Nurse cheerily: Good morning Doctor. How is Mr. Background Check today?
Doctor checking an exam chart: Well, let’s see … no heartbeat, no pulse, no brain waves
Nurse raises back of hand to mouth: You mean he’s …
Doctor interrupts: No, no, Mr. Background Check is alive and well.
Nurse: But how can that be? With no brain waves I’d have predicted he ‘d be (pause) gone.
Doctor: No surprise really. We could never predict very much from the information we get from Mr. Background Check
Nurse: Then why do we collect the information?
Doctor pauses, then angrily: Because we always have. That’s why.
Stage direction: Doctor quickly exits stage left in a huff. Nurse looks at Mr. Background Check, shrugs her shoulders and exits stage right.
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