What Happened to the Toys?
I felt I owed it to my little one who missed her friends.
Andy has left for college and Bonnie is now the guardian of their care, her mother works at Sunnyside Child Care.
Forward 4 years, Andy is preparing for his last semester, graduating with a degree in computer science. He is a typical young man
with the prerequisite mustache attempt and has enjoyed college. It is before Thanksgiving and he is going home to see his mom and
sister Molly. Molly is now in Junior high, Buster has passed on, and Mom also works part time at Sunnyside, helping with the little kids.
Upon arriving home, Molly tells Andy Pizza Planet has been taken over (no not by aliens), but the new management has made it “The
Pizza Place” a family buffet with a few video games. They decide it would be a fun trip for old times’ sake and Andy drives –
yes, still the old beat up blue car that once held Buzz and Woody in the backseat so long ago.
Once inside, Andy notices a table with a familiar face, it is Bonnie. She too is having time with her family at the grand opening.
Andy’s mom walks over to chat and as they are standing together a beautiful young woman with long brunette hair (Like Bonnie)
walks over with a tray of soda. This is Elizabeth, Bonnie's older sister. She left for college as well, only 2 weeks before Andy, so
they never met. “Beth” ironically goes to the same college, graduating with a degree in education. As the kids play and the
Mom’s visit, Andy is smitten.
From the back of the new restaurant comes the manager “Sydney” who yes, is “Syd.” He worked his way up from deliver status at
Pizza Planet to the Manager of the new Pizza Place. He is not a happy person, and never learned from what the toys tried to tell
him. He looks over and sees Beth talking to Andy and is very upset. He has loved her from afar for most of his life, even though
she has never given him more than a polite smile. Angry that the two “college” kids must feel they are better than he is, he watches
Andy is thrilled to know he can see Beth again at College, and they make a plan to return to Pizza Place when they are home
for Thanksgiving. Taking a napkin, they write down their respective email addresses and phone numbers, while talking and enjoying
their mothers and sisters and what seems to be so much in common.
Molly reaches for a soda and spills some. Reaching for a napkin she grabs the one Andy had written on and then leaves it by their
empty plates. Syd notices this, but isn’t sure what to do with it...however, it is an opportunity he can’t pass up. He goes by to see if they all
enjoyed themselves and takes away the trash, along with all of Andy’s information.
Andy and Beth spend the rest of their short visit together, although Andy doesn’t return to the house to see the toys he gave Molly.
The toys are now feeling the years, and have been loved and cared for like Andy had hoped. They sit up on a glass shelf in Bonnie’s
room, watching her life as it goes by.
Woody is faded, his string stuck to where he will only say ‘You’re my favorite” and there is a rip in his knee. Buzz, no longer has his
laser beam, and his helmet is cracked and discolored, causing many sight gags on bifocals and glaucoma by Mr. Potato Head.
Rex has lost all of his teeth and his tail frequently just falls off – gags there about male issues and falling off. Hamm lost his cork
and can no longer keep change, and suffered an identity crisis, not feeling like he matters. Jesse has had her braids combed out
and through play and a bleach accident; there is some “white” hair here and there. She too is faded like Woody. Bullseye lost his
saddle and no longer runs. After a horrible entanglement, Slinky had his wires cut back to only a short distance between head
and tail. The Potato Heads have assorted missing parts but have survived. Ken had his head super glued on, after a break and
Barbie has green wire leg, forcing her to avoid the sexy look she once loved. RC car was discovered in a box of donated toys
and although he no longer had his remote, he is still on all wheels and glad to be back with the group. All in all, life has been good and
they are content to be the “elders,” helping newer toys in need.
Forward to College dorm.
Andy emails Beth to ask her for lunch. He was sad she had not gotten in touch with him and she explains she had lost his
information at the Pizza Place. They have a wonderful time and as the weeks go by, are falling in love. Andy drops Beth off at
her dorm one night, and noticed she has a “Bo Peep” on her desk. He remembers the one he had, which was sold at a garage sale.
She explains that she bought if for Bonnie, but when she went to college Bonnie insisted she take it along, because Bo Peep always
watched out for her sheep and they always came home. Andy is touched and knows he made the right choice with not just his toys,
but his heart, and he kisses her.
Andy and Beth return home for the holidays, excited to share their families. Beth has also brought Bo Peep home, since she now has
Andy, and can assure Bonnie she will be taken care of. Bonnie takes Bo into the toy room, and sets her on her dresser, where she
locks eyes with Woody. They have never stopped loving each other, and in a cameo of an old western, Woody see’s her at his side
riding Bullseye off into the sunset. However, the other toys are not sure if it is “his” Bo Peep, Buzz reminds him of Al’s Toy Barn
and all the Buzz Lightyear figures he saw, concerned since she is missing her sheep and both shoes. Trixie the
triceratops remembers Bonnie’s mom kept a box of loose parts for toy repair at Sunnyside, and wonders if there might be an answer
there to solve the mystery and bring the two lost loves together. However, before anything can be done, they need to get off the
A suction cup lizard in Bonnie’s room volunteers to anchor the shelf, Jesses takes several stands of hair and they make a rope and
all of them slide down. The weight however brings the shelf and the lizard crashing to the floor after the last toy is down. Mom
comes in and assumes the shelf just broke and places all the toys in a basket on the floor after cleaning the glass. They are excited
to be near Bo Peep again, and hope it is really her. They are now on the hunt for the missing parts box, hoping something there will
confirm Bo’s identity. The new toys at Sunnyside are anxious to help their friends. After numerous attempts they do locate the box
and inside is one lost shoe, and very faintly the word “Andy” can be made out. They take the shoe back to Bo and Woody, in true
Prince Charming style, slips it on her foot ala Cinderella and takes his lady into his old arms. His string moves and as he holds her
in a loving moment, “You’re My Favorite” is heard.
Bo tells them about Andy and Beth and they are all so happy their little family is coming full circle.
Andy and Beth are at Pizza Palace talking, holding hands and laughing when Sydney walks by. He is very upset and wants revenge
on Andy for taking any hope of Beth away. Remembering the napkin he goes to his office and finds where he put it. He then
decides it is time to break up the happy pair. Snapping pictures of them with his cell phone, he uses photo software to change Beth
into another girl and posts the pictures on a fake “Face it” Page he made for Andy using the email information he had written on the
Beth checks her computer before leaving for college and is crushed. Andy had told her he didn’t have a Face It page and she thinks
he lied and has been using her. She takes Bo Peep wearing the one shoe now, from Bonnie’s desk, saying she really does need
someone to watch over her. Beth cries and cries about seeing the computer site and the pictures, going back to college, not telling
Andy. The toys hear her, and know Andy would never do that. Rex remembers how he used the computer to defeat Zuirg and knows
he can figure it out. Getting to Bonnie’s desk they go online and discover Sydney’s evil lies. Rex emails the page to Andy along
with a picture of Bonnie’s room with all of them on the shelf. He is hoping it will get to him and he will know the truth.
Woody is crushed that Bo is gone again and Andy cannot understand what happened. He tries and tries to call Beth but she won’t
take his calls. Andy has been working on a computer game with his old toys as characters and it helps him ease his broken heart.
As the work on the program is near completion, he is given an offer by a company to produce it, but it will mean moving across the
country. Not having a reason to stay he prepares to accept it, but wants to take the prototype home to show his mom and talk with
her. While he is there, he takes Molly for a job interview at Pizza Place; she is so excited to be agrown up. Sydney see’s him and
knows his plan worked.
Molly tells Andy that Beth is home for the holiday as well, and maybe it would be good to talk. He disagrees and after taking her
home, leaves for college early.
Once back at college, he gets the email from Rex and almost doesn’t open it since it came from Bonnie’s account. Seeing the
pictures he is so upset and now understands. He also see’s all of his toys, including Bo Peep and knows he has to find Beth.
Beth is packing her dorm room, preparing for graduation; Bo Peep is on her desk as one of the last items to go. Andy comes in and
tells her he knows why she is upset and it wasn’t true. Looking closer at the pictures, Beth realizes they were all taken on the same
day and it was the day they had been together at Pizza Place, so someone there must have done it. Andy see’s Bo Peep with her one
shoe and picks her up, telling Beth how he had one with his toys, but she had been sold. He tells her how happy he was Bonnie loved
his toys over the years. Turning Bo over, he sees his name on her shoe and knows it is a sign. He tells Beth that he loves her and
they toys have already come together and they should too.
Working her first shift, Molly goes in to ask Sydney a question and finds the old napkin on his desk. She knows something is up and
puts it in her pocket. Showing Andy when he comes home, they know who was behind the lies. Andy confronts Sydney who breaks
down because he had never had love in his life and doesn’t know what to do. He apologizes and remembers the toys telling him so
many years before to change and now finally takes the advice.
Andy accepts the offer on his video game and while the family watches it with a young and active Buzz and Woody saving the day,
the toys also watch, remembering the best days of their lives and know they will be young forever now.
Andy and Beth are married. At the wedding Sydney is seen talking to a bridesmaid who appears to like him and the change in his
personality becomes apparent. Beth opens her gift from Andy finding Bo Peep’s sheep that he bought on EBay. Woody and Bo also
marry a military wedding, as the army men stand at attention – vets that are also faded with missing limbs. RC car is draped in
streamers with ‘Just Married” on his window. Everyone is happy, both cowboys have their soulmates.
A couple of years later, the toys are sitting on their shelf, looking over a nursery where a new baby is sleeping. Beth and Andy have
a little boy named “Christopher.” On the top shelf, is a picture frame with 3 wooden blocks A-Andy, B-Beth and C-Christopher
surrounding the new family picture. Woody is holding Bo’s hand; Buzz and Jesse have their arms around each other as well, when
Woody motions to the blocks and the photo. “Guess it’s full circle now, ABC – back to the beginning,” Buzz laughs with a slight cough
and hugs Jesse, while the other toys look on. A new squeaky toy and a rattle approach them, and speaks in very small voice, “Mr. Woody
and Mr. Buzz ...what happens now?” The elder toys smile saying only, “To Infinity and Beyond” little friends, and what a journey you
Toy Story 4 ~ And they’ll come home
by Lori Kay
March 1, 2012 All rights reserved