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What I love about Nicole.

She makes people feel comfortable about even embarrassing things.

-You look like you care about animals.
-Yes, I do.

She really listens when someone is talking.

Do you wanna sign up here?

You know what?

It's funny, I actually signed up for this but I never heard from you guys.

Sometimes she listens too much for too long.

Okay, if you email me here

-Thank you so much. Have a good day.
-Good luck.

She's a good citizen.

-Just call him.
-I'm not calling.

She always knows the right thing to do when it comes to difficult family shit.

Call him.

I get stuck in my ways and she knows when to push me and when to leave me alone.

She cuts all our hair.


She's always inexplicably brewing a cup of tea that she doesn't drink.

And it's not easy for her to put away a sock or close a cabinet or do a dish, but she tries for me.

Nicole grew up in LA around actors and directors and movies and TV, and is very close to her

mother, Sandra, and Cassie, her sister.

Note the wrapping.

Nicole gives great presents.

She is a mother who plays, really plays.

She never steps off playing or says it's too much.


And it must be too much some of the time.

"...chopped down a Christmas tree..."

All right.

Nice. Two, three, four.


Are you kidding me? I was just in jail!

g*dd*mn it!

Do not laugh at me. Stop it.

She's competitive.

She's amazing at opening jars because of her strong arms, which I've always found very sexy.

She keeps the fridge over

No one is ever hungry in our house.

She can drive a stick.

How could you?

After that movie, All Over the Girl, she could have stayed in LA and been a movie star, but she

gave that up to do theater with me in New York.

You might as well get what you paid for.

She's brave.

She's a great dancer.


She makes me wish I could dance.

She always says when she doesn't know something or hasn't read a book or seen a film or a

play, whereas I fake it or say something like, "I haven't seen that in awhile."

My crazy ideas are her favorite things to figure out how to execute.

Let's try it...


but also standing.

She's my favorite actress.

What I love about Charlie.

Charlie is undaunted.

He never lets other people's opinions or any setbacks keep him from what he wants to do.

Charlie eats like he's trying to get it over with and like there won't be enough food for everyone.

A sandwich is to be strangled while devoured.

Is your shirt on backwards?

But he's incredibly neat, and I rely on him to keep things in order.


He's energy



He doesn't look in the mirror too often.

I cried four times.

Me too.

He cries easily in movies.

I wonder if it was the same four.

He's very self

He can darn a sock and cook himself dinner and iron a shirt.

How are we doing over here?

The peppers are cut.

He rarely gets defeated, which...

I feel like I always do.

...cut some carrots.

Charlie takes all of my moods steadily.

He doesn't give in to them or make me feel bad about them.

He's a great dresser.

He never looks embarrassing, which is hard for a man.

g*dd*mn it, Charlie, get it together!

He's very competitive.

Oh, come on!

-What's this? Who owns Baltic Avenue?

How much is it? I don't have enough.

Four hundred and fifty dollars.

Okay, so I'm done? I'm done, right? That's it?

This is so frustrating!

This is so frustrating. I always lose at this game.

-He loves being a dad.

He loves all the things you're supposed to hate, like the tantrums, the waking up at night.

I had a bad dream.

It's okay.

It's almost annoying how much he likes it, but then it's mostly nice.

Dad, stay.

He disappears into his own world.


-What's shit?
-This is our stop.

He and Henry are alike in that way.

He can tell people when they have food in their teeth or on their face in a way that doesn't make

them feel bad.

Did you get it? Perfect.

Charlie is self

His parents...

I only met them once, but... he told me there was a lot of alcohol and some v*olence in his


As soon as she comes with a lookout, they come in on the camcorder.

-Is that what they're called now?

He moved to New York from Indiana with no safety net.

And now he's more New Yorker than any New Yorker.

Made sure they used the right almond milk.


He's brilliant at creating family out of whoever is around.

With the theater company, he cast a spell that made everyone feel included.

No one, not even an intern, was unimportant.

He could remember all the inside jokes.

Where do you go when it's windy?

Oh, yeah, that... that was funny.

He's extremely organized and thorough.

He's very clear about what he wants, unlike me, who can't always tell.

Let's stop right there.

Who wants to start?

I'm not gonna read this out loud.

Why is that?

Because I don't like what I wrote.

As we mediate your separation and eventual divorce... things can get quite contentious.

So I like to begin with a note of positivity for the people I work with to remember why they got

married in the first place.

And so that, as you come apart, you're reminded that... this is a person you had great feeling for,

and maybe still do in many ways.

I'll read mine. I like what I wrote.

For it to really work, you both have to read.

I'm not going to.

Okay, um...

I just think it's a shame that you guys aren't gonna get to hear the wonderful things you wrote

about each other.

She always says I can't write, but I think mine's pretty good.

Nicole, maybe you'd change your mind once you heard Charlie's.

I don't wanna hear Charlie's.

We promised to listen.

That's right.

That's the very first step in this process.

Well, I think I'm gonna go if you two are gonna just sit around and suck each other's dicks.

How can this evil allow moderation?

How can this evil allow moderation?

How can it be right to betray the departed?

How is it human to be so... faithless?

I want no praise from impious men.

No home with them of quiet ease.

Noble blood still runs in my veins.

Shall I fail my father... stifling my cries, clipping the wings of grief?

Must his corpse in the ground wretchedly waste away, feebly count for nothing?

Must his killers gloat,
-never to pay with blood for blood?
-Must his killers gloat, ...never to pay

with blood for blood?

Charlie gave me the note, but it's really for you.

-He told me to pick up my cues.
-How is that for me?

Acting is reacting.

-I'm responding to you.
-I got intimate.

-And you're slowing me down.
-Frank, it's closing night, you know.

You don't think Charlie and Nicole will ever get back together?

No, I think this time it's really over.

It still feels weird.

I feel like my parents are splitting up.

It's always been Charlie and Nicole.

-Is Charlie still giving notes?

You're lucky. I wish I was going to LA.

You can actually have space in LA. There's no space here.

But there's no winter.

Ladies and gentlemen, I wanna make a toast to Charlie and to our beloved Nicole, who is going

to be going out on a new adventure all the way to sunny California.

And we are also going to try something new.

We are going to take our play to Broadway.


It reminds me of when I was a young person and went to Broadway for the first time.

And I'm telling you, winning your first Tony at 27, it can mess with your head.

I mean, I was just a baby.

-Elia Kazan was backstage...
-I'm gonna go over there now.

-Don't do it. Mary Ann?
-...elbowing Mike Nichols.

And Mike was jabbing with Dietrich, and Marlene, you know, she usually was a barrel of

monkeys, but tonight she was very, very serious. And of course...

-Could you give me a second?
-...later I realized, "My, but that

Well, I'd have to study it, but I'd say you got...


Hey, I didn't expect you guys home until late.

-How's he doing?
-Good. He went to bed on time.

No fuss. Read him some of Cricket in Time Square.

God, you guys are so attractive.

Shit. Sorry, I didn't stop that from being said.

No, it's okay.

I'll pay for the whole time. We decided to come home early.

Hey, thanks. And also...

...conversation as well as anybody, but I've gotta run.

Hasta pronto, if you know what l mean.

-You're leaving?
-Well, I ain't movin' in.

Oh, we'll be back when you get your

If you don't like that mediator, we'll find another one.

-We might not need a mediator.

We'll split everything anyway, I don't care.

-Me neither.
-You can have most of it.

We'll get apartments near each other, make it easier for Henry.

We'll figure it out. We want the same things.

-Meantime, the pilot will be fun for you.

You don't think it's bad, do you?

I don't ever watch TV, so, you know, I can't tell.

I told Henry I'd come out to LA in two weeks to see him.



I can tell you wanna give me a note.

No, I don't.

Yeah, I mean... yes, I do, but I guess...

I guess it doesn't matter now.

You won't be with the show anymore. It's stupid.

You're not gonna be able to sleep until you tell me.

Maybe not.

Okay, then.

So there are two things.

I thought your posture at the top of scene seven is still too dignified.


And then... at the end, I could tell you were pushing for the emotion.

Well, you know I can't cry on stage and I know you don't like it when I fake it, but...

I thought maybe tonight it would come, but... it didn't.

That's all I had.

Thanks for indulging me.

Good night, Charlie.

This is the day, this is the day That the Lord has made That the Lord has made Let us rejoice Let

us rejoice and be glad in it And be glad in it Mom.

-ma, summer is for relaxing.

This is the day...

What do you wanna do today?

Hang out and relax with you.

-Me too.
-No relaxing.

Nicole has a hair and makeup test today, and Henry, we got you into Fairy Camp with the


I hate Fairy Camp.

Cassie says everyone likes Fairy Camp, and I think this is true.

Henry, go make your mom some coffee like I taught you.

Mom, wait till you taste my coffee.


Do you always sleep together?

Even in New York?

No, it's just for right now while we go through this transition.

Oh, shit.

Don't tell Charlie when he gets here. He hates co

Well, I have to say, I agree with Charlie.

Oh, surprise surprise.

-It's as if you have exploded...
-Jesus, it's early.

...into this room.

I can do this part alone.

Fine. I won't look.

As long as you're in my house, wake up is at 6:30 a.m., and until you know what you wanna do,

we're gonna do what I like to do.

I can't just go from what Charlie wanted to do to what you want to do.

Even though I am 64 and have a d*ad gay husband, I manage to get up every day, live my life,

and feel pretty good about myself.

So maybe your mom knows a thing or two.

You know what I would do?

About what?

When Charlie gets here, I'd whisk him off to Palm Springs.

That's what your father and I did whenever we hit a speed bump.

Didn't you walk in on Dad blowing the porter in Palm Springs?

And I always regretted getting so upset about it.

Charlie and I are getting a divorce, Mom. There's nothing for us in Palm Springs.

You need to wash your face before you go to sleep.

When Daddy gets here, maybe we could all go on the Jaws ride.


Or I could go once with Daddy and once with you because I wouldn't mind going twice anyway.

We'll all go together, sweetheart.

Did you know that Universal Studios is where I did my first screen test?

On the plane, I re
-read the pilot as if I were Charlie reading it and I started to think it was just


My agent says it's one to watch.

This coffee is good. Thank you.

You're welcome.

What if Charlie is on Broadway with a play I brought him, which I originated, and I'm just doing

bad TV?

Everyone is only impressed when they see someone on TV.

She's beautiful.

-Her wig looks great.
-Where's she been for the past ten years?

Doing weird theater in New York, downtown shit.

-I saw one. It rained onstage.
-Can I say something?

It was good. It was edgy.

Directed by her husband. Supposedly very controlling.

-We're lucky to have her.
-I'm surprised she said yes.

We can thank her divorce.

Can she move her hand?

It'll be hard to roto in the hair on the baby around her fingers.

Can you move your hand further down the baby?

Where? Like here?

Off the head entirely.

I have to support his head.

No, support the head, of course. Just try and do it from the shoulders.

-It's perfect.
-Yes, good.

-I can't hold a baby like this.
-She's right, that's gonna look weird.

We can totally do it. It'll just take time and money.

It's very important to have this show based on hard science.

So we can see your pretty face and not ours.

You should've seen me before the plants invaded.

I say that with respect.

I was raised by two mothers.

Can you lower the board please, Pablo?

Here? How about here?

-How about now?
-Why is there always a flirty grip?

I can do anything you want. I need her here two hours before

Can I say something?

Hold on. What, honey?

She has to know how to hold a baby.

Later on, after she kills Donny...

-She kills Donny?
-That's a secret.

...she becomes a sort of a Earth mother... to the plant community.

That's not gonna make any sense if we feel like she's a bad mother to her own kid.

-She's right.
-Does Donny know?

-Must be nice to get out of New York.
-Well, I'm from out here.

Our daughter, Mia, is at NYU, living in a shoebox.

She says it went up to 104 the other day.

-We are just so excited to have you.
-I'm excited to be here.

We're going for an early aughts aesthetic, so having your presence just nails that.

What signifies early aughts?

-Into the Girl was on TV...
-All Over the Girl.

...or streaming or something.

You are f*cking hot in that movie.

-f*ck it, I speak my mind.

-We're not allowing our son to see it.
-Because you show your tits.


This is Carter Mitchum. He's a futurist at UCLA.

He's consulting on all the environmental stuff for the show so it's accurate.

-Nice to meet you.
-Is it?


So far, none of it.

This pilot will go. So just get ready to move back to LA.

Everything you were saying back there was absolutely right.

-If she's a bad mom, we lose the audience.
-Nobody knows we're k*lling Donny, including


I thought

Let us know if you'd like to be part of our writer's room.

I bet you'd be really helpful, actually.

Or I could direct.

-No, yeah.
-Sorry, what? Maybe that sounds crazy.

No, do you have a reel?

No, because I've never done it. I watched my husband do it for years.

Almost ex

Oh, what's the opposite of fiancé?

Dennis and I'll talk to your agent about it.

At our theater I always wanted to direct, and then Charlie would say something like, "The next

one," but he was always the director, so there never was a next one.

I don't know. Maybe if we'd stayed married there would've been.

We're gonna k*ll him off. It seems unlikely...

I'm gonna give you a number.

Okay, is it a therapist? 'Cause I have a therapist.

Well, it's my mom's therapist. We share her.

She's a lawyer. She represented me when I left Dennis.

Oh. You and Dennis are divorced?

Since 2013.

You still work together.

That's nice.

Oh, no, he's a f*cking cocksucker.

Nora got me half of this project in the settlement.


Well, we talked about doing it without lawyers.

My sister had me meet a bunch of them already and I just hated them.

Call Nora.

She saved my life.

Sorry, I... look so schleppy.

I had an event at my kid's school.

Let me get this out of the way.

I think you're a wonderful actress.

Thank you.

I loved All Over the Girl, but the theater stuff too...

You saw the theater stuff?

I was in New York last year for my book, which, remind me to give you a copy, and my publisher

took me.


-Thank you.
-You're awesome.

-Well, Charlie directed it.
-I know.

He's very talented.

He is.

They're moving it to Broadway.

Well, without me, of course.

He was lucky to have you.

How are you doing?



You take some breaths.

And while you do, I'm gonna tell you about myself.

If you should choose to hire me, I will work tirelessly for you, and I'm always available by phone

or text, except when I'm with my kids.

I insist on doing drop off and pick up every day at school.

-I understand.
-I've been through this myself.

Thank you, Annie. So...

I know how it feels.

-You do?

I have a kid from my ex, and he's a narcissistic artist... and verbally abusive.

I'm now with a great boyfriend who lives in Malibu.


Well, Charlie's not terrible.

No, of course not.

But they ravish you with attention in the beginning, and then once we have babies, we become

the mom and they get sick of us.

Where do you wanna live now, doll?


I'm here now, obviously.

I don't know if the show'll get picked up, but... feels like home.

It is home.

It's the only home I've ever known without Charlie.

You wanna stay here?

Charlie's not gonna want that. He...

He hates LA.

We're interested in what you wanna do.

Sounds to me like you did your time in New York.

He can do some time here, no?

He always said we would, but he never... did.

How old is your son?

Henry's eight.

He likes LA.

I don't know if it's fair to him.

I want you to listen to me.

What you're doing is an act of hope.

Do you understand that?


You're saying, "I want something better for myself."

I do.

And this, right now, is the worst time.

It will only get better.

Wasn't it Tom Petty who said "The waiting is the hardest part"?


I don't know.

I represented his wife in their divorce.

I got her half of that song.

Oh, I don't want any money or anything.

I just worried 'cause we weren't gonna use lawyers, so...

I don't wanna be too aggressive.

I wanna stay friends.

We'll do it as gently as possible.


can you tell me a little more about what's going on?

Because part of what we're gonna do together is tell your story.

It's difficult to articulate.

It's... not as simple as not being in love anymore.

I understand.

Why don't you start at the beginning? Wherever that is for you.


I was engaged to Ben and living in LA, you know?

And I felt like yes, I wanted to make movies and marry Ben.

Oh, Jesus, I was only 19 or 20 at the time.

I never felt older in my whole life.

Anyway, if I was honest with myself, it was like a small part of me felt d*ad... or d*ad

You know, you tell yourself, "No one's perfect, no relationship's perfect."

Oh, this tea is delicious.

Isn't it? It's the Manuka honey.

Anyway, you were asking about Charlie.

So, um

So, yes. So I was... happy with Ben and aware of the deadness, and I went to New York to meet

with this director for this space movie.

But one where they take space seriously, like sex tr*ffick in space.

You know, it was political.

Or at least they wanted us to think it was. Anyway.

It just... it was really fulfilling the same need that certain f*cked up p*rn does.

But anyway, so... while I was there... the producer... invited me to see a play.

It took place in someone's apartment with all the lights on.

It was like nothing I'd ever seen before.

This strange... surreal, dystopian story, and it was so well

And one of the actors was this big shaggy bear who played all his lines looking directly at me,

which I knew couldn't be the case, but it felt like it.

And then later, of course, I learned that it was.

-These cookies are really great too.
-I'll send you home with some.

Afterwards, I was introduced to the cast, and the bear turned out to also be the director.

He talked to me and...

I talked back.

The d*ad part wasn't d*ad, it was just in a coma.

And... it was better than the sex, the talking.

Although the... the sex was also like the talking.

You know, everything's like everything in a relationship.

Don't you find that?


So we spent... the whole night and the next day together and...

I just never left.

Yes, to be honest, all the problems were there in the beginning too.

But I just went along with him and his life because it felt so damn good to feel myself alive.

In the beginning, I was the actress, the star and... that felt like something, you know, people

came to see me at first, but... the farther away I got from that and... the more acclaim the theater

company got, and I had less and less weight.

I just became...


Well, you know, the actress that was in that thing that time."

And he was the draw.

And that... would've been fine, but...

I got smaller.

I realized I...

I didn't ever come alive for myself. I was just feeding his aliveness.

And... you know... he was so smart and creative, it... it was fine.

You know, I would tell him things at home in private and they would work their way into public

conversation into his work, and... for a while, that felt like enough, I mean, I was just so... so

flattered that someone like him would find an idea I had worth trying or a comment I made

worth repeating and... and then I got pregnant.

And I thought that having a baby could be ours, could really be ours, but also really mine.

And, you know, he was so excited.

So it was nice.

For a while.

I mean, kids, they... they belong to themselves, it's like... the instant they leave your body, it's

just... the process of them going away...

And I didn't belong to myself.

And it was small stuff, stupid stuff, and big stuff.

All the furniture in our house, that was his taste.

I didn't even know what my taste was anymore because I'd never been asked to use it.

I didn't even pick our apartment. I just moved into his.

And I made noises about wanting to move back to LA, but they came to nothing.

And we'd come here on holidays because he liked my family.

But if I suggested we do a year or something, he'd just put me off.

It would be... strange if he turned to me and said, "And what do you wanna do today?"

You know, I just watched that documentary on George Harrison, and I thought, "Own it.

Just own it. Be like George Harrison's wife.

Being a wife and a mother, that's enough."

Yeah, then I realized I couldn't remember her name, so...

This pilot came along.

It sh*t in LA and it paid so much, and it was like there was this little lifeline thrown to me.

Here's this bit of earth that's yours, and...

I was embarrassed about it in front of him, but it was also like... yeah, this is who I am and this is

what I'm worth.

And maybe it's stupid, but at least it's mine.

And if he had just taken me into a big hug and said, "Baby, I'm so excited for your adventure.

Of course I want you to have a piece of earth that's yours," then... well, then, we might not be

getting divorced.

But... he made fun of it and... was jealous like he is, and... then he realized about the money.

And he told me I could funnel it back into the theater company.

And that's when I realized... he... truly didn't see me.

He didn't see me as something separate from himself.

And I asked him to say my phone number.

He didn't know it.

So I left.

Also, I think he slept with the stage manager, Mary Ann.

That f*cking assh*le.

-five... just 70, those two zeroes,
-five point zero zero...
-"If railroad is unowned...

-that's zero cents. may buy it from the bank."

"Advance to Illios...

-...Illinois Avenue."

"Advance," what does that mean?

It means you've gotta go to Illinois Avenue.

So where is Illinois Avenue?

That one.

So, Cassie, when Charlie gets here, you're gonna hand him the envelope.

Why do I have to do it?

Because Nicole is very good at getting people to do things for her.

-That's not what this is.
-I wiped her butt till she was nine.

-She's very seductive that way.

Mom, legally, I can't be the one who serves him.

But still, what I'm saying is true.

Do I have to actually hand him the envelope?

Yes, but I'm gonna tell him in advance that they're divorce papers.

Nora says it doesn't have to be so formal. Where is Henry?

He's playing in the living room with Sam, Jules, and Molly.

Let's get them upstairs.

-Charlie's gonna be here soon.
-Sam, go upstairs.

So I'll tell Charlie what's happening, and, Cassie, you then hand him the envelope.


I just get nervous.

Well, can you un

-What do you mean? Like take it back?

-I think so.
-You should check.

In case we change our minds...

I'm not gonna change my mind.

-...or we feel too bad for him.
-Maybe in case I do something wrong.

Now you're both just making me feel bad, okay?

I'm sorry, I'm nervous!

Well, we all are.

And we love Charlie.

You have to stop loving him, Mom.

You can't be friends with him anymore.

Charlie and I have our own relationship, independent of your marriage.

Just like I'm still friends with Cassie's ex, Jeff.

Are you still seeing Jeff?

An occasional lunch.

I can't believe you!

And he still wants his camera back, by the way.

Listen, nothing can be independent of our marriage right now.

I can't believe I even have to explain this to you. Just be on my side, okay?

-And stop seeing Jeff!

Cassie, you're the server.

Just let me practice a few times.

I was never a good auditioner.

-That's because you wanted it too bad.
-It's not an audition.

I'll play Charlie.

It's just my palms are so perspired.

Sweetie, you're blotting the envelope.

Maybe Nicole should play you.

Did you really just say that?

We don't need to practice. This is not a performance.

Did we finish the other wine already?

-Oh, yeah.


Okay, let me get him. You both go in the other room.

Cassie, you make sure that Henry goes upstairs with Molly and Jules.

Happening now.

-I'm getting my wine.


Henry's pooping in the bathroom downstairs.

Can we transfer him to the one upstairs?

-I think it's mid
-Just grab him when he comes out.


I'm putting the envelope over here by the toaster.

Copy you.


Where's Henry?

He's pooping.

Hi, Henry!

Does this couch still open?


I got off the plane to a text, but don't tell anyone yet. It's still a secret.


I won a MacArthur grant.

Charlie! Oh, my God, that's great!


I'll say it 'cause you can't, it's the Genius Grant. You're a genius.

Oh, I'm really happy for you. You deserve it.

It's yours too. We did all of this together.

Thank you, but it's yours, Charlie, you enjoy it.

I'm starving.

It's good money and they parse it out over five years.

It means I can keep everyone in the theater company employed,
-pay my credit card debt.


Of course I went instantly to, "It's all downhill from here.

Now my first Broadway play has to fail."


We just started rehearsals again, I don't know.

You always don't know at this point and then it gets there.

Do I? 'Cause I don't remember.

I know, it's true, it'll be great.

Okay, I hope you're right.

-Everyone says hi.

Tell them hi. I miss everyone.

You'll see them again when you come back.

Gosh, a MacArthur, Broadway... it's so exciting.

Congratulations, Charlie.

Which bathroom?

-Is he pooping?

Oh, downstairs.

Is your mom home?

Yeah, she's upstairs.

-Hey, how's it going?
-Nothing yet.

-It's me.
-I know.

-I just got here.

-I brought you something.

Mom's getting me a present too.

-For pooping.


-I love you.
-I love you.

I don't think we should reward him for pooping anymore.

I know, but he holds it in and it's going on a week.

-It's its own reward. G

Stop it! Oh, God, I'm huge!

-You're as light as a feather.

Why didn't you respond to my last email?

Well, your emails are so articulate. I get intimidated.

-Mom, can you
-Now I'll lift you!






I'm gonna write ya back now.


Hey, Charlie.

I like your haircut.

Oh, thanks.

-I'll go.

Henry's calling you, Nicole!

I hear him.

What's going on, Henry?

Can you ask Mom to come?

He wants you.

What kind of pie is that?



-Did you make it?
-I don't know.

No, it's store
-bought. you know Joan's on Third?

Oh, yeah, it's good, right?


The store, yeah.

Jules and Molly love it.

-Are you okay?

I'm just hot!

I'll pour you some water.

Nicole says you're doing a play?

I think you'd like it.

It's a great unproduced play by this really interesting British writer.

-So you do an English accent?

-It's more northern England.

What does that sound like?

You want a cup of tea, do ya?

Right. Good.

Oh, thank you, missus.

What is...

-What's this?
-Oh, it's a manila envelope, love.

Ooh, can I start over?

Has my name on it.


Jesus. Sorry.

You're served.

-What did you do?
-Nothing. I don't know.

I can't lie.

You're being served.

You guys are getting a di
- I don't know, I'm sorry.

I was gonna warn you so it didn't become a thing. I'm sorry.

Feel like I'm in a dream.

We don't have a marriage anymore.

I know you don't want the disruption, but you don't wanna be married.

Not really.

But I don't want this.

What did you expect was gonna happen?

I don't know, I guess I didn't think it through, but I thought we agreed we weren't going to use


I want...

I don't know, I'm trying to say this as undramatically as possible.

I want... an entirely different kind of life.

Let's wait until you finish this pilot and come back to New York.

Let’s figure it out there, at home, together.

-Nora's known for being very fair.
-We don't need to do it with envelopes.

-This is Nora?

She's great. I feel like we could be friends with her.

Why do I feel like that won't happen?

It's just a formality.

-You don't respond right away.

Why did Cassie have a pie?

The pie was hers. The pie wasn't part of it.

Are you sure?

What would the pie have to do with anything?

I don't know. It somehow makes it worse.

I'm sorry, but the pie was just a pie.

So what...

what do I do?

You get a lawyer too.

"'Well, I guess I better be going.'

Stuart rose from the ditch, climbed into his car... and started up the road that led toward the


The sun was just coming up over the hills on his right.

As he peered ahead into the great land that stretched before him, the way seemed long... but

the sky was bright.

And he somehow felt he was headed in the right direction."

I forgot it ended that way.

Yeah, wow, Stuart really overreacted, didn't you think?

He was upset about his boat.

Dad, you go away.

Mom, you stay.

-Hey, Daddy just got here.
-It's okay.

Love you.

You can come back and wake me up and read to me later, Daddy, okay?


-Will you come sleep in my bed later?


Hang in there, Charlie

Thanks, G

He's in a mommy phase right now.

It's okay.

I'm sorry. I drank too much wine.

-I can imagine.
-Didn't eat dinner.

Stressful time.

I hope Henry didn't notice.

I'm sure he didn't.

Now that I'm a parent, I realize my parents were probably drunk all the time with me.


I'm sorry again.


Where are you staying?

Oh, well, I... hadn't

I guess I'll...

There's a new hotel on Highland that's... supposedly not too expensive and pretty nice.

Oh, okay, I'll check it out.

Again, that's great about the MacArthur.





She's being represented by Nora.

She's supposedly very fair?

All right, here's the fact, Jack.

I charge $950 an hour.

Ted is $400.

If you have a stupid question, you call Ted.

To start, we'll need a $25,000 retainer.

-That's more than I can
-And all your financials.

We need to do a forensic accounting.

Which runs anywhere from ten to $20,000.

But if we can all agree right away, it shouldn't get too bad,
-You were married here in LA?

Yes, because her mom and sister are out here

-and I'm not close with my family.
-Your son was born out here?

Yes, because, again, her mom and sister are out here and I'm not

So you got married here, your kid was born here... and she served you here?

Yeah, but we lived in New York.


-There a problem?
-We'll have to reshape the narrative.

If you're serious about having your child in New York, this is what I suggest.

You take your kid
- Did you say his name was Fred?


Why did I say Fred?

Well, I have a kid named Fred.

You take Henry to New York with you right now.

Then we file an action in New York.

We make this a New York case.

We need to make an argument you're a New York
-based family.

Well, we are.

Otherwise, you'll probably never see your kid outside of LA again.

Really? No.

It's very hard to convince the courts to move a kid.

As soon as you let your wife and child leave New York, you made life very difficult for yourself.

Yes, but as I said, we're a New York family, that's just a fact.

She's here temporarily.

Then why do you think she served you out here?

I don't... know, but Henry wants to go back to New York.

No, don't quote your kid.

He's just telling you what you wanna hear.

And trust me, he's telling her the opposite.

Let me have the Barbara file!


"Exit Goat"?

Exit Ghost. It's the name of my theater company.

You're a director?

Theater director, yeah.

Anything I've seen?

I don't know. What have you seen?

Our production of Electra is moving to Broadway... which is exciting.

We have to make sure that money is protected.

I mean, it's theater, so it's not a lot of money.

I basically put whatever money I make back in the theater.

I wonder.

Do we ask for support?

-From Nicole?

I'm not going to do that.

Does your wife's family have money?

Her mother has some from her TV career.

And her father died.

Well, we could say that we don't want her mother to see the kid, draw her into the case.

In that instance, her mother could pay your legal fees.


I'm very close to her mom.

-Nicole's family has been my family
-Yeah, but that's gonna change.

And I suggest you get used to it.

We need to hire a private investigator.

Really? I mean...

-Does your wife do drugs or anything?


Not in any real way.

Well, we're not gonna win if she's the perfect mother.

She was addicted to Tums for a while.

Hey, it wasn't nothing. She was up to a tube a day.

Have you noticed anyone following you?


Well, keep an eye out.

Look, you need to be prepared for the fact that Nora is gonna portray you as a neglectful,

absent father.

But I'm not.

You live in New York.

You're consumed with your work.

She and your kid are out here, struggling.

Nora's gonna use that strategy.

I'm sure of it.

But Nicole's not going to lie.

Listen, if we start from a place of reasonable, and they start from a place of crazy, when we

settle, we'll be somewhere between reasonable and crazy.

Which is still crazy.

Half of crazy is crazy.

You know what people say, "Criminal lawyers see bad people at their best, divorce lawyers see

good people at their worst."

Before this is all over, you're gonna hate me and Ted just because of what we represent in your


I'm sure you're right.

So tell me the story again.

-You came out here to see your kid.
-Maybe I'm not explaining this

-She serves you.
-We're friendly, we're fine

-What a bitch.
-We're figuring this out.

She's not a bitch.

Thanks, but this isn't
- We're doing it a different way.

And I can't even close to afford this.

I gotta get back to New York. I have a Broadway play and rehearsals.

I was the hot shit at that time.

Young, very sexy, with a great head of hair.

I so appreciate that Charlie gave me this opportunity.

Or maybe I should thank Nicole.

I heard Nicole's pilot went to series, so she's moving to LA.

And they put Henry in school out there.

Is Charlie moving too?

Not Charlie.

He won't abandon us.

And you can't do theater in LA.

Charlie said she and Henry are coming back to New York when she finishes filming her show.

I wouldn't be so sure.

Nicole was never gonna stay in New York, that was obvious.

She was probably planning this move all along.

When she sees an opportunity, believe me, she takes it.

Well, LA is nice. The space.

-time Oscar winner, sucking my...

-Okay, how is everyone today?

Nobody get too close. I think I caught Donna's cold.

-Sorry, Charlie.
-I'm expecting a Skype call from Henry, so I might have to step out.

So, Charlie, what you're going through now is going to be horrible, but it will be over.

Thanks, Frank.

-Another thing.

f*ck as many people as you can right now.

Women, men.

-Take what I said seriously.
-You might need help wrapping the gauze.

It needs to stay tight.

Okay, I'm confused.

What scene is the Invisible Man outfit for?

No, that's my Halloween costume, and the Frankenstein is for Henry.

Oh, it's Frankenstein.

He's coming here this weekend. We're gonna trick or treat in the Slope.

I made it more James Whale than Kenneth Branagh.


Can I talk to you?

Yeah, over...

I've typed up the blocking from the last two rehearsals, and here are the director notes from that

Danish production from the '70s.

Where'd you find it?

The library, duh.

Can I come over tonight?

Mary Ann, it's too hard now.

I just can't be with anyone right now.

But we did it when you were married and we shouldn't have done it.

And now that you're not married, shouldn't we be doing it?

I'm not not married yet.

You're torturing yourself.

Just make sure everything doesn't go to hell.

-I'm relying on you, okay?


I wish you'd accept generosity better.

Hold on. Let me...

-Is this Charlie Barber?


Hi, this is Nora Fanshaw.

I represent your wife, Nicole Barber.


Do you have an attorney yet?


Okay, then it's okay for me to talk to you directly, okay?


I'm calling because we haven't received your response to our filing.

Yeah, I've been rehearsing this play and flying back and forth to LA.

You're going to need to file your response.

Nicole said there was no rush.

It's been more than 30 days since you were served.

By law, you're meant to respond within

I didn't like the first lawyer I met.

It says that very clearly on the document you were given.

Did you read it?

Yeah, but I thought that's just what it says.

We weren't even gonna do it with lawyers.

Charlie, I think I shouldn't tuck in my shirt.

-Nicole said I could take my time. And we've let you take your time.

-It comes out during the love scene.
-Could you hold?

What love scene?

When I hug Beth.

You don't hug Beth.

I think it's something we should explore.

Can't you just tuck it in tighter or get Donna to safety pin it?

I also have a kind of a thing

-about tucking things in.

If you don't file your response, we'll file a request for default judgment against you.

...insecurities about my figure.

-Yes, sorry.

Default judgment, what does that mean? Don't hug Beth.

We'll be able to lay claim to whatever we want.

What do you mean, whatever you want of what?

Your apartment, your things, everything you own.


She and I already discussed this. We don't own that much stuff.

She can have whatever she wants.

And it means we'll set the number of child support at its highest level and claim full custody of

your child.

Full custody?

I mean, that's not even

This is what the law says.

Nicole's not going to do that. I mean, she won't.

Charlie, I represent Nicole, and she's aware of everything I'm saying to you.

I just spoke to her this morning.

Well, I spoke to her five minutes before I got on the call.

Okay, so what do I do?

You need to get a lawyer and respond immediately.

Nicole wants to do this amicably, but you're leaving us no other option.

I'll get a lawyer. Can I get a lawyer here?

-I don't know where "here" is. New York.

Ah! That's what all that honking is?

No, you'll have to come to LA and meet people in LA.

I'm rehearsing a

If you don't respond in Los Angeles by Friday, you'll leave us no choice.

What? Which line?

I have to take this. Can you hold on a second, Charlie?

Me and Mommy are in the middle of a super secret treasure hunt.

I thought the plane landed at 9:00.

What are you wearing?

Sock pants.

It did. What are sock pants?

He doesn't like to feel the breeze on his legs.

He dressed himself.

There are long pants. Can I talk to you?

-It's almost noon.
-There was traffic. We gotta get going.

-Why don't we ever do a treasure hunt?
-Henry, can you wait a minute?

No talking alone.

Just one bit of talking alone, then I'll be right there.

I got a call from your lawyer.

She said you'd take everything and... custody and everything if I didn't respond.

It's better if we let the lawyers do this.

But she's saying things I don't think you mean.

Henry, we need to get going.

I don't wanna go now.

-Have you gotten a lawyer yet?
-That's what I'm here to do.

Come on, Henry. I'm in a rush.

I've three more clues.

Why'd you start a treasure hunt or whatever so close to my arrival?

You were late. We were k*lling time.

Honey, come. We're gonna finish the treasure hunt later.

-I'm gonna be rich.

You're gonna go with your daddy, it's gonna be fun.

And I've got a present for you when you get back as a reward.

He's not going to the dentist.

-I'm trying to help.
-I'm staying here.

Come on.


Got the booster?

I have a booster.

Oh, wait, no, it's not in.

What's not in?

The seat's not connected.

I asked the rental company to install it.

I think they can't for liability reasons.

-Do you know how these things
-Let me just
- Here, if you...

-There should be a clip to clip onto.
-You have to.dig...


-Why f*ck?
-Something sharp.

Can't I stay with Mom?

-Why not?

It's my time with you. I just flew 3,000 miles.

I don't want to.

Henry, get in the f*ck' car!

I'm sorry, but, Jesus, get in the f*ck' car.

How do you spell Lego Bionicles?

That's two words. What does Lego start with?

Just tell me.

-Don't you wanna learn it?

-It's on the box, anyway.

Then what?

E. You know, everyone at the theater says hi.

Hi. Then what?

A "G" sound.

-Are you excited for Halloween?


-Then what?
-And an "O" sound.

-Are you excited for Halloween?


Brought both our costumes.

I'm going as a store
-bought ninja.

But we agreed. I had Donna make you a Frankenstein.

-I don't wanna be a Frankenstein anymore.
-Are you sure?

Maybe just look at it.

It's awesome. We'll be Frankenstein and the Invisible Man.

Mom bought me a ninja costume which is better because it costs more.

Technically, the Frankenstein cost more when you factor in Donna's time and the materials.

The cousins are also gonna be ninjas.

But Henry, we went through all this trouble.


Whatever you want.

Please take the ticket.

-Dad, you're too far.
-I know.

Please take the ticket.

So I'm not comfortable leaving the bags in the car where I've given the key to someone I don't

really know.

I've been here.

It's an office building, so you've been to places like this before.

I remember those fish.

A lot of fish look the same.

Can I help you?

I'm Charlie Barber. I have a 1:30 with Dan Cohen.

Oh, hi. Where's your little man?

I don't have it this time. I keep my skeletons at my mom's.


Oh, okay.

I'm sorry. We tried to reach you.

Mr. Cohen wanted me to apologize.

He can't see you because apparently your wife already met with him on the 7th of August about


But she hired somebody else.


But unfortunately, because she consulted with Mr. Cohen already, he's legally barred from

representing you.


-Should we feed the fish?

-It happens all the time.

If you have a ticket, I can validate your parking.


It's common that people meet with as many lawyers as possible so that their spouse has limited


Oh, I don't think she would've done it deliberately.

You'd be surprised.

Can all of them, like, breathe out of the water?

Do you go to a lot of offices with your mom?

Not so many.

Like 11.

I don't think anyone would have stealed the bags, Daddy.

I need somebody today.

If I don't respond by tomorrow, she said I could lose custody.

I didn't know who else to call. There's gotta be someone she didn't meet.

I have a name for you.

Bert Spitz.

He was the entertainment lawyer at Roberto's agency.


But then he kind of got pushed into retirement a few years ago, and he went into family law.

-I called him.
-Thank you, G

-And he can see you today at three.
-Aw, shit.

We never had this conversation, Charlie

-You got it. I love you.

-I need a new burger.

Because you made us carry your bags into the restaurant, I dropped it.

That's fine. I'll give you mine. Get in the car.

Why did you bring me today if you couldn't hang out with me?

Because I've been away and wanna see you.

Jamie Tuber has a little sister named Lily Tuber.

-And Lily Tuber is really bossy.

Getting divorced with a kid can be one of the hardest things you'll ever do.

It's like a death without a body.

I know personally. I've been there four different times.

You've been divorced four times?

Married four times.

Three divorces.

This last one will stick, God willing.

That's why I graduated into family law, to help people survive this painful time.

Here's how I see it.

If we get bogged down in "who did this" and "who did that," and "I don't want to pay the two

dollars," it'll just cost you more in money and time and... emotional stress, and you'll probably

end up with the same result anyway.


I mean, I agree with that philosophy. She does too, I'm sure.

And I always go with the truth, no matter where that takes us.

Most people in my business make up the truth so they can get where they need to go.

You're just transactions to them.

I like to think of you as people.

Oh, okay, good.

And not just you, her too.


You know, this can be a really ugly process.

But I also believe it doesn't have to be terrible.

I'm glad to hear you say that.

I'd love to keep expenses down as much as possible.

Of course you do.

I charge 450 an hour and I need a $10,000 retainer to start.

I'll see if I can get an advance on the Broadway transfer.

And keep in mind you'll have to pay for her lawyer.

Oh. I didn't

-Well, at least part of her.

It doesn't make sense, does it?

I mean, you're doing this because you love your kid.

And in doing so, you're draining money from your kid's education.

-It seems ridiculous.
-Oh, it is.

It is, boy.

We'll have to respond right away.

Your son goes to school out here?

Yeah, temporarily, we agreed.

Her pilot went to series and I wanted to accommodate her.

She's often felt we do things on my terms.

Be a better husband in divorce, huh?

I guess something like that, but we live in New York.

Well, with your kid going to school out here, the court may see it differently.

Will we go to court?

No, we don't wanna go to court.

Courts in California are a disaster. That's just how we have to think about it.

I'm not sure these are my glasses.

Where are you living while you're here?

In a hotel right now.

No, a hotel doesn't look good.

-To who?
-The court.

-You said we weren't going to go to court.
-No, of course.

We have to prepare to go to court, hoping we don't go to court.


You should get a place in LA.

And get a place near her. It looks better for custody reasons.

She's in West Hollywood. That'll be expensive.

I guess I could rent our New York apartment.

Don't rent it.

You have to continue to prove New York residence.

And, of course, you have a place in LA.

It's hard to show you all live in New York, isn't it?

So... what do I do?

I recommend you spend as much time as you can with your son.

Many people fight for that time, then they don't even use it.

They just wanna win.

This shouldn't be that complicated, right?

I mean, we're a New York family.

I think it's all pretty straightforward. Right?

I hope so, yes.

I see no reason... you both love your child, you respect each other, why this shouldn’t be

relatively pain

-I think you have my glasses.

That makes sense.

What have you been doing?

Reading this magazine.

You were reading California Lawyer?


Okay, I'm almost done.

I wouldn't expect too much from that cat.

What kind of pet do you want?

I don't know...

I want you to know that eventually this will all be over, and whatever we win or lose... it'll be the

two of you having to figure this out together.

Thank you.

Your the first person in this process who's spoken to me like a human.

You remind me of myself on my second marriage.

Come! Oh!

You have fun with Daddy?

We drove around to offices.

Oh. Do you wanna see your ninja costume?

It's on G
-ma's bed.


You know, I had Donna build him this whole Frankenstein thing with plugs and

Yeah, well, the cousins are ninjas, so he wanted to do that

He and I had decided together.

Oh, well, I can't make him be Frankenstein.

I'm not asking you to, but maybe you can help me out a little.

I'll leave the Frankenstein here, maybe you can nudge him in that direction.

I'll try.

What's the...

Did you dye your hair again? Is that for your show?

No, this is me. It was this way when I saw you before.

I know, but I didn't say anything then.

You don't like it?

No, I guess it's fine. Is it shorter? I prefer longer but...

Sorry, it's just absurd.

Is everything okay?

Yeah. Why?

You seem, I don't know, like something is

Everything's fine.

Okay, I'm gonna check in at the hotel, but I should be able to get to you guys by 5:00, 5:30

We're going to Cassie's in Pasadena, and trick
-treating with the cousins.

-Cassie lives in Pasadena now?

-She and Sam moved there a couple months
-I don't really know Pasadena.

-I'll figure it out. What's the address?
-My mom is looking forward to it.

-I'll text Sam.
-Cassie and Sam are mad.

-Mad at who?

-Cassie and Sam?
-You can understand that.

So I think we should probably do separate Halloweens.

But if you're okay with it, then shouldn't they be okay with it?

-Let's do it this way this time.
-Do you not want me there?

I'm fine with it.

-It'll be nice for him.

He'll have two Halloweens.

What am I gonna do with him for second Halloween? Walk around Sunset Boulevard?

Maybe the hotel has something.

Or you can drive to a different neighborhood.

Sun sets forever.

There shall never be another dawn.



I require the solace of the shadows and the dark...

Okay, ready for Halloween?

-Wow, elaborate.

Don't forget to wear your jacket. It's getting colder.

-This is a nice house.
-Ready to go back out?

-He has to pee.
-No, I don't.

He does.

Some of his men are in here and also Bear

You can keep that Bear
-Bear. I got another one.

Does he know that there are two Bear

-It was his idea.
-David Bowie, right? Station to Station?

Let's Dance.

Henry, have a great Halloween with Daddy, okay?

Have fun.

Go pee and then we're going back out.

I'm too tired.

Go pee and then we're gonna go drive to Halloween.

This block looks promising.

I wish Halloween was over.

Well, it isn't.

If we were in New York, we could be walking.

But I like how we're sitting right now.

I like to sit.

That's true, Los Angeles does have sitting going for it.

I think that's why I like Los Angeles better.

Because you get to sit?

And because I like my friends here better.

That's not true.

What about Horatio and Poppy?

Horatio doesn't like me anymore.

And I don't like Poppy.

Here I have Axel.

Axel's hilarious. I think you'd like him, Dad.

And my family's here.

Besides you.

Everyone's asleep.

I need to pee!

Who gave you a lighter?

Lift the seat.

Gonna have to go back to New York on Monday.

Did you flush?

Wash your hands.

Will you play with me?

I'm tired, honey.

Did you hear me? I have to go back to New York.

Ah, watch out! I'm falling!

You didn't catch me.


Why aren't you here more?

I have to work.

You know my play is opening on Broadway.

Is it because you don't wanna be around Mom?


You know, like we talked about, we both decided not to be together no matter where we are,

but we both wanna be with you.

But you're not near me if you're in New York.

Well, we also live in New York.

Yeah, but I go to school here.

Just for right now.

Like that time we were in Copenhagen for my play.

Remember all those kids in buckets?

I like my school here, and Mom says we could stay here if we want.

What do you mean?

She said that?


-Hello? Are you moving out here?

-Did you find a lawyer?

Henry says you're moving here.

Have your lawyer call Nora.

I wanna talk about it as us.

Who the f*ck is us?

Let's just get in a room, you and me.

That's what we always said we'd do.

-My lawyers wouldn't let me sign anything.
-It's not up to them. It's our divorce.

They say I could later sue them for malpractice.

What am I walking into?

What are you walking into?

Yes, what the f*ck is going on?

I read your f*cking emails, Charlie! I read them all.

-I don't know, recently.

-You're a f*cking liar.

-You f*cked Mary Ann! It was after I was sleeping on the couch.

It was bullshit about working on us.

You know what? I have been working.

I've been doing the work alone.

How did you read my emails?

I hacked into your account, you dumb f*ck!

I think that's illegal!

Don't give me this shit about being surprised about LA.

Surprise! I have my own opinions.

How do you even know how to do something like that?

I want things that aren't what you want, because, surprise, you were f*cking another lady.

It was one time! I think you're conflating two different things.

Mary Ann has nothing to do with LA.

I am conflating, f*ck!

You watch me conflate!

Did you just stamp your foot?

I don't think I've ever done that before. I'm just so angry.

You look like you needed one.

Yes, I do, thanks.

You know, the Japanese are making really interesting tequila right now.

That's exciting, I guess.

What are you so angry about?

f*cking ex

I spent all this time feeling guilty, and he's so self

It's pointless.

It's a game I'm playing with myself.

Oh, hey, Pablo. We met at

-Oh, you held the bounce board.
-The flirty grip.

-Here's what I want you to only do, okay?

I want you to finger me.

-Just finger me.

-That's all we'll do, just fingering.


I'm changing my whole f*cking life.

Nicole and Charlie's son, Henry, was born here in Los Angeles.

He currently attends Laurel Elementary in Laurel Canyon, and Nicole works in Hollywood while

also maintaining a full schedule as a mother with classes of swim, art, gym, and music, as well as

play groups.

Nicole is Henry's primary custodial parent, and to the extent that Charlie would like to exercise

his custodial time, he should be making efforts to visit Henry here in California.

Nora, you seem to be ignoring the fact that they lived in New York for ten years.

My client worked in New York for several years, that's true.

But Nicole was born and bred right here in LA.

She and Charlie would come here most holidays and summers to spend time with her family,

who all live in LA.

She and Charlie were married in LA.

Would you like to see the photos?

No, I don't need to see the photos.

Although I'm sure they both look beautiful.

It's my client's expectation that after this TV show is completed, the parties will move back to

New York where they currently keep an apartment.

And it's my understanding that Charlie promised Nicole that they would spend more time in Los

Angeles during the marriage.

But because of his insistence that his work keep them in New York, Nicole ended up staying

there much longer than she ever anticipated.

In fact, a few years ago, Charlie was offered a residency at the Geffen Playhouse that would have

taken his work and his family to Los Angeles for a year.

And he... turned it down.

Even though that was Nicole's desire.

He wanted to maintain consistency for his family and his child.

Was this the same consistency he wanted to maintain when they went to Copenhagen for six

months so he could direct a play?

Now, while I understand that Charlie lives in New York... and when it's convenient to his work

schedule, he flies out to see his son...

He flies out here every chance he gets at great expense.

I don't see any reason you can't be out here full

He makes his living in New York.

-Sorry, do we want to contemplate lunch?
-Good idea.

I'll order now so it'll comes when we're hungry.


Everyone good with Manny's?

I'd love Manny's.

Have you had Manny's?

You'll love it.

Just really yummy sandwiches and salads.

I'll have the BLT.



I'll have the BLT.

-You'll have the kale?
-Kale salad.

I don't know, sorry.

Charlie will have... the Greek salad, but with lemon and olive oil instead of the Greek dressing.


-I'll have the Chinese chicken salad.
-Okay, sure.

-Thank you.

Congratulations, Charlie, on your grant. Nicole told me.

Oh, thank you.

He's a genius.

Well, I told Nicole, I loved your play.

-Oh, thanks.

You are one smart cookie.

Oh, thanks.

I would just love to... crawl inside that brain.

There was that one moment when you smell the toast. Smell!

It was literally my favorite thing that I saw that year.

-Truly genius.

Thank you.

I was sorry to hear it closed on Broadway.

They couldn't smell the toast.

It was so emotional.

It's very competitive, I imagine.

Now, when Charlie is in Los Angeles, Nicole, of course, agrees that it will be best for Henry that

he see each parent equally.

It's very nice out here, Charlie. You should give it a chance.

Yeah, and the space... can't b*at it.

I love it too.

But all of our personal feelings about the two cities aside, we don't share your assertion that the

couple is an LA
-based family.

It was very clearly their deal that they would go back to New York after Nicole finished her show.

I'm not aware of any deal.

I didn't get it in writing.

Charlie, is this like the deal that you made that you Nicole would spend more time in LA during

your marriage?

We didn't have a deal. It was something we discussed.


So it's a deal when it's something you want and a discussion when Nicole wants it?


Nora, do you have a spare office where Charlie and I can sidebar?


-Can you...
-I can show you.

Come on.

-Nora is a very good lawyer.

-Tough, right?

And you're in a bind because you've shown you're willing to fly out here and rent an apartment

to see your son.

-You told me to do that.
-I know that.

And I'm doing that because I want to see my kid, not to set a precedent.

Yes, but unfortunately, you are setting a precedent.

And a judge might look at it that way.

What's the alternative? I stay in New York and never come out here?

No, because then it would look to the court like you don't care about seeing your son.

Court or no court?

Stop saying "court" and then "never court."

Well, the way this is going, we may have to go to court.

Are you aware of how maddening you sound?

I am.

And I know it seems unfair.

But imagine if you were... a poor mother whose husband abandons her and then refuses to pay


That's what the system is trying to protect people from.

Listen... if I were representing you

You are representing me.

Right, no, of course. No.

I don't see a judge moving this child from California.

I think we try and settle today.

"Settle" meaning... what?

-She gets LA.
-No, Bert, just


I mean, we have to win this.

Remember, the win is what's best for Henry.

And if you guys go to court, he's gonna get pulled into it.

But if he stays here and I stay in New York, that's just... then I won't...

I'll never get to really be his parent again.

It'll be different.

It won't exist.

So maybe you move here.

You heard what Amir said about the space?

f*ck the space, Bert! f*ck the space!

I'll do whatever you want me to do, but this is my advice.

I've seen these things go on and on, and the burden of these battles is immeasurable.

I had a client get colon cancer and die before he and his wife came to agreement.

What about filing in New York?

It's too late.

And even if you did, I don't think it would matter.

They're being reasonable financially, you know?

You're lucky they didn't ask for half your grant money.

She wouldn't do that. She knows I put all that money back in my theater.

If this continues, she might.

The actors and crew all rely on that money.

A court would never agree with this, right?

Whether they do or not, it'll cost you half your grant money to go to court and prove it.

I feel like a criminal.

But you didn't commit any crime.

It doesn't feel that way.

If we give on LA right now, and then try to make the best deal possible, I think we can get her to

give on other fronts.

There are no other fronts!

This is the thing!

He needs to know that I fought for him!

He'll know.

I should never have let her come out here with Henry.

If it wasn't LA or New York, it'd be something else.

You'd be fighting about a house or a school district or...

You know what this is like?

This is like that joke about the woman at the hairdresser, she's going to Rome.

-You know this?
-I don't.

This woman is at her hairdresser and she says, "I'm going to Rome on holiday."

And he says, "Oh, really? What airline are you taking?"

She says, "Alitalia."

He says, "Alitalia? Are you crazy?

That's the worst
- That's terrible. Don't take that."

He says, "Where are you gonna stay?"

She says, "I'm gonna stay at the Hassler."

"The Hassler? What, are you kidding?

They're renovating the Hassler. You'll hear hammering all night long.

You won't sleep. What are you gonna see?"

She says, "I think I'm gonna try to go to the Vatican."

"The Vatican? You'll be standing in line all day long.

You'll never see anything

I'm sorry, Bert, am I paying for this joke?

Whatever happens here, it's temporary.

He's growing up. He's gonna have opinions on the subject.

Time is on your side, Charlie.

Maybe he'll do college on the East Coast.

I have most of my coins, like my quarters and dimes at Daddy's, but I'm keeping my dollars and

my one twenty at yours, okay?

So that is one twenty plus 50, what is that? g*dd*mn it.

What's "g*dd*mn it"?

Did you guys lose power where you are?


Did we lose power?


There's rolling blackouts in the hills and now...

Oh, damn it. Now the gate won't close.

Her gate won't close.


-Can we go see my room?
-Yeah, of course.

-Tried all the
-I tried everything.

Sorry I made you come out.

It's fine.

-I just
-You don't want your gate open.


Should be a panel or something on the side

Maybe this is something here.

-It's a cute house.
-Oh, yeah.

I mean, from what I can see.


Getting shaggy.

Yeah, I have to find a hair cutter.

You want me to cut it?


Close your eyes.

He's out.

Maybe he should stay here tonight.

It's my night.

Hey, come on. We're going. Come on. Let's take a walk. Right?

Yeah, we're gonna take a walk. Let
- We're taking a walk.

We're mostly finished.

Bert and I hammered out 90 percent of the details, and there’s a couple minor things hanging,

but it should be easy.

And then the judge makes your divorce official.

Oh. That's good.

-f*ck me.

Who's that?

-Charlie, you shouldn't have done this.
-What do you mean? Where's Bert?

This means that everything we've agreed upon now is off the table.

We've got LA, right?

Not with Jay Marotta representing him.

This is a street fight now.

And I'm gonna have to ask for things that we wouldn't normally ask for.

This system rewards bad behavior.



I saw Miriam at Madeo the other night.

-Looking very handsome.

You know, you should come to our Stand Up To Cancer event.

-John Legend's gonna play.
-Oh, I love him.

Okay. It's gonna be at the Beverly Hilton, I think.


-She said you're spending time in Malibu.
-Oh, really?

Me too. Haven't seen her since that building was ICM.

A little history.

Ten years ago, Charlie takes a risk when he first hires Nicole as an actress in his play in New York


He's a well
-regarded up
-coming director of the avant

And she's known as the girl in that college sex movie who takes her top off.

-My client will not be slut
-Ten years on...

-...for an artistic choice.
-...and many prestigious theater roles later...

She becomes an actress of great credibility.

And it's because of that credibility, that she's offered the lead role in a major television show.

This new opportunity is thanks to Charlie.

Your Honor, we shouldn't have to pay support money at this point.

In fact, Charlie is entitled to half her TV money, present and future earnings of the show.

Charlie's just received the enormous sum of $650,000 in the form of a MacArthur grant.

-Of which he gets...
-This is for the theater work... $125,000 installments...
-...he conducted during the marriage. over five years.

-So by Jay's same logic...
-He uses the money...

-...that Nicole contributed to. employ actors and crew members...

-One at a time, please.
-...and to pay debts that he's accumulated with his theater company that

stars his wife.

-Bless you.
-Not only did she turn down a lucrative and successful career in movies to perform in

his little theater, but she actually supplied Charlie with a loan early on to help out.

-Which he paid back.
-She lent her name to the marquee, which was the principle reason people

came to the theater.

That may have been true ten years ago.

And in turn, she helped establish Charlie's reputation.

Now, over the next ten years, she was subsequently offered parts in movies, TV shows, most of

which she turned down at Charlie's behest to be a mom and act in his plays.

So while we are willing to be flexible on support, we contend that half of Charlie's grant money

be split between the parties.

I don't see how you can claim that she gets half a grant dedicated to his genius.

He became a genius during the course of the marriage.

Oh, come on, Nora.

Charlie himself, upon hearing that he received the prize, told Nicole that it belonged to her too.

That's what people say when they win awards.

No, he was implying what was true.

His genius was an intangible asset built during the marriage.

Nora, I like how you refer to Charlie's theater as a ramshackle downtown dump when you're

arguing custody, but when you want more money, he's a big, rich, genius Broadway director.

You can't have it both ways.

Oh, really? Why not?

And whether you think it's fair or not, Jay, the first monetary installment from the MacArthur

grant was put into a joint marital accountant, and thus...

f*ck. You shouldn't have put that money in a joint account.

There's not gonna be anything left, anyway. I'm using it all to divorce her.

Nora, I have to say that your account of this marriage takes place in an alternate reality.

By suddenly moving to LA and insisting on an LA residence, Nicole is withholding Henry...

-Counsel, please be seated.
-...alienating him from his father, which has turned Charlie's world

upside down.

-It amounts to an ambush.

"Witholding," Jay? Really? "Alienating"?

Well, those are fighting words, and it's simply false and does nothing to further this settlement.

Your recap of the situation is outrageous.

And although California is, without doubt, a no
-fault state, it bears mentioning in the accurate

recap of the situation that Charlie had had extramarital affairs.

-An extramarital affair.
-Do you really want me to go there?

-Yeah, let's go there.

Nicole has admitted to hacking Charlie's computer and reading his emails, which, if proven, is a


And, Nora, I don't think you'll be too happy if I ask Nicole about her alcohol consumption in the



She confided in Charlie recently, having just carried Henry to bed, that she was having trouble

standing while walking down the staircase.

And from what I understand, this is not an isolated event.

So you let me know, Nora,
-and will go there as needed.

Can I ask you, how do you expect to have more time with Henry when you don't exercise the

time you already have?

And exercise it responsibly?

On a recent visit to Los Angeles, after failing to call, text, communicate in any way, shape, or

form, Charlie finally arrived two hours late to pick up Henry at Nicole's mother's house.

At that point, the car seat, which he had assured Nicole had been professionally installed, was

clearly not even belted in.

-It was sitting in the back seat.
-You have to buckle in the car seat.

-It's the law.
-I know that.

-I thought the rental place did it.
-No, they can't do it. It's a liability.

I know that now. Once we discovered that, we fixed it.


You can see my courtroom is full and there are people who don't have the resources your clients

have, and I'm fairly certain you haven't exhausted, in good faith, the arguments in the case of

this child.

In the meantime, we'll keep the status quo.

This remains an LA family for the time being.

I took over this department recently, and I'm still becoming acquainted with the cases.

So I'm going to appoint an expert evaluator who knows much more about young children than I


Once the evaluation is done, we'll modify the orders where necessary.


Hey, where's Henry?

He's with Cassie and her kids at laser tag.

You want something to drink?

I have unfiltered tap water, beer, and some juice boxes.

I'll take a juice box.

You don't have anything on the walls?

I don't have anything except Henry's art, which is being framed.

I can give you some stuff, you know, till you get some things.

How about that great picture of Henry on the Staten Island ferry?

Aren't you in that one?

I guess I... I guess you can cut me out.

I'm gonna have to leave a day early to go to New York on the 22nd.

So I was wondering if I could take Henry that Friday.

The 22nd, so that's the 21st?

We have plans, actually.

We're going to something at LACMA with the cousins.

But could you change it so I could take him?

It's just one night. He's looking forward to it.

-It's my night, Charlie, we negotiated it.

Okay, fine.

But what?

No, I'm just asking you to be flexible.

I am flexible. You come in and out and I adjust based on your schedule.

-This one night we have tickets to
-It's not only this one night, but fine.

Henry's teacher wants to meet with us.

You mean his LA teacher?

Can you answer the email so we could set a time?

Yeah, I've been distracted.

I understand.

They just wanna rule out everything, you know, with his reading.

I just think he's a little over
-anxious. I think he wants it too much.

They said he's off the charts in math.

He quits too easily when things aren't easy for him.

You know, he's like us, he's stubborn.

He's still a lousy Monopoly player 'cause he tries to save all his money.


I thought we should talk.

I feel like maybe things have gone too far.

I mean, my mom's taking out a loan against the house to help me pay Nora.

I thought I paid Nora.

You pay 30 percent of Nora.

Well, I'm going broke too, if that's any help.

I've just agreed to direct two shitty plays, and we can forget putting anything away for Henry's


It's just that up until now, we've been able to keep Henry somewhat removed, and this will

change that.

We have to protect him.

I agree.

Nora says that the evaluator will come into our homes, they're gonna interview Henry in addition

to us, our friends, family, enemies, and then they'll observe us with him, how we are as parents.

-Sounds awful.
-I know.

I feel like if anybody observed me on any given day as a mom, I'd never get custody.

That was a joke.

-I know. I feel the same way.


Maybe we can figure something out between us.

You remember I said this to you at the beginning?

I know you did, but these are different circumstances.

I was anticipating these circumstances.

Anyway, shall we try this?


I don't know how to start.

Do you understand why I wanna stay in LA?


Well... that's not...

Charlie, that's not a useful way for us to start.

I don't understand it.

You don't remember promising that we could do time here?

We discussed things.

We were married, we said things.

We talked about moving to Europe.

About getting a... sideboard or what do you call it?

A credenza, to fill the empty space behind the couch.

We never did any of it.

You turned down the residency at the Geffen that would've brought us here for a year.

It wasn't something I wanted.

We had a great theater company and a great life where we were.

You call that a great life?

You know what I mean.

I don't mean we had a great marriage. I mean life in Brooklyn.


I don't know. Honestly, I never considered anything different.

Well, that's the problem, isn't it?

I mean, I was your wife. You should've considered my happiness too.

Come on, you were happy. You've just decided you weren't now.



My work is here now, my family is here.

And I agreed to put Henry in school here because your show went to series.

I did that knowing that when you were done sh**ting, he would come back to New York.

Honey, we never said that.

That may have been your assumption, but we never said that.

We did say it.

When did we say it?

I don't know when we said it, but we said it.

-We said it that time on the phone!
-Honey, let me finish. Sorry.

I keeps saying that.

I thought that if Henry was happy here, and my show continued, that we might do LA for a


I was not privy to that thought process.

The only reason we didn't live here is because you can't imagine desires other than your own,

unless they're forced on you.

Okay, you wish you hadn't married me, you wish you'd had a different life, but this is what


-So what do we do?
-I don't know.

Nora says there's no coming back from this.

f*ck Nora!

I hate f*cking Nora telling me I always lived in LA even though I never lived in LA.

How could you have her say those things about me?

Jay said them about me too.

You shouldn't have fired Bert.

I needed my own assh*le.

Let's just both agree both of our lawyers said shitty stuff about both of us.

Nora was worse.

Jay called me an alcoholic.

You pulled the rug out from under me and you’re putting me through hell.

You put me through hell during our marriage.

Oh, is that what that was, hell?

Now you'll put Henry through this horrible thing so you can yet again get what you want!

It's not what I want. I mean, it's what I want, but it's what was... was... what's best for him.

Oh, well, I was wondering when you'd get around to Henry and what he actually wants.

f*ck off!

No, you f*ck off!

If you'd listen to your son, or anyone, then he’d tell you that he’d rather live here!

Stop putting your feelings about me onto Henry.

He tells me he likes it better here.

He tells you because he knows it's what you wanna hear!

He tells me you're on the phone all the time. You don't even play with him.

Because I'm going through a divorce in LA and trying to direct a play in New York!

Which closed because I wasn't there. It was a huge opportunity...

Fighting for something you don't even want!

You're being so much like your father.

Do not compare me to my father!

I didn't compare you to him. I said you were acting like him.

You're exactly like your mother.

Everything you were complaining about her, you’re doing.

You're suffocating Henry.

First of all, I love my mother. She was wonderful mother.

I'm just repeating what you told me.

Secondly, how dare you compare my mothering to my mother!

I may be like my father, but I am not like my mother!

You are! And you're like my father!

You're also like my mother!

You're all the bad things about all of these people!

But mostly your mother.

When we'd lie in bed together, sometimes I would look at you and see her and just feel so gross!

-I felt repulsed when you touched me!
-You're a slob.

-I made the beds, closed cabinets...
-The thought of having sex with you... makes me wanna peel

my skin off.

You'll never be happy, in LA or anywhere.

You'll think you found some better opposite guy than me, and in a few years, you'll rebel against

him because you need to have your voice, but you don't want a voice.

You just wanna f*cking complain about not having a voice!

I think about being married to you, and that woman is a stranger to me.

-I mean, we had a child's marriage.
-You've regressed.

You've gone back to your life before you met me, it's pathetic.

People used to tell me that you were too selfish to be a great artist.

And I used to defend you.

They were absolutely right.

All your best acting is behind you. You're back to being a hack!

You gaslighted me! You're a f*cking villain!

You want to present yourself as a victim because it's a good legal strategy?

Fine, but you and I both know you chose this life!

You wanted it until you didn't!

You used me so you could get out of LA.

I didn't use you.

You did and then you blamed me for it!

You always made me aware of what I was doing wrong, how I was falling short!

Life with you was joyless!

What, so then you had to go and f*ck someone else?

You shouldn't be upset that I f*cked her!

You should be upset that I had a laugh with her!

Do you love her?


But she didn't hate me.

You hated me.

You hated me.

You f*cked somebody we worked with.

You stopped having sex with me in the last year.

I never cheated on you.

That was cheating on me!

But there was so much I could have done.

I was a director in my 20s who came from nothing and was suddenly on the cover of f*cking

Time Out New York!

I was hot shit and I wanted to f*ck everybody and I didn't.

And I loved you and I didn't wanna lose you.

But I'm in my 20s and I didn't wanna lose that too, and I kinda did!

And you wanted so much so fast.

I didn't even wanna get married.

I mean, f*ck it!

There's so much I didn't do.

-Thanks for that!
-You're welcome!

I can't believe I have to know you forever!

Oh, you're f*cking insane!

And you're f*cking winning!

Are you kidding me?

I wanted to be married.

I'd already lost!

You didn't love me as much as I loved you!

What does that have to do with LA?


You're so merged with your own selfishness, you don't even identify it as selfishness anymore!

You're such a dick!

Every day I wake up and I hope you're d*ad!

d*ad like... if I could guarantee Henry would be okay, I'd hope you'd get an illness and then get

hit by a car and die!

Oh, God!

I'm sorry.

Me too.

Okay, no, we can make this nice.

I would take the smaller plants and put them by the window.

And do you have things we can put on the walls?

All right, that's it. Thank you very much.

We miss you and it looks great, really. Let us know how it goes, okay?

All right. I'll see you guys on Monday.

-Love you.
-All right, love you too. Bye.

Why do we have so many plants all of a sudden?

We'll have to return some of that stuff, so don't get used to it.

I find plants kind of scary.

These plants are good guys.

Hey, come here.


Tomorrow, this woman is going to come and visit us... and be with us while we eat dinner.

-Is it your girlfriend?

-Is it Mommy's boyfriend?
-No. Why? Does Mommy have a boyfriend?

I don't know. Does she?

I don't know.

I don't know.

Why is someone watching us eat dinner?

I know, it's weird.

It's just something we have to do.

Which has to do with...

Mommy and me figuring out everything... and how we're gonna be.

You know?

Will you read to me?

Sure. Grab your book.

Do you use drugs or alcohol?

I drink alcohol.

How much alcohol do you drink?

I don't know, glass of wine with dinner.

Sometimes more.

How much more?

- Sometimes a... few...

I... sometimes split a bottle of wine with someone.

-Okay, who do you split it with?
-I mean... if I'm having dinner with someone and we order a

bottle of wine.

-You know, like at a restaurant.

When you say, "Do you wanna go by the glass or do we get a bottle?"

You get a bottle?

Well, sometimes.

But... I mean, sometimes I go by the glass.

You know, it depends.

Did you mean drugs ever? I have done drugs.

In college.

-Anything since you've been
-I don't do it regularly.

Anything since you've been a mother?

Pot a few times.

Coke once at a party. Henry wasn't with me.

What would you say are your strengths as a parent?

I listen.

I play.

I put in the time. I... love... taking care of him... watching him grow.

And sometimes... what they say about "it goes so fast" is true, but... sometimes it's not.

Sometimes it goes too slow, honestly.

What are your weaknesses?

I'm too precise.

I care too much.

Are those weaknesses?

Maybe not.

You know, he can be an assh*le and...

I can get really pissed off and I'll call him on being an assh*le

I'm gonna stop you there.

When you do this for real, don't ever say that.

People don't accept mothers who drink too much wine and yell at their child and call him an


I get it. I do it too.

We can accept an imperfect dad.

Let's face it, the idea of a good father was only invented like 30 years ago.

Before that, fathers were expected to be silent and absent and unreliable and selfish, and can all

say we want them to be different.

But on some basic level, we accept them.

We love them for their fallibilities, but people absolutely don't accept those same failings in


We don't accept it structurally and we don't accept it spiritually.

Because the basis of our Judeo
-Christian whatever is Mary, Mother of Jesus, and she's perfect.

She's a virgin who gives birth, unwaveringly supports her child and holds his d*ad body when

he's gone.

And the dad isn't there. He didn't even do the f*cking.

God is in Heaven.

God is the father and God didn't show up.

So you have to be perfect and Charlie can be a f*ck up and it doesn't matter.

You will always be held to a different higher standard.

And it's f*cked up, but that is the way it is.

I think I rang the wrong bell. Nancy Katz.

Hi. I'm Charlie Barber.

Henry's just playing in his room.

Nancy, can I get you anything?

I'm easy. A glass of water?

It's a new apartment.

Shall we go in here?


What's a day like for the two of you here?

Well, if he has school, I take him there, of course, and pick him up, assuming I can do both.

What prevents you from picking him up?

You know, work.

I’m preparing a play I’m directing in a few months.

Oh, what is that?

Kasimir and Karoline by Ödön von Horváth.

We’re doing it at the Barrow in New York.

So you have to be away?

Yes, recently, since Nicole's been working on the show in LA, I come back and forth a lot.

-That sounds difficult.
-It is.

And expensive.

I'll try to take him with me some of the time, but Nicole doesn't like for him to fly so much.

Well, that can be hard on the child, all that recycled air.

Well, he's sturdy.

Some parents won't take their kids to a restaurant because of these superbugs.

I noticed on one visit to Los Angeles, you came on a Sunday and left on a Thursday.

Why not stay for a weekend?

Oh... that time I had tech for Electra in New York.

What's that?

It was my Broadway debut.

Oh, I don't know what "tech" is.

It's the technical part of the production. You figure out the lights.

-And Monday's our day off in the theater.
-What's a weekend day like?

Well, out here, he has basketball on Saturday at 12:00.

Eleven, I'm sorry.

So we go there, and then afterwards... maybe we'll get lunch somewhere and then if there's a

movie to see...

Does he like basketball?

He does.

His coach, Rick, says he's a good dribbler, and I've seen that.


Sorry, his coach's name is Ron.

Rick's his dentist in New York.

Well, you know our home home was... is in New York.

That's where we live.

New York is a long way from here.

Well, we like it because we can walk.

You can walk here.

Not really.

And the space...

Do you like your school?

I love it.

What's your favorite part about it?

I don't know.

Maybe gym.

You like math.

Not anymore.

-You're welcome.

But you're getting really good at it.


Well, you are, but...

What do you and your dad like to do together?

When I'm at my dad's, we sometimes watch a movie or build a Lego or something.

My dad's a great Lego builder.

And at your mom's?

At home, I have most of my toys, and there's a pool and I have a tree house and jungle gym.

We have super secret treasure hunt, which is really fun.

-Army men ride in here and

Wanna help me set the table?

Do I have to?

-Just come in here and grab a plate.
-I'm playing.




-Why are you being like this?

If I ask you to help out, help out.

-What is this?
-A special meal.

What are the green things?

There aren’t green things in a special meal.

It's just the garnish.

I'll take it off.

I don't wanna eat anything it touched.

-Doesn't change the taste of anything.
-I might wanna be a vegetarian.

Mom's a vegetarian.

Is she a vegetarian now?

-Well, then you should like garnish.

It's all garnish, vegetarianism.

I'm done with my water.

Sure I can't get you anything?

No, I'm fine, thank you.

Do the thing with the knife.

No, I'm not...


Come on.

It's not a dinner thing.

It's not an any time thing.

What's the thing with the knife?

It's hilarious.

No, it's dumb. I have a small knife on my keychain.

Which is only for adults.

I do a thing with it sometimes.

You said I could get a knife.

A jackknife, yeah, when you're older.

Like ten.

No, like 20.


Dime, rime, lime, pime, sime...

Honey, stop guessing. You're so close. Stay with it.

Well, I don't wanna do it.

What's the first letter?

I don't wanna do it. Can I do the iPad?

No, look. What's the first letter?

-I don't want to.
-It's a T. What sound does T make?

-Right. Then just do the rest of it.



You have "tuh" and "ime." What is that?


It's "time."

It's "time."

You'll see, honey. One day it's just gonna click and you'll be able to read everything.

I need a break.

Can I go play in my room?




Do you ever observe married people?

No. Why would I?

-I was kidding.

The knife thing is...

I carry this knife on my keychain, which his mother got me actually.

And I do this thing for his mom where I pretend to cut myself, but I retract the blade, but I don't

do it with him.


-That's fine.
-Are you okay?

Yeah, I must not have retracted the blade all the way.

-Do you need

Yeah, no, it's fine.

What else can I tell you?

I think I have enough.

You have enough?

-Are you sure you're okay?
-Totally. I'm fine.

Well, I'll leave you guys for tonight.

Oh, okay.

I'll be in touch if I have further questions.

Oh, thanks.

Oh, thanks.

Thanks. Thank you for the water.

-Oh, yeah, sure.
-Are you sure you're okay?



Oh. Sorry.

All right, let...

I think you turn the...



Dad, are you okay?

Yeah, I'm just tired.

Dad, did she like us?

Yeah, she thought we were great.

-Come on.
-Guys, slow down.

So... because Charlie dropped his claim to New York, we're mostly done.

Jay's lost interest, Ted, his associate's, doing the paperwork.

And we're not taking any money, right?

We withdrew our claim for the MacArthur, which I think we could have gotten, by the way, and

they're not asking for any of the show.

Thank you for everything, Nora.

You're welcome, doll.

To your new home in LA.

And whenever Charlie is in LA, I got the custody breakdown to be 55/45.

So you'll have Henry an extra day every two weeks.

I thought we made an equal.

I tweaked it at the last minute.

I just didn't want him to be able to say he got 50/50, bragging to his friends.

-But I don't wanna do that.
-Take it.

You won.

Hi. You look like a guy who really cares about animals.


Oh, my God!


You hear some guy screaming?

The couch was technically hers, pre

But, I mean, it was our couch.

It's not like I was gonna buy another couch.

But then when it comes time to split, it's suddenly her couch.

And I have no couch and...

I'm sitting on the floor is the short version.

I'm sorry. This is all so self
-pitying and boring.

No, come on.

No, I'm so stupid. I'm sorry.

-Sounds really tough.
-No, it is sad.



Hi, sorry, the door was open.

Oh. Okay.

Whoa! Gotcha!

Charlie, oh!

Was your flight okay?



Nicole's still at work.


Can I I get a hug?

Hey, how'd it go?

Good, yeah.

And Donny's d*ad now. I sh*t the scene where

-Henry's upstairs.
-She got an Emmy nomination.

-She's a great actress.
-No, for directing.


Now I know what you were so obsessed with all the time.

-We should get ready.

Oh, we're the Beatles.

-Come on, Charlie.
-I didn't get a costume together.

-You could be George Martin.
-I don't need to be anyone.

-You've gotta be something.
-A ghost. I'll get you a sheet.

I have the album cover if anyone needs to reference it.

And we should leave soon.

I'm saying that as much for me as anyone else.

-Am I John or George?
-treating starts at 5:00.

You're George. Nicole is John.

I wanted to tell you I took a residency at UCLA.

I’m gonna direct two plays and rep at REDCAT.


So I'll be here for a while.

That's great.

Are you okay?


It's only good.


Can you help me with my zipper?

"Charlie is incr..." something.

"...neat and I rely on him to keep things in order.

He is energy con..."

-I don't know what this word is.
-You're getting so good at reading.

What is that?

"He doesn't look in the mirror too often.

He cries easily in movies.

He is very self


"He can darn a sock..."

That means sew, like a hole.

"...and cook himself dinner and ur..."

Break it into two parts.

"...ur on."

Not "ur" but "ire."

Ire. on.


"...a shirt.

He rarely gets defeated which I fell... feel like I always do.

Charlie takes all of my moods steadily.

He doesn't give in to them or make me feel bad about them.

He's a great dresser and never looks em..."

-I don't know this one.

"...embarrassing, which is hard for a man."

You read it now.

"He's very competitive.

He loves being a dad.

He loves all the things you're supposed to hate, like the tantrums, the waking up at night.

It's almost annoying how much he likes it, but then it's mostly nice.

He disappears into his own world.

He and Henry are alike that way.

He can tell people they have food in their teeth or on their face in a way that doesn't make them

feel bad.

Charlie is self

His parents, I only met them once, but he told me there was a lot of alcohol...

He moved to New York from Indiana with no safety net, and now he's more New Yorker than any

New Yorker.

He's brilliant at creating family out of whoever is around.

With the theater company... he casts a spell... that made everyone feel included.

No one, not even an intern, was unimportant."

What's an intern?

It's like a... helper, but who isn't paid.

Why aren't they paid?

They're young, they're learning.

I don't know, maybe if they do a good job, they get paid later.

Okay, keep going.

"He could remember all the inside jokes, he's extremely organized and thorough, he's very clear

about what he wants, unlike me who can't always tell.

I fell in love with him two seconds after I saw him.

And I'll never stop loving him, even though it doesn't make sense anymore."

See you. Good to see you again.

Good seeing you too.

-Oh, Charlie!

I'm so happy you came.

I'll email you that article.

-Yes, please do. Thank you.

Take care.

We were gonna bring him to dinner, but he's so wiped out.

You wanna take him?

-It's your night.
-I know.


-I'll drop him back in the morning.

Text me when you're up. We'll figure something out.

You're gonna go with your dad, okay?


I love you.

I love you too.

Oh, hey.

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