02x04 - Soap

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♪ I helped you with your problems ♪
♪ You ought to help me with mine ♪
♪ Whoa, I got to know, I got to know ♪
♪ Just give me some kind of sign ♪
♪ You want to be a lady scholar ♪
♪ You ought to know what to say ♪
♪ Whoa, I got to know, I got to know ♪
♪ We can't go on this way ♪
♪ Any major fool down on 42nd Street ♪
♪ Will tell you There's no way ♪
♪ To beat the heat... ♪

I've seen all these, right?

Woman: No. Some of these are new.

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Mm.

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I like him.

How much is he?

♪ I've got to know... ♪♪
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( Indistinct chatter )

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Ms. Temple? I'm Pam Bailey.

This is Richard Lehmann from the DC office.

He will be overseeing today's interview.

Shall we?

Thank you.

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Lehmann: Okay.

So we've outlined how you identified soldiers who met your desired profile.

I'd like to go back to the ingestion.

Man: All right.

Your corporation was aware of the possibility of overdose.

Overdose is always a possibility.

But the men were not informed they were being medicated.

Man: They did sign waivers, accepting full responsibility--

No. We lied.

The protocol was unacceptable.

What happened to them after this, uh...

Bergman incident?

Temple: The men?

Bunda: Yeah.

They completed the cycle.

Cutting them off midstream was too dangerous.

And--and then?

Most of them returned to active duty without further symptoms.

Wait.

Are you claiming now that the program worked?

No, the program as Colin... as Mr. Belfast conceived it, was unethical.

It was wrong.

And after that...

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Sorry. I'm not sure what you're...

Did any of the men that you treated come forward with issues or complaints about what had happened to them?

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No.

Hmm.

All right, we're good.

Lehmann: Wait. There is still a significant amount of material to get through.

I said we're done, Rich.

It's time to move on.

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( Sign beeps )

( Sighs )

( Sighs ) Opportunity. This is an opportunity.

( Sighs )

( Light piano music )

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Leonard: Come on in.

( Door creaks )

Oh, I can come back if...

No, no, no, no. This is good.

( Door closes )

Take a seat.

What'd they say?

At the DOD?

Yeah.

It went well.

They appreciated that we came to them.

I think we might be okay.

Well, all right.

( Chuckles )

Good job.

Now, this... it's a nine-grain mush.

Mmm.

There you go.

Thank you.

Hey.

It's not good or anything, but you won't be hungry again for days.

( Chuckles )

( Clears throat )

I was hoping to show you, um...

There's some ideas that I've been working on.

We're thinking too small with the roller.

We're missing opportunities.

Uh, yeah, well, as far as...

Sir, if you'll just look, we're keeping ourselves in a box, an echo chamber.

The roller has potential far beyond our traditional audience of...

Right. I get it.

I've been using it myself. It's more than stress relief.

I can do things now that I couldn't before.

Audrey.

Yes.

It's great work. Very creative.

But...

We're not doing the roller anymore.

( Scoffs ) W-what--what do you mean?

We're not doing it.

At all?

Right.

If this is because of what Colin did, I can promise you that...

No, couple of rotten guys.

Just get 'em out?

Yes, exactly.

No, that's not gonna do it.

That's like, uh... what's that movie with the--the blue guy?

He's got that-- that golden lantern, lamp, or whatever?

Um, Aladdin.

No, no, sorry. No, it wasn't a lamp.

It was a ring. It was golden.

Little blue guy.

Oh Lord of the Rings.

Right, that one.

So the little guy, he's--he's got his ring, and it makes him feel good.

He loves it.

But it changes him, right?

His eyes get really weird, and his skin turns, and it's a bad scene.

Every minute of every day, everything he does, it's just for that ring.

And he doesn't even realize it. He thinks he's happy.

( Dramatic music )

I'm sorry. I don't...

I thought we could make people's lives just a little easier, and then...

( Sighs )

I've been out there every day.

It's all I've been thinking about for years.

That's what it's done to me.

And now look.

Everything's gone, except for these f*cking things.

And these guys, these... these soldiers...

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They were f*cking eating it.

You understand what that can do to a person?

So it's not on Belfast. It's not on Ron.

It's these precious berries.

But we can't just throw everything away.

Audrey...

We are so close.

In my opinion, we can fix all of our mistakes.

None of that has to happen...

Audrey, stop!

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Man, you need to learn to read a room.

I'm not interested in your opinion.

I said we're done.

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We make soap here, right?

That's what we do. We're gonna get back to it.

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( Cell phone buzzing )

( Sighs )

You gonna take that?

Uh, yes.

( Cell phone continues buzzing )

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This is Audrey Temple.

Hi, it's Francine Bunda.

We met briefly.

Yes, hi.

Bunda: I was wondering if I could get a tour of your facility or whatever to see how the hot dog gets made.

Um, sure. We could arrange that.

Great. Is now good?

Now?

Yeah, I'm in the lobby.

And--and bring Leonard.

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What?

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( Sign beeps )

Hi.

Name and ID.

( Sighs ) Walter Cruz, 010168.

I'm looking for my medical records.

There was an explosion, an IED, and I thought I had surgery, so I just...

Okay, one moment.

( Keys clacking )

( Sighs )

( Keys clacking )

I'm not seeing that.

Walter: What?

Surgery.

What do you mean?

I was blown up, so they had to have treated me, right?

Oh, treatment.

One moment.

( Keys clacking )

( Sighs )

I'm just saying, something did happen to me, so...

One moment.

( Keys clacking )

Treatment. Yes, I have that.

Great.

Administered by Geist Emergent Group.

That's a private contractor.

So they did the surgery?

( Keys clacking )

( Sighs )

I'm not seeing that.

Okay, but they treated me, right?

Yes.

What kind of treatment?

They're a private contractor. I don't think I can...

Sir, please step back.

Well, you just told me Geist did the treatment.

I just want to know what kind of treatment.

Right, but we didn't treat you there.

That's a private contractor.

What the f*ck does that mean, private?

It wasn't us. Outsourced.

Contract...

But you have the information on your screen, okay?

Why can't I just see it?

I'm sorry.

What the f*ck are you smiling about?

I'm not.

Look, all I'm asking...

It was hard for me to come down here, okay?

There's no one I can...

It's hard for me to talk about this.

You can understand that, right?

I can submit a request to the contractor.

Great. Yeah, great. Let's do that.

( Keys clacking )

Submitted.

Okay.

What do I do know?

You wait.

What, like, get another number?

Um, no.

They'll get back to us in eight to 12 weeks.

Eight to 12 weeks?

Well, officially. Sometimes it's longer.

Longer than 12 weeks?

Just to tell me what you already know.

I'm losing my f*cking mind here!

Sir, I need you to calm down.

Why can't you tell me what's on that screen?

Because it's private.

( Exhales sharply ) Private.

( Sighs )

Sure.

Sir!


Bunda: Wow, well, thank you so much for taking the time.

This is quite a spread you've got here.

Leonard: That's all jojoba.

Bunda: Uh-huh.

That's a great crop. Lot of--lot of uses.

Oh, that's fascinating.

Mm. Eh, people call it a goat nut.

Uh-huh.

Because it's supposed to look like goat testicles.

Hmm.

I checked. It's true.

Oh, well, of course you did.

Huh?

Oh...

Bunda: Oh, uh, excuse me, is that, uh...

Can we stop here?

Can we--can we stop here?

Down here, sure.

Yeah.

Thank you.

Bunda: Oh, wow.

So these are all the berries.

Leonard: Yeah, for now.

Soon, this will all be ground cover.

What do you mean?

Well, once we get the berries out, we got to give the soil a chance to breathe.

What--what do you mean, get them out?

We don't need them anymore.

Came to our senses, thanks to her.

Huh.

Well, I hate to be a difficult guest, but I can't let you do that.

What does that mean-- let me?

Well, this is awkward. I thought I had good news.

We want to partner with you.

Audrey: Who? The...

Pentagon.

Yeah, we want as much of this as possible as fast as possible.

I don't understand. You're saying...

Well, you were very clear in your presentation.

The problem was the protocol, the implementation.

The substance itself was...

Well, yes, but...

The men that finished the program, it helped them-- isn't that what you said?

No, I just...

No, the whole f*cking thing-- what we did, no good can come of that.

Well, I just totally disagree.

I think you were way out over your skis.

Mistakes were made.

My people, we do this work every day.

All you're asking for is just the extract.

That's what you'd need.

Bunda: Yes.

Audrey.

Now, we can't help you.

You'd be compensated.

Like, out the ass.

You're not listening to me.

Well, I think you're not listening to me.

Do you have a time machine?

A what?

Any of these plants-- if you eat them, will they send you back in time?

No.

Well, then the toothpaste is out of the tube, Leonard.

You can't go back and un-plant this plant.

This is happening.

( Dramatic music )

( Chuckles )

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Audrey, would you mind finishing the tour?

Um, no, of course not.

Enjoy the rest of your day.

You too.

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( Gear shifter clacks, cart rumbles )

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He's a funny old goat, isn't he?

I think he was just surprised.

I'm pretty sure he didn't mean it.

Hey, listen, forget about him.

This is all critical military technology.

We need it, which means it's ours.

What about you?

You know all about this, the plant, the juice.

Well, yes, but...

All we need is someone to help make it happen, someone with ideas and solutions, with some f*cking competence.

But Leonard seems pretty opposed.

Look, I get it.

You've done all the work, and these guys come and take it from you and f*ck everything up.

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Well, I don't do fuck-ups.

We're gonna get this thing going.

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Okay, again, tell me what she said, her exact words.

( Sighs )

"All I need is someone who knows how to grow it, pick it, and ship it."

That's you. You've done all that.

I was Colin's assistant. I wasn't...

Colin spent half of his life in the Delta One Sky Lounge trying to get a f*cking upgrade.

I know.

Meanwhile, you were the one overseeing production, start to finish, right?

Yeah.

You said you wanted to matter there.

I do.

Leonard is not gonna listen to you.

He's too much like Colin.

Bunda...

Boo-nda.

Okay, well, whatever her name is, she believes in you.

She sees something in you.

But what if she's wrong?

You inherited a mess, Temple.

And you're gonna get things back on track.

You're gonna take a f*cking criminal investigation, and turn it into a gigantic new contract, a whole new business model.

So have a sip of that wine and think about that for a second.

( Indistinct chatter )

Hmm...

( Indistinct chatter continues )

Maybe you're right.

Of course, I'm right.

( Chuckles )

Let's order some champagne.

( Snaps fingers ) That's what I'm talking about.

Garçon.

Oh, God, Alex.

Shut up. He likes it.

Hi.

Yes, hi.

Um, we would like to order some champagne, please.

All right. Do you have any preference?

I want you to pick, and I want to be astounded.

I'll do my best.

( Laughs )

I'll tell you one thing-- I'm gonna take Colin's office.

Do it. You are so legit right now.

This is your moment.

Right.

Okay, what?

Things aren't done. They're still...

Of course. I was just saying if this works out... when this works out...

Mm-hmm.

We had talked about...

The baby idea.

Yes.

I went to go look at donors today.

And I found some really cool Vietnamese guys, some great options.

So she can be just like us.

Sorry, who is she?

The baby.

Olive.

Olive?

It's open to discussion, obviously.

I just...

I just thought it was cute.

Alex, I'm gonna be crazy busy if all of this happens.

How am I supposed to...

I'll carry.

Don't worry.

What about your job?

I'll work up until I can't anymore, and I'll take off a few weeks.

Weeks? That's nothing.

Okay, months. Three months, six months.

I'll do whatever it takes.

I know you don't believe things are gonna work out, but I promise you...

You can't.

Temple, every day I go into work, I deal with the shittiest of people, the lowest of low behavior.

I swim in it.

If something were to happen, I know how to protect us.

What if...

What if? What if what?

Okay, prepare to be astounded.

( Cork pops )

( Dramatic music )

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( Snoring )

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Temple: What?

Mm?

Walter Cruz is requesting his records.

Alex: Who?

From Homecoming.

He emailed you?

No, it's VA Compliance.

That all goes through me now.

What does he want to know?

I have no idea. It doesn't say.

Let me see it.

( Ominous music )

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This is nothing.

Looks like it's from some computer.

They probably won't even follow up.

( Sighs )

Temple, it's 5:00 in the morning.

So go back to sleep.

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Fine.

I'll call my guy.

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( Sighs )

Okay, was that before...

Yeah.

What was he asking?

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He's where?

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Is this in the same town?

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Okay.

Thank you, Gary. Good work.

Bye.

What?

So this doesn't actually change anything...

Alex, just tell me.

( Sighs )

Walter Cruz is in jail.

There was an incident at a VA office.

He's in jail?

Yes.

I need...I'm gonna go in.

I-I'm gonna... I just need to call.

Who--who do you have to call?

Bunda.

Why?

Because, Alex, she asked me specifically if any clients had come forward with an issue, and I said, "No."

Yeah, but you were telling her the truth Not anymore.

Okay, and then what did she say?

Temple scoffs: What?

What was her response?

She said...

"We're done. It's time to move on."

( Sighs )

What?

You need to listen to people when they're trying to tell you something.

What was she trying to tell me?

Alex: She's restarting the program.

She needs the past to go away.

She was trying to tell you that you need to handle it.

She's taking care of Geist, and she wants you to take care of things like this Walter situation.

That's what she was trying to tell me?

You're sure?

Yes, 100%.

This is exactly what I was afraid of.

Nothing is stable.

Okay, nobody is talking about the f*cking baby.

I am!

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I'll take care of it.

Temple: What does that mean?

Alex: I'll go talk to him.

You're just gonna call him up, say, "Hi. The Geist Emergent Group has a couple of questions."

Of course not.

You don't understand my job.

You're a crisis manager, not a...

Alex: No, I perform.

He just needs someone to talk to, and I'll be that person.

Alex, he's not a lawyer who pulled out his wiener at a Christmas party-- he's a soldier.

I know that, and I've handled that before.

Temple: What we did to him is real. We can't...

Alex: If we stop him now, at least we get to feel like he's making his own decision.

Or we let him keep running with this, and he gets himself into real trouble.

We're giving him an out.

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What's that for?

Contingencies.

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Give me that.

What?

This. You don't need it. You're stronger than that.

I'll be back soon.

Okay.

I love you.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

( Keys clacking )

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( Music swelling )

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( Music stops )

( Indistinct chatter )

Alex: Hi.

Yeah.

Do you have a Walter Cruz here?

You his girlfriend?

I'm here to bail him out.

Thank you.

( Indistinct PA announcement )

( Telephone ringing )

( Indistinct chatter over radio )

( Door opens, closes )

Man: I'll let him know.

( Telephone ringing )

( Indistinct chatter )

( Computer beeps, keys clacking )