61st Street (2022) s02e03 Episode Script

Do No Harm

An inch to your left.
One inch.
You got the luck of the Irish.
MARTHA: Are you okay?
I'm good, babe. I'm good.
DR. ALGREN: Six months.
Six months.
This is when I say "sorry"
and you say "thank you"
Both stupid, meaningless responses.
Here's the truth about
what you should be ready for,
and it's hard.
Can I ask you a
hypothetical question?
I thought we were being
straight with each other.
If a man in my condition
wanted three good months
instead of six bad ones
could he get them?
- Yes.
- How?
An experimental medication
called Prenomax.
It's only been approved
for clinical trials.
And then what what
What would that do for him?
He might rally. In body and mind.
Would would he be at his peak again?
For a time. But it would hasten his end.
The cancer would
Where Where Where Where
would he get the Prenomax?
- Pren Pren Prenomax?
- He can't.
Prescribing it to him would be illegal.
The doctor who did that
would lose his license,
and he'd deserve to.
I-I-I can't walk a city block.
I can't concentrate for more
than 20 minutes at a stretch.
I took an oath.
But if it were you,
if you had what I have
There's something I need to do.
It's big.
I need to be the best I can be.
Will you think about it?
Thank you.
Chicago ♪
Where the dollar and
blue collar go hand in hand ♪
City of Dreams so big ♪
Nightmares don't stand a chance ♪
A concrete paradise where roses grow ♪
See the smile from a child ♪
Light up the Magnificent Mile ♪
And melt the coldest snow ♪
This is home ♪
Find the brightest minds
on these dark streets ♪
See the heart and soul
on these old blocks ♪
Where we grow, we call it the Go ♪
'Cause we don't stop ♪
You think calling me out in public
is the way to get things done?
It got me in here.
Madam Mayor.
"Moses Johnson is a gateway to better."
Your words after the verdict.
- Did you mean it?
- Of course.
Same day, Jalil Watts is beaten to death
across the street at a cop bar,
and the CPD has no interest
in finding out what happened to him.
I can't have that.
I respect your passion.
"I respect your passion."
Now, that's a deathly sentence
if I ever heard one.
When you became a politician,
did you think that
you would sound like that?
I'm a compromised politician,
just like the rest of them,
but not like you?
- Where did you get that?
- I think I'm the one who gets to ask
the questions now, don't you?
- You don't understand.
- Sure, I do.
You get into power by making
friends with people who matter.
And you stay in power
by staying friends with them.
Anyone who says different
is not only a liar but a fool.
I help the press.
The press helps me.
- They're trying to kill me.
- What are you doing?
We can't be seen.
[WHISPERING] Come on. Shh.
You can't do this.
Y-You can't jump me at my home.
- They tried to kill me!
- Shh.
One inch and I'm dead.
- Shh!
- One inch.
- Shh!
- One inch.
Right now, the only evidence
we have a cover-up
is one cop fingerprint
that can be explained
a hundred different ways.
We need more.
Now Ah!
What's wrong?
Nothing, nothing. [EXHALES SHARPLY]
From now on,
we only communicate on these.
I put my number in your phone.
You don't want any record of us.
case you need to cut and run.
- That's right.
- What kind of lawyer are you?
An honest one.
It's in the nature of cover-ups
that they can never stop.
So we have an advantage here.
If you're right and
they're frightened of you,
it means they have to act,
and we'll be there waiting for them.
So put myself in danger so you
have something to work on?
That's about right.
That's it.
What if I die?
That's the best possible evidence.
I mean I'm just saying.
You should let him use ya ♪
I know you in it and you tryin' ♪
To drip through, yeah, yeah ♪
And, baby, gon' let him use ya ♪
Let him use ya, let him use you ♪
Ooh, ooh, let him use ya ♪
Let him use ya, let him use you ♪
Let him use ya ♪
Lil bro walkin' up,
masked up, suited up ♪
This part is so dope.
Word is he gonna drop
something new tonight.
We got to stay up for that.
- So, I'mma call you after the drop.
- Text me.
Five stars means we got
to add it to our playlist.
Our playlist? [BOTH CHUCKLES]
'Sup, girl?
What he do? Show you his bankroll?
You ain't earnin' no more.
Trife life got too hot.
Hmm. How much you got there?
More than you'll ever see.
- May I?
- By all means.
They still call you Turtle?
Oh, y'all forgot.
In the count room,
they called him Turtle
'cause of how slow he counted his take.
20, 30, 50, 60, 80.
20, 40, 50, 70, 90.
Two. 10, 20, 30, 50, 70, 90.
Your turn, Turtle.
20, 40 I mean, 30.
20, 30, 50, 60, s
20, 30, 50, 70, s
What, bro?
He got two poles, doubled up ♪
Hey, Glizzy, that's my dawg ♪
He gonna catch you, bite you up ♪
Turtle, what's wrong?
Hit a cut, light 'em up, ayy ♪
What was Johnny Logan doing here?
I can't tell you.
Why not? Does he have something on you?
I told you, I can't talk about it.
He did it.
He did it, didn't he?
The only thing you need to know
My eyes are always on the prize.
You're helping him? No, no.
You You can't do that.
George Floyd was murdered,
and then 74 million people
voted for Donald Trump.
Racism is a white person's
problem, Nicole.
I-I-I don't want white liberals
asking us what they can do to help.
I want 74 million white voters
to tell the truth
about the ugliness in their souls.
Johnny Logan can tell us
their stories from the inside.
A-A whistle-blower
Why is it okay for cops
to kill us, Nicole?!
Why do they do what they do?
He's a monster, Franklin.
You can't do this. Naimah trusts you.
- I mean, Martha would be
- Derek Chauvin.
Derek Chauvin didn't plead guilty.
He choked a man to death
in broad daylight
in front of hundreds of people
and did not feel guilty.
Didn't tell the truth, felt able to lie.
History gave him permission
to lie, Nicole.
The truth has to be told.
Otherwise, we can't get there.
Get where?
A nation at peace.
If you do this
nobody will stand with you.
Nobody, Nicole?
Sorry. I haven't had my lunch.
You need to step up your game,
Mr. Blake.
A Black-owned business in your ward
creating jobs and revenue.
It's not enough?
No, your bid is strong.
You have strong competition.
The Masterson Group They got clout.
They got cash.
They're talking community development.
All community development
ain't a bad thing.
It's like that.
Big bank take little bank.
It's like this.
- I like your proposal.
- Mm-hmm.
- I want to get behind you.
- Mm-hmm.
But, see, I need political cover.
This cover come with a price tag?
10% of your profits
for the first two years.
Earmarked to a special fund
that will build three
learning centres in the ward,
giving back to your community.
Our community.
You could have held your own
on one of my corners.
I need to know you can hold
your own on mine, Mr. Blake.
Call me Dante.
I don't think so, Mr. Blake.
These learning centres
They gonna cater to kids
on the spectrum?
So you're keeping it in the family
You work on that proposal.
OFFICER: What you got there, boy?
PRINCIPAL DURANT: Zero tolerance
for drugs in my school.
It wasn't mine. You got a tip-off?
Look, these lockers are ancient.
We just pry one side open
and just slip the bag in.
Simple as that.
Do you know who did that to you?
- And why?
- I look like a snitch?
EDWARDS: Uh, sorry I'm late.
I'm, uh, Detective Braden Edwards
with the Youth Division.
- Uh, drugs in his locker?
- Yeah.
If my son said they weren't
his, they weren't his.
I mean, look at his grades.
He's an honour student. He's a good kid.
Grades and honesty go hand in hand?
- It's a false equation.
- And you're his father?
[CLEARS THROAT] Phil Robinson.
Uh, I'm a friend of the family.
So, here's where you tell us
how you're gonna advocate
for the boy, you know,
make a tough situation better.
I wish I could.
Youth justice works on a points system.
You're up to 13 points and climbing.
You hit 15, a judge will
put you into juvie.
No "A" in math is gonna
save you from that.
Have you decided on a punishment?
Who put the drugs in your locker?
I'll call you with my decision.
Dr. Algren, please.
Well, this is the third message
I've left for him.
You know, I know
what Joshua's going through.
- You do?
- Yeah.
I mean, I had to fend for myself
out in this world.
So I did.
I built the wall and I stayed behind it.
Oh, man.
Me being here
and then finding you and
- Mm-hmm.
- Yeah.
It just
[LAUGHS] I don't know.
I just feel like I can finally
come from behind that wall.
That's good.
Yeah, it's because you talk to me.
And, yeah, it's because
you're open with me.
And Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Well, I appreciate that.
Hey, girl.
- What are you doing here?
- Just checking on you.
- You look nice.
- Thank you.
How's that liquor license coming?
The what?
For my partners.
Oh, right.
I'm sorry.
Alderman Roberts decided against it.
Uh, she, uh
She felt that your partners,
the owners
Uh, she wasn't comfortable
with their reputation.
- How's the new apartment?
- Excuse me?
A woman with your credit score
and your bank balance
shoots to the top of the co-op list,
and you never stop for a minute
to ask exactly how that happens?
My bank balance? How would you know?
Okay, okay. Okay.
My friends need you to go
back to your boss
and change her mind.
We understand each other?
Don't you ever come near me again.
Come on up and have a drink.
I'm on the wagon these days, but thanks.
Then come up for a soda.
It's just a few friends.
So, who's gonna be at this thing?
My people.
You and me will always be ♪
Together and never will be apart ♪
Lovely, make my life complete ♪
Look, you'll find me in your heart ♪
All my life, I've waited for ♪
One to thrill me, love me more ♪
All my dreams I give to you ♪
Spread your wings and fly with me ♪
Father of the blues.
Al Capone?
All the jazz clubs
closed down in Prohibition.
Black acts would have
gone back down South,
but Al hired them
to play in his speakeasies.
The rest is history.
Best campaign slogan ever?
"Vote for Roti and nobody gets hurt."
Better than "Vote early, vote often"?
That was Capone, too, right?
Some people say it was Mayor Daley.
What a city.
You like the guest list?
What's the mayor doing here?
Making friends, if she's smart.
The old guard always
reaches out a hand to the new.
Lead 'em to water, you know?
See if they'll drink.
What if they don't?
Mayors come and go.
Governors, too.
Only cops are forever.
You ever get vertigo?
Anything you want to tell me?
Anything you need to get off
that bruised chest of yours?
No, I'm good.
I vouched for you.
Sure, I knew you could go either way.
The Michael Rossi of it all.
But Robbie raised you,
and we trained you.
So when you put Jalil Watts
in his place, we stood by you.
And all we asked in return
was that you accept our help
in the spirit in which it was given.
Why couldn't you do that?
I had to know what I did.
You bashed in his skull.
You hit him repeatedly
with the butt of your gun.
The blows got harder, not softer.
It was brutal.
You were brutal.
Feel better?
You beat a man to death.
That was you.
That is you.
I want to ask you a question.
What are the three months for?
That makes a difference?
I wouldn't do this for
Donald Trump or Adolf Hitler.
Nelson Mandela, though?
Three more months for MLK?
That's playing God.
Just a human being
thinking as hard as he can
to make the right decision.
We all do that, don't we, Franklin?
Three months in which to defend a man
who could change everything.
About who we are, who we can be.
What I see in this man
is a bad man with a conscience
and the will to set his conscience free.
I'm trying to help a bad man
become a good man.
If that can happen just once,
with one individual,
with the whole world watching
I wrote down all the instructions
Dosages, daily schedule.
This is three good months,
but you miss one dose,
you're in trouble, quickly.
Thank you.
You know the Robert Frost poem?
"The woods are lovely, dark and deep.
But I have promises to keep."
"And miles to go before I sleep.
And miles to go before I sleep."
It's over now, Johnny.
The gun you used to bash in his skull
is about to land on
the state's attorney's desk.
See, an anonymous tip
was just called in,
which led us to your gun.
When the state's attorney
tests your gun,
she'll find Jalil Watts'
brain matter all over it,
after which a warrant
will be issued for your arrest.
The city is angry.
The whole country is angry.
It needs a place to put all that anger.
That place is about to be you.
I've been watching you, Johnny.
Real close.
And I'm not sure you can take
what's about to go down.
The thing about vertigo
It's not a fear.
It's an urge.
And sometimes, the urge
can become desire.
And then
then it's impossible to resist.
Still the same hitter,
I can't be another person ♪
- All my dawgs is ready ♪
- NORMA: Joshua!
Beggin' me to hurt ya ♪
Ops gon' be runnin' ♪
They expelled you.
The weed wasn't mine.
You been telling her it was, man?
No. No.
So so so what
I'm supposed to do now, huh?
Principal said Raymont might take you.
Yeah, Raymont that's
That's a gladiator school.
- Tell me about it.
- Alright?
Those are real hard cases.
You go there to behave, not to learn.
You don't want to tell, right?
That's a choice you make.
You don't want to say nothing, huh?
- Josh
- Come on, come on, come on.
- Joshua!
- Let him go. Let him go. Let him go.
I got you. I got both of you, alright?
Our Father ♪
Is God in heaven ♪
Not the hips.
Not the hips!
Don't move, don't move.
Mama got to take this.
Hello, Mayor Robinson.
It's amazing what the CPD can do
when they have to.
What do you mean?
There's been a development
on the Jalil Watts case.
We have a suspect.
- Who?
- Okay. You ready?
It's for your ears only.
It's a cop.
I'll be giving a press
conference in the morning.
I'd like to mention your vital
contribution to the arrest.
What's his name, the cop?
Johnny Logan.
- Logan?
- Yes.
I got to go now.
Once again, thank you.
DAVID: You like my dancing, Mom?
Hey, I've seen him before.
That's the I.T. man.
- What?
- He, uh
He's He's that dude,
you know, that Dad saw
in the middle of the night
in the garage.
Th-That's him.
I didn't know he was a cop, though.
FRANKLIN: Hey, hey!
Hey, baby.
Where's David?
He's at Norma's.
Everything okay?
What's happening, Martha?
You tell me.
Honey, I don't I don't know
what you're talking about.
Don't lie.
Don't lie.
Enough lying.
Naimah came over here
and she asked you for your help.
You consoled her.
And now you do this.
[SIGHS] I can't even.
Franklin, why?
Why? Why?
Alright. Okay.
I'll tell you what's happening.
You're gonna go now.
You're gonna leave this house
and you're not gonna come back
until you stop doing
whatever it is you're doing
with that fucking murderous cop.
You brought him into our house!
You invited him here!
You invited him in our home,
around our son!
I don't I don't I don't know
I don't know
I don't know who you are.
I don't know who my husband is!
I know you sick.
But you have to go.
[VOICE BREAKING] But you have to go.
You have to go.
You want to tell me about it?
You need a place to stay?
I keep this for friends in need.
It's not much, but usually, it's enough.
- Where are you from?
- Bronzeville.
- No, no. I-I mean
- Oh.
- Uh
- Armenia.
Right, right. Right.
My great-grandfather got the family out
just before the genocide began.
He kept on running until he got
to the middle of America.
A man by the name of Kempinski
He gave him a job
in a bar over on Greenview.
Learned how to barkeep,
passed it on to my grandfather.
And down they came to me.
Barkeeping and kindness.
Thank you.
You drop work in my locker?
You put work in my locker?
Where the money at, huh?
- Where the money at, huh?
- No, come on. Get your ass home.
Shut up! You want to be a gangster?
Want to be a gangster?
Take your shit. Bro.
Bro, give me my sh
Bro, what is you doing?
I want to see you count it now.
Bro, stop.
JOHN: joining us live
from Tilton Park,
where she has been canvassing
reactions from the neighbourhood.
ANITA: Well, John, it's busy
out here tonight.
so many out on the streets,
it's hard to believe
a woman was carjacked
in this very place only hours ago.
Employees at a local bakery
in Tilton Park
reported one of their customers
stepped outside
to check on her parking spot
across the street
and was also carjacked.
JOHN: Thanks, Anita. In other news,
an arrest warrant has been issued today
in connection with the death
of Jalil Watts,
who was brutally beaten Monday
outside a police bar in Bridgeport.
The state's attorney's office
would not release
the name of the suspect,
but they did say a warrant was issued
on the basis of strong new evidence.
other stories, just a reminder
[LINE RINGING] for fans,
coming up is our Diehard Night
FRANKLIN: Pick up, Logan.
Damn it, pick up.
That for your own safety?
My dad took me here all the time.
So So So, what's happening?
Why is there a warrant out for you?
Brannigan kept the gun.
He said he ditched it, but he didn't.
So I'm gone.
H-He told you that?
What else? What else?
Ja Jalil Watts.
- Wait.
- Brannigan filled in the blank.
H-He was there?
And he does nothing?
He was there and he does nothing?
All his energy,
all of his everything
goes into covering it up?
There's no way out.
That's what they want you to think.
They need you gone so they can
carry on being who they are,
- doing what they do.
- There's no way out!
I'm your way out!
Don't you see it?!
I'm the way out.
I sent you out there to get more.
We have more now.
[LAUGHING] We've got everything we need!
Everything that I wanted to do,
I can do now.
I can keep you alive.
- Alive?
- You don't see it?
- Alive?
- Yes.
For what?
All the Bible words are in this one.
You may not know this
in the front of your brain,
but I believe this is
why you came to me.
You came to me to redeem yourself,
to atone for your sins,
to tell the truth.
So, no.
No, no, no, no, no, you cannot leave.
You cannot leave, not when
we're just getting started.
Put that gun away!
I won't let you.
You can't leave now.
You can't get out. You cannot leave.
So get yourself together,
make the right decision, and let's go.
Hey! Help!
- Help me! Help!
- MAN: Stand away from the door!
okay, ma'am. It's okay.
- Let's get you out of here.
- Okay. Okay.
FIREFIGHTER #2: No fire. Smoke grenade.
Some clown set it off in the hallway.
I couldn't open the door.
Jammed the latch with superglue.
It's an old burglar's trick.
Probably some kid saw it on YouTube.
- Where you going, my friend?
- For a drink.
We got some of that over here.
Someone I need to see.
I want you to know ♪
I've been wasting my time ♪
I want you to know ♪
Walk on down the line ♪
What do you need?
Waited too long
and I let my baby down ♪
Let me have two of what
he's drinking down there.
- Thank you, sir.
- You're welcome.
A lawyer walks into a cop bar.
Cop doesn't realise the joke's
on him until it's too late.
Y'all don't spend enough time
together at work?
The bond we share
I wouldn't expect a lawyer to get it.
A lot of my clients learned
about that bond the hard way.
And I lost a good cop
to one of your clients.
So maybe in the grand scheme of things,
that makes us about even.
Why are you here?
Jalil Watts.
Word on the street is that
the warrant might be for a cop.
I wish I had your sources, counselor.
If it's true, it's a damn shame.
If it's true,
you and I are going
back into the courtroom.
Let me guess. Wrongful-death
suit against the CPD?
No, no, no, no, no.
You got me all wrong.
I'm not representing the Watts family.
Johnny Logan is my new client.
I'm for the accused.
You know, I
For 30 years,
I've been wanting to say this,
and it just never felt right
until until now.
Ahh! That's good.
I'll see you in court.
Might be happy today ♪
Bye, y'all.
Might be happy today ♪
Who called all these people?
We did.
Pastor Richard spread the word for us.
The more public we make this,
the safer you'll be.
Let's go.
I mean, I-I can't do this.
- Yes, you can.
- I can't do this.
I'll be right by your side.
Look straight ahead, don't say anything.
Let's go.
FRANKLIN: Thank you.
Thank you so much.
You're wonderful. Thank you.
Excuse me, excuse me.
Thank you so much.
Thank you. Thank you very much.
Thank you.
- REPORTER: Thanks, Anne.
- Mom. Mom!
Crowds are gathering
here to protest the
Dad's on TV.
police handling
of the Jalil Watts murder case.
We can see that defence
attorney Franklin Roberts
has just arrived with his client,
CPD Officer Johnny Logan,
who is the chief suspect
in the murder of Jalil Watts.
Anger is growing
that the police
have failed in their duty
- to gather sufficient
- FRANKLIN: Excuse us.
Excuse us, brother. Excuse us.
Thank you so much, police officers.
Thank you so much.
NORMA: What will Moses think?
PHIL: Well, here's what I think.
On behalf of every one of us
in this community,
you need to talk to him.
You're the one, Norma.
Find out what Franklin is doing and why.
We need to know.
accused of killing
an African American man.
Is Dad coming home now?
I believe you're looking for my client.
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