Catfish Murder (2023) Movie Script

(mysterious music)
(water rippling)
(car approaching)
(message chimes)
(phone keys clicking)
- "step into the future"
is good,
But I wanna wrap up
the presentation with
An aspirational statement.
Something like,
"you can live in the future,
In your exquisitely designed,
Zero-carbon village green home,
That is not only
But also helping
to save the planet."
- That's really great, helen.
Oh, the messaging is so much
clearer than it was a week ago.
- Thank you. But I still feel
Like it needs something
about family.
Or protecting your family.
- Maybe drop in
a couple touchstone words
Like "secure" and "resilient."
- Yeah, that's good.
That covers everything.
Thanks, judy.
(phone chimes)
That is the third reminder
about my meeting with
Taylor's teachers next week.
- I'm meeting with
miles's teachers tomorrow.
- Honestly, I am hoping
they have some advice for me.
This thing with taylor's
not getting any better.
- Hmm.
- We used to share everything,
And it's like,
the past few weeks...
(message chimes)
... He can barely even
look at me.
- I remember miles
in middle school.
He thought he was too cool
for everyone, especially me.
- Well, you may have noticed,
Taylor's not exactly
the "too cool" type.
He's happiest in his room
playing his video game.
I don't know. Lately,
it seems like he's escaping
More and more into his games.
Like, just wants to shut out
The real world for some reason.
- Any idea what's wrong?
- I'm worried
he's being bullied.
- Oh, gosh, I hope not.
- Yeah. There was this kid
A few years back, in his class,
who would just
Relentlessly harass him.
Taylor wouldn't even
go to school.
- You think it's the same kid?
- Uh--
(phone chimes)
Hey, I would love for you
to come by the village green
site sometime.
- I... I can't wait to see it.
Uh, I will be back in a few
with miles and dessert.
- Thank you.
Earth to taylor.
- Mom, I'm texting with someone.
- Well, could you text someone
after you set out the plates?
Thank you.
Talk to me.
- About what?
- I can tell something's
bothering you.
- The only thing
that's bothering me
right now is all this.
- All what?
- This dinner, mom.
- You used to love
our family dinners.
- You're making my science award
a big deal
And it really isn't.
- Well, we all think
it's amazing
And we wanna celebrate you.
(tender music)
- Let's get this party started!
- Thank you so much for coming.
We're so glad you could
both be here tonight.
- Uh... Okay.
- Good job.
Hey, you are famous, my friend.
Look at this. Look.
Here. Hadley register did
a huge article on you.
- Wha... ?
- Aw!
- Ooh, thank you.
- Mm-hmm.
- So, how's it going with
have a heart?
- We've launched last week.
- Wait, how did I miss that?
- You didn't.
We did a soft launch
Just to get the app up.
I'll send you a link.
- Oh, and they also got
four major updates, too.
- Which is not unusual for
a healthcare app.
Or any other kind of app.
- Well, you have been working
at this for so long.
Just please, let me know if
I can help with anything.
- I appreciate that.
It's not at the level of
village green yet,
But uh, I'm getting there.
- You're my best friend, judy.
And you are doing a great job.
I'm so proud of you.
- Cheers.
(gentle music playing in car)
(music stops)
(miles and taylor speaking
- Make it 10, make it 10.
- All right.
- 10, 10. Ready?
- Woo-hoo!
- Sorry I'm late, everyone!
Soccer practice went way,
way over, and then,
I promised I'd give olivia
a ride home.
And then, she asked if
I'd give avery a ride home too,
And I couldn't say no because
we was, like, five feet away.
- We'll discuss it later, gia.
- Did I miss anything?
- Mom and judy are just
talking about work
And miles is apparently
the next golden boot winner.
- Yeah, I heard you rocked
oregon state playoffs.
- Yeah, I did.
(message chimes)
- Go, you.
- I can see you, gia.
- Who are you texting?
- None of your business.
- What's going on?
- I think taylor's
texting a girl.
- Oh, dude.
(judy): Dinner's on!
Oh, let's get a photo with
The three of you together before
we sit down at the table.
- Mom, can you--
- there literally must be
1,000 photos of the three
of us on your phone.
- So?
- This is an important night.
Come on. Come on.
(judy): Oh, look at you three!
You're gorgeous!
- How's this?
- perfect. Smile.
(camera clicks)
(gia): That's a classic!
Mom, look at miles's selfies.
- Those are funny, but why
don't you show them
The rock-climbing photos?
- Ooh, ooh, here's one with
taylor and me
From a few months back.
We need to go back out there
again, yeah?
It's been too long.
- That'd be great.
- Well, let's not forget why
we gathered here tonight.
Taylor, we are so proud of you.
- To taylor.
- Taylor!
- Taylor!
- Taylor's excellence
in science award is
A great reminder to all of us.
If we work hard, don't give up,
And push our goals to the next
level, good things can happen.
Your father would be
really proud of you.
(soft piano music)
- Hey, did you see the photo in
The hadley register of miles
Scoring the winning goal in
last week's soccer game?
- of course. It's on my wall.
- He's a beast!
- Hmm.
- Whoa.
- a beast who'd better boost
His scoring stats before
the end of the season.
Only 3 % of high school soccer
players end up playing at
Ncaa schools, and even
fewer get scholarships.
- And I'm working on it.
- Well, we will all be
cheering for you.
- Thank you.
(soft chuckles)
(phone buzzes)
(gia): Hey, you going to
Sophia's surprise party
on Saturday?
- Yeah, I'm going.
Did you hear about the dj
that they hired?
- Yeah! They're amazing.
- Am I gonna see you there,
(phone keys clicking)
- What?
- Hello? Am I gonna see you
at the party... ?
- I wasn't invited.
- Oh yeah, it's not a formal
thing, it's just, you know,
Anybody who knows sophia could
just show up, right? It's...
- Uh, I don't know.
Avery is sophia's bestie
and she invited me.
(melancholic music)
- Taylor? Are you okay?
- I'm fine, mom.
- Do you want me to ask avery
if you're invited?
- No, it's okay.
Parties aren't really my thing.
(miles): Taylor, buddy, I...
I'm... I'm sorry.
I just... I honestly don't
He needs an invite, though,
right? He just--
- It's okay.
- Hey, best behaviour
at sophia's party, right?
- Yeah. Yeah, of course, yeah.
(phone chimes)
- Hmm. Good news.
Avery says you are invited
to sophia's party, t.
- Did you beg her to invite me?
- No.
I just asked if
there was a list,
And she said there is
and you are on it.
- Okay, can we take a minute?
I know that you both have
super busy lives,
But we made a pact a few years
back to always be here,
On time, for all family dinners.
- Tonight wasn't my fault, mom.
- And I understand, gia,
But moving forward, can we
please just make extra effort?
- Yeah.
- Yes.
- Of course.
- Good.
Now, tell me about this sophia?
- Sophia bliss?
She's beyond, beyond the most
popular human at hadley high.
- She's also captain of
the math team.
And we're lab partners
in chemistry class.
What is it?
- Well, who were you
texting with earlier?
(taylor sighs)
pretty sure I saw the name
emma on your phone.
Do you have a girlfriend, t?
- Uh, I guess emma's
sort of a girlfriend.
I met her playing
force for good.
- Your video game?
- Yes.
And she's incredibly smart.
And nice.
And she goes to winton high.
- Why don't you take this emma
to sophia's party?
- We've only been texting
each other for a couple weeks.
- Oh, okay! So, you haven't
met her?
Like, in real life?
- We text all the time.
- What am I missing?
- Emma could be a bot.
Or someone could be
pretending to be emma.
- That's not funny.
She's completely
and totally real.
- Come on.
- Don't.
(phone keys clacking)
(message chimes)
(soft music)
- She'd love to go
to the party with me.
(squealing): Yes!
- Yes!
(helen): This is a place where
we can all live in the future,
In our exquisite,
zero-carbon homes.
This is village green.
Ever green.
Forever home.
Thank you.
- I know I'm new
to the kpl team, but for me,
That was... Wow! That was
an amazing presentation.
I would love to sign up
for village green.
- That's very kind of you
to say.
- Well, with any luck,
barnes investments will be
Equally impressed
with village green's
Very enthusiastic
lead architect, too.
- Thank you.
- Jack.
- Jack.
- Yeah.
- Uh, if you'll excuse me.
- Yeah.
(indistinct chatter)
(taylor): When exposed
to the light,
Photosynthesis occurs and...
- Is it... Is it supposed
to be green?
- Yeah, then we expose it
to the light
And then, what happens--
- is the assignment done?
- Yeah, that's it.
- I got a c on last week's
chemistry test,
So I need this to be perfect.
- It's perfect, sophia.
I promise.
- Thank you.
You're coming to my surprise
party, aren't you?
- Uh... Yeah.
But isn't it supposed
to be a surprise?
- Weird how you're so smart
yet so clueless.
The surprise party was my idea.
Do you think my parents
could get dj rad?
- Ha! Taylor's never
heard of dj rad.
- Are you talking to me?
- Hello, king of extra credit.
Boom. No light, oxygen.
- Boom? Really?
Wow! Amazing that you didn't get
the hadley science award
This year instead of taylor.
And heads up, you're not
invited to my party,
So don't show up because
the doorman won't let you in.
- Yeah, well, heads up
to you too, princess.
(camera clicks)
No one ever tells me
what I can and can't do.
- You're so scary, lucas.
(threatening music)
Mrs. Rennie, taylor
and princess are done.
(soft tense music)
- Can I help you?
- Hi, again.
- What are you doing in here?
- Oh, I just uh...
Back in chicago, at the firm
I used to work at,
I used to get
my fellow architects
A fun little gift
to celebrate their big wins.
Anyhow, I wanted to get you
a special gift,
But I realized I know
nothing about you,
Except le petit canard is
your favourite restaurant.
So, who is helen parker?
- I'm kpl's top architect.
- Yeah, yeah, but I mean,
but beyond all that?
Are you all just work
and family,
Or deep down, are you a...
Wild one?
- I am a mother of
two amazing kids.
They're my life.
And my husband, daniel,
Passed two years ago.
Is that enough intel
for you, jack?
- I'm so sorry.
I, I didn't mean--
- I think you should probably
leave my office.
(message chimes)
(lights buzzing)
(ominous music)
- Oh, world's biggest nerd
Probably got a b instead of
his usual straight a's.
(taylor): That was not cool.
- Come on, taylor.
- I heard you, gia.
You call me the world's
biggest nerd and then you laugh?
I'd never do that to you.
- You're right. I'm sorry.
It was a stupid joke.
I think it's just...
- What?
- It's not always easy being
the not genius sister
To my genius brother, okay?
- What are you talking about?
You're super smart.
- I don't have a 4.0 gpa
And academic awards
all over my wall.
- Well, if it makes you
feel any better,
I hate the attention.
Hate the awards.
- Please just forgive me, okay?
What's wrong?
- Someone taped another note
to my jacket.
It's my photo from the hadley
register with knives.
"ready for the fun to begin,
king of the losers?
See you at sophia's party."
- Look, I know you wanna let
this all slide,
But they're threatening you now.
Those knives with the blood
are next-level scary.
You need to take this
and the other notes
To principal ramirez
and you need to tell mom.
- Maybe I just shouldn't go
to sophia's party.
- What? No!
Come on, you can't cancel
on your date with emma.
I know how much
this means to you.
Don't let this creep ruin
your life.
(house music)
(door opening)
(gia singing): Ooh,
are you ready?
(speaking): What? What's wrong?
- She's not answering my texts.
- Just call her, t.
Her text-only rule is not cool.
And very sketchy.
(voicemail): Your call has
been forwarded to
An automatic voice message--
(beeps off)
- It's fine. Come on,
let's just go!
- It's fine.
You go. I'll stay here.
(upbeat club music)
- Hi!
- Hey!
- Oh.
- Come on! Dance with me!
- Okay.
- okay.
- Hi, I'm gia!
- I know.
I've seen you at school.
I'm delaney.
- Do you go to hadley high?
- Yeah, I think I'm in
A chemistry class with
your brother, taylor.
- Yeah, her and her dad moved
here about a month ago.
- No way!
- Mm-hmm.
- My dad works with your mom
at kpl.
- Such a small world!
- Yeah, but wait, wait.
Where's... Where's taylor at?
- Oh!
- He's supposed to be in here.
- Long story. He's dealing
with some stuff.
He decided to stay home.
- Oh.
- Yeah.
- Hi!
- Hi! Happy birthday!
- Thank you!
- Is every guy at hadley high
in love with sophia bliss?
- they might be!
- Great. Just another entitled
rich girl who thinks
We only exist for
her own amusement.
- What?
- Nothing.
(laughing and cheering)
(knocking on door)
(cheering over vr headset)
(bell dings over vr headset)
- Did gia tell you
what happened?
- She did.
I'm sorry, sweetheart.
- I went back and looked
at my texts with emma.
What if gia's right
and emma's not real?
- First of all, I can't believe
anyone would be that cruel.
- Or I'm the world's
biggest loser.
- You are not a loser.
Do you remember
that rafting trip
We took to the grand canyon?
- Of course. It was one of
the best things
I've ever done
in my entire life.
And it was our last vacation
with dad.
(sentimental music)
- You know what I remember most
about that trip?
Your incredible bravery
on the colorado river.
(soft chuckle)
You were 13 and these enormous
waves were just
Crashing down on us,
all around us, in the boat,
And you...
You just kept on paddling.
You stayed present
And in the moment.
And you kept us moving forward.
That's who you are.
I see it in everything you do.
And it inspires me
to do the same.
You just keep on paddling.
- I'll try, mom.
(siren wailing)
(suspenseful music)
(knocking on door)
(doorbell dings)
- Can I help you with something?
- Are you helen parker?
- Yes, I'm helen.
Is something wrong?
- A young woman's dead body
was found at city park
About an hour ago.
Oh, my god, please.
Not my daughter, gia.
- It's not your daughter.
Is your son
taylor parker home?
- Yes, of course,
he's in his room. Why?
- I have a warrant
to arrest taylor parker
For the murder of sophia bliss.
- What are you talking about?
There's gotta be some
kind of mistake.
(car approaching)
(indistinct police radio
Okay, where are you taking him?
(gia): Mom!
- You can't just take him, guys.
- Mom, what is this?!
- Honey, sophia bliss is dead
And they think that
taylor murdered her.
- That's completely insane!
(helen): He was with me
All night. Tell them
you were here with me, taylor.
(officer): Okay, let's go.
(gia): No, stop!
Come on.
(gia): You're making a huge
mistake! My brother would never!
He didn't kill anyone!
(helen): Taylor!
(gia): Are you listening to me?!
(helen): Taylor, tell them
you were here!
(gia): Taylor!
(indistinct police radio
- You can't just take him.
- Ladies, calm down.
After he's been processed,
he's gonna be transferred
To the hadley juvenile
detention centre.
Somebody will contact you
in the morning.
(gia sobbing)
(helen): No.
- Mom!
- Taylor.
Taylor, no.
(gia): Mom!
(siren wails)
- It's okay. It's okay.
(journalist): Our victim,
sophia bliss,
Had just celebrated
her sweet 16th birthday
With friends and family.
Hours later, she was found
Dead in city park.
This is breaking news
And we expect a full update
from hadley police
At the top of the hour.
- Thank you.
- Did they call back?
- Not yet.
(doorbell dings)
(door creaks opens)
- I know you're probably
not hungry,
But just in case.
- Thank you, friend.
- Do you want some coffee?
I just made some for mom.
- That would be nice.
Thank you, sweetie.
Any news?
- Nothing yet. He's being
transferred over
To the detention centre
and then, they're gonna call
And let me know when
I can go see him.
Can you imagine taylor in
such a horrible place?
- I hate to do this, but I have
to tell you something.
But I want you to know that
it does not mean that
I think that taylor did
anything wrong.
Okay, we both know
he's a good kid and--
- Okay, just tell me what
you're trying to tell me, judy.
- Um, you know
I'm a terrible sleeper,
And uh, I was up late
last night.
And I saw taylor running down
the street, our street,
Just after 1 a.M.
- He was in bed.
- Well, he must have snuck out.
- Taylor doesn't sneak out.
You know him.
- It was him.
- You saw someone else.
Or maybe somebody
that looked like him.
- Look I, I... Like I said,
I don't think that
taylor killed anyone.
And I'm not gonna say
anything to the police.
But helen, just talk to him.
Maybe he went for a walk
or to meet a friend.
But you should find out
where he went.
- No. This is...
None of this is true!
(keyboard clacking)
(ominous music)
(crying softly)
- Mom?
- Gia.
- Sorry, I...
I was just coming
to check on you.
I didn't want to disturb you.
- No, it's okay. Come in.
- You know that this is just
a huge mix-up, right?
It was late
and judy was half asleep.
It's not like she saw
sophia's murder.
How can the police arrest him
on such random evidence?
- I don't know.
But I need to show you
(keys clacking)
- There has to be a perfectly
innocent explanation.
I mean, it's taylor, mom.
- As they were taking him away,
he wouldn't even speak to me.
And when he was in the back of
the police car,
He was just...
Staring out at me with this...
This look.
I'd never seen it before.
And it scared me.
I know in my heart
taylor's innocent,
But where did he go last night?
- I don't know,
but he didn't do this.
(birds chirping)
They were out there all night.
And all morning.
It's plastered everywhere.
All over the news
And online that
he's the murderer.
Like, if you didn't know
taylor, you'd think he did it,
Just based on how
they're presenting it.
Yeah, whatever happened
to innocent until
proven guilty, right?
(camera shutter snaps)
Hang on, olivia.
Hey! This is private property,
you vulture!
(teary sigh)
(melancholic music)
(door lock buzzes)
(helen): Hi.
- Hi.
- Are you okay?
Have you eaten anything?
Taylor, I saw the home
security video
And I know that
you left last night.
- It's not what you think.
- I don't think anything yet.
But I need to know
what happened.
Where did you go?
- Last night, after you left
my room, I got a text from emma.
She apologized for not
showing up,
And then asked me to meet her
at city park, so I snuck out.
And when I got to the park,
sophia bliss was there.
- Did sophia send you the texts?
- No, she told me
she'd received a text
To meet up with someone, too.
- We were both catfished.
- Catfished?
That's when someone's pretending
to be someone else online?
- Yeah, online
and with texts, too.
And loser me,
I'm a perfect target.
But I promise you, mom,
Sophia and I laughed about
how we fell for the fake texts,
And then, we said goodnight.
And she was in a hurry
to get back to her party
Before anyone noticed
she'd snuck away
And I even offered to walk her
to her car, but...
She insisted that she was fine
'cause she'd parked less
than a block away.
She was alive when
I left that park.
(dramatic boom)
- I think whoever catfished me,
Or both of us, murdered sophia.
And mom, they're still
out there.
I mean, what if they come
after you or gia next?
- You listen to me. I can be
a very fierce mama bear.
So, you don't worry about us.
I am gonna do everything
in my power
To clear you and get you home.
(dog barking in distance)
- Here.
- How's he doing?
- He's having
a really hard time.
I mean, can you imagine
being locked up?
He's never even been kept
after school for detention.
- Yeah, I know, it's just,
you know, hopefully,
They just, they figure out
That he has got nothing to do
with any of this and they just,
They just let him come home
'cause it's just...
- We gotta stay strong, right?
- You're right. Yes, I...
I know. It's just...
I don't want anything bad
to happen to him.
And I can't believe sophia's...
She's... She's dead. I...
- Me either.
None of this feels real.
(phone rings)
- Hey. Where are you?
I thought you'd be home by now.
- I need you to go through
taylor's gaming laptop.
- What, the police don't
have it?
- No.
Apparently, they only grabbed
His school laptop
and his cell phone.
Taylor said it was in his desk
On the shelf when
they dragged him out.
I don't know, maybe
they overlooked it,
I don't know,
But I need you to go
through that. All of his texts
Are backed up on that computer.
I want you to go through them.
See if there's anything in there
That might help us figure out
who was sending them.
- Okay. I'll do it right now.
- Okay, thanks, honey.
I'll be home soon.
Thank you for meeting
with me on a Sunday.
- It's part of my job,
mrs. Parker.
- Please, call me helen.
- Okay, helen.
Um, I spoke with a detective
at the hadley police department
Who claims the reason they were
able to get
That quickie arrest warrant
last night is because
They had a reliable witness
Who saw taylor running
from the scene.
And they sent the police
a timestamped photo of him.
Also, taylor doesn't deny that
He was at the park with sophia.
- That doesn't prove anything.
Have the police tracked
the catfish texts
That were sent to taylor?
- The texts were sent
From a burner phone.
- Shouldn't that help him?
He was lured to the park.
- Unless we can prove
to the police that
The burner phone belongs
to someone else,
It won't help taylor.
- So, what are you saying?
- The police are convinced that
the murder was well planned
And that taylor created
This elaborate catfish story
as an alibi.
- So, they're convinced that
My son texted himself from
a burner phone
So that he could murder
a girl he barely knew?
- I'm in no way saying
that taylor's guilty.
This is just me letting you,
The mother of my client,
know all the facts,
So that we can figure out
the best way forward.
(tense music)
(gia): Ah, found it.
- Hmm.
- Thanks.
(computer whirring)
(gloomy music)
- What... What is it?
- Taylor likes to hide things.
sneaky, t.
- Oh, that was a good catch.
- Well, I might not get all
the awards like taylor does,
But my dad always used
to tell me
I'm smart in my own special way.
(ominous music)
- It's a gift for emma.
(rain pattering)
- Hi!
- Hi.
I thought you could use
a friend right now.
And a coffee.
- I do.
- It's your usual skinny latte
with an extra shot of espresso.
- You're the best. Thank you.
Hey, um, I hate to ask this,
But did you tell the police that
You saw taylor running down
the street last night?
- Well, I told you that
I wasn't gonna say anything.
Do you really think that
I would lie to you?
- No. No, no. It's just...
Taylor's lawyers said that
they have a reliable witness
And I just can't seem to think
who would've seen him
And be able to identify him.
- Oh, well, it wasn't me.
Do you think this whole thing
might be making you...
A little paranoid?
- Yeah, you're probably right.
(camera clicks)
Great. Welcome to my new life.
If somebody's not glaring at me,
they're taking a picture of me.
I feel like I can't even go
to the grocery store anymore.
- Let's get you home.
- Good idea.
(mysterious music)
(jack): Hi.
- Hi.
- It's jack from
your mom's office.
- What are you doing here?
- Hi. Don't worry. I heard about
everything that's going on
In the news, and I just wanted
to come by and say
I know taylor is
completely innocent.
And also, I thought you two
might need a delicious dinner.
- Okay.
(dog barking in distance)
(winds howling)
- Sorry I'm so late.
What are you doing?
- I'm, uh, warming up
your dinner.
- So, you think you can just
show up here
And push your way into my house?
- No, not at all. I...
I'm just the delivery guy.
- He's just heating it up
for us, mom. Relax.
- I'm a jerk.
That was awful.
Can you just pretend you didn't
hear anything I just said?
- Did you just say something?
I'm sorry, I missed it.
- Thank you.
And thank you for this.
It's my favourite food.
I'm starving.
- Well, I'm just happy
to be here,
Bringing your favourite food.
- Jack, why don't you grab
a plate and join us?
- No, I... Really,
I should get going.
- Jack, I insist.
- Yeah?
- Yeah.
- Well, all right, then.
I'll grab a plate.
- Most of the emma texts are
sweet and funny.
Some are kinda flirty.
I get why taylor was
so taken with her.
- Don't you have to turn
that computer over
to the police?
- Maybe. But I'm not
helping them until they start
Looking at an actual suspect
Instead of building
a case against my son.
What's that?
- Found it in taylor's
locked drawer.
It's a gift for emma.
Should we give it to the police?
- They'll just use it
against taylor.
- Mom, you look beat.
Maybe you should go upstairs.
Try and get some sleep.
- I'm still too wired to sleep.
- How about a long walk?
That always helps me.
- That actually sounds
really nice.
- Great. Give me a minute
and I'll check in with delaney
And let her know what's up.
- You know, I thought jack might
be shady when you told me
About him snooping around
in your office,
But I think he's crushing
on you, mom.
(jack): Hey, sweetie. What?
- No, I don't...
Well, maybe just a little.
- Yeah.
(jack): Look.
Are you kidding me?
Honey, you've gotta use
your head.
(water rushes)
- How's delaney?
- It's just a constant flow of
rebellious teenage stuff
with her.
Her suv got stolen last night,
So I asked her to report it.
Except one of her friends
finds it parked just outside
The village green site
an hour ago,
So she thinks it's fine
to just let it slide.
I try not to let this stuff get
Under my skin, but I really
should maybe start
Meditating or something.
I am so sorry.
That is so ridiculous compared
to what you're dealing with.
- No, it's okay. I get it.
- You know, a walk always
does wonders for me.
- Yeah, it's nice.
You're right.
This is a good idea.
- Fresh air just does something
to clear your mind.
You know?
- Yeah. Yeah, I agree.
- I really appreciate you.
(ominous music)
(camera clicks)
(door creaking)
(tense orchestral music)
(phone buzzes)
(beeps off)
(door closes in distance)
(footsteps approaching)
(gia shrieks)
- Gia?!
- Mom! I'm here!
(panicked breathing)
Oh, my god. Are you okay?!
(gia): There's someone
in the house.
- Stay here.
I'll get the lights.
(phone beeps)
Go, be careful.
- Get back here!
You okay?
- I'm okay. Are you good?
- Yeah, I'm fine.
- I'm gonna check on gia.
- Got his phone!
(quick knocks)
- anybody home?
Helen! I thought
I heard a scream.
Is everything okay?
- It has been a crazy night.
That reporter broke into
our house
And gia was home alone.
- Is she okay?
- Yeah, she's fine,
but she is convinced that
She saw somebody other
than the reporter
In the house at the same time.
She says she saw somebody go
into my office right before
Seeing the reporter
in my kitchen.
- Well, maybe the reporter went
Into your office
to snoop around.
- I don't know.
- Did you call the police?
- Yeah, I just got off
the phone with them.
They're gonna send somebody
in the morning to get
a description of the reporter,
But honestly, I don't think
they care about us.
We're just the murderer's
- Oh...
Well, what happened to him?
- Well, my friend jack was here.
He chased him outta the house.
- Who's jack?
- He works with me at kpl.
He was here.
He brought dinner.
- Oh.
- Someone disconnected
and removed
All your security cameras,
It couldn't have been
that reporter.
- God, gia was right. There was
somebody else in the house.
- Mom, they took taylor's
gaming laptop.
And emma's present, too.
come on.
(somber music)
(phone buzzes)
(dramatic boom)
(birds chirping)
- I wish dad was here.
I need him. And I miss him.
- Me too.
- It's funny, just when I think
I'm doing really great
At this whole "adjusting to life
without him" thing,
I just can't stop missing him.
I don't think it's ever
gonna change.
- It would be sad to me if
you did stop missing him.
- He would be disappointed
in all this.
It's a fail.
- Mom. Stop it. That's not true.
- I failed to protect
our family.
- No way have you failed.
That's nuts. Mom, none of this
has anything to do with you.
You're like the most amazing
mother and mentor and friend.
And dad would be really proud of
your kickass parenting style.
And all your success
at kpl to keep us going.
- don't ever forget that.
You constantly blow me away.
- I love you for saying that,
We are basically prisoners
in our own home
And taylor is in jail
for murder.
- He didn't do it.
- I know that.
- But... Like, you can't be
Thinking this because...
It's taylor.
Gamer geek.
Science nerd.
He's not a killer.
- I need to show you something.
Look at the expression
on your brother's face.
That is the exact same look
he had on it when
The police were taking him out,
and I just...
I can't get it out of my mind.
It's, it's like,
I see that it's taylor,
but I feel like I'm looking at
A complete stranger.
- Taylor's been dealing
with a bully at school.
(somber music)
For the last few weeks.
They were leaving these, like,
really creepy notes
With these collages that were
taped to his coat
inside his locker.
- No, wait, how did they
get into his locker?
- No idea.
But mom, in every one,
They used all caps
and they called taylor a loser.
- Why didn't he tell me?
- I told him to tell you
a million times,
But he didn't want you to be
worried about him
In the middle of
your village green project.
- Where are those notes?
- I looked for them
all day in his desk.
I couldn't find anything.
Maybe he threw them away.
- I hope not. This... This bully
could be the murderer.
- Yeah. Maybe.
And maybe it's a student
in taylor's chemistry class.
That photo was taken in
mrs. Rennie's chemistry lab.
- I really... I feel horrible
Doubting your brother,
but there's just so much
Pointing towards him.
We really need to find something
That points towards
someone else.
- I agree.
- I know that you said you were
gonna stay home today,
But um, maybe you could just go
down to his chemistry class
And talk to some of
the other students?
- Yeah. I'm on it, mom.
- Okay, wait, wait. Just um...
Just promise me that
You are gonna be extra,
extra careful.
- I promise.
(door rattling)
(delaney): No school today.
The candlelight vigil
for sophia bliss will be held
At city park tonight at 7:00.
I just found out myself.
- Yeah.
I don't know what
I was thinking.
- Dad told me
what happened last night
And I'm so sorry you
and your family are going
through this terrible nightmare.
- You know, as hard
as this is for us,
I can't even imagine what
sophia's family
Is going through right now.
Oh, it's just so sad.
- The nonstop news is making it
seem like the police aren't
Looking for any other suspects.
Is that true?
- It's true for the police.
But there is someone else.
- Really? Who?
- You're in taylor's
chemistry class, right?
- I am.
- Do you have any idea who
might've taken this photo?
(chilling music)
- No idea. Um, but I think
There's a similar photo on
hadley high's swiftygram.
- Who is he?
- Lucas peters.
He's a colossal jerk.
- Come with me.
I think I have a plan.
(birds chirping)
- Helen.
- Good morning.
- Oh... Did you get any sleep?
- To be honest, I was still
a little rattled.
- Oh. If you're ever nervous,
you can call me.
I can always camp out on
your couch and I'll bring miles.
- Thank you.
- Uh, this is a, uh...
A gift from miles to taylor.
- That's really kind.
- It's got some puzzle books
And a couple of taylor's
favourite candy bars.
Will they allow it?
- Unfortunately not, but I'll
keep it at home for him. Yes.
He'll really appreciate this.
You know how much
he looks up to miles.
Is everything okay?
- Oh, no big deal,
Just my whole life is
falling apart.
I'm sorry, I...
I shouldn't have said that.
I know that it's nothing
Compared to what
you're going through.
- What's going on?
- It's um...
Miles continues
to struggle in school.
His physics teacher e-mailed me
this morning to say that
He failed his midterm yesterday.
I'm worried about
his scholarship.
And on top of that, my app,
it's, it's just not getting
the downloads that it needs.
Honestly, I don't know what
I'm gonna do if it fails.
- Hey, just keep the faith.
I'm sure everything will,
you know,
Turn around with work
and with miles.
- I don't really think that
I can smile
My way through this one.
- I didn't say that.
- I know, I'm sorry. I...
I'm uh, in a terrible,
horrible mood
And the last person
I wanna hurt is you.
(suspenseful music)
- We're good.
- Which one is it?
- Um, I think it's just
the one over there.
It's that one.
(lock rattles)
Think this is lucas's locker?
- That collage looks a lot
like the notes taylor got.
- What are you looking for?
- Not really sure.
It's him.
- My god.
(camera clicks)
- Why would he leave
his phone in here?
- Because that's a burner phone.
(clunking in distance)
(whispers): Someone's coming.
Put it back!
- Maybe part of it is
the pressure of being
a single parent, you know?
I know all parents struggle
to keep their kids on the rails
Until they're out on
their own, but...
Some of us struggle
a lot more than others. Right?
And I just worry that...
what if miles never achieves
Anything beyond his high school
sports trophies?
I really thought that this app
Would be successful
and inspire him, and...
You know, it would be something
that I could leave him.
- You do not have to worry
about that right now.
Miles is an amazing person.
He has so many great qualities.
I'm sure he'll figure it out.
- I hope you're right.
- Hey, it'll be okay.
- Thank you.
- Yeah.
I gotta run.
(alarm buzzes)
- How'd you find them?
- You've been leaving things in
your father's fishing box
Since you were five years old.
A mom knows these things.
Whoever left these notes
for taylor and sent me
the text messages
Could be the same person
who broke into your house,
Destroyed our security
cameras, stole his laptop.
Why would they do any of it
Unless they were
the real killer?
- This is from
the city park webcam.
(tense music)
(dramatic boom)
You had told me and you had told
the hadley police department
That on the night of the murder,
You and sophia went
your separate ways,
But this contradicts your sworn
statement, taylor.
And sophia's body was found
10 feet away from
Where you two were
last seen together.
(shouting): We split up
right after that!
- This doesn't prove anything.
- Taylor's very angry
in this video.
- I didn't do it!
- Taylor.
(shouting): It wasn't me!
I didn't do it!
I would never hurt sophia!
I didn't do it!
- Taylor.
- Mom!
- Don't hurt him, please.
- I didn't do it, mom!
This wasn't me!
(helen): Please don't hurt him!
- It wasn't me!
- Bully is lucas peters.
And he had a huge crush
on sophia bliss.
- How do you know his name?
- Long story.
Jack's daughter, delaney,
helped me break into
lucas's locker.
We found a burner phone.
- You broke into his locker?
Are you crazy?
- Nobody knew it was us.
- Did anybody see you?
- No, no.
We got away and delaney left
an anonymous tip
For the police
to search lucas's locker.
- can you send me a text
of that and a photo?
- Sure.
You okay, mom?
- The police have webcam footage
of taylor at the park
With sophia and he looks
really angry.
- I don't care.
I know he didn't kill her.
(phone rings)
- Hello, this is helen.
Of course.
I'm coming right now.
I have to go to the office.
- What?
- Lock the doors.
I should be about an hour.
(indistinct chatter)
(office phone ringing)
(elevator dings)
What's going on?
- I'm uh, leaving kpl.
Hanging my own shingle.
Yeah, I've always wanted
my own business,
But I never had a project
big enough to carry it.
- Ah. Barnes investments
decides they can't work
With kpl anymore because of all
the bad press
About me and taylor,
and you use it
As your golden opportunity to
take the village green project.
- Kpl gave me their blessing,
And I told kpl
I'd bring them back in
After all
this craziness blew over.
It's win-win.
Hey, I'm not the bad guy here.
- I never said that you were.
This is one of the worst
days of my entire life.
Losing the village green
project and my job.
Best of luck.
I can't talk right now.
- I'm really sorry
About everything.
And I just... I hope
this doesn't impact
Our new friendship.
- Look, I don't know what
you've made up
In your head about us,
but we barely know each other.
(phone rings)
I have to take this.
I know the identity of
the bully.
His name is lucas peters.
And he had a crush
on sophia bliss.
- I'll pass his name along
to the hadley police.
We need to meet to put together
our plan for taylor's defence.
(sinister music)
- Can you send me the city
park webcam video?
- Okay, helen.
- Thanks.
I need to show you something.
- That's delaney's suv.
(phone buzzes)
(dramatic boom)
(chilling music)
(phone buzzes)
- I need a minute.
- Mom.
(indistinct chatter)
- Miles!
(suspenseful music)
No, just get in.
(helen): Someone thinks
we know something.
(camera shutter snaps)
- Lucas peters?
- Maybe.
- We don't have our security
cameras to prove it's him.
- Who would do such
a horrible thing?
- We don't know.
At least a couple of coats of
paint should cover that up.
- Well, sign me up
for the paint crew.
- I will.
- Now, why don't you grab
an overnight bag
And come stay with us?
You two, me and miles,
pat's pizza.
- That'd be great.
Gia, you go ahead with judy.
(camera shutter snaps)
I'll pack the bag.
- You sure?
- Yeah. I have to call taylor's
lawyer and update her.
- Come.
(bird cawing in distance)
- I don't understand.
You said that you weren't
in love with her!
- Listen, look,
you don't understand.
This has nothing to do
with you or with us.
I just need you
to trust me on this.
- I--
okay? Please, we had
something in the past.
And it means nothing anymore!
It doesn't, delaney!
It does not mean anything
- It means everything!
You told me that you weren't
in love with her!
- It has nothing to do with you
Or with us, okay?!
You just don't understand!
- Where are you going?!
- I just...
- So, miles, how well
do you know delaney?
I mean, you two are friends,
- Um...
We're like, we're like
new friends.
Like, we haven't really hung out
a lot, so...
Don't really know her too well.
- Who is delaney?
- She's just a friend
from school.
- Hmm.
- Did delaney know sophia bliss?
- I, I... She went to
her birthday party,
But I don't think she, like,
you know, really knew her.
- And they have chemistry
class together.
- Yeah, but that, that doesn't
really make them friends,
- No. I don't think delaney
knows anyone that well yet.
- Yeah, yeah. She was um...
Telling me, you know, that
it's hard for her
To make friends 'cause um,
You know, her and her dad move
around a lot.
So, it's... It's tough on her.
- Wonder why they move
around so much?
- I don't know.
- Do you know this girl?
- Jack is delaney's dad.
You met him at our house?
- Oh yeah.
- But uh...
Why all the questions
about delaney?
I mean, she's not...
She's not in trouble, right?
- Her suv was parked across--
- oh.
We can't talk about that.
- Oh, sorry.
- Sorry, you guys, it's just
some stuff from taylor's lawyer.
We're not allowed to share,
So let's just forget it.
- Well, it's all just so tragic.
I still can't believe
sophia's gone.
She was such a lovely,
young woman.
- They're having a candlelight
vigil for her tonight.
- Are you two going?
- I'd like to go, but I don't...
I don't think it's a good idea
for me to show up.
(judy): Oh. Of course.
Are you going?
- Um...
I have some ap french homework
That I gotta finish, so um...
Goodnight, you guys.
- Mm.
- Didn't miles go on
a couple dates
With sophia last summer?
- Mmm, he did, but he had
his eye on someone else
And moved on pretty quickly.
- Why would judy pretend
not to know delaney?
- Maybe she really doesn't
know her.
Did she say her name?
- No.
- She probably just thinks
it was some random
Giving miles a ride.
- Maybe.
- I don't think miles
got over sophia
As fast as
his mom said he did.
What if he was still
in love with her,
And delaney knew
and was insanely jealous?
Or what if jack's in on it too,
And the two of them,
they set up taylor so that
He could take over
your village green project?
- Miles said they were
just friends.
- No. They were
together-together at
sophia's party.
- It's a bit of a reach,
don't you think?
Gia, what is it?
- I asked delaney
who took this photo.
And she said she didn't know,
but mom, she took it.
Why would she lie to me?
- That is so strange.
- Do you think we should
at least call the police?
- And tell them what?
This is all just
a crazy speculation.
- She lied about the photo!
- We need real evidence.
- You don't think
delaney did it, do you?
- I just... I have such a hard
time thinking such a bright,
Young woman could do
something so awful.
- Do you think
it was lucas peters?
- Oh...
I don't know who to trust
at this point.
Look, I want you to take this,
put it in your bag.
Take it everywhere with you
and do not hesitate to use it.
- Okay.
- I just want you to be safe.
(mournful music)
(distant crack)
(tense music)
- Helen? Helen, wake up.
- Judy? Judy, what's wrong?
Is it taylor?
- No, taylor's fine.
Helen, lucas peters is missing.
It's all over the news.
They say that he left a note
Confessing to sophia's murder
And then jumped off
the hadley bridge.
The police are searching
the river now.
- oh, my god.
- Any comment on lucas peters,
mrs. Parker?
No comment?
Will your son be released today?
- No comment.
- This is beyond sad.
I feel sick.
(phone buzzes)
(doorbell dings)
- Taylor's lawyer wants me
to call her.
- It's probably about
getting him out.
- I don't think so.
(outgoing ringtone)
(susan): We don't know yet if
lucas killed sophia bliss.
(doorbell dings)
(pounding on door)
- what?
- Lucas's family claimed that
He was away with his family
last weekend.
Also, the police believes
that someone killed lucas.
Made it look like a suicide,
Created that concussion
to blame sophia's death on him,
So they're looking
into multiple suspects.
- Do they think it was me?
- No, but your daughter,
gia, is one of the suspects.
(loud knocking on door)
- Mrs. Parker.
(dramatic boom)
(judy): We ate pizza
and went to bed.
Nobody left the house.
- How can you be so sure?
- I'm a very light sleeper.
If anyone had left the house,
I would've heard them.
(pensive music)
- Okay, thank you.
This has been very helpful.
Sorry for all the questions.
But only a handful of people
knew about the collage messages,
And we had an anonymous tip that
Gia had broken into
lucas peters's locker yesterday.
- Does this mean taylor
won't be released today?
- Unless we have another suspect
in custody
Or you find evidence
to clear him,
Your son will remain
at the detention centre.
(school bell rings)
- Delaney!
(delaney): Hey!
(tense music)
- I know what you did.
I know what you and your dad
did to sophia and to lucas
And you're not gonna
get away with it.
- What, you're not even gonna
defend yourself?!
You two are a bunch of killers!
- We didn't do anything.
My dad isn't involved--
- You're lying!
I know you did this!
My brother is in jail!
How could you do this to him?!
Stop lying!
Get off me! Get off!
- His truck.
(pivotal music)
(jack): I am so sorry.
I... I didn't handle
Any of the kpl transition well.
- Jack, can you come over
right now? I need your help.
- I'm on my way.
- This is miles's burner phone.
- Delaney...
- He used it to send taylor
the emma texts.
- You're lying!
- Gia, stop.
(tense music)
- Tell her, miles.
- It's not what you think.
I made up emma because
I wanted taylor
To feel better about himself.
Look, I know how wrong
that is now.
It's just...
Look, I was worried
about him.
'cause he's always getting
bullied and I thought
This was gonna
help him somehow. I thought...
I thought this would help!
- And...
I saw how awkward
Taylor was at school.
And I felt bad for him.
So, I kept the burner phone
and I wrote some of the texts
So that emma would sound
more authentic.
Honestly, I just did it
'cause I really wanted miles
to like me.
- You're both disgusting.
Did you kill sophia?
- No! I was at the party
with you.
- Miles?
(threatening music)
(helen): First of all,
I apologize for everything
That I said yesterday.
- Really? I--
- Can I just finish?
I completely understand
what you did.
If you hadn't jumped in,
the entire village green site
Could've been shut down.
I would've done the exact
same thing for my family.
- Wow, um... Thank you.
(soft chuckle)
- Does that mean
you accept my apology?
- Yes, of course, I do.
Apology accepted.
- Great.
So, after a couple nights of
no sleep,
I finally slept last night
and when I woke up and heard
The sad news about lucas,
something hit me.
I think I can clear taylor,
but I need some help.
- Okay. I have no idea
what you're talking about.
Just let me know what I can do.
- But I remember you
saying that
Delaney's suv was stolen
the night of sophia's murder,
And it was left by
the village green site?
- Yeah, we picked it up there.
- Okay. Could you go down
to the site
And check the security
footage for me?
- Yeah, of course.
- Okay.
Do you have
the key card, uh, passcode?
- Kpl sent me everything
last night.
- Okay.
(deep exhale)
(door closes)
- Hi.
How are you holding up?
- I'm a little jumpy.
- Any more news from the police?
- No, but I... I think
I might be able to clear taylor.
- Uh, what do you mean?
- Well, it's a long story,
But I think that sophia's killer
was driving delaney's suv,
Which was stolen
the night of her murder.
And they left it by
the village green site.
- How would that clear taylor?
- Because there are
several security cameras
In the site's trailer.
I just sent my friend jack down
to check the video footage.
If I can tell the police who was
driving that suv,
They might have the real killer.
- I need you to understand,
I never meant to get
taylor into trouble.
- What are you talking about?
- I need you to understand--
- You didn't kill sophia!
You didn't!
I know you didn't!
- Look, gia, it was my fault.
It... No, gia!
I'm not a murderer.
I swear to you.
I... No, I didn't,
I didn't murder anybody, okay?!
(party music)
I loved her.
I still do. It's just...
Look, I just wanted
to talk to her!
Alone! That's all I wanted!
And I wanted to see if maybe
we could
Get back together again,
but I...
I was afraid she would say no.
And I knew she wouldn't
wanna talk to me!
So, I sent her this message
as this guy
That I knew she liked
and I just thought to ask her
To come to the park to meet me
and... She said yes.
So, that's why I took
delaney's car,
And I was gonna go...
Then I remembered, what if
she doesn't...
What if she just leaves
when she sees me?
So, that's why I...
I messaged taylor,
'cause I know that
she trusts him,
And I thought, "I'll just send
him one more message as emma."
(message chimes)
just one last time
So I could get him there.
So he could help me.
And I made my way there.
And it worked.
And it worked until it didn't.
(suspenseful music)
(sophia): Yeah, it's kind of
a weird situation.
(indistinct chatter)
- That's okay. Wasn't my thing.
- See you later.
(dramatic boom)
- Hey.
- What's going on?
- I... I just wanted to talk.
- Oh.
You catfished me.
Wait, did you catfish taylor,
- Yeah, I did, but--
- Ew! Could you be
a bigger creep?!
- Listen, no, sophia, no.
I'm not a creep.
- Stay away from me.
- I'm not a creep, okay?
I'm not! Sophia, sophia!
I'm not a...
Listen. You're making
this something that's not
Because I can't stop loving you
and you mean the--
- Help!
- Sophia! Sophia, just...
Please hear me out!
- Ah!
(sinister music)
- Sophia?
(judy): Honey?
- Mom?
- Is something wrong?
- Can you...
Can you please come
to city park?
(crying): I just...
I think sophia's dead.
- What?!
- Look, she's not moving
And I... I don't know
what to do! I, um--
- What happened?
What did you do?
- No! I literally didn't do
anything, mom!
I promise you! She just...
She fell!
It was an accident!
I didn't...
- Do not touch
anything or anyone.
Do not call or text anyone.
I'm on my way.
(tense music)
(camera clicks)
(trembling breaths)
- Mom, did you...
Did you call the police?
- Shhh! Don't say anything!
I'm thinking!
- Mom, we need to tell them.
- And then what?
They arrest you and charge you
for murder
And your life is over?
- But mom, it was...
It was an accident.
I'll tell them.
They'll believe me.
- No, no, no!
What if they don't believe you?
What if they don't believe you?!
Okay?! Look, look, look.
I think I have a plan
That will save you, okay?
But you have to trust me,
And you can never, ever, ever
tell anyone about tonight.
Do you understand me, miles?
- mm-hmm.
(suspenseful music)
- Get in that suv and follow me!
Go! Go!
(miles): I didn't tell anybody
and I didn't tell you because
My mom said no one will believe
it's an accident.
And that if I told anybody,
I'd be... I'd ruin her life.
All right?
And I'd end mine, too.
- But it was fine to ruin
taylor's life?
(shouting): Huh?! You should've
called the police!
(shouting): I wanted to!
I wanted to! I'm sorry I didn't!
I was scared!
I didn't know what to do!
And I did not know
that my mom
Was gonna do the things
that she did!
I had no idea!
I didn't know!
- Did judy kill lucas?
- I don't know for sure,
But she did leave as soon
As you and your mom went
to bed and then...
She... She was gone
for a few hours.
- Where's your mom now?
- I don't know.
She's not answering my texts.
But gia, can you just
listen to me?
- Come on, mom!
- Gia, I didn't...
- Don't... Don't move!
- Delaney, I'm not gonna--
- no!
(soft music)
(dramatic boom)
(threatening music)
- Is this your recipe for
a perfect life?
- You're joking, right?
- Not really.
(phone rings)
- I have to get this.
Hey! Did you get in?
(jack): I did.
- And did you see who was
driving the suv?
- There were two people:
A young man in a baseball cap
I couldn't see very well,
But the other person...
It's your neighbour, judy.
- Judy?
- Helen?
- Hang up so we can talk.
- Talk? Are you insane?!
- Please, let's just... Just
take a moment so I can explain.
I want you to know
how sorry I am
That things turned out
the way that they did.
- You're a murderer.
- No, no, no, no, no!
Nobody murdered sophia!
It was an accident!
- An accident?
You killed lucas!
You murdered him!
- But I did that for taylor!
You know how much I love him!
Please, please
don't ruin everything.
Okay? Taylor will be out soon.
Please, helen,
we're like family.
- Like family?!
- Yes! Please, don't call
the police!
I... I had to protect miles!
You would've done the same
for gia or for taylor!
Please think of miles!
He has no one! Please!
Please don't!
- No!
- Please!
(phone clatters to floor)
No! No!
(fighting grunts)
(operator): 911,
what's your emergency?
- Yeah, you need to get someone
at 925 barclay road.
Helen parker's home.
Yes, please hurry!
(tense music)
(both shouting)
- No! No!
- Mom!
(bear spray hisses)
(screaming and coughing)
- Gia!
(police sirens approaching)
(indistinct police radio
- I'm sorry.
- We'll be here for you
when you get home.
(tender music)
(fork clangs on glass)
(jack): Everyone, someone
at the table here has
Some very big news.
- Yeah, so here it is.
The village green project is
coming back to kpl.
I'm gonna be the head architect
and jack is coming back
To kpl to help manage it.
(gia): What?
- That's huge!
Congrats, you two.
- Ah, thank you, taylor.
- Did you know?
- He just told me
on the ride over.
- I'd like to make a toast.
To friends.
And the future.
(glasses clink)
(jack): Cheers.
- Cheers.
(hopeful music)