Jason opens the oven door to clear out the excess pots and pans, and to rearrange the oven racks. He mutters his narration, trying to keep himself on task as his girlfriend, Elaine, is due to arrive in an hour. The pressure is on for this first experience as he activates the oven.
He hesitates, but then rummages through the refrigerator. He pulls out a bowl of brined chicken, a container of diced tomatoes, and another container of chopped garlic and onions. In a fury, he lays out the chicken on a glass baking dish, purees the tomatoes with the garlic and onions, and pours over the saucy concoction over the poultry.
“Where’s the cheese?”
Jason moves back to the refrigerator, rummaging for the mozzarella and parmesan. After a few moments-
“Ah! Got ’em!”
Quickly, he shreds the mozzarella before getting the grater to dust the top of the dish. He vigorously pushes the parmesan against the grater, so much so that he accidentally nicks his thumb.
He holds his injured finger betwixt his lips as he tries to find a bandage. He rips open five drawers before he finally finds the first-aid kit in the cupboard. No time for antiseptic — just a bandage.
Jason barely applies the bandage when the oven signals its readiness for cooking delectable deals. He shoves the prepared dish into the oven, set the timer, and moves onto the salad. Before he knows it, the front door to apartment resounds a KNOCK-KNOCK!
Jason rushes to the door, his apron flapping. He opens the door to Elaine, her floral dress and hoodie pairing.
“Hey, Elaine! Come on in! I’m almost done making dinner.”
“Mmm. It sure smells good!” she exclaims.
Jason guides her to the dinner table, set with homemade mason jar candles, rustic placemats, and shined dinnerware. Elaine sits in awe at the elegant effort, examining the beauty amidst the chaotic backdrop of a bachelor pad.
“Have a seat!”
Elaine plops down on the couch, baring her soft shoulders with the removal of her hooded sweatshirt. From the kitchen, Jason schizophrenically loses his mind between the dinner and Elaine. And her shoulders.
“How about some wine?” Jason calls from the kitchen.
Jason fumbles with a bottle of cheap Bordeaux wine and a corkscrew. “You look really nice tonight!”
Elaine replies, “Thanks. And thanks for making dinner and everything.”
“Of course!” he exclaims, gritting his teeth, bracing against a wall, pulling with all his might.
POP! Finally… Jason checks the cork and notices that his bandage is missing. He frantically looks around, but cannot find his misplaced bandage.
“Can I help with anything?” Elaine asks as she approaches the kitchen.
Quickly, Jason grabs a wine glass, and in cool fashion, pours out the wine as Elaine enters.
“Uh, no! Tonight is my treat!”
“Well, I hope you’re hungry,” Jason says with a smile, handing Elaine her glass. She sits at the table, while Jason tries to pull himself together from the nervous wreck he has become.
He steels himself as he sets the table with the entree and main course, taking extreme care to plate the food for Elaine. He smiles at her as he sits down at his seat.
“Let’s eat!” he exclaims. The two bite into their chicken parmesan.
“Mmm…” Elaine licks her lips. Jason’s satisfaction with Elaine’s satisfaction is almost palpable, and all seems to be running smoothly for a romantic night in… until he sees his bandage dangling from her tongue.
Elaine continues to chew, but as she does, her facial expression shifts from enjoyment to curiosity to worry, and eventually to disgust as she peels out the very wet, very sauced bandage from her mouth.
“OH MY GOD!”
“Elaine, wait! Let me explain!”
Her gag reflex kicks in as she vomits over the table, splattering onto Jason’s front and into his mouth. She kicks out of her seat, dragging the table cloth, food, and place settings with her. Meanwhile, Jason tries to wipe away the spittle and fragments on him and potentially in him.
“WHAT THE HELL, JASON?!”
Elaine grabs her purse and rushes for the door, but not before vomiting again by the shoe rack, right into Jason’s shoes.
“Oh, come on!” Jason cries out.
She cranks open the door and start to leave. Jason catches the door at the last second and pulls it open.
“Wait! What about dessert?” he asks longingly.
Elaine gives Jason a most confused and annoyed look, before another gag convulsion, followed by a very liquified spray of stomach contents. She holds her mouth and rushes off, leaving Jason at his door in a complete mess. He sighs as the coagulated drips fall to the ground, and he shuts the door defeated.