That Doesn't Even Make Sense [cold open for MONEY episode]

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INT. LIVING ROOM. DISTANT FUTURE.

HELIX and RION are sitting at a table, studying and eating junk food.  

Their surroundings clearly indicate that this is the future. Everything is beyond modern. But they are teenagers, so it’s still a total mess.


RION

It was just paper?

 

HELIX

Yeah.

 

RION

I don’t get it.

 

HELIX

What?

 

RION

Didn’t it get ripped all the time?

 

HELIX

No, it was like—strong paper.

 

RION

Paper is so easy to rip though.

 

HELIX

Maybe it was cloth.

 

RION

You just said it was paper.

 

HELIX

It was some kind of paper made of thread.

 

RION

But what if it got wet? Paper just like, dissolves.

 

HELIX

IT WAS REALLY STRONG PAPER.

 

RION

But that doesn’t—

 

HELIX

Whatever! The point is, that’s what people used to buy shit.

 

RION

How would you know how much paper to hand over to get something?

 

HELIX

It had numbers printed on it.

 

RION

That seems stupid. Couldn’t you just like, change the numbers?

 

HELIX

No way. (beat) Actually, maybe. (beat)I don’t know.

 

RION

That’s so stupid. There is no way money was just paper. There must’ve at least been a microchip in it or something.

 

HELIX

No, that’s what I’m telling you. It was just paper.

 

RION

How did society even function? If you could get anything for paper, how did that even work? How would you prove it’s your paper?

 

HELIX

I think people –

 

RION

Couldn’t someone just like, take it out of your hand? And now it’s their paper? Were people running around killing each other for pieces of paper?

 

HELIX

They totally were! And there were these things called banks—like not a banking company, but like, a physical place called a ‘bank’ with safes and locks that held the money.

 

RION

You’re telling me there were buildings, actually buildings, just full of paper? That people guarded with guns and locks?

 

HELIX

Yes.

 

RION

Bullshit.

 

HELIX

I’m serious.

 

RION

Shit. (beat) I need to go to history class more.

Created: Aug 16, 2013

Tags: cold open, hitrecord on tv, money, script, hrtv, concept

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