Okay, your second act is split in two, so “three acts” is kind of a misnomer. At the end of this section, I’ll explain why.
However, given that our Haunted Bakery pilot just set up a confrontation between the protagonist and antagonist, it makes sense that this act is commonly referred to as the confrontation.
Great writing for a show with a ridiculous premise, right?
The second act will be exactly that: a series of comical confrontations between the protagonist and whatever is preventing them from achieving their objectives. Ghosts will occasionally appear.
It might be the boss of your protagonist at times.
A toilet that won’t fix itself will happen from time to time.
Sometimes it will be your protagonist’s refusal to admit that he is wrong, which is why he keeps making mistakes for himself.
Whatever it is, by the end of the episode, your protagonist needs to want to accomplish something, and the whole second act should be spent trying to stop him or her from doing so.
By the end of the episode, your protagonist needs to want to accomplish something, and the second act is all about keeping him or her from doing so.
It seems like Haunted Bakery should progress through a series of increasingly violent encounters between the baker and the ghosts for the first half of the second act. She tries unsuccessfully to drive them out.
They disrupt her baking supplies and generally make her life miserable. This, like all comedies and dramas, ought to get more intense with each passing beat.