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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