If you’ve ever gotten your wisdom teeth or tonsils removed, you know the drill (both the terrifying device used to remove said objects and the routine of getting dental surgery). You walk in, maybe confident about the procedure, and sit in the chair. The doctor describes the events about to take place—mainly that you’ll be going under on laughing gas—and you think you can still keep your cool. As the narcotic fog starts to take effect though, you find yourself slipping out, partially aware of all the silliness that comes out of your mouth as you fade away.
Less memorable is the time after the surgery, when you’re ideally picked up and driven home—still in a druggy fog. That is unless the person picking you up cruelly captures you on film, rambling silly nonsense about this and that without a care in the world, before the pain of the surgery sets in. Thankfully, taking a video after these visits to the dentist has become almost as routine as the procedures themselves, and there’s a wealth of great clips to be found online.
This kid, David, asks the deep questions. Captured by his dad after a tooth removal, he rolls his head around saying, “I feel funny” before asking, “Is this real life?” When his question is answered, he goes on to make some keen observations. Extending his pointer fingers upwards, he notes, “Now I have two fingers,” before reconsidering his findings. “Four fingers.”
Then, perhaps liberated by his newfound discovery, David lets out a primal yell, likely a result of his profound self-discovery.
The Abstract Thinker
Jack also seems overcome with emotion with a look of remorse on his face for the things he’s left unsaid. Like his mother’s purse—Jack seems to wonder why he’s never complimented it before, pointing at it to remark: “That’s such a good looking color. Your purse is, like, purple.” He asserts his opinion, strongly. “It looks good mom, it looks good!” he cries before his mother points out that the purse is actually orange, the same color as Jack’s t-shirt.
From the depths of gracious despair, a smile suddenly beams across Jack’s face. His mind is blown. “We’re twins?” he asks, which—they are, in the colloquial sense that they’re wearing the same clothes. His mother agrees. He then goes on to ask, “You’re my sister?” This is definitely not the case.
Jack then goes on to appreciate the majesty of flags, “with their wooo,” (in Jack’s words) mimicking the way they wave in the wind by doing something that looks like a hula dance. Other topics on Jack’s mind (some imagined, some viewed from the car window) are rivers, unicorns, and mermaids. At least some of us still believe in magic.
Here’s a brother and sister with twin icepacks and equally swollen post-surgery mouths. The sister starts by describing the most beautiful pony, made up of all the colors in the rainbow and with apples in its tail, while her brother is clearly the more reserved of the two. The sister describes things with evocative detail while the brother has one-word responses. He sees icicles, but the sister has to describe the icicles. He says something that is slightly grounded in reality, and she takes the ball and runs with it. When the brother asks if his lips are falling, perhaps a question about his lips numbly hanging out of his mouth, the sister notes that their lips have disappeared.
When the sister asks why the mother is taking so much video of their car trip home, mom—insincerely— says she just wants to capture her daughter’s pretty face. The daughter, taken aback, says, “That’s so nice of you.” Little does she know what her mom is up to.
Last but not least is this very mean prank. When their sister Melissa goes under for a dental procedure, these brothers (knowing what her condition would be afterwards) stage an all-out zombie attack. As you’ve seen above, a large part of the after-dentist video’s appeal lies in the imagination of the person who’s been drugged up. Not only are these people willing to believe anything, they conceive of some of the flights of fancy themselves.
They do everything: there’s a fabricated emergency alert (which doesn’t seem to faze Melissa, she complains about her brother’s driving), and even mom is in on the prank, getting on the phone to tell them to hurry home.
That said, the brothers make the most of the more surreal aspects of post-surgery logic, and are careful not to make things too scary for their sister. When making preparations for their emergency evacuation, they give her odd tools for defending herself, like a cat and a stethoscope, and ask her what kind of cake they should bring with them to meet their dad across the Mexican border.