As the Eyes Roll, Part somewhere-in-the-middle

“But Martha! You can’t start a soap opera in the middle! People will never watch!”

“Oh Peter, you idiot. They do it all the time! They turn on the television one afternoon and they sit down with their glass of scotch and they’re hooked!”

“They do?”

“Of course they do. Do you think everyone who watches an afternoon serial started at the beginning? For God’s sake, Peter! Most of the shows are older than their viewers!”

“So that means…”

Martha raises one perfectly plucked eyebrow.

“That means…”

“Come on, Peter, spit it out!”

“That means we have viewers!”

“By George, I think he’s got it! Someone give the man a cookie!”