- 1. What I love about Nicole.
- 2. She makes people feel comfortable
about even embarrassing things.
- 3. - You look like you care about animals.
- Yes, I do.
- 4. She really listens
when someone is talking.
- 5. Do you wanna sign up here?
- 6. You know what?
- 7. It's funny, I actually signed up for this
but I never heard from you guys.
- 8. Sometimes she listens too much
for too long.
- 9. Okay, if you email me here—
- 10. - Thank you so much. Have a good day.
- Good luck.
- 11. She's a good citizen.
- 12. - Just call him.
- I'm not calling.
- 13. She always knows the right thing to do
when it comes to difficult family shit.
- 14. Call him.
- 15. I get stuck in my ways
and she knows when to push me
- 16. and when to leave me alone.
- 17. She cuts all our hair.
- 18. Yeah!
- 19. She's always inexplicably
brewing a cup of tea
- 20. that she doesn't drink.
- 21. And it's not easy for her
to put away a sock or close a cabinet
- 22. or do a dish, but she tries for me.
- 23. Nicole grew up in LA around actors
- 24. and directors and movies and TV,
- 25. and is very close to her mother, Sandra,
- 26. and Cassie, her sister.
- 27. Note the wrapping.
- 28. Nicole gives great presents.
- 29. She is a mother who plays, really plays.
- 30. She never steps off playing
- 31. or says it's too much.
- 32. Mom.
- 33. And it must be too much some of the time.
- 34. "... chopped down a Christmas tree..."
- 35. All right.
- 36. Nice. Two, three, four.
- 37. What?
- 38. Are you kidding me? I was just in jail!
- 39. Goddamn it!
- 40. Do not laugh at me. Stop it.
- 41. She's competitive.
- 42. She's amazing at opening jars
because of her strong arms,
- 43. which I've always found very sexy.
- 44. She keeps the fridge over-full.
- 45. No one is ever hungry in our house.
- 46. She can drive a stick.
- 47. How could you?
- 48. After that movie, All Over the Girl,
- 49. she could have stayed in LA
and been a movie star,
- 50. but she gave that up to do theater
with me in New York.
- 51. You might as well get what you paid for.
- 52. She's brave.
- 53. She's a great dancer.
- 54. Infectious.
- 55. She makes me wish I could dance.
- 56. She always says
when she doesn't know something
- 57. or hasn't read a book
or seen a film or a play,
- 58. whereas I fake it or say something
like, "I haven't seen that in awhile."
- 59. My crazy ideas are her favorite things
to figure out how to execute.
- 60. Let's try it...
- 61. crawling...
- 62. but also standing.
- 63. She's my favorite actress.
- 64. What I love about Charlie.
- 65. Charlie is undaunted.
- 66. He never lets other people's opinions
or any setbacks
- 67. keep him from what he wants to do.
- 68. Charlie eats like he's trying
to get it over with
- 69. and like there won't be enough food
- 70. A sandwich is to be strangled
- 71. Is your shirt on backwards?
- 72. But he's incredibly neat,
- 73. and I rely on him
to keep things in order.
- 74. So...
- 75. He's energy-conscious.
- 76. Sorry.
- 77. He doesn't look in the mirror too often.
- 78. I cried four times.
- 79. Me too.
- 80. He cries easily in movies.
- 81. I wonder if it was the same four.
- 82. He's very self-sufficient.
- 83. He can darn a sock
and cook himself dinner and iron a shirt.
- 84. How are we doing over here?
- 85. The peppers are cut.
- 86. He rarely gets defeated, which...
- 87. I feel like I always do.
- 88. cut some carrots.
- 89. Charlie takes all of my moods steadily.
- 90. He doesn't give in to them
or make me feel bad about them.
- 91. He's a great dresser.
- 92. He never looks embarrassing,
which is hard for a man.
- 93. Goddamn it, Charlie, get it together!
- 94. He's very competitive.
- 95. Oh, come on!
- 96. - What's this? Who owns Baltic Avenue?
- 97. How much is it? I don't have enough.
- 98. Four hundred and fifty dollars.
- 99. Okay, so I'm done?
I'm done, right? That's it?
- 100. This is so frustrating!
- 101. This is so frustrating.
I always lose at this game.
- 102. - Dad?
- He loves being a dad.
- 103. He loves all the things you're supposed
to hate, like the tantrums,
- 104. the waking up at night.
- 105. I had a bad dream.
- 106. It's okay.
- 107. It's almost annoying how much he likes it,
- 108. but then it's mostly nice.
- 109. Dad, stay.
- 110. He disappears into his own world.
- 111. Shit.
- 112. - What's shit?
- This is our stop.
- 113. He and Henry are alike in that way.
- 114. He can tell people
when they have food in their teeth
- 115. or on their face in a way
that doesn't make them feel bad.
- 116. Did you get it? Perfect.
- 117. Charlie is self-made.
- 118. His parents...
- 119. I only met them once, but...
- 120. he told me there was a lot of alcohol
and some violence in his childhood.
- 121. As soon as she comes with a lookout,
they come in on the camcorder.
- 122. - Camcorder.
- Is that what they're called now?
- 123. He moved to New York from Indiana
with no safety net.
- 124. And now he's more New Yorker
than any New Yorker.
- 125. Made sure they used the right almond milk.
- 126. Genius.
- 127. He's brilliant at creating family
out of whoever is around.
- 128. With the theater company, he cast a spell
that made everyone feel included.
- 129. No one, not even an intern,
- 130. He could remember all the inside jokes.
- 131. Where do you go when it's windy?
- 132. Oh, yeah, that... that was funny.
- 133. He's extremely organized and thorough.
- 134. He's very clear about what he wants,
- 135. unlike me, who can't always tell.
- 136. Let's stop right there.
- 137. Who wants to start?
- 138. I'm not gonna read this out loud.
- 139. Why is that?
- 140. Because I don't like what I wrote.
- 141. As we mediate your separation
- 142. and eventual divorce...
- 143. things can get quite contentious.
- 144. So I like to begin
with a note of positivity
- 145. for the people I work with to remember
- 146. why they got married in the first place.
- 147. And so that, as you come apart,
- 148. you're reminded that...
- 149. this is a person
you had great feeling for,
- 150. and maybe still do in many ways.
- 151. I'll read mine. I like what I wrote.
- 152. For it to really work,
- 153. you both have to read.
- 154. I'm not going to.
- 155. Okay, um...
- 156. I just think it's a shame
that you guys aren't gonna get to hear
- 157. the wonderful things
you wrote about each other.
- 158. She always says I can't write,
but I think mine's pretty good.
- 159. Nicole, maybe you'd change your mind
once you heard Charlie's.
- 160. I don't wanna hear Charlie's.
- 161. We promised to listen.
- 162. That's right.
- 163. That's the very first step
in this process.
- 164. Well, I think I'm gonna go
if you two are gonna just sit around
- 165. and suck each other's dicks.
- 166. How can this evil allow moderation?
- 167. How can this evil allow moderation?
- 168. How can it be right
to betray the departed?
- 169. How is it human to be so...
- 170. faithless?
- 171. I want no praise from impious men.
- 172. No home with them of quiet ease.
- 173. Noble blood still runs in my veins.
- 174. Shall I fail my father...
- 175. stifling my cries,
- 176. clipping the wings of grief?
- 177. Must his corpse in the ground
- 178. wretchedly waste away,
feebly count for nothing?
- 179. Must his killers gloat,
- 180. - never to pay with blood for blood?
- Must his killers gloat,
- 181. never to pay with blood for blood?
- 182. Charlie gave me the note,
but it's really for you.
- 183. - He told me to pick up my cues.
- How is that for me?
- 184. Acting is reacting.
- 185. - I'm responding to you.
- I got intimate.
- 186. - And you're slowing me down.
- Frank, it's closing night, you know.
- 187. You don't think Charlie and Nicole
will ever get back together?
- 188. No, I think this time it's really over.
- 189. It still feels weird.
- 190. I feel like my parents are splitting up.
- 191. It's always been Charlie and Nicole.
- 192. - Is Charlie still giving notes?
- 193. You're lucky. I wish I was going to LA.
- 194. You can actually have space in LA.
There's no space here.
- 195. But there's no winter.
- 196. Ladies and gentlemen,
- 197. I wanna make a toast
- 198. to Charlie
- 199. and to our beloved Nicole,
- 200. who is going to be going out
on a new adventure
- 201. all the way to sunny California.
- 202. And we are also going to try
- 203. We are going to take our play
- 204. Yeah!
- 205. It reminds me of when I was a young person
- 206. and went to Broadway for the first time.
- 207. And I'm telling you,
- 208. winning your first Tony at 27,
- 209. it can mess with your head.
- 210. I mean, I was just a baby.
- 211. - Elia Kazan was backstage...
- I'm gonna go over there now.
- 212. - Don't do it. Mary Ann?
- ... elbowing Mike Nichols.
- 213. And Mike was jabbing with Dietrich,
- 214. and Marlene, you know,
- 215. she usually was a barrel of monkeys,
- 216. but tonight she was very,
very serious. And of course...
- 217. - Could you give me a second?
- ... later I realized, "My, but that—"
- 218. Well, I'd have to study it,
but I'd say you got...
- 219. - Hi.
- 220. Hey, I didn't expect you guys home
- 221. - How's he doing?
- Good. He went to bed on time.
- 222. No fuss. Read him some
of Cricket in Time Square.
- 223. God, you guys are so attractive.
- 224. Shit. Sorry, I didn't stop that
from being said.
- 225. No, it's okay.
- 226. I'll pay for the whole time.
We decided to come home early.
- 227. Hey, thanks. And also...
- 228. conversation as well as anybody,
but I've gotta run.
- 229. Hasta pronto, if you know what I mean.
- 230. - You're leaving?
- Well, I ain't movin' in.
- 231. Oh, we'll be back when you get your—
- 232. If you don't like that mediator,
we'll find another one.
- 233. - Yeah.
- We might not need a mediator.
- 234. We'll split everything anyway,
I don't care.
- 235. - Me neither.
- You can have most of it.
- 236. We'll get apartments near each other,
make it easier for Henry.
- 237. We'll figure it out.
We want the same things.
- 238. - Right.
- Meantime, the pilot will be fun for you.
- 239. You don't think it's bad, do you?
- 240. I don't ever watch TV,
- 241. so, you know, I can't tell.
- 242. I told Henry I'd come out to LA
in two weeks to see him.
- 243. Yes?
- 244. Nothing.
- 245. I can tell you wanna give me a note.
- 246. No, I don't.
- 247. Yeah, I mean... yes, I do, but I guess...
- 248. I guess it doesn't matter now.
- 249. You won't be with the show anymore.
- 250. You're not gonna be able to sleep
until you tell me.
- 251. Maybe not.
- 252. Okay, then.
- 253. So there are two things.
- 254. I thought your posture at the top
of scene seven is still too dignified.
- 255. Okay.
- 256. And then...
- 257. at the end, I could tell
you were pushing for the emotion.
- 258. Well, you know I can't cry on stage
- 259. and I know you don't like it
when I fake it, but...
- 260. I thought maybe tonight
it would come, but...
- 261. it didn't.
- 262. That's all I had.
- 263. Thanks for indulging me.
- 264. Good night, Charlie.
- 265. This is the day, this is the day
That the Lord has made
- 266. That the Lord has made
- 267. Let us rejoice
- 268. Let us rejoice and be glad in it
- 269. And be glad in it
- 270. Mom.
- 271. G-ma, summer is for relaxing.
- 272. This is the day...
- 273. What do you wanna do today?
- 274. Hang out and relax with you.
- 275. - Me too.
- No relaxing.
- 276. Nicole has a hair and makeup test today,
- 277. and Henry, we got you into Fairy Camp
with the cousins.
- 278. I hate Fairy Camp.
- 279. Cassie says everyone likes Fairy Camp,
- 280. and I think this is true.
- 281. Henry, go make your mom some coffee
like I taught you.
- 282. Mom, wait till you taste my coffee.
- 283. Oop-a-doodle.
- 284. Do you always sleep together?
- 285. Even in New York?
- 286. No, it's just for right now
while we go through this transition.
- 287. Oh, shit.
- 288. Don't tell Charlie when he gets here.
He hates co-sleeping.
- 289. Well, I have to say, I agree with Charlie.
- 290. Oh, surprise surprise.
- 291. - It's as if you have exploded...
- Jesus, it's early.
- 292. into this room.
- 293. I can do this part alone.
- 294. Fine. I won't look.
- 295. As long as you're in my house,
wake up is at 6:30 a.m.,
- 296. and until you know what you wanna do,
- 297. we're gonna do what I like to do.
- 298. I can't just go from what Charlie
wanted to do to what you want to do.
- 299. Even though I am 64
- 300. and have a dead gay husband,
- 301. I manage to get up every day,
- 302. live my life, and feel pretty good
- 303. So maybe your mom knows a thing or two.
- 304. You know what I would do?
- 305. About what?
- 306. When Charlie gets here,
- 307. I'd whisk him off to Palm Springs.
- 308. That's what your father and I did
whenever we hit a speed bump.
- 309. Didn't you walk in on Dad
blowing the porter in Palm Springs?
- 310. And I always regretted
getting so upset about it.
- 311. Charlie and I are getting a divorce, Mom.
There's nothing for us in Palm Springs.
- 312. You need to wash your face
before you go to sleep.
- 313. When Daddy gets here,
maybe we could all go on the Jaws ride.
- 314. Yeah.
- 315. Or I could go once with Daddy
and once with you
- 316. because I wouldn't mind
going twice anyway.
- 317. We'll all go together, sweetheart.
- 318. Did you know that Universal Studios
- 319. is where I did my first screen test?
- 320. On the plane, I re-read the pilot
as if I were Charlie reading it
- 321. and I started to think it was just bad.
- 322. My agent says it's one to watch.
- 323. This coffee is good. Thank you.
- 324. You're welcome.
- 325. What if Charlie is on Broadway
- 326. with a play I brought him,
which I originated,
- 327. and I'm just doing bad TV?
- 328. Everyone is only impressed
when they see someone on TV.
- 329. She's beautiful.
- 330. - Her wig looks great.
- Where's she been for the past ten years?
- 331. Doing weird theater in New York,
- 332. - I saw one. It rained onstage.
- Can I say something?
- 333. It was good. It was edgy.
- 334. Directed by her husband.
Supposedly very controlling.
- 335. - We're lucky to have her.
- I'm surprised she said yes.
- 336. We can thank her divorce.
- 337. Can she move her hand?
- 338. It'll be hard to roto in the hair
on the baby around her fingers.
- 339. Can you move your hand
further down the baby?
- 340. Where? Like here?
- 341. Off the head entirely.
- 342. I have to support his head.
- 343. No, support the head, of course.
Just try and do it from the shoulders.
- 344. - It's perfect.
- Yes, good.
- 345. - I can't hold a baby like this.
- She's right, that's gonna look weird.
- 346. We can totally do it.
It'll just take time and money.
- 347. It's very important
to have this show based on hard science.
- 348. So we can see your pretty face
and not ours.
- 349. You should've seen me
before the plants invaded.
- 350. I say that with respect.
- 351. I was raised by two mothers.
- 352. Can you lower the board please, Pablo?
- 353. Here? How about here?
- 354. - How about now?
- Why is there always a flirty grip?
- 355. I can do anything you want.
I need her here two hours before—
- 356. Can I say something?
- 357. Hold on. What, honey?
- 358. She has to know how to hold a baby.
- 359. Later on, after she kills Donny...
- 360. - She kills Donny?
- That's a secret.
- 361. she becomes a sort of a Earth mother...
- 362. to the plant community.
- 363. That's not gonna make any sense if we feel
like she's a bad mother to her own kid.
- 364. - She's right.
- Does Donny know?
- 365. - Must be nice to get out of New York.
- Well, I'm from out here.
- 366. Our daughter, Mia, is at NYU,
living in a shoebox.
- 367. She says it went up to 104 the other day.
- 368. - We are just so excited to have you.
- I'm excited to be here.
- 369. We're going for an early aughts aesthetic,
so having your presence just nails that.
- 370. What signifies early aughts?
- 371. - Into the Girl was on TV...
- All Over the Girl.
- 372. or streaming or something.
- 373. You are fucking hot in that movie.
- 374. - Carol.
- Fuck it, I speak my mind.
- 375. - We're not allowing our son to see it.
- Because you show your tits.
- 376. - Carol!
- 377. This is Carter Mitchum.
He's a futurist at UCLA.
- 378. He's consulting on all the environmental
stuff for the show so it's accurate.
- 379. - Nice to meet you.
- Is it?
- 380. - What?
- 381. So far, none of it.
- 382. This pilot will go.
So just get ready to move back to LA.
- 383. Everything you were saying back there
was absolutely right.
- 384. - If she's a bad mom, we lose the audience.
- Nobody knows we're killing Donny,
- 385. including Donny.
- 386. I thought—
- 387. Let us know if you'd like to be part
of our writer's room.
- 388. I bet you'd be really helpful, actually.
- 389. Or I could direct.
- 390. - No, yeah.
- Sorry, what? Maybe that sounds crazy.
- 391. No, do you have a reel?
- 392. No, because I've never done it.
I watched my husband do it for years.
- 393. Almost ex-husband.
- 394. Oh, what's the opposite of fiancé?
- 395. Dennis and I'll talk
to your agent about it.
- 396. At our theater I always wanted to direct,
and then Charlie would say something
- 397. like, "The next one,"
but he was always the director,
- 398. so there never was a next one.
- 399. I don't know. Maybe if we'd stayed married
there would've been.
- 400. We're gonna kill him off.
It seems unlikely...
- 401. I'm gonna give you a number.
- 402. Okay, is it a therapist?
'Cause I have a therapist.
- 403. Well, it's my mom's therapist.
We share her.
- 404. She's a lawyer. She represented me
when I left Dennis.
- 405. Oh. You and Dennis are divorced?
- 406. Since 2013.
- 407. You still work together.
- 408. That's nice.
- 409. Oh, no, he's a fucking cocksucker.
- 410. Nora got me half of this project
in the settlement.
- 411. Well, we talked about doing it
- 412. My sister had me meet
a bunch of them already
- 413. and I just hated them.
- 414. Call Nora.
- 415. She saved my life.
- 416. Sorry, I...
- 417. look so schleppy.
- 418. I had an event at my kid's school.
- 419. Let me get this out of the way.
- 420. I think you're a wonderful actress.
- 421. Thank you.
- 422. I loved All Over the Girl,
- 423. but the theater stuff too...
- 424. You saw the theater stuff?
- 425. I was in New York last year for my book,
- 426. which, remind me to give you a copy,
- 427. and my publisher took me.
- 428. Great.
- 429. - Thank you.
- You're awesome.
- 430. - Well, Charlie directed it.
- I know.
- 431. He's very talented.
- 432. He is.
- 433. They're moving it to Broadway.
- 434. Well, without me, of course.
- 435. He was lucky to have you.
- 436. How are you doing?
- 437. - Oh.
- 438. Honey...
- 439. You take some breaths.
- 440. And while you do,
I'm gonna tell you about myself.
- 441. If you should choose to hire me,
- 442. I will work tirelessly for you,
- 443. and I'm always available by phone or text,
- 444. except when I'm with my kids.
- 445. I insist on doing drop off and pick up
every day at school.
- 446. - I understand.
- I've been through this myself.
- 447. Thank you, Annie. So...
- 448. I know how it feels.
- 449. - You do?
- 450. I have a kid from my ex,
and he's a narcissistic artist...
- 451. and verbally abusive.
- 452. I'm now with a great boyfriend
who lives in Malibu.
- 453. Good.
- 454. Well, Charlie's not terrible.
- 455. No, of course not.
- 456. But they ravish you with attention
in the beginning,
- 457. and then once we have babies,
we become the mom
- 458. and they get sick of us.
- 459. Where do you wanna live now, doll?
- 460. Well...
- 461. I'm here now, obviously.
- 462. I don't know
if the show'll get picked up, but...
- 463. feels like home.
- 464. It is home.
- 465. It's the only home I've ever known
- 466. You wanna stay here?
- 467. Charlie's not gonna want that. He...
- 468. He hates LA.
- 469. We're interested in what you wanna do.
- 470. Sounds to me
like you did your time in New York.
- 471. He can do some time here, no?
- 472. He always said we would, but he never...
- 473. did.
- 474. How old is your son?
- 475. Henry's eight.
- 476. He likes LA.
- 477. I don't know if it's fair to him.
- 478. I want you to listen to me.
- 479. What you're doing is an act of hope.
- 480. Do you understand that?
- 481. Yeah.
- 482. You're saying,
"I want something better for myself."
- 483. I do.
- 484. And this, right now, is the worst time.
- 485. It will only get better.
- 486. Wasn't it Tom Petty who said
"The waiting is the hardest part"?
- 487. I don't know.
- 488. I represented his wife
in their divorce.
- 489. I got her half of that song.
- 490. Oh, I don't want any money or anything.
- 491. I just worried 'cause we weren't
gonna use lawyers, so...
- 492. I don't wanna be too aggressive.
- 493. I wanna stay friends.
- 494. We'll do it as gently as possible.
- 495. Now...
- 496. can you tell me a little more
about what's going on?
- 497. Because part of what we're gonna
do together is tell your story.
- 498. It's difficult to articulate.
- 499. It's...
- 500. not as simple
as not being in love anymore.
- 501. I understand.
- 502. Why don't you start at the beginning?
Wherever that is for you.
- 503. Well...
- 504. I was engaged to Ben
- 505. and living in LA, you know?
- 506. And I felt like yes, I wanted
to make movies and marry Ben.
- 507. Oh, Jesus,
I was only 19 or 20 at the time.
- 508. I never felt older in my whole life.
- 509. Anyway, if I was honest with myself,
- 510. it was like a small part of me
- 511. or dead-ish.
- 512. You know, you tell yourself,
- 513. "No one's perfect,
no relationship's perfect."
- 514. Oh, this tea is delicious.
- 515. Isn't it? It's the Manuka honey.
- 516. Anyway, you were asking about Charlie.
- 517. So, um—
- 518. So, yes. So I was...
- 519. happy with Ben and aware of the deadness,
- 520. and I went to New York
- 521. to meet with this director
for this space movie.
- 522. But one where they take space seriously,
- 523. like sex trafficking in space.
- 524. You know, it was political.
- 525. Or at least they wanted us
to think it was. Anyway.
- 526. It just...
- 527. it was really fulfilling the same need
that certain fucked up porn does.
- 528. But anyway, so...
- 529. while I was there...
- 530. the producer...
- 531. invited me to see a play.
- 532. It took place in someone's apartment
with all the lights on.
- 533. It was like nothing I'd ever seen before.
- 534. This strange...
- 535. surreal, dystopian story,
- 536. and it was so well-acted.
- 537. And one of the actors
was this big shaggy bear
- 538. who played all his lines
looking directly at me,
- 539. which I knew couldn't be the case,
but it felt like it.
- 540. And then later,
of course, I learned that it was.
- 541. - These cookies are really great too.
- I'll send you home with some.
- 542. Afterwards, I was introduced to the cast,
- 543. and the bear turned out
to also be the director.
- 544. He talked to me and...
- 545. I talked back.
- 546. The dead part wasn't dead,
it was just in a coma.
- 547. And...
- 548. it was better than the sex, the talking.
- 549. Although the...
- 550. the sex was also like the talking.
- 551. You know, everything's like everything
in a relationship.
- 552. Don't you find that?
- 553. And...
- 554. So we spent...
- 555. the whole night
and the next day together and...
- 556. I just never left.
- 557. Yes, to be honest, all the problems
were there in the beginning too.
- 558. But I just went along with him
and his life because it felt so damn good
- 559. to feel myself alive.
- 560. In the beginning,
I was the actress, the star and...
- 561. that felt like something, you know,
people came to see me at first, but...
- 562. the farther away I got from that and...
- 563. the more acclaim the theater company got,
and I had less and less weight.
- 564. I just became...
- 565. "Who?
- 566. Well, you know, the actress
that was in that thing that time."
- 567. And he was the draw.
- 568. And that...
- 569. would've been fine, but...
- 570. I got smaller.
- 571. I realized I...
- 572. I didn't ever come alive for myself.
I was just feeding his aliveness.
- 573. And...
- 574. you know...
- 575. he was so smart and creative, it...
- 576. it was fine.
- 577. You know, I would tell him things
at home in private
- 578. and they would work their way into public
conversation into his work, and...
- 579. for a while, that felt like enough,
I mean, I was just so...
- 580. so flattered that someone like him
- 581. would find an idea I had worth trying
- 582. or a comment I made worth repeating and...
- 583. and then I got pregnant.
- 584. And I thought that having a baby
could be ours, could really be ours,
- 585. but also really mine.
- 586. And, you know, he was so excited.
- 587. So it was nice.
- 588. For a while.
- 589. I mean, kids, they...
- 590. they belong to themselves, it's like...
- 591. the instant
they leave your body, it's just...
- 592. the process of them going away...
- 593. And I didn't belong to myself.
- 594. And it was small stuff,
stupid stuff, and big stuff.
- 595. All the furniture in our house,
- 596. that was his taste.
- 597. I didn't even know
what my taste was anymore
- 598. because I'd never been asked to use it.
- 599. I didn't even pick our apartment.
I just moved into his.
- 600. And I made noises
about wanting to move back to LA,
- 601. but they came to nothing.
- 602. And we'd come here on holidays
because he liked my family.
- 603. But if I suggested
we do a year or something,
- 604. he'd just put me off.
- 605. It would be...
- 606. strange if he turned to me and said,
- 607. "And what do you wanna do today?"
- 608. You know, I just watched that documentary
on George Harrison,
- 609. and I thought, "Own it.
- 610. Just own it.
Be like George Harrison's wife.
- 611. Being a wife and a mother, that's enough."
- 612. Yeah, then I realized I couldn't
remember her name, so...
- 613. This pilot came along.
- 614. It shot in LA and it paid so much,
- 615. and it was like there was
this little lifeline thrown to me.
- 616. Here's this bit of earth
that's yours, and...
- 617. I was embarrassed about it
in front of him, but it was also like...
- 618. yeah, this is who I am
- 619. and this is what I'm worth.
- 620. And maybe it's stupid,
- 621. but at least it's mine.
- 622. And if he had just taken me
into a big hug and said,
- 623. "Baby, I'm so excited for your adventure.
- 624. Of course I want you to have
a piece of earth that's yours,"
- 625. then...
- 626. well, then,
we might not be getting divorced.
- 627. But...
- 628. he made fun of it and...
- 629. was jealous like he is, and...
- 630. then he realized about the money.
- 631. And he told me I could funnel it
back into the theater company.
- 632. And that's when I realized...
- 633. he...
- 634. truly didn't see me.
- 635. He didn't see me as something
separate from himself.
- 636. And I asked him to say my phone number.
- 637. He didn't know it.
- 638. So I left.
- 639. Also, I think he slept
with the stage manager, Mary Ann.
- 640. That fucking asshole.
- 641. Seventy-five... just 70,
- 642. those two zeroes,
- 643. - seventy-five point zero zero...
- "If railroad is unowned...
- 644. - that's zero cents.
- ... you may buy it from the bank."
- 645. "Advance to Illios...
- 646. - Illinois.
- ... Illinois Avenue."
- 647. "Advance," what does that mean?
- 648. It means you've gotta go
to Illinois Avenue.
- 649. So where is Illinois Avenue?
- 650. That one.
- 651. So, Cassie, when Charlie gets here,
you're gonna hand him the envelope.
- 652. Why do I have to do it?
- 653. Because Nicole is very good
- 654. at getting people to do things for her.
- 655. - That's not what this is.
- I wiped her butt till she was nine.
- 656. - She's very seductive that way.
- 657. Mom, legally,
I can't be the one who serves him.
- 658. But still, what I'm saying is true.
- 659. Do I have to actually hand him
- 660. Yes, but I'm gonna tell him in advance
that they're divorce papers.
- 661. Nora says it doesn't
have to be so formal. Where is Henry?
- 662. He's playing in the living room
with Sam, Jules, and Molly.
- 663. Let's get them upstairs.
- 664. - Charlie's gonna be here soon.
- Sam, go upstairs.
- 665. So I'll tell Charlie what's happening,
- 666. and, Cassie,
you then hand him the envelope.
- 667. Okay...
- 668. I just get nervous.
- 669. Well, can you un-serve?
- 670. - What do you mean? Like take it back?
- 671. - I think so.
- You should check.
- 672. In case we change our minds...
- 673. I'm not gonna change my mind.
- 674. - ... or we feel too bad for him.
- Maybe in case I do something wrong.
- 675. Now you're both just
making me feel bad, okay?
- 676. I'm sorry, I'm nervous!
- 677. Well, we all are.
- 678. And we love Charlie.
- 679. You have to stop loving him, Mom.
- 680. You can't be friends with him anymore.
- 681. Charlie and I have our own relationship,
- 682. independent of your marriage.
- 683. Just like I'm still friends
with Cassie's ex, Jeff.
- 684. Are you still seeing Jeff?
- 685. An occasional lunch.
- 686. I can't believe you!
- 687. And he still wants his camera back,
by the way.
- 688. Listen, nothing can be independent
of our marriage right now.
- 689. I can't believe I even have to explain
this to you. Just be on my side, okay?
- 690. - Okay.
- And stop seeing Jeff!
- 691. Cassie, you're the server.
- 692. Just let me practice a few times.
- 693. I was never a good auditioner.
- 694. - That's because you wanted it too bad.
- It's not an audition.
- 695. I'll play Charlie.
- 696. It's just my palms are so perspired.
- 697. Sweetie, you're blotting the envelope.
- 698. Maybe Nicole should play you.
- 699. Did you really just say that?
- 700. We don't need to practice.
This is not a performance.
- 701. Did we finish the other wine already?
- 702. - Yeah.
- Oh, yeah.
- 703. Okay, let me get him.
You both go in the other room.
- 704. Cassie, you make sure that Henry
goes upstairs with Molly and Jules.
- 705. Happening now.
- 706. - Mom!
- I'm getting my wine.
- 707. What?
- 708. Henry's pooping
in the bathroom downstairs.
- 709. Can we transfer him to the one upstairs?
- 710. - I think it's mid-poop.
- Just grab him when he comes out.
- 711. - Cassie?
- 712. I'm putting the envelope
over here by the toaster.
- 713. Copy you.
- 714. - Hi.
- 715. Where's Henry?
- 716. He's pooping.
- 717. Hi, Henry!
- 718. Does this couch still open?
- 719. Yeah.
- 720. I got off the plane to a text, but don't
tell anyone yet. It's still a secret.
- 721. Okay.
- 722. I won a MacArthur grant.
- 723. Charlie! Oh, my God, that's great!
- 724. Congratulations.
- 725. I'll say it 'cause you can't,
it's the Genius Grant. You're a genius.
- 726. Oh, I'm really happy for you.
You deserve it.
- 727. It's yours too.
We did all of this together.
- 728. Thank you,
but it's yours, Charlie, you enjoy it.
- 729. I'm starving.
- 730. It's good money
and they parse it out over five years.
- 731. It means I can keep everyone
in the theater company employed,
- 732. - pay my credit card debt.
- So great.
- 733. Of course I went instantly to,
"It's all downhill from here.
- 734. Now my first Broadway play has to fail."
- 735. No.
- 736. We just started rehearsals again,
I don't know.
- 737. You always don't know at this point
and then it gets there.
- 738. Do I? 'Cause I don't remember.
- 739. I know, it's true, it'll be great.
- 740. Okay, I hope you're right.
- 741. - Everyone says hi.
- 742. Tell them hi. I miss everyone.
- 743. You'll see them again when you come back.
- 744. Gosh, a MacArthur, Broadway...
- 745. it's so exciting.
- 746. Congratulations, Charlie.
- 747. Which bathroom?
- 748. - What?
- Is he pooping?
- 749. Oh, downstairs.
- 750. Is your mom home?
- 751. Yeah, she's upstairs.
- 752. - Hey, how's it going?
- Nothing yet.
- 753. - It's me.
- I know.
- 754. - I just got here.
- 755. - I brought you something.
- 756. Mom's getting me a present too.
- 757. - Why?
- For pooping.
- 758. - I love you.
- I love you.
- 759. I don't think we should reward him
for pooping anymore.
- 760. I know, but he holds it in
and it's going on a week.
- 761. - It's its own reward. G-ma!
- 762. Stop it! Oh, God, I'm huge!
- 763. - You're as light as a feather.
- 764. Why didn't you respond to my last email?
- 765. Well, your emails are so articulate.
I get intimidated.
- 766. - Mom, can you—
- Now I'll lift you!
- 767. Mom?
- 768. Mom?
- 769. - Mom?
- 770. Upstairs.
- 771. I'm gonna write ya back now.
- 772. Cassie?
- 773. Hey, Charlie.
- 774. I like your haircut.
- 775. Oh, thanks.
- 776. - Mom?
- I'll go.
- 777. Henry's calling you, Nicole!
- 778. I hear him.
- 779. What's going on, Henry?
- 780. Can you ask Mom to come?
- 781. He wants you.
- 782. What kind of pie is that?
- 783. It's...
- 784. pecan.
- 785. - Did you make it?
- I don't know.
- 786. No, it's store-bought.
- 787. you know Joan's on Third?
- 788. Oh, yeah, it's good, right?
- 789. What?
- 790. The store, yeah.
- 791. Jules and Molly love it.
- 792. - Are you okay?
- 793. I'm just hot!
- 794. I'll pour you some water.
- 795. Nicole says you're doing a play?
- 796. I think you'd like it.
- 797. It's a great unproduced play
by this really interesting British writer.
- 798. - So you do an English accent?
- 799. - It's more northern England.
- 800. What does that sound like?
- 801. You want a cup of tea, do ya?
- 802. Right. Good.
- 803. Oh, thank you, missus.
- 804. What is...
- 805. - What's this?
- Oh, it's a manila envelope, love.
- 806. Ooh, can I start over?
- 807. Has my name on it.
- 808. Jesus. Sorry.
- 809. You're served.
- 810. - What did you do?
- Nothing. I don't know.
- 811. I can't lie.
- 812. You're being served.
- 813. You guys are getting a di—
I don't know, I'm sorry.
- 814. I was gonna warn you
so it didn't become a thing. I'm sorry.
- 815. Feel like I'm in a dream.
- 816. We don't have a marriage anymore.
- 817. I know you don't want the disruption,
- 818. but you don't wanna be married.
- 819. Not really.
- 820. But I don't want this.
- 821. What did you expect was gonna happen?
- 822. I don't know,
I guess I didn't think it through,
- 823. but I thought we agreed
we weren't going to use lawyers.
- 824. I want...
- 825. I don't know, I'm trying to say this
as undramatically as possible.
- 826. I want...
- 827. an entirely different kind of life.
- 828. Let's wait until you finish this pilot
and come back to New York.
- 829. Let's figure it out there,
at home, together.
- 830. - Nora's known for being very fair.
- We don't need to do it with envelopes.
- 831. - This is Nora?
- 832. She's great. I feel like
we could be friends with her.
- 833. Why do I feel like that won't happen?
- 834. It's just a formality.
- 835. - Why—
- You don't respond right away.
- 836. Why did Cassie have a pie?
- 837. The pie was hers.
The pie wasn't part of it.
- 838. Are you sure?
- 839. What would the pie have to do
- 840. I don't know. It somehow makes it worse.
- 841. I'm sorry, but the pie was just a pie.
- 842. So what...
- 843. what do I do?
- 844. You get a lawyer too.
- 845. "'Well, I guess I better be going.'
- 846. Stuart rose from the ditch,
climbed into his car...
- 847. and started up the road
that led toward the north.
- 848. The sun was just coming up
over the hills on his right.
- 849. As he peered ahead into the great land
that stretched before him,
- 850. the way seemed long...
- 851. but the sky was bright.
- 852. And he somehow felt
he was headed in the right direction."
- 853. I forgot it ended that way.
- 854. Yeah, wow, Stuart really overreacted,
didn't you think?
- 855. He was upset about his boat.
- 856. Dad, you go away.
- 857. Mom, you stay.
- 858. - Hey, Daddy just got here.
- It's okay.
- 859. Love you.
- 860. You can come back and wake me up
and read to me later, Daddy, okay?
- 861. Okay.
- 862. - Will you come sleep in my bed later?
- 863. Hang in there, Charlie-bird.
- 864. Thanks, G-ma.
- 865. He's in a mommy phase right now.
- 866. It's okay.
- 867. I'm sorry. I drank too much wine.
- 868. - I can imagine.
- Didn't eat dinner.
- 869. Stressful time.
- 870. I hope Henry didn't notice.
- 871. I'm sure he didn't.
- 872. Now that I'm a parent,
I realize my parents
- 873. were probably drunk all the time with me.
- 874. Yeah.
- 875. I'm sorry again.
- 876. Thanks.
- 877. Where are you staying?
- 878. Oh, well, I...
- 879. hadn't—
- 880. I guess I'll...
- 881. There's a new hotel on Highland that's...
- 882. supposedly not too expensive
and pretty nice.
- 883. Oh, okay, I'll check it out.
- 884. Again, that's great about the MacArthur.
- 885. Thanks.
- 886. - Charlie?
- 887. Thanks.
- 888. - Fuck.
- 889. She's being represented by Nora.
- 890. She's supposedly very fair?
- 891. All right, here's the fact, Jack.
- 892. I charge $950 an hour.
- 893. Ted is $400.
- 894. If you have a stupid question,
you call Ted.
- 895. To start, we'll need a $25,000 retainer.
- 896. - That's more than I can—
- And all your financials.
- 897. We need to do a forensic accounting.
- 898. Which runs anywhere from ten to $20,000.
- 899. But if we can all agree right away,
it shouldn't get too bad,
- 900. - right?
- You were married here in LA?
- 901. Yes, because her mom and sister
are out here
- 902. - and I'm not close with my family.
- Your son was born out here?
- 903. Yes, because, again, her mom
and sister are out here and I'm not—
- 904. So you got married here,
- 905. your kid was born here...
- 906. and she served you here?
- 907. Yeah, but we lived in New York.
- 908. Why?
- 909. - There a problem?
- We'll have to reshape the narrative.
- 910. If you're serious
about having your child in New York,
- 911. this is what I suggest.
- 912. You take your kid—
Did you say his name was Fred?
- 913. - Henry.
- 914. Why did I say Fred?
- 915. Well, I have a kid named Fred.
- 916. You take Henry to New York
with you right now.
- 917. Then we file an action in New York.
- 918. We make this a New York case.
- 919. We need to make an argument
you're a New York-based family.
- 920. Well, we are.
- 921. Otherwise, you'll probably never
see your kid outside of LA again.
- 922. Really? No.
- 923. It's very hard to convince the courts
to move a kid.
- 924. As soon as you let your wife
and child leave New York,
- 925. you made life very difficult for yourself.
- 926. Yes, but as I said, we're
a New York family, that's just a fact.
- 927. She's here temporarily.
- 928. Then why do you think
she served you out here?
- 929. I don't... know,
- 930. but Henry wants to
go back to New York.
- 931. No, don't quote your kid.
- 932. He's just telling you
what you wanna hear.
- 933. And trust me,
he's telling her the opposite.
- 934. Let me have the Barbara file!
- 935. What's...
- 936. "Exit Goat"?
- 937. Exit Ghost. It's the name
of my theater company.
- 938. You're a director?
- 939. Theater director, yeah.
- 940. Anything I've seen?
- 941. I don't know. What have you seen?
- 942. Our production of Electra
is moving to Broadway...
- 943. which is exciting.
- 944. We have to make sure
that money is protected.
- 945. I mean, it's theater,
so it's not a lot of money.
- 946. I basically put whatever money I make
back in the theater.
- 947. I wonder.
- 948. Do we ask for support?
- 949. - Interesting.
- From Nicole?
- 950. I'm not going to do that.
- 951. Does your wife's family have money?
- 952. Her mother has some from her TV career.
- 953. And her father died.
- 954. Well, we could say that we don't want
her mother to see the kid,
- 955. draw her into the case.
- 956. In that instance,
her mother could pay your legal fees.
- 957. No.
- 958. I'm very close to her mom.
- 959. - Nicole's family has been my family—
- Yeah, but that's gonna change.
- 960. And I suggest you get used to it.
- 961. We need to hire a private investigator.
- 962. Really? I mean...
- 963. - Really?
- Does your wife do drugs or anything?
- 964. Coke?
- 965. Not in any real way.
- 966. Well, we're not gonna win
if she's the perfect mother.
- 967. She was addicted to Tums for a while.
- 968. Hey, it wasn't nothing.
She was up to a tube a day.
- 969. Have you noticed anyone following you?
- 970. No.
- 971. Well, keep an eye out.
- 972. Look, you need to be prepared for the fact
- 973. that Nora is gonna portray you
as a neglectful, absent father.
- 974. But I'm not.
- 975. You live in New York.
- 976. You're consumed with your work.
- 977. She and your kid are out here, struggling.
- 978. Nora's gonna use that strategy.
- 979. I'm sure of it.
- 980. But Nicole's not going to lie.
- 981. Listen, if we start from a place
- 982. and they start from a place of crazy,
- 983. when we settle, we'll be somewhere
between reasonable and crazy.
- 984. Which is still crazy.
- 985. Half of crazy is crazy.
- 986. You know what people say, "Criminal
lawyers see bad people at their best,
- 987. divorce lawyers see good people
at their worst."
- 988. Before this is all over,
you're gonna hate me and Ted
- 989. just because of what we represent
in your life.
- 990. I'm sure you're right.
- 991. So tell me the story again.
- 992. - You came out here to see your kid.
- Maybe I'm not explaining this—
- 993. - She serves you.
- We're friendly, we're fine—
- 994. - What a bitch.
- We're figuring this out.
- 995. She's not a bitch.
- 996. Thanks, but this isn't—
We're doing it a different way.
- 997. And I can't even close to afford this.
- 998. I gotta get back to New York.
I have a Broadway play and rehearsals.
- 999. I was the hot shit at that time.
- 1000. Young, very sexy,
- 1001. with a great head of hair.
- 1002. I so appreciate that Charlie
gave me this opportunity.
- 1003. Or maybe I should thank Nicole.
- 1004. I heard Nicole's pilot went to series,
so she's moving to LA.
- 1005. And they put Henry in school out there.
- 1006. Is Charlie moving too?
- 1007. Not Charlie.
- 1008. He won't abandon us.
- 1009. And you can't do theater in LA.
- 1010. Charlie said she and Henry
are coming back to New York
- 1011. when she finishes filming her show.
- 1012. I wouldn't be so sure.
- 1013. Nicole was never gonna stay in New York,
that was obvious.
- 1014. She was probably
planning this move all along.
- 1015. When she sees an opportunity,
- 1016. believe me, she takes it.
- 1017. Well, LA is nice. The space.
- 1018. Four-time Oscar winner, sucking my...
- 1019. - Okay, how is everyone today?
- 1020. Nobody get too close.
I think I caught Donna's cold.
- 1021. - Sorry, Charlie.
- I'm expecting a Skype call from Henry,
- 1022. so I might have to step out.
- 1023. So, Charlie, what you're going through now
- 1024. is going to be horrible,
but it will be over.
- 1025. Thanks, Frank.
- 1026. - Another thing.
- 1027. Fuck as many people
as you can right now.
- 1028. Women, men.
- 1029. - Take what I said seriously.
- You might need help wrapping the gauze.
- 1030. It needs to stay tight.
- 1031. Okay, I'm confused.
- 1032. What scene
is the Invisible Man outfit for?
- 1033. No, that's my Halloween costume,
- 1034. and the Frankenstein is for Henry.
- 1035. Oh, it's Frankenstein.
- 1036. He's coming here this weekend.
We're gonna trick or treat in the Slope.
- 1037. I made it more James Whale
than Kenneth Branagh.
- 1038. Perfect.
- 1039. Can I talk to you?
- 1040. Yeah, over...
- 1041. I've typed up the blocking
from the last two rehearsals,
- 1042. and here are the director notes
from that Danish production from the '70s.
- 1043. Where'd you find it?
- 1044. The library, duh.
- 1045. Can I come over tonight?
- 1046. Mary Ann, it's too hard now.
- 1047. I just can't be with anyone right now.
- 1048. But we did it when you were married
and we shouldn't have done it.
- 1049. And now that you're not married,
shouldn't we be doing it?
- 1050. I'm not not married yet.
- 1051. You're torturing yourself.
- 1052. Just make sure
everything doesn't go to hell.
- 1053. - I'm relying on you, okay?
- 1054. Thanks.
- 1055. I wish you'd accept generosity better.
- 1056. Hold on. Let me...
- 1057. - Hello?
- Is this Charlie Barber?
- 1058. Yes.
- 1059. Hi, this is Nora Fanshaw.
- 1060. I represent your wife, Nicole Barber.
- 1061. Hi.
- 1062. Do you have an attorney yet?
- 1063. No.
- 1064. Okay, then it's okay for me
to talk to you directly, okay?
- 1065. Okay.
- 1066. I'm calling because we haven't
received your response to our filing.
- 1067. Yeah, I've been rehearsing this play
and flying back and forth to LA.
- 1068. You're going to need
to file your response.
- 1069. Nicole said there was no rush.
- 1070. It's been more than 30 days
since you were served.
- 1071. By law, you're meant to respond within—
- 1072. I didn't like the first lawyer I met.
- 1073. It says that very clearly
on the document you were given.
- 1074. Did you read it?
- 1075. Yeah, but I thought
that's just what it says.
- 1076. We weren't even gonna do it
- 1077. Charlie, I think I shouldn't
tuck in my shirt.
- 1078. - Nicole said I could take my time.
- And we've let you take your time.
- 1079. - It comes out during the love scene.
- Could you hold?
- 1080. What love scene?
- 1081. When I hug Beth.
- 1082. You don't hug Beth.
- 1083. I think it's something
we should explore.
- 1084. Can't you just tuck it in tighter
or get Donna to safety pin it?
- 1085. I also have a kind of a thing
- 1086. - about tucking things in.
- 1087. If you don't file your response,
- 1088. we'll file a request
for default judgment against you.
- 1089. insecurities about my figure.
- 1090. - Charlie?
- Yes, sorry.
- 1091. Default judgment, what does that mean?
Don't hug Beth.
- 1092. We'll be able to lay claim
to whatever we want.
- 1093. What do you mean,
whatever you want of what?
- 1094. Your apartment, your things,
everything you own.
- 1095. We?
- 1096. She and I already discussed this.
We don't own that much stuff.
- 1097. She can have whatever she wants.
- 1098. And it means we'll set the number
of child support at its highest level
- 1099. and claim full custody of your child.
- 1100. Full custody?
- 1101. I mean, that's not even—
- 1102. This is what the law says.
- 1103. Nicole's not going to do that.
I mean, she won't.
- 1104. Charlie, I represent Nicole, and she's
aware of everything I'm saying to you.
- 1105. I just spoke to her this morning.
- 1106. Well, I spoke to her five minutes
before I got on the call.
- 1107. Okay, so what do I do?
- 1108. You need to get a lawyer
and respond immediately.
- 1109. Nicole wants to do this amicably,
but you're leaving us no other option.
- 1110. I'll get a lawyer.
Can I get a lawyer here?
- 1111. - I don't know where "here" is.
- New York.
- 1112. Ah! That's what all that honking is?
- 1113. No, you'll have to come to LA
and meet people in LA.
- 1114. I'm rehearsing a—
- 1115. If you don't respond in Los Angeles
by Friday, you'll leave us no choice.
- 1116. What? Which line?
- 1117. I have to take this.
Can you hold on a second, Charlie?
- 1118. Me and Mommy are in the middle
of a super secret treasure hunt.
- 1119. I thought the plane landed at 9:00.
- 1120. What are you wearing?
- 1121. Sock pants.
- 1122. It did. What are sock pants?
- 1123. He doesn't like to feel the breeze
on his legs.
- 1124. He dressed himself.
- 1125. There are long pants. Can I talk to you?
- 1126. - It's almost noon.
- There was traffic. We gotta get going.
- 1127. - Why don't we ever do a treasure hunt?
- Henry, can you wait a minute?
- 1128. No talking alone.
- 1129. Just one bit of talking alone,
then I'll be right there.
- 1130. I got a call from your lawyer.
- 1131. She said you'd take everything and...
- 1132. custody and everything
if I didn't respond.
- 1133. It's better if we let the lawyers do this.
- 1134. But she's saying things
I don't think you mean.
- 1135. Henry, we need to get going.
- 1136. I don't wanna go now.
- 1137. - Have you gotten a lawyer yet?
- That's what I'm here to do.
- 1138. Come on, Henry. I'm in a rush.
- 1139. I've three more clues.
- 1140. Why'd you start a treasure hunt
or whatever so close to my arrival?
- 1141. You were late. We were killing time.
- 1142. Honey, come. We're gonna finish
the treasure hunt later.
- 1143. - I'm gonna be rich.
- 1144. You're gonna go with your daddy,
it's gonna be fun.
- 1145. And I've got a present for you
when you get back as a reward.
- 1146. He's not going to the dentist.
- 1147. - I'm trying to help.
- I'm staying here.
- 1148. Come on.
- 1149. Henry?
- 1150. Got the booster?
- 1151. I have a booster.
- 1152. Oh, wait, no, it's not in.
- 1153. What's not in?
- 1154. The seat's not connected.
- 1155. I asked the rental company to install it.
- 1156. I think they can't
for liability reasons.
- 1157. - Do you know how these things—
- Let me just— Here, if you...
- 1158. - There should be a clip to clip onto.
- You have to. dig...
- 1159. Fuck!
- 1160. - Why fuck?
- Something sharp.
- 1161. Can't I stay with Mom?
- 1162. - No.
- Why not?
- 1163. It's my time with you.
I just flew 3,000 miles.
- 1164. I don't want to.
- 1165. Henry, get in the fuckin' car!
- 1166. I'm sorry, but, Jesus,
get in the fuckin' car.
- 1167. How do you spell Lego Bionicles?
- 1168. That's two words.
What does Lego start with?
- 1169. Just tell me.
- 1170. - Don't you wanna learn it?
- 1171. - It's on the box, anyway.
- 1172. Then what?
- 1173. E. You know,
everyone at the theater says hi.
- 1174. Hi. Then what?
- 1175. A "G" sound.
- 1176. - Are you excited for Halloween?
- 1177. G.
- 1178. - Then what?
- And an "O" sound.
- 1179. - O?
- Are you excited for Halloween?
- 1180. Yeah.
- 1181. Brought both our costumes.
- 1182. I'm going as a store-bought ninja.
- 1183. But we agreed.
I had Donna make you a Frankenstein.
- 1184. - I don't wanna be a Frankenstein anymore.
- Are you sure?
- 1185. Maybe just look at it.
- 1186. It's awesome. We'll be Frankenstein
and the Invisible Man.
- 1187. Mom bought me a ninja costume
- 1188. which is better because it costs more.
- 1189. Technically, the Frankenstein cost more
- 1190. when you factor in Donna's time
and the materials.
- 1191. The cousins are also gonna be ninjas.
- 1192. But Henry,
we went through all this trouble.
- 1193. Okay.
- 1194. Whatever you want.
- 1195. Please take the ticket.
- 1196. - Dad, you're too far.
- I know.
- 1197. Please take the ticket.
- 1198. So I'm not comfortable
leaving the bags in the car
- 1199. where I've given the key to someone
I don't really know.
- 1200. I've been here.
- 1201. It's an office building,
so you've been to places like this before.
- 1202. I remember those fish.
- 1203. A lot of fish look the same.
- 1204. Can I help you?
- 1205. I'm Charlie Barber.
I have a 1:30 with Dan Cohen.
- 1206. Oh, hi. Where's your little man?
- 1207. I don't have it this time.
I keep my skeletons at my mom's.
- 1208. Okay.
- 1209. Oh, okay.
- 1210. I'm sorry. We tried to reach you.
- 1211. Mr. Cohen wanted me to apologize.
- 1212. He can't see you because apparently
your wife already met with him
- 1213. on the 7th of August about representation.
- 1214. But she hired somebody else.
- 1215. - Nora...
- 1216. But unfortunately, because she consulted
with Mr. Cohen already,
- 1217. he's legally barred from representing you.
- 1218. - Should we feed the fish?
- 1219. - It happens all the time.
- 1220. If you have a ticket,
I can validate your parking.
- 1221. It's common that people meet
with as many lawyers as possible
- 1222. so that their spouse has limited options.
- 1223. Oh, I don't think
she would've done it deliberately.
- 1224. You'd be surprised.
- 1225. Can all of them, like,
breathe out of the water?
- 1226. Do you go to a lot of offices
with your mom?
- 1227. Not so many.
- 1228. Like 11.
- 1229. I don't think anyone
would have stealed the bags, Daddy.
- 1230. I need somebody today.
- 1231. If I don't respond by tomorrow,
she said I could lose custody.
- 1232. I didn't know who else to call.
There's gotta be someone she didn't meet.
- 1233. I have a name for you.
- 1234. Bert Spitz.
- 1235. He was the entertainment lawyer
at Roberto's agency.
- 1236. Great.
- 1237. But then he kind of got pushed
into retirement a few years ago,
- 1238. and he went into family law.
- 1239. - I called him.
- Thank you, G-ma.
- 1240. - And he can see you today at three.
- Aw, shit.
- 1241. We never had this conversation,
- 1242. - You got it. I love you.
- 1243. - I need a new burger.
- 1244. Because you made us carry your bags
into the restaurant, I dropped it.
- 1245. That's fine. I'll give you mine.
Get in the car.
- 1246. Why did you bring me today
if you couldn't hang out with me?
- 1247. Because I've been away and wanna see you.
- 1248. Jamie Tuber has a little sister
- 1249. named Lily Tuber.
- 1250. - Yeah.
- And Lily Tuber is really bossy.
- 1251. Getting divorced with a kid can be
one of the hardest things you'll ever do.
- 1252. It's like a death without a body.
- 1253. I know personally.
I've been there four different times.
- 1254. You've been divorced four times?
- 1255. Married four times.
- 1256. Three divorces.
- 1257. This last one will stick, God willing.
- 1258. That's why I graduated into family law,
- 1259. to help people survive this painful time.
- 1260. Here's how I see it.
- 1261. If we get bogged down in "who did this"
and "who did that,"
- 1262. and "I don't want to pay the two dollars,"
- 1263. it'll just cost you more
in money and time and...
- 1264. emotional stress,
- 1265. and you'll probably end up
with the same result anyway.
- 1266. Right.
- 1267. I mean, I agree with that philosophy.
She does too, I'm sure.
- 1268. And I always go with the truth,
no matter where that takes us.
- 1269. Most people in my business
make up the truth
- 1270. so they can get where they need to go.
- 1271. You're just transactions to them.
- 1272. I like to think of you as people.
- 1273. Oh, okay, good.
- 1274. And not just you, her too.
- 1275. Yes.
- 1276. You know, this can be
a really ugly process.
- 1277. But I also believe
it doesn't have to be terrible.
- 1278. I'm glad to hear you say that.
- 1279. I'd love to keep expenses down
as much as possible.
- 1280. Of course you do.
- 1281. I charge 450 an hour
and I need a $10,000 retainer to start.
- 1282. I'll see if I can get an advance
on the Broadway transfer.
- 1283. And keep in mind
you'll have to pay for her lawyer.
- 1284. Oh. I didn't—
- 1285. - What?
- Well, at least part of her.
- 1286. It doesn't make sense, does it?
- 1287. I mean, you're doing this
because you love your kid.
- 1288. And in doing so, you're draining money
from your kid's education.
- 1289. - It seems ridiculous.
- Oh, it is.
- 1290. It is, boy.
- 1291. We'll have to respond right away.
- 1292. Your son goes to school out here?
- 1293. Yeah, temporarily, we agreed.
- 1294. Her pilot went to series
and I wanted to accommodate her.
- 1295. She's often felt we do things on my terms.
- 1296. Be a better husband in divorce, huh?
- 1297. I guess something like that,
but we live in New York.
- 1298. Well, with your kid
going to school out here,
- 1299. the court may see it differently.
- 1300. Will we go to court?
- 1301. No, we don't wanna go to court.
- 1302. Courts in California are a disaster.
That's just how we have to think about it.
- 1303. I'm not sure these are my glasses.
- 1304. Where are you living while you're here?
- 1305. In a hotel right now.
- 1306. No, a hotel doesn't look good.
- 1307. - To who?
- The court.
- 1308. - You said we weren't going to go to court.
- No, of course.
- 1309. We have to prepare to go to court,
hoping we don't go to court.
- 1310. Okay.
- 1311. You should get a place in LA.
- 1312. And get a place near her.
It looks better for custody reasons.
- 1313. She's in West Hollywood.
That'll be expensive.
- 1314. I guess I could rent
our New York apartment.
- 1315. Don't rent it.
- 1316. You have to continue to prove
New York residence.
- 1317. And, of course, you have a place in LA.
- 1318. It's hard to show you all live
in New York, isn't it?
- 1319. So...
- 1320. what do I do?
- 1321. I recommend you spend as much time
as you can with your son.
- 1322. Many people fight for that time,
- 1323. then they don't even use it.
- 1324. They just wanna win.
- 1325. This shouldn't be that complicated, right?
- 1326. I mean, we're a New York family.
- 1327. I think it's all
pretty straightforward. Right?
- 1328. I hope so, yes.
- 1329. I see no reason...
- 1330. you both love your child,
- 1331. you respect each other,
- 1332. why this shouldn't be
- 1333. - Right.
- I think you have my glasses.
- 1334. That makes sense.
- 1335. What have you been doing?
- 1336. Reading this magazine.
- 1337. You were reading California Lawyer?
- 1338. Yeah.
- 1339. Okay, I'm almost done.
- 1340. I wouldn't expect too much from that cat.
- 1341. What kind of pet do you want?
- 1342. I don't know...
- 1343. I want you to know
that eventually this will all be over,
- 1344. and whatever we win or lose...
- 1345. it'll be the two of you
having to figure this out together.
- 1346. Thank you.
- 1347. Your the first person in this process
who's spoken to me like a human.
- 1348. You remind me of myself
on my second marriage.
- 1349. Come! Oh!
- 1350. You have fun with Daddy?
- 1351. We drove around to offices.
- 1352. Oh. Do you wanna see your ninja costume?
- 1353. It's on G-ma's bed.
- 1354. - Yeah!
- 1355. You know, I had Donna build him
this whole Frankenstein thing
- 1356. with plugs and—
- 1357. Yeah, well, the cousins are ninjas,
so he wanted to do that—
- 1358. He and I had decided together.
- 1359. Oh, well, I can't make him
- 1360. I'm not asking you to,
but maybe you can help me out a little.
- 1361. I'll leave the Frankenstein here, maybe
you can nudge him in that direction.
- 1362. I'll try.
- 1363. What's the...
- 1364. Did you dye your hair again?
Is that for your show?
- 1365. No, this is me. It was this way
when I saw you before.
- 1366. I know, but I didn't say anything then.
- 1367. You don't like it?
- 1368. No, I guess it's fine.
Is it shorter? I prefer longer but...
- 1369. Sorry, it's just absurd.
- 1370. Is everything okay?
- 1371. Yeah. Why?
- 1372. You seem, I don't know,
like something is—
- 1373. Everything's fine.
- 1374. Okay, I'm gonna check in at the hotel,
- 1375. but I should be able
to get to you guys by 5:00, 5:30—
- 1376. We're going to Cassie's
- 1377. and trick-or-treating with the cousins.
- 1378. - Cassie lives in Pasadena now?
- 1379. - She and Sam moved there a couple months—
- I don't really know Pasadena.
- 1380. - I'll figure it out. What's the address?
- My mom is looking forward to it.
- 1381. - I'll text Sam.
- Cassie and Sam are mad.
- 1382. - Mad at who?
- 1383. - Cassie and Sam?
- You can understand that.
- 1384. So I think we should probably
do separate Halloweens.
- 1385. But if you're okay with it,
then shouldn't they be okay with it?
- 1386. - Let's do it this way this time.
- Do you not want me there?
- 1387. I'm fine with it.
- 1388. - Okay.
- It'll be nice for him.
- 1389. He'll have two Halloweens.
- 1390. What am I gonna do with him for second
Halloween? Walk around Sunset Boulevard?
- 1391. Maybe the hotel has something.
- 1392. Or you can drive
to a different neighborhood.
- 1393. Sun sets forever.
- 1394. There shall never be another dawn.
- 1395. No!
- 1396. Lady...
- 1397. I require the solace of the shadows
- 1398. and the dark...
- 1399. Okay, ready for Halloween?
- 1400. - Hi.
- Wow, elaborate.
- 1401. Don't forget to wear your jacket.
It's getting colder.
- 1402. - This is a nice house.
- Ready to go back out?
- 1403. - He has to pee.
- No, I don't.
- 1404. He does.
- 1405. Some of his men are in here
and also Bear-Bear.
- 1406. You can keep that Bear-Bear.
I got another one.
- 1407. Does he know
that there are two Bear-Bears?
- 1408. - It was his idea.
- David Bowie, right? Station to Station?
- 1409. Let's Dance.
- 1410. Henry, have a great Halloween
with Daddy, okay?
- 1411. Have fun.
- 1412. Go pee and then we're going back out.
- 1413. I'm too tired.
- 1414. Go pee and then we're gonna go drive
- 1415. This block looks promising.
- 1416. I wish Halloween was over.
- 1417. Well, it isn't.
- 1418. If we were in New York,
we could be walking.
- 1419. But I like how we're sitting right now.
- 1420. I like to sit.
- 1421. That's true, Los Angeles
does have sitting going for it.
- 1422. I think that's why
I like Los Angeles better.
- 1423. Because you get to sit?
- 1424. And because I like my friends here better.
- 1425. That's not true.
- 1426. What about Horatio and Poppy?
- 1427. Horatio doesn't like me anymore.
- 1428. And I don't like Poppy.
- 1429. Here I have Axel.
- 1430. Axel's hilarious.
I think you'd like him, Dad.
- 1431. And my family's here.
- 1432. Besides you.
- 1433. Everyone's asleep.
- 1434. I need to pee!
- 1435. Who gave you a lighter?
- 1436. Lift the seat.
- 1437. Gonna have to go back to New York
- 1438. Did you flush?
- 1439. Wash your hands.
- 1440. Will you play with me?
- 1441. I'm tired, honey.
- 1442. Did you hear me?
I have to go back to New York.
- 1443. Ah, watch out! I'm falling!
- 1444. You didn't catch me.
- 1445. Okay?
- 1446. Why aren't you here more?
- 1447. I have to work.
- 1448. You know my play is opening on Broadway.
- 1449. Is it because you don't wanna
be around Mom?
- 1450. No.
- 1451. You know, like we talked about,
- 1452. we both decided not to be together
no matter where we are,
- 1453. but we both wanna be with you.
- 1454. But you're not near me
if you're in New York.
- 1455. Well, we also live in New York.
- 1456. Yeah, but I go to school here.
- 1457. Just for right now.
- 1458. Like that time we were in Copenhagen
for my play.
- 1459. Remember all those kids in buckets?
- 1460. I like my school here, and Mom says
we could stay here if we want.
- 1461. What do you mean?
- 1462. She said that?
- 1463. Yeah.
- 1464. - Hello?
- Are you moving out here?
- 1465. - Did you find a lawyer?
- 1466. Henry says you're moving here.
- 1467. Have your lawyer call Nora.
- 1468. I wanna talk about it as us.
- 1469. Who the fuck is us?
- 1470. Let's just get in a room, you and me.
- 1471. That's what we always said we'd do.
- 1472. - My lawyers wouldn't let me sign anything.
- It's not up to them. It's our divorce.
- 1473. They say I could later sue them
- 1474. What am I walking into?
- 1475. What are you walking into?
- 1476. Yes, what the fuck is going on?
- 1477. I read your fucking emails, Charlie!
I read them all.
- 1478. - When?
- I don't know, recently.
- 1479. - Shit.
- You're a fucking liar.
- 1480. - You fucked Mary Ann!
- It was after I was sleeping on the couch.
- 1481. It was bullshit about working on us.
- 1482. You know what? I have been working.
- 1483. I've been doing the work alone.
- 1484. How did you read my emails?
- 1485. I hacked into your account, you dumb fuck!
- 1486. I think that's illegal!
- 1487. Don't give me this shit
about being surprised about LA.
- 1488. Surprise! I have my own opinions.
- 1489. How do you even know
how to do something like that?
- 1490. I want things that aren't what you want,
- 1491. because, surprise,
you were fucking another lady.
- 1492. It was one time! I think you're conflating
two different things.
- 1493. Mary Ann has nothing to do with LA.
- 1494. I am conflating, motherfucker!
- 1495. You watch me conflate!
- 1496. Did you just stamp your foot?
- 1497. I don't think I've ever done that before.
I'm just so angry.
- 1498. You look like you needed one.
- 1499. Yes, I do, thanks.
- 1500. You know, the Japanese are making
really interesting tequila right now.
- 1501. That's exciting, I guess.
- 1502. What are you so angry about?
- 1503. Fucking ex-husband.
- 1504. I spent all this time feeling guilty,
and he's so self-absorbed.
- 1505. It's pointless.
- 1506. It's a game I'm playing with myself.
- 1507. Oh, hey, Pablo. We met at—
- 1508. - Oh, you held the bounce board.
- The flirty grip.
- 1509. - Here's what I want you to only do, okay?
- 1510. I want you to finger me.
- 1511. - What?
- Just finger me.
- 1512. - Okay.
- That's all we'll do, just fingering.
- 1513. Okay?
- 1514. I'm changing my whole fucking life.
- 1515. Nicole and Charlie's son, Henry,
was born here in Los Angeles.
- 1516. He currently attends Laurel Elementary
in Laurel Canyon,
- 1517. and Nicole works in Hollywood
- 1518. while also maintaining a full schedule
as a mother
- 1519. with classes of swim, art,
- 1520. gym, and music, as well as play groups.
- 1521. Nicole is Henry's
primary custodial parent,
- 1522. and to the extent that Charlie would like
to exercise his custodial time,
- 1523. he should be making efforts
to visit Henry here in California.
- 1524. Nora, you seem to be ignoring the fact
- 1525. that they lived in New York for ten years.
- 1526. My client worked in New York
for several years, that's true.
- 1527. But Nicole was born and bred
right here in LA.
- 1528. She and Charlie would come here
most holidays and summers
- 1529. to spend time with her family,
- 1530. who all live in LA.
- 1531. She and Charlie were married in LA.
- 1532. Would you like to see the photos?
- 1533. No, I don't need to see the photos.
- 1534. Although I'm sure
they both look beautiful.
- 1535. It's my client's expectation
- 1536. that after this TV show is completed,
- 1537. the parties will move back to New York
- 1538. where they currently keep an apartment.
- 1539. And it's my understanding
that Charlie promised Nicole
- 1540. that they would spend more time
in Los Angeles
- 1541. during the marriage.
- 1542. But because of his insistence
that his work keep them in New York,
- 1543. Nicole ended up staying there much longer
than she ever anticipated.
- 1544. In fact, a few years ago,
- 1545. Charlie was offered a residency
at the Geffen Playhouse
- 1546. that would have taken his work
and his family
- 1547. to Los Angeles for a year.
- 1548. And he...
- 1549. turned it down.
- 1550. Even though that was Nicole's desire.
- 1551. He wanted to maintain consistency
for his family and his child.
- 1552. Was this the same consistency
he wanted to maintain
- 1553. when they went to Copenhagen
for six months so he could direct a play?
- 1554. Now, while I understand that Charlie
lives in New York...
- 1555. and when it's convenient
to his work schedule,
- 1556. he flies out to see his son...
- 1557. He flies out here every chance he gets
at great expense.
- 1558. I don't see any reason you can't
be out here full-time.
- 1559. He makes his living in New York.
- 1560. - Sorry, do we want to contemplate lunch?
- Good idea.
- 1561. I'll order now so it'll comes
when we're hungry.
- 1562. Yeah.
- 1563. Everyone good with Manny's?
- 1564. I'd love Manny's.
- 1565. Have you had Manny's?
- 1566. You'll love it.
- 1567. Just really yummy sandwiches and salads.
- 1568. I'll have the BLT.
- 1569. Dad?
- 1570. Turkey.
- 1571. I'll have the BLT.
- 1572. - You'll have the kale?
- Kale salad.
- 1573. I don't know, sorry.
- 1574. Charlie will have...
- 1575. the Greek salad,
- 1576. but with lemon and olive oil
instead of the Greek dressing.
- 1577. Okay.
- 1578. - I'll have the Chinese chicken salad.
- Okay, sure.
- 1579. - Thank you.
- 1580. Congratulations, Charlie, on your grant.
Nicole told me.
- 1581. Oh, thank you.
- 1582. He's a genius.
- 1583. Well, I told Nicole,
- 1584. I loved your play.
- 1585. - Oh, thanks.
- 1586. You are one smart cookie.
- 1587. Oh, thanks.
- 1588. I would just love to...
- 1589. crawl inside that brain.
- 1590. There was that one moment
when you smell the toast. Smell!
- 1591. It was literally my favorite thing
that I saw that year.
- 1592. - Thanks.
- Truly genius.
- 1593. Thank you.
- 1594. I was sorry to hear it closed on Broadway.
- 1595. They couldn't smell the toast.
- 1596. It was so emotional.
- 1597. It's very competitive, I imagine.
- 1598. Now, when Charlie is in Los Angeles,
- 1599. Nicole, of course,
agrees that it will be best for Henry
- 1600. that he see each parent equally.
- 1601. It's very nice out here, Charlie.
You should give it a chance.
- 1602. Yeah, and the space... can't beat it.
- 1603. I love it too.
- 1604. But all of our personal feelings
about the two cities aside,
- 1605. we don't share your assertion
that the couple is an LA-based family.
- 1606. It was very clearly their deal
- 1607. that they would go back to New York
after Nicole finished her show.
- 1608. I'm not aware of any deal.
- 1609. I didn't get it in writing.
- 1610. Charlie, is this like the deal
that you made
- 1611. that you Nicole would spend more time
in LA during your marriage?
- 1612. We didn't have a deal.
It was something we discussed.
- 1613. But...
- 1614. So it's a deal
when it's something you want
- 1615. and a discussion when Nicole wants it?
- 1616. Sidebar...
- 1617. Nora, do you have a spare office
where Charlie and I can sidebar?
- 1618. Sure.
- 1619. - Can you...
- I can show you.
- 1620. Come on.
- 1621. - Nora is a very good lawyer.
- 1622. - Tough, right?
- 1623. And you're in a bind because you've shown
you're willing to fly out here
- 1624. and rent an apartment to see your son.
- 1625. - You told me to do that.
- I know that.
- 1626. And I'm doing that because I want
to see my kid, not to set a precedent.
- 1627. Yes, but unfortunately,
you are setting a precedent.
- 1628. And a judge might look at it that way.
- 1629. What's the alternative? I stay in New York
and never come out here?
- 1630. No, because then it would look
to the court
- 1631. like you don't care about seeing your son.
- 1632. Court or no court?
- 1633. Stop saying "court"
and then "never court."
- 1634. Well, the way this is going,
we may have to go to court.
- 1635. Are you aware of how maddening you sound?
- 1636. I am.
- 1637. And I know it seems unfair.
- 1638. But imagine if you were...
- 1639. a poor mother whose husband abandons her
- 1640. and then refuses to pay anything.
- 1641. That's what the system
is trying to protect people from.
- 1642. Listen...
- 1643. if I were representing you—
- 1644. You are representing me.
- 1645. Right, no, of course. No.
- 1646. I don't see a judge
moving this child from California.
- 1647. I think we try and settle today.
- 1648. "Settle" meaning... what?
- 1649. - She gets LA.
- No, Bert, just—
- 1650. No.
- 1651. I mean, we have to win this.
- 1652. Remember,
the win is what's best for Henry.
- 1653. And if you guys go to court,
he's gonna get pulled into it.
- 1654. But if he stays here
and I stay in New York, that's just...
- 1655. then I won't...
- 1656. I'll never get
to really be his parent again.
- 1657. It'll be different.
- 1658. It won't exist.
- 1659. So maybe you move here.
- 1660. You heard what Amir said
about the space?
- 1661. Fuck the space, Bert! Fuck the space!
- 1662. I'll do whatever you want me to do,
but this is my advice.
- 1663. I've seen these things go on and on,
- 1664. and the burden of these battles
- 1665. I had a client get colon cancer and die
before he and his wife came to agreement.
- 1666. What about filing in New York?
- 1667. It's too late.
- 1668. And even if you did,
I don't think it would matter.
- 1669. They're being reasonable financially,
- 1670. You're lucky they didn't ask
for half your grant money.
- 1671. She wouldn't do that. She knows
I put all that money back in my theater.
- 1672. If this continues, she might.
- 1673. The actors and crew
all rely on that money.
- 1674. A court would never agree
with this, right?
- 1675. Whether they do or not,
it'll cost you half your grant money
- 1676. to go to court and prove it.
- 1677. I feel like a criminal.
- 1678. But you didn't commit any crime.
- 1679. It doesn't feel that way.
- 1680. If we give on LA right now,
- 1681. and then try to make
the best deal possible,
- 1682. I think we can get her
to give on other fronts.
- 1683. There are no other fronts!
- 1684. This is the thing!
- 1685. He needs to know that I fought for him!
- 1686. He'll know.
- 1687. I should never have let her
come out here with Henry.
- 1688. If it wasn't LA or New York,
it'd be something else.
- 1689. You'd be fighting about a house
or a school district or...
- 1690. You know what this is like?
- 1691. This is like that joke about the woman
at the hairdresser, she's going to Rome.
- 1692. - You know this?
- I don't.
- 1693. This woman is at her hairdresser
and she says,
- 1694. "I'm going to Rome on holiday."
- 1695. And he says, "Oh, really?
What airline are you taking?"
- 1696. She says, "Alitalia."
- 1697. He says, "Alitalia? Are you crazy?
- 1698. That's the worst—
That's terrible. Don't take that."
- 1699. He says, "Where are you gonna stay?"
- 1700. She says, "I'm gonna stay at the Hassler."
- 1701. "The Hassler? What, are you kidding?
- 1702. They're renovating the Hassler.
You'll hear hammering all night long.
- 1703. You won't sleep. What are you gonna see?"
- 1704. She says, "I think I'm gonna try
to go to the Vatican."
- 1705. "The Vatican?
You'll be standing in line all day long.
- 1706. You'll never see anything—"
- 1707. I'm sorry, Bert,
am I paying for this joke?
- 1708. Whatever happens here, it's temporary.
- 1709. He's growing up.
He's gonna have opinions on the subject.
- 1710. Time is on your side, Charlie.
- 1711. Maybe he'll do college on the East Coast.
- 1712. I have most of my coins,
like my quarters and dimes at Daddy's,
- 1713. but I'm keeping my dollars
and my one twenty at yours, okay?
- 1714. So that is one twenty
- 1715. plus 50, what is that? Goddamn it.
- 1716. What's "Goddamn it"?
- 1717. Did you guys lose power where you are?
- 1718. Dad?
- 1719. Did we lose power?
- 1720. No.
- 1721. There's rolling blackouts
in the hills and now...
- 1722. Oh, damn it. Now the gate won't close.
- 1723. Her gate won't close.
- 1724. Mom!
- 1725. - Can we go see my room?
- Yeah, of course.
- 1726. - Tried all the—
- I tried everything.
- 1727. Sorry I made you come out.
- 1728. It's fine.
- 1729. - I just—
- You don't want your gate open.
- 1730. Right.
- 1731. Should be a panel or something
on the side—
- 1732. Maybe this is something here.
- 1733. - It's a cute house.
- Oh, yeah.
- 1734. I mean, from what I can see.
- 1735. Thanks.
- 1736. Getting shaggy.
- 1737. Yeah, I have to find a hair cutter.
- 1738. You want me to cut it?
- 1739. Okay.
- 1740. Close your eyes.
- 1741. He's out.
- 1742. Maybe he should stay here tonight.
- 1743. It's my night.
- 1744. Hey, come on. We're going.
Come on. Let's take a walk. Right?
- 1745. Yeah, we're gonna take a walk. Let—
We're taking a walk.
- 1746. We're mostly finished.
- 1747. Bert and I hammered out 90 percent
of the details,
- 1748. and there's a couple minor things hanging,
- 1749. but it should be easy.
- 1750. And then the judge
makes your divorce official.
- 1751. Oh. That's good.
- 1752. - Fuck me.
- 1753. Who's that?
- 1754. - Charlie, you shouldn't have done this.
- What do you mean? Where's Bert?
- 1755. This means that everything
we've agreed upon now is off the table.
- 1756. We've got LA, right?
- 1757. Not with Jay Marotta representing him.
- 1758. This is a street fight now.
- 1759. And I'm gonna have to ask for things
that we wouldn't normally ask for.
- 1760. This system rewards bad behavior.
- 1761. - Jay.
- 1762. Hi.
- 1763. I saw Miriam at Madeo the other night.
- 1764. - Yeah?
- Looking very handsome.
- 1765. You know, you should come
to our Stand Up To Cancer event.
- 1766. - John Legend's gonna play.
- Oh, I love him.
- 1767. Okay. It's gonna be
at the Beverly Hilton, I think.
- 1768. - Great.
- 1769. - She said you're spending time in Malibu.
- Oh, really?
- 1770. Me too. Haven't seen her
since that building was ICM.
- 1771. A little history.
- 1772. Ten years ago, Charlie takes a risk
- 1773. when he first hires Nicole as an actress
- 1774. in his play in New York City.
- 1775. He's a well-regarded
- 1776. of the avant-garde.
- 1777. And she's known
- 1778. as the girl in that college sex movie
who takes her top off.
- 1779. - My client will not be slut-shamed...
- Ten years on...
- 1780. - ... for an artistic choice.
- ... and many prestigious
- 1781. theater roles later...
- 1782. She becomes an actress
of great credibility.
- 1783. And it's because of that credibility,
- 1784. that she's offered the lead role
in a major television show.
- 1785. This new opportunity is thanks to Charlie.
- 1786. Your Honor, we shouldn't have
to pay support money at this point.
- 1787. In fact, Charlie is entitled
to half her TV money,
- 1788. present and future earnings of the show.
- 1789. Charlie's just received
the enormous sum of $650,000
- 1790. in the form of a MacArthur grant.
- 1791. - Of which he gets...
- This is for the theater work...
- 1792. - ... in $125,000 installments...
- ... he conducted during the marriage.
- 1793. over five years.
- 1794. - So by Jay's same logic...
- He uses the money...
- 1795. - ... that Nicole contributed to.
- ... to employ actors and crew members...
- 1796. - One at a time, please.
- ... and to pay debts that he's accumulated
- 1797. with his theater company
that stars his wife.
- 1798. - Bless you.
- Not only did she turn down a lucrative
- 1799. and successful career in movies
- 1800. to perform in his little theater,
- 1801. but she actually supplied Charlie
- 1802. with a loan early on to help out.
- 1803. - Which he paid back.
- She lent her name to the marquee,
- 1804. which was the principle reason
people came to the theater.
- 1805. That may have been true ten years ago.
- 1806. And in turn, she helped establish
- 1807. Now, over the next ten years,
- 1808. she was subsequently offered parts
in movies, TV shows,
- 1809. most of which she turned down
at Charlie's behest
- 1810. to be a mom and act in his plays.
- 1811. So while we are willing
to be flexible on support,
- 1812. we contend that half of Charlie's
grant money be split between the parties.
- 1813. I don't see how you can claim
that she gets half a grant
- 1814. dedicated to his genius.
- 1815. He became a genius
during the course of the marriage.
- 1816. Oh, come on, Nora.
- 1817. Charlie himself, upon hearing
that he received the prize,
- 1818. told Nicole that it belonged to her too.
- 1819. That's what people say
when they win awards.
- 1820. No, he was implying what was true.
- 1821. His genius was an intangible asset
built during the marriage.
- 1822. Nora, I like how you refer
to Charlie's theater
- 1823. as a ramshackle downtown dump
- 1824. when you're arguing custody,
- 1825. but when you want more money,
- 1826. he's a big, rich, genius
- 1827. You can't have it both ways.
- 1828. Oh, really? Why not?
- 1829. And whether you think
it's fair or not, Jay,
- 1830. the first monetary installment
from the MacArthur grant
- 1831. was put into a joint
marital accountant, and thus...
- 1832. Fuck. You shouldn't have put
that money in a joint account.
- 1833. There's not gonna be anything left,
anyway. I'm using it all to divorce her.
- 1834. Nora, I have to say
that your account of this marriage
- 1835. takes place in an alternate reality.
- 1836. By suddenly moving to LA
- 1837. and insisting on an LA residence,
- 1838. Nicole is withholding Henry...
- 1839. - Counsel, please be seated.
- ... alienating him from his father,
- 1840. which has turned Charlie's world
- 1841. - Counselor?
- It amounts to an ambush.
- 1842. "Witholding," Jay? Really? "Alienating"?
- 1843. Well, those are fighting words,
- 1844. and it's simply false and does nothing
to further this settlement.
- 1845. Your recap of the situation is outrageous.
- 1846. And although California is,
without doubt, a no-fault state,
- 1847. it bears mentioning
in the accurate recap of the situation
- 1848. that Charlie had had extramarital affairs.
- 1849. - An extramarital affair.
- Do you really want me to go there?
- 1850. - Yeah, let's go there.
- 1851. Nicole has admitted
to hacking Charlie's computer
- 1852. and reading his emails,
- 1853. which, if proven, is a felony.
- 1854. And, Nora,
I don't think you'll be too happy
- 1855. if I ask Nicole about her alcohol
consumption in the evenings.
- 1856. What?
- 1857. She confided in Charlie recently,
having just carried Henry to bed,
- 1858. that she was having trouble standing
while walking down the staircase.
- 1859. And from what I understand,
this is not an isolated event.
- 1860. So you let me know, Nora,
- 1861. - and will go there as needed.
- 1862. Can I ask you,
- 1863. how do you expect
to have more time with Henry
- 1864. when you don't exercise the time
you already have?
- 1865. And exercise it responsibly?
- 1866. On a recent visit to Los Angeles,
- 1867. after failing to call, text,
- 1868. communicate in any way, shape, or form,
- 1869. Charlie finally arrived two hours late
to pick up Henry
- 1870. at Nicole's mother's house.
- 1871. At that point, the car seat,
- 1872. which he had assured Nicole
had been professionally installed,
- 1873. was clearly not even belted in.
- 1874. - It was sitting in the back seat.
- You have to buckle in the car seat.
- 1875. - It's the law.
- I know that.
- 1876. - I thought the rental place did it.
- No, they can't do it. It's a liability.
- 1877. I know that now.
Once we discovered that, we fixed it.
- 1878. Counsel?
- 1879. You can see my courtroom is full
- 1880. and there are people who don't have
the resources your clients have,
- 1881. and I'm fairly certain
you haven't exhausted, in good faith,
- 1882. the arguments in the case of this child.
- 1883. In the meantime,
we'll keep the status quo.
- 1884. This remains an LA family
for the time being.
- 1885. I took over this department recently,
- 1886. and I'm still becoming acquainted
with the cases.
- 1887. So I'm going to appoint
an expert evaluator
- 1888. who knows much more
about young children than I do.
- 1889. Once the evaluation is done,
- 1890. we'll modify the orders where necessary.
- 1891. Hey, where's Henry?
- 1892. He's with Cassie and her kids
at laser tag.
- 1893. You want something to drink?
- 1894. I have unfiltered tap water,
beer, and some juice boxes.
- 1895. I'll take a juice box.
- 1896. You don't have anything on the walls?
- 1897. I don't have anything
except Henry's art,
- 1898. which is being framed.
- 1899. I can give you some stuff,
- 1900. you know, till you get some things.
- 1901. How about that great picture
of Henry on the Staten Island ferry?
- 1902. Aren't you in that one?
- 1903. I guess I... I guess you can cut me out.
- 1904. I'm gonna have to leave a day early
to go to New York on the 22nd.
- 1905. So I was wondering
if I could take Henry that Friday.
- 1906. The 22nd, so that's the 21st?
- 1907. We have plans, actually.
- 1908. We're going to something at LACMA
with the cousins.
- 1909. But could you change it
so I could take him?
- 1910. It's just one night.
He's looking forward to it.
- 1911. - Really?
- It's my night, Charlie, we negotiated it.
- 1912. Okay, fine.
- 1913. But what?
- 1914. No, I'm just asking you to be flexible.
- 1915. I am flexible. You come in and out
and I adjust based on your schedule.
- 1916. - This one night we have tickets to—
- It's not only this one night, but fine.
- 1917. Henry's teacher wants to meet with us.
- 1918. You mean his LA teacher?
- 1919. Can you answer the email
so we could set a time?
- 1920. Yeah, I've been distracted.
- 1921. I understand.
- 1922. They just wanna rule out everything,
you know, with his reading.
- 1923. I just think he's a little over-anxious.
I think he wants it too much.
- 1924. They said he's off the charts in math.
- 1925. He quits too easily
when things aren't easy for him.
- 1926. You know, he's like us, he's stubborn.
- 1927. He's still a lousy Monopoly player
'cause he tries to save all his money.
- 1928. So...
- 1929. I thought we should talk.
- 1930. I feel like maybe things
have gone too far.
- 1931. I mean, my mom's taking out a loan
against the house to help me pay Nora.
- 1932. I thought I paid Nora.
- 1933. You pay 30 percent of Nora.
- 1934. Well, I'm going broke too,
if that's any help.
- 1935. I've just agreed
to direct two shitty plays,
- 1936. and we can forget putting anything away
for Henry's college.
- 1937. It's just that up until now, we've been
able to keep Henry somewhat removed,
- 1938. and this will change that.
- 1939. We have to protect him.
- 1940. I agree.
- 1941. Nora says that the evaluator
will come into our homes,
- 1942. they're gonna interview Henry
in addition to us,
- 1943. our friends, family, enemies,
- 1944. and then they'll observe us with him,
how we are as parents.
- 1945. - Sounds awful.
- I know.
- 1946. I feel like if anybody observed me on any
given day as a mom, I'd never get custody.
- 1947. That was a joke.
- 1948. - I know. I feel the same way.
- 1949. So...
- 1950. Maybe we can figure
something out between us.
- 1951. You remember I said this to you
at the beginning?
- 1952. I know you did,
but these are different circumstances.
- 1953. I was anticipating these circumstances.
- 1954. Anyway, shall we try this?
- 1955. Okay.
- 1956. I don't know how to start.
- 1957. Do you understand why I wanna stay in LA?
- 1958. No.
- 1959. Well... that's not...
- 1960. Charlie, that's not a useful way
for us to start.
- 1961. I don't understand it.
- 1962. You don't remember promising
that we could do time here?
- 1963. We discussed things.
- 1964. We were married, we said things.
- 1965. We talked about moving to Europe.
- 1966. About getting a...
- 1967. sideboard or what do you call it?
- 1968. A credenza, to fill the empty space
behind the couch.
- 1969. We never did any of it.
- 1970. You turned down
the residency at the Geffen
- 1971. that would've brought us here for a year.
- 1972. It wasn't something I wanted.
- 1973. We had a great theater company
and a great life where we were.
- 1974. You call that a great life?
- 1975. You know what I mean.
- 1976. I don't mean we had a great marriage.
I mean life in Brooklyn.
- 1977. Professionally.
- 1978. I don't know. Honestly,
I never considered anything different.
- 1979. Well, that's the problem, isn't it?
- 1980. I mean, I was your wife.
You should've considered my happiness too.
- 1981. Come on, you were happy.
You've just decided you weren't now.
- 1982. Okay.
- 1983. Let's—
- 1984. My work is here now, my family is here.
- 1985. And I agreed to put Henry in school here
because your show went to series.
- 1986. I did that knowing that when you were done
shooting, he would come back to New York.
- 1987. Honey, we never said that.
- 1988. That may have been your assumption,
but we never said that.
- 1989. We did say it.
- 1990. When did we say it?
- 1991. I don't know when we said it,
but we said it.
- 1992. - We said it that time on the phone!
- Honey, let me finish. Sorry.
- 1993. I keeps saying that.
- 1994. I thought that if Henry was happy here,
- 1995. and my show continued,
that we might do LA for a while.
- 1996. I was not privy to that thought process.
- 1997. The only reason we didn't live here
is because you can't imagine desires
- 1998. other than your own,
unless they're forced on you.
- 1999. Okay, you wish you hadn't married me,
you wish you'd had a different life,
- 2000. but this is what happened.
- 2001. - So what do we do?
- I don't know.
- 2002. Nora says
there's no coming back from this.
- 2003. Fuck Nora!
- 2004. I hate fucking Nora telling me
I always lived in LA
- 2005. even though I never lived in LA.
- 2006. How could you have her
say those things about me?
- 2007. Jay said them about me too.
- 2008. You shouldn't have fired Bert.
- 2009. I needed my own asshole.
- 2010. Let's just both agree both of our lawyers
said shitty stuff about both of us.
- 2011. Nora was worse.
- 2012. Jay called me an alcoholic.
- 2013. You pulled the rug out from under me
and you're putting me through hell.
- 2014. You put me through hell
during our marriage.
- 2015. Oh, is that what that was, hell?
- 2016. Now you'll put Henry
through this horrible thing
- 2017. so you can yet again get what you want!
- 2018. It's not what I want. I mean,
it's what I want, but it's what was...
- 2019. was...
- 2020. what's best for him.
- 2021. Oh, well, I was wondering when you'd
get around to Henry
- 2022. and what he actually wants.
- 2023. Fuck off!
- 2024. No, you fuck off!
- 2025. If you'd listen to your son, or anyone,
- 2026. then he'd tell you
that he'd rather live here!
- 2027. Stop putting your feelings about me
- 2028. He tells me he likes it better here.
- 2029. He tells you because he knows
it's what you wanna hear!
- 2030. He tells me you're on the phone all
the time. You don't even play with him.
- 2031. Because I'm going through a divorce in LA
and trying to direct a play in New York!
- 2032. Which closed because I wasn't there.
It was a huge opportunity...
- 2033. Fighting for something
you don't even want!
- 2034. You're being so much like your father.
- 2035. Do not compare me to my father!
- 2036. I didn't compare you to him.
I said you were acting like him.
- 2037. You're exactly like your mother.
- 2038. Everything you were complaining about her,
- 2039. You're suffocating Henry.
- 2040. First of all, I love my mother.
She was wonderful mother.
- 2041. I'm just repeating what you told me.
- 2042. Secondly, how dare you
compare my mothering to my mother!
- 2043. I may be like my father,
but I am not like my mother!
- 2044. You are! And you're like my father!
- 2045. You're also like my mother!
- 2046. You're all the bad things
about all of these people!
- 2047. But mostly your mother.
- 2048. When we'd lie in bed together,
sometimes I would look at you
- 2049. and see her and just feel so gross!
- 2050. - I felt repulsed when you touched me!
- You're a slob.
- 2051. - I made the beds, closed cabinets...
- The thought of having sex with you...
- 2052. makes me wanna peel my skin off.
- 2053. You'll never be happy, in LA or anywhere.
- 2054. You'll think you found
some better opposite guy than me,
- 2055. and in a few years,
you'll rebel against him
- 2056. because you need to have your voice,
but you don't want a voice.
- 2057. You just wanna fucking complain
about not having a voice!
- 2058. I think about being married to you,
and that woman is a stranger to me.
- 2059. - I mean, we had a child's marriage.
- You've regressed.
- 2060. You've gone back to your life
before you met me, it's pathetic.
- 2061. People used to tell me that you were
too selfish to be a great artist.
- 2062. And I used to defend you.
- 2063. They were absolutely right.
- 2064. All your best acting is behind you.
You're back to being a hack!
- 2065. You gaslighted me!
You're a fucking villain!
- 2066. You want to present yourself as a victim
because it's a good legal strategy?
- 2067. Fine, but you and I both know
- 2068. you chose this life!
- 2069. You wanted it until you didn't!
- 2070. You used me so you could get out of LA.
- 2071. I didn't use you.
- 2072. You did and then you blamed me for it!
- 2073. You always made me aware
of what I was doing wrong,
- 2074. how I was falling short!
- 2075. Life with you was joyless!
- 2076. What, so then you had to go
and fuck someone else?
- 2077. You shouldn't be upset that I fucked her!
- 2078. You should be upset
that I had a laugh with her!
- 2079. Do you love her?
- 2080. No.
- 2081. But she didn't hate me.
- 2082. You hated me.
- 2083. You hated me.
- 2084. You fucked somebody we worked with.
- 2085. You stopped having sex with me
in the last year.
- 2086. I never cheated on you.
- 2087. That was cheating on me!
- 2088. But there was so much I could have done.
- 2089. I was a director in my 20s
who came from nothing
- 2090. and was suddenly on the cover
of fucking Time Out New York!
- 2091. I was hot shit and I wanted
to fuck everybody and I didn't.
- 2092. And I loved you
and I didn't wanna lose you.
- 2093. But I'm in my 20s
and I didn't wanna lose that too,
- 2094. and I kinda did!
- 2095. And you wanted so much so fast.
- 2096. I didn't even wanna get married.
- 2097. I mean, fuck it!
- 2098. There's so much I didn't do.
- 2099. - Thanks for that!
- You're welcome!
- 2100. I can't believe
I have to know you forever!
- 2101. Oh, you're fucking insane!
- 2102. And you're fucking winning!
- 2103. Are you kidding me?
- 2104. I wanted to be married.
- 2105. I'd already lost!
- 2106. You didn't love me as much as I loved you!
- 2107. What does that have to do with LA?
- 2108. What?
- 2109. You're so merged
with your own selfishness,
- 2110. you don't even identify it
as selfishness anymore!
- 2111. You're such a dick!
- 2112. Every day I wake up
and I hope you're dead!
- 2113. Dead like... if I could guarantee
Henry would be okay,
- 2114. I'd hope you'd get an illness
- 2115. and then get hit by a car and die!
- 2116. Oh, God!
- 2117. I'm sorry.
- 2118. Me too.
- 2119. Okay, no, we can make this nice.
- 2120. I would take the smaller plants
and put them by the window.
- 2121. And do you have things
we can put on the walls?
- 2122. All right, that's it. Thank you very much.
- 2123. We miss you and it looks great, really.
Let us know how it goes, okay?
- 2124. All right. I'll see you guys on Monday.
- 2125. - Love you.
- All right, love you too. Bye.
- 2126. Why do we have so many plants
all of a sudden?
- 2127. We'll have to return some of that stuff,
so don't get used to it.
- 2128. I find plants kind of scary.
- 2129. These plants are good guys.
- 2130. Hey, come here.
- 2131. Yeah?
- 2132. Tomorrow, this woman is going to come
- 2133. and visit us...
- 2134. and be with us while we eat dinner.
- 2135. - Is it your girlfriend?
- 2136. - Is it Mommy's boyfriend?
- No. Why? Does Mommy have a boyfriend?
- 2137. I don't know. Does she?
- 2138. I don't know.
- 2139. I don't know.
- 2140. Why is someone watching us eat dinner?
- 2141. I know, it's weird.
- 2142. It's just something we have to do.
- 2143. Which has to do with...
- 2144. Mommy and me figuring out everything...
- 2145. and how we're gonna be.
- 2146. You know?
- 2147. Will you read to me?
- 2148. Sure. Grab your book.
- 2149. Do you use drugs or alcohol?
- 2150. I drink alcohol.
- 2151. How much alcohol do you drink?
- 2152. I don't know, glass of wine with dinner.
- 2153. Sometimes more.
- 2154. How much more?
- 2155. It's— Sometimes a...
- 2156. few...
- 2157. I... sometimes split a bottle of wine
- 2158. - Okay, who do you split it with?
- I mean...
- 2159. if I'm having dinner with someone
and we order a bottle of wine.
- 2160. - Okay.
- You know, like at a restaurant.
- 2161. When you say, "Do you wanna go
by the glass or do we get a bottle?"
- 2162. You get a bottle?
- 2163. Well, sometimes.
- 2164. But... I mean,
sometimes I go by the glass.
- 2165. You know, it depends.
- 2166. Did you mean drugs ever?
I have done drugs.
- 2167. In college.
- 2168. - Anything since you've been—
- I don't do it regularly.
- 2169. Anything since you've been a mother?
- 2170. Pot a few times.
- 2171. Coke once at a party.
Henry wasn't with me.
- 2172. What would you say
are your strengths as a parent?
- 2173. I listen.
- 2174. I play.
- 2175. I put in the time. I...
- 2176. love...
- 2177. taking care of him...
- 2178. watching him grow.
- 2179. And sometimes...
- 2180. what they say about "it goes so fast"
is true, but...
- 2181. sometimes it's not.
- 2182. Sometimes it goes too slow, honestly.
- 2183. What are your weaknesses?
- 2184. I'm too precise.
- 2185. I care too much.
- 2186. Are those weaknesses?
- 2187. Maybe not.
- 2188. You know, he can be an asshole and...
- 2189. I can get really pissed off
and I'll call him on being an asshole—
- 2190. I'm gonna stop you there.
- 2191. When you do this for real,
don't ever say that.
- 2192. People don't accept mothers
who drink too much wine
- 2193. and yell at their child
and call him an asshole.
- 2194. I get it. I do it too.
- 2195. We can accept an imperfect dad.
- 2196. Let's face it, the idea of a good father
was only invented like 30 years ago.
- 2197. Before that,
fathers were expected to be silent
- 2198. and absent and unreliable and selfish,
- 2199. and can all say
we want them to be different.
- 2200. But on some basic level, we accept them.
- 2201. We love them for their fallibilities,
- 2202. but people absolutely don't accept
those same failings in mothers.
- 2203. We don't accept it structurally
and we don't accept it spiritually.
- 2204. Because the basis
of our Judeo-Christian whatever
- 2205. is Mary, Mother of Jesus,
- 2206. and she's perfect.
- 2207. She's a virgin who gives birth,
- 2208. unwaveringly supports her child
- 2209. and holds his dead body when he's gone.
- 2210. And the dad isn't there.
He didn't even do the fucking.
- 2211. God is in Heaven.
- 2212. God is the father
- 2213. and God didn't show up.
- 2214. So you have to be perfect and Charlie
can be a fuck up and it doesn't matter.
- 2215. You will always be held
to a different higher standard.
- 2216. And it's fucked up,
but that is the way it is.
- 2217. I think I rang the wrong bell. Nancy Katz.
- 2218. Hi. I'm Charlie Barber.
- 2219. Henry's just playing in his room.
- 2220. Nancy, can I get you anything?
- 2221. I'm easy. A glass of water?
- 2222. It's a new apartment.
- 2223. Shall we go in here?
- 2224. Sure.
- 2225. What's a day like for the two of you here?
- 2226. Well, if he has school,
I take him there, of course,
- 2227. and pick him up, assuming I can do both.
- 2228. What prevents you from picking him up?
- 2229. You know, work.
- 2230. I'm preparing a play
I'm directing in a few months.
- 2231. Oh, what is that?
- 2232. Kasimir and Karoline by Ödön von Horváth.
- 2233. We're doing it at the Barrow in New York.
- 2234. So you have to be away?
- 2235. Yes, recently, since Nicole's
been working on the show in LA,
- 2236. I come back and forth a lot.
- 2237. - That sounds difficult.
- It is.
- 2238. And expensive.
- 2239. I'll try to take him
with me some of the time,
- 2240. but Nicole doesn't like for him
to fly so much.
- 2241. Well, that can be hard on the child,
all that recycled air.
- 2242. Well, he's sturdy.
- 2243. Some parents won't take their kids to
a restaurant because of these superbugs.
- 2244. I noticed on one visit to Los Angeles,
- 2245. you came on a Sunday
- 2246. and left on a Thursday.
- 2247. Why not stay for a weekend?
- 2248. that time I had tech
for Electra in New York.
- 2249. What's that?
- 2250. It was my Broadway debut.
- 2251. Oh, I don't know what "tech" is.
- 2252. It's the technical part of the production.
You figure out the lights.
- 2253. - And Monday's our day off in the theater.
- What's a weekend day like?
- 2254. Well, out here, he has basketball
on Saturday at 12:00.
- 2255. Eleven, I'm sorry.
- 2256. So we go there, and then afterwards...
- 2257. maybe we'll get lunch somewhere
and then if there's a movie to see...
- 2258. Does he like basketball?
- 2259. He does.
- 2260. His coach, Rick, says
he's a good dribbler, and I've seen that.
- 2261. - Uh-huh.
- 2262. Sorry, his coach's name is Ron.
- 2263. Rick's his dentist in New York.
- 2264. Well, you know our home home was...
is in New York.
- 2265. That's where we live.
- 2266. New York is a long way from here.
- 2267. Well, we like it because we can walk.
- 2268. You can walk here.
- 2269. Not really.
- 2270. And the space...
- 2271. Do you like your school?
- 2272. I love it.
- 2273. What's your favorite part about it?
- 2274. I don't know.
- 2275. Maybe gym.
- 2276. You like math.
- 2277. Not anymore.
- 2278. - Thanks.
- You're welcome.
- 2279. But you're getting really good at it.
- 2280. No.
- 2281. Well, you are, but...
- 2282. What do you
and your dad like to do together?
- 2283. When I'm at my dad's,
we sometimes watch a movie
- 2284. or build a Lego or something.
- 2285. My dad's a great Lego builder.
- 2286. And at your mom's?
- 2287. At home, I have most of my toys,
- 2288. and there's a pool
and I have a tree house and jungle gym.
- 2289. We have super secret treasure hunt,
- 2290. which is really fun.
- 2291. - Sweetheart?
- Army men ride in here and—
- 2292. Wanna help me set the table?
- 2293. Do I have to?
- 2294. - Just come in here and grab a plate.
- I'm playing.
- 2295. Henry?
- 2296. Okay.
- 2297. Fine.
- 2298. - Why are you being like this?
- 2299. If I ask you to help out, help out.
- 2300. - What is this?
- A special meal.
- 2301. What are the green things?
- 2302. There aren't green things
in a special meal.
- 2303. It's just the garnish.
- 2304. I'll take it off.
- 2305. I don't wanna eat anything it touched.
- 2306. - Doesn't change the taste of anything.
- I might wanna be a vegetarian.
- 2307. Mom's a vegetarian.
- 2308. Is she a vegetarian now?
- 2309. - Yeah.
- Well, then you should like garnish.
- 2310. It's all garnish, vegetarianism.
- 2311. I'm done with my water.
- 2312. Sure I can't get you anything?
- 2313. No, I'm fine, thank you.
- 2314. Do the thing with the knife.
- 2315. No, I'm not...
- 2316. No.
- 2317. Come on.
- 2318. It's not a dinner thing.
- 2319. It's not an any time thing.
- 2320. What's the thing with the knife?
- 2321. It's hilarious.
- 2322. No, it's dumb.
I have a small knife on my keychain.
- 2323. Which is only for adults.
- 2324. I do a thing with it sometimes.
- 2325. You said I could get a knife.
- 2326. A jackknife, yeah, when you're older.
- 2327. Like ten.
- 2328. No, like 20.
- 2329. Yeah.
- 2330. Dime, rime, lime, pime, sime...
- 2331. Honey, stop guessing.
You're so close. Stay with it.
- 2332. Well, I don't wanna do it.
- 2333. What's the first letter?
- 2334. I don't wanna do it.
Can I do the iPad?
- 2335. No, look. What's the first letter?
- 2336. - I don't want to.
- It's a T. What sound does T make?
- 2337. - Tuh.
- Right. Then just do the rest of it.
- 2338. Dime.
- 2339. No.
- 2340. You have "tuh" and "ime." What is that?
- 2341. Time.
- 2342. It's "time."
- 2343. It's "time."
- 2344. You'll see, honey.
One day it's just gonna click
- 2345. and you'll be able to read everything.
- 2346. I need a break.
- 2347. Can I go play in my room?
- 2348. Sure.
- 2349. Yeah?
- 2350. Do you ever observe married people?
- 2351. No. Why would I?
- 2352. - I was kidding.
- 2353. The knife thing is...
- 2354. I carry this knife on my keychain,
- 2355. which his mother got me actually.
- 2356. And I do this thing for his mom
where I pretend to cut myself,
- 2357. but I retract the blade,
but I don't do it with him.
- 2358. - That's fine.
- Are you okay?
- 2359. Yeah, I must not have retracted
the blade all the way.
- 2360. - Do you need—
- 2361. Yeah, no, it's fine.
- 2362. What else can I tell you?
- 2363. I think I have enough.
- 2364. You have enough?
- 2365. - Are you sure you're okay?
- Totally. I'm fine.
- 2366. Well, I'll leave you guys for tonight.
- 2367. Oh, okay.
- 2368. I'll be in touch
if I have further questions.
- 2369. Oh, thanks.
- 2370. Oh, thanks.
- 2371. Thanks. Thank you for the water.
- 2372. - Oh, yeah, sure.
- Are you sure you're okay?
- 2373. - Yeah.
- 2374. - Bye-bye.
- 2375. Oh. Sorry.
- 2376. All right, let...
- 2377. I think you turn the...
- 2378. Sorry.
- 2379. Okay.
- 2380. Dad, are you okay?
- 2381. Yeah, I'm just tired.
- 2382. Dad, did she like us?
- 2383. Yeah, she thought we were great.
- 2384. - Come on.
- Guys, slow down.
- 2385. So...
- 2386. because Charlie dropped his claim
to New York,
- 2387. we're mostly done.
- 2388. Jay's lost interest,
Ted, his associate's, doing the paperwork.
- 2389. And we're not taking any money, right?
- 2390. We withdrew our claim for the MacArthur,
- 2391. which I think
we could have gotten, by the way,
- 2392. and they're not asking
for any of the show.
- 2393. Thank you for everything, Nora.
- 2394. You're welcome, doll.
- 2395. To your new home in LA.
- 2396. And whenever Charlie is in LA,
- 2397. I got the custody breakdown to be 55/45.
- 2398. So you'll have Henry an extra day
every two weeks.
- 2399. I thought we made an equal.
- 2400. I tweaked it at the last minute.
- 2401. I just didn't want him
to be able to say he got 50/50,
- 2402. bragging to his friends.
- 2403. - But I don't wanna do that.
- Take it.
- 2404. You won.
- 2405. Hi. You look like a guy
who really cares about animals.
- 2406. Nope.
- 2407. Oh, my God!
- 2408. - Hey.
- 2409. You hear some guy screaming?
- 2410. The couch was technically hers,
- 2411. But, I mean, it was our couch.
- 2412. It's not like
I was gonna buy another couch.
- 2413. But then when it comes time to split,
it's suddenly her couch.
- 2414. And I have no couch and...
- 2415. I'm sitting on the floor
is the short version.
- 2416. I'm sorry.
This is all so self-pitying and boring.
- 2417. No, come on.
- 2418. No, I'm so stupid. I'm sorry.
- 2419. - Sounds really tough.
- No, it is sad.
- 2420. Hello?
- 2421. Hello?
- 2422. Hi, sorry, the door was open.
- 2423. Oh. Okay.
- 2424. Whoa! Gotcha!
- 2425. Charlie, oh!
- 2426. Was your flight okay?
- 2427. - Yeah.
- 2428. Charlie.
- 2429. Nicole's still at work.
- 2430. - Hi.
- 2431. Can I I get a hug?
- 2432. Hey, how'd it go?
- 2433. Good, yeah.
- 2434. And Donny's dead now.
I shot the scene where—
- 2435. - Henry's upstairs.
- She got an Emmy nomination.
- 2436. - She's a great actress.
- No, for directing.
- 2437. - Congratulations.
- 2438. Now I know what you were
so obsessed with all the time.
- 2439. - We should get ready.
- 2440. Oh, we're the Beatles.
- 2441. - Come on, Charlie.
- I didn't get a costume together.
- 2442. - You could be George Martin.
- I don't need to be anyone.
- 2443. - You've gotta be something.
- A ghost. I'll get you a sheet.
- 2444. I have the album cover
if anyone needs to reference it.
- 2445. And we should leave soon.
- 2446. I'm saying that as much for me
as anyone else.
- 2447. - Am I John or George?
- Trick-or-treating starts at 5:00.
- 2448. You're George. Nicole is John.
- 2449. I wanted to tell you
I took a residency at UCLA.
- 2450. I'm gonna direct two plays
and rep at REDCAT.
- 2451. So I'll be here for a while.
- 2452. That's great.
- 2453. Are you okay?
- 2454. Yeah.
- 2455. It's only good.
- 2456. Nicole?
- 2457. Can you help me with my zipper?
- 2458. "Charlie is incr..." something.
- 2459. "... neat
- 2460. and I rely on him
- 2461. to keep things in order.
- 2462. He is energy con..."
- 2463. - I don't know what this word is.
- You're getting so good at reading.
- 2464. What is that?
- 2465. "He doesn't look in the mirror too often.
- 2466. He cries easily
- 2467. in movies.
- 2468. He is very self-suf..."
- 2469. Self-sufficient.
- 2470. "He can darn a sock..."
- 2471. That means sew, like a hole.
- 2472. "... and cook himself dinner
- 2473. and ur..."
- 2474. Break it into two parts.
- 2475. "... ur on."
- 2476. Not "ur" but "ire."
- 2477. Ire. On.
- 2478. Iron.
- 2479. "... a shirt.
- 2480. He rarely gets defeated
- 2481. which I fell...
- 2482. feel like I always do.
- 2483. Charlie takes all of my moods steadily.
- 2484. He doesn't give in to them
- 2485. or make me feel bad about them.
- 2486. He's a great dresser
and never looks em..."
- 2487. - I don't know this one.
- 2488. "... embarrassing,
- 2489. which is hard for a man."
- 2490. You read it now.
- 2491. "He's very competitive.
- 2492. He loves being a dad.
- 2493. He loves all the things
you're supposed to hate,
- 2494. like the tantrums,
- 2495. the waking up at night.
- 2496. It's almost annoying
how much he likes it,
- 2497. but then it's mostly nice.
- 2498. He disappears into his own world.
- 2499. He and Henry are alike that way.
- 2500. He can tell
- 2501. people they have food in their teeth
- 2502. or on their face in a way
that doesn't make them feel bad.
- 2503. Charlie is self-made.
- 2504. His parents, I only met them once,
- 2505. but he told me
there was a lot of alcohol...
- 2506. He moved to New York from Indiana
- 2507. with no safety net,
- 2508. and now he's more New Yorker
than any New Yorker.
- 2509. He's brilliant at creating family
out of whoever is around.
- 2510. With the theater company...
- 2511. he casts a spell...
- 2512. that made everyone feel included.
- 2513. No one, not even an intern,
- 2514. What's an intern?
- 2515. It's like a...
- 2516. helper, but who isn't paid.
- 2517. Why aren't they paid?
- 2518. They're young, they're learning.
- 2519. I don't know, maybe if they do a good job,
they get paid later.
- 2520. Okay, keep going.
- 2521. "He could remember all the inside jokes,
he's extremely organized and thorough,
- 2522. he's very clear about what he wants,
unlike me who can't always tell.
- 2523. I fell in love with him
two seconds after I saw him.
- 2524. And I'll never stop loving him,
- 2525. even though
it doesn't make sense anymore."
- 2526. See you. Good to see you again.
- 2527. Good seeing you too.
- 2528. - Oh, Charlie!
- 2529. I'm so happy you came.
- 2530. I'll email you that article.
- 2531. - Yes, please do. Thank you.
- 2532. Take care.
- 2533. We were gonna bring him to dinner,
but he's so wiped out.
- 2534. You wanna take him?
- 2535. - It's your night.
- I know.
- 2536. - Yeah.
- 2537. - I'll drop him back in the morning.
- 2538. Text me when you're up.
We'll figure something out.
- 2539. You're gonna go with your dad, okay?
- 2540. - Okay.
- 2541. I love you.
- 2542. I love you too.
- 2543. Oh, hey.
- 2544. Thanks.