The Big Things
Pride with pride cannot abide – no other saying could so succinctly sum up the on again, off again relationship of Sukey (Susannah O'Brien) and Mikey (Michael Henderson).
For years, known as SukeynMikey, they've topped the Australian radio ratings with their popular morning show – 'Just Get The Hell Out Of Bed Why Don't You?'. What most people don't know is that their famous banter continued off-air and well into the night, leading to their break-up just over a year ago and the demise of their show.
Sukey has spent her year in NYC, wowing audiences (never of more than three drunk people with free tickets, not that she'd let Mikey know that in a million years, of course) with her stand-up routine.
Mikey has spent his year unemployed, eating pizza in front of the TV, jumping into bed with the next woman who came along, getting her pregnant with twins and asking her to marry him within six months of their getting together (asking Sukey, his partner of five years, had never crossed his mind, of course).
Worlds apart, they've almost forgotten about that little document they signed what seems like a lifetime ago – a contract to make a TV documentary. Knowing they were having off-air problems that were slowly making their way on-air, their agent had stalled the proceedings. But now the production company won't be stalled any longer and it seems Sukey and Mikey will only finally be rid of each other if they fulfill this last duty – a two week tour of The Big Things.
Pitched as 'a bit of a laugh' at the start of their last season together, they were to travel along the East coast of Australia – from the Big Prawn to the Big Banana and all the kitschy tourist spots in-between. Both Sukey and Mikey think their agent, Angela, must be kidding. The two of them working together again? No way.
But Angela's not kidding. And with the production company's lawyers sending threatening letters, Sukey being forced home, penniless and Mikey's wedding looming, the pair collide together to begin the road-trip from hell.
As they travel, meeting some weird and wonderful Australian characters, taking in the Big Things and trying desperately not to want each other, the 'my life couldn't be better' competition escalates. Until the end of the road, that is, where Sukey and Mikey learn something – that love, the biggest Thing of all, sometimes can't be sped past in a mini-van at 100kph.
I’m a tad confused here. Does the story start when their show is cancelled and Mike retires to the couch and Sukey to NYC? Or is the story the road trip?
The way you have it here, the first 3/4 of the synopsis seems like set up for the actual story: the road trip. If that’s NOT the case, you can fix it by changing the tense to present.
The road trip in the synopsis seems like an afterthought almost but it’s where your story resolves itself. You need to bring it into detailed focus.
I’d look for something that made these characters more than the usual stereotypes too. Why would any one want to marry Mike if he’s an unemployed couch potato? This is way past the 50’s babe, us girls can like yanno..work for a living. Marrying an unemployed couch potato is about the LAST thing a smart woman would choose. Not even if he’s a really great lay. This is PARTICULARLY true of the chick lit genre.
What you’ve got here is Bing and Bob doing a road picture. You’re going to need to really jazz it up to make me think I haven’t already seen this a zillion times.