The Righteous Gemstones (2019) s03e05 Episode Script

Interlude III

In these times of hate and pain ♪
We need a remedy to
take us from the reign ♪
I've been thinking of what I need ♪
- I need a freak to hold me tight ♪
I need a freak every
day and every night ♪

Excuse me, Judy.
Can you move your hair off my desk?
Oh, you mean my luscious fluffs?
Well, you're getting your dandruff
all over my worksheet.
You know you like it
So long and perfume-y.
Seriously, move your hair.




I liked you, you fuckin' asshole!
I loved you!
Praise ♪

Praise ♪
If I knew I could care for my family
during a terrifying and uncertain time
with just a bucket or two,
well, I would be
running to my pocketbook.
Not only do Aimee-Leigh and I
want you to be safe,
the Lord wants you to be safe.
Jesus talked to me last night.
Jesus said,
"Eli, you better get them folks ready."
Y2K is real.

It's coming.
And the church is gonna need help.
I agreed to talk with you
because you're from "TIME" magazine.
That's a periodical I respect.
Your church raised an
enormous amount of money
by telling people that Y2K
would bring the end of days.
It didn't, of course.
It was the grace of the Lord Himself
that prevented humanity
from facing that disaster.
You seem pretty convinced
it was happening.
Do you think it's
unethical to scare people
and then benefit from
that fearmongering?
Folks come to me
when they're trying to
make sense of the world.
I just help as best I can.
So who was wrong,
Jesus or you?
Amber, baby.
They love you.
You had them wrapped around your finger
at Parents' Weekend.
But this is different.
Bringing me to your mansion
ugh, it's all so daunting.
Well, better get undaunted, baby
'Cause one day, this
crib will all be mine,
and I'm looking to have
your fine ass by my side.
He cut my damn hair.
Tried to Samson my ass.
I wasn't just gonna take that.
You tell your teacher or your principal.
You stay out of it.
- You don't act like a lunatic.
- That's right.
Tell me about it.
I bring my "say, say,
my baby" all the way here
to get to know my family,
and we are instantly dealing with
all this "he said, she said" bullshit.
Suck my dick, Jesse.
You suck mine, Judy.
I want a meal, boy.
Not no snack.
[LAUGHS] That was good.
She's saying that you
have a tiny little titi.
Fuck off, Kelvin.
At least I got a titi.
Not a tiny little doll pecker like you.
Not even any hairs or nothing.
- Enough!
- We have a guest.
Boy, this is not the impression
we want to give you, Amber.
My apologies.
It's a blessing to have you with us.
Where are you from, sweetheart?
Uh, Kentucky. [CHUCKLES]
Just a small little town.
Is that human hair, Country?
You wearing a horse hair wig?
Um, it's [CHUCKLES]
Real hair.
Not a wig.
Judy, why don't you slide
this chicken-fried steak with gravy
right up your ass?
I wasn't trying to be mean.
She's from the country,
so I called her Country.
All the best girls are country girls.
Isn't that right, darling?
Don't you know it.
Well, well, well.
If it isn't the girl
from the Wendy's sign.
Y'all got running
water where you're from?
Of course we do.
Well, I don't know your life.
[SCOFFS] Look at you.
Just regular-ass shopping mall clothes.
Your pants are nice.
Well, take a good look.
'Cause you couldn't afford this
if you sucked every dick
in the hills and hollers of Kentucky.
What is your problem?
I just know what you're up to.
Impoverished girl with big dreams,
chasing all the riches and gold.
That is not what's happening here.
Jesse means a lot to me.
I call bull.
You don't love Jesse.
He's a fucking clown.
When you look at his dumb face,
instead of seeing eyes
and noses and shit,
you see your ticket out of the sticks.
You are very rude!
And you have no idea
what you're talking about.
Where you going, Wendy's?
I thought we were doing girl talks.


It's our faith!
Our faith that protects us!
You said it! Yes!
Be not afraid,
for I am Daniel in the lion's den!
- We'll see you next week.
- Yeah, you too.
- Yes, ma'am.
- Oh, good to see you.
- Good to see you.
- All right.
Thanks so much for coming.
- Thank you.
- Oh, sir. Hey.
- Hi, Tom.
That's lovely.
- Thank you very much.
Oh, what a sweetheart.
- Thanks for coming.
- Thank you.
You guys are on donuts next week.
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Now back to the Skip Arness Show.
You hear the latest from the Gemstones?
Their church made a
mint off the Y2K scare.
Attendance is down for
the first time in their history,
and people are protesting
outside their church.
[LAUGHS] They deserve every criticism.
Did Uncle Eli do something wrong?
Well, your uncle was raised better,
but he's always been greedy
when it comes to money.
Y'all know that.
Yes, ma'am.
I want to be rich like
Uncle Eli when I grow up.
Don't you ever say that again.
It is not something to aspire to.
You aspire to be good
and wise like your daddy.
Right, Peter?
He's just a kid talking, May-May.
I I was just kidding, Mama.
I love being poor.
I still don't like that
y'all got him buried out here.
It's a long drive for us.
Now whenever I want to
spend time with Daddy,
I gotta get through
your security guards.
There wasn't no more room
left where Mama's resting.
I thought about bringing
her here to put with him.
Oh, that's sweet.
Then you can just have
'em all, can't you, Eli?
Well, we can just have security
just flag y'all right on through
any time you want to come by.
Our home is your home.
Well, we appreciate that.
We don't usually have
no problem getting in.
I made some sandwiches for the boys.
Might as well eat 'em before we go.
Well, you all are welcome to
stay as long as you want to.

Nobody shit their pants,
but check out my newest toy.
Redeemer ♪
Redeemer ♪

My Lord.
Holy moly.
Coke white.
This is yours?
Ah, basically mine.
I mean, technically, it
belongs to the church.
But all I gotta do
is use it in a sermon,
and then I can drive it whenever I want.
Can I drive it?
Hell no.
But I'd be happy to let you
watch me smash some shit.

Heaven ♪
Heaven ♪
This must be heaven ♪
Oh, me, oh, my ♪
This must be heaven ♪
Heaven can wait, I've got a date ♪
Higher and higher,
people are talking ♪
- Yeah!
- Go!
Heaven can wait ♪
Heaven, heaven ♪
This must be heaven ♪

Oh my, take a look at those eyes ♪
This must be heaven ♪
Hey, you know, I saw y'all on the news.
They were saying you conned everyone
with that Y2K nonsense.
[LAUGHS] I don't know what kind of idiot
would have bought into that.
I mean, when the world
ends, it will be because
the Lord has decided it's time,
not because of some
computer malfunctions.
I never bought it for a minute.
Well, I'm just relieved
it didn't happen.
That's all I keep thinking about.
Just counting our lucky stars.
Would have been a real nightmare.
Lord changed His mind, I suppose.
Or people just made it
up to make money off it.
I mean, that's what the
news is saying y'all did.
Ooh, it's times like these
I sure am glad my last
name is Montgomery.
The way people would look at me
if my last name was still Gemstone
no, thank you.
You know, I need a refill.
Peter, run out to the car and get me
that two-liter bottle of Fresca.
Oh, we got plenty of cold pop
inside in the refrigerator, May-May.
Uh, Sprite, I think.
No, I don't want Sprite. I like Fresca.
- Peter.
- Sprite or
- Run.
- Yep.
Say, say, my baby.
I got the Sega Saturn.
Have you played it?
Mama don't let us play video games.
She says the devil's in 'em.
- Inside video games?
- Yep.
Just like movies, music, dancing,
cartoons, and Halloween.
We ain't allowed to do nothin',
except maybe go huntin',
make some traps, catch food.
Not like you guys.
Y'all get to do everything fun.
Yeah, your parents suck.
They're strict as hell.
I couldn't survive under your roof.
I need my "TRL."
I can relate, Judy.
My grandma's real strict.
Never let any boys call
the house or nothing.
Oh, you had so many
boys calling the house
'cause of your gorgeous red hair?
Okay, Raggedy Ann.
Surprised they even have phones
in the village you come from.
She don't come from
no damn village, Judy.
Stop making fun of people
for being from poverty.
Chuck and Karl are dirt poor.
It's rude.
Jesse, I'm so sick of you
showing out for your girlfriend.
Y'all don't make a good couple.
Behind your back, we're all laughing
at what a bad couple you actually are.
Hardy-har-har, dummy.
Why don't you go fuck yourself, Judy?
It's a sin to swear, Jesse.
No shit, Karl.
Watch me load up some more.
Judy, you wish you had
a fuckin' boyfriend.
Don't be jealous 'cause
somebody actually likes me
besides my own parents, unlike you.
No one likes your ass.

Hey, Peter.
Come on in.
I'm in a bit of a pinch, Eli.
- Is that so?
- Yeah.
I got a damn warehouse
full of Y2K buckets,
and nobody wants 'em.
The only downside to
society not collapsing.
I'm in over my head, Eli.
I told you not to buy
more than you could afford.
You also told me that
the world was gonna end.
It ain't my fault things changed.
I got no control over that.
Liquidate 'em.
Repackage 'em as camping
supplies or somethin'.
Hell, if I could count the amount
of bad business investments
I've made in my life,
we'd be here all day.
It's the nature of the beast.
You win some, you lose some.
Well, I lost a lot.
25 grand.
That's a lot of money for my family.
That's everything we had in savings.
Damn, Peter.
Why would you invest all your savings?
'Cause I trusted you.
I wanted to do what you were doing.
May-May is gonna kill me.
She's gonna kill me because we're broke.
She's gonna kill me
'cause I didn't tell her.
She's gonna kill you
'cause you did it with me.

I've never asked you for money.

I don't know what else to do.

I could lose the house.
How about I buy your stock back?

I don't know what to say.
I just got so greedy.
You thought you were
helping your family.

I thought we were coming
to the end of times.

Did you really believe that too, Eli?
You think I'm just out
there lying to people?
Take us in through the
service entrance, Walker.
We can drive right in
through the loading bay.
You got it, Dr. Gemstone.
ALL: Where's my money? Where's my money?
Redeemer ♪
Redeemer ♪
Redeemer ♪

Redeemer, redeemer ♪
That's the coolest thing ever!
And that is what you
call a moist-maker.
My monster truck is the fucking tits.
Jesse, have you seen my ring?
Your ring?
My grandma gave it to me.
I wear it all the time.
I must have misplaced it.
When things go missing in this house,
it's usually one person responsible.
You think Judy stole Amber's ring?
I don't know.
She's been stealing
a bunch of stuff lately.
I went to the mall with
her a few weeks ago.
I hate going to places with Judy.
Especially the shopping mall.
She steals music.
She shoplifts fancy fashions

Tiny trinkets

And some other stuff that I
don't even know what it is.

She threatened to cut my privates off
if I told Mama and Daddy.
Judy will do it.
I know she will!
That bitch could steal from
all the malls in America.
But steal from my woman, my queen,
my "say, say, my baby"?
She's gone one step too fuckin' far.

We live in a world
where material things
Wealth, status
it means something, don't it?
Mm. Amen.
That stuff don't mean
nothin' to the Lord.
So why does it mean so much to us?
I think I know why.
Because of the people we love.
That's why.
It can be hard seeing others thriving,
living a life of wealth, comfort,
while you watch your own family,
your own children,
not able to live in the same way,
not given the same opportunities.
Oh, maybe we don't need those things.
But it can be hard not to feel like
you're letting down
the ones that mean
That mean the most to
you when you got nothin'.
You know what I'm sayin'?
- Amen.
- Amen.
You changed up the sermon today.
I thought you were gonna
be preaching about outreach.
Instead, you were talking about wealth.
Well, the message seemed important.
You've been acting funny lately, Peter.
The boys have noticed it.
Haven't you, boys?
Yeah, maybe a little.
[MUFFLED] A bit quieter than usual.
Don't talk with your mouth full.
Peter, are you crying?
I made a mistake.
I made a bad investment.
You tricked him.
You've been pulling this
stuff since we was kids.
No, he he didn't
trick me none, May-May.
You're a fool, Peter.
Eli did this on purpose to punish me.
For what? What did I
ever do to you, Eli?
You need to calm down, May-May.
- What?
- I'm trying to help you all.
I'm the one that's gonna get
stuck with all the overstock.
Over overstock?
You think you're damn Sears Roebuck,
talking my husband into investing
what little we have into nonsense.
Complete nonsense.
That was the boys' college money.
He's gonna buy it back.
We're not gonna lose anything, May-May.
Eli's gonna help.
- No. No, no, no.
- And he
We're not taking a penny
from you and your damn wife.
That money is evil.
It rotted your family.
I will not have it rotting mine!
We have to!
If we don't
I could lose the house.
I'm sorry.
Let us help, May-May.
We're family.
Don't you dare.
Don't you dare make me think
you're doing us any favors.
You stand there in your pretty dresses,
singing your little songs,
pretending you don't
know what's going on.
But I see right through you.
You enable his behavior.
You promote it.
You and your whole damn family!
You got the devil in you.
You're about to see him
if you don't get the
hell out of my house.
Talk to my wife like that!
I look in your ugly face,
and I think to myself,
I may be poor, but at
least I got principles.
Shove your principles up your ass.
You're letting your kids go hungry
to prove a point, you dumb bag!
- Thanks, Peter.
- Yep.
I'll be bouncing like a ball ♪
When I say yes, y'all ♪
If you don't rock with
me, you won't rock at all ♪
So check me out without no doubt ♪
I'm guaranteed to rock
and turn the party out ♪

It's the way May-May has always been.
Always trying to make
me out like I'm bad,
even since we was kids.
Now I gotta bail her husband out,
and I'm still somehow
gonna be the bad guy.

I just feel so ashamed, Eli.
I don't like being seen as dishonest,
and I feel like what
we did was dishonest.
Not just you.
Me too.
Dishonest is a strong word.
I never believed it
was really gonna happen.
Did you?
I mean, I guess I romanticized
the idea at first.
You know, not civilization ending,
but going back to a simpler way of life.
Worshipping God the old-fashioned way.
Raising our kids without the trappings
of all this wealth.
Sometimes I think that's
the best idea for our family.
Growing up poor ain't
all it's cracked up to be.
I think, no matter what you do,
you're gonna end up with kids
who don't listen to a word you say.
It ain't that way with
May-May and Peter's kids.
You don't hear them mouthing off.
You don't see 'em smiling, neither.
They're scared.
They're afraid to speak.
You think I got heavy hands?
I guarantee May-May
smacks the shit out of 'em.
That's the way Daddy raised us.
Well, our kids ain't scared
to speak, that's for sure.
No, they're not.
It's 'cause I only smacked 'em
half the time I felt the urge to.
Oh, Eli, I know they're spoiled.
But did we ruin 'em?
I wouldn't say ruined.
There's still hope.
Even for Judy?
Even for Judy.
She's just got some minor
undiagnosed mental problems.
Nothing a rubber room won't fix.
For her or us?
Oh, she's a mess.
She is somethin' else.

All right, get up.
I know we've knocked each other around,
but I've never hit you back.
But if you don't cough up Amber's ring,
we're gonna fight for real.
Understand my words?
I know you're not sleeping, Judy.
Stop playin'.
I ain't playin' like
I'm sleeping, Jesse.
You're saying that. I'm
just fuckin' laying here.
Well, face me!
I'm tryin' to have a fuckin'
hardcore come-to-Jesus talk
with you right now, and
you're being very rude
with your body positioning to me.
Why are you cryin'?
Are Mama and Daddy putting
you up for adoption?
Can you just leave me alone?
Did you steal Amber's ring?
She left it.
Finders keepers.
Well, her grandma, who
is a dead person now,
gave it to her.
So you're not finders-keeping it.
It's trash anyway.
Not worth nothin'.
How do you know that?
I know because I took
it to the pawn shop,
and Mars-Eye Larry said it ain't shit.
[SCOFFS] Jesus, Judy.
What is wrong with you?
I don't know, Jesse.
Wish I did.
I've just been getting so bored here.
You're gone.
I'm stuck with baby
dick Kelvin all the time.
And I just
I get real excited sometimes.
I I want to do things my own way.
And and when it feels
like my own way ain't workin'
or I'm startin' to look bad,
somethin' goes off in me.
It it just feels warm.
My ears get hot.
I figure, fuck it.
They want it.
Let's give 'em some.
My motor runs hot too.
It's that Gemstone temper we both got.
We get it from Daddy.
Kelvin is more like Mama that way.
He handles things more like a girl does.
Just "sensitivitively" and stuff.
But you, you're more like me.
You handle things like most men do.
Just you know, fuckin' mash everything.
I think it's actually kind of cool.
You don't think that makes
it so people don't like me?
Weaks and wieners don't like you, Judy.
But who needs them?

The dreamboat who cut my hair, Trent

I liked him a lot, and
he didn't like me back.
Made me feel so embarrassed.
Made me feel dumb for even trying.
Like, who is gonna like me?

Someone will, all right?
God will make sure.
Just like he did for Mama and Daddy
and me and Amber.
No, Jesse.
You and Amber are not the same thing
as Mama and Daddy.
We're one true loves, bitch.
Ugh. Quit makin' me hurl, boy.
Why the hell are they still out there?
Can't we have 'em removed?
Legally, we can,
but uh, it wouldn't look good.
They are members of
the church, after all.
What do I do?
I suggest you talk to them.
Whoever it is, come on out.

'Sup, Country?
Jesse said you were lookin'
for a ring or somethin'?
It went missin'.
Judy, my grandma raised me
Yeah, yeah. I don't really care.
Is this it?
Found it in the toilet.
It is.
How do I know for sure?
You could just be saying it's yours
'cause it looks like it's
worth a bunch of money.
There's a tiny cross
engraved on the underneath.

what do you know?

I actually do like your hair.
I wasn't making fun
when I was asking if it was real.
Well, thank you, Judy.
Sweet. Sweet.
Don't get a big head about it, though.

You crook!
You ripped people off!
How much money did you
make swindling people,
Dr. Gemstone?
I never, never swindled nobody.
Hey, if you all want
to have a discussion,
I'm all ears.
If you're gonna cast aspersions,
I'll just go back inside.
Through God's grace,
we are not living in the dystopian world
that Y2K threatened us with.
Prayers and the Lord our Savior
have kept us safe once again.
My predictions were wrong.
I was wrong.

The Lord sees all,
and we will answer to all of our sins.
That's just the way it goes.
You Trent?
Uh, yeah.
Who are you, Darkman?


It's hard to admit you were wrong.
But I'll do it, because the Lord knows,
so what's the point in hiding?
You think I'm more afraid
of you than I am of Him?
The world didn't end.
If this church raised money
when people thought the
world was going to end,
it's because they wanted God.
Well, I'm standing
here, giving Him to you.
That's bullshit.
How are we supposed to believe you?
We will not lose sight of our mission,
and our mission is to serve you in a way
that is befitting of the Lord.
Put down your signs
and come back and worship with us.

We are not your enemy.
We love you.
And we want to help you
see the light in our savior.
That is our purpose,
making sure we take
as many souls with us
to those pearly gates
as we possibly can.

Put the gun down!
- Who's that?
- Run!
What's going on out there?
- What is happening out
- Hold it!
Hold it there!
What the hell is going on?
- I don't know.
- Stay there!
Take this in hand ♪
Said he who stands ♪
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