Gracepoint RECAP: Lying Liars Who Lie (S1:E3)

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FADE IN:

INT. POLICE STATION

Chief Morgan is glaring at his two top detectives, Emmett Carver and Ellie Miller.

CHIEF MORGAN:
OK, you’ve been working on the Danny Solano murder case for three weeks now, and you still don’t have any firm idea of who killed that boy. Would you like to explain to me why this is going so slowly?

EMMETT CARVER:
Because everybody in this backwards, god-forsaken town lies like wall-to-wall carpeting, and Miller here gets the vapors whenever I call anybody out on their bullshit.

ELLIE MILLER:
No, it’s because my rude, callous, hard-bitten partner here doesn’t understand what he’s doing to this community by being so mean to everybody! Including me! If he’d just ask nicely, I’m sure people would be less afraid to talk and we’d clear this all up in no time!

EMMETT CARVER:
Yes, please, let’s all form a big community circle and sing Kum-ba-yah. The murderer will get caught up in the warmness of it all and confess out of the goodness of his heart.

ELLIE MILLER:
It could happen.

CHIEF MORGAN:
So, what have you got?

ELLIE MILLER:
Well, my hateful outsider partner spent all week harassing Mark Solano and his grieving, distraught family.

EMMETT CARVER:
No, Miller, I spent all week wading through Solano’s lies until we finally unearthed the truth, you nitwit.

CHIEF MORGAN:
So, what actually went down with Mark Solano?

ELLIE MILLER:
Well, Chief, it’s really kind of embarrassing, and I’m sure the family doesn’t want this to get out…

EMMETT CARVER:
You want to know what the hell happened? We spent days yo-yo-ing between one liar and another. Here’s this Solano guy, his son is DEAD, and he decides he can’t give us a straight answer as to what the hell he was doing the night of the murder.

ELLIE MILLER:
Chief, he had a really good reason…

EMMETT CARVER:
He’s a douchebag.

ELLIE MILLER:
Okay, he had two really good reasons.

EMMETT CARVER:
So first we ask him what he was doing the night of the murder, and he tells us he was out fixing a boiler. Then CCTV proves he was meeting somebody. Then he says he went out drinking with a friend. We let him sit in a cell for a night, and he’s got a new story.

ELLIE MILLER:
He says he got his days confused. Haven’t you ever gotten your days confused?

EMMETT CARVER:
Do you ever use your brain for anything?

ELLIE MILLER:
Fuck off. Sir.

EMMETT CARVER:
So the next day, he tells us that the boiler was Wednesday night, not Thursday.

ELLIE MILLER:
Well, he did actually fix a boiler.

EMMETT CARVER:
Maybe. Maybe not. We’ll get back to that. All of a sudden, he remembers that he was out drinking with his apprentice—you know, his employee? The guy who lives off the salary Mark gives him? The day before, he couldn’t remember the guy’s name.

ELLIE MILLER:
Oh, he was so scared and stressed!

EMMETT CARVER:
And still lying. OK, Miller, you tell the chief what happened when we talked to that apprentice, what’s-his-name?

ELLIE MILLER:
Vince. Considerate as ever, sir. Anyway… we… um… we… spoke to Vince, and he tried to confirm that he was out with Mark… and you were so rude to him, Sir! Asking him for all these details—what they ate, the name of the restaurant, who paid the bill…

EMMETT CARVER:
Because he was clearly lying, Miller! And he’s so bad at it, his own mother ratted him out by accident! Not only are all the dear, sweet, angelic people in this town liars, they are stupid, careless liars. Shiny and sweet on the outside, rotten to the core inside—and too dumb to understand how I can tell.

ELLIE MILLER:
I guess it’s better than being rotten inside and out, like some people I could name. This asshole interrogated my son, Tom!

EMMETT CARVER:
As nicely as I could, and he gave us some very valuable insight. Solano hit Danny a couple of times, so there’s a history of violence there. Unless Tom was lying. Your kid wouldn’t lie to a cop, would he, Miller?

ELLIE MILLER:
(begins to cry)
You are te-e-e-aring that fa-a-a-a-amily apa-a-a-a-art! And mine! You’ve spent more time talking to Tom recently than I have!

EMMETT CARVER:
You’re just mad because I made you debrief the other cops and give them their assignments.

ELLIE MILLER:
I was completely unprepared!

EMMETT CARVER:
You are mad at me because I took your job? Then you get mad at me because I gave you the opportunity to do my job? Make up your fucking mind.

CHIEF MORGAN:
Back to the case, please. So, what about the Solano’s boat?

ELLIE MILLER:
Hee hee. Big old scary Carver is afraid of water.

EMMETT CARVER:
And sugary nursemaid cop is afraid of doing her job. Afraid we’d find evidence that implicates people she likes. Yeah, we checked out Solano’s boat. Turns out there was Danny’s blood in it.

ELLIE MILLER:
But Mark did a great job of explaining that. Danny caught a fishing line in his foot on a trip around the bay.

EMMETT CARVER:
Oh, yeah, he did a fantastic job. Very detailed. He knew where they went, how many fish they caught, how Danny reacted to the barb in his foot… It was just as if he was telling us about something that might actually have happened. This is the guy who couldn’t remember the name of the guy he supposedly went drinking with the night of the murder. Scumbag.

CHIEF MORGAN:
But you’ve released Solano back to his family?

EMMETT CARVER:
Hmph. If they’ll have him. His wife ought to ditch his ass.

ELLIE MILLER:
You promised not to tell anybody, sir!

EMMETT CARVER:
What, that he was cheating on his wife? Yeah, we finally got an alibi for this guy that might actually have some merit. Apparently, Solano might have been screwing Gemma Fisher that night instead of killing Danny.

CHIEF MORGAN:
Wasn’t she the same person who made Chloe Solano score her some cocaine for her hotel guests?

ELLIE MILLER:
I’m afraid so, sir.

EMMETT CARVER:
Sounds like a match made in heaven to me.

CHIEF MORGAN:
Have you established where Chloe got the cocaine from?

EMMETT CARVER:
No, but I intend to call her about that, probably around 3:00 in the morning. Maybe I’ll force her to make a formal statement when she’s supposed to be in school.

ELLIE MILLER:
Yes, he’s considerate like that.

EMMETT CARVER:
Whatever she tells me, it’s probably going to be a lie.

ELLIE MILLER:
Do you LIKE anything at all, Sir?

EMMETT CARVER:
Not anymore, no.

ELLIE MILLER:
And nobody likes you. Even Susan Wright’s dog snarls when you come around.

EMMETT CARVER:
Susan Wright’s dog snarls when Susan Wright comes around. That woman appears so sinister she can’t possibly actually be guilty. It’s too obvious.

ELLIE MILLER:
Oh, I thought you’d like her testimony, Sir. She told us that Mark Solano never worked on the plumbing at the rental cabin on the beach. (That’s where Danny was murdered, Captain.) And we did find his fingerprints there.

EMMETT CARVER:
I wouldn’t be surprised if she was lying, though. Apparently, there’s not a single person in this shiny, sweet town who can tell the truth about whether or not they’ve taken a dump that day.

Beth Solano bursts into the police station.

BETH SOLANO:
Chief Morgan, you’ve got to protect me! This weird… FREAK keeps stalking me and telling me he’s got messages from Danny! I… I finally broke down and met with him, and he said that Danny was on a boat. And that we shouldn’t search for the killer! Because Danny knew the killer!

EMMETT CARVER:
See, what’d I tell you? This town is absolutely full of liars!

ELLIE MILLER:
More about the boat! Maybe the killer did use it to hide how he got Danny to the shore!

EMMETT CARVER:
Why don’t we just pull out a Ouija board and solve this whole thing? Hey, we’ll hold a seance and talk to Danny directly! Is there anybody in this whole stinking town who doesn’t lie and make up crap all day long, every day?

Reporter Renee Clemons pops up her head out from behind a closet door.

RENEE CLEMONS:
That would be me-e-e-e-e! I search endlessly for the truth! Nobody can escape from me, and certainly not you, Emmett Carver! I’m still watching you, tracing every move you make, every blunder that leads you closer to blowing this case, just like you did the Rosemont murders! And when you botch this, I will make sure everybody in the whole world knows what a failure you are!

EMMETT CARVER:
That’s your zeal for the truth?

RENEE CLEMONS:
And my thirst for justice!

EMMETT CARVER:
Then how come you lied to your editor about where you are right now? You don’t care about truth. You just want to further your career.

RENEE CLEMONS:
By destroying yours!

EMMETT CARVER:
Too late, that’s already happened.

ELLIE MILLER:
So getting the job I wanted is a career setback for you?

CHIEF MORGAN:
OUT! All of you! I’ve had enough of this garbage!

Carver, Ellie and Renee all leave. There is a middle-aged man waiting for Carver outside the door. It’s Carver’s doctor and only friend, Martin.

MARTIN:
Hi, Emmett. I’m just here to remind you that you have a deadly illness and you’ll die if you don’t give up this investigation. I want to make sure that the audience out there understands that you aren’t a heroin addict after that scene with the syringe last week. No, you are a tortured, driven man, deathly ill, rude as hell and haunted by guilt—but you aren’t a drug addict.

EMMETT CARVER:
I can’t stop.

MARTIN:
Why not?

EMMETT CARVER:
Because the CSI guys have just unearthed a phone number that was hidden in the lining of Danny’s clothing! Do you UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT MEANS??????!!!!!

MARTIN:
That you are about to have a stroke right here on the spot?

EMMETT CARVER:
No! It means that, for the very first time in three episodes, we’ve actually got an important plot point that is not identical to what they did in Broadchurch! This may actually be a mystery after all!

MARTIN:
Sounds like a perfect place for a cliffhanger to me. No lie.

CREDITS.

TV Show: Gracepoint

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  • Cy Chase

    I love these recaps a lot.