Tuesday, June 20, 2006

P*O*V first scene

Thanks much for your great response to POV. Here’s the first scene. It’s not your typical sitcom beginning. By the way, the first time we see a member of the MASH cast is on page 5. I can imagine the notes we'd get on this today.

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(NOTE: THIS ENTIRE EPISODE IS SUBJECTIVE CAMERA, AS SEEN THROUGH THE EYES OF PRIVATE BOBBY RICH.)

FADE IN

UNDER TITLES WE SEE:

EXT. KOREAN COUNTRYSIDE – DAY

PRIVATE BOBBY RICH is on patrol with his platoon. There are several Soldiers spread out in front of him. They are all walking very cautiously, on the lookout for trouble. Rich LOOKS FROM SIDE TO SIDE as he walks. (END TITLES). Up ahead, a SERGEANT turns to the Men.

SERGEANT
Spread out. Spread out. Ferguson, Rich – don’t sit on top of each other.

PRIVATE FERGUSON turns to Rich.

FERGUSON
If we were all in a phone booth he’d still tell us to spread out.

RICH
(o.s.) Take a couple of giant steps, Fergy.

Ferguson moves further ahead of Rich. The patrol continues until the shrill SOUND of incoming mortars is HEARD.

SERGEANT
Incoming! Hit the dirt!

An EXPLOSION up ahead. The line starts to scatter, people hitting the ground. Before Rich can find cover there’s another EXPLOSION to his left. Suddenly the ground is yanked out from under him, and he’s LYING ON his side, dazed and wounded. Another EXPLOSION goes off up ahead. (Intermittent EXPLOSIONS continue throughout course of SCENE.) SCREAMING and CONFUSION is HEARD as other Soldiers scramble for better cover. Rich is lying helpless when another SOLDIER crawls up to him and looks him over.

SOLDIER
Rick, Rich, you okay?

The Soldier TURNS Rich OVER ON his back to face him. He looks at Rich’s wound which is in the vicinity of his throat.

SOLDIER
(grimacing at Rich’s wound) Oh, God! (calling out) Medic! Medic!

Rich tries to say something. All he can manage is a low wheezing. The Soldier squeezes Rich’s hand.

SOLDIER
Don’t talk, Rich. You’re hit there. (calling out) Medic! Dammit, Medic! Easy, Rich, easy.

An EXPLOSION goes off nearby. The Soldier covers Rich with his body. MEDIC NUMBER ONE runs up to them.

SOLDIER
Where you been?

MEDIC NUMBER ONE
What’ve we got?

SOLDIER
He took some stuff in his neck. He’s bleeding.

MEDIC NUMBER ONE
(to Soldier) Okay, take it easy. (calling out) Litter! (to Rich) You’re gonna be all right, fella. We’ll get you out.

Medic Number One opens Rich’s first-aid pack, removes the pressure bandage, and starts to apply it to Rich’s throat. Rich TURNS his head AWAY.

MEDIC NUMBER ONE
Don’t fight me. I’m here to help you.

Rich TURNS his head BACK and SEES Medic Number One apply the pressure bandage to his throat. LITTER BEARER arrives. The litter is placed alongside him on the ground.

MEDIC NUMBER ONE
Let’s get him on. I’ll hold his head…okay move.

Rich feels himself being lifted, and put on the litter.

MEDIC NUMBER ONE
(to Rich) Things’ll bounce a bit so hold on…Good luck, fella. (to Soldier and Litter Bearer) Go!

Rich is LIFTED and carried off. The litter BOUNCES ALONG. As the sights and sounds of the battle pass by, Rich BLACKS OUT.

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I can also post the Potter scene later in the week if you don’t think I’m going to well once too often. Let me know.

11 comments:

Emily Blake said...

That's a hell of a way to start off an episode of a comedy. Good stuff.

Mary Stella said...

I can also post the Potter scene later in the week if you don’t think I’m going to well once too often. Let me know.

You aren't going to the well too often. This is fascinating.

Picture Bela Lugosi's giant head proclaiming: Pull thee streeng. Pull thee streeng. The story MUST be told.

(Had to work in a Glen or Glenda reference somewhere. *g*)

Anonymous said...

POTTER SCENE!! POTTER SCENE!!
POTTER SCENE PLEASE!!

Mark

CookinBlonde said...

I agree with everyone; more M*A*S*H!!

andrew said...

Good God, Ken, YOU CAN POST THE ENTIRE SCRIPT HERE AND I WOULDN'T COMPLAIN AND I BET I AM NOT THE ONLY WHO WILL FEEL TAHT WAY.

Do you know where we can get or buy a complilation of the MASH scripts? it would be great if there was one.

Beth Ciotta said...

More please. :)

Tom Dougherty said...

You could start a MASH blog and I still couldn't get enough.

Ger Apeldoorn said...

I'd love to see the Potter scene too. The comedy/drama balnce is so hard to do, but every time a show finds it, it immediately great.

branfordbob said...

Please...no more:
MASH...
Frazier...
Cheers...
baseball play-by-play stories...
radio stories...
and especially:
No more funny stuff!

BOB

Anonymous said...

This espisode was the finest TV I have ever seen.

Awesome.

Anonymous said...

POV was superior TV.

I have seen nothing that matches this episode.

Debbie Sacramento