Orphan (2009) Script

Hang on. I know.

You're doing so good.

You're doing so good. You all right?

Yeah. Okay.

Dr. Matthews to the nurses' station.

Excuse me.

My wife's in labor. We called ahead for Dr. Wheeler.

I just need you to fill this out, please.

Thank you. Have a seat, hon.

I'll be right up. Yeah.

Okay? Okay.

Is this your first? No, no, it's our third.

Sir, can you sign here?

We're gonna name her Jessica.


Vitals look good.

Where's John?

Where's my husband? Just relax now.

Everything's gonna be okay.

What's happening? What are you doing?

I'm so sorry for your loss.

What? Your baby's dead.

No, it's not dead. It's alive.

What are you talking about? It's moving.

It's a terrible loss. We're so sorry.

Just relax. No!

What? No, no, no. Put me to sleep. I wanna be asleep.

It's too late for that. No!

It's okay, you're doing great.

What are you doing? What are you doing?

You might feel some tugging.

Oh, my God. This isn't happening.

Congratulations, Mrs. Coleman. It's a girl.


Yes, Kate, your dreams can be a manifestation of your emotions.

It's your body and mind's way of dealing...

...with the stress and grief of what happened.

What if this has nothing to do with the stillbirth?

What do you think it's about?

We're seeing kids for the first time this weekend.

And maybe the nightmares...

Maybe I'm just not ready to adopt yet.

I drove by the wine shop on the way home the other night.

Did you stop?

No. Wanted to. The thought went through my brain, you know?

It wasn't for myself. It wasn't...

I just thought it would be nice to have a bottle handy, in case we had guests.

But you didn't go in.

Mm-mm.

The key, to me...

...is not that you had the urge...

...but that you resisted it.

You wouldn't have made it through the home study if you weren't ready.

But, ultimately...

...you have to decide.


Hi.

Honey, hello.

Let me see. Ooh. Did you paint this?

It's a beautiful butterfly. It's fantastic.

Really wonderful. Good.

Let's go. I'm cold.


Are you okay?


Ah!

Max!

Max!

Stop throwing!

I'm working.

No, honey, I'm sorry.

Just take a break for a little while, okay?

Because Mommy's trying to play. Okay?

Daddy's here.

Mine. Hey.

Hi. Sorry, practice went a little late.

It's all right. Whoa.

Okay, tough guy. Give me that. Wicked.

No, no.

Shoot it, shoot it. Go, go, go, go.

No. Yes! Give me five.

Hey, how did it go? Daniel.

Fine.

Hey.

Okay.

Five minutes. I'm at the last level.

No more video games. Brush your teeth.

That's no fair. It won't save. Come on, Dad, please?


Sorry.

Sorry, sorry, sorry.

God.

You smell good.

Okay.

All right.

I have to stop being like this.

I get it.

I'm very excited, I'm happy.

I get nervous.

I'm really scared.

Last time I felt all of this was right before I lost the baby.

I don't want you to feel like we have to go through with this for my sake.

It's not just... It's not for you.

I wanna take the love we felt for Jessica...

...and I wanna give it to somebody who really needs it.

Are you sure, hon?

Yes.


Wanna make a snowman? Sure.

It's really cold out here.

Hey, stop it.

Hi. Hi.

So glad you could make it.

So are we. Yeah, finally, right?

So good to see you. Thank you for coming.

This is really something. So go take a look around.

Stay out of trouble. Yeah, yeah.

Look at the snow orphan.

Snow orphan?

Uh, snorphan?

Hey. No, show it to Sister Mary.


Slow down, slow down. You can't catch me.

Yes, I can.


Hello?

Hi.

Are all these paintings yours?

Yes. Do you like them? They're remarkable.

Thank you.

My name is Esther. What's yours?

John. Nice to meet you.

Can I take a seat? Of course.

I never get tired of watching these kids enjoy the party.

It really is. I'm so sorry we didn't do this sooner.

Don't be. It's a big leap.

Adopting an older child is not an easy decision to make.

John's in the bathroom.

Think he'll find us? Do you wanna go look for him?

Where did you get the idea for this one? My paintings always tell stories.

This one's about a sad mother lion who can't find her cubs.

She's smiling. She's dreaming about her babies.

It's the only thing that makes her happy.

I hope she finds them. She will. Look.

They were lost in the jungle, and they were so scared...

...because they didn't have a mother.

Just when they thought they'd be alone forever...

...they found their mother asleep under this tree.

Now when she wakes up, her dream will have come true.

She'll have her family again. Amazing. You came up with that story?

I think I hear his voice down here. Yes.

Hey. I want to introduce you. This is my wife, Kate.

Kate, this is Esther.

Hello.

How are you? Nice to meet you.

She painted all these.

Really? Yeah.

These are fantastic. These are really wonderful.

Thank you. Where did you learn how to do this?

I've just had lots of time to practice, I guess.

It's really boring here.

It's boring here?

If you're so bored, why aren't you down at the party?

I've never really seen the point of it. Nobody's ever talked to me before.

I guess I'm different.

There's nothing wrong with being different.

Well, you two have a lot in common.

I think people should always...

...try to take the bad things that happen to them...

...and turn them into something good.

Don't you? Yeah.

Absolutely.

She's originally from Russia, but it's amazing how strong her English is.

She's only been in the country a few years.

You get children from other countries?

It's rare. But when we do, it's sometimes difficult to place them.

The family that brought her to America died in a house fire.

In a fire?

My God.

Esther barely got out.

She's been through a lot, but this is an extraordinary little girl.

She's very bright. She's very mature for her age.

And she's very well-mannered. She's a bit of a princess, actually.

She wears those ribbons on her wrists and her neck all the time.

Mine too.

We had trouble with her when we tried to take them off.

How does she get along with other kids?

Oh, when she has to interact, she's great.

Babe?

She really did seem to open up with us. Yeah.

I thought she more than opened up with you.

You seem to have made quite a connection.

I could get the paperwork together and see you back here in three weeks.

All right.

Okey-dokey.

Call me if you need anything.

Bye. Okay, thank you.

Oh, that's T-H.

T- H. Yeah.

And "Max" is like this?

Yeah.

Good.

Is this your house? Now it's your house too.

Hi, sweetie. Hi. Look who's here.

Hello, Max. My name is Esther.

She's been practicing the whole way.

Can she hear? A little.

She was born almost completely deaf.

That just allows her to hear enough to read lips.

That's all right, I got it.

I'd like to introduce you to Grandma Barbara.

It's a pleasure to meet you.

That's precious. It's a pleasure to meet you too.

Danny.

This is Esther.

Hello, Daniel.

Hey.

Why does she dress like that?

Come on. Stop it. I'm just asking a question.

Oh!

You have a piano? Yeah.

Would you like to learn how to play? I would love to.

Do you like it?

It's perfect. Good.

Thank you.

How do you say "thank you"?

Thank you.

Wow, look at that.

What? What? What?

Dad, look.

Dad. Where did you get that?

Dad, look, I'm killing Trevor. Great.

Yes.

Thank you.

Come on, Dad. My solo's gonna end. Hurry, look.

Wow, cool.

Trevor, you suck. Shut up.

That's fabulous.

Come on, guys. This is lame.

I was just about to beat you.

I'm glad you like it, honey.

Come on, guys.

Hurry up, I'm freezing my ass off.

Dude, it's all in here. Oh, God. My hands are freezing.

Oh, man, she's hot.

Move over, man. Page 34 will change your life.

Whoa.

This looks like your mom.

No.

Esther and Maxine seem to be getting along well.

Yeah.

How's she doing, Kate?

Esther's fitting right in.

I meant Maxine.

She's playing by the pond like nothing ever happened.

She doesn't remember, does she?

No. She's fine.

So, what are your plans?

You know, probably get Esther settled...

...then go back to teaching.

Thought they weren't gonna take you back.

No, I'm not talking about Yale.

I'll just... I'll probably give lessons from home.

That's too bad. That was a very good job.

Well, I didn't quit because I wanted to.

I know. You had to have your moment of clarity.

That is an A.A. term.

And I didn't go to A.A. I just stopped drinking.

Same difference. We all need a wake-up call sometimes.


Hi.

Hi. Come here.

Yeah?

Oh, hey. We're scared of the lightning.

Oh, come in.

I wanna sleep next to Daddy. Hang on.

Okay.

I'm gonna call later, make sure everything's okay.

Okay. They're gonna love your design.

You gonna pick up the phone? Yeah.

All right.

Esther?

Esther?

Come on.

Esther, come on, we gotta go!

You gotta be kidding me.

Wow. Uh...

Will you please go wait in the car? Come on.

Sweetheart, this isn't really a school dress.

But I like it. Don't you think it's pretty?

Yes, it's so beautiful...

...but I just don't think you're gonna be comfortable in it.

What about those jeans?

You're afraid the other children will laugh at me.

I thought you said there wasn't anything wrong with being different.

Yes, you're right. You're absolutely right.

Okay. Have fun.

Take a seat, please. Take a seat.

Don't make me ask again, please.

Okay, this is our new student. Her name's Esther Coleman.

And I'd like you all to make her feel very welcome today.

Oh, look. Little Bo Peep texted me. She wants her outfit back.

Okay, go take a seat.

Okay, if everybody could turn to Page 27...

No!

No! Esther, what are you doing?

Get away from there! No!

You don't play near the water! You know that!

Come on, get out!

Max.

Sweet. Bull's-eye.

Got you.


Did you kill it? I didn't think it would hurt him.

Put it out of its misery.

It's in pain, and it's your responsibility. It was just an accident.

If you walk away now, it'll starve to death.

Is that what you want?

I'm not doing it.

It's all right.

It's in heaven now. What's wrong with you?

Is the water warm enough? Yes, thank you.

Okay. Call me if you need anything.

Esther?

Esther.

Open this door.

What are you doing? I always lock the door.

No, we don't lock doors in this house.

But what if someone comes in and sees me?

Nobody's gonna come in.

Look, I'm gonna stand right here, if that's what you want.

I could sing for you.

I used to sing for the sisters so they would know I was all right.

Okay.

All right. But you know what? This is just for tonight.


Your parents must have gone to a lot of retard camps to find her.

Watch it.

Are you okay?

Is this a Bible?

Jesus Freak brought a Bible to school today.

Hey, wanna come over?

Good one. Your sister's a total spaz.

She's not my sister.

I can't believe you did that.

Oh, little doggy. Is this your collar, little doggy?

Not A. A, B.

You did really good.

No, I didn't. I made like 11 mistakes.

I'll do better next time.

Your teacher told me what happened today.

Don't you want to talk about it?

There's nothing to talk about.

You know I'm here for you, right? You know that, right?

I got something I wanna show you.

I have one just like this that I use as a diary.

And I thought that maybe you and I could use this one...

...for a scrapbook.

That's Mommy and Daddy on their wedding day.

That's Daniel, Christmas morning.

Here's Max.

And there's you.

Who's Jessica?

Max talks about her.

"I never held you, but I feel you.

You never spoke, but I hear you.

I never knew you, but I love you."

What happened to her?

She died while she was still in my tummy.

But we scattered her ashes here.

And as long as this plant grows...

...then part of her will be alive inside it.

She would have been lucky.

You're a great mommy.

Thank you, sweetheart.

Thank you. It means a lot.

How are you? I'm good.

It's very interesting. Esther started to open up today.

That's very interesting.

I'm starting to feel like there's a real connection.

Me too.

No, honey, not here. Shh.

They're sleeping.

Baby, come here, you'll like it, believe me.

Okay, let's get down to business. No, no, no.

Okay, just for a second, then.

Yeah.

No, no, no. Come on.

I have to. Wait, wait, wait.

Yeah.


Ow! Oh, sorry.

Oh, Jesus.

Jesus, honey. Damn it.

Esther?

We have to talk about last night.

Do we? Yes, we do.

See, there are certain things that grown-ups do...

...that children aren't supposed to see.

And that was one of them.

Esther, listen to me.

When grown-ups love each other very, very much...

...they wanna show each other that love. Express it.

I know. They fuck.

She could've picked it up anywhere. Probably at school.

This wasn't something she overheard. I mean, she knew what it meant.

Huh.

And, babe, the way she said it is...

I don't even think she expected to get in trouble over it.

Well, we'll talk to her about it tonight.

Fine.

Well, what did you have in mind?

No, I thought we could take her to Dr. Browning.

I don't think we need to take her to the shrink quite yet.

Well, you know, we just don't know that much about her.

The family she stayed with could've been like:

"Pass the fucking potatoes" at dinnertime, you know?

If she's saying it to my face, what is she saying when we're not there?

I don't want her exerting that kind of influence over Max.

Anyway, I just don't want to make a big deal out of one little dirty word.

Fine. Fucking spend some time with her, then.

All right, bitch.

Let's have a snow fight!

Come on, no throwing snowballs.

Hey, neighbor.

Hey. Haven't seen you around lately.

I've been pretty busy.

Has the homeowners' association been soldiering on without me?

It's not the same.

Um, actually, I had a favor to ask.

I have a chair that I need moved upstairs...

...and I was hoping you could come by and help me with that sometime.

Yeah.

Yeah, sure. Good.

Maybe Kate and I could help you out. Just let us know.

I'll call you.

Let's go, honey.

Okay, I'm watching you.


Brenda's father says that you pushed her.

That's not true.

We were just playing.

I swear.

Okay. And did you see what happened?


What? Mom, what's she saying?

She wants you to pass the bread and butter.

Wasn't asking you. Hey, now.

Can you eat normal?

I am eating normal.

Yeah, maybe in Transylvania, or whatever country you're from.

Incidentally, I'm from Russia.

Transylvania isn't even a country. It's a part of Romania.

You are such a freak.

Hey. Hey, Danny.

I don't want any more talk like that.

But why does she have to act like that?

All my friends make fun of me because of her.

Maybe you need different friends.

Maybe you should send her back to the retard camp.

Daniel. Daniel.

Apologize to your sister.

She's not my fucking sister.

I got it.

Okay.

That's me.

You get the key back when you say you're sorry.

Is there anything special you want me to make tonight?

You have any favorites?

Hello.

Well, how are you? Hi, we're great. We're doing good.

How is she? She's here, hold on.

Hey, Sister Abigail. Do you wanna say hello?

Come on. Esther, just quickly say hi. I said, no.

You know what, do you mind, darling, can you get five apples for me?

Sorry, she got shy all of a sudden.

It's all right. I'm just calling to remind you...

...that I'm gonna need her medical...

...and dental charts for my supervision report.

She's not thrilled about the dentist.

How is everyone doing? Is she opening up to you?

I guess you can say that. She dropped the F-bomb on me a few weeks ago.

I guess she's finally coming out of her shell.

Yeah.

Any other glitches I should know of?

We had a big one recently.

It's a girl named Brenda at school.

They were at the playground, there was a slide, well, she fell off.

Esther may have pushed her down.

I'm not getting the story straight, but she got hurt.

Is she all right?

Luckily. She broke her ankle and had something like six stitches.

That doesn't sound too lucky.

Well, she's lucky she didn't break her neck.


You told me you didn't know how to play.

No, I didn't. Yes, you did.

You offered to teach me and I accepted.

Okay. So then you were just pretending this whole time?

I thought you would enjoy teaching me.

It must be frustrating for someone who loves music as much as you...

...to have a son who isn't interested and a daughter who can't even hear.

Wait, wait, wait.

I walk in on her playing Tchaikovsky without a mistake.

I mean, she's been lying to me this whole time.

She just wants to spend time with you. It's hardly a lie.

You wouldn't know.

You wouldn't. She's on her best behavior with you.

She's completely different with me.

So, what are you saying?

I don't know. She threw a fit at school.

She pushed Brenda at the playground.

Now you're saying that was her fault? I don't know. Honey, I don't know.

I wasn't there. You were watching them.

Oh, come on. It was an accident.

Okay, let's not blame her for anything, fine.

I'll take her word for everything.

Should I just believe what she said about you and Joyce too?

What did she say?

She says that you were hitting on her. What?

Oh, come on. She must've misunderstood. It was, like...

Did she invite you over?

She asked me to help her move a chair.

She did? Yeah. I blew her off.

Oh, God.

Why didn't you tell me?

I... We could've laughed about it.

No, I knew how... You were hiding it.

Honey, I knew how you'd react.

Kate. Kate.

You can't get jealous of every woman that I talk to, right?

It's been like 10 years. What does that mean?

You say that like it actually means something.

It's only been two years since you told me.

You know how sorry I am. I just feel like I've earned a little trust here.

I gave you a second chance. That's not fair. That's not fair.

Let me get this straight. We can talk about my mistakes, not yours?

I was sick! You were an asshole who wanted to fuck somebody else!

You put our child's life in danger.

I could've walked away months ago. Nobody would've blamed me.

Oh, that's sharp. That's sharp. Where did you get that from, your mother?

Danny. Turn that crap down, please, I gotta work.

Fine. Thank you.

I'll get it.

Hello, Esther. What are you doing here?

May I come in?

I'm afraid I may have made a mistake.

There could be something wrong with Esther.

What?

What? You told us that you'd never had any trouble with her.

I didn't. But trouble does have a way of finding her.

What kind of trouble?

Two girls get into a fight, there she is.

Someone gets caught stealing, there she is again.

So? Does that mean...? Just let her finish.

After you told me about the girl in the playground, I called her old school.

While she was there, there was a boy...

...who fell with scissors in his hand...

...and accidentally stabbed himself through the jaw.

And Esther was there again.

I don't understand. He accidentally stabbed himself.

But the most troubling thing is the Sullivan house fire.

I checked into it further. It was arson.

They have never found the person who did it.

What are you suggesting here?

That she had anything to do with any of this?

It's ridiculous.

That a child could commit such crimes...

...it flies in the face of everything I believe.

Well, yeah.

There's a mean lady here. She's come to take me away.

Will you help me?

We've had some behavioral problems, but...

Yeah, nothing like that. I mean, right?

Yes, we have. Really, hon, think about it.

I've tried to reach the Russian orphanage where she was raised.

I think we need to know what we're dealing with.

Well, I'll tell you what we're dealing with.

No, you know what? Stop it. Listen.

We're dealing with a 9-year-old girl who's an orphan, okay?

We're taking her to Dr. Browning. We can take her to Dr. Browning.


Do you want to play?

I'll call you as soon as I find anything else out.

Right. Take care. Okay. Thank you very much.

Maybe later.


It's going to be fine.

We'll scare her so bad she'll never come back here.

Here she comes.

Wave your arms and make her stop.

Max, go.


You all right? Max?

Max?

You okay?

Stop crying.

Grab a foot and help me get her off the road.

Now.


Help me hide her.


That doesn't matter.

They'll send you to jail just for helping me hide her.

I had to kill her because she was going to tell on me.

You're not going to tell on me. Are you?

Don't worry.

You're my little sister.

I won't let anything happen to you.

I love you.


Tell me what you saw.

What are you doing? What did you see?

I saw you and Max in the tree house.

What else?

What do you mean? What else did you see?

I didn't see anything. I swear.

Did you tell anyone? No.

I didn't tell anyone.

Please...

If I find out that you're lying, I'll cut your hairless little prick off...

...before you even figure out what it's for.

Do you understand me? Yes.

You pissed yourself.

It was nice talking to you, Alice. I hope we can be friends.

I'd like that.

We'll be right out, honey. You can come on in.

My initial instinct is that...

...there's not a deeply-rooted problem in Esther's past.

So there's nothing wrong with her? No.

It's not all good news. I think what needs to be examined...

...is Esther's relationship with those around her.

Specifically with you, Kate.

It seems she feels there's been some real tension between the two of you.

Okay. She's doing her best to please you...

...but you're blocking her attempts to bond.

That's not true. That's not true at all. I've done everything.

Right? Just let her finish.

Something's happening to cause Esther to feel this way.

Perhaps it's your guilt about drinking or what happened to Max.

Maybe some of your feelings of inadequacy as a mother...

...are manifesting themselves in your relationship with Esther.

I don't feel inadequate.

What did she tell you?

She didn't see. She doesn't know.

She's so stupid.

Esther's a very shy, reserved...

...sensitive little girl going through an extremely difficult time.

She's exceptionally bright and highly articulate.

She just needs a little patience and understanding.

Thanks for your support back there.

That was your idea.

Kate, wait, wait, wait.

I'm not a psychiatrist, but a lot of what she said made sense.

Do you wanna get that?

Hello? Hello, is this Mrs. Coleman?

Yes. Who's this?

This is Sister Judith from St. Mariana's.

I'm sorry to bother you, but I need to know...

...if Sister Abigail made it to her appointment with you.

Yes. Why?

She hasn't returned since yesterday...

... and I'm just starting to get really worried.

Charlie 24, you wanna hold them there?

Hey.

Okay, I think we're done.

Detective, do you have any leads or suspects?

No, not yet. I just don't understand...

...this kind of thing. Who would do this? It's...

Awful.

You think of anything else, you give us a call.

Yes. Absolutely.

Let's go.


This is what Sister Abigail was talking about. Look.

"Character-disturbed children." Look at the symptoms.

"Superficially charming. Difficulty at making and keeping friends."

I'm not sure this is what she meant.

She could've told Dr. Browning whatever she wanted to hear. Look.

They "are adroit manipulators...

...oftentimes playing people off one another to get what they want."

Well, you gonna show this to Dr. Browning?

I'm not showing her anything.

I'm not seeing her anymore.

When did you decide that? When do you think?

You're gonna discount Dr. Browning?

Why does everyone get the benefit of the doubt from you except for me?

If you need help with the kids, we can arrange that.

I don't need help.

I just wanna know more about her.

I wanna know where she came from, and I wanna know who she is.

What if Sister Abigail was right?

I mean, if someone was in danger, our own children...

...wouldn't you wanna know? Of course I would.

I'll contact the orphanage she came from in Russia. All right?

I mean, it's a start.

What? Hey.

Fine.

I was wondering if you'd heard from anyone at the Sludyanka Shelter.

Sister Abigail had mentioned that she would...

Oh, you did.

I don't understand. How can they have no record of her being there?

Yes, please.

Could you just call me as soon as you know anything, please? Thank you.


Esther, we gotta go.

Esther?

Esther?

You got me.

What? I don't want to go to the dentist.

Why not? I just don't want to go.

What, are you scared? No.

We're gonna reschedule, though.

Tell you what, I'll let you play hooky if you want to come and draw with me.

All right.

Wait, Daniel.

How are you two getting along with Esther?

Fine, I guess.

Yeah? Yeah, Mom.

But has she ever made you feel, I don't know, uncomfortable...

...or has she done anything that she's not supposed to do?

No. Like, has she ever hurt any of you?

No.

You sure?

Okay. All right.

I like it when it's just the two of us.

You don't know how long I've waited for a daddy just like you.

Mommy too, right?

I don't think Mommy likes me very much.

Hey.

That is not true. Mommy loves you. It's all right.

It must be hard to love an adopted child as much as your own.

Sweetheart, you're just as much a part of this family as Danny and Max. Okay?

Do something nice for Mommy. Show her how much you love her.

That's a wonderful idea.

I have a special surprise for you, Mommy.

You do?

I picked these flowers just for you.

Esther, what did you do? God. My arm!

Why did you do this? Daddy, my arm!

John! Hey.

What did you do? Hey. Stop, stop.

Why did you do this?

Oh, God. God, she did this on purpose. No, no, no.

Yes, she did. Hey. Honey, no.

She knew what these roses meant to me.

It's my fault, hon. I told her to do something nice for you.

I can't believe this.


Daddy!

Daddy!

Daddy, Daddy!

What is it, honey?

My arm still hurts.

Can I have a look at it? You're okay.

I'll be gentle. It's all right, honey.

Oh, my God.

We need to take you to the hospital.

You're a brave little girl, you know that?

Doctor said you're gonna heal real fast, okay?

You broke her arm.

It's impossible. I didn't grab her that hard.

She wants to sleep in here tonight. Maybe you should sleep downstairs.

I'm having guests for dinner.

You know, you can have it. Thanks.


Have a good day.

Daniel.

Your books.

What happened? Let me see your bag. I don't know.

We just bought this. Pick it up, it's gonna get wet.

Mom!

Max! No! Help!

Max!

Max!

Max!

Max!

Are you okay?

I'm here. Mommy's here. You're okay, honey. Come on.

I got you. Yeah. Oh, baby, it's okay. I'm so sorry.

I remember I put it in park and I set the brake.

Max didn't indicate that Esther did anything.

Well, Max is covering for her. And I don't think it's the first time.

It also wouldn't be the first time you blamed Esther for your own mistake.

You know what? I want her out of this house.

You're ready for somebody to come and take her?

I am. I don't care.

I will do whatever it takes to protect my children.

The girls found this this morning.

The girls found it. You mean Esther found it.

Yes, Esther. Does it make any difference? Is she lying?

You need help.

We've reserved a place for you in a rehabilitation facility...

...about 45 minutes from here.

I didn't drink it.

I bought two bottles. I poured one of them down the sink.

But not this one? No.

John, I haven't had a drink in almost a year.

We wanna help you, but there's nothing we can do...

...until you stop lying to yourself. I'm not lying. I wanted to drink it.

You have no fucking idea how badly I wanted to drink it, but I didn't.

I didn't drink it. If Max had gotten hurt...

What happened this morning has nothing to do with this.

I find that hard to believe.

The only reason that I'm sober is because of Max and Daniel.

I think about what would have happened had you not been there...

...and it makes me wanna kill myself.

I would never do anything...

...to let something like that ever happen again. I wouldn't.

That is so manipulative.

I know I haven't given you reason to believe me, I know I haven't.

I lied to you. I should have told you about this.

I'll go to therapy, I'll go to fucking A.A. if that's what you want...

...but you have to believe me. I don't.

You have to believe me. John, you have to trust me on this.

I'll give you a week to go to rehab...

...or I'm leaving and I'm taking the kids with me.

I think that's fair, okay?

I'll help you as much as I can, make it really easy.

Mom's gonna come in the afternoon.

All right? I'm willing to do this. I'm willing to try and figure this out.

But it's up to you. I'll shoot Mommy if you tell.


Max. Max, are you okay?

What did she do? Did she do something to make the car crash?

If you saw her, you have to help me, so Mom and Dad can protect us.

Why not?

Is that Sister Abigail?

Max. What did she do in my tree house?

Are the bad things still there?

Everything's gonna be okay.

I'll get the stuff from the tree house. Then they'll have to believe us.


Going somewhere, Kate? What are you doing here?

She's fine. Let's not wake her.

Go to your room.

Honestly, we're past that now. Aren't we?

I know what you're doing.

I will not let you hurt my children.

Me?

I'm not the one who passed out drunk and let Max almost drown in the pond.

If it wasn't for John...

...she'd be dead, and you'd probably still be in jail.

Who told you that?

It's very intimate.

I learned so much. Give it to me.

Jessica. Your cheating husband. Esther, give it to me.

Where you hide your wine bottles.

I'm... I'm warning you right now.

"She was still kicking when the doctor told me...

...it was something called phantom...

...fetal movement.

For 16 days, I carried my dead baby." Stop it. Esther.

"It was the cruelest torture I could imagine."

Stop it. You stop it.

What's wrong with you?

Kate, it's too late. It's your own fault.

You took your family for granted.

What do you mean? What are you going to do?

Hit me?

We adopted her from you. How could you not know anything?

The Sullivans could have adopted her illegally.

She doesn't remember anything that could help us?

I'm gonna call you back.


"Saarne Institute."

Hello. Do you speak English?

Do you speak English?

Is there anyone who speaks English there?

This is very important.

I don't know what you're saying.

Hello? Is this the Saarne Institute?

Yes.

Yes. I need to talk to somebody about one of your children.

She was adopted by an American family. It's a girl.

She is not come from here.

Well, I haven't even told you her name yet.

You do not understand. Saarne Institute is not an orphanage.

It is a mental hospital.


Are you looking for this?

Poor Sister Abigail.

I couldn't have done it myself, you know. Max is just as guilty as I am.

Whatever Max did, you made her do it. Think about it.

How did she even know what was up here?

It's always better to burn the evidence.

If they find these things, they won't just be coming for me.

They'll be coming for Max too.

Is that really what you want? Wait.

What are you doing?

Are you crazy?

Let me out!

Let me out of here!

Mom!

It's called the Saarne Institute. S- A-A-R-N-E, Saarne.

It's in Estonia.

Estonia? No, this can't be right. All of her paperwork is from Russia.

I'm sending them a picture of her right now.

Maybe her birth mother was a patient there.

I don't know. Maybe she was even born there.

Mom!

Help!

Mom! Dad!

Oh, God!

Oh, God. Call 911!

Don't worry. You're going to heaven.

Oh, God!

Oh, my God! Daniel!

Move away! Move away from the fire!

Daniel?

Oh, God, no. Daniel? Mommy's right here. Can you hear me?

Please wake up. Honey, Mommy's right here, okay?

You're gonna be all right.

We stopped the abdominal bleeding, but he has a very serious neck injury.

He's stabilized for now. You should consider yourselves very lucky.

Can we see him? In a little while.

He's resting in the ICU.

Okay. And will he be able to tell us what happened?

It's possible.

No way of knowing for sure what he'll remember until he wakes up.

Excuse me.

It's gonna be okay.

I know you're exhausted and upset, and so am I.

There has to be some other explanation. She didn't come from an insane asylum.

The orphanage you thought she came from has never heard of her.

Everything about her could be a lie.

We have her passport. We have school records, medical records.

These are papers from around the world.

What is this? It's a piece of paper.

Your own mother was there this time. It wasn't just me. Your mother was there.

It's either Esther or Daniel who started the fire.

Who do you think it was? I don't know.

I'm so done. I'm done connecting these dots for you.

You know, you can think whatever you want about me.

I will leave tonight. If that's what you want, I will leave tonight.

On one condition. Esther goes too.

Can I have a dollar for the soda machine?

Your mother wants you to stay right there.

There you go. Don't be too long.


Okay.


What? What is it, sweetie?

Code 99, ICU.

Code 99, ICU.

Coming through, coming through. Mom, take Max.

Let's go, Room 304! Crash cart coming through! Move, people!

Daniel? Clear the hall! Clear the hall!

You have to stay out here. He's in cardiac arrest. Stay out here.

Daniel!

Here we go. Start a drip.

Check BP, please. Check ventilation.

Oh, God.

We got a pulse. We got a pulse.

Kate.

Kate.

What did you do? What did you do to him, you bitch?

Stop, stop!

Orderlies! She's trying to kill my baby!

Daddy! Hold her!

She's trying to kill my baby!

Hold her still.

Get off me.

Hold her still. Hold her still.

Okay. Easy, easy.

You okay? There you go.

Kate. Daniel.

They're running tests. We should know more tomorrow.

Don't worry about Daniel. He'll be okay.

He'll be home in a few days.

You need to stay here, get some rest.

I'm gonna take Max and Esther home.

Johnny.

Please don't let her near Max.

I love you.


Hello, Daddy.

What are you wearing? Do you like it?

Oh, Jesus.

Look at you. What have you done to your face? What is this?

I don't want to be alone. I'm scared.

I love you, Daddy.

You too, hon.

I really love you.

I know.

I know.

John, let me take care of you.

What are you doing? What are you doing?

What's gotten into you, huh? What's going on?

You said you loved me.

You are so confused.

You know what? I don't love you like that.

That's the way Kate and I love each other.

You understand?

I don't see that.

You have to respect your mother. I do.

I just feel like I'm alone sometimes in respecting you.

I don't think anyone ever thinks about what you might be feeling.

I really care about you, John.

Yeah, I know, Esther.

I'm just... I'm tired.

I'm very tired.

And I don't know what to do. It's difficult.

I mean, everything is just falling apart...

...and, oh, my God, I'm so worried for Daniel.

Oh, God.

You're a good person, John.

You're a great father.

And a handsome man.

Jesus Christ!

My God, stop, stop, stop!

Just stop talking and go upstairs! Go to your room!

Stop talking to me like I'm a child. I'm calling Sister Judith tomorrow.

We're gonna have a conversation about your future in this house.

I just... I can't do it anymore.

Fine.

Esther.

Hello? Is this Katherine Coleman?

Hello? Yeah. This is she.

My name is Dr. Värava. I'm calling from the Saarne Institute.

I've just seen the picture you e-mailed. And do you recognize her?

Where is she right now? Is she someplace where she can hear you?

No, she's not with me. She's with my husband at home.

Call your husband right now, and tell him to get your family out of the house.

And then call the police. He won't listen to me. But why?

Then tell him the little girl in the picture is not really a little girl.

She's a grown woman. What?

What are you talking about? The picture I sent you...

... is of our adopted daughter, and she's 9 years old.

No, she's not.

She has a rare hormone disorder. It's called hypopituitarism.

It causes proportional dwarfism. She only looks like a child.

According to our records, Leena Klammer was born in 1976.

She's 33 years old.

This can't be. This is a mistake.

I hope so, for your sake. Does she have the scars?

What? I don't know. What scars?

Leena was one of our most violent patients.

When she was here, she was kept in a straitjacket...

... to stop her from hurting our staff.

She was constantly fighting to get out.

It cut into her skin and left her with scars around her wrists and neck.

There is no way you could not have seen them.

Why was she at your hospital?

She's dangerously ill, violent. She killed seven people that we know of.

Oh, my God. How could she fool us?

She has been passing herself off as a little girl for most of her life.

She tricked a family here in Estonia into adopting her.

When she couldn't seduce the father, she killed him and his whole family.

Then she burned the house down. Yes. How did you know?

She disappeared a year ago and we lost track of her.

If it's really Leena, you don't have much time.


Esther?


Come on, Johnny. Come on. Pick up the fucking phone.

Shit.


Come on.

Oh, God!


Come on.

Come on.

911. What is your emergency?

I need the police. We have an intruder in our home.


Come on.

This is John. John?

You've reached my cell, but I can't pick up.

Oh, fuck it.


John?

John? John?

No, God!

No, God!

Max.


What the fuck?


Esther! Don't you hurt her!

Leave her alone! I'm here!

Esther!


I know.


Go back. It's too dangerous. Go back.

Please.

Don't let me die, Mommy.

I'm not your fucking Mommy!

Baby, it's okay.