Grown-ish (2018) s04e16 Episode Script

Live Your Life

For the last four years, my friends and I had spent all our time preparing for the many possible outcomes and variables of our future.
But just as our time together at Cal U was coming to a close and our separate paths had begun to come back into focus, something unexpected brought us all back together.
And it was this traumatic event that left us all to realize that no amount of higher education could ever prepare us for the worst-case scenario of adulthood watching helplessly as our parents age and fall critically ill.
Poor Vivek.
If I was in his position, I'd be a mess.
Right? I mean, going through this with a parent has to be the hardest thing in the world.
I mean, guys, imagine if I was in there with Luna and it was her having to worry about me and and hold my hand.
No, this whole thing is just awful.
I mean, Vivek and his dad were just starting to repair their relationship.
It feels like the universe is just playing a cruel joke.
We bought snacks 'cause I don't know.
What do you do in a situation like this? - I don't know.
- I know these are your favorite.
- Thank you.
- Thank you.
- Thank you.
- Yeah, no problem.
- Thanks.
- Oh, those aren't bad.
I don't even really have an appetite.
But Vivek and his family, they must be starving.
So I was thinking, like, maybe I'd go out and grab them some stuff from my dad's food truck.
That's a good idea.
Let me know if you need a hand.
I'll roll with you.
- Okay.
Thank you.
- All right.
This is just so unbelievable.
I just feel so bad for Vivek, Aaron.
Like, what if his dad doesn't make it? Hey, no, no, no.
We're not gonna think like that.
We're gonna keep the energy positive - and have faith, okay? - Yeah.
Oh, there he is.
- Hey.
- Hey, how's your dad? Well, he's out of emergency heart surgery, and the doctors say he's stable.
He's resting comfortably now.
- Oh, thank God.
- Won't He do it? - God is good.
- All the time.
Whew, and all the time, God is good.
Guys, I appreciate you being here.
It means a lot, really, but you should go, all right? My mom and my family are here, and the doctors say there's nothing else anyone can do right now to help him.
We just have to wait for my dad to recover.
Are you sure, man? 'Cause we can totally stay.
- Yes.
- No, no, no.
- All right? - Okay.
All right.
Later, man.
Thank you.
- Love you, bud.
- Love you, too.
It's gonna be all right.
Please just let me know if you need anything, okay? - Yeah, of course.
Of course.
- Love you, Vivek.
- You too.
- Bye.
Hang in there, okay? Hey, I know all of this is a lot, but, um, you kn I was thinking, you know what helps me in times of distress? Prayer.
I was actually thinking about heading to the chapel, if you want to come with? I appreciate it, Ana, but I think I'm just gonna get back to my dad.
- Okay.
- Thank you.
Of course.
Text me if you need anything, okay? Yeah, I will.
Thank you.
FYI, she's not really into teddy bears.
She's more like a soft blankie kinda girl.
- Jeffrey.
- It's Phil.
And I know you know it's Phil.
But I get that you're trying to bust my balls, so I'm not gonna take the bait.
Instead, I'm gonna thank you for watching Luna till I got off work.
But I got it from here, Slim.
Slim? Thank you.
What books are you gonna read her at bedtime? Something pedestrian like "Hop on Pop" or "The Alchemist"? Okay, listen, dude.
I know you and Nomi are tight.
You were there through her pregnancy and for the first year of Luna's life.
I cut the umbilical cord.
And I'm vegan.
- Thank you? - You're welcome.
Obviously, you're harboring some sort of resentment toward me, but I'm here now, and I'm trying to respect the role that you play in both of their lives.
So I would appreciate it if you'd at least try to respect mine.
Come on, baby girl.
It's time for a nappy noodle.
Don't patronize her with baby-talk.
She's not a baby.
Sorry it took so long.
I had to take that call.
Uh, not a problem.
So, is it a girlfriend? - I don't have a girlfriend, Zoey.
- Okay.
We're actually engaged.
- I'm kidding.
- Ha ha ha.
- I get it.
You're screwing with me.
- Of course I am.
Dude, come on.
It's hard not to.
It was just a call for this possible job opportunity.
Um, a big one, in fact.
Well, that's amazing.
What is it? It's an academic grant I applied for to take Afro-Salon to the next level.
But I don't want to get into details 'cause I don't want to jinx it.
That's fair.
Uh, well, my fingers will be crossed that you get it.
Thank you.
And thanks for understanding.
It's just, like, whenever I talk about something - before it happens, it never happens.
- Mm.
And I swear, that's the reason that I'm still not the Batman of Oakland.
Because we just talked about it a lot.
So, um, since we're on the topic, do you have a you have a man? Not that I care, because, I-I mean, I don't care, but, you know, just do you? Yeah, I do.
We're starting a family.
- You serious? - Mm-hmm.
That's not funny.
- Okay, don't peek, okay? - Mm-hmm.
You're gonna tell me what flavor this one is.
- Uh-huh? - Ooh.
What flavor? Don't look.
It's easy.
It's cherry.
- Mm.
- You really suck at this game.
Blueberry is the worst.
It tastes like ass.
You just spit up on a perfectly delicious piece of pie.
What - You're lucky I like you.
- Please.
You love me.
You're sick.
But you do.
Yeah, maybe.
It's ridiculous, but, um I do miss you.
Yeah, me, too.
Maybe we can do this again, sometime in the future? Okay, Dad.
So, I know you hate it when I dress all flashy and drippy, even though I came out of the womb stuntin' on the haters.
I bought you a pair of my socks.
Right? Had to.
These hospital ones are trash, right? And as father of the Didge, you got to represent me well, bro.
Come on, man.
Why do your feet also look like they need medical attention? First order of business when you're out of here, deluxe pedicure on your boy, all right? But I'm dropping you off because after looking at these things, I don't know if I can be seen with you.
I-I'm sorry.
Did I do something? I just switched his socks.
Your father's oxygen levels have dropped.
I need you to clear this room immediately.
What are you still doing here? Leaving just didn't feel right.
Are you okay? Not really.
I'm kind of freaking out.
I mean, I was just in my dad's room, and then all of a sudden, the machines started beeping, - and they came in, and they just - Okay, Vivek, Vivek, breathe.
Is there anything I can do? Um, maybe we could try your prayer idea? Yeah, of course.
I think the chapel No, can we just stay right here, because I just don't want to be too far away from my dad.
Yeah, of course.
Whatever feels right to you.
We can pray anywhere.
Dear Ganesh or, uh, God or Muhammad who-whoever's up there.
I-it's God.
I know I haven't lived my life in the most, well, uh, sin-free manner lately.
You know, I've definitely slipped up here and there, corrupted your world a little bit.
If you could please, just please find a way to help my dad through this, I promise I'll clean up my act and do whatever I can to make you and him proud.
Hey, yo, this is mad food.
Your pops really hooked it up for Vivek.
Especially during his crazy dinner rush.
Yup, Kerm is seriously killing the food-truck game.
Hey, yo, you think he's ever thought about expanding the business? You know, like, beyond the food truck? You know what? I highly doubt it.
You know my dad.
He isn't a businessman.
He's just a really sweet guy who likes to feed people.
He even tells his customers not to leave Yelp reviews because it's unfair to other food trucks.
Yeah, but I think it's time for Kermy-Kerm to get more serious.
You know, turn that truck into a, you know a real restaurant or something.
- Mm-hmm.
- You know? Your pops is sitting on a gold mine on wheels.
Skrrrt skrrrt! Wow.
When you said we should get together soon, I really didn't think it would be this soon.
- I did.
- Mm-hmm.
I knew you couldn't resist me.
Aaron, um, are we bad people? What? I mean maybe my wife would think so, but Dude, stop, I'm being so serious right now.
Like, if you think about it, - Vivek is literally at a hospital, suffering - Mm-hmm.
while we are here having this amazing moment.
Look, knowing Vivek, I'm pretty sure he's found his own happy-go-lucky, optimistic way - of seeing a silver lining in the situation.
- Mm-hmm.
I'm sure he'd be thrilled to know that he led us here.
He's a good friend that way.
You're right.
He is.
But if it makes you sleep better at night and and helps clear your conscience, I will I will check in with him.
Oh, it really would.
Thank you.
I got to take that.
- Oh, shit.
- Wait, what? - Oh, shit.
- What? They hit me up about the grant opportunity.
Okay, uh, well, what'd they say? They said I got it.
- You got it? - Yes.
- You You You freaking got it.
- Yeah.
- Of course you got it.
- Wow.
I knew you would get it.
What'd you get? - A Black Leadership Grant - Mm-hmm.
and it's gonna allow me to take Afro-Salon abroad.
They want me to create a like, - individual guidebooks - Mm-hmm.
for a bunch of different universities.
- Yeah.
- What? - Yeah.
- What? - That's amazing.
- It's crazy.
You're literally helping Black students around the world, from saving them from micro-aggressions.
You are Black Batman.
You just You know how to get to my heart.
You really do.
Okay, so, where's the first stop? University of Johannesburg.
Is there a Johannesburg in Wisconsin I don't know about? No, South Africa.
Well, that's, like, way farther than Wisconsin.
Yeah, it is.
Internal medicine, call extension 6355.
Internal medicine, extension 6355.
Ana, is everything okay? You good? No, I'm not.
Um Vivek's dad died.
A week after suffering the hardest blow life had ever served him, Vivek gathered himself to do the one thing that no child ever wants to do for a parent.
All I know is this.
I'm gonna miss my dad more than anything in the world.
This whole experience has made me realize how pointless worrying about stuff really is.
You know, we stress and we worry about every little thing, and it doesn't even matter.
Because it's the thing that you never even think about that sneaks up on you and levels you and gets you in the end.
Dad, I know that we didn't always understand each other but thank you for giving me a second chance to be the son you deserved.
I love you.
Man, what an awful day.
Yeah, man, I hate seeing my people in pain.
It makes me want to get on a flight and go hug my dad, you know? You could go hug Kerm.
He always said you were the son that he never had.
Which wasn't a very nice thing to say in front of my brother, but You know, he's a good dude, Kerm.
Yeah, he really is.
You know, with Vivek's dad passing, it put a lot of things in perspective for me, and I've been thinking a lot about what you said about expanding his food truck.
And, honestly, pushing my dad to be the best version of himself like he's done for me all my life sounds like the exact thing that I need right now.
You know, like I said, I-I really think there's something there.
Yeah, but I-I can't do it alone, and I see what you've been doing with Luca and those parties, and I thought, with my Econ degree and your entrepreneurial skills, maybe we could collaborate on a business plan? I got you.
Say less.
- Wait, really? - Yes.
- Really? No way.
- Yes.
- Thank you so much.
- Come on.
No, let's go.
- Thank you.
- Of course.
Oh, my God, I just walked in on Phil singing Luna a lullaby, and if that doesn't heal a sad heart, don't know what will.
You should go take a peek.
I don't really need to peep dude flexing in his dad jeans right now.
Random question do you think he started wearing dad jeans before he became a dad? - Are you kidding me? - Yeah, you're right.
- He definitely did.
- No, no, no.
Luca, I just got into Yale Law.
Oh, shit.
- Congratulations.
- Thank you.
What does that mean for, uh, "dad jeans," though? I don't know.
Hey, thank you for, um for getting her down.
- Yeah, of course.
- Yeah.
Happy to do it.
Just wish it were under better circumstances.
I'm sorry about Vivek's dad.
Definitely made me squeeze Luna a little harder, for sure.
Hey, you okay? Yeah.
Just, uh, thinking about the Johannesburg opportunity.
Well, look, dude, I know today has been a horrible day, but it's okay to feel good about that.
- Yeah, I guess.
- Mm.
What's up? It's just when I was trying to get this grant, there was a million things to worry about.
- Mm-hmm.
- A million things.
- And now I got it, which is great - Mm-hmm.
but there's one thing that I didn't even consider that's that's blindsiding me.
Which is? You.
- Me? - Yeah.
- You, this, us.
- Mm-hmm.
You know, I always thought that we would reconnect.
I just didn't think it would be right before I had to leave the country.
- It's just - Mm, yeah.
- It's a little inconvenient.
- Yeah.
No, I didn't think so, either, but you can't let that trip you up.
It's kind of like, uh, what Vivek said during his dad's eulogy, about how it's the thing you don't worry about that always gets you, but, um, can't let that stop you from living your life to the fullest.
We broke up so that you could be your best self, and I really want that for you, no matter where you are in the world.
When did you get so wise, Freshman? About, like, a day or two after you broke up with me.
I'm sorry about that.
Oh, yeah? Thanks.
I will miss you, though.
How are you doing? Eh, just going through this box of old stuff from my dad.
He had this engraved for my college diploma.
Look, diploma or not, he loved you, and you should be happy you guys got to reconnect, even if for a short time.
No, I am.
But I got to do more.
I'm gonna follow through and fill this frame with a diploma to honor him.
He deserves that much.
That's the sweetest thing I've ever heard.
The sweetest thing you can hear is your dad saying he's proud of you.
And I'll never hear that now.
Come on.
Come on.
One thing we had all learned over the challenging few days of Vivek's father's passing was that the thing that terrifies you the most and that you expect the least will always happen.
Vivek had no idea what life would look like without his father, and none of us had any idea of what tomorrow would bring.
But the one guarantee that he had that we all had was that we would always be there for each other as we figured it out, even if life took us halfway around the world.
I needed this.
Life can be great.
Just a tap of a button, and I can have a beautiful woman tending to my toes in my own house.
How does it feel, buddy? Too much pressure? Not enough? Oh, that's more like it.
Gentle with my dad, Lisa.
It's his first time.
Yep, there you go.

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