02x06 - Needle

( Door opens, closes )

( Light footsteps )

( Crinkling )

( Sighing )

( Eerie jazz music )

( Paper bag crinkles )

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( Birds chirping )

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Hey, Walter. How's it going?

I just had to get out for a hike.

I needed some fresh air. Do you mind if I come in?

I want to talk about last night.

Okay, cool.

( Whispers ) f*ck.

( Sighs )

sh1t.

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Hey, Walter...

I had to get out for a hike.

Do you mind if I come in?

Thanks.

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It's such a beautiful morning, right?

Yeah, listen, um...can I come in?

I didn't like how last night went.

I owe you an apology.

Okay. Thanks.

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Hey, Walter. Do you mind if I come in?

Do you mind if I come in?

I think we should talk about last night.

Thanks.

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( Footsteps thud )

( Suspenseful music )

( Birds chirping )

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( Exhales sharply )

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( Birds chirping )

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( Door hinges creaking )

( Menacing music )

( Clock ticking )

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( Indistinct chatter )

( Phone rings )

Geist Executive. This is Chad.

Alex: Hi, I need Security.

Chad: Certainly.

I'll connect you.

♪ Doo-duh-doo-doo ♪

Okay, actually, I'm not seeing that for some reason.

I've got "Sent Mail," but I don't see...

Alex: Okay, is there anyone else who can help?

Oh, I'm on the wrong screen.

Let me just...

( Computer mouse clicks rapidly )

Chad: Okay, here we go.

Okay, Chad, forget about that.

A guy might be coming there today.

Do you know the name of the person in Security?

I can only search by name, it looks like.

Listen to me. Okay?

There's a possible situation, an intruder.

His name is Walter Cru...

Holy mother of F*ck*r.

Chad: Excuse me?

Take me off of this list now.

Chad: I don't...

( Cell phone beeps off )

( Laughs )

I'm sorry. I...

Wait, did you just say, "mother of F*ck*r"?

Yeah.

I probably did. Yes.

( Chuckles )

You, uh, you hungover too?

Yeah.

I woke up this morning and my head was...

Walter: Yeah, me too.

( Sighs )

Look, I, uh...

I wanted to say about last night...

It's okay.

We were both very drunk.

No, look.

You're literally the only person who's tried to help me, and I took out all my sh1t on you, so...

I'm sorry too.

I need to learn when to keep my damn mouth shut.

You gotta do what you gotta do.

( Sighs ) Yeah, and I was doing some thinking, and I do.

I gotta get down there.

Geist?

Walter: Yeah.

I mean, it's probably stupid, but...I gotta do what I gotta do, right?

Yeah.

I get it. I understand.

I have a shitty coffee maker, but I was gonna make myself some coffee.

You want to join me?

Oh, actually, I was gonna go fishing.

Fishing?

Fishing, fishing? Like, right now?

Walter: Yeah, before I go, I thought...

I mean, 'cause remember, last night we were talking and...

Yeah, I remember.

Walter: So I crawled out of my hangover, picked up a whole bunch of sh1t I have no idea how to use... what do you think?

Oh, you're inviting me.

Yeah, why not?

Alex: 'Cause I know less than you do about fishing.

That's perfect.

Come on.

Okay.

Alex: I'll go.

Cool.

I'll drive.

( Unsettling music )

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So where are we headed?

This guy at the bait shop told me about a place.

No tourists.

( Engine turns over )

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( Engine rumbling )

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Walter: So where are you from, again?

Near Oakland.

Hmm.

You grew up around there, or...

No, I didn't.

So where, then?

Near St. Louis.

Cool. What town?

Belleville. You want the street address?

( Scoffs ) My bad.

I just figure you got my whole life story last night.

I was just curious.

What do you want to know?

Did you like it?

Belleville?

Being over there...deployment.

It had its pluses and minuses.

Oh, yeah? Like what?

What do you mean?

Give me an example.

Okay.

Like, a minus would be... the sand.

The sand got up in everywhere.

( Snorts softly ) Right. No, I remember that much.

No, I don't think you do, with your plumbing.

( Snorts softly ) That's funny.

Okay, how 'bout another one?

Alex: Why?

I told you, to get to know you.

Okay, why doesn't it feel like that's what you're doing?

What does it feel like we're doing?

Look, if you have a problem with me, let's talk about it.

I said I was sorry about last night, I...

Look, I don't have a problem with you.

Okay.

Okay?

I just told you, I...I...

I don't remember much from over there.

I was just interested.

( Ominous music )

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What happened to your girlfriend?

What?

Last night...

You said she was gonna kill you if you didn't get back.

Yeah, she is going to kill me.

Hmm.

How long you two been together?

Alex: About five years.

( Car horn honks )

Oh, sh1t.

Hang on.

( Car horn honks )

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This f*cking truck.

( Engine rumbling )

( Engine rumbles )

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No ring, though?

Who's the deadbeat, you or her?

( Chuckles )

I don't know. Both of us.

Oh, come on.

( Engine revving )

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( Sighs ) Where the hell are we going anyway?

Where...where's this place?

Ah, now you want to change the subject?

No, I just don't want to...

You don't want to tell me any personal details.

It's all good.

( Exhales ) It's all good.

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Fine.

Marriage is not the issue.

Walter: What's the issue?

Kids.

Mm.

She didn't want 'em, huh?

No, she does.

Walter: So then what?

She had it rough growing up, and she's just afraid of what kind of mom she'll be.

But she'll be a great mom.

She alphabetizes the cereal, and she doesn't even know that she's doing it.

Walter: Sounds like she got her sh1t together.

Yeah, but that's kind of also the problem.

Walter: What do you mean?

Well, she thinks if you worry about something, you can prevent it.

If you nail every detail, there's no risk involved.

You can be sure.

But not you.

No.

There are always risks involved.

So what are you gonna do?

I don't know.

Compromise, I guess.

Hmm.

So, like, get a cat?

( Sighs softly )

What if it isn't the baby she's not sure about?

What?

What if it's you?

( Birds chirping )

( Scoffs softly )

( Scoffs )

f*ck do I know, though, right?

( Foreboding music )

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( Rustling )

After you.

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( Footsteps rustling )

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Hey, before you went over, did they... they make you do this, uh, interrogation training?

What do they call it?

Oh, the um...

( Alex snaps fingers )

You know everybody does it.

They come grab you in the middle of the night...

Yes, yes.

You got all this information and they try and take it out of you.

Absolutely.

Yeah.

All right, so for me... they had me in a basement, in a stress position all night.

Got this asshole there, staring at me the entire time.

Every time I try and fall asleep, he literally gets right in my face.

Sometimes, he was yelling at me.

Sometimes, he'd just breathe on me.

Three nights.

So finally... they open up the door... in comes the instructor, and he asks me if I want to play ping-pong.

( Snorts ) Sport of the future.

Yeah.

Of course.

Man, I was just happy to be out of there.

So anyway... ( Laughs )

We're playing, and he starts asking me about my training, about where I'm from...

And we start talking.

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So that was all a part of the exercise.

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After all that, one game of ping-pong.

Damn.

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I gave up everything because he was nice to me.

You know, I was thinking that last night.

Really? Why?

Because you were so nice to me.

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Because that's my job.

Listen, Walter. I don't know...

Right, but then... you said "meters."

I said what?

Your friend, the sniper.

What was his name again?

Holman.

Walter: Right, Holman.

Your good buddy.

Yeah, he was.

Snipers say "yards," not meters.

( Uneasy music )

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Okay, so I made a mistake.

( Scoffs )

Alex: So what?

Yeah, no.

That's the same thing I told myself...

Right after our argument outside Skins.

I'm sitting in my truck, thinking:

"So what? She made a mistake."

"No big deal."

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But then you went back up to your room.

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I was drunk and tired, and I needed a place to sleep.

Right. No, that makes sense.

But then you came back downstairs...

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Got into that fancy car of yours...

( Engine turns over )

You told me you took the bus.

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So I followed you.

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( Car beeps )

( Shopping cart rattles )

( Sinister music )

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There I was, waiting outside, TELLING MYSELF: "Go home.

Get some sleep. You're f*cking crazy.

So what? She likes to shop at night.

Big deal."

You're not crazy, Walter. You're just...

I almost went home too.

But then out you came.

So I kept going...

( Engine turns over, revs )

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Right to my house.

I wanted to apologize. That's why.

But then you went inside.

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( Uneasy music )

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( Birds chittering )

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( Panting )

( Gasps )

( Grunting )

Don't touch me! Don't come near me!

What are you doing here? What do you want?

Stop lying to me!

Please, stay away!

( Alex whimpering )

Okay. Okay, look, just calm down.

Okay? Just calm down.

Don't tell me to calm down! You are not calm right now!

I just need to know...

I need to know what happened, okay?

I just need to know.

( Water lapping )

( Alex panting )

You were right about Geist.

What is that place? What did they do to me?

You were asking questions, and it made them nervous.

Nervous? Nervous about what?

Alex: About your treatment, about what happened to you.

My treatment?

( Water lapping )

I want to tell you everything.

I want to explain.

You're right to be angry.

But there's so much to tell you.

( Sighs )

What?

( Dramatic music )

I just...

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( High-pitched ringing )

( Solemn piano music )

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( Music crescendos )

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Hey. You finally home?

Alex: Temple.

Temple.

Alex, what's wrong? Where are you?

Alex: I f*cked up. I'm sorry.

For...for what?

Alex: Walter.

He knows.

Temple: What? What happened?

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Alex.

( Thudding )

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Temple: Hello? Are you there?

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Hello? Are you there?

( Phone line beeps )

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Here.

( Indistinct chatter )

( Grunts )

( Rustling )

( Thudding )

( Computer beeps, keys clacking )