Gracepoint RECAP: Carver, You Suck (S1:E7)

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FADE IN:

INT. GRACEPOINT POLICE STATION

Chief Miller walks out of the interrogation room and into his office to find Detectives Emmett Carver and Ellie Miller waiting. Both are dressed in a black mourning clothes.

CHIEF MORGAN:
Carver, the county is cutting our budget for the Danny Solano murder case.

EMMETT CARVER:
What? Why?! I swear to you, Chief, I will not rest until—

CHIEF MORGAN:
Until some other innocent guy you pull in for questioning gets crucified by the newspapers until he decides to commit suicide? The body count is growing here!

Renee Clemons bursts through the door.

RENEE CLEMONS:
This will make your day. I’m leaving town forever.

EMMETT CARVER:
Did somebody slash your tires again?

RENEE CLEMONS:
No, somebody threw a rock through my window, and Gemma threw me out.

Det. Carver holds up a newspaper with the headline “INNOCENT” over a picture of Jack Reinhold.

EMMETT CARVER:
That sometimes happens when you drive a good man to suicide.

RENEE CLEMONS:
Yeah. From now on, I’m only going to smear assholes who really, really deserve it. A little parting gift from me.

She throws one last newspaper at Carver’s head. His own face is on the front page, with the headline “IS THIS THE WORST COP IN CALIFORNIA?”

RENEE CLEMONS:
Carver, you suck.

She slams the door.

EMMETT CARVER:
So do you, bitch.

ELLIE MILLER:
OK, how about we don’t read any more newspapers?

What, you thought we were kidding about the headlines?

What, you thought we were kidding about the headlines?

Rev. Paul Coates meanders through the door, staring grimly at Carver.

PAUL COATES:
I saw you were at Jack’s funeral.

EMMETT CARVER:
Yeah.

PAUL COATES:
Paying your respects?

EMMETT CARVER:
Looking for clues in the faces of the guilty.

PAUL COATES:
Did you enjoy my sermon?

EMMETT CARVER:
Probably not half as much as you enjoyed delivering it.

PAUL COATES:
I just wanted to make sure that everybody knew who to blame. You are an outsider here, and you pointed a finger at an innocent man.

"I've been practicing my 'concerned face' in front of a mirror all day."

“I’ve been practicing my ‘concerned face’ in front of a mirror all day.”

EMMETT CARVER:
I wasn’t one of those idiots with the pitchforks and torches.

PAUL COATES:
No, but you gave them the idea. Carver, you suck!

EMMETT CARVER:
And you put your hand on Tom Miller’s knee!

ELLIE MILLER:
He did what?!

EMMETT CARVER:
At the funeral! I saw him do that!

Ellie’s husband, Joe Miller, burst through the door.

JOE MILLER:
Yeah, Ellie. And Carver started questioning Tom right after that, trying to find out if it made him uncomfortable!

ELLIE MILLER:
Oh, no, you did-n’t!

JOE MILLER:
You know, everything was just fine in this town until you showed up! But you keep seeing the worst in people, and suddenly everybody starts having dark secrets that weren’t there before!

ELLIE MILLER:
Yeah, if you wouldn’t keep suspecting people of bad things, no bad things would ever happen to anybody!

JOE AND ELLIE MILLER:
Carver, you suck!

Carver slumps down, looking a little defeated.

EMMETT CARVER:
I have this strange feeling I’ll be hearing that a lot this week.

PAUL COATES:
Oh, look, a crowd of reporters are right outside your door! I think I will go say some comforting words of hope and wisdom, and bask in the limelight for a little bit!

Ellie’s phone rings. She picks it up.

gracepoint 1.7 phone

“I practiced my ‘concerned face’ for five seasons on Breaking Bad”

ELLIE MILLER:
Hello? Tom? Yes, he went to school. Yes, my husband walked him all the way there, every step of the way. Didn’t you, darling?

JOE MILLER:
Well, all but the last three blocks.

"Daddy's gotta go meet a hooker in 15. You're good from here, right?"

“Daddy’s gotta go meet a hooker in 15. You’re good from here, right?”

ELLIE MILLER:
Missing? What do you mean, he’s missing?!

She slams the phone down.

ELLIE MILLER:
Tom never got to school! Nobody can find him! Oh, my God, this is just like Danny!

CHIEF MORGAN:
This situation just keeps getting worse. First somebody kills Danny, then Jack Reinhold commits suicide, and now Tom Miller is missing. Why is all this stuff happening to us?

JOE MILLER:
It’s all Carver’s fault!

EMMETT CARVER:
WHAT?!

CHIEF MORGAN:
It’s just like Rosemont. Carver, I think I may have to take you off this case.

EMMETT CARVER:
WHY?!

CHIEF MORGAN:
Well, you are terse, rude, unkempt, and unlikeable.

ELLIE MILLER:
You don’t know how to handle the people of this town.

CHIEF MORGAN:
You are uncompromising.

EMMETT CARVER:
Do you mean I’m unwilling to be at all subjective or overly emotional about the facts?

CHIEF MORGAN:
You don’t give our trusted friends nearly enough preferential treatment.

ELLIE MILLER:
And you make us all work way too hard!

Emmett throws the newspaper at the office door as a secretary walks in. The newspaper barely misses her head.

CHIEF MORGAN:
And you just did that. Maybe I’ll put Ellie in charge instead. Carver, you suck!

SECRETARY:
Detective Carver, there’s a young woman here to see you. Her name is Julianne. Do you know her?

Julianne Carver, a girl of about eighteen, brushes past the secretary.

JULIANNE CARVER:
Hi, Daddy. I finally decided to answer all those pathetic voice-mails you sent me. Drop everything right this minute and pay attention to just me, right now.

EMMETT CARVER:
Julianne! I’m so happy to see you! But you could have called first… I’m a little busy at the moment!

"

“Hey, I texted. What part of ‘brt n 15 lolz u sux’ don’t you understand?”

An unnamed police officer comes through the door with a handcuffed, unkempt young man in a large parka. It is the missing backpacker, Lars Pierson. Pierson is stuffing an entire hamburger into his mouth. The officer is carrying his backpack.

POLICE OFFICER:
We found your hitchhiker!

LARS PIERSON:
(mouth full)
‘oo shed oo wud git me frnch fies!

CHIEF MORGAN:
You want to question him, Ellie? After all, he’s an outsider, your favorite! And just because your son is now missing is no reason you should be pulled from the case.

ELLIE MILLER:
Oh, yeah, I’m gonna question him. I’m gonna question him for the death of Danny Solano, and then I’m cut off his balls and shove them down his throat!

EMMETT CARVER:
Easy, Miller!

ELLIE MILLER:
WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU DO WITH MY SON, YOU GOD DAMNED SON OF A BITCH????????!!!!!!!!

She grabs an umbrella off the hat stand and swings it at Pierson.

EMMETT CARVER:
Miller’s in charge now? REALLY?

CHIEF MORGAN:
Ah… Nope. OK, Carver, you are back on the case.

JULIANNE CARVER:
But I want him to drop everything and pay attention to m-e-e-e-e-e-e-e-e!

EMMETT CARVER:
Just… twenty minutes, darling… I got to go question this guy.

JULIANNE CARVER:
But I’m h-u-u-u-u-u-ngry! Can’t I at least have some money for the snack machine?

Emmett Carver hands Julianne a dollar. Mark Solano comes in.

MARK SOLANO:
It’s gonna be OK, Ellie. Somebody saw Tom on his bike headed out of town on the highway. We’ve headed up four different search teams to look for your boy. We won’t let anybody hurt Tom like they did to Danny. I promise. Oh, by the way… Carver? You suck.

Mark heads back out to join the search party. Carver and Pierson head into the interrogation room.

ELLIE MILLER: The guilty guy is in custody anyway.

CHIEF MORGAN:
Unless he didn’t actually do it… Ellie!

Ellie pokes her head into the interrogation room.

ELLIE MILLER:
Has that douchebag confessed yet?

EMMETT CARVER:
Easy, Miller.

LARS PIERSON:
I was just sayin’, yeah, I met that kid. Such a good-lookin’ kid. Yeah, I saw him on the side of the road one day. He was doin’ a crossword puzzle. He axed me what the capital of Hungary was, and I don’t usually know nuthin’, but I was stationed there once, so I knew it was Budapest.

"I found this photo of a tater tot. Will that do?"

“I found this photo of a tater tot. Will that do?”

JULIANNE CARVER:
(From the office)
D-a-a-a-a-a-a-dddy! Aren’t you DONE yet?

EMMETT CARVER:
Five minutes, darling! Miller, shut that door!

JULIANNE CARVER:
You care more about other people’s kids than you do about me! Fuck you, I’m leaving! Daddy, YOU SUCK!

Julianne flounces out the door.

EMMETT CARVER:
Julianne!!!!! Crap!
(to Pierson)
And… why… why… why did you…

ELLIE MILLER:
WHY DID HE HAVE YOUR FUCKING PHONE NUMBER, YOU CRAZY HOMICIDAL PERVERT???!!!

EMMETT CARVER:
Down, Miller.

LARS PIERSON:
Because I’d been to Budapest. He wants to see the world, travel to someplace besides fuckin’ Gracepoint, man. I said if he ever wanted to talk, he could give me a call.
(beat)
Hey, man, is that kid OK? You guys look real upset about something.
(beat)
Uh, can I have my french fries now?

EMMETT CARVER:
No.

LARS PIERSON:
Detective, you suck.

Beth Solano bursts into the police station.

BETH SOLANO:
I’ve got to talk to Ellie! Right now!

Ellie Miller slams the door to the interrogation room and runs over to hug Beth.

BETH SOLANO:
Ellie, Ellie, I heard from Raymond Connally again! He has more messages! And this time, they are about Tom!

ELLIE MILLER:
What did he say? Does he know where he is?

BETH SOLANO:
No, but he knows he’s bleeding!

Both women begin to wail uncontrollably as they embrace. Carver and Pierson emerge from the interrogation room.

EMMETT CARVER:
Ah, I see Miller’s professional objectivity continues in fine form.

BETH SOLANO:
Carver, you suck.

She opens the door that leads out into the street. Rev. Coates is still talking to the press.

PAUL COATES:
…and we promise we will all search diligently, without rest, until the missing child is found…

Behind the crowd outside, Vince Novik wanders down the opposite side of the street, his hands and face both dripping with blood. Susan Wright is running after him a few steps behind.

SUSAN WRIGHT:
Don’t you keep avoiding me, Vince! We gotta talk! I know what you did!

VINCE NOVIK:
I just went hunting, you crazy old bag! Everything was fine in this town until you showed up! Stay away from me, and stay away from my mother!

SUSAN WRIGHT:
Ha! Your mother!

Nobody takes any notice of either of them, because Mark Solano is running back down the street as fast as he possibly can.

MARK SOLANO:
Ellie! Carver! Come quick! We found Tom’s bike! It’s been abandoned at the bottom of a steep ravine! And Tom is GONE!

Kids never put there shit up when they're done playing with it and/or get kidnapped, am I right?

Kids never put there shit up when they’re done playing with it and/or get kidnapped, am I right?

Ellie bursts into tears again.

EMMETT CARVER:
Oh, Miller. That… that sucks.

END.

TV Show: Gracepoint

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