A butler offers the eldest daughter some rolls. The eldest daughter takes one as she talks with her mother. The youngest daughter, wearing a tiara and black dress, sees four figures walking by the windows. The butler nods.
In the attic, Ratt play. Warren jumps around on the floor. The grandfather (Milton Berle) touches his ear and asks his youngest granddaughter if she heard anything. She looks up and shakes her head no. He asks his wife (also Berle) if she can hear the music. She cringes as she says yes. He points to her and they leave the table.
The butler pours wine into the youngest daughter’s glass. She looks up at the ceiling again. The wall starts to break by the candelabra. The family turns their heads for a few seconds and then continue to eat.
In the attic, the butler covers the rat on the tray. The youngest daughter leaves the table and walks up to the stairs, leading to the attic. The ceiling cracks and a piece of it lands in the mother’s glass. The youngest daughter and the butler nod at one another.
At the table, the butler serves the rat and the family gasps. Warren smashes through the ceiling and plays on the table. The oldest daughter calls the police. The family leaves the table.
On the steps, the young woman takes off her tiara and changes into a silver minidress. With her hair dyed silver, she crawls on the steps and then hops on the floor while the band plays. She dances with the band. The butler pumps his fist as he dances on his bed.
The youngest daughter eats her lobster bisque soup and thanks the butler. The eldest daughter glares at her and tells her that they do not talk to the help. The youngest daughter gives an apologetic smile to him and continues to eat. Her father explains an important conference call he had with a Japanese company earlier in the day. Her mother mentioned the designer clothes she found shopping. The eldest daughter asks to see what her mother bought. She sips her wine.
Her grandfather says someone is playing music in the attic. She says she doesn’t hear anything. However, she taps her foot underneath the table. Her mother and sister complain about the noise. She walks away without a word. Upstairs, she tears off her dress and removes her tiara. She no longer wants the demure princess role in her family. She wants to backpack around the world and stay in hostels. She wants to follow a band around the United States and create jewelry. On the weekends, she wants to sign up for art fairs and sell it.
The band talk to her after they play and invite her to go on tour with them. She answers yes and packs her bag with the essential things. Her family pleads to think of their standing in their community and how it would destroy the stock price of their business. She says she’s going and that’s final. Greed determines every decision in the house. Empathy seems to be missing with them and it bothers her. She needs a fresh start.
Director: N/A Year: 1984
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