City of Love (2023) Movie Script

[upbeat electronic music]
[upbeat music continues]
[bottles clinking]
[door opens]
[door closes]
-[man] Hey, Spencer.
-[Spencer breathes uneasily]
[tense electronic music]
[tense music continues]
Over here, man. Spence.
Hey, what's the deal
with you, man?
[Spencer breathes uneasily]
I got into a fight with Sal.
[soft dramatic music]
[sirens wailing]
[Spencer breathes heavily]
[bars clanking]
[inmates chattering]
-[siren blaring]
-[guard] Moreno, Michael.
Moreno, Michael, 1901,
1901, you have a visit.
-[alarm blaring]
-[door opens]
-[man screaming]
-[guard] Go inside now.
I want all of you inside now.
Turnout. No, you got
to turnout now.
[guard 2] Yard crew.
Head over to checkpoint.
Yard crew,
head over to checkpoint.
Do so now.
[inmates chattering]
[keys jangling]
[bars clanking]
[birds chirping]
[tense music]
[traffic whirring]
[woman] Spency.
God knows
that you are a good man.
And that's all that matters.
[engine revving]
[Spencer swallows and sighs]
[doll squeaking]
-[lighter clicking]
-[cigarette sizzling]
[tense music continues]
-[bars rattle]
-[man screaming]
[breathing heavily]
[door opens]
[traffic whirring]
[utensils clinking]
[dishes rattle]
[Spencer sighing]
[traffic whirring]
Let me get that for you.
[soft electronic music]
-[suitcase clattering]
-All right, there you go.
-Oh, thank you.
-You're welcome.
-[Thanks, Emily.
-Of course, bye, guys.
[recording] Every ride
could become an encounter
you'll never forget.
How many times have you
instantly fallen for somebody
that was just a few
seats away on the subway?
La La Riders are the heroes
that'll connect this city.
Ted Larsson here,
CEO of La La Ride.
You wanna be a La La driver?
You could not
have picked a better time.
We just announced the first
driver of the month award.
Now this award is--
is not just the celebration
of the finest drivers
in our fleet.
It's a commitment
to our customers
because we wanna establish
a genuine connection with them.
La La Riders are the heroes
that'll connect this city.
[horns honking]
[Spencer] Come on, Auntie.
I need a new car.
Well, I don't know, Spency.
Mm, how about $3,000?
If you have $3,000,
you should pay off your
mom's hospital bills.
I'll-- I'll meet tons of
interesting people every day.
For heaven's sakes, Spency.
If you want my opinion,
I don't like the driver idea.
[sighs] Los Angeles is full
of very selfish people.
You should try
to focus on yourself.
[traffic whirring]
Why do you think La La Ride
is the only rideshare
company that survived
the economic crisis
in Los Angeles?
Ah, that's easy.
We're local. We take care
of our city and our drivers.
[Spencer exhaling]
What about the claims
that some of your drivers
are just not qualified?
[Ted] We are out there
serving this city.
What are you doing
for the city?
That's the question
we have to ask.
And of course,
only the drivers that score
the highest ratings
get to access
the La La Map of Friends.
[Spencer] The Photoshop
class in prison, worth it!
[upbeat rock music]
Birds on fire
Working out, working
Through the neighborhood
Might get high
On business
I aim to feel good
'Cause there's a song
In my mind
-Right blinker.
-[turns off music]
-[indistinct chattering]
-[blinker clicking]
-Put it in reverse.
-[shift clanks]
Stop. Stop.
Just wanna see
the backup lights.
Oh, sorry. I thought you
wanted to see it in reverse.
[Spencer] That's red,
you know, La La Corporate.
How many drivers are there,
um, with the red car?
Maybe a few thousand?
Maybe a hundred?
Or-- or maybe, ah, how many
total drivers have you had?
Like, maybe 10,000 or?
-All right, all good.
-All good?
[soft electronic music]
The most beautiful day, today.
The biggest obstacle, fear.
The most powerful force
in the world, faith.
-[camera clicking]
-The most beautiful thing
of all, love.
[soft dramatic music]
[traffic whirring]
[screwdriver clicking]
I-- I have bananas if you
don't like the peanuts.
Did you know that until 1949,
the sign read Hollywoodland?
[chuckles] Hollywoodland.
[bubble pops]
-That's a cool story.
-Hey thanks, man.
I really appreciate that.
Did you ever hear the story
of the Sunset Tower Hotel?
[seatbelt clattering]
Oh, let me help you with that.
Okay, okay.
You're too close to the balls.
[message beeping]
[soft dramatic music]
[key chain clattering]
[engine revving]
Hey, I-- you missed
the park entrance.
Oh, shoot. I-I-- I can
back up a little, uh.
-No, no.
-I don't want you to walk
back with your injury.
-[brakes squeaking]
-It's fine.
I-- it's no big deal.
I can walk, thanks.
[doors open]
-Are you sure?
I can, ah, I can help.
-Yes, yes, don't worry.
-It's good for me to walk.
-I can...
We look so rad.
-Who took that photo?
Frankie took it.
[sighs] Come on.
I don't remember, man.
This was long time ago.
[Spencer sighing]
Yeah, it was a fucking
long time ago. Huh.
-More coffee?
-Ah, I'm good.
Thank you.
[coffee pouring]
[Spencer slurping]
Hey, are you sure you don't
want something to eat? It's--
-It's delicious.
-No, no, no, I can't.
I can't, thank you, man,
but, uh,
I have lunch with
my daughter and Emily.
they're waiting for me.
She's turning eight.
Let me show you--
show you a picture.
Look here.
You have a beautiful family.
Thanks, man.
I really think
I should get going, you know?
Well, we should call Frankie,
oh, and dominate the pool...
-Yeah. the Pony Bar.
-[both chuckle]
-Like we used to do.
Yeah, I remember.
Well, are you still in touch
with him?
Not really. Haven't heard
from him in like, years, so...
Well, fuck Frankie.
-You and me, kid.
Okay. Wow.
Yeah, um, thanks
for the coffee
and, um, take care, Spencer.
Yeah. Well, sure, uh.
-See you around.
[door closes]
[tense music]
[officer] We tried
to set up the perimeter
and one of them managed
to get out of the perimeter.
-[message beeping]
-And the officers
maintained their perimeters
and one came out of the bushes
and started coming back
towards the residence.
[reporter] Department
of Fish and Game officers
shot and killed a mountain lion
that came dangerously close
to homes in Santa Paula.
It happened this morning in
the 300 block of Dana Drive.
Residents of this home
had seen the big cats
that looked like thieves
prowling the area
at least four times
since Friday.
And some neighbors
have even seen a lion
walking right down the street.
Well, this morning,
lions were seen again
and police rushing
to the scene,
saw two cats
when they arrived.
[blinker clicking]
[brakes squeaking]
Yeah, I'm from LA.
I mean, I've been out of town
for a while.
LA used to be so rad,
but I don't recognize the city
I grew up in anymore.
And I think my friends
don't recognize me at all.
That is why I like what
La La Ride is doing.
Connecting people, uh,
connecting strangers.
You see that place
over there?
They used to have the best
buffalo chicken ever.
It's just not the same.
Are you listening to me?
The truth is that 22 years,
10 months and 16 days
is a long fucking time.
I guess it's easier to say
that I'm new in town.
Should I call Stephanie?
What is she doing right now?
She was my best friend
when I was your age.
[girls giggling]
[Spencer] I know, I know.
I'm being ridiculous.
-My friends, they all
have their own lives now.
That's what La La Ride
is all about.
New beginnings
and forget about the past.
That's pretty rad.
[horns honking]
Ah, I see you got some water.
[drink sloshing]
All I'm saying is that
Jesus was able to turn--
did you know that alcohol
is 100% hydrating?
-[drink spilling]
-No, no, no, no!
-[passenger vomiting]
-Oh, no. [laughs]
No! Oh, that's it.
For God's sake.
I think you might need
this more than me, man.
Oh, it smells.
What the fuck? Oh, man.
I hate the smell
of booze! Mm!
-[door closes]
-I hate the smell of booze.
-Wait, bro. This isn't my house.
Bro, hey.
-[car starts]
[engine revving]
[message beeping]
[man] Can you stop praying
and make any goddamn sense?
-[figure shatters]
-[woman] When you stop drinking.
I'm gonna get some fresh air.
[tense music]
[woman sighs]
[woman] We're gonna
get through this.
We need to stay strong.
[tense music continues]
[traffic whirring]
You bitch.
You can't just treat
my mother like that.
-Get out of my way.
-I'm not just gonna sit here
and let you get away
with this shit anymore!
You little shit!
[Spencer breathes heavily]
Grow up.
[footsteps receding]
[keys jangling]
[Spencer screams]
[body thuds]
-[brick pounding]
-[Spencer screaming]
[eerie music]
It is just weird being here,
20 years older
and without Mom.
[soft dramatic music]
I couldn't even go
to her funeral.
Maybe if I didn't go to prison,
she would be alive today.
[breathes heavily]
You fucking idiot!
You fucking idiot!
You fucking idiot! [cries]
Fucking idiot.
You fucking idiot.
Fucking idiot.
-[message beeping]
-You fucking idiot.
[coins jangling]
-[leaves rustling]
-[lion growling]
[Spencer breathes heavily]
[leaves rustling]
[lion growling]
[Spencer panting]
[engine revving]
[brakes squeaking]
Um, I remember you.
Can I help you with that?
-Oh, no, no, no. It's fine.
-Oh, okay.
Thank you.
All right.
Good to see you.
All right.
Well, where are you going?
Um, uh, home, actually.
[soft dramatic music]
This is a fun car.
[SPencer] What are you doing
so early in the park?
I like to come here
before the sun rises,
before all the hikers
and tourists,
and it's just me and the park
and the animals.
Are-- are you a performer?
I saw the script in your bag.
Yeah, it's, um,
it's my play.
I-- I wrote it and I'm
producing it as well.
-Oh, so rad.
-I'm very nervous.
Wha-- why are you nervous?
[chuckles] I don't want
to bore you with my, um-
No, no, no.
We got 13 minutes left.
[soft electronic music]
Back east, I used to work on
a lot of off-Broadway plays.
My, uh, ex-husband
was an actor too,
and we were great together
until I decided
that he was better than me
and it felt okay
turning down offers
to help pursue his dream.
-Lucky man.
[chuckles] Yeah.
Lucky enough
to have two cool girls.
The other one
lived in, ah, Manila.
I am back on my game.
Although this play
may be the end of me.
No, it won't.
I will tell every single
passenger about your play.
You didn't have
to walk with me.
Oh, my pleasure.
If you like the rides,
you could put me in
your list of favorites.
That way,
the app will connect us.
Sure. Sounds good.
Hey, um, um, try this
and let me know if it works.
Oh! I'm sorry
if the car smelled.
-I-- I've been driving--
-No, no, it's not perfume.
It's animal essence.
My sister and I,
we make them
and we sell them online.
-You boil animal?
-No, no.
Um, it's more
of a meditation ritual
where, uh, we assimilate
the animal's energy.
This is owl.
Um, take 10 drops
and it should help with
connection to yourself.
-Oh, thank you.
-Well, you're gonna tell
all your passengers
about my play, right?
-Yes, I will.
-All right.
Well, see you later.
[traffic whirring]
[upbeat electronic music]
-[pump clacking]
-[air hissing]
[cap clicking]
[engine revving]
[passenger coughing]
[singing in foreign language]
I have bananas if you
don't like the peanuts.
I'm good.
Do you know the story
of the Sunset Tower Hotel?
It's haunted.
[singing in foreign language]
[passengers chattering
in foreign language]
Why is Brittney
riding in a black SUV?
No, it's not.
You called
for La La Deluxe for her
and I'm riding
in a trashy Pontiac
that smells like
a menopausal stripper.
You always
do the fucking same!
Sure, you spend money
on the new bitches,
but what about me, cheapskate?
I'm not quitting.
And I want you to pay
for the X-ray.
Because my insurance
does not cover it.
I twisted my ankle
while I was dancing.
What? You say that again
and I'll cut your Mexican
baby dick off,
you son of a bitch!
Puta madre.
Who do you--
who do you think you are?
-Have a good night.
-I swear to God.
I swear to God,
if I see you again,
I will cut your dick off.
[upbeat electronic music]
[singing in foreign language]
Shut up!
Sorry to bother you.
Ah, you left--
[door slams]
-[messages dinging]
Join the La La Map of Friends.
[app dinging]
[printer clattering]
[aunt] The app is called
Map of Friends?
La La Map of Friends.
If someone puts me on
their list of favorite drivers,
we get connected
in this new media thing.
Everyone can see you
on that Map of Friends?
Not yet.
I need more ratings.
So I'm doing it
the old fashioned way.
And how was driving all day?
It's crazy.
This girl I met today,
she has a walking problem.
You know, like Mom.
Maybe I could help.
Don't get too involved, Spency.
Ah, I'm gonna
talk to you later.
I am gonna finish this.
[soft electronic music]
[Ted] La La Riders
believe in people.
And this is why we needed more
than just a rideshare app.
And of, of course, only
the drivers and passengers
that score the highest
rating get to access
the La La Map of Friends.
It's a constellation
of places, people, routes.
The drivers you add
to your favorites list,
they're not strangers,
they're friends.
They look after this city.
Me, my Chevy, and I.
You're kidding, right?
You know it's supposed
to all be in Spanish?
[Spencer] Well, here.
[Stephanie] Okay, you
do realize you're not
in elementary school anymore?
No, no.
This is an art piece.
Okay? You as an artist
should appreciate it.
[Stephanie chuckling]
[soft dramatic music]
[Stephanie laughing]
Okay, okay, okay.
Let me see this test.
The most beautiful day, today.
The biggest obstacle, fear.
The most powerful force
in the world, faith.
The most beautiful
thing of all, love.
Love. Thank you, Father,
Son and Spirit. [kisses]
[key pad clicking]
[message dinging]
[cigarette sizzling]
[birds chirping]
[app beeping]
[app beeping]
[car approaching]
[horn honking]
-Waiting for Molly?
[engine revving]
[app beeping]
[brakes squeaking]
Oh, motherfucker.
-All right, asshole.
-Hey, hey, dude!
-Get the fuck outta my car.
-Hold on.
-Get the fuck outta my car!
-It's a mistake.
A mistake?
Jesus fucking Christ!
I'm so sick
of this shit, man!
I got loans to pay!
And my door
is still fucking open!
[soft electronic music]
[Molly sighs]
[Molly] Spencer?
I was dropping off
somebody nearby.
Then boom!
This guy just rear-ended me.
I get out, my car's okay.
So I wasn't upset or anything,
but this guy was cuckoo.
-Was he a La La driver?
-He started shouting at me.
I got scared and called 911.
Then he pushes me,
destroys my phone,
and then drives away.
Spencer, you just saved me
from a crazy maniac.
[laughs manically]
Well, thanks a lot for
the owl essence, by the way.
I use it every night.
Yeah, great, um, it,
it's supposed to help you
stay awake and alert, so...
You must have read my mind.
You're so magical.
I just was thinking
about that.
The power of the owl is
helping me a lot at night.
Yeah, that's-- that's great.
-Oh, I can drive you.
-Oh, no.
I don't wanna cancel him.
Besides you've, um--
you've had
a rough morning, so...
Maybe he's another loony.
Oh, shut up. [laughs]
You know what?
Why don't we meet up tonight?
We'll get a milkshake
or something and...
Okay. 8:30 sharp, my place.
[upbeat electronic music]
[upbeat music continues]
[upbeat music continues]
[crickets chittering]
Good evening, Molly.
[crutch clattering]
[Molly breathes uneasily]
Oh, thank you.
You didn't have to.
Well, this is special.
You're special.
So where are we going?
Oh, I wanted to keep it
a surprise.
-But do you like Italian?
Yeah. Italian's great.
I put the neon lights
around the window.
The stereo system
is pretty rad.
I mean,
for a car from the '90s.
Your car is from the '90s?
[Spencer] 1995.
Ah, well, I hope
it's still just as good.
-Good evening.
-Hey, uh, I got a pick up.
Uh, Spencer Combs.
-Pick up?
-Buffalo chicken for five.
-[Molly chuckles]
That's right.
[customers chattering]
[footsteps approaching]
-Thank you, we will.
Um, all righty. Ready?
Let's go.
[Molly chuckles]
[water spraying]
This is the most amazing
place in the world.
All bad thoughts turn off,
the voices shut up.
This is really cool.
[water spraying]
You know, it's strange.
Therapeutic places.
When I was divorcing,
I found myself
spending way too much time
in laundromats.
Um, do you mind?
-[lighter clicking]
[brushes rustling]
Do you drive, Molly?
Um, I used to,
-before the accident.
-Oh, God, I'm sorry.
Um, what--
what happened to your leg?
I was hiking
at Griffith Park one night...
and a mountain lion
attacked me.
What? Wait a minute,
a mountain lion in
Griffith Park?
Yeah. It was adorable.
I saw one there too.
May-- maybe it's the same one.
Do you want a drag?
Oh, no, thanks.
I mean, so, okay.
It can't hurt me none.
All right. [coughing]
All right. I already...
Does it help you
with your acting, Molly?
No, it's more of a--
a social thing.
I mean, I mostly smoke
weed with my friends.
What about you?
What about your friends?
My friends?
I have 127 friends.
Well, I have a big old map
of the entire city,
and all my friends hang on it.
I mean, they--
their photos and whereabouts.
Ah, yeah.
It's, um...
That's a cool idea.
[tense music]
-[traffic whirring]
-[horns honking]
So, um,
are you on Facebook
or Instagram?
No, I'm not on the Internet.
-Not at all?
[traffic whirring]
[brakes squeaking]
We did so much stuff.
I-- I hope you had fun.
Uh, yeah.
Thanks for everything, Spencer.
I, um, I had a blast.
[bright electronic music]
[bright music continues]
[bright music continues]
[bright music continues]
[recording] Hey, this is Molly.
I'm probably rehearsing,
so leave me a message
and I'll get back to you
-as soon as I can.
Hey, Molly, I just wanted
to check in with you.
I hope you slept well.
I know it was a lot of chicken.
Maybe if you need
a ride anytime, just let
me know, okay?
-Hey, this is Molly.
Listen, would you like to go
to the movies sometime?
Pick whatever you want.
Uh, action film, mystery,
Um, all right,
well see you soon.
[Molly] Leave me a message
and I'll get back to you
-as soon as I can.
-[voicemail beeping]
-[woman] Yeah, no.
So I ordered 300 units
for this first batch,
and then I figure
if that's not enough...
-...I can just, um,
underestimating how many,
um, hold on one second.
-Hello, is Molly there?
Are you Henry?
Um, no, no.
I think she's left already.
She must be on her way
to La Serenata.
Yeah, yeah.
Oh, yeah, I forgot.
Um, thank you.
Um, I shall go.
Yeah, no, sorry.
It was, um,
one of the starving actors
my sister hangs out with.
You know
you can talk to me, Spency.
She's an actress.
She has a messed up leg.
And I love her.
Isn't it a little early
to say that?
Oh. Isn't she gorgeous?
I don't know.
Love is dangerous, Spencer.
I mean, and people can be so...
[sighs loudly]
She is not.
Don't you remember what
your poor mother went through?
There are good people out there.
You are good. Mom was good.
We like each other.
She-- she just is a little
confused about me.
Name of Father, the Son,
the Holy Ghost.
[Spencer exhaling]
-[upbeat electronic music]
-[pencil scraping]
Don't move.
[pop music playing]
[Sal] Will you stop!
[muffled yelling]
Speaking of assholes.
Let's go somewhere quiet.
You two do something useful,
make a grocery run
for your mother.
Yeah, for my mother.
[cash crinkling]
We're not getting
your scotch, Sal.
You've been smoking.
I'm sorry, Mr. Murphy.
That's my fault.
I've been stressed
with finals
and I forget
I can't smoke here.
Oh, spare me, amiga. Okay?
If you're so stressed out,
why you keep
wasting your time here
blowing this shitbag, huh?
[body thuds]
I'll go to the store myself.
You girls keep drawing.
[music continues]
I really hate him.
Deserves a kick in the balls.
Yeah, he does.
[sighs] I'm pretty sure
he hits my mom.
Do you remember your real dad?
Um, he died when I was two.
He used to be this taxi driver
in New York,
but, um, he had a bunch
of issues and he just...
[sighs] My mom always says
I've inherited
his good looks though.
-[Stephanie] Good looks?
-[both laughing]
-[Spencer laughing]
-[sprinkler rattling]
-[Stephanie gasps]
-[Stephanie chuckles]
What are you doing?
-[sprinkler rattling]
-[Stephanie laughing]
[soft dramatic music]
I'm gonna miss you.
You're the only person
that keeps me sane
in this shit town.
[Stephanie] Oh, my God.
You're so dramatic.
[both laughing]
You're gonna meet
tons of girls in LA.
I'm moving
to boring Gainesville.
I'm gonna be 60
before I meet somebody.
-[Spencer laughing]
-[Stephanie scoffs]
[app dinging]
[Spencer] What?
[soft dramatic music]
[app dinging]
[siren wailing]
[brakes squeaking]
Okay. Okay.
Huh. Whoa, whoa,
whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
Here you go. Here you go.
Here you go. You ready?
Here you go.
-Right into here.
-[door creaking]
You go in there and you
make yourself comfortable.
Hey, baby. Come over here.
[eerie music]
-[traffic whirring]
[eerie music continues]
Oh, we're here now, baby.
Right this way.
Right this way.
Hey, grab her purse, will ya?
Goodnight, loser.
[door slams]
Broke ass.
[blade clicking]
Right this way, babe.
[security] The hotel is closed
for a private party.
-[engine revving]
-[horns honking]
One, have your GPS
ready to go.
Two, know the roads.
Three, know what's
going on in the city.
Special events,
concerts, games.
Four, be polite.
Don't be annoying.
Five, have water available.
Six, keep a charger
in your car, right?
Seven, have the car
be clean.
Have it smell good.
Hey, Spencer.
They're not the problem.
You know that.
[eerie music]
You're the problem.
What's the most important
virtue of the La La driver?
Mind Balance, man, come on.
Mind balance.
-Are you working on that?
Well, what are you waiting for?
[containers clattering]
[pills rattling]
[breathes heavily]
You ever stood at
the Hollywood sign?
Oh, oh, oh, my God!
This-- the weather's so nice.
Have you been to, uh,
the Mulholland Drive?
Oh, my God,
that's a beautiful dress.
I love-- I love you.
[mumbling and sobbing]
Please, please, please, please.
[app beeping]
Hey, Molly.
[car approaching]
Oh, Charlie. Ha-ha.
You came by yourself.
Ah, where's your--
where's your brother?
Ma'am, I think
you're in the wrong car.
-I'm not Charlie.
What the hell?
[engine starting]
[engine revving]
Well, who are you?
I-- I just need to figure
out where my friend is going
and then I'll take you home.
[soft dramatic music]
[brakes squeaking]
-[door closes]
-[engine revving]
[Molly] We're gonna rehearse
the last scene today, so...
[Spencer] Who's that dude
with the ridiculous clothing?
Molly, you like that?
[engine revving]
[soft dramatic music]
[insects chittering]
[door closes]
[door creaking]
I let them eat me alive.
Good, pause there,
just give me
a little more energy
on that, more voice.
[breathes uneasily]
I let them eat me alive.
Let me be with you.
I won't stop them.
And cut. Good.
Yeah, Molly,
Henry, both good.
[soft dramatic music]
[door opens]
[actors chattering]
Whoa, whoa, rat, rat!
Oh, oh my God!
-[feet stomping]
-Whoa, can...
Don't, he's huge.
[eerie classical music]
[eerie music continues]
[eerie music continues]
[eerie music continues]
[eerie music continues]
[eerie music continues]
The most beautiful day, today.
The biggest obstacle, fear.
The most powerful force
in the world, faith.
The most beautiful
thing of all, love.
That's what religion
makes you think.
That you're dirty,
sinful, and wrong.
These things you have,
the rosaries,
statue of a so-called saint...
you must be thinking
you're powerless.
Do really think
your God is helping you?
My mom always said,
"Beware of Satan's temptations.
Pray to God."
And I do. I talk to him.
Has he ever answered?
I have faith.
Here's the issue, my friend.
Religion is poisonous.
It instills dangerous ideas
in your mind,
like faith and fear.
So instead of believing
in yourself,
you believe in a God that
watches and judges constantly.
[clears throat, coughs]
Do you agree with everything
your religion tells you?
You're going to burn in
hell for all eternity?
-What about miracles?
-Our mind is a miracle.
[breathes uneasily]
Your God is a tyrant,
a murderer.
And people have repeated his
actions for far too long.
[breathes uneasily]
It's time. [gasping]
Do you have peanuts
in your car?
A couple bags back there.
[gasping] I'm allergic.
Stop the...
[gasps] car.
EpiPen! Trunk! [gasping]
My bag! [gasping]
Stop the car. [gasping]
[suspenseful music]
[man gasping]
[suspenseful music continues]
[app dinging]
[app beeping]
[breathes heavily]
With my eyes on you, Lord.
The biggest obstacle, fear.
With you walking beside me.
The most powerful force
in the world, faith.
With you working through me,
I can make it.
[Spencer] The most beautiful
thing of all, love.
[soft dramatic music]
[footsteps tapping]
[vacuum whirring]
[suspenseful music]
-[chip crunching]
Lourdes Combs.
Oh, yeah. I remember.
We can't approve the claim
because we haven't gotten
the documentation we require
from the doctors.
And so we don't know
if the surgery's necessary.
They sent you
everything you asked for.
-That's bullshit.
Do you wanna know
why I got into the health
insurance business?
Because I also
had a sick mother.
Do it then. Okay, fix it.
Help my sick mother.
Let's do that.
I am going to mark your case
as a top priority.
And I personally will
follow up with the case.
You don't get it.
This needs
to be resolved right now.
Okay? She's dying.
I don't know
what you want me to do.
Just put Lourdes Combs
under the best coverage
that you have.
-It won't help her.
-Do it!
You know what?
I'm gonna call our senior rep.
He'll be able
to find a solution for us.
Mike, will you
come up here please?
Now. Yes, please.
-[footsteps approaching]
You liar son of a bitch!
[Spencer screaming]
-[Spencer screaming]
-[chips crunching]
-[woman] Oh, my Lord!
[pharmacist] That's $496.
496 for the new medicine?
Wait, how, how much
is my insurance covering?
Your insurance
is gonna cover 30%
and that's gonna
save you about $149.
Of course.
You know?
-[bag crinkling]
[traffic whirring]
[dog barking]
Yo, Spence, I'm sorry.
I have no time.
Dude, you won't believe
what happened
-on my last ride, man.
-Gotta go, man.
-Dude, dude!
I wanna fucking murder
this guy, Jeff Harding.
I won't ever forget his fucking
name or his shitty face.
He was with a young girl
and grabbing her
and took her
to a sketchy hotel.
I don't know what the hell
is going on up in there, man.
You know? But guess what?
You know-- you know
what I'm thinking?
Yeah, take it easy. Please?
He works at the same place
that dealt with
my mom's health insurance.
-Yeah, that son of a bitch!
-Why-- why would you do that?
You just got out.
If you go back,
you go back for life.
What life?
So you wanna go back?
Is that it?
You know what got me through
all those years?
Knowing that I killed
a monster.
Okay. So you found
another monster.
Drop it! Okay?
Your dad was your monster.
Any other scumbag around,
it's just somebody
else's monster.
Why don't you just let it go?
You know, you--
you fucking moron.
You fucking piece of shit!
-You don't have a clue!
-[glass shattering]
You don't have a clue, man!
[Spencer sighs]
[dog barking]
[Thomas sighs]
No, it's-- it's--
it's fine.
It's fine. Just...
[bag crinkling]
[traffic whirring]
[dog barking]
The pill, Dad.
[bag crinkling]
[tape rewinding]
Okay. Yes!
Turn around.
-What do you think?
-Oh, Mom, really?
It's your red Chevy.
Does Dad know about this?
Happy birthday, honey.
[tape rewinding]
-[water spraying]
-[phone ringing]
Hey, this is Molly,
I'm probably rehearsing,
so leave me a message
and I'll get back to you
-as soon as I can.
-[voicemail beeping]
I-I-- I saw you
with that actor.
I'm not upset at all.
Um, you know, I'm a cool guy.
You know that.
Um, you know, it just--
I need to see you, Molly.
I need to ask you something.
[crutch tapping]
[birds chirping]
[door creaking]
Hey, Molly,
I figured you might need
a ride to the park today.
It's my treat.
I don't think
that's necessary.
Molly, let me drive you.
I'd rather you ask
before you came here.
I-- I will next time.
[tense music]
Okay, let's go.
I don't wanna be late.
You know, it's kind of rude
to show up
to someone's house unannounced.
Is that thing bothering you?
Yeah. My, uh--
my prosthesis is bothering me.
I-- I get it.
Those motherfuckers!
-You know?
-[blinker clicking]
So I'm gonna fix this, Molly.
Don't even worry.
I-- I'm gonna fix this.
Oh, you know...
it's like, I just...
I wanna ask, do you have
Wise Choice Insurance?
Uh, yes.
I knew it. This has been
too fucking wrong...
-Thanks, um...
-...for too fucking
long, Molly.
-Take care.
-So, I...
Yeah, yeah. Um-- um, I'll call
you after rehearsal.
I'll-- I'll make
buffalo chicken.
[tense music]
[tense music continues]
-[lighter clicking]
-[message dinging]
[tense music continues]
Jesus, shit.
[bottle spraying]
[bottle clattering]
[liquid dripping]
[message dinging]
Spencer, can you read
between the lines? Huh?
She needs space
from you, brother.
No, you're the one not
reading in-between the lines.
-Spencer, stop.
-She is asking for my help!
-Can't you see?
-Come on! Mind balance, man!
-Mind balance.
-She's asking for help.
Can't you see?
-You're out of balance.
Oh, my God! She's not right.
And the insurance
is screwing her up!
[breathing heavily]
Well, there's still time.
When's your play opening?
It doesn't matter if
this play is good or bad.
I'm just gonna be a fraud.
I thought this
was a method thing.
[sighs] It was just to
gain everybody's trust.
And you did that.
You gained their trust.
That makes you
a pretty good actress.
You gained the trust of
a lunatic La La driver. Hmm?
[sighs] I'm gonna tell
everybody, Jo.
[Spencer] Yeah?
-Spencer Combs?
Officer Manse, LAPD
I need to ask you some questions
about Sergej Zudarovich.
-Sergej who?
Can you come with me
to the police station to
answer a few questions?
It'll only take a few minutes.
-Right now?
-Is there, uh,
-any inconvenience?
-No, no.
Now's good.
Just gimme a sec. Okay?
[door closes]
So let me understand.
So you limping,
you being paralyzed,
none of that was real?
-No, I--
-So lying to everyone
is the way to build the perfect
character in your own play?
No, no.
I set this rule
for myself because
I wanted to live
the character 24/7.
It wasn't just for me,
it was for everybody.
Molly, why didn't--
why didn't you just tell me?
It was-- it was a device.
Yeah-- yeah.
Yeah, a petty
defense mechanism
so nobody could be
too hard on you.
God, and you know,
I-- I really thought
you weren't this broken.
Actually, you know, maybe
I was wrong about you, Molly.
You're not broken.
No, you're not broken.
You just wanted everybody
to be invested
in your little play.
And who couldn't? Hmm?
Who could say no to the gimp
of Griffith Park?
Hmm? Molly Sullivan.
If that's even your real name.
[customers chattering]
[Molly sighs]
I told you guys, he coughed
a couple times.
I remember that.
Besides that,
the ride was normal.
What did you guys talk about?
Mostly religion.
We found that
in Sergej's jacket.
-What is this?
-You don't know?
That's an essay about
the 1983 hostage situation
at the Mexican church,
La Luz del Mundo.
You don't need to hide any
piece of information from us.
Are you accusing me
of something?
No, Mr. Combs.
Just collaborating with us.
Am I free to go?
Yeah, whenever you want.
Officer Manse will escort you
to the door.
I know my way.
[engine humming]
[insects chirping]
[dog barking]
[gasping] Trunk, my bag!
[unlocking trunk]
[dog barking]
[muffled chattering]
[ashtray clinking]
[bag unzips]
[suspenseful music]
[suspenseful music continues]
[crossbow clicking]
-[crossbow fires]
-[arrow whacks]
Oh. [chuckles]
phones in the fucking bag!
Phones in the--
phones in...
I'm serious.
I'm gonna slice his neck.
-[arrow clicking]
-I am in control.
Phones in the fucking bag!
-[crossbow fires]
Oh, shit.
-[arrow clicks]
I'm in control.
I'm in control.
-[crossbow fires]
-[arrow thudding]
-[air hissing]
You giving me an attitude?
I'm serious right now.
Phones in the fucking bag.
[air hissing]
-[crossbow fires]
-Ah-hah! [laughs]
The most beautiful day, today.
The biggest obstacle, fear.
The most powerful force
in the world, faith.
[crossbow clicking]
The most beautiful
thing of all, love.
[soft dramatic music]
[engine revving]
-Molly Sullivan.
-[voicemail beeps]
I understand that you
might be a bit confused.
Um, Molly, um, you know,
it just--
I have a big surprise.
Uh, a really great thing
that will change your life.
Uh, uh, I'll call
you later, Molly.
We're his realtors,
not his financial advisors.
Sorry, no.
[suspenseful music]
I know. I'll call you later.
You know, I need
to cancel this trip.
[app beeping]
[app beeping]
[door opens]
Ah, burns like hell
when I sit. [groans]
Do you work
at Wise Source Insurance?
No, why would I?
Well, I thought-- well didn't
you just come from there?
Just got
tailbone surgery done.
Burns like hell.
Can you even see anything on
that screen? It looks broken.
Yeah, dude.
Going to Eric's Car Shop.
It's actually
Derek's Car Shop.
Yeah, yeah. Oh, yeah, yeah.
I got it.
[engine revving]
Hey, Molly.
Hi, Molly. It's Spencer.
I hope rehearsals
are going okay, um.
Yeah. Business here
is great as usual.
Oh, I met a new friend
and he knows
a really good doctor.
-[chuckles nervously]
-I, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, okay, okay.
Hey, this is Molly,
I'm probably rehearsing,
so leave me a message
and I'll get back to you
-as soon as I can.
-[voicemail beeps]
Hey, Molly, it's Spencer.
Hey, how you doing?
How-- I hope
rehearsal's going okay.
Um, I hope the leg's fine.
Uh, oh.
-Hey, what up guys?
-Hey, what's up?
I wanna know! Hey!
Did they stick
a finger in your ass?
Hey, the Wise Choice doctor.
You said
you'd give me his number.
-Just drop it.
-I need to know.
-Don't fucking touch me, man.
Son of a bitch.
Hey, Bobby, Bobby,
Bobby, Bobby, Bobby.
Let's go.
-Who's that, your driver?
-Should sue that motherfucker.
Putting his hands on me.
-What the hell's
wrong with him?
[tense music]
[door opens]
Hey, do you work at Wise
Choice Insurance by any chance?
I have a good friend
that works there.
I have no friends there.
Sorry, I had a long day.
At Wise Choice?
A long day at Wise Choice, yes.
So you work for them?
Yes. I'm the IT guy
there actually.
You know, man,
I tell you, one gets tired
of helping a company rip
people off all day long.
I was actually thinking about
becoming a La La driver,
but I just never
got around to it, I guess.
-Give me your fucking phone.
-Whoa, whoa, what?
Fucking phone.
Cancel your trip.
Hey, I, I don't even
really work there, man.
-I'm just the IT guy.
-Ah, da, da, da!
Listen to me.
-All right.
I need your help.
If you don't want to die,
listen to me.
-You're gonna follow...
-What-- what do you need?
-...what I say.
-What do I need to do for you?
-Okay, okay, listen.
-You don't need to do this.
-Shit, shut up!
-[elevator whirring]
-Going up.
-Just do what I say.
-All right.
[elevator beeping]
-The fuck?
-[door closing]
[mouse clicking]
-[upbeat music]
We thought you were Rick.
Hey, I'm his cousin,
uh, Steven.
Gun, gun! He's got a gun!
-Son of a bitch!
-[employees screaming]
[employees screaming]
Good night, loser.
[knife stabbing]
-[employees screaming]
-Oh, my God!
Phones in the fucking bag!
Computer guy!
All of the phones in the bag!
-All right.
-Everyone's phone.
Everyone's phone,
throw it in the bag.
-[crossbow firing]
-Don't touch anything.
Next time, it--
-Don't move.
-[crossbow fires]
Computer guy. Get everyone
in the conference room.
All right.
Come on, come on, guys.
-Everyone in
the conference room.
-Come on, let's go.
-Conference room. In the office.
-Conference room. Everyone.
-All right!
-Computer guy!
-[woman whimpering]
-It's okay.
-Conference room.
-It's gonna be all right.
Lock it.
-Lock it!
-All right, okay.
-Lock it.
-[keys jangling]
-Lock it, lock it.
I'm doing it. Sorry.
-It's done.
Okay, sit down. Get to work.
-Hey, get to work!
-Okay, all right.
-I'm doing it.
-Look for a Molly Sullivan.
[keyboard clattering]
The-- the-- there is
no Molly Sullivan.
-What are you talking about?
-No, no, no. I swear to God.
Are you sure
that she's a customer?
Uh, Uh, she's an artist.
She may have a different name.
Uh, can I give you
an address?
No, I can't filter by address.
The system doesn't work
like that. It's all-
Shit, shit, shit! Oh!
You're a computer hacker.
Can-- can't you figure it out?
So I'm trying to isolate
all the Mollys
or Margarets in LA,
all right?
But I'm telling you, Molly
Sullivan is not showing up.
She doesn't exist.
I'll keep trying.
Can't you do the whole city?
-You mean everyone?
-Everyone in the city.
Upgrade their insurance
to the best package.
The best coverage
you got for free.
I mean, I could by zip code.
By zip code, but that's
gonna take a while.
You know, Rick is gonna
be back any moment, so...
[suspenseful music]
I'm going to heal this
whole fucking scene.
Okay. Okay.
[keyboard clattering]
[suspenseful music continues]
[keyboard clattering]
[suspenseful music continues]
Okay. Last one, 90923.
Done. All right?
It's done.
Send 'em a notice right away.
It'll make them happy.
Okay, let me just...
you've been upgraded
to the most premium
insurance policy
at no additional cost, right?
Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.
sent. There.
You helped everyone. Okay?
My mom would still be alive
if I did this 20 years ago.
You fucking bastards!
[traffic whirring]
Fuck, fuck.
[sirens wailing]
[engine starting]
[lighter clicking]
[Ted] Spencer...
the man you killed,
he was a pervert, an abuser.
He's gone now.
You did that.
You've helped so many people.
[soft dramatic music]
They will probably never know
that it was a La La driver
that made their lives better.
But I know.
And I'm proud of you,
Spencer Combs.
[helicopter whirring]
[suspenseful music continues]
[sirens wailing]
[sirens wailing]
Hey, come on out with me.
[Spencer panting]
Come on.
[sirens wailing]
[police radio chatter]
[bars clanking]
[clock ticking]
[reporter] After weeks
of arduous negotiation,
the city of LA has reached
an agreement with Wise Choice
to bear a part
of the plan's costs.
A consensus was reached
after Judge Axelrod
ordered the company
to grant the customers
with life-threatening
the best benefit packages
A representative of Wise
Choice's affected customers,
spoke this morning
exclusively for LA Now,
considering the agreement
and a step closer to
a universal healthcare system
-in the United States.
You're part of the system
It is without doubt a very
important moment in our city.
And we'll follow the Spencer
Combs case very closely.
And now, George Patriani
with the sports news.
Congratulations you're part
Of the system
[intense electronic music]
Congratulations, you're part
Of the system
We breathe just like you
We taste just like you
We smell just like you
We break just like you
Congratulations you're part
Of the system
Another ring,
Such a beautiful item
Congratulations you're part
Of the system
Another ring,
Such a beautiful item now
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Cling the line
You'll be fine
Kiss the line
We'll be fine
Cling the line
You'll be fine
Lick the line
We'll be fine
Congratulations you're part
Of the system
Another ring,
Such a beautiful item
Congratulations you're part
Of the system
Another ring,
Such a beautiful item
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh, oh,
Oh, oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Cling the line
You'll be fine
Kiss the line
We'll be fine
We'll be fine
We'll be fine
Just fine
Just fine
Just fine