Ordinary Joe (2021) s01e05 Episode Script

Mask On Mask Off

1 Previously on "Ordinary Joe" My name is Amy Kindelan, and I'm running for Congress.
Why were you at Jenny Banks' birthday party last night? Jenny and I are just friends.
You and Jenny Banks have never been just friends.
That's him.
That's our son.
- How many injured? - Just Congressman Diaz.
Shooter disappeared into the crowd.
Divorce papers? And you have 40 days to respond.
You're gonna finish your law degree.
Do I work part-time? That might be hard since you'll be living in Atlanta.
Wayne Coleman, his sister interned for Bobby Diaz.
You think that they had an affair? What if her death wasn't an accident? What if congressmen Diaz had something to do with it? First time I made pumpkin pizza I was 13 years old.
It's when my yeah, my mom was coming to town.
You don't have to say yes.
You don't have to say no.
The only thing you have to do is be true to yourself and what you want.
Will you be there? She divorced me a long time ago.
It's you she wants to see.
If she wants to see me so bad, why is it the first time she's visited in two years? I can tell her you had Halloween plans with Joe.
She can come over for dinner.
I just want you here too.
I guess her visits were memorable - since they were so infrequent.
- I know.
But that is a trip down memory lane that I don't need.
So let's go back to you and Amy, right? You guys need a cute couple name.
- Jamy, Jamy.
A Amoe.
- Those names are almost as tragic as our relationship, Eric.
Stop catastrophizing everything.
Stop using therapy words on me, okay? - I have a therapist now.
- Mm-hmm.
And Dr.
Cho would agree that Amy sleeping with a married Congressman who I'm investigating is a catastrophe.
Look, I know you like to avoid - the tough conversations but - I do not.
Maybe you should get her side of the story.
I don't wanna see you end another relationship - just when things get bumpy.
- I do not do that either.
You broke up with that software engineer because she thought that Billy Joel was the lead singer of Green Day.
Which was a red flag about our age difference.
If you really feel strongly about Amy, you won't leave without an explanation.
That's all that I'm saying.
Okay, I promise.
I like that promise.
Okay, so here's the plan.
I'm going to fly out to Atlanta on Halloween.
And you and I are gonna drive down the week after.
Wait, Mom, you're missing Halloween? You were all gonna build a Mars rover costume for me this year.
No, I'm not gonna miss my little Mars rover.
I'm gonna take a night flight.
I have to start my externship the next day.
How long's the drive? It's long, but it'll be fun.
You know, road trip, baby.
We're gonna look out the window, and I'll let you pick all the music.
You okay? Christopher, you don't have to say yes to this plan.
Yeah, but just let us know if you don't wanna move.
If we move, will we be looking for two apartments or one? I'm thinking one.
All right, I'm gonna make a list of people I wanna say goodbye to.
Can you open up my Notes app? Yeah.
Sleep sweet, honey.
All right.
Grandma, Dr.
We should, uh we should make lists of our own.
I'll get the van serviced, change the tires, I'll sublet the apartment.
We need to start looking for a permanent place in Atlanta.
Oh, I can ask Amy to help with that.
She said she has some contacts.
Okay, just make sure she grills them about wheelchair accessibility, because they always say they are and they aren't.
- I'll add it to my list.
- Yeah.
Along with rescinding the divorce papers.
- You sure? - Very sure.
You know, now that we're moving in together, why not start tonight? Yeah.
Did you see his wheelchair? It was pretty banged up.
And that truck? How old was that thing? You know what I saw? I saw a boy who looks happy.
- Did you know? - That he was disabled? Yeah.
If we weren't on a dark street, I'd ask her to let me out right now.
I shouldn't have asked that.
You shouldn't have thought it.
Take a left up there.
We've seen him, our son.
So what now? I don't know.
You know how proud I am of you for going back to law school, Jen, but is moving the whole family necessary? It's only till next summer, Douglas.
Actually, we're not sure yet.
If Jenny's externship leads to a job, and if I really love the hospital that I'm at, we may stay.
Permanently? We're trying not to look too far down the road, you know, one step at a time.
Well, how can I support you? Christopher made a list of people that he wants to say goodbye to it's long.
If you could pick him up from school this week and take him to see as many people as you can, - that would be so great.
- Absolutely.
You think you can find a specialist that Chris needs in one week? With your help, maybe? It's also the middle of a school year.
Have you considered that? Chris is all in, Dad.
He told us this morning that he has never been so excited.
Gone are the cares I don't wanna meet a whole new group of kids.
They're gonna try to shake my hand.
They're gonna try and talk to me like I'm two years old.
So tell your parents that you don't wanna go.
No way.
They're together again.
Wake unto me [APPLAUSE.]
Christopher Kimbreau and Mohamed Riazi, - you're up next.
- You said you crossed my name - off the list.
- Our song is a duet.
If you don't sing, I don't sing.
I can't be in the play.
I told you I'm moving.
- Well, I can.
- Christopher Kimbreau - and Mohamed Riazi.
- Do it for me? Let's go.
Boom boom ba ya Boom boom by ya Boom boom boom ba ya Pressure pushing down on me Pressing down on you No man to ask for under pressure That burns a building down Splits a family in two Less people on the streets It's the terror of knowing What this world is about Watching some good friends screaming let me out For tomorrow gets me high Oh oh oh ooh [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE.]
We're rock stars! - [MELLOW GUITAR CHORDS.]
Pumpkin latte without milk.
I don't understand how people say that tastes good.
I saw him.
We saw him.
Probably don't wanna record this.
Zeke's school is having a Halloween Carnival Fundraiser.
Okay, come on, Joe.
Slow down now.
- Slow down.
- I'm not going.
Amy has a campaign event that night.
He's in a wheelchair.
I wanna donate a ramp van.
That's not a good idea.
They need one.
We can do it anonymously.
This is about helping a family, doing some good.
You can't possibly have a problem with that.
No, I don't have a problem but I know, I need to tell Amy about him.
I've run the conversation a million times through my head.
It never ends well.
Okay, try it on me.
What, you're gonna be Amy? Yeah.
Okay, that's not weird at all.
- Come on.
- Fine.
Hey, hon, you know how devastated you were by the miscarriage and us being unable to have kids? Well, guess what? Turns out I already have one.
Yeah, you can't say that.
It doesn't matter what I say.
That's what she's gonna hear.
Listen, every day I ask God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change, the courage to change the things I can and wisdom to know the difference.
You can change this, Joe.
Amy, there's something I've been putting off talking to you about, and I'm sorry that I have to To tell you, but I-I want you to hear it from me.
We started the vetting process and we, uh we have some concerns about Joe.
Oh, please.
Look, Joe's rock and roll without the sex and the drugs.
He always has been.
I-I don't know about the sex and the drugs, but I know that he went out of town after we left.
Did he tell you that? Wait, are you guys following him? Come on, Amy.
You know how this goes.
They're looking into you and everyone you're related to.
Their personal conduct, social media history, finances.
Joe just bought lunch upstate.
I know that's not a big deal, but he told you that he was home.
Thank you for coming to fill out the transfer papers.
Bobby and the team will be in soon.
Okay, what's with the cold shoulder? I hate having to ask you this but, uh I just promised my best friend that I wouldn't avoid tough conversations.
- Joe, what's going on? - You and Bobby.
What did he say? You know what, it doesn't matter what he said.
All that matters is the truth and [SIGHS.]
yeah, it's true.
I did have an affair with Bobby.
- Oh.
- I thought he was gonna leave his wife because I was naive, right? But it's it's over.
I've ended it.
I'm just I'm really thankful, because I got to meet you.
Well, now I just feel like a jerk.
- I'm sorry.
- No, don't apologize.
I-I want you to be honest with me.
There's something that I've wanted to tell you about Bobby.
What about Bobby? The guy who shot him, he may have had a real good reason.
No one has a good reason to shoot anyone.
I mean, I wish cops would get that.
That's not what I meant.
I just think you need to watch out.
I'm not sure how much I can say because it's still an active investigation, but he could be dangerous.
Wait, an active investigation on Bobby? - Yes.
- Bobby's the victim.
Look, he might be a flawed man in a bad marriage, but he has devoted his life to helping people.
Talk to the Assistant District Attorney about this.
She'll be able to explain better.
I am just trying to protect you.
Look, I'm a grown woman I don't need your protection.
I know that don't mention anything to Bobby.
Talk to Jenny.
You know, I think I preferred the cold shoulder.
I gotta call you back.
Can you give us a minute? Our mutual friend Joe tells me you're investigating Bobby Diaz? - Have a seat.
- No, I don't want a seat.
I just want answers.
Are you going through my things? - Of course not.
- So what's this? That belonged to Carrie Coleman.
She was Congressman Diaz's intern.
We think he was having an affair with her.
Did you work with her? No, no she she worked in the D.
Right, we're actually not interested in her time in the office.
We're interested in the payoff she received to leave.
What payoff? Is there proof? Not yet.
Do you think Congressman Diaz is capable of having an affair? What does that have to do with anything? Well, Carrie died less than a year after she left his office.
Whatever happened to her, her brother, Wayne, apparently blamed Congressman Diaz.
That's why he tried to shoot him.
Maybe I will take that seat.
"The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you not knowing how blind I was.
" Lovers don't finally meet somewhere.
They're in each other all along.
I spent a lot of time staring at that poem.
And the inscription on the back too.
- Not going to lunch? - Uh, no.
I have a lot of work to do.
- Come on.
- Hey, come on, Amy.
Can't can't freeze me out forever.
We're too good together.
You know, I actually have been thinking about it - since I ended things.
- I'm happy to hear that.
You know, I was really wondering, - were there any others? - [CHUCKLES.]
- I'm I'm not following.
- Other women.
Was it just me, or were there others? Where is this coming from? Just answer the question.
It's only you.
It's only ever been you.
- Breathe, bring it up.
- Campaign's in full swing now.
I don't know how to run for office if I can't walk.
You got a long road ahead of you.
But last week you thought you were never getting outta here, and now that's good You're gonna be rid of me tomorrow.
To be so lucky.
Look, about this rehab center Any way I can do that at home? You know, I-I could kinda use the privacy.
Maybe I could pay you to come on the side.
Even if I wanted to, I can't.
I'm moving to Atlanta next week.
Oh, yeah? What's in Atlanta? My wife's going back to law school.
Childhood dream of hers.
Mine is to make her happy.
Today, we can finally tell you who committed this horrible crime.
We have an update in the case of Congressman Bobby Diaz's shooting.
Wayne Coleman is now in custody and has confessed.
Coleman says he shot Diaz because he blames the Congressman for the death of his sister Carrie.
We'll have more on this story as it develops.
Must be a relief to know that they caught the guy.
Carrie was my intern.
She was fantastic, smart, and funny.
I didn't know she was dead.
I'm sorry for your loss.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Hey, when when you're done with that, I wanna talk to you about something.
Yeah, just one second.
I just need to send this one text and I'm done.
- You okay? - I'm so tired.
I don't even know how to answer that.
You know, I'm so grateful for this opportunity, I really am You're allowed to be grateful and exhausted.
You know, it's not even the work.
It's the emotional stuff.
I told the entire world about our fertility issues.
Now I have these women coming to me and telling me how they are inspired by me, now I give them strength.
Because you do you've always given me strength.
I'm an imposter.
I'm just building this wall to protect this crumbling person inside.
It's not strength.
You know, I still feel the twins.
They're supposed to be kicking right now, but they're not.
And they're gone and I just I just feel so empty.
I'm sorry, what did you what did you wanna talk about? Just that I'm here, whatever you need.
You don't have to deal with that right now.
Actually, I do.
The Halloween event might go late, so we're booking rooms for everybody at the hotel.
You know, you didn't tell me what you did while we were in D.
I actually stayed home and wrote the whole time.
Really? Yeah, I actually started a new song.
Can we cut the ladies and gentlemen at the beginning? A lot of teen voters are gonna be there and they're over binary language.
Maybe just say esteemed guests instead.
That sounds so really formal.
Maybe just friends.
I like friends.
Do you like friends? - Friends can work.
- Hey! I got Halloween cupcakes in case anyone's hungry.
Anything else I can do to help? No, I think we've got it covered.
Thanks for the cupcakes.
- Okay.
- Amy, we're ready.
- Hey.
- Hey.
I know a way you can help out if you want.
Sure, anything to help Amy.
W-well, my my babysitter bailed on me last minute, but if you were willing to babysit, it was really helped me focus on work today.
- Sure.
- Yeah? Yeah, I'd love to.
I love kids.
There's something I need to tell my parents, and this could be my only chance.
What is it? You know you can tell me anything.
That I'm bisexual.
- Can I ask? - No, I'm not into you, and no, this isn't some layover on my way to being gay.
I know who I am.
- I've known for over a year - Okay.
Stop confusing me with the douchebags we go to school with.
I was just going to ask how I can support you.
That's really nice.
That's what my mom always asks me when I'm upset, so Can you just make sure I don't chicken out? 'Cause honestly, I'm a little scared.
I don't know your mom very well, but your dad's always been there for you.
It's never going to change.
Do you think that's why we're musicians? We're both one pair of geniuses, like Linda McCartney? Don't know if that's why we're musicians or geniuses but might be why we're best friends.
You know, full disclosure It would also really help me in the relationship department.
I got lunch with Sai.
- Sai, huh? - I mean, I've been wanting to flirt with him for a while, but it's, you know, not easy when you got a crying baby in your arms, right? Not not that Wilde cries.
She's a really easy baby.
You will barely even notice that she's there.
We're just gonna go to sleep.
It's okay.
You can go to sleep.
Yeah, we're just gonna go to sleep now for Daddy's best friend.
Thank you for coming.
She won't stop crying.
I don't know what to do.
Oh, that's what happens when you name a baby Wilde.
Very funny, Mom.
Very funny.
Yeah, you're just bringing it that's all.
I fed her.
I changed her diaper.
What else is there? I have an idea.
- Oh, she likes that.
- Hmm.
- Yeah Hi.
Do you like that? Yeah.
That's good.
Celeste was an easy kid.
You, not so much.
You always liked to use your voice.
Well, then I apologize on behalf of Baby Joe.
Mom, you always told me that the most meaningful part of your life was raising Celeste and me.
Even when she left, you said that.
Nothing your sister ever said or did would, uh, erase the joy of raising her.
We don't raise our kids to belong to us.
We raise them to belong to themselves.
That's the magic of parenting.
That's what I want.
I want that magic.
Earth to Christopher.
You got the lead.
You're Nathan Detroit.
That's awesome.
Hey, Christopher.
I got Adelaide.
All their scenes are together.
I can't wait to sing with you.
Too bad, it will never happen.
Can't we ask your parents to not move or let you stay with me? No, tell them nothing.
They're together again.
That's what matters.
This show it's not a big deal.
It's a ginormous deal and you know it.
It's a Frank Sinatra role.
- Hey.
- Ah.
The world's only Grammy-winning babysitter.
- How was she? - We had a great time.
She has very good taste in music.
You turned her into a Billy Joel fan, didn't you? Wait till she starts babbling to the tune of "Uptown Girl.
" It's gonna be great.
You guys have a nice lunch? It was a very cilantro-heavy lunch.
He is he's very opinionated about food.
True, but who began the date by insisting the scented candle on the table be removed because it would interfere with the flavor? Wait wait wait, this was a date? I got go show this draft to Amy.
It sounds like you guys hit it off.
Yeah, he has nieces and nephews, so he's not afraid of kids.
He's an adventurous eater.
And yet he refuses to use the word foodie.
And he's a gay man who doesn't believe that bisexual men are a figment of their own imagination.
That's covering a lot of ground.
Hey, yeah, well, we were talking to avoid eating.
The the chef really did overdo the cilantro.
You, um you don't think that it is too soon for me to date, do you? - After everything with Adam - Let's ask her.
Hey, Wilde, do you think that your daddy should be lonely for the rest of his life because his ex was too dumb to realize how awesome fatherhood is? What's that? It's a strong no, buddy.
- Okay? - Okay.
There's another attack ad out.
Please tell me it is not another racist No, it's from some Super Pac called Patriots Preserving America.
Oh, yeah.
It doesn't sound racist at all.
I mean, they're painting me out to be some out of touch rock star's wife, using your money to attack me.
- Hey, it's our money.
- I know.
Thank you.
But Bobby thinks the best thing right now is for you to lay low, and I agree.
Is it okay if Bobby takes me to the Halloween event? I wanna support you.
I know you do, but if you're there, they're gonna ask you about the ad.
Please? Yeah, of course, I'll just stay home and binge on candy corn.
- Thank you.
- Yeah.
All right, say Kindelan for Congress.
Got it.
Here you go, love.
Thank you, everyone, for coming.
Please remember to register and vote and tell your friends to register too.
Seriously, Joe? Hey, listen, just just, hold on, just hear me out, okay? My night just cleared up, and it seemed like a sign.
A sign? That we are meant to go to Zeke's Halloween Carnival.
Why do you think you can follow your every whim? It's not doing anything we haven't done before, Jen.
Besides, I'm in costume.
No one's gonna recognize me.
You're in a cowboy hat.
You have lost your mind.
I am late for trick-or-treating.
Do not contact him.
Promise me.
Hey, bud Everything okay? You seem pretty quiet, even for a ghost.
- I'm fine.
- You sure? I know we promised you a Mars rover and turned you into a sad ghost instead.
At least I'm not Who are you again, Dad? Patch Adams.
Guys, come on, it's a classic.
Oh, your father has always had a very broad definition of that word.
I guess I was just looking forward to being the Mars rover.
It's okay to be sad.
I just wish you weren't leaving tonight, Mom.
And there's so many people I wanna say goodbye to, and I'm realizing I'll never have the time.
We'll do our best, bud, okay? I promise.
How sad would I have to be for you to let me eat all the Halloween candy tonight? Well, you'd have to fight Patch Adams for it.
- Got it.
- She's quick.
- Are you ready to go home? - Okay, all right.
- I see how this works.
- Yep.
I see how this works.
Thank you.
So we just got 300 new emails, registered almost as many new voters, and there's a viral tweet calling you the Queen of New York's hearts.
You did good.
You did good.
- Get some rest.
- Yes.
All right, I'm gonna walk Amy back to her hotel.
- Thanks, guys.
- Absolutely.
Hey, Amy, slow down a little bit.
You okay? Yeah, I'm just tired.
Well, thanks for being here.
Amy, I really hate to tell you this, but Joe withdrew a 100 grand from your account yesterday.
Do you know what for? Maybe it's for soundboard or Kurt Cobain's guitar.
This was taken today.
Guess he's not at home bingeing on candy corn.
Her name's Jenny Banks.
She's an attorney.
Yeah, I know who she is.
They dated back in college.
He was with her when he went out of town upstate.
I-I didn't want to mention that detail because I just, I-I was hoping it would be nothing, but he went to go to see her again today.
Did he spend the money on her? Is that why he lied to me about going out of town? He's never lied to me before.
Is he cheating? Hey, that's not for me to say.
Hey, you've reached Joe.
You know what to do.
Got his voice mail.
I just I can't.
Hey, I'm sorry.
I'm sorry.
You know, I just always wondered if he still had feelings for Jenny after college.
What if there's only one right person for each of us and for him it's her? There's no such thing as one right person.
There's only people.
Hey, I'm running late.
Will you lock up? You know it's okay to say that you're running late to see your wife and children.
It'd be nice to hear the truth sometimes.
Didn't want to hurt your feelings.
Is that such a bad thing? I'll lock up.
So the admissions director tells me our chances are low because I applied too late.
Our kid isn't even born yet.
It's a preschool.
I'm sure they would change their position if you gave them a hefty donation, 'cause Whatever I hate that place anyway.
- I do too.
- Right? Two Black families, and not a single queer parent in the entire school.
So just don't tell them you're queer.
- Uncle Frank.
- What? Oh, I'm sorry, Eric.
Is that one of those words that only you're allowed to say? Because times are changing fast for an old man like me.
No, it it is not that.
Queer is my preferred word, but I love you for asking.
I don't see what the big deal is.
Back when I was in college, all the girls were bisexual.
Yeah, we all know about your Vassar days, Meg, but I really wanna understand this, Eric.
Why does a preschool need to know about your private life? - [KNOCKING ON DOOR.]
- Blessing relief.
The first trick-or-treater and, Joe, will you get that, please? - Yes.
- Thank you.
The thing is, Frank, I don't want to have to live in a closet.
I can't hide that I'm a biracial black man, right? Why should I hide that I'm bisexual? Even in a monogamous marriage with Mallory, it's still a part of who I am.
Does that make sense? Yeah, perfect sense.
Does it mean I'm woke? [LAUGHING.]
No, honey, it doesn't.
- Can we talk? - Yeah.
I'm sorry Halloween wasn't a bust, bud.
It'll be better next year, okay? ALL: Surprise! [OVERLAPPING CHATTER.]
I'll miss you.
We can still FaceTime every night.
- Okay, Chris? - We'll miss you.
- Hey, you're late.
The airport? Hold on.
There's an uprising they need her to cover, so she's taken a redeye to Dubai.
She wants to speak with you.
He can't talk right now.
Have a safe flight.
I know it hurts that she didn't call, but we've been through worse.
We're used to making something out of nothing.
We're used to taking our pain to the dinner pot and turn it into joy.
You know why they call it soul food? Because it feeds the soul.
You know, I can skip trick-or-treating.
There's something I want to tell you.
I'm listening.
- Gumbo? - Oh, man.
Well, you know, it felt right, being Halloween.
Smells great.
Thank you.
I still cannot believe you pulled this off.
Oh, I just turned Chris's goodbye list into a guest list.
- Called me to cook.
- I did all the staging and I promise I will put it all back.
- Who made the costume? - Hmm, the kids did that with a little help from their theater teacher.
Mom, you really outdid yourself this time.
- Aw.
- I just wish Uncle Frank could be here.
You need to tell your dad! [BOTH WHISPERING URGENTLY.]
Excuse me.
- Hey, you guys okay? - Yep, all good.
Really? 'Cause it looks like you two are fighting, - and you two never fight.
- You need to tell your dad.
Tell me what, bud? It's just I did audition for the musical, and I got the lead.
- You're Nathan Detroit? - Yeah.
And no.
'Cause we're leaving.
But it's not about the play.
There's other plays, but I don't know if there'll be any other friends in Atlanta.
And there definitely won't be other grandparents.
I thought you wanted to go.
I was excited that going brought you and mom back together.
I don't want to ruin that.
- Hey.
- Please don't tell Mom.
No, no, no, no, no.
My sweet boy.
I don't have to go.
We can all stay right here.
We can? But I don't want that either.
- Go.
- What? You go and we'll stay.
We are a family that supports each other's dreams.
Dad's right.
You need to do this.
I don't know how to be away from you.
We will find a way to stay together as a family and as a couple.
- Sorry.
- My bad.
I promise I wasn't drinking and driving.
Well, it's probably for the best since you're nine.
- How'd you know? - Uh good guess.
You having a good Halloween? I'd rather be stuffing my face with candy corn, but it's okay.
Hey friends, there's still plenty of time to buy raffle tickets, but we'd like everyone inside right now.
We're about to announce something very special.
An anonymous donation to the Turner family.
Hey, that's us.
See you down the road, partner.
See you down the road, partner.
I take it all in stride but these are complicated days Oh, you got [CHUCKLING.]
Oh, I-I-I was hoping that we could take things slow.
Not not because I don't want to kiss you, 'cause I-I-I really do want to kiss you.
I-I just, I haven't dated since having a kid.
I like slow, and I like you too.
I know I'm leaving, but I've never felt so close to you.
Take care of our boy, okay? I promise.
I'm headin' for the bend I can't go around again This merry pole I'll pray to meet you again Down the road Road Down, down the road Highways pave the history Over crumbled cobblestones You were right.
Bobby was sleeping with his intern.
He paid her hush money, and I have the proof.
I'm searchin' for forever - - Show me something to get me movin' Down, down the This couldn't have been easy.
Thank you for doing this.
Down, down the road Your hand's shaking.
Yeah, it does that sometimes, uh Especially when I'm nervous.
Memories entwined with make-believe cards And they'll understand it That the end will be the start Tomorrow is the only soul that knows Tonight I'm only rollin' down the Road Oh oh oh, down, down the road Oh oh oh, down, down the road
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