Presto Pest-Go – Scene 5

This scene is part of a pilot episode for a sitcom that I wrote as part of my Masters. See past days to catch up on the rest of the episode.

INT. FELIX’S OFFICE – DAY

Felix sits at his desk, Prabir in a chair opposite him. The desk is a makeshift thing made from an old door and the room is completely cluttered with bits and pieces of anything and everything. Felix holds out his hands.

FELIX
So what do you think? Take it all in. It must be very exciting for you.

PRABIR
Oh yeah, it’s, it’s great. I mean the people seem…nice, and all the equipment and everything, I just can’t wait to get started!

FELIX
I like you, Probaleer, you remind me of me. We’re both immigrants to this country trying to live the dream. You’re first generation, I’m second. We’re both ready to work hard and show people that even though we have different customs and foods that that’s no reason to judge us. Although I can’t stand your food. You’ve got all those cows you love so much but no cheese?

PRABIR
We actually do have cheese sir, we call it paneer.

FELIX
You’re named after cheese?

PRABIR
Ahh no sir, it’s called panner, my name is Prabir, should I write it down for you or something?

FELIX
Why would I need that? Anyway panner, I see myself inside you. Now I’m not a university man like you, my education came from the streets…and high school and TAFE. Will your studying get in the way of work?

PRABIR
No it should be fine sir, I’m doing part time study and some of my subjects can be done online. It’s amazing what you can do with the internet, there’s probably even a website now where you can learn your street smarts.

Prabir laughs nervously at his joke while Felix stares at him for a beat.

FELIX
That is a brilliant idea.

Felix makes a note on a piece of paper.

FELIX (CONT’D)
I like you Procteen, you’re clearly smart, you call me sir, which I love, and I think you’re going to be a good fit here.

PRABIR
I will sir, and I know I have to start at the bottom, I’m happy to be on the computers and do data entry or whatever you need, but I’m willing to work very hard for you or my name isn’t Prabir! Which it is, Prabir.

Prabir says his name slowly, sounding it out.

FELIX
You know what? I’m going to do you a favour. Normally you’s start with all that paper pushing stuff but I’m a business man, I know a good thing when I see it. I’m going to put you out on an extermination job today. What do you think of that?

Prabir looks horrified.

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