Community colleges commercial
By Jason Wojciechowski on March 25, 2006 at 9:48 PM
I have a new favorite commercial:
Open on 911 operator, middle-aged African-American woman, in call center. Operator: Hello, 911. Cut to frail blond woman in nightgown sitting on her bed with the phone. Her husband, scrawny, dressed in boxers and a t-shirt, is looking out the window nervously holding a wooden tennis racket. Wife: Someone's trying to break into the house. Cut to closer shot on operator. Operator: Sorry, ma'am, our local community college had its budget cut, so we're a little short on police at the moment. Back to the bedroom, where the husband starts to move toward his wife. Wife: What? Back to the 911 center. Operator: Yeah, do you happen to have a rolling pin or a golf club? Back to the bedroom, where the husband is now standing in front of his wife, knees slightly bent, cradling the flimsy tennis racket. Wife: Uh, n-no. 911 center. Operator: Can you do any kicks or pressure holds? How 'bout jujitsu? Bedroom. Wife: Kujitsu? Looks up at husband, who gives a disbelieving, exasperated gasp. Blank screen with text: 83% of first responders. VO: Less support for higher education means fewer trained police. Fade-in below earlier text: are trained in community colleges. VO: [Reads text] Back to 911 center. Operator: Are you limber? Can you run? [End matter, website, more VO, etc.]
The commercial is absolutely made by the actors, particularly the 911 operator, whose delivery of the final line absolutely slays me.