I Know This Much Is True (2020) s01e05 Episode Script


It didn't go how you wanted.
It's not your fault, Domincko.
The CIA hires men to come into
my room and make me impure.
It's a year.
Yes. I really finally understand
why you're so pissed.
"I'll see you in court
unless you transfer my brother,"
and then when you get him out,
you turn around and you sue
their ass off anyway.
You're starting to act
really crazy.
This for you. Here's three
of Dominicko.
I brought your grandfather back.
I'm not sure I would read it,
though, if I was you.
Hey, that's my wife.
Mm. Come on.
Come out, come out, come out.
Come out.
Israel's entry into
the conflict with Iraq
is exactly what
Saddam Hussein wants
because of its potential to
crack the multi-national alliance.
Dwight Anders
reports that's a major
concern today at
the White House.
The administration last night,
after condemning
the Iraqi attacks,
scurries to convince Israel
that American and allied planes
could answer the military
threat posed by Scud missiles.
Secretary of State Baker
in the late-night hours
called Prime Minister
Yitzhak Shamir
with assurances coalition forces
were already targeting
Scud missile sites,
presumably those believed
to be the source of the attacks.
Wait a minute, girls!
Wait for that man to come up.
No, that's okay, I can just
I'll pull over here.
- Go around me.
- No, no, no.
You go ahead. They can
go around me. It's all right.
- Thank you.
- Yeah, alright.
- Dominick.
- Yeah.
Hi. Please, come in.
Have you
Have you seen, uh, Thomas?
Yes, just today.
He seems to be adjusting
to his environment, medication.
He, um, he wanted me
to give this to you.
He often asks about you.
Yeah, what does he ask?
He asks if he's ever going
to see you again.
He says it's been months
since you've seen him.
Are you going to see him?
What good is it?
What good is him
seeing me gonna do?
I totally let him down.
He's stuck there.
And I couldn't even
help him if I wanted to.
I see.
What's Thomas' reaction
to the war been?
That it started. He called it.
Scud missiles, and smart bombs.
The desert burning.
He scarcely mentions it.
- Really? Strange.
- Mm-hmm.
That's all he ever talked about.
I mean, he obsessed on the war
and now that it's here
he scarcely mentions it.
I mean, why?
Why is that?
Is it because he's given up?
- He feels powerless?
- Dominick.
I'd be happy to talk with you
more about your brother
but at another time.
- Hmm.
- After all, we
We both set aside this hour
to talk about you.
That's why you called me, isn't it?
I mean, I was just
returning your call.
From three months ago?
What have you been doing?
I mean, winter's not a great
painting season, so,
I haven't been doing anything.
I kind of timed it right,
I guess.
Just, uh, people
have been nice to me
and been bringing me food.
Ray has perfected his tuna
casserole, if you can believe it.
Why would that be
hard to believe?
I don't know, men like him
They're not really known
for their culinary
prowess, are they?
- Uh
- What's on your mind?
I've been reading
a lot lately, and, uh
What have you
been reading, Dominick?
This fuckin', this book
my grandfather wrote.
My mom's dad. Your, your
grandfather was an author?
No, not at all. He he just
It's, like, it's his private thing.
Like a personal history.
He died before we
were even born, but, uh,
my mom gave it to me.
It was in Italian, and, um,
I was gonna get it
translated for her
so she could read it
before, you know,
when she was sick
but she never got to read it.
And I'm thankful she
never got to read it.
Why is that?
Well, my mom, her whole life,
just thought he was
this amazing, like,
great, wonderful guy.
And it just turns out
he's not, you know?
Is your mother
mentioned in the book?
Does your grandfather describe
his relationship with her?
I haven't gotten that far yet.
Right now, it's him and his brother
and his brother's monkey, and
Sounds fascinating.
Yeah, well, that's
not the word I'd use.
What's the word you would use?
Uh, hopeless.
He's such a son of a bitch, man.
He's violent.
He's he's abusive.
He's, uh
he blatantly betrays
his own brother.
I mean, I don't
even know if I should
keep reading the goddamn thing.
I should maybe just chuck it.
I don't know.
Why would you do that?
You know, when I first met you,
you were so frustrated,
weren't you?
Because your mother never told you
much about your family's history.
And now, well now,
you're in possession of this book
which is all about
your family history
and you want to just chuck it.
I don't understand.
I-I was frustrated
because my mom wouldn't
tell me who my dad was.
I wasn't frustrated
because she was lying to me
- about her father, okay?
- I understand that.
- They're two different issues.
- Dominick.
Maybe one is
connected to the other.
What is that supposed to mean?
It means if you keep reading,
you may learn something
about yourself.
I, I know what you're
getting at, okay?
Really? What am I getting at?
You're trying to say
that I'm like him.
Do you think that you're like him?
I don't know.
That you're violent?
You mentioned your grandfather
betrayed his brother.
Do you feel that
way as well, Dominick?
Is that why you're here?
Listen I don't wanna do this.
I really don't.
I just, you know, some things are
better left buried, doc.
- They really are.
- I disagree with you, Dominick.
What do you disagree with?
Your mother gave you
this document, correct?
What? Your mother gave
you this document, right?
She wanted you to have it.
Don't you think she would have
thought there was something
that you could gain from it?
And neither of us can know
exactly what that is
at this point.
But I do sense
that it is valuable.
However scary
or terrifying it may be.
Hey, it's Dominick Birdsey
at Premier Painting.
Leave me a message and
I'll get back to you, thanks.
Hey, Dom. It's me, Ray.
Uh, you can call me back.
I'm just watching TV.
I'll be up.
Where the air itself
had become toxic
to human life.
So that these oil well fires,
both in terms
of that toxic impact,
and in terms of the effect that
they can well begin to have
as we get into the growing
season in parts of south Asia.
"As if she felt the need
for dramatic suspense,
"Ignazia made me, Tempesta,
wait for more than an hour.
I had to grant her my patience
before I had even met her."
Hussein and
everything right now,
but if we were raining
terror down on them,
like we did against the Nazis
allied pilots into the skies
in a new massive air attack
on Iraq's Republican Guard.
The Iraqi attack on Israel
was the fifth since the war began.
An infection-gripped
Friends of the Earth
says governments
are turning their backs
on a petroleum Chernobyl.
Hey, this is Dominick Birdsey
at Premier Painting.
Leave me a message and
I'll get back to you, thanks.
Yeah, it's Ralph.
Ralph Drinkwater.
You asked me to call,
and I'm calling.
What I've got to say,
I can't say
Hey, hey, hello? I'm here.
- Ralph? Drinkwater?
- Yeah.
Has something happened
to my brother?
Get him to a doctor.
He needs to be examined.
Get him tested.
Wait, wait, tested for what?
Hey, man, what, what
are you saying to me?
Keep my name out of it.
No, wait, hey, Ralph.
Fuck! What the fuck!
Hey, hey, hey, Domenico!
I'm sorry I'm late.
I have had such a day,
you wouldn't believe it.
First, my daughter says to me,
"Mom, I really wanna"
I want my brother tested for HIV
and I want him
checked out by a doctor
- to see if he's been abused.
- Any particular reason?
No, you know, just to be safe.
Remember how he said
he was raped in here?
Oh. Come on, Dominick.
Geez Louise.
That's just delusions.
Just homosexual panic.
I find when he gets
off track like that,
the best way to handle him is to
I don't want him handled.
I want him tested.
Dominick, the wards.
They're monitored day and night.
Yeah, you really are
a company gal, ain't you?
Well, I've been called a lot
of things here, but never that.
No, it's true. You placate me.
You keep me at bay
while your goons in here
are doing God knows what to my
brother in this fucking place.
Okay, listen.
Can I have the floor for like,
half a second, possibly?
First of all, I'm a woman.
I'm not a gal, okay?
A gal is what you call
someone's horse.
Secondly, I've had your back
from the moment
you walked into this office,
and you know it.
And I don't appreciate you
being so mean.
- I want my brother tested.
- I heard you.
Are you gonna do it?
Do you remember the last time
we tried to take blood from him?
- You remember what happened?
- Sheffer, you would tell
any of your friends to get tested
just for having casual sex
on the street these days.
Really, Dominick.
Are you sure that's what you want?
I'm not giving up on
my brother, all right?
Come on.
Dominick, stop, no.
They're gonna do something.
They're gonna do something!
Calm down, all right?
Calm down. Thomas.
Thomas, I'm helping you up.
Let's get him on the table.
Calm down, man.
- Somebody get his legs.
- No! No!
Why are you doing this to me?
Hey! You're hurting him!
No! No!
- No!
- Just calm down.
You're hurting him.
You don't have to put
restraints on his legs, too.
What the fuck, man.
Get off me! Ah!
Hold still, pal, hold still.
- There we go.
- That's it, that's it. Keep going.
Come on, come on.
That was really hard
but we got what we needed.
We should have the
results in 48 hours.
- Good.
- Why don't you plan on
coming by the office
Friday afternoon?
- What time?
- Yeah, come between 3 and 4.
I'll be there.
"I couldn't tell what was
going on inside of her.
"Not in her mind
and not in her body.
"I was unable
to read her thoughts
"and I couldn't tell
if she was planning
"to gift me with a boy
to carry my name
or another capricious
female mouth to feed."
"I turned and left
to cover my fear."
"I returned to work
that week"
Come here!
The baby's in the kitchen.
Hold on!
Hold up, I'm here.
Oh, hi, you're home.
- Yeah.
- Hi.
What are you doing?
I just dropped off some leftovers,
some turkey meatballs.
Turkey? Yum.
Danny doesn't eat beef.
Alright, hey, come on up.
- Are you sure?
- Yeah, let me just get dressed.
Ray, um, had asked me
to check in on you.
I've been trying
to call you, and
uh, your, uh
anyway, no one
was answering, so
Yeah. You been
hanging out with Ray, huh?
Your buddy Ray.
I don't know what's
going on with you guys.
I just, um
Anyway, he's just
worried about you.
He's been complaining about
being dizzy and lightheaded.
Uh, yeah, well,
that's what happens
when you don't
see a doctor for 30 years.
Well, I would check in
on him if I were you.
So you seem okay.
You're off your crutches.
Yeah, man, I feel like I did
when I was 19 years old.
How about you?
How are you doin'?
I took on another job.
I mean, I'm not
getting paid, but I
- Oh, yeah? What?
- I've been really busy.
I'm volunteering in the
In the children's ward
down at the hospital.
Good for you.
Okay, you sound
a little bit sarcastic.
No, I, I really mean it.
That's that's good.
That's good for you.
It is.
You want somethin'?
You want some, uh
some water, or some tea?
I'll take some water.
"The History of
Domenico Onofrio Tempesta.
A Great Man from
Humble Beginnings."
- What is this?
- It's nothing.
- Put it down.
- Have you been writing?
Me? Uh, no.
It's my grandfather's.
- It's this stupid, ridiculous
- "When the old monkey"
Just give it to me.
"brought me the deformed creature,
how was I to love
such a pitiful thing?"
- Please.
- Wait.
"Old sins have long shadows."
- Okay, give it to me.
- Ow!
Give it to me.
I said give it to me.
You gave me a paper cut,
you fucker.
What the fuck is wrong with you?
Things are screwed up
for me right now.
Is it Thomas?
Do you think
Is he getting any better?
I don't know why that's funny.
He's not gettin' better.
He's fuckin' cursed.
We're all fuckin' cursed.
My whole family.
You're not cursed, Dominick.
You have a very sick brother.
You're not, you're not cursed.
- It's true.
- Hey.
I think you're taking
way too much
of this on yourself.
Yeah, what other
fucking choice do I have?
you can choose to take
care of yourself.
You can choose to let
the professionals
- do their jobs.
- Professionals.
Maybe he can get better there.
Maybe there's a chance
Not there.
He's not getting better there.
- I don't how do you know?
- I know.
Maybe he'll do better there. You
don't know what
you're talking about.
- Okay.
- You don't.
Believe me, you don't know.
What, what I'm
What I'm trying to say is that.
I, I think that you're trying
to control something
that you cannot control,
and I I think
you need to let Thomas go a little.
- Let him go?
- No, I'm not
that's not what I meant.
I'm just saying that maybe,
maybe just let go a little bit
and let him just be,
be somewhere
He's safe where he is.
You don't just give up
on the people you love, Dessa.
You don't just walk
away from people
when things get tough for them.
You don't act like you had
no history with them
and start a new life.
The US blamed Saddam Hussein.
President Bush calls it,
quote, "a last gasp."
On the ground,
US troops and supplies
continue to
- Hey. Hi.
- Hi, Dominick, how are you?
Okay, let's get
some results for you.
Here we go.
Looks like the test
came back negative.
We will inform him as well
as the appropriate staff.
- At Hatch.
- Wait, what?
It's negative.
He's in the clear.
If you should have
any further concerns,
we should have him tested
again in six months' time,
but for now, he's fine.
Call us if you have
any other questions, okay?
- It was good to see you.
- Thanks.
Hey, Ralph.
Can I ask you a question?
Why did you call me?
What'd you see in there?
- I saw lots of things.
- Like what?
- Things I shouldn't repeat.
- Like what?
Why'd you tell me to get
my brother tested?
- Is he positive?
- No.
I told you to keep
my name out of this.
And I have.
I have.
There was a guard.
No longer works here.
Remember John Wayne?
They caught him breaking
into your brother's room.
More than once.
And what happened?
What happened?
There's a report.
They didn't want it gettin' out.
Decided to take care
of it in house.
And how did you get it?
- What?
- The report.
How did you get it?
I'm a janitor.
Can you get it for me?
We got a case. Okay?
This is gold.
If this has happened to him,
then it's happened to others.
They might pay millions
to make this go away.
Yeah, I-I don't want millions.
I just wanna get my brother out.
Absolutely, well, that's
part of this whole game.
Okay, is to get
your brother out.
But still, a little
money can't hurt.
Are you in touch with any of
the other inmates' families?
Uh, the other
inmates' families? No.
If we can contact them,
perhaps find others
who this happened to,
this injustice, okay,
then we have a chance
to open this up to
a major class action suit.
And the whole pie
gets much larger.
- No.
- Come on, man.
- I can't do it.
- I need your fuckin' help, man.
- You're my friend.
- No.
- Yes.
- No.
- You're gonna do it.
- No.
- Yeah, you are.
- I'm not gonna do it.
- You're gonna do it.
- I'm not gonna do it.
- You're doing it.
- I can't do it, man.
He's gonna recognize my face.
Who's gonna? How? He's
gonna fuckin' recognize my face.
- From what?
- From Constantine Motors.
We place ads around town
with my face on them.
Come on.
What about my seafood commercial?
Why are you turning into such
a pussy all of a sudden?
I'm not being a pussy, man. It's
illegal. You're
being a total pussy.
It's illegal.
Posing as an attorney
is like a criminal offense.
I'm not a lawyer
but it sounds illegal.
Are you kidding me?
You used to live for this shit
when you were young, man.
What about Gene?
What if Gene sees it?
- See? Gene's not gonna see it.
- He'll fire me, dude.
That'd be the best thing that ever
happened to you. He will fire me.
And you don't have to you won't
have to say you're a lawyer.
Just imply that you're one.
It's the part of a lifetime, man.
How do I look?
You look great.
You look like a fuckin' lawyer.
Fuck yeah. What about the hair?
Hair's good.
Yeah, you look good, man.
It's, it's good.
Just be ready.
Be ready for this shit.
Oh, hey, man.
So I heard something.
That I'm not
supposed to tell you
because Angie will kill me.
- What?
- It's about her sister.
So I guess she and
Danny are splitting up.
Yeah, man, and it's
not like there was
another woman
or anything like that.
It's just like, uh,
"Let's be friends
"but let's definitely go our
separate ways" type of deal.
So he's gonna move
back to Santa Fe
and she's gonna stay here.
She's, and she's good with that?
Yeah, from what I hear, she is.
I mean, dude, she was gonna
go with him, but then
at the last minute, just like
"Nope, I'm staying here."
Hey, man, you
can't call her, though.
- I'm not callin' her.
- Don't fuckin' call her
'cause Angie will kill me.
- Do not.
- I said I'm not callin' her.
All right, great.
What is this guy doing?
Is that him?
- I can't tell from here.
- Look at his hair.
- Gimme some binoculars.
- He's limping, man.
Does he have a limp?
Is that him?
I can't tell.
It doesn't mention a limp.
That doesn't
Is it him?
That could be him.
I think that's him.
Where is he? We lost him.
It's a parking lot.
We didn't lose him.
- Well, where the fuck is he?
- Behind that fuckin' van.
Calm down, let's see what
kind of car he's driving.
Then we'll know.
If he gets into the nicest
fuckin' car over there,
that's him.
- That's a nice car.
- That's a nice car.
- A Mercedes.
- That's a very nice car.
- Move on.
- Get ready.
Not yet, not yet.
Not till I say.
All right.
- All right, let's go.
- I'm following, I'm following.
I don't know about this, man.
- I, I
- Stop saying that.
Just follow this guy.
If we fuck this up,
he'll never get out.
We're not gonna fuck it up.
We're gonna corner
this motherfucker.
This fucker's about
to get fucked up.
Fuck him.
- Are you sure you can do this?
- Yes, yes.
- What do I say?
- You don't say shit.
You let your lawyer
do the talking for you.
He's slowing down, he's
slowing down. He's turning.
Is this a restaurant?
It's a fucking restaurant.
Got him pinned in.
Who the fuck is that?
I don't know. Maybe his daughter?
Who cares, let's go.
- This is bad, bad.
- Show time.
Leo, you fuckin'
don't fuck this up, man.
Shut up.
You got this?
You got this, Leo?
Oh, great.
Hi, Dr. Hume?
- Yes.
- Hi, I'm Arthur Ver Steeg.
Hello. Arthur, pleasure,
this is my daughter, Chelsea.
Hi, nice to meet you. Hello, hi,
Arthur Ver Steeg.
Hi, Arthur Ver Steeg.
This is my friend and my client,
Dominick Birdsey.
- Yeah, uh
- Hi, how you doing?
- I'm Dominick Birdsey.
- Hi.
Dominick Birdsey. If we could
have just a moment of your time.
Yeah, absolutely.
Why don't you guys jump in
and get a table and get me a
Glenlivet on the rocks, okay?
- Okay, nice to meet you.
- Sounds good. Nice to meet you.
Yeah, nice meeting you.
Dr. Hume, we just wanted
to talk about this report
about your facility.
I'm sure you'll recognize
your name on this.
What does he want? Money?
I don't want your fuckin' money.
I want justice, all right?
I know what you do
to people in there.
It's all over there.
I'm going right to the media.
You understand me?
I want my brother outta there.
I want him out of there
by the end of the week.
Don't want your fuckin' money.
You did good. You did great.
Let the record state
that on April 25, 1991,
The Psychiatric Security
Review Board,
meeting in executive session,
reverses its decision
of the previous October
and is now transferring
Mr. Thomas Birdsey
into the custody of his family
as effective immediately.
Let the record also state
that the board strongly advises
that Mr. Birdsey be placed
immediately in a fully staffed,
fully secured non-forensic
psychiatric hospital.
I just want to make that
perfectly clear.
Unless there are questions,
and I expect there aren't,
that concludes
the business for today.
You guys are free to leave. We
have a lot of other things to cover
so, thanks so much and
the best of luck to you both.
How'd you do that, Dominick?
- I don't know.
- You don't know?
Hmm! Everybody thinks it's wrong
for him to go with you,
you know that.
- Patel, Chase.
- Yeah, I heard that.
The nursing staff,
all the nurses.
Me. Everyone.
I can handle him.
If-if I need to, I can handle him.
- Listen.
- What?
I'm gonna tell you
somethin' about you
- that you're not gonna like.
- Oh, really?
- That's a surprise.
- Yes. You're arrogant, Dominick.
You're arrogant.
You are, you don't appreciate
how much work it takes.
He's in a different state now
than he was
before he chopped his hand off.
Freedom is kind of a shock
to the system for some.
Yeah, and so can being
stuck in this place.
It's quick is all, Dominick.
It was really, really quick.
Yeah, I think sittin' here
for the last six months
is a, is a fuckin' nightmare.
Well, he needs a facility.
Settle is out.
I have the call in to Midland.
I should be able to hear
by the end of the day.
He can stay with me
as long as he needs to.
- Really?
- Yeah.
It's more complicated,
I think, than you make it.
You wanna take care of him,
you wanna protect him.
I wanna protect him too,
so you know what I'm gonna do?
I'm gonna go find him a place
that he can stay so
we can get him admitted
as soon as possible and
take the pressure off of you.
You call me. I'll be in my
office finding him a place.
You all right?
What, what do you,
what do you feel like doin'?
You wanna you wanna go
see your shows at my apartment?
Maybe see Ray?
You hungry?
You wanna go to McDonald's?
- Get some food?
- I wanna go to the Falls.
The Falls?
Okay, yeah, we could do that.
I mean, you're a free man now.
You can do whatever
the hell you want.
We got all afternoon to celebrate.
Celebrate what?
Your freedom.
All right, you're free.
Your freedom.
You're free, you know?
It's so good to see you out here.
She ever tell you, Ray,
who our father was?
We just let the past lie,
her and I.
What does your
grandfather's story teach you?
And you think
you're part of a curse.
How many families do you know
that have so much happen to them?
You believe in karma right?
The sins of the father
are visited on the son.
You're gonna end up like him.
Like who?
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