Genevieve: How come Max and Ruby’s mother is never there?
Charlie: They probably don’t bother having the mother on the show because parents are too cranky. It’s supposed to be a fun kids show. Anyway, the grandma pops in for a visit almost every show.
Genevieve: I want to see what the mother looks like.
Charlie: There is no mother. She’s just imaginary.
Genevieve: You pretend the mother is there?
Charlie: Right. Or, not. Gigi, the mother is not the main part of how the story goes. Sheesh. Stop talking about the mother, who doesn’t exist. Or, she’s in the other room or something. I hate this stupid show.
Genevieve: I love it. I wish I could see the mom just for one time. I wish they would have that. Show “Big Sister Ruby” and “Little Brother Max” with the mother. (She hums the show’s theme song.)
Charlie: Genevieve! Then it wouldn’t be the same show because the show DOESN’T HAVE A MOTHER! OR A FATHER! It’s called MAX AND RUBY!. It’s just the kid, Max, the bossy older sister, Ruby, and sometimes the grandmother. Don’t you get it?!
Genevieve: And the friends. Sometimes Ruby’s friends are on.
Charlie: And the friends.
Genevieve: If they have the friends and the grandma and sometimes other grown-ups, why can’t they have the mother?
Charlie: I don’t know! Can you just drop it?! You’re really making me mad. I’m changing the show to something–
Genevieve: NO! It’s not over yet!
Charlie: It’s practically over. Only a few more minutes. See?
Genevieve: (screaming) I have to watch it all the way to the end! I have to!
Genevieve: (still screaming) In case they show the mother!
Charlie: Ahhhh! (He throws the remote to the floor and stomps out of the room.)