In the year 2081, true equality has officially been achieved. No one is more brilliant, better looking, or powerful than anyone else. This equality is maintain by the use of handicaps or items that citizens wear to make them equal to others, and are enforced by the United States Handicapper General.
Hazel and George are watching a ballet performance on television. The ballerinas are handicapped by weights and wear masks. George wears are 47-pound of bird-shot around his neck. He is extremely strong and handsome, and is a threat to the government.
In the middle of the bulletin, Harrison bursts into the TV studio and busts the door down. He screams, "I am the Emperor!" and tears off his handicaps. A beautiful empress and ballerina join him. Harrison removes her handicaps and those of the musicians playing. They begin to dance, leap, and twirl.
In the middle of the dance, Diana Moon Glampers, the Handicapper General, arrives with a shotgun and shoots the ballerina and Harrison, killing them both, without hesitation.
George has gone to the kitchen for a beer and has missed his son's murder. George notices that Hazel is crying, but doesn't remember why-- just that there was something sad on TV.