01x01 - Wheel of f*re

Episode transcripts for the TV show "Station Eleven". Aired: December 16, 2021 to present.
Mini-series based on the 2014 novel of the same name tells a story a group of survivors 20 years after a flu pandemic resulted in the collapse of civilization.
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01x01 - Wheel of f*re

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[crickets chirping]

[pig grunting]

[pig squeals]

[all squealing]

[birds cawing]

[insects buzzing]


Ay, every inch a king.

When I do stare, see
how the subject quakes.

I pardon that man's life.

What was thy cause?

[phone keyboard clacking]


Thou shalt not die.

For Gloucester's bastard
son was kinder to his father

- than my daughters got.
- [keys clacking]

To 't, luxury, pell-mell,
for I lack soldiers.

Behold yond simpering dame,

whose face between her
forks presages snow,

that minces...

[tense music]


♪ ♪


The fitchew, nor... nor the...

He's having a heart att*ck.

He's acting.

No, look.

- Dost thou know me?
- Ah...

[crowd murmuring]

What are you doing? Jeevan, sit down.

Sorry. Excuse me. Sorry.

- Jeevan.
- Sorry.


- Sir?
- [coughs]



- [whimpers]
- Arthur.

[crowd gasping, murmuring]

Are you a doctor?

Is there... is there a
doctor? Is there a doctor?

Can you... Is there a doctor?

[crowd murmuring]

Can... can someone stop the snow?


- I... I can't do this.
- Bob?

I don't know how to...

How is there not a doctor?

[footsteps approaching]

Get out of the way.
Please, get out of the way.

I need a defibrillator.

- Quickly!
- I got it!

Unpack it.

♪ ♪

Someone please turn off the f*cking snow!

Stay with me, sir. Stay with me.

[defibrillator whirring]


[defibrillator thuds]

Charging again.


[defibrillator thuds]

One more time. One more time.


[defibrillator thuds]

Hold on. So you don't know CPR?

Uh, no.

But you ran on stage anyway.

[indistinct chatter]


Did you know the victim?


Uh, no, I was just in the audience.

Sorry, excuse me.

Hey, weren't you in the play?

What's your name?


Where is your mom or dad?

Who looks after you when you're here?


The wrangler.

Like your cows?

They call the person
who looks after the kids

- the wrangler.
- Oh.

All right, come on, let's...

Let's go find your wrangler.

Hey, excuse me, sir.

- Do you know where Tanya...
- No.

The wrangler...

Yeah. Uh-huh. That's what I said.


Hey, excuse me. Do you know a Tanya?

She's the wrangler for the... for the...

Do you think Arthur's d*ad?

If he is...

he was doing what he loved
most in the world when he d*ed.

So that's cool, right?

Acting is what I love
most in the world, too.

Okay, well. It's... it's... it's good

that you have something.

Honey. Oh, my God. Are you okay?

- Mm-hmm.
- Okay. Let's go.

- Thank you.
- All right.

- Bye.
- [phone ringing]



♪ ♪


[keys clacking]


- [chatter]
- [siren blaring]

[phone chimes]

All I can tell you is, tonight,

Arthur Leander fainted

- due to dehydration.
- Oh, come on.

You saw him. That's not dehydration.

- Do you have any questions?
- Does this have anything

to do with his weight?



What happened to Tanya the Wrangler?

Oh, she's in there with Arthur.

[siren wailing]

So how do you usually get home?

I take the L with Tanya.

Okay, come on. I'll walk you to the L.

But I can't go with
a stranger unless Tanya

and my parents say it's okay.


Hello, I'm Jeevan Chaudhary.

And you're Kirsten...

- Raymonde.
- Raymonde, okay.

So now we're not strangers.

Come on.

[man coughing]

[Glen Campbell's "Turn
Around, Look At Me"]

♪ ♪

♪ There is someone ♪

♪ Walking behind you ♪

- _
- ♪ Turn around ♪

♪ Look at me ♪

♪ There is someone ♪

♪ Watching your footsteps ♪

♪ Turn around ♪

♪ Look at me ♪

♪ There is someone ♪

You know they gave
me a Shakespeare coach?


Yeah, when movie stars
decide to do Shakespeare,

they make you take a test.

I'll bet.

You know, until
yesterday, I thought that...

I thought that I was
never gonna see you again.

Why are you here?

I finished.

I wanted you to have one.

♪ Turn around, look at me ♪

She's Kiki.

She's in the play with us.



♪ Look at someone ♪

♪ Who really loves you ♪

♪ Turn around ♪

Who's that?

♪ Look at me ♪

He's the assh*le that ruined my life.

[tense tone]

♪ ♪

Hi, Laura. It's me again.

I'm gonna be a bit
later 'cause I have...

I have to drop something off.

But I... I wish you hadn't left.

But I... I hope you're feeling better.

All right, bye.

You should save your
battery. You're in the red.

What happens if it dies

before you plug it in
again, do you die too?

[PA chimes]

PA Announcer: Next to Metra,

South Shore Line Millennium Station.

Who's Laura?

Laura is my girlfriend.

You gonna get married?

Probably, yeah. I think so.

What kind of job do you have?

I'm a... I'm a reporter.

Like a reporter or, uh,
a cultural critic, slash...

I... I had a website.

I create content... I don't have a job.

I thought you were a doctor.

How did you know how to do
all that EMT stuff with Arthur?

Yeah, I think I just...

I learned that watching "ER."

But you were the first
one in the theater to know.

Or just the first one who stood up.

Must be hard not knowing
what you want to be.

- Takes a while.
- Yeah.

I'm eight.

PA Announcer: Next to Metra,

South Shore Line Millennium Station.

- Want a cashew?
- Uh, no, thanks.

[indistinct sports commentary on phone]

You know your parent's numbers by heart?

Yeah. In my phone.

[phone buzzing]

I spy with my little eye
something blue and pink.

Do you know about this flu?

- What, that thing in Asia?
- Mostly Europe.

Hold on.

f*ck you! You think I care at all, Sam?

Northwestern ER just sent
their overflow to us.

- Hi.
- Hi.

Okay. I wasn't supposed

to be at work today,
but I got called back

to the ER an hour ago.

A -year-old flew in
from Moscow last night.

Presented with flu symptoms early...

- Ahh! Let's go!!
- Sorry, Siya. One sec.

We've never seen a flu like this before.

It's f*cking chaos.

Yeah. I don't know,
it sounds kind of bad.

I was gonna ask you if
you wanted to get a drink,

but I guess you're working late tonight.

Laura and I are in a fight...

Ronny, where the f*ck is my...

'Cause I lost my job at the flower shop.

Jeevan, it's too late to run.

You need to get to Frank.

Don't believe a word the news says.

The city's gonna be f*cked.

People are walking
around already exposed

and they don't know it.

Avoid contact with anyone.

Just you, just Frank.

Okay, but this happens, though, right?

I mean, this happens...

- Is this happening?
- Get to Frank.

Lock yourselves in, build a barricade.

It's your best chance of surviving.

- Surviving?
- Yes.

Jeevan, that is what
I'm trying to tell you.

Hold on. I want this in the lobby.

Wherever they fit. I don't care.

Yes! What part of "yes" do
you not f*cking understand?


Send them here instead, then.

Yes! Yes, yes!

Whoo! Yes! Yes!

Text me when you get to Frank's, okay?

Send a picture on the Chaudhary chain.


[breathing heavily]

Hey, these kids just came in.

Do you remember the time you barfed

strawberry Yoo-Hoo on Jenny Kemkin?

- Yeah.
- Everyone had chocolate,

but you found that one strawberry

and you were like, "What?
I like strawberry."

And then you barfed on her
when we were playing, um...

- Sardines, yeah.
- Yeah, sardines.

And you were like, "It was good."

[breathing heavily]

Yeah, I remember.

I liked when we were kids.

Siya, why are you...

Get to Frank's.

No, no. Siya. Siya, what about...

[line beeps]

PA Announcer: The next
stop is Chicago Avenue.

[train slowing]


[wind whooshing]



[indistinct PA announcement]

[breathing heavily]

- [distant siren wailing]
- [panting]

Are you okay?


How far is your house?

It's pretty far.

We got off at the wrong stop.

It's this way.


In the last few moments,
new guidance from the WHO,

the World Health Organization,

they're recommending you
drink plenty of water

and avoid contact

with those who are displaying...

What happens if your phone dies?

Do you die?

[phone line trilling]

Can you slow down?

I have snow in my boots.

- No, come on.
- Hello, you've reached

Frank Chaudhary. Please leave a message

and I'll get back to you when I can.

This is the one time you should

take my call, you hermit idiot.

[Christmas music playing inside]

I think Tanya and Arthur
were boyfriend and girlfriend.

Yeah. If it's for Arthur,

I'd believe anything about Tanya.

Do you think she loves him?

Definitely not.

This is it.

Bye, Jeevan.

I'll wait until you get in the door.

Hi, you've reached Laura.

I can't answer the phone right...

[knocking on door]

[banging at door]

Don't you have a key?

- Tanya has it.
- f*cking Tanya.

Okay, what about your neighbors?

My dad hates the neighbors.

What about those neighbors?

- They're really old.
- Okay.

Kirsten, please tell me
one person in the world

who cares about you and I
will take you to them, please.


I'm really cold.

Come on.

Come run an errand with me.

I can't leave you
here. Come on. Let's go.

All right, come on.

Miranda, is that
you? Miranda Carroll.


How... how are you calling this phone?

I wanted to tell you this directly.

Um, Arthur has d*ed.

I... I'm so sorry. He... he... he... um,

he had a heart att*ck on
stage tonight, doing "Lear."

Um, I mean, I don't know

how much you've been
in touch lately or...

- [static buzzing]
- [indistinct]


What did you say?


In the U.S., the FAA has
not set any travel restrictions

into or out of the country.

[busy signal beeping]

...or ahead of it, no one's certain.

But the holiday travel
season is likely to remain...

Looks like your flight's safe.

Yeah. You should sleep another hour.

We don't have to leave until : .

I'm not coming.

It's your friend's funeral.

I just can't take two weeks off.

No, you're right.

It's my burden.

I can't share my weight every time.


I accept this.

[classical music]

♪ ♪

No f*cking thank you.

This thing is a lot bigger

than the major governments expected.

This is not the boy cries wolf.

This is the wolf.

[pop music playing on PA]

♪ ♪

Do you have money?

Of course.

- You don't have a job.
- Okay, but I have money.

What's it like having a brother?

It's annoying.


Because brothers and
sisters know you too well.

Was that your sister on the phone?


What did she say?

Jeevan, what did she say?

Do you like Yoo-Hoo?

She talked for way longer than that.

No, I mean the drink.

Come on. Come on, it's the best.

Is that chocolate milk?

'Cause I'm not allowed to have sugar.

Even on a sleepover,
I can't break the rule.

[muffled tone]

[music on PA playing louder]

♪ Just you and I ♪

♪ Oh, my love ♪

- Jeevan.
- [siren wailing]



- [exhales]
- What?

Now is usually when I...

When I would have a
panic att*ck, but I...

I did that already back there.


It's kind of like I planned it.

Okay. Come on. Let's go.

We need way more stuff than this.


Uh, we don't take check.

Yeah, I mean, are people really

paying for their groceries
with checks still?

When they're fake. yeah.

Yeah. Okay.


- [receipt printing]
- Never any doubt.

- Thanks.
- Yeah.

Uh, hey, excuse me?

Is this because of that thing?

Uh, the flu?

Uh, should I go somewhere?

You should go home.

Is everyone still feeling okay?

Yeah? Any coughing? Any sore throats?

Anyone feeling hot? No?

Okay, that's great. That's great.

Now listen, all of your
parents are getting really,

really good treatment right now.

Okay? You guys stay warm.

I'll see you.



♪ Hark! How the bells ♪

♪ Sweet silver bells ♪

♪ All seem to say "Throw cares away" ♪

Tell them to keep their
masks on as much as they can.

- [people coughing]
- Who did you call?

My ex-husband. You?

One of my brothers won
a Pulitzer when he was .

I picked the one who owes me grand

and eats cereal for dinner.

- Which one is that? Frank?
- Jeevan.


Hey. Anyone heard
anything else from the CDC?

Our doors are not closing, people!

[indistinct chatter]

They said the tamivir shipment was sent

to the east tower.

Something about a new shipping process.


Hey, Terrence. Who did you call?

Oh, I just tweeted, "Bye."

Dodson thought tamivir would work.

- At least he d*ed hopeful.
- Would you want to know

if tamivir doesn't
work if you were dying?

You want that hope.

Can someone help me? Anyone?

Hey. I'm... I'm sorry
to bother you guys.

Where do I take her?

Come with me. I'll be right back.

♪ From everywhere filling the air ♪

♪ Oh, how they pound
raising the sound ♪

♪ O'er hill and dale telling their tale ♪

[horns blaring]

♪ Christmas is here ♪

♪ Merry, merry, merry, merry Christmas ♪

♪ Merry, merry, merry ♪

♪ Merry Christmas ♪

[tense tone]

Why did you say that to that man?


Why did you tell him to go home?

When are you gonna take me home?

My parents don't know where I am.

Look, Kirsten, I know...

I know this is all a little scary, okay?

But they're saying that there's a...

A health scare coming, okay,

and people are supposed to get inside.

And the problem is we...

We can't reach anyone
who knows you even exist.

That's not fair!

If you want to go back to your house,

you want to try and get
in, we'll call a cab.

We'll figure it out.

Or you... you can spend the
night at my brother's apartment.

I'm not allowed to say you have to

'cause that's kidnapping, I think.

And people should choose for
themselves what they want.

- I'm eight.
- I know, but...

[store bell dings]

You have to choose.


I'll go home.


You got enough money for a cab?

Yeah. It was nice to meet you.


Hey, Kirsten.

Uh, yeah, it's really weird.


Your parents just messaged me.

I messaged them earlier.
I think they just got it.

Uh, yeah. Turns out their
car got stuck in Lake Forest.


So, yeah, they want you to come with me

and... and stay the night at Frank's.

It turns out they know Frank
from... from work things,

so they're cool with it.

Also, I was wrong.

The world's not ending.

So that's cool.

- Okay.
- Okay.


You're gonna steer, okay? I'll push.

- Okay.
- You got it?

- Yeah.
- Okay.

Frank's gonna be excited.

♪ ♪

Hello, you've reached Frank Chaudhary.

Please leave a message
and I'll get back to you.

♪ ♪

[engine revs]


[tires spinning]

- Just wait here, okay?
- Okay.

[engine revving]

[ragged breathing]


[engine revving]


No. Don't open the door.

I'll call an ambulance for you.

I'll have an ambulance come.

- [groans]
- Don't open it, man.

- I've got a kid with me.
- I have to get to the...


Okay, come on. Let's go.

- What was wrong with him?
- Don't look at him.

Let's just go.

♪ ♪

We're going for that door.

Just watch out for the ice.

All right. It's to the left.

All right. Stop, stop, stop, stop.

Okay, okay.

Hi. Uh, I'm the brother
of Frank Chaudhary

who lives on the nd floor, I think.

And this is his niece.

Our niece. Both our niece. Kirsten.

- I gotta call up.
- Yeah, that's fine.

I mean, he knows we're coming.

And we got some things for...
For his Christmas party.

Good evening, Mr. Chaudhary.
I've got a Jeevan down here.

Says he's your brother.
He's with your niece.

Want to come up. They've got some items

- for your Christmas party.
- Hey, Frank.

Hi, Uncle Frank.

[holiday music playing]

♪ ♪

- Freight elevator's that way.
- All right, thank you.

- Hold that, please!
- [footsteps approaching]

Oh! Oh. [laughs] I'm so sorry.

This thing is huge.

Can I squeeze in with you guys?

It's really full.

Uh, I think if I just kinda angle it,

- I can squeeze the thing...
- It's f*ck' full!

It was really full.

- [banging at door]
- Frank, open the door, Frank.

- Hold on!
- Come on!

- Hold on!
- Open it!


Little white girl.

Okay, it's all coming in. Back up.

Frank, this is Kirsten. Kirsten, Frank.

- Hi.
- Hi.

Do you know what's happening?

No, what's happening?

Have you spoken to Siya?

No, I've been working. What are you do...

- No. I don't need all this.
- Back up!

- I need to get it in.
- I don't need it!

- I got groceries.
- The world's ending, Frank!

Okay? It's actually ending.

Sorry. I... I lied.

It's... it's ending.

I spoke to Siya at the hospital.

How... how do you know my brother?

Now she's not answering her phone.

We met at the play.

She told me that this thing,

this flu, it's... it's... it's mutated.

I appreciate you bringing me stuff.

- And that this...
- This is not

a storage facility.
You know my neighbors...

No one knows anything, Frank.

Just sit down. Just calm down.

Just... just breathe. Breathe.

[Lô Borges' "O Trem Azul"]

Yeah, I think... it's the flu!

The flu? The flu
made you buy groceries?

♪ ♪

- I did see.
- But then turn on the TV

for one minute, and... and
maybe you'll see that...

[distant rumbling]

What is that?

I think it's that.

[plane whooshing]

[expl*si*n booms]

[metal creaking]

We have to go get Siya.

She told me to come get you.

And to build a barricade.

[lock clicks]


I'm glad you guys are together.

It's quiet here now.

- I love you.
- [indistinct voices]

[overlapping phone chatter]

I love you. Miss you. Bye.


[lock clicks]

♪ Well, it ain't no use to
sit and wonder why, babe ♪

♪ If'n you don't know by now ♪

♪ And it ain't no use to
sit and wonder why, babe ♪

♪ It'll never do somehow ♪

♪ When your rooster crows
at the break of dawn ♪

♪ Look out your window
and I'll be gone ♪

♪ You're the reason I'm a-traveling on ♪

♪ But don't think twice, it's all right ♪

♪ ♪

♪ And it ain't no use in
turning on your light, babe ♪

♪ The light I never knowed ♪

♪ And it ain't no use in
turning on your light, babe ♪

♪ I'm on the dark side of the road ♪

♪ But I wish there was something ♪

♪ You would do or say ♪

♪ To try and make me
change my mind and stay ♪

♪ But we never did too
much talking anyway ♪

♪ But don't think
twice, it's all right ♪

♪ ♪

♪ So long, honey babe ♪

♪ Where I'm bound, I can't tell ♪

♪ Goodbye's too good a word, babe ♪

♪ So I'll just say, "Fare thee well" ♪

♪ I ain't a-saying you
treated me unkind ♪

Let's get to the lake.

♪ You could've done better,
but I don't mind ♪

♪ You just kinda wasted
my precious time ♪

♪ But don't think twice, it's all right ♪

♪ ♪


Hello, I'm Jeevan Chaudhary.

And you're Kirsten...

- Raymonde.
- Raymonde...

[indistinct chatter]


We're rehearsing again.

Okay. I'll be there in a minute.

- See you over there.
- Okay.

[classical violin music]

♪ ♪
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