01x01 - Happy Birthday Jeanette Turner

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01x01 - Happy Birthday Jeanette Turner

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(modem static)

(modem beeping, static continues)

- (static fades)

- (rapid keying on keyboard)

♪ They can come true... ♪

MAN: (whispering)


♪ They can come true... ♪

(girl giggles)

It's not really a surprise, considering you do this every year.

Happy birthday, doodlebug.

- (laughs)

- And happy first day of summer.

Fifteen years old today!

(mother and daughter chuckle)

Oh, God, remember when we were ?

Well, no.

Why don't you remind me?

- MOTHER: You want me to remind you?

- Hey, love birds.

- You're nauseating the offspring.

- Hush, you.

Make a wish, birthday girl.



- All right!

- Yay!

So, big plans today?

Um, probably just gonna go to the movies with Vincent and Mallory.


Just don't fill up on popcorn before dinner.


I gotta skip dinner.


It's not really an option.

Dad, I camped out in line overnight to score these Boyz II Men tickets to impress Tiffany, so...

That sounds fun.

You should go.

Derek, you can skip dessert and still make it to the concert, yeah?



Pick out a special outfit for your special day.


Happy birthday, Jeanette Turner.

(relaxing soul music playing)

BOY: Hey.


Happy birthday, beautiful.



What are you doing here?

Make a wish.

Okay, wait.

I had to arm wrestle your dad to come up here and wake you up.

He's going on and on about like family tradition or something.

Does he really wake you up every year on your birthday?

- Yeah.

- (both laughing)

It's lame, I know.

No, no, no.



But I won.


I never knew you arm wrestled.

Okay, it wasn't really arm wrestling per se.

It was, uh...

I promised your dad that I'd wait until we're married before we, you know...

(both laughing)

Um... and he believed you?

Hey, what he doesn't know won't hurt him, right?

Uh, so, I got a whole day planned with the crew.

How does roller skating sound?



- Yeah, that's perfect.

- Sweet.

I'll go and convince your parents that I didn't do this.

♪ I wanna be down with you ♪

- All right.

- Okay.


I love you.

I love you, too.


FATHER: Jeanette, wake up.

Wake up.

Your lawyer is here.

- Which one?

- What does it matter?

Just get the hell out of bed and go talk to her.


Can you please just give me a minute?


Happy birthday.

♪ (water dripping)

WOMAN: Your father told me it's your birthday.


Happy birthday.


You seemed distressed last time we spoke.

I hope you're feeling a bit more hopeful.

I apologize for dropping in unannounced, but it's going to happen from time to time.

In building your case, things are going to pop up, and...

I know you're going through a challenging time.

But, Jeanette, I need you to cooperate.

This is going to be a very tricky case.

But we can win it.

However, we need to work as a team.

Me, your father, your other lawyers.

But most importantly, you.

It's your word against hers.

Has something...

popped up?

(card rattling)

♪ My grandma and your grandma sitting by the f*re ♪

♪ My grandma told your grandma ♪

♪ "I'm gonna set your flag on f*re" ♪

♪ Talkin' 'bout hey now! ♪

- ♪ Hey now! ♪

- ♪ Hey now! ♪

- ♪ Hey now! ♪

- ♪ Iko iko un day ♪

♪ Oh... ♪

♪ Jock-a-mo fee-ne a Na-ne ♪

♪ Jock-a-mo fee-na-ne ♪


We should make a list of all the things we wanna do this summer.

Ooh, we have to do them all.

I love that!

Do you guys ever have the urge to do something illegal?

- No.

- I mean, it doesn't happen often, but sometimes I just wanna do something like...

really bad, you know?

Item number one for the list...

I think we should do something illegal.

- That sounds like a great idea...


- Come on.

Jeanette, where's your sense of adventure?

Okay, fine, but as long as it's not something immoral.

- Okay, define "immoral." - Yeah.

Something that begs the question probably is.

And, at the very least, does it have to be number one?

I mean, come on, guys.

Okay, deal.

Race you to the photo booth.



Do you have some money?

- Yeah, I do, I do.

- Okay.

- Okay.

- (camera beeping)

(camera shutter clicking)

- (snarling)

- (camera shutter clicking)

I've already seen Jurassic Park like seven times.

Doesn't it keep getting better every time we see it?

- GIRLS: No, no.

- It does.

Come on.

And I actually think that Jeanette should choose the movie, since it's her birthday and all.

- No, no, no.

- Yes, yes!

Last time we let Jeanette pick, we had to sit through that movie where Christian Slater had a monkey heart, okay?

Shut up, that movie is so good.

- No, it's not.

- Yes, it is.

No, I do have to concur, it's my PMS movie, so, she wins, case closed.


- What?

- I'm supposed to keep you distracted while Mallory gets you a birthday gift.

No, I told you guys not to get me anything.

Hence the distraction.


Look at these.

These are nice.

Very distracting.


(girls laughing)

♪ I like your purse.


It's my birthday.

Happy birthday.


Jeanette, right?


Yeah, I'm, uh...


Yeah, Jeanette.


I'm a grade below you and I'm...

- Hey.

- Hi.

I'm sorry I'm late.

- Where were you?

- I was just getting you something.

What were you gonna get me?

I can't tell you that.

It'll ruin the surprise.

- I can't tell you.

- (laughing)

Well, have a good birthday.

- Thanks.

- Mm-hmm.

(couple chuckles)

JAMIE: So...

what do you wanna do now?

(indistinct chatter)


- MALLORY: Um...

- Oh!

What was that about?





For you!


I told you you didn't have to get me anything.

It was like seven dollars.

Yeah, I pitched in.

Well, thank you, guys.


This is so sweet.

- You like it?

- Yeah, yeah.

Thank you.


♪ I know I've felt like this before ♪ ♪ But now I'm feeling it even more...

TENNILLE: Oh, Jamie, stop hogging the birthday girl.

- I'll see you soon.

- Okay.

Come on.

Let's go.


Oh, stop.

- So?

- Tell us everything.

I don't know what you're talking about.

Saturday night's...

the night.

Come on, girl, we need details.

It was perfect.

- Oh, I hate you!

- Yeah, me more.

I know a lot of people say their first time is really like uncomfortable and awkward or whatever...

but with Jamie it was...

If you say "magical," I'm gonna punch you in the boob.

Yeah, I'm gonna punch you in the other one.

No, it was perfect.



- It's the only way to describe it.


- RENÉE: I'm so happy for you!


- And now...

- What?

She's gonna show them with a hand gesture how big your...

Yep, there it is.

- Wow.

- Really, dude?

No, there's no way.

She's exaggerating, trust me.


You really like her, huh?

Yeah, Ben.


I really do.

You, uh...

still think about Kate?



Think she ran away?

Well, it sure beats the alternative, don't you think?

Yeah, I mean...

Dude, I'm happy...

with Jeanette.


she's great.

- Yeah, she is.

- Yeah.

She's good for you.


(girls laughing)

REPORTER: A local teenager has now been missing for two weeks, as police search for signs of her whereabouts. Friends and family of Kate Wallis describe her as a popular, bright and fun-loving young girl... (audio reversing)

Friends and family of Kate Wallis describe her as a popular, bright and fun-loving young girl and are praying for her safe return.

♪ (girls chattering)

(phone rings)



It's me.

Jamie's parked outside your house again. I know.

Well, do you want me to call the police? No.

What if he tries to hurt you? Then he hurts me.

Listen, I gotta go, okay?

Hey, hey.


happy birthday.

- Vincent?

- Huh?

Do you... It's never gonna be normal again, is it?

(Vincent inhales, sighs deeply)

You know, I can't even remember when it ever was. So...

- (dial tone buzzes)

- (hangs up phone)

- VINCENT: What are you doin', dude?

- (camera shutter clicks)

And we're making a list of all the things we're gonna do this summer, and we have to finish them all before school starts.


Really living on the edge, huh?

Yeah, there's a lot of cool stuff on there.

Dangerous stuff, even.

Ooh, dangerous.


I can't tell you.

It's a secret.


Well, what did you do for your th birthday that was so cool?

Dad let me cr*ck my first beer.

Or so he thought.

- Hey!

- Hello!

Save me some cake, actually, please?

- Yeah.

- Yeah.

Have fun, honey.

- All right.

- JEANETTE: Ooh, cake!


Where did that necklace come from?

It was a gift from Vincent and Mallory.


Looks a little cheap.

I like it.

Speaking of gifts...

- Oh, yes.

- (Jeanette gasps)

So, we found this old roll of film...

And we took it down to the shop and had it developed.


There you guys were.

Two little peas in a pod, from the day you were born.

I look so...


and squishy.

Tiny and squishy...

and perfect.

How's Jeanette?



Potentially a sociopath.

- (scoffs)

- Um...

She's not a sociopath.


she's a teenage girl.

I miss the way she used to be.

She's gonna be fine.


What time you getting off?


Not for another couple of hours.

Am I sleeping at your place tonight?

I hope so.

I'm not taking your money, Greg.

We've been together for four months.

One of the benefits of slipping with the bartender is the free drinks.

Dad, what are you doing?

I'm not eating your cake if that's what you think.


Get me a fork.

What are you still doing up?

Just checking in on you.

Are you okay?


Look, I'm sorry about dinner tonight.

Your brother...

No, no, it's okay.

I get it.

It's way more fun to be going on a date or to a concert, other than your nerdy little sister's birthday party.

You are not nerdy.


Yeah, Dad, I am.

I'm kind of nerdy.

And one of these days, the rest of the world's gonna see what I see.

You think that one day I'm just gonna...

suddenly poof...

be pretty and popular and everybody's gonna notice me?

Well, if that's what you want...

(opens drawer)

...you should just make another wish.

Would it be bad if I did?

They're all so cute.

Which one's your favorite?

You pick your half.

Only half?


I'll take these, you can have these.


Thank you so much for tonight.

It was the best birthday ever.

I just hope your parents aren't too upset that I took you away from them.

They'll get over it.

- (g*n)

- (dogs barking)

What was that?

- JAMIE: It's okay.

- What was that?

JAMIE: Babe, it's okay, it's okay.

- I'm sure it's nothing.

- VINCENT: Did you guys hear that?

It was probably just a car backfiring.

No, dude, it was a g*n.

Welcome to Texas.

Come on.

Come on!

(audio fast forwarding)

She was so happy. Okay, we, we were so happy, so, please, if you know anything, please call the police. And, Kate, if you're watching just... I just love you so much. Please come home.

(door opens)


Is your dad here?

He told me to stop by.

Yeah, he's in his room.

Are you okay, Jeanette?

Spare me.

I don't need advice from the local bartender who's screwing my dad.


I would have preferred the term "dating." Well, I'd prefer that you weren't doing either, okay?

What happened to that girl is a tragedy.

What's happening to you...

I can't even imagine.

I'm not trying to be your mother.

But if you ever need to talk...

I'm here.

And I...

I really like your dad.

But don't ever talk to me like that again.

I am not the enemy.




Good night.

Good night.

♪ (sighs happily)

♪ Guys, I really don't think we should do this.

Can we start with something that's not illegal?

Like maybe we can do number and we can pretend like we're from a different country and speak gibberish to complete strangers.

It's not illegal.

Trust me.

Breaking into a house is illegal.

No one lives there, so... it's not.


Trust us, okay?

Come on, we do everything together.

The keys are in your dad's office, right?




♪ Free your mind and the rest will follow... ♪

(all laughing)

Hey, what are you guys doing here?

- What's up, Mr.


- Hey, Dad.

Hey, um, so we're riding bikes and I just, like, really have to pee, and Jeanette said that maybe I could use your bathroom?

- Sorry.

- GREG: No, it's fine.

Uh, yeah, it's just down the hallway and to the left.

You are the best dad ever.

I mean, not that I have like a huge scope of reference or anything, right?

Mallory's dad left when she was five, so...

He's an alcoholic and a gambler.

But you already know this, don't you?

I have to pee.

Thank you so much.


So, are you guys checking things off that big list?

- Oh, yeah!

Oh, yeah, we're checking.

- Uh-huh.

We are checkin'.

MALLORY: Eenie, meenie, miney.

(card flapping in bicycle spokes)

MALLORY: Okay, our magical destination is Huntington Road.

JEANETTE: What if he notices the key is gone?

MALLORY: He's never gonna notice.


Also, sorry to say this, but your dad is kind of fine.

- What?

- Do you remember when he chaperoned our fourth-grade field trip and he wore those really short shorts?

- Mallory.

- I'm pretty sure that was my sexual awakening to be honest with you.

Eww, gross!

Mallory, come on!

Wait, guys, the house is already sold.

Come on, let's go.

Does it look like anyone's moved in yet?


I think it's empty.


I'm reporting live from Skylin, Texas, in front of Huntington Road, a house sitting vacant still on the anniversary of the shocking events that took place just beyond that front door you see behind me one year ago.

But for some local residents, that year feels like a lifetime.

- Ohh!

- (whispering)

Come in.

Ladies and gentlemen, item number on the list.

Play hide-and-seek in an empty house.

- One, , , not it!

- Not it!

You're it!

I hate you guys.

Count to .

Count to .

No peeking.

And front door is base, okay?



, ...

, , ...

, ...





Let's go, go.


, ...


JEANETTE: Ready or not, here I come!

MALLORY: I heard she and that dickhead had sex the other night.

Says who?

MALLORY: Says everyone.

Oh, please.

Do not tell me that after watching her mutate over the last school year that you're seriously still in love with her.

- I was never in love with her.

- Okay, bullshit.

I'm leaving.


One mention of Jeanette and you're just gonna bolt?

It's not one mention, okay?

She discarded us.

She didn't do that and you know it.

We all changed, we went our separate ways.

Why, why can't that be good enough?

The last thing in the world that this sh*thole town needed was another Kate Wallis.

And guess what we got?

The sequel.

And as you and I both know, it's never as good as the original.



the first one sucked to begin with.

JEANETTE: Here I come. Are you in...




Come out, come out, wherever you are.

♪ - MAN: Hello?

- (Jeanette screams)

Who are you?





my dad sold this house...

You're Greg's daughter?


Hi, I'm Martin.

This is my house.

Well, I just bought it.

I'm moving in tomorrow.

Oh, um...


What are you doing here?



My dad did a walkthrough last night, you know, just to make sure that everything was on the up and up.

And he thought maybe he had left his briefcase here, and he had a couple of showings this afternoon so he sent me by to look for it.

Oh, well, did you find it?


Uh, unfortunately not.


But, uh...

you know, he's always misplacing things.

Keys, wallet.

I'm sure it will turn up at some point.

I'm sure it will.


How are we supposed to get out?

I don't know, I don't know.

Wait, shh.

You know what, I think that I...

I saw something that my dad may have missed in the walkthrough.

Uh, do you want me to show you?

Sure, yeah.

Okay, um, it's just...

it's this way.

I think it's down in the basement.

Follow me.


Let's go.


Oh, my God, that was close.

Jeanette's a lifesaver.

But she's gonna k*ll us.

Oh, for sure, yeah.

Let's get the bikes.

I'm so sorry.

I could have sworn it was a water mark.

I guess it just must have been a shadow.

I'm gonna rip up that carpet anyway, but, hey, I appreciate your concern.


I guess it was silly of me to question my dad's excellent inspection skills.

- Hey, do you go to Skylin High?

- I do.

I'm the new assistant principal there.

- Oh, cool.

- Yeah.

So I'm sure I'll be seeing you.

I don't think so.

I don't usually get into much trouble.

Well, it was nice to meet you...?

- Uh, Jeanette.

- Jeanette.


But you should probably call me Mr. Harris, given the whole principal thing.

Oh, yeah.

Well, um...

Welcome to the neighborhood, Mr. Harris.


♪ That was awesome!

What's next?

It's just not the same.

I mean, the world is just not the same.
I mean, I know it's only been two weeks, but... It's been the worst two weeks of our lives. She was like our best friend, you know? I just hope she's okay. Jeanette Turner used to be like my best friend, and then overnight she became like this other person. What's the word... Conniving?

I first tried to be a positive influence...

RENÉE: Can you believe it's almost been a year since Kate disappeared?


So sad.

I didn't really know her.

TENNILLE: Oh, yeah, that's right.

You didn't start kicking it with us until after she went missing.

- This?

- Hmm-mm.

Big no.

Oh, my God!

Lookie who!

It's Jeanette Turner.

Oh, or are we calling you "Jenny" now?

Hey, Mallory.

Hi, Vincent.

I love that top.

But have you checked out the new stuff at Limited?

So fresh, am I right?

Are these your new friends?

Mallory Higgins.

I didn't know you went shopping.

We heard you make your own clothes.

Well, I heard that you are officially boinking Jamie Henson.


Really, job well done.

- Hey, Vince, was that on the list?

- Mallory, let's just go.

We're just gonna go, all right?

I'm just catching up with an old friend.

Did you guys know that Jeanette used to be friends with us?

Looks like someone finally got her cootie sh*t.

Can you give me a minute?

BOTH: Sure.



I don't know what's going on.

But I'm here.

I've been here.

You can say that I pulled away from you, but you pulled away from me, too.

So I don't understand where all this rage is coming from.

But if you wanna talk, you know where to find me.

♪ God, you sound just like her.

I'm sorry.

I'm sorry, I...

You guys wanna go to the photo booth?


- RENÉE: Yeah, fine.


Let's go.

(camera shutter beeping, clicking loudly)

(rock music on radio)

(teens laughing)


- What's up, psycho?

- (laughter)

(girl gasps)

(rock music playing loudly)


as we are just a few months away from the trial...

there is something we need to talk to you about.

And it's a bit of an extension to the conversation we had yesterday.

Is this about that stupid necklace?

I already told you,

- there's nothing to it.

- It's not about the necklace.

We are looking into that.

But there's an issue of concern here...

about your likability.

We want the jury to root for you.

But you're not giving the impression that you're the wronged party here.

How would you like me to be, Denise?

Juries wanna feel sympathy.

They wanna feel a connection.

How the hell is the jury supposed to connect with the most hated person in the nation?

I have been lied about, spit at, made fun of.

You name it.

On the rare occasion that I actually leave my house because I have to...

people don't whisper about me.

They say it loud so that I can hear them.

And we are sympathetic.

JEANETTE: But the jury won't be.

My dad...

who used to actually love me...

spends half of his time painting over the graffiti that gets put on our car garage almost every other day.

He can barely hide his contempt for me.

The National Enquirer... did an article about me last month.

They called me a Satan worshiper.

And the governor of Texas called me a disgrace.

I have no one, I have nothing.

And you want me to be more likable?

It's the only way to win.

(cries softly)


So you want me to be more like her.

I didn't say that.




From this point forward, I'm gonna make a concerted effort to be less like myself and more like what you want me to be.

Thank you.


♪ Never thought I'd ever find... ♪

Where's Tennille?

She's downstairs making a phone call.

Her mom moved her phone out of her room.

- Why?

- (laughs)

I don't know.

She's probably dirty-talking to Mike.


Oh, ho, that was so t*nk.

Don't worry, I won't tell her.

I was kidding.

Do not tell her I said anything.

You're not really wrong.

She's kind of a big ho.

(both giggle)

Jeanette just called you a ho.

Oh, she's lying!

What's the matter?

That was Allison Murphy.


Speaking of big Ho's.

They found Kate.

Oh, my God.

Do you know where they found her body?

Do they know who k*lled her?

She's not d*ad.

She's alive.

Oh, my God!

♪ (crow cawing)



- Ben!

I need to talk to Jamie!

- No, no, you need to go.

BEN: Now is not the time.

You can do this later.

Please listen to me, Jeanette, you need to go.

- I came as soon as I heard.

- Bitch!

- Oh, my God!

- JAMIE: I don't wanna see you!

- Oh my God, you h*t her!

- JAMIE: What'd you do to her?

- Why did you do that?

- Get her out of here, go!

(girls screaming)

- JAMIE: Get away from me!

- (Jeanette sobbing)

- Oh.

- Hold it there.

- Okay.

Ow, ow, ow!

- Okay, good.

Sorry, hon.

It was an accident, okay?

I'll never play volleyball again.

Well, you're supposed to h*t the ball with your hands, not your face.

Okay, that's unnecessary.

Do you think she's gonna need plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery?

Honey, no.

This is just your standard run-of-the-mill shiner.

Wait, wait.


Can you turn that up?

Turn it up, please.

Tonight's top story, missing teenager Kate Wallis was rescued today and her abductor has been k*lled in a deadly sh**t.

- Isn't that Jamie's...?

- Ex-girlfriend.

In a shocking and disturbing turn of events, Kate Wallis's alleged kidnapper was Martin Harris, who was the assistant principal

- at Skylin High School.

- No freaking way.

He was a perv?

I sold him that house.

As you can imagine, it was a tearful reunion...

CINDY: Can you imagine how her parents must feel?

I don't know what I would do if anything like that ever happened to any one of you.

How could someone do something like that?

REPORTER: ...more details of this shocking incident are sure to come.

- Back to you.

- Oh, thank God that wasn't you.


CINDY: I'm just...

we should call the Wallises.

Or check in or maybe...

bring them a muffin basket?

I don't know, what is appropriate here?

♪ DEREK: Yo, Jean.

What are you so jazzed on?


Checking stuff off your oh-so-thrilling list?

Nothing too crazy.


Hey, wait.

Sorry I bailed early on your birthday dinner.

That's fine.

I think 's gonna be your year.


♪ ♪

(news theme playing)

(VHS player rattles)

I'm sitting here with Kate Wallis, the very brave young woman who was abducted and held c*ptive by her former assistant principal and finally, thankfully, rescued.

Kate, it's been about three months since you were freed.

That's right, Marsha.

I think I can speak for the entire country when I say just how grateful I am that you're safe and here with us today.

KATE: Well, not as grateful as I am.

(audio fast forwarding)

But I think there's something that I need to do first in order to heal. Something I would like to share with you. Of course. Even though I have been advised by a legal team not to, I feel very strongly that this is something that I've earned the right to share.

A few months after I was kidnapped...

something happened that gave me some hope.

What was it?

I was found by someone.

A girl.

I didn't know her very well.

Or at all really, but...

she saw me.

MARSHA: Excuse me? I thought that salvation was near... that I would soon be rescued... that she would bring me back to safety, but... help didn't come for months. Why not? Well, I found out that while I was being held c*ptive...

she had essentially taken over my life.

To the girl who stayed silent...

who let me endure things that I cannot erase, you could have saved me, and you didn't.

I wish you could go to jail for your sins, but...

since there are ridiculous laws against that, I can only say...

Jeanette Turner, I hope you rot in Hell.

♪ You stupid girl ♪

Jeanette Turner, I hope you rot in Hell.

Jeanette Turner, I hope you rot in Hell.

♪ You stupid girl ♪
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