Road Trippin' 2- That's Vegas Babee!
by Suzanne Magoon
Louie pulled into the church parish driveway.
"Ah, home at last my children." Reverend Bemis and Louie got out of the car. Louie opened the
trunk of Rosebud. Reverend Bemis leaned in the window near Chico and Liz.
"Chico, Liz you two have a wonderful life together! It was a pleasure performing your ceremony!"
"Ah Rev, we are so happy you were apart of our wedding."
Chico smiled and shook Reverend Bemis hand. Liz reached over and hugged Reverend Bemis.
Louie pulled out of the parking lot heading over to the garage.
"Well Chico, Mrs. Rodriguez! " Louie smiled with a big grin.
"I had a wonderful time and I know in my heart ole Rosebud enjoyed her trip also." Louie began
to cry as he wiped his eyes.
"Now the hard part is, I have to put her out to pasture." Louie covered his eyes and bawled
like a baby.
"Ah Louie, just think of the good times you've had her in Vegas!" Ed patted Louies back.
"I know Ed, say, Chico how about I let you have Rosebud, You can see what use you can make out
Louie couldn't bear the thought of parting with Rosebud.
"With you under her care I know at least shell go peacefully," Ed said to Chico.
"Youre not gonna strip her and sell her for parts are you Chico?!" Louie shook his head.
"See what you did, Ed. Poor Louie is a wreck and you have to make a wise crack about it!"
"Louie, I'll make sure I'll take good care of Rosebud for you," Chico said as he hugged Louie.
Louie walked passed Rosebud with his bags.
Louie hugged Chico, Ed, and Liz and walked home sad shaking his head. "Oh poor poor Rosebud."
"Ah poor Louie!" Liz followed Chico to their apartment. Chico opened the door and sat their
bags down by the door.
" Here we are mami, home at last!" Chico picked up Liz and carried through the doorway. "Welcome
home Mrs. Rodriguez!" Chico lay her on the couch and kissed her.
"I really had a great time, Liz," Chico said as he unpacked their suitcase.
While Chico unpacked the suitcase he stumbled upon the program from Pepes appearances at the
Sands Hotel and Casino. Chico stared at the program daydreaming of his appearance on stage with his cousin.
" Pepe, thank you for the opportunity. Too bad I can't be with you for the rest of the tour,"
Chico sighed as he flipped through the program. Inside was a picture of Chico and Pepe on stage that a publicity photographer
took of them.
"Chico, we all had a great time, I'm sure you'll see Pepe again," Liz reassured Chico.
"Yeah Liz, youre right someday we'll get together again." Chico hugged Liz. "Thank you."
"You know, we could go over to the church and reregister ourselves as Mr. and Mrs. Chico Rodriguez.
I'm sure the members of the congregation will be happy of our marriage. I know of a few little old ladies will be upset that
your not available anymore Chico," Liz smiled.
Chico went to hug Liz.
"You know Liz, my women chasing days are over." Chico got up from the couch.
"Except for chasing you of course." Chico chased Liz out of the apartment.
"Ahhhhhhhh Chico!" Liz shouted.
Liz and Chico headed over to the church to see Reverend Bemis.
Still chasing each other Chico and Liz ran inside the church looking for Reverend Bemis.
"Reverend Bemis?" Liz asked around.
"Hey Rev!" Chico shouted while looking for the Reverend Bemis
A parishioner cornered Chico. "He's not here. He went out of town."
"He left? All of
us including the Rev just got back a early this morning," Chico said.
"Reverend Bemis mentioned something about doing research regarding his sermon series. He had
to meet with a Reverend Baccarat he said," the parishioner said.
Chico and Liz looked at each other. "What? I never heard of a Reverend Baccarat. Chico?" Liz
"Reverend Baccarat..." Chico looked puzzled then realized it.
"Reverend Bemis headed back to Vegas man!" Chico said. "We gotta go tell Ed!" Liz and Chico
hurried back to the garage.
Ed smacking a carburetor heard the door slam. Ed looked over to see what the commotion was all
"Ed, Ed! Your not gonna believe it man!" Chico walked fast to Ed as Liz followed.
"What!" Ed said grumpily.
"Reverend Bemis isn't here! He left for Las Vegas," Chico said as Liz was behind him.
"Yeah Ed, he just up and left!" Liz said as she waved her arms.
"Rev told everyone he had to meet with someone by the name Reverend Baccarat regarding research
for his sermon he was writing," Chico said as he nervously paced the floor.
"Gee, Chico, I would a thought he had enough research with all of his winnings he made!" Ed
"He had to buy another suit case just to take it all home." Chico shook his head in disbelief.
"What are you going to do Chico. Finding a room at this short of a notice will be impossible."
"I'm going to try to get a hold of Pepe. He's sticking around a few more days in Vegas."
Chico hurried over to the office and called Pepe. "Pepe Fernandos room please..."
"Pepe! Hey hey how are you man?" Chico smiled.
"Good Chico, They've offered me more shows here at the Sands. I'm staying here longer then expected,"
"That's great, cuz."
"So are you still married Chico?" Pepe asked. "Did Liz finally give up and want to come back
to me?" Pepe joked.
"No Pepe, Were still married. Pepe we have a problem. We have reason to believe that Reverend
Bemis is back in Las Vegas. He's not in town and we were told he was doing research with another Reverend that sounded suspicious."
"Ay, yi, yi Chico! Are you guys planning on coming back here to Vegas?" Pepe asked.
"Yeah but were afraid were not gonna find a room so soon," Chico said.
"Don't worry Chico, just get yourself packed up and I'll take care of the rest. I'm assuming
it will be the four of you again?" Pepe replied.
"Yeah, we'll all go together." Chico said.
"Ok Chico, it will be great to get together again. Let me know when you get in."
Chico left to look for Ed and Louie.
As Liz finished packing Chico looked for Ed and Louie.
"ED! Pepe is finding us a room
back at the Sands. Since he's staying there longer he said it will be no problem," Chico said.
'Well, I supposed it wouldnt be a problem Chico, just don't let Reverend Bemis get to you. We'll
have a good time again," Ed said.
"You and Liz can have your second honeymoon!" Ed smiled.
"Hello!" Chico smiled.
"This time I plan on winning a lot more money!" Ed smiled "I'll get a hold of Louie and have
him meet us tomorrow so we can head back"
"Well, Louie will be glad to have Rosebud with him for a little while longer."
Chico cornered Liz at the apartment. "Pack your bags Mama, we're going back to Vegas!"
"What? I just spent all this time unpacking Chico! Ay amio Chico. When are we leaving? Where
are we staying? How are we going to find a hotel in this short notice!" Liz ran around the apartment to find more clothes
Although with the circumstances, Chico was happy to be returning to Vegas.
Liz and Chico finished packing and loaded up Rosebud. "Wait here I'm going to call Louie and
let him know whats going on."
Suddenly Louie walked in the garage carrying suitcases.
Chico picked up the receiver and looked at Louie walking in.
"Wow! That was quick! Louie what are you doing with your suitcases?" Chico asked. Ed headed
over to Chico and Louie.
"Ah Ed, Chico. I've been whining like a baby since I parted with Rosebud, my wife kicked me
out because all I talked about was poor poor rosebud." Louie shook his head back and forth.
"Well Louie," Ed smiled and put his arm around him. " How would you like to go on another road
trip with Rosebud?"
"You mean it Ed?" Louie smiled.
"Yeah Louie. You, me, Liz and Chico."
"Say Ed, have you seen Reverend Bemis? I was gonna see him for a place to stay but he's nowhere
to be found?" Louie asked.
"Have you tried looking at any casinos Louie?" Chico said as he threw his rag in the can.
"Casinos? Why, he made a killing in Vegas, Chico," Louie said.
"You s'pose that's where he is?" Louie asked.
"It's possible, that's why were heading back to Vegas, Louie," Ed said.
"Ah, and I thought it was because you enjoyed our trapeze act that Ed, Reverend Bemis, and I
were involved in."
"Hey Ed, maybe that's why he came back!" Louie laughed.
"Are you kidding Louie he was as paranoid as we both were on that high wire." Ed reached over
and grabbed a bottle behind the can.
"Say Chico, are you making more of that de-licious brew of yours? euwweee! That sure was something
else!" Louie asked.
"Yeah Louie, it's in the bottle as we speak," Chico smiled.
"Oh brother, I have to have my window open again when he brings that stuff with us," Ed said.
"Now Ed that's not my fault your stomach can't handle it," Louie said.
"Well, everyone are we all set?" Chico asked as they got to the car.
Louie smiled as he got behind the wheel. "Ah Rosebud we meet again! I just knew we could never
part. Now take us to Vegas!" Louie started the car, backed out of the garage.
"Here everyone I made us something to eat on the way," Liz said as she passed out some sandwiches.
"Thanks Liz! " Louie said.
"Thanks Liz." Chico kissed her.
Louie cruised the roadways as he got closer to Vegas. "Ah memories!" Ed said. "As long as they
got there bar stocked up I'll be a happy man!"
"Hey, theres the Sands!" Louie shouted.
Liz smiled. "Ah to relive that special moment, ah Chico!"
"Hello!" Chico winked.
Louie pulled in, everyone got there bags and checked in.
"We have reservations through Pepe Fernando!" Chico said.
"Hold let me check please... Yes, here you are." The desk clerk handed them their keys.
"Ed, we're heading to our room then we are hitting the tables!" Chico said as he held Lizs hand.
"I'm right behind you! After we get settled in I'm going to the bar," Ed said.
Chico dialed Pepes room.
"Hello?" Pepe answered.
"Pepe! We're here!" Chico said.
"That's great Chico! You have a great time, I promise there will be no more hoodlum chasing
anymore," Pepe laughed.
"You know seeing that youre back, if you would like to... You know, if you want to do any of
your stand up?" Pepe asked.
"Would I? Pepe, I would love too. The question is though would Liz mind? I mean it's not like
I'm going to make a career out if it. I don't think she'll have a problem with that?"
Chico thought it over.
"You know what? I'd love to Pepe! Let me know what night to perform so I can prepare something
real good for your show." Chico sounded excited.
Liz went behind Chico. "What sounds so exciting Chico?"
"Ah nothing Liz. Pepe and I are chatting about old times."
"Come on Mama let's get to our room so we can hit the tables!" Chico, Liz headed to their room.
Ed and Louie headed to their rooms also.
Everyone headed to their rooms and unpacked. "Ready Chico? I feel like rolling some dice again!"
"Remember when we first rolled the dice together Liz?" Chico embraced her.
"Yeah, who would of thought throwing dice would lead to us getting married, Chico."
"Liz you rolled yourself a winning pair! Actually you threw the dice on the table then we left
to hunt everyone down about us going to get hitched."
"I'm sure I rolled a pretty good one, Chico," Liz smiled.
"Yeah Liz, I'm sure you did. You ended up winning me!" Chico grinned.
"Oh Chico!" Liz whacked Chico on the arm.
Chico and Liz left for Ed and Louies room. Ed and Louie were heading out of there room when
they spotted Liz and Chico.
Ed rubbed his hands together. "I'm ready to hit the poker tables Louie!"
"Well I got an itching for poker too Ed," Louie said.
"Hey Chico! " Louie smiled. "I'm ready to break the bank!"
"Who's bank Louie? Yours
or the casinos?" Chico smiled as they all headed towards the casino.
Chico spotted a marquee poster for Pepe Fernando.
"Hey look! It's Cousin Pepe! Looking Good!" Chico smiled as he pointed to Pepes picture.
"It's great that he'll be here for a few more shows. It will be nice to see him again," Liz
Chico, Liz, Ed and Louie headed inside the casino.
"Ah the sound I love to hear!" Ed said.
"What's that Ed? The slot machines?" Louie asked.
"No, Louie the sound of someone pouring a Bourbon! Hey waitress gimme a bourbon!" Ed flagged
a waitress over.
"Hey, hey, let's get over here. Theres some tables open for blackjack Ed!" Chico smiled as he
pointed to the tables.
"Lead the way Chico!" Ed followed Chico.
Chico, Liz, Ed and Louie all found seats at the blackjack table.
The dealer dealt each their cards.
"Alright honey baby gimme a good card!" Chico said as he eagerly waited for his cards.
"Ay, yi, yi!" Chico said.
Liz smiled as she received hers.
Ed looked at his cards then made a face of fear.
Louie smiled with some hope after receiving his.
They received their next set of cards.
Chico looked up and pleaded with the dealer. "Oh please gimme a good card!"
"Chico, I won, I won!" Liz jumped up and down.
Pepe approached Liz from behind after hearing Liz raise her voice.
"What's all the commotion about?" Pepe asked.
Liz turned around Pepe was behind her.
"Pepe, I won, I won!" Liz smiled.
"I see I arrived just in time for you to claim your prize!" Pepe smiled.
"Pepe!" Chico smiled.
"You know Liz, anything adding up with you makes a winning pair," Pepe smiled.
Chico with a big grin adjusted his collar leaned over hugged as he kissed Liz after hearing
"Hey hey cuz, it's great to see you again!" Chico got up from his chair and hugged Pepe.
"I'm glad you could make it Chico," Pepe smiled.
"Hello Ed, Louie!" Pepe smiled.
"Well hello Pepe!" Louie grinned.
"Pepe, how are you!" Ed smiled patted Pepes shoulder.
"Thanks Pepe, there's so many people here. You never know who you'll bump into." Chico smiled.
"Yeah, there's a lot of celebrities here Chico," Pepe smiled.
"Celebrities! Ahh, just imagine bumping into one." Liz with her eyes wide-open shivered in delight.
"Ah Pepe, now you got Liz all excited!" Chico said.
"Is that all it takes Chico?" Pepe asked.
Liz whacked Pepe. "You know it Pepe!" Liz fanned herself with her hands.
Pepe tugged on Chicos shoulder and pulled Chico aside. "So Chico is it ok?"
"Shh, Pepe she doesn't know yet. I'll let you know," Chico whispered in Pepes ear.
"Hey Chico I'm going to the ladies room to freshen up a bit." Liz got out of her chair and hugged
"Ah Liz, I bet youre still cute as ever!" Pepe smiled as Chico looked at Pepe sniffing Lizs
"Ed, Louie, Liz doesn't know yet but Pepe has offered me another chance to perform some comedy
for his opening act again," Chico said as he looked at his cards.
"That's great Chico!" Louie smiled.
"How did you manage that Chico?" Ed asked.
"Well Ed, when Pepe offered me a chance the last time we were here. Hearing the applause I got
from opening up for Pepe, I really enjoyed it. The crowd seemed to like me too. Liz didn't like the idea of me wanting to
touring with Pepe though."
"I don't blame her Chico, after all you two are newlyweds," Ed said.
"Ed, Louie, please don't say anything to Liz. Ok?" Chico pleaded.
"No problem, Chico." Louie smiled.
"Here Chico, Ed, Pepe. Have a cigar on me!" Louie smiled as he lit his up and leaned over to
Ed and Chico to light theirs.
Liz left the ladies room and heading back to the casino walked towards the bar.
"Miss," the bartender motioned to her.
"Yes?" Liz pointing to herself looked over to the bartender who called her.
"There are two gentlemen over here who want to buy you a drink. What will you have?" The bartender
pointed to there direction.
Liz looked around the low-lit area. Liz couldn't make out who they were.
"Um, I'll have a Gin n' Tonic," Liz replied.
"Good choice babee," a voice came from the other side of the bar.
"What?" Liz, hearing a familiar voice, walked closer to make out who it was. Liz looked around,
wasn't sure if that was who she had seen.
"This must be your night off?"
Liz blinked her eyes couldn't believe it.
"Excuse me?" Liz tried to get herself together.
"Well, you look like one of the showgirls I use in my act, babee."
"I'm sorry I'm not a showgirl, Mr. Sinatra."
"Please call me Frank, Miss..." Frank extended his hand to hers as he gracefully lifted it up
to kiss her hand.
"Liz, Liz Garcia Rodriguez." Liz gripped Franks hand as she stared in his sparkling eyes.
"Oh so I'm too late to ask you to marry me, Miss Liz," a voice came from a silhouette of smoke
Liz looked passed Frank to see a tall dark haired Italian approach her.
"Say how about a drink honey, ah nuts Frank beat me to it," Dean said as he held his glass of
Dean smiling, leaned on the bar eyed his drink as he held it up. "Now Liz, I don't drink anymore.
I freeze it now and eat it like a popsicle."
"You look like you had a few drinks to many Deano" Frank said.
"Ah Liz, never mind Frank. You know a drink never hurt nobody."
Dean walked up closer to Liz.
"Now just remember the great words of Mister Joe Lewis. Your not drunk if you can lay on the
floor without holding on."
Dean smiled, raised it up as a cheer, and then sipped his drink.
"Dean, Liz says she's not a showgirl." Frank smiled as he nudged Dean.
"What? I don't believe it." Dean shook his head in disbelief.
"Well we'll see about that sweet cakes," Frank said as he smacked Liz on her behind.
"Me, a showgirl? " Liz looking up imagined herself as a showgirl.
"I always pictured myself as a dental hygienist, but a showgirl?"
"Yeah, sweet cakes you got potential, babee," Frank smiled.
"Yeah and the figure to go with it too," Dean said.
"I don't think my husband will approve though."
"Hey Liz, who has to know? Have it be a surprise, babee." Frank, smiling, sipped his drink.
"Well fellas, I'll have to think it over. Besides my husband and our friends are probably wondering
where I am right now. Mr. Sinatra, Mr. Martin, it was a pleasure meeting you both." Liz smiled and hugged them.
"Believe me, Liz darling the pleasure is all mine." Dean said as he leaned against the bar smoking
"Liz, trust me you'll make a dynamite attraction. You oughta consider it, babee!" Frank casually
waved good bye as he put out his cigarette.
Liz headed back to the blackjack tables looking for Chico.
"Hi Chico, how are you doing?" Liz asked.
"I'm barely hanging on," Chico replied.
"Say Liz, where you've been?" Louie asked.
"I, I was just mingling with a few people
at the bar. I bumped into Frank and Dean," Liz shyly said.
"You seen Frank and Dean? Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin?" Chico asked.
"Yeah Chico, we had an interesting conversation. They had a kooky idea that I was a showgirl
or something?" Liz tried to just brush off the conversation by making it boring.
"Hello," Chico smiled. "Liz, I can see you as my personal showgirl!" Chico winked as he leaned
over to kiss her.
Liz sat next to Chico as they continued to play blackjack. Suddenly someone approached Ed.
"Would you mind if I join you cats in a round?"
Ed threw in more chips while hearing
a familiar voice. "No, go right ahead. Ah, we aren't doing well anyway, Chico let's do another round then call it a day,"
Ed said grumpily.
"Yeah right Ed. Your hind end will be planted on this seat all day!" Louie said.
"Chico?!?" The voice said as he watched Ed toss his chips.
"Ed? Ed Brown? What brings you to this neck of the woods?" Sammy said.
Ed turned around. "Oh no, not you again!"
Chico looked shocked.
Louie shouted with glee. "HEY IT"S THE CANDY MAN!"
Sammy covered his head out of embarrassment.
"Sammy Davis Jr.!" Chico said. "Let me shake your hand. I love you man!"
Chico shaking Sammys hand watched Sammy bounce up and down from Chicos firm handshake.
"Hey listen Ed, I can't stay and chat I have to get ready for my act at the Theater. I'm performing
here along with Frank, Dean, and some fella name Pepe Fernando."
"That some fella is my cousin man!" Chico stood up smiling and proudly protested.
"Youre related to Pepe Fernando? I had no idea. Were you an orphan, Chico?" Sammy asked.
"No. Why?" Chico asked.
"Well, I mean after hearing you and Pepe sing. I just figured you two came from different Villages
or something?" Sammy said.
"That's because no one has discovered my talent yet! You should hear my wife Liz sing. Oh she
sings so beautiful!" Chico said as he smiled thinking about her singing.
"Please Chico, don't remind me! I'm still recovering from the morning she woke us up with her
singing! I still have that ringing in my ears," Ed said as he dug into his ear with his finger.
"Hey Chico, I'll keep that in mind. Listen I gotta split or Frank will have my head on a platter.
See you cats later!" Sammy waved as he backed his way out.
"See you later Candyman!" Louie grinned, stood, and shouted.
"Well, I don't know about you but I'll going up to our room Chico," Liz said.
"Hey, wait a minute mami, I'll join you," Chico said as made his way around to her.
"Good Chico, you can help me decide what to wear for dinner tonight," Liz smiled.
"I can think of several things you can where to dinner, Liz." Chico hugged her from behind.
Chico and Liz headed to elevator to go to there room.
"So, you really got to talk to Frank and Dean?" Chico asked as he pressed the button for the
"Yeah Chico, I didn't believe it was Frank asking for me till I seen his face," Liz smiled.
"I can't believe he thought I was a showgirl. Me, a showgirl!" Liz twirled her body as she waved
her arms to flatter her figure.
"I can believe it Mama! Youre my very own showgirl." Chico, hugging Liz, kissed her on the lips.
Chico looked up to see what floor the elevator was. "Gee, this elevator is long... Oh I spoke
The elevator opened up. Inside were Frank, Dean, and behind them was Reverend Bemis.
"Reverend Bemis so this is where you've been hiding!" Chico said.
"You know the Rev?" Frank said using his thumb to point to Reverend Bemis.
"Yeah, he was with us the last time we went to Vegas. Reverend Bemis married Liz and I in the
"You mean, you had a wedding and never invited us Rev? Ah Rev, babee that's not good. I would
of loved to see Liz walk down the aisle." Frank winked at Liz.
Liz blushed at Franks remarked.
"Sorry Frank! Ill make it up to you." Reverend Bemis, Dean and Frank left the elevator.
Chico pulled Reverend Bemis aside. "Rev, are you in any trouble with them?"
"No, no everything is perfectly fine with Frank and Dean."
Reverend Bemis ran to catch up with Frank and Dean as they left the elevator.
"I wouldn't worry about them Chico, Reverend Bemis seems to be ok. Maybe he forgot something
when we left. Came back, then decided to stick around a few more days," Liz tried to reassure Chico.
"Yeah, your right Liz, Well at least we can now spend some time alone in our Hotel room till
we meet them again for dinner." Chico hugged her. "I love you Liz."
"I love you too Chico."
As they waited for the elevator to open up Liz's mind wandered about Frank and Dean insisting
she was a showgirl. Liz thought about the possibility of becoming one.
Chicos mind wondered about doing stand up again for Pepe in front of a live audience. Chico
smiling at Liz imagined he was hearing the cheers and applause of the audience.
Chico and Liz arrived at their room. "Honey, I don't know about you, but Im beat." Chico sat
on the bed and kicked his shoes off.
"Me too Chico." Liz lay down beside him.
"What you are going to do with your winnings, Liz?" Chico asked as he hugged her.
"Oh Chico, I haven't a clue." Liz smiled and kissed Chico as they brushed each others hair back.
"You can use that money to go to school like you've always wanted too Liz? I'm sure what you
won could cover some of it?" Chico thought.
Liz toyed with the idea of her becoming a dental hygienist.
"Maybe so Chico, who knows something else come up too." Liz dozed off in Chicos arms as well
as did Chico on Lizs arms.
An hour later a knock was heard on the door.
Liz and Chico woke up. "Who can that be?" Liz asked.
Chico looked at his watch. "It's not dinnertime yet, I imagine Ed and Louie are still in the
Chico opened the door. A bellhop had a package with him.
"Can I help you?" Chico asked as he opened the door half way.
"I have a gift for a Liz Garcia-Rodriguez," said the bellhop.
Liz rose out of bed. "What? A gift for me? Who's it from? Look how huge it is Chico!" Liz smiled
"It's from Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin!" The Bellhop said. "I was told by both Dean Martin
and Frank Sinatra to deliver this to you personally."
The bellhop rolled the big wrapped box in the hotel room.
"Thanks." Chico rolled the huge box over to Liz. "You got a gift from Frank and Dean? What could
be in this big crate?" Chico asked.
"Yeah, Chico, here is the card. Ay, yi, yi, this is sure a huge box." Liz gave Chico the card
that was with the gift box.
"To Liz, This might spark up some interest to what we talked about at the bar. Love, Frank Sinatra
and Dean Martin," Chico said as he read the card.
Chico looked at Liz funny. "What is in here that could spark up any interest Liz?" Chico wondered
as he shook the box.
"Let me open it up Chico and we'll find out. I love gifts especially big ones! What could of
they have sent me? " Liz moved the box around to find the opening.
Liz quickly ripped open the wrapping paper and opened the flap that enclosed the box.
"OHHH!" Liz said covering her mouth as she took out each item that was hung up on the rack inside
"What is it... Hello! A showgirls outfit!?" Excited about what Liz got, Chico smiled.
Liz put the rhinestone and sequined top of the outfit against her.
"Well what do you think Chico?" Liz smiled.
Chico making eye contact on the sequined top made a face of eagerness.
"What else is in the box?" Chico excitedly reached in the box to find a big head piece that
had rhinestones, sequins and big flowing feathers on it that went with the outfit.
Chico put it on his head. "Mami, what do you think?" Chico winked.
"Oh it's you, definitely you, Chico," Liz laughed.
"Try it on for me Liz. Please?! Please!?" Chico begged sitting on the bed bounced up and down.
Liz held the top against her. "Well.... If you insist."
"I insist, I insist!" Chico quickly rose off the bed and dragged Liz into the bathroom to change.
"Let me know when your ready, mami!" Chico hollered as he sat back down on the bed anxiously
waiting to see Liz.
Liz got her high heels and started to put each shiny garment on her.
A few minutes went by. "Ok Chico, Im ready!"
Chico rose up from the bed and began to talk and make gestures of Ed Sullivan.
"Ladies and Gentleman, on our stage here making her showgirl debut from
a little cow town in Puerto Rico where she entertained 400 of her relatives. The unforgettable....
Whats the kids name? Liz Garcia-Rodriguez ladies and Gentlemen!"
Chico made cheering noises as he bowed facing Liz. Liz tried to get out of the bathroom with
her big headpiece on.
"Ay! My headpiece!" Liz had to duck to get out of the doorway from the bathroom.
Liz adjusted her outfit and her headpiece. Liz slowly strolled over to Chico using the feather
shawl like garment teasingly fanning Chico with it.
"Sonamagun!" Chico smiled as he whistled at Liz. "Dance for me, mami!"
Liz, with her back facing Chico, wiggled in front of Chico with her huge tail feathers hanging
from the back of her head piece. Chico felt the feathers against his face as she wiggled the back of her head in front of
"Can you just imagine me as a showgirl Chico?" Liz smiled as she turned around and faced him.
Liz kicked her legs high in the air.
Chico got up and put his arm around her and joined in with her as he kicked his
legs up high also.
"Liz, you look gorgeous! That rhinestone sequined outfit makes you look hot, mama. How did they
know that the white and yellow feathers were my favorite color on you." Chico hugged Liz.
"Just imagine Liz, youre my own personal showgirl!" Chico winked stopped his footing and kissed
"You look so sexy with this on Liz. You know what I want to do?"
Chico waved to his direction near the bed. "Come on sugardaddys got a sweet tooth!" Chico eagerly
said as the phone rang.
"Hold that thought Mama, I better answer that." Chico grabbed the phone.
"Hello? Yes, she's here just a moment."
"Liz, it's Frank Sinatra." Chico, shocked, handed the phone to Liz.
"Hello?" Liz tried to put the phone over her headpiece.
"Liz, babee! This is Frank. Did you get the gift from Dean and I?" Frank said.
"Oh yes Frank, I love it, so does my husband. Thank you!" Liz was a nervous wreck talking on
"That's dynamite Liz. Say how about you and Chico come down to the bar where you met Dean and
myself . You can show it off for Dean and me sweet cakes!"
"Chico, Frank wants us to come down and have me show it off to them at the bar!" whispered Liz
who was still shocked yet smiled.
"I don't know Liz. I mean I love it when you walk around like that in front of me. But to everyone
else in the hotel?" Chico cringed at the thought.
Chico started to feel uncomfortable about Liz going out in the outfit.
"Ah come on Chico, it's the least I can do for Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin. After all they
went out of their way to get this for me?" Liz begged.
"Ok Liz, just this once." Chico gave in to Lizs plea.
"Ok Frank, we'll be there in about 10 minutes." Liz hung up the phone.
Chico opened the door and Liz carefully went out the door.
"Chico, this is exciting!" Liz said. Chico put his arm around her as they made their way down
Chico looked at Liz in her outfit and high heels as they made there way to the elevator.
"She does look sexy in it. Yet all these guys are staring at my Liz!" Chico thought as he struggled
with mixed emotions regarding Liz in her showgirl outfit.
Chico pressed the button for the Lobby and waited for there arrival.
As the elevator made it's arrival. Chico kissed Liz as he gawked up and down at Lizs sparkling
outfit. "Looking Good!" Chico shook his head.
The elevator opened. Liz carefully went out as Chico followed. Chico extended his arm out for
Lizs and walked towards the bar where she met Frank and Dean.
"This is where you met Frank and Dean?" Chico asked Liz.
"Yeah, when I was walking by, they were near the back of the bar. I couldn't see them but they
sure found me," Liz whispered
Liz and Chico entered the bar as everyone stared at Liz. Everyone smiled at Liz and Chico.
Chico looked at all the men staring at Liz.
"This seems a bit uncomfortable don't you think Liz?" Chico whispered in her ear.
"Liz?..." Chico tried to get her attention. Liz was smiling, gleaming with happiness.
"Liz, over here babee." Frank motioned Liz over to where he and Dean where sitting.
"Doll, you look fabulous!" Dean smiled as he sipped his drink leaned over and kissed Liz on
Chico couldn't believe what he was witnessing. "I can't believe I'm here with Dean Martin, Frank
Sinatra, and Liz in her Showgirl outfit. Showgirl outfit? Ay yi yi!"
Liz twirled around in her outfit as Chico eyed Dean and Frank watching her.
"Well sweet cakes does this help in your decision any?" Frank asked.
"Decision?" Chico pulled Liz back.
"Yeah, Chico, remember at the blackjack tables I mentioned that they thought I was a showgirl.
When I told them I wasn't, they were insisting I become one," Liz said.
"Youre not serious are you?" Chico asked.
"Well Chico the thought had crossed my mind," Liz said without Frank and Dean hearing.
"Well Liz, seeing that this is some what of a surprise. I've decided to take up Pepes offer
to do standup for his shows here while we are in Vegas." Chico said as he folded his arms in authority.
"Chico, I had a feeling that's what you and Pepe were discussing about at the blackjack tables.
That isn't why I wanted to do this Chico. I've always wanted to be a showgirl. But my sister always picked on me about it."
"Your sister the nun?" Chico asked.
"I thought it had to do about your singing Liz?"
"Yeah Chico, I would sing and dance around the house like a showgirl. She mentioned something
about me being tone deaf and uncoordinated."
"Please don't be mad Chico," Liz said.
"I'm not mad, just shocked that you really wanted to do this I guess. Believe me Liz, youre
not uncoordinated." Chico said,
"So youre not mad? " Liz said.
"No, go tell Frank and Dean. Its ok. Who knows I might like it." Chico slightly smiling gave
in to Liz.
Liz hugged Chico and thanked him.
Dean walked up behind Chico and Liz putting his arms around them.
"Frank asked me to come over, HE told me to come over to see what the verdict was regarding
Liz," Dean smiled.
"Dean. I'll do it! I'll be a showgirl!" Liz smiled raised her hands in the air and wiggled her
"That's great Doll!" Dean hugged Liz.
"That's the spirit babee!" Frank hugged Liz and shook Chicos hand. "Thanks Chico you wont regret
"Well Liz shall we?" Frank extended his arm for Lizs hand to grasp a hold, Dean extended his
"Let's go show off the goods babee!"
Frank, Liz, and Dean walked out of the bar arm in arm towards the Casino where Ed and Louie
were. Chico followed them from behind.
As Chico followed them out of the bar he noticed Pepe by the elevator.
"Pepe!" Chico nudged him.
"Hey Chico, what's going on? I was hearing some ooing and ahhing near the bar?" Pepe asked.
"Pepe, youre not going to believe this but Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin got Liz to become a
Vegas showgirl!" Chico said.
"REALLY? I'd love to see that Chico!" Pepe moving forward tried to go find Liz as Chico stopped
"LIZ!" Pepe yelled as Chico pulled him back.
"Shhh, well I'm really not all that fond of it Pepe. I mean Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin got
her the outfit as a gift to leer her into it. I told her about the gig you've given me to perform. I also mentioned it to
her that I was taking it because of her decision on becoming a showgirl."
"Was she mad Chico?" Pepe asked.
"Not really, just shocked I guess. She kind of suspected it when we talked at the blackjack
tables any way."
Chico and Pepe heard laughter coming from there direction. "That sounds like Dean Martins laugh
Chico," Pepe asked.
"Yep, your right Pepe..." Chico seen Liz with Franks arm casually over her shoulder as Liz held
his hand that was around her laughing and smiling.
"Here Liz, I'm going to introduce you to a few people." Frank said as they continued to walk
away from Chico and Pepe.
"Ay yi yi! Pepe, I hope I didn't make a mistake with this. I better go!" Chico grasped Pepes
hand and said good bye.
Frank, Liz, and Dean walked into the casino. "Liz, honey your a natural! Everyone loves you
baby," Dean said.
Liz, Dean, and Frank walked over to the tables near where Ed and Louie were.
"Hey Ed, lookie over there!" Louie motioned Ed towards Liz's direction. "Ewwie! Liz is all dressed
up as a showgirl!" Louie smiled.
"Louie sit down. Your just trying find ways to get me not to win!" Ed said.
"Ed, take a look over there. Guess who she's with too?" Louie smiled.
"Ah Louie, cut it out!" Ed got up looked and did a double take. "Oh Chico isn't gonna like this
"Do you think he knows?' Louie asked.
"He sure does! He's right behind them. He's trying to look happy but I can tell he's miserable
about it." Ed said.
"Chico!" Louie yelled as he waved him over.
"Shh! Louie." Chico jogged over to Ed and Louie.
"I see Liz is the main attraction for everyone today."
"Don't remind me." Chico said as he scoped over to where Liz was.
"What brought all this about?" Ed said.
"Ed, when Liz told me earlier that she walked by the bar and was motioned by Frank and Dean.
They thought she was a showgirl in one of their acts. When they found out that it wasnt true, they talked her into it by getting
her that outfit."
"I first thought Liz was kidding Ed, Louie."
Chico pointed to outfit Liz was wearing.
"Now, Chico, you can't tell me she don't look good in that outfit?" Louie said.
"Yeah Chico, that's some outfit." Ed said as he followed Lizs movements.
"I know Ed, Louie, she looks gorgeous in it. When she wears it for me. But when She shows it
off to everyone else especially to Frank, Dean, and who ever else is well known here it makes me kinda..."
"Are you jealous Chico?" Ed said.
Chico sighed looked at Liz. "I'm afraid I'm going to lose her Ed."
"Chico, I remember when you were all gung ho about doing your standup for Pepe here. Liz is
experiencing the same thing Chico. It's a faze that once she's experienced it, it will be over."
"Let's hope so Ed, for Chicos sake," Louie said still watching Liz, Frank and Dean.
"Trust me Chico, let her have her fun while she's here. I'm sure Frank and Dean wont let nothing
bad happen to her," Ed said.
Reverend Bemis left his room as he was heading to the chapel. Reverend Bemis couldn't understand
what Frank Sinatra wanted with him. Reverend Bemis had grown a liking to Franks career but as a partner he didn't understand.
Reverend Bemis knelt down on the pew kneeler as he heard someone sit down next to him. Reverend
Bemis turned to look who it was, he then jerked in shock.
"FRANK! What are you doing here?" Reverend Bemis asked.
"Paying my respects to man upstairs, Padre," Franks said quietly.
"Sorry Frank, I wasn't expecting you here."
"Why, Rev babee, Why so jumpy?" Frank asked.
"Well, since we're both here. I've had the impression that I am being followed by some creepy
looking hoodlums. I mean ever since that incident in Pepe Fernandos show when Ed, Louie and myself were pushed into the spotlight
to do some trapeze act, I've been kinda jittery!"
Reverend Bemis kept looking around his back for someone.
"Rev, I saw that act! That was magnificent babee!" Frank patted Reverend Bemis on his back.
"Why are you still jumpy Rev, that's over and done with?"
Frank puffed from a cigarette. "Were you scared of heights?" Frank asked.
"Are you kidding? That was exhilarating! I never felt so close with God, Frank!" Reverend Bemis
lit up with happiness.
"Rev, every time I see you, your running like you're being chased by the Devil. What gives?"
"Well, it's like this, ever since that appearance, the real Flying Elvis's have been after me
for taking their places that evening."
"I really enjoyed it Frank! It was so thrilling being so high in the air like that!"
"Maybe I can help you get back into the Flying Elviss again Rev?" Frank puffed on his cigarette.
"I thought if I go back and talk to them, they would understand. Frank, I want so badly to hit
the casino and play but I'm afraid they'll track me down and find me. That's why when I found you and your group of guys.
I thought I could fit in and not be noticed!"
Reverend Bemis nervously rubbed his hands.
"I also heard you were making a killing at the Roulette table Rev," Frank said leaning forward
towards Reverend Bemis.
"I thought maybe that was why I was being followed also Frank. Since I almost broke the bank."
"How much did you win Reverend?" Franks asked.
"A lot of money Frank," Reverend Bemis smiled.
"Are we talking telephone number?" Frank asked.
"With an area code Frank!" Reverend Bemis smiled.
"Who would a thought I would find a chip on the floor and make a killing after that Frank. I
wanna go back there and play some more!"
Reverend Bemis nervously stomped his feet and tapped on the top of the pew in front of him.
"Well Rev, babee, I'm going to get in touch with a few people I know and see what I can do to
"You mean it Frank?" Reverend Bemis smiled.
"Yeah, you've kept Dean, and me pretty much under control. Besides I want to see you in that
trapeze act again, Rev babee. It's the least I can do."
"Hey maybe you can round up those other fellas you were with in that act. That was a real ring
ding Reverend," Frank said as he puffed on his smoke.
"Thank you Frank! Thank you!" Reverend Bemis fell down to his knees on the floor and hugged
"Hey take it easy Rev, I have reputation you know."
Reverend Bemis got up on his knees. "Sorry Frank!"
"Reverend? Thank you!" Frank bent down and patted Reverend Bemis on his back and left the chapel.
Reverend Bemis said a prayer of thanks for he left the chapel.
"Oh, thank you Lord, for fellas like Frank!"
Reverend Bemis looked around to see if anyone was coming in.
"Now, if you could just let me win one more time I'd be forever grateful. AMEN!"
Reverend Bemis raised his hand and gave God the thumbs up then left to go to the casino.
Reverend Bemis seemed more at ease now that he talked to Frank and got it out of his chest.
"Now, where shall I begin!" Reverend Bemis picked up the pace as he rubbed his hands in eagerness
to get to the Casino.
Reverend Bemis came across the blackjack tables when he stumbled into Ed talking to Liz who
he hadn't known was a showgirl.
"Ed? Ed Brown what are you doing flirting with that Showgirl..."
Liz turned around facing Reverend Bemis. "Rev? It's me Liz? I'm a showgirl now!"
Liz smiled and hugged Reverend Bemis. "I'm surprised at you Liz? I imagine Chico has had his
share of private showings already."
"Where is Chico anyway?" Reverend Bemis asked.
"He's with Pepe going through some material for his stand up routine," Liz smiled.
"I thought you weren't too thrilled about that Liz?" Reverend Bemis asked.
"Yeah well he wasn't too fond of me being a showgirl either. Frank Sinatra made him come around.
So Chico and I made a deal. We cant complain about what each of us are doing here. Besides Frank said he'd keep an eye on
"Just be careful with Frank and Dean. They can be a couple of sweet talkers. Soon they'll be
asking you to relocate to Vegas, Liz!" Reverend Bemis said.
"Oh Rev, I'll be ok!" Liz smiled.
"I'll keep an eye on Liz too, Reverend, so will Louie!" Ed said.
"Say Ed, I have to see you about something important. Got a minute?" Reverend Bemis said.
"Yeah Reverend Bemis what's up?" Ed said.
"That's funny that you put that way Ed....Um, how would you like to get together, you, me and
Louie and do that trapeze number again?'' Reverend Bemis asked fearingly.
"You can't be serious Rev!" Ed said.
"Ah but Ed, I had so much fun flying in the air!" Reverend Bemis looked up." Ed, I never felt
so close with God!"
"Well Reverend Bemis, I don't know...I thought you were paranoid up there in the air?"
"I was at first but I got a wonderful feeling as I was flying Ed." Reverend Bemis
"I didn't, I ended up having to change my pants after the act was done." Ed said.
"Please Ed, talk to Louie for me?" Reverend Bemis pleaded.
"Oh, ok Rev, we'll do it just for you!" Ed patted Reverend Bemis back.
"Thanks Ed, you wont regret it!" Reverend Bemis took off.
"Sorry about that Liz, I think I need a drink now." Ed said as he thought about flying in the
"Ed, you guys don't have to worry about me, Frank said nothing will happen to me," Liz was concerned.
"Alright Liz, I trust you" Ed said.
Liz and Ed decided to go to the bar. " Here Ed, I'll give you the star treatment!" Liz grasped
Eds arm they headed back to the bar.
"Ah Liz, when Louie told me that you were coming in the casino as a showgirl. I didn't want
to believe it. You look stunning Liz! I'm proud to be escorted by you through the Sands Hotel and Casino!"
"Ed, I bet you say that to all the Girls here!" Liz kissed Ed on the cheek.
"When is Chico performing Liz?" Ed asked.
"I heard it is tonight and possibly tomorrow. Pepe said, if Frank and Dean hear his act, They'll
have him open up for them. Please Ed, dont say anything. Its supposed to be a surprise for Chico.
"Hey, that will great if they hear his act. Chico would be thrilled to pieces."
"Well, I'm off to play some roulette!" Reverend Bemis hurried over to the Roulette table.
"Place your bets, place your bets!" said the attendant.
"I'd like to place these chips on Black 14 please!" Reverend Bemis placed a pile of chips on
The attendant couldn't believe the amount of chips Reverend Bemis had placed.
"Are you sure about that sir?" said the attendant.
Reverend Bemis nodded his head yes.
The wheel began to spin.
"Black 14!" said the attendant.
"Hallelujah! Thank you Frank!"
Reverend Bemis eyes bugged out as he covered his face.
"You too God! At least let me thank you for sending Frank my way!"
Pepe and Chico were in Pepes suite working on material for Chicos stand up.
"That will work out great Chico. I'm sure you'll be a hit tonight!" Pepe said as he got his
"You think so? I mean, what if any big shots show up tonight?" Chico said.
"Relax Chico, it will be like the last time you preformed here. Nothing too it remember?" Pepe
"Yeah, I guess I just am a bit anxious!" Chico said.
"Don't worry Chico, I know what your final dialogue is before I start to go on stage. It will
be a gas Chico!"
"Hey Chico, do you have your change of clothes? You can come with me and get ready before you
go on stage."
"Yeah cuz, their right in my hotel room. I'll go get them and meet you back stage Pepe," Chico
"Great, see you then."
Chico left to get ready for his opening act for Pepe.
Chico entered his room and found several baskets of flowers from well wishers for Liz.
Chico gazed at the cards with notes on them to see who they were from. "Hmm, let's see here.
Some from Frank and Dean, I kinda figured that...Sammy Davis Jr., Hugh Hefner...Hugh Hefner? No way! I have to read this one."
Chico opened up the card from Hugh Hefner. "To Liz, Frank and Dean think youre a shoo in for
the club. Give me a call. Hef."
Chico re-read the card as he noticed Hefs phone number to the Playboy Mansion.
"I don't believe this! I know Liz wouldn't take Hefs offer, well at least I hope not. She wouldn't
like the idea of me gawking at all the women there," Chico laughed.
Chico put the card back in the envelope and got his tux for his performance.
Chico got ready to leave the room when he looked at all of Lizs flowers and well wishers.
"I hope after tonight I'll be as popular as you Liz!" Chico closed the door and headed to the
backstage dressing rooms to get ready for his act.
Chico was in his dressing room when he decided to go see Pepe before he performed. Chico knocked
on the Pepes dressing room door.
"Pepe, it's me Chico!" Chico knocking on his door waited for Pepes answer.
"Come in Chico!" Pepe smiled as he put his suit coat on.
"I hear the Flying Elvis's are back. You suppose Ed, Louie and the Rev are in the act again
Chico?" Pepe smiled.
"Really?" Chico laughed. "I haven't heard anything regarding Ed, Louie, and Reverend Bemis doing
that trapeze act again Pepe?" Chico wondered.
"It was pretty funny though. That would be hilarious if they were at it again. I thought Reverend
Bemis, Ed, and Louie were a scared out of their minds though," Chico laughed.
"Well Chico, theyre supposed to be on in a few minutes. You can see them from the side of the
stage if you want."
"This I gotta see, Pepe! Hold on Ill be back!" Chico went to the side of the stage.
"Ok Chico, let me know how it went." Pepe said.
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THE SANDS HOTEL AND CASIINO PROUDLY PRESENT THE FLYING ELVIS'S!"
The back ground music play Teddy Bear as Ed, Louie, and Reverend Bemis dressed up in Elvis suits
swung in the air by bungie cords.
"Woohoo!" yelled Reverend Bemis yelled as he flew through the air tossing a big Teddy Bear to
"Ouch! " Ed said as the Teddy Bear hit Ed in the stomach just as he caught it.
"Sorry Ed," Reverend Bemis yelled as he flew past him.
Louie was having the time of his life as he grinned from ear to ear along with Reverend Bemis
as they did somersaults in the air.
Reverend Bemis was smiling with glee when he noticed Frank, Dean and Sammy in the audience.
Reverend Bemis floated in the air as if he could fly.
"Ah to be so close to God!" Reverend Bemis smiled as he somersaulted twice in the air.
The crowd ohhhed and ahhhed as the Reverend got into the act.
Frank, Sammy and Dean nudged each other as they pointed up to the Reverend.
Reverend Bemis flew passed Frank, Dean and Sammy, giving them all the thumbs up as he flew by.
Finally the flying Elviss finished their act. Chico got himself ready to be announced.
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THE SANDS HOTEL AND CASINO PROUDLY INTRODUCE CHICO RODRIGUEZ!"
Chico who was all dressed up in a brand new tux courtesy of Pepe. Chico walked out on stage
as the crowd gave Chico a warm welcome.
"Thank you! It's great to be back! I would like to thank Pepe Fernando for giving me the opportunity
to entertain you once again!"
The crowd applauded Chico and Pepe.
."...I'm not all Puerto Rican, I'm half Hungarian. Hungarian. That was a weird combination to
grow up with because I could never figure out how my parents met. You know a gypsy and a Puerto Rican. I asked my mother and
she said that they were on a bus trying to pick each others pocket."
The crowd laughed.
"...a lot of people think Puerto Ricans are responsible for cockroaches. I want to clear that
up right now. We didn't bring em' here. When we got here they were living in the apartments we live in now. But theyre strong
I'm afraid of them. They adapt to any environment. They learned how to talk in my building. They would threaten me before
I went out. Chico, where you going? To the grocery store ah. Don't come back with some roach poison or we lock you out. And
we can't kill roaches, we should send them to war. Theyre incredibly strong. You step on them and you hear them snap. Soon
as you lift your foot, they run like hell. I think they know that we believe when we hear the snap we think there dead, right
now there under our foot going Chump! And theyre gone right..."
The crowd cheered and laughed.
"...With crime people are buying dogs, guns, taking kungfu lessons. Most people buy German shepherds
cause theyre great with the door bell right? aaaaaa ( makes door bell sound) ! Ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff. Neighbors move right.
I bought a Puerto Rican Shepherd. Very macho. (Makes doorbell sound) aaaaaaaa! Who is it? I tried to paper train him. I put
newspaper in the bathroom. He'd go sit on the bowl and read em. The reason I knew he was a Puerto Rican shepherd, if I take
him out on the street and he seen a poodle he'd go..... (Makes kissing sounds) bow wow honey oh yeah! Looking good!"
Chico continued his act as the crowd enjoyed his stand up. Chico gazed through the audience
as he spotted Frank, Dean and Sammy sitting with Liz.
"Yeah, New York was serious. You couldn't own a yellow car. I had yellow Plymouth once. I stopped
for a red light, a guy jumped in. 84th Street and Broadway baby. Whatcha mean you aint a cab sucka? Then don't be stoppin
at a traffic light then!"
Chico finished his act.
"Thank you and good night! " Chico raised his hand to the audience and waved good bye as he
blew a kiss with his other hand.
The audience cheered and whistled as they stood up appreciating Chicos comedy act.
Chico bowed gracefully and left the stage.
"Chico! I never heard such laughter come from the audience like that! You were great!" Pepe
Chico was in a state of euphoria as the crowd continued their applause.
"Chico go out there again and thank the audience!" Pepe said in Chicos ear through the crowd.
Chico ran out to the stage gleaming with joy as he bowed again to the cheering crowd.
Chico ran back to the side of the stage. "Pepe, I can't believe it! They loved me out there!"
Chico hugged Pepe again. "Thank you Pepe! "
Pepe embraced Chico then waited for his cue.
"LADIES AND GENTLEMEN THE SANDS HOTEL AND CASINO PROUDLY WELCOMES PEPE FERNANDO!"
Pepe was escorted out and got himself positioned to perform. Before he started to sing he wanted
to say something.
"Ladies and Gentlemen thank you for giving my cousin Chico a warm welcome here tonight!" Pepe
started his set with "Light My Fire."
The crowd went wild as Pepe Fernando began to sing "Light My Fire."
Chico stood back stage and watched Pepe perform his set of songs when Chico got approached from
"You were great kid!" Pepes manager said.
"You really think so?" Chico said.
"You are a natural kid, in fact I got a message from Frank, Dean, and Sammy that they want to
talk to you about appearing with them on their show tomorrow night."
"Youre kidding right? Frank, Sammy and Dean want me to do a gig with them?" Chico smiling was
in shock about the news of tomorrow night.
Chico sat on a equipment box daydreaming about his comedy act. Chico imagined himself hanging
out with Frank, Sammy, and Dean just as Liz was doing.
"Imagine me, performing with Frank, Dean, and Sammy"! Chico left the backstage area that lead
to back door to the casino.
Chico spotted Louie and Ed.
"Ed! Louie!" Chico ran up to them to catch as they were leaving.
"Hey Chico, that was quite a performance! I never laughed so hard in my life," Louie smiled.
"Yeah Chico, you were a riot. Everyone was laughing hysterically," Ed smiled.
"Have you seen Liz?" Chico looked around the crowds.
"Yeah we seen her leave with them if that's what you mean Chico?" Louie asked.
"Well, I just got a message from Pepes manager that Frank wants me to perform with them tomorrow
night!" Chico smiled still couldn't believe it.
"Hey! Thats great Chico. I'm sure Liz will be thrilled!"
Chico headed to the bar where Liz met Frank and Dean hoping they might be there.
As Chico made his way to the bar passersby spotted Chico pointing at him as they remarked about
Two girls went up to Chico.
"Hey!" A girl nudged his arm. "Can I have your autograph?!" the girls pleaded.
"Sure!" Chico gratefully signed there programs of the his performance.
"Youre related to Pepe Fernando?" one of the girls asked.
"Yes ma'am!" Chico smiled as he continued to sign autographs.
"I think he's great. Youre pretty cute yourself Chico!" another girl said.
"Thank you!" Chico had a big grin on his face as he got his picture taken with the two girls.
Chico finished signing their autographs then headed back to the bar where he thought Liz might
Chico went passed the Lobby just when he was motioned by Sammy Davis Jr. who was on his way
to the bar also.
"Say Chico, that was some act you performed. You got talent! I understand you will be performing
with Frank, Dean, and myself tomorrow night."
"Yeah, it's going to be exciting. Exciting for me at least," Chico smiled.
"Yeah, believe me Chico, Frank, Dean, and I are looking forward to work with you. We should
get together and work on our number that all of us are dong together."
"Number? " Chico said.
"Yeah, after each of us are finished with our own sets. We all get together and do a singing
number together. Something fun, zany, a little shtick if you know what I mean."
"That will be some gig Sammy. I mean being onstage with all of you guys."
"We are all doing the song called the Birth of the blues. Its a catchy little number. We all
have a small part to sing. I have the ideal part in the song that will work with your vocal range Chico."
"Thank you, thank you very much Sammy!" Chico grinned.
"I see you got yourself a following, Chico. How many girls have you signed autographs already?"
Chico looked up and thought it over.
"Too many to count I see. That a boy, Chico!" Sammy smiled patting him on his back.
As Sammy continued to talk to Chico another group of girls came around the corner.
"There he is! Chico! Chico!" The girls jumped up and down with excitement shouted as they started
to hurry over.
"Uh oh Chico. Looks like you've made the big time," Sammy whispered.
"I don't know about you, but either those girls are hurrying over here real fast to see you,
or there's a riot going on."
"There not hurrying over to see me?" Chico said as he pointed to himself.
"Well then you must be the cause of the riot then Chico." Sammy pointed to the girls heading
Chico turned around as her heard his name being called.
"Well, Sammy it was nice chatting with you" Chico said while he began to walk away picking up
"Well Chico I'm going to find your beautiful wife Liz. Hopefully I'll get my turn to be escorted
by her through out the Casio. Oh by the way. Run for your life Chico, your fans? Theyre heading your way!"
Sammy smiled and ducked to a corner as the girls were getting closer to Chico.
"Chico, Chico, Chico!" The girls were catching up to Chico as he began to start running.
Chico ran around the corner as the group of girls split up without him knowing. A few minutes
later a group of girls were running towards him. Chico stopped on his tracks then heard the group of girls behind him.
"Cheese and Crackers!" Chico stopped as he was leaning against the wall.
Girls everywhere came up to Chico asking for autographs, tugging on his clothes, yanking at
"Chico, I love you! Can I have your autograph?" The girls shouted as they tried desperately
to reach him.
Girls were suffocating Chico as they made attempts to touch him, hug him, kiss him,
and grab any article of clothing they could hold on to.
"Ahh!" Chico laughed as he got poked in the stomach.
A sea of girls hands and faces buried Chico as he was pushed against the wall.
Sliding down against the wall Chico felt the lips of many girls kiss him all over his face and
One girl gave him her phone number written in a pair of underwear and stuffed it in his coat
Chico still pinned on the ground tried to sign autographs till security guards finally showed
up to break up the crowd of girls.
"Hey!" the security guard yelled as he tried to break up the crowd getting a hold of Chico and
pulling him away.
"You ok?" asked security.
"Yeah, I'm ok, My shirt is all ripped but I'll be fine thanks," Chico said.
The security guard broke up the group of girls and led them away from Chico.
The other security guard helped Chico up off the ground.
Chico got himself together and left for his room with a security guard.
Heading towards his hotel room Chico found Liz heading to there room coming from the other side
of the hallway.
"What happened to you, Chico?" Liz looked at Chicos face as she held it.
"I was chased by a group of girls wanting my autograph Liz," Chico smiled.
"Really? I hear you were quite a hit on stage Chico. I'm so happy for you! " Liz said as she
"I see you've had your share of women, Chico," Liz kidded with Chico as she noticed the lip
stick stains on his shirt collar and face.
"Yeah, well I guess it comes with the territory Liz." Chico laughed as he wiped the lipstick
marks off his cheek.
"Just remember Chico. I'm your number one fan," Liz smiled.
"You should be ok now Mr. Rodriguez. Just be careful now that you've become quite a teen idol
Chico smiled. "Sonamagun!"
Chico opened the door finding the room buried with flowers. "I don't believe this Liz! You have
so many flowers." Chico stunned and a bit jealous looked around the room.
Liz walked up towards the flowers smelled them as she glanced at the cards.
"Hey Chico more than half of these are for you!"
"What? No way mama." Chico couldn't believe it.
"Youre kidding right? I gotta see this." Chico eagerly got a closer look at the cards.
"Hello!" Chico smiled as he read the cards addressed to him.
Chico was in awe at all the cards. Some were from girls, celebrities, and hotel management.
"Chico, this is so exciting! Who would of thought all this would happen!"
Liz sat down on the couch looking at all the flowers they have received.
"Here we were coming to Vegas to hunt down Reverend Bemis and we end up rubbing elbows with
Frank, Sammy, and Dean!"
"Yeah Liz, I never dreamed it would of come this far," Chico said.
"I realized the last time when we were here and I had the opportunity to perform yet you didn't
want to be away from me or anyone else back home. Now, we both are doing well here in Vegas but..."
Chico sat on the bed thinking about their future.
"But what Chico?" Liz put his arm around him as she sat next to him.
"What if this isn't the life that I have always dreamed about?" Chico concerned looked into
"Are you having second thoughts, Chico?" Liz asked.
"Well Liz, I remember when we were the last time. Pepe called me on the phone and asked me to
hang with him. He mentioned to me that he was lonely and needed family."
"What if we take up any offers we receive to stay here? I don't want to be a burden to Ed. Especially
after all he's done for me."
Chico was feeling restless.
"I wouldn't worry about that till that were to happen, Chico," Liz said.
"We are experiencing the thrill of a life time. A dream come true, Chico. Let's live the dream
and then go on with our lives when we return home." Liz hugged Chico.
"Don't worry Chico, you will do a great job when you perform with Frank, Sammy and Dean."
"You think so Liz? I just hope I don't disappoint them." Chico kissed Liz.
"Well, I'm glad Reverend Bemis had a good show. He seemed to be enjoying himself up there in
the air Liz." Chico hugged Liz.
"Chico, I have never seen the audience so much into the acts like they were when you preformed.
Frank, Sammy, and Dean, really enjoyed the show!"
"Do you think I have any good taste Liz?" Chico plopped on the bed as he thought about his comedy
"I don't know. Let me taste you Chico!" Liz crawled on the bed as she winked at Chico. She lay
her head on Chicos shoulder.
Liz hugged Chico and as they embraced Chico was feeling a sense of security.
"Liz, mi amore!" Chico caressed Liz as he began to kiss her to share their moment.
Chico and Liz began to arouse each other when there was a knock on their door.
"Grrrr! Who could that be?" Chicos head was resting on Lizs shoulder as he got up to see who
was at the door.
Chico opened the door. "REV! Come on in!" Chico hugged Reverend Bemis.
"Hello Chico, hello Liz!" Reverend Bemis said as he sat down on the chair.
"You were great Reverend Bemis!" Liz smiled.
"Thanks Liz. Ah Chico, Liz I want to talk to you about something if I may," Reverend Bemis asked.
"What is it Reverend Bemis?" Liz asked.
"I've been thinking of leaving the church and live the life of a Flying Elvis!" Reverend Bemis
said with excitement.
"Rev, you can't be serious! Think of all of your parishioners at the church back home," Chico
"Yes Chico, but I was so close with God, I didn't want it to stop!" Reverend Bemis twirled around
"Please Rev. Please think about this before you resign from the church. Spend some time in the
chapel think about what you might miss if you leave the church Reverend Bemis."
Chico pleaded with Reverend Bemis.
"I don't know Chico, I feel I've let God down already with my gambling," Reverend Bemis said
"How about the both of us get together with God in the chapel and talk it over Rev. I could
use sometime with God with some situations I'm having right now," Chico said.
"Really Chico? Well I guess it wouldn't hurt." Reverend Bemis and Chico were getting ready to
leave when Chico cornered Liz. "Hold it Rev, I'll be right there."
Chico asked Liz to get in touch with Frank concerning Reverend Bemiss decision.
"Ok Rev let's make a visit to the chapel.
As Reverend Bemis and Chico headed over to the chapel, Liz tried to get a hold of Frank Sinatra.
"Yes operator. Please page Mr. Frank Sinatra. It's an emergency. This is Liz Garcia- Rodriguez."
Liz patiently paced the floor till Frank answered the phone. "Come on, come Frank answer the
"Liz babee! Where you been hiding sweet cakes!" Frank used his charm on Liz.
"Frank, Chico and I have a problem with Reverend Bemis."
"What is the problem Liz?" Frank asked.
"Reverend Bemis came by our room this morning told us he was leaving the church to be a member
of the Flying Elviss!" Liz paced the floor.
"That's not good Liz! Is the Reverend still with you two?" Frank asked.
"No Frank, Chico talked him into thinking it over and going to the chapel with him to be alone
with God. Chico said he had something to deal with God too. They should be at the chapel by now Frank," Liz said.
"Frank, Reverend Bemis doesn't realize who much of an important person he is to our community
at home," Liz pleaded.
"Liz, babee, let me handle it." Frank said.
"Thanks Frank," Liz said.
"Youre welcome sweet cakes!" Frank hung up the phone.
Chico and Reverend Bemis arrived at the chapel.
Chico and Reverend Bemis sat down on the pew. Chico pulled out the pew kneeler and knelt down
to pray. Reverend Bemis followed Chico.
Chico silently prayed " ...Help me get through the new avenues that I am experiencing God. I
don't want to let anyone down..."
Reverend Bemis had his eyes tightly closed.
"What do want me to do God!" Reverend Bemis struggling with his decision raised his hands to
the air in a plea with God.
Silently Reverend Bemis heard the scuffle of shoes as someone sat down on the pew behind him.
A cloud of smoke appeared creeping towards Reverend Bemis.
Reverend Bemis turned around to look.
"Frank!" Reverend Bemis nervously shouted.
Chico turned around. He couldn't believe his eyes. "Frank Sinatra?!"
"Liz called me concerning your decisions, Padre. Why are you thinking of leaving the church?"
"Frank, I so much enjoyed being close with God in the air as a Flying Elvis. It was exhilarating
Frank!" Reverend Bemis was so excited.
"Reverend... Excuse me Mr. Sinatra. You're always close to God with your sermons. Liz and I
enjoy them tremendously," Chico said.
"Chico, is right. I've enjoyed our little chats even though I may not appear like I do Padre,"
Frank said as he puffed on a cigarette.
Dean Martin walked in the chapel.
"Well. I finally found you two!" Dean sat down on the pew in front of them and leaned his arm
over the pew.
Reverend Bemis looked at Dean wondering why he was here.
"I was at the bar waiting for Frank and Chico, Reverend Bemis." Dean lit up a smoke.
"I've been waiting so long I almost went on the wagon!" Dean rubbed his head.
"We can't let that happen now Padre!" Frank said.
"Ok, ok fellas, let me think it over..." Reverend Bemis said.
"I think you've already thought it over Rev," Frank said.
"Yes Frank youre right. The life of a Flying Elvis was wonderful but the church is more in my
blood," Reverend Bemis stood up and proudly proclaimed.
"Does that mean you wont be performing the night Chico performs with Sammy, Dean, and myself?"
"Oh, I most certainly will do the act the night Chico is performing with you Frank," Reverend
"After that I hang up my jumpsuit for good!"
"Ah let us sing a song of praise to this glorious event!"
Reverend Bemis stood up and lead them into a song."Un-to our God and Savior. Be glo-ry and Maj-es-ty.
pow'r and do-min-ion; Both now and for-ev-er, Both now and for-ev-er. Be glo-ry and maj-es-ty with -out end. Now and ev-er
more, now and ev-er-more. A-men! ..."
"One more chorus and we'll get out because I left my drink at the bar," Dean nudged Reverend
"Ok, ok Dean!" Reverend Bemis said.
"Ah that was beautiful, children. One more time then we'll depart.""Un-to our God and Savior.
Be glo-ry and Maj-es-ty. pow'r and do-min-ion; Both now
and for-ev-er, Both now and for-ev-er. Be glo-ry and maj-es-ty with-out end. Now
and ev-er more, now and ev-er-more. A-men! ...""Would you like to get together with Frank and
I after we leave the chapel Chico?" Dean asked.
"Sure he would Deano," Frank, smiling, gave Chico a bear hug.
"Great, we can meet at the bar and have a drink or two," Dean said.
"I don't drink Dean," Chico said.
Dean put his arm around Chico. "I feel sorry for those who don't drink. Because in the morning
that's as good as youre gonna feel all day."
"Are you sure you guys don't want to sing anymore songs Frank, Dean?" Reverend Bemis asked.
"I'd like to sing more for you Rev, but I'm lucky I can remember these." Dean got out of his
seat and motioned Chico to follow him.
"Chico, let's meet frank at the bar. Sammy is coming very shortly," Dean said.
"So, Chico, what do you do when youre not making people laugh?" Dean said as they made their
way to the bar.
"Im a mechanic," Chico said.
"A mechanic? Why all that can change if you want, Chico," Dean said.
"What do you mean Dean?" Chico asked curiously.
"You can make it big here, Chico! With the right management and a few strings pulled from Frank
and myself. You can go places here, Chico." Dean smiled.
"Youre telling me I can perform Vegas regularly Dean?" Chico was shocked and amazed.
"It's possible Chico, we'll see how things go after you perform with all of us tonight!"
"It'll be a smash!" Dean said.
Chico met with Sammy for the rehearsal.
"Hey Chico glad you could make it so early!" Sammy said as he lit up a smoke.
"Are you kidding? I still can't believe you invited me to perform with you guys!"
Chico checking out the bands was in awe.
Frank and Dean arrived. "Hello Sammy! Chico glad you could make it!" Dean and Frank shook Chicos
and Sammys hands.
"Chico I trust you got the music to our song we're singing?" Frank smiled.
"Yes Frank, Sammy and I went through the song earlier."
Everyone got their places and started to practice.
"Ok Chico you start!" Frank said as he motioned Chico to the mike.
"They heard the breeze in the trees singing weird, weird melodies..." Chico sang as he swayed
to the band behind him.
"HOLD IT, HOLD IT!!" Frank smacked Chico on his cheek. "Chico, you got a beat like a cop!"
Dean cringed as he pointed upward to Chico. "Hey Chico, there's a gangster sleeping up stairs."
Dean continued to point to the ceiling. "As long as you don't wake him up, youre fine fella."
Chico feared what Dean said then bent over laughing hysterically.
Sammy leaned over to Chico. "We Puerto Ricans need to stick together. Follow my lead."
"Here Chico relax babee!" Frank bobbed his head and snapped his fingers as the band started
the number again.
Dean leaned over to Chico. "Let's hurry up I left my drink at the bar!"
Later in the rehearsal the guys called it a day.
"That was swell Chico. Youre gonna knock them dead tonight! " Dean said.
"Chico, you thought you had a following of girls the other day? Wait till after this performance.
You'll have girls trying to break down your door!" Sammy patted him on his arm.
Chico stood there smiling as he imagined the fantasy of girls swooning over him as he sang.
"Dont forget Chico, youre married to Liz," Dean smiled as he sipped his drink and walked passed
"Liz? LIZ!" Chico shook the fantasy out of his head. "Thanks Dean!"
"Well Ill see you
guys later tonight!" Chico waved as he made his way out of the stage.
Chico met Ed and Louie at the casino. " Hey, Louie!"
"Hey Chico are you all set for
your big performance tonight?" Louie asked.
"Yeah Louie! It should be fun. We rehearsed a singing number we're doing together." Chico said
as he received his cards.
"Your singing with the Candy man?!" Louie shouted and smiled big.
'Yeah, Louie, along with Frank and Dean too!" Chico grinned and looked at his cards.
Reverend Bemis came up from behind them.
"Hello gentleman!" Reverend Bemis said.
"Hello Rev," Chico pulled out a seat for him.
"Thanks Chico. I feel lucky tonight!" Reverend Bemis smiled and rubbed his hands together.
"Oh that's just great Reverend Bemis! Now I know for sure Im not going to win," Ed said.
"Well I can't stay too long, I have to get ready for my act tonight," Reverend Bemis smiled
"I hope youll do well tonight with the original Flying Elviss, Reverend," Louise said.
"Yeah me too Louie" Reverend Bemis looked at his cards. "Frank Sinatra said he was going to
talk to them. So I could do this one more time. You now Chico, just to get it out of my system."
Ed left the table.
Reverend Bemis waved his hands.
"And here all this time we thought you had the gambling bug, Rev," Chico asked.
"I won! Hallelujah!" Reverend Bemis stood and shouted.
Louie, frustrated, threw his cards on the table. "Well I'll be doggone!" Louie shook his head
"Rev, you better get outta here before Ed finds out you broke the bank again!" Chico said.
"Where is Ed any way?" Reverend Bemis asked.
"I think he's at the bar. You know, getting his hourly shot of Bourbon," Chico said,
"Well gentleman I better get going. I have to limber up so I'll be ready to perform tonight,"
Reverend Bemis said.
"Yeah, I better get going, too." Chico got up from his seat just as Ed arrived.
"Hello Louie, Reverend, Chico."
"Hi Ed, bye Ed!" Chico and Reverend Bemis left.
"They have to get ready to perform tonight, Ed," Louie said as he looked at his cards. Ed watched
"I understand it's going to be a big show tonight," Ed said.
"Yeah this is Pepes last show tonight also. Reverend Bemis will be performing. Chico is doing
a singing number with Frank, Sammy and Dean."
"Well that will be exciting. Liz will enjoy seeing that with us," Ed smiled.
"Yeah Ed, I'm glad Chico and Liz are excepting each others opportunities here in Vegas. Do you
think they'll be coming back with us?" Louie asked.
"I don't know Louie, I just don't know," Ed wondered.
Chico arrived to his hotel room to pick up his tux. Chico smelled the room as he witnessed the
enormous amount of flowers that Liz and Chico had received. Each bouquet filled the room with a fragrance he and Liz enjoyed.
"Well Liz, this is it! This is make it or break it night for me. I hope youll enjoy it as well
as I will when you watch it with Ed and Louie."
Chico looked in the mirror as he buttoned his shirt glanced at his watch wondered where Liz
"Hmm, Liz hurry up." Chico continued to wait for Liz. " Well hopefully I'll see her before my
performance." Chico glanced at his watch again hoping to catch her one last time before he had to leave to the theater.
Chico grabbed his keys and hurried over to the theater where he was to perform.
Reverend Bemis was in his dressing room changing into his outfit when he heard a knock on the
"Come in!" Reverend Bemis said.
Frank, Dean and Sammy walked in. "Rev, babee, we just wanted to say how much we've enjoyed your
act!" Sammy said.
"Well comin from all you guys I appreciate that. I just hope the real Flying Elviss do," Reverend
"Don't worry Rev, you'll be fine." Sammy patted Reverend Bemis on the back.
"See you later, Rev, babee!" Frank, Dean, and Sammy left his dressing room.
Chico arrived at his dressing room to get prepared for his own act and singing number.
"Pepe!" Chico smiled." This is quite a surprise!" Chico found Pepe sitting on the sofa.
rose up from the sofa.
"Well Chico, I just wanted to wish you good luck tonight. I hear Frank, Dean, and Sammy have
taken quite a shine to you."
"Well Pepe, if it wasn't for you giving me the opportunity I would of never been in this position!"
Chico hugged Pepe.
"Hey, Chico, I believe in a few minutes the Flying Elviss are about to perform. I can hear the
shuffle of the performers already. I remember these guys. They were pretty good. I although I thought the group including
Louie and Ed were much more funnier."
"Yeah, Ed and Louie, Reverend Bemis had no idea what they were getting into when they first
stepped on that stage," Chico said.
"Let's head on out and you can watch there act Chico. I'm on right after them," Chico escorted
Pepe to the side of the stage.
"Hey Rev! " Chico yelled up to him while the band played Good Luck Charm.
Reverend Bemis spotted Chico and saluted him as he prepared for his cue. Suddenly Reverend Bemis
dove into the air swaying back and forth.
"HALLELUJAH!" Reverend Bemis yelled as he flew through the air catching the teddy bear that
was tossed to him.
Reverend Bemis flipped through the air with excitement. The Flying Elviss swung around in loops
and they flashed their shiny jumpsuits that were lighted up.
The crowd owwed and awwed over the acrobatics that Reverend Bemis performed. As the performance
drew to a close Reverend Bemis swung back and forth through out the crowd. With a tear in his eye Reverend Bemis waved goodbye
to the crowd and bowed gracefully to the audience.
Chico ran out on stage and thanked everyone for their generous applause. "Thank you so much!"
Chico did his stand up as the crowd roared with laughter.
A half an hour later the spotlight went on the side of the stage. The audience applauded Sammy
Davis Jr. who had the spotlight on him at the side of the stage.
"Chico, you wanna lock up when youre through?" Sammy puffed on a smoke.
The audience applauded.
"I was only killing time till you got your Barbie suit on!" Chico said to Sammy and looked toward
his eye level.
"Sammy come here." Chico motioned him to come by him.
"Tell everyone in the audience where you get your clothes." Chico put his arm around him.
"Toys are us!" Sammy gave a laughing smirk to him and the audience.
Dean and Frank walked out on stage next to Sammy and Chico.
"Well fellas how about we do that number we rehearsed this morning?" Frank said as put his arm
around Dean and Chico. Sammy leaned into the huddle.
Liz coming from behind walked on stage with a more revealing outfit.
"Gee Frank that sounds swell!" Dean said as he sipped his drink looking at Liz.
"Send me the pillow that you dream on. So darlin, I can dream on it too," Dean crooned as he
swooned to Liz. Liz, smiling, swayed in front of Dean.
Liz rested her hand on Deans cheek. Dean responded by standing behind her as he wrapped his
arms around her waist.
"Deano that was great, but that wasn't what we rehearsed together," Sammy said.
"It wasnt? Ah nuts!" Dean smiled and laughed nervously at the audience. "Well thank you very
much!" Dean bowed to the audience.
"What was that song anyways." Dean walked over to Frank and slipped on the floor
"Safe, am I safe?" Dean yelled as he leaned up looking at Chico. Chico made the hand gestures
indicating that Dean was safe.
"You mean you forgot already?" Frank asked.
"Gee Frank, I think my life just passed before my eyes," Dean held his hand over his head.
"Let me know when it does. I love a parade!" Frank yelled over.
"Ladies and Gentleman, I'd like to do more for you now, but I'm lucky I can remember these."
Dean rubbed his forehead as he got up from the floor.
Liz walked near the back of stage removing a cover she wore over her top revealing less of her
outfit, and more of her.
Chico and Dean looked her over. "Say doll, that's some outfit!" Dean said
Liz seductively walked in front of Dean, Frank and Sammy winking at each one of them.
Frank extended his arm to Liz. Liz gratefully held his arm as Frank walked around the stage
singing."Well this is my first affair, so please be kind."
"You wish Frank!" Sammy yelled as Frank continued his stroll through out the stage."Handle my
heart with care, please be kind.
This is all so grand, my dreams are on parade
If you'll just my hand, they'll never, ever fade.
So tell me your loves sincere, oh, please be kind
Tell me you needn't fear, oh please be kind.
'Cause if you leave me dear, I know my heart will lose its mind
If you love me...Please be kind.
This is my first affair, so please be kind.
Handle my heart with care oh, please be kind.
So tell me your loves sincere, yes please be kind
Tell me I needn't fear, please be kind
'Cause if you leave me dear, I know my heart will lose it's mind.
If you love me babee please be kind.Chico did a double take. "Oh please tell this isn't happening!"
"Liz!" Chico thought. "Ok, Chico just relax! Hopefully that will be it and nothing more!"
Dean moved the microphone and whacked himself in the eye.
"OW!" Dean covered his eye and walked away.
"What are you drinking tonight Dean?" Sammy asked.
"Whisky and water Sammy. Why?" Dean asked.
"I just want to know how much of that is water?" Sammy leaned over and looked into his glass.
Dean put his thumb and index finger together, "Oh, about that much!"
Suddenly the band began to play their number.
Sammy stepped forward. Liz followed Sammy arm and arm walking ever so seductively."These are
the blues.... Nothing but blues."
"Oh they say some people long ago were searching for a different tune. One that they could croon
as long as they can."Dean walked up to Sammy and put his arm around him.
Dean began to sing. Chico looked on as Liz walked over to Dean teasing him with her feathered
headpiece."They only had one rhythm, so they started swaying to and fro'. They didn't know just what to use. This is how the
blues really began."
Chico walked up and stood next to Dean. Liz shook her behind to Chico teasing him and the crowd.
Chico sang next to Liz. "They heard the breeze in the trees singing weird melodies"
Frank walked up to Liz and Chico. "And they named that... The start of the blues."
"Here's another thing Frank," Chico said, as he was about to continue."And from a jail, there
came a wail, up and down that harded frail" Dean leaned over and crooned.
"Oh so she was a frantic chic!" Frank nudged Dean as he pointed to Liz.
"Was she?" Chico asked leaning into there conversation.
"And they played that...They play that as part of the blues." Dean looked into the audience.
Chico walked up to Frank and leaned on him. "From a whipple will way up on a hill. They took
a new note. They pushed it through a horn till it was born, into a blue note." Chico crooned.
The audience cheered as Chico sang his solo.
Chico, Dean, Frank and Sammy all gathered around together.
"And then they nursed it... They rehearsed it, and they sent out that news... That the SouthLand
gave birth to the blues"
Dean circled around them and stopped over at Sammy as they all continued to sing. "Yeah they
nursed it, they rehearsed it and they sent out that news."
Frank stepped forward put his arm around Liz. "That the Southland, they gave birth to the blues!"
After the song was done they all bowed to the audience. The crowd cheered and stood up in appreciation.
The crowd continued their applause for Sammy, Frank and Dean as each entertainer bowed before
Chico bowed towards the audience. Flowers and underwear were tossed on stage as girls screamed
Chicos name. Chico picked up the flowers.
"Thank you, thank you very much," Chico smiled as he waved to the audience.
Dean walked up towards Chico and picked up the underwear. As Dean leaned over to Chico he placed
them in front of his slacks. "Ah Chico," Dean nudged him. "Do you think these will fit?"
Frank leaned over to look. " I don't know Dean, somehow that color doesn't suit you."
The audience continued to applaud them as they made their way out of the stage.
"That was terrific, Chico!" Reverend Bemis patted Chicos shoulder.
"Rev, I never had so much fun in my entire life!" Chico smiled.
Frank, Dean, Sammy came across Chico and Reverend Bemis. "C'mon Rev, Chico. We're all going
to the bar!"
Liz approached Chico. "Chico!"
Chico turned around hugged her. "Liz, how could you go
out there in that outfit?" Chico was concerned.
"Sorry Chico, I just had a rush when I was out there. I was told it was adjustable so I took
the chance and showed it off." Liz hugged Chico.
"I was surprise there was anything else left in that outfit that could come off. That would
be considered offensive Liz," Chico questioned.
"Chico this is Vegas! Anything is possible," Liz smiled.
"Liz, if you want to romp around like that. Do it only in front of ME only Ok?" Chico asked.
"Alright Chico, just for you!" Liz winked.
"Besides you got Dean all hot and bothered when you danced in front of him."
"Is that why he fell down on stage Chico?" Liz and Chico laughed.
"Possibly Liz!" Chico and Liz headed towards the bar.
Chico and Liz hung out at the bar. Ed wandered in.
"Hey you too that was quite a performance!" Ed smiled waved the bartender over.
"You know Liz and Chico, as much as I would love to stick around here more. I think we should
be heading back soon." Ed drank his shot.
"You lost all your money you took with you already didn't you?" Chico asked.
"Is it that obvious?" Ed sighed.
" Well that's what happens when your glued to the tables day in and day out Ed" Chico clanked
"Yeah, I just don't know how that Reverend Bemis does it?"
"You know Ed as much as I enjoyed entertaining everyone I just can't leave behind what youve
done for me all these years," Chico leaned against the bar.
"Leave behind? Were you thinking of quitting your job at the garage, Chico?" Ed asked.
"Well, I was offered an opportunity to continue with the act with Dean, Frank and Sammy, Ed."
"I mean it was fun for a while. But it's also very grueling, the fans hounding you, I hardly
ever got to see Liz as much as I liked when I was here." Chico embraced Liz.
"Liz I came here to Vegas hoping to win big and I did when I married you!" Chico kissed her.
"Life as a headliner wasnt as good a trip as I had hoped." Chico sipped his drink.
Dean, Frank and Sammy wandered into the bar, as well as Louie and Reverend Bemis. Louie pointed
to Ed who was in front of them.
"Chico, Liz! You two were dynamite tonight!" Dean said as he waved the bartender over.
Frank lit up a smoke as well as did Sammy.
"Thanks fellas for the generous opportunity to be apart of your act." Chico shook hands with
"I must inform you though, our lives as a Vegas act must come to a close though," Chico said
fearing what Frank would say.
"Ah, Chico, Liz, you leaving the business already?" Frank said,
"Youre breaking my heart, Liz!" Dean said as he rubbed his eyes.
"Now, who am I going to have escort me around this hotel if you leave?" Frank said.
"I'll do it! I'll do it!" Louie grinned.
"Louie!" Ed said.
"Sorry Louie, you aint got the figure for it!" Sammy said.
"Well I guess all good things must come to an end. Why did you have to end it so soon Liz?"
Dean leaned his head on the bar table.
"Oh Dean, I have to get back to reality. As much as Ive dreamt of being a showgirl, my main
goal in life is to be a dental hygienist," Liz smiled.
"Ah Liz, honey. I understand. I'm just disappointed that it has to end so soon," Sammy said.
"Liz, let me know who your dentist is I want to make an appointment." Dean smiled.
"I want to introduce the man who has helped me get on my feet," Chico went to Ed and introduced
"Ed, youre a lucky man," Frank said as he shook hands with him.
"It's never a dull moment working with Chico," Ed smiled.
Chico shook hands with Frank, Sammy and Dean.
"Thank you so much for our second honeymoon Frank." Chico shook hands with Dean and Sammy
"When you think about all that has happened to Liz and I. We really realized how much we meant
to each other besides living the ultimate fantasy."
"Why thank you, thank you very much Chico, Liz." Dean winked. Frank smacked Dean on the arm.
"Here Sammy. Let's take one last stroll through the hotel." Liz took Sammys arm and Chico took
the other and they made their way throughout the hotel.
Chico smiled as he walked about the hotel along with Liz and Sammy as Frank and Dean followed
them. Frank poked Sammy on his shoulder, wanting Liz. "Oh no you don't Frank. I have her till she turns in for the evening!"
"That's swell, just swell Sammy!" Frank and Dean staggered out of the bar.