The Prank Opener

No matter the gag, a prank-based Cold Opening can be a vehicle for instant conflict, drama, and anticipation. Check out this rapid-fire opener from Brooklyn Nine-Nine's S6E17 "Sicko" . Here, writers successfully play off of an absurdly mundane premise and successfully spin their 45-second quickie into a playfully transfixing intro.


00:02


JACOB

Guys





00:03


JACOB (cont'd)

I have a great idea for a prank.





00:04


JACOB (cont'd)

Before Holt comes in, I'm gonna put ink on the podium where he puts his hands.




00:07


TERRY

I don't think he'll fall for that.





00:09


HITCHCOCK

I did!


JACOB

How?


00:10


JACOB (cont'd)

I haven't even opened

this yet.




00:10

HITCHCOCK

I guess it's unrelated.




00:11








00:13


ROSA

Captain Holt hates pranks.

This is gonna backfire, man.


JACOB

Ugh, fine,

00:14


JACOB (cont'd)

I'll tone it. down.

I'll move his podium

a foot to the left.



00:18


AMY

What! He'll be so angry.





00:19


JACOB

Okay, five inches.





00:20


AMY Five?





00:20


JACOB

Three.





00:21


AMY

Three?!





00:21


JACOB

One?!



00:21


AMY

One?!!





00:22


JACOB All right.

I'll move it. a half inch.




00:23


AMY

Fine.

It's your funeral.




00:25


JACOB

Oh my god





00:27


JACOB (off-screen)

Worst prank ever.

So stupid.




00:28


JACOB (cont'd)

Holt's not even

going to notice.




00:30


HOLT (off-screen)

Good morning.





00:31








00:33








00:34


HOLT (off-screen)

You guys,






00:36


HOLT

the podium, it's






00:38









00:39


HOLT

Ha.

[chuckles]





00:42


HOLT

[laughter intensifies]






00:44


HOLT [riotous laughter]






00:46


HOLT [riotous laughter]







00:47


HOLT

[shouting]

You're crazy!

How did you pull this off?




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