It was a detective show featuring a male and woman as partners. The lady always carried a bag over her shoulder.
At an intense moment in the scene, the male detective needed a pen. He asked his partner for one. She reached inside her bag and produced the pen. Just like that. In about 5 seconds or less.
I wanted to hit rewind. How did she DO THAT, I wondered?
I was recently at an office needing to fill out some forms, so I needed a PEN; a simple pen.
I reached inside my bag and pulled out two lollipops from the bank. Hmm....not quite right.
Reaching back into the depths, I produced a gas receipt, a broken comb, a quarter, a half stick of gum.
No pen yet. But, I knew there was one in there. I have a pen and pencil fetish, so I keep them around. But WHERE were they when I needed them?
Searching around the bottom, I came upon a tube of lipstick - uncovered - so the tube of color was stuck with bits of popcorn, cracker crumbs, a small piece of tissue, candy wrapper, a small screw, and who knows what else?
By this time, the lady at the desk looked at me snarkily and asked sarcastically if I would like to use the office pen? Perhaps?
So, you can understand why I was so puzzled when the lady detective was able to pull out a pen immediately?!?!?!??!?!?
Could it be the prop people put only one item in the bag?
And, that one item was a PEN, just ready to be pulled out!?!?!?!??