Previously on Rectify.
Aren't you a romantic?
I make $7-$8,5 an hour in the 21st century.
It's not romantic. It's real.
I'm sorry. I'm really really sorry.
For hurting your brother.
Thank you, Tawney, for reaching out to me when you did.
I hope I did the right thing, Daniel.
If I find out you're with her, I'll press charges. I swear to God.
We got to be our brother's keeper.
That's how places like this works.
We just need you to be one of us.
I may just not be up to the task.
My client was originally convicted 20 years ago on what I believe was a coerced confession.
That's not right, Sondra. That'll never be right.
Amantha: You ready?
What have you been doing?
Your big brother.
How he was before all that's happened... happened.
And how was he?
He was complicated.
So we know he wasn't adopted.
And he certainly wasn't untroubled, even as a child.
But he was always curious and bright.
I thought he might be a writer.
He still is bright, mother, and curious, and alive.
Don't forget that part.
He is still alive in the here and now.
And he can still be a writer, or whatever else he wants to be.
So, we don't have to think about what was or what could have been, because today, this day, it can now be what it is.
Today, we're gonna be a family again, mama.
God, why can't you be happy for one moment?
It's not so simple, honey.
For one moment, it is.
Your firstborn is gonna be back in that house in a few hours, and he can walk out that door and stand right here in this back yard if he so chooses.
He's like Lazarus, mother.
Daniel has risen from the dead.
So you can afford for one friggin' moment to be happy.
Jon's gonna be here in a few minutes.
Do you want to do it in the living room?
What have you been doing?
I'm sorry, Amantha.
For abandoning you.
I shouldn't have said what I said in the attic.
I got stirred up seeing Bobby Dean, and had a brief relapse.
I've always been so ashamed.
Ashamed of what?
For letting everyone down... your brother, your father, you.
You were depressed, mom.
You were probably clinically depressed.
We just didn't know it at the time.
I knew it.
I just couldn't deal with reality.
I was so angry, I just... went to bed.
Dad tried to deal with that reality.
Look what happened to him.
So it was left to you.
I was a kid.
Kids are (CHUCKLES) less breakable.
And Daniel was my brother, not my son.
He was part brother, part ideal...(CHUCKLES) part fantasy, really.
Maybe that's why I was able to fight for him for as long as I did, because I believed that if we got him out, we could live happily ever after.
I know you did.
I just want you to live your life, Amantha, the way you want to.
Well, I'm gonna try, mom, but it may not be what you wanted for me.
I just wanted you to get out of here.
That's not all.
You wanted me to get out of here because you wanted to get out of here.
I hear you, honey.
Because you will always be disappointed if you try to live through me.
And I will be a disappointment to you.
Have you and Daniel been talking to each other?
Is that what you feel when you're around me?
My disappointment in you.
Mm, not always, but... sometimes.
Well, that shouldn't be.
Because you're my hero, young lady.
Well, first of all...
I'm not that young.
It's all relative, honey.
Excuse me while I go powder my nose.
(BALMORHEA'S "BOWSPRIT" PLAYING)
Chloe: Hello gollybob, or whoever else this might be.
This is your lucky day.
You get to leave me a voice-mail.
It's Daniel... in case you're confused about that.
Anyway, I, uh, thought I might come back after work and... and see you, uh, and, uh, maybe help you, uh, finish packing.
Or maybe help you start unpacking.
That was sort of a joke.
Julian: Hey, Dan.
Oh, yes, Julian?
Can I speak with you? In my office?
(TRAIN WHISTLE BLOWS)
I'm just gonna cut to the chase, Dan.
We're giving you another raise.
It's not a lot.
15 cents more, puts you up to an even $8.
That's not nothing, Julian.
Do you like me, Dan?
In what way?
As a boss.
I hadn't really thought about it, to be honest.
Should you what?
Think about you?
I'm not sure.
But keep up the good work.
I'll do my best.
Hell of a deal, these used rims.
Getting out of the rim rental business to, so...
Ah. Lucky me.
You can pick 'em up in the back.
Rusty: All right.
I'll be. It's really happening.
It really is.
This place has been here longer than I have.
Damn, I didn't realize it was that old, Carl.
How's the leg?
Eh, you know, still a little hitch in my giddy-up, but I'm on the mend.
Yeah, well, I talked to the D.A.
She's willing to knock the charges down to misdemeanors.
That's good news.
There's a catch.
You gotta take an anger management class, a firearm safety course, and attend 30 A.A. meetings.
Well, I'm on the wagon right now, anyway, so I'll take my medicine with thanks.
You know, I could probably use a new set of tires.
You ever know Lester Holden, Carl?
A little bit. Why?
I don't know.
I'm selling the store, been thinking about him some.
Finding some of his old files with his handwriting on 'em or whatever.
He was... loquacious, I guess you'd say.
But from everything I ever heard, he was good people.
Did you and Daniel ever come to some kind of something before he left?
(SIGHS) Not really.
I don't know.
You just think about things... usually right before daylight.
I know about thinking about things.
It's just damn unfortunate.
I heard that.
Yep, I just might bring the family car by and get me a set of tires.
Well, you better hurry up. Tomorrow's the last day.
Creeps up on you, doesn't it?
You go easy, now.
You still think he did it, Carl?
Like you used to?
Between me and you and these tires...
I feel pretty sure he didn't do it.
But then, I felt pretty sure before.
What's the difference?
There were a lot of things that weren't known back then, or looked into.
And a lot of mistakes.
And no one ever even spoke to Chris Nelms that day?
I never liked Roger Nelms.
Even in school, he was a prick.
Well, he was.
Anyway, Sheriff Daggett and Ms. Person both feel, ultimately, there was likely nothing premeditated or malicious that occurred during the original investigation.
Prejudice, arrogance, inanity, what else?
And I'm still not convinced about the "nothing premeditated or malicious" part.
Forgive me for still being suspicious of asses.
And did you witness the former sheriff's interview yourself, Jon?
They shared C.J.'s deposition with me, which I believe is a good sign of their true intentions.
What did you think?
At the least, the Paulie Sheriff's Department made serious, critical mistakes.
I think early on, they... certainly led by Roland Foulkes... had made their minds up about Daniel being the killer, and then they set out to prove it.
That's not unique in wrongful conviction cases.
In fact, it's more the rule than the exception.
Well, that's comforting.
How many things could it be, really?
That's not so surprising.
But to hear the details of that day, what they actually did and didn't do... (SCOFFS) is somehow even more tragic.
So, what happens now, Mr. Stern?
I am going to drive up to speak with Daniel personally about what has transpired, and what to expect if the Georgia Bureau of Investigation accepts Ms. Person's formal request to open a new inquiry.
Inquiry of what?
Thank you, Jon, for not giving up.
We're a long way from what we want, Janet, but this is a remarkable turn.
And I'm glad you're getting to see Daniel, too.
As am I.
She hates goodbyes.
I kind of figured.
She wanted you to have this, though.
She said "it might look good in the fun house," direct quote.
Yes, uh... it just might.
Oh, and the book.
She said give her a call after you've read it.
Well, I'm gonna go back downstairs.
Stay as long as you like, Daniel.
Who will, uh, live here now in this big box?
I was up next.
Good for you.
Yeah, I'm fortunate.
It's a nice space.
I'm always struck by the windows here.
They are striking.
And I'm always reminded.
Of a box with no windows.
You're welcome to come visit.
You're a kind man.
Nice day, isn't it?
I notice those more now.
I hope you can enjoy a nice day once in a while too now, Jon.
Did you really quit Justice Row?
But they would probably take me back.
Nonprofits can't be choosy.
Oh, they would take you back.
They're not idiots.
And... maybe take some time off before you definitively decide to become a tax lawyer.
I'll take that under advisement, counselor.
Because you're one of the good guys, Jon, and you're fighting on the side of the righteous.
And, God, what a terrible loss that would be for the good guys.
When you put it like that...
How many ledges did you talk me off of over the years?
I had an epiphany.
I think that's what it was.
Smoking a joint in a satellite dish.
I could see those going together.
All three, actually.
Doesn't matter what happens at this point.
I mean, it matters.
Of course it matters.
But nothing will rectify what's happened.
It won't bring back Hanna or my dad or my 18-year-old brother.
I think that might actually qualify as an epiphany.
Or really good pot.
Safe travels, sir.
And hug my brother for me, will you?
I'll do it.
(CAR DOOR OPENS)
See you around sometime.
See you around.
I got you.
Where are you?
On the front steps at Mama's.
She told me that you moved back temporarily.
Where are you?
At my friend's loft.
Mom told me about your amazing friend and her amazing loft.
She went home, too...
I'm sorry, honey.
Don't get attached to people.
There's a downside.
You gonna be okay?
I'm gonna try.
I'm gonna try to be okay.
I'll come up there. Right now.
You know I will. Just say the word, Danny.
How would you get here?
Does everybody know about my car?
I'll take Jared's bike.
Been there, done that.
He's got a better one now.
See you soon, then.
You know I miss the sh1t out of you, brother.
I miss you too, Amantha.
I-I sure appreciate all your letters, every last word.
My letters then, or now?
But the recent ones are special, because nobody reads them but me.
Jon's coming to see ya.
I'm sure he'll call first, but things are changing.
They usually do.
I mean down here, in Paulie.
The truth may be finding the light after all these years.
Did you know that Harry Nilsson and John Lennon made a record together?
Neither did I.
I've got a lot of catching up to do.
Tell Jared I said hi.
Nate: That's tough, Dan.
That really is.
Women... they're what makes this world go around.
They can sure make the world feel like it's got some kind of direction, yes.
Sounds like you cared a lot about this lady, Dan.
I did, Tyrus.
I still do.
Avery: 'Course you do, Dan.
We don't want to trivialize your experience with Chloe.
But, um, circumstances being what they are, her going back to her family feels like the right decision for her.
And you staying here focusing on your therapy, creating a job history, gaining some life under your belt... that's... that's right thinking, Dan.
Sometimes you just wonder.
Never mind. It doesn't matter.
Ah, you're going back to that now, are you?
Sometimes you just wonder, is that what we're doing here?
Keeping our expectations so low we'll never be disappointed?
I pull boxes.
Tyrus makes cold calls.
Pickles' is about to start washing other people's clothes.
Is that as good as it gets?
Is that all we should hope for?
Not everybody's expectations are the same, Daniel.
If you don't like your circumstance, you've either got to try to change that circumstance, or if you can't, or if it's unrealistic, you gotta change your attitude towards it.
What you said is, um, logical, practical, predictable, realistic.
I think what you experiencing, though uncomfortable, is ultimately positive, Daniel... that you even having expectations, that you feeling disappointment.
You know, to me, expectation is kinda like the trickier cousin to hope.
You hope for something better, right?
You hope for something different, something more.
That's not a bad thing, you know?
When's the last time you felt disappointment, 'cause you hoped for something?
Now, I guarantee you're no different than any man in this room.
You in good company, Daniel.
Janet: Good morning, Theodore.
You haven't called me that in a long time.
Shame on me.
Are you ready for the big day?
I'm kind of ready for the day after the big day.
See what that brings.
Uh, incoming offspring.
She said this is your thing.
Said, "Go with God."
What about you?
I think it's my thing too, mom.
We'll see you over there a little later.
It's gonna be fine.
Well, let's do it.
Dr. Milch: So, how you been?
Trying to stay the course.
Doing my prescribed homework.
How's that going for you?
Not fun yet.
Still pretty traumatic to listen to.
Am I the hopeless case?
Not at all.
With Prolonged Exposure Therapy, I've seen patients show marked improvement after as few as 8 to 10 sessions, while others take more time.
A year of concentrated therapy isn't unusual.
But for now, we'll continue to address your major traumas until you become more desensitized to them... go from there.
Very well, doctor.
You ready to begin?
I-I would like to talk about another event today, if that's all right?
I think about it a lot.
Every time I hear footsteps in a hallway, it comes back.
Oh. (EXHALES SHARPLY)
It was my friend's execution.
Well, the day before, actually.
Whenever you're ready.
Where are you, Daniel?
In my cell. Waiting.
Kerwin is in his cell next to mine... waiting.
No one is talking, not even Wendall, who never shuts up.
It's the rare occasion when the entire row is silent.
We're all just... waiting.
What is it?
The doors are opening into the row.
We can hear their footsteps, the guards, coming to take him.
Try to stay in the first person.
That's not how it is on this day.
It's like we're somehow united, even the inmates you hate, even the inmates you don't really know.
It... it feels like we're all being taken for our date with the executioner.
But we're not.
It's just Kerwin they're taking.
I see the guards walk past me now.
I hear them stop at his cell, put the chains on him.
I want to be strong for him.
I hear him ask the guards if... if he can have a word with me.
But I can't face him.
He's the one who's strong...
Finally, I turn to him.
"Because I know you. Because I know you. Because I know you."
I don't follow.
That... That's what he kept saying...
His last words to me before they took him away.
He wanted me to believe.
You like school?
I like learning things.
Not real big on the other parts of it.
I was never big on much of any of it.
But I think it's important to go, to finish.
I'm sure people smarter than me have told you that before.
I don't know if they were smarter, but it's good to hear things more than once.
It was nice of your mom to accept my mom's invitation.
I think she was kind of moved by it, Bobby.
(DRAWER OPENS, CLOSES)
This was her last semester.
She hardly had to open a book.
Daniel always commented on how bright Hanna was, you know, when... when they were dating.
Well, he was always a smart boy, as I remember.
I'm sure he still is.
Well, we mothers like to think so.
I don't think your son killed my daughter anymore.
I just didn't want to let it go, that belief.
But my son, Bobby...
(VOICE BREAKING) What they told us was wrong all this time.
I'm so, so sorry for your loss, Judy.
I thought if they killed your son, it would help me move on.
Now I just thank the Lord they didn't.
(NORMAL VOICE) And I hope you can have some kind of life with him, Janet.
We're working on it.
Even if they get the right one, or ones, this time...
I don't think it'd make that big of a difference, not to me, not anymore.
I don't think I'll ever be able to change this room.
I know Bobby wishes I would, but, um... it's just been too long.
It's too set.
Maybe it's all right just as it is.
It makes me sad, but it comforts me, too.
I feel that in here.
It's a nice room, Judy.
Well, thank you.
Anyway, a formal request has been made to the GBI by Ms. Person.
It's in their hands now.
How we proceed depends on their response.
How was mother with all this?
It was complicated for her, but I sensed in her hope.
I would say she's hopeful.
I like to hear that.
How are you with it?
I'm not sure yet, uh...
Sounds like a lot would have to happen, but, uh, let's just say it might be nice to go home one day for a visit, just because I wanted to.
That might be nice.
That's what we're aiming for.
It's good to see you, Jon.
I really appreciate your sacrifices over the years.
I don't think it's a sacrifice if it's one's choice.
As I lay in bed last night, I thought...
I thought about how many people have tried to help me along the way, have helped me, a few of who are no longer alive.
Way more people have tried to help me, Jon, than have harmed me.
The harm just seems to leave the deeper mark.
Anyway, uh, I've always felt such guilt that others were wasting their lives on me, that I was a waste, that I was unworthy.
But last night, I...
I didn't feel that guilt, or that I was a waste.
I didn't necessarily feel, uh, uh, worthiness, but I did feel a kind of responsibility, I guess.
At least a... a desire to try and not let you all down.
And then I felt the smallest flicker of... not wanting to let myself down, you know?
Because somewhere in all this, I've managed at times to fight for myself for some reason, to fight for my life for some reason.
And I... survived for some reason.
And here I am, still, for some reason.
And me not knowing that reason doesn't diminish it or invalidate it or disprove its existence.
And that's what I'm going with today, Mr. Stern.
No promises beyond that.
Words to live by, Mr. Holden, for today.
Don't play hard to get now.
For real, Dee, you gonna do me that way?
You ever dream of being somewhere else?
Yeah, you do.
Daniel: It's not real.
Kerwin: And this place is?
How you know if this is real, and what you dream ain't?
Because who would dream up something like this?
A madman would...
A certain Dee Holden.
All I'm saying.
Sometimes I dream I'm in a car.
An old Caddy.
I like that. (CHUCKLES)
Who you riding with?
Come on, man!
The Kerwin Whitman.
Kerwin: Now we're talking.
Where are we?
Daniel: Could be anywhere.
How 'bout New York City?
You're extraordinarily competent.
It's like riding a bicycle, bitch.
What's our destination?
Just cruisin', seeing the sights.
They're a sight, and we're seeing them.
We new here.
Hang a left, Kerwin.
Let's go to the Village.
I want to go to a Broadway show.
We can do that later.
Good seats, too.
And not one of those hokey-ass revivals either... buncha white folks singing 'bout the good old days.
Can we just take in the city for a minute without talking?
No sweat, Dee.
Kerwin: Can I turn on the radio?
Yes, Kerwin, you can turn on the radio.
I'll just turn on my music.
Appreciate you taking me for a ride, Dee.
Good morning, Mr. Crick.
You're cutting it close, Melvin.
I got hung up with a plumbing issue... unpleasant.
Well, you got some good tires and a hell of a deal.
I appreciate it, Ted.
Dad, this is Melvin.
He was Amantha's landlord, and how he's mine.
He deserves another 20 percent off then.
Pain and suffering?
It's already more than fair, Mr. Talbot.
That's not exactly savvy negotiating skills, Melvin.
Well, money's not everything in every case.
No, it's not.
Am I early?
Just sold Melvin here our last set of tires.
I brought monkey bread.
Thought we could use some sugaring up before we start packing.
Ted sr.: Been missing that.
Glad you're here, young lady.
Well, should we close her up?
Go for it, dad.
I brought my professional organizer.
Melvin: Well, I'll, uh, leave you all to it.
Ted jr.: Oh, you're not getting off that easy, Melvin.
You stayed till after closing.
You gotta help.
Janet: Where's Amantha?
Ted sr.: Don't know.
Well, let's get started.
Ted, you bring the trash bags?
Knew I forgot something.
Good grief, Ted.
I can go get the trash bags.
Thank you, Melvin.
Jared, you go with him.
Billy? What in the devil?
Thought we might could use some cheap labor.
The first 10 guys she asked declined.
Sometimes it's good to be the last man standing, Billy.
Well, welcome to whatever this is.
Enter at your own risk.
I know one of you Teds has the magic keys.
You want to keep the files in a storage unit, Ted?
Ted sr.: Guess so.
What about the garage, now that it's all cleared out?
Well, let the games begin.
(CAMERA SHUTTERS CLICKING)
Sondra: Good afternoon.
This morning, I spoke with GBI Deputy Director Mike Larkin, and he confirmed that the GBI will open a new investigation into the murder of Hanna Abigail Dean.
The GBI is opening this case at my request.
It was not a request I made lightly.
The original investigation helped convict 18-year-old Daniel Lucas Holden of Ms. Dean's murder, and he spent the next almost two decades on Georgia's death row.
Earlier this year, a court vacated Mr. Holden's conviction based on new DNA evidence, and he was released from prison for the first time since his original arrest.
At the time of his release, I reviewed all the evidence and concluded that Mr. Holden should be retried.
In order to spare the taxpayers the expense of a second trial, I offered Mr. Holden a plea deal, which he accepted.
He pled guilty to Ms. Dean's murder in exchange for time served, 20 years probation, and banishment from the state of Georgia.
In the days and weeks since, however, details have come to light that raise doubts about Mr. Holden's guilt.
You hearing this, Mr. Melton?
One of the witnesses at the original trial, George Melton, was found dead, apparently the victim of foul play.
Testing revealed that Mr. Melton's DNA is a statistical match to the semen found on Ms. Dean's underclothing over 19 years ago.
What's that about, daddy?
And due to the diligent eff...
(TV SHUTS OFF)
I wasn't really watching.
And the Paulie Sheriff's Department, it has become evident that the original investigation was far from thorough, neglecting to interview key witnesses and failing to correctly identify the individuals who raped Hanna Dean on the night of her death.
After careful consideration, and at the urging of Sheriff Daggett, my office formally submitted a request for a new investigation to the GBI earlier this week.
Sheriff Daggett and I both believe that this case is too important and too complex for the limited resources available to the Paulie Sheriff's Department.
Bringing in an outside agency to oversee the investigation is a step we feel is both necessary and prudent.
And as I said this morning, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation confirmed that they have accepted my request.
And whatever the results of their findings, this office is prepared to do whatever it takes to find and try the individuals responsible for Hanna Dean's murder.
And if it becomes clear that Daniel Holden is not guilty of this crime, then my office will work with Mr. Holden's attorney to see that his conviction is set aside once and for all.
Newscaster: To recap, a 19-year-old murder case is being re-opened.
(TV SHUTS OFF)
So that's why you came by, just letting me know that you're dropping the murder charge against me?
For now, we are.
Felt I owed you a home visit for all your pain and suffering.
Spent all that goddamn money for nothing.
Losing my house, my wife... nobody gives a sh1t about that.
The state will supply you an attorney if it ever comes to that.
So y'all are gonna try to pin Hanna's death on me now?
Well, at least hers wasn't a suicide like George's.
How do you know that?
I don't think you can strangle yourself, Carl, like you can shoot yourself in the head, like George did.
Yeah, well, hopefully you'll have your day in court.
Bitch should have kept her mouth shut, and none of this would have happened.
What'd you just say?
Bitch had kept her mouth shut, none of this would have happened.
It's word-for-word what Chris said to me that next morning.
Is that right?
I went over to his house to see if he was gonna buckle.
Now, why would he buckle?
If Hanna cried rape, I wasn't going down for that.
I didn't rape her, Carl.
I could get that coo hole anytime I wanted to, ever since she was 14.
Hell, she was digging on that whole free love thing that night, until Chris got on top of her.
She didn't like that country-club asshole.
And damn sure didn't want his privileged dick inside of her.
With her tripping on mushrooms that Holden had given her, she started freaking out on him.
You can tell it to the GBI.
Did anybody ever see his hand?
Chris' right hand.
I didn't think so.
She bit it when he was trying to keep her from screaming.
Did you see Chris the next day at the sheriff's station?
When Roger finally brought him in when he damn well pleased?
For a minute, yeah.
Did you notice Chris' right hand was in his pocket?
That was a long time ago.
Can't say I recall that.
Well, it was.
The whole damn time, he just kept it in his pocket.
You see, I never thought that I raped her, Carl, whereas Chris knew he did.
He was always the one who had a motive.
It's out of my hands, Trey.
(DOOR CLOSES, ENGINE STARTS)
All you son of a bitches playing God!
You can all go to hell!
Mmm. I mean, I wouldn't call this nouveau cuisine, but that sure hit the spot.
That it did. Mmm.
Especially with you springing for it, Daniel.
Here's to Mr. Pickle.
May this be just the beginning of the good life for you, my friend.
We're proud of you, old man.
I ain't that old. I still turn some heads.
I ain't got no problem with grandmas.
Um, it's my mother.
You need to take that?
(CELLPHONE RINGING CONTINUES)
I'll call her later.
(CELLPHONE RINGING STOPS)
Oh, no y'all didn't!
Peach cobbler, wow.
Life is good today.
So, are they gonna bring some for y'all?
Willie D's... don't get no better than that.
Doesn't get any better.
If you know it's grammatically incorrect, it's okay to say it that way.
Yeah, but you don't know that.
What a day.
One to remember, for sure.
It was a blessed day.
It was at that.
Plus, Teddy hasn't run off Billy yet.
Day ain't over yet.
Janet: Hey, honey.
Did you get my message?
Daniel: I did.
Isn't that something?
I think our luck's about to change, has changed.
Well, it's... it's still a long road, but I think we can afford to be hopeful.
Ted jr.: (WHISPERING) Hey.
Can I maybe say something to him when you're done?
Honey, Teddy wants to talk to you.
Hi, there, Daniel.
I just wanted you to know that I've got the Ceramic Mechanic, and, well...
It was your dad's, and I think it should be yours.
That's just how I feel.
That's thoughtful, Ted, but, uh, I... I was never really that attached to it, to be honest.
And I know it means a lot to you.
It did, but things change.
Want to just leave it here at the house for now?
I'd... I'd like that, Ted.
I'm really sorry for what's happened to you, Daniel.
Sounds like things are on the up and up.
I'm sorry too, Ted.
I know everybody here hopes you come home real soon.
It'd be nice to visit, it sure would.
We'll leave the light on for you. (CHUCKLES)
There's someone else here who would like to say howdy.
Daniel: Okay, Ted.
I pray for you, Daniel, every day.
Might be working.
How are you doing?
I'm looking forward to my life, maybe for the first time in my life.
That's good to hear, Tawney.
How about you?
I'll take it.
I hope your life's filled with wonder, Daniel.
I'll give you back to your mama.
Oh, we just pigged out on Willie D's.
Daniel: Well, I went to Darley's with Pickle and the boys.
Oh, that sounds good.
Yeah, me three.
What vegetables did you get?
Vegetables? There was a strange variety.