Reservation Road (2007) Script

Come on!

Let's go.


Hey, Josh! Hey, Josh! Hey!

Wasn't he great?

Let's go Red Sox, let's go!

Come on. Let's go!

Let's go!

Come on, Mom, it's almost over.

She wants to talk to you.

Ruth, the game's just going a little long.

No, we're gonna... We're gonna...

You look good.

We're going to be heading out of here as soon as the game's over.

Ruth, I'll get him home.

Okay, a super-heroic run and a super-heroic throw!

Oh! Super-heroic! Oh, yeah!

Go! What are you doing!

Hey, Dad, can I change the station? Yeah.

Man, your mom is gonna kill me.

Hey, Mommy! Mommy! Look what Josh got me!

What is it? Fireflies.

Okay, sure. It was nice to meet you. Bye.

Bye.

You were excellent! Thanks, Mom.

Beautiful.

Look, I got fireflies.

Did you get nervous? Oh, look at that.

A little bit. Did you?

I may not have your musical talent, but I try, here and there.

In the shower, I do all right, don't I?

No. That's a very bad mental image.

Can I keep them at home?

What's that?

The fireflies?

I don't think so, sweetie. They might die.

Will they die in the jar?

No, sweetheart. We just can't keep them too long.

We'll let them go when we get home, all right?

We'll let them go.

Here.

Mommy? Yeah?

I need to pee.

Emma, why didn't you go when we stopped for pizza?

I didn't have to go then.

That's all right. I got to get some wiper fluid anyways.

Okay, honey, we'll stop.

Quick!

Emma, wait.

You sell wiper fluid?

Yeah, check the shelf.

Shit.

No! No! Oh, shit!

Josh!

Oh, God!

Hey! Lou!

Josh! Josh!

Oh, Dad!

Oh, God! Oh!

Oh, baby!

Wait! Stop! Wait! Wait!

We're okay. My eye!

It's okay, baby.

Shh. Shh. What happened?

Nothing, we hit a log.

You're gonna be all right. Please don't cry.

Come on! Come on, baby, breathe! Ethan!

Breathe. Come on.

Where's Josh?

Josh? Grace!

Oh, my God! No! No, get back!

Get her in the car!

Daddy, what's wrong?

Oh, come back to me.

Get in the car!

Please, please, baby, come on. Come on.

Oh!

Dad, my eye! My eye! I know, I know. Just hang on a second.

Wait here, I'll be back.

It really hurts.

Hi, how much for these? $1.50.

Here. Put these on your eye.

Peas! Are you serious? Put them on your eye!

No, I'm not putting cold peas on my eye!

Put them on your eye, Lou. Don't give me a hard time!

Mr. Learner, our sergeant would like a word, please.

Are they putting him in the ambulance?

Is he going to be all right?

Momma? Huh?

Is he gonna be okay?

Your daddy's with him.

Mr. Learner? The vehicle that struck your son was traveling from that direction, is that correct, sir?

Sir? Can you describe the vehicle for me?

Um... It was a truck or an SUV.

Okay.

Did you happen to recognize the make or the color?

It was dark blue.

What about the driver, sir? Could you describe the driver?

I don't know.

He had a hat on, or something was obscured... I... I...

Like a ball cap?

I don't know.

That's all right, sir.

Okay, Mr. Learner.

We can continue this tomorrow. All right?

I'll get one of my guys to drive you home.

Wait, what about my son?

I don't want to leave him.

Sir, it's a crime scene, okay? I'll...

I'll be here on your behalf,sir. I'll stay with your boy the whole time.

See to it that he's treated with the utmost respect.

You have a wife and a little girl, sir.

It's important that you go home now and be with them.

Is she okay?

Where are we going?

We have to go home. We're going home?

No... We're going home?

Please don't cry.

Norris, they're here!

Where have you been?

Calm down, Ruth.

Oh, my God! Come here, sweetheart. I'm all right, Mom.

What happened to you? Oh, my God, Lucas! He's... He's...

Sweetheart, let me see that. How did you do this?

There was a log in the road and we came around a bend and we hit the log and then his head hit the dashboard.

Why wasn't he wearing his seatbelt?

He was wearing his seatbelt. Sorry, Mom.

I took it off to change the radio station.

I didn't know he took it off. I would've told him to put it back on.

Oh, sweetheart, let me see. Can you open your eye?

No, it hurts. Oh.

Look at his eye, Norris.

Let me see that. Look, he can't even open it.

Oh, my God! What happened?

So where were you?

We were at a game, the game ran late!

You know, one month you have him for visitation, just one month, and you bring him home like this!

Every time I cut you some slack, you mess it up!

You cut me some slack? You're calling me every ten minutes every time I take him out of the house!

All right! Give me a goddamn break!

You don't want anymore bother from me? Okay! We'll go back to court!

Everybody take a step back.

Christ! You have no idea what you've done to me.

Let's get that cleaned up.

Hey, Lou, you okay?

Yeah, Dad. I'll see you next week.

Yeah.

Can you get the door?

It's okay, honey, we're home now.

Information. What state, please?

Connecticut. What listing?

A police station in Windham Harbor, please.

One moment, please.


I need you to be a brave girI for me, Emma.

Josh isn't coming home.

He's not coming home? Never?

He's with the angels now.

Where's Mommy? No, come here.

Mommy!

Mommy! Where's Mommy?


It's sunny in Windham Harbor.

Temperature-wise, up to 72 degrees.

Winds from the northeast of eight miles per hour.

Clear skies for the rest of the day.

Tonight, expect a low in the mid-50's, with clear skies throughout the night.

It's 7.00 a.m. Now for the local news.

Connecticut state troopers are investigating a fatal hit-and-run accident on Reservation Road outside Windham Harbor last night.

The victim was a 10-year-old boy.

State Police are anxious to talk to the driver of a dark-colored SUV.

And they appeal to anyone who may have been on Reservation Road between 8.45 and 9.15 p.m.


Where are you going?

I have to see the police and pick up the car.

Can't they bring it here?

I need to talk to them anyways.

Your mom should be here soon.

Don't be long.

I won't.

I love you.

16, Bridge Street.

Thank you.

All right, get the other side. Ready?

Did you catch him?

No, sir, not yet, I'm afraid.

'Cause I saw an SUV out there.

There. Right, there, up on that truck.

Oh, no. That's been there since Saturday.

Right here, sir.

Right there on that chair right there.

But is that the make, though?

Well, yeah. I mean, dark, same shape.

Keep the change.

Hey.

Hey, Dwight.

Dwight.

Yeah?

Yeah, were you in court this morning?

No, the transmission went on the Explorer, so I spent the morning dealing with that.

How'd it go this weekend?

This weekend? It was okay.

Hey, Donna. Hey, Dwight.

Yeah, why?

Ruth called.

Said you were late, you were belligerent, and that you dropped Lucas off with a black eye.

Did she happen to tell you that we were at the game and it went extra innings, so we were rushing home and that's when the transmission seized up, so poor Lucas hit his eye on the dashboard?

I mean... And then... So we show up at her place, and she's having some kind of a shit fit. You know how she is.

Look, buddy, you can't get into any situations with her.

If she drags you in front of a judge again, you're screwed. You loose your sleepover.

You're right.

Nora Fannelli's in the waiting room.

Fuck.

Hi, Nora, how are you?

Bored. I have been waiting for 40 minutes.

Yeah, sorry. I had some trouble this morning.

You look good. Have you lost some weight?

Except for the color, they're all so similar.

It just happened so fast.

That's okay, sir, take your time.

I'm sure it will come back to you.

We investigated the crash site and we collected a variety of items.

Perhaps some of those may help us.

Do you recognize that jar, sir?

It's a peanut jar.

Josh collected fireflies in it.

Do you think that's maybe why he got out of vehicle, Mr. Learner?

To collect fireflies?

To let them go.

Dwight, your taxi's here to take you to the car rental office.

I don't want to do this, Grandma.

Oh, come on. Sure you do.

Hey, Dad. Hey, baby.

How are you? I'm good.

Ethan.

Oh, I'm so sorry. My poor daughter.

I'm glad you're here.

No, no, baby. You stay with me. Come on.

Okay. We'll play some more, all right?

All right. Okay. Okay.

Is it my turn? Yeah.

Hey.

They get anyone?

They don't have anything yet.

Not anything?

Nothing.

Did you remember anything else?

No.

Perhaps...

I didn't have...

I looked at the makes of some cars and they said they sent some stuff into forensics and in a few days...

Do you know why he got out of the car?

Ethan? What?

Let's not think about it, Grace.

Ethan?

What do you want to know, Grace?

Why'd he get out of the car, Ethan?

They found the peanut jar in the bushes.

Oh, Jesus. I know.

Oh, Jesus.

Oh, Jesus! Grace, come here.

Oh, God! Come here. Come here.

He was letting them go?

Yes.

But, Ethan, I told him! No, no, no!

Ethan, I told him they were gonna die! It's not your fault!

Gracie, it's not your fault.

No, no, no! What's happening?

Take Emma. Ethan!

Grace. Oh, God!

Come here, baby.

Come on.

Momma's gonna be all right, okay?

Come on, baby. Come on.


I'll get through tomorrow, I promise.

I'll be beside you every moment. Okay?

Come here.

We're gonna get through this together.

I keep trying to figure out what I did to make this happen.

Don't.

I'm so sorry.

No, Grace, you didn't do anything.

Come on. Come on. Come here.

It's okay.

Come here.

And the loss of Josh has touched the hearts of us all.

Ethan, Grace and Emma, your Josh is an angel now.

And for all of us, he will remain forever young.

Josh was a beautiful cellist and today, his fellow cellists and his music teacher, Ruth Wheldon, will play for him.


Oh, Jesus Christ!


So how has this affected the coverage of the war?

The cable news channels and your politicians have you Americans deluded.

How so, Kambiz?

Well, they make you believe you're a warrior nation with an invincible army.

I mean, your machinery is tough, but this country has grown soft.

That's bullshit. I mean, we're fighting terrorism all over the world.

We've never been stronger.

You're from Connecticut.

One of the most affluent, comfortable, safe places in the world.

My people, like the rest of the world, they come from a place... They know about pain and suffering, violence and loss.

Are you saying that Persians and Africans feel pain differently from us?

I'm saying these people live with pain and death every day. You don't.

You have become soft.

It's about economics. Poor African-Americans, poor Hispanics aren't soft.

We go through the same pain.

I agree. But most Americans are insulated from death.

I'm sorry, Professor. No disrespect.

No. It's a perfectly valid point.

So you're suggesting that the media is in collusion with the politicians?

Hey, boy.

Hi, Mr. Learner. Your wife's getting me a cup of coffee.

Oh, good. How are you?

Fine. I brought some items. Your son's clothes.

I forgot to ask if you wanted milk.

No, black is fine. Thank you.

Thank you very much.

Well, we've made some progress.

We've determined that the SUV was fitted with a grill guard.

How do you know that?

The autopsy indicates a grill guard.

Josh suffered a severe blow to his rib cage, which fractured several ribs.

Unfortunately, one of them pierced his heart.

He died instantly. There was no pain.

So you're looking for a dark SUV with a grill guard.

Anything more? How do you know?

How do you know that there was no pain?

Medical examiner assured me.

So the grill guard certainly narrows our choices down considerably.

We've also canvassed the area and we set up checkpoints last night.

But it's been a week now.

Yeah, that's the point exactly.

See, people are creatures of habit.

And we're hoping that someone who travels that way may pass by there again and may have some information to offer to us.

But nothing yet? I mean, he could be out of the state.

Have you contacted out of state authorities as well, or...

What will happen to him if you catch him?

Well, he'll be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Which is what?

Well, depending on the circumstances, he could get as much as 10 years.

Ten years...

What does "Depending on the circumstances" mean?

Well, a judge will take certain sentencing criteria into account before he assesses a sentence.

There's a variety of factors that would come into play.

Sergeant Burke, how many of these killers do you catch?

I don't know the answer to that, Mr. Learner.

But I can find out.


She's asleep now.

Honey, I'm looking up state law and there seem to be so many legal loopholes.

I don't know how one makes sense of this.

I think we're gonna need some help.

Can you get some groceries tomorrow on your way home?

Sure.

You have to leave the house soon, Grace.

I can't.

Not yet.

Okay.

Let's go to bed.

Okay.

Hey, Donna, do I have any messages?

Dwight. Hey.

Have you got a minute?

Yeah.

This is Professor Ethan Learner.

Good afternoon. Ethan. My associate, Dwight Arno.

Afternoon.

Ethan lost his son last week in that awful hit-and-run.

I'm sure you heard about it.

Yeah, yeah, I did. I'm sorry about that.

Thank you.

And he feels he needs our help.

Okay, sure.

Well, it's been over a week and the police have nothing, or they aren't telling us if they have anything.

This is an initial report.

I want you guys to stay on top of them.

I want this man found and I want him prosecuted for homicide.

Did you see him?

For an instant.

Could you give a description of him?

I don't know. I...

If I saw a photo, maybe I would... I think...

Okay. Look, right now our job is to stay on top of the State Police, DA's office.

Light a fire under their ass.

Make sure they prosecute the case properly and as quickly as possible.

You might also want to think about a civil suit.

Which would entail what?

A civil suit would be a suit that you would take out as sort of a punitive move against the person who... Who...

The perpetrator.

Perpetrator.

You'd file a civil suit against the perpetrator for for financial remuneration.

Also, you mentioned that your son was struck by the grill guard of the vehicle.

I'm sorry to bring it up, but a suit should be brought up against the manufacturer.

Those things are dangerous. They're for cattle ranches, not our city streets.

So we'll get all the relevant details from the police department, from the coroner's office, and I think Donna has all your contact information, is that right?

Yes.

Okay. Here are our cards.

When we get all the information, we'll reconvene.

Dwight here will be handling all the day-to-day details of the case.

So if you need to talk to anybody, anytime, call Dwight. I will. Thank you.

Sure.

Thanks for taking the time. Absolutely.

Listen, I just really want to express how sorry we are for your loss...

Thanks, thanks. ... and we'll take care of everything.

What the fuck is wrong with you?

Oh, hey, there's your mom.

Oh, hey. Sorry, I'm late.

No problem.

Sorry, sweetheart.

Emma did such a great job today. I wish you could have heard her.

Oh, me too.

I'll be right back. Where are you going?

I have to give a book back. Okay.

Emma shows so much promise on the piano.

I would love to put her in the school concert in a couple of weeks.

And I'd be willing to offer her some free tutoring classes after school.

Oh, right, you don't have to do that.

Oh, I'd love to.

You know, maybe it will take her mind off things. If that's okay.

Well, why don't I ask her?

Of course.

And we'll talk about it. Thanks, it's very generous of you.

Sure. See you. Bye. Thanks for sitting with her.

Play that piece for your mom.

Okay, I will.

You were late. Sorry.

Listen, um, Mrs. Wheldon was wondering if you'd like to play in the school concert.

Maybe practice with her after school.

You don't have to do anything you don't want to do.

Can you hear music if you're in heaven?

Yes.

Okay, then. I'll do it.

This is the Red Sox year!

We are going to see the end of the curse of the Bambino.

What did I tell you?

How you doing? Mr. Arno?

That's right. Do you own a 1998 Ford Explorer?

No, I, uh... What's this about?

Routine investigation.

We're checking on those types of vehicles.

Well, I had that car and then the transmission went.

So I gave it to one of those charities. Cancer, I think.

But I haven't gotten a receipt from those guys yet.

Dad? Yeah?

Is everything all right?

Yeah, yeah, it's fine. Go on, I'll be in in a minute.

You turn the plates in yet? No, I actually...

Oh, God, I took them to work and I just haven't had a chance to get them out to you guys.

You better mail them in.

All right. I need to account for it.

All right. Thank you, Officer Murphy.

Thank you. Sure.

This your new car? Huh?

Oh, no, it's a rental. I'm just using it until I figure out what I'm gonna buy.

Better move it in the garage.

That bird shit will corrode the finish.

Yeah, you're right. Thank you.

Are you in trouble?

Huh? No. I just forgot to fill out some forms.

What's he saying?

He's talking about the series and some highlights.

Who does he say is gonna win?

You kidding me? The Red Sox, what else would they say?

People keep saying you need to find closure.

There is no closure.

There's only acceptance and resignation.

She was going to be a pediatric surgeon.

The judge kept postponing the case and meanwhile, this animal was out on $5000 bail.

Well, the cop who led the investigation knew. He said it afterwards.

He told me, "You'll get no justice in the courts. All you'll get is the law."

I'll never forget those words. There's no justice in the court system.

There's only the law.

Get the light.

Come on.

Game's on soon.

Grab some of thosepaper plates out of the cupboard there.

Are you having fries?

Dad?

Yeah?

I got suspended from school for three days.

Why?

I got into a fight with Paulie Ferrari and he had to have stitches.

Stitches? How many?

Six, I think.

God damn it, Lou! What the hell's wrong with you?

Are you an idiot?

What do you mean you gave him stitches? Huh?

What is wrong with you? Stop yelling!

All right.

All right, I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.

Sit down, tell me what happened.

The three of us were in the hallway and Paulie had a water balloon in his hand and he threw it at Benny, but it hit Ms. Swanson, our math teacher.

And she wanted to know who threw it, but Paulie just wouldn't own up.

Okay.

So we all had to have after-school detention.

All right, so how did you get into a fight?

I was calling him a no-good coward.

We started fighting.

Then he hit his head on the ground.

I don't want you fighting, Lou.

You and Mom fight all the time.

I don't care, Luke. Don't talk back to me.

I don't want you fighting. Look where it got us.

But... But he was a no-good coward, Dad.

Wasn't he?

I don't care. I don't care, Lou, okay?

Paulie Ferrari doesn't need you beating him up for him to know that he did something wrong, do you understand me?

What'd your mother say?

I can't watch the game.

All right, go to your room.

Can you just tell me the scores every once in a while? Please?

Get in your room.

It's not fair.

Come on, Josh, let's go! Okay.

I love you, Josh.

- I love you too, Dad. Bye! Call me when you're done.


What's the score?

Well, you never told me I couldn't listen.

Six to six. Bottom of the eighth.

Listen, I want to talk to you about what you said to me about me and your mom fighting.

When I was a little kid, I thought that's how men and women behaved toward each other.

Your grandpa had a pretty bad temper and he would fly off the handle at the smallest things.

Like if his soup was cold, he'd hit the roof.

And I was like you where I wanted to...

I wanted to step in between them.

But I knew if I did that he would... He... He'd hurt me.

And I... I hated him.

And I hated my mom for crying all the time.

And I blamed him for a lot of my problems through my life.

And I just don't want you to feel that way towards me, ever.

Never, Dad. Never.

Well, I don't know, Luke. Sometimes things happen that are...

That are just out of your control and you really want to look around for someone else to blame and those are the times when you just really got to stand up and be a man.

Understand?

You wanna go see who's up to bat?

Yeah. Thanks, Dad.

Hey, hey. That's all I get is a thanks?

You're the best.


Sir, raise your hands and step out of the vehicle!

I got this.

I'm being arrested for taking a picture?

Yes. You took photos of a diplomat's home.

Come here. Thank you, guys.

Listen, you can't be doing this. Doing what?

Conducting your own investigation.

No one else is.

That's not true. Have a seat.

Right here. Have a seat.

We're canvassing the area.

We've gone to repair shops and junkyards.

We're doing everything we possibly can.

You have to understand, Mr. Learner, that these things take time.

You didn't need much time to arrest me.

You practically had a SWAT team surround me in under five minutes, but nobody can seem to find my son's killer!

My son's innocent life was snuffed out, and no one seems to notice or to give a fuck!

That's not true, sir.

We investigated this vehicle.

It was involved in a fender bender in the city three days ago.

Diplomatic plates!

These guys can get away with whatever they want, you know that.

Sir, you know, I think you need to calm down.

We've been in touch with your lawyers, and you have to believe me that I want this guy just as badly as you do.

Then get him.

It was an accident, but what I did was terribly wrong.

I left that night because I was afraid of losing you.

And that's no excuse.

I'm gonna go to prison.

And I deserve to go to prison.


People are gonna talk behind your back.

They're gonna say hurtful things,

but I just wanna urge you to remember these days I feel like for the first time I've been able to be the father to you that you deserve,

and they've really been the most beautiful days of my life.

And I just wanna say I'm sorry, honey.

I'm sorry and I love you so much.

And I hope that one day when this is all over that we'll be able to get back to where we are today.

I love you.

What are you doing?

Hi.

I was just looking at some of this stuff.

I've been trying to show you this.

That's a chat room of people who help to track hit-and-run offenders, drunk drivers,lenient judges. They're very helpful.

Here, let me show you this.

I've been looking into some other possibilities.

What sort of possibilities?

Of how to find this guy.

I thought that was why we got lawyers.

Why are you doing this?

Because it's been over a month and no one else is doing anything.

Please don't tell me I have to defend myself to you as well.

As well as who? Everybody.

Everybody I talk to says, "Move on, put it behind you, let the police deal with it."

Why? Why do they say that?

People don't know what to say.

No. They've given up on finding this guy and they want me to resign myself to the fact that he's never gonna be caught.

Why should he get away with it?

He shouldn't get away with it.

You think I want him to get away with it?

You've always been there for us, Ethan.

Don't abandon us now.

That's what you think? That I've abandoned you?

Dinner's almost ready.

Yes, sir?

I'm here for the Josh Learner case.

The boy that was killed on Reservation Road.

Can I have your name, sir?

It's Dwight Arno.

I have some important information concerning...

Hey, Jackie, where's Emelda?

I need a hand out here! I'm dying!

She's on her break. She'll be back in five.

I'll get the case officer for you, sir.

Mr. Arno.

What took you so long? Come on.

Steve called a while ago and said you'd be taking the case.

We're just making sure that your client doesn't have a reoccurrence of the last incident.

Hey, Sarge, take a look at this.

Last incident?

Yeah, he's going around photographing damaged SUVs.

He scared the daylights out of a Saudi diplomat.

Lucky he didn't get himself shot.

Now he's got it in his head somehow that the diplomat's involved in the accident and there's a big cover-up. It's a total mess.

Sarge, I need you to sign this report.

Yeah, give me a minute.

All right, here's the reality of the case.

We're three weeks into it and we really don't have much to go on.

I got a dark-colored SUV with a grill guard.

It's like finding a needle in a haystack.

To be frank with you, if the guy doesn't walk in the door and give himself up, I'm afraid I'm gonna have to back burner it.

I'm hoping you can talk to your client and help him understand.

Yeah, listen, Sarge, there's something else I'd like to talk to you about.

Hey, Joe. Can you tell Sergeant Burke he's got a call from the DA?

I'm so jammed up. Listen, this is the file. Everything is in it.

The autopsy report and everything.

I'm gonna have one of my guys copy it for you and hand it off to you, okay? I gotta run. Thanks for coming in.

Hey, Callaghan. Can you copy this for Mr. Arno and give it to him right away?

Yeah, sure thing, Sarge.

Hey, Joe, what was that number?

You have one new voice message.

First voice message.

Mr. Arno, it's Ethan again. I've left you a number of messages.

Please call me back when you can.

Did you get my question about diplomatic immunity? I wanted to...

Don't...

Yes, uh...

You okay?

Yeah. I just had a dream.


Wait. Just hold on. Just give me a second.

Shit.

Wanna stop?

It's okay.

Look at me.

Honey? What?

Is it me?

What are you talking about?

Do you blame me?

Oh, Grace, don't be ridiculous.

What are you talking about?

You won't even look at me.

What do you mean I don't look at you?

Why can't we just talk about it?

Oh, come on, this isn't about you!

It's the killer's fault!

It's the son of a bitch that stole our son away!

That's who's to blame!


Mommy. Mommy.

What time is it?

Dad's asleep downstairs.

I'm going to be late and there's nothing to eat anywhere.

Well, that doesn't sound very good, does it?

Come here.

Why don't we go down together and see what we can do, huh?

Okay.

Yeah? It's in my backpack.

Okay.

I'm gonna have piano lessons this afternoon.


Jake, high five.

Look at that, he won't do it for me.

High five.

It's amazing. You know the only one he did that for was my son.

Hey, Dad! Dad!

Yeah?

Where are you going?

Hey.

You forgot where I live?

Huh? No, I left my wallet at the bank, so I was heading back to get it.

Got your books?

Yeah, I'll go get them. Hey, Ethan.

Mr. Arno?

What brings you here?

Oh, my daughter takes piano lessons from Mrs. Wheldon.

Oh, yeah, yeah. She's good at that.

That's your boy?

Yeah, Ruth's... Ruth's my ex-wife.

Oh.

Listen, I've left you a number of messages. Why haven't you...

I'm sorry, you know, I've been out of the office this last week and...

Well, when would be a good time to get together

'cause there's some things I'd like to talk about.

Okay, well, let me talk to Shelly and we'll try and schedule something.

I'll be around this weekend as well, so give me a call.

Oh, I got my kid this weekend. I don't get much time with him.

Bye, Mr. Learner. Bye-bye.

Hey, Dad! Okay, well, I'll talk to you.

Have fun. Hey, baby.

Bye, Mom. See you, Emma.

Bye, Lucas.

Really good. Keep practicing.

I didn't know you knew Dwight.

Yeah, he's helping me with some legal stuff.

Good luck with that.

All right, you take care. Bye.

See you. Bye, Luke.

Come on, honey, we got to get your mom.

So, your mom's teaching music lessons again?

Just that girl. Her brother Josh was killed, remember?

In that car crash the day we went to Fenway.

No, I don't think it was the same day, man. It was like a week later.

Did you know that kid?

I saw him around. He was a bit of a dweeb, but he was nice.

You know his dad?

Huh? Yeah. I'm doing some legal work for him.

Did he say anything about that?

Like what, Dad?

I don't know.

So I was thinking, I don't know, we get a couple of pies and some snacks. What do you think?

Sounds good. But do you have money?

Why? Did your mom tell you I don't have any money again?

No, you told me you left your wallet at the bank.

Oh. No, no, no, I got some extra cash.

Let's go Red Sox.

Okay, sit down.

Do you think mom would let me live with you for a little while?

I think that's a talk for another day, buddy.

All right, we're missing the game.

Come on, guys.

What is this? Wait. What are you doing?

Who said you could take this?

Hey, hold on a minute. Who said you could do this?

Grace!

What are you doing? No, give me this!

Let him take it. No! No, he can't take this.

Have I no say in this?

Sure. All of his stuff.

Sure, if you wanna talk to me now, you can have a say in it.

Maybe you have some advice for me. Maybe there's a tip...

His clothes! His books! ... on the Internet that you found...

His notebooks with his writing?

...that tells you how to deal with your dead son's possessions?

Maybe they say you should keep them...

What are you talking about? ... hold on to them, so you can feed your anger.

Why wouldn't I be angry? Why aren't you angry?

Here's what I care about! Yeah? What?

My son is dead!

He's not coming home to me!

He's not coming home to me!

I'm trying to figure out how to live!

How to not go crazy!

Well, I'm not gonna live my life knowing... How to take care of...

...that our son's killer is still out there! ...the child that we still have!

That's what I can't live with! We have a child!

I don't see why you can't see that!

She needs looking after and I need to look after her.

If you can't help me with that, then you get out!

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys.

Welcome to our fall concert.

We've all worked very hard on this, and so we hope you enjoy it.


What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover?

A rash of good luck.

That is correct.

What do you call a deer with no eyes?

No ideer.

What do you call a deer with no eyes and no legs?

Still no ideer.

If a man speaks in the middle of the forest with no woman there to hear him, is he still wrong?

Yes.

Correct.

If con is the opposite of pro, then what is the opposite of progress?

Congress!

Ladies and gentlemen, it is a draw!

Our next performer will be Emma Learner of the fifth grade.

This is for my brother, Josh.


I'm lucky to have such smart women around me.


It was so, so beautiful.

Thank you, Mom.

Thank you.

You were so good, baby. Come here.

Good night, Grace. Take care.

Not as good as you.

So, maestro, what's the next date?

What, Lincoln Center or Symphony Space?

Carnegie Hall? Dad, don't be silly.

What? What? I'm not being silly.

Emma, thank you so much. Thank you.

You're such an inspiration.

Lou! You were wonderful.

Lou!

Oh, no, that's fine.

Our prayers were with you the entire time.

Your daughter is great. Thank you.

You must be very proud of Emma tonight.

Hey, Lou!

Lou!

Ethan?

Our composer's waiting. She wants to go celebrate. What is it?

I just feel nauseous.

I got you a gift, all right?

Thanks, Dad.

It's a Red Sox yearbook.

I love it. Our boy, huh?

Yeah. You were great.

All right. All right, Norris.

I'll see you, Ruth. I'll see you Friday, right?

Yeah. Friday.

You were really good tonight.

Thanks.

See you. Bye, Dad.

Hey.

I've been looking for you.

What happened tonight?

It was good.

We were okay.

We were okay for a little while, weren't we?

Ethan, I don't know how to get you back.

Tell me what to do.

What happened? What happened?

Murder happened.

That's what happened.

I love you.

And I want to get help.

I want us to talk to someone.

Okay. You wanna talk to somebody, Grace?

We'll talk to whoever you want.

We can talk to the police, lawyer, a therapist. I'll talk to the goddamn Pope.

Anything you want, okay?

Now can I please be alone?

Okay, Ethan. Okay.


Hello?

Oh, hi, Mr. Learner.

No, no, I was running.

Yeah, I'm free.

Yeah, you wanna meet at the office?

Where?


Dwight. How are you?

Mr. Learner.

Nice car. Is it new?

No. It's a rental.

A rental?

Been down here before?

No, no.

Why do you ask?

I just thought maybe you'd come down and familiarize yourself with the case.

No. We have a private investigator Yeah.

I've been down here a lot, trying to put it together.

This is where Josh was hit.

He came over here to release fireflies.

I guess he was going to the woods over there.

And then from around the bend... Here, turn around.

From around the bend the truck came.

Report said it was doing nearly 50.

Hit Josh here.

And he hesitated like he knew that he'd hit something, but then just drove off.

What kind of person could do something like that?

I'm mean, what, was he drunk, was he on drugs, was he a felon? What...

How could you just drive off?

There's no way of knowing.

When we get him, we'll know.

The police have given up on this case, haven't they?

No, not completely.

The police are working on a few things and I'm hopeful that they'll have a break in the case.

Like what?

Mr. Learner, I believe that I'm gonna have something concrete for you soon.

I'm tired of waiting.

He's out there, just laughing at me.

Now understand this.

I want this guy to feel hunted.

I want him to know that no matter how long it takes, we're gonna get him.

Your son, Lucas, if somebody killed him,

what would you want to happen to them?

I'd want to see him go to prison.

That's it?

Knowing that he'll only get a slap on the wrist?

Mr. Learner, this is not a conversation that I think you should be having with your attorney.

Maybe you're right.

Thanks for meeting me out here.

Hey, Dwight. Yeah, hey, Norris. Listen, I need to talk to Ruth.

Can you get her for me, please?

We're having a little shindig, you know? A few friends.

Yeah, listen, it's important. Otherwise, I wouldn't be here.

Sort of busy right now, Dwight.

Norris, I want to talk to the mother of my kid, okay?

All right, look, take it easy. Just...

Honey, is everything... Hey, Ruth.

Dwight, what are you doing here?

Can I have a word with you, please?

It's not a good time. We've got people over.

Yeah, a shindig.

You can come back Saturday if you want to talk.

Listen, I need a big favor from you.

Can I just havea word with you for a minute, alone?

Okay.

Norris, do you mind going to our guests? I'm sorry.

It's okay.

What is it, Dwight?

Tomorrow's the first day of the World Series. I want to take Luke for the week.

No. That's not what the court ordered.

Okay, can we just forget about the whole court thing for a minute?

Norris doesn't care about the series. It's the Sox.

When is that ever gonna happen again?

I just want to take him for the week.

I'll get him to school on time. Please. After that...

After that, I have to go away for a little while.

Jesus, Dwight, you're always running away.

Listen, you're always telling me that I gotta take responsibility for myself.

Well, that's what I'm trying to do here, okay?

Let me have him.

Will you tell me what's going on with you? What's wrong?

I just wanna spend a week with my son, okay? He's all that I got left.

Jesus, Dwight. All right, you can have him, you can have him.

Thank you.

You know, I'm sorry.

I got to go.

Good night.

This is for you.

Hey. Hi. How are you?

Well, she played so beautifully at the concert, we just wanted to thank you.

Oh, hey, check it out. They have a Halloween fright night.

You wanna go next week?

Let's talk about that later, okay?

I'll race you to the hot dogs. Go!

Look at all this chocolate.

Mr. Learner?

No. None for me, thanks. Please call me Ethan.

I have some coffee if you'd like it.

Sure. That would be great.

I really hope that Emma is going to stay in her classes now that she's finished the concert.

I'd like that.

You're so talented, honey.

Your son's quite the Red Sox fan.

He must be excited about the series coming up.

Yeah. He and Dwight are fanatics.

He's over there right now.

They're gonna watch the game tonight together.

Oh, Dwight lives nearby?

Yeah.

He's just over there on Cove Road.

He moved there so that he could be close to Lou.

Thank you.

These hotdogs are definitely worse than before.

Worse, but better.

The Red Sox are gonna win tonight, right, Dad?

You know it.

So, how long were you and Dwight together?

Eight years.

Yeah, we had a nickname for each other.

Nitro and Glycerin.

You could say we had a kind of explosive relationship.

So he had a bit of a temper?

Yeah. We both did.

More coffee?

No, that's all right. We actually have to get going.

Can I just use your restroom first?


So, anyway, each one could be a different animal.

Right, like if you could have a horse, and then he could be, like, trotting...

Ready?

Yeah.

Listen.

When the series is over, I got to go away for a while.

Why? There's just something that I got to do and I'm not going to be able to see you So how long do you have to go away for?

I don't know. Let's wait and see.

Hey, we don't do so bad, you and me.

We're all right.


Yes, hello, um... I... I saw your ad on the Net.

Can I help you?

Yes, I'm looking for a pistol. Something simple.

A revolver.

Hey, Dad! Sleep tight, don't let the snakes bite!

Oh, that's funny. That's funny.

I'll get you for that.

Shit.


Yeah! That's it! That's it!

Yeah, you think we could sweep?

I don't know. I think if they could do it, this might be the year.

All right, it's bedtime. Go on.

All right. Night, Dad. Good night.

Get washed up. I'll see you in there in a minute.

...in the middle of this diamond at Busch Stadium after a 4 to 1 victory to go up three games to none.


Mr. Learner?

Okay.

Dad?

That's my son. That's my son.

Dad, what was that noise?

Lou, Lou, it's just a stool. Shut him up!

It's a stool. A stool fell down, honey.

Look, please, let me just talk to him, he's just a kid.

Okay, we're going. Go.

Okay.

Okay.

Lou.

Dad, what was that noise?

It was just the TV, okay?

I dropped a stool. Go to bed, all right?

I have to pee anyway.

Oh, Jesus, Lou. Just go to sleep, all right?

Dad, I really have to pee.

All right, come on, hurry, quick.

Come on, come on.

Come on, hurry up, Lou. Come on.

Lou, come on, honey, you got to get back to bed.

I'm coming.

Okay.

Get into bed. Get in.

Good night. Good night, Dad.

Get to bed. You have a big day tomorrow.

I love you, Lou.

Love you, too.

Get back.

Outside. Just take me out of the house.

Take me out of the house.

Look away. Okay.

Put your arms together. Go. Look away. Turn away.

Okay, go. That car.

Don't look. Just go.

Listen to me. Don't do this.

Stay there. Don't look at me.

Don't do this. Turn around.

Take me to the police.

Take you to the police?

So you can weasel your way out with your fucking influence?

I swear to God, you get in the...

Take me to the police, Ethan.

Why? So you can fucking deceive and manipulate?

Take me to the police. Take...


Get out. Turn me in.

Just turn me in!

Get out.

Oh, God, don't shoot me. Please don't shoot me.

Get out. Out!

Get out! Out!

Please don't shoot.

You fucking animal! Get out or I'll kill you right here!

Get out!

Come on, it was an accident.

Shut up. Shut up! Go. Jesus Christ!

It was an accident. It wasn't an accident.

You don't drive away from an accident!

You just left!

I was scared!

I'm telling you, don't do this.

Don't ruin your life the way I've ruined mine.

Turn around.

You robbed me of my life.

You left my boy on the side of the road and you drove off!

You have ruined my family!

And you look at me in the face and you deceive me and you lied to me!

You deserve to die.

You killed my son!

You killed my son!

Stop it. Stop it!

It's over. It's over.

Get up. Get up. Get up!

You want me to kill myself?

Tell me to do it! Tell me!

Not a fucking day goes by where I don't see your son's body hitting my car and going off into the dark!

I wish it were me.

Tell me to do it. Please, tell me to do it.

Please, tell me to do it.

Please.

I'm dead anyway. I'm dead.

Oh, God, please don't leave me here!

Please forgive me. Please forgive me.

I'm sorry.

I can't.

I can't. Please.


I miss him so much.

I know.

I'm sorry. I'm so sorry.

Let's go inside.

I left that night because...

...I was really afraid that I was going to lose you.

That's no excuse.

What I did was wrong.

I'm going to be going to prison and I deserve to go to prison.

I just want you to remember that these last days that we had together and how wonderful they were, and I feel like I've been able to be the father to you that you really deserve.

I guess what I'm just trying to say is that I'm sorry.