The Stepmother (2022) Movie Script

You forced yourself inside of me, Frank.
In front of my boy!
You violated me!
[sinister music]
[hip hop song playing]
Don't play with my bloodline
You know we come from kings and queens
But they got a thug side, too
Ain't got no problem with breaking the rules
[indistinct] breaking me down
Now, hey, what you wanna do?
Can you back down now?
Yeah, 'cause I got to make it through
Don't play with my bloodline
You know we come from kings and queens
But they got a thug side, too
Ain't got no problem with breaking the rules
[indistinct] breaking me down
Now, hey, what you wanna do?
Can you back down now?
Yeah, 'cause I got to make it through
ALL: Surprise!
[Scott laughs]
You finally got me.
My only son getting accepted into Brown University.
-What? -Come on!
And you thought we weren't going to celebrate you.
Thanks, Mom. I love you.
I love you, too.
You better get over here and give me some of that!
Damn! Look at you, man.
You got so grown.
I'm so proud of you.
You came a long way for me.
I mean, thanks, Uncle Harry.
Appreciate that.
Come on. You already know.
-Hey, cuz! -Cuz!
-Congrats, bro. -Appreciate it, man.
College is a big step, man.
Man, I'm low-key nervous.
It ain't like we went to middle school
back in the day, you know?
Where's Dad?
Oh, your dad?
-HARRISON: I don't know. -Where's your dad?
-Where is Dad? -Where is Dad?
HARRISON: Oh! There you go.
-Hey! -HARRISON: There you go.
Probably got the cake. That's where Daddy is.
Boom! Right? Unh!
Scoot, Dad. Really?
-You don't say... -I'm sorry.
It said... it says Scoot? What?
Yeah, that do say Scoot.
Um, well, the place messed it up.
I didn't have the time to return it.
You get the, you get the point.
-Hmm. -Aah!
-Thanks, Pops. -Hey, man.
Proud of you.
First Linbrook boy to go to college.
Come on, Linbrooks in the house!
Hey, man, that's a real big deal for this family, man.
-I'm proud of you. -Thanks, Pops.
-I love you. -Yes, sir.
My boy!
Okay. I'm gonna get the knife.
Honey, can you handle the plates?
Of course I can.
[indistinct chatter]
[crickets chirping]
What you got, son? Huh? What?
Oh, Mama.
You know I got all the moves,
don't try it in front of your boy.
Oh, no, I know you're not trying
to turn this into a dance battle.
Okay, okay.
I don't want you to break your hip trying to keep up.
Oh! Where do you think you get this from?
Come here, my boy.
[April chuckles]
You know, this music thing can really take you places.
You've been doing what I told you to do?
Yes, ma'am.
I'm writing down all my poems like you told me to.
You better be.
BOTH: 'Cause Tupac was a poet first.
Always remember that.
I know. You tell me all the time.
Hey, Tupac also studied poetry, acting, and jazz,
and ballet at the Baltimore School of Art.
Okay, look at you.
One day when I get big...
I'm gonna make a song for you just like Dear Mama.
And I could be in the video.
Mom, I do not want you in my videos.
I just thought, "Okay, you know, would do," but that's fine.
I know this music academy school
is really important to you, but Brown...
Son, college is important.
And I know music and the arts, they're amazing.
But your brain, that's what's gonna take you places.
I know, Mom, but...
I already decided I want to take my scholarship to Brown.
I mean, I love music and rap, but it's really just a hobby.
And to be the first generation of Linbrooks to go to college...
I don't know. That's what I want to do.
And besides, music can wait till after I graduate.
You're so special, son.
[Scott chuckles softly]
Me and your father are so proud of you.
Thanks, Mom. I love you.
I love you more, baby.
What is my two favorite brown-skinned people
doing over here?
Y'all get...
when I said brown-skinned...
Oh, my God.
[indistinct chatter]
[April laughs]
Hey. We're just getting our groove on.
Please. Enough with the dad jokes.
-Yeah, that's enough. -All right.
Enough with the dad jokes,
but I'm gonna hit y'all with these dad moves.
Dad dance moves.
Boom, boom! With that robot.
Hey, what are you doing?
You know, Eddie, what are you doing over there
with two left feet?
-Come on. -Mom is right, Pops.
You won't be able to do the dance anyway.
Why don't you try me then?
Oh! Son, I got this.
Oh. Okay.
EDDIE: Okay, Mommy.
Get it, baby.
Activate, activate, activate, activate!
Mom! Mom!
[ominous music]
-Mom! -Baby, wake up.
Scott, call 911 right now!
Baby, wake up.
[Scott sobs]
Yeah, hello.
Yes. Please send help.
Yeah. My mom has fainted.
2164 [indistinct] Street.
They said, is she breathing.
She's not breathing, Scott.
No, she's not breathing.
Baby, come on.
Please hurry up.
-Unc! -Nephew.
[all laughing]
Welcome to my town, cousin.
All right, this seems cool.
Hey, you know you're gonna have to show me
the popular spots around here, right?
You know, I got-You know who you're talking to right now?
Let's [indistinct]
Now, you know I don't like people on my grass, bro.
Oh. Oh, oh, oh, oh.
What? This? This grass?
Big brother.
Man, this is the one you wanted, right?
This is exactly what I wanted.
I can't believe you got this.
Hey, you tell Vanessa she good in my book for this one.
Yeah, she did her thing.
Kind of reminds me of the house we grew up in, right?
-Nah. -No?
Well, actually, you know what?
Now that you say, it actually kind of
does in a creepy but good way.
[Eddie chuckles]
What kind of big brother would I be
if I couldn't make it happen?
Me and Scott appreciate it, man.
-Hmm! -Ah! Mmm!
-This is yours. -Okay.
-That's all you. -Okay, cool.
I got some beers in the truck if you want to, you know,
chill out for a second.
I only drink on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
-I like it. Let's do it. -Okay.
[both laugh]
How's that crypto thing going?
Actually, I got in early on this new coin called ZAM,
made a couple hundred thousand on it already.
Hey, you told me about that one, right?
I did tell you about that.
I told you to get in on that,
and you didn't listen to your little brother.
[both chuckle]
-Lucky son of a gun. -Mm-hmm.
You know, I was wondering how you could afford a house
in this neighborhood.
This is a nice neighborhood.
[indistinct chatter]
Teenagers, man.
So, how's Scott doing?
To be honest, man, this past year
has been tough on both of us.
Of course, you know he didn't go to Brown
because he decided to come move with me
and help me out.
I've got to respect him for that.
He misses his mother.
I miss her, too, man.
She always made me feel like everything was going
to be okay, you know?
You know, she was always so positive.
We all miss her.
Hey, check this out.
I was able to wiggle a little position
over at the bowling alley for you.
Yeah, you could start as soon as tomorrow, if you want.
I know, I know, I know.
I know, you don't need a job.
Yeah, yeah.
But, you know, it could be good, you know?
Keep you occupied.
Get your mind off things a little bit.
You know, I still can't believe you actually did it.
You bought a bowling alley and named it after us.
I mean, you've been talking about that since we was little.
Hey, you better put some of that zing on it!
[both laugh]
-Linbrooks for life! -Yeah!
-In the living room? -Uh, yeah.
Wait, wait, wait!
Hold up.
Hey, no, let me get that.
No one's supposed to touch this one.
My bad, man. Sorry about that, bro.
It's just some personal things in this box.
-Sorry about that. -Yeah.
[birds chirping]
[melancholy music]
Miss you, Mom.
[Eddie sighs]
This is our new home, Scott.
You like it?
I mean, it's not a dorm, frat, party house
or anything like that, but it's cool.
Look, son, if...
if you're having second thoughts, just-
It was my decision not to go, not yours.
I know that.
But I also know how important it was
for you to go to college.
How important it was for this family.
Yeah, well...
helping my dad start over is more.
And look, Pops, that school ain't going nowhere.
I'm sorry if it's sarcasm, I just...
I'm just missing her.
I know, son.
This past year has been kind of tough on both of us.
I miss her, too.
But look, we got each other now.
And everything's going to be okay.
Don't play with my bloodline
You know we come from kings and queens
But they got a thug side, too
Ain't got no problem with breaking the rules
[indistinct] breaking me down, down
I love you, son.
I love you, Dad.
So now you're going to fill this room up
with Tupac posters and...
Yeah. You already know.
...all your rap stuff, so I'll let you get to it.
[Eddie chuckles]
I'll leave you to that, man.
Good night, Pops.
[upbeat instrumental music]
[indistinct chatter]
Excuse me.
[Eddie] Yeah.
Excuse me. I'm looking for a manager.
Yes, that would be me.
How can I help... you?
Hi. I'm Zoey. Zoey McLaren.
I have a job interview.
Uh, the job...
Oh. I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.
We're not hiring.
Is there a Mel's Diner in here?
They gave me this address.
Sorry to disappoint, but we are Linbrook Lanes
where we bring the fun to you.
They really make you say that?
Yeah, they make me say that.
My bad, hey.
Mel's is actually next door.
I'm new here and still trying to find my way around and...
Hey, don't apologize.
That was me a couple of weeks ago.
I'm actually new in town, too.
-Oh, no kidding! -Yeah.
Where are you from, if you don't mind me asking?
Oh, about an hour and a half away.
-Longdale. -Okay.
Me and my son are kind of just settling in,
you know, getting our groove.
How does your wife feel about that?
My wife?
I see you're wearing a ring.
-My ring, yeah. -Yeah.
You're very observant, I see.
Oh, yeah.
Actually, uh...
my wife, she passed about a year ago,
which is why I moved down here.
Actually, my brother convinced me to move down here.
He owns the place, gave me this job and long story.
But anyway, it's just me and my son.
I am so sorry. I didn't really...
Don't... don't be.
-Totally fine. -I didn't...
I know it's corny, but wearing the ring
kind of helps me not forget.
Listen, when it comes to love, you don't forget love
and love is something you truly do hold on to.
So wearing your ring makes you feel like
she's still a part of you.
I say wear your ring! I'm sorry.
I'm like a big, hopeless romantic.
And when it comes to love, I'm just kind of...
Look, hey, I couldn't agree more.
Nice to meet you, Zoey.
Pleasure is mine.
[both chuckle]
[doorbell rings]
Pops, just use the key.
Hey, neighbor.
[Jessica giggles]
Hey, what's up?
You know staring is rude and watching from your window
is low-key stalking?
It's a lot easier to just come and say hi.
So I decided to make the first move.
I'm Jessica.
What's your name?
I'm sorry. My name is Jessica.
I mean, Scott. My name is Scott.
Nice to meet you, Scott.
Coming, Mom.
That's my mom. I gotta go.
See you later.
I was cooking some peanut butter and jelly if you want a slice.
I didn't know you could cook PB&J.
Not really cooking, more like making.
You know what I mean?
Maybe some other time.
[birds chirping]
What's up, Daddy-O?
All right. What's her name? And when do I get to meet her?
What are you talking about, Pops?
What are you talking about, Pops? Okay.
Look, I know the love look when I see it.
I remember like it was yesterday when I met your mom.
Like, a freight train hit, boom, right in the chest.
I don't know how you feel.
You don't know how I feel?
All right, well, that's good, man.
Hey, when I get home from work today,
it's something I want to talk to you about, man to man.
Pops, I'm a grown man.
If this is "that talk", I think you're a few years too late.
Grown men, huh?
Being legal don't make you grown.
How many times I gotta tell you that?
Yeah, I know. You tell me all the time.
It's just a little something I want you to know.
You know I'm always here. Let me know.
All right.
I'm gonna get ready for work.
All right.
All right, man.
I'm serious. I want to meet this girl.
All right.
Memories sneak down my cheek a li'l bit
Try hard to hide the pain but it hurt a li'l bit
Will I ever find the heart to love again a li'l bit?
Guess I'm just stuck in this prison
In my head a li'l bit
You like it?
That was amazing.
I mean, I just started but...
It's about my mom.
Where is she?
I see it's just you and your dad here.
She died a year ago.
Brain aneurism out of nowhere.
I should never even-
That's cool.
You didn't know.
Did she support your passion for writing?
She's actually the one who encouraged me
to turn my poetry into lyrics.
She seems like she was amazing.
Yes, she was.
So, I see you like poetry?
-A little bit. -Yeah.
[Jessica laughs]
And Tupac, he's your favorite rapper?
Yeah, he was the best.
I say indie pop is more my thing.
I got to play you some someday.
It'll change your whole world.
I'm sorry, but I don't get down with that white people stuff.
Indie pop is a variety of colors.
It's real music.
It's not like all this commercial stuff
that people be calling hip hop nowadays.
When you think of Tupac...
Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, those were poets.
So technically, Tupac was a part of indie pop,
but then he ended up crossing over
to a more popular genre of music,
which we now call hip hop.
[Jessica laughs]
-Hmm. -Mm-hmm.
I see you got a little knowledge.
Not just a beautiful face, but a mind, too, huh?
She's putting you up on game.
[Scott laughs]
There it is.
That smile that I've been looking forward
ever since you moved in.
You only gave me a little,
but I knew you had more inside of you.
[Jessica laughs]
So I see I'm not the only one who was watching her.
No, you weren't.
[upbeat music]
[Eddie laughing]
So like...
so you were really, really born and raised in Tennessee?
Yeah. My father was a farmer.
I moved to San Francisco when I was 25.
I was a babysitter for a few years,
then I did some freelance photography.
Nothing really stuck.
Then I went back to Tennessee to visit my parents.
Once they got divorced, I came here.
-I just need a change, you know? -Yeah.
I've never been married, never been in love.
Or should I say, I never found the right guy?
I got to be honest.
I would have never even imagined
looking at another woman after my wife died.
What makes you change your mind now?
I will admit this,
these past couple of days with you, getting to know you,
have definitely been exciting for me.
Lord knows I do not get out the house much.
Man, me either.
It's just me and my son.
Oh, really?
Well, now, you can have me.
I like that.
[Harrison clears throat]
Excuse me.
Are you still with us?
Yeah, yeah. Uh... I was just thinking.
You guys think this whole thing with Zoey is too fast?
Well, I was wondering when you were going to ask.
I really do.
I don't know. I just...
Let's see where it goes.
I mean, you did say you were lonely
and you wanted to get back out there.
Yeah, I don't know.
It's just something so honest about her, you know.
You know, when she looks at me.
We only been on a few dates, but we talk on the phone
like teenagers every night.
Kind of reminds me when I first met April.
Mmm. I don't know.
I just feel like you just need to get to know her
a little bit better before you make any serious moves.
Suss or not.
What did Scott tell?
I haven't told him yet.
I just feel like it's too early for him
to be dealing with any other woman
besides his mom, you know?
But when the time is right, you know, I'll tell him.
Look, I feel you, baby bro.
But come on, you got to talk to your son.
VANESSA: Mm-hmm.
I mean, you two have been through a lot together.
I will.
Well, I'm sorry. I don't like it.
I just think you're moving too fast.
I just think you're moving too fast.
You don't know nothing about this lady,
and she's not even on social media,
so I'm concerned, that's for me.
Well, okay. All right. You know what?
Fast or not, all right, if you're happy,
then we're happy for you.
And plus, if you're not, you're just going to blame me
for bringing you down here.
I sure will. It's all your fault.
[all laughing]
[indistinct] get you in this new house,
and look, my percentage stays.
Like, whatever you decide, so I hope it work out for you.
You know what?
If you sell it, you know, you get a double commission.
-There you go. Thank you -That's true.
You know what? We need more shots.
-We do. -Thank you. Shots.
-Get me some more tequila. -Yes.
Come on.
[Eddie whistling]
So you must be the reason
why my son is all smiles lately, huh?
[Jessica giggles]
Pops, this is our next-door neighbor, Jessica.
Jessica, this is my dad.
Nice to meet you, Mr. Linbrook.
Nice to meet you, Jessica.
[Eddie laughs]
Yeah. Take a look.
So I was thinking, right?
It's summertime.
And you did cancel your plans to go to college,
to stay with your pops, and I appreciate that.
I think you're gonna need a set of wheels
to dip around the city in, you know?
Dad, please don't tell me that's my new car.
What? What? What are you talking about?
Don't tell me... What's wrong with the new car?
What's wrong with the car?
Why can't I get one like yours?
That's called having a job. You don't have one.
When you do, then you can get one like me.
But your uncle hooked me up
with the neighborhood mechanic, Rudy.
He fixed it right up for you, baby.
Shining. You shining, Daddy.
Rudy does know what he's doing.
And he's the only mechanic in town.
He's like family.
Rudy got her purring like a kitten.
Look, man, why don't you take her for a spin,
see what you're working with?
All right, I got some work to do.
I'll catch y'all later.
-All right. -All right.
Nice to meet you, Jessica.
Nice to meet you.
Now, I could finally show you around my town.
Oh, like you been promising me?
Well, you were just car-less 10 minutes ago.
[Scott chuckles]
["Too Fly" by Original Cast playing]
So, so, I'm going to say it slow.
How is it?
How is it going?
Because, you know, you're too quiet over there.
She's the one, Harry.
She is the one. For sure.
Oh, whoa, whoa.
[both laugh]
You know I was talking about work, right?
-Oh, oh! -No, no.
No, no, no. No, no, no.
I mean, look, if you want to talk about her,
we can talk about her, too.
Yeah. It's clear to see.
I mean, there's a spark between you guys.
I'm not lying.
-I just... -Hmm.
I can't imagine anyone but April, you know?
You want my advice?
But something tells me you're going
to give it to me in anyway.
-I am. -Yeah.
Listen, April was a beautiful and perfect wife.
But the keyword there is "was".
I know you don't want to hear this,
but, baby bro, you gotta move on.
Look, I know it's going to hurt,
but it's going to hurt you even more
if you don't give yourself a chance
for happiness with Zoey.
You know what's going to hurt me...
Mm-hmm. to say this.
-You're right. -What?
-You, what? -You're right.
-Put some wood on that. -I said you're right.
-Excuse me. -You're right.
-Whispering. Oh, right. -You're right.
-You're right. -Right on. Right on.
-As always... -Right, right, right, right on.
...big bro is right.
Thanks, big bro.
I'm gonna get out of here, man. Go home.
-Get out? -Whoa.
-Home for the night. -Whoa, ho, ho!
-Where are you going? -Wait a minute.
-Go home. -I'm sorry.
Think you're going to leave me and Mikey in here
to clean up this bowling alley?
Hey, this bowling alley don't clean up itself.
I feel like you and Mikey been doing this stuff,
-because y'all got... -No, no. got a rhythm. -Oh, no. Welcome.
I got no rhythm. Welcome.
Linbrooks in the house, baby.
Well, can it be Eddie's Bowling?
-Oh, no. -If I got to clean up...
-Oh. might as well be Eddie's.
Oh, no. Eddie's Place.
You should get some of that ZAM coin up.
[Eddie chuckles]
[pensive music]
SCOTT: Down the hill, right?
[indistinct chatter]
[Latin music]
How's my little chica doing in this crazy world?
I got you these.
Like always.
-Six jelly glaze. -Mm-hmm.
Ken told me to tell you he's running out of jelly.
[Jessica laughs]
How's it going?
I'm just trying to survive.
I mean, you can never be too careful nowadays.
You know, I saw this story about some guy
who robbed a lady with a baby in the car.
You've got to be pretty cruel to rob someone with a child.
You need to lay up on the TV and stop watching
unimportant stories and you should get out more.
With the world as bad as it is
and the government watching your every move,
I'm gonna stay ready, I want to get ready.
And by the way, who's your friend?
This is Scott. Scott, this is Rudy.
You actually helped hook up his car.
-Oh... -He's my next-door neighbor.
-Yeah, yeah, yeah. -I remember your Pops.
He's a really good man.
Thanks, sir. I appreciate the hook up.
Hey, any friend of Jessica is familia to me.
All right?
How is she treating you?
Like a new ride.
I told you, Rudy can fix anything...
BOTH: Only if it's broken.
You know, we good.
Well, anyway, we just stopped by to say thank you.
Well, look, you two be careful out there
and watch each other's backs.
There's craziness everywhere.
-Nice to meet you, Scott. -You too, sir.
No, no. Call me Rudy.
Everybody calls me Rudy.
Bye, you too.
Bye, see you.
All right, Rudy.
Hey, I'll be back tomorrow with more donuts.
I know you will, ma'am. I know.
[Eddie laughing]
Babe, you are-
Pops, there's a car in the driveway.
Hey, son.
I wasn't expecting you home so early.
Remember when I said that we needed to have a talk?
Well, this is actually what I wanted
to talk to you about, son.
This is my friend Zoey.
Zoey, this is my son, Scott.
Hi, Scott.
Can I just say, you really are a handsome young man,
and your father talks so much about you
that I actually feel like I know you already
even though I've actually never met you?
Nice to meet you.
[both chuckle]
Yeah, that's funny.
I haven't heard anything about you, lady.
Scott, what's up, man?
Pops, who is this chick?
I hope she don't try to come up here
and replace my mom's.
Eddie, I don't want to cause any type of confusion.
Maybe I should just leave.
Look, Zoey, you don't have to go anywhere.
Nah, I think you should leave.
Hey, Scott, that is real disrespectful, okay?
Zoey is a guest in our home.
I raised you better than that, young man.
Since when do we even talk like that?
Young man?
Are you on something?
And why aren't you wearing Mom's ring?
Man, I'm out.
Scott. Scott. Come on, man.
I'm... I'm so sorry, Zoey.
Look, this is all early for him.
It's too early for both of us. I...
I just think I might not be able to do it now.
Eddie, I am not here to break up anyone's happy home.
And I really, really like you.
And if what you need is time, I'll give you that.
I'm not going anywhere.
[chuckles softly]
See you later, okay?
[birds chirping]
Morning, son.
Sorry, man.
Sorry I didn't tell you I was dating somebody,
but we've been going through so much,
I really didn't know how.
I know you loved your mother, and I loved her, too.
But I want to be happy again.
Zoey, she makes me happy.
Pops, I feel you.
I'm not stupid.
I know you get lonely sometimes.
We men, we're not meant to be alone.
That's right.
I just kind of wish you would've told me something.
Look, from here on out, no more secrets, all right?
I'm gonna be straight up.
That's all right.
-Love you, man. -All right, I love you.
I gotta go to work.
My brother got me working double shifts now.
Come check me out at the bowling alley, man.
You'll have some fun.
All right, I'll check it out.
All right.
Smells good in here.
I'm trying this new recipe I found on the Food Network.
You wanna stay for breakfast?
Wish I could, but I got to help my mom today.
I smell fire and I would've stayed,
but I got a date, so...
No one asked you to stay.
-Damn. -It's like that?
Well, that makes two.
Baby, that's smelling good. What are you cooking up in here?
Well, that makes three.
What about you, Scott?
How does it smell to you?
It's good, Zoey.
Well, that makes four.
-Uh-oh. -And the crowd goes...
[both laughing]
All right. I got to get going.
-See you guys later. -All right.
Speaking of leaving, I'm gonna...
I'm going on a date, so...
-All right. -All right.
-All right, be safe. -Yep.
Scott, I, uh...
I don't want you to ever think I would try
to replace your mother in any way.
Your father has told me so much about her
and what an amazing, incredible woman she was.
And you can't ever replace that.
And I know it's been a lot that's been happening
in a short period of time, but...
I really do love your dad.
Maybe we could start building a bond together,
you know, of our own.
And I could be like your big sister
or like your auntie.
You know, like...
In time, of course, you know?
[ethereal music]
[music continues]
[crickets chirping]
[ominous music]
Hey, listen, bro, I want to talk to you
about something I saw.
It kind of got me thinking.
I was watching Unsolved Mysteries yesterday,
and they ran a story about a lady who killed three guys,
and she was a pretty little chica, just like Zoey.
Hey, studs.
Decided to bring you two another round.
Mmm. Thank you, baby.
I ain't done with round one yet, but, you know?
What are you fellows out here talking about?
Just how bad this world is
and how you're way too pretty for this guy, right?
Got to watch those pretty girls, right, Eddie?
Look here, Rudy.
This pretty girl is already taken, so back off.
Hey, man. It's all good, bro.
I got plenty of chicas in my stable.
Yeah, I think the only stable you got, Rudy,
is this neighborhood and your shop.
Yeah, you're right. I gotta get laid.
-We're gonna make that happen. -Ooh.
That's too much, too much boy talk for me.
I'll let you gentlemen get back to your boy's club.
See you, Zoey.
All right, love.
I'm gonna get out of here, bro.
All right, man.
-Okay. -Bro, watch your back.
You know, that man can sure fix some screws
on a car, but, uh...
he just might have a few screws up there missing.
Really? Why do you say that, baby?
I mean, all he does is sit at home and watch TV.
Unsolved Mysteries and the news.
He's telling me about this crazy lady
that killed three guys and looks just like you.
He's crazy.
So, Eddie, you think I'm a psycho pretty killer
on the run?
It's just nonsense.
Are you scared I'm gonna kill you, my love?
Oh, no. No, don't kill me, please.
I have too much to live for.
[both laughing]
Now, that is funny.
-I love you, baby. -I love you, too.
Dinner will be ready by 7:00.
Go wash up.
I got you.
I hope you don't kill me.
[Eddie laughs]
Crazy Rudy.
[ominous music]
[machinery whirring]
I need the coroner here now,
I need this whole area locked off, three blocks.
Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!
No, no, no.
I can't let you in here, babe. This is an active crime scene.
What happened?
It was a freak accident.
The car fell on him and killed him instantly.
Greg Simmons, Danny Owens, Steven Graham.
All widowed, all dead.
One shot to the head.
They were tied up and left on the living room couch.
And get this, all survived by their teenage son.
Who's the suspect?
Jessica Jones, Katrina Martin, Sara Johnson.
I mean, all the aliases.
Her real name is Elizabeth Carter.
2015, she was a victim of sexual assault
by Frank Peterson.
No! No!
[Elizabeth sobbing]
-No! -Broke into her home...
-Please stop! -...and forced himself on her.
I'm sorry, baby!
Unfortunately, her son was there and saw the whole thing.
My baby!
The house burned down because the pot
was on the stove caught on fire.
Jason and Elizabeth barely made it out alive.
The case went to trial, but
Frank got off due to lack of evidence.
The son was so traumatized he couldn't serve as a witness.
Couple weeks later, he committed suicide.
A year after that, Elizabeth decided to return the favor,
broken into Frank's home, tied him up,
duct tape his mouth.
Hi, friend!
Leave him up front just to set him on fire.
Now she's here in Phoenix as a housekeeper
at the Embassy Suites.
Witnesses say they saw her and her latest victim,
Steven, arguing outside.
Couple weeks later, his son went home
and found their house on fire.
When we interviewed him, he said,
Jessica is a really nice person.
No sign of Elizabeth?
By the time he got there, she was long gone.
So she goes after widowed men with teenage boys.
Maybe it's her own sick way of getting revenge on Frank.
I mean, it appears to be that way.
During the trial, investigation shows that
Frank was widowed and had a teenage son.
Which sparked her to go after widowed men
with teenage boys.
It's a classic case of a woman gone mad.
Yeah, but this mad woman is clever.
Never been arrested.
No credit cards or bank accounts in the name.
Never taken pictures.
A selfie of her and Steven is all that we have
outside of a blurry picture that we have
from the security camera,
where she's wearing glasses and looking down.
It's like she's a ghost.
So where do we start?
Given the fact that Steven's death was months ago,
she could be anywhere in the country right now.
We'd never know.
We don't know where to look.
But we need to find her before she does this again.
[crickets chirping]
[jazz music playing in background]
So, Scott, me and your father were thinking,
instead of doing a traditional honeymoon,
we'll do family vacation, us three, like one big family.
[both chuckle]
Where are we trying to go?
I mean, haven't given much thought yet.
Actually, we have.
We're going to do New York City.
I've never been. And it's so beautiful there.
I mean, who doesn't want to do New York City, right?
Actually, Zoey knows that this county boy
don't like the cold, so she keeps trying
to get me to go to the East Coast, but I'm like,
"Nah," you know, so we're going to think about it.
You know what I'm saying?
Baby, you told me we were going to go
to New York City.
I actually said we would think about it, think about it.
So how about I think about having you sleep
on the couch tonight, honey!
What was that about?
[crickets chirping]
Like, what?
Like, how you're not gonna give me what I want.
[indistinct whispering]
Get it...
Get it together, Liz.
Get it, Liz.
Liz, get it together.
One, two, three,
No way.
[suspenseful music]
Baby... I'm so sorry.
I really don't know what got into me.
I just want to do something so special
for our honeymoon and...
I got to admit,
when I don't get my way, I act a little spoiled.
Listen, Zoey, I understand this is an adjustment for all of us,
but next time you want to talk to me,
you do it in private, okay?
Not in front of Scott.
He already is weird enough about having another woman
inside this house, okay?
You're right, Eddie.
Baby, I promise you.
I promise you, I'll- That will never happen again.
I'm so sorry, baby.
All right.
It's okay.
I'm so sorry.
I need a refill, please.
Yes, my reference number is 4622.
It's already been a week!
I can't wait that long!
I need them and I need them now.
One, two,
three, four,
[ominous music]
[alarm ringing]
Zoey, if you're gonna just walk in my room here,
could you at least knock first?
I figured I'd be the one to let you know breakfast is ready.
You know, I am the woman of the house now.
Things will change.
Pops, why did you put that annoying alarm in my room?
Actually, Scott, that was me.
I figured, since now we're a family,
we all get up as one
and we eat breakfast like a family.
Happy wife, happy life. Right, son?
Well, I can do without that alarm.
You can have it back.
[sighs] Scott, Zoey's really trying.
You promised me you would try to.
Pops, I feel you, but I'm a grown man.
I don't need to be waking up at no 7:00 a.m. for breakfast.
This ain't The Brady Brunch.
Look, Zoey and I both agree that in order to be a real family,
we've got to start doing things as a real family.
We already had a real family.
My mom wouldn't be on no power trip like this.
I'm sorry. I don't know what to do with him.
No, Eddie.
He's right.
I should have never put that alarm in his room
without asking him first.
He is a grown boy and...
I already promised to him that I would not come here
and-and-and change things around.
Oh, Eddie, I've never had a family of my own.
And I love you guys, both, so much.
I'll just do whatever it takes to fit in, you know.
Listen, Zoey, you're doing an amazing job.
I'm trying my best.
[sobbing] It's okay. It's okay.
-ZOEY: I'm sorry. -It's okay. It's okay.
[people laughing]
Okay. Left leg on red.
-Come on, Pops. -Oh, my God.
Let's go.
[all laughing]
Get off of me!
I do not want to play this anymore.
You wanna tell me what that was all about?
I'm sorry, Eddie.
-It's just... -Just what?
Baby, you can talk to me, okay?
-Just tell me. -[sobbing]
It's just my ex.
He was so abusive to me.
He would force me after he was abusive
and just, like, hold me down and-
It's okay. It's okay.
Look, I'm not your ex, okay?
I would never, ever hurt you.
There's just times where I just have these flashbacks,
and it just comes to me and it's just...
I'm sorry.
It's okay. You don't have to be sorry.
I just wish you would have told me.
It's just not something...
It's not something I want to talk about.
I'm embarrassed and...
But you can with me, I'm your husband, okay?
We can get through anything together, okay?
Come here.
[Zoey crying]
I love you.
I love you, too.
All right, baby.
You sure you're going to be able to handle Scott while I'm gone?
I'm only gone till Monday, it's just the weekend.
Baby, me and Scott are going to be good.
Go to your crypto conference, have fun being a nerd.
I have everything under control here.
-Trust me. -All right.
-It's only a few days. -Yes.
Okay. I love you.
-I love you, too. -All right.
Listen, make sure you call me as soon as you land,
so I know you got there safe.
Oh, babe, I forgot to tell you.
I gave your information to Vanessa
for the receptionist job.
I hope you don't mind.
Like, I was just trying to help you.
It's fine, babe.
It's just, you know I'm not into that desk thing.
I know, I know.
But I was just trying to help.
I saw how hard it was for you
looking for a job and everything,
so I was just trying to help.
It's there if you want it.
If not, nothing to worry about it.
Thank you, baby.
-I love you. -I love you, too.
-Be safe. -All right.
I'll see you when I get back, babe.
[grunts in anger]
I told you to stop busting in my spot
like that unannounced.
I knocked this time.
Well, I didn't hear you. Knock a little harder next time.
I'm sorry, son.
You mean Scott?
Yeah, Scott.
I'm not your son.
Listen, please sit down, Scott.
I'm really not trying to fight with you.
In fact, we've been getting along quite well lately,
and I'm really starting to look at you like my son.
I'll continue to call you Scott,
but at some point we do need to grow.
We are a family now, and eventually,
you're gonna have to start to figure things out.
A boy becomes a man and he's going to have
to leave the nest of his mother and his father.
I've already spoke to your father,
and I let him know you could stay here
for as long as you want, but eventually you're going
to have to set out into the world
and start your future.
That's a bit dramatic of a speech, don't you think?
Look, it's all good.
I wasn't trying to get you all worked up.
My bad if I offended you.
Boys will be boys, right?
Hey, I'm...
I'm a little busy right now getting ready.
Me and Jess got plans tonight.
And did you ask me and your father?
You're kidding, right?
No, I'm not, Jason!
Who's Jason?
My head is like in a million places at once.
I meant Scott.
But you just said Jason. Who is Jason?
Jason is this young man that I used to teach
over at the Y in San Francisco.
You remind me a lot of him.
Are you okay, Zoey?
Yeah. I'm-
I'm just feeling a little sick.
I promise from here on out we'll be good.
Scott, all I really want is for us
to be a family, a real family.
Me, you and your father.
I think it's about time you start calling me Mom now.
Zoey, we talked about this. I have a mother already.
No, you had, and she's gone.
I've been here for six months now.
Things are going to change
and you're going to have to get used to them.
I'll be in my room if you need me.
I love you, son.
[intense music]
SCOTT: First she called me son, and then she called me Jason.
But then she said that was someone that she used to tutor
that I reminded her of, and that that was a mistake.
But, Jess, you should have seen the way she said it,
it wasn't a mistake.
Okay. So she called you somebody else's name.
That happens all the time.
And you are her stepson.
So what's wrong with her calling you son?
Jess, you don't get it. She was different before.
Now she actin' all funny style.
So what are you gonna do?
I don't know.
I mean, I tried Googling her, but nothing popped up.
Okay, and if you Google me,
then nothing is going to pop up either.
You got to be famous in order to be Googled.
That's true.
I don't know. I just...
I just thought maybe Rudy could be
up to something, you know?
What? The psycho woman that's on the run?
What if it is her?
He said that she had blonde hair and green eyes.
There's no way.
But think about it.
Anyone can change their appearance,
especially on the run.
And suddenly, after Rudy mentioned something about it,
he just ends up dead?
Yeah, but that was a freak accident,
and we all know that.
And if she was some crazy psycho woman,
don't you think something else would have happened by now?
What are the odds of her ending up in this town,
marrying your dad?
Like, how crazy does that sound?
You're right.
I don't know, baby. What should I do?
What you should do is stop talking about your stepmother
and go get your girlfriend some soda, ause I'm thirsty.
ZOEY: I miss you, too.
I cannot wait to see you.
Okay. Perfect.
So tomorrow I'll be at your house at 8:00?
See you then.
[suspenseful music]
SCOTT: Me and Jessica got plans tonight.
All right, well, I'll catch you later.
[cell phone ringing]
Hey, Vanessa girl. How are you?
VANESSA: Hey, girl.
I'm sure you know that Eddie sent me
your information for the job, but for some reason,
every time I type in your info,
the information's coming up "Not valid."
Can you please send me over
either a copy of your license or your Social Security card?
Whatever is easiest for you.
I can't process your paperwork without it.
Girl, yeah, I'll get that over to you right away for sure.
Okay. And make sure you do it before 5:00
because I am leaving work early today
and I want to get you processed so you can start work on Monday.
Okay, yeah.
Um, I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
I'll be sure to get that over to you
today for sure, before 5:00.
So I'll talk to you later.
ZOEY: Bye, girl.
Who was that on the phone?
Vanessa, can you believe, as early as next week,
I will be working at the mortgage company?
How cool is that?
Yeah, that's dope.
Hey, what are you doing tonight?
Me and Jess got plans tonight,
so we're going to go catch a flick,
maybe you should come.
You know, holiday weekends.
They always have the best movies coming out.
Really? What time?
Like, around eight-ish.
Oh, gosh, I would have loved to go,
but I-I actually have some paperwork
that I-I got to get done today.
And I got to be honest, I really have to organize this place
before your dad gets back.
-Yeah. -But I would...
Can we do it another time?
I would love to hang out with you guys.
All right, cool.
-I'll catch you later. -Okay.
[ominous music]
[cell phone ringing]
Hey, Vanessa. How you doing?
Hey, Danny.
The information that Eddie gave me on Zoey
is coming up as a red flag in the system.
Could be a, you know, computer error,
but it also could be a fraud.
I don't know. I have some concerns.
Do you think you can do some research on this chick for me?
Yeah. Yeah. Um, let me see what can I dig up?
Um, what's her name again?
Zoey McLaren.
-DANNY: Do you got a picture? -Yeah, I do.
All right. I just sent it.
Got it.
Let me see what I can find and I'll call you back.
Keep me posted.
Take care. Bye.
Hey, Vanessa.
You look like you've seen a ghost.
Hey, Zoey.
I was just about to call you.
I decided to personally bring you my paperwork.
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
Oh, okay.
Oh, you didn't have to do that.
You know, you could have just emailed me.
I was already out doing grocery shopping
and I just figured it wasn't much of a hassle to swing on by.
Hopefully, everything works out.
It'd be great to really work with you.
Yeah. It would be fun.
So, you know, I'm just gonna log this into the system
and, and we're good to go.
I'll see you around?
-Sounds good. -Okay.
Talk to you later.
Oh, my God.
This girl is so crazy.
My God.
[phone ringing]
Hey, Danny, it's me. What you got for me?
Hey, are you sitting down?
Well, I am now. What is it?
DANNY: You're not gonna believe this.
So the woman you sent me, her name is Elizabeth Carter.
And she's wanted in three states for murder.
-What? - Yeah.
However, if you know this person,
I need you to stay away from her
and call the police immediately.
Call the police? I got to call Eddie.
I knew it.
I gotta call Eddie.
Pick up. Pick up, pick up.
Eddie, I got some information on Zoey.
[intense music]
[suspenseful music]
I knew it.
Yes, hello.
I was calling to get a refill on a prescription for sertraline.
Yeah, reference number 47622.
It's already been refilled?
She came in this morning to pick it up?
Did it happen to be Zoey McLaren who came to pick it up?
I'm her son and I just wanted to make sure she got them.
You can't give out that information?
All right. I see.
Thank you.
I found the medicine in her bag. It's sertraline.
They prescribe it to people with multiple personality disorders.
Yeah, but her name wasn't on the bottle.
We don't even know if those pills are hers.
They didn't tell you when you called.
You say she doesn't have a job yet she always has money,
so worst case scenario, your stepmom's a drug dealer.
So what?
I also heard her telling someone to meet her
at the Mandarin tonight at 8:00.
And then when I told her about the movies tonight,
she said she had plans.
I'm telling you, there's something up with this woman.
I gotta find out what it is.
What do you want to do?
We've got to follow her.
Are you crazy?
Baby, I got to know what the deal is with Zoey.
[Jessica sighs]
Me and my pops are in a crib every day with her.
What if you're wrong?
That's why I haven't called the cops yet.
ause if I'm wrong, my ass is gonna be in some big trouble.
What if I'm right?
Well, let's pray that you're wrong.
[suspenseful music]
Let's go.
-ZOEY: Hi, baby. -Hey, baby. What's up?
SCOTT: Who is that?
I don't know.
She's with another man.
I'm calling my dad right now and let him know what's up.
He could literally be anybody.
That could be the guy who's supplying her the pills.
Then why is she in disguise?
Because obviously, she doesn't want you or your dad to know.
So, of course she's pulling a disguise.
Dustin's going to be so excited to see you.
I didn't tell him you're coming tonight.
You love surprises, don't you, baby?
You know I do.
-Mm-hmm. -Come here.
-So excited. -Mm-hmm.
SCOTT: Let's go.
What do you mean?
-Let's go. -Are you sure?
Let's go. It's okay.
Come down. I have a surprise for you.
Hey, Diana. It's so good to see you.
ZOEY: Hi, Dustin. How are you?
Me and your father have something
we want to share with you.
What's up?
[man laughs]
Well, you might actually be right.
Nah, she out to be cheatin' on my pop-
No, no, no. Wait.
Go ahead, tell him.
We're going to get married.
This way we can be a family.
As long as I'm the best man at the wedding, I'm happy.
Dustin, you have no idea how much this means to me.
What are you gonna do, Scott?
You don't know this guy.
He could hurt you.
I just have a few loose ends that I have to tie up,
and then we can make it official.
That'll be just the three of us.
All right.
I got an idea.
I don't see any pictures of Zoey so far.
Maybe that's a good thing.
Who is this?
I don't know. Can we go?
I forgot my purse.
The tickets to the show are in my purse.
I'm so sorry.
We have to go back.
It's okay, babe.
[indistinct chatter on TV]
You think these are Zoey's clothes?
I don't know, but I think we need to go, man.
Just hold on. Hold on.
What are you looking for?
Anything with Zoey's name on it.
Zoey McLaren, bingo.
Do you hear that?
They're back.
[intense music]
ZOEY: Dustin, honey.
[indistinct chatter on TV]
Hi, baby.
Oh, hi, Mom. Did you forget something?
Yeah, actually I forgot my purse.
By any chance, did you move that table downstairs by the door?
I might have bumped it when I came upstairs.
Hey, don't stay up too late, all right?
Especially, not playing these video games.
See you later. Love you.
Love you, too.
Hi, baby. I just found my purse.
I'll be right down.
[Dustin talking indistinctly]
[intense music]
I keep dying.
We can never do anything like that again.
I can't believe she's cheatin' on my pops.
I mean, she has an entire separate family.
How can we not notice that?
Sometimes people are just good at hiding things.
But an entire family?
This makes you wonder what else she's hiding.
[cell phone chimes]
EDDIE: Hey, babe, it's me.
I actually got home a day early.
I was gonna surprise you,
but I just couldn't take the anticipation, so.
I will see you when I get home.
I miss you and I love you.
I'm really not feeling well.
Do you mind bringing me back?
Are you sure?
Are you okay?
Yeah, it's my stomach.
I think it's something we ate tonight.
Do you mind if I take a rain check?
Sure, babe.
Whatever you wanna do, I'm fine with it.
I'm so sorry, baby.
I'll make it up to you next week,
soon as I handle everything I have to handle, okay?
Oh, thank you.
No problem.
[cell phone ringing]
What up, Scotty boy?
The phone died.
The call dropped.
She must have cleared my search. She knew I was on to her.
You think she's the psycho woman?
But if her real name is Zoey, that's why nothing popped up
when I typed in Zoey McLaren.
Do a general search. Let me see.
Baby, we can spend all night going.
It's just not going to tell us anything.
Didn't Rudy say something about a photo.
This is gonna take a while.
You thirsty? I'm thirsty.
You want something to drink?
Yeah. Just give me anything.
[suspenseful music]
Baby, I think I got something! Hurry up!
Oh, my God. She's a killer.
[dramatic music]
Mama's here.
Liz, he didn't know any better.
But he kept digging and digging and digging.
[Scott grunting]
So, now I have to kill him.
Oh, no, no, no.
We never hurt the boy.
The boy always lives.
Baby, don't look. Please, baby.
I won't, I won't let them hurt you, baby.
My Jason, please.
Mommy's not going to let them hurt you, baby.
I'm so sorry.
[Scott grunting]
It's all your fault, Scott!
All I wanted was all a real family, Scott!
Unlike the other little boys,
you aren't so smart, Scott,
not like the others.
Now I have to kill your father and Jessica.
[muffled screaming]
Zo, I'm home.
-Hey. -Hi, baby.
How was your trip?
It was...
It would have been better if-if you were there.
Baby, you changed your hair, babe?
My hair?
It's longer.
It's a surprise, babe.
I love surprises, baby.
[muffled screaming]
I missed you.
I missed you, too.
I missed you, too, babe.
Baby, I...
Is everything okay, Zoey?
You're acting a little strange.
You okay, babe?
Everything okay?
Frank? Who's...
Who-who is-who is Frank?
Where-where is Scott?
Baby, I'm not Frank.
Now where's-where's Scott?
Why would you do what?
Zoey, do what?
Why would I do what, Zoey?
Zoey, who is Frank?
He was just a boy
and you're treated me like trash
in front of my boy, Frank.
Oh, Zoey, I-I don't know what...
Now, you must die.
EDDIE: Please talk to me, babe.
What's going on?
[intense music]
[both grunting]
[both grunting]
You just didn't wanna listen!
Now look what you made me do!
[Zoey groaning]
[Scott groaning]
[intense music]
It's all your fault, Frank.
It's all your fault.
My boy took his own life.
He was the only good thing I had.
That's why I always let the boys live.
All boys live...
so my Jason could live.
lives through all the boys.
I don't know what happened between you or your son,
but I'm not Frank.
I would never hurt you.
Stop, Frank.
You're a liar.
You'll never be able to get out of this, Frank?
[Frank grunting]
Oh, no, you won't.
You forced yourself inside of me, Frank,
in front of my son.
I found my baby hanging from the ceiling fan.
I couldn't save him.
I'm sorry.
Okay, Zoey? I'm sorry.
We can fix this, okay?
Me and you, we can fix this.
We can.
You know, fixing this
doesn't bring back my Jason, Frank.
I'm not Frank!
[evil laugh]
You cannot bring back my boy, Frank.
The damage is done.
You cannot fix this!
Mom, it's okay.
Who are you?
It's me, Jason.
I'm much better now, Mom.
Did they-did they...
Did he-did he hurt you?
No, ma. Frank can't hurt us anymore.
I took care of him.
I'm so sorry you had to see that, baby.
It's okay, Mom. It wasn't your fault.
But I'm sorry, because he was just so much stronger than me
and, but I tried to save you, baby, and I am so sorry.
And you did.
That's why I'm still alive, Mom.
Wait a minute.
You're not real.
You're not real.
I cut you from the ceiling fan.
I cut you from that ceiling fan myself!
You are not real, baby.
You're not real.
You're not my baby.
You're not real.
-Zoey, no, no! -No!
Leave my father alone.
[intense music]
Dad, are you all right?
We gotta hurry.
Watch, son... No!
[Scott groans]
[Zoey screams]
I'm so sorry, Scott.
But you did this.
Dad. Dad.
[birds chirping]
Oh, Scott, what is all this about?
I know Father's Day just passed, but...
Now, you know I don't do holidays, Scott.
I know, but after all that just happened,
felt like I should give you something special.
Well, thank you.
Let's see what you got here.
Oh... okay.
Two handsome young fellows I see.
Flip it over.
"You and me against the world.
Love, Scoot." Good one.
I love you, son.
I love you. I love you, Dad.
Don't forget about me.
Oh... Give me a hug.
Thank you.
So, what's this one?
Uh, I don't know.
Someone left it at the front doorstep.
ZOEY: To my Frank.
Until next time.
[Zoey laughs]
[suspenseful music]