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Cop Out

Storyboard by: Kevin Kaliher

Art Direction: Don Shank

Directed by: Robert Alvarez and Craig McCracken


(Opening shot: the city skyline during the day.)

Narrator: The City of Townsville! Loves its police force. (Camera zooms out to reveal inside the office of Townsville Police Department, then shift to the right showing policemen and policewomen working and zoom in to reveal the open box of doughnuts on the desk) A group of hard-working men and woman, doing their best to keep Townsville safe. (A policeman takes one of his old-fashion glazed from the box, then scene changes to side view of a policeman who's wearing sunglasses and has a white mustache. He opens his mouth as he puts his donut in front of his face. He bites and chews it very loudly as the camera zooms out to reveal the policeman is very fat) Except for this guy.

Narrator: (Inside the Doughnut shop, the same fat policeman points to each donuts) Officer Mike Brikowski, the worst cop on the force. (A woman screams as she points at and two policemen chasing after the unseen thief, then she looks at Mike and glares at him for just standing there and doing nothing but eating his doughnut) He makes no effort to fight crime. (A boy wants Mike to help to get the boy's cat down from a  tree, but Mike is still eating) Or help the citizens of Townsville. (Three men try to lift a police car over, and he is shown cheerfully watching while still holding his doughnut) He'd rather let his fellow officers do all the work. (Each of three scenes depict him exiting a different doughnut shop) He likes things easy. (Now while his partner, Miguel Perez, drives the police car, Mike silently moves his mouth) Enjoy your ride when it lasts, Officer Brikowski. (He takes a bite of his doughnut and the car passes. Now, back in the car, Mike is napping and snoring, while Perez is reading the newspaper at the wheel). ... 'cause you're in for a rude awakening.

(A ring is heard. It is revealed that they had been parked near a bank all along).

Dispatcher: Car 11, come in.

(Perez looks in surprise out the window and runs toward the bank. He slams up, back first, against the wall with his gun drawn and at the ready).

Perez: Ready, partner? (No answer). Mike?! (Mike is still napping and snoring in the car). Aw, man. (He lowers his gun and takes out his walkie-talkie to speak into it). This is Perez! (While Mike is still shown napping in the car). I'm responding to a 2-11 here at Townsville National! Perpetrator is armed! (We see a gun aimed at two men in the bank ducking and covering). Well armed! (The suspect sees Perez and fires at the window towards Perez, shattering the bank window while Perez takes cover again) I need some backup man!

Dispatcher: Roger that, Car 11, backup is on it's way.

(No sooner does the dispatcher finish replying to Perez's call for help, sirens fill the air as backup responds immediately. Shot focus at Mike Brikowski sleeping in his car again. Three police cars come stopping close by. The camera shot shifts to an overhead view of the bank and 6 police cars are seen approaching and surrounding the bank. The area is quickly cordoned off with crime scene tape as officers take position behind their cruisers for protection, joined by several officers in SWAT gear. The Chief of Police then comes forward with a bullhorn to address the suspect. As he does, cut to and pan across a scene of several regular and SWAT officers taking aim from cover behind their cruisers.)

Chief of Police: (shouting) This is the Townsville Police Department! You are surrounded! Drop your weapon and come out with your hands up.

(The Chief then hears Brikowski mumbling in his sleep and turns his attention to Mike and Perez's cruiser. The shot focuses on Mike Brikowski. The Chief of Police comes up next the police car window, shouting with his bullhorn.)

Mike Brikowski: (sleep talking/mumbling) Oh, you gotta beat that... I need more exercise.

Chief of Police: Brikowski, Brikowski! Get your fat butt up man! We have a situation here and you're just sitting around... (he is interrupted by the police radio) (incomprehensible shouting)

Dispatcher: Stand by, stand by. We have word from the Mayor's office. The Powerpuff Girls are on their way.

(The Powerpuff Girls come flashing by very fast, drawing the Chief's attention. They enter the broken bank window and you hear the sounds of beating).

Chief of Police: Huh?

Perez: Yeah!

(The perpetrator comes flying out of the broken window, landing at Perez' feet. The camera turns to put the window in full view as the girls come floating through and Perez points his gun at the criminal's head).

Perez: Freeze, buster!

(A brief flash of light and the sound of a camera shutter gives the four heroics cause to smile at the viewer before news men and photographers back away OC, camera now showing a head-on view of Mike's car as he sleeps away. Buttercup flies onscreen as she speaks, her sisters behind her).

Buttercup: Enough pictures!

Blossom: How'd you guys get here so fast anyway?

(As the girls continue to fly stage left until OC, they too are replaced by a female reporter and the Chief of Police).

Reporter: Hey Chief! Was it a tough fight today?

Chief of Police: Not at all, thanks to those Powerpuff Girls.

(They too walk OS stage left. Mike continues to mumble in his sleep as behind him a news truck drives away, followed by the bank robber being carried overhead by another officer and thrown unceremoniously into the back of a police van. This van too speeds from the scene of the crime. Perez gets into the driver's seat of his own car and starts driving, heading back on patrol, looking concerned as Mike continues to snore and mumble. A car horn sounds off and Mike suddenly shoots upwards).

Mike Brikowski: Huh-wha, huh?

Perez: Hey, partner, you missed it! There was a-a robbery, and the Powerpuff Girls-

Mike Brikowski: (He snorts, grunts and scratches his nose with the side of his finger). Huh? Powerpuff girls? Hey, lemme tell you something, Perez! Those girls are lousy good for nothings! (Perez heaves a sigh). They're always taking work away from good cops! D'ere nothing but little jerks! (The car passes under a train track as he speaks, a train roaring overhead). Ooh! (He points at something OC and Perez sighs as he turns on the red-and-blue and hits the siren as they drive off-camera.)

Perez: I know.

(The camera switches to an interior shot of a doughnut shop, standing at the end of a conveyeur belt as a fresh doughnut makes its way towards us. Four serving ladies stand behind the conveyeur belt, at the shop counter, behind which many customers stand awaiting service. )

Mike Brikowski: First hot doughnut of the day!

(A manicured hand reaches into view and picks said doughnut off the belt, lifting it into the air and showing the blonde-haired, blue-eyed woman on the other end of that hand).

Mike: (Voice over) You know, I'm up for promotion any day now. (The exterior of the doughnut shop is shown. The waitress leans out of a service window as Mike continues over). But those girls keep stealing my spotlight! But today's my day, Perez. (Close up of the passenger side window as it approaches the drive-thru. He holds out his hand and takes the now chocolate-glazed doughnut. The waitress waves goodbye to the car and the scene changes to the police station exterior).

(Poice station interior. Brikowski is shown at his desk, inhaling the sweet scent of his prize for a day's hard sleeping. A phone rings in the bg).

Mike: Oooh, they're good when they're hot.

Chief of Police: (Shouting from OC) Brikowski!

(The cop out cop turns to the source of the voice with a dismayed look.)

Chief of Police: My office, now.

(Mike happily jumps up and wanders through a crowd of disgruntled co-workers, still holding his precious doughnut out before himself).

Mike: Yup! Promotion time! (As he enters the chief's office) Hey man.

Cheif of Police: Don't "man" me, sit down. (He gestures to a seat.)

Mike: So what's up, Chief?

Chief of Police: You're fired, Brikowski. 

(Our cop-out cop reacts in much the same way we'd expect, with dismayed horror. The screen goes brown before opening back out to the office in slats-we are watching the scene through the office blinds).

Chief of Police: I want you out of here immediately.

(Brikowski breaks out in a smile and laughs heartily).

Mike: Oh Chief, you crack me up!

(The Chief then loses his cool, slamming his fists on the desk and looming into Mike's face).

Chief of Police: THIS IS NO JOKE, BRIKOWSKI!!! (He jabs a finger in the ex-copper's face as he continues his rant over). YOU ARE THE WORST, MOST INCOMPETENT OFFICER I HAVE EVER KNOWN!!! (calming down, sitting back down in his chair) Now hand over your badge.

Mike: You...want my badge?

Chief of Police: Did I stutter? Now hand it over.

(Over the previous, the camera focusses on the speaker. Now, it hovers over the desk as Mike's hand comes into view, his badge sitting snugly in his palm. The Chief takes it as he continues over. The same is then repeated with the other items the chief lists.)

Chief of Police: Good. Now your sunglasses.

(Brikowski also hands over a red pistol, but the Chief's hand waves it away.)

Chief of Police: No, no, you can keep that. Little souvenir for ya. That doughnut's lookin' good though. Aww yeah.

(The camera returns to focussing on the speaker. As Mike speaks, the camera zooms in and the Chief brings the doughnut to his face and out of view.)

Mike: Hey, I know what this is really about. It's those Powepuff girls' fault. They do all the work and now you gotta make cutbacks, so you're laying out good old Brikowski! Well I think that stinks!

(He casts his gaze to his right, and we follow to see a photo of the Chief with the Powerpuff Girls. The caption reads 'SWEARING IN 1999/9', indicating the Girls were present for the Chief's inauguration to his current rank in the force. Mike's hand comes into view, punching the picture and shattering the glass, making the frame fall to the ground. He is heard charging off and we see the door slam before the Chief leans into view.)

Chief of Police: Son of a gun.

(We are now outside a block of flats. It is night time. The sound of sirens and dogs barking can be heard in the background. We zoom into the upper floors before it cuts inside, showing a grotty flat with stains on the ceilings. Various pieces of furniture have evidence tags on them and a game console controller sits on the floor before a large recliner. The slovenly figure of Brikowski is slumped on said recliner, in filthy vest and trousers. It is evident that this is his home. He raises a hand holding a television remote.)

Mike: Lousy little girls.

(He hits a button, turning on a giant widescreen television. A reporter appears on screen with an image beside him of the young heroes.)

Reporter 2: The Powerpuff Girls were in the news again today as they foiled yet another bank robbery.

(The scene onscreen changes to show the female reporter, as does the angle of view, showing the TV, video player and large speakers are also stolen evidence, as is a record player to the side.)

Female Reporter: Live at Townsville bank where earlier today (under next line) The Powerpuff girls nailed a... (The reporter's words become difficult to make out after this as they fade under Brikowski's line)

Mike: Powerpuff Girls, Powerpuff Girls, what about Officer Mike Brikowski?

Female Reporter: (On screen, the criminal from earlier that day is led across by two officers.) with the Powerpuff Girls on the beat, Townsville's police department can just relax! (She laughs as a shot shows Brikowski asleep in his car, snoring away.) Looks like this guy's got the right idea.

(The camera turns to the current Mike, who is now sweating nervously as he watches.)

Female Reporter: Back to you there, Kevin.

Male Reporter (Kevin): Great piece, Maggie.(The camera zooms out, showing Mike looking very small and unnerved in his seemingly empty apartment as the reporter continues under.) In other news, the Powerpuff Girls defeated another giant, (During the next line, Mike rushes at the camera, yelling angrily, before the shot changes to the outside again, where the TV suddenly comes crashing out, displaying a picture of the three girls as it falls and finally cuts off as the expensive-looking set hits the ground and smashes.), put out a fire, stopped Mojo Jojo, foiled a heist, saved the world from utter annihilation and still had time to volunteer at- 

(Mike stands at his window, panting feverishly and practically frothing at the mouth. He quickly reaches up to wipe his mouth dry, to little effect. The camera pans out.)

Mike: Starting tomorrow, you girls are not gonna be on the air no more!

(The scene changes at once to the exterior of Townsville Hall. Inside, the Mayor is playing a game of golf on his desk, sweating profusely as he tries to gage the distance he needs to putt the ball to get it into the glass immediately in front. Suddenly, he is distracted from his game as Officer Brikowski- or should I say ex-Officer Brikowski- comes barging in.)

Mike: Mister Mayor! Mister Mayor! Criminals are attempting to rob the police department's confiscated weapons warehouse! Who knows what terrible villainy may ensue? I mean, whatever can we do? Whoever can we call?

(Throughout this, Brikowski makes several gestures, throwing his arms out to help exaggerate his words. The Mayor stares at him dumbly, as though this is the strangest thing he has ever witnessed. After a moment's silence, he raises a finger and makes a suggestion.)

Mayor: Duh...the Powerpuff Girls?

(Mike goes to leave, smiling as though all is going to be well.)

Mike: Oooh, dat's a good idea! See, that's why you're the mayor. (He laughs falsely for a moment before spitting in disgust and going red with rage as he continues down the corridor, veins standing out by his neck as he throws his arms out in frustration.) And I'm just some jerk without any sunglasses!

(Powerpuff Girls bedroom int., close-up of the Hotline. It goes off, the nose flashing as per ususal. Zoom out to show the girls, watching in surprise. They appear to be playing a board game of some sort, although the jagged shapes in their hands don't quite match up. The scene cuts to the building exterior as the phone is picked up.)

Blossom: We're on our way! (All three girls come flying out, speeding off towards the scene of the supposed crime. Overhead shot as they approach the warehouse.) I see him.

Mike: (Waving the girls down from below.) Yoo-hoo, over here girls!

(They come to a stop before his face.)

Blossom: Hello, officer. Where are they?

Mike: (Pointing behind him) D'ere in d'ere.

Blossom: Good work. We'll handle it from here. (They are inside in a flash, and focus shifts to Brikowski's scheming features.)

Mike: Oh, and, uh, do be careful, girls.

(He walks off to the left, exposing a cop car tucked into the alley. Inside sits Officer Perez.)

Perez: Chief, this is Perez.

(The scene switches to the weapons' bank interior, which is piled high with various boxes. In the middle sits a large, yellow crane positioned over a vat of an unidentifiable green liquid. The girls fly through, exploring. Perez' voice continues over.)

Perez: (Voice over) That was a good hunch, he's definitely up to something.

(The girls come to a metal fence seemingly broken open. The door hangs at an odd angle and is adorned with a few signs which read '0 2 3 1', 'MOJO JOJO CONFISCATED WEAPONS' and 'DO NOT ENTER'.)

Blossom: Mojo Jojo's confiscated weapons. In here! We'll have to use our super vision. (As she gives the command, her eyes begin to glow green. She surveys several weapons until she comes to a strange clown-headed device shaped similarly to a fire extinguisher.)

Buttercup: Look, there's Mojo Jojo's robot walker!

Bubbles: And his giant log!

Blossom: Huh? Isn't this from our birthday party adventure? 

Buttercup: It doesn't look familiar.

Bubbles: Yeah, that's when we sang our song.(The scene shows Mike approaching with a torch in hand.) (Singing) Love, love, love, makes the world go round!

(A door slams in the distance, causing the girls to turn.)

Blossom: Huh?

(A button is pressed on a remote and the strange clown item begins to spray a strange blue gas, enveloping and choking the girls. Some time later, Blossom is regaining consciousness. You can see part of a chain before the camera zooms out to show Bubbles on her right and Buttercup on her left, all three chained to a stubby concrete cylinder. This is viewed through the hole in a doughnut. Blossom fully regains her senses first and she looks up at her assailant.)

Blossom: Officer! You?!

Mike: You got it! (He shoves the doughnut in his mouth as he takes a remote from his pocket. A flick of a switch sends the crane from before into power on, and it begins to lift the concrete block.)

Mike: Uh now don't bother struggling, these restraints are from Mojo Jojo. They'll hold'ja.

Blossom: Officer! This is madness!

(The crane moves the concrete block over the bubbling green liquid.)

Buttercup: Yeah! What's gotten into you?

Mike: With you girls always round savin' the day and whatnot, you make us cops look like bums! 

Bubbles: No! That's not true!

Buttercup: Yeah, we need you guys! (The foreground blurs out, clearing the background, where Perez is seen standing at a window, radio to his head, probably warning the Chief he needs backup to save the Girls.)

Blossom: Yeah, you guys are an important and integral part of-

Mike: Silence! (He hits another button, sending the block into a slow descent into the green liquid. It is likely this is acid. The girls begin to scream in terror as Brikowski laughs darkly. Cut to a full view of him, showing a hoard of police men standing behind him, including the Chief of Police with megaphone in hand. He raises it to his mouth to speak, silencing Brikowski's laughter when he hears it.)

Chief of Police: Mike Brikowski! You are under arrest!

(Perez comes in to take his remote from him as Mike gives a disgruntled glare to his former partner. He snaps the cuffs on the stout ex-officer before the camera returns to the girls' predicament.)

Blossom: Good work, everybody. Now get us out of here.

(Cut to a shot of Perez puzzling over the controls as the girls continue their descent in the background. With a smile, he hits a button and points the remote at the crane. Nothing happens. His smile turns to a frown as he hits it again.)

Perez: C'mon, C'mon!

Officer 1: Maybe the battery's dead.

Officer 2: Try all the buttons!

Bubbles: Hurry!

(Perez presses a button that shows a green line on the side of the remote, displaying the power levels.)

Perez: No, the battery's fine, the battery meter's full!

(The Girls scream as they get closer to taking an acid bath.)

Chief of Police: Perez, try pointing it at the crane!

Blossom: Turn it off!

Perez: Okay! (He turns to the crane and hits a switch OC. The girls are plunged regardless into the acid, screaming. The officers shield their faces in horror. Perez hums in melancholy thought before pressing another button, sending the machine into reverse and hauling the chain back up. The block has dissolved, and the girls, while having their hair and clothes singed and cheeks burnt, are relatively fine, if a little dazed and confused.)

Chief of Police: Sorry about that, girls. A-are you alright?

Blossom: Whaddya know? I guess acid can't hurt us.

(Warehouse exterior, where several police cruisers sit with their reds-and-blues flashing. Perez is seen pushing Brikowski into the back of a police car. He shuts the door and walks round to the front.)

Mike: This is just another story of a good cop gone bad.

Blossom: (Flying to the window with her sisters) You're not a good cop gone bad, you're a bad cop gone worse. (Brikowski glares at them.)

(The scene dissolves to the usual ending screen.)

Narrator: (Laughing heartily) Bad cop gone worse! Sorry, Officer Brikowski, no doughnuts in jail. So once again, the day is saved, thanks to the Powerpuff Girls. (The girls fade from the screen, replaced by a score of police officers along the bottom edge of the screen.) And the fine, upstanding men and women of the Townsville Police Department. 

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