Surface (2022) s01e03 Episode Script

New Person, Same Old Mistakes

It's just right up these stairs.
A little different than your place, huh?
What made you start
to suspect my husband?
Anything to do with the fact that
you were sleeping with his wife?
James bought a plane ticket to Portland.
February 11, day before your accident.
The plane manifest doesn't
find his name here
or here.
GPS records from his
car, day of the accident.
James was a half a mile
from the pier that day.
So why don't you arrest him?
Well, that's just the
start of building a case.
He lied about his alibi, red flag.
The rest's just circumstantial.
There's no cameras on the ferries,
so no footage from that day.
No hard proof.
What about the motive?
Usually, homicide involving
spouses, motive is money or jealousy.
And what was "us"?
So, I-I've been here before?
A lot?
A few times.
What about Marin?
How often did you come?
We were seeing each
other a couple months,
and toward the end,
you weren't as careful.
So he knew about us.
I'm doing everything
I can to keep you safe.
I should go.
Look, if he starts to suspect
something or you get a weird feeling,
just get out of there
and call me right away.
Use your burner phone.
Burner phone?
What are you up to?
You know, just finishing some work.
You okay?
Yeah, just done in.
Gonna run a bath.
Can I bring you a glass of wine?
I'm fine, thanks.
Too late.
I already poured it.
I'm glad that you're relaxing.
You seemed off when you got home.
I was a bit out of sorts.
Saw an accident on the way home.
Young guy.
There was a crowd around him,
and I could tell he wasn't moving.
I'm sorry.
Oh. Just leave it.
Oh, wait, it's Caroline.
Do you want me to get it?
Oh, I'll call her back later.
You know, I, um
I talked to her today.
Yeah, I thanked her for going
with you on your little getaway.
She said that you're starting
to remember some things.
Did she?
I mean, that that
must be really scary.
You know, if things are coming
back around the accident.
I did mention one thing.
A flash I had.
Not sure what it was.
I was younger. A teenager, maybe.
I was riding a horse.
In England?
No idea.
Well, they say that the oldest
memories come back first.
I will leave you to it.
Hey, you want me to
drop you at the hospital?
It's on my way.
I think I'll stroll.
It's such a nice day.
- Love you.
- You too.
Leave a message.
Hey, buddy. We got that meeting.
What you working on?
Oh. It's, uh It's personal.
I can tell.
Okay. I can't believe
Miranda's making such a big deal
out of this whole thing.
It's a healthy number
of zeros we're off here.
- I'll bet you drinks it's Todd's fuckup.
- Fucking Todd.
A hundo says he's let go
by the end of the meeting.
- Uh, all right. I'll see you in there.
- Yeah.
You must be James Ellis.
And you are?
MacKenzie Isen. Brought on to
conduct the internal investigation.
Oh, there's an investigation?
You must have heard about the
money that's unaccounted for.
Yeah, but I mean, I-I-I
didn't realize it was so unusual.
I mean you know, we move
so much capital in and out.
It was probably just late reporting.
I mean, some start-up run by a
25-year-old living on Mountain Dew
forgot to update their paperwork.
Oh, could be.
Or it's a data entry mistake on our end.
Or maybe it's embezzlement.
Haven't had one of those in a while.
I'm talking to all the
employees. Partners on down.
I have you down for
this afternoon. -00 p.m.
You know what? Uh, tonight's not great.
My wife, she was in an
accident, uh, not so long ago.
So I have only been back at work
full-time for a little while now.
So maybe another time.
Sure, no problem.
We'll do first thing in the
morning. How's 8:00 a.m.?
- Yeah.
- Great.
- Good morning, James.
- Hey.
When Big D rolling through?
- Why? Is there a problem?
- Yeah, I'm ready to scale up.
Not if I got to wait around
all day for my supply.
Can I help you?
I was wondering if I could speak
with an officer who was assigned
- to an incident I was involved in.
- What kind of incident?
It was a suicide attempt.
His name is Thomas Baden.
May I speak with him, please?
What's your name?
Sophie Ellis.
Date of the incident?
February 12th.
Well, the officer listed on
the report is Linda Johnson.
Do you want to speak with her?
There's no Officer
Baden at this precinct.
Well, can you tell me what precinct
Thomas Baden works at then? It's urgent.
Uh, there's no one by
that name in the SFPD.
Excuse me?
You must be mistaken.
Whoever Thomas Baden is, ma'am,
he's not a police officer.
Sophie. Sophie, slow
down. Let me talk to you.
I know you're not a cop.
I'm undercover. Narcotics.
Oh. That's convenient.
Roger called me.
Guy at the front desk.
Smug look on his face,
uniform a little too tight.
Was he drinking out of the
Sunset Elementary School mug?
His kids go there. They're
cute. You'd like them.
Were you the officer
assigned to my case?
There is no case. I'm the case.
No one knows about
this except me and you.
So you lied to me.
You should've told me
you were undercover.
Actually, an essential
element of being undercover
is not telling anyone.
You shouldn't have gone into
a police station asking for me.
Why were you trying to find me?
James do something?
He started asking weird questions.
Wanted to know if I remember
things about the accident.
We were right. He's hiding something.
What else?
I saw the texts between us.
Why didn't you tell
me how serious it was?
I didn't think you were ready.
You're right. I wasn't ready before.
It all just seemed like a
story about someone else.
I am ready now.
You want to get something to eat?
So we came here a lot?
Not exactly gonna run into your
friends on this side of town, right?
You'll like this place. Trust me.
Uh, I guess that's a hard thing to do,
considering I know next
to nothing about you.
What do you want to know?
Okay. For starters, why were
you seeing a married woman?
It's a little more
complicated than that.
So tell me. No one else can.
You weren't happy with him.
Not for a while.
Maybe you resented him?
The person he turned you
into. Some rich guy's wife.
Didn't feel like you.
I said that?
Yeah. Pretty much. Why?
It just makes sense.
Everyone's acting like I'm supposed
to be happy with a walk-in closet
and a calendar full of lunches,
but the whole thing feels hollow.
Thank you for telling me the truth.
I didn't realize how many
secrets my marriage was hiding.
Look, I don't have all the answers,
and I don't know the full story. So
Of course. I didn't mean to
I just want to keep you safe, all right?
All that other stuff, me, you
I'm not trying to get back to that.
You know what?
I'm not really hungry after all.
How about we just get a drink?
Yeah. Come on.
Hi, uh, this is James Ellis.
I'm calling to follow up
on my loan application.
I was expecting a phone
call from you guys.
Hi. Yes, uh, I was
just about to call you.
Unfortunately, your
application was denied.
Uh, sorry it didn't work out.
Did you Did you get
all the of the
the paperwork, uh, I sent over?
The assets, investments, um
We did.
And our underwriting team also found
you have second mortgages taken out
on both your homes.
In their estimation, you're
too leveraged at this time.
Listen, I'm sorry it didn't work
out. Have a good night, Mr. Ellis.
Um, what the fuck?
You all right?
Yeah, um
I'm just annoyed, you know?
I've got these two deals
hanging over my head.
Sophie waiting at home.
- You sure?
- Yeah. I'm fine.
I just need some sleep, that's all.
Okay. Uh, see you tomorrow.
How did we even meet?
Members-only club. Lennox House.
Sounds posh.
What were you doing there?
Oh, I wasn't. I was at the
pizza joint up the block.
But I had got caught in the rain,
and there I was, just standing
outside, minding my own business,
and out you came in a huff.
I want to thank you all for
everything you do. All of you
Yeah. Let's go, you guys.
You okay?
Sorry, you just seem a little upset.
I hate this place.
Me too.
Apparently something had
really pissed you off.
You didn't say. I didn't ask.
I said the drinks in
there looked pretty good,
and you told me you knew a spot
where there were better ones.
That sounds so impulsive.
Yeah, well, that's how it happened.
So, where'd we go?
What happened after that?
We had a couple of drinks, and, um
Oh, no. I mean, um
How did one night turn into all this?
I'm not sure I know how to answer that.
We had a lot in common.
Not, like, hobbies and
shit. More like intuition.
Intuition? About what?
There was just a connection.
You didn't have to
explain yourself to me.
Other people in your life,
they ask a lot of questions.
Other people, like my husband?
What sort of questions?
Sometimes when you go through
certain things in your past,
the last thing you wanna
do is talk about them.
And so we didn't.
Maybe you're right.
Maybe it is just a
story about someone else.
We don't have to be who we
were to each other before, okay?
Let's just be who we are now.
Play me another song.
Something the old me liked.
Sophie, is that you?
What are you doing here?
Sorry, I didn't mean to scare
you. I-I have a spare key.
You gave me a key in
case of an emergency.
So, what's the emergency?
I saw you leave the gallery.
I know you heard me
and James on the phone.
And, um
Look, I just need you to
know that this was his idea.
To cover it up. At the
time, it made sense.
- Caroline
- There's a part of the story
I've left out.
Which part?
You and James were going
through a hard time.
And, um
something happened between me and him.
And it was a stupid fucking mistake.
You stopped talking to me.
You know, we didn't speak for
months before the accident.
And, maybe, if I had been there
If I had been in your life,
then it wouldn't have happened.
I don't know.
Why did you lie?
I guess, um
because it felt
like a second chance.
You'd already erased all our mistakes.
Why relive them?
Only, I realize now it
doesn't work like that.
We can't just pretend we're new people,
and that the past doesn't exist.
'Cause maybe it doesn't for you,
but for the rest of us, it's everywhere.
You mustn't blame yourself.
You're not the reason I
No, you called me that morning.
What do you mean "that morning"?
From the pier. I didn't answer.
You left a message. And I
am so fucking sorry, Sophie.
I'm so fucking sorry
that I wasn't there for
you when you reached out.
But I never, in a
million years, thought
Do you still have it?
The message. Do you still have it?
Can I hear it?
Do you really wanna do that?
It's there.
Hey, I I know we
haven't spoken in a while.
Uh, I just I was with James.
He walked off just now, but
I don't know. I feel
like I'm going crazy.
Call me if you can. I need your help.
Are you okay?
Yeah. Um
It's just a lot to process.
Maybe, c-can you send it to me?
Yeah, I can text it to you, if you want.
Don't tell James about this, all right?
He needs to tell me,
but on his own terms.
Of course.
I am so sorry.
Hey, I I know we
haven't spoken in a while.
Uh, I just I was with James.
He walked off just now, but
I don't know. I feel
like I'm going crazy.
Call me if you can. I need your help.
You just back from a run?
Yeah, I think I pushed too hard.
Still feel a bit shaky.
Well, um, look, we've got that
mixer, uh, tonight. Miranda's thing.
But we Hey, look, we
can cancel if you want.
I'll be okay.
Why don't we, um I don't know.
Why don't we just stay here and cook?
Just the two of us.
It's a work thing. We
should show our faces, right?
- You're right.
- I should get ready, then.
Thanks for coming.
I know it isn't our usual
time, but something came up.
Attempted homicide I
need you to follow up on.
His wife went overboard on a ferry.
It was ruled an attempted suicide,
but I have reason to believe
the husband lied about his alibi.
It doesn't sound like
it has anything to do
with the case you're working on.
So, okay. Yeah, it's
not my jurisdiction.
What do you expect me to
do, just look the other way?
It was an attempted homicide.
She's still in danger.
Is this the same woman who showed
up at the station, asking for you?
You got a thing with her?
Jesus, fuck.
Nah. There's nothing here
puts him at the scene.
GPS records.
Oh, yeah. And where'd you get those?
You gonna tell me they're
admissible in court?
All right, listen to me.
I get the job's tough.
I've been there. I know how
welcome distractions can be,
but not the kind that are
gonna blow your fucking cover,
that can get you killed.
All right, forget about
this shit. End it with her.
And if she's in danger,
she can call, uh, 911.
Get the full protection
of the SFPD at her service.
But not you.
Or I'm gonna go to the
captain and have you pulled.
Do you understand me?
I got it. I got it.
What is this place?
Lennox House. It's a, uh, private club.
You remember it?
Oh, my God. Sophie, you look great.
- Hi.
- Hey.
- Elliot, it's good to see you.
- You too.
Holy shit, Shawn Pareksh is here.
Twelve o'clock, Buddy
Holly glasses. Let's go.
Wha Are you serious?
We just got here.
Oh, my God. What the
fuck's with you lately?
Gotta go.
Okay, uh Be right back.
Always so much work
at these work parties.
Mmm. I'm just gonna
find the ladies' room.
- Grab me a drink?
- Of course.
The way that we operate as a company
is very, very different. So
I can't talk right now.
Where are you? With him?
In public. At a work party.
The Lennox House. I'll
call you back later.
Hey, can I, uh, get one more?
Hey, I know the
investigator's picking on you.
Is she?
Think she sees something
that isn't there.
But I know this whole thing
has nothing to do with you.
Well, I'm sure she'll get to
the bottom of it. She seems
more than capable.
Have a drink. Relax.
It's shitting everywhere.
Will you just take her back to the
Sorry. I got caught up.
I, uh I got a good
feeling about this deal.
Are you kidding? You nailed it.
I mean, I'm always too
aggressive, but this guy,
he's just got this way of
making everyone trust him.
Right, Sophie?
I need another drink.
Yeah, I'll take another scotch.
- Jesus, slow down.
- I'm good.
- You sure?
- I'm fine.
I'll get this one. You got the last one.
Get him a water.
- What are you doing here?
- Let's go.
You have proof James was at the pier.
That makes him a threat
right here, right now.
I can't just leave with
you. You don't get it.
Look, I I know you just want
to pretend the past didn't happen.
Just be who we are now.
But that past is real.
I'm married.
I had a brain injury, and I got
put under a fucking conservatorship.
I can't just disappear.
We have to do this right.
Staying here is gonna get you killed.
No, you being here is
what's gonna get me killed.
I'm James Ellis. You're
with Cyprus, right?
Yeah. Yeah. John Carillo.
Pleasure to meet you.
Nice to meet you.
We're, uh We're heading downstairs.
You want to grab your
drink and come meet us?
- Yeah. Course.
- Yeah?
You too, John.
Can I get you anything?
A glass of water, please.
He doesn't even know who you are.
Okay, but that doesn't mean that
So we were wrong about the motive.
- Maybe we were wrong about everything.
- No.
You think you know what's going on.
- You think you know me.
- Sophie, listen
Maybe you don't.
You look like you're having zero fun.
You okay?
It's been a tricky transition
back to normal life.
- Whatever that is.
- Right?
If I'm being honest, it's
been really difficult lately.
And the investigation at the
firm, I'm sure that's not helping.
Uh, no, no, no, it it isn't. Um
Is it affecting Harrison as well?
He tends to let things
slide off his back.
I don't know how when there
are millions of dollars missing.
Sometimes I think he's a sociopath.
Well, it-it's great that he
takes things in his stride.
I wish James could do that.
I mean, I get it.
Now that the investigation
is focusing on his department,
I understand if James is stressed.
Uh, to be honest, the financial
lingo goes over my head a little.
Um, how much trouble could
someone be getting in here?
Well, I mean, if it
ends up that somebody
actually stole this money from the firm,
which I am sure is not the case,
but if it is?
Embezzlement is serious
jail time. I mean, right?
It could bring the whole company down.
It looks like things are
going well over there.
We're actually gonna join him
for a late dinner. Seal the deal.
I'll send the car to pick you up, okay?
I'll be fine.
Right, James?
I'm gonna Wait, I'm
gonna grab another drink.
- You sure, buddy?
- Yeah.
Okay. Okay. Just take it easy.
I'm good. I'm good.
I'm I'm just gonna go check on him.
Stacey, make sure Shawn has a good time.
Dude, you okay?
You gonna be sick?
That's not a good look.
Hey. Bro, what
What the fuck's going on,
man? Are you all right?
- Is it Sophie?
- Ugh, fuck.
I fucked up, man.
I fuck I fucked up.
And I-I-I don't know how to come out
the other side on this one. And
What happened?
I can't, um I can't
I can't say.
Is this about the investigation?
I'm fine now.
- So let's go talk to Shawn.
- Hey, no, no.
I've known you too
long. Don't do that shit.
- I meant Let me just
- Dude, just look No, dude
Hey, hey, hey, look at me. Look at me.
Whatever it is, I got you, okay?
You're my brother.
But you just gotta tell me
what the fuck is going on.
Okay. I took, um,
some unnecessary risks.
- And it
- Fuck.
No, there there was an opportunity,
and I and I trusted the wrong person.
Okay? And I got fucked.
But I thought I thought
I could make it right
before anyone found out.
Look, it was it was an
honest it was an honest mistake.
You know me, I would I
wouldn't steal money from the firm.
You kn
You believe me, right? I wouldn't
I wouldn't I wouldn't do that.
I wouldn't I wouldn't
Okay, just come here. Come here.
You shouldn't have shown up like that.
It's not safe to talk just anywhere.
Sophie, what the hell is going on?
There's an investigation
going on at James's firm.
Millions of dollars missing.
So, you think it's on him?
He's been drinking too
much, staying late at work.
He has cameras everywhere.
He's paranoid about something.
What if it's this?
So he steals a couple
million, you find out
And he had to get rid of the
one person who knew what he did.
Do you think this is possible?
That he could really
try to kill me for this?
Look, I've seen people do
a lot worse for a lot less.
You know, my whole life made
sense until you walked into it.
Did it?
Did you just believe the story
people have been selling you?
That you just jumped?
Who do you believe, Sophie? Me or him?
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