Southland s05e04 Episode Script

Under the Big Top

Police! Get down! Get out of the way! Out of the way! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Out of the way! Get out of the way! Got him? No.
Train! Hey! They say that working for the L.
is a ticket to the Greatest Show on Earth, but it isn't always easy to get to the front row.
Last night was fun, but, uh -- it was great.
You want some coffee? I should get going to work.
Call you sometime.
"Harriet Tubman built a railroad that went underground to bring black people to Canada.
" Close.
" I like my first graders better.
They just make shit up.
"Harriet Tubman trained tigers.
" That's awesome.
How are you grading me? Last night? "B.
" A "B"? Maybe you'll get a retest tonight, if you're lucky.
Meet me after work at the station.
I know a great Sushi place.
Maybe with some Sake, you'll be a little more forgiving.
I don't grade on a curve.
I'm a very good student.
Come here.
I'm a very good student.
We'll see.
I'm gonna get an "A.
" You know I'm gonna get an "A.
" There's the cow.
You push here, and a cow goes Pig says No, that's the -- this is -- this is the cow.
You want to play? Why don't you want to play? You were playing before.
You don't want to play now, all of a sudden? You got to keep your pants on, buddy.
Stop it.
How's every-- everything? How's every-- does he seem okay? I'll give the results to the judge, and they'll let you know.
Look, Officer Bryant, the whole house needs baby locks, but the main thing is you've got to fix the water temperature.
I almost burned myself washing up in the bathroom.
I know, I know.
I've been saving up for it.
And, uh, I mean, he's so little, he -- he can't even reach the faucets right now anyways.
But whenever he's in the bathroom, I literally have my eyes on him the entire time.
I believe you, but one burn and you could lose your kid.
Find the money.
Quiet down! That is close, my friend.
Dewey! Listen up, fellas.
We got a string of broken windows off Beachwood Canyon, one or two a week for three weeks in a row.
No burglaries.
Just vandalism.
Seems to happen either in the morning or late afternoon.
Detectives are on it.
Obviously, they'd appreciate the help.
Get those out.
Broken-window theory.
That's right.
Broken windows lead to real crime.
Assholes think they can get away with anything.
What? We got a, uh -- oh, we got a dry humper up by Grauman's on Hollywood.
A frotteur.
Huh? Oh, that's just what it's called.
It's a frotteur.
No, it's a pervert who likes to rub himself It's French.
That's what it's freaking called! Whatever you want to call him.
You know, unless you like that kind of thing, watch your back.
Get those out, too.
Keep your eyes open for the guy.
All right, that's it.
Roll out, be safe.
You and I, Johnny, holding up the walls of civilization! Hey.
So-- sorry.
Um, the sitter was late.
No, that's okay.
I-I'm just glad to see you.
So, what do we need to talk about that we couldn't talk about on the phone? Look, I-I got your message that day.
You seemed pretty upset.
Well, when your mom dies, that's what happens.
I was hoping you'd bring him -- Christopher.
So, that's what this is about? We had an understanding.
Lydia, he's my son, too.
Yeah, and because of the situation, we agreed that I would raise him.
Lydia Yvette and I are getting a divorce.
Yeah, um, sorry to hear that, but Christopher and I are doing fine by ourselves.
You gonna stand there and tell me that, with Edith gone, that this is easy? I have done this three times.
I cannot imagine doing this alone.
Soyou come to me with this, now that it's convenient? There's nothing convenient with us, Lydia.
It seems like it.
Look, I have loved you all my life.
I up.
There is no-- nothing I can do about that now.
But Christopher -- I think about him all the time.
I have bought all these gifts for him, and they're hid in the closet at work.
I just want to be a part of his life, Lydia.
This isn't right.
Not for me, and it's not right for him.
Dewey! Wow.
Dewey! Yo! Right here, man.
Check this out.
Holy shit! Look at this, man.
Is this awesome or what? What is this, a welfare check? That's right.
Some dude lives here with his girlfriend.
She goes back east to visit mom and dad.
He stops answering the phone, so she calls us.
What do you think? Well, it ain't good, brother.
I mean, somebody busted in the back door.
The mail's piled high over there, and there's dust all over the car, so I called the detectives.
Some job, huh? Are you kidding me? Somebody gets to mess with this stuff all day long? Check this dick hole out, man.
Numb nuts with the nipple ring here's Ted Josephs.
He's the cat that lives here.
But this bitch -- oh, my God! Yeah.
You remember her, right?! That little actress from that movie with the dude with the hatchet hand.
Yeah, with the chain saw? That shit was dope! I didn't see it.
That's good.
Dude, you're missing out.
I'll loan it to you.
Hey, hey, Coop, stay away from that shit.
What's this? Oh! That's a vat of foulness.
Oh! Check out the edges on that thing.
Somebody's been hacking that dude to pieces.
Verisimilitude, baby.
Is that a nipple ring? I think we just found Ted.
I talked to Waters.
She hasn't heard anything more from Tammi about her so-called assault charges against me.
Excellent! So the new thing is, is I got to redo the bathroom.
Why? It's not just the hot-water heater.
The guy says that the pipes are too close together.
What does that even mean? What it means is I got to redo all the plumbing in that place.
The court evaluator came by today, said that the water is too hot and it's not safe for the kid.
Does that mean I have to redo my plumbing? When I bought the place, they sold me this whole line of bullshit about how it's the best building materials, and the -- and granite countertops.
You gave me the same line of bullshit! I bought the same house, remember? Hey, you got a bargain.
You should be thanking me.
You paid like half of what I paid for that place.
How do you know how much I paid for the house? Did the realtor tell you how much I paid for my house? Wait -- It's not funny.
Did -- did she tell you how much? Hold on a second.
I don't know what you're talking about.
What? No.
What did you say his name was? Charles Hamilton? All right.
I'll be right there.
God damn it.
Seriously! They're human bones, all right.
Not that old either.
And that other stuff in there? Could that be our missing guy? Yeah.
Looks like an adult male.
Is that the cause of death? Let's hope.
Ideally, death before dismemberment.
Hey, Lydia.
Hey, Annette.
- How's the kid? - Loud.
I know.
What were we thinking, right? Trade mine in, get me a refund.
Look at this.
Of course we can't say for sure yet, but this could be what they used to cut him up.
Been cleaned recently.
Smells like bleach.
We found it in the bathroom closet.
Any idea where he was killed? Not yet.
Oh, my God, you guys are here.
Is Ted okay? Is he okay? I'm the one who called you.
I called you.
I live here.
That's my boyfriend.
Is he okay? Okay, let's go.
All right, guys, back it up.
Back up.
Back up.
We want to keep this clear.
Okay, come on.
You got somewhere to go, go there.
You see anything? No.
Did you see what happened? Nope.
How about you? No.
No, it's a shame.
I walk my dog here every morning.
It's a lovely store.
Why'd they do it? Any available units to handle an ADW in progress at 2316 Sierra Drive? P/R reports screams coming from That's right up the hill.
and observed possible man with a knife.
Unit to handle, identify.
A57, show us responding.
60 seconds.
Please redirect another unit to our vandalism call.
Hey, Officer Bryant.
Thanks for coming.
He didn't have any money.
When I said I was gonna call the cops, he said to call you.
Thanks, Adeline.
Hey, Officer Bryant.
I'm glad to see you here.
Somebody stole my wallet.
You kidding me, huh? Hey, uh Charles Hamilton.
Officer Ben Sherman.
Have you found Ted? Uh, no, not yet, but we're doing everything we can.
Oh, my God.
I-is he hurt? We really don't know much yet.
I can't believe that this is happening.
When was the last time you spoke to Ted? Um, before I went to Massachusetts, which was eight days ago.
Any problems that we should be aware of? Drugs, problems at work, anything like that? No.
Everything's been great.
Um, work is awesome.
He doesn't do drugs or anything weird like that.
Um, he has a ton of friends.
Everybody loves him Um, well, except -- I don't know.
I'm sure it's nothing.
No, everything helps.
Yeah, okay.
Um Well, it's just so stupid that I can't even believe that I'm telling you, but, um, there is this girl.
She's kind of like a friend of a friend, and, um, Ted had told her that he'd help her with some body parts for some dumb movie that her friend was making.
And then, when he couldn't make it, she freaked out, and she left all these, like, crazy posts on his Facebook page.
Um, I can -- I can show them to you if you want.
Yeah, yeah.
Oh, okay.
I have them all right on there -- yeah.
"What's wrong with you? "You promised you'd be here.
I'm gonna f'ing kill you if you let me down.
" Have you ever met this girl? Have I? No.
I-I've never met her.
But, um, Ted had, you know, mentioned her a few times and, I don't know, said she's nuts.
And I-I guess that she called him a few times, also.
"I can never trust you.
Your time is up.
" But -- but that can't mean anything, right? What's this girl's full name? Belinda.
Um, Belinda Cargrove.
Why aren't you at school? The kids at the school -- they fight.
Kids at the school -- they fight, the whole thing, right? But you -- you got to -- you got to learn how to fight back or -- or run faster or something.
What's with the car magazine? It's not a car magazine.
It's a special publication about Mustangs.
Mustang's a great car.
I know that.
My dad drives a Shelby Mustang.
Really? What year? Super Snake.
Yes, really.
Do you know when they made the first Super Snake? Mm-hmm.
You know why they made it? Yeah.
Uh, so Carroll Shelby could, uh, test out new tires.
Do you know how many they made? Yeah, I do.
Do you know -- okay, I hate to bring this very important conversation to an end, but somebody's got to get home so that their foster mom doesn't worry.
Ow! What's -- what's with the shoulder? It -- I-I told you.
It's the kids at Mrs.
They're so -- so stupid.
All right.
Well, good news is you get to ride in a Crown Vic.
It's the Super Snake of cop cars.
Got her.
That's the house.
My kids looked in the window, and they saw blood and -- and knives.
I-it could be anything.
- Hey, you stay here.
Stay here! A57 requesting backup.
Clear! Drop it! Drop the knife! Drop it! What? What is it? It is goat.
Goat? That's it? Hey! Hey.
I told you to stay back.
Want a bite? No.
Lost my appetite.
It is goat.
Where's your burger? Oh, come on.
Don't tell me that -- that upset your delicate sensibilities.
Man, did you see that thing? Where do you think meat comes from? Supermarket in a styrofoam tray, wrapped in plastic.
Come on.
Not that dude's tub.
Try it.
Really? Try it, please.
Come here! Come on.
Hey, we got something.
- That's all there is! - You lying bitch! Hey! Your job is to make money every day! Hey! I gave him his money! Break it up! You, over here! You, up on the curb -- let's see some I.
- You over there, go over here.
- I'm sorry, I'm sorry.
Look down here.
Just separate.
Move down here.
Down, move down.
Let's see some I.
All right.
Keep your hands where I can see them.
Put your hands behind your head.
A57, requesting wants and warrants on Jameson, Gus, male, white, black, brown, Edward-6661829.
Call it, partner.
I'm gonna guess, uh, concealed weapon, Officer Cooper.
Oh! Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding! Officer Lucero, you win the Viking range and the washer and dryer! Thank you very much.
Ha! Uhp! And the bonus round.
Trip to San Juan, Puerto Rico.
That's mine! You told me you lost it, you bitch! Don't you talk to me that way out here.
Bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch, bitch! A57, you have a code 6-Charles-187 suspect at your location.
Gus Jameson! You are the proud owner of a warrant for murder.
Murder? Who? Who? From the liquor store? Unh-unh! The one with the -- unh-unh! The guy in the Peruvian restaurant? No, I know I've seen him since -- You sure? He got a brother.
I've seen him.
Pimps say the darndest things.
Let's go, Gus.
Who the is it? Uh, Detective Adams and Robinson.
We spoke on the phone.
Right, right.
Come in.
I just woke up.
You want some coffee? No.
We're good.
So, what happened? Is Ted in some kind of trouble or something? Um, we're not sure.
When was the last time you spoke to him? I don't know, like three weeks ago, six.
What a dick.
Oh, yeah? What makes him a dick? How should I know? You're a man.
Why don't you tell me? Why do guys like him have to everything that moves? Didn't get laid enough in high school? Trying to impress their fathers? I think what he meant was why were you so angry with Ted? Because I'm sleeping with him, and then I find out he has a girlfriend and he's supposed to, like, be with her and shit.
So you were upset with him 'cause he was cheating on you? I actually didn't give much of a shit.
I'm not married to the guy.
He wasn't cheating on me.
I just felt bad for the other girl.
So you were upset about something else? If you think someone did something to Ted, there's a lot of people with way more reason than me.
Ted owed gambling debts, like, all over town.
He couldn't place a bet anywhere.
He owed dealers money, too.
So, he does drugs? Yeah.
Cocaine, pills, and weird shit like Angel Dust.
Who the does that? Hey, you, uh -- you mind if I hold on to this? No.
You can keep it.
So, Belinda, where have you been for the past couple days? Um Okay, you may not remember where you were, but we can definitely find out.
We can check your credit cards, surveillance cameras.
Go ahead.
Do I look like someone who has a lot of secrets? I mean, half of Hollywood has seen my Okay, then you're giving us your permission to check your credit cards, right? Yeah.
If I say yes, will you guys leave? Hey, drive slow.
Beat it.
What was with that kid, huh? Oh -- Charles! He was there when we arrested his dad.
It wasn't pretty.
His, uh, dad got shot.
The guy he rolled with got killed -- ugly.
So, anyways, I try to visit him every once in a while, but you know how it is.
I-I don't seem to have any time anymore.
I don't know.
I wish I could do more.
You know how it is.
Look what you went through for that girl.
No, that was one time.
And me getting so wrapped up -- it's not a good idea.
Whatever happened to that girl anyway? She settled down in Texas okay? Yeah.
We stay in touch.
She's doing good, you know? She's gonna graduate.
It's crazy.
- Really? - No.
I have absolutely no idea what she's doing.
I did my job.
It's over.
She's somebody else's problem now.
I promise you, she's no one's problem now.
And that kid Charles -- he's gonna be no one's problem either.
You try to get him in Explorers? Can you imagine that kid? He'd shoot himself in the foot with a fake gun.
They got some gifted program at the school.
I don't know.
He's smart, but, uh He's got some kind of learning disability or something.
Any available unit, we have a bank 211 in progress.
Suspects are driving a black Volvo S.
Heading south on alvarado.
Unit to handle, identify.
A36, show us responding.
I think she's the one.
I don't know.
She can barely tell you what day of the week it is.
Yeah, but crazy doesn't mean dumb.
To me, it seems like a gang thing.
I mean, she already said he owed debt to drug dealers.
Perhaps he's dealing, owes the MS-13, Armenian Power.
It's like they're sending a message.
You know, "you with us, we'll boil you.
" No.
This is a crime of pure rage.
Yeah, but how long does that rage last? First, you got to kill him, chop him up, clean up the blood, put him in the vat.
It's just -- It can last a long time, clearly.
All units, pursuit suspects now heading east on Third Street.
Be advised.
This is it, this is it, this is it.
A36 turning south onto Westlake.
Show us in pursuit of a black Volvo S.
What's he throwing, man? He's throwing money out the car.
Get out of the way! Jesus.
Passing Maryland.
Get out of the road! - Get out of the street! - Pigs! Jesus Christ.
was that? I don't know.
You want me to pull him over? Turning west on Sixth.
Oh! It smells like piss! Jesus Christ.
Who is this guy, man? Robin Hood of South Central? He knows he's going down.
He's flinging evidence all over the street.
No, no, no, man.
They planned it this way.
Rob the savings accounts of people who have -- Coop! Who work and give it away to people on welfare.
Check this out, man.
I heard it's the Nation of Islam.
Everyone says they're wearing those ties.
No, it's not the Nation of Islam.
They wear ties.
Am I right? Yes, they wear ties, but it's not the Nation of Islam.
Then who are they, Columbo? A baby carriage! Out of the way! Out of the way! Out of the street! Hey! Why would he throw money at us? Turning back onto Westlake.
Is this the plan? now north on Westlake.
We're blocked.
Get off the car! Where'd he go? Shit.
Come on, this way.
Whoo-hoo! Police! Get out of the way! Out of the way! You all work hard! Get a little for yourselves! Where'd these people come from?! You kidding? It's been all over Twitter, YouTube, the news.
Out of the way! Get out of the way! People are lined up for blocks! - Freeze, police! - Freeze, freeze! Freeze! Out of the way! Shit.
Out of the way! People gonna be pissed that this is over.
Buddy said people were in line for miles to get their share.
If only you knew the history with banks in this neighborhood, with redlining, foreclosures, and interest rates being charged twice as high.
I'm going to Red Lobster tonight, mother We got enough to do without YouTube.
So, check it out.
Ted has credit-card debt.
$13,000 on one, $20,000 to another.
They don't kill you for credit-card debt.
But according to Belinda, he's also in debt to people who do, like drug dealers, and he's tapped out.
You know, a lot of people owe money, and I'm not buying Belinda's whole act.
Ah, look.
She made a $240 purchase at a restaurant-supply store.
Guess what she bought? A pony? A new car? Are you done? I guess.
A 35-gallon vat.
So she cooks.
Look, she's not that big.
Do you really think she can carry a vat that heavy? I think that girl can persuade anybody to do what she wants them to.
Freeze! Stop running! Police! Out of the way! Get down! Get out of the way! Get out of the way! Out of the way! Get out of the way! Out of the way! Get out of the way! Got him? No.
Train! Hey! Police! Police! Back, back.
Get out of the way! Police! Police! Get out of the way! Police! Freeze, freeze! Put your hands up! Get up! Back, behind me! Turn around -- slowly, slowly! Hands up, hands up! All right, down on the floor.
Down! Hands at your side.
Don't move.
You hear me? Don't move.
Don't you move I told you, I don't know who used my card.
I-I don't keep track of shit like that.
I just know I didn't buy a giant vat.
I've never even been to that store.
So when we pull up the security footage, we're not gonna see you there at all? I don't know what you're gonna see.
I don't even know what's going on.
Oh, my God, I cannot believe Ted is gone.
I mean, you wouldn't be asking me these questions if he wasn't dead.
I'm not stupid.
And now you think I did something to him, like I hit him with some giant vat or something! I don't even know what kind of vat that is! God, you guys are assholes.
Well, now you want to start trying to remember where you've been for the past eight days? Or you want to keep calling us names? I told you, I don't know.
I had a photo shoot on Tuesday or Wednesday.
And there were, you know, some parties.
And then I had this audition for this website.
God, please don't tell my mom.
You know what? You might be right about her after all.
Hey, I've been wrong before.
What?! Man O hola.
Thank you.
Please come in.
I have the keys.
Uh, the man's never home, but he leaves me money.
But this time, look.
Right next to my money was this, plus an extra $200.
"By the time you read this, I will be gone.
" You wait outside while we look around, okay? I keep the $200, verdad? Yeah.
Hello! Los Angeles police! Hello! Hello! Hey.
Hello! Coop.
We got him.
A57 requesting an R.
Unit to our location.
We have a victim conscious and breathing with a minor gunshot wound.
It's not your day, huh? Something in particular? My, uh -- my wife left.
I'm sorry.
That sucks.
I got home and The house -- sounds different.
I took off my shoes in the hallway, and that empty sound -- I didn't want to hear it again.
Maybe if she left, it means she isn't the one.
Maybe the right one stays.
What if she was the right one? What if she was the only one? And I spend the rest of my life in this empty house with my shoes in the hall and the refrigerator humming and the clock ticking.
The phone rings, and it sounds like a bomb going off.
Maybe you should get a carpet.
Coop Come on.
Let's get you to the hospital.
Come on.
We'll get you checked out.
You lived here long? Yeah, what kind of work you do? Engineer.
I design elevators.
Really? You never know who you can trust, do you? Give your heart to the wrong person, and it's all over.
It's a miracle! Ted, risen from the dead.
Hallelujah! It's a resurrection.
Let's go get this fool.
Hey, there -- Ted Josephs.
Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey! Left hand on top of your head, on top of your head.
You called the cops.
You said that Belinda was this gross girl and that she was so crazy and slutty and weird that we'd be doing the world a favor.
So you said.
Do you want to confess now or later? She already told us damn near everything -- about you buying the bones, borrowing Belinda's credit card, the debt you can't pay.
I thought I could trust you.
It all seemed like a movie until I actually saw her.
He asked me to watch her house And make sure she didn't go anywhere.
And that's what it took for you to realize that this was a bad idea? I don't know.
I mean, I thought Belinda seemed cool 'cause I've always wanted to be artsy like that.
She kind of reminded me of one of those girls that I would have totally wanted to be friends with in high school.
Hey, faking your own death is not a crime.
Yeah, but stealing Belinda's credit card is.
How could you do this to me?! Stop yelling at me! Easy, man.
You always yell.
She just seemed so nice.
What are you talking about? How did she seem nice? She was watering her neighbor's plants, and then she fed a stray cat outside her house.
That's not a stray.
That's her cat.
That's not so nice.
You think serial killers don't feed their cats? So she should go to prison for the rest of her life for feeding her cat? You're a idiot, just like she is.
Everyone seems nice, you wad! Whoa, whoa, whoa.
Bet he seemed nice when you first met him, too, huh? Funny, for such a genius, you're awfully handcuffed.
Maybe me and Belinda will celebrate tonight with dinner at Tamashiro.
That's my restaurant.
I took you there.
Oh, I'll be sure to get the uni.
Okay, enough, all right?! Go! You go before I arrest you, too.
Bitch! Shut up! No.
I hate it when you're right.
What are you doing, sir? Hey, buddy, how you doing? May I text my wife to come and get the dog? We got it.
Put your hands behind your back, please.
Why'd you do it? It made me feel surprised.
You make all these great plans, and then you wake up one day, and you realize you worked away the part of you that can enjoy any of it, worked away that part that can be surprised, delighted.
You killed it.
But this makes me happy.
Every time the glass breaks, it feels likesomething.
No matter how many times I do it, it feels new.
I envy you.
You probably have more excitement in one day than I've had in my entire life.
Let's go.
They find anything out about the bank guys? Not that I know.
I think they were just some guys.
Nobody knows whether they planned on giving the money away or just decided when they knew they were getting caught.
I heard 30 bucks have been returned so far.
They said the money's marked.
They always say that.
I doubt it.
Happened so fast, and what are they gonna do? Anybody gets caught, they just say they found it somewhere, right? You got it all figured out, huh? Yeah! Hey, I got a mortgage with that bank.
I was one week late, they sent a red letter threatening to take my house, my kid's home.
I won't feel too bad if someone has a nice meal off them, maybe, uh, pays their rent.
I hear you.
- Hey.
- Hi.
Hey, Brooke! Hey, Sammy.
Very nice to see you here.
You, too.
Oh, come on.
What? You know what? I got this.
You two have fun.
Nice to see you.
Oh, God.
What happened to your face? You should see the other guy.
How was your day? Good.
Yeah? Yeah.
Those little ones behave? Uh, you know? More or less? More or less.
Hey, what are you doing? I thought Officer Bryant told you to go home.
I came to report that my wallet got stolen.
He said you'd take the report.
Your wallet got stolen? Yeah.
What happened? I had like $1,000 in the wallet.
Now I have nothing for dinner and no money.
Is that so? No money for dinner, huh? What do you think? Come on.
All right.
How about you go to dinner with us tonight just this one time, okay? All right, you know? Hi.
I'm Brooke.
This is Brooke.
You like Belinda.
She was a lovely girl.
Everyone thought so except you.
Those naked pictures of her were lovely.
Oh, you got a dirty, dirty mind.
She's a sweet girl.
Everybody's got to make a living.
So Christopher has a daddy after all.
Does it have anything to do with the young lady screaming in our parking lot? It's none of your business.
You and your secrets, man.
Excuse me? We've been working together for what, a year now? You met my family.
You've been to my house.
You know everything there is to know about me.
Yeah, and I didn't ask.
You chose to share that information.
You want to shut me out, that's fine.
That's fine.
Here's what I see.
You had an affair with a married man.
That was a mistake.
But now you have a son, and that man wants to be in your son's life.
And if you shut him out out of spite or ego, whatever it is you're feeling, that's gonna be your next mistake and possibly the biggest mistake of your life, when your son can never forgive you.
Listen, I'm your friend, so I can tell you when I think you're screwing up.
Doesn't mean I'm right.
It just means I care too much about you to keep my mouth shut.
I don't even need any of this stuff.
Well, Walmart -- they accept returns for cash.
I'm just saying.
Hey, it's Sammy Bryant.
Let's go ahead and get started on that bathroom work.
Yeah, thanks.
Handfuls of cash as they attempted to flee police authorities.
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