The Brothers Sun (2024) s01e08 Episode Script

Protect the Family

American cigarettes suck.
Don't you have
Long Lives or Prosperity Island?
These taste like ass.
But I do like American candy bars.
Milky Way, Hershey's, Nestlé Crunch.
Run to the vending machine.
[Frank] No almonds in the Hershey's.
I asked to talk to you
because I don't trust these white people.
Or the Black ones.
Or the Mexican.
I only speak with Chinese.
Let me tell you a story.
When I was young, we were really poor.
No money for food, so sometimes
my brothers and sisters and I
- would eat boiled tea le
- Mr. Ma.
I don't have time for this.
I wanna make a deal.
[tense music playing]
I'll testify against anyone in exchange
for immunity and safe passage home.
All right.
I'm listening.
But I have one question.
Did you arrest Big Sun?
Is he one of the ones killed?
According to the latest information, no.
He seems to have escaped.
- For now.
- Huh.
Then you get nothin' from me,
until Big Sun is in one of these cages.
'Cause that motherfucker
needs to be brought down,
and I'm not risking
talking to you if he's still out there.
[footsteps approaching]
[Alexis] I don't know where Big Sun is.
He may have fled the country by now.
So fucking find him.
I can make all of your cases,
make you famous,
but only
if you get Big Sun.
[ominous music playing]
[Bruce] Should've just paid
for the kitchenette instead of this thing.
[Mama] For how long we're staying,
this thing is cheaper.
How long are we staying?
[under breath] Oh, come on.
[Mama] We should be safe for now.
I wonder if they're
still alive to come after us.
[door closes]
[Bruce] Well, maybe we can call Charles?
[exhales] Or Dad, even?
Why do you think they would help you
after what you've done?
You told the Boxers about the meeting.
How could you?
You brother, your father,
your blood was there.
I was there. [sighs]
You? You weren't supposed to be!
I had a plan!
All you had to do
was have dinner at the hotel and wait,
and you couldn't even do that?
[Bruce] A plan for you to take over?
To to be the Dragon Man?
[Mama sighs]
Dragon Head!
Mom. Uh
I know you, okay? Uh
You get overwhelmed
trying to get your Alexa to play music.
You always make me drive at night
because you get lost.
[sighs] You buy six pasta strainers
because they were on sale.
We never eat pasta!
Stop. Stop. Look at me.
You are not a crime boss.
You are my mom.
Wouldn't it be nice to go back to that?
To how things were?
I left everything behind for you.
Scrubbed toilets so we can eat.
Skipped meals so you can
have a backpack like the other kids.
But not once
not once did anybody ask me what I wanted!
I want what is mine, Bruce!
I want what I have earned!
Gah! [sobbing]
[crying] I I I
[suspenseful music playing]
Oh, hey.
Oh, nice!
- Any pings on Charles Sun's phone?
- Uh
No. Phone's probably dead.
[Alexis sighs] Just notify me the second
that phone gets plugged back in.
I put an APB out for Charles Sun citywide.
Uh, didn't we already catch the bad guys?
If we wanna indict the bad guys,
and not just release them
back into the world,
we need to bring in Big Sun.
The only person who knows where he is
is the guy who owns that phone.
So find him!
Stupid. Stupid.
- [rattling]
- [gasps]
[Charles growls]
- [yells]
- [choking]
Why? Why?
[sobbing] Please stop. Please!
- Please.
- You betrayed us.
- I'm so sorry.
- Stop saying you're sorry!
I was just trying to protect our family!
[shell clatters]
[high-pitched ringing]
[gasping and sobbing]
We need to talk.
[Charles] We think they have Frank Ma
and a couple of other ghosts in custody.
Anyone not locked up already is dead.
[Mama] And your father?
In hiding.
Working on a way
to get back to Taiwan with me,
Xing, and the surviving Wang Bros.
I don't understand how
the police knew about the meeting.
Maybe the Boxers told them?
The Boxers could have killed everyone
if the police didn't show up.
The police must have an informant.
How did you find us?
I searched every motel
that'd be filled with shady people
that knew how to keep their mouths shut.
This was the only one
with a lime-green Lamborghini out front.
So, what's the plan?
Everything I set in motion got blown up.
I I don't have a plan.
[Charles sighs]
It was Ba who sent me here to kill Bruce.
Wow. [sniffles]
[Charles] I couldn't.
[emotional music playing]
I tried, but I couldn't.
That is, like,
going to lead to, like,
decades of therapy. [sighs]
I am trapped, Bruce.
I can't kill you,
and if I don't, I can't go back to Ba.
[Charles sighs]
There's only one way out.
You need to kill Dad.
- What? Did you learn fucking nothing?
- No, no! No, no!
- [Bruce sniffling]
- [sighs] He doesn't understand.
Understand what?
What it means to be a father's son.
[Charles sighs]
I understand what it means
to be a brother.
I understand that I have,
and will do anything to protect you.
It's important
you understand your father was never
never on your side.
All he ever wanted
was a soldier with unwavering loyalty.
The kind of loyalty
he could only get from a son.
And he saw the potential in you.
A killer is only born
when he tastes blood for the first time.
The Chairleg incident
it wasn't an assassination attempt.
It was a test.
[music intensifies]
I should have pushed back,
but I had to save
at least one of my sons from him.
[softly] I'm sorry.
[Charles breathing shakily]
[gasps and sobs]
[Mama] I am sorry.
[Bruce] Charles.
Run away with us.
Forget Dad.
Forget Chairleg.
You could be Charles "Churro Maker" Sun.
I can't just leave.
I have to tell him face-to-face.
Then tell him.
It won't be easy.
He won't want to let him go.
He has to at least try.
[breathing shakily]
This is your chance.
The only power he has right now
is the power that you give him.
Mom's right.
He won't let me go.
Even after everything he's made you do,
you don't even wanna try?
You you can't look him in the eye
and tell him that it's over?
That you wanna live a normal life?
- [sobbing]
- [whispers] Charles.
He wanted you
to come here and kill me in front of Mom.
Look at me!
It's him
or us.
Do what you must.
Hold on. You accidentally
wore my jacket to the meeting.
This is yours.
Your phone is in the pocket,
but it's out of juice.
I have a charger.
It's hard to find for your old phone.
[Charles] I don't understand
how the police knew about the meeting.
[Mama] The police must have an informant.
- Do you have a charger?
- For a flip phone? No.
[dramatic music playing]
[door closes]
Chuck, please tell me
you capped that clown.
I would have merked
that zhutou with my bare hands.
Shut up, assholes! It was his brother.
Give me a moment with my father.
[in Mandarin] Dad,
how are you doing?
Are you okay?
This situation we are in,
it's the opportunity of a lifetime.
The leadership of the Triads
has been crushed.
All of the ghosts are dead or arrested,
but their organizations still exist.
Their businesses. Their soldiers.
And no one to lead them.
Let's go back to Taiwan,
consolidate all of them.
Everything will be run
through the Jade Dragons.
Everyone will work for us.
It will take time and some corpses,
but it will be glorious.
How did it go with your brother?
Was your mother there to watch?
I know it was difficult.
I wanted to kill a son
as little as you wanted to kill a brother,
but to protect the family,
it needed to be done.
I couldn't do it.
Dad, what kind of life are we living
if protecting the family
means killing my family?
Power is not free.
I don't want to go back to Taiwan.
I want to stay here with Bruce and Mom.
I don't want this life anymore.
But I want your blessing to leave it.
There is only one way out of this life,
and you know that.
You said it yourself,
the Triads as we have
known them for centuries are destroyed.
And you are going to
rebuild them for yourself.
You get to make the rules now.
If I destroy tradition,
I am no better than the Boxers.
We operate in
a world of killers and thieves.
Without tradition to bind us
to a code of conduct,
no one would ever be safe.
Who is really safe, Dad?
Who has ever been
kept safe by the old ways?
We still kill each other.
Without history and rules,
none of it has meaning.
None of it has meaning anyway!
In one day,
all of that history was shot to hell.
We aren't an idea.
We are just gangs of men
fighting over property.
Better to be a cookie maker?
To bake cakes for children's parties?
Whatever that is.
Better to be my own man.
- [snorts]
- Whatever I would have been
- if you didn't turn me into a killer.
- [pounds table]
The only thing you are leaving
is this country. It's made you soft.
Thank God I sent
your mother and brother away.
Who knows what you would have become then?
This place corrupts everyone,
even the strong ones.
It's why I had Xing follow you to see
where your mother and brother are.
Things you could not do,
they will do it.
[ominous music playing]
[Justin, in English] Look.
Don't make us do this, bro.
[in Mandarin] Charles!
[in English] Xing, stop!
[tires screech]
- [siren whooping]
- Fuck!
[breathing shakily]
[door unlocks]
[Charles sniffles]
[Alexis sighs]
They don't have
shrimp chips in the machine.
You have to let me go.
I can't tell you why,
and I know that's a lot to ask,
but you're just gonna have to trust me.
I will let you go.
After you tell me where your father is.
I can't do that.
I can get you immunity, protection.
I can even get you back to Taiwan.
I'm gonna put him away, Charles.
- And you'll be safe, I promise.
- Fuck you.
And fuck your promises.
Last time you tried to help me,
you stuck a tracker on my phone.
Well, legally, you gave me permission.
You are so full of shit.
You act like you try to help people,
but really,
you're just in it for the power.
- You're just a gangster with a badge.
- Don't you fucking compare us.
You kill people for a living.
I saw what you did at the driving range,
at the Golden Soup.
If I was in your way, would you kill me?
[somber music playing]
I would never hurt you.
I don't pretend to be a good person,
but I have never lied to you.
So, now what?
You go and arrest my father,
and then run for governor
with his retired Taiwanese assassin son
by your side?
I don't know.
But I know you'll be safe.
[breathing unsteadily]
You have to let me go.
You can't keep me here.
You discharged a weapon
in a crowded intersection.
I can hold you here for as long as I want.
Where is Big Sun?
Why are you protecting him? Your code?
He would let you rot in prison, Charles.
Do something for yourself for once.
This isn't for me.
My mother, my brother,
their lives are in danger.
I need to go get them safe.
Then I promise I will come back,
and you can have the full interrogation.
How am I supposed to explain that?
"I let him go so he can kill
the people that are hunting his family?"
- You're not the only one bound by rules.
- Please, Alexis.
[gasps] This is my family.
Just think about what I said.
No, Alexis.
Alexis, please! Wait!
[screams] You're sentencing them to death!
[chopping continues]
Drop the knife.
Bruce not here?
I'm not supposed to kill you,
but if you get in my way, I will.
[sighs] So he sent you
to kill his own son.
How do you know he's not gonna
send someone to kill you one day?
Because I would never betray him like you.
You really thought
you could be Dragon Head?
You don't have the stomach.
[Xing screams]
[both grunting]
[Mama squeals]
[Xing yells]
[both groan]
[Xing screams]
[phone bell jingling]
You come in to my house,
eat at my table, and try to kill my son?
[key turns in lock]
Hey, uh got the milk.
Mom! Wh
Wait, are are you okay?
- Ai yo!
- Wh
This is condensed milk.
I wanted evaporated milk.
It's different!
- I know! They didn't have it!
- [groans]
Hold on, okay? St stop, stop!
Uh, dead body, into the bathroom.
[sighs] I have to make dinner again.
Mom, stop. Just just breathe!
Breathe, okay?
[both sigh]
Just take a second, will you?
- [phone ringing]
- [quietly] One second.
- [Bruce] Hello?
- [groans]
Uh, how did you get this number?
[door opens]
Hi, Bruce.
Do you remember me, Alexis Kong?
I was friends
with your brother growing up.
I think the last time I saw you,
you were probably five or six years old.
Where's my brother?
[Alexis] Follow me.
[somber music playing]
Your brother cares a lot
about you and your mom.
I don't know if he told you,
but the day after the Ka Spa,
he was with me, and
his biggest concern
was that you and your mom were safe.
What did you arrest him for?
- [sniffles]
- Well, he's in a lot of trouble, Bruce,
and I'm trying to help him,
but he won't listen.
So maybe he'll listen to you.
All I need to know
is where your father is hiding.
If I can bring in Big Sun,
you and Charles can walk out of here free.
You won't charge him with anything?
Not even for
discharging a firearm in public
and assault with a deadly weapon.
It's your father I want, Bruce.
But [sighs]
if I'm going to talk to him,
I need real privacy.
- [sobbing]
- Of course.
Okay? No no cameras,
or guards or anything.
[crying] This is going
to destroy our family.
Please. [sniffles]
Let us be alone.
- Of course. I'll go arrange it.
- Okay.
[breathing deeply]
[door opens]
Where's Mom?
She's okay.
Um Xing came to see her.
And, uh [sniffs]
Mom talked to her
sternly, and now
Xing is no longer a problem.
I didn't know Mom could fight.
I'm starting to think
neither of us know Mom at all.
[both sigh]
I need you to tell me where Dad is.
Is that why Alexis sent you? I can't.
I feel like I've lost
so much of who I think I am.
If I give him up,
there'll be none of me left.
I get it.
Fuck the cops.
This is family business.
Which is why I made Alexis
agree to turn off all the cameras.
I need you to tell me
where Dad is because
I'm going to kill him.
And how are you gonna do that?
- You gonna improvise him to death?
- No!
- I have Xing's gun in the car.
- You've never shot a gun before.
The first time you do,
you'll use it to kill your father?
I played laser tag
with TK in Sherman Oaks,
and I was actually pretty good at it.
And I kicked your ass
at that shooting game at John Cho's.
- Bruce, come on!
- Listen!
This is the only chance
you and I and Mom will ever be safe,
and it has to happen
before Dad goes back to Taiwan.
You can't do it,
but I can,
and I will.
[emotional music playing]
Neither of us has ever
been given the chance to choose anything.
Well, now I choose this.
I choose being a man
and to protect the family.
He's in the safe house.
He's alone.
[breathing shakily]
Remember, tight grip.
Focus on the front sight.
Smooth trigger press.
It's easy to miss.
Neither of us are
who our parents thought we were.
But our parents are crazy.
Yeah. [sighs]
I don't think we've ever hugged before.
You're probably gonna die, so
we might as well get one in before you go.
[softly] Right.
If anything goes wrong,
you get the fuck out of there,
you understand?
[softly] Yeah.
[door opens]
[door closes]
[gasps softly]
[Alexis] So?
The Brothers Sun don't work with cops.
[dramatic music playing]
[door opens]
[door opens]
[tense music playing]
[Bruce clears throat]
Hi Dad.
[in Mandarin] Ba Ba.
In Chinese, you call me Ba Ba.
[in English] Right. Ahem.
So, um
you're probably wondering where Xing is.
She's not going to be here.
[chuckles] I'm sure she would like to be,
but, you know, she's dead.
[in Mandarin] Charles killed her?
[in English] Mom did, actually.
I know, right?
Anyway, um
I came here
to do
[in Mandarin] Smart.
The only way
you will be safe is if I am eliminated.
I assume Charles
told you where to find me?
He couldn't come himself?
[in English] Oh yeah.
No way.
[in Mandarin] Do you understand
what I'm saying?
[in English] I got the gist of it, yeah.
I I think.
[in Mandarin] Sons.
They either disappoint you
or grow too strong and take your place.
I had always thought
Charles would be the usurper.
And you,
the disappointment.
[in English] But Charles never had
the guts pull a gun on me.
You have balls.
Come back to Taiwan with me.
Take Charles' place.
After everything?
I know you better than you think.
[snaps fingers]
Saving Charles with a big lizard.
Saving your mother with mahjong aunties.
Killing the Triad with the Boxers.
Inventive, strategic,
You have so much potential.
We can rule Taiwan.
You will be feared, respected.
your hands are shaking.
You're not going to shoot me.
Listen, Bruce. The Sun family
- [yells]
- Oh shit!
- [groans]
- Oh my God! Oh!
[in Mandarin] You fucking pull the trigger
on me? You fucking stupid motherfucker!
[Bruce groans]
You couldn't even hit me
in the heart or head?
- [in English] You can't even kill right!
- Dad, come on.
I'm I'm not trying to kill you.
- That's fucked up.
- You shot me!
Yeah, but I made sure
to avoid any major organs.
- [groans]
- The way I see it, you can stay here
and bleed to death,
or you can call an ambulance.
You can get to an ER with plenty of time.
It was your plan?
I don't want to kill you,
but the police has to show up
when anyone is brought into an ER
with a gunshot wound.
- Do you want a blanket or something?
- Fuck you!
You want my business?
My job? Then you better kill me!
I don't want any of those things!
I want you to leave
Charles and Mom alone. Forever.
It was good to see you, Ba Ba.
[collects gun]
[door opens]
[door closes]
[door opens]
[door closes]
Everyone's trying to figure out
the story between you two.
I thought we knew each other
when we were younger.
You didn't?
Those two kids that knew
each other in Taipei are long gone.
People don't change that much.
You don't think?
[door opens]
Sure it's him?
[door closes]
A Chinese gentleman with a gunshot wound
was admitted to the SGC Hospital ER.
It's him.
- It's Big Sun.
- What?
He's in surgery right now,
but officers are on the scene.
- He's not getting away.
- [gasps]
- [both laughing]
- Holy fuck.
- We did it.
- [Mark sighs]
What do you wanna do with him?
[somber music playing]
[Alexis] The arrest of Big Sun,
the notorious Triad boss,
marks the beginning of a new day
in Los Angeles and the world.
The good guys are winning.
[woman] There are rumors that you're
planning on running for DA next year.
Is that true?
Well, I plan on serving the people
of this city and this great country
in any way that I can.
[snorts] How much longer?
Stop being such a little bitch.
[Charles, in Mandarin] Fuck.
- [in English] What the hell is that?
- It's fine.
- It's Dumpling taco.
- [Mama] No.
- Oh my
- I'm making dumpling tacos.
No, there's no water,
and it's gonna break.
- Oh my God.
- I'll use my spit. It's fine.
- No Ha, ha.
- [Bruce] Okay.
- Wow.
- [Mama] Why do you think you are funny?
- He never listens.
- [TK] Yo, Charles.
[in Mandarin] Idiot. Hmm?
- Check it out.
- [Charles] Let me guess.
It's a giant golf ball.
- [laughs]
- [TK] Ha ha.
Very funny.
No, look. It's TK saving
the motherfuckin' day is what it is.
- [June tuts]
- [TK chuckles]
Okay, so, the cop had Bruce
by the Nutter Butter, right?
And then, suddenly, I'm like, "It's TK!"
Knocked his ass out
like Aaron Donald coming off the line.
[Mama tuts] Ugh!
- I I don't know
- What are
- What are you doing?
- [sighs] I give up.
I'm just gonna let you and Charles
cook for me for the rest of my life.
[softly] We're good.
I am going to Taiwan
to lead the Jade Dragons.
[emotional music playing]
The opportunity is there
to do something I've always wanted.
- [sighs]
- To remake the Triads in my image.
Smarter, more organized,
and more legitimate.
Everything I did was to protect us
and get us away from danger.
Destroying the Triads
was supposed to set us all free,
not make you the Dragon Queen!
You have set me free,
and this is what I'm choosing to do
with my freedom.
I understand.
- [Mama sighs]
- [chuckles]
- I love you, Mom.
- Love you.
[door opens]
[door closes]
- How is your pain level?
- [Big Sun] Bad!
[in Mandarin] Good.
[scoffs] Here to finish the job
your cowardly son couldn't?
[in English] Bruce didn't kill you
because he has a good heart.
And I'm not gonna kill you,
because I want you to suffer.
[in Mandarin] What are you doing?
[in English] It's all here
in your hospital chart.
Now everyone will think you're a diabetic.
You'll be getting
regular injections of insulin.
Lifesaving for someone who needs it,
but for you,
it will make you weak,
unable to move,
- unable to speak.
- [yelps]
[in Mandarin] Hold on, we can
definitely negotiate about it.
- [grunts]
- [in English] And it will hurt.
Uh, uh [whimpers]
[in Mandarin] Take care,
country boy.
["Your Time is Gonna Come"
by Led Zeppelin playing]
Lyin', cheatin', hurtin' ♪
That's all you seem to do ♪
Messin' around every guy in town ♪
Puttin' me down
For thinkin' of someone new ♪
Always the same, playin' your game ♪
Drive me insane
Trouble is gonna come to you ♪
One of these days and it won't be long ♪
You'll look for me
But, baby, I'll be gone ♪
This is all I got to say to you, woman ♪
Your time is gonna come ♪
Your time is gonna come ♪
It's a dream come true.
But I should go back to Taipei with you.
My name alone
will put fear into anyone who opposes you.
I want you to want to.
I don't want you to do it
because you feel like you have to.
Life is short, Charles.
Make your cakes.
Fall in love.
Get married.
I want you to have a life,
and give me grandchildren I can show off.
Don't care what you say
'Cause I'm goin' away to stay ♪
Gonna make you pay
For that great big hole in my heart ♪
People talkin' all around
Watch out, woman, no longer ♪
- Is the joke gonna be on my heart ♪
- [applause]
You been bad to me, woman
But it's coming back home to you ♪
Your time is gonna come ♪
Your time is gonna come ♪
Your time is gonna come ♪
Your time is gonna come ♪
Your time is gonna come ♪
Bye-bye, baby ♪
Your time is gonna come ♪
Bye-bye, bye-bye ♪
- Your time is ♪
- [song fades]
[Mama] And try to cook
for yourself sometimes.
Okay? Don't just do DoorDash and In-N-Out.
[Bruce] I'll try.
I'm gonna miss you.
- I can take care of myself, Mom.
- I know.
[sniffles] I know. That's why I'm crying.
- I love you, baby.
- I love you too.
[Mama sighs]
[car door slams]
[Charles] Finally perfected the recipe.
- It's a little going-away present.
- For Mom?
For you.
I'm going to Taipei with her.
She needs me if she's gonna pull off
what she has planned.
What about the bakeries?
Ba was right about one thing.
It is my job to protect the family.
And I wanna make up for lost time.
Get to know Ma again.
This is the beginning
of something good, Bruce.
Even if it means farewell.
Speed it up!
I've got dinner reservations at RAW!
by 88rising, NIKI, and Rich Brian playing]
- Yeah ♪
- Yeah, I'm faded ♪
Fake faces ♪
I erase 'em ♪
- California ♪
- Okay, that's too tight! That's too tight!
That fragrance, mad payments ♪
- Stay out of trouble when I'm gone, okay?
- Yeah.
- California ♪
- Trouble only happens when you're around.
I don't wanna be
The one that's left behind ♪
- [sighs]
- I love the way you lie ♪
Tryna get my money bag
Straight this time ♪
- The hills is gon' decide ♪
- Yeah ♪
L.A. Westside
Mama scared most of the time ♪
Lookin' behind ♪
- Are you expecting somebody else?
- Fake faces, gotta cut 'em off, yeah ♪
- No.
- Fake faces, them crossed off, yeah ♪
My faith is for the cameras, yeah ♪
Flash-flash, I'mma take pictures
For my fam, damn, show 'em I've made it ♪
Flashbacks to the pictures
From way back ♪
The kids like
"Who's that? Who's that?" ♪
Now I do Hollywood, yeah
Copies everywhere like a walkie-talkie ♪
I'mma run the lobby, speak to nobody ♪
San Gabriel Valley
I might crash your party, like ♪
Yeah, you made it, you've been anxious ♪
But you made it, California ♪
Conversations till the sunrise ♪
When you stop by, California ♪
I don't wanna be
The one that's left behind
I love the way you lie ♪
I don't wanna be
The one to lose my mind ♪
I know you know ♪
- Somebody put some brakes on me ♪
- [engine roars]
Pops callin' up every couple of days
I'm smilin' so he could think I'm ♪
[tires screech]
[engine revs]
- With a clear end goal ♪
- [tires screech]
[engine revs and stutters]
Money makin', while we're breakin' ♪
It's amazin', California ♪
Celebrate it or berate it ♪
It's been fated, California ♪
Oh, Maria, the hills are swarmin' ♪
With dead ends and the bots performin' ♪
Don't mistake it, you can break big ♪
Till you get sick, huh ♪
Shut up
Don't wake another neighbor ♪
I don't know you
And I don't want to later ♪
Prayin' to God
I never run out of his favor ♪
But we don't make the textbooks
On our best behavior, do we? ♪
I'm the antihero in my own damn movie ♪
All my exes write songs
That I'm based on, loosely ♪
Take after my ma, I can be choosy ♪
I can be choosy, oh ♪
California ♪
Money makin' while we're breakin' ♪
California ♪
But you made it, California ♪
California ♪
[Yuan] So, their whole case
relies on the testimony of Frank Ma?
Yes. Without him, they have nothing.
Which is why they have him hidden away.
No one is going to find him
before the trial.
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