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The cover sleeve for SCP-4587

Item #: SCP-4587

Object Class: Safe

Special Containment Procedures: SCP-4587 is to be kept in a long-term containment locker at Site-59. As of 5/20/19, testing of SCP-4587 has been indefinitely suspended. For further study, non-anomalous recordings of all SCP-4587-A iterations are available at the Site-59 archival wing.

Description: SCP-4587 is a VHS videocassette acquired during an inspection of the SCP-2803 compound.1

The content of SCP-4587 (hereafter SCP-4587-A) is permanently altered after each complete viewing. The initial content is a PG-rated comedy/drama film titled "DOGM OVIE", starring Charles Grodin, Andie MacDowell, and Alan Rickman. When reached for comment, all actors involved were unable to recall any involvement with this film or TotleighSoft.

The film was created in 1989 by the Totleigh Software corporation as a means to demonstrate the company's capability for "neverending video technologies" — in other words, an anomalously self-expanding shared fictional universe. Other than the established actors named in the credits, all other roles — including director, producer, sound engineer, cinematographer, animal handler, stunt dog, and special thanks, among others — have been credited to "P. Hudson Gock", the name SCP-2803-A uses to identify itself.

Throughout each new film, the following elements remain the same:

  • Each iteration is a direct sequel to the previous iteration.
  • The dialogue is filled with the broken English typical of TotleighSoft, but all other professional aspects are of the typical quality for a major family film in 1989.
  • Charles Grodin portrays the protagonist, a suburban businessman in his late 30's named Ryan Frompt. Andie MacDowell plays his wife, Maryanne Frompt. The Frompts have children, though the number, names, and identities of these children have little to no narrative consistency from iteration to iteration.
  • The antagonist of the film is played by Alan Rickman — albeit with an entirely different character each time.
  • Ryan struggles with a flaw in his character, stated outright in the first five minutes of the film by Maryanne, immediately preceded by the phrase "So I saying now outright to your face, you husband…"
  • To remedy this flaw, Maryanne adopts one or more dogs, despite Ryan's objections. The relationship between Ryan, the dog(s), and his family lead to a deeper bond between all parties involved, puts a strain on Ryan's relationship with Alan Rickman's character, and causes Ryan to re-evaluate his life and the aforementioned flaw.
  • The dog dies in a tragic accident/incident.
  • This causes Ryan to have an epiphany. He cuts off his ties with the antagonist.
  • The Frompts plant a tree in their backyard over where the dog was buried.
  • Ryan closes the film with a voiceover, ending with the phrase "I am become greater guy than was."

Other than these constant factors, all other aspects of the narrative are subject to change — including the target audience, theme, and setting.

Experiment Log (truncated)

Instance: SCP-4587-A-1 (initial)
Flaw: "…you are not liking dogs, so change your opinion right now."
Alan Rickman's Character: Mr. Flappiter, Ryan's vehemently dog-phobic boss.
Dogs: Wiggly, a weimaraner
Dogs' Cause of Death: Drowning after saving Ryan's son from a river.
Flaw Resolution: Ryan quits his job, devoting more time to his family and their love of dogs.

Instance: SCP-4587-A-5
Flaw: "…you are am run away from the sad ness."
Alan Rickman's Character: Dr. Pung, Ryan's psychiatrist.
Dogs: Jimbo, Jambo, Rambo, and Flint, four Yorkshire terriers
Dogs' Cause of Death: Poisoned from eating Ryan's antidepressants.
Flaw Resolution: After learning to embrace uncomfortable feelings, Ryan triumphantly claims that he doesn't need Dr. Pung's medications to be happy, and fires him. As he walks away, Dr. Pung slips on a puddle of Ryan's tears and dies from the resulting head injury. In the epilogue, Ryan begins to realize that suffering has power beyond human understanding.

Instance: SCP-4587-A-27
Flaw: "…you needing step up bowling game."
Alan Rickman's Character: Chet Worpledang, the Frompt family bowling team's rival
Dogs: Lasseroonie, a collie
Dogs' Cause of Death: Beaten to death with a bowling ball by Chet, in an attempt to demoralize the Frompt family.
Flaw Resolution: After locking himself in his bedroom for a week-long depressive state, Ryan emerges with significantly increased muscle mass. In a montage, he scores 700 consecutive perfect games at different bowling alleys across the country. In shame, Chet commits suicide by choking on a bowling pin. Ryan expresses suspicion at his newfound inability to score less than 300 points, but his wife reminds him: "in losing dogs of that you are love dogs, your greatness biggens itself."

Instance: SCP-4587-117
Flaw: "…in future, you will die on some day."
Alan Rickman's Character: Agent Marglestein of the FBI, investigating malignant paranormal activity in the neighborhood
Dogs: 500 labradoodles, each one named "Sacrifiesty"
Dogs' Cause of Death: During a cookout, Sacrifiesty #8 approaches Ryan. Having gained the ability to speak, he says "time is have come, master, as it must" and spontaneously bursts into flames, along with the other dogs. A neighborhood-wide conflagration ensues, after which, only the Frompt residence remains.
Flaw Resolution: Ryan's tears of grief cover his body in a thin film of liquid, which slowly changes the color of his skin from white to a shining gold. A forest of 500 oak trees shoot from the soil of what used to be his backyard. Agent Marglestein shoots Ryan, to no effect. As the agent chokes to death on a whirlwind of the dogs' ashes, Ryan boasts that "You know not a thing. Tragedy upon tragedy upon tragedy has sculpted the skin clay of my soul into the plaster of a perfect harmony. Scar tissue toughens until indestructible is being skin. Some day, the flag-ulation of my the self forces me become greatest guy than all… until then, I am become greater guy than was."

Instance: SCP-4587-210
Flaw: "…there am are some who do not appreciate the you am being great."
Alan Rickman's Character: The Abrahamic God
Dogs: Approximately 72,500,000 border collies named "the Collective."
Dogs' Cause of Death: [REDACTED]
Flaw Resolution: After swallowing the antagonist whole, Ryan gathers his legions of slaves and has a throne built from the mummified bodies of the Collective. The ghost of Wiggly, the weimaraner from the first film, unifies with Ryan's soul. As a result Ryan's form becomes an amorphous, vaguely Charles-Grodin-like deity made of memorial trees, which then sobs in grief to complete Ryan's assumption of godhead.

Instance: SCP-4587-528
Flaw: "…there are not a single dogs left on Earth. All of in afterlife. So, we must going there?"
Alan Rickman's Character: [DATA EXPUNGED]
Dogs' Cause of Death: [DATA EXPUNGED]
Flaw Resolution: [DATA EXPUNGED]

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