Killer Ambition (2022) Movie Script

[woman] I bet I'd make it
to the water first.
[man] as long as your clothes
are off before you do.
[woman laughing]
[woman] this way.
[both laughing]
come on.
[woman giggles]
let's go this way.
-My turn.
[dramatic music]
-[woman gasps]
-oh, my god.
-Ma'am? Ma'am? Ma'am?
-[woman] oh, my gosh.
-[woman] oh, my gosh.
-Oh, my god.
[instrumental music]
Sylvia, that is gorgeous.
Is that part
of lush designs' new line?
Luke is upgrading
claire's engagement ring
for their tenth anniversary.
This'll be one of a kind.
Her original ring
was my first commission.
That's where I got my start.
From there,
it was word of mouth.
And now your designs are sold
some days it still feels unreal.
it's getting late.
Aren't you and bruce
going to a concert?
Oh, yeah. I've really gotta go.
-Um, you okay to lock up?
-Are you sure?
-Yes, yes. Go. Have fun.
-Ooh! Sorry.
-Oh! No. Uh...
Excuse me, I should have been
watching where I was going.
I wasn't expecting you today.
Are you here
for the design specifications?
Well, yeah, I wanted to make
sure that the gemstones
we're sourcing you
are exactly what you need.
-[jesse] mm.
Corey, is there something else?
Do you have that effect
on everyone?
That effect?
That's an occupational hazard
for being a diamond broker.
Everyone loves diamonds.
-Hm. I don't think that's it.
I've seen more than one person
try and hit on you.
Oh, really?
[sylvia clears throat]
are you jealous?
I don't do jealous.
Why are you here?
Well, officially,
to get the specs...
-We agreed to be discreet.
-Everyone's gone home.
It doesn't get more discreet.
What about security?
Because of the design leaks,
we've added more cameras.
You put security cameras
in your office?
Not in my office.
[instrumental music]
[snaps fingers]
There's something
I need you to do for me.
Ooh, that's sylvia stafford
from lush designs.
Make sure she's there.
We need her in our little group.
Well, there-there isn't much
time. I don't know if I could...
Help kat get ms. Stafford
to our next meeting.
-It's settled.
-Yeah. Okay.
[footsteps approaching]
-hi, sylvia!
-Claire. Uh...
I was afraid
you were gonna cancel.
Oh, I was, too.
Nathan is teething.
And I could barely get dressed
by the time the nanny
got there. It was crazy.
What are you working on?
It's just a new design for lush.
-[gasps] let me see.
-It's really rough.
Oh, my gosh, what is that?
-What? Oh, claire! Claire, no.
-So easy!
These are the kids' birthstones.
Is this for me?
Luke asked me to design you
a more lavish engagement ring.
Syl, this is beautiful.
I love it!
But I am mad at you
for ruining the surprise.
You-your-your article comes out
in the newspaper tomorrow.
-Are you nervous?
-A little.
They asked me so many questions,
I can hardly remember them all.
But I think it'll be good.
Did they ask
about your love life?
No, it's for
the business section,
so we talked business.
Okay, well, then I will ask
because luke
has this friend noah.
-He is perfect--
-I'm seeing someone.
You are? That's great!
When do I get to meet him?
Are you excited
about your anniversary trip?
Yeah, but you're not gonna dodge
my question.
-I wanna know about this guy.
-There's nothing to tell.
It's still really early,
and we're trying
to keep a low profile.
-What's with the look?
I just hope that you're gonna
find the right guy.
I mean, for someone
who designs wedding rings,
you seem kind of opposed
to marriage.
I'm not opposed to marriage,
just not sure
I'll ever find
what you and luke have.
My mom, uh, was beautiful,
talented, funny.
And she ended up
in a miserable marriage.
Well, you're not your mom,
and it's gonna happen for you
at the right time
and it's gonna be great.
-You're the best.
-I know.
[both chuckling]
[cell phone chimes]
[dramatic music]
well, you moved on quickly.
I don't see
how that's any of your business.
You're right, it's not.
So what am I doing here, becca?
To tell me how you plan
to pay me back
for what you cost my business.
I don't owe you anything.
other people may be willing
to let you off the hook.
I'm not.
I had some friends
do some digging, and, oh,
they found some very interesting
business ventures
you're involved in.
I don't know
what you're talking about.
Stop wasting my time.
-I'll be in touch, jesse.
-Can't wait.
[door opens, shuts]
[cell phone vibrating]
[heavy breathing on phone]
[dramatic music]
[heavy breathing on phone]
[breathing heavily]
[indistinct singing]
oh, thank you! You didn't have
to get me a coffee.
Do I look that bad?
Hm, not at all. I was already
getting one for myself.
[laughs] you're a terrible liar.
[both laughing]
I hardly slept last night.
I kept getting anonymous calls
with no one there.
-Did you block the number?
And then it'd happen again
with a different number.
Yeah, well,
you really do need to be careful
now that
you're in the public eye.
I finally just shut off my phone
so I could get some sleep.
Oh, my gosh, corey.
Sorry, uh,
I was just playing around.
-Here, I'll put it back.
-No, no, no, no. I...
I like it. You have a real eye.
-[sylvia] mm-hmm.
Oh! I almost forgot.
Special delivery.
Mm? Mm.
-[cell phone chimes]
I've got invited to join the
females in leadership society.
[chuckles] I can't believe it.
I can't believe it either.
-[corey] hm.
-[jesse] mm-hmm.
-Have you read the article?
I was too afraid
to even buy a copy.
[both chuckling]
uh, I figured that.
But I will say...
This is a lovely spread
in the society section.
"every woman should sparkle
like a star." I never said that.
T-this-this was supposed to be
a business article.
Yeah, but the society section
makes sense.
When people think lush designs,
they think glamor.
And almost every celebrity
wears your jewelry.
"she overcame
a series of personal tragedies
at an early age."
listen, I don't know what
the problem is, I'd love to have
this kind of publicity
for my business.
I built lush designs
from the ground up.
I thought I was being recognized
for that.
Well, I understand that,
but the part
w-where you're being honest
about your father...
Okay, that was off the record.
Well, apparently, it was
on the record. It's right there.
[sighs] "speaking
of her estranged father,
sylvia admitted a part of her
will always miss him."
-what are you doing?
-I'm calling that reporter.
-I'm not gonna let this go.
-[line ringing]
[laughs] no, no, we are not.
-Come on.
-Give me the phone.
-Give me the phone.
-[line ringing]
[clears throat] you're not gonna
call them tonight.
You can call them tomorrow.
Why? Because I need time
to decide or...
Definitely or.
[instrumental music]
[whispers] this is nice.
Hey, I'm really sorry
that the article
wasn't what you were expecting.
Well, maybe you're right.
I should just enjoy
the publicity.
Hey, I'm just curious. When was
the last time you saw your dad?
Hm. When I was 18.
The last time I saw him, he was
kicking me out of his house.
And how can you still have
feelings for him
after something like that?
I remember what he was like
when I was little.
I thought I had the best dad
in the world.
I was a total daddy's girl.
My mom and I just adored him.
That's the dad I miss,
not the bitter person he became
when he started drinking.
I'm sorry, I didn't mean
to get too personal.
I guess it's impossible to
always keep things casual, huh?
Look what I got today.
What's this?
"females in leadership."
it's a group
of highly successful women.
Ah, yeah, or a group that preys
on highly successful women.
I hear people join these
just to troll the competition.
-Fil has a very good reputation.
-Yeah, the powerful often do.
-all right, don't join.
It's almost 12:00,
and that's the deadline anyway.
How about
let's go for round two?
I still have time to finish.
[dramatic music]
[cell phone ringing]
Whoever this is,
stop calling me.
Sylvia, this is kat from fil.
The fil? What-what time is it?
There's a meeting today.
You're expected to attend.
-I'll send details later.
-Today? I don't know if--
look, if you wanna join,
you'll be there.
[footsteps approaching]
I didn't know you designed.
I doodle a little.
This is more than doodling.
You have real talent.
-You think?
-May I?
I'd love to see
more of your designs.
Yeah, of course.
-[door opens]
I'll be out the rest of the day,
but call me if you need me.
-Yeah, I've got things here.
-[door shuts]
sylvia. Oh, my...
It's, um, it's been a long time.
-You saw the article.
-Heck, yeah.
-I'm proud of my baby girl.
-Why are you here?
[earl] well, I just,
I thought maybe--
well, you just thought
that maybe we could be
a family again?
Did you come here
because of what they quoted me
saying about you?
Did they misquote you
when you said you miss me?
Look, I know I don't deserve
a second chance.
I just wanted to talk.
I'm busy, earl.
All right, please, don't,
don't go off like that.
I'll do what I want. Look.
I'm glad you've gotten
yourself together,
but don't you show up here
a pat on the back from me.
I'm-I'm sorry, I-I guess
I expected too much too soon.
You know, I read the article,
I just, I thought...
I'm sorry, sylvia.
And I'm not,
I'm not gonna bother you again.
Call my office and make an
appointment with my assistant.
[scoffs] an appointment?
Thank you, baby girl.
You should go.
You know, you, um,
you have your mother's smile.
God, I loved her smile.
Then why did you always
make her cry?
[gate opening]
-do you mind coming with me?
no! No! No!
-Come on!
[sylvia] where are we?
[russo] all your questions
will be answered shortly.
Please allow me to apologize
again, ms. Stafford.
I thought I was gonna die!
[kat] oh, is there a problem?
I apologize if our initiation
tactics made you uncomfortable,
but our number-one rule at fil
is secrecy.
If that's so important, then why
was the address
on the invitation?
Oh, that's a fake.
So secrecy, just not honesty.
On the contrary, we now keep
our society under lock and key
after a potential member
released footage from a meeting,
along with a few
of our cutting-edge ideas.
It put the fil
in a very vulnerable state.
Well, no harm was done, though.
-He scared me.
-Oh. Don't get me wrong.
Russo has always scared me
a little.
Uh, thank you, russo. Buh-bye.
Well, now that
that's all cleared up,
let me take you
to meet elizabeth.
-Oh, the head of fil.
This is her home.
So put that away. Shall we?
Elizabeth is impatient
to meet you.
[instrumental music]
-[kat] please.
-Oh, thank you.
Thank you.
So fil board meetings
are anything but typical.
We're dead serious when it comes
to business, though, so...
[kat] oh, here's elizabeth now.
-Welcome to my home.
-[sylvia chuckles]
elizabeth collins, I'd like
to introduce sylvia stafford.
I've been looking forward
to meeting you, sylvia.
Thank you. I was so thrilled
to be invited.
[gasps] it looks like we're
going to have to speak later.
I have some business to attend
to if you'll excuse me.
Will you introduce sylvia
to the others?
-Of course.
Well, I guess I'll start
the introductions with myself.
I'm sorry if we got off
on the wrong foot earlier.
I'm kat. Kat cosmetics
is my beauty line.
Maybe you've heard of it?
Who hasn't?
I use all your stuff.
Your eyeliners
are the absolute best.
Really? Oh. Thank you.
Maybe we can work out a deal.
Some of your beauty
for some of my bling?
Well, look at you.
I like the way you think.
Oh. There's vanessa.
You've got to meet her.
[kat] and that's becca,
in black.
She has to be
the center of attention.
In her mind, we're all
part of the becca show.
Elizabeth said you were outside
greeting our newest member.
Yes, that's right,
uh, vanessa, becca,
I'd like to introduce
sylvia stafford,
owner of lush designs.
Becca owns
several fashion lines.
A-are you becca brown?
I am.
Lush designs often uses
your clothes in our ads.
-They are so beautiful.
-Thank you.
Uh, would you consider
a joint media campaign?
I'd love for lush designs to
have your official endorsement.
That's certainly
an interesting idea.
I'll consider it.
Oh! I love when pleasure
becomes business.
And meet vanessa,
creator of the hottest
social-media app out there,
Of course.
"ignite your passion."
when you join, we'll add you
to the fil group.
It's how we all keep in touch.
Oh, maybe vanessa has some ideas
for your proposed collaboration.
Ah. Looks like we have
some catching up to do!
-Are you and thomas-- ah!
Yes. I couldn't believe when he
surprised me with this sparkler.
-Do you love it?
-Oh, of course.
I'd recognize a lush design
There's no mistaking your touch,
Wow. It looks so familiar.
Uh, yeah, I mean, I-I love
your designs, sylvia,
but, uh, this is actually
by someone else.
They're so new,
I don't even remember the name.
Yeah. Well, if you'll excuse me,
I will be right back.
well, that went well.
What do we think?
She needs to go through
the process, of course.
Well, obviously.
[dial pad beeping]
[line ringing]
hi, jesse.
Well, aside from being
practically kidnapped...
I'll tell you later.
Listen, something else happened
that was really weird, jesse.
[clears throat]
oh, my god. I gotta let you go.
I'll talk to you later, okay?
Better not let elizabeth
catch you.
-Right. I know, right.
-Work call?
Uh, sorry, it's,
it's really none of my business.
I wanted to talk to you alone.
I have a business proposal.
Kat sure wasn't kidding
about the fil and business.
-What did you have in mind?
Last year I developed an app
that I think would be perfect
for lush designs.
You know what, we've been
concentrating so much
on our physical stores, our
online presence has suffered.
Well, with my app
your customers would not only
be able to try on
the designs virtually,
but they could explore
possible modifications.
With your designs, my app will
practically allow the jewelry
to sell itself.
I like the sound of that.
To be continued.
There you are!
[sylvia] hi.
I'm sorry we didn't get a chance
to speak further.
Oh, thank you.
I'd love to learn more
about the fil.
It's an impressive group
that supports
so many wonderful charities.
I'd be honored to join
these amazing women.
That's wonderful,
there are a few more formalities
to attend to, but I believe
you're a perfect fit
for the fil.
Everyone seemed to enjoy
meeting you,
including becca,
and that's no small feat.
[both laughing]
I'll be in touch this week.
If all goes as I believe
it will, we'll announce you
formally on the yacht excursion
this weekend.
-Yacht excursion?
-Is there a problem?
-I didn't think so.
[chuckles] lovely meeting you.
Excuse me.
[exhales sharply]
[intense music]
[sylvia] what the...
[music continues]
[gasps, groans]
[breathing heavily]
[music continues]
[indistinct radio chatter]
if she discovers anything else
missing, have her contact me.
My number's on the card
I gave her.
Okay. Thank you very much,
[footsteps approaching]
[jesse] are you okay?
-no. Hey.
Don't worry.
They're gonna get the guy.
They're gonna get
the jewelry back.
It's not about the jewels.
Having the police here
brought back so many memories.
How helpless I felt
when my mother died.
-Come here.
-And everything's a mess.
-What, here?
Do not, do not even worry
about it, okay?
I'm gonna clean all this up.
[instrumental music]
[instrumental music]
[dramatic music]
[instrumental music]
I thought you'd gone.
No, of course not. I wouldn't
leave without saying goodbye.
-Here, I made some coffee.
-Thanks for opening the door.
-Oh, you're welcome.
[laughs] well, how did you sleep
last night?
Very well.
Thank you for staying.
Of course. My pleasure.
You know if you'd like, uh,
I could stay a few more nights.
Thank you, jesse, really,
oh, but I'm not sure
we're quite ready for that
just yet.
[jesse] okay.
But just so you know,
whenever you are ready,
I'm here, okay?
[claire] you should've
called me.
[sylvia] I wasn't alone.
Yeah, I'm glad.
Something else happened
-Earl showed up.
-I know.
When I read the article, I knew
he was gonna come crawling back.
I hope you kicked his sorry butt
to the curb.
How can you even think
about talking to him?
It's hard to explain.
After your mom died,
you were convinced
he had something to do with it.
I never told you this,
but mom and I fought that day
about me spending the night
at your house.
I was so mad at her,
I wouldn't even listen to her.
And I said things
that I still regret.
Later I snuck out
while she and earl were arguing.
Syl, I don't, I don't see how--
when I got home
the next morning,
earl told me
she was mad I left.
She took off and he didn't know
where she was.
I should've stayed home.
Maybe things would've been
maybe she wouldn't have gone out
on that boat alone.
Syl, you know
that you are not to blame.
I know.
But I realized
it, it just, it wasn't fair
for me to blame earl either.
Mom loved sailing.
She said it cleared her mind.
It was an accident.
Do you really believe that?
[sylvia] you know, vanessa, I'm
very excited about your app.
It just, it seems tailor-made
for lush designs
and it shows a real
understanding of jewelry design.
Mm-hmm, I was hoping
you'd feel that way.
[chuckles] I...
It must've taken you
a long time.
It's hard to believe
you developed it
without negotiating
a deal first.
[chuckles] truth is,
it was originally developed
for a different type
of business,
but thanks to my soon-to-be ex,
a gemstone dealer,
I realized it could be adapted
perfectly for jewelry design.
Is there any chance
he could claim?
No, thanks
to a rock-solid prenup,
my lawyer says that our split
will be swift and equitable.
The app is mine.
-You must have a good lawyer.
I am so glad
that I took her advice.
-Now, about the app...
I think we have a deal,
what do you say we head back
to my office
and iron out the details, hm?
-[cell phone vibrating]
-Oh, yeah.
Hi, ronnie.
Uh, no, not for a bit.
Whoa, slow down.
O-okay. Yeah.
Sure, I'll be there in a minute.
I'm sorry, I need to head back
to the office.
No problem. I'll have corey
call to reschedule.
Great, uh, if you wanna send
over some sample designs,
I'll add it to the app
for you to try.
-[both chuckling]
um, sylvia, there is something
that you need to know
before we sign any contracts.
Sounds serious.
It could be
if I'm not upfront with you.
Um, my ex is
jesse reynolds.
I believe you know him.
Yes, he supplies a lot
of our jewels for lush designs.
I think you know him
a little better than that.
Trust me,
I don't need any details.
I just wanna be straight
with you.
Yup. Okay, talk soon.
[cell phone ringing]
[line ringing]
-[sylvia on phone] hello?
-It's becca brown.
-Oh, hi, becca, how are you?
-Wonderful, as always. Uh, so...
[becca] listen, I'm gonna be
near your office tomorrow,
so I thought I'd stop by at 2:00
and we can discuss
our joint media campaign.
Well, I actually have
a previous commitment, becca--
I'll see you then.
Oh, okay. All right.
[door opens]
[dramatic music]
[music continues]
-[gasps, screams]
-that was surprise.
Are you crazy? Why would you
scare me like that?
You told me
you had plans tonight.
I'm sorry.
I didn't mean to scare you.
I'm sorry.
I had a long day today.
[chuckles] okay, come here.
Hey. Guess what?
I got you gino's, your favorite.
Then we shouldn't
let it get cold.
You're not eating. Is something
wrong with your food?
No, it's good.
[sylvia clears throat]
something is on your mind.
Come on, I wanna, I wanna know
what you're thinking.
You can talk to me, come on.
I wanna know everything
about you.
You already do.
It's all out there
for anyone to read.
I just realized today
I don't know anything about you.
I'll tell you
whatever you wanna know.
Is your divorce final?
Uh, well, I...
Who told you that?
You told me
your marriage was over.
You told me
your divorce was final.
Yeah. Who have you been
talking to?
Why won't you answer
my question?
[sighs, clears throat]
uh, because it's,
it's complicated, okay?
And, uh, yes,
our marriage ended
a long time ago.
We're now just finally making it
official, but she's fighting it.
-Vanessa's fighting it?
-That's not what I heard.
-From who?
Someone at the fil?
All right, you know, just be
careful who you trust there.
I warned you about them.
This-this is why
you didn't want me
to join the fil.
You didn't want vanessa
finding out about us.
Does she know?
Did you tell her about it?
Because we agreed
to keep this quiet.
I thought we were separating
business from pleasure.
I didn't realize you were
just protecting yourself.
Are you worried about
the settlement from your divorce
or the, getting the app?
What do you know about the app?
I just spent
the entire afternoon
with your soon-to-be ex-wife
about using it for lush designs.
Well, I hate to break it to you,
but vanessa is a liar.
How do you think
she's gotten so far?
And this is how you treat me
after I do something really nice
for you?
[instrumental music]
-[dial pad beeping]
-[line ringing]
[jesse on voicemail] this is
jesse. Leave a message.
Jesse, we have some things
we need to discuss.
[footsteps approaching]
latte with two sugars.
You remembered.
I prefer it black now,
though, so...
-Oh, I-I-I didn't know.
-How would you?
You abandoned me
over a decade ago.
You know, you say that
like you were a child.
You were a legal adult, sylvia.
I was a confused high-schooler.
I'd just lost the most important
person in my life.
So had I.
Look, I'm sorry
that I wasn't stronger,
and I'm sorry
that I took to drinking.
You started drinking
long before mom died.
It just got worse after.
Yeah, well, you know,
I got lots of regrets.
I'm just grateful that
my weakness didn't affect you.
You think because I'm successful
that your weakness
didn't affect me?
Your weakness affected
every decision of my life,
every relationship
I've ever been in.
Because of you, it's still
hard for me to trust anybody
besides claire...
Who knows where I'd be if
it hadn't been for her family!
I'm-I'm sorry.
I didn't mean it that way.
Did you even care where I was?
If I was safe?
Of course I did.
Look, when I got my life
I wanted to see you.
I missed you.
You know, when I read
that article in the paper
about your past, I thought
you understood the demons
that I was fighting back then.
I mean, that article
gave me hope
that, that we could reconnect.
I just wanna be
a part of your life again.
-That'll take some time.
And I need to know the truth
about mom.
What happened between you two?
She was acting strange that day.
I wanted to blame you
because I'd heard you fighting,
and you wouldn't even explain
Truth can be a tricky thing,
It's not always easy to hear.
Why did she go out
on that boat so upset?
Was it really because of me?
[sighs] look, I didn't wanna say
anything then.
You idolized your mother. You...
Oh, god.
Your mother was, um...
Your-your mother had an affair.
She loved you.
She wouldn't let either of us
give up on you.
She would never have done that.
-Who was it?
-Does it matter?
Yes. It matters to me.
I need to know all of it
to understand.
He worked with her.
You didn't know him.
I promise not to withhold
the truth from you again.
All this, this is a lot.
Yeah, I know it is, baby girl.
I know.
You didn't have to see me
back to my office, but thanks.
Well, I didn't want you
to be alone.
That was quite a bombshell
I dropped on you.
I'm still having trouble
believing it.
I understand. Hey, look,
I'm here for you now, baby girl.
I'm-I'm not ready to forgive
and forget. Just, just talk.
Sorry, absolutely.
Oh, I'm sorry.
Am I interrupting this...
Becca, you're early.
I believe if you're not
five minutes early,
you're late.
You-you seem so familiar.
Have we met before?
I don't know. Have we?
My name's earl.
It's a pleasure to meet you.
Becca brown. You know,
I never forget a handsome face.
Well, I'm sure I'll remember.
If you'll excuse us,
we have a meeting.
Certainly. Uh, we'll talk soon.
Becca brown,
it was a pleasure meeting you.
[door opens]
well, I think he's a little
too old for you, sylvia,
but he's very charming.
Becca, earl's my father.
[sylvia] do we have a deal?
You've convinced me,
I think the joint media campaign
is a brilliant idea.
I'm glad. I'm very excited
to work with you.
Thank you. Oh, so beautiful.
Who, uh, sources your jewels?
Jesse reynolds.
Do you know him?
Unfortunately. He's married
to a friend of mine.
They're going through
a nasty divorce.
Apparently, jesse's business
relies on funding
from my friend.
Be careful that his troubles
don't become your troubles. Hm?
Send over the contracts. I'll
have my lawyers review them.
Oh. I'll see myself out.
Wait, did the deal fall through?
No, she loved the concept.
Okay, that's great.
But why did you both look so--
corey, could you have head
of security come to my office?
Yeah. I'll call him now.
[door opens]
[door shuts]
captain spinks will have
the champagne chilled
and ready to pour when we arrive
at the boat on Saturday.
And what time do we set sail?
I had to give my invitation
to sylvia,
and I haven't written it down.
Well, I didn't send one to her
because I thought
we were discussing
her membership today.
My mistake.
How did your meeting go
with sylvia?
Oh, you know,
everything seems to be in order.
I think she has a lot to offer
the fil.
-And I even met her father.
I thought sylvia and her father
were estranged.
That's what I read,
you know, if I were her,
I wouldn't wanna see him again.
I found her father
perfectly charming.
charming or handsome?
You've been known to confuse
good looks
for a winning personality,
and they haven't all proven
to be winners.
[kat chuckles]
[becca] I don't care
for what you're insinuating.
I mean, he was my type.
And I think I've met him before.
And once I figure it out,
I intend to rekindle
whatever fire we had
between us.
Just do me a favor and look
before you leap this time.
With your taste in men,
you should do a background check
before you get involved.
[elizabeth laughs]
send sylvia her invitation.
We will be announcing the newest
member of the fil Saturday,
on the boat.
I'm excited sylvia's joining.
Aren't you, becca?
-What's wrong, becca?
Oh, no, nothing.
I was just thinking
that maybe elizabeth is right,
and maybe I should have
my people do some research
on earl stafford,
get an edge on the competition.
[both chuckling]
-bye, becca.
-You think I'm kidding?
-I'm just saying.
-I think it's a brilliant idea.
-Of course you do.
I can't believe
I didn't think about it before.
[claire] you sure
you're okay, 'cause
luke and I can go
another weekend.
[sylvia] no, no, no, no.
You guys need this.
I'm fine, I actually, uh,
have plans with the fil
this weekend.
Oh, do tell. Where are they
kidnapping you to next?
This time
I will be driving myself.
We're going to the marina
for a boat excursion.
-And you're okay with that?
-I'm a little nervous.
But they promised
the champagne will be flowing,
and I think I'll need it
when this week is over.
Yeah, it's been a rough one.
It's not over yet.
I'm ending things with jesse.
-It's jesse? Jesse? Okay.
I get why you didn't wanna
tell me.
Syl, I'm sorry. Come here.
You're gonna be okay.
God, I don't know what I'd do
without you.
[dramatic music]
[music continues]
[becca grunting]
[man groaning]
[music continues]
[dramatic music]
[music continues]
[muffled screaming]
[eerie music]
[music continues]
[dramatic music]
[earl chuckling]
Oh, hey, sylvia.
Happy 18th. Happy 18th.
[earl] you got no idea how long
I've been waiting for this day.
You know, I've been thinking,
I think it's time that you, uh,
spread your wings, fly, fly!
packed your bags for ya.
[sylvia gasps]
dad, what's this all about?
It's about you talking behind
my back to that little friend
of yours, claire,
yeah, for months,
saying I had something to do
with your mother's death!
Your mother's death!
I wasn't even on the boat.
You're an adult now, so you take
your suspicions and you get out!
-Get out!
-I don't have any money, dad.
[earl] oh, gee, what
a coinkydink. Neither do I.
You've been like an anvil
around my neck.
I can't wait to get rid of you
and be free!
You got a problem with that?
You take it up with her.
Now get out!
[instrumental music]
[instrumental music]
[sylvia's mom] let me finish
the outline.
[sylvia] but it tickles.
[sylvia's mom] okay, I'm done.
[sylvia's mom] now let's design
you a ring.
I want a heart,
because you are my heart.
[sylvia] mom, so lame.
[sylvia's mom] love is not lame.
I love you, sylvia.
[sylvia] I love you, too, mom.
[music continues]
what? What's this?
[intense music]
mom, who is this?
[instrumental music]
-good morning, you.
-Oh, good morning.
-Here you go. Of course.
-Oh, thank you.
-What's this?
It's my sketchbook
from high school.
I was drawing jewelry
long before
I dreamed about starting
lush designs.
Take a look.
You know, I thought about you
calling your designs doodles.
They can be so much more
if you want.
This could literally be
in lush designs' next catalog.
Oh, wow.
Claire would love this one.
You've always been so talented.
I see the same kind of talent
in you.
I'd like to help you
if you'll let me.
-Yeah? Uh-huh?
Thank you. I'd like that.
Uh, corey,
what do you know
about dna testing?
What? You think
jesse's someone's baby daddy?
What? No
why would you bring up jesse?
Oh, my god! Come on!
We both know
you have something going on.
-Don't deny it.
If jesse thins
he's someone's father,
I think he just needs
to work that out for himself.
Well, he's not the one.
Oh. Oh, so you think
he's the father?
[corey chuckles]
uh, the same thing happened
to my brother.
His ex-girlfriend claims that
he was the father of her child.
-What did he do?
He snatched the kid's bottle
and gave it to me
and I gave it to my friend
that works in a lab.
-Did that work?
Turns out he wasn't the father.
Do you think
your friend would help me?
Oh, yeah.
She's a big fan of yours.
Look, don't worry about it.
I got you, okay?
-Thank you.
-Of course.
[line ringing]
hi, dad.
Um, can you meet today?
[vanessa] hi,
I'm here to see sylvia.
-Yeah, of course, follow me.
-Thank you.
Right this way.
Ms. Stafford will see you now.
-Thank you.
-Of course.
-Have a seat.
-Thank you.
Um, before we start,
I have to ask.
How did you know
jesse and I were dating?
I heard you on the phone
at the party.
Hm. I...
I know we planned to finalize
our agreement today,
but I-I have to ask you a
couple of questions about jesse.
I... You haven't heard
about becca?
-What happened to becca?
Becca died in her sleep
last night.
-Her assistant found her. Um...
They think it may have been
a, a heart attack.
Thank you.
She seemed like quite the force.
She was.
Right now she'd just be
telling me to stop blubbering
and get down to business.
Hey, hey, wait, wait, wait.
-We can reschedule.
-No. Oh, no.
I wanna talk about this now.
Um, you seemed upset earlier.
Let me guess.
Jesse told you the app was his?
He exploded when I told him
lush designs would be using it.
I haven't talked to him since.
He's not answering my calls.
Mm, typical jesse.
I don't play games.
Not in my personal life
or in business.
Is the app yours or jesse's?
Remember when I told you
I initially created the app
for a different type
of product?
Well, I intended it for becca
to use for her accessory lines.
Scarves, hats, sunglasses.
Imagine my surprise
when my assistant showed me
an almost identical app
in the app store.
I mean,
it was so similar to becca's,
it couldn't have been
a coincidence.
I must've looked like you
when you saw kat's ring at fil.
You knew the design was mine.
I told you, I'm a fan.
I saw your reaction and I knew
something was up with the ring.
And then later, whenever
I heard you talking to jesse,
it was clear to me
what happened.
So you think jesse
stole my design for claire?
Don't you?
[sylvia] I'm glad
you could make it.
[earl] I didn't think
you'd call me so soon.
I hope that meeting of yours
yesterday went well.
You sure know
some impressive people.
Hey, did that, that lovely lady,
did she remember me?
-No, she-she didn't.
Um, I doubt
becca really knew you.
You two didn't exactly run
in the same social circles.
-Oh, sure.
Um, becca died in her sleep
last night.
Oh, my.
Uh, I am sorry to hear that.
I was just getting to know her,
but a lot of people
will miss her.
Thanks for being
so patient with me.
I never expected
to see you again, dad.
I needed a little time
to get used to the idea
of you being back in my life.
I didn't think I'd hear you
call me that again.
I'm trying.
I'm still pretty upset to learn
mom was cheating on you.
I never should've told you that.
No, I'm-I'm glad you told me.
I wanted the truth.
Just may take a while
for me to accept it.
Of course, yeah.
I-I'm just, I'm just so happy
that I'm in your life again.
-We'll see.
I should get back to the office.
-So soon?
I have a busy day ahead of me.
I can take that
if you're finished.
Oh, uh, thank you. Sure, yeah.
Of course.
So you, uh, you remember,
when you were a kid,
we used to come here
and you'd catch tadpoles?
-Get the fireflies at night?
-Yeah. Yeah.
Hey, do you, uh, do you suppose
your old man
could get just one hug?
Hm. Sure.
[earl chuckles]
-It was good seein' you. Okay.
-Okay. Yeah.
-I'll see you later.
-All right.
-Drive carefully.
Hey, there you are.
-Fresh from the printer.
Oh, these look great, thank you
for picking them up
on your lunch hour.
Yeah, anytime, the printer
was right next door
to my favorite deli,
who, by the way,
have the best cookies.
-You're too good to me.
-Yeah, that's probably true.
Oh, um, corey, remember what
we were talking about earlier?
-Jessie's kid?
Um, so I met up with, um, jesse
and I took the cup
he was drinking out of,
and, um, I was wondering
if maybe you could...
-Give it to my friend?
-Yeah, I can do that.
-Thank you.
God, you move fast.
But, you know, I'm gonna need
something from the kid as well.
-Oh, that's the easy part.
-Get it, girl.
So, wait,
how old is this kid, anyway?
'cause you gotta think about
what you're getting yourself
into, like, are we talking
about homework or diapers or...
What, am I jumping
too far ahead?
No, no, that's not it.
I-I-I can't find the cup.
-It's gone.
-What do you mean?
[corey chuckles]
well, where did you have it?
Did you actually get it?
[dramatic music]
-it's been a long day, jesse.
-Well, hi.
-What are you doing here?
I'm sorry, can we talk?
I have to go grab something.
I'll be right back.
I'll be here.
[camera clicking]
What's this?
Stuff you left here.
I got it all together.
[clears throat] well...
Babe, l-let's just leave it here
for the next time I come over.
There's not gonna be
a next time, jesse. We're done.
Sylvia, you can't mean that.
Come on.
Over a misunderstanding?
It was just a little lovers'--
it was more than that,
and you know it.
You lied to me.
Yeah, babe, why don't we just
sit down and talk about it?
It's-it's nothing
we can't get past,
and I know you've also been
really stressed
with your dad just showing up
out of the blue, and vanessa...
Let's-let's talk about vanessa.
I-I wanna--
she warned me you would play
this kind of game.
She's a smart woman.
I can't believe she put up
with stuff like this.
Wow, okay,
so that's what's going on.
She, uh, she poisoned you
against me.
-No. I can think for myself.
But she told me
about her experiences with you,
and I realized
we had a lot in common.
You have nothing in common.
Believe me, you are one
of a kind, and what you and I--
oh, god, stop! Well, it's over!
-Personally and professionally!
-What does that mean?
It means I'm terminating your
contracts with lush designs.
You can't do that.
My legal team is already on it.
You can't, you can't do that.
[intense music]
you can't do that!
You can't!
Whatever you think has gone
wrong between you and I
has nothing to do with business,
I supply lush designs
with the highest-quality jewels
on the market!
You are unbelievable.
Everything you just did
I have on camera.
Take a look.
[camera clicking]
-that's not what it looks like.
I was taking those
so that I could start
outsourcing stones for you.
-How dedicated you are, jesse.
-Thank you.
I spoke to my head of security
He's been reviewing
our security measures
and believes the breeches came
from outside of lush designs.
I just got the proof.
Sylvia, just, please,
let me explain--
what is there to explain, jesse?
How you stole from lush designs
or how you broke in to my home?
-I didn't break into your home.
-Oh, save it.
Get out
or I'm calling the police.
You wouldn't.
Oh, I would. Oh, honey, I would.
Oh, and just so you know, I'm
not gonna let you trash my name.
[sylvia scoffs]
your name isn't worth trashing.
[door opens]
[door shuts]
[dramatic music]
mm. So I'm assuming
jesse talked to you?
-Yes, he called.
-And he was furious.
Can you believe
he blamed me for everything?
Yes, I can.
-I'm sorry.
-Oh, I'm not.
-It's nice of you to come over.
Well, I guess I didn't really
have to worry about you.
I am embarrassed
to admit that...
Despite jesse's many betrayals,
I fell apart when we split up.
Aww. Things were different
for you.
You two were married.
Honestly, I went
into my relationship with him
like all my others,
looking for a way out.
We are opposites then,
I always run in, head-first,
sure that this guy is the one.
-Wish I could be like that.
-Oh, no.
It's lonely not letting anyone
get too close.
Well, maybe we can help
each other.
You keep me
from diving in too fast
and I'll keep you
from running away.
-I'll drink to that. Cheers.
[sylvia] I can't believe
we ate it all.
Well, it had to be done.
-I better get going.
-You're welcome to stay.
Oh, that's sweet,
but I really oughta go.
Please stay? I'm nervous
about the boat trip tomorrow.
I-I don't like boats.
Do you get motion sickness?
I have an extra wristband.
No, it's not that, I...
I spent a lot of time on boats
as a kid and I used to love it,
but not anymore.
Okay. I'll stay.
-You are an angel.
I'll need some more wine,
-Yes, ma'am.
[instrumental music]
hey, captain spinks.
-How you doin'?
Hey, I'm surprised
to see you here today.
Last I heard, you and your wife
were about to get a--
yeah, we're getting a divorce.
We are, we are.
I just wanna give these, though,
to my girlfriend. We...
We just had a little bit
of a misunderstanding.
Best I can do
is give these to her for you.
-Which of the ladies?
Her name is sylvia stafford,
but I'd really like
to give 'em to her myself.
I don't want a scene today,
[intense music]
-oh! Moring.
-Oh. Good morning.
-This is for you.
-Thank you.
-Would you like some coffee?
-Yes, please.
Mm-hmm. Oh, yes, thank you.
-You okay?
Jesse sent me a text.
He wants to see me tonight.
He wants to make things right.
Mm. Well,
he doesn't give up easy.
He was pretty freaked out
when he found out
you were getting your lawyers
Just ignore him, okay?
-You're right. Mm.
-Is that it?
Did you get a message from
the boat's captain this morning?
[vanessa] captain spinks? No.
My phone died. What'd he say?
[sylvia] they pushed up the
launch because of the weather.
Um, they want us back
before it gets too rough.
[dramatic music]
[vanessa] are you sure
you're okay?
Not really,
I was already nervous,
and, uh, now there's a chance
of bad weather.
[vanessa] so? What?
[sylvia] I have
too many bad memories.
My mother died on a boat
when I was a kid.
[vanessa] oh, my gosh.
I'm so sorry, I didn't know.
This'll be the first time
I've been on a boat since then.
Well, I'll be right there
with you today, okay?
I really appreciate it.
I got you. You're gonna be okay.
[vanessa] hello?
Captain spinks? Huh.
-You good?
Are you sure
you got the time right?
Captain spinks usually meets us
with champagne as we board.
I think so.
Should we call elizabeth?
Maybe they rescheduled,
somewhere on land.
Or maybe
they're just downstairs.
Listen, I know you're nervous,
but you are gonna have
a great time.
-Okay? Yeah?
-Okay. Mm. Yeah.
You're gonna be okay?
I'm sorry, I think I may need
to lie down for a minute.
Of course. Don't apologize,
okay? Follow me.
-I'm sorry. I'm sorry.
-Breathe. It's okay.
All right, here you go.
Bathroom's right in there, okay?
-Um, thank you. I appreciate it.
-Of course.
Just don't hibernate in here
too long, okay?
-I'll get the champagne ready.
[door opens]
[breathing heavily]
[intense music]
[vanessa screams]
vanessa? Are you okay?
Hello? Let me out!
Open this door!
[gasps] jesse. Jesse, jesse.
Are you okay?
Hang on, jesse, I'll get help.
[dramatic music]
[grunting] come on.
Come on.
Come on. Please.
Please, please, please. Come on.
[music continues]
Are you okay?
Get my phone,
it's under the couch.
There's no service here.
He's coming.
Well, you look snug as a bug
in a rug.
Well, we're just about
to, uh, depart,
so I'm gonna go
let our other passenger know.
She is gonna be so surprised
to see daddy.
He's your father?
Long story. I'll be right back.
Please be careful.
Now, where did you go?
Well, at least
you're still there.
Now, where's she hidin'?
Not gonna tell me?
It's all right.
I'll find her myself.
[earl] sylvia!
-Did you call for help?
-I couldn't.
-He smashed the radio.
-Hand me my phone.
Check for reception up here.
Sylvia, watch out! Sylvia!
[message sent alert]
[sylvia] oh. We're moving.
-[earl] ah, you're awake.
I was afraid you were gonna
sleep through
our whole father-daughter trip.
Dad, what is this all about?
This is about me reclaiming
my place in rightful society.
-I don't understand.
-Oh, sweetheart.
You don't have to understand,
all you have to do is just
enjoy the fireworks
at the end of the celebration.
Dad, please, dad.
You know, after your little
prank yesterday in the park,
I realized
that you figured it out somehow.
I'm not your dad.
So it's true then.
Who's my father?
He was a loser.
He ran out on you mother.
And I agreed to raise you if she
could just leave him behind.
She just couldn't forget him.
She was gonna tell you
I couldn't let that happen.
I'd already lost everything,
I lost my career,
I lost my dignity,
my self-respect.
I raised his little brat,
and he was
coming back to take your mother?
What are you talking about?
Your dad decided
he finally wanted to meet you,
after all those years.
But I knew what he was
really after. I knew.
So I tricked him, I got him to
go out on the boat, I told him,
I told him
we needed to talk things out.
And then... I pushed him over
right before I sank the boat.
You know,
they never found his body.
Your mother, she, uh,
she must have tried
to swim to shore.
-I knew it was you!
-I loved her!
This is why you kicked me out,
I'd always thought
it was because
of the insurance money.
Insurance money? Are you...
Your mother took out loans
for your dreams.
What about my dreams?
I could've made my mark
in this world.
I could've,
I could've been somebody.
And instead,
I was reduced to cheating,
stealing, just to scrape by.
That's where
I met your friend becca.
What does this have to do
with becca?
Yeah, see, I met, uh...
I met becca in vegas...
And I figured, well,
sooner or later
she's gonna remember me.
So, uh...
-I just made it sooner.
-Stop, stop.
You took everything from me.
You wouldn't be anything
without me.
And today's the day
that you're gonna pay.
What the hell are you doing?
-You won't get away with this.
-Put that down!
[vanessa] the entire fil knows
what you've done!
[earl] sylvie, sylvie, sylvie,
come on. Put that thing down.
You don't have the guts
to kill me. It's not in you.
You're not a killer.
You make jewelry.
[sylvia] earl!
[vanessa] sylvia, be careful.
Captain spinks
is not answering my calls.
I spoke to him last night.
He assured me
everything was in order.
Should I call and let everyone
know the trip is canceled?
Yes, it's pretty clear
we're not going anywhere today.
[cell phones chiming]
-Today's the day that you're...
Are you... Sylvia
and vanessa are in danger?
-You know, sylvia--
-earl, it's time to stop!
[earl] you just made me realize
you're not gonna ride off
into the sunset without me.
Tell you what, let's just watch
the fireworks together.
-What do you say?
What a lovely way to die!
[indistinct chatter]
I just can't stop looking at it.
Corey did a beautiful job.
I really think he's gonna go far
as a jewelry designer.
I can't wait to show luke.
Was corey surprised
about the promotion?
Yes, and I'm surprised
by how much I'm enjoying
the extra time
with you and the fil.
And noah.
-I'm seeing him again tonight.
Do you have anything
you wanna say to me?
You were right, claire.
He's perfect for me.
-And you knew it all along.
-Oh. Come here.
-Can you believe it?
-Ah, it's a dream come true.
All the members are loving
lush designs' fabulous new app.
with jesse behind bars,
it was a simple task to get all
of the members complete access
to the most talented
jewelry designer I know.
I bet all the members
will be wearing
your designs
at the next meeting.
Well, I can't think of a better
place to debut the app than here
where our partnership started.
It was a wonderful gesture
to donate tonight's proceeds
to the becca brown design studio
for teens.
Becca would've loved that.
To becca.
-[glasses clinking]
hey, I hear
someone has a blind date later.
Well, it worked out so well
for sylvia, so...
To lasting friendships
and powerful women
who help each other.
-Cheers to that.
-All right, bring it in.
Bring it in, bring it in.
Come here.
whoa whoa when I'm with you
all my days
are raining gold
ooh ooh-ooh ooh-ooh
they're raining gold