Dear Best Friend (2021) Movie Script

I told you, I, I need you.
I told you, I'll
be going for you.
I told you, I, I, I need you.
I told you, I'll
be going for you.
I told you, I, I, I need you.
Good morning, everyone.
Good morning.
Can you please
open your folders?
So as you can see,
the model that we
used in the first quarter
has outperformed...
the model that
we used in the third quarter
by 25%.
With that being said, we
can't continue to use...
Cori, are you OK?
Yeah, I'm f... oh, no.
Please... please
give me a minute.
Is she going to be OK?
God, no.
God, no.
No, no.
Happy birthday.
Thanks, mom.
What's wrong, baby?
It's happening again.
What do you mean?
The dreams.
Well, more like the
nightmares about Cori.
They're back.
The same dreams?
Her screams, it's like they just
keep getting louder and louder.
Aw, I'm so sorry, honey.
I just... I don't know.
I thought that after two years,
they would fade, you know?
DAWN'S MOM: I understand,
but there's no blueprint to
grieving someone you loved.
I'm still not over
your father's passing,
and it's been 10 years.
Cori was like a sister to you.
And although you feel guilt,
her death is not your fault.
I just wish it felt like that.
Well, I love you,
and I hope you
enjoy your morning.
Everything's going to be OK.
Happy birthday again, sweetie.
Thanks, mom.
Hey, baby.
Happy birthday.
Thank you, baby.
Happy birthday.
Happy birthday, my queen.
You have no idea
how much I needed this.
I know.
Happy birthday.
I felt the knots in your
shoulders the other day.
So listen, I'ma take
Lennox to day care.
And I just need you to
relax, get that massage,
and step away from your
feelings for a minute.
It's your birthday.
You deserve nothing
but positive energy
and maybe a little bit
of living a little later.
Oh, shut up.
Come on, Lennox.
Let's tell mommy bye bye.
Mommy, bye bye.
Come give me love.
Aw, there's my baby.
Mommy loves you.
Bye, bye.
Let's go.
Happy birthday, Mommy.
Happy birthday.
I love you so much.
It's a special key that goes
to my heart, a heart that holds
laughs, cries, and secrets.
We're sisters.
We're best friends.
We're connected to the end.
That special day in the bathroom
is where our journey begun.
I mean, look, this is
the perfect location.
With the gym we opened up
last year on the West Side,
you see the numbers we're
putting up with that.
But it's about
this foot traffic.
We don't get half of
this at the other gym.
Some big money, huh?
Private jet money.
"Mistress on the
private island" money.
What kind of numbers
they talking about?
500K cash.
The bank going to
give us the rest.
And we'll own
the whole building?
The whole building.
You're sure?
We're going to put the gym,
the spa, the cigar lounge,
have it all popping
at the same time.
We got to move fast on this.
Dude is not going
to wait forever.
When do you think you're
going to be ready?
I need a little more time.
I'm going to be ready.
The clock's ticking
on this, Alex.
Hit my line when you're ready.
What is this?
Really, Ma?
A taser?
You just never know
when you'll need it.
Thank you.
You watch too much TV.
Anyway, to my
first and only born.
Happy birthday.
Thank you, Mommy.
You're welcome.
So I got you something.
Here's your gift, and
here's your birthday card.
I know it's in the bag.
I was rushing. I'm sorry.
Oh, really?
I love you.
In the gas station bag?
Don't judge me.
Let me see what I got.
Mom, I love it.
Now, all you need is a
little bit in your bath, OK?
All right.
I'm sorry I was late.
A couple cousins came
in at the last minute.
Please, Mom, you
don't have to explain.
I just appreciate you helping
me out with the store.
Of course.
It's your birthday.
I really didn't expect
you to come in today.
How was your massage?
So good.
I need, like, three
of those a week.
Is this seat taken?
Mark, what a surprise.
Well, she told me that you
guys were going to be here.
So I felt I would
Deebo the situation...
And intrude.
Well, you can intrude any time.
You're are always welcome.
So how's your birthday going?
Oh, my god.
I'm so sorry.
I should pay more attention.
You got it, babe?
You good?
Thank you.
Sorry again.
All right, well.
Well, the birthday
is going good.
Alex and Lennox took
me to the spa, so...
- Oh, a spa.
- That's so sweet.
- That sounds really...
- Yes.
- Really amazing.
- It does.
It'd be nice if someone
sends me to the spa.
Hint, hint.
Well, I think I'm
going to take off.
I'll probably just walk home
so I can relax a little bit.
Yes, baby.
Clear your mind.
Take a hot bath.
Eat some ice cream, OK?
And if you want, I'll
come over and watch Lennox
so you and Alex can
have some alone time.
You really are the best, Mom.
You're my baby.
So I will call you later.
Mark, always a pleasure.
Good seeing you.
You don't look a day over 45.
Oh, shut up.
- Bye, baby.
- Bye.
That's my little baby.
Look at her.
- I know where she gets it from.
- I do too.
- Yeah?
- Mm.
So this...
Girl took the wrong bag?
He used
to undress me with his eyes.
Today was so crazy at work.
I had meetings nonstop,
and then the damn projector
broke right in the middle
of my presentation.
And yet, all I could think
about was cookie dough.
Why are you looking
at me like that?
You're so beautiful to me.
Please, all right?
My hair is a mess.
I've had this makeup
on for, what, 10 hours?
Can't help myself.
You're perfect.
It must be the dress.
Look at what you're doing to me.
Why nobody else...
What's underneath
is the prize, right?
Addicted to you, can't you see?
Caressing my body, body.
You make me feel
naughty, naughty.
And before I know, I'm
taking off my clothes.
Oh, it's deja vu, the same every
time that I want to fantasize.
I can't help but
have you on my mind.
In the beginning,
I felt loved every moment,
but that part of our lives
feels so long ago.
He hasn't looked at me the
same since I lost the baby.
Hey, are you OK?
Yeah, I'm good.
Well, is there something you
wanted to talk to me about?
You seem distant.
I mean, what you
want to talk about?
I don't know.
Maybe how was my day or my
meeting at social services.
This whole adoption thing is
something I don't want to do.
Derrick, you act like
we have a lot of choices.
If it was my choice, my
baby would have my DNA.
You don't think I
want the same thing?
Every time I walk past
that room, my heart hurts.
For six months, I
carried that baby.
Six months!
I know.
I wanted to be buried with him.
I'm trying so hard
not to be depressed...
but it's hard.
Babe, I just...
Uh, sorry, Miss Dawn!
It's all right!
You OK?
Hey, baby.
How was your day?
It was good.
I had lunch with Mom and Mark.
And how was the spa?
Oh, it was so bomb.
Thank you so much for that.
Of course.
Anything for you.
How's my little pumpkin doing?
He's good.
He's inside waiting for Mommy
to put him down for a nap.
Of course, he's
waiting for Mommy.
Let me go get my baby.
Hey, I wanted to talk to
you about a couple things
a little later when
you get a minute.
What are you building?
I make it.
Oh, you're building your blocks?
Look at that.
So tall.
Want to build, too?
Yeah, I want to build.
Like this?
Hello, Dawn.
I hope all is well
with you and the baby.
I know you haven't responded
to any of my letters,
but I really want to have
a relationship with him
as his grandmother.
I know every letter says the
same thing, but I'm innocent.
I had nothing to do
with Cori's death.
My appeal will be heard soon,
and the truth will set me free.
I just ask...
Where are you?
I got your text.
Cori, wake up!
Oh, oh.
You scared me.
He's sound asleep.
How was your day?
Really good, actually.
My meeting went well.
Well, that's good.
That's what I wanted
to talk to you out.
Check this out.
You see that?
That's a great investment.
This allows me to have
all three of my businesses
in one building.
Well, which businesses?
Well, we were thinking the gym,
the spa, and the cigar lounge.
All three pretty risky though.
No, no, no.
See, this isn't risky because
it's a great location.
It's a high traffic area.
So what's the investment?
A couple 100,000, but
definitely worth it.
Trust me.
Yeah, I don't know, babe.
I 100% guarantee you'll
get all the capital back.
I mean, I really
don't have a couple $100,000.
And even if I did, I
think we should put it
toward Lennox's college fund.
That's what Cori would want.
Babe, Lennox is my son, too.
And that's why I want
to get this building,
so I can contribute to
his college fund as well.
Well, I mean,
what's the big rush?
Look, I think that we should
just do some more research,
and then we'll figure it out.
This doesn't have
to be done tomorrow.
I'm not saying it has
to be done tomorrow,
but we both know
what it means when
you say let's figure it out.
We've been talking
about me starting
my own business forever.
I don't know why it's
such a problem now.
Babe, I never said
it was a big deal.
I just said we'll
handle it later.
Well, I don't want
to handle it later.
I'm tired of waking
up every morning
and going to work
for somebody else.
And you being your own boss,
I figured you of all people
would understand that.
Yeah, and I do.
I do understand that.
And I want you to be
financially stable as well,
but it's got to make sense.
Look, when you and Cori asked
me to be your surrogate,
I didn't know she
was going to die,
and I damn sure didn't know
that I was going to be raising
a child, but here we are.
I'm his mother now, and
I have to be financially
responsible for all of us.
All of us.
- Mr. Morant?
- Yes.
I'm Special Investigator
Tony Morgan with the state.
I wanted to ask you
a couple of questions
about Michelle Raymond.
Come on in.
Thank you.
So what's all this about?
Well, her appeal
hearing is coming up soon,
and I wanted to go over your
testimony just to refresh
our knowledge of the case.
Good morning, ma'am.
How are you?
I'm fine.
So Mr. Morant, you
said in your testimony
that you found Michelle Raymond
standing next to Cori's body.
Can you pick it up from that
particular situation for me?
Cori wasn't feeling
too well that day.
I remember she texted me,
asking me if I could hurry home.
I left work, drove
straight home.
When I walked into the house,
I searched all over for her.
I couldn't find which
room she was in.
I walked into our
bedroom, and that's when
I saw Michelle standing there.
She was just hovering over Cori
with this look in her eyes,
this sinister look of pure evil.
And that's when I knew.
So I started trying
to resuscitate her.
And I just happened to look up.
And I see Michelle trying
to hide these pills.
So she was trying to
hide the pills, actually?
Yes, sir.
Then when I confronted
her about the pills,
that's when she attacked me.
And I'll be honest with you, I
wanted to retaliate because I
just couldn't figure
out how she could
do this to her own daughter.
Listen, I know this
is tough, but trust
and believe we're going
to resolve this situation.
Thank you for your time.
I don't know how much
weight this carries,
but Michelle does not
deserve to be a free woman.
She worked at the pharmacy,
which means she had access
to those pills, the same
pills that the police
found at her house.
So in my opinion, this
is an open and shut case.
Well, if the facts are as you
stated, it sounds like it is.
Thank you for your time.
I won't bother you guys no more.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Thank you.
Managing my mother
and my relationship
is wearing me down.
Thanks, mom.
I just hate seeing you this way.
I know.
I'm OK.
I'm going to go
back to work soon.
Mm, no, no, no, no.
I think you should
really think about that.
Don't rush back to work.
You need time to
heal, emotionally.
Yeah, well, the
bills have to get paid.
What about Derrick?
Isn't he working?
The gym is just a
little slow right now.
That gym tends to
be slow all the time.
Don't you think?
A man is supposed to
take care of his woman,
not the other way around.
He's trying.
I just don't...
Ma, please, OK?
I'm just not in the mood for one
of your life/boyfriend lessons
right now, all right?
I get it.
You don't like Derrick.
All right.
He's not as ambitious
as you want him to be.
He doesn't make enough money.
Blah, blah, blah.
I get it.
Hey, look.
You know I love you.
I know.
I just want what's
best for my daughter,
and you've worked so hard
to get where you are.
I just don't know if he...
If he what?
It's funny, right, Lisa?
The people that fail
in relationships
always have the most advice.
Derrick, stop.
It's true.
Right, Angela?
What are you trying to say?
I'm saying it's obvious
your husband left you.
Yet you're here trying to
give your daughter advice
on what type of man she needs.
I know she needs
someone better than you,
someone with a better job.
You work at a
pharmacy as a cashier.
All right, can you just stop?
This is every time now.
This shit is draining, listening
to you argue all the time!
And you wonder
why I'm depressed!
This is why!
Stop worrying
about my household.
I got this.
Let me tell you something.
As long as my daughter's
here paying all the bills,
I'm going to worry.
I'm so tired of you letting
your mother disrespect me!
You OK?
Why did you sleep out here?
Well, I just couldn't sleep,
and I came down here to read.
I... I... I must have just
fell asleep down here.
Yeah, OK.
What time is it?
It's time for Lennox
to go to daycare.
Oh, shit.
No worries.
I already got him ready.
OK, babe.
I'm sorry.
I... I'm sure I can change and...
Yeah. No, it's...
- and take him.
- It's fine.
It's already done.
You're positive?
I'm positive.
It's OK.
I'll just see you later, OK?
Try to get yourself together.
Thank you.
I found these on the floor.
Um, I'm sorry.
Babe, I... I don't even
know how they got there.
What's going on?
I'm not feeling too well.
What's wrong?
I don't know.
I just... I feel groggy and weak.
Do you need anything?
No, Ma.
I should be fine.
Do you mind covering
for me today?
Yeah, no problem.
Are you sure you're OK?
I think I'm just going
to relax for a bit.
DAWN'S MOM: OK, honey.
Have some tea, and burn some
of those oils I gave you.
Oh, that's what I
meant to tell you.
You remember the woman
at the restaurant
that bumped my chair?
Well, she took the wrong
bag, so she's probably enjoying
those oils that you bought me.
That sucks.
Well, I actually have her book.
And it's good, but
weird at the same time.
Sounds interesting, I think.
I don't know.
It's just something about it.
It's, um... I don't know.
Something familiar about it.
But, um, I don't know.
I'll call you back later, Ma.
Feel better, honey.
OK, I will. I love you.
Bye, bye.
All right.
Let's make you beautiful.
Put the offer together.
It's a solid one.
I don't have the check yet.
What do you mean you
don't got the check yet?
She got the money, but we're
just trying to figure it out.
You'll figure it out.
To be all the way
honest, I ain't even
trying to hear all that shit.
If she's got the money, then
why you ain't got the check?
Yo, just calm down, man.
Look, I ain't calming shit down.
You must not understand
what's going on here,
so let me refresh your memory.
I know everything, Alex.
This is not a partnership.
You owe me.
Yeah, I know.
Just... I'ma figure it out.
Well, you got a couple days.
And after that, I got
to do what I got to do.
If I got to expose you,
believe me, I will.
This is one of the things
that I struggle with on a daily.
Some days, I think it
was the right thing
to do because
Lennox is so happy,
and I know no one would take
care of him the way I can.
Other days, my sister,
I feel like I betrayed
you because I know
that this is the life
that you always wanted.
Cori, I love you.
And I... I need you
to know that I never
wanted to take your place.
I never wanted to
be with your man.
When you died, a
piece of me died.
And being Lennox's adoptive
mother is the only piece of you
that I have left.
It's the only thing
that gives me life.
If it wasn't for my best friend,
I don't know where I would be.
Oh, my goodness.
I can not believe you're here.
I... I finally came. I'm sorry.
Oh, wait. I'm sorry.
Wait. My room is a mess.
Oh, my goodness.
Let me just...
I can help you.
I mean, it looks
like you need it.
You know I would sleep with
you in a dumpster if I had to.
Well, this is pretty close.
Um... hey.
So how's my sis?
Girl, I don't even
recognize myself anymore, OK?
Look at me.
With everything
you've been through?
Your energy and your
soul is glowing.
Enough about me.
What's going on with you?
Um, nothing much.
Well, today, I was at
the lawyer's office,
going over the details
of my trust fund.
I thought you did that already.
I did, but my dad
structured it so that money
would be released over time.
And then every time
money is released,
I have to go sign for it.
Yeah, blah, blah, blah.
That's boring.
I want juicy.
Come on.
Tell me what's
going on with Larry.
I mean, nothing much.
I need to hear.
You know I love Larry.
You're going to be disappointed.
Because there's no more Larry.
I'm sorry, but
I know you liked him.
I just couldn't do it anymore.
Yeah, his name is Steven.
I think you'll like
him more than Larry.
I'll try.
We just can't do all for
the bullshit, you know?
Girl, don't I know.
Is everything OK?
It's not the same.
And honestly, I'm not the same.
I'm sorry I haven't been
here every single day.
I would not
forgive myself if you
were here every single day, OK?
You have a life and a business.
I understand.
I know, but I should have
been here more than I have.
You're here now.
That I am.
I have good news though.
I met someone else.
That was fast.
Oh, my... you scared me.
What are you doing
sitting in the dark?
You're thinking in the dark?
How you doing?
I'm all right.
I'm just tired.
I don't know what's
going on with my body.
I just feel weak.
You need to eat.
I can make you something.
All right.
Thank you.
I'm just going to
go to the bathroom.
Being blinded by love
blocked me from seeing
what was happening
right in front of my eyes.
Thanks, babe.
Oh, this is good.
You want a bite?
I'm good.
I'm not hungry.
You OK?
When did you decide
to get a policy?
I mean, when I lost
the baby, and I heard
the doctor say I
could have died,
I got a life insurance policy.
You should get one, too.
I will.
I might have you as the
beneficiary, unlike yours.
It's not even like that.
Then how is it?
We both know your
mother would love
a couple 100,000 if something
happened to you and Kelly.
Her family's got money.
She don't even need it.
And then there's me.
I'm left out in the cold.
But anyway, I had a
couple of thoughts
about this whole
adopting a baby thing.
Have you thought of a surrogate?
Nah, it's too expensive.
But what if it wasn't expensive?
Like what if I can
get it for free?
How, Derrick?
Think about it.
She's like a sister.
You know she'll do
anything for you.
You put her as a
second beneficiary
on your life insurance policy.
That says a lot.
She's the perfect candidate.
I would feel crazy asking her
to do something like that.
You think she likes
seeing you like this?
Do you think she enjoys
knowing you're depressed?
This is the best
thing for you and us.
The least you can do is try!
All right, OK.
Let me just...
Uh, Lisa?
Oh, my god.
Girl, I almost hit you.
Oh, I'm sorry for popping
up on you like this.
No, it's OK.
I was just going to
go run some errands.
Are you OK?
Um, can we just take
a walk for a minute?
Sure, sure.
You look cute.
Thank you.
You look good, too.
You know I know when
you're lying, right?
So what's going on?
Talk to me.
I don't know.
It's like, I don't know
what's going on with Derrick.
One minute, he's trying to get
me to join this pyramid scheme,
and then the next he's
having these crazy thoughts
about adopting.
But then last night, we
talked about a surrogate.
I mean, a surrogate
is a good option.
Yeah, but he mentioned you.
I know.
I looked exactly how
you do right now, right?
I'm like, that's crazy, right?
I don't know.
It's like, the more I
sat and thought about it,
the less crazy it
kind of sounded.
I mean, look, you've been
my sister since day one.
I have always considered
you as that, right?
And I don't know.
When I think about
somebody to share
such a precious,
life-changing moment with,
you're the only person
that I could think of.
You know, when the doctor
said that they had to decide
between saving me or my baby...
I was ready to die.
Knowing that I can't have
children, it just, like...
It just, like, killed my soul.
And I know...
I know that I cannot fathom,
you know, what I'm asking you.
Like, I get it,
'cause it's a lot.
Sis, sis, sis.
I'll do it.
I'll do it.
I can't even imagine the type
of pain you have endured.
You are so strong.
You know that?
And I know if the
roles were reversed,
and I was sitting
on this bench asking
you to do the same thing,
you would do it for me.
Of course.
I know.
I know.
It's going to be OK.
I love you.
It's going to be OK.
Best friend, you're
the light to my darkness,
the strength to my weakness,
the peanut butter to my jelly.
I'm rolling my ace today.
Ay, y'all.
What's up?
We're two peas in a pod.
That's right.
And I'm the peanut butter.
And I'm the jelly.
And you can't
have one without the other.
Oh, shit.
You scared the hell out of me.
What are you doing?
I'm wondering why
you haven't picked
up our son like you agree to.
I'm sorry.
I forgot.
I see why.
I'll go get him.
I'll come with you.
It's fine.
Can I have my book?
Maybe you should
give this book a break.
You're becoming obsessed.
I'm fine.
And you don't have to
take it away from me
like a toy from a child.
Can you stop, please?
Will you look at yourself?
You're acting like this
over a little book.
You haven't worked.
You haven't cooked.
You ain't even cleaned
up the damn place.
Excuse you.
Give me my book.
I don't know what's
going on with you,
Dawn, but this little obsession
that you have with this book?
It ain't healthy.
You got my money?
So why are you on my phone?
I need more pills.
These games you playing,
I don't got time for them.
I'm not playing
any games, all right?
You said you want
the money, right?
Well, I need more
pills, like ASAP.
Meet me
at the spot, and hurry up.
How are you feeling?
I'm losing my shit.
What's wrong with you?
You remember that book
that I've been reading?
Mm, the weird and good one?
It's... I don't know.
It's weird.
It... It's like it's... it's
connected to me somehow.
I'm serious, Ma.
It's like everything that
I'm reading in the book
is happening in my real life.
Dawn, baby,
have you been
getting enough rest?
All I do is sleep.
And no, I'm not overreacting,
so don't say that.
Calm down.
Well, I don't know.
Maybe you need to get out
of the house for a while.
Come here.
The customers have been
asking about you anyway.
Um, I don't kn...
Mom, let me call you back.
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forwarded to an automatic
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All right.
Um, I owe you an apology.
I was being an asshole
earlier because I...
I really miss you.
I feel like you've been
a little distant lately,
but that's no excuse.
I'm sorry.
I've, um... I don't know.
I just... I've just been trying
to figure everything out.
And I'm sorry, too.
It's all good.
I brought us back a
nice bottle of wine,
and I dropped Lennox off
at your mother's house
because I figured we
needed some adult time.
All right.
He is so precious.
He is.
He is just like Cori.
Her twin, literally.
I can't believe he's two.
Time just flies by.
Babe, listen.
I know at times you might
question all of this
or beat yourself up over us
being married, and I get it.
I promise, I understand.
But I also know how much
Cori loved you and me.
And deep in my
heart, I believe she
would have been OK
with this, especially
for the sake of Lennox.
If I didn't believe that, I
wouldn't be here with you.
But Dawn, I need you
to start believing it,
too, because it's the truth.
What's wrong?
It's my mom.
She texted me.
I forgot about this client
picking up this painting.
She can't handle that?
Um, it's one of my
father's old friends.
He likes to sit and talk, and he
spends a lot of money with us.
So usually, I just
sit and listen.
You don't mind if I...
No, it's fine.
I'll just see you later.
Um, given some more thought
about your investment property.
Maybe, um, we can
work something out.
I see you judging me,
and I'm not surprised.
Remind me of your damn mama.
Where are you?
I got your text.
She's dead.
She's dead!
What did you do?
What are you talking about?
What did you do to my daughter?
What'd you do to her?
What is your emergency?
Send help.
My girlfriend is laying here,
and she's not breathing.
I'm at 553 Copperas Cove Lane.
Please, help me!
Now, everybody's going
to know about those pills
you were giving her.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
Daddy, what you doing?
Come here.
Uh, uh, uh.
Best friend, when
you agreed to have the baby,
the smoke started to fade,
and the agenda was
becoming more clear.
Need any help?
No, I'm OK.
OK, cool.
What kind is that?
This is Gorgonzola.
Interesting taste.
Does that mean
you don't like it?
Listen, I just want
to say thank you.
You have a beautiful soul.
You don't know how
much this means to me.
I can't wait till the
day I can repay you.
Well, you're welcome.
You know I would do
anything for her.
I know.
May I?
The red flags were there.
I just didn't want
to believe it.
Betrayal is worst when it
comes from someone you love.
Babe, want some tea?
Baby, you OK?
- I'll be OK.
- Uh-uh.
Something's wrong.
I want to get you in with
the doctor tomorrow, OK?
I'll go.
All right.
I have a client I have to train.
I won't be gone long.
Uh, so I have a
question because it wasn't
stated here in your paperwork.
Are you taking any medication
for pain or injury?
No, I'm not taking anything.
Listen, I don't want you to
feel a certain kind of way
because I have to ask this,
but are you using any drugs
you haven't told me about?
No, I'm not taking
any drugs, Dr. Ryan.
I'm confused.
Well, your labs
came back positive.
You tested positive
for oxycodone.
Wait, what?
There must be a mistake.
We ran your urine
twice, and your blood came
back with the same results.
Listen, here.
Th... Th... That's not necessary.
OK, I understand.
I understand.
But I have to give
this to you, OK?
This is the first step in
getting past your denial.
I should be able to trust you,
and you should be
honest with me.
Does Derrick know?
Mom, please,
I'm not on drugs, OK?
I don't know what's going on,
and I know that it seems crazy,
but you have to trust me.
- But how?
- I don't know.
I mean, really?
OK, look.
I just need space
right now, all right?
I need space.
I... I can't.
This is... this is cra...
I'm fine, all right?
I'm fine.
Oh, man.
It's open.
I was coming by
to check on Dawn.
Dawn said she was coming to
the store to help a customer.
Um, I thought that she
might have been back by now.
Maybe she's still there.
Yeah, maybe.
You know, she's been
a little off lately.
She's increasingly become
obsessed with this book
she's been reading.
Has she mentioned it to you?
She has.
It's silly.
I don't think it's a big deal.
It's really silly.
Yeah, I hope not.
You know, this is crazy, man.
It's like, she and
Cori are a lot alike
in so many different ways.
Cori would get to these points
where she would become so...
So distant at times, you know,
and just really secretive
about every little thing.
That's when I found out she
was addicted to those pills
her mom was giving her.
You know, I think that she's
just going through a tough time
right now.
She'll snap out of it soon.
Oh, I'm sure she will.
Well, I didn't mean to intrude.
I'll give her a shout later, OK?
I never thought my life would
have this sharp of a turn.
Dawn, where are you?
I lost track of time.
Uh, yeah, you did.
And you didn't inform
me of the little lie.
You went to my house?
I went to check on you.
What did you say?
I didn't say anything.
He mentioned you
went to the store,
and I said you were
probably still there.
OK, good.
I don't like this, Dawn.
What's going on with you?
Mom, I have so much
to talk to you about,
but I really can't even
talk to you right now.
Is it about that damn book?
Yes, it is, but, Ma, I
really think it's real.
I... I know that it
sounds crazy, but you
have to trust me on this, OK?
All right.
I'll... I'll call you back later.
How was your meeting?
It was good.
It... It went on a little
longer than expected.
He ended up taking me
to meet another buyer.
I... I should have called.
I'm... I'm sorry.
I left my phone in the car.
Shh, shh, shh, shh, shh.
It's OK.
I love you.
The time has
come for my appeal to be heard.
And I can't lie, the butterflies
are multiplying in my stomach.
I can't wait until
the truth is revealed,
and I can be a free woman again.
As I've said in all the
letters I've written to you,
I love Cori.
I would have never done anything
to hurt my one and only child.
I think in your
heart you know that.
He is very dangerous.
Here he is.
There's my boy.
All right.
It's time for school.
No, no, no.
I think we're going
to skip school today.
He can stay home with me.
Because I miss him, and
I want to spend some time
with my son and my wife.
Uh, I... I just have a few
errands that I need to run,
What kind of errands?
A doctor's appointment.
Female stuff.
Just a checkup.
Yeah, a doctor's
appointment for a checkup.
All right, baby.
Mommy loves you.
See you later.
We'll be here waiting for you.
Women's Detention Center.
- Officer Jolly speaking.
- Hi.
Um, I wanted to know how I
could visit an inmate there.
What's the inmate's name?
Michelle Raymond.
And what is your name?
I'm Dawn Goldie.
Yeah, I'm sorry, ma'am.
You're not on the visiting list.
So she has to put
you on the list,
and it has to be approved.
H... How long does
that usually take?
Uh, that... that can take weeks.
Look, sir, um, if there's
any way that you could
just make something
happen for me,
it's... it's... it's an emergency.
OFFICER JOLLY: Yeah, I'm sorry.
This is protocol, ma'am.
I hope I get time for that.
You feel me?
Oh, my god.
Do you remember that?
It was just like that.
That was hilarious.
Well, hello to you, too.
I didn't know we
were having company.
I invited them over.
You know, it's been a while
since we all sat down together.
Figured why not, right?
And look, we brought your
favorite bottle of wine.
We did.
Uh, I'll go freshen up.
It's me, honey.
Are you OK?
I just didn't know we were
having a family dinner.
I mean, I would like to
know those kinds of things.
Is it a big deal?
Stop being a grouch, and
come eat with your family.
Alex prepared this nice dinner
and has cooked for everyone.
Be grateful that you
have a good husband.
I made your favorite.
- Hi.
- Hello.
- How are you?
- Come on in.
Thank you very much.
Is... Is Alex here?
- And what's your name?
- Jamie.
Nice to meet you.
- It's a pleasure.
OK. Alex!
Let me get this.
Oh, excuse me.
- Beautiful home.
- Thank you so much.
Yeah, of course.
What are you doing here?
I tried calling you,
but you didn't answer.
It's kind of funny
you just went MIA,
so I figured I'd come by and
see what's going on with you.
All right.
Well, can we talk
about this later?
Alex, is your
friend staying for dinner?
- Oh...
- No.
I definitely wouldn't
want to intrude, but I'm very
hungry, so thank you very much.
Come on in.
Plus, it smells amazing.
It's been a while since
I've had a home-cooked meal.
I must say, it's very good.
So Dawn, I hear
you're a painter.
Dawn's father
was a famous painter.
That's where she
gets her talent from.
Oh, you should come
check out the gallery.
Oh, amazing.
I would love to.
I'm very fascinated by art.
So what do you do?
I'm an investment broker.
I started a gym on the
West Side Alex works at.
Oh, OK.
So is that how you guys met?
Oh, no.
We went to college together.
Oh, the good old days.
College was some of the
best times of my life.
Tell me about it.
I think it's those drugs.
I don't remember my freshman
year, my sophomore years.
Oh, spare me the details.
Trust me, it was wild.
It's funny you say that.
Me and Alex were the same exact
way, always laughing and joking
about our drinking alter egos.
I was Justin, and what was it?
Yeah, that's right.
You were Derrick.
What did you say?
His drinking alter ego name.
It was Derrick.
Please excuse me.
Is everything all
right with your lady?
She, uh... she ain't been
feeling too good lately.
That's too bad.
Honey, are you OK in there?
Uh, yeah.
Um, just give me a few minutes.
Just call me later.
We're getting ready to head out.
Well, I hate to eat and run,
but I got a very important
meeting I got to head to.
Thank you so much for having me.
Oh, no problem.
Don't make these
little drop-bys a habit.
That's a nice little
family you got in there.
Listen, I'ma be
ready real soon, aight?
It's not soon enough.
You better hurry up and
do whatever it takes.
They're all going to be
really interested in who
Derrick really is.
I told you, I'ma handle it.
Yeah, you better.
Holy shit.
Holy shit.
Detective Russo?
That part of
our lives feels so long ago.
Managing my mother
and my relationship
is wearing me down.
If it wasn't for my best friend,
I don't know where I would be.
Betrayal is worst when it
comes from someone you love.
I never thought my life would
have this sharp of a turn.
Thank you for coming
to watch Lennox.
Have you heard from her?
I called her a few times,
but she ain't answer.
All right, so he's
upstairs playing.
I already fed him and bathed
him, so he should be good.
If you hear from
her, can you text me?
Yeah, yeah, yeah. No problem.
All right.
I shouldn't be too long.
- Mm.
- Thank you again.
Dawn, where are you?
Just driving. Why?
What's up?
Honey, you know how much
I love and respect you, right?
I need you to tell me the truth.
Tell you the truth?
The truth about what, Mom?
DAWN'S MOM: Your drug use.
My what?
Dawn, let's do this together.
Ma, what are you talking about?
Who told you this?
With the
way you've been acting lately,
we're both really worried.
Dawn, Alex found your pills.
- I - know you're wondering
why I never came to you.
I'm too embarrassed to say but...
But I will.
The truth is I was jealous
that he wanted you and not me...
The twinkle in his eyes
when he looked at you, how
joyful he looked when
he rubbed your stomach.
I even made myself believe
that you enjoyed it, too.
I was so focused on
what my mind created
that I didn't even pay attention
to what actually was happening.
And now it's too late.
So as I write this to you, I
want you to know I apologize.
I apologize for being jealous,
I apologize for being insecure,
and I apologize for
not being the sister
that you expected me to be.
So if these are the
last words to you,
just know you will
be proud of me.
I won't go without a fight.
We're sisters.
We're best friends.
We're connected to the end.
That special day in the bathroom
is where our journey began.
Are you OK?
I think I just got my period.
Me too.
Do you have a pad?
Thank you.
Are you OK?
Yeah, I'm OK.
I'm Dawn.
I'm Cori.
May I help you with something?
Um, is the owner
of the store here?
You're looking at her.
Oh, OK.
Um, I have a question
about a book.
Which one?
I think it was published
here or maybe sold here.
We are a local
publishing company.
We try to publish the
books of local writers
to help them build a fan
base through our bookstore.
She did such an amazing
job with this one
that we decided to
publish it for her.
Have you read it?
Yeah, but the author isn't
Caitlin Charles though.
So you're the best friend?
Yeah, I am.
I've been waiting for
you for some time now.
She described you perfectly.
So here I have
something for you.
Here is the original manuscript
written by Cori Raymond.
She only wanted you to have it.
It's a tragedy what
happened to her.
But before she
passed, she mentioned
there might be
more to the story,
but only you would
know where to find it.
Do you have any
idea what she meant?
We're sisters.
We're best friends.
We're connected to the end.
If you're watching this
video, I'm probably dead.
The phone you have is
connected to this camera,
and you will see
everything he's done to me.
He's been tracking my every
move, but he didn't get this.
So if I end up missing,
I know you know
what to do with this, Dawn.
I love you so much.
Yeah, I'm here.
Come to the house.
What are you doing?
Get out!
Just tell me what's
wrong with you.
What's wrong with me?
Maybe it's the drugs
you've been giving me.
What are you talking about?
Hey, easy.
Get out.
OK, relax.
Just put the knife down.
You really thought you was going
to get away with this, huh?
You think you so
smart, but you not.
Listen, all right?
I don't know what
you think you saw,
but I promise you, that's
not what's going on.
I got everything.
I got it all.
You're going to prison!
Cori, baby, OK, just listen
to yourself for a minute.
All right?
It's me.
You know how much I love you.
OK, easy.
Get out.
I will kill you.
Get out.
All right.
Grab my bags.
Get out.
You never was good
enough for me.
My mom told me not to trust you!
I hate you!
Get your broke ass out!
Come on.
Come on.
Come on.
It's all right.
No worries.
Come on, I got you.
Come on.
Come on, let's go.
Who's there?
Baby, please.
Baby, what are you doing?
Please, don't.
Please... what are you doing?
Stop moving.
You're a wiggly little thing.
We could have had our
perfect little family,
the house, a few businesses.
But, of course, you
just couldn't let it go,
now could you?
That is so Dawn of you.
I thought I had it
all figured out,
but what I didn't
factor in was the fact
that, uh, you never loved me,
and you couldn't even fake it.
I mean, that's the least
you could have done.
Oh, how could I forget this?
This is a letter confessing your
obsession that you had with me,
and that obsession
led to your addiction.
I mean, logically, that's the
only way you could explain
stealing Cori's husband and
her baby, which ultimately
led to you killing yourself.
Yeah, mm-hmm.
What's that?
Oh, you... you want
to say something?
What'd you say?
You're sick.
You're right.
I am sick!
Sick of tired ass women
like you, Cori, and Michelle
always running your mouth.
You didn't have to kill her.
You could have just left.
I could have just left?
And passed up on all of this,
including the $2 million
of trust fund money
you got for my baby?
No, I couldn't just leave.
So all of this...
All of this is about m...
All of this is all about money.
I could have just
gave you the money.
Oh, now you could have
just given me the money?
It's too late for all that.
Babe, don't cry.
Shh, shh, shh, shh,
shh, shh, shh, shh.
Look at me.
Hey, hey, hey, hey.
I got some good news for you.
Lennox and I will be well
taken care of, thanks to you.
We appreciate that.
Don't you fucking move.
Will you give it a rest?
Now, where were we?
Oh, that's right, about
the whole money situation.
It's OK, baby.
Mommy's here.
It's OK.
Baby, mommy's here.
It's OK.
Mom... Mommy's here.
Mommy's here, baby. It's OK.
It's OK.
This is like deja vu.
No, you're going to die tonight.
Hold it.
On many nights,
I pray for this day to
come not for my freedom.
I knew that was inevitable.
But I prayed that monster,
Alex, got what he deserved.
It hurts my heart
that my daughter
suffered the way she did.
All I can do now is be the
best grandmother I can be.
Grandma Chelly.
Grandma Chelly.
Oh, hey, baby.
Hey, bubba.
Beautiful as ever.
Thank you.
We're best friends.
We're sisters.
We're connected to the end.
And that first time
in the bathroom...
is where our journey began.
Dear best friend.
Tell your friend that she fine.
Tell her where I'm at.
Tell her, hit me on my line.
If you with her now, tell
her that I'm outside.
Bring it to your door
like it's Amazon Prime.
Dear best friend, tell
your friend I want to talk.
Take it to the park 'cause
I love it when she walk.
Take her to the store.
She gonna tell you
what she bought.
Player certified, they
should give me an award.
Dear best friend, tell your
friend I'm more than average.
Take her on a date
in a carriage.
Girl, don't let that
horse eat your carrots.
Take you to the shows
and the pageants.
Take you by the hand, have
you feeling different fabrics.
Hold up.
They waiting at the party.
I don't show up.
One look at the Gram, know
a nigga finna blow up.
Go and get your friend.
We can have a little pow wow.
Shorty feeling on me, man.
I think she need some more.
Best friend.
And I see you got a friend.
And I see that you got a
friend that got a thing for me.
And they can't stop looking my
way, so I really got to say,
I know you're my best friend.
Best friend.
And I see you got a friend.
And I see that you got a
friend that got a thing for me.
And they can't stop looking my
way, so I really got to say,
I know you're my best...
You're my bestie.
I ain't even...