Lisey's Story (2021) s01e04 Episode Script

Jim Dandy

Missus, I thought we had an agreement.
Seems like you don't get
how serious this business is,
although I'd think a dead crow
in the mailbox
would be pretty hard to misunderstand.
I'll be seeing you.
Fuck you, Jimmy.
Now, Missus, that isn't a bit nice.
Isn't this just the cutest song?
Look at this.
See what it says on the side there?
Captain Black and Empty Devils.
Captain Black had a magic yo-yo.
Course, you know that.
Yo-yos like this one were
a promotion thing the publisher did.
I got it on eBay and I learned a few
tricks on it too, just like Captain Black.
Watch. I'll make it sleep.
And now I'll walk the dog.
I'm thirsty.
We can fix that.
Feelin' better?
I'll feel better when you're gone.
Fair enough.
I won't take up too much of your time.
We can't afford to linger
in any case, Missus.
Wish I could stay, though.
It's a nice place.
Not that I begrudge him.
He was a flat genius.
He made all the money
with his special talent.
His God-given gift,
and you did nothing but warm his bed.
Makes you sort of a parasite, doesn't it?
Mr. Dooley, we-- we were partners.
We relied on each other.
And we loved each other.
And that's something that
Dashmiel doesn't seem to get.
Well, you know what they say. Opinions
are like assholes. Everyone's got one.
Scott's talent wasn't just special,
it was extra special.
I read every single one of his books.
Maybe the prof told you that.
You know which one I liked the best?
The one with the yo-yo. Empty Devils.
No, Missus.
That's a good one, but it's not so good
as Coaster's Daughter.
I didn't just like it. I loved it and
I read it to pieces.
My favorite part is when Gene
tells his son of a bitch father
he's never comin' back.
You know what he says, you--
you remember that?
Gene-- Gene says his father
never understood the duty of love.
That's it.
That's just it.
He never understood the duty of love.
How many people have felt something
like that and never had the words?
Scott deserved a place like this.
And now he's gone.
What a shame,
and what a shame you're holding on to
what the world would like to see.
"The women looked at each other in
the way some women do but men never do,
because they see further
and in more colors."
"In more colors."
Only Scott Landon could put it that way
and no one's ever seen it.
It's just sittin' down there in a dark box
because of you.
You know what this woman sees
in front of her right now?
A thief.
Now, you made me do that, Missus.
Now listen to me. You listening to me?
The world deserves to see these.
And we had an agreement
and you didn't stick to it.
What do you mean?
You give me the papers,
I give them to the prof,
he publishes them for the world to see
so people can understand
how great Scott Landon was.
Mr.-- Mr. Dooley.
We-- We-- We didn't have an agreement.
-We didn't-- We didn't have an--
Yes, we surely did.
But you lied, didn't you?
So where's the other stuff?
Where's the secret stuff?
-How you're holdin' it back from the prof.
-From the world.
From me.
Please. Please. Please.
I can't get over it
and it makes me so mad.
I promise you. I promise you.
-You can have all of it.
Hush now, Missus.
No more of your bitchery.
Now, I'm sorry to use such a word, but
I believe in calling a thing by its name.
"Secrets, secrets are no fun.
Secrets, secrets hurt someone."
I've got something we should listen to.
It's from Battle Flags.
There's a sequel to Relics.
No, that was nothin' but one chapter,
and an outline.
I got it right back there, Missus.
You're a liar,
and liars get took to the woodshed.
Now, I better hear from the prof
by 10:00 tomorrow night.
He has no way--
He has no way to reach you.
He can't reach you.
He has no way to reach you.
He doesn't have your number.
-He doesn't have your email. He can't--
-By 10:00 tomorrow night,
or next time the hurting's
gonna be a lot worse.
He has no way to reach you.
Hush now, Missus.
Lisey. No.
Oh, no. No.
Oh, God.
All Landons are fast healers.
We had to be.
I'm only a Landon by marriage.
-I shouldn't have told you.
Daddy said we don't unbury the dead.
No, you have to tell me.
You have to tell me.
You have to finish, and then I promise you
we'll never talk about it ever again.
I loved him, Lisey.
I know you did.
What's going on? What's going on?
It's all right.
You're a natural.
What is this?
Where are we?
Sweetheart Hill.
We have to be quiet.
That's enough.
Hi, Dan.
Well, hello, Mrs. Landon.
Are you okay? Sound a little funny.
I'm okay. I'm-- I'm sleepy. Just sleepy.
I'm-- I'm getting ready to go to bed.
Well, I'm sorry to bother you.
I just wanted to let you know
that Roddy Boynton's parked on
the side of the road if you need anything.
-Thanks a lot.
-Have a good evening, Mrs. Landon.
Okay, bye.
Please tell me you really
didn't believe any of that crap,
even for a second.
I mean, you were always the practical one.
And the pool didn't just heal.
It had the power to fascinate.
What am I supposed to do
about Dooley, Scott?
And Amanda?
Do you have any ideas?
I I loved you. I saved you.
I gave you ice.
My mama told me
She said, son, please beware
There's this thing called love
You know it's everywhere
She told me
-She can break your heart
-Break your heart
-And put you in misery
-And put you in misery
Since I met this little woman, yeah
I feel it happened to me
And I'm telling you
-It's too late to turn back now
-It's too late to turn back now
I believe, I believe
I believe I'm falling in love
I found myself calling her
At least ten times a day
You know, it's so unusual
For me to carry on this way
I'll tell you, I can't sleep at night
No. No, no, no.
-Wanting to hold her tight
-Wanting to hold her tight
I've tried so hard to convince myself
That this feeling just ain't right
-Yeah, oh, yeah
-It's too late to turn back now
I believe, I believe
I believe I'm falling in love
I wouldn't mind it
If I knew she really loved me too
But I hate to think
That I'm in love alone
And there's nothing that I can do, no
-It's too late to turn back now
-To turn back now
I believe, I believe
I believe I'm falling in love
'Cause I'm falling in love
-It's too late to turn back now
I believe, I believe
I believe I'm falling in love
It's too late to turn back now
I believe, I believe
I believe I'm falling in love
I loved you. I saved you.
I gave you ice.
I loved you. I saved you.
I saved you twice.
I saved you.
I saved you twice.
Tonight and tomorrow, we're gonna be
Close the door, Lisey.
Were you born in a barn? Jesus.
What are you doing out?
According to handsome there,
Robert Frost was right.
The world's gonna end
in ice instead of fire.
Good thing Scott's out west.
It's probably 70 in LA.
He canceled the tour.
What? Mr. Type-A Rock Star Writer?
There's something wrong with him.
Or has been since Christmas.
He's not himself and it's getting worse.
You're telling me this, because wh--
Oh, oh, oh, snap. Of course.
I'm the crazy one in the family.
Because I need someone to talk to.
Sure, but not Darla, right?
'Cause she's not the one
who gorks out sometimes
and has to spend
a couple of days in bed, so
God, no. Because he talks to you.
You're the only one he talks to,
besides me.
Did he say anything to you?
Did he say anything about being depressed?
About being disconnected?
No. I mean, he seemed a little off.
But not just since Christmas.
I'd say before Thanksgiving.
Did he talk to you
about his childhood, ever?
Has he ever,
ever spoken to you about that?
No. What has he said to you?
-Seriously? Nothing? Never?
-No. He-- No, he-- He did.
He-- He-- He talked to me about it once.
It was a long time ago.
Was right after we were married.
He said that the Landons had a history
of becoming unstuck
to reality.
He called it "being gone."
Stress, maybe?
He thrives on stress. He loves stress.
It's not that.
It's more like a disease. It's like
Two types of insanity.
The bad and the gone.
Runs in the blood.
Something in the blood.
You did come to me
because I'm the crazy one.
No. I came because I'm scared.
And I don't want to lose him.
When I withdraw
it's because I get scared.
I get scared of the future.
Of dying all alone in this house with
no one but my two sisters to mourn me.
And so sometimes I just go into the past
when I was a kid.
When life wasn't so goddamn complicated.
And then sometimes,
you know, when I retreat
Is it hard to-- to come back?
If I cut myself
Pain brings me back, but someday it won't.
Oh, God. Just don't say that.
-Don't do that. Don't cut--
-You don't want to hear.
-You don't believe it, but it's--
-Don't cut yourself again.
I should go, because it's gonna get dark.
I don't want to drive when it's dark.
You don't want to leave him alone.
Do you?
Then make it right.
Hold on to him, Lisey. He loves you.
And if there is anyone who can
keep him tethered to this world
It's me.
It has to be me.
Hey. It's freezing up here.
Why don't you come back to the house?
What are you doing?
Okay. Right. Quit messin' around. Come on.
You're scaring me.
Hey, hey, honey.
Are you all right?
Talk to me.
If you're there
come back.
Just come back.
Where'd you go?
Do you remember when you cut your hand?
-The night I argued with the laundromat.
-And-- Yeah,
and you cleaned it in the sink
the way that Paul showed you.
Did Paul do that when your dad cut him,
after he made you jump from the barn?
No. That came later.
And Paul's cuts were bad.
They weren't just nicks. They were bad.
Daddy cut deep.
But that's not what you want to ask.
-Ask what you want, and I'll answer
-Okay. Okay, okay.
-but you have to ask.
So, when you jumped
from the barn window
Daddy gave me a kiss.
Kiss is Daddy's prize.
Daddy let the bad
out of Paul and it was over.
Bool, the end.
At least for that day.
But that's not what
you want to ask either.
How did he heal?
How did he get better?
There's a place.
He called it
Booya Moon.
We called it Booya Moon.
I took him when he was hurt.
And I took him when he was dead.
And I buried him on Sweetheart Hill.
Where we went today. That was our place.
Ask your question. I know what it is,
but you have to ask.
Was it real
where we went today
or was it my imagination?
And then he took me.
If you want
I'll take you there again.
I do.
-What did you think of?
-The willow tree.
That was good. Better than Paul.
God, the flowers.
Can I touch them? Is it safe?
I took one back once,
but it died right away.
-It's gonna get dark soon.
-It never gets dark here.
The moon is always there,
right above the horizon.
Lisey, look.
Paul made this from a busted crate.
The pool's the best, Lisey.
-Are there people here?
But they're broken.
What's that?
Think of something, Lisey.
Something in the room.
Wh-- What was that?
Wh-- What was that thing?
The long boy.
I've never seen it up close.
I never want to.
I don't want to be here.
We have a long acquaintance,
that thing and I.
Do you remember when I had to take
Paul 'cause Daddy cut him up so bad?
That day it was so close
we could glimpse him through the trees.
It was so tall.
And the feelings it brings.
-It knows.
-Knows what?
It calls me.
Can it come through?
Can it come through to us?
Probably not.
I hear it sometimes when I'm writing.
Its mind reaches out to mine.
And nights where I can't sleep,
I hear it coming.
I catch a glimpse of it in a mirror,
or a glass, and I-- I see his face.
Many faces.
And I wish
I do, so-- sometimes, I
But now I have you, Lisey.
And you keep me here.
You're my anchor.
There are anchors here and there.
Anchors and doubles.
What do you mean?
Sometimes, I'm a double.
Paul never was.
But there's so much that I don't know,
that I can only guess.
Like how water connects
Booya Moon to our world.
-How you can go and most people can't.
-Because I had you to help me.
But the pool heals.
That I know for sure.
You know, that's where I took Paul
when Daddy cut him.
-We were on the path to the pool.
-So you could make him better.
So you could make him better
the way you made yourself better
after you cut your arm.
And then it came.
The long boy.
Go. Get out of here.
And don't try and trick me again
with that water business.
Scott, do you hear that?
What is that?
I don't know.
-I don't want to be here.
-It's okay.
Paul, where are you going?
Paul, it's this way. Paul.
Where are you going? Paul!
For some reason, Paul couldn't
stop himself from moving towards it.
Paul! Paul, don't go there.
Paul, come back!
I told you not to go there! I told you!
He got my arm. He got my arm.
It's okay, Paul. The pool will fix it.
The pool will fix everything,
like it always does.
Come on, come on.
It went away.
But it marked us.
Knew us.
We went there other times
before Paul died.
And now when I think of it
it thinks of me.
Well, then don't.
Don't think of it.
I need to know one more thing
about your brother.
No more, no more, no more.
No more, no more.
-Why is it backwards?
-Because she carved it on her arm.
-Because she carved it on her arm.
-Because she carved it on her arm.
Do you know what this is?
Are you there?
Squeeze my hand.
Squeeze my hand if you're there.
Are you at the pool?
Did you go to the pool to get better?
Do you want to come back?
I want to come back.
From where? Wh-- Wh--
-I wanna come home.
-Okay, okay.
Do you want to come home?
Then you have to help me.
I don't know how to do this without you.
So tell me.
Help me. Okay?
Help me.
Help me! Help me!
There's so much that I don't know,
that I can only guess.
How water connects
Booya Moon to our world.
How you can go when most people can't.
You're a natural.
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