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People in this society have average intelligence. Those who have more have to wear handicaps, so they can't be more strong, handsome and smart. Hazel and George have a son that was taken from them, Harrison, because he was planning to overthrow the government.
Hazel is watching ballerinas on tv while George goes to get a beer. A news reporter warns everyone about Harrison Bergeron, Escaped convict.
In the theater where the ballerinas are dancing on TV, there's a loud bang. Harrison knocks off the hinges of the door, even with his handicaps on.
Harrison rips off his handicaps. He yells, "I am the Emperor! I will choose my empress!" He points at the ballerinas cowering on stage . "Any of you who are brave enough, be my empress!"
After Harrison got a girlfriend, he took took off her handicaps. He told the musicians to take their handicaps on and to play. When they finally got it right the Emperor and Empress started dancing/flying.
The handicapper General comes in and shoots both the emperor and empress. All on live TV. Back to Hazel, who is seeing the whole thing and saw her son be murdered. Then the television tube burns out.
Since Hazel has average intelligence, she forgets the whole thing, but is still crying. When George walks into the room and asks why she's crying, Hazel says...
Something sad on TV. Gee, I could tell that one was a doozy.
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