Time for another Entirely Fictional Transcript of Conversation Happening in the Camp Writers Room during the story meeting for “CIT Overnight” (you can find last week’s EFTOCHITCWR here):
Writer 1: So, we’ve got the big CIT Overnight planned this week—
Writer 2: Wait, that’s in this episode?
Writer 1: You mean, is the CIT Overnight in the episode entitled “CIT Overnight?”
Writer 3: It’s a fair question!
Writer 1: Yes, it is. In the episode, I mean.
Writer 2: Okay, good. Just checking. So yeah, and we’ve got another part of our big love triangle with Rachel Griffiths, an obnoxious Brit, and her handyman that’s surely going to capture America’s interest instead of our far more interesting teenage characters, leading NBC to totally ignore the latter in favor of the former in almost all of its promos!
Writer 1: …that was oddly specific given that the show hasn’t aired yet, but yes, those are the two main stories we’re balancing, but we do have one problem. We want to be able to pit Little Otter against Ridgefield in the Camp Olympics, but we haven’t set up the Camp Olympics, and Sarah’s over at Ridgefield.
Writer 3: What if we have someone casually drop the Camp Olympics into a conversation? It’s called foreshadowing, I read about it one time.
Writer 2: Yeah, and Sarah can randomly run into a former swimming rival who befriends her, shares her secret with everyone, and starts a major fight that gets her fired so she has to come back to Little Otter!
Writer 1: That’s a little coincidental, but we’ve only got ten episodes so it’s not a bad solution to our problem. Although, how are we going to make Robbie okay with her coming back to Little Otter?
Writer 4: What about if Robbie runs into European tourists on his day off who take him to a waterfall, skinny dip, take some mushrooms, and then invite him into their tent?
Writer 3: Oooooh!
Writer 2: It’s brilliant!
Writer 1: Um, have you been here the whole time? I don’t remember you contributing before.
Writer 4: I was, er, working on another project. They just brought me in to help finish out the season.
Writer 1: Oh? What were you working on?
Writer 4: …do you get Cinemax?
Writer 1: No.
Writer 4: Then you wouldn’t be familiar.
Writer 2: I love this idea! And then what if we work in a line like “Aren’t you going to come?”
Writer 3: Ha ha ha…wait, I don’t get it.
Writer 1: This sounds a little random. Who are these hikers? Is Robbie just spiritually awakened by this random threesome—
Writer 4: Who said there were only two tourists?
Writer 1: …awakened by this “rendezvous” in the middle of the woods and loses his burdens and is ready to face law school and his fractured relationship with Sarah?
Writer 4: That’s all the logic I’ve ever needed.
Writer 3: What’s logic?
Writer 1: Even ignoring the hypersexualization of it all—
Writer 3: Ooooh, big word.
Writer 1: —It just sounds more…philosophical than our show has been to this point, I’m not sure how we can reconci—
Writer 2: Wait! What if we also have MacKenzie speak briefly to an older visitor to Little Otter who suddenly dies and she gets all deep about what life means and then there’s a scene where she’s sitting by the side of the road with his corpse sitting in a chair under a blanket and having a mental breakdown!
Writer 4: Would we classify her as a hitchhiker in this situation? Because I can work with Rachel Griffiths as a hitchhiker.