01x01 - Pilot

Episode transcripts for the TV show "Punky Brewster". Aired: February 2021 to present.
The sequel to the original, now a single mother Punky meets a girl who reminds her of her younger self.
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01x01 - Pilot

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Morning, Henry!

What a beautiful day.

Kids, move your butts!

Oh, Henry, working full-time

raising three kids on my own.

I don't know how you did it.

Oh, stop gloating.

You only had one.

- Mom, are you okay?
- Yeah, why?

For one, you're talking
to a picture of Grandpa.

He's a good listener.

Okay, I'm kind of in a funk.

I'm a funky Punky.

I'm here.

You can talk to me about anything.

Within reason.

Are you sad about the divorce?

No, it was for the best.

But your dad and I were
together for a long time,

and I put so much into us
that somewhere along the line,

I lost myself.

I miss me.

You're right there.

I'm ready for the next chapter.

It's time for me to focus
on myself and my needs.

Is this about... you know what?

'Cause if it is, I'm out.

No, but if you wanna talk
about you know what...


Okay, because it's complicated

and I need to get
Diego to hockey practice,

Daniel to piano lessons, and...
what else do I need to do?

- Oh, right, walk Brandy.

I'm glad we had this talk.

Me too.

Oh, Mom,
you're wearing two different shoes.

Oh, haven't done that in a while.

Still works!

I don't know how you did it, Grandpa.

Raising Mom isn't easy.

♪ One, two, three, four! ♪

♪ Hey, hey ♪

♪ Every time I turn around ♪

♪ Hey, hey, hey, hey ♪

"Newly single.
Professional photographer.

Used to be fun."

I'm still fun.


I am not ready to date again.

Your father and I just broke up.

Dad's dating a -year-old.

Let me fix my hair.

Too thirsty.


Aren't kids supposed to be,
like, scarred

by their parents dating again?

It's .

Women don't need permission
to live their lives.

We can be who we want,

do what we want, dress how we want.

I am not getting you that crop top.

But it's !


Ooh, your first h*t. Check him out.

I told you I'm not ready.

I need to do some soul-searching...

[GASPS] A fireman?

Holy macanoli.

Swipe right. Swipe right.

You know what? Maybe I'll date again

if you ever get the nerve

to talk to that boy you're crushing on.

[AS HANNAH] "Jordan!"

It's Jordan.

And it's different.

You're old. You're running out of time.

Mom, I am sick of this slob!

I always have to clean up our room.

And I always have to mess it up!

It's like I'm living with Marie Kondo.

Mom, are you sure we're related?

Yes, I adopted you when Diego
was two and you were a baby.

Get over it.

Hey, are you wearing eyeliner?

- I'm trying it out.
- Hmm, I like it.

It makes your eyes pop.

Are you seeing this?


Is that better?



"Why don't you come put out my f*re?"


Hi, Daniel. How are you?

I'm living with animals, Aunt Cherie.

Heads up, don't drink the OJ.

Good morning, Henry.

Hey, girl.

I figured you needed a hug.


You can stop hugging. I'm fine.

But just a few more seconds.

How do you always know?

Because we've been friends
since we were seven.

And you texted me
last night at : a.m.

and said,
"I need a hug and a box of wine."

I had a tough day and
accidentally watched

"The Notebook" three times.

Girl, you need to date.

Thank you.

Hey, can you come by Fenster Hall

and take some pics of the kids
for the foster care website?

Yeah, of course.

There's a new girl there.
She reminds me of you.

She is cute! But a pain in the butt.

Aw, that's so sweet!

Hey, guys, what was the ' s like?



Nope, nope.

God, no.

Ooh, you should go out with this one.

I'm not ready.

I need time to get into shape,
get a mani-pedi.

Tend to my personal garden.

Well, I've already swiped right,

so get out the gardening shears.

Fine, I'll just shave my
legs and put on a Cubs cap.


This place brings back good memories.

Like the day I got out.

Speaking of, I wanna introduce you

to that little girl I
was telling you about.

- Izzy's gone again!

She's an escape artist just like you.

Is the coast clear?

You must be Izzy.

Oh, man. Are you gonna turn me in?

No, I'm just here to take pictures.

Good, because I'm busting out of here.

I'm Punky.

I hold the record for
busting out of this place.

Well, it's nice to meet you,

but I'm about to break your record.

Hmm, can I take a picture before you go?

I get it.

You want me to smile
and look cute and cuddly

so somebody adopts me.

Not happening.

I'm not a puppy.

I don't want you to smile.

Everybody smiles. That's boring.

Look mean.

Stomp your feet!

Stick out your tongue!

Give me Beyoncé girl squad diva!

Oops, got you smiling.

How did you become a photographer?

A nice man named Henry
took me under his wing.

He saw potential in
me that nobody else did.

I wish I could be a photographer.

You can be anything you wanna be.

I don't have a camera.

Sure you do. Your eyes are your camera

and your brain is your memory card.

You can take a mental
picture of anything you want

and store it right up here.


See? I just took a picture of you.

You try.

I'm taking a selfie.


[PANTING] There you are!

Man, I should've bolted
when I had the chance.

Come on, Izzy. Let's go.

You two seem to be getting along.

Oh, I am onto you.

You thought I would
fall in love with Izzy

and wouldn't be able to
resist fostering her.

Can you just keep her for a couple days?

I have a terrific family that
is interested in fostering her.

I just need to get them approved.

And if she stays here,
Punky, she's gonna run.

I'm sorry, I can't take on
any more responsibility.

I'm barely keeping it together.

I'm wearing a bathing suit
as underwear right now.



Hey, guys!

We need to have a family talk.

Let me get the tissues.


There's no need for tears,
or whatever Diego's doing.

Last time we had a family talk,

you told us Dad was moving out.

If someone is leaving,
I vote we cut Daniel loose.

No one is getting voted out!

I want you to consider an addition.

What? You're pregnant?

How could you do this to me?

First of all, I'm not pregnant.

Second, this is why
we don't have family talks.

Third, there's a little girl
that needs a place to stay

while Cherie finds her a home.

But it needs to be a family decision,

so we all have to agree.

- No.
- Absolutely not.

No way.

Okay, here's the thing...
We're doing it.


I'd like for you to meet Izzy.

So how long are you in for?

This home is far from a prison.

years to life.

Excuse us, Izzy.

This is so unfair.

I can't even have my own life

because I'm stuck raising
Daniel and Diego with you.

And now, you bring in another
kid without even asking me!

I'm sorry, but the mom
in me couldn't say no.

I needed a home, and Henry took me in.

We don't even have room for her.

It's only temporary.

Can we please try and
make her feel comfortable?

- Uh, Mom?

She gone.

Man, she's good!



Somebody order an Uber?


Where are your parents, kid?

If you want five stars, just drive.

- Stop!
- What the?

- I'm not even moving.
- Floor it!

Nobody's going anywhere.

She's with me. [SIGHS]



You took all these?

Yeah, I used to be a photo journalist.

I mainly do weddings and parties now.


You jumped out of a plane
to take this picture.

Yeah, that was pretty cool.

I landed seconds before my puke.

Why'd you stop?

I wanted to spend
more time with my kids.

And now, I get to take pictures

of people that are gonna
live happily ever after.

Did they all live happily ever after?


I mean, % of marriages end in divorce,

so might as well flip a coin.

Knock-knock! The lovebirds are here.

Oh, welcome. Let's talk
about the big day.

Can I have a quarter?

Sure, yeah. [CHUCKLES]

Are you gonna do a magic trick?

I wanna flip a coin to
see if you guys make it.

My boss says it's / .

Heads or tails?



Do you think Jordan likes
metallic or glitter?

I think he likes boobs.

But you should worry
about what you like.

Hey, we're supposed
to be playing Fortnite.

I need my spa time.

You want in?

No, that's your thing.

You think it's weird I paint my nails?

Kind of, but who cares?

Somebody at school said it was weird.


Hand me the shimmery red.

Hannah, I need you to look after Izzy.

She's already broken up two couples

and b*mb a family portrait.

Why can't the boys look after Izzy?

Oh, come on!



So why are we just going up and down,
and not getting off?

It's a game called
None of Your Business.



I get it.

Hi, I'm Izzy.

This hottie is Hannah.

Oh, hey.

I've seen your around
before and wanted to say,



Must be fate,

you two meeting in the same elevator.

It's like a YA novel.

You guys should hang out in a field

looking up at the stars sometime.

Ooh, and one of you should
be dying from a rare disease!

I'd be into that.

Except for the dying part.


Guess I should go.

I'll text you.

[STAMMERS] Yeah, okay.


Whoo, go, girl! Go, girl!

- Go, girl!

I need your number.




- Who are you?
- Who are you?

- I'm Izzy.
- Nice to meet you.

Travis. I used to live here.

So you escaped?

Sort of.

I got kicked out.

Well, I'm getting out too.

Oh, okay.

Although, before you go,

you really should have
some of my pancakes.

Sorry, but the open road calls.

[CHUCKLES] All right.

I gotta hand it to you.

Not many people can say no
to chocolate chip pancakes.

You put chocolate chips

in the pancakes?


See you later, kid.

Why are we still talking?

Syrup me.

Morning, Izzy. Morning, babe.


What just happened?

You kissed me good morning,

and now you're kind of
freaking out a little?

You're not supposed to be here!

We're divorced!

That doesn't mean we can't hang out.

Uh, it kind of does.

And don't call me babe.

You called me babe.

You still have a thing for him.

Eat your pancakes.

Things are different now.

You can't just show up for no reason.

Okay, I have a good reason.

The band just came back from a tour

and I wanted to see my family.


Yeah, you might wanna keep that closed.

That's three weeks of tour bus stink.

This isn't a laundromat.

You remember that
laundromat in Milwaukee?

Stop being charming!

You can't just show up for no reason.

It's confusing for the kids.

- Oh, hey, Dad.
- Hey.

I smell pancakes.

She seems okay.

Fine. It's confusing to me.

We're divorced,
and you're hanging around more

than you did when we were married.

And Hannah's got me on dating apps,

you're dating a -year-old.

Whoa, whoa. Not really dating.

It's more just sex and emojis.

- I don't wanna hear it!
- Okay.

Okay, look. It's gonna be all right.

I'll take off and I'll call you later

to set up a time to see the kids.

Izzy can come too.

Who is Izzy?

Cherie asked us to watch her

while she finds her a foster family.

She's a handful.

Well, that's pretty cool.

After all,
Brandy and I were rescues too.

Isn't that right, boy?

Oh, by the way, Hannah is crushing hard

on a boy named Jordan and
Daniel's experimenting.

Wait, with dr*gs?

With eyeliner and sometimes nail polish.

That's probably just a phase.

Maybe it's more than a phase.

All right.

I'll have to dig up some
of my old David Bowie CDs.


It's good to see you, Punky Brewster.

You too.

Dang it! I did it again!

Morning, Cherie.

You two didn't...

She tried to seduce me,

but I was strong as a rock.


Good news!

I got approval on the couple
that wants to foster Izzy.

Great. She's a good kid.


Forgot my underwear. [GROANS]

- Girl...
- I did not sleep with him!

Are you sure?

I mean, come on.


Thank you so much for letting
us to the hand off here.

Of course. Izzy's so excited.

Right, Izzy?

Izzy, we're thrilled to see you!

Hello there!

This is off to a good start.

So what made you guys
decide you wanted kids?

Oh, it just seemed like the right time.

Our careers are on track.
All our friends are doing it.

I wanted to start with a dog,
but Gemma's allergic.

- So here we are.
- Honey!

We're really excited.


Jordan texted me!

- Shut up!
- No, you shut up!

- You shut up!
- No, you shut up!

- No, you shut up!
- Okay!

In our household,
"shut up" means "I love you."

Oh. I can't wait to get you home.

We can go shopping for
clothes without holes in them.

Um, ripped jeans are totally in style.

Oh, style isn't an issue.

Izzy will be attending
an all-girls prep school

whose students wear uniforms,

so we'll have to deal
with the hair thing too.

Uh, we like her hair.

Let's talk about your hair.

I think what Hannah's saying is that

if everybody in the
world looked the same,

it would be kind of boring.

I've read that children
thrive with structure.

With Izzy's school load,
her music lessons,

her language tutor, and college prep,

we'll be sure to keep her very busy.

Did you carve out any
time for her to be a kid?

- Punky, can I have a word?
- Mm-hmm.

Those people are all wrong for Izzy!

She's just a kid,
and all they wanna do is change her.

Punky, this is a done deal.

They've been through applications,

background checks, home visits.

It's not like I just walked
into Applebee's and shouted,

"Hey, who wants a kid?"

I've been where she is.

It's too much pressure.

She's gonna think she has to be perfect

or they'll give her back.

Yes, they have high expectations,

but to be fair, nobody thought
Henry was right for you.


You had to play the Henry card.


What was going on with them?

All I heard was Applebee's.

Well, I think it's time

that we let the Keatons
and Izzy get going.


I know that Izzy is excited
to see her new home.

I'm gonna miss you, kiddo.

Before I go,

I wanna take a picture to remember you.


Got it.


I almost forgot I made
something for Izzy.

We'll just go get it.

I'll go check on the girls.

[NERVOUS LAUGHTER] This is going well.

Hey, guys.

Oh, no.

Listen, we need to be quiet about this,

but the girls are gone!

I need you to stall them.

It's cool, Mom. We got this.

I got nothing.

[GROANS] Hey, guys! Look at me!



What is this place?

Mom built it with her
friends when she was a kid.

That was before the internet,
when there was nothing to do.

Hmm, it doesn't seem
as big as it used to.

How did you find us?

Well, I'm your mom.

And I've got an app on
my phone that tracks you.

Okay, I'll be angry about that later,

but right now,
we can't let Izzy go with them.

The Keatons just want
what's best for Izzy.

We all do.

I'm sick of people telling
me what's best for me.

I don't need you. I don't need them.

- I'm out of here.
- Man, you're stubborn.

You know what? I'm not gonna stop you.

Where are you going anyway?

To find my mom and tell her I'm sorry.

For what?

Whatever I did to make her leave.

Hannah, can you tell Cherie
I'll be up in a little bit?


But the old you would've fought for her.

Mind if I ask what happened?

She dropped me off at school
one day and never picked me up.

I don't tell many people this, but...

I was abandoned too.

My mom left me in a
grocery store parking lot

and never came back.


I'm still waiting for her to show up.

What did you do wrong?

I asked myself that for years.

What did I do to make her want to leave?

Until I realized it wasn't about me.

You didn't do anything wrong.

There must be something wrong with me,

something awful.

Why else would a
mother dump her own kid?

I saw a news story once.

There was a mother and her baby
trapped in a burning building.

They were five stories up

and they didn't think
they were gonna be saved.

At the last second,
the mother leaned over

and dropped her baby out of the window

into the arms of a firefighter below.

She realized

the only way to save her
baby was to let her go.

My mom wasn't in a f*re.

Maybe she felt like her
whole life was on f*re

and the only way to save you

was to drop you into
somebody else's arms.



Sooner or later,

you gotta stop running and
take a chance on someone.

- Go, Daniel!
- Oh, Punky.

Answer the phone so I can yell at you.

Punky, what is going on?

We were just having a heart-to-heart.

- Izzy, are you ready to go?
- Yup.

This would be a lot easier
if you would let go of me.

I'm trying.

I can't.

Hey, you said that you wanted
me to find her the right home.

I know.

I just realized.

- It's our home.
- What?

When I told you to take
a chance on someone,

I think I was telling
myself the same thing.

Izzy, would you like to stay with us?

What took you so long?

Is that a yes?


You helped me rediscover
something I had been missing...

My Punky Power.

What's that?

Oh, you're about to find out.

Uh, I don't know what's going on here,

but she's coming with us.

Yeah, we've already done
all the paperwork.

I don't care if you've got
her name tattooed on her butt.

You're gonna have to go
over me to get to Izzy.

Heck no! Izzy won't go!

You know, we can just
step over you, right?

It's more of a symbolic gesture.

I'm with Mom. Izzy should stay.

Thanks, honey. [GRUNTS]

- BOTH: Us too!

Oh, Izzy, we can't do this without you,

but please decide fast
because I can't breathe!

Izzy Power!



Hey, I will call you tomorrow
and we will sort this all out.



Sorry if I messed things up
for you, Cherie.

- Oh, it's no problem.
- Really?

No, it's a big problem!

But I want what's best for Izzy.

And that's you.

Hey, I don't need anybody to save me.

I told Henry the same thing.

But we kind of saved each other.

- Come here.
- Not a hugger.

But I am.

You'll get used to it.





Nice shoes.

- I remember that girl.
- Yup.

And this time, it wasn't an accident.

I just asked Izzy if she wanted me

to read her a bedtime story,
and she told me to "chill."

I'ma go get a beer.

- You don't live here!



Yes, this is Penelope Brewster,

but my friends call me Punk...

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