Tales (2017) s02e03 Episode Script

My Life

(NARRATOR) It is in the giving that we receive.
(CROWD) It is in the giving that we receive.
(NARRATOR) And it is in the pardoning, that we pardon.
(CROWD) And it is in the pardoning, that we pardon.
(NARRATOR) And it is in the dying of the self, that we are born to eternal life.
(CROWD) And it is in the dying of the self, that we are born to eternal life.
Don't fight it, it works, if you work it.
All right.
I'll see you all next Tuesday.
(CLAPPING) So want to grab a coffee? Cobbler, cookie? Oh Edie we've already talked about this.
Talked about what, I just wanted to know if you want to grab a cup of coffee.
We're done with this.
This, what this are you talking about? The meaningness or are you getting on my shit when you got it in it.
I'm your sponsor.
It's fine, I'll find another sponsor, one that's less hands on.
It's my fault.
What the hell are you talking about? I take full responsibility.
What? Why are you tripping right now? Okay, we are both adults.
- Edie listen.
- Look, I'll join another group, and then we are good.
She and I are getting back together, we've been going to counseling for about a month right now.
A month? A month! So what the hell was that in your office? Your farewell f[CENSORED.]
? I'm not going to jeopordize my life, for what we did.
I'm sorry.
Yeah, yeah you are.
You are a sorry piece of shit! Edie.
You've got me by on a mission Why don't you want me in my place Come and get what you were missing Why you do me like that Do me like this Got cameras on your watch Venom on your wrists Swallowing my pride Being by your side You wanted then I got it Then you put me by your side Gave you everything you need (MOTHER) Edie, sweetie, is that you? Yeah mom, it's me.
I'm really tired okay? So I'm just going to go to bed.
(MOTHER) Come here.
All right.
(MOTHER) Hey baby.
Hey mom.
(MOTHER) You want some tea? No, I'm good, thanks.
Did you get your card signed for the church.
Oh no mom, I don't need to do that anymore, it was only quarter out of the six months.
Right, right.
Have you been mixing your meds? You know what doctor Roodin said about mixing your meds.
I didn't mix.
It's tiring.
Come and sit here.
Sit down.
Ma, I'm really tired.
I want to talk to you.
I just want to crash tonight all right? Sit down baby.
No, what mom? I saw doctor Roodin today.
The cancer's back, isn't it? Where did it come back? Everywhere it was and then some.
It's okay, we're going to ask for a second opinion.
We've got enough opinions baby.
There's no remission this time.
Sometimes you've just got to know when to surrender, and this is one of those times.
No, this is not one of those times mom.
What do you even mean by that? I mean, I'm in my peace with this.
- No, bullshit mom! - Edie! No, you have been fighting this thing for years, and now all of a sudden you're just going to surrender? When I was using, you told me to fight for my life.
That was different! How is it different? Because you had a fighting chance.
So do you mom! I don't.
It's not going to happen today.
The doctor told me I might have as long as six months.
Oh my god mom.
Six months.
Where's your inhaler? Go get your inhaler.
Calm down.
That's right.
Look at me.
Now we ain't got a lot of time left baby girl, but what we've got, we going to keep it all normal, and make the best damn use of it.
Bitch, oh my god, yes.
Yes, yes, yes, yes.
Oh my god.
(CHUCKLING) What? Oh this? Girl this? This all paid job.
Please, you know, I made it, yes I did.
It's my design.
Yes, it took me a little while, but it got done.
Oh, can you imagine You did? Oh my god, I'm so sorry.
- No, no no no no no no, - Mrs.
Acherson forgive me.
- it's okay, it is.
- No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no.
- It's okay.
- It's not okay, I should not be in your shit, I should not be in your closet, forgive me, please I should go.
- No, no no no no, - I'm gonna go.
the dress, it looks so good on you.
I'm just a big fan of asymmetry and the lines.
- Me too.
- I mean I just feel like the lines lie better.
Do you have book of sketches.
A book? Yes, may I see your sketchbook? - Okay.
- Okay.
I don't know if I could call this a sketchbook, but this is just I would buy this one right here.
- Yeah? - Yes.
Okay, well you know if I ever get the money to buy new fabric, you'll be my first customer.
I'm going to take you up on that.
So please, call me Caroline.
Okay, Caroline.
Thank you.
This is for you.
No, I cannot accept this.
- Yes girl.
- Oh my god.
Yes, go buy that fabric.
Thank you.
Thank you.
So much.
I'll just need two more seconds, and then I'll be out of your hair.
Girl, take your time.
- Thank you.
- Yeah.
(EDIE) Did you get a chance to hear about the deal with the Chinese yet? You know that's above my pay grade.
I'm just trying to take as much shit from this place, before we're both outta job.
We both know if this deal goes through, it ain't no way that won-tons and chop sueys are going to keep us fed.
I am not doing this with you today girl, you're crazy as hell.
Maybe, but guess what? Crazy keeps it interesting.
I love you.
I love you, too.
Not a day has gone by that I haven't been thankful to have been your mother.
I love how softly you saw me hit rock bottom.
You're clean now.
You're older.
And you can have the best life you've ever envisioned for yourself.
And that's the real.
What'd you catch the holy spirit of Oprah up in here, ma? (LAUGHING) You get a car and you.
(LAUGHING) You know how much I love you.
And no matter what I'm about to say that will never, ever change.
Am I gonna need my inhaler again, mom? I need you to come close to me.
- Mom.
- Please.
I need to hold you close right now.
Baby, this ain't no easier for me to say than for you to hear.
I'm trembling.
Mama, no, just tell me, it's okay.
Whatever it is, we got this.
I'm not your mother.
I'm your aunt.
I just need to know that you can handle this.
Ain't nothing broke me in a minute so you just take all the sugar and shit out of that and just, you just give it to me straight.
Your mother, she got a scholarship to UCLA.
They wanted her for the astronomy department.
She loved the stars and planets.
Used to say there was poetry in the sky if you look at it right.
The day came for her to leave.
I knew she was born for better things.
But as my heart, I wasn't ready to let go.
Mama and daddy had already passed and left us this house.
I had a good job so the plan was for me to buy her out as soon as I could.
Give her a little starter money for when she was graduating.
The scholarship money only covered classes, books and boarding.
So she took a job as a fit model with a clothing designer.
And it didn't take long before she entered into the wrong circles.
Time went on and her letters became less about school and more about the parties she went to.
She met a white man named Hubert at the designer studio one day.
He was handsome and slick.
Before long they were together, said he was a movie producer.
It took a while for her to learn that he wasn't producing the kind of movies she had seen.
Before long UCLA was gone and so was the girl I recognized as my sister.
Hubert, he had a temper.
Wasn't used to hearing the word no.
Hey, what are you doing? Huh, huh? Stop, Hubert.
What about that, you like it? - You like this? - Stop, please.
When she wrote that she was about to have a baby, I got on a plane to bring her back home.
And then you say you wanna leave with my baby? Hubert, I am begging you.
Oh bitch I will hurt you.
We gotta get out of here Beverly.
I will burn you.
I will burn this whole place to the floor.
You don't need this.
Lets go! Shut up! - Shut your mouth.
- Hubert.
Now you want me to look at my family, huh? How about you like this, huh? Tell me you love me and make me mean it.
Why are you staying here? Lets go, Beverly.
Look at your daughter! - Answer me! - Please.
(SCREAMING) - (SIRENS WAILING) - How is she? - (BABY CRYING) - got her out, pretty fast.
When Beverly died from the fire I was gonna make sure I'd take care of you.
'Cause I know my sister woulda wanted that.
(BABY CRYING) I'm here for you, so I got a drug addict momma, a white daddy, and my momma's my aunt.
I ain't leavin' this earth with any secrets between us.
Why? Let me ask you something.
Which one was easier for you, huh? Keepin' this a secret from me, or telling yourself that you were doing - such a great thing.
- Baby! You do not get to speak! All of that time, when I was drinking and doing drugs, and turning to strangers on the street to make me feel better.
- I didn't - All of that time I was wondering what was wrong with me! It was a disease! That you had every [CENSORED.]
chance to tell me that I inherited! (CRYING) You had one goddamn job! To protect me! I prayed on it! I prayed on it! And he got you through it.
He didn't get me through shit.
And neither did you.
But you could've.
But now, at a time that is the most convenient for you.
Now? Because you wanna get into heaven you wanna tell me this shit? You're right.
You know what? There ain't no heaven.
There's only hell.
Thank you for putting me through that shit.
(GENTLY SOBBING) (SIGHS) Look Chris, it's me.
I know I've been blowing your phone up all night but I just need a familiar voice to talk to, all right? Just somebody who knows me and doesn't give a shit.
So just please call me.
Please, please, I need you Chris.
Just call me, okay, please.
Okay, bye.
Oh, hi.
You good? You seem shook.
No, no, no, I'm good.
I'm just starting my shift, but I'll be in there shortly.
Oh no, it's fine, it's fine.
Have a great day, Edie.
(SIGHS) It's me again, I'm so sorry about last night and I know you're upset and I said some stuff that I (EXHALES) Anyway, I know you're probably praying on it now.
Please call me back.
You're the best mom a girl could ever ask for and I love you.
I'm sorry.
Excuse me, officer.
Hi, my name is Edie Crane, this is my house.
Is everything okay? Where's my mom? - Oh, I'm so sorry to tell you this - Where's my mom? That she was found unresponsive.
Yes, a male carrier was dropping off - Please, no.
I need to see her please! - Just come.
Oh my God.
Please, I need a minute.
Ma? Ma (CRIES) Ma! Please, please forgive me mom! Oh no! No! Can you please tell me where Edie Crane's been the last week? I'm sorry Miss Acherson, but we're not at liberty to discuss our staffs personal matters.
That's fine.
Thank you.
I'll see you in a few weeks.
Miss Acherson.
If you were to look at the NA meeting at the African Art Center, you'll may be find her there.
Okay, maybe.
But I ain't said shit.
Thank you.
Look Edie, where the hell you been since the funeral? I've been tryna get at you, I've been tryna call you.
Yeah, well you ain't been trying hard enough, bitch 'cause I've been around.
(ASH) This is gonna be the last cheque you'll be getting.
What? What the hell are you talking about? Look I was able to get them to put in a small severance, but that was all I could do.
Damn! We getting laid off? Oh, that is some bullshit.
The sale's going through.
All right, but I got you.
Bitch, I'ma have to learn Chinese or something.
Look I need you to focus, okay? This cheque I got for you it ain't light.
All right, it's gonna keep you up until we find you something new.
What you gonna do? They keeping me on.
Getting a promotion to manager.
Gimme my cheque girl! Look Edie, listen to me.
I got hell of a people looking to hook you up with a gig.
All right, shit's not real flush right now, but gimme like a month and I promise you it's gonna be cool.
It's not gonna be cool, Ash.
Congrats, manager.
It gets real It gets real Damn! If you take a look at my life It gets real Yeah, I have the paperwork right in front of me.
I know, but my mom took out two mortgages, one for repairs and one for credit card debt.
Yes but that's This is what I'm tryna tell you, I couldn't afford it with the job so without the job Life insurance? No, there was only enough for the cremation.
That's it.
Yeah! No shit it's an unfortunate circumstance.
That's why I'm tryna tell you that I need F[CENSORED.]
! I've been calling you.
What you dunno how to call somebody back now? I heard about your mother and I'm sorry.
You heard about my mom and you still didn't call me? You knew I had a family.
You knew I was working through some things, - you knew.
- Look, all right, okay.
I do accept it all right.
My wife and my kids, that's forever and I'll do whatever it takes to keep them in my life.
Your wife and your kids? Well you, your wife and your ugly-ass kids can kiss my butt ass, Chris! How 'bout that n[CENSORED.]
r! That's my answer.
I do not accept it, do you hear me! I don't accept it, bitch! Well, I'm sorry, but you need to find another home group, get you another sponsor, reach out to a higher power to make the pain go away.
But you're not to call me and don't come around my place of business again, you understand? F[CENSORED.]
your kids.
If this was a competition we would win Feels as if it's just me and you that exist In this world we live Feels better when I'm with you Better when you're here If the world again is perfect Closed when I'm not with you Closed when you're not there If you can shake or break this perfect thing What the hell are you looking at? Huh? What are you looking at? You know I'm so glad you came in here today, because I've been meaning to talk to you.
Let's have a conversation, huh? You up there on your throne looking down on everybody like you got something to say.
That's the thing about see that's why I never got into you.
That's why I never believed in you 'cause Clarice was always Seems like you have so much to say, but where do you words lie though? What are words without actions though? You ain't done shit for nobody boy! Look at Clarice, she believed in you, she put her whole life into you, she talked to you everyday.
Look what you did to her.
Cancer, died.
Is there ever a time where you actually do what you say you're gonna do? I got to know.
Since you look and look, look, look deep n[CENSORED.]
r, look deep.
I'm not one of your believers.
That shit is fraud, you're a false, you're a fake.
See, nobody has the balls to tell you that, but I'm 'bout to tell you that shit.
You must have an issue with black people though.
For real, for real, because every time I see you and every time people talk about you, it's always the shit you're doing to us.
You wanna see truth? Look in me! See that shit 'cause at least I can be real, at least my word means something.
But you, how dare you take everything from me, take everything from Clarice! God, kiss my black ass n[CENSORED.]
r! (SIGHS LOUDLY) Thank you, girl.
That's everything.
That's everything.
(GRUNTS) Thank you, thank you.
Girl, thank you.
Why you just don't take me up on my spare room? I mean it's sunny, you got your own bathroom.
No, I love my studio.
I can't wait to have you over.
Let me drop you off on my way back to work.
No, girl, no please.
Okay I gotta stay and organize a little bit, and then I'll be out.
Thank you.
(HAPPY MUFFLED SQUEALS) We's brought our shoulders, bitch.
I'm not playing with you.
Okay, look, call me over the weekend.
- I will.
- Okay.
All right, I'll see you babe.
- (WOMAN IN BLACK JACKET) Bye! - Bye bye.
Let 'em know where you got it from.
Presidential, yup.
Know what I'm sayin'? Boy I'm tryin' to get it, you know what I'm sayin'? Look at you, goddamn, Edie Crane.
It's been a long time.
What up Ziek? (SIRENS) What's up wit chu? I'm just going places, a lot of places.
It's good to see you know where home is.
Where you tryin' to go tonight though? Around the world Ziek.
Well I could take you there.
You know we presidential now, it's top shelf.
I could take you to Pluto and back, all on one sack.
It's only one question shorty, what you tryin' to spin on? (PAPER RUSTLING) (ZIEK LAUGHS) What's that? It ain't much but it's all I got Ziek, all right? Man this ain't the old days.
Man we get money around here.
Ziek, please.
I got wolves to feed.
Gimme this.
Gimme this.
It's good to see you ain't never lose your edges though.
- Come on Ziek.
- (ZIEK LAUGHS) I got you, come on, let's go.
Keep watching that car down there.
That car done rolled by two or three times and ain't spending no money.
(SOBS) God.
Looks great on you.
It's creating arm fat, Harry, on both sides.
You're stressing over nothing.
I can't breathe.
And breathing is overrated.
Come on.
I love you Harry but you didn't listen to me when I said that this dress needed to have movement.
I listened to you Miss Sinclair.
We made a few strategic changes.
I admit, that the, some of the movement had to be sacrificed, but I must say, hmm, looking at you, that pencil skirt makes your, accents your attributes in a most flattering way.
I appreciate how eloquently you just told me I have a fat ass Harry.
I would never.
This event is for a children's charity.
There's gonna be reporters and photographers there.
- Yes.
- And I need to be able to bend and squat.
- Okay.
- I can't breathe.
To help these kids with all these games that we have planned.
They're gonna have to get me in and out of the chair like a, like a beached whale or something.
(LAUGHS) Excuse me.
This is a private place of business.
Could you please exit? Honestly, if I were you, I'd just go with a softer Chiffon skirt girl.
Graduated hem, longer in the back than in the front, and that'll give you a lovely fluid line as you move.
And still maintain the slimming quality of the overall silhouette.
- Girl look, let me show you.
- No-no-no-no.
- Honestly, it's not that.
- Gimme that! - Get out of here! - Ma'am please.
- Who are you? - Girl, you and your ass look good girl.
It look good girl, it look good.
I'm so sorry about the sloppy security - around here Miss Sinclair.
- You don't have to apologize, at least someone's finally listening to me Harry.
(SNIPS) (SIGHS) In case you try to poison me with that.
Wait a minute.
Excuse me, I don't mean to bother you, and I know you're very busy, but if you would please, please take a look at this, I'd be very, very grateful.
Thank you.
I really appreciate it.
No, wait a minute, madame.
Please, please, please, please.
(PANTS) Is this your work? Yeah, it is.
May I offer you coffee? - (DESIGNER LAUGHS) - Yeah? We could discuss this and other things.
Well, I'm telling you right now that I like my coffee on ice.
- Is that a yes? - Throw in a croissant? More like a Perrier.
- Come, please, I want to talk to you.
- Let's do this.
This is an amazing piece of work.
How long have you been doing this? And why didn't you tell me this the other day when you came into the store? Your ability to refine the asymmetrical line while maintaining the original line, staggering.
Thank you, thank you.
Well, I mean, I've always had an affinity for the hard edges and the soft lines of the Asian designers like Issey Miyaki, you know what I mean? I mean, that's the exact dichotomy that I strive for.
Excuse me, I don't mean to be crass, but I gotta say it.
Why on God's green earth is a talented, masterful designer such as yourself walking around in rags? What is with that? I mean, look, darling, I get the whole boho chic thing, I mean, but you taking this shit to a whole another level.
(DESIGNER LAUGHS) I mean, boho is never really, and was never really my thing, but this is what I like to call Atlanta necessity.
You know, practical, yet purposeful, with a utilitarian slant.
Think Mad Max meets early Outkast.
Oh, I love it, yes, I love it.
(DESIGNER CHUCKLES) Can you replicate this sketch? What do you mean, draw it again? Yes, from paper to body.
Could you do that? Oh.
Well, I mean, here's the thing, Harry, that is a skill set that I'd like to think that I'm capable of.
Wonderful, but, yes, I hear it.
I hear a but.
I don't mind feeling buts, - but what is with this but? - Well, forgive my crassness, but I can damn near move mountains of fabric.
For a price.
And that price being? La di da da da La la la la la la la la La la Ooh My life, my life, my life, my life In the sunshine If you look in my life You see what I've seen La la la la la If you look in my life You see what I've seen La da da da da da If you look in my life - You see what I've seen - - La la la la la - - If you look in my life - You see what I've seen My life, my life, my life, my life In the sunshine Life can be only what you make it When you're feeling down You should never fake it Say what's on your mind - Caroline? - My god.
- Caroline Acherson? - My god.
You won't really need Hi.
My name is Edie Crane, and I am an addict.
(ALL) Hi, Edie.
I had been sober, I had been clean for 4,027 days, which is approximately 11 years, but even though I had not been drinking, and even though I had not been using, I was not clean, you feel me? I was a dry drunk.
I was bitter, I was doubtful, I was vengeful as hell, and I made a lot of poor choices, and I wasn't thinking about nobody but my damn self.
I didn't really feel like I belonged anywhere.
I just had this pain, this void that I was constantly trying to fill, just trying to fill it with anything I could put my hands on, just drinking, and drugging, and dick, and none of that shit worked.
I know I'm not unique.
I know that all y'all, your story, we all have the same narrative.
I mean, that's why we're in this room, right? Because we share the same story.
We just got a little different spin on it, and y'all, I'm glad, because I recently found my sister.
I'm glad because I cannot do this alone.
(SIGHS) I realize now I didn't know where I came from.
With the grace of God, (SIGHS) I know where I'm going, and it's not just about the days behind us, 'cause you know we got a lot of those, but it's about today.
It is about this moment, and I choose this moment right here, right now for me.
And the last thing I learned is, no matter how dark it gets, you turn your face, girl.
You turn your face towards that sunlight just for a little bit every day.
Y'all hear me? (PEOPLE CLAP) Can everybody please join in and repeat after me? It is in the giving that we receive.
(ALL) It is in the giving that we receive.
And it is in the pardoning that we pardon.
(ALL) And it is in the pardoning that we pardon.
Have a wonderful evening.
(PEOPLE CLAP) Bring that in my way.
(WOMAN LAUGHS) I take 100% responsibility.
Half of that shit show was mine.
I'm sorry.
Yeah, me too.
Excuse me.
(LAUGHS) What are y'all doing here? I was just, I was so scared to tell you who I was these past few months, I mean, and Clarice, she never wanted me to open up to you.
I was just so afraid that you wouldn't accept me because of who our father was, who, by the way, he not only left us his legacy, he also left us this.
That is your share.
Girl, is this real? It's a blessing.
Holy shit.
I wanted you to know who I was when we first met, but I wanted you to know me outside of who he is.
Girl, I know exactly who you are.
You're my sister.
Come here, girl.
I love you.
I love you too.

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