Table 5.2: The New Adventures of Old Christine Scene Découpage

A The New Adventures of Old Christine episode, "Ritchie Scores" (8 January 2007), that contains 29 shots, with an average shot length of 3.66 seconds and a median shot length of 2 seconds. The setting is Christine's living room.

Shot Number, Scale & Length Figure Sound
1
long shot
6 secs.
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Figure 5.26
Music starts and stops before dialogue.
Christine: Hey, guys.
Matthew: Hey.
Christine: Ritchie, weren't you supposed to have a playdate with the girls.
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Figure 5.27
 
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Figure 5.28
 
2
medium shot
1 sec.
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Figure 5.29
Ritchie: I did.

3
medium shot
2 secs.

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Figure 5.30
Christine: Well, what happened?

4
medium shot
1 sec.

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Figure 5.31
Matthew: Do you want to tell them what happened?
5
medium shot
1 sec.
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Figure 5.32
Ritchie: No, thank you.
6
medium shot
6 secs.
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Figure 5.33
Matthew: I was talking to Dad, trying to figure out when the best time to call Mom, when she wouldn't be in a bad mood.
7
medium shot
2 secs.
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Figure 5.34
Christine: Oh, yeah? What time did you come up with?
8
medium shot
1 sec.
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Figure 5.35
 
9
long shot
5 secs.
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Figure 5.36
Matthew: Anyway. I left the kids playing...
10
medium shot
2 secs.
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Figure 5.37
Matthew: ...in Ritchie's room while I was on the phone. And when I came back I caught him.
11
medium shot
1 sec.
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Figure 5.38
 
12
medium shot
2 secs.
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Figure 5.39
Richard: What were you doing?
13
medium shot
2 secs.
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Figure 5.40
Ritchie: I was just playing house with my friends.
14
medium shot
1 sec.
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Figure 5.41
 
15
medium shot
1 sec.
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Figure 5.42
Matthew: And...?
16
medium shot
2 secs.
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Figure 5.43
Ritchie: And I was the husband. So I kissed them.
17
medium shot
8 secs.
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Figure 5.44
Christine: Ritchie!
Richard: All three of them?
18
long shot
10 secs.
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Figure 5.45
Christine: [pauses for laughter] Ritchie, those girls are your friends. And you don't kiss your friends. You don't.
19
medium shot
3 secs.
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Figure 5.46
Christine: No matter how much you want to. You don't.
20
medium shot
1 sec.
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Figure 5.47
 
21
medium shot
2 secs.
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Figure 5.48
Christine: Alright, listen...
22
long shot
9 secs.
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Figure 5.49

Christine: ...go upstairs and get going on your homework and I'll be right there.
Richard: Don't feel bad. It's just nature.

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Figure 5.50
 
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Figure 5.51
 
23
medium shot
5 secs.
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Figure 5.52
Christine: No, I don't accepts that. Listen, Matthew, you have friends that are girls, right?
24
medium shot
less than 1 sec.
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Figure 5.53
Matthew: Sure.
25
medium shot
1 sec.
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Figure 5.54
Richard: That you haven't slept with?
26
medium shot
7 secs.
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Figure 5.55
Matthew: Oh, no. One! Oh, no. No.
27
long shot
8 secs.
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Figure 5.56
[Children's screams are heard from off-stage]
Christine: What, the girls are still here? You didn't send them home?
28
medium shot
5 secs.
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Figure 5.57
Matthew: I didn't know what to do. They're bossy. They called me super dork. So I just grabbed Ritchie and ran.
29
long shot
11 secs.
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Figure 5.58
Christine: Ritchie! Ritchie!
Richard: Man, all three.
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Figure 5.59
 
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Figure 5.60
 
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Figure 5.61
 
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Figure 5.62
 
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Figure 5.63
 
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Figure 5.64
 

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