College Season 1 Episode 1: Freshmen


COLLEGE

S1 EP 1

FRESHMEN

WRITTEN BY WILLIAM FRY

Open in a college dorm. Our character ANDREW who is white and dressed in a red t-shirt and jeans stands alone in the middle of his dorm room. He looks around and then looks at his boxes. He rolls his sleeves up and starts grabbing stuff out of the boxes. He starts putting up posters and setting up his desk.

ANDREW VOICEOVER
My name is Andrew Evans and as you can probably guess, I’m a freshman in college. I graduated high school with three As and two Bs, so you could say I’m a pretty decent student. I’m majoring in business. Why? Well to tell you the truth, I don’t really know what I want to do. I considered being a doctor but they’re in school for like a thousand years. Also, I’m good with just watching Grey’s Anatomy, not living it. People say college is a time to reinvent oneself. A clean slate. An opportunity to escape whatever reputation you had in high school. For me...that’s a good thing.

Flashback of Andrew in high school walking down the hall. The fly of his shorts is down. He does not know and people are whispering and laughing. He looks around at the people laughing at him confused. He looks down and realizes his fly is down. He zips it and runs off clearly embarrassed.

Cut back to the dorm. As Andrew hangs up a poster, his roommate EDISON walks in carrying a box and a backpack. Edison is hispanic, wearing a blue shirt and jeans.

EDISON
Is this 305?

ANDREW
Yeah.

ANDREW VOICEOVER
That’s my roommate Edison. He’s what you would call a ladies man. Well that’s the PG-13 rated description of him. He’s also a business major. His dream is to invent one big thing that will earn him enough money for the rest of his life.

EDISON
I’m Edison. You must be Andrew.

ANDREW
Yeah. Nice to meet you dude.

Edison sets his box on his bed.

Andrew and Edison shake hands.

EDISON
Right back at you.

They stand in awkward silence.

EDISON
I feel like we're gonna be good friends.

Andrew laughs.

EDISON
You going to the party tonight?

ANDREW
What party?

EDISON
Sigma Phi Alpha’s throwing a welcome party for all freshmen.

ANDREW
I have to unpack and get ready for tomorrow-


EDISON
Dude this is the chance to put yourself out there. With the cool guys, the jocks, and the professors who try really hard to be like us by attending parties. Also, you know who’s gonna be at the party?

ANDREW
Who?

EDISON
Freshmen girls who have just broken up with their high school boyfriends.

Before Andrew can respond, Sarah appears at their doorway. She is white dressed in a white tank top and shorts. Her blonde hair is down. Andrew and Edison stare at her.

SARAH
Hey, y’all know where the dining hall is?

Andrew and Edison don’t answer.

SARAH
Hello?

ANDREW VOICEOVER
Man she’s beautiful. I should ask her out. What better way to start college than with a college girlfriend.

ANDREW
The student union.

SARAH
Thanks. I’m Sarah by the way.

ANDREW
Andrew.

EDISON
Edison.


SARAH
Cool.

Sarah enters the room.

SARAH
So what’s your major?

ANDREW
Business. You?

SARAH
Nursing.

ANDREW
Cool.

SARAH
So what are y'all talking about?

EDISON
I'm trying to convince Andrew to go the welcome party that Sigma Phi Alpha is throwing but he has to “unpack.”

SARAH
Ooh can I go with y’all? My roommate’s going with her boyfriend and you two are actually the closest things to friends I have here.

EDISON
Well that depends if we're going.

ANDREW
Yes. Yes we are.

SARAH
Awesome.

Cut to the outside of the Sigma Phi Alpha House. It is surrounded by cops.

EDISON
(To a frat guy)
What happened?

FRAT GUY
Some freshmen reported us to campus police.

The frat guy leaves.

EDISON
Dammit! Tonight was suppose to be fun! Before the next four boring years of our lives start.

SARAH
Sorry guys.

Andrew looks at Sarah.

ANDREW
We can eat at the student union.

SARAH
Sounds great.

EDISON
Fine. Whatever.

They begin walking towards the union.

FRAT GUY
Hey everyone! The party’s back on at Kappa Alpha Si!.

EDISON
Hell yes! See yeah!

Edison runs off.


Cut to Andrew and Sarah sitting in the student union. Each of them has a tray of food.

SARAH
So why business?

ANDREW
I don't know. It just seemed like something easy. Something basic. Why nursing?

SARAH
I want to help people.

ANDREW
That's a better reason than mine.

Sarah Laughs.

ANDREW VOICEOVER
Ask her out. She's totally into you.

Andrew opens his mouth and hesitates.

ANDREW
Who knew college food could taste so good, right?

Andrew and Sarah Laugh.

ANDREW VOICEOVER
Not now. But soon.

THE NEXT DAY - MORNING

INT. DORM - DAY

Andrew is in bed. He wakes up and stretches.

ANDREW VOICEOVER
Ahhhhh first day of classes. Time to kick this year off to a great start... OH MY GOSH I SLEPT THROUGH MY ALARM!

Andrew jumps out of bed, throws on some clothes, stuffs his backpack, and runs out of his dorm.

Andrew runs across campus dodging multiple obstacles. He runs down the halls of a building and enters a classroom. He looks at his watch with one minute to spare.


INT. HISTORY CLASSROOM - DAY

Most of the seats are taken. Andrew sees that a seat by Sarah is free. He walks over to her.

ANDREW
Hey.

SARAH
Hey.

Andrew sits down.

SARAH
What happened to you?

ANDREW
I slept through my alarm. I had to run.

SARAH
Oh.

The classroom door slams open. PROFESSOR SIMMONS walks in and sets his briefcase on the teacher’s desk. He looks at the students with a stern uncaring look.

PROFESSOR SIMMONS
My name is Professor Simmons. This is U.S. History. Open your books and read chapter one.

Professor Simmons sits at the teacher’s desk and starts reading a mystery novel. The students in the class look at each other confused.

ANDREW
Ummm Professor.

PROFESSOR SIMMONS
Yes freshman?

ANDREW
Aren’t you gonna lecture us.

PROFESSOR SIMMONS
You want me to lecture you? Ok I’ll lecture you.

Professor Simmons stands up.

PROFESSOR SIMMONS
You are all taking this class because you have to not because you want to but because the state says so. For half of you, this class probably doesn’t even apply to your major. Also, this is my last semester before I get to retire and spend the rest of my days reading John Grisham. So here’s how this class is gonna work. All you have to do is read the chapter. I won’t give you quizzes, tests, or homework. If you finish the chapter then guess what… you get a study hall. How’s that for a lecture?

Professor Simmons sits down and continues reading his book.

ANDREW VOICEOVER
It’s gonna be a long semester.

END.




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