Sea Oak

Synopsis: A lonesome woman comes back from the dead to live the life she was too afraid to live.
Genre: Comedy
Director(s): Hiro Murai
32 min

Unkind thoughts about...

My nieces.

Like, they should get jobs.

Like... lazy.

Well, people do get jobs.

Like you.

Uh, like your nephew. He has a...

Cole's good.

The girls are...

I wouldn't want to hurt their feelings.

Do they ever hurt your feelings, Bernie,

by, for example, not working

when you at your age are still working?

I just want things to be nice.

Are they?



Okay, chick,

what is Zambia?

That is juice.

That is not juice.



These are stupid.

"For what was Winston

Churchill known chiefly?"

- Who has to even know that?

- It's not that hard.

Yeah, that's 'cause you got the...

"How many sides has a triangle?"

Both sides.




What is she doing?

Oh, sh*t! Bernie.

Egypt. Land of dark urges.

Building pyramids,

some of the greatest

erections man has ever had,

was not all hard work and no fun,

especially for the hunky overseers,

one of whom is shown here.

M... Min, I'm at work.

Bernie got hurt.

- What?

- Not bad, though, just a little.

She just, like, fell.

Okay, well, did you

take her to the clinic?

She says she's fine and

she's gotta get to work.

Okay, I'm comin' home.

I don't see why you

don't just call them.

You know, I hurt my foot,

I... I can't come in.

Cole, I have to talk to them in person.

Cashier is good.

It took me a long time to get it.

Well, let me help you in at least.

I'm fine.

And that might look a little weird.

The customers might not like that.

Just wait.

If you don't mind.

It's not twins, it's just huge.

I know. I mean,

I never thought I even

wanted any of this,

and now I'm like, I

wasn't anybody before.

Exactly, like,

this is why I was put here.

So corny.

Oh. Yeah, he's the best.

He, like, rubs my feet at night.

- He's so good to me.

- Connie.

Gotta go.

All right. Have a seat, little lady.

So, we're gonna be doing

some shuffling around.

Uh, I... I'm taking

that Betty off of the...

Who's Betty? We don't have a Betty.

Yeah, the, uh... the, uh,

really nervous, oldish...

- You know, always upbeat.

- Bernie.

- Bernie, right.

- But she's, uh... she's right...

I'm transitioning Bernie off of cashier

down to greeter.

Now, what we want in terms

of cashier is life. Huh?

- Confidence. Huh?

- Mm-hm.

So, you're cashier now, and Betty's not.


Oh, my God. Thank you.

You like those apples, huh?

- Yes, I do.

- Yeah, but you earned it.

I want you to just stay like that.

Life, right?

I'll just call.

And that ability to use tools...

All I'm saying is maybe if someone

falls down a flight of stairs,

- and can't walk...

- Says she's fine.

Okay, so maybe you decide. Is she fine?

Does her foot look fine to you?

We did what she said!

So, what's this? What is... What...

So what are we eating?


Oh. Pretty.

I've had, like, five bowls already.

Them brown streaks in

the flags? Caffeine.

- Someone could cook.

- Dude, you cook.

We've been babysittin'.

You're babysitting your own kids.

You've just been sitting

on your ass all day.

Lookin' pretty.

Hey, check this out.

- Is that...

- Oh, my God.

- Angela.

- Padua Pork has pioneered

an innovative approach

to animal education

for aging seniors,

learning about animals,

and how they eventually become our food.

What, she's like a movie

star now or somethin'?

- I mean, she looks good.

- She does.

These lucky aged learners get

to see the ying and the yang,

bringing home a rich picture

of even the simplest meal.

I'm Angela Silveri for

Action News Team 10.

You oughta hit that.

She was nice.

What happened with her?

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George Saunders

George Saunders (born December 2, 1958) is an American writer of short stories, essays, novellas, children's books, and novels. His writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, McSweeney's, and GQ. He also contributed a weekly column, American Psyche, to the weekend magazine of The Guardian between 2006 and 2008.A professor at Syracuse University, Saunders won the National Magazine Award for fiction in 1994, 1996, 2000, and 2004, and second prize in the O. Henry Awards in 1997. His first story collection, CivilWarLand in Bad Decline, was a finalist for the 1996 PEN/Hemingway Award. In 2006 Saunders received a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2006 he won the World Fantasy Award for his short story "CommComm".His story collection In Persuasion Nation was a finalist for the Story Prize in 2007. In 2013, he won the PEN/Malamud Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award. Saunders's Tenth of December: Stories won the 2013 Story Prize for short-story collections and the inaugural (2014) Folio Prize. His novel Lincoln in the Bardo (Bloomsbury Publishing) won the 2017 Man Booker Prize. more…

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