"The Philadelphia" takes you to a place where American cities are personified by various difficulties. A New Yorker (Elrod) finds himself "metaphysically in a Philadelphia." Aided by the advice of his savvy pal (Saldivar), he has to learn to ask for the opposite of what he wants, because when you're "in a Philadelphia" you can't get anything that you directly ask for. Typical of the truisms Ives slips into his zany scenarios, Elrod's character muses, "I've spent so much of my life asking for the wrong thing without knowing it, doing it on purpose comes easy."
The final segment is a repetitive sight gag of Leon Trotsky (Saldivar) walking around with a pickax stuck in his head. The hopefulness that Trotsky feels in finding himself still alive is, of course, not going to last. Among the bright memories the audience will take away are vivid images of marching bakers and bouncing chimpanzees, and the brilliant humor of David Ives.