The White Lotus (2021) s01e01 Episode Script


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You headed home? Yeah.
We were at the Amanari.
It was fine.
The food was good.
Not much to do there, but we just like to sit around anyway.
Which hotel were you at? - White Lotus.
- White Lotus? Our guide told us someone was killed there.
The body's on our plane.
On our plane? To Honolulu? Yeah.
They're about to load the body on our plane.
Well, other than that, did you have a good vacation? It was my honeymoon.
How wonderful.
Was it everything you hoped? - Where's your wife? - Yeah, where's your wife? No offense leave me the fuck alone.
Okay then.
My God, who are these people? So, these two.
They just got married in the Hamptons.
Her parents have a place there.
- I bet they met on Raya.
- Totally.
- She's in fashion.
- Marketing.
He went to Dartmouth, international finance.
- She loves him, but - He's got a small dick.
He's a closet Adderall snorter.
Gives him an edge at work.
Makes his dick even smaller.
Walmart heiress.
She's meeting her friends for a girls' trip.
She gets on their nerves, but she pays for everything, so they put up with her.
She's an American Brigitte Bardot.
- She loves animals.
- Hates Jews.
High-end pimps for a billionaire sex pervert.
They're coming to recruit us for their Illuminati pedophile sex ring.
Hey, girls.
What, Mom? Liv, come up front.
I think you can see the resort.
-Up, up, up, up, up.
Here they come.
Big smiles.
Wave, Lani.
There we are.
Wave like you mean it, Lani.
Look, Lani, I I know it's your first day on the job, and, I don't know how it worked at your other properties, but here, self-disclosure is discouraged.
Especially with these VIPs who arrive on the boat.
You know, you don't wanna be too specific as a as a presence, as an identity.
You wanna be more generic.
- Generic? - Yes.
You know, it's a Japanese ethos where we are asked to disappear behind our masks as pleasant interchangeable helpers.
It's tropical kabuki.
And the goal is to create for the guests an overall impression of vagueness that can be very satisfying, where they get everything they want but they don't even know what they want, or what day it is, or where they are, or who we are, or what the fuck is going on.
It looks like you got a dollop of mayonnaise on your top, Lani.
- What is that on your left tit? - I I don't know.
That's what I mean.
Here they come.
I mean, I just feel like there's so many different trees.
I don't know.
Just hold the tray up high and cover the stain on your boob.
Just a little higher.
That's it.
- Welcome.
- Thank you.
and Mrs.
I'm Armond, the resort manager.
- Welcome to the White Lotus.
- Thank you.
How was your journey here? Long.
- But honestly, fine.
- Happy to be here.
The boat ride does add time to the trip, but the views of the coastline are magnificent, aren't they? - Incredible.
- Yeah.
Simply a must for our VIPs staying in the suites.
Now, it's just a short ride in the cart with Dillon to the hotel - Aloha.
- and then we'll get you to your suite, the Tradewinds, and you can freshen up.
- Thank you, Armond.
- Thank you.
- Of course.
- Right this way.
- Aloha.
- Aloha.
- Aloha.
- Aloha.
- Masculine for you.
- Nuts.
I'm nuts for nuts.
I'm presuming Mr.
Shane Patton and Mrs.
Rachel Patton? That's us.
My God.
- Is that not correct? - No, it's correct.
I'm just, um I'm getting used to it.
We just got married the day before yesterday.
- Yeah.
- I am aware.
- Um Mrs.
- Yeah.
Sounds so weird.
Like, am I changing my name? Is that Well, how about we get you a daiquiri before you make any major life decisions? Ooh, yes.
Christie will be riding with you back to the hotel.
- Okay.
- And she'll escort you - to the Palm Suite.
- Palm Suite.
And I'm sure you will just love it.
Aloha, aloha.
- Aloha.
- Aloha.
Thank you.
I'll check in with you in a little while, okay? - Okay.
- Okay.
- Aloha.
- Aloha.
- Aloha.
- Are you Ms.
MacQoowod? Quoid.
One syllable.
- MacWad? - Well, two syllables, but the second part is one syllable, "wad.
" MacQuoid.
- Is it Gaelic? - I don't know.
I really don't know.
I Just, listen, I I'm in desperate need of a massage.
Is that possible? Is there anything available? I mean, I just I'd take anything right now because I have a herniated disc and I just - Belinda behind you.
- Belinda behind me? Belinda, who is behind you, is our spa manager.
Hi Belinda, Ms.
Macuhwad is in need of treatment.
Would you have any openings for her this afternoon? Um unfortunately, we are all booked.
I just Really? Are you sure? I would really appreciate it.
I'm not picky.
You know, if I don't have to have deep tissue or anything.
I'd take anything at this point.
Anything but reiki, of course.
Um, you know what? I'll see what we can do.
- Really? - Yeah.
Thank you.
Lani is our trainee.
Um, Lani, please ride with Ms.
MacQuoid back to the hotel and bring her up to the Hibiscus Suite.
- Hibiscus.
- Okay.
Thank you.
- Aloha.
- Aloha.
Thank you.
There's a lobster bake tonight.
- Hey.
- Hey.
Let's get this honeymoon started.
Really? Wait a minute.
Wait a minute.
Wait, wait, wait, wait, wait.
What? What is it? What's wrong? This is the wrong room.
- What do you mean? - Wh We're supposed to be in a honeymoon suite.
This isn't the honeymoon suite.
This Maybe it is.
Why isn't it? No, 'cause I did a virtual tour on the website.
This is, this isn't it.
This is just a regular suite.
What are you talking about? This is like the swankiest hotel room I've ever stayed in.
Yeah, well, you haven't traveled that much, so Plus, we're paying for the honeymoon suite.
Technically, we're not paying for anything.
Your parents are.
I think it's fine, Shane.
I mean, look, it's an amazing view.
And we're near the restaurant.
And it's convenient.
We can stuff ourselves and go drown in the ocean.
We're supposed to have our own plunge pool and a private patio.
There's a balcony.
There's another balcony.
I mean, they screwed us on our room.
I wouldn't go that far.
- Well - Just talk to the guy.
Is it is it a big deal? Really? - Yeah.
- Yeah? It's our once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon.
I just want it to be perfect for you, baba.
You're the sweetest.
All right.
I'm gonna go talk to the guy.
- Okay.
- Maybe a blowjob first? What? What? We had a 12-hour flight.
- I'm all horned up for you.
- Shane, stop.
I'm gonna talk to this guy with half a boner? - Stop it.
- All right, yeah.
No, we'll save it for the right room.
- Yeah.
- All right.
- Wait, I'm gonna come with you.
- Okay! Will you be needing anything else at this time, ma'am? One thing.
It's just, where are the bags? Right there.
Right behind you.
Of course.
- Okay.
Thank you.
- You're welcome.
Wait, there's just, um, there There was one small bag.
It's a small white plastic bag.
That's the only one that's I don't see it here.
A plastic bag? A white Yeah, it's very important.
- Plastic bag? - Yeah.
Do you think they could have left it on the on the wheelie? My God.
My God.
It has My God.
I can call the bellman.
Yeah, I no, yeah It has my mother's ashes in it.
My God.
- Do you think it's lost? - No, no, no.
I took two boats.
We If maybe you could call the boat the boat people, and then there was a There was a little white A little golf cart thing.
I don't think it had a trunk in it, but maybe it was left on there, but I just - No, I - Did the boat depart? My God! My God.
- Is this it? - Thank you.
Thank you.
I just That would have been really bad.
- Thank God.
Thank you.
- Thank you.
- I I can't lose these.
- No.
My God.
It's okay.
My God.
The beach looks sick.
We should go.
- Girls.
- Yeah, let's go.
Yeah? I would like to talk to you guys about, you know, just some of this clutter, because this is gonna be our common space, and I would love to try to, you know, just clear it out.
- 'Cause I think I'll have an anxiety attack - Mom.
If I have to live in this all the time.
We can take care of it later.
Well, you know what? Let's take care of it now.
Maybe we can find a good spot to store everything.
Why is your bed in here? Olivia said I have to sleep here.
Olivia, your brother is not sleeping in the kitchen.
Why not? Well, because it's a galley kitchen.
It's tiny.
And we've got this whole beautiful room.
Mom, he's doing fine in there.
Look, he's stimming.
He can entertain himself for hours with just his own hand gestures.
- He's fine in the kitchen.
- Olivia, no.
Mom, you want him sleeping out here with us? He's gonna jerk off to Paula while she's sleeping.
I really don't feel like waking up to that, Mrs.
Call me Nicole.
And you do have a beautiful body, Paula.
You have a beautiful body, too, Olivia.
I just don't think it's fair for your brother to have to spend his entire vacation in a windowless box.
You got to bring a friend.
And I'm so appreciative, Nicole.
Well, we're so happy to have you, Paula.
I'm fine in here.
See, Mom, he's fine.
He's being himself, gaming and fapping and bye, see you later.
We're gonna take care of this, honey.
It's okay.
Gotta change my shirt.
I spilled Okay.
Hey, saw you called.
My God, Darrell, the baby's coming or something.
- No.
No way.
- No no, I swear.
It it hurts so freaking bad.
I don't know what to do.
- Just come home then.
- No.
I don't get off for four more hours.
Just come home, baby.
I can't.
I can't, okay? Because because Because no one even knows.
It's my first freaking day.
It'll be fine, okay? I'm here for you.
I gotta go.
I gotta change.
- Okay, pray for me, yeah? - I will.
I love you.
- I love you.
- Hang in there, baby.
I got this.
You changed your uniform.
What was that anyway? Was it tuna fish? Yeah.
- Are you a messy eater or - No.
I mean, it it's beachy casual but always presentable, you know, with a clean look.
Patton and Ms.
You finding everything to your liking? Actually, I think you put us in the wrong room.
We we're supposed to be in the honeymoon suite.
There is no honeymoon suite.
Well, we're supposed to have a plunge pool on a private patio.
Well, that would be the, the Pineapple Suite.
- Okay.
- But I yeah, I don't have a A record of you booking that room, no.
My mother sent a virtual tour.
She booked the room.
Well, you're paying for a presidential ocean view suite.
Um, the Palm.
That's a very nice room.
- Totally unique.
- Right.
- It's really nice, yeah.
- But no plunge pool.
But you still have the infinity pool, the waterfall pool, and the fountain pool.
The Pineapple Suite, it has the private pool but it doesn't have the ocean view.
Um, I think the privacy would be nice, right? I don't know.
Maybe I should call my mother? Do you wanna call your mother? What do you think she'll say? I think she's gonna say we're in the wrong room, but Well, the Pineapple Suite isn't available, I'm afraid, anyway.
It's not? No.
There's a German couple staying there.
They also just got married.
- So it is a honeymoon suite.
- Shane.
- No, I just - It's not that big of a deal.
I mean, the room is really It's gorgeous.
Well, the Palm is everyone's favorite.
I prefer the Palm to the Pineapple.
- Don't you, Lani? - Palm, yeah.
The Palm.
Um All right.
That's a bummer.
I saw the virtual tour of it, and it's We're definitely not paying for the more expensive room? - No.
- Right? I mean, yes, you are not.
- Um, hi.
- Hi.
Is there anything else I can help you with, or No, that's - Thank you.
- Of course.
I think I might've fucked up and double booked the Pineapple Suite.
But, you know, hopefully they'll just get over it.
See, in situations like that, just always stay positive.
Remind these people of Of all the fabulous things they already possess.
Unique room, ocean view.
You have to treat these people like sensitive children.
They always say it's about the money, but it's not.
It's not even about the room.
They just need to feel seen.
- Seen.
- They wanna be the only child.
The special, chosen baby child of the hotel.
And we are their mean mummies, denying them their Pineapple room.
I - Are they bigger? - I don't know, you tell me.
- I haven't seen them in a while.
- Nicole, they're fucking huge.
I wonder what's going on.
It's cancer.
I have testicle cancer.
We don't know that yet.
We have not gotten the results.
- Shouldn't we be getting those? - Tomorrow.
- Well, wait.
Isn't tomorrow now? - No.
I know.
But tomorrow there is what here? - No.
It's still tomorrow.
- Okay.
Well, you know, he said that it could be a lot of other things.
He said that it maybe could be other things.
And there's not a lot of other things it could be, right? I mean, it's not a family of mice that burrowed inside my ball sack.
It's cancer.
Or maybe even something worse.
Well, let's just wait and hear what he has to say.
- Let's not, you know - It's cancer! - It's cancer.
- Why are you so sure? Nic, my dad died of cancer and he was only 46 years old.
It wasn't testicular cancer, was it? I don't Wait.
I don't even know.
You know what? I should call my Uncle Charlie and find out.
It's just so disturbing that it's in my balls, and that they get big like this.
It's very Gogol.
Mark, whatever it is, you're gonna be fine.
People get cancer.
They deal with it.
It's not like it was when your dad had it.
And you know what? They're making breakthroughs every day.
It's like a nonstop parade of progress.
You know what? This is terrible timing.
Coming here was nuts.
Look at your son.
He's sitting in there alone.
He looks like he's killing time in a waiting room before a root canal.
Go get him.
Go have some fun.
Nic Quinn is the exact age I was when my dad died.
Well, then all the more reason to pay him a little attention now while you're still with us.
Come on.
Get out of the closet.
- Hey! - Hey.
All right.
Let's go out and explore.
- What do you mean? - Let's get off the phone, and let's go have some fun, okay? This is nature.
Nature, Quinn.
Quinn, nature.
- Well - Yeah? - All right.
- All right.
Get your suit on.
- Hey.
- Hi.
- Do you remember me? - Yes.
Any luck squeezing me in today? All of our masseuses are fully booked.
But I actually have some free time right now, myself.
Here's what I'm thinking, Tanya.
We could do a consultation.
That way I can get a better sense of what's going on with you and your body.
And I could give you a cranial sacral, - which I always recommend.
- So, no massage? I think you'll find this really cathartic.
Will I be fully naked? No.
We'll put you in a bathrobe so you're comfortable and we can do a little movement.
- Okay? - Okay.
- Okay.
Right this way.
- Thank you.
Hi! Hi.
I saw you guys on the boat and on the plane.
- Where are you from? - New York.
- What neighborhood? - Um, East Village.
But I'm letting go of my place.
I'm gonna move into Shane's My husband's My husband's name is Shane.
Where'd you meet him? Through friends.
Not Raya? Raya? No.
Not Raya.
How long was the engagement? We actually just met last September.
That was really fast.
Like, how'd you know he was the one? I don't know, um the chemistry was there, and - His dick's not small.
- Yeah.
I don't know.
Shane really wanted to get married, and he's very decisive and pretty convincing, so it just felt right.
- Yeah.
What does he do? - He's in real estate.
That's what his father does.
He works for his father? - What do you do? - I'm a I'm a journalist.
Mostly profiles and, um - Where'd you go to school? - SUNY Potsdam.
And then I I moved to the city to change the world and make a name for myself and pay off my loans.
All of which I have yet to do, so Won't he pay off your loans? Shane? I - But he could? - Well, yes.
Yeah, he could.
Yeah, of course, 'cause he's super rich.
Well, his family is wealthy compared to my family I mean, compared to most families.
I mean it sounds like you scored.
He's super hot.
Do you two go to school together? What year are you in? - Sophomores.
- Sophomores.
And your mom Um, I'm assuming it's your mom.
She looks really familiar.
Is she Um, what does she do? Her mom's the CFO of POOF.
That's Nicole Mossbacher.
That's your mom? I actually wrote a profile on her.
Well, it was repurposing someone else's profile, but, um, it was like "Ten Women Kicking the Corporate World's Ass," - you know? That kind of thing.
- Yeah.
-She's a big deal.
Well, it was nice to meet you.
- I think I - Lani, are you all right? You're white as a sheet.
I should I should sit down.
Well, we can't have you sitting in the lobby.
Just go and have a rest in my office.
Food poisoning, you think? Maybe the tuna? -Yeah, tuna.
How can I help you? My son and I were looking to do some kind of activity.
Of course.
And I thought it would be fun to try scuba diving.
A few reefs are still thriving.
Do you have your PADI license? PADI license? No.
What is that? No, I don't.
Then that would be impossible.
You can get your accreditation here, though, - in the pool.
- Great.
Takes three days.
How about water skiing? Yes.
Very fun.
The swells are too great right now, unfortunately.
We just had a hurricane pass through, so it's a bit biblical out there.
That's too bad.
Maybe later in the week.
How about jet skiing? Same.
It's a liability issue.
Um surf lessons? Well, the surfing team leaves first thing in the morning.
I can sign you up for tomorrow, 6:00 a.
? 6:00 a.
? No way.
Um, I don't know.
What what would you suggest that we do? Well, I would suggest snorkeling in the bay.
You know, there's not too many fish in the afternoon, but you'll definitely see something.
And you can get your masks and fins and things - at the beach shack.
- Are there sharks? They are actually a family of sharks that hang out in the bay, but they're quite small.
Like this big.
They're cute.
- Yeah, let's do it.
- Cool.
Enjoy yourselves.
And I'll see you tonight at the lobster bake.
What is this? Can somebody clean this up, please? Dillon? What I'm hearing is you're having a lot of fatigue.
I feel like taking a nap right now.
Why do you think you're so tired? I think it's 'cause I'm so close to the floor.
In general.
Well my mom passed away in June.
I'm so sorry.
Just dealing with all the logistics, you know, of it all.
It's It was just exhausting.
And I'm still dealing with it.
You know, my mother I have her ashes, you know.
I brought them here, and I was You know I was gonna scatter them in the ocean, 'cause she loved the ocean, but I you know I don't I I don't even I don't even know where I'm gonna scatter them.
My mother actually passed away a few years ago, and, you know I'm still grieving.
I'm still working through it.
Nobody loves you like your mother.
But my mother, she's She was, um She was just Yeah.
My love life is a ruin.
I've driven away every man that I've ever been involved with, 'cause you know, I just I get I I just, you know, I get too attached.
And they don't like that.
I just I can't get rid of this, like this This really empty feeling.
I want I want someone to figure it out for me.
-Why don't we try something, okay? Will you trust me? Okay.
Boy, you know, this feels nice.
Tanya? I want you to repeat after me, okay? Okay.
- Every moment - Every moment I'm being born into this life.
I'm being born into this life.
- I will drop the story - I will drop the story and feel the newness of each moment.
And feel the newness of each moment.
I am my own phallic mother.
I'm my own phallic mother.
I'm my own vaginal father.
My own vaginal father? I fill my own cup.
I fill my own cup.
My failing body is immaterial.
The child in me is alive and fresh as the day I was born.
Is immaterial because the child in me is as fresh as the day it was born.
I will connect with that child at all times and feed and nurture her.
I will connect with that child at all times and feed and nurture her.
You don't have to do this part.
I know, but I like it, okay? I know.
I'll just It's a Hindu chant - Okay.
- So just listen - and breathe.
- I love it.
What are you doing? Why do you keep looking at your dick? I'm not.
I'm looking at my balls.
I'm gonna go in.
Are you afraid of sharks? It's just - Hey.
- Where'd you go? To the pool.
You know those girls from the boat, the young ones? They made me feel, like, really, really weird just now.
- Baba.
- What? The guy lied.
I mean, that or he's just stupid or something.
We did book the room with the pool, and we paid for it.
My mom forwarded me the booking.
- Shane! - What? I'm not gonna let him ruin our honeymoon.
But he's not.
You are.
Like, let's just enjoy this room.
It's nice.
Just forget about the other room.
But we paid for it.
- Get over yourself.
- Get over myself? Get over it.
Like, why are we even thinking about this? Let's just enjoy our honeymoon, you know? There's no problem.
My God.
- What? - It's our first marital spat.
Is that what you want? Are you looking for fights? Not with you.
I'm not fighting.
Just come here.
Come over here.
Come here.
I won't mention it again.
I'll take care of it.
Okay? I just want you have the best.
The best.
Today at 3:00? Yeah.
Let me take a look.
We can Of course, we can do the massage, and then we can follow that with the scrub.
We can do the wrap too.
Unfortunately, we can't do the scrubs in the room.
We have a water room for that.
We'll get you in for that.
And then, you also wanted a wrap too? We'll do that at 3:00, massage, followed by scrub, followed by the wrap.
And you also -Yes, yes, yes.
We can absolutely do a facial.
- I loved it.
- Loved it.
- The exfoliating facial is pretty intensive.
It's about an hour and a half, so we can, um No.
We can take the whole block of time if you want.
Not really.
I saw a lot of seaweed.
It was pretty gross.
-What? I'm just thinking.
Being a man, being a young man in this time right now, can't be easy.
Why? 'Cause we can't harass girls anymore? No.
Well, yeah.
I don't know.
I don't know, the modern world today is just so emasculating.
You mean, like, we're cucked? Yeah.
Unless you're a fireman or something.
You know, I think it's like every kid like, growing up, wants to be the hero of the story.
And in the end you know, you're just happy you're not the villain.
You know what I'm saying? Is this about mom making more money than you? No.
It's not about that.
What? Sorry.
I'm just I'm proud of you, Quinn.
That's all.
And I just hope that you, like, think of me and remember this time in a positive way.
I love you.
I love you, too.
If you like pineapple, the soufflé will knock your socks off.
That's my tip for tonight.
Enjoy yourselves, lovebirds.
How are you tonight, people? - Good, thanks.
- Good to see you.
Like she actually cared about the working poor.
She was a neoliberal war hawk.
She was a neolib and a neocon.
I'm sorry.
Did you say Hillary Clinton? Something about Hillary Clinton? Nothing, Mom.
Is that the trendy thing they're teaching now, to hate on Hillary Clinton? Mom, don't get triggered.
Hillary Clinton is one of the most influential women of the last 30 years, and many women in my generation very much admire Hillary Clinton.
Don't worry about it, Mom.
We all love Hillary Clinton.
How was the snorkeling? Did you see the little sharks? Nope.
Didn't see much.
No? Well, go first thing in the morning, take a little bread, and they'll swim right up to you.
It's like a Disney movie.
A slightly scary Disney movie.
Excuse me.
What? What is it? Um, Lani is in your office, having a baby.
- What? Who's Lani? - The trainee.
What do you mean she's having a baby? She is in labor.
Lani, the trainee, is having a baby in my office? That's not possible.
Well, it's happening.
- Fuck.
- Armond.
My gosh.
I have to tell you something.
I have to tell you.
I had the most amazing treatment today.
You know, I've had a lot of treatments in this lifetime.
And I swear to God, the one that I had today was probably the best treatment I've ever had.
It was incredible.
-It really was.
-I'm sorry, madam.
I'm needed in the office.
Okay, but listen.
Listen, I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow.
And, um, I want to request Belinda.
- Belinda is the best.
- I'll make a note.
Can you help me with that? - I'll make a note.
- All right.
- God! - Lani, what's going on? Why didn't you tell me you were pregnant? I'm sorry.
I needed work, okay? I You you can't have a baby the first day on the job.
I didn't know.
She's early.
She's early.
Well, do you have a doctor.
Lani? -Dr.
Rezz is on his way.
But he is coming from the other side of the island.
- My God.
- He'll be here.
Somebody should get Belinda up here.
Seems like she might have dabbled in midwifery.
M maybe one of the guests is a doctor? What? I'm supposed to walk around the lobster bake, Dillon? "Is there a doctor? Our trainee is having a baby in the lobby.
" Idiot! It's like the only activity they have here.
What are you doing? Stop.
That's embarrassing.
- I'm helping.
- Mom, what the fuck? Lobster is very tough.
It's very tough.
It hurts.
I can't! - God, God, God.
- You're okay.
I'm gonna go back up to the room.
Thank you.
Hey, I bet those are the German fuckers that got our room.
What? That's all right.
You look beautiful.
Thank you.
- Sir! Hey, sir.
- Y yes? Um, I have an email here about the booking.
Can I talk to you about this in just a minute? Yeah.
No problem.
Or never.
It's all good.
It's all good.
Thank God I caught you.
- What's going on? - I have no idea what to do.
Hey Wait Belinda.
Belinda, it's me.
To the adventure of a lifetime.
There's no one I'd rather be doing it with.
You're doing great, Lani, okay? Breathe for me.
You gotta breathe.
Give me your eyes.
-Breathe deep in, okay? In.
Doctor's here.
Thank God.
- Hey, Lani, I'm Dr.
- Thank you.
- We're here to take care of you.
- Thank you, thank you.
Let me get some gloves, check your vitals real quick.
It hurts so bad.
How far apart are your contractions? Two minutes.
- Two minutes? - Yeah.
I just thought she was chunky.
You know, the poor woman was having a baby and I I didn't even notice.
Did you think that guy was hot? What guy? That guy you were gawking at by the tiki torches.
I don't remember seeing a guy by the tiki torches.
Quinn, what are you doing in there? Are you fapping? Fuck off! Shit.
Nicole, it's the doctor.
I told you, today is tomorrow.
Answer it.
- Mark Mossbacher? - This is he.
Hi, do you have a minute for the doctor? Yeah.
Of course.
One second.
I'll put him right on.
He's calling me first thing.
Don't read into it.
I'm so sorry, Mark.
I just lost him.
What? Can we call you back in a few minutes? Hey, I'm on vacation.
It's very late here.
Can you just please get him back? I'm so sorry.
It'll just be a few minutes.
I promise.
Call you right back.
- Okay.
- Okay.
It's gonna be okay, Mark.
It's it's gonna be good news.
Good things happen to good people.
We're married.
We're on our honeymoon.
I'm happy.
Me, too.
I just hope that we don't become like one of those old, depressing couples with all this baggage and resentment and regrets.
And I just hope it always stays this way, you know? Yeah.
It will, baba.
- Promise? - Yeah.
Come here.
We are always gonna feel like this.
We will always be young.
And we will always be in love.
And there will be days and days just like this.
- Okay? - Okay.
I wish we had drugs.
I've got Ambien, Xanax, and a few Klonpin, but we can't use it all, 'cause I need them for my panic attacks.
You think you could have dinner with me at the hotel tonight? The hotel doesn't really like it when the staff interacts with the guests.
This is like some kind of caste system Thank you for bringing me here.
How are you, having fun? You have the most beautiful skin I've ever seen.
We got we gotta go Girls, you left your If it turns up, I will call immediately.
- Surprise! - Mom! A lot of great girls came and went, but you won.
You're making me sound like a trophy wife.
Well, what's so wrong with that? I do not see what the big deal is.
It's our honeymoon! I'm on vacation.
-I'm trying to unwind from the stress that is my life.
So, who's the guy? The one you've been sneaking out every night to have sex with? You're so real.
I'm very real.
So, what's your guys' secret? How do you keep the spark alive? The spark? No, it's not alive, it died.
Goodbye, mother! I don't want a free massage.
I don't want cheap champagne.
What I want is to speak to your boss.
He thinks we've ruined his honeymoon, I will ruin his honeymoon! Honeymooners Whoo! I always wanted to do a show about the issues of contemporary zeitgeisty anxiety, and a little bit of the comedy of trying to vacation, get away from your problems and instead, the sort of crucible of being stuck with somebody and some of the drama that could come out of that.
It's a high-end hotel, and the guests can be quite demanding, and Armand figured out a way to make sure that everyone get their needs met.
He's on.
It's like a show for him.
The goal is to create for the guests an overall impression of vagueness.
They get everything they want, but they don't even know what they want.
We did book the room with the pool, and we paid for it.
My mom forwarded me the booking.
- Shane! - What? I'm not gonna let him ruin our honeymoon.
No, but he's not.
You are.
Rachel is a woman who has entered into a marriage abruptly, with someone who she was only dating for a few months.
And she is on her honeymoon, and is just now beginning to have doubts and questions about what she's gotten herself into.
About the booking.
Can I talk to you about this in just a minute? Yeah.
No problem.
No, whatever.
I really love the scenes between Shane and Armond because there's this sort of, like, competitive thing, and they're kinda tryna one up each other.
And there's this build of their interactions throughout the show, which is really satisfying, because Shane is such a dick.
Shane lives in New York, works at his dad's commercial real estate firm, newly married, and has not experienced a lot of setbacks.
In the vacuum of his existence, like, it isn't fair to just assume that he's a certain way.
But also, he is a certain way.
It's fun to try to give voice to lots of different people with different perspectives and give a real variety to the voices.
I have testicle cancer.
We don't know that yet.
We have not gotten the results.
Nicole is in charge of everybody.
She is the corporate epitome of mama bear.
Nicole's relationship with Mark, they've been married for a long time.
She is the bread winner in the family, and I think that has taken its toll on both of their psyches, but also at the same time, has created the structure of their marriage and of their family life.
It's gonna be okay, Mark.
Good things happen to good people.
Nicole and I are the classic upper class parents.
We're busy, busy, busy, and it doesn't bother her as much as it bothers me.
My focus is the kids, all of the sudden, and that's why I have this really cool journey with my son.
As in all families, dysfunctional or otherwise, it's a very authentic and complex relationship.
Why is your bed in here? Olivia said I have to sleep here.
I just don't think it's fair for your brother to have to spend his entire vacation in a windowless box.
Why not? You got to bring a friend.
And I am so appreciative, Nicole.
Olivia and Paula met each other in college.
Paula introduced her to different beliefs than what she grew up with, and she's learned a lot through being Paula's friend, and how the world affects Paula in a different way than it affects Olivia.
And she's more cautious and conscious of how her parents and her family speak and what they believe in, and she kind of wants to stand up against them because of Paula.
Paula definitely loved the idea of trying to dissect different people, this holier-than-thou attitude that creates this connection with Olivia.
She's meeting her friends for a girls' trip.
She gets on their nerves, but she pays for everything, so they put up with her.
She's an American Brigitte Bardot.
Tanya is introduced to the story, like a very lost, very vulnerable person, shows up with a backpack of mental baggage and her mother's ashes.
She truly thinks that Belinda is a genius, because she's someone who's incredibly wealthy and has been in spas all over the world, and no one can really seem to fix her.
While the details of everyone's individual story are different, fundamentally, like, the desire's the same.
In the Venn diagram of Tanya and Belinda, heartache is definitely an overlap.
It's a perfect storm, the timing that they meet, the sort of spiritual experience of the massage that they have that allowed for this very unusual friendship to develop.
It's like any really great recipe.
One thing, if it's not there, then it's off.
And under any other circumstance, I don't think they would be friends, or even attempt it.
But at the White Lotus, anything's possible.

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