William is very puzzled to see Li arriving at the office with glitter around her eyes and a bushy tail like a squirrel. Find out more in this week's programme.
The script for this programme
Will: Hi! I'm William. And here's... er well, something that looks a bit like Li, but kind of half-Li half-animal. Are you okay Li?
Li: Yes, I am very well, thank you.
Will: I don't mean to be rude, but... why have you got a large, bushy tail today?
Li: Well, it was an order from the boss.
Will: The boss told you to come in with a tail?
Will: Right. But what about the bright, sparkling glitter around your eyes?
Li: Oh, that too. Don't you think it makes my eyes look lovely and bright?
Will: Well, yes, they are kind of... dazzling.
Li: I think he will be pleased. Yesterday he wasn't pleased with me. He said I looked bored and tired. It's true I didn't get much work done, I'd had a late night.
Will: Right. So what will the tail and sparkly eyes do - make you work harder?
Li: Yes! Apparently!
Will: Li, I'm not sure that the rest of the team will be able to concentrate with all of that fur and glitter in the office!
Li: Well, it was the boss's idea - not mine.
Will: Li, what did he actually say when he asked you to do this?
Li: He said: 'Li, tomorrow I expect you to come in bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.'
Will: Right. I hate to say this, but it's just an expression.
Li: What? Just an expression? Why does this keep happening to me?
Will: Well, if you're bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, you're full of energy and enthusiasm. The boss didn't expect you to come in looking like some kind of squirrel on its way to the Oscars.
Will: He just wanted you to be a bit more motivated and energetic.
Li: Oh no, I'm never going to be able to get this tail off - I put so much glue on it. Everyone will laugh at me!
Will: Maybe. Here are some examples:
- Wow, look at you, all bright-eyed and bushy-tailed! It looks like you're ready for action!
- After the summer holidays, the children returned to school bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.
Li: Oh Will, what will people say when they look at my tail?
Will: They'll probably just start feeding you nuts.
Li: Oh! This is terrible!
Will: Or maybe acorns.
Li: What shall I do?
Will: Well I wouldn't eat the acorns, but there's nothing wrong with nuts.
Li: Will, help me! Pull this tail, please, pull!
Will: Okay. Come on! Come on, silly tail!
Li: It's all the boss's fault!