01x05 - Mirrorball

Episode transcripts for the TV show "The Girl from Plainville". Aired: March 29, 2022 –; present.
Based on the true story of Michelle Carter's "texting-su1c1de" case, exploring her relationship with Conrad Roy III and the events leading up to his death, and, later, her conviction of involuntary manslaughter.
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01x05 - Mirrorball

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Previously on The Girl
from Plainville...

Katie Rayburn... she's tough,

and she's not
gonna bring charges

unless she's got something
solid enough for an indictment.

So, if she's convicted,

what kind of a
sentence is she facing?

Up to 20 years.

On the boat, it never felt

like you didn't know
what was coming.

There was order, calm.

Susie? Enough.

She doesn't want me
talking to you anymore.

She thinks you're
obsessed with me.

I'm not.

I'm not into girls, Michelle.

I'm not into you.

2014, Conrad Junior's son got
into a physical altercation.

If I'm Cataldo, I just
figured out Conrad's motive

for k*lling himself, and
it is not Michelle Carter.

The jury can't see this.

When you were on the
phone with Conrad

the night of his death,

did you... did you tell him
to get back in the truck?



What would you do
with those fingers?

You're beautiful.

How would you touch me?

Like this?




- She is a child.
- She's not.

She's 18. Look at this.

All the things they're
saying about her online.

The best you can do right now

is keep your heads up
and your mouths closed.

You're gonna try to get
the case dismissed, right?

Yeah, but we won't be able to.

Oh, this is ridiculous.

- Gail...
- David.

Why not?

They've got too much
evidence for dismissal.

She wasn't anywhere near
that boy that night.

- You're right.
- So tell that to the judge.

- We will.
- You don't get it.

I want to tell our story.

You mean testify?

Yeah, exactly.

I would advise against that.

The jury needs to understand us,

our love story.

Your... your love story?

Right. Yeah.


Can you, uh, read that
for me? Out loud, please.

"So you do have
hope, I told you."

Uh, no, uh, the
one below that one.

"I don't want you to live
like this every day, though."

Yeah, and that one.

Go on.

"Why don't you
just drink bleach?"

Okay, "I never had
feelings for another girl."

"It was only her that
I felt that way about,

"so she really messed me up

"because, for a
while, I was confused,

and then her mom got involved
and ruined our lives."

That is copy and pasted
to all of her friends.

You don't think that
sounds like a girl

who would do anything to
get Susie's attention?

She sounds heartbroken to me.

The f*cking paper?

Mrs. Roy.

I'm gonna give you two a moment.

I have to learn about
this from the paper?

So you think he
didn't k*ll himself?

No, um...

No, he... he did. Um,

but leading up to his su1c1de,

Michelle was in
constant contact,

encouraging him.

How do you know?

There are text messages
between the two of them,

thousands of them.

Why would she do that?

We're still piecing
that together.

There is something
that you could do.

We'd like you to
testify at trial,

talk about Coco, his life, uh,
what he wanted for his future.

We'd also like you to
talk about Michelle.

Me? Why?

You have a
relationship with her.

She reached out to you.

So you think she'll go to jail?

I will do everything in my
power to make that happen.

- Uh, what about Co?
- He'll testify, too?

Uh, the defense would bring
up the... uh, the incident

that happened last year.

It would discredit him.

He loved Coco. I know, um,

but it's the defense's job

to make it seem like it's
anyone's fault but Michelle.

We need you.

I'll think about it.

We were close,

but that was a long time ago.

She spoke to Conrad
about you quite a bit.

We interviewed a couple
of Michelle's friends,

and they said you
were important to her,

but you two had some
kind of falling out.

Well, he was
obsessed with Susie.

Do you mind if,
um, she tells us?


She wasn't getting along
with her friends from school.

Same for me, so we talked.

Why did you stop talking?

After a while, she became needy.


Michelle kept
Susie up all night,

so I told her to cut it out,

but that girl wouldn't
take no for an answer,

so I took Susie's phone, and
even that didn't stop her.

She messaged her online.
She left notes in the car.

Do you have any of those?


When was the last time
you talked to Michelle?

- After I saw the news.
- I texted her.

I thought it was the
nice thing to do.

She texted me a
couple more times.

I didn't respond.

Here you go.

- Do you mind if we keep this?
- No.

Have you read that?

Michelle texted the other girls

that you were her first kiss.

- What?
- It's not true.

What is this all about?

We are looking into
Michelle's involvement

in Conrad's death.

What does this
have to do with us?

We can't go into the
details, but it's possible

that Michelle's
actions were an attempt

to get your
daughter's attention.

I think we should
go to the lake.

What? Why?

To get away from the press
and our neighbors, this house.

Any of it. All of it.

Then it will look like we
have something to hide.

Don't we?

She told him to drink bleach.

You don't know the context.

Can you think of a context
in which any of this is okay?

And can you imagine what
other late-night exchanges

she had with that boy?

- Hayden?
- Go away.

- What's wrong?
- Tell me what's wrong.

- I'm the m*rder's sister.
- That's what's wrong!

Get the f*ck out.


Hey, Natalie.

I'm not allowed to talk to you.

I know a lot of people are
saying a lot of things.

I just wanted to explain.

I think, if I
could just explain,

you would understand.

The lawyer said we
can't talk to you.

I'm sorry.

- The lawyer?
- Yeah, I'm... I'm sorry.

I, um... me and Cassie...

I can't say anything else.

Hate to be her next boyfriend.

Brad's a d*ck,

which is funny, 'cause I
hear he has a micro penis.

Don't let people
like that get to you.

Yeah, thanks.

You're going to prom?

I don't know.

I don't think anybody
really wants me there.

Look, I've been a part
of enough rumors to know

that they're usually bullshit.

I don't want you to miss out

just 'cause of what's going on.

What are the rumors?

Currently, that I'm
having an affair

with the swim coach.

He's too old for me.

I meant about me.

It's just stupid gossip.

I don't believe any of
it, if that matters.

Of course it does.

- Yes, sir?
- You wanna bring her in?

- The boat?
- Yes, the boat.

You see another her around here?

You don't have to.

I just thought you'd
like to give it a try.

No, no, no. I do.

- Come on.
- Get over here, hotshot.

All right. She's all yours.

Keep her steady.

Very nice.

Yeah, graduation coming up, huh?

You know, the guys were saying

they really like
working with you.

Yeah, I was thinking I... I
wasn't much older than you

when I started working with
your grandfather full time.

I... I'm just saying
there's a future in it.

That's all.

That's it.

Tell me.

I don't know.

I'm really not doing good.

What do you mean?

I just have all these
issues with my body image.

It's consuming my life.

I'm bingeing, and I
can't lose weight,

and it just makes me so upset.

I'm thinking I need to
go somewhere to get help.

I wish I had your
problems and you had mine.

I have your problems, too, hell.

Everyone seems to think they
know what's best for me,

and I'm just gonna
disappoint everybody.

It's so hard for
people to like me.

I like you.

I know.

I want to see you.

Can I tell you something?


You know that girl Susie?


I liked her.

- As in?
- As in I had feelings for her.

I think she felt the same.

Do you still love me?

Do you still love Susie?

I don't know.

It's not like we would have
had a forever anything,

because I have you.

I guess.

You guess?

Do you think we have a future?

A future?


Carter, Michelle.

So you drove down from Ithaca.

I imagine there's
lawyers closer to home.

I'm here because
of Michelle Carter.

I don't like seeing
innocent people prosecuted.

I mean, I agree with you,

but how do you know
she's innocent?

I read it in the paper.

Oh, you know she's innocent
'cause of the paper.

You're skeptical.

I am.

How much medication
was Miss Carter

and the young man on at
the time of his passing?

How'd you know that?

It's my job.

When you get to be my age,
it's how you look inside.

If Michelle was taking
multiple medications,

it's possible it could have had
an intoxicating effect on her,

particularly if she had
a coexisting condition,

like an eating disorder?

That can increase the half-life
of certain medications.

Elevated liver transaminases
occurs frequently

at patients' nadir weights.

This generally
represents apoptosis,

a programmed hepatocyte death.

I don't understand a
g*dd*mn thing you just said.

That's okay. I do.

And I'll make sure
the jury does as well.

Well, we're gonna need something

once they hear those texts.
You've testified before?

And it's led to five acquittals,

in Pennsylvania, Louisiana,
New Jersey, Alaska and Canada.

And what's your fee?

I'm not looking for a paycheck.

I want to help this girl.

I want to get the news
out about the dangers

of big pharma.

It's my civic duty.

Uh, and the oil filter.

Got it.

This an okay time?

You here to ask me
about testifying too?

I know Lynn says she's
thinking about it.

Actually, I'd like to get
your perspective on something.


Our office, uh,
found a police report

from last year.


The, um... the
as*ault on your son.

Lynn explained that...

- She explained what?
- That that night was...

She wasn't there.

- I understand.
- It wasn't an as*ault.

What was it?

Fathers and sons.

But you wouldn't get that.

Anything else?

Unless you have any
questions for me.

No, I don't.

Thank you so much for
your time, Mr. Roy.

We need to talk.

- Can we do this later?
- No.

A lawyer came by.


You told the f*cking DA about
what happened with Coco?

Told? She already knew.

It wasn't your place
to say anything.

This was between me
and my son, not you!

He was my son, too. My son.

And you kicked the
shit out of him,

and if you use this
father and son thing

one more g*dd*mn time... I
don't get to use that excuse.

You use plenty of excuses.

What is that supposed to mean?

He was living with
you when it happened.

f*ck it. Never mind.

Go ahead and say it.

I know you want to,
you f*cking prick.

- Go inside, Lynn.
- You think I don't know?

You think I don't think
about it every g*dd*mn night?

I'm a terrible f*cking mother?

God, Mom.


Grandma d*ed.


Your sister and I
will be upstairs.


Mae wants to talk to you.


- No, that's okay.
- Nah, that's okay?

No, you know what? You're right.

Her elbows are a little...
Stop, stop, stop, stop.

I wouldn't know what to say.

Just be your f*cking self, man.

What's going on?

I'm fine. I'm fine.

I'm just being a baby.

Look, things are
gonna be different

when you're here at
Fitchburg next year.

- That was fun.
- Yeah.

I like that you don't talk much.

See you back out there.

So you want to tell
me what happened?

I just didn't want
to be there anymore.


I don't want to go back.


I don't want to go
to school there.

I'm good on the
boat, and Dad says...

What about your scholarship?

Maybe. I don't know.

- Are you high?
- Yeah.

Let's talk about this
when you're not stoned.

Jesus f*cking Christ.

Excuse me?

It's not the f*cking weed, okay?

It's me.

Do you want to talk to somebody?

No, I don't want to
talk to somebody, okay?

Actually, I need
you to stop talking.

Just give me a break, okay?
I need you, I need Dad,

and I need everybody else to
just give me a f*cking break.

So we have Michelle
Carter's friends

from high school, Natalie
Gibson and Cassie Wilkins,

on the witness
list. All relevant?

Yes, Your Honor.

I see we have not included.

Miss Carter on this list.

Uh, that's correct, Your Honor.

Miss Carter will
not be testifying.

- Susie Pierce?
- Uh, we object.

Miss Pierce has no connection
to the case and hasn't spoken

to Miss Carter for years
prior to Mr. Roy's death.

She was a friend
of the defendant.

We believe that Michelle Carter

may have orchestrated
Conrad's death

in order to get the attention
and sympathy of Susie Pierce.

Who is Dr. Peter Breggin?

Oh, he's a psychologist.

He submitted a full report
on the mental health

of Michelle Carter
and Conrad Roy III.

Are these police officers
from the crime scene?

No, no, no, they'll speak

to reports of the
sustained domestic abuse

experienced inside the household

which could have influenced
the young man's death.

These officers and EMTs were
not present on the night

of the incident
with Conrad Roy Jr.

And Conrad Roy III.

The hearsay rule forbids them

from being admitted
into evidence.

So none... none of
them were there?

One of them was,
Officer Tavares.

Then why are the rest
of these officers

on the witness list?

Oh, well, because
Mr. Cataldo plans

to raise issues that happened
well before the victim's death

in order to raise suspicion
about a home life that was,

except this incident,
loving and attentive.

But some girl that my client

hasn't spoken to in two
years is somehow the...

Okay, whoa, whoa.
Hold on, hold on.

Here's what we're gonna do.

Officer Tavares is admitted.

Susie Pierce and the other
officers and EMTs are not.

And we're gonna limit the scope

of the investigation
to 18 months...

Your Honor, I would
like to make a...

Let me finish. Let me finish.

We're gonna limit the
scope of the investigation

to 18 months prior
to Mr. Roy's passing.

- Judge, 18 months...
- Your Honor, I would like...

That's... that's...
That's my ruling.

That's my ruling.

Thank you. Well,
we lost our motive.

He lost his defense.
Call it even?


I reviewed the
defense's discovery,

the doctor's report.

What, Breggin?

Yeah, there's nothing there.

Interview with Carter's
mother, her neighbor,

her softball coach.

- Not her friends?
- No, it seems not.

Great, okay, well, you
know, we just... we...

We roll with the punches.

We take what we have, and
we just roll with them.

You're gonna roll
into hyperventilation

if you don't slow down.

Let's focus on what we
do have: Her friends.

She was in touch with Natalie
and Cassie the entire time,

texting them that Conrad
was missing for days

when she knew for a fact
that he was still alive.

She was testing the waters.

She was trying to
get their attention.

We make all her friends Susie.



You look different than Florida,

but... but the same.

Is that weird?

No, no, I get it.

I must look terrible.

- Well, it's a funeral.
- No one looks good.

Are you, um, headed

to the... like, the reception?

I'm supposed to.

I don't really want to go.

Just gonna be a bunch
of people crying,

wondering why I'm not.

I get that.

Do you wanna go somewhere?

What are we doing?

Batter up!

Strike one! Perfect
fastball by Roy.

Carter seems nervous,
intimidated by the star's arm.

Carter seems woefully
unprepared for Roy's next move.



Just a little late!

Oh, okay.

Oh, Carter gets a piece of it!

Oh, it goes deep left.
Roy takes off after it.

- Ah!
- Oh!

Can Carter make it a homer?

No, no, no, no!

She makes it to third.

Will Roy make it?

She's out!

You tired already?

I haven't had any
complaints about my stamina.


Yeah, anytime.

Do you want to talk about it?

I'm sad, I guess.

I don't know. Numb.


I keep wondering what her
last moments were like.

Was she scared?

What do you think dying is like?

Just like floating on the water.

No pain.

No anxiety. Just peace.

Would you be sad if I d*ed?

Of course.

I would miss you every day.

What would you
say at my funeral?

I would say I was so lucky
to have you as my boyfriend.

I would say, "Ours was
an epic love story."

"Like all real love stories,
ours will die with us."

What would you say at mine?

She was terrible at baseball.


Are you okay?


I'm not... ready.

Are you sure?

That's okay.


- It's okay.
- Just... just give me a minute.

What are you...

I love you, Conrad.

Are you sure you
want to go to this

with everything?

It just might, you
know, look a little...

I'm not gonna let my whole
senior year be ruined.



Uh, I thought this
would be nice.

It matches your dress. Open.

Gorgeous. Ah, for later.

Thanks, Mom.

Okay, can we get

the two pictures really quickly?

You ready?

We got this.


I just want to go home.

Is there someone I can call?

There's no one left.

- Maybe, um...
- No.

I miss my friends.

I just... I've got to go.

Let me just get you home.

Yeah, no, I'll walk.
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