Frequency (2016) s01e02 Episode Script

Signal and Noise

1 My name is Detective Raimy Sullivan.
My father was killed in 1996.
Last night - WQ2YV, is - Hello? - Hey.
- I spoke to him.
- Your father? - Dad? So you're telling me that in 20 years I'm gonna be on the job with my daughter? No.
You die tomorrow.
[gasps] Dad survived, but saving his life changed everything.
We've ID'd the remains from the marsh.
I'm sorry, Raimy, it's your mom.
The most wanted serial killer in New York took my mom.
Now, whatever we do, however we try and fix things, history keeps changing.
- Your name is Daniel Lawrence.
- How do you know my name? - I'm your girlfriend.
- I've never been to Queens, and I don't know you.
I'm sorry.
All I want is to get back what I lost.
[soft dramatic music] Female, 28 years old at time of death, which we can pinpoint at late 1996 or early 1997, positively identified as Julie Elizabeth Sullivan.
Two sets of rosary beads recovered, one wrapped around the ankles, one around the wrists, leading us to believe that this was, in fact, a Nightingale homicide.
I can stop there, Detective.
Are you finished? - No, I just thought - Go on.
I'm on the Nightingale Task Force.
If it's Nightingale, I need to know everything.
Of course.
And then there, the broken hyoid clearly indicates manual strangulation, which, again, is consistent with the Nightingale and what we've determined to be the ultimate cause of death.
She's not dead yet.
Uh, these are the only personal effects found with your mother's body.
[dramatic music] She's not dead yet.
- Something happened.
- You lived, but Mom died.
That do that doesn't make any sense.
- How's that even possible? - We did something.
Changed something.
I don't know.
All I know, is she's gone.
Gone how? The Nightingale Killer.
Nightingale? He hasn't been caught? In the world when you died, he stopped.
But then you lived, and he's killed at least 20 more.
How can you know this? Because I remember it both ways.
Life when you died and life when you didn't.
Trust me, I know that sounds crazy, but everything I had, everything I lost when history changed, I remember.
When does he take her? January 10, 1997.
What's that? It's 11 11 weeks 11 weeks from from right now? Which means we have a date and a suspect.
We could stop him.
We we can find him, and we can stop him.
- Dad? - Yeah.
No, absolutely.
We can do this.
Okay? But there's one thing I can't do.
You need to tell her.
[exhales sharply] What what am I supposed to say? You warn her she's gonna die.
You tell her how and you tell her when.
She needs to know, Frank.
Tell me you can do that.
[radio static] It was a setup.
Stan Moreno's a dirty cop.
That's why he wanted you dead.
There was no sting.
It was as setup.
You were never supposed to survive.
You're one lucky guy, Frank.
Needless to say, you're blown, pal.
You're a cop.
And now I have protective detail and I'm fine, okay? Raimy, you'd ha Don't tell me not to worry.
You were shot and your own guy set you up.
[suspenseful music] Excuse me, where's the, uh, officer posted to this door? I don't know, but there's something going on at reception.
You really gonna make us chase you? [cheers and applause] [Collective Soul's "The World I know"] You believe this, Frank? Yanks are taking the series, you're the hero.
[chuckles] So I walk up on high And I step to the edge To see my world below And I laugh at myself While the tears roll down 'Cause it's the world I know Oh, it's the world I know - Hey, neighbor.
- I've been texting you.
- I gotta go.
- Raim, come on.
I'm sorry about your mom.
Copy that.
Anything else? Uh, that was pretty much the biggest item on the agenda.
Are you okay? The other night, that stuff you were saying about your dad.
Gordo, I don't have time for this.
Well, can we talk? Maybe later.
[soft music] [engine turns over] Feeling better already.
All right, give me on minute.
Hey, hey, hey.
I thought I told you to take a few days? - You make the arrangements? - What arrangements? How about a funeral? On it.
I know your mom has been gone for 20 years, and I'm not gonna tell you how to grieve.
I appreciate that.
But I don't want you to regret not giving her a proper good-bye.
And I'd really like to focus on finding the bastard who did this to her.
All right.
Thank you.
[soft dramatic music] He's not creepy.
He's South African.
He's an architect.
- Who was your patient in the ER, Ma.
- It's creepy on so many levels.
All I'm saying is meet him.
What's his name? [attempts South African accent] Daniel? You have no clue how a South African accent actually sounds, - do you? - Oh, what, 'cause you do? [dramatic music] [Weezer's "Say It Ain't So"] [indistinct chatter] Detective Sullivan, working undercover to dismantle a notorious New York City drug gang, barely survived the shootout while attempting to bring in key members of the gang.
In recognition for his service, today, Detective Sullivan received the Combat [exhales] You know [sighs] you should really try smiling, Sullivan.
- There's a party going on.
- [scoffs] [chuckles] Look, man, forget that hero nonsense.
You're home now.
That's what you wanted, right? I heard the Task Force needs bodies.
The Nightingale Task Force? Yeah, we do, but we can wait.
Frank, you've been undercover for two years.
You can take a week.
[chuckles] And New York needs more heroes like Detective Frank Sullivan.
[soft music] Hey, Raims.
Look at you.
Have you ever tried meteor scatter? Uh I'm sorry, what now? You know, how to bounce signals off the moon, right? You can do the same thing with meteor trails.
Come on.
Where'd you learn that? The library.
Want me to show you? Yeah.
[laughs] Did you talk to the lady on the ham? I did.
She was nice.
Yeah, well, she has her issues, but, yeah, she is, isn't she? Does this mean you and Mommy are gonna live together again? You okay? It's been a while since you had your boy back in the house.
I'm great.
[footsteps approaching] She goes to bed so much later now.
- She's she's eight, Frank.
- Yeah.
A lot's happened in two years.
I, um I just brought some blankets and pillows.
I figured maybe you'd maybe you'd be more comfortable down here.
Yeah [clears throat] Of course.
And I wanted to, um I wanted to thank you.
You know, I know today wasn't easy.
- You don't have to thank me.
- No, really, I didn't I didn't mean to just land here.
You know? I-I know that we got a lot to discuss.
I know I've caused you and Raims all kinds of pain, and it And I appreciate you saying that.
I do.
Okay? Come on, please.
[soft dramatic music] Okay.
All right, you wanna talk? Wanna wanna tell me how long the cops are gonna be outside our house? It's a protective detail.
Okay? As soon as we get the guy that did this to me, they go home.
You're scaring your daughter, and it's it's freaking me out too.
You know that the Nightingale Killers still out there, right? I mean, this is the safest place you can be.
Thank you, Frank, because I needed to be more freaked.
He's killing nurses.
They think.
I mean, what, there's been two? I need to know that you're taking this seriously.
I am.
Of course I am.
I just I can't be all cop talk all of the [exasperated sigh] [chuckles] You know, it's just been a long couple days for all of us.
Frank, I'm tired.
Raimy is so excited to have you back.
Me too.
[Sheryl Crow's "Everyday Is a Winding Road] - Good night! [laughs] - I get a little bit closer Everyday is a faded sign [dramatic music] - Hey, are you okay? - I'm fine.
- My friends are in the bar.
- Here, let me help you.
[suspenseful music] That marsh where my mother was found, I did some digging.
Please tell me you went home last night.
There was a sexual assault case in the same marsh in 1994.
Two years before my mom was abducted.
And what, you think they're linked? That marsh is out of the way.
You gotta know it's there to know it's there.
Okay, so maybe he liked the scenery in '94, then decided to use it as a dumping ground two years later? What's the file say? There is no file.
The charges were dropped.
The case was expunged.
I found an article in some newspaper archives.
So who's our guy? Thomas Goff.
College student, early 20s.
- And now? - Investment banker, - two kids, lives in Jersey.
- Whoa This is our Nightingale? That sexual assault Vic? She was a nursing student.
[exhales] Go home.
Get some sleep.
Take a shower.
Feed yourself.
Then you can work it.
[Aurora's "Through the Eyes of a Child"] Hey oh-ah Ay Oh ay Why would Stan sell me out? Because Stan Moreno would be the first Narcotics cop to go Dark Side? Maybe he was in bed with Little Jay.
Ah-ah ay [growls] [laughs] Oh ay So what now? Now I rat out Stan? I don't care what you do.
You gotta quash it.
We got bigger things.
You have to tell Mom.
[both laugh] Ah, there he is.
Frank Sullivan, Tom Cuccinelli, F.
IAB's gonna get to us in just a heartbeat, so, uh, sit tight.
Okay, my friend? - No problem.
- Okay.
[clears throat] Holy mother, Frank.
You look like a cop.
[Chuckles] Yeah, well it's about time, right? [laughs] So, uh, where we at with Little Jay? Uh, you know, pedal to the metal.
Slippery son of a bitch.
I might be able to help out.
Might know a few places he'd hole up.
Always charging that hill.
That's why I love you, Frank.
[laughs] You get yourself good.
We got this.
These things are a bitch, right? Just relax.
Everything'll be fine.
October 22, 1996.
In your capacity as an undercover Narcotics officer, you were involved in a gunfight with up to four individuals from a suspected criminal gang, were you not? That's correct.
You've previously described this encounter as a sting operation gone bad.
Is that correct.
Let's park ourselves right there for a sec.
Let's talk a moment off the record, Detective.
We've already interviewed Stan Moreno as well as the other men in his direct command.
To a man they testified there was no sting that night, nor were you led to believe there was.
There's no records.
There's nothing in the log books.
Which means it's your word against the word of three decorated cops.
[soft dramatic music] I mean, you're Captain freaking America in this town right now, Frank.
This goes right, you've got your pick of posts.
Nightingale Task Force, huh? Whatever you want.
Let's start again.
[tense music] [tires crunching gravel] [children laughing] All right.
Right here, Dad.
Good catch.
All right, throw it back.
- Go on.
- Thomas Goff? I'm sorry, I'm just trying to wrap my mind around this.
Well, I appreciate you taking the time to speak to me, Mr.
You're talking about something that happened 20 years ago.
A youthful indiscretion.
Is that how you would describe what happened in that marsh? I don't wanna be a roadblock here, Detective.
I really don't.
But if you know the case, you know it was expunged.
Doesn't that tell you everything you need to know? Ask Lisa.
She'll say the same thing.
Lisa Boyle, the woman who filed the charges? Who dropped the charges.
We were friends, we were drunk.
It was a stupid night.
Why that marsh? Why take her there? She took me.
Said the marsh was a nice place to take a walk, so we took a walk, and I'll regret it for the rest of my life.
[soft dramatic music] Raims, what you doing? - Reading.
- Books? Okay, Raim, wanna put that away now? Join planet Earth? [sighs] Gordo wore a Yankees cap to school today.
Shut your face.
Was he killed? They won the World Series, Mom, and I'm gonna wear one too.
Really? Hmm.
Have fun growing up in the sewer with the alligators.
Who's gonna buy you this hat? Nuh-uh, don't look at me.
One lousy World Series and your daughter turns over to the enemy.
Guys, it's just a hat.
Buy me a guitar then.
[both laugh] There it is.
Oh, good.
Nice one.
So, you, um you working graveyard? Yeah, yeah.
Susie's coming over.
She's gonna watch Raim.
Wh what? Why? [whispers] Please.
Yeah, I'll call her.
[soft music] Dream a little dream of me Just hold me tight Tell me you'll miss me When I'm alone Blue as can be Dream a little dream of me [radio static] CQ, this is WQ2YV.
Dad? Nothing on Nightingale.
- You are nowhere.
- I'm working on that.
And what about Mom? Did you tell her? - Raimy - So that's a no too.
Do you even understand what the hell is going on here? - Of course I do, but - I am all over the city.
I am in Jersey.
I have got this Goff guy who stinks of something and I'm I'm at a dead end and I need your help and you have done nothing.
You have to understand that that things are are complicated with your mother.
You know, I-I can't go telling her the truth unless she's ready to listen.
- You don't have time.
- One night! I just wanted one night! Okay? I just wanted one dinner.
One bedtime.
I I just wanted one night.
I tried to tell her.
But what? You didn't wanna blow things up, come off like a crazy person? Been there.
Two years.
Two years you did whatever the hell you wanted because that's what you do, and you still can't do the right thing by your wife.
You're way out of line here.
You're worried about blowing up bedtime? My world has been blown to hell.
You still can't stop being selfish.
Why do you think I'm doing what I'm doing, huh? Do it better.
[soft dramatic music] Look, we will save your mother, okay? But I can't do this if Stan Moreno wants me dead.
So the answers Little Jay? The guy whose criminal empire, you just spent two years taking down? The only guy who can corroborate my story, and prove that Stan Moreno is dirty.
Now, look, Raimy, if I can get to Little Jay before Stan does, if I can just talk to him, I'm gonna make him understand that we either work together against Stan, or we both go down.
Do it fast.
[gun cocks] If you care about Little Jay, you're gonna get him this message.
Are you insane? Come on, Jonah, you know me.
I knew you.
[door opens] Little Jay, half the NYPD is looking for you right now.
Including your friends.
Who, trust me, are not your friends, so if you keep running, you're gonna die.
Like it or not, I'm all you've got.
If you come in with me, at least you got a shot.
[dramatic music] [soft dramatic music] - Hey.
- Hi.
Uh, Raimy.
Uh, Daniel.
- Sorry, did I miss something? - Daniel.
The the one who went through the car window.
That's no is that how you describe me? The ER patient I told you I didn't have time to meet.
Uh, that's not how I remember it, honey.
Really? How is it humanly possible to watch "Glory" over 100 times? "Give 'em hell, 54th.
" Are you are you serious? - Hey, I cried.
- Thank you.
What? I cried.
[quietly] Not 100 times.
[both chuckle] All right, fair enough.
- [soft music] - Sweet sister Can I ask what's in the locket? It's, um my mum wears one.
- Of course.
- No.
- What? - No, no, no.
It's it's a picture of me and Raimy when she was a little girl.
I never take it off because I never wanna forget.
Mom No, no, no, no.
Forget what? I won't get into it.
Let's just say it's a single mom thing.
It was a very hard, but very special time.
[soft dramatic music] And we got through it.
Well, it wasn't a total horror show.
It was not.
Do you wanna go out for a drink with me some time? Yes.
And do I invite the wingman or is that you? She'll be fine.
[dramatic music] Thomas and I were friends.
We went to school together.
That's about as much as I can say.
I spoke to Thomas.
He assured me that you would be happy to backup his version of that night.
Was that because he knew you wouldn't say anything at all? He also told me that what happened that night was nothing more than a "youthful indiscretion.
" You understand what a "youthful indiscretion" is, - don't you? - I do.
This was not.
What was it then? [soft dramatic music] Were you paid for your silence, Ms.
Boyle? What if I told you there were more? Women? Ask me anything you want.
[dramatic music] You know me.
I'm all about gut instincts.
You know, hunches.
Right up to the point where I find my ass right here with you in Jersey.
So [grunts] I'm gonna need you to break it down for me.
Dude had a quashed sex assault charge two years ago, which I don't even know how you know about because the case was wiped.
Look, the woman he was assaulting was a nurse.
If if the case was quashed, that means nobody talked to him.
Nobody thought to, so we're running two vics off this Nightingale guy.
Do we really need more than that? We? You've been on the Task Force for what, five minutes? You even unpack your toothbrush yet? Can we do this, please? Absolutely.
What? What do you wanna hear? Okay.
Last night was awkward.
I'm on the couch, but it was it was good.
It's probably the first time in two years I've felt like a normal person, so [soft music] Okay, we good? Everybody happy? [both laugh] [knocks on door] - Can I help you? - Detective Sullivan.
This is Detective Satch Reyna.
We're looking for Thomas Goff.
He's my son.
What is this about? Um, it's a private matter, ma'am.
Because I know you're not here to talk about that expunged assault charge.
We're just looking for a few minutes, that's all.
Why don't I get you the number of our lawyer.
He'd be more than happy to explain to you why that would be the worst career mistake of your life.
[door closes firmly] You this smooth when you were undercover, Frank? [soft dramatic music] [scoffs] [metal grinding] You hear that? [dramatic music] [dramatic music] Think he's home? Does it matter? Detectives.
This is our attorney.
He's more than happy to speak with you and your supervisors.
Anything else you need? A woman named Maya Gowen went missing in '96.
She lived in the same Jersey town, went to the same Jersey college as Thomas Goff.
- Gowen was never found.
- [door closes] You know, your dad and I looked at Goff.
Hello there.
- You Thomas Goff? - Can I help you? No, Thomas, you cannot.
They're leaving.
In '96, they thought Nightingale only abducted women in New York.
A missing woman from Jersey wouldn't have made it into the file.
I'm Detective Sullivan.
This is Detective Reyna.
Mind if we ask you a few questions? - Absolutely.
- Thomas.
- Ask me anything you like.
- No.
- Absolutely not.
- Mom? Didn't you speak with him yesterday? And Lisa Boyle, the woman he raped, I believe her.
You and my dad talked to Goff.
Yeah, but there was nothing there.
This is our attorney.
It's his direct line.
We're done here.
What if Gowen was his first, and before he'd settled on an MO? Close to home, couldn't resist.
Liked how it felt, moved up to the big city.
I'm going back out there.
[exciting music] [both grunting] [screams] [grunts] [grunts] Stop you bitch! [crying softly] [dramatic music] What did you do? Help me, Mother.
[sobbing] You have to help me.
Hi, there.
Uh, Detective Raimy Sullivan.
- Is Thomas home? - Who? Thomas Goff.
There's no one by that name here.
[soft dramatic music] This is his house.
He lived here yesterday.
You know, there was a Goff family that lived here up until the mid-90s, but they haven't lived her in almost 20 years.
CQ? CQ, calling WQ2YV.
Frank? Frank, are you there? Hey.
Who's Frank? What? It's nothing.
- You need to go.
- What? Go.
You're my best friend.
Your mother's remains were just found 20 years after she was abducted, and that's awful, and that woman practically raised me too, and you shouldn't have to bear any of this alone.
Come on, Raim, when have you not been able to tell me anything.
You can't possibly understand how complicated my life is right now.
Trust me.
My window's been looking into your window for the past 28 years.
You're not that complicated.
[quietly] Get out.
- Raim - Get out.
Get out! [crying] [quietly] Get out.
[quietly] Get out.
[phone rings] - Sullivan.
- He's coming in.
Who? Little Jay? - When? - Just be there.
Burning the midnight oil already, Frank? Actually, I, uh just heading out.
Me too.
Grab a drink? Next time.
Ah, I'm gonna hold you to that, Frank.
You know I am.
How'd it go with IAB? Sounds like we're all on the same page.
Like to hear that.
Strength of the wolf is in the pack.
[dramatic music] Hey, Stan.
What was the story gonna be? [chuckles] Help me out here, buddy.
Some corrupt undercover cop, he goes off the reservation, he gets himself shot.
Is that it? Not to start a brushfire here, but if Little Jay had taken you out, what difference would any story make to you? Two years.
I put myself on the line for you for two years, and you can't tell me why why I got shot? Whoa.
What makes you so sure I got answers? Somebody does.
[engine turns over] But more answers just mean more questions.
About me.
About you.
Sure you wanna go there, Frank? [engine revs, tires squeal] Take the win.
Go home, hug your wife.
Put this behind you.
[tires squeal] And we all live to fight another day.
[phone ringing] You gonna answer that? [exhales] Little Jay was killed in a gang hit? That's what they're saying.
Where'd you hear that? Your protective detail.
They left an hour ago.
I know you don't wanna hear this but you really, really need to, Jules.
Your life is in danger.
And and we got we gotta start we gotta start taking precautions.
We got to make changes, you know, so that we can insu in [sighs] Point is, is that I can't protect you.
I-I can't help you if you don't believe me.
Okay? [soft dramatic music] I do and I'll do just like I have for the past two years.
- I'll figure it out.
- No, no, no, no.
See, no, we're gonna we're gonna figure it out.
You need to leave, Frank.
You can stay here tonight, but that's all.
Did you hear what I just said? Did you hear what I just said? No, I'm not leaving you.
- Not now.
- Not now? You already left, Frank.
You made this choice.
You chose the job.
Yeah, and I got shot for you trying to make my way back.
I know.
I saw the plaque.
Do you think that I did that for me? No, I-I did that because I was trying to do something good.
I was trying to do something something for you, something for Raimy.
Something that would make you proud.
And I understand you've been through a lot.
I do.
There was a reason for every single birthday, for everything that I've missed.
I'm sure there is, but you know what? You never once, not once, bothered to share those reasons with me.
What're you saying here? I don't know.
Okay? I just know that you can't stay here.
- We'll tell Raimy that I - You gotta listen to me.
I need you to see the bigger picture here.
I think I am.
Your life is in immediate danger right now.
This Nightingale, he is gonna come, - and he is gonna take you.
- You need to stop saying that.
Frankie, what the hell happened to you? You gotta come to the garage.
Why? CQ? CQ, this is WQ2YV.
Raimy? Raimy, you there? This is Frank.
[radio static] Raimy? Raimy, I got your mother here, and I've told her everything, and I think she needs to hear it from you.
Raimy, I need you to talk to you mother right now.
Will you j will you say hello to her, please? - Me? - Yeah, I mean, I maybe if she heard your voice, maybe she'd ans I-I don't know what's going on, but if if she just - if she heard your voice maybe - Frank Will you, please, just say hello? Please.
Look, just please say hello, and I-I'll do anything you want.
Hello? Raimy it's your mom.
[radio static] I get it.
I do.
It's too much.
Everything we do messes up something else.
You live, Mom dies.
Goff lived in Jersey and now he's gone.
I mean, what happens if we tell Mom? Maybe we save her, maybe she dies tomorrow.
We have to find Goff.
Goff is the answer.
We will, but you and me, we gotta square a few things away.
I didn't know Mom was gonna kick you out.
How could you? You were eight.
I remember that dinner.
Alligators in the sewer.
She was funny, right? She is.
Look, you and I, we we we don't know each other that well yet, kiddo.
Not really, but but I want you to know that I'm gonna do everything in my power to save her.
I want you to know that.
After that, I don't really care what happens to me.
[Reuben and the Dark's "Bow and Arrow"] I do.
You're a bow and arrow A broken guitar While the rainwater washes away who you are We go over the mountains and under the stars Won't you fold my hands Over my heart? And I want you to close my eyes When it grows dark Oh-oh-oh Oh-oh-oh Oh-oh-oh I want you to fold my hands Over my heart And I want you to close my eyes When it goes dark You're a bow Everything we do messes up something else.
While the rainwater washes away who you are We go over the mountains and under the stars We go over the mountains and under the stars [wood thumps] [dramatic music] [radio static]