04x10 - It Was All a Dream

Episode transcripts for the 2016 TV show "Atlanta" Premiered September 2016 - current.
"Atlanta" follows two cousins navigating their way in the Atlanta rap scene in an effort to improve their lives and the lives of their families.
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04x10 - It Was All a Dream

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♪ It isn't hard ♪

♪ To see, oh ♪

♪ The hang-ups we have ♪

♪ Today ♪

♪ Said we need
to strive for ♪

♪ More liberty ♪

♪ Lift yourself
up on your feet ♪

♪ Let's get it on ♪

♪ We've been fooling
around, my friends ♪

- ♪ For much too long... ♪

♪ Too long ♪

♪ Too... ♪

- Huh?
- EARN: You ready to go?

Oh, no, y'all go ahead.
I'll catch up with you.

I got a "dep date."

Dep date? A picnic with a deputy?

An underground Johnny Depp film
edited from all his old films.

DARIUS: You're both wrong.

Sensory deprivation t*nk, one hour.

- You were closer.
- I was closer. Yeah.

Well, it's nice, man. You
know, it's just you alone

with your thoughts floating in water.

It's like being in the womb again,

replenishes your mind and soul.

You should try it.


Yeah, um, I'll do that
when I, uh, have the time.

Yeah, I'll try it.

That almost always

certainly means no.

EARN: You need us to drop you off?

Nah, I got errands to run on the way.

Don't come to this thing
with a full stomach.

- Van'll be pissed.

I'm like a teenager.
I'll be hungry in an hour.

♪ Old McAlfred ♪

♪ Had a farm, E-I-E-I-O ♪

♪ And on this farm ♪

♪ He broke his foot, E-I-E-I-O ♪

♪ With a f*ck, f*ck you ♪

- ♪ And a f*ck, f*ck you ♪
- Uh-huh.

♪ Here a f*ck, there a f*ck ♪

♪ n*gga, I'm-a f*ck you up ♪

♪ Old McAlfred had a farm ♪

- ♪ E-I... ♪
- ♪ Where he f*cked your ho. ♪

Let's go.

You could've ended stronger than that.

♪ Straight from the Dec ♪

♪ Came up, came down ♪

♪ Stayed down, riding long ♪

♪ Stayed real,
caught the clown ♪

♪ Took his crown, ATL. ♪

So, you park your own car,

you give 'em your keys,

- and they call it valet.
- Mm-hmm.

That's not valet to me. That's
giving a stranger your car keys.

- I hate that shit.

That part.

Yeah, I thought the whole
point of valet was the parking.

Know what I'm saying? I should
be able to toss you my keys

and be like, "Nah, n*gga,
keep it. I got another one."

- I don't understand it.
- Yeah.

So, this place, it's supposed
to have a really good spot.

Ooh, wait, wait, wait. Shit,
oh, shit. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

- Damn.

- Come on, bro.
- Oh, man,

I know exactly where I'm
going after this. (LAUGHS)

- (SNIFFS) You smell that?
- Yeah.

It smell like the manager mean as hell.

You know, this is exactly why
we're going to this thing, okay?

You need to be able to support your own.

(SMACKS LIPS) God, man.

This is the first Black-owned

sushi restaurant in Atlanta. So...

This guy DeMarcus studied under
real sushi masters in Japan.

It's legit.

Okay, so they serve fried rice?

No, man, sushi. Sushi.

All right.

Van's friend invested in
this place, so, you know,

you'd be helping him
out a lot by eating here.

This it?

Oh, hold up, man. Didn't this, uh,

used to be a Blockbuster?


Hell yeah, this used to
be a Blockbuster, man.

- Oh.

I've got a prescription for "Eze."

It's spelled E-Z-E, like "Easy."

I mean, not like Eazy-E, but E-Z-E.

One moment.

- Yeah.


PHARMACIST: I don't see
anything here for you.

Are you sure? I mean, you guys

just sent me a notification, so...

Can you check the back?

Sorry, I'm just running
late for my float sesh.

- Uh... (SIGHS)
- So... thank you.


Uh... I-I'm sorry,

I overheard what you were saying.

Were you talking about a
sensory deprivation session

or sh1tting?

(CHUCKLES) Uh, sensory deprivation,


I just started doing
that about a year ago.

- Oh, really?
- Yeah.

I go with a group of girlfriends.

- It's the best.
- It's-it's great, right?

It's a sort of...

soothing therapy, really.

- It really is.
- Yeah.

We used to be a book club.
Now, we call ourselves

the Flo-teps. (LAUGHING)

The what? The Flo-teps? (LAUGHS)

- It's silly. (LAUGHS)
- It's clever.

You know, I, uh...

I had to stop going because
I got too deep into it.

The visions in the
t*nk can be so intense.

I started to lose
track of what was real.

Yes. I... I-I sometimes
get into it too much.

When-when that happens,
though, I found a little trick

to help anchor myself.

What is that?

(WHISPERS): Closer.

A thick Judge Judy.

(LAUGHING): Wait, wait a minute.

- What in the hell are you saying?
- DARIUS: Shh, shh, shh...

Thick Judge Judy.

- Yeah.
- Like, thick thighs and tits?

Yes, and booty, really, you know,

doesn't matter which body part you use,

- but, uh, the idea is...

Judge Judy is
always on TV, right?

So, if I see her and she's thick,

I know I'm in the t*nk.

- Interesting.

Can I ask you something,

and I don't want to be, like,
too personal or anything, but

your prescription, are
you here for anxiety?

Oh, actually, no.
I'm-I'm here because my...

my baby needs antibiotics,

but I have done everything.

Zoloft, Lexapro, you name it.

N-Now I've changed, completely
changed my lifestyle.

I'm pretty much a vegan.

My baby's father thinks I'm crazy,

but it-it works for me.


I think...

I think I was trained for a long time

to look at this world like a battle,

and, in some ways, it is.


I'm a part of this world, too,

this big thing, and I'm allowed to dance

in it how I want to.

As a matter of fact, I demand that I do.




Thank you.


Can I say something?

Of course.

You have a beautiful spirit.

Thank you for sharing your time with me.


Thank you. You, uh...

I'm grateful for you, too.

Maybe I'll catch you
in a dep sesh sometime.

Or I'll catch you.

- Be well.


- Hey.
- Sup, boo?


- Sorry.
- It's okay.


- Yeah, thank you, thank you.
- VAN: Thank you.

Thanks for coming, Al.

Yeah, no problem, not a problem.

VAN: Uh, they're really
excited that you're here,

so I think we'll get good service.


Thank you.

The chef would like to meet with
you all before we get started,

if that's all right?

- Yeah, that's cool.
- VAN: Yeah, thank you.

- Yeah.
- Cool.

- Yeah, thank you.
- All right, cool.


I mean, if I'm-a do low tier,
I'm-a do it the right way.

- EARN: Come on, man, that's not fair.
- Hell it ain't.

Y'all talking about Popeyes?

We'll go after, I promise.

I... I thought you wanted to come here?

I do want to come here, but...

I can't stop thinking about the Popeyes.

Why do you think I sat
facing away from it?


- Hey.
- VAN: Hi.

- What's going on?
- My name is Chef Kenny.

We'll be serving you omakase today

since it's a special occasion.

DeMarcus is a big admirer of your work,

and he's honored to have you here.

Thank you.


EMPLOYEES: What's up!


♪ That mean I ain't
got to worry 'bout no ♪

♪ f*ck n*gga cheating... ♪

LONDON: Darius!

Darius X.

Why you hiding from me, baby?

London? Oh! (LAUGHS) Wait a... London.

I-I'm hiding from you?
You hiding from me.

I hit you up, like, two months ago

about that, uh, that
lockdown party, you remember?

You know I change my
number every couple months.

- Facts.
- Email me, like the underground days.

Uh... no.

Kind of put them days behind me.

What? Wait, wait, wait. Come here.


- You used to be wild.
- No, you

used to be wild. I was always safe.

- Oh...

- Mm...


it was nice to see you.

It was nice seeing you.

Hey. Where you headed?

Uh, sensory deprivation t*nk.
I got an appointment over there.

- Where?

Bitch! Shut up!

What you say?

It's, uh, uptown.

I'm going that way anyway.

Get in. I want to catch up.

I mean, I could just
walk. I was already,

- uh...
- Boy, if you don't get in here.

♪ F-R-E-E, f*ck n*gga free ♪

♪ That mean I ain't
got to worry... ♪

- LONDON: Come on.
- All right.

- LONDON: I want to catch up.
- Never question the queen.



I love this song.

This shit got so much soul.

Shit is good.

- Weed?
- Oh, I...

I usually don't smoke
before these things, so...


how often am I with
London from the south side?

There you go.


Can I have some of that water?

Yeah, if you want to get f*cked up.

- Huh?

That's vodka.

You know I'm lit. (LAUGHS)

I've been "macro-dosing" all day.

- Macro-dosing?

- I haven't heard that one.


Hand me my glasses.


- Damn.
- Put your foot on that beer bottle.

I'm-a speed this thing up a little bit,

air this thing out.

You are sober,


Hello, Mr. Officer.

What seems to be the problem?

Appears you have an illegal tint.


I'm sorry, this my mama car.

OFFICER: Your mother drives
a m*rder-out Nissan Altima?

I know. My mom,

she got to stunt on them.

Have you been drinking today, ma'am?

Of course not.

- OFFICER: What's that right there?
- Water.

- OFFICER: Really?
- Yeah.

Yeah, if it were vodka, would I do this?




Step out of the vehicle, ma'am.

Act white, just...

OFFICER: Step over to
the curb for me, please.

Walk a straight line.

Arms out wide.

Touch the tip of your
nose with your forefinger.

How many seasons of Homeboys
in Outer Space
were there?


You have a nice day, ma'am.

- What?
- LONDON: Thank you.


- . All clear.


Whoa! Whoa, whoa, whoa! Wait!

- What're you doing with... Hey!

Are you crazy? What
are... what're you doing?

I don't know. Let's go.

How'd you even do that? Like...

- Whoa!



- I'm sorry!
- What-what... Where are you going?

I'm sorry! This is all your fault!

What do you mean? Oh!



You okay?



(CHUCKLES) Yeah, I'm fine. I...

I guess I just kind of...

freaked out a little
bit. It's all right.

No, it's-it's all good.

- It happens.

Would you like to take
a break in the tearoom?

Yes, tearoom. Let's do that.




I'll fetch you some tea in the tearoom

while you go relax in the tearoom.

Oh, thanks.

You're welcome.

WOMAN: Is this your first time?

No, actually, I, uh,

come here once a week.

Cleanses my spirit.

Mm. I know.

My favorite part is the tearoom.

The tea in the tearoom

- is amazing for sure.
- Mm.

W-Why do y'all keep saying "tearoom"?


Be-Because it's the tearoom.



Oh, my gosh. What is happening?

- Wake up!

- I-I don't understand. I...
- Don't come back.

Hey. Hey, man, I thought it was a dream.



How's the chicken skin salad going?

It's salty, man.

But not salty enough.

Excellent. Well, I'll be
right back with your next dish.

Let me take this out of the way for you.

- Thank you.
- I'll take that, too.

- Thank you.
- No problem.


Can we please get the hell out of here?

What? No. We're not doing that to them.

VAN: The rice has corn
in it. I just can't.

I f*ck with the yellow rice, okay?

Uh, points for the idea.

This shit is gross.

It's gross, man.

That chef over there
is making sushi rolls

with his bare-ass hands, Earn.

♪ Or one of us will leave
here tonight in a hearse ♪

♪ When we'll be tried by
and fertilizing daisies... ♪

Yeah, the fish is raw, but it's warm.

Like, I feel like that can't be safe.

Can we please... can we just please

just go across the street,
man, get lunch real quick,

and stop lying to these Black folk?

It's a Black sushi
fusion restaurant, okay?

There's gonna be a couple of
new ideas thrown at you, okay?

- Can we please keep our minds open?

Could I interest you on a refill
of, uh, hot white Hennessy?

♪ 'Cause I'd rather
be tried by ... ♪

I need, I need, I need, uh,
I need the bathroom, man.

- Yeah, yeah, I gotcha.
- Uh, uh, got me on that?

All right. Cool. I'm-a just...
I'm-a run to the bathroom.

♪ So we might
catch a body... ♪

- Hey.
- Be careful.

- You got it, man?
- Hey, I'm good, man. I'm good.

- All right.



- (SIGHS) Oh.



Hey, man.

(LAUGHS) Yo. What are you doing here?

Uh, I just was in the neighborhood,

and, um, thought I'd come by.

(LAUGHS) You lying.

- Hey.
- Come on.

- What's up, man?
- What's up?

- Is it okay if I hug you?
- Of course, man.

- All right.
- Can't get no sicker.

- All right.

- Come in, bro.
- Yo.

- Ugh.
- I was just, um...

Got something for you.

You know they deliver, right?

Yeah. I mean, I got the app on my phone,

lets me know, so I just
thought I'd help you out.

- Ah. Well, that's nice.
- Yeah, well...

- Oh, come have this jollof.
- Yeah. Uh...

(LAUGHING): Wait. Wait. Who made jollof?

- My roommate, bro.

Who the hell you think made it?

- Like, come on.


Um, I can't really have any right now,

'cause I'm about to go
meet up with some people,

get some food, so...

Wait, you're not staying?

(LAUGHS) I'm kidding. It's
cool. Don't worry about it.


I mean, I'll stay if you want me to.

Oh, boy, I don't want you in
here. I want you out there.

Have fun. Go see your people.

JUDGE JUDY: Great. Now
I got the picture...

I'll take half a
bowl of jollof. (CHUCKLES)

Okay. I'm gonna get you a full bowl.

- Just eat half.
- (LAUGHING): Okay. Thank you.

else do you want?




I miss you, man.

Miss you.

How's Mom?


What about Dad?


MAN (ON TV): to get a
check cut and sent to us.

JUDGE JUDY: Pay your son's
bills. The case is dismissed.

They sound like very nice
people to me. Outrageous.



BOTH: Damn.



- Are you okay?

Hey, I thought you said I
couldn't turn over in here, man.

I-I've never seen that before.


How long was I asleep?

I-I don't know. About minoots?

Maybe .

Wait. Wait. What?

(ECHOING): minoo...!





You were gone for a while, man.

Yeah, man. That's 'cause, uh,

the bathroom was in the
Rainbow across the street.

EARN: Damn.

- I'm going to Popeyes right now.
- What?

Wait. We still have the main meal.

Hey, do you know what time it is?

You know what time
it is? It is : p.m.

That means, in five minutes,
that Popeyes across the street

is gonna be filled with
g*dd*mn high schoolers.

And our only chance of getting
a g*dd*mn chicken sandwich

is gonna be g*dd*mn next
week, so I'm out, g*dd*mn it.

- How was the bathroom, sir?
- Far, n*gga. It was far.

Well, uh, we have a
surprise for you guys today.

It's the, uh, chef's special...

A very rare delicacy,
especially here in Georgia.

Blowfish cheek.

And as you all have probably heard,

blowfish are extremely poisonous

and must be cut with a skilled hand.

But Chef Kenny... He
studied with the finest,

and Demarcus oversaw
the cutting himself.


Yeah, I ain't doing that, man.

- I'm sorry?
- I said I'm not doing it!

All right, look, thank y'all
for your service and everything.

The ambiance is beautiful,
the art is great,

but we... we got to go.

But, sir, the-the blowfish is
a rare delicacy. I can assure...

Yeah, man. I'm sure it is.
I'm sure it is, but we got...

I got a rap thing that
we got to go to, so, we...

- We double-booked.
- Yeah, sorry about that.

DEMARCUS: You're going to Popeyes.

Aren't you?

ALFRED: No, man. No.

Yes, you are.

They all do.

Look, I don't know what
you're talking about, man.

- We-we got to rap thing...
- You know,

there's a movie theater
two blocks away from here.

The night Queen Slim premiered,

we were filled.

Line out the door.

Black people hopped up

on nationalism coming
to support their own.

minutes later,

we were empty.

Not one person ate the blowfish.

Not one.

Just a bunch of Yelp reviews

that all said the same thing.

"This n*gga serving poison fish."

- Hey, listen, man. I...
- Do you know

the traditional way to make
sushi is with your bare hands?

And that sushi should be
served at room temperature?

Every Japanese sushi restaurant

worth its soy sauce does it that way,

and no one seemed to notice.

But if a brother

from Alabama does it the same way,

suddenly, the fish is dirty.

- Yeah, but y'all serving us...
- You know, in Japan,

there's a sushi restaurant

that can't even take reservations

from the general public
because it is so acclaimed?

You want to know where it is?

It's on the Ginza line
in a Tokyo subway station.

I know because my master,

Yuji Watanabe, studied there.

You see, he taught me

that it doesn't matter
where you serve the sushi.

A subway,

- an old Blockbuster Video.
- (WHISPERS): I knew it.

It doesn't matter.

He says, if the sushi's good,

people will come.

But I guess my master was
never a n*gga from Florida.

- Listen, brother man.
- Don't give me that "brother" shit!

This entire dinner,

you have been staring across the street

at a modern-day co*n Chicken,

served to you by an Aunt Jemima,

who lies to you repeatedly,

telling you it is her recipe

and that she is benefiting from it.

It is not her recipe.

You know who owns that recipe?

An Italian man and his family,

none of which have married Black.

I heard some of them even moved
from New Orleans to New Jersey.

New... Jersey.

ALFRED: All right, man. (LAUGHS)

All right, I get it.

Oh, you get it?

Yeah. Yeah, I-I get it.

- You get it now?
- I get it now, man.

Then eat it.


- What?
- Eat it.

- Eat my poison fish, brother.
- Al...

Oh, let me guess.

You want some hot sauce
to go with it, brother?


All right, man. All right,
uh, you made your point,

- Demarcus, okay?
- Look outside.

That's the future.

That's our future.

Salted and battered.

Being sold back to us in our own image.


See, the problem with us is

we don't trust each other.

"Don't trust a Chicago n*gga,

they're shady."

"Don't believe n*gga from New Orleans,

they're slimy."

"Gotta watch out for
them New York n*gga.

They're bound to hit a lick."

We've been told time and time again

the only person you can trust...

is yourself.


Lock the doors.



VAN: Darius?

- Oh, shit!
- Ah!

Get in my pink Maserati.
It's outside. Go, go, go, go!

- Hey, thanks again!


Fight me! Fight me!


(LAUGHING) Oh, shit.

That was the best Popeyes

- I've ever had in my life.
- It was good, right?

ALFRED: Oh, my God, yo.

Food tastes better when you
think you're about to die.

ALBERT: Oh, my God, man,
that shit is so true.

I was kind of scared, though.

You know that this,
technically, is all your fault.

- I'm just playin'.

Hey, D, where the f*ck
you get that car from, man?

(LAUGHS) I stole it.

- This n*gga.

- What you mean?
- What do you mean, man?

I stole it from the valet. Yeah.

- The...
- EARN: What?

- n*gga, you had us in a stolen car?
- Are you serious?

VAN: You can get in trouble for that.

Nah, I'm not worried
about getting in trouble.

I'm still in the t*nk.

- What?

Darius, you're not in the t*nk.

I am.

No, you're not in the t*nk.

You're really here, and
we're really your friends.

Maybe it's just, uh, my dream,

and you are just in it.

Always have been.


Uh, well, okay.

Um... hey, y'all wanna
smoke some of my weed?

- Yeah.
- Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

ALFRED: Yeah, let's do it, man.

No better time than now.

Don't worry, man, it's gonna be fine.

Ah, well...

Just, I don't...

Hey, look. Hey, you rollin'.

- Whew.
- EARN: Do you know how to roll one?

Ah, she knows. I'll
meet you out there, man.

- Hey, man.
- Huh?

- You wanna come?
- Oh, yeah, I'm coming. I'm coming.

I will join you out there.
Just wait for me, sir.

- All right, well...
- Yeah.

- All right.
- Go.

All right, man.

- ALFRED: Oh, no.
- EARN: How long is it gonna take?

I don't even know, man.

That's why I ain't
even part of that shit.



Is to make a decision

as to whether or not...



♪ There's a song
that I sing ♪

♪ Whenever I'm sad ♪

♪ Feeling bad ♪

♪ There's a place
in my head ♪

♪ That I go when
I'm feeling low ♪

♪ I can trust in the melody ♪

♪ In the song I can find me ♪

♪ Ever since I lost you,
I've been so lost, too ♪

♪ In our love
there is harmony ♪

♪ And I want to see this
love through with you ♪

♪ There is a song
you can sing ♪

♪ There's a quiet place ♪

♪ All you got
to do is space ♪

♪ There's a song ♪

♪ That I sing ♪

♪ Whenever I'm sad ♪

♪ Feeling bad. ♪
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