Gracepoint RECAP: Headline Blues (S1:E6)

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FADE IN:

INT. POLICE STATION

Chief Morgan is working on paperwork alone in his office. Renee Clemons and Owen Burke burst in with a stack of newspapers from the San Francisco Globe.

CHIEF MORGAN:
Get out of my office!

OWEN BURKE:
Hey, have you solved the Danny Solano murder yet?

RENEE CLEMONS:
It’s been SIX WEEKS!

CHIEF MORGAN:
We’re making progress, sure.

RENEE CLEMONS:
What have you got? A burned boat here, some fingerprints there? Listen, you will never solve this case as long as Emmett Carver is running the investigation.

CHIEF MORGAN:
I’ve got my concerns. But they are none of yours.

OWEN BURKE:
We thought maybe we could help you, Chief.

RENEE CLEMONS:
I’m not a broken-down old cop with nasty skeletons in the closet! I’m a young, vital, energetic reporter with a reputation to make, and I know how to sniff out blood!

CHIEF MORGAN:
Or dump chum in the water and see what sharks come up.

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OWEN BURKE:
We just want to help, honest.

RENEE CLEMONS:
Look, between me and Owen, we’ve got more evidence than your pathetic team of investigators ever imagined! Look what me and Owen did! It’s an exclusive! Show him, Owen!

Owen holds up the newspaper. Actual headline: “I Did Not Kill Your Son!” Admitted Pedophile Pleas to the Family

CHIEF MORGAN:
Let me take a look at this… Well, you’ve alleged that Jack Reinhold is a pedophile and he had an altercation with the Solano family, but—

OWEN BURKE:
Not alleged! Confessed!

RENEE CLEMONS:
He served two years in prison for it! Now we are really on to something! With my ace investigative reporting skills, we will have this murder solved in no time!

CHIEF MORGAN:
Ms. Clemons, we have accepted, proper procedures for collecting evidence…

RENEE CLEMONS:
And they don’t work! I saw your proper procedures!

She holds up the next paper: Local Detective’s Son Shattered by Forced Reenactment: Child Abuse?

CHIEF MORGAN:
What the hell….?

RENEE CLEMONS:
(reading)
“Pictured, young Tom Miller was forced under tearful protest to reenact the fateful skateboard ride that led his closest friend, Danny Solano, to his murder…

Dets. Carver and Miller burst into the office.

EMMETT CARVER:
Out! Get out!

ELLIE MILLER:
We were with him the whole time! He was never in danger!

RENEE CLEMONS:
You made that boy ride his skateboard in the middle of the night! In the middle of the street!

EMMETT CARVER:
Yes, we were trying to determine how long it would take a boy Danny’s age to ride his skateboard from that street, where Danny was last seen, to the cabin on Harvey Ridge… Wait, why am I explaining this to you?

RENEE CLEMONS:
Because I know how you botched the Rosemont murders! Like that one? Here’s another!

Owen holds up another paper: Local Pedophile Finally Surrenders Dead Boy’s Phone to Incompetent Local Police. Why Did He Wait?

CHIEF MORGAN:
Lady, do you work for an actual newspaper or for the National Enquirer?

RENEE CLEMONS:
I have my sources.

CHIEF MORGAN:
(to Carver/actual line)
Is Reinhold a credible suspect?

EMMETT CARVER:
All just circumstantial for now… He had Danny’s old phone, worked with him on the Sea Brigade…

CHIEF MORGAN:
And a previous conviction for sex with a minor.

RENEE CLEMONS:
That’s it! What more do you need?

EMMETT CARVER:
Real evidence might be nice.

RENEE CLEMONS:
Who needs real evidence? I get all the stories I need just by listening to the local gossip!

Owen holds up the next paper with the actual headline: Hugs For The Boys: Jack Reinhold, Wildlife Leader. The article includes a picture of Jack right next to a picture of Danny Solano. Then, Owen actually looks at the newspaper.

OWEN BURKE:
Renee, I used to serve on the Wildlife crew! He never did anything to me!

RENEE CLEMONS:
Look, do you want this byline, or not?

OWEN BURKE:
Not… really… Not like this.

Gemma Fisher pokes her head in sheepishly.

GEMMA FISHER:
Ellie, can I talk to you for a second? I am very concerned about Beth Solano…

RENEE CLEMONS:
No need! I’m already on it! Owen, show the next one.

Owen balks. Renee grabs the stack of papers herself and holds up new headline: Grieving Mother, Insane With Jealous Rage, Trashes Bar Owned by Local Trollop

GEMMA FISHER:
Hey!

RENEE CLEMONS:
Nothing in this town gets past me.

She holds up the next headline: Crestview Inn: Homey Hotel or Secret Bordello?

GEMMA FISHER:
You are staying in that “bordello!”

RENEE CLEMONS:
Is it true that you were sleeping with Mark Solano the night his son was murdered? And is it true that decent tourists won’t come near your inn now?

GEMMA FISHER:
Only because people like you have taken the place over! I swear, I feel like I’m housing sharks!

RENEE CLEMONS:
And what about you, Det. Miller? Are you really so innocent in all this?

Next headline: Local Cop’s Junkie Sister Offers Bogus Evidence in Exchange for Drug Money

ELLIE MILLER:
I didn’t give her a dime!

OWEN BURKE:
That’s my MOM!

RENEE CLEMONS:
And what about Owen’s dad’s boat? Owen tried to hock it because your sister got cleaned out by the repo man, but it wasn’t there!

Another paper: “Stolen” Boat Owned by Family of Local Cop Linked to Danny Solano Murder Case: What Are the Police Hiding?

CHIEF MORGAN:
Wait, what is this…?

ELLIE MILLER:
Um, sir, uh… the CSI guy, Hugo, determined that the burned boat with Danny’s hair in it matched the moldings on my brother-in-law’s boat.

EMMETT CARVER:
Was that before or after he made a pass at you?

Renee Clemons’ eyes light up and she holds up a brand new headline: Sexual Harassment Rampant in Local Police Department

CHIEF MORGAN:
How are you even doing that?

RENEE CLEMONS:
Of course, not just anybody can get lucky with Gemma Fisher, even if she is an admitted adulteress!

Next paper: Sad Last Days of Dying Detective Emmett Carver: Even the Local Whore Won’t Sleep With Him!

EMMETT CARVER:
What, did you bug my room or something?

RENEE CLEMONS:
I’ve only been here a few weeks, and I’ve got all the dirt on everybody!

New headline: Dead Boy’s Dad Forces Grieving Mother to Keep Unwanted Baby: Is Infanticide in the Works?

ELLIE MILLER:
Oh, God, Chief, can we stop her?!

CHIEF MORGAN:
It seems like somebody should be able to, but for some reason I can’t remember how.

Ellie’s husband Joe Miller runs in.

JOE MILLER:
Carver, Ellie! We need to get to Jack Reinhold’s shop right now! Vince and his cronies have gathered a lynch mob!

RENEE CLEMONS:
Oh, this is great! If they actually manage to string him up, I’ll get an exclusive!

Everybody runs out of the police department and down to Jack’s shop. Mark Solano is already there, grabbing Vince by the collar.

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RENEE CLEMONS:
Oh, I can see the headline already!
(holds it up)
Violence on the Docks! Accused Murderer Mark Solano Strangles Business Partner With His Bare Hands!

MARK SOLANO:
Just clear out of here, all of you!

The crowd begins to disperse. Jack turns to Carver and Miller.

GRACEPOINT RECAP: Headline Blues (S1:E6)

JACK REINHOLD:
I didn’t hurt that boy. A long time ago, I had an affair with one of my piano students. A girl. She was almost 17. Her dad called the cops. When I got out of jail, I married her. We had a son together. But my son died in a car accident, and my marriage fell apart. I mentor boys because I miss my son. Happy, now?

RENEE CLEMONS:
Bo-o-o-o-o-o-ring!

New headline: Dark Past of Local Youth Leader: Wife Dumps Him After Son’s Violent Death

ELLIE MILLER:
No, no, this isn’t right! There is real evidence to be examined here!

OWEN BURKE:
Like what?

EMMETT CARVER:
Like the cigarette butts we found at the murder scene, right next to Danny’s body. Who might have left those?

Susan Wright stands silently to his left, quietly puffing on a cigarette.

RENEE CLEMONS:
No idea.

OWEN BURKE:
Wait, what’s that inside Jack’s shop?

Jack runs inside and sees that the lynch mob has left a painted message on his floor: PEDOPHILE in big, angry red letters. Jack picks up a photo of his family, slips out the back and jumps into the sea.

EMMETT CARVER:
Funny time to go swimming… Wait, Mr. Reinhold?

ELLIE MILLER:
Jack? JACK!!!

CHIEF MORGAN:
Oh, my god. It’s horrible. So horrible…

RENEE CLEMONS:
Death by Rampaging Dolphin?

Gracepoint Journal editor Kathy Eaton has sidled up quietly from behind.

KATHY EATON:
No.

Kathy holds up her own headline, showing a picture of Jack’s drowned body next to pictures of Renee and Owen: Murdered by Bad Journalism

KATHY EATON:
By the way, Owen?

OWEN BURKE:
(sheepishly)
Yeah?

KATHY EATON:
You’re fired. At least until next week.

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OWEN BURKE:
But… but… how am I going to get my Mom’s furniture back?

Kathy Eaton:
(holding up new headline)
Nobody Gives a Fuck, Owen.

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