The Bad Seed (2018) Movie Script

- Breakfast in five, honey.
- Ok, daddy.
I'm gonna steal one of these.
- Want some more eggs?
- No thanks.
Miss Ellis showed us this year's
Citizenship Award.
It's a medal.
It's really big.
It's like the Olympics.
Well, not that big.
But it's pretty big.
I'm gonna win it.
It wouldn't surprise me
a bit... if you did.
It's given to the person who
exemplifies St. Alden's values.
Faith, honesty, grace,
and compassion.
I just don't want you to be
disappointed if you don't win it.
When are you having
another date?
Does it bother you when I date?
No, why would it bother me?
- Hey.
- Hi, Aunt Angela.
- Hey.
- Hey, honey bear.
I found you a gal.
Em and I were just talking
about me dating.
Not a date, I found you a
nanny, wasn't that the assignment?
I mean, a new babysitter.
I know you don't need
a new nanny.
I don't need a new
babysitter, either, it's stupid.
She's still upset
about Miss Levia.
You should babysit me,
Aunt Angela.
It would be an honor, my queen,
but I think my patients
might object.
Don't worry, Em.
I'm gonna find you
someone you like.
Oh, she also says she's gonna
win another award this semester.
Oh. She's got drive.
You should be thrilled.
Right, Emma?
There's a dead cat
in the fountain.
Don't be sad.
It probably happened
very fast.
I don't think it felt a thing.
Ah! Ahhh!!!
Calm down, everyone.
I guarantee you it's more afraid
of you than you are of it.
Emma Grossman!
- Thank you, Emma.
- You're welcome, Mrs. Ellis.
- H... how did you do that?
- We have a nest in our back yard.
My dad says wasps only attack
when they feel threatened.
It's nature, Milo.
I hope you're not allergic
to dust.
This probably isn't the best
place in the house
to have a meeting but...
I'm on a deadline.
No worries.
Do you make everything here?
No, hardly anything anymore.
I have two factories going
but this is where it all began.
So, tell me about you.
Your resume says you were
a professional snowboarder.
- Yep, right up until I blew out my ACL.
- I hate to hear that.
It's for the best.
I still hit it hard, I just try
to avoid the dangerous stuff.
Sure, so you've been a
nanny for five years?
- That's right.
- You seem to like it.
I love kids. There's no BS.
They're not complicated.
If they're sad, they cry.
If they're happy, they laugh.
It's refreshing.
So is there anything else
I need to know?
Your references all seem
to love you.
I make a mean grilled cheese.
You want to know the secret ingredients?
- Sure.
- Pickles and mustard.
Boom! Done!
Well, uh...
can you start next week?
Emma's about to begin
her spring break.
Sure. I can start whenever
you need...
Uh, Mr. Grossman?
Here are the Steagle plans,
and you have a materials call
in five minutes.
- Thank you, is there anything else?
- Nope.
Is there anything you want
to ask me?
What's your daughter like?
Emma is... very focused.
She's a normal little girl,
but she can be very focused.
I don't know how else to say it.
She's smart, straight A's,
never gets into trouble...
loves hot chocolate.
- My kinda girl.
- Mine, too.
And your wife?
Should I meet with her, too?
She died just after
Emma was born.
- I'm so sorry.
- Thanks.
So it's uh, it's just the two
of us and um... we manage.
Well, I guess I will see you
next week.
Looking forward to it.
- Your watch is sick.
- Right?
I got it for my birthday.
I got a watch for my birthday,
too. I don't really wear it.
- Careful there!
- You're it!
Oh! Watch out!
- Katie, are you all right?
- Are you ok?
I'm so sorry,
I didn't mean to hurt you.
Here, let me help you up.
I'm so sorry.
- Who's it?
- You're still it, let's go!
- I brought you your favorite.
- Thanks, daddy.
- You want to read together?
- You don't have to, daddy.
I know how busy you are.
What would you give me
for a basket of hugs?
- A basket of kisses.
- Good night.
A basket of kisses.
A basket of kisses.
A basket of kisses.
A basket of kisses.
A basket of kisses.
You look like a movie star.
- Don't make me late, dad.
- I won't.
- Nice suit, Milo.
- Thanks.
- He has been counting down the days.
- Oh, tell me about it.
And now, our final award,
the St. Alden's Citizenship Medallion.
Every year we honor
someone of character.
Someone who truly
embodies the values
that this school
was founded on.
This year I am proud to award
the St. Alden's Citizenship
Medallion to Milo Curtis.
Good job.
- Here you go, Milo, good job.
- Thanks!
I'm sorry I missed our parent-
teacher conference,
I had a big installation
in the city.
No worries, we can reschedule.
How is Emma doing?
I mean, not to put you
on the spot, right?
She's fine.
She's um... I have to say,
I've never met anyone quite like
her in my 20 years of teaching.
Why does that sound like
a bad thing?
No, I didn't mean that
in any fashion at all.
Emma's never had
one mark against her
and she's one of
our top students.
She can be a real leader
when she wants to be.
Emma lives in her own
particular world
and I'm sure it isn't anything
like the world that you and I live in.
I mean, she has many remarkable
qualities that are great in a child.
Her courage is most unusual.
She's almost without
any physical fear.
And she really knows how to come
across when she has to.
She can be an
actress, I bet.
Please, not an actress.
All right.
- Mrs. Ellis.
- Oh, hi! Excuse me.
- Sure.
- Uh huh.
I'm proud of you, honey bear.
I know you're disappointed.
That medal's mine.
I deserve it.
- Milo can't even talk in front of the class.
- Emma.
Everybody has
something special to offer.
Milo's a good kid.
Well, he's an awful public
speaker. And he can't spell.
You're right.
Milo's my friend.
I'm really happy he got it.
You're right,
this place is cool!
We should go back now.
Emma, what's wrong?
What do you want?
I think you know.
One, two, three.
That's good,
I'll email it to you.
- Hey dad, can we get going?
- Sure.
Has anyone seen Milo?
I haven't seen him.
Emma, have you seen him?
Um, the last place I saw
him was by the bonfire.
Help! Help!
Oh my god!
Milo? Milo?
Come on, come on, baby!
Somebody do something!
Call 911!
Come on there, Milo.
Come on, Milo, come on.
Somebody help us!
That poor kid.
He was lying there on the rocks for
hours before they came and took him away.
It was horrible.
- How is she?
- She's ok.
I think she's in shock.
I think we all are.
She's up in her room, reading.
I'm sure it'll hit her later.
Yes, I'm sure it will.
- Morning, dad.
- Morning, hon.
Do you want some cereal?
There's just enough left.
No, I'm ok, thanks.
How are you feeling?
I'm all right.
I hope it doesn't rain today.
I meant about yesterday.
You must be pretty sad, right?
If you want to talk
about it I'm here for you.
Do you need someone
to talk to?
I don't really think there's
anything to talk about.
Give her time,
kids process differently.
Don't make her feel
You're probably right.
She's just so strong,
you know?
I mean, even her teachers
were talking about it.
I just hope that she can...
take some time and... feel.
Look who's here.
Great job, by the way.
She seems perfect.
Miller said she was great
with Sam.
Professional head
hunter, that's me.
Are you gonna finally take
my friend Lizzy out?
Oh my god, you are
relentless. Yes, I will call her.
Hey there.
Let's get this party started.
Washer, dryer, obviously.
- Wow, this place is amazing.
- Thanks.
It was a fixer-upper my wife and I
bought right before Emma was born.
Was this your wife?
Oh, yeah. That was our
Christmas card one year.
There she is. Emma, this is
Chloe. Chloe, this is Emma.
Hi Emma.
It's very nice to meet you.
I like your necklace.
Do you want to see
my medals?
We have to finish
the tour first.
Anyway, emergency numbers here,
all the keys go in that uh,
little place there.
Um, fire extinguisher
is under the sink.
We have a couple upstairs
in the bedrooms...
I wanna watch a movie.
The wind was blowing
the window open.
I'll be down in a minute.
- Amber!
- May Elle!
I don't get it,
this is stupid.
- What's stupid?
- Shirley Temple.
The woman was a United
States ambassador.
I can't imagine
she was very stupid.
I meant the movie.
- When's my dad coming home?
- Soon.
He has a meeting.
So are you sad about
the kid that drowned?
I don't think it matters if I'm sad.
He's dead, anyway.
Besides, my dad said you don't
feel anything when you drown.
You're all warm and
fuzzy, aren't you?
So what're you into?
Music? Horses?
I'm into everything.
What's the deal with your dad?
Got a girlfriend?
No. Why?
Just asking, no biggie.
He had one for a while.
I didn't like her.
- So he dumped her?
- Yep.
You're sorta something
else, aren't you?
- And you're sort of a thief.
- Excuse me?
And you're smart.
I saw you take the pills
from my dad's bedroom.
But not enough
for my dad to notice.
Don't worry, I won't tell.
I think I'm gonna stay up past
my bedtime tonight.
Now go and get me
some ice cream.
You little bitch.
And bring me a couple of cookies
while you're at it.
It's okay.
Thank you.
I'm so sorry.
Thank you.
Thanks for coming.
Hi, Emma.
Oh, don't ask me how I am,
I don't wanna lie to you.
It was a beautiful service.
He had a good last day.
A really good last day.
I mean, he has never won
anything before
and he was so proud
of that medal.
I just wish I knew where it was.
You don't have the medal?
Well, I think maybe it sunk
to the bottom.
Is there anything
I can do for you?
If you have any pictures
of that day I'd like 'em.
Just pictures of him playing, happy.
It really does help.
What're you doing in my room?
- Just picking up a little.
- It is picked up.
It's always picked up.
Anything else?
Miss Ellis.
It's nice to meet you.
Believe me, nothing like this has
ever happened in our 95-year history
and we're using
every resource we have
to make sure that it
never happens again.
But there is a legal issue that
we have to contend with.
We're reaching out to
all the parents to gather
whatever information we can.
Well... ok, I... I don't
really understand.
So this is an insurance thing,
That's one component, yes.
Well, what did happen?
No one's given anybody
an update.
How did Milo fall off
that cliff?
That's what we're
gonna find out.
Are the police involved?
We're not at liberty
to share that.
Obviously, if and when
the authorities are involved,
we may share that information
with the families.
Some families.
Excuse me, but is there
something you're not telling me?
Please don't misunderstand.
We're just trying to get
to the facts.
But if Emma heard or saw
something, we need to know.
That boy couldn't swim
and he was afraid of water.
Why was he out on the rocks?
You little shit.
Any information would be helpful as it
seems Emma was the last to see the boy.
I'm sorry?
At least three people saw her
near the rock face.
Now, we're not saying Emma
did anything wrong.
Well, I should hope not.
Listen, I'd be very careful
what you insinuate.
What happened?
Are you ok?
- We'll show ourselves out.
- Yeah, sure.
Let me see this arm.
Let's see it.
All right, let's get
you cleaned up. Ok?
You are lucky you didn't cut
yourself worse, honey bear.
- I'm sorry, daddy.
- It's ok, accidents happen.
Do you know why
Mrs. Ellis was here?
It was about Milo I bet.
Is there anything you wanna
tell me about that day?
Anything at all?
You're sure?
You weren't ever out on
that rock face, were you?
- No.
- Mrs. Ellis says you were.
She's lying.
Honey, why would Mrs. Ellis lie?
Because she hates me.
She never liked me.
I don't know why.
Why would she say that?
I... I don't know what's going on,
I'm just... just worried about you.
I'm sorry, daddy.
I don't mean to get upset,
I'm just sad about Milo.
Want me to read to you?
- I'm not really in the mood.
- Ok.
What would you give me
for a basket of kisses?
A basket of hugs.
Sorry, I was just checking
on you and Emma.
And we're out of milk.
- Hey.
- Um, I'm sorry,
I didn't mean to startle
you last night.
I probably could have waited
to do the market list.
So what's up?
Um, hey, do you mind if I,
like, smoke in here?
I would never do it around Emma
but out here I thought maybe?
Can you see everything against
that wall, it's all flammable?
So no, I don't think this is the
best place for a smoking area.
Ah, got it.
- So how can I help ya?
- Emma's arm seems good.
I'm sorry, I should have been
paying closer attention to her.
I was with her one minute and
when I turned around she was gone.
- I understand, stuff happens.
- Stuff happens.
Hell yeah, it does.
So let me ask you,
how are things with you and Emma?
Everything ok?
Oh, she's great.
Such a cool kid.
That's good to hear.
She's so... fun and
smart... and funny.
I never would have thought
of Emma as funny.
Oh, not in a weird way,
she's funny like...
I don't know, like different,
in a good way.
Most girls her age
are pretty lame.
Purple leggings and princess
posters everywhere,
but Emma is like...
a lady, you know?
I do know.
Oh, I was looking at more
pictures of your wife.
She was pretty hot.
Yes, she was.
Thank you.
Gotta get rid of these wasps.
Well, I better get back to Emma.
- She wants to go on the scooter.
- Great.
Anyway, I love my job here.
I just wanted you to know.
Thank you, I appreciate that.
I'm sure Emma does, as well.
We love each other.
Your dad thinks you
have major issues, Curly Sue.
What do you mean?
He knows what's up.
He was grilling me about you.
- What'd he ask?
- Wouldn't you like to know?
Don't worry, I told him how
great you are.
I got you, girl.
Don't mess with me.
Why is Mrs. Ellis at Milo's?
You must be shitting bricks.
Why would you say something
like that?
'Cause they're closing in on you
now, babe, building their case.
What do you mean?
One day the police
will get involved
and you'll have to come clean
about what you did to Milo.
- I didn't do anything to Milo.
- Sure you didn't.
Anyway, you'll see.
You better get your story
straight or you're gonna get busted.
I'm not worried about anything.
You're just being a bitch.
Look, I don't know what you did
to that kid on the rocks
but I know it wasn't good,
and I know you're lying
to everybody.
And you stole from
my dad's room.
Well I guess we both have secrets
to keep for each other, don't we?
My dad says it's not
good to keep secrets.
If you see something
you should tell.
Are you threatening me,
honey bear?
Do you know what they do
to kids that go to jail?
Not really.
Well, if it's something like
stealing or hurting someone
you get sent to a hospital
where kids yell
and scream and cut themselves,
and you never get out.
But if it's something
really bad,
like maybe if someone...
you get sent to
the electric chair.
You're silly, nobody would
put a kid in the electric chair.
Sure they do.
Do you know what happens in the
electric chair? It cooks you.
Your skin crackles and shrivels like
when we make bacon in the morning.
I don't believe you, a kid
wouldn't even fit in that big chair.
They have a special one
for kids.
It's even painted pink and they put pee-pee
pads underneath for when you piss yourself.
- God, you're disgusting.
- Google it.
Emma, are you out there?
There she is.
How was your day?
You do anything fun?
Well, I don't know if
it was fun exactly,
but I had a good day.
- What are you doing?
- Oh, nothing.
- What's in your hand?
- Nothing.
Oh, Emma.
Where did this come from?
How did Milo's medal
get into this house?
I... I don't know.
- Where did you find it?
- It was hidden under the bed.
I found it cleaning.
Thank you, Chloe.
- I need to talk to Emma alone.
- Sure thing.
How did Milo Curtis's medal
get under your bed?
I don't know how it got there.
How should I know
how it got there?
Were you ever, at any time,
out on that rock face?
Yes, daddy,
I went there once.
So Mrs. Ellis wasn't lying
when she said you were there.
I guess she wasn't lying.
Yes, daddy.
Were you with Milo?
For a minute.
And what happened?
This is very serious
and I can't help you
if I don't know the truth.
Milo and I were playing a game
we made up.
It was kinda like
Capture the Flag,
but with his medal instead,
and I won, so Milo gave
me his medal to wear.
So he gave you the medal
out on the rock?
No, I got it...
later on.
I don't know where
Milo went after that.
Emma, do you know that Mrs.
Curtis has been looking for this?
She wanted to bury Milo with it.
That's stupid, Milo wouldn't even
know if he was buried with it or not.
What's wrong?
Where are you going?
I just need some air.
Hey, Ange, it's me, listen, I need the
name of a good child psychiatrist for Emma.
It's nothing urgent,
I just think that she needs
someone to talk to.
Ok. I have the perfect person.
Oh, ok, good,
Um, I'll call you back.
Mr. and Mrs. Grossman,
there's something wrong
with your daughter.
I'm sorry.
I just saw
something in the fountain.
Who did this?
- Pretty happy with yourself, aren't ya?
- What do you mean?
- You know exactly what I mean.
- Nope, I really don't.
Oh, you mean I shit-boxed
you with Milo's medal?
- You're so gross.
- Eat your eggs.
I feel bad for you,
I wouldn't wanna go do this.
And I don't want to.
I wouldn't say anything.
Nothing good can
come of this for you.
I forgot who I was dealing with.
You'll be just fine.
You little psycho.
We have to go.
It's good to see you, Emma.
Any time I see one of Milo's
classmates it reminds me
of how many friends he had
and what a good person he was.
- How's your school break going?
- Fine, thank you.
Mrs. Curtis, we have something
that we wanna give to you.
Where did you find that?
Apparently Milo let Emma wear it
for a while and...
and then, when he...
didn't come back she kept it.
She knows it was wrong
and she wants to apologize,
- isn't that right, Emma?
- That's right.
I'm very sorry,
I shouldn't have kept it.
I don't understand,
Milo gave it to you to wear, why?
It was a game.
I was gonna give it back... but he...
I never saw him again.
Well, I don't know what to say.
I'm glad you brought it
back to me.
This whole day is...
I'm still in shock about Mrs. Ellis.
I'm sorry?
She's dead.
She rolled her car on Glendale Avenue
and she was just here talking about Milo.
I... I didn't know.
I'm really sad, daddy.
Mrs. Ellis was my favorite
Do we know how it happened?
On the TV it said there was
a wasp's nest in her car.
It was a science project or
something and she was stung.
I don't know, it doesn't make
any sense to me.
- Daddy, I'm not feeling well, can we go home?
- Sure.
So now I don't have to talk
about Milo ever again, right?
I'm gonna run, daddy.
Chloe and I are
baking cupcakes today.
Hey, we gotta leave soon
for our doctor's appointment.
I'll be ready.
Daddy, I was thinking,
you're right.
I think something good
will come of this.
I hope so.
Emma, I have some magazines on the
table you might like while you wait.
I'm just gonna have a little
chat with your dad, if that's ok.
Of course, Dr. March.
So, how can I
help you and Emma?
I don't know...
Well, what is your
primary concern?
Emma has always been different,
very, very much in a good way...
but also...
there's a...
coldness, I don't know
how to say it, um...
a lack of emotion,
I mean, she has emotions, but uh...
she laughs and
cries and all that, but...
it can be um...
I don't know.
She's lying to me and I
don't trust her anymore.
Well, it's very common
for children her age to lie.
Most kids struggle
with their emotions.
They very often don't know how
or what they should be
feeling at any point in time.
It can be very taxing
on a parent.
Mr. Grossman, everyone thinks
their issues are bigger than they are.
More unique.
And obviously there are the rare
cases, and I've had them, of...
real psychological illness.
Anyway, I'm looking
forward to talking to Emma.
So, I'm not the kind of
doctor who operates on people
or things like that,
I'm what's called...
You're a shrink.
Well, you know that term.
I watch Intervention.
Oh, yes.
Well, I'm a psychiatrist, which
is a fancy word for someone
to talk to who can help you
sort things out.
I don't really need
anything sorted out.
Well, why is that?
I mean, most people have something
that they would like to be different.
I don't.
Ah, I see.
I understand that your friend
Milo recently passed away.
That's right.
How did that make you feel?
Pretty sad, I bet.
I cried for two days.
I understand.
Was that the first time
someone you knew died?
Oh, I see.
Dr. March?
Why do people get so upset
when people die?
It's gonna happen to
everyone sooner or later.
It's a great question, Emma.
We all do know it's inevitable
and we grieve anyway.
To feel or to have
empathy for others
is what it means to be human.
Emma, I'm going to
tell you a secret.
I did the exact same things as
you when I was your age.
Well, you two seemed
to have really hit it off.
Oh, we had a great talk,
didn't we, Emma?
- Daddy, can I go outside?
- Sure.
Mr. Grossman, I have seen
thousands of kids in my practice,
and Emma seems 100 percent
perfectly average.
In fact, I told her she
reminds me of myself.
- Hey there.
- Hey.
- How'd the appointment go?
- Fine.
Emma's up in her room.
Well, I guess I better put on
some clothes, head up there.
I hope you don't mind me
taking advantage of the sun.
No, you... gotta take
advantage of it.
Gotta take advantage.
Don't you have any friends?
What do you care?
- Clearly everyone thinks you're mental.
- Whatever, Chloe.
Now that everyone
knows you stole that
dead kid's medal it's
just a matter of time.
A matter of time until what?
Until they find out
what you did to him.
I don't know what
you're talking about.
Maybe you'll end up in
the little pink chair.
I'm gonna have my dad
get rid of you.
Go for it.
He won't do it.
Your dad and I
understand each other.
You can give me that psycho stare
all you want but the fact is this...
your dad's a DILF.
D-I-L-F, ok?
And he's single, and he was
totally just scoping me out.
You wouldn't mind if he
and I hooked up, would you?
The poor guy needs a release.
I mean, just look at him.
Stay away from my dad.
Or what?
Wouldn't I make a good stepmom?
You don't scare me,
little girl.
I don't care if you stood there
and watched that
little kid drown,
or even if you pushed
him in.
Where I come from a spoiled
little princess like you
ain't nothing, believe me.
It's not nice to
threaten people.
You and me,
we're not nice, are we?
- Oh, Emma, you scared me.
- Do you like Chloe?
- Wait, what?
- She said that you like her.
That you... understand
each other.
She said she could be
my stepmother some day.
Whoa, whoa, whoa!
Wait, hold on a second.
First of all, that
would never happen,
and why would she say
something like that?
- You tell me.
- Emma.
I don't want a stepmother...
Everything's gonna be ok.
I have a meeting but
I'll be home early, ok?
- Then we'll talk.
- Great, I'll wait up.
Have fun on your date!
- So you never remarried?
- Nope.
You like playing the field
that much, huh?
Yeah, I love it.
It's so fulfilling.
I mean, you know, especially
raising a young girl.
When I first opened the store
I had about four months.
I was really worried
but then business picked up
and it's been really good
for six years now.
Damn it, Emma.
Emma, let me out of here.
This isn't funny.
Let me through!
This is my house!
- Are you the homeowner? - Yes.
- Are you the homeowner? - Yes, yes.
I have a nine-year-old daughter, her
name is Emma, she's here with her nanny.
Sir, your daughter is fine, she's
in a house with one of my deputies.
Now, unfortunately there's been
a terrible accident.
The nanny, Chloe, was in the work
shed when the fire broke out.
I think she's in shock.
She hasn't told us much but
apparently the young woman
would sneak a smoke
in the work shed.
Ok, I will give you two
a moment.
Honey bear.
It's ok, daddy.
Nothing happened to me.
Emma, I know you're awake.
I think we're in trouble.
I think we're both
in very big trouble,
and we need to talk and I
need you to tell me the truth.
I'm your father, I love you, I'm
going to do anything I can to help you.
You hurt Milo, didn't you?
Didn't you?
He was gonna tell on me
that I took his medal.
I didn't mean to hurt him.
When I pushed him...
he fell.
He kept on yelling,
yelling that he couldn't swim,
but I didn't believe him,
he always over-exaggerated.
And after a while he stopped yelling
and I couldn't see him anymore.
I'm so sorry, daddy,
I didn't want to get into trouble.
I won't do it again.
And Mrs. Levia, your first
nanny, what happed to her?
She should have never
grabbed my arm,
so I kicked her, and she fell
down the stairs.
I didn't do anything wrong,
she's the adult.
She should have
protected herself better.
And Mrs. Ellis and the wasps?
And tonight, what did
you do to Chloe?
The sheriff will get to the bottom of this
eventually so don't give me the bullshit story.
You said "bullshit".
Emma, do you know
what could happen to you?!
Do you?!
What could happen to us?
Yes, daddy.
They're gonna take me
and they're gonna put me
in the little chair, the little
pink electric chair.
I really don't wanna go there,
I don't wanna pee myself.
Emma, what're you talking about?
Chloe said she knew about Milo
and one day everyone would.
She said that they were
gonna take me
to this little electric chair
that they put kids in.
She told me she was
gonna be my stepmother.
- Emma, calm down.
- I don't want a stepmother! Ever!
She stole pills from your room.
I watched. She fooled you.
You weren't gonna do anything
about it. Not one thing!
So you did,
isn't that right?
Someone had to.
This is Dr. March. I'm out of
the office for the next two weeks.
If this is an emergency
please call 911
or you can call my associate,
Dr. Metz, at 914-555-0113.
This is David.
Oh hi, Mr. Grossman, this is Sheriff
Peterson. I'm sorry to call you so early.
Just checking to see that you
and Emma were doing ok.
- Yeah, we're doing ok, thank you.
- Good, good.
Also, I was wondering uh,
when would be a good time to talk?
I don't want to intrude... but...
there are some questions
I need to ask you and Emma,
if that's possible.
Uh, yeah, Emma's very sick,
she's upset about the
accident as you can imagine,
I have a... a big day at work, could
we postpone maybe for a few days?
How's Monday, you and Emma?
I'll come by the house?
Sure, that'll be great,
I'll see you then.
Pack your things.
We have to leave.
- Where are we going?
- The lake house?
You hate it there.
- 'Cause I don't hate it there.
- That's what you said once.
- How long will we be there?
- I don't know.
What're we gonna do there?
I just need a place to think.
Ha ha! There he is.
Hey, look at you.
You haven't changed a bit.
Well, cold air, hard work, and no cable
TV, and you too could live forever.
Hey, is that who I think it is?
It can't be, 'cause Emma's just a
baby and you're a full grown woman.
- It's very nice to meet you.
- Nice meeting you, too.
You look just like your ma.
Well, I'm glad you finally got
to come up here.
Your sister has been
bogarting the place.
Angela would live here full time
if she could.
Well, if you need anything you
let me know and I'll be right up.
And it's uh, good to see you
after all the years, Emma.
You too.
- Thanks, Brian, I'll call you if I need you.
- All right.
You still should have called me
What good would that have done?
And I wasn't thinking straight,
I'm still not thinking straight.
Chloe, that poor girl, how could
such a thing have happened?
What did the police
or firefighters say?
They're... investigating.
Well, how's Emma?
Should I come up to the lake
house? I could take off work.
No, it's fine, we're just
taking some time away.
Look, I gotta go.
Hey, call me.
I'm worried about you, David.
We've found the source of the
fire, it was deliberately set.
Do you know who did it?
Not yet, but uh, from what we've
sent the lab we'll know pretty soon.
Ok, all right.
- Keep me posted.
- Will do.
Aren't you gonna answer?
The killing started
with the family pet,
but as Timothy grew,
so did his crimes.
Dr. Marshalovitz, an expert on
violet child sociopaths explains:
The violence seems to be inside
them, buried like a bad seed.
Eventually it grows and once it
starts... it doesn't seem to stop.
I don't like you
sneaking around like that.
How long have you
been standing there?
Were you snooping on me?
I think you were
snooping on me.
I told you, I didn't
do anything wrong.
I would never hurt
anyone for no reason.
I would never, ever do that.
Do you think I would?
Do you, daddy?
I don't know anymore.
That makes me sad.
Why would you do that to me?
- I'm the only person you have.
- No.
If something happened to you
I'd live with aunt Angela.
At least she thinks I'm nice.
Oh my god.
I brought you your favorite.
- Can I have whipped cream on it?
- Sure.
Do you wanna read
together, daddy?
I don't think so.
I think you should just sleep.
Will you sit with me
until I fall asleep?
Sure, honey bear.
The doctors told your mommy
that if she didn't take
her medicine she might die.
And she said "only if you can
promise me that it won't hurt my baby".
She always did whatever she wanted
to do, no matter what the cost.
You remind me of her.
Do you know where
we're gonna go yet?
Somewhere safe.
I love you, daddy.
I love you, too, honey bear.
Angela, she tried to kill me, she
turned on all the gas in the house!
David, what you're saying
doesn't make any sense.
- You're talking about Emma.
- And you don't understand!
She's nine years old.
Nine-year-olds don't kill people.
Listen to yourself.
You need help.
- Let me come get you.
- She needs help!
But I'm not gonna let
them take her away.
She's not gonna live the rest
of her life in some institution...
or prison.
I'm her father...
I have to protect her.
And I have protected her.
I am so sorry, Angela.
I am so deeply sorry,
but there is no other way
and I have thought about
every other option, because...
she'll do it again.
David, David, wait.
What have you done?
It's done.
Night night, daddy.
- You're alive?
- Yes, daddy.
I didn't drink the hot
chocolate you made for me.
You did...
when I switched them.
911, what's your emergency?
Help me!
My dad's trying to kill me!
I am sorry can you say
that again?
- Emma!
- What is your emergency?
I'm Emma Grossman,
I'm at our lake house,
Emma, I know you're in there.
Emma! Open the door!
Emma, just come out.
I'm not gonna hurt you.
We'll just go to sleep together,
and we'll go see mommy.
Stop right there, David!
What the hell's going on?
Help! He's trying to kill me!
Don't listen to her!
She's not right, there's
something wrong with her.
- Put down the gun.
- I have to do this.
I have to protect her from
herself. They're coming for her.
I will not let you
hurt that girl.
That's just the problem.
Nothing hurts her.
Forgive me.
He was gonna shoot that
little girl, no question.
I just wish I'd
been there sooner.
I'm so sorry, Emma.
- Was daddy sick?
- Yes, yes, I think so.
I think your daddy was sick.
Everything is gonna be ok.
Aunt Angela, when we go
home can I have ice cream?
You can have whatever
you want.