.

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