Ordinary Joe (2021) s01e12 Episode Script


1 Previously on "Ordinary Joe" Dad! The adaptive innovator's expo accepted our application.
You should call me.
We'll talk more about your pants.
You're here, so that's a bonus.
It is so nice to see a friendly face.
Is it bad that we're rescheduling our therapy? [DRAMATIC MUSIC.]
What's what's going on? Our son needs spinal fusion surgery.
Lucas is gonna need a blood transfusion, and you are an ideal match.
Why would I be an ideal match? You're his biological father.
Joe, there's something I need to tell you.
I'm pregnant.
- W we haven't - It's Bobby's.
Friday night, I crashed your party Saturday, I said I'm sorry Sunday came and trashed me out again Hello, Miami! I was only having fun Wasn't hurting anyone Hello, Detroit! And we all enjoyed the weekend for a change You may be right I may be crazy Oh! But it just may be a lunatic You're looking for Hello, Los Angeles! Hey! Don't try to save me You may be wrong for all I know Hello, Toronto! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE.]
Thank you! Thank you so much! Thank you! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE.]
All right.
- Great show.
- Yeah.
I think I'm gonna go give 'em another encore, huh? Uh, maybe save your energy for tomorrow night.
- Drink this.
- What's this? It's the organic equivalent of 18 Gatorades with a little bit of honey for your vocals.
And a shot of whiskey for fun.
Or you could just not blow out your vocal cords.
Best nutritionist ever.
Ooh! That's good.
LFG! Oh, I'm so happy that you're here.
- We love you! [ROCK MUSIC PLAYING.]
Your heart stopped But it wasn't enough [BOTH LAUGHING.]
Party's over.
It's time to get these people out of your hotel room.
- You're getting sloppy.
- Oh.
How can we help you, Frank? You could start by calling your wife back.
We're finally back in New York, so that's enough of whatever this is.
"This" is named Dionne, thank you.
Yeah, well, no offense, Dionne, but you're not gonna be around when I have to pick up the pieces.
You know, I'm not sure what I need less, party advice from a guy in recovery or marriage counseling from a divorced dude.
How 'bout a smack upside the head from the man who's still your uncle? Hey, you know what? Let's, uh Let's go somewhere else.
Uncle Buzzkill's stressing me.
Yeah? I know a way to relieve your tension, if you're up for it.
- Yeah.
- Come on.
That's exactly what I need.
What you gonna do about it now? You'll want to squeeze this periodically to help the blood flow.
Sounds good.
- Hey.
- Hey.
You're, uh You're already here.
Yeah, the tunnel was a mess with snow, so I came straight from my shift.
- Didn't want to be late.
- Thanks for coming.
Yeah, of course.
Think I'm gonna say no to helping a fellow Giants fan through surgery? Have a seat, ma'am.
- Awkward silence.
- Yeah.
What's on your mind? Nothing.
Just bleeding in peace.
Think I know you better than that.
Oh, yeah? Then why don't you tell me what's on my mind? You're upset that I kept him a secret, until I needed a favor, and that I took Ray's side when you were just trying to be nice.
Or you would love nothing more than just to walk away from all of this, but you're too good and decent I want to get to know him, Jenny.
He's my son.
And with almost three million Americans using wheelchairs, that is a huge underserved market for adaptable clothing.
So? That was it.
That was the Adaptable clothing.
Um So there's a lot of really great stuff in there.
- Right.
- But we're not just pitching a line of pants.
- Mm-hmm.
- We're selling a personality.
So it'd be helpful if you had one.
Burn! - [LAUGHS.]
- Wear it.
- Okay.
Well, look, honestly, it's probably the bar graph, because I was gonna do a pie chart, and everybody loves a pie chart.
Do they, though? It's all about data organization, okay? I made three other versions of this, so just let me pull this up.
Give me a second.
Um, one second.
- I just got to get it - Oh, Dad.
The pinwheel of death.
Oh, man.
Um Oh ooh.
Uh, okay.
- You backed it up, right? - I did not back that up.
Why'd you wait so long to tell me? Did you think I couldn't handle it? I never intended the pregnancy to be a secret.
- You vanished.
- But I came back.
I got dinner.
You okay? Uh Joe called.
Finally resurfaced, huh? [ON VOICEMAIL.]
Hey, it's Joe, your long-lost, uh Anyway, I just finished the police academy and I've sort of figured things out.
Please don't do what I did and ignore this message.
Please call me back.
He's here.
Here? As in Boston? Well, he wouldn't just show up here unannounced.
Well, there's another message that says he's in town looking for the apartment.
What do you wanna do? [SIGHS.]
I had a whole speech prepared for when you were supposed to come to the lake house after graduation.
I still remember it.
"We've been best friends for four years.
"I know these past few months, we blurred things, "and that wasn't a part of the plan.
"And I never told you my nickname for you: T.
It stood for "Too Soon.
" I knew our timing was off.
'Cause I had plans, big dreams to fulfill.
I always knew you had bigger plans than me.
They all included you.
What I was gonna say back then was "Wait for me.
" And then you came back seven months later, and and my mom had died.
And I needed a friend, and you were nowhere.
That's what made my nickname for you so ironic.
Ultimately, you ended up just being too late.
I mean, I don't understand the legal side of it all, but that's exciting that they want to use the evidence you discovered.
I mean, that seems like a huge win.
It is.
And what's going on with Berman's? Is this blizzard messing up your meeting? Actually, Kinsley convinced them to do the pitch over Zoom, so we don't have to risk driving in.
Yeah, and honestly, I'll probably be less nervous in our living room than a big conference room anyways.
Plus, Chris has been a big help.
He's got a little thing going on with our buyer's daughter.
You do? Her name's Katie.
Look at my boys, flourishing without me.
I wish I could be there.
Oh, come on.
Look at you.
You're about to graduate from law school in a couple months.
Just promise not to forget about us when you become a big, fancy lawyer.
But as long as you promise not to forget about me when you're powerful fashion moguls.
What do you think, Chris? Deal, but don't get any ideas about a friends and family discount.
- I'm trying to get paid.
The kid's trying to get paid, Mom.
All right.
We love you.
- Love you.
- Bye.
Good night.
- Good night, Chris.
- Good night, Dad.
What are you still doing here? Oh, sorry.
I'm leaving.
I just was finishing this slide.
What slide? I'm revising your pitch deck so it showcases our pants and our personalities.
Our our personality is outer space? I'm weaving in a theme about how our pants help people reach for their dreams.
It's great.
I just think that maybe our deck should be more pants-focused.
Don't worry.
It'll work.
Also, I was thinking maybe you could write a little jingle.
Every great product has a great jingle.
Oh, you're serious? It makes everything more memorable.
- I don't think so.
- Oh, come on.
You gotta embrace the spotlight.
I don't think that's a good idea.
- That Ferrari, wasn't it? - That's right.
Well, listen, thanks again, Big D.
You know if you ever need concert tickets, I'm gonna hook it up, right? All right, hook me up.
- Dennis? - Heya, Frank.
- What are you doing here? - Special delivery.
One fully restored 1988 Porsche 944 in Guards Red.
And she is purring.
What do you need with your old man's car? - You're on the bus.
- Think I'm actually gonna drive myself the rest of the tour, so I thought it'd be nice to have a little piece of home with me on the road.
Uh, no.
That's an insurance nightmare.
Fresh air and freedom's the best thing for him right before a show.
- Yes, it is.
- Oh, is it? Hey, Joe, we need to talk.
And we need to go over the hotel charges from Philly.
- Mm.
- We should drive.
Yeah, we should.
Dennis, why don't you do the honors? - Sure thing, boss.
- Show us the way, baby.
You need to do something, Frank.
What do you usually do when he gets like this? He's never been like this.
Well, you have.
Joe got you into rehab, helped you get sober, right? Yeah, and now he treats me like a charity case.
- No, he doesn't.
Just - Hey, trust me.
The dynamic between us changed as soon as he put me on the payroll.
I lost my grip on that leash a long time ago.
Our next guest is coming - [CHANNEL CHANGES.]
She has used her voice to amplify those that don't usually get heard to make sure that the people who are usually shut out of politics and power have a seat at the table.
Your concerns are her concerns.
She cares about the same things you care about.
She wants to make New York a place that works for all of us.
My name is Amy Kindelán [SNIFFS.]
It's Amy's phone.
Leave a message.
Hey, it's me.
Um Listen, these past few weeks on the road without you, I've been doing a lot of thinking, and, uh It's better this way.
I mean, maybe it's the universe speaking loud and clear, but We tried to have a baby for years, and, uh, you slept with Bobby Diaz once.
I mean, I don't even know if we ever really loved each other or if you were just standing next to me when I was succeeding.
Amy We've gone so far down a wrong path.
It's pretty clear we've come to the end of it.
I'm sorry, Amy but this is best.
We just got a new two minutes on the economy, and, uh, look, I love alliteration as much as the next guy, but calling to "capsize crony capitalism?" That that's not a debate term.
That is a Dr.
Seuss book.
Did you know about this? What's that now? We've gone so far down a wrong path.
It's pretty clear we've come to the end of it.
And here I'm thinking that his tour's coming through town and he was finally gonna come home for a night.
You sh You should call him back.
Oh, I have, a million times.
At this point, I feel like I'm choosing my miracle over my marriage.
I just didn't think I'd be doing this alone.
For the record, you're not alone.
You have a village, and that includes me.
So we believe that everyone deserves equal access to everything, whether it's getting dressed in the morning or pursuing your wildest dreams.
Now, most adaptive clothing is either way too expensive Or just plain ugly.
And all people, especially astronauts, need a certain sense of style.
And that's why we created the zipper pants.
Well, really, my dad did.
There are nearly three million Americans using wheelchairs who absolutely need these.
And at a retail price of $34.
99, your customer won't just be happy.
They'll be over the moon.
Excuse me.
I have a little jingle for you.
A-one, two, three, zip 'em up Zip 'em on, zip away Zip, zip, zipper pants Ooh, that's catchy.
Um, so does anybody have any questions before we blast off? Yeah.
How do you do it? If I worked with my wife, we'd kill each other.
Oh, no, no.
We're not we're not married.
- No, he's my boss.
- No, we're friends.
Well, it was great.
And so refreshing to see a presentation that was fun instead of full of charts and statistics.
Well, we would never do that.
Well, let us talk.
We'll be in touch.
Okay, thanks.
Stay safe out there in the storm.
Whew! Okay, well, that went okay, right? - Yeah.
- You crushed, Dad.
- Way better than the pie charts.
- Yeah.
Which is in strict violation of the Can I get a copy of the Georgia P.
and Securities Act, please? I've got it.
It's title 43, chapter 38, section F.
Thank you.
But I think that we should close with the Fourth Amendment.
The evidence against our client was obtained entirely That's quite enough, Ms.
Barrett doesn't need your help preparing the closing argument.
Of course not.
Barrett's a pro.
Yes, he is.
But that's not the reason.
Barrett doesn't need your help because he's not giving the closing arguments.
- You are.
- I am? The evidence that you obtained became the cornerstone of our defense.
And frankly, I don't like letting a man get credit for a woman's work.
I agree.
So you'll sit second chair and deliver the closing, that is if you think you're up to it.
I do.
I I mean, I am.
Thank you.
It's not a gift.
No need to thank me.
- Hey.
- Hey.
So your mom felt guilty, and she made some ziti before she left.
What do you mean she left? Where'd she go? To her new, old friend, James', house.
I think things are getting pretty serious.
I think I don't like what you just did with your voice there.
How was the blood donation? Oh, it was actually pretty cool.
- Yeah? - Yeah.
Yeah, it felt, uh It felt good to be there for him.
Almost like an act of fatherhood.
Jenny actually invited me to the surgery tomorrow.
- Yeah? - And I think I'm gonna go.
That's good.
- How was your day? - Good.
I got to record the trailer for my new podcast.
- Get out of here.
- Amy Kindelán pulls back the curtain on police reform.
- Ah.
- And my dad is gonna be my first guest.
Did I mention that they were coming into town? No, you didn't tell me that.
Do I get to meet them? Of course you're gonna meet them.
Just maybe don't wear that.
Fair enough.
Anyways, I thought it'd be a good idea to tell my listeners about my own experience with the criminal justice system.
You know, why I'm so passionate about change.
That's great.
That's great.
Personal stories are always the best.
Maybe you can be my second guest.
- I'll get back to you on that.
Come on.
You could be famous.
I don't want to be famous.
Yeah, thank you! Hey, you.
Kid, is that real? Hell, yeah! All right, get that kid up here! [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE.]
Come on up here.
This is the big leagues.
All right, kid, what's your name? - My name is Simon.
- Simon.
All right, Simon, let me see that.
It says, "I play your guitar solo better than you and I'm only 11.
" That's young for trash-talking.
You know, and I kind of want to see it.
Don't you? You want to see it? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE.]
All right then.
You guys ready? [CHEERS AND APPLAUSE.]
Ladies and gentlemen, Simon! [GUITAR SOLO.]
All right.
I like it, and I think you're right.
Let's go.
Yeah, Simon! My dude can shred! Was it all or nothing At all, at all Or nothing At all, at all I'll be Without y [CROWD SHRIEKING, GASPING.]
Just a quick rundown on what to expect.
You're gonna slice me open from my neck down to my butt.
- Lucas.
- He's right.
And then you're gonna remove all the joints from my spine to put in the screws, hooks, and wires to attach the metal rods.
- How did you know? - YouTube.
So do I get steel or titanium? I didn't realize you were watching those.
- Well, I was.
- Uh, we use stainless steel.
Titanium's way cooler.
It's what they used to build the SR-71.
Sorry about that.
Good news is your spine will be straight, and your lungs will have room to inflate.
And that's what matters, bud.
In one of the videos I saw, they used a really big power drill Okay.
I don't think that we need I promise you'll be asleep the whole time.
And when you wake up, you won't remember anything.
But I will wake up, right? Hey.
Of course you'll wake up.
When you do, I'll be the first thing you see.
Please take care of him.
I just waited out here.
I didn't want to intrude.
- Uh, thanks for coming.
- Yeah.
He looked so small.
And then this is us on the moon.
So I'm Sally Ride, and you're Jeff Bezos, obviously.
JK, I'm Neil Armstrong.
No wonder I heard my dad's belly laugh through the wall.
Congrats on your meeting, Mr.
Thanks, Katie.
We'll negotiate your cut later.
Same time tomorrow, Chris? You know it.
Ah, I think I'm gonna head out before the trains shut down for the storm.
- Yeah, that's a good idea.
- I'll see you in the morning.
- Be safe.
- Thank you.
- Stay warm.
- I'll try.
Can I ask you something? - [DOOR SHUTS.]
- Of course, bud, anything.
After the school musical, I thought I liked Evie.
But Katie and I have so much more in common.
Do you think it's possible to like two people at the same time? Um I think that there are a lot of incredible people in this world, and I think that you're one of them.
Holland has only made one other student co-chair ever, and that person became a district court judge.
How's the air up there at the top of the world? I feel like coming down for another drink, and maybe even a duet.
Oh Chickity China the Chinese chicken You have a drumstick, and your brain stops tickin' Watching "X-Files" with no lights on We're dans la maison I hope the Smoking Man's in this one Like Harrison Ford, I'm getting frantic Like Sting, I'm tantric Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy Gonna get a set of better clubs Gonna find the kind with tiny nubs Just so my irons aren't flying off the back-swing [LAUGHS.]
You totally fell for it.
We can't we can never do that ever again.
Oh, sorry, can we, um Can we get another round of these little guys, on me? And, um, just keep the tab open.
Ooh, I got it.
- Okay.
- ALL: Cheers.
- To karaoke.
There's no real treatment for ribs.
It's just rest and pain tolerance.
I can tolerate.
No rest needed.
- Joe.
- Mm-hmm? The insurance company just granted force majeure for the blizzard.
I'm canceling next week's dates.
Do not do that.
I promise it's a blessing.
Beautiful white powder falling everywhere so we all can rest.
I'm not tired.
Look at you.
I'm fine.
Okay? We're not calling off the tour dates.
It's not safe to travel.
People won't be able to get to the venues, Joe.
- Joe, it's - No! I'm canceling.
There are a hundred people who work on this tour.
Just because your name is on the marquee does not mean you are the only person who matters in this situation.
Actually, that's exactly what it means.
I know where this road leads, and I am not going down it with you.
Call me if you decide to live your life instead of running away from it.
I just wanna let you know everything went well, your daughter's out of surgery.
Oh, thank God.
- Can we see her? - Absolutely.
They got here way after us.
We know how long this is gonna take.
Doesn't make it any easier.
Why don't you go to the cafeteria, get a bite? Mm, I feel like it's my job to stare at that screen and starve.
- Uh, I can go grab something for you guys.
You can't bring food back here.
Go on, Jen.
Distract yourself.
We'll go in shifts.
Be right back.
Jenny told me about your conversation.
- Ray - No, look, I'm not mad or anything.
I just I don't think she gave you the whole picture.
Jenny, wait, please.
Who drove you to the hospital so that you could be with your mom? Held your hand at the funeral, held you every night so that you could sleep? Drove you across the country so that you could keep moving forward.
I I told you that I would be here for you, and I have been.
He vanished.
- Ray, it's h - Please.
Let me be this baby's father.
I can't see you, Joe.
I came all the way here, okay? At least hear me out.
Please, Joe, just please go away.
When you let her go, it shattered her.
And I was there to pick up the pieces.
The way that I saw it, we were already a family, and you were just some guy with a college crush showing up at our door.
That wasn't your decision to make.
I know.
It was Jenny's.
Jenny turned you away.
But I'm the reason that she kept Lucas a secret for ten years.
She did that for me.
Before Lucas was born, I wanted to give him the world.
And after he was born and diagnosed He became my whole world.
And And someday, he's gonna find out that I'm not his biological father, and I've been terrified every single day since he was born that you were gonna show up and take my world away from me.
I'm I'm gonna go for a walk.
- Hey.
- Hi.
Trains were already shut down, and, um, there are literally no Lyfts showing up anywhere in the app.
Do you mind if I just wait it out for a little while here? - Yeah, are you kidding? - Thank you.
You can stay here for the night.
- Seriously? - Yeah, I You could take the room, and I can couch surf.
Don't be crazy.
I got the couch.
No, no, no.
It's the least I can do for everything you've done.
Let me grab some pillows and a blanket.
It was a team effort, all right? You know, I just added some pizzazz to your pie charts.
Not just today.
Ever since you got here, Chris has been loving this.
It's like you brought out a whole new side of him.
You know? He's an entrepreneur.
- He's all lit up.
- Well, Chris is easy to love.
Yeah, he is.
- Um Oh.
Oh, man.
That's, uh that's Berman's.
They just they just emailed.
I can't look at it.
Will you do it? Yeah.
Yeah, yeah, yeah.
They don't want to buy our pants.
I knew it.
It's a long sh They want to acquire our company and hire us to work in-house.
- What? - [LAUGHING.]
What are you Are you kidding? - No.
- Are you kidding? - No! - No.
- Yes.
- Oh, my Oh, my God, oh, my God! Oh, my God! - Oh.
- Oh, wow.
- Hey.
- Hi.
How's it going? Ray told me what really happened that day.
- Oh.
- And just for the record, I would have been there.
I would've.
You're here now.
Um - Where do you go to do it? - I have the greatest shaman.
- Really? - Yes.
I think you should bring him to Seattle.
- Yeah, let's bring him out.
- You should fly him out.
Let's bring him to the next city.
Hey, your TV's cracked.
Yeah, I know.
Dionne, could you give us a minute, please? She's fine.
- You're fine.
- I said get out.
- Anyways - Go.
Wake me Take me out of town To the end of [DOOR SHUTS.]
We need to have a serious conversation We do not need to have a serious conversation.
I know you don't want to hear this from me, because who am I to talk? And I know Amy hurt you.
But running away like this? Everyone's in this alone You're heading down a dangerous road here, kid.
And trust me, I know what that looks like.
Uncle Frank, you've been so uptight for so long.
I'm giving you permission to relax.
Wake me Take me out of town To the end of any road You know what? That you wanna go down Wake I love you, kid.
I do.
And I promised my brother that we'd always look after each other's family.
But I can't work for you anymore.
Thank you for everything you've done for me.
You saved my life.
And if you're gonna keep living yours like this, there's not a damn thing I can do about it.
So good luck, kid.
Oh, yeah? Go! Huh? I don't need you! I don't need anyone, you hear me? I got my guitar.
Huh? I'll book my own shows.
I'll drive to the next city solo.
You hear me? 'Cause Joe Kimbreau's a force of nature! [MUSIC CUTS OFF.]
What? That's perfect.
Excuse me, how do we know that the O.
isn't affected by the power outage? All the surgeries are proceeding.
Proceeding how? Do they have their lights? Do they have their tools? Do they have their machines? They must use an X-ray guide during surgery.
- Sir - No, and this is ridiculous.
I mean, the status monitors have been out.
What, you just don't want these people to have any updates? How are the parents supposed to make an informed decision if they have no information? - Joe - No, no, seriously.
Can you please just call down there? We've been asking you.
Or maybe get up and walk down there? Or I can walk down there.
I'm a police officer.
I'm happy to do it.
- Sir, calm - They have the right to know.
Joe, just come on.
Sit back down.
I don't want to sit down.
I want her to do something.
Sir, have a seat.
I will call.
How are you two not freaking out right now? We've been freaking out for a decade.
Lucas is out of surgery.
It went great.
- Don't worry.
- Oh, thank God.
I'm sure the power outage made you nervous.
Little bit.
Your son's a bleeder.
Good thing you gave that directed blood donation.
We needed it.
- Can we see him? - Sure.
Come on.
Hey, baby bird.
You did it.
It's over.
I'm probably 5 inches taller now.
Oh, you're gonna hit your head on the door frame.
- Can I see Dad? - Mm.
He's asking for you.
Hey, buddy.
You slept through a blizzard.
There is so much snow outside right now.
When we get you out of here, we'll make a snowman.
Bigger than last year.
Where you been? Lucas's surgery.
The kid you had with Jenny? Jump in the deep end, why don't you? Yeah, well, um, you gotta be there for your family.
What are you doing here, Uncle Frank? I need a favor.
I have a chance to be reinstated.
The department set up a hearing.
And it would really be helpful if you would go in and speak on my behalf.
But you're still drinking.
Going back to work, that's what I need.
You gotta show up for your family, right? I had at least one more song in me.
And that was my civic duty to spare those patrons another pitchy duet.
You were pitchy.
I was perfect.
- Oh.
- Ugh.
Right here.
All right.
Come here.
Can I tell you a secret? I freakin' love Atlanta.
Course you do.
You're killing it.
In class and on this case, like a real lawyer.
And none of this would've happened if you hadn't recommended I apply.
How'd I get so lucky? Okay, I should probably be not here.
I grew up too soon.
- There are no wrong answers.
- Okay, well, I would say that if I become filthy rich - When.
- When I become filthy rich, I will pay off this mortgage, because it is hanging over my head like a anvil.
- Boring.
- What? You gotta aim higher, buddy.
You know what's great about you? You don't get stuck in what is because you allow yourself to imagine what if.
No, I'm serious.
You You are completely unafraid of change.
- Oh - You you changed careers in the middle of the pandemic.
And the Berman deal Those pants are all you.
Fine, but I never would have shared them with the world.
- That's so selfish.
You also forced me out of my comfort zone into something better.
You make me better.
Hey! It's you.
- Oh - Let's sing it! - No, you sing it.
- Okay.
Fool me for Believing you could be mine - You're better than me! - [BOTH LAUGHING.]
Take a last walk through the rooms Of my love for you Every new beginning's just a goodbye Here it comes.
Come on! BOTH: Was it all or nothing At all, at all Or nothing - At all, at all - [LAUGHING.]
Neither rain nor sleet nor blizzard can stop the Kimbreau tour.
Maybe I should've been a postman; what do you think? Would you still like me if I was a postman? What? Every new beginning's just a blackout
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