Read Steve Yockey’s Emmy-nominated Driver Script – Deadline
Nominated for Outstanding Comedy Series Along with Eight Other Emmys, HBO Max’s The stewardess stars Kaley Cuoco as Cassie Bowden, a flight attendant with a drinking problem. Cuoco is nominated for Outstanding Leading Actress in a Comedy Series for her role.
The pilot episode, titled “In Case of an Emergency,” was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series. The episodes feature Bowden as she wakes up in a hotel room in Thailand hung over and next to a dead body. Without any memory of the day before, she tries to piece together what happened.
Emmy-nominated screenwriter Steve Yockey answers a few questions about his work on the episode as part of It Starts on the Page of Deadline, a series featuring scripts from this year’s Emmy-nominated programs and the screenwriters who brought them to life. .
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What was the inspiration for the series?
Beyond Chris Bohjalian’s book, there’s a lot of Hitchcock in there. There was something electric about taking this messy, dark comedic woman with real issues and ditching her as Jimmy Stewart’s serious hero in a Hitchcock movie. I really like the friction it creates.
What is your favorite line from the script?
Towards the end of the episode in the hotel suite in Cassie’s head, Alex gets out of bed for the first time since her death. Cassie panics and says she didn’t know he could do this again. Alex replies: “I’m dead, I don’t miss my legs.”
What was the most difficult scene to write?
Probably that first phone call between Cassie and Annie. It’s right after that Cassie wakes up next to Alex’s corpse in Bangkok. This scene has to walk a fine line – especially since this is the first time anyone has joked after audiences just saw a man with his throat cut. Cassie’s suppressed panic and fear must balance with Annie’s tongue-in-cheek sarcasm. This whole hotel room footage basically says, “This is the kind of show you watch.”
How many rewrites has the script undergone?
As we worked to get everyone on board with some of the biggest swings we were taking, let’s say more than a few.
Click on the script below to read it.