Fatal Seduction (2023) s01e07 Episode Script

The Truth Shall Break You

Lucinda, what are you doing?
What are you doing?
Lucinda, what are you doing?
Jacob, my son, please wake up.
Answer the phone, man.
Where's Jacob?
I killed him.
Where's Jacob? Where's Jacob?
Where is he?
My friend.
Did I really fall in love
with the guy who
Did he
Did he kill you?
Nothing is as it seems.
It's finally arrived,
the swan.
Would you look at that.
I can't believe
you spent money on wire swans.
Leonard, I can't stop thinking
about Benjamin Jiba.
- Uh-uh. Uh-uh, Vuyo. Vuyo, uh-uh.
- No.
It's the weekend, bro.
Tomorrow's my anniversary.
Just forget about that shit.
There's not enough proof.
All It's just hearsay.
Yeah, yeah, he's creepy.
He's weird. Honestly
Bro, please.
If being creepy or weird
is a crime, everyone's going to jail,
especially you
and these fucking wire swans.
You're speaking shit now.
There's not a single witness
that can definitely place him
with Busi Vilakazi on the day.
Hi, Nancy.
Yes, yes. What's going on?
I'll come through just now. All right.
See you.
Justice Mahlati?
Didn't you go home?
I came back.
Well, just to let you know,
I called Jacob to offer him the job.
There was no answer,
and he hasn't returned the call.
Um I'm sorry.
It's okay. Good night, sir.
I'll see you tomorrow.
- Ameera.
- Yeah?
And excuse me if this TMI.
Please don't report me to HR.
How do you know
when your wife is cheating on you?
Nandi has been acting strange.
She's been getting texts
in the middle of the night,
and she's sneaking out of the house.
And lately, when we're being intimate,
I can sense, like,
there's a nervousness with her.
There's a guilt.
Look at me.
It's like It's like
she's hiding something.
What's in that briefcase?
- Thank you.
- No problem.
I don't know.
I just feel like I'm competing
with a ghost in my own house.
- Like in "The Suit"?
- In what?
It's a short story by Can Themba.
I've never liked linguistic metaphors.
I'm just saying, if you don't get
to the truth and face it head-on,
the lie will kill and destroy everything
in the end.
Hey, Zee.
Hey, Mom.
You okay?
Yeah. You?
Where were you?
I went to visit Auntie B.
I miss her so much.
I know
she was crazy Auntie B and all, but
I really felt like she loved us.
Like she loved this family.
Well, maybe not Dad.
Oh no, really not. They hated each other.
Remember when she rocked up
in those 11-inch heels
to my 14th birthday party?
At that racist restaurant?
And she checked them fearlessly. Yo!
- Reminding them that she is not the one!
- Not the one!
It's so intense, isn't it?
This damn wind
is making me so jumpy.
Where's your dad?
I'm not sure. I just got in.
Sis Eunice left dinner in the oven warmer.
"The calm
he achieved was tense."
"But he could think now.
He could take a decision."
"With almost boyishly innocent urgency,
he rushed through his kitchen
into his bedroom."
"In the lightning flash
that the eye can whip, he saw it all"
"the chestnut arm
around his wife,
the ruffled candlewick bedspread,
the suit across the chair."
"A swooshing noise of violent retreat,
the clap
of his bedroom window stopped him."
"from the open window."
"A man clad only in vest and underpants
was running down the street."
"Slowly, he turned around
and contemplated the suit."
The number you have dialed
is not available. Please leave a message.
Please answer me.
You can't leave me like this.
I really need to speak to you.
I can't keep phoning back.
I don't want Leonard to suspect anything.
Vuyo, please, phone me back.
- I really like you, Nandi.
- I like you too, Leonard.
But, you know,
it's complicated with your brother.
There's nothing complicated.
You guys had a fling.
You and I, we are serious.
You know,
we're the real deal.
We're the future. We're forever.
See you on campus.
Let's go! Let's go, girls. Let's go!
- What are you doing?
- What do you mean?
Fucking relax! It's Leonard!
And the girl has chosen.
She chose me. Deal with it.
This is your life.
You wanna throw it away for some boy?
He's not a boy.
Leave me alone.
He wanted to hit me.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Why did you kill Brenda?
Why did you kill her, Jacob?
Is this
Were you in my room?
Yes, sweetheart.
Since when do you read short stories?
You know, sometimes, Zee, we
We like to do things
we haven't done before.
Okay, yeah, but Can Themba, Dad?
He is so dark and depressing.
Especially The Suit.
Have you read the book, honey?
You know what?
Why don't you tell her, Zee? Hmm?
After all the money
I spent on your education,
it would be nice to hear.
Please. Tell your mom.
- Really, Dad?
- Yes. Please, sweetheart.
Okay. Um
It's about a man whose wife cheats on him,
and then he psychologically drives
her to suicide
as punishment.
It's really dark.
Contrary to popular belief,
Sophiatown itself was a really dark town.
The height of apartheid.
So, who knows what betrayal Mr. Can Themba
might have experienced during that time.
Even if it's buried deep.
Okay, yeah. But no betrayal
should cost someone's life.
I mean the book, in essence,
talks about the toll of untruths
and how they ruin our lives.
Listen to our child. So eloquent, my Zee.
That's probably enough whiskey
for the night for you. Don't you think?
Anyhow, I'm gonna get some bread.
Does anyone need anything?
Excuse me.
What is happening?
What's going on with you?
Have you spoken to Vuyo?
I'm asking you
a question, Nandi.
Have you spoken to Vuyo?
No reason.
I just tried to call him,
and he didn't pick up.
That's all.
Excuse me.
Let me get some of that. Thank you.
Where's that asshole?
Is he sleeping?
What the hell is going on with Jacob?
Jacob's just having a little swim.
What the?
Oh my God, Jacob!
Vuyo, what have you done?
Why are you shouting?
I'm not shouting.
Where's your mother?
What's happening?
Damn it.
- The number you have dialed
- I'm talking to you.
What's happening? Just answer me.
Darling, please, I need you to keep quiet.
Oh, shit.
- Why are you going through her phone?
- I'm just trying to find out
- Uh-uh, Dad, that's not right.
- Zinhle! Stay out of this!
I'm your father, not your friend,
do you understand me?
- Do you understand me?
- Yes.
Vu Sister, is Vuyo here?
He's not here.
Have you tried calling him?
I have tried,
but I forgot my phone at home.
You know Vuyo. I told him
this is his tavern. He needs to be here.
You know what, my sister?
I'm gonna go.
- Hello, Leonard.
- Is my brother there?
- He's not here.
- And my wife?
- Who?
- My wife, Nandi, Tshoki.
Is Nandi there?
She's not here either.
Okay. Please don't tell them I called.
Don't tell Vuyo that I was here.
Thank you, sister.
Nandi and I are going away for six months.
We're gonna try for another baby.
- Is Nandi aware of this?
- I can convince her.
Nandi doesn't want another child.
So you're an expert
on my woman now?
Nandi, don't say my name.
Is Leonard there?
Yes, he is.
Maybe I can help you.
I love you, man.
But you always go around sticking
your dick where it doesn't belong.
Ten years ago, you made me do something
I didn't wanna do.
I felt guilty about it.
I don't feel guilty anymore.
Why Nandi?
You fucking pig, why my wife?
- What are you talking about?
- I know you're fucking my wife, Vuyo!
What did you do ten years ago?
Shut up, man. She's my wife!
Not a one-night stand, my wife.
What did you do ten years ago?
Fuck you. I'm gonna kill you.
I'm gonna kill you.
What did you do ten years ago?
I want to look into the minister's driver.
He was meant to pick her up on that day.
His car was there. People saw it.
We have witnesses for that.
- It wasn't the driver.
- It is the driver
The minister made it very clear
that he trusts his driver!
And he doesn't for one second believe
that his driver would harm his daughter,
let alone kill or rape her.
Just stop it now.
The minister's not a cop!
What's more important to you,
the truth or your fucking career?
What did you do ten years ago?
Why are you fucking my wife?
What happened ten years ago?
Fuck off, Vuyo!
- Fuck you!
- Leonard!
What happened ten years ago? Huh?
Did you force Brenda
to make a false statement?
- No.
- Did you? Did you?
You knew I believed Jiba was innocent.
Tell me you had nothing to do
with me getting shot.
Tell me.
Tell me!
I can't.
I've been looking for you.
I thought Vuyo had
Vuyo what?
Huh? Killed me?
You sent that rubbish
to come kill me, didn't you?
No. He said
Do you really think
that I would kill Brenda? Huh?
I would murder a woman?
Is that what you think about me?
Jacob, we know who you are. We know you.
That's why I sent you a text,
saying that I wanna explain everything,
so let me explain everything.
I know you know who I am.
But yes,
Brenda laid false witness.
She perjured herself, and my father
My father killed himself.
- Brenda didn't lie.
- Didn't what, Nandi?
Lie about my father?
Well, I'm afraid she did.
So, I'm not sorry that she's dead,
because she deserves it.
And again, I didn't do it.
Nandi, my entire life,
all I wanted to be was a lawyer.
'Cause lawyers know how to get justice.
But then, you know what I learned?
I learned there was no fucking way
to clear my father's name.
And then you came to campus,
the wife of Leonard Mahlati
I haven't told you what it meant
when my father died.
I'm innocent.
Just how it felt when my mother
my mother went crazy.
What those people
that took me in did to me.
Okay, so you saw the wife
of Leonard Mahlati on campus.
- And then what?
- For fuck's sake, I stalked you!
I stalked your family.
I stalked your husband.
- I stalked your daughter.
- You stalked my daugh
My child?
- Jacob.
- I was looking for a way in.
And you know what I saw? I I saw you.
It was It was physical at first.
Nandi, I mean look at you.
You're beautiful.
I wanted to know more.
So I read your thesis.
I read your records.
And, Nandi, your mind,
your sense of justice
I couldn't get how someone that thinks
like you is married to Leonard Mahlati.
- So you stalked me?
- It doesn't fucking matter!
- It matters to me!
- I stood outside your house.
I took some fucking photos.
I took fucking records.
- Records of everyone?
- Just forget about everything but us.
No one deserves you but me.
But I didn't fully know that
until I came in your life.
I I met you.
I I was
I was planning to balance the scale.
What does that mean? Hmm?
It fucking means
I wanted to murder your husband.
Oh my God.
Nandi, but then we fell in love.
And then that night? The night we met?
People do whatever they they they can
to find love.
- You're insane.
- You're overreacting.
- No.
- Listen, you're overreacting, okay?
- Get your hands
- You love me. I love you.
Get away from me, Jacob!
Get away from my family.
Get away from my child!
You fucking psychopath!
Nandi! Nandi, come back here!
You think I'm a maniac, yeah?
You think I'm a psychopath?
I'll show you
what a fucking psychopath is.
You think your husband is better than me?
Your husband is more important?
Your daughter is more important?
I'll show you who's more important!
No one is more important than me!
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