- 1. Cecilia was the first to go.
- 2. What are you doing here, honey?
- 3. You're not even old enough
to know how bad life gets.
- 4. Obviously, Doctor,
you've never been a 13-year-old girl.
- 5. Everyone dates
the demise of our neighbourhood…
- 6. …from the suicides of the Lisbon girls.
- 7. People saw their clairvoyance in
the wiped-out elms, the harsh sunlight…
- 8. …and the continuing decline
of our auto industry.
- 9. Even then, as teenagers,
we tried to put the pieces together.
- 10. We still can't.
- 11. Now whenever we run into each other
at lunches or parties…
- 12. …we find ourselves going over
the evidence one more time.
- 13. All to understand those five girls…
- 14. …who, after all these years,
we can't get out of our minds.
- 15. Cecilia, the youngest, was 13.
- 16. And Lux was 14.
- 17. Bonnie was 15.
- 18. Mary was 16.
- 19. And Therese was 17.
- 20. No one could understand how Mrs Lisbon
and Mr Lisbon, our math teacher…
- 21. …had produced such beautiful creatures.
- 22. Paul Baldino claimed to have
found Cecilia on her first attempt.
- 23. Hey, I was the one who found her.
- 24. I was in the storm sewer under my house.
There's all these tunnels.
- 25. You could get into anyone's house.
- 26. When Paul said this, we believed him…
- 27. …because he was the son
of Sammy "the Shark" Baldino…
- 28. …and we knew about his escape tunnel.
- 29. So I went up, thinking I could see
one of those girls taking a shower!
- 30. Right!
- 31. And I walk in…
- 32. …and I see blood everywhere.
- 33. So I turned around, went for the stairs
and right back out the tunnel.
- 34. I had to tell you guys that story.
- 35. I'll see you guys later, all right?
- 36. - I heard there was an accident.
- It was no accident, Joan.
- 37. Of course the parents are to blame!
- 38. I heard they found the
razor in the toilet…
- 39. Everyone had an opinion as to why
Cecilia had tried to kill herself.
- 40. That girl didn't want to die.
She just wanted out of that house.
- 41. She wanted out
of that decorating scheme.
- 42. The most popular theory
held Dominic Palazzolo to blame.
- 43. Dominic was staying with relatives
until his family got settled in New Mexico.
- 44. He was the first in our neighbourhood
to wear sunglasses…
- 45. …and within a week of his arrival
he'd fallen in love.
- 46. The object of his desire wasn't Cecilia,
but Diana Porter.
- 47. I love her!
- 48. When Diana Porter left on vacation
in Switzerland, Dominic denounced God.
- 49. To prove the validity of his love…
- 50. …he jumped off the roof
of his relatives' house.
- 51. Ahem! I'm gonna
show you some images…
- 52. …and, uh… you tell me…
- 53. …what they remind you of.
- 54. OK?
- 55. A banana.
- 56. A swamp.
- 57. An Afro.
- 58. I don't think Cecilia
truly meant to end her life.
- 59. Her act was a cry for help.
- 60. I know you're very strict…
- 61. …but I think that Cecilia would benefit
by having a social outlet…
- 62. …outside of the codification of school…
- 63. …where she could interact
with males her own age.
- 64. Peter Sisten had helped Mr Lisbon install
a model of the solar system in his class.
- 65. And in return Mr Lisbon
invited him for dinner.
- 66. Bless us, O Lord, and these thy gifts…
- 67. …which we are about to receive from thy
bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
- 68. Amen.
- 69. Lux, please, put your
shirt on this instant.
- 70. Sorry.
- 71. - Thank you, dear.
- Can you pass the salt, please?
- 72. - Ham?
- Thank you.
- 73. - Sweetheart, would you like some peas?
- I hate peas.
- 74. Here.
- 75. That's a nice-looking ham, dear.
- 76. - Well, thank you, honey.
- Mm, this is good.
- 77. So, Peter, are you an aviation enthusiast?
- 78. Well, I don't know if I'd call myself
an enthusiast, but I like planes.
- 79. Ah.
- 80. Uh, Peter, are you on the football squad?
- 81. Um, no, I play it,
but I'm not actually on the team.
- 82. - Oh, I see.
- Ah, not a team player.
- 83. Do you like to wrestle?
- 84. You OK, Peter?
- 85. The Brazilian turbot frog was added to
the endangered species list today.
- 86. - That's the third animal this year.
- Oh, dear.
- 87. The turbot frog?
I don't think I've ever heard of…
- 88. Um, excuse me, may I use the rest room?
- 89. Oh, of course. The one down here
isn't working very well.
- 90. - Go upstairs through Cecilia's room.
- OK. Thanks.
- 91. Hold… Hold on.
- 92. I thought you'd died in there.
- 93. Are you done hogging the bathroom?
I need something.
- 94. Do you mind?
- 95. - Thank you very much.
- You forgetting something?
- 96. Oh, Peter. Here's a little aerofoil
I thought you might find amusing.
- 97. It's a…
- 98. …demonstration of
Bernoulli's principle: lift.
- 99. From that time on,
the Lisbon house began to change.
- 100. Almost every day…
- 101. …and even when
she wasn't keeping an eye on Cecilia…
- 102. …Lux would suntan wearing a swimsuit…
- 103. …that caused the knife sharpener to give
her a 15-minute demonstration for free.
- 104. Following the doctor's orders,
two weeks after Cecilia returned home…
- 105. …Mr Lisbon persuaded his wife to allow the
girls to throw the first and only party…
- 106. …of their short lives.
- 107. There. Is that OK?
- 108. I' m gonna get dressed.
- 109. - Welcome!
- Good evening, Mrs Lisbon.
- 110. Come on in.
- 111. The party's in the basement.
- 112. Just go on round to the left,
and then down the stairs.
- 113. Hi, I'm Bonaventure.
- 114. Hi.
- 115. - Hi. Tim.
- Nice to meet you.
- 116. Hi.
- 117. - Would you like some punch?
- 118. Thanks.
- 119. - Hi.
- 120. Thanks.
- 121. - Hi.
- Thank you.
- 122. - Hey.
- 123. Do you wanna sit down?
- 124. - Yeah.
- Me too.
- 125. Um, how did your SATs go?
- 126. OK.
- 127. Good.
- 128. Do you know where you're applying yet?
- 129. Well, no, but my parents
are pushing towards Yale…
- 130. …cos that's where my dad went.
- 131. That's nice.
- 132. You have to imagine
what it'd be like when…
- 133. …out of the sun would come the Hun
and his Messerschmitt coming down.
- 134. And boys, I swear,
two or three years older than you…
- 135. …would be in this - the P51B Mustang.
B for what? For bull's-eye, see?
- 136. You've heard of Yale?
- 137. Oh, yeah.
- 138. This punch is fantastic.
- 139. - Can I give you more?
- Sure. What's in it?
- 140. Juices. Some cherry, pineapple.
- 141. You know, I uh… I love pineapple.
- 142. Really?
- 143. This baby would come in, and this won
the war for the United Kingdom. You see?
- 144. - Excuse me.
- 145. And it's this kind of, uh…
this kind of equipment that makes, uh…
- 146. …a model work.
- 147. Here's Joe.
- 148. - Hi, Joe.
- 149. - Now, if he needs anything just call me.
- Oh, I'm sure he'll be fine.
- 150. Hi.
- 151. Hi.
- 152. - Joe! Good to see you. How are ya?
- Hey, Joe.
- 153. - Glad you came tonight.
- How's it going?
- 154. You're just in time.
- 155. Good. Hi.
- 156. Everyone look! His ears wiggle
if you scratch his chin.
- 157. Joe, sing your song.
- 158. Good job, Joe!
- 159. Good job, Joe.
- 160. Where'd you learn that song?
- 161. May I be excused?
- 162. If you want to, dear,
but this is your party.
- 163. Oh, all right, if you want to go upstairs,
go ahead, but we'll just…
- 164. We'll just have to have fun without you.
- 165. Oh, look. He always chooses heads.
- 166. - Joe, what's it gonna be?
- 167. Joe, will you try tails?
- 168. Heads it is!
- 169. I'll show you again. Let's go.
- 170. - Heads.
- 171. Heads.
- 172. - One more time. In the air, Joe.
- 173. Heads it is anyway. One more time here.
- 174. - OK, call in the air, Joe.
- 175. Heads. Not bad.
- 176. How you doin'?
- 177. Good.
- 178. - You picked it up really well.
- It's my favourite song.
- 179. You know, you're… very beautiful.
- 180. I could paint you sometime.
- 181. Thanks.
- 182. - So did they sing it to you?
- 183. Cecilia!
- 184. Cecilia!
- 185. Oh, my God…
- 186. No! No! No! Don't look. Turn around.
- 187. Turn around. Darlings, turn around.
- 188. Don't look. Don't… Don't look at this.
- 189. Oh, Jesus. Please, God.
- 190. OK.
- 191. - What did he say?
- He said she was only 13.
- 192. Oh, hi, Mary. Are your parents home?
- 193. Hi, Father Moody. Come in.
- 194. Oh, hello, Father.
- 195. Please, sit down.
- 196. Thanks.
- 197. Come on, Miller, that was inside.
- 198. Ah, no. No, thanks.
- 199. How about we get the missus down here,
have a little chat?
- 200. Afraid she's under the weather.
- 201. She's not really…
- 202. …seeing anybody.
- 203. Well, she'll see her priest.
- 204. Ah! This kid's a sucker
for the high inside ones every time.
- 205. Every time.
- 206. Excuse me.
- 207. Father.
- 208. Ah! Double play… Father.
- 209. Double play.
- 210. Mrs Lisbon?
- 211. - May I come in?
- 212. Hello, girls.
- 213. I thought we could talk.
- 214. Do you feel like talking?
- 215. Well, if you ever want to,
you know where to find me.
- 216. Mrs Lisbon, it's Father Moody.
- 217. Mrs Lisbon, hello.
- 218. I wanted you to know that
I listed Cecilia's death as an accident.
- 219. An accident waiting to happen. John said
you couldn't get a policy to cover it.
- 220. I know. It's so incredibly dangerous.
- 221. Let's give it a try.
- 222. Ready?
- 223. One, two, three.
- 224. Oh, God. It's just so sad.
I can't even believe it.
- 225. Footings are too deep.
- 226. Got that chain in your truck?
- 227. Hit it!
- 228. Our collection of souvenirs
of the Lisbon girls, which still exists…
- 229. …started with Cecilia's diary.
- 230. Parkie had gotten it from Skip Ortega,
the plumber's assistant…
- 231. …who had found it next to the toilet.
- 232. Tim Weiner - "the Brain" - decoded it.
- 233. Emotional instability.
- 234. Look at the I's.
The dots on'em, they're everywhere.
- 235. Basically…
- 236. …what we have here is a dreamer.
- 237. Someone completely
out of touch with reality.
- 238. When she jumped,
she probably thought she would fly.
- 239. "Monday, February 13th.
Today we had frozen pizza."
- 240. "Thursday. Mom made creamed corn for
dinner. It's the worst. It looks like…"
- 241. "Mary chipped her front tooth
on the monkey bars."
- 242. "She made a big scene and had to
get it capped. It looks normal, I guess."
- 243. Here, give me that.
- 244. Told you she had a capped tooth.
- 245. Elm trees. How many pages
can you write about dying trees?
- 246. Here, something about Dominic.
- 247. "Palazzolo jumped off the roof
over that rich bitch Porter."
- 248. "How stupid can you be?"
- 249. "Today we went out on the boat.
It was cold."
- 250. "We saw a couple of whales."
- 251. "Lux stroked the whale.
I didn't think they'd stink so much."
- 252. "It's the kelp in their baleens rotting."
- 253. "I hope we can go again sometime."
- 254. Let's read that. "Lux
lost it over Kevin…"
- 255. - Is it Heines?
- "Heines, the garbage man."
- 256. Lux lost it over Kevin Haines,
the garbage man.
- 257. She'd wake up at five in the morning
and hang out on the front steps -
- 258. …like it wasn't completely obvious.
- 259. She wrote his name in marker
on all her underwear.
- 260. Mom found them
and bleached out the Kevins.
- 261. Lux was crying on her bed all day.
- 262. The trees like lungs filling with air.
- 263. My sister, the mean one, pulling my hair.
- 264. And so we started
to learn about their lives…
- 265. …coming to hold collective memories
of times we hadn't experienced.
- 266. We felt the imprisonment of being a girl,
the way it made your mind dreamy…
- 267. …so you ended up knowing
what colours went together.
- 268. We knew the girls
were really women in disguise…
- 269. …that they understood love
and even death…
- 270. …and that our job was merely to create
the noise that seemed to fascinate them.
- 271. We knew that they knew
everything about us.
- 272. And that we couldn't fathom them at all.
- 273. Hi. Uh, Mrs Lisbon, I'm Lydia Perl.
- 274. I'm putting together a… Oh.
- 275. - Hi, I'm Bonnie. This is Mary.
- Hello, girls.
- 276. Um, I'm here to ask you
a couple of questions about Cecilia.
- 277. Yeah?
- 278. Great, great. Um, maybe you could start
by telling me a little bit about her.
- 279. Did she have any
special interests or hobbies?
- 280. - Um, she liked writing in her journal a lot.
- That is great.
- 281. Um, OK. Uh, did she…
- 282. Did she ever talk about ending her life?
- 283. What's going on here?
- 284. Um, you must be Mrs Lisbon.
- 285. I'm Lydia Perl. I'm from Channel 2, and…
- 286. You have to leave now, Miss Perl.
- 287. The suicide of an East Side teenager
- 288. …has increased the awareness
of a national crisis.
- 289. I'm in front of the home
where Cecilia Lisbon…
- 290. Why can't they let her rest in peace?
- 291. …and write poetry,
tragically put an end to her life.
- 292. Psychologists agree that adolescence
today is much more fraught…
- 293. …by pressures and complexities
than in years past.
- 294. More and more doctors say this
frustration can lead to acts of violence…
- 295. …whose reality the adolescent cannot
separate from its intended drama.
- 296. I baked a pie full of rat poison.
- 297. I thought I could eat it, you know,
without being suspicious.
- 298. My nana, who is 86…
- 299. She really liked sweets.
- 300. She had three pieces.
- 301. I feel sorriest for the mother.
- 302. You'd always wonder if
there was something you could've done.
- 303. - I gotta go. See you later.
- All right, then. Bye-bye.
- 304. Bye-bye.
- 305. Don't worry.
- 306. They took the fence out.
- 307. God, you snore loud.
- 308. Those girls have a bright future
ahead of them.
- 309. The other one
was just gonna end up a kook.
- 310. We didn't see the girls together as
a group until convocation, September 7th.
- 311. Mary, Lux, Bonnie and Therese came to
school as though nothing had happened.
- 312. We felt if we looked hard enough…
- 313. …we might begin to understand what
they were feeling and who they were.
- 314. All right, so if we have - these are
Venn diagrams, as you remember…
- 315. If we have A and B intersecting…
- 316. …and A and B…
- 317. If A intersects B, we have this area.
- 318. And if A is the union with B, we have
all of the circle, plus the intersection.
- 319. These are the laws of
intersection and union. OK?
- 320. How's it going?
- 321. Not bad.
- 322. "Do a character sketch on the following
characters from Portrait Of A Lady."
- 323. The first one is… Ralph.
- 324. Um, he was nice.
- 325. It was really sad when he died.
- 326. Oh, my gosh.
I can't believe I just said that.
- 327. I am so sorry.
- 328. Reading about
the alarming suicide rate…
- 329. …I talked to Mr Woodhouse
and some of the teachers here…
- 330. …and realised that nothing
about this serious matter…
- 331. …has been discussed at this school.
- 332. Quickly thereafter
green pamphlets were distributed.
- 333. We thought green was cheerful,
but not too cheerful.
- 334. Certainly better than red.
- 335. They told us there were
80 suicides a day in America…
- 336. - …30,000 a year…
- 337. …and alerted us to danger signals
we couldn't help but look for.
- 338. Were the Lisbon girls' pupils dilated?
- 339. Had they lost interest in school
activities, in sports and hobbies?
- 340. Had they withdrawn from their peers?
- 341. Hi. I'm Chase.
- 342. I know who you are.
- 343. I've only been going to this school
my whole life.
- 344. You don't have to talk to me.
- 345. For example, we have
two different types of economics -
- 346. …or so-called two different types.
The first one is called macroeconomics.
- 347. Look. She's laughing.
- 348. He made her laugh! I've never heard him
say anything remotely intelligent.
- 349. The boys who talked with Lux
were always the stupidest…
- 350. …and made terrible
sources of information.
- 351. Squeezebox is all right.
- 352. Let me tell you, she's the hottest girl
in the school for sure.
- 353. Do you wanna know what happened?
Smell my fingers, man.
- 354. Nah, she didn't talk about Cecilia.
- 355. We weren't exactly talking,
if you know what I mean.
- 356. But the only reliable boy
who actually got to know Lux…
- 357. …was Trip Fontaine, who only
eight months before the suicides…
- 358. …had emerged from baby fat
to the delight of girls and mothers alike.
- 359. I'm late again.
- 360. Oh, come on.
- 361. Thank you.
- 362. All the girls at our school
were in love with Trip.
- 363. All the girls except for Lux.
- 364. Trip told us his passion for Lux started…
- 365. …when he went into the wrong
history class during fifth period.
- 366. He went out to his car
to smoke the marijuana he took…
- 367. …as regularly as Peter Petrovich,
the diabetic kid, took his insulin.
- 368. On this particular day
he ran into Mr Woodhouse…
- 369. …and ducked into the nearest class.
- 370. She was the still point
of the turning world, man.
- 371. I never got over that girl. Never.
- 372. I mean… you know,
I loved a lot of ladies, but not like that.
- 373. That was real.
- 374. I'll never forget the first time I saw her.
I didn't know what had hit me.
- 375. I didn't know what to do…
- 376. …cos it was so easy
with all the other girls…
- 377. …but she wouldn't look at me.
- 378. I, uh…
- 379. I was never the kind to pursue,
if you know what I mean.
- 380. That girl drove me crazy, man.
- 381. Mm, yummy. Warm.
- 382. Lux.
- 383. Hey.
- 384. - Look at it. It's just meat on bread.
- Eugh! Sick!
- 385. Thanks, Mom.
- 386. Trip's dad was little help.
- 387. Well, first off, don't
call her on the phone.
- 388. It's all, um… it's all subtlety.
- 389. It's all nuance.
- 390. Yeah. You just need
to talk to her at school, you know…
- 391. …about anything. About the weather,
or school assignments.
- 392. Um, you know, anything
to have the chance to communicate…
- 393. …with the language of eye contact.
- 394. And, uh, project confidence.
- 395. And keep the hair out of your eyes.
- 396. She'll feel the vibe.
- 397. - Just be yourself.
- 398. The word hurricane was the name…
- 399. …given to nature's strongest storm.
- 400. A hurricane occurs when high pressure
and low pressure masses of air…
- 401. …come in contact with one another.
- 402. There is often a significant difference
in temperature between the two masses.
- 403. One mass is warm,
while the other is cold.
- 404. The warmer air rises
and the cooler air falls.
- 405. Likewise, the low pressure slides down
the sides of the high-pressure area.
- 406. They swirl in and around one another,
creating the beginnings of the storm.
- 407. In this footage, taken from
US Navy weather patrol aircraft…
- 408. …we can clearly observe
the two masses…
- 409. …one high pressure and one low,
coming in contact with one another.
- 410. The result is a surging storm
of tremendous strength…
- 411. …that strikes with
- 412. Even though the hurricane is
the most powerful storm known to us…
- 413. Must have been Conley.
- 414. His ass is grass.
- 415. I'm gonna ask you out.
- 416. Fat chance.
- 417. First I'm gonna come over to your house
on Sunday and watch the tube.
- 418. Then I'm gonna ask you out.
- 419. You're a stone fox.
- 420. The hurricane: one of the most truly
awe-inspiring and spectacular storms…
- 421. …nature has to offer.
- 422. - What channel's this?
- 423. Ah, let's see. Um, Animals In The Wild.
- 424. "Journey through the African Kalahari…
- 425. …as we visit exotic animals
in their natural habitat."
- 426. I think that sounds very nice, don't you?
- 427. The rainforest eventually
gives way to expansive arid grasslands…
- 428. …that stretch to the horizon
in all directions.
- 429. This is the Kalahari.
- 430. Uh, do you want some more pop?
- 431. Yeah, sure. Thank you.
- 432. Thanks.
- 433. The wildlife spectacle played out
on these vast open grasslands…
- 434. …and in the deep recesses of
the rainforest is unparalleled on Earth.
- 435. Lux, please put your feet down, honey.
- 436. The Kalahari and its vast open skies
provide the theatre…
- 437. …for the drama played out by the herds
and the great cats that prey on them.
- 438. Oh, my!
- 439. It's getting so late. Honey?
- 440. - I said it's getting late.
- Yeah? Oh.
- 441. Well, Skip, we usually
hit the hay about now, so…
- 442. Right.
- 443. - OK.
- Thank you.
- 444. OK, so…
- 445. - It's nice to meet you, Mrs Lisbon.
- 446. - Good night.
- See you.
- 447. Bye.
- 448. Bye.
- 449. Gotta get back before bed check.
- 450. Ahem.
- 451. Uh, this is fourth period.
I don't have you until fifth.
- 452. - I know.
- 453. I'm not here for math today, sir.
- 454. I'm here to tell you that my intentions
for your daughter are honourable.
- 455. What… might those intentions be?
- 456. I wanna ask Lux to
the Homecoming dance.
- 457. Trip, why don't you sit down
for a minute?
- 458. You see, my wife and I have certain rules.
- 459. They've been the same for the older girls.
I can't change them for the younger ones.
- 460. Even if I wanted to,
the wife wouldn't let me.
- 461. True. So, uh…
- 462. If you want to come over and
watch TV again, that would be fine…
- 463. …but you cannot take Lux out,
especially not in a car.
- 464. So I'm sorry, son, that's just our policy.
- 465. OK, sir, what if there was
a bunch of us guys…
- 466. …and we took
all your daughters out in a group…
- 467. …and we had'em back
by whatever time you said?
- 468. - Are you on the football squad, son?
- Yes, sir.
- 469. - Ah. What position?
- Defensive cornerback.
- 470. Ah. Good. Good.
- 471. I was a…
I was a safety in my day.
- 472. That's a crucial position, sir.
Nothing between you and the goal line.
- 473. Exactly! Exactly.
- 474. Oh, well…
- 475. So the thing is, sir, we've got
the big game against Country Day…
- 476. …then afterwards we have the dance and…
all the other guys are taking dates.
- 477. You're a good-looking fellow, Trip.
Lots of girls would go with you, I bet.
- 478. Yeah, well, I'm not interested
in lots of girls, sir.
- 479. I'll take it up with the wife, Trip.
Do what I can.
- 480. Thank you, sir.
- 481. - It's a graph.
- 482. Mm.
- 483. Trip Fontaine and some of the…
- 484. …other boys in the football squad asked
to take the girls to the Homecoming dance.
- 485. You know how I feel
about that sort of thing.
- 486. - I'm gonna be a chaperon at the dance.
- Oh, come on, Mom. Please!
- 487. Your father and I will discuss it later.
- 488. Mr Fontaine,
may I speak with you, please?
- 489. Now, my wife and I have
had a little talk…
- 490. …and we've come to a decision
about your request.
- 491. Yes!
- 492. I'm taking Lux Lisbon to Homecoming.
- 493. I need three guys to take the other girls.
- 494. I'll give you three joints, Trip.
- 495. Come on, Trip, man. You pick me,
we can take my dad's Caddy.
- 496. You gotta pick me, Tripster!
- 497. Trip, man, you owe me.
- 498. I saved your ass
with Woodhouse that time.
- 499. - Thanks, Dad!
- 500. - Who are the other boys?
- Ah, let's see.
- 501. Parker Denton and Jake Conley.
He's a very good student, dear.
- 502. And, uh… Kevin Head.
- 503. - Who's taking who?
- 504. They're just gonna raffle us off.
- 505. It made no difference which pattern
of their dream dresses the girls chose.
- 506. Mrs Lisbon added an inch to the
bust line and two to the waist and hems.
- 507. And the dresses came out
as four identical sacks.
- 508. - Everybody decent?
- 509. OK. Come on.
- 510. Oh, I'm sorry. OK, there we go.
OK, come on, together.
- 511. - There's a leak.
- And Cheddar cheese!
- 512. I'm so excited!
- 513. - You ready?
- Let's go.
- 514. - Ready, man.
- Let's do it.
- 515. In the end Parkie won
because of the Cadillac…
- 516. …Kevin Head because
he had the killer weed…
- 517. …and Joe Hill Conley
because he won school prizes -
- 518. …which Trip thought
would impress Mr and Mrs Lisbon.
- 519. - Hello, boys.
- Hello, Mrs Lisbon.
- 520. Come in.
- 521. Thank you.
- 522. - Uh, who… who… who's driving?
- I am.
- 523. How long have you had your licence?
- 524. Two months, but I had
my learner's permit for a year.
- 525. We almost never let the girls
go out in cars unless it's necessary.
- 526. There's so many accidents nowadays.
I'm sure you will be very careful.
- 527. - Oh, yes, ma'am.
- OK, third degree's over!
- 528. Girls!
- 529. - I better get going. See you at the dance.
- See you there, Mr Lisbon.
- 530. Bye, dear.
- 531. See you later.
- 532. Girls, come on down.
- 533. The boys are here.
- 534. We got white ones.
- 535. We didn't know what you were wearing,
and the guy, the flower guy, said…
- 536. …that white would go with anything, so…
- 537. I'm glad you got white.
- 538. Why don't you pin them on?
- 539. Don't stick me!
- 540. There we go. All right. Let's do it.
- 541. Bye, Mom.
- 542. Bye.
- 543. Oh my gosh, look, you guys.
Her car's there late again.
- 544. Mr Leo's having an affair with the maid.
- 545. I saw him follow her
into the laundry room.
- 546. - Eugh! He's so fat, and that red nose.
- Totally an alcoholic.
- 547. What about the Hessens?
You know they're Nazis.
- 548. They're Nazi sympathisers, Bonnie.
- 549. They had a fit when the Schwartzmans
tried to join the tennis club.
- 550. Nice aluminum siding
Do they really think that looks OK?
- 551. Mr Kriegers ordered that
from TV late at night.
- 552. - It's the Baldinos' barbecue tree stump.
- I have never seen them barbecue on it.
- 553. Actually it's an escape tunnel
for Sammy "the Shark".
- 554. - Leads to a river where he has his boat.
- Yeah. Paul goes there all the time.
- 555. He can get into anyone's basement
through the storm sewers.
- 556. - No way.
- 557. Cool.
- 558. - Dad'll smell it on you.
- No, I got mints.
- 559. He'll smell it on your clothes.
- 560. I'll just tell him some kids
were smoking in the bathroom.
- 561. Don't let it die a virgin.
- 562. - That's gross!
- Yeah, grow up, Conley.
- 563. - Uh, do you wanna dance?
- 564. We've been having such
lovely weather, don't you think?
- 565. Yeah. Yeah, it's been nice.
- 566. Good evening, everyone.
If I could have your attention…
- 567. I hope you're all having a good time.
Sure looks like it.
- 568. Here's a spot.
- 569. I'd like to open the voting
for Homecoming king and queen.
- 570. The ballot box is at the refreshments
table, so please cast your votes…
- 571. …and we'll make the announcement
in a little while. Thank you.
- 572. Did anybody see you come in?
- 573. No.
- 574. - What about you?
- 575. You'll love it.
- 576. Peach schnapps.
- 577. Babes love it.
- 578. That stuff tastes really good.
- 579. I don't want any, thanks.
- 580. Come on, just a taste. A tiny taste.
- 581. Don't be such a goody-goody.
- 582. Don't swallow it!
- 583. Can I have everyone's attention, please?
- 584. I'd like you all to put your hands together
for this year's king and queen:
- 585. …Trip Fontaine and Lux Lisbon.
- 586. All right, Luxie!
- 587. I' m having the best time!
- 588. Let's go for a walk.
- 589. We better not.
We've gotta go back in a minute.
- 590. We can keep an eye on the car.
They won't leave without us.
- 591. My dad.
- 592. Just tell him you had to put
the crown in your locker.
- 593. - Hey, see that divot there?
- 594. That's where I reamed this guy today
in a cross-body block.
- 595. Really?
- 596. - Maybe they went with your dad.
- I doubt it.
- 597. - We're cooked.
- Luxie is. We're not.
- 598. Does anyone have any mints?
- 599. - Sorry.
- 600. Bye, Parkie.
- 601. - We'll walk you to the door.
- No, don't.
- 602. Why not?
- 603. Just don't.
- 604. OK.
- 605. Will you call me?
- 606. Uh, absolutely.
- 607. - Bye.
- 608. Bye.
- 609. Where have you been?
- 610. Get in!
- 611. I walked home alone that night.
- 612. I didn't care how she got home.
It was weird.
- 613. I mean, I liked her, I liked her a lot,
but out there on the field…
- 614. It was just different then.
- 615. That was the last time I saw her.
- 616. You know, most people
will never taste that kind of love.
- 617. But at least I tasted it once, right?
- 618. It's time for your
six o'clock group meeting.
- 619. Given Lux's failure to make curfew,
everyone expected a crackdown.
- 620. But few anticipated it would be so drastic.
- 621. The girls were taken out of school…
- 622. …and Mrs Lisbon shut the house
in maximum security isolation.
- 623. She had done more than
just take the girls out of school.
- 624. That Sunday,
arriving home from a church sermon…
- 625. …Mrs Lisbon commanded Lux
to destroy her rock records.
- 626. Now!
- 627. But, Mom!
- 628. This is final, Luxie.
- 629. - It's not fair!
- I said now!
- 630. Now, Luxie!
- 631. Come on.
- 632. Hold on.
- 633. Kiss! Please don't make me do this.
- 634. Burn it.
- 635. Oh, Mom. Aerosmith!
- 636. - Come on. Don't make me burn this.
- 637. What's that smell?
- 638. It's all right. That'll do for now.
Give me these. Give me these.
- 639. I'll put them in the trash.
- 640. This was the time we began to see Lux
making love on the roof…
- 641. …with random boys and men.
- 642. - Is she naked?
- You can't tell. Hold on.
- 643. Well, get it focused.
- 644. - Will you stop? Wait your turn.
- What are they doing?
- 645. - They're rolling around up there.
- Let me see. Let me see.
- 646. Hold on. And she's on him and
he's rubbing his hands through her hair.
- 647. - Come on, let me look.
- No, it's my… It's my telescope, Chase!
- 648. Yes, and what else?
- 649. Our male up there
seems to be in a Burger Chalet uniform!
- 650. That Burger Chalet - you never think
those guys ever get lucky.
- 651. She turns to me and asks me
if I thought what we'd done was dirty.
- 652. I knew what to say. I said no.
- 653. Then she grabs my hand
and goes "You like me, don't you?"
- 654. I didn't say anything.
It's best to keep chicks guessing.
- 655. Chase, honey!
Come practise your violin before dinner!
- 656. You're not gonna believe it.
Lux is on the roof again tonight!
- 657. - Her hands are moving down.
- I gotta see this!
- 658. - This is beautiful.
- No, no. She's on top of him.
- 659. - What's she doin', man?
- 660. Now they're done, he's getting up.
- 661. - That's it?
- 662. That was quick.
- 663. - Ooh, good morning!
- Good morning
- 664. Have we photosynthesised
- 665. Hello, Ronald.
- 666. Hi, Eric.
- 667. Your daughters haven't been at school
for over two weeks.
- 668. You checked out back?
- 669. They found a new math teacher.
- 670. - Well, he's gonna have to get another job.
- I know.
- 671. How long can those girls
be cooped up like that?
- 672. - Just go away. This is our tree.
- 673. Girls, it's a little late.
This tree is dead.
- 674. - Why not leave it up to nature?
- If we did, there'd be no trees left.
- 675. That's what it's gonna be like anyway.
- 676. If boats hadn't brought the fungus,
this wouldn't have happened.
- 677. OK? Let's go.
- 678. No?
- 679. All right. That's it.
- 680. I have an order to cut down your elm tree,
but your kids won't let us.
- 681. - How do you know that tree's sick?
- It had yellow leaves. The tree is dead.
- 682. Our daughter said Aritex is
a less aggressive therapy.
- 683. It doesn't work. I leave that tree,
they'll all be gone by next year.
- 684. Will be anyway, way things are going!
- 685. I don't want to call the police.
- 686. Our daughters are standing on their own
front lawn. Since when is that a crime?
- 687. Right.
- 688. Uh…
- 689. Clive, did you see those girls in the
nighties? That's the shot that I want, OK?
- 690. Honey, move forward.
I want those girls in the nighties.
- 691. Oh, God. OK.
Here, let's just back up a little bit.
- 692. There you go. Is that good? OK?
- 693. Four sisters of Cecilia Lisbon,
the East Side teenager…
- 694. …whose suicide last summer focused
awareness on a national problem…
- 695. …put their own lives in jeopardy by trying
to protect the elm that Cecilia so loved.
- 696. For the next few weeks
we hardly saw the girls at all.
- 697. Joe Hill Conley didn't call Therese
as he had promised.
- 698. And Lux never spoke to Trip again.
- 699. You're a stone fox.
- 700. The girls' only contact with the outside…
- 701. …was through catalogues they ordered
that filled their mailbox…
- 702. …with pictures of high-end fashions
and brochures for exotic vacations.
- 703. Unable to go anywhere…
- 704. …the girls travelled in their
imaginations to Siamese temples…
- 705. …or passed an old man with a leaf broom
tidying a moss-carpeted speck of Japan.
- 706. We ordered the same catalogues…
- 707. …and, flipping through the pages,
we hiked through passes with the girls…
- 708. …stopping every now and then
to help them with their backpacks…
- 709. …placing our hands
on their warm, moist shoulders…
- 710. …and gazing off at papaya sunsets.
- 711. We drank tea with them
in a water pavilion.
- 712. We did whatever we wanted.
- 713. Cecilia hadn't died.
She was a bride in Calcutta.
- 714. The only way
we could feel close to the girls…
- 715. …was through these impossible trips
which have scarred us forever…
- 716. …making us happier
with dreams than wives.
- 717. Collecting everything we could of theirs,
the Lisbon girls wouldn't leave our minds.
- 718. But they were slipping away.
- 719. The colour of their eyes was fading, along
with the locations of moles and dimples.
- 720. From five they had become four…
- 721. …and they were all living in the dead,
- 722. We'd have lost them completely
if they hadn't contacted us.
- 723. OK, one long…
- 724. …two short…
- 725. - …and one long.
- 726. You got that? That's it.
- 727. "Help."
- 728. "Send…
- 729. …bo…
- 730. …bo."
- 731. - Bo-bo?
- 732. That's what it says: bo-bo.
- 733. "Help send bo-bo"?
I thought you knew Morse code.
- 734. Something here for you.
- 735. I got one, too.
- 736. We racked our brains
for a way of contacting them.
- 737. Tom Faheem suggested we fly a kite
with a message alongside the house…
- 738. …but that had logistical problems.
- 739. In the end, the answer was so simple
it took a week to work out.
- 740. We called them on the telephone.
- 741. 727…
- 742. - …8221.
- 743. Get ready.
- 744. - Hello?
- 745. Call us. 7270487.
- 746. Shit! It's them.
- 747. I gotta go home. See ya tomorrow.
- 748. I'll see you later.
- 749. - We're suffocating.
- You're safe here.
- 750. I can't breathe in here.
- 751. No answer.
- 752. - What time is it?
- Any time now.
- 753. - Guys, there it is.
- 754. Yeah, it's them.
- 755. Let's go!
- 756. I have keys to my mom's car.
- 757. Shh!
- 758. Maybe we should knock.
- 759. We're here.
- 760. About time.
- 761. We've been waiting for you guys.
- 762. We got a car, a full tank.
We'll take you anywhere you wanna go.
- 763. It's just a Cougar, but
it's got a big trunk.
- 764. Can I sit up front?
- 765. Sure.
- 766. Which one of you
is gonna sit up front next to me?
- 767. Where are your parents?
- 768. Asleep.
- 769. - What about your sisters?
- They're coming.
- 770. Come on, it's getting late.
- 771. Wait five minutes. We had to wait
until my parents were asleep.
- 772. They take for ever.
My mom's an insomniac.
- 773. We better take our car.
There's more room.
- 774. Think you can handle a station wagon?
- 775. Sure. It's not a stick, is it?
- 776. - No.
- Yeah, no problem.
- 777. - Will you let me steer?
- 778. But maybe we should go.
I heard somethin'. Could be your mom.
- 779. Come on in.
- 780. I'll go wait in the car.
You guys wait here for my sisters.
- 781. These girls are making me crazy.
If I could feel one of'em up just once…
- 782. What?
- 783. We would never be sure
about the sequence of events.
- 784. We argue about it still.
- 785. Most likely Bonnie had died while we
were waiting in the living room…
- 786. …dreaming of highways.
- 787. Mary put her head in the oven
- 788. Therese, stuffed with sleeping pills,
was gone by the time we got there.
- 789. Lux was the last to go.
- 790. It's four o'clock on Sunday afternoon.
Do you know where your children are?
- 791. This has been Lydia Perl
with Channel 8 News.
- 792. None of my daughters
lacked for any love.
- 793. There was plenty of love in our house.
- 794. I never understood why…
- 795. After the suicide free-for-all the Lisbons
gave up any attempt to lead a normal life.
- 796. They had Mr Hedlie pack up the house…
- 797. …selling what furniture he could
in a garage sale.
- 798. Mr Lisbon put the house on the market…
- 799. …and it was sold to
a young couple from Boston.
- 800. We, of course, took the family photos
that were put out with the trash.
- 801. We had pieces of the puzzle, but however
we put them together, gaps remained -
- 802. …oddly shaped emptiness,
mapped by what surrounded them…
- 803. …like countries we couldn't name.
- 804. What lingered after them was not life,
but the most trivial list of mundane facts:
- 805. …a clock ticking on the wall…
- 806. …a room dim at noon…
- 807. …the outrageousness of a human being
thinking only of herself.
- 808. We began the impossible process
of trying to forget them.
- 809. Our parents seemed
better able to do this…
- 810. …returning to their tennis foursomes
and cocktail cruises…
- 811. …as though they'd seen this all before.
- 812. It was full-fledged summer again, over
a year since Cecilia had slit her wrists…
- 813. …spreading the poison in the air.
- 814. A spill at the plant
increased the phosphates in the lake…
- 815. …and produced a scum of algae so thick
that the swamp smell filled the air…
- 816. …infiltrating the genteel mansions.
- 817. Debutantes cried over the misfortune
of coming out in a season…
- 818. …everyone would remember
for its bad smell.
- 819. The O'Conners, however,
came up with the ingenious solution…
- 820. …of making the theme of their daughter
Alice's debutante party "Asphyxiation ".
- 821. Like everyone else,
we went to forget about the Lisbon girls.
- 822. She'll give him a heart attack!
- 823. Hi, Parkie.
- 824. Al's got the acting bug, you know.
- 825. She caught it from Pinkie.
- 826. And I want to announce tonight
that next fall…
- 827. …Alice is going to
a little school in New Haven
- 828. I hear they have
a great drama school out there.
- 829. - In fact, Sam, didn't your father build it?
- That's the law school.
- 830. We're so proud of Alice.
We really couldn't be prouder.
- 831. I've had it.
- 832. Goodbye, cruel world.
- 833. No, no, no, you don't understand me!
- 834. I'm a teenager. I got problems!
- 835. So much has been said
about the girls over the years.
- 836. But we have never found an answer.
- 837. It didn't matter in the end
how old they had been…
- 838. …or that they were girls.
- 839. But only that we had loved them…
- 840. …and that they hadn't heard us calling…
- 841. …still do not hear us calling them
out of those rooms…
- 842. …where they went to be alone
for all time…
- 843. …and where we will never find the pieces
to put them back together.