Little Fires Everywhere (2020) s01e05 Episode Script


I wanted tonight to be special.
What's wrong? What happened?
My brother?
He fuckin' likes you.
I don't know what you're trying to
do, but it's really fucked up.
The idea that somebody
could just come into your life
and take your children away?
Elena, you have four
healthy children
that came to you easily thatno one can ever take away, okay?
So just don't tell me
you know how I feel.
I am a good mother.
Oh really?
Because in my book,
a good mother puts her
daughter's needs before her own.
You didn't make good choices.
You had good choices!
This is not working out.
I think this is gonna
be your last day.
- You think.
- I thought we were friends.
White women always want to be
friends with their maid.
You are not to go
back there again.
- Wait, no, Mom
- I mean it, Pearl.
- No, you can't just do that.
- I just did!
Come here.
Get in the car!
Babe. Babe!
Let's get out of here.
Good thing we're leaving. We're on our last roll.
What if we don't?
- What?
- Leave.
Who says we have to?
My mother.
She'd kill me.
She can't kill you
if she can't find you.
Our flight's at 4:00.
- Don't you want an adventure?
- We've been in Paris for four months.
We just had a whole
semester of one.
I'm not ready to go back.
To Denison. To Ohio.
To any of it.
Jamie, we have a whole plan.
We're graduating in May,
moving back to Shaker,
and taking my parent's rental.
My mom's basically gotten us
starter jobs at The Shaker Times.
What happened to
The New York Times?
What is even
happening right now?
If I don't do this now,
then I never will.
And I don't want to live with
some "what if" hanging over me.
But how do we stay together
if you're here?
I just got off the
phone with Linda.
I mean, I could barely make outa word she was saying.
She was practically
hyperventilating, Bill.
Art section.
Wait, where are your brother andsister? They're gonna be late.
They already left.
Where are our lunches?
You didn't even tell me that
woman got visitation rights, Bill.
Yeah, I spent 45 minutes on
the phone with Mark last night
trying to talk him down,
but the truth is, there's notreally much we can do right now.
Ed Lan is totally within his rights
to ask for a temporary order.
Well, is he within his rights to
put things like this in the paper?
"Local Mother Fights for Daughter:
'They Can't Separate Us.'"
I mean, what is that spin?
She separated herself
from her baby.
He's, he's gonna havethis whole thing play out in thepress.
Is that what's happening?
Well, we're gonna havethis whole thing play out in thepress.
We're already getting calls
from news outlets.
Wait, we?
You're representing
the McCulloughs?
- Yes, of course he is.
- Of course I am.
They're our best friends.
You do realize they're
stealing that baby, right?
- Izzy.
- They saved that baby's life.
Why are you helping them?-You two, get to school.
What I don't understand
is how she can afford Ed Lan.
I mean, he's not doing this
pro bono, is he?
No, of course he's not.
Um maybe from this.
- This looks just like Mia.
- Don't be ridiculous.
It's her, right?
- Why would she be in The New York Times?
- She's a major artist, Mom.
- You don't even know.
- Neither do you.
I know she shipped
something to New York.
- I saw it in her studio.
- When were you in her studio?
I've been there every day.
I'm her apprentice.
Did you know this? Did you know
she's been going over there?
No, I did not.
I got to get to the office, but I'll
do some digging while I'm there.
You're not to go over there
again. Do you understand me?
I am being serious, Isabelle.
If you want to live in this house,
you have to live by my rules.
You're not to go
over there again.
You seem very angry.
Is it because she
might be helping Bebe?
Or is it that she's in The New
York Timesand you'll never be?
What does it say?
I'm sorry.
It's gonna be okay.
- Hey.
- Hey.
You're supposed to be in school.
Yeah, but how cool is this?
That's you, right?
I feel like I should get it
signed now that you're famous.
That's not me.
- Really?
- Yeah.
Izzy, what would I be doing
in The New York Timesnaked?
I just thought I saw
that Sotheby's package
being sent out express, and you have
that giant Pauline Hawthorne book.
Did you look through my things?
I mean, I looked around a
little, but it was
- That's an invasion of my
privacy. -I'm sorry.
No, you need to go.
You promised no press.
There wasn't, but you can't stopsomeone from wanting to promote
an acquisition.
You know that.
- I'm on the phone.
- I know you're scared, Mi.
But your pregnancy
was not a secret.
No one is coming after you
because of this.
It's been years.
You're safe, Pearl's safe.
Hold on.
- What?
- I need the phone.
Anita, let me call you back.
Yeah, okay.
- What's going on?
- I need to call Lexie.
You know, since I'm not allowedto set foot in her house.
It's kind of a double standard, you know.
I mean, Izzy gets to come here
and hang out all day
but I can't go to the
Richardson's house?
Izzy did not sneak out
in the middle of the night
and she did not disobey
my explicit instructions.
You can't keep me
from having friends.
- Lexie is not your friend.
- You don't even know her.
-I know that she will disappointyou. -So what?
You're just gonna ban me
from that house forever?
You're not making much of a statement
when we're living under their roof.
Keep up the backtalk,
and we won't be.
My God, Lexie Don't tell
me you're bulimic now.
Am I gonna need a hazmat suit?
Next time, use the boy's bathroom.
You fucking look like one.
Fuck off, jock mattress.
I mean, the Arch Deluxe was fine,
but you got to admit, it was no McRib.
How do they even, like
Are, are you mad?
Fuck, you're mad.
You only ever want to go to
McDonald's when you want to talk.
I'm not mad.
I'm just
I'm just upset.
I mean, this whole Mirabelle
thing. It's so upsetting.
I mean, aren't you
upset about it?
I mean yeah, it sucks.
I mean, Linda and Markpractically raised her since shewas born.
And what, now they might
have to give her back
to some woman who gave her up
in the first place?
Well, she's not just some woman. I mean, she is her mom.
And if the government had
better systems in place
No real mother would
abandon her baby.
You know, like, if
we got pregnant,
- we would never do something like that.
- Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.
Don't even say that out loud.
Okay, you don't have to make it
sound like it's the worst thing ever.
- I mean, we want kids down the
road. -Yeah, way down.
My parents would kill me.
I'd, I'd be a literal cliche.
You know what, speaking of which,
you should probably get on the pill.
You know, just to be safe.
Yeah, you're right.
I should get on that.
I mean, she already
missed her first nap.
If she misses her second one,
she's gonna destroy bedtime.
Five more minutes. If she's not here, we can leave.
I mean, maybe I should call The
Plain Dealerand tell them that
You know.
She abandoned her baby again.
Imagine that headline.
Come on, Bubba, it's so cold.
May Ling.
Linda, you
have to do this.
There's no choice.
The judge ordered.
May Ling.
It's only one hour.
Okay, come on.
Come on, come on, baby. Come on, yes. There you go, there you go.
Come on.
Thank you.
Thank you so much.
Hi, this is Elena Richardson.
I'm a reporter with The Shaker Times.
I have a few questions.
I'm calling about a recent sale of Hawthorne's "Duo."
Yes, "Duo." D-U-O.
Yes, a Richard Prince show.
Did-did Polly mention
I see that you were a subject
of Ms. Hawthorne's.
Hello, this is
Elena Richardson
if you could get back to me,
I would really appreciate it.
A photograph entitled "Duo."
Hello, my name is
Elena Richardson
Yes, I'm calling about
the Pauline Hawthorne photo
that recently sold to the Varick Hotel in New York.
I was wondering if
Yes, I believe that you were
a former colleague.
Mia Warren. Do you think
she was one of her students?
Yes, this is Elena Richardson.
I'm calling fromThe Shaker Times,
if you could please call
Yes, I understand. But if you can't give me the class rosters,
can you at least tell me if
Mia Warren was a student there?
Someone's here to see you.
They say it's urgent.
Par-pardon me just a minute.
Oh, my God, honey.
What-what are you doing here?
When did you know?
Wait, what?
Was it before or after you askedme for my husband's checkbook?
She blames me, Bill.
She blames me for all of this.
- What are you even doing right
now? -I'm going to New York.
- You're what?
- I have to get answers,
- and I can only get them in
person. -Elena.
Not over the phone.
I need to figure out
who this woman is.
She has completely infiltratedour lives and wormed her way in.
- Has wrecked Linda's life.
- Okay.
-And she can't get away with it.-Elena.
- She can't.
- Will you-Just please,
just stop
for just one second.
And-and-and how is she paying
Bebe's legal fees?
I mean, she pretended
to be some poor single mother
who could barely provide
for her daughter,
and now, she's wreaking havoc
on all of our lives.
- Elena.
- I mean, she's trying to turn
my own daughter against me.
- You know that.
- Elena, do not do this again.
- She's trying to steal my
daughter. -This is enough now.
- She is, Bill.
- Mia is not the problem here.
She's trying to help Bebe
steal Linda and Mark's
- and she's a liar and a con
artist. -Elena.
- Yes.
- Can't you see that?
Yes! I see it.
- She is all of those things.
- Well, there have to be consequences.
It still doesn't mean thatyou should be going to New York
in the middle of the
night to go play PI.
I'm sorry, I'm a journalist.
Are you playing when
you go to court?
-I'm sorry, but you are scaringme now. -That's offensive, Bill.
Please, Elena.
Stop this, please.
Ever since you met her, you're just
I don't know what you are.
But it is not good.
I mean, look at yourself.
You are coming
completely unraveled.
I am completely raveled.
- Hey, Mom.
- What?
- Where are you going?
- I'm going on a work trip.
Okay, I just, I really needto talk to you about something.
Lexie, can you
give us a minute?
What is it honey?
Never mind.
Elena. Elena!
Elena! Elena!
Please don't do this.
I'll be back in two days.
- Welcome to the Varick Hotel.
- Thank you.
Hi. Um
I need to get a, you know.
An abortion.
Today, if possible.
Sign in and take a seat.
You'll need to do a consult first.
Margaret, oh, what
a pretty name.
I'm Elena Richardson, and I'ma
reporter from The Shaker Times in Ohio.
I'm actually investigating thisrecently unearthed photograph
from Pauline Hawthorne.
It's called "Duo."
Oh, yes, I've seen this.
I actually have reason to believe
that the subject was a student here,
which is such an inspiring
art school story.
And I was just wondering
if it would be possible
to see Ms. Hawthorne'sclass rosters from the early '80's.
Yeah, no, we don't
really do that.
Did I mention that I broughtthese Magnolia Cupcakes for you?
- Hey.
- Hi.
Um you're early.
I was able to duck
out after 5th.
Thanks. They said I can't
drive myself home after, so
They said it may be a while, so if you
want to go to Arabica or something
No, Lexie, I'm not going
to leave you here by yourself.
Are you sure that you didn't
want Brian here?
Or maybe Serena?
No, you're the
only person I told.
Pearl Warren.
Hi, that's me.
- The Varick Hotel, please.
- Sure.
- Here on a trip?
- Uh, yes, a work trip.
What do you do?
I'm a journalist
for a prominent newspaper.
You work for The Times?
- No, it's in northeast Ohio.
- Oh.
But I have a friend
who works there.
It's nice to have friends
in high places.
- Is The Timesnearby?
- It's near enough, yeah.
- Could you take me there
instead? -Sure.
- Uh, actually?
- Yeah?
Last change.
Is there a department store nearby?
- Yeah. Over here.
- Perfect.
Would you like to see?
You're doing great.
Is your boyfriend
waiting for you?
Just a friend.
Nearly there now.
I'm sorry.
I panicked.
I just
It's just, that woman in there
is my mom's friend.
if this got out, if people foundout, it would like, actually
matter, you know?
- I'll just take you home.
- Please don't.
My dad's gonna take one look at
me and he'll know.
Please don't take me home.
What happened?
Come here.
As I live and breathe.
Wow, it's, it's so good to see
you. You look
You look really great.
Uh, I'm sorry to bother you.
I can only imagine how busy you are.
It must be jarringto hear from me out of the blue.
It wouldn't be the first time.
I'm actually here
in town on a story.
I didn't think The Shaker Times
had budget for travel.
Well, they don't, exactly.
But I'm actually looking for
the identity of this woman
who was in The Times.
Your colleague, Colleen
Mitchell, wrote the article.
I was wondering if you could
make an introduction,
-'cause I have a few questions.-She's not here.
She's out in LA coveringthe Cindy Sherman retrospective.
Oh. Oh.
I'’m sorry to even ask this,
but I only have today.
I-I don'’t know if maybe you
could do a little digging for me.
I-I would do it myself. I just don'’t
have access to LexisNexis from here.
And it'’s more than a story.
It'’s actually very personal.
Really? How?
It's a long story that I'm sureyou don't have time for.
I can do some digging.
Oh, that would be wonderful.
Um, so her name is Mia Warren. Her maiden name might be Wright.
- W-R?
- W-R-I-G-H-T.
And New York will probably comeup because I believe she went toschool here,
but you might want to try
McKeesport, Pennsylvania as well.
And, um, I'’m just staying
at the Varick Hotel,
so you could fax me
if you find anything, or
Or, um, I could take you for a
drink to say thank you.
You don't think
this deserves dinner at least?
Sure. Dinner it is.
- I'll leave a message at the
Varick. -Okay.
Thank you so much.
You're welcome.
He's right over there.
- So.
- So.
- How are you.
- Oh, well
Uh, Bill is partner
at his firm now.
My kids are all in high school. Lexie is second in her class.
-Moody has his first girlfriend.-I asked how are you.
Here you go.
Are you ready to order?
I think we're gonna need
another minute, thank you.
- Yes.
- Sure.
- Cheers.
- Cheers.
I'm-I'm good, I'm great.
I've been busy.
Um, between work and the kids
and the house and
but my boss is really great.
Very supportive.
And, um
I still have the
rental property.
The property that my parents
wanted us to
Right. Right.
Um, I manage that, and um..
How are you?
Do you live in the city?
Did-did you ever get married?
I don't see a ring.
My mom and dad, they stilllike to say I'm married to work.
Actually, when I became
a foreign correspondent,
- my sister, Georgina.
- Yeah.
She threw me a wedding shower
as a joke.
- Really?
- Yeah.
That's what it's like.
It was what I wanted.
I get to work all over the world.
I got to go to Beirut,
Johannesburg, London.
When I turned 40, I decided itwas time to stop living out of asuitcase.
Well, it sounds like
work keeps you very busy.
- Yeah, it does.
- Yeah.
You know that, and
you know, random favors for people I
haven't seen in well over a decade.
Speaking of, uh
Apparently, your Mia
Wright had a brother.
He died in a car crash at 17.
- What?
- Yeah, his name was Warren.
Her brother's name is Warren.
I knew it.
This is her.
- You two ready?
- You know what?
My friend here just received
an unexpected obituary,
so naturally, we
are celebrating.
What do you say?
A glass of champagne?
Actually, let's
make it a bottle.
Of course, sir.
I'll be back with the list.
What'd you used to say?
being right is better than sex.
- Because it lasts longer.
- It lasts forever.
- To being right.
- To being right.
Hey, Dad's working late, so I brought you a couple piecesof pizza.
- What's this?
- It's an apology note.
Okay, you can go now.
Whoa, dude.
Dyke central.
Isn't there a Jen you need to gohave meaningless sex with?
What's that supposed to mean?
Someone too dumb to know
what a bottom feeder you are.
Fuck you, Izz.
She's finally asleep.
Let me get some of that heat.
-Guess this is where you gloat.-No.
No, Pearl.
It breaks my heart that
she can't see you for you.
That she only sees
what you can do for her.
I had sex with Trip.
Were you safe?
I would have thought Moody, but
I I mean, Trip?
Why not?
He seemed like
like that guy, you know?
Like the kind of guy that you
want your first time to be with.
Like it'd be easy.
And fun and simple.
It wasn't any of that.
Come here.
Oh, honey.
Sex is rarely simple.
Even when you want it to be.
Was your first time with my dad?
But it was with someone
that I really loved.
Could you tell me
more about him?
My dad, I mean.
How'd you meet?
What was he like?
We met on the subway.
And he was
And charming.
And intelligent.
He just wasn't interested
in being a parent.
It's for you.
It's Trip.
Okay, but feminists aren't
rallying around Paula Jones
- like they did Anita Hill.
- That's not why.
- It's ideological.
- No, it's not ideological.
It's actually, she's just not
a credible person.
She went up to his hotel room.
Well, Clinton can't stop
tripping over his dick.
Is that even
anatomically possible?
Don't forget, he smoked weed
without inhaling.
- Oh, yes, okay.
- Wait, but you did that, too, right?
What, no.
I definitely inhaled.
- Oh, really?
- It just, it didn't affect me.
Oh, you mean my birthday?
When you got swindled
into buying oregano?
Okay, that was such a combination
of terrible negotiating skills
on my behalf and a
serious language barrier.
Thank you so much, folks.
Take your time.
- Thank you.
- Mm-hmm, I got this.
I insist.
I asked for the favor.
Then the nightcap's on me.
That was your
first time, wasn't it?
- Yeah.
- Fuck.
I'm sorry.
First time should be
Look, I
It, it wasn't my
first time obviously.
Right, and that's,
that's the thing, you know?
I've done it lots
of times with
- you know, lots of girls.
- I know.
I mean, I figured.
that's not what I meant.
I'm-I-I was just
trying to say that
you're different.
And-and I don't know, I think,
I think I got in my head a little bit.
You know, like, I think I was
I don't know.
Like, nervous or something.
Wait, what?
What are you talking about?
I mean, you read The
Bell Jarfor fun.
I don't even know what the fuck The Bell Jaris, still.
And you're
really, really pretty.
I'm glad you called.
Me, too.
I mean, I still don't even know
what a fucking hypotenuse is, so
I still have a
lot to learn, too.
Where's Pearl?
- Thanks.
- You good?
Do you think that I made
the right decision?
Only you know that.
Yeah, but if you were in my
position. If you were me.
I'm not you.
Do you think that I
did the wrong thing?
You want to know what I think?
I think
my daughter skipped
school to help you
and you thanked her
by using her name
and then demanding
that she take care of you.
I spent two months cooking your
dinners, working in your house.
You never so much as
uttered a thank you.
And now, you want more.
Pearl may love to give and give
to you, but I do not.
I'm done.
I'm sorry.
I didn't have anywhere else to go.
You had plenty of places to go
and plenty of people who care.
You have no concept of what it'slike to not have anyone.
Don't insult your own intelligence
by pretending otherwise.
When you're done,
wash out your own mug.
For once.
Oh, my God, now I reallyfeel like we're in college.
I can't believe we're
brown bagging it.
Ah, it's more fun
when it's illegal.
So how many drinks are we gonnahave before you admit the truth?
Why'd you really
come by my office?
I told you, I needed help.
You work for a paper.
You didn't need me.
I okay.
After all we've been through,
I just thought that
maybe we should clear the air.
And I don't know, be friends.
Wait, what are you doing?
I'm sending you home.
I get lied to enough
covering politics, so
Come on.
I-I wanted to see you.
I wanted to know
what your life looked like.
If you were happy
with the life you chose, or
It's like, one day, you just
wake up and it's settled.
You are who you are, and
you don't remember
how it got that way.
You don't remember deciding.
It just happened.
I just wonder if you ever
look back at your life and
have regrets.
Because I do.
I have some regrets.
Come back to the Varick with me.
Jesus, Elena.
What's it like being this much
of a narcissist?
You know the world doesn't
actually orbit around you.
Wait, you're the one
who asked me to dinner.
You-you-you said you
wanted a nightcap.
Because I wanted to see
if you'd ever own up.
Take responsibility.
Fucking apologize.
- You broke up with me.
- That's what you want to bring up?
Our break-up?
We were fucking kids.
No, I'm talking about
what you did to me.
- Look, I
- When you called this time,
I truly wondered
if you'd changed.
But you haven't.
You're still the same sad personliving a sad life.
You stuck to your plan.
But it's not my job
to make your life bearable.
4:15 p.m.
Elena, it's me.
The Varick, huh?
I got your message.
Just trying you back.
Call me at the office when you get this. Glad you made it safe.
7:13 p.m.
Hey, I'm headed home.
Uh, I don't know what you're up to,
but we should probably talk.
10:43 p.m.
Okay, well
I don't know what's going on.
But I'm worried, Elena.
And I just
I don't know what I'm supposed
to be worried about anymore.
- Are you okay?
- Yes, I am.
I'm sorry, baby.
Can I ask you a question?
Of course.
Did you want me?
When you had me?
Oh, Pearl.
I did.
I did.
Oh, you have no idea.
You were so wanted.
Oh, Jesus, okay.
- Hi, ma'am.
- Hi.
I just saw you here sleeping. I wanted to make sure you're allright.
Oh, thank you so much, officer. I'm just resting.
- I have a long drive home.
- All right.
But you may want to move along now.
This isn't the safest neighborhood.
Oh, thank you.
What are you doing?
Why are you here?
What's going on?
Fucking answer me, Lexie.
She keeps asking and askingme and I keep wondering.
I don't know.
Did I do the right thing,
keeping the truth from her?
Only you know that.
There are so many secrets, Mi.
It's those secrets
that keep you alone.
That isolate you,
even from the ones you love.
And loved.
Honey, I think this is what
you'’re really scared of.
But maybe it'’s time
to be honest with her.
Oh, God, Anita.
I don't think I can do that.
I don't think I can do
Hi. Are you Mrs. Wright?
- Yes.
- I'm Elena Richardson.
I'm a reporter from The Shaker
Timesin Ohio.
I'm so sorry to bother you, but I'm
doing a story about your daughter, Mia.
Would you be willing
to talk to me?
The last time we saw Mia,
she was pregnant.
You've never met
your grandchild?
That baby was never
going to be our grandchild.
I'm sorry, I
I don't understand.
The baby Mia was carrying
in that picture.
It was not hers.
Best day ever!
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