Better Things (2016) s02e01 Episode Script


1 Mother, you had me But I never had you I wanted you You didn't want me.
(SIGHS) (SIGHS) (CHUCKLES SOFTLY) (SIGHS) (SIGHS) (SQUELCHING) ("SEPTEMBER" BY EARTH, WIND & FIRE PLAYING) Do you remember Hi! Sam, the chicken things are amazing.
- Oh, good! - Is that chicken? I thought it was tofu.
(CHUCKLES) Away Our hearts were ringing In the key that our souls were singing As we danced in the night, remember How the stars stole the night away (SIGHS) Frankie, where's your sister? Which one? The shitty one.
Uh, she's not here yet.
I don't know where she is.
Okay, can you text her and ask her when she's coming? No.
Ba de ya Never was a cloudy day (GROANS) - Sammy.
- Hey, Jeff.
- I brought beers.
- Oh.
Well, you're probably gonna drink all of that yourself.
You doing all right there? Not really.
Yeah, well Oh, my sliders.
- Oh, sliders, nice.
- Yeah.
Bring it.
I'll give you one.
I mean, do you not even have, like, some carrot sticks or something simple? Oh, God.
Why don't you just eat the food I made? I made lots of food.
Or if I just wanted a carrot stick.
Or you could eat whatever you want, even though I made guac and chips and chicken thingies and lamb sliders and two different kinds of paella.
I'm sorry.
I will eat what you made.
- No, no.
- I'm just messing with you.
Just go in the fridge, get whatever you want.
You're not messing with me, are you? But that's fine.
Yeah, it's fine, it's fine.
Ba de ya Never was a cloudy day You guys want a lamb slider? Mmm.
I don't know, it depends.
Did you make it? - You know I made it.
- All right.
Which side did your genes come from? Was your mother beautiful? No, no, no.
My mother was plain.
I got it from my father.
His mother, my grandmother, was devastating.
Such a beauty.
And does Sam look like her? Oh, no.
Sam looks like my mother.
Not like her dad? Well, Sam's father was the ugliest man I ever saw in my life.
Oh, yes, he was spectacular.
- That's why I noticed him.
- (CHUCKLES) Is that why you married him? No.
I married him because he was funny.
That's all.
He made me laugh.
But I took notice because he was breathtakingly ugly.
That's why Sam just looks strange.
Hi, Mom.
Hi, Arturo.
Oh, this is my brother, Pedro.
Why don't you guys come in and grab some whatever.
DUKE: So, my sister Max has a boyfriend, and he's 35 years old.
And I saw them kissing in the backyard.
Like, really gross kissing.
And she was sitting on him.
I never kissed a boy like that.
But I did kiss Owen last year at that harvest party thing at school.
Okay, so your turn, Sorrow.
Truth or dare.
Um Dare.
You have to put four Monopoly houses up your vagina.
That's the same as a hotel.
Okay, or a hotel.
You have to put four Monopoly houses or a hotel up your vagina.
What? You said "dare.
" TRESSA: So how are you dealing with it? What? Your daughter is full-on going out - with a man in his 30s.
- (LAUGHS) (CLEARS THROAT) Yeah, well, what can you do? I can't do anything, but she's your kid.
If I want to have my daughter in my house, I have to have him here.
Is that okay with you? No, it's really not, but it's what's going on.
TRESSA: How did he go from being with Macy to being with Max? (SIGHS) - Thank you.
Oh! - I love you so much.
I am so proud of you.
This was such a good show! MACY: It was such a good show.
I don't know how you did everything.
She directed it.
MAX: Yeah, well, it's almost easier to, like, direct than to be in it.
You were the director? Yeah.
SAM: Think he was into it.
(SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY) I like a good musical.
Well, I mean, but what does that mean? SUNNY: But wouldn't you love, like, a trip to New York? That would be so much fun.
Hey, Jeff.
Hey, Mark.
How's it going? PHYLLIS: So I thought you two were married.
Aren't you married? Uh, uh, not anymore, Phil.
We, uh we got divorced this year.
So now you're with Yeah.
PHYLLIS: And you? What are you doing? Me? Nothing.
Oh, well, at least you didn't have children.
(LAUGHS) Um, we have three kids, actually.
Oh, well, they must be devastated.
I know Sam's girls were reeling since she left Xander.
They've never quite bounced back.
(SCOFFS) Ah! I'm gonna get another vodka.
Do you want one? (INDISTINCT CHATTER) Mom, do you have any Port? Port? Yeah.
Arturo wants some Port.
ARTURO: Your food is delicious, but I won't quite taste it until I have a little bit of Port on my lips and a little bit of hash smoke in my lungs.
Well, the booze is in there.
Help yourself.
Don't give any to my daughter.
She's underage.
And please smoke outside.
(CHUCKLING) Of course.
Wha? (INDISTINCT CHATTER) I'm not doing it, Duke.
You have to.
- I don't want to! - I did mine.
- No! - Pepper! Do it! Oh, my God.
(FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING) Duke, tone it down with them.
Hi, Pepper.
(CRYING) I didn't do anything.
Okay, well, now that's your problem.
(PEPPER SOBS) (PIANO MUSIC PLAYS) I don't know much From night till dawn But I am sure (CHUCKLES) That you are gone And like a monkey on a bough I'm hanging on (CLEARS THROAT) I'm hanging on I'm hanging on Until I know where you are I can't move on And you might not get too far With me hanging on.
(SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY) (CHEERING AND CLAPPING) Jason, you're quite good at that piano.
I suppose it comes natural.
Yeah, I guess so; my dad plays.
You should learn classical music, you might like it.
(PLAYING CLASSICAL PIANO) It's so nice when underprivileged children learn the classics.
Phil, he lives in Bel Air.
His grandfather is Harry Belafonte.
- Now, go.
- Oh.
Grazie bella.
WOMAN: Bravo, bravo.
You've heard of the running of the bulls in Pamplona? Oh, sure.
That's where the bulls run through the town and people, like, get gored.
Have you done that? Oh, yeah.
But the real thing, the truly rare experience happens the night before.
What's that? (INHALES) You go into the stables where the bulls sleep, and you climb in and you sleep with the bulls.
- Oh, my God.
- Mm-hmm.
No, no, no.
It's fine.
Falling asleep with a dangerous animal by your side, it's (SIGHS) I want to say it's it's exhilarating.
I don't think I could do that.
Oh, yeah, you could.
You're a lion.
I'm not a lion.
You are.
You are a lion.
(SIGHS) Can I ask you a question? You already did.
Um, I was just wondering Are you open? Am I what? Well, are you open? Am I open? What, according to you, does that mean? Well, some people are closed, some are open.
Um, the Shah of Iran might be closed.
Jerry Falwell, closed.
Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop open.
So? (INHALES) Are you open? I still don't have enough information to answer the question.
Also, this is boring.
(LAUGHING) Well, what I Hold on.
What I mean is that, um Well, uh, you see Max and Arturo, they you know? Right, so I thought, maybe me and you.
Are you asking me if I want to have sex with my teenage daughter's 35-year-old boyfriend's little brother? (LAUGHS) Oh.
We go to the point.
Let's do that, shall we? - (LAUGHS) - You're asking me (WITH SPANISH ACCENT) if I will fool around with you.
Well, I mean (SIGHS) Fool around is such a (GROANS) general vulgarity.
Um, it depends on the specifics.
Well (SIGHS) Why don't you give me some specifics, Pedro? What are you proposing? You want me to say specifics.
- Yes.
- Okay.
I could, um, rub your shoulders with warm oil.
I could, uh, massage your feet in a bath filled - (GROANS) - Nep.
How about if I eat your pussy while you talk to your mother on the phone? There you go.
I like that one.
And then I would put my manhood into No, you lost me.
No penises, especially not yours, hmm.
MAX: Mom.
Can I talk to you? You want to talk to me? Oh.
That's so interesting.
Yeah, Mom, I would like to talk to you.
Excuse me.
All right, then.
Shall we step into my office? So, what can I do for you? What's going on with you and Pedro? Me and Pedro? Yeah, Mom.
He's all over you.
What's going on? Well, I don't know, Max.
He's super cute.
I'm seeing what happens.
My God, Mom.
How could you do that? Well, why not? Everything's such a big old mess, so who cares? He's Arturo's brother, Mom.
Yeah, well, you want to be all grown-ups, Max.
Right? All of 16, and you want to be adults with all the adults.
So, whatever you could have a 36-year-old boyfriend, and I could have, like, a 31-year-old boyfriend, and you're 16, and I'm And it's all just fine.
No, that's not what I want.
- I - It's not? Because you're doing it, Max.
You chose to skip about a thousand steps No, Mom, I don't want that.
It's too much.
Oh, but you can handle it, Max.
Right? You're a grown-up who's ready to have a Spanish, world-traveling, many-diseased man in her life No, Mom, I don't want that.
It's too much.
I can't handle it.
Mom (WHISPERS) I'm in trouble.
I'm-I'm in over my head.
I feel so stupid.
And I I hate saying this to you.
I really like Arturo.
It was, like such a thrill to be with an older guy.
But I don't want it now.
He's he's too much for me.
Mom we go to parties with people in their 40s, and I'm not in control of it.
And, like, I tried to tell him once but, like, he's so I can't really tell him.
I don't know what to do, Mom.
(GROANS) (EXHALES) Ooh Go up to your room, okay? Okay.
(SIGHS) (INDISTINCT CHATTER) There's always someone to pick up your toys Always someone to put up with your noise At the end of the day Hi.
- Ooh.
- Mm.
- So - Hmm? - I'm good.
- Okay.
Can I, uh, have a word with you two gentlemen - of Verona? - Sure, Sam.
How about we go with "Ms.
Fox"? All right, Ms.
Let's go have a chat.
Both of us? Yeah.
Come on down.
That red one - I know.
- It's so cool.
- I know.
- It's over there.
I love it.
- Mm.
- (SAM EXHALES) Wait, wait, where's Max? Oh, uh, she's upstairs in her bedroom, probably getting into her jammies.
(INHALES) I should say good night to her.
I don't think that's necessary.
You don't? - No.
- Oh.
I don't.
I think you need to go home.
And you're not gonna see Max again.
And you're not gonna call her again.
And you're not gonna text her, or e-mail, or Facebook, or Instagram, or Snapchat, or WhatsApp.
You're gonna stay away from my daughter.
Sam, this is silly.
- Yes.
- Yeah.
Yes, it's very silly.
You know, Sammy, you try to control her, you're gonna lose.
Yes, I realize that, Arturo.
And I'm sure you do because I bet you haven't dated anyone over 17 since you were about 14.
(LAUGHING) Please shut up.
And I'm not out here making some pathetic attempt to control my child, I'm protecting her.
From me? Yes, from you.
She doesn't want to see you anymore.
Um Maybe I should hear that from her.
Uh, maybe you should hear it from the police.
Kind of the police now.
(SOFTLY) No? No.
(MUFFLED) I love all of you so, so much, and get out of my house.
You don't have to go home, but you can't stay here.
- Hi.
- Hi.
Jason's dad won't be here for another hour, so can we clean up the party mess? Are you serious right now? - Yeah, we want to.
- I got you, Mom.
Come here.
My black son, I love you.
I love you, Mom.
That's so nice! FRANKIE: Good night, Mom.
My clean-up crew.
Duke, everybody get ready for bed, okay? You guys, party's over.
Daughter Daughter, daughter, daughter Daughter, daughter, daughter
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