02x08 - Enough's Enough

Episode transcripts for the TV show "Upright". Aired: 28 November 2019 –; present.
Australian series follows the story of Lucky and Meg, who are trying to get an upright piano across the country.
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02x08 - Enough's Enough

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MAN READS:

MEG: You don't have to..

..You don't have to stay here, Linda.

LINDA: I don't know what you want from me!

I'm not your mum, Meg!

Back then when I met you, and you made me believe that you gave a shit about me.

I was just a stupid little girl and I made it all up in my head.

Your real name's Tammy, right?

If you want to come, you have to come now.

Come on! Come on! Get in the car!

CHUBBA: Stop! Argh!

(expl*si*n)

(LAUGHING)

(BIRD CAWING)

(RELAXED MUSIC PLAYING)

SUZIE: Are you still cold?

Oh, you know.

It's worth it.

Ah, thank you.

I suppose everyone has a last swim, it's just not everyone knows that it is.

(CHUCKLES)

Mm.

Is there anything I can help with?

No, no, no. I'm just going

to go through the photos.

I'm going to see if I can sort them out.

(SIGHS)

Why don't you go and have a drink with the boys?

Give me a shout if you need me.

Mm.

Have one for me.

(CHUCKLES)

Ha.

(SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYING)

MEG: OK, slow down.

If you don't k*ll us, we should get to g*n at, like, midnight.

We'll drop Tammy off.

Thank you.

And then it's like, what, four hours to Cairns?

We'll get there before the airport opens.

What time does Billie land?

Um, it's lunch time, 12:25. But I

OK, yeah, we can do this.

We can do this, Lucky.

(FOREIGN POP MUSIC PLAYS FROM PHONE)

What is this song?

I don't know. Why is it

I don't know.

We just got reception and it played.

That song is not on my phone.

It just played.

It's not on my phone.

Oh, no. You actually love this song.

This song is probably

your favourite song on Spotify.

Oh.

What?

Oh, f*ck!

What?

Um

Gregory James Proven.

Also has a f*cking ugly boomer case.

Sorry.

I didn't look.

It doesn't matter.

I just picked up one with a brown case.

It doesn't matter.

We weren't going to make it anyway.

Yes, we are. We have to.

How?

God knows if there's a flight

that will get us to Sydney in time, and even if there was,

we don't have any money to buy tickets.

And even if we did,

they're not going to put her on the flight, Meg.

Are you f*cking kidding me?

I'm just being realistic.

No, you're not. You're being you!

You're thinking of all the reasons to avoid showing up for her.

What's Toby's number?

Um, it's 3-4-1-1-8.

I can't remember.

Suzie's?

Literally, the only two numbers

I know off by heart

are Niko's Pizza

and the landline at Mum's house.

OK, well, what is it?

(SINGING)

One, three, one, double eight ♪

It's Niko's ♪

(WITH FOREIGN ACCENT) Niko's ♪

(NORMAL VOICE) Pizza. ♪

They sold that place.

When?

When?

Um

A couple of years ago.

Mm. This feels like a birthday card.

Forwarded from our old place.

Nice of them to sit on it

for six months.

(HANDBRAKE GRINDS)

TAMMY: Oh! Oh! Oh!

Oh, Geert, I'm so sorry.

(GEERT AND TAMMY SPEAKING DUTCH)

(KISSING)

Thank you,

for returning my little

poofer-jacket home to me.

And I am so sorry

that I left you with that

crazy harpoengeweermens!

Ah, that's OK. we would

I would have done the same.

I felt so bad, I ironed.

Hmm?

I'm sorry, what?

I felt so guilty,

that I washed and ironed everything.

Oh, god. Yeah, he loves ironing.

He even irons his onderbroek.

He even irons his onderbroek.

It's f*cking weird.

Oh, here you go.

Thank you.

That's amazing. Thank you.

Also

The Puffy poffertjes mutts for you.

And een woolen mutts for you.

Yeah, OK.

(OVERLAPPING CHATTER)

Bye. Bedankt! Bye, bye.

Bye!

OK, so there is a flight

that leaves Cairns at 6am.

It's 1am now,

so if we average a hundred,

we should be able

I know you're going to say

I'm being negative

or obstructive, or

Whinging. Annoying,

but I can't positive think

my credit card

into Gregory Proven's wallet.

So, there's no way we can

..What? Where did you

Oh, you'll pay me back.

That's all good.

Hold on

..you told me that

I know!

The whole thing was you said

you had no money.

I know. I lied.

That was the whole

It's for emergencies only,

and I knew that you wouldn't

come with me otherwise.

You wouldn't have.

I would have!

You wouldn't have.

I would have!

No.

I definitely would have

..if you had just told me.

(LUCKY SIGHS)

I did miss you

..a lot.

But even saying that now,

sounds f*cking weird, right?

Because

..you were this little kid,

and I was

..me.

And we had this utterly bonkers

..almost unbelievable time together.

And then my mum died and

..and then you were gone.

And

..I went back to Sydney

..and it felt like the whole thing

..was a dream or something.

So many times,

I almost called you.

I

..But I didn't know

if you wanted me to

and I didn't know what I would say.

And so, I just

..didn't.

I'm such a dick.

(CHUCKLES)

I'm such a dick.

And also, I think

..I think I thought that maybe

the reason I wanted you

in my life so much

..was that I couldn't have

my own kid.

Maybe.

Well, if you, um

..if you want your kid

in your life,

there's one thing you gotta do,

Lachlan.

f*cking drive faster.

('g*n' BY MOODY BEACHES PLAYING)

('g*n' BY MOODY BEACHES PLAYING)

Everybody has a fear in their eye ♪

Everybody's waiting patiently ♪

Everybody lies awake

'til midnight ♪

Everybody wants to bound to sleep ♪

I can't get to sleep,

when my mind ♪

My mind's racing constantly ♪

I can't watch the new ♪

Butt for ensuite except for sink!

Oh my f*cking God!

Butt for ensuite except for sink!

Are you having a stroke?

What's going on?

No. Toby's number.

We used to do these

stupid mnemonic things.

We thought it was hilarious

that the mnemonic was

harder to remember

than the actual number.

Butt for ensuite except for sink.

'Butt' is always 'three',

because threes look like butts.

'For' is 'four'.

'Ensuite' is 'onze-huit',

French eleven, eight.

I'm still not convinced

you're not literally

having a stroke right now.

'Ex-cept'.

X is ten in Roman numerals,

'Sept' is 'seven'.

Except for sink.

Four, 'Cinq' is French for 'five'.

Yeah, I'm guessing you were popular

in high school?

Yeah, I'm guessing you were popular

in high school?

Mine was "Oh for Juan's heaven-sent

mutual blowjob tree".

(RECORDED VOICE) Hi, this is Toby.

I can't take your call.

Leave a message.

Nice.

His phone's off.

Toby never has his phone off.

It's OK. I've made up time.

We're going to make it.

You won't want to miss

that turnoff then.

('HEAD TALK'

BY SOPHISTICATED DINGO PLAYING)

Lucky, come on.

We're boarding in five minutes.

I'm coming. I'm coming.

Come on.

What's wrong?

What? Oh!

(RETCHES)

Disgusting.

(RETCHING)

Really?

You done?

Yep.

Are you sure?

Yep, let's go.

Was he really made to be alone? ♪

I don't think I've ever known ♪

And the way that I've ♪

She'll be there.

What if she isn't?

What if her flight lands early?

What if we miss her?

What if the plane crashes?

What if the plane crashes?

(FLIGHT ATTENDANT CLEARS HIS THROAT)

What if they decide

I can't see her anymore?

No, they wouldn't do that.

Why not?

Oh.

You guys are such muppets.

You should have told her ages ago.

Hey, kids hate being lied to.

Everyone should just tell the truth,

even if it sucks.

You didn't tell Linda about Matty.

Would have k*ll her.

(MAN ON P.A.) Flight crew,

please prepare the cabin

for landing.

('g*n' BY MOODY BEACHES PLAYING)

Sorry.

Wait, wait, wait, wait.

It's landed.

23A. 23A.

Where the f*ck?

It's not this terminal!

What? f*ck!

Come on!

('g*n' BY MOODY BEACHES PLAYING)

Come on, Lucky!

(PANTING)

(WONDROUS MUSIC PLAYING)

They probably put kids in the back.

Right?

(MEG SPEAKS INDISTINCTLY)

Lucky

(PENSIVE MUSIC PLAYING)

(DISTANT DOG BARKING)

This'll probably get a bit

..I mean, she'll be angry,

understandably.

(DOOR OPENS)

(SIGHS) Oh, god!

Thank god you're OK.

Hey, Meg.

Hi.

Come on.

What's wrong? What's happened?

What's happened to you?

Hi, Meg.

Hi.

What's happened? Why's everyone

We called the cops, mate.

We didn't know

what had happened to you.

You went missing, Lucky.

It's been three days.

You went missing, Lucky.

It's been three days.

What? No. We've just been

I told them

you'd be alright with Meg.

Last thing we heard

you were drunk

in a motel in

far north Queensland,

then nothing.

All we had were pictures of bananas.

Just bananas!

And then three days of silence!

I tried.

Honestly, I tried to let you know

We took the bloody red-eye, mate.

We haven't slept for 72 hours!

We knew how much

Billie coming meant to you.

Of course, and I promised

I would be at the airport

and I was at the airport at 12:25

We couldn't understand

why you just disappeared.

So, we didn't know

what had happened.

ANDY: I said that Meg wasn't gonna

get you into any trouble but she

They took our phones off us and then

we stole one back, and it was

I thought you hurt yourself!

Wah! f*ck!

No, I wouldn't

I would never

POLICE OFFICER: Righto.

Looks like we found

our missing persons.

Thanks.

Thanks for the tea. Lovely.

AVERY: Yeah, any time.

(DOOR OPENS)

(DOOR CLOSES)

(LUCKY SIGHS)

Hi, Bee.

Hey.

I was there.

(TOBY SCOFFS)

I was there.

I knew you'd be.

AVERY: Well, I think I'm going

to get myself a little, um, G&T.

Anyone else?

Yes, please.

Ah, beer.

AVERY: Andy?

Ah, no. I'm good thanks.

OK. Meg?

No, I'm pregnant. So

No, no!

Dad! Dad, stop! Stop!

Ew!

Ow!

What the f*ck, Dad?

(GROANS)

Mid-strength for me. If ya got one.

Yeah, great.

Thanks.

Jackson? Kel's boy?

Eww, no. That's Jayden.

He's like, fourteen. Jaxon.

With an X?

Plays second row for the g*n?

Plays second row for the g*n?

Oh. Jaxon.

Mm-hm.

Right.

Well

..He's a nice bloke, I suppose.

BILLIE: Hey, Andy.

Oh!

Nice.

Second row. Geez.

And, um

..that's why you wanted

..That's why you wanted to find her?

Linda?

'Cause you

..You felt like you couldn't

talk to me about

..being

Nah.

I dunno. A bit.

I was going to tell her

about Matty

..but I didn't in the end.

Feel a bit bad about

body-slamming ol' mate.

(BOTH CHUCKLING)

I wasn't thinkin'.

Oh, that's the least of his worries.

Oh, that's the least of his worries.

(BOTH CHUCKLING)

How?

The old-fashioned way.

Jesus.

It was one night. A very drunk one.

We've been together for 18 months,

and all I ever wanted

..All I ever asked of you

was not to lie to me

like the last arsehole. And now

Avery, Billie doesn't even know.

You have a daughter!

She's not really my daughter.

Yes, she is.

Billie is your daughter.

But, this relationship

that you have with her,

These pissed phone calls and,

y'know, making big plans

and then just disappearing

off the face of the earth

..this dysfunction

It just can't go on.

No, Tobes.

It's hurting her

and it's hurting us.

Suze, please. I'll be better.

I need to be able to see

And it's hurting you.

No, it's not hurting I'm fine.

So, we've decided

that we need to tell her.

She needs to know the truth.

What?

No hold on.

If we wait any longer,

If we wait any longer,

it's just going to get worse

for everyone.

No, no. You can't tell her.

I mean, she'll hate me.

I mean, can you imagine being 12

and finding out that I'm your

..She's never going to want

to see me again.

I'm the one with something

to lose here.

How are you still

making this about you?

It's not what I mean I just

I need to get my shit together.

Why don't we wait one more year?

(SCOFFS)

Six months? And then we can tell

(SHUSHING)

Guys, guys, guys, guys.

MEG: We're back.

Yeah.

Pizza's here. So

(DOOR CLOSES)

Well, this is really good.

(EVERYONE MURMURING AGREEMENT)

TOBY: Yeah, it's nice.

Delicious.

You're not hungry, Bill?

I'm alright.

(PLACES GLASS ON TABLE)

(AVERY BEGINS COLLECTING PLATES)

Thank you.

(PLATES CLATTERING SOFTLY)

(PLATES CLATTERING SOFTLY)

Are you sure you don't

want a bit more?

It's your last chance.

Andy, you don't happen to have a

(SOFTLY) cigarette?

(CROCKERY CLINKING AND CLATTERING)

Um, Billie

We've got, um

We've got a little surprise for you.

Um

There's something that we

want to talk to you about.

But Billie what's going on?

Oh, baby. You're just tired.

It's been a huge couple of days.

MEG: Suzie, do you want me

to see if she's OK?

Oh, no, Meg. It's

It's fine. She's just shattered.

We'll give her a few minutes.

Oh, hey, baby.

I've had this for ages.

I don't want you to be mad.

Sweetheart, what

I got a letter from Gran

for my birthday.

SUZIE: What?

What do you mean, darling?

BILLIE: "Dear, Billie.

I'm sitting on the verandah

in this bloody wheelchair

because I've decided

I need to tell you something

when you're a bit older

..but I'm on my last legs,

as they say,

so I'm going to have

to put it in a letter"

I'm sorry.

I wish I was there with you

..I wish I were there with you.

Oh Jesus, chemo brain.

Your dad and your uncle

are good men.

They're just

..not very grown-up in a way.

I think what happened

is that their Dad died

is that their Dad died

at the worst possible time for boys.

They were just too young.

And I thought my job was to

..“keep smiling through”,

as the song goes.

So, that's what I did.

I smiled and I smiled and I tried

to show them how to be strong.

"But I realise now

that what I needed to do

was show them how to be weak.

I taught them to avoid

difficult feelings,

instead of just having them.

Anyway, what happened was"

JEN: They both fell in love

with the same girl, didn't they?

I don't blame them.

Your mum is one of life's

true gifts.

(INAUDIBLE BACKGROUND CHATTER)

And I think Suzie truly loved

..loves both of them

..in different ways.

But because she was with

..Toby

Lachie had to squash

his feelings down

so he didn't hurt anyone.

"My Lachie is forever trying

not to hurt anyone,

and he thinks he can do that

by taking himself away from people,

which of course means

he hurts everyone

.."The women in our family

have always been strong.

But in my experience,

that's normal."

Women are stronger, generally,

I think.

We're not at moving pot plants,

but

..at facing truth.

Goodness.

Men have built entire societies,

entire religions

around avoiding truth.

Which is to say that

if everything goes to plan

and you are twelve now

"I'm sure you'll be strong enough

to handle this letter".

(PAPER RUSTLING)

"I'm sure you'll be strong enough

to handle this letter.

I want you to know,

if you haven't already

figured it out

that Uncle Lucky

is your biological father

Oh, Jesus, Mum.

"And he loves you more

than he's ever been able to say.

Not being able to properly

be in your life

has broken his heart.

And his brain, I think, sometimes.

And your Dad and Mum

love you so, so much.

You are their miracle, because,

as you know,

they weren't able to have

another baby."

Who knows?

Maybe those silly boys have

pulled themselves together by now.

And maybe this is all

just old news to you.

"But if I know them,

they'll still be avoiding it,

"But if I know them,

they'll still be avoiding it,

and dragging poor Suze into it,

and gnashing their teeth

and making a big hoo-haa"

Anyway

..This is the ghost

of your old gran saying

.. "Enough's enough".

Ah, I'm very tired.

And I think Meg's fingers

are about to drop off.

MEG: I'm fine.

(KEYBOARD CLACKING)

I'm going to ask her

to print this off

..and send it to you

on your twelfth birthday.

Remember to write and thank her.

I miss you.

Never ever forget

..how loved you are.

Gran.

(LUCKY SNIFFING)

(LUCKY SNIFFING AND SOBBING SOFTLY)

(LUCKY SNIFFING AND SOBBING SOFTLY)

What?

(BILLIE AND TOBY CHUCKLING)

(UPLIFTING MUSIC)

(CHUCKLES)

('I'LL TAKE LONELY TONIGHT'

BY TIM MINCHIN PLAYING)

(CHUCKLES)

('I'LL TAKE LONELY TONIGHT'

BY TIM MINCHIN CONTINUES)

(AUDIENCE CHEERING)

Thank you, guys.

It's my band. My band.

(CHEERING DIES DOWN)

I've had a great night tonight,

thank you.

It's the first gig

I've ever done completely sober,

as far as I can remember.

I think I became a musician

because it's the only job

you're allowed to do drunk,

so it's weird doing one stone-cold.

It's really a nice feeling, actually.

When we were little kids,

my brother and I used to have

loads of jigsaw puzzles.

But every now and then

a piece would go missing,

as they do,

and I f*cking hated that!

I did not cope

..I do not cope well

with unresolved things.

So, my dad would get

his little hand-held jigsaw,

and cut out a bit of plywood

or Masonite or whatever

and cut out a bit of plywood

or Masonite or whatever

in the shape of the missing piece.

And then we'd paint it,

you know, a tree branch

or a cow's ear.

Pluto.

(SOFT CHUCKLES FROM AUDIENCE)

And it wasn't perfect,

but they were our favourite bits.

Weren't they?

(TOBY CHUCKLES)

And then you grow up

and you realise that your whole life,

the whole f*cking thing is a puzzle,

and there are missing pieces.

Sometimes really important pieces

that have, y'know, been sucked up

by the cosmic vacuum cleaner

or fallen down the cracks

between the floorboards of fate.

(SOFT CHUCKLES FROM AUDIENCE)

I'm a slow learner.

I've been letting

the missing pieces

..drive me nuts.

But the things I need

to fill those gaps,

they're all around me.

And those bits of your life

that don't come with the box?

That don't quite match the picture?

That don't quite match the picture?

They're just

..the best.

AUDIENCE MEMBER: Woo!

So, I have one more song.

(SCATTERED APPLAUSE AND CHEERING)

Ah, I actually co-wrote this,

and you won't have heard it

'cause it's never been

performed before.

Please welcome to the stage,

Billie Flynn.

(AUDIENCE CHEERING)

(CHEERING DIES AWAY)

(PEOPLE MURMURING)

(MURMURING CONTINUES)

(WHISPERING) My hands

They're all shaky.

(WHISPERING)

That's OK. They'll settle down.

They're all slippery.

Can I just sing?

Yeah, of course. Definitely.

That's what dad's are for, right?

Sorry, just give us a second.

My brother, Toby Flynn.

(AUDIENCE CHEERING)

MEG: Go, Billie!

(WHISPERING) Three, four

(BILLIE SINGING)

If I had the blueprint

or the brain ♪

I would build an aeroplane ♪

I'd fashion wings of balsa wood

and glue ♪

And I would fly to you ♪

I'd carve a prop from

old recycled would-haves ♪

All these relentless could-haves ♪

These pointless might-have-beens ♪

These pointless might-have-beens ♪

Oh the storms

that I would gladly battle through ♪

So, I could fly to you ♪

Had I the method or the means ♪

I would build a time machine ♪

BILLIE AND LUCKY: I'd make it

from the scraps you always find ♪

When someone leaves

their broken dreams behind ♪

BILLIE AND LUCKY:

And I'd fuel it ♪

With the b*at

that my heart misses ♪

When you sign

your name with kisses ♪

Made of x's when you text me ♪

It's so silly, but ♪

It's so silly, but ♪

Any fuel and any fire will do ♪

I will fly to you ♪

And I'd carve a prop from old recycled would-haves ♪

All these relentless could-haves ♪

These pointless might-have-beens ♪

LUCKY: Oh the storms ♪

That I would gladly battle through ♪

LUCKY AND BILLIE: So, I could fly to you. ♪
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