What/If (2019) s01e07 Episode Script

What Ghosts

1 [THUNDER] They say fear of flying stems from inability to cede control.
Technically, it's a fear of crashing.
As a woman of science, you have to know that your anxiety is statistically irrational.
Unlikely outcomes are not by definition impossible.
Don't worry, Lisa.
I'm not done with you yet.
[LOUD RUMBLE] Fuck me.
Miss Montgomery, one of the engines blew.
We need to make an emergency landing.
Where are we? A hundred miles northeast of Louisville.
We'll have to fly right into the heart of this thing.
Tighten up those belts.
Huh.
Kentucky.
At least we know the bourbon will be good.
[PHONE LINE RINGING] Hi.
You've reached Lisa.
Leave a message and I'll call you back.
[BEEP] Hey, Lis, we made it to Stockton.
Yo, Donovan! [LAUGHS] Parking cars now for a living.
Kidding, bro.
Once the king, always the king, all right? Anyway, I figured I'd let you know all is well over here.
But this thing's about to get started, so give me a ring when you land in DC.
I love you.
Kevin? No.
No! Fuck! [THUNDER] This is one of the last family-owned motels in Northern Kentucky.
Not my family, but still The original wing went up in 1952, but it's expanded since then.
Thank you.
And this is the only available room? Yes, ma'am.
Booked solid on account of out-of-towners for the Braddock wedding, and all the truckers and other folks riding the storm out.
I don't suppose there's a Wi-Fi signal I can access.
I'm not getting any cell service.
Um, landline's your best bet, but it's only set up for local calls.
Tyler? Ma'am.
I noticed your establishment doesn't have a restaurant.
Uh [CHUCKLES] There's a vending machine.
No.
Barbeque, I think.
Surely, there's some world famous rib house within driving distance.
Uh, on a night like this, everyone's all closed down.
Too bad too.
My mom runs the kitchen over at Hickory Flats.
Perfect.
Have her whip up some of her favorites for us.
- But they're not - While you're at it find us a nice bottle of bourbon, huh? And tell your mom I think she's raised a very impressive young man.
Yes, ma'am.
I can imagine you doing a lot of things, Anne.
Eating barbeque is not one of them.
I lick my fingers like everyone else.
Why don't you and I try setting aside our preconceptions about each other for a night.
Do you think you can do that? I can if you can.
Lovely.
Maybe we'll find we share more in common than we realize.
Besides the obvious, of course.
[MUSIC PLAYING] [DJ] East Stockton High class of 2009, welcome to your ten-year reunion.
[INDISTINCT CHATTER] Oh, look at that girl.
She looks so good.
I love it.
Thank you.
[WOMAN] Oh, my God.
Sean Donovan.
Oh, hi, Stacy.
- Hey, guys.
- Lisa land in DC yet? Went straight to voicemail.
Flights are getting canceled across the country due to weather.
Well, when is her presentation? It's tomorrow morning.
She's traveling with a gazillionaire.
She'll get there safe and sound.
Trust me, she's good.
Oh, my gosh! Is that Angela and Todd Archer? Hey, it's Laurie, Laurie Parker.
Well, Parker-Welsh now.
Remember me? - I was the yearbook editor.
- Yes.
Well, how are the Wolverine's most legendary sweethearts, besides gorgeous and ageless? Oh, and is that favorite son, Sean Donovan? No name tag necessary for you, sir.
Oh, my gosh.
Now it's officially official.
The entire homecoming court has arrived! Yeah.
Minus Maddie, of course.
- Yeah.
- Oh, Sean, I'm so sorry.
You must be heartsick.
- Selfies later? Okay? - Sure.
- Okay, have fun.
- [WOMAN 2] Laurie.
[BILLY] Yo, Sean Don.
- Billy.
- Aw, Billy, come on, man.
Can I get a vibe for your diehard fans? What's it like to return to the throne in the kingdom of high jumps and dry humps? [ALL GROAN] - Please stop.
- Ew, bro, stop.
Billy, quit harassing people with that stupid thing.
Everyone knows how to take videos.
We all have phones.
Okay, there's a big difference between taking videos and directing videos, Christine.
Besides, by the time our 20th reunion and the AI apocalypse rolls around, this is gonna be the only format that still exists.
And plus, you're gonna thank me for documenting how hot you look - [SCOFFS] - ten years from now.
Billy.
- Okay, let's - Yo, mathletes! I need a consensus on the AI apocalypse.
Don't be such a lunk, Paul.
Let's go rally the cheer squad.
- What up, Paul? - Hey.
Hey.
Well, it's time for a drink.
You doing whiskey tonight? Yo, Sean, you okay, man? Huh? Yeah, sure, whatever they got.
[TODD] Okay.
- I'll meet you back here? - Yeah.
[KNOCK AT DOOR] [WOMAN] My dress is fuckin' ruined, asshole! [MAN] Why don't you run faster, goddamn it! [ANNE] Oh, lordy.
Hello, Tyler.
Nice to see you again.
- You too, ma'am.
- [ANNE] On the table is fine.
Turned out my mom had a bunch of food cooked up for the Elks Club meeting that got canceled.
Ah, she just threw in a bunch of everything.
- Hope you're not vegetarians.
- [KNOCK AT DOOR] Party next door! BYOB, bitches! - Whoo, whoo! - [DOOR CLOSES] [MUSIC PLAYING] Yeehaw! Make that go away, please.
Oh, I don't know if I got what it takes to take care of that.
Mm-hmm.
It's just that I really don't wanna have to call the police.
Yes, ma'am.
Didn't take long to wrap that one around your finger.
That one is a born pleaser.
I simply offered him the opportunity to do what comes naturally.
I think we just found our first bit of common ground.
Oh? You and I both evaluate data to support a desired outcome.
Only I do it with DNA and you do it with people.
Hm.
Know what happens when I misread empirical data? My hypothesis fails and I go back to square one.
I wonder.
What happens when you fail to read someone accurately? That hasn't happened in a very long time.
You go ahead.
I should keep working.
[ANNE SIGHS] My advice? Based on my assessment of you take the night off.
The night before the most important meeting of my life? Second most important.
You know your creation backwards and forwards.
In your book, you said the most lethal weapon you can carry into battle is preparation.
Now you're telling me you don't want me prepared? What I'm telling you is you're already prepared.
[MUSIC PLAYING] Thank you.
Appreciate it.
Coach Archer! What are you doing here? I thought you retired.
- Big Mac.
How you been? - Hey, Coach.
It's good to see you.
- I'll talk to you later.
- All right, cool.
Hey, son.
I'm glad you made it.
[CHUCKLES] Hey, Pop.
Still got your baby face.
Hey, where's your doctor wife at? You still married? Stronger than ever.
Good for you.
That "third time's the charm" stuff ain't working out for me.
I've been sleeping on the couch since May.
Aw, here we go.
What do you want from me, money? Damn, son, that's cold.
I don't hear from you in years and you show up at my high school reunion with a sob story about your broken marriage.
Why else would you be reaching out? To apologize.
Son, I know my temper caused you a lot of pain growing up.
It's something I've been working on since Charlotte kicked me to the curb.
I'm not the only one you hurt.
Yeah, but your mother, she's a ways off from being forgiving.
But you've always had a softer heart than either one of us.
- You still gambling? - No.
No.
But I got myself a cat though.
You remember all those neighborhood kitties used to always line up on our back porch after supper? I remember you beating the shit out of me when you found out I fed them.
Son, I I swear on my busted soul I am sorry for ever laying hands on you in anger.
And I'll never ask you for anything but this: one chance to prove myself worthy of being a part of your life.
You don't have to answer now.
Just hope you think about it.
I'm gonna get going now, let you kids enjoy yourselves.
[LAUGHS] Hey, Pop.
I'll give you a call next week, all right? All right.
[TOILET FLUSHES] Just like old times, idiots.
Except now it's legal, kind of takes the fun out of it.
Sean Don, get over here and blaze with us.
- Can't.
- Right.
Donovan's a First Responder now.
Maybe pick a career that doesn't drug test next time.
Although I think we can all agree that staying clean didn't really help his pitching career from flaming out.
You're out! [CHUCKLES] It's true.
Just fuck off, Billy.
Aw, no, come on.
Donovan? Learn to take a joke! Hi.
You've reached Lisa.
Leave a message and I'll call you back.
[SCREAMS] Get out of here, Maddie! Go! Batter up, Sean.
Fucking shame what happened to Maddie.
Doug.
Hamm.
Man, this beard is really throwing people off tonight.
How the hell are you, Donovan? Not feeling great tonight, if I'm being honest.
I know.
If anything, you were always honest.
Guy most likely do the right thing even when nobody's looking.
You've got me confused with my brother.
Nope.
Talking about you.
Yeah, but Eric, oof, he was great.
I worshipped him.
Everybody did.
That kind of adoration can be a lot of pressure.
A lot of people pinned all their hopes on you becoming a hero with the Giants.
It's hardly the same thing, but my grandma never got over the fact that I quit the seminary.
I thought she'd change her tune once I signed up for the police academy, but - You're a cop? - Yeah.
Detective.
Stockton Homicide.
Guess how many murders we have in this town every year? - No idea.
- Fifty-three.
Police department's got a pretty good record, too.
Only a handful ever go unsolved.
Remember that big, burly drug dealer got his head bashed in at the Batters Box seven years ago? Not really.
Of course you do.
We were all there that night, even Maddie.
Yeah, you were finishing up spring training I think for your second season.
Not one of my favorite years.
I don't think about it often.
Yeah.
Well, some woman called in a tip about it.
Said to look for a connection between that guy's murder and a young woman's overdose up in San Francisco.
It's Maddie? So I rang up SFPD and they told me that you were the last person that she called the night she died.
Anything you can tell me about that? I didn't pick up.
Yeah.
They said that, too.
Hey, you know what? Why don't you give me a call whenever you're feeling more up to it and we can talk, okay? Maybe you can recall anything that might help us solve this sucker.
Ain't no doubt about it, the victim was a bad dude, had a rap sheet long as a football field, but you know, he had kids.
One of them's a senior here at East Stockton this year.
It would be a hell of a graduation gift to be able to tell her we caught the guy that killed her dad.
Yeah.
Well, it was good seeing you.
Lazarus arisen.
Where did you go? Grocery shopping.
I didn't wanna wake you.
Last night was a real dark night of the soul.
No shit.
You were out for, like, 16 hours.
Are you okay? No, Kevin, I'm fucked.
What will Lionel say when he sees what we did there? He's gonna wanna know why.
That's your next step.
No, my next step is finding a wallpaper store that can match what used to be there and cover that monstrosity up.
When you go on a hero's journey, and you dredge up all that sludge from the shadows, you don't try to shove it back in the next day.
That's the worst thing you can do.
No, the worst thing I can do is take an overdose of mushrooms.
Jesus! What is it with you? You can try to paper over that beautiful tormented howl all you want, but just because you can't see something doesn't mean it's not there.
Since when did you become an expert in tormented howls and sludge shadows? Since I was raised in an intentional community.
My parents exposed me to some very awesome, very wise seekers growing up.
They taught me how to walk through my darkness to discover my light.
So, what, you're a go-go shaman? [SCOFFS] More like a Sherpa.
Kids back at the community used to call me Peter Pan.
[CHUCKLES] I was leader of the Lost Boys.
Doesn't get much gayer than that.
I'm not gay.
I'm Pan.
[CHUCKLES] And I know a Lost Boy when I see one.
Now, I'm gonna whip you up the most amazing omelet you've ever had.
And then you are gonna let me help you finish your journey.
[TV] Roads are washed out from Louisville to Lexington with no end to this deluge in sight, with winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour.
- The storm is expected - You know, when I was a kid my family used to stay at motels like this.
You mean the Ruiz's? I mean my family.
Every summer we'd road trip somewhere.
Joshua Tree, Vegas, Grand Canyon We'd order pizzas, pile on the bed, and watch old movies on TV.
Marcos, Amelia, and I used to drive my parents nuts, staying up late, whispering, giggling and then [SIGHS] there was this one night Amelia kept everyone up coughing.
That was the beginning of her illness.
And your destiny.
Hm.
What about you? What about me? What was your childhood like? Hm.
Not very different.
No, I'm not just gonna sit around and wait for you to come up with an excuse to tell your wife! I have options! [WHISPERS] Fuck! [PARTIERS MAKING NOISE] Whoo-hoo! Anne.
I wouldn't do that.
Y'all sound like y'all are having a really fun time in there.
Well, red rover, red rover, let mama come over.
[LAUGHS] Lord, if only I could.
But I need to get some sleep tonight.
We seem to have ourselves conflicting agendas.
I know.
And I hate to be a bad neighbor, but if y'all could see fit to, um - Oh.
- Whoa.
Whoa.
Whoa.
Are you feeling all right? [ANNE SIGHS] I just need my rest.
Um Could you help me? [CLEARS THROAT] A little too much of the bourbon tonight, sweetie.
Oh.
[COUGHS] I'm afraid what I've got is a mite more serious than that.
[COUGHS] See that girl there? She is gonna cure cancer.
With some luck, a little sooner than later.
[COUGHS] [COUGHING] - Kill the music.
- [MAN] What the hell, man? - I said kill it! - [WOMAN] Why? - [MAN GROANS] - We'll take it to Braddock's room.
[GROANS] Good luck to you, ma'am.
You'll be in my prayers.
Thank you.
[COUGHS] You are unbelievable.
I think our suitemate found me quite believable.
Just to be clear, you're not sick? We're all sick.
Some of us are just better at hiding it.
How about a movie? [MUSIC PLAYING] Girl.
You look as good as the day I saw you standing at the top of the activity stage.
[GIGGLES] I can't say the same for you.
You were a goofy, gangly boy.
- Oh, okay.
And now? - [LAUGHS] And now, you are a strong strapping father to our baby.
Speaking of fathers, mine just left.
- Yeah? - Mm-hmm.
Did you talk to him? What did he have to say? That he was sorry.
- Before or after he asked for cash? - Neither.
- Dude seemed straight-up humble.
- Hm.
Yes.
Seems like life has been really beating him down these past few years.
Did you tell him about our baby? Nah.
I feel like that was a big door though.
I wanted to talk to you about it first.
But how dope would that be for our child to actually know his only living grandpa? Come on.
- It'd be very dope.
- Right? Yeah.
I hope he's changed.
I really do.
God, I love this woman.
- Oh, you do? - Mm-hmm.
Why don't you show me? Right here? - No, not here.
- Where? The top of the activity stairs.
Oh Oh, you remember, huh? - Okay.
Yes, I do.
- Mm-hmm.
- All right.
- [GIGGLES] Hey.
Oh, there you are.
Where you been? Signing autographs? I'm gonna catch a ride back to the city.
What? Something happen with Lisa? No.
I still haven't heard from her.
Then, what's up? I just, uh Ain't feeling it? Look, just give me 15 minutes with Angela, I'll be right back.
Are you sure? I'm positive.
Just hang tight, all right? All right.
[MARCOS] You were right.
[SIGHS] That was some omelet.
I wouldn't lie to you, Marcos.
I believe that.
Ready to tell me this guy's story? He's a calaca.
Day of the Dead skeleton.
Why is he on fire? Depends on the interpretation.
He could be burning in the afterlife, dealing with unresolved conflicts, or maybe he just died in a fire.
Why is he so important to you? Because he's a reminder to always honor death no matter how it comes for you.
You mean your sister, Amelia? Yeah, but also Lisa's parents.
I didn't realize you knew them.
My mom was Lisa's nanny and she would bring me and Amelia over to play with her all the time.
And one day, the day my parents were getting naturalized, they left me at Lisa's house while they went down to City Hall with Amelia, who was still so little.
When they said goodbye Pa told me our family would remember this day for the rest of our lives.
They were right.
I've never been able to forget it hard as I've tried.
The fire spread so fast.
I grabbed Lisa and just ran.
I was so scared, I hid with her in the neighbor's shed until the firefighters found us.
Lisa's parents ran through the house searching for us not knowing we weren't in there.
Until the smoke overcame them.
It was all my fault.
Marcos, it was an accident.
You were just a little boy.
That little boy killed two people destroyed a family.
Say it.
You think I'm a monster.
I won't.
- I don't - Don't you get it? Lisa grew up thinking I was a hero, that I saved her from that fire.
You did.
I lit it.
And you've been paying penance for it your entire life.
Working to put families back together, living for everyone but yourself.
Secretly suffering in the shadows.
- That's where I deserve to be.
- No.
What you deserve is forgiveness.
How can Lisa ever forgive me for something like this? That's up to her.
But the only way to start healing all the pain you've been carrying is for you to forgive yourself.
[SOBS] [CRYING] You best be ready for tonight, 'cause you have woken one horny ass Wolverine.
- Yeah, in it to win it? - I'll fight until I get it.
[GIGGLES] [COACH] Hey, you want your money or not? You see what I'm saying? 'Cause I'm gonna get it for you.
Look, my son his wife, she's a big-time surgeon in San Fran.
They're swimming in it.
Same old story, huh? Hey, look, I'll call you back.
Almost had me believing you could change.
That's the last time I make that mistake.
Ang, come on, let's go.
Don't walk out on me, boy.
I raised your bitch-ass, and you owe me.
I don't owe you nothing.
What, you're a tough guy now? Todd, let's just get out of here.
Yeah, I never understood what you saw in this pantywaist, Angela.
Woman, with your talents you could do a fuck of a lot better.
Todd is more of a man than you will ever be.
He's gonna be twice the father, too.
What? Finally giving me my grandbaby? You ain't getting shit.
I didn't have a choice growing up, but I sure as hell do now.
I was making excuses for you my whole life, talking your abuse, I was just a kid.
But I'm having my own kid now.
And I'm gonna be the kind of dad I wish I had.
Don't you ever contact me again.
It was very quick, Guy.
She wasn't hurt in any way.
It was all over in no time.
I knew you'd be surprised.
This movie's really twisted.
There is nothing for us to worry about.
Hitchcock's classic study in duality.
The internal struggle between good and evil made manifest.
I went back to pick it up.
Not all of us struggle with good and evil, you know.
Some of us just want to make the world a better place live a happy life.
Being unreachable used to have caché.
There are some things I'll just never understand.
I'm worried about the person I love.
No reason you'd understand that.
You don't think I'm capable of love? I wouldn't know.
All I can go by is what I can observe.
You seem to live a very lonely life.
Loneliness is involuntary.
My life is solitary.
Doesn't sound any more appealing.
[CHUCKLES] But since you brought it up, have you? Have I what? Ever loved someone? Mm-hmm.
[MOTHER] Yeah, I think he was asking Sam? Hey there, kiddo.
- What you got? - My cricket.
- Want to meet him? - I'd love to meet him.
What's his name? Well, if you're gonna make him a proper pet, you got to get him a name.
You do it, you name him.
Um Okay.
Jiminy? - We'll talk soon.
- No.
[SAM] Uh Hmm? Philbert? [SAM CHUCKLES] No.
Um Steve.
I told you to get that stupid bug out of my house.
I've got Brett coming over.
The last thing I need is for that thing to hop around all over the place.
- Give it to me! - No, Mommy.
What did you say to me? Uh, the disposal's all fixed, Mrs.
Tanner.
It's about time.
- [BUZZER] - Oh, fuck! I'm late! Get rid of that bug by the time I'm back or it goes in the disposal.
[SIGHS] Where are my shoes? [SAM] Hey why don't I keep Steve safe with me? And you can come and visit him any time you want.
Deal? I'll walk you downstairs, Mrs.
Tanner.
Okay.
[DOOR OPENS THEN CLOSES] [ANNE] I was very young.
And he was very kind.
Your father? I never knew my father.
But you said he was an old friend of that man from the détente party, Uncle Dave.
There's no Uncle Dave.
So what happened to this man you are talking about? He was murdered.
[TV] Oh, you must be tired, Guy.
[PHONE RINGING] [RINGING CONTINUES] Hello.
Yes.
That'll be fine.
They'll have a new plane for us by sunrise.
[TV] Now when you think things over, you'll see that I'm right.
I don't know you.
I Never saw you before, I never wanna see you again! But we have [MUSIC PLAYING] Everyone, listen up.
It's your Wolverine Spirit leader, Christine Speedman.
- I know, I haven't changed a bit.
- [CHEERING] Billy, chill, this is serious.
I know it's a party, but we can't ignore the fact that not all of us could be here tonight, one person in particular.
Everyone, please turn your flashlights on.
Wherever Maddie is, I know she's smiling down on us.
So let tonight be a celebration of life, friendship, memories, and Wolverines.
Sean, what are you doing over here all by your lonesome? Come out and join the pack.
- No thanks, Laurie - Are you sure? Okay, at least let me get that selfie with you, okay? I'm sorry, Sean, but could you maybe smile? 'Cause these are gonna go in my scrapbook.
Yeah? Oh, my God.
Thank you.
[DISTORTED LAUGHTER] [HEART BEATING] I need to get some air.
[CHRISTINE] Everybody, you know the drill.
We are the wolves The mighty, mighty wolves [ALL] We are the wolves The mighty, mighty wolves We're in it to win it We'll fight it till we get it [ALL] We're in it to win it We'll fight it till we get it We say orange, you say black [GROWLS] - Orange! - Black! - Orange - There's that animal aggression? Careful, Sean.
Let's go, pack! [ALL] Let's go, pack! Quick.
Come with me.
[DOOR OPENS] Remember this place? Mm.
We sure had some fun in here, didn't we? Ah, this isn't happening.
And you were always so nervous.
Like breaking into the equipment room to fuck your girlfriend was the worst thing you could imagine doing.
Then a few short years later you smashed in a man's skull with a baseball bat.
Now seven years later I'm dead, too.
I'm sorry, Maddie.
- I'm so sorry.
- Don't be sorry.
I'd rather be me than you.
Always running.
Running.
Running.
Please, just leave me alone.
There's only one way that can happen, Sean.
Maddie? [BILLY] Were you just talking to Maddie? [BILLY CHUCKLES] [GRUNTS] I heard you say her name, dude.
Sean, are you okay? No, this man is definitely not okay.
But I got some award-worthy footage of him - Hey, Sean! - Stop! Please, Sean, stop! Whoa! What happened? - Sean! Bro! - Look at me! What is wrong with you? Sean, breathe.
- Get me out of here.
- Okay.
We got you.
Come on.
What the fuck did I do? [LISA] Anne? The way you read me when we first met assuming Sean was my weakness as much as I wanted to hate you for what that night did to my marriage in the end, it actually made us stronger, so I guess in a way I wanna thank you for that.
There's something you should know about that night.
We didn't sleep together.
What? I didn't have sex with your husband.
[EXHALES] I don't Then what did happen? You should focus on your presentation.
I expect tomorrow will be a very revealing day.
All around.
[KNOCKING AT DOOR] Open up! Make her stop.
- You can do it, I know she listens to you.
- Come in, Sean.
She called the Stockton police! You have to help me! Please, I'm begging you! The only person that can help you is the one responsible for the crime.
It isn't me or Anne.
- That's you.
- You don't understand.
Oh, I understand better than you think.
All these years you've been telling yourself what you did, you did because you had to.
That you didn't have a choice.
Sit down.
A man will do terrible things to protect the ones he loves.
And even worse when he's too late to save them.
I had a daughter.
Someone hurt her.
The pain my daughter tried to live with was more than she could bear.
She was barely a teenager when she took her own life.
So the man who hurt her I took his.
After I killed this man, I walked straight into the police station, turned myself in to my own supervisor - You were a cop? - Cold case detective.
Eleven years on the force.
I've seen what guilt can do to people.
I see what it's doing to you.
No matter what path we choose in life, good or bad It always leads us right where we deserve to be.
You went to prison.
Twenty years hard time.
And I served every one of those days without regret.
Sean a man who takes responsibility for the things he's done doesn't have to hide in the darkness.
And he doesn't drag the woman he loves into that darkness with him.
[ANGELA] Poor Sean.
He's really going through something.
Yeah.
When you look too close at the past, sometimes you don't like what you see.
I'm sorry your father let you down.
Again.
Don't be.
Okay? The way I see it that man is the reason why I'm gonna be the best dad to our kid.
One of the reasons, anyway.
What are the others? You, our life together.
I'm grateful to my father for showing me how important it is to be good to the people you love, take care of them.
[KNOCKING AT DOOR] Who the hell could that be at this hour? It's late.
Don't answer.
It could be Sean.
Sean? Babe Babe, just relax.
I'm coming right back.
Stay right there.
- [DOOR CLOSES] - [PHONE CHIMES] "To the expecting couple, a little something to warm your heart.
" No, baby, don't open Whoa! Shit! Oh! What the ? I'm calling the cops.
- Baby, give me the phone.
- I know who it is.
Baby, sit down.
There's something I need to tell you.
Todd? Sit down.
Please.
[SOBBING] [MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC ENDS] [SOFT MUSIC PLAYING] [MUSIC FADES OUT]