Dora is sitting in front of the TV in the basement rec room. She looks calm, maybe bored.
I’ve gone down there to do the laundry, and I’m assuming it’s her clothes in the one machine currently in use. As for what she’s watching…
Next on the surprise hit show, Ugly People Got Talent Too!, a 50-year-old woman takes faltering steps onto the stage. The audience jeers. The judges – tanned, muscled, blonde, white-toothed, big-boobed – sigh and shake their heads. “No way she can do anything,” one says.
The emcee, a pubescent 40-year-old, grins at the camera, “Is she just too ugly?”
The woman breaks into a stirring rendition of the “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha. By the time she reaches “to bear with unbearable sorrow,” the audience is cheering madly.
“She’s always had to ‘love pure and chaste from afar,’ I bet,” the emcee says, dashing a tear from his eye.
“You see,” one judge says, fanning her eyes with red fingernails, “you see? Ugly people can do it too.”
“They sure can,” says another judge, sticking his chest out as the camera zooms in on him.
“She’s certainly ‘reached that unreachable star,’ hasn’t she,” says the emcee.