You Can't Escape Me (2023) Movie Script

[tense music]
- How long you been doing it?
- Oh, high school.
- Wow.
- But if you count
painting food on the walls,
Then been a lot longer.

- Hmm.
- Those two are acrylic.
- Size?
- 20x24.
- You got talent. Ms. Carver.
- Oh, erin, please.
Wait, you think so?
I mean--
Thank you.
- You're very welcome.
You've got a great eye.
I'd like to see these two.
- Yes, absolutely.
I will bring them on in.
- We're having a show
of emerging local artists,
And I think they'd be perfect.
- Thank you, thank you.
Thank you so much.
- No, thank you.
- Thank you again.
- Take care.
- Again, you too, bye.

- Darling.
- They love my painting.
- Oh, wow, congratulations.
- The gallery owner says
I have talent.
- Well, she's got
a brilliant eye.
- And they said that they're
gonna put them in a show.
- A show.
- And if they excel,
then they're gonna display
Even more.
This can totally
change my life.
- Oh, well, you two look like
you're having a good day.
- Polly, I just found out
That a gallery wants
to display my painting.
- Oh, that's wonderful.
So cool.
Oh, you must be
very proud, jared.
- Beyond words, yes.
- Oh, well, I didn't mean
to interrupt your day.
I just wanted to come over
And see if erin wanted to stop
by for some tea sometime.
- Oh, yes, absolutely.
I would love that.
- Well, great, anytime.
Congratulations, erin.
- Thank you.
- Bye, polly.
- Bye.
- A show?
- Yes.
- Wow, in a gallery.
[soft piano music]

- So how many paintings
is he planning to put up?
- Two for now,
But he says if they sell,
he'll be asking for more.
- That's amazing.
And he has an eye for talent.
- It's just--
it feels so surreal.
I can't believe
it's actually happening.
- Well, you worked really hard,
and your parents
Would be really proud of you.
- I wish they could be here
to see the show.
- They'll still be
with you, erin.

So what does jared think
about all this?
- Oh, he was shocked, yeah.
Kept asking me how many people
would actually be at the show.
I don't think he really
believed me at first.
- Why wouldn't he believe you?
- Well, he just sees
my paintings
Kind of more as a hobby
than an actual serious job.
I don't think he was expecting
something like this.
- Huh.
- What?
- Nothing.
- Okay, just say it, suzanne.
- Nothing about your painting
seems like a hobby.
He should see
how hard you work.
- He does, but he's a lawyer.
Art just doesn't really seem
like a serious career path.
- Erin, I'm a lawyer,
And I don't see
your art as a hobby.
- Okay, but his parents
are just super old-fashioned.
That's all.
He wasn't raised
the same way that we were.
- Okay.
You don't have to like him.
- I don't not like him.
I just want him
to be supportive of you.
- He is.
He's super encouraging.
- Good, because he is married
to the best painter
In the whole world,
And he needs to get used
to people gushing all over you.
- Uh-huh.
- I'm serious.
- Okay, whatever you say.
[cell phone chimes]
Aww, katie's texting me.
- Tell her to get
her butt back here.
I mean, we agreed
to her moving away,
But under the conditions
that she'd visit more often.
And she's not upholding
her end of the bargain.
- Okay, well, she's busy.
She was just here
two months ago.
- Okay, well, tell her
I wanna see her more often.
I mean, we have
visitation rights, you know?
- Visitation?
You text her that.
- Okay, I will.
- No, on your own phone.
She's gonna think it's me.
- Psh.
- So how was your day
with suzanne?
- Oh, it was great.
Yeah, we went to the park.
We went to a boutique.
I got a new dress
for your firm's party.
- I didn't know you were
still coming to that.
- Of course I am.
- I just wasn't sure
if you'd have time now
With this big art gallery show.
- I have plenty of time.
- Hey, how about I get that?
- You don't have to do that.
- Oh, I don't know.
I mean,
I think you had a long day.
You're a business woman now.
- Oh, I am.
- You deserve to go and relax.
- Okay.
I'm gonna take a shower.
- All right.
I'll be up in a minute.

[cell phone chimes]

- Oh, thanks.
I didn't realize
I left it downstairs.
- Yeah, just had
a talk with angel.
- Oh, what's wrong?
Did he cancel the show?
- No, no, he's fine.
He just wanted
to check positioning.
He wants you to call him back.
- Oh, thank god.
You answered my phone?
- So this is what you've been
hiding from me, huh?
- I wasn't hiding
anything from you.
- You've been calling him
the gallery owner,
Being careful
not to use pronouns.
- What are you talking about?
- Erin, you made me think
angel was a woman.
- No, I didn't.
- You didn't correct me.
I've been sitting here thinking
all these private meetings
That you had with
the gallery owner was a woman.
- Business meetings
at the gallery.
Why does it matter
if it's a man or a woman?
- Because it does, erin.
Is this how you got
into the gallery,
By just flirting?
- I get in because
they liked my paintings.
I can't believe that you
Would accuse me
of something like this.
- Okay, I'm sorry.
I'm sure
it was all professional.
I just--look, next time,
Why don't you just be
up front about it?
And I'll go
down there with you.
- But--
- You never know
who anybody's gonna be.
He might seem like a nice guy,
But you don't know
what his intentions are.
- You work with women.
Do you need me to go down
And make sure
that everything's okay?
- Okay, we both know
that's not the same thing.
Come here.
[soft music]
The call's forgiven, all right?

I love you.
- I love you too.

- Yeah?
- Have you seen my phone?
- Check the side table.

- Oh, my god.
- What are you wearing?
- Oh, this is
the dress I bought.
Do you like it?
- Sweetheart,
you can't wear that.
- What do you mean?
- That's way too low-cut.
- Oh, oh.
You could wear that
on a date with me, erin,
But in a room full
of my coworkers,
That's not gonna fly.
- I'm sorry.
I didn't realize.
I'll go change.
- Yeah, okay.
Hurry up.
We're gonna be late.

- Don't worry, you look great.
- Great.

- And I wouldn't care at all.
And nowadays,
this kid walks into my office,
So I said,
"son, to need an estate lawyer,
First you need
to have an estate."
And he walked
right outta my office.
- Oh, dale, you always know
how to put 'em in their place.
- It's one of my many,
many talents.
Isn't that right, honey?
- Yes, dear.
[both chuckle]
- Oh, should we welcome
the assemblymen?
- Yes, I think we should.
Will you watch my wife
for just a sec?
- My pleasure.
- Be right back, sweetie.
- Sure.

- You don't have to pretend
to be interested, darling.
The boys are just boring us
with their shop talk.
- Oh, no, it's okay.
- No.
One more minute of lawyer talk,
And I definitely
would've needed another drink.
- Are they always like this?
- The parties?
Sadly, yes.
It's just an excuse for them
To show off their wives
and girlfriends.
The boys are like peacocks
with cell phones.
- Well, I guess
That's something
for me to look forward to.
- Well, actually,
I'd say it is.
I mean, for someone like jared,
you really hit the jackpot.
- He's pretty amazing.
- Mm.
- Well,
dale and I were thrilled
When he told us
he had found you.
I mean, we've seen
how quickly he gets bored
With women he dates.
But with you,
he was telling us one day
About this beautiful woman
he met,
And then the next day,
we get to save the date.
- Yeah, I guess
we're head over heels.
- Yeah, I bet you were.
What was it, six months after
you met, there was a wedding?
- Something like that.
- Yeah, I think it's wonderful.
A little impulsivity
never hurt anyone.
Right, I mean,
I think young people today,
They're just too worried
About planning everything,
don't you think?
- I guess so.
- Besides,
you'll get to know each other,
And I'm sure you're learning
more about him every day.
- I am.
- That's wonderful.
I think
the first year of marriage
Should be all about surprises,
don't you?
- Mm.
- Hey great party, cynthia.
- Oh, thank you.
I'd say it turned out
all right.
Have you met jared's wife?
- I don't think so.
- This is erin.
Erin, this is carter.
- Hi, it's nice to meet you.
- Carter is the newest member
of the firm.
If you'll excuse me, I'm gonna
go over here for a second.
- Sure.
- Well, jared's a lucky man.
- Oh, thank you.
- So what do you do?
- I am actually a painter.
- What?
- Mm-hmm. .
- That's amazing.
You do it professionally?
- That's the goal.
I actually have
a gallery show coming up.
- Yeah, just stop.
- I'm sorry, where?
- Oh, downtown.
- Downtown.
- Yes.
- Okay.
- Yes.
- Will you excuse me
for just a sec?
Excuse me, guys.
- Darling,
you got away from me.
- Hi.
- Hey, carter.
It's so great to see you
outside of the cubicle.
What are you two talking about?
- Oh, we were just
getting acquainted.
- Erin was just telling us
about the art show.
You never mentioned
what a talented wife you have.
- Yeah, isn't she?
Sweetie, will you come
with me for just a sec?
- Oh, yeah, sure.
- Yeah, come on.
Great seeing you both, guys.

What were you doing in there?
- What do you mean?
I was just chatting
with people.
- You embarrassed me, erin.
- How did I embarrass you?
- Come on.
You were practically
throwing yourself at him.
- No, I wasn't.
- Honey, he just joined in
our conversation.
- Look, I know what I saw.
All right, you were standing
like this close to him.
- It's loud in there.
He probably was just having
a hard time hearing.
- Sure, sure.
What's your angle
telling everybody
About this art show anyway?
You know
that they're gonna think
That I can't provide
for you, right?
- I'm trying
to make a good impression.
Do you think I want
To be schmoozing
these stuck-up lawyers?
- All right, fair enough.
Yeah, you got that right.
- I'm sorry, okay?
- No, no.
- Let's just go back in, okay?
- No, I'm sorry.
- I will stay by you
the whole time.
- Right.
- It's just not
what I'm used to.
I don't really know how to act.
I feel like
everyone's just staring at me.
- They're not, and I should
have taken that into account.
- Come on, let's go in.
You've got a councilman to woo.
- Right.
[car beeps]
Ah, well, I think that went
pretty well overall, don't you?
- Yeah, once--you know,
once you calmed down.
- Once I calmed down?
- Look, I can't deal
with you getting jealous
Every time you see me
interacting with another guy.
- Oh, so you think I'm jealous?
- Yes.
Like with that carter guy
and with angel before.
It's like, half
of this population is male.
I can't guarantee I'm never
gonna speak to another--
- Damn it, erin, you know what?
That's not what was going on,
- Whoa, whoa.
I am just trying to have
an adult conversation with you,
And you are
already getting worked up.
- Okay, how about this?
How about you get
To throw yourself
at any guy you want,
And I just won't
get upset about it.
Does that sound fair to you?
- Okay, but I'm not
throwing myself at these guys.
- Erin, yes you are.
I know what I saw.
- You're seeing wrong.
- Okay, you know what?
This was supposed
to be about me.
Not you, me.
God, you can't stand
for one thing...
[horn honks]
- that's not about you.
[tense music]
Great, now everybody
knows we're fighting.
Is this what you wanted, huh?
Does this this make you happy?
- No.
- Huh, is this what you want?
- No.
- No?
You know, you're so desperate
for attention
That you don't even care
how you get it.
You're never gonna embarrass me
like that again.
You understand?
- Okay, yes.

- Let's go home, darling.

- That sounds miserable.
I'm so sorry
he acted like that.
- I don't get it.
It's just not him.
- I mean, isn't it?
Ever since you met,
It's always been about him
having things his way,
Keeping you where he wants you.
- A little bit,
But he's never done it
in a mean way before.
- That's because you never
stood up to him.
I'm sorry, but it's true.
Now you're getting
all this attention
And this recognition,
and he can't stand it.
- I don't know.
Isn't it
first year adjustments?
- Erin, he was screaming
at you in your car
And hitting the steering wheel.
Is that what you want
in your marriage?
- I shouldn't
have said anything.
- How long are you gonna
let it go then?
Until he puts a hole
in the wall,
Until he hits you?
- He's not gonna hit me.
- You don't know that.
You talk about
what kind of person he is
And what he's capable of.
You can't know those things.
You've only been married
six months.
- I still feel like we know
each other well enough.
Look, I know that
we didn't date very long,
But I feel like I still know
what kind of person he is.
- I know you do.
But if he's showing you
his true colors now,
Then you have to come
to terms with that.
I mean, all this stuff,
this yelling, the jealousy,
These things don't get better.
They get worse.
- I know.
I just don't
wanna assume anything.
- Okay, you know I'll always
be here for you, right?
- I know.
[upbeat jazz music]

- This is quite the event.
- I'm nervous.
- Nervous?
There's nothing
to be nervous about here.
Just stick by me.
I'll look out for you.

They look really nice.
- Really?
- Yeah.
Not as nice as you though.
- Aww.

- This is it.
It's finally happening.
- Oh, my gosh, I know.
I can't believe it.
- I did a sweep of this place,
And your paintings
were the best ones hands down.
- Do you seriously think so?
- Oh, absolutely.
- Suzanne, it's so great of you
to come to the show tonight.
- Well, you'd know
I'd do anything for erin.
- Yeah, I guess
we have that in common.
- I bet you anything someone's
gonna snatch these up.
- I'm gonna get us some drinks.
- Okay.
Do you really think
somebody's gonna buy these?
- Without a doubt.
Can you imagine?

- Here's the woman of the hour.
- Hi.
- Hi.
Hey, how are you?
- This is suzanne.
- Angel, nice to meet you.
So what do you think?
- It's perfect.
I mean, everything about it.
- Just between you and me,
I think we might have a buyer
or two interested.
- Shut up.
- I swear,
but it's not a done deal.

- That's amazing.
- Hi, I'm gonna borrow my wife.
Don't mind, do you?
- Of course.
- Come on, sweetie.
Lemme talk to you.
- I'll be back.

- Stop it.
What are you doing?
- What am I doing?
What are you doing, erin?
- I'm trying to enjoy
my gallery opening.
- Looked to me
like you were enjoying
A little bit more than that.
- I'm just talking to people.
- Just talking to people.
That's all you're ever doing.
I turn my back for two minutes,
and you're with him.
- Him.
You mean angel?
- Yeah, I mean angel.
- You know what, jared,
you're being paranoid.
Nothing was happening,
so I'm going back inside, okay?
- No, we're going home.
- Let me go.
I can't go home.
This is my gallery opening.
- So this is what you want,
A bunch of people
fawning over you?
Am I not enough for you, erin?
- Jared, you are
acting crazy, okay?
- Crazy.
You wanna see crazy?
Now listen to me.
I'm your husband,
and I am telling you right now
That we are getting
in that car,
And we're going home.
You understand?

Come on, sweetie.

[tense music]
- People are gonna wonder
where I went.
- Good, let 'em.
- I didn't do anything wrong.
- Really?
- Angel was just
congratulating me.
- Yeah, by kissing you.
- It was not a kiss.

This was my really big night.
People were just excited.
- So that's it, huh?
You just get to go be
this brilliant artist,
And I can just stand
next to you
And be your
little husband, huh?
- You knew I was a painter
when you married me.
This was always the plan.
- This was not my plan.
All right, you agreed
to love and support me.
I'm your husband, not angel.
- Okay, you know what?
You are just so jealous,
you can't even see straight.
- Oh, so this is my fault, huh?
I forced him to come kiss you
right in front of everybody?
- Okay, jared,
just please calm down.
- No, no, no.
Answer my question.
I mean, I put a gun
to your head, right?
And I forced you to kiss him
in front of everybody.
Right, erin?
- Jared, jared!
Okay, okay, I'm sorry.
You're right, okay?
Okay, I will never, ever speak
to angel ever again, okay?
- You better not.
Now, if I ever see you
with that guy again,
I don't know what I'll do.

- Never again, I promise.
- Good.
You're done painting too.

You coming?
I'm gonna go take a shower.
Wash the day off me.
Keys, keys, keys, keys, keys,
keys, keys, keys, keys, keys.

Come on, where are you?
- Looking for these?
- Oh, you have them.
- Going somewhere, erin?
- No, I thought that I left
the keys downstairs and--
- Didn't we already
have a conversation
About you lying to me?
- I'm not lying.
- You're not lying.
You must think I'm stupid.
Jared, I don't think
that you're stupid.
I just think...

- I told you what lying
does to me, erin!
- Jared, please calm down.
- You're trying to leave me
for angel, aren't you?
- No, I would never
do that to you!
- You told me you loved me.
I'm not gonna let you
do this to me.
- Ah!
- No!
Oh, you made me do that.
You made me do that, erin.
You made me do that.
- [whimpering]

- Are you home?
It's me, erin!
Polly, please.
Can I come in?
- Erin?
- Hi, can I come in?
- Of course, of course.
What happened to you?
Do I need to call the police?
- No, no.
Can I just stay
while I make a phone call?
- Yeah, you need to call jared?
- No, no.
I don't need to call jared.
That is the last thing
I need to do.
- Sweetheart, I'm so sorry.
- It's fine.
Actually, no, no, it is not.
It is not fine.
- It's not.
Come here.
Here, come with me.
Is this the first time
something like this
Has happened?
- I never thought
that it would get this far.
- It's upsetting, isn't it?
You wonder what you did wrong
And how you can be
better next time.
- Well, yeah, I guess
I've thought that, but--
- Honey,
I've been through it all.
- I'm sorry.
- Yeah, we were
just like you two.
But the most important thing
to remember
Is that he wouldn't
get this angry
If he didn't really love you.
You know?
What was it?
- What was what?
- What'd you do
to get him so angry?

- I talked to somebody,
and he got jealous.
- Yeah.
Well, that'll do it, right?
My husband, arthur,
he had a temper.
If I so much as looked
at another man,
He'd just go off.
They are
emotional creatures, men.
They try to pretend
they aren't,
But something makes 'em angry,
and they just can't help it.
We're the tough ones, right?
- Right.
Could I use your restroom?
- Yeah, sure.
It's down the hall.
- Thank you.

[phone line trilling]
- Erin.
- Suzanne, I need help.

- Are you sure there isn't
anything else I can offer you?
- No, my friend
will be here soon.
- Well, I'm glad to know that
you knew you could come here.
I am always happy to give you
all the advice I can.
You know, I would be so upset
When arthur and I would get
in one of our arguments.
But the best thing to do
is just forgive and forget.
- Yeah, I will.
Thank you.
- Oh, I know, right?
Right now, it feels like you're
just never gonna get over it.
But hey,
Tomorrow is a new day.
[doorbell rings]
- Thank you again.
- Okay, now, don't get angry.
- What?
- This is for your own good.
- What did you do?
- I know you're upset,
But you're never gonna
solve anything
By running away
from your problems, okay?
- Is that jared?
Did you call jared?
- He was just as upset
as you were,
And he feels horrible
for what he did, okay?
I promise you,
they really don't mean it.
- No, polly, polly, no.
- Sweetheart.
Oh, I was worried.
- I don't wanna talk
to you right now.
- I was so scared
that something happened to you.
- Something did happen to me.
- I know, and I'm sorry.
I swear I will never
hurt you again.
- See, honey, he knows
what he did was wrong.
- I do, I do.
Please just come home.
Just give me another chance,
And I swear
I will make this up to you.
I can be a better man, please.
- Come on, sweetheart.
It'll be okay.

- Let's go home.
Thank you.
- Mm-hmm.

- Thought you could run
from me, huh?
- Jared.
- Tell the neighborhood
all our secrets.
- Oh, oh, jared, jared.
Please, I'm sorry.
- Yeah, you're gonna be sorry.
- Oh, jared, just let me go.
- You're not going anywhere,
all right?
- Let her go.
- This is a family matter.
- Let her go,
Unless you want the cops
to get a nice little video
Of you holding her
against her will.
- You don't want to do that.
- That is where
you are so wrong.
Get in the car.

[soft music]

So you'll take the bed,
and I'll take the couch.
- Oh, no, I'm not gonna
do that, gee, suzanne.
- It's no problem.
I love sleeping on the couch.
- You always stunk at lying.
- I guess that's a good thing.
- You know,
I really wish you'd let me
Take you to the hospital.
- No, no, really, it's fine.
It's just sore.
- Or at least to the police,
file a report.
- Jared's a lawyer.
He knows all the cops.
- He's an estate lawyer.
He can't know that many cops.
- His dad's a prosecutor.
His uncle's a judge.
Nobody's gonna listen
to me the second I say
I wanna file a complaint
against a carver.
- What about getting
your stuff back?
- I don't know, suzanne.
I'm just really tired.
- Sorry, I just--
I really want him to pay
For what he did to you.
- You're a good friend.
- Come on, got some stuff
for us to do tonight.
[tense music]
Just a couple more pictures.
We need these.

- Hello,
my name is erin carver.
I'm looking
to freeze my credit.
Can you help me with that?
- Do you have any bank accounts
that aren't under his name?
- No, he said
I wouldn't need one.
- That's okay.
I'll lend you some money until
you get back on your feet.
- No.
Oh, you don't have to do that.
- Yes, I do.
- No, seriously, suzanne,
I can't accept that from you.
- It's what families do,
and I'm your family.
We're gonna get
through this, okay?
Just gotta take one step
at a time.
[tense music]

[car beeps]
- [gasps]

[metal clatters]

- Suzanne, is that you?
- Hello, darling.
- How'd you get in here?
- Hey, what happened?
- I thought he was here.
- It's okay.
It was just a dream.
when we were roommates,
You, me, katie,
Whenever we couldn't sleep?
- Cookies.
- Midnight cookies.
Nothing bad could happen to us
if we had our cookies.
- I miss those days.
- I miss those cookies.
- What did I do to get here?
- It is not your fault.
- No, I rushed into it.
I married him.
I think I just really wanted
to have a family again.
- It's still not your fault.
No one can blame you
for wanting a family.
- What am I gonna do?
- We're gonna figure
something out.

Now I'm gonna go
make some cookies.
- [chuckles]

- Suzanne.
Suzanne, he's here.
He's actually here.
- What?
- He's outside in his car.
I just saw him.
I can't stay here.
- Now we just need
to figure out
How to get you out of here
without him following you.

- There you are.

- Sorry, I would invite you in,
but I have this strict policy
Against scumbags
on my property.
And before you get
any bright ideas,
I've got
this nifty security camera
And some nosy neighbors
who also hate scumbags.
It takes a village, jared.

- I made it.
- How long until you leave?
- A few hours.
It's three different buses,
But I'll be harder
to track this way.
Katie knows where to meet me.
- Be careful.
Get a pay-as-you-go phone
and turn this one off.
And I think you should go
By a different name
while you're out there.
- I will.
I'm gonna miss you.
- Not as much as I'll miss you.
And be safe, erin.
- Hey, suzanne?
Thank you so much
for everything.

[phone chimes]
[computer beeping]
- Erin.
Was your trip okay?
- Yeah, yeah, it was fine.
- Where's your bag?
- This is all I have.
- Erin, I'm so sorry.
- Thank you so much
for getting me.
I know--
- Of course, always.
You know that.
Come on.
Let's get you back to my place.
I've got plenty of space,
so stay as long as you need.
You can stay in my room.
I can sleep in my office.
- Katie, I'm not gonna
sleep in your room.
- Suzanne let you sleep
in hers.
I'm gonna let you
sleep in mine.
That's what best friends do.
- Thank you.
- You're welcome.
You hungry?
- I'm fine.
I'm just really exhausted.
- You wanna talk about it?
It sounds like a lot
of drama went down.
- Maybe later.
I kind of just want to relax.
- I'm sorry.
Breakups are the worst.
- You have no idea.
- But hey, at least we get
to spend more time together.
And you'll love portland.
- Yeah, yeah, I'm sure I will.
- It's gonna be okay, erin.
All right?

- There he is.
- Hi, mom.
- Jared.
- Happy birthday, dad.
- Oh, thank you.
- Where's erin?
- Ah, she wasn't feeling well,
so she decided to stay home,
But she sends her best.
- I'm sorry to hear that.
I hope everything's all right.
- Yeah, just a cold.
- Well, it's none
of our business of course,
But we heard you two
were having problems.
- Where'd you hear that?
- Well, anthony lister said
He saw you two arguing
outside the office party.
- I should have known.
Nobody can keep their mouth
shut at that office.
- The first year of marriage
can be difficult.
Has she been unhappy?
- It was an argument.
We're fine.
- Well, I'm happy
to talk to her for you.
Her mother passed on.
She needs someone to guide her
To help her understand
what marriage really means.
- I'll keep that in mind, mom.
- Good.
I'm happy to help
any way I can.
Now, if you just excuse me
for a moment.
- You know, the carver family
has a reputation in this town.
- Yeah.
- And you're responsible
for holding up that reputation.
- I know.
- So do you mind
telling me why a buddy of mine
On the police force called
and said that your wife
Is trying to file a restraining
order against you?
- Look, dad--
- You are her husband,
are you not?
- Yeah.
- And you're gonna let her
behave like that?

- No.

- What about this?
- That's cute.
- See?
Brand-new wardrobe,
fresh new start.
- You need to get
control of her.
- I will.
- See your mom and I?
See how happy we are?
Now, we wouldn't have that
Unless we knew
who was in charge.
So who's gonna be
in charge, jared?
- I am.
I'm in charge, dad.

[soft piano music]

- Great perspective, lindsay.
Uh-huh, yeah.
See the shading
right over here?
If you bring it out even more,
it's really gonna pop.
- Thanks.
- Well that's an interesting
take on a still life.
- Yeah, I'm not
much of an artist.
- Hey, at least you're trying.
It is very original.
- Yeah, that's what
I was going for, original.
- Yeah, it's great.
Keep up the good work then.
- Oh, wow.
Have a good one.
See you next week.
Have a good weekend, miles.
- Thanks, lauren.
- It's really coming together
by the end.
- I appreciate that.
You know,
art isn't really my thing,
But my buddy bought this class
To take with his girlfriend,
and they broke up.
Yeah, I didn't
want him coming alone.
- Oh, well that's really sweet.
- Anyway, I'm having fun.
It's a nice break from work.
- What do you do?
- I'm a lawyer.
- I need to finish packing up.
- Sorry.
I'll let you go.

- [sighs]
- Lauren.
- [gasps]
- Oh.
- Sorry.
I didn't mean to scare you.
- No, it's okay.
I'm just easily startled.
- I know.
I've watched you in class.
I know what it's like,
Always on high alert,
never able to really relax.
- Okay.
- It doesn't have
to be that way.
- What do you mean?
- Look, I don't mean to impose,
but I own a gym in town.
We specialize in teaching
self-defense classes to women.
- Oh, self-defense.
- I have one class
in particular
That's for victims
of domestic abuse.
I thought
I would invite you to come
If that's something
you might be interested in.
- How did you know?
- I just know.
I've worked with a lot
of women over the years.
I kind of have a sense
for these things.
- I'm not sure if--
- You don't have
to decide right now.
You're always welcome,
Even if you wanna just come
and watch and scope it out.
- Yeah, I'll think about it.
- Please do.

- Jared, I told you
she's not here.
I don't know where she is.
Okay, have you checked in
with suzanne?
Yeah, I'll call
everyone I know.
Just let me know
if you hear anything.
- Jared called you?
- Again.
- Again?
- I'm sorry.
I didn't want you to freak out.
- Okay, well, I mean,
if he's calling you,
He probably doesn't think
I'm here, right?
He would've just showed up.
- Yeah, yeah, I think so.
- Do you think he believed you?
- I don't know.
- Okay.
- Erin, erin--

- That's great, emma.
Love that follow through.
Try a cross at the end.
- Hi.
- Hi.
- I thought
about what you said.
I think I'd feel better
if I could defend myself.
- I'm glad you came.
Come on in.
- Would that actually work?
Practicing punches like
if you are actually attacked?
- It can.
The element of surprise,
Doing lasting damage,
so your attacker
Won't be able to come after you
once you do get away.
- Yeah, I wanna learn that.
- In a life-or-death situation,
You don't have time to think,
just to act.
You have to practice
into that muscle memory.
- I don't actually think that
it'll be like life or death.
- Well, no one ever thinks
It'll be life or death
until it happens.
- Right.
I never thought I'd get here.
My husband, I think
he might know where I am.
- How do you know that?
- Because he reached out
to my friend
That I'm staying with,
looking for me.
- Okay.
- She said
that she hadn't seen me,
But I don't know
if he believed her.
- That must be really scary.
- So that is why I am here.
- Well, we can help you get
some of that power back.
That's why we exist.
- I can't believe
I let this happen.
- Hey, listen.
You didn't let anything happen.
Intimate partner violence
is way more common
Than anyone wants to admit,
And we don't do enough
to combat it.
Women and men suffer every day
all over the world.
Now, we focus on women
because they're more likely
To end up dead
at the hands of a partner.
- Thank you for helping me.
- That's what we do.
So you ready to get started?
- I guess.
- Then let's do it.
- All right, here we go.
All right.
Now, the first thing you need
to learn is your stance, yeah?
All right.
So you want your legs wide.
Think like you're
on a railroad track, yeah?
You want your knees to be bent,
Up on the balls of your feet,
so you can move.
Your hands are up
to protect your face.
Now, this looks nonthreatening,
But it really readies you to
strike when you need to, okay?
So I want you to give me a jab
with your left hand
And across your body
with your right.
Jab with your left hand
And across your body
with your right.
Now this is how you
protect yourself, okay?
This is how you
stay ready, okay?
Let's go to the mitts.
And across your body
with your right hand.
There you go.
Jab with your left hand here.
Cross with your right.
One more.
Jab with your left hand.
Cross with your right.
All right, now let's move.
Jab, cross, come on.
Jab, cross, one more.
Jab, cross, keep going.
You're not gonna make
this easy on him, okay?
He's not getting away
with anything
Without a fight, all right?
Jab, cross.
All right, move with me.
Jab, cross.
Take your hips with me.
There you go.
Take your hips with you.
One more.
Jab, cross, give me some power.
Jab, cross.
You're strong, jab.
Yes, I feel it, one more.
[soft music]

Okay, one, two.
One, two.
One, two, one, two.
One, two, one two.
[door clicks]
- Hey, girl.
- Hi.
- How was your day?
- It was pretty good.
I tried out that gym.
- Oh, yeah?
Did you like it?
- Yeah.
- Good.
- You seem chipper.
- Oh, it's nothing.
- And what is nothing's name?
- Harvey.
It's really,
seriously not a big deal.
I met him at lunch.
He got my turkey and brie.
I bought his pastrami and rye.
[both laugh]
- Oh, sounds like
a rom-com worthy setup.
- Yeah, we'll see.
Anyway, I'm glad you had
a good time at the gym.
I'll be in the kitchen
if you need me.

[car beeps]
[dramatic music]

- Lauren, may I?
- Sure.
- Listen, I wanted to apologize
for the other day.
- What for?
- I don't know exactly.
But it kind of seemed
like I freaked you out.
- Oh, no, it's just...
You said you were a lawyer.
- Oh, I see.
- So maybe
shakespeare was right
When he said, kill all lawyers.
- No, no, no,
it's just, my ex--
My hopefully
soon-to-be ex-husband,
He's a lawyer.
And I'm going through stuff
with him right now, so...
- Stuff?
Sorry, that's way too personal.
- No, it's okay.
- So what kind
of lawyer is he?
- An estate lawyer.
- Oh, I would've broken up
with him too.
- [laughs]
What kind of lawyer are you?
- Environmental.
- Oh, so you got a law degree
to protect the earth.
- That's right.
- That's pretty cool.
- Yeah, they're making
a superhero movie about me.
Pretty cool.
- Oh, are they?
- Mm-hmm.
But like super low budget
'cause environmental lawyers
make no money.
- Oh, so you're officially
nothing like my ex.
- Hypothetically, if I came
here for a cup of coffee
Before class next week,
Is there any chance
I'd see you again?
- I would say that the odds are
pretty good, hypothetically.
- Okay.
[exciting music]

- Yes, that's good.
All right, I wanna see
your escape technique.
Let's go.

- Okay, yep.
- Come on.
[tense music]

- [gasping]

- Yes, good.
All right, that was a hard one.
- Yeah, let's go again.
- It's okay to take a break.
- I don't need a break.
- Hold on.
We should chat for a minute.
It's been a while
since we checked in.
Have you heard from jared?
- Actually, no.
Not since he called katie.
I think he's staying
away for now.
- Good, have you looked into
getting a restraining order?
- I have.
I was trying with a friend,
But my ex has
so many connections back home,
And I'm scared if I try again
that he'll find me so.
- Maybe.
But you can't hide forever.
It might be worth it
to talk to a lawyer around here
To at least figure out
what your options are.
- Yeah, I'll think about that.
- All right.
Let's get back to work.
- I got it this time.
[tense music]
[car beeps]

- Hey!
Right here.
Let's go.

- Fancy meeting you here.
- Miles.
- Double-tall latte.
- It's a really good guess.
- My superpower's perception.
- You didn't have to do this.
- It's my pleasure.
So how was your week?
- I need a lawyer.
I'm sorry.
I didn't mean for it
to come out like that.
- Are you in trouble?
- Oh, no, not legal trouble.
It's the situation
with my husband.
And I know that you're
an environmental lawyer,
So you probably can't help,
but I was hoping
Maybe you know
somebody that you trust.
- Of course.
- Really?
- Yeah, I know
all kinds of lawyers.
- I just--
I don't have a lot of money.
- I have a buddy from college
who does divorce cases.
He's a really good guy,
And he'd be happy
to talk to you
And do it as a favor.
- [sighs]
- Thank you.
- Happy to help.
[soft music]
- All right, everybody.
That is time for today,
but great job as always.
And I'll see you all again
next week.
Oh, and feel free to work
on that shading technique
Over the weekend too.

Hi, can I help you?
- Sorry to bother you.
Do you have any spare
drop cloths here?
- Do you work
at the community center?
- Oh, I'm so sorry.
I'm diane miller.
My husband is leo,
who runs the place.
- Oh, yes, yes.
Leo's wife, of course.
- Yes, yes.
- Yeah, we have
some drop cloths
On that back table over there.
- Thanks, and you?
- Oh, lauren,
I teach painting.
- Lauren, is this one of yours?
- Oh, yeah,
this is nothing though.
It's just a demonstration
for the students.
- Oh, wow, well, you have
an excellent sense of texture.
I'd love to see
What you're doing
when you're really trying.
- Oh, thank you.
- Listen, I have a small
gallery in the arts district.
If you would like,
come by and show me your work.
- Really?
- No promises, but we love
showcasing local talent.
- Okay, I will, yes.
- Okay, stop by anytime.
- Okay.
It was nice to meet you.
- You too.
- Katie.
- Are we still on
for lunch tomorrow?
Yeah, I'll see you then, bye.
- Was that
the mysterious harvey?
- Yes.
I think he really likes me.
- Yeah, I'm sure he does,
but don't worry.
I won't tell him
anything about you.
- Thank you.
- Are we repainting?
- Oh, I got an offer
to show some of my stuff
To a gallery owner out here.
- Erin, that's amazing.
- Thank you.
- Yeah, except for all
of my work is back in la,
So I need
to create some new stuff,
And I am now just realizing
That asking you
to let me paint here
While you're already
letting me live here
Is probably asking
you too much.
I'm sorry.
- No, no, no, no, no.
Are you kidding?
I think it's a great idea.
But you're so busy.
How are you gonna
make that work?
- Oh, I'll find some time.
I just--I finally feel like
I'm starting to get my life
Started back up again,
you know?
- I'm really happy for you.
- Lauren, this is al.
- Thank you so much
for meeting with me.
- My pleasure.
What can I do for you, lauren?
- Actually,
my name isn't lauren.
It's erin, erin carver.
I changed my name so that
my husband wouldn't find me.
- That's understandable.
Why don't you start
from the beginning?
[tense music]
- I'm really sorry
about what happened to you.
- Thank you.
I feel a lot better
with al helping me,
So thank you again
for setting that up.
- Yeah.
- And sorry for fibbing
about my name.
- [chuckles]
no, no worries.
Whatever I can do to help you,
I will do it.
- I appreciate that.
- Do you wanna grab some lunch?
- I have somewhere
that I have to be,
But I'll see you in class.
- Yeah, yeah.
- Okay.
- Okay.
- Okay, see you soon.
- Bye.
- Come on, yes.
Gimme that power, yes.
Five, four, three, two, one.
Focus, focus.
Come on, give me some power.
Come on, come on,
come on, come on.
All right, all right, listen.
Your technique is good.
I need to feel your fire, okay?
Let's go.
Come on, come on.
What are you gonna do?
Come on, come on.
He's coming after you.
What are you gonna do?
What are you gonna do?
Come on.
[tense music]
That's what I'm talking about.
Let's go again.
[crickets chirping]
[soft music]

[dramatic music]
- You looking for these?
You wanna see crazy?
- [gasping]
[tense music]

- Hey.
- Hi, late workout?
- Oh, yeah, I couldn't sleep.
- Uh, this is harvey.
- Lauren, nice to meet you.
- Nice to meet you too.
- Lauren's my roommate.
- Oh, I didn't know
you had a roommate.
It's a pleasure
to meet you, lauren.
- You too. Have a good night.
- I'll see you inside.
Thanks for bringing this by.
- Yeah, yeah, of course.
I'll see you tomorrow
for lunch?
- I wouldn't miss it.
- Bye.
- Bye.
[soft music]

- It's beautiful.
Your emotional execution
is exquisite.
I just love your work
And I know that all our patrons
are gonna love it as well.
- Do you really think so?
- Oh, yes.
Would you be willing
to display some of these?
We have our little hidden gem
show coming up in a week,
And I can make space for you.
- Next week?
- Mm-hmm.
If we could get these
on the walls right away,
If you could get me
some originals,
That would be great.
- Yes, yeah, I could do that.
- And once these are up,
The whole city's gonna be
talking about lauren farmer

- Harvey, hi.
What's going on?
You sounded pretty freaked out
in your phone call.
- I need to talk
about your roommate.
- Lauren? What about her?
[tense music]
- Her name isn't
really lauren, is it?
- Okay, I don't know
what you're talking about.

Jared's worried
about her, katie.
He just wants to talk.
Will you talk to her?
That's it.
Just talk to her.

- Honestly,
I can't even believe it.
When I left la,
I didn't think I'd get
another shot at a gallery show.
- I believe it.
You're crazy talented.
- Thank you
Ugh, I've just been working
so long at this,
It barely feels real.
- What is it?
- The show's gonna be
under the name lauren farmer.
- It's gotta be tough.
- I just hate how
he controls me, you know?
My first show, he completely
took away from me,
And now this one's not even
under my real name.
There are gonna be more,
so many more.
When this is all over,
The only thing people
are gonna remember is your art,
Not whose name it's under.
- I guess.
- Honestly, I'm kind of bummed
this is the last week of class.
- Yeah, it kind of flew by,
didn't it?
- Mm-hmm.
I thought
about signing up again,
But then I thought maybe
there was another way for me
To see you without embarrassing
myself every single week.
I like you.
- Yeah, but I have
so much going on right now.
I don't wanna drag you
into my--
- I don't care.
I wanna help you.
You deserve people
who care about you.
- It looks like,
with all the evidence
That you managed to compile now
With that recent
restraining order,
You have enough evidence
to press charges
If that's what you wanna do.
- Really?
- Yeah.
But it's totally up to you.
I mean, putting something
like this on your ex's record
Can help make sure he doesn't
victimize any more women.
- So he'll go to jail.
- Probably not.
You know, in these cases,
usually the best
You can hope for is probation,
and that's if you win,
Which is certainly
not a guarantee.
But hey, it's gonna go
into his public record
That he is an abuser,
And that's something,
especially for a lawyer.
- Okay.
- Hey, I just have
to warn you that any trial
Can be emotionally difficult.
They will do everything
they can to make you look bad.
- Can I have time
to think about it?
- Of course, please.
I don't normally do
pro bono work,
But mr. Hastings, he made
an impassioned plea for you.
- Well, you must have seen
how persuasive
He could be in law school.
- Oh, no, we didn't attend
law school together.
No, I just met him
a few weeks ago
When he told me
about your case.
- Oh, um...
I must have misunderstood.
- Hey, you take care
of yourself, okay?
And I'm gonna be in touch
with you soon.
- Okay, great.
Thank you so much.
- Miles lied to me.
He must have been working
with jared this entire time,
Sending him updates.
He knows where I live, cassie.
I think I need to leave town.
- Are you sure?
- I don't really think
I have another choice.
- Yes, you do.
If you start running now,
You're never gonna
be able to stop.
- And if I stay,
he's definitely gonna find me.
- And then what'll happen?
- He'll drag me back to la,
Kill me.
- Unless you fight back.
- I am not ready for that.
- Yes, you are.
you've been training hard.
You're smarter than him,
and you will have him
On your home turf.
Come on, erin.
You can do this.
- I don't know.
- Let's get back to work.
[upbeat music]

You cannot lose focus,
not even for a minute.
Your attacker is bigger
than you, stronger than you,
But you can still win.
What do you do if you get hit?
- Keep going.
- That's right, always.
No matter what,
never, ever give up.
There is no playing fair
When it comes to fighting
for your life.
There are no rules.
You do whatever you have
to do to survive.

- [gasps]
- [groaning]
- You got this.
- Sorry.
- I'm okay.

[phone chimes]
[soft music]

[line beeps]
- Erin, please,
call me back, okay?
I can explain.
- Hi.
- Hi, you're back.
just for a few minutes though.
I have to run to the gallery
to meet up with diane.
- Oh, okay.
You've been out a lot.
- Yeah, I'm spending
extra time at the gym.
- Okay, why?
- I think that jared
might know where I am,
And I think that miles
might be working with him.
- Wait, what?
- Yeah, he lied to me.
So I definitely think
he's hiding something.
- Miles working with jared.
I don't know, erin.
- You know how careful
I have to be.
- What if the thing
has just gotten way too big?
- What do you mean?
- I mean,
I know jared has made mistakes,
But do you think he's really
that type of psycho?
- Okay.
Where is this coming from?
- Nowhere.
I just--have you really fully
talked to him about it?
I mean, maybe you've
built him up in your head
To be this sort of villain,
and that's all you can see.
- I didn't build him up
in my head.
- Okay.
I'm just trying to help you.
[tense music]

- Hi.
- Your paintings look amazing.
- Thank you.
- I'm sorry
for what I said earlier.
- It's fine.
- I just want you to be happy.
You know that, right?
- I know

- You want me to tell him
to go away?
- No, I'll go talk to him.
- I am so sorry for not being,
like, 100% honest with you.
- Are you working with jared?
- No, absolutely not.
- Then why did you lie to me?
- Because I didn't think
you'd accept my help.
I didn't know
any divorce lawyers,
And I just--I wanted
to take care of you.
- Well, I can take
care of myself.
- I know you can,
but you shouldn't have to.
- Are you sure
that's all it was?
- Yes, I really care.
- Are you enjoying
your big day?
- Yes, it's amazing.
- Because it's
about to get a lot better.
Are you ready for this?
- For what?
- All your paintings sold.
- Wh--
Which ones?
- All of them.
- All of them, oh, my god.
That's incredible.
- The minute they went online,
they were sold, gone.
- They all sold to the same
collector, didn't they?
- Yes, he was quite taken
with all of them.
- What's his name?
- Let me check.
Someone by the name
of jared carver.
- Jared carver bought
all my paintings.
- Do you know him?
- How did he know?
- I swear it wasn't me, okay?
- If you do not want
to sell the paintings to him,
We can work something out.
- I have to go.
- Let me come with you.
- No.

- Erin, you don't
have to freak out.
- He found me.
I don't know
if it was diane or miles.
- It's okay.
Jared just bought
your paintings.
He wanted to do something nice.
- Something nice.
I've been doing everything
I can to get away from him.
- He's been really working
on himself.
He's been in therapy,
anger management classes.
He wants to get
back together with you.
[tense music]
- How do you know that?
- He's just
really worried about you.
He wanted to make sure
you were okay.
- You're still talking to him?
Why are you still talking
to him, katie?
- I'm not, but he sent
someone to find you.
- Someone? Someone who?
- Harvey.
- Oh, good, your boyfriend.
- No, he's not my boyfriend.
It turns out that
he's actually a pi.
He wanted to see
if you were staying with me.
He convinced me
to talk to jared,
And he explained everything.
He was just worried about you.
Please don't be mad at me.
- I cannot be
around you right now.
- It's okay.
I told him that you
weren't ready to see him.
Erin, he bought your paintings
Because he thought
it was a good first gesture.
- I don't know
what you don't understand.
He's going to kill me.
- He's not gonna kill you.
He's sorry.
You should have heard him
crying on the phone.
[knocking at door]
- Don't answer it.
- Erin.

- Hello, sweetheart.
- Get out.
- Just hear him out.
- Thought you could run
from me, huh?
- I'm calling the police.
- No, you're not.
You're coming home with me.
This little game is over.
- Wait, jared, no, that's
not what we talked about.
- You can leave now.
- No, you said
you were gonna apologize.
- Leave now.

- Leave her alone.

- Katie--oh, my god, katie!
Katie, please, please.
Hey, come on.
Wake up, wake up.

- I'm warning you.
Just walk out that door
and leave.
- You're warning me?
- Whoo, that's funny, erin.
I don't think
you're in a position
To make demands
right now though.
Look, this is gonna
go one of two ways.
Either you apologize to me,
beg for my forgiveness
For embarrassing me in front
of my friends and family,
And then we go home,
and you spend the rest
Of your little life
making this stunt up to me,
Or you're gonna be
very, very sorry.

What was that, erin?
You wanna fight me, huh?
I'm bigger than you.
I'm stronger than you.
And I will always, always--
Be in control of you.
Look at you.
You look pathetic.
What in the hell, erin?
You're not calling anyone.
You made me do this.
You really want
to fight me, huh?
You think you can beat me?
- You don't control me anymore.

- Not in control, huh?
Sure about that, erin?
- Yes.
- I'm gonna to kill you.

[soft music]
- You got lucky.
when we get these calls,
Things go the other way.
- Yeah.
- You can come by
the station tomorrow
And answer a few
more questions.
- Okay.
- You try to get some rest.
You did an impressive thing
today, you know?
- Erin, I'm so sorry.
- I know.
- I was just trying to help.
He was so--
- He could be
really convincing.
I can't believe I trusted him.
- Hey, no.
I'm just really glad
that you're gonna be okay.

- You okay?
- I will be.
I'm so sorry
that I suspected you.
- I would've suspected me too.
I'm just sorry
I wasn't here to help you.
- It wasn't your fault.
- I know.
- Well, then what is it?

- I just can't believe
he's gone.

- You ready?
- Yes.
- It's gonna be great.
Your own show.
- Good luck.
Not that you need it.
- Let's do this.

- Hi, how are you?
- Good.
- I think
you're gonna love the layout
That we came up with.
- It's amazing.
- Right?
Still can't believe
you went and moved on me.
- Sorry.
- Don't worry.
We'll still display your work,
As long as
you'll let us have it.
- I will keep painting for you
as long as you'll have me.
- I heard about what happened.
I just wanna say
how sorry I am.
I wish I would've known.
That way, I could have done
something to help.
- Oh, it's okay.
Turns out, I could help myself.
- There's someone
I'd like you to meet.
- Yes.
- Ladies.

[upbeat music]