Halt and Catch Fire script
Synopsis: Halt and Catch Fire is an American period drama television series created by Christopher Cantwell and Christopher C. Rogers, that premiered on AMC on June 1, 2014. The series is set in the Silicon Prairie of Texas, starting in 1983, and depicts a fictionalized insider's view of the personal computer revolution. The show's title refers to computer machine code instruction HCF, the execution of which would cause the computer's central processing unit to stop working ("catch fire" was a humorous exaggeration).

YOUNG BUCK:

(calling back)

HEY, WHATCHOO WANT?

A chubby YOUNG GIRL (same age) appears next to him, jostling

Clark as she squeezes in.

YOUNG GIRL:

(thick accent)

I dunno, gimme a beer or somethin’.

The young buck holds up two fingers for the bartender. Then

glances over at Clark. He has to talk over the music:

YOUNG BUCK:

You down an’ out, friend?

CLARK:

Guess you could say that.

4.

YOUNG GIRL:

(gross)

What’s wrong, sugar?

CLARK:

I hate my job.

YOUNG BUCK:

WHAT’S THAT?

CLARK:

I HATE MY JOB.

YOUNG BUCK:

Yeah? Whatchoo do?

Clark shakes his head, trying to return to his solitary beer.

YOUNG BUCK (CONT’D)

(to girl)

What’d he say?

YOUNG GIRL:

He didn’t say nothin’.

YOUNG BUCK:

(to Clark, louder)

Hey, whatchoo do?

CLARK:

I’m a systems programmer.

YOUNG BUCK:

What?

CLARK:

Computers.

YOUNG BUCK:

Oh man, that’s some future shit.

Lull in the conversation as the two youngins get their beers.

YOUNG BUCK (CONT’D)

So whatchoo sad about? Computers,

man, I tell you what. You gon’ make

some big ol’ money with that.

CLARK:

(turning to them more)

I’ll tell you what I’m sad about.

(MORE)

5.

CLARK (CONT'D)

I’m sad because right now I’d

rather be in Northern California

living the sweet life, as opposed

to sitting in some Hee Haw rerun.

(pause)

No offense. I’m having a bad night.

YOUNG GIRL:

California! Ain’t Reagan from

California? That’s one good thing

come out of the Left Coast.

CLARK:

Reagan? You know he opposed equal

rights for women, right? That’s

real enlightened.

(swigs beer, to girl)

You are a woman, aren’t you?

The young buck’s face drops, as does the girl’s. Clark takes

another gulp of beer as the buck steps toward him, ready.

YOUNG BUCK:

You wanna apologize to the lady?

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Christopher Cantwell

Christopher Cantwell is a writer and producer, known for Halt and Catch Fire (2014), The Prototype (2005) and Vicariously (2009). more…

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