Lawmen: Bass Reeves (2023) s01e01 Episode Script

Part I

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- Hold the line!
Hold that line! Hold the line!
Hold the line!
Hold the line!
Brave men of the 11th!
Get together, God damn!
Theirs not to make reply!
Theirs not to reason why!
Theirs but to do and die!
You will follow me,
and you will fire.
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You done killed the wrong side.
I'd rather be shot in the face
than in the back.
[MAN] We collected 200 prisoners
and a battery of field guns
while McCulloch's division
suffered 325 casualties,
with 788 unaccounted for,
thought to be killed, deserted
or runaway.
Another challenge in this bloody
campaign we must overcome.
There's nothing we can't,
nothing we won't,
for God favors the Confederacy.
Let us adjourn, gentlemen.
No war has ever been won
on an empty belly.
Before dinner, sir, if you don't mind
inform us when
the supply train will arrive.
Has it not arrived?
I'm not aware of it, General.
Despite good counsel
from many honorable men here,
you made the decision
to leave our wagons behind
to advantage our swift flight
and goal of surprise.
We marched fast, only to
find ourselves outflanked,
outmaneuvered and now, out-supplied.
Major, that may be
an unfortunate oversight.
My oversight, indeed.
Yes, General, yours indeed.
Are you finished?
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[GEORGE] I hear that you like
poetry, is that right?
[VAN DORN] A poet typically does, Major.
Thank you.
[VAN DORN] What is your
current line of inquiry
I saw you.
What is your name, soldier?
No soldier, sir.
Just Bass.
Well, you are a wolf, then, Bass.
We are a breed apart.
We know our own.
[GEORGE] "and the lovely
plumage of the bird's
that never alights;
less celestial,
I celebrate a tail."
As do I, gentlemen.
Consider yourself dismissed, Major.
It's a damn confederacy of dunces, Bass.
It's not debatable, is it?
No, sir.
"No, sir," indeed.
Strike my tent. Pack my gear.
Tack the horses.
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Where do you think you're
headed, Mr. Nighttime?
To get the horses a little
of that grass over yonder.
My Henry rifle may have served you well,
but don't go thinking
you're any kind of master now.
Boy, I don't think I cotton
to the light in your eyes.
Answer me straight.
Do you mistake me for
some kind of cowardly deserter?
No, sir.
You Master Reeves, through and through.
I received dispensation from Van Dorn.
"Damn Born's" more like it.
He's calling it a health reprieve.
Pardon my saying, sir,
but you didn't fight like no sick man.
Well, I suspect he was
sick of my company, Bass.
Mutual sentiment to be sure.
Can't figure how the general
didn't find you sweet like honey.
I did leave him a bit stung, didn't I?
Deep, I'd say.
Go get your grass.
Yes, sir.
Don't think you're going to
sleep while I lie here awake.
Oh, no, sir.
Just admiring God's creation.
You ever thought God could be
our own creation instead?
No, sir.
Well, isn't that rich?
If you could read,
you'd surely delight in Longfellow.
Who knows, you two could be right,
there could be life after.
Some grand paradise above.
I'd still like to learn, Master.
So I could study the Bible.
You're not thinking niggers go to
the good part of Heaven, are you?
You see that big separation up there?
You're looking at all
the pretty twinkling lights.
But if you're going anywhere,
you're going to where there's nothing.
Just black airy nothing.
That part you ain't even looking at.
Only white folks
go to the big dance, boy.
If anybody's going anywhere.
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This is an unusual conservation.
Wait here.
Yes, sir.
Nobody's here.
No, sir?
When you finish up, come find me.
Yes, sir.
No garlands, no trumpets.
Just us tonight.
Such a sad homecoming.
Is it you?
It is.
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Is the war over?
It is for me.
[GEORGE] Bass!
God damn you.
That man just can't quit you.
Want me to tell him
that I'm yours tonight?
You mine forever.
Master Reeves?
You there?
Master, you in there?
[GEORGE] You found me.
You want me to come in?
I said, "You found me."
Do you know what I've been ruminating on
this whole time you were
tending to the horses?
Or doing whatever else
took you so damn long?
I was thinking,
That nigger will run off
before I give him a chance
to walk away scot-free."
The whole damn family
is visiting Rachel's folks.
Ain't that some unlucky bullshit?
Now, we could ride over there
and rouse them one and all.
A merry ruckus.
Or we could share a gentler repast here,
play a round of cards.
Yes, sir.
That's it?
That's all you got to say to me?
Thank you, Master.
You act as though you don't
believe I'm a man of my word.
Oh, no.
I'm listening. I'm listening, sir.
Confused, but listening.
So, how am I confusing you, boy?
No, sir, I'm not saying
you're confusing me.
I'm saying I'm-I'm
confused all on my own
about how I can
walk out of here scot-free.
Here's my offer.
You only get one chance,
fleeting and final.
War is war that way, and this is war.
After your heroics in battle,
this is what I'll do.
I'll set you free tonight.
I'll write out a letter of manumission
you can carry with you at all times.
That's my promise.
That sound awful kind.
But you must beat your master.
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Hurry up.
Yes, sir.
You're counting, boy.
I can see your lips move.
Sorry, sir. I-I got to.
- I can't draw until you do.
- Yes, sir.
I'm hurrying.
You ready now?
Ready, Master.
Almost perfect, is it?
My hand's not bad either.
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You look first.
Yes, sir.
Oh, your God has been good to me.
Let's see what lot He has given you.
Well, that can't be, boy.
Do you realize what you have?
A plain flush?
I must congratulate you.
That beats a lot of hands.
A pair, two pair,
three of a kind, a straight.
But it doesn't beat a full house.
And it doesn't beat
four of a kind.
Ooh, that was a close one.
You-you don't play poker
like I taught you to shoot them Yankees,
but that was a good game.
Master, I had a queen.
That there queen of hearts.
You think you did what?
I played a queen of hearts. I had it.
Well, there's only one
queen of hearts in this deck.
I had it, you saw it.
Do you understand?
You must not know
what a queen looks like.
You cheated me.
"Servants, obey in all things
your masters according to the flesh;
not with eye service, as men pleasers;
but singleness of heart, fearing God."
"A false balance
is abomination to the Lord:
but a just weight
- Silence your tongue, boy!
- is His delight!"
You get your
You cheated me!
You cheated me!
Bass, what you do?
Are you hurt?
I done messed up.
For all of us.
Oh, Lord.
Bass, look at me.
You gonna run now.
You gonna take a horse
and you gonna run far from here,
far from all this.
- No
- Yes,
you are.
I ain't watching you
get strung up and dead.
I ain't.
So you gonna run.
You gonna run and never look back.
Promise me.
I'm your woman. Do what I say.
Promise me.
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I promise.
I love you.
I'm sorry.
Don't ever look back.
Get off that damn horse.
Yes, sir.
Who's your master?
Uh, George Reeves.
He a major in the 11th Texas Cavalry.
I'll be.
He important, ain't he?
Yes, sir.
So important he let
his niggers run loose?
No, sir.
I's headed to fetch his missus.
She with kin in Sherman.
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Come on, girl.
Okay, okay.
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You're still a good girl.
You're still a good girl.
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Thank you.
You need rest.
Where am I?
Long way from anywhere.
I'm Sara.
This here is Pistol,
and you're troubling us both.
But you're home.
For now.
Thank you, Sara.
This all yours?
Me and my husband.
Where he?
You cross the Red River?
Escape the war?
And the whip.
Curtis don't know any of that.
Nor I.
Never felt the sting.
But war, I do know.
Fought in Florida to be free.
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We Seminole never surrendered.
Never made a worthless treaty.
Now my people live here.
Still free.
My husband built us this home
then died in the white man's war,
so Curtis never has to wear chains.
I left the woman I love.
You can swing a hammer, shoe a horse?
I ain't afraid of work.
You stay here.
You help me and Curtis.
You'll be free, too.
In there?
You want me to put my hand
in that hole? Where I can't see?
I don't need to speak Creek
to know you're poking fun.
I think you know exactly
what I'm saying, too.
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[SCOFFS] Heed your call.
Any of you speak
a goddamn lick of English?
John say there been
a run on goods lately,
lot of folk coming and going.
But he'd do it for seven dollars.
You two are slicker than a slop jar.
I'll give you a quarter to load it
while me and my men eat lunch?
A quarter for me, a quarter for the boy.
and Remus.
Both raised by wolves.
Major Pierce.
No "Major" now.
Just Esau.
This your boy?
I won't bite.
You prefer being a daddy to
putting daddies in the grave.
The boy ain't mine.
Could be, though.
It's all there for the taking now.
Another man's cradle,
another man's bride.
You returned to the wild, Bass.
Freedom's a good color on you.
I reckon it would be for anyone.
Surprisingly, no.
You'd think a man gifted freedom
would walk on his own accord,
but most prefer the comfort
of the master's leash
to liberty and justice.
If I was not in these irons,
I'd be happy to oblige them,
Lincoln or no.
Union won?
Goddamn. No news here, I see.
This faraway rock
you crawl under got a name?
Turkey Creek.
Well, gobble, gobble.
You best hurry up, Bass.
Collect your whelp and take flight.
Hell is coming on wings of its own.
[ESAU] Find a gun!
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Your pup's got fangs.
World wants both of us breathing, boy.
[BASS] Curtis!
You listen to your daddy now.
[SHOUTS] No! No!
Curtis. Curtis. [SPEAKS CREEK]
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He died brave.
He lived brave.
My loss can't be yours.
You take Pistol
you live brave, too.
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Your heart still beats.
I hate to do this
but Miss Sara insisted.
See, I made a promise a long
time ago I'm fixing to break.
You be good to me, Pistol,
and I'll be good to you.
That's all either of us can do.
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That's a nice grey outside.
Hard to miss it from the house.
Mistress Rachel.
I said you'd be back.
George wouldn't believe it,
but I knew. I knew all along.
- [EXHALES] Welcome home.
- I don't want no trouble.
Have no fear, Bass.
George isn't around, and even if he was,
you already beat the spit
and spite out of him.
my husband's got his mind set
on politics.
Fancies himself a legislator.
As if that will allow him
to reclaim the things
that were taken from us.
The things?
Or the people?
We hold on something fierce
to what we love, don't we?
Where'd Jennie go?
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- [SALLY] Mama.
- Sally, dear.
You're gonna be the death of me.
I hope he treats you right.
Your new man.
I hope he treats you right.
He does.
Got a bad habit of up
and disappearing, though.
Too damn quiet at times.
Stubborn as a mule.
But that man sure does love
stubborn, too.
He got a name?
Bass Reeves.
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Say hello
to your daughter.
Father, Father ♪
Let me love you ♪
Let me ♪
Father, Father ♪
Let me love you ♪
Let me ♪
Saw you wandering in ♪
My dream last night ♪
Saw you wandering in ♪
My dream last night ♪
Father, Father ♪
Let me know you ♪
Let me know you ♪
Father, Father ♪
Let me know you ♪
Let me show you ♪
How many mouths you got to feed
with no harvest?
What's your offer?
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- [SHERRILL] Welcome to the Dead Line.
Out here there ain't no laws.
- Only outlaws.
- Ready?
It's a dangerous job.
It's hard for a man to put fear
and hate behind him.
You think you can handle
the weight of the badge?
What'd you do?!
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