It Snows All the Time (2022) Movie Script

[enchanting, spectral music]
[Jesse] We can't control
what happens in our lives.
We can only control
how we respond to it.
And while nothing
could've prepared me
for how I felt
when we found out
my dad had dementia
at age 58,
my dad's struggle
brought my family
even closer together.
[television playing
in background]
Those we love
with Alzheimer's or dementia
might not remember us.
we can always remember them.
This is my dad's story.
This is my family's story.
[plane whirring]
[traffic din]
["The Package Store Petition"
by The Mighty Mighty Bosstones]
[traffic din]

[Jesse] Hey, Mom.
Yeah, hey,
is Dad coming to pick me up?
Well, how long ago
did he leave?
Okay, here he is.
Okay. I'll see you soon.
-What's going on?
-[Paul] Not much.
Heard UNO has
a big game this weekend.
Yup, they've been
pretty good this year.
-Oh, we should try to go.
-[Paul] Maybe.
Everything okay, Dad?
It's fine.
[music continues]
Don't look at me
or look in my direction
Unless like me
You'd like to see
some change
I am the one-man coalition
[music stops]
[doors shutting]
[somber piano music]
[Anne] Hi, honey!
-Mama! Hi, how are you?
[both groaning happily]
-Ah, how was the flight?
-It was smooth, Mom. Thanks.
Oh, great.
I'm so glad.
Yeah. Yeah, I love the paint.
When'd you do this?
-Oh, a while ago.
-I painted.
Paul, um,
we're gonna eat soon.
Why don't you go
watch some TV?
-I'll be in the den.
Why don't you settle in?
-And we'll talk later.
-Okay. Sounds good. All right.
Oh, you look so great,
-you're so handsome.
-Ah, thanks, Mom.
It's so good to be here.
Let me grab this.
-Okay. Sure.
-Excuse me.
-My big, strong boy!
-[both laugh]
[emotional piano music]

[TV din]
[announcer on TV] For the most
part, he's been held
in check in the series so far,
just two for nine.
[whispering] Artie.
-[loudly] Artie. Wake up, dude!
-[Artie groans]
Aren't you happy to see me?
Hmm? Yeah.
It's great to see you, bud.
I mean,
you never call or anything.
-It's heartbreaking.
-[Artie groans]
-Phone works both ways, bro.
-[Jesse] Yeah.
-You know what? You and me.
We're gonna have
a little chat later.
[snapping fingers]
Yes, yes, yes, yes,
yes, yes, yes, yes--
what are you doing?
You don't even like
these teams.
-[Paul laughs]
-[Artie groans]
It's what he does now.
Since when?
I don't know,
past six months.
Okay, and what's going on
with the yard?
Ah, he just
doesn't care anymore.
[Jesse] What about you?
Hmm? Dude, I'm tired.
Okay. Hey, Dad.
You wanna
clean up the yard this weekend?
Get it all straightened up?
[TV din continues]
Hey, Dad.
I'm gonna take Stella
for a walk, you wanna go?
-All right. Let's go.
-[Paul] Stella. Come. Come.
-[Jesse] Come on.
-Nice day.
Oh, wow, a lot of memories
in that truck.
That's my pride and joy
right there.
Too bad it doesn't run.
-Been tinkering with it.
-Oh, yeah?
Maybe we can get it runnin'.
[birds chirping]
[leaves rustling]
These are beautiful.
It's a Knock Out rose.
Rosa Radrazz.
Let's go home.
[Jesse] Mama!
Should've heard Dad.
He knew, like,
every scientific name
of all the flowers
on the street.
[Jesse sighs]
[Anne] I just got a call.
Your dad got fired.
For what reason?
For the golf cart
You're kidding me. He--
Mom, he's given
his whole life to university.
They could have prosecuted him.
[gently] Okay, okay. Here.
Let me take this, Mom.
It's okay.
I got it, I got it.
What was he doing
driving a cart anyway?
He was... working
on the grounds crew.
How did he go
from running the biology lab
to the grounds crew?
It happened
several months ago.
You gotta
tell me these things.
I didn't want
to worry you.
Well-- Okay.
So, what does Tony
say about all this?
Tony doesn't know about it.
I-- I-- I don't want
to bother him.
He and Marilyn are going
through a lot together.
The doctor told her that
he doesn't know
if she can get pregnant.
Ma, that's horrible.
Mom, hey,
everything's gonna be fine.
-All right?
-I hope so.
Did you take Dad
to see Dr. Michaels?
Of course I did.
We had
a follow-up appointment
but he was
too stubborn to go back.
[Tony] Ooh, sounds like
Mom's cookin' up a storm!
-[Anne chuckles]
-There he is! Ah, man.
-Tony. Oh, brother. [laughs]
[Tony] What're you doin' here?
What? You miss me?
Or you just come home
for Mom's famous meatloaf, huh?
You already know the answer,
man, Mom's famous meatloaf.
-Come on.
-[Tony] Of course.
Yeah, my famous meatloaf.
Mom, it's the best
and you know it, all right?
And I will fly
2,000 miles any day for it.
And the only reason? 'Cause
I get to eat it with you.
You want the biggest piece,
don't you?
-Of course I-- yeah, of cours--
-Hey, hey, ho, whoa, whoa.
I was your favorite son.
-You wish, big guy.
-Oh, yeah? Do I? Do I? Do I?
-Do I?
-Been eating too much meatloaf!
[Tony laughs]
You look great, man.
[Paul] Bless us, oh, Lord,
for these thy gifts
we are about to receive
from thy bounty.
In Christ's name,
our Lord, amen.
[all] Amen.
[Paul clears throat]
Mom, I gotta say,
the potatoes
-look a little lumpy.
Maybe if you mashed 'em,
they'd be perfect, Artie.
[Tony] Hey, Artie.
What do you want to be
when you grow up?
I want to be
just like you.
Ha-ha, funny guy.
You know,
you really need to start
chipping in around here.
You know what?
I think I've lost my appetite.
-So, excuse me.
-Artie. Artie!
Artie, come on.
Get back here.
[Anne] Let-- Let him go.
Let him go.
He's got a lot
of figuring out to do.
[Tony chuckles] Well,
he better figure it out fast.
what's going on with him?
He just--
He hasn't been himself
since he dropped out
of college.
Maybe he should
go back to school.
I mean,
it beats laying around here,
sleeping all day.
he might meet a nice girl.
That's how I met Dad,
40 years ago.
where are you going?
-I'm going to go to the garage.
-[Anne] No, no, no, honey.
Honey, sit down,
have dinner with us.
It's Jesse's
first night home.
I'm gonna go
work on the truck.
Has-- Has he done
much work on the truck?
No. Not really.
He just...
sits out there and listens
to the radio or...
the game.
That old heap
ain't ever going to run. Ha.
You know what?
[clears throat]
I'm going to
go talk to him.
Hey, whatever happened
to family dinner?
Maybe he can help.
how ya feeling, honey?
I'm okay.
The doctor's gonna
run more tests.
[Tony] Yeah.
Oh. [chuckles]
-It's in God's hands.
[TV din]
[announcer] The ball's
in one strike.
Fouled away...
Hey, Dad.
-Brought you some pie.
Since when do you care about
the [indistinct] Irish?
Well, I'm German
and your mother's Italian.
Uh, hey, Dad,
can I get 20 bucks?
[whispers] What're you doin'?
Dad's unemployed.
What? No "thank you"?
Well, if I'd known
it was comin' from you,
I would've asked for a 50.
[Jesse] Oh, really? Okay.
Little worried
about you, Dad.
I'm fine.
Mom said you missed
your follow-up
-with Dr. Michaels and...
-I'm fine.
Okay, well, you still gotta
go in for your follow-up.
[sighs] I'm fine.
Okay. All right.
I'm gonna go back in
and finish eating, okay?
-All right.
Hey, what do you say we clean
up that messy yard tomorrow?
[emotional music]
I'm fine.

[announcer] The ball
hit hard to the left side.
Right at the third baseman
and that'll end the inning...
[leaves rustling]
Dad, you gotta
break the sticks down.
Dad, come on, we gotta
keep the process movin'.
I trim the branches,
you break 'em down.
do you wanna switch?
Do you wanna trim
and I'll break 'em down?
No, that's okay.
[Jesse] Dad, Dad,
where you goin'?
What happened
to workin' on the yard?
I told you, man, he's--
he's been like this for months.
but it doesn't make any sense.
He loves
working on the yard.
Well, now he doesn't.
Now you're the only one
who likes to work on the yard.
Okay, so tell me,
why'd you drop out of college?
[sighs] You know what?
Just wasn't really
feeling it anymore.
[sighs] Come on.
I moved back up here
to help out with Dad, okay?
Mom's strong
and nobody would tell her
that she needs help,
but I know that she does.
I can go to college
any other time.
Right now, I need to be here
to help her.
You know what?
It's too early in the morning
for this crap.
Uh, your condo
doesn't have a garden, right?
So, you can--
you probably miss it.
[rain pattering]
Aha! Bubs!
There he is.
We're gonna
head over to the bar, but...
Um, I'm gonna
tell him to forget it.
-No, no.
No, you go.
You have fun.
Just tell Bubs
no drinking and driving.
If you need to take
a taxi home, you take a taxi.
You go.
Have-- Have a good time.
All right.
-Hey. I love you, Mom.
-I love you, too.
Don't come home too late
because I'll just, you know--
-'Cause you'll be worried.
-[sighs] I'll be worried.
-Okay. All right.
[rain pattering]
[hip-hop music blaring]
[Bubs] Toast to our boy,
[glasses clinking]
Movin' up in the big city.
I never thought you were gonna
come back this way, man.
-Big timer.
-Oh, what?
And stay away from this dump?
Oh, easy, easy, hotshot. Right?
-There's no place like home.
-You're right. I'm playin'.
You stickin' around
for a while this time?
Yeah. Few days.
And then I gotta
head back to L.A.
Girlfriend's waiting for me.
Oh, it must be so hard
to be away
from your supermodel
-You know, I just--
-[glasses clinking]
[Bubs] Speakin' of girlfriends.
-Can we get two beers?
-[Steve] You got it.
Hey, make it three, Steve,
and I got them.
[Steve] Okay, Jesse.
[Jesse sighs]
-Look, I'm sorry.
-What's your problem?
No excuse.
Yeah, exactly.
At least you're being honest.
[Steve] Here you go.
$7.50, Jesse.
And good to see you
back in town.
[Jesse] Thanks, Steve.
It's good to be home.
Oh, yeah, how is the big city,
by the way?
Los Angeles.
Is it cool?
Yeah, it's good.
-Just workin' a lot.
You seeing anybody?
-Yeah, I'm seeing somebody.
I heard.
She's a model?
Something like that.
So, what's going on
with your dad?
Is-- Is he okay?
I mean, yeah,
he's okay, I guess.
So, why'd he get fired?
Well, he just
wasn't keeping up
with his tasks at work
and just hasn't been acting
-like himself lately.
So, how's work
at the kindergarten?
I work now at the, um,
Waterford, uh,
Communities of Lincoln.
Waterford Communities
of Lincoln.
It's like
a senior citizen home?
we refer to it as a, um--
It's like
a memory care facility.
All right, look,
I don't want to keep you from--
You're not keeping me.
It's all good.
[sighs] Hey, hey.
Can we get a coffee
and talk sometime?
Nah, I'm good.
-Thank you, though.
We can't be friends?
I mean, you're the one
that left, Jesse.
[Bubs] I don't know.
I just don't get
how you could let her go.
She's-- She's a keeper, man.
Yeah, she seems mad still, huh?
Come on, dude.
You just up and left.
-I mean, can you blame me?
Major job
in the big city.
there are a million jobs.
There's only one April.
You hurt her, man.
I didn't mean to.
Let's talk
about something else.
Like, for instance,
I have a family of six
and I have one pizza.
It's only you,
your mom and your sister.
-You have two.
-Well, it's not rocket science.
One's for me and Mom and...
-Well, you've seen my sister.
-[Jesse laughs]
[Bubs] Hey,
don't tip the box.
She's picky
about the cheese.
[hip-hop music playing in car]
Go say hi
to Mom and Dad for me.
I will.
Thanks for picking me up.
-Give me a shout tomorrow.
-All right.

[heartfelt acoustic
guitar music]
[Jesse chuckles softly]

[music fades out]
[somber piano music]
[Paul grunts contentedly]


Here you go, honey.
[coffee pouring]

[coffee pot clinks]
[dishes clatter]
[frustrated shout,
glass shattering]
Hey, Mom.
Everything okay?
I got it.

If you need me,
I'm here.
[footsteps departing]
[Anne breathing heavily]
[wind rustling, birds chirping]
[Anne] Art,
will you please tell Jesse
-to come down and eat?
-Yeah, Mom.
Jesse! Come down and eat.
Lunch is ready!
[Anne sighs in frustration]
[Tony muttering indistinctly]
Jess, lunch is ready.
[Anne] Thanks for joining us.
Paul, honey.
We're waiting for you.
[shakily] Okay.
[Anne] Honey, just...
say the prayer,
so we can eat.
Bless us, oh Lord,
for thy gifts we are about
to receive from thy bounty.
-In Jesus Christ's name, amen.
-[all] Amen.
Thank you, God.
Good and kind.
Thank you for our home
and food.
[all] Amen.
Haven't heard
that one in a while.
My dad used to say it.
[Jesse] That's right.
Here, Ma.
You want salad?
No, no, no.
No, thanks.
[whispering] You okay?
[Anne] Yes, yes,
I'm fine, I'm just...
just a little overwhelmed,
that's all.
Hey, Artie,
can't you offer, you know,
-to help Mom out?
-Chill out, bro. I'm tired.
-You're tired, all right, huh?
-Stop it.
-Stop it.
-Sorry, Mom.
But, you know, he can--
he can offer to help.
I mean,
he's not a baby anymore.
You know,
why don't you just relax?
-Why don't you relax?
-Will you stop?
-[Anne] Stop it, stop it!
-[Tony] I'm sick of him.
Stop it.
It's just-- come on.
Let's just have a nice,
peaceful lunch.
-All right?
-[softly] Sorry.
[tense music]
So, Dad, how's work?
-Fine. Yours?
-Will you let your father eat?
-No, Mom.
-[Tony] Hey!
What's your problem, huh?
I know you drove
the maintenance cart home
and they fired you
from your job.
But you never told anyone
why you really got fired, Dad.
-He was confused.
Maybe it's the booze
and the pot
-that's got him confused.
-Wha-- What? [laughs]
What in the Lord's name
are you talking about now?
I found a stash of hard liquor
and a pot pipe in Dad's truck.
Oh! I don't believe that!
I don't believe it either.
What are you picking
on Dad for?
[Jesse] I found it
in his truck.
For somebody
who's never here,
you're pretty quick
to point the finger.
Oh, like you're ever around?
-Look who's talking.
Me and Marilyn are going
through a lot right now, okay?
Why don't you mind
your business?
[Anne] Enough! Enough!
No. Paul, wait.
Sit down. Paul.
Sit down, please.
Please, Paul.
Please, sweetheart.
Whatever you want to say,
we're here for you.
We want to hear it.
Just... explain to me
what Jesse found
-in the garage.
don't just walk away from us!
It's mine.
[Tony] You serious?
I'm sorry.
It's-- It's not a big deal.
It's not a big deal?
It is a big deal, mister!
[host] It's so much--
[Anne] You weren't
raised this way!
-I will not--
-[phone ringing]
-- have drugs in my house!
Do you understand me?
[loud TV din]
You know,
that's why you're so lazy
and quit college.
-I'm not lazy.
-Yeah, you are.
-I'm not lazy!
-[Tony] Yeah, you are!
[Art] I'm not lazy. Okay?
You don't know
what you're talking about.
I'm doing more
around here than ever,
since you two
don't live here anymore.
So, don't sit there and pretend
that you know what's going on!
[TV din continues]
[man on TV] All right!
-[contestant 1] An automobile.
-[host] An automobile?
[contestant 2] Yeah!
That's what we need.
[contestant 3]
I think that's good.
[host] Auto!
[bell dings,
contestants cheering]
[host] TV!
[bell dings, cheering]
[cheering fades]
-[wrench clicks]
Hey, Dad.
Thought I heard someone
out here.
Yeah, it's me.
You know
what you're doin'?
Just thought it'd be kind of
cool to get it running again.
[Jesse sighs]
It'll never stop running.
Well, you just need
to check the carburetor,
the spark plugs
and the oil.
-Wow. You remember all that?
-Sure do.
Which way you wanna go?
Ah, let's just head home.
there's all this construction,
all these road blocks.
It snows all the time.
it's not even winter yet.
[somber piano music]
[music fades out]
Hey, Dad.
-This way.
[Jesse] Dad
didn't know the way home.
I know.
Well, we'll just see
what the doctor says next week.
He can't leave
the house alone.
And he can't be
driving either.
I just feel like I'm...
I'm staring at the man
I've been married to
my whole life.

[voice breaking]
But he's not here.
He's right
in front of me.
I keep waiting for him to...
snap out of it.
For things
to go back to being normal.
Sometimes he's okay.
Sometimes he isn't.

You okay?
We're just worried
about you, Dad.
I'm fine.
Something isn't right, Paul.

[Jesse] Liv, hey.
I-- I can't make it to Vegas.
[Liv] I'm sorry to hear that.
Things are just getting
a little crazy around here.
[Liv] Jesse--
And I gotta
stick around for--
[Liv] You don't have
time for me.
-You never really have.
-[line beeps]
Liv? Liv?
[upbeat ska music playing]
[indistinct chatter]

You guys need anything
from inside?
Oh, no,
we're good, honey. Thank you.
[Tony speaking indistinctly]
What's so funny?
Uncle Walter just--
he ain't cuttin' it
on the grill.
Oh, so what?
You're an executive chef now?
[clears throat]
Hey, Allison.
Could you bring me
the mustard?
-[Tony] Please? Thanks.
-I mean, look at this thing.
-[Jesse] Yeah, I know.
How can you mess
a hot dog up, right?
[both laugh]
-Here you go.
-Thanks, cuz.
Wow. She's getting big.
And beautiful, man.
Poor Uncle Walter.
he's got his hands full.
Yeah, that's why
I'm secretly praying for a boy.
So, what do the doctors say?
It's 50-50.
So, what's going on
with you and Liv?
Oh, she hung up on me
when I told her I was staying
for the block party.
-Ugh, that's a tough one.
-Oh, yeah.
[sirens wailing in distance]
Mom, hey.
You're not eating.
I'm not hungry.
I'm-- I'm--
I have no appetite.
I'm just--
I'm okay. I'm fine.
[indistinct chatter]
Have you guys seen Lisa?
She was just here
a minute ago.
She was just playing
Cards of Death.
Maybe she's in the house.
I don't know.
Art. Art.
Is Lisa
in the house with Dad?
No. Why? What's up?
We can't find Dad or Lisa.
Okay, I'll, uh,
check across the street.
All right, hold on.
Uncle Walter,
you and Aunt Joanne,
Allison, you guys go
around this way, okay?
Tony, stay here with Mom
in case they come back.
-I'm gonna head around back.
-[Tony] Okay.
-What's going on?
-Can't find Dad.
[ominous music]

[Paul] You cannot tell me
what to do!
We found Lisa!
Your-- Your dad's over there.
[Paul] You can't tell me
what to do!
-You can't tell me what to do!
-[Jesse] Dad!
I called an ambulance.
No, no, no, no.
Please, why? He's fine.
Look, he walked
in our house unannounced.
He said he lives here,
acted disoriented.
And he got agitated,
-so I called the ambulance.
-Okay. No, no.
No need for ambulance.
Okay? Please.
My-- My dad, he just--
Lately, he just-- he just
-gets confused, all right?
-Con-- confused?
I'll call them back right now,
but I think there's
something wrong with him.
What do you mean
I'm confused?
Everything's fine, okay?
We're just gonna go home.
Everybody's there.
All right?
Come on.
-Thank you.
-It's okay.
I'm really sorry.
[plane roaring]
-[door creaks open]
-[door shuts]
-Hey. You didn't tell me
you were
coming home this morning.
Well, I didn't get a chance
to after you hung up on me.
Come here.
Liv, come on,
don't stay mad.
I am sorry about Vegas.
I will make it up to you.
You know,
my family needs me, too.
I-- I gotta get to work.
Hey. Good morning, Jesse!
How was your trip?
It was really great, thanks.
Is Mr. Stewart busy--
[Joe] Is that Jesse?
Come on in, son.
Hey, can I get you
a coffee or a water?
-Uh, water's fine, thanks.
[Joe] Helen,
I'll take a water, too, please.
Okay, you've got it.
I was just gonna
call you into my office.
You must have-- Well, what--
what do they call that there?
-Uh, ESP.
That's it. Yeah, ESP.
So, how's it going?
How's your dad?
[clicks tongue]
Uh, thanks for asking.
We'll find out what's going on
after his doctor's appointment.
Well, son,
prepare for the worst
and hope for the best.
-Thanks, Helen. Uh--
-Joe, you're welcome.
-Hold my calls, please.
-Okay, Joe.
I'm okay, Mr. Stewart.
My dad was Mr. Stewart.
Call me Joe.
Well, this whole thing
with my dad has been tough.
It's put a strain
on my relationship
with my girlfriend, too.
Women will guilt you.
Look, you take
as much time as you need.
Oh, I wanted to thank you
for giving me
a couple extra days off
to be with my family.
Son, family's first.
And I want to thank you
for coming up
with a marketing strategy
that sold 42,000 units
in less than 42 days.
-Yep. [laughs]
Where did you ever
come up with the idea
to do a bobblehead doll?
Oh, well,
when I was a kid,
my dad would take us
to all the games at UNO.
They had a Bobblehead night
and we collected them.
I mean,
we never missed a game, Mr...
Well, it was genius.
I remember
when I was a kid,
my dad took me
to a World Series game
and I got a Roberto Clemente
bobblehead doll.
It meant
the world to me.
I like a man that
brings passion to his job.
I sense
a decent raise next quarter.
[distant traffic din]
[doctor] Great.
Now, would you mind
if I tested your memory?
-[doctor] Okay.
Could you repeat
these three words after me?
-[Paul] Okay.
-[doctor] Apple, table, penny.
Apple, table, penny.
[doctor] Do you know
what month it is?
It-- It's August.
[doctor] Now, Paul,
remember those three words
-from a minute ago?
Great, can you repeat them
again, please?
Do you know
what year it is?
How about
who the president is?
Bill Clinton.
[doctor] How old are you, Paul?
Um, 51.
You know, just one last thing
I need from you.
I want you to draw
a clock for me.
Can you do that?
-Sure. Of course.
Here you go.
[pencil scraping on paper]
All right.
Thank you, Paul.
[doctor] I'm gonna need
to go over these tests.
[Paul] Mm.
I'm gonna refer you for some
more memory tests
and also to our specialist,
Dr. McFadden.
You may need
to have a PET scan.
[solemn music]
-[machine whirring]
-Hi, Paul!
Please just lay down here.
have a seat right here.
You're gonna want to make sure
your head
is in the right place.
All right.
Now, I'm gonna put
these velcro straps
around your arms
during our scout of your brain.
'Cause I can't have you
movin' around on me.
And I will be
blindfolding you.
[Paul] Wha-- Why?
There is a very bright laser
that triggers
rapid eye movements
and that causes brain activity
that could hurt the test.
I'm gonna be in that
computer room right there.
Hang in there, Paul.
I'll be right back.
[velcro ripping]
-[Paul muttering]
-Paul, Paul, Paul, Paul.
You're not supposed
to leave the room.
What's wrong? What's wrong?
He got up before
we could finish the scan.
Oh. Paul.
-You have to go back in there.
[gently] Why? Why?
-I'm scared.
It's okay.
I know--
I know this is hard.
I want to go home.
I just want to go home.
[Anne] I know
you're scared.
But we have to do this.
Come on.
I'll go in there with you.
[Dr. McFadden] So, based
on these initial test results,
it looks like
we're dealing with some
dementia and memory loss,
which is uncommon
for a 58-year-old.
But once we get the PET scan
results back next week,
we can, uh,
start to move forward,
evaluate, monitor the extent
of the cerebral deterioration.
And allow
for a full diagnosis.
I'm gonna
give you some literature
that'll help
your family deal with this
and suggest
some local support groups.
Um, can he, uh-- So, can he--
can he still drive?
It's probably best
he doesn't.
You say
he's been getting lost.
I'm a good driver.
You're a great driver, Paul.
For the most part,
you're in perfect health,
Mr. Reeves.
But, um,
there's no doubt
you've been having
some trouble
with your memory.
I have good memory.
Does he know
anything is wrong with him?
Why don't you ask him?
Hey, Dad.
Do you realize
you have dementia?
Dr. McFadden says you do.
do you remember
who we are?
Yep. [chuckles]
Okay, um,
who-- who's present here,
Dad, right now?
Art, Anne, Tony and...
I'm-- I'm your son.
Jesse. That's Jesse.
Okay, uh, I'm gonna
write the prescription
and-- and get you
that list--
[Jesse] That's it?
I thought
you were a specialist.
-I-- I thought--
-Jesse, take it easy.
Hold on.
Let me ask you a question,
doctor, how old are you?
I'm 37.
So, what experience do you have
with this disease to tell us
that my dad has dementia?
My grandfather
died from dementia.
That's what inspired me
to study
memory loss and brain disease.
Look, I-- I-- I know
you're upset.
I felt
exactly the same way.
You're not alone.
There's over five million
Americans with this disease.
[Jesse] I'm sorry.
It's okay.
Just-- It's-- It's like
we're losing him
right in front
of our eyes.
[Dr. McFadden] It's one of the
cruel tragedies of dementia.
It's like you have to lose
the person you love twice.
-You okay?
-I'm okay.
It's good. It's good.
[somber music]
[bell tolling]

[crickets chirping]
[door slams]
You gonna
run it yet?
Uh, I'm hopin'
those new spark plugs
will do the trick.
[motor sputtering]
No. Just stop it!
Just stop.
You're floodin' it.
try it again with no gas!
[engine rumbles on]
Yes. Ha!
[Jesse] What'd you do?
I just adjusted
the carburetor.
You had it
running a little rich.
Ah, it's my pride
and joy.
I remember
when I bought this thing.
Used to be red.
Paid $200 for it.
Two hundred, really?
May 10th, 1973.
How did you
remember that date?
Fir-- First time
I told your mom I loved her.
So, just
leave her idle.
Let her warm up.
You can take her for a spin.
[Jesse] All right.
So, I was thinking.
How'd you like
to go fishing?
We could take
the truck.
-Up to the Snowies?
-[Jesse] Yeah.
Huh. We'd need a mechanic.
Nah, I got you.
[cellphone buzzing]
Hello? Hey!
[Liv] Hey.
How's your dad?
Uh, not so good.
[Liv] I'm sorry
to hear that.
I need to talk to you about
something important and...
[Jesse] And what?
Jesse, your family
needs you and I understand.
But so do I.
You don't
have time for me.
You never really have.
I don't want to sound selfish,
but I'm moving out.
Can we talk about this,
It's best
we both move on.
Come on,
don't do this to me, Liv.
You know
what I'm goin' through.
I hope everything
works out with your dad.
[solemn music]
Take care.
You okay?
[sniffs] Yeah.
Fine, Mom.
[clears throat]
Let me
help you with that.
My palm's been itching.
I know
money's coming soon. Um...
Okay, but in the meantime,
let me help you with that.
I have faith.
God will provide. No.
-But thank you.
-All right.
Or something else.
Dad and I
were just talking.
And if it's
all right with you,
I want
to take him fishing
for a couple days
up to the Snowies.
Um, hmm.
I know, I know.
I know
everything going on.
But he hasn't
been in a while.
Be good
for him to get some air.
Get out of the city
for a little bit.
We'll take Stella.
Get out of your hair.
-Will you think about it?
-Maybe. Maybe.
Let me just
give it some thought.
Okay. All right.
[door slams shut]
[Jesse] What's up, man?
"What's up?"
No phone call?
[Jesse] I'm sorry, man.
You want to go
get a drink?
Um, it's not
really a good night, man.
There's a lot
going on.
I mean,
you know I'm here
if you ever need
to talk to anybody.
I know, thanks.
Hey, um, guess who's
on her porch reading right now?
Oh, yeah?
I'll leave
you alone, bro.
Hey, I'll call you
tomorrow, all right?
Make sure you do.
[engine rumbling]
What ya readin'?
[car door closes]
A book. [scoffs]
Welcome back.
No place like home.
That thing still runs?
-I know, right?
-[both laughing]
Can I sit down?
[sentimental music]
to see you out here.
Oh, really?
At my house?
I wanted
to talk to you.
I didn't mean
to leave you hanging.
So, you didn't mean
to leave me hanging?
You just
left me hanging.
The money's good.
What do you want me to say?
[April] Money's good?
'Cause last time
I heard,
um, you could have had
a great job in Omaha,
making that
kind of money.
I mean,
UNO wanted to hire you
for, like,
their sales marketing team
for the exact
same amount of money.
Well, maybe I wanted
to experience something
outside of Omaha, okay?
That was your lesson.
Well, I'm gonna
go have some tea.
Do you want tea?

Good morning.
Looks like
your tea's cold.
[Jesse sighs]
There's coffee
in the pot.
Wow. I'm sorry.
I-- I guess
with the flight
and just everything
going on with my dad,
I just--
it took a toll on me.
Well, your phone
has been ringing like crazy.
Oh, I'm sorry about that.
It's okay.
Um, I actually
have to get going.
Gonna be late for work.
Uh, is it cool for you
to let yourself out?
-Yeah. It's okay with you?
-Just lock the bottom.
I remember.
Thanks for
letting me crash.
Of course.
All right,
well, have a good day.
Have a good day at work.
[April] All right. Thank you.
You could've called.
[Jesse] I know.
I'm sorry.
I-- I don't like it.
You call me
next time.
So, where
you been all nigh?
Uh, I mean, I was wiped.
I just fell asleep at April's.
[stammers] Not like that,
Mom, but yeah.
Okay. I'm gonna go shower.
I'll see you in a bit.
[bags thudding]
[children playing distantly]
Hey. What's up?
Heard you were gonna
take dad fishing.
just for the weekend.
Did you check
the weather?
Clear skies.
I got the tents just in case.
You think
it's a good idea to take him?
Yeah. Why not?
Because he can
barely remember who you are.
That's why.
Well, he remembered
how to get the truck running.
Yeah, well,
I don't think it's a good idea.
What do you mean, "Okay"?
That's it? "Okay"?
He loves it up there, Tony.
You know that.
Are you sure
you can handle it?
I am sure.
I don't know.
[Jesse] Hey.
Mom deserves a break.
Well, think this old
heap's gonna make it?
This old heap is what Dad used
to pick us up from school in.
-You remember that?
-Yeah, I do.
And we used to fight
over the window seat.
-Exactly. Yeah.
She's runnin'
like a champ.
Don't worry about it.
Hey, we'll be fine.
Keep your eye
on him, huh?
[upbeat music playing]

What the heck
are you doing?
Stella, huh?
What do you think
of this, huh?
there's a stockyard.
Do you want
to get some food?
[Paul] Yep.
[bell dinging]
[diner din]
Hey, guys.
-I'm Jolene.
-Hey, Jolene.
Uh, burger with everything.
-Dad, what do you want to eat?
[Jolene] How would you
like it cooked?
-With everything?
Hey, Dad, what do you want
on your burger?
Oh, no mustard.
[Jesse laughs]
You always want mustard.
[Paul] I don't
want mustard.
He always gets mustard, I--
Do you want mustard?
We'll get you mustard.
I don't want
any mustard!
No mustard, please.
Okay, great.
Two burgers, one no mustard.
-Thank you.
-[Jolene] Be right up.
-Hey, she's cute, huh, Dad?
Hey, that was
a little embarrassing
with the mustard, though.
[Paul] Yeah.
He's sure agreeable.
Can you get that?
Pick that up.
Don't touch that!
-[child crying]
Wow. I'm real--
I'm so sorry.
I'm sorry.
Shou-- Shouldn't touch that.
what are you doing?
That's someone else's kid.
-[Paul] Yup.
-All right--
-[Jesse] Stop saying yep.
-Two burgers.
-One, no mustard.
-Wow. That was fast.
-Thank you.
-[Jolene] Enjoy.
Looks great, huh?
Where's my mustard?
[pensive acoustic guitar music]
We're almost there.
Think we'll catch anything?
Always do.
No, you always do.
It's a four-count rhythm.
Ten, two o'clock,
10, two o'clock.
Yeah, I mean,
that's what you always tell me
but I can never
figure it out.
You try too hard.

Ten and two,
10, two--
You need to relax
and not try so hard.
You might
catch a fish.
It's looking good.
[water lapping]
[Jesse] Boom!
Hey, hey, hey!
Ah, you got one!
One second.
There's dinner
right there.
[fire crackling]
This is nice.
Church of
the great outdoors.
[Jesse chuckles]
Yeah, I can remember
being eight years old,
coming here
for the first time.
You-- You remember
when Art fell in the river?
You remember that?
He sunk
like a stone.
Yeah. Yeah, he did.
Yeah, and you just
jumped in straight after him.
No hesitation.
No thinking, no fear.
No option.
Guess not.
But not
everyone's like you.
That's why
I love you, Dad.

what do you think
about what Dr. McFadden said?
a pretty serious thing.
I'm fine.
You're not fine.
You need help.
I don't need help.
[Jesse] Okay.
You don't need help?
Okay. Everything's fine.
It's just
hard on Mom.
She's fine.
[Jesse] Yeah, she's strong...
but everything
falls on her now.
Come on, Stella.
Come on, bed, bed.
[tent zipping]
[crickets chirping]
[tent unzipping]
[ominous music]


[cellphone buzzing]
[sheriff] All right, everybody,
we're gonna break
into three groups.
We're gonna walk down
the bank of the river
for about a mile
in each direction.
Then we'll circle back here
and meet in one hour,
at which point we should have
some air support from Albany.
I've got
two deputies rounding up
more volunteers
to come in and help.
They should be
out here by then.
-We'll find him.
The highest probability's
in this area right here.
If he's not,
we'll move on to stage two.
I just want to say thank you,
you know, everyone,
f-- for helping us out.
Yeah. That's what we do.
Let's move out, everybody.
[suspenseful music]
[Jesse] Dad!
Mr. Reeves!

Dad! Hello!
[Jesse] Dad.
Mr. Reeves!
Mr. Reeves!
How much more ground
is there to cover?
Well, we've pretty much gone
as far north as possible.
So, we'll swing
back around here
and head back to camp.
[Jesse speaking indistinctly]
[sheriff] Mr. Reeves!
Stella, where's Dad?
She wants to go this way.
[sheriff] Let's go.
Mr. Reeves!
[Jesse] Dad?
You're okay!
Dad, we've been searching
all over for you.
Hey, you can't
just walk off like that.
Are you okay, sir?
I'm fine.
-Can we go for a walk?
-Yeah, yeah.
-Can we go for a walk?
Stella, let's walk.
Come on.
We found him.
Call it off.
[engine rumbling]
[birds tweeting]
There you go.
Hey, guys.
How's it goin'?
Uh, it's been
a rough morning,
but we're doing okay.
I know what you mean.
Uh, let me get you some menus.
No, I think
we know what we want.
Two burgers,
mustard on the side
just in case?
that sound good to you?
No mustard.
Okay, it'll be
on the side just in case.
-[Paul] I don't want mustard.
-[Jesse] Okay.
I'll take two burgers
with two mustards
on the side just in case.
Dad, you really
scared me out there.
Dad, you can't do that.
We worry about you.
I think we should start going
to dementia support groups
when we get back.
-I'm fine.
-No, Dad, you're not fine!
You just disappeared on me,
and we had to call in
the rescue team to find you.
Dad, sit down,
sit down, what are you doing?
we just ordered food.
-Sit down, Dad!
We just ordered food!
[door slams shut]
Dad, what're you--
that's not our car!
I'm going home!
Okay, Dad,
but our truck's over here.
[Jesse] Dad,
Stella's waiting for us.
[gently] Dad.
Okay. Come on.
Come on.
-Where are we going?
-Dad, we're going home.
[Paul] Okay.
Hey! Hey!
Thanks. Sorry about that.
It's okay.
I'll get
you some change.
No, don't worry about it.
Here, Dad,
hold that, okay?
-What'd you get?
-Two burgers.
-With mustard?
-Yeah, with mustard.
[engine sputtering]
Come on.
Come on.
Start! Come on!
You'll flood it.
What are we
gonna do, then?
Hold this.
[hood slamming]
Try it now!
[engine starts]
[Paul] Stella.
You got
your sunglasses on?
I got my sunglasses on.
Okay, let's go home!
What happened up there,
Mom, he was catching fish.
He was happy.
Things were goin' great
and he just wandered off--
He can't take
care of himself.
-I'm fine.
-You're not fine!
You can't take
care of yourself.
You could've
died out there!
[Anne sighs]
[voice breaking] I didn't know
it was that bad.
It's my fault.
He's gotten
a lot worse
in the months
you've been gone.
I see it now.
[quietly] I just
want to protect him.
As we suspected, you're dealing
with a pretty advanced case
of frontotemporal dementia.
And what that means
is your memory
is deteriorating rapidly.
You have atrophy in
the frontal lobes of your brain
and it's causing memory loss
and behavioral changes.
We understand.
Dementia is progressive.
It's-- It's fatal.
There's no cure.
[Dr. McFadden]
The good news is
there's none of the common
co-occurring illnesses.
No diabetes,
no heart disease, no cancer.
How's it fatal, then?
Well, in the latter stages
there is brain cell depletion,
which leads to a loss
of basic functions
like swallowing, causing
respiratory complications
and often developing
into pneumonia.
So, what can we do?
Well, let's get Paul
started on those medications
and get him to exercise
and have a lot of family time.
Make sure he's eating
the foods that he likes
and doing puzzles
and showing him a lot of photos
of family and friends.
just keep loving him.
How long
does he have?
The disease tends
to run a ten-year cycle.
He's roughly
halfway through it.
[Tony sighs] Is it hereditary?
Well, Anne mentioned
that Paul's grandfather and
mother both had the disease.
So-- So,
what are you saying?
With Paul being the third
consecutive generation,
the three of you
have about a 50% chance
of developing
what your dad has.
[Jesse sighing]
[bar din]
[Jesse] So,
how about your kids?
They doing good?
[Pete] Oh, yeah, man.
They're doing great.
My parents come over
all the time, you know?
So, I-- I've never
seen them so happy.
[Jesse] That's awesome.
Yeah, my little cousins,
Allison and Lisa,
they never got
to know their grandparents.
[Pete] Yeah,
that's too bad.
I wish my dad would get
to be a grandpa. Um...
You know,
Tony and Marilyn,
they're trying but
there's complications, and...
It bothers me...
that he might not get to--
that my kids
someday will, um,
never get
to know this strong,
intelligent, amazing guy
that they would
call their grandpa.
[Bubs] Come on, Jess.
Your kids would just
get to know your dad
a different way,
that's all.
Here's to your dad.
To Paul.
Hey, sugar.
You want to dance?
-No, thank you.
-[April] Stop.
-[man] C'mon!
Get your hands off me.
-Hey, how are you?
-I'm good, how are you?
Uh, listen,
I've been thinking
about you a lot
and I didn't get a chance
to tell you the other night
at your house,
before I passed out...
I really miss you.
Yeah, well,
I really miss you.
I was thinking
a lot about--
you know, about your dad
and what's going on, and, um...
You know,
people with dementia
might not remember us,
we can always
remember them.
I have something
in my car for you.
I forgot.
I'll be right back.
All right.
Did you touch
my butt?
-Hey, you know that guy?
-[April] No.
No, he's drunk.
he should apologize.
No. Just forget it.
He's really drunk.
Hey, man.
Think you owe
this girl an apology.
For what?
For grabbin' her ass.
Yeah, whatever, man.
She loved it.
[April] Yeah, you wish.
Jesse, just let it go.
Let it go.
Look, I'm gonna give you
one last chance to apologize.
What are you
gonna do?
[April] Guys, come on.
[Jesse] Get off! Why don't
you grab her again, huh?
Calm down.
I think
you broke my nose.
[April] You grabbed my butt!
You're lucky
that's all he broke.
[Paul] Got
your sunglasses on?
I got 'em right here.
Love you, too, Dad.
So, you're getting
into bar fights now, huh?
That wasn't my fault.
I don't care
whose fault it was.
Come on.
You know better than that.
You're right.
Hey, Artie!
[Art] Yo!
Look, April's been
callin' you all night.
She couldn't get
a hold of you
so she came by
and she brought this.
Let me know
what you guys think.
[paper rustling]
You're here
more than anyone, bro.
What do you think?
Uh, you know,
I think it's-- it's mom's call.
Okay, I gotta go.
I'll see you guys later.
Hey, Art.
Nice job.
Hey, Mom,
you got a minute?
What's going on?
Have you ever thought about an
assisted care facility for Dad?
I've thought about it.
It's not an option.
Why not?
Because he's my husband.
I married him
for better or worse.
And he doesn't belong
anywhere but home.
Well, it looks like
I'm gonna have the freedom
to be around
a lot more.
What do you mean?
What about work?
I spoke to Mr. Stewart.
And he can relate.
Family first.
That's a blessing.
We'll weather this together.
[Paul laughing]
Hey, Dad.
Those are meerkats.
Sure are.
These are meerkats.
[Jesse] Dad.
[Paul laughing]
I love you, Dad.
That's all right.
[emotional piano music]
[hospital din]

This is your grandson,
William Edward.
-[Tony laughing]
[Anne murmuring]
[Art] Look what you did,
got something right.

This is your grandson, Will.
Do you want to-- Do you want
to hold him?

[real Tony]
What do you think about that?

It's like an old hat, huh?
[real Jesse] Dad!
What do you think
of your grandson, Will?
[real Tony]
He's pretty sweet, isn't he?