01x04 - Episode #1.4

Announcer: Ladies and gentlemen, a world record!

(SCREAMS)

Yes!

You broke the world record!

You f*ckin' did it!

I did it for you.

I'm gonna talk to Ben Whitter about coaching me.

You f*ckin' promised me two seconds.

You f*ckin' fluked it, mate.

You think I fluked the world record?

Back off, psycho!

What did you call me?

You're cutting me?

The Games are in a month.

Don't take it personally.

I made a mistake.

I need you.

(SNORTS)

I'm the world record holder for the 100m butterfly.

And that means you are world's fastest swimmer.

It's the way it should have been, you and me.

Look, I need you there.

Mrs Taylor: Martin isn't coming.

(ANNOUNCER SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY)

Come on, push!

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Commentator: And there's the celebration.

Andrew Higgs is the Commonwealth champion.

We look at the scoreboard.

Where did the Australians finish?

(SOBS)

Danny, Danny...

Come here, shh, shh.

(SOBS)

Come on, hey. Hey, hey.

Anything else?

Woman: Half a kilo of short cut, 500g of the mild salami and four of them cabanossi there.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Go Australia!

(HORN HONKS REPEATEDLY)

Man: Aussie, Aussie!

(HORNS TOOT)

You're so beautiful.

Mm, right on cue.

(BOTH CHUCKLE)

Hey, son. I booked Mario's for 7:30.

Get changed.

I gotta work.

It's Friday.

Slow-pot bolognaise night.

We're all going.

This week's board.

Oh, darling, you know I don't like taking this.

I'm working. I can pay.

Danny.

Danny, I can cook.

I can make pastitsio.

No, no, I'll get takeaway.

I hate Greek school.

Yeah, we know.

Mrs Christakos stinks.

She leaned over me to explain the past tense of 'skeftomai' and I nearly spewed.

I think she's going off.

So I'm getting takeaway.

Indian or Thai?

I'm going to Alia's.

Regan.

What?

I want to watch the opening ceremony.

God knows everyone else is.

Nobody died, you know.

We should still be allowed to have fun.

(DOOR OPENS AND CLOSES)

(BOY SHOUTS PLAYFULLY)

(BOY TALKS INDISTINCTLY)

(LAUGHS)

(CHATTER AND LAUGHTER)

Sorry, guys, that was not appropriate. (LAUGHS)

Danny. Danny!

Hey.

What's going on?

Woman: That's Danny.

Oh, I'm so glad you came.

Luke's here too.

Hey.

How you been, mate?

What's going on?

It's good to see you.

It's good to see you.

You remember Leanne.

Danny, this is Katie.

Hi.

Hi.

Nice to meet you.

Nice to meet you.

(CHUCKLES)

Do you want me to get us some drinks?

Take a seat.

My shout, sit down. Usual, yes?

Katie?

Uh, just lager, thanks.

Lager.

Leanne: I'm good.

I thought you'd be at Taylor's.

He's having a party.

Oh, nah, I'm not gonna go, though.

That's alright.

Guys. No worries.

Thanks.

How'd you guys meet?

Well, you tell that story.

(ROCK MUSIC PLAYS FAINTLY)

(WATER TRICKLES)

Man: Drive him home.

Luke: I heard the ceremony started with The Man From Snowy River.

Demet: Oh, really?

Leanne: Akubras and horseshit.

That pretty much says it all.

Yeah, I read they rounded up all the homeless in Sydney and took them up the mountains, you know, just to make it all look right.

This country is so immature.

Hey, we can go.

Nah. Nah, it's alright.

I am gonna leave one day.

But I only want to travel in Asia.

Everywhere else is just tourist bullshit.

I want to take Demet to Laos.

Please take me, let me be your kept woman.

Oh, my God. Please.

Man: Australia's coming out, come on.

(CHEERING AND APPLAUSE)

Man: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Crowd: Oi, oi, oi!

Aussie!

Oi!

Aussie!

Oi!

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

Oi, oi, oi!

f*ck it. Let's watch.

Dennis Cometti: (ON TV) Each one carrying the hopes of a nation, each one looking for the home-ground advantage here in Sydney.

And as you can see, they're in no hurry, soaking up every cheer as they make their way around.

They look hot.

Even I'd do some of those guys.

Oi, I'm right here.

(LAUGHS)

..maybe a little false bravado as well.

They've dreamt of this moment.

And there's Cathy Freeman.

Will she go one better this Olympics and take home gold?

Could you imagine to be good enough to be an Olympian and to be lucky enough to compete at home?

It must be an indescribable feeling.

There's John Wilkinson, making his Olympic debut, one of the younger athletes, swimming in the 100m freestyle.

A lot of excitement and in with a real, real chance.

I guess that smile says it all.

What a moment for young Wilco.

What a sight, as the Olympic flame raises high...

Ten bucks.

..above Cathy Freeman and begins its journey towards the top of the waterfall staircase.

There it will rest, burning bright for the duration of these Sydney Olympic Games.

A spectacular climax to what has been a thrilling opening ceremony, with more than 12,000...

(HORN BLARES)

(MAN SHOUTS ANGRILY)

(SMOOTH JAZZ PIANO MUSIC PLAYS)

Danny.

Hello, Mrs Taylor.

Um... how are you?

I'm really good. How are you?

Terrific.

Come in. Martin's here somewhere.

Let me get you a drink.

You swimming again yet, Danny?

No.

No, of course. Big changes.

(CHUCKLES)

I opened a homewares store.

I like it.

Yeah, it's nice design.

I enjoy spending my days looking at beautiful things.

Cheers.

Man: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie!

(SNORTS) You know most of those athletes, they're not gonna win.

They' almost reach the pinnacle and then...

(PUFFS AIR)

..nothing.

Just dead air.

And they don't talk about that.

Hm? Do they?

They don't talk about how that feels.

I don't believe it.

Barra-bloody-cuda.

Hey.

How long's it been?

Been a while.

Check it out.

Taylor would pick tonight, wouldn't he?

Can't bear to be overshadowed.

I'll get you a drink.

Danny Kelly.

What are you doing here?

I heard some faggot was throwing a party.

(CHUCKLES)

You hungry? Have you eaten?

There's plenty of food left.

Uh, what are you drinking?

Danny. How are you?

I'm good.

I'm great.

You're pissed.

Uh, we should go and open some of the presents.

OK.

I was worried that no-one would come, but tonight just seemed like the perfect night to announce it to the world.

Announce what?

We're engaged.

You're too f*cking young.

Well, we'll finish uni first, maybe even go travelling.

Aren't you two going to open my present?

You won't be disappointed.

Yes.

I was just about to drag him away.

Come on.

Spiderbait: ♪ Shazam! ♪
♪ Hey, you ♪
♪ You never should've ran ♪
♪ You wanna make something that can take you down again ♪
♪ This time you say you're just fine ♪
♪ You need a little something that can make you smile again ♪
♪ Come on It won't take longv

♪ You're never gonna need it... ♪

Hey.

Come with me.

♪ You're looking kind of thin ♪
♪ You need a little bit so you can impress everybody ♪
♪ Ohhh ♪
♪ Ohhh ♪
♪ Ohhh ♪
♪ You're still in a daze... ♪

I'll grab you one of Marty's T-shirts.

Here you go.

I know he's my brother, Danny, but he's not worth it.

He's just a sh1t, really.

From a long line of sh1ts.

No, he's not.

Got them in Africa.

It's a symbol for unity and humanity.

They're beautiful.

It's a reminder to contribute to the community.

You know, to be charitable.

You know, I used to think that charity was some kind of middle-class Christian hang-up.

You know, just make us all feel better.

But... now I've really learned to appreciate it.

I wish there was more charity around here.

In this house.

In this country.

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie.

(BOTH LAUGH)

f*ckin' oath.

I know how much you wanted to be there.

I need a drink.

I think it might be time to go home.

I'll get you a cab, OK?

(HIP HOP MUSIC PLAYS)

It should be here in a minute.

Thanks.

Hey, take care, OK?

Man: Hey, Taylor! Taylor!

(CLOSES DOOR)

Let's have a dance, come on.

Come on.

Go home, Danny.

You're embarrassing yourself.

What about you?

You're just like your father, with your blow-dried hair and your stupid f*cking tan.

f*ck's sake, Danny.

So you didn't make the Olympics.

Get over it.

No, no, no! We were supposed to be there together.

That was the plan.

You wanted it as much as I did.

I got over it.

I needed you there.

I needed you there.

Hey. Danny, the taxi's waiting.

I f*cking loved you.

Piss off.

Lauren: Can you please leave?

You're upsetting Martin.

Alright, that's enough.

Ow!

Oh, my God!

Oi! Get out! Get out of my house!

You f*ckin' loser!

Martin...

That's what you are.

That's all that you've ever been.

Not good enough.

(SCREAMING AND COMMOTION)

Simon!

Simon: Marty, God!

Aarghh!

Marty!

Mrs Taylor: Someone call an ambulance!

(MUSIC CONTINUES)

(PEOPLE TALK INDISTINCTLY)

Is he OK? Is he...?

(SOBS)

(VOICES CRACKLE FAINTLY OVER RADIO)

Man: Prahran 2-0-8.

Offender detained, assault, serious injury. victim en route, ambulance to the Alfred.

Heading back to base.

Man: (OVER RADIO)

Copy that, Prahran 2-0-8.

(SIREN WAILS)

(DOOR OPENS)

I don't want to talk to anyone.

Just have a shower and get yourself cleaned up.

OK, so he's not allowed within half a k of the Taylor house or the boy's uni.

They're the bail conditions.

And I spoke to my lawyer mate Max.

We've got a meet with him on Monday.

(SHOWER DOOR SLIDES SHUT)

Best outcome would be community service.

He'll have to do some kind of volunteer work.

Uh-huh.

He could get five years.

(SOBS)

Is Danny going to jail?

(SOBS)

Hey.

f*ck. f*ck!

f*ck!

(MARKER SQUEAKS ON PAPER)

(KNOCKING)

(HORN BLARES)

You're going to impress them.

I think so.

It's a court order.

I just have to turn up.

Well, you're turning up looking good.

The judge was very kind to you, Danny.

Community service is better than going to jail.

Be grateful.

It's gonna... it's gonna be OK.

It's gonna be... great. Yeah?

Bye.

Bye-bye.

Danny.

Good luck. Yeah?

Thank you.


Man: Um, Daniel Kelly?

Hiya. Clyde McEwan.

Um... let's go. May as well get stuck in straightaway.

Got your correction order?

Mm-hm.

Another wayward soul looking to find meaning in hard work?

That was a joke.

Alright.

..the pool's for group therapy...

Man: No! You'll drown me!

Actually, I might get you started with Dennis.

I don't f*ckin' swim!

Reluctant would be an understatement.

Is this another joke?

Nothing funny here.

I don't know.

Did the court tell you?

Tell me what?

It's fine.

Go away.

What's wrong, Dan?

Danny.

This isn't gonna work.

Hey, what... I'm doing you a favour here. What's your problem?

I don't f*cking swim.

OK.

We'll find something else to do.

There's plenty of things.

Come on, mate.

Don't "mate", me.

I'm not one of your spastics.

(SNORTS)

I'm not a spastic.

How's the rehab centre, Danny?

OK.

What are you gonna be doing there, mate?

Nothing much.

Oh, hey, um, I'm taking Theo to the bike track on Saturday.

You want to come, Danny?

We can get another bike.

No, thanks.

Regan: They're just trying to help.

I don't need any help.

Nothing's changed, has it?

It's still all about you.

Leave it, Regan.

First, it was, "Danny the hero, whatever Danny needs."

And now it's all, "Be careful with Danny. Don't say anything to upset Danny."

I can move out if you want.

She didn't mean it that way.

Are you going to do it again?

Are you going to stand in front of another f*cking truck?

No.

I'm going to bed.

(DOOR SLAMS)

He said he wasn't gonna do anything.

How can you be so sure?

(KNOCKS)

Mrs Kelly.

Hello, Frank.

Sorry about the mess.

Oh, I don't care.

Sit down.

I, ah... I heard about the arrest.

Talk of the town, I'm sure.

He didn't go to jail.

He has you.

I'm sure he'll, ah... he'll work it out.

Sure.

He... he walked in front of a truck.

He just... stepped right in front of it.

He wanted to get hurt.

He... he wanted to die.

What do you want me to do?

You know he hasn't been in a pool or to the beach for the past two years?

Not since that race.

He loves the water.

The water loves him.

You used to say that.

Yes.

Yeah.

He needs to swim, Frank.

And you really think it's that simple?

He'll go for a swim and all his pain will be washed away?

What else can he do?

Hm?

I'm... I'm sorry.

It's OK.

I'm... I'm sorry.

It's OK.

It's OK.

I'm... I'm scared, Frank.

I'm... I'm scared. (SOBS)

I'm scared of... losing him.

OK.

OK.

OK.

(SIGHS) OK.

(DING!)

Hello, Danny.

Mum told you come, did she?

Danny, don't waste what you have.

It would be a loss.

Hey. Look at me.

I'll be at the Coburg pool, Thursday, 6am on the dot, if you change your mind.

Clyde: Good, good. OK. Relax.

Relax. OK, now press again.

No...

Press.

No.

Yeah, that's good.

Do the next foot, OK?

Yeah.

Press.

(GRUNTS)

That's it.

OK, relax.

Don't think this is the place for you, pal.

It's this or jail, so...

You called them spastics, mate.

I shouldn't have.

OK, this foot.

I know that.

One more.

That's it, good.

It won't happen again.

You can take over here.

Dennis, this is Danny.

Nice to meet you.

Alright, so grab this foot, both hands.

We're gonna do a couple more, OK, mate?

I can't.

You can.

Engage the leg muscles, OK?

That's it.

I...

Give him some resistance on that.

(GROANS)

That's it, press.

I can't!

No pain, no gain.

I can't do it!

No pain, no gain, remember?

(SHOUTS) I can't do it!

Alright, buddy. That's enough.

Take a break, OK?

He CAN do it.

You alright?

Yeah. Yeah.

Need help with...?

Yeah. Thank you.

You won't get into trouble, will you?

Nah.

So what happened?

You mean this?

Motorbike.

Hit a median strip at 140 k.

f*ck.

It's Christine.

Something happen to her in the accident?

Nah. No.

She just... she just left.

Got tired of hanging around a spastic.

Do you miss her?

Not as much as I miss the f*ckin' motorbike.

(LAUGHS)

Oh, f*ck...

Come in.

I'm not here to swim.

I'm not coming back.

I just wanted to tell you in person.

Fair enough.

Hey!

Come on in, Danny! Come in!

Cut it out!

It's perfect.

The water is beautiful. Come in.

This is bullshit! Piss off!

Come in, come in, come in!

Stop!

You feel the water.

Good work.

What?

We go same time Monday.

Back at the school.

Change your mind?

No.

We've got water therapy session coming up.

Well, you're doing a good job with Dennis.

You know how to listen and you've got patience.

Have you ever thought about getting any quals?

There's a TAFE course you can do.

I don't think so.

I could help you with your homework.

(ENGINE WHIRRS)

Dan.

Hey, what's up, man?

What are we doing today?

We're gonna do some bis, man.

Schwarzenegger, watch out.

(LAUGHS)

Let's get those hands moving.

Go ahead.

Just try to keep your wrist a bit straighter.

It'll work your muscles harder.

Hey, you're doing good, man.

There you go. Come on.

Ah! f*ck it!

No, no, come on, man.

Try again, try again. You got this.

One, two...

Yeah?

..three...

There you go.

f*ck it!

You alright? Come on.

I hate this f*ckin' place.

(SOBS)

I'm never f*ckin' gonna get out.

Frank: I just want to show you something with your arm, OK?

Now, when you're gonna lift and come out of the water, I want you to lift from here, up nice and high, so we have this, OK?

High like that. And we have a lever, we have our hand, our wrist and our forearm.

And so when you're lifting up, all the way up.

Alright, I want you to do this for me.

Practise that for me. OK.

(GROANS SOFTLY)

(COUGHS)

Hey.

Hello, Danny.

Did you bring your bathers?

Yeah.

Let's get out of here.

Nora, make sure Dylan is doing what I ask.

OK. Come with me.

Where are we going?

We're gonna go for a swim.

Surf's up.

Come with me.

I don't get it.

What's not to get?

We have the sun, we have the ocean.

It's a beautiful day.

Alright.

We're going to do this together.

Alright?

(GENTLE ACOUSTIC GUITAR MUSIC)

Feel the water.

Just feel the water.

Come with me.

Feel the water.

(CHUCKLES)

Look at you, huh?

(CHUCKLES)

(INHALES DEEPLY)

(LAUGHS)

(LAUGHS)

How do you feel?

You know, these are the best days.

Out in the nature, in the sun.

You know, my earliest memory is of being in water.

Being held by my father.

When I was a kid, I used to do the swimming on the lake.

I had the sun on my back.

I would just swim.

Back then, I could swim forever.

I thought I was gonna be the best.

In 1973, I was at the world championships.

And this is my big chance.

And I was so excited.

So excited that I false started in the heat.

Just fell in the water.

And I was disqualified.

And that was it.

All over.

Everybody f*cks up, Danny.

Everyone.

You don't have to be afraid of that.

Just don't let it be the boss.

You have to face your mistakes.

Ah... What do I know, huh?

(DOORBELL BUZZES)

(SNORTS)

You're not allowed to be here.

You're not allowed to be within 200 metres of this property.

I know. I need to talk to Martin.

Don't you dare.

He was your friend.

We welcomed you into our home.

Do you know what you've done?

You've broken us.

Martin's scarred.

Every day for the rest of his life, every time he catches a glimpse of himself in the mirror, he'll be reminded of your betrayal, of your viciousness.

I'll never forgive you.

And if we'd given an impact statement, if we'd told the court how much you hurt Martin, you'd be in jail.

Just go away, Danny.

If you come back, I'll call the police.

Hello, Danny.

What have we got here?

We've got Marika's pizza.

Yeah.

(CHUCKLES)

Very good.

So, it's good?

Best I've ever eaten.

(CHUCKLES)

Well, maybe I wasn't wrong, eh?

Now we have some palinka.

You still making firewater?

Last bottle.

(COUGHS)

(GROANS)

You OK?

(GRUNTS)

Sit down, please. Sit.

Have a drink.

Ooh, a wobble.

(CHUCKLES AND COUGHS)

One for you.

Now we don't say "egeszsegedre".

We just do the "Bottom of the glass".

Bottom of the glass.

Oh. Oh-ho!

(COUGHS)

Why didn't you tell me you were sick?

Well... what would you do?

(COUGHS)

I don't know. Help.

I'm dying with cancer, Danny.

That is something that you do all by yourself.

We're going to Athens together.

It's only four years away.

I'll only be 24.

Popov was 24 in Atlanta.

Mark Spitz won seven gold in his 20s.

We'll go together.

I don't have the time, son.

But I want to tell you something.

Look at me.

The greatest joy I've ever had in my life is to watch you swim.

I don't think you've ever understood just how beautiful you are in the water.

When you're feeling it, not fighting it.

I thank God every day for that, Danny, for giving me that joy.

You can train for the Olympics if you want.

But don't live your life according to other people's expectation.

You live your life the way you want to live.

Be the man you are, but be it from... from here.

And that's what will make you happy.

Watch your step, son.

(COUGHS)

Come here.

Goodbye, Danny.

Come here.

I want you to be kind to yourself, son.

You're a good boy.

OK? You go.

You go.

(DOOR CLOSES)

(KNOCKS)

Dad is getting the car.

I can't do it.

Look at you.

You know, I remember that day... that Frank saw you at the Coburg pool.

He came up to me, introduced himself... and said, um... "Mrs Kelly, I think your son has the makings of the champion."

I was so proud.

I felt 10 feet tall.

Me, Stephanie Kelly, mother of a champion.

If someone had given me a crystal ball... that day... and I'd seen where it would all lead...

(SOBS)

..I would have said, "No, thank you, Mr Torma."

You were always my champion.

You're my little champion.

From the first moment that I saw you, that I held you in my arms, and I said... (SPEAKS GREEK)

I love you.

Commercial, commercial law...

Frank Torma gave everything to his swimmers and we all benefited hugely from his generosity, his skill and his love.

And that might seem like a strange word to use for Coach Torma, given how much he loved pushing us beyond what we thought was possible, but it seems appropriate.

I'd like to read a section of a poem that Coach used to read to us before a race when he wanted to inspire us.

The Sleepers by Walt Whitman.

"Steady and long he struggles.

"He is baffled, banged and bruised.

"He holds out while his strength holds out.

"The slapping eddies are spotted with his blood.

"They bear him away.

"They roll him and swing him.

"Turn him.

"His beautiful body is borne in the circling eddies.

"He is continually beaten on rocks.

"Swiftly and out of sight is borne the brave corpse."

(MELANCHOLY ACOUSTIC GUITAR MUSIC)

(ENGINE STARTS)

I'll be back in a minute.

Hey.

I'm sorry for hurting you.

And your family.

And I hope that one day you'll forgive me.

Scooter: Taylor! We're leaving.

Hey, Kelly.

Oh, hey, Tsitsas.

I'm heading to Coach's house.

Do you want to come?

You can check out your third.

Of what?

He left the house to you and me and someone back in Hungary.

What?

Consolation prize, maybe.

Cool!

Come on. Let's go.

Come on.

I've just gotta go get the title deed.

I get why he left something to you.

But me?

Maybe he felt bad about cutting me from the relay team.

I cut you from the team.

I chose to race you 'cause I knew you were the slowest.

I was the slowest.

Besides, I didn't even like swimming that much anyway.

You ready to come in?

N...no.

Come on, man.

I haven't been in a pool for years.

Well, it's been a while for me too.

Come on.

Just put your arm underneath, grab his legs, slide him across.

Are you sure? No, I can't...

No. It doesn't feel good.

Come on, dude, you got it.

No.

I-I can't do this, man.

Floating. You're floating.

I'm floating? I'm floating.

Lie back, man. I got you.

I'm floating.

(CHUCKLES)

How does it feel?

f*ckin' fantastic.

You're a champ, Danny.

You're a champ.

I...I'm free.