Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From Paris With Love (2015) Movie Script

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Caminare e
cantare by bill ruha
Hi. Did you ask to
speak with the owner?
Uh, yeah.
Is there something
wrong with the food?
No, it's great looking...
Uh..Great eating, the food.
The food is good.
I just have a few
questions about donatello's.
Are you a food critic?
No, I'm Irish and I don't have
a clue what I am eating.
So, if you're not a
critic, what's this for?
I write a blog about
being single, and 30
and unemployed, and miserable.
I don't allow
'miserable' in my place.
I'm Joey.
You know, life can surprise you.
I always thought
I'd be a journalist
or a stand up comedian
or the patron Saint of
unmarried female bloggers.
[Guests laugh]
But I never thought I that
I would ever be Italian...
or so happy.
[Guests applaud]
[Crowd murmurs] Here, here.
[Guests applaud]
I remember the first time
like it was yesterday
you looked at me
and smiled wide
it's never been the same
[Rattling rollers]
I want to know you well...
Ooo, thank you
As miss Colorado
special delivery,
it has been my
honor to inaugurate
numerous automated
stamp dispensers
throughout the
Metro Denver area.
But no ceremony
seems quite as aus...
Boding well for the future.
Right, quite as auspicious
as today's dedication
of the south Logan street
autostamp machine!
And the crowd goes wild!
[Applauding lightly]
[Shane] Whooo!
It is fre-ezing out.
Am I mistaken or is it
your birthday today?
You are mistaken.
It's next Monday.
So, there's still time to shop.
Oh, good.
And fyi, I've already
got a giant pair
of golden scissors.
Oh, these are for
Rita's ribbon... cutting.
Oliver wrote me a
beautiful speech...
I think.
You're going through with it?
It's going down to eight
degrees on Wednesday.
You'll freeze your a...
Crown off.
No rain nor wind nor snow,
no dark of night,
Ms. Mcinerney, hmm?
When will this winter end?
It just goes on and on and on...
Yes, but just wait.
You haven't yet
experienced your first
Colorado spring.
Trust me, once you've
seen the cherry blossoms
bloom in April along
the potomac river,
nothing else compares.
Unless it's springtime
in the rockies.
Oh, I love that song!
What song?
[Oliver sings]
When it's springtime
in the rockies,
I'll be coming home to you.
Little sweetheart
of the mountains,
with your Bonnie eyes so blue...
[Clears throat]
Or something like that.
Hmm, well, Oliver O'Toole,
the singing postal detective.
What's this?
Oh, uh, seems to
be secondary transfer
of organic material
via footwear.
Oh, yeah, I guess
somebody stepped in some...
Thank you, Norman.
[Clears throat]
Postmarked two years
ago, Caitlyn-something.
The address is
virtually unreadable.
Ooo, divorce papers.
Ms. Mcinerney!
You have a distressing
habit of opening packages
without my express permission.
This cannot continue.
The address was hopeless.
Your promise, please...
Fine. I promise.
Heads up down there!
That guy from
international misdirects
is so aggressive.
I got this.
Oh, seems to be something
caught in the corner.
A coin, I believe.
A ring, oh.
Joey, you two have
been together... What?
Six, seven years?
Count to ten
before you mail that.
Once it's out there,
you can't take it back.
[Shane] Ouch.
That guy really must have
wanted to get divorced.
I mean, once you take
the ring off the finger
there's really no hope...
What are those?
Little curlicues?
No, those are
intertwined initials.
See, there's a "j" and... A "c."
"C" for Caitlyn and "j" for...?
Ooh, I've seen
rings like this before!
There's a whole street of
boutiques in larimer square
and they make custom jewellery
right in their studios.
Well, the inscription,
I'm assuming,
is their wedding day,
it's nine years ago.
There's a partial date here.
These divorce papers were
drawn up two years ago.
Whatever it was,
they're divorced now,
so, what's the rush.
Ours is not a question
of 'why', Ms. Mcinerney.
"The seeds of duty
know not the flower
nor its blooming day."
Who wrote that?
Well... it's a line from a verse
I composed in high school...
Um... about mail
delivery, actually.
The singing detective
philosopher poet.
Where does it all end?
Oh no.
Maybe it rolled away
when we emptied the bin.
Considering the
condition of the envelope,
it's a miracle it
didn't fall out a long...
No! No! No! No! No...
[door slams shut]
Be honest, Oliver, you
think we're gonna die in here.
And you're writing
your will, aren't you?
Uh, no.
Times such as this
provide one with
a certain clarity.
Well, the ring is
here somewhere.
As soon as we find it,
we can locate the jeweller.
[Shane] I did not open it.
Honestly, I'm just
sorry that I ever looked
at Holly's address in
the first place because...
Because until that moment
when I saw her name
and her street number,
she was just a concept:
The mysterious
absent wife in Paris.
Now, there's a real
envelope in your pocket
that could be delivered
to a real person.
It's funny, remember
the day we first met?
I had a letter I
was afraid to open.
And now you have a letter
that you're afraid to mail.
I am not afraid
to... Mail this letter.
[Thunder rumbling]
A craftsman who values his work
will certainly keep records...
Don't you think, Ms. Mcinerney?
Ms. Mcinerney?
[Door squeeks]
What a great idea, Norman.
Oh, I took this to the park once
and found all
types of cool stuff...
Like... a spoon...
And a... a knife.
Oh, would have been
nice to find a fork.
Maybe when the
snow melts we could
take it to the park
and you could show
me how it works.
Oh, well, um..
[High pitched beep]
[High pitched beeping]
Nicely done, Norman!
Here's a list of
jewellery shops.
Thank you Rita.
In the absence of Ms. Mcinerney,
would you care to accompany me?
Oh, sure, yeah.
I'll just get my coat.
Oh, umm, I... Just remembered...
I have to umm...
[Whispers] Speak?
Oh, practice!
Practice my speech!
I have to practice my speech.
Maybe you could take Norman?
Oh, alright.
Norman, would you like
to look at wedding rings?
Yes, this is one of ours.
Oh, excellent!
Whew! Just in time.
You're the last
one on the block.
Were you hoping
to have it resized?
Oh, no, i'm already... Uh
she and I...
Uh... It's a long story?
Love is a mystery.
But, in the meantime,
we'd like to locate
the owner of this ring.
We're hoping you keep
records of your clients.
Out of the questions, our
records are confidential.
Did we mention the part about
being an elite task force with
wide powers of
postal discretion?
Like the avengers...
The incredibles.
Well, we're the postables.
Did we mention that part?
Just leave it with us
and we'll see
that it's returned.
I'm sorry, this is now a matter
for the us postal service.
You will just have to trust us.
You're going to have
to do better than that.
[Shane] Because I really need an
extra-large americano
with a double shot of Espresso
and a side of
steamed low-fat milk
with two pumps of
amaretto right now.
Rita, can you keep a secret?
Probably not.
I'll try, but stuff comes out.
You're gonna have
to stretch yourself.
Come on.
I found this in
international misdirects
this morning.
It looks a lot like a letter
that Oliver mailed to Holly
a few months ago.
Oh, wow.
If it's what I think it is,
it never arrived in Paris.
So, he probably thinks
she never bothered
to answer him.
And Holly probably
thinks that Oliver
never bothered to find her.
Oh, wow.
That's assuming it ishis letter.
But we can't be
absolutely sure unless...
Unless you open it.
Which you promised
you would never do...
Which is why
you gave it to me...
Oh, I can't.
He'll kill me.
He won't kill you.
You're miss special delivery,
you're the holy grail
of first class mail,
you're dying to open it...
[Paper tears]
Oh, geez, it's really a mess.
Okay, let me see.
It looks like "dear"...
"Dear" someone.
Oh, "so much time has passed..."
[Oliver] And there
is so much to say
and perhaps little
time left to say it.
I currently find myself
in a position where
my life may be at risk.
"There was never a better...
Example of that than
the night we met."
How did they meet?
In a snowstorm,
on a mountain pass.
Holly's car went off the road
and Oliver dug her
out of the snowdrift,
right before
Holly's car rolled off
the side of the cliff.
Then they spent the
night in his Jaguar
waiting for the snowploughs
to get through and rescue them.
[Scoffs] You gotta
be kidding me.
He's practically a hero.
He kept her from freezing.
Well, I bet he did.
Well, she said he was
a perfect gentleman.
So, is it his?
Okay... "I suppose I should not
have been surprised..."
[Oliver] I have a feeling that
from the day we met,
you began leaving me.
What I knew of the world
could never compete
with your dreams
of discovering it for yourself,
of travelling the
uncharted course,
of living the bohemian
life of artist and poet.
[Shane] "If you have left me
behind forever,
I will accept that.
But if you regret your decision
and simply do not know how
to find your way
home, then come back.
I am here willing to try again,
to see your dreams
through your eyes.
Until I hear from you,
I remain faithfully...
Wow, it definitely is his.
He wanted her back.
[Keyboard typing]
Well, she's still
living in Paris.
The address label
is printing out now.
Are you sure you
want to mail this?
I'm not mailing
it... It's up to Oliver.
But I'm sure he doesn't
want to waste any more time...
Well, it seems
that Holly has a...
Ms. Mcinerney?
How did it go?
It didn't go.
We went to four
different jewellers,
finally found the right one,
and then... He didn't like us.
Everyone likes you.
Well, they should, anyways.
Ms. Mcinerney,
perhaps your computer
might be of some service.
Oh, yes, sure.
Uh, let me see,
Let me see the inscription
on the ring again.
Okay, I have an idea,
with so little data,
it could take a day or two
but I can program a search
for weddings recorded
on the day inscribed here
screening for the
parameters Caitlyn
and the husband's initial j...
[Rita gasps]
- No!
- Norman!
what's going on?
Norman just put
a regular airmail
envelope into the
overnight express tube.
Oh, that's a small mistake.
Some fortunate person
will simply receive their letter
tomorrow instead of next week.
I supposed worse things
have happened, hmm.
[Nervous laughing]
Oh, worse things.
Yup, much worse.
Upbeat song in French
[Ramon] Ladies and gentlemen,
it is my very personal honor
to introduce the first lady
of the United
States postal service
in the great state
of Colorado...
The beautiful,
talented, the postal!
Miss Rita haywith.
[Crowd applauds]
Good morning and
thank you werry,
[deep exhale]
Fery... oh, I'm sorry, I
think my lips just froze...
Allow me.
Why, thank you Ramon.
As miss Colorado
special delivery,
it has been an
honor to inaugurate
numerous automated...
Oh, thank you.
Whenever our paths
cross with Mr. Rodriguez,
he seems intent to make an
impression upon on our Rita.
He's very popular these days.
He's the kbc's new
weatherman, now,
and I heard he may
get his own talk show.
Oh, talk show?
But who knows what
he's even talking about?
Truly, there is still room
for we, the American...
This is ridiculous!
I'd give anything to
be in Miami right now.
Yesterday, you wanted
to be in Washington
anywhere but here.
Washington, Miami... paris.
There's always April in Paris.
And Autumn in New York
and, well, you could
move to a remote island
in the pacific
and avoid the cold
altogether, Ms. Mcinerney.
I believe a hard
winter like this
teaches us to find signs of hope
in the smallest of things.
You see a Robin
on the window sill,
a crocus peeking
out of the snow,
and you never take
spring for granted again.
When I was little
we had one of those old
fashioned porch swings
I used to swing on it for
hours all summer long.
But in November,
before the first snow,
we'd take it down
and put it in the garage.
And then a few months later
I'd be walking home from school
and there it would be again.
And I always knew
when the swing was
back on the porch,
spring was almost here.
Well, it's almost as
good as the Robin,
I suppose.
[Rita] United states
postal service.
Thank you.
[Crowd applauds]
You wrote a very
lovely speech, Oliver.
Thank you.
Oh, okay.
[Rita giggles]
Oliver, there's something
I should have told you about.
Well, it can't be that bad.
It's only Wednesday,
you usually save the
bad things for a Friday.
[Nervous laugh]
No, this is bad.
My bad.
The letter you wrote to Holly,
and mailed at the
hospital last summer,
in the rain.
It... came back.
It was quite damaged, you say?
And someone opened it?
I didn't.
I'm just the one who
mailed it, accidentally.
I read it.
Some of it...
To confirm whose it was.
You promised me
you would never again
read the contents of a letter
without receiving my approval.
Well, technically, I opened it.
But I made her do it.
We're sorry, Oliver.
We just care about you,
that's all.
Don't we?
I do.
I care about all
kinds of things.
My wife is receiving
this letter today
that I wrote months ago,
and it's too late to
do anything about it.
Umm, there's more?
Ms. Mcinerney,
I don't believe I can take
any more right now.
Please excuse me.
Perhaps you should
turn your attention
to that computer program
you so strongly believe...
That you believe in so...
In which you so
strongly believe.
[Beep, beep!]
[Car engine starts]
[Oliver] Don't be frightened.
We'll get through this.
The secret is to stay awake.
[Wind howling]
Maybe if we keep talking,
that will help, hmm?
First things first.
I am Oliver O'Toole.
I work with the
dead letter office
for the United
States postal service.
Getting any warmer?
[She murmers]
I'm sorry?
I think we're
going... to die in here.
No, no.
I would not let that happen.
Oliver, the program
kicked out a name.
The divorce papers were mailed
to a Caitlyn castelluci.
She runs a restaurant
on south Broadway.
Taste the wine...
You haven't said a
word in twenty minutes.
Are you going to forgive me?
Oh, no, we're looking
for a Caitlyn castelluci.
She's not here.
Can I help you?
I'm Oliver O'Toole, from
the us postal service.
We have a delivery for her.
I'm her husband.
I can take it...
I'm sorry,
did you just say,
you're her husband?
Where did you get that?
It was mailed two years ago.
It got lost... I know.
Listen, she has no
idea these ever existed.
Please... don't
deliver that to her.
You mailed this two
years ago, to your wife?
Yes. No. Not exactly.
I never told her about it.
Listen, if she never gets it,
what's the difference?
And technically,
it's still mine, right?
Actually, it's now the
property of the post office.
I can see its delivery
may cause some distress,
but my hands are tied here.
I wish there were...
A way of making
this easier on you...
When will your wife coming back?
She's driving back
from California.
From a wine auction.
She'll be here at six.
Perhaps if we
come back after that,
you'd have a little
time to prepare.
You are a lot of
things, Oliver O'Toole.
Opinionated, a perfectionist,
basically a human antique.
But I never figured
you for a hypocrite.
I beg your pardon?
You stood right there
and refused to let that
man decide what to do
with those old divorce papers.
But less than an hour ago
you wanted that same
chance to decide what to do
with your letter to Holly.
My letter should have
been processed and mailed,
and treated the same
as any other dead letter.
Oh, right...
My quarrel with you is that
you broke your promise to me.
You opened that envelope
on the pretext of locating
an I.D. When, in fact,
it was to, once again,
satisfy your curiosity.
That is not fair.
I was just trying...
Ms. Mcinerney, you
obviously do not share
my commitment to
putting your heart and soul
into doing your job well.
Into doing the one
thing right in my life that...
Oh, huh.
[Mouthing words]
I was thinking about that
metal detector
idea that you had.
Feel this, it's cashmere.
Ah, um... Cashmere blend.
Actually pretty cheap.
Rayon and... a
little bit of polyester.
Still, Ramon does
have excellent taste,
don't you think.
I don't think about
Ramon very much.
[Machinery noise]
You said earlier today
that there was more
I needed to know.
When I was checking
Holly's address,
her name showed up
in a video on YouTube.
On what?
YouTube, it's uh... Never mind.
It's a video of a
bunch of French people
in a bookstore
reading poetry, I think.
Mesdames et messieurs.
UN poeme par ma incroyable
copine, Holly O'Toole.
[Speaking French]
The whole thing is in French.
She always wanted
to learn French.
Do you speak French?
Well, Rita called
someone she knows.
Yeah, he said we could
drop by his office tomorrow.
Is it a professor of
French literature?
[Angrily] No.
[Ramon] And, over here
we have northern Colorado,
very cold, too cold for me,
too cold for you.
What are you people
doing living there
with the horses,
and the cattles,
and the bulls,
out there in the snow.
It's six below the zereo.
He's pointing to Idaho.
Thank you, Ramon.
Any chance we'll
get enough powder
to hit the slopes this weekend?
[Chuckles] Oh, no, no.
But probably, yes.
Well, that's it for the
kbc afternoon update.
In the kitchen with
merry lynne is up next.
[Director] And, we're out!
[Bell rings] Thank
you, everybody.
[Ramon] Miss Rita
and her little friends.
Such a pleasure.
When I said I was at
your service, miss Rita,
I meant it with all my heart.
But my heart could never imagine
that you would need
my services so soon.
Oh, well,
I never thought I'd need
to be serviced so soon.
Always such a pleasure.
Have you and the lovely Shane
continued your dancing together?
You were my best students.
It's such a natural rhythm
[boisterous laughs]
Between you two.
You can't teach that, you know.
I understand you speak French.
I speak all the
romance languages.
- Really?
- Yes.
- Latin?
- Of course.
- Portuguese?
- I breathe it.
Romanian. My mother tongue.
It's clear that
Ramon is multilingual.
Shall we proceed.
Um, yes, here is the poem.
It's a little hard
to hear, so...
Oh, haha...
[Ramon stops abruptly]
Well... it's not a
very good poem.
The French is poor,
the imagery is cliche
and quite frankly it
doesn't even rhyme.
It has passion.
And what is a poem?
It is great passion
pushed into little tiny words!
Could you tell us what it says?
Of course.
It is called
"the night of snow"
"you found me one night
on a mountain in the dark,
in the snow, the snow
that only got deeper,
and deeper, and deeper,
and deeper..."
It's deep, we get it.
"Death, whispered
to me in the wind
'come away, come away.'
I was tempted to give in
to the exquisite
ecstasy of nothingness.
But from a place
stronger than death,
in winter's very
embrace, there you were,
searching for me,
calling for me...
You saved my life
in a world of snow,
but what shall I do
with my life now?
Now that I can see the sun.
[Deep inhale]
Like I said, it's trash.
But passionate garbage.
Now, if you want to
hear some great poetry,
miss haywith,
would you accompany
me this Saturday
to a little soiree of close
friends at my old dance studio?
Oh, that sounds fun.
It's samba night.
Oh, we're going for
coffee at the mailbox grille,
wanna come?
Are you alright?
Uhh... the poem is about me.
Vanishing by
Carla helmbrecht
All I have a
distant memories,
of brighter days
for you and me.
Nothing left to break,
that you can move
me with glance.
This is a vanishing romance
gone by magic sparkle
and your smile.
Our favorite song
is out of style,
there's no use pretending
it's the ending of our dance,
this is a vanishing romance
[Rita] So, how do you know,
like really know,
when it's going to rain.
It's something one just feels
well, somebody's got
to get back to the dlo.
[Whispers] Oliver,
we need to talk.
"Death whispered
to me in the wind."
What does that mean?
Okay, you guys have
five minutes to be weird
and then it's back to work.
[Clears throat]
Rita, I know it's
been a big week,
dedicating the stamp dispenser,
visiting the weatherman,
but we can't fall behind...
Oh, yes, of course.
It's just, can Ramon
finish his story
about when he was a
cliff diver in cozumel?
You used to be a cliff diver?
Oh, yes.
Oh, well, that's ...Scary.
Once we face the
things that we fear,
they no longer
have power over us.
That's quite profound, actually.
five minutes.
Oh, okay.
[Music begins playing]
'Baby, you've got what
it takes' by brook Benton
and dinah Washington
Miss Rita
And it takes
two lips for fire
to melt away the snow.
Well, it takes two
hearts a-cooking
to make a fire grow
and baby, you've
got what it takes.
Norman, you are in
danger of standing by,
letting Rita be
swept off her feet.
What can I do? I can't
compete with that?
Do you realize
this is the first time
you've ever admitted
your feelings for Rita?
I told my grandmother, sort of.
She told me to tell her,
but I didn't know how.
And now, she's over
there, getting swept.
It is hard to ignore
a confident man
with a broom.
What do I do?
Well, you get a better broom.
That's a metaphor, right?
Yes, it is.
You know when
I was a foster kid,
no one ever called
me by my real name.
Just nicknames like
stormy Norman, bore-man,
kid in bed number five.
I didn't tell them what
my middle name was,
you can imagine what
they'd do with Xavier.
[Light chuckle]
That day when I met Rita
and she asked me my name,
it just all came out at once.
It was the first time
I'd ever told anyone
my real name, cause...
Cause I just felt safe with her.
I believe you are.
I'm not in her league.
Norman, love can
only survive on swagger
and charisma for so long.
Rita needs a man
of true substance.
She's holding out
for a hero, Norman.
That hero could be you.
...and baby, you've
got what it takes
[Chair creaks]
Hi. I'm Holly.
Would you like a Yoo-hoo?
Umm, no? Thanks?
I usually leave those
for oli... Mr. O'Toole.
I'm his wife, you know.
We all thought
you were in Paris.
Hey, do Norman and
Rita still work here?
Yes, yes, they do.
And what do you do?
Umm... Tech support.
Well, good, Oliver
can use some help
in that department.
I mean, he really is very smart
but he never quite got
the hang of the Internet.
Well, he's definitely
of another time.
Yeah, he's always got a story
or a quote for every occasion.
He would have
been so fun at parties,
if he would go, which he won't,
because that's
just not who he is.
Well, I'm sort of
new around here...
Lemme give you a tip, okay.
If he goes to a restaurant
and he orders
clams and red wine,
he's very, very angry.
It's hard to imagine Mr. O'Toole
ever being angry
enough to... Eat clams.
[Cheerfully laughing]
I guess I just have
that effect on him, huh?
[Nervous laughter]
Want to know the
funniest thing about him,
that man can kiss.
I mean that was
the problem, right.
He'd kiss me and
I'd forget every
promise I ever made to myself?
[Slow exhale] So?
So, I just stopped
kissing him and it worked.
I went to Paris.
Now you're back!
- Wow.
- Wow.
I mean, when you
get a letter like this,
what else are you going to do?
The things he
said in this letter
made me realize that...
[Softly] Hi.
[Akwardly] Hi!
Well, Mr. O'Toole,
I still have some work
to do on those divor...
Those papers for
Mr. Castelluci, so...
Thank you, Ms. Mcinerney.
I always thought I'd know
what I was going to say.
I read your poem.
Which one?
How many have you written?
I have a whole book of
them coming out this fall.
Well done.
You always said you
wanted to be a poet.
I've always been a
poet. I just didn't know it.
[Holly chuckles]
Did you mean to do that?
You just said
"know it" and "poet"
[Holly chuckles]
I'm so sorry, I'm not following.
They're just standing
there, talking.
[Whispering] How
close are they standing?
What are you guys doing?
[Shane gasps] Shhh...
Well, I helped
myself to a Yoo-hoo,
some things never change, right.
Oh, well, I don't know.
You're here.
And if you're here,
that means you must
have read what I wrote
about being willing to change...
You know, I want to talk.
I do, but it was a long flight
and I need to sleep.
Oh, of course.
Uhh, where would
you like to do that?
I got a room at
the brown palace.
Ah, you always said
you wanted to
stay there someday.
Don't look so sad.
Olly, it's going to be okay.
I wrote a poem about that too.
Drinks, in the lobby,
tonight, ten o'clock?
[Whispering] She's coming!
- Oh!
- Oh!
- Oh!
- Oh!
Ah, there you are Ms. Mcinerney.
I'm thinking perhaps
it's time to deliver
our letter to Ms. Castelluci.
Well, it's a little
early isn't it?
It is a restaurant.
We could have an early dinner.
I'm having a rare craving
for sardinian clams
and a nice glass of an
unassuming brunello.
Oliver, are we going
to talk about this?
I'm sorry?
It just seems a little odd
that your missing wife
finally came back from Paris
and you're having
dinner with me.
Well, I thought I
could kill two birds with
one stone.
Return the letter
to Caitlyn and...
Get some emergency clams?
Holly told me
about the clam thing.
And, what else did she say?
Oh, she did mention you
can change her mind with a...
Oliver, this has
been a terrible shock.
If you have to leave,
I can handle
Caitlyn and the letter.
To be honest, Ms. Mcinerney,
I can't imagine doing
anything else right now.
This is what we do best.
We deliver.
We are good at this, aren't we?
Slow night.
Well, the food is marvellous.
I imagine this is quite
the popular place.
Well, we have our good
years and our bad years.
Just like a marriage.
I understand that.
We were so crazy
about each other.
We had that kind of thing
where you tell yourself
"this is not the kind of girl
I ever thought I'd marry"
but then you do.
For the first few years,
things were so great.
Then the recession hit us hard.
We almost lost this place.
Catie always found
something to cheer us up,
make me laugh.
I've actually seen
a giant misquito
take away my brother...
Didn't keep him for long...
Just dropped him off in Topeka
thank you guys so much,
you guys have been...
[Crowd applauds]
We had to work six days a
week just to keep it together,
so we decided to
wait to start a family.
I decided.
When we finally felt
like we were ready,
the doctor told catie
that she couldn't.
And, oh man, that was tough.
After that we
just kind of drifted
into our own little worlds.
We just stopped
being catie and Joey.
I could see things were
starting to fall apart.
Then she started going
out Monday nights...
That's the night we're closed.
I'd stay home
and watch football,
she went to the
movies with the girls,
at least that's
what she told me.
One Monday night,
I followed her...
She walked in alone,
but that's not how
she walked out.
We'd both seen it coming,
I just thought i'd
get it over with.
So, I had the papers drawn up.
I waited a while,
I went back and forth.
You know, I almost
mailed them but I couldn't.
Then who did mail them?
I did,
That's how I got this bum leg.
I got in a fight trying
to stop a car-jacking.
A couple of guys beat
me up, pretty good.
I almost died.
[Car alarm rings]
[Woman screams]
Help! Someone help me!
You know, the amazing thing...
Is that catie walked
into that hospital room
two years ago,
and she never
left my side again.
We got our marriage back.
I never told her I
knew what she did.
I forgave her and I moved on.
[Oliver clears throat]
You forgave her?
Joey, Oliver is
very good at his job,
and if there's one thing
that he's taught me,
it's that things
happen, all the time.
That at first may
seem all wrong,
but when we have faith
that something greater
might be at work,
all those things just end
up working together for good.
[Clears throat]
I think in light of
the circumstances,
perhaps we can make an allowance
and entrust the envelope to
you to do with
it as you see fit.
Thank you, thank you so much.
That's odd.
I must have left
it back at the dlo.
I'm sorry, I have been
a bit distracted today...
Hey Michael!
Get the rest out of my car,
and put them in the back.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Hi, I'm Caitlyn.
- Hi.
- How's the food?
It's delicous.
Hey, guess what you guys forgot.
Caityn's letter...
- No, Norman...
- Uhh.
Oh, that's for me.
Catie, we should
talk before you...
What is this?
It's two years old.
Doesn't matter. You
should just throw it...
You were going to divorce me?
It was a mistake.
When did you mail these?
It was the night
that I got hurt.
So I just spent
the last two years
nursing a man who was planning
to divorce me?
I didn't tell you because
it doesn't matter.
I forgive you.
For what?
What are you talking about?
You know what I'm talking about.
No, Joey, I have absolutely
no clue what you
are talking about.
Two years ago I saw
you with another man
in a parking lot
outside the club...
You saw me in a
parking lot with a man...
Well, there goes the marriage.
It was more than
that and you know it.
You lied to me.
You told me you
lost this in the fight.
You lied to me, every
Monday for weeks.
Every Monday...
Oh my gosh.
That man you saw
in the parking lot
was the owner of the nightclub
we used to go to.
Do you remember
those open mic nights
and how he was always saying
he's looking for new talent?
Well, I went to go see him.
I'm finding out that when
you marry an Italian chef,
you have got to know the lingo.
Spaghetti, rotini,
rigatoni, crostini,
calamari, ravioli, fusili,
Linguini, eeny-meeny fettuccine.
[Crowd laughs]
Do they not eat any food
that ends in a consonant?
What are they saving
the consonants for?
And he liked the way
I could tell a story,
so he said he would coach me.
And I got to thinking,
maybe if he could teach me
at how to be good
at being funny,
I could surprise you,
take you back that nightclub
and watch your face
when they'd introduce me
and I'd walk up on stage
and knock 'em dead.
And then I'd get to
see you laugh again.
It's the truth.
I should have told you
what I was trying to do,
I just didn't want
to fail at that...
[Crying] The way I failed
with the baby.
Oh, don't say
that... Don't say that.
You didn't fail. I failed you.
I should have...
I should have
told you how I felt,
and I didn't,
and I almost lost you.
Do you forgive me?
Of course. That's what we do.
[Telephone clink]
[Inaudible voice]
Yes, Ms. Holly
O'Toole's room, please.
Where would you like to sit?
Oh, I don't care. Anywhere.
How about right here?
Ooo, I would just
love one of those.
Two, actually, please.
This feels very strange.
The letter I wrote to
you was lost so long ago,
I can barely
remember what I said.
Well, you said if I came back
you would try to see my
dreams through my eyes.
That's right.
And you said
if I'd left forever,
you'd accept that.
I was locked in a bank vault
at the time I wrote
that, actually...
So, what are you saying?
Do you want me back?
I'm sorry?
That's it?
Do I want you back?
Umm, Holly, I want
an explanation.
I want to know why my
wife ran away to Paris,
never even called. Never wrote.
Do you have any idea
what you put me through?
You let sit here, two years,
terrified that maybe
something happened to you.
But nothing happened.
Well, lots happened
but nothing bad.
That would have
been nice to know.
Please don't call me that.
You know the first night we met,
I was perfectly honest with you.
I told you that I
needed to be free.
That I wanted to
travel the globe
with a backpack, and a journal,
and a few nice pieces of Chanel,
write poetry,
see where the road took me.
We were lost in a blizzard.
You were delirious.
Your core body temperature
was eighty-nine degrees.
Why did you marry me?
Why did you marry me?
Holly, you are a
beautiful woman.
With a fascinating way
of looking at the world,
that could entrance
the most stoic of men.
I had never met anyone like you.
You made me
uncomfortable with my life
and I thought maybe that's good,
maybe my life needs
a little shaking up.
And you certainly did that.
You were amazing in that storm,
The way you carried
me through the snow.
It was... epic.
When two people go
through, what we did.
Lost on that mountain,
trying to stay alive.
I think something
happens, you know.
I mean what else
were we going to do
but think that maybe that
maybe it wasn't an accident.
At least that's what you
said and I believed you.
And I meant it.
You loved being my
hero and I needed one.
You were so smart, and educated,
and sophisticated.
And all the things I
wanted to learn how to be.
And I learned so
much from you, Oliver.
But the biggest thing I learned,
the biggest thing...
Is that if you want
to be a grown up,
you got to be your own hero.
I'm sorry,
I don't understand how
leaving your husband
at the pony express
exhibit at the
national postal museum
can be considered heroic.
Oh, well, heroes can be cowards.
I have no idea what
you're talking about.
See! That's it.
You leave us alone in a car
with only the two of
us to heat each other up
and we communicate just fine.
But talking, with actual words,
we were never very good at that,
which is why it's so amazing
that in the past two years,
I've really learned
to express myself.
In two languages apparently.
Can you use one of them now
to tell me why you came back?
To see you. To see how it feels.
To find out what I want.
What about what I want?
What do you want?
[Deep inhale]
That's beautiful.
No, that's essential.
I know.
I can't go on like this.
I don't want to be
the first one to say it.
Are you talking about divorce?
No. Maybe. I don't know.
If we say it, we
can't take it back.
No, we can't.
And marriage is so
sacred, so precious.
Ending it shouldn't
be an easy thing to do.
Holly, it's been a long day.
I've had a lot of surprises,
I've eaten a lot of clams.
Let us not get divorced tonight.
We'll talk it over, tomorrow.
I'm going to go upstairs.
I think I'm going to
write a poem about this.
Good idea.
Soft jazz
Song for you by
Adam woodall band
Going my way?
Ah, Ms. Mcinerney.
You're in early.
I couldn't sleep.
Neither could I.
Come on up here with me.
Com'on. Come on.
[Clears throat]
So, do you know what
you're going to do?
I'd like to do the right thing.
You always do.
No... No, I don't.
I waited more than a year
to write her a letter
because I just...
There is so much I could
have done and I didn't.
[Deep inhale]
And I don't know why.
Because it hurt.
And it froze you up.
You're like the snowman
I saw in the park
on my way in this morning.
He's just stuck there,
left behind by someone
who made him that way.
All he can do is
wait for the thaw
before he can change.
But... then he melts.
You haven't forgiven
her, have you?
[Deep breath]
Forgiveness is doing
the right thing, Oliver.
That has to happen first
and then you'll just...
Know what to do next.
You are, surprisingly
good at this.
Well, I learned from the best.
Some singing postal
detective philosopher guy
who believes in spring
and doing the right thing.
"Spring." "thing." Hmm.
You know, they found a
5600 year old popcorn kernels
that were still poppable,
buried in an ancient
Peruvian funeral urn.
Hey, you guys made it!
We did.
This is so exciting.
Kinda like returning to
the scene of the crime.
Yeah, I just thought,
what better place
to celebrate, right?
Where's Oliver?
Oh, he had a last-minute dinner
and he sends his best.
Oh, that's too bad, he
would have been perfect.
For what?
For Ken. The owner guy.
He's the emcee
and he likes to warm
up the audience.
But he got a flat tire.
And comedians
don't like to go on cold,
so it's going to be
a little bit of a wait.
Oh, that's a shame.
Hey, what about Ramon!
He's really good at
introducing people
and talking to crowds.
My friend, Ramon Rodriguez.
Oh, the weatherman!
Oh, the show must go on, right?
Rita, you're miss special
delivery, you get up there.
I can't! I don't
know what to say.
You speak in
public all the time.
But Oliver writes my speeches.
I can't just go up
there and be funny.
It's too scary.
Remember what Ramon says?
"Once we face our fears,
they no longer
have power over us."
Ramon said that?
Oddly, yes.
I just have this feeling
it's really important
for the audience to get
warmed up, and get things going.
I think Joey
really needs this...
[Microphone rings]
[Nervously] Hi...
My name is Norman.
Norman Xavier dorman.
I'm not a comedian
or anything like that,
but while we're waiting
for the show to start,
you have to get warm,
so I thought I
would talk a little
while you do that.
[Audience laughs]
So, I know a lot of
stuff about unusual stuff.
Like polyester, and barbed
wire, and well, let's see.
Floridian beekeeping,
well, southern Florida...
[Lights match]
So someone read them,
and gave them to a
publisher, and voila...
You are a poet.
Yeah, of sorts.
I mean, let's face it,
i'm not a very good poet.
But I love it.
It takes me out of my head
and puts me back in my heart.
I wrote a poem
about us last night.
[Clears throat]
Umm, before you read it,
I want to say how sorry I am.
That I took so
long to come back,
I shouldn't have waited
but the longer I
waited the further away
the route home seemed.
But I'm here now,
and I just hope that we can...
I don't...
Should I read it, now?
[Deep breath]
Is this what you want?
[Crowd applauds and laughs]
And religious
relics of the amish,
holy plows, sacred spindles.
And, I also know all the retired
zip codes of North America...
And I bet you're wondering why.
[Crowd yells] Yeah, why?
Well, I work at the
dead letter office
at the us postal
service downtown
and we get to figure out
where all the lost letters
and boxes go.
Oh, one time we
got a giant bear,
and someone's old dead ashes...
Oh, thank you!
You've been a
wonderful audience!
Stay warm!
[Audience applauds]
Norman dorman...
What a funny, funnyguy. Okay.
Norman, that was...
You blew everyone away.
Some people talk
about the weather...
And some people make it.
[Emcee] So, we have a special
guest tonight.
Uh, a few years ago,
she came to me
to learn the ropes
because she wanted
to surprise her husband
with her own act.
They've been through
some rough times
but they're finally here.
So, please let's put
our hands together
and welcome to the stage...
Her husband, Joey castelluci.
[Audience applaudes]
You're kidding.
[Audience applauding]
[Microphone rings]
Hi, a few years ago my
wife started coming here
because she wanted
to surprise me.
Caitlyn, you are the
most amazing woman
in the world.
You came here a long time ago
to learn how to make me laugh.
And I'm here tonight
to make you a deal.
If you put this ring
back on my finger,
I promise you,
I will never take it off again.
Caitlyn castelluci,
will you marry me...
One more time?
[Audience applaudes]
[Audience chants] Yes. Yes.
[Audience cheers and applauds]
A funny thing happened
on the way to our divorce.
We fell back in love...
April in Paris by Ella Fitzgerald
& Louis Armstrong
Dance with me?
Since when did you
learn how to dance?
You asked me to, remember?
April in Paris, this is...
Gosh, you really did it.
I tried so hard but you
wouldn't do it for me.
And I thought I could
talk you into anything.
If I remember, I could
talk you out of anything.
I never knew the
charm of spring,
never met it face to face.
I never knew my
heart could sing...
[Whispers] Don't kiss
her. Don't kiss her.
Never missed a warm embrace
till April in Paris.
Who can I run to?
What have you
done to my heart?
In the wee small hours of
the morning by Stacey Kent
in the wee small
hours, of the morning
when the whole, wide,
world, is fast asleep
you lie awake, and
think about the boy
and never even
think of counting sheep
when the whole, wide,
world has learned it's lesson
he'd be yours...
You scared me.
Why are you putting
your stuff in a box?
I wrote you a letter.
I'm leaving.
I'm moving away.
I just realized that...
I don't really belong
here anymore.
No. Of course you do.
Are you going back
to Washington DC?
No, I'm quitting the
postal service for good.
How could that be good?
I love you both so much.
This is not how I
wanted to say goodbye.
Wait, I don't understand.
What happened?
Nothing finally happened.
Don't let nothing happen
to the two of you. Okay?
[Soft kiss]
What about the postables?
[Holding back tears] Oh, Norman.
We'll always have the postables.
[Rita weeps softly]
"Dear friends,
I can't tell you how
much it has meant to me
to spend this last
year with all of you...
It's funny what
lessons I've learned
about living by
delivering a dead letter.
About saying the
things we mean...
And finding the right
words to say them."
"But somehow I can't
seem to find the right words
to explain why i'm
saying goodbye.
Just know that
it's for the best.
Always, Shane"
what is she talking about?
Holly? What does Holly
have to do with this.
Oh, Norman.
When two people who truly care
about each other don't
tell each other that they
truly care about them,
then the person they care about
can think they don't
care about them
and then they find someone else
who cares about them
and then it's too late.
I know this doesn't
make any sense...
Oh, no, it does.
It does?
You always make
sense to me, Rita.
I do?
Are you in love with Ramon?
Ramon? No!
No, no, I'm...
I'm in love with you.
I am in love with you,
Norman Xavier dorman...
[Burst out laughing]
Are you hungry?
[Rita laughs]
I'm starving.
[Rita laughs boisterously]
[Soft piano ballad]
What on earth?
Oliver, what is...?
An early birthday present.
If you put your weapon down,
I'll let you swing on it.
This is mine!
Being dispatched by
my favourite letter opener.
Now that is poetic justice.
Can we please not
discuss poetry right now?
How long have you been here?
Hour and a half. It
would have been less,
but I had to stop to explain
to a couple police officers
why I was installing a
porch swing at two am.
Why were you?
The reason why that box contains
the entire contents
of your workstation?
I've quit.
You've quit?
I have ended my employment
with the United States
postal service forever
and unalterably and... forever.
What? I've really quit.
No, you haven't.
I have too.
Ms. Mcinerney, you have
a habit of self-terminating
whenever confronted
with a situation
you cannot control.
Well, I'm really
going to do it this time.
But why?
Well, we've been
together, working together,
for almost a year and
it's becoming obvious that
there's just no future
for me with... The job.
Of course there is.
It just takes some time
to get to know each other,
each other's
strengths and abilities
and to see if we have
the right chemistry...
To work together.
Well, I think I've seen enough
to know where this is going
and I think maybe
theres someone better
for the job.
If you recall, Ms. Mcinerney,
the position didn't even
exist until you came along.
I don't think I even realized
what a huge hole I had in my...
Department until you came
and filled it.
Well, now you know
and I'm sure you won't
waste any time replacing me.
That would be impossible.
Well, I've made up my mind.
I wish you nothing
but happiness, Oliver.
Both of you.
Both of... Ms. Mcinerney,
my wife has returned to Paris.
We wished each other well,
kissed each other good-bye.
You kissed her good-bye?
And that didn't...
No, that did not.
So, how do you feel?
You know, for two years
I've imagined
what it might be like
if it became
absolutely clear that my
marriage was over.
Once all the questions
were answered
and I knew I would never
be Holly's husband again,
how would I feel?
What would I do?
What did you do?
[Softly speaking] I went out
and I bought a porch swing.
Is it like the one you had
when you were a little girl?
It's better.
There's no view of
the potomac, of course,
but if you look right there...
[Shane] A crocus.
It was a long winter
but spring is almost here.
It's coming.