Gracepoint RECAP: Gracepoint: The Musical! (S1:E8)

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FADE IN:

EXT. THE WOODS

The men of Gracepoint are searching for Det. Ellie Miller’s missing son. Suddenly, for no good reason, Rev. Paul Coates breaks into song.

PAUL COATES:
(singing to the tune of “Holy, Holy, Holy”)
Holy, Holy, Holy,
Though the darkness hides thee
We soldier on to find this kid
And solve this mystery

ELLIE MILLER:
(on phone to Det. Emmett Carver)
I don’t want to go home! We have to find my boy, and we have to find him tonight! And really, sir, I’ve got to know… why is Paul Coates SINGING? SINGING! My boy is missing and he’s SINGING!

EMMETT CARVER:
I’m sorry, Miller. It’s producer’s orders. The ratings haven’t been too good, so they are trying to generate some more interest by turning our murder mystery into a musical.

ELLIE MILLER:
What do you mean, a musical? You mean like Cop Rock? Wasn’t that a huge ratings bust?

EMMETT CARVER:
They’re getting desperate, Ellie. They’ll try anything to get people to watch.

ELLIE MILLER:
Did you just call me Ellie?

EMMETT CARVER:
Yeah, they said I had to lighten up and be nicer, more friendly. They said I should be more like The Doctor, whoever he is.

ELLIE MILLER:
Can’t you just get that drifter Lars Pierson to sing, and get this investigation—and this damned miniseries that’s dragged on too long—over with?

EMMETT CARVER:
Ellie, just go home and get some sleep. Your little brat just punched his daddy in the eye. We’ll carry on without you for one night. Just remember—today’s recap has to include a lot of mangled song lyrics. Gracepoint is a musical now, because reasons.

INT. GRACEPOINT JOURNAL OFFICES

Renee Clemons flounces into the Gracepoint Journal. Kathy Eaton, the editor, stares daggers at her.

RENEE CLEMONS:
I’m ba-ack! Did anybody miss me?

KATHY EATON:
Does anybody miss the bubonic plague? What gave you the courage to show your face in this town after what you’ve done?

RENEE CLEMONS:
I wanted to hop in the sack with Owen again!

KATHY EATON:
Oh, I get it. There’s another missing kid out there so you have a new opportunity to spread your poison. Who are you hoping to hound to death today?

RENEE CLEMONS:
Oh, just Detective Carver! Why are you looking at me like that? Nobody likes him, anyway!

KATHY EATON:
Let me make this quite clear:
(singing to the tune of “Hit the Road, Jack”)
Hit the road, hack
And don’t you spread your lies no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road, hack
And don’t you bother us no more

RENEE CLEMONS:
What you say?
Oh, Kathy, Oh Kathy, don’t treat me so mean
This is the juiciest scoop I’ve seen
If you won’t help, who will?
‘Cuz there’s still a lot of dirt to spill.

Renee gets into her car and heads to the Crestview Inn. Gemma Fisher turns her back and starts aggressively cleaning things the moment Renee walks through the door.

RENEE CLEMONS:
Hey, Gemma, can I get a room?

GEMMA FISHER:
I’m completely booked. Forever.

RENEE CLEMONS:
Seriously? I thought the murder investigation killed your business.

GEMMA FISHER:
Can you not take a hint?
(singing)
Hit the road, hack
And don’t you stalk Carver no more, no more, no more, no more
Hit the road, hack
You can’t stay here no more

RENEE CLEMONS:
What you say?

Every visitor at the inn gathers to form a circle around Renee for the big finish.

CRESTVIEW INN VISITORS:
Hit the road, hack.
Before we toss you out in the trash, the trash, the trash, the trash
You killed our friend, Jack
Everybody wants your ass

RENEE CLEMONS:
OK, I guess I have to sleep in my car. Maybe Beth Solano will feel terribly sorry for me and I can manipulate her a little more later.

THE ENTIRE TOWN:
OUT!

INT. GRACEPOINT EMERGENCY ROOM

Several orderlies rush in with a gurney containing Miller’s son Tom, whom Paul Coates has found in the woods. Tom has an injured leg. Carver and Miller are waiting for him. Several people from the search party, including Mark Solano, also come in.

ELLIE MILLER:
Oh, my poor baby! They found you!
(embraces him)

EMMETT CARVER:
A couple of questions, Tom?

TOM MILLER:
Yeah, I guess so.

EMMETT CARVER:
How’s your leg?

ELLIE MILLER:
What were you doing out there in the dark?

EMMETT CARVER:
Why were you going to Lars Pierson’s cabin?

ELLIE MILLER:
How did you get his address?

EMMETT CARVER:
Why did you have Danny’s crossword book?

JOE MILLER:
Do you know how much trouble you got me into with your mom?

Everybody stops and stares at Joe, who shrugs.

TOM MILLER:
OK, I’ll try to explain. What was I thinking? Uh… I… I thought if I could convince that creepy backpacker guy to confess, my mom could come home!

ELLIE MILLER:
Is that it? After scaring us all like that?

TOM MILLER:
What else do you want me to say?

EMMETT CARVER:
I’m sorry, kid, but you’ve got to explain this in song.

TOM MILLER:
Huh?

ELLIE MILLER:
New rules, sweetheart.

JOE MILLER:
It’s a ratings thing.

EMMETT CARVER:
It’s probably just for one week.

ELLIE MILLER:
Just try, sweetie.

Tom ponders for a second. He pulls The Big Book of Disney Songs out of thin air, looks at it for a second, and begins warbling.

TOM MILLER:
(singing to the tune of…)
Let it go!

Everybody begins groaning.

TOM MILLER:
Let it go!
I wanted to make that guy confess.
Let it go!
Let it go!
So that we could end all this distress.
My mom has been much too long away.
I just tried to heeeeeeeelp!
I’m back safe and sound, now, anyway.

ELLIE MILLER:
And grounded for a month.

EMMETT CARVER:
For running away, or for making us listen to that?

ELLIE MILLER:
Both.

TOM MILLER:
But you made me!

The orderlies wheel Tom out.

EMMETT CARVER:
We had to let Lars Pierson go. We have no evidence at all, and he was at a campground fifty miles away the night of the murder.

ELLIE MILLER:
I don’t care. I want him to be guilty.

EMMETT CARVER:
I know, Ellie, I know. I do, too. But he’s not. We’ll have to go badger somebody else.

MARK SOLANO:
Hey, I’ve got an idea! Paul Coates found Tom’s bike! He also found Tom! One of my clients saw him at a Narcotics Anonymous meeting! He has lots of contact with the local kids! He’s just loving the spotlight since this case became public! He’s in love with my wife! He hates that we are a happy family!

ELLIE MILLER:
Happy?

MARK SOLANO:
Working on it! Why don’t you go question him?

EMMETT CARVER:
But there’s no real evi—

ELLIE MILLER:
Oh, of course we will, Mark. I understand all about pointing a finger at somebody for completely personal and irrational reasons!

INT. POLICE INTERROGATION ROOM

Paul Coates is slumped in a chair. Carver is bent over him, menacingly.

EMMETT CARVER:
OK, Coates, here’s what we know about you now. You had a mid-level parish in a big town and you were doing really well. Then you got into a bar fight and ended up in rehab.

PAUL COATES:
I had bad back and got addicted to painkillers. Once of my parishioners didn’t like my sermon, so he attacked me.

EMMETT CARVER:
You had to come back here to a tiny parish, and you usually can’t fill the seats. But then this case got a lot of attention and you’ve become a complete media whore.

PAUL COATES:
I love the fact that everybody is turning to me for comfort and solace, because that’s kind of my job.

EMMETT CARVER:
You once went on a boat ride with Owen Burke, so you know where he kept it.

PAUL COATES:
I went on a boat ride with Owen because… uh, why not? He invited me.

EMMETT CARVER:
You found Tom’s bike. Then you found Tom.

PAUL COATES:
I thought the point of the search party was to find Tom. Why are you grilling me because I succeeded? Maybe God helped.

EMMETT CARVER:
You are in love with Beth Solano.

PAUL COATES:
Yes, I’m in love with Beth Solano, but that’s a rotten motive for me to kill her son.

EMMETT CARVER:
And you are a complete media whore.

PAUL COATES:
So, your point is…?

EMMETT CARVER:
I am trying to prove that you are a hypocrite and a lousy pastor.

PAUL COATES:
Why?

EMMETT CARVER:
Because we still have two more episodes before we find the real killer, so harassing you is our latest stalling technique. And because I find religious faith offensive and I always want to discredit it. I’m an asshole like that.

PAUL COATES:
You are an asshole about a lot of things, Carver.
(singing to the tune of “Losing My Religion”)
Oh, death… it’s bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you can’t touch me
The crowds that I now preach to
Have quadrupled in their size
You think I preach… too… much
I haven’t preached enough

That’s me at the pulpit
That’s me in the spotlight
Abusing my religion
Taking advantage of this murder
And I don’t know if you can solve it.
Oh, no, I’ve preached too much.
I haven’t preached enough.

Remember when…
Remember when Beth still loved me
I remember this…
Her kiss…
She was my first love, failed
What if all these child killings bring… her… back to me?
And now I’ve preached… too much.

You’re stuck in a corner
You’re getting in my face, now,
Abusing my religion
Trying to pin it all on me
But I don’t think that you can do it
Because I have…
No motive.

EMMETT CARVER:
What if you… uuuuuuh….. um…

PAUL COATES:
Yeah, I’ll be going now. I’ll pray for you, Carver. You are going to need it.

EXT. NEIGHBORHOOD STREET

Beth Solano is out jogging when she sees Renee Clemons sleeping in her car.

BETH SOLANO:
Renee! Renee! Are you all right?

RENEE CLEMONS:
Oh, yeah. I’m a complete social outcast in Gracepoint now, but enough about me. Let’s talk about you! Remember how Detective Carver screwed up the Rosemont case? Well, you need to talk to somebody who’s in the same situation you are! Then you will see what a rotten cop he is! I’m just trying to help!

BETH SOLANO:
Ooookay…

Scene abruptly shifts to the kitchen of Kate Blanchard, whose daughter Nina was murdered in Rosemont.

BETH SOLANO:
OK, Kate… so… uh… how do you get through this?

KATE BLANCHARD:
(singing to the tune of Tik Tok)
Wake up in the morning, feeling really shitty
Grab a drink, cry a lot, this scene isn’t pretty
If you’ve got Carver on lead, then your case is all jacked
Because he lost the evidence, and it ain’t comin’ back

Don’t think, just drink
Gonna blow my liver up
Watch TV, I’mma see
The world passing by me
Tick Tock happy faces
But my cryin’ don’t stop,
no oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh

Tick Tock goes the clock
Think I’ll have some more rum
Tick Tock it won’t stop
But my daughter won’t come
I lost my old life
And now all I have is
Drink, pills and tears
All through the years
Soon, so will you.
Beth, you are screwed

RENEE CLEMONS:
So that’s what you’ve got to look forward to for the rest of your life!

BETH SOLANO:
A vicious cycle of booze and pill popping?

KATE BLANCHARD:
I lost my life that day!

BETH SOLANO:
Maybe I’d better find mine.

Beth’s phone rings.

BETH SOLANO:
Hello, Mark. Dean took Chloe away on his motorcycle? We have to go catch them right now!

INT. DESERTED APARTMENT

Mark and Beth break and enter into the deserted apartment to find Chloe and Dean playing music and dancing.

BETH SOLANO:
What are you two doing? How DARE you laugh and be happy when Danny is dead?

CHLOE SOLANO:
I want to be something other than the Dead Kid’s Sister!

MARK SOLANO:
Let’s go bowling!

The Solanos all get in the car and go to the bowling alley.

BETH SOLANO:
(singing to the tune of “Proud Mary”)
Two months we’ve been mourning our Danny
Weepin’ and a-wailin’ every night and day

MARK SOLANO:
But I never knew just what a relief
It might be to forget him just a little while

CHLOE SOLANO:
Big ball, keep on rollin’
Help us on this path we’re goin’

THE SOLANO FAMILY:
Bowling…
Bowling…
Bowling as a family
Bowling…
Bowling…
Bowling at the alley

Doot doot doot spare!
Doot doot doot strike!
(all dance wildly)

BETH SOLANO:
I think I’ll keep the baby!

EXT. DREAM SEQUENCE

Emmett Carver is trudging through the field in the pouring rain. He is headed toward the cliffs overlooking the beach. He sees three children standing in a row, hand in hand. They are Danny Solano, Nina Blanchard and Tom Miller.

EMMETT CARVER:
Get away from that cliff! You’ll fall!

CHILDREN:
(singing to the tune of “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”)
Bad dreams are made of this
Dead kids stand by the crashing sea
You’re searching for clues but you cannot see
Everybody’s missing something
Some of them want to accuse you
Some of them will be accused by you
Some of them want to abuse you
Some of them… want to give you a heart attack!

Carver grabs Danny by the ankle, but he falls—and Carver wakes up in a cold sweat, having another seizure. He grabs his pills. Somewhere in the distance, the wailing bridge to the song continues. The phone rings. Carver picks it up.

EMMETT CARVER:
Yeah, what the hell is it? She did WHAT?! I’ll be right there!

INT. INTERROGATION ROOM

Susan Wright is glowering at Miller and Carver.

EMMETT CARVER:
Susan Wright, you are here because you gave Tom Miller a skateboard belonging to Danny Solano. It is the same skateboard he was riding on the night of his death.

SUSAN WRIGHT:
Somebody stole my dog.

ELLIE MILLER:
We have also learned that you are living under an alias. Your former husband killed your son. Is that correct?

SUSAN WRIGHT:
I went into the Gracepoint Journal to yell at that editor, Kathy Eaton. While I was in there, somebody stole my dog. Where is my dog?!

EMMETT CARVER:
We don’t know where your dog is.

SUSAN WRIGHT:
I’m not talking until you give me back my dog.

EMMETT CARVER:
Why did you have Danny’s skateboard?

SUSAN WRIGHT:
Give me my dog.

ELLIE MILLER:
Why did you give it to Danny?

SUSAN WRIGHT:
You want me to sing it for you?
(singing to the tune of “And I’m telling you I’m not going”)
And I am telling you
I’m not talking
My dog’s the best friend I’ve ever known
There is no way you’ll let me go

No, no, no, no, no way
I tell you there’s no way
I’m talking without him
So you’ve got to find him
I don’t wanna be free
I’m staying, I’m staying
And you can both bite me!

As Susan sings, superimposed are images of Vince Novik finding the dog, untying it and taking it to his own house, which has several skateboards on the inside door. He points a gun at the dog. Then he gives it a treat.

EXT. STREET

Rev. Paul Coates is walking down the street at night.

PAUL COATES:
Holy, Holy, Holy
This whole town’s gone crazy
Now they’ll have me in a cell
Because I like my job

Holy, Holy, Holy… SHIT!
Tom, what are you doing?

Tom Miller is sitting in his driveway, banging on his laptop computer with a hammer.

TOM MILLER:
(singing to the tune of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”)
Tom was quizzical
Asked a theoretical
Question to Owen
Can a person get back a deleted file -ile -ile -ile?

Owen was informative
Replied in the affirmative
“Sure, it can be done!
Why’d you ask this strange little question, son-uh-uh-un?”

Bang! Bang! Tommy Miller’s Hammer
Came down upon these keys
Bang! Bang! Tommy Miller’s Hammer
Marked file “Permanent Delete”

Elsewhere, Carver and Miller are racing by foot to the cabin at Harvey Ridge.

EMMETT CARVER:
(still singing)
Here we are, my friend,
Back at Harvey Ridge again
Someone’s seen a light
The murderer is in sight, I just know -uh -uh -oh

ELLIE MILLER:
I’ll check the front door
Just like we planned before
Sir, we’ve got him now!
Open up! You’re under arrest now -ow -ow OW!

A hooded figure attacks Ellie. Carver fires his gun.

EMMETT CARVER:
Bang! Bang! Damn! A heart attack!
Oh, God, please, not today!
Bang! Bang! I don’t have time for this!

ELLIE MILLER:
Sir, he’s getting away!

Bang, Bang, sir, this investigation
Is finally coming to a head

EMMETT CARVER:
Bang, Bang. It’s too late for me.
Miller, I think I’m dead.

Miller calls for an ambulance as the credits roll.

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