Gracepoint RECAP: Facing Fears (S1:E5)

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FADE IN:

INT. CHURCH

The Reverend Paul Coates is scurrying busily around the church, setting out chairs and a coffee service station. A big sign to the far left proclaims “Gracepoint Community Moral Support HERE!”

He sits.

He waits.

For hours.

Finally, Chief Morgan enters the building.

CHIEF MORGAN:
Well, Father, I appreciate your attempt to bring the community together in this time of crisis, but I don’t think you are going to have many customers.

PAUL COATES:
Oh, I have faith, Chief. Everybody in this town has something that scares them, and when they do come in for reassurance, I’ll be right here to offer guidance, comfort, coffee, and—in the case of Beth Solano—some hardcore “consoling,” if you get my drift. Naked consoling. With my penis.
(beat)
Ah, here comes somebody now!

Det. Emmett Carver storms in, his partner Det. Ellie Miller on his heels.

EMMETT CARVER:
Chief, the Coast Guard in this hell-hole is absolutely useless! Somebody set a boat on fire out in the bay last night, and when I told one of the other cops to call the harbormaster, he replied “The tide’s coming in. It will wash up soon enough!”

PAUL COATES:
I’m sure that must have roused some pretty strong feelings in you, Detective. Anger? Fear?

EMMETT CARVER:
You THINK?! There was evidence on that boat! It almost burned up!

PAUL COATES:
And how did that make you feel? We are all here to support you, even though you are an ill-mannered outsider, trying to rip this town apart.

GRACEPOINT RECAP: Facing Fears (S1:E5)

“Keep it up with this touchy-feely crap and you’ll be my number one suspect by the end of this recap.”

EMMETT CARVER:
It made me feel like this town is full of incompetent dunderheads!

PAUL COATES:
Are you afraid these incompetent dunderheads will keep you from solving the case? You can tell me. I am a man of the cloth. Completely trustworthy. Is Beth Solano here yet?

ELLIE MILLER:
No, she’s still in her house, obsessively watching video of Danny stealing from the convenience store over and over again.

PAUL COATES:
Anything you are scared of, Ellie?

ELLIE MILLER:
Yes, I’m terrified that I’ll have to arrest somebody I know rather than a stranger. But that’s not news. I’m also terrified of Carver’s scowl. I’m terrified because my husband Joe wants me to have him over for dinner.

EMMETT CARVER:
That’s OK. I’m terrified of coming to your house for dinner, too.

"See, it's not that I never smile, it's just that people always wish I wouldn't."

“Is this what smiling feels like? I don’t like it.”

PAUL COATES:
See, now we are getting somewhere! Who else wants to share?

In comes some nameless guy who lives in the town.

NAMELESS GUY:
Are we discussing our fears, here? Because I’m scared, alright. I’m scared because these damned cops won’t get the tents off our beach. I’m scared because those two crazy reporters plastered Beth Solano’s name all over the newspapers and now everybody associates Gracepoint with murder! I’m going to lose my business!

PAUL COATES:
That’s right, let it all out.

The Solanos march in. Mark is in front, on the warpath.

MARK SOLANO:
You want fears? I’ll give you fears. I’m afraid some sleazy, two-faced pastor is going to use my son’s murder as an excuse to steal my wife!

Mark lunges at Paul, but Carver and Miller pull him back.

"Can you ask the reverend to put his pants back on, please? This isn't a catholic church."

“Can you ask the reverend to put his pants back on, please? This isn’t a catholic church.”

BETH SOLANO:
I’m afraid that I can’t trust anybody. First my husband cheats on me…

MARK SOLANO:
Wait! You know that? I promise, baby, she didn’t mean anything to me…

BETH SOLANO:
And then I’m afraid because all these reporters want to talk to us.

Renee Clemons pops her head out from behind a column.

RENEE CLEMONS:
I promise you, Beth, this is the best way to advance my career—uh, the best way to smoke out the killer!

Owen Burke pops his head out from the other side of the same column.

OWEN BURKE:
I’m afraid my mother is about to have all her stuff repossessed. And even more afraid that Renee is using me to get ahead.

RENEE CLEMONS:
But wasn’t the sex great, Owen?

"If there's ever a remake of 'Cheers,' I'm a shoo-in for the new Diane Chambers."

“If there’s ever a remake of ‘Cheers,’ I’m a shoo-in for the new Diane Chambers.”

Jack Reinholdt bursts in.

JACK REINHOLDT:
You are asking everybody about their fears, Father? Well, I’ve got a fear. I’m scared that a bunch of hysterical lunatics are going to point the finger at me just because I was arrested for statutory rape decades ago! That had nothing to do with this! See, I brought back Danny’s missing cell phone! Doesn’t that prove I’m one of the good guys? If you’ve got real evidence, let’s see it! Oh, and don’t bother going through my stuff looking for pictures of Danny. I’ve already burned them.

"I'd get closer, but you're a little too old for me." "I was about to say the same thing."

“I’d get closer, but you’re a little too old for me.”
“I was about to say the same thing.”

Susan Wright wanders in with a résumé. Gemma Fisher is right behind her.

SUSAN WRIGHT:
You got any cleaning work, Father? I been looking all over town… even asked Gemma Fisher, here.

GEMMA FISHER:
I’m afraid of your motives. Why did you want to know if Detective Carver was staying in the inn?

SUSAN WRIGHT:
I got a right to make a living.

GEMMA FISHER:
I’ve got a right to protect my guests. Now, what did you say your name really was? Ruth something? Ruth Erlick?

SUSAN WRIGHT:
You ask me that question again, I’ll give you something to be afraid of.

"Oh look, Mouserat is playing the Snake Pit on Tuesday."

“Oh look, Mouserat is playing the Snake Hole on Tuesday.”

GEMMA FISHER:
(to Carver)
You know what else scares me, Detective?

EMMETT CARVER:
What?

GEMMA FISHER:
I’m afraid you are going to collapse again like you did last night, and this time nobody will find you. So I am going to pretend to be your wife until this is all over, just to… keep an eye on you.

ELLIE MILLER:
Now, that really is a scary idea.

EMMETT CARVER:
It doesn’t matter! I’ve got to solve this case!

PAUL COATES:
So, Carver, is that a fear you are hiding there?

RENEE CLEMONS:
Yeah, he’s afraid he’s going to screw up again, especially with so many bad leads.

PAUL COATES:
Anybody else have fears they want to get off their chests?

VINCE NOVIK:
(standing in the back)
I’m afraid Beth and Mark aren’t eating well enough. I keep trying to cook for them. You know, to prove what an awesome friend I am, somebody who would never, ever hurt anybody in their family. Ever. Also, I’m afraid of Susan Wright. Who can blame me?

SUSAN WRIGHT:
You and me gotta talk.

VINCE NOVIK:
Not happening, crazy old bat.

SUSAN WRIGHT:
You and me got secrets, Vince.

BETH SOLANO:
I’m afraid we haven’t been taking Raymond Connally’s psychic messages from Danny seriously enough.

ELLIE MILLER:
I’m afraid Raymond Connally is a con man who has been arrested for conspiracy and fraud. He’ll try to get rich off of you, Beth.

PAUL COATES:
I’m afraid Raymond Connally isn’t welcome in this church. If I see him again, I’ll kick his ass.

EMMETT CARVER:
I’ll help you.

MARK SOLANO:
Me too.

PAUL COATES:
Well, at least we can all agree on that!

CSI GUY:
Even though he was right about the boat? We found strands of Danny’s hair in the boat that burned last night. I’m afraid you all are missing something important.

"Oh, yeah, evidence. That might work. I was just going to bitch at everybody until someone confessed."

“Oh, yeah, evidence. That might work. I was just going to bitch at everybody until someone confessed.”

EMMETT CARVER:
Yeah, so am I. Reverend Coates…

PAUL COATES:
I’m here for you, Detective.

EMMETT CARVER:
Would you care to tell me why you wander around in the middle of the night with your light on?

PAUL COATES:
Uh, I have insomnia…

EMMETT CARVER:
Were you wandering around the night Danny was killed?

PAUL COATES:
Uh, I might have been… I can’t remember… I was writing a sermon.

EMMETT CARVER:
So you’ve got odd habits, no alibi, and a creepy fixation on Beth Solano.

PAUL COATES:
And a really great sermon. Oh, look! Here it is! I look around me, and I see this house of God is filled with people. It is good and it is pleasing in the sight of God. Look around at your friends. Do you look at them with suspicion?

EMMETT CARVER:
Damned right we do, and you just went to the top of the suspects list.

"I did warn him that was going to happen."

“I did warn him that was going to happen.”

PAUL COATES:
Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye and ignore the log in your own? All these outsiders, here to spread bitterness in Gracepoint.

EMMETT CARVER:
NO! I’m here to solve a mur…
(falls over)

"They said my hair couldn't look any worse. I showed them!"

“They said my hair couldn’t look any more limp and greasy… I showed them!”

GEMMA FISHER:
There he goes again! Don’t forget, I’m his wife!

CHIEF MORGAN:
Oh, what the hell. Given that Susan Wright has a false identity, Jack’s got previous convictions for molesting children, Conally’s a con man, Renee over here is using the case to advance her career, and my chief detective has a mysterious, deadly ailment, what’s one more lie going to hurt anyone? Sure, Gemma, you can fantasize about being married to the David Tennant impersonator. God knows that’s not the first time this has ever happened. And while you are performing your wifely duties, try to find out why he’s sick, will you?

CREDITS.

 

TV Show: Gracepoint

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