George is so exhausted that Hazel suggests that he sneak a couple of weights out of the bag for a while. He refuses, because there are huge fines and jail time for removing your handicaps. Besides, if one person disobeys the Handicapper General, George points out, others may do so as well. This would cause a return to the Dark Ages when there was competition and therefore inequality, and nobody wants that.
Suddenly, there is a commotion in the TV station. It is Harrison Bergeron, come to overthrow the government. He announces to the cameras that he is now the Emperor and everyone must obey him, and he rips off all his handicaps. He then turns to the ballerinas and tells them the first one to stand with him will be his Empress. One gets up and comes to him: he rips off her handicaps and mask, revealing a beautiful woman. Harrison orders the musicians to play, telling them if they do well, he'll make them royalty. At first they're not good, due to their learned mediocrity and their handicaps, but after Harrison shakes a couple of them around and they lose their handicaps, they do much better. Harrison Bergeron and the ballerina start to dance, leaping higher and higher, defying gravity. Reaching the high ceiling, the two of them kiss. Then, suddenly, Diana Moon Glamper, the Handicapper General, rushes into the studio carrying a shotgun. She shoots both Harrison and the ballerina and they fall to the floor, dead. She then aims the gun at the musicians and tells them to get their handicaps back on or they're next.
The Bergeron's TV stops working at this point. George and Hazel had been watching the fate of their son on TV- or rather, Hazel had been. Losing his train of thought halfway through the unfolding drama, George had wandered into the kitchen to get a beer. When he comes back, Hazel is sitting in front of the now dark TV screen, crying. He asks her what's wrong, but she can only remember that something sad happened. George tells her it's best not to remember sad things. Then the noise goes off in his ear again, making him cringe in pain. Hazel remarks that that one sounded like a doozy. George tells her she can say that again. She does.