Killer Contractor (2019) Script

[projector clicking]

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪

[water lapping]


[bird calling]

[ominous music]

♪ ♪

[dogs barking]

♪ ♪

[distant clattering]

[thump] hello?

♪ ♪ hello?

Someone down there?

♪ ♪

[railing creaking]


[grunting, groaning]

[soft music]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[cell phone ringing] hello. - Kerry mcleod?

Yes, this is she.

- This is lieutenant porter calling about william mcleod.

Yes, that's my father. Is everything okay?

- No, I'm afraid it's not, ma'am.

I-I'm sorry to tell you, he passed away tonight.

[exhales] - I'm sorry.

How? - He fell down the stairs.

Are you able to come down and make arrangements?

Um, yes, I will be there as soon as I can.

- Okay, thank you, ma'am.

Thank you. - Night.


Oh, oh, my god, you scared me.

What are you doing up?

I heard you on the phone.

Is everything okay?

No, honey, um, grandpa died.

He did?

Sweetie, come here.

Come here.

♪ ♪ are you okay?

Yeah, I am.

We just-- we had a very complicated relationship.

But he was my dad, and I'm gonna miss him.

I miss my daddy too.


Is he ever gonna come back?

I don't think so, baby.

That's how divorce works.

[light orchestral music]

♪ ♪

how old was grandpa?


Did he always live here? - Yep.

He was the very proud owner of the hardware store.

Why did we stop visiting after she died?

Well, grandma kind of kept things, like, workable between grandpa and I, and I just-- - were you mad at him?

Well, do you remember-- remember when tessa started saying all those secrets about you and it really hurt your feelings?

Yeah. - You remember how you said that you really liked tessa but you just--you kinda needed to take a break?

Yeah. - It's kind of like that, honey.

You write a lot about keeping secrets in your books.

I do.

Did grandpa keep secrets?

Hey, look, there's my kindergarten.

[somber music]

[bagpipes playing "amazing grace"]

♪ ♪

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪

- your father's home has always been such a wonderful fixture of the community.

Mm, so do you think it's gonna be easy to sell the house?

No question.

But it needs those repairs we spoke about to get top dollar.

Yeah, I'm gonna get someone really great to do the repairs.

I guess he had a hard time taking care of everything in the end.

[soft music] take your time.

Just let me know what kind of time frame we're looking at when you can.

Well, we're only staying until we can get the house on the market, so it'll be quick.

We have to get back to the city. - Of course.

Thanks so much for coming on such short notice.

You know...

I really do love this house.

Yeah, me too. - [chuckles] thanks.

♪ ♪


[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪

[doorbell rings]


Hi. I'm mike dean.

Mike dean contracting.

Hi, kerry mcleod.

Uh, sorry, I just came from a job.

Oh, that's okay. Uh, what can I do for you?

I thought I'd check in to see if you needed any work done on the house.

I heard you were in town after, you know, what happened.

Oh, I see.

Um, yeah, I was gonna get some stuff in the house fixed up, but I hadn't gotten around to calling any contractors yet.

So could I talk to you about it?


You want to come on in? - Sure.

The realtor just told me about all these things.

I--tea? - Please.

She told me all these things that I had to get done, so...

Um, do you live here in town?

Um, not in this neighborhood.

I grew up on 34th street.

Oh. - Thank you.

[eerie music]

♪ ♪ sorry, uh...

You have pretty eyes.


Thank you.

So have you been a contractor for a long time?

15 years.

Well, I'm putting the house on the market, hopefully as soon as possible, so I need some things fixed, repaired.

Well, it's been pretty well kept.

I mean, it was built in the 1950s by the baker family and then sold and renovated in '72 by john mcclairen and then sold to william in 1982.

Wow. [laughs] how did you know all that?

Your father.

My father?

You knew my father?



I did work for him here at the house.

He was a...Wonderful man.


We played cards after his wife-- your mom died.

I guess that's why you look so familiar.

We went to high school together.

We did? - Mm-hmm.

Oh, my--oh, my gosh. I'm so sorry.

Yes, m--mike!

Mike dean, history.

Oh, yeah, oh, my gosh.

[laughs] so can we work together?

Oh, well--yeah, um-- - look, I know this house.

I know what your dad wanted to do with it.

I really want to work on this house.

I'll do a great job.

I'm sure you'd do a great job.

You know it so well. I...

Let me think about it, okay?

[footsteps approaching] mommy. - Hey.

Can I go play outside?

Uh, this is my daughter, ella.

This is mr. Dean.

Hi, ella. Call me mike.

Hi, mike.

You know, your grandfather had a sister named ella.

That's how I got my name.

That was her nickname, actually.

Her real name was-- eloise...

The painter.

She was a painter?

Like mommy?

Yeah. - What did she paint?

Both: Dogs. - Mostly.

Dogs? I love dogs.

We can't have one in our apartment, but I want to get a dog one day.

Oh, we will see.

Mike and I went to high school together a long time ago, and he was friends with your grandpa.

Yeah. - Hmm.

So you think, like, two weeks, maybe, it would take?

Yeah, two weeks sounds about right.

Oh, great. Okay, so I'll call you tonight.

Claire, hi. You're back so soon.

I am so sorry to bother you, but I've been sitting thinking about it in the car, and I'd like to buy it.


I can't help myself.

I've been in love with this house ever since I was a little girl.

I'd give full asking price, and you don't have to do the repairs.

I'll update her myself.

Wow. Uh, yeah--yeah, that would be great.

I mean, that would be a huge weight lifted off my shoulders.

I'll send the paperwork over tomorrow?



[laughs, squeals] I'm so excited.

Oh. - [giggling]

[ominous music]

♪ ♪ sorry. That was--that was awkward.

I guess I won't need a contractor after all.

I'm sorry it didn't work out.

It was--it was really nice to see you.


Okay. - Bye.

♪ ♪

[vehicle approaching]

[sighs] hello, mother.

Where'd you disappear to?

So did you bring me any money?

That's it? - That's all I have.

What's with you?

I went to see kerry mcleod.

Michael. - She's back in town.

Oh, guess I missed the parade.

I was gonna help her fix up the house to sell, but...

Now her realtor's gonna buy it, so...She doesn't need me.

It's better that way, michael.

You need to not see her. You understand?

It's not good for you.

♪ ♪

come on, baby.

Tonight, you and me...

Are going to celebrate.

♪ ♪

[electricity crackling]

[electricity crackles faintly] [gasps]

[drill whirs]

[drill whirs]

♪ ♪

[music playing faintly]

♪ ♪ you sleep well tonight.

I'll be right downstairs.

Okay. - Okay.

This was your room when you were my age, right?

Yeah, it was.

So that was you?

[chuckles] yup.

You were as tall as me.

I want to do one of those. - Oh, honey, you know what?

I don't think we're gonna have time to do one here but maybe when we get home.

Couldn't we just stay here?

Honey, we already sold the house.

Plus, we need to get back to the city.

[melancholy music] okay.

♪ ♪

[ominous music]

♪ ♪

hey, mike?

Hi, it's kerry-- kerry mcleod.

I--I got some really terrible news this morning about claire, the real estate agent.

She--she died. Um-- that's terrible. - I know.

The other real estate agent called.

She's gonna still list it for me.

I feel really terrible talking about work right now...


- But I have to get back to the city, so we have to get the house ready, and I just thought if you're still interested that maybe you would want to do it?

Don't you worry about a thing.

I can start this morning. - Oh, great, thanks.

So we'll--we'll see you soon.

Uh, let me gather up my tools, and I'll be right over.

- All right, bye.

♪ ♪ hello, mommy.

Good morning.

How'd you sleep? - Good.

Mm. [gasps] you know what I was thinking for breakfast?

What? - Chocolate chip pancakes.

Yes. [vehicle approaching]

who's that?

I don't know.

Hi. - Hi.

Can I help you? - Maybe.

Are you kerry?


Jason carr.

Nice to meet you.

And you.

I hear you're thinking about selling.

Wow, word really does travel fast.

Oh, yeah, small-town gossip.

Yeah. This is my daughter, ella.

Hi, ella. - Hi.

So I'm a contractor.

I was wondering if I could help you get it ready.

I--I actually-- I just hired someone.

He's a friend of the family, so I wanted to help him out.

Totally understand.

Well, it was nice to meet you ladies.

You too.

You know what? I feel like I need to say I've driven by this place a thousand times, and I've always admired it.

Do you want to take a peek inside?

I mean, it can't hurt to get a second opinion.

I'd love to.

Come on in.

We were just getting ready to make pancakes.

♪ ♪ yeah, we did.

We had horses when we were growing up.

Oh, really? - Yeah.


Yeah. - It's all beautiful.

Yeah, it is. - But...

But? - [laughs] but there are definitely some things that need updating.

Yeah, so I've been told. - Mm.

Well, it should all be very doable, not very expensive, if you don't go with your contractor friend.

I'm kidding.

Oh, okay. - I'm kidding.

Okay. [both laugh]

I'll think about it. - All right, I'm kidding, but, you know, the roof is always the first thing to go.

Um, is that your attic access over there?

I'd love to take a look at it for you.

Yeah, yeah, it is. [cell phone ringing] yeah, I just need to take this really quick.

Yeah, sure, okay. - Go ahead. Thanks.

Hello? - Oh, hello.

Kerry. - Yeah?

This is thomas becker, your father's attorney.

Oh, my gosh, mr. Becker, how are you?

What can I do for you? - No, thomas, please.

Um, first off, let me say I'm sorry for your loss.

But we have some important business matters

of your father's to discuss.

Um, is now a good time?

Um, you know, I'm actually with a contractor right now.

Could we do this another time?

Yeah, of course. Uh, let's say...

Thursday morning, 9:00 a.M., my office?

Okay, great. I'll see you then.

- Okay, bye-bye.

Good news.

Attic looks great.

Oh, that is good news. - Mm.


Oh, the ella books.

My niece loves these.

Really? - Yeah.

I write and illustrate them. - No.

Yeah, I'm kerry mcleod. - That's you?

Yes! [laughs] - that's impressive.

Thank you. What's your niece's name?

Stephanie. - Oh.

Tell stephanie thank you.

I'm glad she likes it.

I will.

Look, I know you already have somebody working on the house, but if that doesn't pan out, will you please give me a call?

Yeah, um...

You know, I'm actually--I'm having a party tomorrow night.

It's just an open house for neighbors and friends.

Feel free to stop by.

I'd love to. - Around, like, 7:00-ish?

7:00? - Yeah.

All right, have a good one. - Okay.

Okay. [chuckles] bye.


[soft music]

♪ ♪ you should marry him.


What? You like him, right?

I also like cheeseburgers.

I'm not gonna marry them. [horn honking]

[both laugh]

[laughing] hi.

Meghan. [laughs] kerry!



Hi. - Oh, my god.

It's so good to see you both. - It's so good to see you.


Oh, wow.

Hi, ella bella.

Oh, I'm so happy you're here.

Me too. I made you a bracelet.

You did? That's awesome.

Here, take these. - Okay.

Run inside and get it. - Okay.

Hi. - Hi.

Oh, my god, I missed you.

I missed you like crazy.

I'm sorry it had to be under these circumstances, and I am so sorry that I missed your dad's funeral.

No, it--

I had to work some stupid red-eye in orlando, and I just--I'm sorry.

It's okay.

We have so much to catch up on.

I know. - It's been so long.


Um, who's that?

Jason carr.

He's some contractor.

He stopped by to see if I needed some help.

I mean, I hope to god you said, "yes, I do.

Honey, let's start in the bedroom."

[laughs] - he's delicious.

[truck engine turns over] yeah, yeah, you and ella, you guys have to stop.

I'm just--I don't know if I'm ready.

Okay, what?

It's been, like, a year since mr. Liar mccheatface left you and ella.

You deserve to be happy too. - Yeah.

Yeah, I know. I just...

I already hired someone.


[exhales] morning, kerry.


Meghan. - Hey.

What is he doing here? - Shh.

I left some money for supplies or whatever you need to get started.

Okay. - Thanks.

What is he doing here? - Shh.

He's helping at the house.

Apparently, he was friends with my dad.

Come in. - Weird.

You know he's been in love with you since high school, right?

Probably still is. - No.

[laughing] oh, my god.

Kerry, he used to stare at you in history class, and then don't you remember, in photography class, he'd always have his telephoto aimed at you?

No. - Yeah.

No, I swear, every time I see him around town, he's always asking me personal questions about you:

"how is she? Where is she? What is she doing?

Is she married? Is she coming to visit?" it's odd. He's odd.

[both laugh] it is--he-- he's a little different, but he's harmless.

He was really close to my dad, and he knows things about him that I didn't even know.

Couldn't he be saying all this to get into your pants?

[giggles] - yeah.

You say the word, and I will-- hi, mike.

[music playing faintly on radio] hi. Sorry.

Um, I need to do a little work in the attic.

Oh, does it need work? I thought it was pretty good.

It's, uh--it's just a little duct work.

Oh, okay.


[tense music] stop it.

♪ ♪

[chuckles] okay, sure.

Yeah, he's a little different.

I--you know, I totally forgot about him being in our high school or him being in history or any of the classes that we took.

Yeah. - I didn't recognize him.

[sighs] yeah, I mean, not much has changed.

♪ ♪ so I found a bunch of boxes in the attic.

Just working up the nerve to go through them.

What is it you're looking for?


Maybe they'll reveal whatever the big toxic elephant was that was in the room when I was growing up.

I don't know.

You know, I always asked mom and dad, was there anything wrong?

And they always averted their eyes, and they said no, and then my dad, he would always say he was going one place, and I'd hear he was somewhere else, and I asked mom, and she would just say I was making it up, and then in the end, when I was sitting there with her, she whispered to me, "you were right.

There were secrets." oh, my god.

Like, what kind of secrets?

[scoffs] she told me I should ask my father, so when I finally asked him, he just--he grumbled that the past should stay in the past, and he wandered off to his wood shop.

That's when I said, "I'm done."

[footsteps approaching] mike?

Uh, I just need to get something from my truck.

All right. You okay?



♪ ♪ be careful with that guy. [door opens and closes] nice. [laughs softly]

[soft dramatic music]

♪ ♪

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪

[door opens and closes]


♪ ♪

mom, that's my box.

I know.

Well, what's it doing down here?

You need to get rid of it, michael.

It's time.

You know, I'm gonna burn it...

For your own good.

That is important to me.

This obsession of yours is gonna get you into real trouble.

These hurt you.

She hurts you.

♪ ♪

[smooth jazz music playing]

♪ ♪

[indistinct chatter]

♪ ♪

ah. - Mrs. Sherman.

Oh, kerry.

I'm so sorry to hear about your father, but it's so great to see you.

Ella, this is my favorite teacher from growing up.

She gave me the confidence to write my own stories.

Oh. Hi.

Is this the famous ella?


Well, you're just as beautiful as your mother, and I'm sure you're just as talented.

Oh, no, she is so much more talented.

Oh, um, do you guys mind giving me a second?

Of course. - Will you go with mrs. Sherman?

Ella, will you show me the lemonade table?

Of course.

You made it.

Barely. I'm sorry.

I have something for you. Hold on.

Mm. - Hmm.

Ella and I signed it for stephanie.

That's wonderful. - Yeah.

Thank you very much. - Yeah, you're welcome.

[upbeat pop music playing] mommy, this is my favorite song.

[both laugh] - do you dance?

Well, I guess we're gonna find out.

Yes, come on. - Okay.

[both chuckle] let's go dance. [laughs]

- ♪ who's gonna be the, who's gonna be the ♪ she's flipping out. She's flipping out.

My lady. - Whoo!

- ♪ who's gonna be the, who's gonna be the ♪

- tonight was fun, wasn't it?


[somber music] you okay?

Why can't we just stay here?

Meghan is here.

All of our old neighbors and friends are here.

We could be happy here.

But what about your school, honey, and your friends?

They're back in-- - they're not my friends.

They all pick on me.

Tessa turned them all against me since I told them all that their secrets were stupid.

Oh, ell, honey, I didn't know.

I'm so sorry, baby. We-- when I'm there, all I can think about is you, me, and daddy being together.

We have everything here.

Why can't we just not go back?

♪ ♪

then let's not.


Really. Yes, let's stay here.

I can write my books from anywhere.

I have to do some legal stuff, but you know what?

I love it here too, ell.

Let's stay.

Let's do it. - Thank you.

Thank you, thank you.

[light music]

♪ ♪ uh, there.


Ah! - What?

Oh, ah! Ah!

[laughs] - no!

Um, I need to go check some stuff in the attic.

Okay. - I'll be just a minute.

Okay. - Hey, mike?

[drill whirring] mike?

Mike? - Yeah?

Oh, hi.

Um, do you mind checking the door whenever you have a second?

The lock, it keeps sticking.

Oh, yeah, I can do that.


Uh, kerry?



[ominous music]

[sighs] um...


I wanted to ask you, uh...

♪ ♪ never mind.

It's-- - okay.

I'll be upstairs.


♪ ♪


[floorboards creak]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[screams] - [gasps] mommy!

[soft tense music] are you okay, mommy?

♪ ♪ I'm gonna be okay, honey. I'm okay.

No sign of a concussion, which is good.

I feel okay.

I just-- I don't know what happened.

I'll go get you a cup of water.

If you feel any dizziness or nausea, please see a doctor right away.

Okay. Thank you.



I've seen a lot of strange things.

I've never seen a whole attic floor giving way like this.

Yeah, well, it's an older house.

♪ ♪ just take it easy for the rest of the day.

Thank you. Thank you for coming.


[door closes] you okay?

Yeah, I'll be o-- I'll be fine.

That was just the weirdest thing.

I was just-- I was walking around, and then the whole ceiling caved in.

I saw some of your tools up there.

Were you--were you working on the floorboards?

No, I didn't touch them.

That's weird. You were up there.

You didn't notice anything with them?


Well, I was up there yesterday, and they seemed fine.

I just--I didn't know if you were working on them or if you saw something.

I was working on the duct. I didn't touch the floorboards.

Do you think this is my fault?

Fault? No.

No, I'm just--I'm trying to figure out what I-- you think that I tried to hurt you?

No, I'm just trying to see-- - how could you think that?

Why don't you listen to me, huh?

Why doesn't anyone listen to me?

[intense music]

I gotta go.


♪ ♪ here you go, mommy.

[truck engine turns over]

[tires squealing]

[tires screech]

[tires squealing]

[indistinct chatter] okay, so what was mike actually doing in the attic?

I know he said he wasn't working on the floorboards, but...

I don't know, do you think he did it on purpose?

I don't know, ker.

All this and then that mailbox drama?

Plus, he's creepy as hell.


I know you have your reasons for keeping him around.

He's dangerous.

You need to fire him, get a new contractor.

Yeah. Yeah, okay.

I mean, I'll call his weird ass up and let him go if you want; I'd love to.

No, no, he still has his tools there, so I think it's probably right to do it in person.

Maybe you can solicit the help of this yummy contractor.

[car door closes]

I'm gonna go check on ella, see how she's doing, in case, you know, you guys wanted to be alone.




Jason. - Kerry.

Hey, thanks again for that book.

My niece really loved it.

Yeah, sure.

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪ I might be hiring a new contractor.

Oh, I'm sorry to hear that.

Are you available?

I mean, do you still want to work on the house?

I am available, and I would love to work on it.

Could you start tomorrow morning?

I just--I need to fire mike, the contractor, and he has his stuff there.

I just don't want it to get weird.

Mike? Mike dean?

You know him? - Oh, boy.

Um, I don't want to say too much, but I think you're making the right decision.

Okay, good.

Uh, so I'll-- I'll see you in the morning.

I'll be there with tools and everything.

[laughs softly] thank you.

My pleasure. - Good running into you.

Yeah, and you. All right.


[soft music]

♪ ♪

[tense music] hey. What was that about?

[chuckles] so?

He is coming over tomorrow morning.

[gasps] oh. - Mm-hmm.

To work.

You guys. [laughter]

[indistinct chatter and laughter]

[dogs barking]

night, ella bella. - Night, meghan.

Ooh. - Talk to you tomorrow?


Be careful when you're walking in there.

[laughs] okay.

[car door closes] - night.

Night, babe.

[wind whistling] [shivers] okay, then I will read the first book and you are gonna read the next book.

[wind whistling]

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪ did we lock the doors when we left?

I think so.

[scraping, creaking] just stay right here.


♪ ♪


[quietly] oh, god.

It's just a tree, honey. It's okay.



♪ ♪

[door creaking] did we shut all the doors?

Um, yeah.

You know, I think we forgot to lock them.

The wind just... Blew everything open.

[sighs] you know what, honey?

I bet you there's gonna be a storm tonight.

♪ ♪ you know what?

Why don't you sleep with me tonight?

Um, okay.

[lawn mower rumbling]

[soft dramatic music]

♪ ♪

[clattering, thumping]

[hammer tapping]

[tense music]

♪ ♪ oh, god.

[groans] oh, god.


[clattering continues]

[quietly] oh, no.

Oh, god. Oh--ow.



mike. Mike!


How did you get in?

I have a key to the front door.

Yeah, but it's 7:15.

I know.

I'm sorry about the mailbox.

I took care of it.

♪ ♪ okay. - It's not.

Sometimes I just lose my temper, and I shouldn't have done that.

Thanks for fixing it.

You know, I'm gonna go make a quick call.

I'll be right back.

♪ ♪

- hello. - Jason?

It's kerry. - Hey, kerry.

Mike is already here, and he's acting really strange.

Can you come now? - Uh, yeah, yeah.

I'll--I'll be right over, okay?

Okay. Thank you.

[ominous music]


♪ ♪ are you mad at me?

Those your dad's things?

Uh, yeah.

See anything interesting?

It's just... A bunch of old memories.

♪ ♪ did william read to you when you were younger?


Did he tuck you in?

What do you mean?

At night, did he tuck you in and kiss you good night?

♪ ♪ I have to get breakfast started for ella, mike.

Can you-- can you give me a minute?


[gasps] - hey.


♪ ♪

oh! - Sorry, kerry.


You know, mike, I'm sorry, but I think I'm gonna have to let you go.

What? No, you can't do that.

Yeah, it's for the best. - Wha--why?

What did I do? - Come on, mike, the attic.

I told you I didn't do the attic!

Mike, please.

You're scaring ella. It's okay, baby.

Listen, mike, it doesn't matter.

I just--I would feel more comfortable with someone else.

You can't do this to me. - It's not personal.

No, this is personal, kerry!

I'm your brother!

What? - Yeah, it's true.

No, mike--no, listen. - It's true.

No, you-- I think you have a problem.

You need to get help. - No, I don't!

Mike. - Get away from me.

Hey, hey, hey, calm down. - Get the hell away from me.

Hey, settle down, all right? - Get the hell away from me.

You don't know me. You don't know us!

Hey, hey, you need to leave right now!

Or what? You don't know us!

I'm calling the police. - No!

I'm calling--go, ella, go. - Get the hell out of here.

I'm calling the police. Just--

♪ ♪

[tires squealing]

mrs. Mcleod? - Yes?

Hi, david cleary, fordham insurance.

We talked on the phone about meeting this morning?

Oh, oh, yeah, of course.

Is everything okay?

I'm just having some problems with my contractor.

Well, this won't take long. I need to talk to you about your father's life insurance policy and inspect the home where he died.

Oh, uh, yeah.

Come--come on in. - Thank you.

[camera clicking] oh, it looks like somebody's repaired that already.

Yeah, the contractor did. - He did?

We were trying to sell the house.

I wish you hadn't have done that.

There's still an active claim in your father's case, and it could potentially pay out a lot of money.

I thought we were cleared.

You see, for me, things are just not starting to add up.

Was anyone here in the afternoon the day he died?

The contractor might have been.

The contractor?

The one who repaired the banister?

Yes. - [exhales] yeah.

[dramatic music]

I'll be in touch.

Is something wrong, mr. Cleary?

That's what I need to find out.

Good day.

♪ ♪

what's wrong with you?

So where's my money?

[scoffs] we need money to live, michael.

I can't clean people's bedpans forever.

Did this come from her?

So what'd she have to say?

Doesn't matter. - Why's that?

She fired me.

Is this all there is?

Did you hear me? - Yes, I heard you.


I told her.

[dark music] you did what?

♪ ♪

- thank you so much for today, jason.

My pleasure.

Hey, I thought to cheer us all up, I'd impress you with my baking skills.

What do you think about a fresh-baked apple pie?


Can you go put those in a bowl for me?


How you doing?

This whole thing with mike just has my head spinning.

Yeah, mike really went off the deep end.

Is mike in trouble?

Yeah, I think that he is.

Can we help him?

No, ella, and listen.

If he ever tries to talk to you, you do not talk to him.

Do you understand?

Why? - He might be dangerous.

You know, don't worry about it, ella.

I installed an alarm system today and triple-pane glass you couldn't break if you tried.

I've made this the safest house in the neighborhood for you.


You both got me.

Okay, what else can I help you with, chef?

Why don't you preheat the oven, and you help me find a pie tin?

Okay. - All right?

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪

[screams] oh, god! - Mommy!

I'm sorry. I know that doesn't feel good.

No, it's, um--it's okay.

It's okay, honey. You know what?

Why don't you go get my phone?

Sure. - Yeah.

[soft dramatic music] jason, I think that mike is trying to kill us.

We should go. Should we get out of here?

Wait, let's call the police, okay?

[breathes shakily] okay.

And I'm not going anywhere. - I'm glad you're here.

Yes, mike dean.

- We'll send someone over to his house, okay?


- Do you want us to send a squad car over?

Um, no, I have a friend here.

Thank you.

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪


Mike dean?

Hello, christopher.


Looking for your son.

I don't know where michael is.

He's been working a lot.

Maybe he's, uh, there.

Where's that, exactly?

Over at the mcleod house. Did you check there?

He's not working there anymore.


Well, he's not here.

I'll tell him you were looking for him when I see him.


You do that.

♪ ♪

I had the most bizarre situation.

I hired this contractor, and he told me he was my brother.

Mike dean.

You know him?

Of course I know him.

Ah, I was hoping your father would have told you.

[sighs] his mother and your father had an affair before they had you.

[dramatic music] my dad had an affair?


Did mom know?

How long has mike known?

His whole life. - What?

Look, your father didn't want him to tell you

'cause he didn't want to hurt your mother.

No, my mother has been dead for four years.

Why didn't he tell me? - It was his choice.

♪ ♪ uh, look, your father also put michael in his will to receive half of everything, the insurance policy and all the monies from the sale of the house.

Three days before he died, he asked me to amend his well and to leave everything to you.

Why? - I don't know.

The thing is, kerry...

Your father didn't have a chance to sign it before he died.

Do you think that mike coerced him not to sign it?

I don't know, kerry.

I've never met michael...

But he is a co-beneficiary on the will.


I think he's trying to hurt us.


No, thomas, weird things have been happening around the house; he knows things about d-- no, I--

♪ ♪

[electronic music playing over headphones]

♪ ♪

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪

[fan thrumming]

[whirring, thumping]

[creaking, rattling]

♪ ♪



[grunting] oh, my god, ella, what happened?

Are you okay? - Yeah, I guess.

What's going on? - Did it hit you anywhere?

No. - Okay.

How did that happen?

♪ ♪ I don't know, honey, but let's--let's go downstairs.

You okay to stand? - Yeah.

Oh, my god.

You're sure you're okay? It didn't hit you anywhere?

It's scary. It's scary, but she's okay.

I don't know how-- - she's okay. You're okay.

It has to be mike.

[exhales shakily] good, breathe. Let it out.

Let it out. Let it out.

She's fine. Hey, look at me.

She's fine, okay?

Okay. - Now, look, listen.

Maybe now's not the right time to do these repairs.

[both laugh] as much as I want to do this job and-- and as much as I want to see you, maybe you guys need to go back to san francisco until they get this sorted out with mike.

I wish I could. - You can't?

No, we rented the place out for the month.

No, I'm gonna call the police, and I'm gonna get them over here.

[indistinct police radio chatter]

there's no evidence that ties him to these incidents.

What? You're kidding me.

Look, I'm with you; it looks wildly suspicious, but there's nothing we can get for a search warrant that'll stand up in court. - [scoffs] but I'm sure he'll calm down after a bit, okay?

Uh, yeah, maybe.

People do strange things when they get fired.

This is a little bit more than strange.

I mean, he's apparently my brother.

Oh, he changed the locks.

He has a key to get in. He can get in whenever he wants.

We'll talk to him.

Meanwhile, in the morning, you need to get those locks changed.

I got that.

♪ ♪ okay. I-- thanks for coming.

No problem.

Am I overreacting? - No.

[sighs] okay.

Listen, the cops are gonna have you covered tonight, but I'm happy to stay on the couch if you need me to.

No, no, that's-- that's okay.

I'm okay. - Okay.

♪ ♪



Hey, good morning. - Good morning.

Look like you could use one of these.

Oh, thank you.

[chuckles] uh, new locks.

Yes. [cell phone rings] hold on.

Hello. - Mrs. Mcleod?

Yes? - This is detective jones.

Would you have time to meet me?

Yeah, of course.

- Okay, if you can meet me in town, it's urgent.

Okay, I will-- I'll be right there.

Detective jones. Ella?

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

oh, no, I'm gonna find out what you're up to, freak.

- Thank you for coming, mrs. Mcleod.

- Thank you for meeting me here.

This is all just starting to really stress ella out.

So what's this all about, detective?

Mister-- - cleary.

Ms. Mcleod.

Yeah. - Hi.

I thought it'd be best if-- if we all met together.


♪ ♪

mr. Cleary reached out to us this morning.

He had some--some pretty grave concerns about your case.

We believe... That your father's death wasn't an accident.

We've informed detective jones here of our findings.

Our assessment at fordham insurance is that it was murder.

I'm sorry.

♪ ♪

when our officers first found your father, they did notice some missing screws in the railing.

It seemed pretty odd.

Is there anyone that you think would want to hurt your father?

Yes, mike dean... - Okay, who?

The contractor, the one I called you about.

He's supposedly my half brother.

Yes. If you and ella are dead, your brother would inherit all the insurance money as your father's only living heir.

That gives us our motive, and that gives us our search warrant.

I think he is trying to kill us.

What am I supposed to do?

Go home. Lock your doors.

Ella, honey.

♪ ♪

[car door opens]

mother! - What?

I need to talk to you! - What's wrong with you?

Outside now. - Mike, get ahold of yourself.

What's happening?

What have you done? - What--what are you talk-- you know what these things meant to me!

What are you talking about? Okay, just--

I can't believe you would do this!

Just calm down! I told you that I was gonna get rid of it.

I told you these are important to me!

Michael! - Why?

Hey! Don't you talk to me that way.

Stay out of my life!

Mike, would you just calm down?

What--why are you so angry?

Don't you walk away from me. Come back here.

I am not done talking to you.

Come back here right now. Mike!

♪ ♪

[exhales] what have you done?

Oh, my god, mike.

♪ ♪

[phone clicks]

we've got a wrinkle.

What kind of wrinkle?

What the hell did you do? - She saw too much.

We agreed you were gonna stay out of this end of things.

She's a nothing. - This changes the deal.

Listen, we're almost there.

I can keep mikey busy, but the mcleod girl and her daughter have to go, and it has to happen tonight, before the cops find mikey.

Hey, this is more than a little wrinkle.

You hired me to take out the old man, and then you added a real estate agent.

I agreed to scare a couple women into dumping a house, not kill 'em.

We always knew it might get messy.

Yeah, but a kid?

You're a contractor, aren't you?

Your friend who recommended you said you were up for the job.

[scoffs] are you?

Yes, you knew that when you hired me.

So go to work, contractor.

Fix this mess, and make her disappear.

You want to see how I go to work?

[ominous music]

♪ ♪ hey! Hey!

Hey! Help!

Hey! Please!

Help me! Help me, please!

Please! Wha--what?

[tires squeal]

I didn't even see her. She just ran out in front of me!

Oh, my god, she's down. - Ma'am, ma'am, wake up.

Ma'am, can you hear me? - Don't touch that woman.

Did she get hurt?

She's still breathing, I think.

[overlapping chatter] ma'am? Ma'am, can you hear me?


[siren wailing]

[dramatic music] coming through! Coming through!

Okay, what do we have? - Female, [indistinct].

Okay, let's get her stabilized.

Bring the crash cart.

Three units of o positive.

Come on, we cannot lose her.

[pounding on door, siren wails]

I'm coming.

Welcome back. - Is he here?

Not yet. - Search warrant.

Step to the side.

Be my guest.

[door closes] - check the house.

♪ ♪ does your son have any weapons?

I don't know.

If you see him or hear from him, you better call us.

You understand?


Jackie, hi. It's eleanor.

- Oh, hi, eleanor.

I may be a little late for my shift tonight.

- Yeah, no worries.

Hey, any interesting cases come in?

- Mm... - You know, the er, morgue?

- Oh, just had a woman come in.

Hit-and-run, real mess. - Dead?

- No, we stabilized her.

Didn't look good, but it looks like she's gonna pull through.

She'll be fine. - Oh.

Um, I'll try not to be too late.

- See you soon. - Bye.

[dog barking]

- it's been a long day, ella bella.

You get some sleep.


Hey, I'm right across the hall.


I love you, mommy. - Mm.

[whispering] I love you.

[dark music]

♪ ♪ why don't you power down for a bit?

Thank you so much for helping us.

I wouldn't have it any other way.

Yeah, I bet your siblings aren't as crazy as mine.

Luckily, I'm an only child.

Wait, how-- how do you have a niece?


Stephanie, the one I signed the book for?

Stephanie is my stepbrother's daughter.

My mom remarried.


Yeah. All right, good night.

I'll be downstairs.

Good night.

♪ ♪

[tense music]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

[fire whooshing]

♪ ♪

[door closes] you have been gone forever.

You have to hide out here for a while.

Don't leave your room, don't answer the door, and don't look out the windows.

Why do I have to hide out?

Because the cops are looking for you, michael.

They're gonna arrest you and put you in prison.

For what? I didn't do anything.

They think that you killed william.

What? - You know we've never been treated fairly in this town, mikey.

If they get ahold of you, they're never gonna let you go, and there'll be nothing I can do to help you.

Do you understand?

Now, look, I have got to go to the hospital and do some unfinished work.

Just stay here.

Why would they think that I killed william?

For the money, michael.

He promised us you were in his will, and then he changed it at the last minute and gave everything to her.

He lied to us. - He didn't lie.

Yes, he did! - No, he didn't.

He told me. - He what?

He told me that kerry's husband left her and kerry had to raise ella by herself.

Then he asked me if I was okay if he changed the will and gave her more of the inheritance.

I told him to give her everything.

We were supposed to get half of everything, and then we wouldn't even need to do this!

Do what?

♪ ♪

[soft dramatic music]

♪ ♪

[echoing] - oh, the ella books.

My niece loves these.

Ella and I signed it for stephanie.

Thank you. Luckily, I'm an only child.

Is that your attic access over there?

I can check it out.

[cell phone ringing]


Is it done? - Not yet.

Why the hell not? - Soon.

We need those two dead, or we get nothing.

Call me when it's done.

♪ ♪


[tense music]

♪ ♪


[door rattles]

[door rattling]

[pounding on door] mommy?

Who was that?

Are you trying to hurt kerry and ella?

I am finally gonna get what I deserve, what should have been mine in the first place.

That house will give us the respect that we deserve!

I didn't want it!

This is enough! This house is enough!

No, it's not! It is not enough!

With that house, people won't see us as trash anymore!

[soft dramatic music]

♪ ♪

[smoke alarm beeping]

[pounding on door] - mommy! Mommy!

[pounding on door]

[tense music]

[coughing] mommy! Mommy!



Get me out of here, please!

Mommy, where are you?

Please help me!

[coughing] I can't breathe!

Mommy! Mommy!

Mommy, it's getting worse! Help!

Baby, I'm coming!

Jason. No. No, no, no.


I'm coming!

Hey, I'm coming! I'm coming!

♪ ♪ help! I can't breathe!

Help! [coughs]

♪ ♪ it's getting worse, mom!

I'm coming!

Did you kill william?

You're his only son.

He kept us his dirty little secret for 34 years.

She got everything, and he left us like we were nothing!

Now, let me finish this!

[gasps] no.

All I want is to have my sister and my niece in my life.

[dramatic music]

♪ ♪ mike's on his way over there.

Oh, this keeps getting better and better.

Don't hurt him!

He's our only connection to the money.

As only a loving mother can say.

Oh, just shut the hell up.

Your friends tell me you owe them big.

The money we're gonna get from this

will take care of that.

Just do your job.

I have to go finish that girl in the er.

♪ ♪



[grunts, yells]

I can't breathe! - I'm coming!


Baby, it's okay. [coughs] mommy. - Come here. Are you okay?

Cover your mouth. Cover your mouth.

Put this over your mouth.

♪ ♪

[sirens wailing]

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪

[both coughing]

♪ ♪ stand back.

[smoke alarm continues beeping]


[coughing] okay. [coughs] this is mike dean.

Please send someone to the mcleod residence right away.

It's an emergency. Then go to the hospital.

I think my mom's gonna do something bad.

♪ ♪

[elevator bell dings]

[tense music]

♪ ♪ evening.

[indistinct chatter]

♪ ♪

♪ ♪

kerry, let me in!

Kerry, open the door!

Kerry, ella?

Kerry, open the door! It's not what you think!


No! Back up.

Back up.

[yells] okay, come on, baby. Come on, come on.

Come on, come on, come on.

Kerry! - Where have you been?

Are you okay? Did he hurt you?

Back up. Where have you been, jason?

Stay away from them, mike.

He's lying to you, kerry. - What?

My mother hired jason to kill william and now you and ella too.

I had nothing to do with it.

What? - The police are on their way.

Mike, you're crazy. Ladies, stay away from him.

Come to me, ella.

Don't you touch her!

Back up! Both of you, back up!

It was you, wasn't it? You did the doors.

You did the windows. It was you!

♪ ♪ why couldn't you have just made this easy and just die?


No! - No! Run, run!

Go, go. Go!

♪ ♪





I promise I'll make it quick.


It's nothing personal, honey.

I just owe some very unforgiving people.


come here. You're okay. You're okay.

Baby, we gotta get out of here.


No. No!

[roars] - [grunts]


[siren wailing] nobody messes with my family.

[dramatic music] oh, god.

I got you.

♪ ♪ ms. Mcleod? - We're back here!

Come on. You're okay. We're here!

[monitor beeping steadily]

[suspenseful music]

♪ ♪

[breathing heavily]

[muffled screaming]

[monitor beeping rapidly]

♪ ♪ sorry. Excuse me.

Excuse me, is there an eleanor dean here?

Yeah. - Where is she?

♪ ♪ ah!

Freeze right there!

[gasps, coughs] down on the ground now!

Hold still! Down! - Get your hands off me!

Ow, get off! Ow!

[light orchestral music]

♪ ♪

[dog barking] - aw, look at how cute he is.

Come on! Come on!

Come on! - Who's a good boy?

Jump, puppy! - Ella, see if you can-- what are you doing, baby?

Good boy! - Come on!

Come here, oliver.

Come on. - Can you shake?

Give me your paw.

One paw. One paw? - [laughs] mm-hmm. - Up. Ollie.

Come on. Come on, ollie. - Ollie, come up.

Good boy. - Up.

Good boy. - Up.


I have a brother.

I have a brother. No way.

It's nice to know that what dad was hiding was you.

♪ ♪ oh, my gosh.

Uncle mike, I just had the best idea.

Oliver needs a new dog house, and you should build it!

Come on. - Okay.

A little slower, ella. - Come on.

Getting kind of old. - Look at him. Look at him.

That is such a good idea. - Aww, he's so cute.


[indistinct chatter] here we go.

Get up. Yay.


♪ ♪