White Trash Blues - DP Goes Shopping
After DP and Jolene’s argument about his not leaving enough electricity in the DieHards for her to recharge Jumbo, DP is depressed and feels the need for a shopping binge after she leaves for work. Or, a visit to Shvoo’s doublewide which he suspects might make him feel nearly as good.
But he has had his eye on a TV at Mamie's Poly Palace and Nearly New Shoppe for some time and wants to see if it’s still there. He suspects that the Schvoo can be put on the back burner for at least a little while longer. He also knows that Jolene has been nagging about getting a window fan and since they can’t afford both the fan and the TV, he wants to see if he can make a preemptive move.
Of course, DP has never used the word “preemptive” except for the time he told his buddy Radish that he was “pissed that the Dukes of Hazzard were preemptive for another lame speech by ‘The Bushster’.” DP knows that another summer in the trailer without a fan will be brutal but he dearly wants to see Daisy Dukes in color someday.
As the scene opens, we follow DP on his trip into town. On this day, perhaps because of the rain, it only takes him a few tries to get a ride and his mood is already better.
At the Shoppe he is thrilled to find that the TV is still available.
While he is considering what could happen to his relationship with Jolene if he comes home with the TV before she can get the window fan, he wanders over to the fine arts aisle. DP notices an excellent print of one of his favorite works of art. The salesman tells him that this one is "nearly original". DP is now doubly tempted.
What DP doesn’t know is that there is not enough money available for either purchase. Unknown to him, Jolene has been holding back a little from each of her checks to save for her own dream purchase. She, too, has been surfing on-line from the payroll computer at the Speedi-Mart. She has discovered an accessories website for her “friend” Jumbo and now knows that she can get add-on pleasure sleeves. These could be delivered to her at the store without telling DP and she is now saving for either a Black Mambo® or, her favorite, the Tarantula®.
The scene ends as DP arrives back at the trailer to look behind the acrylic painting of the Brooklyn Bridge (with actual twinkle lights) that hangs above the sofa bed. He knows this is where Jolene hides her extra money. DP is about to be disappointed.