The Snow Skit
by Rex Ungericht
Opening Scene: Downtown Chicago during a snowstorm. Camera shot is from the air. Camera moves down the street, then turns toward an office building window and moves inside. We see people at work. A guy with a cup of coffee in hand stops by another guy's desk.
First Guy: Just heard on the radio that the snow is gonna stop at about two feet.
Second Guy: That's good to hear. Shouldn't have any problems getting to the Bears game then. You going?
First Guy: Wouldn't miss it.
WIPE TO: Downtown Dallas during a mostly sunny winter day. Camera shot is from the air. Camera moves down the street, then turns toward an office building window and moves inside. We see people at work. A guy with a cup of coffee in hand is walking and glances out a window. He stops and his eyes widen. He rushes over to the window and stares out.
Shot looking out the window: We see a single snowflake slowly drifting down.
Shot from inside the office. The guy turns and faces inside.
Guy: A SNOWFLAAAAAAAAAAAKE!!!!!!
Everyone snaps to attention, eyes wide. Then in unison they jump up, shouting in panic. (This crowd shout of panic continues on through the next scenes.) They grab coats and hats and rush out.
Elevated shot from outside. People come pouring out of office buidings and jump into their cars and zoom off, driving crazily.
Shot of a grocery store parking lot. Thousands of cars converge and folks screech into parking spots and rush inside.
Shot inside grocery: People rushing through the aisles grabbing food, fighting with each other.
Grocery store parking lot: A couple comes running out of the store, bags in hand, jumps into their car and takes off. Camera follows them on a short harrowing drive to their house. They jump out of the car and run inside. Camera follows. Once inside, the crowd shout of panic stops. The woman turns on the TV.
Camera focuses on the TV screen. The show in progress is interrupted for a weather bulletin. The news desk comes on.
Anchorman: We interrupt your regular programming to bring you up-to-date coverage of the snowflake spotted downtown just an hour ago. For further detail, we go to meterologist Scott Sanders. Scott?
Scott: Well, Dan, we have confirmed that a snowflake did indeed fall in the downtown area at approximately 1:42 this afternoon. Based on National Weather Service projections, there is a definite chance of two to four snowflakes by morning. Therefore, we are declaring a winter weather emergency. If you are home, stay there. If you aren't home, we advise you to get home as quickly as possible. Be especially careful driving on those bridges and overpasses.
Man: Wow, we made it home just in time.
WIPE TO: the office in Chicago. The two guys are walking out of the office into the snowstorm. The snow on the ground is almost two feet high.
First Guy: See you tomorrow, Phil.
Second Guy: Have a good one.
They walk to their cars.