Cheat (2019) s01e04 Episode Script

Episode 4

It was a drunken moment of weakness.
It doesn't have to mean anything more than that.
You need to stay away from Leah.
She's got nothing to do with this.
You're pregnant.
Yeah.
I've lost my engagement ring.
I think Rose took it.
Are you sure you don't want any more wine, Leah? Give me that! Argh! She's set me up, Adam.
She's clever.
Rose isn't just your student.
She's your sister.
Your mother was the coward.
And it's not Pam's fault.
Your mother didn't love you enough to stick around! You can't just cheat, Adam, and expect to get away with it.
St Anne's College porters' office.
How can I help? Something bad's happened and I need your help.
You are still not convinced that we've got the right one.
So, you arrived back at the house at around quarter past midnight, is that correct? And that's when you spoke to Adam about the photo.
No, I spoke to Adam about the photo the first time.
I went back and that would have been about .
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ten.
The second time, er, he was already dead.
So, er .
.
I checked to see if he was breathing, but there So I phoned the police, and, erm .
.
I just held him until they arrived.
So, you arrived back at the party at 10:40, but then you left again 40 minutes later.
- Why? - I'm sorry, why are we sat here doing nothing? We know who did this.
Have you found Rose? Have you arrested her yet? There was a phone call made from your home phone at 11:27.
Did you make that call? No, because I didn't get back until quarter past 12.
How many times do I have to say this to you? Sorry, Leah, I know this is hard, but we just have to triple check.
What was the argument about .
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with your father? Who was that to? Sorry? That phone call.
Who was it to? There was a call made to this college at 23:27 last night.
Was it you that answered? Yeah, it would have been, yeah.
Do you remember what it was about? Er, we only get two or three calls in the night.
You know, mainly the international students.
Wait up, Jake.
Here you are, mate.
There was a man asking to speak to his son.
Er, it was a little bit earlier.
What time did you say, 11:30? 11:27.
Ah, that was a woman asking to talk to a student.
Do you remember the student's name? Rose Vaughan.
You know her? Yeah.
Yeah, I mean, to speak to.
I try and get to know the students a little bit.
- It makes the job a bit more bearable.
- Thank you.
That's very helpful.
That's all right.
Could you show me up to Rose's room, please, sir? Yeah.
No problem.
Leah Oh, Mum! Love I asked for you, Mum.
What's he doing here? I'm sorry.
I can wait.
No, no, hang on a minute.
We need to sort this out.
You could have stopped this.
You've had so many chances to tell the truth.
Sweetheart, how could he have possibly known what was going to happen? Why are you defending him, Mum? He cheated on you and he lied about it for 20 years.
You know what, I I don't give a shit.
If you can live like that, if you can treat Mum like that and live with yourself, fine.
And, Mum, if you want to forgive him, if you want to take him back, that's fine.
I don't care.
You saw what Rose was doing to me, what she was putting me through, what she was putting me and Adam through, and you stood by and you did nothing.
You're selfish, Dad.
Leah, sorry.
Sorry to interrupt.
Er, just to let you know, we'll need you to formally identify Adam.
Sorry.
Erm Can you just give us a minute? Yeah, sure.
Of course.
Thank you.
You'll get these back, don't worry.
I can't believe it.
Poor Adam.
So, you say you left here at 21:40.
Returning around midnight.
Can you tell us where you went? I just for a walk.
Where did you go? Just down by the river for a bit.
You went down to the river at night on your own for over two hours? I like it down there.
Did you talk to anyone? So, you weren't in your room at 23:27 to receive a phone call? No.
Does it have an answering service? Er, I don't know.
I hardly use it, to be honest.
Do you mind if I check it? Yeah, sure.
You know, whatever she's said about me, it's not true.
She hates me.
You can ask anyone.
Can you describe your relationship with Adam Dale? Erm I met him about six months ago.
I was serving at St Helen's Christmas function.
I went outside for a cigarette and he came out and asked me for one.
So he was the one who instigated the relationship? At that point, it was just a conversation.
But, yeah.
I guess he did start it.
So .
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what happened next? He started waiting for me after class.
He'd leave me little presents in my pigeonhole.
So, how far did it go? Erm We slept together.
When? A few months back.
It was at Adam's house.
Leah was at some conference.
I felt terrible, so I told her everything.
She got angry.
Threatening.
She bullied me in front of the whole class.
She got obsessed.
She broke in here.
She even attacked me.
She thought I'd stolen her engagement ring, so she just ripped it off my finger.
But you hadn't? Of course not.
So, it was you that ended the relationship with Adam? Yeah, I tried to.
We slept together once more after that.
When was that? Last night.
Excuse me? At about nine o'clock.
Did Leah find out about this? Well, I guess so.
You mean, you didn't tell her? No.
But I'm assuming that Adam did.
I think it would be unfair to describe it as an attack.
But she forcibly removed the ring from Rose's finger? Leah had lost hers earlier that day.
The one Rose was wearing looked similar, but there was no inscription on the inside.
She made a mistake.
And would you say you and Leah were friends? I'd say we were friendly colleagues.
Have you noticed a change in her behaviour over the last few weeks? She's been under a lot of pressure.
Did she ever speak about Adam? In passing, sometimes.
Well, what was the nature of those conversations? I don't know.
I mean, look, no relationship is perfect, is it? Why are we back in here? Er, you said you wanted me to identify Adam.
Sorry, Leah, just one or two more quick questions.
It won't take long.
Why didn't you tell us that Adam and Rose were having an affair? A bit of flirting and a text.
I'd hardly call that an affair.
Rose said they slept together six months ago.
Right Rose is lying.
Adam met her about ten days ago when she turned up at our house in the middle of the night uninvited.
She said she told you about it.
That you got angry, started threatening her.
Until two weeks ago, Rose was just another student in my class.
I barely noticed her.
So, you're telling us you're also unaware that Adam and Rose slept together again last night at 9 p.
m.
? She's a fucking liar! How many times do I have to tell you?! This was taken last night at 9 p.
m.
About an hour before you spoke to Adam at your house.
Do you have a solicitor? Look, I can call Graham.
Now, he does family law, but I'm sure he could recommend I am not getting a lawyer.
I haven't done anything wrong.
Of course you haven't, I'm just And what does getting a lawyer make me look like? You think about that.
Just go and take five minutes, sweetheart.
I don't need five minutes, Mum.
I just need people to do their jobs properly.
Leah, I just think you need to slow down.
Oh, God Right, here we are.
Do you want me to open the window a bit? It's a bit, erm Oh, thanks, Ben.
We'll take it from here.
Oh, right.
It's just I need to lock up.
Yeah, we'll send someone to find you.
Oh, OK.
Yeah, good luck.
The knife's been found in a bin down the street from their house.
The lab report should be in a few hours.
Graham Mullen, please.
It's Michael Shadley.
Yes, thank you.
Graham will be able to represent her.
It'll be OK.
But shouldn't we talk to Leah first? Graham! Yes.
Yes.
It's about something else, actually.
Er, have you got five minutes? Well, well, well.
I wondered when you'd show up.
The police were in touch.
Asking all sorts of questions.
About what you were like as a child.
About all the blotches and blemishes on your record.
I'm happy to say, I think I fulfilled my civic duty to the full.
I'm glad to hear it.
So, what is it you've done, exactly? I just came to tell you that I'm going away for a while.
You came all this way out here just to tell me that, did you? Well, I need some money.
Oh, yes.
There we have it.
I always knew you had no morals, but I thought you might have a modicum of pride.
Obviously not.
Dad, please, can you? Dad? Dad? Dad? Oh, that's desperate, isn't it? Dad! Right, OK, then.
Shall I just go and you'll never see me again? You see, I always tried to teach you to stand on your own two feet.
You should never let yourself become dependent on one single other person.
That way, you become too vulnerable.
Just like your mother.
Come on, boy.
I can't believe how much of my life I spent scared of you.
Yes, well, if you've finished begging, I've got to get back to the hospital.
I only really came out to clear my head.
I wouldn't worry too much.
You move on pretty quick.
You did last time.
I don't know what it is you've done exactly, but whatever it is, I hope they throw you into a very dark hole.
That way, you'll go out of this world the way you came into it.
Rotten to the core.
Oh! Sorry to disturb.
I don't suppose you've got a spare key for the filing cabinet in Leah Dale's office? Not that I would have.
Sorry.
Oh, OK.
Not to worry.
Oh, by the way, you know that phone call you transferred to Rose? - Yeah.
- You transferred that straightaway, I presume? Yeah, well, basically, yeah.
Oh, strange, because she wasn't in and there was no message.
Oh, it must have been deleted.
OK.
Thank you.
Hammond.
Yeah, I'll be right there.
I'll chat to you later.
Yeah.
What have you got? A letter to Leah from Rose telling her about the affair.
Leah was lying to us.
It's dated over three months ago.
"I never meant for it to happen, "but your husband was persistent "and I found his advances flattering and hard to turn down.
"I have tried many times to end it with Adam, "but he keeps begging me not to stop.
" Oh Can you contact Forensics and check if they've found any of Rose Vaughan's prints in the Dales' bedroom, yeah? Ma'am.
Good man.
The lab report on the knife's in.
What does it say? Two sets of partial prints.
One belongs to Adam Dale.
The other to Leah Dale.
The police are in your office, Leah.
How long have they been there? Who let them in? A few hours, apparently.
Erm, they had a warrant.
Leah You know I love you, don't you, mate? Are you still there? Yeah.
I just If there's anything you need to tell me I'll support you through anything.
I just want you to know that.
I don't mean that you I just, erm I just want you to know Leah? Leah! Thank you, everyone.
Rose We need to talk now.
I don't think we should be talking with the inquest I need you to stop this.
I need you to tell them.
It's for your own good.
They'll find something.
I hope so.
Stop that.
Stop.
I'm really sorry to hear about Adam.
Have you got any idea what happened? What, you don't think I could? They think I did it, Rose.
Who else could it be? Tell me the truth.
You really want to know the truth? Yeah.
I'm your sister.
And I love you.
I wish there was a way we could both walk out of this.
But there isn't.
We can't.
I'm sorry.
They've found something.
I'm here.
The truth will out, Rose.
She's here.
Here she is.
Leah Dale, I'm arresting you on suspicion of the murder of Adam Dale.
You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court.
Anything you do say may be given in evidence.
I have never seen this letter before in my life.
It's got your fingerprints on it.
Well, then, she's written it on my paper.
And how did she get into your office? I'm sorry, these are the questions the police will ask.
She's Oh, this is insane.
These questions are ridiculous.
OK, what about the knife? Well, it's my knife.
So, yes, it has my fingerprints on it.
Yes, yours only.
And Adam's.
Not Rose's.
OK, let's go through your movements that night one more time.
So what have you got? Well, as your report says, the knife was wiped down, but clearly in a hurry.
The lab found blood particles from the victim in two sets of partial fingerprints.
One from Adam, one from Leah.
Karen, you told us this yesterday.
You said you had something new.
Well So, what are we looking at? This stab wound here in the chest is consistent with the murder weapon.
But these two, here in the neck, and the second chest wound, they seem slightly off.
Off? In terms of blade diameter.
And possibly serration.
So, what are you saying? I'm suggesting that these wounds were made by two different knives.
I don't know, something doesn't feel right.
You heard yourself, she's only half sure.
We've got enough to charge her.
We've got until tonight, though, right? Bould, she was in the house twice, by her own admission.
We've got a murder weapon, a motive, she lied about Rose.
It's more than enough, OK? I know, I know.
It's just I was going over some footage this morning and it looks to me like the jacket Rose was wearing on the night is a different colour to the one she gave us.
It's what? The images aren't clear.
It's hard to be sure.
I want to search her room.
Just for elimination purposes, if nothing else.
Please Five o'clock.
Then I'm charging her.
Hi, this is DS Bould.
Yeah, I'm going to need a warrant.
You need to have a word with her.
Ask her to cooperate.
What about Rose? Can't you talk to someone? Michael, listen to me.
The police have enough for a conviction.
With a guilty plea, I can probably get manslaughter.
Have a word with her.
I can't help her when she's being like this.
What kind of advice is that? Michael And the amount we're paying him Michael! If anything happens to her, I'll never forgive you.
I found two rings.
It proves she was lying.
Yeah, but that's all it proves.
Oh Come on.
She said she slept with Adam for the first time in his bedroom, but we didn't find a single print.
Then there's the call to the porters' office.
I just saw her and it looks like she's got marks on her neck.
Did you find the jacket? Did you find any material evidence? I want to search Ben's accommodation.
No, Bould.
I'm sorry.
Leah Dale, I'm charging you with the murder of Adam Dale.
You do not have do say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court.
- What do you want? - We need to talk.
Why? Meet me tomorrow morning.
No.
Rose Bye, Michael.
Wait.
What if I told you to meet me at the Emerald Bay Cafe? What? How do you know about that place? Just meet me there.
Tomorrow morning, 10 a.
m.
Thank you for coming.
How do you know about this place? - First, you tell me the truth about Adam.
- Don't mess me about, Michael.
How do you know about this place? Not until you tell me the truth.
OK.
OK Sit down.
Sit.
It was my idea to meet here the night your mum passed.
You, me and her.
We were going to leave together on the ferry to France and start a new life there.
Why would we do that? It was just a fling.
That's what I told everyone.
But, in fact, your mother and I were .
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seeing each other for six years.
Very much in love.
You and I were quite good pals when you were little.
You're lying.
I don't know why I kept these, but There we are.
See for yourself.
I had a job lined up and everything.
I promised her a new life.
But I only made it as far as the entrance.
I could see her through the window, her back was to me.
She was talking to you.
And you were laughing about something.
I I watched you both for a while.
I vividly remember wondering what you were laughing about.
But I couldn't do it.
And I turned round .
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and went home to my wife.
And what about me? I convinced myself you were not my responsibility.
I'm sorry.
I don't think Mum saw it like that.
If I'd any idea of what she'd do It was that table, wasn't it? That one.
When you didn't turn up, she left me here.
I sat there for hours before a waitress came and called the police.
I was just staring at the door, waiting for her to come back.
But she's not coming back, is she? What happened to Adam, Rose? Oh, shut up.
Why are you telling me all this? Why now? Leah is going to prison for the rest of her life.
Do you understand that? Why did you bring me here? It's not Leah's fault.
And it's not yours, either.
Do you know why? Because it's my fault.
And what about me? I was just a kid.
What about me? I'm sorry, but Leah does not deserve to be punished for my mistakes.
And neither do I.
He put his hands around my neck.
Look.
You mean Adam? Adam did? He put his hands around my neck and he squeezed until I couldn't see.
I couldn't breathe.
All I could feel was a thudding in my head and his breath on my face.
So, you stabbed him.
He was going to kill you, so you killed him first.
Is that what happened? I reached back and I felt something in my hand.
I didn't even know I was doing it.
But I had to.
It was the only way to get him off me.
You killed Adam? Yeah.
I killed him.
If it was self-defence, why did you lie? Because who's going to believe me? No-one has my whole life.
So, why would they start now? I wish I'd told the police straight away.
But it's too late now.
No-one will believe me.
And I'm sorry, it's not fair on Leah, but .
.
it's just the way it is.
I'm sorry.
I really am.
So am I, Rose.
Dad What have you done? Because Leah comes first.
Rose Vaughan, I am arresting you on suspicion of the murder of Adam Dale.
You do not have to say anything, but it may harm your defence if you do not mention, when questioned, something which you later rely on in court.
Anything you do say may be given in evidence.
This is all on you.
Well, I know how much you hate service stations.
Thank you.
And if you're feeling tired, you should stop.
Yeah.
I'm so sorry it's come to this.
To mark the release of Leah's new book, her second in just under three years Which, of course, is highly embarrassing for the rest of us.
Now, this latest work really is a remarkable achievement.
And it was a privilege to be involved in some small capacity.
So, without further ado To Leah.
Thank you.
Thanks, everyone.
Thanks, Stephan.
Do you think you can have him for a few hours on Saturday for me, Mum? Yeah, of course.
I'd love to.
Maybe take him to the city farm or something.
I might be gone the whole morning.
Yeah.
Sure.
What are you up to? Look, Mum, don't worry, but I've heard from Rose.
She wants to talk.
She's being let out three months from now.
So, I need to go and see her before she gets out.
No.
Oh Why would you do that? We haven't heard anything from her for two years.
It worries me, Mum.
I just don't understand why you still need to see her now.
Because what am I going to tell him, Mum, when he asks me about his daddy? What am I going to say to him? I need to look her in the eye and I need her to tell me what she said to him that night.
I need to understand what there was between them, why he did what he did.
Because every time I think about Adam, she's there, too.
And I just I want to miss him, Mum.
Properly.
Hi, Leah.
How are you? How shall we do this? I've got half an hour, Leah.
What do you want to talk about? Adam.
I want you to tell me what happened that night.
And I want you to tell me what he meant to you.
You don't miss him, do you? It's OK.
You can't help how you feel.
It's amazing how quickly you can adjust to life without someone if you never really loved them in the first place.
You don't know what you're talking about.
OK.
Why do you care? Because he attacked you.
I want to know why.
I didn't want to hurt you.
I didn't want to stab Adam like I did.
But I don't regret it.
Well, you were protecting yourself, weren't you? Come on, Leah.
This is why you came here, isn't it, to find out the truth? Well, the truth is, I did you a fucking favour that night.
What do you mean? You never really believed it was self-defence, did you? He deserved it.
Do you know how easy it was for me to flatter you? To get inside your head.
It was just a joke.
You should be ashamed of yourself.
What's wrong with you? All right, then, actually, I might tell Leah.
I wonder if she'll keep that baby.
I know that I wouldn't.
Everyone's got a breaking point.
Adam barely touched me that night.
It feels good, doesn't it? Get out of this house.
Get out.
I don't care what you do any more, I just want you out of my fucking house! I got you a little present.
It's to remember me by.
No wonder your mother couldn't live with herself.
She gave birth to a monster.
You know what? Actually, I might stay.
Do what you like.
I'm calling the police.
Why are you lying? Why would I? You told Dad it was self-defence.
I just told him what he needed to hear.
There were bruises on your neck.
Just do it.
'It was Ben's idea.
' 'I called him that night.
' St Anne's College porters' office.
How can I help? We made a plan to hide the evidence.
Right, take the knife that most closely matches the letter opener you killed Adam with.
Make sure you don't get your fingerprints on it.
Stab him with it.
It was weird.
Kind of like watching a film, really.
You lied about everything.
Everything.
The The knife, the letter.
I could have gone to prison for the rest of my life.
But you didn't, did you? My child is growing up without his father because of you.
Exactly.
I put myself in here so that you and him could be together.
And it really irritates me that you can't even see it.
Why? Why? He didn't deserve to die.
He cheated on you, Leah.
He slept with me when he knew that you were pregnant.
Don't tell me you're not happy without him.
You don't need Adam.
And you don't need that coward of a father.
So, why don't you let me help you do what you can't do? He ruined my childhood.
He lied to you.
Why do you need him? Why do you even care? Enough! You didn't help me.
You didn't do me a favour.
You ruined my life.
And if you think the fact that we're sisters means something to me, you're deluded.
You might have convinced everyone else, Rose, but I see you.
We're not the same and there is nothing between us.
And we're not the ones to blame, Dad and I.
We're not the ones who made you who you are.
You need to find something to live for when you leave here.
Because I will never see you again.
And if you ever come anywhere near my son .
.
I will kill you.
Yeah? Hi, it's me.
So, what's it going to be? Yes or no? Hello, pet! What? I've got somebody for you to meet.
Hey, come in.
Come on.
Hello.
Dear Leah, I'm being released next week and I wanted to let you know.
You don't have to worry about me.
You'll never see me again.
I thought about what you said that day when you came to visit.
I wanted to thank you and promise you from the bottom of my heart that I will leave you alone.
All of you.
Even Dad.
Because you're my family and I want you to be happy.
And you were right about fixing my problems.
Finding something to live for.
So, I followed your advice .
.
and I went back to the start.
I realise the only way I can start again is if I learn to forgive Mum and sort things out with William.
Hunter? Bloody dog.
So, that's what I did.
I think I've started to feel better already.
Love Rose.