03x10 - Made You Look

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Fifteen-year-old Kanan Stark is eager to join his family's growing drug business in 1990s South Jamaica, Queens.
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03x10 - Made You Look

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[UPBEAT HIP-HOP MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[GROWN KANAN]
Previously on Raising Kanan...

You got our money or not?

The only reason this
f*ck's still breathing

is 'cause he said you were good for it.

I've been working with the FBI.
I'm an informant.

[MARVIN] Everything you've
done, you've done for yourself.

You ain't sh*t.

- No chance this was a hit?
- [OFFICER] Nah.

k*lling himself was probably
the smartest thing

this assh*le's done in years.

The army? For real?

I just want you to be happy, Juke.

And if you can find that
happiness in the army, go find it.

But if it's here singing
on that stage, do that.

[SINGERS] ♪ I know you know
We're honest ♪

[SINGER] ♪ I'd give the world to you ♪

Laverne, I'm Special Agent
Preston Tanner

from the Federal Bureau
of Investigation.

I got into a lot of stupid sh*t, Ma.

If we do this, it's you and me.

Your cousin isn't involved,
and no one else can know.

[KANAN] Tell him to go to work.

Your mother is good at this work.

So am I.

You got no business f*ck' with my son.

He's just an associate of an associate.

It's not good for people
to see us together.

[RAQ] She goin' around you, Joaquin.

Cut her own deal. She did it to me,
and now she done it to you.

I'd have to confirm what you
are saying with my own people

before I would give you my approval.

I know how to correct what I f*cked up
the first time around.

And that's all this is...

- [g*n]
- A correction.

Your moms is f*ck'
with our investment.

She need to be handled.

My daughter was set up,
Captain, by Malcolm Howard.

He orchestrated this whole thing.

[BURKE] And if you did that,
who knows what else...

[g*n]

Seems to be some sort of link
between Marvin Thomas,

Detective Burke, Detective Howard.

What can you tell us
about Detective Howard?

Are he and your dad friends?

He ain't friends with cops.

Are you planning on paying or not?

- [g*n]
- [TIRES SCREECH]

Lou out here wildin' again.
I need an assist finding him.

Problem sh*t himself.

She's trying to k*ll me, man.
Don't let her k*ll me.

Get him in the car.

We love you, Lou.

Then how you doing me like this, man?

You did it to yourself.

[WEEPING]

[RILEYY] ♪ I'm a hustler, baby
I'm a hustler, baby ♪

[50 CENT] ♪ Yeah, I know
Heartbreaks, setbacks ♪

♪ Bitch, if I crap out
I'm sure I'ma get back ♪

♪ I been through the ups and
Downs, you know I get around ♪

♪ So to me It's all a part of the game ♪

♪ If I ain't the coke man
Or the dope man ♪

♪ I'm almost for sure, man
I got to take it ♪

♪ No need to say sh*t I'm gon' take it ♪

♪ Robberies turned homicide
It's nothin' to play with ♪

♪ Make money Make, make, make money ♪

♪ When sh*t hit the fan
We'll take money, Southside ♪

♪ Beef with the best of 'em ♪

♪ Done sh*t At the rest of 'em, yeah ♪

♪ Checks, I'm collectin' 'em ♪

♪ Check, boy I'm finessin' 'em ♪

♪ Bag Supreme Boy, you f*ck around ♪

♪ Put a big bag on your head ♪

♪ Before the weather break You're dead ♪

♪ Let's get to it, they
Don't do it like we do it ♪

♪ Nah, cop it, whip it Bag it, flip it ♪

♪ Re-up, we up G'd up, what up? ♪

♪ Runnin' round this bitch
Still not givin' a f*ck, hey ♪

♪ When it come to that paper
There'll be no complications ♪

Ha ha. That's right.

♪ Put a hole in a n*gga
Right in front of you ♪

♪ Your heartbeat pacin' ♪

[RILEYY AND 50 CENT]
♪ And it's all right ♪

[50 CENT] ♪ That's how
We do it on this side ♪

♪ n*gga get to it On this side ♪

♪ I know heartbreaks Setbacks ♪

♪ Bitch, if I crap out
I'm sure I'ma get back ♪

♪ I been through the ups and
Downs, you know I get around ♪

♪ So to me It's all a part of the game ♪

♪ If I ain't the coke man
Or the dope man ♪

♪ I'm almost for sure, man
I got to take it ♪

♪ No need to say sh*t I'm gon' take it ♪

♪ Robberies turned homicide
It's nothin' to play with ♪

♪ Hey, hey ♪

[GROWN KANAN]
Used to think death be easy.

And it is for the n*gga who gone.

[SOMBER MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

But for the people they leave behind,

that sh*t hard as hell.

Every time they think of who they lost

they feel it all over again.

And it don't stop until
they're gone theyselves.

And then that sh*t start all over again

for who they left behind.

That's the thing about dying.

The sh*t don't ever end.

[MUFFLED SPEECH]

You know? 'Cause...

I ain't never believed in this sh*t,

and I sure as hell
ain't gonna start now.

I mean, it ain't no different
than when they tell you

in church to pray
your damn problems away.

Speakin' all this sh*t out loud

don't do nothin' but give it life,

make it realer than it actually is.

You don't believe in therapy?

Well, I've been through the same sh*t
as my baby brother here.

Maybe even worse.

But you don't see me drownin'
in no f*ck' bottle.

Just so I'm clear, what did you think

was gonna happen when you brought Lou

to Cedar Shores two weeks ago?

Did you think we were just
gonna sober him up

and then send him home?

Well, I dropped him off here
so y'all could fix him.

I ain't really think about
how you was gonna do it.

I mean, that's your job, not mine.

I'm not a repairman, Ms. Thomas.

The only one who can fix Lou is Lou.

I can listen to him, share
some of my thoughts with him.

But he has to do the work.

It's his journey, not mine.

Well, then you overpaid,
'cause on the weekly,

this sh*t costs more than
a Caribbean cruise.

This ain't no f*ck' cruise.

But you right...

when you say that when
we speaking this sh*t out loud,

you make it real.

That's the whole f*ck' point.

Can't get at somethin' if it ain't real.

Can't see it or know it or f*ck with it

until you accept...

that the sh*t exists.

And the only way to do that
is to speak it from your mouth,

to put it out in the world
so you can hear yourself.

Not everything meant
to go out into the world, Lou.

Some sh*t needs to stay close.

I'm speakin' on feelings, Raq.

My feelings.

sh*t that belong to me.
sh*t that matter to me.

This n*gga got feelings, now.

You don't have feelings?

Of course I got feelings.

But, see, I don't get to roll
around in them like Lou.

[DR. CALDWELL] And yet you're angry.

Maybe even slightly outraged.

Because it don't ever
seem to end with him.

What if I told you that anger is simply
a manifestation of hurt?

That we get angry because we hurt?

Sounds like your anger different
from mine, 'cause I ain't hurt.

I'm just over all of this bullshit.

I mean, I thought you brought me in here
to talk about my brother.

Why the hell we in here
talkin' about me?

I'm a'ight.
Nobody need to worry about me.

The question is,
how are we gettin' him right?

It wasn't me who brought you
here, Ms. Thomas.

It was your brother.

We asked Lou who in his life
meant the most to him,

who he wanted to talk to.

And he said you.

You're here because your
brother wanted you here.

Because, according to Lou,

you're the most important
person in his life.

And he important to me too.

[SENTIMENTAL MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

Look, that's my baby brother.

I held him in my arms
the day that he was born.

You my heart, Lou.

Okay, you always been my heart.

♪ ♪

[PRIEST] Though I walk through

the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil,
for thou art with me.

Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.

Thou prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.

Thou anoint my head...

♪ ♪

[TIRES SQUEALING]

[CAR DOORS CLICK]

That's your fault there, you know.

You k*lled Gerald.

He was tore up about you and
the people you were hurtin',

so he k*lled himself.

f*ck you.

His little girl is
going into foster care.

No family member is willing to take her.

[CLICKS TONGUE] Gonna be
a rough life for that kid.

[MARVIN] Like y'all give a f*ck.

Gerald wasn't made
for what y'all had him doin',

but you didn't care.

You was too focused
on trying to set me up

for some sh*t I didn't do.

Just because Gerald's gone...

doesn't mean we're done with you.

Y'all better as fake-ass drug dealers

than you are as real Feds.

See you around, Marvin.

f*ck' assh*le.

[KRYSTAL GRUNTS]

[SINGER] ♪ Growing up can be a pain ♪

[KANAN GRUNTING]

♪ You're not a man
Until you come of age ♪

[NEW EDITION'S "BOYS TO MEN" PLAYS]

♪ ♪

So are we, like,
boyfriend and girlfriend now?

[SIRENS BLARING IN DISTANCE]

We kickin' it.

[CHUCKLES]

[SIGHS] I mean,

you were saying before
we had to keep sh*t quiet

'cause of Jukebox and you
not wantin' to mess up Butta.

But now that N'Kiyah is sayin'

she don't think the group's
gonna work out anyway,

seems like we don't need
to be a secret no more.

Oh, look, Krystal.

I'm not tryin' to talk
about all this right now.

I got a whole lot of other sh*t
I'm dealing with.

So I just wanna blaze
this blunt and relax.

[HORNS HONKING, SIRENS BLARING]

[EXHALES]

My period's late, Kanan.

[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[BIRDS CHIRPING]

[IESHA] I shouldn't even
be talkin' to you.

[SNIFFS]

I called you every day
for the last two weeks,

just to see how you were, and
you couldn't even call me back

to let me know you were alive.

Then you hit me up this morning
asking me to meet you here,

and I cancel all my plans.

I'm sorry.

Yeah, you should be.

Are you okay?

You mean what happened at the mall?

[CLICKS TONGUE]

Police was just pushin' up on
me and my family, that's all.

That's not what I asked you.

I asked if you are okay.

I should have called you.

I just didn't know what to say.

Being taken out of there like that,

sh*t was mad embarrassing.

You don't ever got to be
embarrassed around me, Juke.

None of what happened was about me.

It's my family. [SCOFFS]

I know.

And I know who you are.

I love who you are.

[ROMANTIC MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

For real?

But you was with Kanan.

I didn't ever feel like
you liked me like that at all.

Look, I don't know if I'd be sure

about any other girls.

And I think maybe I did all
of that with Kanan 'cause...

I have feelings about you
that I didn't understand...

maybe that even scared me a little.

But this is real, Juke.

♪ ♪

[JUKEBOX CHUCKLES]

How much longer they saying
you got to be in here?

Couple more weeks, at least.

Could be longer if they think
I'm not ready.

Appreciate you footing the bill.

Marvin kickin' in too.

He care about you... a lot.

I do too.

Look, I'm sorry, Lou,

for all the sh*t I done and I said,

all the ways I f*cked up.

Maybe it's like
that doctor said in there.

Maybe I got angry 'cause I was hurt.

Felt like I was losing you,

and that sh*t was painful for me.

So I got mad.

I don't want to lose you.

You know, some of the things
you've been sayin' to me been right.

I'm a grown man.

My decisions is mine.

My choices, all on me.

[SOFT DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS]

And I gotta figure out
how to live with that.

♪ ♪

'Cause all the sh*t that I've done...

adding up to be more than I can pay.

♪ ♪

Can't write those checks no more.

You just let me write
those checks, baby brother.

You just take care of yourself.

You too.

♪ ♪

[LOU-LOU SNIFFS]

[SMOOCHES]

[ENGINE TURNS OVER]

♪ ♪

[HOWARD] Cap,

I don't know what you
and Tanner think y'all know,

but making me have
my union rep in the room?

Feels like we overdoin' it.

[BAPTISTE] Yeah, we doin' everything
by the book, Detective Howard,

which is clearly not your strong suit,

and a big part of the reason
you sittin' here right now.

What do you know about
Gerald Moore, Detective?

I have no idea who that is.

He was a CI.

He was working the
Marvin Thomas investigation.

He d*ed from an overdose two weeks ago.

The circumstances were suspicious.

Please don't tell me you think
I had anything to do with that.

I may have sounded the alarm
on Burke, but that's all I did.

There is no deeper,
darker conspiracy here.

And yet, the more we dig,

the deeper and darker the hole
you're in gets, Detective.

[BAPTISTE] According to James Bingham,

you reached out to him,
and not just that.

He says that you told him to go to IAD,

and that you explicitly implicated Burke

in the distribution of illegal narcotics

and the death of his daughter.

[DIAZ] And I'm gonna stop
this right here, Captain Baptiste.

I think Detective Howard and I
need to compare notes.

And when I'm fully informed,

we'll figure out
the best way to proceed.

Nah, man. f*ck that.

I done put too many years into this job

to have my name dragged through the mud

tryin' to protect this department.

I'm going to be completely
honest with you, Detective Howard.

I could give a f*ck about your partner

or this girl on the Upper East Side

or even the NYPD.

What I need to understand
is why you neglected to tell me

that you had a connection
to Marvin Thomas.

Because as far as I'm concerned,

if you have a connection
to Marvin Thomas,

you have a connection
to organized crime,

which makes you a suspect
in our investigation.

Tanner,

I ain't got nothing to do
with them Italians.

[TENSE MUSIC PLAYS]

What can you tell us about Louis Thomas,

Marvin's younger brother?

Because it's just come to our attention

that you put out the word
that you were looking for him

a couple weeks back.

So I'm really gonna put my foot down

and say we're done here.

Detective Howard and I are gonna talk.

I'll reach out when we have more to say.

I'm in the middle
of an active investigation.

And right now,
Detective Howard is the best

and only lead we have.

You've got two days to get back to us.

I'm gonna need your g*n and
your shield, Detective Howard.

Cap, we're gonna figure this all out.

There's no need...

You're on modified duty, Detective.

It's only temporary.

♪ ♪

[TANNER] Two days, Detective Howard.

We don't hear from you by then,

we issue a warrant for your arrest.

♪ ♪

As of right now, I have not
received a target letter

from the FBI, which doesn't mean

they're not circling the wagons,

but it does suggest that they don't

have enough to build a case around yet.

First, they had that CI on me.

And now they tracking me,
pressin' up on me.

These Feds tryin'
to put sh*t together, man.

But as you and I discussed before,

you didn't divulge anything
to their informant.

Wasn't sh*t to divulge.
I ain't do nothin'.

If you'd like, I could
shake the trees a little bit

over at the bureau.

Go shake they f*ck' trees.

And while you're doin' that,
let these f*ck know

they barkin' up the wrong one.

[KIDS SHOUTING, CHATTERING]

[TIRES SQUEAL]

[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[TIRES SCREECHING]

[g*n]

[DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

f*ck.

[PERSON] Children, come here!

♪ ♪

[IESHA] When you go?

[JUKEBOX] Next week.

Can't believe you're
just telling me this now.

Most of my family don't even know yet.

You can still get out of it,
though, if you want.

I can.

But I think I'm gonna go.

When sh*t was goin' right
with the group,

I thought I'd change my mind.

But not no more.

So what does this mean for you and me?

I didn't even know there was
a you and me until today.

Now you do.

Now I do.

As long as I'm here,

all this sh*t with my family
is never gonna let me go, Iesha.

It's always gonna be there
waitin' to f*ck up

all the sh*t I care about,

including you.

And I can't let that happen.

I can't never feel safe here.

You might be the only person
to join the army to feel safe.

I'ma wait for you, then, Juke.

You won't.

And I wouldn't want you to.

But hearing you say that just now...

means a lot.

- [KNOCKING ON DOOR]
- [FAMOUS] Yo, K. You in there?

Yo, it's me. It's Fame.

Open up.

f*ck you want, man?

I'm just checkin' on you,
makin' sure you all right.

[SNIFFLING]

Why the f*ck wouldn't
I be all right, Fame?

You don't know?

Someone tried to hit Raq, K.
A f*ck' drive-by.

[TENSE MUSIC PLAYS]

The f*ck you talkin' about, man?

Down on Guy Brewer.
She was stopped at a light.

n*gga started blasting on her.

I heard she got away, but I ain't know
if she was good or not.

That crazy f*ck.

♪ ♪

I don't know nothin'
about none of that, so...

mm.

So you're not aware of any relationship

between your brother
and Detective Howard?

Marvin don't f*ck with no police.

I don't neither.

But we heard that Howard
was looking for you.

That he spread the word
around the precinct

that if any police officers
bumped into you,

that they should let him know.

Never heard that,

and I don't believe it anyway.

But if he was looking for me,
he sure as hell never found me.

You know, we're still
trying to figure out

how your recording studio
ended up being a target

for the Boselli crew.

Ain't no mystery.

My business partner
was in over his head,

didn't pay what he owed.

The conveniently dead Crown Camacho.

Yeah, we moved off of him a while back.

Look.

Truth is, I don't remember much
from the last six months,

which is why we sitting here
talking in a f*cking rehab.

And I got my own sh*t I'm
trying to figure out right now, so...

unless you want to go through
them 12 steps with me,

ain't really sh*t left to talk about.

Fair enough, Mr. Thomas.

Before we go, though,
just out of curiosity,

a facility like this
can be pretty pricey.

[SOFT DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS]

Who's covering the cost for you?

[LOU-LOU] You saying I don't look like

I can afford all this, Agent Tanner?

In my experience, most addicts
aren't exactly frugal.

I drink the cheap sh*t.

♪ ♪

[CAR WHIRRING]

[DOOR CREAKS, CLICKS]

It was Ronnie. No question.
It's all over the street.

He ain't happy you cut off his supply.

No sh*t.

But Ronnie workin' with Kanan.

Yeah, I don't need you to tell me
who Ronnie workin' with, Marvin.

Kanan would never do
nothin' like this, though.

Not to his mother.

Sometimes we save our worst
for the n*gga we love the most.

[TENSE MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

We not gonna blaze on Ronnie.

We're not gettin' into no w*r
with my son in the other f*ck' trench.

This sh*t between us got
to be a conversation,

at least to start.

Look, I need you to step
to Snaps and Pop.

Get this parley going.

♪ ♪

[DOOR CREAKS, CLICKS]

[UPBEAT MUSIC PLAYING]

If you gonna take the sh*t,
you can't miss.

It wasn't me sh**t'.

Which is exactly
the f*ck' point, n*gga.

Lone Ranger didn't send Tonto
to do his wet work.

He handled his own business.

Nah, man, Ronnie!

Yo!

You ain't never say nothing
about hittin' my moms.

She came at us. I went at her.

Except we partners, n*gga.

You would never make that
sort of decision on your own.

And I told you not to ever
f*ck with my family.

You don't tell me sh*t, lil' boy.

All right.
Let's not lose our heads, brothers.

We're still on the same team.

This n*gga think he callin' plays.

Hey, Raq's okay.

No harm, no foul.

[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS]

This ain't what you think it is, n*gga.

And I ain't who you think I am.

♪ ♪

[GRUNTS]

[CONTEMPLATIVE MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

Lou's just out of town
for a minute, Mr. Gelfand.

Yeah, he took a small vacation.

But I-I told him all about you.

He's down to meet
as soon as he gets back.

Word.

Word. I'll hit you when he gets home.

Thanks again, Mr. Gelfand.

Lou couldn't have picked a
worse time to be a damn drunk.

- [DOOR BANGS]
- [OFFICER] Police!

- [FAMOUS] What the f*ck?
- [OFFICER] Don't move.

- [OFFICER] Don't move.
- [OFFICER] Police.

- Shawn! No!
- What the f*ck is going on?

No, no! I ain't do sh*t!

Please, leave my son alone.

- He's just a child!
- Yo, tell me what I did.

Tell me what the f*ck I did.
You got the wrong person.

We got a warrant for your son's arrest.

- He's wanted for m*rder.
- m*rder? What the f*ck?

This is bullshit!
I ain't even do nothin'.

Y'all some mistaken identity bullshit.

[OFFICER] Come on. Move it.

This is extortion
or entrapment or something.

- [OFFICER] Move.
- Get the f*ck off of me.

[BLUESY MUSIC PLAYING ON JUKEBOX]

♪ ♪

I'm a fitful sleeper, Pop.

You've known this since
we first shared a bed.

You know, when you're thrashing

all around trying to find that
right position, it wakes me up.

Meanwhile, you sleeping
like a f*ck' baby.

Well, you know why I rest so well?

- Why?
- Because I'm so damn tired

of hearin' all your bullshit
about how you sleep.

[SIGHS]

Marvin Thomas.

Boy, if you was anymore
chocolatey and delicious,

I'd swear I'd have to lick my fingers.

Where Ronnie Mathis at?

Contrary to popular belief,
I am not my brother's keeper.

No idea where Ronnie is.

This sh*t don't have
to get stupid, Snaps.

We can figure it out
without nobody gettin' hurt.

I'm a big believer in diplomacy, Marvin.

But for that to work, one has to have

willing negotiating partners
sitting across from each other.

And I'm not convinced
that Ronnie or your sister

are in a negotiating state of mind.

They both hotheads.

I'm here because Raq don't
want this to go no further

than it has already...

especially with Kanan involved.

She put down that Colombian bitch
that was gettin' him his product,

and he agitated about that.

Sadly, I... I don't think
that a little conversation

is gonna remedy this situation.

You know where this goes next.

Oh.

Yeah, I do.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

Uh-uh.

You still a fine specimen
of a Black man, Marvin Thomas.

This sh*t about to be
a world f*ck' w*r.

Not for Switzerland, it's not.

And we Switzerland.

Until we're not.

[DOORBELL RINGS]

[g*n CLICKS]

[DOORBELL RINGS]

I told him you wasn't takin' visitors,

but he say he police.

So you're not worried
about nobody watchin'?

Since when you comin'
to my front door like this?

Since I ain't got sh*t else to lose.

[SIGHS]

God damn. You expectin' somebody?

It's for the n*gga I'm not expectin'.

Yo, the jig is up, Raq.

They finally puttin'
two and two together

and they seein' it ain't adding up.

They comin' for us.

They comin' for us,
or they comin' for you?

Me and you is one and the same.

We family.

[SCOFFS] We tighter than family.

We co-conspirators up in this sh*t.

We only got one chance
to get out from under it.

Truth is, I don't even know
if I can save myself entirely,

but it'll get you and Kanan
out the crosshairs.

[SCOFFS]

[TENSE MUSIC PLAYS]

Marvin gotta take the fall.

♪ ♪

You really tryin' to fight
for this f*ck' country?

I mean, these n*gga is going to w*r

over sh*t that ain't even
got nothin' to do with.

[CHUCKLES] Ain't no different
on the Southside.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

They don't put girls
on the front line, anyway.

The army, though, Juke?

For real?

[SIGHS]

sh*t, they gonna bury me
right here on the Southside.

I ain't never leavin'.
I'm a'ight with that.

I'm not.

Look, I hit you up 'cause

I wanted to tell you face-to-face

I have nothing to do with all that sh*t
that happened with Raq.

That's something she'd do, not me.

And, sh*t, just so you know,

I guess you could tell her
I'm-I'm done with Ronnie.

I can't f*ck with that
n*gga no more, man.

He's crazy, too crazy, even for me.

But that don't mean me and Raq cool.

- Not at all.
- Look, Kanan.

I said it before. I'ma say it again.

I-I'm not the one to tell you
that all she done ain't wrong.

That's not my place.

And you know I don't believe
all that sh*t anyway.

But she love you more than anything.

Not more than herself.

You're the most important
person to her, Kanan.

- [KANAN SCOFFS]
- [VAN WHIRRING]

[TIRES SCREECH]

You gotta be f*ck' kiddin' me
with this sh*t.

I know Ronnie had a...

[GRUNTING] I knew this van was Ronnie!

I know Ronnie's behind this sh*t!
I pay you twice the...

[GRUNTS, GROANS]

f*ck! f*ck.

Get the f*ck off of me, man!

[DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[TIRES SCREECHING]

♪ ♪

It looks real shitty for you, Shawn.

Real shitty.

Last week,

your mother turned in a g*n
that she found in your room.

Ma, what the f*ck?

I found it in your closet.

I-I got scared
and I didn't know what to do.

You don't turn it in
to the f*ck' police!

[GARCIA] It's not her fault.

In fact, from where I'm sitting,

your mother's the hero of this story.

She not only got an unlicensed
firearm off the street,

but she also helped
to solve a cold case.

Which is where you come in, Shawn.

Yo, I never even used that g*n.

I just bought it off some guy
on the street for protection.

I never fired a gat in my life.
Word is bond.

[PENG] As we always do when
a firearm is turned in,

we ran a ballistics check on the p*stol

your mother found
in your possession, and, uh...

[LAUGHS] Guess what
we discovered, Shawn?

Your g*n's ballistics matches the w*apon

that k*lled one Frederic Williams.

STREET NAME: Freddie Wilds.

I ain't have sh*t to do with that.

Swear to God, Ma, I never k*lled nobody.

My son is not a m*rder.

Do you know that your son was detained

on another matter outside the location

where this m*rder occurred?

That was a different day and time.
Freddie was still alive then.

Ma, you gotta get me a lawyer.
They tryin' to throw me

in the pen for some sh*t
I ain't even do.

Take it from us.
Lawyers only complicate things.

We can get you a much better
deal than any lawyer can.

- Right, Peng?
- Absolutely.

I want a lawyer for my son.

♪ ♪

Yo, you actin' like we got options.

We don't. The math is real easy on this.

It's either Marvin
or it's you, me, and Kanan.

Well, you and mine's
math different, n*gga.

You adding sh*t up all wrong.
The Feds on you, not me.

[HOWARD] Yo, Raquel.

Everything I done was
to protect you and the kid.

Every lie I told...

- Every crime I covered up...
- [SCOFFS AND CHUCKLES]

[HOWARD] Every body I dropped.

Yeah.

I got bodies on me for this.

And it was all for you,
Kanan, and your family.

[SCOFFS]

You and that boy is the worst thing
that ever happened to me.

And to think that, for a minute,

I thought he was gonna save
my sorry ass,

make me a better man,
let me leave this world

a little better than how I found it.

Now all I'm tryin' to do is avoid
the f*ck' electric chair.

And it's all because of you,

'cause I was stupid enough
to get tangled up with you.

But that's what happens to everybody
that get near you, huh?

You know, sometimes I really wish
I was like the rest of y'all,

puttin' all my sh*t on everybody else,

tellin' myself that
my problems ain't mine,

blamin' another n*gga for everything
that's wrong in my life.

Bad enough that everybody
put all they sh*t on me.

But that's not the worst of it.

The crazy thing is,
is that the same f*ck

who always blaming me for
every f*ck' problem they got

is the same n*gga who always want me
to fix they sh*t for them.

Thing I don't get is,
is how the f*ck y'all figure

that I'm the problem and the answer

at the same time?

[DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS]

[PANTING] Raq, it's Kanan.

♪ ♪

[SIREN WAILS]

I haven't really asked you about it
because I wanted to give you time

to really process it and
understand it for yourself,

but do you feel like you got
some clarity from your sister's visit?

I can't get no clarity
from nobody but myself.

Hmm.

What's that clarity look like to you?

Look like me.

I'm Lou Thomas from
Southside Jamaica, Queens.

I mean, you're more than that, Lou.

FBI came here to talk to me.

I heard.

And lookin' at them made me realize...

I ain't never gonna be more
than I've been.

And who I've been...

that's who I'm always gonna be.

We talkin' in front of him now?

[RAQ] He ain't sh*t.

- Don't worry about him.
- Appreciate that.

- [JUKEBOX] But he the police.
- Not no more, he ain't.

It was Ronnie.

Kanan even said it
when they was takin' him.

This f*ck.

Look, if Ronnie wanted to k*ll Kanan,
he'd be dead already.

Which means he wants something from you.

[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS]

- What's he want?
- Everything.

♪ ♪

Where is this lawyer at?

- When he gonna get here?
- Soon.

[SIGHS]

[SIGHS]

Shawn,

I'm your mother.

I need you to tell me the truth.

- Did you...
- No, I didn't!

This is what they do.
They f*ck' with me.

They-they-they get in your head
and they just twist it

around and around until you don't even
know your own name anymore.

But you told me that

you had done bad things,

things that you couldn't change.

Yeah, but I didn't k*ll anybody!

- [DOOR CLICKS]
- Mrs. Figueroa, Shawn.

I'm Captain Baptiste,
and this is Agent Preston Tanner

from the Federal Bureau
of Investigation.

So they bring in a Fed to scare me

so I could cop to some sh*t I ain't do.

[TANNER] It's not
in anyone's best interest

to have you confess
to a crime you didn't commit.

I want you to know that
we're all too aware that when

unfortunate things like this happen,

there are often
extenuating circumstances,

that things aren't always as they seem.

What does that mean?

[BAPTISTE] It means that our
victim, Frederic Williams,

had a lengthy criminal record
that included

multiple arrests for armed robbery.

It wouldn't surprise anyone

if self-defense was involved here.

So you're saying that
my son could have been

- protecting himself.
- Exactly.

But I wasn't protecting myself
'cause I didn't do sh*t, Ma.

We can help you, Shawn.
But you need to help yourself.

It's come to our attention
that when you were detained

outside the victim's apartment
building at an earlier date,

you ultimately came into contact

with Detective Malcolm Howard,
who assisted in securing

your release without
the filing of any charges.

We'd like to know more about that.

Shawn, tell them what they wanna know.

[TENSE MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[FAMOUS] I wanna talk to a lawyer.

Where he at?
Where the f*ck is my lawyer at?

You sure do keep
some strange company, Raq.

I ain't here as police.
I'm just here as a friend.

You must be really lonely

if you makin' friends with police now.

He here 'cause I told him to be here,

'cause I don't want sh*t to get
stupider than it already has.

I want my son back safe.

We ain't got your son.

[MARVIN] But you know who does.

And we know you know
what the f*ck he want.

We can neither confirm
nor deny any knowledge

of Kanan's whereabouts.

Look, I'm here as a friend

until y'all get me feeling unfriendly.

Then I turn into something else.

Tell us what Ronnie wants for the boy.

He want what Raq took from him:

her connect and her business.

[SNAPS] And a sizable sum of
United States-issued currency

thrown in for good measure.

How much?

[BREATHES DEEPLY]

Five.

[MARVIN SCOFFS]

That cruddy-ass n*gga want $500,000?

[SNAPS] Uh-huh.
Well, you know what they say.

Kids are expensive.

[CHUCKLES]

[DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

You got that kind of cash lying around?

[SIGHS] It ain't liquid like that,

but I think I know where I can get it.

You gonna have to stand down
for this part, though, Detective.

Maybe you not a cop no more,
but that don't mean

we opening up the books for you.

Nah.

I'ma be there when you make the drop.

Hey, yo, gettin' the kid home safe

is probably gonna be
the last good thing I ever do.

And maybe, at the same time,

I can make sure you don't get dropped.

I'll put out the word
we both comin' through.

Yo, Raq.

We might be able to save Kanan,
but we can't save everybody.

[FOREBODING MUSIC PLAYS]

There's still a price
that needs to be paid.

♪ ♪

[ADVENTUROUS MUSIC PLAYING ON TV]

[NARRATOR] Army training prepares you
for life after the army.

Employers are looking for people

who work well under pressure,
are team players...

[SOLDIER SHOUTS]

[NARRATOR] and are highly-motivated.

Get an edge on life.

Army. Be all you can...

[REMOTE CONTROL CLICKS]

Not for nothing.

Little late for visitors.

But for you, I'm gonna...

I'll make an exception.

What can I say? I got a little crush.

I'm flattered.

Look, I need you to front me
some cash, Stefano.

[SOFT DRAMATIC MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[OMINOUS MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[DOOR CREAKING]

Huh.

[SPEAKS ITALIAN] That's a lot of money.

Well, that's why I'm putting up my house

and the real estate I own behind it.

Yeah, yeah, but a...

a mini-mall in South Jamaica
is not exactly Rockefeller Center.

Between the mall
and what I put into my house,

it more than covers
what you'd be fronting me.

You know, a loan this large,

I'm gonna have to lay
a pretty heavy vig on it.

I understand.

[STEFANO CHUCKLES]

I hope your son knows
how much you love him.

Me too.

[TENSE MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[STEFANO] Okay. Okay.

I'll have the money delivered
within the hour.

Thank you.

Yeah.

[FOREBODING MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[EXHALES]

[WEEPS]

[SOBBING]

What, you think I'ma steal it?

What I think is I ain't lettin' nobody
hold this money but me.

You can't live your life
never trusting nobody, Raq.

It's been working a'ight so far.

Stop right there.
We gotta pat y'all down.

♪ ♪

[JAMA] We'll need to see
in that bag too.

Yo, look all you want,
but the bag stays with us.

Whatever you say, Five-O.

[JAMAL WHISTLES]

sh*t's clean.

He's waiting for y'all in the back.

[TENSE MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

Would've never let no cop come through,

but then Kanan told me
who you are to him.

Scandalous-ass n*gga.

Takes one to know one.

We here for the kid,
not the conversation.

[RAQ] I got your money.

Now give me my son.

Can't give you what ain't mines.

Ain't nobody kidnap me, Ma.

Man.

Y'all been played.

You and Ronnie in on this together?

Well, the apple don't fall far, I guess.

All I wanted was the work
and the connect.

Kanan wanted the money.

You don't know what you doing, Kanan.

You don't know.

I do.

Throw that over here.

♪ ♪

sh*t's all you.

[CHUCKLES]

sh*t's beach money.

We rich.

[FRENETIC MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

What the f*ck?

♪ ♪

You see this sh*t?

♪ ♪

What happened?

♪ ♪

We gotta get the f*ck outta here.

♪ ♪

You comin' with us.

[KANAN] The f*ck you just do?

What had to be done.

My sh*t's around the corner.

[ENGINE TURNS OVER]

♪ ♪

[FOOTSTEPS]

[SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC PLAYS]

♪ ♪

[GROWN KANAN]
If you take anything at all

from all this bullshit, take this.

When you k*ll a n*gga,
make sure he's dead.
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