The Society (2019) s01e01 Episode Script

What Happened

- Harry? - [HARRY.]
- It's back.
- [HARRY.]
What? The smell.
It's back.
Oh, shit.
I thought they took care of that.
There you are.
What, student body president isn't enough for you? Now you're hall monitor, too, Cassandra? We're on in a minute, Harry.
Is that ? - Yeah.
- Yeah.
Eighty-five in a row.
Beating the record.
A new record.
Is that as far as you're prepared to go? - You spun them yourself.
- Not a flicker of doubt? [AUDIENCE LAUGHS.]
You were so good.
- Really? - Yeah.
I could never ever do that.
- Thanks, sis.
- Yeah.
Re-gifted flowers for the assistant stage manager? The best stage manager in the whole world.
- Thank you.
Will was good tonight, huh? So good.
You should tell him how you feel.
Okay, but don't be late.
Guys? Thirty minutes.
You need us to bring anything tonight, dude? [HARRY.]
Whatever you got.
Hey, bring some vodka tonight.
It's BYOB.
Party at your house, Harry? So nice of you to invite everyone.
Would you even come, Cassandra? Is that really the point, Harry? It's not for the play.
It's for people who are helping out with prom.
But if you want to come It's okay.
I'll see you tomorrow.
Good job, everyone.
Oh, by the way, Cassandra, you were really, really great tonight.
Thanks, Grizz.
I'm gonna miss you so much when you go up to Yale.
Yeah, but I'll be close.
Not this close.
Where you been? [WILL.]
I was in a play.
Play? Yeah, you know, on a stage, in an auditorium.
For people to come and see.
Did you see this week's check yet? It was supposed to be here today.
Might be a state budget thing, you know.
They like to save money.
Hey! I'm not the goddamn Red Cross.
Fuck you.
- [HARRY.]
- You can't go in there now, Harry.
What are you two doing here? You need something? No, no, we, um Okay, I have a town meeting in 20 minutes.
I'll see you at home after? Sure.
Everything okay, Mrs.
Bingham? Uh Business as usual.
All we know is, there was a smell, it went away, and now it's back.
The committee of selectmen have asked the federal government for help.
The EPA and the Department of the Interior will begin testing this week.
The point is, there's no reason to suspect that this stink poses any health hazard.
It's just nauseating.
But if anyone wants to use this as a cue to get out of Dodge for the week, personal choice.
And, of course, our senior high school, kids over the age of 16 are going to be the guest of the National Park Service who will bus them to the Great Smoky Mountains for a week's camping.
All right, last one for a week.
We don't wanna start a forest fire.
What's that? Ugh.
- [BOY.]
- Yeah, I know it's graffiti, man, but when was the last time you guys saw graffiti in this town? [BOY.]
About three seconds ago.
It's the writing on the wall.
- [BOY.]
Yeah, no duh.
- That's what it's called.
"The writing on the wall"? From the Bible, the Book of Daniel.
Mene Mene Tekel Upharsin.
Why do you always know shit I don't know? - It's nonsense.
- [GRIZZ.]
It's Hebrew.
It means, "You've been weighed in the balance and found wanting.
" No, it means someone was definitely fucking high last night.
[BOY 2.]
You're so stupid.
Dad wanted to make sure we brought our toothbrushes, did you - It's just a shirt.
- Half a shirt.
And not for school.
Oh, my God.
- I hate you sometimes.
- Yeah.
- You have no idea.
- Of course I do.
I have a mother.
- Just - Stop, I can do it.
Be safe.
Come here.
We love you.
- Love you, too.
- Come here.
Love you.
- Um, okay, I'm gonna - All right, have fun.
I'm Campbell.
Do you mind if I, uh, sit here? [CHEERING.]
[WOMAN 1.]
Bye, girls! - [BOY.]
Bye, Mom! - [WOMAN 2.]
Have fun! [WOMAN 3.]
Love you! [GIRL.]
See you later! [MAN.]
Have fun! [WOMAN 2.]
- [MAN.]
Change of plans.
Rock slides, the road is closed.
You're back home.
What? I think we're back home.
You think so? Yeah.
Well, doesn't look like anyone was expecting us.
My mom's phone, it just keeps ringing.
Maybe everyone's asleep? [PHONE LINE RINGING.]
Well, I'm going home.
- You're not going to wait for me? - [CAMPBELL CHUCKLES.]
Can I crash with you tonight? It's too far back to my place.
- Yeah.
Ready? Hey, it'll be all right.
Hey, Mom.
Mom, I'm back home.
They They brought us back.
This is outrageous.
Hello? - My mom must've left town with my sister.
- Same here.
But their cars are still in the driveway.
It's fucking weird.
- I'm getting a message.
Why is it green? Fuck.
I don't think I have any data.
Anything? No one.
And the storm must have knocked out our data.
Hey, so who decided that we needed a flash mob? I did.
What the fuck, Cassandra? [CASSANDRA.]
Better than 200 people sending texts.
Has anyone been able to reach anyone? [ALL.]
No one? [ALL.]
Well, there's there's definitely a simple explanation.
Like what? Um They Uh, they were evacuated.
After we left.
And there was a miscommunication, and we were brought back here by mistake.
Someone would still answer a phone.
Maybe they're asleep.
I don't know, maybe there's some place with no reception.
They're in a shelter with with no reception or something.
In the morning, someone will answer a phone.
Maybe it's not safe for us to be here, if they all left.
A couple hours isn't gonna make a difference.
We'll figure this all out in the morning.
Right now, we should just uh, go home.
Yeah, we should go home.
And anyone who doesn't want to uh, be alone can come back to our house.
Yeah? - Okay, if you want.
- Yeah.
Is that your advice, Cassandra? Yeah.
Yeah, Harry, yeah.
Just go to sleep.
No, I don't care what Cassandra says.
Cassandra doesn't know everything.
Uh Yeah.
No, I [SIGHS.]
It's not all okay, Gwen.
I Yeah, no, I get that, Gwen, and maybe your mom and dad would do something like this, but my mom doesn't leave her house unless you drag her out by her hair and - [SIGHS.]
And even then, she - You're being paranoid, Lex.
Your mom left because of the smell, like Cassandra said.
It's the only thing that makes sense.
So, let's just forget about it tonight.
- Come hang with us.
- [LEXIE.]
No! No, no, I'm not gonna go to some party, all right? You go.
Have fun.
I got to go take a pee.
The whole place is open, man.
Just go right here.
In public? Like a dog? Who's gonna remember in the morning? [DOOR HANDLE CLICKS.]
The fuckin' church is open! - Woo! - [ALL CHEERING.]
Your own Personal Jesus Someone to hear your prayers Someone who's there Reach out, touch faith [HARRY.]
My God.
Oh, my God! [HARRY LAUGHS.]
What do you think you're - [LAUGHS.]
- [HARRY.]
Here, let me Are you fucking kidding me? Are you fucking kidding her? Shut the fuck up.
Can you fucking leave? - [HARRY.]
She's just my friend.
- [GIRL.]
Um, I would, but [HARRY SHUSHES.]
Hey, Kel.
I can explain everything.
What are you doing? [IN SIGN LANGUAGE.]
I can't sign and shoot.
Why don't you ever join in? Hey, why are you spoiling all the fun? Is it like a ballerina thing? Act all cold? Is that like a Something Hey.
Seriously? [CAMPBELL SIGHS.]
Your loss.
- Just go away.
- What's your problem? Apart from the fact that you were drying her tits? By accident.
Jesus, go fuck yourself.
I didn't mean anything by it.
You don't mean anything by anything.
I was just trying to have a little bit of fun.
I mean, it's not like we own each other.
Own each other? No.
I mean, you know what I mean.
I don't.
Where's your girlfriend? She, uh She doesn't really believe in this kind of thing, you know? It's always a lot less fun than you think it's gonna be.
Isn't it? [ALLIE.]
Will! Hi.
I have a confession to make.
Well, this isn't a Catholic Church.
You're right.
Say something.
You can't just do that, you know? Change everything.
I take it back.
Once it was so cold, my pee froze on the way down.
Oh, I wish I'd been there.
- It's gone.
- What? [GRIZZ.]
The writing on the wall, it's gone.
Yeah, of course it is.
They cleaned it up.
This is West Ham.
If it's ugly, it's gone.
What time is it? Shit.
We're completely cut off from the world.
What's that supposed to mean? I checked, like, everything.
There's no cable Wi-Fi.
Go check your modem.
Try your parents' satellite TV.
And you really want to freak yourself out? Try calling 911.
It's all fucked up.
We can talk to each other, but it's like there's nothing beyond this place.
That's impossible.
I'll get a car and go to Greenwich to get help.
Why you? Someone has to find out where everyone went.
We can't all go.
I'll do it.
You're sober? [CHUCKLES.]
Fuck you, Cassandra.
Luke, you want to see if we can get some of the guys to come with? Yeah.
- Yeah? - Yeah, let's go.
Oh jeez.
Notice what? The smell.
It's gone.
Okay, so as a rule, the more bizarre a thing seems, the less mysterious it is.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle? - You know this shit? - No.
- I don't know this shit.
- How about Sherlock Holmes? The point is, there's an explanation for everything.
What does that have to do with the Arthur Conan Boyle dude? It's Doyle and you're hopeless.
Oh Oh, shit.
What the fuck is going on? Shit.
What the hell? I mean, there's only so many options.
Maybe we're dreaming.
It's the best option.
Maybe this is just some elaborate fucking game.
Like, someone built an exact replica of our town and just put in the middle of nowhere, and if we just walk like, this way or that way or any way, eventually we'll get back to the the real world.
I'm not saying it makes any sense.
There was a smell, and then it went away, and it came back, and the buses came for us.
You're gonna just work this out, Cassandra? Like some logic problem? I mean, not a flicker of a doubt? The world doesn't just turn upside down without a reason.
We're not in some play-within-a-play.
Okay? Clever is not the same thing as true.
There is a point to everything, there are answers.
That's right.
God doesn't just play games with people for fun.
All right, look, Grizz and I will get a group together and we'll go hike out here through the woods, okay? Like a search party.
I think that's a good idea.
Do you think it's safe? - Yeah, sure.
- Grizz knows what he's doing.
And if there's people out there, we gotta find 'em, right? You know, to get help.
I'm leaving.
I'm hungry.
You're leaving? Yeah, I got a house with a refrigerator with food inside of it, and I'm gonna go eat it.
- Luke.
- You can't just leave.
Well, what are we supposed to do instead? We have to figure out what is happening to us.
You're not student council president anymore.
God, you really, really need to get over that.
You coming with, Kel? No.
Jesus Christ, just get in the car.
- Leave her alone.
- Hey, fuck off, Will.
Who gives a shit? - Hey, what are you doing? - [CAR ENGINE STARTS.]
- I'm just gonna send a text.
- Let everybody know how fucked we are.
- Campbell! Don't.
Come on, let's think about this.
Yo, look! He was right! [INDISTINCT CHATTER.]
Hi, you've reached the office of Amanda Pressman.
At the sound of the tone, please [INDISTINCT CHATTER IN BACKGROUND.]
Hi, you've reached Jim Pressman's phone.
Sorry I can't answer your [PHONE LINE RINGING.]
You've reached the Pressman residence.
Please leave a message after the [INDISTINCT CHATTER.]
Fuck, huh? I called you before.
I just needed to talk to someone.
You're really not talking to me? What I did is not the worst crime in the world, and given everything, can't I get a tiny break? We should get some food.
Before it's all gone.
Are you serious? - Can I have a bag? - No, you can't.
- But there's none left, Elle.
- That's not my problem.
You're such a bitch.
What the fuck? You ever see that movie The Poseidon Adventure? What? It's about a cruise ship and it capsizes, and the captain, he comes into this big, upside-down ballroom, he tells everybody to stay where they are, that they're gonna be rescued.
And And six of them, they decide to climb up, to the bottom of the ship.
And some of them live, and no one else does.
And ever since I watched it, I always wondered what would I do? Would I stay put? Would I climb up? You know, like, who am I in this story? Am I the one who has to you know, die so that everyone else lives? Am I the one who turns out weaker than expected? Am I the one who's only doing the best when the going is good? I know I'm not the heroine.
'Cause that's my sister.
So who? Anyway.
I'm telling you, the one that you are right now you don't want to be that one.
Uh, what are you doing? This thing is fucking indestructible.
Do you have, like, a drug problem or something? Depends on what you mean by that.
What? I'll tell you later.
Can you just help me? [GRUNTS.]
- What? - Uh, your Uh, your lips.
- My lips? - Yeah.
They're Uh, they're blue.
You look You look blue.
Yeah, I'm sweating.
Um Can you take me home? I have to go home.
Cassandra, what's What's going on right now? [SIGHS.]
It's a congenital heart defect.
Can you take me home? Uh, y-yeah.
Let's go.
I ditched my check-up for this trip.
I don't know where I put my pills.
I can't find them.
- I'm gonna fucking die.
- Come on, don't say that.
We'll break into the pharmacy, even if we have to blow it up.
Thank you.
What if things don't go back to the way they were? 'Course they're gonna go back the way Don't give me a fucking speech, Gordie.
You have no idea.
And I have a pacemaker.
Look, okay, if it turns out we're stuck here, whatever the fuck that means If we can't go back home, if this is our new home, then then I'll learn how to take care of you.
We still have books.
I can study.
There's still a hospital.
You have to stay alive, or else we're all fucked.
Everything happens for a reason.
Okay, so five days' worth of food, and that should be enough to get us past Greenwich, Stamford, and all the way up to New Haven.
- I don't understand.
- [HARRY.]
It was my mother's.
I found it.
- I need to go.
She was fucking someone.
My dad hasn't even been dead six months.
Harry, I'm sorry.
But what does that matter now? [KEYPAD BEEPS.]
How is finding some shit about our parents going to make things better? Gold? It was an insurance policy that my father left for me and my sister, in case things go to shit.
Who cares about gold, Harry? You can't trust anybody.
All you can do is have an advantage and this is mine, this is the only one that I have.
Okay? Kel, it's you and me.
- You and me? - Mm-hmm.
I don't think so.
We don't own each other, remember? I was drunk.
Not drunker than usual.
Why should I trust you today, when things are shit, if I couldn't trust you yesterday? Because Because Because I love you.
Because we're the same.
You have to stick with your own.
It's just a chunk of metal, Harry.
I don't think that's gonna matter now.
All right.
Here you go.
- I'm Dr.
Oh, nice toss.
- Thank you.
- [GIRL.]
Who's got the peanut butter? [MUMBLES.]
I don't see it anywhere.
- Is it still in the pack? - I'll get it.
No, I'll get it.
- Ow! - What the fuck? Fuck! - [GIRL.]
What just happened? - [EMILY.]
Fucking bit me! - [GRIZZ.]
Hey, clear the area.
- Would you lie her down? Careful.
- [EMILY.]
Shit, shit, shit, shit! Ow! Ow! [GASPS.]
Fuck, fuck, fuck.
- [GRIZZ.]
All right, just lie her down.
- Yeah.
Okay, now get back.
- Just get back, get back.
- [EMILY.]
Fuck! Shit, it's killing me.
It's Fucking shit, it hurts so much! Let's try Hey, I'm gonna try to calm you down.
All right? You wanna slow your heart rate down.
So, deep breaths.
- Yeah, one more.
That's good, okay.
So, squeeze my hand.
Big squeeze.
Think we can get some packs? Put it beneath the back of her head, we want her heart above it.
- Here.
- Just slow down.
Okay, big squeeze.
Oh, yeah, that's a good that's a good bite.
- Okay.
- Is it supposed to hurt this much? - [LUKE.]
Only if you're lucky.
Don't worry, Grizz knows what he's doing, all right? It's all right.
- Okay, let it out.
- [LUKE.]
It's gonna be a badass scar.
- You okay? - [EMILY.]
Everybody else all right? You guys good? [EMILY PANTS.]
Mouth is tingling.
Mouth is tingling.
It's weird.
Please pick up, Mama.
Please, please.
If you pick up, I'll explain.
So you're not afraid I'm alive.
And Allie's alive.
We just want to be with you at home.
If there is a home.
I need you.
Please, Mama.
You know how you said everyone we go to school with is an asshole? Well, you were right.
What are you doing? I'm not feeling well.
Well, nobody is feeling well, Cassandra.
I'm serious.
I can't find my medicine.
Your medicine's Your medicine's in my bag.
Yeah, I took it for you.
I thought maybe you'd forgotten it.
What? [PANTING.]
Thank you.
Yeah, I'll get it for you.
But then you need to get out there and you need to do something, because there's like a hundred scared-shitless idiots running around.
No one wants to hear anything from me.
Fuck that, Cassandra, you're here.
- I'm scared.
- Yeah.
- Me, too.
- And I have to take care of myself.
- You can't do that.
- Why not? Because you're my sister.
And I need you take care of me.
I live in your shadow for 17 fucking years and now you want to disappear? Just go get my medicine, Allie.
- Okay.
Crazy, huh? Apparently, Glasberg tried to barbecue in his own room and set his house on fire.
I'd have voted him most likely to do that.
You headed to Harry's? No.
I don't know where I'm going.
There's nowhere to go.
We could break into a restaurant and steal some food and hang out.
What? Look, I just want to help.
I know what you want.
So what? That's what I want.
Since the day I moved here.
Why? What's so special about me? How long you got? [LAUGHS.]
Shit, Will.
It's not a very good time.
In case you haven't noticed, the whole world just turned upside down.
I noticed, okay? Believe me.
Today feels like the first day in my whole life that it's the right time.
I don't We're all orphans now.
Now what does he have that I don't have? [DOOR OPENS.]
Please Help me.
It's okay.
- Grizz - [EMILY GROANS.]
We're in Connecticut, man.
What the fuck? There's no fucking cobras here.
It's not venom.
She's allergic.
Listen, if this were yesterday, if we were home But we're three hours from anywhere.
And I have no idea what to Fuck.
What What the fuck does that mean? Her body's shutting down, she's suffocating.
What I made her do it, dude.
You should tell everybody so they're prepared.
What the fuck does that mean? Are you giving up, Grizz? Luke, we're so fucking in over our heads here.
Jesus fucking Christ, man.
H-hey, I don't think she's breathing.
- I don't think she's - Give her mouth-to-mouth, just - I don't know how to Okay! - Just do it, just blow! [LUKE.]
- [GIRL.]
Tilt her head back.
- [GWEN.]
What? - You have to tilt her head back.
- [BOY.]
Block her nose.
- Put your fingers over her nose! - Look, I'm doing the best I can! [GIRL.]
Does she have a pulse? [BOY.]
I don't know.
I don't think so.
That's not how you do it.
No, you can't do that while I'm doing this! It's not gonna work! - Stop, then! - But you told me And now I'm telling you not to, okay?! [GWEN.]
Come on.
Come on! Grizz.
Come on, Emily, stay with us.
Come on! Oh, my God.
Oh, my God.
We need to decide whether to bury her here or take her home.
The rest is out of our hands.
No, no, no.
Fuck that.
No, we can do this.
Come on.
Come on.
No, no, no! No, no, no! No, no, no! I want to know why we're here.
Why? And why this place is exactly like home? And the lights still go on? [LAUGHS.]
And our cell phones still work.
What if there is no why? What if it just is? No, I don't accept that.
We've been kidnapped.
Or rescued or something.
I mean, there's a story here.
People don't just disappear.
I can't hear you.
People don't just disappear.
Apparently they do.
You go missing, you go deaf for no reason.
You're looking for answers.
There are none.
Doesn't this prove that? No.
No, I I don't accept that.
You know what? Something happened yesterday.
I have to find out why.
Need me to take her for a while? [LUKE.]
No, I'm all right.
Hey, Luke.
I keep thinking about the writing on the wall from before we left.
That it meant something.
Like a message? A sign from God? On a church wall? I don't know.
Yeah, maybe.
'Cause that's exactly how God would do it.
He's a tagger.
I just got a bar of reception.
- Shit.
- We should be getting close.
Text Helena.
Just tell her to spread the word, and have everybody meet at the church.
Don't say why.
We don't need more panic.
Anything? He's not answering.
/ Neither is Grizz.
They must be headed back here.
That's why he wanted us together.
So fast.
Twelve hours.
Maybe they found something.
Or maybe they found nothing.
Why wouldn't he say if it was good news? [INDISTINCT CHATTER.]
Hey, listen up.
Listen up.
While we're all here, together, there are some things that we ought to figure out.
Before we rip this place apart and maybe you know, start hurting each other.
I don't know what the hell is going on.
Maybe Luke will come back with some good news.
Maybe? Of course he will.
Yeah, why don't we just wait and see, Cassandra? Because I would rather prepare for the worst before the worst happens.
What does that mean, prepare? I don't know specifically, but I think it means we agree not to just take things when we want.
Until all the food is gone and we starve.
Well, I'd agree to that.
- Yeah.
- Me, too.
This is bullshit.
Jesus, man, what is your problem? What are we agreeing to, Cassandra? Which one of us gets to decide who gets what? Your friend? It's called democracy.
I'm not a fucking idiot.
How do you want to decide things? Every person for themselves? Then we're back to where we started.
Maybe you want to flip a coin to see who decides? - [SIGHS.]
You don't like democracy? How about random fucking chance? Call it, Harry.
Call it.
- I'm I'm not gonna do that.
- Okay, okay.
I'll call it for you.
You get heads.
It's tails.
Still think it's unfair? Best two out of three.
I mean Tails.
Do it again.
It's all up to us.
There's no civilization here, not until we start one.
So what are we gonna do? First, I think we have no choice but to share.
Share food, share resources.
- Houses? - Maybe.
Fuck you.
Really? How much electricity do we have? Until it's all used up and everything goes dark? I think 225 people in 200 houses doesn't make sense.
Keep what's ours! [CASSANDRA.]
What is yours? Do you have money? Who you gonna pay? The things that you need to live: food, clothes, the stuff in stores, no one owns them.
Are we going to fight each other over food? That's fucking crazy.
That's because you have nothing.
And some of us have things that others want.
Right, Will? Like houses.
Or girlfriends.
Right, Harry.
I have no house.
The place that I used to live in is outside of town, it doesn't exist.
You want me to just live on the streets? You can live wherever you want.
Just not with me.
You can stay with us.
I don't have to listen to this.
Not anymore.
Harry, this has nothing to do with you - [GUNSHOT.]
Well fuck this.
Harry's right.
No one elected you king, cousin.
Did anybody vote for her? Did they? Anybody elect her to speak on your behalf? No? I I I don't want to be king.
That's not what it looks like.
I've thought a lot about dying.
I've almost gotten used to that.
But I don't like to be afraid.
Do you want chaos? Fucking shoot me.
I don't want to shoot you.
Wanted to get everybody's attention.
This meeting's obviously over.
We'll be back when Luke gets here.
Until then, if anybody else is tired of listening to her, you can follow me.
Hey, Kelly.
Let's go.
Somebody clear that table.
She died from a snake bite.
Her whole body just shut down.
We did everything we could, but we couldn't save her.
So we're gonna bury her tomorrow.
Before it starts to smell.
So, I'm gonna need a couple of guys.
Clark? Yeah, no problem.
There's nothing out there, guys.
Just a whole bunch of just woods that go on forever.
We're all alone.
This isn't our home.
Don't come home tonight.
It's my house, too.
Ever since you were born, I never had just one day that was mine, until now.
All right, give me the key, - you little fag.
- No.
Give me the key.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil for thou art with me.
Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
My cup runneth over.
Even your going Let it - I'm not feeling well.
- Okay.
Find you I'll take you home.
Even in hiding Find it Knows you Rocking you to sleep [TOLLING CONTINUES.]
From the otherside From the otherside Tethered by timing Let it Undo Aimless and ripped from The root Bind you Rocking you to sleep