Jewish American Princess: Opening Scene

December 4, 2018

COLD OPEN

 

INT. JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT TERMINAL 4 El Al Security line.

Abby is a 19-year-old girl with frizzy brown hair and of medium build. She does not know what to do with herself while she waits in line and nervously thumbs her hoodie.

THE SECURITY MAN IS A TALL CLOSELY SHAVED ISRAELI MAN IN A SUIT WITH A BLACK TIE.

 

ABBY

How's it going?

 

Security Man does not look up. He speaks with a thick and deep Israeli accent.

 

SECURITY MAN

Passport and boarding pass.

 

Abby is flustered and digs in her purse. Abby hands the Security Man her passport and boarding pass.

 

SECURITY MAN

You are going to Israel?

ABBY

Uh, yep.

SECURITY MAN

Who are you with?

ABBY

Oh, you know Birthright? You know the 10 day trip for young Jews.

SECURITY MAN

You are a Jew?

ABBY

Yeah, I mean I consider myself Jewish not necessarily a practicing, curly-side burned Jew.

 

Security Man looks up and starts to scribble Hebrew on small notepad visible to Abby. Abby gets nervous.

 

ABBY

That was confusing, sorry, I meant to say I am a cultural Jew. Do you get that or...?

SECURITY MAN

What rabbi presided over your bat mitzvah?

ABBY

I never had that.

SECURITY MAN

What holidays do you practice?

ABBY

You know, Hanukkah, Rosh Hashanah, the biggies.

SECURITY MAN

Tell me the Passover story.

ABBY

Passover? That's the one with the lambs, right?

 

Abby starts gesticulating wildly which gains the stares of people in line behind her.

 

ABBY

And there's Moses and the plagues and then the sea, right? I'm sorry it's been a while.

SECURITY MAN

Where are you staying in Israel?

ABBY

Again, I'm on Birthright so I think we're moving around? I know a few days in Jerusalem, a few in the desert. To be honest, I didn't really look to deep into the itinerary.

SECURITY MAN

Who is itinerary? Are you in communication with someone in Israel?

ABBY

No- I mean the schedule. I don't know anyone in Israel besides Gal Gadot but I don't really know her just admire her body -- of work.

SECURITY MAN

Ok. Wait here.

 

Security Man walks over to Security Manager.

Abby is visibly worried, she looks over to Rachel who is waiting in line behind and gives her a thumbs up.

 

RACHEL

It's probably nothing. I bet they're not even talking about you.

 

*Beat*

 

Security Man points to Abby and Security Manager nods her head. Security Manager hands Security Man and red  lip of paper with a large "S".

 

RACHEL

Maybe it's for "safe"

 

Security Man walks over to Abby.

 

SECURITY MAN

Put this on your bag. They will call you at the gate with the other suspicious people. Follow them into the back room. Next!

 

 

END OF COLD OPEN

 

 

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