1×01 – “Pilot”
By: Jessica Boggs
Cast of Characters:
Jack – Charismatic college graduate and burgeoning writer, age 23. Recently moved from Kentucky to Beverly Hills to pursue a writing career in show-business.
Noah – Analytical to the tee, a college graduate from Seattle, age 22. Recently moved to Beverly Hills, in the same apartment Jack is in.
Jill – An accomplished award-winning writer and no-nonsense neighbor of Jack and Noah’s. Age 25.
Mike – A writer with connections to the Buzz network, recent college graduate, MFA student, Jack and Noah’s outlandishly competitive neighbor, age 24.
Will – College senior studying television writing, another one of Jack and Noah’s neighbors, age 23.
Mark – A writer who often keeps to himself, one of Jack and Noah’s neighbors, age 23.
EXT. APARTMENT COMPLEX – DAY
Jack, fresh from entering Beverly Hills, California, couldn’t believe his eyes. His first apartment after college is somewhat ancient and may as well close for repairs every once in a while.
Jack: Oh well, it’s a start.
INT. APARTMENT DESK – CONTINUOUS
Noah sits on his desk writing, contemplating life.
Noah: This is a welcome change to Seattle. I was tired of getting rained on all the time. Now it’s sunny almost all the time. Perfect! And I get to meet my roommate today. That is doubly exciting. It’s someone I know from a ratings site I used to contribute to.
All of a sudden, he hears a knock on the door.
INT. APARTMENT LIVING ROOM – CONTINUOUS
Noah then answers the door to reveal Jack. Noah is in shock. Jack is somewhat familiar, but he does not look as he seems. On Jack’s profile picture, he does not wear glasses. He wears glasses in real life.
Jack: Hi, I’m Jack. Nice to meet you.
Noah: Hi, I’m Noah. You look eerily familiar.
Jack: Oh, didn’t we use to write for Guide for TV Ratings?
Noah: Oh yeah. We did. But your profile picture is clearly not the same as the person standing in front of me at the moment.
Jack: Well. I happen to wear glasses because I can barely see.
The power goes out.
Noah: S***! No internet.
Jack: This apartment is not what I’m expecting.
Noah: I know. It sucks.
Jack: Not only that, it looks unkempt.
Noah: That’s the only apartment we both can afford.
Some random neighbors from across the hall overhear the conversation and decide to enter the scene.
Jill: I hear you!
Jack (puzzled): Who are you?
Jill: I’m Jill. One of your new neighbors.
Will: I’m Will. Another one of your new neighbors.
Mike: I’m Mike. Another new neighbor.
Mark: And I’m Mark. I keep to myself a lot.
Noah: They are all college-aged writers. I’m sure we’ll get along just fine.
Jack: I hope so.
Noah: Well, we must get to work, shall we?
Jill: Not so fast.
Jack pauses suddenly, as if he is a ghost.
Jill: Why don’t we have an impromptu house party, so we can introduce ourselves.
Noah: Well, I am Noah, and this is Jack. Jack and I used to write on a ratings site long ago.
Mike: What brings you here to Beverly Hills?
Jack: We’re looking for writing work on television.
Mark: Say what?
Jack: Television writing work. Working on pitches and stuff.
Mike: Well, my friend’s dad works on the Buzz Network as an executive. Buzz is always looking for pitches.
Noah: We’ll keep that in mind.
Jill: And there are always writing contests that you can enter in order to win prizes.
Will: But first, we all need to find day jobs.
Jack: Something on our list. But what if we make it big?
Noah: That will be a while before that happens.
While the neighbors talk about projects, we end this episode right here. On next week’s episode of Writer’s Block, the work begins.