Nappily Ever After (2018) Script

["Doing Me" by RAY BLK playing]

♪ Sometimes I wear my hair Down to my back ♪

♪ Or I cut a bob and do it Into single plaits ♪

♪ And if it's the summertime Maybe do a weave ♪

♪ Always change my style Depending where my head is at ♪

♪ Sometimes I wear my V-neck real low ♪

♪ If I'm feeling sexy Then expect some skin will show ♪

♪ Maybe wear a turtleneck If I'm feeling cold ♪

♪ My dressing is expression So don't judge me by my clothes ♪

♪ Some days I roll up In a hood and a trackie ♪

♪ Turning up your nose 'Cause you think I look tacky ♪

♪ I go to a Michelin meal in my Reeboks ♪

♪ Ain't gotta wear my wares And be flashy ♪

♪ A short skirt doesn't mean That I want it ♪

♪ My appearance Doesn't represent my wallet ♪

♪ This is for the ignorant ones With opinions ♪

♪ Keep your two cents inside your pocket ♪

♪ I'm just doing me ♪

♪ I'm just doing me, me, me, me ♪

♪ Why don't you do you ♪

♪ That's what you should do, do, do, do ♪

♪ I'm gonna show ya, show ya, show ya ♪

♪ I'm gonna show ya, show ya, show ya How you can do you ♪

♪ That's what you should do, do, do, do ♪

♪ Just do you I'm just doing me ♪

♪ You try doing you ♪

♪ I'm just doing me ♪

♪ You try doing you ♪

♪ I'm just doing me ♪

♪ You try doing you ♪

♪ I'm just doing me ♪

♪ You try doing you ♪

[children laughing] [girl sighs]

[woman] Like most black mothers, mine was consumed by the presentation of her child.

I was a reflection of her as a mother.

It was an ever-present source of anxiety to prove that I was just as well-groomed as any white child.

They would play, hair uncombed, no shoes, traces of everything they'd eaten smeared on their faces, completely happy and oblivious to any possible defects to their appearance.

I, on the other hand, had to be fixed.

Once a week: wash, conditioner, and hot comb, until my hair was straight enough to run her fingers through it without one snap, crackle, or pop.

Ow!

That's your outside voice, Violet.

But you're burning my head off. No one likes a complainer.

[Violet] Only then was I perfect. Hey, baby girl.

You deserve the world, and one day, you're gonna find a man who'll give it to you.

Like my daddy.

No, Vi. There's not a man in the world who can give your mommy what she wants.

[Violet] But for an 11-year-old, perfection was no fun.

[mother] Violet, get away from that pool.

You scared of the water?

I bet I could hold my breath longer.

Vi, I'm warning you.

Violet! Violet Jones!

Violet Jones!

What the hell happened to your hair?

You look like a Chia Pet. [children laughing]

♪ Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia! ♪

[Violet] To my mom, appearance was everything.

- We always had to be perfectly groomed. [mother] Violet! Violet Jones!

[Violet] Because no fairy tale ever ended with the words...

"Nappily Ever After."

[phone buzzing]


[phone buzzes]

[sighs]

[whispering] What are you doing here? It's 5:00 a.m.

How could I sleep on such a special day? It's just... Where is it, where is it?

[sighs]

[gasps, exclaims]

Shh, Mom! Shh! Sorry, sorry, sorry.

[hot comb sizzles]

[Violet] It seems like we've been preparing for this moment forever.

I told you one day your prince would come.

You just missed a couple of carriages, that's all.

[chuckles]

[sighs]

Dad is coming tonight.

Why? It's my birthday party, Mom.

He's supposed to be there.

He lost that privilege when he lost his mind.

He didn't lose his mind. [scoffs]

He quit selling insurance to become a male model.

Is that not insane?

And I mean, what is he gonna model anyway? Depends?

If he had not left, I would have kicked him out.

[sighs] Will you please, please be civil? For me?

I'll try. Thank you.

So, does Clint still think the party's a surprise?

He's been calling my office, asking April for help...

[chuckles] ...so I've been able to plan everything.

All right.

What do you think?

[mother clicks tongue] Oh...

[exhales deeply]

[sighs] Mm...

Morning, baby.

Happy birthday, beautiful.

[Violet] Mm.

[chuckles softly]

[Clint] Hmm.

I've got a little gift for you.

Oh, not that little.

Oh! [laughs]

[both panting]

I wanna get on top. Yeah?

I wanna get on top.

- I wanna get on top. Yeah. [chuckles]

[laughs]

[both moaning]

[dishes clatter]

Oh, one of the big orthopedic guys, he's gonna take me to lunch.

He's opening up a new sports clinic. Oh?

And I think he might ask me to join him after my residency.

That's excellent, Clint.

Right? And then, of course, I am going to be taking my beautiful birthday girl out for a very special evening.

Sounds perfect.

In two weeks, you are going to be looking at the hottest doctor in town.

Mm-hmm. Mm, it is time to make moves.

Yes, it is.

Mm. [chuckles softly]

["Woman's World" by Estelle playing]

[man chuckles] Mm.

♪ She turned fire into pain ♪

♪ Heal your pain like novocaine ♪

♪ You will fly, I guarantee ♪

♪ Touch your eyes so you can see ♪

- ♪ Oh, I know ♪ [men speaking indistinctly]

- ♪ Living in a woman's world ♪ Hello.

- ♪ A woman's world ♪ [phone rings]

Violet Jones' office.

Morning, April. Good morning, Violet.

Happy birthday. Thank you.

Doctor Conroy called to ask what your favorite flowers are.

I told him violets, and gave him the number to A Blooming Business.

Good girl. What's the forecast? [April] Mainly sunny.

Highs in the mid-70s, seven percent relative humidity, and a five percent chance of precipitation.

Perfect. Tell the girls, lunch on the patio is on.

Okay.

[Violet] We start with our woman. She's a pretty girl.

She doesn't love what she sees.

We cut to her date, waiting in the next room.

He has front row tickets to a show, and according to his Rolex, they're late.

But our woman has found the answer:

Long Live Red by Essential.

She stands in the doorway, looking beautiful. She is perfect.

Great lips, great night.

Great pitch.

[chuckles] Well done, well done.

So, wait. If I'm not 90 pounds with injected lips, I don't get a hot guy to ask me out? Not going on a lot of dates, huh?

Well, I loved it, Violet. I loved it.

But tomorrow, add some more details about your projected use of ad space.

Okay? Got it.

All right. Good job.

Oh, are we calling it? I love it.

No, but seriously, Vi, they got you in a little box.

You got it dressed up so pretty, you think it's a condo.

Does that look like a rain cloud?

Look, you should be doing some of them pimp spots, like Budweiser.

You know, Home Depot.

Viagra. You would say that.

When a black couple walks into your office to buy a house, who does your boss trot out to greet them?

Oh! [chuckles]

See, I... I don't... I don't trot.

It's a brisk strut. [Violet and friend laugh]

Listen, I am very good at selling to the female market, and if it ain't broke... [inhales sharply]

Are you sure that's not a rain cloud? The weather report said no rain.

I checked twice.

Anyway, after tonight... my career is gonna take a back seat... because the doctor is about to be in.

[exclaims] [Violet chuckles]

Gotta get ready. I know. I gotta find something to wear.

[kids laughing]

Oh, look at them! So cute!

I can't wait. [friend 2 scoffs] I can.

[girl] Hey, don't spray me!

[screams]

[sobs]

Mom? Call me back. I... I can't get into my normal salon.

I need help. Call me as soon as you get this.

[friend] He is not proposing to you because of your hair.

Violet, he loves you for who you are.

Does your husband know about your Jewfro?

Because I have plenty of pictures of the two of us in college.

Mom, I just called you at home.

Call me back. Where are you? All right, all right, look.

I'm going to call my hairstylist and see if she can fit you in.

Yeah. Yeah. Okay?

Uh, offer money.

All right, how much? Fifty. One hundred.

Two hundred dollars to whoever has the next appointment.

Okay. Just breathe. Yeah.

[both inhale deeply] Okay.

Hey, Lalisa, girl!

[hair dryer running] [indistinct chatter]

[woman] What was I thinking? [sighs]

[woman] You talked me into this. This is your fault.

[man] My fault?

You want to blame me for making you look damn good, I'll take it. But this...

This is all God's work.

But brothers love long hair.

What brothers want... is a woman who's real.

You know, it's rude to stare.

Pay me five dollars, and I'll stop.

Excuse me?

You just paid Jackie $200 not to get her hair done.

Sorry, no deal.

You know, you can sponsor, like, six kids from Uganda with that money you're spending for hair.

I'm sorry, where is your mother?

Zoe, are you bothering my clients again? [chuckles]

Make yourself useful. Go get Crystal some conditioner, okay?

Girl, she does whatever flies into her head.

My mama would have popped me good for running my mouth and having hair looking that crazy. Mm-hmm.

Come on, let's get you washed up.

[exhales, groans]

You okay?

I'm fine.

[exhales]

[panting]

Uh, excuse me, I need to be rinsed.

You have seven more minutes to condition.

Now, please!

Oh, God, thank you. [pants]

Lalisa?

[gasps]

[woman] What? [woman 2] Uh-uh!

[mouthing silently] [woman 3] Oh, my goodness.

Oh, shit.

What? [gasps]

[screams] Oh, my God!

Oh, my God. Oh, my God!

Okay, all right. Vi, calm down.

All right, it's really not that bad, you know. We could comb it over.

What happened? I... I just washed and conditioned her.

You used relaxer. What?

I used what Zoe handed me.

You!

You did this!

Whoa, whoa, whoa! Mistakes happen. This was no mistake!

Where the hell is her mother? Her mother's not around.

She's my daughter, I take responsibility.

That's your daughter? With that mop on her head?

[man] I am sorry this happened, but don't talk about my daughter like that.

[Violet] But? No, no, no, no, no. There is no "but."

You can think whatever you want about me right now, but in a few hours, my man will be proposing to me, so I suggest you go to one of those thousand hair supplies on this block and buy me the best hair money can buy, and figure out a way to attach it to my head! [sobs]

[crowd murmuring, whispering]

[crowd] Surprise! [exclaims]

[all] ♪ Happy birthday to you ♪

♪ Happy birthday to you ♪ I am surprised you're still doing her hair.

Oh! She looks gorgeous.

Oh, that's just one of our little things we do.

[laughs]

You're lucky, Vi.

Your grandmother hated doing your mom's hair.

She used to just send her outside with this... afro.

The boys on the block used to call her Willie Mays.

Really? [both laugh]

Mom!

[whispers] Well, now they'll be calling me the mother-in-law of a doctor.

[clears throat] Well, happy birthday, Vi.

Thanks, Dad. Wait, you're not leaving.

Clint's going to, um... uh, make a toast, and I really want you here.

Well, I have an early call tomorrow.

I just booked my first job: a big photo shoot.

Oh, excellent!

This is all still a little weird for me.

Hey, enjoy your party.

Thanks, Dad. Love you.

I love you.

Good night, Richard.

[groans softly]

You okay?

Never better.

Good. [sighs]

Ladies and gentlemen, if I could just have your attention for one minute, please.

[chuckles softly] [clears throat]

So, I've been asking myself, what do you get the perfect woman?

[guests chuckle softly]

You are as beautiful waking up in the morning as you are at night. [Violet chuckles] No, I'm not.

It's unnatural how perfect.

[both laugh]

So, I kept coming back to that sense of... family.

[gasps] Oh!

[Violet] Oh, Clint.

Oh, this is the happiest moment of my life.

Oh! [chuckles softly]

[Violet] Oh, my.

Oh! [laughs] [giggles, gasps]

What's this?

This might help. [Violet gasps]

Oh! Oh!

[crowd murmurs] [both chuckle nervously]

Mm-hmm. [chuckles]

[Clint] Meet Lola.

[guests coo] [man] That's cool.

[Clint] Our first pet together. [Violet] Oh.

And one that won't make a mess.

[Violet] A dog?

[Lola whimpers] He got me a dog.

What's wrong with me?

[friend 2] Oh, Vi.

There's nothing wrong with you.

Clint didn't propose tonight, but he will.

[sighs] Soon.

Now freshen up, pick up that mutt, and go back out there with a smile on your face.

["Ghost" by Lianne La Havas playing] - ♪ On and on we go ♪

♪ Always with the ghosts of us in tow ♪

Stuck somewhere Between a friend and foe

♪ Round and round we go ♪

[Clint sighs]

You don't like the dog.

What's not to like?

[Lola whimpers]

Did something happen at the party?

No, absolutely nothing happened at the party.

What's that supposed to mean?

I was expecting a ring, Clint.

A ring?

Like an engagement ring?

Yes!

Why would you... would you think that?

Why? We've been together two years.

You said tonight I'm perfect.

Yeah, I did.

But that doesn't mean we're ready to get married.

Yes, it does.

I... I want a husband, not a boyfriend.

And a child, not a Chihuahua.

[whimpers] [Violet] I'm not even a dog person.

[Clint] Exactly.

What is that supposed to mean?

You know, I had to ask your assistant what your favorite flowers were.

Your favorite wine. Your favorite music.

So?

So? You're talking about getting married.

I don't even know you.

Of course you do!

No. I know you're beautiful.

I know you're smart, and you dress right, you act right, you always say the perfect thing, but you never let your hair down.

We go to a party, you don't dance. You don't drink.

We've never just got buck wild in the shower, or just acted silly together.

You never take a chance, Vi, because you've always gotta be perfect.

But 24/7 perfection is...

It's like being on a two-year first date.

Oh, my God.

You're never gonna marry me, are you, Clint?

Babe, come on, that's... That's not what I said.

I think you need to leave.

Are you being serious right now?

I think we need to stop wasting each other's time.

So, because I won't marry you at this moment, you're saying it's over?

The first date has to end sometime.

[sighs]

[door opens, closes]

[sniffles]

[sighs]

[whines]

[Lola urinating]

[barks]

[sighs]

[Lola barks] [sniffles]

[Lola whines]

[sighs]

[Lola barking]

[whimpers]

[sighs]

[Violet] Come on, go.

Go to the bathroom!

Don't you have to go?

Lola, I have to go to work. [whimpers]

Lola, go... to the bathroom!

[Lola growls]

Yay!

Hey. [Lola whines, yips]

[grunts]

Ugh. [groans softly]

Good morning, Violet. [sighs]

Okay, so, um...

Are you okay? Yeah, I'm fine.

Is, uh, everything ready in the conference room?

Uh, Violet?

Oh, God. [sighs]

And we... Then we go to our woman, and she has on lipstick.

Uh, she has to put the lipstick on first, of course.

She puts on Long Live Red.

Um...

Yeah, Long Live Red, and, um, then she comes out...

Shit!

She comes out.

[sighs]

[chuckles softly] You know already.

She's beautiful, and, um...

[clicks tongue, sighs] ...he's happy about it.

So... so what we're saying is all women are pretty, but you won't be perfect until you wear Long Live Red?

Yes.

No.

Did I say perfect?

'Cause that wouldn't be nice, or even fair, to call her perfect.

I mean, she's beautiful, but she's much more than that.

Much, much more than that.

Fine. Then she's in Phi Beta Kappa as well.

Right? No, no, no, no, Bill.

I don't... I don't think you're really seeing her.

She is, um, way, way, way, way more than that.

Still, we all want to fuck her, and that's really the point of the ad.

Right, Violet?

Yeah, mm-hmm.

[Bill] Tyson loves your campaign.

He... just doesn't want you on the account.

Alicia's gonna take over.

I want you to take a few days, okay? Get your head straight.

[sighs]


I don't think that'll go very well with the turquoise dress.

Oh, it's you. I guess you're right.

Ow! Trust me, handcuffs would hurt worse.

Now, take the dress out of your backpack and put it on the counter.

All the clothes have security tags. You would have been caught at the door.

No, you wait for somebody else to set off the alarm first, then you walk through.

Oh, so clearly you've done this before.

I heard. Anyway, it was a birthday present from my mom.

For. For your mom.

And that doesn't make it right. Come on.

Now, say thank you to the nice security guard.

Uh, wait a minute. [Violet] Say it!

No! [alarm beeping]

Ma'am, could you stop, please?

So lucky I don't believe in putting my hands on you, or you'd be laid out on this sidewalk.

I'm sorry! Sorry doesn't cut it, Zoe!

How did you even get here?

The bus. The bus?

What gets you more excited, huh? Being arrested or being kidnapped?

Answer me when I'm talking to you! Look, I know what she did was wrong, but maybe it was a cry for help.

What the hell is she crying about? I don't know.

All right, then, stay out of it.

Excuse me, I was put in it the moment I was strip-searched by that security guard.

I've earned the right to tell you, you don't know what's going on with her.

And in what world would I take advice about my daughter from you?

Let's go. Move it.

[woman giggling] Please! We are in public.

Stop it!

[woman laughing] Quit tickling me!

[friends] Wow.

[both] Wow.

Wow?

Or "wow!"?

Just... Wow.

Yeah.

[sighs]

I think it's hot.

I mean, I don't really know if it's you.

You know, maybe you just want to keep it simple?

Yeah, just be yourself. Yeah.

And what would that be?

The Anal-Compulsive Miss Perfect cut, or the... The Not Fun, Never Spontaneous Weave?

I mean, I liked the weave. It was cute.

Violet, I think you're being too hard on yourself.

This is me.

This is called "fuck you" hair. Says so right on the box.

I just wasted two years of my life on that asshole...

[pops lips]

...so we are gonna go out, and I am gonna get myself right.

It's not really a "fuck you" outfit. [friend 2] No.

I mean, if you're really gonna do this, the carpet's gonna have to match the drapes.

Mm.

[dance music playing] - ♪ If this gonna be your first time ♪

♪ It should be with me It should be with me ♪

♪ Baby ♪ I want to do this, I just don't know how.

Just go with how you feel. Yeah.

I feel like I should be on a pole, and Floyd Mayweather's making it rain.

Okay, well, go with... [Violet yelps]

[friend 2] Oh, shit. [Violet] Oh, my God. Oh, my God.

Oh, my God. I think even God's laughing.

[friend 2] Up. Come on. There you go. [friend] There you go.

All right. [grunts]

If you leave now, I know you're just gonna feel stupid the rest of the night, but if you stay here, I promise you, I'll make you laugh a little bit.

Take as much time with her as you need.

Vi, we gonna hit the dance floor, girl. You're leaving me?

Yeah, girl, you better have some fun! Oh! [exclaims]

[chuckles]

♪ I don't do no gossiping All I do is scrilla ♪

♪ I might hit the town with my gorillas ♪

- ♪ Then invite you back to the villa ♪ [inaudible]

♪ Black and yellow on, I'm a Steeler ♪

♪ I'm a Steeler, I'm a, I'm a... ♪

[door closes]

[man] You're good? [Violet laughing] Yes.

[Violet] You're funny! [man] You had a lot to drink.

[Violet] I did! [man] I'm so funny?

[Violet continues laughing] Oh!

[gasps] Wow!

Ooh, impressive!

You're impressive.

Ooh!

Ooh! [laughs]

Mm!

Just slap me if that was too fast. [chuckles]

[laughs] See, I was right about you.

Your hair told me everything that I needed to know.

You're not afraid of anything.

No, I'm not.

You love to take a chance.

Yes, I do. Yeah.

[both moan]

[man] Oh, shit.

I'm sorry. I'm sorry. No.

No, I liked it.

You liked it? Yeah.

You are a wild one, aren't you?

Yeah. Oh, shit.

[both grunt]

Shock me, baby. Shock me. Shock you? Okay.

Shock me. Yeah.

Mm! [laughs]

No, no. Hold up. Safety cap there.

Yeah, you gotta open it. Mm-hmm. There you go.

[man] Okay. Yeah, okay.

[chuckles] Oh, yeah, that's... that's hot.

Oh! Ooh!

[man grunts]

[both groan]

[Violet grunts] Ow!

Ow! Oh, no, it's... it's... erotic. It's fine.

You're bleeding. You're bleeding! Oh, no, just...

Let me just sit up here for a second.

Ah, no, it's fine. It's fine.

[laughs]

This is terrible.

Uh, no, no, it's, uh... No, it's, uh...

What was I saying?

[groans, panting]

I gotta... I gotta go.

[man] You don't have to run off!

I'm barely even bleeding now.

[thunder rumbling]

[car honks]

So, maybe he was just using me to get through his residency. I mean, it's obvious he was gonna have me waiting on him forever.

[radio playing]

I had to move on with my life.

That's it?

I mean, he didn't cheat on you? He didn't hit you nor nothin' like that?

No.

But he hurt my feelings.

[chuckles]

I mean, he... he broke my heart.

He hurt your feelings.

Now you want to put a gun to his head? Yeah.

"Marry me or else." [chuckles]

Now, you know, men and women, they're kind of like, uh, puzzle pieces.

No two pieces alike, come in all different sizes, different shapes, in this puzzle, and...

But, when a piece does fit, well, when one piece goes into the other, the search is over.

And you can even take 'em apart, but they still gonna fit.

Mm-hmm. You can believe that.

A fit is a fit is a fit.

♪ I'm gonna make you love me ♪

♪ Ooh, yes, I will ♪ Can you take me to Emory University Hospital?

For what?

I have to put the puzzle back together.

♪ Yes, I will, you know I will Yes, I will ♪

[sighs]

Ow, shit!

[Clint and woman laughing and speaking indistinctly]

Violet, what... What are you doing here?

Nothing. Forget you ever saw me.

Hey, no, wait. Hey, come on. What's... What's going on?

[chuckles] What did you do to your hair?

It's called "fuck you" hair. You like it?

Wow. Your nurse needs you.

Kandi's a doctor. I don't know what you're thinking, but she's...

You slept with her, Clint!

[sighs] Glad to see I meant so much to you.

You're the one who asked me to leave, Vi.

And you did, without even hesitating.

♪ Color me foolish, baby ♪

♪ Yeah, you got me this time ♪

[Lola whimpering]

♪ It's been a long while since I fell For a slick act and a smile, yeah ♪

- ♪ I said, "I never do this, baby" ♪ [inhales deeply, sighs]

- ♪ Well, I guess I'm a liar ♪ [grunts]

♪ Don't know how you talked me to give you This sweet heart of mine ♪

♪ Oh, oh, oh! ♪

- ♪ I wish I never met you ♪ [crying]

♪ Still trying to forget you ♪ Doctor, my ass.

♪ Can't you just see I'm no good? ♪

♪ Oh, I am so sorry to leave you ♪

- ♪ I need a guy to believe in ♪ [grunts]

♪ Can't you just see I'm no good With my heart on my sleeve ♪

♪ Can't you just see I'm no good With my heart on my sleeve ♪ Hmm.

[panting]

[grunting, sobbing]

["To Build A Home" by The Cinematic Orchestra playing]

[crying]

♪ There is a house built out of stone ♪

♪ Wooden floors, walls, and windowsills ♪

[sighs]

[switch clicks] [buzzes]

[sighs]

- ♪ Now, it's time ♪ [laughing]

♪ To leave ♪

- ♪ And turn to dust ♪ [crying]

[panting]


♪ I built ♪

♪ A home for you ♪

♪ For me ♪

♪ Until ♪

- ♪ It disappeared ♪ [chuckling sadly]

- ♪ From me ♪ [sobbing]

♪ From you ♪

♪ And now, it's time ♪

[sniffles]

♪ To leave ♪

♪ And turn to dust ♪

[gasps]

[sighs]

[chuckles softly]

[alarm chiming]

[Lola whines] [Violet grunts]

Ooh...

[groans]

[sighs] Ow!

[grunts]

[gasps]

[screams]

[screams]

[doorbell rings]

[Violet, panting] Coming!

Oh, hey, baby.

You know, I found something that I think is... Mom.

Mom. What?

What?

[sighs]

[mother gasps]

Mommy.

[gasping] Mom?

Mom!

Ah! Mom!

Oh! [crying] Oh, my God.

[Violet] How is she?

She's fine, same as always.

Course, she's convinced you're a lesbian, by the way, so be prepared.

Thanks for coming.

Vi, you really shouldn't be calling me for things like this anymore.

Come on, Dad, do you even remember what you were angry at her about?

[scoffs] Yes.

Well, what if I need you?

[crying] Look at me.

It just shows off more of your pretty face.

I've worked so hard to be everything he wanted.

And it still wasn't enough.

I'm so tired.

Of course you're tired, baby girl.

Look, you think... that this is just something you did on a whim?

I think you've been building up to it.

Now, I understand what you're going through probably better than anyone.

And you know what?

You gonna be okay.

We'll get this cleaned up.

You've just gotta soldier on.

And, look, you've got the head for it.

[both chuckle]


[sobs]

[knocking on door]

[woman] Sorry, but I... I really need to get in there.

[sighs] Can you just use...

Can you just use the men's room, please?

[woman] I'd really prefer not to.

Look, there are six women to every man waiting to use a public restroom, so there's an excellent chance that it will be empty.

Just leave me the hell alone.

[woman sobbing]

Sorry! Sorry, no, this isn't your fault.

No. [stammers] I apologize. I... [sniffles]

I was incredibly rude.

I'm sorry.

That's a pretty scarf.

[chuckles] Thanks.

I am just so emotional lately.

Well, if it means anything, I...

I thought I was gonna be engaged... last week.

And I'm supposed to be at work today, and all I want to do is curl up under the covers.

[woman] So do it.

I can't. [chuckles]

[woman] Hey, you should really come to my group.

Oh, no, I'm not one to tell my personal business to strangers.

[chuckles] Well, I'm a stranger, and you're talking to me.

No, what can it hurt, right?

There you go.

Thanks. [woman] Yeah.

[woman 2] He said that he couldn't handle us anymore.

Handle it.

He's in the middle of dumping me, and at the same time, he's scared about how I'm gonna react.

Am I gonna lose it, find a bridge, jump off?

I say, "Baby, please, I've lost my job, I've lost my hair, I've lost my $1,200 implants in my left breast.

If I can get over cancer, then I can get over your simple ass."

You don't have to do that.

Sneak out.

I'm Erika.

You're new, but you have a right to speak up.

No, I... I really don't.

Violet, it's okay. No, it's... it's... it's not.

I... um...

[chuckles softly]

My boyfriend didn't give me a ring, and so, uh... I shaved my hair off.

You guys are incredible, to be dealing with everything you're dealing with and still to have the courage to... to not feel sorry for yourselves.

I am so sorry for the misunderstanding.

The first thing I asked my doctor when he told me I was gonna have to have chemo was, "Am I gonna lose my hair?"

Right? [women] Mm-hmm.

So, let's see.

[chuckles] Shit!

You walk around like that, of course you're gonna get ignored.

[women chuckle]

You gotta own it, girl.

Own it.

[man] All right. [indistinct chatter]

Wow! You go, girl.

In my six years here, I've got every account I've gone after.

And, despite what happened, that includes Essential.

I deserve a shot.

Yeah, Violet, you're my go-to girl for beauty accounts.

I mean, that's your thing.

And you were g... You are great at it.

Well, let me prove I can be great at something else.

I want Amber Lite.

[chuckles]

Well, no offense, dear, but this is... That's the granddaddy.

You know, when I said to get your head right, this isn't really what I had in mind.

Are you sure that you don't need more time?

Bill, I am fine.

I just don't want anything that has to do with beauty right now.

Please.

[sighs]

Fine.

[chuckles] Okay. I will give you this shot.

But if I am not blown away by what you come up with, then we go back to the old Violet. All the way back.

Deal? Deal.

All right.

[friend 2 exclaims] So soft!

Oh, my gosh.

Vi, I thought Common made bald sexy, but he ain't got nothin' on you.

You like it? Yes, you look so good!

You look bomb. Really?

Beautiful. [friend 2] Mm-hmm.

[sighs] So, what's it like?

Waking up in the morning and not having to worry about your hair.

Yes.

I am so used to looking at myself in the mirror all the time, and now I never do.

It's only when I catch somebody's reaction that it all comes back.

But we are not here to talk about hair.

Y'all are here to help me come up with a beer commercial.

Okay.

Now, look around.

What do you see?

Uh... Guys drinking.

[man] Go! Go! [all cheer]

Yay! [laughs] [friend 2] Yeah.

Yeah, guys screaming at the TV.

Latent homosexuality. [laughs]

You know, I hate beer commercials, to be honest.

I mean, they're so sexist.

Do something different, Vi.

Yes. Hear, hear.

Right?

Hmm...


[chuckles]

[clicks tongue, sighs]

Hello, Zoe.

Is that my fault too? 'Cause it doesn't look bad. I mean... you don't have any dents or nothin'.

No. [chuckles]

I brought you a birthday present.

My birthday isn't for two weeks.

Okay. Never mind. I'll just return it.

I actually have the receipt.

Wait.

Why would you get this for me?

'Cause I felt like it.

Try it on.

Zoe, you look beautiful. [gasps]

Yeah, right, except for my body and my hair.

Why would you say that?

You did.

Zoe, don't ever let someone's negative opinion of you become your reality.

You are a beautiful girl.

You just need a few tips.

My dad won't let me perm my hair.

He says the chemicals go right to your brain.

You don't need to do that.

Now, just walk across the porch.

Okay, stop.

See how your right foot is angled out?

Try to walk with your feet straighter.

Stand up straighter.

Hold your head up.

Look at that, you just grew two inches!

[both laugh]

[Zoe] Wow.

[chuckles] Could I ask you for something?

Mm-hmm.

Could this be from my mom, for my birthday?

"From"?

Sometimes she forgets, and my dad just gets all sad for me.

Sure.

[Violet] I always wanted braids when I was younger.

But my mom never let me.

Maybe I could draw some on your head.

Ha. [blows raspberry] [both laugh]

What's going on?

And, again, I am... [sighs]

...sorry for just stopping by. No, no, no.

It's... quite all right. I'm glad you did.

I haven't heard Zoe laugh like that in a long time.

[chuckles] She's a funny kid.

Yeah. Sweet, too.

Thanks.

I owe you an apology.

I kind of went at you the last time, and you were just trying to help, I don't want you to think I'm an asshole.

I wasn't exactly in top form the first time we met, either.

So you do think I'm an asshole.

[laughs]

[man] So stay, for dinner.

I'm making my famous pineapple chili.

Maybe that will change your opinion.

Thanks, but, um, I have a lot of work to do.

Oh, come on, you can't work on an empty stomach.

And I'm sure Zoe would love it.

[man coughs] [R&B music playing on stereo]

You know, but, honestly, real talk...

Didn't the hum of the clippers... sound like Harriet Tubman calling you to freedom?

Yeah, but she lost her voice when I woke up.

[all laugh]

So, what are... What are all these plants for?

They're my dad's.

Really?

Yeah. I use 'em to make shampoos and stuff.

Oh?

You see, most women, they tell you that they get their hair relaxed because it's more manageable.

But anybody's hair is manageable if you got the right products.

Now, my products, they take away those excuses.

Excuses?

Yeah. I mean, look.

What, we make up 12% of the population, right?

But yet, we buy 70% of all wigs and weaves.

What does that say?

Mm... We hate our hair?

[man] You hate your hair.

Ever since your mamas drug you into the shop, kicking and screaming, to get a perm. [Violet chuckles]

You know, I swear, I feel like a vet putting down an animal.

You know, you hate to do it, but it's part of the job.

I'm just trying to change the world one head at a time.

Starting with that one. [Violet and Zoe chuckle]

You know, I tell her every day she's beautiful.

You know, but I'm battling TV, commercials, magazines, telling her that long, straight hair is what makes you beautiful.

Well, I make some of those commercials, and you can't just put the blame on us.

I mean, we're just reflecting society.

Hell, anybody can reflect society.

How about reflecting what society should be?

I have to please my clients, just like you.

I didn't make the social rules, I just live by 'em.

Till now.

Are you guys arguing again?

[man] Again?

Again.

Yes, actually.

Oh...

[stereo volume increases]

Do we really have to listen to this?

I mean, I got my own problems. Why do I need to hear...?

Hey, quiet down, young 'un.

Okay? When you're feeling low, songs like this send you to church.

Amen. Amen.

So, what do you got on your playlist?

My playlist?

Yeah.

[chuckles softly] Beyoncé.

Uh, "1+1."

Mm. Facts. [Violet] Uh...

Fugees. [man] Yeah, which one?

"Killing Me Softly." [man] Must.

[chuckles] Uh, "Black Mermaid," Esthero.

[clicks tongue] I don't know that one. Let me hear it.

Let me find it.

No, just sing it.

What? No.

[man] Yeah, come on, sing it.

[Violet scoffs] [music stops]

I don't even know the lyrics.

[sighs] Uh, yes, you do. Yes, you do.

You wanna talk about sad? That's my voice.

[man chuckles] Really sad.

Okay, you don't have to... You don't have to sing.

Just... just say the words.

You know what? We won't even watch you.

We won't even watch.

[softly] Uh, what?

Hello? [Violet] Okay, okay, okay, okay.

I'm a black mermaid,

nothing rarer you will find.

I am here for you to love me.

I've been here for all of time.

Mm.

♪ And I will wait for you to see me ♪

♪ And to understand ♪

♪ That a woman can restore the soul ♪

♪ Of any broken man ♪

♪ If you look beyond the waves ♪

♪ And just believe in me ♪

♪ I am the lighthouse standing strong ♪

♪ Atop the rocks and sand ♪

Damn, that's a sad-ass song.

And you really can't sing.

[all laughing]

[chuckling] What?

I see you doin' the math.

What math?

Okay, let's see.

He's got a bunch of plants, plus he makes his own shampoos.

Plus he's a hairdresser, but... he's got a daughter.

And I see him flirting with all the women in the shop.

So, what does it add up to?

So, what's the answer?

Let me take you out this weekend.

Someplace special.

["Black Mermaid" playing] - ♪ I am a lighthouse standing strong ♪

[Lola barks]

[Violet laughs]

[exhales deeply]

- ♪ From the bottom of the sea ♪ [doorbell rings]

[sighs]

[exhales deeply] [door opens]

[mother] Oh, my God. Violet. Oh!

[door closes] Have you seen this?

What? Oh, my God...

This. [gasps]

[chuckling] Oh... my... God.

I mean, it's not enough that he leaves me, he's got to embarrass me too?

[Violet] How?

He... looks nice.

He looks like a geriatric porn star.

I mean, people are gonna think that I've been subjected to that all these years?

I mean, what are they gonna say?

That you're a very lucky woman.

Watch your mouth, Violet.

[sighs]

This craziness has just got to stop.

Maybe it's just a... a midlife thing.

It's been going on for three months.

Where are you going?

To dinner.

Are you and Clint back?

No.

Oh. I guess you made sure of that.

Look, I have to meet at 6:00, and it's 5:30, so...

You're meeting this man?

Violet, it is a man, right?

Mom. Well, doesn't he have a car?

I'm sure he has a car.

I just want to keep it casual.

And anyway, it's more about his daughter needing a female role model.

He has a daughter?

I have to finish getting ready.

No.

Oh, my God.

[indistinct chatter] [chuckles]

I am so overdressed.

No, no, no, no, don't worry about it. You look great.

Thanks for coming.

I'll be right back.

What? Where you goin'?

Violet, you... you look great.

I thought it was a plain T-shirt.

There's no such thing as a plain T-shirt anymore.

[laughs]

[Violet] Well, don't get any ideas. [chuckles]

[Violet] Oh, when you take a girl out, you really take her out.

Thought it'd be nice to do something easy, take the pressure off.

What can I get you guys?

Um...

I'll have the garden salad, please.

I'll have a Mo' Better Burger with cheese, uh, some French fries, and a chocolate banana shake.

[woman] Okay. Thanks.

Wait. I'm sorry. Can I get what he's getting?

Yeah, sure. $27.50.

Keep the change. [woman] Thanks.

You know, good call. I don't like to share my food.

Mm-hmm.

So, weren't you about to get hitched?

Wow, what a way to keep the pressure off. [chuckles]

You can't get to know a person unless you ask questions.

[sighs]

He didn't want to marry me.

Why? What's wrong with you?

Apparently nothing. He said I was too perfect.

Ah. Clearly, he hasn't seen you lose it in the beauty parlor.

You know the thing he said that hurt the most?

[man] What's that?

That being with me was like being on a two-year first date.

Maybe you just weren't, you know, comfortable with the dude.

So, where's Zoe's mom?

Good redirect.

Zoe's mom, how can I put this? Um...

She thought being a mom was gonna be like a Huggies commercial.

And when it didn't turn out that way, she broke out.

Does Zoe ever see her?

She gets birthday cards, a present, when her mom remembers.

You're doing a great job with her.

Except for the hair terrorist act.

And the shoplifting.

[both chuckle]

We laugh, but that was a real eye-opener.

I like to think that I'm enough, you know, as a dad...

But Zoe, she... She really misses having a mom.

Well, she has a good heart.

She just spends a lot of energy trying to hide it.

Sounds kind of familiar.

Just saying. [chuckles]

[man] This is where I like to come.

[Violet] This is so beautiful.

[man] Isn't it?

Look at that.

[water flowing] Wow.

[birds chirping]

[man] Hey, I got something for you.

For the woman who wears it short and sexy.

It's my passion flower scalp rub.

Aw. [man] Here.

Try it and tell me your honest opinion.

Come here.

Come.

Ah.

Oh, that smells so good.

It's au naturel.

In fact, you could eat the stuff.

Show me.

[laughs]

[Violet] Mm.

[sighs]

Mmm...

[pants, chuckles softly]

["Maybe" playing] - ♪ Thinking about what I wanna do ♪

♪ Maybe I'll fall in love with you ♪

♪ And I won't stop till you love me, too ♪

[man] Girl, you better hold on. I do?

No, no, no. [laughs] What?

[man] There. Oh, look! Look!

[man laughs] [whoops]

I won again! [laughs]

Okay, a little bit. If you overwater them, they die.

Really?

♪ And I won't stop till you love me, too ♪ Don't kill our plants. [laughs]

♪ Thinking about what I wanna do Make me so high, high, ooh, ooh ♪

I'm proud of you, girl. But you should have got some by now.

I mean, I can't believe y'all are still just hanging out.

[chuckles] It's not like that.

We're taking it slow. [friend 2] Mm-hmm.

I'm actually bringing him to my mother's Fourth of July party tomorrow.

Ooh!

Not at all the same.

And your mama needs to stop calling that a Fourth of July barbecue, because I have not once seen a wing or a rib.

Okay, are we really talking about a straight male hairdresser?

I know. Crazy, right? [chuckles]

But he makes me... He makes me feel good. Oh!

It'll actually be a welcome distraction because this will be the first time in 35 years that my dad won't be there.

Mm! I saw the ad.

A girl at my job had it hanging up at her desk.

Both pages.

So, is it really this big? [Violet] Please stop!

Yes, like Daddy.

Stop! Please stop! Please stop! Ooh, yes, Daddy. Give it to me, Daddy.

[man] This is how y'all do it on the other side of the train track?

[Violet chuckles]

And you're worried I ain't gon' pass the mama test.

Well, you do keep saying "ain't."

Oh, it's like that now, is it?

I'm good.

I'm good. Hit that bell.

[bell rings]

[clears throat]

Ooh, it is about time.

The guests are eating the decorative nuts on my Independence Day collage.

Sorry. Mom, this is Will.

How do you do, Mrs. Jones?

You didn't tell me you were bringing a guest.

Will brought these for you.

It's from my garden.

Your garden. [Will] Yes, ma'am.

How unusual.

[radio playing]

[woman] Hi, Violet! Hey.

Oh, Gerard!

I want you to meet my... my daughter, Violet.

Oh. Hi.

I'm sorry. I was just... I was looking at, you know, your old photos.

[mother] Gerard is a lawyer.

I'm actually working in Senate these days, but law will always be my true love.

Hey, how you doin', man? Will Wright.

How you doing? Oh! That's quite a handshake you got there.

You must work with your hands.

Violet, would... would you go and fix Gerard a drink, please?

What, his hand's broke?

[all chuckle]

That's very funny. Mm-hmm.

Are you a comedian?

Well, what is it that you do do?

I own... Will owns his own business.

My own business.

[mother] Oh, really?

And how did the two of you meet?

We met... We met professionally.

Well, owning your own business, that does beat working for the Man.

Ain't that the truth?

Isn't it, though?

And isn't it wonderful to be successful?

Yeah, that's right.

So, anytime any of you need a cut, come on into my shop.

I just might take you up on that.

Think I could do one of those frohawks?

Mm-mm. You own a hair shop?

Mom, it's a great salon.

No, no, no. Shop is fine.

And, yes, I do, Miss Jones, just like my mama before me.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I gotta go pick up my daughter.

So this is the date with no car.

[scoffs] Wow.

Will.

I was serious about the frohawk.

[Violet] Will!

Will, please wait a minute!

I embarrass you now?

No! So what was that?

You know, you're a cool sister, you really are, but...

I don't know. I thought we had something.

So do I!

But you seem to be mixed up about who I am and who you are, and a bunch of other important things.

And seeing as how I have a daughter, I'm trying real hard not to fuck up.

I'm not in a position to be taking chances while you figure it all out.

Just get yourself sorted.

Have a happy Fourth.

[Violet] Think, Violet, think.

Something different. [sighs]

Hey, Violet, they're moving to the conference room.

Okay.

It's really great.

Thanks.

[Violet] "Girls' Night Out."

We're at Philips Arena.

Hawks are playing the Cavs, and we push into four crazy loud, annoying guys in Cavs jerseys.

They're surrounded by rows of women in Hawks gear.

Cavs are winning, and our four guys are standing up, cheering and annoying the hell out of a female fan sitting in front of 'em.

Then, an Amber Lite vendor approaches, and the annoyed girl calls him over, orders four Amber Lites, and hands 'em to the guys behind her.

They're shocked.

They sit down, clink their bottles, and enjoy the rest of the game silently.

The girl in front smiles, turns to her friend, gives her a pound, and turns back to the game.

A cut to a little later, our boys are depressed.

Their bottles are empty.

They look at each other and smile mischievously.

They stand up all at once and start screaming.

This time, every girl around them starts waving over the Amber Lite vendor.

"Amber Lite: It Does You Right."

Good pitch. [chuckles]

And, um, these friends, how do you see them?

Uh... Real women, no models.

I want each and every one of them to have their own unique vibe.

Okay.

It's not the typical way to sell the product, but it is funny, and effective, and I think it could appeal to the male audience.

Thank you, Violet, thank you. Good job.

All right, Rich, you're up. What do you got?

We're on a cruise ship, and it's going down.

All the life rafts are full, but there's still two guys left on the boat.

One is a stud.

The other is some corny-looking dude.

But then these two gorgeous women, long blonde hair, big breasts, they float up in a life raft, and they call out that they can hold one more.

And of course, the stud grins, and he pulls his shirt off, and he's got the pecs and the six-pack.

But, to his shock, they point to the cornball.

And then we see why: The cornball is holding a six-pack of Amber Lite.

[imitates explosion]

We cut to later, and he's laying in the raft with the girls, all three drinking an Amber Lite, watching the stud go down with the ship.

[chuckles softly]

Thanks, Rich, nice.

Well.

Okay. [groans]

Um...

I'm gonna go with Rich.

[Alicia] What? But what's fresh about that?

We've heard that pitch a thousand times.

If it ain't broke, right?

[scoffs] I guess it depends on your perspective.

[laughs]

I quit.

Violet.

[Bill laughs] Come on, you can't be serious.

Violet, one pitch. It's one pitch.

Actually, I've been thinking about it for a while now.

I think it's time for me to step outside the box.

[Bill] Violet. [sighs]

[Lola whines]

[Violet] Hi, Lola. [whimpers]

[sighs]

Hi.

Hey. [smooches] [whines]

["Bass Drop Bigga" by TT The Artist plays]

♪ Big and loud when the bass drop bigga ♪

♪ Hands real high When the bass drop bigga ♪

♪ Lemme see you get loud When the bass drop bigga ♪

♪ Girls go wild when the bass drop bigga ♪

♪ Shake it, move it Shake it, move it ♪

♪ Shake that booty to the ground Yeah, drop the bass, girl, do that thing ♪

[Lola whines]

♪ Shake up the club, shake up the club ♪

- ♪ Shake up the club ♪ Whoo!

- ♪ Shake up the club ♪ [Lola whimpers]

♪ Shake up the club Now, gimme some ♪

- ♪ Lemme see you get loud ♪ Get it, Lola!

♪ Bass drop bigga ♪

♪ Hands real high When the bass drop bigga ♪

♪ Lemme see you get loud When the bass drop bigga ♪

♪ Girls go wild when the bass drop bigga ♪

[yells]

♪ All the ladies in the place Let me see you shake ♪

♪ Bend over to the bass Girl, do that thing ♪

♪ Pop, pop, pop that thing ♪

♪ Take it all around the world When you rock that thing ♪

♪ Sexy and you know it, girl Drop that thing ♪

[Violet yelps]

♪ Know you look good, girl ♪

[screams]

♪ Show 'em how you working it ♪

[music stops]

What are you doing here?

I'm sorry, I... But, wow, that was... Wow.

Shut up.

You didn't see that.

I saw nothing. I... Wait, wait. No, wait.

Yep, there it is.

Even better in slow motion.

[laughs]

Why have I never seen that?

Why are you here?

And what is that smell?

Uh...

So, I came round to get the rest of my stuff, and Lola is really excited to see me. [Lola whines]

That, or very protective.

[chuckles softly]

So, yeah, I need to take a shower, 'cause I have just been here packing, and smelling of dog pee.

Be my guest.

Take a shower.

Thank you.

I'm sorry if I ever made you feel like something was wrong with you.

Maybe...

I just tried to find the fault in you because I was afraid that I was never gonna be enough for you.

There's nothing wrong with you, Vi.

And I should have fought for you.

[sniffs]

Right.

Gonna take that shower.

["Electric" by Alina Baraz plays]

♪ Darker than the ocean Deeper than the sea ♪

♪ You got everything You got what I need ♪

♪ Touch me, you're electric, babe ♪

♪ Move me, take me from this place ♪

♪ Movin' to the tempo Show me what it takes ♪

♪ Speedin' up my heartbeat Playin' in the flames ♪

♪ Kiss me, we're on fire, babe ♪

♪ Love me, take me to outer space ♪

♪ Kiss me, we're on fire ♪

[chuckles softly]

Hey.

Hey.

[Clint sighs]

Okay, so one of the things that I realized these past few months is how much you took care of me.

Sit.

Now, enjoy your time.

Oh...

Well, thank you.

You know what the funny thing is?

I've gained so much time not having to think about my hair.

I mean, it was like a second job.

It's been really nice.

Does that mean you're not gonna grow it back?

I don't know.

I mean, I certainly don't like being dismissed or ignored, but... it's kind of forced me to give up my vanity... and focus on other parts of myself.

So, what happens when I walk through that door?

I... I don't... I don't know.

[sniffles]

[sniffles]

Hey.

We'll figure this out. [chuckles softly]

Don't cry.

Oh, no. No, Violet.

This is... This is the onion.

[laughs] So crazy.

Violet Jones.

Will you marry me?

Will you?

[sighs]

[friends, over speakerphone] Oh, my gosh! [friend 1] Amazing!

Okay, so how long do we have to lose weight?

Three months. [friend 2] Girl, what?

[phone beeps] Wait, hold on, guys, hold on.

Hello?

[mother exclaims] Finally! I'm so happy!

Hi, Mom.

♪ I'm awake, I'm awake and I'm up now ♪

[Zoe] Vi! Aw.

Does your dad help you with that?

How'd you know? [both laugh]

♪ Ain't no more time Or a second I can waste ♪

♪ I've been waiting, I've been waiting When it stops now, stops now ♪

♪ You're the first I wanna see ♪

♪ In the morning ♪ Sir!

Nice work!

[father] Oh. Thank you.

May I top you off?

Yes, please.

♪ Do something new with you ♪

So. Let's talk about this wedding.

What's it gonna cost me?

You know, um, my engagement party is tomorrow night.

Oh.

And, for some reason, I'm feeling a little nervous, maybe because I'm meeting Clint's parents.

You think you could come?

You'd have to get dressed up, do hair, makeup, the whole works.

[laughs]

I'll take that as a yes. Yes, yes, yes! Yes!

[both laugh]

♪ With you ♪

♪ I wanna do something new ♪

[sighs] Shit!

[sighs deeply]

Let me.

[grunts] It's going to be fine.

Just need everything to be perfect tonight, you know?

Well, as long as you don't get any more surprise dogs, it'll be great.

We good? Mm-hmm.

That's it.

Vi? Mm-hmm?

Just wondering if you could do something with your hair tonight.

Like what?

I don't know. Like, make it straight.

Why?

Well, I think it looks great. I mean, you know that.

Women do different things with their hair all the time, so it's not, like, a big ask, right?

I'm sorry, I just... I just need everything to be perfect tonight.

Okay.

[indistinct chatter]

[woman] Hello, darling. [Clint] Mom.

Dad.

This is Violet.

It's a pleasure to meet you.

[Clint and Violet chuckle] Would you like a drink?

[sighs, chuckles softly]

Hello.

[indistinct chatter] [women laughing]

[Zoe] Ooh. Hmm.

Hmm...

What? So, who do you belong to?

Who are you?

I'm the one paying for the bread you have in your hands.

And you can keep this one, you touched it.

I'm Zoe. I'm Violet's friend.

Really? Well, nice to meet you, Zoe.

What a pretty dress.

And your hair.

It's so unusual.

Does "unusual" mean "good"? 'Cause I know I look dope.

Yes, you do.

Violet had the idea for the flower, but my dad did the rest.

He's a hairdresser.

Well, aren't you lucky? Mm-hmm.

These? So good. Try one.

No, thanks.

Oh, come on, I know you want some!

Excuse me, you're using your outside voice.

Excuse me, but we are outside.

So, why don't you just get a soda to... wash all that down?

[Zoe] Mm-hmm. And please don't... Oh, my Lord.

I don't believe you.

You invited the hairdresser's daughter?

I mean, does Clint know about you and her father?

There's nothing to know. [mother] Shh.

Beautiful ladies.

Ready to sit?

Sure, um, can you give me a minute?

Yeah, sure.

Shall we?

[Violet sighs]

Ooh.

[exhales]

[groans]

[guest]...marvelous together. [indistinct chatter]

Have you seen Violet?

No.

Okay.

I'll be back.

Excuse me a moment.

[Clint sighs] Violet.

Hey.

You okay?

[Violet] I can't put these heels back on. I can't be in them another moment.

But if I don't put them on, I won't be perfect, so I'm stuck here.

[sighs]

Isn't that sad?

Zoe would just go out there barefoot.

Ten years old, and she already has the guts to just be who she is.

But I don't.

Violet.

Stop being dramatic.

Now, there are people out there waiting for you.

So you're okay with that, for me to just go out there any which way?

What is your point?

When I was ten, we went to some company picnic for Dad at some... park... and I jumped into the pool. Do you remember that?

Oh, Lord, I...

My hair turned into a little fist, and all the kids were laughing at me.

You yanked me out of the pool, shoved me into the car, and we left.

And?

I wonder who I would be if you had just hugged me and told me I was still beautiful.

You wouldn't be marrying Clint.

[crying] That's right. That's right.

You taught me how to be the girl the guy wants, but not the girl I want.

Uh... What does that mean?

["Keeping Your Head Up" by Birdy playing]

[sighs]

♪ Times that I've seen you lose your way ♪ It means...

I want to go for a swim.

♪ All I can do to keep you ♪ Violet. [Clint] A what?

A swim? Violet! Violet!

♪ Till you can breathe on your own ♪

[mother] Violet.

Violet, don't you dare.

[exclaims]

♪ Hold tight You're slowly coming back to life ♪

♪ I'll be keeping your head up I'll be keeping your head up, darling ♪

♪ Let go of all your haunted dreams Tonight ♪ Ah! [laughs]

Come in, everybody, the water is fine!

[friends] Mm.

[Zoe whoops] [guests cheer]

Zoe!

[friends exclaim]

What the hell. I'm flashing like a stop light.

You know, Margaret, I don't believe I've been in a pool in 50 years!

[women laughing] [Violet cheers]

Hey! Richard, what the hell are you doing? No.

[women laughing]

Get off of me. No. Oh, my God. No!

[screams] [Richard exclaims]

[laughing]

[gasps]

What is the matter with you? What the hell are you thinking?

I think you have never looked so beautiful.

♪ Till you can breathe ♪ After everything you put me through?

No.

- ♪ You can breathe on your own ♪ [both moaning]

♪ Hold tight You're slowly coming back to life ♪

♪ I'll be keeping your head up I'll be keeping your head up, darling ♪

♪ Let go of all your haunted dreams Tonight ♪

♪ I'll be keeping your head up I'll be keeping your head up ♪

- ♪ And I won't let you down ♪ [laughing]

♪ You never think that you can fly ♪

♪ You'll always swim against the tide ♪

♪ Don't you know your pain is mine? ♪

♪ And I would die a thousand times To ease your mind ♪

♪ To ease your mind ♪

In the past couple years, there's been a huge cultural shift towards what's natural and real.

We've seen it in the growth of natural foods, the demand for eco-friendly cars, to just about any product you can imagine.

Will wants women to change the way we are thinking about our hair.

He wants us to know that there is beauty in our natural hair, regardless of what type of hair we have.

And his product line, YOU, helps us bring out that natural beauty.

But why would I push a product that totally undercuts what I'm already selling?

Listen, women can wear weaves if they want to.

They can straighten their hair if they want to.

It's a choice.

There's nothing wrong with that.

But we also need them to know that there is beauty in their natural hair.

Large grocery store chains didn't ignore the health food craze, they integrated it and kept their customers.

The shift has already begun with hair and beauty, and women of color are one of the biggest markets there is for hair.

Let us be the first to offer them something that protects, rather than destroys, their hair.

You were great in there.

Thank you. Your passion is an easy sell. Not gonna lie, though.

I didn't know what to expect, you know, with all your personal shit.

Wow. [chuckles]

I guess that's fair.

But I keep my personal out of my business.

I try to, but it doesn't always work like that.

I'm still salty at you, so I kind of feel like I'm using you.

I'm using you, too.

But you can't be salty at me forever.

Change the world?

One head at a time.

["Holy" by Jamila Woods plays]

- ♪ Give me today my daily bread ♪ [sighs]

♪ Help me to walk alone ahead ♪

♪ Woke up this morning with my mind Set on loving me ♪

♪ With my mind set on loving me ♪

♪ I'm not lonely, I'm alone ♪

♪ And I'm holy by my own ♪

♪ I'm not lonely, I'm alone ♪

♪ And I'm holy by my own ♪

♪ Yea, the bad days may come ♪

♪ The lover may leave The winter may not ♪

♪ Hey, the map of your palms The temple you be ♪

♪ You're all that you got ♪

♪ Yea, the bad days may come ♪

♪ The lover may leave The winter may not ♪

♪ Hey, the map of your palms The temple you be ♪

♪ You're all that you got ♪

♪ Though I walk through the darkest valley I will fear no love ♪

♪ Oh, my smile, my mind reassure me I don't need no one ♪

♪ Woke up this morning with my mind ♪

♪ Set on loving me ♪

♪ With my mind set on loving me ♪

♪ Woke up this morning with my mind ♪

♪ Set on loving me ♪

♪ With my mind set on loving me ♪

♪ I'm not lonely, I'm alone ♪

♪ And I'm holy by my own ♪

♪ I'm not lonely, I'm alone ♪

♪ And I'm holy by my own ♪