The Conners (2018) s02e11 Episode Script

Mud Turtles, A Good Steak And One Man In A Tub

1 - Hello? - Jackie? - Yeah? - Dawn from Cook County Meat and Fish.
Oh, thank you for coming.
You look exactly like I pictured you from all of our phone calls.
You are, too.
But weirdly, you sound different.
- Oh, I love this space! - [CHUCKLES.]
You know, a lot of new restaurants try too hard.
Yeah, not us.
We know what it takes to get the job done, and we do just a little bit less.
You're hilarious, you know that? No, I'm not.
Am I? Yeah, heck yeah.
Okay, so, I got your menu.
I will put together a preliminary order.
That way, you can price me against other suppliers you're considering.
I mean, thieves.
No, I'm kidding.
I mean suppliers.
Who steal.
- Sorry I'm late.
came over to watch the baby, and she hit him in the eye with a rattle.
He cried, she cried, and then I cried 'cause I don't have better child care.
Becky, this is Dawn from Cook County Meat and Fish.
She thinks I'm hilarious.
Such a pleasure, Becky.
I have to tell you, I think comfort food in this location is gonna be a big winner.
The only thing you're missing is a signature, big-ticket item.
You need to offer a good steak.
We can't afford a good steak.
And I'm not just talking about the customers.
I'm talking about the people that own the restaurant.
Becky, Dawn has a fantastic background.
She was a buyer for a big restaurant chain.
I started this company after the managing partner at the old place groped me in the stock room.
Can you believe that? - Same thing.
- Happened to me.
- The stock room.
- In the stock room.
Yep, and look at us now.
Well, I'm looking at you in those boots, and I got to tell you, I love those.
Oh, well, they'd look good on your cute, little figure.
Oh, no, I could never pull off boots like that.
Oh, you wouldn't have to.
Your boyfriend would be pulling them off.
And he wouldn't stop there! [CHUCKLES.]
Oh, yeah, you better quit it right now! I mean, I I don't even have a boyfriend.
Neither do I.
But so what? Here's to being our own soul mates.
- Amen! - Amen.
Yes, we love ourselves, and men don't want us.
Can we get back to the food? Let's talk prices.
Well, this has been fun.
I will make a list of what I think you need, and I will send you an itemized estimate.
Au revoir.
That's French for "goodbye.
" I know.
Everybody knows.
And before you fall in love with her, we should discuss whether we can afford her.
I love her.
I'm not in love with her.
Oh, my God! What happened? He tweaked his back nailing the floorboard.
I'm fine.
I just got to soak it and then lay down.
No, you need to see a doctor.
I'm gonna take you to urgent care.
It's just a twinge.
I'm fine.
Ow! I feel good I knew that I would Whoa! I feel nice Like sugar and spice JACKIE: Ohh, Dan.
"The Conners" is recorded in front of a live studio audience.
Can I help you with something? If I need help, I'll ask for it.
See? Easy peasy.
Harris got a letter from Central Illinois State.
The college or the penitentiary? "Congratulations.
You're a Mud Turtle.
" Oh, my God, she got in! That's great! Finally, someone from this family made it to college.
Hey, I went to college.
You went to art school.
That's basically Color Me Mine with a library.
How much is this college gonna cost you? I don't know, but now that I'm a divorced, unemployed single mom, we might actually have a shot at some financial aid.
My plan to destroy my life is working.
I told you to stick with it.
You know what Harris asked me to bring some clothes over to Odessa's.
I'm gonna take them over there right now and show this to her.
Ah, she's finally gonna let you into the dope den.
Ah, at least now I got a shot at getting her out of there and into a dorm room! No drugs there.
Hello, Odessa.
Harris is expecting me.
Before the other side you see, answer me these questions three.
Uh, somebody just smoked a bowl watching "Monty Python's Holy Grail.
" Correct.
You may pass.
Not what you expected, huh? We do the human sacrifices in my bedroom.
Hey, Mom.
Guess what.
You are a Mud Turtle.
- I haven't put on makeup yet.
Give me a break.
You got into college.
Central Illinois State.
We've got a tour on Friday.
Yeah, I'm not going to that.
What? Why not? I start working at Price Warehouse next Monday.
They've got a program for employees to get a business degree online.
Well, I-I don't want you to go to school online.
It's a great deal, Mom.
It's only 350 bucks a year.
Yeah, but I want you to live in a dorm and gain 15 pounds and get mono.
That's for rich kids.
We don't have the money for college.
Yeah, no, we already have an appointment with the financial aid office.
They want to help us.
A-And see? They look forward to meeting you.
Nobody ever looks forward to meeting you.
They write that to everyone.
No, they don't.
This is written directly to you, "Mr.
Harris Conner.
And why do you want a business degree, anyway? You should study writing.
You remember when the Sun-Times printed your "I Hate Lanford" article and everybody was so angry? That's the happiest I've ever seen you.
The Mayor called me an embarrassment to the community.
Of course that made me feel good.
I'll go on the tour.
For you.
Mud Turtles! A mud turtle is the worst mascot ever.
What's the cheer? "Go, fight.
Do something.
" Mud Turtles! Whoo! Whew! Instead of an estimate, we got a bill from your gal pal, Dawn, which is weird, because I don't remember hiring her.
She made a good case for her company at lunch, so I went for it.
So now decisions are being made without me over lunch? Well, we were hungry after our Pinot and Painting class.
I'm learning so much about myself.
I always knew I could drink, but I didn't know I could paint.
This is twice what we agreed we could afford.
Look at what she's charging us for vegetables.
They're all locally sourced.
I don't care if they're locally sourced.
I care if they're locally eaten.
And she went ahead and put the steak on here.
Dawn showed me that with an upgraded menu, we can pull people as far away as Chicago.
You're right.
You can't get a good steak in Chicago! You got to drive an hour to a roadside diner in a dying town that bought their steak from Chicago.
I'm sorry that you don't trust Dawn, but I do.
Jackie, okay, um I might be wrong, but Dawn is a saleswoman.
Isn't it possible that she's pretending to be your friend to ratchet up the bill? I'm afraid she might be taking advantage of you.
Au contraire.
I'm taking advantage of her by being her friend and picking her brain.
"Au contraire"? Now you're talking like her.
You've never said "au contraire" in your life! Au contraire! I said it just a second ago! Dawn likes me.
She invited me to the Rockford Wine Festival.
Well, okay.
If she's really your friend, maybe you should cut the order in half and see if she still wants to go to the wine festival with you.
Oh, she'll still want me to go.
It's a fait accompli.
Your counselor will be right in.
See you around campus, Harris.
Hm? He's cute.
Why would I date him when there's professors here? Hi.
I'm Helen.
I'm here to help with your financial aid.
- Hi.
- So, Harris, what did you think of the campus? It was cool.
I like that the student paper investigates real stuff.
And it's far away enough from my house that my mom can't visit on a whim.
Well, Harris, we thought your admissions packet was really special.
Your "I Hate Lanford" essay was spot-on.
My ex is from there.
I'm glad you liked it.
Uh, along with showing you that Harris is special, our application should've also shown you that we're super poor.
Like Dust Bowl poor.
That's why we put together a comprehensive aid package - to make this happen.
- Sweet.
Loan loan loan.
Where are all the grants and scholarships you know, the free money? Well, I'm sure you folks expected that you'd be contributing something.
Uh, yeah, something, but you have us paying everything, and with interest.
- I mean, we can't afford this.
- According to this chart, it'll take me 20 years to pay back these loans.
20 years goes by faster than you think.
You can waste that on a man everybody said was wrong for you, but you knew better.
I'm confused.
I mean, the letter you sent us promised to help us.
I want to.
Um, does Harris have a unique skill that might qualify her for a scholarship? A female tuba player is a college admissions home run.
Do you play the tuba? - Yes.
- No.
This is a waste of time.
I shouldn't have come here.
No, Harris, wait.
We're still talking.
I'm done.
I felt good about my plan, and then I let you drag me here and show me everything that I can't have.
Thanks a lot.
You know what? This whole thing is a scam.
You just bring people down here, get their hopes up, and then try to trick them into crippling loans they'll be paying back for the rest of their lives.
You should be ashamed of yourself.
You know, I want my $100 application fee back.
I'm sorry.
We We can't do that.
Well, that check was never gonna clear anyway.
Good day.
Dan? Yeah? Uh, I heard you hurt your back, so I came by to check on you.
Mark said you've been in there for a couple hours.
You okay? I can't pull myself out of the tub.
You're gonna get sick if you stay in there too long.
I'm coming in.
Aw, geez! Uh okay, give me a second to cover up, would ya? All right.
Oh, rainbow bubbles? [CHUCKLES.]
I didn't picture you as a bath bomb kind of guy.
I'm a very complex man.
I have a gay grandson who gave me this for Christmas.
I thought the Epsom salts would help.
I didn't know the glitter and the color would turn me into a merman.
Uh, your your hair has shampoo in it.
Yeah, I-I was gonna rinse it off with the hose attachment.
It fell in the tub.
Well, I could reach in there and root around.
Might change our relationship.
Oh, it's it's just a little shampoo.
I'll get it.
Um, here.
See? That's not so bad, is it? It's kind of nice.
Oh, soap in my eye.
- Soap in my eye! - Oh.
Here, I got it.
Um All right.
Let's get you out of that tub.
Now, do you want to, uh, have some more towels, or should I just close my eyes? More towels.
You're gonna peek.
You can't help yourself.
Well, it looks like you two had a good time at the wine festival.
I only had one glass.
I don't know why I threw up in the Uber, but [LAUGHS.]
Dawn bought me this.
I'll be right back.
Well, guess I was wrong.
She really is your friend.
She still took you to the festival even though you cut the order.
Well You did cut the order? - Eh not exactly.
- Jackie! Oh, I don't want to know, Becky.
Dawn's the only friend I've got.
That's not true.
Women don't like me, Becky! I'm a woman, and I used to like you.
I'm 64, and I'm tired of being lonely.
She's the first friend I've had in years, and I don't want to lose her.
But isn't it better to find out now if she's playing you, before you get any more attached to her? Or I never find out and I live in a happy fantasy world where I go from wine festival to wine festival.
Look, I just don't want to see you get lied to in another relationship.
You deserve a real friend.
I know I do.
How about a glass of wine for courage? But just one.
I don't want to get sloppy.
What are you doing out here? Trying to freeze myself to death so Harris can get some hardship money for college.
You might want to take your shoes off.
It'll go faster.
The school wouldn't give us any money.
If I'd saved anything, my daughter wouldn't be giving up her dreams at 17.
Welcome to the Conner family.
Pbhhhht! Dad, you should've seen her face when she was walking around that campus.
I swear she was actually smiling.
I feel like I failed her.
Don't beat yourself up.
It sounds like she's got a few things figured out.
Hey, I'm sure it's a great school, but she probably doesn't want all that debt.
And a business degree, that's not a bad idea.
I want more for her.
I know what you want.
But it's time to get on board to the future she's building.
And if you're not careful, you're gonna make her feel like she's never accomplished anything in your eyes.
You mean like art school? - [HISSES.]
You know where I'm gonna be Monday morning? At Harris' first day of work, congratulating her.
And you should be, too.
Is that glitter in your eyebrows? I wish it was just in my eyebrows.
So, Dawn, um I'm just gonna say this.
I have to cut our food order.
I got a little carried away, and I didn't discuss it with Becky.
Well, that's disappointing.
I know.
And even though it wasn't real, I really enjoyed being your friend.
What are you talking about? What wasn't real? This.
I know you were just being nice to me so I'd buy more stuff, and I get it.
I'm not hilarious.
I don't have a cute figure.
I'm just a woman with a roadside restaurant.
So, you think I was just pretending to be your friend so I could make a few bucks on an order? That's ridiculous.
Look, you're cool, you're smart, you're just damaged enough to be entertaining.
And you set off all those car alarms to shorten the line at the wine festival.
When you want wine, you are absolutely fearless.
Hey, they were running low on white Zin.
Somebody needed to take action.
I have a blast with you, and it's hard for me to make female friends.
I think they're intimidated by me.
- [SIGHS.]
So same.
- Mm.
So, we're still going to Cheyenne Pete's? Oh, hell yeah! We're drunk and fun.
We're not gonna waste that at home.
No way! I'll be right back.
I cut the order, and she's my friend.
In your face! - That's great.
I'm happy for you.
We're going bull riding.
Hey, I'm off in an hour.
Can I come? Becky, back off! It's like you reek of desperation.
You know, um, I'm not complaining, but the smell of those pain patches is a little overwhelming.
I thought the mosquito candle would cover it up.
- More wine? Sure.
When I can venture more than 10 feet from an outlet next week, I'll take you to a real restaurant.
Um, since you brought up next week, there's something I want to talk to you about.
There's a promoter that offered my old band a tour of the Midwest.
That's great! How long? Three months, at at least.
Could be six.
You know, the road is a blast and all, but if you felt like you wanted me to stick around, I could pass on it.
I wouldn't be comfortable costing you that kind of an opportunity.
I'd be okay with it.
'Cause, you know, things are going pretty well with us.
I think they are, too.
Dan, this may be my last chance to go on the road.
But I'll give that up.
I think you need me.
So if you want me to stay tell me to stay.
Of course I want you to stay.
So, does that mean you're ready for a real relationship, with everything that goes with it? Got it.
I got to go.
Take care of yourself, Dan Conner.
That's what I do best.
That's my granddaughter! That's my granddaughter! First day! First day! Grandpa, what are you doing here? Hopefully, embarrassing the hell out of you.
And letting you know how proud I am of you.
And also probably gonna pick up some tiger balm and a canned ham while I'm here.
Pbhhhht! Hey.
Am I the only one in this family who works? I just wanted to say to you, in front of these vending machines and this rocket ride, that I was wrong.
I think what you're doing is great.
You found a way to go to college.
I mean, that's amazing.
Really? I feel like I'm disappointing you.
I am so proud of you.
You know, I just want you to be happy.
Well, you want to hear something weird? I am happy.
I'm gonna get a business degree, and I'm gonna get rich - exploiting people like you.
Well, that would be great.
Can you do it quick enough to send Mark to college? [CHUCKLES.]
It's my first day.
I got to get in there.
- Mm.
- Do you want me to get fired? A little bit.
Okay, now that I'm painting, I finished something that I'm really proud of, and I think that it would look great in here if you agree, partner.
Of course you can hang your painting in here.
I call it "Dawn At Dusk.
" Wow.
You're really talented.
If you put that up in here, I quit.
Okay, I will put it up in the storage room.
But when I finish "Dawn At Dawn," it's going up in here.

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