COSTELLO: (Shouting) Hey, Abbott!
ABBOTT: (Does a sudden startle, almost causing the whole row of paper lanterns to collapse) Do you gotta make me jump like that, Lou? It's taken me ages to make this house look nice, and you bust in here and the whole place is gonna collapse!
COSTELLO: I'm sorry, Bud, I'm sorry.... it's just chaos out there! Absolute chaos!
ABBOTT: What, people are breaching the quarantine conditions already? Don't they know they could catch this new flu?
COSTELLO: No! Worse! Nobody out there at all! I could hardly find my way home! I.... I don't think I'm ready to go on my own to the candy store, Bud! I get lost without my mama!
ABBOTT: All right, all right, that's fine, just help me up with these, would you?
COSTELLO: Hey, sure.... (climbs up step ladder beside ABBOTT and begins helping him hang the lanterns up) Say.... why do we got to hang these things up, anyway?
ABBOTT: Why? Why, we're celebrating, Lou!
COSTELLO: Cele.... celery.... celerious.... cerebellum.... Sybil Shep..... what?
ABBOTT: Celebrate, have a party, you know?
COSTELLO: Oh, a party! Why?
ABBOTT: My COVID test results came back, Lou! I'm negative.
COSTELLO: WHAT? Are you positive?
ABBOTT: No, I'm negative.
COSTELLO: You're absolutely positive about that?
ABBOTT: Yeah yeah, I'm absolutely positive that I'm negative!
COSTELLO: What? You're positive or you're negative?
ABBOTT: I'm negative!
COSTELLO: Yeah yeah Bud, you're always very negative.
ABBOTT: Say, now you're getting it!
COSTELLO: Getting it? I'm not getting it! No way am I getting it! No sirree Bob, you stay away from me if you've got it!
ABBOTT: Well, I don't! I'm negative!
COSTELLO: Yeah yeah, that's what I always tells ya, you're so negative, don't do this Lou, don't do that, you don't let me do anything!
ABBOTT: What, are you some kind of.... (hits COSTELLO round the head).... I'm negative. For COVID.
COSTELLO: I KNOW you're negative, Bud, but you gotta tell me, or I won't understand.... does ya got it or does ya not got it?
ABBOTT: I DON'T GOT IT, LOU!
COSTELLO: All right, all right, no need to shout in my face! (They continue hanging up the lanterns) Say, ah, Bud, I forgot to tell you, while I was out I went to see the doctor too. He gave me this letter. (Takes out of his pocket) Your test results for Corona have returned, and we regret to inform you that you have tested positive. (Beams) See? Isn't that right? I always told you I was a positive person!
ABBOTT: (Jumps, falls of ladder) (Looks at COSTELLO aghast)
COSTELLO: Say, why are you looking at me like that, Bud?
ABBOTT: Oh, that's just the absolute limit! Now you've got it, I've definitely got it too!
COSTELLO: That's it, Bud, that's the way to be positive!
ABBOTT: Come here! (Pulls COSTELLO off ladder, who grabs line of paper lanterns to help him stay up, somehow manages to pull down the ceiling with the lanterns)
COSTELLO: (Wailing, as ABBOTT beats him about the head, and the ceiling continues to fall about them) What did I do, Bud, what did I do!