Lust, Lies, and Polygamy (2023) Movie Script

[ellen] kelsey!
[suspenseful music]
-[zapper buzzing]
-[dramatic music]
-[gulls chirping]
[tense music]
unit 72, report of a 1066
Suspicious activity
at 27364 harbor drive.
[suspenseful music]
-[siren blares]
[police officer]
sir, stay there.
[siren blares]
[police officer]
put your hands on your back!
What is that?
[police officer]
sir! Sir, stop right there.
[police officer]
sir, do you live here?
No. No. I, um...
I was just walking
the neighborhood,
And I think I was one house.
Sir, we need to see some id.
Why do you need to see my id?
Look, have you been drinking?
[man] uh, no.
Okay. Um, I'm just gonna go. I--
-No, no--
-I haven't done nothing.
-No, no, no.
-Okay, stop.
Let me--stop.
Stop! Let me go!
Will you please hear me out?
Hear me out, please.
[police officer] put your hands
behind your back.
You can make this easier
if you stop struggling.
I haven't done anything.
Aw, aw, aw. Oh, okay.
This is a mistake,
all right? Let me go.
[police officer] we're gonna
need you to calm down, sir.
[man] stop.
Uh, excuse me, what's going on?
[police officer] we've got
everything under control, ma'am.
[tense music]
Mrs. Clark?
Hi, I'm detective holland.
Are you okay?
I'm fine.
Uh, uh, what's going on?
A neighbor saw a man prowling
around your house and called us.
the guy put up a fight.
You know him?
Not at all.
Was he trying to rob us?
Not sure.
Uh, do you mind if
I take a look around?
Uh, no, please, go ahead.
Thank you.
It's time to wake up, sweetie.
Just like five more minutes.
No. Sorry.
I need you to get up now.
Mom, please.
There's a police detective here,
So get dressed before
you come down for breakfast.
[det. Holland] oh.
Thanks, mrs. Clark.
It's very much appreciated.
Well, it's the least I could do.
So you have no idea
what that man wanted?
As I said, there was no signs
of an attempt to break in.
The officer said
he wasn't making a lot of sense.
He had apparently been drinking.
Maybe he had the wrong house.
His name is carl hoff.
Does that name mean
anything to you?
Nothing at all.
How about you, miss?
Well, his driver's license
Shows a haverford address.
That's three hours away.
At least.
I don't know anyone
in haverford.
Your husband?
I can ask him
when he gets home.
He travels a lot for work,
but never to haverford.
Did he have anything to say
when you called him?
Oh, he was worried, of course.
He left right away.
He should be home
by mid-morning.
Well, have him come down
to the station
At his earliest convenience.
I'm sure this whole thing
is a bit of a shock
For both of you,
But there's nothing
to worry about.
We've got the guy in custody.
I'm sure your dad's happy
you're okay.
-Let me show you out.
-Thank you.
Uh, in here.
Oh, thank god. Come here.
Thanks for coming back early.
Yeah, of course.
So, are you really okay?
I'm fine,
just a little shaken up.
And kelsey?
Unflappable as usual.
I wondered if she would
use this as an excuse
To stay home from school.
So we have the whole house
to ourselves.
-Oh, good.
Because I missed you.
I feel so much better
when you're home.
-I should hope so.
It's just rarer these days
since you travel so much.
Yeah. Well, you know,
I feel the same way,
But in sales, client
relationships are everything.
So I got to be there in person.
I know.
Just maybe there's a way
you can scale back a bit.
Especially since my jewelry
business is doing well.
Well, when we got married,
I promised to always provide
for you and kelsey.
And it's a promise
I take seriously,
Especially because
of the way my dad was.
Okay, I respect that
and appreciate it.
But money isn't
the most important thing.
But it's important for kelsey
To go to college debt free,
We agreed on that.
-Yeah, it's just--
Listen, I'm sorry I wasn't here
when this happened.
You don't have to apologize.
I just want you here more.
I'll make a better effort,
I promise.
Man, I'm thinking about
what could have happened
While I was gone.
I didn't like it.
Uh, did you move the armchair?
Yeah, I moved it away
from the dresser.
I was thinking about finding
a better place for it.
Oh, well, let's at least
put it in the right direction.
Uh, I was planning to do that
before you got home.
It's okay.
I'll just do it now.
Oh, you scared me.
What's wrong?
I just got back
from the police station.
What did they say?
Apparently, there's not enough
evidence to hold him.
That's what they said.
But that doesn't make any sense.
He didn't threaten anyone.
He didn't try to break in.
They couldn't charge him
with trespassing
Because our property
isn't enclosed
And there are no trespassing
signs posted.
Well, did they give you
any insight
On why he chose our home?
Did they show you his picture?
He just looked like
some drunk peeping tom.
They said he was from haverford.
I mean, at least
that's what his license said.
That's a long way
for a drunk to drive.
Maybe he got lost.
Who knows?
It's just so weird.
Well, it's over.
Let's just try
to forget about it.
[door closes]
[dramatic music]
Hey, there she is.
Come on now,
I think I deserve a hug.
I haven't seen you in days.
That's nothing unusual, paul.
I think your father
was worried about you.
It was just a creepy guy.
Who cares?
Well, I do.
Heavenly father,
bless us in these thy gifts
Which we are about to receive
From thy bountiful goodness,
Through jesus christ, our lord.
Let's eat.
Wow, ellen, this looks
absolutely delicious.
I've been wanting
to make it for a while,
When we're all home together.
Mom, can I go to
the basketball game tonight?
It's a school night, kelsey.
Okay, but I already finished
all my homework.
I don't like you getting
into the habit
Of going out on weekdays.
Okay, but I'm almost in college.
And if I can--
[paul] kelsey, I believe
your mother said no.
-I wasn't talking to you.
What? He's not my dad.
He's never even here.
I'm sorry.
No, it's okay.
I never complain about you
being gone.
I swear.
I know, but she's a smart girl.
And if you think
I'm gone too much,
Then she probably does, too.
She'll come around.
She knows how hard you work
for our family.
But we've been married
for two years,
And she still treats me
like I'm a stranger.
She's a teenager.
Just be patient
And spend more time with her.
Look, it'll be okay.
[dramatic music]
It is so lovely here.
Well, after
father burke's sermon,
I could really use
some caffeine.
I saw you nodding off
towards the end there.
I mean, he really did ramble on
more than usual today.
And that's saying something.
Oh, the twins are probably
gonna be up soon,
So I got to put some gas
in the tank.
Hmm. [chuckles]
Where are the guys?
Oh, well, jim mentioned
That he wanted to rearrange
the garage,
So now paul is giving him
plenty of tips
On where to put everything.
Well, if our garage can be
half as organized as yours.
I'm sure paul is happy to help.
His ocd really kicks in
when he's stressed.
Yeah, that whole
prowling incident
Must really have you both
on edge.
You think?
But he's oddly dismissive
About the whole thing.
He says the guy
was just drunk and confused.
But he was creeping
around your house.
He wasn't passed out
on your front door.
and when I opened the door,
He stared at me
straight in the eyes.
He gave me this look
like he knew me or something.
Weird. So what happens next?
Oh, the police told paul
that they don't have
Enough evidence to hold him.
Wait. So they just let him go
without any charges?
Yeah, I guess.
That doesn't make any sense.
That's what I said.
But paul says that's
the way the law works.
[jim] hey, cindy?
Oh, hey, there you are.
I'm so sorry to interrupt,
but the twins, they're awake.
Oh, shoot.
-I thought we'd have more time.
-It's okay.
Hey, don't worry about it.
Enjoy your coffee.
I'll get them change
and I'll bring them down.
Thanks, honey.
You know what?
Changing two dirty diapers,
It's...Well, it's a lot.
-I should probably go help him.
[cindy] can we get together
soon and get coffee?
-Yes, please.
-[cindy chuckles]
Paul is gonna be gone again
in a few days, so I'll be free.
[dramatic music]
You sure don't need a ride,
Hailey's picking me up.
Bye, mom.
Hey, wait.
Um...I'm going out of town.
Have a good trip.
She could at least
be subtle to me.
I'm afraid that's
teenage civility.
By the way,
what happened to you last night?
What do you mean?
I woke up and you were gone.
I couldn't sleep,
so I went to my studio.
Hmm, anything wrong?
[ellen] uh--
They should all
be facing forward, sweetie,
So the labels are visible.
Makes them easier to use.
Keeping order gives
you peace of mind.
That's why you need to sleep,
peace of mind.
So I should probably get going.
But I will only be gone
for a few days.
So you'll be safe, okay?
Can you be a few minutes late?
Oh, I wish I could,
But, uh, I can't keep
client's waiting, baby.
Of course.
Hey, when I get back,
Let's do something about
this whole work schedule thing.
I love you.
I love you more.
[dramatic music]
[siren blares]
-[police officer] this way.
-Thank you.
Hi, I really appreciate you
seeing me, detective holland.
I know you're busy.
Well, I'm happy to help
in any way I can.
I'm just trying to find out
some more information
About that man you arrested
outside my house.
-Carl hoff?
Well, I spoke
to your husband the other day.
He told me
he came to the station.
I didn't know
he spoke directly to you.
What would you like
to know about mr. Hoff?
I guess I'm just wondering
why he wasn't charged?
You said you spoke
to your husband.
[det. Holland]
he didn't tell you?
Tell me what?
Well, he refused
to press charges.
He did?
[det. Holland] listen, I thought
it was a mistake,
But he was adamant that you just
wanted to put this behind you.
Uh, he told me there
wasn't enough evidence.
Well...We could at least charge
mr. Hoff with trespassing.
Listen, I did warn mr. Hoff
And told him that
if he came back
And did anything similar,
He wouldn't be so lucky.
I see. Uh, well, thank you.
I don't wanna take up
any more of your time.
Not a problem.
Listen, if you have any
more concerns,
Here's my number.
Thank you.
[dramatic music]
[cindy] I'm so glad you called.
When I didn't see you
at church this morning,
I thought something was wrong.
I haven't been sleeping well.
So with paul gone,
I decided to stay in bed.
I almost got up
as late as kelsey did.
Oh, sleep...I remember
that used to be nice.
The twins are still
waking you up?
Oh, every night.
Jim and I tradeoff.
-Thank you.
You guys are really
wonderful together,
The way you support each other.
Oh, well, with each passing day,
It's more like we're
army buddies in the trenches.
It's all about survival.
It sounds nice.
Come on,
don't look at me like that.
You know, paul worships
the ground that you walk on.
You guys are the most
romantic couple I know.
Cindy, do you think it's strange
how much paul goes out of town?
I mean, he's a salesman.
Ain't that what they do?
Yeah, I guess.
But he's gone a few days
a week at this point.
Since we got married,
he's working more, not less.
Well, absence makes the heart
grow fonder, right?
Maybe that's why your marriage
is so lovey-dovey.
Maybe you're right.
kelsey is off to college soon.
I've heard how crazy
expensive that is.
He's probably just
feeling that pressure.
He just wants to maximize
his earning potential.
Okay. So, you know,
I've had those gallery shows
-The past year?
-Of course.
Well, they've all sold out.
And even better,
because it's created a demand.
My rep is taking custom orders.
I mean, my pieces are selling
faster than I can make them.
At this point,
I could send kelsey to college
On my own, if I needed to.
Ellen, that's amazing.
And so well deserved.
You know, this is my favorite
piece of jewelry ever.
So what is this
really about, then?
I just keep thinking of that
man, you know, the prowler?
The way he looked at me.
So I went to the police station
to talk to the detective.
-And he told me
Paul refused to press charges.
That's why they let the guy go.
Did paul have an explanation?
You didn't ask him?
I mean, I'm sure
he had a good reason.
It's just...
You're afraid of
what you might hear.
He said he didn't know the guy.
He didn't even recognize
his name.
Do you believe him?
I mean, why would he lie?
[dramatic music]
[kelsey] hey, mom!
-How are you, sweetie?
-Did you have fun at hailey's?
Her family invited me
to go to dinner,
But I didn't wanna leave you
to eat alone since paul is gone.
No, no, you should go.
Look, I've been so busy
with work that putting on sweats
And ordering a pizza
sounds perfect to me.
-You sure?
Okay, cool.
[dramatic music]
[inhales, exhales deeply]
[keyboard clicking]
[eerie music]
[computer dings]
Hi there, beautiful.
How are things there?
Fine, just relaxing.
And kelsey?
She's out to dinner
with hailey's family.
How's the trip?
Well, the big meeting
is tomorrow.
All the reps got together
today to strategize,
Which was helpful.
That's nice.
Hey, are you okay?
Why wouldn't I be?
I don't know. You just
look like something's wrong.
Uh, I was just thinking,
When you went
to the police station,
Did they tell you anything
about the guy they caught?
Uh, they really
didn't know a lot.
No. Why?
Just wondering who is
and why he chose our house.
[paul] I don't really think
there's much to know, sweetie.
It was a random event.
But he looked at me
like he knew me,
Like he had a reason to be here.
I just think
you're imagining things.
It's best
to just forgive and forget.
It's the christian thing to do.
Speaking of which, I went
to an outdoor concert today
Hosted by a local church.
You go to church
when you're on the road?
[paul] of course, I do.
You know how I feel about it.
It really help me get
through my father leaving.
I know.
[paul] besides, with everything
that happened last week,
I felt grateful.
-I wanted to go.
[paul] but anyway,
there was this gospel singer
At this event
and her voice was sublime.
I just kept wishing
that you were here with me
So you could hear her.
What's her name?
Mary obst, o-b-s-t.
Okay. I'll check her out.
I think you'll really like her.
Okay. I guess I should
probably get going.
Got a big day tomorrow.
Good luck.
Call me when you're done.
I love you.
Love you more.
[computer dings]
[keyboard clicking]
[audience clapping on computer]
[soft piano music]
[birds chirping]
amazing grace
how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch
like me
I once was lost
-but now
-[tense music]
[kelsey] bye. Thank you.
See you tomorrow.
[keys jingling]
[door closes]
[slow deep breaths]
Oh. Hey.
Hi. How was dinner?
-[kelsey] uh, fine.
We tried that new italian place.
-It was super good.
That's nice.
Well, it's getting late.
We should go to bed.
[dramatic music]
-I'll wake you up at 7:00?
-Good night.
-Good night.
[dramatic music]
[birds chirping]
[kelsey] mom!
What? Uh, what?
You didn't wake me up.
Oh. I...Sorry.
Uh, get dressed and I'll
make you something to eat.
Is, uh, is cheddar okay?
Um, and a napkin.
Mom, are you okay?
I'm fine. Why?
I don't know.
You seem a little off.
[clicks tongue]
I'm just tired from work.
I love you.
I love you too.
[dramatic music]
[exhales deeply]
[tap water flowing]
[inhales deeply]
[keyboard clicking]
[phone keypad tones]
[phone ringing]
Is this carl hoff?
-[ellen] hi.
I'm ellen clark.
Uh, I hope it's okay I called.
Uh, what do you want?
I was hoping you could explain
a few things to me.
Do you really need me to?
I was wondering why you were
outside my house last week.
I shouldn't have come.
But you did.
You need to ask your husband.
-I have.
-[carl] and he told you?
He told me that
he didn't recognize you.
That you were just a prowler.
I knew as soon I saw
that scared look on your face
That I made a mistake.
I'm sorry.
I just wanna know how you
and paul know each other.
Your husband doesn't know me,
but he knows who I am.
You should really ask him
Mr. Hoff, please.
You mean to tell me
you have no idea?
I'm afraid I might.
Your husband ruined my marriage
And he made it clear that he
would ruin the rest of my life
If I said anything.
So, rest assured,
I will be keeping my distance.
So, you're her husband?
I don't wanna get mixed up
with this.
Okay? Please,
do not call me again.
-[phone beeps]
-[call line beeps]
[dramatic music]
Thank you.
I hope I haven't woken the kids.
Oh, no.
They sleep through everything.
I still can't believe
this has happened.
Paul was devastated
when his father left them.
That's why he believes family
is the most important thing.
I keep thinking there
must be another explanation.
Beyond the obvious one?
I know.
Well, how soon
can you talk to him?
I just think it might be good
to hear from him
Firsthand what's going on.
He has meetings all day.
I text him this morning
and asked him to call.
[sighs] well, the big question,
As I see it, is whether
or not this has been
Going on for a while
or if it's just a fling.
Does that matter?
Doesn't it?
Cheating is cheating.
We made a vow before god
And all our family and friends.
Uh, I know. I know.
It's just that
there's a difference between...
Sexual tryst
and a pattern of deceit.
Could you really forgive
a tryst?
Yeah. I think I could.
Just depends
on the circumstances.
I don't think it's a fling.
How do you know?
I went online and looked
at our checking account.
Okay. And?
There are charges going back
at least a year
From a jewelry store.
-[cindy] hmm.
-Charges I never made.
So, what are you gonna do?
Well, he won't be back
for at least two days.
So, until then,
I think I should find out
As much as possible
about what's going on.
How do you propose
you're gonna do that?
There's a filing cabinet
in his office.
It's always locked.
I'm sure there are answers
in there.
So, you just need
to find the key?
I'd looked, I can't find it.
He must keep it with him.
It's not like it's a safe.
What do you mean?
You just have to break the lock.
I don't want him to know
I was in there.
At least not yet.
Well, in that case,
I think I can help.
[lock rustling]
[ellen] where did you ever
learn to do this?
I didn't tell you
about my cat burglary days?
Yeah. I did a couple
years in sing sing
For breaking and entering.
[chuckles] I had a tool chest
and the lock
Would always get stuck, so...
I learned how to open it.
Do you want me to leave?
I may need you around
for arson later.
Look, ellen, I'm serious.
I understand there might be
some pretty private stuff there.
What could be more private
than what I already told you?
-stay. Please?
I need your moral support.
Of course.
Has he read all of these books?
I don't think he's read
any of them.
Never seen him read a book.
They're organized by color.
He's meticulous.
[cindy] apparently.
Oh, my god.
He's opened up
other credit cards.
These bills are in paul's name,
But they go to a house
in haverford.
[shutter clicks]
You can't be serious.
You have to confront him.
Of course, I will. I...
-Just not yet.
-What are you waiting for?
I need more evidence.
Ellen, what more do you need?
You have the video,
you have the bills.
I need to see him in person
to believe it's real.
I know
it makes no sense logically.
But I love him.
There's still
a part of me that...
Can't believe he'd do this.
Look, you can love someone
And still leave them
for betraying you.
I know. I do. I...
Which leads me
to my second reason.
I need more tangible evidence.
Paul is a salesman.
He could sell sand in a desert.
I need an airtight case.
Okay. Well, that makes sense.
So, what are you gonna do now?
I'm gonna catch him in the act.
Hello, beautiful.
Welcome back.
Let's put these in water.
[tap water flowing]
So, how was your trip?
It was good. Productive.
Meetings went well?
Nah, it's tough to tell
which ones will actually lead
To something, but,
uh, overall, I think so.
So beautiful.
I always want there to be peace
And beauty in this house.
Did you sleep well?
I called you last night,
but you didn't answer.
Very well.
Good. So glad to hear that.
Oh, I have a surprise for you.
Sit down.
Sit, sit. Come on. Come
On. All right, now.
Close your eyes.
-Come on. Come on.
Close them.
Open them.
It's a new rub.
From one of the best rib joints
In tennessee.
It's actually
a really funny story.
I was on a shuttle
from the airport to the hotel
And just minding my business,
And this nice woman
turns to me and tells me
That her and husband
just ate at this restaurant
And they both got a bottle
Without the other one knowing,
So they had a extra one.
So, they gave it to me.
Uh-huh. So, what do you think?
Good? Okay.
Sweetie, is everything
all right?
Of course.
Why wouldn't it be?
I don't know.
You just seem a little off.
I'm just really happy
to have you home.
I think this is what I miss most
When I'm on the road.
Home-cooked meals.
Hey. Where are you going?
I have homework.
But I just got home. Please.
You know, I was thinking
I should go with you
On your next work trip.
-look, uh, you're always
Telling me
such interesting stories
About things that happen,
like the spice rub.
Just thought
it might be kind of fun.
Well, what about work?
Huh, I can make sure
I don't have any deadlines and,
You know, just bring
some paperwork to catch up on.
No, I meant my work.
Oh, well, I wouldn't,
uh, I wouldn't bother you.
I'd just stay in the hotel,
just explore around.
I just don't know
how appropriate it would be.
You know,
bringing someone along.
I'm not someone.
-I'm your wife.
They have pretty strict rules.
Oh, I just assumed at night,
at least your time was your own.
Okay. Well, how about we just
Talk about it later, okay?
And maybe since kelsey
is doing homework,
We can disappear into our room.
You know what?
I have to go out for a bit.
To drop off a piece of jewelry.
Well, can't you just mail it?
The client needs it immediately.
And I promised.
I'll be home soon.
I can't do it.
I can't pretend
like everything's okay.
Remember, you're there
collecting evidence.
I know.
[cindy] just stay focused.
What about his briefcase?
Maybe there's something
in there?
[cindy] look, you got this,
Don't worry.
He's gonna
be leaving again soon.
Right. Okay.
Thanks. Bye.
-[engine revs up]
[tense music]
[briefcase lock clicks]
[slow deep breaths]
[door opens]
[footsteps approaching]
Oh, hey.
What are you doing?
I, uh...
I was just craving some of this.
In the middle of the night?
I couldn't sleep.
Ah. Again?
Okay. Well, let's go
back to bed.
Uh, no.
I have a necklace to finish.
I'll join you in a bit.
[tense music]
[switch clicks]
[ominous music]
Is everything okay?
Yeah. Just have a lot of work.
So, I've been thinking,
I think you should come with me
on a work trip.
Oh, yeah.
What changed your mind?
You were right.
We've been spending
too much time apart.
And I wanna fix that.
So, should I tag
along tomorrow or--
Uh, not tomorrow.
I need to make
some arrangements.
-[paul] with my bosses and such.
Plus, you've got
lots of work to finish.
You make such beautiful things.
Well, don't stay up
too late.
I miss
when you're not lying beside me.
[ominous music]
[ellen] want some more coffee?
Ah, no, thanks.
I have a long drive ahead,
so I don't wanna be stopping
-Every 20 minutes.
-Bye. I'm leaving.
-Bye, sweetie.
Oh, paul's gonna be gone
for a few days.
Have a nice trip.
Thank you, kelsey.
So, what are you gonna do
while I'm gone?
I have a big project.
Oh, a new client?
One that I never expected.
So, I'll call you
when I arrive.
Have a safe trip.
Love you.
Love you more.
[cindy] are you sure
you don't want me
To go with you?
No. Uh, I need to do
this alone.
I don't like it.
[breathes deeply]
I'll be fine.
What if he tries to hurt you?
Paul is a liar,
But he's not dangerous.
You don't know that.
Despite all that he's done,
He's still my husband.
I think I know him pretty well.
Do you?
But he won't even know
I'm there.
I'm just going
to collect evidence.
Okay. But you have to use my car
so he doesn't recognize yours.
Look, will you please
just call me
If something goes wrong,
if you need me?
I promise.
You're not gonna like
what you find.
You know that, right?
I know.
But I need to do this.
The more evidence I have,
the better case
I can make in the divorce.
And the better I'll be able
to get over him.
[dramatic music]
[tense music]
[breathing heavily, sobbing]
[camera shutter clicking]
[breathing heavily]
[dramatic music]
Oh, my...Shoot.
-Beautiful day.
-Yeah, it is.
-Have a good day, honey.
-Bye, you too.
-Love you.
-You too.
[phone ringing]
You've got to be kidding me.
Hey, honey.
Oh, what you doing?
Driving to a meeting,
thinking of you.
-How sweet.
-[paul] what are you doing?
You know, just little this,
little that.
My productive wife.
I'd say
you're the productive one,
Tireless even.
Well, you know I love to work
for our family.
Look, I'm gonna be busy
for the rest of the day,
So I'll call you later.
Sounds good. Oh, gotta go.
Someone's at the front door.
[knocking on door]
Hi. Can I help you?
[tense music]
Yes, I think you can help me.
You see...
I...Hmm, I'm so sorry
to bother you.
My husband, daughter, and I
Are looking at houses
in the neighborhood.
Oh, great.
I'm, um...I'm judy.
Uh, I was wondering
If I could ask you
a few questions
About the local high school.
I noticed your bumper sticker.
The agent said it was great
But I was--I was hoping to get
some parents' opinions.
Of course.
I send my two boys there.
Two boys?
Yes, they went
to catholic school before
And I worried
about the transition to public
But the academics
are very strong.
Well, that's good to hear.
I was just making tea.
Would you like to come in?
That's so kind of you.
I'd love to.
[dramatic music]
[ellen gasps]
Oh, uh...
-That's, um...
-That's my family.
Oh, wow.
-That ring is...
-Beautiful, right?
I'm newly remarried.
My husband got it
from an up-and-coming designer
Named ellen clark.
Ellen clark.
I'll have to remember her.
My husband's last name
is also clark
And now it's mine, too.
He thought it was
a good coincidence.
You know, I'm also remarried.
Another coincidence.
Well, second time's
a charm, right?
Or third, as they say.
[kettle whistling]
[grace sighs]
Is peppermint tea okay?
Yeah. Yeah, it's fine.
You have a lovely home.
Thank you.
My husband is really neat.
He likes everything organized.
Keeps me on my toes.
Must be nice to have someone
to motivate you.
House cleaning can be so boring.
[scoffs] exactly.
So, uh, how long
have you all been married?
Only a few months.
But we dated a year before.
Um, how did you meet,
if you don't mind me asking?
Not at all. At church.
That's how I met my husband.
It's really the best way
to meet a good guy, right?
My paul has really restored
my faith in men.
Why don't I make a list for you
Of the good stores around here?
-Thank you.
-[grace] uh-hmm.
Judy, I'm so glad
you knocked at my door.
I really hope
we'd become neighbors.
Well, you've been more
than generous.
Thank you.
Let me know if you get a house
in the area.
You know, there was a time
I thought I had
the perfect marriage, too.
But looking back on it now,
I see there were signs
of deception everywhere.
I just didn't wanna see them.
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear.
I-I don't want anyone
to make the same mistake.
You said your husband restored
your faith in men.
Just remember to have faith
in yourself first.
Trust your instincts.
Uh, sure.
Take care.
[dramatic music]
[cindy] I'm so sorry, ellen.
[ellen] you were right.
I mean, I have...
I saw things
I did not wanna see.
Okay. But how would you have
guessed he was married to her?
Her engagement ring
was one of mine.
He must have gone
to the gallery and bought it.
The nerve.
She said he restored
her faith in men.
How did you do it?
Just sit there in her house
and not lose it.
You're so brave.
She was actually
really lovely and kind.
After the initial shock,
I-I felt really badly for her.
Well, now you have
enough evidence
So you can confront him.
He doesn't deserve it.
I'm gonna change the locks
and start filing for divorce.
[tense music]
Thank you.
[knocks on door]
That's so annoying.
My key isn't working.
Yeah, I changed the locks.
-oh, my god.
-Did that creepy guy come back?
Uh, I'll explain everything.
Come in.
-I have something on the stove.
Look, I understand
if you're upset with me.
I felt bad about putting us
in this situation.
-It's so pathetic.
Mom, you're the strongest person
I know.
Like, I just don't understand
how I could have been so blind.
Because you loved
and trusted your husband?
Isn't that what
you're supposed to do?
I was supposed to protect you
after your dad died.
When I started dating,
I promised you.
Do you remember?
I told you, it would always
be the two of us.
I'd never let anybody
get in between us.
And no one has, mom.
So, what happens next?
Well, I sent paul an email
And told him
I'm filing for divorce.
I changed the locks
because I don't want him
Coming back here
and bothering us.
I don't trust him, okay?
I never liked to hang out
with him anyways.
You must be hungry.
Can I get you some soup?
Yeah, it smells good.
[ellen] I made bread.
[knocks on door]
[paul] hello?
Ellen, are you there?
My key isn't working.
We need to talk!
[knocks on door]
[paul] kelsey.
-[knocks on door]
-[paul] hey, come on!
-[knocks on door]
-[paul] I need you to let me in.
I know about her, paul!
I have no idea
what you're talking about.
Go away!
[paul] there's been
a misunderstanding.
You're not thinking clearly.
I met grace, your other wife.
[paul] let me in, ellen,
so we can talk.
I'll see you in court.
-[paul] ellen!
Is he gone?
I think so.
-Uh, butter?
-Oh, yes, please.
[ominous music]
-Let me in!
-[gasps] mom!
Come here.
[phone ringing]
-Detective holland?
This is ellen clark.
My husband is here. He's--
[det. Holland]
mrs. Clark, calm down.
What's the matter?
[paul] I know what
you think you saw...
But you got it all wrong.
[det. Holland]
mrs. Clark? Mrs. Clark?
[ellen] stay away from me.
[phone beeps]
ellen, you're overreacting.
I talked to her.
I saw her wedding ring.
The ring that I made.
[paul] look, men have needs.
Needs that are completely
different than women's.
Now, I learned
that from my father.
But unlike my dad,
I don't leave.
I would never leave my family.
So you think you're being noble?
You and grace,
You both served a purpose.
And although those purposes
are very different,
I love you both...Equally.
Now, surely,
you can understand that.
Get out.
Remember our vows,
'til death do us part.
Now, I'm gonna give you
a few days
To get a hold of yourself.
But then, oh, I'm coming home.
And no...One gets hurt.
[breathes heavily]
By the way...
You're the better cook.
[indistinct chatter over radio]
[det. Holland]
now, it makes a lot more sense.
What do you mean?
Well, it never sat right with me
How he behaved
after the first incident.
I mean...A husband comes home
from a business trip,
Finds out that an intruder
was lurking around his house.
Naturally, he's going to have
a lot of questions.
And paul didn't?
Oh, no, he did.
They were just the wrong
kind of questions.
He wanted to know whether
the story would get out.
Get out?
[det. Holland] you know,
uh, the papers, online.
I explained that police reports
Are a matter of public record.
He didn't want anyone
making the connection.
[det. Holland] exactly.
So I can press charges now?
Against a prowler?
No, against my husband.
He's married to another woman.
Yes, and that's illegal.
And we'll start
an investigation.
What I'm most interested
in right now
Is kelsey and your safety.
Uh, he didn't get
violent tonight
But he told you
that you couldn't leave him.
He told me he'd give me
a few days
To get a hold of myself
And let him come home.
Then, no one would get hurt.
I feel the threat
is tangible enough
For you to apply
for a restraining order.
Would that stop him?
[det. Holland] that's what
they're designed to do.
The process usually takes
about two to three weeks
To get one through the courts.
But in light of the
extenuating circumstances...
I'll have a word with the judge.
She's usually amenable
in these kinds of situations.
With any luck,
You should have it
in a few days.
What should I do until then?
I think you and kelsey should
find a safe place to stay.
Right, we don't want
things escalating.
Of course.
Thank you, detective.
Yeah, I'm always happy to help.
You have no idea how much
I appreciate this, cindy.
Are you kidding?
I should be thanking you.
Do you know how helpful it is
To have two extra pairs
of hands around here?
It's sweet having time
with your kids.
We're always hanging out
when they're napping.
I hope kelsey
doesn't mind getting roped
Into their nap time routine.
They've really taken to her.
-She adores them.
-[cindy chuckles]
Consider her
your live-in babysitter.
It's funny
how quickly it goes by.
Everyone says it will
when you're changing diapers
But you don't believe them.
And suddenly,
they're a teenager
And you're emotionally
preparing yourself
For them to leave home.
Wondering if you did
a good enough job.
You've done better
than good enough.
It's all gonna work out, ellen.
I know.
And look,
detective holland said
The judge pushed
the order quickly
So we'll be out
of your hair soon.
Oh, you can stay
as long as you want.
You know that.
But once he's served the order,
He can't get near us
without breaking the law.
Do you have any idea
where he is?
No idea.
[ellen] what?
Can you choose
where he gets served?
Yeah. Why?
You should send it
to his other house.
-But what if he's not home?
-It's not her fault though.
-No, I know.
But you're not trying
to hurt her.
You're just trying to help her.
I mean, come on,
think about it, ellen.
She deserves to know, too.
Ladies, they're down.
-Oh, that was fast.
Kelsey works
some sort of magic, so...
Hey, uh, I actually
brought you something from work.
What is this?
[jim] it's a stun gun
or a taser.
We usually ask our realtors
to carry with them
When they're showing houses
late at night, so...
Thanks but I don't think
I need this.
Maybe not.
But it's probably best
you have it just in case.
And we'd feel a lot better
knowing that you did.
-Thank you.
-[jim] yeah.
Kids, breakfast is ready!
Come on,
you don't wanna be late!
[doorbell dings]
Who do you think that is?
I don't know.
I wasn't expecting anyone.
Were you?
Oh, you're in your robe.
I'll get it.
Hi, are you paul clark?
You've been served.
Have a nice day.
[tense music]
[grace] who is it?
Uh, the messenger service.
[tense music]
I forgot I had some documents
being delivered.
Guess I wasn't expecting them
so soon.
That's a nice surprise.
Very nice.
Kids, I mean it!
You're gonna be late.
Ah, that reminds me,
I'll be late tonight, actually.
And depending
on how the meeting goes,
I may have to spend the night
So I can meet with them again
in the morning.
Oh, no.
I had plans to make us
a nice dinner tonight.
Um, well,
I'll see what I can do.
I promise.
Of course.
It's just a few
very important things
I need to take care of.
Hey, I love you.
I love you more.
I love you most.
Gotta go.
Hey, guys, have a great day!
[ellen] so the restraining order
was delivered.
Without incident. Thank you.
[ellen] and he can't ignore it?
Not unless
he wants to go to jail.
Thank you, detective.
[det. Holland] it's my pleasure.
You feeling better?
I just arrived home
and I'm going to enjoy it.
[chuckles] that's good.
If you need anything else,
you can give me a call.
I will.
[phone beeps]
[dramatic music]
[dramatic music]
[glass bottles clatters]
Oh, god.
You almost gave me
a heart attack, kelsey.
Uh, you said I could come home
after school.
I know.
You just surprised me.
I called your name.
I was outside.
[kelsey] doing what?
Putting the past behind us.
[crickets chirping]
This looks great, mom.
Thank you, sweetheart.
I thought a celebratory dinner
was in order.
I'm sorry I was so hard on paul.
You were the smart one.
You were the only one
who saw through his facade.
Uh, that's the thing, though,
was that I didn't.
I just gave him
a hard time because...
Because he wasn't dad.
And he tried too hard
to act like he was.
Why are you telling me this now?
Because for a long time,
you're gonna be asking yourself
How you didn't suspect anything.
And you probably think
that I did but I didn't.
No one did.
You're wise beyond your years,
young lady.
You know that?
Well, I have a pretty smart mom.
I'm sure you're hungry.
Let's eat.
Want some more salad?
-Yes, please.
[tense music]
[birds squawking]
[dramatic music]
[dramatic music]
[birds chirping]
[glass shatters]
[suspenseful music]
[suspenseful music]
Hello, ellen.
Please don't hurt her.
Oh, I never intended
to hurt her.
But then you messed things up.
[sobs] mommy.
Paul, please.
You just had to go and ruin it,
didn't you?
And then to have me served
at my home?
But you don't wanna hurt
your daughter.
Just let her go.
You know, it's bad enough
that you ruined one family.
But then, you tried to ruin two.
Guess what,
grace will never find out.
You're scaring your daughter.
It's gonna be okay.
What do you want?
You know what I want.
I want us to be a family, ellen.
A happy family.
-[kelsey crying]
-how would that work, paul?
You're gonna go back and forth
between two homes?
A man needs to be lord
of more than one home.
He needs more than one chance
to get it right.
You can have the perfect family
with grace.
We won't bother you.
You'll never hear from us again.
-Oh, no.
You see,
it's a little too late for that.
Because you ruined it.
-Both of you.
You'll never get away with this.
-Watch me.
-[paul grunts]
-[kelsey crying]
-[paul groaning]
[indistinct] come here,
come here, come here.
[kelsey crying]
-[crying continues]
You ruined it!
You ruined everything!
[glass shatters]
Kelsey, are you okay?
-Are you okay?
-I'm fine.
[kelsey] okay.
[phone dial tone]
[phone ringing]
Mom, mom.
-[woman] sorry,
-All service will be--
-he's gone.
will you please try--
-[phone beeps]
-[knocks on door]
[cindy] is everything okay?
[cindy] what happened?
[dramatic music]
[woman] my instinct is--
And you checked
all the hospitals?
Uh-hmm, everyone in the area
has been notified.
Now remember,
we've been tracking
All his accounts
and have impounded his car.
-We'll find him.
-[woman] okay, judge.
And grace hoff?
[sighs] devastated of course.
But when faced
with all the evidence,
She had no choice
but to believe it.
Well, I guess love
isn't completely blind.
And how was kelsey?
I mean, she's okay
But she'll be doing a lot better
once paul's caught.
Actually, you did a great job
fighting him off.
He won't get far.
I'll be in touch
if I have more news.
-Thank you.
-All right.
[club music playing]
[indistinct chatter]
[suspenseful music]
Buy you another?
Why not?
Roger nelson.
Hmm, it's a pretty name.
Well, roger,
what shall we toast to?
How about family?
Looks like there used to be
a ring on this finger.
Oh, yeah.
There's still an indentation.
Recently divorced.
Hey, his loss.
Now, before you get ahead
of yourself,
You should know
I have a daughter
And she's my everything.
Even better.
Are you serious?
Of course.
Listen. There is nothing
More important than family.
[suspenseful music]