Exactly what the title says, folks.
By Ali Gordon (Actor/Writer/Comic)
The front door in to the television business is the “spec” script. A spec script is a sample episode for a TV series, almost always a current hit TV series. It’s a “spec” script because it’s written “on speculation,” that is, no one’s guaranteeing you anything for writing it. [via CraftyScreenwriting]
Dear Head of HBO programming,
Thank you so much for selecting me for the New Writers Outreach Program! I have enclosed two separate spec scripts so you can get a sense of my writing style and my adaptability. The first is a spec script for the comedy How I Met Your Mother, and the second is more in the style of HBO's programming: AMC's drama Breaking Bad. One note before you read: I have just recently relocated to LA and do not have access to the internet, so I haven't been able to research some of my more scientifically worded scenes and lines. However, I assure you, I already have a good grasp on how the world works, and none of my errors should seem too egregious! Enjoy!
BREAKING BAD SPEC SCRIPT
Open on a POV shot. Inside a toilet. Suddenly, the camera is covered in a strange, gross substance.
We zoom out to see WALTER WHITE is vomitting into the toilet.
He vomits up a bunch of tumors. The cancer is really bad.
WALTER stands slowly, trying to retain some dignity. He takes a deep breath but it all comes crashing down around him as someone pounds on the bathroom door.
SKYLER: Walter! Walter, open up!
WALTER walks to the door and lets her in.
WALTER: What do you want, Skyler?
SKYLER enters holding a frying pan, inside of which there are many pieces of paper soaking in oil.
SKYLER: Walt, I have been cooking our books all day. (she shakes the pan to show him) I am sweating out there trying to run a car wash, feed our baby, and cook our books so that no one finds out we've been laundering money! YOUR drug money!
WALTER: Don't you understand, Skyler? I'm doing it for our FAMILY.
SKYLER: I'm starting to think your secret drug business is a lot more trouble than its worth, Walt.
WALTER: I'm starting to think you shouldn't have slept with Ted Beneke!
SKYLER: How dare you, Walt! I've worked to right my wrongs, but I don't go around pointing fingers and blaming -
WALTER: No! I am the blamer! I am the one who points!
SKYLER: Okay, Walt, you win. Now, this laundered money isn't going to dry itself.
SKYLER starts hanging wet $100 bills from a clothes line hanging in their bathroom.
WALTER: Good job washing the finger prints off all that dirty drug money, Skyler.
SKYLER: Well, that's how laundering money works.
We cut to JESSE sititng alone in his apartment. He sighs, deeply bored. He looks around. Sees some DRUGS. He eats the drugs. He starts to get crazy high.
Suddenly, WALT barges in
JESSE: What the hell, Mr. White!?
WALT: Get up, Jesse! We have to cook.
JESSE: Yo, Mr. White. You can't just keep -
WALT: Jesse! Are you high on drugs right now!
JESSE: I dunno, Mr. White. Leave me alone.
WALT throws water in JESSE's face to snap him out of the drugs. WALT shakes JESSE hard.
WALT: JESSE! I won't ever say this outright but you are like a SON to me! And I NEED you in this drug operation! Now get it together, man!
JESSE: Nothing's been the same since Jane died.
WALT: Yeah, that was such a weird thing that couldn't have been avoided or prevented.
A long silence.
WALT: Well, let's get cooking.
SMASHCUT to WALT and JESSE cooking the meth. It's filmed really cool with lots of POV shots. WALT pours liquid meth into the METH MACHINE. It shakes a bunch and makes some weird noises. Then, solid meth comes out in perfect, blue crystals.
JESSE: Looks great, Mr. White!
WALT: Yes, it is great. It's 100% pure drugs!
Suddenly, GUS FRING knocks down the door of the meth lab with two HENCHMEN in tow.
GUS: Walt. I knew I'd find you here!
JESSE: Yo, Mr. White! It's Gus, from work!
WALT: Gus, you know our business together is over! I don't cook for anyone anymore.
GUS: We'll see about that, Walt.
The two HENCHMEN rush forward, but WALT takes the tray of crystalized meth and throws it in their faces. Some of it gets in their mouths and stuff, ya know, like it just flies in there.
The HENCHMEN stop dead in their tracks, totally zoned out. They are instantly addicted to all the drugs that are in meth.
HENCHMEN: Duhhh... more... meth! MORE METH!
GUS: Damn! I forgot your product is 100% pure meth! Any taste will get you irreversibly addicted!
WALT: That's right, Gus. And that's why they call me... Heisenberg. King of Meth.
WALT puts on his black porkpie hat. A shot of the sun hanging over the New Mexico mountains.
END OF EPISODE