Status: Available 

Sally And Norma: Self Defense

Category: TV Pilot (Half-hour) 

Genre: Crime, Comedy 

After capably thwarting a couple would-be thieves, two aging women, reprimanded by their loved ones for taking matters into their own hands and threatened with a retirement home, resolve to battle for their own independence and finish the reforms the 60s & 70s failed to accomplish.

Pitch Deck

Nominated for Best Short
Quarter Finalist
Scored an 8

 Pilot for 1 hour long series

When a late night stranger tries to slice his way into a rural country farmhouse, elderly friends NORMA GARCIA and SALLY MAE PATTERSON take action. Sally Mae shoots him with her 12 gauge pump shotgun.

Norma’s grandson DEPUTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY JAMES GARCIA, a heart throb 30s, and Sally Mae’s daughter, Private Investigator LINDA LOU CALLOWAY, 40s, are furious and discuss the possibility of Sally and Norma moving in together where they can keep an eye on them.

Later, back home in the bad part of town, Norma stands up against a teenage thug with bear spray and a sack of flour. The boy want to press charges. Down at the station DETECTIVE SOLOMON “Sol” de la PENA, 40s to 50s, and Linda’s boss LESLIE LEE SINGLETON, Trans F 40s, review the YouTube evidence.

Sally shows up claiming she heard about it on the news and if Norma’s going to jail, she’s going with her. James and Sally get into an argument. Sally takes a swing at James. Sol attempts to hold Sally back, but Norma sticks out her foot. A snap is heard as Sol tumbles in pain, breaking his arm.

Feeling empowered, Sally and Norma wait the night in jail. Norma’s never been in jail before and thinks the new adventure rather exciting. 

Meanwhile James and Linda try to convince Linda’s daughter KATY CALLOWAY,  a martial arts expert in a dress who idolizes her grandmother that she and OBADIAH ZABIELSKI, 40s-60s, a taciturn fried former motorcycle gang drug user who lives in Norma’s garage, are the ones to convince Sally and Norma that it’s time to retire to a home.  Katy swears she didn’t teach her Grandma Sally and Ms. Norma any martial arts moves.  We don’t believe her.

Inspired by the exciting lives of their children, encouraged by Katy and Leslie, protected by Obadiah, and given surreptitious assignments by Detective Solomon, these ladies come to stand as a questionable force against a corrupt society. Roaming the countryside in Sally’s old Packard – they take on rudeness, theft, corruption and… Sometimes the ladies get it right, and other times… Well let’s just say, it doesn’t always turn out the way they intended.

Series Logline

After capably thwarting a couple would-be thieves, two aging women,
reprimanded by their loved ones for taking matters into their own hands and threatened with a retirement home, resolve to battle for their own independence and finish the reforms the 60s & 70s failed to accomplish.

Interested in reading the script? Please contact Suzanne@SuzanneBirrell.com