9. (Paulie and Ivy discover that Marie’s family has moved across the country
to L.A.--Los Angeles, California. They are talking in Ivy’s home,
which is really a “camper”--a truck that people live in during a vacation.)
Paulie: Why does your house have wheels?
Ivy: Houses are cheaper with wheels.
Paulie: I was thinking more along the lines that houses with wheels
can go places.
Ivy: Well, not anymore, I’m afraid. Earl and I used to travel all of
the time, you know? But things change. He had even crazier ideas than you
have. We always used to talk about going to the Grand Canyon, but we just
never got that far. You know, Earl said that if you stand right at the edge
just when the sun comes up, it's like seeing the first sunrise in the whole
Paulie: He was kind of poetic, wasn't he?
Ivy: For an ex-Marine.
Paulie: Hmm, you miss Earl…like I miss Marie.
10. (They decide to drive west.)
Paulie: I thought flying was scary - until I drove with Ivy. Now,
that’s scary! …Ivy was a great teacher. She was a philosopher, an explorer.
Unfortunately, she also thought she was a singer.
Paulie: (Ivy has been singing for a while…) Ivy, please. I'm a bird. I
have a small brain, and it's about to explode.
11. Paulie: So, when will we get there?
Ivy: Maybe that’s the wrong question. Maybe
we should be asking, “What are we gonna see along the way? What wrong
turn are we gonna make that will take us someplace unexpected? Will the
weather be for us, or will it be against us? Will we lose faith? Will we get
there, or won’t we?”
Paulie: You’re scaring me. (Ivy starts
12. Paulie: For all of her “pleases” and “thank
yous,” words weren’t really that important to Ivy. It’s what she saw that
mattered. Seems to me, the way it works out, it’s the things you love
most that are the things they take away.
13. Ivy: You know what you are Paulie? You're my seeing-eye parrot.
You've been a dear friend to me Paulie. We're birds of a feather, you and I.
Betwixt and between, that's us. So what do we have tonight? Is it pretty?
Paulie: Oh, very pretty. There's more orange now, and it's getting
darker. Just a little gold left.
Ivy: The sun must almost be set. Can you see any stars yet?
Paulie: Not yet…. (Then we see an ambulance next to the
camper.) And then one day, the cat got her (i.e., Ivy died). There are
things in life you put off, because you think you're gonna do them later.
But the real thing Ivy taught me is you gotta
live like there may not be a later. (So Paulie decided to try
to fly, and it worked! He flew to the Grand Canyon.) I found a tree, and I
spent the night. 'Cos [because] I wanted to be there in the morning... for
the very first sunrise.
14. Ignacio: Hey you, come on down here. OK, what’s your story?
Paulie: Uh, yes. Uh, I’m looking for someone named Marie Alweather.
But I’m afraid I may be lost. Can you tell me where I am?
Ignacio: You’re in L.A. East L.A.
Paulie: L.A.? L.A.! Oh, my gosh, I made it! I don’t believe it!
Ignacio: I don’t believe it. You can talk?
Paulie: They talk. (i.e., the other parrots)
Ignacio: Them? They don’t talk. I say “taco.” They say “taco.”
Parrots: Taco, taco, taco
Paulie: Are they ok?
Ignacio: Sure, they’re OK. I don’t know about me. I’m talking to a
15. (Talking about the time Paulie fell in love with a gold-headed parrot)
Misha: Women can be tough.
Paulie: Tell me about it. So, how do you know
if you’ve met the right one?
Misha: Well, for me, let me see. She would be
pretty, but smart. She would have books on her table and flowers in her
Paulie: And lots of golden feathers.
Misha: Well, yes. Important to have high
Paulie: So, Misha, [have] you got a
Misha: No. Well, once. A little bit.
Paulie: What? How do you have “a little bit”
of a girlfriend? This is interesting. Go on.
Misha: Before I’m coming to America, there
was girl. We were student together at university. Sure, we talk about books.
We even fight about them. She was very smart, and stubborn…. One
time, she act in play in front of whole school. I was working behind
curtain, in dark. I see her on stage. She had little flowers in her hair and
the light make them all different colors. And I say to myself, “My G-d, she
is beautiful; maybe too beautiful for me, but I will tell her how I feel.”
Afterward, when I’m come near to her…
Paulie: She stole your words away
Misha: Yes. She marry my best friend. He told
her how he feel. At wedding, she take me aside and say, “Misha, I always
liked you best, but I was afraid of your silence.” It is important to speak
16. Paulie: You know how it is. [As] Soon as you think you landed on easy
street (i.e., you’re OK), the past comes back to bite you in your tail
17. Benny called the “cops” (police), telling lies to get them to come to
the Taco shop. When the police arrive, everyone runs away (maybe because
some are “illegals”--illegal immigrants--or because the restaurant does not
have the right kind of business license), and in the confusion Benny steals
Paulie. Then he promises to help him find Marie if he will “help him”;
Paulie doesn’t know that Benny is a thief until after he gets caught.
18. (“Grandpa Gerald” captured Paulie, who was trying to steal jewelry from
Dr Reingold: So, you say he flew down your chimney.
Grandpa: That’s what he told me.
Dr Reingold: (laughing) Well, many parrots have quite extensive
vocabularies, but there’s a difference between cognizant speech and
Grandpa: He keeps talking about a “Marie Alweather.” I think she might
be his owner.
Dr Reingold: Well, that’s not unusual, either. Lots of people train
their birds to repeat names and addresses in case they get lost. I’m sure
that’s the case.
Paulie: Do you have a phone book? Please.
Grandpa: He’s very polite.
Dr Reingold: I’m sure that’s just a trained response. But I’d like to
keep him here a few days and maybe run some tests. Build him up a bit. He
looks a little undernourished. But don’t worry. You did the right thing
bringing him here, Gerald. We’ll take good care of him. (Grandpa leaves, and
Dr Reingold starts talking to Paulie.) I want you
to understand what it is we do here. Mostly we just listen and we watch. You
see, there’s this gap between animals and humans. And the gap is
called speech. Now, if that gap could be bridged, we could truly understand
each other. Won’t you consider helping us? Tell you what. I’m gonna have you
moved out of here tonight. And I promise you, I will take you to see Marie
when we’re done.
Paulie: [Do] You promise?
Dr Reingold: I promise.
19. Paulie: I told you, talking just gets you into trouble.
Misha: No. It’s not that. It’s how you say thing. You have to
be careful. Woman say, “You like my hat?” You say, “No, it makes you look
like floor lamp.” You get punch [hit] in nose.
Paulie: I got worse than that.
(Then we find out that Dr. Goldberg had found
Marie, and had her address, but—in the hope of becoming famous because of
this “talking bird”—was planning to break his promise to let Paulie go back
to her. On the phone to another scientist, Dr. Goldberg says, “There’s no
legal requirement that we have to return him. He’s the property of the
Institute now.” To keep him from flying away, they “cut a few primary flight